• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (March 25, 2001) – WWF Sunday Night HEAT
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Sunday Night HEAT’.
It was broadcasted from the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania X-Seven’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
1. Hardy Boyz vs. TAKA Michinoku & Sho Funaki
2. WWF European Title: Test vs. Haku
3. Perry Saturn vs. Crash Holly
• WCW Veteran Says Wrestling Crowds Nowadays Look A Lot Like A Comic Book Convention Crowd
During a recent interview with WINCLY, WCW Veteran Disco Inferno talked about the problems in Professional Wrestling today and the fans.
Below is what Disco said:
“The fan got too smart. It’s very difficult these days with the internet, and social media and everything, to not follow this business and not be subjected to the spoilers. It’s just different. The fans have gotten behind the curtain a little bit too much, and I think, maybe a little bit more than they wanted to. They’re following the product now and they’re watching these shows for different reasons, it seems like, than what they used to.
Wrestling used to be a soap opera. Every week the show would end with a question, what’s gonna happen next week or something. Now it’s different, now everybody focuses on, ‘Oh, how good was that match? How good was that match, the actual match?’
A lot of people don’t watch wrestling just for the matches, a lot of people watch wrestling for the characters, the storylines, the interviews, the other things, but we’ve kind of pigeon-holed this business in to making it seem like the guys that work the best are the ones that should be prominently featured on the show, but they may not have the other skills that they need, which are the skills that get other people to watch the shows.
Right now [the crowd] is completely different. The crowd is not as diverse of a segment of society as it used to be.
When you look at the crowd these days, I see a lot of fans and it looks like comic book conventions…The crowd didn’t use to look like that.
There used to be a lot more hot girls in the crowd, like, the high school football team would be there. The crowd looked and acted differently than it does today. The one thing that has changed over the course of time in professional wrestling is the way that the fans react to the live product. It’s just way different.
These days, the fans – they’re like seals, it’s like another brick in the wall, they all do the same chants.”