When did my cable operator start picking up WCW Nitro from the evil bizzaro "Mirror Mirror" Star Trek Universe? Flair is bad..Hogan is good...DDP a heel, Buffer getting names right....I half expect to see Spock walk out of the back with a goatee. Next thing you now..Schiavone will stop being a corporate shill, Jericho will get pushed to the moon, Scott Steiner will go on a crash diet, and Goldberg will have a 140-straight winless streak.
Ummm, Wade, I've always thought you were a (semi)normal guy before, but now I have my doubts. Just how do you know The Weather Channel's Web Site by heart?
Bill actually added that, though I do have it bookmarked. :-) It's no SlashDot, though.
It was probably obvious, but Bret Hart's steel chest protector gimmick was right out of "For a Few Dollars More," when Clint Eastwood removes his poncho to reveal a makeshift bullet-proof vest at the climax.
Also, Hart's Maple Leafs jersey was #28, Tie Domi. One of the toughest guys in the NHL, and a big favorite in Toronto. Read more about Domi's impressive penalty stats at: http://www.torontomapleleafs.com/bios/domi_t.htm
After watching Bret's killer segment on Nitro, one has to assume he stole Lenny Lane's ab solution. Oh yeah, piss off Goldberg, hoser.
Hart was just getting Lane back for stealing fellow Canadian Chris Jericho's "Loverboy" tape.
Maybe I'm wrong, but wasn't the referee in the opening match (Konnan vs. Vincent) that ref who was suspended for his blatant pro-Jericho bias and who had been seen sitting, dazed, in the front row? If it is, I've never heard anything about a resolution to that angle (and why would that even surprise me?).
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I'm an avid fan of DDT digest and just wanted to put in my 2 cents about the comments made on ECW. Back when wrestling was overtaken by the likes of the Shark, Renegade, Joe Gomez, and in the WWF with Doink, Diesel, an such and all that garbage, I saw a match with Terry Funk v. Cactus Jack outside at a Florida Rodeo. It was the first time I was exposed to ECW. It also reminded me why I love wrestling so much. Reminded me of Dusty in the Bunkhouse Stampede and Flair's bleach blonde hair just soaked in red and Abdullah the Butcher and the Road Warriors just beating the ever-living hell out of everyone. I was at the Living Dangerously PPV. It was by far the best show any fed has put on in a long time. You say you don't see the ECW style having a future, #1 ECW defined WWF attitude and is everything WWF structures its new image after (look at the hardcore divsion, etc.). Even the WCW with its new G-rating showcases 3 ECW legends (Bam Bam, Raven, Sandman) in hopes of starting their own extreme division. Jericho, Benoit and Melenko (2/3 of the origional triple threat), Taka, Psychosis, Steiners, Foley, Snow, Konan, Mysterio, etc etc etc were all part of it at one point. But in conclusion to say that the ECW style will not have a future is absurdly ridiculous. It is wrestling today.
I certainly don't deny that ECW has been a tremendous influence on the scope of pro wrestling in the 90s, and has launched (or re-launched) the careers of many top stars. They're probably the only truly innovative promotion in the 90s. I don't think any of that is in dispute.
My contention is that ECW has gotten away from what made it successful. They once offered some of the best pro wrestling around, in addition to innovative, "extreme" brawling. However, due to talent raids and booking decisions, their pro wrestling-style content seems to be dropping week by week, and the promotion seems to be moving more and more toward a philosophy of "how many tables can we put X through?" and "What foreign objects do we have left to use in a match?" And when you build your promotion upon trying to make each spot more risky, more violent, more "extreme," and when you train your fanbase to not be happy unless each spot tops the previous one, there's only so far you can go with that before either you run out of spots that wrestlers are physically able to do, or before people start getting seriously hurt. I think that's ECW's biggest risk right now. They've moved so much into "extreme," while leaving the "pro wrestling" style behind, that I think they've passed the point of no return. There are only so many tables you can put a guy through, only so many insane spots. It's my belief that once ECW hits this wall, their fans will start getting bored by the product, because they'll have seen it all before.
So, in conclusion, I agree that ECW has been the greatest influence on pro wrestling in the 90s, and that they've been the most innovative promotion in recent memory. "WWF Attitude" is, of course, a direct lift-off of the ECW style. However, with two giant corporations stealing their wrestlers and, increasingly, their style, and with the dangers I got into above, I still stand by my prediction that ECW's days are numbered.
I thought that this might be something that you and readers of your Nitro reports would get a kick out of, maybe not. In a write in campaign fo Undergraduate Student Government President and Vice President, John Roszkowski and Harmon K. Vredeveld have used Ric Flair as a major campaign tactic. By putting Ric Flair on fliers and and stuff, as well as mentioning him on their official campaign website, the two often mentioned the "Nature Boy" when they wrote columns for the Lantern (OSU's paper) which had virtually nothing to do with wrestling. I just thought that this is another good example of wrestling being in places that no one would have expected a few years ago.
And, if you believe the newsboards, WCW is hoping to give Randy Savage a monster push when he comes back from his knee injury, maybe tonight. Gee, there's a clever way to compete with they younger, fresher folks up North - push.....Randy....Savage.....er, wait. Maybe that's not such a good idea. But wait! Hey, I saw that King Kong Bundy's still wrestling! WCW - quick! Sign him, have him squash Jericho, Benoit, Booker T, Finlay, Flair, et. al, and get him into a monster feud with the yellow-and-red wearing Hulk Hogan! And maybe push Paul Orndorff! Yeah! And John Studd! He's dead, but he's an 80s WWF star, so he still counts! And Cyndi Lauper too! This is gonna rule!!!!
I do give props to Flair - he's so good at playing the heel, that I think he's the only person in WCW who'd be able to turn Hogan face.
Finally, with Hogan going face, and singlehandedly fighting off the Horsemen in a fit of AMERICAN MAAAAADE frenzy on Thursday, how long do you think it'll be before we see him go over eight guys in a cage again?