I’m back for another WWF in 2000 review. The storylines were really heating up in April 2000 and the matches were starting to improve on television as well. Here’s the synopsis on WWE Network: “WWE Champion Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley abuse their power going into Backlash. Plus, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and many more.”
You can either do Austin winning the belt at St Valentine's day massacre or you keep the mankind vs rock match with Rock winning thanks to a debuting Big show. This sets up Mankind vs Show at mania, Austin vs McMahon, and say Rock vs Taker.
Really though all that fantasy booking aside, what was the reason for not doing Austin vs Mcmahon at mania?
According to Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com, Vince and HHH have been “butting heads” when deciding who should be Lesnar’s opponent at WrestleMania. HHH reportedly wants Lesnar to face Roman Reigns while Vince wants him to face The Rock. Some people backstage have even reported that Vince tends to undercut HHH while others believe it is a case of the two playing “good cop/bad cop” as there are no hard feelings between the two.
What’s the first Vince
McMahon moment to pop into your head?
history of the wrestling business, I suspect we’ll have a lot of fun with this
one. Start the conversation now by clicking on “Comments” or scrolling to the
end. Otherwise, stick around for yesterday’s discussion.
recently saw for the first time. We’re all fans who seek out content, and
you’ll never cease to be amazed by what treasures might have been missed. I was
giddy watching the match between the Japanese wrestler and the blow-up doll
that you shared with me a couple of days ago; that thing was a masterpiece.
Let’s check out your responses.
2004. One of the last storylines the Crusierweight wrestlers had in wwe without
it involving the cruiserweight title.
fantastic tag-team run together, they really meshed well as Former Partners Who
Hate Each Other. This rarely actually works out.
could really move in 85-86.
great one nevertheless. I’ve heard reports of some legendary matches in Japan
that I’ve never seen. Hogan wasn’t really a stiff until the 90’s, and his WWWF
& AWA work prove it.
Heaven 2000. Put on this show not expecting much but this was a really fun and
first time. I have to admit, the Trish/Lita vs. Stacy/Torrie match was
fantastic. Not a technical masterpiece per se, but definitely very enjoyable on
a certain level.
we picked up on it. Her excellent match against Stephanie at No Way Out 2001
was largely attributed to Steph, because nobody was ready to believe a fitness
model who had undergone plastic surgery could figure this wrestling business
out. Of course, she promptly shattered every stereotype, worked her ass off,
and went on to become the most revered female of the modern era.
MD. It was an easy *****. Great match, looked like it was filmed in Fan Cam. No
commentary. Still amazing.
to forget how great a worker Snow was in his prime
cold sadistic killer” angle. Snow is his victim du jour, who eats a pile of
powerbombs while Benoit laughs about the damage to his neck. Actually … let’s
just move on.
since I saw it live. Holy Christ that much doesn’t get the love it deserves.
It’s legit ***** and epic as fuck. Plus it’s great seeing the crowd turn
decapitation of Rocky right before the People’s Elbow. It’s telling just how
electric the whole building was, even after the energy that went into Triple
H/Michaels, and the fact they were in the Nassau coliseum which is
traditionally blah. The fans were beyond prepared to see the end of the Rock,
which set the seeds in motion for his heel turn in the spring of 2003 (which
was probably set in stone by RAW X, but I digress).
The HHH/Cena/Edge Triple threat match
from Backlash 06. I didn’t see it until this year when my girlfriend got me the
HHH King of Kings dvd. I LOVED that match and thought it could have been the
main event at WM 22. Literally the entire ringside area was covered in Triple
Macho Man and Billy Jack Haynes wrestled
a couple of gems back in 86. The charisma is just off the charts. Not really a
talked about series of matches, but some great stuff I stumbled upon while
putting together Macho Man compilations in my spare time.
Never seen it before. Never quite had the epic feel they were going for- like
Cena/Batista would at Summerslam two months later- but a really good match.
we shouldn’t be SURPRISED seeing as Hunter’s involved, but it’s always
noteworthy when it happens. Those two have secretly great chemisty, and it’s
always in the air who’s going to win since both are bulletproof.
the European Tour in ’92, which I had never seen prior to the days of YouTube.
’08. Can’t remember what spurred me to watching it but it was a pretty damn
some standouts with Jericho, but his quality has decreased to the point I don’t
even really enjoy watching him anymore. His best asset was always his speed,
and was the only thing that made his size believable in terms of being a
Royal Rumble. Great, stiff, match. Everytime I watch the 1990 Royal Rumble I
love it more and more.
it’s true that it still takes him an hour in the ring just to get warmed up (as
Jesse liked to remind us). Valentine quipped: “It takes me an hour to get out
match from Hardcore TV on the network. Tremendous stuff.
Shawn was still with the Rockers but showing his skills, good battle between
them, shows how Shawn always had the stuff to hang with Flair so well.
anyone could have hung in there with Flair in 1991 and picked up a *** rating,
Shawn really worked to show what he was capable of doing on his own. His ring
work was stellar in any era.
got the “best of tna 2007” dvd
from netflix and watched a good chunk of it last night. i’d never seen the
texas death match b/w james storm and braden walker, even though i’d heard of
its praises. DAYUM that was a bloody match. they both earned the kudos and
respect they got for working that bad boy.
seen. The fact they were randomly paired together on one of the first TNA
shows, and somehow turned that into the run they had together was nothing short
of a miracle. I always felt it was Harris who was on the cusp of superstardom,
and I will never quite understand why he celebrated signing his WWE contract by
putting on 40 pounds – but James Storm didn’t let the same opportunity slide.
Their matches together were great, and the Texas Death Match was the pinnacle.
Violent as hell. Good pick.
Wasn’t blown away the first time I saw it years ago and bought the disc mostly
for Cena-Punk 2 (which is better than their MITB match imho). Took another look
at it recently and honestly don’t know what I was thinking the first time as
it’s an awesome match.
exceeded MITB#1. To the point about Orton/Christian, they fought a great series
and it was really unfortunate that Christian again went down with injury
because it looked like he had finally found his winning angle to be treated
seriously atop the WWE card.
stampede 94 is all kinds of awesome I hadnt see it until this morning.
Dustin bleeding like a faucet. Spring Stampede 1994 was the perfect precursor
to the insanity that was Slamboree (essentially an ECW-show airing out of
Philly), and these two put on a great old school display. I was a big fan of
Dustin taking off his belt and just whipping the piss out of Buck.
for the first time a few days ago. Epic atmosphere, and the match was also
pretty good. Warrior is fun to watch in HD, because his face is constantly
going “Crap, what spot’s next again? Is he clotheslining me or am I
clotheslining him? Am I hungry?”
and had energetic 10 minutes match. Probably Kane’s best along with his first
guys had been averaging one star bouts all year, woke up, ate their Wheaties,
and promptly killed it.
The greatest random match I ever saw is
from a late 1991 WCW Main Event. Bischoff shows us an exclusive match from
Japan as the team of.. yes… JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER and OZ (Kevin Nash!) take on
SCOTT NORTON and MR. SAITO. LIGER and OZ is the most ridiculous team I’ve ever
pretty hard to top from a “Who The Hell Booked THOSE Two Together???”
year ago, when he put on an absolutely bitchin’ match with Shinjiro Ohtani. It
was only about 3 and a half minute long, but I rated it at ***1/2, because they
never stopped moving or coming up with creative ways to hurt each other.
Absolutely caught me off guard on a show known more for giving “Cobra”
somewhere to wrestle.
acquired WCW Saturday Night episodes, and came across this one that I had never
seen before. I knew right away it was probably going to be good, but it was
even better than that. Enjoy, Steven Regal vs. Ricky Steamboat.
There are concerns within WWE that people aren’t subscribing to the WWE Network because the product on TV isn’t good enough, which can be largely attributed to lack of flow, storylines being forgotten or outright dropped. One source pointed to Triple H and Vince McMahon having “different visions” and the ideas of the two clashing. It’s said that going into the summer, Triple H really wants more focus placed on under-card programs as a way to help build up the mid-card."
Thoughts? Do you think Triple H is trying to make the product better but Vince is in the way? If HHH was giving creative control 100% do you think we would see an elevation of the overall product? Do you think Vince would ever give Triple H the chance to do so while he's still alive? Thanks.
Well NXT is quite clearly HHH's baby and it's the bomb as long as the writers aren't trying to "improve" it. The main issue with WWE is the writing process and people who don't understand how to draw money crafting "stories" instead of feuds and angles. Vince and/or HHH can only do so much on their own. Personally I would happily watch nothing but NXT now that I get the weekly TV format with quarterly PPV payoffs. That's the way WE LIKED IT, consarnit!
When a caller asked about Punk’s status with the company, Vince replied with the following:
“As far as CM Punk is concerned, one of our performers is taking a sabbatical, let’s just put it that way.”
IBF? XFL? This should end well.
Geez, she makes one little comment about the US government being the same as terrorists and no one lets her live it down…
> I just got finished watching a 3-hour custom made compilation video of all the Kiss My Ass segments + buttshots (Rude, Michaels, Flair, etc) and it really got me thinking, is Vince McMahon really gay? Something tells me that he had a thing for big muscular men because even to this day the superstars that get pushes are those that are heavily muscular with nice deltoid development. Vince had his face shoved into wrestlers buttcheeks that were fully spread apart. Wrestlers like Big Show and Rikishi gave the CEO a face full.
> Does Vince really sit in the script writing and say "well for this segment, The Rock will shove my face into Rikishi's dimpled Samoan ass!" or "well in this Hell in a Cell match, we have a blood rivalry. I think it would be a good thing to have Big Show, the current ECW Champion, to get his full 7'0 buttocks exposed and have DX toss my honker right in there!" It just doesn't add up. That plus the absurd amount of buttshots in the Rick Rude matches during the late 80's and Shawn Michaels matches during the mid-90's. Do you think there is any truth to his "bromance" with Shawn Michaels? Like, did they really do the deed? Listening to Vince as a commentator also made me think if he was purposely trying to get over his backstage boyfriends. Pat Patterson was also working for Vince for many years and we all know his deal. Perhaps Pat was his hotel buddy.
> Anywho, have a great weekend Scott, you earned it!! My inbox, ladies and gentlemen.
No matter how hard they try to distance themselves from the Pro Wrestling stigma, they can’t and probably will never do that. Also, she has reportedly spent about twice as much as any other Senatorial campaign in the country so there might be some unemployed wrestlers in a few weeks.
Rasmussen: McMahon leads in CT, 49/46
posted at 2:01 pm on August 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon holds a narrow lead over Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race.A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut shows McMahon with 49% of the vote to Murphy’s 46%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Murphy voted in favor of President Obama’s health care reform law and has publicly stated that the law will save money on Medicare. When it comes to the future of Medicare, 44% of Connecticut voters are scared more by the president’s health care law than the reform proposal by Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan. But just as many (43%) say they are more scared of Ryan’s proposal on Medicare. Connecticut voters are more evenly divided on the question than voters are nationwide.Eighty percent (80%) of Connecticut voters who fear the health care law’s impact on Medicare more support McMahon. Murphy is backed by 77% of those who fear Ryan’s plan for Medicare more.
OK, this seems like someone on the blog can research:
Judged by your star ratings only, I'm pretty sure Shane McMahon is a top 5 all time wrestler, if you take everyone's average star ratings. Even though he's only had what- a dozen matches – I think his star rating average puts him as an all timer, possibly even #1! Thoughts? Is he the only wrestler never to have a bad match that you've reviewed?
Long time reader. Third time that I write to you. I was reading an article you posted on the blog where Vince McMahon brought the funny! Well he kept it coming, just make sure to read this article. Sometimes I wonder how a man in such denial of the performance of his own business can be such a millionaire. Well that's how life works sometimes…
Take care and keep the good work up!
Well you knew I couldn’t let this one go by without commenting. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-20/the-vince-mcmahon-school-of-productivity Some choice quotes here:
Listening is a lost art. I have a unique ability to listen to myself as I’m talking. That’s somewhat unique, but I think that to listen is to learn. Once you make a decision, you go with it, and everyone gets behind it. There’s no second-guessing. Certainly the best way to fail in management [is to be distant and imperious]. You shut people down. If you have all the answers, why is anyone around you? If your ego is so big, then there’s no room for anyone else’s. The fear stuff—that is so rotten.
Yes, this is all stuff said by VINCE MCMAHON. I think this might explain the problems in creative they do have, given the level of denial coming from the top.
You should subscribe to the WON just to hear the epic story of Vince and his ARMY OF HOBOS. He could have been a billionaire a million times over off that angle.
Okay, this is pretty awesome. I now hate my childhood cable company for not carrying USWA in 1993.