You're right in your last Thunder report about Hogan and Hart fighting on Nitro. They had a match, but it was all a swerve as Hart was "injured" and then Sting had a match with Hogan, and then after being "saved" from nWo Black and White from the Wolfpac (God, they sucked) Hart proceeded to turn on Sting for the 169,672,181th time within about a two month span. Thus, like most of WCW's matches nowadays, the match was just a sham. But hey, at least we have Dewey from the "Scream" flicks as our World Champion.
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Great Thunder report. I actually boycotted the episode after reading the spoilers. I can't imagine how it must have felt for someone who didn't know what was going to happen.
Just a quick thought, isn't it funny that nearly 90% of the New Blood featured in the ring during the opening segment of the April 10th Nitro (you know, the ones Russo pledged his allegiance to) have had absolutely no TV time. Crowbar, David Flair, Daffney, Mamalukes, 3 Count, Jung Dragons, Lenny, Lodi, La Parka, Silver King and El Dandy all got dressed up for nothing.
Thank you so much for your recap of last night's Thunder. After reading it, I can go home, rewind my tape from last night, and use it again for something meaningful, such as QUINCY or ROCKFORD FILES reruns.
I apologize for saying this, but I'm glad you had to sit through Thunder instead of me. It sounded like an absolutely horrible show. I enjoy watching wrestling, and even though at this point in time none of my personal favorites seem to be doing anything in WCW now (just when Los Fabulosos were getting a push with Miss Hancock, er, that doesn't sound exactly like what I meant, Russo and Bischoff again send them off to Luchadore Hell), I can still enjoy a good wrestling show; some clever angles, decent matches to further the stories, or conclude one, some interview time to build heat or establish a foundation for a story, etc. I don't need, or want, 20 minute matches every week. But, solid 6-9 minute matches should be the foundation of any two hour wrestling show. Instead, Russo/Bischoff seem to think the 10 minute segment should be 4 minutes of talk/backstage walking, 3 minutes of wrestler intros, 2 minutes of lame in-ring calisthenics (notice I did not say wrestling) and 1 minute of announcers trying to explain what happened and why we should care. This 4-3-2-1 formula sucks, unless one tunes in for the express purpose of watching wrestlers do a lame soap-opera/comedy routine. If that's the case, why go to a wrestling show if you're looking for mostly things other than wrestling.
And I must again reiterate my scorn at a company for consistently wanting to put non-wrestlers in the ring. And I'm not even talking about David Arquette, yet. I'm talking about Tammy Sytch and Paisley. Yeah, I realize the ultimate goal is only titillation, but how many times can one see Tammy's jiggly thonged butt (see needs to get into shape if she's going to flaunt her flesh) rolling around in the ring before you realize if that's what you want to watch, there are mud wrestling tapes that are better produced, with better looking gals.
No comment on why WCW doesn't see their continuous actions regarding the championship belt only serves to diminish it. It's really sad to realize that wrestling has become basically an infomercial for other products -- T-shirts, PPV buys, video games, music cd's, movies....etc. I won't go further with this analogy, as you've said it already. I will admit, though, I did laugh at Arquette's line on Nitro (I happened to tune it at the right spot) when he told Bischoff "I'm gonna 1-800-kick your butt!". That was funny. And using a celeb to set up a fight with Bishcoff with the stipulation of a Jarrett/DDP title shot in the balance is an okay and proper use of this type of non-wrestler appearance. But what they did on Thunder far crosses that line.
Ugh. Really sad. I watched a 90 minute USWA show from early 1991on tape a couple of days ago, and I became very nostalgic about what wrestling was...vs what it has become. And this has nothing at all to do with the fact that Joey Maggs pinned a young Jerry Lynn on that show. Jim Cornette and the Fabulous Ones turning on Jerry Lawlor was the main angle, classic stuff. The mix of interviews, matches and talent was entertaining. It showcased the promotion, and did not pander to mainstream fans who go to the arena or tune in the TV just because it's currently cool to do so.
Yeah, I'm just an old fashioned wrestling relic. And in today's world of sports entertainment, I just...don't....get....it. Stick a fork in me...I'm done.
Sorry again about the rant. Thanks for the recap. I feel guilty for spewing this bile without having actually watched the show, but what's the point? I concur wholeheartedly with your comments at the end of the report. The sad thing is, with even a minimal increase in ratings, this will all be deemed a huge success and will serve to perpetuate the insanity.
Have you heard anything about WCWSN ever showing new matches again? I really miss that show.
I liked your opinion on the "actor" winning the WCW gold. I kinda think that it is just angle development (somehow). I think that they could be setting up another DDP heel turn at Slamboree and recapture the belt. A sadistic thing inside of me is wondering: DDP vs Arquette in the triple tier steel cage, and Arquette taking flying lessons courtesy of DDP. But think about it: in Ready To Rumble, DDP is a heel. The main event at Slamboree may be based on the movie somewhat. Just my opinion.
There lies a major problem with WCW's planning. Shouldn't the movie help promote WCW, and not the other way around?
In retrospect, it makes all that criticism Russo took for his Tank Abbott plans look utterly trivial.
I don't think Vince and Uncle Eric are able to really conceive the magnitude of what they've done with this whole debacle--yes, granted, it fits into Russo's shock and shlock method of booking, and yes, the entire Internet world is now empassioned over something WCW has done, but this isn't the kind of press you want.
Cardinal rule of wrestling crossovers: You gotta keep 'em separated. Vince may have won the belt and stunned the fanboy world, but he was involved in WWF storylines for months before it happened. The whole LT and Mike Tyson angles were high profile, but they were never intrinsic to a title on the level of actually holding a belt themselves. Hell, the Jay Leno and DDP *thing* was WCW's most prominent angle, but they didn't besmirch any titles during its tenure.
This crosses over, but in a fashion that's more ridiculous than controversial. David Arquette isn't a celebrity, he's some third-rate hack who got famous off of cotton candy horror flicks and the fact that he's got celebrity siblings. Anybody who actually enjoys this guy's shtick is in the fourteen-and-under demographic, and I can tell you that they sure as hell aren't watching WCW over their MTV fix.
I think it just comes down to a cut and dry case of overestimation in one's own brilliance. Yeah, that isn't anything new when Russo and Bischoff come to mind. But pimping your title to create a one-week ripple effect without considering the fallout it will cause seven or eight months down the road is just bad business.
About your long rant in the Thunder Report:
You're damn right. You're right that Arquette being champ devalues the belt. You're right that there are dozens of wrestlers in the back that deserve that belt a hell of a lot more than Arquette. You're right about all of that. But it gets people thinking about WCW. Are you going to tell me that you're not interested in seeing Nitro just to see what they do with the title? Arquette winning the title is going to be in news, I'm sure. They bring in the mainstream audience to see what's going to happen with Arquette.
It gets people talking about the company and that's what they need. It might have been a slap in the face of all the wrestlers, but business-wise, it was a stroke of genius.
Just my two cents.
The show was to end with a stunt where DDP and Jarrett were fighting on a scaffold or ladder. The idea was Arquette would hit Jarrett with a guitar and he'd take a bump through a gimmicked part of the stage. The only problem was that Asya accidentally stepped into the gimmicked part after she was eliminated, so everyone could see it. Then Arquette also stepped into it and actually fell in. So DDP and Jarrett had to improvise. DDP took the bump.
Too bad such editing jobs weren't around when The Shockmaster graced us (and the concrete) with his presence.