Is it possible that McMahon has pulled his most brilliant move ever by planting The Powers That Be in WCW to assist in making a bad product even worse? Could Russo and Ferrara be in on the greatest move in the history of the Monday/Thursday night wars? Could Vinnie Mac really be this good? Thunder was godawful horrible to go with a piss-poor Nitro on Monday. I'm beginning to long for WCW '93 again.
I feel sorry for us. Watching WCW is sheer torture anymore.
At least you only have to watch WCW for TWO hours (then again, watching it for two MINUTES is an endurance test in itself). I do a Nitro report for a couple of pages, and let me tell you, I damn near quit after seeing Monday's steaming landfill of liquid manure. Not since the Hogan/Bischoff fiascoes have I seen a more terribly produced show.
The problem with WCW is not just that the wrestling is horrible, the matches are two-minute screwjob laden gimmick-fests and the personas they give to the young talent are downright STUPID (TAFKA Prince, The Maestro and Kanyon's Godfather rip-off come to mind). I think the glaring reason that WCW is so unwatchable is that they're trying to put on a WWF-type entertainment show with characters that couldn't entertain you if their lives depended on it. Besides Goldberg, Sting and Benoit, is there really any reason to CARE about any of the characters on that show?
I have a theory anyway that Russo and Ferrara are being sent by Vinnie Mac to ruin WCW, because there's no way they can watch their awful product and with all seriousness tell us that it's great. You don't build an entertaining program with the likes of Jeff Jarrett, DOA, Bertha Faye and Vincent. And when Jim Duggan is getting bigger pops than your main event guys, there's something SERIOUSLY wrong with the booking. Keep up the great work, by the way.
Hello. I was reading the Thunder report on DDT Digest and noticed you commenting that you believe it was Van Hammer who has been attacking people when the lights go out and the stobe goes on. I was at the Nitro in New Orleans, having received some complimentary tickets from the hospital my mother works at. Being comp seats, they weren't great, I was behind the stage and could not see the jumbo-tron monitors. I could, however, see the total area behind the entrance way. When the man who attacks during the strobe light ran away from ring after his attack, the lights came on after he got behind the stage but before he got behind the curtain. I saw that he was a big guy with semi-long blond hair, and he did resemble Van Hammer, so it may be him. It may also intrest you to learn that DJ Ran was at the show doing his now non-televised duties. I thought they had fired him. Anyway, I love the site, and read your reports every week. Keep up the good work, and thanks.
Hey man, cut Hacksaw some slack.
Name another big man in WCW (other than Goldberg and Nash) who has better mic skills, more ring charisma, better ring skills and more popularity with the fans. Certainly not Sid, Stevie Ray, Meng, Barbarian, Hogan, Luger, etc.
I'm not saying he should be a Nitro or PPV main eventer, but no other WCW wrestler can start a show off better than Duggan. Despite being an 1980's style of wrestler (low-flying, no high risk manuveurs) and limited by age and injuries, he can get a crowd going unlike anyone else.
I'd like to see him as a heel (briefly), siding with the Revolution before turning his back on them and "redeeming" himself to the fans.
But, please, for the love of Pete, let him go back using a real 2x4!
I'll make this short and sweet.
I won't deny that Duggan is probably one of the five most over wrestlers in WCW.
But I also think Duggan could stand to improve his wrestling arsenal and sell more for his opponents. And I'm not counting post-match beatdowns.
Hey guys, I was going through DDT Digest as my source to label my old tapes, and I noticed something. Until this week (I've heard tonight is Bret vs. Benoit) the last time the world title was defended on Thunder was APRIL, Diamond Dallas Page against Stevie Ray!! Perhaps the fact that nothing truly important happens is a reason why the ratings are horrid. I may be wrong, but if there was another World title defense between now and April on Thunder, I can't think of it. That's EIGHT months.
According to the archives, the last World Title match on Thunder occured on the April 29th, 1999 show. Diamond Dallas Page successfully defended the WCW World Title against Bam Bam Bigelow in a Hardcore Rules match. DDP scored the pin in 12:09 after Randy Savage interfered with his flying elbowdrop on Bigelow.
What I should do one of these days is make a table of all the world title defenses that occured on Thunder for no real reason other than to see how valuable Thunder is/was in regards to WCW's highest prize.
Schiavone's "Two Minute Main Event" thing was 16 months ago around August 24th, 1998.