Quick question

Scott:
 
Not to put you in a bad mood but I was wondering where all the hate for Paul Roma originated in your writing? The only 2 negatives on Roma's resume that I can see are a) being a Horseman, and b) not making Alex Wright look good in 1995. Can you please enlighten me (and possibly my fellow blog readers in case they're in the dark on this as well)?
 
Thanks,
 
Rock Star Gary

It mostly stems from his business manager being a major nuisance in the early 2000s.  Basically anytime someone would write something negative about Roma on the newsgroups or elsewhere, the guy would write a pissy e-mail to the author about how great Roma was and how well his boxing career was doing and a lot of other bullshit.  For a while I started overcompensating and talking shit about Roma just to egg the guy on, but then once Roma buried himself with his deluded interview on the Horsemen DVD it was pretty much open season on him.  Really, he's a guy with a wholly undeserved sense of entitlement who was gifted one of the best spots in the business and completely tanked it.  And then he tried to bring Alex Wright down with him out of spite.  

Quick Questions

Hey Scott couple of quick questions,
1) Do you think, and please don't laugh, that the Wellness Policy is legit now? I think so if only for the wrong reasons. It wouldn't be good for future Senator Linda McMahon (chuckle) and for a TV-PG company to have it come out that they have been giving certain guys a pass in order to keep them on the active roster and save themselves from embarrassment.  Also, after the Benoit tragedy, the government was looking at the WWE for more than drug abuse, namely the whole "independent contractor" status of the wrestlers.  I would think Vince would do everything to make sure the government doesn't want to look closely at his company.
2) On a related note, do you think TNA makes them nervous in terms of their non-existent, look the other way drug policy? I mean if one of their guys drops dead, fairly or not, WWE may find themselves under the gun.  What if it's Angle or Jeff Hardy, two men who became famous in the WWE and (maybe) found their demons there?
3) On an unrelated note, I recently watched the Owen-Yokozuna vs. The Smoking Gunns match from WrestleMania XI. When Owen gets the pin, the crowd pops big time.  I wasn't watching at the time, so I don't know if it was, a trend where Owen got cheers despite being a heel because of his talent at every show, a northeast crowd (the show was in Connecticut) typically cheering for the guy with the most talent, or the fans just hating the Gunns.

1.  Sorry, I laughed.  The Wellness Policy is legit in the sense that it's useful to some of the wrestlers, but for some strange reason none of the top guys ever get popped for drug violations.  I guess it could be because they have all natural physiques and clean living.  They all just go back to the hotel rooms and play video games after the shows, you know.  

2.  I don't think that Vince McMahon has any opinions on TNA one way or the other.  
3.  It was just a heel crowd that night.  Shawn also got cheered over supposed top babyface Diesel.  

A quick MMA survey for the BOD.

Hey Scott!
I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind posting the link to a survey looking at the 1st Quarter of 2012 in the World of MMA. It’s a little something to discuss since there has been a big lull in major MMA action the past month or so.
http://kwiksurveys.com?s=LMJHIF_5d1f8384
Results will be announced on this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fight Show (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theultimatefightshow).
Thanks for the support!

Chris BraggThe Ultimate Fight Show

Yeah, but there’s UFC Sweden on Saturday, so that’s pretty…something.  Hopefully no one tests positive for lingonberries.

Quick hits

Scott,
Four quickies for you:
1. If Austin was able to work Wrestlemania 2000, do you think we would have seen Austin vs. Big Show, or a face vs. face Austin-Rock rematch?
2. If Luger won the NWA title in ’88, do you think he would have been a true mega-star?
3. Likewise, if Luger wins the WWF Title at SummerSlam 1993, do you think he could have approached being the Hogan-replacement Vince wanted?
4. Did Scott Steiner really not get the proverbial ‘jesus-push’ in 1994 because he didn’t want to break up the tag team?  Or was there more to that?  He seemed a perfect candidate to run with the title once Luger did not pan out.

1.  No, it was Rock-HHH all the way, I’m still pretty sure.  Austin-Show sounds more realistic, as they wouldn’t need the four-way to draw with both Austin and Rock on the show.  2.  Yup.  No doubt in my mind that Crockett flushed away millions.  3.  Nope.  He was already ruined by Flair constantly cutting him off at the knees, and then was never the same as a worker after the motorcycle accident.  Even if he beats Yokozuna, he’d still flop and they’d have to go back to Bret.  4.  Steiner was almost the recipient of a giant push TWICE and he refused both times because he didn’t want to break up the team, sadly.  WCW tried with him in 92 and then WWF in 94.  By the time Scott DID want a big singles push, what we got was Big Poppa Pump.  To be fair, Japan was paying them shitloads of money and they probably didn’t want to jeopardize that. 

Quick hits

Scott,
Four quickies for you:
1. If Austin was able to work Wrestlemania 2000, do you think we would have seen Austin vs. Big Show, or a face vs. face Austin-Rock rematch?
2. If Luger won the NWA title in ’88, do you think he would have been a true mega-star?
3. Likewise, if Luger wins the WWF Title at SummerSlam 1993, do you think he could have approached being the Hogan-replacement Vince wanted?
4. Did Scott Steiner really not get the proverbial ‘jesus-push’ in 1994 because he didn’t want to break up the tag team?  Or was there more to that?  He seemed a perfect candidate to run with the title once Luger did not pan out.

1.  No, it was Rock-HHH all the way, I’m still pretty sure.  Austin-Show sounds more realistic, as they wouldn’t need the four-way to draw with both Austin and Rock on the show.  2.  Yup.  No doubt in my mind that Crockett flushed away millions.  3.  Nope.  He was already ruined by Flair constantly cutting him off at the knees, and then was never the same as a worker after the motorcycle accident.  Even if he beats Yokozuna, he’d still flop and they’d have to go back to Bret.  4.  Steiner was almost the recipient of a giant push TWICE and he refused both times because he didn’t want to break up the team, sadly.  WCW tried with him in 92 and then WWF in 94.  By the time Scott DID want a big singles push, what we got was Big Poppa Pump.  To be fair, Japan was paying them shitloads of money and they probably didn’t want to jeopardize that. 

Quick hits

In the continuing effort to clean out my inbox, here’s a few very quick questions. 

Long time fan.  I got a quick one: What’s your take on Zack Ryder?

He’s OK, I guess.  He wasn’t terribly thrilling when he was tag champ, but his “Bradley Cooper stuck in the 80s” gimmick is at least different.

Edge or Christian?

Edge has had a lot of great and memorable matches, whereas Christian has a lot of good matches and no bad ones, but you don’t tend to remember them.  So Edge.

Scott,
As a former Demolition mark, did you ever want to see an updated version of the team over the years?  It’s not as if Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow were amazing in the ring, but the Demolition name, look, and MUSIC were awesome and they were quite over in their heyday.  I kind of thought a mid-90s version with Crush and Adam Bomb in an updated Demo garb could have been cool, especially when teams like the Smoking Gunns, Men on a Mission, etc were about the best you were going to get from the division at the time.  Also, can you see a modern Demolition being viable today?

Kronik kind of were an updated Demolition, and we saw how well that worked out.  They’re gone, let it go.

Ummm….interesting?
http://deadspin.com/5830900/a-definitive-taxonomy-of-pro-wrestling-gimmicks

Interesting but they left a bunch of stuff out, which bigger nerds than I have already picked apart. 

Hi Scott,
Thought this might make for some interesting general discussion on the blog since we all have different opinions about spoilers in general (wrestling, TV, movies):
http://kotaku.com/5830092/spoiler-alert-people-like-spoilers

Interesting, as I too have been trying to avoid Breaking Bad spoilers until I can get past season one.  OK, that’s all I got for now.