I was hoping somebody else would mention this in the Nitro report 12/29 but maybe it was missed.[Note from Bill: I'm sure that was done on purpose. Just to clarify, the dietary rules do not apply to all Jews, only those that keep Kosher, which is actually a pretty small percentage.
Obviously that Raven segment with his mother is pathetically fake, but I think I caught a major screwup in it.
Whenever my fiancee and I get in an argument, I always make a nice ham sandwhich to antagonize her. She's Jewish and Jews cannot eat pork products.
I believe I read on DDT Digest that Raven is one of four Jewish WCW wrestlers. How nice of his mom to offer him a ham sandwhich.
Hollywood Hogan, former leader of the nWo is long time WCW Heavyweight Champ of the World, then "retires"...
And what happens to the new leader, Scott Steiner? He wins the TV Championship... A step down? YES A biiiig step down? YUP...
Time for the Black and White to join the B&W Television in the "items of the past", I'd imagine...
Just a few cents worth...
I was watching Nitro (Dec 28), and when I flipped channels, lo and behold, Starrcade '97 was on my TV. So I thought I'd take some time to contrast it with Nitro.
|Buff Bagwell||"Delicious", feuded with Luger||Scott Steiner's "hoochie", recruiting Luger.|
|Scott Steiner||Tag-team champ, human||"Leader" of nWo B&W, full of roid (road)-rage.|
|Scott Norton/Vincent||"Vicious"||Is there any difference?|
|The Giant||Quit the nWo||Quit WCW|
|Randy Savage||Got beat up by everyone||New girl... low-blow|
|Four Horsemen||Mommy, what's a horseman?||Malenko, Benoit, Flair, Mongo?|
|Konnan||Pull up those pants||Talking Spanish, pull up those pants|
|Scott Hall||Half of the Outsiders, part of nWo||Will be known as "The Mountie Wannabe," has no affiliation|
|Kevin Nash||Half of the Outsiders, part of nWo||WCW Champ, booker, and all-around nice guy, leader of nWo B&R|
|Larry Zbyzsko||"Living Legend," beat Bischoff.||"Unfortunately Living Legend" is a crap announcer.|
|Lex Luger||3-move man who hates the nWo||3-move man, can't decide which nWo to join|
|Bret Hart||Heel-Face referee, doesn't want screwjobs.||Heel, face, heel, face, heel, face, heel...|
|Sting||Kick-ass face. Jobbed to Hogan but still won||Where'd he go?|
|Ric Flair||Kicked Bischoff's ass in the courts||Kicked Bischoff's ass|
|Hollywood Hogan||Lost title, you pretty much know the rest||"Retired," rumors of his return circulating|
|Eric Bischoff||Got ass kicked by Larry Zbyzsko||Got ass kicked by Ric Flair|
|Goldberg||Who?||173-1 later, Jackhammer-Splat-Win... Who's next?|
One of those guys is Kevin Nash. I know, he's like 39. But he's got some years left in him. As much as I rag on Nash, he does have a touch on the fans. His charisma is great. Furthermore, he's been waiting two years for his chance to represent WCW as their World Champion. So, Nash gets the belt, and all is right in the world. Until Nash agrees to a booking in which he intentionally loses the belt to an already-wasted Hogan. What a cluster****.
During the course of 1998, the 'net was abound with rumors that Bret Hart was to be WCW World Champ by year's end. So much for that. I'm sure Hart is happy with playing second-fiddle to Hogan and feuding for a less important U.S. Belt. The Giant, what can I say? He should have been in the hunt all this time. Not many big men, especially 500 pounders, can go from the top rope. Even "The Three-Move Package" Lex Luger could benefit from holding the belt (for more than five days). This was a guy who, along with Sting, was WCW. Now, he's being rewarded for his years of loyalty (and shooting at the WWF) by being just a pawn in the nWo.
So, what's the point? Simple, and you've probably heard it before. Give the belt to someone who can benefit from it, not just for a trophy. I dunno, I apologize if I am coming across as bitchy, but I am really disgusted with the way things have turned out. We went from what could actually be called the biggest Nitro in the history of our sport to the re-appearance of a reason as to why WCW's ratings drop. Even worse, announcer Tony Schiavone blatantly shows disrespect by ragging on the WWF's taped main event and a former employee in Mick Foley. One can only wonder what the morale in the WCW locker room is.
I dunno about you readers, but after what went down Monday, I'm really looking forward to Guilty As Charged.
Now, the tag team tournament appears to be a good start to get back on track. But, having two lower-card luchadores and two European guys the average fan lacks familiarity with isn't how you jumpstart any tournament. Also, a good tag team match lasts much longer than three minutes. I know this is a live TV show, but this match would be barely passable under WCW Saturday Night standards. The nWo beating at the end also didn't help matters.
I really do want WCW to succeed and regain its past glory. But, this show was another nail in the coffin. I'm hoping we do better next week. See you next time...