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  1. Nick Bockwinkel sure could talk... and he makes some interesting points about the evolution of pro-wrestling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO0SMRoIiNg
  2. This is what we need today: Brock Lesnar VS Roman Reigns beating the piss out of each other for two hours on an uninhabited island.
  3. In my continued dive into WCW, I am reminded that the main event of Starrcade 1994 was Hulk Hogan VS The Butcher, aka Brutus Beefcake. Sweet heavens above.
  4. One thing that also stands out for me was a Thunder when Ric Flair came out while Russo was standing in the ring and cut a promo about his accomplishments and the accomplishments of Sting, Lex Luger etc. It was great, and it ended with Flair saying that if he were to win the match at the next Pay-Per-View (I believe it was Slamboree), he'd get five minutes alone with Russo. All in all, great promo. And then Russo ruined it by saying, 'This is the part of the show where I act like a chickenshit heel.' Fuck you, Russo. Just... God dammit, now I'm sad again.
  5. I just looked it up. It was indeed in 1999: on the December 23rd episode of Thunder.
  6. I wonder what would have happened if Benoit had stayed. The title match with Sid had the foundation of overturning the decision: at some point, Sid Chokeslams Benoit and goes for the cover. Arn Anderson (the referee) breaks it up because Benoit's foot is underneath the ropes. Later when Benoit has Sid in the Crossface, Sid has his foot underneath the ropes, but Arn doesn't see it and Sid taps. The next night on Nitro, Arn confesses he didn't see it and that he messed up. So to cynical old me, it sounds like they desperately tried to keep Benoit with the company by promising him the title, only for them to screw him over after he signed the new contract or whatever. After Benoit and the others left, there was little fresh talent to be excited for. Plus Goldberg just got injured after he cut himself open by smashing a car window and Hart had to retire... And, on top of that, you got the usual creative control clause issues that didn't exactly help with the process of building new stars. Scott Steiner would go on to be a solid heel, but he wasn't exactly young anymore. Booker T was great (although he still had to wade through the raw sewage of Misfits in Action and losing the 'T' of his name to Ahmed Johnson). Vampiro had potential and had a good gimmick until they tried to turn him into a stupid Undertaker-esque horror character. Billy Kidman could have been a pretty good 'small babyface who fights against the odds', but that went out of the window with the New Blood. But, on a brighter note, we got this:
  7. I watched the Sid Vicious/Scott Hall/Jeff Jarrett match from SuperBrawl 2000 other day. The ending had Jarrett hitting Hall with his guitar, then Sid Chokeslamming Jarrett, and then Sid Powerbombing Hall and pinning him. When Sid Powerbombed Hall, Hall's face was a grimace of pure agony. You could tell something was up. I looked it up and apparently he later said that he felt something was wrong when he got hit with the guitar. Then he told Sid to 'go easy' with the Powerbomb (which I think you can kinda hear), but Sid didn't listen to him or perhaps didn't hear it. After the show ended, Hall was still lying down in the ring for twenty minutes before he was stretchered off. That was also his last WCW appearance (February 2000). His next appearance was in ECW in November. No real reason to share this tidbit, I suppose. It's just that his face when he got Powerbombed got an immediate, 'Oh, shit. Something's wrong,' reaction out of me. On a related note, I've been reading the detailled reports of WCW shows from 2000 and 2001, and just reading all of that is exhausting and infuriating. I can't imagine what it was like to actually watch those shows in real time. Those reports were written back when the shows aired as well, so the reviewers saying things like, 'I liked this show! Things are looking up for WCW again!' feels pretty weird.
  8. 'STEIN KALT! STEIN KALT! STEIN KALT!' in a thick Bavarian accent.
  9. 'He's big and fat and ugly... like a wrestling fan... He's probably one of those "smart" marks. Hmmm... What else is popular? LGBTQ, right? Maybe he can be attracted to both men and women. And he's German, so he'd be a German bi-smark... GOD DAMMIT! I GOT IT! I'M A GENIUS!'
  10. I was curious about the last Halloween Havoc pay-per-view, which was the 2000 one. The poster tickles me, especially with the knowledge of how the Sting/Jarrett match went: https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNTEyZDk5OGIt[email protected].jpg From Wikipedia: In the next match Jeff Jarrett defeated Sting. While Sting made his way to the ring, a man dressed as Sting from early in his career attacked him, however Sting was able to hit the Scorpion Death Drop on him. Following this, another Sting dressed in his early 1990s look attacked him, followed by one dressed the way he did as part of the nWo Wolfpac. Toward the end of the match, while Sting had Jarrett in the Scorpion Deathlock, a Crow-era Sting came through the ring mat and pulled Sting back under with him. After Sting was able to escape, he went for the Scorpion Death Drop on Jarrett, however before he could the lights went out and another Crow Sting came from the rafters, who the real Sting hit a Scorpion Death Drop on through the announce table. Following this, another fake Sting broke a guitar over Sting’s head, followed by Jarrett breaking one over Sting’s head, enabling Jarrett to pick up the pinfall victory. Also, the main event was the Goldberg/KroniK handicap elimination match that went less than four minutes.
  11. I had vague recollections of watching this match the first time it aired back in the day, and I always remembered it for the weird reaction Orihara got from the crowd (and his opponents). Does anyone have any background on this match? Something about Orihara just seems... off. Was this just because he wasn't a New Japan guy? https://biqle.com/watch/-190393047_456239625
  12. Was that the final of that year's King of the Rim?
  13. Understood. Wrestling, be Bret Michaels.
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