By the time the 2001 Royal Rumble arrived, the WWF was very close to peaking as an organization. The general consensus is that Wrestlemania 17 in April 2001 is the best Mania of all time and perhaps the best PPV ever. However by some factors, the company had already peaked. Leaving USA Network for Spike was a short term financial gain, but they paid a price long term in 2005 by having to crawl back to USA on an unfavorable deal when it comes to advertising dollars. The death of WCW in March would not create new viewers as instead many just stopped watching. Continue reading 2001 Royal Rumble Match
In wrestling as in life, sometimes crap happens. And when it happens, it can derail a career in very unexpected way. It can be a bad injury, a guy’s poor attitude, or a combination of many things that keep someone from rising to the top. This is the strange journey of Bam Bam Bigelow in 1988, where crap most certainly happened. Continue reading Model Year Wrestler #8: Bam Bam Bigelow in 1988
In the year 2000, the WWF would make more money than any year in their history. While that dividend was probably pissed away with the XFL debacle the next year, the product was still very compelling in 2000, in part due to Vince Russo’s departure. Organized storytelling was in vogue, led by the late Chris Kreski using storyboards in meetings. The Royal Rumble kicked off what is the best PPV year of the monthly PPV era. Continue reading 2000 Royal Rumble Match
I went to a NFL playoff game by myself and have lived to tell the tale. Here are some items of note from my experience at Gillette Stadium yesterday for the Patriots-Chiefs playoff game: Continue reading Dispatches From the Patriots-Chiefs NFL Playoff Game
This is the best football weekend of the year: two best teams in each conference hosting games against wild card winners. Four games that will all be good, and a chance to go against four picks as my sad slide in picking games continues. Continue reading NFL Picks for Divisional Round
A few random thoughts as I wonder what goes through the heads of truck drivers who just let snow and ice fall off their roofs onto the interstate:
- Yeah, I went 0-4 against the spread last weekend on the NFL playoffs. That just means you can count on me to guide you since there are only two choices.
- Coming up this weekend is a real treat: Because I am insane, I will be going to Gillette Stadium for the Chiefs-Patriots game. By myself. And of course I will be blogging about it, just like I did for the Winter Classic two weeks ago.
As promised on a prior show, Mid-South went through with a name change for their program. Jim Ross welcomes the audience from a remote studio and tells us we will see the Road Warriors in action, along with a main event of Chavo Guerrero against Steve Keirn. Continue reading Mid-South Power Pro Wrestling 03/15/1986
I’ve been dreading this since the Royal Rumble Project started: the 1999 match is one that I saw years ago and hated it, saw it again last year and disliked it, and watched it again now in hopes I could mine something out of it. The Attitude Era was a great period in wrestling, but the booking and storylines for the year 1999 was terrible. To me they were now King Midas in reverse as nothing seemed to work quite as well as it should, for that whole year. Wrestlemania 15 is just an abomination, but it never gets talked about as much because it was in that golden era of high ratings. So here is my attempt to figure out some positives from the 1999 Royal Rumble match. Continue reading 1999 Royal Rumble Match
In business there is a saying, “you have to spend money to make money” which was close to the heart of WWF’s early 1998 strategy to change the tide of the Monday Night wars. By the time of the 1998 Royal Rumble, Monday Night RAW had lost in the ratings to WCW Monday Nitro for about 70 straight weeks. Vince McMahon knew his 1997 product was better with the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin, but needed a way to get eyeballs on his product. Enter the controversial Mike Tyson, who was banned from boxing at the time for the ear biting incident with Evander Holyfield.