They’ve spent literally years building to Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz and now that they can actually do the match, they don’t. Say what you will about Miz, but that’s at least a match that should have great heat and it just seems like a waste to not do it.
Your mention of the Higher Power nonsense in your latest Heat recap reminded me of that whole business. The only thing I remember about this now (good lord, it’s been 20 years!?) is “It’s me, Austin! It was me all along!” which almost makes
it worth it for that meme.
I’m sure this has been discussed to death, but did they have anyone else in mind when the Higher Power stuff started? Or was it just Vince Russo making it up as he went along? I think I heard something about Jake Roberts being the ultimate
reveal, but didn’t happen because of his substance abuse problems. Or maybe that was just fan theories, I’m not sure.
down south soon but you and I have a score to settle, chico. I challenge you to one last ladder match. But I don't want your gold. I am willing to put up…(holds up necklaces) my gold." Shawn accepts they tear down the house one last time, Shawn wins, Hall
goes to WCW. It wouldn't have meant much in the grand scheme of things but it would be a cool moment that we could look back on.
Thanks as always…
Apart from, you know, Ricky Morton, who was the best 'face in peril' within the traditional tag team formula? Which partner was the best after getting the 'hot tag'? And from the other side of the ring, who were the
best heel team at getting rabid heat from the crowd by 'cutting the ring in half', switching off, etc etc.?
There's lots of heel teams that were really great at cutting off the ring, but Tully and Arn really had it down to a science. In particular Tully knew how to be so incredibly irritating that fans couldn't possibly cheer him, which is always a danger when heel teams have dominance for a long time in a match. There's a reason why the Revival steals so much from them today, for example.
As for the rest, Tito Santana was always really great at getting the heat, which is why you could slot him into so many combinations of babyface partners and he would work just as well with nearly anyone. Selling and timing are the key and he had both.
As for hot tag guys, Rick Steiner was amazing in short bursts in that role and I'd put him way up there. You want someone with fast, explosive offense and his was both things.
great but come on now)? I get it, fans want to see something different and someone to challenge WWE. But don't you think people should get a grip and wait for them to actually run a show and build up a reputation first before we start digging the WWE's grave
and crown AEW the greatest promotion ever? As you say "Let's play it out and see where it goes"
With the talk about Hogan / Flair fizzing in 1992, do you think in the 1987-89 period, if the egos in question could be satisfied, there could have been a WWF/NWA (or even WWF / Mid-Atlantic) supercard? If it could have
happened, where would you have held it? Or would you have had two cards, one in the South, and one in New York? What do you think might have been a few of the matches?
Hogan-Flair, obviously. But you could also have (say) Savage-Steamboat, Demolition / Road Warriors, Koloff / Duggan, Sting / Warrior, Luger / Rude etc etc?
Dude, PWI used to publish hard-hitting articles like that ALL THE TIME in the 80s. And yeah, obviously Flair-Hogan is your main event, with Demolition v. Road Warriors underneath. I don't think it realistically could have happened, but it's certainly run to speculate. I'd go with…
Flair v. Hogan
Demos v. Road Warriors
Sting v. Warrior
Hart Foundation v. Midnight Express
Tully & Arn v. British Bulldogs
Honky Tonk Man v. Jimmy Valiant
Lex Luger v. Mr. Perfect (hopefully better than what we eventually got!)
Barry Windham v. Tito Santana
As to where you put it, I'd say somewhere relatively neutral like AWA territory because then you can piss off Verne as a bonus. Maybe Chicago or Minnesota?
I haven’t really followed it except for their Takeover event, but I was curious what the end game for NXT UK was.
Is it to act as a pipeline/feeder system for the mainstream WWE audience? To act as their own separate entity? Or (as you’ve mentioned) just Vince trying to monopolize the product all around the world?
The main goal appears to be monopolizing the business in major centers like the UK (and soon Germany) but they've been aiming for Performance Centers worldwide for a long time, with the goal being to bring young talent into the WWE system early and train them to look at the hard camera internally instead of going through traditional indy routes. Makes sense, really.
The recent email about Hogan vs Flair got the Blog talking about iconic WM main events. It got my thinking: had Brock hit the shooting star press clean as a sheet at WM19 and that had been the finish, how much more highly do you think his match against Kurt
would have been regarded? It was a fantastic wrestling match leading up to that point, but the finish really seems to have killed it dead and it's rarely in the conversation for great WM main events. So, had the finish not been botched, how highly do you
think it would rank?