Still really we have LU doing those and they look just insanely well done. I do enjoy the intro’s they do for new wrestlers showing up. The Final Deletion and what they did last night are just campy and silly making them fun. And to be fair? The WWE didn’t do a bad job with the one they did, making it look like a Grindhouse 1970’s horror flick.
I wish this was more widely understood. When calling it a ripoff, no one is saying “Matt Hardy did it first and every other segment like this copied it.” There’s been a million filmed, edited, outside-of-the-arena segments. It’s just that Final Deletion got a ton of buzz on the internet and drummed up a lot of interest. The very next week, WWE had a very similar segment. Journalists like Meltzer and Alvarez knew they would produce something similar very early on-not because they had insider information, but because the timing of it is not a coincidence. It certainly being a response to TNA does not make it suck automatically (some would argue that it sucks because it failed to realize what made Final Deletion what it was; some would argue that made it better), but it is a response nonetheless.
They could have also had vignettes of Undertaker and Kane escaping, which would have made the whole thing not as lame. Imagine Undertaker and Kane just back to back kicking the crap out of various hillbilly assailants and just barely escaping with their lives. Would’ve made the fight at the PPV where the Wyatts just ate it so much bigger.
Eric Bishoff beat everyone to it as way back in the day he did those awful mini-movies for WCW. Cactus Jack: Lost In Cleveland, Beach Blast, Spin the Wheel Make the Deal, and the god awful White Castle of Fear. I’m being very fair as the four of those had been now ahead of their time but well… All of them are just bad, I’m talking Waterworld/Battlefield Earth bad. Fun note, for the Cactus Jack one they cast another woman to play Mick Foley’s wife why? They felt Mick Foley’s real wife was too hot so no one would believe she’s married to Mick.
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