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 Posted: Tue May 14th, 2019 12:53 pm
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WongLee wrote: I also laugh how they brought in "experts" like Kassius Ohno and X-Pac for their scholarly dissertations on the subject matter.
Kassius Ohno is legitimately one of the most prolific tape tarders from back in the day.  His library has something obscene like 10,000 VHS tapes in it.  I think he was a good choice to interview.  He was as passionate about the scene as anyone could be.  X-Pac was a more curious choice but he represented himself fine.  Sam Roberts as well, and he agreed with your point that he didn't hear a lot about this match while he was tape trading and it became more of a thing during the digital age.  I would agree with that.  I don't think WWE "manufactured" anything as much as it was something that took on a life of its own in more recent years, as opposed to Sawyer vs. Rich which was a big deal for many years once someone realized that the tape was "lost".

I thought the doc was very good.  I was disappointed that it ended abruptly with the match itself.  I was expecting post-match comments after Bret and Magee got to watch it for the first time.  I'm happy for Magee and I hope this documentary gives him a chance to make some money on the convention circuit, as X-Pac mentioned himself in an interview.  He seems like a good, humble guy who neither let this go to his head nor was bitter and devastated over what could've been. 

The match itself was obviously not much to watch.  It was a semi-typical WWE '80s match involving a great worker and a guy who looked like a million bucks and did a couple of flips that guys his size didn't do back then.  That's about it.  Monsoon and Heenan were on commentary doing their schtick and barely talking about the match, which is understandable because there wasn't much to talk about.  They put over Magee well enough and that was that.  It was hardly an unseen classic that made the TV taping crowd convulse in orgasm at the unexpected gem that they were witnessing.  The crowd got more into it than a typical dark match, which made Bret and Magee think they were getting a Hogan reaction.  If you've seen some of the other dark match Hidden Gems put on WWE Network involving people's debuts (Razor Ramon and others) then guess what, they're right.  Compared to that, it was a Hogan pop.  They won the crowd over as much as possible in that environment.  But it's not something you watch in 2019 and say "Thank God I finally got to see that classic".

Also, how is Harry Smith not in WWE?  He seems to be on WWE TV lately more often than Roman Reigns, and he's signed to MLW.  I feel like as soon as his contract is up, WWE has to give him another shot, right?   

This thread was great before AA ruined it.