Lady Shield

Scott,

I’ve heard some people bitch about all three of the nxt women debuting together on Monday, worrying that they could overshadow each other. How is this any different than bringing the shield up together? I mean that worked out pretty well I’d say

Matt

​The difference is that the Shield was brought up with the goal being to protect and make Roman Reigns into a top level star in the shortest amount of time possible. ​I somehow doubt that sticking Sasha Banks in "Team BAD" has the same sort of agenda. They’ve already shown a few times that they don’t really get why the NXT women have had such success with the division down there. But hey, maybe they’ll prove me wrong.

Piper laying down


You said Hogan/Piper couldn't happen at WM 2 because piper wouldn't lay down   But wouldn't the cage stipulation work perfectly.  Piper loses via escape, Hogan never pins him.  Plus Piper turned face after WM 2 so what would be the big deal with a cage loss

​I'm amused that you think Hogan would go for that kind of scenario.  And at that point, Piper wasn't doing jobs, period, whether it was actually getting pinned or losing a cage match.  ​

Ratings down = no biggie?

Hey Scott,
Despite the fact that ratings are on the decline (or so I keep reading) – is the WWE actually making more money regardless, since Raw is now spread out over 3 hours instead of 2? I'm thinking maybe they could explain the ratings dip on the fact the show lasts 3 hours, but it's actually no big deal (to them) because they're taking in more revenue having an extra hour of airtime. 
With that in mind at what point do ratings actually begin to trouble WWE, if they haven't already? 

​The point when USA cancels them, basically.  Other than that, they're essentially paid in advance for their deal with USA and don't see any of the ad revenue (or at least not enough to factor in) so really ratings don't directly affect them.  However, what does affect them is if ratings are so bad, like with Superstars and Main Event, that the TV station drops them rather than continue with the deal.  But no, it's not like the old days of the Wars at all.  ​

3 Hours of RAW edited down to 3 Minutes!!


Top 10 Moments from this week's Raw – September 15, 2014


I think this is by far the greatest way to watch RAW and not miss anything spectacularly important that you would if you watched the 3 hour version. It's 3 minutes long and basically covers everything that you should be knowing and leaves out all the obnoxious stuff that you wish you didn't sit through.

I would literally pay another $9.99/month for WWE's YouTube Channel to make these videos a weekly thing and not just a one time deal.

The product is downright DISGUSTING these days. It's like I WANT to love the product but I cannot because they don't want me to. Or something.

In my opinion, 3 Minute RAW > Hulu RAW > SmackDown Replays > Actual RAW.

Your thoughts?

Yeah, I saw that on my YouTube sub list last night!  The WWE's top 5 and top 10 lists on there have killing it lately, with good stuff like "top 5 surprising title changes" and things like that.  I wish that the thought they put into those would go into the main product as well.  I'm also a huge fan of the warehouse segments with Joey Styles, like the one where they dug the rainbow entrance set out of the vault.  

Actually, it would never happen, but the guys they need to get for those are Steve and Larson from Machinima, who are HUGE wrestling nerds and would gladly do those kind of lists for them.  And they'd be way funnier than Tom Phillips.  

You’ll Lay Down for Big Poochie, and You’ll Freaking Like It

90s WcW was always the metaphorical casual girlfriend in my life.  She looked great at times, was cool enough to distract me for a couple hours, but we could never really make that lasting meaningful connection.   The closest I ever got to getting “hooked” was 91 and obviously 97-98. Now Vince McMahon, theres a guy who can hold on to a mans heart.  Soooo, lets go to a 98 WcW flashpoint moment for “What If”…

What if Goldberg beats Nash at Starrcade 98 to stay undefeated?  Things to consider…

– Goldberg debuted September 97, won the strap from Hogan on July 6th, 1998 and lost to Nash in December of 98.  Injured his hand in December 99.

– Was it the right time for Goldberg to lose at Starrcade 98?  Was Nash the right guy to end it at the time?  
– Was Goldbergs streak nearing the point of diminishing returns?  How much longer could it have drawn money?
– Does an undefeated Goldberg go on to lead WcW in a resurgence against WWF in 99?  Does his “star power” reach the next level, the Austin, Rock, Hogan level?

EDIT: I remember watching a Youshoot, I forget who it was, maybe Corenette, but a thought from that has always struck me as interesting.   The thought was that undefeated streaks do more harm then good for talent.  Reason being: there is never going to be a good way to end it, and the performer is over strictly due to his streak.  As soon the undefeated streak ends, the gimmick is essentially over.  Not sure if I agree but food for thought 

These are just a few thoughts.  Go in any direction you like.
*Personal random sidebar*  Was reading about the Jersey mall shooting yesterday.  I have an opinion on everything except gun control.  I have heard rational and articulate arguments made by both sides throughout my life.  Is there hard evidence that show countries with strict gun control laws endure less violent crimes?  Do we still feel its a relevant “right” to own a gun?  Yadda yadda yadda. Thoughts? 

QOTD 19: It pulled down my head pants and blew my mind

Hola Otters, after a rousing discussion of the most disappointing series finales, it’s now time to talk about those shows that ended in such deliciously satisfying ways they had weight watchers points.

What are your favorite Series Finales? What Satisfied you most, and why? Are there finales other people hate, but you really like? 





For me:

Scrubs is probably my favorite – just the right amount of fan service, conflict, resolution, sappiness, and the way JD finally gets his hug from Dr. Cox is the best thing in the history of TV, ever. Well, not ever, but it was really freaking good.

The Wire – While the last season’s whole serial killer thing was a little weird, I liked how it essentially showed that despite following these characters for 5 Seasons, life goes on with or without them, hustlers hustle, Police Police, drug addicts take drugs, and no matter who you are, you’re human.

The Shield – Really the penultimate episode is my favorite, where we get a list of every single possible sin Vic committed over the previous seasons, and it is brutal, because it kind of makes us realize just how big of a bastard this guy we’ve been rooting for, is. The finale was pretty good, too, giving us some satisfaction in the Dutch / Claudia department, and a variety of other details that made the whole thing feel satisfying.

The Sopranos: This is a subject worthy of it’s own post. Stand by.

Star Trek TNG: I loved the optimism of the episode, how that sometimes humanity can approach planes of thought that transcend our corporeal existence – but at the same time the episode makes sure to point out that we must cherish that existence.

King of The Hill – Bobby and Hank finally find something they can truly bond over, forever. “I think it’s the last one,” says Bobby, as an in joke to the fact King of The Hill was seemingly always cancelled, then came back.

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Blog Otter Award: CultStatus for a burn so harsh we all traveled back to 1955.


Breaking down the I Quit match

> I'm not totally sure on this, but I think basically all the important I Quit matches have involved trying to get a submission by non-traditional means (Weapon based beatdowns, weapon-assisted submission holds, threats to cause severe injury via weapon attack, etc). What would be your opinion if, in a years time, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk have an I Quit match that changes it up a bit. Basically, I'd imagine it would start as a straight-up submission match for the first 20-25 minutes, then after the Yes Lock reversed to Anaconda Vice reversed to Koji Clutch reversed to MMA Powerbomb from Guard spot or whatever epic reversal sequence they come up with, they get desperate for the win and then go to the hardcore beatdown ONLY because the normal tactics haven't worked.
>
> What say you? That was kind of the story of the Bret v Austin match, wasn't it?  Bret couldn't win by heroic means so he turned into the thing he hated most to win.

Punk/Austin sit down interview with JR


http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2012/10/04/wwe-to-be-the-quot-greatest-video-game-in-the-history-of-technology.aspx
Thought I'd try and get your opinion on this before it gets taken down. Basically a shill for WWE 13, but with some additional commentary on the current product.

JR kind of lost me at "Greatest game in the history of technology."  Still, obviously there's some chemistry between Punk and Austin if they can work something out for Wrestlemania.  Punk can have Heyman point at the sign for him!  

Hawk Falling Down

Hey Scott, Long time reader, followed you through Wrestlemaniacs/ Wrestleline/ Rantsylvania/ Smarks/ 411wrestling/ 411mania/ Insidepulse/ Blog of Doom. The discussion within the Scott Hall post got me thinking about Road Warrior Hawk. My timeline may be off, but I believe it was back in the LOD 2000 days, when Hawk was playing being drunk/stoned, and I think the idea was that Droz was his dealer or something to that effect. Anyway, very early in the angle, LOD was doing a promo and Hawk took a minute to address the crowd as Michael Hegstrand to apologise for his behaviour the previous week, saying that it wasn’t professional, not what the fans paid to see, and promising that it wouldn’t happen again. Sure enough, starting the very next week Hawk is stumbling around the place, tripping while getting in the ring, and falling off the titantron. My question is, what was the incident that started that angle, and was it genuine? Was Hawk really on live TV unfit for work in a glaringly obvious way? And did they base the angle off that incident, forcing Hawk to air his personal demons on TV, or was it all a work?

Well, the drunkness and poor condition was certainly no work.  Hawk was in rough shape at that point and shouldn’t have been on TV.  The rest was the genius of Vince Russo, who decided that it would be edgy and cool to make fun of someone who could barely function.  I forget the exact inciting incident, although I think it was something like him doing commentary while being drunk.  But yeah, the initial incident was genuine, the rest was a work, albeit one far too close to home. 

Hawk Falling Down

Hey Scott, Long time reader, followed you through Wrestlemaniacs/ Wrestleline/ Rantsylvania/ Smarks/ 411wrestling/ 411mania/ Insidepulse/ Blog of Doom. The discussion within the Scott Hall post got me thinking about Road Warrior Hawk. My timeline may be off, but I believe it was back in the LOD 2000 days, when Hawk was playing being drunk/stoned, and I think the idea was that Droz was his dealer or something to that effect. Anyway, very early in the angle, LOD was doing a promo and Hawk took a minute to address the crowd as Michael Hegstrand to apologise for his behaviour the previous week, saying that it wasn’t professional, not what the fans paid to see, and promising that it wouldn’t happen again. Sure enough, starting the very next week Hawk is stumbling around the place, tripping while getting in the ring, and falling off the titantron. My question is, what was the incident that started that angle, and was it genuine? Was Hawk really on live TV unfit for work in a glaringly obvious way? And did they base the angle off that incident, forcing Hawk to air his personal demons on TV, or was it all a work?

Well, the drunkness and poor condition was certainly no work.  Hawk was in rough shape at that point and shouldn’t have been on TV.  The rest was the genius of Vince Russo, who decided that it would be edgy and cool to make fun of someone who could barely function.  I forget the exact inciting incident, although I think it was something like him doing commentary while being drunk.  But yeah, the initial incident was genuine, the rest was a work, albeit one far too close to home.