More Sporcle-y Goodness

Scott,
as an early Sporcle adopter, I thought you might like my first stab at one – basically, who are the most overworked wrestlers in WWF/E history? We’re looking for anyone who wrestled more than 200 matches in one calendar year, since 1980. A lot of what you’d expect, but I was surprised at #1. No one’s done it in over a decade, incidentally.
Enjoy the quiz, and a plug wouldn’t hurt none, either. http://www.sporcle.com/games/seancollier/most-wwf-matches-in-a-year

I don’t know about the numbers, since a lot of guys lied, but if people are actually going through and counting matches and such, good on them.  I ended up with 31/58, and I only got #1 because I was guessing at people who I knew were around at the time.  Otherwise I would have been totally shocked by it as well. 

Scott Reviews The New 52: Week 6

Ah, new comics Wednesday. And a whole lot of new Bat-content yet again, some of it decidedly better than others. To the Bat-store!

Batwoman #2

The first one I wanted to read this week, and probably the best one I’ll read all week.   The artwork on this series is just mind-blowingly great and is probably worth picking up the book for that alone.  I mean, just look at the double-page spread with the bat symbol forming the backdrop for a conversation between Batman and Batwoman.  JH Williams is using the artwork almost as another character, and it’s amazing stuff.  I don’t usually even notice that art in a comic unless it’s really bad, and I’m just drooling over this stuff.  The writing continues to be strong as well, with Kate Kane juggling a new relationship with Maggie Sawyer while attempting to evade X-Files-type agent Cameron Chase (is that a House reference?).  My only complaint, which is a small one, is that I was getting more and more into the story, and then it suddenly ends with a weak cliffhanger.  I WANT MORE, DAMMIT.  Big thumbs up again.

Batgirl #2

I feel bad because Batgirl is a perfectly fun and serviceable comic book thus far, but it’s just getting destroyed by the greatness of Batwoman and I’m left wondering why they’re bothering.  Still no answers forthcoming on the “miracle” that took Barbara Gordon out of the chair, although The Mirror is a good Bat-villain.  Gail Simone is trying for “light and breezy” with the running monologue from Babs, but it feels like a totally different person than the Barbara Gordon who ran for office and ended up as Oracle and grew up into a real woman over the years.  I guess I’m still not seeing the reasoning behind bringing her back yet.  It’s good enough to keep buying, but not much more so than that.

Batman & Robin #2

The nice focus on Bruce and Damian as a family continues here, with Bruce worrying about what all the violence and killing is going to do to his son’s already-fragile psyche.   And no doubt Damian is seriously messed up for a 10-year old, as his run-in with the Batcave’s resident rodents demonstrates.  The annoying decompressed storytelling of the Trade Paperback Era continues, though, with our heroes taking out a minor threat and the main villain, NoBody, only popping up for one page.  The rest is Damian training and Bruce fretting about his fathering job.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I can see how people might feel let down by the lack of plot development.  I enjoyed it well enough, but I still miss Dick as Batman in this sort of mentoring role.  Bruce Wayne is just not cut out to be a mentor.  Oh, and apparently Ace The Bat-Hound is coming back into continuity again.  Just in case you were waiting on that.

Resurrection Man #2

I’m glad that this doesn’t feel particularly like a superhero comic.  Yeah, Mitch Shelley demonstrates crazy powers like turning into water, but it feels more like something on the fringes of the DC Universe, like it should be in the Vertigo universe or something.  Decompression strikes again as not much happens plot-wise and no answers are forthcoming yet.  Mitch visits a retirement home and researches his dad, but instead meets up with a former super-villain named The Transhuman who is now suffering from dementia.  He’s also getting chased by an angel and a pair of oversexed assassins called The Body Doubles, but again no explanations are forthcoming yet.   This is feeling like something that’s going to read better in the trades, but I’m still curious enough to follow along for the answers.  They should totally make a movie out of this, though, it’s a killer “elevator concept”.

Superboy #2

So my last stop of the week is here, as I’m hoping for the good Scott Lobdell again.  The whole Superboy mythos is getting more complex by the day, as the first issue seemed like this version was grown whole in the lab, but no.  Dan Didio is now saying that in fact all the previous stuff happened, and this NOWHERE group in fact blanked out his memory and basically just made him think he was newly born.  Or something.   Why they couldn’t just reboot the character, I have no idea.  Anyway, Superboy has apparently beaten up a whole lot of people as the story opens, and I felt like I was missing something here, and soon enough he gets shipped into the field to perform some sort of capture mission against what look like giant mutated shark aliens.  I have to say, this was not the most clear-cut storytelling I’ve read this month.   I liked the VR stuff from the first issue, and there was none of that here, so this left me pretty underwhelmed.  We’ll see where it goes next month, I guess.

Bonus Review!  Grifter #1 / 2

Finally, someone mentioned to me that I might enjoy Grifter, so I picked up the first issue and indeed liked it enough to add it to the pull list. I had never really heard of the previous Wildstorm incarnation of Grifter before this, but this whole thing is structured as what appears to be a total reboot of the character anyway.  Cole Cash (a thinly veiled comics version of James “Sawyer” Ford from Lost) is a two-bit conman who suddenly starts hearing voices in his head telling him that they’re going to kill him.  This leads him to seemingly kill random people, who are of course actually aliens, but no one knows that but him.  Turns out that if you do that on a plane, it gets you labelled as a terrorist.  Rough luck there.  He’s a former black ops guy, which is the standard go-to occupation for amnesiacs, and someone stole 17 minutes of his life and left him a bit crazy.  So now he’s on the run, killing demonic cops and leading to a showdown with his military brother.  All very familiar ground, but it’s a nice breezy read with a likeable main character, so I’m into it.  His girlfriend leaving him and departing for Gotham would seem to lead to the inevitable sales-boosting crossover with Batman, but then he’s in pretty much every other comic this week anyway so you might as well just deal with it.

Winner and still champion:  Batwoman!  The rest is pretty mediocre this week, but Grifter is surprisingly fun.

Scott Reviews The New 52: Week 6

Ah, new comics Wednesday. And a whole lot of new Bat-content yet again, some of it decidedly better than others. To the Bat-store!

Batwoman #2

The first one I wanted to read this week, and probably the best one I’ll read all week.   The artwork on this series is just mind-blowingly great and is probably worth picking up the book for that alone.  I mean, just look at the double-page spread with the bat symbol forming the backdrop for a conversation between Batman and Batwoman.  JH Williams is using the artwork almost as another character, and it’s amazing stuff.  I don’t usually even notice that art in a comic unless it’s really bad, and I’m just drooling over this stuff.  The writing continues to be strong as well, with Kate Kane juggling a new relationship with Maggie Sawyer while attempting to evade X-Files-type agent Cameron Chase (is that a House reference?).  My only complaint, which is a small one, is that I was getting more and more into the story, and then it suddenly ends with a weak cliffhanger.  I WANT MORE, DAMMIT.  Big thumbs up again.

Batgirl #2

I feel bad because Batgirl is a perfectly fun and serviceable comic book thus far, but it’s just getting destroyed by the greatness of Batwoman and I’m left wondering why they’re bothering.  Still no answers forthcoming on the “miracle” that took Barbara Gordon out of the chair, although The Mirror is a good Bat-villain.  Gail Simone is trying for “light and breezy” with the running monologue from Babs, but it feels like a totally different person than the Barbara Gordon who ran for office and ended up as Oracle and grew up into a real woman over the years.  I guess I’m still not seeing the reasoning behind bringing her back yet.  It’s good enough to keep buying, but not much more so than that.

Batman & Robin #2

The nice focus on Bruce and Damian as a family continues here, with Bruce worrying about what all the violence and killing is going to do to his son’s already-fragile psyche.   And no doubt Damian is seriously messed up for a 10-year old, as his run-in with the Batcave’s resident rodents demonstrates.  The annoying decompressed storytelling of the Trade Paperback Era continues, though, with our heroes taking out a minor threat and the main villain, NoBody, only popping up for one page.  The rest is Damian training and Bruce fretting about his fathering job.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I can see how people might feel let down by the lack of plot development.  I enjoyed it well enough, but I still miss Dick as Batman in this sort of mentoring role.  Bruce Wayne is just not cut out to be a mentor.  Oh, and apparently Ace The Bat-Hound is coming back into continuity again.  Just in case you were waiting on that.

Resurrection Man #2

I’m glad that this doesn’t feel particularly like a superhero comic.  Yeah, Mitch Shelley demonstrates crazy powers like turning into water, but it feels more like something on the fringes of the DC Universe, like it should be in the Vertigo universe or something.  Decompression strikes again as not much happens plot-wise and no answers are forthcoming yet.  Mitch visits a retirement home and researches his dad, but instead meets up with a former super-villain named The Transhuman who is now suffering from dementia.  He’s also getting chased by an angel and a pair of oversexed assassins called The Body Doubles, but again no explanations are forthcoming yet.   This is feeling like something that’s going to read better in the trades, but I’m still curious enough to follow along for the answers.  They should totally make a movie out of this, though, it’s a killer “elevator concept”.

Superboy #2

So my last stop of the week is here, as I’m hoping for the good Scott Lobdell again.  The whole Superboy mythos is getting more complex by the day, as the first issue seemed like this version was grown whole in the lab, but no.  Dan Didio is now saying that in fact all the previous stuff happened, and this NOWHERE group in fact blanked out his memory and basically just made him think he was newly born.  Or something.   Why they couldn’t just reboot the character, I have no idea.  Anyway, Superboy has apparently beaten up a whole lot of people as the story opens, and I felt like I was missing something here, and soon enough he gets shipped into the field to perform some sort of capture mission against what look like giant mutated shark aliens.  I have to say, this was not the most clear-cut storytelling I’ve read this month.   I liked the VR stuff from the first issue, and there was none of that here, so this left me pretty underwhelmed.  We’ll see where it goes next month, I guess.

Bonus Review!  Grifter #1 / 2

Finally, someone mentioned to me that I might enjoy Grifter, so I picked up the first issue and indeed liked it enough to add it to the pull list. I had never really heard of the previous Wildstorm incarnation of Grifter before this, but this whole thing is structured as what appears to be a total reboot of the character anyway.  Cole Cash (a thinly veiled comics version of James “Sawyer” Ford from Lost) is a two-bit conman who suddenly starts hearing voices in his head telling him that they’re going to kill him.  This leads him to seemingly kill random people, who are of course actually aliens, but no one knows that but him.  Turns out that if you do that on a plane, it gets you labelled as a terrorist.  Rough luck there.  He’s a former black ops guy, which is the standard go-to occupation for amnesiacs, and someone stole 17 minutes of his life and left him a bit crazy.  So now he’s on the run, killing demonic cops and leading to a showdown with his military brother.  All very familiar ground, but it’s a nice breezy read with a likeable main character, so I’m into it.  His girlfriend leaving him and departing for Gotham would seem to lead to the inevitable sales-boosting crossover with Batman, but then he’s in pretty much every other comic this week anyway so you might as well just deal with it.

Winner and still champion:  Batwoman!  The rest is pretty mediocre this week, but Grifter is surprisingly fun.

Smackdown Spoilage

Just wanted to talk about something from the upcoming Smackdown, so those who are spoiler nazis feel free not to follow after the break… OK, so we get yet ANOTHER Henry v. Orton match, which is now two in the same week, and Orton goes over AGAIN by DQ presumably after hitting an RKO and nearly getting the pin.  Then Big Show comes out and chokeslams Henry for good measure.  Why are they ruining the only good thing they had going?  Henry is going to quickly become just another guy, a chickenshit heel who talks big and then gets his ass kicked by the babyfaces like Christian.  Further, obviously they want to have Orton squash Rhodes at the PPV to give him heat back that he doesn’t need, so why use the World champion to build up to a midcard IC title match?  It’s not like you blame something on Henry – ratings have gone UP on Smackdown!  I just don’t get it. 

Smackdown Spoilage

Just wanted to talk about something from the upcoming Smackdown, so those who are spoiler nazis feel free not to follow after the break… OK, so we get yet ANOTHER Henry v. Orton match, which is now two in the same week, and Orton goes over AGAIN by DQ presumably after hitting an RKO and nearly getting the pin.  Then Big Show comes out and chokeslams Henry for good measure.  Why are they ruining the only good thing they had going?  Henry is going to quickly become just another guy, a chickenshit heel who talks big and then gets his ass kicked by the babyfaces like Christian.  Further, obviously they want to have Orton squash Rhodes at the PPV to give him heat back that he doesn’t need, so why use the World champion to build up to a midcard IC title match?  It’s not like you blame something on Henry – ratings have gone UP on Smackdown!  I just don’t get it. 

Great Storylines

Hey Scott, since everyone always criticizes WWE for botching major story angles such as the Invasion angle, the recent CM Punk angle, Nexus, etc.  I’m just
wondering if there has ever been an angle that you thought played out perfectly from beginning to end.  I thought Michaels-UT career vs. streak was played out perfectly, but I can’t
think of any others.
-Also speaking of Nexus, since they’re now dead and done, how would you have booked that angle to make it more meaningful instead of just turning them into jobbers 5
months later?

Rowdy Roddy Piper v. Adrian Adonis, 1987.  Everyone’s motivations were perfectly defined and it created a new star in Brutus Beefcake.  Here’s the summary for those who haven’t looked it up on Youtube: – Piper has Piper’s Pit segment for years on WWF TV, then leaves for Hollywood in 1986 to do They Live and some other stuff. – While he’s gone, Adrian Adonis starts doing The Flower Shop segment, thus annoying everyone.  It was purposely super-gay and irritating. – Piper returns in late 86 as something of a tweener, but finds that Cowboy Bob Orton is now wearing a pink hat and acting as muscle for Adonis.  Piper, on behalf of the fans, demands that Adonis give up the talk show slot, and asks Orton to stop wearing the pink hat and come back to the dark side with Piper.  Piper basically tells Orton to pick a side, and Orton turns on him, leading to a massive beatdown on the Flower Shop where Adonis, Orton and Don Muraco break Piper’s leg. – The next week, Piper comes back to the empty set, on crutches mind you, and smashes the living fuck out of the set with a BASEBALL BAT in one of the most awesome bits of acting you’ll ever see from a wrestler.  – So now they book the blowoff for WM3, the biggest thing in the history of history up until that point, and it’s hair v. hair for some reason.  Piper promises to retire win lose or draw and just wants to get his revenge before he goes.  So they do a six-man on TV, with Piper and the Rougeaus against Adonis and the Dream Team.  Adonis is all focused on cutting Piper’s hair, but at one point he grabs scissors and accidentally cuts off a lock of super-vain Brutus Beefcake’s hair.  – At WM, Adonis has Piper beat, but releases the sleeper too soon because he’s cocky, and Brutus Beefcake runs in to revive Piper, allowing him to finish with the sleeper and get his revenge.  Then Beefcake gets his own revenge by shaving Adonis bald and becoming a barber, thus becoming a bigger star.  Piper retires, Adonis gets his comeuppance and leaves soon after, Beefcake moves up the ladder and turns face.  As I’ve often said, ** for the action, ***** for the entertainment value.  As for Nexus, I would have started by putting them over the babyfaces at Summerslam by having Cena lose to Barrett, and you could have run six months of main event angles just from that change in booking alone. 

Great Storylines

Hey Scott, since everyone always criticizes WWE for botching major story angles such as the Invasion angle, the recent CM Punk angle, Nexus, etc.  I’m just
wondering if there has ever been an angle that you thought played out perfectly from beginning to end.  I thought Michaels-UT career vs. streak was played out perfectly, but I can’t
think of any others.
-Also speaking of Nexus, since they’re now dead and done, how would you have booked that angle to make it more meaningful instead of just turning them into jobbers 5
months later?

Rowdy Roddy Piper v. Adrian Adonis, 1987.  Everyone’s motivations were perfectly defined and it created a new star in Brutus Beefcake.  Here’s the summary for those who haven’t looked it up on Youtube: – Piper has Piper’s Pit segment for years on WWF TV, then leaves for Hollywood in 1986 to do They Live and some other stuff. – While he’s gone, Adrian Adonis starts doing The Flower Shop segment, thus annoying everyone.  It was purposely super-gay and irritating. – Piper returns in late 86 as something of a tweener, but finds that Cowboy Bob Orton is now wearing a pink hat and acting as muscle for Adonis.  Piper, on behalf of the fans, demands that Adonis give up the talk show slot, and asks Orton to stop wearing the pink hat and come back to the dark side with Piper.  Piper basically tells Orton to pick a side, and Orton turns on him, leading to a massive beatdown on the Flower Shop where Adonis, Orton and Don Muraco break Piper’s leg. – The next week, Piper comes back to the empty set, on crutches mind you, and smashes the living fuck out of the set with a BASEBALL BAT in one of the most awesome bits of acting you’ll ever see from a wrestler.  – So now they book the blowoff for WM3, the biggest thing in the history of history up until that point, and it’s hair v. hair for some reason.  Piper promises to retire win lose or draw and just wants to get his revenge before he goes.  So they do a six-man on TV, with Piper and the Rougeaus against Adonis and the Dream Team.  Adonis is all focused on cutting Piper’s hair, but at one point he grabs scissors and accidentally cuts off a lock of super-vain Brutus Beefcake’s hair.  – At WM, Adonis has Piper beat, but releases the sleeper too soon because he’s cocky, and Brutus Beefcake runs in to revive Piper, allowing him to finish with the sleeper and get his revenge.  Then Beefcake gets his own revenge by shaving Adonis bald and becoming a barber, thus becoming a bigger star.  Piper retires, Adonis gets his comeuppance and leaves soon after, Beefcake moves up the ladder and turns face.  As I’ve often said, ** for the action, ***** for the entertainment value.  As for Nexus, I would have started by putting them over the babyfaces at Summerslam by having Cena lose to Barrett, and you could have run six months of main event angles just from that change in booking alone. 

Auction plug

Hey Scott,
My apologies in advance if you don’t allow or consider this sort of thing for your blog, but I have an ebay auction up for my WWE/WWF replica belt and was curious if you did plugs for it. Mainly just looking to raise some money for a few things I’d like to purchase instead, and in a perfect world I’d keep it around. Life is full of tough choices, no?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190585905254

Auction plug

Hey Scott,
My apologies in advance if you don’t allow or consider this sort of thing for your blog, but I have an ebay auction up for my WWE/WWF replica belt and was curious if you did plugs for it. Mainly just looking to raise some money for a few things I’d like to purchase instead, and in a perfect world I’d keep it around. Life is full of tough choices, no?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190585905254