In your (as always excellent) Thunder Report for 1/28/99, you say:
Schiavone then has the gall to call Superbrawl the "Super Bowl of WCW."
I agree 200% that Schiavone has gall, but to be fair, Sr. Le Brain did slip and call Superbrawl "Superbowl" before. Tony was simply covering for Heenan's midwestern accent (and, no doubt, trying to save the much-litigated-against WCW any more lawyers bills and protect it from having to pay the NFL for misappropriating their copyrighted term).
The things people will sue over nowadays...
OK, for my second letter to the digest, I thought I might point out something that I found rather odd. During the not-so-"Fit" Finlay / Super Calo match, with Finlay taking the "shortcut" as Schiavone kept calling it (eye poke). How could this be, when we all know that Calo wears the super glasses that never move no matter the beatdown he's taking? If I was Calo I'd take my glasses back and get me a new pair, that pair doesn't seem to be too resistant.
You know, that's the trouble with going to lens providers that promise glasses in one hour or they're free. Not enough time to do quality work.
Just about every match featured a Mexican! And the two that didn't had Bobby Duncum Jr. (Texas-close enough) and Kaz Hayashi (Japan-same thing). All luchadores, all the time!
Wasn't the lWo upset that Eric Bischoff had all of the luchadores facing each other? Well, they didn't on Thunder, and they all got slaughtered. That plan worked to perfection, eh?
When the nWo ran in at the end, Hogan brought up the rear. How appropriate.
Miss Elizabeth looks a little top-heavy, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
I liked how the Luchas got a chance to do their thing on Thunder. However, I think there were enough cruiserweights in the back so we could avoid the heavyweight-versus-cruiserweight motif that the night seemed to be based on.
On the subject of Miss Elizabeth, I was thinking back to that "Match Made In Heaven" gimmick they did in the WWF many years ago. Not to sound mean or anything, but you could compare Liz's chest to that of cartoon character Olive Oyl.
I have an idea for a new wrestling stable. Perry Saturn, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Tugboat, Tatanka, and the Man's Man Steve Regal. The Young Men's Crossed Association or YMCA.
Have you ever noticed that the first guy you see in TBS's "Movies for Guys Who Like Movies" promo looks like Ken Shamrock? Similarly, the guy in the red hat and long dark hair looks like Sean Waltman (Syxx/X-Pac). Could this be meant as a dig at the competition?
My memory of this is foggy at best, and I forget the participants, but one of the Horsemen was defending a belt against a face. All I remember was that when the Horsemen was about to be pinned, J.J. Dillon went to the timekeeper's area and rung the bell.
The ref, thinking time ran out, called for a draw, but the finish was disputed and they used instant replay to find out that it was Dillon who rang the bell. Schiavone, showing that he was the same in the mid-80s as he is now, made a big deal on how the instant replay feature was used. The match was then restarted.
As I stated, I don't remember much of the details, since this happened well over a decade ago. If anyone can correct me on the details (and I'm sure y'all could), please e-mail me. Thanks!
The Good: The trend of matches going ten minutes-plus continues. Seeing Norman Smiley make an ass out of Ed Leslie was also very satisfying. Jericho vs. Riggs was a good match and didn't look to be mailed-in like most Jericho matches as of late. Finally, Disorderly Conduct looked decent for once.
The Bad: I like Mike Enos as much as the next guy, but what was he doing in tonight's LIVE main event?
The Ugly: A sixteen-minute tag match on free television is good. However, if you plan to book a lengthy match, please use different wrestlers than Meng, Barbarian, Horace, and Brian Adams. The entire match got little to no heat at all.