DiBiase


Scott,

 

I just recently re-watched Royal Rumble 1992.  Having a worker the caliber of Ted DiBiase as one of the first two entrants makes sense, yet he was tossed over in 1:18.  He barely lasted longer than Jerry Sags.  Was he in the doghouse or
working hurt or something?  What was the point of wasting him in such a throwaway manner?

He was working hurt for most of 92 and 93.  I always did think it was a waste for him not to be in there with Flair, though. 

Nattie Neidhart


When did this current hate for Nattie begin? When she first made her debut she was heralded as this great in ring worker. People were pissed she was given the fart gimmick saying she deserved better, now suddenly she's a division killer.

​Is that the current opinion?  I dunno, I've always thought she was a great worker, although she didn't really have the charisma of someone like Charlotte to carry the division or anything. I don't know why they're so opposed to have Becky Lynch be the champion, but Nattie is fine.  And also she was SMOKING in the latest Southpaw Regional Wrestling series, so extra points for that.  ​

The Anti-Sting

Hey Scott,

Just wondering,

People sometimes say Sting should have been much, much bigger than he ended up, given his look, charisma, etc, but for whatever reason, it never clicked.

My question is what wrestler, do you feel, with almost nothing going for him, not an indy darling, nothing that would endear him to Vince (size, hair, etc) no sign at all that he would make it "in this business," and despite all this, succeed leagues beyond what would be expected?

​Honky Tonk Man.  Looked like a pudgy Memphis geek with a ridiculous gimmick, and yet he got himself over and managed to draw on top as Intercontinental champion and stayed there for over a year.  ​

Big Brother Results?!! (Spoilers, Obviously)


Scott,
What’s your take on the season and the finale?
Are we going in the direction of the Sore Loser Jury? Nobody played a better game than Paul, but in the end a guy who many said they had no respect for wins?!
And Cody is America’s Favorite Houseguest? I guess it will make for a good future episode of Making a Murderer. 

I was so over Paul and his puppetmastery of those numbskulls by August, and apparently so was production judging by the SHADE thrown at him by Julie after his epic choke.  When everyone in the house is throwing comps to you and you're still such a douchebag that you alienate the entire jury on the way out, you've done something wrong. The Cody vote was clearly America's Revenge, too. 
Anyway, it was easily one of the worst seasons due to the sheep factor and Josh winning by virtue of Not Being Paul.  Now watch them bring back Christmas for another go next year.  

Punk


Hey Scott,

Do you think there's any shot that CM Punk changing his hair and facial hair seemingly every week back when he was in WWE didn't help his cause? I mean couldn't they have logically said they were having a hard time  marketing him or putting him on a poster since he was constantly changing his look? I get reinventing yourself and changing appearances once in a while but he did it way too much in his short time there.


Of all the things he did to annoy the marketing department and Vince in general, that would be pretty far down the list.  However, yes, that would absolutely be a valid reasoning on their part, and it's a major reason why everyone else typically has to go through the front office before they make major cosmetic alterations.  

Bischoff

Why was Eric Bischoff so willing to work for Vince McMahon in 2002? I'd always been under the impression that while he had an onscreen role in WCW, that he was primarily a business guy. Yet he signed with WWE purely in an onscreen role with no business or creative role to go with it. I know he didn't need the money. Was he such a great guy that he did it just because he knew the fans would enjoy it? He sure saw no need to "protect" his character, letting himself get constantly humiliated.  Was he hoping it would grow into something more? And could you have seen Vince McMahon doing something like that if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars?

​I don't see Vince doing that, no.  But then Vince never saw Eric as being on the same level as him, anyway.  As for Bischoff's WWE run, he's always said that it was just a business relationship, and he probably enjoyed playing the on-screen character without having to deal with the headaches of responsibility.  ​

Shotgun Saturday Night

Even though most of these things on the WWE Network surveys never come to fruition, I have to admit I was incredibly excited just reading them mention the idea of a weekly "edgy" TV-14 show as one of the options. I know, I know we're completely overkilled with the amount of content each week. However, they could make this so completely unique that I believe people would love it.

Remember the awesome original, short lived format of Shotgun Saturday Night? They have all the resources to mimic that exact look and feel of that. If your readers may not know, the original format took place live in NYC nightclubs and looked unlike anything the company ever produced. The opening video of the show also featured the "American Bad Ass" character of the Undertaker well over 3 years before it ever debuted on RAW. However, they quickly scrapped the format because of costs and ran the tired, old taping before RAW crap instead.

This would obviously be on the premium tier of the WWE Network. Turn Full Sail into a nightclub atmosphere, complete with fans sitting at tables and a bar setup. No LED video walls, no highly produced entrance music. The color commentators sit on bar stools at ringside. Scantily clad dancers in the background. Vulgar language, edgy adult storylines. Super hot chick as one of the commentators like Sunny on the original Shotgun Saturday Night. Do things completely different.

I'd be willing to bet this show would consistently be the most viewed show on the network by a mile. It'd be huge for them.

​Maybe, I dunno.  I admit I'm out of touch with the common fan these days and what the kids are into, because my survey responses were basically "GIVE ME ALL THE WRESTLING" and "FUCK NO" to every choice that started with "New scripted content" or whatever wacky VR bullshit they were talking about.  What I wish is that they'd buy out, or at the very least partner with, New Japan World and just bring all THAT content over to the WWE Network UI because then I could watch it easily and I'd happily give WWE my 999 Yen a month on top of what I'm already paying them.  ROH?  Sure.  TNA?  Why not.  House shows?  Hell yeah.  Tournaments?  You know it, son.  I would happily, HAPPILY pay more for all of that without a complaint.  Buy the Lucha Underground back catalog while you're at it, WWE.  I likely can't review it all, but I can sure as hell try.​

WWE Trademarking Wrestlers Move Names?


                        Has the WWE ever tried to trademark wrestlers move names?  For example, I've heard announcers from other wrestling companies refer to a "Tombstone- Piledriver" or a "Pedigree"  Kind of weird that they haven't seeing as they do with names and characters.  Any idea? 

They absolutely trademark the shit out of move names.  And if they catch other companies doing that, you can bet they'll get a letter about it.  

Bobby Heenan


http://www.gamingrespawn.com/film-and-tv/26545/wrestle-respawn-five-favourite-bobby-heenan-commentary-momentsrunning-gags/

Just a brief look at some Heenan moments that never fail to bring a smile to my face

​Yeah, my original plan had been to do a column tomorrow for Sporting News dedicated to my favorite Heenan moments, but I had some stuff come up tonight so we'll see if I can pump it out later in the week now.  ​

Bound For Glory in Ottawa


In a five-week span, Ottawa will get an Impact PPV and five straight nights of TV tapings, followed by the Grey Cup, and then topped off with the Canadian Olympic Curling trials.


My question is: Should ESPN Ocho just move their studios here?

​Hey, Amazon is also looking for a second HQ.  They could go for the clean sweep.
Not surprising, I guess, that Anthem would move tapings north of the border.  Certainly easier to maintain things that way, plus I think there's probably tax breaks they can take advantage of.  ​

Big John Studd in 89


So BJS wins the rumble in 89 but then doesn't even have his own match at WM5- What gives? And he was gone by June of that year…

Do you think at the time Vince wishes he had someone else win that Rumble? Seems like a wasted opportunity to push someone to the main event?

​Yeah, Studd was not particularly happy with how that went down, either.  It was a big reason why he left.  Definitely in retrospect having him win the Rumble was a huge waste.  Probably should have been Randy Savage winning it and he could have "accidentally" eliminated Hogan at the end.​

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.