Stevie Richards in WCW


Shortly after Raven debuted in WCW, they brought in Stevie Richards for a prominent interview segment which later led o a match between the two, with Richards added to the flock. Oddly though, he seemed to disappear pretty quickly from what I remember though this did not occur to other flock members, who would remain active and at ringside until the group broke up.

What was the reason for Richards's shirt stint in WCW? Did they only bring him in to help introduce Raven? Did someone in WCW not like him?

Yeah, Raven. There was a whole political deal too, and then if I remember correctly, he failed a drug test and got bounced.  But him and Raven were not going to get along if they were both around so it was inevitable anyway. 

The guy whose name can’t be said


I’m noticing on the Network something odd when you look at the on screen
bookmarks of any particular event.  Most events have the start and end of
the match bookmarked with the participants (i.e. The Rock vs. Undertaker). 
But in the case of that Canadian guy who killed his family they never list his
name.  They have something like “Kurt Angle in singles action” for
Wrestlemania X-7.  They don’t edit out his matches or any audio of his name
being said but they won’t list his name on the match bookmarks?  Pretty
trivial I know but what is that accomplishing?
Trivial and petty is what they do oh so well.  Perhaps they don't want to be accused of advertising Benoit in any manner?

Jeff Jarrett fallout


Why the serious hell is Ed Nordholm running a pro wrestling company?  Then again, he might not have a company to run after gutting Fight Network to fund what, for now, is GFW.  I said "for now" for a specific reason, see (merger not really official)?  If Jeff Jarrett is gone from the promotion for good (wife Karen,too), there could be some far-reaching effects.
Maybe they should just hire Russo back and get it over with.  

Punching

Any idea when punching with a closed fist essentially became accepted in American wrestling?

Over here in Europe we were considerably more stringent against it even way into the 90's, but obviously in the Americas it was more prevalent

I was wondering when it just kind of became allowed seeing as technically punching with a closed fist is illegal? The 70's maybe?

​I think it was pretty much Bruno who made it an acceptable part of the WWF landscape, although clearly Jerry Lawler specialized in punching people and making it look real.  So yeah, I'd say the 70s.​

Random Origin Thought


Is there an official original source on how the "insider" wrestling terminology (face, heel, work, kayfabe, etc…) came to the regular masses? Retired wrestler spilling the beans? One of the first wrestling reporters creating them? Just something wrestlers gave up in an interview once to let the viewer get more of an understanding?

​A lot of it was the Observer in the 80s.  In the really old ones that we covered, somewhere around 1985 Dave switches from "good guys" to "babyfaces" and starts using a lot of the terminology that was kayfabed up until that point.  I think Jim Cornette, being one of Dave's biggest sources, had a lot to do with letting it all get out.  Mostly it was just the business changing and wrestlers thinking that they could make more money by "pulling back the curtain", only to reveal that there was in fact a more secret curtain behind the first one.  That was kind of the Russo philosophy and why there was so many backstage segments in the Attitude Era — they were trying to make the viewer feel like they were going backstage, even though they were only going to the staged backstage.​

ECW Invading The WWE In 1997

  What was the story with ECW invading the WWE in early 1997?  Was there ever a plan that would've ended in a pay-off, or was the whole thing a booking on the fly deal?

Vince needed warm bodies to fill the show while the "real stars" were off on tour of Germany, and Heyman needed an outlet to advertise the first ECW PPV.  It was a win-win situation.​

RAW live on xmas and New Years Eve

Raw to broadcast LIVE on Christmas night and New Year’s night

Prepare to celebrate the holidays with WWE this year as Raw broadcasts LIVE on Christmas night, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

This marks the first time that WWE will present Monday night’s hottest show live on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. These unprecedented broadcasts aim to best serve you, the WWE Universe, during the holiday season.

Deck the halls and ring in the New Year with Monday Night Raw, live on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 on USA Network.


​————-

WHY????????????

Well, normally both shows would be a complete throwaway anyway, so might as well try to make something of them, I guess.  Sucks for the guys who have to work Christmas, but Scrooge's coffers aren't going to fill themselves!

Corbin


The IWC seems intent on finding a boogeyman behind Corbin losing the MITB briefcase, but can't it be just a wrestling angle? He's not the 1st to fail to win the title when cashing in the briefcase. Cena distracting him and costing him the world title actually gave their summerslam match a purpose or some heat. Ratings have been low after Wrestlemania so the failed cash in gave the episode of smackdown excitement and an unexpected ending. Jinder's heel title reign is going better than expected so having a heel with the briefcase isn't needed. He's competing for the US title, why would he care to do so if he could fight for the world title? And if they want to put the world title in Corbin, there are plenty of PPV events to just give him a match. 

​Yeah, but it wasn't an angle as intended, though.  The original booking was Corbin cashing in at Summerslam and beating Nakamura, and it was literally changed the night of that Smackdown to having Corbin lose the briefcase.  Even if Jinder's title reign is "better than expected" they didn't have to immediately take the briefcase off the table and job out Corbin. The whole thing was just a waste of everyone's time.​

Corbin’s burial explanation


https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/6y16mb/more_on_the_argument_between_maroon_and_corbin

Kinda makes WWE look shitty, especially with "company man" Cena clowning him at SummerSlam, if true. Also tells wrestlers what to expect if they dare speak out like that, doesn't it?

Yikes.  I think we were better off when Corbin was thought to be punished for tweeting at military vets.  This really makes WWE look BAD. 

Graves replaces JBL

https://twitter.com/WWE/status/904744903938371586

Damn, so Graves is doing RAW and SmackDown at the same time?  There's some frequent flyer miles coming his way.  Nigel also gets upgraded to 205 Live and Main Event as a result of this, so that's also good news. 
Also, why do they have to cowtow to the minority audience with Booker and Saxton and Watson, but no one cares that there's not any women on the commentary teams?

BoD question: Charlotte => Charlotte Flair


Good evening Mr Keith,


Long time reader, first time questioner.

Earlier this year, Charlotte became Charlotte Flair, with no other real character change. This got me thinking, has that ever happened before?  Many wrestlers have dropped down to a single name (e.g., Antonio Cesaro, Alexander Rusev),  but I can't think of any others that have gained a name, not including character changes or employer changes.  I thought there might maybe be a tag wrestler who gets a full name after a split or something like that, but nothing comes to mind.  Can you think of any similar cases?
​No, actually I can't.  I was racking my brain trying to come up with another example and I'm stumped.  Typically it's easier to market a single name, so it's almost always in the direction of removing one, not adding one.  ​

Buff Bagwell


So when I heard WWE signed Buff, I was excited cause I always felt like he had star potential but WCW never quite used him right. He was easily among the top ten most over guys they had at some points. Anyways they did the Buff/Booker match on raw and we all now how they ended up, my question is why did they can him and not Booker? Did he drink Vinces coffee before he went out to the ring or something?

​Buff's firing had nothing to do with that match.  He was actually still being used after the WCW disaster, but he had backstage heat for other stuff, and the final inciting incident was a Smackdown taping where his mom literally called in sick for him and he no-showed.  His contract was terminated after that.  REAL WRESTLING STORIES, ladies and gentlemen.​

Friends DVDs


Hey Scott,

Long time (and daily) reader of the blog. Was wondering, with the show now enjoying a new wave of popularity with younger audiences, any chance for a repost of your Friends DVD rants? Or, better yet, a Scott Sez? Considering how many views any YouTube video referencing the show draws, I'd bet it would be a popular feature.

​Possibly!  It kind of blows my mind to see people in their twenties now connecting with the show again via Netflix, and I've been watching through the seasons again as a result.  Not to mention that it's reformatted for HD on Netflix and looks AMAZING.  ​