Who is participating in PWO2K?
Chad (soup23) and I are taking the wheel, but anyone who wants to join us, be it selectively or by watching everything that we watch, is more than welcome to do so.
What exactly is PWO2K?
It is a project to rewatch as much footage from promotions all over the world as possible that took place between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2009, in chronological order. Each match has its own thread and as we watch each match, we'll both post our own thoughts and then go to the next match. At the end of each month's worth of footage, we will do a podcast summarizing our thoughts on the month we just watched and post a list of our match recommendations in four tiers:
Tier 1 - All-time classics (****1/2+)
Tier 2 - Great matches (***1/2+)
Tier 3 - Good and solid matches (***+)
Tier 4 - Worth watching for other reasons
At the end of each year, we will curate our lists to produce a top 100 matches of the year, which we will post with fresh mini-reviews at Place To Be Nation.
How does this differ from yearbooks?
This differs from yearbooks in that there is no actual physical set. We have a match list and we are watching the matches on the list, but there's no actual set. We are also limiting our scope in some ways while expanding it in others. Our focus will ONLY be on matches, not promos or angles. We are also not limiting ourselves to a finite number of hours for each year. Our current estimate is that one year of footage will equal approximately three 1990s yearbooks. We are also diving deeper on the 2000s, making a good faith commitment to attempt to watch every title match, apuestas match, or special gimmick match from a major (or minor, in most cases) company.
How do you determine what not to watch?
If a match has no historical significance, has nothing at stake, has workers that ultimately didn't do much, has no reputation or is otherwise pretty meaningless in the big picture, we'll cut our losses and focus our time on the matches more likely to be a worthwhile viewing experience. Anytime something is left on the cutting room floor, oversights are made, which will almost definitely happen to us. We are open to going back to view anything if someone points it out to us and makes the case for why it's worth watching.
What is your ultimate goal?
To see where this takes us. Nothing more, nothing less. Obviously, there are certain wrestlers and matches we'd like to view again to see what we think, but there's no agenda beyond that. As long as it's fun, we'll keep doing it.
How long do you expect this to take?
A really long time. Probably a few years. It took me 4 1/2 years to get through all 1200 hours of 1990s footage. Admittedly, there were long breaks in viewing there that I don't anticipate this time around, but this is a lot more footage. I turned 37 less than a month ago. I expect to be well past my 40th birthday and still working on this project. Hopefully Chad is done with this before he turns 40.
Is it possible to get the footage you're watching?
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