It appears to me that David Flair learned to wrestle by spending a lot of time in front of his Sony Playstation playing a lot of Resident Evil. He looks like a friggin' zombie in the ring.
Since when does a drop toe-hold make you fall face-first with your legs locked in rigor mortis?
Since when do you stumble around and look at your opponent with your arms out to your sides like Sasquatch (or a bodybuilder, who Davey obviously is NOT) when you have him on the ground?
I guess it's all part of the angle... but if an honest-to-God veteran wrestler like Dandy can't make you look good, then I hope being a half-ass crappy wrestler is going to be David's gimmick. I hope he does go to the Power Plant and gets seven shades of you-know-what kicked out of him.
It's all a big conspiracy by our Congress to show wrestling fans the downfalls of playing too many video games.
I was surprised you only pointed out two of the references to The Rock on Thunder. You mentioned The Shiryu Elbow and Vampiro using the Rock Bottom. But you totally skipped over Savage saying "If you smell what the Mach is cooking." Come on. When WCW copies the WWF, you should mention it as often as possible.
Just a lil' thought for the future:
Charles "Lungless" Robinson vs David Flair?
Put the now half-winded Robinson in there with Konnan.
David Flair vs Erik Watts.
Can you feel the pain?
No! No! It gets better!
If not the main event (And, let's face it Flair vs Watts is a main event, anywhere!) then give it the Featured Match slot! Either a 20 minute marathon in the third hour, or that crucial 8:55-9:05 timeslot that keeps people from turning to RAW!
Now *that* is the way to keep your 'Flair pushing his no-talent son" angle alive.
PS: Konnan feuding with Hennig. This is a good thing for one crucial reason: Hennig's restholds, oversells, and classic heel 'Slip out of the ring and recover' tactics actually allow Konnan to catch his wind again!
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Aldo, A couple quick comments:
David Flair -- the only thing that will make this angle come out OK, is if after Flair eventually is unseated as head of WCW, each of the wrestlers forced to job to him (i.e. Barry Horowitz, Buddy Lee Parker, etc.) gets a rematch where they squash him. Now that would be worth watching!
Savage's entourage -- I kinda' like having them around, but maybe because I miss women's wrestling, and this is as close as WCW has gotten in several years. I can only hope they eventually move the gals into the ring for actual wrestling, not just as a sideshow. I loved seeing Starla Saxton (Mona, Madness...whatever) get up on the top rope for the drop kick on Bagwell. Looked kinda goofy in her beauty queen outfit, but hey, I'll it.
I was glad to see several cruiser matches featuring someone other than the almighty triumvirate of Rey, Kidman and Juvi. I like Lash LeRoux and Kaz Hyashi, but was sort of sad to see Lenny Lane do the job for Evan Karagias -- whose makeover with the dreadlocks leaves me pretty cold. But it was still good to see some tv time for these guys in competitive matches.
Nice report. Thanks.
I stopped past the Nitro Grille this past weekend. Unfortunately it was on Sunday, so I guess all of the guests had left. I thought it was boring. The place is actually pretty standard, it almost looks more like a sports book than a restaurant. WCW better keep guys appearing there frequently, at least once a week, if they want to make a go of it. A place like the All-Star cafe (while it sucks also) at least has a variety of stuff to keep everyone interested.
Even if you're a casual wrestling fan, there's not a lot there to hold your interest. There are some pictures, of course the first ones you see are Nash, Hogan, Piper, etc., the whole geriatric crew. There is also a big projection set that shows ring action on the wall. It wasn't busy, but I was there in mid afternoon. I'll give it another shot at night sometime and see if I think anything different.
Just some random, rambling thoughts from last Thunder.
Kaz's finishing senton splash looked pretty brutal; didn't look like a clean landing. One additional thought: why was Disco wearing an eyepatch backstage if all he was going to do for the night was get roughed up by Savage? Some subtle angle advancement? Seems odd and not as hamfistedly clumsy as I've come to know WCW lately.
Van Hammer still gets zero heat from me. Maybe the fans should start chanting "no justice" whenever he wear the "no peace" singlet. And I couldn't help but laugh when Tenay tried to sell this as an "impressive win" for VH. C'mon, a pinfall over Prince Imajobber is impressive?
Poor Madusa. She said her favorite wrestler "starts with an M, ends with an M and melts in your mouth". Eeyew. Seeing as how "Macho Man Randy Savage" doesn't end with an M anywhere, it's anyone's guess who she really meant, eh?
I hate Kitty B. Badd. I really do. Perhaps even more than Gonnad or what used to be Rey Misterio, Jr. (for God's sake just give him the mask back!). Hide all the microphones in the arena. Anything! I've never seen Vampiro wrestle until tonight--I'm usually at work before I realize I've forgotten to set a tape for Nitro or Thunder--and he's really damn smooth to watch. But he seemed really, really stiff against The Cat. Sloppy ending with a camera angle that showed Vampiro's shoulder WAY UP THERE at the three count. At least that's how it looked to me.
As an aside, please help me understand "stiff" correctly: in the context of my little recap, "stiff" meant that Vampiro didn't look particularly comfortable or polished against Ernest Miller. But I've also heard "stiff" to mean a particularly hard-hitting move or match. Like a couple of months back when Scott Steiner got hit from behind by a cup of soda. I recall he got -extremely- upset with the thrower, and the following match (against DDP?) was called "stiff". Plus you were hoping that Vamps would go "all-stiff on Cat". Me confused. Anyway...
Knobbs was prattling on about how he was hardcore for as long as he'd had those letters on his chest, or something. Well at the time the only word I saw was STY. Appropriate for such a wallowing time-wasting hog, innit?
I'm also very, very unhappy that the cruiserweight battle royal was not allowed to finish cleanly. What good did it do Morrus to run in and spoil all the fun? (never mind killing the buzz of luchador fans like me) Obviously, it set up Kidman/Rey Minithug for next week, but...
Any word if the Tank Abbott/Woof-Woof Steiner fisticuffs were at all "shootish"? Rick seemed to get pretty red around the neck, and my urge to call it as "shootish" was caused by the number of people who came out to separate them and the rapidity with which they arrived.
A good point made that Savage doesn't seem terribly intimidating if his "ho train" has to do all the work for him. Mona's missile dropkick (which has to be the best move I've seen from a female "wrestler" in MONTHS on the Big Two) only serves to emphasize this. And I think Gorgeous George would've been better served to clock Buff with that lunchbox-sized shoe than trying to choke him with it. :)
Why doesn't that guy just pull on his earring?
Bill's right. Wearing earrings while performing distracts from the believability of wrestling. Just thought I'd bring it up.
The Fall Brawl: War Games pay-per-view comes around in September. It's June now, so that gives WCW a good three months or so to build this up and have this year's War Games to be the big blow-off match. By saying War Games, I don't mean last year's bastardized version, but the War Games we all know and love, in which two men start, one from each team enters after "x" amount of minutes until all eight men are participating in the battle.
You could come up with some interesting pairings. One I considered for the old guys was Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Diamond Dallas Page and Bam Bam Bigelow. If you ignore the fact that Flair and Savage recently had heat against each other, this could work. (I'm sure WCW will ignore their feud, though.)
The young guys could be comprised of Konnan, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Buff Bagwell and Disco Inferno. Not a lot of star power, I know, but these four have either been beaten up by Savage or made comments about the older guys stealing their thunder. You could probably substitute Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko for Konnan and Rey Mysterio, Jr. if WCW focuses more on the Horsemen being divided. As for Kevin Nash, if he doesn't have a title shot you could throw him in just to get at Savage, despite the fact that he hardly qualifies as young at age 40.
Keep in mind, all of this is just rambling on my part. I realize that some of the pairings don't make sense (i.e. Flair and Savage together, Nash representing the young guys), but I seriously doubt WCW will make sense out of it all either. Anyway, that's my take on it. What do you think?
I'd like to take a little opinion poll of sorts. Who do you think would best represent the teams in WarGames? I'm not really looking for opinions, just wrestlers, as I will tally the results and post them on next week's report. If you're interested, submit your predictions by clicking on the pretty link.