For my first post on the new blog, I’d like to dust off a popular old chestnut: the Question of the Day!

In honor of the New Horizons satellite,  which flew nearly 5 billion km to change our image of Pluto from that of a blurry dot to “Lord of the Underworld With a Big Heart”:

What is the Greatest Scientific Accomplishment in the History of Mankind?

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QOTD (Digest) #75 – Snacks

We all love candy so this one should be interesting

Question of the day….this one came to me yesterday as I was in Wal-Mart picking up medicine……

(Sidenote: Random rant time…..I’m there to pick up meds – being treated for a possible appendicitis….when I spent all day trying to remember where I heard the term “burst appendix”….random things that cross a wrestling junkie’s mind. Oh yeah….it was Dino Bravo, which was his reason given for missing the Crockett cup in 1986 (I think)….my guess is that was probably kayfabed…..ok where was I?….)

….so the QOTD is a Hypothetical one:

You’re in Wal-Mart in line, and you want to get something off that ridiculous smorgasboard of candy items they have right before you check out. What candy are you purchasing? For argument’s sake, we’ll make this 2 purchases….one from each category – Chocolate and Non-Chocolate?

I’ll be back this weekend once the drugs wear off.

QOTD #74 – Hot TV Show Moms

Today’s Question of the Day: For today’s question, I channel my inner teenage soul……..of all the TV show MILF moms in your lifetime, who did you find to be the hottest?

Yesterday’s Question of the day had to do with the biggest ECW title changes……

The inspiration behind this question, of course, was the Dog Collar match between The Pitbulls and Raven/Richards. However, the biggest ECW Title change definitely had to be the main event of Barely Legal.

Sure, there were other more memorable changes, and definitely better matches, but to me there was only one option here: send the crowd home happy. The Ultimate hero/comeback story would be 50+ year old Terry Funk winning the 3 way, and then fighting off a young(-er) Raven to bring home the gold. The image of Terry Funk ending the PPV a bloody mess, celebrating becoming the World champion again is an underrated landmark moment in the history of ECW.

QOTD #70 – TV Champions

Question of the day: In the history of Professional Wrestling – all promotions included (WCW, NWA, Mid-South, ECW, World Class, TNA, SMW, etc.) who do you consider the greatest all-time TV Champions? (If you are up to it, give me a top 4)

Yesterday’s QOTD: If Vince McMahon were to name a new General Manager of RAW (which at
some point, I am sure he will), who would be your first choice?

TheOriginalDonald had an interesting choice…..
“Jerry Jones”

As any Dallas Cowboys fan will tell you: sure road to mediocrity and failure. I can tell you this: Jerry Jones as RAW GM = the best scenario possible…..for TNA/Impact

“Hulk Hogan in a suit and a doo-rag”

fg76….call me crazy, but I think this one has a realistic shot at happening


**** no….didnt we do that with the computer?

Some of the more insightful responses…….

“If they have to have one, they should just do the Foley bit again, but
use someone like Edge or Punk in the role. They have to do their
entertainment bits…might as well be a GM making matches with jokes
thrown in.”

“Ernest Miller.”

IF THEY MUST have one, Foley or The Cat would be good in the role

“Jack Tunney. He’s not able to appear on WWE programming anymore, so
therefore he would never come out and cut a 10-20 minute promo, create
stupid stipulations midmatch, or do other things to generally piss off
the audience.”

“If they must find a reason to justify supporting Ric Flair, I wouldn’t
mind him as a GM if he played it seriously instead of dancing around
like a fool. But in the Jack Tunney role where he shows up to make
decisions/announcements and doesn’t have an agenda against anyone.”

If the WWE were really listening to their fans, sounds like they are over the whole heel authority commish role being a big factor (Can you imagine an NFL weekend where Roger Goodell was on the TV talking for more time than actual games were being played?)

I think Magoonie NOT Teddy Belmont summed it up nicely….

“I’m thinking nobody, no GM. Move HHH and Steph away from the authority
figure storyline. Then no authority figures. Maybe if there’s a big
decision to be made, trot Vince out to make the decision then leave
(kinda like Bret/Luger and Gorilla). Just go back to I hate you, you
hate me lets fight.”

The great referees/officials in any Combat sport work best….when they are not even noticed.


Question of the Day: If Vince McMahon were to name a new General Manager of RAW (which at some point, I am sure he will), who would be your first choice?

Previous QOTDs………
In lieu of the fact that I have been on vacation the last few days or so, I will do a quick catch-up session and chime in with my 1.57 cents (for those of you who think my opinion worth less than 2 cents) in regards to the QOTDs.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Kurt Angle?

As much as I dug the 3 Is character, the Wrestlemania match with HBK, the craziness that has ensued with TNA from the drugs, stalking (btw, on a personal note, props for banging the black chick), I have 3 images/moments from the career of Kurt Angle are burned into my brain (among the many below)…..

From the aborted run in 2001 with Stone Cold Steve Austin…about :50 into this clip where Angle is singing to Vince McMahon….comedy gold (the funniest moment in the early years of Smackdown)….that moment where Angle forgets the words and ad-libs (“….I got Olympic Gold!”)

“The billion dollar princess has become the dairy queen!!!!!!!!!”

and of course, the match that everybody loves – including most of the bloggers.

the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jake The Snake Roberts?

DEFINITELY this one……Hardcore if I ever saw it. (Taylor legit needed 10 stitches afterward)
Back when an angle being perfectly executed meant the difference in getting over successfully as a heel and….well….The Miz, nobody could do it like The Snake. Even ahead of the Steamboat SNME angle, because of the pure viciousness, and the fact that Taylor legit was injured.

In honor of “Labor Day” (being celebrated in america), and celebrating the day off – 3 questions:

a) What is the greatest job you’ve ever had (not considering salary, or course)?

Salary notwithstanding, definitely my college job: the after hours (Midnight-4 AM) front desk guy……at an all-girls college dorm….No further explanation needed.

b) What was the worst job you’ve ever had?

Telemarketing. Nothing like getting hung up on 80 times in 4-5 hours to really emphasize how crappy the real world can be

c) When celebrating holidays (or other occasions), just out of curiosity, what is your favorite “go-to drink”?

Besides “Alpha Punch” (my fraternity drink), definitely the old Vodka + Cranberry juice. In terms of beer, Bud Light, and (a sleeper) Shiner Bock – I highly recommend it. Good beer.

How would the next 25 years (1988-2013) in the career of Bruiser Brody have unfolded

Remember back in about 1993 when ECW was fighting for survival, and the transition period where Eddie Gilbert was on the way out, and Paul E. was taking over? The period where the vets (Snuka, Sullivan, Abby, Sheik, etc.) were brought in one after another? I remember Stan Hansen working a few gigs as well…..that seemed like a fit made for Brody. I don’t think he’d fit the late 90s Corporate Structure (Stop and envision Vince McMahon pitching a gimmick to Bruiser Brody……or saying “Hey – we’d like to change your name to ‘Crysty McStiff’ or some shit like that…..yea – me either). I think a prolonged Japan run, but in reading his autobiography, he was quite astute with his money, and probably would have been in a position to retire before Vince owned everything, so probably not all THAT different with the end of the territories (and his bargaining power). Lots of dream matches would have been possible that weren’t before on the Indy Circuit (Brody vs. Cactus Jack? Brody vs. Sabu? How bout Brody vs. Brock Lesnar)

QOTD #67 (Digest) – Labor Day

Question of the Day: In honor of “Labor Day” (being celebrated in america), and celebrating the day off – 3 questions:

a) What is the greatest job you’ve ever had (not considering salary, or course)?

b) What was the worst job you’ve ever had?

c) When celebratingmholidays (or other occasions), just out of curiosity, what is your favorite “go-to drink”?

QOTD #66 (Digest) – Jake the Snake Roberts in Bad Shape

I just heard from a friend out in California, that Jake the Snake Roberts is in ICU in a Las Vegas Hospital with Double Pneumonia, and his Immune system has basically shut down. Just when he appeared to turn the corner on life. My prayers go out to his family and friends…..

Honestly, that news – though in wrestling is never really a shock anymore (sadly), kind of took the wind out of my sails in regards to writing a blog….I suppose with that in mind……the QOTD is what would you say would be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jake The Snake Roberts?

QOTD #65 – Bruiser Brody

Today’s Question: Let’s say somehow, someway, on that day in July of 1988 in Puerto Rico, Bruiser Brody makes a full recovery from those stab wounds and is ready to go by the beginning of 1989….in 100 words or less, How would the next 25 years in the career of Bruiser Brody have unfolded?

Yesterday’s Question: Totally random and off the grid, but I’ve been trying to rack my brain to think of the best “White Meat Babyfaces” of all time….so as part of this, I ask the blog a 2-part question:

a) In the history of wrestling, who best exemplifies the term “white meat babyface”?

b) Who is the greatest wrestler of all-time to never have a run as a heel?
In my simple thinking mind, I never stopped to consider the prior era to the 80s, so I didn’t think Verne Gagne or Bruno Sammartino (sidenote: that guy would have made an AWESOME heel).

The wrestlers I heard mentioned (that really never have been heels – to my knowledge):

Verne Gagne, Bruno Sammartino, Magnum T.A., Ricky Steamboat, Rey Mysterio, Tito Santana. (I’d throw in Greg Gagne and Steve O as well – though they weren’t mentioned)

I was thinking Mr. Wrestling II, but he was a heel in Mid-South at the end (and a damn good one as well). John Cena and Dusty Rhodes were both heels at the very beginning of their careers.

Peyton Drinking: “Zack Gowen never had a run as a heel.”

  • Charismatic eNegro Jef Vinson: “I don’t think Zack Gowan has ever RAN.
  •  Being a not very good person overall sometimes, I found the exchange hilarious….and yes, Zack had a brief heel….uh…..”run” on Smackdown I believe

    As for the white meat babyface, clearly, the bloggers favored the same guys

    MrJustinB: “Wouldn’t the best white meat be the Gobbledegooker? Red Rooster?”

    As I said yesterday, with that logic, my vote would be for Porkchop Cash

    But seriously, my inspiration for the question stems from hearing it a lot on Stone Cold’s podcast. Though Hulk Hogan in the 80s was the most over face of all time (my opinion), I’ve heard the actual phrase “white meat babyface” used to describe Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich more than anybody.

    Devin beat me to it. I have to go with Ricky Morton. ”

    “Ricky Morton. Dude was over as hell in 86 and I’m not even sure why.”

    Devin, dude was about 150 lbs. and took a helluva ass kicking as the ultimate underdog…and the girls LOVED him! Plus he sold like nobody’s business. Especially against the Horsemen, or the Russians

    “Gotta be Steamboat- when Flair brings out a line of bimbos to walk him to the ring, and you respond with your wife and infant child in a dragon costume- you might be a uber baby face. I’m sure Mayberry was going wild for him.

    The funny thing is, because Steamboat was so good- nobody even gave him shit for being so over the top corny.”

    “Serious, I can’t even imagine Steamboat as a heel. Only a warped mind like Russo would do some dumb shit like that.”

    My guess is that Russo would have turned him heel, and turned him back face 2 weeks later….by having Little Ricky drop blood from the ceiling onto him, causing him to lose to Vince Russo himself…..or something asinine like that

    “Ricky Steamboat for both.”

    Okay, so pretty much everybody loves the dragon…..and why not? He was pretty awesome.

    QOTD #64 (Digest) – White Meat Babyface

    Today’s Question: Totally random and off the grid, but I’ve been trying to rack my brain to think of the best “White Meat Babyfaces” of all time….so as part of this, I ask the blog a 2-part question:

    a) In the history of wrestling, who best exemplifies the term “white meat babyface”?

    b) Who is the greatest wrestler of all-time to never have a run as a heel?

    See you next time with the recaps.

    QOTD #63 – WCW Monday Nitro

    Today’s question: With the Monday Nitro series debuting on the Network, we will surely get sick of hearing each week being the “biggest moment/match/night/main event/….you get the picture in the history of WCW” from Tony Schiavone. So I ask – What episode of NITRO are you most looking forward to seeing on the Network?

    Yesterday’s question had to do with the biggest pops you as a fan had ever heard……tons of responses.

    Honorable mention:
    There were some moments that honestly, I had completely forgotten……such as a PERSONAL favorite – thanks Night81for the suggestion – the double People’s Elbow!

    Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 18, Dean Malenko unmasking at Slamboree 98 as a luchador, Daniel Bryan in the cage against Bray Wyatt, and Goldberg suplexing Hogan were all mentioned by several, and all HUUUUUGE crowd pops.

    Admittedly, an ECW mark, I’d have to include the biggest pop in ECW history – Sandman returns

    The only thing even remotely in the ballpark I can think of is the night Cornette appeared in ECW Arena (pretty big pop when the lights came on and he was in the ring….but nowhere near this big).

    Back to Daniel Bryan, I’d say the high point of 2014 is Wrestlemania – although not so much for the pop itself, but I think for the visual of 70,000 people and that freakin “YES!” chant is an all-time great moment.

    Now for the Mt. Rushmore of HUGE pops (plus one)….or I guess my own personal Big Pop Hall of Fame

    12/27/98 – Mankind wins the title. That moment when the glass shatters.

    7/17/11 – Money in the Bank….when “This Fire Burns” hits the PA system (they milked it a bit beforehand)

    8/10/99 – Jericho debut on RAW. The rare moment when a WWE (or WCW) surprise more than lived up to the hype….and we know the moment when the name “JERICHO” was on the titantron

    3/29/97 – Hulk bodyslams Andre. For the sheer magnitude of the crowd….the biggest moment in the history of the business

    5/6/84 – Kerry Von Erich. Texas Stadium. 1984.
    One that I can’t believe NOBODY mentioned…..

    QOTD #62 – Pops

    Today’s Question: In the history of your fandom, what is the loudest pop you’ve ever heard/seen (on TV or in person) during a wrestling event?

    Yesterday’s Question: In this month’s 35th anniversary issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, they ask several people what’s the best and worst thing about the business today as compared to 1979. Assuming everyone here wasnt a fan in 1979, we’ll say 1989 and ask the same question:

    a) How is the business better than 25 years ago?
    b) What is the worst thing about the wrestling business compared to 25 years ago?

    Chris B
    Better: By and large, wrestling is more respected then back then. Once they finally admitted that it was “fake” people began to actually be more impressed and show more appreciation for wrestling once we were over arguing whether its fake or not……

    Worse: Championships, they are nearly meaningless. In 1989 it meant something when Ultimate Warrior and Rick Rude feuded for the Intercontinental Title……Now? Titles are traded like nothing, and worst of all, champions are constantly losing meaningless TV matches to set up heatless feuds that mean nothing.

    I think a typical conversation with my dad accentuates whats wrong with the product…..usually, it starts with one of the 2 phrases “man you still witch that fake sh*t” – usually me chuckling because of Chris B’s first point…the other being “So HE’s the champ?…..oh when did he beat The Hulk?” That’s the thing. The hardcore fan still needs to appreciate it whether its “fake” (I always hate that word) or not, and the casual fan needs to have a reason to care…..I think Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair would reach more casual fans that The Miz or Eric Young (though Brock Lesnar as their champion works…in terms of legitimacy). Being “The Champ” meant something in 89. It doesn’t as much today.

    Jason Clark
    Better in 1989: the rosters. The WWF’s roster, in October 1989, had Hulk Hogan, Andre, Bret Hart, Savage, Jake the Snake, Demolition, Rick Rude, Ted Dibiase, The Rockers, the Brainbusters, Piper & Hennig. The NWA had Ric Flair, the Midnights, Lex Lugar, Sting, the Steiners, and Pillman.

    Worse in 89: the drugs (steroids), the drugs (coke), and the drugs (booze).

    Hard to top the overall talent level, and remember there were still territories like AWA & World Class as well.

    Better: no jobber matches (but some guys who are stars are actually jobbers) also better production values, and of course the #1 reason is the network (only $9.99).

    Worse: wwe monopoly, no tv shows to look forward to in their old time slots, no real reason for feuds, too many title changes, lack of good tag team wrestling, all my old favorites are retired (or dead).

    I think the lack of jobber matches – contrary to what a lot of bloggers believe – has hurt the business. How can a guy like Ryback stay over if he doesnt squash anybody every now and then? He hasnt won a match in months. Not every match, but a few here and there (and keep the matches short)

    Hold that 10 for Johnny B. Bad
    Favorite: Today’s product is can’t miss television. Great matches, interviews, and angles happen on a near week to week basis. In 1989, you could miss 3 months of non-Mania build tv, and not have nearly as much fun stuff to catch up on.

    What I like the least is the treatment of the mid-card singles champion. In 1989, the mid-card champ sat on top of the mid-card division. These days, it seems like a mid-card champ is instead positioned at the bottom of the world title division.

    Agree 100%. The I-C and US titles used to be great tools in preparation for world title runs. Now they just serve as props to go with action figures

    J.T. Murphy
    Best: In general, there are more and better talented workers all around the world.

    Worst: The WWE having a virtual monopoly means there are nowhere near as many main-event spots to go around as in the territory or Monday Night Wars eras, and thus it’s much easier for someone supremely talented to spend their career in midcard hell.
    Scott Malec
    Better than 25 years ago:

    Production values- obviously with the advent of HD, wrestling has never been clearer, sharper or brighter, especially with the insane lighting rigs of the WWE. But to me, all that lighting makes the product look more commercial and generic. I always liked the darkened arena looks of the territories and early WWF because it made things look more authentic. But most people aren’t me. (Among other things…..)

    Worse Than 25 Years Ago:

    Overexposure- While the WWF of 1989 had a similar amount of television time per week, it seems that today’s product seems to be way overexposed in comparison.

    Booking Style- The 50/50 booking of today’s WWE midcard is all that needs to be said here.

    Value of Championships- Speaking of champions, I was a huge fan of the secondary titles back in the day because they gave lower level talent a chance to shine and created more space at the top of the card. And they were contested hotly and treated with respect. Think of all the great matches and feuds over the Intercontinental and WCW/NWA U.S Titles. And now they’re almost all treated like props except the World Title.

    Say what you want about the WWE….their production values are second to none. The problem is that they are homogenized. Every show has the same look, same feel, etc. every week. Seen one you’ve seen them all

    WWE workrate is light years better now. It is also nice that they don’t treat us like we are stupid… meaning they admit a lot of it is scripted.

    In 1989 there were alternatives and JCP had some of the best matches in history… wish we had something like that today. Also storylines progressed more logically and over a longer period of time.

    We don’t get Flair and Steamboat in their primes very often though….but you are absolutely correct

    Adam “Colorado” Curry
    A: better production, or really better technology in general. Less shitty matches.

    B: the booking is total shit and everyone wrestles the same cookie cutter style. Shitty scriped pomos. Trying to be entertainment instead of wrestling.

    50/50 booking….kryptonite to a true wrestling fan.

    thebraziliankid  Adam “Colorado” Curry
    I forgot about the banning the Piledriver and some other moves, let them use, teach the guy when to do these moves.

    I long for the days where the piledriver in Memphis meant “Instant hospitilization” in the words of Jim Cornette

    Johnny Polo
    A) No more “enhancement matches”. I really disliked those. “His opponent, already in the ring, from somewhere, weighing in at something: John Jobber!”

    B) Titles mean nothing. Tag Team wrestling doesn’t even exist. The commentary is horrendous. Security confiscates signs in the crowd that Kevin Dunn doesn’t like. Everybody’s promos are scripted except for HHH, Cena, and Heyman.

    Vince Jordan
    Yeah but outside of those reigns you’ve mentioned, you are forgetting in the last 4 years there have been:

    WWE Champions: 19
    World Champions (WHC Retired): 15
    US Champions: 10
    IC Champions: 17
    Divas Champions: 12
    Tag Team Champions: 13

    and in TNA there have been:

    TNA Champions: 17
    X-Division Champions: 18
    Knockouts Champions: 17
    Tag Team Champions: 15

    Just look at all those numbers. Back in the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s, we were lucky to see maybe 3-4 TOTAL title changes (all belts changes combined) per year.

    Great point – usually followed by a huge celebration. I can still remember Nikita Koloff beating Tully Blanchard for the TV title setting off a locker-room emptying celebration – it was a big deal (The TV title…seriously). I couldnt imagine such a scene today..

    By the way, thanks for the numbers….drives the point home. I remember 1999 being particularly ridiculous with the title reigns as well

    Pro wrestling has lost its balls

    Has anyone checked Stephanie’s purse? They could be in there…

    If I had to guess, those belong to Triple H

    Better: WrestleMania. The interactivity with fellow fans. Having so much available to watch with the click of a mouse. Better overall athletes….

    Worse: Compelling mid-card story lines or lack thereof. Merchandise; there’s far more crap on WWE Shop than stuff you wanna buy. Authority figure story lines, they are way overdone now and I think most can agree a guy like President Jack Tunney making appearances only when necessary would be a great way to go about today’s WWE. The announcing, ugh.

    Kayfabe is basically dead (there’s still bullshitting, but nobody’s trying to pass it off as real, which was unacceptable even 25 years ago. Anyone who wasn’t an idiot had figured it out by then). The women are hotter. TV shows aren’t just 90% Jobber Matches. People brawl to a count-out in big matches less often. More people know how to do promos. Guys don’t just come in to feud with the Champ and then get eaten alive as badly. The overall match quality has never been better in North America. Fewer restholds and headlocks.

    Too much 50/50 booking and non-sustained pushes. A more homogenized style and visual appearance for wrestlers. Too many “Big matches” on TV, and the same old guys in the main event, making it boring and “seen it before” when they try to pull off Orton/Cena AGAIN. The top guys really don’t carry themselves like STARS as much anymore. Way too few Big Fat Heels. Royal Rumbles where there are 25 “big stars” getting pushes, so everyone clogs up the ring for 20 minutes each. A shittier tag division.

    Extant1979 – Ghetto Superstar
    Better: The internet. I have a place like this to hang out with wrestling fans and discuss the product.
    Worse: The internet. That same great place is full of judgmental assholes who are never EVER happy with anything.

    True…but we wouldn’t have this blog otherwise! The internet has taken away the element of surprise, and the possibility of a true loser leaves town match, but there are some good things too

    “Women wrestlers are actually hot now. That’s a big plus.”

    To further illustrate this point, stop and google Candi Devine, or Leilani Kai (2 of the best women wrestlers of the 80s)…..now google/compare with any combination of The Bellas, AJ Lee, Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Lisa Varon, Alicia Fox, or Madison Rayne…..I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Yikes. Fabulous Moolah would be laughed out of Vince’s office today!

    Truthfully, I think the golden age in terms of being a fan was about 1984-86 as the territories were still going pretty strong, and there were more options. 1989 was close enough to those years, but I think the downturn had already started a bit with the demise of the territories. 20 years from now, when the WWF is the only game in town, and all of the wrestlers, and all of the matches look the same, I have to wonder if we will look at the current era the same as we look back at the 80s today.