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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: December 13, 2018

Tonight on Impact, we have Cage vs Moose in a hoss battle par excellence.  On top of that, two more Ultimate X Qualifiers as Dave Crist tries to join his brother when he goes against Rich Swann, while Trey Miguel of the Rascalz faces Trevor Lee. Hey, the NFL’s Game of the Week of the ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Massacre on 34th Street

If you’ve been wondering where Six of the Best for 90’s Starrcade has been; it’s because I’ve recently moved to a new flat and BT are taking a veritable age to set up my internet. As consequence, I’ve had no access to the WWE Network, and thus haven’t been able to put the list together. ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – December 14th, 1992

December 14, 1992 Vince McMahon is your host. Panelists include: Hillbilly Jim, Sgt. Slaughter, Bobby Heenan, and Jerry “The King” Lawler.”   Brooklyn Brawler & Barry Horowitz vs. The Bushwhackers This was from the 11/23 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Erie, PA. Gorilla Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes are the announcers and they tell us we ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.04.84

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.04.84 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts So tonight the tournament for the TV title begins, and I SWEAR TO GOD here’s the “graphic” that they put up on the screen for it: That is so awesome. Literally drawn on a piece ... Read more

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Angle/Steph/HHH in 2000

Was the whole Kurt Angle-Stephanie-HHH love triangle story-line supposed to have ended differently, or was that the plan all along?  All that build-up and then….nothing, really.   It was supposed to be Angle stealing Stephanie and the McMahons breaking up on screen, but HHH argued that no one would believe this would happen in real life ... Read more

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RAW

Hey Scott, was reading an article where Jimmy Jacobs and Seth Rollins defended the writers of RAW for having to write 5 hours of programming a week. In some aspects I get it, but, if that is the case why not let the wresrling itself tell the story. Its not like WWE is light on ... Read more

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Worst pro wrestling event you attended?

You were asked about the best pro wrestling event that you attended.  What was the worst?   The 1991 Superstars taping in Edmonton that featured the Funeral Parlor where Jake Roberts first told Ultimate Warrior to trust him.  It felt 16 hours long and I had to sit through IRS v. Jim Duggan at one ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 13th, 1992

December 13, 1992 From the Erie Civic Center in Erie, PA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Yokozuna vs. Chris Allen Yokozuna is greeted by two Geisha girls in the ring. Fuji is now wearing a black robe. Yokozuna uses his sumo techniques before shoving Allen into the air. Yokozuna then hits ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 12, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: July 12, 2004 Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the night after Vengeance and while Chris Benoit is still World Champion, the big story is HHH (yeah yeah of course it is) and Eugene, who cost HHH the title with an accidental chair shot. ... Read more

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NXT – December 12, 2018

NXT Date: December 12, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson Last week’s show saw the main event scene get a shot in the arm as Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black agreed to keep things going inside a steel cage, much to Tommaso Ciampa’s delight. Ciampa continues ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 12, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 12, 2018 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’re on the second day of the third taping cycle now and that means we should have a fresh crowd. You know, because these crowds have so many issues with getting and staying hyped. There are several stories going ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 12, 2018 (First Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 12, 2018 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness Last week’s show saw the in-ring return of Travis Banks, who offers some fresh talent around the top of the card. Banks might not be the biggest star around, but he’s someone who can add a lot to the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 12th, 1992

December 12, 1992 From the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan, and Jerry “The King” Lawler in his debut as a color commentator. This week, we have an interview with Bret Hart. Also in action are The Undertaker, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the Nasty Boys.   Nasty ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.03.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.03.00 OK, let’s kick off the greatest (and still most profitable!) year in WWF history as we hit THE YEAR 2000! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmzpdd4pWvM Actually, if we get far enough into this year, we bump into the time when I started doing RAW reviews for CBS Sportsline and ... Read more

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HHH in 2001?

Had HHH not torn his quad in the spring of 2001, what were the long range plans for his and Austin's "2 man power-trip" team?  I'm just assuming they would have broken up and feuded eventually.  Also, would the WCW/ECW Invasion have gone a bit differently with a healthy HHH?   The long term plan was ... Read more

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Elseworlds to crisis

Scott- not sure if you're a berlantiverse fan but elseworlds was epic and directly sets up crisis on infinite earths. Highly recommended…what a rant that would be  I was watching Flash and Supergirl and they lost me hardcore a couple of seasons back.  The Flash in particular got to be way too much mopey Barry ... Read more

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Best Live Event-Pro Wrestling

What was the best pro wrestling live event you have ever been to?  Ex; PPV, TV taping, house show, etc.   Easy, this show: WWF @ Edmonton, Alberta – Northlands Coliseum – May 28, 2000 (14,500+)The Godfather defeated Al SnowWWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko defeated Crash Holly via submission with the Texas Cloverleaf following a ... Read more

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Mixed Match Challenge

Mixed Match (Team) Challenge Series on Facebook Watch, must-see show if there ever was one Jinder & Alicia vs R-Truth & Carmella as the final…I have no words. FB partners must be excited. Also Truth as nr 30 in the women's Royal Rumble? Trainwreck would be an understatement There's many causes for concern in Titan ... Read more

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Smackdown – December 11, 2018

Smackdown Date: December 11, 2018 Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s the final show before TLC and the card is actually stacked. This week we have a rap battle between the Usos and the Bar, a Wrestlemania rematch between Asuka and Charlotte and, surprisingly enough, Daniel Bryan ... Read more

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They did it!

https://ift.tt/2QpfFw3   Yes, apparently having your top babyface open the show by pointing out how bad the ratings have fallen will somehow discourage people from continuing to watch the show.  WHAT A CONCEPT. Also, they added ANOTHER match to TLC, which brings us to 12.  How long is this fucking show going to be?  

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Tuesday Night Thread!

Tonight!  We’ve got Smackdown!  Mixed Match Challenge!  Other stuff! No ratings for RAW yet so we don’t know if it hit record lows yet again.  I’m thinking “yes”.  Dave and Bryan REALLY hated the show on this morning’s radio show. Chat about your Tuesday night here!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 1, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Brian Pillman (7-0) beats Bobby Starr via submission to an Octopus hold on the canvas at 3:23: Starr gets a few spurts of offense in between Pillman’s high flying moves.  Things go awry for the finish when ... Read more

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Coliseum Video

Scott, Obviously , WWF Coliseum Videos did really well rental wise in the 80s, but at the asking price of usually 59.95, especially the early releases, how did the videos do as far as actual sales as opposed to rentals? Also, it seemed after the first few volumes of releases, the production started to get ... Read more

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Sleazy E

Damn, Bischoff just said on his podcast that Sting was boozed/under the influence before the Starrcade 97 match with Hogan. What the hell. Believable? I KNOW you're not new here.  You've seriously never heard that before?  

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Lightning Round – Door A or B?

Hey Scott,   Here's ten quick "Don't over think them!" A / B choices : Of all my faults, overthinking has never been one of them.    1.       Road Warriors or Demolition? Demos like a mofo.  2.       Chris Jericho or Rick Steamboat? Did Jericho have multiple match of the year candidates in 1989?  Maybe he should ... Read more

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Stan Hansen the Jerk

Hey Scott,   How is it that Stan Hansen is never given more shit for his attitude?   Here’s a guy who:   A) Refused to lose to basically everyone   B) Was an insane bully   C) Routinely took liberties with his opponents   D) Was stiff to the point of non-cooperation in the ... Read more

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Current Projected Mania 35 Card

I was listening to the Barnburners podcast from the guys who run Ringsidenews.com and according to them and if true, the card is gonna look something like this… Daniel Bryan vs Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship Triple H vs Batista (dependable on how fast Triple H can recover from the torn pec) AJ Styles ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – December 7th, 1992

December 7, 1992 Vince McMahon is your host. Panelists include: Hillbilly Jim, Sgt. Slaughter, and Bobby Heenan. There is a white sheet over the fourth panelist chair then after crapping all over Jim’s rendition of “Blue Christmas” Heenan says he has the real king to bring out and introduces the man replacing Mr. Perfect and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–07.22.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 07.22.97 Strangely, this is TUESDAY Nitro for whatever scheduling reasons. Live from Jacksonville, FL, drawing a sellout of 7465. Your hosts are Tony, Larry and Iron Mike. Hollywood Hogan joins us to start, and Eric is worried that they’re working too hard out there, so they cut ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Fall Brawl ’93

WCW Fall Brawl ’93 Live from Houston, TX Airdate: September 19, 1993 Attendance:  6,000 (3,500 paid) Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura Will the Masters of the Powerbomb wreak havoc during WarGames? Can Flair defend both the World title and Fifi’s honor? Let’s find out! Match 1 for the WCW World TV ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – December 10, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: December 10, 2018 Location: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re at the go home show for TLC and the question now becomes how bad can things actually get. Tonight is likely going to be focused on the final push towards the bigger ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!! Welcome to another exciting edition of the Monday Night Thread! Tonight we’re going to see how low RAW can go. It is the TLC go home show so maybe things will improve but I doubt it. The Vikings and Seahawks are your Monday Night Football game and it’s one with serious playoff ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 6th, 1992

December 6, 1992 From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   The show opens with clips of Bret Hart’s recent title defenses. After that we see the Okerlund/Flair restaurant interview that we saw on “Superstars.”   In action this week are Marty Jannetty, Crush, The Headshrinkers, and ... Read more

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Last PPV You Bought

Hey Scott. Back in the PPV era for WWE, what was the last event that you felt you had to put your hard earned money down to see? I’m curious to see when was the last time WWE promoted a show well enough for you to purchase it. Money in the Bank 2011 and then Night of ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 5th, 1992

December 5, 1992 From the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Shawn Michaels, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Yokozuna, and Kamala plus an interview with Nailz.   High Energy vs. Barry Horowitz & WT Jones Owen dropkicks Horowitz after an Irish whip sequence then ... Read more

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WM30

Hi Scott  I've been watching WM 30 recently,  perhaps the biggest example of WWE snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. However,  what if the original card had gone ahead? Lets suppose Vince had been stubborn enough to press ahead with Orton- Batista as the main event and Bryan-Sheamus somewhere on the undercard.  Let's further ... Read more

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Hogan/the nWo in 2002

Was the nWo angle with Hogan, Hall, and Nash in the WWE in 2002 supposed to have lasted longer than it did if Hogan didn't get the type of crowd reaction that he did at W.M. 18 against the Rock, thus more or less forcing his babyface turn?   Nope, they already knew Hogan was ... Read more

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Downward spiral

I feel WWE is on a quality downfall since 2014 (post-Shield, Bryan/Cesaro push, Lesnar monster push basically) with the occasional good short period here & there (brand split SDL in 2016). Right now RAW is at one of its lowest points ever (I mean was 1995/96, 2002/03 or 2009 really worse?), SDL is pure mediocrity, ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: December 10, 2018

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2UzEPGm   NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 Full Card Revealed https://ift.tt/2B5kAI0   Cody Rhodes Interview with Mirror Sport UK https://ift.tt/2UAIELR   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Hiroshi Tanahashi & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Naito & Kazuchika Okada from 12/23/13  

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–12.30.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 12.30.99 OK, back to the McMahon-Helmsley Era as we close out 1999. Honestly the Nitro ’97 rants do such ungodly huge numbers that I should probably just do those 7 days a week. Previously on RAW, Mick Foley lost a Pink Slip on a Pole match to the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 29th, 1992

November 29, 1992 From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week in action are Money Inc., Razor Ramon, and Crush. Plus, an interview with Shawn Michaels.   Money Inc. w/ Jimmy Hart vs. George Anderson & Rock Werner Gorilla lets us know that Nasty Boys are ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: December 9, 2018

Am I the only one who’s reached the point where weekends are just a blur because I spend them all in bed or in my apartment?  I miss having youthful energy. Oh well.  This too shall pass. Tonight’s NFL game is LA/Chicago with massive NFC ramifications.  Though nothing will come close to Miami doing a ... Read more

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Announcers

Can we get the announcers back in the press boxes at these big ass stadiums? The early manias, big event, royal rumbles all had Gorilla & other commentators in the press boxes. Get 'em away from ringside.  You bet.  I’ll ask Vince next time I see him. Anything else, let me know and I’ll make ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 11/11/2008 #127

We’re in the ”United Kingdom” according to the graphic but I can confirm it’s the Manchester MEN Arena because I was at this show! Think it was my first live WWE show, naturally I went by myself because it was a wrestling show in 2008 and I nearly got into a fight with a bored ... Read more

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Another 90s Wrestling Question Because Modern Wrestling Is Depressing To Talk About

(Well, most find it depressing…) When Hall and Nash made it clear to WCW that they were signing, when did Bischoff start booking plans for the NWO? Was it right when he found out they were both jumping?  As I understand it, yes.  Bischoff's done tons of shoot interviews where he clarifies his thought process ... Read more

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Loose Morals and Looser Ropes

I was down a youtube rabbit-hole last night and couldn’t help but notice – especially when Hogan beat the Sheik for the title –  how loose the ropes were.  Likewise, if you watch the old Rocky movies, the ropes there were also extremely loose.   Around when were they tightened up?  And which came first, ... Read more

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Pushing the Edge

Hey Scott!! Whilst listening to a podcast recently I thought up a question I thought might be amusing blog fodder, but then forgot about it. (Un?)Luckily, I remembered it again! Was Edge the last star to receive a true, old school main event push? Not ‘a few surprise main events and then back down you ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.22.99

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW – March 22 1999 (Sorry, I was super-busy on Saturday night and didn’t have time to watch anything new for this morning.  However, here’s a historic episode of RAW from 1999 from the 24/7 archives to continue filling in those gaps.  But we’ll update as needed for ... Read more

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Ed Ferrara

Do you know what happened to former  WWF and WCW writer Ed Ferrara?  I remember him staying on in WCW until McMahon bought the company in 2001, but did he ever work in the industry again?    He was with TNA as a color commentator and did some of the other fly-by-night companies in that ... Read more

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Becky Lynch

Am I the only one getting tired of her Twitter shoot gimmick? I love Becky to death but I feel like it's been too much. It was hilarious and entertaining at first, now it's overkill. Is it just me? I’ve been told that Becky is the best and the next Steve Austin.  You’re obviously watching ... Read more

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Vengeance 2004

Vengeance 2004 Date: July 11, 2004 Location: Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut Attendance: 7,000 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the final pay per view before Summerslam and that makes this one kind of a quick stop more than anything else. The main event is HHH getting yet another shot at the title because that’s ... Read more

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Endgame!!!!

So. We aren't going to discuss the Avengers trailer at anytime this weekend? Because I haven't slept since I've seen it https://youtu.be/hVSpac8wx3I I hadn’t even seen it yet!  Last thing I saw was Fantastic Beasts: The Revenge of Greystache last week and they didn’t have the trailer yet.   I feel like this will be ... Read more

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Piper going over

I get Roddy Piper never jobbing in the early-mid 80s. But a decade later why was he so untouchable. In 96-98 long past his expiration date as a top wrestling talent he was booked to go over Hogan, Flair, and Savage on PPVs, never take clean losses and essentially be a top level face. Why? ... Read more

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Wrestling’s in Jeopardy, Baby! (Ooooooooo)

Not sure if you saw this but here you go, you know wrestling has made it when it's on Jeopardy,  they even throw in categories faces and heels (though it's not what you thing) just watch the first 10 minutes enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=e5P1kDZkwog Vince has hit the big time now!

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Smackdown – July 8, 2004

Smackdown Date: July 8, 2004 Location: Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s title night around here as John Cena is defending the US Title against Booker T., who earned his shot at the title by winning a triple threat match last week. Other than that it’s time to build things up ... Read more

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Steve Austin US Title run with Harley Race

Steve Austin has said before he and Flyin Brian were put together as a tag team (in late '92-early'93), he was supposed to get a run with the US Title with Harley Race as his manager. However during this time, Rick Rude was the US Champion, so is Austin mistaken, or was he supposed to ... Read more

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Nash ending Goldberg’s streak

How long was the plan in place for Kevin Nash to end Goldberg's undefeated streak while beating him for the WCW Championship at Starrcade 1998?  Was there even really a plan at that point?    I'm sure Nash was planning on it for a LONG time.  And to be fair, they did a lot of preparation for ... Read more

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The NEW Daniel Bryan

I know you don't follow the regular TV product, but I'll assume you've at least heard about the direction for Daniel Bryan's character change. Do you think Daniel Bryan defies the odds & becomes the first person to be over with the "New [Insert Name Here]" gimmick? Well, he's not LITERALLY a new person.  This ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–01.17.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 01.17.99 Taped from somewhere not mentioned. Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Shane McMahon Vince McMahon and the Corporation join us to start, and Rock calls Kane a “retard” a bunch of times before Vince lays out the matches for RAW tomorrow night. Mr. Ass will ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

The weekend is upon us, although I’m working all weekend so it’s not really upon me as such. I picked up the Retrobit Generations at a local discount store for $30 (CAN) yesterday and it’s pretty fun for that price.  I wouldn’t pay full retail for it but it’s got both versions of Ghouls N ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: December 7, 2018

We made it! Tonight we got ourselves an NBA doubleheader.  Sixers/Pistons, followed by Warriors/Bucks. Tomorrow is the Army/Navy game, which allows television networks to pretend they care about our military. I’m watching Mania 23 tonight.  If there’s another livewatch, I haven’t seen word. Enjoy the Weekend!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 1, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are taped from an unspecified location. –Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (12-3-1) pins Mike Khoury after Dreamland at 2:31: At the beginning of the match Solie tells fans that Badd and Alex Wright will face Arn Anderson and Steve Austin on WCW Saturday ... Read more

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Dynamite Kid interview

Hey Scott,   The unedited DK interview from the Matter Of Pride DVD has just been uploaded. It's 3 hours long, but maybe 5 minutes were used in the final documentary. He's very matter of fact, and stone faced in his mostly one word answers. It's very interesting, since there is not a lot of ... Read more

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Commentary Questions

Hey Scott, Need to get your opinion because it is being debated in the comments. Who is the better commentator Michael Cole or Tony Shiavone? I think despite his career worst work in WCW being really bad, Tony is way better than Cole. I think Tony did a lot to get the nWo over in ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – November 28th, 1992

November 28, 1992 From the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan, who rants about Mr. Perfect & Randy Savage as he promises they will taken out. This week, we have a special interview with Marty Jannetty. Also in action are Bob Backlund, The Headshrinkers, Razor, and the ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: December 7th, 2018

SI.com This Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2EfmU2Y   WWE New Talent Signings Jonah Rock, ACH, and Trevor Lee are supposed to start with the WWE in January. Also, the company is interested in Karen Q, Rachel Ellering, and KUSHIDA Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Ring of Honor Throwback Match You can watch Bully Ray ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–12.06.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 12.06.18 This week, it’s LADDER MATCHES. Sort of. Plus, a couple of guys who know a thing or two about ladder matches. The Crusher and the Colonel Jerry Blackwell v. Col. DeBeers (11.27.86) More proof that the AWA invented the ladder match in 1986, although it ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – December 6, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: December 6, 2018 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis We’re a month away from Homecoming and the card is already starting to take shape. That means there’s plenty of time to build things a bit higher, including the main event which doesn’t exactly ... Read more

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