Kevin Sullivan

Hi Scott-

Can you please explain to me how Kevin Sullivan got so much sway? I've been watching Nitros from 1995 and the guy is equal parts everywhere and terrible. All he does is jump on guts and cut weird promos while Curtis Iaukea screams gibberish with his eyes closed.

It's just amazing to me that he was front and center feuding with Hogan and would then be given the book when he was a big part of the stupidest thing I've ever seen on televised wrestling, the Dungeon of Doom.

Also, how much did Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman hate the Dungeon of Doom/Hogan nonsense?

And when the nWo came around, what kind of impact did that have on Sullivan's influence?

Well, Sullivan was typically the booker for promotions where he was working, so when WCW brought him in it was more for booking the shows rather than being an on-screen character.  He just had the luxury of making himself the central enemy of the top draw in the company because he was the guy in charge.  

As for the Horsemen, I'm sure they didn't care as long as it was making them money.  Ric Flair isn't exactly a guy who was all about the artform of wrestling by that point.  And the nWo really didn't hurt Sullivan because he was still the guy writing the storylines anyway.  If anything it helped him.  And when Russo got fired in 99, Sullivan was the guy who was going to be in charge again. 

Plus if you haven't checked out Sullivan's Varsity Club promos on the Saturday night shows or Charles Manson-influenced Florida stuff from the 70s and 80s on the Network, you really should. 

Oh, sorry, I'm just getting a note that none of that is on there yet.  My bad. 

Sullivan question

Long time reader, first time writer. One of the things I remember from your old rants is how much you seemed to hate Kevin Sullivan as a booker/ wrestler. I admit I felt much the same way when he was booking WCW back in 2000.
But I have to admit that after actually listening to some shoot interviews (with the combination of everything that happened since 2000), I find myself not disliking him at all, and understanding –if not always agreeing– with his ideas/philosophies.
Question is, has your opinion of Sullivan changed at all over the years?
Thanks. Enjoy your work.

I never had any particular issue with him as a worker.  He even had a ***** match with Benoit in 96!  As a booker, however, he kind of led to the downfall of WCW, so you know…not good.  I don't think it was particularly bad booking on his part as much as it was horrendous people skills, though.