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BruiserBrody

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[quote author=BRODY link=topic=7317.msg606823#msg6

I know y'all don't like Corny, but him reading old Russo show ideas for Shotgun may bring u around for a few mins.

- Jerry Lawler does the WWF version of "Weekend Update"
- Yokozuna is weighed and then jobbers are added to a scale until they match the weight. Then Yoko faces them in a handi cap match.
- Shotgun Title. Sort of like the WCW Block matches. One tough guy fights to prove he's the toughest SOB on Shotgun.
- Hire a ref with big breasts. Russo for the win!
- Strip tease match. A wrestler has to bring his wife or GF to ringside. When he takes a bump, she loses a piece of clothing.
- Fans call the spots - the fans shout out moves and the wrestler has to try it on their opponent.
- Lights out match. House lights go down and the fans flash lights are the only thing lighting the match. (PRE CELL PHONE lights being common!)
- Oddest one may be "Beat the Snake" You have to beat Jake Roberts in 3 mins or less. In 1997!
- MANY others.....
 

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--Lawler doing a Weekend Update would be funny two nonconsecutive times.
--The Yoko thing is kinda awesome and would rebuild him perfectly.
--Shotgun title isn't a bad idea, honestly. Make the show more unique and no doubt means guys like Vader or Austin kill people.
--Titty ref is something I'm shocked never happened but we got titty EMT so I guess eh.
--Striptease match must've turned into the Topless Top Rope match they did a couple times where if a guy is thrown over the top the girl with him takes off clothing, the loser then has to get topless. HHH got the big heat for being the only one to see BB's tits.
--Spot calling and literal lights out are fucking stupid and the epitome of something ECW would do better.
--Give Jake a push, why not? I know he was fucked up but he wasn't Gang Warz or the Sultan or something.
 

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The Jake one sounds fine... he was known for his short-arm clothesline and DDT. He wasn't a guy at his age that needed to be going even 7-10 minutes in the ring. Let him annihilate some jobbers doing what the fans want to see and then once a legitimate opponent steps in it becomes, "Oooh... can Jake pull this off now that he's in the ring with ____?"

Again, basic, simple storytelling isn't a bad thing if looked at through non-"wrasslin' angle" glasses. It's the Hollywood Trope equivalent of Good Guy mows through 2-3 mooks then runs into the Big Bad's Bodyguard.
 

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Jake was already back for a year by this point and was back to being fucked up. He was fat and his nostalgia run was done. He literally worked 4 matches for WWF in 1997. He put over HHH twice, was a body for the Rumble and won a random house show match vs the Goon.

He was supposed to be on the creative team, but showed up to TV 8 hours late and Vince got rid of him.

This was the era where the Godwins were driving him one day and he made them go to the ghetto to buy drugs....while doing the God saved me gimmick.

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I'll counter with a legend of the week gimmick for Tito, Valentine, Snuka etc to face a mid card geek in a 3 min challenge.

@King of Summer Kamala : "Brody WCW had Valentine under contract!"
 

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Heel Jake extends his career and gives some potentially fun things to the midcard. His ceiling might not be much higher than Shotgun exclusive but I think you could weave him into the Taker/Paul Bearer feud on some level and have it work.
 

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Heel Jake extends his career and gives some potentially fun things to the midcard. His ceiling might not be much higher than Shotgun exclusive but I think you could weave him into the Taker/Paul Bearer feud on some level and have it work.
He was less than 2 years away from the bloated Legends of Wrestling mess. I don't think we need to pretend it was 1987. They tried in 1996 and within 6 months he was feuding with an announcer and then shunted from storylines.
"Can we get Jake sober enough to tape 2 nights of TV a month?" wasn't really a question they needed to ask anymore by the later stages of 1996 when Bret Hart came back to ramp up Steve Austin's push and give RAW a pulse.
 

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Only place I could see Jake working in Attitude Era is as a manager and he didn’t accept that managing was what he was best suited to do until he was almost physically unable to do that.

Jake was lobbying for one last run as late as the mid 2010s!
 

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Implying Chyna had a dick would have been dumb, but if you look at what they ended up doing, it was perfectly in line with their characters. The guys all looked like shit-stirring degenerates behind the flag and Chyna looked like a humorless badass in front. It was fine.
 

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I loved Edge's matches against Gangrel before The Brood formed and after The Brood split. I also liked the mixed tag team match at WWF SummerSlam 1998 where Edge & Sable beat Marc Mero & Jackie Moore. I think Sable, as popular as she was, was able to get Edge over with the fans, whereas the kind of gimmick that Edge had back then.
 

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I loved Edge's matches against Gangrel before The Brood formed and after The Brood split. I also liked the mixed tag team match at WWF SummerSlam 1998 where Edge & Sable beat Marc Mero & Jackie Moore. I think Sable, as popular as she was, was able to get Edge over with the fans, whereas the kind of gimmick that Edge had back then.
My oldest female cousin on the farm was big into country livin' mixed with fashionable clothes but when casually viewing RAW w/ her idiot cousin (ME!) she dug the Brood and called the Hardyz "scrubs". She never had any goth leanings.

/Random memory
 
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