Help me Be A Man!

Hey guys, for those who are old school enough to remember, did I ever do an actual review of Be A Man Hulk on 411 or wherever I was posting at the time?  I can’t find it via Google and it’s not in the archives, but I know I have a copy of the CD and I think I remember writing a review when it came out back in 2002.  I’m doing a Monday Night Wrong column about the CD on Monday for Sporting News and I wanted to check the original review from the time.  Thanks, and back to your regularly scheduled snark!

Stand up for the WWE!


I read this in one of the comments and I vaguely recall it.  From what I remember they wanted everyone to just go around and defend the WWE.  Do you know the story behind that? I would've loved to hear Meltzer's taken on that.

​Oh god, that was SO stupid.  Basically Linda was flailing around trying to win a Senate seat in CT and there was some nonsense about fans wearing WWE merchandise not being allowed to participate in polls, so they played the “wah wah free speech” card and tried to mobilize their audience as a persecuted minority.  It was just a really, REALLY transparently desperate attempt to help Linda's election chances, and we're talking “transparently desperate” even by WWE's already low standards.  By the time we got to the point of Linda putting up posters that linked her campaign with Obama (despite running as a Republican) it was all over but the crying.  ​And given Vince spent tens of millions of his own personal fortune on those campaigns, there was likely a lot of crying.

Future of 205 Live



Have you been watching the new version of 205 Live? I no longer subscribe to the network but I've heard it's been almost universally praised. I've read one review where they said the difference is  night and day. It's now the “Sport” brand under the WWE umbrella. That's awesome that they at least have an identity.

One has to wonder though about the future of the brand. Now with dual brand PPVs, it's entirely possible that a cruiserweight championship match might not even make the kickoff shows. Most certainly we will never see a title match on a PPV again.

What do you think Triple H's vision is for the brand? The tournament style certainly worked for the Cruiserweight Classic and it's apparently working for 205 Live. Do they keep the tournament style sport aspect of the show and determine #1 contenders through tourneys? Do they create tag titles and then keep the momentum going with a tournament for them?

Surely he can't have the vision of one day having quarterly network specials from Full Sail?

​I haven't been watching, no.  Not sure what HHH's vision might be, but as long as SOMEONE has a vision for it, they're better off.  Frankly they shouldn't be on PPV anyway, because they need to be kept separate from the main brands so it can be special.  ​

Aleister Black


Am I missing something, or is this guy a complete can’t miss superstar?  Now I’m certain the writers can completely screw the pooch with him when he’s called up to the majors, but he just seems like a slam dunk of looks, ability, fan intrigue and a kick ass theme song.  I think they should have him completely skip the courting period that is winning the NXT title (he doesn’t need it) and get him on Raw the night after Mania.

Hell…forget having a match for The Undertaker. Have him come out for a Mania promo to officially announce his retirement, have Black come out and absolutely destroy him and blow the roof off Superdome. Or Silverdome, if you’re Hogan. But seriously…am I missing something?

​I think he might be a bit old for them, but yeah, I'm pretty sure he's moving up after Wrestlemania, or maybe even winning the ARMBaR there ala Corbin.  ​

Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back


We've seen cases in wrestling where a career ending injury was caused (or it started a problem) by a singular move gone wrong, and also the ones where an ongoing problem was eventually capped by a bad move & the career went downhill afterwards.


The recent thing with Paige appearing to be at the end of her career due to a basic kick sounds more like the latter, which was just the final straw on a bad neck. It got me wondering about other cases, specifically HBK.

Was Shawn's back f**ked for that whole period & the Casket Match backdrop was the final straw, or was he physically okay & the backdrop caused it?
From what I believe Shawn has said in the past, the casket was basically the one bump that incited neck problems that were there the whole time.  If it wasn't that, it would have been something else that cashed in his bump card.  

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – August 27, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are taped from Worcester, Massachusetts, the site of the final Wrestling Challenge tapings, as well as from Portland, Maine.  It is SummerSlam Sunday!

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205 Live – 20th February 2018

Quick introduction, grapple fans.  I’m John, I’m from the U.K., and I’m looking forward to bringing you my thoughts on 205 Live every Wednesday morning.  Here’s this week’s show review, from next week I’ll hope to settle into a Wednesday morning at approximately 10.00am G.M.T. posting routine.

WWE 205 Live

20th February 2018

Phoenix, Arizona

Commentators: Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness

We are now firmly entrenched in the HHH Era of 205 Live, with more emphasis on what goes on in the squared circle, and less on sports-entertaining people.  So far so good as the Enzo Debacle (and I mean the sexual assault allegations, not his general ring work) has worked out for the best for the viewers; and this week the Cruiserweight Title tournament rolls on.

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 16th, 1991

February 16, 1991

From the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper. A whacked out Piper sells us on the Tag Team Battle Royal, with the winner receiving a title shot at WrestleMania.

This week, besides the battle royal, we will have a new WrestleMania Report. The Undertaker will be a guest on the “Brother Love Show” and those in action include Tito Santana, Rick Martel, and Texas Tornado.

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Your Mom


Hi

Back in the early 90s there was an angle where Rick Rude was insulting the Big Boss Man's mother. It went on for a while and then he was “fired” for it.

Was there actually going to be a pay off to this or did they just know Rude was leaving and wanted an excuse?


A bit of both.  It was leading to Rude/Bossman at Wrestlemania as originally planned as far as I know, but Rude was injured and they kept advertising him in main events at house shows anyway.  Rude argued that if they're using his name to draw the house, he should be paid main event money for those shows, and when Vince disagreed, Rude told him where to stick it and quit.