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THE WOMEN’S RUMBLE, WHAT CHANGED ON RAW, THE GREATNESS OF SAVAGE VS. STEAMBOAT AND MORE

By Dave Scherer on 2018-01-08 10:00:00

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Do you think McMahon is missing out on a great source of revenue by not selling ad space on the wrestling mat?  UFC and New Japan does this, for what I assume is a large profit, and I don't think it takes away from the visual product at all.

A great source of revenue?  I don’t know about that as I don’t know what kind of money he could generate from it.  He is certainly missing out on some form of revenue, but he is fine with that.  He likes the clean look that his ring presents his viewers.

My question is about the rules of elimination in the women's Rumble. We've seen women's battle royals before whereby entrants can be eliminated by being thrown between the ropes. We've even seen them whereby entrants can be eliminated by going under the bottom rope (like the one Gail Kim famously eliminated herself from). Will this Rumble be the traditional over the top rope Rumble.

It will be conducted under the same rules as the male Rumble.  Unless they change that, it’s over the top to be eliminated.

Savage vs. Steamboat at WrestleMania 3 was considered as one of the greatest matches of all time. However, when I rewatched it on the WWE network, I don’t feel the same. to me I think it’s just a good one. Am I missing something here?  As a fan for more than 25 years what do I need to see in a match to appreciate this?

What you need, in a word, is perspective.  25 years ago you were much younger, and had seen much less.  You scope was much, much smaller.  Since then, you have seen a lot of matches as the business has changed and become much more physical than it was back in the day.  Also, you need to remember that at that time, WWF was not known for “great matches” back then.  It was more of a spectacle.  So Savage and Steamboat stood out even more, in comparison to the rest of the WWF product.  So when considering the greatness of that match, you need to remember where and when it happened and what the standards of the overall business were back then.

With the announcement of the Women's Royal Rumble, do you think they should have Renee Young and Lita call that match? If not, who should?

I think they should ask Lita to be in the match to be honest.  If they don’t do that, I would love to hear her call it.  An all women team would be a lot of fun and fitting.  

Looking back at Raw’s from 10 – 20 years ago, the entire show seemed like an event. The crowd’s were hot, the ratings were good, there unpredictability and the storylines were gripping. Why did WWE move away from that type of TV? I understand the PG thing, sponsors etc. But what stops them having more than 1 or 2 possible champions, so many plot holes and a 3 hour show that you could call what happens in a week prior?

They changed the process.  Back then, they dealt with more bullet points on promos and allowed the talents to improvise when need be.  That allowed them to move away from a bad bit of verbiage if it didn’t get over.  Now, everything is written out for them to say.  They recite lines.  And because it’s written out, it’s what the boss wants them to say.  Back in the day, if Rock was moving in a different direction, he could remember the logic of the situation and incorporate it into his words.  Now, that option has been taken away from the talent.

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