Actually, the shirt Raven was wearing wasn't of The Sandman that's wrestling.. the Sandman on Raven's shirt is a comic book character.. just to clear things up.
As I'm not familiar with the character, I did not know that. Thanks for clearing it up, everyone who wrote in!
Just a quick answer to your question about the tag belts...didn't the NWO create a rule when the won the belts-it said something like any two members of the NWO can defend the belts at any time? This would explain how Scott Steiner lost the belts, anyway. There is, however, NO explanation for Mrs. Bagwell's role in all of this. It's gotten to the point where any new "wrestlers" are only there because of one relative or another already in the federation. Whatever...just another hole in the sinking ship that is WCW...
You're correct - the whole "Wolfpac Rules" thing was originally done by the nWo so that they could have any combination defend the tag belts (normally a combo of Hall, Nash, or Syxx). Then, with the nWo split, it was still that any combination of nWo or Wolfpac members could defend a tag belt. Why the hell it's now the norm is beyond me. And what happened to Kenny Kaos? One minute, he's a tag champion, the next, some old lady is.
Yet another example of how they're flushing the tag division down the toilet. Where have ye gone, o Midnight Express?
I thought pro-rassling had hit a low with NWO's, OWN, LWO etc. but to have Hokant and Bitchoff pull the S*** they pulled on Monday Nitro is a new low for even them.
I watched pro-wrestling revealed the other night and it made me want to watch more just to see if I could spot the things we were told about.
Now, after watching Hokant declare himself as presidential material and Bitchoff having the gall to think anyone would believe him as a campaign manager, I started to reach for the remote. Then Bitchoff called the so called controller and the lawyers (?) into the ring and kicked all of them and I did grab the remote and turned to the discovery channel. I then set my remote to not bring up the Turner channel.
I now declare myself free of wrestling and it did not take a twelve step program (but maybe it really did after all).
WCW and the NWA's greatest strength was always putting out the best wrestling product, along with moderate-to-decent angles (as opposed to the WWF, who traditionally put most of their effort into crafting angles, while putting on utter crap in the ring, as a rule). However, over the past several months, the quality of WCW wrestling has been going downhill fast, and their already weak angles have been getting horrid. Right now, I can only think of one true angle going on in WCW, and that's the already-old Steiner vs. Steiner situation. I suppose the Bret Hart "crippler" angle could also be one, but it's in its infancy. No cruiserweight angles. The TV and US titles are dead. The tag situation is a joke. The World title's in la-la land. The LWO hasn't gotten off the ground, and the nWo and Wolfpac are aimless.
WCW has possibly the biggest collection of talent ever put into one company. However, they seem to have no booking direction whatsoever. They don't seem to be inspired enough to create angles that will draw the viewers, instead just throwing random matches out on Monday night in hopes that something will click.
The WWF is laying the foundation for an epic angle with the whole McMahon thing. WCW cannot just sit back and keep doing the same ol', same ol', and expect to ride this out. Mr. Bischoff, listen to your fans. They're growing restless.
I've pretty much had it with Nitro. The reports are far more interesting that watching Bishoff's ego keep puffing up. Anyway, while watching Monday, my wife walks in, listens for a while and says (she has seen the program before), ``They sure talk more than they wrestle.''
I answered, ``It used to be the other way around.''
See the response above.
After reading your Nitro report, it all makes sense now. I truly believe that Hogan wants to ruin Ventura's credibility as a politician. For whatever reasons they dislike each other, I really don't care. I always gave Hogan the benefit of doubt regarding all the internet rumors about him being an absolute a-hole and spotlight hog, but this was just way too much. I think I can officially call myself a member of the Hogan Haters Club.
As always, I'm Not An Insider, but the generally accepted opinion is that Hogan and Ventura aren't good buddies, and in fact Ventura and WCW aren't on the best of terms, either. I find it disgusting that Hogan is attempting to turn a legitimate political win by Ventura into another vehicle to bloat his ever-expanding ego. This "Presidential run" is nothing but crap.
If you're interested in learning more about Jesse Ventura, the Governor, you can check out his website at http://www.jesseventura.org/. It has lots of good information.
I glanced at the ratings for this week, and they don't look good for WCW. If you didn't notice, Nitro was not only clubbered by RAW, it was beaten by a tenth of a rating point by WWF Sunday Night Heat. You don't think Hogan's presidential campaign has anything to do with that, do you?
Do you think WCW is actually trying to imply that Scott Steiner is using steroids? He calls himself "the hookup," a term meaning someone who knows where to score drugs; he goes into violent fits; he talks about his "rage"; he has a shady doctor. Is this WCW trying to match WWF's more mature theme? Vince gives us vampires, porn stars, and "Suck It," Bischoff gives us alcoholism, drug abuse, and politics. Now if only someone would give us some wrestling...
Am I the only one who finds it embarassing that Nitro got beaten by Sunday Night Heat? Guess not.
I wasn't aware that the steriod connection with Steiner ran that deep, actually. I was just making jokes about the "roid rage" because, well, Steiner looks the part. It's all becoming clear now....
Everybody's always wondering why Nitro always gets killed in the ratings? Well, here's why: on the three hours of "wrestling" this Monday, there was a grand total of eight matches. And that's including the Judy Bagwell/Rick Steiner crapola!
And what's worse, there was only one match that ended cleanly: Scott Norton vs. Lodi.
I thought I'd taken the "Midnight Train to Screwjobland" last week. I guess I wasn't alone.
This was a really great Nitro!!! One of the bests in a long time. The crowd was really hot for most of the matches! Everybody was shocked to see Bigelow make his debut. Goldberg received huge pops everywhere. Chavo Guerrero, Horsemen, Big Sexy, Scott Hall (when he decked Bischoff) and DDP also had some insane pops. Hogan received tons of heat. The audio wasn't very good so our section could only hear bits and pieces of the interviews. I don't know how well it came off on TV, but the opening match between Kidman and Juvy was excellent. The only real complaint I had was the "title match" between Bigelow and Goldberg, but what do you expect? There was no dark matches, Goldberg gave us all a last few poses with the belt and that was it. Like I said, an excellent Nitro overall. This was ten times better than the Nitro I went to in Denver in August of 1997.