Broken vs. Woken


So if I'm understanding this right, Matt will officially own the "Broken" universe in January, assuming no one contests his attempt to copyright it.

But WWE has created the "Woken" persona because they want a gimmick that's essentially the sake as the Broken one, but that the WWE can own themselves.

When Matt eventually leaves the WWE and tries to use the Broken gimmick again, could WWE stop him from using it because it's too similar to the Woken gimmick that they own? Is Matt being had here?

​I don't think so, because while you make legal distinctions about whether the gimmick was owned by TNA or just created there, there's no such distinction here.  Matt clearly was using the gimmick elsewhere before bringing it to WWE, so it's not their intellectual property.  They appear to be more concerned with merchandising rights, so they can do Woken t-shirts and such.  But I'm no legal talking guy, I could be wrong.​

Butterfly effect had Owen Hart gone to WCW after Montreal?


Hey Scott,


I was watching a documentary on Owen Hart's death the other day and the narrator mentioned how Bischoff didn't have enough to buy out Owen's contract after the Montreal Screwjob, in which he was quite willing to jump ship along with the others.  It got me to wondering how much different things would've been had he been able to jump ship to WCW?  I know he wasn't built as a tip-toppy guy and he alone wouldn't have averted WCW's eventual demise but at least HE would be alive, right? After all, WCW knew how to properly have Sting descend to the ring so even if Russo made Owen do the same crap in WCW, it would've worked out to where he survived. But beyond that, had he gone to WCW, perhaps Bret would've given better effort and stood up for himself more amongst the backstage politics in WCW as opposed to what really happened? Maybe even having such a strong Canadian presence would've kept Benoit from leaving despite Sullivan's presence? Is it that far-fetched to believe there would've been a noticeable butterfly effect had Owen gone to WCW?

​I feel like him still being alive would've been enough for me.  But I don't think anything was helping to salvage Bret.  ​

WWE making all he money



So, with WWE stocks at an all time high, Vince worth 1.57 billions or so and the company making fuck loads of money…


Where we wrong all along about Jinder and Roman Reigns?

Yes, clearly when Vince signed the TV deal 3 years ago that pays him all this money, he foresaw the rise of both Reigns and Jinder.

RAW Championship


I've commented before on your blog about this but I think it bears repeating. Do I have severe OCD or does it bother anyone else that the Intercontinental Championship isn't called the RAW Championship with a red strap? Just the word Intercontinental seems so ridiculously out of place in near-2018 WWE. And for that matter the United States Championship should have an identical design and be called the Smackdown Championship with a blue strap.

They're so obsessed with branding and especially with the new Survivor Series concept, it would make things so much more streamlined. You have the WWE title on each show and the rest are color coded, identical, and show named.

I'd love to see this happen at the RAW 25th Anniversary show.

WWE Universal Championship
RAW Championship
RAW Women's Championship
RAW Tag Team Championship

Yeah, I might have OCD….

​The naming of the titles is messed up enough as it is, let's not confuse matters further.  The WWE title has already gone through a bunch of permutations since splitting off, going from "WWE World heavyweight title" to "WWE World title" to just "WWE title" as of late.  The problem with the rebranding of the secondary titles is that they've already swapped brands a few times over the years, so it's pointless to designate them as one individual show's title.  ​

80s WWE Roster


Hey Scott, did WWE ever have plans to run 2 separate brands in the 80s? I know they ran multiple house shows the same day and the roster was packed. Imagine if there were 2 rosters, reigns for savage, piper, dibiase, Andre, etc.

​Yeah, but why?  The whole point of the brand split is to create the illusion of competition.  They already had competition at the time, and splitting the roster would have just weakened their spot.  Plus the roster was nowhere near as robust as it is today, and most of those B-shows were filled out by jobbers and low level tag team matches. They would have died a painful death trying to run with a touring schedule comprised of SD Jones in the semi-main event.​

Did you ever rant Backlash 2009?


Hey Scott,

I recently told someone in the comments of your SummerSlam 2009 rant that you ranted on the Backlash 2009 show. I very vividly remember you giving Edge/Cena LMS 4 1/2 stars and remember other aspects of your rant.
But nobody can seem to find It? Am I crazy or did you do a rant? I feel like I'm crazy, haha.
Thanks!
I watched it in the movie theater and did a mini rant on the blog at the time, but never a full one.  But you are correct on the rating.  

Passing the torch…


Hogan's reign on top of the WWE lasted from 84-92, with Vince wanting him to pass the torch at Hogan's 6th Wrestlemania. Savage had 5 Wrestlemania's as a main event star after stealing the show at Wrestlemania III. This Wrestlemania will be Reign's 4th in a main event match. Do we really have to wait till 2019 to see if Reign's grabs the brass ring and when did Vince transition to giving his stars such a long grace period?  

Yeah, but what else are they gonna do?  Build up a new star?  That's crazy talk.  

“You can SHOOT someone outside the ring?”



Hey Scott,


Long time e-mailer, multiple time ban-e here.  We were discussing Jesse Ventura's legendary rant during the Rude/Warrior SS 89 match and it got me to thinking…In a no DQ match CAN you legally shoot someone? And if you can't why has this not been done before?
Seems like an effective way to both win the match and settle a feud at the same time.


​I feel like murdering someone would not fit within the advertiser-friendly narrative they're trying to build.  But while you might not get disqualified, I'm pretty sure you'd still be liable for the murder charges.​

A Very Lazy Milennial Question

Dear Scott,

Just wanted to get this question in before everyone is asking it in January/February…

How long until Wrestlemania becomes just another (5 Hour!) show?

That being said-once WWE is beyond their obligations what is the downside to Vince taking a hiatus from doing live events and just focussing on content for the network? 

Even say a year and let the independents have their time?

Would they really lose money given how much they spend to produce? If people are on the network because they forgot because it was only $9.99-well they forgot. Doesn't matter.

If Triple H wants to make money he can just have a reality show.

Thoughts?
​…what?  Am I drunk or is everyone else?​

Silverdome FAILS TO DIE


Well you know something, brother, they need to bring in Hulk Hogan so he can slam the 1000 pound corpse of Andre the Giant in the middle of the ring, dude, and shake the rafters until they fall under the power of HULKAMANIA.

Also, this feels like a "You had one job" meme waiting to happen.

Survivor Series 90


Hey Scott

   I was watching Sur Series 90 last night and during The Visionaries vs. The Coke Kings match that the Warlord looked exactly like an overinflated Stone Cold balloon.  That is all have a good day.
​Now this is how you get your e-mail published.  Everyone else take note.​

Other WCW events to bring back?


With War Games and Starrcade returning, which WCW events would you bring back next? As a kid, I always loved the name and logo for Halloween Havoc and Fall Brawl, and may be a nice way to market September and October houseshows. SuperBrawl would allow for some logical gimmick matches replacing a blandly named event like Battleground or the outdated No Mercy.

Halloween Havoc is a no brainer.  They'd probably put it in July, of course.  I feel like SuperBrawl might be too close to Superbowl for Vince's liking, though.  I'd actually replace Extreme Rules with Uncensored, because it's a more descriptive name.  Frankly, anything's better than the endless generic names like Vengeance and Payback and Backlash and Backpay and whatnot. 

Roman after Mania

Given that Brock Lesnar is the only guy left that hasn't yet laid down for Roman Reigns, who exactly is THE BIG DOG supposed to defend the Universal Title against after his umpteenth coordination at WrestleMania Fleur de Lis?


​Coronation, I think you mean.  He's already pretty coordinated.  
I feel like the Shield is going to implode again and this time it's Dean's turn to go heel, which would give us a couple of months of PPV main events at least.  Or AJ Styles could switch shows again, or Randy Orton.  They've got some options.​

Bret Hart V.S. The Ultimate Warrior


In Brets book, he said before the whole steriod scandal happened, that the original plan for Mania 9 had him wresting Warrior in which he'd beat Warrior with the sharpshooter to win the World Title. Any truth to this? I just can't see Warrior tapping to the sharpshooter ever.

​I just can't see it.  By the time Bret got the first World title push, Warrior was on the way out and they didn't really believe in Bret as a top guy anyway.  So I can't see them first of all putting the title on Warrior (which WAS originally planned, that's true) only to have him immediately lose it in a babyface match to Bret Hart.  But as we learned in the Observers, there definitely was a rough plan to get the belt from Flair to Warrior sometime in 1993.  ​

Wrestlemania 16 question


So there was unconfirmed rumors that Jericho was originally supposed to be in the Fatal Fourway main event instead of Foley. Supposely there was even early Wrestlemania posters with Jericho on them. Ever heard this?

​Yes, it's entirely confirmed.  Here's the poster:
Vince didn't think Jericho was big enough of a star to headline the show, so he called Foley instead.  ​

Blue Hart


For some reason I recall at least one match in WCW where Bret Hart wore blue ring attire? Do you remember this period? Was there any reason why he switched ring attire?

Thanks.

​Maybe he was really into Eiffel 65 at the time?​

The Legend of Tom Magee


Hey Scott,

Just wondering: have you ever seen the fabled Magee-Hart match where Bret made Tom Magee look so amazing Vince thought he might be the next Hogan?

If not, do you know of tape exists of the match or is it lost to the ages?

​The tape absolutely exists and Dave Meltzer has a copy, and presumably so does Bret Hart and WWE.  No one else has ever seen it, aside from the people who were there that night.  ​

Ford suing John Cena


I read today that the Ford Motor Company is suing John Cena for selling a custom car they gave him.

Cena states he needed to sell it to cover other expenses. Is Crna blowing through a lot of cash? Or perhaps it has to do with his future wife?

Any thoughts on this, Scott?

I'm from Saskatchewan, where people get into fistfights for choosing Ford over GM, so I try to avoid having opinions on cars.  Still, it's a weird one.  You'd think he wouldn't be hurting for cash.  Maybe he's liquidating everything before the pre nup?  I dunno if that's a thing you can do.  

What’s Old is New Again…


What do you think of they rebooted the York Foundation gimmick for someone new? I thought it was a great concept, but goofy when it was done way back.


But now, we live in the information age with both social media/internet activity as well as ESPN with statistical access & sport science studies. Done today, that gimmick actually makes some logical sense.

Imagine if they get a talented guy missing that character/charisma factor (a Roddy Strong type) paired with a mouthpiece workinga tablet with all the stats. He/She does a promo throwing some info ("this person had 3 surgeries here, so work that part" or "this person's stamina goes down 90% past the 10min mark" for example) & then the match story follows it. The stats can be made up or elevated, but then the match pays it off.

It can either fail for comedic effect, but if the info pays off for the wrestler, then it adds storytelling to some matches that would just be generic otherwise…

​Like Sabermetrics for wrestling?  Interesting idea.  They should have Scott Steiner come up with the stats, though.   ​

Questions



Hi Scott,

Couple of questions for your consideration:

1 – In both of the ppv matches they had, cult favourite Stone Cold Steve Austin never beat Bret Hart. Both matches are seen as being excellent matches by many people and the “double turn” at wrestlemania 13 did wonders for stone cold, what was the online reaction like at the time? There’s a lot of overreaction to results (people declaring careers over or buried due to one loss) do you think people are willing to turn a blind eye if the match is great? A more recent example maybe would be Bray vs Bryan at the 2014 rumble, Bryan lost.

2 – the cruiserweight tag titles during the end of wcw were pretty great, should wwe bring these back the freshen things up/make some more dynamic matches?

Thanks!

​God, no more titles.  The Cruiserweight title is a black hole as it is, we do not need any more meaningless ones.  
And people were fine with the Austin loss at the time because everyone could sense that it was leading to something bigger for him, and as noted it was a fantastic match anyway.  I don't recall a lot of people claiming that Bret was burying him or anything.​

Changes


I am puzzled.  Why not just change Bray face at this point? He is doing nothing as a heel. The Broken Matt vs Bray might be interesting, but where after that? Finn Balor should go heel as well. His character is suited for that rol

​e.​

​Bray's problem is that his promos don't make any sense and he never backs up any of his big spooky talk.  Whether he's a heel or a babyface, it doesn't make him any more effective as a character.  ​He's done all he's going to do and people know it.

Ken Shamrock


I was watching a interview where Ken said he wants a WWE return but for some reason, they never get back to him. It got me wondering, why havent they brought him back? Did he leave on bad terms?

​The question actually came up on Observer Radio a few weeks back, and the basic answer seems to be "No one's sure".  It's not like Ken was fired and drummed out of the company or anything, but you'd think Ken would be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame or whatever and yet Vince never seems to want to use him.  Vince gonna Vince, I guess.​