As for the show, I did get to watch some of it. Kevin Nash's commentary, while a little too "smart" for some viewers, was pretty amusing at times, especially when calling everything "Old Glory." Overall, though, the show was lacking in quality wrestling and excitement, and would barely pass as a WCW Saturday Night broadcast. With Smackdown dominating Thursday nights now, WCW has no excuse in not stepping up the quality of the shows. I don't think having two jobbers go at it will cut it anymore for the casual audience.
On a positive note, I think WCW is starting to realize this, as Thunder is scheduled to be taped on Tuesday nights as early as the month of December according to the event schedules on WCW.com. This should allow some of the bigger stars from Nitro to wrestle on Thunder without having to go home then return to the road for a taping.
I read the following line in the "nasty" (or is it lazy?) Brian Knobbs vs Chris Benoit match:"This guy changes theme music more often than a child eating Mexican food changes his underwear."
Not that I got very offended by it, but mind you, Mexican food (REAL
Mexican food - not Taco Bell garbage) is not bad at all. I challenge
you to eat some real Mexican stuff like chicken with some real mole and
some real tortillas, and you'll see there is nothing to be afraid of our
food. I have eaten Mexican food all my life and I have never been in
the need to get a Tums.
Oh yeah, and Gorditas are not like that atrocity that that #%#^ dog
Oh yeah, and Gorditas are not like that atrocity that that #%#^ dog sells.
I've been hearing for a long time about the "canned heat" and "piped-in" Goldberg chants that WCW supposedly uses to add the illusion of heat in cases when the crowd is less than alive. I always wondered whether or not it was just a myth concocted by the legions of WCW detractors on the Internet. (Maybe that makes me an unrepentant WCW mark, or perhaps I'm just very optimistic.)
After seeing the Thunder on 10/7, I can't help but think that the tremendous amount of crowd heat came from a tape machine somewhere in the editing bay at WCW. The crowd reaction was constant throughout the entire show -- even for wrestlers who normally couldn't get heat if you gave them a flamethrower. I also found it odd that even when the crowd heat was at its highest, the fans at ringside sat motionless, as if they were at a church service.
Maybe this seems like a dumb question, but could you just clear this one up for me? Does WCW, in fact, boost the audience reaction artificially?
P.S. Tell Dan that was a good call, comparing Dale Torberg to one of the "Baseball Furies". It was exactly what I was thinking when I first saw his new make-up job. Actually I was thinking of a "Baseball Fury", Kane and Brian Adams as "The Demon" all smashed together at high speed. "Good evening, boppers... the Baseball Furies have just struck out..."
Well, the only people who can tell you if a heat machine is used is WCW themselves. But, here's what I have noticed:
I've seen Disco in my gym (Main Event fitness in Atlanta) and he's short - only about 5' 9" or 5' 10" tops (I'm 6' and I looked down at him as I walked by.)
The WWF's MVP was Steve Lombardi, aka the Brooklyn Brawler. He showed up on Raw about twice (I distinctly remember Owen Hart booting him during a battle royal) and then was re-tooled into Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz, who went "on strike" at the same time as the MLBPA.
The main difference was that the WWF's MVP wore white makeup... so is this guy MVP Wolfpac?
My head hurts just contemplating the stupidity of some WCW undercard bookers.
All we need now is for Russo and Ferrera to bring back The Ding Dongs.
If you have no idea as to who the Ding Dongs are, go to Xavier Doom's website, The Slayground, and check out his WCW Hall of Shame.
I Don't know if this "explains" the baseball gimmick, but Dale Torborg's father is MLB baseball manager [and former professional baseball player] Jeff Torborg.
Dale also played baseball at Northwestern.