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Friday Night Party Thread: August 17, 2018

Okay, so after taking an informal poll in the Day thread, I’ll keep the indie roundup but not interject where it isn’t warranted.  Also, I need to vet my sources better. On a serious note, the Sunday Night Reset will be up at 6PM ET to coincide with the start of the Kickoff show.  Now, ... Read more

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Was Hogan ever sorry?

So, this shows Hogan isn't sorry about his racism, just sorry he got caught https://ift.tt/2MEp6oJ Pretty despicable Guys, I’m starting to think Hulk might not be the Real American he portrays himself to be on TV.  

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-07-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: August 7, 1982 (taped 8/3) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Surely you can’t be serious that Kerry and Madril can defeat over 900 pounds of Bundy and Superfly? Let’s find out! Opening montage. Mercer interviews Adias to open the show. Match 1: The Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart) versus ... Read more

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Roman/Brock ending.

We’re two days away: How does the match no one cares about end? 1) Heyman turns on Brock helps Roman. 2) Shield interference helping Roman 3) No contest due to Braun cash in 4) Heyman turns on Brock helps Braun/Owens cash in 5) Lesnar wins clean 6) Roman wins clean in 20 min match marred ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 1st, 1992

March 1, 1992 From the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum in Lubbock, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Sid Justice, Tatanka, and the Nasty Boys.   “The Model” Rick Martel vs. Louie Spicolli The announcers talk about Ted DiBiase & IRS becoming the new Tag Team Champions. Martel beats ... Read more

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Jericho’s relationship with WWE

Jericho has gone on record as saying he wasn’t going to be part of NJPW’s Cow Palace show because he refuses to take part on any other company’s US cards, out of respect to Vince. However, with him bringing together wrestlers from ROH, Impact, Lucha Underground (I guess?) and NJPW, and even having his cruise being ... Read more

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Randy Savage ’88 run by CBS Sports

Nice piece of Randy’s WWE title run in ’88-’89 The Summer of Savage: Inside the Macho Man’s explosive run to the top of WWE, 30 years later Man, have I mentioned lately how sad I am that he never got to make good with WWE and be celebrated by the crowds like he deserved?  Like ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–08.16.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 08.16.18 This week’s theme is “Summerslam 2018 main eventers”, so we get unseen matches from Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe! Pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er. Dream Killer (04.25.01) UPW title: Samoa Joe v. Tommy Dreamer This would be shortly before Tommy ... Read more

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NXT

I am more jacked for NXT Takeover then Summerslam. But, where do you think they are going with Ciampa, Gargano, Black? Black was attacked, I think there going with Gargano as the attacker. Ciampa/Gargano is pretty much done after this and Black needs a feud. Make Gargano the attacker so they can feud. I really ... Read more

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#MeToo & Wrestling

Hi Scott, The whole Meltzer & MeToo semi-controversy recently has got me thingk" Considering that, apparently, everyone who's ever set foot in Hollywood or Washington  was sexually harassed at one point or another, do you think, it's surprising that the only real sex scandal to come out of WWE has been Garvin-gate from damn near ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – August 16, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: August 16, 2018 Location: Rebel Sports Complex, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis The main event scene took a surprising turn last week with Killer Kross revealing himself to be working for/with Austin Aries. I’m not sure what the point of that is when Kross has been one of the ... Read more

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Thursday Night Discussion and Impact: August 16, 2018

Let’s begin the way we always do as we present the coming weekend in indie wrestling: Action Wrestling will kick off Friday night in Georgia with a charity card.  Cain Justice will face Dominic Garrini, while (in a matchup I’ve seen before and can vouch for its awesomeness) Fred Yehi takes on the East Coast’s ... Read more

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Dave Meltzer & #METOO

Hi Scott, I know you been reading Meltzers newsletters for years, but do you think that this latest scandal might fianlly bring the #MeToo movement to Meltzer's door? It's not like this is the first time he has been offensive when talking about womens appearances and his actions regarding sexual & domestic assault victims has ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 29th, 1992

February 29, 1992 From the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. They’ve removed Jim Neidhart from the opening montage and replaced him with Tatanka. Oddly enough, the New Foundation wrestled on this show. This week, Jake Roberts is the guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” Also, there are ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – February 4, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are the commentary team and they are taped from Columbus, Georgia. –Opening Contest:  Hacksaw Jim Duggan (5-0) pins Bert Styles after the three-point stance clothesline at 1:51: No information can be found about Styles, but the chances of him being related to the “Phenomenal One” are slim.  There ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 04-26-1993

Live from New York, NY Airdate: April 26, 1993 Attendance: 1,000 Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Can Crush defeat Luger or is something else in the cards? What happens when MIchaels takes Manhattan? Let’s find out! Sorry, Jason. Please don’t skewer me! Opening montage. Match 1: Mr. ... Read more

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Bliss vs. Rousey

How do you see this playing out Sunday? I think they should do a 30 second squash. Give the fans who shit on her some satisfaction (whether she deserves it or not) and make Rousey look strong. It won’t hurt Alexa. She can just cut a promo on Monday and get her heat back. I ... Read more

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Creating The Mania

Hey Scott, Hope all is well. Jon Robinson, author of the new Creating The Mania: An Inside Look at how WrestleMania Comes to Life, spoke with The Wrestling Estate about having WWE Superstars and executives speak out of character, learning about the creative process and how befriending The Rock and other Attitude Era stars led to his ... Read more

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A Journey Through Memphis: CWA TV 1/18/1986

Did Dundee survive the challenge of Big Red Reese? The Spoiler spoils the recent attack by the Bladerunners on Phil Hickerson, his former partner. The Fantastics begin a competition for two lucky ladies to win a date with them, but one CWA wrestler takes exception to that. An eight man tag team main event takes ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 1998

(Originally written in whatever year that Roman Reigns tournament was.  2015?  Anyway, pretty recently.)  The SmarK Rant for WWF Survivor Series 1998 – DEADLY GAME! 11.15.98 So I figured that with another Survivor Series title tournament looming and probably a similar storyline, we might as well take a trip back to the apex of Vince ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 15, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: March 15, 2004 Location: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey Attendance: 17,148 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s time for the season premiere as we’re past Wrestlemania XX and Chris Benoit is the Raw World Champion. That should open up some fresh doors, but a rematch with HHH is the ... Read more

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NXT – August 15, 2018

NXT Date: August 15, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s the go home show for Takeover: Brooklyn and we now have a new main event of NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano in a Last Man Standing match. The big question now is who ... Read more

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A DDP Yoga Success Story

Greetings Scott, I come to you today with my own success story with DDPYoga.  You were kind enough to post my story on your site before, and in hopes that it might help someone, i’m hoping you might post the updated version.  The kind folks at DDPY have created a new video about me and ... Read more

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Peyton Royce v. Dave Meltzer

I get what he was trying to say but he should of worded it better. Yeah, but by the same token, Dave’s not the one holding them to those standards.  WWE didn’t hire her for her wrestling skill, and she’s the shits in the ring, so what exactly are they putting her on TV for ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

Tonight!  It’s the go-home show for NXT Brooklyn, and if we’re being honest I’ve kinda forgotten about that show coming up on Saturday, too.  Pretty sure it’ll be great, though. The forests of Alberta are apparently burning down at the moment, so all of Saskatchewan is covered in smoke and an eerie red glow that’s ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 14th August 2018

WWE 205 Live 14th August 2018 Greenville, South Carolina Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson We’re only 4 days out from SummerSlam, grapple fans, as things are heating up in the WWE Universe!  While this weekend will see Cedric Alexander defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Drew Gulak on the pre-show in Brooklyn, there’s ... Read more

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Missing Motivation

Hey Scott. Read the latest Sporting News article and something jumped out at me about the HHH-HBK fued.  Now it helps that HBK returning after four years was part of this and that he and Hunter had crazy chemistry but to me a huge component to HHH’s turn was that his motivation was made clear ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 4-19-1993

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY Airdate: April 19, 1993 (taped 4/12) Attendance: 3.500 Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett Can the Beverlies upset the champs? Will Ramon get by Virgil? Does Bartlett survive the episode? Let’s find out! To open the show, the tag champs cut a promo on the Beverly ... Read more

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WWF Madison Square Garden – February 23rd, 1992

February 23, 1992 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Lord Alfred Hayes Tonight, there is a 20 man battle royal featuring Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Sid Justice   Jim Brunzell vs. The Berzerker Brunzell starts off with a monkey flip and tries to ... Read more

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The SmarK RAW Rant–11.09.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 11.09.98 One week to go until Survivor Series! Taped from Dallas, TX, drawing a sellout 13,000 and obliterating Nitro in the ratings by the biggest margin in history to that point. I’ve been hearing good things about that Kurt Angle guy doing dark matches at this point. Seems like they ... Read more

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Smackdown – August 14, 2018

Smackdown Date: August 14, 2018 Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton It’s the final show before Summerslam and there isn’t much to do this time around. Sunday is set up and unless they add one more match to the card, which is entirely possible around here, ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Smackdown LIVE

Tonight, it’s the go home show for Summerslam!  Maybe someone else will return all roided up!  I can’t even imagine what the crowd is going to be like after 7 hours of Summerslam and then yet another Reigns vs Lesnar main event. Later, 205 Live! Have at you, knaves!

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 23rd, 1992

February 23, 1992 From the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum in Lubbock, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Shawn Michaels, New Foundation, and Papa Shango   New Foundation vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Louie Spicolli Owen works over Spicolli as we see the Beverly Brothers & The Genius in an ... Read more

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Mark Wahlberg Talks Ronda Rousey

Hi Scott,   Actor Mark Wahlberg called the Dan Patrick Show and talked about a variety of topics including his new movie, “Mile 22”. Asked about Ronda Rousey, Wahlberg mentions that if he got inside the octagon with Rousey, he would never try to fight with her. Wahlberg says Rousey did an amazing job in their film together and ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 28, 1995

–Television Champion Arn Anderson and Randy Savage do dueling promos to hype tonight’s main event. –Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  The announcers recap the end of Clash of the Champions, with the footage not showing Hulk Hogan not selling Big Van Vader’s powerbomb. –Opening Contest:  ... Read more

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Have you seen these machines?

www.arcade1up.com TAKE MY MONEY!  If you scroll to the end of their homepage, there's an email where I believe you can send a request for a free console to review for your blog.  They may or may not respond but wouldn't hurt to ask.  Would love to read your thoughts! Ha, I literally would have ... Read more

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CM Punks Popularity

According to those in attendance at the recent Progress wrestling show in Chicago. The mention of Punks name got booed so now theres apparently concern about how the crowd is gonna treat him at his signing in 2 months. Was the recent Colt Cabana discovery finally enough to kill Punks popularity with the hardcore crowds? ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–06.09.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.09.97 Last night was King of the Ring! It sucked! If you’d like to catch up on what Bret and Shawn were up to at the show and before this one, here’s my special Observer recap: https://ift.tt/2w4QphD Live from Hartford, CT. Your hosts are Vince McMahon ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – August 13, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: August 13, 2018 Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves Now this should be an interesting one as Renee Young will be the first woman to do a full night of commentary on Raw. We’re also in WCW country and it’s the go home show ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Unfortunately it’s another sad day in the wrestling world as we lost Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart today. Neidhart is, of course, one half of one of the best tag teams in wrestling history. As his nickname would indicate he was the power half of the Hart Foundation and, in my opinion, a ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 22nd, 1992

February 22, 1992 From the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. When asked about Savage facing Flair at WrestleMania, Perfect says he knows a thing or two that will affect Savage’s performance then inhales a helium balloon and says Savage will be anything but macho. This week, ... Read more

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PowerslamTV

Hi Scott, I hope this finds you off to a great start to your week! I just wanted to give you a heads up on the events we will be releasing tomorrow morning on PowerslamTV (just a small spotlight on the dozens of events that will be released this week) in case you wanted to check ... Read more

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NJPW

Hey Scott, hope you have been able to cool dowb with the AC fix.  With NJPW/ROH selling out the Garden, I know they are going to sign some talent to combat either before or shortly thereafter. Can you see Vince being aggressive and purchasing AJPW and/or NOAH? AJPW, I know is nothing what it used ... Read more

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A Journey Through Memphis: CWA TV 1/11/1986

Did Dundee and his wife lose their hair? Or, is Lawler gone for six months? Steve Keirn returns to the CWA and has his eyes set on the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. The Fantastics compete in tag action against Dutch Mantell and Tony Falk. The Blade Runners are in action and Big Red Reese returns ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–Bret v. Shawn Slapfight Special Edition!

Wrestling Observer Flashback – Bret v. Shawn Special Edition! Okey doke, so in the 1997 RAW rants thus far, we’ve alluded to the all the crazy stuff happening behind the scenes with Bret and Shawn, but what EXACTLY was that? Well, Dave was covering it extensively in the Observer at the time, so here’s a ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 16th, 1992

February 16, 1992 From the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum in Lubbock, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Replay of what happened at “Saturday Night’s Main Event” between Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice, including Justice destroying the Barber Shop.   WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as the Update segment on “Superstars” ... Read more

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Shane McMahon

Any idea where Shane McMahon is?  He hasn't been on WWE T.V. since the Smackdown after W.M. He's still recovering from the massive hernia and other injuries that were supposed to put him out of Wrestlemania before he decided to gut it out and have a shitty match on an already bloated PPV that meant ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – November 24th, 1983

November 24, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts We hear from Krusher Darsow in a pre-taped interview with Bill Watts. Darsow is asked about Nikolai Volkoff and Junkyard Dog, the only two men who he has lost too in Mid-South. After we are shown the end of Volkoff vs. Darsow from a ... Read more

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What Did Russo Get RIGHT?

Scott, I've personally picked up on some faintly positive comments in Vince Russo's direction online recently, seemingly centred on how he "got" that TV matches don't always have to be ten minutes long and need to be booked to play to/cover up the talent involved. Also,he definitely for me was great at repackaging midcard guys ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: August 12, 2018

So yesterday I was in a seminar with Kevin Sulivan himself and got advice on how to be a marketable wrestler from him.  Also lots of encouragement because, as he felt, this was a time when there would soon be roster turnover at the top of WWE which meant lots of chances for upward mobility ... Read more

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WCW Running Small Venues

Hey Scott, Have a random one for you.  Why at the height of WCWs popularity in the late 90s did they continue to run TV in both small towns and small venues? I’m watching Thunder from March 98, and while it’s definitely the B show, it’s still early in its lifespan to be relevant (Hogan ... Read more

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Your AC Unit

Dear Scott,        Please get your air cconditioning fixed before you succumb to heatstroke. I don't think the BOD would be able to handle the irony of you dying on your own vacation. In fact, in a rare show of Steven Regal-like Man's Man know-how, I had someone who works in HVAC talk me though ... Read more

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Asuka Quits?

https://ift.tt/2nxeb1V Good for her.  The article actually links to a tweet from Mike Johnson where he calls the whole thing a lie, though.  I mean, I wouldn't blame her for quitting, but it sounds like this is just made up.

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ECW on Sci-Fi #112 07/29/2008

We’re in Hershey, PA and Tazz tells us change is here with Mike Adamle becoming the Raw GM (oh god oh god) so he introduces us to ECW On Sci-Fi’s newest commentator, Tod Grisham. Well Adamle has turned into ellipsis-filled white noise these last few weeks so he can’t be any worse. Number One Contender ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Sunday Night Heat–11.08.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 11.08.98 Taped from…somewhere. Probably the same place as the taped RAW airing the next night. Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jim Cornette. Here’s a drinking game for everyone needing to stay hydrated on this horrifyingly hot weekend: Take a drink of ice water any time ... Read more

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Wrestlemania XX

Wrestlemania XX Date: March 14, 2004 Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Attendance: 18,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Tazz, Michael Cole We have arrived right back where we started. There is something special about a WWE show in Madison Square Garden and there was really no other option for such a ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 11, 2004

Smackdown Date: March 11, 2004 Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Attendance: 6,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the final show before Wrestlemania and we’ve got a guest star with Steve Austin in the house. Tonight should focus heavily on the Smackdown side of things but there’s a good chance that we’ll be seeing ... Read more

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #3

Greetings grapple fans. We’re now into the third week of British wrestling’s return to terrestrial television. The mixed news of the opening episode’s polling of just under a million viewers was followed by a grimmer picture last week when around 600,000 saw the (slightly improved, but still flawed) second episode. There can be some extenuating ... Read more

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Macho Man Movie Star

Hey Scott, Just wondering, did Savage ever consider going into acting in the '80s/90s? I know he had that sweet Slim Jim deal and, of course, Spider-Man but, in his heyday, he was not too far down from Hogan as far as popularity and he probably could've carried an summer action blockbuster. It wouldn't take ... Read more

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Hogan laughing

I've never seen Hulk Hogan laugh. Like real genuine laughter. In all those interviews and profiles and news stories and Hogan Knows Best and whatever…taking himself and the wrasslin' profession too seriously? Some type of mental condition? My dad always said only the dumbest of the dumb cannot truly laugh. Well I've never heard Haku ... Read more

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Magnum and Macho

I had no idea Magnum T.A. and Randy Savage ever teamed together so that's a true hidden gem. That is indeed a manly team! Obviously Savage made the right call by jumping to the WWF in the mid-80s but imagine an alternate universe where he had gone to the NWA for even a couple years ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–08.11.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 08.11.18 Hey, it’s even MORE Hidden Gems posted to the Network this week. So let’s take a look, shall we? Patterson Battles a Patriarch Pat Patterson v. Angelo Poffo (01.11.77) This looks like Florida footage, and we cut to Patterson sending Poffo fleeing with armdrags. Back ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

So today it hit record high of 40 degrees C here in Saskatoon (about 110F for the Trumpians) and OF COURSE this is when our A/C unit chooses to have the capacitor die after 6 years of service.  So I’m hot and sticky and grumpy about it. I’ve got Hidden Gems this morning, Sunday Night ... Read more

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