Danny Loental asked about something I wrote last week
You mentioned something called WCW Mayhem. I haven't heard anything about it, and I was just wondering what it was.
Mayhem is the upcoming WCW video game, scheduled for release sometime this Fall, on N64, PSX and Dreamcast. It's being done by EA, which does a lot of sports games (the John Madden, FIFA are two). The two biggest features of the game that I've heard is that all the wrestlers are video captured (they'll look more like they do in WarZone/Attitude and not like in Revenge), and that you can fight all the way to the back (which is a nice thing, but not worth the hype they seem to be giving it.)
Jason Bucy weighs in with his own knowledge on the Plancha/Tope topic from last week:
Plancha means "plank" or even ironing board. Tope means "dive". So the way I understand it, and the way I've heard it announced on the Spanish shows, you have tope mixed up with plancha. That is:
If you deliver a crossbody from
a turnbuckle, to the inside or out, that's a
plancha. If you twist, that's a corkscrew plancha.
If you dive through or over the ropes to the outside, that's a tope. If you throw in a somersault, that's a tope con hilo.
I got some of this from The Revolution: Wrestling Maneuvers:
Okay...that kinda makes more sense, as I've heard Top Rope Cross Body Presses (to the inside) called "Planchas" and I have heard "Tope Con Hilo", which otherwise fits in. I think you're right...as long as we don't get another disagreer next week. That Revolution site is a site we kinda dig here at DDTDigest. :)
Bill Fluty writes in
Cubs Fan, Hey, you're back with a full blown report (and I'm not talking about Chastity's movie)! Thanks . Douglas I can take or leave, the only thing I really notice is he brought a pot belly with him from ECW. Just like Hak. Just like Public Enemy. Notice a trend here? Actually, I only saw one or two vignettes of his "Dean Douglas" character, but I preferred it to any of his other work. Never saw the "Dynamic Dudes" -- what exactly was their gimmick? -- but sounds like it may have been fun. I'm a mark for goofy gimmicks -- hey, I really like the Ding Dongs. Really. I like jobbers, and accept their lot in life, but I still hate to see them lay down for certain wrestlers. Hated to see the Gambler do the job for the Booty Man. I get nervous when it looks like they may be trying an angle on WorldWide, but at least with Lodi and Lenny, it may be fun. They seem to be making these guys out to be the Mulkeys of the 90's. Perhaps they can return and beat Lodi and Lenny. I understand WorldWide is a week behind the rest of the WCW universe, so the Mona/Madusa match listed on the promo is excusable; but, if they match is really out the window, I wish they'd just say so, rather than ignoring it. I know, this is WCW. Thanks for the report.
Add Mikey Whipwreck to that Extra Weight ECW Club. Actually, though, Hak seemed to have slimmed down since being in ECW. No more empty calories from pre-match beers? I didn't see the Dynamic Dudes myself (at least yet), but from what I heard, they were your typical choirboy, clean-cut babyfaces, who rode their (pink) skateboards down to the ring. I'm not going call the Lenny/Lodi/Riggs thing an angle, just yet. Right now, it's incident...an angle moves from one stage to another...I wouldn't be surprised if they forget about it already.
Mark objects to my bashing of Scotty Riggs:
Allright, now I've got my soapbox ready. It seems like the entire DDT Digest staff has a grudge with Scotty Riggs. Riggs is better than half, no, three quarters, of the WCW roster, no matter how hard WCW is shoving Goldberg and Hogan down our throats...ENOUGH ALREADY! Everyone knows, deep down inside, that Hulkamania...no, never mind...that Scotty is an excellent talent, and once WCW gives him the push he needs/deserves, you're gonna hear "I told you so."
My problem with Scotty is that he hasn't improved at all as wrestler since he was an American Male, and his gimmick (which likely he created himself; WCW rarely gives gimmicks to lowercard guys to get them over) seems to be just a rip off of similar gimmick from recent years, with Riggs adding nothing new. And the constant stalling really hurts the matches. After the flock and before this gimmick (and pre-Flock), he was a decent wrestler...nothing impressive, nothing too bad, he was okay. Now, whenever a match gets going, it's time to stall it by looking in the dang mirror. The gimmick detracts from the match, which annoys me.