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Thursday, August 28, 2014

QOTD #66 (Digest) - Jake the Snake Roberts in Bad Shape

I just heard from a friend out in California, that Jake the Snake Roberts is in ICU in a Las Vegas Hospital with Double Pneumonia, and his Immune system has basically shut down. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

I guess with that in mind......what would you say would be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jake The Snake Roberts?

Lex in 95

If Lex had stayed put in WWE in the fall of 95, what was in the cards fot him? Obviously a feud with a heel British Bulldog would have been on the list, but would he have been pushed any harder? It would seem he would put Bulldog over since Bulldog was in world title matches with Diesel and later Bret Hart.  Was there any salvaging his character by that point? Lex deserved better in my opinion. Who could blame hin for leaving?   Also in your opinion could Lex have been a better option than Nash to beat Backlund? 

​Clearly Lex was checked out and done by that point, and watching those RAW shows week to week right now, I don't blame him.  He was booked like shit and clearly Vince had given up on him.  There's no clear idea of what Lex was going to be doing, but putting over Bulldog seems obvious. I don't think there was any saving the character by that point, they had already got whatever mileage they were going to get out of the Made in the USA deal and once the Allied Powers choked, AGAIN, against Yokowen, he was dead in the water.  

As for the second question, ANYONE was a better option to beat Backlund.  Luger might even have drawn a little bit if they had put him on top at the end of 94.  ​

Over the edge 1999


I'm watching over the edge on the network right now and it feels like watching a snuff film. Is this weird? Should this be on here and am I a bad person for looking for this to be available the second I subscribed?

​Well it's not like you were seeking out the video of the 9 year old girl who shot her gun instructor with an Uzi (WHAT THE FUCK, AMERICA?) and besides the Owen deal is scrubbed from the Network version anyway.  If you want to watch for historical curiosity, feel free.  It's just not a very good show otherwise and feels like it's hanging out at 1AM at the house of some people who would rather just go to bed​ but have to keep entertaining you to be polite.  

Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next?

This week, I thought I would pick four guys that all seemed to have the tools to become stars but for some reason it did not happen. Here are your four choices:

Mike Awesome


Matt Morgan


Tonga Kid


Al Perez


Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting Ends Saturday at 2pm EST


Evening Thread - Benoi----uhh, Thursday Edition

An all-purpose thread for your all-purpose needs. If you happen to watch the Network tonight, you have Total Divas at 8:00 ET, NXT at 9:00 and Superstars at 10:00. 

If you're watching baseball, congratulations, your team must still be in the race. There is still September and then playoffs in October. Longest....season....ever.

The Simpsons marathon is still on, but people stopped caring a week ago when the funny ones ended.

Preseason football continues, and college football opens up the schedule tonight.

Lots going on, plenty to chat about. Join in and assume meltdown position.

NXT - August 28, 2014

Date: August 28, 2014
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason Albert

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We've got something to look forward to now with Takeover II just a few weeks away. All of the titles will be on the line but the champions need some challengers. As for tonight, the main story is the debut of the new General Manager to replace JBL who left for undisclosed reasons. Let's get to it.

Hard Knocks

I hadn't seen this in years. I threw it on randomly at 4 in the morning and couldn't turn it off. Say what you will, it's hard not to like the guy here, if you take it as a small sample size. But damn, it's been 10 years already?


Chris Benoit Story Hard Knocks (2)

August Classics: John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan - SummerSlam 2013

I thought this would be a good follow up to the Punk-Lesnar match from yesterday. This was a very good match, with the right guy going over. This would begin the greatest title reign the internet has ever seen, with Cena passing the torch to the new face of WWE.

Instant Catch #69 Daniel Bryan vs John Cena by Vinc316

Ryback Rules?


Hey Scott, 

I was wondering, with Rybacks ridiculous and hilarious social media gimmick, how is he not on TV? No heat? Too much heat? What gives? 

His latest video in hospital http://youtu.be/rqAOMnTDwQw

P.S Odds on Sting working the Bee gimmick and Undertaker coming back to solve it as Detective Undertaker?

No way, he's at best a Bee-plus player.  

RF Video On the Road with Raven

This was filmed in December 2006.

This is a two-disc set, totaling at two hours and fifty-eight minutes long

It is conducted by Rob Feinstein and Doug Gentry, in his last on camera appearance before he passed away. The poor guy looked sick too. A graphic for him is on the screen before the interview.


Stranger's been watching the Network in chronological order because he's a big, stupid, nerdy mark. He's been needing to get back into the swing of doing actual reviews and thought this show would be a good place to jump back in. Stranger's also picked up the habit of referring to himself in the third person. STRANGER'S GETTING VEXATIOUS!

From the Make Believe Gardens in Toronto - November 10, 1985. Your commentators are Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Well, thank God for that, at least.

BoD Daily Update

Who Wrote John Cena's Segment on RAW?

Vince McMahon was the one who came up with the idea of Cena destroying the Wyatt Family. McMahon felt that since Cena's loss against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam was so one-sided that his fans would lose faith in him unless he made an immediate statement.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

RAW Segment Changed at the Last Minute

Originally, Cesaro was going to beat Swagger to become the #1 Contender to the United States Championship with Bo Dallas coming out to taunt Swagger afterwards instead of Swagger facing Rusev.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE Unsure About How to Present a New Stable?

It is reported that the WWE is still deciding on how to present the group of Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods. At one point, Mark Henry was rumored to be the leader of the group.

Credit PWInsider.com

Reason Behind NXT Wrestler's Gimmick Change

Solomon Crowe (Sami Callahan) has dropped his heel hacker gimmick and is now a babyface because HHH hated the gimmick and as a face, Callahan can emphasize is wrestling skills

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

The Booking Sheet


I can remember the first time I ever thought that titles were important.

Vince Russo AMA on reddit 10am this Thursday


​"Bro, I have no idea.  Swear to god, bro."
"Bro, I had nothing to do with that.  It was all the guys who were before me, bro."
"​Bro, I'm 100% with you on that one, but creative control and Standards and Practices tied my hands, bro."

Just a guess.  

Awesome Match from a Week Ago

8/16/14 .. Ok, I know people totally prefer when I explain the stage, so here it goes.. The Tag Champs, Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii, are DDT guys who won the titles 4 or 5 months ago just by being pretty goddamned great. They beat a more-than-formidable tag team to win the titles and have had killer defense after killer defense since then. They are the reigning AJPW All-Asia Tag Team Champions, a title that the Meltz has referred to multiple times as the "Workrate Titles". Basically, what the X Division Title meant a decade ago, in the sense that you're about to watch that amazing hybrid style of wrestling that never fails to deliver.

They are taking on the time proven, other worldly Kotaro Suzuki, teaming up with the next Tanahashi in the making (a trait you may notice) Kento Miyahara.. Tokyo's Kōrakuen Hall is the setting, Kyohei Wada is the ref.. YOU are the most important fan in the building, and the match is pretty fresh.. Check it out..

. . .

Shigehiro Irie & Keisuke Ishii (c) vs...

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–04.10.95


The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.10.95

Let’s see how well the Network feed cooperates tonight. It’s weird, too, because I watch these things at about 11:00PM Central time every night, or roughly “the middle of the fucking night” if you’re in a time zone that matters, so it’s not like the Network should be super-congested with people all trying to watch shitty 1995 RAW episodes all at once.

Also, positive thoughts and best wishes to Karl Stern. No-sell that shit like John Cena, buddy.

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler and our good friend the green screen.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Impact Wrestling - August 27, 2014

Impact Wrestling
Date: August 27, 2014
Location: Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're still in New York for about the sixth straight week and there are some big deals to get through tonight. First of all we've got the first match in the tag team series between the Wolves, Hardys and Team 3D with the winners getting to pick the next stipulation. There's also the fallout from Roode and Young escaping the cage last week at the same time, meaning there's no #1 contender. Let's get to it.

QOTD #65 - Bruiser Brody

Today's Question: Let's say somehow, someway, on that day in July of 1988 in Puerto Rico, Bruiser Brody makes a full recovery from those stab wounds and is ready to go by the beginning of 1989....in 100 words or less, How would the next 25 years in the career of Bruiser Brody have unfolded?

Yesterday's Question: Totally random and off the grid, but I've been trying to rack my brain to think of the best "White Meat Babyfaces" of all time....so as part of this, I ask the blog a 2-part question:

TNA Impact Thread

Matches tonight include:

Hardy Boys vs. The Wolves vs. Team 3D
Rhino vs. ECIII
Taryn Terrell vs. Madison Rayne

Monday Nitro - April 5, 2014

Monday Nitro #183
Date: April 5, 1999
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's a new era (kind of) for WCW as tonight they're unveiling a new set and logo, making a change for the first time in several years. The main story coming into tonight is some announcement by Sting, who will be making his first scheduled appearance on the show since the fall of last year. Let's get to it.



How completely stupid would it be to have Lesnar lose at Night of Champions? Would you rank it higher than their stupid decision to have him lose his first match back against Cena? Or would this be even worse?

I would call it a strange decision, but I can at least understand the mindset if they do.  Pop a big Network number and then go back to the touring champ model.  Plus Brick is already damaged goods now to a degree, so it's less of a big deal.  

Bryan and Vinny Retro Vince Russo Rant

These rants are awesome. There are more of them on this page, but this might be my favorite one of them all. Classic Bryan Alvarez TNA/Vince Russo rant.

August Classics: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar - SummerSlam 2013

OK, so it happened a year ago, therefore it's not a "classic" by the common definition. However, this is a ***** match that will easily be considered one of the best SummerSlam matches ever. The Best vs. The Beast. Due to health and behind the scenes drama, this may possibly be Punk's last great match.

CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar - SummerSlam 2013 by AndresGuilherme

Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza November 9th, 2002

November 9, 2002

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Jeff Gorman and Chris Levy

Monday Night Wars

So I'm watching The Monday Night War, episode two in specific, and I can't help but feel grateful that Vince went into wrestling instead of world domination because MAN does that guy know how to do propaganda. I had gotten used to the line of "WCW was competitive because they stole WWE guys" but hearing them now take it a step further and say it's because the WCW fans were actually just WWE fans and they were glad to see the superior WWE guys come in and beat up the inferior WCW guys...mindblown. The most interesting part about it is that you listen to Vince talk, you see the decisions he's made since buying WCW, and you just have to know that it's how he really believes it happened. Is there any hope that Trips isn't as insane as Vince and that some of this will get better when he takes over?

​I dunno, but holy shit did that second episode kind of go off the rails already.  Hall and Nash were apparently carrying the WWF through 1995 and everyone thought of Randy Savage as a washed up 80s star?  At least the documentary DVDs sort of TRIED to be a version of the truth.

BoD Daily Update

WWE Concerned About John Cena's Future?

Over the past several weeks, Cena has been dealing with a shoulder injury. Also, Cena has been dealing with neck pain and there is a real concern within the WWE as the company has noticed that he is not moving around as well as he used. And, if Cena's acting career takes off while is injuries mount, there is a concern that he will leave the company and choose Hollywood as an alternative.


Batista Update

There are many people within the WWE that feel since Batista's chances of returning as a full-time performer are decreasing. The original thought was that he would be returning once his media obligations for the film "Guardians of the Galaxy" were finished but those people saying that have been changing their tune as of late.


WWE Tag Team Turning Heel?

There is a belief among those in the company that Goldust & Stardust will be turning heel in the next few weeks.


QOTD #64 (Digest) - White Meat Babyface

Today's Question: Totally random and off the grid, but I've been trying to rack my brain to think of the best "White Meat Babyfaces" of all time....so as part of this, I ask the blog a 2-part question:

a) In the history of wrestling, who best exemplifies the term "white meat babyface"?

b) Who is the greatest wrestler of all-time to never have a run as a heel?