Fwd: Avengers: Endgame…



So when are you scheduled/planning on seeing it?  Thoughts going into the film?  Expectations?


Mark

I've got tickets to see it tomorrow at 2:30 in IMAX with my daughter, and there's a spoiler thread that goes live on the blog in about an hour for all your spoiler-y needs.  Aside from the trailer, I've been avoiding all reviews and discussion about it.  Given I've read the original comics I have a pretty good idea of how things will resolve, but I'm not taking any chances until then.  My fanboyish hope is that there's an end of credits final stinger where a certain set of claws is seen in the MCU for the first time, but I'm not holding my breath or anything.  

Fwd: Breaking news: Andrade, Aleister, Zelina to SDL

Mike Johnson of PWInsider:

As noted earlier today on PWInsider.com, Aleister Black, Andrade and Zelina Vega were moved from Raw to Smackdown today.  PWInsider.com has been told that the move to bring Andrade and Vega back to Smackdown was made, in part, at the request of FOX as the brand lacked any major Latino stars following the Superstar Shakeup last week and that once the series moves to FOX this October, there are plans to spotlight WWE's Latino stars on their Spanish language station, Fox Deportes. 

Black was moved, at least in part, due to the fact he is married to Zelina Vega, as WWE has made an effort to keep married couples on the same brand, but we are also told there were some idea pitched for him for the blue brand. 

There is no word when talents were informed of the move.


I suspect a lot of the reason had to do with Charlotte in this case.  

Fwd: Omega Man: A Wrestling Love Story

  1. Have you seen it?
  2. What did you think? I thought the first half hour was promising, but in the end, it was just an extended kayfabed explanation of the last few years of his career, which didn’t really reveal anything shocking. Kind of a letdown. Although, I am sure Jim Cornette’s brain will explode if he sees this because it features the footage of Kenny wrestling an 8-year old, and Ibushi wrestling a blow-up doll.


Yes, I agree with that take on it.  It also didn't do much to explain the Golden Lovers concept to a wider audience.  I'd say it was worth watching but had a lot of untapped potential.  

Fwd: Avengers: Endgame Theory RE: Loki

Hi Scott,

 

Long time, first time, etc.

 

I know you’re a comics fan, and you’ve commented on the Avengers movies on your blog a handful of times over the years, so I figured you might be a receptive audience to this theory I came up with.

 

Last night, I had Infinity War playing in the background while I was cleaning my apartment, but with the audio in my earbuds, so a throwaway line of dialogue that Thor says under his breath ended up standing out to me for the first time (this was the only time I’d seen the movie outside of theatres).

 

It’s when the Guardians first pick him up after Thanos leaves him for dead, drifting through space. Thor explains to them why he thinks Thanos is headed to Knowhere – because the Collector has the Reality Stone – and Quill says something to the effect of, “Well it’s not safe there. Only an idiot would give that man a stone.” Thor quickly, under his breath, replies, “Or a genius,” and then Gamora says something immediately and the conversation moves right along, without missing a beat.

 

Here’s the thing: Loki gave the Collector the Reality Stone. While he was posing as Odin, he sent the stone to the Collector for safe keeping (in the post-credits scene of Thor 2).

 

So when Quill suggests that “only an idiot” would give him a stone – and Loki is the idiot in question here – Thor responds by defending Loki’s honor. Why? Because Loki has assumed Thor’s identity and is hiding in plain sight throughout all of Infinity War.

 

I wrote a whole thing about this theory on my comics blog. Maybe you could share it if you find it at all worthwhile:

http://doomkopf.com/2019/03/21/loki-is-alive-and-well-in-infinity-war/

 

Thanks, Scott! Keep up the great work – I love reading your blog.

 

Yeah, but how did he survive the blast of the sun, which only Thor would have the power to do?  And it's already been established that Loki can't lift Mjolnir and I assume Stormbreaker by extension. 

Big E


I don't know how much of Smackdown you've been catching, but after seeing the serious promos and limited silliness from the New Day lately my question isn't about Kofi — my question is why isn't Big E a bigger star? When he's not clowning he can talk and work and he has a unique look. Have you ever seen anything special in him?

No, I think he's slotted right where he should be.  Wasn't he IC champion for a cup of coffee?  He's overachieved a bit with the New Day gimmick, although given his look and moveset I could see Vince giving him a shot.  

Observerations

Hey Scott,

Since you, like me, are a longtime subscriber to the Observer and regular listener of Observer Radio, I want to know if you've noticed something that's really been bothering me over the past couple of years in particular. Doesn't it seem like Dave falls back on the "if you only knew the actual story behind this situation" crutch a lot more than he used to? I understand that there is a necessity of protecting your sources when you're a journalist, but it feels like, more often than not, Dave will say that and then never actually get into the backstory of whatever it was he was originally referencing — even when things have eventually played out. I still enjoy Dave's perspective and institutional knowledge, but WOR feels more like a review show than it used to. Wouldn't it be nice for Dave to actually break these stories that he claims to have insider knowledge about once in a while instead of waiting for everything to happen and then giving a half-assed tick-tock of how things went down? He has gotten worse about this lately, right? 

Oh yeah, for sure.  One of the main criticisms levied against the show, even by the F4W Board, is that Dave treats it like a barker advertisement for the newsletter a lot of the time, when in fact anyone listening to the show already subscribes to the newsletter.  Basically it should be an audio version of what we're already paying for.  Which actually it was during the couple of weeks when Dave broke his hand recently and it was just him and the amazing Garrett Gonzalez doing a news recap for an hour every day, which was then transcribed into the Observer for that week. That was a great week for the show.  That's why I prefer the Garrett shows to the Bryan ones, because Garrett asks follow-up questions and coaxes information out of Dave whereas Bryan lets him ramble and then moves onto the next point.  

XFL 2.0

So on Observer Radio this morning, Dave and Garrett were talking about how Vince made Colin Kaepernick a ridiculously lowballed offer because he had no knowledge of the lawsuit win.  And that led into the news that came out recently about how the AAF guys wanted to buy the XFL name and rights for $50 million (!!!!) and air games on the WWE Network. So Vince relaunched out of spite and then did his press conference before they could, even though he had no plan and no clue what he wanted.   
So yeah, Vince gonna Vince.  

New New Day

Since we can safely assume Kofi is not getting the title, what is the end-game for this chapter in his story?

 

When his feud with DB finishes, can we maybe get an angry, bitter New Day turning heel, ditching the stupid pancakes, and going out and just turning into a bunch of asskickers, maybe a variation on the Nation of Domination?


Maybe he can be Intercontinental champion again and feud with Dolph Ziggler!  That'd be something fresh!

Fwd: AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Controversial RVD documentary, “Headstrong” to be released February 19th


Hi Scott,
Longtime reader. I have been working for the past couple of years on a documentary with RVD on his life in professional wrestling. Would love to have you share! Thanks!

AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Controversial RVD documentary, “Headstrong” to be released February 19th on iTunes/Google Play/VUDU


Professional wrestling legend Rob Van Dam embarks on a life changing journey across the country, in the candid and unflinching documentary, HEADSTRONG. Giving an honest look into the life of the athlete known to millions around the world as ‘RVD,’ the film captures him on the road doing standup comedy. While on tour, an unexpected roadblock paves the way for an exploration into the realities of professional sports
. What follows is an unforgettable rollercoaster, as RVD gives an unprecedented and unique look into the world of professional wrestling, and his one of a kind strategy in life.


Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y66x4LMOWUg&app=desktop


Up up? Down down.

Hey Scott,

 I have a quick question for you.  I was reading the post about calling Ciampa up and got to thinking.  How much backlash would there be if they wanted to call someone up and they say no?  With the track record they have of completley screwing up pretty much everyone they've called up, and if the talent are happy in their position right now would Vince get cheesed at them?

I don't really see where anyone would refuse to go up, especially since that would be breach of contract.  We sure know Velveteen Dream won't say no when they ask him. 

Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett has been perceived as more of a star by WWE audiences in 2019 than he ever was at any previous time in WCW or WWF, right? How is there a nostalgia pop for someone who never got any sort of pop outside of Tennessee in the first place? Isn't the reaction to Jeff Jarrett at the Royal Rumble and on Raw the most obvious example that WWE crowds just want to see something different than the same cookie-cutter shows they produce every week with the same 50/50 characters?


Clearly.  As long as he never wears that outfit from the Rumble again, I'm fine with him as an onscreen character here and there.  

Tech question



Hey Scott,

I'm not a tech guy, so maybe you could help explain this: during the height of the Monday Night War (1996-1998?), why does WCW's video look more modern and sharper today than WWE's (even up to the mid-2000s, I guess before HD?)? Is this because WCW was owned by a television company and Turner had better equipment and production values? Was it the design and the colors of sets? That black and metallic WCW Nitro set looks years ahead of WWE's Raw sets until the time of all the video boards and LED displays. As someone who watched both shows at the time, it is odd how much more modern WCW looks than WWE during that time when I watch it today.

Yeah, Nitro was absolutely shot and produced with better equipment and it’s still noticeable today. RAW from that time looks kind of dark and murky and Nitro is bright and seems to be a higher resolution.  Probably because TBS was a TV company.