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Howdy Blog O’Doomers! It’s the go home show for the Greatest Rumble Ever (a.k.a Oil Rumble) and surely there will be a good bit of hype for that, especially around the Brock-Roman cage match. Apparently Brock will be at RAW tonight doing something. Like most people I thought Smackdown probably got the better of the ... Read more

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Lightning Round: Non-Wrestling Edition

Since it’s a slow wrestling day, whom do you prefer: Robin:  Dick, Jason, Tim, or Damian? I prefer Dick as Nightwing and Jason’s stint was just to set up the publicity stunt.  For me, Tim Drake is always Robin. Green Lantern:  Alan, Hal, John, Guy, or Kyle? I’m 100% team Guy Gardner.  Flash:  Jay, Barry, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.23.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.23.82 Been a while since we’ve hit these, actually. Taped from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Bob Caudle & David Crockett We start with the electrifying Sandy Scott, who announces that the Andersons have been STRIPPED of the tag team titles, so there’s TOURNAMENTS A-GOGO!  We’re having ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi #102 05/20/2008

BUT FIRST The Miz & John Morrison vs. CM Punk & Kane (WWE Tag Team Titles) Like the rest of the Judgement Day card there’s a small attempt at making this match seem important before One Night Stand happens in two weeks. Clips of the one week of build and The Dirt Sheet impressions are ... Read more

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Literally a wrestlemania question

Hi and all that. Wrestlemania is a spectacle known all over the world and I understand why they would never change the name. However given that Vince hates the word “wrestling” so much, if he could go back in time and name the event something else what do you think it would be?  The Big ... Read more

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Coliseum Video

Growing up in the Coliseum Video era, as a kid my favorite thing about it was seeing”marquee” matchups that you’d otherwise never see because the characters have no issue. e.g. I’m watching Big Bossman vs Rick Martel from Rampage ‘93 for some reason. I stumbled upon a shockingly entertaining Orient Express vs Power & Glory ... Read more

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Taker and Kane

Question: I remember when Mankind first debuted, whatever his dumb classical-musical-protege backstory was, he got over immediately because he went over the Undertaker. And NOBODY goes over the Undertaker. So my question, inspired by a rewatch of Survivor Series 98 (still a great show!): in their 20000 matches, has Kane *ever* actually gone over the ... Read more

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Brock after mania

Any truth to the rumors of Brock losing his shit to Vince and Shane having to step in?  Any info on that? ​100% work.  No one has any idea what the point was supposed to be, but they were just “working the boys” according to the Observer.​

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–08.08.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 08.08.94 Taped from Youngstown, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage “The Undertaker” v. Butch Banks Good jobber name. At this point Vince’s commentary track is “You’ll only see Undertaker v. Undertaker one time!” because they had already realized how lame and ice-cold the feud ... Read more

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Saudi problems

The king has been evacuated following gunfire outside the palace. Am I right in thinking it was he who got the WWE over? Great Royal Rumble could be in jeopardy. https://twitter.com/BreakingNLive/status/987764408293167104?s=19 Apparently it was just a drone. So WWE’s oil money is safe and sound.  

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Draft

Hey Scott, what did you think of the draft? I feel Smackdown got the better shake in terms of workrate. I was also reading Smackdown is bringing back alums and bringing up more NXT talent. I also thought they should have moved Balor over.  ​I definitely feel like Smackdown now having Styles, Nakamura, Bryan, Jeff ... Read more

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Triple H and Cruiserweights

In the last couple of years, Triple H certainly has come a long way. The job of taking NXT from a horrible competition show into what it is today is universally praised by the internet fans. When it comes to his projects, the man is completely self-aware. This is why I think it’s incredibly odd ... Read more

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Steiner screwdrivers in the Hermit Kingdom

Knowing what we know about about how shut off from the world North Korea is.  Can you freaking imagine what must have went through everyone’s head watching this in the stands.  Between never seeing wrestling before. And the just sheer size of all of the wrestlers in a country that doesn’t have enough food for ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Kollision in Korea

(Obviously this show has come up in discussions about the moral issues of the Greatest Royal Rumble, so here’s my look at it from when it was on WWE 24/7!)  The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Collision in Korea – My god, the cool shit you get on this channel. How can I pass this ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – October 16, 1995

–Isaac Yankem and Bret Hart cut dueling promos against each other from inside of a steel cage to hype their match tonight.  Jerry Lawler adds his thoughts for good measure.  The setting looks cool as the ring is only illuminated by a few stage lights while the rest of the arena is dark. –Vince McMahon ... Read more

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Howard Finkle

;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial”>Finkel was the master of this, and he’d run down the card, and then the championship match, and you thought it was over. He’d subtly stop, and then say that there’s one more match, and he’d announce that name of the heel, who was always one of the top guys. “And he will face,” as ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 15th, 1991

June 15, 1991 From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. Piper opens up is Father’s Day gift, which is a tie. This week’s featured match is Tugboat & The Bushwhackers vs. Earthquake & Nasty Boys. Also in action are Ted DiBiase, Jim Duggan, and ... Read more

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Moment

Hey Scott, enjoyed the Andre documentary.  My wifes first experience getting to have dinner in 80s with Bruno whenever he was in town. She remembers him being a gentleman. What was your first experience meeting a wrestler? I have two that happened around the same time. Moondog Rex and Spot trying to pick up my ... Read more

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Grand Slam Champs

Hey Scott, Have you noticed the seeming obsession with making everyone a grand slam champion lately? Randy Orton, Rollins, and Jeff Hardy all became Grand Slam champions in the last 2 months. Is it really that big of a deal when people like Miz and Ambrose are also Grand Slam Champs? ​Indeed, nothing can be ... Read more

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Why the dislike of PS Hayes?

Scott, A few of us on the blog are watching Wrestlewar 92 (because what else are we going to do on a Thursday night), reading your review of this show you said PS Hayes ranks between 10 and 5 on your “wrestlers you hate with a passion list.” Just curious as to why. ​The Hayes/Garvin ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–08.22.94

In news that will mean absolutely nothing to you, faithful reader, I am now writing these in Word first rather than typing them up directly in the blog editor, which means that I can now start saving them in the archives for those of you who have been kind enough to pay for access. This ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: April 20, 2018

WWE.com Feature on Seth Rollins https://ift.tt/2JZCy22   John Gaburick Back Working With WWE https://ift.tt/2Jdocdf   PROGRESS Wrestling Super Strong Style 16 Tournament Competitors Announced https://twitter.com/ThisIs_Progress/status/987041829257441282   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can watch Jay Lethal & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. reDRagon from 8/22/15

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MLW TV deal

Hey Scott, Not sure if you’ve heard, but Court Bauer’s MLW has signed a deal with beIN Sports and will be launching a weekly 60-minute TV show starting Friday. Bauer and a network executive spoke with The Wrestling Estate about how the show came about, Tony Schiavone’s contribution and much more. https://ift.tt/2F1jSuY Hope your readers ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – June 10th, 1991

June 10, 1991 Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan This week’s guests are Davey Boy Smith, The Mountie, The Berzerker & Mr. Fuji, and Gary Strydom   The hosts run down the show then Bulldog runs out to say someone stole his dog, Winston.   The Warlord w/ Slick vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan ... Read more

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One More Match

Hey Scott, What are the odds the following people have another match in WWE? 1.) The Rock Hundo.  I'm shocked it didn't happen THIS year.   2.) Paige Also 100%, but not in WWE.  3.) Corey Graves You can tell he's got the itch, especially since Bryan retired for the same reason he did. He's a ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: April 19, 2018

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2HAGaZW   Brock Lesnar Update There are no current plans for a Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley match. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   ESPN.com Article on Bruno Sammartino https://ift.tt/2EYbqN2

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Undertaker’s future

So if Taker is going to be a Mania “special attraction” from now on, it actually opens up some creative possibilities rather than penciling him into a 20-plus minute match every year. * the Andre battle royal….it'd be a cool image to see Taker winning and doing his bowing pose to the trophy after the ... Read more

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Blowoff

Hey Scott, hope all is well. I was wondering about two feuds that I cannot remember having a blowoff match. 1. Piper vs Orndoff, the matches I have seen between the two were intense. Why was there no culmination? 2. Tito vs Martel, I know they fought a few matches, but no real feud after ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT–08.22.12

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 08.22.12 Next week is the finals of the NXT title tournament, but this week is the far more exciting FACE TO FACE segment. Nothing like a Jinder Mahal interview to make you long for a Jinder Mahal match. Taped from Orlando, FL Your hosts are Byron Saxton and William ... Read more

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Joey bats

Where does he rank for you on the all time jays list? On the one hand, no rings. On the other he did seem to bring a bit of legitimacy back, and even if the team wasnt doing good, you knew you were getting a show with him at the plate. In otherwords, canada barry ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – November 17, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: November 17, 2003 Location: SE Texas Arena, Beaumont, Texas Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re past Survivor Series and that means we’re on the way to Armageddon to end the year. Eric Bischoff is back in full control of the show as Steve Austin’s team lost last night. I’m sure we’ll ... Read more

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Saudi Arabia WWE Tryouts

How much more would the Saudi Government have to pay for one of these goofs to win the title from Brock in their debut match after Reigns comes up short again? https://twitter.com/WWE/status/986502687645622277/photo/1 Just like Santino in Italy!

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 9th, 1991

June 9, 1991 From the Brown County Arena in Green Bay, WI Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart In action this week are The Undertaker, Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, Bret Hart, and The Berzerker. Plus, Legion of Doom as guests on the “Barber Shop” and more!   The Rockers vs. Tom ... Read more

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RIP Bruno Sammartino.

https://ift.tt/2HaFBXk I can't even process this at the moment.  I hope they have the biggest tribute ever on RAW for him, because the company wouldn't exist without him.  Thank god they got him into the Hall of Fame a couple of years ago.

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Oil Rumble Madness

Dave and Bryan were talking about the Saudi show this morning, and how it’s now approaching levels of sleaze not seen since WCW tried to keep black kids off WCW Saturday Night tapings.  Basically if you’re a single man, you’re not allowed to get a ticket in the lower part of the arena .  Only ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for EXTREME Championship Wrestling–09.06.94

The SmarK Rant for EXTREME Championship Wrestling – 09.06.94 So after the debacle of last week, where Shane Douglas threw down the NWA World title, the show has been re-branded to move away from the regional feel of “Eastern Championship Wrestling”. Taped from the Bingo Hall in Philly. Your host is Joey Styles We start ... Read more

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Rousey v. Asuka

So judging by the way Charlotte was treated last night, they actually realized the money match to headline WrestleMania 35 is second generation, wrestling purist babyface Charlotte Flair vs eventual heel-turned MMA outsider Ronda Rousey? Including the potential angle of Rousey breaking Ric Flair's arm? What were they thinking possibly building towards Asuka vs Rousey? ... Read more

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The WWE once again pandering to the gay mafia by their treatment of AJ styles

Given AJ style well known but LEGAL views on gay marriage, is the current storyline where he gets kicked in the testicles just another way for the WWE to pander to the LGBT lobby? ​I feel like re-hiring Darren Young, or pushing Sonya Deville, would be a more effective way to “pander” to that group.  ... Read more

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Sporting News: Winners & Losers from the Shakeup

https://ift.tt/2H8lERg I actually watched Smackdown last night because although I don’t subscribe to the Sportsnet channel that carries it, it was pre-empted in Canada and made available on the Sportsnet Now streaming service, which I DO subscribe to.  And the show was OK, although the Carmella stuff was death.  Clearly Vince thinks that RAW was ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 17th April 2018

WWE 205 Live 17th April 2018 Providence, Rhode Island Commentators: Vic Joseph and Percy Watson Time for another week of cruiserweight action, grapple fans, as 205 Live is seemingly entirely unaffected by the ‘Superstar Shakeup’.  The hype video focuses on tonight’s tornado tag match between Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik and Hideo Itami & Akira ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – October 14, 1995

–Waylon Mercy says that he is going to put Diesel to sleep on today’s show. –Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are in the booth and they are still in Valparaiso, Indiana. –Opening Contest:  Razor Ramon & the 1-2-3 Kid beat The Blu Brothers (w/Uncle Zebekiah) (15-2-2) when Ramon pins Eli after a Kid ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XX

NWA Clash of the Champions XX Live from Atlanta, GA Airdate:  September 2, 1992 Attendance: 500 Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura WCW celebrates twenty years on TBS. Who will make special appearances? Can Steamboat defeat Austin for the TV title? What happens with Brian Pillman? Included is a special BONUS match. ... Read more

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Pro Wrestling themed hip hop

Good Afternoon! My name is Josiah Williams, and I am a Hip-Hop artist from Milwaukee, WI, currently living in Peoria, IL. I recently released “The True Gold,” a professional wrestling themed, Christian Hip-Hop album, and I would love for you to hear it! Featured on the project is WWE Hall of Famer – Teddy Long, Justin ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 8th, 1991

June 8, 1991 From the Metro Centre in Rockford, IL Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage This week in action are Sgt. Slaughter, Big Bossman, Virgil, The Berzerker, and The Dragon. Plus, Irwin R. Schyster as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and more!   Big Bossman vs. Al Burke Burke attacks ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Wrestling Gold–“Night of the Legends” DVD

The SmarK Rant for Wrestling Gold – Night of the Legends DVD (Since we’re at the point in the Flashbacks where Dave reviews this show, I figured I’d post it here for you.  This was written in 2003 for 411, and I didn’t have it my archives so I had to rescue it from Google ... Read more

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2000 vs 96-97

Scott- I would agree on a “show in a vacuum” way that 2000 blows away any year in terms of workrate/cards/matches etc. That being said the most fascinating time period to watch, I think, would be ppvs from I would say post mania 12 to the end of 97. The evolutions of Shawn, Bret and ... Read more

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Poorly booked Women’s Revolution….

As you know, WWE is seemingly obsessed with creating moments for this Women's Revolution.  So why is it that they also seem to do something to snatch these moments away from their female Superstars?  Let's take a look at it…. They have their first Women's Money in the Bank ladder match…….and they have a male ... Read more

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Wrestlemania 34 match time stats

Good evening Scott, Given all the justified itching about the length of Wrestlemania, here is an article with the runtime of the matches and segments in the show.  It looks like the author has done similar work for PPvs for a while now.   For me, the show's momentum screeched to a halt at the ... Read more

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