Hey Scott,

Do you think there's any shot that CM Punk changing his hair and facial hair seemingly every week back when he was in WWE didn't help his cause? I mean couldn't they have logically said they were having a hard time  marketing him or putting him on a poster since he was constantly changing his look? I get reinventing yourself and changing appearances once in a while but he did it way too much in his short time there.

Of all the things he did to annoy the marketing department and Vince in general, that would be pretty far down the list.  However, yes, that would absolutely be a valid reasoning on their part, and it's a major reason why everyone else typically has to go through the front office before they make major cosmetic alterations.  


Why was Eric Bischoff so willing to work for Vince McMahon in 2002? I'd always been under the impression that while he had an onscreen role in WCW, that he was primarily a business guy. Yet he signed with WWE purely in an onscreen role with no business or creative role to go with it. I know he didn't need the money. Was he such a great guy that he did it just because he knew the fans would enjoy it? He sure saw no need to "protect" his character, letting himself get constantly humiliated.  Was he hoping it would grow into something more? And could you have seen Vince McMahon doing something like that if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars?

​I don't see Vince doing that, no.  But then Vince never saw Eric as being on the same level as him, anyway.  As for Bischoff's WWE run, he's always said that it was just a business relationship, and he probably enjoyed playing the on-screen character without having to deal with the headaches of responsibility.  ​

Shotgun Saturday Night

Even though most of these things on the WWE Network surveys never come to fruition, I have to admit I was incredibly excited just reading them mention the idea of a weekly "edgy" TV-14 show as one of the options. I know, I know we're completely overkilled with the amount of content each week. However, they could make this so completely unique that I believe people would love it.

Remember the awesome original, short lived format of Shotgun Saturday Night? They have all the resources to mimic that exact look and feel of that. If your readers may not know, the original format took place live in NYC nightclubs and looked unlike anything the company ever produced. The opening video of the show also featured the "American Bad Ass" character of the Undertaker well over 3 years before it ever debuted on RAW. However, they quickly scrapped the format because of costs and ran the tired, old taping before RAW crap instead.

This would obviously be on the premium tier of the WWE Network. Turn Full Sail into a nightclub atmosphere, complete with fans sitting at tables and a bar setup. No LED video walls, no highly produced entrance music. The color commentators sit on bar stools at ringside. Scantily clad dancers in the background. Vulgar language, edgy adult storylines. Super hot chick as one of the commentators like Sunny on the original Shotgun Saturday Night. Do things completely different.

I'd be willing to bet this show would consistently be the most viewed show on the network by a mile. It'd be huge for them.

​Maybe, I dunno.  I admit I'm out of touch with the common fan these days and what the kids are into, because my survey responses were basically "GIVE ME ALL THE WRESTLING" and "FUCK NO" to every choice that started with "New scripted content" or whatever wacky VR bullshit they were talking about.  What I wish is that they'd buy out, or at the very least partner with, New Japan World and just bring all THAT content over to the WWE Network UI because then I could watch it easily and I'd happily give WWE my 999 Yen a month on top of what I'm already paying them.  ROH?  Sure.  TNA?  Why not.  House shows?  Hell yeah.  Tournaments?  You know it, son.  I would happily, HAPPILY pay more for all of that without a complaint.  Buy the Lucha Underground back catalog while you're at it, WWE.  I likely can't review it all, but I can sure as hell try.​

WWE Trademarking Wrestlers Move Names?

                        Has the WWE ever tried to trademark wrestlers move names?  For example, I've heard announcers from other wrestling companies refer to a "Tombstone- Piledriver" or a "Pedigree"  Kind of weird that they haven't seeing as they do with names and characters.  Any idea? 

They absolutely trademark the shit out of move names.  And if they catch other companies doing that, you can bet they'll get a letter about it.  

Bobby Heenan


Just a brief look at some Heenan moments that never fail to bring a smile to my face

​Yeah, my original plan had been to do a column tomorrow for Sporting News dedicated to my favorite Heenan moments, but I had some stuff come up tonight so we'll see if I can pump it out later in the week now.  ​

Bound For Glory in Ottawa

In a five-week span, Ottawa will get an Impact PPV and five straight nights of TV tapings, followed by the Grey Cup, and then topped off with the Canadian Olympic Curling trials.

My question is: Should ESPN Ocho just move their studios here?

​Hey, Amazon is also looking for a second HQ.  They could go for the clean sweep.
Not surprising, I guess, that Anthem would move tapings north of the border.  Certainly easier to maintain things that way, plus I think there's probably tax breaks they can take advantage of.  ​

Big John Studd in 89

So BJS wins the rumble in 89 but then doesn't even have his own match at WM5- What gives? And he was gone by June of that year…

Do you think at the time Vince wishes he had someone else win that Rumble? Seems like a wasted opportunity to push someone to the main event?

​Yeah, Studd was not particularly happy with how that went down, either.  It was a big reason why he left.  Definitely in retrospect having him win the Rumble was a huge waste.  Probably should have been Randy Savage winning it and he could have "accidentally" eliminated Hogan at the end.​

No Mercy and the Network

A few months ago, the IWC was all ablaze over the churn rate on the WWE Network. WWE then ran a special 3 month free trial membership of the network for August-october, which bridges the corporate quarter. For September, they've delivered the Mae Young Classic and now a No Mercy ppv with wrestlemania caliber matches. Plus Hell in a Cell has another Wrestlemania caliber match. It seems obvious that WWE has made a concerted effort to deliver better content on the corporate timeline rather than the old big 4 ppv schedule. Why are fans complaining?

​I dunno, I wasn't even aware that I was supposed to be complaining about this stuff.  But I guess I'm part of the "IWC" and we apparently all think with one hive mind. ​

Wrestling Companies Holding Grudges

 Do you happen to know if there has ever been cases of TNA/GFW, ROH, New Japan, etc. holding a grudge against a departing wrestler that was WWE bound?  I.E.-"If you end up failing there, don't look to come back here when it's over."  I know in the past Vince has done this when talent left the WWE for another wrestling company, but has the reverse ever happened?  Thanks again. 

WCW used to get pretty cranky about it, but then they'd just change booker and forget about it again.  

Is No Mercy really a B PPV?

I was reading through your old rants and realized every No Mercy, except for a couple in the early 2000’s was a big thumbs up from you with one or two 4 snowflake plus matches on each card.  People are talking about throwing away Cena
Reigns and Strowman Lesnar on a B show this year.  If No Mercy  is a B show, is it the king of them?


I think that would be Money in the Bank or Hell in a Cell, since people actually remembered those shows most years.  

Meltzer the Hypocrite

Hi Scott,

Isn't it just a slight bit hypocritical for Meltzer to complain about dangerous pro wrestling matches while praising strong-style japanese style wrestling?

He'll nitpick a WWE match to death, then give 25 5* matches to Misawa who was so utter destroyed by these matches, he died from them.

I'm actually kind of annoyed by this, since he obviously knows the style he's promoting isn't sustainable while demeaning a working style that will A) lead to wrestler having safer careers and B) might actually lead to them getting jobs in WWF.

​Dude, you're kind of all over the place with this one.  Short answer to what I think you're getting at:  Meltzer was constantly, constantly calling out guys like Shibata for being too dangerous, and has said many times that it was a miracle Kobashi and Misawa made it as long as they did. However, Dave and everyone else is also allowed to think it's a great match while disapproving of the methods of having the match.  I love me some veal cutlets but I don't especially like to think about where they come from. There's a name for people who don't eat meat on moral principles, and it's called "Crazy person".

Going out on your back

Hey Scott,



I’ve heard that when wrestlers retire (or leave a territory in the old
days) they would always job for their last match.


Any instances that this didn’t happen?


​Off the top of my head, Trish Stratus not only didn't lose in her retirement match against Lita in 2006, she won the Women's title!  I'm sure there's many others as well.​


Scott………here's some random questions for you.

1.  I'm not familiar with Junkyard Dog at all outside of his mid-late 80's WWF run.  I have however read and I think I remember you saying before that he was a huge draw (for Bill Watts?)………can you elaborate more – when was he over, what got him over, and who'd he draw $ against?

2.  I know how much you love the Flair/Sting angle from Halloween havoc 95 and rightfully so.  My question is this – should there have been a better blowoff for it?  I know Sting beat Flair at the next ppv but it seems looking back that maybe they could have gotten more out of the awesome Flair double cross???

3.  What's the best example that jumps out to you if someone getting a big push based off of 1 match.  In other words wrestler x went out and had an amazing match with someone and after the match they were viewed in a completely different light.

​1. He was most over in Mid-South around 1982-84, and basically there was this giant demographic of black kids in Louisiana who were looking for a superhero and didn't have anyone to cheer for, and Dog was the right guy in the right place at the right time. The biggest money feud was with the Freebirds, but he also made money against the Midnight Express, and then got heavily into drugs and was never the same wrestler by the time he got to the WWF.  Watts also spent the next few years chasing the same reaction with other guys like Tony Atlas and Ron Simmons in WCW, and never could duplicate that, either.
2. Yeah, unfortunately it was pretty obvious they were moving Flair in another direction after Starrcade, because Sting trying to take out the new Horsemen one by one would have been a fun storyline.
3. Kidman v. Juvy the night after Fall Brawl '98.  Instantly got Kidman over as a top level cruiserweight instead of the weird guy scratching himself at ringside.  ​