Where do you put Mr. Backlund's post Survivor Series 94 promo on the pantheon on all-time great promos? Personally, I find it a masterpiece that is criminally underrated, probably due to the fact that it was all rendered obsolete just a couple days later.

Hindsight being 20/20, I wonder if Vince wishes he'd have just stuck with Backlund as champ until at least Wrestlemania.

No way, Backlund had a shelf life in that role and it was clearly about a week after he won the belt.  

UK Wrestling Scene

Idk how familiar you are with the UK promotions but IPW just announced they would cease live events starting 2020 I believe, marking the end of an era for one of the UKs biggest promotions. This follows 3 other promotions that closed down recently. This all started with the rise of NXT UK and them signing all the bigger UK stars not named Will Ospreay, Zack Sabre Jr. Or Marry Scurll. So my question is did Triple officially destroy the UK Wrestling Scene or is just a coincidence and just the UK scene naturally dying out after a hot period?

I don't know enough about it to comment specifically, but certainly it's right out of Vince's playbook to eliminate the competition in just the manner described.  

Rikishi & Too Cool

Mr Keith……….a couple of quick Rikishi & Too Cool questions………

1.   Rewatching 2000 programing on the network was a nice reminder of just how over they were for the first half of 2000.   What got them so over?   The dancing?   Did they have a big “moment” of sorts that got them as over as they were?

2.   The crowds were going nuts for them.   Did the WWE utilize them properly at that time or do you think there was more they could have done with them all?

3.   The Rikishi heel turn in late 2000 – terrible idea correct?

1.  It was the dancing, yeah.  They didn't really have a big "moment" but rather it just built organically.  Rikishi himself had a title match with HHH that turned him into a big star though.
2.  They were used about as well as they were going to be.  Too Cool got a tag title reign out of it and Rikishi was never going to be a top guy.
3.  Yes, although it was more damaging to walk it back immediately afterwards and have HHH be the mastermind all along.  Made Kish look like a doofus and killed whatever they were building him up to be.  

Takeover/Survivor Series

Hey Scott,

For the NXT people who are wrestling at Takeover: War Games and then Survivor Series the next night, how is that going to work exactly?

Will this hamper the show making them extra safe in the Wargames matches so as not to ruin their participation the next night?

Or do they just put in a half ass effort as part of a multi person match with 14 other people in it at Survivor Series?

I’m thinking they’re going to have some emergency backups on hand ready to go.

Either way, this has got to be tough on the NXT roster.

Don't worry, they'll all get jobbed out in less than a minute anyway. 

Punk AEW?

If his contract is with Fox and not WWE do you think technically he could show up on AEW TV or do you think FOX put it in his contract that he cant?

Do people really think that FOX is run by a bunch of idiot rubes?  Of course it's in his contract. 

Teardrop Suplex. Why?

Hey Scott,

Just wondering if anyone's ever discussed the reasoning behind making HBK's initial finisher the teardrop suplex?

I've never seen anyone do this move before/since HBK and no matter how I look at it, it was a stupid move and even stupider for Shawn.

1. It's a visually uninteresting move

2. If anything, looks less lethal than a regular backdrop suplex (probably more dangerous since you can't control the over guy's bump).

3. It's awkward in terms of when a crowd is supposed to pop for it. (IE: There's no surprise of a stunner, no anticipation like in submission holds, no anticipation for the move like the superkick stomp. It's just, "Shawn's going for the suplex… and he did it.")

4. It's stupid to give Shawn a power move as a finisher when A) it goes completely against his style and B) he was one of the smaller guys on the roster at that point.

It's just such a clear brainfart and yet HBK stuck with the move for 3 years. Why?

I have literally never even thought about this question before.  

CM Punk not working for WWE

Much has been made of the fact that CM Punk is kinda, sorta back with WWE. But he’s actually under contract with Fox with no need to toe the WWE company line. Is it just me waiting for, and looking forward to, him to complain about some of the rotten booking when he appears on the Backstage show?
I'm PRETTY sure he's smart enough not to go on that show and complain about lousy booking.  Just a hunch. 

The ending of NXT annoyed me and I wonder if it’s just me

I caught the NXT overrun because people were raving about the main event match (which was suitably insane) and the Bayley attack annoyed me for 2 very specific, if small, reasons.

1- What were the 3 women doing in the ring for as Bayley is doing her attack? Did they just sit there & watch before deciding to help? The ring is like 20 feet away from this. It's not a Raw or SD arena where it can take 10-15 seconds to get up the ramp. SAVE YOUR TEAMMATE! 

2- Bianca gets close enough to attack/hit Bayley at the end during the chase, but just pretends to (??) and lets Bayley run backstage. Then they huddle over the fallen champ, and all act like they want to go get Bayley, but they just look around as the show ends as if Bayley will reappear. BIANCA COULD HAVE HIT BAYLEY!

Maybe I'm just an old fart of a wrestling fan, but that whole scene was completely not believable to me. 
I have yet to watch NXT but I do enjoy a good nitpicking. 

John Morrison signing with the WWE

Didn't John Morrison-Mundo sign with the WWE in late September?  If so, any idea where he's been?  

No clue.  The announcement was sort of made, and then WWE started denying it while putting up "Best of John Morrison" videos on YouTube, and then that was the last we heard of it.  Maybe they just signed him to a Legends-style deal to keep him away from AEW?  Wouldn't be that much of a stretch for them.  

AEW up 16% after PPV

Nearly back up to a million viewers again for AEW after Full Gear.  Glad to see that some of their strategies in laying out the show worked this time around, and it was a hell of a show to boot.  
NXT drops on the Network tonight so I'll probably check it out this weekend because I hear it was good, too.   

Marko Stunt Tag Team Specialist

I really don't care about Marko Stunt wrestling, but if he's going to be in tag matches couldn't they at least use him right? It should be the easiest story to tell with Jungle Boy not wanting to tag Marko in because he knows that Marko is in over his head, getting his ass beat after going alone for most of the match, then Marko getting tagged in somehow and showing a lot of heart before taking the fall. Instead they have Marko Stunt start the match, against what's supposed to be two of their best teams. 
You have a weird idea of what gets people over.  


Hey Scott

Random question that popped into my head while I was reading the thread about old wrestling columnists.  I first came across you when playing EWR, as you were one of the four available match reviewers.  Did you actually provide any written content to Adam Ryland,
or was it just him impersonating your style in the game??


He was just impersonating me.  Apparently he did a good job with it!

ECW woes in early 2000

Within a few weeks or so in January/February, Candido left for WCW, Sabu left forever, RVD broke his ankle and was gone for 4 months.

These blows came after Shane left months earlier for a fat WCW contract, plus Tazz and Dudleys departed for WWF.

These had to be massive losses for Paul E? He brought in freaking Erik Watts, Chaz Taylor (of GWF "fame"), and pushed Justin Credible even HARDER!? what a sad shitshow

Yup.  It sure was.  

Survivor Series 93 questions

Survivor Series 93 had a lot of changes from its original card.  The Four Doinks were MOM and The Bushwhackers.  Was that always the plan or was it changed when Matt Bourne was fired shortly before the event?  Was it supposed to be Matt Bourne as Doink and
3 other Doinks?

In the Observers at the time, Dave's theory leading up to the show was four actual Doinks, but the MOM/Whackers thing was likely the original idea. 

Mr. Perfect no-showed and was replaced by Macho Man.  He didn't show up again until WM X.  Did they think he was done or was he expected back to wrestle at some point after Survivor Series?

His back was messed up and he was expected to be out long-term.  

Shawn Michaels was reinstated after Jerry Lawler's arrest.  If Lawler was able to compete, was Shawn coming back anyways, or did they rush his reinstatement due to Lawler's legal issues?

The two things weren't really related and it was more of a coincidental occurrence. Vince always wanted to push Shawn and wasn't going to keep him out for long, even if Shawn was being a dick and throwing a tantrum at that point.   

First Online Wrestling Column You Read?

Who was the first online wrestling column- columnist you ever read?  Shortly before I discovered you and your Netcop rants, the first writer I ever read was CRZ.  However, his long winded reports wore on me after a while.  I don't even know if he is still doing them or not.    
He is not.  
Also, I pre-dated the actual World Wide Web.  When I started reading RSPW in 1992, there was only Gopher at that point.  However, the people who inspired my writing style were a comic book reviewer on Usenet named Dave Van Domelyn and then later John Petrie's Monday night reviews. 

Hypocrisy in Wrestling?!?!

Is there a more hilarious piece of irony than Cornette openly putting over Grado (allegedly) , Colt Cabana and Ricky Starks then going on his podcast and making fun of AEW for small guys, comedy guys, and Joey Janela being "fat"?
Cornette gonna Cornette at this point.  Although his rant about children and midgets was pretty cringeworthy and old man yelling at cloud even by his standards.  


How fast did you sign up for Disney+?  Thoughts on the Mandalorian?  Any chance you can repost your Simpsons reviews?  Any chance of you continuing on those like say weekly per episode?

1.  5:00 AM Tuesday morning. 
2.  It was great!  Funny and entertaining and a reasonable length!  With a great cliffhanger payoff at the end.  THUMBS UP.  
3. I’ve actually lost a bunch of the reviews and I’d have to reconstruct them from InsidePulse.  Plus I’d have to crop them to 16×9 and cut out references to Michael Jackson.  
4. My child watches Simpsons on repeat ad nauseum.  I’m not really keen to review them as well. 

Cost of house shows

Hi Scott,

I know house shows have not been major money makers for awhile, but with the new contract extensions are they going to be cost prohibitive?

With Vince handing out 6 figure contracts to low level talent like candy won’t that result in huge talent costs for small shows with a couple thousand tickets sold?  I would think they can’t dilute the star power too much or no one will show up.

Or do you think they just eat the losses as being good for brand awareness and just brush it off?

The guys aren't really paid per show worked, so you can't really factor salary costs into house show expenses.  Running a show with a bunch of people doesn't incur more pay, although there's certainly more expenses on the backend due to transportation costs and labor for setup and stuff.  As it stands, WWE drawing at the current level is apparently breaking even or sometimes losing a bit, but as noted, they really do it for brand awareness and for letting the guys work out matches and practice and such.  The sad thing is that they have a zillion guys under contract who really do need the work and practice and would probably love going around the country and doing 200 shows a year, but instead have to get paid to sit around backstage for RAW waiting for their 30 seconds of TV time in a 24/7 title skit. 

The Very Obvious Punk Question

Hi Scott,

With Punk now officially rolling in Fox money, how long will it be until a deal's made for him to appear on Raw, Smackdown, NXT, or Network special?

I feel like this was maybe more of a desperation move spurred by the show drawing less than 50,000 viewers for its debut than anything else.  But I guess we'll see.