Lapsed fan with a few questions

Hey Scott,

been reading you since the Netcop days, even when I gave up on watching wrestling I would still read your stuff just to stay loosely aware of the product. anyway, I came back to the WWE around Wrestlemania this year and after being away from the product for over 10 years I have a few questions i was hoping you could answer for me.

1. Why are there 2 Championship belts? 

2. Did the Prototype really just spend the last decade carrying the WWE?

3. Is this the worst group of commentators WWE has ever had? How is it possible that Steve Austin is gone, Mick Foley is gone, the Rock is gone but JBL and Jerry Lawler are still around?

4. What happened to Earl Hebner? 

one last thought: this is truly a great time to be a casual fan. between the WWE Network, YOUR blog and a million wrestlers and former wrestlers doing podcasts you can now more or less ignore Raw and Smackdown and just watch the PPV's. 

Keep up the good work,


​1. They split the roster into RAW and Smackdown in 2002, and naturally wanted a World title for both sides.  Then finally this past year they were unified when Randy Orton beat John Cena, and they've been carting both belts around ever since.  
2.  That is correct, yes.
3.  No way man, the Michael Cole/Tazz/Matt Striker era was by far the worst.  At least JBL and Lawler know what they're talking about.
4.  He was selling bootleg merchandise out of the trunk of his car along with his brother Dave and got caught.  True story.  They've been working for TNA ever since.  
And yes, I do love the WWE Network.  ​

The Lapsed Fan: This Tuesday in Texas

the lapsed fan This Wednesday on WrestleZone, it’s This Tuesday in Texas, as The Lapsed Fan podcast team goes in on the WWF’s 1991 Tuesday night pay-per-view experiment, headlined by Hulk Hogan v. The Undertaker II and an unforgettable Jake Roberts/Macho Man/Elizabeth angle. Hosts Jack Encarnacao and JP Sarro have your meditation on the somewhat awkward Hogan/Flair/Taker dynamic of the time, and a detailed analysis of what made the Jake Roberts and Randy Savage angle – which took a shocking turn on this show – one of the best pieces of business the WWF ever put together. Your co-chairmen touch on a range of other TTIT related topics, including:- The improvised entrance theme Jack used for Skinner in his Hasbro action figure league – Why Jake Roberts is among the greatest promos ever, and an appraisal of the spine-tingling lines he drops on a shocked audience- Undertaker no-selling – The best Warlord match- How hard the show was to find on VHS- Idle speculation about why Hogan had to use a handful of embalmed corpse ash to defeat Undertaker – The air coming out of the balloon of the Hogan/Flair programThat and so much more, including discussion of some clutch feedback the panel has received from Lapsed Fans like you on questions raised on prior podcast. can also subscribe to us on iTunes.  Search:  The Lapsed Fan Follow us on Twitter:  @thelapsedfan

The Lapsed Fan: Halloween Havoc 1991

Here again with a plug for this week's THE LAPSED FAN.  Again, thank you so much plugging the show! JP
the lapsed fan Another week elapsed, another Lapsed Fan here at WZ, and this time it's Jack and JP's first look at a WCW pay-per-view. The co-chairmen break down the 1991 Halloween Havoc, and the unforgettable, for better or worse (who are we kidding? Worse) "Chamber of Horrors" match. The panel dissect the show as only they can, pointing out and meditating on a number of fascinating tidbits, including:- The original move pegged the "Attitude Adjustment"
– The story behind Paul E.'s sudden exodus from WCW and dramatic return on this show to form "The Dangerous Alliance."
– Which of the show's competitors JP had Galoob figures of
– Prescient insight into Alexandra York's laptop and presumptions on how it led her charges, including "The Computerized Man of the 90s," Terrence Taylor, to, well, losses
– The match where, to win, you had to put your opponent in an electric chair and flip the lethal switch, subjecting the audience to a live death that the announcers somehow covered with a detached nonchalance. Unlike anything you've ever seen, thank God. All that and so, so much more on the latest Lasped Fan, exclusively at WrestleZone. Check it out here for an evening of terrifying Subscribe to us on And follow us on Twitter: @thelapsedfan

The Lapsed Fan – In Your House: International Incident

the lapsed fan The Lapsed Fan jumps back into past with a look at the WWF In Your House: International Incident pay-per-view from July 1996, an event with hints of the dawning Stone Cold era and a chaotic last-minute main event change that saw Jim Cornette offer refunds to PPV customers if his team lost. Hosts/co-chairmen Jack Encarnacao and JP Sarro take a deep dive into the goings on in WWF at the time of the event, fresh off the heels of The Ultimate Warrior's sudden and final departure from the company, the return of Sycho Sid, and the Shawn Michaels/Vader program catching steam. Among a million other things, Jack and JP touch on:- Why exactly was this an "International Incident?" It's not like Vancouver is in Kuwait or something – Vince McMahon's apparent obsession with saying the Godwins were a "quick" tag team- Mankind goes splat on the concrete – Jerry Lawler mocks a curiously-absent Jake Roberts' alcoholism- The guttural noises and incredibly dangerous German suplexes of of Ahmed Johnson – What made Sunny great- To what degree were fans accepting of HBK as champion?You won't find a more detailed yet vague, funny yet serious look at the contents of your WWE Network archive. Get Lapsed, and get ready for some hard hitting, high flying, heart stopping, pile driving ACTION! can also subscribe to us on iTunes: Follow us on Twitter:  @thelapsedfan
As always, thank you Scott for plugging our show!JP Sarro

The Lapsed Fan Episode 5: King of the Ring 1994

Hey Scott,
Here again with another plug for this week's Lapsed Fan episode.  Thank you again for plugging the show and for the excellent work you do on the blog.  This week we tackle the KING OF THE RING 1994.  
the lapsed fan Amidst the Vince McMahon steroid trials and Hulk Hogan signing with WCW, the WWE was struggling to find its new identity and a "new generation" of superstars.  Headlined by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus Jerry “The King” Lawler, this event seemed more like a step backward than a step forward. Jack Encarnacao and JP Sarro bring their brand of humor and nostalgia to the 1994 King of the Ring, discussing among other things:

–          Arguably the worst pin in the history of the sport of kings-          How hard it was to find this particular show in video stores –          Roddy Piper’s prejudice against people without a neck-          Who Bret Hart claimed was the WWE’s most “stunning figure” at the time –          Two words…Art Donovan

All this and more!  To listen click the link below:

As always Scott, thank you very much!

The Lapsed Fan Episode 4

Hey Scott,
I was hoping again to plug THE LAPSED FAN on the BOD.

Bret.  Shawn.  Survivor Series…  But not the one you're thinking of.  This week the Co-Chairmen tackle the first Bret vs. Shawn PPV main event five years before Montreal:  The 1992 WWE Survivor Series.  This show came at a crucial transition point of the WWE with a departure of the overly-muscled bodies at the top for a focus on more technical wrestlers.  Among other things discussed:  The face turn of Mr. Perfect leading up to the show (a move out of desperation that turned into brilliance), the absence of holiday themed PPVs in today's product, the criminal backstory of Nailz and Jack Tunney's failings in the matter.  All that and much, much more on this week's two part episode of THE LAPSED FAN with Jack Encarnacao and JP Sarro.  Follow us on twitter:  @thelapsedfan

Part 1:

Part 2:

Thank you again and thank you very much for the previous plugs over the last several weeks.

JP Sarro

The Lapsed Fan: Episode 3

Hey Scott,
I was hoping to do another plug for THE LAPSED FAN wrestling podcast.  For this week's two part episode we review (or tear apart) arguably the worst PPV in WWE history:  The 1995 KING OF THE RING.  Click on the links below to listen or download the two parts.

For up to date info on our shows and opinions follow us on twitter: @thelapsedfan

​I think they've done WAY worse shows than KOTR 95.  The 99 show, for example, or the ECW December to Dismember.  But there's certainly an argument there.  ​

Shameless Plug: The Lapsed Fan Podcast

Hey Scott,
I am a big fan and have been following and rereading your rants for over a decade now.  I was wondering if you would mind posting a link promoting my new podcast:  THE LAPSED FAN on  My longtime friend Jack Encarnacao (of the Sherdog Radio Newtork) and I are sifting through the content on The WWE Network and reviewing old pay-per views and television broadcasts while adding our own unique viewpoints, memories, nostalgia and sense of humor to the business that was.  If anything, it promises to be a lot of fun reminiscing about the good old days.


JP Sarro