Hatred for Stephanie

Hello Scott,


I’m not what you would call a knee-jerk McMahon loyalist, but I’m not sure I understand your venom toward Stephanie.


I understand that they’ve sort of made her the figurehead/spokesperson for the Divas Revolution/Evolution/whatever, but did i miss some specific incident where she personally (outside of kayfabe) took credit for the rise in women’s wrestling?  I don’t ask this
sarcastically – I really want to know if there was some specific incident where she literally painted herself to be both the inventor and savior of modern women’s wrestling.  


On a related note, I think that a lot of fans don’t realize that those inside the business look at things from a different perspective.  With certain well-known exceptions, most aren’t as obsessed with their legacy outside of whether or not the fans are currently
enjoying what they do.  They are obviously passionate enough about the business to have devoted their life to it, but when it’s your job and lifestyle, the fact that you’ve made it to the big-time tends to make you fairly secure in your abilities – this is
why it’s pointless to shout “you can’t wrestle” at even the shittiest wrestler on a WWE program.


Again, I want to stress that there are very obvious exceptions to this, but by and large, when you’re Paul Stanley, you don’t sweat whether or not people think you’re the world’s greatest guitarist – you’re more interested in whether or not people love KISS.


That being said, I would be surprised if Stephanie was hell-bent on making sure that the world thought she personally played a huge and important role in the resurgence of women’s wrestling.  

​The problem with Stephanie and HHH in particular is that it’s incredibly difficult to determine where kayfabe ends and reality begins.  Stephanie feuding with Ronda Rousey is clearly Stephanie The Character, but what about when she’s doing commentary for the Women’s Rumble and Michael Cole is scripted to say that she’s far too humble to say it herself but she’s the driving force behind the Women’s Revolution/Evolution?  Or when they announced the Rumble and every woman on the roster, heel and face, had to come out to the ring and celebrate the opportunity being given to them by Stephanie? 
I think what bugs me foremost is that they already own the company and we know it, but they still remind us of it every week and put themselves on TV instead of using someone who could the extra merch sales or videogame royalties.  Remember when Vince McMahon was just the announcer for two decades and had no interest in being an on-screen character because he didn’t want to overshadow his larger-than-life superheroes?  ​

Sweet Daddy Siki Doc


Hey Scott – here’s something from the “wrestlers I never thought I’d see have a documentary devoted to them” file (a very specific file, I know) –  Sweet Daddy Siki.  I’m not sure how many will have heard of him, but he was a *major* heel in the 70s here the Maritimes back in the Atlantic Grand Prix days.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/documentarychannel/docs/sweet-daddy-siki

 

I saw that!  Actually kind of interested in it, as well.  

Backlash Women’s Title Matches


Scott –

2 trains of thought:

1. Charlotte and Bliss have been on top long enough, so move on to new blood.

Or

2. Carmella is not believable as a champ, and Nia isn’t ready to carry the A show’s woman’s division, so have them both drop the belts on Sunday.

Which way are you leaning?

​#2.  They clearly want Bliss as the long-term face of the division on RAW and Nia’s already had her revenge.  Carmella is a complete nothing as champion and more proof that they had zero plan for that briefcase beyond “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Ellsworth won the first women’s MITB match?”  I think they switch both belts tomorrow.​

New Day


Whats up Scott,


I was listening to Brad Shephards podcast and he was saying how New Days merch sales have been going down. Is this indicative that the gimmicks run its course? If so, whats next? Break up? Gimmick change maybe? Heel turn?

​Wow, Big E throws pancakes out of his pants and merch sales go DOWN.  Big shocker there.
I think they’ve run their course and it’s time to do something different with them and split up.  Kofi is due for another token singles run anyway.​

Break the Stars DOWWWWWWWNNNNN

Hey Scott. Hope you’re well, thanks for all the content over the years. 


Jericho’s recent attack of Naito put me in mind of the classic he and Omega put on at Wrestle Kingdom 12. In the comments for the rant you wrote for the show, a reader marveled at the fact that Jericho put on the best match of his career at 47 years old. Do you agree that it was, in fact, his very best match? While I certainly believe that it should be in the conversation, Jericho’s put on so many tremendous performances over the years that it’s nigh impossible to point at one as head and shoulders above the rest. If forced to choose, I’d probably put Jericho/Benoit vs. HHH/Austin at the top – if we’re limiting the conversation to singles matches, I think the Jericho/Benoit ladder match for the Intercontinental Title is my favorite. 

Thoughts?

Based on his age and limitations today, it was by far his best PERFORMANCE.  But his best match is still the Benoit one, I think. 

Okada/Omega IV predictions

Who you got? Does Omega finally win the big one or does Cody screw him out of the title to continue their feud? Or just another clean Okada win?

Meltzer is pretty sure that if they can sell out the Cow Palace, that’s where they’re finally changing the title.  God knows Omega is due. 
Or maybe they’ll do a cage match and they can both go out at the same time!

Time for Plan C (Obscure Star Trek reference) for Roman Reigns?


At this point, would the only way to salvage Roman Reigns be to just say “fuck it” and make him a comedy character?


And before you say anything, remember that Big Show was basically DOA before he stopped being a scary monster for a while and just went full farce and managed to FINALLY cross over .Similarly, Kane added countless years to his character by embracing comedy into his character.


And also factor this in; a comedy Roman Reigns would actually give him a leg up over the other top guys, who are all pretty humorous.


They can even go the Bulworth route; after countless defeats, Roman stops giving a fuck and starts acting silly as far as having a complete mental breakdown. Silly mentally unhinged Roman could be fun; bonus points if they go the 4chan route humor-wise (as given Vince’s being behind the ball pop-culturally, he should be reaching the point in 2008 when 4chan and /b started breaking into the mainstream)

​Pretty sure they’re not doing that.​

The Greatest Royal Rumble

WWE Paid $70 million? sounds like Kayfabe to me

Jesus, those numbers keep going up all the time.  Previously the claim was $25 million and even that is ridiculously high.  Well, if it is $70m, you sure can understand why they’d sacrifice their morals for that kind of oil money.