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WHY WSX DIED A QUICK DEATH ON MTV, HIGH ENERGY, PUNK IN 2021 AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2021-01-01 10:00:00

What's the one you resolve to do in 2021?

Get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as I can and hopefully before any other family members so I can be done with the process and be there for them if they have any reactions.

My friends and I do a wrestling-themed Kris Kingle gift exchange and I was gifted a Wrestling Society X DVD set.  I had never heard of the company and the shows I've watched so far were at least fun.  I was wondering, What caused the demise of Wrestling Society X? Was it a poor product or MTV?

I think the chaos that MTV was in at the time had a lot to do with it, but the poor ratings for the series didn't do anything to help its cause. WSX at the time was placed against WWE's ECW and the WSX ratings slipped every week. I'd gather that 99% of wrestling fans out there at the time truly had no idea the show existed unless they found out about it online. MTV did nothing (and I mean NOTHING) to market or promote the show even on their own network.  WSX was out there is a vacuum. Then, MTV started cutting costs and killing off entire divisions, so a pro wrestling show that was outside their wheelhouse that had just debuted and had no following was never going to be a priority, so unfortunately it got shafted.  Producers Big Vision tried to shop it around but in the era before streaming services, it was sadly, DOA and in fact, the final episode never even aired on MTV in the United States!

Do you think 2021 is the year CM Punk returns to the ring?

If he wants to do it, yes.  I think that after seven years, if it doesn't happen now, it's never going to happen.  As the saying goes, time waits for no man.

I read on your history column that Hogan fought as the Hulk Machine in the mid 80's. Why was this? Wasnt he WWE Champion and Hulkamania running wild at the time?

Yes, but he worked a few tag matches as "Hulk Machine" playing off the Machines tag team as a house show gimmick. They never hid it was Hogan. I am pretty sure Roddy Piper did some house shows as the "Piper Machine" as well.

The other day you mentioned a move called "The Atomic Noogie" in reference to unbelievable submissions. Please tell me that you being sarcastic with this and no one's ever used this as a finish.

Sgt. Slaughter did indeed use a noogie as a finisher during his heel run as an Iraqi sympathizer in 1990 and 1991.

Do you know if AEW will be producing a Sting action figure anytime soon?

Nothing has been yet announced, but you can pretty much guarantee it is coming and when it is released, you will be able to order it from our friends at www.RingsideCollectibles.com.

???????Back in WWE in 1992, Owen Hart and Jim the Anvil Neidhart formed a tag team called the New Foundation.  Within either a few weeks or months, the Anvil was gone and they put Koko B. Ware on the team and they changed the name to High Energy I believe.  Was there a reason for the Anvil leaving the team and being replaced by Koko?

Neidhart had left the team, so they re-tooled it with Koko B. Ware.

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