I felt that this being the last episode before NwO that too many holes were left to be filled from RAWS end. The last minute dropping of the Y2J/ Test match and what now seems to be a possible new feud between Y2J and Jeff Hardy is a bit lame even though the 2 have faced eachother the past two weeks on RAW, or is this a setup for Jeff and Christian at NwO, too confusing for me. Also, the Womens division has pretty much carried RAW the past few weeks and I still havent seen an announcement about a womens title match. All in all it just seems like RAWis kinda limping into the PPV while SmackDown!! is soaring..even for an Austin mark, I don't know if his return alone is enough for me to buy the PPV, when I know I'll get him for free on Monday or Thursday.
"You go ahead and talk about your psalms and your "John 3:16", Well "Austin 3:16" says I just whupped your ASS!!".
: When I post in free verse, : I hit "return" randomly.
I hit return so that my comments won't wrap oddly if people decide to chop them up when replying.
I think the omnibus reply feature defeats the purpose, unless the post only made one point anyway.
: Yearns for something less : goddamned (pointless) : Than that last (post).
Some people here know me already, others don't. I like to digress a little here and there. I see a thread as people coming together in conversation.
I've got your attention and you've got mine, so if I'm interested in your thoughts on Mike Boyette, this is as good a time as any for me to bring him up.
Got any thoughts on Mike Boyette?
Since I'm new here I'm allowing myself to drift a bit more than usual. I don't simply want to duplicate my comments at tOA (though that would be an easy way to increase my experience), I want to find a voice that works in this forum.
Got any thoughts on Gary Young?
(I once saw Gary Young blow an armdrag and drive Mike Boyette head first into the canvas. Boyette didn't move and after a few seconds Young covered him for the pin. Your winner by armdrag, "Gorgeous" Gary Young!)
Said Mr. Idol (which makes me wonder if perhaps there could be a whole clan of Idol's just like the Dudleys....Austin, Boston and so on.): Anyway, I really like this forum, so much so that I don't even mind having to give a remedial lecture on seasonal ratings.
I love the smell of arrogance in the morning. However, Dr. Idol, I'm not sure I'm totally sold on the seasonal ratings hypothesis. I don't believe that even your beautiful graph, which almost hypnotized me with the pretty colors into blind agreement with your every thought, bears out the idea that the Q1 period really serves as an independent launch point for ratings.
Looking at some numbers culled from the graph (not guaranteed to be exact, as I'm working off approximations on where the data points are) it really appears that Q1 does nothing more than follow whatever trend is happening to the Raw ratings, with no significant change one way or the other, save for one single aberration. And I am looking only at Raw's ratings, since well, they're still on the air and Nitro isn't so the hell with those losers.
1997 Q3-Q4 +.4 1997Q4-1998 Q1 +.6 1998 Q1-Q2 +1.0
In this case the rating trend for Raw was on a huge upswing as the Mike Tyson hype hits. Indeed for four straight quarters the Raw rating would increase, with each one growing progressively larger. Here Q1 simply remains in the trend that began in the 1997 Q2-Q3 numbers.
1998 Q3-Q4 +.5 1998 Q4-1999 Q1 +1 1999Q1-Q2 +.4
Here is the best proof for the idea that Q1 is a bump quarter for Raw. The rise of the Rock and Mick Foley as legitimate main eventers at the end of 1998 help to bring about a massive increase in Raw ratings as we enter 1999. How much of this I wonder is due to Tony Schiavone's infamous comments about the Mick Foley title win, which would have been the first show in the 1999 Q1 period.
1999 Q3-Q4 -.1 1999 Q4-2000 Q1 +.1 2000Q1-Q2 even
Raw enters something of a holding pattern at this point in time before going into freefall in summer of 2000 with the loss of Mick Foley and Steve Austin from active competition. Again, as the trend of Raw was going, so Q1 remains in the trend.
2000 Q3-Q4 -.5 2000 Q4-2001 Q1 -.3
The end of WCW and of this graph keeps me from being able to see the Q1-Q2 trend here. However, I believe ratings continued to slide as the Invasion angle began, remaining on what has been an almost constant downward slope to this present day, excepting short-term bumps which eventually came back to the pack.
So really, the vast majority of that +.5 overall gain for Q1 was based on one quarter which had a very unique set of circumstances. Without the 1999 Q1, the number comes out more along the lines of +.15 which would sit in without notice amongst the other quarters.
Jamal and Rosie job to rain, What this segment needs is a little more Kane Booker loves to dance, he loves to sing The Chief...uh...does something. The women wrestle, who cares? Steiner's invincible with the chainmail he wears RAW is so fun, RAW is so great. HHH jobs, too little too late.
RAW Satire 2/17 Buffy 7.14 gets a 7.10 WAY better than last week, and I like the Principal Wood character alot.
I don't know if the boards in the karate segment were cut or not (I don't know how to tell to be honest) but it doesn't really matter. ANYBODY can break a board with their fist, it's a matter of hitting it the right way, not a matter of being really strong or a karate expert.
Come on, you're selling Mr. Angle short. If Kurt has to be out of action, at least we get Mr. Angle on the mic. I'm thrilled every time he's on screen - especially when I think that instead of him as GM, many of us were predicting the return of Steph....