This weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about what should be my ‘goal’ for 2017. Last year, I set the target as “Perform in 52 improv shows in 52 weeks”. I kept a spreadsheet and in the end, I did 53 shows - a little over half were Jesters Comedy Improv and the others were mostly split between Minnesota Snow Job one-offs and All In/Deconstruction long-form gigs at HUGE. Putting the goal out there publicly helped - people would ask how I was doing, people approached me knowing that I was looking for stage time and just having the goal helped me prioritize projects. Plus, I love spreadsheets.
For a 2017 goal, I know that I want to do something that helped me express myself creatively. While I would like to read more books or watch entire seasons of certain television shows or finish certain video games, those things feel more passive to me. Instead, I think my goal needs to be focused on something I can make/create.
For instance, I have a podcast that I’ve hosted for several years. The first year, I did something like 26 episodes. Last year, I had about four episodes. For years, I’ve written “Wrestlenomics” articles for various websites - WhatCulture, Bleacher Report, Wrestling Inc., F4W, Voices of Wrestling. Technically, I have an outstanding offer at Fightful if I can just organize my ideas into a meaningful article. I did a Kickstarter several years ago with the idea that I would produce some kind of “book” about wrestling stats. Eventually, I cancelled the project but I still dream about finishing something and putting it out there.
On the improv side, after 15 years, I’m still exploring new ground by bringing Colossal Park to life. I’m a co-producer of a show. I’m the co-owner of an improv troupe. There’s a ton of opportunity to do more in the Twin Cities improv community. One thing I’ve been thinking about doing is getting back into teaching classes or at least teaching workshops. I think there’s opportunity for both professional improv workshops (i.e. improv to help you be better presenter) and short-form classes. I still believe Minnesota Snow Job has enormous potential to be more and do more. Jesters will continue to grow - bigger, better, more profitable, and more prominence.
There’s a lot of health goals I could set. Last year, I went back to the dentist for the first time in a very long time. Honestly, it was scary and unpleasant, but I do recognize it’s for the greater good. Likewise, I could spend more time running or working out or achieving some other kind of fitness tracking (even as simple as regular sleep patterns). It could be eating healthier or setting goal to bring my lunch to work a certain number of days each week. I had another bout of facial cellulitis in 2016 and if there are specific steps that I can take to avoid another incident like that, I would certainly entertain them. Learning to cook might fulfill some of the creative side of the my goal whereas running really doesn’t. In the past, I have only been interested in working out if it was part of a larger plan (El Cmar conditioning, endurance for specific performance, etc).
For thirty years, I’ve collected magic tricks and books and DVDs. Unlike wrestling stats or improv shows, I’ve never performed publicly. Honestly, the entirety of shows have been for my nieces & nephews when I see them at holidays. I’d love to spend time developing a full card routine and sharpen my skills beyond self-working little knick-knacks I’ve picked up over the decades.
There’s a lot of projects around my house that deserve attention from yardwork to organizing the basement to coordinating my collections of books, Apple //e software, music, NES games, photographs, wrestling newsletters, clothing, board games, and so forth.
I’ve been out of college for more than a dozen years. I’d like to invest in some professional development skills and go back to school (or at least taking courses) towards an advanced degree. The challenge is the balance between what I want to learn about (e.g. behavioral economics) and what I recognize as deficiencies in my skills (i.e. project management). I don’t know if a serious professional project is a good “2017 goal”.
Maybe the ideal project is something that just combines these things in a new way - an irreverent podcast about my quest to learn more magic tricks or taking classes to learn some new skill like 6502 programming or spending time making spreadsheets based on a wearable fitness tracker.
Warcraft II: The Dark Saga 8/31/1997 (Blizzard/Electronic Arts)
Albert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean 7/31/1997 (Sunsoft/Working Designs)
Mega Man X4 7/31/1997 (Capcom/Capcom)
Sonic Jam 7/31/1997 (Sonic Team/Sega)
There's another 40+ NA released Saturn games from 1997, many with only a year listed for release so it's possible that this should include selections from: Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1, Manx TT SuperBike, Shining the Holy Ark, All Star Baseball '97, BattleSport, Battle Stations, Contra: Legacy of War, Courier Crisis, Criticom, Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Crypt Killer, Darklight Conflict, Duke Nukem 3D, FIFA Soccer '97, Herc's Adventures, The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga, Independence Day, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Madden NFL 98, NBA Live '97, NHL '98, Norse by Norsewest, Pandemonium, Saturn Bomberman, Sega Ages Volume 1, Ten Pin Alley, World Series Baseball '98, Worms, The Horde, Sky Target, Lunacy, Three Dirty Dwarves, Fighters Megamix, HeXen, Black Dawn, Doom, MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat, The Crow: City of Angels, Crime Wave, Die Hard Arcade, Mega Man 8: Anniversary Collector's Edition, Scud: The Disposable Assassin, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Amok.
Sega Master System
Aerial Assault 1990 (Sega)
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World 1990 (Sega)
Sega 1990 (Sega)
Columns 1990 (Sega)
Cyber Police ESWAT 1990 (Sega)
Dick Tracy 1990 (Sega)
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 (Sega)
SIMS 1990 (Sega)
Joe Montana Football 1991 (Electronic Arts/Sega)
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker 1990 (Sega)
Atari Games 1990 (U.S. Gold/)
Slap Shot 1990 (Sanritsu/Sega)
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 (Ancient/Sega)
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin 1990 (Sega)
Strider 1991 (Capcom/Sega)
Super Monaco GP 1990 (Sega)
NHL 2K2 2/14/2002 (Treyarch/Sega) - Sports/Traditional/Ice Hockey/Sim
Conflict Zone 12/15/2001 (MASA Group/Ubisoft) - Strategy/Real-Time/Military
Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves 11/23/2001 (SNK/Agetec, Inc.) - Action/Fighting/2D
To save you the finger-exercise, here's the list (and which ones I have played before):
100. Hotline Miami (2012) have not played 99. TowerFall (2013) have not played 98. Gone Home (2013) have not played 97. Tempest (1981) have played 96. Super Meat Boy (2010) have not played 95. EVE Online (2003) have not played 94. Guitar Hero II (2006) have played 93. Myst (1993) have played 92. Forza Motorsport 4 (2011) have not played 91. Wii Sports (2006) have played 90. Donkey Kong (1981) have played 89. Shenmue II (2001) have not played 88. Fire Emblem: Awakening (2013) have not played 87. Braid (2008) have not played 86. Heavy Rain (2010) have not played 85. LIMBO (2010) have played 84. Zork (1980) have played 83. Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (2001) have not played 82. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2003) have not played 81. Team Fortress 2 (2007) have not played 80. Mike Tyson's Punch Out (1987) have played 79. Dungeon Master (1987) have not played 78. Double Dragon (1987) have played 77. Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994) have played 76. Spy Hunter (1983) have played 75. System Shock 2 (1999) have not played 74. Earthworm Jim (1994) have not played 73. Dark Souls (2011) have not played 72. Galaga (1981) have played 71. Final Fantasy X (2001) have not played 70. Tomb Raider (1996) have not played 69. Gauntlet (1985) have played 68. Journey (2012) have not played 67. Donkey Kong Country (1994) have played 66. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (2008) have not played 65. Soulcalibur 2 (2002) have not played 64. Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) have played 63. God of War (2005) have not played 62. Xenogears (1998) have not played 61. Grim Fandango (1998) have not played 60. Minecraft (2009) have played 59. Ghosts 'n Goblins (1985) have played 58. Final Fantasy Tactics (1997) have not played 57. Secret of Mana (1993) have played 56. Simcity 2000 (1994) have played 55. Rock Band 3 (2010) have not played 54. Super Mario RPG (1996) have played 53. Dead Space (2008) have not played 52. Star Fox 64 (1997) have not played 51. NBA Jam (1993) have played 50. X-COM: UFO Defense (1994) have not played 49. Mortal Kombat II (1993) have played 48. Left 4 Dead 2 (2009) have not played 47. Fallout 3 (2008) have not played 46. Tecmo Super Bowl (1991) have played 45. The Sims 3 (2009) have not played 44. Resident Evil 2 (1998) have not played 43. Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) have not played 42. Silent Hill 2 (2001) have not played 41. Mega Man 2 (1988) have played 40. Tekken 3 (1997) have not played 39. Shadow of the Colossus (2005) have not played 38. Super Metroid (1994) have not played 37. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) have not played 36. Super Mario 64 (1996) have not played 35. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) have not played 34. Final Fantasy VI (1994) have not played 33. Tetris (1989) have played 32. Super Mario Kart (1992) have played 31. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) have not played 30. World of Warcraft (2004) have not played 29. Star Wars: KOTOR (2003) have not played 28. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009) have not played 27. Pokemon Red/Blue (1996) have not played 26. Chrono Trigger (1995) have played 25. The Last of Us (2013) have not played 24. Assassin's Creed 2 (2009) have not played 23. Red Dead Redemption (2010) have played 22. GoldenEye 007 (1997) have played 21. Civilization II (1996) have played 20. Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) have played 19. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997) have not played 18. Ms. Pac-Man (1982) have played 17. StarCraft (1998) have played 16. Batman Arkham City (2011) have not played 15. Resident Evil 4 (2005) have not played 14. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) have played 13. Metal Gear Solid (1998) have not played 12. Doom (1993) have played 11. Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) have not played 10. Space Invaders (1978) have played 9. Half-Life 2 (2004) have not played 8. Final Fantasy VII (1997) have not played 7. Mass Effect 2 (2010) have not played 6. Street Fight II (1991) have played 5. Halo (2001) have not played 4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) have played 3. Portal 2 (2011) have played 2. Super Mario World (1990) have played 1. Bioshock (2007) have not played
I ended up with "have played" for 40%. I've played all of the games prior to 1994 except Dungeon Master (25/26). I've only played 4 of the 27 games released since 2007.
The list isn't great as expected. Some of the choices are just silly and others are duplicative (do they really need Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4?). There's two racing games (Forza Motorsport 4, Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec), but when the list is published by Popular Mechanics I would have honestly expected a lot more!
Big misses that immediately came to mind: Worms, Metal Slug, Original Legend of Zelda and my favorite Dragon Warrior VIII (which I just discovered has been released for the iOs devices! Yippee!). The biggest issue for me actually was including Grim Fandango. It's a "hip" choice to praise this game, but the reality is that far more people played Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle (or the predecessor Maniac Mansion). Those LucasArts games have influenced (and entertained) for more people. It's cool to call out the games that are the most stunning or unique, but while Rez might be pretty there's a long way between that and being one of the best ever.
I did discover some new games that I'd like to play, so that was good. Indeed.
As we crawl towards the end of the year, it's time to throw out some nominations for the "Best of the year" for a number of categories.
Historically, I would sift through the WBER Best of 2013 Countdown Options via Youtube playlist and select my favorite songs. (see 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 examples) but I just didn't manage to do that this year. I haven't been listening to a lot of good music. Honestly, the coolest thing I remember hearing this year was when Alissa & I were in Rochester and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult came on and I knew the song.
So, instead I'll focus on the categories that I did engage in during 2013.
TELEVISION SHOW OF THE YEAR:Broadchurch It's a very gripping British mystery about a small coastal town thrown into chaos when a local young boy is found murdered. Not only are the performances by David Tennant and Olivia Colman terrific, but the show has one of the most honest portrayals of grief I've ever seen. (I'm not a Doctor Who fan, so I didn't choose this because of the Tennant connection.) You can catch this on BBC America. Fox is creating an American version; hopefully it won't be oversexed and borderline torture glorification ala The Following.
NON-FICTION READING THAT WILL KEEP YOU AHEAD OF THE CURVE OF THE YEAR: Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs by Gina Keating More than just a well-researched history of Netflix (founded in 1997), it's also the story of the collapse of the Home Video Store - namely Blockbuster. As one billion-dollar franchise falls, another strides confidently into the new millennium. This book answers a lot of questions about the "why" and reveals how one erratic CEO can propel or kill a company. You really start to understand why certain decisions were made and how big of a role that Marketing and PR place. If you're extra-ambitious, I recommend checking out some 2013 studies on the Netflix including the Nielsen Study on Over-the-top Video and the Harris Interactive Poll. Both reveal details on Netflix usage by system (traditional non-tablet computer is still #1 way) and age-group (Cable & Netflix Streaming are nearly tied for the under 40 crowd).
MOOKIE'S SELF-SERVING HASHTAG OF THE YEAR: #wrestlenomics This year, I finally really embraced the Twitter (@mookieghana) and restarted my wrestling stats blog to work as a compliment to my wrestling statistics website. However, my writing passion has been specific to a certain project: a proposed WWE Network. I have been covering this topic in-depth for the past two months, and I recently released a free 40-page PDF on the subject. It's an interesting adventure because you have a passionate fanbase, a new distribution system (going over-the-top ala Netflix instead of via Free/Premium Cable channel) and a completely different revenue model (essentially turning monthly PPV subscriptions into a monthly channel subscription).
MOST ENTERTAINING BUT AWKWARD YOUTUBE RETROGAMING SERIES OF THE YEAR: Game Sack I love old video game systems - particularly from mid-90s like NES, Turbo-Grafix 16 and Sega Genesis. Joe & Dave are two collectors who put together a great Youtube show with good & honest insight (glad I wasn't the only one who found the new Ducktales reboot tough!) but also terribly staged "comedy". It's so bad, it's enduring because you can tell when they're reading from a script. But it's very entertaining. If you enjoy seeing unusual games, strange systems and learning goofy trivia (like using the mouse-attachment for an improved Marble Madness experience), I don't think there's a better series out there.
BEER OF THE YEAR: Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout It gives me a migraine every time I drink one, but it's soooo good. It's 9.5% ABV and totally different than all the other beers from the Chippewa Falls brewer. Delicious, dark and very potent - it's a one of a kind beer that probably is the smallest batch that SABMiller brews.
IMPROVEMENT OF THE YEAR:Homeland Season Three After a disappointing second season that seemed to overly embrace the frenetic spirit of 24, Homeland came back with a captivating and satisfying season. While another season has been announced (and I won't complaint), the show did end with a satisfying story-arc. The show redeemed itself through restraint and excellent pacing.
MOST ENTERTAINING MOVIE YOU DIDN'T SEE: Pain & Gain Best Michael Bey film in years. Rock is great. If you don't get enough Mark Wahlberg in that, check out "2 Guns" (though the amount of money they're freaking out about seems silly today). WORST MOVIE YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DIDN'T SEE: Now You See Me I cannot fathom why they bothered to involve David Copperfield as a consultant just to make such a mess of a movie. The bubbles? The bank account? WHY?! Go see "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" instead. It's much more touching and has both Alan Arkin and Steve Buscemi in it. Or, if you prefer a real magician's magician, check out "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (the story with the ice block is incredible). I also saw The Heat, Captain Phillips, Pacific Rim, Ender's Game, The World's End but I don't have anything to add about them right now.
BEST NEW WAY TO EACH VEGETABLES: Radishes with copious amounts of Salt Thanks to The Bachelor Farmer for teaching me these aren't inedible root monstrosities.
MY THOUGHTS ON PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING ANALYSIS Chris Harrington (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I didn’t spend my childhood tracking professional sports. In fact, I can recall only two contests that ever really intrigued me. The first was the annual March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament. I was fascinated with the odds-making around how to seed the teams, and how often did Number 14 beat Number 3 (answer: 17 times). The second was the Olympics Medal Count standings with the international intrigue and all of the unusual game specialization (Grenada, population 110,000, won a gold medal in 2012 in the 400m dash!) However, these are both short-lived events. So, instead of watching sports, I was always more excited about setting a fictitious Tecmo Super Bowl Sack Record with Howie Long on the NES.
Still,. having a love for mathematics, I did hear about sabermetricians (people who engage in “specialized analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity”-Wikipedia). While it sounded interesting but I couldn’t imagine studying the works of baseball statistics when I detested actually watching the baseball games. It was when I read Michael Lewis’ Moneyball that I was instantly drawn to the description of historian/statistician/writer Bill James. In his works, James posed baseball questions and answered them with statistics and insightful analysis. He self-published books full of metrics, some as his own new inventions, and proved his points & theses about baseball. Since he wasn’t a traditional sports writer his approach baffled some and left them uninterested. A lot of people didn’t foresee any demand for that form of exploration. Yet he prospered among a core group of likeminded folk and over time his examinations grew in popularity and influence. Bill James succeeded in inspiring others people to look for relationships squeeze meaning from these imaginary numbers. That idea, aggregating data points and using statistical tools to gleam significant (and insignificant) conclusions fascinated me.
Luckily, instead of baseball, I did have a athletic endeavor that intrigued me - Professional Wrestling. Whilst the WWE’s moniker of “Sports Entertainment” is oft-derided, I loved the nexus of the colorful characters from theater with the truly impressive displays of activity.
In High School I began tracking results from the syndicated C-shows such as WCW Worldwide and WWF Jakked. I loved the randomness – seeing the journeymen battling the jobbers-to-the-stars against the developmental prospects. I began to scour for additional results so I could put together brackets populated by the win-loss records for the likes of Super Calo, Fit Finlay, Crash Holly and Mideon. I wanted to know who was the king of the jobbers (the tallest midget)?
I was hardly the first person to do this. For instance, one of the first pieces of analysis that I came across was from the original UseNet group rec.sport.pro-wrestling (RSPW). Nicolas Seafort had decided to tackle someone’s question about Alex Wright’s win-loss record by compiling the data going back several years to the mid-1990s. You can see still read an archive of his great work over at www.solie.org
Most pro wrestling analysis projects have started in a similar way – someone asks a somewhat open-ended question (“Is this the youngest roster that WWF has ever had?”). To answer that, you need to cross a large timespan and utilize a larger timeframe of data before a meaningful compare/contrast can be provided. A big turning point for me was an econometrics class that I took at the University of Rochester. One of my final projects was creating a predictive model to look for rhyme and reason in how the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 ranked various wrestlers. It required importing the historical PWI 500 lists, cross-referencing all of the names and adding various accomplishments in that year (# of PPV appearances, belts won, federations worked) and prior year rankings to look at what variables represented a meaningful correlation. As with many quandaries, it’s a much easier question to ask (“What are the PWI 500 rankings based on?”) than answer.
In my time reviewing professional wrestling records and attempting to create meaningful (and random) analysis, here are a many of the major challenges that I’ve encountered:
1. Name & Identity Confusion People have a lot of gimmicks and the same gimmicks get re-used. Some territories will cycle through various people under the same mask. Legends and rumors often replace discernible facts (i.e. who played Doink the Clown at a given European House Show after Borne was fired). In older reports, names are reported phonetically how they sounded over the loudspeaker rather and particularly pernicious misspellings abound! 2. “Propriety” resources In any field of research some materials are easier to access than others. Professional Wrestling History is no exception. There are terrific Pro Wrestling Historians who have spent enormous swatches of time carefully transcribing results and indexing information. Some publish record books or write detailed biographies. Information may be posted online in large, well-organized chunks (I am fond of www.thehistoryofwwe.com posting an entire year on a single webpage). Other times, the information is available but broken into dozens of posts on somewhat obscure webpages or tape-trading sites. Or, the results could show up as chunks of text behind paywalls in Newsletter Archives or only in non-electronic published forms. Television ratings may be quoted, but the raw information is usually available from the measurement services directly, for a hefty subscription fee. The work involved in collecting and organizing the results can be incredible and consequently many people don’t share their “raw” databases. Or, they have 3. Incomplete and evolving Record-keeping As people bounce from project to project, it can be hard to keep track of what new information has been revealed since the last time you may have built a database on a certain subject. Not only are new matches taking place every day, but despite the adage “once it’s out there, it’s out there forever”, old information can seem to slip away. Some of it is the shift from published newspapers to online news sources. Some of it is message boards disappearing years later, or websites no longer being maintained as federations go out of business and fans lose interest. Historians, often older fans, do a fantastic job resurrecting accounts and memories of people who were around in younger days, but if information isn’t recorded in a real-time fashion, there is a strong chance it will be lost eventually. 4. Private Information Discrete data such as “number of buys for a Pay-Per-view” or “downside guarantee for a WCW employee” aren’t always available. Since WWE is a publicly traded company, many of their metrics are available in some form since their IPO in late 1999. However, most pro wrestling companies were not publicly traded and the quality of the information that the promoters released publicly varies enormously. Companies that have “gone under” also face the danger that many of the best sources of their records (records, gate receipts, booking sheets) were not captured and carefully recorded. Still, to pay the tax man, many state commissions did have a hand in auditing the information (attendance, gate, licensing wrestlers) so information can vary state to state. 4. Exaggerations and assorted Tall Tales No one’s memory is perfect. Likewise, promoters have an incentive to be larger-than-life and appear infallible. There’s a lot of reasons to lie ranging from outright jealous and pettiness to benign indifference and honest confusion. Fans misremember events they attended. Wrestlers misrecall where they were and who they wrestled. The past is remembered with rose-colored glasses. The seedy nature of pro-wrestling and the kayfabe-laden, pseudo-sport coverage it’s given leave large holes in the record. Published articles from respectable news source have been laced with mistakes and even outright carny lies. 5. Over-reliance on same resources (or unsourced claims) There are situations where a single source of “truth” (Wikipedia, for instance) is cited to credit a fact (an age, a claim about the success or attendance of an event, etc.) that cannot be firmly established. True primary or well-sourced secondary resources can be quite difficult to obtain. Events with results emerge, and it can be difficult to ascertain the origin of the information. 6. Inaccurate Assumptions Good data collection practices can still lead poorly reasoned conclusions. This especially happens when comparing datapoints from different countries or from different time periods. I’ve especially noticed the confusion that stems from Television (Nielsen) share ratings and Pay-per-view “buyrate” (percentage of the users among the universe of PPV-capable television systems which has bought a PPV) . Comparing arena attendances from companies across the United States doesn’t always factor in the population differences and the venues available to run. 8. Attempting to capture intangible variables How “hot” was the crowd? How “good” was the wrestler? Was the show “successful”? Tallying wins & losses is often an easier exercise, but finding ways to quantify these sort of extremely atmospheric and experiential information is hard. Often, only the basic statistics (Who wrestled? How long? Where and When? Which spot on the card? What was the attendance? How old or how tall or how much did they weigh?) are available, but more complexity can be added with thoughtful measurement. 9. Lack of a formal community Unlike more established analysis in professional sports, pro wrestling analysis remains somewhat scattered. This is partially because of the broadness of the term “pro wrestling” and the number of different federations, wrestlers, styles, and locations that covers. There are language barriers when you’re comparing Lucha Libre and Puroresu. Fans often are attached to the promotion they grew up with so older fans are more likely to cover WWWF or Georgia Championship Wrestling while younger fans are more focused on ECW and Ring of Honor. Pro Wrestling Historians and Pro Wrestling Analysts often cross paths, but they don’t always do the same work – transcribing results versus standardizing the information into a generalized and indexed format. THE RESOURCES
Yet, we’ve come a long way in the past thirty years about overcoming these challenges. In the past dozen years, the internet has grown into an enormous resource with many well-organized databases.
For instance, there are incredible wrestling databases online now. Here is a list of websites that have search engines that I will often consult for information – especially birth/death, height/weight, debut or other relevant statistics: • wrestlingdata.com • profightdb.com • genickbruch.com • cagematch.net • prowrestling.wikia.com • luchawiki.com • wikipedia.org
When I started subscribing to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, I’ll admit that I was disappointed that a portion of the publication was taken up with RING RESULTS. These would be text recaps the house shows and international tours of various pro-wrestling organizations. I would skip that part and instead focus in on the insider news and rumors. It didn’t seem important to know how many people attended the Butte, Montana event or who worked in the third match from the top.
However, now I cherish that the information has been recorded and saved. The raw and unbiased data provides an unbelievably excellent pool of information to be mined. It’s exceptionally easy to miss the seemingly unimportant points of history which are happening now while you’re blinded by whatever the “big story” of the week may be.
These are the websites that I normally visit besides the ones listed above:
Pro Wrestling Discussion Boards: • f4wonline.com • prowrestlingonly.com • deathvalleydriver.com • kayfabememories.com • wrestlingclassics.com
Pro Wrestling Newsletters: • wrestlingobserver.com • pwtorch.com
Pro Wrestling History Sites: • thehistoryofwwe.com • prowrestlinghistory.com • www.asahi-net.or.jp/~qy3i-hmn/index.htm
Pro Wrestling Statistics & Other Interesting Data: • solie.org • wrestling-titles.com • www.obsessedwithwrestling.com • starratingslist.blogspot.com • www.gerweck.net/ • www.garywill.com/wrestling/decwres.htm • indeedwrestling.com (I would be remiss if I didn’t plug my website at least once!)
WHAT DO WE NEED?
Right now, pro-wrestling analysis is usually distributed in one of four ways:
a) Posted on a message board (some behind a pay wall, some not). Sometimes this is reposted on other message boards.
b) Incorporated into newsletter analysis. Dave Meltzer has done a lot of great original work. I’ve read very good debates on “drawing power” from message boards reappropriated into point systems and brought into newsletter articles.
c) Published stand-alone on a website for reference. Sometimes author will post a link to the analysis on message boards or link-sharing sites like reddit.com
d) Formally published as an article in a magazine (Fighting Spirit Magazine, for instance), analysis in a newspaper article (for instance, USA Today articles about Pro Wrestling deaths) or stand-alone in a book (The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels).
What we don’t have now is a clearinghouse that provides a place to have detailed pro wrestling analysis discussions outside of the general pro wrestling discussion areas. I am not aware of a purely pro wrestling analysis (statistics, studies, etc.) journal or a message board purely devoted to this topic. It’s likely the universe is still compromised of many isolated souls working on their own pet projects. Hopefully, someday we can all come together and share what we’ve learned and what we want to learn in a larger setting. Rock.
I love this series and watching the last two episodes re-awoke a question I had awhile ago: who has appeared in the most Wrestling video games?
To count, things I tried to deal with were: a) Games released on multiple platforms, sometimes with different characters b) People that are represent someone else but were renamed to mask their identity c) Fictional Characters that seem to be strongly based on someone else d) People that are in a game more than once
I took the 42 episode from the Youtube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL35bTiTgcmQPVQYGjeEvnzlZkmquchP6D [Full List]1 NES Pro Wrestling 2 Tecmo World Wrestling 3 Pro Wrestling (Sega Master System) 4 WWF Wrestlemania (NES) 5 WWF Superstars 6 World Championship Wrestling (NES) 7 Mat Mania 8 Takedown 9 Wrestle War (Sega Genesis) 10 WWF Wrestlemania Challenge 11 WWF Microleague Wrestling 12 WWF Wrestlefest 13 WWF Royal Rumble 14 WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD) 15 WWF Raw (SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X) 16 WCW Superbrawl 17 Saturday Night Slam Masters 18 Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X 19 WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game 20 WWF King of the Ring 21 WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge 22 Sgt Slaughter's Mat Wars (C64) 23 WWF Wrestlemania (C64/Amiga) 24 WCW/nWo World Tour 25 WCW/nWo Revenge 26 WWF Wrestlemania 2000 27 WWF No Mercy 28 Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 29 WCW vs the World 30 WWF War Zone 31 WWF Attitude 32 WWF in Your House (Sega Saturn, PS, DOS) 33 WCW Nitro 34 WWF Superstars (Game Boy) 35 WCW Mayhem 36 WCW Backstage Assault 37 ECW Hardcore Revolution 38 ECW Anarachy Rulz 39 Power Move Pro Wrestling 40 WWF Smackdown 41 WWF Smackdown: Know Your Role 42 WCW Thunder
I looked at the resources online such as GameFaqs to find rosters lists. Some of the better wrestling databases also have lists of people. I did not include announcers unless they were some kind of in-ring character. I only looked at the games that were listed above so newest games or DLC content (for instance, the re-release of Wrestlefest) updated games aren't included.
I would only count people once in a game - so Mick Foley's trifecta's WWF Wrestlemania 2000 / WWF No Mercy weren't overweighting him. I tried to note both the original name used in the game, as well as who that character was based on (where the information was available) - especially in Virtual pro Wrestling and Fire Pro. I looked at the various platforms each game was released for and counted the sum total of characters between the versions - i.e. Kwang in Sega 32X version of WWF Raw.
What I found
WINNER: HULK HOGAN: 19+ appearances WWF Wrestlemania (NES), WWF Superstars, WWF Wrestlemania Challenge, WWF Microleague Wrestling, WWF Wrestlefest, WWF Royal Rumble, WWF King of the Ring, WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge, WWF Wrestlemania (C64/Amiga), WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Virtual pro Wrestling 64, Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WWF Superstars (Game Boy), WCW Mayhem, WCW Backstage Assault, WCW Thunder There's also versions of him as The Golden Hulk (Mat Mania) and Ax Duggan (Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X).
Randy Savage: 15 appearances WWF Wrestlemania (NES), WWF Superstars, WWF Wrestlemania Challenge, WWF Microleague Wrestling, WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF King of the Ring, WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge, WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW Nitro, WWF Superstars (Game Boy), WCW Mayhem, WCW Thunder
Lex "The Total Package" / "The Narcissist" Luger: 14 appearances World Championship Wrestling (NES), WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF Raw (SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X), WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game, WWF King of the Ring, WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WCW Backstage Assault, WCW Thunder
The Undertaker: 13 appearances WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF Raw (SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X), WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game, WWF King of the Ring, WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge, WWF Wrestlemania 2000, WWF No Mercy, WWF War Zone, WWF Attitude, WWF in Your House (Sega Saturn, PS, DOS), WWF Smackdown, WWF Smackdown: Know Your Role He also appears as "The Undead Taylor" in Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X.
(I am still willing to bet that Undertaker has the record for most overall North American Wrestling Game appearances when you consider the plethora of WWE titles that have been released in the past decade where he & Kane are pretty much in every single one and that Hogan, Savage or Luger has not been on nearly as many.)
Bret Hart: 13 appearances WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF Raw (SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X), WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game, WWF King of the Ring, WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge, WCW/nWo Revenge, WWF War Zone, WWF in Your House (Sega Saturn, PS, DOS), WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WCW Backstage Assault, WCW Thunder
Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall: 12 appearances WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF Raw (SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X), WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game, WWF King of the Ring, WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WCW Backstage Assault, WCW Thunder
Shawn "HBK" Michaels: 12 appearances WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF Raw (SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X), WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game, WWF King of the Ring, WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge, WWF Wrestlemania 2000, WWF No Mercy, WWF War Zone, WWF Attitude, WWF in Your House (Sega Saturn, PS, DOS), WWF Smackdown: Know Your Role
Ric Flair: 10 appearances World Championship Wrestling (NES), WWF Royal Rumble, WCW Superbrawl, WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge, WCW/nWo World Tour, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Mayhem, WCW Backstage Assault, WCW Thunder
He also wins the award for best fake name with DICK SLENDER in Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X.
Curt "Mr Perfect" Hennig: 10 appearances WWF Wrestlefest, WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF King of the Ring, WWF Wrestlemania (C64/Amiga), WCW/nWo Revenge, WCW Nitro, WWF Superstars (Game Boy), WCW Mayhem, WCW Thunder
Sting: 10 appearances World Championship Wrestling (NES) WCW Superbrawl, WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WCW Backstage Assault, WCW Thunder
(Not to be confused with nWo Sting in WCW/nWo World Tour, El Stingray in Saturday Night Slam Masters or StingRay in WCW Thunder.)
Chris "The Canadian Crippler" Benoit: 9 appearances WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, WWF No Mercy, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WWF Smackdown: Know Your Role, WCW Thunder
Wild Pegasus became Wild Phantom in Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X.
Eddy Guerrero: 9 appearances WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, WWF No Mercy, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WWF Smackdown: Know Your Role, WCW Thunder
Black Tiger became Black Kaiser in Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X but the mullet stayed just fine.
Rick Steiner: 9 appearances World Championship Wrestling (NES), WCW Superbrawl, WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WCW Thunder Also, he was Big Snider in Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X. Having never seen his Snider, I cannot comment on that nickname at this time.
Scott "Big Poppa Pump" Steiner: 9 appearances WCW Superbrawl, WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WCW Backstage Assault, WCW Thunder Also, he was Small Snider in Super Fire Pro Wrestling Premium X which is only true if in fact all those roids actually did make his dick slender.
Dean Malenko: 9 appearances WCW/nWo World Tour, WCW/nWo Revenge, WWF No Mercy, Virtual pro Wrestling 64 & Virtual Pro Wrestling 2, WCW vs the World, WCW Nitro, WCW Mayhem, WWF Smackdown: Know Your Role, WCW Thunder
Ray "The Big Boss Man" Traylor: 9 appearances WWF Wrestlemania Challenge, WWF Wrestlefest, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF Wrestlemania 2000, WWF No Mercy, WWF Attitude, WWF Smackdown, WWF Smackdown: Know Your Role (was he in any WCW games?)
Ted "The Million Dollar Man" DiBiase: 9 appearances WWF Wrestlemania (NES), WWF Superstars, WWF Microleague Wrestling, WWF Wrestlefest, WWF Royal Rumble, WWF Rage in the Cage (SegaCD), WWF Wrestlemania Steel Cage Challenge, WWF Wrestlemania (C64/Amiga), WWF Superstars (Game Boy)
(From here on, I'll just list # of appearances and games which correspond to my list at the start)
Bam Bam Bigelow: 8 appearances: 4, 14, 15, 19, 20, 28, 35, 36 Chris 'Y2J' Jericho: 8 apperances: 25, 26, 27, 33, 35, 40, 41, 42 Kevin 'Diesel' Nash: 8 appearances: 15, 24, 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 42 Paul "The Giant"/"The Big Show" Wight: 8 appearances: 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 33, 40, 42 (though it's really Andre's template from Japan modified for at least one game) Sean "1-2-3 Kid"/"Syxx"/"X-Pac" Waltman: 8 appearances15, 24, 26, 27, 28, 31, 40, 41 Ken Shamrock: 6 appearances: 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 40 PLUS Win Harlock (18) and Sherlock (29) Marcus "Buff" Bagwell: 7 appearances: 24, 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 42 Diamond "It's Me, It's Me, it's DDP!" Dallas Page: 7 appearances: 24, 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 42 Eric Bischoff: 7 appearances: 24, 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 42 Rey Mysterio Jr: 7 appearances: 24, 25, 28, 33, 35, 36, 42 Ron "Faarooq" Simmons: 7 appearances: 16, 26, 27, 30, 31, 40, 41 Brian "Crush "Adams: 7 appearances: 12, 13, 14, 25, 33, 36, 42 Triple H: 7 appearances: 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 40, 41 Scott "Flash" Norton: 6 appearances: 24, 25, 28, 33, 35, 42 PLUS Flash Burton/Billy Gaijin in 29/24 respectively (The) Ultimo Dragon: 6 appearances: 24, 25, 28, 28, 29, 33, 42 PLUS Azteca Dragon in 18 Charles "Papa Shango"/"The Godfather"/"The Goodfather" Wright: 6 appearances: 13, 21, 26, 27, 40, 41 Kane: 6 appearances: 26, 27, 30, 31, 40, 41 Mick "Cactus Jack"/"Mankind"/"Dude Love" Foley: 6 appearances: 26, 27, 30, 31, 40, 41 Steve Austin: 6 appearances: 26, 27, 30, 31, 40, 41 The British Bulldog: 6 appearances: 23, 25, 27, 30, 32, 33 The Rock: 6 appearances: 26, 27, 30, 31, 40, 41 The Ultimate Warrior: 6 appearances: 5, 10, 12, 23, 32, 34
Taka Michinoku only has 3 outright appearances (27, 28, 31) but he's "WAKA Yukiguni" in 18 and "Black Belt" in 24 and 29. Similarly, Steve "Dr Death" Williams has 3 outright appearances (6, 28, 31) but he's "Still James" in 18, "Jekel" in 25 and "Siberia" in 29. [People 1-5 Appearances] (Includes both official and unofficial appearances) 5 appearances Paul Bearer, Mil Mascaras, Hayabusa, Genichiro Tenryu, Atsushi Onita, Road Warrior Animal, Tarzan Goto, Road Warrior Hawk, Chavo Guerrero Jr, Rick Rude, Raven, Road Dogg, Mark Henry, Steve Blackman, Perry Saturn, Stevie Ray, Val Venis, Yokozuna, Billy Kidman, Booker T, Edge, Al Snow, Bill Goldberg, Billy Gunn, Konnan, Kanyon, Jacqueline, Bradshaw, Bryan Clark, D-Lo Brown, Disco Inferno, Christian, Koji Kitao, Chyna, La Parka
4 appearances Hakushi, Vader, Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, Super Delfin, Bruiser Brody, Great Sasuke, Andre the Giant, Kenta Kobashi, Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, Owen Hart, Test, Tori, Mike Rotunda, Prince Albert, Psychosis, Viscera, Matt Hardy, Pat Patterson, Sgt Slaughter, Gerald Brisco, Juventud Guerrera, Hardcore Holly, Alex Wright, Dustin Rhodes, Ivory, Jeff Hardy, Brian Christopher, Jeff Jarrett, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Jimmy Hart, Dynamite Kid, Gangrel
3 appearances Great Muta, Kensuke Sasaki, Nobuhiko Takada, Masakatsu Funaki, The Barbarian, Masahiro Chono, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Tiger Mask, Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu, Terry Funk, Shiro Koshinaka, Stan Hansen, Shinya Hashimoto, Gary Albright, Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Maeda, Gedo, Hiroshi Hase, Jushin Thunder Liger, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Akira Taue, Kazuo Yamazaki, Bas Rutten, Antonio Inoki, Miss Elizabeth, Scott Vick, Sonny Oono, Stephanie McMahon, Van Hammer, Meng, Scott Taylor, Tatanka, Rikishi, Reese, Tazz, Mongo, Terry Gordy, Sabu, Mike Awesome, William Regal, Lodi, Scotty Riggs, Shane McMahon, Kaz Hayashi, Jim Neidhart, Glacier, Ed Leslie, Ernest Miller, Debra, Larry Zbysko, Headbanger Mosh, D-Von Dudley, Headbanger Thrasher, Bubba Ray Dudley, Arn Anderson, Honky Tonk Man, Kimberly, Jake Roberts, Lance Storm, Jerry Lawler
2 appearances Volk Han, Masahito Kakihara, Minoru Suzuki, Dory Funk Jr, Rickson Gracie, Johnny Ace, Kiyoshi Tamura, Giant Baba, Gran Naniwa, Jun Akiyama, El Samurai, Abdullah The Butcher, Jado, Koji Kanemoto, Michael Hayes, Seiji Sakaguchi, Spike Dudley, Yoji Anjoh, Rick Fuller, Nunzio, Maurice Smith, Super Crazy, Shinjiro Ohtani, Lita, The Kat, Yoshahiro Tajiri, The Original Sheik, Yuji Nagata, Mean Gene, Big Sal E Graziano, Nova, Manami Toyota, Masato Tanaka, Michael Cole, Rikidozan, Tommy Dreamer, Marc Mero, Tony DeVito, New Jack, Steve Corino, Masanobu Fuchi, Steven Richards, MEN'S Teioh, Simon Diamond, Trish Stratus, Rhyno, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, Norman Smiley, Prince Iaukea, Mideon, Rob Van Dam, Sgt Buddy Lee Parker, Ricky Steamboat, Tiger Jeet Singh, Sho Funaki, Ahmed Johnson, Angel, Karl Gotch, Droz, Dick Togo, Bull Buchanan, Bill Alfonso, Bill Wiles, Jack Victory, CW Anderson, Fit Finley, Dick Vrij, Jim Ross, Kurt Angle, Balls Mahoney, El Gran Hamada, Joel Gertner, Doink the Clown, Joey Styles, Enos, Bitsadze Tariel, Doug Dillinger, Judge Jeff Jones, Jacques Rougeau, Barry Windham, Danny Doring, Jason, Horace Hogan, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Justin Credible, Jazz, Amish Roadkill, Crash Holly, Jerry Lynn, Francine, Essa Rios
1 appearance Yoshihiro Takayama, Naoya Ogawa, Yoshiki Takahashi, David Khakhaleishvili, Kodo Fuyuki, Nim Rod Falcon, Ron Harris, Nurse, Shane Douglas, Sallie, Shane Helms, Mr J, nWo Sting, Tony Schiavone, Shannon Moore, Sable, Oni, Sandman, Shawn Stasiak, Bobo Brazil, Osamu Kido, A Master, Shinjiro Otani, Tomahawk, Manabu Yamada, Tracey Smothers, Pat Gordon, Nasty Boy Knobbs, Linda McMahon, Viking, Short Circuit, WING Kanemura, Shunji Tanako, Saturn, Sid Justice, Zuit Suit, Sid Vicious, Mr Gannosuke, Lou Thesz, Medusa, Sledge Hammer, H Slash, Sleep Dep Ed, Titan Morgan, Snuff, Tommy Rich, Mantis, Torrie Wilson, Sound Guy, Major Gunns, Sparrow, Twist, Spice, Uncle Monkey, Paul Heyman, Maunakea Mossman, Squire, Vince Russo, Paul Orndorff, Whisper, Star Fish, Wolf McSnider, StarMan, SATO, Louie Spicolli, Yoshinari Ogawa, Michael Spinks, Zombie, Pete Gas, Malibu Mike Swanson, Pit Scorpion, Hugh Morrus, Lucky, Dr Guildo, Mark Kerr, Bobby Duncam Jr, Mark Rose, Lizmark Jr, StingRay, Sergeant, Stone Head, Sgt Slam, Sultan, Tiger Mask III, Sunny, Titanic Tim, Randy Gomez, Muhammad Ali, Mike Haggar, Muscle Solider, Super Strong Machine, Robot, Super Tiger, Rocco Rock, Tadao Yasuda, Trainer, Luna Vachon, Rodney, Takao Omori, Tsuyoshi Kosaka, Tank Abbott, Tygress, Reanimator, Rumina Sato, Tasutoshi Goto, Rusher Kimura, Mike Tenay, Vampiro, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Veal, Mikey Whipwreck, Sailor, Mack Daddy, Virgil, Mad Goat, Samu, Terri, Sanders, Terri Runnels, WireFrame, Rick Martel, Wrestling Matt, Minoru Tanaka, Santoro, Mae Young, Satoshi Kojima, Masao Orihara, Savio Vega, The Blue Meanie, Younger Crusher, Ricky Fuji, Yuki Ishikawa, The Commandant, Zoomie, The Destroyer, Ninja, The Egyptian Conniption, The Karate Fighter, The Godfather, Norio Honaga, Ricky Fuyuki, Lou E Dangerously, The Model, Manabu Nakanishi, Mohawk Kid, Sea Dawg, The Prodigy, AC Jazz, Mona, Mean Gene Okerlund, The Scorpion, Dr Wagner Jr, Magnum TOKYO, Semmy Schilt, The Wall, MC Myoue, The Warlord, Mr Pogo, Tiffany Pane, Wellington Williams Jr, Mr Cool, Ms Hancock, Tiger Mask II, Karl Mildenberger, Dave Hoffman, Lash LaRoux, Eddie Gilbert, Devastating Dorizas, Alexander Karelin, Kin Corn Karn, Axl Rotten, Da' Judge, Brian Pillman, John, Alexander Otsuka, Aja Kong, El Stingray, Kenny Kaos, El Temblor, Dudeman, El Tigre, Cyrus, Elder Crusher, Big Vito, Elektra, Joe Bruiser, Bruzzese, Abdul Makask, Enson Inoue, Area 51, Alexander the Greater, Kamala, Eric Starbuck, Don Harris, Baron Freebird, Dos Caras, 5 o'clock Tony, Bobby Heenan, Evan Karagias, Boris Chekov, Excel, Leon Spinks, Fabulous Moolah, Cyrus the Virus, Fast Ed, Daijiro Zama, Fighter Haybusa, Jerry Saggs, Finnegan, Adam, Fit Finlay, Joey Abs, Buckskin Rogers, John Bantline Saigo, Flapper, Johnny Smith, Barry Darsow, Jumbo Jack, Fritz von Erich, Jun Izumida, Buffone, Bobby Blaze, Amazon, Dolores, Chae, Don Fyre, Chaingang, Kengo Kimura, Bart Gunn, Donn Nauret, Gerard Gordeau, Kid Kash, Cheesemeister, King Rasta, Giant Bull, Dragonfly, Giant Kimala, Kurrgan, Giant Machine, Dynamite Johnny, Giant Panther, Lee Marshall, Giant Zebra, Asya, Chicken Boy, Jailbreaker Bullnoi, Goochie, Jamie The Learned, Gorgon, Daffney, Akira Dragon, Daisuke Ikeda, Grand Kong, Danny Mcgee, Great Kabuki, Jim Molineaux, Chris Candido, David Flair, Chris Chetti, Jobbers, Great Zebra, Dawn Marie, Green Mask, Agent Orange, Guerrilla, John Ardell, Gunloc, John Tenta, Chris Dolman, Johnny Grunge, Chris Ghetti, Johnny The Bull, Benji, Julio Falcon, Harley Race, Jumbo Tsuratu, Haruka Eigen, Arge and Varge, Bessie, Junji Hirata, Hayate, Bobby, Head, Jym Killy, Chrome Dome, Bobby Eaton, Beulah McGillicutty, Don Dambuster, Hiro Saito, Don Frye, CIMA, Kazushi Sakuraba, Claude Rains, Kendo Kashin, Hizelshutat Von Ludwig, Kengo Watanabe, Ho, Don Nielson, Ho Ying-Long, Kentaro Shiga, Cobra, Kevin Sullivan, Hoof Hearted, Doug Dellenger, Horace, King Og, Colossus, King Slender, Howard Finkel, Dragon Kid, Cowboy, Bobby Hennan, Hurricane Joe, Ashura Hara, Indian, Dusty Rhodes, Iron Head, Lance Dewlock, Iron Solider, Astronaut, Biff Slamkovich, Lash LeRoux, Crowbar, Leland Max, Jackie Lee, Earl Hebner, Crush Depth, Big John
Favorite Random People:
Headshrinker Samu, Bobby Blaze, Johnny Grunge, Lizmark Jr and David Khakhaleishvili.
Mallory sits behind her desk. She shuffles papers and sighes heavily. She buzzes the intercom.
Cheryl! Please call everyone in here.
(from the other room)
What is it? The liquor store doesn’t open for another hour. Relax.
This isn’t about the alcohol budget, though we are running suspiciously low on Chardonnay. I need the whole team in here NOW!
(wandering into the room)
Fine. (under her breathe) Drunk.
Cheryl sits down in a chair. She cranes her neck and screams at the top of her lungs.
ISIS. Get. Your. Ass. In. Here.
The entire ISIS team arrives except Archer. Lana sits down. Ray and Pam stand behind the chairs. Doctor Krieger arrives wearing a blood splattered lab coat. Cyril dashes in.
I’m here. Sorry I’m late. I was paying a parking ticket but the court clerk kept rounding down the processing tax.
Why didn’t you just tell the Pig to shove it?
And behold - Archer is late again.
He’s probably sleeping. On a bed. Made of hookers.
Enough! We don’t need Sterling -
(entering the room wearing sun glasses)
Thanks Mother. I will remember that when you’re sitting in the nursing home – alone.
(under her breathe) And Drunk.
- we don’t need Sterling because this meeting is about Cyril.
(nervously adjusting his bloody coat)
So this has nothing to do with the disappearing hound epidemic?
I’m announcing that Cyril has been promoted to Vice President of ISIS Intergovernmental Affairs.
(getting excited) Really?
Seriously mother? You called us in her for that? And the award for WHO CARES goes to Cyril.
Are you sure about this? Last week I changed Cyril’s title in the system to “Director of Buttsnacks” and no one said a thing.
Relax Pam. It’s not official until tomorrow. I called you all in today since tomorrow Sterling and Lana will be in Pakistan.
Terrorism! Why else would we go to Pakistan- the Petunia convention? If ISIS needed an expert on that, they’d send Ray.
If it wasn’t for my immense love of flowers, Archer, that would be the most homophobic thing you’ve said today.
(shell-shocked from the promotion)
I don’t know what else to say except thank you to everyone and that I promise to best the Vice President of Inter-
Nobody Cares Cyril.
Lana and Sterling –don’t mess this up, ISIS needs the money. Cyril, come back tomorrow to talk about the new position. And in the meanwhile, go buy two bottles of congratulatory red wines.
I actually prefer white.
They’re not for you.
EXT. AIRPORT – MORNING
A plane takes off. A town car pulls up driven by Woodhouse. The door opens and hung-over Archer tumbles out. Lana is standing on the curb.
Wow. Just wow. You are truly the embodiment of professionalism, Archer.
(sarcastic) First of all, Lana, thank you. Second of all, WOODHOUSE – WHERE IS MY LUGGAGE?
(exiting the car and holding a chest) Here you are, sir.
What are you doing? I’m not going to lug that around - carry it inside.
But the car, sir. I can’t leave it here.
Because they’ll tow it, Archer. You know, preventing Terrorism?
Well, that’s what I’m going off to do. This will only take a minute if your decrepit ancient legs move faster Woodhouse! HURRY UP!
(tired) Yes, sir.
INT. AIRPORT – SAME
Woodhouse struggles to carry the large chest as a cavalier Archer bounds towards the gate. Lana wheels her suitcase.
Does your ticket have the gate listed?
What? How the hell would I know? Woodhouse what gate is on the ticket?
I don’t have your ticket, sir.
WOODHOUSE! Why the hell didn’t you bring the ticket?
You never bought one, sir.
(incredulous) What do you mean? Mallory told us about this trip a month ago.
We’re going to PAKISTAN Lana. This isn’t exactly Burtwood. I don’t think there is going to be a shortage of people waiting to fly to the only country with slightly less beheadings than Afghanistan. There will be plenty of tickets.
It’s a twenty hour flight. And first-class is going to be completely booked by now.
Don’t be ridiculous.
INT. AIRPORT – TICKET COUNTER - SAME
An irate Archer argues with a ticket agent. Lana is bemused, watching from the sidelines.
What the hell do you mean that First class is sold out?
I’m sorry Mr. Sterling. We sold all the first class tickets to a youth group.
To see who - Cat Stevens? Seriously, who would want to go to Pakistan?
It’s completely sold out, Sir.
It doesn’t matter. We’ll take turns sitting in First Class during the flight. I call first dibs.
Not a chance.
EXT/ESTAB. ISIS HEADQUARTERS - DAY
INT. MALORY’S OFFICE
Mallory sits behind her desk. Cyril peeks his head in.
Toodle-oo! Vice President of ISIS Intragovernmental Affairs reporting for duty!
Take this. I need you to sign these papers.
(leafing through the papers) Grants? Are these new? Why is ISIS applying for Government Grants?
Homeland Security. CIA Food Drives. I don’t remember nor do I care. Washington has money and ISIS needs it. But we won’t get said money until you sign these applications.
I just think that I should take a few minutes to read over –
Maybe I should have given the job to someone who could handle the extra responsibility… and pay – like Pam.
(off-screen) Hell yeah!
(scribbling his name on the papers) Wait - There’s no need to be rash.
(snatching the papers back from Cyril) Good. Now scram.
Cyril leaves. Mallory presses the intercom buzzer. Cheryl enters.
Cheryl – get in her and fax these papers to Washington, I’m going to get…
CHERYL AND MALLORY
INT. AIRPORT – SECURITY LINE
Archer and Lana stand in the passenger screening line holding their IDs and Tickets.
This is idiotic. Why are we even going to Pakistan?
God, Archer, don’t you ever read the dossier? There has been a credible threat by Fundamentalists against the US Embassy in Lahore.
(distracted) Whore of Pakistan. Got it.
Look, it’s not my fault you did absolutely zero preparation for this trip. Except for that massive trunk you made Woodhouse haul around. What the hell did you put in that thing anyways?
Essentials – Lana. I’m going to be spending at least a week in Pakistan – I pack-i-stanied the things that anyone would need.
Weapons? Disguises? Money to bribe corrupt officials?
Food, Lana. American Food. I’m not going to spend the next week eating sandworms and hummus.
We’re going to Pakistan, Archer – not Dune.
Ticket and Identification Ma’am.
(Handing her materials to the agent) Here you go.
First Class? You didn’t have to wait in line.
(scowling at Archer) I wanted to see how the other half live.
Lana proceeds to the X-Ray machine.
Hilarious Lana. (to the TSA Agent, motioning to Lana) I thought she would never shut up. ‘Al Qaeda’ this and ‘Jihad’ that. What a weirdo.
Is that so? (into his walkie-talkie) We’ve got a ‘code Turban’ on an individual entering the security area. Black female – 125 lbs.
125? In her dreams!
(listening to his earpiece) Target identified? Good. (to Archer) You’re free to go, sir. Thanks for the heads up.
Archer dashes over to the conveyor belt. As Lana goes through the metal detector, a large armed security agent approaches her.
Can you come with me, Ma’am?
Just come along Ma’am. We need to ask you some questions.
Go with the man, Lana. I’ll watch your stuff.
Lana leaves with the Guard. Archer switches his ticket with the Lana’s. He takes off, leaving her stuff behind.
EXT/ESTAB. ISIS HEADQUARTERS - DAY
Cyril is sitting at his desk affixing his new title to his nameplate. His phone rings.
Hello? Yes, this is Cyril Figgis. (pause, proudly) Yes, I AM Vice President of Intergovernmental ISIS Affairs. How can I help you?
As Cyril listen, his face goes pale.
I…. understand… No, there isn’t… a… Goodbye.
Pam walks by.
What’s the matter with you? Just heard about the picture of your crank we posted online?
What? No. That was the Auditor’s office. They said there were “Gross inaccuracies” with ISIS’ paperwork and they are sending a team over to investigate.
Well, gross was the word I used too.
I’ve got to talk to Mallory about this!
(yelling after Cyril as he dashes off) You might need to print out a copy. She doesn’t read her email.
MALLORY’S OFFICE - SAME
Mallory pour wine and looks up at Cyril who is holding paperwork.
Excuse Me -
What is it Cyril? If that’s a picture of what I think it is, I’ve already seen it.
No. It’s the Grant paperwork. I just had a call with some government auditors and they sounded very upset.
Why are you telling me? I wasn’t involved in any of that.
You filled out all of the paperwork!
(loudly so others could hear her)
I have NO idea what you’re talking about. It’s your signature on all of the papers, Cyril. If you’ve been siphoning Government Grant money into ISIS accounts, I SURELY knew nothing of this.
But you -
* Wink * (spoken and performed)
Now get out. And fix this! Mr. VP of intergovernmental affairs. We run a tight ship here at ISIS. (she begins to drink her wine)
INT/ESTAB. AIRPLANE - DAY
FIRST CLASS SEATING
Archer is sitting in a comfy seat in first class. A steady stream of passengers are boarding as Archer is drunkenly carousing and partying with two stewardesses. Finally, Lana appears. She is disheveled and upset.
Archer - There you are!
(slurred) Lana! You made it! Congrat-*hic*-ulations! Where have you been?
Being strip searched by TSA officers. Someone sent in an anonymous tip that I was a TERRORIST. (annoyed) Know anything about that?
Can’t say that I do. All I know is that for some reason this flight has three things: Booze, Swedish Stewardesses and Sleeping Pills.
Archer – you’re in my seat! You took my ticket!
Ma’am – you’re preventing the other passengers from boarding. And you’re harassing our first class clients. Please proceed down the aisle or I will have to ask you to deplane.
He took my ticket! Look at the name on there. He’s not Lana Kane. I am!
Listen Miss ‘Turban’. You have two choices – you can return to the interview room with shift supervisor Dow and his tiny, cold hands, or you can sit down in your seat at the rear entrance of the plane.
Rear Entrance – ha!
Archer – you better have the time of your life now because I am going to beat you to death once we land.
Lana storms off down the aisle.
I guess some people are just jealous of those of us who deserve first class, right?
Archer toasts the stewardesses. Sounds of revelry and glasses clinking.
INT. FIRST CLASS SEATING - LATER
A blurry-eyed Archer starts to resolve the scene around him. There are clean-cut young men, wearing ties, standing in the aisles holding guns.
These were the people that had 100+ JCP/WCW matches but I didn't find any records for WWF events.
I tried to grab all of the less obvious name changes (for instance, Tom Zenk's partner Johnny Gunn = Salvatore Sincere a.k.a. Tom Brandi in WWF).
Here was my list:
Bobby Eaton - Eaton's legacy in JCP/WCW (1983-2001-wise) is enormous lasting longer than even Ric Flair with over 2,100 matches between 1985-2001. He would have been too old after WCW folder. (2,134 JCP/WCW matches 1985-2000)
Sting - Arguably, the biggest WCW star never to go to WWF. (1,652 JCP/WCW matches from 1987 to 2001)
Nikita Koloff - "The Russian Nightmare" alleges that Vince wanted him for WM2/WM3 but they couldn't come to agreement. Meltzer didn't buy that but did confirm that "Hole-in-one" Barry Darsow wanted Koloff as part of Demolition when Eadie had health issues. (823 matches for 1984-1988, 226 matches 1991/1992 = 1,050 matches)
Stan Lane - part of the Midnight Express, the Fabulous Ones and the original Heavenly Bodies (prior to Jimmy Del Ray joining), I don't think Lane wrestled for WWF. However, he did join the fed in the early 90's to announce on Superstars, Wrestling Challenge and Colosseum Video matches. (776 matches 1987-1990)
Dennis Condrey - Midnight Expresser from 1985-1989 with 636 matches. I believe he ended up down at FCW as a Trainer for a short stint in April-May 2010.
Manny Fernandez - The Raging Bull had 554 matches from 1984-1987 but my favorite of his were the random late 1990's jobs to all sorts of guys including Brian Pillman (3/95), Bill Goldberg (12/97) and Chris Jericho (twice! 10/96 & 1/99).
Stevie Ray - His brother Booker similar/more matches in WWF (750+ vs 670), but I don't believe Stevie ever wrestled for the Fed. The original Kane had 528 matches between 1993-2001.
Magnum TA - 435 matches between 1984-1986. Car accident cut his wrestling career short.
Alex Wright - The one wrestler who should have been on Dancing with the Stars, his 1994-2001 career (400 matches) started young and meant that he left the WCW collapse at the tender age of 26.
Disco Inferno: 373 matches from 1995-2001
Denny Brown: 365 matches from 1984-1987
Joel Deaton: This Thunderfoot had 332 matches from 1983-1987
Ole Anderson: 252 matches during his 1985-1987 run. What a softie!
Jack Victory: 282 matches during his 1988-1991 run. We shall call you Jacko.
Mark Fleming: 252 matches from 1983-1988.
Kendall Windham: 193 matches from 1987-1989 and brief 1998/1999 50-match return with the West Texas Rednecks. Perhaps Vince didn't need phony bills floating around the lockerroom.
Johnny Weaver: 244 matches 1983-1985. Broadcaster, Sleepholder, Blonde dude.
Sgt Buddy Lee Parker: 225 matches from 1989 to 1999 and Goldberg's partner in the dying days. Not invited to Batista's gym openings (or closings).
Prince Iaukea: 225 matches from 1996-2001. Perhaps now that WWE is in the terrible movie business, his work from Ready to Rumble will be in demand.
Rufus R Jones: 225 matches from 1983 to 1986
Rocky King: 224 matches from 1985 to 1988. The original Rock.
Mark Youngblood: 213 matches from 1983 to 1984
Rip Morgan: 208 matches from 1988 to 1991
Al Greene: 193 matches from 1989 to 1991, 1993, 1998-2001.
Jody Hamilton: 192 matches from 1983 to 1984
La Parka: 183 matches from 1997 to 2001
Steve McMichael: 155 matches from 1996 to 1999. Though, he was with LT at Wrestlemania.
Bunkhouse Buck: 155 matches from 1994 to 1997. Jimmy Golden did appear at Swagger's daddy-o on Smackdown!.
Kaz Hayashi: 154 matches from 1998 to 2001. Back to Japan with the youngster!
PN News: 147 matches from 1991 to 1992. Perfect fodder for Otto's tournaments.
Vampiro: 144 matches from 1999 to 2001. Even ICP got to compete in WWF for goodness sake!
Brian Adidas: 143 matches in 1984. WCCW's own...
Silver King: 138 matches from 1997 to 2001
Evan Karagias: 137 matches from 1998 to 2001. They let Shannon Moore have a job for year but not Evan. What does that say?
Kenny Kaos: 134 matches from 1996 to 1999. Rick Steiner's favorite tag partner.
Chris Champion: 130 matches from 1987 to 1988 with 97 matches, and 33 more matches in 1993.
Gene Anderson: 127 matches from 1983 to 1984
Chris Adams: 121 matches from 1987 (22 matches) and a 1998-1999 mini-run (93 matches)
Lash Laroux: 121 matches from 1999 to 2001. Cajun power!
Dave Sullivan: 118 matches from 1993 to 1995. Evad Batista would have been a fun gimmick.
Super Calo: 117 matches from 1996 to 1999. Not normal Calo.
Dave Shelton: 117 matches from 1987 to 1991
Glacier: 115 matches from 1996 to 1999
Ranger Ross: 111 matches from 1989 to 1990. Nick Gage stole a page from him!
Jim & Mack Jeffers: 111 matches from 1985 to 1987
Ben Alexander: 105 matches from 1983 to 1985
Robbie Rage: 104 matches from 1996 to 1998. In another era, Vince would have found room in his heart for High Dosage.
Marcus Laurinaitis: 102 matches from 1987 to 1993. Ace's brother... the Terminator.
Sgt Craig Pittman: 100 matches from 1995 to 1997. He's a fighter!
So, did I mess up - any of these fellas have WWF runs that I missed?
I did find at least one WWF match for the other 231 people with 100+ matches....
Hector Guerrero: 222 matches from 1986/1987 and mini-run back in 1997. He was the Gooker and I believe it was him in the suit for the Gimmick Battle Royal at WM.
Others that had a lot of JCP/WCW matches...
Jimmy Garvin (see below post for a list of the near-hits for Garvin in WWF)
Wahoo McDaniel - he was a 1972 Hawaii show where he teamed with World Champion Pedro Morales! But nothing else. They had Strongbow.
Tommy Rich - had two matches on WWF shows: Tommy Rich/Johnny Rodz (MSG 2/18/1980), Tommy Rich & Doug Gilbert/ Skip & Zip/Henry & Phinneas Godwinn (1996, Memphis, elimination match)
Gary Royal - was a jobber for three matches in April 1989 (lost to Ultimate Warrior, Rockers and Blue Blazer)
Van Hammer - two try-out matches in July 1993 against Virgil and Damien Demento
Rocky Kernodle - one match against the "Masked Warrior" at WWF @ Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum - November 10, 1984 (19,699)
Scotty Riggs - Scott Studd did one WWF Show 6/7/95 versus Gorgeous George III (w/ Harvey Wippleman) aka The Maestro
The Great Muta (see below post)
Todd Champion - had three WWF matches (1988 beat Barry Horowitz, 1993 wrestled Rikki Nelson twice)
Jay Youngblood - was on one WWF 4/21/80 MSG show: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated Tor Kamata & Bulldog Brower at 15:11
Scott Norton - wrestled Bob Holly once in Sunrise, FL in 1994
Tommy Rogers - had two matches on one WWF show (against Brian Christopher and Bobby Fulton)
Abdullah the Butcher - see below
Paul Jones - Bryan's #1 guy wrestled on 1972 MSG show (vs Jerry Brisco) and possibly was the same guy in 1993 who jobbed - Crush (w/ Mr. Fuji) defeated Paul Jones via submission with the head vice at 1:58 - WWF Tag Team Champions the Quebecars (w/ Johnny Polo) defeated Paul Jones & Chaz Ware at 1:47 when Pierre pinned Ware following the Tower of Quebec; after the bout, the champions hit the Boston Crab / legdrop combo on Jones
The Renegade - had one match in WWF in 8/8/93 with The Brooklyn Brawler defeating Rio Lord of the Jungle
Buzz Tyler - would be on St Louis shows but nothing
Bobby Jaggers - jobbed twice around Halloween 1989 (HBK, Rockers)
Steve Casey - jobbed for the Brooklyn Brawler as part of the Rampage 91 tour, and then came back in 1997 to lose to Jerry Lynn and Scott Putski. How very, very random.
Guys who Did have a few WWF matches :
Brad Armstrong -wrestled Eric Perez (aka Eric Escobar) on ECW House shows for Oct/Nov 2006
Buff Bagwell - infamous Buff/Booker T matches (there were two!)
David Flair - had a singles match with Undertaker, but also did some house shows
Jerry Flynn - June/July 1995 jobbed to Jean Pierre, MOM, The Roadie, Kama, Rad Radford (someone had to), Waylon Mercy and Henry Godwinn
Jeff Sword - jobbed to Jim Duggan, Tugboat, The Big Bossman and the Rockers in 1990/1991
Brad Anderson - had at least 6 matches as a jobber in 1998, 1994 and as late as 1999 (vs Meat~!)
Scott Armstrong - besides his run as a ref (and commentator), he did have the one match with CM Punk!
Rip Rogers - did job twice in 1995 to Adam Bomb and the Smoking Gunns; wasn't he also a OVW trainer?
Joe Gomez - put over the Wild Samoans, the Iron Sheik and Salvatore Bellomo back in 1984 and re-emerged in 1996 to job for the Godwinns
Lenny Lane - Ab cream extraordinare jobbed in 2000 (Sho Funaki), 2002 beat Bull & Doug Basham (with Mark Jindrak), Paul London beat him in 2004, Tomko killed him in 2004, La Resitance beat Mr Anderson & Lenny Lane in 2004 and in 2008 Jack Swagger beat him up.
* Abdullah the Butcher: didn't have any 1970s-2010s WWF matches
Closest thing I noticed was: Pittsburgh, PA - Civic Arena - November 10, 1972 Manuel Soto fought Johnny DeFazio to a draw Larry Zbyzsko defeated Killer Lopez Eric the Red defeated Frank Holtz Luis Martinez defeated Frank Durso Prof. Toru Tanaka defeated Victor Rivera Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated the Executioner Tony Parisi defeated Abdullah the Butcher via count-out Bruno Sammartino & Dominic DeNucci defeated the Fargo Brothers via disqualification
* The Great Muta: There was a couple WWF/NJPW shows in Jan 1985 he was on... but that's still a stretch...
WWF / NJPW @ Tokyo, Japan - Korakuen Hall - January 1, 1985 (3,000; sell out) Naoki Sano defeated Keiji Muto via submission with an arm lock Hirokazu Hata defeated Shinya Hashimoto via submission with a triangle choke Makoto Arakawa pinned Kim Su Hong Black Tiger & David Morgan defeated Shunji Kosugi & Keiichi Yamada when Tiger pinned Yamada Anoaro Atisanoe pinned Tatsutoshi Goto Tiger Toguchi pinned Kerry Brown Hiro Saito & Umanosuke Ueda fought WWF Jr. Heavyweight Champion the Cobra & Kantaro Hoshino to a double count-out The Strong Machines (w/ Ichimasa Wakamatsu) defeated Seiji Sakaguchi & Kengo Kimura when Kimura was pinned following a lariat; the Machines were not the usual pair; the original duo appeared during the contest WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & Samula fought Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami to a double disqualification when the four Strong Machines interfered and attacked both teams
WWF / NJPW @ Fujiyoshiwara, Japan - January 4, 1985 (3,200) Keiji Muto defeated Shinya Hashimoto via submission with a triangle choke Makoto Arakawa pinned Naoki Sano David Morgan pinned Keiichi Yamada Anoaro Atisanoe & Samula defeated Shunji Kosugi & Kim Su Hong when Atisanoe pinned Hong The Cobra fought the Black Tiger to a double count-out The Strong Machines defeated Kengo Kimura & Tatsutoshi Goto when #1 pinned Goto Umanosuke Ueda & Hiro Saito defeated Seiji Sakaguchi & Tiger Toguchi via disqualification WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan, King Kong Bundy & Kerry Brown defeated IWGP Champion Antonio Inoki, Tatsumi Fujinami & Kantaro Hoshino when Bundy pinned Hoshino; after the bout, Hogan and Bundy fought each other (Bundy's New Japan debut)
* Jushin Liger: closest thing was a WWF/NJ/AJ Summit in 1990
WWF / New Japan / All Japan Wrestling Summit @ Tokyo, Japan - Tokyo Dome - April 13, 1990 (53,742) Dan Kroffat, Joe Malenko, & Doug Furnas defeated Samson Fuyuki, Toshiaki Kawada, & Tatsumi Kitihara when Kroffat pinned Kitahara with a Tiger Driver at 11:56 Jushin Liger pinned Akira Nogami with a moonsault press at 8:37 Jimmy Snuka & Tito Santana defeated Masa Fuchi & Kenta Kobashi at 8:28 when Snuka pinned Fuchi with the splash off the top following the flying forearm and a bodyslam from Santana, with Santana hitting the flying forearm on Kobashi when he attempted to break the cover; Fuchi & Kobashi used Kenny Loggins' "Highway to the Danger Zone" as their entrance music; Shane McMahon was the referee for the bout Tiger Mask II fought Bret Hart to a 20-minute time-limit draw; the bell rang as Tiger Mask ducked a clothesline and covered Hart with a crossbody The Great Kabuki pinned Greg Valentine with a modified inside cradle at 7:16 as Valentine attempted to apply the figure-4; Valentine came to the ring in his Rythem & Blues attire and used Roxette's "She's Got the Look" as his entrance music; Shane McMahon was the referee for the bout Jake Roberts pinned the Big Bossman with the DDT at 10:25 after floating over a bodyslam attempt; Bossman came to the ring to his babyface entrance music but played the heel in the match; after the contest, Jake briefly covered Bossman with Damien before leaving the ring; Earl Hebner was the referee for the bout IWGP Tag Team Champions Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto defeated Riki Choshu & Masa Chono when Saito pinned Chono following a backdrop suplex Jumbo Tsuruta & Haku defeated Mr. Perfect & Rick Martel at 10:53 when Tsuruta pinned Martel with a running kneelift and a back suplex; Haku was referred to as King Haku during the bout Genichiro Tenryu pinned Randy Savage (w/ Sensational Sherri) with an enzuiguri and powerbomb at 10:49 after Savage injured his knee attempting a flying crossbody WWF World Champion the Ultimate Warrior pinned Ted Dibiase with a flying clothesline and the splash at 6:11; Earl Hebner was the referee for the bout (World Tour 90) Giant Baba & Andre the Giant defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition in a non-title match when Andre pinned Smash with an elbowdrop following a kick to the chest by Baba at 6:39 Hulk Hogan pinned Stan Hansen with the axe bomber at 12:32 after a boot to the face; as he made his way into the ring, Hansen knocked down ring announcer Mel Phillips as Phillips introduced him; Earl Hebner was the referee for the bout (Hulkamania 6)
* Ice Train: yeah, he had at least 99 WCW matches (1993-1994, 1996-1997 and again 2000-2001) but nothing WWF-esque.
* Jimmy Garvin: There are a few times he was cards with WWF guys, but not true WWF events...
WWF / International @ Montreal, Quebec - Forum - August 26, 1985 Mad Dog Lefebvre defeated Rick McGraw Gino Brito Jr. defeated Tito Senza Bob Orton Jr. defeated Armand Rougeau Ricky Steamboat defeated Don Muraco Ivan Putski defeated Richard Charland Jos LeDuc defeated George Wells Jacques & Raymond Rougeau defeated Jim & Ron Garvin Dino Bravo & King Tonga defeated Nikolai Volkoff & the Iron Sheik
Miami, FL - September 29, 1982 WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated Jim Garvin
WWF @ Springfield, IL - Convention Center - October 26, 1992 (4,500; 3,300 paid) Included an untelevised podium interview with Jimmy Garvin who insulted Randy Savage & the Ultimate Warrior and predicted all the heels to win at Survivor Series
WWWF @ New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden - April 29, 1974 Televised on HBO - included Vince McMahon on commentary: Jose Gonzalez fought Larry Zbyzsko to a draw Robert Fuller defeated Ed Sullivan at 10:39 Tony Garea defeated Mike Conrad at 17:09 Nikolai Volkoff defeated Dean Ho at 5:22 Pedro Morales pinned Mr. Fuji at 10:29 with two bodyslams after Fuji failed a splash off the top Chief Jay Strongbow & Andre the Giant defeated Otto Von Heller & Don Leo Jonathan in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match, 2-0 WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino (w/ Arnold Skaaland) fought Killer Kowalski to a no contest at 24:15 when the two men began brawling around the ring after the champion began bleeding from the face; after the bout, Chief Jay Strongbow, Pedro Morales, and another wrestler pulled the two men apart (Bruno Sammartino: Wrestling's Living Legend, The History of the WWE Heavyweight Championship)
6/29/20097/6/2009SAN JOSE (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
11/9/200911/9/2009ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
4/12/20104/12/2010ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
7/26/20108/2/2010ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
8/16/20108/23/2010ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
9/20/20109/27/2010ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
11/8/201011/8/2010ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
4/18/20114/18/2011ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
6/27/20117/4/2011ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
10/15/201110/17/2011MEXICO (recorded days earlier)
4/16/20124/16/2012ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
11/5/201211/5/2012ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
4/22/20134/22/2013ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
Things that jump out:
- Since 2000, a quarter of all taped RAWs were taped in December
- 43% of the taped RAWs aired the same day, just on tape delay
- Between 2000 and 2007, the only RAWs that aired more than 3 days after they taped were Tribute for the Troops shows; meanwhile, there were six times between 2008 and 2012 that an episode of RAW aired a week after it was originally taped.
I ran a regression on "RAW rating" a function of several variables:
* 8-week trailing RAW rating average
* was there show taped? (1 or 0)
* was it a 3-hour RAW? (1 or 0)
* was it a the first RAW following a PPV? (1 or 0)
This simple regression would suggest a predictive formula (adjusted r-squared around 82%) of:
2000 to 2013 RAW Rating = 0.200 + 0.938x(8 week trailing RAW average rating) - 0.238x(was the show taped?) -.031x(is it a 3-hour RAW?) + 0.136x(is it a post-PPV RAW?)
Interestingly, the coefficient that has the highest p-value (making it statistically questionable) is the 3-hour RAW. Essentially, because 3-hour RAWs are now the norm, the meaningfulness of this variable is basically encapsulated in the trailing 8-week RAW rating average. (Or the 49 three-hour RAWs, only nine weren't part of this current consecutive run: 6/11/2012, 4/23/2012, 12/12/2011, 11/14/2011, 6/20/2011, 6/13/2011, 11/29/2010, 4/26/2010 and 10/3/2005).
So, this initial regression would suggest that a "taped" show impacts the show's rating negatively by about 0.24, which is a lot.
However, as I mention in the beginning - during 2000-2007, a taped RAW was mostly a Holiday RAW (in December) including Tribute to Troops shows, same day taped delay shows or aired within 3 days. I think the Holiday/December dates are tanking this calculation.
This leads to this inquiry paths: (1) Is there a more recent (2008-2013) trend around RAW ratings for tape delayed shows? (2) Does # of days since the tape delay affect the rating?
(1) What's the trend since 2008?
2008 to 2013 RAW Rating = 0.923 + 71.6%x(8 week trailing RAW average rating) - 0.180x(was the show taped?) -.096x(is it a 3-hour RAW?) + 0.126x(is it a post-PPV RAW?)
(All variables have a p-value of 0.03 or lower)
(2) Does # of days since the tape delay affect the rating?
2000 to 2013 Rating = 0.200 + 93.8%x(8 week trailing average) -0.10x(is the show taped?) -0.044x(how many days since it was taped?) + 0.138x(first RAW after a PPV?) -0.032x(is it a 3-hour RAW?)
(Taped and 3-hour raw have high p-values in this one; taped is 0.15 and 3-hours is 0.55.)
2008 to 2013 Rating = 0.94 + 71.2%x(8 week trailing average) -0.14x(is the show taped?) -0.015x(how many days since it was taped?) + 0.126x(first RAW after a PPV?) -0.101x(is it a 3-hour RAW?)
(Days have a high p-value in this one of 0.39)
Conclusion: So, this would suggest that same-day taped delay shows in 2013 (i.e. from the UK) would be impacted by around a tenth of a rating point drop beyond expected Rating.
The model estimates that RAW should have been a 3.03 and it did a 3.1. (If it wasn't taped it "would" have been 3.17 supposedly.)
I don't believe that a tenth of a rating point is worth fretting about since talent appearance move the needle a lot more.
Q: Do the numbers change much if you look at 2008 onward and remove the holiday shows?
A: Not a lot.
I added a Holiday Variable which was triggered for the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, July 4th and Memorial Day.
Projected RAW Rating = 0.99 - (0.14)x(Was the show taped?) - 70%x(8 week Trailing RAW Average Rating) - (0.10)x(Is it a 3 hour RAW?) - (0.33)x(Is it a Holiday show?) + 0.12x(Is it the day after a PPV?)
(p-value for all variables was 0.02 or lower. Adjusted r-squared is only 0.46. Days variable wasn't statistically significant enough to keep in the model.)
So, this model suggest that taped shows do have a slightly ratings decrease (again, around -0.1 ratings point). However, the lowered r-squared (down to 46%) suggests to me that there is a lot of week-to-week ratings variation that isn't being explained by the variables - i.e. big character returns or other factors (televised competition) contribute a lot to whether you're gaining or losing viewers. The quarter-hour trends lend a lot to this because we've seen how certain people can hold an audience while others have shaky/consistent-loss track records.
In short, methinks people like to watch The Rock.
Post-script: Dave Meltzer noted that, "WWE actually did the exact same study internally last week. One thing noted is that the special shows that are expected to do better, day after Mania, day after Summer Slam, day after Rumble, appearance by major stars coming back, theme shows, are virtually always live. If you factor that out, and throw out the holiday shows which are going to do lower numbers, the difference between live and tape is very little."