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  1. 1 hour ago, Bellenda Carlisle said:

    I don't think you can recast a gimmick 10 years before it was used but I would like to see Sting do the John Cena "bodybuilding main eventer white rapper" gimmick but in 1992, the actual Vanilla Ice era. 

    Wow. Given how slowly the industry seems to move now, its a massive mindfuck to think there are only 10 years (less really) separating surfer Sting and the emergence of John Cena.

  2. 3 minutes ago, Merzbow said:

    Big Kev was could have fit the Stone Cold gimmick to a degree, too. There was that brief moment where he was becoming an edgy "tweener" version of himself before he left for WCW.

    Easily his best run in the company. What was McMahon thinking having him as a cookie cutter smiley goof during his world title run? Nash was money if booked right.

  3. Although he's better remembered for his face run, Jake Roberts will always be a dastardly heel in my book, just for that awesome 1991/92 run that left such an imprint in my childhood.

    Monday Night Raw will always be about the big "RAW" letters on the isle/video screen and JR and McMahon in black and red jackets.

    Eddy (never Eddie) Guerrero and Rey Mysterio JR will forever be midcard WCW guys.




  4. 11 minutes ago, tiger_rick said:

    Kevin Nash always strikes me as the other obvious Undertaker. If they hadn't got Mean Mark when they did and sat on the idea for a couple of years, that could have been a thing. I'm not sure he'd have committed to it but it would have been bloody baffling when they started to humanise the character and he became an arrogant prick.

    Very off topic I know, but Vinnie Vegas was a great gimmick for Nash. It wasn't a "ha ha" spin-off of a Vegas character like the Gambler, and had some potential for a lot of depth I thought, as well as some comedic stuff allowing for his natural charm. 

    Always gets lumped in with the "mid 90's WCW Gimmicks" pile a bit unfairly in my view.

  5. 47 minutes ago, LaGoosh said:

    Vince McMahon in a room answering fan questions live. I'd happily watch this every week in place of Raw, NXT and SD. The weirdest and most fascinating man alive.

    In all seriousness, wouldn't some new Steve Austin interviews (held live if absoloutely needs be) satisfy all the requirements while avoiding fake fighting in an empty studio that makes the Impact Zone in 2016 sound like the Pontiac Silverdome?

  6. On 3/27/2020 at 10:31 PM, Cousin Jim Bob said:

    I remember when I first moved to Liverpool in 2000. First the disappointment on how shit the TV reception was and how I was getting S4C in perfect picture but no ch4 or Five. Then I discovered Sgorio. I think they had La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga highlight rights at the time. It was fucking amazing.

    There's an S4C programme at 9pm on Friday looking back at 30 years of Sgorio. Its been on before but really good. (With subtitles for you lot over Offa's Dyke)


  7. Just now, Snitsky's back acne said:

    Pardon my ignorance, I know nothing about Blue Lives Matter.
    Had a quick look and its about tougher sentences for people who kill police officers? Or have I misunderstood? Why is that bad? 

    Having just read up about the movement, it reminds me of those in this country who obsess over causes such as "help for heroes" and the general glorification of the military. Its a front for something much more jingoistic and was set up as a counter to Black Lives Matter.

    Make of that what you will.

  8. A sentiment that's echoed on here, both directly and indirectly, is the obsession with shoehorning every single roster member onto the card. It just brings down the overall standard and tacks on filler matches that no-one is frothing at the mouth to see.

    I can't fathom why they are on intent on following through with this when the roster is so big. In years gone by, even when the roster was much leaner, there were always a couple of upper mid carders that were left out.


  9. 19 minutes ago, SuperBacon said:

    The bit about John Sillett saying that football is supposed to entertain by "flair, passion and skill" tickled me.

    Everything you love.

    Its bollocks isn't it? We're all just as entertained by our sides scoring after the goalie lumped it up and a melee in the penalty box. 

    I'm the furthest thing from a football purist you could get. Never saw the enjoyment in Barca's tiki taka days and passing the ball for no real reason.

  10. 10 minutes ago, jazzygeofferz said:

    That Boneyard match was a really well made piece of cinema. It'd be good for Taker to go out on something like that. Loved that he managed to be the American Badass again. 

    Personally I think there are enough ways to protect the Undertaker, be it tag matches etc, I'd rather his swansong took place in front of an audience at least.

  11. 1 hour ago, tiger_rick said:

    I had to go watch the Funhouse in full after reading the reviews. One of the strangest things I've ever seen. It was well done, don't get me wrong, but couldn't be any further from what wrestling is supposed to be. So for that reason, I don't love it but it definitely has its moment.

    Agreed. But as someone who thought that Jake Roberts tempting the Ultimate Warrior into a snake pit almost 30 years ago was a bit too hokey for my tastes, I was certainly never going to enjoy something like this.

    That said, I don't watch the weekly TV so had no idea of most storylines going in, but I found the Mandy Rose/Dolph Ziggler storyline with that big fella to be quite charming. Was quite reminiscent of a midcard storyline during the Attitude era (only that back then she'd have ended up lezzing it off with the brunette or something.)

  12. On 3/27/2020 at 9:14 PM, tiger_rick said:

    1998 is the complete World Cup. The kick off times were ideal, though England v Tunisia at 3pm on a working day was probably a nightmare for many, there were tons of great games, the best players in the world were out in force and there were notable stories galore. Brilliant stuff.

    Personally I think the best World Cups in terms of kick off time are those in the Americas. I remember that for Brazil 2014 we had kick off times of something like 6pm, 8pm and 11pm which meant I didn't miss any due to work etc. Even in Europe there are always 3pm kick offs which can make it awkward and don't get me started on 2002. Fucking waste of a good tournament that was.

    Echo the love for USA 94. The first World Cup I can properly remember, we had the wall chart up at primary school and everything and the headteacher insisting we filled it in as a class before any thought of some actual schoolwork.




  13. I'm really struggling with this lack of crowd. I realise they have no other choice and understand the rationale of presenting a show when pretty much every major sport is on hold. But the lack of feedback just sucks out so much out of the presentation and you can tell that the wrestlers struggle with it too.

    The fact that so many of them are still presenting that signature poses on the way in etc, which are pretty hokey at the best of times, comes across as utterly cringeworthy when there's no one there apart from the timekeeper and a couple of cameramen. Its also pretty funny when, out of habit, they try to garner a non-existent crowd response to something.

  14. Never been a fan of the broken stuff tbh.

    I can see why Impact allowed him to do it, and was beneficial in that it got people talking about the product during a time when they were desperate for any exposure. But I can't say I enjoyed much of it, outside of the Hardy compound stuff,  as I feel that such gimmicks delve way too far into "this is just embarrassing, phoney shite" territory that you couldn't suspend your disbelief even if you tried. The kind of stuff that your dad would walk in on and laugh at how crap it all is.

    Not sure that AEW are in the position that Impact was in 2016 or so though. Plus they are on an actual half decent cable channel that normal people watch. Not convinced that many outside of the hardcore wrestling bubble would appreciate such gimmicks in all honesty.

  15. 28 minutes ago, King Pitcos said:

    But the ticket sales dying a death after the first few weeks isn’t a good sign of sustainability. Like the original TNA, to some extent that doesn’t matter because rich parents, but it’s not growing in popularity the way a startup should. Although the money in wrestling now (besides Saudi and TV rights deals for WWE) is just fleecing the hardcore fanbase for every last dollar anyway, and they’ve got the brand loyalty to get that part sorted. Even if AEW draws 800 fans, each one will probably buy four t-shirts on the night and already bought seven online.

    And therein lies the problem. Generally the eye has been taken off the ball in terms of trying to grow the wrestling audience and attract your traditional wide ranging fanbase, in favour of everyone trying to appeal and wring every last penny out of the same narrow demographic that will always be there anyway. 

    The most popular periods in wrestling aren't known for the high quality of the in-ring action, with more emphasis on the characters, promo work etc. This seems to have been forgotten.

  16. Buddy Landell, complete with rip-off Ric Flair gimmick and theme, rocking up in the WWF in late 1995. 

    And although I wasn't complaining at the time and always love a comeback, no matter how past their prime they are, a badly out of shape Roddy Piper competing in the mid 2000's "Ruthless Aggresion" era was a bit strange.


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