Monday, February 8, 1999
SLAM! Wrestling Guest Column
A recipe for Light Heavyweight success
By RYAN "SCRIBE" ROGATSCHNIGG -- For SLAM! Wrestling
How to cook a WWF Light Heavyweight delight in easy steps!
WWF Light Heavyweight delight
1. Take underused talent already on the payroll of the WWF and
separate. You should have Brian Christopher (an excellent heel...I
mean, the laugh!), Scott Taylor, Jeff & Matt Hardy, Teioh, Funaki, the
other Kaientai guy, Christian, and Gillberg. Gillberg is not overly
important to recipe and may be left out. Add in one lightweight phenom
named Taka Michinoku. Take all ingredients and prepare a single
elimination tournament for the newly vacant Light Heavyweight Title.
First, let ingredients react with a few scheduled matches beforehand.
- 1 part payrolled, underused talent
- 1 phenom named Taka Michinoku
- 3 parts heat
- 2 parts Raw spots
- 1 vacant LW Championship
- A whole crapload of apathetic fans
2. As a nostalgia to Sunny introducing WWF Light Heavyweight matches
when the division first started, use Debra McBreasts...I mean
McLegs!...Sorry, McMicheal in place of her. The 'Debra' agent, as I
refer to it, will spark a reaction with the apathetic fans.
3. Let sit for one or two months as ingredients interact with each
other. Some may from feuds, some may form alliances. Key factor: Taka
Michinoku must be taken OUT of Kaientai. Several possible matches that
may result at this point of the dish: Taka vs. Christopher, Hardy Boyz
vs. Too Much, Christian kicking major ass over anyone he faces, Teioh
vs. Taylor, Funaki vs. Taka, etc. Almost any combination, with the
right timing and the important 'Debra' agent, should be succesful.
4. Begin Light Heavyweight tournament on Raw, to be concluded at next
possible PPV. 'Debra' agent should not be boiled out just yet, for
various reasons. First round brackets:
5. Preferably, Taka Michinoku will defeat Christian in the final,
winning his second Light heavyweight title. Now, the key to ensuring a
credible final product is to maintain the peaks. Tips on how to achieve
- Taka Michinoku vs. Teioh
- Scott Taylor vs. Jeff Hardy
- Funaki vs. Brian Christopher
- Christian vs. Matt Hardy
6. As the demand for WWF LWH Delight increases, be sure to add new,
fresh ingredients. Best choice in new ingredients: Chris Jericho.
Look in Mexico and Japan for charismatic and skilled Light Heavyweights.
- A) One Light Heavyweight match on Raw per show. Pepper Shotgun and Heat
liberally with Light heavyweight action.
- B) Minimum of two weeks between Light Heavyweight Title defenses.
- C) Create meaningful feuds between LW wrestlers, whether through
storylines or a series of great matches between excellent workers a la
- D)Ensure each match is packed with high-flying parachutes? We don't
need no stinking parachutes! action.
WWF Light Heavyweight Delight, if prepared correctly, should thrill fans
around the world, and become a highlight of every WWF show.
Ryan "Scribe" Rogatschnigg is from Penticton, BC, and can be emailed at email@example.com.