• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (May 30, 1988) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling
On this day in 1988, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.
It featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1988’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
– Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov vs. Jim Powers & Paul Roma
– Ron Bass vs. Jose Luis Rivera
– Jerry Allen vs. Steve Lombardi
– Rick Martel & Tito Santana vs. The Islanders
– Jim Neidhart vs. Don Muraco
– Jim Duggan vs. King Harley Race
• Dean Ambrose Says WWE Ruins Everything – Vince McMahon Is The Problem
During a recent appearance on Talk Is Jericho podcast, AEW wrestler Jon Moxley (f.k.a Dean Ambrose In WWE) talked about how WWE ruins everything and who should be blamed.
Below is what Ambrose said:
“They take wrestling away from you. Wrestling is my first love and my only love besides my wife. It’s the thing I’m most passionate about, I love it. I feel like I got it back finally. Since I was a little kid, I was always watching tapes, always thinking of promos. I wanted to watch all the wrestling, I loved pacing around the house thinking of promos, waking up in the middle of the night and just thinking of a cool line or a way to tell the story of a match.
Promos used to be my favorite part of wrestling. I loved it! They ended up becoming my least favorite part, the part I dread. Because now it’s not me coming up with ideas and coming up with ways for me to hook you into our story, it means me trying not to look like an idiot… Sitting down with a writer, that is not how it is supposed to be!
I was so excited to come back to wrestling, but I was not excited to come back to WWE. I was picturing myself in other places, I was picturing myself coming back to like CZW. I was picturing myself in Japan. Anywhere but WWE.
My particular type of charisma, Vince [McMahon] just can’t just let me be. He’s got to put a hat on me or put me in a goofy vehicle. For whatever reason, me and Vince are like Mentos and Diet Coke together, we just create this explosion of goofy nonsense that I detest.”
Ambrose noted how the plan was for him to return from injury on RAW before SummerSlam 2018 and instead of just playing his music, WWE came up with the idea of Seth Rollins announcing that a “lunatic” will be in his corner. This gave away the surprise and then Ambrose came out.
Below is what Ambrose said about this:
“It’s a small example of how they ruin everything! How do you screw that up? Hit the button, play the music! It’s like they have to get their hands in it, they have to justify their jobs or something. It’s a great example of overproducing everything.
I want to prove that WWE’s creative process sucks. It does not work, it’s absolutely terrible. I’ve said that to Vince, I’ve said that to Hunter, I’ve said that Michael Hayes. I can’t even tell you how their system works, it’s some kind of system of meetings that take place in Stamford, then there’s a home team. There’s writers and producers and production meetings and nobody knows what’s approved and what’s not.
The bureaucratic red tape that you have to go through to get anything approved is crazy! It doesn’t work! It’s killing the company and I think Vince is the problem. And not so much Vince, but whatever the structure that he built around himself probably starting around 2002 after the sale of WCW and this infrastructure of writers, producers and this is what the WWE is and what the product is, and the product sucks. They have great talent, amazing talent. None of this is their fault.
If I had a goal with AEW, that’s that if we can prove that Vince’s way sucks. That’s not what I’m going to focus on, because it’s not about competing with WWE. We’re just going to be over here doing our best and putting on our best product. If a byproduct of that is that it pushes WWE to re-evaluate their creative process and it makes Vince – not that he’s going to step aside because we all know that he’s going to die in the chair – but maybe he’ll listen to someone else’s ideas. Maybe he’ll be open to doing it a different way.”