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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lightning Round!

As I continue to make my way through the Network, I was wondering if you were down for a lightning round of the best match from these wrestlers: 

- Chavo Guerrero, Jr. 

- Billy Gunn

- Tommy Dreamer

- Shane Douglas 

- Tito Santana 

- The Miz

You had me at lightning round.  Sniff. 

Chavo:  Chavo & Eddie v. Benoit & Angle v. Edge & Mysterio in one of those Smackdown Six mixtures. 

Billy Gunn:  He had a pretty good one with Benoit in 2000 when they were testing Billy out as a potential top guy and had him drop the IC title at Armageddon.  It wasn't a GREAT match, but it was better than normal for Billy and the only memorable singles match with him that I can recall.  He also had a shockingly good singles match against Bart during the initial aborted Gunns breakup.

Tommy Dreamer:  Gotta go with the Raven finale in 97.

Shane Douglas:  Most would say the first three way dance, but I've never been a fan.  Clearly I've gotta go with Douglas & Steamboat v. The Hollywood Blondes in the ***** match from Worldwide.

Tito Santana:  He had a HELL of a match with Flair on a European tour that made Coliseum video.  Strike Force v. Hart Foundation was a good combination quite a few times as well.

The Miz:  Watching him get knocked out by Barrett the night after Wrestlemania was pretty epic.  For the real answer, probably that US title match with Daniel Bryan. 

WWF Championship Wrestling February 15, 1986

February 15, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, the featured match is Terry Funk vs. Junkyard Dog. Also, Bob Orton will box someone today as well as the debut of Jimmy Snuka’s cousin, Superfly Afi.

Matt's Main Event Recap - 4/22/2014

Hello again.

It's Main Event time once again.

Keep good thoughts. Maybe we'll get lucky and won't have to sit through another midget match. In fact, if the wrestling gods (and/or goddesses - I'm equal opportunity) are listening, I'd accept a Santino/Fernando match again. Or show us that one Russian Colin Farrell-like dude on HGH who's escorted to the ring by Ivan Drago's wife and have him squash Sin Cara again. ANYTHING but what I saw last week.

Monday Nitro Extra - November 24, 1998

Monday Nitro Extra
Date: November 24, 1998
Location: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, Bobby Heenan

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

This is a special one hour episode on a Tuesday. I guess three hours a week isn't enough for all of the AWESOME action that you get on a Nitro so we get a bonus tonight. Hot dog indeed. Anyway there aren't any announced matches and Tony just casually mentioned this so I can't imagine it's going to be much to see. Let's get to it.

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw - May 18, 1998

by Logan Scisco

-A video package recaps how Vince McMahon has stacked the deck against WWF Champion Steve Austin at Over the Edge and the end of last week’s show where Austin and McMahon were in a tag team match against the Rock and D-Lo Brown.

-Jim Ross and Michael Cole are in the booth and they are live from Nashville, Tennessee.

QOTD 144: Theater of the Absurd.


The picture to the left is from one of the strangest, most entertaining, oddly produced, actually not-that-bad-but-still-so-bad-its-good movies I've ever seen.

What's the weirdest movie theater experience you've ever had? Dead crowd? Hyped Crowd? Drunk folks? What are your fondest and least fondest movie theater memories? 

For me it was the time I saw a movie with Oprah and about 300 incredible human beings.

That movie? Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls. 

Network question

Keeping with current theme of content in the network, is there a specific reason they aren't showing all WWE released DVDs.  Obviously not the newer ones they want us to buy, but what about all the DVDs from the 90s and 00s.  The Michaels set, Austin sets (all the stuff on netflix).  And how about the coliseum video "Best of the WWF volumes 1-20"?   Just seems like aside from the ppvs, they are light on old content.

​No kidding.  It wouldn't even bother me so much if they did the World Class stuff in order at least, but they bounce around seemingly at random.  As others have noted, given their library it would take upwards of TEN YEARS to add everything, so why not start dumping it on there?  ​

Promo of the Day

Today, I selected an nWo Hogan promo. Even if you strip away the music and production values, you still see an awesome, arrogant heel promo.

Rocky 3

Scott, long time lurker now revelling in my mid 30's and missing the glory days of my youth... Are you surprised that the WWE hasn't done a proper copy of the rocky 3 storyline? I mean come on, its writes itself for Bryan to face lame duck challengers before getting smashed by the up and coming heel (a la Clubber Lang), who tells him exactly how it is. Then to have him struggle to come to terms with winning again, before the final redemption at Wrestlemania. Hell,  Brock would fit this perfectly with Heyman mocking Bryan for being the weak champion, whilst Brock goes on his path of destruction leading to a demolition job of Bryan for the title.
They could even call on old thunderlips if they want...

​Rocky 3 is a really great fucking movie.  

However, I would think this would turn Bryan heel and people would HATE that.  The story would have worked better with someone like Randy Orton, where people can buy him as a paper champion getting fed tomato cans by the Authority until Brock somehow bullies his way into a title shot. 

That's why they really need to build up Bryan as a fighting champion, who throws everything at Brock at Summerslam and just gets overpowered, forcing him to regroup and find a new strategy to win at Wrestlemania.  That being said, by next year it'll be all about Reigns or back to Cena, so I'm not holding my breath.  ​

Cena/Wyatt Feud

I was pretty high on WWE's direction going into and after Wrestlemania, (as, I believe, we all were) but the Cena/Wyatt feud has been really bugging me over the past few weeks.

Let's recap, shall we?

1. Bray costs Cena the title at the Rumble. Cena hardly reacts and does not seem upset.

2. Cena forgets about Bray completely and Bray goes off to kick ass with the Shield. Then, Bray costs Cena the Elimination Chamber match. 

3. In accepting Bray's challenge on Raw, Cena berates him and undermines his gimmick.

4. Leading up to the PPV, Cena beats all of Bray's followers while Bray says he'll break Cena's spirit.

5. At Mania, Cena beats Bray clean. Also, Cole said that if Cena won, Bray would be proven a false prophet, therefore undermining his gimmick more. (To be fair, on Raw the next night, Cole said Bray had "arrived at Mania," which is Cole for "Had his very protected finisher kicked out of and had all of his threats proven null and void, but had a sweet ass jacket.")

6. Two weeks after Mania, (after apparently this feud must continue, although what Cena has left to prove is beyond me) Cena makes fun of Bray's gimmick and weight.

7. The week after, Cena was about to single-handedly beat the Wyatt Family when they got themselves DQ'd. After a beat down, Bray sang his now less over song, apparently proving that he has a chance to win the match that will mean little after the big Mania loss.

Am I missing anything? I know they're high on Bray, but the booking has been very inspired, to say the least.

​Yup, welcome to the 2014 version of getting a huge push.  ​Not to mention the ridiculous notion that Cena is the one who needs the cage match to protect him from the Wyatts, when he already beat Bray in the first place.  Plus clearly the Wyatt Family is still going to interfere despite the cage stipulation, so why not do a different stip or just have Cena get two partners and do a six-man?  

Daily Network Thread - 4/22/14

The Network live stream schedule for today:

9:00 AM ET - RAW Flashback - 12/27/93 - Marty Jannetty vs. Johnny Polo.
10:00 AM ET - RAW Flashback - 1/3/94 - The Smoking Gunns vs. Bastion Booger & Bam Bam Bigelow.
11:00 AM ET - Warrior's Greatest Matches.
12:00 PM ET - Wrestlemania Rewind - Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VI.
1:00 PM ET - Warrior: The Ultimate Legend.
2:00 PM ET - Legends of Wrestlemania: Warrior.
3:00 PM ET - Beyond the Ring - NWO: The Revolution.
4:00 PM ET - Best of RAW - 4/8/96 - The Ultimate Warrior returns to the WWF; Shawn Michaels vs. Jerry Lawler; Yokozuna vs. Vader.
5:00 PM ET - WWE NXT - 4/17/14 - Adrian Neville vs. Brodus Clay.
6:00 PM ET - Legends' House - Replay of the premiere episode.
7:00 PM ET - Journey to Wrestlemania XXX: Daniel Bryan.
8:00 PM ET - WWE Main Event Live.
9:00 PM ET - Wrestlemania Rewind - The Rock vs. Hollywood Hogan at Wrestlemania X-8.
10:00 PM ET - Best of the Hall of Fame - Hulk Hogan/Trish Stratus/Bobby Heenan.
11:00 PM ET - WWE Main Event Replay.

Today, I recommend the last WCW PPV, Greed from 2001. A curiosity from a historical standpoint, and a decent show from a quality standpoint. Jason Jett vs. Kwee Wee, a very good tag match between Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman and Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo, which was damn near match of the year quality, and the DDP/Scott Steiner main event was pretty good. WCW's last days had some crazy-ass backwards booking, but the talent on the roster could bring it. Check this show out.

BoD Daily Update

How Much Merchandise Did John Cena Sell This Month?

Cena, who was #1 in merchandise, sold five times much as the #2 top seller this past month.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

WWE.com Exclusive Backstage Interview With Goldust


Kayfabe Commentaries Releases 1984 WWE Timeline with Roddy Piper

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fresh ideas!

Daniel Bryan gets beat up by the Authority!  Hot midcarder Cesaro does a job thanks to interference from his dead weight partner!   John Cena wins a handicap match against all odds!  



Just a warning, this has nothing at all to do with the actual WWE RAW.

The PG Era Rant: Raw, 4.21.14

When last we left our heroes, the balance of power was swinging back. The oldest of the old guard was making its last stand, roping in two former proteges to take out the new heroes. With yet another old guardsman single-handedly charged with destroying their new champion, the final, desperate stab of the Attitude Era began. Has the Authority gone all-in, and will the new superstars be able to call?

The PG Rant for Raw, April 21, 2014.

Live from Baltimore, MD.

Your hosts are your hosts.

Daniel Bryan's father passes away

Excerpt from WWE.com

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan's (Bryan Danielson's) father has unexpectedly passed away. Bryan was made aware of his father's passing after returning from his honeymoon with Brie Bella. Despite the news, Bryan has insisted on performing for the WWE Universe tonight (April 21) and will be on Raw. WWE extends our deepest condolences to Bryan and his family.


Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

One of the greatest turns of all time I say!

Hitting the middle of the push for Extreme Rulz. Looks like we've got a hell of a six-man tag on the way but what are we going to do with WWE World Champion Daniel Bryan. Kane? Please no. If we're going to waste Bryan's title run with him battling mid-carders, at least battle ones that he can have great matches with.

The Network is sort of bothering me these days. Like Scott said, there's so much in the vault they could pull out to make me happy. Running a new 80s Wrestling Challenge, Superstars and NWA Worldwide and/or Saturday Night on weekends would be a nice start. Eventually throwing up some Nitros and the Clashes would be better.

There's more but I have to get to the kid's baseball game so just enjoy the show and come out swinging and keep it clean and stuff. You know what to do.

New Network Show!


The Best of the Hall of Fame, AKA "How many times can we recycle the footage that we own with new talking heads"?  Not that I don't think it's wonderful that Hogan's speech with the 7 hour standing ovation gets another go-around, but HOLY SHIT there are thousands and thousands of hours of actual wrestling shows sitting in the vault just gathering digital dust at this point.  Seriously, I'd love it if they took 5 minutes to get out of their own ass and actually present content that people want to see.  

QOTD 143: The Next Big Thing (that isn't my penis)

Hobbies: Taking the ball and going home
Lets talk about the next big thing. I was checking out the AWESOME 2-part interview with Paul Heyman on Stone Cold Steve Austin's Podcast
I started to wonder what the next, next big thing could be. But I figured it'd be far more interesting to ask you guys what you think the next big thing in music, film, gaming, and wrestling will be.


What do you think is the next BIG thing? It could be something to have a worldwide impact immediately like the iPad, or a smaller impact that changes the world subtly, like touch screens finally coming into their own with smart phones. 

Interview with Zach Gowen


Had a great talk with Zach about his career, the changes he's made, and the lives he's touched. Had he emerged ten years later, you know the current charity-draping WWE would have pushed this way harder than they did in 2003, and that says something.

​Glad he's doing better because it seemed like he was going down a pretty bad path there for a while. ​

Mark Crozer & The Rels interview (plug request)

Hey, Scott-

I help broadcast Roundtable Wrestling Radio, a live post-Raw radio show on Mondays. Tonight they're bringing in Mark Crozer and the Rels (the writers of Bray Wyatt's theme song, who performed it at Wrestlemania) for an interview. The show goes from 11:30 PM to 1:30 AM US Eastern on 8bitx.com. Think we could get a plug?


Promo of the Day

I have selected this promo only due to the fact that it needs to be seen to be believed. From Memphis, Randy Savage and David Schultz cut a promo on Jerry Lawler. Schultz's part is probably the most politically incorrect wrestling promo of all time. Take a look at the shirt he is wearing too. If the WWE ever got rights to this promotion, this promo will never be seen on the network. Ever.

Daily Network Thread - 4/21/14

The Network live stream schedule for today:

9:00 AM ET - RAW Flashback - 12/20/93 - Tatanka vs. Ludvig Borga.
10:00 AM ET - RAW Flashback - 12/27/93 - Marty Jannetty vs. Johnny Polo.
11:00 AM ET - WWE Superstars - 4/19/14 - Big E vs. Titus O'Neil; Los Matadores vs. 3MB.
12:00 PM ET - WWE Main Event Replay - 4/15/14 - #1 Contender Divas Battle Royal; The Big Show vs. Jack Swagger.
1:00 PM ET - Wrestlemania 2 - 4/7/86 - Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy in a Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship; Mr T vs. Roddy Piper in a Boxing Match.
4:30 PM ET - WCW Spring Stampede '98 - Sting vs. Randy Savage in a No DQ Match for the WCW Championship; Roddy Piper & The Giant vs. Hollywood Hogan & Kevin Nash.
7:30 PM ET - RAW Pre-Show.
8:00 PM ET - Legends of Wrestling - 11/1/12 - Discussion on Monday Night RAW.
10:00 PM ET - ECW Hardcore TV - 8/30/94 - 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Shane Douglas in the finals of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship tournament. Yes, THAT show. The EXTREME Era begins here.
11:06 PM ET - RAW Backstage Pass.
11:30 PM ET - Old School - 10/20/86 - MSG - Tag Team Battle Royal.

Recommendation today is WWE's Bragging Rights 2009. I caught this show again recently, and as far as match quality goes, it was a pretty solid show. John Morrison vs. The Miz was OK, a decent Divas match as far as Divas matches go, the Iron Man match between Cena and Orton, the pretty good Bragging Rights match between RAW and Smackdown, but the highlight for me was watching Batista turn on Rey Mysterio after their 4-way match. "I'm not playing. I'm gonna rip your head off" was a mark out quote from Dave at the time. A forgotten show, but a very good effort.

BoD Daily Update

WWE.com RAW Preview


Batista Taking Time Off After Extreme Rules?

As of right now, Batista is not advertised for any WWE events after Extreme Rules so it appears that he will be taking time off. When he returned to the company, it was expected that he would have some time off in order to do some promotional work for his film "Guardians of the Galaxy" that opens this August.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

WWE.com Article Making Predictions for WrestleMania XXXI


Rhodes Bros


Seriously, how do you explain what's happened to the Rhodes bros? Goldie came back and was looking better than ever, both bros were over, the tag division was picking up... and then all of a sudden they've got nothing going on and are a non-factor in the Mania battle royale. Is there some kind of explanation for this? I'd understand if it was some young buck that they thought maybe they were pushing too hard too soon and wanted to pull back the reins a bit but this is Goldust ffs. And Cody. So what gives? 

​I think it's basically just Vince had the idea to team them up and then do the split for Wrestlemania, but they got over too strong as a team and never set up the split and thus Vince lost interest in them like anything else that happens lower than the main event.  So really, you could make a case that Goldust fucked over his brother's career by getting over.  ​It's kind of a ridiculous situation because god knows they never should have dropped those belts in the first place, or at least should have been the ones to drop it to the Usos in something more meaningful than the bullshit match at the Rumble.