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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Only Review of nWo: The Revolution That You'll Ever Need

Alright, before we get started let me address my absence. You see, Cracked has been really slacking as of late. So, without any proper quality articles to rip-off, I just didn't feel right bringing you guys lackluster work. Now that they're back on track, I feel I can deliver!

The documentary is great, but I'm a huge fan of wrestling docs & the nWo, so there isn't more I could ask for. There's recycled footage from The Monday Night Wars DVD, as well as Back in Black. But there's also a good amount of fresh stuff from Dusty Rhodes, Matt Striker, Lex Luger [who looks like he hasn't touched a weight in 10 years] Vince Russo, and quite a few others. I was very entertained, and only wished that it was longer, and included more talk about the Wolfpac era. But honestly, I guess they covered
just about as much as they needed too. Now instead of reviewing it, I thought I'd talk about my favorite moments. Before I do, I'll mention some of the other features from the first disc. They have Hall appearing on Nitro, as well as Nash. There's Bischoff's reveal as a member, and when Giant get's kicked out, and finally
when the nWo showed up at No Way Out. Honestly, seeing this stuff really makes me kick myself for not getting the bluray, because it's packed with more moments, and that's what the nWo was all about.

Those who read my work, you know this story, so I apologize for going into re-runs. I became a wrestling fan in May 1995, and was die hard from the get go. I started with the WWE, and that was it. I HATED, absolutely HATED WCW. I thought they were low-rent crap. I thought their stars were a bunch of old has-beens, and couldn't compete with the superstars of WWE. Now, over in the land of Titan, my two biggest heroes were Razor Ramon & Big Daddy Cool Diesel. So, you can imagine how absolutely
torn up I was when I heard on the Ross Line that both were leaving for WCW. That night I was so upset, I cried. No joke. I cried as I ripped one of my many pictures of Razor off my wall.

But then it happened....he wasn't going to WCW to wrestle, he was going to take over! OH MY GOD! See, I still thought wrestling was real. I thought, honest to God, that Razor & Diesel were going over to kick WCW's pathetic ass. Then as they grew, I truly thought Ted Dibiase was funding the nWo, and the reason WCW wouldn't have them arrested was because they were bringing in the ratings. Those were two points my mom would bring up "how are they making money? Why won't WCW just arrest them?". She never
gave me shit for believing it was real.

So, you can imagine my love for the nWo. I was 12 years old, I was exactly the type of crowd they were reaching for. Young folk who could spend their parents' money. Although I never did give a dime to WCW, except for one thing; Starrcade 1997. There was NO WAY IN HELL I was going to miss that match. To this day, Sting vs The nWo is still my favorite feud. Sure, the match was God-awful, but oh well. I even had this tale of the tape poster from a PWI Special that was all about the feud. I lost the poster years ago, but I actually found it online while working on this review. It's the first time in years that I've found it online, so it's a good day to be Caliber.



As the nWo was losing it's steam, they went with The Wolfpac, which rekindled my interest all over again. I still remember taking like 3 hours one Saturday as my mom drove me from store to store to find a Wolfpac shirt. I ended up getting the all red with black nWo letters. I wore it every day at PE and felt like the World's biggest bad-ass, who caused mass destruction, guess who's here? The bad-boy of PE.

In 2002, I lost my shit when Vince turned around to reveal he was bringing in the nWo. I went out and bought 2 VHS tapes. On one I wrote 'nWo Raw' and the other 'nWo Smackdown'. I'd watch the shows, and only record moments with the nWo. Youtube wasn't around back then, and I thought I'd never see the classic nWo footage, so I swore I wouldn't miss a second this time around. Of course, Hogan went good, and Hall left, so that was that.

In the end, I realize the nWo was a bunch of bullshit. Every match ended in a run-in, they did nothing but bury people, on and off screen, while rarely delivering in match quality. But honestly, I don't care. I watch the old stuff and feel like I did 15 years ago, it never fails to entertain me the same way it did when I was younger. Because when you're nWo, well, you're nWo for life. And that is just too sweeeeet.

DISC 2


The Outsiders vs Sting & Macho Man - Bash at the Beach, July 7th, 1996
If you need any proof of how completely awesome this angle was, the announcers are PISSED that The Outsiders come out alone. Even though it gives WCW the advantage, they still want to see who the 3rd man is. Luger was originally involved, but he was taken out about 10 seconds in. This actually lead a lot to speculate that the 3rd man was in fact The Total Package. Dream says "Get'em Macho, who be bad now?", to which Tony responds "You tell'em, Dream!". Taking this litereally, The Dream says "Who be bad now?" about 8 times in a row. It's even more annoying than it sounds. Sting does a pretty smart move and drop-kicks Nash right on the knee, prompting Tony to scream "Sting just nailed him
in the gut!". We all know how the rest of the match goes. It's too bad it was simply for the angle, because the match actually had a pretty good base to it.
Match ends at 16:55 when Hogan comes in and joins the New World Organization
***

The Giant [C] vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan - WCW Championship - Hog Wild, August 10th, 1996
I will say, it's weird seeing Hollywood Hogan without the big gold belt. Up until I saw Hogan & Rodman vs DDP & Malone, I had this pegged as the worst match I've ever seen. That was quite a while ago, so let's see if things have changed. Although now I must admit that Zeus vs Abby from the WWC show is the worst I've ever seen. Anyway, Tony actually sums up this entire match with "Hogan has slowed the pace of this match down to a crawl". Serious, the WHOLE match is nothing but stalling. I've never seen anything like it.
I mean, I suppose it'd work if the pace of the match picked up like Jarrett vs Shawn for the IC Title, but the pace of this match is just gonna go from crap to ass. The big spot in this match is a test of strength!  I seriously don't understand the pace of this match. The only reason you'd have a match like this is if one of the wrestlers were dead, and you needed to hide the fact. Honestly, I would have been a lot happier seeing the Giant wrestle in a pair of sunglasses.
Hulk Hogan hits the Giant with the title and snags the pin at 6 days, 2 hours, and 43 minutes. At least, that's what it felt like. Records say it's 14:55.
I would go dud, but this includes Brutus getting smashed with the cake. So, it's gotta get a star for that. Also, you have to love the fact that the Giant literally lays there on the mat for 2 days while Hogan does this deal with Brutus.
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Harlem Heat [C] vs. The Outsiders - WCW Tag-Team Championship - Halloween Havoc, October 27th, 1996
This was a damn fine tag match, and perhaps the best I've ever seen from The Outsiders. There was a great amount of back & forth action, with each member getting in and out, as both teams traded momentum. Of course the ending was a bit deflating.
Nash clobbers Stevie with Col. Parker's cane, allowing Hall to score the pin at 13:07
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X-Pac vs Bounty Hunter - nWo Saturday Night - November 9th, 1996
This is from nWo's Saturday Night, means they filmed it before Nitro started. Actually, that would mean these guys would have been to work early, so this has gotta be afterward. Actually, that means these guys would have had to stick around after work. So, this is filmed in some alternate universe. Bounty Hunter is just your typical jobber-with-a-gimmick that you'd normally see on WCW's Saturday Night.
Syxx takes him out with a jumping spin kick for the pin at around 3 minutes
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The Outsiders [C] vs The Steiners - nWo Souled Out, January 1997
I know a lot of people didn't like Souled Out, and while it didn't have a plethora of great matches, the style was awesome. The ring entrances for the WCW wrestlers were damn funny, and I thought Bischoff & DiBiase were honestly one of the best announcing teams I've ever heard. Decent match, nothing too exciting. The ending is pretty well done, with Nick Patrick being out, and the little southern ref Randy Anderson running in to make the count for The Steiners. It really gave a moment of WCW being triumphant for once. Of course it would be reversed the next night on Nitro, and Steiners never got their moment. Of course, when the straps were suppose to be switched at Road Wild 1997, they complained the switching of the titles was hurting their value. Yet they had no problems with Hulk Hogan getting the title back from Luger a week after he won it on Nitro.
Rick Steiner hits Hall with the Bulldog for the pin at 16:39
**1/2


Hollywood Hulk Hogan [C] vs Roddy Piper - WCW Championship - WCW Superbrawl VII, February 23rd, 1997
A lot of people don't like their match at Starrcade, but I thought it was pretty entertaining, actually. Sure, not the greatest action, but the way Hogan & Piper were acting I felt made up for it. Now, apparently, Piper's been hanging out on Alcatraz for a week for some reason. Why? I have absolutely no idea. This match is just about the same as the last one, but not nearly as entertaining. Piper puts Hogan down with the sleeper, but Macho pulls Hogan's legs under the ropes and slips the tape brass knuckle thing on Hogan's hand. Match restarts when ref sees Hogan's legs under the ropes, Hogan clocks Piper, gets the pin. The crowd did not like that. Perhaps Piper should have stayed in Alcatraz for TWO weeks.
Hogan clocks Piper with brass knux that Macho gave him for the pin at 11:32
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Hollywood Hulk Hogan & Dennis 'Rod The Bod' Rodman vs Lex Luger & The Giant - Bash At The Beach, July 13th, 1997
They're building up to this match on 24/7 right now, so I was actually about 25% stoked for this bout. Honestly, it would have been higher if Rodman hadn't been involved, since WCW's use of Rodman is the antithesis of WWE's use of Tyson. Would it have killed them to just have this POS as an enforcer or something? Anyway, the match is terrible, and of course IT LAST FOREVER. Unbelievably, it would get even WORSE next year. Nash saunters down dressed as Sting, and who wouldn't confuse him for Steve Borden? They're practically twins. Everyone from Hogan, to Rodman, and finally Savage get racked.
Hogan taps to Lex Luger's Torture Rack at 22:30
DUD

DISC 3

Macho Man vs DDP - Las Vegas Sudden Death Match -  Halloween Havoc, October 26th,1997
Savage comes out dressed like a Slim Jim package, and that isn't a joke. He really is. DDP comes out in Costume 2 from nWo/WCW Revenge, which is the jeans & rib-wrap. They fight out into the crowd, and there's a dude in a pair of Zubaz who gets so excited he takes his shirt off while watching. If the match get's any better, then the other patrons are gonna have a front row ticket for some hangdang. They brawl amongst the tombstone decorations, which is pretty cool, despite the stuff is obviously made of harmless material. They get back to the ring, where Macho takes a video camera, but that backfires. Elizabeth tries to interfere on Macho's behalf, but Kimberly runs down to drag Liz to the back. After a Diamond Cutter, DDP appears to have it, but a Bogus Sting comes down to crack DDP in the ribs, putting him down for good. It's one hell of a match, as Macho & DDP give their usual intentsity. Seriously, WCW was just on fire during 1997. And this was all PG stuff, proving that it's fantastic story-lines & wrestlers who give a damn that make for a great product.
DDP fails to answer the count of ten, giving Macho the win 18:07
****1/4

Hogan vs Sting [C] - WCW Championship - Monday Nitro, December 27th, 1997
It's better than their Starrcade match, I'll say that. Although it isn't saying much. Much faster paced, more action, and not completely one-sided. They give you the footage of what happened after Nitro went off the air, which is what also helps to make the whole thing for me. Hogan pulls the ref Randy Anderson in when Stinger's going for the Splash, thus taking Randy out. Nick Patrick runs in, only for Sting to object. While he's distracted, Hogan clocks him in the back of the head and goes for the roll-up, which Patrick counts for 3. Sting continues to beat up on Hogan however, slapping him in the Deathlock, in which he submits and Anderson calls for the bell. At that point, Bischoff comes out and says no way, laying the swift kicks to JJ "Who do you want, Sting? I have a contract here for you to fight Big Bubba!" Dillion. Sting gives Bish' the Death Drop as the whole nWo runs down, and he does his best to fight them off before the rest of WCW make the save. The whole thing was damn entertaining, honestly. Of course, this whole debacle forced the belt to be declared vacant. With the rematch taking place at Superbrawl VII, finally giving Sting the belt once and for all. He'd go on to defend against Hall at the next PPV, then lose to Macho Man at Spring Stampede. Leading us to the next match.
Hogan submits to the SDL at 7:17
***1/4


Hogan vs Macho Man [C] - No DQ for the WCW Championship - Monday Nitro, April 20th, 1998
There's really no reason for this match to be good, but it really is. The night before Macho had defeated Sting for the title, after a 2 month reign. Honestly there's never a bad time for Macho to be champ. He was always over, and always kicking ass. This match works because of Macho's leg, with him constantly fighting against the odds of Hogan & The Disicple as well as his busted leg. There's a great moment when Hogan puts him in the Figure 4, and the fans are so use to nWo run-in bullshit that everyone stands up and looks toward the enterance. Surprisingly however, no one comes down. Brutus gives the ref a neckbreaker, as he and Hogan double team Macho. Cool spot with Brutus giving Macho a stunner with the title on his shoulder. Nash finally shows up, Jackknifing Hogan. He throws Mach on top, only for Bret Hart to show up, wallop Nash, and roll Hogan ontop of Macho.
Bret comes in and puts Hogan on top of Macho at 14:26
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Sting vs The Giant - WCW Tag Team Championship - The Great American Bash, June 14th, 1998
This is where The Giant & Sting were tag champs, but since they are both in different nWo factions, they don't want to hang together. So whoever wins this match gets both straps and chooses their partner. Giant is of course smoking, something I never really understood. It's always shocking to see what shape the Big Show use to be in. I was dreading this match, to be honest, but it's more than adequete. It's not as long as it should have been, but they did a fine job with it. The Giant had the power over Sting at the beginning, but through using up every available chance he had, Sting was able to chop the Giant down. The top rope Death Drop was a nice touch. Oh, and Sting went on to choose Nash for his partner.
Sting nails Giant with a top rope SDD for the pin at 6:40
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Hollywood Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff vs DDP & Jay Leno - Road Wild, August 8th, 1998
This was the last match I watched on the DVD because I was absolutely dreading it. It's better than anytime Rodman got into the ring, I'll admit that. You gotta love when Leno gets Hogan in the wrist-lock, and holds it forever as cameras soak up the moment. This match should have been about 5 minutes or so. Tops. Bright side? Leno & DDP do not dress alike.
Eubanks hits a Diamond Cutter on Hogan, giving Leno the pin at 14:34
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Team WCW vs Team nWo Hollywood vs Team nWo Wolfpac - War Games to determine the #1 contender for the WCW Championship - Fall Brawl, September 13th, 1998
It's Bret & DDP first, followed by Sting, then Stevie Ray, Piper, Luger, and Nash. I stop at Nash, because he's really the last entrant of when the match is actually a match and not pure ridiculousness. Hogan comes out about 2 minutes early, has the flapjack and literally knocks everyone out. Yet, he doesn't pin anyone. It makes absolutely no sense. I think he fucked up and came out too early on accident, because now he's just buying time as he waits for The Warrior. So, the ring fills with smoke, as The Renegade appears in a neato duster. More smoke. No Warrior. Oh snaps! Now the Warrior is here! God, this is so insulting. The Warrior literally wants us to believe he can vanish at will. So long as people's vision happens to be obscured for an indeterminate amount of time. He's used up his vanishing power, as he's stuck in the cage now. He then breaks out, and chases Hogan. Managing to twist both ankles and tear both biceps. Well, perhaps on the flight home he'll force the plane to take a nosedive into a hospital.
Page hits Stevie Ray with the Diamond Cutter for the win at 20:06
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Goldberg [C] vs Kevin Nash - No DQ for the WCW Championship - Starrcade, December 27th, 1998
I never understood why Goldberg needed an escort to the ring. Makes him look like a wuss. I love Bobby in the beginning of this "It's all on the line! Goldberg's streak, Goldberg's title, Nash's............reputation!". People can say what they want about Nash booking himself to win, but who the hell else could he count on? Plus, he was extremely over. Wolfpac was really hot at the time. What's with all the goddamn run ins?! Can't they just leave well enough alone for the World Title matches? I guess I shouldn't ask so much from a company that did a complete 180 in every way possible in about 8 months. As for the match though,
honestly, it's not nearly as bad as it should have been. They both did as good as they could at this point, given who they're both in the ring with.
Nash hits Goldberg with the Jacknife for the pin at 11:20
**3/4


Bret Hart vs Goldberg - WCW Championship - Monday Nitro, December 20th, 1999
Mike Tenay says that last night at Starrcade, Goldberg go the short end of the stick. Boy, in hindsight that is extremely incorrect. This match isn't much, at all. The only highlight is Piper covering Goldberg for the 3 count and Bret winning the belt as a result. The thing lasted less than 6 minutes. Bret must have loved working these style of matches.
Piper pins Goldberg at 5:44 to give Bret the strap
*
If you want to see how nWo 2000 ended up, and who doesn't? Then do check out WCW In 2000

Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock vs The nWo - RAW, March 11th, 2002
Geez, this is like a dream match you'd come up with in No Mercy or something. Absolute ridiculous the names all crammed in this bout, and it's on free TV no less. This is the go home Raw for WrestleMania, so it makes sense now. If they would have given this match about 5-6 minutes more, we could have had a TV classic on our hands. Everyone busts their asses in this match, and I enjoyed it. The nWo did a great job of
keeping The Rock on their side of the ring, using classic heel cheating bullshit and what have you. There was a ton of energy, and never any down time. A damn fine TV main event.
Hulk Hogan drops the leg on The Rock for the pin at 9:30
***1/4

Showcase Showdown:
It's a great DVD. If you're not a fan of the nWo, this isn't going to change your mind. But if you are, then you're going to really dig the hell out of this. As I said in the beginning, you should get the bluray. It has the Roundtable Discussion, and quite a few more moments, which is of course what the nWo was all about. The group is and always will be my all time favorite angle. I was the exact demo they were looking for, and I lapped it up. Before I go, there's an easter egg hidden on the DVD. It's a clip of The Big Show saying something to the effect of "Was the nWo cool? No, it wasn't fucking cool. It was the absolute worst thing for the business, and it ended up destroying the fucking company.". I thought that was a pretty funny inclusion. Also, did X-Pac get a nose job? He looks odd. 

Str8 Gangster, No Chaser - I do movie reviews, Man Movie Encyclopedia entries, Top 5 lists, and general splendedness.
WCW In 2000 - Reviewing the year of 2000 for WCW. We just saw Slamboree 2000, which of course had the rockin' Ready To Rumble triple cage!
The Man Movie Encyclopedia - My book, baby. 5 stars on amazon, endorsed by Scott Keith & Maddox. What more could you ask for?
@HulkInThe80s - It's not mine. But Hulkster promised me if he reaches 500 followers, he'll whore my website. Besides, what's better than hearing from The Hulk after he was cryo-frozen by The Heenan Family back in the late 80's? 

Hope you guys dug the action. Any requests just let me know, and I'd be more than happy to make the magic happen. 

- Caliber Winfield

71 comments:

  1. Seriously Scott, this is the calibur of material you allow people to post on your blog? This "review" is terrible, worse then the quality of your really early stuff, which even you yourself admit is bad. I know you can't post on here all the time, but your allowing way too much poor quality material to come through here.

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  2. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    "caliber of material"....heh, get it?

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  3. So what's your idea of funny? People making uninformed Triple H's dick is getting smaller jokes? Or how about replacing the words arm with penis in an arm wrestling match? Oh, its so funny because they're touching penis's, lolz. Assholes like you is what pisses me off about this site, you vaguely say this sucks and that sucks without saying why, you don't use logical reasoning or even basic thinking skills. You're like a nine year old who wants McDonalds' chicken tenders so when someone gets you a burger you whine about it. You don't have any reason except, "I want my tenders."

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  4. This review uses the word honestly approximately ten thousand times.

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  5. You know, Caliber is pretty adept at fighting folks that critique him with humor. I'm not sure why everytime someone gives their opinion on Caliber's reviews, you feel the need to jump in...let it go.

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  6. Not too bad, I had a few laughs. If you are really taking requests I would like to see a review of the no way out 2012

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  7. The first paragraph was awesome. Way to own the Cracked stuff and turn it on its head!


    The rest of the review was pretty easy to read, too. You're showing a lot of improvement. I liked that you did something new with the documentary section and made it about how parts of it tied into your life. That was a really good idea. Be you, not Scott or anyone else!


    The match reviews were nice, too. Very easy to read and your jokes are getting better.


    Good job! Keep it up!

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  8. JeffHardysInnerDialogueNovember 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    I should probably head over to Cracked and the read the better version over there first.

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  9. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Thanks, Jobber, I appreciate the kind words. And yeah, I'll review anything that's asked of me. Give me like a week and I'll have No Way Out 2012 up.

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  10. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Thank you, Kenny. I hate to sound so generic by saying "I appreciate it", since I literally just said that to Jobber. But I really do. Especially the break down of what you dug. Thanks.

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  11. Every post you make should have a drug reference, c'mmon! Dropping the ball already and it's only your third post.

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  12. JeffHardysInnerDialogueNovember 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I wonder if this guy knows that "head over to Cracked" is slang for smoking crack with the creatures of the night.

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  13. Aww, I see what you did there...touche and MY BAD, lol.

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  14. Caliber, what did you think of Vince's "destroy my creation" promo at the time? I was so naive that I thought they'd bring in the nWo to be, well, the nWo and it would be a major angle that would run for about 6 months or so. Not at the scale it became in WCW, but something somewhat close to it.

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  15. i just call them dick-riders and press.


    no homo.


    you know i got love for you kid...


    ...no homo...

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  16. nWo 2K12 totally could have worked last year. After HHH relieves McMahon from his duties, he decides to destroy HHH from the inside so he is the one that texts Nash to get the ball rolling. From there, everything plays out like it did except Nash is always wearing the old nWo shirt(with the assumption that Nash is just rocking an old shirt and it has no meaning).


    After a few weeks, 2 mid to upper card guys turn heel and join Nash. Nash announces that he has reformed the nWo to making HHH's life a living hell. HHH enlists a couple guys to help him and during the buildup to WM, Vince returns and reveals it is him behind it all. This leads to a big blow off match at WM, the faces win and everything seems to back to normal.


    Next night on Raw, Brock Lesnar makes his return...in a nWo shirt. Triple H turns to Cena for help but Lesnar destroys him at Extreme Rules. The next night on Raw, Brock breaks HHH's arm and the new nWo(Vince, Nash, Brock, and the two guys who turned earlier) run wild for a few months. Triple H finally makes his big return in July with World Champ, CM Punk backing him.


    But Punk takes on the Hulk Hogan role and turns on HHH and becomes the leader of the new nWo. So HHH challenges Lesnar for Summerslam and books Cena vs Punk for the title also. nWo win their matches and the next night on Raw, HHH announces that he is pulling out all the stops and reached out to his biggest rival to help save the WWE, The Rock. He announces that The Rock will be waiting for Punk at the Royal Rumble, and if Punk holds on to the title, he will have to defend it against Rock.

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  17. Gotta have more than 100 posts to rip on Cal's shit.


    Otherwise, STFU.

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  18. JeffHardysInnerDialogueNovember 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    If by "posts" this guy means how many times I've had to post bail, then I should be able to rip on this dude.

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  19. You're growing on me kid, but dont overexpose yourself.

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  20. JeffHardysInnerDialogueNovember 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Well at least he didn't tell me to overdose myself. Maybe I have another creature of the night?!?!

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  21. Maybe it's just nostalgia talking but I so miss wcw Saturday night.

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  22. Rotating ring FTW.

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  23. The worst part about caliber is how people are forced at gun point to open his posts and then made to read the entire thing...and how it costs money. If only there was a way for free to choose what posts you can read on an internet blog.

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  24. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I still remember where I was. Sitting in my room, and I was on the computer with the TV on in the backround. So, I heard Vince doing the promo, and it sounded interesting so I turned around to see what was going on. Man, when he turned around I LOST MY MIND. One of the most exciting times for me as a wrestling fan. Once I got hip to the product, I'd avoid spoilers for the longest time. Because there were few things I loved more than a great surprise in wrestling.



    I couldn't believe I was going to get a second chance at the nWo. I was so happy you couldn't imagine. I thought they were gonna take over, and it'd be like WCW all over again. I know that very thought caused people to shudder. But me? I couldn't have been happier. Like I said up in my review, I went out and bought VHS tapes. On one I wrote in white out 'nWo Raw' and the other 'nWo Smackdown'. I recorded every single nWo moment that came on TV.

    I also jumped on shopzone as soon as they had nWo shirts, because I'd never had one before. When I got it, that's when I first got into bodybuilding/working-out, because I didn't want to be some fat shclub representing the nWo, haha. I was a total mark, and loved it.



    Looking back on it though, it's like Scott said in his book, it was too polished. I mean, the guys had nWo on EVERYTHING they wore. Everything was just so slick, and tailor made. It didn't have that raw, organic feel to it like the original run did.

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  25. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    So if I quit kidnapping their families in order to force them to read my work, they'll be more likely to quit hating me? That's an interesting theory...a bit out there, but interesting.

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  26. I bought this set yesterday since I was a pretty big nWo fan and for awhile, I always watched my Nitro dub before Raw one after work. The set for 80% was a fun watch. The documentary made good points that I always agreed with, such as when the nWo split happened, they really did just become two stables within WCW, and not the destructive force we were supposed to believe wanted to take over. Having it splintered, and then one group consisting of a few guys who spent so long battling the nWo and Hall, Nash, and Savage just to basically say Hey, the nWo's fine with us if your good guys" just didn't make sense. I mean during the Sting recruitment, why was him joining either nWo faction a possibility in the first place? He spent a year or so stalking them,and attacking his way to a match with Hogan, and all of a sudden they make it seem like those are his two options, outside one plea from DDP on Nitro?

    As far as the matches, not that I would have been overjoyed to watch it again, but the spent a decent amount of time talking up the Karl Malone/Rodman tag match, including all the coverage and the [press conference, yet don't include it? And other than the WarGames match, which was the WORST of the three involving the nWo, and the soon aborted nWo2K1 startup with the Goldberg/Bret match, no one else was really featured but the three founders and Savage. Not that I WANT to see a Konnan match, but some of those guys were in there from near-ish the beginning to the collapse, like Bagwell and Norton. Overall, I liked it more than Back in Black, but it still left some things to be desired.

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  27. Could have been worse, he could have asked you to expose yourself.

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  28. BTW I read the whole article, so can we have Fluffy back now?

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  29. I loved it even more after Nitro became the flagship, because we got off the wall stuff like the nWo Tag and Cruiserweight tournaments, which, like the match one here, were usually pretty fun to watch, and had some creative camera tricks for a wrestling match, even though they were pretaped. I loved them entering the empty arena and playing to the crowd and doing high fives to "fans".

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  30. I tried to read the articles from the great team you assembled on your blog, but Google search just laughed when I looked for it.

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  31. That might have been my favorite era of the show. I would pay handsomely for a full set of that show.

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  32. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I've got a book, The Man Movie Encyclopedia. You buy it, and not only will you get Fluffy back, but I'll also stop showing up to the places you go with your family while I'm laughing, smoking a cigar and dressed like DeNiro from Cape Fear.

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  33. Agree with everything you said, just one minor correction, Hall wasn't in the Wolfpac, he was nWo Hollywood. Maybe you meant to type Konnan.

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  34. that was really easy to read, i usually skip on the box set reviews, so thanks =D

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  35. If i buy two, can you remove that Youtube video?


    In all seriousness, that book sounds pretty damn good. When I start racking up the Amazon gift cards me and the little woman get during the holidays every year, it's now on my list.

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  36. He was at the very beginning, as was Perfect and Rude, but both turned very quickly.

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  37. no he wasnt. Hall was off tv after Nitro Spring Break 98 and came back at the May ppv to turn on Nash.

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  38. I think the problem was Hall turned out to be unreliable and Hogan got face pops. Between the two (plus Nash was injury prone) it was just easier to let it die at WM and move on (until later having HBK and Booker T in yet another incarnation that I barely remember). If Hall was in shape and sober, the fans weren't mentally deranged and drunk while cheering Hogan, and Nash could stay healthy, then I think Vince does give a good 6 month run. Lot of Ifs there though. Hall sober, Nash healthy, and WWF fans not drunk and mentally deranged. Kinda like winning the lottery odds for that combination.

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  39. NO WAY!


    Vince brought them in to bury them... they just imploded before he could really put the screws to them.

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  40. Yes, was just coming to type this. Hall was spending one of his many rehab stints when the Wolfpac (i.e. Savage breaking out from Hogan and nWo) formed. Then, there was this whole angle when Hall got back as to where he would go and he ended up with Hogan which I thought was totally stupid and ridiculous since EVERYONE wanted to root for Hall and wanted The Outsiders together. This all led to the terrible "drunken" Hall Nash-Hall program.



    Am I remembering this right Fuj?

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  41. May be a timeline gap in my memory cuz it seemed I remember Hall in the Red and Black right before the turn, but maybe it was just during the match that set up the turn.

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  42. Honestly, this review uses honestly 9 times.



    I honestly counted. Honest.

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  43. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 18, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Thank you for being honest. Honestly.

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  44. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 18, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    you're more than welcome. I'm glad you dug it, and thanks for the kind words.

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  45. how many times did he use the word "and" or words that end with a vowel?


    come on, are we that petty?

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  46. You're face is terrible.

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  47. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    We'll see about that youtube video. I gotta have a backup plan.

    If you want to test drive the book, at my website I have multiple entries of the MME. Not ones from the book, but you get the idea of how it'll be. Then you can decide if you want to part ways with your $2.99. I hope you dig it, because you'll find your loved ones respect you so much more when you're able to tell them how many guys die in Commando.

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  48. Scott, why do you allow a plagiarizer to write for your site? It gives your site a bad name.

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  49. cant troll me!


    This is for that never-ending back and forth the other day

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  50. That was your fault for not agreeing with everything I wrote as stated in the BoD bylaws.

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  51. Au contrare, mon frere.

    The by laws state under provision 316-97.420 AND I QUOTE "That top commenters may disgaree with one another et cetera, et cetera, given that they are within 450 posts of one another et cetera, et cetera.... and have a vast knowledge of THIS BUSINESS et cetera et cetera..."

    Ill let Mr. Wonka finish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5QGkOGZubQ&feature=fvwrel

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  52. Since I have the most likes, I consider myself above these laws.

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  53. The Fuj, lover of Dungeon of Doom era Hulk Hogan.

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  54. It was just a joke :|

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  55. Honestly, I liked the review.

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  56. Cultstatus, who honestly believes that Bret Hart was a bigger star than Hulk Hogan in 95

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  57. i didnt downvote btw.

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  58. That's not really a defense for the fact that he's terrible.

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  59. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Well you see, Scott has a son that he's a bit estranged from. So, during a time when he was a long-haul trucker/professional arm wrestler, I got him in touch with his son. Then, as they drove across the US, I helped train him for the big Arm-Wrestling Tournament in which he'd win a big truck and other such things.


    Later, when I was in a local town just trying to get a meal, this cop was giving me the the business. So, he tried to shave me, thus I blew up his town. Well, Scott came in to convince me to give up.

    "If you're gonna go after Caliber Winfield with that many men, you're forgetting something"
    "What's that?"
    "A good supply of men who can tolerate boner jokes"

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  60. Different strokes 4 different folks I suppose. I enjoy his reviews.

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  61. Originally, Cleve Dean was supposed to be writing this review but Scott changed it to Caliber at the last minute because Scott didn't think it was believable for him to be better than Cleve Dean at reviewing wrestling.

    Yes Caliber, I just countered your "Over The Top" reference with a little-known fact about that movie.

    For those you who are unaware of what I'm referring to, originally world famous arm-wrestling champion Cleve Dean was supposed to be Sylvester Stallone's final opponent in the movie "Over The Top".
    However, the producers changed the final scene at the last minute because they didn't think it was believable for Stallone to beat Dean in an arm-wrestling match, which is pretty funny considering that the movie has the most far-fetched plot this side of "SnakeEater 2: The Drug Buster" (Drug lords mixing cocaine with rat poison, seriously?).

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  62. I liked the review. One good thing about you Caliber is that your reviews are never boring, unlike nearly every 411mania review that's so repetitive they all seem like they were written by the same person, so ignore the haters.

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  63. Fuj's insults aside, this is actually a really good idea and it would have been a lot more intriguing than what we got. Mark Henry and Randy Orton should have been the other two guys you were referring to.

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  64. That's Don Corleone Hulk Hogan, Brother.

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  65. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 19, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    Brilliant counter.

    What I love about that fact, is like anyone really knew who the hell Cleve Dean even was! It'd be like if they had a major motion picture starring Angelina Jolie who was suppose to have been beaten more times by a roll up than Beth Phoenix, and the producers saying "Well, no one would believe that!"

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  66. Caliber_Winfield_69420BoobiesNovember 19, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Thanks, Waylon. I appreciate it.

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