Shahid’s Blog: A Ride Down Memory Lane – WWE Network and An Appreciation of WCW

Robocop off duty Cage Destroyer with Sting

When WWE announced its plans for its own network, I was extremely skeptical.  With the current cable climate, a dedicated paid channel seemed outdated. The idea of watching old Raw and Nitros with bargain basement reality shows and the occasional documentary didn’t strike me as a scintillating product; using dubstep in its promo videos didn’t help either.  So of course Vince McMahon presents a revolutionary product – an internet only streaming service, combining its massive library with new material that may actually be worth a damn, plus every future PPV….for 9.99 a month.

I’ve been a wrestling fan for close to 30 years, and I can honestly say this is the most groundbreaking event in my fandom.  Being able to watch a 1992 WCW PPV in HD on my iPad?  Watching World Class on my big screen TV?  Getting WrestleMania and Summerslam for free? Not only would I save money on my cable bill, I could kiss the days of 12 part YouTube videos with crappy resolution good bye.  I won’t discuss the initial hiccups or improvements which could be made.  Right now, I’ll dive into a few things I’ve experienced so far.

One thing I’ve realized during my initial weeks of watching was the in ring quality of WCW.  Say what you want about their goofy and often idiotic booking – popping in a random PPV will usually be an enjoyable experience.  It’s not hard to see why, considering their talent base during the late 80’s to mid 90s – Sting, Flair, The Steiners, Ricky Steamboat, Rick Rude, Gordy/Williams, Steve Austin, Barry Windham, Pillman, Vader……it’s a murderer’s row of talented in ring workers and/or compelling characters.

What also helped was the excellent announcing of Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura, which gave it a sports feel and made every match seemed relevant.  Plus there is an added bonus of red hot crowds, which makes a huge difference to the enjoyment level – listening to Sting/Koloff vs Anderson/Blanchard would make you think it was WrestleMania. Although I could do without the inane stipulations from Bill Watts – how you can bring in someone like Jushin Liger while outlawing top rope maneuvers is mind boggling.

Even without the context of WCW Saturday Night, Clash of the Champions or other weekly shows, WCW PPV’s tend to hold up very well during that time frame…..at least until Hogan came and brought in the era of the Three Amigos (Hogan, Sting and Savage) running roughshod until the formation of the NWO.  But thats a story for another week.  And by the way, to hell with the Shockmaster, Robocop, Johnny Gunn and Paul Roma, Horseman. -Shahid

Stunt Granny Audio #228

The type of young athlete TNA needs to be pushing.

The type of young athlete TNA needs to be pushing.

There’s a whole heap of things to talk about this week, and Kevin and Dusty are the only people adequately prepared to do so! And boy do they ever, starting off with some Monday Night Raw discussion. Dusty is sick of having McMahon family reunions on his television screen. Kevin is confused by the whole thing and wonders if they really think they’re knocking it out of the park with these segments. Dusty is also sick of Michael Cole on commentary, and Jerry Lawler as well, but has no idea how to fix that problem. Is there anyone from another wrestling company worth bringing in? Should WWE look outside the wrestling business?

Then they turn their attention to the mess that is TNA. How long can a company be going out of business before actually going out of business? Do they realize how bad they look by getting rid of so many people and then teasing a surprise appearance for the next show? Did a throwaway reality show really beat their show in the ratings? Did Dixie Carter really call Taeler Hendrix fat? Does she prefer that Angelina Love 35 pounds look? Does she realize Mickie James isn’t exactly a size zero right now herself? Also, the Main Event Mafia is a stale idea that means nothing to anyone, it’s really hard to feel bad for Samoa Joe, James Storm should be in WWE, and a whole lot more! We don’t think you’re too heavy to listen to it, so go for it!

Ventura for President, Foley for publicity, TNA throws away more money

This belt screams "Best wrestler in the whole wide world."

According to MinnPost.com (hey, wait, aren’t Wade and Jason from Minneapolis?), Jesse Ventura would not only be interested in running for U.S. President in 2012, he’s pretty sure he’d win.

“If Bloomberg could finance me for the Presidency, I would win it,” Ventura said. “So, if he doesn’t want it, he could hire me to do it for him.”

How long before Hulk Hogan announces he’s running for Prime Minister of Jupiter?

According to Prowrestling.net, Mick Foley will appear on “The Daily Show” Wednesday night at 11/10 CT. Foley is a favorite guest of “The Daily Show,” which boggles my mind, since Jon Stewart’s show is supposed to be a forum for important people. Like the Prime Minister of Jupiter.

Finally, also according to Prowrestling.net, TNA trotted out a new championship belt its “World” Champion. Apparently their world champion is Michelle McCool, because that thing is a diva’s belt. It’s the shape of a butterfly. Oh, that’s supposed to be Jeff Hardy’s face paint? Yeah, like I said, diva butterfly McCool. Keep flushing money down the toilet, Dixie; that belt will pop a 1.6 rating and 31,000 PPV buys, right? -Eric

Stunt Granny Audio #69 Zing~!

It is impossible to find a "clean" pic of a 69. So here's birthday dog instead.

Kevin and Dusty are so phunky phresh, they gon’ rock your face off with this excitement-packed edition of Stunt Granny audio. They only talk briefly about Survivor Series, since Jordan and Eric talked about it in depth, but they cover Raw like nobody’s business and you’re going to have to listen to find out what they say about it. Did they like Jesse Ventura’s hairdo? His jacket? Did they approve of his performance as guest GM? (More importantly, what the haliburton hell was up with that hairdo?!) They cover everything else Raw-related as well, before Kevin heads off to celebrate Thanksmas with his familia.

Stunt Granny Audio #69

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