Bryan Alki Alvarez is a semi-retired American professional wrestler and the editor and publisher of Figure Four Weekly, a newsletter that has covered professional wrestling since 1995. Alvarez credits a portion of his pro wrestling training to pro wrestler Buddy Wayne, and is credited in training Jack Evans. He was born in Bothell, Washington.
In June 2005, Alvarez launched Figure Four Online, a subscription website run primarily by himself and his brother-in-law Tony Leder. Several times a week, Alvarez and Vince Verhei produce their own Internet podcast, The Bryan and Vinny Show, where the pair review professional wrestling and mixed martial arts programming, in an observational comedic style similar to that found in the newsletter. The Monday night edition of The Bryan and Vinny Show or Wrestling Observer Radio is free for anyone to download, while other editions done during the week are available only to subscribers of the web site. On June 12, 2008, Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer website merged with Figure Four Online, and both newsletters are now available online through that website.
Alvarez also hosts Figure Four Daily, a talk show where he interviews guests related to professional wrestling or MMA, and Wrestling Observer Radio with Dave Meltzer. Figure Four Daily airs new episodes Monday through Friday. Wrestling Observer Radio airs Monday, Wednesday and either Saturday or Sunday night depending upon the weekly pay-per-view schedule. Alvarez and Meltzer also do occasional bonus shows covering breaking news. Selected episodes are free, while others are available only to subscribers.
There is no downside to it whatsoever. If you make one star out of it, you've come ahead. In a good season, they'll make a handful of stars. Despite what some hardcore fans might say, a card with five stars on it will do better business than card with zero stars on it, even if those zero stars are the best fighters in the world.
Shamrock started out as a pro-wrestler years before he got into fighting. When he started with WWE he picked it up again very fast. He actually turned into a really good worker and adapted to the WWE style, meaning he did more than just shoot-style stuff.
They (fans) respond mostly to what WWE trains them to respond to. An ankle lock gets over because Kurt Angle does the ankle lock and everyone submits to it. A triangle by Undertaker doesn't get over because WWE has never trained the fans to accept that as a finish because no one ever taps to it. And it was the same thing when Shamrock was in WWE.
Severn didn't have the right kind of personality for WWE and I don't think they really had any idea what to do with him. Tank Abbott had an amateur background but made his name in UFC brawling. He never learned to work at all and was a victim of Vince Russo 's wackiness in WCW.