When Vince Russo took over the creative side of WCW in late 1999, the then head of the company Bill Busch’s only instructions, in a nutshell, were to improve the product, because Busch was somehow head of a product he had no idea how to write for (which was
not abnormal for WCW). Vince Russo is often blamed for WCW’s further decline in late 99-2000, but should that blame be more on Busch because of his lack of experience?
What was the deal with the Steiners being so stiff and putting other wrestlers in peril. I remember seeing a match in Japan vs Benoit/Liger which was amazing but also scary as hell because Rick hit Benoit with an overhead German that nearly killed him. Why were they such assholes? They never seemed to lose clean, we’re booked as fan favorite babyfaces for years and yet every time they had a chance it looked like they tried to legit kill their opponents. When I was younger I assumed the Bagwell injury was an accident but looking back now, how dangerous were the Steiners back in their glory days?
The thing is, I wouldn't say they were "dangerous" as such, but they worked a lot in Japan where it was expected, if not encouraged, to beat the hell out of your opponents with wanton abandon sometimes because the culture is all about FIGHTING SPIRIT and all that. Like even the brutal Iizuka match features the kid getting mauled and then coming right back for more. And when they came back to WCW after their tours, they were pretty much the one over tag team in a division with, like, four different tag team titles (WCW, NWA, US, IWGP, Six-Man, etc.) and they never had to lose, so basically no one ever called them on it.
Meltzer said DON did around 120,000 buys and that All out was not only down but significantly down. Why do you think that happen? Was Moxley/Omega THAT much of a draw for people? Maybe people are already getting tired of watching PPVs with just random pairings and no strong storylines? Thoughts?
First up, let's keep things in perspective. "Significantly down" was still over 100,000 buys for a PPV with no TV buildup, which is still a historically great performance.
But yes, I think the loss of Moxley hurt it a lot. I also think there was just generally less buzz around the show, and I think their PPV brand got diluted by Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen. In particular that second show didn't really leave me wanting to see another AEW PPV right away and I think a lot of people were the same.
Unfortunately, this one’s kind of all over the place on Hasegawayoshi’s channel. You practically have to search for them match-by-match. Here’s the main event!
WRESTLEMARINEPIAD ’95: (18.11.1995)
-And now we reach the 1995 Wrestlemarinepiad! This one feels quite a bit bigger than the last one (which was mostly Rookie vs. Veteran, with a big tag match on top), but now that we’re out of the Interpromotional Era by a bit, it feels a bit “diminished” compared in importance. This was kind of a shame, and a harsh result of that era spoiling the fans with fantastic “Dream Matches” on every single show. And also, Wrestling Queendom was now the big yearly show instead.
TL; DR- Why Should I Watch This?: Actually, this is more of an “okay” show than a GREAT one, but it’s got one of the best brawls ever between LCO, some “WTF?” one-offs like Hokuto wrestling in a mask, and the Sakie Hasegawa “Blizzard Yuki” push, too.
What would the chances be of you reposting your old rants like "For the want of a nail", "King Lazerus", "Guide to every WWE PPV" etc. from the original Rantsylvania days? They were great reads and maybe even do a Scott Says on relevant parts?
I’m actually not a big fan of my older stuff like that anymore.
What would you say was/is the worst promotion that was guilty of booking on the fly during a particular time period? Are we seeing that currently in the WWE with reports of programs being re-written hours before the shows, or in some cases DURING the shows?
You're kinda answering your own question there. But WCW in 2000 was still way worse.
Hey, as promised in the recent WCW Saturday Night rant, here’s a long overdue redo of one of WCW’s all time great PPV shows. Of course, immediately after this show ended, it was hardly the quality of the PPV that became the talk of the wrestling world.