Worst year for WWF/E Title?

Scott,


Obviously the titles have become devalued in WWE, but what do you think was the worst year in terms of damaging the world title?

I think Russo's 1999 wins by a landslide.  At that point, the title still at least meant something, but the spastic booking of the title that year was ridiculous.  We had Rock becoming a THREE-time champ between Survivor Series 1998 and the run-up to Wrestlemania XV.  Austin wins the belt, but drops it to Undertaker who wasn't even the #3 guy in the company at that point.  Austin gets it back, but drops it in a weird three-way to Mankind…who jobs it to HHH the next night.  HHH's push hits a speedbump when he drops the belt to VINCE MCMAHON…who vacates it, only to have HHH win it back in the six-pack match.  Hunter finally beats Austin (which should have happened at SummerSlam to give it any meaning in the first place), but drops the belt on-the-fly to Big Show…who defends in December against Big Boss Man?  What a headache.  It was so bad that I still remember it off the top of my head.

If we're considering other promotions too, then 1999 surely wins because WCW wasn't much better that year.  Nash enters the year as champ after the ill-advised Goldberg job.  He lays down for Hogan.  We get sheisty booking of some Hogan-Flair matches.  Flair gets the belt, but drops it the next month in a four-way…to DDP?  They do the DDP-to-Sting-to-DDP title switches on Nitro.  Nash takes it BACK from Page at the very next PPV.  Instead of dropping the belt to Sid to set up the Vicious-Goldberg program, he drops it in a TAG match to….Randy Savage?  Savage jobs the belt the very next night to Hogan (just like in 1998).  Hogan faces Nash at Road Wild ANYWAY and retains.  Sting takes the belt in one of the worst heel turns ever, drops it to Goldberg in an on-the-fly match that had no hype or build-up.  He loses it to Bret Hart in a contrived Montreal knockoff, retires Bret for real, and the title gets vacated.  An even bigger headache that parlayed into the Sid-Chris Benoit "title win" thing and ANOTHER vacancy.

I think 1999 takes it,but then I haven't actively watched the current product since about 2003, so there may be worse years.

99 WCW, and 2000 for that matter, were both HORRIBLE, but that might be just a subset of the general horribleness of the product at the time, hard to say.  I do have to say the Russo/Bischoff Crisis on Infinite Earths reboot of the promotion and vacating all the titles did irreparable damage to the company in general, not to mention all the belts.  Never mind that Booker T won his first title from Jarrett, the guy who wasn't even CHAMPION at the time.  Having three vacancies (Benoit vacates, Sid vacates, Hogan vacates) and "starting a new era" deals within a couple of months of each other did way more damage to that belt than the rapid-fire Nash/Hogan/Flair/Savage switches did the year before, IMO.  

Last year was pretty bad for the WWE title, doing the Cena – Punk – vacant – Mysterio – Cena – Punk – ADR – Cena – ADR – Punk switches within FOUR MONTHS like they did.  The worst one was Mysterio winning the tournament on RAW and then switching it back to Cena ON THE SAME SHOW.  That was ridiculous.  Like, they couldn't even save that match for a week?  Or a PPV?  
But yeah, I'd say 2000 WCW was the dirt worst. 

Worst Eras


Scott,
The current WWE product is ridiculously boring and unimaginative, but where does it rank among the worst eras in the company's history?  The Yokozuna era was pretty hideous (aside from Bret), Diesel Power might have been worse (aside from HBK), but just how bad is it right now, in your view?


Well they're still making money hand over fist and we're getting good matches on a regular basis, so it blows most of the "bad" eras out of the water in that regard.  It's just boring and frequently non-sensical, not actually terrible as such.  So I'd rank it pretty high when compared to Diesel's reign or Warrior's reign or the post-steroid era or the other low points.  

Best and worst series of vignettes to hype up a debut

Hey there, it's NWA88 from the blog —
I thought this might be a fun idea for a blog topic — specifically wrestlers who debuted after a long series of vignettes.
Over the years we've seen many of these kinds of hype videos for soon to be debuting wrestlers.  Some of them (like "garbage man" Dusty Rhodes or Mr. Perfect) were crafted to reveal facets of the characters themselves, where others were shrouded in mystery and designed to create a buzz (Blood Runs Cold, the Millennium Countdown).  I just thought it might be fun to discuss the best and worst of these and to shed some light on some of the lesser known or forgotten ones.

Best:  Razor Ramon.  Gave you everything you needed to know about the character in one shot and instantly turned him into a star before he even stepped into the ring.  Mr. Perfect was a close second, I'd say, but Perfect was someone who could get himself over as he went, whereas Ramon really needed to have the character launched from jump street.
Worst:  The Artist Formerly Known As Prince vignettes did nothing to make me care any more about Iaukea.  

Worst Matches That Never Were

Hi Scott,
Any thoughts on the worst matches we never saw, but could have?  I was thinking along the lines of winter 1998, when Warrior debuted in WCW and Goldberg was champ.  Would Goldberg vs. Warrior at 'Starrcade' 1998 have been the worst 'big match' ever?


The Hogan v. Yokozuna match in WCW that Hulk was pushing for in 98, when Yoko was 800 pounds and could hardly move, would have been right up there.  Warrior v. Nash would have been something to see as well.  Can you imagine them asking Nash to go out and sell for Warrior?  

Worst Finisher

Mr. Keith, My question to you is a simple one:  Is there a worse finishing manouever in professional wrestling than Randy Orton’s RKO?  Aside from the fact that he telegraphs the move to his opponent by dropping to his hands and knees and slapping the mat like a yak in heat, the manouever itself just makes very little sense.  Why would someone who is engaged in a fight, leap into the air above his opponent’s head, and crash land onto his own back on the mat.  It would be one thing if he sold the manouever as being so high impact that he was willing to sell out his own well being to secure the victory but he rolls over and scores the pin as if a fall like that wouldn’t cause him any damage at all.

Really?  The RKO is generally one of the better ones as far as theatrical impact goes.  I mean, if you’re talking bad finishes, the Cobra is RIGHT THERE.  Plus I’ve always hated the Downward Spiral in general because it’s never clear what the damage is supposed to be exactly.  I think it was CRZ who pointed out that delivering the move is essentially giving yourself a Rock Bottom.  Wade Barrett’s Wasteland looked weak and ineffective, but he’s switched to the Bossman slam on a permanent basis now so that’s fine.  And I will say that thankfully the trend of guys doing wacky neckbreaker variations as finishers (MVP’s playmaker or whatever that one Shelton Benjamin was doing, for example) is dying out again, because that was getting tiresome. 

Worst Finisher

Mr. Keith, My question to you is a simple one:  Is there a worse finishing manouever in professional wrestling than Randy Orton’s RKO?  Aside from the fact that he telegraphs the move to his opponent by dropping to his hands and knees and slapping the mat like a yak in heat, the manouever itself just makes very little sense.  Why would someone who is engaged in a fight, leap into the air above his opponent’s head, and crash land onto his own back on the mat.  It would be one thing if he sold the manouever as being so high impact that he was willing to sell out his own well being to secure the victory but he rolls over and scores the pin as if a fall like that wouldn’t cause him any damage at all.

Really?  The RKO is generally one of the better ones as far as theatrical impact goes.  I mean, if you’re talking bad finishes, the Cobra is RIGHT THERE.  Plus I’ve always hated the Downward Spiral in general because it’s never clear what the damage is supposed to be exactly.  I think it was CRZ who pointed out that delivering the move is essentially giving yourself a Rock Bottom.  Wade Barrett’s Wasteland looked weak and ineffective, but he’s switched to the Bossman slam on a permanent basis now so that’s fine.  And I will say that thankfully the trend of guys doing wacky neckbreaker variations as finishers (MVP’s playmaker or whatever that one Shelton Benjamin was doing, for example) is dying out again, because that was getting tiresome. 

Worst Finisher

Mr. Keith, My question to you is a simple one:  Is there a worse finishing manouever in professional wrestling than Randy Orton’s RKO?  Aside from the fact that he telegraphs the move to his opponent by dropping to his hands and knees and slapping the mat like a yak in heat, the manouever itself just makes very little sense.  Why would someone who is engaged in a fight, leap into the air above his opponent’s head, and crash land onto his own back on the mat.  It would be one thing if he sold the manouever as being so high impact that he was willing to sell out his own well being to secure the victory but he rolls over and scores the pin as if a fall like that wouldn’t cause him any damage at all.

Really?  The RKO is generally one of the better ones as far as theatrical impact goes.  I mean, if you’re talking bad finishes, the Cobra is RIGHT THERE.  Plus I’ve always hated the Downward Spiral in general because it’s never clear what the damage is supposed to be exactly.  I think it was CRZ who pointed out that delivering the move is essentially giving yourself a Rock Bottom.  Wade Barrett’s Wasteland looked weak and ineffective, but he’s switched to the Bossman slam on a permanent basis now so that’s fine.  And I will say that thankfully the trend of guys doing wacky neckbreaker variations as finishers (MVP’s playmaker or whatever that one Shelton Benjamin was doing, for example) is dying out again, because that was getting tiresome. 

Worst Finisher

Mr. Keith, My question to you is a simple one:  Is there a worse finishing manouever in professional wrestling than Randy Orton’s RKO?  Aside from the fact that he telegraphs the move to his opponent by dropping to his hands and knees and slapping the mat like a yak in heat, the manouever itself just makes very little sense.  Why would someone who is engaged in a fight, leap into the air above his opponent’s head, and crash land onto his own back on the mat.  It would be one thing if he sold the manouever as being so high impact that he was willing to sell out his own well being to secure the victory but he rolls over and scores the pin as if a fall like that wouldn’t cause him any damage at all.

Really?  The RKO is generally one of the better ones as far as theatrical impact goes.  I mean, if you’re talking bad finishes, the Cobra is RIGHT THERE.  Plus I’ve always hated the Downward Spiral in general because it’s never clear what the damage is supposed to be exactly.  I think it was CRZ who pointed out that delivering the move is essentially giving yourself a Rock Bottom.  Wade Barrett’s Wasteland looked weak and ineffective, but he’s switched to the Bossman slam on a permanent basis now so that’s fine.  And I will say that thankfully the trend of guys doing wacky neckbreaker variations as finishers (MVP’s playmaker or whatever that one Shelton Benjamin was doing, for example) is dying out again, because that was getting tiresome. 

Worst Finisher

Mr. Keith, My question to you is a simple one:  Is there a worse finishing manouever in professional wrestling than Randy Orton’s RKO?  Aside from the fact that he telegraphs the move to his opponent by dropping to his hands and knees and slapping the mat like a yak in heat, the manouever itself just makes very little sense.  Why would someone who is engaged in a fight, leap into the air above his opponent’s head, and crash land onto his own back on the mat.  It would be one thing if he sold the manouever as being so high impact that he was willing to sell out his own well being to secure the victory but he rolls over and scores the pin as if a fall like that wouldn’t cause him any damage at all.

Really?  The RKO is generally one of the better ones as far as theatrical impact goes.  I mean, if you’re talking bad finishes, the Cobra is RIGHT THERE.  Plus I’ve always hated the Downward Spiral in general because it’s never clear what the damage is supposed to be exactly.  I think it was CRZ who pointed out that delivering the move is essentially giving yourself a Rock Bottom.  Wade Barrett’s Wasteland looked weak and ineffective, but he’s switched to the Bossman slam on a permanent basis now so that’s fine.  And I will say that thankfully the trend of guys doing wacky neckbreaker variations as finishers (MVP’s playmaker or whatever that one Shelton Benjamin was doing, for example) is dying out again, because that was getting tiresome. 

Worst Finisher

Mr. Keith, My question to you is a simple one:  Is there a worse finishing manouever in professional wrestling than Randy Orton’s RKO?  Aside from the fact that he telegraphs the move to his opponent by dropping to his hands and knees and slapping the mat like a yak in heat, the manouever itself just makes very little sense.  Why would someone who is engaged in a fight, leap into the air above his opponent’s head, and crash land onto his own back on the mat.  It would be one thing if he sold the manouever as being so high impact that he was willing to sell out his own well being to secure the victory but he rolls over and scores the pin as if a fall like that wouldn’t cause him any damage at all.

Really?  The RKO is generally one of the better ones as far as theatrical impact goes.  I mean, if you’re talking bad finishes, the Cobra is RIGHT THERE.  Plus I’ve always hated the Downward Spiral in general because it’s never clear what the damage is supposed to be exactly.  I think it was CRZ who pointed out that delivering the move is essentially giving yourself a Rock Bottom.  Wade Barrett’s Wasteland looked weak and ineffective, but he’s switched to the Bossman slam on a permanent basis now so that’s fine.  And I will say that thankfully the trend of guys doing wacky neckbreaker variations as finishers (MVP’s playmaker or whatever that one Shelton Benjamin was doing, for example) is dying out again, because that was getting tiresome. 

Worst Finisher

Mr. Keith, My question to you is a simple one:  Is there a worse finishing manouever in professional wrestling than Randy Orton’s RKO?  Aside from the fact that he telegraphs the move to his opponent by dropping to his hands and knees and slapping the mat like a yak in heat, the manouever itself just makes very little sense.  Why would someone who is engaged in a fight, leap into the air above his opponent’s head, and crash land onto his own back on the mat.  It would be one thing if he sold the manouever as being so high impact that he was willing to sell out his own well being to secure the victory but he rolls over and scores the pin as if a fall like that wouldn’t cause him any damage at all.

Really?  The RKO is generally one of the better ones as far as theatrical impact goes.  I mean, if you’re talking bad finishes, the Cobra is RIGHT THERE.  Plus I’ve always hated the Downward Spiral in general because it’s never clear what the damage is supposed to be exactly.  I think it was CRZ who pointed out that delivering the move is essentially giving yourself a Rock Bottom.  Wade Barrett’s Wasteland looked weak and ineffective, but he’s switched to the Bossman slam on a permanent basis now so that’s fine.  And I will say that thankfully the trend of guys doing wacky neckbreaker variations as finishers (MVP’s playmaker or whatever that one Shelton Benjamin was doing, for example) is dying out again, because that was getting tiresome. 

The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/ Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.

The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/ Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.

The Worst Times To Be On The Internet

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-worst-times-to-be-internet/ Dan O’Brien speaks so much truth here.  World Cup mania and people obsessed with Occupy Wall Street make no sense to me, and I’m also generally against April Fools Day stuff as well.  Although true story, a friend, who actually spends a lot of time on the internet, recently (as in two weeks or so ago) saw the Rebecca Black video for the first time and was like “Have you seen this Rebecca Black chick? She’s TERRIBLE”.  Which means that we’ll probably get a “Friday” parody on RAW next month.