Strowman


So Brock kicks out of three power slams then pins Strowman 1 F5. Is this going to kill off Strowman?

Like, I cancelled my account, but I'm particularly salty (just like when Ambrose lost in the same month to HHH and Brock and I couldn't be bothered with his title reign).  But how do you think this will affect him in general?

​I dunno, but that was a MASSIVE letdown.  They really slammed the brakes on him there.  Like, it was the right guy at the right time in the right place to beat Brock and it just failed on every level.  They can always build him up back again, I guess, but you really only get one shot at this kind of thing, and they blew it, so who knows.  ​

Sid vs. Sabu

Hey Scott,

I was just watching ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999, and they had Sabu accidentally put Sid through a table during some clusterfuck. I can only assume that we were getting Sabu vs. Sid at some point, until Sid jumped to WCW the next month.

Talk about being deprived of a trainwreck-and-a-half – had Botchamania been around in 1999, Maffew would've thought it was his birthday when ECW started teasing that. I'll bet we'd be talking about the match today with Heroes of Wrestling-esque tones ("Yeah, that match.")

Can you think of anything else that was teased or rumored (especially in your Observer research) that would have shattered the Scale of Unintentional Comedy on a Sid/Sabu level, had it actually been delivered?

​I dunno, Sid/Sabu would be hard to top.  They did the babyface turn of Giant Gonzalez just before he left in 1993, which would have given us a likely house show run of Adam Bomb v. Giant Gonzalez and that would have been right up there as well.  ​

Undertaker a politician?


Hi Scott,

I've been reading a discussion under some reader question here and someone asked about Taker ever being a politician.

I thought this is interesting – IWC uniformly accepts that HHH, Hogan, Cena, etc. were hogging the spotlight, using leverage, holding talent down, whatever. But Taker is never brought up in conversations like this.

Why is that? It's not like Taker is some giving guy that has been putting over guys left and right.  For example clean jobs – how many has Taker done? Like maybe 20 in his entire 25 year WWE career?

Has Taker ever been known for throwing his weight around and if not how did he manage to be as protected as he has?

I remember IWC disliked him strongly during the 2000-2003 run, but it sort of turned around with his return to the Deadman gimmick.

​You can't really criticize him for not doing jobs, since he lost all the time in the 90s, especially during his biggest babyface period where he was challenging Yokozuna.  He would routinely lose his "specialty" match, and put over Mankind several times.  
That being said, he did have quite a few famous moments of dickery, like refusing to put over Brock Lesnar in 2002 and wanting to do it in the Hell in a Cell match instead.  But he certainly wasn't as blatant about it as others, mostly because are YOU gonna argue with Undertaker?​

Mankind vs HBK

I was watching the fantastic Shawn Michaels vs Mankind match from Mind Games and given how good it was, and the fact that Foley was hot at the time do you think it would have been beneficial for both parties and the WWF in general to extend the feud? The
way I see it playing out is Mankind beats Vader in a number one contenders match at the October PPV, (as an added bonus we would get to see those two pound the shit out each other one more time.) At Survivor Series Mankind's craziness causes Shawn to snap
and get DQ'd, leading to a no DQ match at the Rumble which Shawn would win, leaving them right where they ended up anyway, at which point Shawn can go work a program with Bret, or lose his smile or whatever.

Your thoughts?

As much as I'd be on board with more Shawn vs Mick, they were really wanting that Shawn hometown win at the Rumble, and Mankind just wasn't a big enough monster for Shawn to slay. That being said, Shawn wasn't doing anything of note on the October PPV anyway, so why not do a rematch there?  It IS pretty weird that even the stupid Diana Hart storyline got 2 PPVs to resolve. 

Luke Harper

   Any idea on what is going on with Luke Harper?  I can't remember the last time he was on Smackdown.  Is he injured, or is it the dreaded "Creative has nothing for you at this time."? 

Rowan was injured forever but I think he's fine now, but Harper is just in creative limbo.  I thought they were actually going to have the ex-Wyatts be the team who beat up Breezango but who the hell knows at this point. I feel bad because Luke worked really hard to improve and get over, and none of it ever led to anything. 

bryan vs punk

so it's looking increasingly likely that daniel bryan will indeed be returning to wrestling when his contract expires in a year or so. that would make arguably the two most popular post-cena superstars free agents. my question is, how much money is in a bryan vs punk match in, say, ring of honor? ignoring that punk would be quite unlikely to return, surely bryan winning the roh title and then goading punk out of retirement could do huge numbers? what sort of attendance etc could we see here?

secondly, what do you think are the chances of bryan ever wrestling again in wwe? i imagine they're going to make him a huge offer to sit on the sidelines, and i'm sure he will reject it. i doubt they allow him to wrestle, even if it means him going elsewhere, though i'll bet they try and throw some spanner in the works. surely the best option for them is to let bryan leave and see how he holds up on the indies? if something goes wrong, hey, WE didn't let him wrestle, we offered him a new contract, etc. if he's fine (as he seems to think he is) then he essentially does a test run for them without any of the risk involved, he tears it up for a year or two and then they bring him back as an even bigger star. 

​Well the problem is that while Bryan might be free and clear of his contract in a year, Punk is definitely not.  I believe he has multiple years on his deal left, and there's little chance of Vince letting him out of due to the circumstances of his departure. ​
As for Bryan, I just don't know if WWE is going to let him go wrestle somewhere without doing everything in their power to make sure he remains under their medical supervision.  Even if he goes to ROH or Mexico and sustains more damage there, the media is gonna be like "WWE wrestler suffers career ending concussion!" I mean, they can't FORCE him to stay, but they can sure try.  

1994 Questions

Scott,

Keep up the killer work! 

Just got a few questions in regards to 1994 PPVs:

1). How come Taker v Taker at Summerslam 94 went on last and not the Owen-Bret Cage match? Why wouldn't the title cage match go on last as the main event?

2). At Mania 10, what would have happened if Luger lost the coin toss and Hart would've had to fight Yoko first? How would it have played out?

​1.  Vince thought that the Taker match had the most mainstream interest and thus was the main event, whereas Owen was pretty much a midcarder by that point and it was just wrapping up the storyline so Bret could move onto something else.

2.  Like, is this a storyline question or a real one?  In reality, the coin was gimmicked and Luger was winning either way.  In storyline, if Bret had won the coin toss, Luger would have faced Crush first, which they announced on TV beforehand.  ​

Rose


Who knew that the Adam Rose express would put out the new monsters of WAR. 1st Braun and now Lars Sullivan. He should get some credit for that

​I'm just disappointed he never got to team with Billy Gunn on the main roster.​

DiBiase


Scott,

 

I just recently re-watched Royal Rumble 1992.  Having a worker the caliber of Ted DiBiase as one of the first two entrants makes sense, yet he was tossed over in 1:18.  He barely lasted longer than Jerry Sags.  Was he in the doghouse or
working hurt or something?  What was the point of wasting him in such a throwaway manner?

He was working hurt for most of 92 and 93.  I always did think it was a waste for him not to be in there with Flair, though. 

Nattie Neidhart


When did this current hate for Nattie begin? When she first made her debut she was heralded as this great in ring worker. People were pissed she was given the fart gimmick saying she deserved better, now suddenly she's a division killer.

​Is that the current opinion?  I dunno, I've always thought she was a great worker, although she didn't really have the charisma of someone like Charlotte to carry the division or anything. I don't know why they're so opposed to have Becky Lynch be the champion, but Nattie is fine.  And also she was SMOKING in the latest Southpaw Regional Wrestling series, so extra points for that.  ​

The Anti-Sting

Hey Scott,

Just wondering,

People sometimes say Sting should have been much, much bigger than he ended up, given his look, charisma, etc, but for whatever reason, it never clicked.

My question is what wrestler, do you feel, with almost nothing going for him, not an indy darling, nothing that would endear him to Vince (size, hair, etc) no sign at all that he would make it "in this business," and despite all this, succeed leagues beyond what would be expected?

​Honky Tonk Man.  Looked like a pudgy Memphis geek with a ridiculous gimmick, and yet he got himself over and managed to draw on top as Intercontinental champion and stayed there for over a year.  ​

Big Brother Results?!! (Spoilers, Obviously)


Scott,
What’s your take on the season and the finale?
Are we going in the direction of the Sore Loser Jury? Nobody played a better game than Paul, but in the end a guy who many said they had no respect for wins?!
And Cody is America’s Favorite Houseguest? I guess it will make for a good future episode of Making a Murderer. 

I was so over Paul and his puppetmastery of those numbskulls by August, and apparently so was production judging by the SHADE thrown at him by Julie after his epic choke.  When everyone in the house is throwing comps to you and you're still such a douchebag that you alienate the entire jury on the way out, you've done something wrong. The Cody vote was clearly America's Revenge, too. 
Anyway, it was easily one of the worst seasons due to the sheep factor and Josh winning by virtue of Not Being Paul.  Now watch them bring back Christmas for another go next year.  

Punk


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.  

Bischoff

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


http://www.gamingrespawn.com/film-and-tv/26545/wrestle-respawn-five-favourite-bobby-heenan-commentary-momentsrunning-gags/

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. ​