With many years of perspective on Bret’s career(probably not helped by his opinion of himself), where would you say he ranks as a worker now? Yes, he took the business too seriously, but to me his work was solid, he was able to come up with inventive finishes, and he could have good matches with a lot of different guys and styles, as well.
Wondering that you and the BOD think.
I’ve been a wrestling fan since the late 1980’s, but never watched New Japan. Would you or those on the blog recommend just jumping into New Japan World or watching some stuff on YouTube first?
I’m really curious but kind of lost as where to start, since I understand that they’ve been around since the 70’s. I wouldn’t want to go back that far, but we’re they considered really good in the mid 90’s and on?
Yeah, dude, that's an understatement.
If you have New Japan World, Kevin Kelly is actually doing classic matches with newly recorded commentary, and it might be immensely helpful if you're a newer fan. I'd actually recommend finding episodes of the New Japan World on AXS shows with Jim Ross & Josh Barnett doing commentary for newer stuff, because it's 100% presented as “Here's a way for more casual viewers to understand the characters and what's going on.”
Here's a pretty good playlist from YouTube explaining everything for new fans as well:
I'm going through WWF in early 2000 and enjoying going back to my childhood. Was wondering about what the original plans of certain situations were:
1) Chris Jericho was advertised as being in the 4-way at Mania; how come he was replaced? What would've been the deal with Benoit and Angle and the Euro-continental titles without him in the triple threat?
2) What were the Outlaws' plans had Billy Gunn not got injured? What do we get instead of X-Pac/Dogg vs Kane/Rikishi at Mania with a fit Billy?
3) What was the deal with Edge and Val Venis? There was so much talk about Edge marrying Val's sister and then nothing came of it?
4) On a separate note; do you know what the contract details were for the Radicalz? Were they on equal contracts or was Benoit seen as the star and on more money than the others?
Thanks as always, still love reading articles on the blog daily!
Hope all is well
Back in the early 90s (I think actually in 1990) a friend had just got satellite television and he was flicking through the channels and came across some American (non WWF) wrestling. A team called Death Row were being introduced and sadly he then changed the channel.
The name has stuck with me since then. I've tried Google and all I am finding is a singles wrestler with the same name.
Any idea what company I was watching or even who the team were?
Scott – do you have any personal picks for the strangest angle you’ve seen in wrestling? I’m thinking along the lines of not good or bad, but just something that seemed completely out of place. Something that nobody was really asking for and yet it happened anyways.
My pick would be Kevin Nash getting involved in the “summer of Punk” at SummerSlam 2011 which eventually led to a sledgehammer/ladder match with Triple H a few months down the road. That always seemed so unbelievably random to me and literally benefited nobody.
Just curious if anything stuck out in your mind.
As always………thanks for your time!
This is one where I would be interested in the Board’s thoughts on Devon Nicholson (Hannibal) as a shoot interviewer. I generally like him because he is quite knowledgeable about wrestling history, so he asks good questions, but also knows to shut up and let
the wrestlers answer the question. My only complaint is he really doesn’t have the voice for a professional interviewer, but I can get past that. Do others on the board watch his work and what do they think?
Keep up the good work.
I recently noticed a strong difference between AEW and WWE for me.
With WWE, everyone is pretty much blah and in the middle with slight exceptions.
With AEW, there are characters I really enjoy that they’ve built well (Hangman Page, Darby, MJF, Jungle Boy) and others that I absolutely can’t stand (Cody, Moxley, Cabana) to the point I’m happy when they’re not on TV.
Anybody else feel this way?
change. Another title match between guys with no feud, (but other feuds do factor in the result,) and some JTTS matches to establish new talent. And it worked too. Summer Slam is the number 2 PPV and has been around almost as long as mania.