Monday, July 28, 2014

My Duties Here are a Car Wreck [No Raw Rant Possible]

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So after double-checking with Cox, I got informed (in a call back I just made) that a car crash took out their wires and they have crews working on it right now.  But they think it won't be ready until tomorrow morning.  Darn.

So... this is where you come in.  Your choice, do I:

* Do this rant when the re-air comes on Saturday night, or
* Do a retro rant to make up for it?

In the meantime, I'm going to send a nasty letter to the cable company.

Monday Night Open Mic

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Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

Most of you will discuss TNA and that's cool. I have little to add because I don't really watch the product but I always believed that the longer TNA stayed on air the better chance they would have of finding the right niche. That being said if they are truly being removed from television because Dixie Carter HAD to keep Vince Russo on payroll that's extremely sad and ignorant on her part.

What did get my wheels spinning while hanging out in last night's open thread and watching the Savage-Warrior match from Summerslam 1992 and pondering what would have happened if the Warrior turned heel, won the strap and aligned himself with Perfect & Flair (as rumored by various people).

First thought is...awesome...Warrior/Perfect/Flair faction in 1992 is pretty crazy to think about. Second is this version of Warrior would have been a new thing for the WWF at the time -- an unstoppable monster heel as champion. A guy that had been booked from the beginning to be relatively unbeatable without resorting to ridiculous cheating. I mean the guy beat Andre and Hogan and Savage clean from 1989-1991 so by all intents and purposes he was invincible already. Now he's invincible with two dastardly heels flanking him.

So I said that had this move happened, EVERYTHING we know about the WWF in 1992-1993 (and maybe forward would have changed). There would probably be no Bret Hart title run as Vince would keep him in the I-C world with HBK and Razor and a few others as that would continue to be the "worker's title". It's quite possible Bret goes with Bulldog to WCW in 1993 too.

Meanwhile I could see Savage getting a rematch at Survivor Series 1992, maybe in a cage or something, and Warrior and Co. winning and beating him up post match until Crush makes the save and that sets up and a big encounter at Royal Rumble 1993 because I could see fans really digging Crush and believing he could stop this unstoppable faction, which, of course he wouldn't. All this would lead up to either Warrior-Hogan II at Wrestlemania IX or possibly Warrior vs. Undertaker, either of which would have had Vince swimming in dollar bills.

Either way it's one of those moments that have me wondering how much the history of the promotion (or both promotions) would have changed with just one simple move. Imagine the promos and destruction and memories that a Warrior/Flair/Perfect heel faction could have done. And the irony of Flair playing the Arn Anderson role and protecting the title for Warrior to the best of his abilities. All fun to think about.

Anyway just some fun thoughts.

Tonight we have:

RAW!

MLB Baseball: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox

James Garner Movie Marathon on Turner Classic

MLS Soccer:  Sounders! Galaxy!

NFL Training Camp Updates

HBO Documentary on two parents that were charged with starving their kid because they were too involved in an online RPG.

Enjoy it all and come out swinging but try and keep it clean...

Dixie Clears It All Up

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Whew.  That makes me feel better. 

Also, apparently my TNA column is one of the biggest stories on the Sporting News site right now, so keep sharing and tweeting! 

QOTD #38: Best Promos

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Today’s Question: What’s the best promo you ever saw?

If you want to skip yesterday’s discussion and start right away, scroll to the end or hit “Comments”. Otherwise please stick around to talk about your own personal bizarro world.

BoD Daily Update

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WWE.com RAW Preview

http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2014-07-28/five-point-preview-26515174



Potential SummerSlam Match Updates

As of now, planned matches include a Fatal Four-Way tag match for the Tag Team Titles and a gimmick matches involving AJ and Paige and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Credit David Bixenspan, Figure Four Weekly Newsletter



RF Video Releases Two New Shoot Interviews

Shoot Interviews with Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels were just released a few days ago. They speak candidly about the problems in TNA.



And the Daniels Preview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hmGhYEONfo&feature=player_embedded

Southern States Wrestling Power Half Hour July 27, 2014

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From the organization that's gaining television contracts, not losing them!

G1 Climax - Night 5 Preview

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http://www.ustream.tv/njpw

The card for tonight's show looks ridiculous.

Okada/Naito.. a rematch of the World Title match from the Tokyo Dome this year, also a rematch of the classic World Title match from 3/4/12 that hooked me on this promotion for good.

Nakamura/Honma.. can the ultimate underdog finally pull out a win, against the King of Strong Style no less? Crowd is going to be rabid for a Honma victory, despite taking on the most popular guy in the company.

Tanahashi/Fale.. not a match you would pencil in as a MOTYC, but Fale has proven his worth this year. He's wrestling the modern day HBK, the guy that has me convinced that Fritz had an illegitimate child in Japan back in '76, who grew up to have the discipline that Kerry didn't.

Styles/Goto.. a match I circled immediately when the blocks were announced. This should steal the show. Styles has been a complete beast so far, and Goto is a top-of-the-line MOTY-caliber guy. If this isn't the best match on the card, then Okada did it again~!

Undercard looks like nothing special and hopefully moves along quickly, but does include Shibata/Benjamin II. There is NOTHING like watching these live.

Sporting News: TNA's Interesting Times

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Figured I should bang this one out ASAP before anything else crazy happens tonight. I imagine I'll need to write something up when the Network numbers are released on Friday as well, but one crisis at a time.  Apologies for any errors in the timelines or major omissions and such, it's late and I wanted to make sure I hit the big points while the iron was hot.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

TNA Impact Cancelled

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Wrestlezone.com just broke a report stating they have confirmed through multiple sources that Spike TV does not want to renew Impact. Nothing is official yet but without a TV deal, Impact will be cancelled

http://www.wrestlezone.com/news/496861-future-of-impact-wrestling-on-spiketv


UPDATE: TMZ ANNOUNCES THAT SPIKE TV HAS CANCELLED IMPACT

http://m.tmz.com/#Article/2014/07/27/impact-wrestling-cancelled-spike-tv-tna

Cheap Plug.

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Hey Scott, long time follower, first time sender. I was wondering if you would showcase this currently selling "Welcome to the BoD" T-Shirt based on the poster Abeyance1.
Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

​Sure, although it kind of loses something without the proper capitalization on the shirt.  ​

Best Match of the G1 So Far?

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Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma, from yesterday's fantastic G1 Climax Day 4 PPV. I know I'll catch some heat for not going with Tanahashi/Shibata. That was a masterpiece. However, if I'm only allowed to watch ONE match back from the tournament so far, it's gotta be this one. A rematch of their brutal MOTYC in early May. This one is only 12 minutes and it flies right by. I'd have to say Styles has been the star of the tournament so far, but this is your classic war of attrition.



Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/26/14)

Evening Thread - Sunday Edition

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Tonight, on the Network live stream, it's Summerslam '92. Also, the Ricky Steamboat doc was uploaded to the library last night, if you didn't catch it.

MLB Sunday night action sees the Dodgers take on the Giants, with just half a game separating the two in the NL West. Jake Peavy makes his Giants debut in this one.

True Blood and The Leftovers on HBO, SyFy features Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites.

I'm just fishing for stuff. It's your thread about nothing!

WWF Championship Wrestling August 2nd, 1986

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August 2, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

Tonight, we will have a special interview with Hulk Hogan. Plus, the American Express, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd are in action. Also, Harley Race and Billy Jack Haynes are in action too.


Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #18

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event - November 26 1988

- Are you KIDDING me? They just happen to show the one SNME that I don't have a copy of and have never reviewed? (Unfortunately they aired probably the worst one of all time.)  Seriously, this channel is like Christmas every single day.

- Taped from Sacramento, CA.

- Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.

SNME - Wrestlemania 3

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Hi Scott,

Hope all is well. With the recent uploads of SNME to the network, I noticed something strange. Why on earth, during the awesome March 14, 1987 episode, did they NOT promote WrestleMania 3 at all?? It was network tv and the words Wrestlemania were never uttered. They mentioned things like "Piper is soon retiring," and "one day Hogan will meet Andre one-on-one soon" but they never mentioned the biggest event ever less than two weeks from the air date. I know they taped the show in late-February, but post-production would add all the details.  Did NBC not want them promoting outside ppv ventures?

Could be.  You also have to keep in mind that PPV was a very different animal at that point, too, with much of the business being closed circuit airings rather than the limited in-home PPV that we think of today.  NBC might have considered it competition to their Sunday night schedule?  That being said, Wrestlemania III still did a 10% buyrate out of the limited universe available (only about a million people at the time had PPV capability and approximately 100,000 of them ordered the show), which would translate today to roughly 10 million people ordering the show, so whatever their strategy was, it worked.  


July Classics - Chris Sabin vs. Samoa Joe - No Surrender '05

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Match of the Day

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I reviewed this show last night but today is the 12th Anniversary of the first ever Ring of Honor Champion was crowned. Here is the sixty minute Iron Man Match between Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Spanky vs. Doug Williams


QOTD #37: Changing History

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Today’s Question: If you could change one match result from wrestling history, which would it be, and why?

We’ll get into the nitty gritty of that tomorrow. Start the discussion right away by scrolling to the end of this. Otherwise, stick around to talk about the ladies.