Friday, July 25, 2014

Smackdown - July 25, 2014

Date: July 25, 2014
Location: Orlando Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're done with Battleground and heading towards Summerslam with the announced main event of Brock Lesnar challenging John Cena for the WWE Title. Other than that the big story seems to be Reigns vs. Orton which would be Reigns' first big solo match on the grand stage. A win over a former World Champion at Summerslam will be nothing but good for him. Let's get to it.

BoD Friday Night Thread

The place to discuss Smackdown, MLB, or anything else.

July Classics: Jerry Lynn & Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome & Justin Credible - 7/18/98


ECW Mike Awesome & Justin Credible vs... by bombsbpimp

Big Man vs. Little Man Clinic

Night 4 of the G1 tonight with Ishii/Honma, Styles/Naito, Okada/Anderson and Tanahashi/Shibata as the big matches to look for. Pretty standard affair for their third show last night with a good Tanahashi/Kojima match, and a great Okada/Makabe main event. We finished the night with Tanahashi, Okada, Goto & Shelton X Benjamin all going 3-0 so far. However the match getting buzz from the WON today is the BJW Sekimoto/Shinobu main event from 6/30 that I was pimpin' in the comments here a couple weeks ago.

This is the BEST Big Man vs. Little Man dichotomy I may have ever seen, because goddamn Shinobu's offense is so friggin' believable here. And Sekimoto is in his usual award-winning, mid-season form. This is in ever way possible a classic. No back story needed, you either root for the little dude or the big dude, because they represent your position in life and what you believe in. That's what's great about wrestling when it's done right, you can see the story telling itself.

Daniel Bryan Stops a Burglar

Even with a broken neck, he tackles a guy and holds him until the police arrive.

WWF Championship Wrestling July 26th, 1986

July 26, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, we will see the Championship Wrestling debuts of The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and "The Rebel" Dick Slater. Plus, "The Flower Shop" with guest Paul Orndorff and much more.

Place to Be Nation Friday Update

Happy weekend, everyone. Join us over at PTBN and check out these pieces from this past week!

Dave Musgrave looked at the career of Tomohiro Ishii: The Rise of Tomohiro Ishii

Movies of The P2B Generation continued with 1990 and 1991: Movies of the P2B Generation

Glenn & Steve look at the news of the week, including bits on Rey Mysterio, KENTA and more: The High Spot: Sting, Kenta, Rey Mysterio, and the Top Stories of the Week

PTBN's comic book staff doled out their 2014 First Half Awards: The 2014 Half-Year Comic Book Awards

The Good Will Wrestling Podcast looked at fixing WWE: Good Will Wrestling: Fixing the WWE Part One

Kevin Kelly welcomed Danny Cage and also discussed John Cena, WWE Network, KENTA, Rusev and more: The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 14 – Featuring Danny Cage

Steve Corino talked Battleground, CHIKARA, OMEGA and much more: The Steve Corino Show Episode 13 – OMEGA Co-founder Thomas Simpson

Greg & Nick checked out Kick-Ass: Hard-Traveling Fanboys: The Longbook Hunters (Kick-Ass)

And remember that voting closes for the pool round of the Character Tournament this Sunday! Brackets open on Monday!: PTBN’s World Cup of TV Characters Pool Round Voting Reminder

Foley writes about Ryder

While I'm usually the graphic novel guy I came across this and thought it was just about the truest wrestling thing I've read in years and figured it needed to be shared.

The point Foley makes of the "people get tired of finding out . . ." perfectly sums up why I don't watch WWE anymore and haven't for two years.

Anyway here's the link

Shane McMahon and WCW

Hi Scott,

I've been watching a lot of 2001 lately and seem to have a gap in my memory... I remember Shane O being the one to purchase WCW, beating Vince at Mania & then continuing on to the great match with Kurt Angle at KOTR. All of this was as a FACE.

My question is: when did Shane turn heel? It seemed that he/WCW were the faces to start with but obviously when the Invasion really kicked off they were all heels; please jog my memory!

​It was pretty quick after KOTR when they did the Alliance angle to turn everyone heel, so your timeline is correct.  It's kind of crazy how momentous a swing happened in ONE SHOW.  It literally was months of storyline twists crammed into a single RAW.  The disastrous Tacoma RAW was July 2, and then the crazy Atlanta RAW was July 9.  And they managed to do one of the biggest buyrates of the modern era with only 2 weeks build based off that, which still blows my mind.  ​

Waiting for the Trade - Beyond


Waiting for the Trade

by Dwayne McDuffie & Scott Kolins
collects Beyond #1 – 6

Why I Bought This: I love Secret Wars and this is a revisiting of that concept with the added bonus of being published as part of the aftermath of Annihilation; one of the biggest high points in recent comics and the history of cosmic Marvel.

The Plot: A group of (D-list) heroes and villains are whisked off to an alien planet by the Beyonder and told to fight to the death.

Spoilers follow after the break. I will advise there are some fun plot twists in this story and you can buy this trade for pennies on Amazon if you want to read it for yourself first.

Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #16


- Taped from Springfield, Maine.

- Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.

(Yay, another point system rant.) 

RF Video Shoot Interview with Billy Jack Haynes, Disc Two

This disc runs at one hour and ten minutes long

QOTD #35: Memorabilia


Today’s Question: What’s your favorite piece of wrestling memorabilia that you own?

I’m looking forward to your answer to this. If you want to start the discussion, scroll to the end or hit “comments”. Otherwise, stay here for all your CM Punk discussion from yesterday.

Total Divas Season 1 Recap: Episode 5 - "Feuding Funkadactyls"

In our last episode, "The Fat Twin", all the Divas set women back at least 70 years by focusing way too much on their boobs at the expense of thinking of themselves and other women as whole individuals.

BoD Daily Update

WWE Not Going After Archived Video Content on YouTube

The reason that the WWE is not going after this footage is part of a strategic decision. The strategy is that if the videos remain on YouTube, there is a better chance to get people hooked on the product and that it will be more beneficial in the long-term as fans who get exposed to the product that way will spend more money.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Rey Mysterio Update

Mysterio is still under contract with the WWE. However, there is no set date for his return and there is a question if he will ever return to the company. Also, it has been reported that  Mysterio has stopped cashing his checks that the WWE has been sending him. Mysterio's contract was renewed for another year based off of the idea that he owed them time that he missed due to injury, which is part of the standard wrestling contract that everyone signs.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Ricky Steamboat Update

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, sources he spoke with in the WWE have told him that reports of Steamboat being let go from the company are inaccurate. Steamboat is booked on some independent shows but others, like Booker T, do that all of the time.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

RF Video Announces 35% off Sale on Selected Shoot Interview Series

The sale applies to the following series:

Backstage Pass
Behind Closed Doors
Face Off
In the Ring
On The Road

The Sale Ends on Monday July 28th

Beau James doesn't have much clout anymore

So much for the next set of TV tapings tonight:

Anyone in the Kingsport area got a backyard they could loan out cheap for the night?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #15



(Damn Andy Goss, stealing my thunder again…)


- Live from Nashville, TN - March 12/ 88

- Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.

- We of course discuss the Hogan/Andre/evil referees controversy first. Funny story about that situation: I was watching some of those old Superstars shows from Feb / 88, and they did an angle whereby every time Jesse Ventura would start to talk about the Main Event, Vince would have the truck bleep out his entire diatribe, by order of Jack Tunney. 13 years ago, I of course had no clue why they were doing that, but now I realize that obviously those shows were from the taping cycle BEFORE the Main Event was shot, but aired AFTER it showed on NBC. And since Vince was like Howard Hughes with all the paranoia about anyone possibly leaking the Mystery Finish, he obviously didn't want to tell Jesse anything in advance and thus came up with the censorship angle to hedge his bets.


Impact Wrestling - July 24, 2014

Impact Wrestling
Date: July 24, 2014
Location: Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz 

Reviewed by Tommy Hall 

It's the second show in New York and the main story is whether or not Austin Aries is going to cash in the X-Division Title for a shot at the World Title next week. Does TNA think that the fans believe he might keep the midcard title instead of going after the big one using an idea he created? Other than that I'm sure Bully will be chasing Dixie around the arena with a table in hand again. Let's get to it.

NXT - July 24, 2014

Date: July 24, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

As usual with NXT, there are a few matches already set for this week. Tonight we're getting Summer Rae vs. Charlotte for the Women's Title to likely blow off the BFFs once and for all as well as Kalisto finding a partner to help him fight off the Vaudevillains. That's one of the things I like best about NXT: they don't have to start from scratch every week and it saves them so much time. Let's get to it.

Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next

This week, I thought that I would choose four shoot interviews from guys who broke into the WWE this century to get a perspective of the locker room and culture of that time. Here are your four choices:

Ken Anderson (2009)

Bobby Lashley (2012)

Chris Masters (2008)

Shawn Daivari (2013)

Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at 7pm

TNA Impact Thread

Matches for Tonight Include:

Team 3D & Tommy Dreamer vs. EC3 & Rhino & Rockstar Spud in a New York Street Fight
Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship
Bobby Roode vs. MVP in a Falls Count Anywhere Match

Plus, Austin Aries makes his decision on whether or not to exercise "Option C," The Great Muta makes his return to the USA, and will Matt Hardy accept his brother Jeff's invitation to appear on the show?

Speaking of Sting


Now THIS is what I'm looking for in a DVD set these days.  A whole bunch of rare TV matches and dream matches like Luger & Sting v. Hogan & Savage and Sting & Warrior v. Bret & Hogan that may not be any good but have the "Wow, when did THAT happen?" factor.  Not to mention Sting/Muta matches I haven't seen and even a Sting/Vader I haven't seen!  

Well deserved slow clap for this one.  

July Classics: The Undertaker vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle - Vengeance 2002


This is STING? Yes. Yes it is.


So this happened.

Triple H's role at Summerslam


Hey so last Monday they officially announced Cena vs Lesnar.  Now early reports rumored that Triple H would face Roman Reigns at Summerslam, however the ending to last Monday's RAW almost suggested that it would be Randy Orton facing Roman Reigns.  Now they could do Orton vs Kane and still do the rumored match but if they don't my question to you is:  When does Triple H insert himself into the Cena/Lesnar match as the special guest referee?  Triple H making himself special referee at Summerslam is almost a tradition now.

​Well, the logical progression is Reigns going over Orton at Summerslam and then moving onto the REAL feud with HHH at Night of Champions, unless they really want to stretch it out by doing shit finish at Summerslam / shit finish at NOC / Hell in the Cell at the PPV of the same name, and then move onto HHH at Survivor Series.  Either way, the Orton -> HHH progression seems to make the most sense.  And then HHH can make his life hell until he wins the Rumble to get revenge and yada yada millions of dollars made etc.  ​

RF Video Shoot Interview with Billy Jack Haynes, Disc One

This was filmed in January of 2006

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein and Doug Gentry

It is a two-disc collection

Disc one runs at one hour and fifty-eight minutes

QOTD #34: CM Punk


Today’s Question: CM Punk stated he won’t be back. What’s your favorite CM Punk moment? (And in the interest of varied discussion, let’s exclude the Pipe Bomb and MITB match)

We’ll be hearing from ROH and WWE fans alike, I’m sure. Kick it off now by heading to the bottom, or stick around to discuss yesterday’s topic.

BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

Lesnar has been advertised for the September 15th edition of RAW, which is the show before the Night of Champions.

Sheamus Update

The reason that Sheamus was not on WWE television this week was due to him having a severe flu

Credit Dave Meltzer,

What Will Air During NBC's WrestleMania Special?

The show will air an edited version of the Austin, Rock, and Hogan promo, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE Splitting up Rybaxel?

Although there is no timetable yet, the WWE is planning on splitting up the team in the near future.

TNA Announces Three Re-Signings

John Gaburik announced via Twitter that the company has resigned Brooke Tessmacher, Seiya Sanada, and Samuel Shaw.

Also, today's edition of Wrestling Observer Radio is free. You can listen by clicking on the link below.

DDT Wrestling at It's Finest

This is a follow-up to a discussion from the Wednesday Evening Thread concerning the DDT promotion, Dramatic Dream Team Wrestling. Some saying DDT's brand of comedy is akin to WWE's brand of comedy. Others choosing to differ based on DDT being up front, while WWE makes you think you're getting Rollins/Ambrose, instead filling the gap with Divas matches and lemon party references. Short story long, this was one of the highlights of the year right here, courtesy of DDT. The IronMan title is the modern day 24/7 Hardcore title, the old guy at the end is long-time ref Kyohei Wada, and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. The best part is the crowd cluing themselves into what's going on, halfway through the vid. Link below..

The IronMan Title wins ITSELF~!

Let's talk about.....Battleground

Let’s talk about….Battleground

Well, that happened.

I hesitate to label the internet wrestling community the ‘IWC’, if for the simple fact that those initials have a negative connotation that is unrivaled by most of the, shall we say, fringe groups on the internet. Yes, we are all talking about wrestling on the internet, and sometimes the conversation gets clichéd in ways that are depressingly familiar (‘Cena should turn heel‘ is rapidly becoming the Windmill and the IWC becoming Don Quixote), but while we are a collection of individual minds, I suppose that it seems reasonable to use the shorthand when best applying broad strokes to the community et al.