Welcome to an all new edition of the Perfect Perception, where I will dispense my expertise and thoughts on the current state of wrestling. There will be several sections to this column, including Backlash thoughts, Hulkamania, and the nWo.
Although I picked Bradshaw to win, I'm glad to see that the nWo was able to finally win a match. These guys are the top heels (other than the Undertaker) on Raw, and need to be credible. If they continually lose, they will never be seen as a legitimate threat. More on the nWo later.
Eddie Guerrero as Intercontinental Champion should be interesting. Latino Heat seems to be back and better than ever. Hopefully his personal problems are behind him. As I said in my predictions, the RVD-Guerrero feud will continue. By the way, what is up with RVD pinning Mr. Perfect this week on Raw? Oh well, that match didn't count anyway.
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Also, I'm seeing a lot of people on message boards and columns bashing Hogan because he can't perform too well in the ring. Yet, these are the very same fans who, at WrestleMania, thought that the Rock-Hogan match was one of the best of the year. In less than thirty days, these people have forgotten about this match and are claiming that Hogan as champ will be a waste. Although the idea of an Undertaker-Hogan match is a neat idea to historical fans such as myself, I am also aware of the fact that these two alone probably cannot generate the excitement as Hogan having another opponent or opponents for the title. Hogan, in order to look good, must be in the ring with a younger competitor that can help compensate for his age. This does not mean that Hogan needs to be carried, by any means. But a Hogan-Rock, Hogan-Y2J, Hogan-Triple H, Hogan-Austin, or even Hogan-Angle match would be entertaining.
I would never consider myself as a Hulkamaniac; hell, Hogan would not even make my Top 5 favorite wrestlers of all time. But when he came out to Raw on Monday, I must say I had chills. Seeing Hogan, as champion once more, was almost a breath of fresh air. So often, the WWF champion is a "bad ass." Hogan brings back some prestige to the title that has not really been seen since the days of Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels (pre-DX). It should be an old-school fan's dream. But I must say this, Hogan's run as champion should, and probably will, be over by SummerSlam. I actually do not see him getting this far to tell you the truth.
What is up with Austin and Flair? As long as it doesn't turn into another Austin-McMahon feud, I will be quite happy. This angle is very interesting.
We need to see more mid-card on Raw. D-Lo Brown needs to make his return...soon! This former Euro-Continental Champion (although Kurt Angle doesn't seem to think he counts) can make a big impact, but can't do so if he's never allowed to compete on TV. I think Booker T should win the European title, if the WWF insists on not having him at the top of the roster right now, and should work a program with D-Lo. I would think it would be quite interesting.
Booker T and Goldust are quite funny together. I never would have guessed it. Hopefully it won't be dragged out too long, because, although it was funny at first, I have a feeling it could get stale real quick.
I would greatly appreciate your comments on this column. I have a feeling I will have enraged someone with my thoughts this week. Let me know what you think, and I'll try to post some of your e-mails as well as a response to them. E-mail me at email@example.com. And unlike the old show Livewire, I won't try to censor what is said.
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