WWE being clever?


Hey Scott-

For all that we do ripping the wwe for inept writing and character development.  What are examples can you remember the WWE actually being clever.

For me- even though I didn’t realize it at the time because I was a kid.  Was the whole GoldDUST being a play on Dusty’s name and the gold and black being the color of the polka dots he used to wear.  I know it’s not ground breaking. But it’s a nice little subtle nod.

Also- naming Ric Flair’s daughter Charlotte was a nice touch. 

I guess they couldn’t name her Greensboro.

Keep up the lords work



I mean, as petty and vindictive as it was, naming Dibiase's bodyguard "Virgil" was pretty damn clever.  Because on one hand, if you don't get the joke, it works fine as a gimmick name, and if you do understand the reference, it gives the character a whole other layer.  Especially if you see Dibiase as the analog for Vince McMahon.

Boom!  Just blew your mind!


Of course then a year later we also got "Akeem the African Dream" and it was like "OK, you hate Dusty, we get it already", but that's Vince for ya.

Elias Comparisons

Hey Scott,

I'm liking Elias more and more by the week, but I'm just uncertain where he goes long term.  Who would you compare him to?  I've had a few thoughts running around in my brain, and I'll play a few angles here:

1) Chris Jericho: he's golden on the mic and only getting better; his in ring performance isn't outstanding at this stage in his career but has improved and can continue to do so; he can be a reliable performer as a heel or face for years to come

2) Bray Wyatt: he's got the crowd behind him, but it will never go anywhere tangible and he'll still be doing this same gimmick in 4 years to yawns from the crowd

3) The Honky Tonk Man: he plays a mean guitar, is a great heel, has his limitations in the ring and will just be a mid-card comedy act

4) The Rock: all of that charisma will spill over into his in-ring ability and he'll be a box office smash in 20 years

5) Jeff Jarrett: he's not really that good at all, more annoying than anything else, but he'll somehow find a way in the wrestling world for the next 30 years, like it or not

I'm leaning more to Chris, and hoping it's not Bray.  Your call?

Were I to guess, I'd lean towards Bray.  Jericho could survive a lot of gimmick changes and downtime by having great matches, but Elias doesn't have that many tricks in his bag yet.  He's really someone that would benefit so, so much from leaving for a while and learning other styles, like Drew McIntyre did.  Plus the gimmick is such easy heat that you can introduce him again in 5 seconds when he's needed.  But as it stands, much like Bray, once fans see the act a few times, they'll be over it, and then he's got nothing for a backup. 

Velveteen Dream


I think we can agree still needs some seasoning, but if he can get it all together he should go very far on the main roster with his charisma. That said, does the name bother you as much as it does me? It just screams "midcarder for life" to me. And that's something, provided he does get it all together, he shouldn't be. Feel the same way about Elias too (not the name, but the if he can't get it to all come together he could be really big).

I agree on the name completely, but that's always something that can be tweaked later.  If they can come up with a better gimmicked name than "Patrick Clark" then he can always be "The Velveteen Dream" as a nickname instead.  Maybe Nelson "The Velveteen Dream" Rogers as a tribute to Prince?

Which is the bigger giveaway of a guy about to lose his match?


Kane setting off his pyro before the match? Or Finn inexplicably deciding to leave the demon at home in a WORLD TITLE MATCH?

There’s actually a lot of storyline potential with the demon thing, where they could explain that it’s a supernatural force that Finn can only tap into a finite amount of times every year. It’d be neat to have him maul his opponent as the demon in a big Sunday title match, then struggle to beat the same opponent as Finn during the rematch on RAW the next night because he can’t summon the demon again so soon.  

But I suppose stuff like this might take too much planning and foresight and all that.


Not to shoot down your finely honed haterade there, champ, but didn't Constantinople Corbin bar Balor from wrestling as the Demon out of spite from the night before?  

I mean, bigger picture, yeah it's stupid that Balor can unleash these deadly super-powers just by painting his face and gyrating and yet he chooses not to 364 days out of the year, but swing and a miss on this particular one.

This week’s PowerslamTV release highlights




Hi Scott,


I hope this finds you having a great day. I just wanted to send you the Powerslam release highlights for this week. We added our 91st promotion this morning and will break 2,900 hours of content by the end of the day. While we have added over one hundred hours of content this week alone our we are highlighting three of our favorite international promotions:

Ireland's Over the Top – Scrappermania 4
New Zealand's Southern Pro Wrestling (SPW) – Southern Rumble
Spain's WhiteWolf Wrestling (La Triple W) – No Rules Day

Thanks again for helping us to get the word out! Let me know ANY questions you might have about any of these events or promotions! 

Best,

For sure, thanks for the info!

Never Getting the Win Back…

Assuming Vince doesn’t throw down another half-mil to do it, does Braun not getting his win back from Lesnar really make a difference?  

The only time I can recall a soon-to-be champ not getting his win back was Austin never pinning Bret after WrestleMania, and with the double turn making Austin look like a badass nobody thinks back and says “well Austin never beat Bret so…”

Are there any other examples where not getting the win back actually made a difference in somebody’s career?  Or is this a lot of complaining about nothing?


I don't think anyone is seriously thinking Brock is gonna return and put over Braun, so I wouldn't worry about it.  Probably the only thing they'd have Brock return for is to put over Roman again just to make sure we all know who the #1 guy is.

But what about Rousey?


We can all guess where Roman goes from here, but what happens to the women's division? Assuming Rousey can survive her epic encounter with Nikki Bella, who do you think challenges her on Raw? W

ho could possibly beat her? Steph-o-mac?


UFC did OK with her smashing outmatched foes for a couple of years, so I think WWE can probably get away with the same.  Smash Nikki Bella, smash Natalya, finish things off with Charlotte at Wrestlemania…that should be fine.  

Never Before Never Again

Hey Scott,

If you were given The Rock for a three month program to build up for one match at Survivor Series this year what would you do? 


Other than the obvious pairing with Roman to go up against the dangerous alliance of R-Truth and The Miz. 

Man, tough call.  I think Rock v. Kevin Owens could be a hell of a deal, but honestly I think the most bang for your buck as far as giving someone the rub would be Elias.  The match would probably suck but the weekly build would likely be tremendous.  

They’re telling the wrong story

Hi Scott,

So, I loved the Shield angle but they've got the heels and faces mixed up. Strowman promised he was cashing in and he (like Roman) kept his word. If anything, Rollins and Ambrose should be like the old Horsemen saving the title for Flair because the fans' natural instinct is to boo Reigns. It's hard enough to garner sympathy for a guy like Strowman, so here's an opportunity to have him not only dethrone the champion but thwart his cronies in the process as well. Yet, the Shield are presented as conquering heroes for beating on a guy 3-on-1?

What say you, Sir?

Yeah, I'm not particularly clear on what they were trying to accomplish, either.  It felt like a Russo Reset angle where all of a sudden someone like Goldust just comes out in his old gimmick with no particular motivation behind the change. 

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What is the real deal with Mr. Burns’ assistant, Roman Reigns? You know what I’m talking about.

Sincerely yours,

The Hon. Henry 


Roman Reigns is the WWE Universal champion and he sucks.  

Summerslam


Hey Scott, so here we are, the era of Reigns. My question is, you brought up jn another post about WWE writers not knowing the pulse of their fanbase. For instance, Becky Lynch getting loud cheers after turning on Charlotte. I am to a point where I think its intentional. I believe they do have the pulse of the fans, but, now that is a gambling sport, they have to think different. 2, I cheer for the heels, and with the times changing, many people root for the bad buy. 


I think the change in the rooting patterns has changed writing and booking. We love the cool heel more so then the plucky babyface. I think we ourselves as fans might have hurt the product.



You’re right, clearly it’s our own fault, and ratings are at record low levels because Vince is so far ahead of the curve that viewers haven’t caught up yet.  

WWE Is A Bunch of Arse.


Hi Scott. 

Arse. A lovely British word for the human backside, and also a word that pops up if you anagram a few WWE Stars names. 

For Example

Cesaro – Arse Co. 
Maryse – My Arse
Roman Reigns – Morning Arse. 

Couple of related ones:

Stone Cold Steve Austin – Unsteadiest Vets Colon (He might want to consider taking up vetinary surgery)

Lana's Twitter Handle @Lanawwe – Eww Anal

And I may as well through this one in there

Charlotte Flair – Clitoral Father. (I wouldn't advise thinking about that one!)

– Barry   
Quit posting all the Roman Reigns emails, they said.  Post something other than Lex Luger questions, they said…

Kevin Owens HAD to job!



Amazing that people are upset about Kevin Owens’ booking last night when you look at the whole picture. Think about it:

– Kevin Owens gets obliterated with no credible offense so that…

– Braun is kept fresh for later in the night so that…

– Braun can threaten to cash in so that…

– All the fans stay in their seats and don’t leave so that…

– Braun can actually not cash in and Reigns can win with a still packed (now muted) crowd and the PPV can go off the air so fast it’s like it committed a bank robbery.

Clearly, Owens had to be destroyed so thoroughly that the announcers literally laughed at him. Roman must rise, though the heavens fall.


Yeah and now watch Owens get the title shot for the next PPV.  

Who Would be the Guy?


By now it’s pretty obvious that the way to go is to turn Roman Reigns and have him lead a heel shield faction. He would hold the belt for a while and then eventually give it up to a conquering babyface. My question is who would be that babyface? Who is on the roster currently or in nxt that fits Vince’s ideal of a carry the company type superstar? They gave Bryan, Balor, and Rollins a shot at title runs only to see them get injured so I would think they were out. Lashley just fought Roman to less than mild reactions. Ambrose might get there but he’s coming off an injury and was basically treated like a joke prior to that. I don’t see anyone in NXT that works on a top top guy level. It’s basically just Braun who is a better heel in my opinion or stay with the Roman babyface mega push until he magically gets over or dies trying. Does that about sum it up?



Yeah, I think we're in for a lot of Roman v. Braun over the next few months.  

Mailbag Question

Scott,
Can you please explain the bizarre relationship between modern wrestling fans and 1990s Simpsons references?! Like, is a near 30 year old cartoon the only other media fans have ever consumed? For a bunch of wanks who pretend to be "smart", you'd think they would have left their obsession back with their discarded pogs, flash-cube cameras, and feety pajamas. Or at least graduated to Married…With Children references. While we are on the subject of Fox's Sunday lineup, Charles S. Dutton's Roc never gets any love. Everyone marks out for 30 Rock doing a live episode, but Roc did an entire SEASON live and nobody remembers it. #SeanShannonForever
WORST. TROLL. EVER.

The (Beta) Monster Among Men



So, WWE’s plan to get Braun over as a monster: have Lesnar beat him clean with a single F5, never let Braun get his win back, and then get completely destroyed by Brock like he was Zack Gowen. And *Brock* is the one leaving! I thought the monster was one of the easiest tropes to pull off, but at this point it’s like bizarro world.


If WWE had this kind of booking mentality in 1996, they would’ve had Warrior squash Undertaker on the way out. 

I still don’t get why they won’t just pull the damn trigger on Braun already.  

Ricochet



I just wanted to make my sentiments public so there's proof if my prediction is accurate someday.

My hand to God…I think Ricochet is going to be on the same level as The Rock within the next 5-10 years. I can just see it right now that he's going to be a cross-over star and be in blockbuster movies. He has an indefinable quality about him that few have in the world. I actually saw it before even watching him perform in a match. His appearance in the crowd at 'Takeover Philadelphia' and I had visions of him appearing on talk shows as a mega star someday as "Ricochet" Trevor Mann.

He's the guy. My words are marked now.

He is indeed amazing, however I think Velveteen Dream is ultimately going to be the guy to carry the promotion for the next decade if they can resist calling him up for a while.  That's a big if, though.