I agree on several things with you. Why bring back all those characters from the past? What is wrong with putting in guys from the current roster. However we disagree on the following I guess..
Val Venis, although his porn star gimmick was ridiculous to you (i thought it amusing at times but that's besides the point) you will have to admit that he is a good wrestler. Prior to him joining the RTC he already dropped the gimmick and was doing alright I believe despite not really having any feuds other than the bloody one with Rikishi. If they push him after the rumble he is a good threat to the IC title without porn jokes even..
Goldust, the original version from 96/97 was a very over character who indeed was gay, but not as annoying as the later version with The Meanie. And, I like to think that he had some nice moves then for such a out of shape looking guy. He seemed to be able to work with everyone at the roster back then. However, we are talking six years later now and Dustin hasn't done anything worth mentioning (good or bad) for two years now..I hope this is going to be a one time deal.
the Godfather..yes the Ho's were degrading in a way, the guy was over because of the abundance of t&a surrounding him but he could work the crowd. I guess he will stick around for a bit after the rumble, probably a farewell tour of sorts. Charles Wight (sp?) has been with the WWF for a long time and deserves a farewell.. Better do it with this character than with Kama the fighting machine or Kama Mustafa or Papa Shango, etc...(though it would be fun to see Papa Shango in the rumble i guess..how many ppl would recognize him?)
Kurt Hennig. Classic, good wrestler. However is he worth it these days? Certainly he is alot more worth than Goldust, Godfather, and Kevin Nash. I kinda expect his appearance to be one night only. Unless they have some really cool plans for him. If he returned just to be on Jakked, please save yourself and refuse the contract Kurt!
Nash..ugh..although I can see some good points in bringing him back (If they play it right you have a good guy on the mic) I mostly see bad points though. Let's say he doesn't get the backstage stroke he had in WCW (and I assume he won't) then what will he do? Feud with midcarders? Because he sure doesn't have it to be in the uppercard UNLESS you have him on a short leash, doing your bidding and make him work a bit in the ring..but I don't know if that will happen..*shrug* Oh, btw..why do you think Triple H actually is the only one telling Vince to rehire him?
Other thoughts: Yes, I noticed too that AA is back on tv. And I had the same ideas you had. Maybe..just maybe..we can see the Horsemen in the WWF? But would that be the same as in the past?
Benoit could profit still from being in the horsemen..leading the horsemen actually..Leading the troops against big man HHH and his croonies? Leading his horsemen against Vince& friends who put Flair out of comission for a while? Etc..
Bossman in the main event? Oh well..he was just the fourth guy and will disappear soon enough I guess. Test is a hoss, a stud and the WWF believes in him. Just because some of us don't doesn't mean they cannot try. I am sure some people don't want to see Storm on their tv either. And yes, Storm does deserve a huge push and I am sure that in time we will see him get there. Maybe not the WWF title but a good upper midcarder, lower main eventer.
And yes, I too noticed them saying 14 time champion. I too believed it to be 16? Are they leaving out his two WWF titles? *boggle* I have no idea, I hope someone could clear that one up..
And finally, I agree..I want D'Lo. I want Double J (though the chances on that are sort of slim..damnit) and I wouldn't mind seeing Scott Steiner at all. But didn't he decide to go with the WWA or AWA or whatever that fed was called?
All in all, your analysis was very correct in some ways. My opinion differs but you did point out certain things that I cannot argue with. And you can have your sword, dude but I got a trashcan full of plunder in my living room! Hah! Think you can handle THAT?
Imagine this is some funny signature. Then I will imagine you compliment me on it.
"Why is that, exactly? You do not think it is silly to pay wrestlers incentives if they win in a pre-determined contest?" It's not incentives on winning or losing, it's incentives on their position on the card.