X-Pac opens today’s show by discussing the death of Luke Perry. He says Perry was such a great guy and a wonderful father. He notes that most people didn’t really know the guy, they just knew his work. He was a huge wrestling fan and even helped produce the recent Ric Flair “30 for 30” documentary.
X-Pac also sends his condolences to the friends and family of comedian Brody Stevens, who was a great person and a friend to the wrestling community.
King Kong Bundy passed away this past week as well, and X-Pac was sad to hear that news. He notes that he might not have been great friends with Bundy and he openly criticised Bundy’s last run in WWE, but there was no denying Bundy’s presence and the impact he made on the business. He was known for his one-liners and was fun to be around, and X-Pac hopes he rests in peace.
X-Pac comments on WWE’s release of Arn Anderson. Apparently Anderson was fired for allowing Alicia Fox to wrestle intoxicated at a recent live event. X-Pac says he’s not making excuses for Anderson, but he’s from a different generation when performers would regularly wrestle intoxicated. X-Pac notes that he wrestled drunk or high on multiple occasions, and lots of other performers did as well. It was simply accepted at that time.
That type of behaviour isn’t accepted today and it shouldn’t be. However, X-Pac wonders if there was something else going on behind the scenes there. WWE continues to hire new producers and things can get quite crowded behind the curtain. Maybe this was WWE’s chance to clear up some room backstage.
X-Pac isn’t sure about Fox’s current state, but he notes that it’s none of our business anyways. We can hope that she gets some help, but it’s ultimately her decision and her business. As fans we should respect her privacy.
He notes that Fox is a sweetheart who was recruited by WWE, and she makes the best of every situation she’s in. He also knows that Anderson will be okay because he’s a brilliant man who’s very well respected by everyone, and he’s a pleasure to be around.
X-Pac congratulates Torrie Wilson on her induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. He notes that she was very popular with fans and with her peers backstage as well.
X-Pac thinks MLW made a great business decision by bringing on Jim Cornette as a commentator. He says that MLW’s shows are immediately improved by Cornette’s voice, because there aren’t many people on the planet with Cornette’s passion and experience.
Much like Mauro Ranallo, Cornette has the ability to bring things to the table from the deep depths of his mind. He has a photographic memory and a vast knowledge of the business to draw from while commentating.
It was announced recently that Dana Warrior has been hired as a creative correspondent in WWE. X-Pac notes that this is most certainly a reward for Dana Warrior, who has been doing great work for WWE over the last several years. This correspondent role does not mean she’s a full time member of creative; she’s a member of the WWE family and this position just solidifies that.
Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey made headlines with their social media feud recently. X-Pac points out that using social media is a new way of getting heat. He’s sure they’re just working, but that’s not to say there aren’t some real feelings there.
Most of the best feuds in wrestling history have a hint of realism to them. He says they’re “…probably really pissed and are going at each other”, but then they have the ability to pull it back because everyone has the same goal here. He points out that a chop or slap might be a little bit stiffer than normal.
He also says that he doesn’t mind Rousey questioning the validity of the business online, but he didn’t understand why WWE had to bring that up on RAW. Special guest host, Colin Jost, asked Strowman if wrestling is even real in one segment, and that really pissed X-Pac off. He points out that everyone knows the business is a work nowadays, but why remind fans of that in the middle of the show?
He says he loves Colin Jost and Michael Che, and really enjoys their work on SNL. He had high expectations and expected to laugh during their guest appearances on RAW, but he didn’t. He was a bit disappointed by a lot of stuff on this show that seemed like it was written at the last minute.
X-Pac liked Triple H’s promo on RAW, noting that he did a good job of getting the feud over without Batista there. He’s looking forward to their face-to-face on RAW next week.
That sums up this week’s episode of X-Pac 1, 2, 360. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!