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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – September 7th, 1991

September 7, 1991 From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY We have a new opening montage with a lot of Sid Justice shots and Virgil holding the Million Dollar Title belt. The Ultimate Warrior has been completely removed. Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper. This week, we will see footage from the ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 24, 2018

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2IF163s   WWE 2018 Mae Young Classic Update The unofficial working dates for the Mae Young Classic are 8/7 and 8/8. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Katsuya Kitamura Update Kitamura is still out of action due to a concussion but of late the idea is that he will be ... Read more

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Backstage Atmosphere

I read a current interview with Kevin Nash who stated Vince told him recently that “theres no fire in the locker room anymore, it used to be a shark pit here”. And I also just read a interview where Drew Mcintyre said the locker room is too laid back now, too many people are “happy ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–10.03.94

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.03.94 Guys, this Hogan-Flair feud is getting serious now! CAREERS ARE ON THE LINE! What’s so funny? – In a move that Dave describes as “stunning”, WCW has added a stipulation to the Hogan v. Flair main event at Halloween Havoc where Flair will retire if he loses, and since Hogan ... Read more

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Network Fantasy Draft

Here’s an idea that tickled me: Let’s say after Smackdown goes to Fox, they keep the brand split going. Unlikely, I’d say, but not impossible. How funny is the idea of NBC/Universal and Fox negotiating with WWE (and more importantly EACH OTHER) over who’s on which show. “Ok, you can have Ronda Rousey, but we ... Read more

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Did AOL/Time Warner Make A Mistake

Hey Scott The Baconman here, from Sherwood Park.   Questions and looking for your thoughts, compared to mine.  The powers that be decided they didn’t want The WCW on their networks anymore.  No wrestling period.  They owned all the content, all the rights, the shows were still drawing strong ratings (especially compared with current ratings).  They ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 31st, 1991

August 31, 1991 From the Worcester Centrum in Worcester, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper. We learn something happened at the Savage/Elizabeth Wedding Reception as Piper goes off on a rant about Jake Roberts and says Sid Justice saved the situation from getting worse. This week in action are Big Bossman, Ted ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 22nd May 2018

WWE 205 Live 22nd May 2018 Worcester, Massachusetts Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson We’re back on U.S. soil, grapple fans, as 205 Live gets back to its regular routine.  Can any of the usual suspects build some momentum?  Will any of the exhausted, post-SmackDown viewers care?  Let’s find out! I must begin ... Read more

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Biggest matches on TV

Scott- with the ridiculous amount of scratch Fox and USA are throwing out, doesn't that pretty much end the ppv/network special? Wouldn't the biggest matches make more sense, particularly with Fox, to be on the weekly shows with the network as a supplement/archive? Do we get Wrestlemania on live network TV? ​It has certainly gone ... Read more

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Real reign of terror

Shane Douglas had TWO thirteen month reigns as ECW world champ, what an overly long mess both of them were! People should diss him (and Heyman) more for these! ​Yeah, Shane!  Boo!  And that match with Al Snow really sucked, too!​

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A question that does not involve Roman Reigns

Hey, Scott. Long-time reader, and I was curious about something. I either heard or read, a long while back, that Bret Hart considered himself the 'best there is, etc.' because he never injured anyone in the ring. I'm a huge Triple H fan (his SS98 ladder match and the Iron Man are two of my ... Read more

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1 billion a year?

Everything else being equal to what it is today, how much would a TV contract be worth in 1999 or 2000?  The WWE is going to get 1 billion over 5 years for Smackdown. Good for them, but I feel like they are just settling when they could be making so much more.  How can ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWWF All Star Wrestling–01.05.80

The SmarK Rant for WWWF All Star Wrestling – 01.05.80 I dunno, call me a glutton for punishment with these, I guess. I’m jumping ahead a year to the start of 1980, because there’s a lot more recognizable faces and Hulk Hogan is now around. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bruno Sammartino WARNING: THE ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Starrcade ’92

Live from Atlanta, GA Airdate: December 28, 1992 Attendance:  8,000 (6,500 paid) Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Who will win Battlebowl? Who will become the King of Cable? Can either Simmons or Chono retain their respective World titles? Or do Rude or Muta stand a chance to unseat them? Let’s find ... Read more

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WWF 1991 SummerSlam

August 26, 1991 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Roddy Piper   The Dragon & Texas Tornado & British Bulldog vs. Warlord & Power & Glory w/ Slick Roma decks Dragon then scoops him up for a slam. Roma then taunts the crowd after ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Extreme Championship Wrestling–10.04.94

The SmarK Rant for Extreme Championship Wrestling – 10.04.94 Taped from Philly. Your host is Joey Styles, who shares the unfortunate news that someone has taken it…TO THE EXTREME. Joey Styles is out of the hospital, where someone has been rushed via ambulance…but we can’t tell you who it is yet. Stay tuned, though! Right ... Read more

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Another what if question

Hey Scott,   I was reading a reddit post about Kurt Angle doing commentary on an episode of ECW Hardcore t.v. in 96.  Now we've all heard that he was going to sign there and the crucifiction angle made him say no thank you.  So my question is if Kurt Angle had started his career ... Read more

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Longer and bigger

https://ift.tt/2s57SEB Who even is supposed to be the audience for these marathon shows anymore?  Their last 3 shows have been a complete chore to get through as it is.  We're gonna start having 60 minute Iron Man matches to open every show, apparently. 

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Smackdown on Fox

If you're Fox, do you want to: a) Maintain the brand split? The pro is that you have an “exclusive” roster. The con is that you only get 40% of the roster, and history has shown that Vince treasures his Monday Night baby. b) Be live? Audiences prefer a live show, but unless the show ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 22, 2018

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview https://ift.tt/2IDNlxO   WWE Extending Length and Start Time of PPV Events https://ift.tt/2kea74N   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch KUSHIDA vs. Kyle O’Reilly from the 2015 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament

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Next great mania moment

I want to start by saying this is pure fantasy as I feel that Vince and company will never put their faith in Bryan as THE guy due to his history. That out of the way though, is there a better story right now than Bryan winning the rumble and being the first guy to ... Read more

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Female wrestling hall of fame

The Uk will have its first all female hall of fame in central london. Klondyte Kate first entry Your top 3 entries? https://twitter.com/BishopsgateInst/status/998506053598896128?s=19 ​1. Stephanie McMahon 2. Linda McMahon 3. Aurora Rose Levesque ​Maybe Santina in the pre-game show if there's time.

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 25th, 1991

August 25, 1991 From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart In action this week are Legion of Doom, British Bulldog, and Ted DiBiase. Plus, comments from Jake Roberts and Sgt. Slaughter as guest on the “Barber Shop.”   Legion of Doom vs. Kerry Davis ... Read more

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The Case for Extending a Title Run

Hey Scott. Could you make a case for extending the following title runs? Or did they pull the plug at the right time? ​- ​ Macho Man in 88/89 ​Macho will always be champion of my heart and should have reigned for a thousand years.  Especially as a heel.  ​ ​- ​ Macho Man in ... Read more

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Curtain Call importance

May 19th was the anniversary of the Curtain Call at msg. Meltzer said on twitter that it's importance is revisionist history, but if it's true that HHH was punished by losing his KOTR 96 opportunity and thus Austin 3:16 wins and begins his rise… coupled with the debut of Hall on nitro just a week ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–09.26.94

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 09.26.94 Is it time for Fall Brawl already? Time flies when you don’t give a crap, I guess. – Yes, it’s time once again for Dave to declare that pro wrestling in the US is in trouble. In this case, the new fall season has started, and syndicated ratings are in ... Read more

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Stanley Cup/Million Dollar Belt

Hey Scott, Would you say that if the Las Vegas Golden Knight won  the Stanley Cup it would be the equivalent  of Virgil winning the Million Dollar Belt? Can't you just year Bobby Heenan saying, “The next time you see the Cup it will be hanging from the VIP Room at the Bunny Ranch.” ​I ... Read more

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Trips and Billy

It's common knowledge that Triple H is a huge fan of the National Wrestling Alliance. They tried to purchase the NWA Houston Wrestling tape library in 2015 and even went as far as allegedly firing the woman executive who failed to obtain it in the negotiations. Then again in 2016 when Triple H met with ... Read more

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Million Dollar Nightmare

Scott, Should Ted DiBiase be considered a bigger flop as a manager than Paul Jones and Mr. Fuji due to actually having wrestlers who were supposed to be at the top of the card and his bringing in anti-heat?  At least Paul Jones vs. Jimmy Valiant would get a crowd reaction. Separately, was there a ... Read more

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Pure Mark Moment

Hi Scott, Has there ever been a match (or series of matches) that you just hated from a technical standard but loved just because the guy you liked won? I'm not even saying from a dispassionate “that was good booking” POV but purely from a markish “I like that guy and he won so YAY” POV. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–08.16.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 08.16.98 At the suggestion of many, I’m switching from star ratings to the point system for these. Your hosts are Shane McMahon & Jim Ross WWF tag team titles: Mankind & Kane v. LOD 2000 Droz debuts as Animal’s partner here, given that Hawk is “in ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Mark Haskins will team with Nick Aldis vs. The Young Bucks for Ring of Honor’s UK tour Ring of Honor also announced the opening of a new training dojo in Baltimore Episode five of MLW: Fusion, featuring Pentagon Jr. vs. Rey Fenix, is now available to watch online (in the USA) For some Sunday reading, check ... Read more

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Smackdown – December 18, 2003

Smackdown Date: December 18, 2003 Location: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz This is the last regular show of the year as next week’s is from Iraq for the first Tribute to the Troops. Since last week’s show was a stand alone episode, odds are that’s going to be the case this ... Read more

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Research on Women’s Wrestling

Hi Scott,  My name is Dr Tom Phillips (no, not that one), and I'm a researcher at the UEA in Norwich, UK, writing about the state of women's wrestling today.   I'm asking people to head to https://ift.tt/2IyAxsx to take 10-15 minutes to complete a short survey about women's wrestling. Whether people love it (or possibly ... Read more

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King of The Ring 1994

Hey Scott! Love the stuff. Keep killing it! I was watching 1993-1994 and came across the GEM OF A SHOW King of the Ring 1994. And the questions I have about it. 1). I get it, Bret Hart wasn't a huge draw, so he's in the middle of the show vs Diesel…BUT WHY IS LAWLER ... Read more

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Rollins vs Brock!

There’s been speculation, including from PW Insider, that Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins could be the next match for “The Beast.” From Cagedsideseats. Hopefully this sticks and he wins the Title instead of ending up a bump on the road to Roman. ​Here's how it would go if they were planning on putting the belt on ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–09.12.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.12.94 So welcome to a very strange time in my life, as back in 1994 we got one of those C-Band satellite dish monstrosities for our backyard, added a grey market subscription to a US channel package, and VOILA, I suddenly could watch Monday Night RAW live ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – November 11, 1995

–A video package shows the outcome of the Smoking Gunns-Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid match at In Your House 4 and how the Kid apologized to the Gunns later.  Razor and the Kid warn the Gunns that they are coming after them in today’s rematch. –Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are today’s broadcasters ... Read more

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Holy sh!t…

Tom MaGee beaten up…any chance we ever see that match footage with him and Bret Hart? https://ift.tt/2KAZx2R Hold on, I'm trying to find a punchline here.  “And then Vince McMahon hired the other guy on the spot”.  No, that doesn't really work.  Dammit, snarky comments are TOUGH sometimes.  

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The SmarK Rant for UFC #3

(To go along with the Observer this morning, here’s my rant for UFC 3 from Heavy.com) Ultimate Fighting Championship III – The American Dream! – So we’re back to an 8-man tournament again after the failed experiment that was the 16-man tournament of UFC 2. One minor rule change, as Big John now has the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 24th, 1991

August 24, 1991 From the Worcester Centrum in Worcester, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage This week in action are Sgt. Slaughter, Bret Hart, and The Natural Disasters.   The Dragon vs. Jim McPherson Vince & Piper tease Savage about getting married then talk about the six-man tag at SummerSlam ... Read more

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Tommy Dreamer Talks Impact

Hey Scott, Tommy Dreamer spoke to The Wrestling Estate ahead of House of Hardcore 43 this Saturday in Philly. He discussed working with Impact Wrestling and how all these companies have to unite in order to compete with WWE. He also explained why Jerry Lynn is one of the most underrated wrestlers ever. https://ift.tt/2IvEbDx Should ... Read more

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Hey man, checking to see if I can get a plug?

Hey Scott, I did a fun little interview with PCO- Carl Ouellett for the website yesterday and thought some of the Blog folks might enjoy it.  5 Questions! Volume 25: PCO-Pierre Carl Ouellet 5 Questions! Volume 25: PCO-Pierre Carl Ouellet Welcome to the 25th edition of 5 Questions! This started out as just a crazy ... Read more

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The Main Roster “promotion”

Hi Scott Having watched The Revival get squashed by Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy, I'm wondering is the promotion to the main roster seen as the big deal it should be? Sure you get the bigger crowds, bigger pay I guess… But is it worth it if you're only wrestling for five minutes in front ... Read more

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Living the Gimmick

Hey Scott, So WWE put out a video about how Nikki Bella and Cena have been “reconciling”. In my opinion, this means that their break-up was a work that everyone fell for, and will be resolved by the last episode of next season's Total Bellas. Is it safe to assume that the world is a ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–09.19.94

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 09.19.94 And now, for the first time I can remember, the UFC gets the lead story. Well, that probably won’t happen again for a while. – So UFC III was supposed to be another easy ride for Royce Gracie, but in fact the KING IS DEAD. Well, sort of. Steve Jennum ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 18th, 2018

Nick Aldis (Magnus) Confirmed for Ring of Honor U.K. Tour https://ift.tt/2wSo29L   Highspots.com 25% Off Memorial Day Sale https://ift.tt/2ILYVu6   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can watch The Briscoes vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero from the 2017 War of the Worlds: Edinburgh show

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