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Sunday Pre-Summerslam Chatty Thread

My irritations with the blog continue as we're down this morning and no word on what's going on yet again.

Talk about the impending SummerSlam here!  There was a big swing in odds for Nakamura this morning, although that doesn't mean a title switch necessarily.

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Crazy weekend

Seriously, this meningitis thing is the craziest thing to happen in a while. I’d rank it up there with Brock deciding to up and quit before WrestleMania, the Survivor Series screwjob and the weekend that WWF bought WCW. Shame it takes four guys getting deadly ill for the product to get interesting. And yet it ... Read more

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Sister Abigal vs the Demon Pumpkin

Scott, Is it possible that the WWE uses this virus outbreak as a chance to completely drop the horrible Sister Abigal vs Finn Pumpkin angle? Or are we getting this again at Survivor Series?   If they do drop this angle how high is it on the list of terrible ideas that they dropped midway ... Read more

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Ranking Kane

Hi Scott How would you rank the different Kane personas over the years? Kane 97-98 Kane – X-Pac's friend Brother of Destruction Kane (00-01) Freaks are cool Kane Unmask Kane Rapist then loving husband Kane See no evil Kane Kane 07-11 (Doing nothing expect winning world titles Kane) Re-Mask Kane Hell No Kane Corporate Kane ... Read more

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Saturday Night’s Main Event (Thread)

Hey, so Kevin Owens doesn’t have meningitis, thankfully. Tonight, it’s game 7 of the ALCS, where hopefully the Yankees lose like the losing losers they are. Tomorrow it’s TLC, the most batshit crazy PPV in a while.  Hopefully no one else contracts contagious viral diseases before then. Talk about the stuff here!

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Ahmed in 1996

Scott, It seems weird now, but there was a brief moment in late-July and early-August 1996 that Ahmed Johnson looked like the next biggest thing in wrestling.  Up to that point, the WWF had done a great job of emphasizing his strengths (look, charisma, intensity) and hiding his weaknesses (promos, long matches).  And in the ... Read more

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Injuries in 97

While rewatching 97 WWF, holy crap did they have tons of injury problems. Whether bad accidents on-air (Austin at Summerslam, H. Godwinn against LOD, Putski at Ground Zero), longtime problems (Pillman, Rude, Foley around WM, Goldust after Survivors), clumsiness (Ahmed multiple times) or kayfabe (Shawn's smile, Bulldog at ONO?), every week on RAW you would ... Read more

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Drop some Canadian knowledge on us

Hi Scott –   After your tutorial on the impact the Tragically Hip played on Canadian music, I had a question arise from the comments in the “Unreleased” reviews.   Someone mentioned the Jacques Rougeau retirement show, and how that was an amazing gate and crowd. As an American, I remember the Rougeaus as the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2016 – 12.04.16 Live from Dallas, TX Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo, JBL, Tom Phillips & David Otunga. Really, FOUR announcers? We’re getting dangerously close to the Naked Gun gag of the endless parade of baseball announcers. (At least we’re back to a more manageable three now, as it ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

As of right now, WWE TLC is taking place tomorrow. Kurt Angle will wrestle his first WWE match in 11 years in place of Roman Reigns in the main event, while AJ Styles has been drafted in to replace Bray Wyatt against Finn Balor. These changes were yesterday confirmed to be a result of viral infection. ... Read more

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MORE BREAKING NEWZ: IMPACT PIZZA REVEALED

Holy cow, you guys!  I knew TN…uh…Global…uh…whatever they’re called now wouldn’t let WWE have all the attention in the news today.  From the Observer… Impact held their press conference at the Crust & Crate in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada today to reveal the Impact-themed pizza and beverage that will be available at the restaurant from November ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

I know it’s not as exciting as MENINGITIS-MANIA, but I’ve also been home sick for a few days now due to viral problems, but you don’t see me calling Kurt Angle to write the Observer Flashback, do ya? Anyway, now all kinds of crazy theories about people having the mumps are spreading like, well, viral ... Read more

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TLC huge changes

Scott- just broke that Roman Reigns is being replaced in the TLC main event with Kurt Angle???? WTF???  Is this wellness related? And Angle being in a wwe ring for the first time in 11 years in a TLC match???  Oh and Bray being replaced by AJ Styles? I'm all for replacing worst story of ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 10, 1995

–Jerry Lawler notes how much his feet stink and that he would not want to be Aldo Montoya later in today’s show. –Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in charge of commentary and they are taped from Wheeling, West Virginia.  The tapings were held on June 6 and historyofwwe.com says that they drew 3,800 fans. ... Read more

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Brock on TLC card

Hi Scott   If Bray Wyatt can’t go this Sunday due to illness, does Vince give Brock a stack of cash to work the show against Balor, and do a full court press on social media announcing as such for the next 2 days to help with ticket sales and Network buys? ​Uh, why would ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 5th, 1990

August 5, 1990 From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines, IA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Ted DiBiase, Legion of Doom, Big Bossman, and The Orient Express.   Big Bossman vs. Al Burke Heenan is ragging on the people of Iowa something fierce to start off ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–12.27.93

Time to wrap up 1993!  And no, I’m not doing anything wacky like jumping back and forth in time or anything, we’re just moving on to 1994 and all the Hulk Hogan-ness therein.  Doing all the Unreleased stuff was super fun, though, and I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.  But back to business! – Merry Christmas ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 20, 2017

Kenny Omega Added to the Ring of Honor Supercard VII Show http://ift.tt/2gpCtah   ESPN.com Staff Predicts the Survivor Series Card http://ift.tt/2yvDw37   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch The Briscoes vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada from the 2015 War of the Worlds Show  

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Highspots Shoot Interview with The Mulkeys

This was filmed on August 20th, 2005 It runs at fifty-one minutes long   They started out in wrestling by setting up the rings for Horace “Hoss” Strickland’s International Wrestling Alliance promotion. Later on they briefly talked about starting out wrestling in their own backyards with a ring made out of a wooden platform and ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 19, 2017

Brie Bella Update Brie is targeting November to start training for a comeback and would like to be back in the ring by January. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   ESPN.com Article on The Prince Puma/Johnny Mundo Feud in Lucha Underground http://ift.tt/2zAsc3C   CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide Episode #127

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I’m concerned for the Singh Brothers

Hi, Scott, With the announcement of Jinder vs. Brock, I'm legitimately concerned that the only way out of this without making either champ look profoundly bad will be for Brock to eat the distraction pin and then "get his heat back" by literally committing assault (and possibly involuntary manslaughter) against one or both of the ... Read more

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Hurricane Irma help

Greetings scott, benjamin here, been a big fan since the 411wrestling days! Ive unfortunately been dealing with rough times due to hurricane irma, if you could just please share this link with your bloggers, looking forward to reading more from you, thank you! http://ift.tt/2zAxL1K

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More Unreleased

Scott- with your Unreleased rant wrapped up, the question is do you see WWE doing more of these? Opinions are that its sold very well but with WWE getting out of home video what is the future of it? The potential is endless: -There have to be thousands of hours of totally unaired stuff in ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 86-95–Part 6

The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 1986-1995 (Part 6) OK, last one! We last left off in 1994, and now we pick things up in October, as Jim Neidhart returns to WWF TV to turn on former partner Bret Hart…and then that’s the last we heard of it. Until now! WWF title: Bret Hart v. ... Read more

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NXT – October 18, 2017

NXT Date: October 18, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s the Undisputed night as the Undisputed Era are back in the ring this week. Tonight it’s going to be the Undisputed Era vs. Sanity in a six man tag. The question though is how does ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – May 19, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: May 19, 2003 Location: BI-LO Center, Greenville, South Carolina Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re past Judgment Day and thank goodness for that. Unfortunately we’re on the way towards Bad Blood, which is the first single branded pay per view. In other words, we’re all in very serious trouble. Unfortunately we ... Read more

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One match wonders.

In music, there is a term called "One Hit Wonders."  Basically, a singer or group had a hit song or album, but could never repeat that success.  Do you think there are "one match wonders?" Wrestlers who had one great match, but could never repeat that success? ​Sure, stuff like the legendary Kane v. Albert ... Read more

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Randy Savage in the WWF

Hello Scott Was Savage better as a heel or a face in the WWF? Thank you. ​He was a better and more interesting worker as a heel, but played one of the greatest babyfaces of all time and drew more money that way.  Either way, he's great.​

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The Wednesday Wackness

Yay, home sick from work today but I felt too lousy to actually catch up on anything that I finally had time for (like Hell in a Cell) so I just napped and played Uncharted Drake’s Fortune instead.  Goddamn section going upstream on the little jetski while trying to control both characters was REALLY irritating, ... Read more

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TLC

Scott- wow is TLC shaping up to be a train wreck.. 1) 8 guys tied up in one match (maybe 9 if Joe returns) means an undercard of 2 cruiserweight matches and, counting the pre show, 3 women's matches with them wasting Balor against some combination of Bray and Bo in drag 2) speaking of ... Read more

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Hinder Jinder

If WWE really thinks they can sell a love around a match between Lesnar and Jinder, then they have lost their minds. The announcers basically sold it as a damn joke when Jinder made the challenge. When Braun stepped to Brock, it was more like uh oh. Jinder gets met with laughs and what is ... Read more

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The Hip

Hi Scott, I just found out that Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip passed away. Aside from a rare SNL appearance and a couple of songs that made waves south of the border (i.e. Bobcaygeon), I can't speak of their true legacy. Can you please explain how big of a loss this is for Canadian ... Read more

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PWG 2017 Battle of Los Angeles, Stage One

September 1, 2017 From American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, CA Excalibur and Chuck Taylor are your hosts BOLA 1st Round Match: Dezmond Xavier vs. Brian Cage Cage runs over Xavier to start. Xavier uses his speed then comes back with a dropkick that sends Cage back a step or two. Cage comes back with ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 86-95–Part 5

The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 1986-1995 (Part 5) Let’s finish this one off and move on with our lives. For those following the saga of my collection of crap, I bought a PS4 for cheap and that’s what I’m using as my Blu-Ray player now because the interface is WAY easier to deal with ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-02-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: January 2, 1982 Attendance: unknown Hosted by Gene Goodson & Jose Lothario With the Cubs in the NLCS and football season in full bloom, let’s take a quick diversion from 1991 for a trip down to Texas for some old school ‘rasslin’. Opening montage. Yes, folks, Jose Lothario provides color ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – June 5, 1995

–The WWF blimp is shown hovering over Struthers High School, where tonight’s show is taking place, and Bob Backlund is seen giving a campaign speech, telling students that if they do not get an education the government is going to put them back in slavery.  Vince McMahon does not reveal that the show is actually ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 4th, 1990

August 4, 1990 From the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, NE Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon. In action this week are Rick Rude, Kerry Von Erich,  and Jake Roberts. Plus, an interview with Hulk Hogan and Demolition as guests on the “Brother Love Show.”   “Ravishing” Rick Rude vs. Scott ... Read more

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Federations changing course

Scott,   Once again with the questions :   What’s the best example of a federation very deliberately changing plans based on fan reaction?   Daniel Bryan at WM XXX?  Honkytonkman becoming a heel?  Something else?   ​Oh yeah, Bryan at Wrestlemania is the gold standard, because they literally were forced by fan reaction to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–11.29.93 / 12.06.93 / 12.13.93

I’m getting far ahead on the Observer Flashbacks again, so let’s catch up the RAW reviews since these are all short and boring anyway.  Minor note:  I’ve now discovered that splitting long posts into multiple pages is a thing I can do, so we’ll try it with this one. The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! We got a TLC take-home RAW tonight and there isn’t much to this card outside of the tremendous 4-on-3 main event. The down side to the match is it ties up the I-C and tag titles and with Brock taking some time off from his 6-minute matches, this is going to be ... Read more

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If Vince were smart…

Hey Scott, Is the smartest thing for Vince to sell the WWE promotion before their tv contract expires and maybe he can take time off and get some therapy? You think this would be the best outcome for everybody? I think we're far past the point of therapy for Vince now. 

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Punk

Are people going to ever get over this guy? I swear posts that have nothing to do with him , they bring him up left and right in the comment section. How does someone who had shitty strikes, corner knee looking like he was hugging his opponent once "delivered" and botched the gts anytime someone ... Read more

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Guaranteed RAW ratings booster

I've come up with the way to boost RAW ratings and steal viewers from Monday Night Football: Play the National Anthem at the beginning of every show. Have all the wrestlers superstars stand at the top of the ramp and honor the flag. NO KNEELING. Win back the Trump supporters who want to boycott the ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 30, 1990

July 30, 1990 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan Tonight’s featured match is Rick Martel vs. Ronnie Garvin   “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Tom Stone This match is from the 7/17 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Des Moines, IA. Gorilla and Lord Alfred Hayes are on commentary.  Snuka takes control early as the announcers ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 16, 2017

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2hISN6g   Original Plans for Enzo Amore’s feud Against Neville Before Neville walked out on the company, the plan was for Neville to defeat Enzo for the Cruiserweight Championship but that Enzo would then seek the service of a bodyguard to protect himself from the rest of the division. The frontrunners for ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–The 90s!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The 90s! Eh, back to these for fun. And we’ll pick things up in 1992… GWF Light heavyweight title, 2/3 falls: The Lightning Kid v. Jerry Lynn (01.06.92) The stip is that Kid has to win with his “Lightning Strike” finisher for a fall to count, ... Read more

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No! NOOOOOO!

http://ift.tt/2kQZNmE We all knew it was coming, but now I guess it's semi-official. Can't wait for WM34 to end with Cena and Reigns as our world champions. You say that as though you're shocked about it. 

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Randy Orton and his hair

While undergoing the slow but steady and monumental task of transferring all of my VHS tapes (about 2000 of them) to DVD, I came across a random episode of Smackdown from the mid-00s. While watching it, I was shocked to see it featured both Batista and Randy Orton, back before they both shaved their heads.  ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – February 17th, 1983

February 17, 1983 Boyd Pierce is your host This week in action are Mr. Wrestling II, Junkyard Dog, Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Tiger Conway Jr.   Bill Watts is Buddy Nichols, the sports director of KLLB in Alexandria, LA who is here to be the guest commentator for a ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–12.20.93

So Dave skipped a week for personal reasons, and he immediately apologizes for this being a “sub par” issue, but he just wanted to hit all the giant news stories before they went cold.  Is this gonna be like where he talks about a “slow news week” and then I’m left with a 30 page ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Mark Briscoe posted the x-ray of his dislocated elbow, which he suffered at Ring of Honor’s show on Friday Austin Aries made reference to WWE pay in a tweet yesterday Jinder Mahal spoke to Sportskeeda about his training regime and the possibility of beating CM Punk’s 434-day title reign For some Sunday reading check out ... Read more

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