Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monday Nitro - September 6, 1999

Monday Nitro #204
Date: September 6, 1999
Location: Miami Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 8,623
Commentators: Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's one of those rare weeks where WCW has given us the slightest glimmer of hope coming off this past week's Thunder. They actually let Saturn escape with his life against Sid and the Revolution got to stand tall to end the show. We're coming up on Fall Brawl this Sunday though, and that means it's time to crush the hopes and dreams of fans so the main event talent can carry the day again. Let's get to it.

This Week in 90's Wrestling: January 25th-31st

From Place to be Nation this feature chronicles all of the happenings in the world of professional wrestling during the 1990's.

Highlights from this week include:

Halftime Heat Empty Arena Match between Rock and Mankind
Coin Toss Between Bret Hart and Lex Luger, with the winner facing Yokozuna first at WrestleMania X
First Vignette Hyping the Debut of Mankind
Clash of the Champions XIV

And many more matches and interviews.

Click on the link below and give it a view.

New WWE Geographic Strategy?



Just wondering if you think Sunday's Rumble crowd is going to force the WWE to re-think where they book major events? I mean, we all know they sure as hell aren't gonna change how they book. But would a final four of Reigns, Show, THEDEMONKANE, and Rusev played better somewhere in fly-over country? Is the company going to try and avoid these kind of reactions by avoiding smark cities?

Been a fan for a while--thanks for all the information and entertainment!


Yeah, but how many excuses can they make for this stuff before they run out of cities?  We've now heard "It's not us, it's Philly" and "It's not us, it's Pittsburgh" and "It's not us, it's Toronto" and "It's not us, it's New York" and "It's not us, it's Chicago".  How many places can they burn through before they find the idealized smark-free city that will happily accept the Roman Empire as their conqueror? Plus, as noted, that Rumble was basically booked to get the worst reactions in every conceivable way, so it's not like putting it in, say, St. Louis was going to save it.  It just happened that the Philly crowd was much less shy about expressing their frustrations with the product.  

BoD Daily Update

Undertaker Update

At this moment, there is still no word on whether or not the Undertaker will be wrestling at this year's WrestleMania.

Credit Dave Meltzer,

RAW Ratings Update

Despite the storm cancelling the live show, RAW still had incredible ratings Monday with 4.41 million viewers. Here are the hourly breakdowns:

8pm: 4.47 million
9pm: 4.68 million
10pm: 4.14 million

Randy Orton Update

Orton, who was originally scheduled for Smackdown this Thursday, is no longer advertised for the show.

TNA Impact Rating Rises

TNA had 517,000 viewers this past Friday, up from the 387,000 they had the previous week.



How far are you into SOA now? Did you get to the finale of season 3, and did your mind explode over that plot twist? Are you into or through season 4, and were you mirin' the heel work of that character who I won't name in case you aren't that far yet?

​Yeah, I'm about halfway into season 5 now and we're still kind of reeling from the Very Bad Thing that happens at the beginning of the season.  Season 4 was super awesome and intense, but the finale was kind of a dud and pretty much deflated the season with a Russo-esque twist right off the bat.  Even my wife, who isn't someone that watches with an eye for story structure and stuff like that, commented that the twist was pretty nonsensical in a lot of ways.  Season 5 is just such a downer that we're actually slowing down the binge watching a lot.  Season 3 was like a WWF PPV from the Attitude era:  Shitty undercard, fantastic main event.  Season 4 was WCW:  Crazy good buildup and workrate, and then a disappointing finish.  

Please do avoid discussing spoilers past season 5 here because I'd rather not accidentally have the rest of the show ruined for me before I finish it up by the end of next week or so, though.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BoD Tuesday Night Thread

On tap for tonight:

On the WWE Network at 8pm you can watch WWE 24.

The NBA has 6 games on the schedule, with two of them on NBA TV. At 7:30pm, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Detroit Pistons while at 10pm the Chicago Bulls take on the Golden State Warriors.

Also, the NHL returns from their All-Star break with 11 games on the schedule. At 7:30pm the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Carolina Hurricanes on the NBC Sports Network.

There are several college basketball games on National TV tonight. At 7pm on Fox Sports 1, Xavier takes on #21 Georgetown.

And as usual, talk about anything else going on tonight here.

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw - November 30, 1998

by Logan Scisco

-A video package recaps how the Undertaker tried to embalm Steve Austin alive on last week’s show.  The Undertaker and Paul Bearer are shown talking backstage moments before the show went on the air.

-Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Baltimore, Maryland.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus at WrestleMania 31?

According to PWInsider the word out of the Royal Rumble this week is that the plans for Bryan vs. Sheamus that were originally scheduled for last year's show are back on, with Sheamus turning heel before the match.

Match of the Day: Aztec Warfare!


As pimped in the mailbag thread, here’s the awesome Aztec Warfare match from Lucha Underground, a ****+ crazy spectacular that blew the Rumble out of the water. 

2015.01.07- Aztec Warfare- Lucha Underground by dixonkyle4

Sporting News: Post Royal Rumble Mailbag, Part 2!


You know guys, I have a day job and stuff...

BoD Daily Update

330 comments Video of Roman Reigns Behind the Scenes at the Royal Rumble

New Name For WWE Group?

Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Natalya, and Adam Rose are now being referred to some as the "Brass Ring Club." Click on the link below and view the logo.

WWE Hires Former NWA Champion

Adam Pearce was hired by the WWE as a trainer/agent for NXT

Being The 'Marty Jannetty' Of A Tag Team

It’s the term that every tag team will experience at some point in time. It’s in reference to when the popular tag team known as the Rockers, which consisted of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, broke up and went into the singles ranks. Both men were very talented, but Michaels was the one who achieved higher acclaim while his former partner and friend drifted into obscurity.
Sure, it happened to Jannetty, but throughout history it has happened to seemingly every tag team that has ever been formed. The team will be successful, but when they breakup, only one man achieves anything in the singles ranks.
In this column, which will likely be broken up into several pieces because of so many tag teams, I’ll look at five tag teams shed light on who succeeded, and who dropped down the card.

Matt's Monday Night RAW Recap - 1/26/2015

This is strictly for completion purposes...

Let's start.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sporting News: Post Royal Rumble Mailbag Part One!


I felt like the "Wrestlemania location announced" post last week was so lame that I owed people a mailbag to make up for it.  

Also, because angry nerds = PAGEVIEWS.  Apparently this thing is hitting a nerve with people.  Who could have foreseen THAT?

BoD Rumble

This has nothing to do with the WWE

ECW Hardcore TV: January 16, 1997

In an effort to better appreciate the era in which ECW existed, I actually spent a little time reflecting on the shows themselves, in their original form. While it’s often hard to remember through my mind’s eye just how much poorly produced TV there was in the 90’s, I decided to jog my memory by Youtubing the type of quality commercials that made up the era itself.

I can remember this one playing, on what felt like a continuous loop, during every late night airing of ECW TV, and WCW Thunder (which I’d tape during a late Saturday night replay on one of the local channels). And upon seeing the awful, laughable quality, I’m just reminded that this is very much the world in which we once lived – and to appreciate ECW it to appreciate the lazily produced phone sex commercials that sandwiched around it. Thank you, Youtube, for never letting me down. Bring on the ECW!

RAWlternative, an independent wrestling marathon, replays tonight


Hey Scott,

With no Raw tonight, indy promoter Drew Cordeiro is re-running a marathon he produced last week called RAWlternative, featuring 13 matches from different North American promotions in 2014. The marathon features Kevin Steen, Young Bucks, Brian Kendrick, Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, and a ton of others, and it runs for free via YouTube

With no Raw, I figured some BODers would wanna check out something that delivers in the goodness department.

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O' Doom!

#Snowmageddon2015 claims another one!

Well not here in Florida where I'm currently shivering with these temperatures in the low 60s. Thank god for the sunshine.

Rumble last night. First and foremost the title 3-way was tremendous stuff. All three guys brought their best games and really tried to tear the house down. Seeing a Phoenix Splash for the first time was pretty incredible too. I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of that match, especially the way Rollins and Cena resorted to doing anything possible to stop Brock. It was great action and a fun story of survival.

The Rumble itself...all right I'm in the crowd that is fine with Reigns winning. The execution of the win was atrocious. Between the Rock save and the return of Rusev (it was cute when Santino did it but it shouldn't be something tried every couple of years) everything felt flat. A classic case of doing too much when they just should have stuck with him winning in the most logical way they could. Yes the fans were going to be upset if Bryan didn't win. Fans have had their favorites lose Rumbles in the past. And running in a town like Philly is always a little unpredictable so you can't necessarily cater to that crowd's wants and needs because like some e-mailer suggested they might have been cool with Zack Ryder winning.

There were good things in the Rumble. The Bubba Ray/R-Truth stuff was fun. I thought Bray Wyatt worked his ass off as the iron man and they completely botched what should have been a significant elimination.

The bad is far more numerous. Again no issue with Reigns winning or Bryan being eliminated but being dumped at the halfway mark was stupid. Pat Patterson tried booking it with Hogan in 1989 and saw the match energy drain and never made the same mistake again with a dominate fan favorite. Even if Bryan isn't winning, his elimination has to be significant and someone has to be in a position to get serious heel heat off of it. In my opinion they gave Kane and Big Show the spot that Rusev should have been in. We'll do a quick rebook to draw out my thoughts:

Final Eight: Bryan, Wyatt, Rusev, Ziggler, Kane, Big Show, Ambrose, Reigns

Ziggler enters number 30 and hits his big moves, gets stopped by Kane on a chokeslam attempt, kicks him low and hits the fameasser. Kane gets up staggers to the ropes and is eliminated on a Dolph super kick. Down to seven.

Wyatt and Reigns are fighting in a corner over an elimination. Ambrose and Bryan are working on Big Show. Rusev knocks down Dolph with a closeline. Ambrose and Bryan get Show off his feet and Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds and gets eliminated when Show blocks it and flips him over his shoulder. Bryan starts a kick combo on Show, ducks a knockout punch and kicks him in the face to send him staggering to the ropes. Bryan hits the running knee to eliminate show and turns into kick by Rusev that sends him to a shocking elimination.

Ziggler, Reigns, Wyatt and Rusev are your final four. They pair off in traditional face-heel sides with Ziggler and Wyatt fighting in one corner and Rusev-Reigns in the other. And from there I would probably have Wyatt eliminating Ziggler off a counter for the fameasser and doing a 2-on-1 short segment with some heel miscommunication, Reigns eliminates Wyatt first and Rusev last to win.

Is the crowd going to go apeshit crazy for Reigns? Probably not, but Rusev eliminating Bryan should have shifted a lot of heel heat on him and got the crowd eager to see him eliminated. Wyatt eliminating Ziggler should have shifted heat on him too. So Reigns looks more favorable in the end.

Maybe my biggest problem was beyond Reigns they had the chance to really cement Rusev as top heel too and they failed on that end. I thought Rusev really should have been the heel of that match, eliminating Bryan, dumping a couple other popular faces. He was the right guy to get that opportunity and they blew it there as well.

Maybe they should bring Patterson back in just to book this match. Or make the bookers watch the previous Rumbles.

Anyway TV tonight

RAW Live from Stamford Studios!

NHL still on All-Star Break, only 5 NBA games as two were postponed.

Australian Open tennis is getting to the Round of 16/quarterfinals.

Super Bowl coverage as the New England Deflatriots continue to proclaim innocence.

New Gotham, etc. etc.

Tonight's Independent Lens documentary is on Sex Trafficking.

Enjoy and keep is somewhat clean!

It's Official, Tonight's RAW Has Been Cancelled (And Tomorrow's Smackdown Too)

This press release was sent to

STAMFORD, Conn., January 26, 2015 – Due to the impending blizzard in the Northeast and statewide travel bans, WWE has postponed tonight’s live event in Hartford and cancelled tomorrow night’s live event in Boston; however, WWE will emanate live tonight at 8 p.m. ET from its studios in the Stamford world headquarters.

Ticket Information

Hartford, Conn., XL Center: Tickets for tonight’s show in Hartford will be honored for a SmackDown event this Thursday, January 29 that will air live on Syfy.

Boston, MA, TD Garden: Fans with tickets to tomorrow’s event in Boston will have the option of either exchanging tickets for an upcoming WWE event on Saturday, June 27 or obtaining a refund at point of purchase.

RAW is canceled tonight?


Apparently snowstorms have shut down the highways in Connecticut and RAW might be in jeopardy.  Way to go, Roman Reigns!

Company Actively Fighting Its Own Fanbase


You're likely getting all kinds of e-mails about tonight's Royal Rumble, but I have a specific question regarding all this:

Is there any other company that you can think of that actively and vigorously fight so hard against its own fanbase? Because I'm honestly blanking on an example. It's one thing to go against what the fans want. We're used to that. But tonight, between eliminating Bryan so quickly, and then the never ending treatment of every other strongly liked star like Sandow, Cesaro, Ziggler, etc. It's like they're actively and regularly saying, "You like these guys? Well fuck you!"

What other company has worked this hard against its own fanbase?

WCW did that a lot too at the end.  Just saying.  

BoD Daily Update

Daniel Bryan Update

For those wondering, Vince McMahon reportedly has no plans on adding Daniel Bryan to the WrestleMania main event title match citing that it will be a repeat of last year's show and that he does not want that to happen.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Did the WWE Expect Any Backlash Due to Roman Reigns Winning the Rumble

While the WWE were prepared for some sort of backlash for Reigns winning the Rumble, they did not expect it to be as much as it was.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Rock Update

Reportedly, the WWE panicked and changed a lot of things right before the show and that the Rock was said to be very unhappy about those changes.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Brock Lesnar Update

At this moment, Lesnar is not confirmed for the Fast Lane PPV.

Bubba Ray Dudley Update

As of this moment, Bubba was only signed on for a one-shot deal at the Rumble PPV.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rumble review

Hi Scott, 

I know you're not one to plug other people's stuff but could you make an exception for my Rumble review? I did it live so apologies for any typos I didn't catch. 

​The more the merrier.  ​

Sporting News: Royal Rumble a disaster of epic proportions


Obviously they're just setting up Daniel Bryan for a second miracle comeback win at Wrestlemania, right?

Rumble match and a potential "Cancel your WWE account" campaign

Hey Scott.

After tonight's Rumble match, it has to be clear to even McMahon or HHH's staunchest supporters that they are clearly out of touch with their viewers.  You could tell by the audience's reaction pretty much every potential winner fans would have been happy with.  Without a doubt Bryan, Ambrose and Ziggler would have gotten huge cheers as the guy to get the "Ending Undertaker's Streak Re-Rub", and I'm pretty sure they could have safely gone with Mizdow, Wyatt and maybe even Ryder.  And of course by the end, when reality had sunk in, the crowd made it known they'd even take fucking Rusev over Reigns.  But no, Vince and/or HHH knew better than we do what we actually want, and now Brock gets fed to Reigns.

I usually feel like people over-react about how bad the product has gotten.  NXT is enough to balance out the bad parts of RAW for me, and even in the same show I'm now complaining about they had a pretty enjoyable title match.  But screwing up the A story as bad as they are now is the last straw for me.  I know the only way WWE will actually listen to the fans is if we vote with our wallets, so I am canceling my WWE account as of tonight.

So it occurs to me, if you agree about the need to send a message to Vince and HHH, you could try to start a "Cancel Your Account" campaign on your site, to make it absolutely crystal clear what we as fans think they need to do.  The more people that can collectively each pull $120 a year out of WWE's coffers, the more likely they will actually make a lasting change to the product.

And to be clear, at least to me, the change that needs to happen is that whoever currently has the "final call" when it comes to important matters needs to step down immediately.  New blood is needed at the top level of the company.

Maybe it's a waste of time, maybe they are actually willing to go out of business before admitting they've lost touch, but for me at least the line has been crossed.  They get no more money from me until they can right this ship.

​Yeah, but I love the WWE Network.  Why cut off your nose to spite your face?  It also allows me to go back and watch GOOD shows, like 1996 Nitros!​

The SmarK Rant for Royal Rumble 2015


The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2015

Live from Philadelphia, PA, home of ECW and King of the Ring 95.

Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

Matt's Royal Rumble Recap - 1/25/2015

It's unreal that we're already at the Rumble.

Royal Rumble Live Thread

The kickoff show starts at 7pm EST. Matches include:

The New Day vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose in an Elimination Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Titles
New Age Outlaws vs. The Ascension
Nikki & Brie Bella vs. Paige & Natalya
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
30 Man Royal Rumble Match

Talk all about the show here and lets hope we get something good and some direction heading into WrestleMania. And if this thread gets far too big, I will start a second one. 

BoD Royal Rumble Shoot Interview Contest Thread

The rules for this contest are as follows: These are the numbers that were chosen at random. They will match up with the actual WWE numbers and whatever number the entrant of the WWE Rumble winner has, that number will end up winning the contest. For instance, if the winner of the WWE Rumble was the #20 entrant, whoever has #20 in this contest will win and get to pick the shoot interview that I review for this Thursday. 

Here are the results of the drawing:

  1. Handleman 20
  2. Bulldog Bob Brown
  3. The Ricker
  4. Duthtys GoRilla
  5. theJawas
  6. robmck3898
  7. Biff Kensington III
  8. Ghost of Faffner Hall
  9. wpoc3
  10. Kyle Warne
  11. John Petuka
  12. Rodney Rankin
  13. Doctor_Ew
  14. Bob Patel
  15. Battle Kat Litter
  16. Jonathan Meisner
  17. Dean Andrews
  18. Vince
  19. Cultstatus
  20. Darren X
  21. Steveweiser
  22. Average Joe Everyman
  23. Biscuit!
  24. Adam Curry
  25. Fake Danimal Crossing
  26. Crikey Mate Down Under
  27. Logan Scisco
  28. Danimal Crossing (Real Bro)
  29. The Whispering Joker
  30. Grail Ron Swanson

Good luck to everyone involved. 

BoD Daily Update, Part II

Sting Update

According to, Sting is not scheduled to be in Philadelphia for the Royal Rumble.

Another Former WWE Wrestler Rumored to be a Surprise Entrant in the Royal Rumble

There is a rumor among some of the wrestlers that the Boogeyman will be making an appearance in the Royal Rumble match.

Credit Mike Johnson,

Layla Update

Layla has recently underwent surgery. It is not known what the surgery was for but it was not due to an in-ring injury. There is no timetable for her return.

Dusty Rhodes Hard Times and American politics

Hey Scott, first time, long time (like 15 years) I'm a freelance political writer and wrestling mark for like 25 years. Not sure if your blog would be interested, but I just wrote a piece that talks about Dusty Rhodes' Hard Times promo explaining the current state of American politics. If you would share it on your blog that would be awesome, if not, it's no biggie. Keep up the great work and hope all is well! -Robert Sobel

article that might interest your readers


Hey Scott -

It's Mark from Chasing Amazing and "Gimmick or Good" (at CSBG) fame (or lack thereof). Anyway, I wrote a list for that looks at famous comic book rumbles and then finds WWE Royal Rumble analogues. Probably need to read it to fully absorb the gimmick, but thought your readers would have some fun with this:

​Certainly apropos for the day.  ​

BoD Daily Update


The Rock Appearing at the Royal Rumble?

Dave Scherer of has confirmed that the Rock has been spotted at the hotel in Philadelphia that the WWE talent is staying for the Royal Rumble

Sheamus Update

Right now there is talk that Sheamus will not be in Philadelphia for the Royal Rumble after all.

WWE Wrestler Quits the Company

Just this weekend Justin Gabriel has quit the WWE. The are currently no specific details about the situation at the moment.