I'm ashamed of you, my little little little brother. Thou hast succumbed (and I do mean suck) to the vacuum of originality that is WCW. I SHAKE MY HEAD RUEFULLY at you!!!!!
....as well as raise the People's Eyebrow. What are you doing dwelling with the other humanoids? You have a W&M education. Use it, man! Be discriminating.
WCW has some worthwhile competitors - the Horsemen (minus Mongo....where's Windham and can he get here fast enough). Aside from Flair and AA, they have minimal mic skills, but the ring skills of Malenko and Benoit are OUTSTANDING! Aside from that, Chris Jericho is the only saving grace of the whole damn organization (not counting, of course, the esteemed Mr. Heenan).
What's that up in the sky - looks like Steve Austin, acts like the Warrior, has the mic skills of Kamala the Ugandan Giant - it must be GOLDBERG!!!!!!!!!!!!! If ever there was an indicator of herd mentality and the stupidity of the public, it's the pop that this big dumb #$%& manages to get on a weekly basis. Let's analyze the single absolute coolest thing about him - when he enters the arena and is sprayed with sparks, he sucks in some smoke and blows it out through his nose. The source of his popularity - he's undefeated. This too, shall pass.
One last bit of news....everyone left in WCW who isn't NWO Hollywood, NWO Wolfpack, or LWO is starting a new alliance, the NOJ -> Nation of Overpaid Jobbers. Bischoff has so many talented wrestlers that he can't promote a significant percentage of them to the degree that they warrent. Since he only has a given amount of time and attention to devote to a large number of wrestlers, he puts all of his focus on 2 or 3 guys (none of whom are paying off in terms of quality plot or story). As a result, Hart, Hennig, and the Horsemen are jobbing like Monica. Whenever something doesn't seem to be working, Bischoff switches gears. Look at the big picture of the NWO factions for the last year - year and a half and you see something (to quote Johnny Cochrane) THAT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!!!.
If Chewbacca is a Wookie, You must watch RAW.
And don't get my rant entirely wrong. I really do think that the concept of the Horsemen is one of the greatest things to EVER hit pro-wrestling.
I just don't give Bischoff any credit for it. I don't even give him the credit for his response to Flair now. The behind-the-scenes stuff is that Flair is still getting dicked, still likely to job, and STILL KEEPING THAT LAWSUIT GOING JUST IN CASE. The Horsemen could put the whole organization over the top, but Bischoff is so determined to keep NWO and Hogan as his centerpiece because HOGAN AND NASH DO HIS BOOKINGS FOR HIM. The ego isn't just for show. They really do suck that much.
The management of this Nitro report does not necessarily agree with the opinions expressed above.
Wade, I again thank you for reading this. I'll be brief. Hogan's fashion statement tonight makes me wonder if he's planning on running for Governor or something. Hey now, think of the possibilities. Hogan vs Ventura in 2002 for Minnesota Governor. The debates would far outclass any pay-per-view so far this year. I guess the only down side to it would be if Hogan wins, we'd have to endure Eric Bischoff's airplane routine every time Hogan were to hold a State of the State address.
I think Hogan is going to start a new gimmick where he channels the spirit of the late "Adorable" Adrian Adonnis. Hell, he's already spent enough time talking about his "wood" over the past month...
Okay, let me get this straight. The tag team champs were Scott Hall and the Giant. So, naturally, the belts are defended by Scott Steiner and the Giant. The winners are Buff Bagwell and Rick Steiner. So, of course, the next night the belts are defended by Rick Steiner and Kenny Kaos. I think I liked it better when there were no tag teams.
Hey, I like Kaos! Oh, never mind....
Couldn't help but to notice the reference to the "Obi-Won Jabrone" statement by Kanyon from last Monday Night, and had to make a correction.
On the October 17th Saturday Night WCW, Lodi was the true "Innovator of Being Offensive", as he referred to Konan as "Bald-headed, trash-talking, boxers-go-on-the-inside, gangsta-wannabee Obi-Won Jabrone self" before their match.
Once again, Lodi sets the stage, and the rest of WCW is left panting as they try to keep up.
Apparently Lodi innovates, while others imitate.
I was reading your Nitro report last week and I saw the Skeleton Man's story about his milk dispenser at Northwestern. I am happy to report that we also have those "Silver King" milk machines at Ohio State. I noticed this last year, after completely ignoring it for a year and a half. I guess I was fooled by its stocky physique.
Also, a lot of my friends hang out at this comic book/gaming store. The name? Silver King's. Every time the real Silver King is on his way to the ring, they all go nuts. And can you blame them?
Wade, here's some info you might find useful. Whil watching the beginning of the Georgia-Florida college football game Saturday on CBS, I noticed Bill Goldberg there wearing sunglasses and his old #95 jersey. One of the broadcasters on local radio affiliate said that he was there giving a pep talk to the Dawgs prior to the game in their locker room. However, at the time I'm writing this letter, Georgia's down 14-0 after Florida scored twice in the first six minutes. Looks like he's as good as pep talks as he is at pure wrestling.
Yeah, but did Georgia sell the touchdowns?
Just wanted to drop you a line as I am watching the Bucs and Vikings game. Bucs wideout Reidal Anthony just caught a wide-open touchdown pass, dropped the ball and proceeded to do the Das Wunderpackage dance. I checked the Bucs sideline, but no sign of Alex Wright or Disco......
Yeah, but to truly do the "Alex Wright Dance," Anthony would have to stuff the football down the front of his pants.
First off, kudos to WCW for making me happy and including some less-famous wrestlers into the mix. Almost every midcarder and top-carder are in there, with the exceptions, really, of: Ric Flair, Warrior, Steve McMichael, Disciple, Horace Hogan, Wrath (sorta), Kitty B. Badd, and lower-level luchadores (Silver King, El Dandy, Super Calo, etc.). The reason Wrath gets a "sorta" is that he's actually in the game, but in a mostly-unfinished state. According to internet reports, you can access him if you have a GameShark. He has his face, but Sting's body, and can do the Death Penalty (his old, "Rock Bottom" finisher). There are sketchy reports that this hidden Wrath may do the Meltdown, but I haven't seen it confirmed one way or another.
Some wrestlers come down with their managers, and you can go outside the ring and beat the managers up. There are also foreign objects you can pull from the crowd like a stop sign, briefcase, trophy, baseball bat, and broken table. There are few things more satisfying than having Chris Benoit bloody Eric Bischoff with a broken table, then go into the ring and make Hollywood Hogan tap out to the Crippler Crossface.
Speaking of the Crossface, I'm happy to report that it appears that THQ decided to include the correct finishers. I haven't played everyone, but only two wrestlers haven't had their real finishers in the game that I've seen. Disco Inferno does kind of an "inverted Chartbuster/Stunner," and Riggs does a Tiger Driver/"Pearl River Plunge." Raven's Evenflow DDT looks incredible - he even kicks his opponent in the gut before delivering it. Saturn has the Spicolli Driver AND the Rings of Saturn. Juventud Guerrerra has the JuviDriver AND the 450 Splash. Kanyon has both versions of the Flatliner, Chavo uses the Tornado DDT, Eddy hits the Frog Splash, Benoit has the Crossface and the diving headbutt, and DDP can put the Diamond Cutter on you from a standing position, off the ropes, or from the top turnbuckle! And Psychosis even sells a hurt back when he misses the Guillotine Legdrop!
Wrestlers have their own "special" moves, too. Benoit can hit a series of rolling German suplexes. Juvi does his roll-up DDT (the one he normally delivers when someone is trying to powerbomb him). Kanyon can set up the Flatliner with his fireman-carry flapjack.
In addition to all of those, each wrestler has 2-4 taunts that he can do to his opponent. Disco does the Hustle, Raven slumps in the corner and wipes his nose, Buff Bagwell dances around on one foot, then poses, Giant signals for the Chokeslam, etc. Chris Jericho is the funniest - tap the "A" button by a downed opponent's head, and Jericho does the "C'mon Baby!" foot-on-chest pin. He can play to the crowd for cheers, and then look hurt when they don't cheer for him. He'll goosestep around the ring, and blow kisses to the crowd. The wrestlers even get ring entrances, in one of the seven WCW rings!
I can't do justice to this game in this little space, but needless to say, I'm impressed. For a more detailed look at the game, check out what Yahoo has to say on the matter.