The 10 Greatest Wrestler Glamour Shots of All Time

Hey Scott,
 
I don't know what to say about this. I'll just say it involves pictures of the Fabulous Ones. If you still want to click, you do so at your own risk.
 
http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-10-greatest-wrestler-glamour-shots-all-time/

You know what's sad/funny is that I got about halfway through that list and I was thinking "Man, if this guy thinks these PICTURES look gay, he should see the VIDEOS they used to put out." and then we got to the end of the list and I laughed even harder as a result.
Just think — Skinner used to be half of a cheesecake babyface team.  

El Dandy is the Greatest Professional Wrestler of All Time

This is the first in a series of reminders that El Dandy is objectively and undoubtedly the Greatest Professional Wrestler of all time. No other individual performer comes close his level of real jam up and extremely underrated performances, innovation and working attitude.


– El Dandy was one of the first wrestlers to study the tapes from japanese UWF promotion and incorporate it's shootstyle into the regular lucha libre, roughly 15 years before Bryan Danielson, Davey Richards and other assorted goons received lots of attention for using sloppy ankle locks and weak looking "MMA" elbow smashes

– El Dandy is the greatest single match worker of all time excelling at a variety of styles including long, technical masterpieces working with matwrestling skills several leagues ahead of anyone else at the time, or right now, epic bloodfeuding payoff brawls as well as a mixture of all the above.

– El Dandy is the greatest multiman match worker of all time, always knowing exactly when to work high end, fast paced exchanges or focused technical wizardry in order not to draw the focus away from other wrestlers.

– El Dandy had the greatest most durable workrate of all time carrying sloppy wrestlers like Black Warrior and Antifaz del Norte to great matches and having an epic feud with Negro Navarro many, many years after reaching his peak, starting with his series of great performances during the 80s and still going after having a very good showing in 2011's Torneo De Maestros and good matches against El Solar, Fuerza Guerrera and others in 2012.

– El Dandy was the most selfless wrestler of all time sacrificing himself to jobber duty without hesitation in order to not take the spotlight away from lesser talent such as Chris Jericho, Lance Storm etc., even willing to put over the useless David Flair.

– El Dandy was involved in the greatest feud and angle of all time when El Hijo del Santo turned heel in 1996, producing several of the greatest matches ever including their epic mask vs. hair match, where Dandy was still selfless enough not to shove himself down the fans' throat as the babyface of the match when many of them decided to side with Santo.

El Dandy far surpasses the likes of Ric Flair, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kurt Angle and Rob van Dam.

What follows is a list of video clips that should convince anyone who has the gall to dismiss El Dandy's abilities otherwise.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WIc62hVvGw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0fLKAa3QFU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMpe0N7GRvg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEbIWqFsU70
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga7GQP0R8U0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8IJh6AaF-Y&pxtry=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8IJh6AaF-Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WINhp1agEBQ

And, finally, a professional and known ring mastermind testifying to the greatness of El Dandy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZe6LvqQaVk

Who are you doubt El Dandy?

I'm honored that Dave and Bryan were also CC'd on this one.

HHH – The greatest of all time now?

So can we finally say that HHH is actually the greatest of all time simply because he brought peace to the middle east AKA he got Bruno in the Hall of Fame?  Sure Bret probably won't agree with that statement but how many other guys in the business have gotten themselves into this position of power?   He's only a step or two away from really running the company and if he can get Bruno back on board then what else can he do if given full control?  Say what we want about Flair, Hogan, Shawn, Bret and others but it seems like no one else had the foresight to think about the WWE post Vince except HHH.  For that I say bring on the HHH regime.  Let's see if he can really keep the ship sailing after the old captain is thrown overboard.


Yeah, well, Sin Cara and the failed tag division revamp are both squarely on his head, so let's not go awarding any Booker of the Year honors just yet.

WWE.com’s Top 20 WCW Matches Of All Time

This is uh….interesting.

Source

20. Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page (Nitro, April 26, 1999)
19. Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero (Uncensored 1997)
18. Big Van Vader vs. Cactus Jack (Halloween Havoc 1993)
17. 3 Count vs. Jung Dragons (New Blood Rising 2000)
16. Diamond Dallas Page vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (Spring Stampede 1997)
15. Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne vs. Nasty Boys (Spring Stampede 1994)
14. Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko (Great American Bash 1996)
13. Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan (Bash at the Beach 1994)
12. Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger (SuperBrawl 1991)
11. Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude (Beach Blast 1992)
10. Brian Pillman vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger (SuperBrawl II)
9. “Stunning” Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat (Bash at the Beach 1994)
8. Sting’s Squadron vs. Dangerous Alliance (WrestleWar 1992)
7. Ric Flair vs. Big Van Vader (Starrcade 1993)
6. Rey Mysterio vs. Ultimo Dragon (World War 3 1996)
5. Ric Flair vs. Sting (Clash of Champions XXVII).
4. Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero (Halloween Havoc 1997)
3. Goldberg vs. Diamond Dallas Page (Halloween Havoc 1998)
2. Ric Flair vs. Sting (Great American Bash 1990)
1. Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Clash of the Champions VI in 1989)

The Greatest Feuds of All Time – 1998’s Hollywood Hogan vs Warrior

Those of you who follow my work, you’ll more than likely remember this piece. To those who haven’t read this one, it’s one of my favorites and probably the most popular article I’ve ever written.

In the world of wrestling, we fans appear to be very patient. We’ve
sat through some of the most atrocious, inane, insulting story lines and
matches in history. We do this simply because when wrestling is good, you’re hard-pressed to find much else that’s better. Plus, some of the ridiculous
stuff is actually fun to watch, even if you are being insulted by the
people who think you’d actually enjoy this. That being said, there’s at least 2 types of
crap;

A] The kind of crap that’s executed by people whom you’ve never even
had a vested interest in and thus you know is going to be horrible, and

B] The type of crap that’s executed by people you thought you could
trust. Wrestlers and companies that take something you’re banking on
being good, and make it the exact opposite.

Well, in today’s tale, we’re going to go over an event that’s a bit
of a mix of both. Something that you knew was probably going to suck,
but in a way you trusted those participating and hoped that they could
pull out something good, because hell, they’d done it before. Which
event in question am I referring to, you ask?
1998′s Return of the Ultimate Warrior!

Oh 1998. It was a good year for WCW, it’d reached the highest
records it’d ever held, as far as buy-rates, media-coverage, merchandise
sales, and house-show attendance. So, I suppose when you’re riding
high, why not try to ride higher, ay? Also, when you have a world
champion who’s on fire and one of the biggest draws in wrestling, you
should find a way to make sure he’s second banana to an aging glory-hog
who hadn’t had a decent match in at least 4 years. Enter the Warrior.
Enter the Warrior on a million dollars a year to work 3 days a month.
That’s fair.

As you probably know, the Ultimate Warrior was a huge superstar back
in the hay-days of the WWE. His energetic entrances and smash-mouth
wrestling style allowed the WWE’s boom period to last longer than it probably would have. But of course, he was
a huge flake and couldn’t be trusted with the ball for longer than 2
minutes. So, despite the fact he’d been cancer to every promotion he’d
worked in [major, I’m not counting the regionals when he worked with
Stinger], Eric Bischoff, under the sound advice of Hogan, brought the
Warrior in for a cool 1 million dollars. Because as you know, the
Warrior is someone Hogan hasn’t beat, and well, that just can’t stand
for long. So, he was paid 1 million dollars to work about 3 dates a
month. Where’s people like Eddie Guerreo and Rey Mysterio were making
probably a quarter or less of that, and putting on MOTY. While Warrior was making a cool million, and competed in 2 of the worst main events of all time. It’s how WCW
worked. Let’s blow a lot of money for a quick pop, and make sure Hogan
has something to do in order to stay ahead of WCW’s only home-grown
talent, Bill Goldberg.

Of course, it did pay off, sort of. People who’d grown up with
wrestling and seen the Warrior were interested to see if he still had
it. Plus, to their credit, the Warrior/Hogan match from Wrestlemania 6
is considered one of Hogan’s greater showdowns. So, on August 17th, as
Hogan was in the ring rambling about how he’d beat every giant and every
‘warrior, there just wasn’t anything left for him to do. Which is to
say, the oldest form of introducing a big name. So, the lights start
flashing on and off, Tony apologizes to us
for what appears to be ‘technical difficulties’, and bam! The Warrior
appears at the entrance. As he walks to the ring, you can literally see
Hogan’s bottom jaw quivering. Once he hits the ring, he begins what
would soon to be his trademark [besides vanishing in a cloud of smoke. Yes, I’m serious]
; long-winded, inane, pointless interviews that would constantly throw
the show’s whole time-format off. Coming up, as a treat to you, the transcription of Warrior’s debut. Unfortunately, it’s no longer on youtube. A travesty.

Warrior: You need to open your eyes and ears, take
control of the limited ability you have to understand the words I am
about to say. For years, I have watched while this industry, with you as
it’s figurehead, try to recreate what is simply unrecreatable. I have
heard, listened to all the innuendos and speculation that something
ULTIMATE or WARRIOR may soon re-appear. Welcome to the reappearance!
Those things, Hogan, which are irreplaceable, whether they be people,
places, or things, are never forgotten. You are witnessing that RIGHT
NOW! History tells us, Hogan…[the crowd starts to chant ‘Hogan sucks!’ the Warrior signals for them to hault] Let’s talk about something he doesn’t know.
History tells us, Hogan, that a man’s legacy is built from the
premise that within his life, the moments lived, once lived, become a
piece of his history. Somehow, you have conveniently, even eloquently
misplaced pieces of your history. In the one time, epical battle between
us, Hogan, you were the quintessential influence of what was good,
great, and heroic. But different than you may remember, and albeit you
may have beaten myths, legends, giants, and other great men, you NEVER,
NEVER beat a warrior. AND, CERTAINLY, NOT THE ULTIMATE ONE! As the
victor of that one time battle, I defeated what was, until then,
undefeatable. I conquered what was then unconquerable. I dominated what
was, until then, indomitable. On that day, you were great. I WAS
ULTIMATE! Let me introduce myself…to those two fools that stand behind
you. Let’s see, this …dude [the Disciple]…must be your barber [I’ll give it to him, a some what clever remark]. And who are you, little man? Who are you?

Eric Bischoff: You know who I am. My name is Eric Bischoff and I run this company and who invited you?

Warrior: Different than you wanna make people believe, I never received an invitation. I showed up on my own accord [wouldn’t
it be funny if he seriously meant his Honda Accord? Like the Warrior is
just bombing around in a beat up Honda Accord, wearing the face paint
and jacket. And the hood has his little symbol painted on it. Plus,
there’s a bumper sticker that reads “My Child Is An Honor Student At
Warrior University” and “I Don’t Break For Queer’n!”]
. And let me
tell you, Mr. Eric Bischoff, if you stick your nose in my business, you
will only very quickly prepare for your own demise. Furthermore, when I
get done with my business here, I’m gonna be sending you a bill. I
suggest you pay it. I have…waited…patiently. The WARRIORS have waited
all too patiently. Now…NOW…the virtue of justice unties my hands so that
I can continue to fulfill a destiny set in motion on that memorable day
years ago. A destiny at the next level. A destiny beckoning the next
superhero. There really is no sadder sight than when a grown man fears
the challenges in his life so much that he rationalizes adolescent
behavior to the point where he carries out heinous and self-indulgent
actions. Your evilness, an evilness you embodied and portray, is
intolerable. I am the one that has the power to destroy you. In sorts,
Hogan, the truth is inexhaustible. I come here, not to beat you up
tonight, Hogan. Beating you means nothing anymore, everybody already
has. [so, that’s why you wanna pay money to see us fight, right? Because it means nothing. Makes sense to me!]

No no no no no no no no no, that’s too easy. Because you felt guilty
for being who you were. Your mind became weak, and Hulkamania became
boring. I come here, Hogan, to tell you—NEXT WEEK—I intend to launch a
revolution not even you can control. I ask you to find the courage—check
it out. Next week. Same Warrior time. Same Warrior place. Same Warrior
channel.

Tony Schiavone: He has vanished! Ladies and
gentlemen, in one of the most mind-boggling and incredible displays that
we’ve ever witnessed on this program, the Warrior has literally
vaporized before our very eyes.

Bobby Heenan: Never seen anything like this in my life.

Tony Schiavone: There’s never been anything like this in our sport!

Seriously. Schiavone had to scream about as if this truly was the
most amazing thing he’d ever seen. Funny thing, he’s such an
idiot that he probably believed that all of this was real. Poor Heenan.
At least his quote could be taken as “I’ve never seen anything like this
in my life, because it’s so stupid, who would believe it?”

Eric Bishoff said he brought Warrior in because at the time, WCW was
really rolling strong. Plus, there’d always been a strong interest in
established characters. And he was not, despite rumor, brought in just
to lose to Hogan. So, since everyone knew Warrior from their childhood,
they tuned in to see if he still had it. He also mentioned how once he
got talking, he just went into business for himself, and that he [Eric] and
Hogan didn’t want to look at each other, because the crowd would see
that they had no idea what was going on. Hogan stated that they’d self
destructed, and Vince must be laughing.

I, personally, was some what interested, I’ll admit. I was a Warrior
fan growing up, so I was interested in seeing what they’d do. Plus, I
knew someone was bound to screw up and say Ultimate Warrior, instead of
the OK’d ‘Warrior’. As we all know at this point, but for those few of
you who don’t, Jim Hellwig plays the Ultimate Warrior. That name however
is trademarked by the WWE, so he is unable to use it anywhere else.
It’s how they do business. Well, the Warrior, being ever so smart as he
is, changed his legal name to Warrior. I also believe his last name is
Warrior. So, he’s Mr. Warrior Warrior. He receives bills in the mail to a
Mr. Warrior. When he speaks to lawyers they call him Mr. Warrior. When
he’s kickin’ back poolside with some friends, they just call him
Warrior.

It’s perhaps the most insane thing I’ve ever heard.

But, it worked. It was a huge ratings draw; almost 7 million people watched that train wreck.

JR says he was brought in for the same reason the ‘E brought him in
back in 96’. To re-create the magic that happened back in the late 80’s,
early 90’s.

So, seriously. This was how the Warrior made his debut. He was given
about 7 minutes to make this happen, but went about 20 and the ENTIRE
show’s format was thrown out the window. So, now he was now a guy who
wasn’t just screaming short little promos, but blathering on and on and
talking about how beating Hogan doesn’t mean anything, and he’s already
done it. So he does things like this [ranting &
raving] until a cloud of smoke comes and he can disappear. How amazing,
46 minutes of fog with the lights being turned out gives a guy enough
time to disappear, well, at least Schiavone was impressed. Hell, Warrior
could tell Tony about his amazing power to grow from about a foot tall
to 6 feet in only 40 years time and Tony’s head would explode like Scanners.

The announcement he would have next week, the one that no one could
handle, was the nWo spelt backwards. The oWn. One Warrior Nation.
But there were 2 people in his group, not one. The second being the Disciple, with whom The
Warrior kidnapped in a cloud of smoke then appeared in the rafters,
grappling a blow-up doll of some sorts dressed like The Disciple. It’s
even funnier if you think about how this was all booked. It truly means
that there were people, people smart enough to survive on their own who
not only thought the idea, but said aloud to a group of others “we
should have the Ultimate Warrior disappear and reappear in a cloud of
smoke! Oh, and the smoke makes people pass out! The fans will think he’s
a roided-up homosexual genie and buy-rates will go through the ROOF!” 
And the people in the room agreed! These people are allowed to drive
cars, raise children, and buy guns! Doesn’t that scare anyone out there?
Anyways, I’m Richard Dawson, so let’s get back to the feud.

Well, naturally, the Warrior, who covers up the fact he’s really
crazy with fake crazy, plays the ‘ultimate’ mind games on Hulk Hogan, as
to get inside his head before their big match. But, before we get to
the final showdown, naturally we need to get these two in the ring, but
not in the big pay-off way you’d expect.

Enter, War Games.
It was to be the first 3-man team WarGames ever, featuring DDP, Hogan, Bret,
Piper, Sting, Warrior, Stevie Ray, Luger, and Kevin Nash. Once almost
everyone, sans the Warrior was in the ring, Hogan used a flap-jack.
Which I believe Hogan just grabbed a  sun-glasses bag, and laid
out everyone except Stevie. Did they pin anyone? No. Because then smoke filled the ring, and who should appear? The Warrior, flying a
Stealth Bomber with ‘Hogan is a dork!’ spray-painted on the side. He
shot everyone, then launched a missile, but jumped out of the jet in
time to catch the missile, body slam it, then cover it for the pin.
Schiavone claimed this to be the greatest moment in the history of the
sport. ……actually, no, I’m sorry, that isn’t what happened. Something
even more stupid, and even more unbelievable happened. Smoke filled the
ring, Warrior appeared, Hogan tried to grab him but was only able to snag his jacket. Smoke filled the ring again,  this time Warrior was gone, but then appeared from
the dressing room. Yes, they brought back the Renegade for this stupid
little scene. He later killed himself over what people say was
depression from breaking up with his girlfriend. I think it was because
of his involvement with this stupid angle. Anyways, Warrior hits the
ring, Hogan, with the assist from the Disciple, gets out of the cage and
locks it. So, now the Warrior is stuck in there. But, wait….wasn’t he
just in the cage and teleported to the outside? Perhaps a Masterlock padlock is just THAT GOOD. So he instead just screams and barks, and manages to
kick a hole in the cage and escape, followed by Hogan & Warrior doing battle all the way to the back. So far, WCW has paid Warrior a cool mill, and they got 45 seconds of action from him, in which he managed to tear both of his biceps & twist his ankle. Oh, and DDP pinned Stevie in order to earn a shot at Goldberg.


Schiavone:
And The Warrior, cannot get to Hogan!

Fall Brawl [the ppv that hosted War Games] was also famous
for another reason.  The British Bulldog was in a match and took a
powerslam that had him land on the Warrior’s stupid trapdoor. The
result was a spinal infection that nearly crippled him and had him in
the hospital for 6 months. Of course during this time, WCW sent
their get wall card written on a pink-slip. So, at this point the Dog
got all roided up, addicted to pain-killers, and came back way earlier
than he should have. This, all because the Warrior wanted to make people
believe heroes again. A price I’m sure Bulldog would pay all over again.

Later on a following Nitro, Hogan was in a dressing room, looking for Leslie [The Disciple]. It was probably gimmick change time and he had a good one that crossed an astronaut and a lawn-mower.

They walk in, Hogan says “Where are you man, you idiot!” and Bischoff
looks around with some Waldo esq interest, they banter for a minute
about having just seen him, when Hogan slams on the table in
frustration….then, then it happens. Warrior appears in the mirror!
Tony clearly says “fuck”, marking the only time in his 20 some odd year
career as an announcer he ever said anything interesting or cool. Zonka
says “he’s in the wall!” clearly stating he can see him, Heenan says
“he’s in the mirror” clearly stating he can see him. Hogan screams “ok
brother, I get it, I get the game, I got the number” clearly stating
that he can see him. The crowd pops, clearly stating that they can see
him. Bischoff sits there and says “what? Hogan, what? Why are you so
excited? What?” clearly stating that he’s bat-shit crazy. This goes on
for a minute or so. Bischoff clearly stares RIGHT at the mirror and just
goes on “Who you talking to?” to which Hogan says “The Warrior! Look!”
and Bischoff says “LOOK AT WHAT?! LOOK AT WHAT?!” Hell, even watching
this 10 years later makes me wonder if I’m even seeing the things I do.
The Warrior eventually disappears, yet Hogan is still screaming at the
mirror, and claiming he can see him. The adults who allowed this to be filmed, and shown on national TV were then allowed to drive cars, spend money, and raise children.

I…..I just don’t know who the hell is supposed to be crazy here. I could sure tell you who’s stupid though.

And speaking of stupid, this was all to lead to Warrior fulfilling
his destiny. What’s his destiny you ask? To beat Hogan? Nope. He already
said he wasn’t here to do that, as he already had. To start a
revolution called the oWn? Nope. Already did that. Nope,
his destiny is to beat Hogan. So this all leads to Halloween Havoc ’98, where soon logs would roll, and fireballs would fly. Because I suffer for my art, I’ll give the one and only match review in which I do play-by-play.

Match: Hulk Hogan vs. The Warrior
Place: WCW’s Halloween Havoc – October 25th, 1998
Duration: 12:37
Company: World Championship Wrestling
DVD: Nill
Buyrate: 0.78

‘The return match the whole world has been waiting a whole decade for, is out our doorsteps!’ utters Schiavone.

A decade is 10 years. Half a second later, the ring announcers tells us this match is 8 years in the making.

Hogan’s music starts as the Jimi Hendrix tune, Voodoo Child [Chille?
Chillie?], but then a quarter of the way through it, it just stops and
goes into the original nWo music. More Warrior head-games I’m sure. I’m also sure he was behind Regal’s musical rib during that match in Europe. As he makes his
way to the ring, we get a recap from last week’s Nitro where Hogan hits
his nephew with a chair, and Tony tells us it’s something that’s as
vicious as anything we’ve seen in pro-wrestling. It’s true, when I first saw the act I wondered how WCW was allowed to air Terry Funk vs Mick Foley – King of the Deathmatch.  

It’s Warrior Time, baby! Wow, he’s breathing like he ran to the arena. Wouldn’t surprise me, to be honest.

WCW: Warrior, we’ve arranged a car to take you to the arena.
Warrior: A car? What is a car, more than a vessel to
take you to places, where’s I, I am the same! Hop on my back and I’ll
piggy-back you to the arena!

At this point he rushes off to the sound of him going “wooooosh”.

They talk about how great their respective builds are, and how that makes them two of the greatest of all time. Sure.

Warrior starts the match with a punch. They circle, collar and elbow
tie up leads to Hogan kneeing the Warrior in the mid-section, then
dropping about twenty fore-arms to the back. Twists the arm 3 times.
Then Warrior twists the arm and Hogan sells it like Warrior ripped his
arm off and beat him in an arm-wrestling contest with it. After this
Hogan drops out of the ring, and walks around to calm down. Back in.
Warrior wants a test of strength. So after he begs him for a test of
strength, they collar and elbow. To the corner, Hogan rocks a bunch of
forearms, a bunch of clumsy mish-mash and Hogan gets a choke or
something like it, then drops the boots a couple of times. He grabs
Warrior’s arm and bends it up above the turnbuckle, then drags him out
for a test of strength. Stomps the mid-section of the Warrior a couple
more times. They’re basically intentionally recreating their famous
test-of-strength from WM6. Warrior mounts the comeback, Hogan kicks him
and sends him back to his knees. Hogan laughs like a villain. Warrior
back up. Arm twist again. Warrior reverses it. Hogan whips him, then
Hogan runs the ropes with a criss-cross. Hogan stops and body-slams him. Warrior gets right back up from this
bomb-shell and does the same. Then sends him outside with a clumsy
clothesline and Hogan acts like death is at his door. Warrior follows.
Face smash to the guard-rail. Hogan rakes the eyes. Smashes Warrior’s
face on the rail. Warrior smashes Hogan’s face on the rail. Warrior then
smashes Hogan’s face on the turnbuckle pole. Back in. Warrior goes for a
clothesline, Hogan ducks it, comes back with one of his own, Warrior
drops, Hogan hits the ref. Then drops a knee on him, whoops. Hogan slugs
Warrior, and ties him up in the ropes. Pulls him out and calls for some
help. Here comes the Giant. Hogan holds Warrior, Giant comes in, rocks
the boot, hits Hogan. Warrior follows with a clothesline and out goes
Giant. He hits the rest of the nWo, and they scoured. Goes for a pin,
but there isn’t a ref. He goes to wake him up, only to get a Hogan
forearm to the back for his efforts. Then he puts Warrior’s arm over his
head, as if to back-suplex him, but then just sits there for like, 2
seconds. As if both dudes were so winded from this crap that they
couldn’t even execute the most simplest of moves. But that couldn’t be.
Hogan rocks the impossible-plex and goes for the pin. Warrior manages to
kick-out. Hogan then drives the knees into Warrior’s back. He picks him
up, and kinda punches him, then chokes him. Backs off. Hogan takes the
belt off and starts to whip Warrior. Who flails around the ring like
he’s being electrocuted and accidentally kicks the ref. It’s damn funny
to see. He chokes Warrior. The ref pulls him off. Hogan fish-hooks him.
Back in the middle, a body slam. Hogan misses an elbow. Goes for it
again, Warrior rolls out of the way, Hogan gets back up only to find the
Warrior isn’t the Warrior anymore! But a log of sheer rolling
destruction. The Log comes at Hogan at a break-neck speed, and instead
of stepping to the left, or the right, the Log takes out Hogan’s feet.
Sorta. Hogan stumbles. Tony saves the day by calling it a rolling block.
Flair and Steamboat get the itch. Back up. Warrior clubs Hogan, sending
him to the ground. Tries the splash, misses it. Hogan picks him back
up, they trade blows, and Hogan stumbles and falls. Warrior takes off
Hogan’s belt, and it’s odd-looking. He whips Hogan. Warrior makes a fist
out of the belt and slugs Hogan. Back up, Hogan pulls out a baggie with
like a hundred things in it. He throws paper at the Warrior, who
deflects it, thank God. The flash paper then lights up in Hogan’s hand.
Warrior slugs Hogan, then goes to the corner to investigate. He stomps
out Hogan’s little scheme and takes him back to the middle of the ring.
At this point, you can audibly hear Warrior say to Hogan “you’re fucking
it up”. Yup. That botched fireball really did it. Warrior goes up, hits
Hogan with a double ax-handle, but only gets one fist. Tries it again,
but just ends up patting Hogan on the head. Hogan low-blows Warrior,
hits a weak clothesline, and rocks the leg-drop. Here comes Horace. With
no stitches. Hogan misses the second leg-drop. Warrior hulks-up. Hogan
can’t stop it. Three clotheslines and Hogan’s down. Bischoff comes over
and gets the ref in a head-lock. Horace is slower than all-hell and
Bischoff holds the ref for about 10 times longer than expected. Horace
is ready to give Hogan the receipt. But instead hits Warrior with the
WEAKEST…I repeat….the WEAKEST chair shot to the center of Warrior’s
back. I mean, the center of his back. Tony screams that Warrior got
blasted in the back of the head. Might as well have, because Warrior
sells it like he got blasted with a shot-gun. We get the 1….we get the
2….we get the 3. My goodness. Well, at least the ridiculousness is
over…..oh no wait. They douse Warrior in lighter-fluid, and attempt to
murder him in the middle of the ring. No such luck. Office heads come in
and muck the plan up.

Bish’ says he agrees with the critics, in that it’s one of the worst
matches ever. That Hulk is one of the most entertaining, and charismatic
performers he’s ever seen, but when it comes to wrestling he has a
certain style. If you compliment it, then things can happen.
However, Warrior couldn’t compliment a damn thing. Hogan takes blame for
the fireball idea. Stating that Warrior’s character was so off the
wall, that he needed to do something like this. The idea was for Warrior
to make a blind come back. Well, the lighter wouldn’t work at first,
then when it did, it burnt off his eye brows, and a good portion of his
facial hair.
Mean Gene states that the timing was so off, he was surprised they didn’t just re-start the match.
So Warrior, after a near death experience, comes back on Nitro to deliver this;

WCW’s Monday Nitro – 10.26.1998
Warrior: Last night, Hogan, you had the opportunity to
face the challenge, like a man! And you failed! Last night, Hogan, you
had the opportunity to set a fire, with but one match, what will now
haunt you forever! You see, Hogan, there’s a difference between beating
someone up, and genuinely having beat a man. And the whole world of
warriors knows, I beat the hell out of you last night! And the bullshit
pin-fall, doesn’t change it! You, have opened a door, to the Warrior’s
hell! And I, am it’s gatekeeper! The time is near, same Warrior time,
same Warrior place, same Warrior channel!

To which Hogan then comes down, and looks to enter. But Horace won’t
let him get in. They don’t want him to get in. None of us do. Horace
goes in, and takes a couple of Warrior’s HUGE swinging punches.
Seriously, he could paint a house in 2 minutes with how wide he swings
his punches. The Giant misses with a clothesline and a big boot, then
he’s sent out. Hogan comes in, gets a couple punches, Warrior ducks it
and hits Hogan in the shin with a flying shoulder block.

Tenay: That’s way you jump-start a revolution in pro-wrestling!

Is it, Mike? By getting beat, coming out and saying there’s a
difference in beating someone up, and beating someone, and saying you
beat the hell outta someone, and the fact they beat you doesn’t change
that they beat….so, wait, where was I? That’s right, stay outta my booze, boy.

After that, they had a match about a week later that was Warrior
& Sting vs. Hogan & Bret. Warrior did absolutely nothing but
stand there with his stupid jacket on, and that was it. After this, he
vanished like so many unfortunate smoky-haze-induced Nitros. Some say it
was contract disputes or something, but what’s to dispute? He got a
million dollars to do this. Yes, they paid a man 1 million dollars for
that.

Hogan says despite all this, they wanted to do something long-term.
Such as storylines, merchandise, and all the fun-stuff that comes with
pro-wrestling. However, Warrior was asking for some Hogan type money.
Sure, Hulk doesn’t say that, but it’s basically what he means. Plus,
people knew his reputation for not delivering. So, they told him to turn
into a puff of smoke and vanish up his own ass. Well, those weren’t
the exact words, but it would have been cool if they were.

In the end, 1 million dollars brought us two of the worst matches in
history. Some of the most inane promos and back stage vignettes, a major
nail in WCW’s coffin, as well as the passing of Davey Boy Smith. Money
well spent, guys.

I’ve got a WWE DVD review coming up, but after that you guys decide, do you want me to review Money In The Bank 2012, or Spring Stampede 1999? Choice is yours, so, spend a couple days before you cast your vote. Till then, you can find me at the following….

Str8 Gangster, No Chaser
– Recently updated with a MME entry, American Ninja. I’ve also got
other wrestling articles, horror, movie reviews, Top 4 articles, you
name it. This website was asked for a prediction regarding any other
websites out there, and it only had one word, “Pain”.
WCW In 2000 – Recently updated with a Nitro, which is the worst one thus far. Easy.
Man Movie Encyclopedia Vol.1
– Endorsements from Scott Keith & Maddox, constant 5 star ratings
on amazon, and loved by fellow BoD’ers. The only book dedicated to
action movies that you can use to enhance your sports performance. Just
ask Lance Armstrong, baby! No comment on whether the book gave him
cancer though….

5 all time faves

hey scott, how about telling your millions and millions of followers who your top 5 wrestlers of all time are? rock, flair, bret I guess must be in there, and then? foley? steamer? shawn? owen? hennig?

greetings J

I really dislike "top 5 of all time" type lists, because there's SOOOOOO many criteria and types of wrestlers and matches and such that just naming 5 would render the whole exercise meaningless.  Top 5 WHAT?  Main eventers?  Brawlers?  Best wrestlers?  Favorite wrestlers?  Jobbers?  
Hang on, now here's a clip from High Fidelity…
If you mean all time favorites, it's generally Rock, Flair, Bret, Owen, and formerly Benoit before all the unpleasantness occurred and now it would be either Randy Savage or Mr Perfect depending on my mood.  Although Flair has tarnished his legacy so much that he's retroactively slipping down the list.  If you're going by the criteria of "People who I have specifically paid money to go see at live events" then it's Rock, Bret, Savage, CM Punk and Steve Austin.  However, that's somewhat skewed because WWF used to tour Western Canada all the time in the 80s, when I COULD go see Randy Savage live, then they stopped for most of the 90s so that I had almost no opportunity to see people like Flair.  They started coming all the time in the Attitude Era again, which is why most of my money went to Rock/Bret/Austin. Then I got online and learned about the wonderful world of sucking up to my friends in WWE and getting free tickets, so generally I haven't paid for a show since about 2001.  Until last year, when I specifically decided to buy tickets for a house show with CM Punk on top to make a point that I was paying money to see CM Punk.
So there you go.  Here's another High Fidelity clip to bookend this.

Wrestling all time supercard

Hi Scott long time reader and all that I have a question/discussion for the blog if you were to put together a wrestling event with the best matches that nwa/wcw/wwf/wwe have produced what would you pick? The only rule is you can only use a wrestler once ie you can't have hogan warrior and hogan Andre you have to choose

Well if I was putting together an all-time supercard, I certainly wouldn't be picking either one of those matches.
We've done this particular exercise with Wrestlemania and other major shows a lot, and the question as phrased is really too broad because it's basically just asking for a list of great matches without any overlapping people.  Plus if it's a three hour show you could just do Flair-Steamboat 2/3 falls, a one hour Misawa-Kobashi draw, and CM Punk v. John Cena and there you go.  
So I dunno, if you guys wanna have a crack at it, go nuts.

Panic time in 3…2…1…

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/118-daily-updates/27660-raw-rating-was-a

Uh oh.  2.7 means the return of Mr. McMahon next week I'd bet, and endless skits and references to the NFL and how they're a bunch of poo-poo heads.  Look for at least one DID YOU KNOW about how WWE triumphed in some way over the NFL in any way they can lie about.  This is gonna get ugly.  Especially with the same pattern of giant viewership drops in the third hour.  

Fwd: Bret Hart. Montreal. One. More. Time.

———- Forwarded message ——— Hey, hands off the Spam button, this is topical! So after 15 years, the WWE is about to milk the last (I think?)
possible juice out of the Montreal Screwjob:  Bret Hart appearing in a
WWE ring in Montreal for the first time since that fateful night. This, like the first on-screen meeting since the Screwjob between Hart
and Michaels, will be Must See TV.  But…what could they possibly do
that wouldn't be a letdown?  Should they try to tie this in to other
current angles (a cringe-inducing bit involving Santino just sprung to
mind), or just trot Bret out at the beginning or middle of the show
for his standing ovation, let him say a few words, and then just let
him be on his way with his closure? ——————— The last one hopefully.  I won't get a chance to see it until tomorrow anyway.

Long time listener, first time caller!

Dear Scott,
I'm sure plugs are a dime a dozen, but I hope I have one that resonates with you. I ask you because you seem to really give some a fighting chance out there as big fish in the large pool of the internet whether it is wrestling related or not. I purchased your first three books in hopes of one day being able to ask for a favor. Kidding aside (I really do have the books), perhaps if I present myself as an ex-worker of 8 years with a match or a few hundred under my belt who became fed up with the industry once he had to do things like eat and support a family, it would help. Hell, I'm rambling and really don't know how to beg you for a plug other than my site is truly a labor of love and the chances of me ever losing intrest in it are null and void. It's the most ambitious thing I've ever tried and know gamers frequent your site so thought what the hell, I'd give it a whirl. I've been a fan for years and even if no plug/mercy is given to my fledgling site, thank you for many laughs throughout the years, and I'm sure as you already know, the boys backstage do read and appreciate your stuff. At one point around 2004, a group of us were seriously going to approach you about paying you to honestly critique our matches as it seems you have the best eye of someone outside the ring as anyone we've ever seen. Then we realized after careful examination of our footage that we sucked and couldn't bear the thought of you ripping into us. Anyhoos, thanks for your time!
(This was the original beginning of the e-mail before I figured coming at you like more of a human than an automated beggar may work)
I humbly stand before you a 34 year old addict of the games I grew up with who is finally confident enough to try his hand at undertaking a huge project. My goal is simply to review every single NES game ever domestically sold in order of release date. I already have a few under my belt and try to go out of my way to be different and inject a little history lesson of the games as I go. Example, did you know…

…there is a REAL Hogan's Alley with roots dating back to a comic strip from the 1890's?
…Kung Fu actually starred Jackie Chan as the in-game character?
…Super Mario in pre-production originally had a rocket pack and a rifle?

To anyone intrested in my labor of love, please check out my blog at 

nesquester.blogspot.com

It would mean the world to me as this is so far been the most rewarding project I've ever done if only for the amazing facts I've learned in my short amount of time doing it. Everything else is a bonus. If just one person out there enjoys my work, it'd make my week. 

Anyone wishing to visit the facebook page can also do so at http://www.facebook.com/nesquester

Thank you and keep playing!!! 

NAO top 5 all time?

http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/257733-billy-gunn-on-a-return-to-wwe-new-age-outlaws-legacy-more
 
seems like a stretch to put them that high, i'd say maybe top 15…was interested to hear your opinion

Well it's not like he's gonna say "I guess after all the classic teams of the 80s and the Dudleyz and E&C and Hardyz, we might crack the top 20" or anything.  Because that's where they'd end up.  They were legitimate headlining stars for a few months between 1998 and 2000, but once the Dudley Boyz came along they lost their spot forever and that was it.  Plus there was the initial Billy Gunn singles push in there, so it's not like they were a team exclusively all that time.  Hey, I loved them as much as the next person, but they were SHITTY in the ring, let's not kid ourselves.  
And speaking of which, I would LAUGH at WWE actually hiring Billy Gunn to TRAIN people.  Can you imagine putting that on your resume as a wrestler?  "Trained by Billy Gunn".  To do WHAT?  Expose the business with your shitty finisher?  Burn bridges with everyone in the company you want to come back to so badly?  Shoot up with roids until you look like both members of the Smoking Gunns got mashed together into one person?  

“It’s a bad, bad time to be a fan in a lot of ways.”

"It's a bad, bad time to be a fan in a lot of ways."
That was your quote from the blog today and it ties into something I've been kicking around in my head for awhile now  – it's not going to change. I feel like we (and by "we" I mean the "in our late 20's or early to mid 30's; formerly hardcore, lapsed to semi-lapsed, got smart to the business in the late 80's or early 90's" fans) are waiting around for something that's just never going to happen again. Allow me to elaborate.
 

 
It seems that every boom period in wrestling is triggered by the emergence of a break-out main eventer or angle. I grew up a WWF guy, so my example from the 80's is obviously Hogan, but I guess Flair would be his counterpart on the other side of the fence. In the 90's it was Stone Cold for the WWF (followed very quickly by Rocky); and the nWo and Goldberg for WCW. I think this ebb and flow leads to the myth (or self-fulfilling prophecy maybe) that the wrestling business is cyclical, and that drastic "up" periods will always be followed by drastic "down" periods. (I never believed that, incidentally. It seems to me that wrestling was cyclical because a wrestler would get hot and then the company would do nothing but the same formula that worked so well initially over and over until it got boring, while the top guys did their best to keep their spots and hold down anyone who had the potential to get over and business would cool off. And then the company would fumble around blindly for awhile until the next big thing caught on).
 
I think that's what we are all waiting for – the next wrestler, or angle, to come along and catapult our little guilty pleasure back into the mainstream so that we can all express our geek indignation and say"we were fans when it wasn't cool, while secretly enjoying the acceptance and validation that comes from seeing regular people walking around in an Austin 3:16 shirt. Only, I get the feeling its never going to happen again, because nothing/no one is ever going to be allowed to get over to that extent.  
 
I was watching the Stone Cold DVD set this weekend, and reliving his emergence from floundering midcarder to bonafide main event star. I remember being amazed at how it all happened back then, and still am now, particularly at how quickly he caught fire and how the company just ran with it. How Steve seemed to tap into the spirit of the time; the frustration of fans at the cartoonishness that was the norm in the early 90's; or even just the fact that he kicked so much ass and took no crap from anyone. But I realized it was more than that. It was the fact that he was ALLOWED to kick so much ass and take no crap from anyone. Its like someone in the back actually went "holy crap they like this guy, lets give them more!" But if King of the Ring '96 happened today, and Austin 3:16signs started popping up everywhere, Steve would be jobbed out to Kane for 3 months straight until the audience stopped caring. Its almost like they're trying to prevent another boom period from ever happening.
 
Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but I think the goal of the past few years has been to make the company, the WWE brand, bigger than any one wrestler. It's like Vince was so burned by Brock (and I guess Lashley) bailing on him that he's been determined NOT to create another true transcends-the-business, main event star ever again. Its like the company is content with giving us various iterations of the same 8 – 10 main eventers they already have on the top of the card, and doing "even-steven, no one gets over" booking from the midcard on down. So what that ratings will never be in the 7's (or 6's, or 5's, or 4's) ever again? So what that PPV numbers are in the toilet? At least if a wrestler leaves the company, it won't be someone they actually spent time pushing right? At least Vince will never suffer another broken heart… you'd think the company that spent so much time during the Monday NightWars telling us how they made all the stars and WCW stole them could just suck it up and make more.
 
Anyway, the reason I'm writing this is it seems like the industry is just so ripe for a change again. The frustration in the air whenever Cena is in the ring is absolutely palpable… At least it seems that way in my living room, and it reminds me of hating the product back when I was supposed to buy Freddie Joe Floyd, The Goon, Salvatore Sincere and TL Hopper as the new generation of stars.  Watching Cena this past Monday come out and cut a kayfabe promo on Laurenitis and Big Show just seemed… I don't know, wrong to me. It was aggravating to watch. Cena's pure babyface schtick, especially in the past few weeks, has seemed so over the top that I feel like it HAS to be tongue-in-cheek. I kept waiting for Cena to start firing off pseudo-shoot comments about what a turd Show has been every time they give him a main event push. But instead all we got was "why Show, why?" I feel like a change has to be coming…  Why is Cena even going along with this garbage at all? From all indications, he's a fan like we are. He can't possibly like the crap they have him doing. Right? Or am I just kidding myself?   
 
Sorry I just wrote you a novel. The answer probably is that I'm old, the business has passed me by, and I should stick to getting my nostalgia fix off the DVD's but whatever; I'm an internet geek, and as long as they're putting out a product I'm going to use my freedom of expression to complain about it, dag nabbit! Just like good Ol' JR used to tell us we could. Oh wait, they don't let us do that anymore either…

 Yeah, but now you're getting THREE hours of RAW instead of two.  That's the change that people wanted, right?  Because WWE always listens to their fans, especially the idiot ones on Twitter.

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel. 

I Hate Time Travel

Mr. Keith-
Have been a fan of your work going all the way back to usenet, and that website you had between then and now with the loud mouth fat kid writing for you.
In either case, I feel your blog (and your wrestling nerd reader base) have the intelligence and casual knowledge of science (as assumed all nerds do) to fully comprehend what I am about to explain… I only have an indeterminate, yet brief amount of time…
In the year 2028, Captain Waits (blue team) was traveling between 2007-2022 on a highly covert mission of which I cannot discuss. In 2008 Captain Waits was stationed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for the summer and violated strict orders to take himself “out of the mix” entirely- Captain Waits went to the movies one night and saw the film The Dark Knight. Usually this would be something of a slap on the wrist, however, we did not know at the time that Captain Waits had also been on something of a personal mission, living a “boyhood dream” as a popular singer in the late 1970s.
Captian Waits was punished accordingly, but during his stint in the 70s, soon after his viewing of The Dark Knight, Waits appeared on an Australian talk show resulting in this……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uUFklia47WM

Could just be that Heath Ledger was a big Tom Waits fan, but given that the simplest explanation is usually the best, it probably is time travel.