In the case of last week, the finish was set up by Crowbar being pushed from a platform onto the top of a car two feet below at best. That is why I felt a need to question the sanity of the booking. :-)
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Top Ten Signs WCW's New Talent Will Not Win Over the Crowd
10. Forms a partnership with Warrior, Lanny Poffo, and Barry Horowitz.
9. Uses a stomp to the chest as his finisher.
8. Bought the book "101 Viagra Jokes."
7. Tells the fans to turn the channel to the Westminster Dog Show.
6. Sacrifices a goat and two pigeons every week to the Demon.
5. Eats "Fruit Booties" for breakfast.
4. Thinks an atomic drop is something you put in your mouth.
3. He bears a strange resemblance to Mr. Belvedere.
2. Invites David Hasselhoff to sing on Nitro.
1. Rants that WCW can't compete without the great ring work of Swoll.
Here's one more sign: "The talent phones in their matches 1-800-CALL-ATT with Jimmy Barron."
I work near a store in Orlando with Ticketmaster. Whenever anything goes on sale -- concerts, Tampa Bay Bucs games, etc. -- there are at least some people there before 10:00 A. M. for tickets.
When WWF Smackdown at the TD Waterhouse Center (Recapper's Note: The Center was known as the Orlando Arena at the time.) went on sale for their show that happened in early January (and eventually sold out), there was a large crowd. On Friday when tickets went on sale for the upcoming WCW Thunder at the Center there was no one waiting for tickets. Not a good sign.
If you listen to the Monsters of the Midday radio show on 104.1 FM, The Sexy Savannah (Savannah is one of the hosts of the show mentioned who also appeared at the May 10th RAW Is War in Orlando) was at the Center doing a remote. Kidman and Torrie Wilson were there. At one point, when things were getting boring, Russ (another host) commented that he thought there would be more people there. They also spoke to Kidman for a little while and he did not have many positive things to say about the current WCW.
Keep up the good work. I enjoy your ratings system, especially the duds. But mostly, thanks for watching Thunder so I don't have to.
That's sad to hear, considering that on June 29, 1998, WCW sold out a Nitro at The Ice Palace in Tampa, which can seat well over 20,000 people.
However, I have been to arena shows for both major promotions and there is one major difference between the two. Whereas WCW ends the show once the cameras go off the air, the WWF will usually add something special to the fans in the house that television viewers do not get to see.
For instance, at the RAW Is War show I described above, the main event was a six-man tag match between The Rock, Steve Austin and Vince McMahon vs. Undertaker, Triple-H and Shane McMahon. The match ended after a Stunner on Shane. After the cameras went off, Austin followed with more Stunners on the heels. Austin kicked Shane out of the ring and acted as if he was going to share a Steveweiser with the beaten Triple-H. It was a ruse to two more Stunners. :-)
I mention this because while it may not seem like much, that extra touch of booking is just a small way for a promotion to thank the audience for taking the time and spending the money to attend its events. WCW could benefit in the same way by having a top level face come to after an inevitable nWo beatdown and get his revenge with a few chair shots or powerbombs. You want to send the crowd home happy, not dejected. Otherwise, you end up killing towns and winding up in situations as described above.