Good Morning Mr. Keith, just some random questions I have as this winter has me exploring a lot of shows on the network:
The Network is indeed great. ALL HAIL THE NETWORK!
1. Did Eddie Guerrero have the ear/back/support of someone with a lot of clout? Or was it just out of respect of the family name, because, sure, he wasn't given world titles, but in the early days of Nitro and into the NWO, he sure got a lot of TV wrestling time to show his skills, and quite a bit of offense on Ric Flair in numerous matches.
It was the name and he really worked hard to impress people, which gave him a lot of support backstage. Especially his showing at When Worlds Collide, which basically was the catalyst for the whole luchador invasion in the first place. People really loved the guy.
2. I don't hear much about, if at all, these days Creative Control in big names contracts. I know WWE is smart enough not to let happen what WCW happen, and we're past the days of an HBK or an HHH not putting someone over when having a championship , but say, is John Cena just booked that way, and just goes with it? Even in the overkill of Cena/Orton, i Never heard any stories of "them" being the reason they are on top so much, its just the way the writers keep putting them there.
Oh yeah, those days ended with Montreal. Vince is never going to allow that kind of control in a contract again, and I don’t even think he lets guys have agents anymore. And yes, John Cena just kind of goes with it, although he turns down a LOT of crap, apparently. Which makes me wonder what the stuff we DON’T see would be.
3. What made them not pull the trigger on Luger going over Yoko at SS93? And if it was that they just decided it'd be better with Yoko keeping the belt, what was their next plans? Taker didn't get it, and I don't imagine Bret Hart winning it back being planned that far in advance
The plan was to stretch out Luger’s win until Wrestlemania, but of course by the time they got there it was too late. It just goes to show the value of pulling the trigger at the right time. Summerslam absolutely would have been the right time.
4. Tatanka: The man had his undefeated streak, got some ppv wins, and they seemed to keep him strong at times, but there was never a payoff with any title, wtf was the point before the Corporation heel turn?
Well the problem was that Tatanka was really green, so there was only so far you could go with him. I think he was doing fine before the heel turn, actually. He was a guy who booked strongly and had a name and fans liked, but wasn’t a threat to the World title. You always need guys like that in the midcard. The heel turn was a total fucking disaster of course.