Thursday, March 5, 2015

Twitter Request Line, Vol. 112

Would Austin's coronation at WrestleMania XIV make the cut for a Mania weekend watch party?
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It's Twitter Request Line time, everyone! I take to Twitter to get questions about issues in wrestling, past and present, and answer them on here because 140 characters can't restrain me, fool! If you don't know already, follow me @tholzerman, and wait for the call on Wednesday to ask your questions. Hash-tag your questions #TweetBag, and look for the bag to drop Thursday afternoon (most of the time). Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers!

Hall of Fame induction is a must. As for full events or documentaries, I wouldn't want to put my guests through too long of a sit-down. Some of those Manias can be rough, as referenced by the Retro Live Tweet for WrestleMania 2. Even X-7 and XXX, two of the most highly-regarded Manias ever, have dull points. So if it's an entire weekend thing, then I'd probably curate a bunch of of the best matches of the last 30 years intermingled in with replays of segments and matches from the past year that set the table for Mania. I'd want to give frequent chances for bathroom and snack breaks. Plus, I would probably set up a few play-throughs of this year's card on a WWE game, maybe WWE 2K15 or maybe even Fire Pro

I actually asked around about this the other day, and from the responses I got, it seems WWE is skittish putting her in the Hall because of a coke bust that got her fired, but also busted WWE's nut in Japan? I completely understand WWE's position not wanting to associate with known druggies, even after their rehabs...

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Nope, WWE runs a clean ship, so no Bull Nakano.

First, I see no reason why the entire run of RAW and Nitro, at least during the RAW vs. Nitro era, isn't on the Network right now. WWE loves to fetishize the Monday Night Wars, so why not put the whole thing up for people to relive. Second, original programming for kids is long overdue. Slam City is nice, but it's a drop in the bucket. The old cartoon isn't good enough. WWE is this multimedia empire, right? So produce some new kid-friendly shows to go on demand. Third, and this one's the pipe dream, is for WWE to license an existing independent promotion for live streaming and on-demand viewing of its shows. It doesn't have to be Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, it could be any company, even a startup. But having a stable promotion that has various indie folks cycling through is great for scouting, morale, and most importantly for the viewer, variety.

Truth be told, I haven't been keeping up with international women's soccer, or international soccer in general, but the favorites have to be Brazil, Japan, and the US, right? Japan's too easy a pick after its World Cup win in '11, and the US seems to be in flux with Hope Solo running afoul of the law so much, so gimme Brazil.

The good word is "butyraceous," which means "of the nature of, resembling, or containing butter." It may very well be the best word in existence.