Weekend mailbag, Punk, Memphis Heat, Rod Steele, Twitter



STETCHER-LEWIS AND PUNK

Hi Dave, I am behind in reading the newsletter, but I wanted to say I enjoyed the article about the famous Stecher-Lewis bout. It did raise a question with me. In the Zybyzsko-Munn match, it was apparently 2 of 3 falls. Why didn't the ref or promoter do something after Zybyzsko won the first fall? You mentioned in the later Pesek match an alert ref prevented the title switch. 
I haven't been watching wrestling, but the Punk angle seemed a little bit interesting then they brought him back immediately which killed it dead for me. I don't understand why they didn't prolong it and make some money out of it. I believe that historically the longer the wait for the payoff the better things worked out. Look at Blassie-Tolos, Hogan-Savage and the Sammartino injury comeback. The Punk thing just seems so transparently fake no one in their right mind should give a shit now. 
Interesting that UFC is becoming a near monopoly, like Vince's company, and both seem to have done better before they were so dominant. My personal view is overexposure is hurting the UFC.
I appreciate the historical articles very much.
Take care.

Mark Takada


MEMPHIS HEAT THE MOVIE

Hi Dave,
 
Memphis Heat ran at the Alabama Theatre last night in Birmingham before a crowd of about 60.  The jabroni promotion GCW presented an eight man tag before the show.  I refuse to review that.  The movie itself brought back a lot of memories.  It wasn't bad.  The most glaring things missing were no mention of:
 
                                      -the ICW invasion(or even Randy Savage for that matter)
                                      -Lawler's multi-year World Title chase(just a short clip of him
                                                                                             Flair)
                                      -The Fabulous Ones
                                      -"Merging" with WCCW and AWA
                                      -1987 Cage Match with Lawler/Idol/Rich
 
Very little mention of Hogan, Idol and Tommy Rich(actually Rich's name wasn't mentioned, there was just clips of him). 
 
The film just ends out of nowhere when it reaches the point of Jimmy Hart's departure to WWF, as if that was some sort of climax or turning point.  If anything it should extended to the time when Lawler went to Vince. 
 
Jerry Jarrett did a book signing before and after the showing.
 
Jim Ward

REAL DEAL ROD STEELE


I remember getting my OVW tapes and seeing this bearded, slightly doughy guy with the
scrubby ring attire, who looked like he'd be better off cleaning up the arena afterward
than wrestling in it.  His workrate wasn't much better than his look.
 
But the thing is, the crowd went apeshit for everything he did.  And you know, I felt
myself cheering when he won.
 
I emailed my friend who supplied me the tapes and said "What the hell is the deal with
this Rod Steele guy?"  He had the same opinion I did - he was gold and we couldn't figure
out why.  In fact, he told me of the tapings of the episode I watched where Jim Cornette
was seen shrugging and talking incredulously to Dean Hill.  The impression was obvious,
Cornette had no clue why the audience was going nuts either.
 
I understand Rod was part time, in fact worked a full time menial job and was friends
with someone in OVW.  He started out working dark matches and was so popular he
eventually got a TV match.  Jim Cornette bring Jim  Cornette, he knew not to overdo a
good thing.
 
I have no idea what sort of man The Real Deal Rod Steele was in "real life."  But I hope
it is some small comfort that he will always be remembered fondly by a handful of
hardcore OVW fans.  These things don't happen often in wrestling, or anywhere really.
I'm happy to have been a small part of it.
 
Thank you Rod.

Name withheld by request

TWITTER

Why doesn't WWE have a couple of writers handle the Twitter accounts for their talent, instead of letting the wrestlers do it themselves? They have written fake interviews in their magazines and on the website for years, and this way they could push any company agenda they wanted and avoid having the workers say stupid things and making them and the company look bad.
 
- Steve Kowalczyk

DM:  In this day and age, people would learn pretty quick that the twitters are done by company officials.  But they need to have a workshop to talent, like UFC does, regarding how to promote yourself and your brand and how not to be an idiot on twitter since the company wants talent on it.  In many cases, instead of increasing stardom when used wisely and judiciously (Steve Austin), it makes the talent just seem like everyone else and takes stardom away and that goes for both genres.