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Thread idea stolen by Gladders.

 

Inspired by a glorious find by Ian of a classic Livewire on Youtube, and the general madness (read: absolutely fucking brilliance) of the neverending NXT, lets talk about WWE when it's nothing like what it should be. Favourite wrestlers, matches and moments that appeared to be allowed to happen while somebody was creating a diversion for Vince.

 

One of my favourites has to be Shawn Michaels going spastic the night after Hell in a Cell in an in-ring promo. He's obviously supposed to run the Curtain Call video to piss off Vince, but the megalamaniacal rant he goes on afterwards is something to behold. He cuts Bret's legs off when the Harts do their bit in the promo, and the look of powerless disgust on Bret's face towards the end of it is some of the most intent disdain I've ever seen on a wrestler's face. HBK wasn't half a cunt, but like most things in wrestling, he was the best of his kind at that, too. All this, remember, as the first segment on the Brian Pillman is Dead episode of Raw. Lovely stuff.

 

A jaw-dropping display. This link kicks off from the middle of Bret rambling a bit, which is really when it truly kicks off anyway. Bret really stumbles over everything while Shawn just totally plays up to it in the ring, then starts his spectacular rant when Bret fucks off. Ace stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3mzKltvq6E

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The promo, linked below, is a full on shoot. Michaels is meant to be doing an interview about random shite regarding his injury, but he just stays "bugger this" and starts ranting about stuff Bret Hart said about him in a real life interview. Its amazing, considering how wrestling is, to see someone just speak his mind full on off script. Its Scott Steiner 2000 esque.

 

The Observer at the time wrote this in its review of the show:

Reality break, folks. It goes without saying that in the ring Michaels did a super job in 1996...however, let's not rewrite history to say Shawn's reign was Hogan-like from a business standpoint, because nothing could be further from the truth. TV ratings collapsed in June of 1996 on Shawn's watch, not Bret's, and reached company all time lows for the rest of the year. Not just Monday night ratings due to Nitro -ratings across the board. Syndication died. Shawn's work in the ring can't be denied...but then buy rates fell through his reigns and it was during Shawn's reign, for the first time in a decade that WWF in both PPV and TV ratings fell to No.2 in the US. And when it came to house shows, while WWF had a strong year in 1996, its best months were February and March and who was champion at that point? The summer was good but there was a serious decline in the fall, at which point Vince threw everything he could to get Bret back, including promising him the belt. Let's not forget that there were numerous cases of Michaels' throwing unprofessional hissy fits throughout the title reign in the ring."

 

Kevin Nash goes spastic at WCW sacking Scott Hall was always a good one. He does one at the begining of this video and one in the ring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkfk0QePmQI

 

More from Kevin Nash - "I'm going over because I said so"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05vrgqP2XXs...feature=related

 

Goldberg 'shoot' promo. "You put your own ass on the booking committee, and your the only man who beat me"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN5dRWyoOaU

 

Nash responds and mentions Pierre Outlette getting a kicking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbYlLm185lU

 

Russo goes pretends everything is fake apart from his storyline:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vizWX9gKAjA...feature=related

 

More Kev, with added X-Pac:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDaFHJ72jmw...feature=related

 

Russo on winning the belt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVYAjf-tVXM

 

Russo's debut promo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snn4J31WPZw

 

Mike Tenay vs Vince Russo

 

Poor Eric Bischoff rings in to Monday Nitro to tell everyone WCW is on its arse and they are fucked. Bischoff sounds like he's about to have a breakdown.

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Kevin Nash on commentary for a whole episode of Thunder. He'd just had the book taken off him, so was in full shoot mode the whole night. I haven't seen it in ages, but there's some belting lines in there...

 

Tenay: "And here comes LA PARKA! Why is La Parka coming out here?"

Nash: "Because we got to the booking meeting late today, Tenay, and half the guys didn't show up."

 

*After a Meng match* Nash: "They should have known Meng was going to win...nobody loses after having a big video package of them right before the match!"

 

I need to watch it all again soon. There's a part where he's talking over a Sid/Goldberg build-up video that's just classic Nash. He even manages to complain about his action figure doing the job in an advert they show.

 

 

 

Thunder Is Sexy!

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The Goldberg and Nash shoots are utterly horrifying. I enjoy little cheekies on WWE as much as the next guy, but that's usually as far as it gets.

 

Stuff like these would have NEVER made it anywhere near a notebook in a creative meeting under Vince, let alone two episodes of Thunder in a row. Fascinating viewing, but absolutely insane, in context. Poor Ritchie will have a stroke if he sees them.

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I'm unable to pinpoint specific examples but I heart William Regal's use of light British insults. I'm sure he has said "shirt-lifter", "naughty bugger" and other such...

Dinner masher is Another.

 

I believe he also called Eugene a window licker at one point.

 

I love William Regal.

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I'm unable to pinpoint specific examples but I heart William Regal's use of light British insults. I'm sure he has said "shirt-lifter", "naughty bugger" and other such...

Dinner masher is Another.

 

I believe he also called Eugene a window licker at one point.

 

I love William Regal.

 

He did indeed refer to Eugene as a window licker,though Sky Sports removed from the episode. Here it is:

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Poor Eric Bischoff rings in to Monday Nitro to tell everyone WCW is on its arse and they are fucked. Bischoff sounds like he's about to have a breakdown.

 

That is incredible. Eric sounds completely broken. I imagine him making the phone call in a room lit with a naked bulb and a bottle of scotch.

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The promo, linked below, is a full on shoot. Michaels is meant to be doing an interview about random shite regarding his injury, but he just stays "bugger this" and starts ranting about stuff Bret Hart said about him in a real life interview. Its amazing, considering how wrestling is, to see someone just speak his mind full on off script. Its Scott Steiner 2000 esque.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v42AnIRio2M...player_embedded

 

Never seen that promo before - but its awesome - HBK really spills his guts out.

"Don't think Bulldog & Owen are very happy right now" - JR with the understatement of 97! I bet they wanted to beat the living shit out of him. Does Bret mentoin this promo in his book I can't remember.

 

Big Nash is right though Vince loves all that stuff - playing the boys off against each other.

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