Best Writing Years

Hello Scott,
Long time fan, bought all your book…. sorry for my bad english but i’m french.
everybody like your new Impact wrestling rant and the fact that we find again your unique writing style.
I wanted to know what is your favorite writing year since you write on the internet ? I really really like your rants on 2002 and 2003, That why Wrestling’s one ring circus is my favorite of the four book.
What year do you feel your writing was the best or in what year did you take the most fun of writing ?

1998 for sure.  Thunder was a terrible show, but it just gave me endless material to work with.  Plus it gave me my biggest audience ever with Wrestleline.  When I branched out into doing RAW for my own sites, it was the thick of the Austin era and so there was always stuff to talk about there too.

Best Writing Years

Hello Scott,
Long time fan, bought all your book…. sorry for my bad english but i’m french.
everybody like your new Impact wrestling rant and the fact that we find again your unique writing style.
I wanted to know what is your favorite writing year since you write on the internet ? I really really like your rants on 2002 and 2003, That why Wrestling’s one ring circus is my favorite of the four book.
What year do you feel your writing was the best or in what year did you take the most fun of writing ?

1998 for sure.  Thunder was a terrible show, but it just gave me endless material to work with.  Plus it gave me my biggest audience ever with Wrestleline.  When I branched out into doing RAW for my own sites, it was the thick of the Austin era and so there was always stuff to talk about there too.

Vince goes completely insane, film at 11

From today’s Observer news update:

WWE sent out a survey question yesterday that was pretty mind-boggling: Imagine a 24-hour cable network that was run by The WWE. It featured a mix of WWE-made programs, including new shows, repeats of Raw and SmackDown from USA and Syfy and "classic" or "historical" programs featuring shows from different promotions like classic WWE footage, WCW, ECW, NWA, AWA, etc. from years past. It would have two new weekly WWE live in-ring shows (wrestling), but not SmackDown or Raw. It would have a daily live in-studio viewer interactive show similar to SportsCenter. Additionally, this network would include WWE’s "classic big 4" pay-per-view events including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble to the lineup at no additional cost. Rather than having to pay for them, they would now be specials with the same match quality you’re used to seeing on pay-per-view for no additional cost. These 4 events would only be available on The WWE Network. In addition to The WWE Network, you would receive approximately 30 additional channels including NFL Network, NBA TV, Biography Channel, Fox Business Network and Fuel TV. How interested would you be in upgrading your service for an additional $7-$12 per month to a tier which would include the WWE Network described above?

You might as well take a pile of cash and burn it on the streets of Greenwich rather than proceed with this retarded idea.  WWE 24/7 is already a flop, revenue-wise, and going through with this idea would be SUICIDE for the company and destroy one of their only big revenue sources left.  But Vince is determined to launch this stupid network and show up UFC, so there you go. 

Vince goes completely insane, film at 11

From today’s Observer news update:

WWE sent out a survey question yesterday that was pretty mind-boggling: Imagine a 24-hour cable network that was run by The WWE. It featured a mix of WWE-made programs, including new shows, repeats of Raw and SmackDown from USA and Syfy and "classic" or "historical" programs featuring shows from different promotions like classic WWE footage, WCW, ECW, NWA, AWA, etc. from years past. It would have two new weekly WWE live in-ring shows (wrestling), but not SmackDown or Raw. It would have a daily live in-studio viewer interactive show similar to SportsCenter. Additionally, this network would include WWE’s "classic big 4" pay-per-view events including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble to the lineup at no additional cost. Rather than having to pay for them, they would now be specials with the same match quality you’re used to seeing on pay-per-view for no additional cost. These 4 events would only be available on The WWE Network. In addition to The WWE Network, you would receive approximately 30 additional channels including NFL Network, NBA TV, Biography Channel, Fox Business Network and Fuel TV. How interested would you be in upgrading your service for an additional $7-$12 per month to a tier which would include the WWE Network described above?

You might as well take a pile of cash and burn it on the streets of Greenwich rather than proceed with this retarded idea.  WWE 24/7 is already a flop, revenue-wise, and going through with this idea would be SUICIDE for the company and destroy one of their only big revenue sources left.  But Vince is determined to launch this stupid network and show up UFC, so there you go. 

Best Feud Ever?

Sting and Ric Flair had what could charitably be called a match on the
last Impact show.  To my knowledge, they are the only two guys to
wrestle each other in a major promotion (if the AWA in it’s death
throws was still a "major organization", then TNA deserves that title
too!) in four different decades.  Does it deserve to be known as the
greatest wrestling feud of all time?

Ninja please.  There’s been far more epic and fruitful long-term feuds in wrestling over the years.  Such as: – Paul Heyman v. His Creditors – Vince McMahon v. Sanity – Kevin Nash v. Grey Hair – HHH v. that cart on Monday OK, that’s all my joke answers for now.  Anyway, the Sting-Flair feud was pretty great up until 2001.  Actually I think about the 1995 Flair turn way too much, because I hated it so much back then but it was kind of secretly brilliant.  I think that Hogan v. Flair is another contender because they were mostly incapable of having a bad match together and some were even really good, plus it played out over 20 years as well.  Probably Undertaker v. Kane too. 

Best Feud Ever?

Sting and Ric Flair had what could charitably be called a match on the
last Impact show.  To my knowledge, they are the only two guys to
wrestle each other in a major promotion (if the AWA in it’s death
throws was still a "major organization", then TNA deserves that title
too!) in four different decades.  Does it deserve to be known as the
greatest wrestling feud of all time?

Ninja please.  There’s been far more epic and fruitful long-term feuds in wrestling over the years.  Such as: – Paul Heyman v. His Creditors – Vince McMahon v. Sanity – Kevin Nash v. Grey Hair – HHH v. that cart on Monday OK, that’s all my joke answers for now.  Anyway, the Sting-Flair feud was pretty great up until 2001.  Actually I think about the 1995 Flair turn way too much, because I hated it so much back then but it was kind of secretly brilliant.  I think that Hogan v. Flair is another contender because they were mostly incapable of having a bad match together and some were even really good, plus it played out over 20 years as well.  Probably Undertaker v. Kane too. 

Review Stuff

Hey dude, I’ve been reading your stuff since the smarks.com days.  Glad you’re doing some reviewing again.
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading your NoC review.  Despite being a fan of your writing, I’m not a huge fan of move-by-move reviews.  A few sentences to describe the match and major spots are all I really need.
That’s all and do with this information what you will.  Keep up the good work.

I tried that approach on a full-time basis with RAW back in 2006 before I gave up for good, but I found that I drifted back to doing play-by-play once I got a netbook and could do reviews on the fly again.   I honestly don’t care about PBP, but the impression I always got was that people wanted it.  So what does everyone else think?  Short-form reviews that I can post quicker, or the long-form ones that generally take me longer to crank out?  Not as short-form as the disaster that was the Ricky Steamboat DVD review, but I really enjoyed the NOC one as far as ease of writing and conveying my feelings. 

Review Stuff

Hey dude, I’ve been reading your stuff since the smarks.com days.  Glad you’re doing some reviewing again.
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading your NoC review.  Despite being a fan of your writing, I’m not a huge fan of move-by-move reviews.  A few sentences to describe the match and major spots are all I really need.
That’s all and do with this information what you will.  Keep up the good work.

I tried that approach on a full-time basis with RAW back in 2006 before I gave up for good, but I found that I drifted back to doing play-by-play once I got a netbook and could do reviews on the fly again.   I honestly don’t care about PBP, but the impression I always got was that people wanted it.  So what does everyone else think?  Short-form reviews that I can post quicker, or the long-form ones that generally take me longer to crank out?  Not as short-form as the disaster that was the Ricky Steamboat DVD review, but I really enjoyed the NOC one as far as ease of writing and conveying my feelings. 

Scott Reviews The New 52 Week 4

And what a mixed bag this week was.  Lots of Bat content, not much good content. Wonder Woman #1.  Interesting, I guess, although I have nothing really invested in the character and this didn’t really clarify whether it’s a reboot or if WW is just carrying on from previous continuity.  I’m guessing the latter because they don’t make much effort to provide exposition on who characters like Apollo and Hermes actually are.  Plus there’s a LOT of surprisingly gory violence in this one.  I’ve read a lot of high praise for this, but I don’t get it. This is a one-and-done for me. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1.  Oh my.  I think Jason Todd is a pretty cool idea for a character, what with the whole evil Robin deal, but they just can’t decide what his character is and it’s really frustrating as a reader.  Last time he was being used, in Batman & Robin, he was full on crazy villain, and now he’s back to being a charming anti-hero again.  This is also a case study in confusing continuity, as Jason Todd is part of Bat-continuity and unchanged, but Starfire is now rebooted as a sex-crazed alien supermodel who thinks all humans look alike.  And Roy Harper is in there as some sort of badass, but with Green Arrow being reverted to 19 years old or so…well, my head hurts thinking about this mess.  I wanted to like it going in, but there’s just nothing interesting going on here.  Done here too, and it’ll probably be cancelled quickly.   Batman #1.  This was more like it.  I finally got a chance to read Batman & Robin #1 beforehand, and it really makes Detective Comics look like a weird aberration, unless ‘Tec and The Dark Knight are going to be the darker side of Batman or something.  Anyway, I really liked B&R #1, as they were carrying on the light-hearted Dick and Damian act, and Batman #1 featured a nice bit with Bruce and his three “sons” at the same party.  There’s some touches of Se7en and the issue ends with a cool cliffhanger.  Keep buying?  Hells yeah.  Probably gonna go back and check out Scott Snyder’s run with Dick Grayson from pre-reboot as well.   Catwoman #1.  Somehow I don’t see this one soothing the nerves of women who are bothered by DC’s recent portrayals of the fairer sex.  And speaking of sex, Catwoman has a lot of it, apparently, much of it with Batman in the angry manner while wearing costumes.  Love Judd Winnick and softcore pornography?  Then this is for you!  Not carrying on with this one.   Blue Beetle #1.  Ted Kord was one of my all-time favorite characters, so I was somewhat hesitant to get behind Jaime Reyes, but this was a really charming book, even if the character didn’t need a reboot.  I liked the added backstory to the scarab, I liked the somewhat cartoony artwork, I liked the dialogue (“Translated from Spanglish”), and I’m curious to see where the adventures of Blue Beetle take him.  It’s just a really nice jumping on point for new readers and particularly the younger readers that seem to be latching onto Reyes,  and I can’t really hold a little thing like the senseless death of my favorite character against this book.  Keep buying?  Yup. Legion of Super-Heroes #1.  I picked this one up hoping that it was being rebooted yet again so I could jump on, but unfortunately it wasn’t and I’m not really willing to take the time to follow it.  Aside from word balloons introducing the characters, Levitz doesn’t really do much here to make it anything more than a continuation of the previous series, and that’s not my scene given that I haven’t read the Legion since the Zero Hour reboot.  One and done here, even though it was a perfectly fine comic book. Supergirl #1.  Well this was definitely a reboot with a capital R.  Kara arrives on Earth, thinking that it’s Krypton, with a tone somewhat reminiscent of Supergirl: the Movie, which I just watched again last week for some reason.  There’s giant robots getting beat up, so that’s always good, and she doesn’t really have her powers under control yet but they’re definitely there.  How this meshes with the interpretation of Superman developing his powers slowly in Action Comics, I don’t know, but I don’t feel like they do either.  And of course Superman shows up to remind us that he’s here and his costume is still ugly.  I’m probably gonna wait for the trades here. Nightwing #1.  This one makes me saddest, because I loved Dick as Batman and thought he got screwed over by the reboot and stuck back into a role he had outgrown.  Not as screwed over as Wally West, but still pretty screwed.  And it’s not even that great of a debut, kind of on par with the original Nightwing mini-series back in the 90s, where he goes back to the circus yet again and he’s still having moping inner dialogues and thinking about his parents’ murders.  Plus he basically lets people get killed while he’s changing costume, and that’s not cool. Wanted to like it, but it bored me.  Another one where I’ll wait for the trade. Green Lantern Corps #1.  Guy Gardner is yet again trying to right his life on Earth, but both he and John Stewart discover that insurance companies dislike the chaos that swirls around superheroes.  So it’s back to Oa, where he’s somewhat more liked, and the Corps gets dispatched to deal with another murdering baddie.  Same as it ever was in the GL world, but I’m glad that Guy is finally carrying a title that’s selling big.  I need a break from ring-slingers for a while, though, although I might pick up the Kyle Rayner series to see what that’s about.  Keep buying? Not at this point. The winners this week?  Blue Beetle and Batman!  Supergirl and Nightwing were OK, but let’s not speak of Red Hood or Catwoman unless it’s to mock them.

Scott Reviews The New 52 Week 4

And what a mixed bag this week was.  Lots of Bat content, not much good content. Wonder Woman #1.  Interesting, I guess, although I have nothing really invested in the character and this didn’t really clarify whether it’s a reboot or if WW is just carrying on from previous continuity.  I’m guessing the latter because they don’t make much effort to provide exposition on who characters like Apollo and Hermes actually are.  Plus there’s a LOT of surprisingly gory violence in this one.  I’ve read a lot of high praise for this, but I don’t get it. This is a one-and-done for me. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1.  Oh my.  I think Jason Todd is a pretty cool idea for a character, what with the whole evil Robin deal, but they just can’t decide what his character is and it’s really frustrating as a reader.  Last time he was being used, in Batman & Robin, he was full on crazy villain, and now he’s back to being a charming anti-hero again.  This is also a case study in confusing continuity, as Jason Todd is part of Bat-continuity and unchanged, but Starfire is now rebooted as a sex-crazed alien supermodel who thinks all humans look alike.  And Roy Harper is in there as some sort of badass, but with Green Arrow being reverted to 19 years old or so…well, my head hurts thinking about this mess.  I wanted to like it going in, but there’s just nothing interesting going on here.  Done here too, and it’ll probably be cancelled quickly.   Batman #1.  This was more like it.  I finally got a chance to read Batman & Robin #1 beforehand, and it really makes Detective Comics look like a weird aberration, unless ‘Tec and The Dark Knight are going to be the darker side of Batman or something.  Anyway, I really liked B&R #1, as they were carrying on the light-hearted Dick and Damian act, and Batman #1 featured a nice bit with Bruce and his three “sons” at the same party.  There’s some touches of Se7en and the issue ends with a cool cliffhanger.  Keep buying?  Hells yeah.  Probably gonna go back and check out Scott Snyder’s run with Dick Grayson from pre-reboot as well.   Catwoman #1.  Somehow I don’t see this one soothing the nerves of women who are bothered by DC’s recent portrayals of the fairer sex.  And speaking of sex, Catwoman has a lot of it, apparently, much of it with Batman in the angry manner while wearing costumes.  Love Judd Winnick and softcore pornography?  Then this is for you!  Not carrying on with this one.   Blue Beetle #1.  Ted Kord was one of my all-time favorite characters, so I was somewhat hesitant to get behind Jaime Reyes, but this was a really charming book, even if the character didn’t need a reboot.  I liked the added backstory to the scarab, I liked the somewhat cartoony artwork, I liked the dialogue (“Translated from Spanglish”), and I’m curious to see where the adventures of Blue Beetle take him.  It’s just a really nice jumping on point for new readers and particularly the younger readers that seem to be latching onto Reyes,  and I can’t really hold a little thing like the senseless death of my favorite character against this book.  Keep buying?  Yup. Legion of Super-Heroes #1.  I picked this one up hoping that it was being rebooted yet again so I could jump on, but unfortunately it wasn’t and I’m not really willing to take the time to follow it.  Aside from word balloons introducing the characters, Levitz doesn’t really do much here to make it anything more than a continuation of the previous series, and that’s not my scene given that I haven’t read the Legion since the Zero Hour reboot.  One and done here, even though it was a perfectly fine comic book. Supergirl #1.  Well this was definitely a reboot with a capital R.  Kara arrives on Earth, thinking that it’s Krypton, with a tone somewhat reminiscent of Supergirl: the Movie, which I just watched again last week for some reason.  There’s giant robots getting beat up, so that’s always good, and she doesn’t really have her powers under control yet but they’re definitely there.  How this meshes with the interpretation of Superman developing his powers slowly in Action Comics, I don’t know, but I don’t feel like they do either.  And of course Superman shows up to remind us that he’s here and his costume is still ugly.  I’m probably gonna wait for the trades here. Nightwing #1.  This one makes me saddest, because I loved Dick as Batman and thought he got screwed over by the reboot and stuck back into a role he had outgrown.  Not as screwed over as Wally West, but still pretty screwed.  And it’s not even that great of a debut, kind of on par with the original Nightwing mini-series back in the 90s, where he goes back to the circus yet again and he’s still having moping inner dialogues and thinking about his parents’ murders.  Plus he basically lets people get killed while he’s changing costume, and that’s not cool. Wanted to like it, but it bored me.  Another one where I’ll wait for the trade. Green Lantern Corps #1.  Guy Gardner is yet again trying to right his life on Earth, but both he and John Stewart discover that insurance companies dislike the chaos that swirls around superheroes.  So it’s back to Oa, where he’s somewhat more liked, and the Corps gets dispatched to deal with another murdering baddie.  Same as it ever was in the GL world, but I’m glad that Guy is finally carrying a title that’s selling big.  I need a break from ring-slingers for a while, though, although I might pick up the Kyle Rayner series to see what that’s about.  Keep buying? Not at this point. The winners this week?  Blue Beetle and Batman!  Supergirl and Nightwing were OK, but let’s not speak of Red Hood or Catwoman unless it’s to mock them.