Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Watching Clash of the champions Miami Mayhem and they have a segment welcoming back the rock n roll express. Yet I don't remember them doing anything of note in the nwa that year. So, is there a story behind this?
Eventually, the repetitive championship switches started to annoy fans. How many times could we deal with seeing Rey Mysterio Jr. beating Juventud or Psychosis to win the championship before it was no longer interesting? WCW took notice and in the summer of 1999 they made a controversial decision.
Austin Draven, who wrestled as Judas Devlin in NXT, revealed the memo that he sent to WWE Officials accusing DeMott of misconduct. You can click on the link below to view the memo.
WWE Planning New Tag Match for WrestleMania
Even before last night's return of AJ Lee, the plan was for AJ & Paige to face off against the Bella's at WrestleMania
Kevin Nash Already Confirmed for the WWE Hall of Fame?
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Nash is listed as a Hall of Famer this year in a special WrestleMania retrospective magazine that has recently hit the shelves. Johnson himself had reported that Nash would be inducted weeks ago.
Monday, March 2, 2015
The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 03.11.96
All the cool kids are watching Nitro on Monday nights, you know.
LIVE (after a one week break for a mini-series) from Winston-Salem, NC
Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo. Funny how Bischoff keeps calling it “the Warzone”, considering what RAW would become less than a year later.
The road to Wrestlemania continues tonight. I know I'm jacked! Should we have another "RAW Reunion" show before the day?
5 NBA Games, 3 NHL...remember to check the trade deadline in the NHL to make sure the team you support hasn't been completely dismantled.
The Bachelor, The Voice, Gotham, Better Call Saul...all new episodes tonight!
Keep it clean!
Kerry Von Erich (overall)
He had some hellacious matches with Flair (duh) but my favorite was actually a match with Harley Race of all people, shortly before Kerry won the title. It was on WWE 24/7 on some random themed month and it was GREAT.
Kerry Von Erich (post amputation....after 1986-ish)
Kevin Von Erich
Gotta be Flair.
David Von Erich
Died before I even became a fan.
One of the 80 million six-mans with the Von Erichs.
He had a lot of great ones in All Japan.
Abdullah the Butcher
Yeah OK then.
Brian Adidas (talk about obscure.......)
Flair in the Precious cage match.
(Also, going forward, which email is the best one to use?)
While the exact reason as to why Lesnar walked out before RAW is still unknown, his argument with Vince McMahon was described as "loud and heated" and it became loud enough that people were became concerned, mainly for Vince. Also, at last Tuesday's Smackdown tapings, people within the WWE reportedly asked Vince if they needed to come up with a backup plan for the WrestleMania main event but Vince said no and assured them that Lesnar would be there working the show because he is contractually obliged to and said something to the effect that he would sue Lesnar if he did in fact no-show the PPV.
Jon Stewart to Appear on RAW
Stewart will appear to accept a challenge that was brought on Seth Rollins, who challenged Stewart on the "Daily Show."
Samoa Joe Update
Independent promotions have been told that Joe will not be taking any more dates after April, which has lead to speculation that he might be signing with the WWE. Joe's last date for Ring of Honor is on April 25th.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
WWE To Introduce a Diva to the 2015 Hall of Fame Class Tonight?
The WWE.com website is teasing that a Diva will be announced as a Hall of Famer tonight
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I think it's safe to assume that Brock's just closing out whatever business he has left at this point. As in, fulfilling his contract by showing up and not much else. Go out there, make the appearance, do the job, get paid, go back home to hunting and screwing Sable.
On the other side of the coin, you have Roman Reigns, who's probably gonna get booed out of the building, and the whole thing is gonna be far more awkward than Brock's other match with Goldberg. At least Goldberg had a following, no matter how hostile the crowd at 20 was toward him. Roman's got, what, a very small fanbase of women, children and Vince McMahon?
Next consider the drama from this past week with Brock walking out on a scheduled appearance and later showing up at a UFC event. Wouldn't be a big deal except he's rumored to be rejoining that org. It isn't like Taker showing up. It's a clear message and shot fired towards Vince and co.
So, if they don't outright take the title off of Brock and remove him from the event, change the main event and go another direction, let's just say that if it were me running the E, I would be a little paranoid at this point that my champion would sandbag the final match on the biggest show of the show. That's assuming he shows to begin with.
So, assuming he stays as professional as needed and shows up with the title to do the business, a middle-of-show placement would be good strategic planning in case the match absolutely flops or he flakes out mid-match and says to hell with it, pin me, pay me, I'm out.
Do you think, at this point, it would be better to close out with another advertised match?
- Sting, on the other hand, has been one of, if not the THE most long-awaited arrival ever in the E and his story with H is the longest running right now. Definitely a main event in its own right.
- Taker and Wyatt, well, there's that stupid rumor that they want to put the match high in the card so it happens after dark. It's Taker, so what the hell, would it hurt for him to main? Bray's superstrong right now, so like Sting/HHH, it's a main in its own right.
- OR, call the same audible, get Brock/Roman out of the way early and then have Roman pull double duty against Bryan or Rollins in the final match of the night? It would guarantee a good show-closing match. WWE's not really behind Bryan, that much is obvious, so a second main-event of Roman versus Rollins would be an excellent show closer, as well as make a ton of sense. Seth's been the top heel for the last year, Roman's the next big thing and they have a ton of history.
None of the other scheduled matches mentioned should main this Mania, but they're bigger on paper on paper than what's advertised in the main.
Again, I feel that finishing the wrestling year with Roman defending against Rollins would make a million times more sense than any other match, for multiple reasons (quality, prior history, etc). Roman wins the title, Brock gets wished well in future endeavors, show goes on before closing out with Roman and Rollins. Roman wins, Vince is happy and people are satisfied with a decent main. (Rollins can always have a rematch later.)
- Brock's a man on a mission, and while I can't fault him at all, I wouldn't trust him at this point to do anymore than simply show up.
- there's no hope for Roman/Brock anyway, so get it out of the way, mid-show.
- if not one of the other huge matches being the show closer, have Roman defend against Rollins, if not Bryan.
- Roman and Rollins makes way too much sense anyway, so while it would make sense to be the main of Mania, it makes too much sense for WWE to book it.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
I don't get why there was no real blow off. I understand this feud led up to the Undertaker's face turn but with all that came out of it, the payoff seemed kind of weak.
I know you haven't been watching weekly (much like myself) but where do you stand on the part time Champion? Has the experiment failed, or can it be considered in any way a success?
Nothing seems to be improving the ratings but has it raised the prestige of the title? Or has it not being there harmed it?
I suppose the other main question would be if it hasn't worked, could it have been done differently and it absolutely could have worked? Will the part time 'special attraction' champ be more common moving forward?
Thanks Scott, loving your work.
(Oh and Reigns/Lesnar could be the weirdest styles clash I've ever seen. The WWE must have faith they have a **** match in them... Right?)
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So Scott what are the chances Reigns big moment is ruined by Rollins cashing in and winning the title? It makes sense when you think about it, Heyman recently told Rollins in no uncertain terms that when Brocks reign is over you could take his place. With Brock gone, Rollins could be the new Paul Heyman guy & Reigns could get crowd support chasing the title. Your thoughts?
Saturday, February 28, 2015
"Scott, idea for WrestleMania - Brock defeats Reigns. Suddenly Sid RETURNS OUTTANOWHERE and comes runs to check on Reigns. Heyman challenges Sid on Brock's behalf. Reigns tells him to take it. Sid squashes Brock. Reigns goes to congratulate Sid, who POWER BOMBS him for grins. Then, billions of dollars are made with the Master and Ruler of the World."
Down voted for suggesting that anyone could draw money based on something involving Roman Reigns.
If the Internet existed in the 80s and early 90s what long term booking angles would have gotten the most hate?
One example I thought of was peak randy savage basically doing nothing from summerslam 89 to royal rumble 91 while earthquake warrior and the like main evented. Another was bret toiling in the tag division when he was clearly ready for a singles push
Any great ones you can think of?
I feel like they need to bring Vince back for commentary so he can fully explain to the viewers about Roman's meaty thighs and beautiful hair, much like Big Show didn't get over until Michael Cole fully explained how big his hands are. Or how Tamina didn't get over until they explained how she was Jimmy Snuka's daughter. MONEY LEFT ON THE TABLE.
Good afternoon Mr. Keith. When we hear "One of the Greatest matches of all time", there is a lot of usual suspects. But i'm curious on a couple childhood favorites of mine that I wonder if I ever even seen their greatest match. Indulge me:
None of these would be particularly “obscure”, I’d say.
Most of his really great stuff came pre-WWF. The dog collar match with Roddy Piper at Starrcade 83 would probably be the concensus pick, although he had some tremendous tag matches with Beefcake against the British Bulldogs. There’s a really great one on an early SNME.
The IC title match with Mr. Perfect on SNME is likely his best major televised match. The cage match where he regained the IC title from Valentine in 85 is also a hell of a deal.
He had some really good ones as AWA champion, but nothing I can remember vividly off-hand.
Bam Bam Bigelow
He had some awesome ones in Japan. A tag match with Vader against the Steiners comes to mind.
Probably the Hogan cage match.
I don’t think they ever had a definitive great one. Against the Harts at Summerslam 90 or against the Rockers on SNME were probably their best.
Most of his great ones were in Mid-South, well before he made it to the WWF. Can’t think of a great definitive one off-hand. Best from his WWF run would have to be the Randy Savage match at Tuesday In Texas, but even that was really short.
The Masa Chono NWA World title final is actually shockingly great.
Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 96, and it’s not even close.
Andre The Giant
Probably something from Japan, although I’m blanking on specifics.