My wife. Not a professional wrestling mark, to say the least. She usually goes to bed early, but on this night, not only was I graced by her infrequent Monday night presence, but a few questions one might encounter when watching NITRO with someone who is not a wrestling fan, and perhaps a little cynical....
Top 10 things my wife asked me before she got bored and went to bed:
- 10. "Why aren't there subtitles for this guy?" (When the Warrior came out and blathered for awhile)
- 9. "If someone wanted to really beat that guy (Saturn), why not just pull his eyebrow earrings?"
- 8. "GEEZ, what friggin' GNC does HE go to?" (During a Scott Steiner monologue)
- 7. "Kidman....isn't that an oxymoron?"
- 6. "How come Goldberg, Nash, or someone else doesn't come down and kick that guy's ass (Ernest Miller) when he lays down a challenge to any wrestler?"
- 5. "Do their wives or girlfriends know that they are on nationwide TV telling a guy to 'suck it'?" (I was channel surfing to RAW...sorry)
- 4. "A plancha? What the f*** is a plancha?"
- 3. "Hmmm...Why don't they call this guy Alex Wright the Total Package?" (I took umbrage with this comment, and had to go have a smoke)
- 2. "How come all of those rednecks and hillbillies are screaming their enthusiasm for the long-lived prosperity for the Latin race? ('Viva la raza', I guess translated means exactly that, which I thought was the first good question of the night)
and the number one thing my wife asked me during NITRO before she got bored and went to bed......
- 1. "Wow....how is that guy (Silver King) so short and stocky, yet he executes moves that are incredibly nimble and agile? (Yep, she was fooled the one time Tenay didn't warn us....)
Just a funny note on This past week's WCW Saturday Night: Scott Hudson and Mike Tenay were discussing how the Tag Belts were around Scott Hall and The Giant and Scott had some funny things to say: "I guess with Eric Bischoff in control it seems no one cares about he 30 day rule anymore", then he says "I know that The Tag Team Titles are around the waists of Scott Hall and the Giant but they haven't defended them lately, how long ago was it since they defended the belts 7 years"! HA! I just thought it was funny that they would even admit that.
Well, they say admission is the first step toward recovery. I just hope that we see a tag title defense before Starrcade.
Was it just me or did Ric Flair have blood in his mouth during the entire interview? Either the Nature Boy has taken a page out of Gangrel's handbook or he's the most dedicated showman in wrestling. Have you ever tried to give a speech with a mouthful of blood and an open sore. I just tried it. It hurts. A lot.
Also, about Lex's comment during the Hall match. Aren't they trying to hurt each other? One might almost believe this is all fake.
Yeah, Flair was definitely bleeding during his speech. Probably bit his mouth or his tongue in his excitement. Let's hope he didn't blade....
And, sure, it's fake. And I bet you'll try to tell me there's no Santa Claus, either.
Well, it's great that Kidman won the cruiserweight title, and hopefully this 'The Flock are free' angle will stick and they won't go back to Raven, but I really hope that WCW decides to actually use the ex-Flock members in an interesting way instead of turning them into Perry's Kids.
I agree. Kidman is one of the brightest talents in the business, and it's good to see him get his due. Hopefully, they'll start up some good cruiserweight feuds, and breathe life back into this division.
On a related point, I think Saturn SHOULD have a little telethon for the rest of the orphaned Flockers. He could be up there, in front of a bank of people taking pledges over the phone, and talk about how he needs money to buy a new eye for Riggs. Then you could have some guy come in and pledge a nickel or something, have Saturn get pissed and give the guy a Spicolli Driver, then go right back to the telethon. "Perry's Kids Labor Day Telethon" . . . . I like it!
Your Nitro reports are always pretty cool and I otherwise wouldn't write. You even appreciate Jericho and the blackness Norman "Black Magic" Smiley. Anyway, You didn't point it out in your report and I think it is just too cool not to share with anyone who didn't notice. Juvie usually wears tights that say Juvie Juice or Never Surrender. They run it in to the ground that Juvie's motto is Never Surrender. Well, monday night, when he jobbed the belt to Kidman - his tights said "Sweet Surrender" ala Sarah McLachlan. I thought it was a cool touch.
Let's just hope this isn't the start of "Adorable" Adrian Adonis part II
You talked about how Bulldog hit one of the worst powerslams you've ever seen, and I agree. Was it just my imagination, or did Bulldog look to not only have blown up during that match, but also to have taken on a decidedly darker shade as things went on? I mean, I was scared for the guy's health. It looked to me as though he might be on his way to congestive heart failure or something - seriously.
Yet another reason to "Just Say No" to the Old Age Inlaws
Since Hogan and Warrior are two of the greatest mat technicians (cough cough), how about a special stipulation for their Halloween Havoc match? First man to execute three wrestling moves wins!
I think the verdict is "Six Hour Time Limit Draw"
I just wanted to send this to you because I really didn't know where else to go.
I don't offend easily. Some say I don't offend at all. But I was deeply offended by the WCW's pay-per-view match with Buff Bagwell and the Steiner Brothers. I'm talking about Buff's fake neck injury. The timing was uncanny because I just did a long project (I'm a reporter, remember) on a man who was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident and how he is trying to adjust to life in a wheelchair.
It's not something to joke about. This guy's life has been, to put it mildly, hell since he was in the accident in January. The project took me months to complete, and basically he can't have sex with his wife, he can't go to the bathroom on his own, and though he loved to hunt and race cars, he can't even walk to his car.
The WCW apparently thinks that paralysis is funny. The match was sort of entertaining until that point, but watching Buff be strapped in isn't even remotely entertaining. When I found out it was fake, I was furious.
I like WCW for its entertainment, it's characters and it's wrestling. It can even make fun of itself at times, i.e. the Jericho segment on Goldberg was really, really funny. But to make fun of real-life situations, where a man was in danger of being paralyzed and was damn lucky to escape it, is simply sick. I would hate to say that wrestling needs to be classy, because it obviously doesn't, but that's just wrong. What's next? Bret Hart gets AIDS? Hulk Hogan fakes a heart attack brought on by years of steroid abuse?
Hey, now it makes me wonder whether Jim Duggan's cancer is just another angle.
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Well, that was close, almost had another Buff Bagwell. Looking at the numerous replays, it looks like he probably herniated a few disks and the way he was holding his right arm close he might have done some damage to his shoulder (dislocated, blow-out?).
I kinda doubt WCW would work a serious injury, granted they might work off of a serious injury (Buff's current angle involvement) but I don't think they'd go as low as to work something like that, especially with one of the midcarders. Although I wouldn't put it past Vince (or Eric, in some cases) to do it.
Just thought I would let you know that after Nitro ended, Disciple ran to the ring to attack Hogan. Hogan ran away like a wuss while Disciple stood in the ring flashing the sign for the Apocalypse.