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Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. PREVIOUSLY:
WWE's Summerslam is in the books and will go down as one of the most well-received shows in company history (99.7% thumbs up vote from Observer readers). The show was capped off with Brock Lesnar being anointed as the company's new superstar, beating The Rock for the WWE title. The decision to put the belt on Lesnar was made months ago but the push seemed to be sputtering at first. Only in the last month or so has Lesnar really caught fire and gotten over with fans as a legitimate star. The build to Rock/Lesnar was tremendous and Rock put Lesnar over clean as a sheet in the middle of the ring. Dave expects this show to do huge numbers and blow away everything other than Wrestlemania. Lesnar is now the youngest champion in WWE history, breaking the record previously held by Yokozuna (Dave does note that others such as Lou Thesz, Tommy Rich, The Giant, and Kerry Von Erich all won world titles outside of WWE when they were younger than Brock). Dave also runs down the small list of names who have won both pro and NCAA wrestling titles (Danny Hodge, Verne Gagne, Jack Brisco, Leroy McGuirk, Dick Hutton, Bob Backlund, and of course, Kurt Angle) and now Brock is on that list as well.
In something of a surprise, there was a mixed reaction, with Lesnar getting a lot of cheers and Rock being booed mercilessly at times and constant chants of "Rocky sucks!" Rock downplayed it in a WWE interview afterwards, saying the fans were just having fun and he didn't mind, but others in the company were saying Rock was more bothered by it than he's letting on publicly. Dave suspects it's a response to fans feeling like Rock is "selling out" because everyone knows he's got one foot out the door in Hollywood already. Rock was originally supposed to appear on Raw the night after Summerslam at Madison Square Garden, and he and Vince went back and forth on it all day. Ultimately, they decided to nix the angle and Rock didn't appear. Word of Rock getting booed out of MSG might not go over well with Hollywood execs who see him as a potential star and are depending on his wrestling popularity to help him carry these movies they're putting him in (yeah, it's easy to forget now because he's such a megastar, but Rock was still very much unproven at this point in Hollywood). So Summerslam was Rock's final appearance until after filming of "Helldorado", so don't expect him back until early 2003, and Dave wouldn't be surprised if he comes back as a heel.
The other big story of Summerslam was the show-stealing performance of Shawn Michaels, working his first WWE match in over 4 years (though he did wrestle a match in his own promotion in 2000). The whole thing was billed as "one last match" but Shawn was so good that Dave is certain he'll be back for more. They even did an angle after the match to keep the feud going. It was a street fight match and Shawn wore street clothes. Triple H worked on Shawn's back the whole time and that was the story of the match. Shawn looked in great shape, didn't get tired, and he looked great, especially for a guy with a bad back. He took a superplex bump on his side rather than flatbacked, but that's the only thing he really did differently. Dave gives the match 4.25 and calls it a hell of an emotional ride.
Other notes from Summerslam: they alternated matches with each brand's announcer's calling their match. It gave each announce team breaks and also fostered competitiveness between them, and Jim Ross in particular shined. Tazz also got a great line, when Michael Cole said Paul Heyman would be a millionaire if Lesnar won and Tazz responded with, "Yeah, a millionaire who owes a lot of people money." Angle beat Mysterio in a great opener. A woman in the crowd kept teasing like she was going to flash her breasts during the RVD/Benoit match, which took the crowd's attention away and hurt the match. Undertaker got a decisive win over Test because they're keeping Taker strong to challenge Lesnar. And of course, Shawn/Triple H and Rock/Brock to close the show.
Five new names have been inducted into the Observer Hall of Fame. Kenta Kobashi led the pack, garnering a record-breaking 98% yes vote (breaking the previous record held by Jushin Liger, who got 95% when he went in). Dave doesn't know if anyone will be able to break that record. The Rock is eligible in 2007 and he might be the best chance to equal or break it. There's pretty much no arguing that Kobashi is a no-brainer. Manami Toyota, Wahoo McDaniel, Jack Curley, and Farmer Burns were the other 4 inductees. In case you're wondering about those last 2, they are names from many decades ago and are kinda like legacy inductees. McDaniel didn't get enough votes last year, but his death and all the coverage of how much he accomplished in his career seemingly changed some minds and this year, he made the cut. Manami Toyota, at 31 years old, is the youngest inductee in history and is another record that probably won't be broken anytime soon because it would require someone to start their career at age 16, which is near impossible in today's business. Dave then writes long biography pieces on each inductee. Great reading, but not for recapping.
In other results from the HOF voting: Ultimo Dragon was only 4 votes shy. The Freebirds were 7 votes shy. Names like Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels, Bob Backlund, Blue Panther, Hiroshi Hase, and more were all in the 40-50% range, but didn't quite garner enough votes to meet the 60% requirement. Dave breaks down how each one did and why they came up short (for instance, Benoit got a lot of votes from reporters and wrestlers, but not from historians. Or Shawn, who got a lot of votes from active wrestlers, but historians and retired wrestlers, not so much. Dave points out that Shawn clearly has the qualifications, but his reputation for being an unprofessional asshole his entire career works against him). Next year's balloting will be interesting because there don't appear to be any sure things when looking at the eligible names. Ultimo Dragon may have the best chance, especially if his Toryumon promotion continues to be successful. A good year might be enough to push Benoit over the edge. Shawn Michaels should already be in, so we'll see if he can change voters' minds if he continues wrestling. The Freebirds may have a chance, but historically, older acts tend to get less votes as years go on, not more. But for the most part, 2003 doesn't look like a sure thing for anybody.
Time to add some sex appeal to these Rewinds. That's right, it's WWE quarterly economic report time! Grab some lotion and close the blinds. Linda McMahon handled much of the conference call and there were some interesting notes. She acknowledged that the buyrate for King of the Ring was "extremely disappointing" (prompting Dave to ask, "what did they expect from a HHH vs. Undertaker main event?") and rightfully blamed it on them doing a poor job building up a show people wanted to see. It was also revealed that, after taxes, WWE pocketed $2.2 million from the PTC lawsuit. If not for that money, WWE would have just barely been profitable this past quarter. Regarding the cost cutting, she noted that they had closed their office space in Chicago (which is the first time I'm ever learning WWE had office space in Chicago). For everybody making WWE/WCW comparisons about the current downfall, Dave says the major difference is that WWE is taking steps to stop the bleeding that WCW never did. They've laid off people, they're slashing budgets and cutting costs everywhere at the first sign of trouble. Overall revenues in almost every category of the business are still higher now for WWE than they ever were for WCW even at its peak. Point being, despite how awful the product has been for the last year, and as much as it looks like they're copying all of WCW's mistakes, they're still plenty stable. WWE hasn't had a money-losing quarter in five years. WCW lost $80 million in one year. It's not even close to the same situation from a business perspective.
Former WWE star Tiger Ali Singh and his father Tiger Jeet Singh filed lawsuits against WWE this week, seeking a total of $8 million. The younger Singh was released by WWE earlier this year after signing a rumored 10-year contract back in 1996. The older Singh was signed at the same time and was supposed to become WWE's international booking agent to help them book shows in the Middle East and India, with his son poised to be pushed as a huge star in that region (despite having little in-ring experience, he was really only there because of his father). He was given big wins over Mankind and Bret Hart and won the Kuwaiti Cup when he first debuted but his inexperience and big push got him a lot of resentment in the locker room. He also did himself no favors by speaking out against WWE publicly after the Montreal Scewjob and was deemed to have a bad attitude and didn't work hard enough to improve. As a result, he pretty much floundered and disappeared off TV. After 9/11, there was also question of how to push him, with the feeling that he couldn't be a babyface (because America really let its racism flag fly proudly in the wake of that), and they can't push him as a heel because it would be seen as exploitive. WWE shipped him down to Puerto Rico to work in IWA, where he suffered a serious concussion and was told by doctors to retire, which ultimately led to his release from WWE.
Anyway, about the lawsuit: Singh is suing for wrongful termination, claiming he suffered his injury working for a company that WWE sent him to work for and that he suffered the injury because he was forced to wrestle the outdoors show in the rain. He's also claiming harassment in the locker room, saying that on one occasion, his turban was stolen from the locker room, filled with garbage, and returned. And that in another instance, the turban was torn up by someone backstage. He also claimed that several of the wrestlers called him "taxi driver" constantly (there's no names listed here as to who called him that, but does anyone else immediately hear that in JBL's voice or just me?). Singh claims the harassment was an attempt to bully him out of the company and says he voiced complaints about being forced to play a negative stereotypical gimmick. He's seeking $7 million, while his father's lawsuit is seeking $1 million, claiming WWE breached their agreement with him. WWE lawyer Jerry McDevitt responded in the New York Post, saying the younger Singh was released because he could no longer wrestle due to injury and WWE shouldn't be responsible since it didn't happen in a WWE match. Regarding the part about being forced to portray a negative stereotype, Dave's not buying that because he did the same gimmick in the indies before WWE signed him. As for WWE not being responsible for Singh's injury, that's a different story. Singh was wrestling in IWA because WWE sent him there to do so. And had he refused, it would have been a breach of contract they likely would have fired him. He was there on assignment from WWE and was being paid by WWE. It's no different than saying they aren't responsible for injuries that happen in OVW to wrestlers they have under contract.
Speaking of IWA, as expected, Ray Gonzalez debuted for them this weekend. Gonzalez has been tied up in court trying to get free of his WWC contract (he claims they breached, they say they didn't) and apparently IWA finally was confident enough that he was free so they finally debuted him.....under a mask. Just in case I guess. He debuted as Fenix and came in as a heel, aligned with Savio Vega. The whole thing is very wink-wink-nudge-nudge because everyone knows it's Gonzalez under the mask (think Hogan/Mr. America but with actual legal consequences) and crowds have since tripled in size for their last few shows.
Missy Hyatt, Brutus Beefcake, Tony Atlas, Greg Valentine and others all went to Puerto Rico to work a tour for an indie company there. But the show was poorly promoted and only 35 people showed up. But they still did the show, and afterward, nobody got paid. Then the next day, they were all kicked out of their hotel rooms because the promoter canceled their rooms that he had booked. When they tried to find the promoter, they learned he had been arrested. The wrestlers didn't even get their plane tickets home and Valentine ended up paying for everybody's flights on his credit card. That promoter should probably be glad the cops got him first.
Remember Nathan Jones? He has been wrestling for ZERO-1 in Japan. Anyway, that promotion is now accusing NJPW of trying to steal Jones away from them and it's led to a big falling out and major heat between the two companies (didn't seem to work, Nathan Jones never wrestled in NJPW).
Goldberg went to Japan a week early to promote his upcoming AJPW matches as well as his appearance at the big PRIDE show. Goldberg said he would like to team with or go against Muto in the future and also admitted his arm (injured a few months back when he punched another car) is only 75% healed. His deal with AJPW is not exclusive, so he can still wrestle in the U.S. if he wants. But said the AJPW deal is good enough that he has no need to wrestle anywhere else. The deal is for 6 matches over 1 year. Dave says obviously they'll probably put him against Muto, Tenryu, and Kawada at some point because those are the biggest possible matches. The hope is to treat him like a special star and turn him into another foreign mega-star like Vader or Stan Hansen. Dave is skeptical about that working out.
NJPW is introducing a new faction called Heat. The 3 characters will be Tiger Heat, Dragon Heat, and Phoenix Heat. They are based on video game characters ("Toukon Heat" for Gameboy Advance). This is similar to what NJPW has done in the past with Jushin Liger and Tiger Mask, where they licensed anime characters and gave the gimmick to wrestlers (Minoru Tanaka gets the gimmick, under the name HEAT but I think it was just him, not a faction).
Inoki's latest bullshit publicity stunt claim is that he says he's going to run a major show in Atlantic City, NJ in December with Naoya Ogawa headlining and also claimed he's going to sign away several WWE stars for the show. Dave hopes no one is taking this loon seriously.
NJPW did a fan vote to see who they want to see Masahiro Chono face at the October Tokyo Dome show. With Inoki pushing it hard in the press, the #1 vote getter was.....Chyna. Dave can't imagine how horrid that would be and apparently Chono agrees because he's made his feelings known that he hates the idea of wrestling Chyna (tough luck Chono, it's happening).
Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon promotion has its biggest show ever next week, at a 12,000-seat arena. Dave says the fact that Ultimo Dragon isn't wrestling on this show is pretty much all the evidence you need that he's not making a comeback anytime soon. If he was capable of wrestling right now, this would be the show. Dave says it's possible they may film an angle on the show to lead to Dragon making an in-ring return, but that wouldn't make a lot of sense (he ends up booking himself on this show at the last minute).
Former FMW wrestler Mr. Pogo did a match for the 30th anniversary of his career. The match ended up going outside the arena into the streets. The police didn't know it was a wrestling match and showed up to the scene thinking it was a real brawl. Mr. Pogo, seeing his chance for publicity, threw a fireball at a police car. The photo of that incident made the front page of Tokyo Sports, Japan's biggest sports newspaper. When the police realized it was Mr. Pogo and was just a wrestling match, they were cool about it and everything was fine.
Bobby Heenan did a radio interview plugging his new book and was shit talking the Valiant Brothers. In particular, Dave says Heenan has always hated Jimmy Valiant, particularly because Heenan claims Valiant forced his son to get a tattoo on his forehead when he was a child and Heenan felt that was child abuse (this is an urban legend that I don't know has ever been confirmed? Anyone know?) Heenan also said he hated Haystacks Calhoun and called him a snitch who was always trying to get others in trouble to make himself look good. And he also said Bruno Sammartino was "the most unhappy millionaire" he's ever met.
Jacques Rougeau's big indie show at DuMaurier Stadium in Montreal took place this week and sure enough, Bret Hart made his scheduled appearance. Hart walked down the aisle and got into the ring under his own power and got a huge ovation. The crowd also chanted "Vince screwed Bret!" loudly. Hart said this was his first time back in Montreal since the screwjob and talked about his recovery from the stroke and got emotional and began crying. Sensing Hart couldn't continue speaking, Rougeau came down to the ring and hugged him. People in the stadium were sobbing and it was said to be an incredibly emotional moment. Hart said he was working hard in rehab and to have faith that he would get back to 100%. He did have trouble getting his leg over the middle rope to exit the ring and had to be helped to the back. The show drew about 4,500 fans, which was less than the 10,000 Rougeau was hoping for (can't find any video of this, but I did find another review of it from someone who was there and the details are a bit different. As for Bret getting emotional, that's a very common issue with people who have suffered strokes).
Bret also wrote about this appearance briefly in his book: "I’d made an appearance for wrestler Jacques Rougeau in Montreal only six weeks after my stroke, which turned out to be a nightmare. But he had invested everything he had in the show and it would have been a disaster for him and his family if I didn’t show up. So I kept my promise that I’d be there no matter what. It was humbling to limp slowly out to the ring in front of five thousand fans, though they gave me one of the most heartfelt receptions I ever received. Even if I dragged my leg and slurred my speech, they were just happy I was alive. I wasn’t ready yet and was far too overwhelmed to speak. I felt like a clubbed seal trying to flap his flippers and left the ring regretting that I’d come, even though I was proud of myself at least for having the balls to attempt it."
ROH's latest show was yet another success, an excellent show in a new market (Boston) that drew a sellout crowd of 500. The company's current plan is to run shows once-per-month in both Philadelphia and Boston, and slowly expand into new markets beyond that. ROH needs to draw about 400-500 per show to break even on production costs, but their real profits are made by selling videos. The idea is that these shows all have to be great in order for people to buy the videos, hence such a strong emphasis on in-ring quality. This show featured several 4+ star matches with AJ Styles, American Dragon, Low-Ki, etc.
America's Most Wanted is still working on a story about what happened to Messiah. Since no one from XPW would return their calls (gee, wonder why?), producers dropped by the offices of Rob Black's porn production company. But no one would let them in and no one would talk to them.
Things still ain't looking good for NWA-TNA. They canceled the tapings for the 9/4 show and will instead air highlights of past X-Division matches. And no show on 9/11 because it's the one year anniversary of the attacks, so they decided not to. So that'll be 2 weeks with no shows at all. The next week's show was also pre-taped this week, so it will air, but it won't be live. The decision to cancel and change all these tapings was made at literally the last minute, which naturally has a lot of the wrestlers concerned about the future of the promotion. It costs TNA less to do taped shows than live ones, but taped shows don't do as many buys either. Having a taped show, a clip show, and then a week off pretty much kills any momentum TNA might have had, which was already very little (we find out later that this should have been the end of TNA. Jerry Jarrett later admitted that this was the moment he had thrown in the towel, but right at this exact time, the Panda Energy negotiations began and the rest is history).
A lot of the wrestlers have also been cut back from $500 per show to $300 and people seem to be disappearing from the show from one week to the next, with no explanation. Ricky Steamboat wasn't brought back this week, and was never mentioned on TV, despite being in the midst of a slow heel turn. Slash (formerly Wolfie D) worked twice, while AJ Styles and Jerry Lynn each worked 4 matches over the course of 2 tapings. Malice and James Mitchell weren't brought in for the latest tapings, leaving their angle hanging with no conclusion. As mentioned last week, Ed Ferrara is no longer there either and even though Ferrara technically quit, Dave implies that TNA pretty much cut his money to the point that he had no choice but to quit. Disco Inferno, the Dupps, Bill Behrens....all gone this week with no explanation on TV. Plans to bring in Dustin Diamond (Screech from Saved by the Bell) have been scrapped. There were plans to bring in Sean Waltman to work a feud with Jarrett after his WWE release. That hasn't exactly been scrapped yet, but nobody's talking about it anymore so it seems to be on the backburner. And naturally, TNA's highest paid star, Scott Hall, wasn't brought in for the latest show either. It's pretty obvious that TNA is grasping at survival right now.
Notes from TNA weekly PPV: There seems to be a total change in booking philosophy in TNA now as well, with Jerry Jarrett taking back the reins from Vince Russo. There was a much bigger focus on in-ring quality and very little backstage stuff on this show, and Russo's influence on the booking seemed to be minimal, and Dave hints that Jerry and Russo don't particularly see eye-to-eye. AJ Styles and Jerry Lynn worked 3 matches against each other on this show, each with a different stipulation. They also taped a 4th match that will air on next week's show, with Low-Ki added in a ladder match. It's rumored to be incredible, even though Styles and Lynn had already worked 3 matches prior to that and were presumably tired. The crowd started out at 600 but after the 4 hour taping, they were down to around 300 people for the final match. Ron Killings defended the NWA title against Monty Brown and it was bad. Brown looked green, which was expected, and Killings got concussed early on and wasn't his usual self. They also botched the finish. Killings was supposed to defend the title again for the next show against Brian Christopher but they scrapped the match once he got backstage and they realized he was concussed. The other big angle from the show was Jeff Jarrett beefing with 62-year-old Bob Armstrong. Say what you will about Russo's booking, but Dave doesn't think Bob Armstrong is the answer to TNA's problems either. This didn't get over at all with the live crowd and probably not anyone watching either, except for maybe a small handful of fans who remember Armstrong from Georgia Championship Wrestling 18 years ago, and that's not exactly the audience they need to be catering to.
Shane Douglas is still working as booker for XPW and won't be joining TNA anytime soon. Regarding Douglas' beef with Francine that has been mentioned here a few times, Douglas said that it stems from Francine refusing to testify on Douglas' behalf in a civil suit (I assume this is from the incident in ECW where Douglas and Francine got into a fight with a fan at ringside and the fan later sued him and ECW). Anyway, after that, Douglas has pretty much decided he will never work in any company that Francine is with because he feels betrayed by her, which is why he turned down TNA the first time. But he said the bigger reason is that he's happy with his role in XPW right now.
After he wore a Nazi S.S. shirt on TV last week, Don Harris was nowhere to be seen at this week's TNA tapings, though he was mentioned on commentary. So doesn't look like he's fired or anything (friendly reminder that this wasn't just a shirt incident. They have SS tattoos also. Fuck those guys).
Goldberg did a big interview in Japan that touched on a few things. He mentioned that he had a meeting planned with Vince McMahon months ago, but then he injured his arm and so they canceled the meeting since he wasn't gonna be able to wrestle anytime soon anyway. Said he just started training again last month. He said the biggest issue with going to WWE is the schedule, because Vince wants him full time and Goldberg ain't feeling that, he wants to pick and choose his spots and only work major shows. For years, Goldberg has talked about putting together his own one-off event where he and Steve Austin could face each other, but he wants them to co-promote it together without WWE's involvement. In the past, that was obviously impossible. And it probably still is. Even though Austin walked out, he's still under contract and WWE isn't going to let him go without a fight and the contract doesn't expire anytime soon.
Speaking of Steve Austin, he filed from divorce from Debra back in July, about a month after the domestic violence incident. This will be Austin's 3rd divorce and Debra's 2nd (the first being with Steve McMichael).
Notes from Raw: the streak of good WWE shows ended with a splat here. Awful show. Bischoff annonced the unification of the IC and Hardcore titles, which Dave thinks is a good thing. Less belts, the better because it makes title matches more special. But it also shows how poorly things are thought out from week-to-week. Just last week, they did a big storyline about how the hardcore title rules have changed and it's no longer a 24/7 title, it will only be defended in sanctioned matches. They made a big deal about it. And then a week later, fuck it, just scrap the title entirely. They brought Jimmy Snuka in and he got a huge reaction (did I mention this is Madison Square Garden?) but got taken out by the Island Boyz (still not named 3 Minute Warning on TV, so Dave is still calling them by their OVW name). Jericho cut a long promo that got all the wrong kind of heat and dragged on forever. Then he had a match with Jeff Hardy that also felt like it would never end but was only 10 minutes. The UnAmericans cut a promo threatening to burn the American flag (in NYC right before the one year anniversary of 9/11. How come nobody brought this up during all of Linda's campaigns? It was always the Trish barking segment). Kane ultimately made the save, returning after months off with injury. RVD beat Tommy Dreamer to unify the IC and Hardcore titles. Best match on the show and lots of ECW chants even though that company has been dead for almost 2 years. Lillian Garcia beat Howard Finkel in a Tuxedo/Evening Gown match to determine who would be the Raw ring announcer. Trish Stratus and Stacy Keibler helped Lilian beat up Finkel and strip him to his underwear. Dave hated this almost as much as the live crowd, which is a lot and jokes that WWE viewers should file a class action lawsuit over the nightmares this will give them. Dave also doesn't understand this because Finkel has been the best ring announcer in the entire business for 20 years and doesn't see any reason to get rid of him. Triple H beat Undertaker in a #1 contender's match for Lesnar's title, after Lesnar cost Taker the match. This is all to lead to a Taker vs. Lesnar match at the PPV, which is fine if you're not interested in making sense. The show ended with Stephanie McMahon showing up and announcing she had signed Lesnar and Heyman as Smackdown exclusive stars, which Dave thinks is a terrible decision because it leaves Triple H as the only real top main event guy on Raw (Undertaker was moved to Smackdown the next day also).
Notes from Smackdown: total opposite. Yet another strong show, with every segment having a purpose and furthering a storyline in logical ways. Plus strong matches to boot. This was before Summerslam so the whole show was still about the build to Rock vs. Lesnar. Dave hopes UFC was watching because if they ever get a TV show, they can learn a lot from how to promote fights from the way WWE has built this match, with all the training montages and stuff that made it really feel like it was going to be a war between 2 supreme athletes. Otherwise, not much to say. Nothing particularly newsworthy, just a real good show.
There's some interesting notes about the differences between Raw and Smackdown. When it comes to house shows, Raw actually out-draws SD by about 12%. In theory, that would mean wrestlers should want to be on Raw because, allegedly, everyone is paid for shows based on percentage from the gate and that would mean working an identical spot would theoretically pay 12% more. But that doesn't seem to be the case, so Dave isn't sure how they're working out the money with stuff like that, but everyone seems to be okay with the shows they're on. In fact, from what Dave has heard, most guys want to be on Smackdown because they feel they'll have a better chance to get over there and have better wrestlers to work with.
X-Pac was officially released this week. He does not have a 90 day non-compete, so he should be able to start with TNA at their next taping, assuming they've got the money to pay him. This release was widely expected, after he got suspended a few weeks back. The joke going around backstage is that when Kevin Nash went down with the quad injury, he landed on X-Pac's career. That being said, X-Pac was not fired. He was suspended and then asked for his release as a result, which was granted. If you recall, X-Pac nearly missed Raw a couple weeks ago for a mysterious hospitalization that he couldn't (or wouldn't) explain to management. But he also had issues with writer Brian Gewertz over his push and Dave points out the obvious: that's not Gewerz's decision, it's Vince's (sorta like AJ Styles blaming Paul Heyman for Gallows and Anderson being fired). Dave isn't sure what X-Pac is thinking when it comes to asking for his release. That might have been a power move a few years ago, but now? Where else is he gonna go where he can even make a fraction of the money? He has connections in Japan, but getting a consistent, well-paying job there is extremely difficult. And of course, TNA can barely afford to keep the lights on. This might have been a bad idea. (Has X-Pac ever talked about this publicly? Because man, 18 years later, it still looks like a bad move. He never really worked full-time anywhere else again and spent the next two decades battling drug addictions and taking indie bookings wherever he could get them. He seems to be doing okay these days and I'm happy for him, but ouch).
Paul Bearer is leaving WWE. No word if it's by choice or another cost-cutting measure yet. He's been with WWE for about 11 years, but much of the last year or so, he's been at home with his wife helping her as she battles cancer. Prior to that, he had been working in the office, helping to oversee the developmental program.
In his latest Ross Report on WWE.com, Jim Ross said he thinks Kurt Angle is on his way to becoming the best wrestler ever. Dave says he's known people who have been saying that for a year or more now. Longevity is going to be the key and Angle started kinda late. But if he has a long career and continues to be this good and doesn't get broken down by injuries, then yeah, Angle's gonna probably be a strong contender for that title. Guys like Kobashi and Shawn Michaels could have been that guy, but both ended up being cut down by injuries (Dave obviously can't know this yet, but the second half of Shawn's career and Kobashi's mid-00s resurgence pretty much put both of them back in the conversation).
Random WWE notes: Both Trish Stratus and referee Charles Robinson needed to get their eyes flushed out by medical staff following the mud wrestling match on Raw. Jim Ross criticized Rosie (from Island Boyz) weight in his Ross Report, which is one of those things he keeps shitting on Big Show for too. Tony Schiavone was backstage at a recent WWE show as well as a TNA taping and Dave says Tony is trying to get back into the business.
Eric Bischoff did an interview with a Dallas newspaper and talked about the death of WCW. Bischoff claimed he knew the ship was going down in August of 1998 when Turner higher ups told him they wanted a product they could market to kids. Bischoff saw how WWE was marketing to adults with the whole raunchy Attitude Era product and Bischoff knew he couldn't compete if he was forced to tone down for kids. Ultimately, they changed their mind and WCW ended up trying to copy the WWE style and, well, we all know how that went.
Kane was originally scheduled to return from injury and be on Smackdown. He was even booked for the upcoming Smackdown house shows, scheduled to face Angle every night. But when the decision was made to move Undertaker to Smackdown, they decided to put Kane on Raw instead. So yet again, more last minute changes and no long-term planning.
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2020.04.09 17:25 LundgrensFrontKickWhat I love about Aquaman is how a scene featuring gigantic tidal waves causing trillions of dollars of worldwide destruction is like the 45th craziest thing in the movie
Quick note: This obsessive data analysis about a throwaway scene in Aquaman that is quickly forgotten, is not meant as a knock on Aquaman. I love that a scene involving trillions of dollars of property damage and billions of pounds of trash being dumped back on the world’s shores is like the 45th craziest thing in the movie. Aquaman is an insane film that features Dolph Lundgren riding a seahorse, casual destruction of wine shops, anti-climatic final fights, and a gigantic creature killing the absolute ever-living sh*t out of unsuspecting crab monsters. It’s a bombastic spectacle that made enough money to sink a boat ($1.1 billion) and has a respectable 65% Tomatometer score. It’s almost been two years since I watched Aquaman for the first time, and I still can’t shake how I felt during a three-minute scene in which the villainous King Orm (Patrick Wilson) sends land-dwellers a warning shotby unleashing massive waves that send billions of pounds of trash, hundreds (or thousands) of the earth’s warships, and countless thousands of boats back onto the shores. It’s a doozy of a warning shot (and a great trailer moment) that undoubtedly killed thousands, destroyed hundreds of miles of natural habits (how many turtle eggs were destroyed?), and did far more damage than anything that happens in Man of Steel, or The Avengers. Also, I’m pretty sure it made Dwayne Johnson jealous that San Andreasonly caused around $10 trillion in damage. Why has it been on my mind for so long? I think it’s because nobody on the planet seemed to care or remember the insane moment of destruction. Which makes sense, considering that like 10 minutes after the killer waves we see a gigantic octopus playing gigantic drums. Take a look at the clip, and you’ll understand just how much decimation is caused by Orm’s wave. In the film, the news reports say that the ENTIRE Atlantic coast is hit by gigantic waves. This means hundreds/thousands of miles of land was hit. Here’s a collage of the aftermath of the wave. Since these waves happened in North America, South America and Europe, I’m assuming no area of the coast was safe from the waves and floods. https://preview.redd.it/1jewkqsh7tr41.jpg?width=1000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=5eb1ed5ab960302eb42b53f3269d294951a496c8 I’ll never be able to correctly guess the amount of damage (I wish I could), however, it’s safe to assume the waves caused trillions of dollars of damage. The following data backs up my assumption and proves that a scene that nobody remembers was incredibly deadly (and somehow totally forgettable) .
I’m assuming all the waves are similar to what hit Aquaman and his dad.
I don’t think the waves are sophisticated enough to pick and choose which boats got wrecked. That would be bonkers……or, it would be really on brand for Aquaman.
In the clip I included above, I counted (at least) 51 warships that were pushed onto the land (I have no clue how many sunk). At the very least, the damage to the 51 ships, and nothing else, is around $150 billion (the submarines and aircraft carriers would take up $23 billion of that). Also, what happened to the all the planes that are typically on an aircraft carrier? They must be in the water somewhere, which means dozens of planes that cost at least $15 million (with weapons costs not included) are on the bottom of the ocean.
The waves that hit land must’ve destroyed thousands of docked boats, and flooded thousands of homes and businesses. Through some fun research I’ve learned that waterfront properties cost 46% more than inland properties%20are%20on%20the%20bottom%20of%20the%20ocean.). So, the expensive condos, homes, businesses, parks, roads, and anything in the vicinity of the waves and battleships suffered massive damage.
The massive tsunamis that hit Japan in 2011 caused close to $309 billion in damage (earthquake destruction is included), and Hurricane Katrina had an economic impact of $250 billion. If coastal cities were hit all along the Atlantic, just imagine the damage.
It’s very possible that New York City, Sao Paulo, Lagos, Buenos Aires, Boston, Miami and dozens of other major cities. Also, imagine if Orm blasted the Gulf of Mexico cites. That’s easily trillions of dollars in damage.
I was supposed to run the NYC Half this weekend as a fitness check-in for the Boston Marathon. Let's all cry together now. I am not terribly upset that this fitness will not get to be showcased at the Boston Marathon this spring, since I know I will likely have the opportunity in the fall (I am registered for Boston, Chicago, and New York) as long as I can stay healthy and the races do not get cancelled. However, I am very glad I went out and did this "race" on my own so I know that I am in fact the fittest I've been in a few years!! Plus, when you can share your splits on Strava and Reddit, you still get almost as much glory for a virtual race as you would for IRL.
I am not gonna lie, I was extremely hungover! I run my best races/runs hungover, and my previous best 13.1 was also after a day of drinking. Is this science? More likely, I think it is because I am in a DGAF mentality that allows me to keep pushing. After cancelling my trip to NYC, I practiced some solid social distancing with too many beverages. I was unable to run until 4PM yesterday, but after seeing a few friends post about completing the Virtual Half in lieu of being about to run in NYC, I thought I may as well get outside and see if I felt any less hungover. I did a 2 mile warm up and paused to stretch. My goal had been to run 7:00 pace and try to close strong if I had been in NYC. I told my coach I thought I was capable of running sub 1:30, since this is the most I have trained for a marathon before. He humbled me, reminding me I would not be tapering for this race, and that going out too hard and dying fast would not be useful to us as an indicator for Boston fitness. Since I was now just running this solo, I thought I should go out at 7:30 and run this as a cut down, but naturally I went out too hard. And then I decided to just see how long I could hang on ...
In a nutshell, first four miles: Okay I'm feeling good but I should probably slow down or this is going to really hurt. Next 4 miles, holy hell this hurts. Lot's of bargaining with myself here. Maybe I could just do 6 at race pace, one mile off, then see if I can do the final 6 at race pace again? Or since I did a 2 mile warm up, I could just do 9 miles hard, 2 mile cool down.. that'll be 13 right?? Mile 8 I downed a Gu and I think mile 10 or 11 I legit threw up in my mouth lol. The final 4 miles I just kept telling myself to keep it under 7:00 because I hadn't exceeded 7:00 a mile (or so I thought), and that I would definitely be PRing. I was hurting but I also felt really, really strong compared to how I have felt at this point in past races. I wasn't certain about breaking 1:30 though. I run on a river bikeway, and 99% of the time I will have to stop multiple times for a cross walk or whatnot. People gave me plenty of space - either because of the 6 ft rule or because I looked really aggressive pushing through race pains haha. By some MIRACLE I did not have to stop AT ALL during this run! Except for one quick watch stop when I was taking my Gu, I stopped to check a water fountain. It had been shut off for the season.
According to my lapsed time vs. watch time, that water fountain check cost me 6 seconds - when I finished, my watch read a 13.1 PR of 1:29:56, while my dang elapsed time is actually 1:30:01, and my true race time. I was elated to break 1:30, and then therefore disappointed to see I actually missed it by 2s, but oh well! Guess I will still get to have the glory of breaking 1:30 for the first time in a real race situation :) Ran a 1 mile cool down, for a total of 16.2 for the day. Glad I didn't have to make this a 19-20 mile day anymore with Boston out of the picture. Looking forward to running for quarantine cabin fever prevention over the next few weeks, but very happy I get some form of training validation despite our spring seasons being totally cancelled. I highly recommend you push yourself to complete a virtual race or two while we can't line up together! This post was generated usingthe new race-reportr, powered bycoachview, for making organized, easy-to-read, and beautiful race reports.
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Pregame Three Numbers that Matter Two Players to Watch with Charlie Davies Fire Sorry that was the closest I could find to Chicago Fire Pregame Content on Youtube. 1' START OF FIRST HALF 1' Nico Gaitán is carded for a foul on Caicedo in the opening moments. 4' Chicago get the first dangerous moments of the game as Matt Turner is forced to punch away a ball inches from Nikolić. 11' Teal Bunbury appears to be injured 12' Teal walks off on his own power, and Cristian Penilla replaces him. 14' Gaitan is angry at the referee. 17' BRANDON BYE'S LOW CROSS FINDS BIG WILF AT THE NEAR POST. FIRST GOAL OF THE YEAR FOR WILFRIED ZAHIBO. REVS UP 1-0 20' Calvo's low shot easily saved by Matt Turner. 27' Gustavo Bou's through ball cuts through 3 defenders to find Penilla, whose shot is saved by Kronholm. 28'Red Card Against Bullying Demonstration 30' Michael Mancienne is carded for yet another foul against Nico Gaitán. 39 Mancienne goes froward to challenge and the ball is played behind him to Nikolić. Turner does well to make the clearance out of the box. 40' Matt Turner again does well to deny Gaitán. 41' Calvo does well to meet Gaitan's free kick and heads it past Matt Turner to level the game at 1. 45+2' The whistle is blown for halftime with the game tied at 1 from Calvo's header. HALFTIME Should results hold (Toronto 0-0 Montreal, Philly 3-0 DC, NYC 2-1 NYRB) no teams from 4-10 would earn more than 1 point this weekend, accounting for Orlando's loss. 46' START OF 2ND HALF 48' Chicago almost get a break through a ball to Przemyslaw Frankowski, but DeJuan Jones does well to wrestle back control and shield it for a goal kick. 55' Alright I'll be honest I spaced out for a bit did I miss anything? 60' Gustavo Bou tries to score on the turn, but it is well denied by Kronholm. 64' New England make their 2nd sub of the night as Juan Agudelo replaces Diego Fagundez. 66' Time for your Taylor Twellman Concussion Awareness Break as CJ Sapong is down after a head-to-head collision on a corner kick. 69'Sapong is OK. I'm still proud of how the whole situation was handled, and I hope that becomes the standard. 74'Nikolic is done for the night, and makes way for Mihalovic . 77' Dangerous moments for New England saved as Farrell is fouled. 78' New England swap Luis for Juan Fernando in a Caicedo for Caicedo substitution. 82' Bou on the turn again, again saved by Kronholm. 84' Penilla goes down easily just outside the box, but it's a free kick in a dangerous spot for New England. Off target. 86' GUSTAVO BOU BREAKS THE DEADLOCK WITH A ROCKET FROM OUTSIDE THE 18 YARD LINE. REVS UP 2-1. YELLOW CARD TO BOU FOR EXCESSIVE CELEBRATION 90' 5 minutes of stoppage to wrap this up. 90+1' Yellow to someone on Chicago I didn't quite catch who. 90+3 Fire coach Paunovic has been sent off. Actually nevermind. No he wasn't. 90+6' Late yellow to Juan Agudelo for a handball
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE: 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000
This issue opens much like the last one, with Dave's personal thoughts on the recent 9/11 tragedy. He also weaves into it discussions about the economic impact of this and how it could affect the entertainment business (wrestling included) while also acknowledging how silly it feels to even care about that sort of stuff right now. The effects of 9/11 on the economy and on society as a whole are still yet to be seen, but the world definitely changed that day and it's too soon to know how that's going to affect all of our fantasy entertainment.
The re-launch of UFC, under Zuffa, is scheduled for this week and the signs looked good at first. They sold out the 9,700-seat Mandalay Bay weeks in advance, being the first "sports entertainment" -ish event since WCW to do those kind of numbers other than WWF. But of course, the events of 9/11 have thrown everything into upheaval. UFC has internally lowered their expectations for the PPV buyrate, because most people aren't in a "buying PPVs" kinda mood right now. Everyone's still glued to their TVs watching the news. Then it was announced that the highly anticipated Felix Trinidad vs. Bernard Hopkins boxing match was postponed due to 9/11 and will now be taking place the day after UFC's PPV. Needless to say, that's gonna wreck the buyrate also (yeah this ends up being a disaster. To this day, Dana White still calls UFC 33 the worst show in the history of the company).
NJPW just ran the worst tournament in company history, with the worst possible finish, and Dave says it's the kind of booking that would even put the dying days of WCW to shame. They held a "G-1 World" tournament which was basically just a 5-man round robin tournament with Scott Norton, Don Frye, Super J, Giant Silva, and Scott Hall. If that sounds bad on paper, you're right. And it exposed just how weak the foreign talent in NJPW is these days. Then it was made worse by Don Frye winning the whole thing, only to abruptly quit NJPW the next day to go fight for PRIDE. So now the runner up (Scott Norton) will challenge Yuji Nagata to a match next week, with the winner getting an IWGP title shot (I mean, okay, that doesn't sound like the best tournament or anything, but none of that booking sounds WCW-level bad).
Jerry Lawler is making one last ditch effort to keep the tradition of Memphis wrestling alive. They are no longer running live shows on local TV there, but Lawler, along with Jimmy Hart, Dave Brown, and Cory Maclin have been hosting a "best of" show for the last several months. Basically just clips of old classic Memphis wrestling that airs in the same TV time slot. Well, the TV network informed them this week that they will no longer allow Lawler & Co. to use the WMC-TV production studios to do that show. The TV station is still willing to air any wrestling shows that Lawler will give them, but they no longer want to be involved in producing it in any way. So now Lawler is scrambling around Memphis trying to strike a deal to keep some form of local wrestling in Memphis on the air.
There are some new details on the decisions made that led to the cancellation of WCW on Turner networks back in March. Back when Eric Bischoff and Fusient were still negotiating to buy WCW, the plan written into the deal was for Nitro to move to TBS (because they were re-branding TNT and wrestling wouldn't fit the new image of the network). The deal would have given WCW 4 prime time hours on TBS for the next 10 years. Around this same time, Fusient's biggest financial backer, private equity firm Warburg Pincus, had pulled out of the deal and it's unknown how Fusient would have been able to afford to run WCW without them. That uncertainty might have played a part in Jamie Kellner deciding to simply cancel WCW programming. If Fusient couldn't afford it and WWF couldn't buy it because of Viacom blocking the TV deal, there were simply no other interested buyers. By cancelling the TV shows, that freed Turner up to sell it to WWF because Viacom would no longer stand in the way. When it became clear that Kellner was cancelling it and Vince McMahon was going to buy it, Bischoff made a last-ditch effort to try to secure a deal with USA or FX, but it didn't happen. USA was said to be dead set against airing anymore wrestling after WWF left them (they turned down ECW for the same reason). FX turned Bischoff down as well, for various reasons (concerns over Fusient's financial backing for one. Also, Bischoff basically approached them in a "we have to make a decision now before they sell to WWF!" and FX was uncomfortable making such a big decision in such an immediate time frame. FX would have had to approve the deal within 48 hours and for it to go through all the legal red tape and due diligence necessary, it just wasn't feasible. Obviously, if WCW was a hot product, FX would have moved mountains to make it happen. But WCW had the stench of death on it for a long time and nobody was jumping through hoops to save it.
So the Observer has been having yearly votes on Wrestler of the Year since the early 80s, but what about before that? It's hard to judge because the coverage of the business in earlier decades wasn't as thorough. But Dave and some other wrestling historians have done a bunch of research and put together a list of people that likely would have won the Wrestler of the Year award every year dating back to 1901, if the Observer and its readers had actually existed back then and voted on it. Lots of Lou Thesz, George Hackenschmidt, Frank Gotch, etc. Dave goes into a lot of detail about how these picks would be made, how times change and what fans look for has changed and how those criteria affect the list. Obviously this is all an exercise in futility since no one can really know how a vote for 1926's Wrestler of the Year would have actually gone, so this is all hypothetical. It's interesting but not newsworthy.
Kenta Kobashi had yet another surgery on his right knee recently, to remove screws that were put in during a previous surgery. Dave has lost count of how many surgeries Kobashi has had now and fears that he's going to end up wheelchair bound at a young age. But for now, the plan is still for him to return to the ring in January.
Dave talks about all the recent changes made to NJPW's upcoming Tokyo Dome show next month and basically blames it on Antonio Inoki, who has been throwing his muscle around to change matches and push all his MMA guys. Dave thinks Inoki is tired of professional wrestling but is using its popularity and visibility to promote the real shoot fights he wants with PRIDE and K-1. The booking Inoki is doing makes sense for those promotions and for his fighters, but it's terrible for NJPW and he doesn't really seem to care. Dave compares the recent booking of NJPW to Russo-era WCW, in that both are convoluted, often make no sense, and are/were terrible for their respective companies.
Speaking of Antonio Inoki, he was actually in New York City on 9/11, not far from the World Trade Center when the attack happened. Due to all the airlines being grounded, he was stuck in New York for the rest of the week. Japanese women's wrestler Itzuki Yamazaki (of the famous Jumping Bomb Angels) lives in Manhattan near ground zero and none of her friends and family in Japan has heard from her since, so there's obviously a lot of concern about that (she was fine and still lives in NYC to this day. She owns a restaurant called Go Sushi, so check it out if you're there and report back). NWA Jersey promoter Fred Rubenstein works for the Port Authority in New York and was supposed to be in the World Trade Center that day, but was running late and was still a few blocks away when he got word of the attack.
Also, a scheduled NWA 53rd Anniversary show may have to be moved now. It was scheduled to take place in the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, FL which is a National Guard location. But there's a lock down on all military bases now. It's believed the lock down will be lifted before the show is scheduled, but if not, then they'll have to find a new building or cancel the show. They're hoping to have Steve Corino defend the NWA title against Hashimoto on this show. Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles is also scheduled for the card.
Jerry Lawler was also supposed to wrestle a show in Toronto on 9/15, only one day after commercial flights in the U.S. were allowed to fly again. He arrived at the Memphis airport and between cancellations and delays, he was there for 8 hours. Eventually, it became apparent that he wouldn't be able to make it to Toronto in time for the show, so he had to cancel (yeah, if you aren't old enough to remember, airports were a goddamn nightmare for months after 9/11).
The angle last week with Hiroshi Tanahashi pinning Scott Hall was actually Hall's idea. He wanted to re-create the famous 1-2-3 Kid angle because Hall thinks Tanahashi could be a big star some day. Nobody else in the locker room knew it was going to happen and everyone popped big for it when it did. Hall got over big with all the other Japanese wrestlers for doing it. In other news, Hall is pushing NJPW to bring in Kevin Nash for the Jan. 4th Tokyo Dome show.
Dave reviews the latest Zero-One show and he thinks Samoa Joe has made an incredible transition to the Japanese style and has adapted perfectly. And he's getting over pretty big there because of it.
Most wrestling shows ran as planned this week, although CZW cancelled an event, feeling that a light tube death match might be in bad taste given how everyone is still raw from what happened on 9/11. A few other indies cancelled shows and there's a AAA show scheduled for Los Angeles next week and nobody can seem to confirm whether it's still happening or not.
WWA in Australia held a press conference this week for the upcoming shows they're promoting there. They heavily hyped that Vince Russo would be bringing them a wrestling product the likes of which has never been seen before in Australia. Dave thinks this whole thing would do better if they just tried to bring them a good wrestling product instead. BURN. They pushed Road Dogg, Stevie Ray, Buff Bagwell, Nathan Jones, and Bret Hart as the top stars and all 5 men were there doing PR for it. They repeatedly made clear that Bret Hart is retired and wouldn't be wrestling. They pushed it as the start of a new promotion rather than just an indie tour. They've booked big 10,000+ seat venues and are charging $40-50 for tickets. WCW charged more than that last year and ran a surprisingly successful tour in Australia. Even in the dying days of WCW, the company drew big there. But WCW had TV there and was a widely recognized name, whereas this WWA venture does not.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff spoke this past week, with Hogan basically checking to see if there was anything going on Bischoff's end. Bischoff apparently told Hogan to go make amends with Vince McMahon because there's nothing new on the horizon from him or anyone else. Lots of people are talking about starting up new indies but without TV backing, there's nothing sustainable on a major league level happening anytime soon. Hogan recently had another knee surgery a few weeks ago. Obviously, Hogan in WWF, with the right angle, could be huge. But the problem is that he's Hulk Hogan, he's got a lot of enemies, and bringing him in is sure to upset a lot of the WWF locker room. Plus Hogan would be coming in at significantly less money than he was used to making in WCW.
H&S Media's assets are being sold at auction this week. H&S Media is the parent company of WOW Magazine. WOW currently has a new issue ready to be released and its sitting at the printers, but it hasn't been printed yet due to the uncertainty over the company. The death of WOW Magazine would be the end of Bill Apter's 31-year run as the biggest independent wrestling magazine publisher in the U.S. (yup, this is the end of the road for WOW).
Various notes: Ric Flair stars in a local Kansas City commercial for a check cashing company. He even drops a "Whooo!" Ricki Lake did an episode of her show talking about backyard wrestling and it was pretty much exactly what you'd expect and it featured an appearance from Stevie Ray (I can only find one part of it. Can't find the Flair commercial at all).
WWF attempted to get back to business with Raw this week. The whole crew seemed exhausted (as mentioned, travel is a nightmare now) and the crowd seemed to lull at times. There were tons of USA chants, flags, etc. America is pretty much still in shock, but patriotism is at an all-time high. Kronik showed up and beat up Kane and Undertaker. Dave thinks it's funny that Undertaker wouldn't even sell for any of these other WCW guys and many of them have been buried because they "don't know how to work" but Kronik is walking in the door with a big push because Bryan Adams is Undertaker's friend. Hurricane was looking for a superhero sidekick and Lance Storm suggested Ivory. Hurricane said no because she's only 99.44% pure, which is a reference to an old Ivory soap slogan. This joke probably went over the heads of most of the audience because nobody reacted, but Dave thought it was hilarious.
Notes from Smackdown: this is the show that aired live two days after 9/11 and Dave says it was a very unique show. Behind the scenes, a lot of people felt they shouldn't have done the show at all, including some city officials in Houston. Edge even acknowledged on TV that they weren't sure they should be doing the show. WWF itself was obviously sensitive to receiving any criticism about running the show and were almost too defensive in putting themselves over for not cancelling it. Linda McMahon and a WWF media relations guy made the interview rounds the next day, defending the decision to go ahead with it. In the end, whether or not a wrestling show should have happened is such an unimportant issue in the wake of real life events. Dave can't say whether it was right or wrong. If it had been him, he personally would have waited until Raw the next week before running a live show again, but as a fan, he was also just glad to have some kind of escape from the real world on TV. So in hindsight, Dave thinks WWF made the right decision, though cancelling it wouldn't have been wrong either. Back in the 1960s, the NFL caught a ton of heat for not cancelling games after the assassination of JFK and for decades since, they have still been criticized for it. On television, WWF tried to make a big deal of being the first major event to run post-9/11. But this is WWF, so of course that's not actually true. It wasn't even the first wrestling event, as OVW held a show the night before (for a much smaller crowd, of course). Madonna also continued her tour prior to WWF running Smackdown. While the show aired in most of the country, it didn't air in New York, Boston, or Minneapolis. Despite these pre-emptions, and despite most of the country still glued to the news networks, Smackdown ratings held up surprisingly well.
It was presented similar to the Owen Hart episode, with no storylines, just matches and out-of-character interviews. Most were very good but the one in particular that made some headlines was Stephanie McMahon, who compared the attacks to her father's steroid trial. Dave can't believe the company allowed this to air. Now, to be fair, Dave tries really hard to see this from Stephanie's point of view. He believes she was trying to relate the attacks to something from her personal life and her father being on trial and facing prison when she was a teenager was surely one of the worst things she's ever personally experienced in her life. Dave was at that trial and he remembers seeing Vince's family in the courtroom during the closing arguments and recalls how traumatized the 17-year-old Stephanie appeared to be that day. So he understands what she was trying to go for here. But comparing that trial to the death of thousands of people, and to compare the government prosecutors who went after her dad to the terrorists who attacked America came off incredibly poorly and offensive. To their credit, WWF edited the promo out of the Excess show 2 nights later, which was mostly just a re-run of Smackdown with the same out-of-character promos. Stephanie aside, the rest of the show proved how much things have changed. 10 years ago, at the peak of the Gulf War, WWF tried to capitalize on it by booking Hulk Hogan as an American hero and sending him to military bases so they could film him meeting the troops in order to build the Sgt. Slaughter match. So they haven't decided to exploit this tragedy for their own gain, at least not yet. Anyway, they also didn't try to use this show to sell anything. There was no hype for the PPV, not even any promos or commercials for it. They offered refunds beforehand for anyone who didn't feel like attending a big public gathering two days after the scariest day in most American's lives, and more than 200 people took them up on the offer. And for the live fans, they gave them a Rock vs. Austin dark match. Overall (Stephanie nonsense notwithstanding), Dave thinks WWF did a fantastic and honorable job given the circumstances of the situation and they deserve credit for it.
Oh yeah, other notes from the actual show: Lilian Garcia opened the show with a hell of a rendition of the national anthem and a Vince McMahon promo that was basically an American pep rally. Kurt Angle was on the show, not selling his injuries from Raw at all. Given the newfound patriotic fervor in America, the reality (although no one will openly admit it) is that WWF sees Kurt Angle as a "USA"-chant magnet and they didn't want him here selling injuries and looking weak when America is all about being strong right now. Again, no one openly will admit it because it might seem exploitative, but everyone realizes that Kurt Angle could be money if they steer into the American Olympic hero aspect of his character.
Weirdly enough, when Smackdown aired on Sky in the UK, they edited out everything to do with 9/11. So all the promo videos, the opening, even the RVD vs. Spike Dudley match was cut because commentary talked about 9/11 throughout most of it. As a result, in the UK, Smackdown only lasted 51 minutes this week.
Long-term, WWF is still planning to split the rosters sometime in early 2002 with WCW going on its own as a separate entity with its own show. There's no set date and WWF is pretty much being booked week-to-week on the fly right now, with little in the way of long-term planning. If they're serious about this, Dave says they have to start rebuilding WCW now so that fans will take it serious and not reject it next year when it has to sustain itself. Right now, the WCW name is worth less than it was when the real WCW folded and trying to launch a new WCW show now would likely fail worse than it would have if they had gone along with their original plan.
Jerry Lawler was backstage at this week's Smackdown tapings in Memphis but was just visiting friends. As of now, there's no immediate plans to bring him back, although one presumes Lawler was certainly fishing for a job (he hasn't been shy on his website about wanting to return). Lawler was basically trying to make amends with people, since he burned a lot of bridges after he quit. Jim Ross told Lawler to get his divorce to Stacy Carter finalized first and straighten out all his personal life issues, then they'll look into bringing him back. But it looks like it may be a messy divorce and they want him at work with a clear head, not having to miss dates to attend court hearings and whatnot. There's also the issue of where he'd fit in. Jim Ross and Paul Heyman work really well together on commentary, but there's also longstanding issues between those 2 that date back years and Ross doesn't particularly seem to enjoy working with Heyman. So who knows. As for Stacy Carter, she's currently living with former WWF developmental wrestler Mike Howell (who wrestled as one of the Dupp Brothers) and they're living in a condo that Lawler owns in Florida but until the divorce is finalized, he apparently can't legally kick her out of it. In his final OVW appearance, Howell was on TV flaunting it by wearing a Miss Kitty shirt.
It was extremely difficult for the WWF wrestlers to get flights out of Houston after Smackdown. A lot of the wrestlers simply ended up driving, some as far as Minnesota and Florida, to get home. Others who live further away (west coast or Canada for example) simply drove from Houston to Nashville and stayed there for a few days until the Raw taping the following Monday since they couldn't get home. So for many of the roster, it was 11 straight days on the road at a time when everyone in America just wants to be home with their families.
The Much Music Awards in Canada (their version of MTV) were scheduled to air this week but were cancelled due to 9/11 and won't be rescheduled. Chris Benoit was booked to appear and introduce the band Our Lady Peace, who were going to debut their new song "Whatever" which Benoit will be using as his new theme song when he returns. Much Music execs thought it would be in poor taste to be handing out music awards while in America, funerals were still taking place.
Triple H did an interview with FHM magazine and talked about the criticism WWF received for continuing the show on the night Owen Hart died. Triple H said that criticism pissed him off because Owen was his friend and that Owen would have wanted the show to go on. "Yeah, how dare those people like Owen's wife and family members question that decision," Dave quips.
Caryn Mawr, who very briefly worked for WWF as a character named Muffy, was the winner of Battledome's women's championship. Mawr only made one WWF appearance as Stephanie McMahon's trainer but made a bunch of dark match appearances during her time in WWF but they just never got behind her to put her on TV and do something with her. She also apparently didn't earn herself any brownie points by complaining about the name "Muffy."
Tons of letters this week, mostly about how this whole Invasion angle has just gone off the rails. Some guy predicting WWF is going to grow stale without competition (yup). Someone else writes in about the new Saturday night Excess show and how they do sort of a similar call-in thing as the old Livewire show, but the calls are all carefully screened and the questions suck and the hosts suck. The guy suggests Jim Cornette should host the show. Dave responds and says Cornette is busy running OVW and hates flying and he would hate flying to New York every week. Paul Heyman lives in New York and he'd probably be a good host for it, but he's so busy with everything else that he's involved in on-screen right now with the Invasion angle that he probably wouldn't be able to do it either. Dave has a suggestion and he admits he's biased....but he thinks Bryan Alvarez would be a great host for something like that. He's funny, quick on his feet, and has a depth of wrestling knowledge that most people don't. He's also someone who will tell it like it is and not kiss up to the product, but he admits WWF probably isn't interested in that kind of host. Other people write in about the Observer Hall of Fame. One guy seems offended that Undertaker is even considered for it. He says sure the Undertaker is a great gimmick but for years, he has been part of some of the worst matches and angles the WWF had. "If great matches can make a candidate, shouldn't awful matches for 4+ years break him?" Someone else writes in saying he's tired of people complaining about Shawn Michaels not being in and says Shawn doesn't deserve it. Yes he was a great worker but was never a great draw, didn't have any real longevity on top, and his outside the ring antics are legendarily negative. Says Shawn was the grand slam champion of unprofessionalism. At different points, he vacated the World, IC, European, and Tag Team titles all without ever jobbing so why does he deserve to be in the HOF?
WEDNESDAY:Economic effects of 9/11 being felt, WWF Unforgiven PPV fallout, Jimmy Hart starting up a new promotion, and more...
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2019.06.25 08:34 watercolors4eva(23F 24M) Is my boyfriend just using me? He’s wonderful. But I’m worried he has no ambition.
(23F 24M) Love vs. Money. Is my boyfriend just using me? He’s wonderful. But I’m worried he has no ambition. My problem is not that serious, so I’m bringing it up here on Reddit because I don’t want to air our dirty laundry to my parents/friends. We have been dating for 8 months. We were friends in high school and I went to senior ball with him. We met again through some friends at a party. I like him (let’s call him James) very much, I got out of a relationship with a very controlling BF, and I was afraid of men for a long time. With James, I’m comfortable, he makes me laugh, he’s actually fun to be around, and I feel like we have each other’s backs. Anyways, my boyfriend works at a grocery store. He lives with his grandparents. He has no car and no drivers license. (He just took his 5-hour class, and is taking driving classes). I have a full time hospital job, have my own car, went to college on a full-ride scholarship without my parent’s financial help (their good people--my parents struggled financially after lay-off for a while and I'm eldest of 6 children), and paid of all my rent/equipment loans. I had to move out at a young age, because job was in a different city. I know how hard it is to make it. My parents and my friends aren’t very fond of him, so I try not to add fuel to their roasting him. It’s just. I work as a nurse and people lie about their problems. He tells me he doesn’t have money to move out and worries about money. But at the same time, he’s keeps on going on trips with his guy friends. Toronto, NYC, Boston, etc. He’s planning on going to Japan in the summer with friends. He tells me it’s not expensive, but I know a month cruise to East Asia/Japan would cost you $7K/3 weeks (my best friend’s gone on the cruise before). In nursing, PR is important. I just post happy birthday from time to time or shit like that, but never political stuff. James posts borderline racist stuff like “White Lives Matter.” It makes me uncomfortable, I brought it up with him, but he and his friends says he’s just joking. The fact is I’m a charge nurse, and when you’re a leader I think it scares people you’re working for that you might be aligned with whatever ideology your boyfriend stands for. He continues to post shit like that. He’s an only child. He grew up without his dad around. His mom raised him and his dad has children with 6 different women. Sometimes, I feel like he does this stuff because of lack of guidance. I feel for him, especially when he struggles. But sometimes, he has unrealistic expectations about money. Paying for your own health insurance is about $5K. Paying for my car insurance is about $250/6 month, but if you add on a male driver under age 26 years old its $1200/6 months. So no, I’m not going to let him drive my car or sharing car insurance with him. He wants us to move in together. I said no. And he’s upset, believing that I don’t love him. Fuck. I’m just so frustrated. I'm rereading the shit I just wrote, I think at the bottom of my heart I know what I have to do. But it fucking hurts and I keep replaying out memories from when I knew him until now. Talked to my best friend because she doesn’t spread rumors, and she tells me to just dump him. These are the years of my life that I’m most beautiful, so why waste my time? I just feel so guilty leaving him when he needs me.
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I'll be editing & adding to this for a while, so please comment on what you feel I'm missing, getting wrong, HOW TO FORMAT IT BETTER, etc. MAJOR STORYLINES: 1) The Basketball Association of America (BAA) formed in 1946 with 11 teams, including 1 in Toronto. Previously the most stable league was the National Basketball League (NBL), and in 1949 the NBL was officially absorbed by the BAA (1 year after 4 NBL teams had already left & joined the BAA on their own, including Mikan's Lakers), and the BAA was re-dubbed the NBA. Some people consider 1949-50 the 1st NBA season, while most people (including the NBA itself) consider the BAA's inaugural 1946-47 season as the 1st NBA season. 1b) The NBL basically started in 1937 (it's complicated) and existed primarily in smaller cities in the Midwest so as not to compete locally with the MLB, NHL, and NFL, all of which were much bigger than pro hoops at the time (ex: Fort Wayne, Toledo, Oshkosh, Rochester, etc). The BAA started in 1946, chiefly by rich guys who owned NHL teams in order to get more fans into their arenas on nights hockey wasn't playing, so it was in big cities like Boston, Philadelphia, NYC, DC, St. Louis, and Toronto, which ultimately made them the more powerful league by the late-40's as the game was ready for the big leagues. Here's a better explanation of the NBA's formation from Peach Basket Society. Also, here's some more info about it from the Pro Basketball Encyclopedia. 2) The league was integrated with black players in 1950 (link). Most teams operated under an unspoken "no more than 2 black players" rule through the 50's and into the 60's. The notable exception was Boston, who had 4 black players by the end of the 50's (link) ... but also in 1986 (link). The St. Louis Hawks were the worst team for a black player to play on at this time. 3) The adoption of the shot clock in 1954 significantly improved the watch-ability of the game. To be more blunt, it saved the game from horrible stall-ball and stuff like this. 4) Similarly, new fouling rules around the same time helped move the game away from cheap-shots, hard fouls "to send a message", and tactics that turned games into FT contests. 5) George Mikan became the league's first star in the late-40's, followed by Bob Cousy in the early-50's and Bob Pettit in the mid-50's. Maurice Stokes and Bill Russell were the first black stars in the mid-to-late-50's. 6) Coach Red Auerbach correctly predicted an NBA future where fastbreaking was important & valuable, and he built the Celtics into a dynasty with a heavy emphasis on fastbreaking, actualizing his vision with the drafting of athletic center Bill Russell in 1956. STARS WHO MATTERED THE MOST:Tier 1 (4) Bob Cousy, George Mikan, Bob Pettit, Dolph Schayes. Tier 2 (7) Bill Sharman, Maurice Stokes, Paul Arizin, Neil Johnston, Joe Fulks, Bob Davies, Bill Russell. Tier 3 (15) George Yardley, Larry Foust, Slater Martin, Ed Macauley, Dick McGuire, Vern Mikkelsen, Jim Pollard, Jack Twyman, Harry Gallatin, Andy Phillip, Cliff Hagan, Tom Heinsohn, Tom Gola, Max Zaslofsky, Bob Feerick. BEST FRONTCOURTS & BACKCOURTS: Link to a list for the decade, plus discussion PLAYOFF SERIES OF NOTE: 1957 Finals (Bos vs StL), 1956 EDF (Phil vs Syr), 1959 EDF (Bos vs Syr), 1956 WDSF (StL vs Minn) -- Info about the decade's great series PLAYERS WHO COULD PLAY TODAY (pre-Russell): (Based on the eye test, their stats, and general research of the era, these players seem like they could comfortably be transported to now & do well after a short acclimation period) -- Maurice Stokes, Bob Cousy, Bob Pettit, maybe Bill Sharman, maybe Tom Gola, maybe Paul Arizin, maybe Dolph Schayes. TOP DRAFT PICKS:1947 (BAA) (Andy Phillip #31), 1948 (BAA) (Dolph Schayes #4, Bobby Wanzer #10, Harry Gallatin #69), 1949 (BAA) (Vern Mikkelsen #1, Ed Macauley #2, Dick McGuire #9), 1950 (Paul Arizin #1, Bob Cousy #4, Larry Foust #6, George Yardley #8, Chuck Cooper #14, Bill Sharman #24), 1951 (Mel Hutchins #3), 1952 (Clyde Lovellette #10), 1953 (Frank Ramsey #7, Cliff Hagan #13), 1954 (Bob Pettit #2, Gene Shue #3, Red Kerr #6, Larry Costello #12, Richie Guerin #17), 1955 (Tom Gola #2, Maurice Stokes #4, Jack Twyman #10), 1956 (Tom Heinsohn #1, Bill Russell #3, K.C. Jones #9), 1957 (Sam Jones #8), 1958 (Guy Rodgers #1, Elgin Baylor #2, Hal Greer #14, Wayne Embry #23, Don Ohl #37), 1959 (Wilt Chamberlain #1, Bob Boozer #3, Bailey Howell #4, Johnny Green #7, Rudy LaRusso #12)
Background I’m a 38 M. I was a swimmer throughout university, and also did some cross country running in high school, and a little bit during university. One year I did train with the x country team, but swimming was my focus, and I would only do the running workouts. I ended up as the 8th man, so I didn’t go to any competitions. I do think the aerobic base was fine, but the legs needed to catch up. 15 years later, everything needed to catch up. I did start running again about 3 years ago, as my wife wanted to do the big local race here, a 10 mile net downhill race. Got back into it then, and 2018 was first real attempt at getting back into it. Long term goal is to qualify for Boston by the time I’m 40. I’ve yet to run a marathon since I’ve started back, so that may get pushed out a year or 2, but I’m ok with that. Anyway, early in 2018, I ended up battling some Achilles issues and travelling a bit more than expected with work, so it derailed things a bit, but I didn’t get over 2000 km for the year (vs 1300 and 800 the previous 2 years). End of last year, I entered myself and my wife in the United NYC half lottery, and we got in! So here we are. Training This was my first time following a plan (12/47). Obviously I didn’t follow it to a T, but I pretty much hit the mileage each week (I hit 471/452 planned miles), and went over 50 miles for the first time. One thing I did at the start that I think helped was to try and run 6 days a week from the beginning, vs the 4 days Pftitz has. So I would split the early GA runs into 2 shorter runs. I had some Achilles issues during the same time period last year, so I figured running more often vs more per run would build up some sort of tolerance. I think it worked well for me. This was also my first time really doing consistent LT / Tempo work. I used the JD calculator to find my paces. I was consistently hitting 3:50 per km (6:10) pace during those, but sometimes the weather didn’t cooperate. One LT session was 20 min LT / 4min EZ / 16 min LT, but the ground was turning to black ice during the first interval, so we had to call it short after the first part. It seemed like it snowed during most LT sessions. Either way, they seemed to work, as I could naturally get to that pace without monitoring the watch. I enjoyed the plan, and was able to move things around pretty well when required. Most workouts went according to plan, although I skipped some of the VO2 max ones later on. I did 2 tuneup races, a half in February 1:26:30 where it started snowing right as I finished the uphill section of the race, and dropped a nice half inch of snow on the ground. And a 5k in Februray 18:59 that ended with a solid uphill climb over the last 2 km and pretty much broke me. Overall happy with those results, and was looking forward to the race. Race Woke up at 5. At subway stop on 57th street at 530. There was supposed to be a train at 536. Didn’t show. Train showed up around 6. Arrived on site in Prospect Park at 7ish. Bag check closed at 6:50. Doh! So we ran to the bag check, found the late bag check (which was chaos), kissed the wife and then ran to the corrals, making it just as they were closing the gate. So at least we got a warm up in? 0-5k: (20:02) I previously got some advice from you guys (shout-outs to imnotwadegreeleyrun_INXS, blood_bender and wanna_fly) and the plan was to run with the 1:25 pacer until we completed the Manhattan bridge, and then reassess. So the first 5k felt really smooth. I kept the 1:25 pacer in view, and caught him at about mile 3, but didn’t really press. Just tried to keep breathing under control the entire time, and not press the pace. The best part about this section was seeing the race leaders come towards us. I didn’t even think about that before the race that I would see some Olympic caliber runners during the race. 5-10k: (19:43) Chatting with the pacer (who’s name and last name initial is the same as mine?!?) and he was doing a great job of calling out paces, planned paces and reminding us to run by effort and not pace for the first 10k. 10k passed in 39:45 and felt effortless. Pacer ended up grabbing some gels to carry for everyone, and I got ahead a little bit. I ended up jumping into another small group at this point and just ran by feel. Effort was even, breathing under control. Left the pace group at this point 10-15k: (19:37) FDR was the most boring part of the race. I basically spent most of this time telling myself I’d catch a person with a distinguish characteristic, and then just hang out there for a bit. But I’d end up catching them, then gliding past. 15k basically ended going up an on ramp. At this point, I just wanted to be in a pack in case the wind popped up. Considered ditching my hat and gloves at this point, but ended up keeping them on. 15-20k (19:18) I was trying to do some mental math and figure out what my 10 mile split would be. I knew 1:04 would be 4:00 min ks, and of course the 10 mile clock was out at this point. After the 10 mile marker, the rest of 42nd was the hardest stretch for me. Not sure why, maybe because it was sneakily uphill, and I was telling myself that once I got to times square, I’d be good. I think my two slowest splits were 17 and 18k. It was super cool turning up times square. They had the leader board on the jumbotrons around, and I could see the park, so I got a little boost. Started a little kick once we turned at Central park. Last 1.1km (6:14) That uphill at 400m is a bit of cruel joke, but I managed to pick it up through this section. I knew I was gonna be close to 1:24, so went for it. Chip time got me as a 1:23:53. Post-race Really happy with the result. No clue that I was basically descending each 5k. So maybe that means I could have went out a little quicker, but I think it was the right strategy. It really is fun running with a big group like that. Always someone to chase, and always someone to chase you! The wife came across in 1:47:52 (Her first ever Half, and her 5th-6th race ever!). She was obviously very happy with this, although she had planned to run with the 1:45 pacer, but she couldn’t quite get close enough in her corral to keep an eye on them. Then we had brunch at Diane and Elisabteh in Hells Kitchen (I would recommend, but I liked The Marshal better), and then of course Bar Bacon after that. That seemed to be a post race watering hole, so that was fun. What's next I asked on the slack as well, but what do you guys normally do after an A race? The big local race is at the end of July, so I may follow the Pfitz multiple distance plan for that one, or do a longer basebuild and try and find a fall A race. I’m open to suggestions. *This post was generated using [the new race-reportr](https://coachview.github.io/race-report), powered by [coachview](https://www.coachview.io), for making organized, easy-to-read, and beautiful race reports.*
2019.01.14 14:34 jmverlinSurvivor Rewind: Season 21 (Nicaragua)
As I mentioned in an earlier post, my girlfriend and I are recent Survivor devotees who are now going back to start watching as many previous seasons as we can. As we go along, I’ll be filing these reports, the latest of which can be found below -- Season 21, Nicaragua. -- Josh Original Airdate(s): Sep. 15 - Dec. 19, 2010 Winner: Jud “Fabio” Birza Brief Overview A group of 20 new players arrived in Nicaragua for the 21st season of Survivor, and almost immediately were met with two twists: the Medallion of Power, which gave whichever team that held it a potential advantage at the next challenge; and the fact that this season started off featuring one tribe of 40-plus contestants (Espada) and one all players 30 and younger. (La Flor). It was clear that youth had the advantage early on, as La Flor won three of the first four immunity challenges, its only loss coming when Espada played the Medallion of Power. When the tribes swapped on Day 12, the Medallion of Power was discontinued, but La Flor continued to dominate the game, forming alliances on both tribes, though both the younger and older groups saw two players voted out pre-merge. Eventually, a four-person alliance of Chase, Sash, Holly and Jane emerged late (after two contestants quit) but then quickly turned on itself, voting out fan favorite Jane after a contentious final six tribal council. Eventually Jud, the under-the-radar, 21-year-old model now christened “Fabio,” won the last three immunity challenges and the jury vote, 5-4-0 over Chase and Sash. Best Move Honestly, was there one? I went the entire season without putting a damn thing in here. The best move was getting rid of the Medallion of Power after five episodes. Worst Move Chase and Sash became perhaps the Survivor definition of “overconfident” when they decided to prematurely break up their four-person alliance with six people remaining. Were they right that Jane probably wins the game if she gets to the final three with them? Yes, most likely. But she’s not super-likely to win another immunity challenge, and they could always vote her off at the four-person tribal council, thus keeping their alliance (and promise to her) intact and still avoiding going against Jane in front of the jury. Instead, with six people left in the game, Sash, Chase and Holly tell Jane to her face that they’re going to vote her out, and then at tribal council Chase openly makes it clear that it was those three against the other three. And then hearing that, Dan and Fabio had the opportunity to vote with Jane against Holly, potentially forcing a tie and screwing up the alliance. BUT THEY ALL VOTED OUT JANE!! WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?? That whole tribal council was atrocious. (Runner-Up: La Flor made a big mistake at the dual tribal councils, when a tied vote between Marty and Kelly B. forced a second vote, which ended up eliminating Kelly B. This came while everybody knew Marty had the idol and it was a chance to vote him out with the idol.) Funniest Moment Pretty much anytime Fabio was featured on-camera before the final few episodes was comic relief. His best moment was probably peeing in the pool during the handball one-on-one challenge, with Probst announcing “Fabio is fully relieved now” when he was finished. (Runner-Up: La Flor’s dancing introduction at their first few challenges. Laughing at them, not with them.) Cringiest Moment After Wendy Jo lost her mind at Espada’s first tribal council, I nearly wrote that up here (and still made note of it below). But then La Flor came to tribal council for the first time, and Shannon put on a mouth-gape performance for the ages. He first called out Chase for going to vote with Brenda, which was awkward enough and put a major target on his own back, but it got much worse when he looked at Sash and blurted “I’m going to get this out of the way right now, are you gay?” When Sash denied it and then insinuated that Shannon wouldn’t have dating luck in NYC, Shannon replied “New York is full of gay people.” This from the same guy who already said “men already get owned in marriage” earlier that day. I actually can’t believe Shannon didn’t get nine votes that night, but he did get enough to boot him out. (Runner-Up: Holly, Day 4: First, she dumps out Jane’s pot of snails for no reason, then fills Dan’s shoes with sand for no reason and puts them into the water. How she lasted until the end is beyond me.) Other Random Thoughts -- Day 1: JIMMY JOHNSON? Oh my goodness, this isn’t going to go well. Day 2: “I watched every season of Survivor, and I didn’t know it was this hard.” Well… Day 8: See ya, Jimmy! -- We both agree that we’d take the fire and fishing gear to start over the unknown ‘power.’ First of all, for a bunch of first-time players, having the ability to make fire and catch fish right off the bat is a huge advantage. To give that to the older people -- who are going to likely need extra sustenance anyways to keep up physically -- only makes it more likely their tribe will have numbers at the merge, making the medallion of power (whose power is still very unknown) less useful. I write this not 10 minutes into the first episode, so we’ll see how it goes. -- Wendy did a great job of shooting herself in the foot at Espada’s first tribal council. First, she tells everybody she’s annoyed because nobody asked her how old she is, which (as several members point out) is basically the one question you don’t ask people, especially a woman over 40. Then she tells everybody that she thought she’d be too annoying so she had stayed quiet, but now she was going to let out her “Chatterbox” personality. And then, right as Jeff was going to let them vote, she interrupted again to tell everybody how useful she was, in part because she didn’t have any blisters on her feet. No wonder everybody voted her out immediately. -- When the tribes split, I said to my SO that the older tribe would have the advantage in chemistry, because the older folks were less likely to snap and do something dramatic. Well, Holly ruined that plan. It wasn’t yet five days in and the swim coach from South Dakota totally lost her mind. First, she took some snails that Jill was eating and dumped them out; then, for no reason, she took Dan’s shoes, filled them with sand and dropped them in the water. And almost immediately, she felt bad about what she did and fessed up. (Adding one episode later...they didn’t vote her off?? That’s shocking. If I were Dan, I would have been after her the whole time). Adding at the end...her turnaround was impressive, and it was really nice to see her buy Dan some new boots to make up for ruining one of his pairs of shoes. Although it certainly doesn’t sound like $1,400 is a drop in the bucket for Dan. -- Meanwhile, over at the younger camp, we have SockGate! What the hell is going on with these people? -- It seems like they just filled this cast with terrible people. NaOnKa wants to be a villain but she just comes off as an asshole, with her line about wanting to push Kelly so hard she knocks off her leg, after stealing Jud (a.k.a. Fabio)’s socks a couple days earlier. Someone took How to Lose Friends & Alienate People to heart. (Update: holy s\*t, she is the WORST. And it really seems like she only doesn’t like Kelly because of her leg. That’s messed up. She said she didn’t want her students to see her as a quitter, but she doesn’t mind them seeing her as someone who abuses disabled people?)* -- Most of these players suck, but the challenges are really cool. We especially like Mega Plinko and the handball-shootout with one defender on a platform over the water. It’s also true that last season consisted entirely of challenges we’ve seen before, but this group seemed especially fun to play/watch. Lots of chutes and barrels. Wonder if they got a new designer or producer for the challenges this season. -- Now that we’ve complained about the cast enough, let’s spare a word for Jean. Older women typically have it the hardest on Survivor, typically getting voted out first and not always finding themselves super-useful (e.g. Gillian, Lillian), but the 56-year-old dog trainer was perhaps the most comfortable in Survivor world, starting a fire (sans flint) within the first 30 minutes of getting to camp and doing it again when she caught and cooked her own catfish on Day 17. Her individual immunity win over Chase in the rope-holding challenge was one of the more impressive individual immunity wins we’ve ever seen. -- Day 26: every once in a while they’ll include a shot of Dan sitting around, and it’s like “oh yeah, this guy’s still here!” Not many folks have gotten inside the top five and have managed to be on camera less than Dan and his bum knee. Though his “beauty fades, dumb is forever” line to Chase at the final tribal council line was terrific. -- There’s no doubt that coming back from a challenge to a partially-burnt-down camp would be a major bummer. But when you build a fire pit lined by wooden crates, what do you expect? And why would you leave all the valuable material right next to the fire? How few brain cells were used this season? -- Wonder what was going through Probst’s head when NaOnKa and “Purple” Kelly decided to both quit at the same time, after the reward challenge on Day 28. It did seem like they were on their way out, but I figured it would be at a tribal council. And then, when Jeff offered the tarp and extra rice for the rest of the Survivors if one person skipped he reward, it was despicable that NaOnKa let Holly do that, knowing she was about to quit the game. What a horrible example for her students. And at the end, she said she always played with a smile on her face. -- The non-chosen Survivors always get a little upset when they’re left out of the family reunion reward, but this year’s three who didn’t get to go (Jane, Dan and Fabio) seemed especially jilted. Which for sure is part of the reason they do this challenge, to rile up some feelings, but you’d also think that people who’d watched the show for so long would have a little bit of common sense about it. Everybody there misses their family members, it’s tough to say that anybody “deserves” it more than anybody else; we generally feel that spouses should generally get preference over parents and children, if only because spouses are used to seeing each other daily, but there’s no cut-and-dry rule. Plus, they’re only a few days from the end of the game anyways. -- This whole season, we’ve been pretty sure that Fabio is somewhat smarter than he acts, but it’s tough to tell just how much smarter. He seemed to hint early on in the season that he was playing up the “surfer dude” vibe, but there’s also been plenty of moments where it’s just not clear how much of an act he’s actually putting on. He’s right in that he won his immunity rewards at just the right time, but other than that...what did he do? His performance at the reunion didn’t really clear any of it up. -- That Chase ended up as a frat-bro country singer writing songs for Florida-Georgia Line surprises us zero percent. Overall: D- Thank god this one is finally in the past. An uninspiring cast of morons, quitters and generally awful people doesn’t exactly make for prime viewing material, and though Fabio did perform well in challenges down the stretch, there was really nothing he did except stay below the opposing alliances’ radar long enough to do so, and benefitted from the other two guys at final tribal council having pissed off the remainder of the jury. I’m actually surprised Chase got as many votes as he did, considering how terribly he played, but he clearly had some friends on the jury. This season definitely suffers extra from coming right after Heroes vs. Villians, which was so captivating and full of people we couldn’t wait to see more of. This was the exact opposite, with plenty of people we couldn’t wait to see leave. Was it the worst thing we’ve ever watched on television? No, not even close. This is still Survivor, after all, even when there aren’t any Parvatis or Boston Robs in the bunch. But we’re happy to have it in the rearview mirror. ~~~ Previous Write-Ups:Season 7 (Pearl Islands),Season 12 (Panama),Season 13 (Cook Islands/Race War),Season 14 (Fiji),Season 15 (China),Season 16 (Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites),Season 17 (Gabon),Season 18 (Tocantins),Season 19 (Samoa),Season 20 (Heroes vs. Villains)
Kurt Vonnegurt's response letter to the Drake High School board of North Dakota after the head of the school board, Charles McCarthy, banned Slaughter House Five. McCarthy also demanded that all 32 copies be burned in the school's furnace. (184 points, 18 comments)
186 points: easy_being_green's comment in The "plebes-no-more" ceremony at the US Naval Academy, in which first year students must work together to climb a 21 foot tall greased monument. Tradition says that the midshipman who puts a combination cover on the top will be the first of his or her class to make Flag Rank.
147 points: stoopidjonny's comment in The "plebes-no-more" ceremony at the US Naval Academy, in which first year students must work together to climb a 21 foot tall greased monument. Tradition says that the midshipman who puts a combination cover on the top will be the first of his or her class to make Flag Rank.
94 points: martyz's comment in Lance Armstrong calls out Joe Rogan and the Golden Snitch in IG comments section
90 points: rwwman50's comment in Lance Armstrong calls out Joe Rogan and the Golden Snitch in IG comments section
69 points: EarphoneTangler's comment in Lance Armstrong calls out Joe Rogan and the Golden Snitch in IG comments section
65 points: Danger_Zone's comment in The "angels' share" is the amount of alcohol that evaporates during the aging process. You can see the dramatically different levels of whiskey in the various aged barrels here.
64 points: fauxRealzy's comment in The super rich are injecting blood from teenagers to gain 'immortality'
53 points: anotherkeebler's comment in The "angels' share" is the amount of alcohol that evaporates during the aging process. You can see the dramatically different levels of whiskey in the various aged barrels here.
53 points: jerrygergichsmith's comment in The "plebes-no-more" ceremony at the US Naval Academy, in which first year students must work together to climb a 21 foot tall greased monument. Tradition says that the midshipman who puts a combination cover on the top will be the first of his or her class to make Flag Rank.
49 points: el_prezidente's comment in Teacher of the Year wears Women’s March, trans rights badges during Trump meeting, refuses his hand shake.
Seismic slam appears to have no pulling effect at all. The patch notes said no more loss of air control so I assume this is a bug. The second is meteor strike. The inner circle’s sizes seems to have been decreased the opposite of what the patch notes say.
In patch 1.31, we updated the Meteor Strike visuals to have the inner ring accurately match the max damage of the inner area. In the previous iteration, the inner ring size and damage size didn’t correlate. However, this has now been updated to make it more readable. Ultimately, the visuals of the inner area have shrunk in size, but the functional size of the inner damage area has been increased from 1.5 meters to 2.0 meters.
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