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    Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

    "At the end of the day I'm guilty of defending 3 women that needed a bit of defending. Not by being a bully...by being a man."
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    Under-the-radar wrestling book recommendations

    It also leans on interviews with his colleagues to get some added perspective; recommended reading for anyone interested in the subject himself, I think.
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    The Decline of NXT - When? How? Why?

    If fantasy booking and we swap either Hulk's Japan connections or AJPW/NJPW's stateside affiliations, does that make a difference?
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    Wrestlemania 35: The KawadaSmile tribute thread

    Mad Max: Beyond Wrestlecrap
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    WWE Backlash 2018

    I'm curious about this as well. Mania 18...and Mania 25? Yes, I too notice a pattern.
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    Under-the-radar wrestling book recommendations

    As a fan of Piper I thought the book was informative and insightful. A good amount of it does cover his pre-graps life and unveils some of the kayfabe around his commonly-accepted bio e.g. whence his ring name derives.
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    Who's your Boy?!

    Rico Constantino - though underrated, his character and presentation is deep in Boy Territory; no classic matches or legacy to speak of (apart from pinning Ric Flair!) and has turned out to be a bit...troubled as wrestlers so often are, but I would pay money to see him work while most wouldn't...which may be as much a sign of Boyness as anything.
  8. I recall reading that Goldberg's DVD sold well above expectations, and that his video game appearances have been part and parcel with further success and exposure for him and the game franchises. Maybe there's something to that? Vince has typically been receptive to workers who move merch (excepting Those Darn Millenials).
  9. Until this morning when he decided to break off and accuse Kerry Von Erich of being drunk when he crashed his motorcyle (True or not? First I've heard of that) and then call him out for "taking the coward's way out" by committing suicide. Still a shallow idiot at heart, it seems. The problem I found with reading the recaps is that Scooter's database of spurious facts gets mixed into the recaps, and quite frankly I'd rather learn from Dave's work as it was then without second-guessing everything.
  10. Rudimentary observations in these parts, but worth highlighting nonetheless: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/magazine/is-everything-wrestling.html
  11. Probably relevant, in a broader sense: http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/19/wrestling-mythbusters
  12. To recap: with houses down and PPV increasingly irrelevant, it's mattering less and less how well you do if you're not chosen to receive a rocket push since it won't affect your paycheque or card placement - "the brand is the draw" and the Brass Ring is clearly mythical. And of course, the downside payout for lower-carders is increasingly undervalued given the cost of travel, insurance, etc. remaining constant. I think Ryback's arguement has some merit, but if wealth is wholly flattened out it may strip those who do overachieve of their desire to excel...then again, he might argue that most of the roster is at that point already. By the same token, no other sports or entertainment industry (that I know of) pays all its workers equal wages, but the successful ones have paid enough to everyone to keep even the bottom-tier folks happy - I get the impression that this isn't happening for everyone in today's WWE. Basically, I think a lot of it is that guys are being hosed on the Network residuals, or lack thereof - Punk brought this up before he left, and he's probably not the only one. A flat fee structure for appearing on a Network video would be simple enough to pro-rate, and top guys would make more in their downside and in merch. Failing that...given WWE's television presence it would be simplest if the workers were made members of the Screen Actors Guild, as that would compensate some gaps inherent with their status as Independent Contractors (sic).
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    Was there money in the Warrior in 1998?

    WCW left a lot of money on the table in 1998, mostly due to sloppy booking. They would have been well-served to use him in a series of one-off dream matches for PPV or at least Nitro (Goldberg, Luger, Piper, a retread with Savage...), which may have been trainwrecks but would carry marquee value. And even a part-time run with Sting - The Blade Runners Vs. The Outsiders could have been an upper-tier PPV match, if nothing else. Instead, he was fed to Hogan and paid to sit at home (or show up and not be used, as the case may be).
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    WWE Corporate Salaries for 2015

    Does this mean Vince pays himself only 3.3 million total? I find that hard to believe. I can believe Vince paying other people more than himself in the interest of fairness but not that it comes out to only 3.3 million. I'm thinking, would stock dividends fill Vince's pockets enough to offset a lower salary?
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    WWE Fastlane

    There's also the observation that he seems to blow up like a tick when circumstances call for him to work longer than 15 minutes e.g. the last two Royal Rumbles. True or not, his showings/booking there has been uniformly terrible if grooming an ace is your goal as promoter.
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    Titus' Suspension

    Vince et al. letting his contract expire in the hopes that he would fizzle in Hollywood has probably cost them well into 8 digits of revenue and bigger fees for the run with Cena.
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    Wrestlers you really dislike

    Maybe Piper losing his edge was (at least partly) due to being pigeonholed as a face for pretty much his whole career afterwards? I really liked his work with Bret but it was relatively slim pickings otherwise, I think.
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    Wrestlers you really dislike

    Yes Piper came back a shell of himself in terms of Charisma and heat. He seemed to be go on cruise control and came off corny rather than edgy. Would you say that he had a taste of Hollywood and came back bitter that it never worked out for him? I wonder what changed.
  19. Reminds me of the joke (made on here?) about wanting to meet Cameron and ask her about Lou Thesz.
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    Flair's podcast (WOOOOONation)

    Pretty sure the Russo ep will be the first I skip.
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    How do you guys manage your watching

    Hear, hear - I'm working on 2015 New Japan but keep falling further behind, and will more often than not find myself re-watching fare like Joe Gagne's Funtime Pro Wrestling Arcade (btw their new LoW2 episode is really good). But I'm almost done with the Steve Austin Blu-ray set, so there's that.
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    RIP Roddy Piper

    I'm thankful that I got to meet him once (at PWS 2012 in Toronto) - funnily enough I was showing off my "They Live" alien mask just last night. How short life is! RIP, Roddy.
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    RIP Dusty Rhodes

    My WWE DVD set is in storage with family - I think I'm going to get it out of drydock this weekend and maybe even convince my brother to watch the doc with me. In the meantime, I'll tide myself over with these: http://njpwworld.com/search/tag/man_31 Rest in peace, Dream.
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    Botchamania! can be fun - not my thing in large doses unless it's something I'm already interested in e.g. Rumble 2014, Victory Road 2009... I enjoy OSW but don't really take them too seriously for critical opinions, but rather try to enjoy their witticisms when they strike gold - in that respect I'd put them more on par with Scott Keith than, say, VOW. Aptly enough, Jay Hunter (the OSW editor) cites the Voices of Wrestling network as a great source of info, FWIW.
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    Who has the trifecta as a HOF candidate?

    For her to satisfy the trifecta of Hall of Fame, her "impact" and her performance needs to be good. For her to not be the most cancerous sore on the wrestling industry, her impact needs to be not be the most alarmingly destructive the industry has never seen. She fails on both accounts. As a performer, she made El Gigante look like Toshiaki Kawada. That bled over to her training: all Moolah proteges wrestled in the same hair-pulling, screaming shitty style that she used. As a booker of women's wrestling, not only did she use her power to hold back talent for 30 fucking years, she also was directly responsible in the devolution of women's wrestling from a reasonably respectable style of wrestling to a pathetic sideshow carnival; bearded women in circuses had more respect than women's wrestling did in her reign of terror. Mildred Burke was not the draw Jim Londos was in her time, but she was good enough to fill out arenas as a performer. No woman in the U.S.A drew a single dime after Moolah took over until horny teenagers started buying Sable merchandise. That is how destructive she was. She killed an entire sub-genre of wrestling, and was greedy enough to pocket most of the money the women did make. If you are going to measure impact in that way, then Jamie Kellner and Vince Russo should also be in the Hall of Fame. This basically explains why Moolah isn't in the WON Hall of Fame.