Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sporting News: Wrestlemania 31 Shocks and Awes


The SmarK Rant for WWE Wrestlemania 31


The SmarK Rant for WWE Wrestlemania 31 – 03.29.15

Live from San Francisco, CA

Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

I’m trying the live stream tonight, so hopefully it doesn’t die on me. The picture is already heavily pixelated early on, though.

Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: Closing the Show (10 p.m.-Close)

Credit to the BoD'ers that have hung in there until the end. It's been a heck of a night and there's still much left to come.

HHH goes over Sting? Are you kidding me??


Anyway let's finish this strong. Hopefully Disqus gives us a nice hour of streaming comments.

Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: The Third Hour (9-10 p.m. EST)

Well given Disqus' problems it seems silly to break down these into hourly threads but like the WWE once we commit to a failed idea at the BoD we gotta see it through.

Hopefully you are enjoying the card or the thread.

For the record my stream is awesome so far.


Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: The Second Hour (8-9 p.m. EST)

All right Blog O'Doomers, we're three threads in. Disqus apparently is going to make sure we don't break any records tonight but I appreciate the people that are sticking through the issues and completely understand those who aren't.

Once again, Reddit spoilers will be deleted and those that post them may get their wigs split!

Keep it clean!

Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: First Hour (7-8 p.m. EST)

All right we survived the pre-game so now it's time for the real show. Very quickly here are my predictions since no one asked!

-- The Bella Twins over A.J./Paige since the Bellas appear to win every week.

-- Daniel Bryan wins I-C Ladder Match by outlasting Dolph Ziggler after 20 minutes

-- Seth Rollins over Randy Orton because Seth really needs this win.

-- Undertaker over Bray Wyatt to start a new streak, don't think he'll get to 21 this time.

-- John Cena over Rusev for the U.S. Title although I don't expect this Cena title reign to last long. Rusev is the right guy for that belt.

-- Sting over HHH because HHH always won the real life battle here. No need for him to win the worked match right...Right???!?!

-- Roman Reigns over Brock Lesnar when Paul Heyman turns on his monster for the new,youngrt monster (or at least the WWE hopes).

Enjoy Wrestlemania!

Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: The Pre-Show

Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

Well today is the day and this is clearly the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup Finale (insert any other sports theme you like) of professional wrestling/sports entertainment. And like those events sometimes you don't get the matchup you want but you can't deny the success the name has regardless. As Gorilla Monsoon always said..."tonight history will be made."

And Wrestlemania is also quite the boom for this board as traffic levels go from above average to extremely high during the course of the week.

I don't know who will be writing reviews on the show...I know I'm not and you can all applaud for that.

Oh yeah the Pre-Show will be competing with the Duke-Gonzaga basketball game so you can all talk about that here too if you want.

I encourage discussion and would appreciate it if you kept it fairly clean.

Also, all Reddit spoilers will be deleted. Please do not spoil the show for those wanting to be surprised (This is Brian Bayless)

Bray Wyatt Injured During Preshow Warmup

According to, Wyatt was warming up in the ring when he suffered what appeared to be an ankle sprain. He was then taken backstage in a cart. There are no further updates at this time but it does not appear that he will miss the show.

WWF Superstars of Wrestling May 2nd,1987

May 2, 1987

From the Centrum in Worcester, MA

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and Vince McMahon

This week's featured match is Brutus Beefcake vs. Johnny Valiant. Also in action will be Randy Savage, Can-Am Connection, and Adrian Adonis. Plus, the debate between Ken Patera and Bobby Heenan and much more.

Rock cuts an uncomfortably honest promo


Countdown to WM: Wrestlemania XXX


The SmarK Rant for WWE Wrestlemania 30

Live on the WWE Network, from New Orleans, LA. I was watching on the PS3 tonight and the stream was 99% perfect, with only a couple of buffering issues and once or twice where something would repeat. Other than that, it looked HD quality, just like on PPV. For a four hour show I’m very impressed.

Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

BoD Daily Update

WWE Planning Major Changes For The Diva's Division?

According to PWInsider, the WWE is going to change the way in which the divas are portrayed on TV. Reportedly, the "Give the Divas a Chance" movement opened up a lot of eyes within the company with regards to how the divas are booked. There is also a feeling that since they portray the diva characters so strongly on "Total Divas" but are not presented the same way on WWE TV, that they might lose viewers for the "Total Divas" show.

Update on Jimmy Jacobs WWE Role

Jacobs, who was speculated as being hired to work on the creative team for NXT, has now been confirmed for working on the creative team of the main roster as he will be moving to Connecticut.


Finn Balor Interview

Balor was interviewed for "Between the Ropes" and spoke about how he almost decided against joining the WWE and was presented the name "Danny Best" before deciding on Finn Balor. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below.

Information for Those Attending WrestleMania Today

Just thought I would post this for those going to the show today as it is a brief list of rules and policies of the stadium.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

BoD Saturday Night Thread

On tap for tonight: 

WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony starts at 7pm EST on the Network with the Red Carpet Event. 

The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament continues tonight with the "Elite Eight." Wisconsin vs. Arizona is currently underway while Notre Dame vs. Kentucky tips off at 8:49pm EST on TBS. 

Multiple games in the NBA and NHL are on tonight as well. 

Plus, check out the "Great WrestleMania Re-Book Series over at Place to be Nation as they tackle WrestleMania XXX. 

And the Bruno Sammartino shoot won the poll as that will be recapped on Thursday. 

Hideo Itami Hits GTS at NXT-WWE Live (Good quality goog angle)


Holy crap that's a huge crowd, too.

U.S. belt

With all the hoopla surrounding the I.C. and U.S. title matches at Mania and with WWE supposedly trying to bring back some prestige to each, wouldn't it be a good time to make a new U.S. belt? Its been over 10 years since WWE brought it back and its been the same belt since day one. Ive always thought the design was horrible.

Just like they did with the I.C. belt, they should bring back the classic design, from the late 80's.

Great looking belt. Nice and shiny.

I like shiny things.

You're right.  I have the perfect design.

Thunder - November 4, 1999

Date: November 4, 1999
Location: Cox Arena, San Diego, California
Attendance: 5,091
Commentators: Larry Zbyszko, Scott Hudson

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's a taped show in the Russo Era, which is the kind of thing nightmares are made of. I'm not sure anyone wants to see what's going on with this show but at least it's only two hours instead of three and there are no tournament matches in sight. Maybe it'll even make sense! Ok I got ahead of myself there. Let's get to it.

Random WM Questions


Good Morning Mr. Keith, for WM Weekend I have just some random questions while thinking about past events:

1. Michaels turned on Janetty not too long before Rumble 92, and they still feuded after their match at Rumble 93, so how come the appropriate blow-off wasn't at one of those years respective Manias?  Or is it the obvious answer of Janetty being unreliable to behave in time for the big show?

2.  Was someone planning a Papa Shango/Hogan program after WM 8 or was there a Harvey Wippleman connection that I can't remember for him coming to Sid's aid at WM8 and that was just supposed to be it?  Or was it Warrior bleeds-oil-from-hands angle the plan all along?

3. With Hogan/Andre being done with early on at the WM4, and knowing it would steal the show, why rob of us Savage/Steamboat II and go with Valentine instead?

Lastly, how do you feel as a fan of hockey, what my team, the Sabres are doing, with regards of the organization, not the players, tanking for the #1 or #2 draft pick in this years lottery?  I think its a result of the system the NHL has set up anyway, and its going to happen regardless of what team is aiming for last.  And, with all do respect, I really don't want Edmonton to win the lottery, they've wasted too many top picks.

....and fuck Arizona too!  Why is hockey even down there?

Thank you, good day, #ReignsoverGedo

1.  Yeah, Marty had some run-ins with the law and drugs, basically.  That was the general plan, however. 

2.  Warrior-Shango was the plan and that’s how they decided to set it up. 

3.  Because Vince is a petty, petty man. 

It’s hard to really say an entire organization is tanking, but they’re certainly not trying very hard.  But then look at how bad the Oilers have been since 06, and they’ve been actively TRYING.  On the other side, I had actively accepted this as a rebuild season for the Canucks, and they’ve way overachieved, so getting a big draft pick isn’t necessarily a guarantee of success. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sporting News: The Best Wrestlemania Preview Ever


Impact Wrestling - March 27, 2015

Impact Wrestling
Date: March 27, 2015
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Taz

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're finally back in America after a pretty awesome UK tour and the main story is Kurt Angle defeating Lashley to win the World Title. As for tonight, the big story is the return of Jeff Hardy from his annual “I can't go to Europe” leave for a showdown inside a cage against James Storm. Let's get to it.

Place to be Nation WrestleMania Week Update

It's WrestleMania weekend and we have you covered with EVERYTHIIG Mania related. Here's a taste of what you can find at

Dan's WrestleMania XXXI Preview: 

The Definitive Ranking of the WrestleManias: 

The Five Count: Undertaker’s WrestleMania Opponents: 

The Great WrestleMania Re-Book series: 

Audio: PTBN Main Event - WrestleMania 30 Preview

Audio: Good Will Wrestling - WrestleMania vs. Starrcade

Audio: Good Will Wrestling: Bad Booking in WrestleMania

22-1 or 21-2?: The Future of WWE Collides with its Past at WrestleMania 31

The Ranking of Randy Savage's WrestleMania Matches:

Audio: Wrestling Culture Podcast - The Complete WrestleMania Weekend Preview

BoD Friday Night Thread

Talk about everything going on tonight here

WrestleMania Weekend 2015 – Day 1: WWE WrestleMania Axxess

There are some who would say that WWE is wrestling company in flux.

That, despite the fact WWE has the support of the majority of wrestling fans, there's something relatively off about their biggest event of the year.

WWF Wrestling Challenge April 26th, 1987

April 26, 1987

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight's featured bout is the rare babyface vs. babyface between the Islanders and the Rougeau Brothers. Also in action will be George Steele, Billy Jack Haynes, Can-Am Connection, and the Hart Foundation.

Hamburger Ebook plug

Hey Scott,

I know this is a little off-brand for you, but you've plugged my burger-related projects before and I was hoping you would do again. Wrestling fans love burgers, right? Of course they do, everyone loves burgers. After years and years of abusing my body for my burger blog, I put all the data I've gathered into a burger tome ebook and published it on Amazon ( 

Thanks! Looking forward to a lot more Brock Tock (talk) in the coming year.


I also love burgers, but here in Canada BBQ season is only 2 weeks long and we don't have any of the good burger chains, so we have to make them out of weird stuff like bison up here.  

Brock of course makes his burgers out of the meat of the elephants that he clubs to death with great white sharks.  

Pro-Wrestlemania 31 article plug


Hey Scott,

I wrote my first pro wrestling article over at the entertainment blog I write for, and I decided to write about why Wrestlemania 31 might actually be a worthwhile show this year. It's probably not my best work, but I figured the WM conversation needed a positive argument or two, even if it reads as devil's advocacy. 

If you could help out with a plug, that'd be great. If not, no harm, no foul. Enjoy your Mania weekend!


Wait, Wrestlemania is this weekend?  I thought it was Fastlane.  

RF Video Shoot Interview with Larry Zbyszko, Disc Two

This was filmed in 2006

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein and Doug Gentry

Disc Two runs for one hour and twenty-eight minutes long

You can read the recap for Disc One by clicking on the link below:

Give me


5 matches that had the best finishes ever

Bruno beats Zbyszko into a quivering heap of jelly, wipes the sweat off his brow onto his defeated body, walks out of the cage untouched.  

Randy Savage spends 15 minutes throwing everything possible at Ricky Steamboat, gets obsessed with trying to end his career via ringbell and trying to show up the poor idiot who loves his manager, becomes so distracted that he loses to a simple rollup off a slam attempt.

Steve Austin is overmatched against an increasingly evil and vicious Bret Hart, but he keeps fighting through major blood loss and becomes a bigger star by losing than he would have by winning.  

Ultimate Warrior bounces Rick Rude around the ring like a pinball but is too dumb to keep an eye on Bobby Heenan, gets tripped up and pinned as a result.  

Undertaker finally traps Shawn Michaels in an unwinnable cage match, beats the holy hell out of him once and for all, but his long lost brother rips the door off the cage and hits him with his own move to give Shawn the win.  

Big lost opportunity in mania history to this point


The one guy who should have been a much bigger star than he ever was

I feel like the answer will be Roman Reigns in five years, but I think Sting was stupidly loyal to WCW for way too long and should have been a giant star at some point with WWE.  Second choice Owen Hart, who not only underachieved in his lifetime, but probably would have been elevated to something really special and top tier during a time when WWE lost all their star power and workrate guys at the same time and needed someone who had both.  

BoD Daily Update

WWE Plans for WrestleMania 32

Due to the show being held at Dallas Stadium and needing a lot of seats to fill, the idea is that any legend that can still perform will probably be asked to be part of the show.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WrestleMania Preshow Updates

With the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal being moved to the kickoff show, it is reported that match will go on first at about 6pm EST. The Tag Team Title match will start at about 6:30pm EST, making the WrestleMania show 5 hours long in total.

Hideo Itami Wins NXT Tournament to Qualify For the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Former WWE Tag Team Looking to Work for Lucha Underground

The former Cryme Time team of Shad Gaspard & JTG were at the past Lucha Underground tapings looking for work.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Also, head on over to Place to be Nation to check out the "Great WrestleMania Re-Book Series" as they cover WrestleMania 29. You can view that by clicking on the link below.

And vote in this week's shoot interview poll by clicking on the link below.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Best Wrestlemania matches at Paste Magazine


Would love for the blog regulars to come tell us how awful our picks are for this list of the best Wrestlemania matches. I lobbied hard for the WM 27 8-man but no dice.

​It's no Bret-Austin, but it's close.  No love for Lawler v. Cole either?  COME ON.​

Sporting News: Five Potential Opponents for Brock Lesnar


I'm trying the new-fangled slide list format on the Sporting News for fun.  Probably screwed it up, we'll see.

Smackdown - March 26, 2015

Date: March 26, 2015
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 17,540
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's the final show before the big one and that means we're in for a very different kind of Smackdown. This is likely to be a studio heavy show with a lot of video packages, but it's not like Smackdown means much in the first place. The main event is a big eight man tag with most of the people in some of the bigger matches. Let's get to it.

Quick note for mobile users

I've disabled the mobile version of the site due to issues with Adsense not liking where Blogger places certain links, which is kind of ludicrous because they're both the same company.  But that's Google for you.  Anyway, the only change most people should notice is that you'll get the full desktop version on your phone, but then if you're too much of a caveman to not have a phone that can handle it you're probably Brock Lesnar anyway.

Carry on.

Podcast Plug Please


Hey Scott, with WrestleMania weekend upon us, me and my friends over at the Cultural Compulsive Disorder blog looked at the already crowded wrestling podcast scene and said "us too!". Would you mind giving a plug for a long-time loyal reader?
​Kudos on the Simpsons reference there, too.  ​

Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next

This week I thought I would select four legends in the fine sport of professional wrestling. Here are your choices:

Bruno Sammartino

Terry Funk, Volume 1

Harley Race

Nick Bockwinkel

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

BoD Thursday Night Thread

Talk about everything going on tonight here

WWE Superstars on KNBR 680

WrestleMania 31 being in Santa Clara means that a few WWE Superstars took the time to talk with our local sports radio station, KNBR 680.

The link to their podcasts is here:

If you go through the short list, you'll find interviews with Daniel Bryan, The Miz & Damien Miz-dow, Mick Foley, and Jimmy Hart.

Pretty good stuff.

15 Mug Shots of arrested WWE Superstars (this is what a google search can find Triple H...)


It's interesting looking through these mug shots, keeping in mind Triple H's concerns about WWE fans finding inappropriate results if they searched for Chyna....Apparantly being a porn star is worse than violence against woman, drink driving and murder

I'm just disappointed that they left the curveball hanging with the Big Show slide.  Arrested for indecent exposure but released due to "insufficient evidence"?  That punchline writes itself!  Bunch of amateurs.   

5 Wrestlemania Matches That Almost Happened


This is a really weird list on WWE's part, because it's part kayfabe and part "insider" stuff.  Like the 10-man from Wrestlemania X that was cancelled is suddenly an obscure trivia question?  And the Hogan-Flair match at #1 was never gonna happen, obviously, but they do the kayfabe "Jack Tunney changed it" explanation.  And HHH v. Tyson?  Um, no, never even talked about.  Whatever, it's their list, I guess. 

RF Video Shoot Interview with Larry Zbyszko, Disc One

This was filmed in 2006

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein and Doug Gentry

Disc One runs for two hours and two minutes long

Flair/Sting '91 Q for the BoD

Regarding Flair winning the title back from Sting in January 1991 at the Meadowlands in NJ, why at this time and why at this show? It was during a horrible snowstorm and the arena was half (if not mostly) empty according to most reports. Why not put the match and the change on TV, like at the first Clash of the year? That was the random Flair/Scott Steiner match, and we know now that the rumors of Flair wanting to give Scott the title aren't true at why that random, half-empty show?

I can see if it was their first time there maybe, and the snow ruined what was supposed to be a big show, but they couldn't call an audible on that one?

Yeah, that was a weird one.  You'd think that they would have just put the belt on Flair at Starrcade if they wanted to go that direction.  And it's not like they went back to Jersey anytime soon, so it wasn't to build for big return business there or anything.  You got me.  

BoD Daily Update

Potential Main Event for WrestleMania 32

Right now there is talk of having Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock at WrestleMania 32. However, this will all depend on the Rock's film schedule. 

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Some Details on Brock Lesnar's New Contract

Lesnar's new deal is for three years and he got a raise from his previous contract. However, details on how many dates he has on this new deal has yet to be revealed. 

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Current Feuds Planned For After WrestleMania

Right now post-Mania feuds are Cena vs. Rusev for the U.S. Title will continue after WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title, and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Title. 

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Global Force TV Taping Planned?

According to PWInsider they have been hearing rumblings that Jeff Jarrett has been booking wrestlers for a show in Las Vegas on August 22nd. It has yet to be confirmed what type of show Jarrett is booking. 

WCW Worldwide: February 16, 1997

Horsemen4ever: Didn't Sledgehammer enter WCW with a record of 9-1-1?

*Standing ovation*

The Sunday Morning Wars are starting to take over the wrestling world. While the WWF has decided to run with recaps and footage of people setting up the ring for the pay-per-view tonight, WCW is loading up the shotgun and firing out some of the biggest names available today. Do you want to see Hulk Hogan? Randy Savage? Sting? The Outsiders? OF COURSE NOT! Not when Billy Kidman, Alex Wright, Mieko Satomara, and Malya Hosaka are around!

TONY SCHIAVONE and “SOBER” BOBBY HEENAN hype tonight’s main event; where the Faces of Fear take on Chris Benoit and Arn Anderson, who’s somehow found the strength to roll off the operating table and ignore his near-crippling career ending neck injury to compete for YOU.