X-Pac Heat

Scott, I think that X-Pac doesn’t deserve to associated with that term. True, there was a time where people just hated him, primarily because they didn’t like him. The Invasion PPV sticks in my mind when he was the only WWF wrestler to get booed. There was however a time when he was popular and well liked and he is acknowledge as a talented wrestler.
Michael Cole, on the other hand, as far as I can recall, has never been widely loved. He has real "fuck this shit, let’s change the channel heat". His commentary is just so fucking grating, when he is a face or a heel. Although he has done some good things in his recent heel run, I would say most of his heat comes from his abysmal commentary. He was atrocious when he replaced JR in 98, when JR had Bell’s Palsy. A good example is the commentary on the DX’s nation parody and DX’s corporation parody. I will grant that he has improved since then, but still, after over 10 years of experience he’d be much better.
I think that Waltman should catch a break and we should rename "X-Pac heat" to "Cole heat", as Michael Cole is a far better example of a wrestling personalty being hated due the audience not enjoying their work. I’m sure part of it is the way he is produced, but JR was produced by the same people and he did a good job.
Thoughts? I’m sure the Blog will have some opinions.

Yeah, but X-Pac was supposed to be a pushed heel who headed up his own heel faction.  God knows what Cole’s role is even supposed to be, so it’s not really fair to blame him entirely for being annoying as he is.  It’s not like Cole is acting this way and then going out there and having matches, too, so it’s kind of apples and oranges.  Sorry, but X-Pac Heat is gonna be around for a while as a term, I’m pretty sure. 

Overrated Matches

Just a quick little something for discussion – Any thoughts on matches that didn’t live up to the hype?  Not necessarily matches that don’t hold up well today, but matches that were built up as almost legendary by people, only to find they were just OK? 
My own pick is the Jerry Lynn/RVD series from ECW.  I usually just dipped in and out of ECW during this time, but I remembered seeing the Internet go into convulsions over this series, like it was the new Flair/Steamboat.  I checked out the matches and wasn’t exactly blown away.  They were good matches, Lynn did a pretty good job of reining in Van Dam’s ECW-era sloppiness, but it was just the usual stuff here as far as I could see.
Thoughts and comments?

The first Shane v. Funk v. Sabu three-way match.  It was the match where everyone raved about it and told me I HAD to get ECW tapes and such, and it just wasn’t great to me, even at the time.  It sure as hell doesn’t hold up today either, but a lot of that is Sabu not holding up in general. 

Overrated Matches

Just a quick little something for discussion – Any thoughts on matches that didn’t live up to the hype?  Not necessarily matches that don’t hold up well today, but matches that were built up as almost legendary by people, only to find they were just OK? 
My own pick is the Jerry Lynn/RVD series from ECW.  I usually just dipped in and out of ECW during this time, but I remembered seeing the Internet go into convulsions over this series, like it was the new Flair/Steamboat.  I checked out the matches and wasn’t exactly blown away.  They were good matches, Lynn did a pretty good job of reining in Van Dam’s ECW-era sloppiness, but it was just the usual stuff here as far as I could see.
Thoughts and comments?

The first Shane v. Funk v. Sabu three-way match.  It was the match where everyone raved about it and told me I HAD to get ECW tapes and such, and it just wasn’t great to me, even at the time.  It sure as hell doesn’t hold up today either, but a lot of that is Sabu not holding up in general. 

Overrated Matches

Just a quick little something for discussion – Any thoughts on matches that didn’t live up to the hype?  Not necessarily matches that don’t hold up well today, but matches that were built up as almost legendary by people, only to find they were just OK? 
My own pick is the Jerry Lynn/RVD series from ECW.  I usually just dipped in and out of ECW during this time, but I remembered seeing the Internet go into convulsions over this series, like it was the new Flair/Steamboat.  I checked out the matches and wasn’t exactly blown away.  They were good matches, Lynn did a pretty good job of reining in Van Dam’s ECW-era sloppiness, but it was just the usual stuff here as far as I could see.
Thoughts and comments?

The first Shane v. Funk v. Sabu three-way match.  It was the match where everyone raved about it and told me I HAD to get ECW tapes and such, and it just wasn’t great to me, even at the time.  It sure as hell doesn’t hold up today either, but a lot of that is Sabu not holding up in general. 

Match Quality

Hey Scott,

Clarify something for me here:

Say it’s before a big PPV, Wrestlemania for example. Why haven’t Vince/the agents/whoever just told the entire roster to “put on absolute classics/bring your A+ game? For example, what’s the downside of having CM Punk and Rey Mysterio cut loose and deliver a ****+ match at this past year’s WM? Or do you think Vince and Co. actually does go out and say that every so often, it’s just the talent that fails to deliver?

Do you know of any instances where Vince was gunning for purely match quality, and everybody delivered? Or tried to deliver? It just seems weird… why wouldn’t somebody like Punk/Cena/Rey/Christian/etc put on nothing but four-star and above PPV matches if they’re capable of doing it? That’s like asking your big homerun slugger to only swing for the fences once every few months.

The only times I know of where Vince did that was the Bret Hart-Randy Savage match on SNME years back, and the Michaels v. Perfect match at Summerslam where they went on TV and basically promised a **** match.  Otherwise it’s generally the talent who put that kind of pressure on themselves, like with Eddie v. Rey at WM21.  Of course it also backfires, like with the same match, so it’s pretty much impossible to just say “Have a classic match” and expect people to deliver.  Guys are pros and certainly know what works in theory, but there’s so many variables that it’s impossible to predict what will work and what will suck.

As for the downside, for sure there’s a downside.  Agents try to program the PPVs so that you don’t get 3 or 4 similar-style  matches in a row and burn out the crowd, because you’re trying to focus on your biggest stars and matches.  John Morrison going out and trying for a **** 20 minute classic in the second match might serve his own ego, but to me it’s like the opening act for U2 playing for 2 hours when no one paid money to see that.

Match Quality

Hey Scott,

Clarify something for me here:

Say it’s before a big PPV, Wrestlemania for example. Why haven’t Vince/the agents/whoever just told the entire roster to “put on absolute classics/bring your A+ game? For example, what’s the downside of having CM Punk and Rey Mysterio cut loose and deliver a ****+ match at this past year’s WM? Or do you think Vince and Co. actually does go out and say that every so often, it’s just the talent that fails to deliver?

Do you know of any instances where Vince was gunning for purely match quality, and everybody delivered? Or tried to deliver? It just seems weird… why wouldn’t somebody like Punk/Cena/Rey/Christian/etc put on nothing but four-star and above PPV matches if they’re capable of doing it? That’s like asking your big homerun slugger to only swing for the fences once every few months.

The only times I know of where Vince did that was the Bret Hart-Randy Savage match on SNME years back, and the Michaels v. Perfect match at Summerslam where they went on TV and basically promised a **** match.  Otherwise it’s generally the talent who put that kind of pressure on themselves, like with Eddie v. Rey at WM21.  Of course it also backfires, like with the same match, so it’s pretty much impossible to just say “Have a classic match” and expect people to deliver.  Guys are pros and certainly know what works in theory, but there’s so many variables that it’s impossible to predict what will work and what will suck.

As for the downside, for sure there’s a downside.  Agents try to program the PPVs so that you don’t get 3 or 4 similar-style  matches in a row and burn out the crowd, because you’re trying to focus on your biggest stars and matches.  John Morrison going out and trying for a **** 20 minute classic in the second match might serve his own ego, but to me it’s like the opening act for U2 playing for 2 hours when no one paid money to see that.