Monday, January 26, 2015

BoD Daily Update

Daniel Bryan Update

For those wondering, Vince McMahon reportedly has no plans on adding Daniel Bryan to the WrestleMania main event title match citing that it will be a repeat of last year's show and that he does not want that to happen.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Did the WWE Expect Any Backlash Due to Roman Reigns Winning the Rumble

While the WWE were prepared for some sort of backlash for Reigns winning the Rumble, they did not expect it to be as much as it was.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Rock Update

Reportedly, the WWE panicked and changed a lot of things right before the show and that the Rock was said to be very unhappy about those changes.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Brock Lesnar Update

At this moment, Lesnar is not confirmed for the Fast Lane PPV.

Bubba Ray Dudley Update

As of this moment, Bubba was only signed on for a one-shot deal at the Rumble PPV.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rumble review

Hi Scott, 

I know you're not one to plug other people's stuff but could you make an exception for my Rumble review? I did it live so apologies for any typos I didn't catch. 

​The more the merrier.  ​

Sporting News: Royal Rumble a disaster of epic proportions


Obviously they're just setting up Daniel Bryan for a second miracle comeback win at Wrestlemania, right?

Rumble match and a potential "Cancel your WWE account" campaign

Hey Scott.

After tonight's Rumble match, it has to be clear to even McMahon or HHH's staunchest supporters that they are clearly out of touch with their viewers.  You could tell by the audience's reaction pretty much every potential winner fans would have been happy with.  Without a doubt Bryan, Ambrose and Ziggler would have gotten huge cheers as the guy to get the "Ending Undertaker's Streak Re-Rub", and I'm pretty sure they could have safely gone with Mizdow, Wyatt and maybe even Ryder.  And of course by the end, when reality had sunk in, the crowd made it known they'd even take fucking Rusev over Reigns.  But no, Vince and/or HHH knew better than we do what we actually want, and now Brock gets fed to Reigns.

I usually feel like people over-react about how bad the product has gotten.  NXT is enough to balance out the bad parts of RAW for me, and even in the same show I'm now complaining about they had a pretty enjoyable title match.  But screwing up the A story as bad as they are now is the last straw for me.  I know the only way WWE will actually listen to the fans is if we vote with our wallets, so I am canceling my WWE account as of tonight.

So it occurs to me, if you agree about the need to send a message to Vince and HHH, you could try to start a "Cancel Your Account" campaign on your site, to make it absolutely crystal clear what we as fans think they need to do.  The more people that can collectively each pull $120 a year out of WWE's coffers, the more likely they will actually make a lasting change to the product.

And to be clear, at least to me, the change that needs to happen is that whoever currently has the "final call" when it comes to important matters needs to step down immediately.  New blood is needed at the top level of the company.

Maybe it's a waste of time, maybe they are actually willing to go out of business before admitting they've lost touch, but for me at least the line has been crossed.  They get no more money from me until they can right this ship.

​Yeah, but I love the WWE Network.  Why cut off your nose to spite your face?  It also allows me to go back and watch GOOD shows, like 1996 Nitros!​

The SmarK Rant for Royal Rumble 2015


The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2015

Live from Philadelphia, PA, home of ECW and King of the Ring 95.

Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

Matt's Royal Rumble Recap - 1/25/2015

It's unreal that we're already at the Rumble.

Royal Rumble Live Thread

The kickoff show starts at 7pm EST. Matches include:

The New Day vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose in an Elimination Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Titles
New Age Outlaws vs. The Ascension
Nikki & Brie Bella vs. Paige & Natalya
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
30 Man Royal Rumble Match

Talk all about the show here and lets hope we get something good and some direction heading into WrestleMania. And if this thread gets far too big, I will start a second one. 

BoD Royal Rumble Shoot Interview Contest Thread

The rules for this contest are as follows: These are the numbers that were chosen at random. They will match up with the actual WWE numbers and whatever number the entrant of the WWE Rumble winner has, that number will end up winning the contest. For instance, if the winner of the WWE Rumble was the #20 entrant, whoever has #20 in this contest will win and get to pick the shoot interview that I review for this Thursday. 

Here are the results of the drawing:

  1. Handleman 20
  2. Bulldog Bob Brown
  3. The Ricker
  4. Duthtys GoRilla
  5. theJawas
  6. robmck3898
  7. Biff Kensington III
  8. Ghost of Faffner Hall
  9. wpoc3
  10. Kyle Warne
  11. John Petuka
  12. Rodney Rankin
  13. Doctor_Ew
  14. Bob Patel
  15. Battle Kat Litter
  16. Jonathan Meisner
  17. Dean Andrews
  18. Vince
  19. Cultstatus
  20. Darren X
  21. Steveweiser
  22. Average Joe Everyman
  23. Biscuit!
  24. Adam Curry
  25. Fake Danimal Crossing
  26. Crikey Mate Down Under
  27. Logan Scisco
  28. Danimal Crossing (Real Bro)
  29. The Whispering Joker
  30. Grail Ron Swanson

Good luck to everyone involved. 

BoD Daily Update, Part II

Sting Update

According to, Sting is not scheduled to be in Philadelphia for the Royal Rumble.

Another Former WWE Wrestler Rumored to be a Surprise Entrant in the Royal Rumble

There is a rumor among some of the wrestlers that the Boogeyman will be making an appearance in the Royal Rumble match.

Credit Mike Johnson,

Layla Update

Layla has recently underwent surgery. It is not known what the surgery was for but it was not due to an in-ring injury. There is no timetable for her return.

Dusty Rhodes Hard Times and American politics

Hey Scott, first time, long time (like 15 years) I'm a freelance political writer and wrestling mark for like 25 years. Not sure if your blog would be interested, but I just wrote a piece that talks about Dusty Rhodes' Hard Times promo explaining the current state of American politics. If you would share it on your blog that would be awesome, if not, it's no biggie. Keep up the great work and hope all is well! -Robert Sobel

article that might interest your readers


Hey Scott -

It's Mark from Chasing Amazing and "Gimmick or Good" (at CSBG) fame (or lack thereof). Anyway, I wrote a list for that looks at famous comic book rumbles and then finds WWE Royal Rumble analogues. Probably need to read it to fully absorb the gimmick, but thought your readers would have some fun with this:

​Certainly apropos for the day.  ​

BoD Daily Update


The Rock Appearing at the Royal Rumble?

Dave Scherer of has confirmed that the Rock has been spotted at the hotel in Philadelphia that the WWE talent is staying for the Royal Rumble

Sheamus Update

Right now there is talk that Sheamus will not be in Philadelphia for the Royal Rumble after all.

WWE Wrestler Quits the Company

Just this weekend Justin Gabriel has quit the WWE. The are currently no specific details about the situation at the moment.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

WWF RAW: January 13, 1997

Last week: Pete Lothario suffered a crippling injury at the hands of Sid Vicious, and fans were so outraged they called the WWF headquarters to demand to know why Jose Lothario was not taken out with him.

THE HONKY TONK MAN draws announce duties for the second night in a row, paired with the ever excited VINCE MCMAHON for the go-home show before the Rumble.

Tuesday in Texas 1991

Hey, Scott. Question for the blog...

I was watching the Tuesday in Texas PPV. Survivor Series 1991 was the first PPV I ever ordered. I was maybe 13 at the time. I was a fairly new fan, and wasn't aware of their PPV rotation yet, but I knew that WWF only did PPV once every 3 or 4 months. I remember they had been teasing that Survivor Series would be Macho Man's reinstatement, so he could replace Sid Justice in the main event. But right from the opening, they say (in the form of Jack Tunney) that not only will Savage not be appearing in the match, but Jake will be out as well. This was basically the hottest feud on the card at the time, and now it's not happening? But they will indeed be having a match "this Tuesday night, in Texas." Ok, that was kind
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of weird. Then we get a screwjob finish in the title match with Hogan and Taker, only to be teased for their rematch, "this Tuesday night in Texas." And they don't even announce that the show will be available on PPV until much later in night.

So my question is, what was the point of that? Just to simply milk more money from the PPV buys? I remember it was much shorter, and I would assume didn't cost as much to order. Was this their first try at what would later become In Your House? And I've also heard that after the lame finish to Team Piper vs Team Flair at Survivor Series, that the two had a singles match un-televised before the Tuesday in Texas PPV went to air. Why not put that on the actual PPV, instead of giving us Bulldog vs Warlord?


​Yeah, this was a pretty big experiment at the time, trying to see if something like what became TNA's weekly PPV idea would fly. They basically did the show on a shoestring budget with no advertising just to see if they COULD milk another few million dollars out of the top programs.  And the answer proved to be "yes, sort of" because it kind of annoyed the cable companies and they abandoned the concept until In Your House.  

As for the Flair-Piper match, I'm assuming they didn't want to kill the house show business that the match was doing at the time, especially on a show that was only 90 minutes and didn't have any advertising anyway.  That being said, a three-match show with Hogan-UT, Savage-Roberts and Flair-Piper would have been pretty killer, so it might have been a better idea to just run it there.  ​

The Royal Rumble home to the best title matches?



The Royal Rumble the most prestigious battle royal ever devised but what about the title matches that take place on the show, there have been some true classics.

Angle vs Benoit from 2003 and Cena vs Umaga from 2007 instantly spring to mind as being the best but do you have any other favourite title matches which took place at the Rumble?


​I'm pretty fond of the Randy Orton v. Jeff Harvey match where they got me to buy into the "Elevation of Jeffrey Nero" storyline and then were like "Psych! We're gonna keep pushing Orton instead for a while".  Even if the usual RKO Outta Nowhere finish was a letdown, it was still a good match.  I think there was also a hell of a World title match between Undertaker and Rey Mysterio on that show, featuring Taker ragdolling Rey all over the ring in what was actually a fresh matchup for once.  

Also, HHH v. Scott Steiner.  Duh.  ​

Saturday Syndies: Jan. 24, 2015

So I'm going to post them both in one post to make it easier on everyone. Main Event airs first, so it'll go first. Superstars follows. This way, you can clock out after the important matches if you want. Also, Hulu Plus flows me from Main Event to Superstars, so it's easier on me. And that's what really matters.

Saturday Evening Thread

UFC Fight Night tonight on FOX beginning 8/7c. The main event is Alexander Gustaffson vs. Anthony Johnson, with an undercard of Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi and Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader.

WWE Network will air Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series at 8/7c.

There are also five games on the NBA schedule, highlighted by Washington @ Portland at 10/9c on NBA TV.

As usual, talk about whatever else is going on tonight.

BoD Saturday Afternoon Thread


WWE Network removes Canadian Geo-Blocking

So for anyone who doesn't know yet, if you already have a WWE Network account in Canada, you no longer need DNS changers or Hola or whatever to access it.  With the Rogers deal now finalized, they have unblocked it for Canada, assuming you already have credentials.  You still need either Canadian Rogers account or a fake US billing account to actually get access, but once you do it's available without Unblock-US or whatever. Which means I can now watch on my iPad or phone outside my house!  I'm still using Unblock-US for Netflix and Hulu, but it's nice to have more options for the Network now.  

Thunder - September 2, 1999

Date: September 2, 1999
Location: Wendler Arena, Saginaw, Michigan
Attendance: 4,653
Commentators: Larry Zbyszko, Mike Tenay

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're getting closer to Fall Brawl and the card is starting to take some shape. The big story coming out of Monday is Luger accusing Hogan of driving the Hummer back in the summer, even though I don't think anyone was still wondering about that. Sting believes Luger, meaning he isn't sure if he can trust Hogan, who was totally his best friend who has never done anything bad to him ever. Let's get to it.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Seeing as it's been over 20 years......

Had an idea this morning

I watched the 1994 Royal Rumble last night on the Network, where Bret Hart
and Lex Luger both went over the top at the same time and were co-winners.
They both got a shot at Wrestlemania X. One guy got a match with the
Champion first, while the other guy had to wrestle suitable competition
(Crush for Luger or Owen for Bret) before he got his title shot

Bret ended up facing Owen, while Luger got the shot at Yokozuna first

They could do that with Bryan and Reigns this year and have them both get a
shot at Wrestlemania, but bring back the "suitable competition" rule. It's
been over 20 years now, so I guess it's been long enough to re-hash it. It
might placate the Philly crowd somewhat and avoid their expected (Though
I'm thinking the worries of this may be overblown) freak out at Reigns

Have Reigns get the first shot at the champ and Bryan can face Brock Lesnar
as "suitable competition", with the idea that The Authority are
deliberately stacking the deck against him by giving him the toughest
opponent imaginable

Meanwhile, have Rollins win the title at Rumble and then have him retain at
Elimination Chamber over Cena, thanks to interference from Rusev to set
that program up

That leaves us with a Wrestlemania card of

Brock Lesnar Vs Daniel Bryan

WWE Title
(C) Seth Rollins Vs Roman Reigns

Daniel Bryan Vs Rollins/Reigns

Triple H Vs Sting for control of WWE

Rusev Vs John Cena


Then you can either screw Reigns in the Rollins match somehow and have
Bryan win the Title, thus leading to a bitter Reigns turning heel and
siding with Paul Heymen down the line. Or, you could have Reigns get two
big wins over two of the companies best workers, thus giving him the
strongest possible start to his title run. You could then run rematches
with both Bryan and Rollins before building to the big showdown with Cena

Thoughts? Feel free to share with the Doomers

Ach, no.  They already ripped off Rumble 94 in  2005 because they couldn't make up their minds and it sucked then too.   If Daniel Bryan isn't winning it he shouldn't be in it.  

Impact Wrestling - January 23, 2015

Impact Wrestling
Date: January 23, 2015
Location: Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Tazz, Josh Matthews

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

The big story tonight is Feast or Fired, TNA's big Money in the Bank style match with three potential title shots up for grabs, plus a lone pink slip. This is usually a huge mess but the fallout can change a lot of things going forward. The other situation is the Beat Down Clan walking off with Lashley's World Title. Let's get to it.

WCW Nitro: January 13, 1997

Big questions on deck this week. Will The Giant get a token of revenge against the nWo? Will the announcers finally catch up to the rest of us and realize Sting is pro-WCW? Will Jimmy Graffiti ever win again?

Nitro isn’t but seconds old, and we aren’t even given the benefit of a complete opening sequence (now I’ll NEVER know what happened to those exploding traffic lights), because THE GIANT has come crashing through the door of the nWo locker room. He’s here to SHOCK the World because he’s the SHOCKMA… wait, wrong year. He manages to take out the entire crew of NWO JOBBERS before being taken out by security. The A-Team barely flinches, and goes about conducing the usual nWo business. What “business” consists of is of no “business” of mine; so for the sake of time we’ll assume it means Bischoff feeding Hogan grapes between hot oil massages.

We are LIVE from New Orleans! TONY SCHIAVONE and LARRY ZBYSZKO are unfortunately still our announcers.

Match of the Day

Here goes last week's debut episode of NJPW on AXS. This one covering the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 7. The second episode airs tonight. While I believe tonight's show covers Invasion Attack 2013, the Meltz had that one penciled in for week three at one point. Very surprised they'd be skipping the Tanahashi vs. Anderson match from February of 2013, as it would feature both an American-born wrestler and provide a MOTYC at the same time. Regardless, should be a strong hour of pro wrestling either way.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada (1/4/13) by DrunksukeMuraco

BoD Friday Night Thread

Talk about everything going on tonight here

Total Divas Season 3 Recap: Episode 12 - "Baby Not On Board"

In our last episode:
  • Paige was introduced to Nattie who decides Paige is her new BFF because reasons. Paige encourages Nattie to go to a party then plays a mean prank on her: she tells Nattie that the brownies she ate there contained Marijuana, causing Nattie to freak out and fabricate a car accident in order to delay a (MATT: conveniently-timed) drug test by WWE. Paige later confesses. Somehow, they're still BFF's.
  • Nikki learned Brie, JJ and Kathy had spoken to John Cena, causing them to break up. Upon learning the truth, they got back together and Nikki stayed mad at Brie although she forgave her family.
  • Yet, oh, so coincidentally, the twins get a story line where they are at war with each other in WWE. Brie even gets booked to fight Stephanie McMahon at Summer Slam.

WWF Superstars of Wrestling March 7th, 1987

March 7, 1987

From the Coliseum in New Haven, CT

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse Ventura, and Vince McMahon.

In action tonight will be the Junkyard Dog, Ricky Steamboat, and the Hart Foundation. Plus, an appearance by Andre the Giant and another "WrestleMania Report."

Place to Be Nation - Royal Rumble Week

Good afternoon's Royal Rumble weekend and over at PTBN, we had some Rumble related content as well as some other pieces we feel you would enjoy, so check 'em out!

Aaron George reviewed and ranked all of the Royal Rumble matches: The Definitive Ranking of Royal Rumble Matches

Matt Davis delivers 101 Facts you may or may not have known about the Royal Rumble: 101 Facts You May Not Know About the Royal Rumble

Scott, Justin & Graham Cawthon looked back at Royal Rumble 2004: Place to Be Podcast Episode 358: Royal Rumble 2004

Our Royal Rumble rewind series checked out the 1991 and 1997 installments: Royal Rumble Rewind Series

Dan McGinn previews this Sunday's event: 2015 Royal Rumble Preview


Charles Williams is back with his weekly This Week in 90s Wrestling column: This Week In 90’s Wrestling: January 18th – 24th

Round Three of the Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament wraps this weekend, so get in and catch up on voting if you haven't yet: PTBN Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament

Graham Cawthon debuted his History of Wrestling podcast with a look at wrestling memories from the Meadowlands: History of Wrestling Podcast #1: Remembering the Meadowlands

Scott Keith joined the PTB Podcast for another trip through the mailbag: Place to Be Podcast Episode 359: Mailbag with Scott Keith #5

What the World Was Reading: WOW Magazine - July 1999

by Logan Scisco

This week we leave the confines of Titan Towers and head over to Bill Apter’s side of the wrestling magazine universe.  Launched in 1999, WOW Magazine was an alternative to other wrestling magazines, which largely kept kayfabe alive.  WOW catered to smart fans, using the terminology of “face” and “heel,” and even tried to smarten up younger fans by providing a vocabulary list of “smart wrestling terms.”  WOW also featured more color photographs, had more pages, and was larger than traditional wrestling magazines.  Unfortunately, the magazine did not produce enough sales to remain profitable and it folded in the summer of 2001.

The Best and Worst Royal Rumble Matches


There's a Royal Rumble on Sunday. Good time to look back on the past. Paste has ranked the best and worst Rumble matches. What do you think?

​Swap out 1998's desperation booking of three Mick Foley aliases and a bunch of tag teams and swap in 2010's CM Punk storytelling and you've got a winning list.  I'd maybe go with 2007 over 2008 just because the last 10 minutes with Shawn v. Undertaker were nearly a ****1/2 classic on their own, but it's a fair opinion.  Nothing touches 1992 regardless, and 95/96 are clearly two of the worst.  ​

BoD Daily Update

Longtime WWE Talent Retiring From In-Ring Competition?

There is talk that Goldust will be transitioning to a role as a full-time agent and producer soon. This is expected to happen after WrestleMania 31. His team with Stardust will slowly fade out over the next few months. As far as the future of Stardust, it is expected that character will stay as a singles wrestler.

Rolling Stone Interview with Paul Heyman

Click on the link below to read the article.

WWE Wrestler Returning to Action This Weekend

Heath Slater is scheduled to return to the ring at this weekend's house shows. Article with Seth Rollins

And don't forget to vote in today's bracket for Place to be Nation's "Greatest Song of the 90's" Tournament. Vote by clicking on the link below.

Also, if you want to join the Royal Rumble contest, with the winner picking the shoot interview that I will recap, you can do so by emailing me at There are several spots still left.

Other Royal Rumble stuff

Hi Scott,
I have reserved myself to the fact that Roman is going to win the Rumble match and become the next undisputed Bootista. Now I'm trying to find some silver linings to the rest of the show:
1) Sadly, we won't be seeing Kharma as a surprise entrant since she is back in TNA. Is there ANYONE you see showing up unexpectedly and get a huge pop? I'm not talking about Orton, Jericho, RVD, or any of the announce team, but someone who fans would want to see.
2) The New Day has a match scheduled but what is a Rumble without Kofi's annual crazy spot to avoid elimination? What do you think Kofi will pull out this year? I had a vision of him being in the ring at the same time as Adam Rose, where Kofi gets tossed out but is caught by the Rosebuds/Exotic Express (or whatever) and they crowd surf him back into the ring.
3) And lastly, is there any point to the Ascension/ NAO match? Is it just a matter of time before they are sent back to NXT to be repackaged?

​1. I've heard the Dudleyz as the biggest name, which would be fun and get a huge pop in Philly.  Really, using them to destroy the Ascension as a mystery team opponent would have been even better, but apparently no one in WWE actually watches wrestling and remembers that kind of thing anyway.

2.  Yeah, the body surf spot basically writes itself.  I've heard another awesome theory, which is that Daniel Bryan will get "injured" and taken out of the Rumble by the Authority earlier in the show and the fans get all pissed off at Reigns seeming to be the winner, until the Bunny enters at #30, gets the surprise win, and then unmasks himself as Bryan.  ​

​3.  Ain't no repackaging for the Ascension.  Much like Adam Rose, if this doesn't work, they're looking for other work.  They're too old to send down again and WWE would just save money by cutting them loose.  And no, I have no idea what the point is supposed to be.  ​