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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
by Brian Phelps
1) Celebrity appearances ruined WCW. This is not necessarily true. People make mention that David Arquette and others ruined WCW and I can't defend David Arquette; however, the July 6th, 1998 episode of WCW Nitro featured NBA Superstar Karl Malone and outdrew Monday Night RAW on this night. Nitro did a 4.8 rating. Raw did a 4.0 rating.
2) 600,000 viewers switched from Nitro to RAW after Tony Shiavone gave away Mankind's title win. WWE has always bragged about this, but is it true? The answer is yes. BUT what WWE always fails to mention is that once Mankind won the title most of those 600,000 people changed the channel right back to WCW to catch the last 5 minutes of Nitro. So WCW gained their viewers right back, but WWE conveniently ignores this fact when they tell this story on their dvd releases. This is an example of WWE's revisionist history and a perfect example of the old saying that "History is written by the victors". So while it is true... it's also only PART of what happened. This story omits facts that without being mentioned make WCW's ratings sound bad.
3) WCW drew terrible ratings in its dying days. This is COMPLETELY FALSE. Did you know that the final episode of Nitro (3.0 rating) had a higher rating than the first 5 months that Nitro was on the air? Did you know that the final episode of WCW Nitro was higher rated than the average RAW rating of the first 2 years of the Monday Night Wars? The ratings for WCW Nitro in its dying days was actually pretty comparable to the ratings that RAW/Nitro were getting at the start of the Monday Night Wars. Also, at the time WCW was purchased it was still among the highest rated programs on TBS and TNT even with the drop in ratings. So WCW Nitro was NEVER a poorly rated TV Show even on its worst day. WCW's worst ratings are better than what WWE Smackdown currently gets.
4) WCW folded. Yes and no. Saying WCW folded implies that the show was a failure. It's final rating was 3.0 so even at the end it wasn't a failure. Also, it's not an entirely accurate description. WCW didn't fold in the sense of going out of business because it was so bad. WCW was purchased and assimilated into the WWE, it didn't go out of business. On top of that, WCW wasn't bought out because it was going under. It was bought out simply because when AOL/Time Warner took over Turner Broadcasting they decided they didn't want pro wrestling on TBS/TNT. It had nothing to do with ratings or finances. There were a number of buyers interested in acquiring WCW. The reason the other buyers decided not to purchase WCW was because the new brass that took over Turner Broadcasting were going to take WCW off the air despite the fact that WCW was still among the highest rated shows that Turner Broadcasting had. With no network to air WCW on, the other buyers pulled out of the deal and that allowed Vince McMahon to swoop in as the only buyer left which enabled him to purchase WCW for peanuts. So WCW didn't fold or "go out of business" in the traditional sense. Vince McMahon purchased WCW and CHOSE not to continue it. Seeing how Vince brought back ECW to TV in 2006, I'm sure if Vince could go back and keep WCW Nitro going... he would. He lost out on millions of dollars because he couldn't see past his own ego. WCW Nitro's worst ratings were still better than what WWE Smackdown is currently getting on the Syfy network today.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
John Cena will be replacing Fred Flintstone beginning today (January 8, 2013) for a limited time on 8 million boxes of Post Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles. Last year in 2012, John Cena graced the box of Post Fruity Pebbles after The Rock teased John Cena stating that John was "running around like a big bowl of Fruity Pebbles". Fans began chanting "Fruity Pebbles" in arenas around the country whenever Cena would appear.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
by Brian Phelps
First of all, John Cena didn't even win any titles in 2012. That's right as hard as it is to believe, John Cena as far as title wins laid an egg for the first time since Wrestlemania 21. He didn't even win any mid-card titles like the Tag Team Championships this past year. How does a guy that didn't win any title belts get the Superstar of the Year Award?
Now I'm sure Cena fanatics will argue "He won Money in the Bank!". Yes. Cena did win Money in the Bank, but then what happened? He turned around and became the FIRST wrestler to cash in Money in the Bank and FAIL. His failure cashing in canceled out him winning MITB. What made things worse was that after he blew his Money in the Bank cash in, he tried to take Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank briefcase and FAILED AGAIN.
Speaking of Dolph Ziggler in 2012, didn't he steal John Cena's girlfriend too?
Cena also challenged CM Punk for the WWE Championship probably a half dozen times and failed in every attempt.
Let's not forget that he also LOST at Wrestlemania to The Rock in what could have been "career defining" match. And a little side note... this was the 2nd year in a row he lost at Wrestlemania. Oh, and didn't he claim that he was going to walk into Wrestlemania 28 as the WWE Champion so he could fight The Rock for the title? He failed to deliver on that proclamation too.
All this and I haven't even gotten to the icing on the cake. You want to know the elephant in the room that no one wants to see? John Cena ducked out of fighting Ryback. John Cena despite losing several title shots he was given... still claimed that he deserved to be the number one contender. At the time, the undefeated Ryback was vying to be the number one contender as well. However, instead of fighting Ryback for the number one contendership Cena willingly gave up his spot to Ryback because he claimed he wanted somebody to shut CM Punk up. Yeah right.
We all know the real reason he gave up his spot to Ryback. Cena wussed out of fighting Ryback because at the time Ryback was undefeated and Cena would have been perceived to be weaker than Ryback if they had fought at the time. This was WWE deja vu. Remember Stone Cold refused to job to the up-and-coming Brock Lesnar a decade ago, and to a lesser degree when Hogan ducked fighting Bret Hart (according to Bret).
So let's recap shall we? John Cena lost at Wrestlemania, became the first guy to cash in Money in the Bank and lose, failed in his countless shots at CM Punk's title, wussed out of fighting Ryback for the number one contendership, failed to beat Dolph Ziggler for Dolph's MITB briefcase, and had his girlfriend AJ Lee stolen by Ziggler.
Even his movie career sunk in 2012 as he starred in the Nickelodeon TV movie flop "Fred 3: Camp Fred" which drew 39% less viewers than the 2nd film did.
The Slammy Awards are a farce. A sham. Anybody will tell you that John Cena winning Superstar of the Year was a joke. CM Punk was the true Superstar of the Year. You could also make a legitimate case for Daniel Bryan being Superstar of the Year. CM Punk is the longest reigning WWE Champion of the last 25 years. How is he not the Superstar of the Year?
This is a complete list of the members of Aces and Eights that have been unmasked so far.
Devon of Dudley Boyz/Team 3D fame was the first member unmasked
D.O.C. aka Luke Gallows of Straight Edge Society fame was the second member unmasked
Mike Knox (center) of WWE fame was the third member unmasked
Garett Bischoff (left) and Wes Brisco (right)
Mr. Anderson (who never wore a mask)