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
www.deathvalleydriver.com 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
Understand that I don't hate WCW. I love WCW. I caught so much grief for two years over at rec.sport.pro-wrestling 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
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.