I've had an opinion on Ric Flair for a lot of years now, and that is that the only thing that makes Flair a "heel" or a "face" is who he is "feuding with" at the time. When he was after Tommy Rich in the early 80's he was the heel. Then later he's after some heel and he's the good guy all of a sudden. He never changes his attitude, he's always been a bit of a p*ick, and he's damn good at it.
He's a lot like Piper, never playing any different to the fans, just being the same guy all the time, and *ucking with whomever gets in his way.
You gotta love that. Not too many guys get away with that.
What the hell? A year ago the Barbarian was a heel, a month ago a face (as far as the Barbarian can be a face), and now on his way to heel-ville again. Maybe he should bring back the mohawk and facepaint?
Good point. Flair is probably the ultimate "chameleon wrestler," able to smoothly transition from "face" to "heel" depending on who he's facing.
I must point out that at Road Wild, if you noticed there was only one wrestler in the Battle Royal that Goldberg didn't attack or didn't **beat** I must also add that this wrestler happened to also give Goldberg the big boot in the head. The wrestler? Big Sexy of course. This and with what happened on Nitro this week bring me to believe that Kevin Nash will in fact be the first to beat the one named Goldberg.
Didja notice on Monday Billy Gunn's "suplex powerslam" aka a VERY obvious jackhammer (right down to the hang time at the top)?? And it only got a 2 count? Why is it he couldn't keep a man down 10 seconds and when He (God-berg) does it they're down for, like, 20 minutes?? Is the spear really THAT damaging?
Much like Disco Inferno using the "Chartbuster," my guess is that the WWF is taking a dig at WCW by taking the top guy in the other promotion's finisher, and giving it to a lower-card wrestler to use as a semi-to-ineffective "normal" move. What goes around, comes around....
Just thought of something that WCW could do for a Nitro when RAW is preempted. Knowing how the fans just go crazy of Sting of Goldberg just show up, here's the three hour show:
- 8:00 - 8:15 - Dean Malenko comes out, tightens wrists, doesn't smile
- 8:15 - 8:30 - The Warrior grabs the ropes and shakes vigorously
- 8:30 - 9:15 - Ric Flair puts up both hands with the 4 Horseman sign, walks around in his robe, saying "Wooo" and "Mean Gene" over and over
- 9:15 - 9:30 - Scott Hall says "Hey Yo" over and over
- 9:30 - 9:45 - Lex Luger does his bird imitation and "flies"
- 9:45 - 10:15 - Sting is lowered and raised from the rafters, holding his bat and finally, of course...
- 10:15 - 11:00 - Goldberg stands in his fireworks, scowls at the camera, smacks his head, and does his neck twist.
Of course, this will have to be on a day Hogan WON'T be in attendance, because he just couldn't deal with no TV time.
"Smells like ratings to me!" The only problem is that you forgot to throw a Brad Armstrong job, possibly to the midget Hollywood Hogan from The Tonight Show, in, just to show that there is absolutely no justice in the world.
Speaking of "da man," does anyone know what Armstrong's doing these days? If so, let me know!
I am still somewhat dumbfounded about what occured last night on Nitro during the World Title match. Obviously, everyone knew that Goldberg would win, but what is perturbing me is that Meng had the Tongan Death Grip on Goldberg, had him pinned, and then let go of it for no reason. Of course once that happened, we knew what would happen next. Its not that I dislike Goldberg, or like Meng, but that was one of the dumbest finishes to a match that I've seen. What do you think?
Indeed. It's made even more ludicrous by the fact that, during Meng's week-long push to title contender, the very way they got him over as a badass was that he WOULDN'T LET GO OF THE DEATH GRIP! Security, etc., would run in, and the only reason he'd release the hold on one guy was to put it on another! So what happens when he gets it on the champ? HE LETS GO?!?!
Now, I have no real problem with Goldberg getting over by breaking out of his opponent's finisher, but, sheesh, at least let the guy break out, don't have Meng all of a sudden go against the entire way his character has been developed. It just doesn't make any sense.
Some ten years ago, the exact same thing happened on Saturday Night's Main Event with Hulk Hogan and Hercules Hernandez in a World Title match. Hercules had Hulk up in his backbreaker, a hold which no one had ever escaped from, and inexplicably dropped Hogan and claimed victory before Hogan had a chance to submit. And, as you might guess, Hogan came back and rallied for the win.
On the latest Nitro report, you said the Nitro Girls got "jiggy" with it. Shouldn't that be "jiggly". Anyway, I think you should have a poll: which is your favorite Nitro Girl?
I couldn't do that, because I'd then have to rig the results so that Spice won by a sizable margin.
Did you ever notice the WWII undertones in the Dancing Fools? Alex Wright (German), Disco Inferno (part Italian) and Tokyo Magnum (Japanese)?
Hmmm...."The Dancin' Axis Powers" - I like it!
All signs are pointing to our favorite incomprehensible new-age nut The Ultimate Warrior showing up tonight. Now, while this has been rumored to be going on for about the last year or so, even Warrior himself "said" so on his website, and the rumors have been fairly consistent, so I'm giving pretty good odds on seeing him. Now, the question is, "will fans care?" The other question is "What will he do?"
Speaking for myself, I won't really care, but I freely admit that I probably don't represent the average fan. And, if I remember correctly, Warrior has been a big crowd draw, so we'll have to see. As to what they may have him do, I'd have him come in as a face, because there aren't many who aren't affiliated with an nWo faction.
America - what a country!
"Yeah, that's right, unscheduled interview. Hey, Production don't even think about going to a commercial. If not, I may say my piece on another show. That's right Eric, do I get your attention now Eric Bischoff? I can't get it in the back. Huh? I try and go in there and try and talk to you about business and I get screamed at and kicked out. Well if this is what I got to do to get your attention Eric Bischoff then this is what I am going to do. Fire me, do whatever it takes, I could give a you-know-what. Eric Bischoff, time in and time out for one whole year I have been coming here to work just to be mistreated by you, and very much unappreciated, Eric. On the road, on TV, I give you 100%. I give these people my 100% whether they like me or whether they don't. I give you the best show there is and you know it. And you can not give me the time of day in the back to listen to what I have to say to you Eric.
"Well, I could give a damn. Cause you know what? I don't care anymore Eric Bischoff, You got a lot of young talent here in WCW and all you do is hold us down for the people you pay a lot of money to and you have way up here (points upwards). Well I don't care, Bischoff, anymore. Eric you have driven me to that. Eric Bischoff, this has nothing to do with you people (pointing to crowd), this is personal between me and you Eric. I come to work with my heart and all you do is step on it. And I'm tired of it. You hold me down, you've held me down. And from now on Eric, see I don't know what it is. I don't know if it's something personal you got against me? Whatever it is Eric. I don't know. What is it about me that you have against me that you keep me from stepping up the ladder in this profession? What is it about me? I mean you got me tied down Eric, my contract. And I could give, I'm telling you this right now, OK? And I am saying this for any other guy that wants to come out here and speak his mind that's being held down. If you got the you know what, come out here and say it like I am.
"Eric Bischoff, I'm telling you this face to face because I can't get your attention. Wait, not face to face, let me say on national television in front of all these people. I'm coming out. And the only reason I haven't come out any sooner is because of two reasons: Chavo Jr. I love you man, you're my blood and I'll never let that go. Your one of the reasons I haven't (choked up) said anything about it, what I'm doing tonight. And the other reason is because I have two kids and a wife that I have to support.
Well you know what? If losing my dignity means having to put up with WCW nWo red, black or white, I don't care. So ,Eric Bischoff, I'm telling you this right now. I want out of my contract no matter what it takes, who I got to speak to, or what it is. OK. And let me save you some time Eric Bischoff. (Pours coffee on himself) I've thrown the coffee on myself. As far as I'm concerned Eric Bischoff you can take this job and shove it up your you know what."
Hey Bill, I went to the Nitro last Monday in Hartford, and got to witness first-hand the return of the Warrior.Kenneth J. sends the following arena report:
Don't know if you've heard from anyone else who was there, but his entrance was ten times better in the arena than it came off on TV.
There were a lot of fireworks going off in the top of the place, exploding all around the rafters, and most of what went on wasn't even shown on TV. One surprise I saw on the tape was the "Warrior signal" at the end of the segment. I don't think anyone in the crowd even knew it was there.
But probably more importantly was the crowd's reaction to the Warrior. I'd say he got maybe the fifth or sixth biggest pop of the night. The few of us who recognized and/or knew he was coming spent a while explaining it to everyone else. In my section there was one guy sitting next to me who knew what was going on. Everyone around us was just asking "Who's that supposed to be?" By the time he left everyone was more or less clued in, and his exit got his biggest pop.
All in all, Hartford was rockin' for the first hour, died for the second hour (until Warrior), and came back into it for the Goldberg main event. They tried to pump in the Goldberg chants at the beginning but it didn't last. The Larry chants were real, loud, and persistent. The biggest pop of the night was for Penzer when he came out at 7:45 and asked if Hartford was ready for Nitro.
When Hogan's music came on at the beginning of the show the boos were absolutely deafening. Unbelievably loud. It's amazing how quiet it comes out on TV. When the Wolfpack music came on the place exploded, Konnan and Nash were especially over. The Goldberg chants were big, but not as big as Hogan's boos, or even Buffer's pop.
When Buffer walked out during commercial the place erupted. If I was a wrestler I'd be pissed that Buffer gets one of the biggest pops of the night just for showing his face.
During the Raven tag match there was a fight on the floor, and about ten security guys came over to break up two guys.
Every chop was followed with a pretty good "Whoo!" and every time a former Horseman came out a decent "We want Flair" chant would start.
During the DDP-Hart match I think you can hear a "DDP" chant, which was actually a "Show your tits" chant that started in one end of the arena and got picked up by the other side as "DDP."
Anyway, it was truly a great show, and for my first Nitro I was really impressed. The lights and pyro are a spectacle all by themselves. It was a great show, a big crowd, and a lot of fun. I'll be first in line next time they come to Hartford.
Just want to fill you in on some things I witnessed live in person in Hartford for Nitro.
The crowd was amazing, very much into the whole scene. Flair,Goldberg,and WolfPac chants were in full gear hours before the show. While waiting to enter the Civic Center I saw a guy carrying his girlfriend around in the torture rack.
Our section got the loud Warrior chant going and the "Hogan sucks" chant too during the Hogan/Warrior face off in the ring. We also got a great Whalers chant going. The Whalers were Hartford's former NHL hockey team that made their home at the Civic Center.
Everyone was on good behavior, I only saw one person being thrown out during the Horace/Raven/Kanyon/Saturn match for fighting.
This show was way better than the Raw I attended at MSG last year. The crowd was more into the matches and interviews than at the Raw I mentioned. I hope this fanatic crowd shows WCW that they need to come to McMahon's backyard more often.
After the cameras cut off, Nash and Goldberg went nose to nose as Scott Hall and The Giant circled the ring. Hall hit the ring and was speared by Goldberg, the Giant entered again and was clotheslined over the ropes by Nash. The pop for Nash and Goldberg tore the roof off the sucker. Then they both held each others arms up in victory as Hall and the Giant hightailed it out of there. Nash and Goldberg left the ring together, with Goldberg stopping on the ramp to raise up the title and make that crazy constipated face he does so well.