How responsible do you think 2002-2004 era HHH and Taker are for the state of the product today? I remember that shortly after Austin walked out and The Rock left for Hollywood, the subsequent business slump was explained away as a result of 'cyclical' business and not the fact that the remaining main-eventers didn't have the drawing power of Austin/Rock (to be fair, who did?) I remember it vividly as being the first time Vince seemed complacent about house numbers and buy rates (although I remember some crappy 'shock tv to try to rebuild ratings). It just seems that this is the genesis point of the 'none bigger than the company' philosophy that they have now.
- Brock Lesnar has the two highest drawing PPVs in UFC history and 3 of the top 5, two of which were against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. Let me repeat those opponents – Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.
- Brock Lesnar made 7 appearances in UFC, 5 as headliner (top two matches on the card). As a headliner, Lesnar averaged over 1 million buys. the next highest, GSP (their most consistent draw), averaged more than 300,000 fewer buys. ronda Rousey is averaging 395,000 buys and we think it's a big deal.
- After re-joining WWE, the company decided to put him in a B-show and then have him LOSE to John Cena.
The coolest thing about wrestling is that even though it’s largely choreographed, a lot of wrestlers do a great job of making things seem real.
Others do not.
So lets expose the business!
What are wrestling ‘things’ you can’t stand because they look fake / stupid? What’s the most ridiculous, fakest thing you’ve seen in your wrestling fandom career?
I always hated when the wrestlers got standing top rope move spots messed up – resulting in a really awkward moment where the guy about to get hit just stands there waiting to get hit. Generally I think it’s better if the guy gets up AWAY from the turnbuckle with the dude on it, and then turns into the oncoming move or whatnot.
I think it’s neat wrestlers slap their thighs to make that “SLAP” sound on most kicks – feel free to share those kind of things too – stomping your foot with a forearm, slapping your other hand with a punch, etc.
I have a few more that’ll come to me, sure.
Title got changed on me, but the sentiment remains the same. And yeah I mixed up Flair and Race. All NWA World champions look the same to me.
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I’m going to throw you 2 different ideas.
Anyway, coupla blog related questions that I think could be mighty interesting.
1. I was watching the rumble BEFORE MY FUCKING FEED CUT OUT RIGHT BEFORE THE MAIN EVENT, and noticed in one of the packages that the WWE is now doing Comic-con esque "Shoot" panels (I can't remember the name). Personally I think this is a great idea, but is also sorta killing Kayfabe (not that it exists that much anymore, anyway). Anyway, what are your thoughts on these sorta panels, and have they been going on for awhile and I've just missed them, or are they new?
2. So it seems like the WWE is doing what it did in the pre-attitude era, trying to indoctrinate kids with cartoons, Saturday morning slam, fucking Scooby Doo(?), and part of me is thinking this is a GREAT idea because it's pretty much how the majority of folks first heard of wrestling, or it became part of their frame of reference.
3. How does the WWE typically handle Press access for big events like Wrestlemania? Does pretty much anyone that requests a pass from a popular outlet gain access, and if so, are they given strict rules about what they can and can't discuss in their articles / pieces / etc? I ask, for I applied for a pass!
4. I was pondering the gut-check challenge the other day, and was kind of wondering if in some bizarre world they started rating matches not by winner and loser, but instead by best match, etc etc, sort of legitimizing the art of fake-fighting. You think this sort of thing would go over with hardcore fans who really care most about work-rate and quality match production versus storylines and "I'ma kick you ass bro!" stuff?