Monday, December 22, 2014

Destination America Expands Weekend Wrestling Lineup With Addition of TNA WRESTLING'S GREATEST MATCHES



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December 22, 2014






(Silver Spring, Md.) – Destination America today announced it is adding TNA WRESTLING'S GREATEST MATCHES to its weekend lineup of wrestling programming. An hour-long show, GREATEST MATCHES presents the most remarkable and unforgettable contests of iconic TNA superstars such as Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. TNA Wrestling's Greatest Matches debuts with a three episode mini-marathon on Saturday, January 10 beginning at 10 AM ET followed by two new additional premieres on Friday January 16 at 9AM. TNA WRESTLING'S GREATEST MATCHES will continue to premiere in its regular time slot starting January 17 on Saturdays at 12PM.


"We joined forces with TNA because of their rich history with wrestling and have compiled an incredible anthology of TNA WRESTLING'S GREATEST MATCHES to share with our audience," said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. "We're bringing fans and viewers together as we celebrate the wildest, the most intense, and the most jaw-dropping moments in the careers of some of the best professional wrestlers in the world with TNA WRESTLING'S GREATEST MATCHES."


"The legacy of TNA is best celebrated by looking at the amazing moments created by our iconic wrestlers in their finest matches," said TNA president Dixie Carter. "It's why we are so thrilled to bring TNA WRESTLING'S GREATEST MATCHES to the ever-growing lineup on Destination America, the new home for fans looking for professional wrestling at its best."


With a special LIVE broadcast, IMPACT WRESTLING debuts on Destination America on Wednesday, January 7 from 9-11 PM ET, televised from New York City's legendary Manhattan Center. IMPACT WRESTLING moves to its regular time slot on Fridays from 9-11 PM ET beginning January 16 on Destination America. IMPACT WRESTLING: UNLOCKED, with announcer Mike Tenay, will kick off Saturday wrestling with premieres in its permanent (again, regular) time slot on Saturdays from 10 AM-12 PM ET followed by brand-new episodes of TNA WRESTLING'S GREATEST MATCHES at 12PM.



January Airings of TNA Wrestling's Greatest Matches include:

Saturday, January 10

·         10 AM ET: Best of Sting

·         11 AM ET: Best of Kurt Angle

·         12 PM ET: Best of Kurt Angle Part 2


Friday, January 16

·         9 AM ET: Best of Ron Van Dam

·         10 AM ET: Best of Mr. Anderson

Saturday, January 17 at 12 PM ET: Best of Jeff Hardy


Friday, January 23 at 1 PM ET: Best of The Knockouts


Saturday, January 24 at 12 PM ET: Best of Samoa Joe


Saturday, January 31 at 12 PM ET: Best of Bully Ray



About Destination America

Destination America is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in more than 57 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like BBQ Pitmasters; A Haunting; Mountain Monsters; Buying Alaska; Buying the Bayou; and Railroad Alaska. For more information, please visit,, or Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV provider reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.


About TNA Entertainment, LLC

TNA Entertainment, LLC, is a privately held sports entertainment company represented by United Talent Agency and based in Nashville, Tenn., specializing in events, products, numerous TV properties, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers.  The roster features such greats as Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, MVP, Lashley, Magnus, James Storm, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Gail Kim and the lovely and lethal Knockouts, through its highly successful flagship IMPACT WRESTLING weekly broadcast, which will begin airing on Discovery Communications' Destination America in January 2015. The product is the world's most innovative experience in professional wrestling and is broadcast in more than 120 countries.  For more information, please visit  


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BoD Daily Update

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National AE Article on Seth Rollins

WWE Wrestler Returns From Injury

Darren Young returned from injury this past weekend at a house show in Winnipeg and defeated Justin Gabriel.

Mojo Rawley Update

Rawley appeared in front of the crowd at a NXT house show in Jacksonville, FL with his arm in a sling vowing that he will return in two months.


Sunday, December 21, 2014



Watching Survivor Series 92 for the first time ever, and in a pre-match interview Savage tells Perfect that they've never wrestled each other.  They seemed to be heels/faces at the same time in WWF, and then both were NWO in WCW.  So did Savage and Hennig ever have a match?   Seems like a heel Perfect vs. face Savage would've been a classic, but the timing never was right for a feud

Yeah, I really can't recall a time when they met.  Both were heels when Savage was still active in early 91 so there's no potential for crossover there.  I don't recall them ever meeting in WCW, either.  And yeah, it would have been a hell of a match.  

BoD Sunday Night Thread

Big game on NBC with the Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals. Also, the WWE Network will be airing the 1988 Royal Rumble at 8pm. There is also action in the NBA and NHL as well. And you can use this thread to talk about anything else going on here.

WCW PPV Main Events


> Hi Scott,
> We all know about post 1994 WCW PPVs having pretty terrible main events and you generally tuned in just for the undercard, but surely there were exceptions to the rule? Were there any WCW PPV main events that weren't a complete shambles? Do you have any favourites?
> I've only seen a small portion of WCW's PPVs so thought it best to ask someone in the know.

Flair v Bret from Souled Out 98 was really good, for one.  Plus there was a good six man at Slamboree 97 with the nWo v Horsemen.  I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting. 

BoD Sunday NFL Thread

After going 3-2 last week I am now 34-35-1 on the season. Here are my picks for today:

Cleveland +5 at Carolina
Miami -4.5 vs. Minnesota
Baltimore -6.5 at Houston
Atlanta +5.5 at New Orleans
Dallas -3.5 vs. Indianapolis

WCW Saturday Night: December 14, 1996

Jabroniville writes: RIP Jimmy "Graffiti" Del Ray. I remember this Nitro! I couldn't place who Graffiti was, but he didn't last long in WCW.

Their fatal flaw in the booking was in never giving him a chance to talk to Okerlund.

Gene: “Are you Jimmy Del Ray?”

wannaberockstar: Watching the Horsemen in 1996-1997 is, I assume, what it was like in the last days of the Roman Empire when they were down to a handful of territories, struggling to keep themselves relevant. I mean Jeff Jarrett and Mongo McMichael?

To a certain degree. We’re a couple years away from seeing them get a shot at resurrection, only to see it buried dead and good at Starrcade 1998. The current incarnation with the Jeff Jarrett nonsense right through to the spring of 98 is definitely the lowest point in the group’s history; and that’s saying a lot considering Paul Roma.

Dr. Unlikely: Does Piper go on about "Tootsies Bar & Grille" in this episode?

You mean where Hogan played the BASS GUITAR when Piper was FIFTEEN YEARS OLD?

texasranger9: Its funny reading these reviews and then watch the programming of today. If this would happen today what would the WWE do? Like, lets just say, a wrestling ICON showed up at the end of one of its biggest PPV/Special Events to save the company from a group of heels lead by a blonde, 40+ year old. If that would ever happen would they re-air that segment every show for a month? Or would they only mention it in one segment and forget about it a week later?

To be fair, Roddy Piper gives WCW fresh batshit crazy material to work with weekly, which they beat into the ground until the following Nitro. Sting hasn’t even bothered sending Maggle a mysterious package, which would be aired carte blanche, in which an embarrassing video contains messages that prove he’s wanted a match with Triple H since at least 1993. In fact …

53 seconds in to this, Vader challenges Sting to play A Game. The Game? Did I just out-scoop Dave Meltzer?

Let’s head to the Cyborg Factory, where men who know use Valvoline.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sporting News: Survivor Series actually makes money?!?


Sting is apparently such a draw that people would rather fork over $55 than get a free month of the Network.  That's impressive, actually.  

Live Report From the WWE Sioux Falls House Show 12/20/14

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Curt Hennig and No Back Injury


I finally got around to watch "The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect" and this is another what if. If Hennig doesn't suffer the back injury, do you think he, over Bret, gets the 1992 push for the World Title? It always irks me that he never got another World Title run. 

​No, because moreso than his back problems he had pretty major drug problems at a time when that was the last thing that the company needed from someone on top.  Plus he wasn't what you'd call particularly dependable.  Would he have been a good champion on top?  Probably.  Just don't see it happening.  ​

How much is WWE actually losing?

Hey Scott,

So WWE pay-per-views went from $44.95 to $9.99. On the surface that looks like a huge drop and a lot of money lost. However, didn't WWE only see a small percentage of that $44.95 anyway?

I seem to remember reading somewhere that inDemand got 50% of that right off the bat and then the cable/satellite company got a percentage of the remaining balance? Maybe they only ended up with $9.99 from that PPV buy?

Any info on this?

​They made a large percentage on it, basically a 50/50 split with the cable companies.  They are losing a TON of money by killing off the PPV business model.  If they can get Network subscriptions up to the magic million mark it will level off the losses again, but there's a lot to be said for the way they blindsided cable companies with this whole thing and basically sabotaged any further relationships they might have if the Network doesn't work out.  And really, even just Wrestlemania and the Rumble staying on traditional PPV would probably put them well above break-even again next year and I bet no one would have had a problem buying those shows and getting the rest on the Network.  I think it was just a bad move all around to do it that way.  ​

Saturday Afternoon/Evening Thread

Created so people can stop hijacking the Earl Hebner thread.

Talk about college bowl games, a huge slate of NHL action tonight, a couple NFL games, or a few beatdowns in college basketball.

Thunder - July 29, 1999

Date: July 29, 1999
Location: Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
Attendance: 6,754
Commentators: Larry Zbyszko, Mike Tenay

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's another taped show, meaning we're getting a lot of recaps from Monday's trip back to the mid 80s. We're closing in on Road Wild in a few weeks which looks like a more logical (well, more than the rest of the summer) show, albeit far more boring. Maybe they'll let the wrestling dominate the show and it could be entertaining. And maybe I'll grow wings and fly through a tree made of locusts and encounter the Great Potato. Let's get to it.

Earl Hebner's Slow Count


I think one of the most underrated irritating things from the Attitude Era is Earl Hebner telegraphing the finish of a match by making the three count roughly twice as slow as his usual cadence. I realize he was doing this for dramatic effect, but God it rubs me the wrong way.

I seem to remember some discussion of the slow count at the time, but the Network has gotten me all lathered up about it again. Say this for the current crop of refs - I don't know any of them, which is good because it means none of them are drawing attention away from where it should be.

Unless you're Tommy Young, no referee should be the focus of the match.  Anyone who gets knocked unconscious for 10 minutes by a clothesline doesn't warrant a name anyway.  And yes, I HATED that slow count shit as well.  

That being said, Charles Robinson is still great.  

New Day conspiracy theory


Hey Scott,
With the WWE's track record of doing such things (for example, Austin's hugging gimmick being an inside joke on DDP's propensity for hugging backstage), do you think that Kofi Kingston/New Day's positivity gimmick (in particular the grilling Kofi received while on commentary on Monday) has something to do with reports that he's totally content with his place on the card so long as he has a job? As seemingly laid back, unconfrontational 'millenials', I'd imagine Big E and Xavier Woods are much the same.

I find it too hard to keep track of which gimmick is a rib on which guys anymore because everything is basically one big gag for Vince's amusement anyways.  However, in the case of the New Day, as I understand it the original idea was supposed to be a more militant crew in the spirit of the Nation of Domination, before the Ferguson incident forced them to instead switch the gimmick 180 degrees into the "dancing black men" nonsense we're dealing with now.  Granted the original version would have been offensive, but I don't think Kofi making jokes about how sweaty that Big E gets is particularly better.  As has been said quite succinctly recently, everyone is just playing for an audience of one at this point anyway.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lex & Sting 1995 BFFs


I'm powering through Nitros in 1995 and am still amazed by the oddball Lex and Sting angle. They are best friends but Lex goes with the Dungeon of Doom and is kind of a pseudo face/heel still? It's so bizarre. Has there ever been an angle like that where someone is a heel but has a best friend face and they kinda walk that line for months and months?

Also, the main event of Nitro before Starrade 1995 was a Ric Flair vs Macho Man match for the belt! What a throw-away. Was the NJPW Starrcade a success or a dud? Guessing a dud since it hasn't really happened since.

Also Hulk is unbearable as the loose cannon with a chair while Macho Man is champ, always needing the last word or anything on every show. Awful.

The Luger-Sting dynamic was totally unique and I still don't know why someone hasn't tried to steal it since.  And you knew they were best friends in real life, so it made the angle all the cooler to see it playing out on TV.  Unfortunately they had negative chemistry together in the the ring, so the blowoff would have sucked.  

Speaking of sucking, Starrcade was a sellout in the building, but a massive, MASSIVE flop on PPV, only eclipsed in shittiness by the WWF's putrid IYH5 show.  It did 75K buys when they were running about 200K per show typically. 

And don't even get me started on Hogan.  


Picked up my comics this Wednesday but didn't get a chance to read them until yesterday.  Did DC really release two of their tippy-top titles on the exact same day, both running storylines of an enormous contagious disease running rampant through an urban setting with the heroes scrambling against the clock trying to find 'Patient Zero'?

Yeah, I'm taking a break from comics for a while.  All the endless events on both sides were getting to be a bit much (especially on the DC side lately) and Superior Spider-Man coming to an end (along with Superior Foes) kind of deflated me a lot.  So I'm taking some time off and coming back in smaller doses after DC is done with their Convergence stuff and everything calms down again.  

But yeah, DC in general doesn't seem like it's particularly well-run at the moment from an editorial standpoint, especially with all the contradictory versions of Superman and Wonder Woman and such at the moment.  

BoD Friday Night Thread

Not a whole lot going on tonight. There are games in the NBA and NHL that you can discuss here if you want or talk abut anything else you can think of too.

WWF Wrestling Challenge February 1st, 1987

February 1st, 1987

From the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, PA

Your hosts are Johnny V., Bobby Heenan, and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be the Islanders vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik, Jake Roberts, Billy Jack Haynes and Koko B. Ware vs. King Harley Race

Place to Be Nation Friday Update

Welcome to the weekend! And thank you to everyone here that supports us as we found out last night that the Place to Be Nation podcast feed closed out 2014 in the Top 10 for Sports & Recreation podcasts on podbean. We were the only wrestling based feed that received that honor.

The PTBN Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament wrapped up Round One but polls remain open for a couple of more days, so get those final votes in: PTBN’s Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament

Kevin Kelly welcomed in the one and only Dennis Stamp for a lengthy chat: The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 24 – Dennis Stamp

Big time Hulkamaniac Glenn Butler reimagines a different career and life for Hulk Hogan: Hulk Hogan, As He Should Have Been

Lots of great comics pieces this week, including looks at Shazam, Thor and Avengers: PTBN Comics

The Seinfeld Rewatch has entered Season Four: PTBN Seinfeld Rewatch Series

The Main Event crew had an excellent discussion about CM Punk vs. WWE: PTBN’s Main Event – Episode #24, the Sequel: CM Punk vs. WWE

New episode of the NBA-Team looked at famous None & Doners that went Prep to Pros: PTBN’s NBA-Team Podcast – The None and Doners

We also had Instant Reaction podcasts for TLC&S and NXT (R)Evolution: PTBN Reaction Podcasts

RF Video Shoot Interview with Eric Bischoff, Disc Two

Disc Two runs for One Hour and fifty three minutes long

To Read the Disc One recap, click on the link below:

BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

Lesnar is now advertised as appearing on the 1/19 episode of RAW on both the American Airlines Arena website and on

Original Plan for Alberto Del Rio in Ring of Honor

Del Rio was originally going to feud with Adam Cole for the RoH World Championship but Cole's injury put a stop to that plan.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

AJ Styles Update

Styles has told Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio that TNA has contacted him on more than one occasion to return to the company but he considers New Japan his home now and is happy with his decision.

Credit Wrestling Observer Radio

Roman Reigns

Is it possible we're all misunderstanding what WWE is doing with Roman Reigns?
Remember how they got Randy Orton over as a heel? he was pushed as a babyface,
then got injured. All the while he was injured they built him up in such a way
that when he returned he was super a heel. Having Reigns be awarded
the 'Superstar of the Year' by a supposed fan vote, the constant updates on
him, all the crap about how everyone considers him The Next Best
Thing....could Roman Reigns be the next Corporate WWE World Heavyweight
Champion? Because if this is actually supposed to get him over as a main event
face, they're going about it all wrong.

Apparently the fan voting was legit.  That being said, he's not Batista and there is no Daniel Bryan in the Rumble this year for fans to organically rise up for.  I'm sure he'll be fine with that certain segment of the audience that cheers for Cena and doesn't mind getting pandered to with crap like "WWE Universe" and their Twitter updates during matches, but the backlash against him online is just kind of a bad sign.  

NXT question

Hello Scott, I was wondering who you think has the best future in WWE
out of the current NXT stars? It seems like they have such a great
group right now that it would be a shame to see them get ruined after
getting called up to the so-called big leagues. Just curious to hear
your thoughts. Thanks.

If she's handled correctly, Charlotte.  Since that probably won't happen, we all know that the guy who they're probably gonna push the shit out of is gonna be Baron Corbin.  

The Boss

Hey Scott, would you say last week's Takeover title match against Charlotte was Sasha Banks' coming-out-party, the moment when the entire wrestling world witnessed she could become something special? similar to Orton at Backlash 2004 or The Shield at TLC 2012?

I'm a huge fan of hers anyway, was so glad to see the rave reviews everywhere of this match

The match was great, but let's not get silly here.  Look what happened to Paige when she got to the main roster.

That being said, I DID rewatch the Zayn-Neville main event because I was distracted by stuff going on in real life the first time around, and I would safely say it's a clear ***** match that I underrated on the live viewing.  So everyone taking notes can adjust their spreadsheets accordingly.