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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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Mid-South Wrestling – March 24th, 1983

March 24, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts This week we will see Junkyard Dog vs. Golden Dragon, Mr.Wrestling II & Tiger Conway Jr. vs. Jim Duggan & Matt Borne, Kendo Nagasaki, and a midget tag team match.   Watts is at the desk and introduces a music video of Andre the ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Survivor Series is tonight, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles and two Raw vs. Smackdown 5-on-5 matches Drew McIntyre is thought to have suffered a torn bicep during his NXT title match last night, according to Triple H For some Sunday reading, check out Scott’s Rant and Thomas Hall’s review of Takeover: Wargames and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover: Wargames!–11.18.17

The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover: The WarGames! Live from Houston, TX Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson Kassius Ohno v. Lars Sullivan Lars reminds me of the French Angel and will undoubtedly be on the main roster any day now from the looks of him. Not only that, he has ... Read more

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ECW On Sci-Fi #81 12/25/2007 (Retrospective)

ECW On Sci-Fi #81 12/25/2007 This is a retrospective episode with highlights of Lashley’s feud with The McMahons, New Breed vs. Originals and Morrison vs. Punk. It ends with with Tazz kicking Joey Styles into a Christmas Tree so this GIF saved you an hour. This looks like a good enough reason to type up ... Read more

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Smackdown – June 19, 2003

Smackdown Date: June 19, 2003 Location: SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz So after last week’s main event saw Big Show and Brock Lesnar break the ring, it’s probably time to set up a rematch because these two have to be stuck fighting each other forever. Other than that Kurt Angle is ... Read more

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NXT Takeover: WarGames

Takeover: WarGames Date: November 19, 2017 Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo It’s time! After nearly twenty years of waiting, we’re FINALLY back to the biggest gimmick of them all. Well at least to the WWE version of the thing. Tonight there will be three trios involved in the ... Read more

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Best/Worst Survivor Series?

Hey, Scott: Since it’s the season, I’m curious as to what you think were the best and worst Survivor Series? As PPVs go, everyone seems to have an opinion on best/worst Wrestlemania or Royal Rumble, but 30 years of Survivor Series and it seems the individual events don’t hold the same place in fans’ hearts. ... Read more

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Invasion Era

Hindsight 20/20, should they have delayed the Invasion angle about 6 months or so until the likes of Flair & nWo would be available, or would it be holding off the momentum of the WCW purchase too long, potentially neutralizing any benefit of doing it right away? Sub-Question, the separate ramps entrances at the Invasion ... Read more

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TransEllsworth

From Cageside Seats: • According to James McKenna on Wrestling Sheet Radio, at one point WWE had the idea of doing Charlotte vs. James Ellsworth for the women's championship at WrestleMania. • What's more, they were apparently going to get there by having Ellsworth become transgender. Get the hell outta here. How much is Vince ... Read more

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Question

On total divas, a guy from Talent Relations delivers angle developments to the women wrestlers. Is this really how they learn of storylines or is this just for Total Divas and to cut down on the amount of WWE producers on the show? ​The more important question is why you're watching Total Divas.   Regardless, the ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

NXT Takeover: WarGames is tonight. Here’s the Wrestling Observer preview NJPW and AJPW’s respective tag league tournaments started today Arrow star Stephen Amell was a significant feature of last night’s Ring of Honor in San Antonio Ric Flair is suing his former management company Now talk, damn it!

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WCW Seven Deadly Sins

Was WCW really planning on going with a "Seven Deadly Sins" theme with their ppv’s if they had stuck around back in 2001? They already had “Sin" and “Greed". Im curious how “WCW Lust”, “WCW Sloth” and “WCW Gluttony” would have played out. Sloth was clearly Kevin Nash's time to shine. 

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Survivor Series Idea

Hey Scott, So I was listening to Observer Live and Alvarez was saying there should be something on the line to justify guys like Braun and Reigns fighting together, he suggested the winning brand gets last 15 spots in the Rumble or last 5. So what about if the winning team gets World Title shots ... Read more

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The Friday Night Thread

It’s FRIDAY. This weekend sees NXT Takeover on Saturday, with the return of WarGames and Andrade Cien Almas challenging for the NXT title as the top two matches.  Sunday is Survivor Series, which is FOUR HOURS LONG but I enjoy making money so I’m sure I’ll get through it and do a rant.  Monday will ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: King of the Ring 1995

–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in the booth and they are live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  We are in ECW country, as illustrated by hat guy being in the front row opposite the hard camera. –King of the Ring Qualifying Match:  Savio Vega (w/Razor Ramon) (4-0) pins Irwin R. Schyster (w/Ted DiBiase) (1-2) after a ... Read more

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WWF Madison Square Garden – September 21st, 1990

September 21, 1990 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Dustin Rhodes vs. Paul Diamond This is Dustin’s MSG debut. He comes out to “Crank it Up” as his theme music. He works the arm to start as Heenan makes fun of him for ... Read more

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Purple Ropes And The Cruiserweights?

Not that I'm complaining, but I was just curious if you knew why the WWE stopped doing the purple ropes for the cruiserweight matches on Raw?  I'm guessing it had to do with saving time, and/or not giving live audiences a heads up on a bathroom break match.  ​It's a cost-cutting measure, like ... Read more

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Paul Heyman hinting that Brock beat the Undertaker’s streak in a shoot

I only just discovered this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pDpA6O9ohk, apologies if it's already been shared since this video is over a year old. Paul Heyman basically hints that if Brock decided to shoot injure Undertaker at Wrestlemania and beat his streak, they couldn't fire the guy that beat the streak This is just Heyman telling stories right?  ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WarGames: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches

(Oh hey, with WarGames about to return, mostly, on the NXT Takeover show this Saturday, I figured we might as well reminisce about the Match Beyond with this repost of the DVD set, which thankfully keeps it simple and just archives every damn one.  God bless the WWE video library.)  The SmarK DVD Rant for ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – November 16, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: November 16, 2017 Location: Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews We’re still in Ottawa, as will be the case for several more weeks. Tonight is about some followups to Bound For Glory as Gail Kim will be in the house for her first comments after winning the Knockouts ... Read more

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NXT using WCW ideas

So with wargames, the tv shows in Atlanta, and in some way even the Dusty Rhodes Classic, what else would you like to see NXT adapt from NWA/WCW to give it another go in this era? My two pics, elevated ramp from entrance to ring , and out of the box locations for shows , ... Read more

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: Coliseum Home Video – Demolition

Setting up a regular schedule to post my Chronicles on the blog here… I will continue the TNA reviews on “TNA Tuesdays,” and other assorted retro recaps on Throwback Thursdays. Catchy title, no? Let’s begin with the WWE 24/7 presentation of the 1989 Coliseum Home Video release dedicated to Demolition, my favourite tag team of ... Read more

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Highspots Wrestling Network Presents: Ask the Elite

This was filmed on November 13th, 2017 It features Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, Young Bucks, Marty Scurll, and Adam Page It runs at one hour and nineteen minutes long.   They are asked about their favorite food at the Cracker Barrel and talk about that as we learn Christopher Daniels only eats red meat and ... Read more

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Wrestlemania 8 Booking

When they made the double main event of Hogan-Sid and Macho-Flair, was the plan always for it to be Hogan winning by DQ and Macho Man winning the belt back?  Were there thoughts that Hogan was going to come back at some point and continue feuding with Sid?  Was there ever talk of Sid going ... Read more

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Dunne and Gargano in the dark

Hey Scott Not sure if you've heard, but Pete Dunne and Johnny Gargano will be facing each other for the UK Title in a dark match on the TakeOver show this weekend Personally, as both someone who lives in the uk and has a network subscription, this has really wound me up Why would they ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–02.28.94

And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, as we’re about to hit another legit new era in professional wrestling, one of the delineation points where you say “Yeah, things are about to change forever.”  Of course, I can only be speaking about SUPERBRAWL IV. And, you know, that other thing. – All the ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – June 16, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: June 16, 2003 Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re past Bad Blood and thank goodness for that. Hopefully it means we’re done with Kevin Nash as a main event star though stranger things have happened. Since Smackdown will have its own brand exclusive show in ... Read more

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NXT – November 15, 2017

NXT Date: November 15, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s the last show before Takeover: WarGames and that means things could be getting very fun in a hurry. The big story tonight, aside from the build towards Saturday’s main event of course, it Andrade Cien ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

I know, Google AdSense is being a pain in the ass with mobile hijack ads today, I’m reporting whatever I can see, I promise. James Ellsworth was released today.  He’ll do ok on the indy scene. Earlier today I posted Survivor Series 2016, and it’s back to Observers tomorrow. Talk about the stuff here!

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wXw 2017 World Tag Team League, Night Two

You can read the recap for Night One here October 7, 2017 From Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Your hosts are Alan Counihan and Rico Bushido Here are the tournament standings after Night One: Block A: Young Lions 3 points, Massive Product 3 points, Spirit Squad 0 points, A4 0 points Block B: EYFBO 3 ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2016 Jesus, this show is THREE AND HALF HOURS!? Good thing I have the day off. So yeah, I never did get around to doing this show originally, and with this year’s show coming up right away, now is as good a time as any. Live from Toronto, ... Read more

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Should they have kept the belt on Reigns?

Hey Scott, For all the flak Reigns gets, in hindsight, going back to Survivor Series 2015, should they have just kept the belt on Roman for the last two years? With the exception of AJ's stellar run with the belt, every one else has been a flop — Sheamus; Triple H; Seth Rollin's for five ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: November 15th, 2017

WWE.com NXT Preview http://ift.tt/2zM5BSe   Rolling Stone Interview with the Young Bucks http://ift.tt/2ms45RU   Another Match To Be Added For The Survivor Series Kickoff Show? There has been talk of adding another match to the two hour Kickoff show with a RAW vs. Smackdown theme http://ift.tt/2iVScii

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WWE 205 Live – November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 From the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness   Kalisto tells us that today is his birthday and will celebrate by beating down Enzo Amore’s right hand man in Drew Gulak. He then promises to leave Survivor Series as the Cruiserweight Champion.   Enzo and ... Read more

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Smackdown – November 14, 2017

Smackdown Date: November 14, 2017 Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re finally ready to wrap up the Survivor Series build but first there are two more title matches to get to, both of which could change how things look heading into Sunday. Tonight United States Champion Baron ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 2-27-82

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: February 27, 1982 Attendance: unknown Hosted by Marc Lowrance & Kevin Von Erich Can Kevin Von Erich earn a title shot by beating “Wild” Bill Irwin in the main event? Who undergoes a change in character? Also, what special guests reveal their presence in tonight’s reflection? Read on! Thank you ... Read more

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SmackDown and 205 Live Thread

Tonight, it’s a birthday party on 205 Live!  Those always go well for wrestlers. It’s also Charlotte challenging for the Women’s title on SmackDown as they continue messing with the Survivor Series card before the show.  Or maybe Carmella will cash in or whatever. Talk about stuff here!

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 25, 1995

–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill narrate a video package for why Bret Hart and Henry Godwinn are facing each other in a rematch of their Superstars encounter, which occurred two weeks ago, on today’s show.  Godwinn says that he will give Bret the beating of his life. –Ross and Pettengill are in charge of commentary ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – September 17th, 1990

September 17, 1990 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week’s featured match is Haku vs. Shane Douglas   Barry O. vs. Texas Tornado This is from the 8/28 “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings in Hershey, PA. Barry has “High Roller” written on the back of his tights. Tornado takes control to start then ... Read more

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Impact Primetime Special – November 3, 2005

TNA’s first-ever primetime Impact! The Ultimate X rematch from Bound For Glory, a killer X Division six-man showcase, and Jeff Jarrett crushing everyone’s hopes and dreams! The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA iMPACT! Primetime Special – Thursday, November 3, 2005 – This was TNA’s first two-hour primetime special on SpikeTV, which was a pretty big deal considering ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: November 14, 2017

Neville Returning to the WWE? http://ift.tt/2mmSOCH   Jack Swagger Signs With Bellator http://ift.tt/2AEKd0h   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch Kevin Steen vs. El Generico in a Last Man Standing match from the 2012 “Showdown in the Sun” show.  

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–12.20.86

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 12.20.86 I dunno, sometimes I just feel like going back to good ol’ NWA 86 again. Since I left off at 12.13.86 according to my archives, that is where we shall proceed from again. Your host is Tony Schiavone. Jim Cornette and Big Bubba join us immediately ... Read more

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WWE RAW Rundown 11-13-17

November 13, 2017 From the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   We get a video package of the past few weeks where Smackdown has continued to get one-up on RAW and GM Kurt Angle.   Stephanie McMahon heads down to the ring. She talks about ... Read more

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CM Punk’s Drawing Power

Hi Scott. Been reading your stuff for years. Really enjoy what you do with the site. I've always wondered was CM Punk a big money draw in his time with the belt? Would his reign be considered a "success" in terms of being on top as champ? Since he hasn't done much of anything since ... Read more

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Why the Carolinas?

Hi Scott, Just wondering has there ever been a real understanding of why the Carolinas was the last territory to fall? It's never really discussed as one of the more important territories and yet sometimes it seems like people use the terms "JCP" and "NWA" interchangably. Also, how come there were never any important territories ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’ Doomers! So *I* saw the Flair documentary…a couple of times actually and it’s fine. We all know most of the story and I don’t think it revealed anything new but it was well done. I laughed knowing the reaction that some of you would have when Stephanie showed up on the screen ... Read more

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House of Hardcore on Twitch

Hey Scott, House of Hardcore has started a weekly show on Twitch, and will be airing Saturday's live event in Philly on the streaming service for FREE. Tommy Dreamer spoke with The Wrestling Estate about the new deal, Austin Aries returning, Bully Ray retiring and much more.  http://ift.tt/2yxIedE Hope your readers enjoy. Thanks as always, ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 16, 1990

September 16, 1990 From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Earthquake, Texas Tornado, Demolition, Jake Roberts, and Akeem.   Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Brian Costello Costello attacks Jake from behind then stays on the attack. Jake then catches Costello with ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: November 13, 2017

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2iHqt4Z   Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Returning to Smackdown This Tuesday http://ift.tt/2jkmhM8   ESPN.com Interview with Colt Cabana http://ift.tt/2iJVwgk   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Kazuchika Okada defend the IWGP Heavyweight Title against Prince Devitt from 7/20/13

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Old Wrestlers Learning New Tricks?

This question was inspired by the Observer post mentioning Terry Funk adopting moonsaults in 1994. Other than him (the moonsaults and adopting a more hardcore style) and The Undertaker adopting MMA-type moves later in his career, can you think of examples of wrestlers notably changing their style later in their prime or after their prime? ... Read more

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Hogan at WM X8

I don’t remember much of the leadup to WM 18 aside from Hogan trying to kill The Rock but was Hogan starting to get cheered even before the match?  In other words was Hall and Nash turning on him after the match an audible based on Toronto’s reaction to Hogan?  If Hogan gets booed out ... Read more

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Brock Lesnar-Curt Henning Fight On A Plane In 2002?

I remember hearing about Brock Lesnar and Curt Henning getting into a fight on a plane around 2002 or so, and Henning supposedly came out on the winning end.  Any truth to this?  Thanks.  ​There are no winners when you try to double-leg an NCAA champion on a plane, but basically the WWE crew ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–02.21.94

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – February 21 1994 – Live from Poughkeepsie, NY, after two weeks off for the dog show. – Your hosts are Vince & Macho. Vince introduces him as someone who will undoubtedly be in the Hall of Fame someday. Well that’s 17 years and still waiting. Never ... Read more

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