Submitted by Mr. Tito on 7-05-00 @ 10:16 EST
Welcome back to the one and ONLY Phat Daily Column. Today was supposed to be Ratings Analysis, BUT, since yesterday was the 4th of July, the ratings haven't come in. It was indeed a good 4th for me, as I was able to have NO work or NO school, and just enjoy the day for once. The batteries are recharged, and the column I intended to be on Sunday will now be today! What is that column you ask? The Mid Year Grades and Awards column! Yes, I will give a grade for each federation, and then prodeed give achievement awards to shows or wrestlers. It should be such wonderful fun. On to the PDC.
Mr. Tito's Mid Year Grades
-WCW Mid Year Grade-
The main problem of WCW has been their management and booking. There is no control over the wrestlers under salary at WCW. Especially the main event wrestlers. We started out the year with the horrible finish to the first Russo run. Russo was obviously a failure in his first run, and was damaging the WCW product with his crazy angles. Then, he was ousted, but his replacement was EVEN WORSE. Kevin Sullivan came in, and completely ruined WCW. Not only that, but he lost 4 key midcarders that WCW is still hurting from. When WCW just let Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko go, the lost, and let the WWF gain.
D+for the past 6 months. Please, someone with a brain or at least some logic, come in and save this company from further ruin.
-WWF Mid Year Grade-
The WWF has been continually strong for the first 6 months of this year. Although the storylines have been VERY repetitive, they have at least kept up with good wrestling. WWF started off the year with the unfolding saga of Triple H and Stephanie ruling the WWF. Mick Foley was the man in January, as he challenged Triple H to a hardcore World Title match at the Royal Rumble as Cactus Jack.....and man, was that a match! Then, the WWF is handed a gift from WCW: The Radicals. The Radicals provided the WWF with some actual great "wrestling". Especially Chris Benoit, who has brought the best out of every opponent he's fought.
Bfor that main reason. If they freshen up the angles, everything will click again, and nothing could stop them. Besides, Stone Cold will return in September or so, and this is what the WWF has been waiting for on the storylines.
Mid Year Wrestling Awards
Wrestler of the YearTriple H- This man has stepped it up in his wrestling matches. Not only has he been a great World Champ this year, but he's made his other opponents either look good, or he has worked with another wrestler to put on a great match. He's busted his ass to this point, and has carried the WWF product for this long.
Match of the YearThere are 3 in my opinion. The first, as mentioned above, was Cactus Jack vs. Triple H at the Royal Rumble. Damn that was a rough match! The next one was Triple H/Chris Benoit/Dean Malenko/Perry Saturn vs. The Rock/Rikishi/Too Cool, which was a treat to watch. The whole crowd was pumped for that match, and each wrestler made put up a great effort to have a great match! By far, the best 8 man match I've ever seen! The third is the 3 Way Ladder match between the Dudleys, Hardys, and Edge/Christian. I just watched it again the other day, and DAMN it was a crazy match! I seriously question how some of those wrestlers survived that match.
Promotion of the Mid YearWWF- Well, duh. No federation has been stronger in television, merchandising, Pay Per Views, and just in the media alone.
Best Pay Per View so farRoyal Rumble- The debut of Tazz was awesome, and the Triple H vs. Cactus Jack match was an excellent finish. Too bad we can't say the same for this year's Wrestlemania.
Best SurpriseKurt Angle- Mr. Angle was a wrestler who myself, and many others thought would NEVER come through in the WWF. With the best mic skills in the business, and dirty cheating tactics in the ring for a former Olympic wrestler, Kurt Angle has emerged as one of the best in the WWF right now. It's true, It's true.
Most revived WrestlerMikey Whipwreck- With the help of the Sinister Minister, Whipwreck has been a treat to watch. His wrestling has become better, and his crazy antics have helped him boost his career, which needed life support before. I guess all you need is a little craziness in your life to become great again.
Worst WrestlerDavid Arquette- Costly mistake made by the second Russo era that will ALWAYS be pointed out as the first mistake of his second run. Arquette DID NOTHING for the buyrate for the pay per view following his title win.
Best Promotional JumpChris Benoit- The other Radicals are doing fine, but Chris Benoit made the career decision of his life. He's now appreciated for his hard work ethic in the ring, and he makes even the worse WWF wrestlers look great again. Every wrestler who steps up to the Crippler has fought their best match. The Rock will experience another great match with Benoit coming up.
Best BumpChris Kanyon- That leap off the 3 tier cage was a nasty one, even if the floor below was gimmicked. It's a shame he just happened to side with Mike Awesome, who just so happened to be the one who tossed him.
Biggest DisappointmentECW on TNN- It's a damn shame that TNN didn't really give a rat's ass about this show or this company. They just pushed it aside, although it drew higher numbers than any other TNN show. Hopefully, USA picks ECW up and shows TNN how to promote a show!
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