Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wrestlemania 18 and Hogan


Does anybody know what the plan was for Hogan in 2002? Was the nwo stint with his Hollywood character always meant to just go until Mania?

​More or less, yes.  The plan was always to turn him babyface pretty quick, but the reactions he got accelerated it even more.  The title reign was definitely an audible on their part, though, as HHH was supposed to hold it long-term.  As I've noted before, that's one case where they actually pulled the trigger on something at exactly the right time and place to cash in on it, but the fad died out so unexpectedly quick that they couldn't even be blamed for the backlash that followed.  ​

WWF Superstars of Wrestling November 1st, 1986

November 1, 1986

From the Onandoga War Memorial in Syracuse, NY

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and Vince McMahon

In action tonight are Randy Savage, Junkyard Dog, Kamala, Harley Race, and the featured match of Roddy Piper vs. Mr. Fuji

Evening Thread - Tuesday Edition

Tonight, on WWE Network: it's a live Main Event beginning at 8:00 PM ET, followed by a new episode of Monday Night War at 9:00 , focusing on ECW's impact on the WWF/WCW ratings battle; then at 10:00, it's an all-new Countdown, featuring the top ten greatest high flyers.

MLB winds down it's final week of the regular schedule. It's still a tight race in the AL Central as the Tigers hold a one game lead over the Royals. Detroit draws the White Sox at home, while the Royals hit Cleveland.

The fall TV schedule is starting to swing, so if you stumble upon any cool new shows, you can bring them up in this thread.

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw - September 14, 1998

-Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from San Jose, California.  We are finally back on Monday nights, so this should be a better show.

Counting Flair's World Title Reigns.


Hey dude, quick question. I remember many moons ago you posted on the
blog a list of all possible Ric Flair title reigns, where you got up
to the mid to late 20's depending on how lenient you were. I wanted to
check it out again but couldn't find it. Any chance you have it
somewhere in your databanks? Thanks!

Hoo boy, let's see if I can pull this out from memory again:


1.  Dusty Rhodes in 81
2.  Harley Race in 83
3.  Kerry Von Erich in 84
4.  Dusty Rhodes in 86
5.  Ron Garvin in 87
6.  Ricky Steamboat in 89
7.  Sting in 91
8.  Fujinami in 91
9.  Royal Rumble 92
10.  Randy Savage in 92
11.  Barry Windham in 93
12.  Vader in 93
13.  Savage in 95
14.  Savage in 96
15.  Hogan in 99
16.  Jeff Jarrett in 2000

As well, there was a pair of switches with Race in New Zealand, a switch with the youngster Carlos Colon in Puerto Rico that created the WWC Universal title, a switch with Jack Venano  in the Dominican Republic, a switch with the Midnight Rider that was overturned, a switch with Victor Jovica in Trinidad, and as well you could possibly count the 91 victory over Sting as a double title victory (winning both WCW and NWA titles).  The final total can go as high as 24 I believe.  

September Classics: The British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels - One Night Only 9/27/97

I found it very difficult to find One Night Only videos that were intact. This was a very good UK PPV, and I remember watching it live back in Canada, the homeland. Plenty of this thing called "wrestling" on this show. There was a Dude Love vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley match, Vader vs. Owen Hart, and The Undertaker vs. Bret Hart. But do you think I could find a complete version of any of those? So I settled for this two-part clip of HBK and the Bulldog. The heat for this match was off the friggin' charts. Don't forget to click on "read more" to get the second part. Enjoy.

Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog (9 20 97... by Yosihait

BoD Daily Update

Who Will be Replacing Roman Reigns at WWE House Shows?

Dean Ambrose will be taking Reigns' place at shows starting this Friday as he faces Randy Orton in a street fight at the Izod Center in New Jersey

Credit F4WOnline.com

WWE Hall of Famer Says WWE Threatening Lawsuit Against Him For Using His Ring Name?

On his Twitter account, Wayne Ferris has been tweeting that the WWE has been threatening him with a lawsuit if he continues to use the "Honky Tonk Man" for his appearances


WWE 2K15 Video Game Trailer

For those of you who missed it on RAW last night, here is the trailer.



 Hi Scott,
I'm a Vancouverite who for the past 4 years has been living in Edmonton (and hating it). I'm also a technology Neanderthal. I was waiting for The Network (only $9.99) to come to Canada, but have been left disappointed. My question for you is what is the easiest way for me to get the US version of the network here? I have a flat screen and a Shaw digital box.
Please help me get my old school wrestling fix!
Much appreciated.

​First up, you need a service to make the world think you're in the US.  The one I use is Unblock-US (www.unblock-us.com) ​and it'll cost you $5 a month.  This will also give you US Netflix and access to Hulu among other perks.  

Next, you'll need a Paypal account or a US credit card.  If you use Paypal, make sure it's funded by your bank account and not your Canadian credit card.  

Sign up for the Network (network.wwe.com) using your Paypal account and a valid US address.  Most people just the WWE corporate HQ for fun, but you can literally Google an address in 2 seconds if you want something more creative.  

​Ideally you'll want something to hook up to your TV and watch the Network on.  You can go with Apple TV, Roku, or a video game system like Playstation or Xbox.  Unblock-US has instructions on how to spoof any of them into thinking you're in the US so that you can download the app.  If you just want to run it off your computer, just plug in an HDMI cable to your TV and you're good to go.  ​

Monday, September 22, 2014

The PG Era Rant: Raw, 9.22.14

The PG Era Rant for RAW, September 22, 2014.

Tonight's preview notes:

  • Dean Ambrose is back!
  • Dolph Ziggler calls in his rematch clause against the Miz.
  • The Usos and Sheamus will face Goldust, Stardust, and Cesaro.

We get a review of Lesnar/Cena: the Title Rematch and how it fell apart at Seth Rollins's hands.

Live from Memphis, TN.

Your hosts are Cole, King, and Bradshaw.


This has nothing to do with the WWE

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–10.23.95


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 10.23.95

LIVE from Huntsville, AL

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo

Total Divas Season 3 Recap: Episode 3 - "Roadside Rumble"

In our last episode, "Mo' Marriage, Mo' Problems", we saw what happened when some of our Divas were pushed to their personal limits.

Waiting for the Trade: X-Factor


Waiting for the Trade

X-Factor: Scar Tissue
By Peter David, art by Valentine DeLandro and Emanuela Lupacchino
Collects X-Factor 213-219

Why I Bought This: It guest stars the Black Cat who is perhaps my favorite Marvel character. It is also written by Peter David, who is one of the all-time great Spider-man writers and who wrote Felicia particularly well back in the day.

The Plot: The main arc is about an assassination attempt on J. Jonah Jameson. He hires both Black Cat and X-Factor for protection. There are also a few single issue character studies on some of the regular cast.
(spoilers below)

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

Welcome to autumn/spring (depending on your hemisphere), or as we Floridians call it...summer.

Another rip-roaring Network special last night that featured one of the shittiest streams I've ever encountered on the Network. Still it wasn't a bad show. It wasn't great either. This is going to be a theme for these shows because there's enough good workers for some things to work in every show.

The Good:

Sheamus-Cesaro was great. I mean the crowd wasn't feeling them at start but you let two guys beat the crap out of each other for 12 minutes and the people were rocking. I liked the story of Cesaro throwing everything at Sheamus and the fella asking for more. It gives the program a nice building point as Cesaro will have to figure out that brute strength alone won't win.

Stardust. I'm a fan. People are fans. Heeling them will just make them more popular.

Ambrose-Rollins brawl. It worked, Ambrose has already moved into that Daniel Bryan spot but he might be a better fit for it because he embraces the challenge. Whereas Bryan was being booked to pander to the masses from time to time, Ambrose is just walking into the storm without a raincoat and fighting everyone. These things always work.

The Bad:

The Main Event was all right but I was promised a balls-to-the-wall brawl and got a screwjob finish instead. I'm not mad about the story development, I just wanted more action from the combatants.

Divas. Don't care

Miz as champion. Don't mind the gimmick but wish Sandow would have gotten it instead.

The Ugly:

All this Henry-Rusev hype for that POS match? Henry is at his best when guys are bumping for him and making him look like a monster. Rusev is on the elevator to the top so he's not going to look strong if he's always bumping so it wasn't a good idea from the beginning. Should have extended the Swagger program instead. People were behind it. A different finish at Summerslam and we would have something.

That's me.

As for TV tonight:

Monday Night Football (Jets & Bears, oh my)

Season/Series Premier hysteria

Gotham, Big Bang Theory, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow, Blacklist and my personal favorite Celebrity Name Game.

But Gotham and MNF...yeah Raw is screwed tonight.

Come out swinging... but keep it clean!

Best Matches

Hey Scott,
Lightning round
What are the best Singles' matches you can think of for the following guys, some of the best B+ players of the 80s and 90s? (Let's limit it to North America)
Tito Santana
Rick Martel
Dynamite Kid
Greg Valentine
Big Bossman
Ted Dibiase (Sr.)
Dustin Rhodes
Shane Douglas
Paul Orndorff
Jeff Jarrett

Tito:  IC title match against Hennig on SNME.
Martel:  AWA World title match against Stan Hansen, maybe?
Kid:  The match with Tiger Mask, duh.
Valentine:  I know he's had some really good ones with Flair, but for ones I've seen the cage match with Tito.
Bossman:  The cage match with Hogan.
Dibiase:  Probably the famous one against Dr. Death from Mid South.
Dustin:  That match he had with Vader on the Clash?
Douglas:  His stirring victory over Shawn Michaels at IYH3.
Orndorff:  He had some really good ones with Steamboat near the end, I'll go with one of them.
Jarrett:  The Shawn match at IYH2 where he dropped the IC title.

September Classics: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels - Ground Zero 9/7/97

This match received top billing over a WWF Championship match. The first major meeting between two of the top stars of all time. The match may end in a schmozz, but how they got there is the story. This would set up the first-ever Hell in a Cell match the next month. The video is in two parts, so click the Read More link to get the second half.


BoD Daily Update

WWE.com RAW Preview


TNA Talent Contract Updates

Kurt Angle's TNA contract expired yesterday and the contracts for Austin Aries and Gail Kim are expiring very shortly.


Prince Devitt to Wrestle as Part of a Tag Team in NXT?

Right now, there are rumors that Devitt will be forming a tag team in NXT, with Sami Zayn and Kevin Steen as the choices for his partner.

Credit eWrestlingNews.com

Another Wrestler Portraying the Bunny on WWE TV?

Justin Gabriel has also been playing the Bunny, along with Sami Zayn

Credit Dave Meltzer, F4WOnline.com

Regarding Sting

If they do bring Sting into the WWE, even if it's for a single one time match, how do they do it? 

The simplest way would be to just do a tag team match with Sting/Bryan Danials vs Flair/HHH as they can play on the history between Flair and Sting, hide Sting's ring rust via a tag match scenario, and moreso, have his arrival mean something big as far as Bryan thinking outside the box and purposely recruiting Sting as a partner to go against Flair and HHH as far as far as hitting them with a mystery partner who HHH can not bully or threaten or extort (and who would know Flair like an open book to counter).

Jesse Baker

​That's the simplest way?

I was thinking more that they announce him for the Hall of Fame and someone (let's just say...Moe?) gets all upset that he's never even had a WWE match before, and ​challenges him to said match at the Wrestlemania.  

Cosmic Key


The Dust Brothers can relax. I found the Cosmic Key:


​Well I think we can all sleep better now.

Sporting News: WWE Night of Champions 2014 Results


Sunday, September 21, 2014

The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2014


The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2014

Live from Nashville, TN

Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

Muraco's Monday Morning Matches of the Week (9/22/14)

Another Monday morning, another week of killer matches to catch up on. This week in particular provided a couple classics. These will not be forgotten come December when folks are putting a list together of the best stuff of the year.

ROH: AJ Styles vs. Kyle O'Reilly - [Taped 8/22/14, Aired 9/13/14]
ROH: Young Bucks vs. The Briscoe Brothers
- [Taped 8/22/14, Aired 9/13/14]

Couldn't find this on YouTube or DailyMotion. Had to go to the RuTube for this one. This is the AJ Styles that we weren't sure we would ever see again after the TNA debacle. Simply put, this is the best match on U.S. soil this year. It doesn't stop there however, this is a 2 match edition of ROH television and the second match is a mind blower as well. Easily the best hour of professional wrestling this country has produced this year.


NJPW: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata - [9/21/14]

BoD Night of Champions Live Thread

Here is the card:

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena for the WWE Title

Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

Sheamus vs. Cesaro for the U.S. Title

Dolph Ziggler vs. Miz for the Intercontinental Title

Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust for the Tag Team Titles

Paige vs. Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee for the Diva's Title

Mark Henry vs. Rusev

????? vs. Seth Rollins (The Big Show was Rollins' surprise opponent at last night's house show so it might end up being him)

Also, click inside and hit refresh for up to the minute match results and analysis that will be on top of the page.

2014 NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS Live Chat Thread

Here we go!  Your card:

* WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
* Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
* United States Championship: Sheamus vs. Cesaro
* Tag Team Championships: The Usos vs. The Brotherhood
* Divas Championship: Paige vs. AJ vs. Nikki


Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton
Mark Henry vs. Rusev

Okay, folks -- swing away all you want, but keep it clean as always!

BoD Night of Champions

This has nothing to do with the WWE

Waiting for the Trade - Iron Man


Waiting for the Trade

Iron Man: Iron Monger
by Denny O’Neil (and five artists)
collects Iron Man 193-200

Why I Bought This: I always loved Iron Man 200 and thought it would be worth owning the entire Iron Man/Iron Monger saga in trade.

The Plot: Tony Stark lost everything due to alcoholism including his company (to Obidiah Stane) and his superhero identity (which he handed off to James Rhodes). Now having recovered from alcoholism he starts putting his life back together.

 (Spoilers below)

Surprisingly Good Match of the Day - Davey Boy Smith vs. Greg Valentine - MSG 10/20/86

I was just watching this episode of Old School on the Network. It was a televised MSG show from 10/20/86. This was the best match on the show, and I would rate this somewhere around ***1/2, if only for the weak ending. I just wanted to share with you, the BoD Universe.....since I care and all.

Davey Boy Smith vs. Greg Valentine by Stinger1981

BoD Sunday NFL Thread

Here are my picks for this week. I am a pathetic 2-8 for the season so make sure to pick the opposite of what I do as there is an 80% chance you could win something this week:

Philadelphia -4 vs. Washington
Baltimore -2 at Cleveland
Cincinnati -7 vs. Tennessee
Arizona +3 vs. San Francisco
New England -14 vs. Oakland

John Cena's Hardest-fought Victories - WWE Top 10


I feel like we're being trolled a little bit here, but the #1 was indeed a hell of a match.  I feel like Umaga should have been higher.  And isn't there a pretty obvious omission from 2012?  Or is that omitted due to blood, I wonder?

Is it time for WWE to bring back the jobbers/enhancement talent?

Just wanted your thoughts on this.  Do you think it's time to bring back the jobbers/enhancement talent?  One of my issues with RAW  and PPV's is how stale a lot of the matches have become.  And they are stale cause they have no choice but to do rematch after rematch due to the 3 hours they have to fill Mondays, not to mention Smackdown and the Main Event.  Take Summerslam for instance.  Since that show, we have gotten 5 rematches on RAW since(Bray/Jericho, Reigns/Ortons next week makes 5).  Now, I'm not telling you anything you don't know, but bringing back the jobbers can keep the main matches fresh cause it allows you to keep the two guys feuding, separate.  It also allows each guy in the feud to look strong rather than the stupid 50/50 booking they always do.  Instead of their usual 'guy beats the champion to earn a title shot', they can have them squash jobbers instead and look like a killer.  It will also get the midcard over.  Look at recent
 history and look what squashing jobbers did for Ryback early on in his career.  It elevated him to the main event.  You don't watch TNA anymore but that same idea got Ethan Carter over too.  I'm not saying the whole show should be these matches, but wouldn't this be a good way to get more people over?

​Of course, and I've been advocating this idea for years.  Problem is that USA controls a lot of the creative content on RAW and I guarantee that doing any more than one squash per show would cause someone to flip out.  Although it's not like they're making any better use of the three hours as it is.  But for example, but we get squash matches on NXT all the time and it's fine.  No reason they couldn't do the same on Main Event and Superstars as well, like they did in the Jakked/Velocity days.  Give some indy guys exposure​, fill time more easily with something other than recaps, etc.  

WM 31 travel packages

Hey Scott,


An issue which I've seen coming up several times on the web, but still no answer from WWE.

We're almost in October now, and still no news regarding travel packages for WM 31. I've tried to contact them, and I've heard of people trying to contact them as well, but they're suspiciously quiet on the subject.


I know the travel packages usually go on sale 'round summertime, which makes it even weirder.


I was wondering if you had any inside information on the subject or heard any rumour about no travel packages this year?

​I could barely even tell you where Wrestlemania is going to be this year.​

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–10.16.95


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 10.16.95

Live from somewhere not mentioned, but it’s LIVE.

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo

I feel like we need a change.org petition to get them to add the damn 09/25 show to the archives already. 

Two quick questions

Hi Scott,

blah, blah, big fan, blah, blah....

Two questions are:

1) What is the highest star rating you've given to a Jake Roberts match (that wasn't Royal Rumble 92)?

2) What is your favourite match that ended with a disqualification?



​1.  Pretty sure I had all the matches he had with Randy Savage in the ***1/2 range.  Either that or one of the Ricky Steamboat series would be the highest.

2.  Shawn v. Mankind, of course.​

The Beer & Coffee Rant for NJPW’s “Road To Destruction 2014: Kōrakuen Night 2” (9/15/14)

The Beer & Coffee Rant for NJPW’s “Road To Destruction 2014: Kōrakuen (Night 2)”
Live from Tokyo, Japan – 9/15/14

[ Click HERE to see the show in it's entirety without spoilers ]

With the final NJPW pay-per-view of the Ustream era coming on the air in a couple hours, here goes the most recent Kōrakuen show leading up to it. There’s also another NJPW show that aired after this one (available HERE), once again with no commentary, just crowd noise and ring mics. Of course, with no commentary, I had no idea what was going on, so you may have to fill in the blanks for me.

Also quick note, if you didn’t check out last night’s Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero mask vs. mask match, don’t sleep on it. Believe the hype, it was an incredible way to spend a late Friday night. Plus, the ROH show with Styles vs. O’Reilly, and Bucks vs. Briscoes is the single best hour of U.S. wrestling you’ll find on TV this year. Again, don’t sleep on that one; proof that these wacky North Americans can do this wrestling shit as well as anybody in the world. Ok, moving on now……

Taichi & El Desperado vs. Yohei Komatsu & Maximo

Ring of Honor: Revenge on the Prophecy January 11th, 2003

January 11, 2003

From West Mifflin, PA

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy

BoD Saturday Night Thread

On tap for tonight:

MLB Action
College Football, highlighted by #1 Florida St. against #22 Clemson
New Japan Wrestling Destruction in Kobe show

Also, the Jim Neidhart shoot won the poll  with 37% of the vote. Disc One will be reviewed on Thursday.

WWE: Roman Reigns out of Night of Champions after emergency hernia surgery

Reigns out of Night of Champions.  Good thing they have all those other top guys... 

Roman Reigns Undergoes Emergency Surgery, Likely Out Of Night Of Champions


It's on WWE.com.  Apparently he had something called an incarcerated hernia.  No word on how long he's out for.




Long time reader, blah, blah, blah…I was re-watching the footage from Hogan's in ring heel turn and was wondering – did Bobby Heenan get any heat for basically giving away the turn?...I realize it was only seconds before it happened, but still…always been curious.


Thanks and keep up the good work,


Rich P.

​The Observer certainly doesn't say anything about it at the time, but you'll notice it's edited out of all the WWE's airings of the angle.  So I dunno.​

Supercard Update: The People's Challenge

Hey Scott, you still into Supercard?  They just updated the app with a new feature called the People's Challenge.  Basically your wins are for one of two guys (Cena vs Brock in this case), and whichever superstar comes out with the most "wins" is declared the winner.  AMAZING rewards for someone willing to spam their life away for the next three days.

Also, if you haven't played in a while, you'll probably find some new cards in your deck, as the last update contained rewards for certain levels of gameplay.

(Record: 1000-77)

​Yeah, I played the People's Challenge thing a bit, but really this game is just robbing me of valuable time that I could be playing Simpsons and Family Guy.  The raiding in Tapped Out is one of the most fun events they've ever come up with.  ​

Blown spots

Scott - what's a major match that you can think of that has the most blown spots?

I just watched Rey vs Eddie Guerrero from SummerSlam 2005 on the network and holy cow do they mess up a lot of stuff............plus you have Vickie missing her run-in and Eddie throwing a huge tantrum mid match.


​Sabu v. Sandman from one of the ECW PPVs has to hold the record.  ​

Thunder - April 29, 1999

Date: April 29, 1999
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Larry Zbyszko

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

The question coming out of Monday is will anything that happens tonight actually mean anything. Nitro saw two World Title changes resulting in Diamond Dallas Page winning and losing the title on the same show. We're still on the way to Slamboree with Nash vs. Page for the title and Flair vs. Piper (both of whom may be fired) for control of the company. Let's get to it.