Hope all is well. Got a quick question for the blog for you
I've been watching a bunch of old Raws (96-97) and reliving my childhood. I totally forgot about how often they would plug the damn hotlines. I never had parents permission so couldn't call in.
My question's pretty simple: did enough people ever call these damn things for Vince & Co. to make money off them and what was the content like? I imagine it just being like having someone read you old Ross Reports or Russo's Raw Magazine column. When did these go away - I don't remember some random day where the plugs stopped.
Oh yeah, they made a buttload of money off those things. Mean Gene in WCW in particular. I think their must have been some sort of change in laws that prevented them from carrying out past a certain point because of kids accidentally racking up phone bills, but they did really well while they were around. As for the content, I never called myself, but typically it was "insider" news bites that anyone with an Observer subscription would already have.