Wednesday, October 22, 2014
There is an ongoing contract issue between Bischoff and TNA, with false reports of the two parties suing each other. Neither side can discuss the matter until their deal expires, which is reportedly to be very soon. Bischoff was on Steve Austin's podcast recently where he stated he could not dicuss the matter.
This week's episode drew 3.7 million viewers with a 1.2 in the 18-49 demographic, down from last week's 3.75 and 1.23 respectively. It's the second lowest viewership of the year, beating only the 5/26 episode. The household number was not yet available at the time of this post.
WWE Network in Canada Update
Rogers has issued a letter to the CRTC addressing issues raised with their application last month. The company stated that they received nearly three hundred interveners responding to the application and that only four opposed it. Other highlights:
-The Network as distributed in Canada will consist of the same content available on the US version.
-The Network will not be exclusive to Rogers and that other companies can negotiate to carry it on their systems.
-WWE decided to carry the Network as a cable channel rather than an over-the-top service in Canada, but that Rogers confirmed that they are working to also provide a service with the same functionality and convenience of the US over-the-top service.
Change to Hell in a Cell
From the Smackdown taping last night, the match between Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro for the Intercontinental Championship will now be a 2 out of 3 Falls match.
Random but sort of lucid thought I had this morning. It seems whomever holds the IC or US Title (and to a lesser extent the Tag Titles) ends up jobbing a shitload on tv. Here's a theory as to why...
Since basically the entire roster is filled with midcard geeks trading wins with each other, no one is terribly over. Additionally, the powers that be have asserted many times that the belts are but mere props. Therefore, when you need to have someone BUILD MOMENTUM to the next PPV or whatever, getting a win against Jack Swagger or Mark Henry or whoever doesn't do anything for them.
But in the eyes of the fans, the belts still mean something, so getting a win over the person that holds them still has meaning. We all know this on an intrinsic level (even the creative team), even though the mid-tier titles almost never get spotlight feuds.
The titleholders serve as prop vehicles for use when the story calls for it. I don't think any of us would disagree when we say they're leaving money on the table with this approach, but using the belts this way at least does have it's own goody logic to it. Thoughts?
(Just for the sake of context, here’s my most recent rant on IYH3 to go along with the RAW from last night.)
The SmarK Retro Rant for WWE In Your House #3: Triple Header! (September 1995)
- This is another redo of a rant I did back in the bad old days where I thought it really needed an upgrade, and since I was watching this show anyway, here it is.
- Live from Saginaw, MI.
- Your hosts are Vince and Jerry and Jim.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.25.95
Ad roulette! I got a commercial for PureTalk before this show. So it begins.
So it’s the night after In Your House 3, when Shawn Michaels & Diesel supposably won the tag titles from Owen & Yoko, only to have Gorilla Monsoon to reverse the decision and force the new old champions to face the Smoking Gunns.
Also, they’ve overhauled the RAW intro. Again. Men fighting on the rooftops! Pretty sure the shots of people running into the fences were recycled into the D-X entrance years later, as well.
Live from Grand Rapids, MI
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler
WWE Network with Main Event at 8:00 PM ET, followed by an all-new Monday Night War at 9:00 which focuses on the impact of Goldberg.
WORLD........SERIES!! It's on FOX and it starts at around 7:00 ET. San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals. My prediction: it's an even numbered year so let's say....Giants in 5.
TV: The Flash, Agents of SHIELD.
NHL, NBA Preseason.
It's one stop shopping right here......at the BoD.
10-22-00 The Rock vs. Kurt Angle (WWF Title No... by puropwgwwestuff
On the WWE Corporate site, you can find the following statement:
"WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated."
Smackdown scored a 1.96 for this past Friday's show, up slightly from a 1.94 the week before. It ranked 2nd on Friday night cable behind "Gold Rush" on Discovery.
Jake Roberts Health Update
On Friday, Jake Roberts tweeted that doctors have found three spots on his brain that they are concerned about, and will receive another MRI in three weeks.
Seth Rollins at NXT
Seth Rollins will be appearing at this week's NXt taping. No word on whether he will see in-ring action.
Monday, October 20, 2014
- John Cena and Dean Ambrose face the Authority in a Handicap Street Fight.
- AJ/Paige and Usos/Dusts have been added to Hell in a Cell, giving us 8 matches on the night.
- Six-man rematch: Usos/Sheamus v. Dusts/Miz.
Can you review or rereview this week some of the greatest Hell in the Cell matches ever.
Mankind vs Undertaker
Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels
HHH vs Shawn Michaels
HHH vs Mankind
Undertaker vs Edge
If only there was a DVD that contained all of these. Oh wait, there is!
The SmarK DVD Rant for Hell In A Cell
- I'm talking about the 3-disc DVD set here, not the recent PPV. I know this is an older set, but I found it on Ebay for like $3 and I've been wanting to work in a proper review for a while now.
- Hosted by Mick Foley, fittingly enough.
Wishing you well as we get close to the holiday season and the pre-holiday season madness known as Halloween. Any crazy stories from Halloween parties out there? I admit I'm highly concerned as my son is hitting a couple of parties this weekend and I can only imagine what those little whores at his school are going to dress up as. Teenage girls just have no respect for themselves these days.
Anyway, wrestling is still boring. I swear the Royal Rumble can't get here fast enough.
The Podcasts are interesting though. Kind of surprised Triple H chose Jericho's podcast to do his first real appearance with over Ross or Austin. Probably the first time he put over Jericho. I have the Austin podcast on his WM 17 match with the Rock downloaded but I haven't listened to it yet. The Rock just needs to come on Austin's show because it's been long enough. That's like the only guest he hasn't had yet. Rock and Vince.
Anyway TV Tonight
Monday Night Football (Steelers v. Texans)
American Dad on TBS now
Lightning-Oilers is the only NHL game on tonight.
World Series starts tomorrow.
Enjoy the show and come out swinging but try to keep it clean!
Updated Hell In A Cell card for this Sunday:
The Big Show vs. Rusev
Brie Belle vs. Nikki Bella - Loser Becomes the Winner's "Bitch"
Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro - Intercontinental Championship
Sheamus vs. The Miz - United State Championship
John Cena vs. Randy Orton - Hell in a Cell Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins - Hell in a Cell Match
NXT Star to Try Out a New Gimmick
Tye Dillinger has been trying out a new gimmick at NXT house shows. It was described as a cross between Ravishing Rick Rude and Fandango.
Justin Roberts to Write a Book
Justin Roberts told TMZ that he plans on writing a book about his life. He wants it to be part inspirational and part instructional. He does not yet have a publisher for the planned work.
WWE Extras Pay Rate
Reddit user MetsFan4Ever, a former WWE backstage worker, is disputing the WON report that WWE cut its pay rate for extras. The Observer reported pay was cut from $250 to $100 but the Reddit user says this is false and the pay for independent wrestlers and extras was only cut by $50, and talent now gets $200. He also noted that people who appear as Adam Rose‘s Rosebuds at live events receive $100.
This is longtime reader/commenter, but first time emailer BeardMoney. I recently tried my hand at creating a personality quiz and I thought the BoD might enjoy this one as it asks which member of a legendary wrestling tag team you would Bee. It's kind of like a sports entertainment version of the Zoë or Zelda question. If you wanted to post it here, that would be War Games level awesome. Thanks for the great work you do with the Blog!
- To Nattie, such a getaway meant a good time to get away and have a romantic time reconnecting with her husband. Unfortunately, TJ's concept of romance and connection was feeding ostriches at a farm and not banging the shit out of her when she brought up the idea. (MATT: Let that sink in for a moment: he actually researched things to do in Curacao and chose to visit an Ostrich Farm.)
- Brie lost her luggage and had to make do with her sister's clothing and persistent badgering. She did drink some but, for the most part, wanted to think about her husband at home and how to decorate that home. Nikki kept lamenting the loss of her sister (or rather the loss of her sister as her co-conspirator in getting drunk and acting silly) and may have made some personal growth in recognizing they are just very different women who (as Nikki said herself in the first season) she wouldn't be friends with if they weren't sisters.
- Cameron, as usual, didn't have much time for Vincent, though she did want to drag him away on this excursion. Though she barely spent time with him on the vacation, she did decide to house hunt with him after he made his feelings about their relationship known. Since Nikki is the only real estate agent they know (plot contrivance), she asked Nikki to be her realtor.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
by Rick Remender & John Romita Jr.
Sorry about your Dreamcast, Joe. :(
I actually bought this game from EBGames for $2 in one of their ultra-cheap impulse bins by the till. I feel like it was a fair price.
Pretty funny they've turned teddy long making tag team matches into a meme.
A buddy of mine gave me "The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA" recently and I watched it today. The highlight for me was any time they talked to Nick Bockwinkel. In fact, there's a bunch of extras where he's talking about whatever, and they're the greatest. Nice guy, good storyteller, and from what I could tell, a hell of a wrestler.
What's your opinion of Bockwinkel? His legacy? Where he falls in terms of his place with relation to other all-time greats (e.g. Flair, Lawler, etc)?