Its another week for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers. If I didn’t miss anything last week while in the hospital (not my best work but I made it) then I’m definitely going to post something while I’m at home. Granted, with a newborn but still home. So what is this week’s assignment?
Bootlegs, knockoffs, and third-party products.
Its the second and third options there that throw me off. I read a lot of other sites and I’m seeing some great action figure knock offs plus so many other products. However, I don’t have any personal stories in that world. Not for lack of trying, but there just aren’t shops in my area with such items.
However, I can be all over the Bootlegs if I expand the definition and idea behind this article a little.
In the infant (always on my mind) days of the internet I became obsessed with finding out wrestling news. Results, spoilers, backstage news — all of it. There were quite a lot of sites that were gone for a day then abandoned, or full of pop ups and spyware. Through it all though there would eventually be some ads that demanded attention.
See not only was this the early days of the internet, but so early there was no YouTube. No streaming services, hell it was entirely possible you wouldn’t be able to find pictures of your favorite celebrities’ crotches.
But here were ads for tape traders. Offer a video tape that you have, or if you’re lucky send some cash and the videos would be sent your way.
I fell in love with so much wrestling thanks to this.
For real, this is what my room looked like. Plus two VCRs attached to the TV. Anyone, anyone who was into wrestling at school became my friend. I had to build up a collection. WWF, NWA and soon ECW were easy to get. But that one transfer student who may have had something from Calgary, or Memphis — he would be a gold mine.
Now technically these are all bootlegs but I make the argument that they are also all legal. Bootleg would imply I am taking money away from the copyright holder. If WWF/WWE doesn’t release an episode of Tuesday Night Titans nor WCW putting Clash of the Champions out on monthly VHS its not my fault to copy copies of copies so I have them in my own private collection.
This obsession went on for nearly 20 years. I have notebooks stacked up at my Mom’s house full of what takes place on every single video tape. I gave up naming them and relied on numbers. Just too damn many.
It wasn’t until getting married, paying rent and all that other adult stuff before I agreed that things may have gotten out of hand. Really, the thing that pushed it over was fellow site UnderScoopFire. One of their podcasts opened up with the audio of Demolition members Ax and Smash entering the WWF Royal Rumble as entrants 1 and 2, then beating the hell out of each other. Just hearing the audio was enough to get me excited. I wanted to watch this match.
So I went to YouTube.
I had the video, I knew where it was. Yet I couldn’t bother to get up and dig it out. That was all the reason I needed to get rid of that collection. The only ones I saved were the ones bought from stores. Yup, all the bootlegs are gone.
There really was nothing like it, but in 2013 and beyond digital is the way to go.
So what is the rest of the League saying?
This is real video of the weigh ins for UFC 154. Tom even does the trademark Shockmaster trip.
Here is a video of the actual debut of the Shockmaster. Some of you old school WWF fans may recognize him as Tugboat/Typhoon. This is from his failed WCW run. Fur coat. Spray painted Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet. And of course, the fall.
Recently a discussion got going on Twitter debating on the top 25 tag teams in professional wrestling. I feel honored that I was asked to be a part of the talk and I look forward to what everyone else picks. As with any list like this, the entire list could change in the future. I’m even surprised at some of my picks.
I’ll update this article when the other lists are posted. And if you’re a part of that, be sure to leave a comment and a link! I expect much debate and hate mail over this.
Also, years ago on one of the first podcasts ever recorded by Team Hellions, I sat down with Sweet Matty Treats and we discussed our rankings at the time. This was about 4 years ago. Listen to what I am re-uploading as Team Hellions Podcast Episode 9. Jump the Smarks. Greatest Tag Teams.
25 Undertaker and Kane
24 America’s Most Wanted
23 The Beautiful People
22 Motor City Machine Guns
21 Kings of Wrestling
18 The Briscoe Brothers
17 The Outsiders
16 British Bulldogs
15 Hart Foundation
14 The Eliminators
13 Beer Money
11 Edge and Christian
10 Hardy Boyz
9 Steiner Brothers
8 Harlem Heat
7 Rock N Roll Express
6 Midnight Express
5 Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin
3 Dudley Boyz
2 New Age Outlaws
1 Road Warriors/Legion of Doom
alt Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard
alt Andre the Giant and Haku
alt Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart
alt Miz and Morrison
alt Paul London and Brian Kendrick
alt The Impact Players
Many wrestling bookers believe that wrestling is the great male soap opera. As part of that soap opera crazy stories are written and actors are brought in to fill those roles. Actors without any wrestling experience. Hell, most of them don’t even have any love or knowledge of wrestling. Yet they come in, play their parts, and many times do a horrible job.
You doubt the horrible jobs? Name one actor or actresses who used an appearance on any wrestling show as a stepping stone to an Emmy, Oscar or Tony. That’s what I thought. On with the bad acting!
4. Arli$$ (WCW)
Yes, the character of Arli$$ appears on an old episode of WCW Monday Night Nitro. WrestleCrap has already done a far better write up on this travesty than I can pull off.
3. Claire Lynch (TNA)
The clear front runner for worst TV storyline of the year. Someone would have to screw up HUGE in order to top this. She cant act, she knows nothing of wrestling, she’s not even trying. Worst of all the actress got upset when people wanted to find out her true identity. Let me clarify this. This woman woke up one day and decided to be an actress. She wanted to spend her life appearing on camera in front of millions of people. Then she became upset when the internet wrestling community wanted to know more about her. Like her name, and other acting experiences. If you don’t want people to want to know more about you, here’s a hint, don’t appear on a worldwide broadcast TV show!
2. Al Wilson
Torrie Wilson and Dawn Marie were having a huge Divas feud over who was the least talented woman taking precious TV time away from talented women wrestlers. Thankfully they were both incredibly hot and this was played up throughout the angle. Then it got a lot hotter, when a senior citizen was introduced. Her actual, real life, real world father. Torrie then achieved that dream that we all have, watching a parent make out with someone younger than yourself on national TV. Al “died” on TV and then his daughter was lucky enough to fight at his funeral. One of wrestling’s most inappropriate stories yet one of the most memorable as well.
1. David Arquette
Otherwise known as the worst wrestling related decision of my life. I almost went to this show, as it was only an hour away from me. But that day I thought, no. Nothing of note could possibly happen in Syracuse tonight. Then Courtney Cox’s husband won what was one of the most important wrestling titles on Earth. He couldn’t even act his way through a WCW script.