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. 

Before Their Time

Scott- 
Which 80s or earlier stars do you think would have been much more successful if they’d showed up in the last 10-15 years? 
For my money, there are two top picks, then everybody else. 
1) Bad News Brown, for the reasons you always point out
2) Jake Roberts (heel version). His dark, psychological gold-bricking manipulator routine would have been GREAT played against headstrong faces like Rock/HBK/Austin/Cena, and he had some of the best heel offense ever. He had (was the blueprint?) the best bits of both the HHH "Cerebral Assassin" gimmick, and the Randy Orton "cold blooded viper" routine. And that’s not even getting into his promos and/or willingness to slap around a woman for cheap heat. Guy would have been HUGE, drug concerns aside. 
Other nominees… Dynamite Kid for his offense, maybe DiBiase doing a much better "rich guy we hate because it’s a recession" than JBL can even dream of…
But really, the biggest differences between then and now are threefold; tone (darker, more realistic, get over as a character instead of a gimmick), media (youtube and episodic television make mic work way, way more important), and workrate (nobody cared in the 80s, now you have to at least be passable (or, you know, big) to get a decent push). Snake an Bad News are the guys I can think of who positively killed on those fronts (Bad News’ workrate was meh, but now I’m just picking nits). 
Your thoughts?

Bad News’ workrate was NOT meh, he was just in the WWF well past his prime, when injuries were catching up to him and he didn’t have to haul ass every night.  He could GO.  Dynamite was for sure well before his time, as he was the template for a million guys who came after him.  Definitely those were the main ones.

Before Their Time

Scott- 
Which 80s or earlier stars do you think would have been much more successful if they’d showed up in the last 10-15 years? 
For my money, there are two top picks, then everybody else. 
1) Bad News Brown, for the reasons you always point out
2) Jake Roberts (heel version). His dark, psychological gold-bricking manipulator routine would have been GREAT played against headstrong faces like Rock/HBK/Austin/Cena, and he had some of the best heel offense ever. He had (was the blueprint?) the best bits of both the HHH "Cerebral Assassin" gimmick, and the Randy Orton "cold blooded viper" routine. And that’s not even getting into his promos and/or willingness to slap around a woman for cheap heat. Guy would have been HUGE, drug concerns aside. 
Other nominees… Dynamite Kid for his offense, maybe DiBiase doing a much better "rich guy we hate because it’s a recession" than JBL can even dream of…
But really, the biggest differences between then and now are threefold; tone (darker, more realistic, get over as a character instead of a gimmick), media (youtube and episodic television make mic work way, way more important), and workrate (nobody cared in the 80s, now you have to at least be passable (or, you know, big) to get a decent push). Snake an Bad News are the guys I can think of who positively killed on those fronts (Bad News’ workrate was meh, but now I’m just picking nits). 
Your thoughts?

Bad News’ workrate was NOT meh, he was just in the WWF well past his prime, when injuries were catching up to him and he didn’t have to haul ass every night.  He could GO.  Dynamite was for sure well before his time, as he was the template for a million guys who came after him.  Definitely those were the main ones.