Ask PWTorch THURSDAY’S ASK PWTORCH ALL-STARS 4/9: Are El Generico & Sami Zayn the same person? Next MITB cash-in for IC or U.S. belt? What match do you show non-fans so they get it? Why don’t heel teams cheat?
Apr 9, 2015 - 8:58:23 PM
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PWTorch reader Sid H. asks: Love this feature. PWTorch.com in general is a daily read for me. My question is what match or matches do you show people to try to get them into wrestling. I usually go with Hell in a Cell from King of the Ring ’98 between Undertaker and Mankind or Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 25.
INDY PROMOTER & ANNOUNCER Brad Stutts (Follow @cwfmidatlantic and @stuttsy and listen to his podcast at www.WrestlingWithOptimism) answers: Mine used to be Shawn vs. Razor from WM10 because my thinking at the time was that even if you aren’t "into" wrestling, the stunts were so jaw-dropping for the time that it made it a must see match. The Foley vs. Undertaker Hell in a Cell is good for that purpose, too.
EX-ECW CHAMPION AND LONGTIME WWE WRESTLER Justin Credible (also current IWE Champion, visit www.TheJustinCredible.com and on YouTube here including his ongoing Wrestling 101 Series) answers: I always go with my favorite, Ric Flair vs. Rick Steamboat ’89. If they like hardcore style, I’ll go with me vs. Sabu Ararchy Rulez ’99. It's hard to get non-fans into it. They usually have their minds made up.
PWTorch reader Chris asks: Hey guys, new VIP member and loving it. My question is with it looking like the U.S. Title is becoming the new TV Title and that the IC Title might actually mean something again, could you see someone win MITB and then cash it in on the IC Title? I think it would be a new change to help elevate a young guy who isn't Main Event level yet and it would be a great new twist on the MITB.
EX-WWE CREATIVE TEAM MEMBER Matt McCarthy (ex-WWE Creative Team member 2011-2012, frequent PWTorch Livecast guest, host of the We Watch Wrestling Podcast, professional stand-up comedian) answers: I love the idea, but it's tough to justify why Mr MITB would "waste" his title shot. I could see it working, though, if Brock was still Heavyweight champ and Mr MITB was a chickensh—. Or if a wrestler was trying to complete the "triple crown" as it were and grab a title he's never had, that makes sense.
PROFESSIONAL BROADCASTER Jim Valley (Long time wrestling fan, Torch subscriber, and currently PWTorch Livecast guest host. He won a National Edward R. Murrow Award and several regional awards during his 20 year broadcast career. He has done TV announcing for several independent wrestling promotions, hosted his own wrestling radio show, interviewed many top stars, and was flown out to Stamford to audition for WWE. He took second to Todd Grisham.) It's too soon for that to be effective. John Cena has only held the title since WrestleMania. He needs to have some epic matches and memorable moments to truly make the U.S. Title relevant again and even that's no guarantee. If a young wrestler were to win the title now, it's entirely likely the U.S. Championship would go back to being a mid-card title. These days it's the man who makes the title, not the other way around.
PWTorch VIP member Envoye from France asks: I read on occasion among the IWC that Sami Zayn is not El Generico. Can you clarify that he in fact was El Generico.
EX-WWE CREATIVE TEAM MEMBER Matt McCarthy (ex-WWE Creative Team member 2011-2012, frequent PWTorch Livecast guest, host of the We Watch Wrestling Podcast, professional stand-up comedian) answers: First, we need to stop using the term IWC. It's not a real thing. Secondly, they're not!!! El Generico is from Tijuana! Sami is from Montreal! I'm still trying to figure out who Mr. America was, brother.
PROFESSIONAL BROADCASTER Jim Valley (Long time wrestling fan, Torch subscriber, and currently PWTorch Livecast guest host. He won a National Edward R. Murrow Award and several regional awards during his 20 year broadcast career. He has done TV announcing for several independent wrestling promotions, hosted his own wrestling radio show, interviewed many top stars, and was flown out to Stamford to audition for WWE. He took second to Todd Grisham.) Wait. I thought he was Delirious?!? Mil Muertes? Torito? The Bunny? Que Monito? Villano XVII? That's ridiculous. Everyone knows Sami Zayn was The Gobbledegooker. Don't you listen to all of those terrible free wrestling podcasts from people who've watched WWE since 2009? They'll set you straight every time.
PWTorch reader Emilio asks: I've noticed that when a babyface ends up in the heel’s corner during a tag match, the heels never seem to take advantage with cheap shots while the face is within arm’s reach. Are teams directed not to cheat by agents, or is it just that the art of heeling is eroding?
INDY PROMOTER & ANNOUNCER Brad Stutts (Follow @cwfmidatlantic and @stuttsy and listen to his podcast at www.WrestlingWithOptimism) answers: I've been told by friends who have passed through developmental that a lot of the traditional methods of cheating aren't allowed anymore.
EX-ECW CHAMPION AND LONGTIME WWE WRESTLER Justin Credible (also current IWE Champion, visit www.TheJustinCredible.com and on YouTube here including his ongoing Wrestling 101 Series) answers: Both, but I'm leaning toward eroding. The heels today want to be babyfaces. All great heel teams cheated. It also explains why their are few heel teams are over. Watch the Impact Player stuff Lance Storm and I did. At least cheat to get the advantage. These kids just don't know.
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Justin Credible: Current pro wrestler and former ECW Champion and longtime WWE wrestler in the 1990s and 2000s, Justin Credible (P.J. Polaco) currently is the IWE Champion. He travels as indy champion from Maine to Mexico with the title. He posts new Wrestling 101 YouTube videos at www.TheJustinCredible.com or on YouTube at his YouTube Channel.
John Piermarini: Ex-WWE Creative Team member who will provide a behind-the-scenes perspective from his years working for WWE including alongside Vince McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and John Cena. He has been a frequent PWTorch Livecast guest and was the subject of a comprehensive five-hour Torch Talk interview several years ago about his experience with WWE for most of 2009-2010.
Greg Oliver: SLAM! Wrestling reporter and wrestling book author (and hockey book author), Greg will provide a Canadian perspective on many wrestling topics. If you are a fan from Canada or have Canadian-related wrestling questions, Greg can help you. He is a wrestling historian who published a wrestling newsletter during the boom period of insider wrestling newsletters starting in the late 1980s. We were pen pals in the early 1990s and first met at a 1989 wrestling convention in Chicago run by Jon Gallagher of the Wrestling Forum (the first insider wrestling newsletter I ever received in the mail in early 1987).
George Schire: Author of "Minnesota's Golden Age of Wrestling," former Pro Wrestling Focus radio cohost with me in the early 1990s on KFAN, former contributor of history pieces to the PWTorch Newsletter, and multi-time guest on PWTorch Livecast "Interview Friday," he will be providing a historical perspective to Ask PWTorch.
Matt McCarthy: Ex-WWE Creative Team member 2011-2012, frequent PWTorch Livecast guest, host of the We Watch Wrestling Podcast, and a professional stand-up comedian). He remains a big fan of pro wrestling, attending live events such as WrestleMania 31 and many indy shows in the Los Angeles area.
Johnny Fairplay: Reality Star and Wrestling Manager, perhaps best known as Pat McNeill's Regis Philbin. He was an old neighbor of PWTorch senior columnist Bruce Mitchell who watched PPVs at his house long before he became a contestant on Survivor twice. He has been on many reality TV shows, the PWTorch Livecast numerous times, and follows wrestling very closely. You can read more about him on Wikipedia.
Brian Fritz: Host of the long-running "Between the Ropes" podcast, and now working for Yahoo! Sports radio, he also has been a guest on the PWTorch Livecast (and I've been a guest on his podcast), he brings years of reporting on wrestling including on-site interviews with wrestlers at major press events over the years. He follows today's wrestling and will provide his perspective and take on your questions.
Mick Karch: An early PWTorch Newsletter columnist over 20 years ago, Mick has been an announcer for virtually every national wrestling promotion other than the WWF, WCW, and TNA in the last 25 years. He currently works as an announcer on Minnesota indy wrestling shows. He got his start in wrestling running the Nick Bockwinkel Fan Club in the 1970s and is known for his sense of humor, strong opinions, and tremendous insight into wrestling's past dating back many decades, but he also watches today's wrestling regularly and can provide valuable perspective as a result of that span of time following and participating in the industry.
Brad Stutts: He has worked behind the scenes in wrestling in many roles, including taking jackets to the back, setting up and tearing down rings, running websites for indy promoters, running lights and music at live events, and performing as a manager, announcer, wrestler, and promoter. He currently is the lead announcer for CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling in North Carolina.
Jim Valley: Long time wrestling fan and Torch subscriber. He won a National Edward R. Murrow Award and several regional awards during his 20 year broadcast career. He has done TV announcing for several independent wrestling promotions, hosted his own wrestling radio show, interviewed many top stars and was flown our to Stamford to audition for WWE. He took second to Todd Grisham.
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