Last Updated on: 4th January 2023, 11:39 am
Modern wrestling can be pretty damn bad, especially if you’re like me and put yourself through TNA on a weekly basis. This often results in people, myself included, talking about how much better things were back in the day. And while that’s largely true, I’m here today to tell you that this isn’t always so. And when it isn’t, boy isn’t it.
To prove my point, I give you this huge collection of quotes pulled from various editions of the Wrestling Observer. All of these come from the period between 1998 and 2001 when WCW was doing its best to flush itself completely down the shitter. We all know how that turned out, and after looking at all this and remembering those times, my only question is how did it take so long?
There are so many here that I haven’t finished reading them all yet. They’re spread out over a few different posts, so just look for everything written by a person named Baby Hewey. There are seriously almost 500 of these things, so you might want to do it in shifts. I’m getting close to the 400 mark and it’s been both hilarious and depressing.
Here are just a few examples.
“The big finish was totally screwed up. The idea was that Jarrett and Page were to climb the scaffolding. Arquette would climb the scaffolding, hit Jarrett with the guitar, who would take the bump through the gimmicked part of the stage that they would fall through. When leaving the ring, by accident, Asya stepped on the set and fell through, so everyone could see that it was gimmicked. Arquette than ran out and apparently wasn’t given directions as to what to avoid, and fell into the gimmicked part of the stage. So Jarrett and Page improvised up there with Page deciding to save the show and take the bump into what was already evident as the gimmicked hole in the stage. No idea at press time how this will be edited” – The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: May 08, 2000.
“The only report we had from Erie is that WCW forgot to get plane tickets for the Mexican wrestlers” – The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: October 05, 1998
“Jericho was supposed to wrestle Wrath, but he got lost and locked out of the building. Two major problems. Someone forgot to lock the door so when Jericho tried to open it, it actually opened and he had to close it fast and pound on it again. When Wrath got there and chased Jericho, the camera stayed on for too long and you could actually see Wrath not only catch Jericho, but run right by him and pass him without touching him” – The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: September 21, 1998