Monday, October 20, 2014
Updated Hell In A Cell card for this Sunday:
The Big Show vs. Rusev
Brie Belle vs. Nikki Bella - Loser Becomes the Winner's "Bitch"
Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro - Intercontinental Championship
Sheamus vs. The Miz - United State Championship
John Cena vs. Randy Orton - Hell in a Cell Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins - Hell in a Cell Match
NXT Star to Try Out a New Gimmick
Tye Dillinger has been trying out a new gimmick at NXT house shows. It was described as a cross between Ravishing Rick Rude and Fandango.
Justin Roberts to Write a Book
Justin Roberts told TMZ that he plans on writing a book about his life. He wants it to be part inspirational and part instructional. He does not yet have a publisher for the planned work.
WWE Extras Pay Rate
Reddit user MetsFan4Ever, a former WWE backstage worker, is disputing the WON report that WWE cut its pay rate for extras. The Observer reported pay was cut from $250 to $100 but the Reddit user says this is false and the pay for independent wrestlers and extras was only cut by $50, and talent now gets $200. He also noted that people who appear as Adam Rose‘s Rosebuds at live events receive $100.
This is longtime reader/commenter, but first time emailer BeardMoney. I recently tried my hand at creating a personality quiz and I thought the BoD might enjoy this one as it asks which member of a legendary wrestling tag team you would Bee. It's kind of like a sports entertainment version of the Zoë or Zelda question. If you wanted to post it here, that would be War Games level awesome. Thanks for the great work you do with the Blog!
- To Nattie, such a getaway meant a good time to get away and have a romantic time reconnecting with her husband. Unfortunately, TJ's concept of romance and connection was feeding ostriches at a farm and not banging the shit out of her when she brought up the idea. (MATT: Let that sink in for a moment: he actually researched things to do in Curacao and chose to visit an Ostrich Farm.)
- Brie lost her luggage and had to make do with her sister's clothing and persistent badgering. She did drink some but, for the most part, wanted to think about her husband at home and how to decorate that home. Nikki kept lamenting the loss of her sister (or rather the loss of her sister as her co-conspirator in getting drunk and acting silly) and may have made some personal growth in recognizing they are just very different women who (as Nikki said herself in the first season) she wouldn't be friends with if they weren't sisters.
- Cameron, as usual, didn't have much time for Vincent, though she did want to drag him away on this excursion. Though she barely spent time with him on the vacation, she did decide to house hunt with him after he made his feelings about their relationship known. Since Nikki is the only real estate agent they know (plot contrivance), she asked Nikki to be her realtor.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
by Rick Remender & John Romita Jr.
Sorry about your Dreamcast, Joe. :(
I actually bought this game from EBGames for $2 in one of their ultra-cheap impulse bins by the till. I feel like it was a fair price.
Pretty funny they've turned teddy long making tag team matches into a meme.
A buddy of mine gave me "The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA" recently and I watched it today. The highlight for me was any time they talked to Nick Bockwinkel. In fact, there's a bunch of extras where he's talking about whatever, and they're the greatest. Nice guy, good storyteller, and from what I could tell, a hell of a wrestler.
What's your opinion of Bockwinkel? His legacy? Where he falls in terms of his place with relation to other all-time greats (e.g. Flair, Lawler, etc)?
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1995
Well, we’ve apparently run out of RAW shows to review again, so we might as well just say fuck it and go back to WCW for a while. I was going to repost this one from years ago, but have you READ IT? UGH. So here’s a fresh version. Although I was drifting back to WCW at this point, I wasn’t dropping the $30 on this show. That’s, like, 20 weeks worth of instant noodles and hot dogs.
Live from Nashville, TN
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan & Dusty Rhodes
Friday, October 17, 2014
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.11.95
- Taped from somewhere "two or three weeks ago" according to Eric Bischoff. That would be Worcester.
- Your hosts are Vince & King, green-screened in at ringside in an awful-looking open. It's the new fall season, you know.
NHL action tonight with several games on tap
The NBA preseason continues as well
In NFL news, the Seahawks traded WR Percy Harvin to the Jets for a conditional draft pick that ESPN's John Clayton reports will be anywhere from a 2nd-4th round pick.
From the Joyce Athletic & Convocation Center in South Bend, IN
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and Vince McMahon
Tonight's featured match will be the Hart Foundation vs. British Bulldogs in a non-title bout. Also, Danny Spivey returns from injury and will be in action with Mike Rotundo. Plus, Butch Reed is here and we will get an update on the condition of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
In a recent email someone questions Edge's HOF worthiness. Am I missing something? I admit to being an Edge mark but look at the resume. Forget even counting the obscene amount of titles, but he was a pioneer of the extremes of the attitude era with ladder/TLC matches, was the inaugural MITB guy, won a Royal Rumble, main-evented Wrestlemania, and put on countless 4-5 classics in both singles and tag matches including the TLCs with the Hardys and Dudleys, WM matches with foley and Taker, and his long feud with Cena. Not even mentioning that Edge & Christian is probably a top 5 all time tag team. I guess my question is, what argument can one have against Edge?
Randy Savage vs DDP (HH97 Part 1) by mrbling
The one and only CRZ joined the Main Event crew to talk Hell in a Cell as well as run through a series of Wrestling Favorite questions: PTBN’s Main Event – Episode #20: Fun and Games with CRZ!
Scott & Justin's Vintage Vault Refresh series is through WrestleMania IV: Scott & Justin’s Vintage Vault Refresh: WrestleMania IV
The NBA-Team continues their preseason divisional previews: PTBN’s NBA-Team Podcast Division Previews
PTBN's Seinfeld Rewatch checks out classic episodes "The Pen" and "The Parking Garage": Seinfeld: The PTBN Series Rewatch
Kevin Kelly welcomed in Kyle O'Reilly, talked Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and took part in a Wrestling Network Draft on Episode 20: The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 20 – Featuring Kyle O’Reilly
Andrew Woltman attended a taping of Late Night with Seth Myers and shares his experience: http://placetobenation.com/my-late-night-experience/
The Hard Traveling Fanboys counted down the best creative teams in comics: Hard-Traveling Fanboys: Countdown (Best Creative Teams)
You can read the recap of disc one by clicking on the link below
It has been reported that TNA is telling people they will be making an announcement regarding a new TV deal within the next ten days.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
Kurt Angle Update
It is expected that Angle will remain in TNA and that the company is trying to make it seem like he will be leaving in order to make it look like a surprise when it is revealed that he is staying.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
WWE Confirms Date for Next Quarterly Report
The report will take place on October 30th with the WWE Network subscriber amount number being released on that date as well.
It has been reported that Ryback is now medically cleared to return to the ring. Also, the WWE is currently trying to figure out how to re-introduce him and are considering ideas like tweaking his gimmick and giving him a new singles push.
TNA Impact Rating Falls
Impact drew 988,000 viewers, down from the 1,102,000 from the previous week. The show is expected to get a 0.8 rating.
Well, this will be my last Daily Update until the beginning of November as I will be away for the next two weeks. However, Stranger in the Alps has volunteered to take over these duties in my absence so you all can discuss the news. I am sure that he will do a fine job.