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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nitro Nostalgia: Episode 1

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In an all new audio podcast, The Masked Reviewer discusses the very first episode of WCW Monday Nitro.

The Beer & Coffee Rant for AJPW Summer Impact (8/30/14)

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The Beer & Coffee Rant for AJPW’s “Summer Impact”
Live from Nagoya, Japan – 8/30/14
[ Click HERE to see the show in it's entirety without spoilers ]




It's AJPW's big show to close out the summer with 4 title matches, including Joe Doering's first world title defense as the big, nasty American as champion. Plus, it's LIVE on TV!


SUSHI vs. Yohei Nakajima

On This Day: WCW Nitro - September 2, 1996

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BUILDINGS ABLAZE! SHIRTS RIPPED APART! LUGER ROARS! WRITING ALL IN CAPS AND I DON’T KNOW WHY! IT’S CLEARLY TIME FOR WCW NITRO!

We are LIVE LIVE LIVE on Labour Day 1996, from AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION! TONY SCHIAVONE and LARRY ZBYSZKO man the first hour, and we are celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Nitro. I’ve recapped them all, and it only took me 11 years! I look forward to completing the entire set of Nitro on my 90th birthday. Speaking of 90 year olds, Larry has a pointed message to the nWo. You don’t care, and neither do I. I admit to getting a chuckle out of Tony talking about “Teed DiBiase”. Larry’s head shot up as soon as he heard a golfing term.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–05.01.95

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.01.95

Taped from Omaha, New Brunswick.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

A LENGTHY recap of the Diesel-Bam Bam deal from last week starts us out, covering the first 5 minutes of a 45 minute show.

PG Era Rant: Raw, 9.1.14

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The PG Era Rant for Raw, September 1, 2014. This is Raw #14!

...wait, I mean Raw #1110. My computer misinterpreted that.

Your pre-show hosts are Byron, Booker, and Alex. The big elements from Raw are:

  • Chris Jericho interviews Randy Orton on the Highlight Reel.
  • Growing Up Bella (insert sad piano music here).
  • Paul Heyman will speak on behalf of Brock Lesnar.
  • Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus face the Miz and Cesaro.
Live from Des Moines, Iowa.

Your hosts are Old, King, and Cole.

BoD RAW

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This has nothing to do with the WWE


WWE Network hosting other companies

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Hi Scott,
So it's a given that this will never happen but let's say hypothetically the WWE were to strike a deal with another wrestling company ala UFC and Invicta which would make the most sense for both companies?
ROH: still a somewhat dedicated fanbase who might plop down money to see them on the network and they're small enough that even Vince wouldn't be paranoid they would steal his spotlight. On the other hand it's similar to Invicta that if you're a fan of ROH you probably have the App already, also ROH doesn't need it because they basically cost nothing at this point and are owned by a media distributor.
TNA: About to get dumped by their distributor (probably), enough name talent to draw some buzz and get numbers on the network, but WWE wouldn't pay enough for the content to keep them afloat and Vince would want to bury them into the ground just because he's old and cranky and he hasn't done it in a while.
Have a good one,
Sean

​New Japan, by far.  They've already poached Devitt and KENTA and it would actually work as an alternative for guys to work when they need to freshen up.  We've all been saying for ages they should just get the rights to some of the shows from last year, re-dub them, and show them on the Network.  Wouldn't make a lick of difference for subscriptions, but it would be awesome for the future of the company and help to boost NJPW's standing.  ​

Monday Night Open Mic

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Happy Labor/Labour Day Blog O'Doomers!

I'm entertaining some friends and family this evening so you guys are on your own! Make sure to police yourselves. And if you are thinking "I wonder if this forum is the right place for my potentially unpopular and explosive opinion on certain crimes" than it probably isn't. Fair enough?

Anyway. Tonight on TV

RAW

College Football: Miami vs. Louisville (Go Cards!)

Final Hours of the Simpsons Marathon

Houdini miniseries on History

The Knick mini marathon on HBO (original show is on Cinemax but HBO is apparently stealing it for themselves)

Enjoy....and keep it clean! :)

Regarding Kurt Angle/WWE

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So the latest dirtsheet reports are that Angle approached Triple H about returning and was pretty much brushed off. I don't get this?


I definitely like the way Triple H has been shaping the future, but he seems adamant about creating new homegrown stars and not bringing in people who may already have a name. Now, obviously Angle has had his demons. But he claims he's a year+ sober now. If the guy can pass the physical and the drug test, I feel like they'd be foolish not to bring him in.


Guys like Bully Ray, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, etc. all could be hugely beneficial to WWE, but dirtsheets are constantly reporting WWE doesn't have an interest in them. It's really stupid to me. Of course you have to plan for the future with your new stars, but I still feel it's foolish to pass up on proven talent that can make an initial impact and then use their star power to help build your young guys.


With Kurt Angle alone, you have the perfect built-in mini-feud with Rusev, one of the only guys they can market as a believable threat to Lesnar, and a dozen fresh match combinations with guys like Ambrose, Rollins, Ziggler, Sheamus, Wyatt, Cesaro, and Bryan, etc. And several of those could reasonably be called dream matches to some fans and Angle has enough legitimacy built up that putting over some of those guys would help them tremendously.


Why the hell would you not bring him in on a part-time schedule, get all those matches out of him, then throw him in the HOF?


​Because one of these days he seems likely to implode once and for all and end up dead in a ditch somewhere, and you probably don't want him on your payroll when that happens.  Plus it's been nearly a decade since he was last part of the promotion and they've done nothing to keep his name alive since then, so there's very little name value left as far as upside.  You might as well just stick someone else under the Patriot mask and have him oppose Rusev if you're going that route.  I absolutely agree with the decision not to bring Angle in.  He made his own bed here.  ​

September Classics: Bob Backlund vs. Pat Patterson - MSG 9/24/79

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I first saw this match on the Bloodbath DVD set released about 10 years ago. After having watched some Bob Backlund in the Old School section of the Network vault, and then add this match, Backlund was certainly capable of holding his own in a brawl. Of course, we've all seen Patterson's feud with Sgt. Slaughter by now, and he can certainly work through a bloodfest as well. Good stuff here as both guys desperately attempt escapes.


WWF MSG 1979 - Bob Backlund Vs. Pat Patterson by Bluthor

WWF Saturday Night's Main Event October 4th, 1986

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October 4, 1986

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

Before the show, we get prerecorded promos from Jake Roberts, The Dream Team and Johnny Valiant, The Wizard, Paul Orndorff & Bobby Heenan, and Hulk Hogan.

Missed opportunity

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Seems like the WWE is missing a huge opportunity to get some lapsed WCW fans to subscribe to the Network by not bringing Tony Schivone in to shill for the Network on an episode of Monday Night Raw. Seriously, why not bring Tony in for a couple of matches to blatantly shill for the Network and do a couple of bumper promos about how today is "the greatest day in the history of our sport because WCW Monday Nitro is now on the WWE Network!" "FOR ONLY $9.99!"

Also, doesn't the Cena/Brock feud kind of HAVE to make it to Hell in the Cell? Is there any other match on the WWE horizon big enough to headline that event?


​They could be doing all kinds of fun stuff like that, but they choose not to.  I'm pretty sure they have David Crockett under contract for his talking head stuff and they never use him, either.  

I really don't see Brock working HITC.  They can justify NOC because of the network re-subbing thing, but he's already shown not to make a difference on B-shows otherwise and it's wasting a date they could save for something important.  Their lack of depth and main eventers is probably gonna bite them in the ass, and by extension us, from October to the Rumble.​

Network Update - 9/1/14

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Nitro has now officially been added to the Vault section. All 1995 episodes are available, with the run ending at the very last Nitro of 1996. The '96 episodes have a couple of gaps. For example, there is a gap between Nitro 104 and Nitro 106, but Nitro did not air for one week so nothing is missed there. The same is true for the gap between Nitro 109 and Nitro 111. Nitro 122 is the first episode that appears to be legitimately missing, the date 7/1/96.

That should keep us all a little quiet for now, AMIRITE?

NWA Saturday Night 1-6-90

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I needed a project to work on and why not run through the WCW/NWA of 1990 as it was a pretty good year for wrestling.

The great thing about 1990 was the WWF had all their larger than life types with Hogan and Warrior and Savage and Andre and they were about to put on a Royal Rumble that remains a top 3 Rumble in my book to set up the Wrestlemania VI card.

And NWA/WCW lost a couple guys as Steamboat and Funk were off doing other things but they still had the core group of Flair, Sting, Luger, The Steiners, Midnight Express, etc. etc.  So you really got two totally different products and you never got the feeling that one promotion was trying to copy the other. They lived in alternate universes and did their own thing.

Anyway Saturday Night was probably my favorite wrestling program when I was younger. I loved the old studio field of the show with the 200 people in attendance having true interaction with the wrestlers. They had since moved the tapings to Center Stage to procure a larger crowd but it still had an intimate feel.

And the show was full of little surprises. As you will see.

On This Day: WCW Worldwide - September 1, 1996

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Big show this week! Renegade! VK Wallstreet! Hold on to your hats!

Taped from Disney, your hosts are TONY SCHIAVONE and “SOBER” BOBBY HEENAN.

BoD Daily Update

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WWE.com RAW Preview

http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2014-09-01/five-point-preview-26607711



Batista Not Returning to the WWE?

Those close to Batista say that he feels let down and unhappy over the way he was booked in his return to the WWE and may stay away from wrestling in order to do more movies. One source cites that if Batista does return to the WWE, it would be for WrestleMania 31. Batista has also been reported to have expressed interest in a retirement match against HHH but there has now word from the WWE if that is something they plan on doing.

Credit PWInsider via Rajah.com



Kayfabe Commentaries Announces Next Two Installments of Their Timeline Series

1998 ECW as told by New Jack will be released on September 23rd

1981 WWE as told by Rick Martel will be released on October 14th

http://kayfabecommentaries.com/



Highspots Announces 40% Off Sale on All Digital Downloads

The sale ends tonight at Midnight. It includes shoot interviews, independent wrestling shows, ECW fan cams, and more.

http://www.highspots.com/c/Video-Downloads.html

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–04.24.95

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.24.95

Live from Omaha, NB

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, who is now joining him “as always” so he’s the permanent host now. For those who like to trace the bizarre paths of history, this show starts the unlikely rise to power of you-know-who.