No Mercy and the Network

A few months ago, the IWC was all ablaze over the churn rate on the WWE Network. WWE then ran a special 3 month free trial membership of the network for August-october, which bridges the corporate quarter. For September, they've delivered the Mae Young Classic and now a No Mercy ppv with wrestlemania caliber matches. Plus Hell in a Cell has another Wrestlemania caliber match. It seems obvious that WWE has made a concerted effort to deliver better content on the corporate timeline rather than the old big 4 ppv schedule. Why are fans complaining?

​I dunno, I wasn't even aware that I was supposed to be complaining about this stuff.  But I guess I'm part of the "IWC" and we apparently all think with one hive mind. ​

Wrestling Companies Holding Grudges

 Do you happen to know if there has ever been cases of TNA/GFW, ROH, New Japan, etc. holding a grudge against a departing wrestler that was WWE bound?  I.E.-"If you end up failing there, don't look to come back here when it's over."  I know in the past Vince has done this when talent left the WWE for another wrestling company, but has the reverse ever happened?  Thanks again. 

WCW used to get pretty cranky about it, but then they'd just change booker and forget about it again.  

Is No Mercy really a B PPV?

I was reading through your old rants and realized every No Mercy, except for a couple in the early 2000’s was a big thumbs up from you with one or two 4 snowflake plus matches on each card.  People are talking about throwing away Cena
Reigns and Strowman Lesnar on a B show this year.  If No Mercy  is a B show, is it the king of them?

 

I think that would be Money in the Bank or Hell in a Cell, since people actually remembered those shows most years.  

Meltzer the Hypocrite


Hi Scott,


Isn't it just a slight bit hypocritical for Meltzer to complain about dangerous pro wrestling matches while praising strong-style japanese style wrestling?

He'll nitpick a WWE match to death, then give 25 5* matches to Misawa who was so utter destroyed by these matches, he died from them.

I'm actually kind of annoyed by this, since he obviously knows the style he's promoting isn't sustainable while demeaning a working style that will A) lead to wrestler having safer careers and B) might actually lead to them getting jobs in WWF.

​Dude, you're kind of all over the place with this one.  Short answer to what I think you're getting at:  Meltzer was constantly, constantly calling out guys like Shibata for being too dangerous, and has said many times that it was a miracle Kobashi and Misawa made it as long as they did. However, Dave and everyone else is also allowed to think it's a great match while disapproving of the methods of having the match.  I love me some veal cutlets but I don't especially like to think about where they come from. There's a name for people who don't eat meat on moral principles, and it's called "Crazy person".

Going out on your back

Hey Scott,

 

 

I’ve heard that when wrestlers retire (or leave a territory in the old
days) they would always job for their last match.

 

Any instances that this didn’t happen?

 

​Off the top of my head, Trish Stratus not only didn't lose in her retirement match against Lita in 2006, she won the Women's title!  I'm sure there's many others as well.​

Randomness

Scott………here's some random questions for you.

1.  I'm not familiar with Junkyard Dog at all outside of his mid-late 80's WWF run.  I have however read and I think I remember you saying before that he was a huge draw (for Bill Watts?)………can you elaborate more – when was he over, what got him over, and who'd he draw $ against?

2.  I know how much you love the Flair/Sting angle from Halloween havoc 95 and rightfully so.  My question is this – should there have been a better blowoff for it?  I know Sting beat Flair at the next ppv but it seems looking back that maybe they could have gotten more out of the awesome Flair double cross???

3.  What's the best example that jumps out to you if someone getting a big push based off of 1 match.  In other words wrestler x went out and had an amazing match with someone and after the match they were viewed in a completely different light.

​1. He was most over in Mid-South around 1982-84, and basically there was this giant demographic of black kids in Louisiana who were looking for a superhero and didn't have anyone to cheer for, and Dog was the right guy in the right place at the right time. The biggest money feud was with the Freebirds, but he also made money against the Midnight Express, and then got heavily into drugs and was never the same wrestler by the time he got to the WWF.  Watts also spent the next few years chasing the same reaction with other guys like Tony Atlas and Ron Simmons in WCW, and never could duplicate that, either.
2. Yeah, unfortunately it was pretty obvious they were moving Flair in another direction after Starrcade, because Sting trying to take out the new Horsemen one by one would have been a fun storyline.
3. Kidman v. Juvy the night after Fall Brawl '98.  Instantly got Kidman over as a top level cruiserweight instead of the weird guy scratching himself at ringside.  ​

What if Strowman wins?


Hi Scott, 


I want to dream for a moment that Braun Strowman actually wins the universal title at No Mercy and we're not really going to get Lesnar-Reigns (again) at Mania…

How do we get there if that's the case? I would think Reigns somehow goads the Undertaker into a Career Match to put him into retirement for real. Where does that leave Strowman & Lesnar, assuming they blow off their feud by Survivor Series and Brock doesn't go into seclusion until January. Do we get Strowman-Cena? Lesnar-Angle? 

What say you, Sir?


​I feel like Strowman winning the Royal Rumble and then beating Brock at Wrestlemania is the biggest thing they've got in their pocket, so I'm still mystified as to why they're actually doing this match here. Strowman has every hallmark of being exactly the kind of guy that Vince loves to push, and they've protected him like crazy, but that Roman Reigns bottleneck is still there.  Really, Strowman is the guy who can play the Lesnar role of the monster champion where contenders line up one after another and get smashed, but also HE'S THERE EVERY WEEK.  It's the best of both worlds.​

NXT 2

You've said in the past that NXT could be split into two separate rosters with all the developmental talent they have and Indy stars coming into the fold. What do you think of this idea?

– Absorb 205 Live into NXT, rebrand CW title to Network Championship

– Create a second one hour weekly show

Network Championship is the main title on the second show, let's say Thursday at 8PM. 

Wednesday roster – NXT Championship & Women's title

Thursday roster – Network Championship & Tag Titles

Guys like Strong and Ohno are so lost in the shuffle that they could be on the second show in the Network title picture. There's constantly going to be an influx of talent coming in. You have to figure with the current NXT roster, MYC women coming in, developmental guys, cruiserweights, and UK guys…they could easily fill out two rosters. A nice blend of Indy stars and home grown guys on both rosters. They could share TakeOver specials.

​Honestly, I feel like that would start watering down the NXT brand a lot.  I don't want MORE TV content to have to watch, I want less.  NXT's weekly TV has become pretty inessential as it is, and adding another title and splitting it over two nights would completely kill off my interest.  I do agree that 205 Live is a dead issue and needs to die, but I think replacing it with "The Women's Revolution" or something like that would be a better idea.  You could move the NXT Women's division off the NXT brand completely and use all the talent signed from the tournament to fill up the hour. Plus it's much easier to give a women's show a unique voice, for obvious reasons.  Unlike 205 Live, which is filled with guys who do the same shit as the heavyweights do on RAW but with worse angles.   ​

the podcast!


Hello,


Since 'because WCW' is such a common meme on the Blog, I figured there weren't many better places to beg for a plug for what we hope will be an ongoing podcast looking at the very worst of WCW.

Audio is rough round the edges as we're both new to the tech side, but as a major plus, the first episode is Starrcade 1997!


Hang on, that IS a plus…. right?

Well, it's not like you won't have years of material to work with.