During the weekday I dig doing the QOTD, and I thought Sunday we’d discuss something non-wrestling related. This week: The Simpsons.
Just recently I’ve been going back and rewatching seasons 2-9. I haven’t seen these episodes in 10+ years, and wasn’t surprised to find that I enjoyed them more than ever. Also, seeing them as an adult for the first time, you realize just how fucking fantastic the writing truly is. Bart Sells His Soul is not only a fantastic episode, but one of the greatest pieces of television I’ve ever seen. Absolutely incredible.
For my money, I think the greatest moment in Simpsons history is when Homer & Marge are being chased out of the candy convention, and Homer throws the can of Buzz that’s covered with a bag of pop-rocks, causing a massive explosion. Then of course we get Rock Bottom. “No, Mr. Simpson, don’t take your anger out on me! No! Mr. Simpson! NOOOOO!!!”
(Note: I would consider the "finishing sequence" to be everything from final four until the finish, since sometimes you don't even get a proper final two showdown, you just get Brock dumping Taker from behind, seconds after Taker dumped the last guy)
Oh, 2007 was the best by far. Shawn and Undertaker had an awesome 10 minute match with each other tacked onto the end of the Rumble and we were like "Hey, they should have a match now" and they had two at Wrestlemania and stole the show both years.
Who are the 2 biggest names that worked for the same company at the same time, but for whatever reason, never had any interaction at all. Whether they were injured at different times, in completely different programs, or what have you. The first pairing that comes to mind is Savage/Goldberg. Savage left in the summer of 98 as Goldberg's main event push really took off. When he came back in late spring '99, Goldberg left for the summer himself. Savage was pretty much gone after October and they never had any interaction whatsoever.
Hey Scott —
I thought this might be an interesting topic, especially for younger fans who may be aware of certain wrestling characters but unaware of the original inspiration for them. Obviously wrestling has lots of characters based on general archetypes or occupations (garbage men, plumbers, tax men, etc.) but a fair amount have been inspired by real people and events or characters in popular fiction.
A few obvious ones that I can think of:
Cactus Jack: Once known as Cactus Jack Manson, a gimmick that was chosen due to Foley's passing resemblance to cult leader Charles Manson. I suppose the gimmick had some aping of Manson characteristics early on as well.
Sgt. Slaughter: As an Iraqi sympathizer in response the the incredibly high ratings for CNNs coverage of the 1990-1991 Gulf War / military conflict.
Magnum T.A.: Based upon the look and namesake of Tom Selleck's character Magnum P.I.
The Bolsheviks: In reference to the Russian Revolution, but mostly just used to exploit ongoing tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States.
"Perstroika" Nikolai Volkoff: Vince's way of reflecting the change in the relationship with the Soviet Union as well as its dissolution (via a face turn and teaming with Jim Duggan) and the falling of the Berlin Wall.
Vince McMahon: Well, he must be based on a Roman Emperor like Caligula — with all the family in-fighting, potential for incest and insatiable appetite for power.
Two I have wondered about are Nikita Koloff and Berlyn.
I assume Berlyn was supposed to be some sort of Holocaust denier, but was there anything specific in the news at the time that may have prompted that character? Nikita Koloff I always assumed was just a generic Cold War villain, but was he actually based on a specific person?
Hi Scott, big fan of your blog/rants etc, been reading for years
In recent weeks the lack of depth in the WWE roster has really stood out.
On the other hand TNA seems to have a lot of talent that are credible upper mid carders/main eventers.
In WWE off the top of my head (only counting full time currently active wrestlers) there are John Cena, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seaumus, Kane, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler (although he often loses against lower card tag teams in tag team action, then fills in when there is no one else as a JTTS)
In TNA, Bobby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, Ken Anderson, RVD, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Abyss, Kurt Angle. You could argue Austin Aries is ready to step up and that Daniels and Kazarian are in a big storyline with Dixie Carter, so add those guys to the mix.
Putting aside the WWE name, ratings, booking etc would you say TNA had the strongest roster? If you were starting out a company from scratch whos roster would you (or the readers) pick to build a roster?
It seems TNA actually has the stronger roster.
Appreciate it if you put this on the blog,