Finding a goal for 2017

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.

I don’t know yet. What to do?

Last 25 Licensed Games Released for Systems

Championship Pool 10/1/1993 (Mindscape)
Last Action Hero  10/1/1993 (Sony Imagesoft)
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing 10/1/1993 (GameTek)
Tetris 2  10/1/1993 (Nintendo)
Cliffhanger 11/1/1993 (Sony Imagesoft)
Jimmy Connors Tennis  11/1/1993 (Ubisoft)
Ms. Pac-Man 11/1/1993 (Namco)
Pac-Man 11/1/1993 (Namco)
Pro Sport Hockey  11/1/1993 (Jaleco)
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Buckaroo$! 11/1/1993 (THQ)
Wayne's World 11/1/1993 (THQ)
WWF King of the Ring  11/1/1993 (LJN)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade  12/1/1993 (Ubisoft)
Bonk's Adventure  1/1/1994 (Hudson Soft)
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 1/1/1994 (Capcom)
Alfred Chicken  2/1/1994 (Mindscape)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters 2/1/1994 (Konami)
Mega Man 6  3/1/1994 (Capcom (JP))
Mickey's Adventures in Numberland 3/1/1994 (Hi Tech Expressions)
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II  3/1/1994 (Nintendo)
Mario's Time Machine  6/1/1994 (Mindscape)
Disney's The Jungle Book  8/1/1994 (Virgin Interactive)
The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak  8/1/1994 (Taito)
The Incredible Crash Dummies  8/1/1994 (LJN)
Wario's Woods 12/10/1994 (Nintendo)

Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition 7/23/1996 (Black Pearl Software/Black Pearl Software) - Fishing
Tetris Attack 8/4/1996 (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo) - Puzzle
Ms. Pac-Man 9/1/1996 (Digital Eclipse Software/Williams Entertainment) - Action
FIFA 97: Gold Edition 9/6/1996 (Electronic Arts/EA Sports) - Soccer Sim
Kirby Super Star  9/20/1996 (HAL Laboratory/Nintendo) - Platformer
Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame  10/1/1996 (Titus Software/Titus Software) - Cinematic Platformer
War 3010: The Revolution  10/1/1996 (Advanced Productions/Advanced Productions) - Turn-based strategy
NHL 97  10/31/1996 (Black Pearl Software/EA Sports) - Hockey
Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits 10/31/1996 (Digital Eclipse Software/Midway Games) - Arcade Compilation
Street Fighter Alpha 2  11/1/1996 (Capcom/Nintendo) - Fighting
Whizz 11/1/1996 (Flair Software/Titus Software) - Action
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 11/22/1996 (Rare Ltd./Nintendo) - Platformer
Casper  12/1/1996 (Absolute Entertainment/Natsume) - Action
Mr. Do! 12/1/1996 (Imagineer/Black Pearl Software) - Action
The Lost Vikings 2  5/4/1997 (Blizzard Entertainment/Interplay Entertainment) - Action/Puzzle
NBA Live 98 6/17/1997 (EA Sports / Tiertex/THQ) - Basketball
Harvest Moon  6/25/1997 (Pack-In-Video/Natsume) - Simulation
Brunswick World: Tournament of Champions  8/12/1997 (Tiertex/THQ) - Bowling
Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1  8/30/1997 (Digital Eclipse Software/Midway Games) - Arcade Compilation
Arkanoid: Doh It Again  10/1/1997 (Taito/Nintendo) - Breakout
NHL 98  10/23/1997 (THQ/EA Sports) - Hockey
Space Invaders  11/1/1997 (Taito/Nintendo) - Action
Madden NFL 98 11/2/1997 (Electronic Arts/THQ) - American Football Sim
Kirby's Dream Land 3  11/27/1997 (HAL Laboratory/Nintendo) - Platformer
Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games 11/30/1997 (Tiertex Design Studios/THQ) - Compilation
Frogger 10/6/1998 (Morning Star Multimedia/Majesco Games) - Action

Blues Brothers 2000 11/16/2000 (Player 1/Titus Software) - Adventure/3D Platformer
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys  11/16/2000 (Player 1/Titus Software) - Adventure/ Fighting
WWF No Mercy  11/17/2000 (AKI/THQ) - Sports/Wrestling
Banjo-Tooie 11/19/2000 (Rare/Nintendo) - Adventure/3D Platformer
Spider-Man  11/21/2000 (Edge of Reality/Activision) - Adventure/Action/3D Platformer
WCW Backstage Assault 12/12/2000 (Kodiak Interactive/Electronic Arts) - Sports/Wrestling
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker  12/13/2000 (Kemco/Ubisoft) - Action/Adventure
Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine  12/14/2000 (Factor 5/LucasArts) - Adventure/Action/3D Platformer
Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo  12/18/2000 (Factor 5/LucasArts) - Action/3D Shooter
Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers 12/20/2000 (Ubisoft/Ubisoft) - Adventure/3D Platformer
Polaris SnoCross  12/27/2000 (Vicarious Visions/Vatical Entertainment) - Simulation/Snowmobile Racing
Mega Man 64 1/10/2001 (Capcom/Capcom) - Action/Adventure
Super Bowling 1/15/2001 (Athena/UFO Interactive) - Sports/Bowling
Paper Mario 2/5/2001 (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo) - Role Playing/Adventure
Scooby-Doo! Classic Creep Capers  3/1/2001 (Terraglyph Interactive Studios/THQ) - Adventure
Conker's Bad Fur Day  3/4/2001 (Rare/THQ, Rare) - Action/Adventure/3D Platformer
Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage  3/14/2001 (H2O Interactive/THQ) - Adventure/Role Playing
Pokémon Stadium 2 3/28/2001 (Nintendo/Nintendo) - Battle/Strategy/Training
Dr. Mario 64  4/8/2001 (Nintendo/Nintendo) - Arcade/Action/Puzzle
Mario Party 3 5/6/2001 (Hudson Soft/Nintendo) - Board Games
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2  8/21/2001 (Edge of Reality/Activision) - Sports/Skateboarding
Madden NFL 2002 9/12/2001 (Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts) - Sports/Rugby/American Football
The Powerpuff Girls: Chemical X-traction  10/14/2001 (VIS Interactive/BAM! Entertainment) - Arcade/Fighting
Razor Freestyle Scooter 11/27/2001 (Titanium Studios/Crave Entertainment) - Sports/Stunts/Scooter
NFL Blitz Special Edition 11/28/2001 (Point of View/Midway) - Sports/American Football
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3  8/20/2002 (Edge of Reality/Activision) - Sports/Skateboarding

Baten Kaitos Origins  9/1/2006 (tri-Crescendo / Monolith Soft/Nintendo)
Bratz: Forever Diamondz 9/1/2006 (Blitz Games/THQ)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy 9/1/2006 (Traveller's Tales/LucasArts)
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2  9/1/2006 (Eighting Co., Ltd. / Takara Tomy/D3 Publisher / Takara Tomy)
One Piece: Pirates' Carnival  9/1/2006 (Bandai/Bandai / Namco Bandai Games)
Open Season 9/1/2006 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy  9/1/2006 (High Voltage Software/Midway Games)
FIFA Soccer 07  9/25/2006 (EA Canada/Electronic Arts)
Avatar: The Last Airbender  10/1/2006 (THQ/THQ)
Flushed Away  10/1/2006 (Monkey Bar Games/D3 Publisher)
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island  10/1/2006 (Blue Tongue Entertainment/THQ)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab  10/1/2006 (Blitz Games/THQ)
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning  10/1/2006 (Krome Studios/Sierra Entertainment)
The Sims 2: Pets  10/1/2006 (Maxis/Electronic Arts)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent  10/1/2006 (Ubisoft/Ubisoft)
Need for Speed: Carbon  10/31/2006 (EA Canada/Electronic Arts)
Bionicle Heroes 11/1/2006 (Traveller's Tales/Eidos Interactive)
Happy Feet  11/1/2006 (Midway Games/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Shrek Smash n' Crash Racing 11/1/2006 (Activision/Activision)
Tomb Raider: Legend 11/1/2006 (Crystal Dynamics/Eidos Interactive)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess  12/1/2006 (Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development/Nintendo)
Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury 12/1/2006 (Mechanic Arms/Namco Bandai Games America)
TMNT  3/1/2007 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Meet the Robinsons  3/27/2007 (Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive Studios)
Backyard Sports Baseball 2007 4/1/2007 (Humongous Entertainment/Atari)
Surf's Up 6/1/2007 (Ubisoft/Ubisoft)
Ratatouille 6/26/2007 (Heavy Iron Studios/THQ)
Madden NFL 08 8/1/2007 (EA Tiburon/Electronic Arts)

Battle Lode Runner  1993 (Hudson Soft/NEC)
Bomberman '93 1993 (Hudson Soft/NEC)
Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure  1993 (A.I/NEC)
Magical Chase 1993 (Quest/NEC)
Air Zonk  1992 (Naxat Soft/NEC)
Ballistix 1992 (Psygnosis/NEC)
Chase H.Q.  1992 (Daiei Seisakusho/NEC)
Darkwing Duck 1992 (Radiance Software/Interactive Designs/NEC)
Dead Moon 1992 (Natsume/NEC)
Falcon  1992 (Spectrum HoloByte/NEC)
Ghost Manor 1992 (ICOM Simulations/NEC)
Gunboat 1992 (Accolade/NEC)
Hit the Ice 1992 (NEC)
Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu  1992 (Now Production/NEC)
Neutopia II 1992 (Hudson Soft/NEC)
New Adventure Island  1992 (Now Production/NEC)
Night Creatures 1992 (NEC/NEC)
Order of the Griffon  1992 (Westwood Associates/NEC)
Samurai-Ghost 1992 (Samurai-Ghost/NEC)

Sega Genesis
Frogger 1998 (Konami / Morning Star Multimedia/Majesco Sales)
Madden NFL 98 1997 (High Score Productions/Electronic Arts)
NBA Live 98 1997 (NuFX / Tiertex/EA Sports)
NFL 98  1997 (Spectacular Games/Sega Sports)
NHL '98 1997 (High Score Entertainment/EA Sports)
Sonic Classics  1997 (Sega Technical Institute/Sega)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Appaloosa Interactive/Sega)
World Series Baseball '98 1997 (BlueSky Software/Sega Sports)
Arcade Classics 1996 (Al Baker & Associates/Sega)
Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble  1996 (Atod AB / Climax Group / Probe Entertainment/Sega)
College Football USA 97: The Road To New Orleans  1996 (Tiburon Entertainment/EA Sports)
College Slam  1996 (Iguana UK/Acclaim Entertainment)
Cutthroat Island  1996 (Software Creations/Acclaim Entertainment)
FIFA Soccer '97 1996 (Extended Play Productions/EA Sports)
Madden NFL 97 1996 (High Score Productions/Electronic Arts)
NBA HangTime  1996 (Midway Games / Funcom/Midway Home Entertainment)
NBA Live 97 1996 (NuFX / Hitmen Productions/EA Sports)
NHL '97 1996 (High Score Entertainment/EA Sports)
Olympic Summer Games: Atlanta 1996  1996 (Tiertex/Black Pearl Software)
Pocahontas  1996 (Funcom/Disney Interactive)
Prime Time NFL Starring Deion Sanders 1996 (Spectacular Games/Sega Sports)
Sonic 3D Blast  1996 (Traveller's Tales/Sega)
Time Killers  1996 (Incredible Technologies/Black Pearl Software)
TNN Outdoors Bass Tournament '96  1996 (Imagitec Design/ASC Games)
Toy Story 1996 (Traveller's Tales / Disney Interactive Studios/Disney Interactive Studios)
Triple Play: Gold Edition 1996 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3  1996 (Midway Games / Avalanche Software/Williams Entertainment)
Vectorman 2 1996 (BlueSky Software/Sega)
Virtua Fighter 2  1996 (Sega AM2 / Success / Gaibrain / Winds/Sega)
Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits 1996 (Digital Eclipse Software/Williams EntertainmentNA)
World Series Baseball '96 1996 (BlueSky Software/Sega Sports)
X-Perts 1996 (Abalone Entertainment/Deep Water)

Sega Saturn
Magic Knight Rayearth 11/30/1998 (Sega/Working Designs)
Burning Rangers 5/31/1998 (Sonic Team/Sega)
Shining Force III 5/31/1998 (Camelot Software Planning/Sega)
Panzer Dragoon Saga 4/30/1998 (Team Andromeda/Sega)
The House of the Dead 3/31/1998 (Tantalus Interactive/Sega)
Daytona USA CCE NetLink Edition 2/16/1998 (Sega AM-2/Sega)
Bust-a-Move 3 12/31/1997 (Taito Corporation/Natsume)
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98  12/31/1997 (Climax Group/Electronic Arts)
Mass Destruction  12/31/1997 (NMS Software/ASC Games)
NBA Live '98  12/31/1997 (Realtime Associates/Electronic Arts)
Sega Touring Car Championship 11/30/1997 (Sega AM3/Sega)
Steep Slope Sliders 11/30/1997 (Cave/Acclaim)
Street Fighter Collection 11/30/1997 (Capcom/Capcom)
Winter Heat 11/30/1997 (Sega/Sega)
Sega Worldwide Soccer '98 11/19/1997 (Sega/Sega)
Enemy Zero  10/31/1997 (WARP/Sega)
NBA Action '98  10/31/1997 (Visual Concepts/Sega)
NHL All-Star Hockey '98 10/31/1997 (Radical Entertainment/Sega)
Quake 10/31/1997 (Lobotomy Software/Sega)
Sonic R 10/31/1997 (Traveller's Tales/Sega)
Last Bronx  9/30/1997 (Sega/Sega)
Marvel Super Heroes 9/30/1997 (Tsuji Jimusho/Capcom)
Maximum Force 9/30/1997 (Tantalus Software/Midway)
Rampage World Tour  9/30/1997 (Point of View/Midway)
Mortal Kombat Trilogy 8/31/1997 (Point of View/Midway)
NASCAR 98 8/31/1997 (Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts)
Resident Evil (Biohazard JP)  8/31/1997 (Capcom/Capcom)
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
Midway's Greatest Hits Volume 2 11/15/2001 (Digital Eclipse/Midway) - Miscellaneous/Compilation
Bomberman Online  10/30/2001 (Hudson Soft/Sega) - Puzzle/Action
NBA 2K2 10/24/2001 (Visual Concepts/Sega) - Sports/Traditional/Basketball/Sim
Tennis 2K2  10/24/2001 (Hitmaker/Sega) - Sports/Traditional/Tennis
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare  9/24/2001 (Darkworks/Infogrames) - Action Adventure/Horror
Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 9/24/2001 (Sonic Team/Sega) - Role-Playing/General
Heavy Metal: Geomatrix  9/13/2001 (Capcom/Capcom) - Action/General
Ooga Booga  9/13/2001 (Quantic Dream/Eidos Interactive) - Action/General
Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 9/11/2001 (Runecraft/Activision) - Sports/Alternative/Biking
NCAA College Football 2K2 8/29/2001 (Visual Concepts/Sega) - Sports/Traditional/Football/Sim
Sega Bass Fishing 2 8/21/2001 (Wow Entertainment/Sega) - Sports/Nature/Fishing
Virtua Athlete 2000 8/10/2001 (Hitmaker/Agetec, Inc.) - Sports/Olympic Sports
Alien Front Online  8/9/2001 (Sega/Sega) - Action/Shooter/Third Person/Sci-Fi
Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern 8/9/2001 (Ubisoft/Ubisoft) - Role-Playing/General
Razor Freestyle Scooter 8/8/2001 (Titanium Studios/Crave) - Action/Platformer/3D
The Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai  8/6/2001 (SNK/Agetec Inc.) - Action/Fighting/2D
Death Crimson OX  8/5/2001 (Ecole/Sammy Studios) - Action/Shooter/Light Gun
World Series Baseball 2K2 8/1/2001 (Visual Concepts/Sega) - Sports/Traditional/Baseball/Sim
Floigan Bros. Episode 1 7/30/2001 (Visual Concepts/Sega) - Action/Platformer/3D
Outtrigger  7/24/2001 (Sega AM2/Sega) - Action/General
Soldier of Fortune  7/24/2001 (Runecraft/Crave) - Action/Shooter/First-Person/Modern
Sports Jam  7/18/2001 (Wow Entertainment/Agetec, Inc.) - Sports/Alternative/Other
Atari Anniversary Edition 7/2/2001 (Digital Eclipse/Infogrames) - Miscellaneous/Compilation

Popular Mechanics - Top 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time (reviewed)

Trying to get a ton of traffic for their website, Popular Mechanics published a 100-page slideshow on the TOP 100 GREATEST VIDEO GAMES OF ALL TIME.

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.

Mookie's 2013 Awards

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 THEME SONG OF THE YEAR: "You've Got Time" - Regina Spektor
Not only is this a WBER artist that I do enjoy (Better, Eet, Fidelity and her team-up with Ben Folds for You Don't Know Me for instance) but it's an original show with the best theme song out there.  You can see this show on Netflix.

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.

Epcot's finest purple dragon remains awesome. Whether it's old-school in the form of a hat or 15-piece sliding puzzle or new-school such as my coffee mug or stuffed animal for the dogs, 2013 is when I remembered that Figment is cool. (And it doesn't hurt that Eric Idle is the professor in the ride reboot!)

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).

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).

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.

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).
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.

WWE Network & TV Rights Articles




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 (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

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 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.

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:

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:

Pro Wrestling Newsletters:

Pro Wrestling History Sites:

Pro Wrestling Statistics & Other Interesting Data:
• (I would be remiss if I didn’t plug my website at least once!)


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

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.

Joe Gagne's Funtime Arcade: Wrestler Count!

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:
[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.


Last year I wrote half of an Archer script.. Airport 2012!

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.
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.
Why not?
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
No problem.
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?
What? Why?
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.
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 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)
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.
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.
Wha – hello?
Don’t move, brother. Everything is going to be fine.
Certainly. Just two questions – do you any of you have any Tylenol and are we being hijacked?
We don’t believe in Pills, brother. They are the seeds of Satan. And yes.
Oh shit.

JCP/WCW guys that weren't in WWF

I was going through my JCP/WCW 1983-2001 files and cross-referencing people my WWWF/WWF/WWE 1970-2012 data.

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)

Analysis: Taped vs Live RAW (2000-2013)

Since there's been the whole hullabaloo about whether being taped delayed affects the RAW rating in 2013, I decided to take a stab at the question.
I started with a dataset of RAW from 2000 to 2013 (about 693 weeks RAWs)..
This was the list of TAPED RAWs that I came up with:

12/22/2000 12/25/2000 HOLIDAY
12/29/2000 1/1/2001 HOLIDAY
12/21/2001 12/24/2001 HOLIDAY
12/21/2002 12/23/2002 HOLIDAY
10/11/2004 10/11/2004 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
2/4/2005 2/7/2005 JAPAN
4/25/2005 4/25/2005 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
11/13/2005 11/14/2005 TAPED (Ended up as Eddie Guerrero Tribute)
11/21/2005 11/21/2005 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
12/9/2005 12/19/2005 AFGHANISTAN (Tribute to the Troops 2005)
4/21/2006 4/24/2006 ENGLAND
10/15/2006 10/16/2006 LOS ANGELES (recorded a day earlier at the Staples Center)
11/13/2006 11/13/2006 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
12/8/2006 12/25/2006 IRAQ (Tribute to the Troops 2006)
2/12/2007 2/15/2007 PORTLAND (recorded several days earlier)
4/16/2007 4/16/2007 ITALY (same day, tape delay)
4/23/2007 4/23/2007 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
9/2/2007 9/3/2007 COLUMBUS (recorded a day earlier)
10/15/2007 10/15/2007 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
12/7/2007 12/24/2007 IRAQ (Tribute to the Troops 2007)
12/29/2007 12/31/2007 HOLIDAY
2/4/2008 2/11/2008 ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
4/14/2008 4/14/2008 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
11/10/2008 11/10/2008 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
4/20/2009 4/20/2009 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
6/29/2009 7/6/2009 SAN JOSE (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
11/9/2009 11/9/2009 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
4/12/2010 4/12/2010 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
7/26/2010 8/2/2010 ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
8/16/2010 8/23/2010 ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
9/20/2010 9/27/2010 ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
11/8/2010 11/8/2010 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
4/18/2011 4/18/2011 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
6/27/2011 7/4/2011 ONE WEEK EARLY (one live RAW; one recorded RAW)
10/15/2011 10/17/2011 MEXICO (recorded days earlier)
4/16/2012 4/16/2012 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
11/5/2012 11/5/2012 ENGLAND (same day, tape delay)
12/18/2012 12/24/2012 HOLIDAY
12/29/2012 12/31/2012 HOLIDAY
4/22/2013 4/22/2013 ENGLAND (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.

-Chris Harrington

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."