Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next?

This week, I have selected three recently released interviews from Highspots that involve multiple people. Here are your three choices:

 

Developmentally Speaking 2: Hosted by Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins) with Luke Gallows, Mica (Camacho), and Brad Attitude

http://www.highspots.com/p/develop-2.html

 

Bullet Club Party: Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Tama Tonga, Brian Myers, Brad Attitude

http://www.highspots.com/p/bcp.html

 

Best Friends with Teddy Hart: Hosted by Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta

http://www.highspots.com/p/bfs-teddy.html

 

Those are your three choices. Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at noon.

http://vote.pollcode.com/14327144

Extant’s Pull List – A Tale of Three Batman Books

DC  Comics continued its first month of post-Convergence stories last Wednesday, with a series of first issues and new directions for its line of comics. The main focus of the June 10th releases was the new Batman, as three books featured former police commissioner James Gordon in the new bat-suit.

With the original Batman thought to be dead following his recent “Endgame” battle with the Joker, the Powers Corporation and the GCPD team up to create the robo-Batman suit. Over in the main book, Batman 41, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, we see how the head of the Powers Corp. convinces Gordon to get in the suit. I also would guess that with the obvious flirtation between Gordon and the head of Powers Corp. – Geri Powers – the two of them will soon become an item, but that’s just a guess.

The issue sees Gordon take down a guy using an energy monster as a distraction from holding a former baseball player hostage, as the action is interspersed with his discussions with Det. Harvery Bullock about whether he should take the job.

Given interviews I’ve read, the Bat-suit seems to have been Snyder’s idea to shake things up, but he’s not afraid to poke fun at himself or his idea, as Gordon himself during the issue calls the suit a “roboBat bunny suit.” But the robot suit isn’t the only suit debuting here, as Gordon wears a more traditional superhero suit when he’s not in the bunny.

Over in Detective Comics 41, we see the formation of a new field team tasked with following Batman around and helping him make arrests, which was also touched on in the main Bat-book. My biggest problem here is that it seems that there was a lack of communication between Snyder on Batman and Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul on Detective, as Harvey Bullock is portrayed as having no idea who the new Batman is in Detective, while the Bullock in Batman seemed to be in the inner circle from Day One. Sure, DC has said there would be a looser continuity post-Convergence, but these Bat-books are clearly in the same universe, so I would hope for a little bit more collaboration. Detective Comics 41 also sees the return of Renee Montoya as a member of the Bat Task Force, likely putting an end to her time as the faceless vigilante, The Question.

The third book dealing with Gordon as Batman is Batman/Superman 21, which also ties in to the “Truth” story arc running through the other Superman books. Clark, still powerless, goes to Gotham with Luthor in tow to find Bruce to get some help in regards to his powers and instead runs head first into the new Batman’s robo-fists. In another seeming lack of continuity, there’s no mention of Luthor being a team mate of Superman in Justice League, although Clark’s mistrust of Luthor carries over.

Clark also confers with Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler, Alfred, on an alien artifact and questions him about Bruce’s whereabouts. Alfred begs Clark to leave Bruce be, as he believes Bruce’s death to be a reprieve from a life of fighting.

All three of these books tease that Bruce Wayne’s missing status is not a permanent change (DUH! It’s comics, after all). Clark makes a point of saying he believes Bruce is alive, but agrees to Alfred’s wishes to leave him be and work with Gordon. Over in Detective, Bullock makes it his “secret mission” to find the real Batman. And in Batman 41, we see a man sitting on a bench watching the sun set when another guy walks by him, looks and utters, “Bruce Wayne?”

While DC Comics’ solicitations for September, released this week, seem to confirm the return of Bruce Wayne before year’s end, you can still see Bruce as Batman in the Justice League books and in comedy title Bat-mite (which was reviewed last week).

I picked up the Bat-books this week to see what the new story would bring for Gordon and Gotham, but to be honest, the first issue did little to actually hook me, as they made it clear the status quo would be returned in a few months.

Quick Hits
Constantine: The Hellblazer 1 – DC Comics seems to have given up on mystic John Constantine’s existence in the main DC Universe and have returned him to England to deal with ghosts, demons and other things that go bump in the night with this new number 1. Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV handle writing duties while Riley Rossmo does an amazing job on art. This issue was clearly an establishing issue, but already the direction feels more like Vertigo’s Constantine than the New 52 version. We’ll see whether DC Comics can match the greatness of the former Hellblazer title.

Starfire 1 – A fish-out-of-water tale by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti sees the hero setting herself up in Key West and learning more about Earth culture. While Conner and Palmiotti produce an enjoyable issue, I’m not sure how sustainable story is as it currently stands. Then again, though, I thought the same thing about Harley Quinn and that seems to be one of DC’s most popular books…

Gotham Academy 7 – Writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher’s story about kids in school in Gotham introduces Damian Wayne, son of the Batman, as a new student. The writing is crisp and enjoyable and the artwork is absolutely stunning, especially on a digital screen. Definitely worthy of a pick-up, especially as the book starts a new direction.

Next week, we’ll take a look at the books that drop today, including new books for established heroes Martian Manhunter and Black Canary and Doomed, a story about a young man infected with the Doomsday virus. Also released this week in comic shops and online is Bryan Hitch’s new Justice League of America, and a continuation of the “Truth” storyline in Superman/Wonder Woman.

Three NXT thoughts

1. In this week's tag match, did the team of Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins not remind you – like a fucking scary lot – like the two marines on trial for carrying out the code red in "A Few Good Men"?

2. I was sort of excited for Alex Riley to come back into the ring because I think he got the shaft after a pretty good feud with The Miz, but this rage gimmick is dumb. You're the goober analyst, and now I'm supposed to think you're a ball of suppressed rage? Get out.

3. Dana Brooke is crazy green. That match against poor Blue Pants was puke. Of course, she'll probably get called up next week because Vince has a throbbing tube steak in his pants watching her flex the bicep that many times in a row.

Thoughts?

​1.  It's at least better than Dawkins' previous gimmick of "nerdy black guy".  I do at least enjoy the attempts to make new teams, however.
2.  I thought that his motivation for fighting Kevin Owens again was spectacularly honest:  "I've got nowhere else to be!"  You tell 'em, A-Ry.  I fully expect vignettes of Riley living alone in Bachelor Arms ala Kirk Van Houten next.
​3.  It's funny, because the vignettes, backstory, and name are clearly babyface​ indicators, and then she came out gyrating and rubbing herself while wearing Beth Phoenix's hand-me-down gear and I was like "Oh, I guess she's a heel then.  Yay."  And then she did the same "rub and pose" routine a bunch more times in case we didn't get the first time at the top of the ramp.  I guess it's part of the issue of the disconnect between the awesome indy show (Owens / Zayn / Balor) and decidedly developmental portions of the NXT brand.  Although with that being said, she's no Charlotte and should not have been put on TV yet.  I do think that continuing to mine the fitness model and gymnast world for new wrestlers is a great idea, though.  
Also, even though they're ass in the ring, I feel like Enzo and Cass would work well in an Attitude-era throwback sense on the main roster.  The Outlaws milked an entrance for years.  And they have Carmella for good measure.  

IC Tournament Round Three: Groups BA-BD

http://challonge.com/bodic#_=_ JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED!  Now I hope that a lesson was learned by everyone who thought that fixing the results of a professional wrestling match could lead to anything good.  And now, the other half of the third round: IC Tournament Group BA IC Tournament Group BB IC Tournament Group BC IC Tournament Group BD BONUS QUESTION: Should the Mountie be jailed for voter fraud after his loss?

IC Tournament Round Three: Groups AW-AZ

http://challonge.com/bodic#_=_ Fair warning:  All voting from here on in will be IP-locked so no more bullshit spam voting like what people tried with the Miz in the Rock match.  Like, really, get a life.  You can vote one time every six hours, and that’s it.  Good luck to all.  Except the Mountie.  Fuck him. IC Tournament Group AW IC Tournament Group AX IC Tournament Group AY IC Tournament Group AZ

Why three hours?

Simple one: why is Raw so damned long? It has clearly stretched the thin talents of the writing crew and burns out crowds, wouldn't it be easier to cut back it are they forced to maintain this awful practice by network insistence or for the extra ad revenue the hour gives them? It's just such an absurdly long time. Insight?

​USA wants three hours, so RAW is three hours.  Period.  There is literally no benefit for WWE at this point because they don't see the ad revenue anyway, and their entire business model as far as TV goes is based on TV rights fees.  So basically they have to bend over and take it.  ​

Cucch’s Book Review: “The Three Count” by Jimmy Korderas

And now for something completely different…
Wrestling is a funny sport. The majority of fans can name their favorite wrestler, their favorite match, their favorite manager, their favorite promotion. Most fans can describe where they were when a seminal wrestling event of their childhood occurred. Some can even describe the sights, smells and sounds, all of the sensations they felt in that moment. It is that experience that made me a wrestling fan, and it remains almost an infection that more current fans have suffered from. Wrestling is a quasi sport that, in the mass media, few understand. The mass media enjoys spirited competition from those on a baseball diamond or a basketball court or a football field, spending oodles of dollars on these sports, these institutions, that most of use (me included) hold dear. Yet, to a man, they all deride pro wrestling. Its not real. The performers are nothing but glorified carnies. They know how to fall. Give me a break. Wrestlers are great athletes who, in addition to putting their wares to work every night of the year, often in Podunk towns, subject their body, WILLINGLY, to rigors that would make NFL Lineman blush. Yet, while the NFL has seen a breakthrough in insurance coverage, a $786 Million Dollar settlement that was basically hush money to keep the weak and infirmed NFL alumni quiet, the world of pro wrestling has done nothing of the sort.

That is a side rant, something on my mind. But it is not without basis.

Most wrestling books describe wrestler A wrestling wrestler B, they kick the shit out of eachother all over the country, blood and years are shed, they make money, yet spend too much until said wrestler is broke and living a poor nomadic existence like Randy “The Ram” Robinson, the Mickey Rourke character from “The Wrestler.”

That is the template for most wrestling books. This is different. Jimmy Korderas was never a wrestler. He did not train with a Ron Hutchinson or Jim Cornette. He never main evented a WrestleMania, per se. No, Jimmy Korderas was a WWF referee.

Korderas was a huge wrestling fan back in the late 1970’s and early 80’s from the Greek portion of Toronto, Ontario. He got his start taking pictures of wrestlers at Maple Leaf Gardens from his ringside seat (next to the elevated ramp way WCW would later make famous). Twenty one year old Jimmy stood outside MLG and sold his prints, until an agent of WWF Canada confronted him and told him what he was doing was illegal. The man told him he could sell his pics a block away, and Jimmy complied. Soon, this man brought him to the altar, to the man who ran WWF Canada, the man who portrayed himself as the President of the WWF in the mid to late 80’s until the mid 90’s: Jack Tunney. Tunney, who oversaw all WWF events in Canada, liked this kid, so he put him on the payroll. Korderas’ first acts as a WWF employee were to drive talents from place to place in  Canada. He loved it, and he was soon embarking on a long and prosperous run.

Korderas was basically a ring crew guy, the bottom rung of the ladder, transporting the stage and ring between various Canadian locales. He eventually graduated to driving Jack Tunney and Billy Red Lyons to events. Korderas was then, in 1987, taught how to be a referee. He had some tough learning curves (as the book shows) but he more or less was a duck to water.

Korderas continued as a ref, and became just about as decorated as a ref can. He was there for the February 5, 1988 match with Andre and Hogan. He was there in 1990 for the Ultimate Challenge. Korderas has a unique viewpoint on everything from Mania 3 to Mania 24.

Jim Korderas retired shortly after this book was published. He was someone who was central to most of the whims of WWF. Yet, he is hardly recognized. We remember Tommy Young, Earl or Dave Hebner, Joey Marella. Jim Korderas was THERE, through good and bad, and deserves recognition as a man who has greatly contributed to the game.

In short order, Korderas’ book is excellent. Read it, and kayfabe with it.

Answer me these questions three

1.  What exactly is a Nature Boy?

2.  What is the deal with all this blu-ray/dvd/digital combo pack bullshit?  I just want the fucking blu-ray.
3.  Why doesn't a heel champion enter himself in the Royal Rumble?  If he won, he wouldn't have to defend the title at Wrestlemania.  CM Punk, I'm looking at you.

1.  Well, someone who loves nature, of course.  There was a song by Nat King Cole in the 40s where I would assume that Buddy Rogers took the nickname from, although Rogers and Flair might have also been referencing the Bugs Bunny cartoon with the wrestler that Bugs refers to as Nature Boy as well.  I don't know if it has any specific connotations dealing with the blond muscle-man image that they're trying to portray.
2.  Hey, some of us have young kids who will sit quietly in the car if Cinderella is playing in the DVD player, but also would like to watch movies on Blu Ray at home.  
3.  I don't think the champion is allowed to do that.  

Your three favorite taunts?

Short and sweet, your three favorite taunts ever?


Off the top of my head, I'd go the DX non-crossing crotch chop (ah, the memories of being thrown in grade-school detention for doing such an edgy maneuver), Rocky's JUST! BRING IT! hand motion (also handy in instantly filling your Spirit Meter in "No Mercy"), and the Orton Pose, which also doubles as a good macro when you want to boast about your team's 5-2 record in the Fantasy Football League of DOOM!  _O___/


Bonus question: Dumbest taunt ever? Easy candidate for me, although you may not remember it: Orlando Jordan drawing a big "O" and a big "J" in the air with his finger. That alone deserved the 25-second tapout at Summerslam.

Best ones:  
– Benoit / AA's "cut the throat" gesture.
– The Orton Pose, because he's a living video game character anyway.
– Randy Savage's twirl-and-point, and/or the pre-elbow pose.  
And yeah, I can't imagine any worse than the "OJ" one.  

Three Hour Raw Drinking Game!

———- Tommy Wiseau from the blog here… Thought this might be a fun little exercise for the blog. Since it seemingly feels as if the WWE is turning into WCW everyday, I felt nostalgic and had a look at the DDTDigest and noticed their WCW drinking games and thought we could work out a modern one to help us get through these three hour Raws much like they did to get them through three hour Nitros… http://www.ddtdigest.com/features/drnk1998.htm
http://www.ddtdigest.com/features/drnk2000.htm To start with the obvious stuff… – take a drink every time a match ends will a roll-up following a distraction by a guest commentator or a WWE SUPERSTAR coming out to the ramp (complete with theme music)
     – chug if the match has lasted less than 3 minutes.
– take a drink every time Michael Cole says VINTAGE
– take a drink every time a secondary champion loses a match
– take a drink every time two WWE SUPERSTARS who apparently cannot stand the sight of each other manage to talk to each other in the middle of the ring for a prolonged period of time.
– CHUG if a divas match goes off without a botch. You guys take it from here… ——————— Every video package of something that happened earlier in the show.

Rock/Cena on THREE Dvd’s?!

Hey Scott, long time reader, yadda yadda
I just read that the 'E is releasing a Rock/Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD to cover the story of that rivalry and the match at WM. At first I was thinking "Hey, this could be something I grab for my kids as they love both guys and it could distract them for an hour or two" when I realized that…the DVD is going to be THREE DISCS.

How in the blue hell are they going to fill THREE discs for a rivalry that has so far only consisted of two matches (SurSeries and WM, although I suppose they could include Rocky's run-in during Cena-Show). Do you think they'll just rehash every single promo? They'd have to right? Or will they include matches for both guys that don't even involve the other to establish why each guy is a legend? This isn't Rock/Austin or Rock/Triple H, these guys have only wrestled each other one time!

I think they will probably indeed replay every single promo and angle, yes.  It's certainly an interesting idea for a DVD set, even if it would personally cause me to shoot myself in the face out of boredom after the first disc.  This might be a test case for another set like that in the vein of the D-X sets where it's literally everything from start to finish.  Plus they have to make up that extra Wrestlemania buyrate money somewhere.  Overestimating by 200,000 buys doesn't pay for itself!

Questions Three!

Hey Scott, still injured and trucking through your old reviews (and still enjoying the heck out of them). I was curious if you ever went back and ranted on the Goldberg/Michaels match from 2003? I ask because A) I’m a huge Michaels fan, and B) it’s one of the only "good" Goldberg matches I’ve ever seen (minus the finish), and I’d be curious to see what you thought of it, either at the time or now. It’s no ***** classic or anything,but for a Goldberg match that isn’t a squash, it works pretty well, IMO.

I don’t even remember what match you’re talking about, so no. 

Follow up, Lesnar just said if he ever comes back (and he thinks he will, eventually) his first choice would be to fight Austin. Now, Austin has said if HE ever comes back his first choice would be Punk. Do you think one or both of those are going to happen?

I think Austin is so incredibly smart that he won’t waste his name value and potential comeback angle by playing second fiddle to the Rock, so I don’t see either scenario happening any time soon.  Plus Brock can barely make a fraction of the money in WWE that he currently does with UFC, so he would be insane to come back before he was completely done as a fighter.  One fight with him does better than almost the entire WWE PPV year put together right now.  And how was that a follow-up question anyway? 

Third and finally, what’s WWE do if Cena gets injured before Mania? If they have Punk/Austin on the card they’ll probably just power through, but they have to have Rock fight somebody, right? I could see them trying to get Michaels back, but based on the bad blood between the two (is there any truth to that, btw? I’ve heard about it several times, but if it’s there they both always say the right things on camera; I remember at an HOF ceremony a few years ago, Rocky said HBK was one of the only three wrestlers he wished he’d gotten to fight. Anyways) and HBK not wanting to pull a Hogan/Flair, I don’t know if he’d do it. Who do they plug into that slot, then? Orton’s an option, but we’ve already kinda seen Rock/Orton at WMXX. They could throw Punk against him if they don’t get Austin, I guess, but for some reason that just doesn’t strike me as something that will pull the kind of buys they’re going for. So who would be the right choice? HBK? Taker? Austin/Rock episode 4?

Unless Cena has two broken legs and is missing his head, he’s going to Wrestlemania.  That being said, if someone goes all Lee Harvey Oswald on him the next time they’re in Dallas and he’s legitimately unable to drag himself into the ring, then it’s HHH who gets plugged in there.  They could even be like “Oh shit, Rock used his Hollywood money to hire a HITMAN and take out Cena!” (#gangland hit is trending worldwide on Twitter right now!) and then the WWE Twitterstars could band together and nominate a replacement or something.  But I think HHH is the only one outside of Cena who they think could carry himself against Rock, and god knows the promos would be entertaining. 

Questions Three!

Hey Scott, still injured and trucking through your old reviews (and still enjoying the heck out of them). I was curious if you ever went back and ranted on the Goldberg/Michaels match from 2003? I ask because A) I’m a huge Michaels fan, and B) it’s one of the only "good" Goldberg matches I’ve ever seen (minus the finish), and I’d be curious to see what you thought of it, either at the time or now. It’s no ***** classic or anything,but for a Goldberg match that isn’t a squash, it works pretty well, IMO.

I don’t even remember what match you’re talking about, so no. 

Follow up, Lesnar just said if he ever comes back (and he thinks he will, eventually) his first choice would be to fight Austin. Now, Austin has said if HE ever comes back his first choice would be Punk. Do you think one or both of those are going to happen?

I think Austin is so incredibly smart that he won’t waste his name value and potential comeback angle by playing second fiddle to the Rock, so I don’t see either scenario happening any time soon.  Plus Brock can barely make a fraction of the money in WWE that he currently does with UFC, so he would be insane to come back before he was completely done as a fighter.  One fight with him does better than almost the entire WWE PPV year put together right now.  And how was that a follow-up question anyway? 

Third and finally, what’s WWE do if Cena gets injured before Mania? If they have Punk/Austin on the card they’ll probably just power through, but they have to have Rock fight somebody, right? I could see them trying to get Michaels back, but based on the bad blood between the two (is there any truth to that, btw? I’ve heard about it several times, but if it’s there they both always say the right things on camera; I remember at an HOF ceremony a few years ago, Rocky said HBK was one of the only three wrestlers he wished he’d gotten to fight. Anyways) and HBK not wanting to pull a Hogan/Flair, I don’t know if he’d do it. Who do they plug into that slot, then? Orton’s an option, but we’ve already kinda seen Rock/Orton at WMXX. They could throw Punk against him if they don’t get Austin, I guess, but for some reason that just doesn’t strike me as something that will pull the kind of buys they’re going for. So who would be the right choice? HBK? Taker? Austin/Rock episode 4?

Unless Cena has two broken legs and is missing his head, he’s going to Wrestlemania.  That being said, if someone goes all Lee Harvey Oswald on him the next time they’re in Dallas and he’s legitimately unable to drag himself into the ring, then it’s HHH who gets plugged in there.  They could even be like “Oh shit, Rock used his Hollywood money to hire a HITMAN and take out Cena!” (#gangland hit is trending worldwide on Twitter right now!) and then the WWE Twitterstars could band together and nominate a replacement or something.  But I think HHH is the only one outside of Cena who they think could carry himself against Rock, and god knows the promos would be entertaining. 

Questions Three!

Hey Scott, still injured and trucking through your old reviews (and still enjoying the heck out of them). I was curious if you ever went back and ranted on the Goldberg/Michaels match from 2003? I ask because A) I’m a huge Michaels fan, and B) it’s one of the only "good" Goldberg matches I’ve ever seen (minus the finish), and I’d be curious to see what you thought of it, either at the time or now. It’s no ***** classic or anything,but for a Goldberg match that isn’t a squash, it works pretty well, IMO.

I don’t even remember what match you’re talking about, so no. 

Follow up, Lesnar just said if he ever comes back (and he thinks he will, eventually) his first choice would be to fight Austin. Now, Austin has said if HE ever comes back his first choice would be Punk. Do you think one or both of those are going to happen?

I think Austin is so incredibly smart that he won’t waste his name value and potential comeback angle by playing second fiddle to the Rock, so I don’t see either scenario happening any time soon.  Plus Brock can barely make a fraction of the money in WWE that he currently does with UFC, so he would be insane to come back before he was completely done as a fighter.  One fight with him does better than almost the entire WWE PPV year put together right now.  And how was that a follow-up question anyway? 

Third and finally, what’s WWE do if Cena gets injured before Mania? If they have Punk/Austin on the card they’ll probably just power through, but they have to have Rock fight somebody, right? I could see them trying to get Michaels back, but based on the bad blood between the two (is there any truth to that, btw? I’ve heard about it several times, but if it’s there they both always say the right things on camera; I remember at an HOF ceremony a few years ago, Rocky said HBK was one of the only three wrestlers he wished he’d gotten to fight. Anyways) and HBK not wanting to pull a Hogan/Flair, I don’t know if he’d do it. Who do they plug into that slot, then? Orton’s an option, but we’ve already kinda seen Rock/Orton at WMXX. They could throw Punk against him if they don’t get Austin, I guess, but for some reason that just doesn’t strike me as something that will pull the kind of buys they’re going for. So who would be the right choice? HBK? Taker? Austin/Rock episode 4?

Unless Cena has two broken legs and is missing his head, he’s going to Wrestlemania.  That being said, if someone goes all Lee Harvey Oswald on him the next time they’re in Dallas and he’s legitimately unable to drag himself into the ring, then it’s HHH who gets plugged in there.  They could even be like “Oh shit, Rock used his Hollywood money to hire a HITMAN and take out Cena!” (#gangland hit is trending worldwide on Twitter right now!) and then the WWE Twitterstars could band together and nominate a replacement or something.  But I think HHH is the only one outside of Cena who they think could carry himself against Rock, and god knows the promos would be entertaining.