Wasn't sure if you caught the Oscars and I WISH I had a picture but if you happen to see a pic, put it here!
Angelina Jolie and her date came out to the Oscars to be interviewed on the red carpet. I looked at the screen then went back to my chips and salsa...THEN I DID A DOUBLE-TAKE. Jolie dyed her hair BLACK and did her face up like queen-of-the-dead-Tim-Burton style. Her date had dyed PLATINUM HAIR.
I swear, I almost dropped my food and yelled, WHAT THE F*** ARE DAFFNEY AND DAVID FLAIR DOING AT THE OSCARS?!?!
You may not believe me because I hardly believe it either, but if you find a picture or capture, it'll confirm it! Trust me! Find someone with a tape of the Oscars and screen-cap it! It's UNCANNY.
Is it just me or did the La Parka thing on Thunder with the sign saying 'I'm sorry' and 'I'm not really saying this' remind of Wile E. Coyote when he's about to fall of a cliff or something?
I'll go ahead and put down a $50 wager that Tony calls the first Bischoff/Russo Nitro the "greatest ever."
Allow me to look at Nitro step-by-step:
The Opening Segment: I think this dragged too long, but it got the point across -- the old guys are no longer in charge. The appearances of Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo were necessary to explain to the fans the whats and the whys of recent WCW happenings. The only real drawback I saw was putting everyone in WCW on two different sides (or teams, if you will, if you want to look at it in a Team Challenge Series sort-of-way). What's going to happen when this angle comes to a close? Also, many fans still do not understand the "scissor" and "softball" references that are made towards Sid Vicious, and such "smart" commentary only serves to confuse.
Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Total Package: Crap match, but I thought it was cute how they cut off the entrances to the two "Millionaires," yet they allow Buff Bagwell's entrance to go in its entirety. A Buff beatdown to enforce the notion that the "old guys" have to stick together would have been nice, though.
Tank Abbott Promo: I've seen Giant Gonzalez cut better promos. Plus, calling out Goldberg and not delivering makes Goldberg look like a wimp. The Mark Madden beatdown was a nice touch, though.
Billy Kidman Calling Out Hulk Hogan: Good job here, actually. Kidman is allowed a short advantage until Hogan's size comes into play and he beats the hell out of Kidman. As much as it pains me to say it, don't expect Kidman to win a fair fight against someone nine inches taller and seventy pounds heavier than him, especially when Kidman has not been given the proper build-up. However, I think Vampiro chairing a meeting to Hogan's noggin would have been better than seeing Bischoff do it. It would certainly fit in with Vamp's attack on Sting at the end of the show. Plus, with the McMahons parading themselves on RAW every week, I think the average fan is getting tired of all these authority figures grabbing significant airtime.
Ric Flair Promo: A Shane Douglas beatdown is natural, but you don't want to put your eggs in one basket.
The Rest of the Show: Since I worked late Monday night, I only got to see one hour of Nitro, and had to rely on Jarod's Nitro Report for the rest of the results. I did see the Jeff Jarrett/Curt Hennig match, though, and I will say that Shawn Stasiak is still not ready for prime time. Also, if Douglas was going to run-in on Flair anyway, was Russo's presence necessary?
The only really disturbing thing is that the crowd responses on Monday necessitate the Millionaire's Club as babyfaces and the New Blood as heels. Although the announcers tried their best to do it the other way around, the crowd reactions and bookings of the New Blood make it look like they are the villians, despite being held back by the older guys. This also means that the Millionaire's Club has to win the blow-off. While the older guys have to get wins sometime, it really should be the younger guys going over in the end to help build for the future.
Overall, I think WCW got their foot in the door with this edition of Nitro, but the real test will be if the promotion can follow up with solid outings the next few weeks. The overreliance on shock booking worries me, however. It is possible to spread out the appearances of Shane Douglas, Shawn Stasiak and Mike Awesome on other Nitros. After a while, WCW is going to run out of surprise appearances and will have to rely on actual wrestling to get their workers over. On a final note, less run-ins and more clean finishes would be appreciated.