I'm assuming this stuff with Austin Aries is an elaborate work & not him throwing a fit on a show being unprofessional. Did get me wondering about something.

As a fan, do you appreciate or like when booking tries to surprise you? Or have you gone full snark (like many, I would imagine) and look at "blurred lines"/"worked shoot" as just being annoying? Do you prefer wrestling sticks to established wrestling booking?

I'm going to be honest, I have only barely been paying attention to the Aries stuff, but the fact that it hasn't enticed me to watch at all probably says all you need to know.  Maybe I'm just grumpy about watching months of Vince Russo RAW in 1998 recently, I dunno.  But yeah, just give me good storytelling that makes sense.  Or randomly have Apollo Crews turn babyface off-screen, whatever, same thing.

Pre-’86 Kerry von Erich

Hey Scott,

Have you seen any Kerry von Erich matches before he lost his foot? If so, how was he?

On a similar topic, there was ever a wrestler with a bigger upside that got completely squandered? KvE was able to become one of the greatest stars on just one foot. If that motorcycle accident hadn't happened, do you see him becoming the biggest star of the '90s?

Most of Kerry's documented career came before the accident.  Really he was a much bigger star in the small pond of World Class than he was as the Texas Tornado.  I would classify him as "Pretty damn good" and I've seen lots of great matches between him and Flair and a hell of a match between him and Harley Race.  

I'd still vote for Magnum TA as the biggest waste of talent and potential, though.  Kerry was gonna self-destruct regardless.  

#1 Contender for the Worst?


For a long time, you've touted that Dino Bravo is, in fact, THE WORST.

However, reading the recap of the Warlord/Blazer match from Primetime, should we now be giving consideration to the fact that… Warlord might be The Worst?

Even Dino could weave some kicks into the "clubbing forearms/body slam" move set…

Yeah, but Warlord was so bad he was hilarious to watch, plus he had the bonus of having his career ended via pizza truck.  Bravo can’t top that, so he’s the worst.  

John Hennigan

When "John Morrison" left WWE I remember it being related to Melina's issues and you saying that he wanted to become an actor or something along those lines.  While I didn't think he would ever become someone who would be THE GUY, he definitely had the look, in ring ability, and charisma to be near the top of the card for years and make a lot of money for the company.  I think a lot of fans have been expecting him to come back for years, but it hasn't happened.

Now he's on Survivor(as a fan of that show I can tell you that he has been great and incredibly likable so far), appeared on GLOW, and has gone to the top of two other promotions.  This guy's stock has never been higher. 

Here is my question: Why has Vince not brought this guy back yet? Did he burn a bridge, or do you think he has been holding out for a better deal?  I have to believe he would make more money as a top guy on Smackdown than he has been doing all of these other things.

Hey, I’ve been advocating for him coming back as a top guy for ages, but I think he’s happier doing his own thing on his own time, and good on him.  He’ll be back eventually and the longer he holds out, the bigger offer he’ll get.  

Clubber Lang

So according to Rocky canon Ivan Drago did win the Heavyweight title and retire undefeated, (as a pro. His match with Rocky was, of course, an exhibition,) but whatever happened to Clubber Lang? As champion wouldn't he have been entitled to a rematch and wouldn't
the Rocky/Clubber rubber match have made all the millions?

For that matter what about Tommy "the machine" Gunn? I mean  he was still champion even though Rocky beat him up.

Tommy Gunn was the Billy Gunn of the boxing world.  They probably stripped him of the title after the movie.  
As for Clubber, I can only imagine that he immediately retired and became a motivational speaker.  

Vince for HOF Class of 2019

You said there’s no real runaway option to headline next year’s Hall of Fame, but – with the show being in New York – wouldn’t it be the perfect year to induct Vince McMahon?

He’d probably never go for it, but maybe HHH and Stephanie could just announce it on Raw without telling him and then he has to do it.

Gotta be better than trusting Sid to be the headliner and risking him bailing for an April softball game, right?

They could always induct the Saudi prince.  I hear they’re very progressive now. 

Shot to the Crown Jewels?

So, as I write this, Saudi officials are preparing to acknowledge that they did murd- um, I mean, accidentally interrogate a dissident journalist to death and then lie about him leaving their consulate alive to the world.  So, yeah…is this admission enough to force Vince’s hand, or is the specter of a breached contract and, more so, all that oil money, just too damn much for him to cut bait when he should know better?

At this point he’s fucked either way. Really it’s a deal where $500 million is just too much to give up. As Dave noted this morning, if they survived Benoit they will survive this.  

80’s Wrasslin’

Hey Scott!

I have been itchin’ for some classic 80’s wrasslin’ & I with the wwe network I have plenty to pick from. What would your recommendation be? Mid-South, Mid-Atlantic, GWF, WCCW etc. 

Bonus Question: What’s the deal with Smokey Mountain Wrestling on the network? There are only a few episodes available, does WWE own the whole library or does Jim Cornett own the rest? Will we ever see the whole run on the network? 

Vince owns the complete SMW library and I'm sure we'll see it someday, but it's not exactly content that people are clamoring for as a feature release on the Network.  We still don't even have the full run of Prime Time or Heat, for example.  

Anyway, for 80s wrestling, you can't go wrong with World Championship Wrestling from 1985 onwards.  Great angles, tons of Four Horsemen and Road Warriors promos, and some future stars.  

Was Rikishi always the Plan

To be revealed as the one who ran over Austin? Did they have a plan when they did the run-over angle at SS? Were there any other options for the driver? Or was it just a situation where they just shot the angle and the explanation would be decided later?

The initial plan I've always heard was Billy Gunn but he was variously injured and in Austin's doghouse, so they pulled the plug on the idea and came up with Rikishi instead.  Ultimately though it was always going to lead back to HHH no matter which way it went.  

What If Rikishi

Hey Scott,

Going back to Hit-&-Run Rikishi, do you think the Who Hit Austin angle would've worked out better if Austin had sold for Rikishi at No Mercy?  Most people sh*t on the angle now, but if, instead of "I did it for the Rock," Rikishi completely shed his ass gimmick, went total savage, and Austin didn't totally annihilate him at NM, they might have been able to run with that angle for a while.

Oh yeah, so much about that could have worked better.  I think the whole thing ultimately coming down to “HHH did it” was a twist that might have worked better had they just gone there directly instead of swerving with the Rikishi nonsense, too.  

WWE World Cup

Do you think the WWE will make the winner of the World Cup into a big deal, i.e.-getting a World or Universal Title shot, or will it be forgotten after it happens like with the Greatest Royal Rumble?  

With any luck EVERYTHING about that show will be forgotten a week later.  


What's up Scott,

Few questions for you. In your hidden gems rant, you mentioned Konnan being so sought after. Why was that? I know I have heard him say in interviews that at 1 point him and Vampiro were like the Hogan's of Mexico which was the premise for all those years of heat they had. Was it true? Also do you think he would of been more motivated and would of been a bigger star had Vince gave him a shot? And last what was the deal that Vince never signed him after WCW folded. I do believe I read somewhere that he met with WWE after that but they got mad he tried to negotiate for Rey Mysterio or something.

Yeah, in the early 90s, K-Dog was a totally different worker, as we saw on the Hidden Gems video.  Not only that, but he looked like a rock star and had the kind of physique that Vince was looking for. That being said, after the Max Moon deal fell through, he had heat with Vince with a LONG time and neither guy is quick to forgive, so I'm not shocked he didn't move over with the WCW guys.  They also turned him down in 2000 when the Radicalz jumped ship, if I remember correctly.  He could have been a cool addition to DX, but probably wasn't worth the trouble anyway.  

Kevin Nash’s WWE Run In 2011

 Hi Scott,
  Was Kevin Nash's WWE run in 2011 supposed to have lasted beyond that year?  After the "Sledgehammer Ladder Match" that he lost to HHH at TLC that December, they had the announcers afterwards say that Nash "would be out of action for 6 months" multiple times.  I always found that to be odd, especially if he was not planning on returning.  

I think everyone involved has always said that it was just a finite run for Nash to say goodbye, but I freely admit to not paying that much attention to it at the time.