Little Help

Hey Mr. Keith, it is Chris Cucchiara, the humble writer of the book reviews your site used to feature. I know damned well I wore out my welcome towards the end, writing insipid review after insipid review…I was in a bad place life wise. For that, I am eternally regretful, and for you giving me a chance, eternally grateful. Anyway, the source of my consternation and distraction of the time (my pops declining health) is doing much better now. I was hoping you could plug my new site, titansinking.wordpress.com. Shitty name, but it was what WordPress allowed me. God Bless all of your members. I still follow intently and was shocked by Officer Farva's demise. Just looking for a little bump, and I am not above shameless pandering. I do not review books anymore, but shows themselves. Quickly. I would greatly appreciate a plug. titansinking.wordpress.com.

I Need Your Help Please Mr. Keith


Hey Scott, super long time reader…

I was trading e-mails with someone I’m a big fan of on a radio show who thinks Shawn Michaels is… well, let’s just say heavily overrated. That’s another story in it’s entirety, however, one part of his opinion seemed insane to me… he claimed Shawn, unlike Flair, Bret, Bryan, etc., never carried a bad worker to a great match. Obviously this is insane, but I was wondering if you could please give me some of the best examples you could think of off the top of your head? Not asking for any deep contemplation or anything, of course.

I imagine this may seem unbelievably silly – and it probably is – but any help would be appreciated!

Thank you for phrasing it in a way where I can continue to bash Hogan and Reigns.  
Shawn carried Hogan's (literally) broken down ass in 2005, lock stock and barrel. As an alternative you could look at Tatanka at WM9.  Or Ken Shamrock in 97.  Or the best example, Kevin Nash at WM11.  During his prime you could basically throw him in there with ANYONE and Shawn would get himself over.   Doesn't mean it was effective for the other guy, but Shawn sure as shit made some terrible workers have great matches.  
And of course Daniel Bryan did the same for Roman Reigns this past week.  

Will TNA’s “Clash” shows help or hurt their PPV buys?

Scott,

Hope you are having a wonderful summer weekend. With TNA just having Destination X on free TV and with Hardcore Justice on free TV as well, do you think it will help or hurt TNA's PPV buys? If they are putting "Clash" style shows on free TV for 6-8 months out of the year, why would the casual viewer care to order the PPV's the other 4 months? We got a World title change on free TV at Destination X and probably another one at Hardcore Justice. I just can't see TNA building up a stronger PPV consumer base with them giving away free World title matches on a monthly basis on TV. While I love the free shows, I think it would be better if they used that show as a "medium" to build stronger feuds heading into the PPV's. 

O

h, the 4 PPV model has been a disaster on several levels.  Buyrates didn't go up, and now Dixie Carter is claiming that the cost of taping all the replacement shows in one shot is the reason for their financial woes.  Plus the show has been pretty aimless without monthly PPVs to build towards.  Even if they had cut it down to 8 they would still have direction.  Now they've got the problem with Bound for Glory of building it with a giant tournament where you don't even know who the main contenders are going to be!  April – October is just WAY too long between shows.  That's a huge commitment to ask newer viewers to make.  

Help with a collection

John Petuka is out to collect all of the greatest promos in the wrestling world, and needs the help of the loving embrace that is the BoD Spotlight.

I don’t know why it sticks out in my mind, but the pre-match promo for Punk vs Jericho at WM had me excited for the match. It probably helped that I don’t watch Raw, so I just got the best of. Also, the Bully Ray ‘History of Aces & Eights’ videos on youtube are absolutely fantastic. Brilliant stuff. Anyway, here’s his email & list of what he has so far…

“Because I’m a nerd, I’m trying to compile the best wrestling promos (or
pre-match videos) known to man.  Some of them tell a magnificent story
while others just get you pumped for the match.  Feel free to contribute
to this list as I want it to be as thorough as possible…

“Do I have everybody’s attention now?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7xzcIvdqjA
The awesome MitB video.  It picks up on the drama and humor when Punk tells Vince to apologize around 1:40 into it.  

“Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkvTI1IunW4
Civil
Twilight’s music sounded so good here, they used more of their music
for one of their Rock-Cena promos earlier this year, I believe.  Another
great video.  Classic Vince moment at 2:10 as you see his evil
reflection on Bret Hart’s sunglasses.

“Running Up That Hill”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgauGnovoSE
A
great and dramatic summary of Shawn Michaels’ last feud against
Undertaker at WM 26.  It’s such a well-crafted story and this video
matches it.

“Steve Austin Survivor Series 1996”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DV0RHVteLs
There
were probably about 4 or 5 of these leading up to Survivor Series and
it was essentially Stone Cold finding his voice.  He had been developing
his character throughout the summer and fall, but these promos were a
stroke of genius.  Why doesn’t WWE do anything like this anymore?

“Flair vs HBK – 2003”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C14oT3belk
Just a nice and forgotten mix of their mini-feud in 2003.  It takes a cool and dramatic turn around 1:30 in.

“Flair vs HBK – 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJAVHVfB-W0
Old Yeller.  If you don’t feel like listening to the Leave the Memories Alone part, skip to about 2:20.  

“The Rock, Pre-Rock Bottom 1998”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJDJPVJob54
Lost
and forgotten, this is just a smooth telling of the Rock’s transition
into heeldom after teasing a big time face turn in late 1998.  1:15,
things get interesting and you get a pretty badass beat.  The Rock’s a
millionaire; he’s the WWF champ.

“Stone Cold-Rock: My Way”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgO2-XnM5yM
Not forgotten at all–the one everyone remembers. WM17 pre-match promo.

“HHH-HBK: Fight”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH8fQWuyBxI
Summerslam
2002.  So many good memories.  Already excited about HBK’s comeback,
this just made ya crazy with anticipation before the match.  Includes
the “Fight” song that was on the Anthology CD around 2:50.

“I’m damn sick and tired”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y2huUfkxw8
I believe this is before Fully Loaded 1998.  It’s a nice mix of where the Austin-McMahon feud and title picture at the time.

“Survivor Series 1997 – Hitman vs HBK”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_8IYEATV7I
A little chaotic but symbolic of their feud.

“2000 PPV intro compilation”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMrHLS5yro0
Okay, this is kind of cheating, but look at how cool WWE was in 2000.  20 minutes of pre-event promo packages.

Hi Scott – Blog Help Request

———- Forwarded message – > Hi Scott,
>
> I hope that all is well. I know this isn't your bag, but currently working on re-launching a roleplay based online promotion, focusing on wrestling during the 1980s and 90s.
>
> I hope that you might plug it on the blog – perhaps some of your readers would be interested in participating. The (still bare) site is here: theuwa.blogspot.com
>
> A little info on our goal:
>
>
> 'We are currently working on re-launching the famed United Wrestling Alliance that dominated online roleplay wrestling in the late 1990s.
>  
> The UWA is a roleplay based wrestling fantasy league. There is a weekly television show, as well as a calendar of ten pay per view events per calendar year. Roleplay is the key to the UWA, and your participation relies on sending one ‘promo’ per week as your selected wrestler. These promos are then ‘scored’ on a scale of 1-10, and your points factor into your booking. When booked against an opponent (for pay per view) your promos should focus on that match. The better your promos, the better your shot of rising to the top of the promotion!
>  
> You can play as any wrestler you choose – though our focus is on the wrestling of the 1980s-1990s. Generally, anyone on the rosters of the WWF, WCW, or ECW between 1985-2000 are acceptable. You can play as a maximum of two wrestlers, or one single wrestler and a tag team. Currently, we have someone committed to play as Bret Hart. We need approx. ten people to properly re-launch.
>  
> On average, participating in the UWA is about a thirty to sixty minute commitment per week – mostly spent on roleplaying, and reading shows.
>  
> To inquire about membership, please e-mail [email protected]. The league is free – there is no cost to join or participate. Our goal is to re-launch by the end of May 2013.'
>
> The site has more details for those interested.
> Thank you for your time, and keep up the GREAT work
>  
>
>

Blog Help Request

———- Forwarded message ——–
> Hi Scott,
>
> I hope that all is well. I know this isn't your bag, but currently working on re-launching a roleplay based online promotion, focusing on wrestling during the 1980s and 90s.
>
> I hope that you might plug it on the blog – perhaps some of your readers would be interested in participating. The (still bare) site is here: theuwa.blogspot.com
>
> A little info on our goal:
>
>
> 'We are currently working on re-launching the famed United Wrestling Alliance that dominated online roleplay wrestling in the late 1990s.
>  
> The UWA is a roleplay based wrestling fantasy league. There is a weekly television show, as well as a calendar of ten pay per view events per calendar year. Roleplay is the key to the UWA, and your participation relies on sending one ‘promo’ per week as your selected wrestler. These promos are then ‘scored’ on a scale of 1-10, and your points factor into your booking. When booked against an opponent (for pay per view) your promos should focus on that match. The better your promos, the better your shot of rising to the top of the promotion!
>  
> You can play as any wrestler you choose – though our focus is on the wrestling of the 1980s-1990s. Generally, anyone on the rosters of the WWF, WCW, or ECW between 1985-2000 are acceptable. You can play as a maximum of two wrestlers, or one single wrestler and a tag team. Currently, we have someone committed to play as Bret Hart. We need approx. ten people to properly re-launch.
>  
> On average, participating in the UWA is about a thirty to sixty minute commitment per week – mostly spent on roleplaying, and reading shows.
>  
> To inquire about membership, please e-mail [email protected]. The league is free – there is no cost to join or participate. Our goal is to re-launch by the end of May 2013.'
>
> The site has more details for those interested.
> Thank you for your time, and keep up the GREAT work
>  
>
>

Some help please…

Hey Scott,
I get bored and watch clips from Raw during the Attitude Era, but I'm in the dark on a lot of things that I simply can't remember. So hopefully you and the Doomers could help me out:
1. Why did Vince McMahon join The Union? All I know is that on the May 10, 1999 episode of Raw, he comes out with that group, sans tie (which was a nice touch), and he's talking about looking for the union label. Then Commissioner Shawn Michaels makes a bunch of matches, but I've been unable to figure out how they even got to that point.
2. The night after Backlash 2000, The Rock basically thanks Stone Cold for coming out and wiping everyone out with chairs and helping him win the title back, mentioning that he knew he'd keep his word. Did Austin make an appearance prior to Backlash? How did he wind up getting involved in this brouhaha?

 
Dude, I can barely even remember who the tag champions are these days, someone else is gonna have to field these ones.   

Animal Help Plug

Hey Scott,  You’ve always been mighty generous in plugging my projects on your blog, and it’s always helped, so I figured I’d bug you again.  Not sure how many BoD readers are animal lovers, but I’m running a campaign to raise money for equipment that will advance animal care and discover the causes and treatments for animal brain disorders. Every single dollar helps, so even a $1, $5 or $10 donation is significant.  Anyone can donate here: http://www.give2gether.com/projects/american-friends-of-the-hebrew-university-1/ Just as important are people sharing that link on Facebook and Twitter. To keep it somewhat wrestling related, a few 411mania.com and Insidepulse.com writers have shared the link on their Facebook pages. And if any of your readers are into it, you can make a donation in honor of your pet and send a picture of that pet to [email protected] to have them featured on our organization’s giving page and our Facebook page. If you share this, thank you, it makes a huge difference.

Good luck!

Animal Help Plug

Hey Scott,  You’ve always been mighty generous in plugging my projects on your blog, and it’s always helped, so I figured I’d bug you again.  Not sure how many BoD readers are animal lovers, but I’m running a campaign to raise money for equipment that will advance animal care and discover the causes and treatments for animal brain disorders. Every single dollar helps, so even a $1, $5 or $10 donation is significant.  Anyone can donate here: http://www.give2gether.com/projects/american-friends-of-the-hebrew-university-1/ Just as important are people sharing that link on Facebook and Twitter. To keep it somewhat wrestling related, a few 411mania.com and Insidepulse.com writers have shared the link on their Facebook pages. And if any of your readers are into it, you can make a donation in honor of your pet and send a picture of that pet to [email protected] to have them featured on our organization’s giving page and our Facebook page. If you share this, thank you, it makes a huge difference.

Good luck!