I think the audience really makes these shows more enjoyable. Without the 'peanut gallery' it would just be another boring, long borefest like the Oscars but with bad actors.
One gripe... Steamboat using his time at the mic to hype his match with Jericho felt out of place.A show like this shouldn't be storyline driven. They should be allowed to be themselves and that whole exchange with the cameras cutting to Jericho standing up and looking like he was gonna do something just felt wrong in this context.
Steamboats speech about Helmsley talking to him on a plane also felt out of place. I bet either Helmsley or Stephanie wrote that for him to say.
Listening to Austin ramble on for ten minutes made me remember how much I miss him every week and how badly the WWE needs another guy like him. Austin handing Cena a beer was annoying, like he was passing the torch on or something. Cena couldn't even pretend to want to be like Austin. Cena is NOT the one.
I thought hyping the Jericho match seemed forced. How can Steamboat run through a list of opponents and miss Don Kernodle? Also, no mention of tag partners, just opponents. How does he miss Dustin Rhodes, #1 Paul Jones, Jay Youngblood and Shane Douglas? Though, I was shocked to see a 1/1000th of a second clip of Douglas in the ceremony. Any Steamboat vs. Race video floating around? They should have brought in the old dropping MSG mic for Fink.
Originally posted by yamchaI do like how it seams to get shorter and shorter every year. we only had 2 televised intoduction Steamboat and Austin. Watch next year we only get one and i last for the whole hour.
I feel the exact opposite. The brevity combined with the overload of commercials made the whole thing feel anti-climactic. I would hope the full ceremony was better, from what I understand, everyone except Bill Watts was held to the 5 minute limit. I understand having that in place for the KoKo's of the world, but I watch these things to see guys like Austin and Steamboat celebrate their careers and talk history... heck, just straight up TALK. That's the whole appeal for me.
Originally posted by Cerebus Steamboats speech about Helmsley talking to him on a plane also felt out of place. I bet either Helmsley or Stephanie wrote that for him to say.
Why did it feel out of place? A lot of Steamboat's speech was discussing future/current guys, probably since he's an agent now. If it did happen (I'm sure it did), I thought it was fine.
And I'm torn on the time limit thing. It caused a lot of this year's inductees to read straight from a prepared speech, which in some cases, wasn't as effective as it could've been (see: Finkel, Howard).
Originally posted by redsoxnationHow can Steamboat run through a list of opponents and miss Don Kernodle? Also, no mention of tag partners, just opponents. How does he miss Dustin Rhodes, #1 Paul Jones, Jay Youngblood and Shane Douglas?
Because it's a heavily edited short amount of time to begin with.
Originally posted by CerebusSteamboats speech about Helmsley talking to him on a plane also felt out of place. I bet either Helmsley or Stephanie wrote that for him to say.
I think it's far more likely that Steamboat said it partially to suck up and partially because it's, well, a true, nice thing to say about someone. The annoying thing wasn't that he said it, because it's not like Triple H isn't good or the story didn't happen. It was the choosing to include that part in the truncated bits they show that was sort of like, yeah yeah okay.
Originally posted by CerebusCena is NOT the one.
He's certainly the closest thing to it. Pretty classy move on Austin's part I thought, a guy who seems to be at peace with his career and can separate wrestling from real life.
I was re-reading Foley's first book, and something came to mind. What would have happened if the original plan for KOTR '98 had been pursued, whereby Foley and Austin would have met in Hell In the Cell.