Mr. Tito's Phat Daily Column Submitted by Mr. Tito on 7-11-00 @ 10:25 EST
Nothing like a wonderful Tuesday column to spice up your day, eh? Well, it's usually the column which I receive the most e-mail on. The grades are the biggest e-mail draw for myself, as whenever I totally rip or praise a show, the e-mail comes flying in! That's why there are no grades for the other shows other than the top 3, ECW on TNN, RAW, and Nitro. Not that I don't like e-mail, but getting the bulk amount everyday is very rough. Now can you dig that? On to the PDC.
If you are attending the Smackdown or Thunder tapings tonight, please send in a report to anyone here at LoP. Thanks.
Thanks to whoever held up this sign at RAW last night. It's very much appreciated, as it is each time I get a sign on a show. Also, thanks to Calvin, who captures these pics for me everytime. Since I'm in a thankful mode, thanks to Gasoline for the Booker T banner yesterday, as I forgot to credit you.
Wow, the WCW World Title scene has reshaped itself. For the contender match, we had Scott Steiner, Bill Goldberg, Positively Kanyon, and Jeff Jarrett. Them, along with Booker T, and you have a solid cast of main eventers. However, after Steiner's dramatic turn towards Goldberg's side, they are now going to feud? What the fuck was the point of turning Steiner on Nash last night? That prompts a *FINGER OF SHAME*, as it was mishandled last night. I guess it's just an excuse to keep Nash from winning that match, but still. Don't do something on a pay per view, and then change your mind the next.
I have another complaint, which should be looked at. Is Booker T supposed to resemble the Rock? He came out with a nice shirt on, and sun classes...just like the Rock. And then later in his match with Mike Awesome, he finished him with the "Book End". In fact, Booker T has been finishing everyone lately with that move. His credibility could be shot a little bit if this continues, because many fans will say he's acting like the Rock, when he is really 5 times more talented than him!
Wow, clean win by Jeff Jarrett on Kidman. I'm sick and tired of the hype that Jeff Jarrett gets. Russo and everyone says how hard working the man is, and how he NEVER complains. How the hell could he complain when everything has been handed to him since his arrival into WCW? From day one, he's been getting a push as "Russo's Boy", and then Sullivan continued this, and Russo did as well on his return.
The Great Muta showed up and spit the green mist in Tank Abbott's face, as he helped out the Jung Dragons, who were in trouble. Age affects everyone, as Muta looks a whole lot older than his last stint in WCW as a part of the NWO. Oh well, he's back, and he's one tough mofo. Hopefully, after playing with Tank a little, he starts a good feud with someone who can actually wrestle. Maybe rekindle a feud with Sting, anyone?
Gee Lance Storm, way to act like Bret Hart in 1997 and to have the American people listen to your National Anthem. Please, TRY SOMETHING NEW!!!!!!!!!!! I'm starting to get convinced that wrestling as a whole is burnt out, and can't figure out new ideas for themselves. With that being said, I could rant all day on this stuff.
Hey, was that Sting...or the Black Scorprion?!? I doubt that wonderful person turns out to be Sting......
No word of Hulk Hogan in this edition of Nitro, as everyone kept silent. No Russo either, as something is cooking backstage. I can't confirm anything at this moment, so please stop asking me if it's a work or a shoot. Be patient.
Nitro Phat Stats
Matches: 7 Clean Wins: 7(some are disputable) Screwjobs: 0 Disqualifications: 0 No Contests: 0
Last Word: Good Nitro, with just a few complaints from me. Good all around wrestling tonight, with clean wins everywhere. Lots of talking segments, but the matches were longer than usual. We'll see if WCW can keep up the momentum here. I'll give it a
and I predict a strong 3.0 in the first hour.
RAW is Snore
Tonight was the most boring Monday Night RAW that I've EVER seen! For every segment, I just shook my head because it was very repetitive, and just nothing new was happening. It's like they think they are so far ahead of the ratings war, and that they aren't like WCW in 1998. With a possible improvement by WCW now, the WWF is in a run for its money.
I forgot to rip last week's Smackdown opening interview. No, I didn't hold back because it was Chris Benoit, nor will I this week. That opening interview, like all of the others, was so boring. Why does the WWF just let these guys talk for minutes at a time? They are cutting killer promos...they are just talking about how great they are, and how bad their Pay Per View opponent is. Same shit, different week.
Can the Hardy Boys ever win again? I'm sick and tired of seeing the most talented team put over other teams. They haven't won in ages, and it doesn't seem like they will anytime soon. I understand that the WWF has a million tag teams, but come on!!!
Why is it that Chris Jericho wrestles the same handful of opponents? He only wrestles Triple H, Road Dogg, Xpac, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko. Everyone else just can't get a piece of Jericho, as the WWF will shove these rematches down our throats!
I don't mean to rip my boy, but the second that Trish Stratus was showing BRAW and PANTIES, you knew who was running into the ring....Steven Richards. Predictability isn't something a show should have, but it was easily here all night. Especially with Triple H vs. Xpac. You knew Jericho would walk into that. If you didn't, then wow!
You know, I think a sledge hammer would do much more to Chris Jericho than just making him bleed. That kind of weapon crushes bones, and with blows to the head, should cause brain damage. Yeah, nice way to let your young audience learn how to hurt each other, as they will see Jericho wrestle without pain on Smackdown, or next week's RAW. Duh.
There goes a Pay Per View match for RAW, as they threw Chris Benoit vs. the Rock at us already! It's very obvious now that the Rock will win this match since Benoit beat him down for this match. WWF is going to get a low buyrate this month!
Last Word: Terrible, terrible RAW. So boring, and the Phat Stats today explain a whole lot. 6 matches, with only one clean win? Oh please. The matches themselves were soo boring, and many of them were rematches of the crap we've seen before. I'm giving RAW a
for this week's show. By far, the worst I've seen from the WWF in a while. Go ahead and send me your reasons for calling me a "Fucking WCW mark", cause I was called a "Fucking WWF mark" in other weeks. This was simply a bad show in MY OPINION, and I'll tell it like I see it. I predict a 5.2 in the first hour.
Overall, a one sided night of wrestling.
Alright, yesterday, in my tribute to Booker T, I mentioned Coolbeans, a good friend of mine and the BIGGEST BOOKER T FAN OF ALL TIME. I asked him to write up something, telling everyone about his thoughts on the man known as Booker T. He put a lot of heart into it, and here it is.
What do I say? Where do I start? I have been Booker Huffman's with out a doubt No.1 fan since he entered WCW with his Brother Stevie. I don't know why. They were always a heel team in the being and I never cheered for the heel, but something about them just made me cheer for them. Well as you guessed it, Booker T became my favorite of the two with his quick moves and high kicks. It impressed me very much. Booker T went on with his brother to become 10 time WCW World Tag team Champs over the years and during that time I always wondered if Booker T would ever go to singles wrestling. Now don't get me wrong Harlem Heat was the Great tag team, one of the best ever, but I always thought Booker T had more in him. I could see it in his eyes that he wanted more.
I wanted everyone to know he wanted more and to know he was a great wrestler, so I started the Unofficial Booker T home page. The only Booker T site on the Internet. I wanted to show the world how I felt about him and that they should too. I have just pasted the 10,000 hit mark in over a year of running it. I have been trying to get it official for over a year now, but with no luck. I just about tried everything. I own BookerT.net and everything ready and waiting for the day Booker T and WCW allows me to do it. But until that day I will keep trying just like Booker T kept on trying to be the best wrestler in WCW. Oh and Booker T if your out there reading this or if you know Booker T, let him know about my site, if you could please.
Anyway enough about me. Booker T didn't get that chance as a singles wrestler until his brother Stevie got hurt and was out for a while. It was Booker T's time to show the World what he was made of and he didn't hold anything back. He became 6 time (8 if you count house shows) TV Champ and held that title like it was the WCW World Title. He gave meaning to the lowest title in WCW. He had his best matches during that time too. The 7 series Verses Chris Benoit, which to this day people still talk about as his best matches in his career. Now this is where Booker T stopped though. Not by choice, but by bad luck. He torn his knee and was out of action for a while. When he came back, he had some matches for the WCW US Title about 5 I think, but was booked to have about 10. Every time he was booked to have a match for a PPV something would go wrong, ether he would get hurt or his opponent would and he never got the title. So he just continued to wrestle with out a complaint, seeing guys get title shots before him that been in the company shorter then him, not getting a huge push to main event status. He just kept a cool head about it and did his business, which was to give the fans a good show and he never disappointed them ether.
Then years later Russo comes in and here is where I was thinking to myself "All right this is it, Booker T will shine and show his stuff". At first I was wrong. Russo in the beginning was all about gimmicks, and if you have followed Booker T's career, he has never had one, and was used all right all in my option. Then Russo left. Booker T really didn't get anywhere with Sullivan back in charge. Then the Russo/Bischoff Era. Now this was Booker T's time to shine. Ehhhhhh didn't really happen at first. Yes he did get a US title shot, but then Mike Awesome hurt him and his bad luck continued. Then GI Bro came along. I knew Booker T wanted to get over and Russo really likes gimmicks and this was one of his old ones before WCW. It didn't work at all. Yes it fit the Misfits in Action gimmick but it wasn't Booker T. Booker T is Booker T and I was so happy that he returned to his own self.
Now to the present, My first thoughts when I heard Booker T might be facing Jarrett at the PPV cause of the whole Hogan thing. My heart dropped. Yes I know he had a Title shot on Thunder, but I knew he wasn't going to win the title that night cause it would screw up the PPV matches. Anyway I got the PPV hoping Booker T would have a good match against Kanyon. Which he did but then Jarrett came out and screwed Booker T out of the match. I thought to myself that this could be possible. He might get his shot at the title tonight. Then the whole Russo/Hogan ordeal happened. Then Russo came out. He shot on everything and I was on the edge of my chair the whole time. When Russo started talking about the New World Title Match and said Booker T Vs Jarrett. Tear fell from my eyes. I could hardly contain myself. My emotions were overwhelming. I knew this was Booker T's day to shine. This was the day I have been waiting for. Then the match started. The match wasn't one of the greatest matches of his career, but taking in what happened you can see why. When I saw Jarrett go for the guitar and climb the ropes I knew Booker T would catch him and hit the "Book end". Then I see the other ref run down and count the 3. More Tears flowed from my eyes. I started to get massages from people congratulating me like I won the Title. I worked so hard to spread the Word of Booker T thought the Internet. Did it work? Was I the sole reason for people seeing how good Booker T is? Nope. I wasn't at all. Booker T is the reason that Booker T won the WCW World Title. He worked his ass off for 8 year in WCW to get where he is today. I'm just a lucky fan to see his favorite wrestling finally get what he deserves. Thank you WCW. Thank you Booker T. I love ya man. Keep up the good work and show the world how a real World Champion holds the Title. Now can you dig it!!!!
@Now can you did that? I'll be back tomorrow with ratings analysis. Oh, by the way, I finished up the Rock's biography, The Rock Says, and I will have a review of that sometime soon. I have something "special" that I'm planning to coincide with that review. However, if I'm not able to do that, I'll just have the review straight up. Just chill....till the next episode!