WWE’s use of Brock’s limited appearances

I'm baffled as to why WWE doesn't use Lesnar in a more balanced and spread-out manner. You have the guy for just thirty appearances on a several-million-dollar contract, so why not have him work more (if not all) PPVs and use the remaining dates on to hype his matches throughout the year. Right now, he comes in, stands there, does a match, disappears for five months, then comes in again, stands there, match, disappears for five months, repeat. 

At the very least, do more than three matches, even if they're squashes. It would still be a better use of his services. He's getting paid to literally stand there, while on other episodes they get really crazy and have him out for thirty seconds to throw a chair. 

I know the guy's shrewd with his business, but I doubt he'd be too troubled to leave the woods two or three days out of the month. 


I don't blame the guy at all, though. If a company wants to pay me several thousands of dollars just to get on a jet, go to an arena to stand around and let someone talk about how great I am, I'm gonna continue letting the company be that fcking stupid.

​I think that having him work PPVs would just devalue Brock and wouldn't help the PPV.  Brock's value is better off the way he is, but the problem is finding opponents that are worth putting in the ring with him to justify the dates.  ​

WWE’s Fingerpoke of Doom

Scott,

A lot of fans – myself included – are of the opinion that the overall WWE product now is more unwatchable than ever.  Where you can pinpoint both the second that Ralph's heart rips in half and the moment WCW began to sink (the "Fingerpoke of Doom"), do you think there is a similar moment in recent WWE history?

For me, it is WrestleMania 27.  No matter your opinion on The Miz headlining the show, the way the match was booked was mind boggling for any match, let alone a Mania main event.  The Rock – who hadn't so much as laced up the boots in seven years – standing tall at the end of the show and the WWE Champion left to be an afterthought.  I suppose they had a chance to recover with CM Punk winning the title in Chicago, but we all know how that went…

What would you classify as your WWE "Fingerpoke" moment?

​HHH booking himself to go over CM Punk at Night of Champions 2011, which was pretty much Punk's hottest point and the time when they could have made him into a new top level WM-draw superstar.  And then he jobbed and now he's gone.  I don't think it directly killed the company's momentum or anything, but he was the last guy who could have been the guy to be bigger than the company and they deliberately killed him off.  ​

WWE’s insistence on using celebrities

Howdy Scott,

On the Daily thread we were talking about how WWE keeps trotting out celebrities to try to get some mainstream press.

However, there's really been only a handful of celebrities who have made a difference in ratings or buys in the history of wrestling: Mr. T, Cyndi Lauper, Donald Trump, Mike Tyson, and Floyd Mayweather. Maria Menonous, Dennis Rodman and Lawrence Taylor are debatable, but probably didn't do anything to move the needle much. (If there are others we're missing, let us know). Most are abject failures that produce embarrassing segments.

The ENTIRE guest host era didn't increase ratings as far as I know. Honestly, celebrity involvement has something like a 5% success right at best. So what's the point in keeping doing it, or is Vince (and Stephanie) SO desperate for mainstream attention they'll pretty much try to use anyone? Because it isn't working any better than Billy Gunn's singles push.


MichaelXavier

​The guest host stuff did to a certain degree help the ratings, but eventually it wasn't enough to justify the paydays they were getting.  
Rodman ABSOLUTELY moved the needle for WCW in that stupid basketball player tag match he was in.  That show did a giant buyrate, something like the second or third highest in their history I believe.  
But as far as celebrities now, it's just their desperate cries for mainstream attention.  Nothing is really moving the needle for them because the product is ice cold and has been since Wrestlemania.  ​

WWE’s problems with CRTC

Scott,
Any comments on this? Are the CRTC in the right?
 
-Paul.
I changed the link from the junk news site to the WON  update it came from first.  
And yes WWE is absolutely skirting Canadian content rules here.  I'm shocked they didn't run into this sooner in fact. 

Anazlying WWE’s Plans Moving Forward and Raw Thoughts

Even though it was far from the greatest Summerslam event ever,
it was still a big success moving forward. It gave the fans enough
content to be satisfied, yet left them wanting more. Ideally, Summerslam should
be a culmination of the feuds from post-Wrestlemania to Summerslam’s go-home
show. But remember: the business model has changed because of the Network. The
PPV was the end of most of the subscriber’s subscriptions. That means Night of
Champions is going to be the “A-PPV”, because they want to get those
subscribers to renew their account. 

 Most importantly, the show diligently built up three wrestlers for the future. Dean Ambrose came out looking like a crazy phene on a mission; Rusev came out looking like a repulsive and despicable heel; and Lesnar came out looking like an immortal juggernaut.
The main event’s objective of Summerslam was not to be a
5-star classic. Its purpose was to get Brock Lesnar extremely over. Given that
he broke Undertaker’s undefeated streak, they needed to make him come off as larger-than-life
as possible, in order to capitalize off it. And they did just that. One of the main
reasons people were against Lesnar conquering the streak was because he was not
a future star – although a future star conquering Lesnar could have just as much
significance if it is booked properly.
Now, the question is: who is going to conquer Lesnar? It has
been rumored that Vince McMahon wants it to be the Rock, and HHH wants it to be
Roman Reigns. Unless Lesnar is going to keep the title until Wrestlemania 32 –
or some big show after Wrestlemania 31 – the Rock would not be a good idea,
though. Sure, it would grab tons of people’s attention and would probably do an
earthshattering buyrate (especially since people can now pay 12.99 to watch the
network for a month), but  it is an idea that would only benefit in a short-term
perspective. Rock beating Lesnar does nothing for the company from a long-term perspective.
For that reason, Roman Reigns winning the title at WM makes
more sense than Rock winning. Nonetheless, he would not be the best choice either
as of right now. Granted, he is more talented than a handful of the wrestlers
WWE pushed down our throats. He is more talented than Batista was in 2005 and
arguably more talented than John Cena was as well. And considering how far Cena and Batista have come since then, it is not that far-fetched to believe he could improve dramatically
given more time to find his strengths. Which means he is not even close to
being a failed commodity just yet. However, jamming a wrestler down our throats
may have worked several years ago, but the more vocal and opinionated crowds
nowadays are not going to accept something they do not want to see (i.e, Dave
Batista’s main event babyface push this year). That is why they should have Reigns work
on his weaknesses and then push him to the moon once he is officially ready.

Even though Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar would put on an
unbelievable, possibly five star classic match, it would be a questionable
decision for Bryan to be the one to end Lesnar’s reckoning. Bryan is already an
established main eventer, receiving his iconic moment in the limelight at
Wrestlemania 30.  But does Bryan really
need another rub? He seemed to be doing quite well for himself up until his
neck injury. Secondly, it is hard to pencil him in for that big spot. It is risky
to invest into someone who is coming off a serious injury. That does not mean
Lesnar vs. Bryan should never happen, though. It, of course, should happen when
the time is right.
WWE would be silly to not to attempt to capitalize on Dean
Ambrose. Just like Daniel Bryan last year, his popularity cannot and should not
be ignored. He is one of the utmost multilayered and unique personas in WWE’s
history. He is awesome in just about every facet. His deliberate, detailed
promos are fantastic. His facial expressions, mannerisms, and body language
make his intentions and emotions crystal-clear. He is true to his character and
develops it well in the ring. His psychology is extremely realistic, and he can
deliver in the ring with just about anyone. He really could be a perfect foil
for Lesnar. Lesnar loves to dish out pain while Ambrose loves to take pain.
Lesnar laughs at pain while Ambrose loves it.  Lesnar is a beast while Ambrose is just flat
out crazy and fearless. It would be a great moment if Ambrose ever walked right
up to Lesnar, who everyone is now afraid of, and brushed him off as if he was
nothing.
The “Cena never puts anyone over” theory has officially been
put to rest. He did what was best for business by making the Beast in Carnage look
like a billion bucks. This is not going to affect Cena either in the slightest
(which is why it can be so irritating when WWE puts someone over a top-tier
main eventer in an inadequate manner). Cena is practically bulletproof and thus
has enough credibility to overcome this one-sided loss. Sometimes, your
opponent is more dominant than you are on a particular day. That does not mar
Cena’s dominance for the past near decade at all. I mean, Anderson Silva did
not lose his status quo of being the greatest UFC fighter of all time, just
because he could not beat Chris Weidman.

If Cena lost to every up-and-comer, or to someone that could
use the rub, it would diminish its significance. Besides, someone can still get
over from facing Cena even if it is in a losing effort. Bray Wyatt did not get
more over, due to how ineffectively he was booked. But, on the other hand,
Cesaro looked better than before when he went to-toe-to with him. Cena has
become a great measuring stick, to see if someone is ready to be propelled into
the main event scene. When CM Punk pinned him, it put Punk on a different
level. When Daniel Bryan beat him clean in the middle of the ring, it made
people recognize that Bryan was a big deal. And when Lesnar to
threw him around as if he was a rag doll and completely dominated him, it made people realize that Lesnar is one dangerous
barbarian.
Cena needs to be established as a top gun for it to mean something
when he loses. All of those matches where he overcomes the “massive odds” that
we laugh at by saying “LOL CENA WINS” sometimes pay off down the road, just like
it did last night. His resilience and heroisms are his two strong
characteristics – as he can absorb an enormous beating and then make a gallant
comeback effort. Which means, Lesnar did something no one has done before: he completely
took away Cena’s fortes away from him.

In sum, Lesnar conquered the invincible mythical god and
then kryptonited Superman with his bare hands. If booked correctly, they can
manufacture a pristine hero from taking down this indestructible bully. 
Some Thoughts On Raw:
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins have rejuvenated their feud. Because
of the bait-and-switch and the announcement of a Lumberjack match, the feud
lost some of its edge. Over the last two nights, though, the feud has become
can’t-miss content. In a backstage segment, Ambrose dumped a bucket of ice on Rollins.
Rollins sold it well and then Ambrose nonchalantly said, “It is for charity”,
then threw the bucket at him, and then proceeded to beat him up. This segment
could have easily came off hokey if it was not for the participants being so
good in their roles. Ambrose is so cool and natural at everything he does. The
segment set up a fabulous main event match that was even better than their
Summerslam one. It was a wild, brutal, and vicious brawl – and Ambrose ran
around like a train wreck on legs. It was also an effective way to write
Ambrose off TV to make his movie, as well as to make his pursuit of giving
Rollins his comeuppance even more intrigue. The pay-off has to be at HITC PPV,
where Ambrose viciously rips Rollins apart in the barbaric cage.
The WWE needs to come up with something more creative than
distraction finishes. They have been overused, and they make those who fall for
them look like idiots. Plus, they make no realistic sense. When someone does a
run-in, they are supposed to do it without anyone noticing backstage. Why would
anyone allow someone to ruin a match by playing his or her entrance music?
Also, they need to develop better feuds for the secondary titles. They keep
jobbing out their champions on free TV to set up a PPV match. It is clichéd and
makes the champions look weak. They need to start getting creative in that
sense. They have 5 hours of TV a week to come up with some intriguing stories
for the midcarders.  There are no excuses
of why they are booking it so lazily. 
Rusev feuding with Mark Henry makes perfect sense. To help
promote their match, Henry cut one of his best babyface promos of his career. Rusev
has a promising career, but he should cut down on the selling. He is doing it a
bit too much for a monster heel. That is just a nit-pick, though.
Heyman continues to bring the goods. Due to his timing and delivery
on the microphone, he makes everyone hang on every word he says. Now, people
are going to have to take his words more seriously. After all, he did not just
spew hyperbole by saying Lesnar would beat Taker or that he would give Cena the
beating of his lifetime. His character precisely forecasted both of those
things. Tonight, he did a fine job putting it in perspective just how momentous
The Beast’s walloping on Cena was. He managed to put Cena over by giving him praise
for hanging in against Brock and not quitting, and yet was still getting Lesnar over at the same time. He emphasized that Lesnar’s beatdown on Cena was no easy task.

Heyman is such a unique heel: He does not exaggerate
the facts; he just shoves the facts down the entire
audience’s throat. And he brings it to another level from accentuating them in
a flamboyant and passionate manner.

Even though Raw was far from perfect, the WWE built momentum
heading towards the very important Night of Champions show. They created some
new storylines and moved the continuing ones in the right direction. Hopefully,
they can keep this momentum going all the way to Wrestlemania 31.  

WWE’s big fuck you to Canada

I like many others have figured a way around the system and have been using the WWE Network for the past six months.

It's great don't  me wrong… but I cannot believe the way this thing is being rolled out in Canada.

Only on Rogers??? Can't watch via gaming consoles, Apple TV, phones etc. etc. Who is running this fucking company?

This is something that has been going on for years! RAW hasn't been to Toronto since 08 or 09, and it used to be one of the hottest WWE towns. 

Why do you think they are giving Canada such a kick in the ass? Is it really something as petty as the whole "Bizzaroland" cheer the heels, boo the faces bullshit, that they pump up so big every night after Wrestlemania???

Toronto has hosted two of the most successful Wrestlemanias ever, and all it gets is house shows with main events of Big Show vs Kane in a cage match.

Do they hate us that much? I just don't understand how they could make a business decision like this especially when the Network has been somewhat of a flop (subscriber numbers wise). 

​It's hard to blame WWE specifically.  Basically Rogers drove a dump-truck of money up to their door and WWE would have been stupid not to take it.  The fault here lies with the cable company and the CRTC for allowing this sort of nonsense to occur in the first place.  But WWE hasn't even run here in Saskatoon since 2011, for example, and they no longer do TV in Alberta like they used to.  So yes, it would appear they're just holding a petty grudge, as we suspected they do.  ​

QOTD #21: Freshening WWE’s Main Event Scene

It’s Friday! Gotta get down on Friday.
Today’s Question:
Are you kickin’ in the front
seat or sittin’ in the back seat? Which seat can I take?
Today’s Question:
Which TNA wrestler would
really freshen up WWE’s main event scene, and why?
We’ll check back in on that one tomorrow – but start the
discussion now. If you want to skip over yesterday’s answers, scroll to the
bottom of this post or click “Comments”. But I recommend that you don’t, this
wound up as one of the most fun threads we’ve done.

Yesterday, I asked you to tell me about your favorite Indy
Gimmick. I’m posting the most creative answers here (or at least the ones I
could imagine in my mind’s eye) because most of us are unfamiliar with the wrestlers
in question. The indy experience is truly like no other, I’ve been to lots of
different shows, and the ones I really love are the ones where there are
literally no known entities on the card, with people just desperate to do
anything to entertain you.
Petrock: Question of the Day.
Here we go.
AtomK13: Caught CHIKARA’s WrestleCon show before WM
XXIX and immediately fell in love with Dasher Hatfield. If you don’t know him,
he’s one of the “Throwbacks,” and his gimmick is that of an old-timey
baseball player. He wears a baseball uniform and a lucha mask that has baseball
seams on the sides and big Pringle’s Man mustachio. He does simple
baseball-themed moves, but can bring it pretty well in the ring, too. He’s just
lots of fun. The whole “Throwbacks” team gimmick is just great,
creative fun that you’ll never see done well in the “big leagues.”
It’s exactly what I want out of my indie wrasslin’.
Rusty Shackleford:
Stone Cold E.T. just for the awesome
theme music.
Wait, what? Oh … my … god.
Elmo Machete: USA Pro Wrestling, the indie fed that was
local to my part of Long Island before they moved to Florida, had a couple of
the most indie-riffic gimmicks I’d ever seen. Most of them were given to the
jobber/trainees – two of my favorites were Wayne the Convenience Store Guy and
the Trekkie, whose characters were exactly what you would expect from guys with
those names. In fact, I think they may have even been the same guy with two
different characters. When I try to picture what they look like now (these
shows were 12, 13 years ago give or take) I can only picture the same doughy
balding white guy. There was this one guy, Ken Sweeney, who didn’t really have
a gimmick aside from the fact that he sucked, looked like a schlub and never
won. He was probably the booker’s brother-in-law or something. But he always
looked like he was trying, and the ring announcer had such an over the top way
of saying his name that one time during some shitty, boring pre-intermission
match some guys in the crowd would just start shouting it the way the ring
announcer did. Well, that eventually caught on to the point where the guy was
getting the biggest pops I’d ever heard & he won the New York title (a
great name for a lower-tier belt in a Long Island indie fed) from the booker’s
masked character. For one glorious summer, Sweeneymania ran wild.
CruelConnectionNumber2:
Necro Butcher. The hillbilly messiah.
Out-punch him if you can.
Or at least beat him in a staple gun fight.
White Thunder: Worlds Strongest Man Don Roid
Dirty_Dave_Delaney:
The Osirian Portal of Amasis and Ophidian
for their ability to hypnotise their opponents and make them dance to Rapper’s
Delight. Probably the greatest moment for CZW ever!
The Polish Hammer:
I knew a guy who trained with a local fed
and was ready to make his debut as a Rick Rude knockoff called “Devin
Vanity”. He got me tickets to his show, but ended up breaking his arm two
days prior when he landed wrong trying to do a frogsplash. I met up with him at
the show anyway and had fun, mostly due to the bar in the hall that served
drinks stiffer than a William Regal roundhouse. To this day, my favorite Indy
gimmick is “injured guy who gets you free tickets and free booze”.
Josh Nazario: I loved Dragon Dragon…I guess, I should
say the late Dragon Dragon…
Kyle Warne: RD Evans right now who is on a
Goldberg-esque streak despite maybe 15 legitemate wins and a whole bunch of
matched that are suspect to have ever taken place (he won a 64 man tournament
in south America you know) he’s just awesome.
AverageJoeEveryman:
Up here in the northeast NWA affiliate
(show is NWA: On Fire) the champ was a guy who had taken a bump and believed he
was Terry Funk. He had a guy along with him who dressed like Mick and I think
he had a Dory (HOSS) Funk with him as well. It was hilarious with the spinning
toe holds and all.
WCW1987: YOSHIHIKO is fun. It is a blow up sex doll.
Kota Ibushi carried it to a **** match.
No he didn’t. Wait … (watching video) … Holy shit.
Kbjone: The DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight
Championship. Past title holders include TWO blow-up dolls, TWO stuffed dolls
(one of whom “beat” the other for the title), THREE different
ladders, a pint of beer, a mini-Dachsund, and a monkey. That belt can’t be
worse off than the IC/US titles in WWE, or the TNA TV title at present.
-They borrowed the WM
2000 Hardcore Battle Royal concept, but then went a few steps further.
TWENTY-NINE title changes in 15 minutes, AND one more after the match for the
even thirty on the night. Split between ten wrestlers.
-Multiple title
changes in a HOTEL, including the head chef getting a title reign.
-Shinobi and Yuukoh
Miyamoto combined for 368(!) title changes in 2006, interrupted only by a
female newscaster. The title history has both at 215 reigns, it should be 184
from the math I saw.
-The title has been
given (unlike Andre/DiBiase, the exchange was upheld), auctioned, won by THE
BELT ITSELF (as the 1000th champion, at that), and vacated twice.
YankeesHoganTripleHFan:
Beef Stew Lou Marconi. I can’t believe
this is even up for debate. (Bonus points because I used to refer to red sock
Lou Merloni as beef stew. No one got it and it amused no one but myself but
still…)
Mike_N: Los Ice Creams. El Hijo de Ice Cream, Ice
Cream, Jr., and Very Mysterious Ice Cream. I have no idea why they crack me up,
but they do.
(INSERT PHOTO)
ETB757: OVW had a military themed stable called The
Coalition, led by TNA’s Crimson and Jason Wayne. It was hilarious because they
played it very straight, like were actually participating in WW2, only to break
character when things didn’t go their way. Sort of like the King Booker
gimmick.
ooknahbah: There is a tag team locally here (they also
performed for Ring Ka King) called the Bollywood Boys: Nothing to special about
them, except that they just LIVE the gimmick: They come to the ring to Bhangra
music, dancing and partying, and get pumped up to crowd chants of “BUTTER
CHICKEN!” Hilarious old-school wrestling stereotyping.
Aric Johnson: “Macho Warrior” Ric Hogan is
obviously the best gimmick in wrestling, indy or otherwise.
I’m not sure he’s better than The One Rock Triple Steve.
TseugThatsGuestSpeltBackwards:
CP Munk, the straight-edge chipmunk!
Nick Piers: Player Uno, who has a kayfabe working NES
controller on his tights.
Joseph Lorraine: Tommy Treznik, a mad scientist who came out
with various elixirs in vials that would give him temporary abilities like Super
Strength or Invulnerability. And sometimes the opponent would steal one.
My choice can’t touch some of gems you guys pulled up, so
kudos to all involved today.
I’m going to go with Player Uno’s alter-ego, Flip D Berger.
He’s a McDonalds employee who loves the Golden Arches so much, he wrestles in a
burger costume. Not much of a gimmick, until he was paired with Moohammed, the
terrorist cow – who was quite upset to see this kid hocking his family members.
They’ve wrestled numerous times, most famously for
InterSpecies Wrestling.
Thanks for the great posts. I’ll catch you tomorrow.

WWE’s future endeavor bloodbath

Hey Scott,

1. I know it seems like WWE just cut a lot of dead weight, but do you think maybe they should have hung on to one or two of those guys? McIntyre seemed pegged to be THE guy at one point and probably could have been rebuilt with distance from 3MB (and some actual effort, so clearly I'm deluding myself). Camacho never really got much of a fair shake at all, and Brodus was screwed from day one by a comedy gimmick with a limited ceiling and then never got the courtesy of even getting to appear on TV to test the waters after the heel turn. Would you have given any of those three (or any of the others) a stay of execution, or were they all just too far gone to be reclamation projects?

2. Do you think we'll ever see any of those guys again? Personally, I think Bourne will likely receive a hero's welcome back to ROH, and McIntyre could be a top guy for Global Force when and if that's ever a viable option. Hawkins/Tatsu/JTG would all be solid hands in the X-Division if any of them want to get on TNA's sinking ship. Where do you think some of them will/should end up?

3. Even though none of these guys are tremendous losses to WWE, how are they going to cut McIntyre and Clay but keep useless slugs like Khali and Otunga employed? Or are there more cuts coming? I know if I were Zack Ryder or Justin Gabriel I wouldn't be sleeping very soundly for a while.

Thanks!

1.  I think Brodus was doing well reinventing himself as the monster he was originally supposed to be, but clearly the NXT run was a short-term thing where he was going to put over Neville and then disappear.  It's too bad, he had potential.  Camacho was miscast from the start and should have been Haku Jr. and aligned with the Usos or something.  

2.  McIntyre will do fine in a second-level promotion like TNA or Europe once the stink of 3MB is washed off him.  The writing was on the wall for Bourne a long time ago and clearly he wasn't a good fit, whereas ROH will be.  The rest will probably do their indy shots and sign autographs at conventions and stuff.  


3.  Khali and Otunga are for specific purposes and are probably safe.  I'd say Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd would have both been dead meat if it hadn't been for Total Divas to save Kidd, and even then he should probably turn his phone off for a while.  I bet they're gonna purge the office too.  The whole thing is exactly what I was worried was going to happen when the $350 million stock crash happened — a lot of people losing jobs to make up for the network's shortcomings.  And there's probably more coming.  


WWE’s Target Audience

 
I recently watched the shoot interview Matt Stiker did with RFVideo, and something he said caught my attention. While dicussing the WWE product, he said that WWE isn’t aiming itself towards “guys in their 30’s who wear black t-shirts”. As someone who fits all of those criteria, I had to agree. I don’t watch the show regularly, but do read reviews in some twisted need to stay current. I’ve honestly found much better product on the indies (shameless PWG plug!). Is WWE doing what’s best for business? What are your thoughts on this? Agree, disagree?
 
Keep up the great writing!
 
Wes

Us guys in our 30s who wear black t-shirts give our money to UFC on PPV instead, which by the way did 1.1 MILLION buys on that dying industry last time.  That’s probably why WWE is so anxious to move to the Network, since they’re fixing a problem they created themselves.  People will buy something they want to see.  

Grantland article on WWE’s “Unwritten Rules”

Hi Scott,


Damn, that was a fantastic piece.  I wish I had the attention span and word-putting-together-ability to sit down and write something like that.  Masked Man always does a great job with these, especially summing up stuff like "Good always triumphs over evil, unless evil is too popular to lose at that moment."  If I could put together something like this I could probably do a new Kindle book with it, actually.  

The Only Review of WWE’s Falls Count Anywhere DVD That You’ll Ever Need

WWE has been on a kick as of late with their releases. Trying to cover every nitch they can possibly think of. From plenty of Top [insert number] lists, to best-ofs for everything ranging from high-flying to b-series PPVs. This one right here I feel is one of their better ideas, because I love a good hardcore match. Don’t get me wrong, CZW and similar trash aren’t my bag, but there’s nothing better than a war in the ring. When both wrestlers need no restrictions so they can make sure things end in blood.

SGT Slaughter vs. Pat Patterson
– Alley Fight – MSG – May 4, 1981

It’s so mind-blowing to see these early shows
compared to the HD era. I am interested to see how this match ends in a fall if
there’s no ref. So far,
about 90 percent of the match is whipping each other with a belt, and it
doesn’t even get interesting until Slaughter hits one of the bloodier blade
jobs I’ve ever seen. After this, Patterson hits Slaughter with his cowboy boot,
and smashes his face into the top of the turnbuckle. I know this may
have been something back then, but man alive this was boring as hell. It was a
lot of hitting with a belt, then a shoe, and I was waiting for a swatch
of Pat’s jeans to be used. The ref just awards the match to Patterson out of
the blue. 
Patterson is just given the match at 14:13 | **

Midnight Express vs. Ms. Lively & Jimmy
Valliant – Atlanta Street Fight – Starrcade 1985 – November 28, 1985

You know, it’d be nice if they gave us a little
history here. I mean, all of a sudden, there’s Ron Garvin in drag. Match isn’t
much and doesn’t last long. There’s a lot of powder thrown, and of
course, belts. 
Garvin pins Eaton after an uppercut at 6:36 | **

Barry Windham & Arn Anderson vs. DOOM – WCW
Tag-Team Championship – Street Fight – Starrcade 1990 – December 16, 1990

A shame this match wasn’t longer, because it’s
pretty damn great. Some of that classic early 90s WCW tornado tag-team brawling
that ended up building ECW. They’re
all over the place, blood flowing, weapons left and right, and both teams
keeping up with each other for every measure and beat. If it had gone
longer, we’d have a classic.
Both teams fight to a no-contest at 7:19 | ***

Cactus Jack vs. Sting [C] – Falls Count Anywhere –
Beach Blast – June 20, 1992

This during a time when they didn’t have much for
Sting, so they wanted to feed him a string of bad-guys to keep him strong.
Naturally, Mick went out there and did his absolute best to make it work
and WCW did their absolute best to cut the nuts off of it by making it
non-title. Regardless, this match is awesome, and not only one of Mick’s
best, one of the best of the early 90s. He made Sting look like a million bucks
by bringing the insanity and Sting not only keeping up but bringing it
himself. Great stuff. Too bad we didn’t get to see the promo where Mick
head-butts a wooden crate, sending his skull through it and crashing to
the concrete. 
Sting hits Mick with a flying clothesline for the
pin at 11:24 | ****1/4

“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Crush – Falls Count
Anywhere – WMX – March 20, 1994

Bryan Adams has almost gone through as many
transformations as Ed Leslie. Crush goes to blind Macho with a fist full of
powder, but he slaps Crush’s hands, causing him to blind himself. I
think it would have been cooler had Macho been blinded, then recalled the time
his sensei had him serve tea with a blind-fold, and then made the blind
come-back, causing Crush to say metai. The match is fine, and more than acceptable
for a mid-card match at WM. But for Macho’s last WWE match? No. 
Macho ties up Crush’s feet, making it so he can’t
make it back to the ring at 9:49 | **1/2

The Road Warriors vs. Sting & Booker T –
Uncensored – March 24, 1996

Oh why oh why is this match on here? I’m not even
kidding when I say I fell asleep twice during this match. This bout should have been 50-60 percent shorter,
easy. They went a full half an hour in some of the most boring wrestling I’ve
ever seen. If this was 10 minutes, and filled with actual brawling;
tables, chairs, other non-domestic objects, then we’d probably have something.
But at this point, we have washed up Road Warriors who even in their
prime couldn’t work a great match that was 10 minutes long, along with a bored
Sting. I can’t believe this was on the same card as the Doomsday Cage
Match. This is the kind of PPV you’d ground your child over. 
Booker pins Hawk after Stevie Ray hits him with a
chair at 29:34 | *

Nation of Domination vs. Ahmed Johnson vs. LOD – Chicago Street Fight –
Wrestlemania 13
March 23rd, 1997
Man, the original NOD was so weird. Ahmed should
have pulled a Dusty and worn the make-up too. Animal executes about the worst
piledriver I’ve ever seen to Faarooq, who later makes up for it by taking
a body slam through a table, immediately earning props from me. Anyone who took
a straight table spot before the current tables gets props, because those
sharp, metal monitors always got popped in the air and came crashing down. D-Lo
lays in some shots before he was even D-Lo. He’s looking a bit more like the
original Otunga. They really went out there and had a great brawl. This was definitely
a match that helped WM13 from being called the worst. 
Crush gets the original 3D, the Doomsday Device,
and then a 2×4 shot for the pin at 10:45 | ***1/2


Stone Cold vs. Bret Hart – Street Fight – RAW – April, 1997
I was frothing at the mouth for this when it was
live. At the age of 14, Stone Cold was a God to me, and I viewed Bret as a
whiny little bitch. This is one of those deals that was not so much a
match as it is an extended segment. It’s still great, and led to Bret Hart –
Evil Leader In A Wheel Chair, which was awesome. Stone Cold slaps on the
Sharpshooter and refuses to let go for quite a while. Eventually he’s wheeled
back, and we get Owen in all his greatness. “WATCH HIS KNEE YOU
IDIOT!” Of course, Stone Cold is driving the ambulance in one of
the greatest moments in wrestling history. I remember jumping off the sofa and
losing my mind with how overjoyed I was at all of this. You really need to see the
entire night’s worth of clips to appreciate this in full, with that said, the
deal gets *****

DISC 2

Cactus Jack vs. HHH – Street Fight – Raw –
September 22, 1997

Raw in 1997 really did have a lot of great moments
and this is no exception, and arguably the best one. This isn’t just the match,
this is also the awesome promo that first introduced Cactus Jack into the WWE
after a 2-year hiatus. Not only is the promo great, but HHH seals the deal by
reacting exactly as he should have; terrified. It’s a great brawl that you’d
see thousands of times more, with a lot less talented people. It also has one
of the sickest finishes I’ve ever seen to a match.
Cactus Jack piledrives HHH through the table for
the win at 8:47 | ****

Taz [C] vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – Falls Count Anywhere
Death Match – FTW Heavyweight Championship – ECW’s Heat Wave – August 2, 1998

The story here is that Bam Bam had been screwed
over by the Triple Threat and needed help in getting revenge. He begged Taz for
weeks, but Taz kept telling him to fuck off, until the day he came he told him
that he wouldn’t be his partner, but his savior. Naturally, Bammer turned on
him, and we were off and running. This was the return bout after their match
from Living Dangerously where they fell through the ring. With this bout, it
has its moments, as Bam Bam and Taz have chemistry while in the ring.
Unfortunately, most of the match doesn’t take place in the ring. It’s
interesting to note that Taz almost kills himself as he foolishly T-Bone
Tazplexes Bam Bam into the audience from the entrance ramp, and while doing
that he cracks his head on the guardrail. Divine intervention kept him from any
serious injury though. Also, because Paul loved a good idea, he had them fall
through the ramp this time.
Bam Bam taps out to the Tazmission at 13:21 | ***

Hardcore Holly vs. Al Snow – WWE Hardcore Title –
St. Valentine Day’s Massacre – February 14, 1999

This match isn’t much, honestly, but I think it’s
worth seeing at least once. They go all over the place, and even have a few
cool spots, like the busting of tile on faces. It’s pretty cool to see
the guys do battle down into the Mississippi River, as well as use the various
things they find by the water bank.
Holly wraps Al into a roll of fence and gets the
pin at 10:45 | **1/2


The Rock vs. Triple H – Strap Match – Fully Loaded
– July 25, 1999

This isn’t a touch all corners style of match,
it’s more of a dog collar sort of match. They’re stuck, and it’s go time.
Honestly, the only thing that really stuck out for me was The Rock doing the camera spot,
which I always dig, and the fact it took Hunter and two other folk to put The
Rock down. 
Triple H hits the Pedigree for the pin at 19:04 |
***1/4


Test vs. Shane McMahon – For The Right To Date
Stephanie – SummerSlam – August 22, 1999

I did a list of the greatest matches that kicked
ass that had no right to, and this was number 1, baby. Test was unproven, and
well, he was never proven, to be honest, but at this point we really knew
nothing. And Shane McMahon? He’s the freaking son of Vince, no wrestler’s son
has ever been shit, well, except Erik Watts and David Flair [back in 1999, that
is]. Fantastic match that has everything from living room set-ups, mailboxes,
and framed pictures being shattered over heads. Love it. We get a shot of
Steph, pre-boob job, and it reminds me of what she said about them on Howard
Stern. She said they looked like “melted packs of butter”. Man, I can’t think
of a less-sexy way to describe boobies. Yikes. Anyway, it’s one hell of a match
where they both gave their all, and thankfully this led to Steph being drugged
and legally married to Hunter.
Test hits the pump-handle slam, then a flying
elbow for the pin & the peak of his career at 12:04 | ***1/2


Big Show [C] vs. Kane – WWE Championship Match –
Raw – December 20, 1999

During a very short time when they were making
sure to justify Big Show’s contract. I gotta be honest, I was not looking
forward to this match. However, these two went all out and delivered one hell
of a hardcore match. They went all over the place and used quite a variety of
weapons, great stuff. The angle here was that if Kane lost, Tori had to spend a
weekend with X-Pac. Perhaps it’s just me, but I feel like my girlfriend
spending a weekend with X-Pac is akin to her being thrown into the needle pit
from Saw 2. Great finish too.
Big Show powerbombs Kane through the announce
table and gets the pin at 6:47. Hopefully Tori had a Silkwood shower put in her
apartment | ***1/2

Hardcore Holly [C] vs. The Headbangers – WWE
Hardcore Championship – Smackdown – March 16, 2000

This was when Crash was defending the strap 24/7.
At first, it was a really funny concept until it wore out its welcome. This
takes place at Fun Time USA, and we go through slides, test-your-strength
machines, and a ball pit. It’s very entertaining, and serves its purpose.
Crash escapes the onslaught after about 4 minutes
| no rating


Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon – Street Fight –
Raw – October 29, 2001

Review: Ugh, this match is terrible. A lot of
people like their bout from WMX7, and I don’t even like that one. This is just
slow, and a bad-example of a hardcore match that involves a lot of run-ins.
Angle hits Vince with a chair thankfully giving
Shane the pin and ending this at 11:07 | 1/2*

Ric Flair vs. Vince McMahon – Street Fight – Royal
Rumble – January 20, 2002

Man alive. Vince is absolutely huge. This match
reminds me of one thing I truly miss, Lawler being a heel announcer and kissing
Vince’s ass to no end. It’s fantastic. The match itself is pretty much what you
expect. I read Flair’s book, and he says that he wasn’t nearly at the level of
confidence that he should have been, thanks to WCW. So, if he had, we might
have had a better match. There’s a cool spot where Flair hits Vince with the
monitor, then demands they play it back so he can watch it. Very cool. I’d also
like to say that Vince is one of the very few who does the Figure 4 right, as
he puts the pressure on the injured leg.
Vince taps to the Figure-Four at 14:54 | ***

DISC 3


Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H – Unsanctioned Street
Fight – Summerslam – August 25, 2002

I think it’s great they call it unsanctioned, but
if they’re gonna do that, can’t they at least not use an official ref? This match is one of my all-time favorites,
and it gets better every time I see it. They were just having one of those
nights where everything was executed perfectly. Absolutely text book on how to
have a match, I believe. It’s also one of those bouts where they have 5
stars about 3 quarters of the way through the match. 
Shawn gets a bridge pin at 27:20 | *****

Kevin Nash vs. Triple H [C] – Street Fight for the
World Heavyweight Championship – Insurrextion – June 7, 2003

Flair and Shawn are in each other guy’s respective
corners. As the match starts Shawn ends up chasing Ric, so Ric blades. The focus
is soon back on Triple H and Kevin Nash as they battle to the top of the ramp
and tease the powerbomb spot from the Judgment Day PPV a month earlier. Back to the ring and they trade
momentum and blade jobs for a while. Honestly, not a bad match. There were
weapons, blood, and no slow spots. That’s all I ask. 
Triple H hits Nash with the sledgehammer when he
was trying to Jack-Knife Ric Flair at 16:33 | ***1/2



Mickie James vs. Melina [C] – Street Fight for the
Women’s Championship – RAW – March 5, 2007

Any time I falter on thinking Mickie James is the
hottest of all time in wrestling, I need only see her. The match attempts to
start in the ring, but Melina runs to the back with Mickie giving chase.
They do battle in the Diva’s lockeroom, giving us a few innovative spots such
as Kelly Kelly using hairspray to thwart off an interfering Victoria and
Melina whipping a towel off of Candice Michelle.
Match ends when Mickie
seriously screws up a huricanrana, landing on her head and neck, allowing
Melina to grab the pin at 4:27 | **

Triple H vs. Umaga – Street Fight – Cyber Sunday –
October 28, 2007

They start off in the aisle, soon battling up to
the entrance. They quickly add a star to the match by crashing through a wall.
Anytime you want a star from me, crash through a wall. Triple H
eventually breaks out trash-can, and as always I wonder if those are specially
made for wrestling, or there are trash-cans that soft. Great table spot where
Triple H is laid out on the third table in a row, with Umaga running along the
other two and finally splashing Hunter through the last one. One of my
favorite matches, as well as one of the reasons why 2007 was the year I
returned to being a smark. 
Triple H hits Umaga with a sledge-hammer shot
& Pedigree for the pin at 17:21 | ****1/4



John Cena vs. Umaga – Street Fight – Raw –
June 16, 2008

Gotta love the ‘he’s too big’ body slam spot.
Something you don’t nearly see enough of. This match is really average, and
there isn’t much to speak of except for the sweet moment when Cena goes
to give Umaga the FU, but just can’t keep him up, so they both fall with Umaga
squishing John’s head. Neat visual. 
Cena of course eventually does hit the FU,
grabbing the pin at around 8 minutes | **1/2



DX vs. Legacy – Submissions Count Anywhere –
Breaking Point – September 13, 2009

I’m sorry, but DX at this point were about as
uncool as you could get. The bit with Shawn and Montreal is pretty funny
though. For those wondering, when you venture into the crowd in Canda,
it’s not security, it’s Securitie. Eventually they’re brawling by the merch
stands, while a crowd gathers and starts a soccer chant. I’m still unsure
why Cody has the Triforce on his boots. Pretty sweet submission moment where
Cody is threaded through a chair that’s stood up, with Triple H applying a
Boston Crab and Shawn a Camel Clutch. Brutal. Later, after Shawn takes a
10-foot dive from the seating section, Triple H and Legacy do battle in the
back, with DiBiase taking a spine-buster through a concessions table.
They eventually out-number Triple H, leaving him for dead, and then focus their
remaining energy on the weakened Michaels. It’s a pretty great match
that made Legacy look strong as hell, far better than the Hell in a Cell match
a month later. They made sure to go everywhere and really use the ‘submissions
anywhere’ rule. Good stuff. It also made sure to fulfill the rule of If Shawn
Wrestles In Montreal He MUST Submit. 
Shawn Michaels taps out while in the Figure 4 and
Million Dollar Dream at  | ****



Rey Mysterio vs. Batista – Street Fight – Smackdown – December 11,
2009

A fan really let’s Dave have it by holding up a
BAD-tista sign. Snaps. Soon, Batista is whipping Rey with some camera chords,
causing Stryker to say “those are wire and hardened plastic….rubber,
I’m sorry”. Who the hell was in his headphones saying “PLASTIC?! YOU
WANT ME TO SEX YOUR WIFE AND BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE?! IT’S RUBBER!”?
A group of Rey Mysterio fans have their own signs in the form of 6, 1, 9. At
the moment, the guy with the 1 isn’t paying attention. Rey has only had 2 moments so
far where the momentum has been on his side, but they’ve both been in pretty
spectacular fashion. His second run ends ridiculously. You guys ever see
that In Living Color skit where Jim Carrey is a karate instructor? He wants his
students to try and stab him, so he instructs them on the way to come at
someone with a knife? That’s exactly what Rey did, as he ran at Batista with
the chair in the air, only to catch a spear. Not a bad match, but really
just a Main Event Squash. 
Batista levels Rey with a chair shot about 7
minutes in |  **1/2



Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes – Street Fight –
Smackdown – November 4, 2011

Too bad Cody doesn’t have the bags anymore,
because someone has to cut out the holes, and they would have finally had
something for Ryder to do. This match is showing how much better Cody was in
this gimmick as opposed to Angry Heel #216, as he throws his bag handlers in
Randy Orton’s path. Speaking of Mr. Apex, am I the only one who thinks
he has tanning bulbs in his car? The best part about this match is that it
hasn’t been the Randy Orton Show. Cody Rhodes has been more than capable
of holding his own, and has had Randy’s number on many occasions. Great stuff.
Randy hits the RKO and the pin at the 15 minute
mark | ***3/4

Blu-ray Exclusives

Boiler Room Brawl
Mankind vs. Santa Claus
Raw – December 20, 1999

Street Fight
Triple H vs. Sheamus
Extreme Rules – April 25, 2010

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
Extreme Rules – May 1, 2011

Street Fight
Randy Orton vs. Kane
SmackDown – July 22, 2011

Showcase Showdown: Falls Count Anywhere, Street
Fights, Last Man Standing, all of those types of matches are my favorite. So
when I heard they were going to release a set like this I figured it’d
be an easy lock for an all-time favorite, along with Jericho’s set, and the
Hell in a Cell release. The first disc leaves a little to be desired, as these
types of matches weren’t very common before the late 90s. Once the second disc
hits the set starts to really earn its money, while the third solidifies this
as purchase worthy. There’s honestly a million more matches out there
that fit this description, should they go for a second volume; Mick’s match
against Van Hammer at the Clash, [although now it’s on the new Mick set, so good deal] the long awaited to DVD Jericho vs
Triple H – LMS, Regal vs Finaly – parking lot brawl from Nitro, Jericho &
Shawn’s brutal unsanctioned match, and hell, for historical sake, the
FCA match between Khali & Cena, as it’s Khali’s only decent match. Ever.
Bottom line, great set. 
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The Only Review Of WWE’s Top 50 Finishers DVD That You’ll Ever Need

I love releases like this.
I know some people think they’re stupid, but there are few things I dig more
than a wrestling documentary. I pop something like this on and time flies by. Having
said that, this documentary is a great one. If you read my reviews, you know
that I don’t really review the documentary, but I talk about my own personal
experiences regarding the subject. 

The Razor’s Edge. That was the first finisher I
ever fell in love with. It was my go-to when people would say wrestling was
fake. “What? Fake? No way. You COULD NOT fake The Razor’s Edge! That would
hurt!” Beyond that, one of the joys when you’re a kid and a wrestling fan
is when you and your friends or brothers try the moves on each other. I have
countless memories of us watching our tapes and pausing them to figure out how
to get the Sharpshooter right. Then, when you’d lock it in, the recipient would
scream and tap out, but you’d always hold it a bit longer just because of how
cool you felt. I’ve been put in them all, and I can say without a doubt that
the Ankle Lock hurts the most. When I first had it put on me, I ripped the door
off a cabinet as I was thrashing about. I grew up with friends who were all
athletes, including a few wrestlers. Well, as friends do, there are always a
few bouts of wrestling. One of them was ranked here in Washington in wrestling,
and was so mad that I made him tap out he got directly up and punched me in the
face. Good times. 

The King of all Finishers, for me at least, was
the Stone Cold Stunner/Diamond Cutter. I was absolutely obsessed with this move
growing up and would constantly try to put people in the move. I tell you, it’s
really not a move that’s very effective unless you catch someone off balance,
then you can dish out some pain. 

I’ve broken three beds in my life time due to
wrestling moves. The first one was due to me powerbombing my brother on it too
much. The second was because my friend told me it was OK if I gave his bed a 5
Star Frog Splash. He was pretty mad afterwards that his bed lost that fight.
The third was the result of a Macho elbow. Of course, that was a bed that
belonged to my friend and he swore up and down that it was a tank, and wouldn’t
break. Pssh. 

I do have a few beefs with the listing. First off,
where’s The Scorpion Death Drop? Back in the day, that move was DEATH. If Sting
hit someone with that, it was game over, and you could get a 30 count if you so
desired. I also thought it was stupid that his Scorpion Death Lock and
Sharpshooter were both on the list. It’s the same exact move. I was really
pissed to see the Diamond Cutter so far down the list. That move was over on its
own. There are countless YouTube videos you can find that are compilations of
all the awesome ways DDP hit the Cutter. It was always cool to see how DDP
would catch the guy this week.
Before we get to disc 2, here’s the list:50. JBL – Clothesline
49. Vader – Vader Bomb
48. Dusty Rhodes – Bionic Elbow
47. Million Dollar Man – Million Dollar Dream
46. Kerry Von Erich – Iron Claw
45. Ravishing Rick Rude – Rude Awakening
44. Lex Luger – Torture Rack
43. Dudley Boyz – 3-D
42. Bam Bam Bigelow – Moonsault
41. DDP – Diamond Cutter
40. Mankind – Mandible Claw / Socko
39. Honky Tonk Man – Shake Rattle and Roll
38. Yokozuna – Bonzai Drop
37. Flash Funk – 450 Splash
36. Sting – Scorpion Lock
35. Lita – Moonsault
34. Kevin Nash – Jack-knife
33. Jerry The King Lawler – Piledriver
32. RVD – Five-Star Frog Splash
31. Big Show – Chokeslam
30. CM Punk – GTS
29. Brock Lesnar – F-5
28. Bob Backlund – Chicken Wing
27. Batista – Batista Bomb
26. Mr. Perfect – Perfect Plex
25. Kurt Angle – Ankle Lock
24. Chris Jericho – Lion Tamer / Walls of Jericho
23. Edge – Spear
22. Iron Sheik – Camel Clutch
21. John Cena – Attitude Adjustment
20. Scott Hall – Razors Edge
19. Goldberg – Jackhammer
18. Rey Mysterio – 6-1-9
17. Road Warriors – Doomsday Device
16. Bruno Sammartino – Bearhug
15. Sgt. Slaughter – Cobra Clutch
14. Jeff Hardy – Swanton Bomb
13. Eddie Guerrero – Frog Splash
12. Macho Man Randy Savage – Elbow off Top Rope
11. Randy Orton – RKO
10. Bret Hitman Hart – Sharpshooter
9. Jimmy Superfly Snuka – Superfly Splash
8. Nature Boy Ric Flair – Figure Four Leg Lock
7. Hulk Hogan – Leg Drop
6. Shawn Michaels – Sweet Chin Music
5. Jake The Snake Roberts – DDT
4. The Rock – Rock Bottom / Peoples Elbow
3. Triple H – Pedigree
2. Undertaker – Tombstone Piledriver
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Stunner

 SGT Slaughter demos the Cobra Clutch. 
As a kid, I always thought it was weird that a G.I.
Joe had his move named after Cobra. I also thought the people who drew
Slaughter’s character in the World of G.I. Joe were rather generous. The
person that Slaughter is demonstrating the move on is apparently named Tony
Anthony. Or Tony Tony. As Slaughter details the move, he clearly shows
how the Clutch and The Million Dollar Dream are the exact same thing. Slaughter
of course won’t let up when the kid starts to tap. This was much better
than a match, I’ll say that much.

Rick Rude vs Jack Roberts – DDT vs. Rude Awakening
Match – Madison Square Garden – October 24, 1988

Rude does deserve his own 2-disc set. He had a
perfect gimmick. I miss the old-school MSG entrance of the face. It always
started some ways back behind the curtain. Cheryl Roberts is actually
pretty attractive, looking like Tawny Kitaen’s sister. Funny moment when Rick
Rude is in a wrist lick, we get a nice shot of his back, which looks
like all the stars in the sky because of his steroid use. Some guys get
side-effects worse than others. Later, when Rude has Roberts in a
sleeper, Jake digs his nails into Rude’s back and digs downward. I imagine Jake
was digging puss out of his fingernails for weeks. A decent match that’s
nothing extraordinary, and just about what you’d expect.
Jake hits the DDT for the pin at 13:02 | ***

Mr. Perfect [C] vs. Kerry Von Erich –
Intercontinental Championship – Dayton, OH – January 13th, 1991

I understand putting this match in here, since
they’re both on the countdown, but c’mon. Mr. Perfect is one of the best sellers
of all time. I mean, it’s almost Shawn Michaels-esque in its goofiness, but
it’s Perfect. Oh snaps! We’re about to see a Perfectplex! However, Kerry
kicks out. Earlier, he had Perfect up against the pole outside, and went for
the Tornado Punch. Perfect ducked, and Von Erich decked the post, which would
shatter the absolute shit out of his hand and hurt like hell. Then again, that
would defeat the purpose of putting somas on your cereal, wouldn’t it? We end up getting a DQ, and I’m not sure why. I
think it’s because Kerry had Perfect in the dumbest move ever, The Carrey Claw,
and Perfect pulled the ref into the both of them. Match was alright for
what it was. I still feel bad for Kerry. 
Ref calls for the DQ at 8:30 | **1/2

Bob Backlund vs. Bret Hart [C} – WWE Championship
– Superstars – July 30th, 1994

Honestly, the crazy Backlund deal is pretty
ingenious. Being that I’ve never seen a Backlund match, he’s one hell of a
wrestler. Tons of really interesting near-falls at the beginning, as
Backlund shows this won’t be easy. I’ve never really seen a match like this.
It’s probably the most technically-sound bout I’ve ever seen, it’s
fantastic. I mean, wow. If you haven’t seen it, you really need to. Especially
since Backlund was the most white bread babyface of all time. I’d like
to see the whole angle on a DVD. Really interesting match, that’s the best way
to explain it. You have to love how at the end, Backlund just snaps. I
can only imagine how crazy this was to older fans watching at the time. Since I
only started watching in 1995, I only know the crazy, head-shaved, suit-wearing
antiquated-term-using Backlund. 
Bret Hits an inside cradle for the pin at 14:27 |
****

Hall & Nash [C] vs. The Giant – WCW Tag-Team
Championship – Superbrawl, February 23rd, 1997

Dusty of course is already in the throes of
brilliance. Hall & Syxx are wearing shirts that say ‘Aztecas’ and Dusty
says “You see what their shirts say, ‘Alcatraz’….does that say
Alcatraz?” “No, it doesn’t” “Ah…I was just testing you!
Ya’ll was looking over there!” Man, Dusty is awesome on commentary. Man alive, it’s absolutely
night and day between Big Show of late 90s, and today. He’s doing dropkicks,
moving quickly, it’s incredible. Nice botch where The Giant is hanging on the
middle rope and Syxx does a spin kick towards his head, but misses it by a
mile. Thankfully, Tony doesn’t try and convince us of The Giant’s second,
invisible head that rests behind his first, visible head. Soon after, Nash hits
the powerbomb and it’s damn impressive looking. Luger shows up, in
street clothes and cast. He tags in to rack Nash, and win himself and The Giant
the belts. Of course, the next night on Nitro, they had to give the
belts back due to Luger not being cleared. See, this is a perfect example of
everything that did and didn’t work with the nWo. This match is fine, I enjoyed
it. There were no slow spots, the drama was there, and you were wondering if
The Giant could take both of ’em. Then at the last minute, Luger shows
up to make the save for the good-guys. But then, it’s all reversed, like
nothing happened. Once? Sure, that’s acceptable, but this is the SECOND
time in two months they pulled some BS like this. Still, for just the match,
it’s fun. 
Luger racks Nash for the win at 9:04 | ***

Mankind vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler – King of the
Ring – June 8th, 1997

It’s a shame the match-up from later, HHH vs.
Mankind isn’t on here. That’s one hell of a match. Another shame is that kids
these days just see the kindly, smiling King, because he really was a
fantastic heel in the 90s. One of the best cowardly heels ever, that’s for
sure. As for the match, this just never picked up. Lawler just beat the
hell out of Mick for the entire match before he fell to the claw. 
Mick clamps the claw on Lawler for the win at
10:28 | **

RVD vs. 2 Cold Scorpio – Living Dangerously –
March 1st, 1998

I’m still unsure if RVD calls himself that because
of how much he looks like JCVD. The crowd is being pretty merciless, giving out
“this match sucks” and “boring” chants, during the
first 10 minutes. The match starts to pick back up, as Scorpio brings an innovative
display to his offense. He does one move that I’ve never seen before. Rob is
laying in the ring, Scorp goes out, looks like he’s about to do the Eddie
ploncha, but instead does a full 360 splash after whipping himself into
the ring. Incredible. I really wish I could say that the match continued
upward, but Scorp and RVD just have no chemistry. There’s a ton of botches, a
lot of stumbling and no real flow. I’ve seen a hell of a lot worse, but
I just expected so much more. 
RVD hits a roll up at 27:10 | **3/4

Ric Flair [C] vs. DDP vs. Hulk Hogan vs. Sting w/
special guest ref Macho Man – WCW Championship – Spring Stampede – April 11th,
1999

Geez, look at all that star power in there. This
is basically their version of the 6 man HiAC from 2000. After the match gets
going, Hogan is taken to the back because of a knee injury. I HATE stuff
like that, because isn’t that the point? Isn’t said wrestler trying to hurt another
said wrestler in order to make him submit? Moving along. Awesome moment
where Flair has Sting in a sleeper, then DDP had Flair in a sleeper, as Sting
drops down, causing a double jaw-breaker, getting Macho so excited that he does
a spinning finger-twirl. Seriously, I can’t see any reason for Macho Man to not
always be the champion of any company he was working for. For no reason at all,
he drops an elbow on Flair while he had Sting in the figure-four. No
complaints. A lot of people complained about DDP winning the match, but
I don’t see the big deal. DDP works his ass off, has great matches and feuds
with everyone, and I think he deserved it. Of course, if there was ever
a time for him, it was probably in 1997 or so, but hindsight is 20/20. In the
end though, this match was clunky, and really didn’t pick up until the
end. The Hogan thing is still a mystery. 
DDP hits Flair with the Diamond Cutter for the pin
and the title  at 17:27 | ***

DISC 3

Chris Jericho & The Rock vs. Stone Cold &
Kurt Angle – Smackdown – November 15th, 2001

I think it’s no surprise when I say this is a hell
of a match. Angle and Stone Cold make for a great team, as they cut the ring in
half and keep Jericho constantly in need of a tag, doing their absolute
best to keep him from getting it. Would have been nice to get a real finish out
of this, but since it was Survivor Series in a few days, Alliance vs.
WWE, that wasn’t going to happen. I will say, however, it’s one hell of an
ending. Taker comes out to prevent Angle and Stone Cold from killing
Rocky, then Angle takes out Taker, Booker shows up, Jericho gives him the
Lionsault, only for RVD to show up and deliver a 5 star to Jericho,
which then allows Kane to arrive and chokeslam RVD, as Shane flies out of nowhere
and hits Kane with a chair, giving The Big Show a chance to get into the
ring and punch said chair into Shane’s face, allowing Kurt to give Show the
Angle Slam, which distracts him long enough to have Rock give him the
Rock Bottom just before Stone Cold drops him with a Stunner. 
Match never really ends, as Stone Cold throws the
ref out and everyone runs in. About 10 minutes | ***3/4


Brock Lesnar & Eddie Guerrero vs. Bubba Ray
& RVD – Monday Night Raw – June, 3rd, 2002

Lesnar is a beast, plain and simple. He’s the type
of guy who should never be a face. Speaking of face, around the middle of the
match, Bubba aims to put a table in the ring, but Eddie baseball slides
it right into his grill. The match doesn’t go for long, but what we do get is
hard-hitting and fast, a perfectly fine addition to the set. Proof again
why Lesnar became champion so damn fast. 
Eddie hits the Frogsplash on RVD for the pin at
9:00 | ***

Chris Jericho & Christian vs. Jeff Hardy &
Shawn Michaels – No-DQ – Monday Night Raw – February 17th, 2003

As Jeff comes down to the ring, JR says he’s tried
to get into Jeff’s head, but was never successful. Dixie Carter succeeded where
Jim Ross could not. Great spot where Jeff does his rail run and Jericho catches
him mid-air and turns it into a powerslam. Soon, they handcuff Shawn to the
bottom rope and proceed to annoy me by then beating on Jeff in the ring one
at a time while the other stands on the apron. It’s no DQ, c’mon, quit bein’ a
couple of fair bears! Eventually, Shawn gets the key and unlocks himself, but
waits at the ropes for Jeff to tag him. I know it’s petty, but things
like that annoy me. Really, this was more about progressing the storyline with
Jericho and HBK at the time, it didn’t need to be on this DVD
Jeff hits the Swanton & pins Jericho at 6:20 |
**

Triple H, Ric Flair, and Randy Orton vs. The
Dudley Boyz & Spike – Monday Night Raw – July 14th, 2003
Spike is the first to go after an RKO. A little
later, Randy goes up for a 3D, and before he goes down he’s shaking his head no
while he screams it. I thought that was a nice touch. Hunter hits D-Von with a flag,
then places Randy on top of him for the pin. After a little while, Triple H
hits the Pedigree on Bubba, allowing Randy to get the pin once more. I’ll assume
this went down as some sort of punishment for misconduct backstage. The Dudleyz
probably brought their wives/girlfriends around, Randy made extreme sexual
advances towards them and the Dudleyz were yelled at for bringing their
wives/girlfriends backstage. An alright match, nothing special. 
Randy gets the pin after HHH hits the Pedigree on
Bubba at 11:38 | **



Trish Status [C] vs. Lita – Women’s Championship –
Monday Night Raw – December 6th, 2004

I’ve never seen this match, so I’m looking forward
to it. Pretty nasty landing for Lita when she does a suicide dive to the
outside towards Trish. She lands mostly on her face, and flips forward.
Gnarly. Is there anything hotter than heel Trish? It’s rhetorical, there isn’t.
A shame this match didn’t get another 5 minutes or so, because it’s great, and
was really picking up a good amount of steam near the end. I think some
more near-falls, and Lita really struggling to put Trish down would have helped
the match out a lot. However, what we get is still damn good stuff, and
places it as one of the best women’s matches I’ve seen. 
Lita hits the moonsault, nabbing the pin & the
title at 7:12 | ***

Randy Orton vs. HBK vs. JBL vs. Randy Orton –
Monday Night Raw – December 29th, 2008

Match gets off to a great start, especially when
it’s Jericho and HBK. Great series of moves as JBL attempts the Clothesline,
Jericho ducks it, hits the Codebreaker, goes to pin but Shawn makes the save.
Jericho puts JBL in the Walls, unknowing that Shawn got a tag, as he Superkicks
Chris right in the face and scores the pin. Randy is soon put down with Sweet
Chin Music as well. Now that Shawn and JBL are left, Bradshaw demands that
Shawn lay down for him. The angle with JBL hiring Shawn was great, it’s
just too bad that Bradshaw was God-awful in the ring, and that not even Shawn
Michaels could have a decent, non-hardcore match with him. Pretty awesome
ending with Shawn not being able to lay down for him, so he asks to be knocked
out. Again, great angle, terrible payoff. This match was fine, nothing
too spectacular, and would have probably been something great if it were on
PPV. 
JBL pins Shawn after the Clothesline From Hell at
18:04 | ***1/4

Undertaker [C] vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM
Punk – World Heavyweight Championship – Bragging Rights – October 25th, 2009

It’s funny, every time Taker goes to slap on Hells
Gate, it’s like he doesn’t know how. Punk is like a scavenger in this match.
He’s constantly breaking up pins, and then running in to take other
people’s pin attempts, it’s great. I’ll say this, main events like this annoy
me. Well, I should say the time limits do. I understand that Taker is limited,
but there are three other guys in there who can go, so they should be allowed
to. It’s for a major title, with FOUR guys, it shouldn’t be lasting only 10
minutes. 
It’s an OK match, and I understand its inclusion.
Unfortunately, the match doesn’t have the awesome interview afterward where
Batista calmly says to Rey “I’m gonna rip your head off”
Undertaker hits the Tombstone on Batista at 9:55 |
**3/4


Sheamus [C] vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs.
Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Wade Barrett – WWE Championship – Six Pack Challenge
– Night of Champions – September 9th, 2010

Jericho is eliminated first rather quickly after
an RKO. Bummer. For some reason, the entire match shuts down over this. All the
wrestlers watch him walk to the back. It literally takes about three minutes of
the match to watch Jericho walk to the back. Did I miss something? Was
there a stipulation that the first person eliminated is killed with a pair of
nail clippers or something? Edge is second to be eliminated after he receives
an AA, with Cena soon following after Barrett hits a Wasteland. Nexus comes
down to help him out, but they can’t keep him from eating an RKO followed up by
a pin. Sheamus and Orton battle it out for a minute, but Orton gets the
RKO. They don’t do a lot of matches like this because they’re hard to pull off,
but with this much talent, it wasn’t a problem. Great match
Sheamus eats an RKO, a pin, and loses his title to
Orton at 21:23 | ****


Showcase Showdown: The documentary portion is
great. I know some people don’t care about watching these sorts of list
programs, but I love the hell out of ’em. They’re great to have on while I’m
working, or going to bed. The match selection is interesting, with some awesome
choices, but also leaves you wanting more. Some choices are only put in because
it’s two guys or more from the list fighting it out. However, with gems like
Bret vs. Backlund from Superstars, and Jericho and Rock vs. Stone Cold &
Angle, I’d say this set is definitely worth it. Honestly, if you wait another
month or two, you can cop it at Walmart for a cool $10. Worth it. 4 Head-Butts
out of 5.

For those curious, here’s what’s available on the blu-ray:
Triple H & Undertaker vs. Big Show & Edge
SmackDown – 6th February, 2009

Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy & The Great Khali vs. Edge, Dolph Ziggler & Chris Jericho
Raw – 22nd June, 2009

No Disqualification, 6-Man Tag Team Match
Mr. McMahon & D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) vs. Randy Orton & Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase)
Raw – 24th August, 2009

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team Mysterio (Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Chris Masters, Kofi Kingston, & MVP) vs. Team Alberto (Alberto
Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, & Tyler Reks)
Survivor Series – 21st November, 2010

John Cena & Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk & R-Truth
With Special Guest Referee Bret “Hitman” Hart
Raw – 23rd May, 2011

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Full Listing For WWE’s 50 Greatest Finishers DVD/Blu-Ray

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Quick note about NXT: I can’t find it online and it’s not listed on WWE.com so I have no idea when/if I’ll be able to get it up.
– WWE has released details on their 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History DVD/Bu-Ray, including the top 50 list. Check out the details below:

50. JBL – Clothesline
49. Vader – Vader Bomb
48. Dusty Rhodes – Bionic Elbow
47. Million Dollar Man – Million Dollar Dream
46. Kerry Von Erich – Iron Claw
45. Ravishing Rick Rude – Rude Awakening
44. Lex Luger – Torture Rack
43. Dudley Boyz – 3-D
42. Bam Bam Bigelow – Moonsault
41. DDP – Diamond Cutter
40. Mankind – Mandible Claw / Socko
39. Honky Tonk Man – Shake Rattle and Roll
38. Yokozuna – Bonzai Drop
37. Flash Funk – 450 Splash
36. Sting – Scorpion Lock
35. Lita – Moonsault
34. Kevin Nash – Jack-knife
33. Jerry Lawler – Piledriver
32. RVD – Five-Star Frog Splash
31. Big Show – Chokeslam
30. CM Punk – GTS
29. Brock Lesnar – F-5
28. Bob Backlund – Chicken Wing
27. Batista – Batista Bomb
26. Mr. Perfect – Perfect Plex
25. Kurt Angle – Ankle Lock
24. Chris Jericho – Lion Tamer / Walls of Jericho
23. Edge – Spear
22. Iron Sheik – Camel Clutch
21. John Cena – Attitude Adjustment
20. Scott Hall – Razors Edge
19. Goldberg – Jackhammer
18. Rey Mysterio – 6-1-9
17. Road Warriors – Doomsday Device
16. Bruno Sammartino – Bearhug
15. Sgt. Slaughter – Cobra Clutch
14. Jeff Hardy – Swanton Bomb
13. Eddie Guerrero – Frog Splash
12. Macho Man Randy Savage – Elbow off Top Rope
11. Randy Orton – RKO
10. Bret Hitman Hart – Sharpshooter
9. Jimmy Superfly Snuka – Superfly Splash
8. Nature Boy Ric Flair – Figure Four Leg Lock
7. Hulk Hogan – Leg Drop
6. Shawn Michaels – Sweet Chin Music
5. Jake The Snake Roberts – DDT
4. The Rock – Rock Bottom / Peoples Elbow
3. Triple H – Pedigree
2. Undertaker – Tombstone Piledriver
1. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Stunner

DISC ONE BONUS FEATURES:
Bonus: Booker T – Spinarooni

Bonus: John Morrison – Starship Pain

Bonus: Scotty Too Hotty – The Worm

Bonus: Rikishi – Stinkface

Bonus: Shane McMahon – Coast to Coast

Bonus: Billy Kidman – Shooting Star Press

DISC TWO BONUS FEATURES:
Sgt. Slaughter Demonstrates The Cobra Clutch on Tony Anthony
World Wide Wrestling – 10th December, 1981

DDT vs. Rude Awakening Match
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude
Madison Square Garden – 24th October, 1988

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Mr. Perfect vs. Texas Tornado
Dayton, Ohio – 13th January, 1991

WWE Championship Match
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Bob Backlund
Superstars – 30th July, 1994

WCW World Tag Team Championship Match
Kevin Nash & Scott Hall vs. The Giant & Lex Luger
SuperBrawl VII – 23rd February, 1997

King of the Ring Semi-Final Match
Mankind vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
King of the Ring – 8th June, 1997

Rob Van Dam vs. 2 Cold Scorpio
Living Dangerously – 1st March, 1998

Four Corners Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Hollywood Hogan vs. Sting
With Special Guest Referee “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Spring Stampede –11th April, 1999

Chris Jericho & The Rock vs. Kurt Angle & Stone Cold Steve Austin
SmackDown – 15th November, 2001

Rob Van Dam & Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Brock Lesnar & Eddie Guerrero
Raw – 3rd June, 2002

No Disqualification Tag Team Match
Shawn Michaels & Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Jericho & Christian
Raw – 17th February, 2003

The Rock vs. Goldberg
Backlash – 27th April, 2003

6-Man Elimination Match
Bubba Ray, DVon & Spike Dudley vs. Evolution (Triple H, ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair & Randy Orton)
Raw – 14th July, 2003

WWE Women’s Championship Match
Trish Stratus vs. Lita
Raw 6th December, 2004

Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to become the Number One Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton vs. JBL vs. Chris Jericho
Raw – 29th December, 2008

Fatal 4-Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Undertaker vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
Bragging Rights – 25th October, 2009

Six Pack Challenge Elimination Match for the WWE Championship
Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Wade Barrett
Night of Champions – 9th September, 2010

Blu-ray Exclusive Content:
Triple H & Undertaker vs. Big Show & Edge
SmackDown – 6th February, 2009

Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy & The Great Khali vs. Edge, Dolph Ziggler & Chris Jericho
Raw – 22nd June, 2009

No Disqualification, 6-Man Tag Team Match
Mr. McMahon & D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels & Triple H) vs. Randy Orton & Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase)
Raw – 24th August, 2009

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team Mysterio (Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Chris Masters, Kofi Kingston, & MVP) vs. Team Alberto (Alberto
Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, & Tyler Reks)
Survivor Series – 21st November, 2010

John Cena & Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk & R-Truth
With Special Guest Referee Bret “Hitman” Hart
Raw – 23rd May, 2011

WWE’s direction

Hey Scott, long-time reader, but this is my first time asking a question.
I see that many people are complaining about the WWE's PG-oriented
product lately, but here's what I think about it:
The WWE, being the world's biggest promotion, with no competition that
can give it a run for its money, like WCW back in the 90's, is at a
position where they only have to maintain their position. My guess is
that they're playing it safe with their content now. To avoid burning
the fans out with the Attitude-style product that they were putting
then, and also risking potential backlash with a storyline taken too
far, like ECW's crucifixion incident, they're trying to give the fans
something not as edgy as before. Of course, it would help Linda
McMahon if she runs for public office again.
Thoughts?


You are absolutely correct.  Unless they lose TV, which could still happen, they have enough money and reserves to coast forever, basically.  So they're not going to risk anything that could cost them that sweet toy business cheddar.  I've said, and many others on the blog have as well, that the reasoning is totally understandable.  It's just a bummer when there's no blood in a match that would otherwise call for it.  I don't think anyone is calling for them to return to Russo-esque Mature-rated programming, since a good storyline is the same in PG or M ratings.  

Crisis On Infinite WWEs

Hello Mr. Keith, long time reader here.  Besides Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania time, and this past Summer of Punk, I really don’t bother to pay attention to the WWE because its looked and felt the same for the past couple of years.  I remember that although it wasn’t a financially smart move to make Hog Wild & Bash at The Beach 95 free,  your appreciated the efforts of thinking outside the box.  Other examples is Spring Break Nitros and the first Souled Out ppv.  So without thinking with this topic who should be where on the main event, mid-cards and who deserves titles, i offer another point of view, and what really could do the wwe good is a big change in just the over-all look and feel of its live events.  My suggestions:

Title Condensing: Merging the World titles into one, merge u.s. title with intercontinental.  Just have World, IC, Tag-Team, and Womens (i would get rid of it, but I don’t think they would ever let it go).

Probably won’t ever happen because they’re deeply ingrained into the habit of having 2 World titles now, but yes, this is obviously the first step they need to take and everyone but them seems to know it. 

One PPV a month only, trying best to have them on the last sunday of the month, with these exceptions:
NO ppv between Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania, but a Saturday nights Main Event in febuary perhaps.  That way you can start the build for the MAIN EVENT (as in last match at wrestlemania), between the current champ and rumble winner, the raw after the rumble.

I personally would cut it down to 8 PPVs a year, and the Chamber in particular needs to go.  8 weeks of hype would be much more effective than shoehorning guys into the Chamber match just for the sake of it.  They’re planning on dumping the B-shows when the Network launches anyway (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!  But let’s pretend here), so the revenue hit wouldn’t matter. 

Put Wrestlemania & the Royal Rumble on saturdays.  And i don’t see why this would be a problem.  I can much see people wanting to get together at someones house and pay for a 3-4 hour event that starts in the evening, on a saturday as opposed to a worknight because these shows don’t start till 7 anyway

The problem is Saturday is UFC’s night now and fans are creatures of habit.  This one wouldn’t work, trust me. 

Hold Summerslam at an outdoor event.  Doesn’t have to be WM-Sized stadium show either.  Remember how much the Eliminationm chamber ppv in puerto rico sucked but the crowd was RABID!  Can you imagine that, but right out in the open air.  I know the only drawback is maybe major baseball stadiums wouldn’t be so available because the season will still be on.

Outdoor shows are always tricky, and Summerslam is never a guarantee to sell tickets these days.  I think they should save the stadium shows for Wrestlemania to really make it mean something. 

Dump the current gimmick ppvs, bring back King Of The Ring and focus the entire show on the actual tournament.  Aswell as make the Survivor Series about the elimination matches.  That way you got 5 ppvs a year (rumble, wrestlemania, kotr, outdoor summerslam & ss) that standout from the others just by either scale, theme, match set-up

I know people have had a thing about bringing King of the Ring back for a while now, but it needs actual stakes to make people buy it.  Maybe give the winner the title shot at Summerslam? 

I know these wont actually fix the in-ring and promo product, but it is SOMETHING that I think can drastically change the over-all look and perhaps help the booking of this company from what I think cannot get any staler.  With the exception of punk.

Yeah, but all the cosmetic changes in the world can’t make the writing better or guys more over.  As JR might say, a pig in a fancy dress still rolls around in the mud.  Or something. 

Crisis On Infinite WWEs

Hello Mr. Keith, long time reader here.  Besides Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania time, and this past Summer of Punk, I really don’t bother to pay attention to the WWE because its looked and felt the same for the past couple of years.  I remember that although it wasn’t a financially smart move to make Hog Wild & Bash at The Beach 95 free,  your appreciated the efforts of thinking outside the box.  Other examples is Spring Break Nitros and the first Souled Out ppv.  So without thinking with this topic who should be where on the main event, mid-cards and who deserves titles, i offer another point of view, and what really could do the wwe good is a big change in just the over-all look and feel of its live events.  My suggestions:

Title Condensing: Merging the World titles into one, merge u.s. title with intercontinental.  Just have World, IC, Tag-Team, and Womens (i would get rid of it, but I don’t think they would ever let it go).

Probably won’t ever happen because they’re deeply ingrained into the habit of having 2 World titles now, but yes, this is obviously the first step they need to take and everyone but them seems to know it. 

One PPV a month only, trying best to have them on the last sunday of the month, with these exceptions:
NO ppv between Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania, but a Saturday nights Main Event in febuary perhaps.  That way you can start the build for the MAIN EVENT (as in last match at wrestlemania), between the current champ and rumble winner, the raw after the rumble.

I personally would cut it down to 8 PPVs a year, and the Chamber in particular needs to go.  8 weeks of hype would be much more effective than shoehorning guys into the Chamber match just for the sake of it.  They’re planning on dumping the B-shows when the Network launches anyway (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!  But let’s pretend here), so the revenue hit wouldn’t matter. 

Put Wrestlemania & the Royal Rumble on saturdays.  And i don’t see why this would be a problem.  I can much see people wanting to get together at someones house and pay for a 3-4 hour event that starts in the evening, on a saturday as opposed to a worknight because these shows don’t start till 7 anyway

The problem is Saturday is UFC’s night now and fans are creatures of habit.  This one wouldn’t work, trust me. 

Hold Summerslam at an outdoor event.  Doesn’t have to be WM-Sized stadium show either.  Remember how much the Eliminationm chamber ppv in puerto rico sucked but the crowd was RABID!  Can you imagine that, but right out in the open air.  I know the only drawback is maybe major baseball stadiums wouldn’t be so available because the season will still be on.

Outdoor shows are always tricky, and Summerslam is never a guarantee to sell tickets these days.  I think they should save the stadium shows for Wrestlemania to really make it mean something. 

Dump the current gimmick ppvs, bring back King Of The Ring and focus the entire show on the actual tournament.  Aswell as make the Survivor Series about the elimination matches.  That way you got 5 ppvs a year (rumble, wrestlemania, kotr, outdoor summerslam & ss) that standout from the others just by either scale, theme, match set-up

I know people have had a thing about bringing King of the Ring back for a while now, but it needs actual stakes to make people buy it.  Maybe give the winner the title shot at Summerslam? 

I know these wont actually fix the in-ring and promo product, but it is SOMETHING that I think can drastically change the over-all look and perhaps help the booking of this company from what I think cannot get any staler.  With the exception of punk.

Yeah, but all the cosmetic changes in the world can’t make the writing better or guys more over.  As JR might say, a pig in a fancy dress still rolls around in the mud.  Or something. 

Crisis On Infinite WWEs

Hello Mr. Keith, long time reader here.  Besides Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania time, and this past Summer of Punk, I really don’t bother to pay attention to the WWE because its looked and felt the same for the past couple of years.  I remember that although it wasn’t a financially smart move to make Hog Wild & Bash at The Beach 95 free,  your appreciated the efforts of thinking outside the box.  Other examples is Spring Break Nitros and the first Souled Out ppv.  So without thinking with this topic who should be where on the main event, mid-cards and who deserves titles, i offer another point of view, and what really could do the wwe good is a big change in just the over-all look and feel of its live events.  My suggestions:

Title Condensing: Merging the World titles into one, merge u.s. title with intercontinental.  Just have World, IC, Tag-Team, and Womens (i would get rid of it, but I don’t think they would ever let it go).

Probably won’t ever happen because they’re deeply ingrained into the habit of having 2 World titles now, but yes, this is obviously the first step they need to take and everyone but them seems to know it. 

One PPV a month only, trying best to have them on the last sunday of the month, with these exceptions:
NO ppv between Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania, but a Saturday nights Main Event in febuary perhaps.  That way you can start the build for the MAIN EVENT (as in last match at wrestlemania), between the current champ and rumble winner, the raw after the rumble.

I personally would cut it down to 8 PPVs a year, and the Chamber in particular needs to go.  8 weeks of hype would be much more effective than shoehorning guys into the Chamber match just for the sake of it.  They’re planning on dumping the B-shows when the Network launches anyway (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!  But let’s pretend here), so the revenue hit wouldn’t matter. 

Put Wrestlemania & the Royal Rumble on saturdays.  And i don’t see why this would be a problem.  I can much see people wanting to get together at someones house and pay for a 3-4 hour event that starts in the evening, on a saturday as opposed to a worknight because these shows don’t start till 7 anyway

The problem is Saturday is UFC’s night now and fans are creatures of habit.  This one wouldn’t work, trust me. 

Hold Summerslam at an outdoor event.  Doesn’t have to be WM-Sized stadium show either.  Remember how much the Eliminationm chamber ppv in puerto rico sucked but the crowd was RABID!  Can you imagine that, but right out in the open air.  I know the only drawback is maybe major baseball stadiums wouldn’t be so available because the season will still be on.

Outdoor shows are always tricky, and Summerslam is never a guarantee to sell tickets these days.  I think they should save the stadium shows for Wrestlemania to really make it mean something. 

Dump the current gimmick ppvs, bring back King Of The Ring and focus the entire show on the actual tournament.  Aswell as make the Survivor Series about the elimination matches.  That way you got 5 ppvs a year (rumble, wrestlemania, kotr, outdoor summerslam & ss) that standout from the others just by either scale, theme, match set-up

I know people have had a thing about bringing King of the Ring back for a while now, but it needs actual stakes to make people buy it.  Maybe give the winner the title shot at Summerslam? 

I know these wont actually fix the in-ring and promo product, but it is SOMETHING that I think can drastically change the over-all look and perhaps help the booking of this company from what I think cannot get any staler.  With the exception of punk.

Yeah, but all the cosmetic changes in the world can’t make the writing better or guys more over.  As JR might say, a pig in a fancy dress still rolls around in the mud.  Or something. 

Crisis On Infinite WWEs

Hello Mr. Keith, long time reader here.  Besides Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania time, and this past Summer of Punk, I really don’t bother to pay attention to the WWE because its looked and felt the same for the past couple of years.  I remember that although it wasn’t a financially smart move to make Hog Wild & Bash at The Beach 95 free,  your appreciated the efforts of thinking outside the box.  Other examples is Spring Break Nitros and the first Souled Out ppv.  So without thinking with this topic who should be where on the main event, mid-cards and who deserves titles, i offer another point of view, and what really could do the wwe good is a big change in just the over-all look and feel of its live events.  My suggestions:

Title Condensing: Merging the World titles into one, merge u.s. title with intercontinental.  Just have World, IC, Tag-Team, and Womens (i would get rid of it, but I don’t think they would ever let it go).

Probably won’t ever happen because they’re deeply ingrained into the habit of having 2 World titles now, but yes, this is obviously the first step they need to take and everyone but them seems to know it. 

One PPV a month only, trying best to have them on the last sunday of the month, with these exceptions:
NO ppv between Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania, but a Saturday nights Main Event in febuary perhaps.  That way you can start the build for the MAIN EVENT (as in last match at wrestlemania), between the current champ and rumble winner, the raw after the rumble.

I personally would cut it down to 8 PPVs a year, and the Chamber in particular needs to go.  8 weeks of hype would be much more effective than shoehorning guys into the Chamber match just for the sake of it.  They’re planning on dumping the B-shows when the Network launches anyway (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!  But let’s pretend here), so the revenue hit wouldn’t matter. 

Put Wrestlemania & the Royal Rumble on saturdays.  And i don’t see why this would be a problem.  I can much see people wanting to get together at someones house and pay for a 3-4 hour event that starts in the evening, on a saturday as opposed to a worknight because these shows don’t start till 7 anyway

The problem is Saturday is UFC’s night now and fans are creatures of habit.  This one wouldn’t work, trust me. 

Hold Summerslam at an outdoor event.  Doesn’t have to be WM-Sized stadium show either.  Remember how much the Eliminationm chamber ppv in puerto rico sucked but the crowd was RABID!  Can you imagine that, but right out in the open air.  I know the only drawback is maybe major baseball stadiums wouldn’t be so available because the season will still be on.

Outdoor shows are always tricky, and Summerslam is never a guarantee to sell tickets these days.  I think they should save the stadium shows for Wrestlemania to really make it mean something. 

Dump the current gimmick ppvs, bring back King Of The Ring and focus the entire show on the actual tournament.  Aswell as make the Survivor Series about the elimination matches.  That way you got 5 ppvs a year (rumble, wrestlemania, kotr, outdoor summerslam & ss) that standout from the others just by either scale, theme, match set-up

I know people have had a thing about bringing King of the Ring back for a while now, but it needs actual stakes to make people buy it.  Maybe give the winner the title shot at Summerslam? 

I know these wont actually fix the in-ring and promo product, but it is SOMETHING that I think can drastically change the over-all look and perhaps help the booking of this company from what I think cannot get any staler.  With the exception of punk.

Yeah, but all the cosmetic changes in the world can’t make the writing better or guys more over.  As JR might say, a pig in a fancy dress still rolls around in the mud.  Or something. 

Crisis On Infinite WWEs

Hello Mr. Keith, long time reader here.  Besides Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania time, and this past Summer of Punk, I really don’t bother to pay attention to the WWE because its looked and felt the same for the past couple of years.  I remember that although it wasn’t a financially smart move to make Hog Wild & Bash at The Beach 95 free,  your appreciated the efforts of thinking outside the box.  Other examples is Spring Break Nitros and the first Souled Out ppv.  So without thinking with this topic who should be where on the main event, mid-cards and who deserves titles, i offer another point of view, and what really could do the wwe good is a big change in just the over-all look and feel of its live events.  My suggestions:

Title Condensing: Merging the World titles into one, merge u.s. title with intercontinental.  Just have World, IC, Tag-Team, and Womens (i would get rid of it, but I don’t think they would ever let it go).

Probably won’t ever happen because they’re deeply ingrained into the habit of having 2 World titles now, but yes, this is obviously the first step they need to take and everyone but them seems to know it. 

One PPV a month only, trying best to have them on the last sunday of the month, with these exceptions:
NO ppv between Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania, but a Saturday nights Main Event in febuary perhaps.  That way you can start the build for the MAIN EVENT (as in last match at wrestlemania), between the current champ and rumble winner, the raw after the rumble.

I personally would cut it down to 8 PPVs a year, and the Chamber in particular needs to go.  8 weeks of hype would be much more effective than shoehorning guys into the Chamber match just for the sake of it.  They’re planning on dumping the B-shows when the Network launches anyway (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!  But let’s pretend here), so the revenue hit wouldn’t matter. 

Put Wrestlemania & the Royal Rumble on saturdays.  And i don’t see why this would be a problem.  I can much see people wanting to get together at someones house and pay for a 3-4 hour event that starts in the evening, on a saturday as opposed to a worknight because these shows don’t start till 7 anyway

The problem is Saturday is UFC’s night now and fans are creatures of habit.  This one wouldn’t work, trust me. 

Hold Summerslam at an outdoor event.  Doesn’t have to be WM-Sized stadium show either.  Remember how much the Eliminationm chamber ppv in puerto rico sucked but the crowd was RABID!  Can you imagine that, but right out in the open air.  I know the only drawback is maybe major baseball stadiums wouldn’t be so available because the season will still be on.

Outdoor shows are always tricky, and Summerslam is never a guarantee to sell tickets these days.  I think they should save the stadium shows for Wrestlemania to really make it mean something. 

Dump the current gimmick ppvs, bring back King Of The Ring and focus the entire show on the actual tournament.  Aswell as make the Survivor Series about the elimination matches.  That way you got 5 ppvs a year (rumble, wrestlemania, kotr, outdoor summerslam & ss) that standout from the others just by either scale, theme, match set-up

I know people have had a thing about bringing King of the Ring back for a while now, but it needs actual stakes to make people buy it.  Maybe give the winner the title shot at Summerslam? 

I know these wont actually fix the in-ring and promo product, but it is SOMETHING that I think can drastically change the over-all look and perhaps help the booking of this company from what I think cannot get any staler.  With the exception of punk.

Yeah, but all the cosmetic changes in the world can’t make the writing better or guys more over.  As JR might say, a pig in a fancy dress still rolls around in the mud.  Or something.