I was at Houston Hobby Airport this morning waiting for my boss to arrive from Atlanta (Delta 239, 10:02am). As the passengers began to unload from the plane, one of the first off was Rick Steiner. I did a doubletake, then remembered that Nitro is in Houston tonight! Soon after came Mean Gene (dressed as if he could do an interview on the spot) followed by Paul Orndorff. Others that piled out were Tony Marinara, Lash LeRoux (he and Tony greeted each other, so I guess they were sitting in different sections of the plane), Buff Bagwell, Asya (wearing a Mets baseball shirt and who I thought would be much larger), Berlyn (who had a cap on), a couple of smaller, younger wrestlers (dark matches?), and "The Crippler" Chris Benoit. There was also a collection of ladies (none of which I recognized) and support crew.
The strange thing was how short they seemed to be. I grew up watching wrestling and attended matches at the old Sam Houston Colisium. I watched guys like Kerry Von Erich, Ted DiBiase, Gino Hernandez, Butch Reed, etc., and they seemed to be bigger than these guys. I was 16-20 then, and I haven't gotten any taller since. I mean, I'm 5' 6", and Benoit was eye-to-eye with me. Tony and Lash were the same height, too, but damn is Tony skinny!! I thought Buff was larger, but he was smaller too, and kind of a jerk. A few people asked to shake his hand he and just ignored them. Monday mornings, I guess.
I guess the camera does add 10 pounds!!
P.S. Back in 1996, I wrote you that I thought Jeff Jarrett would join the nWo. I was only three years off!! >:)
I had nothing better to do this fine holiday season (^_^), so I was going through the old DDT Digest archives. Well, I came across an archive of Reader Suggested Top 10 lists, and when I read through them, what do I happen to see?
"Top 10 WCW Nicknames (If done by ESPN's Chris Berman)" Under which is:
2."The Artist Formerly Known As" Prince Iaukea.
This was written two and a half years ago.
Wow, what a creative force Vince Russo is! ^^
I was watching a tape of WrestleMania VII recently and it hit me that there are some similarities between the two big "career-ending" matches in wrestling, Macho Man vs Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII and Hogan vs Flair at Halloween Havoc ´94. In both cases the losers of these matches, Macho and Flair, whose careers were supposed to be over, have been reinstated after about 6 months.
And, after another six months they have become Heavyweight Champions. Macho at WrestleMania VIII against Flair (!), and Flair in Starrcade ´95 against Macho (!!). As if this irony wasn't enough, both Macho and Flair were managed by Sherri in their careerending matches.
I feel I should add one other coincidence. Both of their careers were "ended" by an overrated, egotistical stiff.
Since I can't take credit for calling the obvious Bret Hart heel turn, let me make THIS prediction. In the 'Title Changes Hands on a DQ' title match at Souled Out, the nWo will interfere. They'll pull some scam to look as though they took Hart out to disqualify Sid. Just one humble man's opinion.