TNA Shocks

Hi Scott Long time reader since, god, way back, Wrestleline, Scaia, Micasa and days gone by!!! Anyway, what’s your thoughts on the following. Back in the day when WWF and WCW were competing head on for Monday night and PPV dominance it was an interesting time, one of the key ingredients was the possibility of a shock defection, someone moving from one to the other. Sure the Smarks had it nailed and knew in advance but in the main it was intriguing stuff, i.e. Jericho, Radicalz, Rude, Luger, Madusa etc swapping sides. Now with no Big 2 that has drifted away over the years. The only thing that perks interest (moderately) is when TNA debut an ex WWE star, Angle, Hardy, RVD, Anderson etc. BUT the key thing is this doesn’t happen the other way, i.e. how often has a TNA star made a big splash debuting on Raw?! I count never, but I may be wrong. Do you think TNA (aside from Angle, Sting and Hogan) have any talent that could do that big splash?

I don’t know of any shocking jumps, although I think we’ll remember the epic run of Brayden Walker forever.  I think James Storm could be big, though again he’d probably have to go through developmental hell for two years, shave off his beard, and cut his hair.  Although actually Kevin Nash and Booker T at the Royal Rumble was somewhat shocking.  And while we’re at it, what WAS the point of Nash’s month in the HHH-Punk storyline?  It was never established that he was working for anyone but himself, and there was never a point to his attacks. 

DVD Releases

Hello Scott. Long-time reader etc.  I was wondering if you have any
idea why WWE releases so much cool old-school stuff on DVD overseas
and not here. I’m talking about stuff like old house shows, SMNE sets
with full episodes. All sorts of cool crap that you’d think would sell
like crazy to all the old-school fans who are fed up with the current
product. I mean I’ve liked their releases overall the past few years,
but it seems like their missing the boat on this stuff. Or maybe I’m
the only one who would buy something like this.. Any thoughts? Thanks
for your time.

Darn good question.  There’s a weird disparity in what gets released to foreign markets both in DVDs and stuff like the Vintage Collection show, and I’m not really sure why.  In the case of the DVDs, I’m just taking a shot in the dark and saying that companies like Silvervision just license the material and then release it how they want, whereas WWE exerts more direct control over the US market, but I have no direct insight on it.  I’d be interested in why WWE can’t just release stuff like Judgment Day 2000 on DVD themselves, for instance. 

DVD Releases

Hello Scott. Long-time reader etc.  I was wondering if you have any
idea why WWE releases so much cool old-school stuff on DVD overseas
and not here. I’m talking about stuff like old house shows, SMNE sets
with full episodes. All sorts of cool crap that you’d think would sell
like crazy to all the old-school fans who are fed up with the current
product. I mean I’ve liked their releases overall the past few years,
but it seems like their missing the boat on this stuff. Or maybe I’m
the only one who would buy something like this.. Any thoughts? Thanks
for your time.

Darn good question.  There’s a weird disparity in what gets released to foreign markets both in DVDs and stuff like the Vintage Collection show, and I’m not really sure why.  In the case of the DVDs, I’m just taking a shot in the dark and saying that companies like Silvervision just license the material and then release it how they want, whereas WWE exerts more direct control over the US market, but I have no direct insight on it.  I’d be interested in why WWE can’t just release stuff like Judgment Day 2000 on DVD themselves, for instance. 

Boston Plug

Hi Scott, Second time, long time. I wrote an article for Boston.com about the Chaotic Wrestling event in Boston last Friday. Chaotic is one of the best little Indy’s around, and they have featured such names as John Cena, Kofi Kingston and Spike Dudley, just to name a few. It would mean a lot to me if you could share my article with your readers. Many Thanks, Kenny http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/blogs/thenextgreatgeneration/2011/10/chaotic_wrestling_brings_sport.html

OK, but I still hate the fucking Bruins.  Fuck them and their Stanley Cup.  Just wanted to mention that.

Boston Plug

Hi Scott, Second time, long time. I wrote an article for Boston.com about the Chaotic Wrestling event in Boston last Friday. Chaotic is one of the best little Indy’s around, and they have featured such names as John Cena, Kofi Kingston and Spike Dudley, just to name a few. It would mean a lot to me if you could share my article with your readers. Many Thanks, Kenny http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/blogs/thenextgreatgeneration/2011/10/chaotic_wrestling_brings_sport.html

OK, but I still hate the fucking Bruins.  Fuck them and their Stanley Cup.  Just wanted to mention that.

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. 

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.