People say WCW has been going down the crapper lately, but at least they give you a warning when to change the channel (i.e. Danger! High Voltage!). If only Hendrix had included a line in Voodoo Child that went "Danger! Inflated Ego!"
I don't get something about DDP's interviews. I don't get when he says "Hollywood Scum Hogan", why does he point the mic out to the crowd for them to say "Hogan". If he pointed the mic for them to say "Scum" that's a different story. But when he has them say "Hogan", it's not saying anything bad about Hogan and it sounds like they're cheering for him.
I've wondered that myself. You're absolutely correct - it makes no sense. Much in the same way that the crowd chanting Goldberg's name in a taunting manner is encouraging to him. The rules of logic do not apply in these parts...
Jericho once again proved to be the paragon of virtue thursday, I was cracking up at his "Goldberg-like" entrance...it would of been better if he was wrestling someone like...well...Norman Smiley! Gee..I wish I could be a Jerichoholic Ninja.
Hey! Aldo! Look! Another Smiley fan! Maybe the Smiley lobby and the Armstrong lobby can get together and overthrow the WCW booking committee!
In case you didn't knew when Jericho was "lost" in the building before his match with Wrath on Thunder, that's exactly the same thing that happened in a scene of the movie "This is Spinal Tap", wich coincidentally is Jericho's favorite movie.
In my best Saturday Night Live Johnny Carson impression - "I....I did not know that."
"Dirty South" is considered a compliment in urban circles. It originates from one of the hottest songs out now, Aaliyah's "Are You that Somebody?" - Kinda like how people in the South get down and dirty (partywise).
See my response to the previous letter, since my average daily R&B consumption is zero or lower.
I just thought of something (mainly because I have too much free time and don't get enough sleep). But Jericho appeals to a pretty wide audience.
Look at the following:
His entrance music starts with "Evenflow" from Pearl Jam, which appeals to the younger crowd or "Generation Next" as I call them. In the past couple of months he has made a number of music references, more notably:
"I want you to want me." (Cheap Trick, appealing to 70's music fans.)
"Oonta gleebin glotten globin." (Def Leppard "Rock of Ages," appealing to those of us in Generation X, at least for the most part.)
"I am most definitely the walrus, goo goo ga joob." (Beatles reference if I'm not mistaken. Appeals to some of the older viewers.)
As you can see, one of the reasons for WCW's popularity is none other that our Paragon of Virtue, Chris Jericho!
Hope you enjoyed what comes out of my lack of sleep.
[J.J. Dillion enters ring]
J.J. Dillion: I would like to ask the enforcer Arn Anderson to come to the ring!
[Arn Anderson enters ring]
J.J. Dillion: I had a private conversation with you since you and I last appeared publicly in a ring such as this. And I feel that I owe it ... I owe to you, I owe it to all these great fans, and I owe it to myself ... To share with them publicly what I said to you, privately. And that is the fact that I owe you an apology for the things that I said to you. But my intentions were good. I meant well. Quite frankly, a friend doesn't say to another friend the things I said to you, or put you in the position that I put you into. And for that, I owe you an apology and I hope that you will accept my forgiveness.
Arn Anderson: Can you smell it, J.J.? Take a breath, can you smell it? When 15,000 people blow a roof off a place, that's what pop smells like. Take a bow! What you said to me is what all those people have been saying to me for a year and a half -- and only a true fan would say that. They said, "Arn Anderson, stand up and be a man -- like you've always been!" And I couldn't hear those words, because something was in the way. And I'm going to start at the beginning, because you have to start at the beginning...because tonight is a new beginning for The Four Horsemen. [Tony Schiavone: Oh Yeah ... Bobby Heenan: What could that mean?] And when I was a kid like all kids, people asked you, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" There was no gray area for me. Always knew I wanted to be a wrestler. And when that finally happened to me, it was the proudest day of my life. And then in 1986, I started coming to the these towns -- just like Greenville, South Carolina -- as a Horsemen. And my life changed forever. And the doors that opened for me, I had never dreamed of. And wrestling the greatest wrestlers in the world -- in a town like this and all across this country -- showed me who I was. And everyday that I walk up since then, I tried to uphold the standards, that we -- you and I and the rest of us -- set for ourselves. About a year and a half ago, I laid down on an operating table, and when I woke up, Arn Anderson -- the wrestler -- was dead. And I thought to myself, "How could I be a Horseman if I couldn't be a wrestler?" Well, the fact is, I questioned my mind. [Crowd cheers We Want Flair] Trust me, everybody is going to get it -- what they want tonight ... Bischoff, Eric Bischoff ... And when I thought I could no longer be a Horsemen, Chris Benoit came to me first. And he said, "This could all happen." And with that prelude, I would like to bring the other three Horsemen down right now. [Bobby Heenan: This is history]. Steve "Mongo" McMichael, come on down!
[Steve McMichael enters ring]
[Tony Schiavone: What a wonderful night!]
Arn Anderson: Chris Benoit, come on down!
[Chris Benoit enters ring]
[Bobby Heenan: What excitement, huh? ... Tony Schiavone: I'll let you speak for yourself here.]
Arn Anderson: Dean Malenko, come on down!
[Dean Malenko enters ring]
Arn Anderson: [McMichael, Benoit, Malenko, and Dillion look upon Anderson] Now, before we go any further, Chris Benoit, you got this thing rolling, and I'm going to go on record saying, that if there's a finer wrestler in all the land than you, I don't know who it is. Your intensity the first time I saw you wrestle, made you something special. You are something special in my eyes. You knew what it was to be a Horsemen. You will carry that tradition way past the year 2000. "Mongo" McMichael, you're a hard-headed. A lot of times, you're hard to be around. But the fact is, in my eyes, you're all-man. You're a surviving all pro. And when this is all and done, if I've got anything to say about it, you will mean to this sport what you meant to the sport of football. Now Dean Malenko, I've been out here yakking for the last 10 years about what it meant to be a Horsemen -- work ethic. Respect for the business, respect for each other ... respect for the people that came before us. And while I was yakking the last year, and the last couple of months, you were out there fighting for the rights of The Four Horsemen. You exemplify exactly what a Horsemen has always meant -- over-achievement. Being the very best you could be, each and every day of your life, whether you were sick, or hurt, or whatever the case maybe. And it makes me proud. Now, and I'm going to say it one more time. I said, that you didn't get it -- well, I didn't get it. Because if there was ever a Horsemen, it makes me a little misty eyed, and real proud to call you this day ... The finest thing I can call you this day -- that's a Horsemen. Ladies and gentleman, for the year 2000, we're going to do exactly what all of you people across this nation have assked us. "Arn Anderson, bring back the Horsemen." And I feel it fair to tell you, I'm not going to be responsible for what hits next. Because, we don't wear white hats. We are not nice guys. And I can tell you this -- heads are going to roll! So, I've said it. Be careful for what you wish for, because now, you have it.
Ohh, what a goof! What a goof! You know, I get accused of getting racked in the head a few times, and have a little touch of Alzheimer's. My, God, I almost for the fourth Horsemen. RIC FLAIR, GET ON DOWN HERE!!
[Bobby Heenan: Here we go!]
[Ric Flair enters ring]
[Tony Schiavone: Ho Ho Ho, Hooo! One week ago, ladies and gentleman, when Mark McGwire hit 62, you said you'd always know where you would be on that day. Well, at 10:38 Eastern time, on Monday, September 14, you were part of Horsemen history. He is back ... Bobby Heenan: Look at the Horsemen of that man's eyes ... Mike Tenay: It tells the whole story ... Bobby Heenan: Oh, it sure does, Mike Tenay ... Mike Tenay: Words just do not do this moment justice ... Bobby Heenan: Look at the respect they show on Nature Boy]
[Ric Flair, crying, hugs Horsemen]
[Bobby Heenan: Boy, that looks good]
Arn Anderson: Greenville, I give you the champ!
Ric Flair: My, God. [Crying] Thank you. They're not stopping. Thank you. Thank you very much. I'm almost embarrassed by the response, but when I see this ... but when I know I spent 25 years trying to make you happy every night of your life, it was worth every damn minute of it! Now, someone told me the Horsemen were having a party tonight, in Greenville! Could that be true, that the most elite group, that Eric Bischoff said was dead, is alive and well?!? Bischoff, this might be my only shot. But, I got to tell you, I'm going to make it my best. Is this what you call a great moment of TV? That's wrong, because, this is real! This is not bought and paid for! It's a real life situation! Just like the night in Columbia, South Carolina, when you looked at me, tears in my eyes, and said, "God, that's good TV." That was real! Arn Anderson passed the torch! It was real, dammit! You think Sting would of beeing crying in the dressing room, like I was on TV, if it wasn't real? This guy [points to Anderson], my best friend, is one of the greatest performers to ever live. And you [referring to Eric Bischoff] ... you squashed him one night. Then you get on the phone and tell me, "Disband the Horsemen. They're dead." "Disband the Four Horsemen." Me, you know what? I look I myself in the mirror the next day, and I saw a pathetic figure that gave up and quit. And for that, I owe you, the wrestling fans ... I owe these guys ... an apology. Because, it won't happen again, where we let Bischoff disband what you think .......
[Eric Bischoff makes his way out]
Ric Flair: You're an overbearing asshole! You're obnoxious, overbearing ... Abuse of POWER! You ... abuse of power! Cut me off!
Eric Bischoff: You will never ever wrestle here again!
Ric Flair: Abuse of power! You suck! I hate your guts!
Bischoff: My house. You're history!
Flair: You are a liar, you're a cheat, you're a scam! You are a no good son of a bitch! Fire me! I'm already fired! Fire me! I'm already fired!
Hello, our names are Norm and Fish. We just got back from the Greenville Nitro and it was an experience we'll never forget. Here's an arena report...TDreamer24 sends the following arena report:
We arrived at about 5:30. We got to a gate near the building overlooking the wrestler's parking area. We saw a few wrestlers... Scott Hall crotched chopped everyone...he drove the car with a crew member. The Giant popped his head out the door about 15 feet from us. He smiled at us and waved...we said hey and waved back. No one rushed him for an autograph though.
The entire crowd outside was swelled with the possibility of seeing Flair. "We want Flair" chants were rampant, as were a few Goldberg chants. But EVERYONE was there to see Flair.
We got in about 7:15. We were seated behind the entranceway so we could see who was going to come in next. We were near the top of the building, but we could see everything fine. It was hard to hear what the wrestlers were saying some of the time from where we were., so we could see who was going to come in next. It was interesting to see that anyone who was going to do a run in would be in position about 10 minutes before they were supposed to go out. This gets important in a minute...
There were no dark matches. Penzer came out to a big pop, and as soon as he said the rules, people started booing.
"We want Flair" chants were going on all night and every 10 minutes at least.
It took Meng about 7 minutes to get up after that chokeslam.
The "Warrior Trapdoor" was so obvious..even from where we were. Hogan freaking out was funny....We just yelled at him to open up the trapdoor and stop acting like a moron. Guess he didn't hear us.
The Juvi/Kidman match was awesome...people solidly got behind Kidman midway through the match and he got one of the best ovations after he won. That was unexpected.
It was confusing with that match with Scott Hall...seeing everyone there who are supposed to be enemies talking with him. Fish thought he spewed on Bischoff, but he wasn't sure. Bisch ran to the back with his jacket scrunched against him and he had to change. I didn't know what happened until I read a Nitro report.
Dillon coming out in that tux gave me a clue that Flair was there...and then he called out Arn. We looked in the hall that proceeded the entranceway as Arn came out and we saw the blonde hair...everyone in our section started to freak out and go nuts. Word spread quick! Arn worked that whole thing perfectly. When Flair came out, that auditorium went absolutely nuts. It was literally shaking from the noise. There is no way to describe the feeling. Flair's speech was great...and when he called Bischoff a "son-of-a-b*tch", that place went crazy. It was beautiful. Flair left and gave a big Horseman sign to a huge pop before he exited. All I gotta say is Nature Boy...welcome back home! What an awesome moment man!
After the cameras went off the air, Goldberg helped Sting up and they embraced. Goldberg raised Sting's hand and they joined up with Hart at the entranceway. They all three grasped hands at the entranceway and raised them to a huge pop. One of the most professional things I've ever seen.
What a Nitro. I may not have been at McGwire's 62nd homer, but being there to see the Horsemen reform was just as good!
The gates opened about forty-five minutes late. It was scheduled to open at 6:30 but didn't until about 7:15. Anyway there was a guy my two friends and I made friends with quick. We didn't say anything except we cheered for him as he waved the signs that said: "Goldberg Sux!" "ECW!" "RVD!" We went wild.
Once the card started (after we changed seats two times. They pulled our wonderful seats out to put the cameras in. Then they set us in the back row and we couldn't see crap. Long story from there.)
The crowd was into it from the start. "We Want Flair" chants were heard from before the show until his actual apperance. As soon as Kidman came out he got one of the five biggest pops of the night. When he won it was amazing! The crowd went bonkers. (Yeah a little cheesy, I know.) It was great to know I wasn't surrounded by 10,000 marks.
When Flair came out I thought I was going to go deaf. It was amazing. In my eight other wrestling events I never, EVER heard a crowd like this.
At the end of the show I went home happy. I am only twelve years old, have been a fan for years, been to eight other shows, but I will probably remember this more than my wedding day.
Five biggest arena pops: (TV does not capture everything)
Congrats to WCW for putting on an oustanding show.
- Ric Flair
- Arn Anderson
- Bill Goldberg
- Billy Kidman
- Whole Wolfpack