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Best Near Falls

Hello Mr.  Keith.  After watching the Story of Wrestlemania Doc and the UT/Micheals match came up, I can’t remember such a memorable near fall as when Micheals kicked out of the tombstone.  That was one of the most heart stopping moments in my wrestling fandom, so i got 2 questions for you.
1.  What are your favorite near-falls of all time?
2.  What is your favorite series of near falls in a match?

That’s a strangely specific query. Definitely that tombstone spot is right up there.  The legendary series of near-falls in the Steamboat-Savage match is burned into my memory as well.  Honestly I don’t really recall specific near-falls otherwise. 

Best Near Falls

Hello Mr.  Keith.  After watching the Story of Wrestlemania Doc and the UT/Micheals match came up, I can’t remember such a memorable near fall as when Micheals kicked out of the tombstone.  That was one of the most heart stopping moments in my wrestling fandom, so i got 2 questions for you.
1.  What are your favorite near-falls of all time?
2.  What is your favorite series of near falls in a match?

That’s a strangely specific query. Definitely that tombstone spot is right up there.  The legendary series of near-falls in the Steamboat-Savage match is burned into my memory as well.  Honestly I don’t really recall specific near-falls otherwise. 

Sting: The DVD

Scott, Do you think the WWE will make a Sting DVD? It seems like such an obvious thing and yet 10 years after acquiring the WCW archives they’ve yet to produce one. Are they waiting for Sting’s involvement? Clearly there must be some modicum of respect there; for them to not just go ahead and do it without him. Or maybe they think it’ll sell better with his input? What should be on *the* Sting DVD?

I think it has to do with not wanting to pay him royalties without having him under a Legends contract, but really it’s hard to do a compelling DVD about someone without any demons.  It’d be a pretty easy DVD to compile, as you’d have his different phases to divide the discs.  For The Early Years, you’d have to have the Flair draw from Clash I, Sting winning the TV title from Mike Rotundo, the Sting & Luger Crockett Cup win, Sting v. Muta from Bash 89, Sting winning the World title from Flair, Sting & Luger v. The Steiners, winning the World title from Luger, a couple of random Vader matches, and probably a match with Rude in there somewhere.  Then with a neat break at the Crow Sting point, you can do the nWo years with the Hogan matches, losing the title to Savage, the DDP match from the Nitro DVD, some of the crap from the Russo era, and the last Flair match from Nitro to close things out.  Pretty easy set to put together, really.  Plus whatever they get from TNA’s library once they do under and sell out to WWE for $5. 

Sting: The DVD

Scott, Do you think the WWE will make a Sting DVD? It seems like such an obvious thing and yet 10 years after acquiring the WCW archives they’ve yet to produce one. Are they waiting for Sting’s involvement? Clearly there must be some modicum of respect there; for them to not just go ahead and do it without him. Or maybe they think it’ll sell better with his input? What should be on *the* Sting DVD?

I think it has to do with not wanting to pay him royalties without having him under a Legends contract, but really it’s hard to do a compelling DVD about someone without any demons.  It’d be a pretty easy DVD to compile, as you’d have his different phases to divide the discs.  For The Early Years, you’d have to have the Flair draw from Clash I, Sting winning the TV title from Mike Rotundo, the Sting & Luger Crockett Cup win, Sting v. Muta from Bash 89, Sting winning the World title from Flair, Sting & Luger v. The Steiners, winning the World title from Luger, a couple of random Vader matches, and probably a match with Rude in there somewhere.  Then with a neat break at the Crow Sting point, you can do the nWo years with the Hogan matches, losing the title to Savage, the DDP match from the Nitro DVD, some of the crap from the Russo era, and the last Flair match from Nitro to close things out.  Pretty easy set to put together, really.  Plus whatever they get from TNA’s library once they do under and sell out to WWE for $5. 

BeefCAAAAKE!

   Hey Scott,
     Two part question, both involving Brutus the Barber Beefcake. Back in 88 he was gaining momentum as a face and was pretty much scheduled to win the IC title from the Honky Tonk man at Summer Slam. As we know he was pulled out , replaced with the Warrior and history was made. Was this just a case of wanting to put the title on Warrior instead or were there other factors at work.
   Two in 1990, before the accident there was no question that he was going to win the title from Mr Perfect. My question is, what were the plans for him after that? The most obvious would be that he became yet another one of Hogan’s "best friends" to turn on him but he was so over as a face at that point that the was no sense in killing the momentum.

He was never scheduled to win the title in 88.  He was always just the guy to give Honky someone to beat without wasting any of the real stars.  It was all, as the kids say, an angle.  Beefcake was doing jobs for Honky at the house shows every night that summer and was already married to Ron Bass for the shows after Summerslam. The 90 one is tougher,  because it’s really hard to say what would have happened and how his career would have developed.  He was certainly much better at that point, but it’s not like he was a great worker at any point in his career and after he came back he was downright awful.  I think that Beefcake-Hogan might have done business, but really Sgt. Slaughter overshadowed everything else anyway. 

BeefCAAAAKE!

   Hey Scott,
     Two part question, both involving Brutus the Barber Beefcake. Back in 88 he was gaining momentum as a face and was pretty much scheduled to win the IC title from the Honky Tonk man at Summer Slam. As we know he was pulled out , replaced with the Warrior and history was made. Was this just a case of wanting to put the title on Warrior instead or were there other factors at work.
   Two in 1990, before the accident there was no question that he was going to win the title from Mr Perfect. My question is, what were the plans for him after that? The most obvious would be that he became yet another one of Hogan’s "best friends" to turn on him but he was so over as a face at that point that the was no sense in killing the momentum.

He was never scheduled to win the title in 88.  He was always just the guy to give Honky someone to beat without wasting any of the real stars.  It was all, as the kids say, an angle.  Beefcake was doing jobs for Honky at the house shows every night that summer and was already married to Ron Bass for the shows after Summerslam. The 90 one is tougher,  because it’s really hard to say what would have happened and how his career would have developed.  He was certainly much better at that point, but it’s not like he was a great worker at any point in his career and after he came back he was downright awful.  I think that Beefcake-Hogan might have done business, but really Sgt. Slaughter overshadowed everything else anyway. 

Burger Plug

Hey Scott,     So since you’ve plugged every project I’ve started over the years, and the plugs you post these days are about as random and obscure as they get, I was hoping you’d give some attention to my new Burger Blog.  A buddy and I are risking our health by eating a burger a week, every week, to find out who makes the best burger but more importantly, what a perfect burger is really made of.  We’re at: http://www.burgerweekly.com http://www.facebook.com/burgerweekly http://www.twitter.com/burgerweekly Thanks! And it’s nice to see you reviewing wrestling so consistently again.

I thought I had already plugged this project, but I’m always up for people risking their own health for others’ amusement.

Burger Plug

Hey Scott,     So since you’ve plugged every project I’ve started over the years, and the plugs you post these days are about as random and obscure as they get, I was hoping you’d give some attention to my new Burger Blog.  A buddy and I are risking our health by eating a burger a week, every week, to find out who makes the best burger but more importantly, what a perfect burger is really made of.  We’re at: http://www.burgerweekly.com http://www.facebook.com/burgerweekly http://www.twitter.com/burgerweekly Thanks! And it’s nice to see you reviewing wrestling so consistently again.

I thought I had already plugged this project, but I’m always up for people risking their own health for others’ amusement.