Roman Reigns unexplained hate….

Hey Scott, quick question….

Can you explain my extreme hatred for Roman Reigns? I mean I really liked him in the shield and I even liked when he started his singles run but since the Royal Rumble, I HATE the guy. I mean I do not even want to see him on my tv HATE the guy. Is it because I am pissed that Daniel Bryan got pushed to the undercard so swiftly…I am also a Dean Ambrose fan so I am so confused how they cannot hear the support for him even after all the horrible months of booking….

I loved Roman's Wrestlemania match because it featured two things: he got destroyed for most of the match and he lost at the end!
I did throw out an audible groan when he survived 3 freaking F5s but the Undertaker could not the year before. 

What do you think? How can I get over this? Because I am thinking about leaving the product and the Network for good since the new shows are gonna suck…

Thanks!

​Yeah, but kicking out of 3 F5s after the Undertaker couldn't is intended to build him up as a badass main event guy.  So that was deliberate and I didn't mind it.  In fact, as I've said all along, I have NO PROBLEM with Reigns and I had no problem with Reigns as the top guy.  As long as there was a good story to get him there and he was ready. Which there wasn't, and he wasn't.  They had a story in place since March 2014 and they just didn't bother to tell it until March 2015.  Sorry, guys, but you can't make a new main guy with that kind of lazy buildup.  
As to how you can get over it, I would suggest gazing on Roman's beautiful hair and meaty thighs, then watching the Brock match a bunch of times.  Seeing Reigns getting his ass handed to him in spectacular fashion and knowing in advance that he fails really is quite cathartic.    ​

Gedo Hate?

Dear Scott,

 

Long-time reader, occasional asker of dumb questions…

 

I was reading your old rant on the 1995 Super J Cup because (reasons missing), and couldn’t help but notice some of the greatest bashing of a wrestler I’ve ever seen. With the exception of some Hulk Hogan inspired rants from his WCW era, I don’t recall you having this much venom for one particular person. I’m sure its been asked years ago, but what was the hate for? Bad worker? Awful look? His existence in general?

 

Second question: If Roman Reigns was the wrong kind of biscuit, would you fire the man who served him to you?

​Basically I was really wanting to see various combinations of Jericho/Benoit/Liger/awesome dudes in the Super J tournaments, and here was this guy with a goofy look who was well below them on the workrate chain kind of getting pushed as a favor to the WAR promotion.  ​By 99-2001 he was much better and didn't bug me any more, but he really felt overpushed and out of place in that field.  And of course, shockingly, I decided to overplay it for a cheap gag.  Not really much more to it than that.  

Daniel Bryan hate

Hey Scott, I seem to remember a report a while back that Vince McMahon liked Daniel Bryan because he seemed like a legit tough guy, as opposed to someone like John Morrison, who just seemed like a pretty boy who looked good but didn't seem tough. So, my question is, who do you really think dislikes Bryan backstage, or doesn't see him as a true main eventer, if anyone, Vince, HHH, or Stephanie? Because, I don't know why Vince wouldn't want someone he liked, or felt seemed tough, to be on top.
I think you're confusing the storyline with the reality a bit.  They like Bryan just fine and in their minds they've elevated him with the storyline.  To them, it's not a punishment at all.  He got some main events while the real star was away, and now he can go back to being a B+ guy again in the midcard.  

QOTD 43: I know what I hate, and I don’t hate this.

Name a wrestling match, television show, movie, food, song, or band that you fully expected to hate, but surprised you with its quality, entertainment value, taste, catchiness, or talent. 


I have a few: 

The Trish Stratus v. Stephanie match from a PPV a few years ago. 
Also Shane vs. Kurt Angle from KOTR a few years ago, as well.
Indian Food. 
Captain Phillips (Which is essentially one big love-letter to the NSA)
Train (The band, not the transportation)

When did the hate end?

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I've been reading your older rants, and I see you had a hatred for the Undertaker. I get how it started, when he came back in 2000 he was awful in every aspect, but in the later parts of 2002 he got better and you still hated him from then until about 2007, when you weren't watching much of the product. When did you stop hating Undertaker and why?

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Probably the Batista match where he had nearly the best match of the show and the promotion didn't have to be booked around protecting him outside of the streak.

When did the hate begin?

Hey Scott,

I've been going through your old rants(courtesy of http://www.freewebs.com/wrestlinglists/archives.htm) and I wanted to ask just when was it that your dislike of Triple H really began. You seemed like a fan during his run in 2000 and not a lot of hate came through in your 2001 rants. But when he returned, almost immediately, I did sense a lot more hatred towards him. I wasn't reading your rants at the time so maybe there was hatred that just wasn't really covered in your rants. So what was it that turned you against Triple H by the time he returned in 2002?

Probably when he started banging Stephanie for realz and came back with an additional 50 pounds of water weight.  Then put himself over Jericho at Wrestlemania and every other show from then on.  Although really I absolutely hated the initial push to the main event in 99 when he clearly wasn't on that level but FUCK YOU he was going to get that belt whether any human being in the arena liked it or not.  The period where I really loved him basically ran from the shotgun wedding until the quad injury, and everything else has been tolerating him at best.  This of course is separate from him having awesome matches, much like with classic Shawn Michaels where I detested the person but loved to watch the performance most of the time.  However, HHH seemed to confuse having awesome matches SOME of the time with the ability to have awesome matches ALL of the time, with any opponent or situation, and that is of course decidedly not so.  

Did you hate HHH in 2000?

Hi Scott,


Flair4dagold here.

I got into a (one-sided)debate with another poster in the Taka-HHH thread in which he was adamant that you HATED HHH in 2000 and all of the evidence I found from match reviews and even your "glass ceiling" article leads me to believe that you thoroughly enjoyed his run because he was putting on 4* matches on a consistent basis.  The larger problem, as highlighted in the "glass ceiling" article, was by early 2001, the main event scene was becoming stale and that WWF/E blaming guys like Jericho for not getting as over was dumb because they didn't get the same kind of push as HHH or UT.

Can you clarify, did you hate HHH in 2000?  Did you order the code red??

Thanks!

 I loved HHH in 98 during the DX run, hated him in 99 when he got shoved down our throats as an undeserving World champion, loved him immensely from the moment he date-raped Stephanie in Vegas until he tore his quad in 2001, and then basically hated him from his comeback at Rumble 2002 until the present time.  In fact in 2000 I was famously quoted as saying "HHH is God".

Fwd: Haters gon’ hate

Are there any current wrestlers who are at this moment in time over/doing exceptionally well in their careers who for some reason or other you just cannot get behind? I have very recently based on recommendations from this blog begun watching TNA, and I just can't stand James Storm. From the ridiculous backstory vignettes where he's on a farm feeding his horses, to his long flowing hair which seems way too straight and conditioned for someone who is meant to be this big badass, to his lame 'cowboy wrestler' gimmick complete with stupid hat, I just don't want to see this guy anywhere near a main event. Maybe he'd work better for me as a heel. Anyway, do you have any similar dislike for any wrestlers, TNA or WWE? Cheers

I quite like James Storm and always have, actually.  For me personally, I really don't like Wade Barrett, although he has good matches and a good look.  I just get an annoyed vibe when he comes out for some reason, and I don't even know why.  For TNA, without a doubt it's Mr. Anderson.  Doesn't matter if he has good or bad matches or if he's heel or face, he's like nails on a chalkboard for me.  From his overdone "assholes" thing to his "Guy that no longer gives a shit about maintaining himself as a top star" vibe to his copied 90s moveset, he's just awful.  

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel.