Trivia question: When Kanyon was wrestling as Mortis, his finisher was then known as the "Flatliner," too. However, it was not the same move that he uses as the Flatliner today. What was the move that Mortis called the Flatliner?
Bonus question: Mortis also did the move that is currently called the Flatliner, but it had a different name. For bonus points, what did he call it?
Answers to both questions can be found at the end of the report.
In the wake of the arrests that took place on both Nitro and RAW last night, I just thought I would compile a list of wrestlers who have been arrested throughout the whole course of the Monday Night Wars.
Here are the wrestlers who have been arrested in the past (as of last night):
- Ric Flair
- Arn Anderson
- Chris Benoit
- Dean Malenko (twice)
- Steve "Mongo" McMichael
- Doug Dillinger (WCW Security)
- Kevin Nash (three times)
- The Giant
- Ernest Miller (Kitty B. Badd)
- Vince McMahon (WWF owner, of course)
- Pat Patterson (McMahon's crony)
- Jerry Brisco (another crony)
- and, of course, Stone Cold Steve Austin (FOUR times!!!)
My question is: Is it just me, or are the Monday Night Wars moving into "unchartered" territory, so to speak? In other words, are they beginning to be too much like reruns of "Cops"? What do you think?
Finally, a WCW angle nobody saw coming! The fans, marks and internet know-it-alls all fell for the Hart speech: "please give me another chance, boo-hoo, Hogan tricked me, etc..., I'll prove my value to you........" Bret Hart did that on Nitro. This will draw him so much heel heat it will be defeaning. I'm glad WCW choose the more difficult angle in leaving Hart a heel.
Actually, I think leaving Hart as a face would have been the more difficult angle. Hart has already proven he can play the heel quite well - whether WCW could get him over as a babyface is unproven.
Wrestling is in a sad, sad state. I hate to sound like an ultraconservative Bible Belt Christian nut (I'm not. I'm a 14-year old New York skate punk), but this "sport" is morally bankrupt.
I turn on WCW, and I get a drunk, fake spinal cord injuries (nothing to joke about, I know somebody who suffered temporary paralysis), fans chanting "asshole", and multiple references to sucking "it".
I turn on WWF, and I get a drunk, an audience begging for head, a vampire, multiple arrests, and multiple references to sucking "it".
Obviously, this is all about shock value. Forgive me for being old-fashioned, but I'll take Hulkamania over Degeneration X any day.
I actually think that Scot Hall's drunk bit may be making a serious point. If the stories are correct his recent absence from the ring was due to drying out from an alcohol problem, so it looks as though he decided to use it as an angle to show the wrestling fans how stupid a drunk looks and how it affects his performance. Whether this is the intention or not it sends a positive message by painting a negative picture of alcoholism, in contrast to Buff's fake neck injury (strange, considering the reality of a neck injury should be very fresh in his mind) which trivializes a serious matter.
There's this show we have on Community Access here in Salina. It's called "All About Wrestling." If you don't know what Community Access is, it's a station where anyone can produce their own TV show simply by taking a few lessons on how to run the camera.
Anyway, this show is pretty low budget. Even more low budget than "WCW Saturday Night." It's basically a kitchen table with four guys dressed in jeans and t-shirts talking about wrestling.
But there's no theme to it. They don't have a topic. So basically here's how it goes:
"You remember in Wrestlemania VII when the Warrior beat Hogan?"
"Yeah, that was cool."
"Yeah. But now, like, he doesn't wrestle enough. He needs to wrestle."
"Yeah, no kidding."
"He sure ruled back then."
"So.....what about the Macho Man?"
"You remember in Wrestlemania...."
I think you get the idea.
I like wrestling an all, but.....
I wonder if that's how Lee Marshall got his start.
With all the recent news about Jerry Lawler and Jim Carrey on the set of "Man on the Moon" it's getting pretty hard to avoid the subject lately. The hype about this movie did cause Will to bring up an interesting point related to WCW. Will realized that WCW/nWo and "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan stole the "I'm better than other wrestlers because I'm from Hollywood, and I'm a star" gimmick from the late Andy Kaufman. The "I'm a star, and I'm better than you wrestlers" gimmick used by Kaufman was the focus of the video "I'm From Hollywood" that you (DDT Digest) reviewed a while back.
Three cheers for Lenny!!
Well, several people wrote in to tell me that, before I switched over, Austin had ridden to the ring on a Zamboni, and had broken some audio equipment. The audio then probably went over to a delayed feed, while the video was live. The production was re-synched after a commercial break.
Bonus answer: The Inverted Russian Legsweep that Kanyon currently calls the Flatliner was known as the "D.O.A." when Mortis used it.
I originally was going to take my little brother to his first wrestling match, but he didn't finish his homework on time, so I brought along a "casual" wrestling fan -- a guy who followed the NWA during the golden days of Flair and occasionally watched on Monday nights when we flips the channels. I had to bring him up to speed on a couple of things. Such as uring the Warrior's promo when he said: "I though this guy had died." (He also thought Dustin Runnels was dead, which goes to show that even on the internet, there are rumors and then there are RUMORS.Alvin M. sends the following arena report:
As for the Wolfpac Pub Crawl, I couldn't tell from the television screens where they went, but I read in Zimmerman's report that they went to Columbia Brewing Company, which is about two blocks from the Colisseum. It is a yuppie bar (in a neighborhood not popular with college students) which might explain why it was so dead on a Monday night.
Believe it or not, WCW has found a way to get Wildcat Willie over. The only dark match consisted of Willie waving a Clemson sign (Carolina's rival school) which drew boos until the Carolina mascot (Cocky the Gamecock) came out to wrestle. Cocky was having difficult even climbing the ropes into the ring, and Willie did all he could to put the hapless mascot over -- throwing himself into the ropes so Cocky could clothesline him for the pin.
(Yes, USC's mascot is the Gamecock. Which leads to cheers of "Go Cocks", which probably explains why the WWF hasn't had a show here yet)
And in case it wasn't apparent on TV, the crowd was mighty pissed about the Sting-Hart match, since Penzer had been selling it hard all evening. We were also disappointed in the Flair segment, since he had no mic time.
Just wanted to drop a couple of comments about the recent Nitro in Columbia. Eric Bischoff really screwed up with the last match. The crowd was really stoked because as a dark match, the Disco Inferno was destroyed by "the man" Bill Goldberg. We were forgiving as we sat through the first hour of sorry matches. We got really stoked by the brawl in the back. The biggest pop of the night had to be when Flair strutted in the ring with his son, Reed. Other big pops was Goldberg's appearance, DDP, when Bagwell's mother slapped him, and when Flair came to the ring.
Loudest boos were for the video of the Warrior's speech to Hogan, when Hogan came out and when the Disciple wrestled. The loudest boo is what I will talk about in the next paragraph.
The audience felt that we were cheated out of the main event when Sting and Bret Hart fought in the back instead of the ring. We had to watch it on the big screen and boos were heard throughout the time. Penzer got booed severely when he went through his "thanks for coming" spiel. You couldn't hear what he was saying. I heard a young woman say she should have stayed home and watched Stone Cold and Val Venis on USA. Its a shame too because Columbia was a stronghold for WCW when it was the Mid-Atlantic NWA region.