Friday, February 27, 2015

ECW Crossing The Line Again: February 1, 1997

This is our first ECW arena show together, you and I. I remember, roughly 15 years ago, spending far too much time, effort, and money, trying to amass an unrivalled VHS collection of every wrestling program that ever aired in the history of the universe. This particular show was my first eye opener that there were some slippery people in the tape trading world. I, man of my world, traded someone a money order for roughly $25. They, in turn, traded me the finger. I never did wind up with my copy of Crossing The Line Again; though if you’d asked me to be patient for a decade and a half, and that one day everything I ever dreamed of could be digitally sought out and placed on a hard drive the size of one VHS tape, I could have invested thousands of dollars into my future and … who am I kidding, I wasn’t waiting no 15 years.

We start with a passionate speech from PAUL HEYMAN, promoting their first ever pay-per-view in April. THE ENTIRE ECW LOCKER ROOM is with him, though some of the more heely heels are located in the upper bowels. Taz is booked against Sabu to no surprise (but gets a 2 litre pop regardless). Paul then thanks all the fans for having his back when the PPV companies didn’t want to carry them (ignoring the fact HE allowed a 16 year old kid to get maimed on his watch), and the place explodes. Nobody can ever deny the charisma of a fired up Paul Heyman, and it’s his Us vs The World stuff that had wrestlers literally willing to die for him in the name of keeping the ECW brand alive.

JOEY STYLES hosts, because OH MY GOD nobody else is willing to work for free.

Flair - tough guy?


Question for you Scott... the NWA historically had a champion that could take care of himself in case someone tried to shoot and take the belt.  Is there anytime that you can think of that Flair had to fight off a shooting opponent?

Only the guys that he stiffed on the bar tabs.  

I Need Your Help Please Mr. Keith


Hey Scott, super long time reader...

I was trading e-mails with someone I'm a big fan of on a radio show who thinks Shawn Michaels is... well, let's just say heavily overrated. That's another story in it's entirety, however, one part of his opinion seemed insane to me... he claimed Shawn, unlike Flair, Bret, Bryan, etc., never carried a bad worker to a great match. Obviously this is insane, but I was wondering if you could please give me some of the best examples you could think of off the top of your head? Not asking for any deep contemplation or anything, of course.

I imagine this may seem unbelievably silly - and it probably is - but any help would be appreciated!

Thank you for phrasing it in a way where I can continue to bash Hogan and Reigns.  

Shawn carried Hogan's (literally) broken down ass in 2005, lock stock and barrel. As an alternative you could look at Tatanka at WM9.  Or Ken Shamrock in 97.  Or the best example, Kevin Nash at WM11.  During his prime you could basically throw him in there with ANYONE and Shawn would get himself over.   Doesn't mean it was effective for the other guy, but Shawn sure as shit made some terrible workers have great matches.  

And of course Daniel Bryan did the same for Roman Reigns this past week.  

The most bogus act Sid ever pulled off


Hey Scott,

Can you explain why so many people seemed to have thought Sid had the potential to be a top draw, "the guy" level, main event player? Obviously he's got an imposing physique and had a certain charisma in that insane intensity, but I can't imagine why anyone would ever see him as anything more than a great candidate for Hogan's 80s monster heel of the season. He could never work, to the point that he was sometimes dangerous, he got by on that intensity in his promos, pretty much never saying anything of substance, and his energy was so aggressively (p)sychotic that I can't imagine why anyone would ever think he could be a babyface. I'm mystified as to why this guy was being positioned as the future at certain points in both WWF and WCW- did he ever really draw? Why? Who was paying to see this guy?!


Way more people than were ever going to pay to watch Roman Reigns.  Sid at least had an actual star presence and charisma in his own weird retarded way that is sorely lacking in today's "stars".  

A "real" Wrestlemania moment


With the rumor being Brock stormed out of Raw after contract disputes with Vince, what are the chances Brock just says screw it and shoots on Reigns at Wrestlemania? We know Brock can be a hothead anyway, so what better way to tell Vince and the WWE to F off than take care of the "next big thing" on your way back to UFC? It's not like Reigns (or anybody else for that matter) could stop Brock if he decided to do that. That IMO would be a true wrestlemania moment.

a) No one would understand what was going on.
2) Brock doesn't give enough fucks to do that.  He's a smart enough businessman to know that it's not worth burning that bridge anyway.  Brock cares about money and Brock and I really doubt he gives a shit about laying down for Reigns, even if he was leaving.  

BoD Daily Update

Mark Henry Update

Although there is no word when he is returning, Henry has reportedly lost a lot of weight since the last TV appearance.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

TNA Talent Increasingly Frustrated?

While on the tour in the UK, the talent reportedly came to the realization that with no house shows or PPV's planned and just about everyone paid on a per appearance basis that everyone will earn substantially less this year. Also, there is a recognition that TNA is staving off dying as opposed to before when there was the idea that they were trying to grow.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE Cancels Plans to Induct Hall of Famer

It appears that plans to induct Ray Stevens into the WWE Hall of Fame this year have been cancelled.

Also, check out Place to be Nation's "The Great WrestleMania Re-Book" Series as they tackle WrestleMania V today. Click on the link below and give that a read.

1996 Raw & Nitro observations

Hey Scott,

Long time reader, second time e-mailer. I've been watching early Raw & Nitros from March 1996 on the Network. One thing I've noticed during the Raw intro is a shot of President Piper slapping Goldust... yet this is in the opening credits weeks before he even showed up. Any guess as to why such an odd edit? It looks like (according to Youtube) that it replaced a shot of someone (Jarrett?) hitting Ahmed Johnson with something (a gold record?) from behind while he was talking to Lawler at ringside.

Also... this is (obviously) from Raw in March of 1996.

Isn't that Lex Luger's WCW theme playing? How'd they get away with that?!?



PS: Is it white and gold, or blue and black?

​IT'S FUCKING BLUE AND BLACK!  How can anyone possibly see it the other way?  FUCK!

Anyway, as to the question, they would do those kinds of weird edits a lot.  During the Bill Watts era, they would show a clip of next week's main event in the "next week" portion of the taped show in order to attempt to pop a rating for it.  ​I guess they figured that everyone knew it wasn't live anyway.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

1996 reviews


Hi Scott, hope you are well.

Have noticed that you've stopped you're reviews of the 1996 Raws & Nitros. I was under the impression that you had been enjoying the shows (at least the Nitros). Had that changed, or did life get in the way? They were a cool little peek into the past, and I hope they're not gone for good, especially with how important '96 was in the big picture. Take care.

​The impression I was getting from the blog was that we're a little overloaded with 1996 WCW reviews, so I decided to cool it for a while.  I wouldn't want to Roman Reigns the reviews. ​

Smackdown - February 26, 2015

Date: February 26, 2015
Location: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Byron Saxton

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Wrestlemania is creeping up on us and you can see most of the card from here. The main story coming out of Monday was Randy Orton rejoining the Authority for about two and a half hours but ultimately turning back against them. For some reason he let Seth Rollins off easy, which likely won't be addressed tonight. Let's get to it.

Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next

This week I have chosen four shoots from guys who have recently left the WWE. Here are your choices:

Alberto Del Rio

Curt Hawkins

Drew Galloway

Tyler Rex

Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at noon.

BoD Thursday Night Thread

On tap for tonight:

WWE Smackdown airs at 8pm EST on Syfy, highlighted by a rematch of the six-man tag from Fastlane as Dolph Ziggler & Ryback & Erick Rowan take on Seth Rollins & Kane & Big Show.

The NBA has two games on the schedule that will be shown on TNT. At 8pm EST the Golden St. Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers while at 10:30pm EST the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Phoenix Suns.

In the NHL there are 9 games on the schedule with the Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators at 8:30pm EST on NBC Sports.

College Basketball has multiple Nationally televised games tonight, highlighted by #21 SMU vs. Memphis at 9:00pm EST over on ESPN 2.

Also, don't forget to check out Place to be Nation's "The Great WrestleMania Re-Book Series" as they cover WrestleMania IV. Click on the link below and give that a read.

Sporting News: Rey Mysterio released from his contract


BREAKING NEWS: Rey Mysterio Officially Gone From the WWE

Apparently this agreement was made a few months ago for Mysterio to leave at the end of February. Also, the AAA promotion in Mexico has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday

RF Video Shoot Interview with Koko B. Ware

This was filmed in 2005

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein

It runs at two hours long

Fast Lane Video Review

Hi Scott,
Long time reader of your stuff - All the way back to 411 days etc......
Always browse your blog, I've started this reviewing lark myself, and enjoy doing it but have 14 views....14. 
Know this isn't normally "the done thing" but I'm a 33 year old Scotsman who wants the world to hear what I have to say about wrestling. Plus im not good at it and need feedback on how to improve!
A gentle blog post with the link would be lovely :) 
If you like this, i'd happily do these for your blog for every WWE PPV (and NXT big event)......
Good Evening


The Reigns In Spain


And now a collection of the Reigns mail I got this morning!

Chris Jericho v. Rednex


Hatesong is typically the bottom of the AVClub barrel for features, but Chris Jericho cutting a crazed heel promo on "Cotton Eyed Joe" while the interviewer tries to play along politely is probably the best one they've done.  

BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

Just prior to this past Monday's RAW, Lesnar and Vince McMahon got into a business disagreement about negotiations over a new contract. Although the exact matter has been kept quiet it is just business related and not about any creative differences.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WrestleMania Ticket Sales Update

At this moment there are between 11,000-12,000 tickets still left for the show. It has also been noted that those who have been unable to get their friends comped for the show in the past have been able to do so this year.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Ring of Honor Looking for a New Television Deal?

The company is currently in preliminary talks with both Spike and AXS regarding a potential television deal.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Also, head on over to Place to be Nation to check out the latest episode of the "Kevin Kelly Show" podcast with his guest, Stevie Richards. Click on the link below to check that out.



Thinking through all the Mania title matches, have you ever seen the babyface challenger come in this lukewarm for his 'moment'?  I know Cena has split crowds, but he was way over when he wrestled JBL.  And do you agree with Meltzer this week that the fans have given in on Bryan or could we see the backlash fire up again in a huge way as they head to San Francisco (where Bryan was Mr. Giants) and then Chicago for Extreme Rules? 

​I think the fans now know and have accepted Bryan's demotion at this point because obviously going against it went nowhere.  Like the song says, when I fight authority, authority always wins.  Even if the Reigns thing flops in May and they suddenly decide to go back to Bryan again, the time to pull the trigger was now and it'll be just as doomed to failure as Reigns was.  ​I'd post the Meltzer piece here because it's seriously one of the best things he's written, but that of course would be bad.  It's easily found, however.  I think even has a cheap signup special right now where you can get in for $3.99 instead of the usual $10.  

Anyway, as to the first question, Cena wasn't splitting anything when he won the title, he was a monster babyface with pretty much 100% support.  The split crowd thing didn't start until a couple of years into his title reign and it's become kind of a revisionist history that people didn't like him.  I was fully on-board the Cena train when it happened, make no mistake.  This year's show might be one of the weakest main events ever, aside from Shawn-Diesel in 95 (and really Big D was pretty lukewarm then) or Taker-Sid in 97.  I really can't think of any babyface on this level of cooled off besides Nash, and especially not one where the attempt was being made to turn him into a tippy top guy.  Maybe Lex Luger in 94?  But even then there was intrigue about who would win.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WrestleMania Disaster


Has there been any other  WrestleMania that has had the opportunity to be such a disaster? Sure others such as IX and XI, weren't great, but they knew where they were headed going into the show. This year you just get the feeling they have no clue.  I've been a fan for over 30 years and for the first time ever, I have not one bit of interest in the show.

Hey, look, I've got no problem with the story being told or whatever.  I don't mind if the promotion picks a guy and says "Here's the guy, we're gonna push the shit out of him" as long as they can justify it with crowd reactions or numbers or SOMETHING.  I'm a wrestling fan, I know the deal.  That being said, Reigns has nothing.  He doesn't draw ratings, move house show numbers, sell merchandise, cut promos, or get great crowd reactions.  He's a guy that some people like, and some don't, and most don't really care about.  

As to the content of the e-mail, Wrestlemania 25 was really a show saved by the Undertaker-Shawn match because the rest was horseshit.  Edge/Cena/Show was nothing, HHH-Orton was a disaster that lost interest every week leading up to it, Jericho v. the old-timers was a total eye-rolling was just such a lackluster show for something that was supposed to be the 25th anniversary.  And I really wasn't feeling the UT-Shawn match, but it turned out so awesome that of course it's all that anyone remembers about it now.  

First title win at wrestlemania.

Hey Scott,
There have been several wrestlers whose first world title win has been at wrestlemania but it hasn't happen in awhile.
Savage at 4; warrior at 6; Yokozuna at 9; michaels at 12; Austin at 14; Benoit at 20; cena and Batista at 21; and Rey at 22.
If reigns wins, this will be the first time in 9 years a persons first world title was at wrestlemania.
One cannot even say it is because of the two title system because all of the recent wm title changes like Bryan and cena and Sheamus already a world title for 2-3 reigns already.


​It just goes to show how incredibly stale all the characters over the past few years have been, with everyone already multiple time World champions by the time they get to Wrestlemania.  That's one thing that worries me a lot about moving the belt from invisible champion to Reigns -- you can bet they're going to start going back to the follow-the-bouncing-ball title changes when business drops and they need a ratings crutch.  ​

Also, Meltzer had an awesomely bittersweet piece in the new Observer talking about the fate of Daniel Bryan this year, and it's just tremendous as you can really tell how sad he was personally when the promotion gave up on Bryan and then the fanbase also gave up on him the night after Fastlane.  HHH may have talked about how the book is never finished or whatever nonsense on Austin's podcast, but in Bryan's case the book is really closed now on his time as a main event guy, and it's gonna go down as such a huge waste, all for Vince's failed Reigns experiment.  

NXT - February 25, 2015

Date: February 25, 2015
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Corey Graves, Alex Riley, Tom Phillips

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're still living in Kevin Owens' NXT as he shows no sign of letting up soon. Last week he ran through former NXT Champion Adrian Neville, clearing more of the path to get to his showdown with Finn Balor. Other than that, we have the potential split of Carmella from Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, which might be well received by the NXT fans. Let's get to it.

ECW Hardcore TV: January 30, 1997

Last week, Pitbull #1 returned to the mother of all pops against Shane Douglas, delivering the strongest January show to date. With one date left before we check in with Punxsutawney Phil, the month is looking to end with a bang (but sadly, not a bang bang, since he’s off grinding with strippers while dressed like a mentally deranged turd).

We are ANYTHING BUT LIVE from Scranton, Pennsylvania! JOEY STYLES kicks us off just as we started and ended last week, with THE TRIPLE THREAT and FRANCINE. Douglas forces Styles to stay in the ring, and says he’s fairly sure he knows who the masked man is. And, if it’s who he THINKS it is, then he knows he’s a ladies man who’s after Francine and not his belt, and if that’s the case, he best step off. Just to make sure the masked man keeps away, he’s hired a body guard. Out walks MIKE AWESOME – holy crap, I didn’t even know he was around in 1997! Douglas gives away the identity of the Masked Man for the handful of people who weren’t able to pick up on it by voice alone; by telling the mysterious fella that Awesome’s in a pretty Rude Mood.

BoD Evening Thread

Talk about everything going on tonight here

Also, head in over to Place to be Nation and read "The Great WrestleMania Re-Book Series" as they cover WrestleMania III. You can read that by clicking on the link below.

Monday Nitro - October 4, 1999

Monday Nitro #208
Date: October 4, 1999
Location: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 6,942
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're getting closer to Halloween Havoc but tonight we take a detour into something that is actually special. Less than five months earlier, Owen Hart passed away in this same arena. His brother Bret wanted to do something special for him, and that's what we're getting on this show. Let's get to it.

BoD Daily Update

Undertaker Update

According to Mike Johnson of, the plan is for the Undertaker not to make any live appearances as a way to build anticipation for his first appearance since losing at WrestleMania. The Undertaker will respond to Wyatt's challenge, just not in front of a live crowd.

RAW Ratings

RAW had 4.12 million viewers this past Monday, up from 3.99 the week before. Here is the hourly breakdown:

8pm: 4.08 million viewers
9pm: 4.11 million viewers
10pm: 4.18 million viewers

WWE Executive on CNBC's "Closing Bell" Show

Chief Strategy and Financial Officer, George Barrios, was on the show and said, among other things, is that the WWE Network can reach 3-4 million subscribers over the course of the next 3-5 years. Click on the link below to view Barrios' appearance

Samoa Joe Returning to Ring of Honor

RoH has announced that Joe will return to the company at the 3/7 TV tapings.

Major Rumor IF TRUE


Preview by Yahoo

Chance of veracity?  

​Come on, dude, really?  I should also point out that it's not a rumor if it's true.  If anything they should test for illegal horse shampoo.  ​

From the UK: New Year’s Revolution 2005


Hi Scott
Hope you and your family are well
I've been giving some thought of getting back into reviewing shows again. Back when I did it for Pulse Wrestling, I'd do the traditional "play by play" review style for matches. That got a bit tiresome though and, to be perfectly honest, it was far too much like your review style. (Seriously, I basically had my own version of all your best lines. Instead of "BONZO GONZO" for example I had "HOUSE EN FEUGO")
I've had a go at a new review style and I was wondering if you'd mind posting this to the blog just so I can get some opinions on it? As it stands, I'm not looking at going back to reviewing full time, but if there's elements here that The Doomers like I might be able to cultivate them and it could motivate me to start doing reviews more often.
So yeah, I'm essentially looking to do some market research if that's okay with yourself? It's cool if not of course, but I just thought I'd ask on the off chance.
This might start up some discussion on the blog as well as I've actually been quite favourable to the two most hated matches on the show, not even intentionally to popcorn either, I genuinely don't hate them that much.
I'll post the review below.
In the meantime, take care of yourself and all the best!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WWF Wrestling Challenge March 29th, 1987

March 29, 1987

From the Ohio Center in Columbus, OH

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

This show aired the same day as WrestleMania III

In action tonight will be Tito Santana, King Harley Race, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, and "Adorable" Adrian Adonis.

Grab the Popcorn - AJ vs Stephanie


AJ Lee calling out Stephanie McMahon on Twitter regarding wager equality for Divas. I never was a fan of using social media for story lines, but I'm 100% on board with this one!

Between the #givedivasachance trending on Twitter for over 24 hours and now aj calling out steph on Twitter two questions
1) will the wwe actually care? ( about anything other then Twitter)
2) is aj trying to get canned so she can join punk in the leisure life? Or is she firing back for their videos of punk?

I think it's probably a storyline, because at the very least Stephanie isn't 6 weeks behind pop culture like Vince is and probably wanted to run an angle based off the Oscars.  And AJ has been rumored to return for a while now, so this is as good a chance as any.  Probably won't lead to anything other than Stephanie wearing 8 inch heels and talking down to AJ on RAW while the announcers mock "Phil" and make jokes about lawsuits, but it's something at least.  

Not Taker/Sting


Do you know why we're not getting Taker/Sting?   It's not that I actually want that match but it's had an underground pulse for years.  Then finally Sting comes in an it's for Hunter?   My theory, HHH (believe it or not) is a lot easier to get to job at the point and put Sting over than Taker.   But it's just weird that for years we all expected Sting/Taker and then they pass it up.

No, no, you're all confused.  I'm pretty sure they told us that what we actually wanted to see all these years is HHH v. Sting.  Remember when DX fired the first shot in the Monday Night Wars?  That was HUGE!  

Another Brock Lesnar Update

The following was reported by Mike Johnson from

"WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was backstage at Raw but was not used. Lesnar flew on his private plane to Nashville for the taping earlier in the day on Monday.

According to those who saw him backstage yesterday, Lesnar was obviously angry about something and one source claimed he walked out of the taping before it ended.  There are different stories making the rounds, but has been told it was not something on the creative end that set Lesnar off, but something regarding his business relationship with WWE. No one we spoke with was willing to elaborate beyond that, but several made it clear it had nothing to do with any planned booking.

Vince McMahon acknowledged the issue during a Smackdown production meeting today, a source claimed, but did not elaborate on the issue. Lesnar has returned home to Minnesota and is not backstage at Smackdown.  Lesnar is not advertised to appear again for WWE until the 3/9 Raw taping in Pittsburgh, PA, which gives WWE several weeks to work out whatever the issue is.
If and when we confirm additional details, we will update."

BoD Tuesday Night Thread

Not a whole lot going on tonight. The WWE Network is replaying the Steve Austin Podcast with Vince McMahon at 9pm. There is basketball, college and pro, as well as hockey. So, talk about all of that and more here.

Also, check out the "Great WrestleMania Re-Book Series" over at Place to be Nation as they cover WrestleMania 2. Click on the link below and give it a read as several staff writers (myself included) write up their own card for the show.

Brock Lesnar = RATINGS


Man, why hasn't a wrestling promoter thought of advertising someone for a show and then leaving him off before?  Apparently it's pretty effective at making people watch.  

AVClub Reviews RAW


Apparently this is now a thing they do.  And yet they don't review Vampire Diaries anymore!  Sheesh.  

Fastlane Shitetalk

Hi Scott,

I did a liveblog of that shitty Fastlane last night. I'm usually pretty angry about bad shows but I almost fell asleep before the Cena match. Could you plug it on the blog? I know this is completely against your standards but it would be appreciated.


WWF RAW: January 27, 1997

Last week was one of the wildest, most unpredictable episodes of RAW seen since the Pillman gun angle a couple of months ago. Bret Hart, sick and tired of being jerked around quit the promotion out of frustration. Lead announcer Vince McMahon inexplicably rushed backstage to help appease whatever problems he was having; but why? This isn’t the first time it’s been insinuated on camera he’s got an awful lot more stroke than just calling the matches, and he’s slowly but surely getting outed as the puppet master behind it all.

Meanwhile, Steve Austin continued to trash talk everyone and anyone, and wound up getting into a brawl with just about every main event player on the roster as a result. Gorilla Monsoon also stripped Austin of his Wrestlemania title shot (but not his Rumble win), and booked a 4-way elimination match for the next pay-per-view amongst every wrestler directly impacted by Steve’s shenanigans, with the winner going to Mania.

BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

Lesnar, who was advertised to appear on RAW last night, was backstage at the show but not used.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Update on Daniel Bryan's Potential WrestleMania Opponents

As it has been reported before, the word coming out of Fastlane is that Bryan will face either Dolph Ziggler or Sheamus at WrestleMania

Credit PWInsider via Wrestling Inc

AJ Lee Update

AJ is expected to return to TV soon as creative as a storyline in place for her return.

Credit via Wrestling Inc

NXT Star Backstage at RAW Last Night

Kalisto was backstage at the show last night. El Torito tweeted out a picture of him with Kalisto from RAW.

ESPN Plans to Air Piece on the Von Erich Family

The piece will air during the 6pm EST broadcast of Sportscenter this coming Friday.

Matt's Monday Night RAW Recap - 2/23/2015

Despite the fact that Roman Reigns is Batista 2.0, despite the fact that Daniel Bryan is beyond over with the fans, despite the fact that that Reigns has three moves to speak of and gets winded after 5 minutes, despite the fact that he's dull and has no marketability at ALL, and despite the fact that the main event at WrestleMania is, possibly, one of the least-anticipated main events in the history of that pay-per-view (with fans cheering for Brock Lesnar by default), Vince and WWE Creative don't give a shit what you think and they're gonna make Roman Reigns the next big star come hell or high water.

Muraco's Monday Matches of the Week - [s2, e8]

TITLE MATCHES! 4 big title matches here. Three great matches, and one of the biggest stories of the year when a main event title match ends in a legit bloody shoot (!) that will be referenced for years to come.

ZERO1: Kohei Sato (c) vs. Masato Tanaka - [2/8/15]

For the ZERO1 World Heavyweight Championship, as Sato defends against the legendary Tanaka. This match had everything I love about wrestling: Hardway blood from legit headbutts, vintage Masato Tanaka no-selling, and 2.9999 counts. Super heated down the stretch.

NOTE: The bullshit pop-up spam stops about halfway through.