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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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WWF SummerSlam Spectacular – August 18th, 1991

August 18, 1991 Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper This show was taped on 7/29 at the Worcester Coliseum in Worcester, MA Matches include: Hawk vs. Brian Knobbs, Bret Hart vs. The Barbarian, The Dragon & Texas Tornado & British Bulldog vs. The Orient Express (with Sato), Virgil vs. A Mystery Man selected ... Read more

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SummerSlam idea

Hey Scott, longtime reader and enjoy your work. I had an idea for SummerSlam and was wondering what your thoughts were. What if Seth Rollins continues his tremendous run that he is on as Intercontinental Champion, putting on great match after great match through May, June and early July. He begins to grow confidence and ... Read more

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Reigns cashing in on Seth

Rollins beats Brock at Summerfest. Reigns who has won money in the bank cashes in during the match to claim the title. Is this seen as a heel move, or would fans take Seth as a hypocrite if he complained? ​Clear heel move for Reigns.  Just because you're justified doesn't mean you're not a dick.  ... Read more

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Friendships in wrestling?

Hey Scott, Might you (or anyone on the blog) know of any real-life friendships in wrestling?  Like I always figured Sting and Lex Luger were real-life best friends. Shawn and HHH is an obvious one. But what are some others? I guess Flair and AA were really close? Are any of the modern guys (Cena, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT–09.05.12

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 09.05.12 Well thankfully the Jinder-riffic NXT title tournament is done with and we can move onto other things. Taped from Orlando, FL Your hosts are Byron Saxton & William Regal Richie Steamboat v. Kassius Ohno They trade chops to start and the crowd is pretty dead for this already, ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 17th, 1991

August 17, 1991 From the Worcester Centrum in Worcester, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage   The show starts off with Jake Roberts final training for the Ultimate Warrior as we do not get a show introduction of what matches to expect. They are in a dark room as Jake ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 16th, 2018

WWE.com NXT Preview https://ift.tt/2rMIrbm   Hulk Hogan Addresses Rumors of WWE Return https://ift.tt/2Gn29ik   Impact Wrestling Classic Match You can watch Generation Me (Young Bucks) vs. Motor City Machine Guns from the 2010 TNA No Surrender PPV

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Superhero Movies

I know virtually nothing about comics and superheroes. I haven't seen any of the Avengers movies or Black Panther or Wonder Woman. In fact, I think the last superhero movie I saw was Superman IV in the theater. But with the success of all of the recent movies, it's piqued my interest. I want to ... Read more

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No logic in tag team wrestling

So, I'm supposed to take Riot Squad seriously as a close-knit, three-woman unit, and yet they lose to a randomly thrown together three-woman team? Where's the logic in that? As a team, they're already dead because the booking has now made it clear that they are nothing distinctive *as* a team. What, they're a real ... Read more

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Lesnar vs Rollins

Money match is Lesnar vs Rollins Title for Title match at SummerSlam but we'll probably get Roman vs Brock again though and THIS time he'll win!  ​Meh, hopefully he does win.  The issue was never really that Roman would be a terrible champion, it's that they just kept building it up and teasing it out ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Heat Wave ‘98–08.02.98

The SmarK Rant for ECW Heat Wave ’98 (08.02.98) As promised, let’s take another look at this one. The Network actually gives this one TWO separate TV-MA warnings, so you know it’s gonna be good. Live from Dayton, OH, drawing 4376 for $110,000 and a 0.2 buyrate. Your hosts are Joey Styles & Shane Douglas, ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 15th May 2018

WWE 205 Live 15th May 2018 London, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson Here we are, grapple fans, in my neck of the woods; the U.K.!  A nice change of pace is in store this week as the stars of 205 Live clash with combatants from the U.K. Division.  Let’s get to ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – November 6, 1995

–Todd Pettengill recaps Ahmed Johnson slamming Yokozuna on last week’s show and hypes tonight’s big contests. –Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are tonight’s commentary team and they are still in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. –Opening Contest:  The British Bulldog (w/Jim Cornette) (12-5-1) defeats Marty Jannetty (5-1) after a running powerslam at 9:30 shown: The problem with ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Survivor Series ’92

Live from Richfield, OH Airdate: November 25, 1992 Attendance:  17,500 Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Can Shawn Michaels win his first WWF title? How will Savage fare against Flair/Ramon? Who’s his partner? Also, who will win the casket and nightstick matches? Let’s find out! Match 1: Headshrinkers (w/ Afa) versus High ... Read more

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The Guy

Hey Scott, I know you don’t get a lot of emails about Roman Reigns so I thought I’d send you another. With this new anti-authority, “screwed” persona they seem to be giving his character, is there any shot this goes somewhere good? Meaning do they basically copy Bret Hart’s heel turn (minus the whole Canada ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – August 12th, 1991

August 12, 1991 This show is all about Randy Savage’s Bachelor Party   Heenan is in his dressing room yelling at Jameson. He leaves then a news bulletin comes across the radio about people escaping from the “Stamford Sanitarium” and driving a yellow bus.   Gene Okerlund, Lord Alfred Hayes, and Sean Mooney are exhausted ... Read more

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WCW Questions

I'm really trying to get the most out of my 3 month/99 cent deal from the Network. I'm on a WCW kick right now and have two questions. Why did Flair's knee pads always make their way down to his shins? Every other superstar in history has no issues keeping them on their knee caps. ... Read more

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Story Line

Hey Scott, two storyline ideas. 1. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins continue to accumulate losses. It get to the point where they are both ribbing on eachother. The announcers mention the losses time in and time out, specifically Michael Cole and Corey Graves. They both mention on how both should not even be on the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.06.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.06.82 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts Bob Orton Jr. v. Ken Woodby Orton takes him down and works the arm and poor Woodby gets twisted around like a pretzel trying to escape it. Orton cranks on it while Cowboy relays all ... Read more

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