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The way Terry's storyline wrapped up makes me retroactively hate Terry

2020.09.20 22:07 GeorgeCuntstanza The way Terry's storyline wrapped up makes me retroactively hate Terry

I'm on rewatch number 5358205 and currently on Season 6, Episode 9 - 'Life Matters' and honestly, every time I watch this episode it makes me unbelievably mad. (Heads up, this got long because I've got laundry to ignore.)
It's no secret that the writing went down the shitter in the last two seasons, and honestly started to skid during season 5, but this episode perfectly sums up what was wrong with it, and that's that they just focused way too much on the wrong things (plus all the plot holes and nonsensical diversions but that's another rant). It's the episode before the season finale, we've got:
Basically, a lot of major, high-octane, exciting shit going on, the huge storyline of the Camps coming to its conclusion, and what is the focus of like, easily 40% of the episode?
Terry Bellefluer's fucking funeral.
All season we've seen the vampires we care about be captured, held prisoner, tortured, poisoned, etc, and we're finally getting satisfaction and they keep cutting away from the action to people sitting in a cemetery giving basically the same eulogy over and over again.
Eric is strutting around ripping dude's literal dicks off and instead I'm watching fuckin Portia Bellefleur talk about how she was too stubborn to learn how to use a swing when she was 5? And because of Terry she was able to swing? I give a shit??
I get that it was supposed to be showing why Sookie would be hesitant to leave the community of Bon Temps just yet, as she expresses to Warlow in the next episode when she asks if they can just date for a while, but that could have been achieved with a 5 minute scene of a post-funeral reception at Merlotte's.
It just so exemplifies how the writers just did not know what the audience wanted and kept packing the seasons with boring shit we didn't care about. Sure I liked Terry and all, but the amount of time the show devoted to his storylines in S5 and S6 made me resent him as a character because it took so much away from what I actually watched the show for, which was the main vampires/Sookie.
Also, that fucking smoke monster bullshit in S5, I just hate everything about it.
Knowing what's to come with Terry makes it harder and harder to like him all over again when I go back to the beginning, and that sucks because I really liked his character before all this garbage.
Damn you, late season writers!! *Shakes fist*
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2020.09.17 13:25 AFLbot AFL 2020: Round 18 - North Melbourne (34) def by West Coast Eagles (49)

Post Match

Welcome to the /WestCoastEagles post match discussion for the round 18 match between the Kangaroos and the Eagles. Be sure to grab your user flair from the sidebar; opposition fans and supporters welcome!

Match

Match Details
Match AFL 2020 Round 18 - North Melbourne Vs West Coast Eagles
Date Thursday 17 September 2020 @ 07:10 PM
Venue Metricon Stadium (MS)
Weather 25.0C, Sunny
Status POSTGAME

Scoreboard

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Melbourne 2.4 (16) 2.6 (18) 3.10 (28) 4.10 (34)
West Coast Eagles 0.0 (0) 3.1 (19) 4.4 (28) 7.7 (49)

Scoreboard: Quarter by Quarter

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Melbourne 2.4 (16) 0.2 (2) 1.4 (10) 1.0 (6)
West Coast Eagles 0.0 (0) 3.1 (19) 1.3 (9) 3.3 (21)
Quarter Result NMFC by 16 pts WCE by 17 pts NMFC by 1 pts WCE by 15 pts
Quarter Length 23:12 mins 23:14 mins 22:17 mins 26:52 mins

Scoreboard: Extended

Team Minutes in front Left Behind Right Behind Left Poster Right Poster Rushed Behind Touched Behind
North Melbourne 35 mins 1 7 0 0 2 0
West Coast Eagles 43 mins 1 3 0 1 2 0

Scoring Events

Qtr Time Score Team - Player (G.B)
1st Quarter
Q1 02:18 BEHIND Kangaroos - Sam Durdin (0.1)
Q1 12:04 GOAL Kangaroos - Shaun Higgins (1.0)
Q1 14:24 GOAL Kangaroos - Nick Larkey (1.0)
Q1 18:16 BEHIND Kangaroos - Tom Murphy (0.1)
Q1 19:00 RUSHED BEHIND Kangaroos
Q1 22:12 BEHIND Kangaroos - Aaron Hall (0.1)
2nd Quarter
Q2 01:28 RUSHED BEHIND Kangaroos
Q2 04:41 RUSHED BEHIND Eagles
Q2 08:28 GOAL Eagles - Jack Darling (1.0)
Q2 11:22 GOAL Eagles - Brayden Ainsworth (1.0)
Q2 14:08 BEHIND Kangaroos - Tom Murphy (0.2)
Q2 16:18 GOAL Eagles - Liam Ryan (1.0)
3rd Quarter
Q3 01:50 BEHIND Kangaroos - Jack Ziebell (0.1)
Q3 05:07 BEHIND Eagles - Liam Ryan (1.1)
Q3 06:10 GOAL Eagles - Oscar Allen (1.0)
Q3 08:10 GOAL Kangaroos - Cameron Zurhaar (1.0)
Q3 11:41 BEHIND Eagles - Brayden Ainsworth (1.1)
Q3 13:58 BEHIND Eagles - Jack Petruccelle (0.1)
Q3 17:00 BEHIND Kangaroos - Jy Simpkin (0.1)
Q3 19:23 BEHIND Kangaroos - Todd Goldstein (0.1)
Q3 21:10 BEHIND Kangaroos - Jack Ziebell (0.2)
4th Quarter
Q4 06:48 GOAL Eagles - Oscar Allen (2.0)
Q4 08:24 GOAL Eagles - Oscar Allen (3.0)
Q4 12:39 GOAL Eagles - Liam Ryan (2.1)
Q4 15:28 BEHIND Eagles - Jack Petruccelle (0.2)
Q4 16:47 RUSHED BEHIND Eagles
Q4 17:41 GOAL Kangaroos - Jed Anderson (1.0)
Q4 26:07 BEHIND Eagles - Brendon Ah Chee (0.1)

Team Statistics

North Melbourne Statistic West Coast Eagles
42 Possession % 41
17 pts (01:28 2nd Qtr) Biggest Lead 20 pts (16:47 4th Qtr)
1243 Fantasy Team Score 1133
361 Disposals 278
136 Contested Possessions 129
226 Uncontested Possessions 147
72 Disposal Efficiency % 69
40 One Percenters 53
165 Kicks 167
196 Handballs 111
2 Bounces 0
47 Tackles 54
12 Tackles Inside 50s 12
4 Centre Clearances 10
22 Stoppage Clearances 19
26 Total Clearances 29
5 Contested Marks 4
7 Mark Inside 50s 4
43 Inside 50s 40
33 Rebound 50s 39
57 Turnovers 61
61 Intercepts 57
4 Goals 7
10 Behinds 7
33 Goal Accuracy 50
4 Goal Assists 1
9 Goal Efficiency 17
12 Shots At Goal 14
27 Shot Efficiency 35
22 Hit-Outs 29
15 Free Kicks For 19
19 Free Kicks Against 15
73 Interchanges 67

Player Statistics

Match Awards: 🔥: Highest AFL Fantasy Score🥇: Highest Disposals🏅: Most Goals⭐: Highest Metric👎: Most Turnovers/Free-kick Against🤡: Most Clangars

Midfield - General Play

Legend: MG: Meters GainedK: KickH: HandballD: DisposalM: MarkT: TackleHO: Hit OutG: GoalB: BehindAF: AFL Fantasy Score
Player                              # Match Awards MG K H D M T HO G B AF
North Melbourne
Jy Simpkin #12 🔥🥇⭐ 274m 12 20 32 3 5 0 0 1 100
Jed Anderson #3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 499m 16 14 30 1 3 0 1 0 96
Shaun Higgins #4 302m 10 14 24 6 2 0 1 0 90
Jared Polec #13 ⭐⭐⭐ 327m 20 5 25 4 2 0 0 0 88
Trent Dumont #14 204m 10 12 22 2 4 0 0 0 75
Luke Davies-Uniacke #9 ⭐⭐ 283m 7 17 24 0 1 0 0 0 59
Bailey Scott #8 🤡 176m 5 8 13 1 3 0 0 0 40
Tom Murphy #40 107m 3 7 10 2 1 0 0 2 35
West Coast Eagles
Andrew Gaff #3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 397m 16 10 26 2 3 0 0 0 89
Dom Sheed #4 ⭐⭐⭐🤡 332m 12 11 23 1 5 0 0 0 75
Tim Kelly #11 191m 8 10 18 2 6 0 0 0 74
Brayden Ainsworth #33 ⭐⭐ 154m 7 4 11 2 1 0 1 1 46

Midfield - Extended

Legend: 1%: One PercenterCP: Contested PossessionUP: Uncontested PossessionCM: Contested MarkM50: Marks Inside 50CLR: Total ClearanceCC: Centre ClearanceST: Stoppage ClearanceI: InterceptI50: Inside 50R50: Rebound 50TI50: Tackles Inside 50
Player                              # 1% CP UP CM M50 CLR CC ST I I50 R50 TI50
North Melbourne
Jy Simpkin #12 0 12 17 0 0 3 0 3 4 3 2 2
Jed Anderson #3 3 12 18 0 0 5 0 5 5 5 3 0
Shaun Higgins #4 2 4 18 0 1 2 0 2 3 2 0 2
Jared Polec #13 0 6 20 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 4 0
Trent Dumont #14 0 10 14 0 0 2 1 1 5 3 3 1
Luke Davies-Uniacke #9 0 11 13 0 0 1 1 0 4 5 2 0
Bailey Scott #8 0 7 7 0 0 3 0 3 1 2 0 0
Tom Murphy #40 0 3 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
West Coast Eagles
Andrew Gaff #3 3 14 12 0 0 4 4 0 5 5 1 2
Dom Sheed #4 0 12 11 0 0 5 2 3 3 5 2 2
Tim Kelly #11 0 7 11 0 0 3 1 2 2 2 0 1
Brayden Ainsworth #33 1 3 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Midfield - Around the Ground

Legend: DE%: Disposal EfficiencyTO: TurnoverCLG: ClangarFF: Free-kick ForFA: Free-kick AgainstBO: BounceSAG: Shot At GoalSE: Shot EfficiencySI: Score InvolvementGA: Goal AssistG%: Goal EfficiencyTG: Time On Ground
Player                              # DE% TO CLG FF FA BO SAG SE SI GA G% TG%
North Melbourne
Jy Simpkin #12 75 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 78
Jed Anderson #3 86 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 8 1 100 77
Shaun Higgins #4 79 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 100 77
Jared Polec #13 80 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 86
Trent Dumont #14 68 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 64
Luke Davies-Uniacke #9 66 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 81
Bailey Scott #8 61 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 82
Tom Murphy #40 80 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 67
West Coast Eagles
Andrew Gaff #3 69 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 93
Dom Sheed #4 56 5 6 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 81
Tim Kelly #11 55 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 83
Brayden Ainsworth #33 63 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 6 0 33 80

Ruck - General Play

Legend: MG: Meters GainedK: KickH: HandballD: DisposalM: MarkT: TackleHO: Hit OutG: GoalB: BehindAF: AFL Fantasy Score
Player                              # Match Awards MG K H D M T HO G B AF
North Melbourne
Todd Goldstein #22 143m 5 13 18 4 2 21 0 1 81
West Coast Eagles
Nic Naitanui #9 ⭐⭐ 48m 3 10 13 2 5 24 0 0 77
Bailey J. Williams #32 89m 2 5 7 1 2 5 0 0 32

Ruck - Extended

Legend: 1%: One PercenterCP: Contested PossessionUP: Uncontested PossessionCM: Contested MarkM50: Marks Inside 50CLR: Total ClearanceCC: Centre ClearanceST: Stoppage ClearanceI: InterceptI50: Inside 50R50: Rebound 50TI50: Tackles Inside 50
Player                              # 1% CP UP CM M50 CLR CC ST I I50 R50 TI50
North Melbourne
Todd Goldstein #22 2 7 11 0 0 4 1 3 2 1 1 0
West Coast Eagles
Nic Naitanui #9 3 10 4 0 0 5 1 4 3 4 0 2
Bailey J. Williams #32 2 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1

Ruck - Around the Ground

Legend: DE%: Disposal EfficiencyTO: TurnoverCLG: ClangarFF: Free-kick ForFA: Free-kick AgainstBO: BounceSAG: Shot At GoalSE: Shot EfficiencySI: Score InvolvementGA: Goal AssistG%: Goal EfficiencyTG: Time On Ground
Player                              # DE% TO CLG FF FA BO SAG SE SI GA G% TG%
North Melbourne
Todd Goldstein #22 66 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 89
West Coast Eagles
Nic Naitanui #9 84 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 78
Bailey J. Williams #32 71 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 77

Forward - General Play

Legend: MG: Meters GainedK: KickH: HandballD: DisposalM: MarkT: TackleHO: Hit OutG: GoalB: BehindAF: AFL Fantasy Score
Player                              # Match Awards MG K H D M T HO G B AF
North Melbourne
Jack Ziebell #7 30m 5 3 8 4 4 0 0 2 52
Aaron Hall #43 113m 6 8 14 2 2 0 0 1 49
Taylor Garner #6 73m 5 7 12 2 4 0 0 0 49
Cameron Zurhaar #44 🤡 78m 5 4 9 3 2 1 1 0 43
Bailey Scott #8 🤡 176m 5 8 13 1 3 0 0 0 40
Nick Larkey #20 100m 4 3 7 3 2 0 1 0 39
West Coast Eagles
Liam Ryan #1 ⭐⭐⭐ 129m 8 7 15 4 2 0 2 1 71
Oscar Allen #12 🏅⭐ 161m 5 5 10 2 1 0 3 0 55
Brendon Ah Chee #41 162m 6 9 15 2 2 0 0 1 51
Jack Darling #27 👎🤡 197m 7 5 12 3 1 0 1 0 40
Jack Petruccelle #21 49m 3 5 8 2 1 0 0 2 31
Jake Waterman #2 127m 5 3 8 1 1 0 0 0 28
Josh J. Kennedy #17 -6m 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 13

Forward - Extended

Legend: 1%: One PercenterCP: Contested PossessionUP: Uncontested PossessionCM: Contested MarkM50: Marks Inside 50CLR: Total ClearanceCC: Centre ClearanceST: Stoppage ClearanceI: InterceptI50: Inside 50R50: Rebound 50TI50: Tackles Inside 50
Player                              # 1% CP UP CM M50 CLR CC ST I I50 R50 TI50
North Melbourne
Jack Ziebell #7 1 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Aaron Hall #43 0 5 12 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1
Taylor Garner #6 1 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2
Cameron Zurhaar #44 2 4 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Bailey Scott #8 0 7 7 0 0 3 0 3 1 2 0 0
Nick Larkey #20 1 5 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
West Coast Eagles
Liam Ryan #1 0 10 6 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 0 1
Oscar Allen #12 3 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1
Brendon Ah Chee #41 1 8 7 0 0 2 1 1 1 2 1 0
Jack Darling #27 1 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0
Jack Petruccelle #21 1 7 3 0 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 0
Jake Waterman #2 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0
Josh J. Kennedy #17 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Forward - Around the Ground

Legend: DE%: Disposal EfficiencyTO: TurnoverCLG: ClangarFF: Free-kick ForFA: Free-kick AgainstBO: BounceSAG: Shot At GoalSE: Shot EfficiencySI: Score InvolvementGA: Goal AssistG%: Goal EfficiencyTG: Time On Ground
Player                              # DE% TO CLG FF FA BO SAG SE SI GA G% TG%
North Melbourne
Jack Ziebell #7 75 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 90
Aaron Hall #43 57 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 77
Taylor Garner #6 50 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 71
Cameron Zurhaar #44 66 4 6 2 2 0 1 0 4 0 100 82
Bailey Scott #8 61 5 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 82
Nick Larkey #20 85 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 100 92
West Coast Eagles
Liam Ryan #1 60 3 3 0 0 0 3 0 7 1 66 79
Oscar Allen #12 90 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 6 0 100 82
Brendon Ah Chee #41 66 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 75
Jack Darling #27 58 7 6 2 4 0 2 0 6 0 50 95
Jack Petruccelle #21 50 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 80
Jake Waterman #2 62 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 83
Josh J. Kennedy #17 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41

Defence - General Play

Legend: MG: Meters GainedK: KickH: HandballD: DisposalM: MarkT: TackleHO: Hit OutG: GoalB: BehindAF: AFL Fantasy Score
Player                              # Match Awards MG K H D M T HO G B AF
North Melbourne
Luke McDonald #11 385m 13 15 28 2 2 0 0 0 80
Ed Vickers-Willis #33 243m 10 8 18 3 1 0 0 0 58
Flynn Perez #39 252m 8 7 15 1 3 0 0 0 53
Shaun Atley #18 228m 5 14 19 2 0 0 0 0 49
Robbie Tarrant #25 215m 7 5 12 3 1 0 0 0 44
Ben McKay #23 127m 3 5 8 3 1 0 0 0 32
Josh Walker #19 116m 4 4 8 1 1 0 0 0 18
Sam Durdin #24 65m 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 1 13
West Coast Eagles
Jackson Nelson #30 ⭐👎 549m 19 3 22 5 4 0 0 0 92
Shannon Hurn #25 576m 17 6 23 4 3 0 0 0 86
Brad Sheppard #5 ⭐⭐ 207m 11 5 16 3 7 0 0 0 77
Liam Duggan #14 440m 15 5 20 3 3 0 0 0 76
Will Schofield #31 142m 5 3 8 1 3 0 0 0 37
Josh Rotham #35 177m 6 1 7 3 1 0 0 0 33
Tom Cole #28 89m 4 3 7 1 1 0 0 0 19
Luke Foley #29 77m 3 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 19
Tom Barrass #37 5m 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 12

Defence - Extended

Legend: 1%: One PercenterCP: Contested PossessionUP: Uncontested PossessionCM: Contested MarkM50: Marks Inside 50CLR: Total ClearanceCC: Centre ClearanceST: Stoppage ClearanceI: InterceptI50: Inside 50R50: Rebound 50TI50: Tackles Inside 50
Player                              # 1% CP UP CM M50 CLR CC ST I I50 R50 TI50
North Melbourne
Luke McDonald #11 3 10 15 1 0 1 0 1 10 4 4 0
Ed Vickers-Willis #33 3 7 11 0 0 2 1 1 5 2 2 0
Flynn Perez #39 2 5 12 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 3 0
Shaun Atley #18 3 3 17 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 0
Robbie Tarrant #25 8 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 4 0
Ben McKay #23 5 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0
Josh Walker #19 3 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Sam Durdin #24 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1
West Coast Eagles
Jackson Nelson #30 1 7 12 0 0 2 0 2 8 2 10 0
Shannon Hurn #25 0 7 10 0 0 0 0 0 9 3 9 0
Brad Sheppard #5 4 7 8 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0
Liam Duggan #14 4 7 15 0 0 3 0 3 2 3 3 0
Will Schofield #31 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0
Josh Rotham #35 8 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
Tom Cole #28 2 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
Luke Foley #29 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
Tom Barrass #37 10 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0

Defence - Around the Ground

Legend: DE%: Disposal EfficiencyTO: TurnoverCLG: ClangarFF: Free-kick ForFA: Free-kick AgainstBO: BounceSAG: Shot At GoalSE: Shot EfficiencySI: Score InvolvementGA: Goal AssistG%: Goal EfficiencyTG: Time On Ground
Player                              # DE% TO CLG FF FA BO SAG SE SI GA G% TG%
North Melbourne
Luke McDonald #11 78 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 97
Ed Vickers-Willis #33 77 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 76
Flynn Perez #39 53 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 83
Shaun Atley #18 68 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 87
Robbie Tarrant #25 83 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 90
Ben McKay #23 100 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 81
Josh Walker #19 50 3 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 86
Sam Durdin #24 80 1 3 2 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 89
West Coast Eagles
Jackson Nelson #30 59 9 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 86
Shannon Hurn #25 91 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 81
Brad Sheppard #5 75 7 5 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 91
Liam Duggan #14 70 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 88
Will Schofield #31 87 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 83
Josh Rotham #35 85 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 87
Tom Cole #28 71 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 86
Luke Foley #29 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 73
Tom Barrass #37 100 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 100
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2020.08.31 00:07 OsGameThreads Post Game Thread: The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays by a score of 6-5 - Sun, Aug 30 @ 03:07 PM EDT

Orioles @ Blue Jays - Sun, Aug 30

Game Status: Final - Score: 6-5 Blue Jays

Links & Info

Orioles Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Alberto - 2B 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .324 .345 .456
2 Santander - RF 4 0 0 0 1 2 3 .267 .317 .585
3 Iglesias, J - DH 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 .406 .417 .551
4 Núñez, R - 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .282 .348 .516
5 Severino, P - C 4 1 2 1 0 1 3 .312 .385 .516
6 Mountcastle - LF 4 2 3 3 0 0 1 .393 .469 .679
Mullins - CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .333 .333
7 Williams, M - LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .222 .222 .444
8 Ruiz, R - 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 .188 .269 .406
9 Velazquez, A - SS 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 .143 .217 .214
Totals 35 5 12 5 3 8 17
Orioles
BATTING: 2B: Núñez, R (8, Roark). 3B: Williams, M (1, Kay). HR: Mountcastle 2 (2, 2nd inning off Roark, 0 on, 0 out, 6th inning off Roark, 1 on, 0 out). TB: Alberto; Iglesias, J 2; Mountcastle 9; Núñez, R 3; Ruiz, R; Severino, P 2; Williams, M 3. RBI: Iglesias, J (11); Mountcastle 3 (5); Severino, P (21). 2-out RBI: Iglesias, J. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Santander; Severino, P; Iglesias, J; Núñez, R. SAC: Velazquez, A. GIDP: Ruiz, R; Severino, P. Team RISP: 2-for-8. Team LOB: 8.
Blue Jays Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Biggio - 2B 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 .270 .390 .475
2 Grichuk - CF 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 .307 .344 .596
3 Shaw, T - 3B 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 .216 .296 .341
4 Hernández, T - RF 5 1 2 2 0 1 4 .306 .356 .645
5 Guerrero Jr. - DH 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .273 .348 .479
6 Tellez - 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .235 .300 .494
7 Gurriel Jr. - LF 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .241 .300 .407
8 Panik - SS 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .196 .274 .232
1-Espinal, Sa - PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .300 .324
9 McGuire - C 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .088 .088 .176
Totals 30 6 7 6 7 6 9
Blue Jays
1-Ran for Panik in the 9th.
BATTING: 2B: Grichuk (6, López, Jo); Shaw, T (2, Fry, P). TB: Biggio; Grichuk 2; Guerrero Jr.; Hernández, T 2; Shaw, T 2; Tellez. RBI: Biggio (19); Grichuk (24); Guerrero Jr. (17); Hernández, T 2 (22); Tellez (18). 2-out RBI: Hernández, T 2; Guerrero Jr.; Tellez. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gurriel Jr.; Hernández, T 2; Tellez. SAC: McGuire 2. SF: Grichuk. Team RISP: 4-for-9. Team LOB: 8.
FIELDING: PB: McGuire (2). DP: 2 (Shaw, T-Biggio-Tellez; Panik-Biggio-Tellez).
Orioles Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
López, Jo 4.2 3 3 3 3 3 0 63-37 7.53
Fry, P 2.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 24-17 1.93
Harvey (H, 1) 0.2 1 1 1 1 0 0 17-9 13.50
Scott, Tan (BS, 1) 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4-3 2.03
Sulser (L, 1-4)(BS, 3) 0.2 1 2 2 3 0 0 25-11 4.70
Totals 8.2 7 6 6 7 6 0
Blue Jays Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
Roark 5.0 8 4 4 2 5 2 87-61 5.33
Kay 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 16-8 2.93
Reid-Foley 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 28-18 0.00
Bass (W, 2-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 10-7 2.25
Totals 9.0 12 5 5 3 8 2
Game Info
IBB: Santander (by Bass); Grichuk (by Sulser).
HBP: Núñez, R (by Roark).
Pitches-strikes: López, Jo 63-37; Fry, P 24-17; Harvey 17-9; Scott, Tan 4-3; Sulser 25-11; Roark 87-61; Kay 16-8; Reid-Foley 28-18; Bass 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: López, Jo 5-2; Fry, P 3-0; Harvey 1-0; Scott, Tan 0-0; Sulser 1-0; Roark 4-1; Kay 1-0; Reid-Foley 1-2; Bass 2-1.
Batters faced: López, Jo 20; Fry, P 8; Harvey 4; Scott, Tan 2; Sulser 6; Roark 24; Kay 3; Reid-Foley 7; Bass 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Fry, P 1-0; Scott, Tan 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Sean Barber. 1B: Jeremy Riggs. 2B: Alan Porter. 3B: Marty Foster.
Weather: 71 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out To LF.
First pitch: 3:07 PM.
T: 2:58.
Venue: Sahlen Field.
August 30, 2020
Inning Scoring Play Score
Top 2 Ryan Mountcastle homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. 1-0 BAL
Bottom 4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Mason Williams. Randal Grichuk scores. Travis Shaw to 3rd. 1-1
Bottom 5 Cavan Biggio singles on a ground ball to right fielder Anthony Santander. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. scores. Joe Panik to 3rd. 2-1 TOR
Bottom 5 Randal Grichuk out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Anthony Santander. Joe Panik scores. 3-1 TOR
Top 6 Pedro Severino singles on a line drive to left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Renato Nunez scores. 3-2 TOR
Top 6 Ryan Mountcastle homers (2) on a fly ball to left center field. Pedro Severino scores. 4-3 BAL
Bottom 8 Rowdy Tellez singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Anthony Santander. Teoscar Hernandez scores. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to 3rd. 4-4
Top 9 Jose Iglesias singles on a ground ball to shortstop Joe Panik. Rio Ruiz scores. Anthony Santander to 2nd. 5-4 BAL
Bottom 9 Teoscar Hernandez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Mason Williams. Santiago Espinal scores. Randal Grichuk scores. Travis Shaw to 2nd. 6-5 TOR
Team Highlight
BAL Ryan Mountcastle's solo HR (00:00:48)
TOR Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s single (00:00:21)
TOR Cavan Biggio's RBI single (00:00:31)
TOR Randal Grichuk's sacrifice fly (00:00:29)
BAL Pedro Severino's RBI single (00:00:22)
BAL Ryan Mountcastle's two-run homer (00:00:32)
TOR Tanner Roark K's five (00:01:11)
TOR Rowdy Tellez's RBI single (00:00:34)
BAL José Iglesias' RBI single (00:00:26)
TOR Teoscar Hernández walks it off (00:01:34)
BAL Ryan Mountcastle's two home runs (00:01:21)
BAL Orioles vs. Blue Jays Recap 8/30 (00:04:17)
BAL CG: [email protected] - 8/30/20 (00:06:27)
TOR Orioles vs. Blue Jays Recap 8/30 (00:00:32)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Orioles 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 12 0 8
Blue Jays 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 6 7 0 8

Around the Division

NYM 7 @ NYY 8 - Final
NYY 5 @ NYM 2 - Game Over
TB 12 @ MIA 7 - Final
WSH 5 @ BOS 9 - Final
Next Orioles Game: Mon, Aug 31, 02:07 PM EDT @ Blue Jays
Last Updated: 08/30/2020 08:08:25 PM EDT
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2020.08.30 19:07 OsGameThreads Game Thread: Orioles (14-18) @ Blue Jays (17-14) - Sun, Aug 30 @ 03:07 PM EDT

Orioles @ Blue Jays - Sun, Aug 30

Game Status: Game Over - Score: 6-5 Blue Jays

Links & Info

Orioles Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Alberto - 2B 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .324 .345 .456
2 Santander - RF 4 0 0 0 1 2 3 .267 .317 .585
3 Iglesias, J - DH 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 .406 .417 .551
4 Núñez, R - 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .282 .348 .516
5 Severino, P - C 4 1 2 1 0 1 3 .312 .385 .516
6 Mountcastle - LF 4 2 3 3 0 0 1 .393 .469 .679
Mullins - CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .333 .333
7 Williams, M - LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .222 .222 .444
8 Ruiz, R - 3B 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 .188 .269 .406
9 Velazquez, A - SS 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 .143 .217 .214
Totals 35 5 12 5 3 8 17
Orioles
BATTING: 2B: Núñez, R (8, Roark). 3B: Williams, M (1, Kay). HR: Mountcastle 2 (2, 2nd inning off Roark, 0 on, 0 out, 6th inning off Roark, 1 on, 0 out). TB: Alberto; Iglesias, J 2; Mountcastle 9; Núñez, R 3; Ruiz, R; Severino, P 2; Williams, M 3. RBI: Iglesias, J (11); Mountcastle 3 (5); Severino, P (21). 2-out RBI: Iglesias, J. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Santander; Severino, P; Iglesias, J; Núñez, R. SAC: Velazquez, A. GIDP: Ruiz, R; Severino, P. Team RISP: 2-for-8. Team LOB: 8.
Blue Jays Batters AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG OBP SLG
1 Biggio - 2B 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 .270 .390 .475
2 Grichuk - CF 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 .307 .344 .596
3 Shaw, T - 3B 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 .216 .296 .341
4 Hernández, T - RF 5 1 2 2 0 1 4 .306 .356 .645
5 Guerrero Jr. - DH 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .273 .348 .479
6 Tellez - 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .235 .300 .494
7 Gurriel Jr. - LF 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .241 .300 .407
8 Panik - SS 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .196 .274 .232
1-Espinal, Sa - PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .300 .324
9 McGuire - C 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .088 .088 .176
Totals 30 6 7 6 7 6 9
Blue Jays
1-Ran for Panik in the 9th.
BATTING: 2B: Grichuk (6, López, Jo); Shaw, T (2, Fry, P). TB: Biggio; Grichuk 2; Guerrero Jr.; Hernández, T 2; Shaw, T 2; Tellez. RBI: Biggio (19); Grichuk (24); Guerrero Jr. (17); Hernández, T 2 (22); Tellez (18). 2-out RBI: Hernández, T 2; Guerrero Jr.; Tellez. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gurriel Jr.; Hernández, T 2; Tellez. SAC: McGuire 2. SF: Grichuk. Team RISP: 4-for-9. Team LOB: 8.
FIELDING: PB: McGuire (2). DP: 2 (Shaw, T-Biggio-Tellez; Panik-Biggio-Tellez).
Orioles Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
López, Jo 4.2 3 3 3 3 3 0 63-37 7.53
Fry, P 2.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 24-17 1.93
Harvey (H, 1) 0.2 1 1 1 1 0 0 17-9 13.50
Scott, Tan (BS, 1) 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4-3 2.03
Sulser (L, 1-4)(BS, 3) 0.2 1 2 2 3 0 0 25-11 4.70
Totals 8.2 7 6 6 7 6 0
Blue Jays Pitchers IP H R ER BB K HR P-S ERA
Roark 5.0 8 4 4 2 5 2 87-61 5.33
Kay 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 16-8 2.93
Reid-Foley 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 28-18 0.00
Bass (W, 2-1) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 10-7 2.25
Totals 9.0 12 5 5 3 8 2
Game Info
IBB: Santander (by Bass); Grichuk (by Sulser).
HBP: Núñez, R (by Roark).
Pitches-strikes: López, Jo 63-37; Fry, P 24-17; Harvey 17-9; Scott, Tan 4-3; Sulser 25-11; Roark 87-61; Kay 16-8; Reid-Foley 28-18; Bass 10-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: López, Jo 5-2; Fry, P 3-0; Harvey 1-0; Scott, Tan 0-0; Sulser 1-0; Roark 4-1; Kay 1-0; Reid-Foley 1-2; Bass 2-1.
Batters faced: López, Jo 20; Fry, P 8; Harvey 4; Scott, Tan 2; Sulser 6; Roark 24; Kay 3; Reid-Foley 7; Bass 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Fry, P 1-0; Scott, Tan 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Sean Barber. 1B: Jeremy Riggs. 2B: Alan Porter. 3B: Marty Foster.
Weather: 71 degrees, Partly Cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out To LF.
First pitch: 3:07 PM.
T: 2:58.
Venue: Sahlen Field.
August 30, 2020
Inning Scoring Play Score
Top 2 Ryan Mountcastle homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. 1-0 BAL
Bottom 4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Mason Williams. Randal Grichuk scores. Travis Shaw to 3rd. 1-1
Bottom 5 Cavan Biggio singles on a ground ball to right fielder Anthony Santander. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. scores. Joe Panik to 3rd. 2-1 TOR
Bottom 5 Randal Grichuk out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Anthony Santander. Joe Panik scores. 3-1 TOR
Top 6 Pedro Severino singles on a line drive to left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Renato Nunez scores. 3-2 TOR
Top 6 Ryan Mountcastle homers (2) on a fly ball to left center field. Pedro Severino scores. 4-3 BAL
Bottom 8 Rowdy Tellez singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Anthony Santander. Teoscar Hernandez scores. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to 3rd. 4-4
Top 9 Jose Iglesias singles on a ground ball to shortstop Joe Panik. Rio Ruiz scores. Anthony Santander to 2nd. 5-4 BAL
Bottom 9 Teoscar Hernandez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Mason Williams. Santiago Espinal scores. Randal Grichuk scores. Travis Shaw to 2nd. 6-5 TOR
Team Highlight
BAL Ryan Mountcastle's solo HR (00:00:48)
TOR Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s single (00:00:21)
TOR Cavan Biggio's RBI single (00:00:31)
TOR Randal Grichuk's sacrifice fly (00:00:29)
BAL Pedro Severino's RBI single (00:00:22)
BAL Ryan Mountcastle's two-run homer (00:00:32)
TOR Tanner Roark K's five (00:01:11)
TOR Rowdy Tellez's RBI single (00:00:36)
BAL José Iglesias' RBI single (00:00:22)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Orioles 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 12 0 8
Blue Jays 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 6 7 0 8

Around the Division

NYM 7 @ NYY 8 - Final
NYY 1 @ NYM 0 - Bottom 3, 1 Out
TB 12 @ MIA 7 - Final
WSH 5 @ BOS 9 - Final
Last Updated: 08/30/2020 06:06:27 PM EDT
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2020.08.30 18:10 BlueJaysBaseball Game Thread: August 30 - Baltimore Orioles (14-18) @ Toronto Blue Jays (17-14) - 3:07 PM

Orioles (14-18) @ Blue Jays (17-14)

First Pitch: 3:07 PM at Sahlen Field
Pitcher TV Radio
Orioles Jorge Lopez (0-0, 8.38 ERA) MSN2 O's Radio
Blue Jays Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.91 ERA) SNET SN590
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Line Score - Game Over

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BAL 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 12 0
TOR 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 6 7 0

Box Score

TOR AB R H RBI BB SO BA BAL AB R H RBI BB SO BA
2B Biggio 5 0 1 1 0 1 .270 2B Alberto 5 0 1 0 0 1 .324
CF Grichuk 3 2 1 1 1 0 .307 RF Santander 4 0 0 0 1 2 .267
3B Shaw, T 3 0 1 0 2 1 .216 DH Iglesias, J 5 0 2 1 0 0 .406
RF Hernández, T 5 1 2 2 0 1 .306 1B Núñez, R 4 1 2 0 0 0 .282
DH Guerrero Jr. 3 0 1 1 1 0 .273 C Severino, P 4 1 2 1 0 1 .312
1B Tellez 4 0 1 1 0 1 .235 LF Mountcastle 4 2 3 3 0 0 .393
LF Gurriel Jr. 3 1 0 0 1 0 .241 CF Mullins 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
SS Panik 2 1 0 0 2 1 .196 LF Williams, M 4 0 1 0 0 2 .222
PR Espinal, Sa 0 1 0 0 0 0 .270 3B Ruiz, R 3 1 1 0 1 0 .188
C McGuire 2 0 0 0 0 1 .088 SS Velazquez, A 2 0 0 0 1 2 .143
TOR IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA BAL IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA
Roark 5.0 8 4 4 2 5 87-61 5.33 López, Jo 4.2 3 3 3 3 3 63-37 7.53
Kay 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 16-8 2.93 Fry, P 2.1 1 0 0 0 3 24-17 1.93
Reid-Foley 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 28-18 0.00 Harvey 0.2 1 1 1 1 0 17-9 13.50
Bass 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 10-7 2.25 Scott, Tan 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 4-3 2.03
Sulser 0.2 1 2 2 3 0 25-11 4.70

Scoring Plays

Inning Event Score
T2 Ryan Mountcastle homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. 0-1
B4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Mason Williams. Randal Grichuk scores. Travis Shaw to 3rd. 1-1
B5 Cavan Biggio singles on a ground ball to right fielder Anthony Santander. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. scores. Joe Panik to 3rd. 2-1
B5 Randal Grichuk out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Anthony Santander. Joe Panik scores. 3-1
T6 Pedro Severino singles on a line drive to left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Renato Nunez scores. 3-2
T6 Ryan Mountcastle homers (2) on a fly ball to left center field. Pedro Severino scores. 3-4
B8 Rowdy Tellez singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Anthony Santander. Teoscar Hernandez scores. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to 3rd. 4-4
T9 Jose Iglesias singles on a ground ball to shortstop Joe Panik. Rio Ruiz scores. Anthony Santander to 2nd. 4-5
B9 Teoscar Hernandez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Mason Williams. Santiago Espinal scores. Randal Grichuk scores. Travis Shaw to 2nd. 6-5

Highlights

Description Length HD
Ryan Mountcastle belts his first career home run 0:48 HD
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extends hits streak to 12 games 0:21 HD
Cavan Biggio scores Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on RBI single 0:31 HD
Randal Grichuk plates Joe Panik on sacrifice fly 0:29 HD
Pedro Severino plates Renato Nunez on RBI single 0:22 HD
Ryan Mountcastle belts his second HR of the game 0:32 HD
Tanner Roark strikes out five batters vs. Orioles 1:11 HD
Rowdy Tellez's game-tying RBI single in the 8th 0:36 HD
José Iglesias's go-ahead RBI single in the 9th 0:22 HD

Decisions

Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher Save
Bass (2-1, 2.25) Sulser (1-4, 4.70)
Game ended at 6:08 PM.
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2020.08.30 11:00 OsGameThreads Orioles Game Day Thread - Sunday, August 30

Orioles @ Blue Jays - 03:07 PM EDT

Game Status: Final

Links & Info

Probable Pitcher (Season Stats) Report
Orioles Jorge Lopez (0-0, 7.53 ERA, 14.1 IP) Acquired off waivers from the Royals on Aug. 9, López will be making his first start for Baltimore. The 27-year-old righty swingman went 3-8 with a 6.57 ERA last season as a member of Kansas City’s rotation.
Blue Jays Tanner Roark (2-1, 5.33 ERA, 27.0 IP) Walks have hurt Roark, with 13 over 22 innings, but he's due to correct that uncharacteristic number soon. The last time he faced the Orioles, he scattered nine hits over five innings and limited them to just one run.
Orioles Lineup vs. Roark AVG OPS AB HR RBI K
1 Alberto - 2B .500 1.167 6 0 0 1
2 Santander - RF .167 .500 6 0 0 1
3 Iglesias, J - DH .333 .667 3 0 0 0
4 Núñez, R - 1B .400 1.100 5 0 0 1
5 Severino, P - C .333 .667 3 0 1 1
6 Mountcastle - LF 1.000 4.000 3 2 3 0
7 Mullins - CF .500 1.000 2 0 0 0
8 Williams, M - LF .400 .800 5 0 1 1
9 Ruiz, R - 3B .250 .650 8 0 0 3
10 Velazquez, A - SS .000 .500 1 0 0 1
11 López, Jo - P - - - - - -
12 Fry, P - P - - - - - -
13 Harvey - P - - - - - -
14 Scott, Tan - P - - - - - -
15 Sulser - P - - - - - -
Blue Jays Lineup vs. López, Jo AVG OPS AB HR RBI K
1 Biggio - 2B .333 .667 3 0 1 0
2 Grichuk - CF .333 .786 6 0 1 2
3 Shaw, T - 3B .000 .500 1 0 0 1
4 Hernández, T - RF .400 1.000 5 0 0 1
5 Guerrero Jr. - DH .333 .667 3 0 1 0
6 Tellez - 1B .000 .000 2 0 0 0
7 Gurriel Jr. - LF .000 .500 1 0 0 0
8 Panik - SS .000 .500 1 0 0 1
9 Espinal, Sa - PR - - - - - -
10 McGuire - C .000 .000 1 0 0 1
11 Roark - P - - - - - -
12 Kay - P - - - - - -
13 Reid-Foley - P - - - - - -
14 Bass - P - - - - - -
ALE Rank Team W L GB (E#) WC Rank WC GB (E#)
1 Tampa Bay Rays 24 11 - (-) - - (-)
2 New York Yankees 19 13 3.5 (24) 3 - (-)
3 Toronto Blue Jays 18 14 4.5 (23) 6 1.0 (28)
4 Baltimore Orioles 14 19 9.0 (18) 8 5.5 (23)
5 Boston Red Sox 12 22 11.5 (15) 12 8.0 (20)

Around the Division

NYM 7 @ NYY 8 - Final
NYY 5 @ NYM 2 - Game Over
TB 12 @ MIA 7 - Final
WSH 5 @ BOS 9 - Final
Last Updated: 08/30/2020 08:10:12 PM EDT, Update Interval: 5 Minutes
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2020.08.24 21:16 aaronk287 Tracking the linear owner of the title "The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be"

So after reading u/theuniversaltool's post about Randy Orton having every single lineal title, I decided to figure out if he was in fact the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
 
In Bret Hart's book he said this about his catchphrase that he is know for 'till this day:
On September 28 [1985], Jim and I appeared on Vince’s Tuesday Night Titans show, a campy takeoff of The Tonight Show, which was supposed to afford the fans a rare glimpse of the wrestlers out of character. I had rarely ever talked to Vince McMahon at the time, and when he turned to me, I blurted out a line from Robert Redford’s movie The Natural: “?‘We’re the best there is, best there was, and the best there ever will be!’?” Little did I know it would soon become my trademark line.
 
With that said, I used 9/28/85 as a start date for this tracker. Additionally, given that Bret Hart doesn't make excuses so neither will I. We will count any loss that isn't a tag team loss. Singles, triple threat, gimmick matches, DQs, Count outs will all be tracked. You know why, because the best rise above adversity.
 
Wrestler Date Won Show/Promotion Number of reigns
Bret Hart 9/28/1985
Dynamite Kid 10/24/1985 WWF House
Junkyard Dog 11/7/1985 WWF The Wrestling Classic
Randy Savage 11/7/1985 WWF The Wrestling Classic
Junkyard Dog 11/30/1985 WWF House Show 2
Terry Funk 12/1/1985 WWF House Show 2
Hulk Hogan 12/7/1985 WWF on Prism
Randy Savage 12/26/1985 WWF House Show 2
Tito Santana 1/5/86 WWF House Show
Randy Savage 1/11/1986 WWF on NESN 3
Dino Bravo 1/12/1986 WWF House SHow
Samu 6/30/86 International Wrestling
Dino Bravo 7/22/1986 International Wrestling 2
Samu 8/11/86 2
Dino Bravo 8/12/86 3
Samu 8/31/86 3
Tatsumi Fujinami 11/16/1986 NJPW Japan Cup 86
Kengo Kimura 1/3/1987 NJPW New Years Dash
Tatsumi Fujinami 1/14/1987 NJPW Fierce Fight Special 2
Bam Bam Bigelow 4/13/1987 NJPW Blazing Cherry Blossoms
Tatsumi Fujinami 4/27/1987 NJPW Blazing Cherry Blossoms 3
Bam Bam Bigelow 7/21/1987 NJPW Summer Big Fight Series 2
Yoshiaki Fujiwara 7/23/1987 NJPW Summer Big Fight Series
Steve Williams 10/21/87 NJPW Toukon Series
Antonio Inoki 10/25/87 NJPW Toukon Series
Vader 12/27/1987 NJPW Year End
Antonio Inoki 1/4/88 NJPW New Year Golden Series 2
Riki Choschu 7/22/88 NJPW Summer FIght Series 88
Vader 7/25/88 NJPW Summer FIght Series 88 2
Antonio Inoki 7/29/88 NJPW Summer FIght Series 88 3
Riki Choschu 10/19/1988 NJPW Fighting Spirit Series 88 2
Vader 1/16/89 NJPW New Year Golden Series 89 3
Riki Choschu 1/26/89 NJPW New Year Golden Series 89 3
Shinya Hashimoto 4/24/89 NJPW Battle Satellite
Vader 4/24/89 NJPW Battle Satellite 4
Salman Hashimikov 5/25/89 NJPW Battle Satellite
Riki Choschu 7/12/89 NJPW Summer Fight Series 89 4
Vader 8/10/89 NJPW 5
Shinya Hashimoto 11/3/89 NJPW 2
Masahiro Chono 11/26/89 NJPW World Cup League
Riki Choschu 12/6/89 NJPW World Cup League 5
Shinya Hashimoto 5/28/90 NJPW Crush the Super Heavy 3
Bam Bam Bigelow 8/20/90 NJPW 3
Shinya Hashimoto 9/30/90 NJPW Inoki Festival 4
Riki Choschu 11/1/90 NJPW Dream Tour 6
Tatsumi Fujinami 12/26/90 NJPW King of Kings 4
Vader 1/17/91 NJPW New Year Dash 6
Tatsumi Fujinami 3/4/91 NJPW Big Fight Series 91 5
Ric Flair 5/19/91 WCW Superbrawl
El Gigante 5/21/91 WCW House Show
Ric Flair 6/8/91 WCW House Show 2
Hulk Hogan 10/25/91 WWF House Show 2
Ric Flair 10/27/91 WWF House Show 3
Hulk Hogan 11/1/1991 WWF House Show 3
Ric Flair 11/9/91 WWF House Show 4
Hulk Hogan 11/12/91 WWF Wrestling Challenge 4
The Undertaker 11/27/91 Survivor Series
Hulk Hogan 12/3/91 WWF This Tuesday 5
Ric Flair 1/12/92 WWF House Show 5
Hulk Hogan 1/18/1992 6
Yokozuna 6/13/1993 WWF King of the Ring 93
Bret Hart 7/16/93 WWF House Show 2
Bam Bam Bigelow 7/19/1993 WWF Monday Night Raw 4
Tatanka 7/29/93 WWF Summer Tour
Jerry Lawler 9/18/93 USWA Wrestling
Bret Hart 9/29/93 WWF Wrestling Challenge 3
Yokozuna 10/9/93 WWF House Show 2
The Undertaker 10/29/93 WWF House Show 2
Yokozuna 11/21/93 WWF House Show 3
The Undertaker 11/26/93 WWF House Show 3
Yokozuna 1/22/94 WWF Royal Rumble 4
Bret Hart 2/6/94 WWF Winter Tour 4
Randy Savage 3/6/94 WWF House Show 4
Kevin Nash 4/2/94 WWF House Show
Scott Hall 4/13/94 WWF Superstars
Kevin Nash 5/6/94 WWF House Show 2
Scott Hall 6/23/94 WWF House Show 2
Kevin Nash 6/25/94 WWF House Show 3
Scott Hall 6/30/94 WWF House Show 3
Kevin Nash 7/23/94 WWF House Show 4
Scott Hall 7/24/94 WWF House Show 4
Shawn Michaels 8/1/94 WWF Monday Night Raw
Tatanka 8/11/94 WWF House Show 2
The Undertaker 8/14/94 WWF House Show 4
Lex Luger 8/17/94 WWF Superstars
Yokozuna 8/21/94 WWF House Show 5
The Undertaker 8/25/94 WWF House Show 5
Sid Vicious 11/7/94 USWA Wrestling
Lex Luger 11/8/94 USWA Wrestling 2
IRS 12/12/94 WWF Monday Night Raw
The Undertaker 12/26/94 WWF House Show 6
Bam Bam Bigelow 3/2/95 WWF House Show 5
The Undertaker 3/12/95 WWF House Show 7
Mabel 6/25/95 WWF King of the Ring 95
Savio Vega 6/28/95 WWF Wrestling Challenge
Sid Vicious 8/29/95 WWF SUperstars 2
Bret Hart 8/30/95 WWF House Show 5
The Undertaker 11/24/95 WWF House Show 8
Bret Hart 12/1/95 WWF House Show 6
The Undertaker 1/21/96 WWF Royal Rumble 9
Bret Hart 2/20/96 WWF Superstars 7
The Undertaker 2/24/96 WWF House Show 10
Bret Hart 2/25/96 WWF House Show 8
Shawn Michaels 3/31/96 WWF Wrestlemania 12 2
SId Vicious 11/17/96 WWF Survivor Series 3
Steve Austin 11/27/96 WWF House Show
Bret Hart 12/2/96 Middle East Cup 9
Sid Vicious 12/15/96 WWF In Your House 12 4
The Undertaker 12/15/96 WWF Monday Night Raw 11
sid Vicious 1/3/97 WWF House Show 5
Shawn Michaels 1/19/97 WWF Royal Rumble 3
Ken Shamrock 11/3/97 WWF Raw is War
The Rock 1/18/1998 WWF Royal Rumble
Ken Shamrock 2/4/98 WWF House Show 2
The Rock 2/27/98 WWF House Show 2
Ken SHamrock 3/5/98 WWF House Show 3
The ROck 3/29/98 WWF Wrestlemania 14 3
Owen Hart 3/31/98 WWF Raw is War
Triple H 4/7/98 WWF DX in Germany Tour
Steve Austin 4/18/98 WWF House Show 2
Mick Foley 4/26/98 WWF In your House 21
Steve Austin 5/31/98 WWF In your House 21 3
Kane 6/28/98 WWF King of the Ring
Steve Austin 6/29/98 WWF Raw is War 4
Mick Foley 11/15/98 WWF Survivor Series 2
The Rock 11/15/98 WWF Survivor Series 4
Steve Austin 11/16/1998 WWF Raw is War 5
Mankind 3/2/1999 WWF Raw is War
Goldust 4/10/1999 WWF Raw is War
The Godfather 4/12/1999 WWF Raw is War
Jeff Jarrett 5/31/1999 WWF Raw is War
Ken Shamrock 6/14/99 WWF Sunday Night HEat 4
Billy GUnn 6/20/99 WWF Sunday Night Heat
Bradshaw 6/28/99 WWF Raw is War
Kane 7/11/99 WWF Sunday Night Heat 2
The Big Show 7/25/99 WWF Fully Loaded
Kane 7/28/99 WWF House Show 3
Triple H 9/12/1999 WWF House Show 2
Vince McMahon 9/14/1999 WWF Smackdown
Triple H 12/12/99 WWF Armageddon 3
The Rock 12/26/1999 WWF House Show 5
Kurt Angle 1/4/00 WWF Smackdown
Tazz 1/23/00 WWF Royal Rumble
Kurt Angle 1/29/00 WWF House Show 2
The Rock 1/31/00 WWF Raw is War 6
Kurt Angle 2/1/00 WWF Smackdown 3
Chyna 2/15/00 WWF Smackdown
Eddie Guerrero 5/1/00 WWF Judgement Day
Dean Malenko 5/9/00 WWF Smackdown
The Big Bossman 6/24/00 WWF Smackdown
Steve Blackman 7/4/00 WWF Smackdown
Shane McMahon 8/21/00 WWF Raw is War
Steve Blackman 8/27/00 WWF SUmmerslam 2
Raven 1/6/01 WWF House Show
Jerry Lawler 1/14/01 WWF House Show 2
Steven Richards 2/25/01 WWF No Way Out
Kane 4/16/01 WWF Raw is War 4
Rhyno 4/17/01 WWF Smackdown
The Big Show 5/21/01 WWF Smackdown 2
Chris Jericho 5/28/01 WWF Raw is War
Steve Austin 6/3/01 WWF House Show 6
Kurt Angle 8/19/01 WWF SummerSlam 2001 4
Rob Van Dam 10/2/01 WWF Smackdown
Chris Jericho 10/9/01 WWF Smackdown 2
Rhyno 10/13/01 WWF Smackdown 2
Chris Jericho 10/15/01 WWF Raw is War 3
The Rock 11/5/01 WWF Raw 7
Chris Jericho 12/9/01 WWF Vengeance 2001 4
Rob Van Dam 12/17/01 WWF Raw 2
William Regal 1/15/02 WWF House Show
Big Show 2/26/02 WWF Smackdown
Al Snow 3/12/02 WWF Smackdown
Maven 3/18/02 WWF Raw
Raven 3/26/02 WWF Smackdown 2
Bubba Ray Dudley 4/1/02 WWF Raw
William Regal 4/6/02 WWF Raw 2
Spike Dudley 4/8/02 WWF Raw
William Regal 5/6/02 WWF Raw 3
Bubba Ray Dudley 5/20/02 WWE Raw 2
Brock Lesnar 5/24/02 WWE Raw House Show
Rob Van Dam 6/24/02 WWE Raw 3
The Undertaker 7/13/02 WWE Raw House Show 12
The Rock 7/21/02 WWE Vengeance 8
Brock Lesnar 8/25/02 WWE Summerslam 2
The Big Show 11/17/02 WWE Survivor Series 3
Brock Lesnar 12/6/02 WWE Smackdown House Show 3
The Big Show 12/8/02 WWE Smackdown House Show 4
Brock Lesnar 12/14/02 WWE Smackdown House Show 4
Kurt Angle 3/11/03 WWE Smackdown 5
Brock Lesnar 3/30/03 WWE Wrestlemania 19 5
Kurt Angle 7/27/03 WWE Vengeance 6
Brock Lesnar 9/16/03 WWE Smackdown 6
The Undertaker 10/14/03 WWE Smackdown 13
Brock Lesnar 10/19/03 WWE Smackdown 7
Eddie Guerrero 2/15/04 WWE No Way Out 2
Crush 2/23/2004 WWF Wrestling Challenge
Bradshaw 5/8/04 WWE Smackdown House Show 2
Eddie Guerrero 5/23/04 WWE Raw House Show 3
Bradshaw 6/27/04 WWE The Great American Bash 3
Shannon Moore 7/6/04 WWE Smackdown
Jon Heidenreich 7/20/2004 WWE Velocity
Matt Morgan 8/13/04 OVW Six Flags Summer Sizzler
Chris Cage 10/13/04 OVW TV
Chad Toland 12/1/04 OVW TV
Elijah Burke 12/8/04 OVW TV
Matt Morgan 4/13/05 OVW TV 2
Shock/Phantasio/Spellbinder 4/16/2005 Memphis Wrestling Throwback Night VI
 
That Shannon Moore victory really changed the course of history and took this a different way than it should have.
And with that, Shock AKA Phantasio AKA Spellbinder AkA Harry Del Rios is the true Best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be
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2020.08.05 18:06 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 22, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002 7-1-2002 7-8-2002 7-15-2002
  • WWE hit the reset button again with a new storyline assigning general managers to each brand, and it featured the shocking debut of Eric Bischoff. The new storyline will have Bischoff as the heel GM of Raw, while Stephanie McMahon will be the babyface GM of Smackdown, while Vince McMahon will take more of a backseat role and reduce his TV presence. Of course, just 5 weeks ago, Vince panicked and blew up the existing "feuding GMs" storyline between himself and Ric Flair, so now we're re-starting it with new people I guess. It feels like a last-ditch effort to save the brand extension, which has been an utter flop since day one, with no effort to differentiate the shows and only resulting in diluting the talent and falling ratings.
  • Bischoff and McMahon struck a secret deal about 10 days prior to his debut. Bischoff had talks with WWE last year about coming in during the original Invasion angle, except they only wanted him to do a one-off match with Vince for the PPV (which Vince would obviously have won), but Bischoff turned down that offer. But this time, they agreed to a more long-term deal. Bischoff didn't know he was going to debut on Raw until just a day or two prior, when Vince called him and told him to be there. The whole thing was kept secret and almost no one other than Vince himself knew about it. This is believed to be a unique contract, in which it's a short-term deal with the option to renew it for longer-term if the angle gets over. His only role is as a television character, it's strictly a performance contract. Bischoff is not going to be a part of management or creative.
  • When Bischoff walked across the screen in the backstage segment, almost everyone in the company was just as shocked as the viewers at home. Bischoff's debut saw him come out and hug Vince, which Dave thinks about is the dumbest possible way to introduce him. Sure, the Invasion angle is over but WCW's corpse isn't completely cold yet. It's only been a year or so. There is probably still plenty of money to be made in Bischoff as an outsider trying to destroy Vince McMahon and the WWE. But as always, that would involve Vince allowing himself or WWE to look vulnerable against an "outsider" and his utter refusal to do that is a big part of what tanked the Invasion. But that's par for the course. Bischoff cut a promo, giving the fake "WWE version" of the Monday Night Wars history (Dave points out multiple inaccuracies that WWE still clings on today, such as claiming they stole Hulk Hogan from WWF. Of course, Hulk had been in NJPW and hadn't worked for WWF for nearly a year at the time WCW signed him. Things like that.). Dave thinks it became one of those promos full of old stuff or inside references where so much of it is about things that the average fan doesn't know or care about. Dave thinks most of this audience in 2002 isn't familiar with Alundra Blayze, they don't know Raw used to be taped instead of live, and they don't care about 83-week TV ratings streaks (Dave also notes that Bischoff said 84 on this show, which is incorrect). And once again, it became one of those promos talking about how much WWE sucks lately, which is something you don't want to keep pointing out to the fans who are still watching because you just make them feel dumb for supporting something that even the people producing it knows sucks. Shit like that is partly what drove off WCW fans. Bischoff also gloated about almost putting WWE out of business, and to the many guys in the locker room who remember that vividly, it wasn't a joke or a storyline. Those are guys who really were fighting for their job against a guy who really was trying to put them out of business. Bischoff has tremendous heat from the locker room, with a lot of people who worked for him in WCW or who resent him from the WWE side....they don't want Bischoff there.
WATCH: Eric Bischoff debuts in on WWE Raw - 2002
  • This angle was going to take place regardless, but it's thought that the injury to Kevin Nash may have moved things up a couple of weeks because Vince once again panicked when his plans went down in flames. Nash had surgery last week. Because of the location of the tear, it's not quite as serious as the tear Triple H suffered last year. But Nash is also 10 years older. However, he has vowed to return, noting he doesn't want his career to end like that. With his age and his track record of injuries (this is his 22nd surgery, dating back to his collegiate basketball days), Dave isn't sure how much Nash will be able to offer if/when he returns next year. Also, while nobody wanted Nash to get hurt, the mood in the locker room was said to be much happier this week without him around, as the whole Nash/X-Pac/Shawn/Triple H group isn't very well liked these days (the more things change...)
  • Speaking of X-Pac, a weird situation with him this week led to him being suspended by WWE. The day of the Raw when Nash tore his quad, X-Pac missed his flight to the show. Why? Well, he was hospitalized earlier that day in Minneapolis. Again, you ask, why? No idea. Sounds like X-Pac sure would like to know also. He called WWE saying he was in the emergency room and had no idea how he got there. He left the ER and made new travel arrangements and he got to Raw 90 minutes before the show started. And then he went out there that night and worked his match (and Dave says looked more impressive than he had in a long time). However, after the match, he still couldn't explain to WWE officials how or why he was in the hospital earlier that day and so they were naturally suspicious. As a result, X-Pac has been suspended and removed from all upcoming bookings until they get a medical report on what the deal is. Dave says X-Pac has been acting out of control for weeks now and it's been well-documented (threatening to quit if match finishes weren't changed week after week). The feeling backstage was that as long as Nash was around to go to bat for him, he was basically protected, but no longer. With Hall fired, Nash out for probably a year, X-Pac suspended, and Hogan a babyface, the feeling within the company is that the NWO angle is dead. Shawn Michaels is still expected to appear at upcoming house shows and Raws in some new role, since much of the advertising for those shows was based around him appearing, but this is probably the end of the road for the NWO. (This kinda flew under the radar, but yeah, X-Pac never wrestled another match in WWE. The match where Nash tore his quad remains to this day the last time X-Pac ever worked a match in a WWE ring. He gets released soon after this and we all know in retrospect that he was dealing with some drug issues throughout this time).
  • Dave provides some details on Vince Russo's first (and only) creative meeting when he was briefly rehired by WWE last month. Russo apparently proposed a Raw vs. Smackdown feud that would eventually lead to reviving one of them as WCW and reigniting the WCW vs. WWE war. This time, they would have Eric Bischoff leading the WCW side, while Russo suggested Mick Foley as the leader of the WWE side. It was pretty much made clear to Russo during the meeting that if they were to do a Raw vs. Smackdown angle, it would be Stephanie in charge of the WWE side, not Foley, and sure enough, that's what is expected to happen (but without the whole WCW-revival part). Russo's idea was pretty much a combination of the 2001 Invasion angle and the 2000 WCW Bischoff/Russo angle. Dave notes that Russo wanted to essentially start from scratch again, strip everyone of their belts the way they did in 2000, and bring in Bret Hart and Goldberg to be involved as well.
  • A big recap of UFC's debut show in England, which featured rising star Frank Mir getting beat in what should have been an upset, but word is Mir didn't take the fight seriously and barely trained. As a result, he got murked in the first round. Also, while in England, some people in Tito Ortiz's camp got into a big drunken bar brawl with fellow fighter Lee Murray. Chuck Liddell was somewhere involved too. Anyway, long story short, some people tell the story that Murray knocked Ortiz out. Ortiz denies it (to this day, this is a famous MMA story and both men tell different versions, so depending on who you believe I guess).
  • TNA's 4th show ended with a strong angle that actually got them some national publicity. It involved Tennessee Titans players Frank Miller and Zach Piller hopping the rail and attacking Jeff Jarrett and some other wrestlers, resulting in a big brawl to end the show. So how much of it was real or shoot? Well, Russo is involved, so who knows. The official story is that Jarrett and Piller were supposed to shove each other from across the rail, but that's it. From NFL sources, Dave has actually heard the same thing. It was supposed to stop at a shoving confrontation, and then Malice would come pull Jarrett away. That was the story as Russo allegedly wrote it. But reportedly, Piller had been drinking and he ended up hopping the rail and straight up overpowered Jarrett like it was nothing and took him down. Whether this was a shoot or a work is still unknown, but it ended up getting them coverage on SportsCenter and Dave says it's possible it was a work that only a few people were in on. If it was a work, nobody else was in on it. Ron Harris, who works backstage, almost rushed to the ring to save Jarrett and Malice (who wasn't supposed to touch the football players) got involved and broke it up quickly. After the show, the players were backstage laughing and joking with Jarrett and Miller has been openly telling people it was all planned and they were told to make it look as real as possible, but it's still unknown if jumping the rail and tackling Jarrett was part of the plan or not. Several other Titans players were at ringside with them and saw it unfold, but mostly didn't get involved. So now after the publicity, TNA is trying to see if they can make a match out of this. Either way, it's starting to feel like an elaborate work that none of the rest of the roster was clued in on, which is exactly the kind of shit Russo used to do constantly in WCW that soured morale among the locker room, and for this to happen on Russo's first night in, with an angle he wrote, sure feels a little familiar.
WATCH: Tennessee Titans/TNA brawl
  • Puerto Rico's IWA had its most successful show in company history, drawing more than 11,000 fans (without a single WWE name on the card) to see the payoff of an angle with Savio Vega fighting for control of the company. WHO SAID SAVIO AIN'T A DRAW?!
  • On the other side of things, WWC has postponed its anniversary show from August to September in order to give themselves more time to build up big angles and storylines. Seems like something they probably should have been planning earlier? IWA has become the dominant promotion in Puerto Rico and WWC felt they didn't have the build-up necessary to do a big-money show right now. Especially after this IWA show did such big business, anything less would be an embarrassment.
  • Bischoff's debut on Raw was a pretty big hit. How big, you ask? During Bischoff's in-ring promo after his debut, Raw added nearly 1.1 million new viewers from the previous segment. Meaning that as soon as Bischoff walked across the screen backstage, tons of wrestling fans started calling their friends telling them, "Holy shit, Eric Bischoff is on Raw, turn it on!" The bad news is that as soon as Bischoff's promo was over, a lot of them tuned right back out, leading to a huge drop-off for the rest of the show. On the flip side, this week's Smackdown, featuring the heavily-hyped return of The Rock ended up being the 7th lowest rated episode of the show in history (4th if you don't count holidays). Rock's not a draw, bet he won't even be in the business in a couple more years.
  • Kenta Kobashi is finally back in the ring, wrestling undercard prelim tag matches for NOAH. Even though he's in tags and doing limited in-ring work, his knees are said to be already killing him and one of them totally locked up on him after one of his recent matches. But he still hasn't missed any dates.
  • NJPW announced that Kensuke Sasaki will face Pancrase star Minoru Suzuki at the Tokyo Dome in October. This match was actually planned for the big Tokyo Dome show back in May, but negotiations fell apart because Pancrase didn't like the idea of Suzuki doing a worked pro-wrestling match. Suzuki started his career in NJPW back in 1988 and was being groomed to be a big star for the company, but he quit and joined UWF because he preferred to work shoot-style matches. In 1993, he and a few other guys all started Pancrase, which he's been doing ever since. These days, Suzuki's days of fighting for them at a top level are over and he usually only competes against nobodies or in catch wrestling (grappling and submission only, no striking). Anyway, for those curious, this didn't happen. Not sure why yet, I haven't gotten that far, but Suzuki doesn't return to NJPW until 2003.
  • Goldberg is said to be leaning very much against going to WWE anytime soon and is instead eyeing his options of working big shows in Japan. He's contemplating an offer to make an appearance at Toryumon's show in Tokyo in September, but only an appearance. He doesn't plan to wrestle until later in the year (don't think the Toryumon appearance happens, but he does end up working a few matches in Japan here soon).
  • Bret Hart is still hoping to make his scheduled appearance for Jacques Rougeau's upcoming indie show in Montreal. If you recall, Rougeau's big show there last year drew over 11,000 fans and he's got himself another big stadium to fill this year and Bret was expected to be the biggest draw. Whether he'll be healthy enough to make the show, following his recent stroke, remains to be seen but he's determined to try. As of this week, Hart is able to lift his left arm over his head. Just a week ago, he couldn't move it at all. His grip strength is also coming back and he's able to walk short distances. His vocal cords were also damaged but have started strengthening again and he's able to talk again (though he can't cut a wrestling promo yet, Dave says, so he might not be doing much other than coming out and waving to the crowd if he does make it). He's still having some vision problems also, but not too bad all things considered.
  • Dave says that "no matter what you may hear," a lot of people involved in TNA behind the scenes are very unhappy about Vince Russo being brought in. He also says that a lot of people associate Russo and Ed Ferrara together, but they actually had a major falling out awhile back and hadn't been on speaking terms until now. When it became clear Russo was coming back, Ferrara reached out to Russo and the two sides made up. He goes on record saying for sure that neither Mike Tenay or Bill Behrens are happy about Russo's arrival, among others, but says everyone is being professional.
  • Notes from TNA Weekly PPV: Crowd of about 1,500, only about half paid. Dave says it was easily the best of the 4 shows they've had so far. About 85% of it was written and booked by Jerry Jarrett and the original writing team before Russo was hired, but Russo did make some changes. Dave says some people are beginning to get tired of Don West on commentary already and he definitely brings a ton of enthusiasm (but nothing else, Dave adds) to the table. During the Ken Shamrock vs. Omori match, the crowd was distracted by one of the cage dancers near the entrance who was apparently showing her ass to the crowd. Former WCW wrestler Crowbar (real name Chris Ford) worked a tag match under the name Tempest and Dave notes that when Ford worked a try-out match for WWE awhile back, he also signed over the name Crowbar to them when he did (guessing Dave is mistaken about this. He never used the name Crowbar in TNA, but he's been using it everywhere else ever since for the last 18 years). Brian Christopher is now going by his real name, Brian Lawler, and cut a promo on Jerry Lawler about being a bad father. It got a lot of heat but now they've made fans want to see a match that they can't deliver. K-Krush faced NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler and got DQ'd. Dave says Krush was absolutely awesome here, actually carrying Sadler to a watchable match. Sadler was awful of course, but the Gayda/Stratus match from Raw was light years worse, so hey, who cares? TNA tried to bring in Hermie's more famous older brother Elliott Sadler, but that fell through because Elliott has some type of affiliation with WWE, though Dave isn't sure what (I did the research and apparently Elliott drove a Summerslam-themed car during a race around this time, so I assume that's it).
  • More notes from TNA Weekly PPV, since this recap is huge and big, unbroken paragraphs suck: Mark and Jay Brisco worked a brief match until Malice ran in and destroyed everyone (Dave says this was a Russo addition to the show. Dave also says the Briscos will be great some day and notes that on this show, the announcers lied and said both of them are 18, when in fact, Mark Brisco is still 17 and therefore not even allowed to wrestle in many commission states). Former porn star and ECW valet Jasmine St. Claire debuted and gave Jeremy Borash a lap dance, took off her underwear, and was about to strip nude until a big angle stopped it. And yes, in case it wasn't obvious, this was another Russo addition. AJ Styles and Jerry Lynn are the tag team champions and ended up in a big brawl backstage. If you've been paying attention to the show the last 2 weeks, you would have recognized that they were doing a slow build with these two partners having friction, but Russo convinced Jarrett to hurry up and pull the trigger on the split, so here we are. Dave thinks this had no impact at all because it felt completely rushed, the story hadn't progressed far enough yet for these two to already be coming to blows. Another interview with the Dupps saying "shit" repeatedly was, yes, another Russo addition. Try not to cut yourself on all this edginess. Shamrock vs. NOAH star Takao Omori ended in a no contest because of politics. Shamrock was supposed to win clean, but then NOAH decided they didn't want Omori to do a job, so this is what we got. Dave thinks TNA should have said screw them then and just not used Omori because it's not like TNA's fanbase knows who the fuck he is anyway. Omori was said to have been spaced out all day beforehand and looked bad in the match. Crowd didn't care and they pumped in a ton of fake crowd noise for it. Jeff Jarrett ran in and took everyone out with chair shots, including "NWA rep" Harley Race, who ate a brutal unprotected chair shot to the head from Jeff and Dave thinks that's not good for anyone's brain, especially a guy pushing 60. Race was there basically to help Omori since Harley's small promotion in St. Louis has a relationship with NOAH. And finally, the 6-man X-Division #1 contenders match was excellent. Dave thinks WWE really missed the boat on Jerry Lynn and K-Krush. He admits Lynn probably couldn't have ever been a top guy in WWE or anything, but he makes everybody he wrestles look like a million bucks and guys like that are priceless to have on your roster. They also pumped a bunch of crowd noise in for this match, and at one point, the fake crowd noise loop stopped and there was a moment where it went from a loud roaring crowd to dead silence in a blink. Also, a fight in the stands distracted the crowd near the end. But great match otherwise. Show ended with the Titans players angle.
  • In other news, The Shane Twins have been working as the masked penis wrestlers The Johnsons in TNA but the penis aspect of it has been played down to almost nothing. Upcoming plans were for the team to unmask and revert back to the Shane Twins, but when Russo came aboard, that plan got scrapped and they will remain The Johnsons for now. Because dammit, Russo will get to make penis jokes on TV or he's going to die trying.
  • Many of the key names in TNA (Shamrock, AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, Mike Tenay, among others) have now signed 1-year contracts. Scott Hall was rumored to have also signed a 1-year deal, but Hall is telling people it's not true and he's only committed for 4 more dates. Low-Ki is signed through the end of the year.
  • At the recent K-1 vs. PRIDE show, there was a huge upset when PRIDE fighter Quinton Jackson knocked out Cyril Abidi, one of the top kickboxers in the world. The "plan" was for Abidi to win and then go on to a bigger money match with Don Frye, but that's what happens when you try to plan things around a shoot.
  • And I'm sorry, I know this ain't an MMA recap, but this is too good: at the UFC press conference for the UK show this week, Dana White showed up with a bag filled with $250,000 in cash and challenged UK boxing promoter Frank Warren to put up any fighter in his stable and White would find a UFC fighter of the same weight to fight him, winner takes all the money. If you recall, Warren made some statements a few weeks back calling UFC fighters unskilled steroid freaks and claiming that his boxers could beat any of them in a real fight. So Dana showed up with a whole bag of cash, doing Dana things.
  • Notes from Raw: Vince came out to the NWO music and said that's the last time we'll ever hear it and that the NWO is dead, so as expected, that's it for that gimmick. Tommy Dreamer is back to his old ECW gimmick and is already 1000x more over than the jobber-eating-gross-stuff gimmick WWE gave him. There was a Coach/Booker T segment backstage which is when Eric Bischoff walked through the shot, leaving everybody with their mouths hanging open, and then his promo. Another hype video for Rey Mysterio debuting on Smackdown next week. Former WCW wrestler and recent developmental guy Johnny The Bull made his Raw debut winning the hardcore title, and Dave is baffled how he got the call up because he's one of the worst guys they have in developmental and is nowhere near ready. But it's all about how he looks. Undertaker & Lesnar beat RVD & Flair in the main event and afterward, Lesnar turned on Undertaker in a good angle, though Dave doesn't have high hopes for the inevitable match.
WATCH: Rey Mysterio debut vignette
  • Notes from Smackdown: it was a pretty bad show and for a pretty surprising reason. It was all built around Rock and he was awful. Rather than trying to sell a PPV, he came off like he was trying too hard to be a funny, "cool" guy and became a parody of himself. Dave is a huge Rock fan and thinks it was painful. He did a big in-ring promo segment with rapper Busta Rhymes that was just an elaborate plug for his new Halloween: Resurrection movie ("coming out in July?" Dave asks incredulously and, right, wtf?). Even Rock using Angle's own ankle lock against him at the end of the show looked hilariously fake and Dave has no interest in the Rock/Angle match at Vengeance after this show. Edge & Hogan defending the tag titles was a super heated match and Dave can't understand it. The live crowds are still nuclear hot for Hogan, but it's not translating at all into TV ratings or ticket sales. But man, the people who do buy tickets sure do love him. They seem to be slow-burning a Randy Orton heel turn. The Nidia segment at the buffet was great and Dave thinks they may have stumbled across a pretty great gimmick with her.
WATCH: The Rock & Busta Rhymes Smackdown segment
  • The crew got a little backstage pep talk before Raw this week, mostly given by the agents (John Laurinaitis, Arn Anderson, and Fit Finlay) as well as Triple H. In particular, Triple H talked about there being too many people in the locker room who think they deserve a push ahead of the newer guys because they've been there longer. He said too many guys are sitting back waiting for someone to give them a push rather than breaking out from the pack and earning the push. He said he got over on his own when management was trying to hold him down after the MSG curtain call incident. Said too many guys are being lazy, playing cards and playing video games backstage rather than watching the matches and learning. He said just because you've had a few good matches on TV doesn't mean you know how to work or deserve a push, and also said everyone needs to work harder at house shows because attendance is down and it was guys like him who worked hard to re-build the company the last time business was down. Needless to say, for a locker room full of people who feel like they bust their asses only to get their legs cut off and hit a glass ceiling (often at the hands of the same guy giving the speech), this went over just about as well as you'd expect with the rest of the locker room. Not that anything Triple H said is wrong. Dave agrees with most of it. But considering who the messenger was, it was not well-received.
  • Lots of backstage talk about last week's Bradshaw/Trish Stratus vs. Chris Nowinski/Jackie Gayda match, which was among the worst matches anyone has seen in years. Fit Finlay is the usual trainer and agent for the women and usually goes over their matches and spots with them, but in this case, Sgt. Slaughter put together this match. Gayda missed a few spots early in the match and seemed to panic and it all fell apart from there. Backstage, she was fully aware of how bad it was and was said to be extremely upset. There's been talk of sending her down to OVW for more training, but she'll probably still be on TV because she's fresh off winning Tough Enough.
  • Steve Austin hasn't had any contact with anyone in WWE except for Jack Lanza, who was the agent Austin often worked with for his matches. All that's known now is Austin told Lanza he's still training hard and Lanza felt like he's getting antsy sitting at home and may be ready to return already (I think he's got bigger problems at home). But Austin and Vince still have not spoken and there's still a lot of bad feelings there.
  • In light of recent events, Dave digs up the transcript from an old Prodigy online chat from 1996, in which Eric Bischoff was asked if he would ever work for Vince McMahon. His response: "I would rather chew off my fingers."
  • Writer Brian Gewertz reportedly has some heat over Raw's declining ratings. The problem is, no matter who it is (Gewertz, Heyman, Russo, or even Stephanie), the final approval for everything you see on television comes down to Vince McMahon. He deserves the credit when it's good and the blame when it's bad, end of story. It's a common occurrence for Vince to rip up a script and tell the writers to come up with something new, so any bad segment that makes it to TV is on him, and resulting in lots of last minute changes. Some people are even blaming Gewertz for Kevin Nash's recent injury because Gewertz wrote the match into the script the day of the show, so Nash wasn't even aware he was going to be wrestling until a couple hours before they went on the air and I guess he didn't have time to properly stretch and get ready, and ended up tearing his quad 10 seconds in. Same thing with Cena's debut, that was a day-of decision, and luckily Cena was already on the road with the crew working dark matches, so he was available. But again, Dave says you can't blame Gewertz for either of those things because, once again, it's Vince who is constantly changing his mind and forcing last minute rewrites and whatnot every week. How is Gewertz or any other writer supposed to build long-term stories under those conditions? (Man, this sure feels familiar)
  • Latest on DDP, he and wife Kimberly are planning on moving from Atlanta to Los Angeles to try their hand at acting careers. They've both saved a lot of money from their years in wrestling and can afford to take a chance on this kind of thing I guess. (DDP has done a handful of acting roles, mostly in the mid-00s, but obviously nothing of note. And Kimberly Page did a few movies, including a starring role with DDP in a movie called The Scam Artist that I can't find anywhere, and of course, her most famous role as "chick who's tit fell out" in The 40 Year Old Virgin).
  • Randy Orton suffered a concussion in a house show match with Batista. Orton was trying to sell a clothesline by flying in the air and taking a big flat back bump, but hit his head on the mat coming down and was knocked unconscious. He should be back in a week or so though, because it's not like concussions are serious injuries or anything. EMT's helped him out of the ring and he walked to the back under his own power but he was knocked clean the fuck out for a bit there.
  • This week's episode of WWE Confidential featured Big Show and Bradshaw playing a game of HORSE with the winner "getting a shot to sexually harass Linda Miles." So obviously they're out of ideas for this show. (Yeah JBL is on some full-blown Jerry Lawler shit with Miles here).
WATCH: JBL perving on Linda Miles for 5 minutes under the guise of playing basketball
  • John Cena is still finishing up in OVW and working the upcoming big Six Flags show in Louisville. Despite being a big babyface on TV, he's still a heel in OVW and is playing a gimmick where his main roster success is going to his head.
  • The New York Daily News ran a story on the "Sex, Lies & Headlocks" book that is coming out soon about Vince McMahon and noted several revelations in the book, such as Vince being paranoid about his office being bugged in 1993 prior to the steroid trial and how he wouldn't sit or talk near windows because he thought the FBI was listening in. It also talked about how Vince gave a job interview to Matt Lauer to host the WBF Bodystars show but didn't think Lauer had the right look, among other things. When asked for comment, WWE responded "No one in WWE has any interest in reading it. No one cares to." Dave says that's 2002 carny talk for, "Can you get us an advance copy?"
NEXT WEDNESDAY: Raw appears to turn a corner (lol no), WWE making major cutbacks and severing developmental ties, TNA also making major budget cuts, WWE Vengeance fallout, and more...
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2020.08.03 07:07 tiny_doughnut AFLW Sign and Trade: Master Post

Hi everyone!
Going to keep an eye on incoming signings and list changes as we go along, don’t hesitate to post any articles that you see and give me a poke if I haven’t updated!
Hope you’re all staying safe and well, and we’ll be back at Ikon Park for season 2021 soon 🍩❤️
Points worth remembering for this trade period:
Day 1 Wrap Day 2 Wrap Day 3 Wrap Day 4 Wrap Day 5 Wrap Day 6 Wrap Day 7 Wrap Day 8 Wrap

Adelaide Crows:

Signed: ✅ - Najwa Allen, 1yr - Sarah Allen, until 2021 - Chelsea Biddell, 1yr - Hannah Button, 1yr - Ailish Considine, 1yr - Dayna Cox, 1yr - Angela Foley, until 2021 - Renee Forth, 1yr - Nikki Gore, 1yr - Caitlin Gould, 1yr - Anne Hatchard, until 2021 - Eloise Jones, until 2021 - Ebony Marinoff, until 2021 - Montana McKinnon, 1yr - Rhiannon Metcalfe, 1yr - Justine Mules, 1yr - Hannah Munyard, 1yr? - Maddi Newman, 1yr - Erin Phillips, 1yr - Danielle Ponter, 1yr - Marijana Rajcic, until 2021 - Chelsea Randall, until 2021 - Chloe Scheer, until 2021 - Jess Sedunary, 1yr? - Stevie-Lee Thompson, until 2021 - Deni Varnhagen, until 2021 - Lisa Whiteley, 1yr?
Movements: 🔄
Delisted: ✴️ - Nicole Campbell (delisted) - Courtney Cramey (retired) - Jess Foley (retired) - Courtney Gum (retired) - Sophie Li (retired) - Maisie Nankivell, (step away/Suncorp Super Netball) - Jaimi Tabb (delisted) - Ruth Wallace (step away)

Brisbane Lions:

Signed: ✅ - Ally Anderson, until 2022 - Lauren Arnell, 1yr - Emily Bates, until 2022 - Greta Bodey, 2yrs - Shannon Campbell, 2yrs - Gabby Collingwood, 1yr - Sophie Conway, until 2021 - Dakota Davidson, 2yrs - Belle Dawes, 2yrs - Jade Ellenger, 1yr - Nat Grider, 2yrs - Tahlia Hickie, 2yrs - Courtney Hodder, 1yr (Rookie) - Jesse Keeffe, 1yr - Breanna Koenen, 2yrs - Rheanne Lugg, 2yrs - Kate Lutkins, until 2022 - Maria Moloney, 2yrs - Orla O’Dwyer, 1yr (Rookie) - Lily Postlethwaite, 2yrs - Selina Priest, 1yr - Taylor Smith, 1yr - Cathy Svarc, 2yrs - Jesse Wardlaw, 2yrs - Sharni Webb, 1yr - Jess Wuetschner, until 2022 - Jordan Zanchetta, 1yr - Emma Zielke, 1yr
Movements: 🔄
Delisted: ✴️ - Arianna Clarke (released/stepping away) - Hannah Hillman (delisted) - Brianna McFarlane (delisted)

Carlton Blues:

Signed: ✅ - Lauren Brazzale, 1yr - Alison Downie, 1yr - Jess Edwards, 1yr - Grace Egan, until 2022 - Georgia Gee, until 2022 - Serena Gibbs, 2yrs - Maddy Guerin, 2yrs - Charlotte Hammans, 1yr - Kerryn Harrington, until 2022 - Courtney Jones, 1yr - Mua Laloifi, 2yrs - Katie Loynes, 1yr - Lucy McEvoy, until 2022 - Breann Moody, 2yrs - Elise O’Dea, 2yrs - Natalie Plane, 2yrs - Maddy Prespakis, until 2022 - Brooke Vernon, 2yrs - Brooke Walker, 1yr - Charlotte Wilson, 2yrs
Movements: 🔄 - Sarah Hosking to Richmond - Jayde Van Dyk to St Kilda - Chloe Dalton to Inactive List for 2021, has signed with the club for 2022
Delistings: ✴️ - Joanne Doonan (delisted) - Emerson Woods (delisted) - Katie Harrison (delisted) - Sharnie Whiting (delisted)

Collingwood Magpies:

Signed: ✅ - Sophie Alexander, 1yr - Jordyn Allen, until 2021 - Britt Bonnici, 1yr - Ash Brazill, until 2021 - Lauren Butler, 1yr? - Mikala Cann, 1yr? - Sophie Casey, 1yr - Steph Chiocci, 1yr? - Bri Davey, 1yr - Abbey Green, 1yr - Jaimee Lambert, 1yr - Sharni Layton, 1yr - Stacey Livingstone, 1yr - Jordan Membrey, 1yr - Chloe Molloy, until 2021 - Aliesha Newman, 1yr - Ebony O’Dea, 1yr - Alana Porter, 1yr? - Imogen Purcell, 1yr, Category B Rookie - Sarah Rowe, 1yr - Ruby Schleicher, until 2021 - Aishling Sheridan, 1yr - Maddie Shevlin, until 2021 - Kristy Stratton, 1yr
Movements: 🔄 - Sarah Dargan to Richmond - Sarah D’Arcy to Richmond - Katie Lynch to Western Bulldogs
Delistings: ✴️ - Kaila Bentvelzen (step away) - Georgia Gourlay (delisted) - Emma Grant (retired) - Eliza Hynes (retired) - Machaelia Roberts (retirement)

Fremantle Dockers:

Signed: ✅ - Ebony Antonio, until 2022 - Kara Antonio, until 2022 - Kiara Bowers, until 2022 - Tayla Brealand, until 2021 - Steph Cain, until 2021 - Janelle Cuthbertson, 1yr - Sabreena Duffy, until 2021 - Evie Gooch, 1yr - Katie Jayne Grieve, 1yr - Gemma Houghton, until 2021 - Leah Mascall, 1yr - Ann McMahon, 1yr - Hayley Miller, 2yrs - Emma O’Driscoll, 1yr - Gabby O’Sullivan, until 2022 - Laura Pugh, 1yr - Roxy Roux, 2yrs - Matilda Sergeant, until 2021 - Philipa Seth, until 2021 - Ashley Sharp, until 2021 - Ange Stannett, until 2021 - Jasmine Stewart, 1yr - Mim Strom, 2yrs - Tarnee Tester, 1yr, free agent signing - Aine Tighe, 1yr - Jess Trend, 1yr - Bianca Webb, 1yr - Alex Williams, 1yr
Movements: 🔄 - Tayla Bresland to West Coast Eagles
Delisted: ✴️ - Mia-Rae Clifford (delisted) - Sarah Garstone (delisted) - Lindal Rhode (delisted - Kate Flood (personal reasons)

Geelong Cats:

Signed: ✅ - Maddie Boyd, 1yr - Millie Brown, 2yrs - Rene Caris, 1yr - Georgia Clarke, 1yr - Rocky Cranston, 1yr - Julia Crockett-Gills, 2yrs - Kate Darby, 1yr - Renee Garing, 1yr - Nicole Garner, 1yr - Rebecca Goring, 1yr - Danielle Higgins, 2yrs - Jordan Ivey, 1yr - Maddy Keryk, 2yrs - Madisen Maguire, 1yr - Amy McDonald, 2yrs - Meghan McDonald, 2yrs - Maddy McMahon, 1yr - Phoebe McWilliams, 1yr - Nina Morrison, 2yrs - Aasta O’Connor, 1yr - Olivia Purcell, 1yr - Georgie Rankin, 1yr - Mia Skinner, 1yr - Denby Taylor, 1yr - Sophie Van De Heuvel, 2yrs - Rebecca Webster, 2yrs
Movements: 🔄
Delisted: ✴️ - Cassie Blakeway (delisted) - Melissa Hickey (retired) - Anna Teague (retired) - Gemma Wright (delisted)

Gold Coast Suns:

Signed: ✅ - Lauren Ahrens, 1yr? - Alison Drennan, 1yr - Hannah Dunn, 1yr? - Tiarna Ernst, 1yr? - Cheyenne Hammond, 1yr? - Ellie Hampson, 1yr? - Dee Heslop, 1yr? - Kalinda Howarth, 1yr? - Paige Parker, until 2021 - Brittany Perry, 1yr? - Jade Pregelj, 1yr? - Molly Ritson, 1yr? - Jamie Stanton, 1yr? - Kate Surman, 1yr? - Serene Watson, 1yr? - Jacqui Yorston, 1yr?
Movements: 🔄 - Charlotte Hammans to Carlton - Taylor Smith to Brisbane
Delisted: ✴️ - Georgia Breward, (delisted) - Lexi Hamilton, (delisted) - Maddy Roberts, (delisted) - Tayla Thorn, (delisted) - Kitara Whap-Farrar, (delisted)

GWS Giants:

Signed: ✅ - Jessica Allan, 1yr - Nicola Barr, 1yr - Rebecca Beeson, 2yr - Elle Bennetts, 1yr - Yvonne Bonner, 1yr - Jess Dal Pos, 1yr - Taylah Davies, 1yr - Alicia Eva, 2yr - Georgia Garnett, 1yr - Emily Goodsir, 1yr - Sarah Halvorsen, 1yr - Tanya Hetherington, 1yr - Jodie Hicks, 1yr - Annalyse Lister, 1yr - Tait Mackrill, 2yr - Erin McKinnon, 1yr - Alyce Parker, 2yr - Rebecca Privitelli, 2yr - Pepa Randall, 2yr - Aimee Schmidt, 1yr - Katherine Smith, 2yrs - Cora Staunton, 1yr - Lisa Steane, 1yr - Louise Stephenson, 2yr - Britt Tully, 1yr - Haneen Zreika, 1yr
Movements: 🔄 - Lisa Whiteley to Adelaide Crows
Delisted: ✴️ - Ellie Brush (retired to focus on Matildas/Olympic opportunity - Ingrid Nielsen (retired) - Maggie Gorham (retired)

Melbourne Demons:

Signed: ✅ - Libby Birch, 2yrs - Gabby Colvin, 1yr - Tegan Cunningham, until 2021 - Meg Downie, until 2021 - Chantel Emonson, 2yrs - Maddi Gay, 2yrs - Sinead Goldrick, 1yr - Tyla Hanks, 2yrs - Shelley Heath, 2yrs - Kate Hore, 2yrs - Sarah Lampard, until 2021 - Lauren Magee, 1yr - Niamh McEvoy, 1yr - Lily Mithen, 2yrs - Jackie Parry, 1yr - Karen Paxman, 1yr - Daisy Pearce, 1yr - Lauren Pearce, until 2021 - Krstel Petrevski, 1yr - Shelley Scott, 1yr - Casey Sherriff, 2yrs - Shae Sloane, 1yr - Breanna Tarrant, 1yr - Eden Zanker, 2yrs
Movements: 🔄 - Harriet Cordner to Richmond - Maddy Guerin to Carlton - Bianca Jakobsson to St Kilda - Aliesha Newman to Collingwood - Elise O’Dea fo Carlton - Katherine Smith to GWS
Delisted: ✴️ - Ainslie Kemp (delisted)

North Melbourne Kangaroos:

Signed: ✅ - Grace Campbell, 1yr? - Mia King, 2yrs
Movements: 🔄 - Abbey Green to (Collingwood) - Jess Trend to Fremantle Dockers
Delistings: ✴️ - Chloe Haines (delisted) - Libby Haines (delisted) - Emma Humphries (delisted) - Taylor Mesiti (step away) - Mairead Seoighe (delisted)

Richmond Tigers:

Signed: ✅ - Christina Bernardi, until 2021 - Maddy Brancatisano, 1yr - Katie Brennan, until 2021 - Hannah Buchell, 1yr - Akec Makur Chuot, 1yr - Monique Conti, until 2021 - Harriet Cordner, 1yr - Sarah D’Arcy, 1yr - Sarah Dargan, 1yr - Kate Dempsey, 1yr - Alice Edmonds, 1yr - Sabrina Frederick, until 2021 - Emily Harley, 1yr - Sarah Hosking, 2yrs - Kodi Jacques, 1yr - Laura McClelland, 1yr - Sarah Molan, 1yr - Phoebe Monahan, 1yr - Rebecca Miller, 1yr - Ilish Ross, 1yr - Sarah Sansonetti, 1yr - Cleo Saxon-Jones, 1yr - Gabby Seymour, 1yr - Tayla Stahl, 1yr - Courtney Wakefield, 1yr - Holly Whitford, 1yr - Alana Woodward, 1yr
Movements: 🔄 - Grace Campbell to North Melbourne
Delistings: ✴️ - Laura Bailey (retired) - Nakaela Butler (delisted - Ciara Fitzgerald (delisted - Emma Horne (delisted) - Lauren Tesoriero (retired) - Ella Wood (retired)

St Kilda Saints:

Signed: ✅ - Nadia von Bertouch, until 2022 - Ali Brown, until 2022 - Rosie Dillon, 2yrs - Jayde Van Dyk, 1yr? - Nat Exon, 1yr - Clara Fitzpatrick, until 2022 - Caitlin Greiser, until 2022 - Darcy Guttridge, 1yr - Bianca Jakobsson, 1yr? - Selena Karlson, until 2021 - Poppy Kelly, until 2022 - Tilly Lucas-Rodd, 2yrs - Tamara Luke, until 2022 - Kate McCarthy, until 2022 - Molly McDonald, 2yrs - Georgia Patrikios, until 2022 - Cat Phillips, 1yr - Hannah Priest, 2yrs - Isabella Shannon, 2yrs - Kate Shierlaw, until 2022 - Olivia Vesely, 2yrs - Rhiannon Watt, 2yrs - Tarni White, 2yrs - Claudia Whitfort, 1yr - Nicola Xenos, 2yrs
Movements: 🔄 - Jess Sedunary to Adelaide Crows - Alison Drennan to GC Suns
Delistings: ✴️ - Sammie Johnson (delisted) - Mel Kuys (delisted) - Emma Mackie (retired) - Courteney Munn (retire) - Kelly O’Neill (delisted)

West Coast Eagles:

Signed: ✅ - Ashlee Atkins, until 2021 - Mikayla Bowen, 2yrs? - Tayla Bresland, 1yr - Hayley Bullas, 2yrs? - Imahra Cameron, 2yrs? - Mhicca Carter, Rookie - Melissa Caulfield, until 2021 - Maddy Collier, until 2021 - Beatrice Devlyn, 1yr - McKenzie Dowrick, until 2021 - Kellie Gibson, until 2021 - Brianna Green, until 2021 - Courtney Guard, until 2021 - Ashton Hill, 1yr - Dana Hooker, until 2023 - Alicia Janz, until 2021 - Parris Laurie, until 2022 - Grace Kelly, 2yrs - Niamh Kelly, 2yrs - Aisling McCarthy, 1yr - Sophie McDonald, 1yr - Kate Orme, 1yr - Chantella Perera, 1yr - Belinda Smith, until 2022 - Emma Swanson, until 2021
Movements: 🔄
Delisted: ✴️ - Talia Radan (retired) - Kate Bartlett (delisted) - Emily Bonser (retired) - Cassie Davidson (delisted) - Emily McGuire (delisted) - Daniela Pisconeri (delisted) - Tarnee Tester (delisted)

Western Bulldogs:

The Doggies didn’t specify contract lengths per player, so take ‘1yr’ with a grain of salt
Signed: ✅ - Deanna Berry, 1yr - Ellie Blackburn, 1yr - Eleanor Brown, 1yr - Naomi Ferres, 1yr - Ellyse Gamble, 1yr - Elisabeth Georgeostathis, 1yr - Angelica Gogos, 1yr - Isabella Grant, 1yr - Ashleigh Guest, 1yr - Britney Gutknecht, 1yr - Katy Herron, 1yr - Bailey Hunt, 1yr - Isabel Huntington, 1yr - Gemma Lagioia, 1yr - Kirsty Lamb, 1yr - Brooke Lochland, 1yr - Katie Lynch, 1yr - Dani Marshall, 1yr - Kirsten McLeod, 1yr - Celine Moody, 1yr - Nell Morris-Dalton, 1yr - Gabby Newton, 1yr - Kim Rennie, 1yr - Hannah Scott, 1yr - Lauren Spark, 1yr - Bonnie Toogood, 1yr - Amelia Van Oosterwijck, 1yr
Movements: 🔄 - Aisling McCarthy to West Coast Eagles - Hannah Munyard to Adelaide Crows
Delisted: ✴️ - Nicole Callinan (retired)
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2020.08.01 18:38 FTC_Publik TennoCon 2020 Summary

I'll be summarizing TennoCon 2020! Like with a normal DevStream I'm just going to summarize additions and news.
Gallery

Housekeeping

Prizes and Giveaways:
  • Watch the stream on Twitch for a chance to get some physical prizes!
  • Watch the stream on Twitch or Steam with a linked account for 30 minutes between 12:30PM-5:00PM ET to get the Athodai hand cannon!
  • Participate in TennnoTrivia from 4:00PM-5:00PM ET for some prizes!
  • Watch the stream on Twitch or Steam with a linked account for 30 minutes starting at 5:00PM ET to get Hydroid Prime!
  • Join the TennoCon or TennoLive Relay ingame during TennoLive for the Lemnas Staff Skin, and stay until the end for a mystery gift!
More info about prizes and giveaways here: https://www.reddit.com/Warframe/comments/i1pm74/quick_tennocon_2020_event_rewards_information/
Make your own TennoCon 2020 badge: https://www.warframe.com/badge

Welcome to TennoCon 2020 - 12:30PM-1:00PM ET

View the schedule here: https://www.warframe.com/tennocon
DE is donating a portion of TennoCon's proceeds to Autism Ontario London and The Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex.
There is new merch on the Warframe Merch Store: https://store.warframe.com/
Join Discord: https://www.discord.gg/playwarframe

The Art of Warframe (pre-recorded) - 1:00PM-2:00PM ET

Hosted by [DE]Danielle.
The Cast: Lucas, Geoff, Keith, and Danielle

Broken Frame: Xaku

New Warframe: Alchemist

New Warframe: Wraithe

All 3 are scheduled for 2020!

Hydroid Deluxe

Gara Deluxe

Zephyr Deluxe

TennoGen

  • New options coming to TennoGen
    • Claws, Machetes, Sparring, Armor pieces, Chain Swords, Landing Crafts

New Cosmetic Bundle

Nightwave: Glassmaker

The Infested

Infested Femur
Infested Bone Blade
Infested Ashen
Infested Claws weapon by Nikita: https://imgur.com/WEfOGDZ Infested Arm Cannon weapon by Kaz: https://imgur.com/hhs1jd0 Infested Syandana by Nikita: https://imgur.com/5sZOu52
Infested Kubrow
Infested Kavat
Infested Domestik Drone: https://imgur.com/elN6FzI, https://imgur.com/beT8xIn

Sounds of the System (pre-recorded) - 2:00PM-3:00PM ET

Hosted by [DE]Helen.
The Cast: Erich, George, Antonio, and Helen
Due to the nature of the content of this stream it's a bit hard to summarize using images. I've included rough timestamps and summaries for the different segments. Watch (and listen) when you can!

A peek into DE's creature vocals process (~2:08)

DE uses a lot of foley and post processing to generate their audio. In this example, an oven mit, a cutting board, and some brussel sprouts (and lots of expensive hardware).

Advice for getting into audio engineering (~2:14)

  • George: Don't get hung up on equipment when you're first starting off.
  • Antonio: Don't feel discouraged, endurance is the name of the game.
  • Erich: Just do it.

How DE comes up with sounds for different factions in Warframe (~2:16)

  • George: Start with the concept and ideas, then trial and error.
  • Erich: After a while they get a feeling for how a faction should sound.
  • Antonio: Was given a general prompt for what DE was looking for, and then explored it. Looked to Commodus (Gladiator) and Uldren Sov (Destiny).

How voice acting works remote (~2:20)

  • George: Starts with coming up with ideas, then picking the actor, going over the lines, then DE gets the raw audio and modifies it.
  • Antonio: Rarely in the same state or even country. Gives audio line-by-line.

Creating the music for Deadlock Protocol (~2:22)

  • George: Jason Graves was brought in to do music for Deadlock Protocol, last season of Nightwave, and something "coming soon".
  • Jason: Explains how he approached the Deadlock music. Started with drum tracks, since he's a "drummer at heart".

What are you most proud of? (~2:31)

  • Erich: Most proud of the Corinth (and he should be!). Enjoys working on smaller aspects like background and ambience. Did Nox sound design.
  • George: Octavia! Recorded a bunch of instruments, came up with new tech.
  • Antonio: Looking forward to doing more in the future.

Sound design you admire in another video game? (~2:33)

  • Antonio: Dee Bradley Baker's Gravemind from Halo.
  • George: Condemned.
  • Erich: Shout-out to Elite Dangerous.

Favorite starter frame? (~2:36)

  • George: Excalibur.
  • Erich: Volt.
  • Antonio: Excalibur too.
  • Helen: Mag.

What has your experience been like interacting with the Warframe community? (~2:37)

  • Everyone: Great!
  • George: Shout-out to the rest of the sound team.

Speed Round: How'd you make it? (~2:40)

Ammo Reload
  • An old sound, might have been made using an old ammo box from an army surplus store? Might be from some gun range sounds from 5 years ago.
Sentient Voices
  • Trying a bunch of different things. Pitch shifting, reverb.
  • End of each of Erra's words has clicking metal beads noise, "electrically, clacky kind of sound".
  • Hunhow has an airy, reverb sound. To get into people's minds you dry it out and take off the processing. "Almost like a jump-scare".
  • Starts with great acting.
Gauss' Redline
  • Wilhelm (?) used a tool called Wave Folder.
Deadlock Protocol Ambience
  • Takes a lot of effort.
  • Carl, David, and Mark, maybe Jeff (?).
  • Lots of sourcing sounds. Metal creaks, electronic sounds, processing.
Lich Voices and Murmurs
  • Murmurs are a collection of people from the studio, with the audio layered up and some processing.
  • Mostly recording interesting performances.

Glassmaker Voice Processing (~2:48)

  • George explains how Nihil was created for Glassmaker.
  • Started with the raw audio, which was cleaned up.
  • Used Little Microshift to make him feel "in your head", added CombFilter and Little AlterBoy to make him feel more oppressive and commanding.
  • Added panning and reverb to make him feel like he was speaking from everywhere.
  • Added delay and a tool called Crystallizer and some equalization to finishing it off.

A little "guess that sound" game (~2:53)

Closing Statements (~2:56)

  • George: Thanks you for playing the game, and for being such a great community!
  • Antonio: Thanks to everyone at DE, thanks to the community for being so awesome!
  • Erich: Thank you for playing this awesome game, thanks for being a part of it. Stay safe, stay healthy!
Meanwhile, in the TennoCon Relay...

TennoLive Digital Edition - 5:00PM-6:00PM ET

The Cast: Sheldon, Geoff, Scott, Steve, and Rebecca

New Player Experience

Hydroid Prime Trailer

Is finally here! https://imgur.com/PqNMTow, https://imgur.com/sR7FYVA

Hydroid Deluxe

Xaku

  • Coming in Heart of Deimos
  • Ingame: https://imgur.com/peRbivG
  • Has a custom dodge animation where Xaku comes apart and reforms
Passive: ???
Abilities:
  1. Xata's Whisper: Imbues weapons with additional Void damage
  2. Grasp of Lohk: Disarms enemies to steal their weapons for Xaku to use (auto-fire) https://imgur.com/GoDOXHx
  3. The Lost: 3 different Warframe abilities from the fallen Warframes that make up Xaku
    • Deny: Shoots out a Void beam, deals direct damage or creates a CC if they survive
    • Accuse: Creates a radial fissure that CCs
    • Gaze: CCs a target, and nearby enemies to the target have reduced defenses https://imgur.com/NRYHITe
  4. The Vast Untime: Explode and throw off your parts. In skeletal form you're faster and have 75% damage reduction. Enemies are debuffed. https://imgur.com/rdMqMyf

The Helminth Room

Heart of Deimos

👏

August 25th Release Date

On all platforms.
Will have a big Twitch Drops campaign: TennoGen Prex Cards https://imgur.com/jSviLAP

Misc

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2020.07.29 18:50 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 15, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002 7-1-2002 7-8-2002
  • In a shocking turn of events, NWA-TNA announced last week that Vince Russo was joining the promotion, less than 3 weeks after he returned to WWE. Russo's return to WWE was announced as joining the company as part of the creative team on 6/20, but after his first creative meeting, he was demoted to consultant and was paid $1,000 a week to sit at home and send in written critiques of the weekly TV shows. Russo didn't have a contract and it's no secret that his return was deeply unpopular in the locker room and even more unpopular in the office among those who still resent him for how he left in 1999. Russo has told friends that he feels like WWE is a mess and it won't change because Vince McMahon won't remove Stephanie McMahon from her position as head writer. Russo recently sold his record store in Atlanta and was planning to move back up north (he never liked living in the south, but moved there when he went to WCW) but he hasn't moved yet. According to TNA sources, Russo will essentially help with production and writing of the shows. TNA is way understaffed when it comes to people with experience producing live shows like this. Russo was introduced to the staff on 7/9 and, much like in WWE, there were a lot of unhappy people who weren't the least bit happy to see him. He's not exactly the most well-liked guy in the business. But he's still good friends with Jeff Jarrett and Russo had already been contributing ideas and storylines for this company before the brief WWE return anyway. At the time, Russo's involvement was being kept secret because of his lawsuit with Hulk Hogan. AOL/Time Warner was representing him (since the incident happened in WCW). They only agreed to represent him as long as he didn't go work for another wrestling promotion. When the WWE offer came along, Russo managed to get AOL/Time Warner to drop that stipulation, which allowed him to go work for WWE. And now, subsequently, TNA. The lawsuit with Hogan is still ongoing and AOL/Time Warner's lawyers are still repping Russo.
  • Kevin Nash will be out of action for god knows how long after tearing his left quad in a match on Raw. It was Nash's first match back since suffering a bicep tear back in March. After tagging in, he tore his quad on the first move. It's the same injury Triple H suffered that kept him out for over 7 months and there's no way that Nash—who's 10 years older than Triple H—is about to put himself through the same grueling rehab that Triple H did. Triple H moved to Birmingham and lived there 24/7 doing Dr. James Andrews full-time rehab program. Nash has kids and a family and shit, he's probably not moving to Birmingham so he can do rehab 3 times a day. Dave suspects this is gonna take a bit longer for Nash (ended up being around 9 months). The injury occurred in a 10-man tag match that Nash wasn't even scheduled for until he found out the day of the show. Nash's original return to the ring was supposed to be on house shows later that week. The match was planned and designed to get Nash over as a huge monster and build him into one of the top 5 or so major main event stars in the company, because the plan was to do Nash vs. Triple H at Summerslam in one of the top matches (with Rock/Brock and Hogan/Vince penciled in as the other top matches). But as soon as Nash tagged in, he kicked Booker T, but then tripped over him when trying to step over Booker and collapsed, grabbing his thigh and screaming in pain. The match fell apart and nobody knew what to do until Shawn Michaels (not even in the match, just outside the ring) took charge and started telling guys what to do and calling spots. He improvised a superkick on Booker T and told Big Show to chokeslam him to finish it. The next day, Nash underwent surgery from Dr. James Andrews, who has done several previous surgeries on Nash (knee, bicep, elbow, and more). All in all, not a bump gone wrong or anything, just a freak accident.
WATCH: Kevin Nash tears his quad
  • Bret Hart has written a new column in the Calgary Sun, his first since suffering his recent stroke. Dave copies and pastes the whole column here, but I'll just cliff notes it: Bret is doing as well as can be expected. Made a stupid mistake by bike riding without a helmet because he'd been too lazy to fix the broken chin-strap. Hit a pothole, crashed his bicycle, hit his head, believes he suffered a stroke on impact. Was unable to move the left side of his body. Used his cell phone to call for help. Thanks fans, doctors, nurses, wife, kids, family, friends, etc. for being there for him. Promises he'll recover. Dave says Bret's progress has been slow but steady over the past week. He can take small steps with help but is mostly still confined to a bed and wheelchair and is only just now getting feeling back in his left leg. He's spending his time doing therapy and working on his autobiography which is apparently already 960 pages deep and he's only up to the late-80s so far. Doctors were surprised Bret was able to work on his book since they expected him to have memory issues or problems writing due to the stroke, but he has neither. Dave says Bret has talked about dividing the book up into 3 parts and releasing them that way due to the length (it only ended up being around 600 pages so he must have had a merciless editor).
  • WWE reached an out-of-court settlement this week with the Parents Television Council which will award WWE $3.5 million and a public apology from the PTC, as well as a promise that they will leave WWE alone. As part of the settlement, PTC agreed to never have any involvement with WWE business in the future, to never urge boycotts of WWE or of WWE sponsors. PTC head L. Brent Bozell had to issue a public apology to the WWE and Vince McMahon and the apology must be posted on the PTC's website home page for 6 months. They also must remove all other content from its website relating to WWE, its advertisers, or the accusations that WWE held any responsibility in the deaths of several children. Also, if WWE decides to make him do so, they can request Bozell meet with WWE advertisers personally to further explain his apology, and he'll be required to do it. Long story short: the PTC got absolutely fucking SPANKED here. The PTC will not be paying the settlement out of pocket, it will be paid by insurance, which is the only thing that is allowing them to even stay in business because without them, that $3.5 million would have killed the organization. The case was expected to go to trial in September and WWE was seeking $55 million in damages. And they likely would have won easily, so the PTC didn't have much of a choice here. They had to settle.
  • In addition to the above, attorney Jim Lewis (who represented Lionell Tate, one of the kids who was convicted of murdering a young girl) must also publicly apologize for claiming that Tate's actions were inspired by what he saw watching wrestling. Dave recaps the history of the PTC going after WWF at the height of its Attitude Era success, crusading against WWF by targeting their sponsors. At first, the PTC made some valid points about some of the extremely questionable content WWF was producing. Problem is, then they started outright lying and their claims got more and more outlandish, and Bozell turned it into a personal mission to take down Vince McMahon and the WWE, to the point that they crossed over into libel and defamation. They also used fake and misleading statistics when pressuring sponsors. All of this led to WWE taking them to court and mollywhopping dat ass. (I've actually done a lot of research on this WWE/PTC case for some other thing I'm writing and it's a really fun case to read about. WWE's past is pretty indefensible sometimes, but Bozell was out of his mind obsessed with destroying them. He's a hardcore right-wing conservative and his battle with WWE was literally a moral and religious crusade to him. To this day, I bet it eats Bozell alive that he got owned so thoroughly and had to release such a humbling apology. And oh, bet your ass, we're about to read that apology):
  • Bozell's and PTC's public apology on their website reads the following:
`Media Research Center (MRC), Parents Television Council (PTC), Dr. Delores Tucker, Mark Honig and I have in the past made statements regarding so-called wrestling deaths — children killed by other children alleged to be mimicking “professional wrestling” moves they saw on television.
We made such statements to members of MRC and PTC, the media, advertisers on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) SmackDown! program, retailers that sell WWE-related toys and merchandise, public officials and the public.
MRC and PTC also produced a videotape as part of a fundraising campaign in connection with its “National Campaign to Clean Up TV Now!”, which advanced the notion that the murder of Tiffany Eunick was caused by the influence of professional wrestling on Lionel Tate.
The videotape included interviews with Lionel Tate’s lawyer advancing the notion that the murder of Tiffany Eunick, the victim, was directly caused by the impact that professional wrestling had on Lionel Tate.
We based our statements on media reports and source information. We now believe, based on extensive investigation and facts which have come to light since making those statements that it was wrong for MRC, PTC, their spokespersons and myself to have said anything that could be construed as blaming WWE or any of its programs for the deaths of the children.
Simply put, it was premature to reach that conclusion when we did, and there is now ample evidence to show that conclusion was incorrect. I now believe that professional wrestling played no role in the murder of Tiffany Eunick, which was a part of our “Clean Up TV Now!” campaign and am equally convinced that it was incorrect and wrong to have blamed WWE or any of its programs for the deaths of the other children.
Because of our statements, PTC, MRC and the WWE have been in litigation since November 2000. WWE vigorously advanced its position that neither it, nor “professional wrestling” led to these deaths.
WWE also contended that MRC, PTC, their spokespersons and I had misrepresented the number of advertisers who withdrew support from WWE’s SmackDown! television program after receiving communications from the PTC, some of which regrettably connected the WWE and SmackDown! to the deaths of children.
As such, WWE exercised its right to initiate this litigation, during which facts came to light that prompted me to make this statement.
By this retraction, I want to be clear that WWE was correct in pointing out that various statements made by MRC, PTC and me were inaccurate concerning the identity and number of WWE SmackDown! advertisers who withdrew support from the program. Many of the companies we stated had “withdrawn” or pulled their support had never, in fact, advertised on SmackDown! nor had any plan to advertise on SmackDown!
Again, we regret this error and retract any such misleading statements.
Finally, concerning the statements about child wrestling deaths, it was wrong to have stated or implied that WWE or any of its programs caused these tragic deaths. Specifically concerning the Lionel Tate case, recent developments lead us to believe that others and we were given, and relied upon, false information provided by parties close to the case.
The information that we were given and relied upon may have been designed to make a national example of the Florida murder trial, pinning the blame on WWE.
For example, we were told by a source that Lionel Tate was watching a WWE program when he assaulted Tiffany Eunick. In fact, Lionel Tate was watching the “Flintstones” and a cartoon entitled “Cow and Chicken.” We were also told, by a source, that Lionel Tate killed Tiffany Eunick while executing a wrestling move unique to a WWE character called the “Stone Cold Stunner”.
We have since learned that this was not true, nor was there any evidence that it was true. It is now well documented that after the Tate trial concluded, the presiding Judge said it was “inconceivable” that Tiffany Eunick’s injuries were caused by Lionel Tate mimicking wrestling moves.
Indeed, since the trial ended, Lionel Tate’s new lawyers have filed court papers in which they admit that the “wrestling defense” was, in their words, “bogus.”
Given these facts, WWE was within its rights to be angry at the MRC, PTC, their spokespersons and I for contacting WWE’s advertisers to go beyond complaining about WWE content but passing along accusations which we now know were false. Because I feel a simple retraction is not sufficient, I have personally extended my apology to Vince McMahon and the WWE on behalf of MRC, PTC, Dr. Tucker, Mr. Honig and me.
Through this letter, I now make this apology public and specifically directed to the advertising community that has in the past, is currently or may in the future consider advertising or sponsoring WWE programming.
The PTC can have its concern with the content of WWE’s television programming – though these concerns have been reduced significantly over the past years as a reflection of WWE’s changed standards. But nowhere in that debate, including in the correspondence and statements to the advertising community, should there have been any discussion of “wrestling” deaths.
I regret this happening. It wasn’t fair to WWE.
And I say this emphatically: Please disregard what others and we have said in the past about the Florida “wrestling” death. Neither “wrestling” in general, nor WWE specifically, had anything to do with it. Of that I am certain.’
  • PRIDE and K-1 announced their plans to put on the biggest event in MMA history, with a joint show in August, with hopes to draw 100,000 people to the Tokyo National Soccer Stadium. The original plan was for the show to take place on Aug. 29th, but they changed it to the 28th to avoid going head-to-head with a major NJPW show at Buddokan Hall which would have drawn many of the same fans they're trying to get. However, this is during monsoon season in Japan and it's an outdoor stadium, so just in case, they've got the stadium on reserve for several days in the event the scheduled date gets rained out. Here's the problem: this stadium only holds 60,000 for soccer games, so even if you add ground seating, realistically, you can only pack probably 80,000 at most. So the claim that they're going to draw 100,000 fans is "just as legitimate as the 93,173 number that WWE uses for its record." Dave notes that the real record for biggest paid attendance for a wrestling show is Summerslam 92 with the Hart/Bulldog match drawing 78,927 confirmed paid. But whatever. The plan for this show is for it to be an 8-9 match card, with every fight being dream matches featuring big name fighters. Rules for each fight will be unique and it will air on prime time TV in Japan. The main event will be Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Mirko Cro Cop, plus Dave breaks down a bunch of other planned or rumored match-ups.
  • Dave looks at some business numbers and it ain't good news. Just to give one example, WWE's average attendance-per-show was 4,711 during the month of June, which is the lowest month for attendance since Feb. 1997. And most of the tickets for those shows were sold before Austin walked out. So once fans realize that Austin really is gone (at least for now) and not coming back anytime soon, the coming months could look even more dire for ticket sales.
  • AAA's Triplemania X event took place last week (again) and ended with Octagon unmasking Pentagon in a mask vs. mask match. I only mention this because there have been lots of "Pentagon" characters over the years in AAA and later the indies in Mexico, portrayed by different people. But this match ended up being the last time the Pentagon gimmick would be used in AAA for the next decade.....until AEW star Pentagon Jr. began using the gimmick in 2012.
  • Keiji Muto is apparently trying to shorten what's left of his career by being a complete madman. Muto is already beyond banged up, with knees that should have retired him years ago. He has no business working a full schedule at this stage in his career, but he's AJPW's biggest star and best draw, so he is continuing to work every show. But now he's taking it a step further. Muto will be working 3 separate matches in one night for AJPW's upcoming Budokan Hall show. He's doing the Mick Foley gimmick, where he will wrestle under a different gimmick for each match. He'll be wrestling as Muto, Great Muta, and Kokushi Muso (the gimmick he uses only when he teams with Hakushi and paints his body in similar fashion). So yeah.
  • Vader was arrested in his hometown of Boulder, CO earlier this month for allegedly spitting at a police officer, threatening the officers with rocks, resisting arrest, drinking and driving, careless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. It ended up taking 8 officers and 2 police dogs on the scene before Vader agreed to be arrested peacefully, and they used multiple sets of handcuffs. It started when Vader crashed his van into some bushes, but then backed out, left the scene, and drove home (about a block away). Police came to his home and found Vader severely intoxicated and barely able to stand. At some point, Vader told the police, "I will and can kick all of your asses! Let's fight!" The police brought in the police dogs, but Vader still wouldn't back down and threatened to kill the dogs if they came at him. Then he picked up rocks and threatened to throw them and spit at one of the cops, but missed. The other cops showed up and they eventually calmed him down and arrested him. According to records, Vader has 2 prior DUI arrests in Boulder. This all occurred just days before he was scheduled to leave for Japan for the latest NOAH tour but he still went and is over there working shows now.
  • Kenta Kobashi finally made his real in-ring return after more than a year out of action (aside from the one comeback match where he re-injured himself for 4 more months). Kobashi has been told in no uncertain terms that one more knee injury and he's done for good. Dave figures that knee injury is inevitable. Kobashi is working opening matches all week, teaming with the rookies and doing hot tag spots for now.
  • Former IWGP champion Kazuyuki Fujita is scheduled to make his return to NJPW next week after being out of action the past 7 months with a torn Achilles that caused him to vacate the IWGP title. He's going to continue doing shoot fights as well.
  • Manami Toyota, arguably (is it even arguable) the greatest female wrestler of all time, announced she is leaving All Japan Women and jumping ship to Gaea. Toyota has spent her entire 15 year career working for AJW so this is a surprise and a pretty big blow to AJW.
  • Jesse Ventura was rushed to the hospital this week with a blood clot in his lung after complaining of chest pains. He's now in stable condition, on blood thinners, and should be okay. Ventura has a history of blood clots and a pulmonary embolism in 1984 took him out of action right before he was about to start a lengthy (and surely lucrative) feud with Hulk Hogan. He eventually returned and wrestled for another year, mostly in tag teams and such, before retiring due to the health issues.
  • Dave has some anecdotal evidence of how TNA's viewership numbers are going and it ain't pretty. Between week 1 and week 2, there was a full 50% drop in responses to the reader poll Dave put out on the show. That was to be expected. But the drop from Week 2 to Week 3 was another 41% drop from that. So we're only a few weeks in and it appears this company is already hemorrhaging viewers. Internally, TNA is basically flaunting the preliminary numbers they got from the PPV providers that show they're doing big buyrates. Dave feels sorry for them because he's been following the PPV industry since it began and the preliminary numbers from the providers are ALWAYS wrong and ALWAYS substantially higher than what the real number ends up being. Dave basically says TNA is getting excited over fake numbers and if they're basing their future on what they expect to pull in financially, they're going to be VERY disappointed a few months from now when the real numbers are revealed and those PPV checks end up being way less than they're expecting. TNA's weekly production costs are around $200,000, which means they need at least 50,000 buys per week just to break even on the production costs (and that's not counting all the other costs like paying the wrestlers, advertising, etc. that I'm sure they'd like to have some extra money for). So we're only a few weeks in and, yet again, this whole project still does not seem sustainable.
  • Notes from TNA Weekly PPV: this was by far the weakest of the 3 shows so far. Dave thinks they're trying too hard to copy much of WWE's formula, rather than focusing on what makes them different or what they can do better. They were in Nashville this week, with about 2,000 fans (1,100 paid, the rest freebies). There's a lot of young talent here and they have potential, but so many of them aren't ready for the national stage and it showed. They did almost nothing to promote or build for next week's show, which is a killer when you're depending on people to pay for it every week. Dave thinks it felt like an episode of WCW Thunder. More production mistakes (wrong names on the screen during introductions, etc.). They announced Japanese wrestler Takao Omori and Christopher Daniels will be there next week, but made no effort to educate fans on who those people are or why anyone should care. Monty Brown made his debut and Dave is impressed, since he looks good, was athletic, and has some good mic skills and he thinks TNA did a better job of debuting and protecting him than WWE usually does with new guys. Another angle with NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler and it sucked, leading Dave to joke that Sterling Martin carried their tag team last time. 6 matches into the show and Dave says not a single one of them has even reached the 1-star mark. Thankfully, AJ Styles and David Young saved the show with a 2.25 star classic. Brian Christopher turned heel on Scott Hall, leading Hall to do a stretcher job in what was a pretty good angle but, ya know....it's Jarrett and Brian Christopher.
  • Various other TNA news and notes: they've been taking out radio ads to promote the shows, with the tagline, "If you're tired of that other wrestling..." Dave is flabbergasted that TNA brought Jackie Fargo in for the debut shows (in Huntsville, where he wasn't really a big name) but didn't use him at all in Nashville this week, since he's the biggest drawing star in the city's history. Vince Russo and Disco Inferno were backstage at the show. TNA's new backstage interviewer Goldylocks was in the Los Angeles airport during the shooting there last week that left 2 people dead and several others injured. She was even interviewed by the local news about it.
  • More fun political games in WWE. Paul Heyman and Pat Patterson came up with an angle to continue John Cena's momentum following his debut match with Kurt Angle, in which Cena would slap Vince McMahon in the face and then have a match with Jericho in which he would almost win and Jericho would have to cheat to get the pin. You know, make him look strong in defeat kinda thing, same as the Angle match. Well, Triple H apparently went to Vince and convinced him to nix the angle, saying nobody should be laying hands on Vince right now since they're building to Hogan vs. Vince at Summerslam. This turned into a major issue backstage because most of the locker room doesn't like the "NWO group" (basically, Nash, X-Pac, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H, even though he's not part of the group on TV). The usual Kliq stuff. Some of the wrestlers said that everyone can see that Cena has major star potential and they feel like Triple H cutting him off at the knees like this is more about protecting his own spot. They compromised and had Cena slap Jericho instead (Dave says it was a hell of a slap, and on his podcast, Bruce Prichard has told this story. Apparently Jericho insisted that Cena really lay in the slap to make it look good. And so Cena damn near killed him). Patterson in particular was furious that his idea got scrapped and told everyone who would listen about it, feeling the original angle would have gotten people talking about Cena (something they haven't been able to do with any of the other news guys) and felt the compromise angle didn't really have the same effect. Dave notes there's been a lot of resentment towards Nash and Michaels because they're getting some of the biggest pushes in the company right now despite not working full-time like everyone else. And Triple H is going to always be a target of it because of his real-life relationship with Stephanie McMahon. And, of course, X-Pac is basically protected by all his friends and has gotten out of doing multiple jobs in recent weeks when Nash or Michaels complained on his behalf. For what it's worth though, Hulk Hogan is said to be the total opposite, doing exactly what is asked of him and working as hard as he's capable of doing, has had no problem doing jobs or putting anyone over, and is pretty much avoiding all this Kliq drama. So at least one of these guys is redeeming their reputation here a little (just don't turn any hidden cameras on when he's having a conversation).
  • Chris Jericho has agreed to a new WWE deal, but hasn't yet signed the contract and is actually working without one at the moment. His previous deal expired a week or two ago and he's been hammering out details with WWE ever since. With declining business and no real competition to use as leverage, Jericho's negotiating power was obviously not great. But he is one of the company's key guys and word is Jericho considers the offer "fair, under the circumstances." So probably not as good as he was hoping, but that's what happens when you work for a monopoly.
  • Notes from Raw: "one of those nights best left forgotten," Dave says, as WWE's 2002 continues to suck. Booker T cut a promo challenging the NWO, but Eddie Guerrero answered the challenge instead, "I guess since they could get him to do a job on TV without complaining," Dave quips. And indeed, Booker won. Chris Benoit was embroiled in the beginnings of an angle with Austin and Flair, but when Austin left, everything got changed, and now Benoit is feuding with Bubba Ray Dudley, which is quite the demotion. Shawn Michaels cut a promo talking about the Kliq days, full of insider references that were lost on most of the crowd and it was so quiet that you could even hear one heckler yell, "Get to the point!" Dave doesn't understand why they're fondly reminiscing about a time that was by far the darkest, lowest period in the last 30 years of the business, but whatever. William Regal lost to Jeff Hardy, leading Dave to wonder whatever happened to the Regal/Molly Holly storyline that has seemingly been dropped with no explanation. And, of course, the Kevin Nash injury to end the show.
  • Oh yeah....and then there's this. Raw also featured a match with Trish Stratus & Bradshaw vs. Chris Nowinski & Jackie Gayda, which Dave calls "the longest 3:14 in pro wrestling history." Basically every spot that Gayda and Stratus did was completely blown, some so badly that Dave can't even figure out what they were trying to do. Nowinski and Bradshaw brawled into the crowd. "I think they were running out as fast as they could to preserve whatever reputation they have left." Jim Ross on commentary used the dreaded "bowling shoe ugly" phrase which is JR Code for "holy shit this is a bad match." The ending was completely botched but this time, Gayda at least had the sense to realize that they botched the finish so bad that she probably shouldn't eat a pin from it, so she tried to kick out instead. But Trish and the referee didn't get the memo and so the ref counted the 3 anyway, which made the whole thing look even worse. Crowd booed this like crazy and Dave says it was clear to everybody that Gayda has no business on Raw yet, she's still waaaaaaay too green (If you haven't seen it, this match is legendarily bad and is widely known simply as "That Jackie Gayda Match."
WATCH: That Jackie Gayda match
  • Notes from Smackdown: on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, this was a great show. Lillian Garcia singing "America the Beautiful" was interrupted by Team Canada, who got the most heel heat Dave has seen anywhere in wrestling in a long time. They're trying to redo the 1997 Hart Foundation/Canada angle, except this time, it's Christian, Test, and Lance Storm. Whether it will be successful or not depends on who the babyface is. In 1997, it was Steve Austin. If they pick Rikishi or somebody here in 2002, it's not gonna get over near as big. Batista working tag matches is the best thing for him, because he's looking a lot better lately while being able to hide his weaknesses. The Cena/Jericho angle was good (though probably not as good as the original idea would have been). During the Billy and Chuck segment, Chuck had a line about being tired from walking all day on Sunday. The joke wasn't explained, so if you didn't get it: that recent Sunday was the day of a lot of major national gay pride parades in major cities around the country. And Hogan and Edge won the tag titles in a fun match that the crowd was nuclear hot for.
WATCH: Edge & Hogan win the WWE tag team titles
  • Chris Benoit didn't do any actual matches in developmental before his return, he was just there training and taking bumps, so the matches he's been doing on TV the last week or two really were his first actual matches since the neck surgery. Benoit is said to be in less pain than he expected to be and is hopeful to get back to his old self.
  • Dave saw a recent picture of Rey Mysterio and he's worried. Mysterio has bulked up waaaaay too much for his frame. Dave compares him to The Patriot, another masked wrestler who's career was pretty much ended due to repeated muscle tears from being too steroided up. With Mysterio's size, there's zero reason or advantage to him being so muscular and it's only going to increase his risk of getting injured, especially when he starts working that 200-dates-per-year WWE schedule (yeah, this proved to be pretty accurate. Despite the success he had during that time, the next decade or so of Mysterio's career is pretty much injury after injury after injury).
  • Latest on Goldberg is that he has no plans to do anything in wrestling until later this year, if at all. Dave thinks that's smart, since WWE business looks like it's going to keep plummeting, at which time they'll be even more desperate for him to come in. Dave thinks Goldberg could probably command a pretty large offer to come in around the beginning of 2003 and build to a big Wrestlemania match (close, but not quite what happens).
  • Various WWE notes: Triple H has been out of action since King of the Ring after getting elbow surgery. He's been back in Birmingham again, doing 24/7 rehab. Stephanie McMahon hasn't been working in the WWE offices for the last few weeks because she's been with him. Stacy Keibler asked for time off because she's burned out and was replaced with Dawn Marie for all her scheduled bra and panties matches on house shows this week.
  • During the Sunday Night Heat/Raw tapings, someone held up a sign that said "Big Show is not over" when Big Show was out during Heat. Show saw the sign, flipped the guy off, and pointed it out to security. They tried to get the sign but I guess the guy holding it ran away and actually escaped them. Later during the night, when Big Show was out again (this time on Raw), the sign got held up again. Show once again saw it, once again pointed it out to security, and this time, they jumped the rail and caught the guy and took his sign. Imagine being that sensitive.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: Eric Bischoff debuts in WWE, X-Pac suspended, more on Russo in TNA, and more...
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2020.07.13 20:55 106andStark List of all Portland parks?

I am trying to find a list of all Portland parks, ordered/sorted or not.
I can of course find this information on the city website or on Wikipedia, but not in a format I can easily copy.
Just trying to build a checklist / date log and it would be super if I could find a list of all park names without having to copy/paste a ton.
Cheers!
Edit: Thanks for assisting. In case someone else ever wants this, I am including a list here. Note that I may have missed some as copying on mobile was sketchy.

Albert Kelly Park
Alberta Park
April Hill Park
Arbor Lodge Park
Ardenwald Park
Argay Park
Arnold Creek Natural Area
Ash Creek Natural Area
Berkeley Park
Berrydale Park
Bloomington Park
Brentwood Park
Brooklyn Park
Brooklyn School Park
Broughton Beach
Buckman Field
Burlingame Park
Butterfly Park
Caruthers Park
Cathedral Park
Cherry Blossom Park
Cherry Park
Chimney Park
Clark and Wilson Park
Clatsop Butte Park
Clinton Park
Colonel Summers Park
Columbia Children's Arboretum
Columbia Park
Cottonwood Bay
Couch Park
Council Crest Park
Creston Park
Crystal Springs Rhody Garden
Custer Park
Dawson Park
Delta Park
DeWitt Park
Dickinson Park
Director Park
Duniway Park
Earl Boyles Park
East Holladay Park
Eastbank Esplanade
Eastmoreland Garden
Eastmoreland Playground Park
Eastridge Park
Ed Benedict Park
Elk Rock Island
Errol Heights Park
Essex Park
Fanno Creek Natural Area
Farragut Park
Fernhill Park
Flavel Park
Floyd Light Park
Foley–Balmer Natural Area
Forest Heights Park
Forest Park
Frazer Park
Fulton Park
Gabriel Park
Gammans Park
George Himes Park
George Park
Gilbert Heights Park
Gilbert Primary Park
Glenfair Park
Glenhaven Park
Glenwood Park
Governor's Park
Grant Park
Hamilton Park
Hancock Park
Harney Park
Harrison Park
Hazeltine Park
Healy Heights Park
Heritage Tree Park
Hillsdale Park
Hillside Park
Holladay Park
Holly Farm Park
Holman Park
Hoyt Arboretum
International Rose Test Garden
Irving Park
Jamison Square
Jensen Natural Area
John Luby Park
Johnson Creek Park
Joseph Wood Hill Park
Keller Fountain Park
Kelley Point Park
Kelly Butte Natural Area
Kenilworth Park
Kenton Park
Kern Park
Kʰunamokwst Park
King School Park
Kingsley Park
Knott Park
Ladd Circle Park & Rose Gardens
Lair Hill Park
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Laurelhurst Park
Laurelwood Park
Leach Botanical Garden
Lents Park
Lesser Park
Lillis–Albina Park
Lincoln Park
Linnton Park
Lotus Isle Park
Lovejoy Fountain Park
Lynchwood Park
Macleay Park
Madrona Park
Mallory Meadows Park
Maricara Natural Area
Marquam Nature Park
Marshall Park
McCoy Park
McKenna Park
Merrifield Park
Midland Park
Mill Ends Park
Mill Park
Mocks Crest Park
Montavilla Park
Mt. Scott Park
Mt. Tabor Park
Normandale Park
North Park Blocks
North Powellhurst Park
Northgate Park
O'Bryant Square
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Oaks Pioneer Church and Park
Oregon Park
Overlook Park
Parklane Park
Patton Square Park
Pendleton Park
Peninsula Crossing Trail
Peninsula Park and Rose Garden
Pettygrove Park
Piccolo Park
Pier Park
Pittock Mansion Acres
PlayHaven Park
Plaza Blocks
Portland Firefighters Park
Portland Heights Park
Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Memory Garden
Portsmouth Park
Powell Butte Nature Park
Powell Park
Powers Marine Park
Raymond Park
Rocky Butte Natural Area
Rose City Park
Roselawn Park
Rosemont Bluff Natural Area
Sabin HydroPark
Sacajawea Park
Sellwood Park
Sellwood Riverfront Park
Senn's Dairy Park
Sewallcrest Park
Smith and Bybee Wetlands
South Park Blocks
South Waterfront Park
Spring Garden Park
Springwater Corridor
St. Johns Park
Stark Street Island
Stephens Creek Nature Park
Sumner–Albina Park
Sunnyside School Park
Sylvania Park
Tanner Springs Park
Terry Schrunk Plaza
Terwilliger Parkway
Thompson Park
Tideman Johnson Natural Area
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Trenton Park
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Two Plum Park
University Park
Unthank Park
Ventura Park
Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park
Wallace Park
Washington Park
Wellington Park
West Portland Park Natural Area
West Powellhurst Park
Westmoreland Park
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
Wilkes Park
Willamette Park
Wilshire Park
Woodlawn Park
Woods Memorial Natural Area
Woodstock Park
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2020.06.27 12:09 Panda_Mikez Pre-Match Thread: Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Crystal Palace vs Burnley. Premier League Gameweek 32.
Don't forget to check your FPL Teams!
Date & Kickoff: Monday 29th June 2020. 20:00 GMT - Click for additional time zones.
Venue: Selhurst Park.
Broadcast Listings: https://www.livesoccertv.com/match/3669564/crystal-palace-vs-burnley/
Team News:
Roy Hodgson is optimistic that Crystal Palace will be able to call upon the services of Vicente Guaita and Luka Milivojević against Burnley on Monday. Furthermore, the Eagles manager isn’t “writing off the chances" of Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke being available for selection.
Standings:
Palace sit in 10th with 42 points from 31 games
Burnley sit in 11th place with 42 points from 31 games.

Match Officals:
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Derek Eaton, Mark Scholes.
Fourth official: Keith Stroud.
Replacement official: Matt Foley.
VAR: Graham Scott.
Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett.
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2020.06.25 18:12 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jun. 10, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Hi all! Sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday. I was out of town for a funeral and I completely forgot. Back to the normal schedule next Wednesday. Hopefully this post can bring everyone some entertainment, because holy shit what a nightmare the last week has been.

  • So let's take a look at the WWE right now, shall we? Raw ratings are the lowest they've been in 4 years. Smackdown ratings are the lowest in history. Live attendance is at its lowest levels in almost 5 years. The brand split is 10 weeks old and so far, not one new star has really been created. Sure, some have been introduced, but no one is over in any real way. All its done is dilute the star power of both shows. Ticket sales for the split roster shows have fallen off a cliff due to half the stars people want to see not being on any given show. But Dave says this is a rebuilding phase for the company. The brand split was obviously a totally bungled effort and Dave doesn't seem to understand how they fumbled everything this badly. And then, to top it off, they're doing the exact same angle on both shows (heel authority figure vs. top babyface). Nothing about the 2 shows feels all that different. Same production, same style of booking, same website, same writing teams, plugging each others' house shows, sharing PPVs, airing highlights of the other show, etc. None of this feels like "creating our own competition." It just feels like more of the same (18 years later and this has been the case the whole time. Never once have the two shows ever felt particularly unique from each other in any meaningful way because they've never truly allowed Raw and Smackdown to actually compete).
  • That's not to say there hasn't been some effort. They've been trying to make stars out of Angle, Jericho, and Edge. But unfortunately, Edge blew out his shoulder this week and will be out for awhile (ends up only being about a month). Kane was due for a big push after the split, but he's out injured also. They tried for a few weeks with Bradshaw but seem to have already given up on that (they'll try again in about 2 years and it finally clicks). Kurt Angle is still entertaining, but he's being booked as a comedic heel which pretty much limits him to the midcard. Brock Lesnar is getting a strong push, but there's rumors he's been the victim of politics (Dave mentions again how Triple H went to Vince and talked him into stopping Lesnar's gimmick of winning matches by ref stoppage, which was something that was setting him apart and was actually getting over) and now every time he wrestles, even though he wins, he's looking way too vulnerable against lower card guys like the Hardyz. Lesnar is the one newcomer they've brought up lately that has a real star aura about him and they aren't doing shit to protect him (imagine if Goldberg debuted and was having to struggle to beat lower card guys in competitive matches). Orton was tossed out there to languish with no real direction. Leviathan was given the terrible Deacon Batista gimmick and brought up to the main roster way before he's ready. So on and so forth. All of those guys have superstar potential, but WWE isn't doing any of them any favors right now. Goldberg is pretty much the only hotshot bullet they have left in the chamber. If/when they ever bring him in and that doesn't work either, then what? "The problem is that WWE has become WCW, in nearly every way," Dave says before listing several examples of how WWE is falling into many of the same traps.
  • Which brings us to Steve Austin and his recent appearance on WWE's internet Byte This show. Austin went on and pretty much called it exactly as it is, saying the writing and creative direction of WWE is terrible right now and that the brand split has been a flop. Austin even made the same WCW comparisons as Dave. And that's pretty much what it is. A top star publicly complaining about the company's product (and not getting punished for it) is textbook WCW. Not to mention the way Austin walked out and no-showed Raw the night after Wrestlemania (again, not being punished for it). Once again, that's some WCW shit. If anyone else on the roster walked out or complained about the management and the writing in a public forum, they'd be punished or fired. Double-standards like that were a huge reason for all the locker room discontent in WCW (I can't find the video of this interview, but here's a recap).
WATCH: Steve Auston on Byte This recap
  • This just goes on and on with Dave critiquing everything wrong with WWE in 2002. They brought in Scott Hall and that went exactly how everybody else knew it was going to go. They brought in Nash and he's doing the same politicking and complaining he did in WCW. They brought in Hogan, put the belt on him, and he's already lost most of his steam. Shawn Michaels is back, but in a non-wrestling role (Dave mentions off-handedly here that Shawn is still claiming his back is injured and he's retired, but there's talk of him doing a one-off match sometime soon and see how things go from there. Needless to say, that's the seed that eventually becomes Shawn's entire second half of his career, but we'll get there). Dave also talks about Shawn claiming that he's found religion and he's a new man and says you have to take that with a pretty big grain of salt. Scott Hall said the same thing and most of the stories of wrestlers who claim to have found religion and cleaned up are usually full of shit, but time will tell with Shawn. And who knows, Dave says maybe he'll end up being one of the few who really means it (damn near 20 years later and, yup. Shawn was legit). There's an issue with using all these older wrestlers in full-time roles and Dave says guys like Hogan will be a lot more valuable if used sparingly. Even Ric Flair, who Dave admits is one of his all-time favorite performers and who can still cut the best promos in the business....but Dave says Flair isn't the answer either and they need to get him off TV because having him such a big part of the show every week is diminishing returns. And finally, to wrap all this up, he talks about other companies that went through hard times and what they had to do to rebuild. WCCW in 1983, AJPW in 1990, WWF in 1998, etc.
  • Tough Enough 2 is in the books and the show ended with the controversial decision for both Linda Miles and Jackie Gayda being declared the 2 winners, while the 2 male finalists were shit out of luck. The final decision was made by WWE producers Kevin Dunn and John Gaburik, as the show is mostly Dunn's pet project. Coaches Al Snow, Hardcore Holly, Ivory, and Chavo Guerrero also had input. Vince McMahon obviously had final say if he wanted it, but he reportedly had no impact on the decision at all and doesn't really seem to give a shit about the show one way or another. Dunn was told simply to pick the 2 who had the most immediate potential so they can do something with them ASAP. Of the 4 finalists, Linda Miles is thought to have the most potential. Dave breaks down her athletic career (including a WNBA tryout) and says she is by far the most athletically gifted woman the WWE has ever signed and picked up the in-ring part pretty quickly. She's also tall, which is usually a good thing for the guys, but with the women, it may work against her in WWE's eyes since she'll tower over all the other women (and some of the guys). She's also attractive, but not in that sex-kitten T&A way that WWE likes. Which brings us to Jackie Gayda, who became the star of the show after her steamy hot tub session with another contestant in which she cheated on her boyfriend and became the villain of the show in a lot of peoples' eyes. She also has the look WWE is wanting, but to be fair, she earned it. It was widely believed that nobody had the passion and desire to win as much as Jackie did and even after tearing her ACL, she refused to drop out of the contest. She has since undergone surgery and is already close to fully recovered (remember the show was taped months ago). The boyfriend she cheated on is still dating her and he was with her at the live finale TV special. On WWE Byte This, host Kevin Kelly mocked the dude and joked about how Gayda will dump the guy as soon as she's on the road full time away from him.
  • Some final Tough Enough notes. Specifically, about the other 2 finalists: Kenny Layne later became Kenny King, 2-time X-division champion in TNA, ROH tag team champ, ROH TV champ, and others and he still wrestles in ROH to this day. Dave says Kenny seemed the most disappointed about losing and he was also the best in-ring wrestler of the 4. Dave thinks he'll still end up getting a developmental deal at some point, he's too good for them to just let him get away. The other guy (Jake Sokoloff) never ended up doing anything in the business. The feeling on him was the he had the look to be a superstar but he just could not grasp the business at all, forgot things constantly, and didn't seem to be all that motivated. But looks alone still got him to the finals, though Dave doubts he'll get a developmental deal. He'll probably be able to milk this Tough Enough thing and get some indie dates if he wants. And if he improves enough to be a passable wrestler, then WWE will likely sign him in a heartbeat. But for now, he's basically a modern day Van Hammer. Anyway, the 3rd season of the show is scheduled to film starting next month and they're already going through applications. Hugh Morrus is expected to become a coach on the show. There's a lengthier screening process this time and they're trying to bring in serious contenders, rather than out-of-shape goofs just so they can make fun of them, like in previous seasons. They're expected to take Tough Enough 3 more serious and attempt to find some real stars this time (that season will result in John Morrison and Matt Cappotelli becoming names in the business).
  • Riki Choshu held a press conference to talk about his departure from NJPW after 28 years there and what his future holds. Choshu pointed the finger of blame squarely on Antonio Inoki and accused Inoki of forcing him out of the company. Choshu had lost his position as booker awhile back and due to his high contract, Inoki wanted him gone. They also butted heads over the amount of money Inoki was spending to open his Los Angeles dojo, noting that the place is losing $10,000 per month and hasn't produced a single star. Choshu took his complaints to NJPW president Tatsumi Fujinami, but even he is powerless since Inoki owns the majority interest in the company. Choshu said that, after all these years, he finally understands why Giant Baba never trusted Inoki. Choshu also talked about the loss of Keiji Muto, Satoshi Kojima, and Kendo Kashin, who all jumped ship to AJPW along with several NJPW office employees. Choshu said Inoki never even tried to figure out what happened or address the problems that led to those guys leaving and didn't even seem bothered by it, even though it was a huge blow for NJPW. Inoki responded to Choshu's comments, saying Choshu was earning and spending too much money. Inoki refused to talk about the L.A. dojo expenses and claimed NJPW's failure to make new stars in recent years was Choshu's fault. Tatsumi Fujinami also chimed in and, perhaps not surprisingly since he still wants to keep his job, he sided with Inoki. Basically repeating the same things: Choshu barely wrestled and was neglecting his office duties and was being paid way too much. Fujinami also defended the L.A. dojo, saying he was against it at first but now sees it as an investment in their future. So what's next for Riki Choshu? No one knows. He said he's going on vacation and word is he may start his own promotion. Dave thinks he'll pretend to start a promotion, and try to do an "invasion" angle with AJPW or Zero-1 but that's just speculation. Dave also has reason to think Choshu might try to poach some wrestlers from NJPW to come with him, in particular Hiroshi Tanahashi or Shinya Makabe.
  • Let's talk about wrestling books, shall we!? Dave first talks about how, in the early 90s, right after the WWF steroid scandal broke, he had a meeting with some publishers about writing a wrestling book, but the general consensus was that wrestling fans can't/don't read. The huge success of Mick Foley's book changed that and suddenly everybody was getting book deals. Foley had two #1 bestsellers. Rock's book went to #1. Chyna's went to #2. So on and so forth. Dave mentions that Sable got a huge offer for a book, but it never materialized for whatever reason. Flair, Lawler, Heenan, Hogan, Austin....all had offers or are working on books. Lou Thesz and Dynamite Kid put out excellent books. On and on. There's no shortage of wrestling books on the market now and, since we're on that subject, Dave has read FIVE recent books and decides to give each one a full review. So let's see what we got:
"Stu Hart: Lord of the Ring" by Marsha Erb. First of all, Dave mentions that Bret Hart has been writing his own autobiography for years that is said to be almost encyclopedic in its detail (yeah, Bret's book is an incredible must-read if you haven't read it. I personally think it's the best wrestling autobiography ever written). Anyway, this book mostly focuses on Stu and the glory days of Stampede Wrestling. Well written and Dave says it's surprisingly accurate, which is pretty incredible given that the author had no previous experience or knowledge of the wrestling business, but it was very well researched and Dave doesn't seem to have any fact-checking to nit-pick here. Erb bent over backwards to try to be fair to everyone in the family, many of whom have wildly different versions of the same stories. Some in the family weren't as cooperative, but she did the best she could with what she had and it's a really good book. He doesn't classify it as a "must-read" the way Foley's first book or Dynamite Kid's book was, but he puts it a level just below those.
"First Lady of Wrestling" by Missy Hyatt. Came out last year but he just finally read it. It's basically a sex-and-tell book, with Missy dishing the dirt on err'body. There were some major omissions (Missy doesn't even acknowledge her recent marriage for example) and some of the names/stories/locations are changed to protect some people she's still friendly with. Dave admits he's been good friends with Missy since way back in the mid-80s when she first started her career and it sounds like he knows some of the dirt on stories that she might have changed. Because of her lawsuit settlement with WCW, she wasn't allowed to write much about her leaving the company, but she did talk in detail about the circumstances leading to it. She tells a lot of stories about her first husband, Eddie Gilbert, though she tries to protect his memory and doesn't go into the details of his death. But the overall theme of the book is basically, "here's all the wrestlers I fucked and here's what it was like." Dave doesn't really address that other than to say that's probably why the book is so popular, so if you're into that, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, not much to talk about from a wrestling business perspective.
"Secret of the Iron Claw: The Story of the Von Erich wrestling dynasty as told by Fritz Von Erich" by author Ron Mullinax. The saddest of the wrestling books. As he was dying of brain cancer, Fritz Von Erich sat down with Mullinax (one of Fritz' only friends he had left at the time of his death, noting Mullinax is a lifelong wrestling fan and was probably Fritz's biggest fan) and basically shared his life story. Which, if you're familiar with the Von Erichs, is a sad story. Not here though. To his death, Fritz refused to stop "working" and as a result, the book is full of exaggerations and outright bullshit. Dave notes that it's "almost complete fiction." And of course, Dave gives a few examples and then tells the real story (example: in the book, when talking about the athletic backgrounds of all his children, it mentions Kevin Von Erich being recruited by the Dallas Cowboys. Not true. He was a starting fullback in college but didn't get any pro offers. Or the claim that Kerry Von Erich could have gone to the Olympics as a discus thrower. Again, he was good and even set some records in high school, but he gave up the sport early in his college career and was nowhere close to Olympic-level. Just shit like that). It also portrayed wrestling as real. Fritz did admit that sometimes, in order to entertain fans, they would stretch it out a little to have longer matches, but he still claimed the fighting was all real. Also claimed they invented using entrance music. No. Fritz also invented the cage match, the barbed wire match, the Texas Death match, and more. Needless to say, no, no, and no. Fritz also took credit for Vince McMahon's later success, saying that he came up with the idea of going national in 1973 and he told his big secret plan to Vince Sr., who passed it on to Vince Jr. and the rest is history. So if you want to re-live the old days of reading Apter mags where everything is portrayed as real and half the stories are total bullshit, then this is the book for you. But Dave thinks it's kinda sad that, even as he was taking his dying breaths, Fritz couldn't drop the gimmick and stop being a worker. Despite all this, Dave seems to have a soft-spot for the book, because he lived in Texas during the WCCW golden age and it's a period close to his heart, but it's among the worst wrestling books he's ever read.
"Hey, Boy! Where'd You Get Them Ears?" by Paul Boesch. This was actually written back in the 80s but was never fully finished or released until it was recently published by Boesch's family. Again, Dave admits he's in a unique position here because he knew Boesch and when he first wrote the book, Dave was one of the first people to get a copy that Boesch had printed up himself. Anyway, this is a really good book....for the 80s. But of course, back then, people protected the business and Boesch was no different, so there's some reality in here, blended with some fiction, while other things are simply glossed over to avoid talking about them at all. For someone who tries to mostly keep kayfabe, it's a really honest book otherwise. Having read this new version, Dave also says a lot of stuff has changed since he read the original in 1988. The final chapters in particular, focusing on Boesch's later years and his honest feelings on people like Vince McMahon, Bill Watts, Jim Crockett, and others are totally toned down from the original manuscript. Seems like Boesch's family didn't want to ruffle some people's feathers and they heavily edited Boesch's true opinions. Anyway, it's a must-read if you're a fan of that era and followed Houston wrestling, but Dave admits it's probably not going to appeal to many people beyond that.
  • (This isn't book related, but Dave recounts a story from Paul Boesch here that's too good not to share. He talks about a time during the dying days of Mid-South when they drew a disappointingly small crowd. Boesch pulled Dave aside and started giving him excuses for why the crowd was so small. It was a rainy day. There was a Houston Astros game that got moved which ended up competing against the show. The local economy was bad. On and on and on. Boesch told Dave every single excuse he could think of for why the crowd was so small. When he finished, he said, "I just wanted you to hear every excuse now, all at once, so you know that if anyone ever tells them to you again, don't listen. What really happened is I booked a main event that people didn't want to see. Period." Dave says, sure enough, in the 15 years since, he's heard every excuse imaginable for promoters when their shows don't draw. But at the end of the day, it comes down to that.)
"First Goddess of the Squared Circle" by Fabulous Moolah. The worst of the bunch, Dave calls it a 200 page insult to the intelligence of wrestling fans. Moolah presents her entire career completely in kayfabe, writing as if every match she ever wrestled was real. Even her 1999 WWF women's title victory over Ivory is portrayed as a real contest where the much, much younger Ivory underestimated Moolah. Stuff like that. She "protects the business" to an embarrassing degree. The book also contains never-ending praise and ass-kissing of Vince McMahon and his father. Unquestionably the worst of the wrestling books that has been released in the past few years.
  • Rumors that AAA in Mexico may be forced into a name change. Apparently there's some issue with Televisa owning the "AAA" name and apparently the promotion is having issues with the network. AAA owner Antonio Pena is said to be considering renaming the promotion PAP (Promocioes de Antonio Pena). If this does happen, it'll be bad news for them. Not just the name change, but Televisa is the highest rated network in Mexico. Losing their show on there would be devastating. (This clearly doesn't happen.)
  • You may remember Carlos Colon's brother Noel was murdered last year. Well the guy who did it was found guilty of first degree murder and other charges and sentenced to 99 years in prison without the possibility of parole. Noel Colon ran some kind of business and they found porn on one of the employees computers, which led to the employee being fired. After he was fired, he returned to the office, shot Colon twice in the head and twice in the throat.
  • AJPW merch sales have tripled because Keiji Muto is a t-shirt selling machine.
  • Pretty much every promotion in Japan is taking the month of June off because the World Cup is being held there, and trying to compete against the World Cup is madness. It'd be easier to just set your money on fire.
  • Atsushi Onita issued a challenge to Riki Choshu for an exploding barbed wire match because Onita never passes up an opportunity to get his name out there. They actually already faced each other 2 years ago and it was pure garbage as a match, but it did huge PPV buys and still holds the record for the 2nd highest Japanese PPV of all time (1st place is a Royce Graice vs. Kazushi Sakuraba match in PRIDE).
  • Davey Boy Smith's father is still trying to get the police in England to open up a murder investigation into the death because he still refuses to believe that his son would have put any drugs into his system.
  • At an indie show in Nashville, Jim Cornette got into a backstage altercation with Ed Ferrara. It was for Bert Prentice's promotion and Ed Ferrara was there because Jeff Jarrett wanted to have Ferrara, Jeremy Borash, and Don West do commentary, as a test-run for the upcoming NWA-TNA debut. Cornette was there because he's always there for these shows. Cornette has hated Ferrara ever since he portrayed the character making fun of Jim Ross in WCW, mocking his Bell's Palsy. And of course, Ferrara is just one step away from Vince Russo and I'm not sure if you've heard, but those two don't get along all that well. Anyway, Ferrara showed up and went around shaking everyone's hand as you do. He approached Cornette and went to shake his hand and....no. Cornette started talking to him, quietly at first, but we've all heard Jim Cornette talk. So he gradually got louder and louder and before you know it, Cornette was screaming and cursing at Ferrara about making fun of Jim Ross' medical condition and all that. Then Cornette spat in Ferrara's face and said that was for JR. Then he challenged Ferrara to take matters outside, but people got between them and it fizzled out. Fun times.
  • The NWA title will be decided in a Royal Rumble-style battle royal. They obviously can't use the name "Royal Rumble" but from Dave's understanding, it'll be basically the same rules. He thinks establishing yourself as a second-rate WWE by copying the Rumble on their debut show isn't exactly the best way to set the tone but so be it. Dave expects Shamrock to win because they won't put it on Jarrett immediately (although expect him to end up with the belt soon) and plus, people in TNA think Shamrock is still a big PPV draw because he did big numbers for UFC in 1995. Dave isn't quite so optimistic and thinks they should have just done a tournament. They could have stretched that out over 4 shows instead of 1.
  • Speaking of Shamrock, here's the story with him. He had been negotiating with WWE and they had agreed to let him have a 12-dates-per-month deal, same as Hogan, Nash, and Undertaker. But they wouldn't guarantee him the amount of money he knows he can make this year by fighting in UFC, and WWE refused to allow him to fight while under WWE contract. So that pretty much ended that. The TNA schedule is only 1 date every two weeks, which is enough to keep him in the public eye while still allowing him to train and prepare for potential UFC fights against Tito Ortiz and Dan Severn, both of which are rumored and would do huge business. So there you go.
  • Indie wrestlers James Storm and Chris Harris had a barn-burner of a match at that same Nashville indie show where Cornette was actin' a fool. Because of the match, it's rumored they'll be brought in to TNA.
  • Many of the TNA wrestlers have only signed single-show contracts or, at most, very short-term deals. As XWF proved, this is a bad idea. If somebody in TNA somehow manages to get over, WWE's gonna swoop in and they'll be on Raw by next week. You can't be serious about building a promotion without signing guys to long-term deals so you can safely build around them.
  • We're a week closer and ticket sales for TNA's debut show are still reeeeeally bad. Third row seats are still available as of press time. Dave estimates less than 300 have been sold so far, in a building that holds 7,000. They're going to have to heavily paper the crowd to fill the building for TV.
  • UFC filed a trademark lawsuit against the makers of Fire Pro Wrestling, a video game that uses characters from multiple wrestling and MMA promotions. They settled it out of court, with the FPW makers paying UFC an undisclosed amount of money.
  • Shawn Michaels will be returning to TV as part of an NWO babyface turn. As of now, the plan is not for him to wrestle, just to be an on-screen character. But Dave thinks it's only a matter of time, unless Shawn's back really just can't handle it. But WWE definitely wants him back for another match and Shawn has shown interest in the past.
  • Edge suffered a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum in the Smackdown cage match with Kurt Angle last week. He may be able to rehab it and return in a month or so, but if he needs surgery, it'll be more like 3 months. Couldn't be worse timing, since Edge is getting the first real sniff of the main event scene ever in his career, with Kurt Angle busting his ass to make Edge a star.
  • Goldberg had a meeting scheduled with WWE this week, but he canceled it and never rescheduled it. Shows you how interested he is. NJPW is sending someone to the U.S. to meet with Goldberg later this week to try to get him to work the October Tokyo Dome show.
  • Notes from Smackdown: Maven suffered a broken leg while doing a slide under Christian and his foot got caught in the canvas. This is pretty much exactly how RVD broke his leg in ECW. Anyway, Maven has a broken fibula and will be out 4-6 weeks. He continued the match though, all the way to the finish. They were just starting an angle where Torrie Wilson was gonna be Maven's girlfriend, so tough break (in 2 ways) for him. Undertaker had a match with Randy Orton and Dave gives Undertaker credit for making a real effort to help Orton look good in defeat. It was a damn good match and that was almost entirely because of Undertaker. It's not just him though, Dave notes that everybody Orton has been working with lately is going out of their way to get him over. He seems to be the chosen one right now. (Orton actually talks about this match in the recent Last Ride documentary).
  • The upcoming Madison Square Garden house show is going to feature Hulk Hogan teaming with Steve Austin against Ric Flair & Eddie Guerrero. So much for the brand split. Anyway, it'll be Hogan's first time wrestling in the Garden since 1992 and, brand split be damned, they're putting Hogan on the MSG show.
  • On his WWE.com blog, Jim Ross wrote about Davey Boy Smith's funeral and noted that his son Harry Smith will get an opportunity to try-out for WWE when he turns 18. He also said they were interested in Jim Neidhart's daughter Natalie, who wrestled as part of that Matrats thing last year. Dave hopes they encourage these kids to go to college first rather than signing them up as soon as they turn 18. It's a hard business and it'd be a good idea to have some kind of fallback plan in place rather than throwing them into the deep end while they're still kids.
  • Jim Ross also wrote that he's planning to release his autobiography in 2004 (ended up being 2017 but close enough right?)
  • Jeff Hardy has been pulled from all house shows but will continue working TVs on Monday night. Dave doesn't explain why, but earlier in this same issue, he once again hinted that Jeff looks like absolute shit these days and isn't half the wrestler he was a year ago. It's pretty clear that Dave knows about Jeff's drug problems but isn't outright saying it. Cuz yeah, Jeff was in deep at this point. Seems like WWE realized it too.
  • There's all sorts of rumors going around about WWE working with various Japanese promotions. Rock vs. Keiji Muto. WWE/AJPW partnership. Joint show with WWE and NJPW. Having WWE developmental wrestlers work Japan. etc. etc. Dave says there may be a little truth to the last one, it's been discussed, but the rest of it is all just bullshit made up by people in Japan trying to work the wrestling magazines and newspapers there. WWE isn't interested in any of that shit.
  • This week's episode of WWE Confidential was interesting because it talked about Davey Boy Smith and they didn't shy away from his drug problems, going deep into the story of his addictions. Although it's worth noting that, while everything else was talked about, steroids were never mentioned. They showed some clips of the lost interview from 1999. If you recall, when Smith returned in 1999 after Owen Hart's death, they filmed an interview with him and Diana where he talked about Bret, Owen, and lots of other issues. This was in the midst of the Owen lawsuit and WWE made the decision never to air the interview and it's been sitting in the vault ever since, with this being the first time any of it was ever seen. None of the clips shown here had anything to do with Owen or Bret. That stuff is all still in the vault somewhere to this day. But they played clips of him talking about his drug issues and his marriage with Diana. They also showed the bump in WCW that messed up his back on the Warrior trap door and even had footage of one of his last matches at an indie in Canada, teaming with his son.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: Steve Austin walks out on WWE, DDP retires, Vince McMahon on Byte This, preview of the birth of TNA, and more...
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2020.06.10 18:14 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ May 27, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
  • We open with the death of Davey Boy Smith, who passed away while on vacation in Fairmont, BC this week. Autopsy reports are pending but the cause of death is believed to be a heart attack stemming from a drug overdose. Smith was no longer a member of the Hart family, as he had divorced Diana Hart and was now dating Bruce Hart's ex-wife Andrea (whom he was on vacation with when he died). But he was still considered by many of the Harts to be part of the family and Dave says the Hart family tragedies are similar to the seemingly-cursed Von Erichs. Details are sketchy, but word Dave has is that Smith likely suffered a heart attack in his sleep and choked to death on his own vomit, similar to the way Louie Spicolli passed away. Dave talks about Smith's past drug issues, including a crippling morphine addiction that landed him in rehab on several occasions and led to multiple overdoses and caused his in-ring career to fizzle out in recent years after WWE released him. Dave recaps Smith's career, starting with the British Bulldogs tag team with Dynamite Kid, marrying into the Hart family, working in Japan, returning to WWF, falling out with Dynamite, the Summerslam 92 match with Bret Hart at Wembley Stadium, big singles run and star in Europe, his steroid use, his WCW run, the Hart Foundation, leaving after the Screwjob, WCW again, the crippling back injury he suffered there, WWF again, drug issues, body breaking down, and his life pretty much spiraling out of control the last few years with drugs, drama, and arrests and finally, this. Despite all the huge contracts he signed during his career, Smith was nearly broke at the time of his death. His final matches were for Top Rope Championship Wrestling, teaming with his 16-year-old son Harry on some of their indie shows. Smith's death was mainstream news in both Canada and the UK, though it wasn't as big a story in the U.S. On Raw, they did open the show with a nice tribute to him. There are rumors floating around now that Smith was returning to WWE soon. Dave says it's a nice story and there's no reason for WWE to deny it now, so they won't. But given the state he was in and all his recent issues, there was zero chance he was going to be rehired anytime soon.
WATCH: WWE tribute to Davey Boy Smith
  • Judgment Day, the first PPV of the "WWE" era is in the books, and saw Undertaker win the WWE title from Hulk Hogan, which was pretty much the plan from the moment Hogan beat Triple H for it a month ago. Despite huge pops in most arenas, Hogan's month-reign as champion saw TV ratings continue to fall and business continue to plummet, though Dave says most of the blame for that is on the company, not Hogan. Hogan hasn't been the one writing shitty TV for a year. Edge vs. Kurt Angle in the hair vs. hair match was the highlight of the show, for the second PPV in a row, and probably the best WWE match of the year so far and Dave gives Angle a ton of credit for elevating Edge and helping get him over as a top star here and says it's the best star-making job since Triple H and Mick Foley feuded several years ago, in which Foley basically busted his ass to make Triple H. And speaking of, Triple H vs. Jericho in the Hell in a Cell was very good but people are so used to crazy shit like Mick Foley falling from the roof that it's hard to live up to the expectations people have for that match now.
  • Other notes from the PPV: for the second time in as one week, WWE promised a huge surprise, only to reveal a letdown when Rikishi's heavily hyped mystery tag partner against Billy and Chuck ended up being...Rico. These days, when you tease a big surprise, fans are expecting a debuting Goldberg or Steiner or a returning Shawn Michaels or something. There's too many big names and free agents floating around out there to have Rico be your big mystery reveal. RVD vs. Eddie Guerrero was fine, but disappointing and Dave thinks RVD's window to break through to the top of the card is rapidly closing after he was so hot just a few months ago. Trish vs. Stacy was just background for a D-Von vs. Bubba Ray feud and Dave thinks its way too early for inter-brand matches. At one point, Deacon Batista bodyslammed Trish for Stacy to cover, but Trish kicked out, which doesn't exactly make Batista look like the monster they're pushing him as. Then Bubba Ray fought both of them off, again making Batista look pretty weak. Loud "Goldberg" chants during the Lesnar match. During the Triple H/Jericho HIAC match, Dave talks about referee Tim White taking the best bump of the match, off the apron into the cage (he doesn't seem to be aware yet that the bump was legit and it fucked up White's shoulder so bad that he ended up having to retire as a referee, which led to the Lunchtime Suicides, but that's another story for another day). And finally, UndertakeHogan was as awful as you'd expect and Dave says you have to go back years to find a WWF PPV main event match this bad.
  • Former FMW president Shoichi Arai was found dead at a park in Tokyo from an apparent suicide at age 36. He had hung himself with a necktie. Arai had gotten into deep financial trouble over the last year or so in an effort to keep FMW afloat and he owed money to countless people (Dave doesn't appear to know yet, but the primary portion of that debt was to the Yakuza and this suicide attempt was an effort to protect his family, so they could use the life insurance money to pay off his debts. It still wasn't enough, and his family ended up spending years paying off the remaining balance). When FMW started bouncing checks, Arai went into hiding and hasn't been seen much lately. Arai was working on a book about the business that he hoped to publish in order to pay off some debts (the book later came out, you can find English translations online with a quick google). Arai's wife had also recently left him and taken the children. A suicide note, postmarked the day before, was found by police. Dave recaps Arai's history in the business, leading up to him taking over FMW from Atsushi Onita in 1995 but the company floundered when Onita left in 1998 and was doomed when Hayabusa got paralyzed last year. Although he wanted to, FMW and Arai was unable to pay Hayabusa's hospital bills due to the company's mounting debt, leaving Hayabusa on the hook for all the medical costs of his career ending injury.
  • Obituary for George Gordienko, a Winnipeg (you idiot!) wrestler from the 1940s-70s who died at age 74. I've literally never heard of this dude, but of course, Dave knows his whole damn life story and career history. HOW?! Anyway, this dude was regarded as one of the toughest guys in wrestling history, with even legendary tough guys like Lou Thesz, Stu Hart, and Verne Gagne respecting that you don't fuck with Gordienko. He could have been one of the top stars in the history of wrestling, but while attending college at the University of Minnesota during the height of the Cold War, he was arrested for handing out pro-communism pamphlets and was deported back to his native Canada, never allowed to return to the U.S. again. He spent the majority of his career wrestling everywhere else in the world, especially Canada and Europe, but it crippled his ability to become a true top star in the industry. He later distanced himself from Communism, saying he just made some friends who were involved so he dabbled in it a bit but never really was that political in general. Thesz wanted to drop the NWA title to Gordienko in 1956 but even Sam Muchnick's political connections couldn't get him back in the country so it never happened (and Dave doubts they would have put the title on someone with the "communist" stigma surrounding him anyway).
  • Raw this week was the lowest rated non-holiday episode of the show in more than 4 years, dating back to March of 1998. The total audience from the peak of the Monday Night Wars 3 years ago has dropped a full 61% since then. That's insane when you look at it like that. WCW died, WWE's product kinda turned to shit, and almost 2/3 of the wrestling fans that watched in 1999 no longer watch. Staggering to see how far the business collapsed in such a short time from the heights it was at.
  • There's rumors that Dory Funk Jr. is heading to WWC to do a program with Carlos Colon. This leads Dave to mention that, of all the wrestlers who claimed they would never go back to that promotion after Bruiser Brody was murdered, Dory lasted the longest. Well, except Stan Hansen, who stuck to his word and never went back. But otherwise, all the other people who claimed they'd never work there again ended up returning eventually and now it looks like Dory, the final holdout, is going to do the same (he does, but not here. This doesn't happen yet. But eventually, in 2005, Dory does indeed return to WWC to work some matches with Colon).
  • There is still interest in Japan in getting AJPW back on television before the end of the year. And if Riki Choshu ends up going here (after his recent departure from NJPW), it would make for an even stronger package for the TV networks. The company is currently in talks with Fuji Network there about starting on their network after the baseball season ends.
  • There's lots of talk that Motoko Baba will retire from AJPW and leave it in Keiji Muto's hands following the 30th anniversary show later this year. Ever since Great Baba died, there has been talks that she was hoping to keep the company alive through the 30th year anniversary and then she might step down (yup, this is pretty much what happens. We'll get there).
  • There's talk of doing a Chyna vs. women's wrestler Shinobu Kandori match at the October NJPW Tokyo Dome show. Dave is skeptical because a big issue Chyna had in WWF was that she didn't want to wrestle women anymore, only men. When WWA recently made her an offer, Chyna said under no circumstances would she wrestle for them for any price, presumably against women, so that deal fell apart. So it'll be interesting if Chyna will face Kandori. (Nope. She sticks to her guns. Only wants to face men, so she ends up facing Masa Chono on that show. But we'll get there).
  • Toru Yano, a former amateur wrestling champion, made his NJPW debut, losing in the opening match. Yano is 24 and is a highly decorated amateur wrestler including winning the Japanese collegiate national championships, which is Japan's equivalent to the NCAA championship Brock Lesnar won in America. Dave lists several other championships he's won. Because, obviously, Yano was already the true ace long before he came to NJPW.
  • Dave has seen the tape of the Chono vs. Misawa dream match from the recent Tokyo Dome show and.....eh. Misawa was clearly the crowd favorite, which was a surprise given that it's a NJPW show, but Misawa drew the crowd. Match went to a 30 minute draw and Dave thinks it was a disappointment, only giving it 2.25 stars. These two guys just aren't capable of having classic 30-minute long singles matches anymore with their shape their bodies are in and all the injuries they've had over the years.
  • Former ECW wrestler Big Dick Dudley passed away this week at age 34 from apparent kidney failure. Dave acknowledges that this newsletter is becoming almost nothing but obituaries lately, which is probably a sign that something is wrong in this business. Anyway, Dave recaps his brief career and notes that XPW had a big tribute to him on their TV show.
  • We get another obit for a Crockett-era jobber from the 80s named Ben Alexander, dead from a stroke at 51. The obits keep coming. Are we done yet? Nope....
  • One last obituary for Eric Kulas, better known as Mass Transit, who was involved in one of the ugliest incidents in modern wrestling history at an ECW show in 1996 with the Mass Transit Incident. Kulas passed away at age 22, cause of death still TBD, but he's been in poor health for awhile. Dave recaps the Mass Transit incident, in which a 17-year-old Kulas lied about his age, got onto an ECW show, and got butchered by New Jack. After the incident, Kulas and his family filed criminal charges against New Jack, but lost. So then they filed a civil suit against New Jack, Paul Heyman, ECW, and several other defendants. Those all got dismissed except for the civil suit against New Jack, which is still pending but probably not going to go anywhere now that Kulas is dead. Following what happened, Kulas swore he was done with wrestling, but he ended up using his notoriety to work a handful of indie matches in later years.
  • As reported before, NWA-TNA has had talks with former WCW announcer Scott Hudson, as well as Mike Tenay, about being lead commentators for the new promotion. They're also looking to use a guy named "Dan West" (close enough), who is a former Home Shopping Network host who has something of a cult following as a good hard-sell guy. Eric Bischoff had interest in bringing in West back when it looked like the Fusient/WCW deal was going to happen.
  • Vince Russo is definitely involved with this new promotion. Dave doesn't know how official it is, or what capacity, but as of a few days ago, Russo was definitely involved in creative and pitching ideas. Jeff Jarrett was recently interviewed by Dave and Bryan on the Observer Live show and continued to claim Russo isn't involved due to his ongoing lawsuit with Time Warner over the Hogan/Bash at the Beach 2000 incident. But Dave isn't buying it and has it on good authority that Russo is absolutely involved in some way (proven true soon after).
  • Speaking of, tickets for NWA-TNA's first show in Huntsville are moving extremely slowly. As of press time (about 3 weeks before the show), less than 300 tickets have been sold and there are still front row ringside seats available. Not a great sign.
  • UK boxing promoter Frank Warren made some comments about how UFC fighters wouldn't last 5 minutes with any trained boxer. Dana White responded, telling Warren to put anyone in his stable, including WBO champion Joe Calzaghe or Ricky Hatton to accept the challenge and Dana will take a UFC fighter of the same weight and put them against each other. I mean, yeah, Dana's clearly right here. Boxing and MMA are two wildly different skill-sets and in a boxing match or an MMA fight, the advantage is going to go to the person more comfortable fighting under those rules. But if you take a boxer and a UFC fighter and just put them in a pit with no rules and say fight to the death, that boxer is getting murdered.
  • WWE is trying to set up a meeting with Vince McMahon and Goldberg in an attempt to hammer out a deal. WWE asked for the meeting but as of yet, Goldberg hasn't accepted. He realizes he's kinda in the driver's seat here, because they need him way more than he needs them. WWE officials have been calling Goldberg on a pretty much daily basis and he's playing hard to get. He was invited to attend a TV taping nearby but he declined. He asked that Vince comes to him in Atlanta to negotiate a deal rather than he go to Vince in Connecticut. So that's the kind of mind games they're all playing here. Those close to Goldberg say he's still more interested in working with PRIDE and NJPW than he is WWE. That being said, Dave talks to a lot of people in the MMA world and nobody is taking the Goldberg/PRIDE rumors seriously because everyone recognizes how badly that would go for him and no one believes he's dumb enough to actually do it.
  • Kevin Nash and X-Pac threw a fit at Raw last week about what the NWO was scripted to do. Vince wasn't there for the show (he was directing the pre-taped Austin/Guerrero angle on-location away from the arena) and they didn't like what was booked for them. Nash reportedly threw a tantrum about it and managed to get the script changed. The original script called for X-Pac to lose twice in different tag matches on the show featuring the NWO but that ended up being scrapped at Nash's demand. Nash hasn't been happy for several weeks. Remember a few weeks ago when Nash returned to TV after being out injured and they showed him getting out of a limo backstage and then.....nothing else? He was supposed to come out later in that show and cut a promo and they ended up scrapping it due to time constraints, meaning Nash flew to whatever city they were in and showed up to Raw for pretty much no reason, only to be shown for 10 seconds getting out of a car. So he was pissed about that. And last week, he was already at the airport checking his bags when he got a call saying he wouldn't be used and was sent back home. (I mean, to be fair to Nash, in a world where the travel is so grueling and takes up so much of your time, that kinda shit is pretty inexcusable. I'd be pissed too). And even though everyone, even Nash, recognizes that firing Scott Hall was the right move, Nash wasn't happy about how they explained it on TV. The NWO is supposed to be portrayed as some kind of outsider group that doesn't obey the rules, so for Flair to have the authority to just fire him in kayfabe doesn't make any sense. Again, kinda hard to fault Nash here. He's right.
  • Notes from Raw: Dave calls it another show in WWE's attempt to become WCW as fast as they possibly can. He says they're making all the same mistakes. The show opened with a great UndertakeRVD angle, but Dave says that was pretty much the peak. It was all downhill from there. After just starting the angle last week, Molly Holly and Regal are already an on-screen couple and Dave complains that they skipped about a million storytelling steps in the middle in getting to that point. Just lazy writing. Tommy Dreamer was at a barber shop eating hair. X-Pac, Booker T, and Big Show argued over who the leader of the NWO is. They did an angle where Flair ordered Austin home for the night and with the assurance that Austin was done for the night, ratings immediately plummeted for the rest of the show. But even though he was done for the live crowd, they filmed several segments of Austin and Eddie Guerrero in a bar that ultimately led to a brawl. Dave doesn't know why they insist on taking guys with known alcohol issues (Hall and now Guerrero) and putting them in angles involving alcohol. Is it some kind of shitty test or something? Anyway, Guerrero smashed a beer bottle on Austin's head and it led to a whole big thing. And finally, Undertaker beat RVD in a bad match to close the show and Dave says RVD's in-ring work is looking worse and worse lately.
  • Notes from Smackdown: they opened with Edge confronting Triple H, which later led to a tag team match. Dave doesn't know yet if Edge is the right guy to be pushing as a top star, but they gotta start pushing somebody new and at least they're trying. So it's something. Anyway, in other news, it only took 2 weeks for OVW's Leviathan to become a laughable cartoon as Deacon Batista here on the main roster. Obvious fake crowd noise during the D-Von match with Batista at ringside. Despite the falling ratings, Hogan is still massively popular with live crowds and the pop he got coming out here was unreal, with Dave calling it one of the top 5 biggest reactions he's ever seen (though not quite as big as the night after Wrestlemania pop in Montreal). And the tag team main event was good, with Edge showing that he's much better in the ring than Triple H, who hasn't been very good at all since returning from his injury.
  • More details on the Plane Ride From Hell. There's strong suspicion that many of the wrestlers were "H-bombed" as they call it. (In other words, someone put halcion pills in people's drinks without their knowledge). That was a common "prank" back in the day but not so much these days. Anyway, Goldust hasn't been fired but he was reprimanded for his actions (getting drunk and singing love songs to ex-wife Terri over the intercom, to her extreme discomfort). He was also punished for allegedly spitting tobacco juice all over one of the plane's seats. Brock Lesnar was not punished, because they felt like he was put in a tough position and was only defending himself against Curt Hennig's provocations. So the rumor that Lesnar losing to the Hardyz last week was punishment isn't true. It was just dumb booking. The flight had an open bar and also was delayed leaving, so most of the wrestlers were already shitfaced before they even left the ground. In the future, drinks are expected to be limited on international flights. Most of the problems here took place during the first half of the flight. By the end, everyone was pretty much calm and passed out.
  • Former ECW wrestler Nova, in his OVW debut, captured the OVW title from Prototype. This was done as a change of plans because Leviathan getting called up to the main roster with no notice screwed up all of Jim Cornette's original booking. Anyway, OVW is moving its tapings to a new building soon which will seat 600 people (as opposed to the 140 they fit into their current building for TV tapings).
WATCH: Nova vs. Prototype for the OVW title, filmed with a potato
  • Despite what he's been saying, WWE is going with the assumption that Kurt Angle is not going to wrestle in the 2004 Olympics. Dave says they're going to try to convince him to stay with WWE, but they've given him their blessing to pursue it if he wants. But they're still hopeful to change his mind. With Rock leaving, and Undertaker, Triple H, and Austin all banged up, they really don't want to lose Angle right now.
  • DDP underwent more exams this week and he has several severely messed up vertebrae. His neck is actually worse than both Austin's and Benoit's were when they had surgery. And it's worse because DDP is also 46 years old. He needs surgery and has been told by multiple doctors that he needs to retire.
  • Random notes: Scott Hall's ex-wife Dana is attempting to get custody of their children following Hall's latest antics and firing from WWE. After he was booed on Canadian house shows last week, there's already talk of turning Randy Orton heel. In his first match under the new gimmick, Deacon Batista ripped his pants during a match with Hugh Morrus at a house show, which resulted in the crowd laughing through the end of the match. But it happened again the next night at another house show, leading Dave to think it may have been a planned spot. In which case....what are they doing to this poor guy? (eh, it works out for him okay in the end).
  • There was a story about a stuntman who got a tooth knocked out by accident while working with Rock on Scorpion King. In return, Rock bought the stuntman a gold and diamond studded Rolex as an apology. After that happened, all the other stuntmen began claiming injuries and Rock bought several of them gifts before he eventually realized he was being worked. But he reportedly took it in stride and wasn't upset.
  • Still no negotiations with Scott Steiner. WWE wants to sign people to a minimum of 2-year deals and Vince McMahon doesn't believe Steiner's body will hold up to a WWE schedule for that long and doesn't want to waste money on someone that won't be able to perform at the level they want.
  • Gene Okerlund will be hosting the new WWE Confidential show. It said to be more of a behind-the-scenes show, but with Okerlund hosting, Dave expects it to be campy and goofy. The first episode will feature Shawn Michaels talking about the Montreal Screwjob. Dave finds that funny, since just a few months ago, Vince McMahon was doing interviews saying only hardcore internet fans even remember or care about what happened that night.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: more on the death of Davey Boy Smith, the debut of WWE Confidential and Shawn Michaels admitting he was in on the Screwjob for the first time, Chris Benoit returns, and more...
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2020.06.07 23:35 ConorCulture Rebooking Mick Foley in TNA

The first part of this booking was largely done by u/john14325 but I have edited some of the descriptions and made a few edits. Check out his booking of the Main Event Mafia: https://www.reddit.com/fantasybooking/comments/g6pbps/rebook_tna_the_main_event_mafia/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf where a lot of this booking comes from.
Build to Bound for Glory 2008:
After losing to Samoa Joe the year before, Angle fought his way to another title shot at Lockdown, where he put his career on the line against Kaz. In a shocking turn of events, Angle turned heel to become king of the mountain. Lambasting those who did not approve of his change in attitude, Angle still referred to himself as a man of integrity unlike TNA's founder. Seeing himself as the most important man in company history, Angle kept insulting Jarrett. This led to No Surrender where Double J returned, costing Angle the World Title against Joe.
Owning up to his own reign of terror, Jarrett went on a apology tour, asking for forgiveness of his abuse of powers years prior. Seeing Angle going down a similar past due to him being the highest paid person in TNA history, Jarrett set out to stop Angle from gaining more power. With the rivalry growing personal at an alarming rate, Foley was brought in to maintain order. Mick Foley made his TNA debut and said he was hired by Jeff Jarrett to become the new Commissioner of TNA, the role he always excelled in, because Jarrett believes Mick is the perfect man to run the company and keep things in order in case Angle causes any chaos. Mick tries to bring Angle to the light but he eats an Angle Slam. Mick makes himself the special guest referee, to ensure a fair match and fair result.
Bound for Glory 2008:
Jeff Jarrett def. Kurt Angle w/Mick Foley as special guest referee
That Foley did, as he stopped Angle from braining an already bloodied Jarrett with a guitar before getting into a skirmish himself. Seizing the advantage, Jarrett used the guitar himself to steal the victory over a clearly superior opponent.
Build to Turning Point 2008:
With the formation of the villainous stable, The Main Event Mafia, all eyes are on Commissioner Foley to see what announcement he makes. He says he met up with A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe, and they personally went around the TNA locker room and assembled a roster of people to fight for TNA against The Mafia. Styles, Joe, Petey Williams and The Motor City Machine Guns all come out and say they are the TNA Front Line, they will fight for justice, and they will fight off the old timers stealing their air time and championships.
The week following, the newly formed TNA Front Line come out and get into a huge brawl with The Main Event Mafia. People are thrown into the apron, ring posts, theres fists flying everywhere, no one can be contained. Scott Steiner gets into a fight with Petey Williams, his ex protege. Williams fights for TNA, Steiner isn’t part of him anymore. Petey slaps Steiner, which causes Steiner to brutally assault him some more.
Mick Foley says that Turning Point will be the war to settle the score. He will book a series of Front Line vs. Mafia matches, to see who is the better stable. Petey Williams and his former mentor Scott Steiner will do battle for Steiner’s Legends Championship. Petey will not defend his X Division, so there will be an Ultimate X Match to find the #1 Contenders to the X Division Championship. Booker T will take on Christian Cage in a Loser Leaves Town Match, Samoa Joe will get revenge on his former friend Kevin Nash, and A.J. Styles will challenge champion, Sting, for the TNA World Championship in the main event. The battle lines have been drawn.
Turning Point 2008:
Kurt Angle def. Jay Lethal vs Consequences Creed vs Eric Young vs Homicide vs Sonjay Dutt in a Ultimate X match
This match opens the show and it’s a 20 minute spot fest, people flying everywhere and high risks moves aplenty. Mike Tenay says this match embodies what the X Division is all about. Most notable participant in the match is Kurt Angle, as he stays as far out of the match as he can, only climbing the cables when everyone’s down and eventually he goes on to win the match.
Booker T def. Christian Cage
Booker T manages to defeat Christian clean since Christian was leaving for WWE anyway. Booker attacks Cage after the match, getting some heat for The Mafia as he batters a fan favourite in the last time they will see him again.
Scott Steiner(c) def Petey Williams to retain the Legends Championship
As Petey Williams is making his entrance, he is attacked from behind by Kurt Angle and leaves him as easy pickings for Scott Steiner but Petey puts up a hell of a fight. The one thing he cannot pull off is a Canadian Destroyer on Scott Steiner, he tries as hard as he can but the attack from early kicks in, plus Steiner is near impossible to lift up. Finally he’s put away by the Frankensteiner from Scott, who retains his Legends Championship
Kevin Nash def. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash have a hell of a brawl, not doing much wrestling to hide Nash’s inability, just having a good old fashioned fight. They go around 10 minutes and Nash wins after hitting a low blow and three jackknife power bombs onto Samoa Joe. This makes Joe look strong in defeat, only being put away after three almighty finishers.
Sting(c) def. AJ Styles to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
AJ Styles - the man who hasn’t held World Championship gold in three years wants to make an impact and silence Sting for good. AJ embodies TNA, he started out as the face of the X Division, something that is very close to TNA. He was a multiple time NWA Champion, he knows what holding World Championship gold feels like. They have a tremendous 25 minute match, Sting is able to pull off the clean victory and Styles offers his hand in a show of respect but is jumped by the rest of Main Event Mafia. The show ends with a beat down, mega heat for The Mafia.
Build to Final Resolution 2008:
The Main Event Mafia kicked ass at Turning Point, proving an old dog can still learn new tricks and they showed they were dominate over The Front Line. We see a pre taped party The Mafia are throwing in Sting’s multi-million dollar mansion. Champagne bottles are popped, Scott Steiner is with his freaks, Kurt Angle has milk in a wine glass and they are loving life. “Damn it feels good to be on top” Sting says to close it off.
That same night AJ Styles, Petey Williams, Samoa Joe and The Motor City Machine Guns come out and they’re pissed that they work their asses off every night to make TNA the best wrestling company in the world while the so called stars are partying and here just to collect a paycheck. They challenge Main Event Mafia to a five on five elimination match at Final Resolution and the winners will hold all the gold, every championship in TNA. Main Event Mafia accept the match and promise that after Final Resolution that the Front Line will learn to respect the veterans.
And of course, just because it’s the best heat in the world, The Mafia batter Mick Foley on the go home show.
Final Resolution 2008
Main Event Mafia(c) def. TNA Front Line(c) in a Five on Five Elimination Winner Takes All Match to hold all the gold
The match is action packed and never slows downs. Everyone put in a great effort before we get down to AJ Styles vs Sting and Kurt Angle. AJ fights valiantly, giving it everything he’s got. Buy the numbers game is too much for him and Sting pins Styles once again. Now, The Main Event Mafia holds all the gold. Sting has the World Heavyweight Championship, Kurt Angle has the X-Division Championship, Scott Steiner has the Legends Championship, and Kevin Nash and Booker T have the World Tag Team Titles. What does this mean for the future of TNA? When will the reign of terror end? Or will it ever?
Build to Genesis 2009
Main Event Mafia celebrate their big win at Final Resolution by taking over an episode of Impact!. Sting beats up Mick Foley with the baseball bat before the show and takes his spot as commissioner for the episode. We have that really entertaining episode where Kevin Nash and Booker T are on commentary for the whole show, and Scott Steiner is the ring announcer. Sting all the while makes matches where the Mafia beat up the younger lower midcarders of TNA, just being total dicks.
Samoa Joe goes up to Mick Foley next week and demands the rematch he never got for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Foley responds thst he’d love to but they have all the leverage right now and there’s nothing Mick can do. So, Joe launches a revenge campaign against Main Event Mafia and attacks them during their matches. Scott Steiner challenges “that fat out of shape wannabe Samoan” to a match at Genesis and Joe agrees, but not for the title because the only title that matter to him is the World Heavyweight Championship.
Mick once again announces matches for Genesis. Petey Williams will invoke his rematch against Kurt Angle for Genesis, while Motor City Machine Guns will challenge Kevin Nash and Booker T for the TNA World Tag Team Championships.
Jeff Jarrett steps up, having been gone for a few months while The Front Line and Mafia’s war took place. Jarrett says he created TNA as a platform for young guys to get an opportunity that they wouldn’t get anywhere else. TNA is not a place for old timers to coast of their reputation to collect a paycheck. Jarrett says Foley might not be able to step up, but he sure as hell can. He challenges Sting to the World Heavyweight Championship, since Jarrett still has a stake in TNA, he’s able to pull some strings and enlist Mick Foley as the special guest referee stacking the odds against Sting for once.
Genesis 2009
Kurt Angle(c) def Petey Williams to retain the X-Division Championship
We have a great opening match where Petey Williams looks great and comes so close to beating Kurt Angle after hitting a Canadian Destroyer but ultimately he succumbs to the Ankle Lock and has no choice but to tap out.
Samoa Joe def. Scott Steiner
Samoa Joe defeats Steiner in a 10 minute match making him pass out to the rear naked choke.
Kevin Nash and Booker T(c) def. Motor City Machine Guns to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championships
Nash and Booker retain the titles in dominant fashion.
Jeff Jarrett vs Sting(c) /w Mick Foley as the special guest referee for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
We get to the match we’ve all been waiting for. The two are having a good match, everything is going fair, Mick is doing well enforcing the match, when all of a sudden The Main Event Mafia attack Jarrett but instead of calling for the bell, Foley chases them off with Jarrett’s guitar. Jarrett gets up and asks for the guitar, but Foley looks at it for a moment and whacks Jarrett with it allowing Sting to win the match. SWERVE! Mick Foley turns on TNA. As if The Main Event Mafia couldn’t get more powerful, they now have the damn commissioner on their side. TNA is their show now.
Build to Against All Odds 2009:
Mick Foley joins The Main Event Mafia. Huge news, and the big angle heading into Impact! is “Mick Foley explains his actions”. Mick says ever since he’s came to TNA, he has sympathised with the Front Line big. He formed the group. But he realised why would he be on the losing side? He’s Mick god damn Foley. He doesn’t need to hang out with a bunch of losers who will never be as good as the legends. He is a legend himself, so he decided he’d become one of the boys, and embrace it. Mick runs the show, thanks to Jeff Jarrett, so as long as he’s in charge, The Mafia will rule the roost.
Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed both step up to challenge Kurt Angle for the X-Division Championship making everyone think that Angle will lose because Creed and Lethal are tag team partners and they say it doesn’t matter which one of them wins as long as Kurt Angle loses.
Jarrett is infuriated about Mick Foley. He wants to destroy Mick Foley, and take TNA back. He doesn’t have full control like Foley does, but he still has some. So he books himself into a Hardcore Match with Foley for Against All Odds. He tries to make it if Foley loses he has to step down, but he doesn’t have the power to do so and Foley isn’t willing to accept that challenge. Jarrett promises nonetheless he will bloody and batter Mick Foley.
Scott Steiner is walking backstage when he finds his ex protege Petey Williams. Scott says he put in a hell of a showing against Kurt Angle and offers him a spot in Main Event Mafia, but Williams calls Steiner a traitor. He abandoned the people who shared the locker room with him, he abandoned TNA. All for what? To dick around with a bunch of old dudes. Petey spits on his boots and a backstage brawl breaks out, because Steiner feels he’s being disrespected. This sets up a match for the Legends title at Against All Odds.
Samoa Joe is still on his revenge tour and this time he targets Booker T. They have a match at Against All Odds.
Rhino is offered a spot in Main Event Mafia but Rhino turns it down as he says after ECW closed, TNA was the only company who took a chance on him and he won’t betray them by joining the likes of Main Event Mafia, which prompts Sting to attack Rhino with a bat setting up a match at Against All Odds.
Against All Odds 2009
Kurt Angle(c) def. Consequences Creed vs Jay Lethal to retain the X Division Championship
Most of the match consists of Creed and Lethal ganging up on Kurt Angle but when Creed goes for the pin, Lethal breaks it up and they both realise they want to be the champion, and they start fighting. The fight ends with Lethal hitting the Lethal Injection on Creed but as he goes to pin him, Kurt Angle throws Lethal out of the ring and pins Creed to retain the title. The sneaky bastard.
Samoa Joe def. Booker T /w Kevin Nash
Samoa Joe wins the match and afterwards is laid out by Kevin Nash.
** Mick Foley def. Jeff Jarrett in a Hardcore match**
We see a more aggressive and a more sinister side of Mick Foley which we haven’t quite seen yet in TNA, he’s pulling on his hair, he’s screaming at Jarrett, and he practically murders the poor man. He busts him open with several rights and lefts, making him bleed and scream. Foley wallops him with a steel chair, pushes him off a ladder through a table, and at one point hits an Alabama Slam onto a pile of thumbtacks. Foley makes Jarrett pass out to the Mandible Claw to win the match. Jarrett is demolished.
Scott Steiner(c) def. Petey Williams to retain the Legends Championship
During the build to this match, Steiner targeted Williams knee and it shows in the match because Williams can’t execute most of his high flying offence. He finally he gains the upper hand late in the match and is about to hit the Canadian Destroyer but his knee gives out and Steiner capitalises, nailing a Steiner Screwdriver to win the match and retaining the title.
Sting def. Rhino to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Sting wins the match retaining the title after Kevin Nash interferes and they beat down Rhino until Team 3-D come out to even the odds.
Build to Destination X 2009
Samoa Joe wants a match against Kevin Nash at Destination X and if Joe wins he gets a shot at Sting’s World Heavyweight Title. Nash says I’ve beaten you before and I’ll beat you again.
Kurt Angle is forced to defend his title against five men in an Ultimate X Match by Jeff Jarrett using the creative control he has. Those men are: Consequences Creed, Jay Lethal, Eric Young, Suicide and Sonjay Dutt.
Petey Williams wants one more shot at Steiner’s Legends Championship but to make that happen, he has to go through Booker T at Destination X in order to get his shot.
Mick Foley is called out by A.J. Styles as a TNA traitor. AJ says he should have never trusted Mick and that he should have never been signed in the first place. He has no reason to be here other than to collect a paycheck like everyone else in The Mafia. He challenges Mick to an Xtreme Match (weapons based X Division match) at Destination X, which Mick accepts, before attacking him with the Mandible Claw. He tries to do again a few weeks later but he fails.
Rhino challenges Sting to a Full Metal Mayhem match and Team 3-D will be at ringside to make sure nothing happens, which will ensure we have a fair clean match.
Destination X 2009
Petey Williams def. Booker T
Booker T dominates most of the match, but Petey Williams has no quit in him and gets the surprise victory after hitting a Crossbody on Booker T. After the match, Booker T hits a Scissors Kick on Williams for revenge. Scott Steiner comes down and says “I said if you won you get your title shot and that match is happening right now.”
** Petey Williams def. Scott Steiner(c) to become the new TNA Legends Championship**
Steiner takes advantage of an exhausted Petey Williams but cannot put him away. Williams is finally able to hit the Canadian Destroyer on Scott Steiner to win the match and the TNA Legends Championship.
A.J. Styles def. Mick Foley in an Xtreme Match
AJ and Mick go back and forth in a weapons filled war, featuring spots like Mick going through several barbed wire boards, AJ jumping off ladders, and a Springboard 450 Splash to the outside through a table seals the deal and gives AJ the win. Afterwards Mick puts AJ through a barbed wire board.
Samoa Joe def. Kevin Nash
Nash comes into this match as cocky as ever but is beaten down by Samoa Joe, badly. This match is completely one sided and Joe wins by referee stoppage because he beat Nash so badly.
Sting(c) vs Rhino Full Metal Mayhem match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
This match is brutal and we see a lot of blood, Booker T tries to interfere but eats a 3-D through a table. Eventually though, Sting climbs the ladder and retains the title clean much to the dismay of Team 3-D.
Build to Lockdown 2009
AJ Styles shows up on Impact!, fresh off his bloody and brutal beatdown at the hands of Mick Foley. AJ arrives to assemble a team to take on Main Event Mafia at Lockdown in a Lethal Lockdown Match. He says the Front Line have returned and he’s got TNA’s best and brightest on his side. His team consists of Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal and Petey Williams. Main Event accepts the challenge. The Main Event Mafia will consist of Kevin Nash, Booker T, Kurt Angle and Mick Foley. Sting makes a point of excluding Steiner from the match and Steiner loses his temper which causes him to get attacked by Main Event Mafia meaning Steiner is officially out of the group.
During the build, Petey Williams loses the Legends Championship to Mick Foley. Foley is now on a violent streak, trying to take Petey out of the match. We head into the event unknown if Petey will make it back in time for the Lethal Lockdown Match.
Samoa Joe will get his long awaited rematch for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting in a Six Sides of Steel Match.
Lockdown 2009
TNA Front Line def. The Main Event Mafia in a Lethal Lockdown match
This match goes 30 minutes and TNA Front Line win big after AJ Styles pins Kevin Nash.
Samoa Joe def. Sting(c) in a Six Sides of Steel Match to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Finally, the rematch six months in the making has arrived. Joe has been destroying Kevin Nash at every turn to get here. It comes down to this and the two men go to war with each other. Sting seems to have the match won when he makes it to the top of the cage, but Samoa Joe hurries up the cage and locks in a rear naked choke on Sting and they both fall off the cage down to the mat. The ring caves him but Joe never lets go of the hold. Sting passes out to the hold, once again, Samoa Joe regains the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Build to Sacrifice 2009
Scott Steiner returns from injury and wants revenge on Main Event Mafia and enlists his old protege Petey Williams to help him take down Main Event Mafia starting with taking the World Tag Team Titles from Kevin Nash and Booker T.
Kurt Angle has an X-Division Title defense against AJ Styles at Sacrifice.
Jeff Jarrett will get a rematch with Mick Foley and this time it’ll be for the TNA Legends Championship. Mick Foley has been violently attacking people for months and has held onto the Legends Championship like it’s his baby. He will not let go of it. Mick demands the match be No Disqualification, and Jarrett is conflicted. He knows in this environment Mick excels, but he wants the Legends Championship. Jarrett, begrudgingly, accepts.
Sting invokes his rematch clause against Samoa Joe for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Sacrifice 2009
** AJ Styles def. Kurt Angle(c) to become new TNA X-Division Championship**
AJ and Kurt have an amazing opening match to start off the night with AJ Styles picking up the surprise victory to get the crowd hot for tonight’s show.
Petey Williams and Scott Steiner def. Kevin Nash and Booker T(c) to become new TNA World Tag Team Championship
Williams and Steiner win after miscommunication from Booker T and Scott Steiner allowing Williams to pin Nash.
** Mick Foley(c) def. Jeff Jarrett to retain the TNA Legends Championship**
Despite Jarrett’s best efforts, Mick Foley retains the gold in a brutal hard hitting match. Once again, Mick Foley has defeated Jeff Jarrett. He goes to put Jarrett through a flaming table, but Jarrett puts Mick through it instead.
Sting vs Samoa Joe(c) TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Joe wins the rematch in a close hard fought battle.
Build to Slammiversary 2009
TNA Front Line has been kicking ass for the past few months and things are falling apart in The Main Event Mafia, Booker T and Kevin Nash are at each other’s throats, Mick Foley isn’t taking things seriously, Kurt Angle lost the X-Division Title and Sting has taken a few weeks off after his loss to Samoa Joe.
Booker T and Kevin Nash face off in a match to blow off some steam and the match goes to a double count out while they’re brawling outside the ring. Kurt Angle comes out to separate them and tells them “what’s wrong with you both? We need to be united and show these punks in the back who the stars are.” This is able to defuse the tension between Kevin Nash and Booker T.
Abyss wants to wreak havoc on the faction that wants to destroy a company he’s been apart of since it’s inception and challenges Mick Foley to a monsters ball match for the Legends Championship. Mick gladly accepts and tells Abyss he’s been doing the crazy shit Abyss does since before Abyss even stepped foot in a ring.
We have our annual King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary and it will be Samoa Joe defending against Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rhino and Sting.
Slammiversary 2009
”The Monster” Abyss def. Mick Foley(c) in a Monster’s Ball Match to become the new TNA Legends Championship
We get a brutal 20 minute match with blood and lots of weapons. It’s Ric Flair vs. Mick Foley levels of blood and guts. Mick at one point dives off the top rope with a Flying Elbow Drop through a table, we get a kick out. Abyss wins after hitting a Black Hole Slam on Foley onto a pile of thumbtacks.
Samoa Joe(c) vs Kurt Angle vs Booker T vs Rhino vs Sting King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
This match goes 30 minutes and everyone looks good. We notice that Sting has a new sort of fire in his eyes and more of the will to win and he’s fighting more like a face than he is a heel. Sting has the match won and looks to be regaining his World Title. He climbs the ladder but Team 3-D slide in to the ring and hit the 3-D on Sting. Then, Rhino gets up and asks Team 3-D “what are you doing?”, then they 3-D Rhino. They pick up Kurt Angle and help him up the ladder. Kurt Angle wins the match regaining the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Team 3-D have joined The Main Event Mafia.
Build to Victory Road 2009
Team 3-D explain that they have joined The Main Event Mafia because they want to be on the winning side. They know what it’s like to be a star and they’re not siding with these curtain jerkers that will take TNA no where in the long run. They challenge that traitor Scott Steiner and Petey Williams for the TNA World Tag Team Championships. Kurt Angle explains that Sting was weak and The Main Event Mafia was falling apart with him at the helm, so with Kurt Angle as the new Godfather of The Main Event Mafia they will reclaim their former glory. Sting wants revenge against Kurt Angle but in order to do so he has to beat Team 3-D in a handicap match tonight on Impact!.
We get to the match and Team 3-D have the match won when Samoa Joe’s music hits distracting Team 3-D allowing Sting to roll up Brother Ray to win the match. Samoa Joe uses a steel chair to clear out Team 3-D and he teases using the chair on Sting, but instead he shakes Sting’s hand and at Victory Road it will be Kurt Angle vs Sting vs Samoa Joe for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
We have a six man Ultimate X match to determine the #1 contender for the X-Division Championship but the sixth man doesn’t enter until towards the end of the match. When all men are taken out by Matt Morgan, Kevin Nash walks out in his suit with a ladder and climbs the ladder to retrieve the X becoming #1 contender for the TNA X-Division Championship and the announcers are insulted that Kevin Nash disrespected the X-Division like this.
Matt Morgan explains that he was paid off by Main Event Mafia to be their new special enforcer.
Booker T and Mick Foley will face The Monster Abyss for the TNA Legends Championship in a Triple Threat Match. Foley says he didn’t even get hurt at Slammiversary, that was a day at the beach for him. He is going to make Abyss bleed and scream like he never had before, and with the help of Booker T, the Legends Championship will be back with The Mafia.
Victory Road 2009
Kevin Nash def. AJ Styles(c) to win the TNA X-Division Championship
Kevin Nash manages to cheat to beat AJ Styles to win the X-Division Championship and this is to get The Main Event Mafia nuclear heat, because the X-Division is about the guys who put on amazing matches and wrestle a high risk, amazing style, and now their champion is Kevin Nash of all people.
Team 3-D def. Scott Steiner and Petey Williams(c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships
Team 3-D win the title after hitting a 3-D on Steiner through a table when the ref isn’t looking.
Booker T def. Mick Foley vs The Monster Abyss(c) to win the TNA Legends Championship
As Abyss is making his entrance, Booker T and Mick Foley attack him from behind and they beat down Abyss. Mick and Booker beat down on him brutally, for the majority of the match. Mick hits a Double Hunderhook DDT onto thumbtacks, and rolls out the ring. Booker T swoops in and pins Abyss to become the new TNA Legends Champion.
Kurt Angle(c) def. Sting vs Samoa Joe to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
The Main Event Mafia attack Sting backstage taking him out of the match. Now it’s only Kurt Angle vs Samoa Joe and they have an amazing 20 minute match where Angle gets the win beating Joe clean the one thing Sting could never do.
Build to Hard Justice 2009
The Main Event Mafia once again hold all the gold and Kurt Angle brags that he beat Samoa Joe clean as a damn whistle, something that Sting could never do and because of that he doesn’t have the need to face Sting because Angle has already proven he’s better than him. Jim Cornette, a new authority figure in TNA, says “not so fast Angle, you will face Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Title at Hard Justice and everyone is banned from ringside to ensure a fair match and if you’re disqualified or counted out you lose the title.” Kurt is very annoyed.
Petey Williams and Scott Steiner invoke their rematch clause against Team 3-D and this time it will be a tables match.
Booker T will face abyss in a Last Man Standing Match for the TNA Legends Championship. Mick Foley is still annoyed at Booker T, and with how crazy Mick is, Booker is terrified about Foley going into the event. Mick says he’ll be in Booker’s corner the whole time, watching...
Oddly enough, AJ Styles doesn’t appear on Impact and doesn’t invoke his rematch clause for the X-Division Championship instead we see him have private meetings with Jim Cornette and no one knows why, so Kevin Nash further disrespects the X-Division and takes the night off at Hard Justice.
Hard Justice 2009
Booker T def. “The Monster” Abyss in a Last Man Standing Match to retain the TNA Legends Championship
Booker T wins in a brutal hard fought match retaining his title. Afterwards, Mick Foley attacks Booker T, strangling him and saying that’s his title. He throws Mick off the stage through a stack of tables.
Team 3-D(c) def. Scott Steiner and Petey Williams in a Tables match to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championships
Team 3-D retains.
Kurt Angle(c) def. Sting to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle and Sting have a brutal, hard hitting 20 minute match with Angle getting the win after hitting an Angle Slam off the top rope.
Build to No Surrender 2009
Kurt Angle comes out to brag that he beat Sting with no help whatsoever and that he’s the greatest champion in TNA history. He says The Main Event Mafia will run TNA forever, when outcomes AJ Styles. AJ says that he made a deal with Jim Cornette and they’ve made a kill list. AJ Styles will face ever member of Main Event Mafia individually and if AJ wins they’re out of The Mafia, however if AJ loses he’s fired from TNA.
AJ beats everyone from Matt Morgan to Mick Foley until it’s just Angle, Nash and Booker left. Mick Foley takes his anger out on Booker T, while Booker is still in The Mafia. AJ Styles and Sting defeat Team 3D on Impact! to become Tag Team Champions, and AJ defeats Kevin Nash on Impact! too to become X Division Champion. AJ holds two belts now, but he’s going to have to defend both belts at No Surrender. Booker T will challenge for the X Division Championship, and Mick is banned from ringside.
No Surrender 2009:
Team 3-D def. A.J. Styles and Sting (c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships
Team 3-D regain their titles and AJ and Sting go their separate ways.
A.J. Styles (c) def. Booker T to retain the X Division Championship
Despite being tired from early on, A.J. pushes through and successfully defeats Booker T. Afterwards Mick Foley comes out, having stole Booker’s Legends Championship off Sharmell while Booker was wrestling. He says he’s going to keep it forever and Booker will never take it off him. He then attacks Sharmell with a barbed wire bat.
Build to Bound for Glory 2009:
On Impact!, Mick Foley tries to attack Sharmell again but Booker T saves her in time. Booker then beats up Foley using the barbed wire bat. Booker says he wants to settle this at Bound for Glory, in a Hardcore Match. If he wins, he gets the TNA Legends Championship back, if he loses, Mick keeps it and becomes the official champion. Mick happily accepts the challenge, saying he can’t wait for a Barbed Wire Massacre.
Booker T for the rest of the build leading up tries his best to get the TNA Legends Championship back in his hands but every time he tries, Mick attacks him savagely.
Bound for Glory 2009:
Mick Foley def. Booker T (c) in a Hardcore Match to become new TNA Legends Champion
Mick and Booker have a wild, frantic hardcore brawl, capped off with a Scissors Kick reversed into a Mandible Claw. Mick has regaining his TNA Legends Championship.
Build to Turning Point 2009:
Hernandez and Homicide continue feuding after the breakup of LAX, and Hernandez says he wants the TNA Legends Championship because he is going to cement himself as a TNA legend.
Mick Foley is in the ring cutting a promo about how happy he is to finally hold the Legends Championship officially. He wraps the belt in barbed wire and says it’s Barby’s belt too. He uses it as a weapon when Hernandez comes out and gets into a scrap with him. Mick goes to strike him with the title but Hernandez ducks and pounces with a Lou Thesz Press. Neither guy is the face, they just both want to beat each other up and hold the gold.
Homicide wins a qualifier to be involved in the Feast or Fired Match at Final Resolution. Homicide doesn’t join World Elite yet, he stays face. Hernandez gets into Homicide’s head by saying he’s going to make sure Homicide gets the pink slip briefcase at Turning Point. Mick Foley then interrupts and says how LAX are meant to be a tough and rugged group, but Mick Foley is the definition of tough and rugged.
Turning Point 2009:
Hernandez def. Mick Foley (c) to win the TNA Legends Championship
Hernandez wins after a Inverted Sitout Side Slam onto the barbed wire wrapped Championship.
Build to Final Resolution 2009:
After Abyss and Bobby Lashley nearly killed each other at Turning Point, Abyss is forced to go back to therapy with Dr. Stevie. Those therapy sessions just end with Abyss demolishing Dr. Stevie. Stevie then gets someone who can control The Monster, Raven. Raven becomes the therapist for Abyss, and the two seem to have a connection, since Abyss doesn’t act out on Raven like he did with Dr. Stevie.
Mick Foley sympathies with Abyss and begins to get closer with him, despite their beef from a few months ago, Foley says in and interview him and Abyss are beginning to understand each other more.
Raven proclaims in a promo, that Abyss has been healed....SIKE! Raven brainwashed Abyss into following Dr. Stevie’s orders, and he was working for Stevie the whole time. Foley due to his new friendship with Abyss, is able to convince him not to listen to Dr. Stevie, and not calm down. He needs t embrace his craziness.
A Foley’s Funhouse Match, between Mick Foley and Abyss vs. Dr. Stevie and Raven is made for Final Resolution, where fittingly, the feud between Abyss and Dr. Stevie will blow off.
Final Resolution 2010:
Mick Foley and Abyss def. Dr. Stevie and Raven in a Foley’s Funhouse Match
Wild and hardcore brawl from the get go with each guy being well versed in the extreme style. 3/4 of the guys involved are ECW legends after all, and Abyss has made a career out of being impaled by thumbtacks. Mick and Abyss win and share a hardcore hug.
Build to Genesis:
Instead of Abyss becoming obsessed with Hulk Hogan, and instead of the godawful “Abyssamania” storyline, Abyss becomes obsessed with the “Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley. Abyss and Foley become a tag team. On the 1/4 episode of Monday Night Impact!, Mick Foley is seen training Abyss on how to be more violent.
Later in the night, Abyss fights Samoa Joe, but loses. Afterwards, Abyss heats up Joe really badly using weapons. He’s given Janice by Foley which he uses to make Joe bleed.
Mick Foley and Abyss get into feud with the newly debuted Fortune. Spearheaded by Ric Flair, lead by Desmond Wolfe, and also represented by Beer Money and Kaz, the two get heated. Wolfe and Abyss are confirmed to have a match at Genesis, but Abyss is under pressure from Hulk Hogan to not use weapons.
Genesis 2010:
Desmond Wolfe def. Abyss to retain the TNA Television Championship
Wolfe gets under Abyss’ skin, mocking him for how he looks and acts. Ric Flair torments him, waving a barbed wire bat in front of his face, but Mick Foley gets into it with Flair. Kaz distracts the referee which allows Wolfe to nail Abyss with a chair shot. This annoys Abyss and Mick greatly, because he just won with what Abyss has been forbidden to use.
Build to Against All Odds 2010:
The 8 Card Stud Tournament is announced, an 8-man knockout tournament that will entirely take place at Against All Odds, with the winner becoming #1 Contenders to the TNA World Championship, and thus getting a match any time on Impact! Abyss qualifies by squashing a jobber, and afterwards Mick Foley helps him beat up the jobber.
Against All Odds:
Abyss def. Hernandez to advance in the 8 Card Stud Tournament
Abyss and Hernandez have a tooth and nail brawl with lots of hard hits and scary bumps. Abyss wins and advances forth.
Kurt Angle def. Abyss to advance in the 8 Card Stud Tournament
Abyss and Angle go back and forth for a long while, with Abyss getting so close to sealing that victory many times, but he’s always shut down. His inability to keep the grappler down frustrates him so much, that Angle catches him with an Olympic Slam from outta nowhere to win. Afterwards, Abyss throws another post-Match tantrum, but this is more violent than the last few. At one point, he puts hands on his mentor, Mick Foley. Foley gets hold of Abyss and diffuses the situation, escorting him to the back.
First departure:
Abyss is still mad and in a promo between him and Foley, he’s circling around the ring in rage. Foley says that he will get Abyss a World Championship Match, but fails to do so. Abyss then snaps, tired of Foley, tired of not being allowed to be violent and wanting glory. He beats down Mick, gives him a Black Hole Slam onto thumbtacks, and leaves him laying. This writes Mick off TV which he had to do in real life, due to him being on his way to exceed the maximum number of dates per year on his contract, at the pace he was making appearances.
Return:
Mick Foley return to Impact! as part of the ECW Invasion. Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Taz, Sandman, Rob Van Dam, Rhino and Sabu all are in the ring, cutting a promo on how they will takeover TNA and model in the image that should of existed since the inception. ECW is wrestling done right, and they’re going to change TNA. Mick Foley returns and becomes their spokesperson since he’s the best promo of the lot. They demand what they want off Hulk Hogan, and when he says no, they start wrecking shows.
Build to Hardcore Justice 2010:
Hulk Hogan cuts a promo on the ECW guys, saying he is going to unleash a monster that would of been right at home in ECW upon them all, and then they can decide if they still want to go. Abyss in unleashed.
A match is made for Hardcore Justice, Abyss vs. Tommy Dreamer in a Monster’s Ball Match. If Abyss wins; the ECW guys must stop their demands and either leave or be a part of the roster, if Dreamer wins; TNA must give ECW their own brand.
Mick Foley is made special guest referee and the big story heading in is will Foley stay loyal to ECW, or does he still care about his former protege.
Hardcore Justice 2010:
Abyss def. Tommy Dreamer in a Monster’s Ball Match with Mick Foley as special guest referee
It’s classic ECW; overbooked, Extreme, blood, guts and a bingo hall. Abyss comfortably wins after a Black Hole Slam onto thumbtacks. Team 3D then come out and powerbomb one of the ECW guys through a flaming table. Mick Foley looks like he’s going to side with Abyss, but he’s then slammed onto the tacks.
Foley would apologise for all his actions he’s down, and slowly become more human again. Two years after his debut, he comes full circle, being named Commissioner of TNA alongside President - Dixie Carter, and Hogan and Bischoff as EVP’s. He’d remain in this description until he asks for is release in mid-2011.
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New Releases for June 2020

Data courtesy http://www.bookreporter.com
For more discussion, see the monthly New Releases post.
Title Author ReleaseDate
Autobiography
The Dragons, the Giant, the Women Wayétu Moore June 2, 2020
All the Way to the Tigers Mary Morris June 9, 2020
The New One Mike Birbiglia July 14, 2020
Biography
Play Hungry Pete Rose June 2, 2020
Fantasy
The Angel of the Crows Katherine Addison June 23, 2020
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water Zen Cho June 23, 2020
The Empire of Gold S.A. Chakraborty June 30, 2020
Queen of Storms Raymond E. Feist July 14, 2020
Fiction
The Falling Woman Richard Farrell May 19, 2020
The Second-Worst Restaurant in France Alexander McCall Smith June 2, 2020
A Burning Megha Majumdar June 2, 2020
Broken Genius Drew Murray June 2, 2020
Credible Threat J.A. Jance June 2, 2020
Parakeet Marie-Helene Bertino June 2, 2020
The Second Home Christina Clancy June 2, 2020
The Summer House James Patterson June 8, 2020
Thin Girls Diana Clarke June 9, 2020
The Beauty of Broken Things Victoria Connelly June 9, 2020
Broken People Sam Lansky June 9, 2020
Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. Joyce Carol Oates June 9, 2020
Pizza Girl Jean Kyoung Frazier June 9, 2020
The Sight of You Holly Miller June 9, 2020
Firing Point Mike Maden June 9, 2020
You Exist Too Much Zaina Arafat June 9, 2020
The Lightness Emily Temple June 16, 2020
I Was Told It Would Get Easier Abbi Waxman June 16, 2020
Death in Her Hands Ottessa Moshfegh June 23, 2020
Eliza Starts a Rumor Jane L. Rosen June 23, 2020
Love Roddy Doyle June 23, 2020
That Summer in Maine Brianna Wolfson June 23, 2020
Destination Wedding Diksha Basu June 30, 2020
Friends and Strangers J. Courtney Sullivan June 30, 2020
A Dangerous Breed Glen Erik Hamilton July 14, 2020
Historical Fiction
The Blues Don't Care Paul D. Marks June 1, 2020
An Elegant Woman Martha McPhee June 2, 2020
Becoming Lady Washington Betty Bolté June 2, 2020
Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters Jennifer Chiaverini June 2, 2020
More Miracle Than Bird Alice Miller June 2, 2020
The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett June 2, 2020
Red Sky Over Hawaii Sara Ackerman June 9, 2020
The Daughters of Erietown Connie Schultz June 9, 2020
The Lost Diary of Venice Margaux Deroux June 9, 2020
The Taste of Sugar Marisel Vera June 16, 2020
The Last Train to Key West Chanel Cleeton June 16, 2020
We Came Here to Shine Susie Orman Schnall June 16, 2020
Her Last Flight Beatriz Williams June 30, 2020
Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-Garcia June 30, 2020
The Black Swan of Paris Karen Robards June 30, 2020
History
Night of the Assassins Howard Blum June 2, 2020
Cult of Glory Doug J. Swanson June 9, 2020
Horror
Devolution Max Brooks June 16, 2020
Mystery
Hunting Ground Meghan Holloway May 5, 2020
The Guest List Lucy Foley June 2, 2020
Stranger in the Lake Kimberly Belle June 9, 2020
Riviera Gold Laurie R. King June 9, 2020
Saving Ruby King Catherine Adel West June 16, 2020
Lost River J. Todd Scott June 23, 2020
The Mist Ragnar Jónasson June 23, 2020
The Mountains Wild Sarah Stewart Taylor June 23, 2020
The Finders Jeffrey B. Burton June 30, 2020
The Shape of Night Tess Gerritsen June 30, 2020
Love & Other Crimes Sara Paretsky June 30, 2020
Romance
The Summer Deal Jill Shalvis June 2, 2020
Exciting Times Naoise Dolan June 2, 2020
The Lies That Bind Emily Giffin June 2, 2020
500 Miles from You Jenny Colgan June 9, 2020
Always the Last to Know Kristan Higgins June 9, 2020
Daddy's Girls Danielle Steel June 9, 2020
Dance Away with Me Susan Elizabeth Phillips June 9, 2020
28 Summers Elin Hilderbrand June 16, 2020
An Ocean Without a Shore Scott Spencer June 16, 2020
Party of Two Jasmine Guillory June 23, 2020
Science Fiction
Blue Ticket Sophie Mackintosh June 30, 2020
Suspense
The Persuasion Iris Johansen June 2, 2020
Two Truths and a Lie Meg Mitchell Moore June 16, 2020
Thriller
The Sum of All Shadows Eric Van Lustbader May 26, 2020
Her Perfect Life Rebecca Taylor June 2, 2020
All of Us A.F. Carter June 2, 2020
Clean Hands Patrick Hoffman June 2, 2020
The House Guest Mark Edwards June 3, 2020
Safe S.K. Barnett June 9, 2020
You Can't Catch Me Catherine McKenzie June 9, 2020
Don't Turn Around Jessica Barry June 16, 2020
Seven Lies Elizabeth Kay June 16, 2020
The Half Sister Sandie Jones June 16, 2020
Nothing Can Hurt You Nicola Maye Goldberg June 23, 2020
The Girl from Widow Hills Megan Miranda June 23, 2020
The Last Flight Julie Clark June 23, 2020
What's Left of Me Is Yours Stephanie Scott June 23, 2020
The Swap Robyn Harding June 23, 2020
The Dilemma B.A. Paris June 30, 2020
Home Before Dark Riley Sager June 30, 2020
Unknown
The Parting Gift Evan Fallenberg June 2, 2020
Barbarians at the PTA Stephanie Newman June 2, 2020
House of Desire Margaret Lucke June 9, 2020
Montauk Nicola Harrison June 9, 2020
Countdown 1945 Chris Wallace June 9, 2020
Lockdown Nick Kolakowski June 16, 2020
This Little Family Inès Baynard June 18, 2020
The Perfect Fraud Ellen LaCorte June 23, 2020
Hellfire John Gilstrap June 30, 2020
All the Lost Things Michelle Sacks June 30, 2020
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2020.05.20 18:31 TheMandateLO Rebooking TNA in 2010, Episode 2: King Once More?

PRE-SHOW
MATCH 1: Generation Me vs Bad Intentions
The baddest team from Japan is now here in TNA. Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson dominated New Japan, and now it is time to take the Strong Style to TNA.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-none, as this is a full on showcase for TBI. Anderson nails his signature spinebuster, while Bernard has some fun tossing Max and Jeremy around.
FINISH OF THE MATCH: Anderson kicks Max off the apron, and TBI nail the Magic Killer on Jeremy for the win in about 3 minutes. Anderson and Bernard are here, and bad intentions are on their mind (wink wink).
MATCH 2: Homicide vs Suicide
Let the memes cometh. Suicide is looking to bounce back after being mauled by Lashley last week, and Homicide is always down for a fight, so this one should be good.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-Suicide hits a springboard crossbody plancha early on
-Homicide counters a Yoshi Tonic into a corner belly to belly
-Homicide hits a BIIIIIG Lariat/STF combo, but Suicide escapes
-Suicide hits a Russian Legsweep off the second rope
FINISH OF THE MATCH: Homicide attempts a Super 187 Cutter, but Suicide holds on to the top rope, causing Homicide to crash hard. Suicide follows it up with a big diving leg drop for the win. Suicide has bounced back and World Elite suffer another loss.

MAIN SHOW
MATCH 1: Hernandez vs Rhyno
We open the second show of the New Era with a hoss fight - SuperMex vs War Machine! Rhyno is pissed off that he got pinned last week in the Four Way by Jeff Jarrett, so a Gore is coming Hernandez's way tonight. The big SuperMex had a great performance in the Battle Royal, lasting until the final two, but ultimately falling short after eating a mid-air Carbon Footprint from Matt Morgan. Big test tonight for the Latino Hero.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-Hernandez misses a corner splash, taking a Ziggler-esque bump to the floor
-Rhyno drives Hernandez's spine into the ring post several times
during the match
-Hernandez nails a massive axe handle, and then a SuperMex dive
-Hernandez counters a GORE with a Pounce

FINISH OF THE MATCH: Rhyno attempts a piledriver, much like he did to Jarrett last week, but Hernandez suplexes him with one arm with ease!! SuperMex hits his Sitdown Dominator, and then follows up with an AMAZING diving splash. 1,2,3. Hernandez has beaten Rhyno!! Amazing win for the SuperMex.
Post match, Hernandez gets on the mic and says that in 2010, a 'Latino World Champion' dream will come true, and he is the guy to do it. For far too long, his people have needed a hero, and who better than SuperMex himself?
As Hernandez continues talking, SCOTT STEINER'S THEME INTERRUPTS! Big Poppa Pump heads down to the ring slowly, but you can tell he is pissed off (as usual). He didn't win the Four Way, but he didn't get pinned either. Steiner gets on the mic and says "ARE YA FREAKIN KIDDIN ME? SUPERMEX? AIN'T NOTHIN SUPER ABOUT MEXICANS, YOU ARE A BUNCH OF... COLORED TRASH! NOT WHITE TRASH, BUT TRASH EITHER WAY." Steiner says that for years he has heard people praise Hernandez, calling him a modern day Scott Steiner. Perfect mix of size, strength and athletic ability. Steiner says when he heard that, IT PISSED HIM OFF! Steiner says Hernandez IS good...for a Mexican, but he ain't no Big Poppa Pump. Steiner says that he is gonna come down to Mexico and show all those "putas" what a real man is, as Hernandez isn't capable of doing so. Hernandez gets up in Scotty's face, who backs down. Steiner says he is sorry and apologizes again, before kicking Hernandez in the nuts and fleeing!! As he is walking up the ramp, we hear Steiner shouting "WATCH YOUR COJONES, YOU SUMMA BITCH." Steiner has gotten one up on the SuperMex.
MATCH 2: Velvet Sky (w Beautiful People) vs Sarita (w Taylor Wilde)
Time for some Knockouts action, as one half of the KO Tag Champs Sarita is taking on one of the founding members of Beautiful People, Velvet Sky. Sarita panders to the crowd on her way to the ring, while TBP mock the fans for how ugly they are.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-TBP interfere A LOT to help out Velvet, as Sarita is kicking her ass for about 85% of the match
-at one point, Taylor does a dive, wiping out everybody
FINISH OF THE MATCH: Lacey Von Erich tosses one of the KO Tag belts in the ring as a distraction, allowing Madison to hit Sarita in the head with the other one. Velvet covers and gets the cheap win. Perhaps now the Beautiful People are setting their sights on winning those belts?
Backstage, we see Eric Young and Homicide hyping Kiyoshi up before his match.
MATCH 3: Kiyoshi vs Matt Morgan
After winning the Battle Royal last week, the Blueprint has earned a date with the TV Champ Eric Young at Genesis. Tonight though, he has to go through one of his World Elite soldiers, Kiyoshi. Morgan gets a good pop for his entrance, the crowd love the Blueprint. Kiyoshi creeps around the ring a little bit, before finally getting in. The TV Champion, EY, is joining Mick Foley, Taz and Mike Tenay for commentary.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-Kiyoshi grabs a tight sleeper hold with bodyscissors on Morgan at one point
-Kiyoshi hits a big missile dropkick, but Morgan is still on his feet
-Morgan blocks Kiyoshi's Red Mist attempt with a back elbow and a chokeslam for a 2 count
FINISH OF THE MATCH: Kiyoshi goes for a Tornado DDT, but Morgan tosses him halfway across the ring. When Kiyoshi gets up, he eats a massive Carbon Footprint to the skull, bending him over in half. Morgan has knocked off the first obstacle.
Post match, a worried EY gets up from the announcer's booth and stares down Morgan. Blueprint, not to be intimidated, simply flashes one finger in the air, motioning that he is coming for the rest of the World Elite.
Backstage, we see Samoa Joe yet again in a dark room, training his martial arts. This time though, he is even more angry, as he failed to win the Four Way last week. He stops his training and shouts, from the top of his lungs. "ABYYYYYYYYYSSSS." Joe keeps shouting The Monster's name over and over, before composing himself. Joe says that last week he didn't make good on his promise, because of one scared man-child. Joe says he felt Jeff Jarrett passing out in his arms, when this big, fat (oh the irony) 'challenged' goofball ruined it all for him.
Joe says he feels sorry for Abyss, as he used to respect him and everyone else in TNA used to fear him. But now, he is just a scawed wittle monster, looking to play. Joe says he is not here to play, he is here to kill. Joe challenges Abyss to a match next week, and this time, he will exact revenge personally. Joe then continues his training as we move on to the next segment.
MATCH 4: ODB and Hamada vs Awesome Kong and Tara(c)
After their last week's confrontation, the Champ and the Challenger are teaming up tonight. ODB and Hamada pop the crowd for their entrance, but their chances of winning tonight...are slim.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-ODB offers Tara some booze, and she drinks it
-ODB offers some booze to Kong as well, who responds with a backfist
-Hamada lights up the scene with cartwheels and moonsaults
FINISH OF THE MATCH: Tara and Kong hit a simultaneous Widow's Peak/Implant Buster to get the win. Post match, the two alpha females share a staredown, but it doesn't get physical
MATCH 5: Cody Deaner vs Lashley (w Kristal)
Ol' Deaner is feeling pretty good after eliminating two ECW legends in the Battle Royal last week, but that smile quickly turns to frown as soon as Lashley's music hits. Lashley is mad that (in Lashley's mind) Hulk Hogan doesn't view him as a world champion, so tonight he will break some bones. Suicide fell last week, will Deaner suffer the same fate tonight?
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-Cody gets about the same amount of offense as Suicide did last week
FINISH OF THE MATCH: Ultimately, Lashley does the same combo he did last week (SpinebusteSpear) to pick up another dominant win. Hulkster should be paying close attention to this. After the match, The Flock (Raven, Dr. Stevie and Daffney) show up and attack Cody Deaner. Commentators point out that this is most likely revenge for last week's elimination in the Battle Royal. Raven finishes the attack with the Even Flow, and then the Flock...take Deaner away????
MATCH 6: D'Lo Brown vs Desmond Wolfe
The veteran D'Lo gets the crowd going with his cool entrance, and they show him respect. Desmond Wolfe comes out to some boos but also quite a bit of cheers, as the crowd respect his in ring ability. Confident Wolfe takes his glasses and jacket off and we are on our way.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-D'Lo rocks Wolfe with his an enzuigiri and elbow drops
FINISH OF THE MATCH: As D'Lo sets up for Sky High, Wolfe uppercuts the hell out of him, and follows up with a lethal Pendulum Lariat. Wolfe came close last week in the Battle Royal, but tonight he rebounds (no pun intended) with a big win over a respected veteran. What is next for TNA's Wolf?
Backstage, we see Kevin Nash on the phone, talking to some (presumably) hookers, arranging a "meeting." Sting shows up (without the paint) and Nash is happy to see him. They talk about last week's Four Way and how it felt good to have the family back together one last time. Nash pokes fun at Sting for getting dumped on his neck last week by Kurt, and Sting retaliates by making fun of Kevin for tapping out. The two friends keep making jokes back and forth, before Sting proposes that they team up next week, like old times. Nash accepts and asks Sting if he wants some hookers too. Sting gives him "the look" and they walk off together laughing.
MATCH 7: Shark Boy vs Christopher Daniels
It is everyone's favorite anime protagonist, Shark Boy in action tonight!! His opponent though, is the Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, who has undergone a transformation back to his roots. Daniels wants to illuminate the X Division, and this is his first match since his rebirth.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-Shark Boy gives Daniels a middle finger, which Daniels forgives him for, but then he cheap shots Shark Boy
FINISH OF THE MATCH: After dominating Shark Boy for a few minutes (and praying to the heavens throughout the whole thing), Daniels hits the Angel's Wings to get the win.
After the match, a video plays, showing off highlights of Red's title reign. Daniels dissects everything wrong with it and promises to bring Genesis at Genesis. And that is the gospel, according to the Fallen Angel.
Backstage, we see Hulk Hogan being interviewed by Christy Hemme. Christy asks him about Christopher Daniels and his new attitude. Hulk says that it's weird - Daniels does sometimes speak the truth, but sometimes, he is just an asshole.Hulk says that Christopher Daniels hasn't really earned a title shot, but he is one of the greatest wrestlers in X Division history. Plus, Red and Val came to him personally and requested the match themselves. Suddenly, camera shifts to the side and we see The Pope, D'Angelo Dinero!
Pope says he is glad to be in the New Era, but the New Era needs to be pimpin', and that is where he comes in. Hulk says Pope reminds him of Randy Savage and praises him some more. Hulk and Pope exchange some more words, before Hulk informs Pope that he will be in action next week. Pope says Pimpamania is running wild next week, amen. Pope has spoken.
MATCH 8: Doug Williams vs Robert Roode
The two technical guys from their respective teams facing off ahead of their battle at Genesis. Doug has arguably more technical prowess than Roode, but Bobby has the size advantage. This one should be good.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-Roode and Williams trade crossfaces back and forth
-Doug reverses a spinebuster into a Tornado DDT!!
-Roode hits a Superplex/Payoff combo for a 2.9 count
-Uppercut/Forearm exchange
FINISH OF THE MATCH: After about 12 minutes of back and forth, Williams attempts a Chaos Theory. Roode reverses into an inside cradle to get the win! It was a close one, but Roode got it. Williams is frustrated, as Roode celebrates with the crowd.
MATCH 9: Kurt Angle vs Jeff Jarrett, Winner faces AJ Styles at Genesis
This is it. Time for the main event. Tons of history between these two men, tons of animosity yet they always deliver in the ring. Tonight will be no exception. Both men get great pops for their entrance, and Jarrett in particular seems hyped to get the match started.
INTERESTING NOTES AND SPOTS FROM THE MATCH:-Jarrett uses both the Angle Slam and Ankle Lock against Kurt, who manages to escape both
-Angle returns the favor by using the Figure 4
-Jarrett DDT's Angle on the apron
-Angle suplexes Jarrett off the announce table!!
-Jarrett hits a Super Stroke for a 2.99 count!!!
-Angle takes Jarrett's head off near the end with a Lariatooo
FINISH OF THE MATCH: Jarrett sets up for the Stroke, but Angle counters with an Angle Slam, KICKOUT! Kurt gets up immediately, and delivers another one to Jarrett, ANOTHER KICKOUT! Kurt seems incredibly frustrated, as Jarrett is barely making his way back up to his feet. Kurt seems hesitant, but he delivers a third Angle Slam. 1, 2, 2.999!! Jarrett has survived 3 Angle Slams!!! Immediately after the kickout, Kurt locks in the Ankle Lock. After some hesitation, Jarrett taps out!! Kurt Angle is going to Genesis! What a war between these two men.
Post match, Angle shakes Jarrett's hand and out of respect, Jeff leaves the ring. As he gets to the top of the ramp, AJ Styles shows up. AJ hugs Jeff and then gets in the ring. Intense staredown between AJ and Angle, as AJ raises his World Title up high. Angle vs Styles, Genesis, who is truly the best in the world?
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2020.04.15 18:04 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 4, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
NOTE: I mentioned it in the first post of 2002 but a lot of y'all are aware that a few months ago, SaintRidley picked up the Observer Rewind reins after I stopped and started doing his own recaps from the 1980s. Well, he's been doing great work with it and he just finished posting the year of 1987. I went ahead and added it the Previously" section up there. ↑↑↑ Just wanted to make sure to bring it to everyone's attention.
  • It's been awhile since we've had major PPVs going head-to-head with each other, but it happened this week when WWA aired it's 2nd ever PPV live from Las Vegas, going head-to-head with PRIDE. Dave recaps the history of head-to-head PPV battles, specifically the WWF vs. Crockett war in the late-80s. How Vince McMahon created Survivor Series specifically to run it in direct competition with Crockett's first ever PPV, Starrcade 87. The resulting loss of needed revenue was a huge reason why Crockett eventually had to sell the company to Ted Turner and, in retrospect, set into motion everything that led to WCW's eventual death last year. He goes on to recap how Royal Rumble was created and aired on free TV to go head-to-head with Crockett's next PPV attempt, Bunkhouse Stampede. Then Crockett responded by creating the first Clash of the Champions and airing it against Wrestlemania IV. Not sure PRIDE vs. WWA is up there in the same league as that PPV battle. Which, to be fair, Dave admits it's not the same thing.
  • Anyway, the PRIDE show was among the greatest events of all time, one of the very few times in the history of the Observer that a show got a unanimous 100% thumbs up vote on the reader poll. It aired in Japan live and in the U.S. on a bit of a delay, with the matches edited in a different order. In Japan, the card was headlined by Vanderlei Silva vs. former UWFI wrestler Kiyoshi Tamura, which was an excellent fight that Silva won. In the U.S., the show was built around Ken Shamrock vs. Don Frye in the main event (in Japan, it aired 3rd from last) and the 2 men had an absolute war that should shut up critics who say both are too old. Shamrock lost a split-decision in a fight that Dave thinks should have legitimately been a draw. (This fight is considered to this day one of the all-time wars in MMA history. An utter slobberknocker. Neither fighter was the same again afterward and Frye has said that the damage Shamrock did to his legs in this fight led to him later getting addicted to painkillers). After the fight, Shamrock went over to ringside and hugged his girlfriend Alicia Webb, who you may remember as Ryan Shamrock. The girl that played his sister in WWF.
WATCH: Don Frye vs. Ken Shamrock - PRIDE 19: Bad Blood (2002)
  • And then there was WWA. A low-budget, amateur-ish event, marred by bad production and no-shows. Not that the crowd would even know, because most of the lineup was never even announced ahead of time anyway. The scheduled main event of Jeff Jarrett vs. Randy Savage didn't happen because Savage held promoter Andrew McManus up for more money at the last minute. Savage originally had agreed to work the show in exchange for a 30% ownership stake in the company, which was agreed upon. But three days before the show, Savage upped the ante, saying he wanted the 30%, plus an extra $50,000 in cash. At that point, they started haggling back and forth to try to strike some kind of deal. Ownership got pulled off the table and then Savage asked for a flat $250,000 fee to work the show. WWA turned that down and came back with a flat $150,000 offer instead. Savage turned that down and at that point, everything broke down. For what it's worth, a lot of the lower card wrestlers on the show worked for $300. Last second attempts to bring in Sting to save the show didn't work either. Road Dogg was also supposed to appear on the show but couldn't because of legal issues. Word is he got arrested 2 days before the show in Florida on a probation violation. As a result, the PPV was headlined by Jeff Jarrett defending the WWA championship against Brian Christopher.
  • The whole show was simply an embarrassment. The production was completely minor league and the crowd was totally dead for all these long matches with guys nobody cares about. The in-ring work was fine, but the booking often made no sense, with overbooked three-ways and 6-way undercard matches that ended up being more clusterfuck than match. It was also one of those Russo-type things where the commentary team made endless inside-references that only the hardcore internet fans would get. But then again, this show only drew hardcore internet fans anyway, so why not? They also constantly made reference to WWF, which came across as desperate and sad. In particular, Larry Zbyszko was given the chance to cut a meandering promo, challenging Vince McMahon to a fight over some unspecified grievance from 20 years ago and criticized them for having Chris Jericho as their world champion. Dave thinks Zbyszko was actually angling for a job from WWF by trying to start his own angle and says this promo was basically his job application. And he thinks it was pretty pathetic. Backstage, the disorganization was apparent and most even within the company saw what a mess it was and have already given up on the promotion as a lost cause. Dave said this PPV made it clear that nobody will be challenging WWF anytime soon.
  • Other notes from the WWA Revolution PPV: yes, in case you're wondering, that Japanese man sitting behind the commentary table all night who very briefly (literally blink and miss it) got involved in the Scott SteineDisco Inferno tussle was indeed NJPW star Hiroyoshi Tenzan and yes, they flew him all the way from Japan (and had him bring his ring gear just in case), only to have him do almost nothing and never be acknowledged on camera. Eric Bischoff was backstage, as a guest of Ernest Miller. Bischoff laughed off any questions about going to WWF but said the ol' "never say never" shtick. The crowd was about 2,800, most of them freebies and they were desperately giving away tickets in the casino before the show. During the first match, the building looked practically empty so they quietly began moving everyone closer to ringside to pack the area around the ring to make it look presentable for TV. Opening 6-way match featuring all the hottest indie stars was a sloppy mess, with too people flying everywhere trying to get their shit in and the cameras missing most of it. Bret Hart came out and cut a long, rambling promo before announcing Brian Christopher was replacing Randy Savage in the main event, to zero crowd response. By the 5th match, people in the crowd could be seen leaving, never to return. Jerry Lynn showed up, interrupting an Eddie Guerrero interview, at which point Dave mentions, oh yeah by the way, the WWF released Jerry Lynn 2 days before the PPV. Considering WWF has been talking about reviving the cruiserweight division after Wrestlemania, Dave doesn't know why they'd get rid of a guy who could be one of the best in the division. Anyway, yeah, this show sucked. Here ya go, enjoy.
WATCH: WWA: The Revolution PPV - 2002
  • WWF's latest investor conference call took place and wasn't particularly newsworthy, but there's some stuff to note. The new agreement with DirecTV is until August of 2003 and is under the exact same terms they were operating under last year, which means WWF gained nothing while losing an estimated $4.4 million in revenue over the last few PPVs. Following the brand split, WWF plans to run 16 PPVs per year, and increasing the price by an extra $5. Linda McMahon said Wrestlemania 18 has sold 58,000 tickets as of the time of the call, for a record gate of $3.96 million, breaking the record set by last year's WM. Dave goes through all the numbers and for the most part, in comparison to previous quarters, almost everything is down. Which is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention because WWF is clearly on the downswing. Linda also said they're currently interviewing new writers and are hoping to double their writing staff, which Dave thinks is a terrible idea (and time has damn sure proven him correct). Finally, Linda was also asked how the purchase of the WCW library has benefited the company, which Dave thinks is an interesting question since revenues have declined since then and the Invasion angle flopped so hard that it killed any brand value the name "WCW" may have had. Linda talked about the value of the tape library but Dave points out that it's been a year and WWF has done practically nothing with that library (of course, in the end, they found ways to monetize that WCW library and it more than paid for itself).
  • In his first match as an official member of the AJPW roster, Keiji Muto lost the Triple Crown championship to Toshiaki Kawada in a match nearly a year in the making, before a sold out crowd at Budokan Hall. He hasn't seen it yet, but the match was reported to Dave as a near-classic (he ends up giving it 4.5 stars). The other 2 NJPW stars who jumped ship, Kendo Kashin and Satoshi Kojima, also worked their first official AJPW matches. Kaz Hayashi, formerly a member of Jung Dragons in WCW and who worked in WWF's developmental until asking for his release a few weeks ago, also debuted on the show and will be part of Muto's faction.
WATCH: Keiji Muto vs. Toshiaki Kawada - AJPW 2-24-2002
  • Obituary time for Swede Hanson, who worked primarily in the Carolinas and had a brief run in the WWF as a cult favorite babyface in the early 80s. Sadly, he passed away in a mental hospital because he had advanced Alzheimer's disease which made it impossible for his family to handle him and they had him put away. Jeez, that's rough. He also had a litany of other health problems. Dave gives an in-depth history of his career in the 60s and 70s as a heel in the Carolinas before talking about the WWF run. Vince Sr. brought him in as a monster heel to challenge Bob Backlund, and Dave thinks someone else must have backed out at the last moment or something. By this time (in 1979), Hanson was well past his prime and hadn't been a major star anywhere in years but he was a big dude and so they brought him in to face Backlund and they actually sold out Madison Square Garden with Backlund vs. Hanson in the main event (though Dave says Bruno Sammartino working the undercard sure didn't hurt). The match sucked and almost immediately after, he became a jobber in the WWF, but Vince Jr, on commentary, just loved to call him "Rawboned Swede Hanson" and the "Rawboned" nickname caught on. Vince said it with such gusto that Hanson briefly became a cult favorite jobber from it and the crowd turned him babyface at damn near 50 years old. It led to a brief career resurgence and him having a small role in the Backlund/Billy Graham feud for the title before he finally faded into oblivion.
  • Mark Henry won the "world's strongest man" competition at the Arnold Classic bodybuilding and fitness event. Henry has been out of WWF for the past 2 months training for this competition and the training paid off, with Henry capturing first place and making a legitimate viable claim to his "strongest man in the world" moniker. During the event, Henry became the first man in 50 years to cleanly press the 366 pound Apollon wheel weight above his head. In another event, he carried an 800 pound block of bolted together railroad ties up a 40-foot ramp faster than the other competitors. For his victory, Henry won a $75,000 Humvee and some other cash prizes. Over the same weekend, he also won another $1,000 in a contest where he was able to lift an inch dumbbell (which weighs 172 pounds) to his shoulder with one arm. There's a bunch of other weightlifting stuff here, but you might be surprised to find out....I dunno shit about any of this. I got winded lifting pizza to my mouth earlier. Mark Henry strong.
WATCH: Mark Henry at the Arnold Classic 2002
  • Another obit for former wrestler, promoter, and father of 80s valet Baby Doll, Nick Roberts who died of pancreatic cancer. Once again, a bunch of details and stories about someone I've never heard of in wrestling history that Dave somehow knows everything about. I know I've said it before, but these obituary pieces are some of the greatest reasons for subscribing to the Observer.
  • Masahiro Chono says he wants to take NJPW in a more serious, realistic direction. No sports entertainment gaga nonsense, they want it to be like a real sports product. So much so that, in his own match with Manabu Nakanishi at the last big NJPW show, Chono wouldn't even bounce off the ropes, saying that it's not credible and no one would do that in a real fight. Ah yes, Inoki's gonna love this.
  • FMW wrestler Kodo Fuyuki has said he plans to try to keep the promotion running after it was announced it was folding last week. FMW still has 8 shows scheduled for this month and Fuyuki said he plans to try to run them himself and keep the company going (no such luck buddy).
  • Japan Today, an American newspaper that covers Japanese news daily, had a story on Antonio Inoki battling diabetes. It says he was first diagnosed in 1982, which Dave says is right around the time Inoki's in-ring work dropped off considerably when he lost his stamina. The story said for the last 20 years, Inoki has eaten a ridiculously healthy diet and is in better health now at 59 than he was then at 39.
  • Dave said he got tons of positive feedback on the debut of RF Video's Ring of Honor promotion in Philadelphia. The show was sold out in advance, was well organized, and had several really good matches. They limited a lot of the mistakes that most indie companies fall victim to, such as too many matches, too many run-ins, too much mic work, too many guys trying to do too much stuff, etc. Steve Corino and CZW announcer Eric Gargiulo did commentary. Eddie Guerrero faced Super Crazy in an excellent match and the main event was a three-way featuring Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels, and American Dragon that Dave has heard rave reviews for. And thus, ROH was born.
WATCH: Highlights from ROH's debut show in 2002
  • Vic Grimes took the most insane bump of all time at an XPW event before 1,500 fans in Los Angeles. Grimes was facing New Jack in a scaffold match said to be at least twice as high up as the fall Mick Foley took off the Hell in a Cell. The ring below had tables stacked 4-high to break his fall, but Grimes ended up missing most of the tables when New Jack overshot him. Perhaps on purpose. Grimes missed all but the corner tables at the edge of the ring before coming down on the corner turnbuckles. After the bump, they tried to rush fans out of the arena since it was almost 1am and gave many the impression Grimes life was in danger. But he was surprisingly okay and was walking around backstage after, although he was definitely banged up. Grimes was really nervous about the bump earlier in the day, as you might expect and Dave says he's pretty damn lucky he didn't miss the ring because he almost certainly would have died if he took that bump straight to the floor. Elsewhere on the show, there was a match where porn star Lizzy Borden (wife of XPW promoter Rob Black) faced another porn star, Veronica Caine, in a match that was supposed to end only when someone was stripped totally naked. But right before it happened, the lights went out and the women were rushed out of the ring and when fans realized they'd been ripped off, they were so pissed the arena feared a riot. (Anyway, here's the bump and yeah....Grimes very easily could have died from this. No mention from Dave on the fact that New Jack also tazed him before this)
WATCH: Air Grimes goes long
  • Shane Douglas is expected to take over as XPW booker when his WCW contract with Time Warner expires next month.
  • Former WCW journeyman wrestler Chip Minton's primary career was bobsledding. He only wrestled in WCW occasionally while doing that, primarily as a jobber on the C-shows. Minton was part of the US bobsledding team in both the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics and was planning to compete this year, but failed to make the team. Soon after that, he failed a steroid test and has been suspended from the sport for 2 years.
  • Remember a couple weeks ago, it was mentioned that Roddy Piper was in a car accident but he was playing down how serious it was? Turns out....very serious. Piper suffered 4 broken ribs, one of which punctured his liver and nearly killed him. He also suffered severe back injuries and shattered his ankle. Piper was taken to the hospital and was near death but obviously, he managed to pull through and has still been making all his appearances for XWF in recent days. (Yeah I think in Piper's autobiography, he dedicates the book to the guy who saved his life by rushing him to the hospital and even says he was clinically dead for a few moments. Then again, Piper was like a lot of those old time guys and was prone to exaggeration, so who knows).
  • Eric Bischoff is teaming up with Mark Burnett, the producer of the hit show Survivor, to produce a MMA reality show called Skien. From Dave's understanding, it will basically be a reality show with K-1 kickboxers leading up to a PPV event. (Here's an article about it from Variety at the time, but this ends up going nowhere).
WATCH: Variety article on Eric Bischoff's new reality show
  • Notes from Raw: only one thing really notable, they filmed a segment at referee Tim White's bar The Friendly Tap. The bar really is owned by White and WWF pretty much always films angles there when they're in town (Providence, RI). This time, the skit featured the APA going into the bar to drink and the bar was filled by a bunch of gay men and drag queens (played by a bunch of wrestlers from indie promotion Chaotic Wrestling) while the APA guys acted all grossed out by it all. Then Billy and Chuck attacked them. Dave thinks this played on all the typical homophobic stereotypes and he seems pretty irritated by it. Anyway, among the wrestlers from Chaotic were Todd Sinclair (better known now as ROH's senior official), Rich Palladino (ring announcer for Beyond now) and John Walters (indie wrestler and former ROH Pure champion).
  • Next week's Smackdown hasn't aired yet but it was taped and Dave has details. Notably, this is the episode where Austin chases down the NWO and tries to shoot them with a net gun. Dave says this was a mess, with the gun going off but no net being fired from it and they'll have to fix the whole thing in post-production. It went horribly when they filmed it and it aired for the live crowd and it killed the crowd and basically forced them to improvise on the spot (on one of the Something To Wrestle podcasts, Bruce Prichard tells this story and how frustrated they were with this net gun being a piece of shit). This episode also featured Stephanie yelling at Chris Jericho for getting her the wrong hand lotion and Booker T and Edge feuding over a Japanese shampoo commercial. (Rock/Hogan was great, but man, the build for everything else at Wrestlemania 18 suuuuuucked.)
  • Prototype won the OVW title from Leviathan at the latest OVW tapings. After the match, they did an angle to set up David Flair as the #1 contender for the title. Prototype's only singles loss in OVW came last week, when Flair beat him, so there ya go (this video covers ALL of that. The FlaiCena match, the Leviathan match, the post-match angle, etc).
WATCH: Prototype vs. Leviathan for OVW title - 2002
  • Wall Street Journal did an article talking about the decline in Smackdown's ratings, saying they were down 28% from last year and down 42% from the year before that. The article blamed it on Smackdown changing networks. Here's the thing though....it hasn't. Raw changed networks in 2000. Smackdown has been on UPN since its debut. Also, UPN has grown overall in ratings while Smackdown has declined. So....no. It's just because the show sucks now.
  • Charlie Haas, fresh off returning to the ring and winning the HWA title after the death of his brother, tore his ACL this week. He just had surgery and will be out 4-6 months. Rough few months for that dude.
  • A Washington newspaper did a story on James Dudley, who you may know as....WWF Hall of Famer James Dudley and little else. On-screen, he's never really done much. But Dave says Dudley started working for Vince Sr. back in the 1940s, when Sr. was a boxing promoter, and was essentially his Vince Sr.'s driver and assistant. Dudley did a lot of odd jobs for the company during those early years, working ticket booths and stuff like that, but to most people, he was just kinda known as Vince Sr.'s limo driver. So when he was indicted into the WWF Hall of Fame a few years ago, it was a pretty controversial decision among a lot of people, given that someone like Bruno Sammartino isn't in, by the company's limo driver is. Anyway, before his death, Vince Sr. made Vince Jr. promise to take care of Dudley and keep him on the payroll. So for the last 18 years or so, even though he doesn't work for the company, Vince McMahon has continued to pay him a salary. He also bought him a new car as a gift some years back.
  • Billy and Chuck's recent tag team title win makes Billy Gunn the most decorated tag team wrestler in WWF history, as he's now held the tag titles 9 times (3 as part of the Smoking Gunns, 5 as part of New Age Outlaws, and now once with he and Chuck). The previous record was Mick Foley, with 8. (to the best of my research, if we're only talking WWF/WWE tag title reigns, that record is now held by Edge).
  • USA Network CEO Barry Diller took part in a lecture at Syracuse University and talked about losing the WWF to TNN. When asked why it happened, he responded, "Because I'm a dope." He said he didn't fight hard enough to keep the WWF and admitted the loss hurt, but also said it may have been the best thing for them in the long-run because pro wrestling doesn't really fit the direction they're planning to take the network. He said wrestling fans came for wrestling and left immediately after it was over and there was never any cross-over fans who stuck around to watch the next show or anything like that. He said they could never figure out what to connect wrestling to within the rest of their properties.
  • WWF held a try out camp in Cincinnati and reportedly, nobody was particularly impressive, including AJ Styles. The knock on Styles was that he's average looking and too small. Wrestler Sonny Siaki was said to be the most impressive, but he also rubbed people the wrong way with his attitude so probably not gonna make the cut this time. Matt Morgan, who was on the Tough Enough casting special last season got a tryout and since he has no formal training, he was pretty awful but he's big so Dave seems to think he'll get a chance anyway. The other one they were impressed by was a woman named Erin Bray, who was one of the final 25 picked for the original Tough Enough. But then some other contestants spotted her out on a date with one of the show's judges and they threw a fit, which resulted in Bray not making the final 13. Another wrestler, Travis Tomko, is a guy who has worked some indies and is a former bodyguard for Limp Bizkit ("Tomko, gimme a beat." "No.")
  • Rock was a presenter at the NAACP Awards and Dave thinks he looked pretty great for a guy who was almost murdered in an ambulance by the NWO a few days earlier. Cheeky Dave is just the best.
  • Speaking of, Dave throws in a random paragraph to backhandedly shit on Kevin Nash. For years, people in the business joked that Lex Luger made the most money with the least ability or drawing power of anyone ever in wrestling. Dave says it's gotta be Nash. For example, Nash is not wrestling and is only going to be in Hall's corner for the match at Wrestlemania (his knees really are giving him problems), but he has been promised that he's going to get the same type of payoff as if he was the guy in the match working with Austin in the semi-main event. Not to mention all the huge contracts he signed in WCW, or how he got a huge-by-WWF-standards deal here, plus got Vince to cave to almost all his other demands regarding schedule and bringing back Scott Hall, among other things. (I mean, while Dave is being kind of a dick here, I don't think he's really wrong either. When it comes to top draws in the history of the business, Nash isn't anywhere near even the top 10 or 20. And he's never exactly been a great wrestler. But since the 90s, Nash always managed to make sure he gets PAID like he's in that upper echelon. Nash is one of those very few wrestlers who isn't entranced by the fame or the fake accolades. He treats wrestling for what it is: a business. It's the way they pay their mortgages and buy groceries, just like you and me at our jobs. I love it. I laugh my ass off every time I hear "Brock Lesnar signed a huge new contract to only work 6 matches a year." Good for him. I hope he gets even more money for less dates next year. You should always know your worth and never let your employer take you for anything less. Nash has always been one of the guys to do that and he's probably going to die comfortably in a nice house while these other guys from his era are still clinging to fame at 60 years old doing $300 indie shows on crippled knees. Anyway, that's my soapbox). Dave seems to feel the same way and admits, love him or hate him, you gotta give Nash credit for being one of the smartest guys in the biz.
  • Fear Factor featuring the Hardyz, Lita, Test, Molly Holly, and Jacquelyn aired this week. First they had to climb up a rope ladder hanging from a helicopter over the river and they all made it up except Jeff Hardy who slipped near the top and fell (knowing Jeff, he probably purposely let go so he could take the big fall for fun). Lita also got eliminated for being the slowest one up the ladder. Next they had to chug a gross drink that included bile, rooster testicals, spleen, and some animal brains all blended together. Molly Holly almost vomited after one sip and was out. Jackie and Matt succeeded. Test refused to even try. So then it came down to Matt vs. Jackie and they had to walk across the tops of high poles and move flags around. Matt Hardy ended up winning the whole thing and won $50,000 for charity.
WATCH: WWF stars on Fear Factor, Pt. 1
WATCH: WWF stars on Fear Factor, Pt. 2
WATCH: WWF stars on Fear Factor, Pt. 3
  • Sunday Night Heat is being converted into one of the B-shows like Metal and Jakked. Awhile back, they started airing Heat from the WWF New York restaurant but the production costs of that were high. So in a cost-cutting move, they're just gonna tape dark matches and throw them on Heat the same way they do those other shows, featuring all the nobodies that can't ever get TV time on the main shows.
  • As mentioned last week, Scott Hall has been taking a drug called Antabuse, which makes him violently sick when he drinks or even smells alcohol. It caused him to get sick after Raw last week when Austin poured beer all over him in a bit after the cameras were off. Hall has said he is clean and has been clean for awhile, except for the incident a couple weeks ago where he fell off the wagon. Others are skeptical and question if Hall only takes his medication on TV days and needless to say, there's some doubt here.
  • Everywhere he goes, Brian Christopher has been telling people he's coming back to WWF after Wrestlemania, but contrary to what he's saying, Dave says there are zero plans for that (indeed, it does not happen).
FRIDAY: More on WWA's PPV disaster, the landscape for any new promotion attempting to start up, WWF huge show in Japan, WWF loses appeal over "WWF" initials, Bret Hart given offer for Wrestlemania 18, and tons more...
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2020.04.06 18:01 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Feb. 11, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY: The Complete Wrestling Observer Rewind 1991-2001
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002
NOTE: Sorry about no Rewind on Friday. Last week was horrible. Both of my dogs had to be put to sleep within 6 days of each other. One was planned, he had health issues and we had to make the tough decision to let him go and we had prepared ourselves for it. But the other one just a few days later was completely unexpected and absolutely crushed us. Needless to say, it's been a devastating week and wrestling has been my primary escape since, like everyone else, I'm quarantined in this house with all the sadness. To Kali and Bert, who spent so many hours curled up under my feet as I typed these Rewinds over the years, I love and miss you both terribly. <3
  • NJPW remains in disarray behind the scenes. Antonio Inoki and Masahiro Chono are working together to book the company, despite their philosophical differences (Chono sure would like it if Inoki would stop forcing MMA and his relationship with PRIDE into every aspect of NJPW business) but they're making it work for now. Tokyo Sports reported that Inoki sold some of his stake in NJPW to K-1 president Kazuyoshi Ishii, but Chono has denied that so who knows. As for company president Tatsumi Fujinami, Inoki said he wants him to decide whether he wants to be an in-ring wrestler or president, but he doesn't want him doing both anymore. He also pretty much flat out said that if business doesn't improve, Fujinami will be forced out, so ya know, no pressure. Inoki also wants Riki Choshu involved in booking, but Choshu has reportedly had it with Inoki and his constant interference with the MMA stuff and walked away from the booking team months ago.
  • The first round of the tournament to crown a new IWGP champion took place this week, and saw the surprise return of Rick Steiner, who went over Kensuke Sasaki in the first round. Tadao Yasuda and Yuji Nagata also advanced and the 3 of them will join Masa Chono (who had a first round bye) in the semi-finals next week. As far as the vacant IWGP Jr. title, rumor is that will be decided in a match next week between Minoru Tanaka vs. Masahito Kakihara but that may change. As for the vacant tag team titles, they will hold an 8-team tournament in March to crown new champs.
  • Big story about Tito Ortiz tearing his ACL and needing surgery, forcing UFC to scrap his planned dream match against Vitor Belfort. That fight doesn't end up happening until 2005. But anyway, that's MMA so....
  • Looooooong obituary for Nelson Royal, the former NWA Jr. Heavyweight champion, who died from a heart attack at 66 years old. Royal held the Jr. title in the 70s and was the last real touring champion that title had. Danny Hodge had previously held the belt and made it famous until a car wreck mostly ended his career, at which point Royal became champion and toured the territories defending it for most of the next few years, but that title was never really a big draw compared to the NWA world title. Anyway, Dave recaps his career and, with it, the weird convoluted history of that title. I'm always blown away at how Dave can write thousands of words about the interesting career of someone I've never even heard of.
  • Remember a couple of issues ago where Dave recapped some of the Observer Awards and gave his personal opinions on the winners and whether he agreed with them or not and why and blah blah blah? Well, he only did half of them in that issue. So this issue has the other half. Slow week I guess.
  • Dave looks back at numbers for the Japanese business over the past year. Yeah, definitely a slow week. Anyway, attendances, gates, TV ratings, etc. AJPW business is still in decline because they've not really recovered from the NOAH exodus in 2000. Speaking of NOAH, this was their first full year of existence so there's nothing to really compare their numbers to, but they're holding steady. PRIDE numbers are almost identical to the year before. NJPW was hit hard with their Dome shows, with attendance dropping 25% since last year. All their other numbers are mostly steady, so for all the doom and gloom about NJPW, the only real decline they saw was in their ability to draw for big stadium shows (yeah, that was just the first sign. The next few years for NJPW are going to be the real doom and gloom).
  • A guy named Ben Miller writes occasional columns-within-the-Observer and he has one about the NJPW situation. No news, just analysis. Then, after Ben's thing, there's another looooooong section of....Observer history. Hey, that's my job! Anyway, it's like "2 years ago this week" then 7 years ago, and 12 years ago. And he just recaps all the big stories from the Observers of those years. Fuck off Dave, I'm working this corner!
  • In Mexico, a tag match featuring Vampiro and a wrestler named Cobarde went sideways when a fan got involved. The fan brought his chair to ringside and was acting like he was going to hand it to Vampiro to use on Cobarde. But suddenly, the fan pulled the chair back and swung it at Cobarde himself, cracking him hard in the head and giving him a cut that required stitches. Charges were filed against the fan.
  • Rey Mysterio is still working in Puerto Rico and having show-stealing matches with Eddie Colon (Primo) over the WWC Jr. title.
  • Jun Akiyama said that if he gets pinned by Kenta Kobashi in Kobashi's return match next week, he'll vacate the GHC heavyweight title. NOAH is big on realism and from a ring-rust kayfabe perspective, Kobashi has been out for over a year, so it wouldn't make sense for him to be able to beat the champion in his first match back. Dave expects Akiyama will pin Kobashi, which will give Kobashi a loss to avenge later on.
  • A St. Paul newspaper wrote a story about Jesse Ventura using his political office as state governor to cash in for himself, specifically talking about his Summerslam 1999 appearance, XFL announcing gig, books he's written, and more. Dave talks about how Ventura was very cagey about the money he got from Summerslam, attempting to mislead the media into thinking he was donating it to charity when in fact he didn't. Ventura has always claimed that his outside business ventures are done on his own time and don't interfere with his work as governor, but the article used a recent example of Ventura disappearing for several days in the middle of the week to film a role in a Dana Carvey movie (The Master of Disguise).
  • Superstar Billy Graham had a donor lined up to give him a portion of his liver, a friend he knew from church, but the man failed his blood test and is no longer a candidate. So Graham is still waiting. If there's a silver lining, the donor found out in the midst of the test about his own liver issues that needed immediate attention, which he wouldn't have found out about otherwise so that's good.
  • Gary Michael Capetta is hosting a live theater show, based on his book Bodyslams, about his 21 years as a wrestling announcer. Sounds like it's pretty much just a speaking tour, telling stories about his career. Years before Mick Foley started touring with the same idea.
  • A female wrestler in Australia named Donna Marie Parsons was charged with having her husband murdered by 2 hitmen to collect a $1 million life insurance policy. First they tried to kill him by cutting the brake lines in his car, but that didn't work and then they tried to run him off the road when he was riding a motorcycle but that didn't work either. So then on the third attempt, they just went to his house and beat him to death with a crowbar and cut his throat. Yeah, I've found that usually does the trick. Anyway, she has pleaded not guilty. (She later gets convicted and gets 23 years in prison).
  • A Toronto newspaper ran a story about Diana Hart, her book, and the Hart family in general. Diana once again said she wanted Pamela Anderson to play her in a film version of her life (she said this in another interview awhile back on TV and was ridiculed for it). She also doubled down on her claims from the book, that Davey Boy Smith was abusive, drug addicted, and had raped her.
  • WWA's Las Vegas PPV was confirmed for the Aladdin Hotel. Since the promoters weren't able to get a license from the commission in time, the arena is using its own license to allow the show to go on. Scott Steiner is claiming he'll be working the show. Konnan and Norman Smiley, both of whom have worked all previous WWA shows, are booked for an XWF show on that same date, as is Rey Mysterio, so don't expect any of them. They're advertising a Juventud Guerrera vs. Psicosis match, but Psicosis is claiming he hasn't heard from anyone in WWA about wanting to book him for that date yet.
  • Speaking of XWF, it was reported last week that WWF made Jimmy Hart an offer to come in with Hogan, but Hart has decided to turn it down and stick with helping to run XWF (obviously doesn't pan out too well for him).
  • Well that didn't take long. Scott Hall showed up to the WWF TV tapings this week and made a total spectacle of himself, apparently drunk. In the past, as long as you weren't working a match, a lot of wrestlers and promoters looked past being messed up in the locker room because you're just hanging out, you're not endangering anybody. But this was Hall's first day back in the locker room and needless to say, everyone was pretty irritated about it. It confirmed everything everybody expected when it was announced that these 3 guys were coming back. Dave says Steve Austin and Undertaker particularly have been vocal about the fact that they've worked too hard to get the company to where it is to allow these guys to come in and wreck things. Naturally, Triple H has been coming to his friends' defense but he's pretty much the only one. Speaking of Austin, it's expected he'll face either Hall or Nash at Wrestlemania, which would leave Rock/Hogan and Triple H/Jericho as the other 2 big matches.
  • Notes from Raw: the show was in Vegas. The "police" that Angle hid behind when he was running from Triple H were actually bouncers from the local Crazy Horse Saloon strip club where Godfather has worked off and on for years in real life. They did the angle with Stephanie trying to get Triple H to renew their vows and telling him she was pregnant. Dave says pregnancy angles in wrestling always suck. The best pregnancy angle was the ECW one with Beulah, where she was "pregnant" for 6 months, never showed, and then turned lesbian for a week in an angle that was then forgotten about and only succeeded in getting them kicked off their Florida TV channel. And that was the good pregnancy angle. From there, Terri and Val Venis, Mae Young and the hand, the Stacy KeibleFlairs/Russo nonsense in WCW, and so on and so forth. They're never good. Anyway, Dave expects Stephanie to turn on Triple H and join Jericho when they do the vow renewal. That was the original plan with the Goldust/Marlena/Brian Pillman angle back in 1997, but then Pillman died and the angle got scrapped.
  • Fans have been doing the "What?!" chant during the national anthem at recent WWF shows. Literally Steve Austin's worst contribution to the professional wrestling industry.
  • Apparently Jericho did end up playing in that charity hockey game this week as part of the NHL All-Star weekend, with Goldberg acting as celebrity coach. For what it's worth, Goldberg was said to be very apologetic to Jericho about what happened between them in WCW (when Goldberg refused to work with him because Kevin Nash convinced him that he was too big of a star to be working with Jericho). Goldberg said he realizes now he was basically being manipulated because, of course, soon after that, Nash himself worked with Goldberg and ended his streak. During the game, Jericho and Goldberg did an angle together where they pretended to fight and Goldberg had to pick Jericho up and carry him back to the bench, which got a lot of publicity (can't find any video of this).
  • Hulk Hogan was on the Bubba The Love Sponge show and talked about how he's going to kick the Rock's ass, the same way he kicked his dad's ass. Dave isn't sure Hogan and Rocky Johnson ever even wrestled each other (from my research, the answer appears to be no). Obviously this further adds to the speculation that Hogan will likely face Rock at Wrestlemania.
  • When Stacy Keibler was on Howard Stern recently, he invited her to come with him to Scores strip club and she agreed. But this week, Stern went on the show and said WWF officials wouldn't let her go to the strip club with him because they felt it wasn't a good look for the company, leading Stern to point out all the half-naked Attitude Era stuff she's been doing on TV for the last year and wonders how that's any different. Full disclosure, I'd still risk it all for Stacy Keibler. Top 5 all-time dead or alive, fight me.
  • Chris Benoit was told by doctors that it's going to be at least 3 more months before he's cleared to return to the ring, which kills Benoit's hope of being back in time for Wrestlemania, although he kinda figured as much anyway, so the news wasn't a surprise.
  • WWF has had discussions about maybe bringing in Eric Bischoff, but it's still a long way off if/when that happens, still just early talks. Also, those who have seen Bischoff lately say he's not exactly camera ready lately (dude's been unemployed and living out in the mountains for awhile I guess). Obviously, there's potential to bring him in with the NWO.
  • Scott Hall's contract calls for a maximum of 10 dates per month, which basically means no house shows as long as he appears on all TVs. He and Nash are pushing to get X-Pac brought into the NWO with them, but Vince ain't going for it yet. Word is X-Pac has some heat from an interview he did on WWF.com a few months back where he made a lot of negative comments about how the company has handled its light heavyweight division. This ain't WCW, so going out in public and talking shit about your employer actually gets you in trouble here.
  • In a recent interview, Jerry Lawler was asked who would win a legit wrestling tournament among all the WWF wrestlers. Lawler said it wouldn't even be close and that Kurt Angle would wipe the floor with every single one of them in 30 seconds. That begs the question of Brock Lesnar and, turns out, we have an answer to that. Apparently Angle and Lesnar had their own wrestling match backstage for that very reason, to settle that debate, and Angle won, although it was apparently close. Even an Olympian struggles when the guy is 75 pounds heavier than you. Angle talked about it in a WWF.com interview:
"A guy like Brock, he's 310 pounds and he's a tremendous athlete. I give him a lot of credit. I underestimated him. He's actually better than I thought he was. He's not only a great wrestler; he' is a tremendous athlete. And I haven't wrestled in five years, so I'm kind of like an old man. I'm nothing compared to what I used to be. He just got out of college. so he's still pumping on all cylinders. To be able to get in the ring with him felt pretty good. Did I win? Yeah, but not by much. How would I do if I were in the same shape he was? I'll be honest. I'd kill him. If that hurts his feelings, too bad. It's just the way it is. He's a national champion. I'm an Olympic champion. He might be 80 or 90 pounds heavier than me, but I ate up guys his size. And until he realizes that, he's going to hear it from me. I'll never turn down a challenge. I've challenged him six times. Finally he took my challenge. I don't care how long I've been out of the sport; one thing I can say is that he'll never beat me. I might never beat him, because I've been out of the sport for so long now. But, give me two weeks on the mat, he's in trouble. It's a lost art for me, but I could still go to nationals and win it."
  • Scott Steiner will be undergoing a full physical this week at the request of WWF. If he passes, he'll likely be brought in. Steiner has only worked a handful of matches in WWA since WCW folded and he had to literally tape his foot into place because he has no control over his foot due to back and leg issues causing nerve damage. If he doesn't immobilize it, his foot will just flop out of place.
  • Various notes: Steve Blackman is dealing with some neck problems which is why he's been out (he never comes back, that injury pretty much retires him). Kurt Angle's brother Eric Angle, who's been signed to a developmental deal for awhile now, is needing another bicep surgery (yeah injuries keep him from ever really making it out of developmental). Steve Austin is taping a bunch of stuff for MadTV.
  • In the UK, on SkyTV, all references to "WWF" have been changed to "WWFE" due to the World Wildlife Fund lawsuit. The case is being appealed, but if WWF loses, they will have to stop using the "WWF" initials for marketing purposes outside of the U.S., meaning all website stuff, magazines, TV shows, everything using "WWF" would have to be changed. Can you imagine?
  • Speaking of developmental, down in HWA, Tough Enough winner Maven is getting good reviews. He survived a lot of ribbing when he first came in due to the way he got his contract, and it would have been easy for him to get a big head or bad attitude, but he's worked hard and gotten himself over with the other wrestlers because he's humble and recognizes that he still has a lot of work to do.
  • Ron Killings (formerly K-Kwik) did an interview talking about his recent release from WWF and he was cool about it, saying these things happen and he's still going to keep working. He did say he was frustrated because no one ever gave him a reason why he was released and after the fact, neither Jim Ross or Vince McMahon would return his phone calls.
  • Apparently in a recent discussion with one of the Nevada athletic commission doctors, Triple H was talking to him about UFC running so many shows in Nevada and Triple H apparently said, in all seriousness, "Don't you know that stuff is all fake?" For what it's worth, Dave says a lot of wrestlers are like that, so inside the wrestling bubble, that they think everything is a work.
WEDNESDAY: more on Scott Hall's latest incident, more on NWO and brand split, WWF and DirecTV dispute ends, Kevin Nash sues Time Warner, and more...
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2020.03.27 17:02 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jan. 21, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY: The Complete Wrestling Observer Rewind 1991-2001
1-7-2002 1-14-2002
  • Contracts haven't been signed as of press time, but it appears all but certain that Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall will be returning to the WWF within the next few weeks. Lots of scenarios are being discussed, with the obvious being they coming in as a group and leading a renegade faction against WWF, and would appear on both shows when the brand split eventually happens (speaking of, that plan has once again been delayed, no new date given yet). There's also a good chance Triple H and X-Pac may join their group and of course, that has people wondering about Shawn Michaels also. Dave says nothing has changed on Michaels, he's still persona non-grata in WWF right now. Hogan, Nash, and Hall are all pushing to use the NWO name, but Vince is said to be against using that gimmick because, well, we all know how Vince is with ideas he didn't create. Vince has also proven to never care about "outsiders invading" angles, given that he had both the Radicalz and Invasion angles fall into his lap in the last 2 years and he fumbled them both. Or when Ric Flair came to WWF in 1991 when he was still the WCW champion and Vince didn't even try to capitalize on it. Invasion/outsider angles are almost always huge business when done right but every time Vince has had the opportunity in the past, he seems uninterested.
  • Hall and Nash are reportedly coming in with similar 3-year deals, each rumored to be in the $700,000-per-year downside guarantee range. Hogan is still negotiating his money and the two sides are still far apart but it's still believed to be inevitable that they'll strike a deal soon. Vince secretly met with Hogan at his hotel in NYC last week when they were in town for Raw. and they all but finalized most of the details. Needless to say, this has been a pretty controversial decision, with almost the entire locker room being unanimously against the idea of bringing in the group. When it comes to people in positions of power, Vince held a meeting with all the agents and other decision makers and Triple H and Stephanie are said to be the only ones for the idea and literally EVERYONE else told Vince they don't like it. But Vince gonna Vince. When word got out about the meeting, Kevin Nash called Vince and said he doesn't want to come in if the decision makers don't want him there and are just going to sabotage him. At some point during this conversation, Nash got Vince to cave on the idea of bringing in Hall, which is what led to him being included now as well.
  • There's already rumors that Hogan will face Rock at Wrestlemania as part of a double main event (the other being Austin vs. Triple H, likely for the title). Dave says those are just rumors and none of that is finalized yet. Morale in the locker room to the news is about what you'd expect, especially from people who worked with any of those 3 guys in WWF or WCW before and remember how much trouble they all caused. Many have said that having these guys brought in, for more money and guaranteed to be in top positions ahead of everyone else, is a slap in the face to the rest of the roster. Dave thinks these guys will obviously help business in the short-term, but they signed 3-year deals and Dave can't even fathom any of these guys being worth that much money for that long, much less for the disruption it may cause the locker room.
  • Jim Ross did an interview with Slam Wrestling where he defended the impending signings, blaming Hall, Nash, and Hogan's bad reputations on WCW's poor management and says WWF won't let them get away with the same behavior. Dave agrees that WCW was definitely at fault for allowing a lot of it, but Nash and Hall in particular had the same reputation in WWF before they left, so...you know. Also, in regards to Scott Hall, his issues have nothing to do with any wrestling company and all to do with the fact that he's an out-of-control alcoholic who can't stay out of trouble. Dave talks about when Eddie Guerrero, Brian Christopher, and Road Dogg were all fired last year for drug issues, WWF was right to do so and they don't have anywhere close to the same track record Hall has. Dave can't understand why they think this is worth taking a chance on and in fact, he wonders if WWF has a responsibility to not put Hall back in that position, since he's shown no signs whatsoever that he's straightened himself up. In the end, Dave thinks these guys are going to milk the WWF for all they can get, and when it comes time to give back, we'll see their true colors then.
  • One last fun fact: Dave says that in just the last 15 months, Kurt Angle has headlined more shows that drew 10,000 or more fans, headlined more PPVs with 1.0 or higher buyrates, and headlined more MSG sellouts than both Hall and Nash have done combined in their entire careers.
  • Finally, on to the next thing. Dave gives his personal opinions on some of the recent Observer Awards winners, what he agreed with, what he didn't, etc. For instance, Keiji Muto won Wrestler of the Year but Dave thinks it should have gone to Steve Austin and makes his argument for it, but he also sees why Muto won. Stuff like that. It's not news, just the same kinda opinion stuff he does these days on the radio show.
  • We also get a long review of the latest UFC 35 PPV headlined by BJ Penn suffering his first loss to Jens Pulver. But that's MMA stuff so moving on...
  • Martha Hart reached an out-of-court settlement with the publishing company that released Diana Hart's "Under The Mat" book. The settlement resulted in all copies of the book being removed from bookstores nationwide in Canada. Martha had threatened to sue the publisher back in November after the book came out, saying it was full of completely fabricated bullshit and apparently the publisher realized she was right because they caved pretty hard here. Not only have all books been taken out of stores, but Martha was also given an undisclosed amount of money, which she donated to the charity she established in Owen Hart's name. The publisher also paid all her legal costs. Diana Hart was not involved in the settlement and hasn't commented (yeah, even Diana later admitted the book is full of lies and exaggerations).
  • Jushin Liger made his debut in AJPW, teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi against Hiroshi Hase and Taiyo Kea at a house show in Osaka. So the NJPW/AJPW relationship is still hanging on for now (oh, not much longer...). Hase pinned Tanahashi to win. Can't find video of this but it seems like that'd be cool to see.
  • Kenta Kobashi's planned comeback was scheduled to be in a singles main event next month against Jun Akiyama, but it has been changed to a tag match because Kobashi won't be ready yet to work a singles match (wasn't ready to work a tag match either as it turns out, but we'll get there).
  • NOAH and AJPW are both considering shutting down in June due to the World Cup which is taking place in Japan this year. Can you imagine? Professional wrestling companies just shutting down??
  • Akira Hokuto, one of the greatest women's wrestlers of all time, announced her retirement this week. Her last match will be in April. Dave gives a brief recap of her career, and her decision to be a stay-at-home mom with her son and her husband, Kensuke Sasaki. By the way, if you want to hear a fun wrestling legend, look up the story of Akira and Sasaki's first meeting during the North Korea shows Inoki put on. (Anyway, Akira stays retired for 2 years, has another baby, and eventually comes out of retirement to work a handful of matches before finally officially retiring for good in 2006).
  • Atsushi Onita got a lot of publicity in Japan this week because apparently he was hanging around on a busy street corner in Tokyo collecting donations for Afghan children in the wake of the war now going on there. (Don't worry, he soon finds a way to spin this into trying to get a match with Inoki).
  • You may recall back in October, former wrestler Chris Adams was shot and killed after an argument with his best friend Brent Parnell. Perhaps it was over a missing ring, who's to say? Anyhow, police have decided not to indict Parnell on any charges, since the evidence backed up his story that he was acting in self-defense. Parnell told police Adams was drunk and out of control and had gotten violent and that Parnell shot him to protect himself. Parnell called the police immediately after it happened and turned himself in when they arrived at the scene. At the time of his death, Adams had been awaiting trial on manslaughter charges in relation to the drug overdose death of his girlfriend in 2000.
  • Remember that Matrats promotion out of Canada that Eric Bischoff was briefly involved with? Their website has disappeared, which probably tells you the state of that company (yup, they gone).
  • XPW drew its usual crowd of about 1,000 fans to a show in Los Angeles and it was a mess. They hyped the show around the "shocking appearance of a former WWF or WCW champion" but....it never happened. The show ended with no surprise appearance by anyone, infuriating the fans. New Jack and Vic Grimes had a match that saw New Jack go through a bunch of tables and Grimes get his balls staplegunned (we're still a few weeks away from THAT Grimes/New Jack moment).
  • CZW held a show in the old ECW Arena that was only notable because Mark and Jay Brisco worked a match under masks, going by the name Midnight Outlaws. The reason is because the state athletic commission has a rule that wrestlers have to be 18. Both the Briscoes are still underage and for whatever reason, this was their way around it, which Dave thinks is just the dumbest thing.
  • Artisan Entertainment reportedly made a deal with Martha Hart to make a movie about Owen Hart's life. The movie is expected to be finished filming in late-2003 and Martha said all proceeds will go to the Owen Hart Foundation (I've gained a lot of respect for Martha Hart through doing these Rewinds. She was steadfast and I believe completely right in everything she did following Owen's death and every single thing she's ever done since then with Owen's name, the money always went to the charity).
  • MTV ran an episode this week catching up on people from the old "True Life" episodes. One of them was Matt Taglia, who was the guy they showed who wanted to be a wrestler and was training at Les Thatcher's wrestling school but got dropped after he got caught with drugs. Unsurprisingly, MTV's follow-up showed Taglia has been in and out of rehab ever since and is unemployed (that was 2002. I googled him just for fun and in 2015, he got arrested for a bunch of aggravated robbery charges and best I can tell, he may still be in prison right now).
  • WWA is still planning to run a live PPV next month in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena but as of press time, the deal with the arena isn't finalized. Very few wrestlers have also agreed to appear and this PPV is looking to be in doubt. Also, advertising for this show has been blatantly hyping the reunion of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, which is obviously not happening since they're headed to WWF. There's talk that Randy Savage is getting involved with this promotion also (the show does end up happening, in another arena, and a lot of shit goes sideways, but we'll get there).
  • Curt Hennig is going to be working the WWF's upcoming Royal Rumble, which has put XWF in quite a pickle. Hennig isn't under contract to XWF but he has been working all their TV tapings and was expected to become the XWF champion any day now. He's a big part of their shows. But without a contract and with WWF clearly interested, they're in a tough spot. Officially, Hennig is only working the Rumble as a one-shot deal but if he comes in and looks good, it's widely expected WWF will make him an offer and XWF will be shit out of luck (and that's exactly what happens).
  • UFC is doing a taped "Best of" PPV in February because they have a contract with InDemand PPV that guarantees a certain number of PPV buys per year and if they come up short of that, UFC has to make up the financial difference on their end. So they're running the "Best of" show to get some more buys in on their contract. This is pretty much the exact same kind of PPV deal ECW had and was one of the big reasons they went out of business, because they couldn't afford to make up the financial difference when they came up short. So in return, the PPV companies held back ECW's payments, which was money ECW needed to survive. Without it, they died. Luckily, UFC's owners are filthy rich so they can handle it.
  • The plan, for a long time now, has been for Triple H's first match back to be at the Royal Rumble to try and pop a huge buyrate. That's why they kept him off TV until the Raw last week, even though he's been cleared to return since December. So with that being said, Dave has no idea why they abruptly changed plans and had Triple H wrestle on free TV on Smackdown this week, just days before the Rumble. But that's the state of this company lately, just short-sighted decisions and desperate ratings grabs. Dave really questions the decision making in WWF lately.
  • Speaking of the Rumble, this will be the 4th WWF PPV not airing on DirecTV because they're still in a dispute over how the profits are divided. Dave says that even if WWF wins this battle and DirecTV backs down and agrees to stick to the previously agreed terms, it's still going to take WWF almost 3 years to make back the money that has been lost with those PPVs not airing. And that's best case scenario.
  • Dave says crowd participation is important to wrestling (and man, we've seen that more than ever now in 2020) but he can't wait for the "What" chants to run their course (18 years later, still waiting). Dave says a lot of wrestlers feel the same way, they hate it. Lance Storm even wrote a blog post on his website talking about how disrespectful it is and how hard it is for anyone to get heat or cut a promo because the crowds just chant "What" after every line rather than be engaged in what's happening.
  • WWF recently closed a new book publishing deal with Simon & Schuster, and every mainstream story about it talked about Mick Foley being part of the deal. He's not. If you recall, Foley quietly left the WWF last year, primarily to negotiate his own book deals. Foley wants to write more books, particularly a fiction book, and that just isn't gonna go over with WWF involvement and them taking a huge chunk of the money. Foley is still on good terms with the WWF, but he's no longer there and has no involvement in their new book deal.
  • Charlie Haas returned to HWA wrestling this week, about a month after the death of his brother. He's also going by the name R.C. Haas now, in honor of Russ (that gets changed back when he goes to the main roster). On his second night back, Haas won the HWA title.
  • As mentioned earlier, Curt Hennig's Rumble appearance is only scheduled to be a one-shot deal for now. Same with Goldust, who is also working the Rumble, although if either does well or gets a great reaction, they'll likely be signed (indeed, they both were).
MONDAY: Keiji Muto and other stars leave NJPW for AJPW, more on the impending arrivals of Hogan, Nash, and Hall, Royal Rumble fallout, and more...
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2020.03.24 13:01 MatthewMir WWE Network Primer - Your guide to everything you should watch on the WWE Network during lockdown/quarantine.

Hi Everyone,
You may know me from my Essential Lists post I have posted throughout the last few years. I have recently had a few messages about the WWE Network being free for a few months and asking people if they recommend matches to watch and I said eventually I would get to a new list.
Well, unfortunately, Australia is close to a state of lock-down, which has given me some spare time to actually work on a new list.
 
These collection of matches are my own personal opinion of the Top 100 WWE Matches of All Time. I have not included Dave Meltzer’s ratings like I usually would on these lists. I understand there is going to plenty of omissions of matches but it is hard to limit all the best matches. Feel free to include some of your favourite WWE matches that aren’t included in the comments. Please read the entire list before commenting saying I’ve forgotten a match.. Also since a few people have commented on these posts saying 'stop throwing lists at us with no information' so on a few matches I’ve added a little bit of a backstory for new fans/fans of who haven’t seen the matches, some match details do contain spoilers, so you have been warned. I have also tried to add a link to each match as well; all videos come from the WWE Network.
Now for those people thinking why I didn’t include other companies in this list – it’s purely because it’s easier to get access on WWE Matches, especially now because they’re giving the WWE Network available for free currently, as well as building up to Wrestlemania this year.
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