Before becoming a full-time member of
the WrestlingClassics.com family, I reviewed WCWís weekly
Thunder broadcasts for 1wrestling.com, and itís associated
Wrestling Lariat newsletter.
Sometimes, old habits are hard to break, and as such,
hereís some thoughts that crossed my mind watching the 6/7
the last three or four years, there have been few wrestlers
that are as physically fragile as Shane
forty pounds heavier than he was in his
throwing-down-the-NWA-title prime, heís worked hurt,
heís worked stiff. All
of those things have contributed to a fractured palate and
nasal cavity, dislocated elbow, torn pectoral muscle, bad
knees, bad ankles. WCW
just got him back after months where he could only act as
the mouthpiece for the Revolution.
So, why then, would he be put in a relatively
meaningless Tables match at the Great American Bash?
To make matters worse, his opponent is The
Wall, one of the strongest, and greenest, men with the
a short-term feud that doesnít make any sense, and yet,
theyíll risk Douglasís health on it.
Odds of Shane getting hurt in Baltimore are 3-to-1,
with an over/under of 3 months for his time on the DL.
of wrestlers coming off the DL, part of me was surprised to
there at all, after the reports that Rick
Steiner hit him a little too hard for concussed comfort
on Nitro. Heís not currently listed on the Bash lineup.
Thatís probably good, cause it looks like Billy
will be doing hard time after Eric Bischoff had the cuffs
slapped on himÖwhatever.
When I get to be the new WCW commissioner (Iím
waiting anxiously by the phone for it), the first thing
thatís gone is the hackneyed bit where someone in charge
has a wrestler they donít like taken away in handcuffs.
Typically, the indy wrestlers or off-duty rent-a-cops
doing the cuffing canít even pretend, by sports
entertainment standards, to care.
I donít expect Serpico.
I do expect to be convinced that Doug
Dillenger isnít waiting with the key three feet past
the edge of the curtain.
Booker T lose a
bet, and talk Hugh
Morrus into covering for him double or nothing?
Booker has a much stronger argument that racism
within WCW is ruining his career than Sonny
Onno or Bobby Walker, the guys who are suing the company over that.
GI Bro was a bad ďEvening at the ImprovĒ
punchline 15 years ago.
Now, itís just in quasi-poor taste.
But what should I expect from the creative crew who
replaced the last name Morrus with Rection.
Capt. Hugh Rection.
I suppose his middle initial is ďGĒ, eh?
Thatís a Beavis and Butt-head joke from five years
ago, and it wasnít their best material even then.
Booker is a former U.S. champ (the #2 belt in the
company, donít forget) who is probably the best active
wrestler never to hold a World title.
Morrus is the most agile 300-pounder out there, and
has been underutilized by WCW since his arrival.
It makes perfect sense, then, to stick these two with
Lash LeRoux, Chavo
Jr. and Van Hammer in a terrible comedy gimmick that no one could possibly
take seriously. Expect
to see Dustin Rhodes
joining their ranks any day now.
After all, that way Vince
Russo could cash in on anyone willing to offer ďHey,
Iíll bet $100 you canít bury Dustinís career any
further in the cold, hard ground!Ē
inject a brief bit of positivity, I loved the old people
with Russo. They
cared about playing along even less than the rent-a-cops
did. But at
least that fit their role on the show OK.
Iím crossing my fingers that Ric
Flair getting to jam Vince into the cake was a reward
for doing the job on Monday, not an advance loan on getting
beat at the PPV.
havenít been the most active watcher of televised
wrestling recently, but could someone please drop me an
and tell me what the frig Disco
Inferno was doing as a second banana to the Filthy
hasnít been that long since Konnan
was cheesed that he had to feud with Disco.
Now, heís got to team with the guy.
is an oft-used quotation that states ďthose who do not
study the past are doomed to repeat it.Ē
Throughout the 90s, since Ted
Turner bought WCW, Vince
McMahon has consistently stayed one (or more) step ahead
by knowing the right things to do with the right people.
OK, WCW had a big lead for a couple of years with
that nWo thing. But
you know what? Iím
convinced that was just dumb luck, a matter of the right
thing at the right time, with no other serious competition
out there. There
must be something in the water at CNN Center.
Be it Ole
Herd, Kip Frey, or the current Bischoff/Russo regime, they keep turning
blank checks into toilet paper.