What are memorable massive misfires (storylines, pushes, concepts) during a promotion's hot period? My nominees:
– Jeff Jarrett's strange heel/face/tweener storyline with the 4 Horsemen in 96/97 in WCW. NWO was red hot and no one cared about this weak oldschool crap.
– Brawl 4 All in mid-1998 during one of the greatest and most entertaining times in WWF history
– young up-and-comer Sam Houston getting a hard push in 1986 NWA/WCW, with some of the worst promos ever. Gone soon after
– The brutally bad hillbilly stuff in 1985 WWF with Uncle Elmer's wedding and co. Vince = Vince
What do you say?
Bret's title win over Ric Flair was famously done seat-of-the-pants. The video wall at the entrance way prominently displayed the Coliseum Video logo, which suggests it was always intended to be a “Coliseum Exclusive,” but what's interesting is how long it
took to finally come out: I don't know the exact release date, but the “Smack 'em, Whack 'em” tape was clearly produced during the lead-up to WM9, several months after the title change happened. I don't know what the production schedule was on these videos
and how much lead time was needed, but did that lag , not to mention the fact that it was never televised to begin with (despite the Prime Time Wrestling banners) have something to do with the haste in getting the title onto Bret, in order to prevent the various
politicians backstage from nixing it (so the story goes)?
Incidentally, Bret has slagged the match, but it actually is terrific. One could give it **** 1/2 without feeling any shame. The only thing I'd really mark against it is that it has an ending, but not really a *finish*. Bret does his stuff, then just slaps
on the Sharpshooter, and Flair gives up, almost like how Bret would wrap up a TV squash. I was hoping for something a little more intricate, especially given that creative finishes were a speciality for Bret.
This is the first WM in a while without any of the following wrestling:
– Brock Lesnar
– John Cena
From the women’s side, there was no Rousey, Charlotte, Becky, or Bayley as well.
Do you think the lack of star power was evident this year?
Have they finally gotten to the point where they realize they didn’t sincerely push the people they have now hard due to the part timers above and now they’re where they are?
Based on the ratings bump whenever he wrestles, Darby seems underpushed as TNT champion. Surely he should be world champion with those numbers?
Hopefully the toxic WWE Vs AEW discourse might ease off a bit now the “war” is over
That’s all I got
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We're about the same age and, like you, I was a big fan of Randy Savage and Bret Hart when I was growing up, and I thought that the only real Savage-Bret matches were the SNME match in '87 and the terrible match in WCW. I feel like I've paid pretty close attention through the years, so I was shocked to find — literally today — that there is a fan video of Savage challenging Bret for the WWF title in Japan shortly after WrestleMania X in 1994. Was this a pretty well-known match that I just totally missed for nearly 30 years?!? I know WWF has filmed pretty much everything they've done in some way or another for decades now, so why has this never ended up on a DVD? Are these types of shows that took place in Japan or overseas promoted in a way that muddies the rights issues? Because it seems like a WWF vs WWF match for the WWF title in a WWF ring with a WWF ref and a WWF ring announcer would be WWF content no matter where it actually took place.
him, and I think Brock would do the same when the time came. Sucks that it never could have happened!
Wait, you want Wrestlemania IV to be LONGER?!? You damn maniac.
When you factor in workrate, promos and all other factors, who was the best overall performer to hold the AWA World title?
Nick Bockwinkel. He could hang with Verne in the ring and got all the extra gaga of the position that Verne never really did.