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PWINSIDER Q&A: DROPPING THE BALL WITH ECW, PRO WRESTLING THIS WEEK AND MORE

By Buck Woodward on 2008-05-23 10:00:00

Maybe it's just me but it seems WWE is dropping the ball with ECW. They continue to give away matches for free on the show that could be used for pay per view. Matches such as Shelton Benjamin vs. Kofi Kingston, Stevie Richards vs. Kevin Thorn, and Boogeyman vs. Big Daddy V. Wouldn't it be a good idea to have these matches on a pay per view? Your thoughts?

I can't really say I've ever thought about actually paying, or wanting to pay, to see Boogeyman vs. Big Daddy V.  I think WWE is dropping the ball with ECW by not turning it into a nice mini-promotion based around young talent, rather than just having it be an extension of Smackdown.  

If CM Punk quit WWE for some reason what would happen to the Money In The Bank Briefcase?

Depends on how he would "quit".  If he asked for his release, then WWE would probably book him in a match where he would lose it.  If he decided to walk out on the company and never appear for them again, WWE would have to think of another storyline way to "get it off him", or just drop the idea completely.  

In the 1980's, I was a big fan of the Pro Wrestling This Week program with Joe Pedicino and Gordon Solie. In retrospect, I'm amazed that they could gather such a wide range of promotions and territories and turn it into a weekly show, especially given the video editing technology of the day and organizational nightmare it must have posed to obtain footage.

Two-parter:

1. What was the opinion within the industry of the program? Did the WWF see it as a threat, or were they so far ahead of the game at that point that they didn't care? Did the smaller promotions see it as a vehicle to combat the WWF?

I think most promotions just saw it as another way to spread the word about their company.  WWF was actually part of the show for quite some time, with their footage being shown on the program as well. 

Given the ease of video sharing in the modern day, how viable do you think it would be to take the PWTW concept and adapt it to current times, (ie, streamed online)? I think it would be quite cool to see a 30-minute weekly clip show with highlights from US indy promotions like Ring of Honor, along with Japan, Mexico, Europe, etc. Is it something YOU guys would consider getting into?

I could easily see someone with a little knowledge of video editing putting together an online version of it.  However, it isn't something I presonally would consider doing, just because of the logistical hassles of getting the promotions to submit footage in a timely manner, and the inevitable pettiness of promoters complaining that their promotion isn't getting enough time, etc. 

When did Ms. Jacqueline (Ms. Texas) debut in wrestling? I remember (but my memory is real foggy) hearing that she had debuted with the late Nancy Benoit sometime in the early to mid 80's, but I'm not sure....

Jackie Moore debuted under the name Sweet Georgia Brown in World Class in 1989.  Nancy Benoit was not involved. 

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