Mr. Tito's Phat Daily Column
Submitted by Mr. Tito on 6-14-00 @ 10:26 EST
Welcome back to the Phat Daily Column. Oh my, did I get some mixed reviews of the PDC yesterday. Some agreed and said "right on", and others told me where to go with my opinions. I guess that's the chance I take when I stop in the middle of the impressions to rip Russo. Let's see some legit reasoning behind this, as today is Ratings Analysis, so on to the PDC.
Tito's Time Machine
We are taken to last week's column, which was June 7th, 2000. Nitro had a 2.85 composite, with 3.1 and 2.6 hours. RAW is WAR had a 5.9 composite rating, with 5.4 and 6.4 hours.
NITROFirst Hour: 3.2
Second Hour: 2.8
RAW is WARFirst Hour: 6.3
Second Hour: 7.3
HEAD to HEADRAW: 6.3
Nitro vs. Heat: Nitro: 3.0, with 3.2, 2.8 hours. Heat: 2.6
Lower End ShowsWWF Livewire: 1.3
WWF Superstars: 1.7
WCW Saturday Night: 1.3
ECW on TNN: 0.8
I suppose ratings can speak more things about WCW then one of my columns. A night after the "BIG Surprise that Vince McMahon can't even stop" and of course, a night after a Pay Per View, WCW fails to deliver in the ratings just a little bit. Compared to last week's terrible viewership, it's barely up from that. On the other hand, the WWF jumped bigtime in the ratings, and they pounded the post-surprise WCW, and hard too. WWF's ratings jumped a whole lot as compared to last week, and they weren't coming off a pay per view either. So for those who bashed men about giving the clusterfucked Nitro a C- and the WWF an A, it just looks like it's about accurate there, isn't it. Let me bring back that hated phrase for just this one time: How about them apples!
I think it's safe to say that the laughter about Heat getting better ratings than Nitro is over. However...it's NOT Nitro's fault. Heat is losing viewers, whereas WCW is still in the same ratings area which was easy for Heat to beat. Heat hasn't been in the 3s for quite some time now, and the WWF will eventually work on this show more. I can't see how Heat doesn't keep in the 3s, because at times, it can be a very good show.
On the lower end of the stick, WWF Superstars jumped after a dismal week last week. Why, I don't know. Livewire is still suffering from lowered ratings, and Saturday Night is getting its average ratings. I still say they should turn it into a show for the younger guys to wrestle on, but lord knows WCW needs a future in this business. ECW on TNN....well, they were just in their usual state. I don't know if the lower ratings have anything to do with ECW losing money or not?
Well, it looks like WCW is making the real jump here, even before the WWF. With WCW, it's very likely that SFX will purchase this company, which is projected to lose around $62 Million by the end of this year. It looks like the SFX deal will break off the intended to be kept television deal with Time Warner stations TNT and TBS. It will now sign a deal with FOX, and help the WWF remain popular when they go to TNN because WCW will be on the terrible FX. Not good for WCW.
Oh no!!! Standards and Practices have attacked again! Well, only in some minor instances, but just like last time. You know what's coming. Vince Russo will blame the Standards and Practices for striking down some off the wall angles or storylines. Why? Because, you know, Russo can't book anything without some kind of shock value. Lord knows he can't book a good, clean, and clear wrestling angle. Oh, we can't have that now.
Here's something that interests me. Many of the bigtime WCW fans or paid employees are stating that we, the internet fans, have blown this surprise out of proportion. What?!? Oh yeah, we certainly have, especially when Eric Bischoff was stating that this surprise was something that "Vince McMahon couldn't stop". He also said that it would change the wrestling industry. That kind of cockiness is taken seriously, and I'm sure non-internet viewers weren't too thrilled with the surprise. Just on the internet, you have message boards and crazy writers like myself spreading it around. So it's our fault from that? Oh Please.
Here is a NON Spoiler Thunder preview for those who will watch the show tonight:
Johnny the Bull vs. Big Vito
An old ECW tag team versus Kronic
Rick Steiner and Tank Abbott versus Positively Kanyon and Mike Awesome
Jeff Jarrett versus Billy Kidman
The Cat versus Big Poppa Pump
Demon versus Vampiro
If you are an old school ECW fan, especially one who watched in 1997, this is your show for something..
Again, nothing really new in the USA Networks verus WWF. It must have been nothing for someone like Vince McMahon to see, because he was in Chicago for the XFL. Of course, Vince McMahon is NOT the president of WWF Entertainment, so he really doesn't need to bother. Snyder is the newly named president, and I'm sure he along with the high powered WWF lawyers can handle the opening statements. It would be wise for Vince to actually be there though, because when you think about the WWF, you think about Vince McMahon..especially for non-wrestling fans.
No word by the WWF yet if Tazz is ready to return or not. For some reason, the WWF wants Tazz to trim his weight from 250 to 230. Why, I don't know, because it's mostly muscle. But I guess that's the way the WWF is, and if you don't get in the shape the WWF wants you in, then you won't get the push(notice D'Lo).
Speaking of weight, many ask me why overweight wrestlers like a Rikishi or a Viscera are allowed to be the way they are. Well, for Rikishi, that's his gimmick. He's supposed to be somewhat like a sumo wrestler, and for his size, that boy can move! He may be big, but I've heard that he's in excellent cardio-vascular shape for his size. Same thing with Viscera, although he's been warned a few times to drop some pounds.
Mr. Tito's Phat Biography Review
Phew! I really miss doing reviews like these. With no good wrestling videos lately or any other special programs, I've had nothing to review for a while. Of course, I do have a copy of the Rock's biography, but I have yet to find the time to read that. Thanks to the wonderful Hulk Hogan, I have something to review for a change.
Hulk Hogan Biography
This biography was great at first. I had no idea how Hogan grew up, or how he truly started in the business. It was very informative on how he learned the trade of the business. He wrestled independents for a while, and then was signed by Vincent McMahon SENIOR. Senior fired Hogan, and Hogan then proceeded to wrestle everywhere, especially Japan. Now they said he was trained in Japan, but why has it never shown? He came back to the US, where the documentary said he wrestled for a promotion in Minnesota. Now wouldn't it be easier to say AWA. Nah, AWA didn't recognize his starpower then, so screw them.
I loved the part with the Rocky 3 movie. It's odd to know that Hogan did that long before his HUGE WWF days, and he was fired mainly because of that movie by his first WWF run. The Thunderlips match was the best thing on Rocky 3, as I'd love to see Hogan use the Thunderlips gimmick now. Why not try it? He's trying to do his other gimmicks!
His family life is what was cool about the biography. He's been married to the same woman for a long time now, and that's great with the demands of the wrestling business...especially on someone like Hulk Hogan. When Hogan turned heel, it was funny to see how concerned his parents were. His wife was shocked that Hogan could act so cruel and evil.
Time for the "meat and potatoes" of this review. The thing that truly bothered me about this, like Ventura's biography, was the fact that his big years in the WWF weren't even included. Now it's hard to say whether to blame the WWF or Hogan for this, but at least discuss this. The WWF is real jerks about lending any tapes to biography makers, let alone a former wrestler like Hulk Hogan. Then again, Hogan could have at least discussed this time in greater detail. It's not like he wasn't there for more than 10 years or anything. That hurt.
However, I did like the honesty of a bunch of parts to this Biography. It actually admitted to the current Hogan gimmicks becoming old, and how WCW has lost ratings lately. Now that's honesty. He also talked about his testimony in the Vince McMahon steroid trial, where Hogan admitted he once used steroids, but he said Vince McMahon never gave them out. But then again, many things weren't admitted, like his total control or grasp on WCW...
Last Word: Not a bad biography, with some flaws here and there. It was good to see where Hogan came from, and that was a plus. Then again, many things were blown over. I'll give it a
B+ for an overall good watch. I only wish that one day, the WWF would be nice to help out someone who made them millions back in the day. This was just a simple Biography.
@That's it for today! I'll be back tomorrow with some more PDC to go around. So until then, chill till the next episode! Oh yeah, if you've sent me any mail recently, please be aware that I'm somewhat behind recently.
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