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/26 April 2000

WCW Thunder by mdb




The Death Valley Playboyz (who if you don't know, are really cool guys and absolute wrestling fanatics) released a Top 500 list of wrestlers over at this week (Actually, it was last month - I got the link in the hyperlink graveyard somewhere - CRZ). The rankings are not based on name recognition or drawing power or how well they are booked or the push the feds give them or any of that, they are based on who wrestles better than who. Now, I have my own quibbles with some of the choices and rankings (which is to be expected) and I haven't heard or seen 3/4ths of the people on the list because I'm stuck with only the US Big 3 and they watch lots and lots of tapes, but they and I are on close enough wavelengths to make this observation: The first WCW wrestler on the DVD500 is at 18; to get a 'top 10 WCW wrestlers list' you have to go all the way down to 72. Since Ruschoff took over, we've seen about 5 minutes combined out of the entire WCW top 10. The people still in WCW who can deliver the best wrestling matches have been off of TV for three weeks and I'm not sure how hopeful any of us should be of seeing them any time soon. And even if we do see them, they probably won't be given the opportunity to deliver. (Oh yeah, thanks for destroying WCWSN, btw.)

Understand that I don't hate WCW. I love WCW. I caught so much grief for two years over at for praising and defending WCW; I didn't (and still don't) care that the WWF's stories and production and PPV main events were better, WCW had the better matches on my TV week in and week out. On an average week in 1996-99 four out of five of the best matches on free TV would be from WCW. That's what mattered to me; that's what I want to see. Good wrestling. So with that in mind here we are three weeks into the Russchoff era and what have we seen in the ring? Here's the match results so far:

01. Screwjob by Buff
02. Screwjob by Stasiak
03. Screwjob by Wall
04. Screwjob by Russo
05. Screwjob by Vampiro
06. Pin by Crowbar (6man match 6:30)
07. Screwjob by Booker T
08. Screwjob by Flair
09. Double Count Out (Col. Collision)
10. Pin by Kidman (Col. Col ~2:00)
11. Submission by Steiner (Col. Col ~:30)
12. Screwjob by Sting (Col. Col)
13. Screwjob by Page
14. Screwjob by Smiley (pins own partner)
15. Screwjob by Russo
16. Screwjob by Page
17. Screwjob by Bischoff
18. Submission by Luger (6:00)
19. Screwjob by Mancow
20. Screwjob by Wall (intentional DQ)
21. Pin by Awesome (4:00)
22. Pin by Douglas (2:30)
23. Pin by Sting (6:30)
24. Screwjob by Hogan
25. Screwjob by Dustin
26. Screwjob by Nash
27. Submission by Sting (6:00)
28. Screwjob by Tammy
29. Screwjob by Russo
30. Screwjob by Vampiro
31. Screwjob by Kimberley
32. Screwjob by Stasiak
33. Screwjob by falling tables
34. Screwjob by Kanyon
35. Screwjob by Flair
36. Screwjob by Booker T
37. Screwjob by Miller
38. Pin by Sunny (mixed tag, Candido knocks out Paisley 2:00)
39. Screwjob by Douglas
40. Pin by Kidman (handicap match 10:30)
41. Screwjob by Jarrett
42. Screwjob by Russo
43. Screwjob by Vampiro (bloodbath)

I like screwing as much as the next guy, but Russo's got a problem. He's dysfunctional. What's the point of the match if you're just waiting for the run-in? I'm not saying the new WCW era won't bring in ratings, I was one of the very, very few who said before they started they'd probably be (somewhat) successful, it's just not what I want to see. And don't write me saying the WWF does it too, I know it, I hate it, and you'd have to PAY me to do a report for a WWF show. Put simply: I hate the WWF-izing of WCW. To wit, here's my show report:

David Arquette won the WCW World Heavyweight Title. Do you really need to know anything else? Doesn't that just say it all? Don't worry about how it happened, it happened. Lou Thesz, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Vader, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Goldberg, David Arquette. It's an insult. It's a slap in the face to every wrestling fan that ever lived. I'd rather have a car door slammed shut on my balls than see David Arquette wearing the title belt that I once watched Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat battle for. If this is what Russo and Bischoff have to offer, I'm not interested. The WCW announcers have become fond of using the word bullshit lately, well that's exactly what this is. I know why they did it and I don't care what they do Monday to rectify it, I don't care how successful the publicity stunt turns out to be, it's bullshit.

So that's it from me for this show. Goodnight. I'm guessing CRZ will provide the details so whoever formats these reports can put a link to that report right here. Me? I may or may not be back next week. I guess I can be brought down after all.

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