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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Daytime Thread

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The evening thread will be up, well....this evening. Here's a catch-all thread for whatever it is you're watching/doing today.

Thunder - April 7, 1999

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Thunder
Date: April 7, 1999
Location: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Larry Zbyszko

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

This is a Wednesday show for no apparent reason and we now only have a two man booth. It's also the go home show for Spring Stampede and we have a main event as of the last fifteen seconds of Nitro. This is also a taped show, meaning we're probably in for a very dull show. Let's get to it.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–04.17.95

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.17.95

Nitro is coming to the Network next week and I’m getting tempted to jump ship, but really I’m only four months behind at this point. Any preference? Keep sticking it out or do something different?

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler and the green screen.

WCW Prime: August 26, 1996

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So what did we learn this week?

a)  Ted DiBiase loves his numbers, especially #4 and #5.
b)  There’s someone named Terry that Hacksaw Jim Duggan has issues with. Could this in fact be the mysterious Glacier?
c)  Cruiserweight wrestling takes a backseat to the nWo, but Nick Patrick does not.
d)  Johnny B Badd remains a staple in the opening to WCW Prime, and may in fact return at any moment despite being involved in the Intercontinental Title tournament on RAW. I suspect he’s WCW’s answer to the nWo invasion, and he’s taking over the WWF in a much more stealth manner, along with Cactus Jack (disguised as a mutilated basement dwelling weirdo), Dustin Rhodes (pretending to be a gold-obsessed homosexual movie star), and Stunning Steve Austin (has shaved his head so as to “sever” his ties to his WCW past). Don’t rule this out, Bischoff is crafty and would be happy to tell you himself.

Goodbye to 39…

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Depending on your time zone I might already be 40 by the time you read this, so BOO for that.

Anyway, I’m trying to put together a fund to buy a Wii U for my birthday, so if you’d like to donate I have a button below.  Not exactly world-changing, I know, but DAMMIT I want to play Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World. 

Back to the blog!

Smackdown - August 29, 2014

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Smackdown
Date: August 29, 2014
Location: Citizens Bank Business Arena, Ontario, California
Commentators: John Bradshaw Layfield, Tom Phillips, Michael Cole

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

I can't believe I'm saying this but Smackdown might be the best thing I could sit through right now. To say Raw wasn't that great is an understatement and WWE really doesn't seem to be the most interesting right now. However, two hours of decent wrestling and far less nonsense might be the cure for some of their issues. Let's get to it.

Some guy on Reddit finds hidden Nitros

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Stranger here,

For your perusal:


Some guy created a script that found the first 16 or so episodes of Nitro before they go public with them.

Enjoy. I accept payment in toonies and loonies.

​Well, tomorrow IS my birthday, so maybe this is their gift to me.  ​

BoD Friday Night Thread

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling October 4th,1986

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October 4, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse Ventura, and Vince McMahon

Hulk Hogan will be here tonight as he gets interviewed by Jesse Ventura. In action tonight will be Paul Orndorff, Honkytonk Man, Koko B. Ware, and Randy Savage. Plus, an update on Roddy Piper and our featured bout, the Killer Bees vs. The Moondogs.


August Classics: Terry Taylor vs. Tully Blanchard - World Championship Wrestling 8/10/85

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I dug around for this one. US title on the line here, and if anyone from the WWE Network is reading (and why wouldn't they be), THIS is Video Vault worthy.


Place to Be Nation Friday Update

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Welcome to the long weekend! Well, for some of us, anyway. Enjoy this sampling of PTBN from the past week!

The Titans of Wrestling crew welcomed in the legendary Ivan Koloff for an interview: Titans of Wrestling #34: Interview with “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff

Scott & Justin went back to 1985 to kick off their Vintage Vault Refresh Series with WrestleMania I: Scott & Justin’s Vintage Vault Refresh: WrestleMania I

The PTB Seinfeld Rewatch is into season two and some great episodes have begun popping up: Seinfeld: The PTBN Series Rewatch

Knockout Round Two of the PTB Greatest TV Character Tournament rolls on with some big names: PTBN’s World Cup of TV Characters – Knockout Round Two, Day Four

Steve Corino welcomed in Kevin Kelly to talk about his career and ROH plus a few other topics: The Steve Corino Show Episode 18 – Kevin Kelly

Todd Gessling kicked off his 2014 NCAA Football conference previews: PTBN College Football 2014: The Big XII

Movies of the P2B Generation is through 1998: Movies of the P2B Generation: 1998

BoD Daily Update

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WWE.com Smackdown Preview

http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/2014-08-29/five-point-preview-8-29-14-26605045



Tough Enough Update

Tough Enough, which was originally scheduled for July, has apparently been the victim of budget cuts. There were some preliminary talks about doing the show in the Fall but there have been no discussions at all about the show within the past few weeks.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Zeb Colter Update

Colter has been telling friends that he suffered an injury as a result of getting kicked by Rusev at SummerSlam. However, there is a story making rounds backstage that he was injured outside of the ring as well. He is expected to be back on TV at some point.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Reason For NXT Talent Getting Fired?

Shaun Ricker, who was let go from NXT recently, has been reported to have had heat with WWE management regarding social media issues, one of which was him constantly re-tweeting messages from fans that said he should be on television.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Network Still Working After Unsubbing

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Hey Scott,

Just wanted to pass along that my WWE Network expired earlier this week, but I still have access to the shows on Xbox 360. Just wanted to point that out and see if anyone else is having that same access.

Thanks!

​That's not a bug, it's a feature!  What they're doing is giving you your free trial week at the END of your subscription, after you've already paid for it.  Some might call this scummy, we just call it business as usual for WWE.​

Kurt Angle's Tribute to America's Troops

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Because I like to be a little more obscure with my tactlessness.

WCW Nitro: August 26, 1996

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WCW’s biggest weekly program is on, with WCW Nitro. But do not discount the secondary programs, oh no – because over the last week, we have established the following: Nick Patrick referees a lot of matches on a wide variety of shows. Don’t think I haven’t noticed, Nick.

Is tonight the night we finally reveal the Ultimate Dragon as the nWo’s 4th man? Will Glacier debut after 5 months of hype? Will Bobby Heenan pass on that 5th drink? All this will be answered and more because …

We are LIVE from Palmetto, Florida! TONY SCHIAVONE and LARRY ZBYSZKO kick off the first hour of Nitro. And we do not have time to say hello, because we have wrestlers already in the ring.