WCW War Games

Hello,

I've recently begun watching the WCW War Games DVD boxset, which WWE released last year.

I checked your review and you seem to be the biggest fan of the war games concept and you really enjoyed all the matches (or at least the majority) on the boxset.

What for you makes for a quality war games match? What is the key factor that defines a bad brawl from an excellent fight? Do you think WWE's Elimination Chamber or Hell in a Cell could be used effectively as a War Games throwback?

​Really you need a compelling feud with believable motivations and people who you can buy as hating each other.  The actual structure surrounding them isn't as important.  That's why the original versions worked so well:  The Horsemen had long-standing problems with Dusty's team, and the Dangerous Alliance had a series of issues with Sting's Squadron, to name two.  Elimination Chamber could have been used as a blowoff to Shield v. Wyatts but they felt it was more important to job Bray to John Cena 16 times in a row instead, so that's cool, I guess.  ​

Top 10 Most Overrated Video Games Ever

Here’s an interesting one that I came across, a list of the most overrated video games of all time, done by voting, rather than just some guy doing a 411/Bleacher Report top ten list:

http://www.thetoptens.com/most-overrated-video-games/

For those not wanting to click on the link (it’s not in slideshow view), here’s the top 10:

1. Call of Duty
2. Halo
3. World of Warcraft
4. Angry Birds
5. Minecraft
6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarnia of Time
7. Halo 3
8. Grand Theft Auto 4
9. Final Fantasy X
10. TNA Impact (what?)

I would have put #6 and #8 at #1 and #2, respectively, and I can’t argue that any of the top 9 should be bounced, but TNA Impact at #10? I’ll admit I’ve never played it, but from everything I’ve heard it’s nothing special, I don’t recall people raving about it at the time.

Anyway, the link actually contains the top 100, and there’s some surprising picks on there. If nothing else, this is way more interesting than talking about soccer.

Who’s been in the most pro wresling video games?

Hey Scott,

Episode #50 of the Funtime Arcade drops this Friday, but we have a special week of bonus content, including a podcast, audio commentaries, and this video, a look at what wrestler has appeared in the most games (spoiler: it’s not Hulk Hogan).  Thanks for the support!

Is it Daniel Bryan?   It’s Daniel Bryan I bet.  

War Games Please

I know its one of those IWC things like Cena turning, but wouldn't War Games being awesome to see soon, maybe for Survivor Series.

With the Rhodes family angle, it could be linked there w/ Bryan, Cody, Golddust and Big Show v. Orton and The Shield. Would 100% pay to see that.

We know.  Won't happen.

Patterson Ripped Off War Games?

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Hey Scott–

So one of the easter eggs on the War Games DVD is a segment where Dusty talks about how some people say the Royal Rumble is a rip-off of the Match Beyond.
Really? I have never heard that comparison (and for the record, Dusty thinks there is zero correllation between the two, as well.) Other than timed entrances, what similarities do the two events share?
I know that the battle royal concept was big in Roy Shire's San Francisco territory where Pat Patterson was a big star, so that's where he might have gotten the idea, but I would think there's a lot more connection between the Rumble and WCW's "Bunkhouse Stampede." I'm not sure, but I believe the Rumble came first.
Have you ever heard this ludicrous rumor? 
–J

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As you said, it's easily debunked and more likely Patterson was borrowing the Shire battle royales as you noted.  But then Dusty says a lot of dumb stuff.

HHH’s political games

Over the years, HHH has been known to play huge political games, where he'd put himself as champion or top guy, while others that had things going for them would get squashed (RVD, Goldberg, Booker T…). My question is why didn't no one did something about it, like for example, The Undertaker. For all his years in the company,it is known Undertaker can pull strings backstage, so if HHH's political powers were so strong and if – at sometimes – it wasn't the best thing for the business, why didn't Undertaker do something about it? Or, better yet, why does he still – to this day – compliments HHH in the most respectful manner, if at some time, HHH was such a bad influence?


I'm mentioning Undertaker, because he' one of the people that has had stroke inside WWE through the years, but there are also people like The Rock or Steve Austin that had the power to do or say something, if they wanted, but – as far as I know – didn't do it and still, to this day, talk wonders about HHH.

Is it because everyone knew he would eventually be the chairman of the company and no one wanted to be on his bad side? That seems hardly believable.

Thoughts?  Thank you!

Steve Austin and Rock might be friends with HHH and say nice things about him, but they sure didn't take any shit from him.  In fact, Rock and HHH had a fairly famous and notorious silent war backstage where HHH seemingly kept trying to undermine him and Rock just kept getting over.  For example, the Hurricane and Eugene debacles.  You'll notice that Rock and HHH don't really interact anymore.  
As for Undertaker, he's definitely part of Team HHH and has been for a long time.  So there you go.

Rumble Games

Scott,
Can I suggest a thread for variations of Royal Rumble pools? Here’s one our group has used the past couple years:
(Based on five people)
Draw Nos. 1 through 20, four each
Draw Nos. 21 through 30, two each – guaranteeing everyone two of the final 10 evens it out and keeps everyone happy.
First wrestler thrown out – 1 point
Second wrestler out – 2 points
29th wrestler out – 29th points, etc.
Player whose six wrestlers’ points add up to the most wins. This version of the game is less labor-intensive than keeping track of who throws out who. You just have to root for your guy to stay in the match.

Do people still do that kind of thing?  Also, the challenge this year is that we are a week out of the show and still have zero idea who’s even entered into the thing.  We know Sheamus, Barrett, R-Truth and Miz and maybe Foley, but that’s it.  Once again I will stress that whoever draws Orton is the guy who will be happiest.

Rumble Games

Scott,
Can I suggest a thread for variations of Royal Rumble pools? Here’s one our group has used the past couple years:
(Based on five people)
Draw Nos. 1 through 20, four each
Draw Nos. 21 through 30, two each – guaranteeing everyone two of the final 10 evens it out and keeps everyone happy.
First wrestler thrown out – 1 point
Second wrestler out – 2 points
29th wrestler out – 29th points, etc.
Player whose six wrestlers’ points add up to the most wins. This version of the game is less labor-intensive than keeping track of who throws out who. You just have to root for your guy to stay in the match.

Do people still do that kind of thing?  Also, the challenge this year is that we are a week out of the show and still have zero idea who’s even entered into the thing.  We know Sheamus, Barrett, R-Truth and Miz and maybe Foley, but that’s it.  Once again I will stress that whoever draws Orton is the guy who will be happiest.

Rumble Games

Scott,
Can I suggest a thread for variations of Royal Rumble pools? Here’s one our group has used the past couple years:
(Based on five people)
Draw Nos. 1 through 20, four each
Draw Nos. 21 through 30, two each – guaranteeing everyone two of the final 10 evens it out and keeps everyone happy.
First wrestler thrown out – 1 point
Second wrestler out – 2 points
29th wrestler out – 29th points, etc.
Player whose six wrestlers’ points add up to the most wins. This version of the game is less labor-intensive than keeping track of who throws out who. You just have to root for your guy to stay in the match.

Do people still do that kind of thing?  Also, the challenge this year is that we are a week out of the show and still have zero idea who’s even entered into the thing.  We know Sheamus, Barrett, R-Truth and Miz and maybe Foley, but that’s it.  Once again I will stress that whoever draws Orton is the guy who will be happiest.

Rumble Games

Scott,
Can I suggest a thread for variations of Royal Rumble pools? Here’s one our group has used the past couple years:
(Based on five people)
Draw Nos. 1 through 20, four each
Draw Nos. 21 through 30, two each – guaranteeing everyone two of the final 10 evens it out and keeps everyone happy.
First wrestler thrown out – 1 point
Second wrestler out – 2 points
29th wrestler out – 29th points, etc.
Player whose six wrestlers’ points add up to the most wins. This version of the game is less labor-intensive than keeping track of who throws out who. You just have to root for your guy to stay in the match.

Do people still do that kind of thing?  Also, the challenge this year is that we are a week out of the show and still have zero idea who’s even entered into the thing.  We know Sheamus, Barrett, R-Truth and Miz and maybe Foley, but that’s it.  Once again I will stress that whoever draws Orton is the guy who will be happiest.

Rumble Games

Scott,
Can I suggest a thread for variations of Royal Rumble pools? Here’s one our group has used the past couple years:
(Based on five people)
Draw Nos. 1 through 20, four each
Draw Nos. 21 through 30, two each – guaranteeing everyone two of the final 10 evens it out and keeps everyone happy.
First wrestler thrown out – 1 point
Second wrestler out – 2 points
29th wrestler out – 29th points, etc.
Player whose six wrestlers’ points add up to the most wins. This version of the game is less labor-intensive than keeping track of who throws out who. You just have to root for your guy to stay in the match.

Do people still do that kind of thing?  Also, the challenge this year is that we are a week out of the show and still have zero idea who’s even entered into the thing.  We know Sheamus, Barrett, R-Truth and Miz and maybe Foley, but that’s it.  Once again I will stress that whoever draws Orton is the guy who will be happiest.