PTBN’s WrestleMania List-a-Mania – Day Twenty-Six: Biggest WrestleMania Disappointments

In honor of WrestleMania 33, members of the PTBN Staff has gathered to create a series of 33 lists, all dedicated to the rich history of WWE’s grandest spectacle. Each contributor assigned a ranking of 1-10 and votes were tallied accordingly. We will be releasing one list per day, with the final list to be posted on April 1, 2017, the day prior to WrestleMania 33! Be sure to share your feedback with us on social media! You can view the complete series here!

Day Twenty-Seven: Biggest WrestleMania Disappointments

Bobby Eaton


Hey Scott,

Following along in the Observer Flashbacks, how many times has a new WCW booking regime looked to fire Bobby Eaton at this point? I feel like it’s once a year since 88. Could be a new recurring segment.

​I feel like a more effective drinking game could be "How many times can they repackage Bobby Eaton" since we’ve run through two versions of the Midnight Express, then his singles career, then Eaton & Anderson, Eaton & Keirn, Eaton & Regal, etc.

I’m greatly looking forward to the Observer recap of WCW trying to name Eaton & Keirn "The Fabulous Express" and Dusty’s reaction to it. I think his quote was "That sounds like a second rate pizza delivery place." ​

Health coverage


With healthcare being a major subject in the US and the observer reviews here’s a question:

Is health insurance now covered by the WWE? Like a guy like Rollins destroys his knee, the surgery and rehab is covered right? What if Tyler Breeze wrecked his knee? Or an NXT wrestler?

Back then it seems when an injury happened, a lawsuit followed, signifying the company low balled them or refused to pay. Could you imagine Seth had to miss Mania again, and sued Samoa Joe for causing his injury?

​The company covers injuries that occur in the ring or while "on duty" so to speak, but if you blow out your knee while rollerblading or in the gym, you’re on your own. They’re generally pretty liberal about covering stuff now, though, because amazingly they have come to the realization that healthy guys are necessary to run a business and prevent lawsuits. That being said, Paige’s big issue was that they wouldn’t cover her back surgery because it was a pre-existing condition and their doctors wouldn’t recommend surgery for it, so it can vary greatly by situation. ​

What the World Was Watching: Wrestling Challenge – January 22, 1995

With a few work-related obligations out of the way for the immediate future that absorbed the last month of my time, we return to the WWF in 1995.  We are less than twenty-four hours away from the Royal Rumble in Tampa, Florida, but before we get there we have “go home” broadcast of Wrestling Challenge.

Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase are in the booth and are still in Liberty, New York.

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PTBN’s WrestleMania List-a-Mania – Day Twenty-Five: Best WrestleMania Match Finishes

In honor of WrestleMania 33, members of the PTBN Staff has gathered to create a series of 33 lists, all dedicated to the rich history of WWE’s grandest spectacle. Each contributor assigned a ranking of 1-10 and votes were tallied accordingly. We will be releasing one list per day, with the final list to be posted on April 1, 2017, the day prior to WrestleMania 33! Be sure to share your feedback with us on social media! You can view the complete series here!

http://placetobenation.com/ptbns-wrestlemania-list-a-mania-day-twenty-five-best-wrestlemania-match-finishes/

BoD Daily Update: March 24, 2017

NBC Sports Interview with Triple H

http://sports.nbcsports.com/2017/03/23/paul-hhh-levesques-quest-to-change-wwe-as-we-know-it/

 

Summer Rae Update

Summer is currently training at the Performance Center and there is talk she could be part of the Smackdown Women’s match at WrestleMania.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

 

ESPN.com Interview on Donovan Dijak

http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/18984386/wwe-donovan-dijak-one-hottest-free-agents-professional-wrestling

 

RF Video Releases Newest Installment of their “Reflections” Series

Hosted by Timothy Embler, he welcomes guest Ricky Steamboat and you can view the trailer below:

 

Also, vote in this week’s shoot interview poll by clicking here

White dudes in Japan


Hey Scott,

Your crack about Jurassic Powers is well taken, but anyone who can explain Scott Norton’s success in NJPW to me without the caveat that they could turn any stiff into a top star at that point would come as a huge surprise. I understand Japanese audiences value different qualities in wrestlers than do American audiences, but I just don’t get it with this guy. What’s the deal?


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​The deal is that he looks exactly like Japanese audiences picture monster American wrestlers, so as long as he could stand there and have smaller guys bounce off him, 90% of the work was done for him already. And I mean, eventually being around the highest level of talent in the world rubbed off on him and he got better as a worker. But everyone has a type, and Norton was Japan’s type.​

The future of HoF inductees


Hey Scott,

People often have these conversations about whether or not wrestler X or Y deserves to be in the WWE HoF. But really, at what point, will everyone be inducted. On average WWE inducts 5 wrestlers into the HoF a year (not counting Tag Teams and Celebrities).

With Kurt going in now, they’ve basically run throw all the obvious HoF inductees and once Rude goes in, really how many guys are left that’re holes the HoF needs to fill? AA? Bundy?

I guess what I’m asking is, at what are they going to have no choice but to put Chyna in?

​If friggin’ Beth Phoenix somehow qualifies for a spot before she does, I’m thinking never. They’ll induct former Women’s champion Harvina Wippleman first. Or how about Rockin’ Robin? ‘member her? ​

Midget Wrestlers in HOF


Hi Scott,

With the mention of Lord Littlebrook in the Observer Flashback today as one of Patterson’s accusers, that got me thinking – are we ever going to see any of our favorite midget wrestlers in the HOF? Guys like Sky-Low-Low, Little Beaver, Lord Littlebrook and Rey Mysterio?

There was even an NWA Midget Championship and a title lineage:
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Second, Pat Patterson hit on Lord Littlebrook? Really???

So he claims. Although others at the time took it as more joking around, apparently. Today if something like that happened, it would go to HR in 3 seconds and the accused would be out the door by the next day.

Also, I see what you did there. Bravo.