Highspots Presents: Hitting the Highspots with Dave Meltzer, Volume 2

This was filmed September 3, 2016

Rob Naylor is your host

It runs at one hour and thirty-seven minutes long

 

Naylor brings up Ron Reis to start off with an obscure topic. He puts Reis over for having athleticism then Meltzer tells us a story about Reis. In WCW, William Regal went up to The Giant (Big Show), who might have been acting cocky at the time, and said the only thing he had different than Reis was a push. Meltzer then talks about Reis having a successful collegiate basketball career in California.

 

They talk about Steve Bradley as Hero says Reckless Youth was supposed to go to the ECWA Super 8 tournament finals in 1999 against Christopher Daniels but was hurt and Bradley took his place.

 

Naylor talks about The Wyatt Family and how they need a guy to be the “Buddy Roberts” and take bumps and protect the big guys. He suggested Sami Callihan to creative while in Developmental as someone to fill that role as Bray was on board with the idea but it never came to fruition. Meltzer then adds that Luke Harper is so good that it actually ends up hurting him because he can take bumps and get up for big moves so they have him do it instead of bringing in a smaller person to fill the role.

 

Meltzer tells a story about Bill Watts in WCW back in the early 90’s. Watts called him up and talked for about two hours and when it ended, Meltzer said Watts saw wrestling the same as it was five years ago and had stopped watching when UWF went under. Meltzer then adds he immediately realized Watts was going to fail and called up Brian Pillman to say how this was not going to work out.

 

We get another story from Naylor during his time in NXT. He said that Sasha Banks was trying to find her niche and at the end of the match she got hit and yelled “aw hell no” then fired up but trainer Sara Del Ray did not like the spot because the word “hell” was used.

 

They talk about some psychology as Hero says the goal of a match is to build towards a payoff. Hero also talks about seeing an amazing move it takes a while for you to process and you forget the middle of the match but after the constant big moves become common you pay attention to the other stuff and realize that some of what that person does looks awful, like his punches.

 

We get some talk about how easily accessible wrestling is today and it makes the fans harder to impress while back in the 80’s and 90’s you were lucky to get anything good on TV and had to track down other stuff through tape traders with poor quality as Hero laughs about fans today complaining about streaming services. Meltzer talks about some people would move around the antenna on the roof in attempts to get stations that carried wrestling from outside territories. Naylor once said he faked an illness to go watch wrestling on TBS as they talk about for them its so much better wrestling is more readily available today.

 

Hero talks about people criticizing Ric Flair for having similar matches and how he was not doing these matches so everyone can watch 30 years later on YouTube, he was doing them for those in attendance. Meltzer then says people ask him about going back and giving older matches different ratings but he does not want to do that because he gives the rating based off of what was going on at the time, not just what happened in the ring as he cannot remember all of the feuds from when the matches took place. Meltzer then adds that the matches back then were based upon the feud as Hero says anyone who complains about star ratings does not get the fact that they are personal opinion and not everyone is going to agree with each other.

 

Naylor talks about how someone that works for the WWE told him that most of the house show footage of rare matches has been wiped out but the new people in charge of the archives are keeping everything today. This leads to Hero talking about how the era before that nothing was recorded thus it was not a big loss to the promotion if it wasn’t on tape. Meltzer then talks about having a copy of the Tom Magee vs. Bret Hart match from 1986 from someone who worked in the company at the time.

 

Hero says the one thing he hates the most in wrestling is when things are poorly choreographed because it takes away the spontaneity of the match.

 

They talk about ICW in Memphis with the Poffo’s as Meltzer said they got the tapes in San Francisco and how Randy Savage’s elbow drop blew everyone away because of high up he got during his leap.

 

Hero talks about first watching International wrestling and in Japan they called all suplexes “brainbusters” and how in Mexico every arm drag is called a “suplex.”

Meltzer & Hero talk about moves that look dangerous as Meltzer says he always contacts wrestlers when he sees something dangerous happen to check out if it was unsafe or just a move that looked like it would legitimately hurt but ended up being safe. This also leads to Hero talking about wrestlers criticizing those who have never wrestled but give their thoughts on the business and how that is not a good idea and having the “dirtsheets are the shits” or “fans who live in their mother’s basement” mentality because it shuts you off from criticism. Naylor adds that wrestlers have to separate themselves from the portion of fans who just complain about everything regardless what happens. He talks about in NXT he would always throw out a compliment before offering some advice or criticism.

 

Final Thoughts: I did like the first installment better but this was still a good interview. With the amount of obscure wrestlers and wrestling topics discussed it really is fun for fans that consume everything about wrestling. I really thought Hero was the best part of the interview. His insight was great and he comes across as a likable guy. Naylor and Meltzer were also good here but Meltzer was featured as much here than he was in the first volume. I felt like he told more stories there. Anyway, this is still a good interview that you can watch as part of your Highspots Wrestling Network subscription.

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