Happy New Year wrestling fans and welcome to another edition of #ask7pound. This week we kick off the new year with some bold predictions of 2016, also What would have been with the Radicalz had they given more notice in WCW? This and much more.
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Let’s start off this week with a little bit of BAD NEWS.
January 4th is important in the history of Monday Night Wrestling. We have discussed what happened in the year 1999 between WWE and WCW. Let’s talk about they year 2010 in which TNA decided it wanted to go head to head against WWE on Monday Nights after signing Hogan and Bischoff. I have some bad news…TNA faired actually worse than WWE competing on Mondays. The first show was a disaster you start with the return Jeff Hardy to TNA which was partly screwed by Homicide not being able to escape the Steel Asylum cage along with the TV debuts of Hogan, Bischoff, Flair the three headed monster that helped put TNA where it’s at right now where as the WWE countered with the Hug seen around the world as HBK and Bret Hart made peace after 12 years since the Montreal Screwjob.
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Here are the questions this week.
David from Shreveport LA kicks us off this week about the Radicalz.
Assume for a moment that Chris Benoit, Saturn, Malenko, and Guerrero gave WCW a 90 day notice before they defected to the WWE. How should they have been booked?
In the event that Benoit, Saturn, Malenko, and Eddie Guerrero gave WCW some notice instead of walking right after Benoit won the World Championship off of Sid, I would be very careful how they would be booked. I definitely do not put the World Championship on Benoit, as you would be losing a major main event player in just three months. You would not be able to properly book his championship run if they knew he was going to be gone soon. So here is what I do. I put them in a major feud with the NWO. They have a three month feud with the likes of Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac, and maybe Scott Steiner, really any other NWO member would work. They go back and forth facing off one on one, tag team matches, 8 man tag team matches. It would finally come to a close in a loser leaves town match at the March Pay Per View, and I for the life of me can’t think of what that would be. Uncensored maybe? In any event, the NWO goes over the Radicalz, and they are forced to leave WCW, and would be able to make their debut in the WWE. Personally I liked the element of surprise when they all showed up on Raw one night.
Chad from Champaign IL wants to know about the Wrestlemania 2000 Main Event.
I recently found an old t-shirt that promoted WrestleMania 2000. The 4 main superstars on the shirt were HHH, The Rock, Big Show, and Chris Jericho. My question is: Was there any serious consideration of putting Chris Jericho into the mix for the WWF title. I know Stone Cold and Undertaker were out of Mania and that the WWE teased title change a couple weeks later on raw. Just hoping to get some clarifi
The original plan was to have the fatal four way to include Chris Jericho against Triple H, The Rock, and The Big Show. That was the plan as they went into the Royal Rumble. If you recall, Jericho debuted by interrupting the Rock in Chicago Illinois in August of 1999, had a good run against Chyna with the Intercontinental Championship, he was very over with the fans, so they decided he was going to get his moment in the sun very quickly. However, this changed quickly when they realized that they may have more intrigue with Mick Foley becoming available for the match, so they scrapped Jericho, turned him face, and he ended up winning the European Championship in the match that featured two championship matches in one match with Benoit and Angle. They also felt that they wanted to push Jericho a little more and develop him into a main event star. A few weeks later he won the WWF Championship on Raw, when he pinned Triple H in controversial fashion, only to have that decision overturned by referee Earl Hebpner, so that is when Jericho’s main event push started, even though he never won the big one until the fall of 2001, he was established as a premier star in the WWE early on, and he was booked properly, not giving him the limelight so early in his WWE career.
Mike from Ann Arbor MI wants some bold predictions.
What are your bold predictions for 2016?
As I stated on the Wrestling Roundtable last Thursday, I think that we will see more of the evolution of NXT and see even more superstars join the main roster. Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Baylee, just to name a few will be on the main roster in 2016. I think that we will see Roman Reigns keep the championship for the better part of the year, and will retain the championship at Wrestlemania. Most are thinking that Brock Lesnar will win the Royal Rumble. I could see that happening, to set up a rematch between Reigns and Lesnar at Mania. I think this is where Reigns does his heel turn, and with the help of the Authority. Reigns will retain the championship over Lesnar. I think as the new “Face” of the company, Reigns will continue to dominate the WWE Roster, feud with Dean Ambrose. Then Rollins comes back to take his place back in the Authority only to be shunned by Triple H, Stephanie, and Reigns. Rollins turns face, and the Reigns vs Rollins feud picks up where it left off last November. Rollins will regain the championship sometime around Survivor Series.
Terrence from Wichita KS wants to know how to be a referee
How do you become a WWE referee? I am not that big and have always wanted to do that.
It takes more than you think to become a WWE official. First you have to work your way up to the WWE roster by working the independent shows. You also have to go to referee’s school to learn the ins and outs of the wrestling industry. You have to have charisma, and be able to move. You have to be in good shape as you are running around that ring sometimes more than the wrestlers. I recommend watching the Savage vs Steamboat match at Wrestlemania III. The referee Dave Hebner was so physically exhausted after that match, I thought he was going to pass out. However, in some occasions if you know the right people, you can get into the business as a referee. Example: Referee Joey Marella who was the ref during the Andre vs Hogan match at Wrestlemania III was actually the son of Hall of Famer Gorilla Monsoon. Earl Hebner’s son Scott is also a referee, albiet for TNA. Scott Armstrong has been an official for WCW and WWE, and he is the son in the Armstrong family, the brother of the Road Dogg. If you don’t already have wrestling connections, then you have to work your way up to the main roster just like the wrestlers do.
Kaitlyn from North Dakota State wants to know about married couples?
How many couples in wrestling are actually married and working in wresting at the same time, and what is your take on these kinds of relationships off screen? I can only imagine it can be distracting.
Well here is the rundown of married couples. I will not include John Cena and Nikki Bella because they are not married, and according to Cena, they never will be.
Cody Rhodes and Eden Styles (Eden is a ring announcer for Raw)
Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis of Ring of Honor, and soon to be TNA
The Miz and Maryse
Jimmy Uso and Naomi
Natalya and Tyson Kidd
Matt Hardy and Reba Sky
Shawn Michaels and Whisper (the Nitro girl)
Brock Lesnar and Sable
Edge and Beth Phoenix (they are not married but they do have a child together)
The Undertaker and Michelle McCool
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
CM Punk and AJ Lee
and of course Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
All these are real life marriages or courtships.
With that I bid you a fond adieu, until next week. Keep the questions coming, and have a happy and safe new year. Check out our other segments The Wrestling Roundtable on Thursdays, and In my Damn Opinion on Fridays. Also coming soon to this very segment will be Ask Trevor. Trevor is a talking monkey who likes to weigh in on his opinions of wrestling. I think you will enjoy it.
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