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Sunday Pre-Summerslam Chatty Thread

My irritations with the blog continue as we're down this morning and no word on what's going on yet again.

Talk about the impending SummerSlam here!  There was a big swing in odds for Nakamura this morning, although that doesn't mean a title switch necessarily.

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 17th, 1990

June 17, 1990 From the Dane County Expo Center in Madison, WI Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Tugboat, Rick Martel, Demolition, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan Unfortunately, I was unable to find a copy of the show with Boris Zhukov’s squash man win. I fully understand if you ... Read more

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Big John Studd in 89

So BJS wins the rumble in 89 but then doesn't even have his own match at WM5- What gives? And he was gone by June of that year… Do you think at the time Vince wishes he had someone else win that Rumble? Seems like a wasted opportunity to push someone to the main event? ... Read more

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Bound For Glory in Ottawa

In a five-week span, Ottawa will get an Impact PPV and five straight nights of TV tapings, followed by the Grey Cup, and then topped off with the Canadian Olympic Curling trials. My question is: Should ESPN Ocho just move their studios here? ​Hey, Amazon is also looking for a second HQ.  They could go ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–That 70s Rant!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems- That 70s Rant! Continuing on now into the wacky new era of “color TV”. Pff, what a fad. NWA World title: Gene Kiniski v. Dory Funk Jr. (Feb 1969) Once again, my personal connection to the match is that Kiniski was my dad’s next door neighbor in ... Read more

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WWE RAW Rundown 9-18-17

September 18, 2017 From the SAP Center in San Jose, CA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   We get a graphic in memory of Bobby Heenan before the live show.   The live show starts off with Kurt Angle in the ring. He is very excited with No Mercy just ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

“Now I’ve got the opportunity to come out here and be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame of Wrestling. Something I’ve loved all my life. Yeah, I got three bucks. Why did I stay? It was a job, I had to. I was feeding my mother, my grandmother and my aunt. ... Read more

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TNA rebrands AGAIN

http://ift.tt/2wpOLtD (Per PWInsider) How the hell is this company still in business? And what will they do with all the shotty new GFW belts they made? Maybe they think that if they keep changing the name, creditors won't be able to find them. 

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No Mercy and the Network

A few months ago, the IWC was all ablaze over the churn rate on the WWE Network. WWE then ran a special 3 month free trial membership of the network for August-october, which bridges the corporate quarter. For September, they've delivered the Mae Young Classic and now a No Mercy ppv with wrestlemania caliber matches. ... Read more

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WWE STARRCADE?!?

http://ift.tt/2f5dDMb Wow, we’ve kinda been waiting forever for them to use that name again, but it feels…weird to actually hear it.  Plus you’ve also got Clash of the Champions as a regular PPV thing now.  It’s a new, strange world we live in.

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Is No Mercy really a B PPV?

I was reading through your old rants and realized every No Mercy, except for a couple in the early 2000’s was a big thumbs up from you with one or two 4 snowflake plus matches on each card.  People are talking about throwing away Cena Reigns and Strowman Lesnar on a B show this year.  ... Read more

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Wrestling Companies Holding Grudges

Do you happen to know if there has ever been cases of TNA/GFW, ROH, New Japan, etc. holding a grudge against a departing wrestler that was WWE bound?  I.E.-"If you end up failing there, don't look to come back here when it's over."  I know in the past Vince has done this when talent left ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 16th, 1990

June 16, 1990 From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon In action this week are Rick Rude, The Rockers, Earthquake, Big Bossman, and Nikolai Volkoff. Plus, the “Brother Love Show” with guests Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri Unfortunately, I could not track down ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 18, 2017

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2xLufUI   Independent Wrestler Cancels Rest of 2017 Appearances Due to Knee Surgery Davey Richards cancelled the rest of his appearances this year to undergo surgery on his right knee http://ift.tt/2hbDDKe   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch the Motor City Machine Guns vs. Bryan Danielson & ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.28.97 Although last week’s show was bookended with one of the greatest angles in the history of the show, THIS week is almost as great in a lot of ways, too. Also, they should sell retro reproductions of Vince’s black demin “RAW is WAR” jackets on ... Read more

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Red Rooster Gimmick

If Terry Taylor embraced being a rooster like Mike Perry did, do you think he would have gotten over? http://ift.tt/2wxYidB Yes. Clearly if Taylor had been MORE of a rooster, he would have been World champion.  It all makes sense now. 

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Meltzer the Hypocrite

Hi Scott, Isn't it just a slight bit hypocritical for Meltzer to complain about dangerous pro wrestling matches while praising strong-style japanese style wrestling? He'll nitpick a WWE match to death, then give 25 5* matches to Misawa who was so utter destroyed by these matches, he died from them. I'm actually kind of annoyed by ... Read more

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Sunday Night Thread

Well, damn.  What a shitty way to kick off the evening, learning of the passing of the greatest manager in wrestling history. Here’s a compilation of some of his greatest moments from YouTube.  Chat about Bobby or whatever else is going on tonight.  

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Going out on your back

Hey Scott,     I’ve heard that when wrestlers retire (or leave a territory in the old days) they would always job for their last match.   Any instances that this didn’t happen?   ​Off the top of my head, Trish Stratus not only didn't lose in her retirement match against Lita in 2006, she ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – January 20th, 1983

January 20, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Paul Boesch In action this week are Tony Atlas, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and the main event is Stagger Lee vs. Ted DiBiase for the North American Heavyweight Title.   Pierce tells us that Lee has yet to arrive.   We are shown an interview where Bill ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi #72 10/23/2007

We’re in Kansas City, Ohio and Cyber Sunday is this weekend so expect this show to be more like a Jerry Lewis telethon than a wrestling show. The Miz and his harem run down the Cyber Sunday guys (”Morrison is a fruitcake, look at him!”) before addressing Kelly Kelly’s date with Balls Mahoney and reminding ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Black & White Era!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Black & White Era! OK, so the first couple of parts did really well this week, and now we carry on with more of the random and wonderful stuff found in the Hidden Gems of the Network, starting all the way back in the 50s and ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Here’s a full list of playable characters in WWE 2K18 A new series of Story Time begins on the WWE Network this Monday In the latest Extra Mustard column on Sports Illustrated, Eli Drake talks about winning the GFW world title and Bayley discusses her dream of headlining Wrestlemania Now talk, heathens!

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Smackdown – April 17, 2003

Smackdown Date: April 17, 2003 Location: Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s tournament night as we have the finals to crown a new #1 contender. John Cena will be facing Chris Benoit, which is pretty much the best final they could have gone for. Cena should be the favorite after having spent ... Read more

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What if Strowman wins?

Hi Scott,  I want to dream for a moment that Braun Strowman actually wins the universal title at No Mercy and we're not really going to get Lesnar-Reigns (again) at Mania… How do we get there if that's the case? I would think Reigns somehow goads the Undertaker into a Career Match to put him ... Read more

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Randomness

Scott………here's some random questions for you. 1.  I'm not familiar with Junkyard Dog at all outside of his mid-late 80's WWF run.  I have however read and I think I remember you saying before that he was a huge draw (for Bill Watts?)………can you elaborate more – when was he over, what got him over, ... Read more

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NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima

September 16th, 18:00 from Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall, Hiroshima The second of three Destruction shows sees Hiroshi Tanahashi defend his Intercontinental title against Zack Sabre Jr., KUSHIDA vs. El Desperado for the junior title and both sets of tag titles on the line. Let’s get to it. Here we go… Tiger Mask IV, Jushin Thunder ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–11.01.93

It’s time for HALLOWEEN HAVOC ‘93! But first, Dave has a riddle for us… “Q. How is it impossible to put together a show where from bell-to-bell the match quality is the highest of any PPV show since February and is topped off by arguably the best match bell-to-bell of the year in this country ... Read more

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NXT 2

You've said in the past that NXT could be split into two separate rosters with all the developmental talent they have and Indy stars coming into the fold. What do you think of this idea? – Absorb 205 Live into NXT, rebrand CW title to Network Championship – Create a second one hour weekly show ... Read more

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The Friday Thread

It’s Friday night!  How’s about those Indians, huh?  I’m gonna keep powering through the Hidden Gems tonight, and one of my faithful minions decided to buy me the Unreleased set on Amazon,so look for that later this month as well.  I have awesome fans, what can I say? Talk about it all here tonight!  

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – May 15, 1995

–In a video package to hype tonight’s main event IRS and Bam Bam Bigelow cut promos against each other.  IRS hits a home run by threatening to get a lien of Bigelow’s tattoos. –Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are tasked with commentary and they are live from Binghamton, New York.  As expected, Lawler gloats about ... Read more

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the podcast!

Hello, Since 'because WCW' is such a common meme on the Blog, I figured there weren't many better places to beg for a plug for what we hope will be an ongoing podcast looking at the very worst of WCW. Audio is rough round the edges as we're both new to the tech side, but ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – June 11th, 1990

June 11, 1990 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week’s featured match is Haku vs. Ronnie Garvin The show starts with Gorilla telling us he doesnt even want to be here this week due to how he is feeling over Hulk Hogan’s attack but as Heenan upsets him by telling us Hogan’s ... Read more

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Smackdown ratings rise

"According to wrestlinginc.com, Tuesday’s episode ofWWE Smackdown drew 2.754 million viewers, the best numbers since April. The show featured three title matches, and Vince Mcmahon’s first appearance on the show in four years." Now how did this happen? Announcement that Vince will appear? 3 Title matches (Tye Dillinger sells tickets, brother!!)? Good show last week leading in? ... Read more

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Hogan on Vince

Hogan must want be back in the WWE in the worst way  http://ift.tt/2fkqpaj ​Yeah, Hulk was playing it cool after the Gawker thing, probably assuming it would blow over and then they could bring him back right away, but Vince really seems to be dragging his heels about reintroducing him.  And rightly so, given what ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems (Part Two)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems (Part Two) Continuing on with the Hidden Gems series on the Network, we take a trip to WCW in 1993! This was really fun and easy to write, by the way, so if this gets a good response on the blog I’ll probably dig into the Network ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 15, 2017

WWE Superstar Returning Soon? Primo, who has been out of action since June after undergoing knee surgery, should be back imminently. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   WWE.com Article with Shelton Benjamin http://ift.tt/2wcQJ0D   Rolling Stone Article Interview with Sara Amato http://ift.tt/2xsxgZW   You can vote in this week’s shoot interview poll by clicking ... Read more

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Which Shoot Interview Should be Recapped Next?

This week, choose between four different Kayfabe Commentaries Title. You can view the trailer by clicking on the interview. Here are your choices:   Back to the Territories: Mid South with Jim Duggan Guest Booker: Re-Booking the InVasion with Jim Cornette Breaking Kayfabe with Raven Guest Booker: Re-Booking WCW 2000 with Jerry Jarrett   Vote ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 14, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: September 14, 2017 Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Josh Matthews, Jeremy Borash We’re closing in on Bound For Glory though nothing has actually been mentioned about the show yet. The big match this week is OVE vs. LAX for the Tag Team Titles….from the Crash in Tijuana, Mexico. In other words, ... Read more

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Jon Jones: GOAT…at Being a F**k Up

http://ift.tt/2xjhUpU   Missed this the other day. Serves him right. Cormier has since been awarded back the title and their previous fight has been ruled a No Contest, although I’m sure that doesn’t make DC feel much better about any of it. Yeah, and Cormier looks like a complete lame duck now, who got knocked ... Read more

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Best burns

All the Reigns/Cena shoot stuff has me thinking, who do you has had the best burn on another wrestler? I still go with Cena mentioning Rock writing notes on his wrist cause not only can you tell it took Rock all he had in him to refrain from punching Cena in the mouth but it ... Read more

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Highspots Presents: Diva Diaries with Daffney

This was released in December 2013 Michael Bochicchio is your host It runs at three hours and five minutes long.   The talk about the first interview they had 11 years prior as Daffney said she had no concept of a shoot interview and bashed Eric Bischoff the whole time as the host tells her ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 14, 2017

Original Plans for the Mae Young Classic Finals The original plans had Kairi Sane defeating Toni Storm but that match was switched to the semi-finals when the company decided to go all out with Shayna Baszler and the Four Horsewomen angle. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Big Show Update Show will be undergoing ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems (Part One)

WWE Network Hidden Gems! (Part One) Just for fun, let’s run through these with a Coliseum-style rant. For those looking, I found this under “Collections” although I think it was original under “Vault”. They move it around sometimes. Here’s the current link: http://ift.tt/2x1eiGH Since it’s just a combination of “stuff’, we’ll give it either a ... Read more

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NXT – September 13, 2017

NXT Date: September 13, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson We’re coming up on the end of a taping cycle and that could mean a variety of things around here. Last week’s show ended with Asuka vacating the Women’s Title, which will likely be resolved during ... Read more

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New era

Hey Scott – are we entering the era of the worked-shoot?  Between the rash of superstars bitching on twitter, Reigns-Cena, Enzo-Miz, and Dolph's weekly slamming of current and former stars – all with a fair amount of truth – is this what we should expect up and down the card going forward? God I hope ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Halloween Havoc ’93 rant and my tag team list from the Sporting News.  I’ve had a bunch of requests for the WWE Unreleased DVD set as a Coliseum-style rant, but I’m broke AF at the moment and I can’t find it here in Saskatoon anywhere, anyway, so instead I’ve done the ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 14, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: April 14, 2003 Location: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler We’re less than two weeks away from Backlash and we have the bigger stories already set up. Last week saw the return of Kevin Nash for reasons of general stupidity, along with more of Eric Bischoff being evil ... Read more

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Mailbag question

Scott,   A simple yet difficult question :   Which wrestlers had the biggest gap between workrate ability and promo ability (and the other way around)?   My picks :   1.       Ricky Steamboat. 2.       Kevin Nash.   ​Steamboat was an OK promo for the level he was usually at, I think.  And Nash was ... Read more

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PWG Man on the Silver Mountain

June 16, 2017 From the American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, CA Excalibur is your host   Trevor Lee vs. Chuck Taylor Originally, Taylor was supposed to team with Trent against Jeff Cobb & Matt Riddle and Lee was going to face Jake Crist but Riddle was unable to make the show because he was ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Halloween Havoc 93–10.24.93

The SmarK Rant for WCW Halloween Havoc 1993 – 10.24.93 This is a show I do not even remember watching, but I did a rant way back in the day, and I know I ordered the show when it aired live, so I’ve seen it twice. But you could have fooled me. And we start ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017 From the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness   Dasha Fuentes asks Rich Swann how he feels about facing off against friend TJP tonight. Swann smiles and talks about their rivalry then we see clips from their first match that Swann won. ... Read more

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