Howdy. Long time no … anything, I guess.
And for that, I need to apologize. I should’ve popped my head up sooner and given you all the low-down. Hope you all aren’t too mad at me.
So, it’s been a while since RTB has had any new product, and I’m sure a lot of you are thinking it’s recent dormancy is really a fade into the sunset. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Those of you who’ve followed this column’s life, from it’s birth two websites ago to it’s long-time (and forever) residence here at the ‘Crap know it’s had some fallow periods. This is not out of the ordinary. But the confluence of circumstances that have created the latest dry spell have been just downright spooky in their synchronicity. CG has had some personal issues to deal with; Shane has had some health issues, as well as other projects he’s working on; not sure what’s keeping Ari from his debut column, and Henrik has disappeared. All in all, sounds like bad news, right?
Not so fast. And this is where it gets good.
Not too long ago, CG told me he’s finally gotten the time to start work on a new column.
And Shane’s on the mend, so I believe he’s looking towards a new column as well.
And a friend from another website is looking to write an edition of it, and if he manages to stop procrastinating and finish it off, he’ll see some Wrestlecrap ink.
And hey, here’s a shock … remember Simon Rawls? Well, don’t call it a comeback, cause he’s been … okay, call it a comeback, because that’ what it is! He’s looking to write a new edition of the column!
Now, I don’t know how far into it these guys are, or how long their next columns look to be. Maybe they’re one-shots, maybe they’re epic, multi-part mini-series. I’ve been given scant few details besides basic concepts, and the last thing I’m doing is spoiling those. I’m also not jinxing it by promising, or even guessing, dates. They didn’t offer, and I’m not going to put a date out there and have it whizz by with nothing to show for it.
So … there you have it. The column’s not dead. Just in one of those dry spells. Don’t worry, it’ll rain soon.
Happy holidays to you all. Much love and thank you for your continued suppor–
Oh, wait. I forgot one thing.
This past summer – July, I believe, to be exact- marked the 10th anniversary of this column’s birth. From 411 to Inside Pulse to the ‘Crap, through my first hiatus after the birth my twins, a semi-sorta-mostly retirement, my late podcast of many names, passing the torch … this column’s seen a lot in 10 years. I may not be proud of all the columns I myself wrote, but the feedback from you, the loyal readers, as well as the support and friendship of guys like RD, Blade and everybody that’s been and gone during my tenure … it’s meant the world to me. I still maintain that any writer who doesn’t do it for his or her own pleasure first should find a new hobby (or profession, if you manage to make a buck off it0, but I’ll be a damned liar if I said the appreciation and kindness and loyalty of you guys doesn’t count for anything. It does. It counts for a lot. The email I got from an MP at a military base in Germany who said RTB made his midnight shifts a lot less boring … having somehow been an inspiration to 411’s Mathew Sforcina and former RTB writer (but forever ‘Crap family member) Neil Cathan … that’s the kind of recompense you can’t buy, and all the episodes of writer’s block, stressing over meeting my own quality standards, it makes it all worthwhile. I owe you guys, for 10 years of appreciation and readership. And I intend to pay you back, and in doing so commemorate 10 years of RTB in style. How, you ask?
By making a comeback of my own.
Yes, you read that right. It’s not a full-time comeback. I don’t have the time for that. But inspiration has struck, and I’m halfway through a new edition, my first in … umm … somebody help me out. Four years? It’s a corker, and it’s sure to be my most controversial edition, for reasons you’ll find out when you read it. It’ll be done in the non-kayfabe style that the DX/Nitro story was done in, and it will answer the question: “What if Goldberg didn’t lose at Starrcade ’98?”.
And given how hot it feels and how much the story wants to be written (it’s driving me, at this point), I have every reason to believe you’ll see it by the end of January, and likely a lot sooner. It’ll be a five-parter: four parts covering the actual story, and a special fifth edition where I answer questions and comments, and give you a behind-the-scenes. I’ll need your help with that one, obviously, so please don’t hesitate to leave comments or shoot me emails. As long as they’re not rude or obscene, I’ll include as many as I can.
So, there ya go. That’s RTB as we knock on 2014’s door. I hope I’ve allayed fears, and I’m sure I’ve also sparked interest. Again, thank you for your patience and support. You’ve made the past 10 years awesome, for me and everybody else who’s put their time and energy into RTB. Can’t wait to see what you all think of the new column … see ya in a few weeks!