ECW on Sci-Fi #86 01/22/2008

We’re in the University of Virginia with new graphics and set as the HD era has begun and tonight Chavo gets a title shot after losing twice because he has something of an edge.

Nah that’s too subtle. Edge helped him win last week.

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Extant’s Pull List – Debut of DC You

After a two-month crapfest that was Convergence (which was basically a continuation of Earth 2: World’s End and a lead-in for the new Earth 2: Society book), DC Comics last week began its new DC You campaign. With a whole new set of first issues, new series and new directions, the idea of a shared universe has been replaced by the return of a multiverse, with a number of series not at all connected to one another.

The new strategy supposedly will allow creators to tell their own stories without concern of where it fits in the overall DC Universe, and it’s first week did a great job showing off different sides to different characters.

I bought and downloaded nine DC Comics issues last week, including four new first issues, an annual and four books starting new stories or heading in new directions.

The New Series 

After years of being criticized for a grim outlook and taking the fun away from its heroes, DC Comics over the last year has been trying new things, with critical hits like Gotham Academy, Harley Quinn and a new direction for Batgirl. The new approach continued this week with “all-ages” miniseries, Bizarro and Bat-Mite.

While Bat-Mite, written by comics legend Dan Jurgens, was fun, it left something to be desired. Bizarro, on the other hand, was a fantastic first issue, introducing the premise of Bizarro going on a road trip with Jimmy Olsen to “Bizarro America,” AKA Canada, to get him away from Metropolis. Writer Heath Corson set up a ridiculous premise for this six-issue miniseries and delivered a comic that can be enjoyed by any type of comic fan, with no need to keep up with anything happening in any other book.

Dan Jurgens also wrote the new Batman Beyond No. 1 last week, placing the Tim Drake of five years from now into the Batman Beyond suit to try and save the past, in a continuation of the weekly Future’s End series. Omega Men rounds out the slate of new comics I picked up, as a group of freedom fighters try to make a point by “killing” Kyle Rayner. I’m willing to give these books a second look, but they’re both on thin ice after shaky debuts.

The New Directions 

DC’s Free Comic Book Day issue, Divergence, previewed “Truth,” the new story running through the Superman books. The Man of Steel has been depowered and Lois Lane – his would-be wife, soul mate and best friend – discovered his dual identity as Clark Kent and then revealed it to the world. On top of that, the Fortress of Solitude has rejected him. With Action Comics 41, “Truth” kicks off in earnest with Clark Kent coming back to Metropolis and setting up new status quo. Aaron Kuder and Greg Pak set up an intriguing premise for the new direction, bringing the character back to 1938 power levels. “Truth” continues in a loose crossover in Batman/Superman this week, although DC has said that each book will provide its own story, with “Truth” just being a unifying feature.

The lack of a cohesive DC Universe is highlighted mostly in Geoff Johns’ Justice League 41. The beginning of the long-teased “Darkseid War” features Bruce Wayne as Batman, a fully-powered Superman and generally ignores everything going on in other books. Last week’s issue focuses on the search for an Amazon who gave birth to Darkseid’s daughter the same night that Wonder Woman was born, while the Anti-Monitor (the main villain in Crisis on Infinite Earths) readies for an all-out assault on the Justice League’s first opponent. Johns is amazing at setting the premise for a story and “Darkseid War” is no different. Although, given Johns’ tendency to stretch stories out, waiting for the inevitable trade collection may be the more satisfying way to read the story.

Also in stores last week were new issues for Green Lantern and Green Arrow. Over in GL, the Corps is no more, Hal Jordan is a renegade and bringing in criminals using a Lantern gauntlet. Green Arrow steps back a bit from introducing concepts from the Arrow TV show (no Diggle or Felicity to be seen this issue) as Oliver Queens returns to Seattle after some soul searching.

Overall, a pretty good week for the new DCU. Hopefully, the levity introduced last week sticks around for a bit, as having some variety in your offerings is appreciated. Next week, we’ll take a look at the all-new, all-different Batman in three books (Batman, Detective Comics and Batman/Superman), along with some first issues debuting this week.

Nash’s debut as a heel in WCW

So as you covered in the last Nitro rant, Nash debuts on Nitro as a heel who we're supposed to hate because he and Scott want to take over WCW, right?

The problem with that is that from that very first promo with Tony, Kevin's lines were A). Very funny, and B). The truth.

So remind me why was I supposed to boo him and root for the WCW losers again? I was cheering Scott during his debut week, and Kevin the week after because they were doing something interesting, cool, and unique.
Well…yeah.  They were cool heels.  That's why they were so unique and drew shitloads of money.  No one had really done that before.  It also killed the company in the long run.  Other than that, I'm not really sure where you're going with this.  

My P2B Nation Debut

Bayless inadvertently reminded me of something: I’d forgotten to hype my P2B debut piece titled “The ‘Us’ Movement.” Pretty much the same thing I’ve done here. If you aren’t familiar with my work, I take a specious premise about men in their underwear pretending to fight, and use more big words than necessary in the process. If you are familiar with my work…well, it’s still that.

Anyway, I don’t like shameless self-promotion but it is my first piece for them, so there you have it. Enjoy. Or read it and hate it. I’m not your mom, I really don’t care what you do.

You know Sting will debut on this Monday Night Raw now…


Warrior was a close friend of mine (I also had the pleasure of growing up in the same city Chris Benoit called home — Peachtree City, Ga — and used to talk to him at the gym all the time). 

Benoit's death hit me hard, because he was the nicest guy in the world and I always saw him walking around the golf cart paths of my home town with his son on his shoulders. 

Warrior's death is unbelievably tragic, because he was so happy to be back with the WWE and was poised to tell  new stories (though his last appearance on RAW was so prophetic). 

I met Warrior in 2003 at a conservative function in D.C. and thereafter we would talk three or four times a year on the phone for hours on end. 

He was incredibly passionate and the true man shown through at the HOF this past weekend, with his love for his wife and daughters the highlight of the show (and, by all the tweets from wrestlers, something they all noticed as well). 

Back in 2010, we were talking on the phone right before Wrestlemania 26 in Phoenix and he told me how close he was to going in the HOF then, but he couldn't do it until they told the right story (which they did on the new DVD). He told me at a meeting with WWE to go over the libel lawsuit surrounding the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, all of a sudden Vince came from behind and gave him a huge bear hug… as if nothing had happened between 1996 and 2010 in their relationship…. ha. 

Warrior was alpha, one of a kind. The media storm surrounding his horrific death is testament to this and the power sports-entertainers (wrestlers) have over the public imagination. 

That he was able to come back and end things ON HIS NOTE (with perhaps the most eerie final promo in the history of… promos)… isn't that the most poignant way to end an incredibly enigmatic and obviously inspiration life?

Anyways… if Sting has signed with the company (though they weren't that close after the Blade Runners broke up), it makes too much sense to have him debut this coming Monday Night at some point, especially to fill the role of ambassador Warrior was set to do. 

What say you?

See, I don't even know that Sting and Warrior were close past their initial association in the 80s.  Sting certainly gave no indications of being in touch with Warrior in any of the interviews he's done.  However, I think Sting's a pretty well-spoken and well-respected guy who would do fine as a goodwill ambassador for the company.  Or if nothing else he can hang out on Wall Street and point baseball bats at anyone trying to sell their WWE stock.  
I think they can disguise him pretty well in the ring if he's doing limited stuff, because I feel like the younger guys would respect him so much that they'd be lining up to sell his offense and would probably keep him from getting too exposed.  If he was to take on a role where he was, say, mentoring the Shield or teaming with John Cena against the Wyatts to even the odds (and you know Cena would mark out for that) he'd probably do fine.  

Shield’s debut

Hi Scott,

I saw this on facebook and though it was interesting

Roman Reigns spoke to Coaster Boy Josh this week to promote WrestleMania XXX.

The Shield's Debut & WWE's Original Plan For Them:

"Yeah, we debuted at Survivor Series — the coolest part of that is we were supposed to have like shields. It was really..for lack of a better was really lame. We had like, literal riot shields..fiberglass riot shields with the word "Shield" written up it. We were like..'everyone will know who we are..geez'. We just pictured..trying to get into the ring with these things.

Like, for years go into the ring a certain way, and you're not usually carrying a huge, plastic shield. So, we just had this terrifying nightmare of not being able slide in and we're like stuck..we can't get in and we're looking up and there's Ryback standing over us, and we've completely blown the whole debut.

So, immediately, Vince was like 'What, are you guys wussies? You need that?' We're like 'No'. And he's like 'Good, leave them', and we just ran in there and we beat the dog piss out of Ryback and put him through the table."

I can totally see them doing those shields.  

The Bam Bam Bigelow WCW debut and follow up

Do you think a Goldberg feud with the debuting Bam Bam Bigelow may have sparked some life back into WCW and helped get some momentum back for the company at the end of 98 if handled and booked right? Based on the crowd reaction to Bam Bam's debut and challenge to Goldberg it seemed like a dream match at the time. As we know, Nash ended up with the Starrcade slot against Goldberg, but looking back, the money was possibly with Goldberg- Bam Bam for that show. Thoughts?

I think "Bam Bam" and "money" in the same sentence is a bit iffy.  Really, the more logical showdown would have been Goldberg and Wrath before Nash destroyed him on the way to the streak-ending.  Wouldn't have been a true main event deal, but they could have done something with Hogan and Nash on top for true control of the nWo or something.  

Waltman Raw Debut

God, the blog is deader than Junior Dos Santos' face tonight.  Let's answer some questions!

Saw the list and couldn't agree more with this one.  How in the world is this not a top ten moment?  The WWF was on the rise and was bound to take over WCW in the ratings wars in 98 at some point, but I always felt like the moment X-Pac came out and just lit up Hogan, Bichoff and WCW with that rant was a seminal moment for the WWF and in industry in general.  That moment of just shoving things right in WCW's face with a total FU attitude was what WWF fans were just dying for.  The moment has sort of gotten lost in the shuffle over the years I think (maybe because Waltman never became a huge star), but anyone who followed wrestling at that point I think understands the impact it had.  What do you think – am I overrating the significance of it?

Oh not at all, watching with my roommate at the time we were losing our shit at seeing someone from WCW finally crossing back to the other side again, in the thick of the wars no less.  It was not only a big pickup by itself, it was a signal that Vince was ready to play ball again and start signing away WCW's talent instead of just having everything flowing the one way.  Plus it turned D-X into babyfaces eventually and we know how big that was.  

New WWE TV Show To Debut In October


STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and ION Television
today announced a new weekly one-hour original series airing on
Wednesday nights at 8/7C. WWE Main Event will debut on October 3, 2012,
and feature WWE Superstars and Divas from the rosters of Monday Night
Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. The new show will be available in 100
million U.S. television households on ION Television, a top-rated
general entertainment network that features a broad mix of critically
acclaimed series, movies and original programming.

“ION Television is delighted to begin a new partnership with such a
successful and well-recognized franchise as WWE,” said Brandon Burgess,
CEO, ION Media Networks. “As a general entertainment network with a
solid foundation, WWE Main Event is a great addition to our lineup that
features something for everyone. We look forward to introducing our ION
audience to all of the excitement and drama WWE has to offer as well as
welcoming a passionate new fan base to the network.”

“WWE looks forward to this new partnership with ION Television,” said
Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about producing
this new television show, WWE Main Event, and bringing our fans to ION
Television every Wednesday.”

WWE Main Event will feature in-ring action and fit seamlessly in
storylines from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, making
Wednesday night appointment viewing for fans. The new series will offer a
big arena experience with live audiences like current WWE weekly

Thoughts on this?  It sounds like another version of Superstars.

Best and worst series of vignettes to hype up a debut

Hey there, it's NWA88 from the blog —
I thought this might be a fun idea for a blog topic — specifically wrestlers who debuted after a long series of vignettes.
Over the years we've seen many of these kinds of hype videos for soon to be debuting wrestlers.  Some of them (like "garbage man" Dusty Rhodes or Mr. Perfect) were crafted to reveal facets of the characters themselves, where others were shrouded in mystery and designed to create a buzz (Blood Runs Cold, the Millennium Countdown).  I just thought it might be fun to discuss the best and worst of these and to shed some light on some of the lesser known or forgotten ones.

Best:  Razor Ramon.  Gave you everything you needed to know about the character in one shot and instantly turned him into a star before he even stepped into the ring.  Mr. Perfect was a close second, I'd say, but Perfect was someone who could get himself over as he went, whereas Ramon really needed to have the character launched from jump street.
Worst:  The Artist Formerly Known As Prince vignettes did nothing to make me care any more about Iaukea.