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Cena Era

Hey Scott, So with Cena gone, and it looking like he’s probably not coming back for anything other than one-off matches, what are your thoughts on his career? How does he line up with the other “guys” of WWE? Where does he stand as a worker, as a promo, as a draw? As a draw, ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 9th, 1991

November 9, 1991 From the Allen County War Memorial in Ft. Wayne, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage.We learn that Sid Justice will miss the Survivor Series and more due to a severed tendon in his bicep after a match against Jake Roberts. We then hear from Sid, promising to ... Read more

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Bundy in The WCW

Hey Scott  After Bundy’s failure in the WWF in the mid 90s, how come The WCW never picked him up?  Without doing too much timeline research I think it was right around 96 when he ended his run up north.   Still plenty of opportunity in The WCW mid card.  Even NWO Bundy May have been ... Read more

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Braun and Generic MITB booking

Am I the only one who is really, really dreading the possibility of Braun cashing in and winning the belt from an exhausted Roman after he beats Lesnar for the title at SS? Braun is supposed to be a monster. He should cut a promo basically saying “I don’t need this damn briefcase.I don’t need ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2018–WWF’s Funniest Matches!

The Coliseum Video Rant 2018: WWF’s Funniest Moments! (Originally released 02.27.91) Hosted by Sean Mooney. They’re using Comic Sans for the title font, so you know it’s WACKY. Ball and Chain Match: Bobby Heenan v. Big Bossman Bobby tries apologizing for all his off-color remarks about Bossman’s mother in his pre-match promo and swears that ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – November 4th, 1991

November 4, 1991 Your hosts are Sean Mooney and Bobby Heenan Guests this week are British Bulldog, Gen. Adnan & Col. Mustafa, The Mountie, and El Matador. Mooney carries out a globe and says welcome in different languages as this week’s guests are from all over the world. We get some lame comedy that follows. ... Read more

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Bliss-Rousey Booking

Hi, Scott. Assuming it is the Summerslam match, how do you think WWE should/will book the Bliss-Rousey feud and match?  Given its investment in Rousey, WWE wouldn’t book a “Ronda, this is your life” segment just to get Alexa heat, right?  Since Alexa will have been champion something like 450 days out of the last ... Read more

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Vader/Hogan

During the Vader/Hogan feud of 1995, was there ever a time that Hogan was approached to drop the belt to Vader but  didn’t want to?  I always felt Superbrawl V would have been a perfect time to do it with Hulk winning it back at Bash at the Beach in the Cage match.  But the ... Read more

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Dave rates Money in the Bank

I’m actually still avoiding Takeover spoilers so I’m not scrolling down to that section of the Observer, but here’s Meltzer’s ratings for Money in the Bank, which was supposed to run a lean 3.5 hours and ended up going 4:15 instead.  Given that they actually cut the RAW tag title match to save time, that’s ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–06.20.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 06.20.18 Yay! More Hidden Gems on the Network! The Road to Perfection (04.21.85) AWA World tag team title: The Road Warriors v. Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig Animal works a headlock on Larry and Axe just punches him in the FACE. Animal seems taken aback by ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 21, 2018

Charlotte Update Charlotte had surgery on 6/19 for a ruptured implant and is taking this current PPV off to be back in time for the SummerSlam build. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Jason Jordan Update Jordan’s return is tentatively scheduled for July Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   WWE and Pro Wrestling ... Read more

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RIP Vader

News still breaking.  More details to come. His son announced it on Twitter.   It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm. pic.twitter.com/dP4CNaMuXa — Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) June 20, 2018  

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BoD Daily Update: June 20, 2018

WWE.com NXT Preview https://ift.tt/2MHzZ6m   Sami Zayn Injured https://ift.tt/2K2nikB   First Four Competitors Announced For PWG 2018 Battle of Los Angeles PCO, Brody King, Jody Fleisch, and Ilja Dragunov will be involved in the tournament, which begins September 14th. https://twitter.com/officialpwg?lang=en   WWN Live Free Match You can watch Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano from EVOLVE ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–10.03.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.03.94 (OK, now I’m all caught up to the point where we left off the Observers again, so I gotta get off my ass and get some more Observer Flashbacks done now.  It’s a vicious circle, people!)  Taped from Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon & ... Read more

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UK tournament

Hi Scott Are you going to be reviewing the UK tournament?  I’m happy to do it, in addition to the 205 Live reviews, if you weren’t planning on covering it. John ​I may or may not, but you’re always free to offer your own take on it.​

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The future

Hey Scott   First and foremost happy Fathers Day.  Here’s a question for you.  What current NXT wrestler do you think has the best chance of bringing wrestling back into the mainstream when they get called up, like Austin and NWO did in 97?   ​Smackdown is gonna be on prime time on the FOX Network ... Read more

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PPV Idea

Now that WWE has more money than God (who Vince also defeated in a match on PPV) what are the odds we get change? No, not better writing or coherent storylines. Im talking about a return to awesome PPV themed layouts like back in the day that gave shows a distinct and different feel?? Maybe ... Read more

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Renee Young

You think WWE is deliberately having Renee Young change her appearance to look less hot? Because she’s a very attractive woman, but has looked much less so lately, and Monday on RAW was not a good look at all for her. Thoughts? ​Dean Ambrose is still a lucky, lucky bastard.  ​

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WWE 205 Live – 19th May 2018

WWE 205 Live 19th June 2018 Toledo, Ohio Commentators: Tom Phillips & Percy Watson We open with highlights of the excellent main event from two weeks ago, where Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali’s tussle was interrupted by Hideo Itami.  It’ll hit the fan this week, grapple fans, as tonight all three combatants will tussle in ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Royal Rumble 1993

Live from Sacramento, CA Airdate:  January 24, 1993 Attendance:  16,000 (sold out) Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Who will win the Rumble match to become the #1 contender to the WWF title? Will the “Bad Guy” become WWF champion? Can Jannetty exact revenge against former tag partner Michaels and gain the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 2nd, 1991

November 2, 1991 From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. We learn that Savage was not reinstated by Jack Tunney. Savage then tells Jake Roberts he will not go down easy. This week, we have Col. Mustafa vs. Sid Justice, Bret Hart vs. The ... Read more

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ECW Buffalo Invasion 97

https://ift.tt/2I3zAHC On the whole I like Paul E’s booking, but some times he could be overly “cute” The Dream Partner match on this show is a good example of when he’d indulge his excesses a bit too much Hot take there…

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Trolling Japan

I’ve been convinced for years that Vince loves trolling crowds as evident by 15-min of Jinder chinlocking Roman at MITB. But could Vince be trolling an entire country and wrestling promotion. Nakamura and Asuka win the Royal Rumbles. Both lose high profile title matches at Mania and have been treated like choke artists/losers ever since. ... Read more

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Brock, Roman, Braun, and the briefcase

As I see it, Summerslam can go one of two ways: 1. We get Roman vs. Brock again and they recreate the end of WM31, with Strowman inserting himself into the match and stealing the win. (That, or Roman wins and Strowman cashes in immediately after.) Thus, Roman chokes once again. 2. Same scenario as ... Read more

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WWE Creative’s booking plans leaked

1. Multi-man matches to determine a number one contender for either the WWE or Universal title. 2. Weekly matches between all the participants, including tag team matches, where everyone trades wins. 3. Roman gets coronated. Am I missing something? ​Bayley and Sasha get into a fight and their friendship is over.  ​

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–09.13.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 09.13.98 We missed this one over the weekend, so might as well play catchup a bit. This is the first episode airing after the initial 6-episode order for the show finished up, and USA was apparently so happy with the ratings that they renewed the show ... Read more

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AJ Styles and the WWE 2k19 cover

So it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that there will be a WWE 2K19 this year. AJ Styles is on the cover, and it’s well deserved in terms of his in-ring accomplishments. However, which scenario is more likely: – We all have a chuckle when “THE GAY COMMUNITY!?” inevitably comes ... Read more

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WWF Madison Square Garden – October 28th, 1991

October 28, 1991 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Lord Alfred Hayes   Big Bully Busick vs. Texas Tornado Busick stalls to begin the match as the announcers talk about tonight’s Ric Flair vs. Roddy Piper match. Tornado works a side headlock as the ... Read more

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NakaLuger

So Scott since last year’s Summerslam Nakamura has challenged for the WWE title on ppv 6 times and has failed all 6 times. Is he officially this generations Lex Luger? No, that’s Roman.  I’d call Nakamura more akin to Ted Dibiase or Curt Hennig.   

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UP NEXT

The looooooooooong video packages really slowed down a lengthy show last night. Should these be axed entirely on the main show and saved for the pre-show only or would you cut these down to like 45 second pieces? I know how Vince feels about acknowledging other people’s work, but the people who produce these shows ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2018–06.17.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2018 – 06.17.18 Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & The Coach, plus whoever the Smackdown geeks are. I know I said I’d do NXT first, but Money in the Bank is, you know, money in my bank.  Plus if I ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 27th, 1991

October 27, 1991 From the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, WV Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Nasty Boys, and Texas Tornado. Plus, an interview with Sid Justice & Big Bossman & Legion of Doom and more   Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Vito ... Read more

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WWE Impact Live

Impact is averaging around 300,000 weekly viewers on Pop TV.  The average viewership on FS1? 180,000 viewers. Why wouldn’t they purchase Impact for peanuts and replace the 205 Live taping after Smackdown with Impact Live? You have a program that is currently getting around 300k viewers on a horrible 3rd rate network that most people ... Read more

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POWERBOMB IN 1951!

http://network.wwe.com/video/v1119202783?start=0&contentId=198829310&postPlay=true&postPlayCount=1&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wwe_hidden_gems&playContext=post_play_via_timer Go to the 37 minute mark. And, of course, that’s the finish. They even nix the 3rd fall ’cause Gunkel is F’d yo. ᐧ Old news,bro.  I reviewed that match as a part of the Hidden Gems rant ages ago.  But yes, Lou Thesz was a bad mamma jamma and I’d also highly recommend ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 15, 2004

Smackdown Date: January 15, 2004 Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut Attendance: 6,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz With less than two weeks to go before the Royal Rumble, it’s still the Hardcore Holly Show around here. Thankfully there’s some other stuff going on to balance it out, but he’s an anchor on the momentum that ... Read more

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Bobby Eaton

Scott, I’ve message a few times regarding the dangerous alliance and midnight express, but I wanted to get to the point and ask what you thought of Bobby Eaton. I don’t know why I’m such a fan of him. Perhaps it’s remembering his quality work with the dangerous alliance, or that he just had a ... Read more

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7 Star Matches

Hi Scott,  Now that we have the first 7-star match rating, what other matches would you go back and rate higher than 5 stars? Michaels-Taker from WM 25 seems like a good choice?   Oh, we’re not going down that rabbit-hole.

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Money on the Table Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2017

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Live from St. Louis, MO Your hosts are Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton & JBL Women’s Money in the Bank: Charlotte v. Becky Lynch v. Tamina v. Carmella v. Natalya Everyone runs for ladders to start, leaving Tamina alone, and she fights everyone else off and ... Read more

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What do you think of New Japan World?

Hi Scott, Many promotions now have their own “network” or streaming set up (DDT, Big Japan, Stardom, Progress etc) and more and more are appearing every month. NJPW World is clearly one of the better networks in regards for getting more bang for your buck but are you happy with it overall as a service? ... Read more

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