Tuesday, July 29, 2014



OH MY GOD.  How perfect is this? 

Sadly, not part of a real movie yet, but all they need is floating yellow captions randomly popping up and it’s 100% perfect to what I would have pictured in the movie version of Deadpool.  Only real problem being that Ryan Reynolds might not like being basically anonymous through the whole thing, but they nailed it with this regardless 

Matt's Main Event Recap - 7/29/2014

So, that was an interesting RAW.

I actually kinda liked it. Cena was limited to the opening and had a decent match with Cesaro, Orton and Reigns is tempered in bad blood and the Bella/Steph thing FINALLY took off after 736 handicap matches.

WWF Championship Wrestling August 9th, 1986

August 9, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

In action tonight will be Paul Orndorff, The Dream Team, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, and more

Evening Thread - Tuesday Edition

Tonight, on the WWE Network, at 8:00 ET it's Main Event live with Dean Ambrose taking on Alberto Del Rio; at 9:00 ET it's Wrestlemania Rewind which spotlights the Triangle Ladder Match from Wrestlemania XVI (otherwise known as WM2000); and at 10:00 ET it's WWE Countdown, which is a repeat of the top ten finishing moves episode.

Full schedule in MLB, or just post some random stuff. We don't judge here at the BoD.

Promo of the Day: Randy Savage turns on Hulk Hogan


I just had to include this as the Promo of the Day.  Bet Savage didn't need much in the way of scripting to accuse Hogan of lusting after Elizabeth before blindsiding him with the belt.  Fan-fucking-tastic.

Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #39


The SmarK Retro Rant for The Main Event #2 - February 1989

- Live and in prime time from Milwaukee, WI.

- Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura.

(Our cable was out at the time and I was freaking out, so we had to watch this one at my grandma’s house, but the main angle was so upsetting to her that she had to leave the room because it was all so unfair to Hulk Hogan.  That’s how you know it was effective.) 

Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #19


The SmarK Retro Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event #19 - January 1989

- #18 wasn't on the list of stuff, which means that I've done it somewhere before. It didn't sound familiar to me -- Ultimate Warrior v. Super Ninja? -- but at this point my fans know better than I do what I've covered and what I haven't anyway. Again, if you're enjoying these SNME rants, check out www.gamshowutopia.net, because it needs the traffic and stuff.  (Not anymore, apparently.) 

- I'd also like to note before we begin that today, Feb. 25, marks my first wedding anniversary, although I can only hope to achieve the kind of long-term wedded bliss of Britney and K-Fed.  (Ninth anniversary was this year!) 

- Taped from Tampa, FL.

- Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura.

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw - July 27, 1998

by Logan Scisco

-Michael Cole narrates a video package that recaps last night’s Fully Loaded pay-per-view.

-Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Anaheim, California.  One of the best signs, in a sea of them, is one that reads “Bret Hart = Work” near the front row.

July Classics: Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin - Vengeance '03


Vengeance 2003: Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman... by RatedREdgeHead316

Rock Star Gary reflects on...WCW Halloween Havoc 1993

So after reading your suggestions and making the Mello Yello move from 1993 WWF to 1993 WCW I offer a hopefully more readable review of one of WCW's delicious bites from 1993.

Live from New Orleans, LA

Airdate: October 24, 1993

Attendance: 6,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

BoD Daily Update

Backstage Heat on Randy Orton

During house show matches against Roman Reigns this weekend, Randy Orton took some heat from members of the locker room for wrestling a "crowd killing" style in the ring. Further more, several guys in the WWE are thinking that Orton is slowing down Reigns' progress to the top as payoffs are down and the days of Cena as the top face are dwindling.


TMZ Report of Spike TV Cancelling TNA False?

PWInsider.com reports that the contacted Viacom, the parent company of Spike TV, for a comment about the TMZ story, and were told that they do not comment on ongoing negotiations, per company policy.


WWE.com Officially Announces the Prince Devitt Signing


Kayfabe Commentaries Taking Submissions for their "YouShoot" with Teddy Long


Bret Hart: The Best There Is DVD Review (Disc 3)


Bret Hart: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be (Disc Three)

Plug request.....

What's up, Scott?

Great job with the BoD, as always.  As a longtime reader (dating back to the Netcop days), I love what you've done re: diversifying the content and the contributing writers (....missives that no doubt relieve stress from your shoulders).   Your rants are still a must-read in any case, though.

You've helped me out in the past with a couple of on-site plugs, and was wondering if I could go to you for what could be a VERY location-specific plug.  

I'm based in Pittsburgh, PA, and in addition to the Major League Baseball team (the Pittsburgh Pirates), we also have an independent minor league team baseball about 30 minutes south of Downtown Pittsburgh.....The Washington Wild Things....home games in Consol Energy Park in Washington, PA).

This Friday (8/1), a good buddy of mine who owns a remodeling company, SDC Remodeling, is sponsoring an event at the Wild Things game featuring former ROH champ (and SDC Spokesman) Adam Cole.  Game time is 7 PM EST....Adam will be throwing out the first pitch, then setting up shop for a meet-and-greet (autographs, pictures...the usual).

Just throwing out there as something to do for anybody who is (A) a wrestling fan from the Pittsburgh area, or (B) a REALLY big Adam Cole fan from anywhere.  

(Again, Scott, I realize this is hyper-local, so if you feel this is TOO small-time for the blog, I understand completely.  Thanks in advance for any consideration you'd be able to provide)

-Darryl Grandy (posting occasionally on the blog as BoD-er "OSBL")

There's no such thing as too small-time for MY readership!

Monday, July 28, 2014

These Two Friggin' Guys~!

From the PPV earlier today. A rematch of Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito, the IWGP World Title match at Wrestle Kingdom earlier this year (the world's biggest wrestling show not named Wrestlemania). The rematch here is even better, as they skip right past the feeling out process and Okada's already drop kicking bitches off the top rope 3 minutes in. The post match is an incredible moment as well, with the crowd losing their fucking minds as if Elvis was in his prime or something. When broads start crying because you've touched them, you're over. This was one for the ages, July 28th 2014~!
"The Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada vs. "Stardust Genius" Tetsuya Naito (7/28/14)

WWE RAW Rundown July 28th, 2014

Live from Houston, TX

Your hosts are Jerry Lawler, JBL and Michael Cole


This has nothing to do with the WWE

My Duties Here are a Car Wreck [No Raw Rant Possible]

So after double-checking with Cox, I got informed (in a call back I just made) that a car crash took out their wires and they have crews working on it right now.  But they think it won't be ready until tomorrow morning.  Darn.

So... this is where you come in.  Your choice, do I:

* Do this rant when the re-air comes on Saturday night, or
* Do a retro rant to make up for it?

In the meantime, I'm going to send a nasty letter to the cable company.

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

Most of you will discuss TNA and that's cool. I have little to add because I don't really watch the product but I always believed that the longer TNA stayed on air the better chance they would have of finding the right niche. That being said if they are truly being removed from television because Dixie Carter HAD to keep Vince Russo on payroll that's extremely sad and ignorant on her part.

What did get my wheels spinning while hanging out in last night's open thread and watching the Savage-Warrior match from Summerslam 1992 and pondering what would have happened if the Warrior turned heel, won the strap and aligned himself with Perfect & Flair (as rumored by various people).

First thought is...awesome...Warrior/Perfect/Flair faction in 1992 is pretty crazy to think about. Second is this version of Warrior would have been a new thing for the WWF at the time -- an unstoppable monster heel as champion. A guy that had been booked from the beginning to be relatively unbeatable without resorting to ridiculous cheating. I mean the guy beat Andre and Hogan and Savage clean from 1989-1991 so by all intents and purposes he was invincible already. Now he's invincible with two dastardly heels flanking him.

So I said that had this move happened, EVERYTHING we know about the WWF in 1992-1993 (and maybe forward would have changed). There would probably be no Bret Hart title run as Vince would keep him in the I-C world with HBK and Razor and a few others as that would continue to be the "worker's title". It's quite possible Bret goes with Bulldog to WCW in 1993 too.

Meanwhile I could see Savage getting a rematch at Survivor Series 1992, maybe in a cage or something, and Warrior and Co. winning and beating him up post match until Crush makes the save and that sets up and a big encounter at Royal Rumble 1993 because I could see fans really digging Crush and believing he could stop this unstoppable faction, which, of course he wouldn't. All this would lead up to either Warrior-Hogan II at Wrestlemania IX or possibly Warrior vs. Undertaker, either of which would have had Vince swimming in dollar bills.

Either way it's one of those moments that have me wondering how much the history of the promotion (or both promotions) would have changed with just one simple move. Imagine the promos and destruction and memories that a Warrior/Flair/Perfect heel faction could have done. And the irony of Flair playing the Arn Anderson role and protecting the title for Warrior to the best of his abilities. All fun to think about.

Anyway just some fun thoughts.

Tonight we have:


MLB Baseball: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox

James Garner Movie Marathon on Turner Classic

MLS Soccer:  Sounders! Galaxy!

NFL Training Camp Updates

HBO Documentary on two parents that were charged with starving their kid because they were too involved in an online RPG.

Enjoy it all and come out swinging but try and keep it clean...

Dixie Clears It All Up


Whew.  That makes me feel better. 

Also, apparently my TNA column is one of the biggest stories on the Sporting News site right now, so keep sharing and tweeting! 

QOTD #38: Best Promos


Today’s Question: What’s the best promo you ever saw?

If you want to skip yesterday’s discussion and start right away, scroll to the end or hit “Comments”. Otherwise please stick around to talk about your own personal bizarro world.

BoD Daily Update

WWE.com RAW Preview


Potential SummerSlam Match Updates

As of now, planned matches include a Fatal Four-Way tag match for the Tag Team Titles and a gimmick matches involving AJ and Paige and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Credit David Bixenspan, Figure Four Weekly Newsletter

RF Video Releases Two New Shoot Interviews

Shoot Interviews with Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels were just released a few days ago. They speak candidly about the problems in TNA.

And the Daniels Preview.


Southern States Wrestling Power Half Hour July 27, 2014

From the organization that's gaining television contracts, not losing them!

G1 Climax - Night 5 Preview



The card for tonight's show looks ridiculous.

Okada/Naito.. a rematch of the World Title match from the Tokyo Dome this year, also a rematch of the classic World Title match from 3/4/12 that hooked me on this promotion for good.

Nakamura/Honma.. can the ultimate underdog finally pull out a win, against the King of Strong Style no less? Crowd is going to be rabid for a Honma victory, despite taking on the most popular guy in the company.

Tanahashi/Fale.. not a match you would pencil in as a MOTYC, but Fale has proven his worth this year. He's wrestling the modern day HBK, the guy that has me convinced that Fritz had an illegitimate child in Japan back in '76, who grew up to have the discipline that Kerry didn't.

Styles/Goto.. a match I circled immediately when the blocks were announced. This should steal the show. Styles has been a complete beast so far, and Goto is a top-of-the-line MOTY-caliber guy. If this isn't the best match on the card, then Okada did it again~!

Undercard looks like nothing special and hopefully moves along quickly, but does include Shibata/Benjamin II. There is NOTHING like watching these live.

Sporting News: TNA's Interesting Times


Figured I should bang this one out ASAP before anything else crazy happens tonight. I imagine I'll need to write something up when the Network numbers are released on Friday as well, but one crisis at a time.  Apologies for any errors in the timelines or major omissions and such, it's late and I wanted to make sure I hit the big points while the iron was hot.