Originally posted by BendyStrawsOK - hang on. I love Tajiri as much as anyone, but give me a break - why on earth should he break the Masterlock?? It's not "just a full-nelson" as many jaded-internet types would have you believe - it's a full nelson applied by an EXTREMELY strong person. That's the crucial detail a lot of people on the internet seem to overlook. For as perceptive and analytical as a lot of us pretend to be, we sure seem to miss some pretty basic concepts. I'm not sure what the heck Tajiri's cruiserweight titles have to do with anything here. Masters is not a cruiser. Val Venis is a former Intercontinental Champion - AND much, *much* stronger than Tajiri. Why weren't you outraged when HE didn't break the Masterlock? Oh that's right, because you're not as big a fan of Val Venis . . . makes perfect sense. I guess.
And WWE ruined Tajiri's reputation a LONG time ago.(edited by BendyStraws on 28.6.05 1330)
The inclusion of someone like Tajiri suggests the Lock can be broken through other means than brute strength, and if anyone can kick their way out of it, he could. Also, if he does the 'cruiserweight slide' out of it (drop to the mat and slip his arms free while falling), he wins the money.
Masters shouldn't be overpowered. He should be outsmarted.
(edited by Matt Tracker on 29.6.05 0627) "To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by dwatersIt's fun to see Hogan and all, but is nostalgia really nostalgia if it happens all the time? He just came back for Wrestlemania and Backlash, appeared at Wrestlemania 19 and 18 and did the whole Mr. America thing. It seems he shows up, gets his cheers, does his schtick, leaves for weeks or months and then shows up and does it again. They seem to be doing this with Austin. He appears, goes away, appears again. You want to surprise me? Bring back Randy Savage or Bret Hart.
I actually think that this is going to be the norm. With WWE being the only game in town and looking to cut costs, plenty of short-term deals for one storyline or whatever are going to be frequent. Hence Austin, Hogan and Godfather. The big benefit is you're not paying wrestlers who you have nothing for them to do (e.g. Dudleyz). It's hard on the younger wrestlers who may be more deserving of a push but if I'm right at least Hogan or Austin won't be taking up the limelight permanently.
Got perhaps a three-month, six-month, and one year moving average for us? Despite the comment below, this is interesting to me. Any SUSTAINED improvement is good; a one- or two-week uptick has all kinds of potential negatives.