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  1. The obvious problem is that they don't have enough writers. They need to hire some more.
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    All Elite Wrestling

    Yeah as far as making introductions, having Ric Flair for a Father-In-Law means there probably are not a whole lot of doors closed to him at this point.
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    The Jim Cornette Experience

    I don't really listen to The Jim Cornette Experience, and that was the show he was doing those "Deep Dives" on. From what I understand, he hasn't done one of those so far this year, I think the last one he did was in December, I'd have to check. Brian Last did mention those episodes always get great feedback and the most downloads, so I am a bit surprised that they haven't gone back to reviewing SMW or OVW year by year. I love Cornette's incredible depth of knowledge when it comes to the history of Pro Wrestling, and I tend to agree with his opinion on the current product - but I could not possibly care any less about what he thinks of Donald Trump. It is on The Experience that he tends to devote a fair chunk of time ranting and raving about politics, so that is the show I tend to avoid. He and Brian Last appear to be trying to keep the Drive-Thru a history only, politics free zone, so that is the show I check out every Monday. Even when it's a bit bland because of the lack of good questions, it's still moderately entertaining - and as I said, for some reason this past week I found it really, really funny.
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    83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff

    Jeff Jarrett has mentioned in a couple of interviews that Conrad has really been trying to persuade him to join Team Conrad and do a TNA themed show, but Jarrett didn't want to do it. I can't help but wonder if Jeff knew he'd be going to work for WWE and that there was no way he could do that podcast while working in WWE full time (for a variety of different reasons.) Conrad has also apparently been trying to find the right person who worked behind the scenes in ECW to do an ECW themed show with. Depending who his co-host would be, I'd be up for either of those shows, although logistically I don't know how he'd ever have time for it. He already runs his mortgage business, is married to Ric Flair's daughter so you'd have to assume he has a home life, plus the three existing podcasts and their additional hectic live show schedules, he runs those Starrcast conventions, and if rumor is to be believed, he's somehow involved in AEW behind the scenes.
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    The Jim Cornette Experience

    If anybody here is looking for a good laugh and has some time to spare, I can't recommend this week's episode (#84) of Jim Cornette's Drive-Thru enough. Cornette and Brian Last are both in great moods, and the opening segment where they debate Brian "smartening up" his daughter to the fact that The Tooth Fairy is a work is worth the price of admission alone - not to mention the great questions and answers. This show can be hit and miss, but this week they are on point.
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    83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff

    I agree, the Superbrawl series has been excellent. I was worried there wouldn't be much for them to talk about with SuperBrawl III, since I knew Eric Bischoff had just taken over as Executive Producer of Television around the time of that PPV, and that his position wasn't involved with creative (yet) so he wouldn't have much to say about a lot of behind the scenes stuff. Sure enough, Conrad did pitch him some questions that he just couldn't answer because he didn't know. However, there was plenty of meat on the bone in that episode. I loved getting his take on the fall of Bill Watts and I thought his opinion of a few of the matches on the show itself were refreshingly honest. His feelings about the RnR vs. Heavenly Bodies match were especially insightful, as well as his comments on Jim Cornette. If listening to this particular episode doesn't convince you that Eric Bischoff is being honestly introspective on his show, I don't know what to tell you. I have listened to a couple of recent episodes of STW recently, I listened to the Sid episode and the Gorilla Monsoon episode. They were both good episodes, but they really underscored to me how Bischoff is now doing Prichard's show better than Prichard. You can really tell how much Bischoff enjoys doing the show by how engaged he is. I especially enjoyed this week when he basically asked Conrad's permission to go "into the weeds" and get off topic in order to answer a question. One side note, having listened to 83 Weeks, WHW and STW I can't help but get the impression that Conrad considers Tony and Bruce friends, but that his relationship with Eric is really all business, and it's possible that Conrad might actually not even like Eric all that much on a personal level. Is this just me, or does anybody else get that vibe?
  7. This is the thing now and forever though, right? Since Austin vs. McMahon, these guys have convinced themselves that a Main Event level storyline can't really be interesting to the fans or compelling, unless they are somehow involved. Remember the Main Event of Wrestlemania 2000? A Fatal 4 Way with The Rock, Triple H, The Big Show and Mick Foley for the WWF Championship wasn't good enough...there had to be a "McMahon in every corner!" I'm not a huge Mick Foley fan, but I found it interesting in his book The Hardcore Diaries when he talked about pitching stories and angles to Vince and the Creative Team, only to find that the sole focus of Vince and everybody else was the angle between Vince & Shane vs. Hunter & Shawn. Nothing else deserved attention, because come on...three McMahons in one angle! And when the roster was beat up and there was nobody to fight The Undertaker a few years ago, don't bother elevating somebody into that spot to make a new star...no! We need Shane back. Whenever anything starts to gain momentum or get popular, it's now pretty much a foregone conclusion that it's only a matter of time until a McMahon shows up to insert themselves. I honestly think these people have deluded themselves into thinking that is what the fans really want to see.
  8. Yeah, a little bit of me died inside when I read that.
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    WWE T.V 1/21 - 1/27. The last gasp to the Royal Rumble

    I've spent a lot of time around Senior Citizens, and discovered the hard way that statement isn't necessarily true.
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    83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff

    Funny story... In the late Summer of 1999, the local "all sports" radio station in Toronto announced that Terry Funk was coming to town, and would be wrestling in his official Retirement Match! (Not to be confused with his retirement match in August of 1983 in Japan, or his retirement show in Amarillo Texas in September of 1997, or...) They made a big deal about Funk's history in Toronto, how he lost the NWA World's Heavyweight Championship to Harley Race in Toronto almost 22 years to the day earlier, etc. It was announced that Funk would be fighting Sabu, at a Strip Joint called Diamond's Cabaret. The show was called "Last Dance." Of course upon hearing this, I was there. So myself and my girlfriend at the time, along with some other friends headed off to the peeler joint to see Terry Funk fight Sabu. We had a great time - even when Sabu did one of his suicide dives after balancing off the top rope and almost killed everybody in our row. After the match, Terry got on the house microphone and made a touching speech about how he was too old to keep doing this, his body was wearing down and how he loved all his Canadian fans and was glad to be retiring in Toronto where he'd had so many famous matches. My girlfriend asked me if I was sad to see my favorite wrestler retire, especially in such a sad way - in a scummy strip joint in front of 300 people. I replied that no...I was pretty sure we'd be seeing Terry again, sooner rather than later. Sure enough, there I was watching WCW Nitro not five months later and there's Terry! That was the run that he had when this PPV (Souled Out 2000) took place. My girlfriend noticed Terry on TV and was a bit surprised to see him. She asked me how I knew he'd be back. I explained to her that Terry Funk retirements didn't tend to stick. For the record, yes you read that right...I took my girlfriend to a Terry Funk vs. Sabu match at a Strip Joint. In retrospect, this may explain why: a) She's not my girlfriend anymore and... b) I am currently single and seem to have difficulty maintaining successful long term relationships with women. He's retired multiple times since. Terry Funk wrestled as recently September 2017. He's about as good as staying retired as I am at staying in a relationship.
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    83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff

    I watched it, and I have to admit...it wasn't all that bad. I would say it's probably the best Buff Bagwell match I ever saw, but that is really not saying much. If I had to rate it using the Meltzer system I'd probably go 3 and 3/4 stars. It wasn't an all time classic but it was very solid and watchable, especially considering the participants. As much as some people love to dump on DDP, his obsession with meticulously pre-planning his matches out ahead of time tend to pay off during matches like this one, or his matches with Savage. The finish was ridiculous and made no sense but hey...WCW.
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    83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff

    Thanks a lot El-P. I really appreciate the kind words. I haven't been around much lately or contributing my thoughts on the show for the past few weeks because I just feel like garbage, physically. I really liked the Souled Out 98 and 2000 episodes and I wanted to post about them here but I just didn't feel up to it. Hell, they have put up some interesting bonus content on the 83 Weeks Patreon page and I haven't even checked some of it out yet. Conrad and Eric did a bonus episode where they discuss AEW and what it means for the business, and I haven't even felt up to checking it out yet. I've caught a bit here and there but for the most part I've been out of it, due to my health. I did start this week's episode (Superbrawl 6) last night but I didn't end up finishing it. I probably will later. You mentioned the "watch along" episodes and for what it's worth I wanted to mention...I have found with 83 Weeks that you really don't have to "watch along" in order to enjoy those shows. With WHW and even STW if you listen to the episode without watching along, you can tend to get lost or not know what they're talking about. In the case of 83 Weeks, there is a distinct difference. I know that SomethingSavage and myself have both mentioned how Easy E tends to (as he calls it) "get lost in the weeds" where he takes 15 minutes to answer a fairly basic question. He does that during the watch along episodes as well, and as a result he tends to go off on prolonged tangents and they end up barely discussing what is happening on screen, or they just end up touching on it briefly before going off topic. I'll give you an example. One of my favorite episodes is the one where they watch along with the final episode of Nitro. Eric had never seen it before, and they spend so much time discussing all the things going on with Eric, the sale of WCW and the industry at that time, that they barely touch on what is happening on screen. I remember at one point Eric gets really hot about something, seeing WWF guys on "his show" and I don't think it was a "work" either. He still has professional pride and an ego that can be ruffled even after all this time.
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    Bill Demott is not a good human Thread

    The greatest contribution Hugh Morris ever made to wrestling was being on the receiving end of, what I believe to be, the very first "What" promo by Stone Cold Steve Austin. "Your name is Hugh Morris. What? Is that supposed to be humorous? What?"
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    83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff

    I really appreciate the kind words, guys. I had an assessment this morning at the hospital a local medical facility and was told I am going to have another procedure in about a month. So hopefully that will address the issues. I am hoping to be past all this crap some time in March, but at this point who knows? When it comes to watching these matches along with Eric Bischoff, one of the things that's been most interesting to me, is that in a lot of cases he literally hasn't seen some of these matches before. I know it sounds hilarious and maybe even a bit bizarre, but if you think about it from his perspective, it makes sense. We did a watch-along on the Jericho/Mysterio match from Souled Out 98, and he said he was pretty sure that he'd never seen it before. The reason is, at the time of the show he was obviously in charge of the whole damn operation backstage, so he didn't have time to sit there and watch every match, he was busy running around with other stuff. He has said that WCW did have a "Gorilla Position" but it was never anywhere near as complicated and sophisticated as the one in WWE now where Vince, Triple H and the Agents are all there wearing headsets and evaluating every little thing as it happens. In WCW he was dealing with the talent backstage mostly from the sounds of it, and then after the show was over, it was off to the hotel bar, and then on to the next show. He never had any desire or reason to go back and watch matches that had already happened. Then after WCW went under, he (understandably) went through a long period where he had no desire to watch any wrestling, least of all WCW. Back then, everything he saw was through the lens of WCW President, but now he is reevaluating WCW as a wrestling fan. It's kind of neat to watch him rediscover or discover for the first time what he had right under his nose at the time. And now, he can actually appreciate and enjoy a lot of this stuff as a fan, and not be concerned with a lot of the outside issues which distracted him or colored his perception of a particular match. It's funny, you can really see the AWA/Verne Gagne influence on his perspective as a fan. Bisch is all about technical wrestling, and he HATES gimmick matches. I think that is probably why he is such a big Dean Malenko fan. Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Dean would have fit in perfectly in the AWA. One of Eric's other big pet peeves is bad finishes. He has gone on and on how if he could have stolen one person from the WWF during the Attitude Era, it would have been Pat Patterson. Eric hates shitty finishes, and he has a ton of respect for the finishes Pat Patterson used to come up with for Vince. It sounds like during WCW's 90's heyday that Terry Taylor was in charge of finishes a lot of the time. This past weekend we re-watched the infamous Goldberg/Hogan match where Hogan put Goldberg over to keep the streak alive. If you believe Eric Bischoff, the whole thing was 100% Hogan's idea. He claims Hogan was dealing with some nagging knee injuries at the time and had privately confided to Bischoff that he didn't know how much longer he could keep going. Bischoff took the request at face value but claims he knew Hogan well enough at that time to know that even if Hogan thought he should retire, he'd never be able to stay away while the business was hot, there was money to be made and people still wanted to see him perform. Somebody asked in the chat if Hogan might have asked to drop the belt to Goldberg just to stick it to some of the other guys in the WCW locker room who he didn't like, such as Nash or Savage. Bischoff said that was entirely possible, although Savage and Hogan had such a weird love/hate relationship that you never knew from one week to the next if they were on or off. He vehemently denies that Hogan asked for the match so he could be the one to end Goldberg's streak. He doesn't deny that Hogan may have had that in mind, but claims he hadn't verbalized it to him. One thing Eric said while watching that match is that Hogan had a ton of problems in his personal life at the time, and he made the comment to Eric after the match, that he's never personally happier than he is when he is out there performing in front of a crowd like that. That's certainly a comment you can take two ways. One way is to say "Wow, Hogan sure loves performing for his beloved Hulkamaniacs" but the other is that how frankly sad it is that a guy with a wife, two kids and millions of dollars in the bank can't be totally happy unless he's performing in the spotlight - even if it's physically killing him in the process. I kind of got the impression that Eric kind of felt that it was the latter, not the former.