Ran into Roman Reigns

I saw Roman at a grocery store yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a douche and bother him and ask him for photos or anything.


He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?”

I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the door with like fifteen gallons of milk without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the cartons and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think infetterence is even a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.



​I feel like you’re doing a bit here but I have no idea what the payoff is, so I’ll just smile and nod.

PWI, WWF Magazine, and Nintendo Power Scans

Hey Scott,

A year or two ago, I scanned and e-mailed you pictures from the March 1994 Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine, showing the July 19, 1993 match between Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty as the 1993 PWI Match of the Year.  Their 17, 1993 match on Raw is often confused as that year’s Match of the Year.

Recently, there has been discussion on the blog about pictures possibly being shown in WWF Magazine in 1993 of the infamous tug-of-war photoshoot between Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart over the WWF belt that Bret wrote about in his book.  Several people swear they saw the pictures in the WWF Magazine and/or Nintendo Power.

Someone posted a link in the discussion to the Nintendo Power sweepstakes from the June 1993 issue (Volume 49), but here they are again.  I’ve also attached pictures from the July and August 1993 issues of WWF Magazine with columns/stories about a potential Hogan vs Hart match.  These are the only WWF Magazines that year that discuss the idea of a match between the two.  Alas, neither Nintendo Power or WWF Magazine has pictures of the alleged tug-of-war.

I also included scans from an article of PWI in the April 1992 issue of the WWF’s more violent storylines in 1991.  I thought they’d be a timely addition since Bayless has been covering this era in his reviews.

Thanks,

John

​Awesome!  Thanks for all your hard work!












RIP Johnny Attitude


I know he was not big time by any means, but he was one of the nicest people I ever met. He was married to former Penthouse Pet of the year Andi Sue Irwin and she came to the club I worked at in 2004. I did not recall
Johnny from any of his WCW appearances, but he still hung out with me, talked wrestling, and was just a cool guy. He asked me for my address and promised me he was going to send me autographed 8 x 10’s. I never expected anything from him, yet over time I got
Chris Benoit, Randy Savage, and a bunch of other guys he hung out with’s autographs and personalized notes. I would never have expected him to go through that for me, when I was just a dude that bounced for his wife for one weekend. He was a stand up guy and
I am glad he got a bit of fame off of the MCW show on TruTV. Goldberg broke his neck and elbow in one match, but it was on Nitro and made the Goldberg VHS so Johnny said at least the world can see it over and over. While so many of our wrestlers may not have
been who we hoped they would be in real life, Johnny was better than I could have imagined. He may not have been popular, but I hope the blog can give a little love to a good guy.

​I’m not actually familiar with him, but I’m glad he made an impact on your life.  ​

Loophole?

If it’s a blank contract and you only need a ref and a bell to start the match, why doesn’t any MITB winner just walk into a WWE ring at a show that the champ is
not on, say they’re cashing in, and accept the victory and the title by forfeit?


Or why don’t they pull a Rio de Janeiro and have Braun “beat” Brock in an impromptu match in Minnesota where no cameras were present?  Gets the belt off of Brock,
gives us a champ right away.

Anything but this shit.

The idea of cashing in on an absent champion is kind of an interesting one, but the precedent has already been established where the champion has to be both present and ready to compete in a match, so I don’t think it would stand up from a legal viewpoint.  We’ve had cases in the past where someone tried a cash-in, but the champion was too injured to start the match.  I think that “Not currently in the same state” would fall under that umbrella as well.  ​

Possible trade war between ROH owner Sinclair and WWE


If you thought that WWE was petty, you should see what Ring of Honor’s parent company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, could do when FOX starts airing SmackDown Live here in the US.  Keep in mind that Sinclair also owns a crapload of TV stations, over 40 of which are FOX affiliates if you include digital subchannels and it’s adding more stations, too.



​Hey, bring on the war, I say!  As the story notes, it can only be good for wrestling, and Omega and the Bucks likely stand to make millions whichever way they fall in it.  ​

Cena Era


Hey Scott,


So with Cena gone, and it looking like he’s probably not coming back for anything other than one-off matches, what are your thoughts on his career? How does he line up with the other “guys” of WWE? Where does he stand as a worker, as a promo, as a draw?
As a draw, he’s at the top tier and two of the biggest PPV buyrates in history are directly attributed to his involvement in the main event. Historically, I think he’s the last guy who can be quantified as an actual draw, however.  From here on out it’s only the WWE name drawing whatever is drawing.  
As a promo, he’s Ok, but mostly hampered by the overproduced style that he was a part of creating.  I never hear many Cena promos that talk me into buying a show, but he’s usually entertaining.  
As a worker he was an elite guy who worked up to the level of his opponent but couldn’t really break out of his patterns and carry people who were worse than him.  Kane in 2012, for example.  But he rarely had bad matches and almost always had good ones.  
He’s already in the WON Hall of Fame and clearly deserves to be there. 

Bundy in The WCW

Hey Scott 

After Bundy’s failure in the WWF in the mid 90s, how come The WCW never picked him up?  Without doing too much timeline research I think it was right around 96 when he ended his run up north.   Still plenty of opportunity in The WCW mid card.  Even NWO Bundy May have been interesting.   The big signing would of been in 94-95 though, with that silly dungeon of doom/Hogan angel.   

I am surprised it never happens and that I havnt really heard about it. 

​We’ve covered it in the Observer recaps a few times.  WCW made him offers and because he was financially independent after his WWF run, his asking price was too high and they could never make a deal.  Frankly I’m shocked he hung around the WWF as long as he did, unless he just wanted to get the big WM payday against Undertaker.​

Braun and Generic MITB booking

Am I the only one who is really, really dreading the possibility of Braun cashing in and winning the belt from an exhausted Roman after he beats Lesnar for the title at SS?

Braun is supposed to be a monster. He should cut a promo basically saying “I don’t need this damn briefcase.I don’t need to win cheap” and cash in by telling whoever is champion that they’ve got a full month to prepare because they’ve got no chance.

As I see it, if WWE has Braun do the generic MITB trope of “wrestler cashes in on champion after a long and grueling match to win the title unfairly” this KILLS Braun’s character.

Then again, I’ve already watched Braun (who hated tagging and hunted for sport) happily tag with smiling babyfaces, and now he’s best friends with smiling Balor (the worst babyface on Raw with that stupid grin, but that’s another matter).

I’m not optimistic.

​I will play devil’s advocate here and note that given they pretty much need to get the belt off Brock at Summerslam and given that Roman won’t have another chance to ever actually beat Brock for the title if that’s so, then having him win the belt and then Braun cash in on him is the best course of action.
HOWEVER.
Why the fuck won’t they just pay Brock another million and have him show up on RAW and drop the belt to Roman or Braun and be done with it?  Assuming the logic of “We’ve got Brock for one more match and we want to get the title off him before he possibly bolts to UFC again”, then what’s the point of stretching it out until Summerslam?  Clearly he’s WAAAAAAY past his best-before date as a character and the show will sell out without him.  Instead we get another four hour PPV to determine another #1 contender (unrelated to the #1 contender we determined at the last four hour PPV) while the champion sits home for months on end.  ​

Pro Wrestling Noah/WWE


This is pretty big news, I’d love to see WWE use Go and Marufuji whether for one offs at a Royal Rumble or even do Takeovers like Liger did, although for now I believe this puts any working relationship with NJPW to rest. Thoughts?


​NOAH’s not exactly the big time in Japan at the moment.  But hey, maybe they can send Itami and Nakamura there and headline some shows and get a foothold.  Win-win.  ​

G1




Scott, really enjoying your New Japan rants.
Was wondering what the plan is for coverage on the G1 tournament?
Will Ioan review all 19 shows or will you do a special Smark rant for the final day?
I think Ioan is still retired from New Japan reports.  If anyone else wants the job, I’m always looking for NJ coverage.  I might do the Cow Palace show, though. 

Bliss-Rousey Booking


Hi, Scott.

Assuming it is the Summerslam match, how do you think WWE should/will book the Bliss-Rousey feud and match?  Given its investment in Rousey, WWE wouldn’t book a “Ronda, this is your life” segment just to get Alexa heat, right?  Since Alexa will have been champion something like 450 days out of the last 620 days or so by the time of the PPV, should Rousey be slotted as the underdog?

​I think they’ll do a similar deal to the Jax thing, where Bliss talks a big game for weeks and then gets destroyed by Ronda, and maybe Stephanie screws up the finish to build heat for that or something, I dunno.  I can’t see them changing the title QUITE yet, but maybe by the Knifey-Spooney Classic.  ​