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Many people hate the idea that wrestling used to give talent heavy freedom and now is extremely dependent on what the committee comes up with for the talent. Well I’m here to say that though you might think what you’re seeing now is bad the WCW did it worse. When you have a former Pizza Hut regional manager operate as the Vice President of a wrestling company you’re asking for trouble. The infamous man known as Jim Herd aka the only man that Jim Cornette may hate more than Vince Russo.
The early days of the booking committee you had men like Jim Herd, George Scott, and Kip Frey running things in WCW there is no wonder why the company didn’t make money for the first six years or so of its existence. In this series we shall take a look at some of the good things that creative teams have done and some not so good things that creative teams have done over the years.
Check out Part 1 of this series using the link provided
Creative has always been a hot topic in the wrestling business and this is just the beginning of us focusing on creative for the next couple of weeks. This will include a lot of special posts about both booking and the art of a creative team.
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Wrestling gives us both great memories and memories we try and forget, but with the amount of moments worth remembering that have happened we are bound to forget some. The same could be said about some talent that were very much underrated during their career or never at the top of a company during a run this unfortunately makes it easier for fans to forget certain talent. I would like to wish a very big Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating their special day today and especially to those featured in the post below:
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Over the course of time everything changes from the MLB to the NBA everything has changed through the years and pro-wrestling has been know no different from any other profession. Going back to the days of Ed Lewis, Toots Mondt, and when Chicago was the biggest wrestling town in the US the idea of even having a roster of talent for a specific territory was an extremely foreign idea. The reason for was because the World Champion and top contender normally just fought each other in the only match on the show for anywhere between an hour and an 1:30 that was until actually Toots Mondt changed everything by adding more matches to each event and expanding the thing later known as a roster. That was in the 1930’s and 40’s.
The wrestling world changed again the early 1990’s when the wrestling business got a corporate infusion following the purchase of WCW by Ted Turner. The idea of a creative team was just a foreign as idea in this period as having a roster or more than just one match was back in the 1940’s and 30’s. Before 1989, pro-wrestling companies all just had one booker who formatted the shows, decided which talent got pushed, and who won and lost each match.
However, once wrestling got the corporate infusion and you had people the CNN Tower having influence over the product you saw on TV everything changed. It was around this time that the idea of a creative team or a booking committee was put in place to run the show instead of just depending on one booker. Though the committee slowly became the norm in WCW it wouldn’t really become the norm in WWE for another couple of years. The main difference between WWE and WCW though always was that WWE was ran by someone who knew wrestling and WCW wasn’t
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Changing things up a little this week by going with the normal Sunday post on Saturday instead just to change things up a little. I was looking through my archives to see if I had anything hiding that I haven't shared yet and I found a perfect post to do for this week's flashback post
For the last couple of months it has become fairly difficult to watch the WWE on a weekly basis because of the repetitive nature of the programming, and the seemingly lack of thought or too much thought they put into the shows. Fact of the matter is things usually get better around this time and we draw closer to the start of Wrestlemania season. However, the WWE hasn’t done a great job of keeping people watching for the last couple of months, and that has lead to people complaining more and turning away from the company. Since 2001 when the WCW & ECW went out of business fans have been looking for an alternative to the WWE and still to this day haven’t found a stable alternative. I have been saying for months that the Indy circuit doesn’t get enough attention from fans which is a shame, because then people would realize they have had an alternative this entire time and it was right in front of them.
Companies like: Beyond Wrestling, Japan, ROH, NYWC, 2CW, AIW, AAW, Smash wrestling, and too many others to count are willing to offer that alternative. Right now I am letting everyone know if you don’t know already this Monday Night if you don’t want to watch Vince or have “sworn off” WWE don’t swear off wrestling just yet. There is an Alternative on Monday January 19th @ 8pm you can watch the alternative and all you need is a computer; because on Youtube.com/beyondwrestling you can find your alternative. As some of the top Indy promotions in the US put on the best show they can to show you that an Alternative has been in front of you this entire time. Companies include: Smash wrestling, Interspecies Wrestling, Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW), Beyond Wrestling, Absolute Intense Wrestling, Inspire Pro-Wrestling, Hoodslam, Dreamwave Wrestling, Saint Louis Anarchy, Alpha One Wrestling and of course AAW.
Some talent featured:
Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens)
And much more.....
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Now I know I have very rarely posted anything this late, but when there is actually a reason why I hadn't posted anything at all and it circles around wrestling then I actually have something to post. The reason why I am posting this now is because I just finished watching it and wanted to share it with all of you. It was 15 years ago this April 29 to be exact the last time the acronym of WWF was used to talk about a wrestling show. I remember watching the show when it first aired I haven't seen it since.
At this time I wasn't a "mark" or a member of the non existent IWC as I was just a wrestling fan and loved everything about pro-wrestling. I didn't understand at the time why the WWF had to change their name and honestly I still find things a little fuzzy as to why they ended up having to change their name to WWE, but either way this was the last time we'd hear the term WWF echoed on an episode of Monday Night Raw. As the following week we'd begin to hear something new and we all where thinking "Get the F Out."
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It has been a very long time since I ever touched this series or concept in general as I have tried to mix things up a little bit. I just think that it got to be very tough to find a difference between what videos should classify into this series. On January 29, 2017 it was the two year anniversary of this website and not only that but this June it is the seven year Anniversary of when I first started writing online.
This is just really the beginning of me posing a nod to some of the old series I once brought out over the years. At this point this doesn't mean that a new series will becoming in at this point other than the new series I had recently began and also this doesn't mean that any old series will be making a come back. But I will make note of the fact that an old series I think might be disappearing forever or just for now as I am thinking about weather I want to keep certain series around or not at this point.
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This is a new series I am getting going with by far the most interesting title for any series I have ever come up with. Even though, Doug Basham would become a successful part of the Smackdown Tag Team division in the mid-2000's but during his time in OVW he was actually a main event heel. You see, Doug was one of Danny Davis first trainee at the school which helps since he is Danny's nephew. During his time in OVW they booked Doug at first as Danny's family, but then they put him under a mask and called him The Machine with the gimmick being that Doug quit the wrestling business.
Later he would be in-masked and for the remainder of his time in OVW they would be using him as Danny Davis's nephew. The time when everything changed was when Doug was instructed by the main roster to shave his head so they could see what he looked like bald. This would derail his career in not just OVW but WWE also. This series takes a look at missed opportunities by the creative team or gimmick changes the likes of Doug Basham.