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#1 Posted on 14.11.11 0005.30 Reposted on: 14.11.18 0007.30
After a lot of reruns, the AWF kicked off their "new fall season" with new episodes on KTSC. Episodes from their first taping never made it to YouTube, though, which means you have missed out on Tony DeNucci's "retirement" match with Mr. KK. (These shows had a really weird placement of the hard camera and I suspect they were taped in, like, a church. Also, you have been spared Johnny Parks' Australian accent on color commentary!) Anyway, DeNucci isn't gone - he kinda owns the fed, after all (kayfabe!) so he was storylined in as the "new Executive Director."
I don't think we actually skipped as many episodes as they have numbered, but nonetheless we'll go with their labeling and by the time we get to the bottom of this post, you'll be ALL CAUGHT UP.
Here now is
EPISODE 64 - aired 10/15/11
From Little Falls, MN (taped 9/24/11) MR. KK vs. OX! Get to know CRAVEN KNYTE! RYAN CRUZ vs. JOHN JOHNSON! And they finish early, so they have to kill five minutes with a "classic match" - UDO MANGLESDORF vs. TONY DeNUCCI from Howard Lake
EPISODE 65 - aired 10/22/11
From Little Falls, MN MIKEY WIPEOUT vs. DANNY DANGEROUS! Get to know OX! UDO vs. CRAVEN KNYTE! Classic Match: ROB JAMES vs. RYAN CRUZ from Finlayson (Episode 32)
EPISODE 66 - aired 10/29/11
From Little Falls, MN JOHNNY PARKS vs. APOSTLE 13! Get to know ARIYA DAIVARI! ARIYA DAIVARI vs. THE WILDCAT!
EPISODE 67 - aired last night! (11/12/11)
From Hayward, WI (taped 10/8/11) GUNNER CLASH vs. APOSTLE 13 EL MUERTE vs. - wait a minute - TONY DeNUCCI? Also, this is a "no DQ" match! And in the main event: PAUL BREWSKI vs. JOHN JOHNSON!
#5 Posted on 15.11.11 0840.50 Reposted on: 15.11.18 0842.44
Doesn't the rise of heel authority figures roughly coincide with the decline of heel stable managers?
Back when you had guys like Albano, Heenan, Blassie, Sheik Adnan, JJ Dillon, (fill in the guy for your local territory).. you had the face put through hell by the manager and his stable, until finally someone like Jack Tunney or Verne Gagne would be dragged out to restore fairness, and order the heel to finally fight the face straight up. With the rise of the heel authority figure, today's face is forced to jump through a long series of hoops to finally get their deserved shot at the heel and/or title.
So I'd say that one role supplanted the other. And like for the McMahon family, I imagine local promotions found that it was easier/more economical to have the heel role played by someone they didn't need to negotiate a contract with, someone who wouldn't jump to another job. But you really can't have strong heel managers *and a competent heel authority figure.
(And while the idea was fresh, and worked so perfectly with Austin/McMahon - putting Cena through the same heel authority figure gauntlet feels more like "oh, this is just what we do to keep the title off the face and build to a match", rather than having established deep resentment and motivation for a big revenge match between the wrestlers themselves.)