Well then ... I'M A MARK!Ever since I was a small boy wandering around my elementary school with a copy of the latest Pro Wrestling Illustrated in hand, I've been open to ridicule. Sure, some of my peers were wrestling fans, but none were quite as fanatical as I was. Of course there was a rather imposing number of individuals that were completely against wrestling. They hated the stars, the pay per views, the Saturday afternoon programming ... everything! At the age of nine I felt like I was trying to be an ambassador to the sport. I was trying to convince teachers, friends and my own parents that there is a place for wrestling in the world. I had to constantly defend myself from the stereotypes and the bad mouthing that goes along with being a fan of the squared circle.
In 1998 society seems to have learned to "tolerate" professional wrestling. While it's still not deemed mainstream, the type of fans have skewed into demographics that promoters never even dreamed of. It would appear that we have finally come to a time where it's "OK" to be a fan. The only problem is now the fans are defending themselves, from each other.
Goldberg shouldn't be world champIt may have been their proudest moment in years. It may have changed the course of wrestling history forever. It may have been stirred a lot of interest. It may even have sold a few extra T-shirts. That being said, World Championship Wrestling will REGRET giving their highest prize to the man they call Goldberg.
Why did this match happen? How did Bill Goldberg, end up wrestling Hollywood Hogan in Nitro's main event for the World Title? Was it because Hogan hadn't defended his belt in the "mandatory" thirty days? I doubt it. Anyone who's watched Hogan over the past ten years knows that he defends the title when he wants to who he wants. Did Goldberg earn the title shot because he is the "#1 contender"? Again, I doubt it. Sure, the U.S. Champ is SUPPOSED to automatically be the #1 contender, but then again, the U.S. Champion is usually someone who is beating up on major competition on a semi regular basis. They have usually had at least a couple matches go bast the six minute mark. Then again there are TONS of examples of men who have held the U.S. strap and NEVER got world title shots! Diamond Dallas Page, Konnan, Jim Duggan and The One Man Gang just to name a few.
KOTR was the best in yearsI hate to say I told you so ... but ...
The 1998 King Of The Ring was arguably the best pay per view put out by either company since Wrestlemania 3. Every match was a thriller. I even marked out for "Headbanger Taka". The New Midnight Express came within an eye lash of defeating the most popular tag team in WWF history, and X-Pac continued to impress. You had to love the Al Snow match! It was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time! Now I'm left wondering how will Vince bring back Snow? Will he be given the same job with Titan as Sable?? Is it just me or do Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor remind you of a couple of junior Buff Bagwell's?
Without Ric, Horsemen have no FlairImagine The Cosby Show without Bill Cosby, R.E.M. without Michael Stipe, Knight Rider without David Hasselhoff, or to a lesser extent, the six-time World Champion Chicago Bulls without Michael Jordan. They're all classics and to even consider any of them without their central figure seems impossible. So why is WCW going to reform the legendary Four Horsemen ... with or WITHOUT Ric Flair?
I'll preface all of this by admitting that I am not now, nor have I ever been, a big supporter of Ric Flair ... It just seems to me that Mr. Bischoff is looking for something - anything to put him back on top.
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