Option A / Option B

Hi Scott Thought I’d do one of these again because I’ve always enjoyed your responses and I enjoy writing these as well. They always seem to stimulate conversation on the blog as well. For those of you new to the game, I give Scott two options, A or B, and ask him to pick his favourite. It’s crisp and clean with no caffeine! Number 1 Which Abandoned Storyline would have had the best chance of getting over? Option A Jeff Jarrett proclaims to be a great country singer, but all his vocals are actually performed by his Roadie. Roadie gets jealous and we have a feud Or Option B David Flair and Stacy Keibler are engaged and Stacy is pregnant. However, David isn’t the father. It eventually comes to light that the father is Vince Russo! Definitely gotta go with the Roadie storyline, because that one really was getting over before it was abandoned.  There was a really good buzz around that storyline for a while.    Number 2 What would have made a better ending to Wrestlemania IX? Option A Bret slays the monster clean with the Sharpshooter Or Option B The Bret Vs Yokozuna match goes at it did but it happens earlier in the card. Hogan and Beefcake take on Money Inc in the final match and go over clean to send the fans home happy. I was fine with either scenario in B, actually.  I had already figured on the Hogan/Beefcake team winning the tag titles and Yoko winning the World title, so I’d go B.    Number 3 Who had the better “Boss and Lackey” chemistry? Option A Ted Dibiase and Virgil Or Raven and Stevie Richards I’d say A here, because Raven and Richards actually had a more nebulously defined relationship, whereas Virgil was explicitly Dibiase’s paid manservant.    Number 4 What would have been a better progression during and after Starcade 98? Option A Nash wins at Starcade but does a strong heel turn while doing so, to try and get some sympathy on Goldberg. Fingerpoke never happens and Hogan turns face and puts Nash over at Super Brawl. Goldberg has to chase until Spring Stampede where he finally wins the title back from Nash and they do the rubber match at Bash at the Beach Or Option B Goldberg goes over Nash clean and continues his title reign. Meanwhile, Wrath beats Bret Hart on the same show for the US Title. You have neither guy do a job and then have them face each other at Bash at the Beach and have Wrath end the streak (Goldberg would have had the belt for a year at this point, so fans would probably be ready for it) I’m still of the opinion that they never should have ended the streak, period, so given those two choices I’d go with A because I’d rather not have seen Wrath end it.  Plus Goldberg really should have regained the title from Nash in real life anyway.  Number 5 As a winner of the 1999 King of the Ring instead of Mr Ass Option A Hardcore Holly Or Option B Big Show Big Show was already ruined by then.  Mr. Ass was fine as a winner, but the followup was terrible and killed it.  Hardcore Holly could have been fun, so I’ll go with him.  Number 6 Instead of Big Show winning the WWF Title at the 1999 Survivor Series, the title is won by Option A Mick Foley Or Option B Test Test, because in retrospect it would have paid off the Steph turn and HHH’s title win much better.  Number 7 Triple H Victim from 2002 that could have benefitted business the most by winning the big match Option A Booker T Or Option B Rob Van Dam RVD by far.  No one was arguing that Booker was going to turn business around, but the point has always been that if HHH was going to use THAT particular storyline to build up the match, he should have laid down for him to pay it off.  Rob, on the other hand, was a big star and needed to have the trigger pulled at some point. 
Number 8 Who would have made a better WWF World Champion at their peak overness Option A Razor Ramon Or Option B Mr. Perfect Ramon, no question.  Perfect was always a midcard guy in the WWF and I don’t think there was ever a viable time when he could have been champion outside of maybe the Hogan run in 1990. But even then business tanked for that feud.  Razor, on the other hand, could have taken Diesel’s place in 94 as champion no questions asked.  Number 9 Which wrestler and manager pairing would have had the most success in a major league promotion in 2000? Option A CW Anderson managed by Arn Anderson Or Steve Corino managed by Jim Cornette Arn never really worked as a mouthpiece for someone else.  Go with Cornette.  And finally Number 10 Which do you think was the better match from 1998? Option A Masato Tanaka Vs Mike Awesome – ECW Heatwave 98 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7juI6F-bc4 Or Option B DDP Vs Goldberg – Halloween Havoc 98 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e57hdaTv0sA   The DDP match is one I’d classify as “Great by both of their standards”, but Tanaka v. Awesome is just a great match.  So A. 

Option A or B

Hi Scott Thought I’d do one of these again because I’ve always enjoyed your responses and I enjoy writing these as well. They always seem to stimulate conversation on the blog as well. For those of you new to the game, I give Scott two options, A or B, and ask him to pick his favourite. It’s crisp and clean with no caffeine! Number 1

Which Abandoned Storyline would have had the best chance of getting over? Option A Jeff Jarrett proclaims to be a great country singer, but all his vocals are actually performed by his Roadie. Roadie gets jealous and we have a feud Or Option B David Flair and Stacy Keibler are engaged and Stacy is pregnant. However, David isn’t the father. It eventually comes to light that the father is Vince Russo!

Jesus, did that second one really happen?  Option A by default.

Number 2 What would have made a better ending to Wrestlemania IX? Option A Bret slays the monster clean with the Sharpshooter Or Option B The Bret Vs Yokozuna match goes at it did but it happens earlier in the card. Hogan and Beefcake take on Money Inc in the final match and go over clean to send the fans home happy.

Bret beats Yokozuna, loses the title on a later show since it was apparently so fucking important to them to get the belt off Bret. 

Number 3 Who had the better “Boss and Lackey” chemistry? Option A Ted Dibiase and Virgil Or Raven and Stevie Richards

Well Raven and Richards was more of a co-dependant deal, so we’ll go with the classic Dibiase.

Number 4 What would have been a better progression during and after Starcade 98? Option A Nash wins at Starcade but does a strong heel turn while doing so, to try and get some sympathy on Goldberg. Fingerpoke never happens and Hogan turns face and puts Nash over at Super Brawl. Goldberg has to chase until Spring Stampede where he finally wins the title back from Nash and they do the rubber match at Bash at the Beach Or Option B Goldberg goes over Nash clean and continues his title reign. Meanwhile, Wrath beats Bret Hart on the same show for the US Title. You have neither guy do a job and then have them face each other at Bash at the Beach and have Wrath end the streak (Goldberg would have had the belt for a year at this point, so fans would probably be ready for it)

I don’t get why the streak HAD to end.  We’ll go Option B, I guess, but I would kept the belt on Goldberg until he stopped drawing. 

Number 5 As a winner of the 1999 King of the Ring instead of Mr Ass Option A Hardcore Holly Or Option B Big Show

Big Show should not have done a job in the promotion until he got to Austin on PPV, so Show. 

Number 6 Instead of Big Show winning the WWF Title at the 1999 Survivor Series, the title is won by Option A Mick Foley Or Option B Test

Either way it’s a placeholder for HHH by Royal Rumble, so we’ll go with Foley to really twist the knife when he loses at Rumble. 

Number 7 Triple H Victim from 2002 that could have benefitted business the most by winning the big match Option A Booker T Or Option B Rob Van Dam

  Well Booker was a victim from 2003, but RVD was the guy who they unified all the titles to set up his win and then HHH changed his mind, so we’ll go with Rob.

Number 8 Who would have made a better WWF World Champion at their peak overness Option A Razor Ramon Or Option B Mr. Perfect

At his peak overness Ramon was gone to WCW, so Perfect. 

Number 9 Which wrestler and manager pairing would have had the most success in a major league promotion in 2000? Option A CW Anderson managed by Arn Anderson Or Steve Corino managed by Jim Cornette

AA as a manager = NO BUYS. And finally

Number 10 Which do you think was the better match from 1998? Option A Masato Tanaka Vs Mike Awesome – ECW Heatwave 98 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7juI6F-bc4 Or Option B DDP Vs Goldberg – Halloween Havoc 98 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e57hdaTv0sA

I like almost all of the Awesome-Tanaka matches, so we’ll go with that.

Option A or Option B

Hi Scott This seemed to work quite well last time we tried it, so why don’t we have another go at it? Basic premise, I give Scott two options (A or B) and he picks one. Nice and simple. Let’s get at em!

Number One: What would have a better chance of getting over? Option A – Stan Hansen comes in to the WWF in the early 90’s to work as a top level heel and has feuds with Bret Hart, Razor Ramon and Undertaker or Option B – Jerry Lawler comes into JCP/NWA/WCW in the late 80’s to work as a top level face and has feuds with Ric Flair, Terry Funk and Lex Luger The Lawler one was supposed to happen and very nearly did, although it was going to be as a heel.  Hansen in the WWF?  They tried with Justin Hawk Bradshaw and it only got to a certain level.  So we’ll say Lawler, because he can get over ANYWHERE.  Number Two: Which scenario would most improve the show it happened on? Option A – The 1995 King of the Ring Tournament is booked exactly as it was but you replace Savio Vega with the 1-2-3 Kid or Option B – You have Ricky Steamboat beat Greg Valentine at Wrestlemania IV and go with Savage Vs Steamboat II in the next round If it got a decent amount of time and Savage got his win back, Option B for sure.  Kid getting squashed by Mabel holds no appeal.  Number Three: As a Horsemen Member in 1993 instead of Paul Roma Option A – Bobby Eaton or Option B – Paul Orndorff Eaton as a Horseman is intriguing, plus it would reunite the Anderson/Eaton team, but Orndorff fits the mold better.  I’m going with B here.  Number Four: Which Reversed Title Change would have had the most positive effect on business if it had been allowed to stand? Option A – Jericho beating HHH back in 2000 or Option B – One of the numerous Steiner Tag Title wins during WCW in 97 I don’t think the Jericho win would have affected business much, given that 2000 was the biggest year in the history of the company for profit and has never been touched since.  So obviously what they did was right.  So we’ll say Steiners.  Number Five: Which of these do you think is the better show? Option A – No Way Out 2001 (HHH Vs Austin, Rock Vs Angle, Jericho Vs Eddie, Vs X-Pac Vs Benoit) or Option B – Vengeance 2003 (Brock Vs Angle Vs Big Show, TWGTT Vs Kidman/Mysterio, Benoit Vs Eddie) Oh, I love No Way Out 2001.  No contest there at all.  Number Six: As a direction for Wrestlemania 13 Option A: Austin beats Bret at Survivor Series 96, wins Title at the Rumble, Bret wins Rumble, Bret beats Austin for Title at Mania, no double turn or Option B: Vader wins the title at Survivor Series 96, Shawn wins the Rumble, Shawn beats Vader at Mania, Bret Vs Austin goes as it did. Sid Vs Taker is an under card attraction I like B better out of those two, because the Rumble was way too soon for Austin to be winning that title.  Number Seven: What is a better explanation as to why Sting didn’t work as a top level face in the early 90’s? Option A: He wasn’t booked the right way and just wasn’t given the right opponents or Option B: Sting just didn’t have the star power required to carry a company as the top face He was booked as a secondary attraction under Hogan, so A.  Number Eight: Back during WCW in 2000, what do you think had a better chance of getting a buy rate around 0.5? Option A: You book Hogan Vs Flair but you promote it as the final meeting between two legends and you have them cut serious promo’s about how important the match is to them and how they need to win this final meeting. Add Roddy Piper as the Special Referee and have him cut promo’s about it too. Let them have as good a match as they can muster and have them shake hands afterward. or Option B: After Goldberg and Steiner have their great match at Fall Brawl, you don’t have them touch again until Starrcade, where Goldberg gets his win back and becomes the new World Champion I’m gonna go with B, because they were building something with Steiner and just never got there.  Number Nine: What do you think had more chance of succeeding? Option A : WCW dedicating a show to the Cruiserweights during their hot period and doing a “J-Cup” style tournament with the likes of Eddie, Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Jushin Liger etc or Option B: WWF dedicating a show to the Hardcore Division back in 2000 and doing a hardcore tournament with the likes of Crash Holly, Steve Blackman, Taz, Raven etc The Cruiserweight show, because I believe it was discussed quite a few times.  and finally Number Ten: What character do you think would have made more of an impact? Option A: When Shane Douglas comes to the WWF in 95, he keeps his “Franchise” gimmick and is booked as a serious threat. or Option B: When Taz comes to the WWF in 2000, he’s allowed to retain his tough guy gimmick and doesn’t become a cowardly heel feuding with Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross Taz by far.  He was bigtime when he debuted in 2000 and just died off.  Hope this gives you much to mull. Just remember though, thinkin’ ain’t drinkin’! Sounds like you’re not doing it right.

Option A or Option B?

Alright Scott!


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I just wanted to throw some questions at you and give you the option of A or B. Elaboration would be highly welcomed!
Better opponent for Rob Van Dam
A. Jerry Lynn
or
B. Jeff Hardy
I've always found the Lynn series to be overrated, but the Hardy matches were a bunch of spot-monkey nonsense that don't really hold up, so I'll go Lynn.  
Better Tag Team Partner for British Bulldog
A. Dynamite Kid
or
B. Owen Hart

The Bulldogs in their prime blew away anything that Davey and Owen did as a team.

Better show
A. Great American Bash 96 (Benoit Vs Sullivan, Mysterio Vs Malenko, Flair and Arn Vs Mongo and Kevin Greene)
or
B. Bash at the Beach 96 (Outsiders Vs Sting, Savage and Luger, Mysterio Vs Psychosis, Giant and Sullivan Vs Benoit and Arn)
The Bash is a better wrestling show, but the second one is a bigger show obviously, so I'll go with BATB.  
Better Match
A. Shawn Michaels Vs Bret Hart at Wrestlemania XII
or
B. Shawn Michaels Vs Bret Hart Survivor Series 92
The Survivor Series one keeps growing on me, so I'll go with that one.  
Better character
A. Adam Bomb
or
B. Wrath
Adam Bomb had a lot of goofy wasted potential.  Could have been a lot bigger, I think  
Better choice to win King of the Ring 95 instead of Mabel
A. Kama
or
B. The Roadie
Out of those two?  Kama.  Would have at least gave us KING KAMA and he could have melted down the urn to make his crown.  
Better main eventer
A. Justin Credible
or
B. Steve Corino
Bleh.  Credible, I guess.  
Better use of smoke and mirrors
A. 911 comes in and Choke Slam's people but hardly ever wrestles. Gets over
or
B. The Boogeyman scares people by foaming at the mouth and eating worms but hardly ever wrestles. Gets over
911 by a mile.  
Gimmick you would most like to have seen more done with
A. Sean O'Haire as a Devils Advocate
or
B. Waylon Mercy
O'Haire, but he couldn't talk on a live mic and basically killed his own gimmick.  
and one more
Better opponent for Tajiri
A. Super Crazy
or
B. Rey Mysterio
Crazy.