Undertaker

It became apparent to me at last year’s WrestleMania that the Undertaker does not have many WrestleMania’s left, and that he may be able to add one or two matches onto the streak before retiring.  I was trying to think of a ‘wish-list’ of who I’d like to see go against Taker in the upcoming WrestleMania, and was wondering if you had any ideas?  For me personally, I would like to see one of these three:
Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker (Mask vs. Streak)
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker (Submission or ‘I Quit’ match)
John Cena vs. The Undertaker where Cena actually ends the streak.

Well it’s already set in stone as HHH v. Undertaker against this year, so I’m afraid your fantasy booking will be set back a bit.  And given that Undertaker is now on a one match per year schedule, this would probably be the last one.  I’m sure we’ll get HHH putting his career on the line here as well, although he’s down to bombing on two or three PPVs per year now himself.  But yeah, next year should probably be Cena v. Undertaker, although there’s no need to end the streak.  It’s the only title in wrestling that fans actually care about anymore and the only one that draws. 

Undertaker

It became apparent to me at last year’s WrestleMania that the Undertaker does not have many WrestleMania’s left, and that he may be able to add one or two matches onto the streak before retiring.  I was trying to think of a ‘wish-list’ of who I’d like to see go against Taker in the upcoming WrestleMania, and was wondering if you had any ideas?  For me personally, I would like to see one of these three:
Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker (Mask vs. Streak)
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker (Submission or ‘I Quit’ match)
John Cena vs. The Undertaker where Cena actually ends the streak.

Well it’s already set in stone as HHH v. Undertaker against this year, so I’m afraid your fantasy booking will be set back a bit.  And given that Undertaker is now on a one match per year schedule, this would probably be the last one.  I’m sure we’ll get HHH putting his career on the line here as well, although he’s down to bombing on two or three PPVs per year now himself.  But yeah, next year should probably be Cena v. Undertaker, although there’s no need to end the streak.  It’s the only title in wrestling that fans actually care about anymore and the only one that draws. 

Undertaker

hey Scott, I was just reading your review of Survivor Series 98 and your pointing out how bad Undertaker was in this show and it got me wondering.  What happened to him?  I mean he was red hot both physically and career wise during summerSlam 98 but then after this all the way to him getting buried alive in 03 his workrate just went to the toilet.  Yeah he had a few good matches (Flair WMX8, HHH WM X7, Brock), but he just seemed to get insanely lazy for those five years.  have you heard what it might have been?  Laziness, politics, no motivation?  Seriously since he came back as the Deadman he’s been 100 times better.  Thoughts?

He’s been really banged up by injuries in recent years, and the greatly reduced schedule probably helped him to get more motivated for the limited matches he had.  Plus I think altering his style to a MMA-based one gave him more motivation to do new things instead of the same zombie character over and over again. 

Undertaker

hey Scott, I was just reading your review of Survivor Series 98 and your pointing out how bad Undertaker was in this show and it got me wondering.  What happened to him?  I mean he was red hot both physically and career wise during summerSlam 98 but then after this all the way to him getting buried alive in 03 his workrate just went to the toilet.  Yeah he had a few good matches (Flair WMX8, HHH WM X7, Brock), but he just seemed to get insanely lazy for those five years.  have you heard what it might have been?  Laziness, politics, no motivation?  Seriously since he came back as the Deadman he’s been 100 times better.  Thoughts?

He’s been really banged up by injuries in recent years, and the greatly reduced schedule probably helped him to get more motivated for the limited matches he had.  Plus I think altering his style to a MMA-based one gave him more motivation to do new things instead of the same zombie character over and over again. 

Undertaker

hey Scott, I was just reading your review of Survivor Series 98 and your pointing out how bad Undertaker was in this show and it got me wondering.  What happened to him?  I mean he was red hot both physically and career wise during summerSlam 98 but then after this all the way to him getting buried alive in 03 his workrate just went to the toilet.  Yeah he had a few good matches (Flair WMX8, HHH WM X7, Brock), but he just seemed to get insanely lazy for those five years.  have you heard what it might have been?  Laziness, politics, no motivation?  Seriously since he came back as the Deadman he’s been 100 times better.  Thoughts?

He’s been really banged up by injuries in recent years, and the greatly reduced schedule probably helped him to get more motivated for the limited matches he had.  Plus I think altering his style to a MMA-based one gave him more motivation to do new things instead of the same zombie character over and over again. 

Undertaker

hey Scott, I was just reading your review of Survivor Series 98 and your pointing out how bad Undertaker was in this show and it got me wondering.  What happened to him?  I mean he was red hot both physically and career wise during summerSlam 98 but then after this all the way to him getting buried alive in 03 his workrate just went to the toilet.  Yeah he had a few good matches (Flair WMX8, HHH WM X7, Brock), but he just seemed to get insanely lazy for those five years.  have you heard what it might have been?  Laziness, politics, no motivation?  Seriously since he came back as the Deadman he’s been 100 times better.  Thoughts?

He’s been really banged up by injuries in recent years, and the greatly reduced schedule probably helped him to get more motivated for the limited matches he had.  Plus I think altering his style to a MMA-based one gave him more motivation to do new things instead of the same zombie character over and over again. 

Bollywood Undertaker

Hey Scott, Did you know the Undertaker (and Crush) appeared in a bollywood movie back in the mid-90s?  From watching this clip it is obviously not the real Undertaker but based on the comments it sounds like it’s Brian Lee during his fake Undertaker gimmick.  Can you tell if it is him or an actor? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_4Hhd0RGFE&feature=related I’m wondering how this random casting came about.

It’s absolutely Brian Lee, because his hair is totally different from Mark Callaway’s and it’s easy to tell them apart.  And of course Lee and Brian Adams were good friends so it’s not terribly surprising that they’d be hanging out and doing a movie together.  Why the fuck they did that movie in India, I don’t know.  1994 was a weird time for the WWF, that’s all I can say about it.

Vinceosity

“Hey Scott,
This is Matt Foster, fos4545 from the blog.  Sorry I
haven’t been at the blog for a while, I just got
married and started a new school year at a new school
and the kids are kicking my ass right now.
Anyway, I have a question/statement/musing:
With all of this McMahoning going around on RAW and
the DVD, it seems like the pinnacle of Vince being all
over TV.  Raw just doesn’t seem motivated, the
characters are bland, and the writing is at best
boring, and at worst offensive.
My question is, what if this isn’t Vince’s fault?  I
think the Attitude Era worked because Vince was
tempered by creative, extroverted personalities like
Austin, Rocky, Foley, HBK, the Undertaker, and the
rest.  Even HHH was a thousand times more entertaining
when he was getting over as the best wrestler in the
world.  It was entertaining because each guy was in to
their gimmick and running with it full force.  Now the
only people that seem to do that on Raw are Edge,
Umaga, and Vince himself.  Cena was a phenom until he
became bored and watered down.  What the hell ever
happened to having a personality on this show?
I guess in all this rambling, what I’m trying to say
is that the crapability of the WWE may not be all
Vince’s fault.  I’m sure if someone came up with a
good idea, he’d run with it.  But in the meantime,
he’ll keep fucking Katie Vick’s dead body and trying
to be Stephanie’s baby daddy.
Your thoughts?”

The problem is that pretty much everything is going to be Vince’s fault, because Vince takes the blame for what goes wrong and takes the credit for what goes right. It’s been clearly established that he’s in total control at this point, for better or worse. So no matter what, you have to lay the blame on him.