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Sunday Pre-Summerslam Chatty Thread

My irritations with the blog continue as we're down this morning and no word on what's going on yet again.

Talk about the impending SummerSlam here!  There was a big swing in odds for Nakamura this morning, although that doesn't mean a title switch necessarily.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – June 5, 1995

–The WWF blimp is shown hovering over Struthers High School, where tonight’s show is taking place, and Bob Backlund is seen giving a campaign speech, telling students that if they do not get an education the government is going to put them back in slavery.  Vince McMahon does not reveal that the show is actually ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 4th, 1990

August 4, 1990 From the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, NE Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon. In action this week are Rick Rude, Kerry Von Erich,  and Jake Roberts. Plus, an interview with Hulk Hogan and Demolition as guests on the “Brother Love Show.”   “Ravishing” Rick Rude vs. Scott ... Read more

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Federations changing course

Scott,   Once again with the questions :   What’s the best example of a federation very deliberately changing plans based on fan reaction?   Daniel Bryan at WM XXX?  Honkytonkman becoming a heel?  Something else?   ​Oh yeah, Bryan at Wrestlemania is the gold standard, because they literally were forced by fan reaction to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–11.29.93 / 12.06.93 / 12.13.93

I’m getting far ahead on the Observer Flashbacks again, so let’s catch up the RAW reviews since these are all short and boring anyway.  Minor note:  I’ve now discovered that splitting long posts into multiple pages is a thing I can do, so we’ll try it with this one. The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! We got a TLC take-home RAW tonight and there isn’t much to this card outside of the tremendous 4-on-3 main event. The down side to the match is it ties up the I-C and tag titles and with Brock taking some time off from his 6-minute matches, this is going to be ... Read more

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If Vince were smart…

Hey Scott, Is the smartest thing for Vince to sell the WWE promotion before their tv contract expires and maybe he can take time off and get some therapy? You think this would be the best outcome for everybody? I think we're far past the point of therapy for Vince now. 

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Punk

Are people going to ever get over this guy? I swear posts that have nothing to do with him , they bring him up left and right in the comment section. How does someone who had shitty strikes, corner knee looking like he was hugging his opponent once "delivered" and botched the gts anytime someone ... Read more

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Guaranteed RAW ratings booster

I've come up with the way to boost RAW ratings and steal viewers from Monday Night Football: Play the National Anthem at the beginning of every show. Have all the wrestlers superstars stand at the top of the ramp and honor the flag. NO KNEELING. Win back the Trump supporters who want to boycott the ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 30, 1990

July 30, 1990 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan Tonight’s featured match is Rick Martel vs. Ronnie Garvin   “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Tom Stone This match is from the 7/17 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Des Moines, IA. Gorilla and Lord Alfred Hayes are on commentary.  Snuka takes control early as the announcers ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 16, 2017

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2hISN6g   Original Plans for Enzo Amore’s feud Against Neville Before Neville walked out on the company, the plan was for Neville to defeat Enzo for the Cruiserweight Championship but that Enzo would then seek the service of a bodyguard to protect himself from the rest of the division. The frontrunners for ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–The 90s!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The 90s! Eh, back to these for fun. And we’ll pick things up in 1992… GWF Light heavyweight title, 2/3 falls: The Lightning Kid v. Jerry Lynn (01.06.92) The stip is that Kid has to win with his “Lightning Strike” finisher for a fall to count, ... Read more

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No! NOOOOOO!

http://ift.tt/2kQZNmE We all knew it was coming, but now I guess it's semi-official. Can't wait for WM34 to end with Cena and Reigns as our world champions. You say that as though you're shocked about it. 

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Randy Orton and his hair

While undergoing the slow but steady and monumental task of transferring all of my VHS tapes (about 2000 of them) to DVD, I came across a random episode of Smackdown from the mid-00s. While watching it, I was shocked to see it featured both Batista and Randy Orton, back before they both shaved their heads.  ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – February 17th, 1983

February 17, 1983 Boyd Pierce is your host This week in action are Mr. Wrestling II, Junkyard Dog, Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Tiger Conway Jr.   Bill Watts is Buddy Nichols, the sports director of KLLB in Alexandria, LA who is here to be the guest commentator for a ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–12.20.93

So Dave skipped a week for personal reasons, and he immediately apologizes for this being a “sub par” issue, but he just wanted to hit all the giant news stories before they went cold.  Is this gonna be like where he talks about a “slow news week” and then I’m left with a 30 page ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Mark Briscoe posted the x-ray of his dislocated elbow, which he suffered at Ring of Honor’s show on Friday Austin Aries made reference to WWE pay in a tweet yesterday Jinder Mahal spoke to Sportskeeda about his training regime and the possibility of beating CM Punk’s 434-day title reign For some Sunday reading check out ... Read more

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Star-BREAKING Matches

Hey Scott,   A recent e-mailer asked about star-making matches. To counter that, how about some star-breaking matches? The ones where you could look back and say, “Yep. They never recovered for that.” Or “Yep. It took them a LONG time to recover from that.”   Off the top of my head: -Booker T/HHH at ... Read more

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The Young Bucks

So I just don't get the appeal of The Young Bucks. I think they're incredibly overrated, I think their gimmick of stealing what worked for other guys in the past is annoying, and I think they are not as good in the ring as everyone else seems to. Am I alone? What am I missing ... Read more

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Survivor Series, SD vs. Raw

Brock vs. Jinder is far from my ideal PPV main event, but a Survivor Series built entirely around Smackdown vs. Raw in a best-of-seven would be interesting. * Universal champ vs. WWE champ (Brock vs. Jinder) * IC champ vs. US champ (Miz vs. Baron right now, though either could lose their belt before the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Live in Saskatoon (10.13.17)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Saskatoon House Show (10.13.17) Amazingly, after only 6 months or so away from the city (the last show was in February, a so-so Smackdown branded one), WWE returned tonight with a RAW brand show that was much heavier on star power. The arena was set up for a smaller crowd, ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

CMLL held its prestigious Leyenda de Plata tournament last night. You can watch it for free here ROH Global Wars Pittsburgh also took place yesterday. Their COO, Joe Koff, spoke to the AV Club about the promotion and its partnership with NJPW According to Joe Lanza of the Voices of Wrestling podcast, WWE wrestlers have been ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

The ALCS starts tonight with Houston taking on the Yankees, so obviously I’m cheering the Texans tonight.  Still can’t get used to the Astros in the American league. More details emerging in Neville’s apparent walkout on WWE, as he was also upset at being left off the WM DVD. WWE 2K18 is out today for ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 4, 1995

–Jim Ross recaps the events on last week’s show that led to today’s Razor Ramon & Savio Vega-Blu Brothers main event. –Ross and Pettengill are handling commentary and are still in Springfield, Massachusetts. –Opening Contest:  Tekno Team 2000 (1-0) defeat Bob Cook & Howard Nalley when Troy pins Nalley after a top rope sunset flip ... Read more

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U,nreleased/Superstars

Hi Scott, Picked up Unreleased after your reviews. Any idea what the deal is with Superstars and why they have to blur out the Superstars banner and can't put on the network? Yup, they ran afoul of an Australian promoter who had trademarked the name before them, and lost the rights to market the show ... Read more

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The Thrilliest Ride

Hi Scott,   So I watched the entire 7 hours of Mania and the pre-show and I still cannot see any point of the huge rollercoaster set that they built. Yes, I understand that the tagline of the whole thing was “THE ULTIMATE THRILL RIDE!” but for all  the teasers through the week of how ... Read more

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – July 28, 1990

July 28, 1990 From the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, NE Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon. This is the final SNME with Jesse on commentary Tonight we will see the Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude for the WWF World Heavyweight Title, Demolition vs. The Rockers for the WWF Tag Team ... Read more

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star-making matches

Hi Scott –   I’m reading Jim Ross’s new book, and I’m to the first Clash of the Champions featuring Sting and Flair – the match that basically made Sting as a top-tier guy. And that got me to thinking –   What other matches are there that are (almost) universally accepted as the one ... Read more

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Cruiserweights

Hey Scott, So I got a theory, I just honestly dont believe a cruiserweight division works in 2017 but if your gonna have one, I like the way New Japan does it, these guys will float around the Jr Division for a little then decide to move on like Balor/Omega/ibushi did. These guys just dont ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 86-95 (Part 4)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 1986-1995 (Part 4) OK, let’s finish off the second disc, as we learn the mysterious identity of MR. MADNESS. Jake “The Snake” Roberts v. Mr. Madness (11.12.91) “Mr. Madness” never made it to TV and was only a house show deal, so this set continues to be crazy awesome. ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 13, 2017

Rolling Stone Article on The Shield Reuniting http://ift.tt/2yHjmUg   WWE.com Interview with the Undisputed Era http://ift.tt/2yeH4GO   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch CM Punk vs. Jimmy Rave cage match from the 2005 Nowhere to Run show     Also, vote in this week’s shoot interview poll by clicking here ... Read more

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RF Video Shoot Interview with Brooklyn Brawler

This was filmed on December 15, 2016 Rob Feinstein is your host It runs at one hour and fifty minutes long   He talks about growing up in Brooklyn. Brawler said he was from the Bensonhurst neighborohood and it was controlled by organized crime but today that neighborhood is more Russians and Chinese than Italians. ... Read more

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How to save TNA

Hear me out: A NEW NWO-style invasion Spring 2018 (once non-competes are up): – Ziggler as Hogan (lol, I know) – Wyatt as Nash – Bo Dallas as Hall – Neville as Syxx – Jimmy Jacobs as the heel manager Great idea, or BEST idea? Only if they reference the Montreal screwjob as the big ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 12, 2017

Brock Lesnar Contract Update Lesnar’s current WWE deal expires after WrestleMania 34. The contract has the option to renew and if a deal cannot be reached the WWE has rights that will go through the first week of August 2018. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   WWE Cruiserweight Title Plans The decision to have ... Read more

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Question

Hey Scott, How successful do you think an evil 'Mr. McMahon' character would have been if they had gone with it in 1993 (when Vince did the Memphis angle playing basically the same character five years early)? ​Without Steve Austin to act as a foil, it would have flopped.  The magic was Austin's everyman character ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 86-95 (Part 3)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 1986-1996 (Part 3) OK, continuing on with the wacky adventures of Sean Mooney and Charly Caruso. Earthquake v. Hulk Hogan (04.03.90) So this is two days after Wrestlemania, and it would be the first time Tenta went just by “Earthquake” instead of “Canadian Earthquake”, so there’s a bit of ... Read more

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Ring of Honor – October 11th, 2017

Howdy! Tonight, the Bullet Club puts the ROH 6-Man tag team titles on the line! Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? But first….. This is my dog. She’s a good dog. This is the brace I’ve had to wear for the last 5 weeks that has basically rendered me useless. One of these things has ... Read more

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NXT – October 11, 2017

NXT Date: October 11, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s another pretty big show this week as we have a Takeover: Brooklyn rematch with Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade Cien Almas. The other big story continues to be Sanity vs. the Undisputed Era with Drew McIntyre ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

Oh hey, it’s baseball playoffs tonight! Jimmy Jacobs is gone from WWE, and Neville probably is as well. We’ll just blame Enzo for both. Tomorrow its more Unreleased and I’m gonna keep making reference to the Good Place until you ALL WATCH, DAMN IT.  It’s like Lost, but a comedy.  With an actual payoff! Talk ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – May 5, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: May 12, 2003 Location: First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the final Raw before Judgment Day and the big matches are Goldberg vs. Christian inside a cage and Chris Jericho vs. Kevin Nash. Both of these matches are Steve Austin’s ideas, which makes me think that ... Read more

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Shayna Baszler

Hey Scott, So with WWE signing Shayna, I feel like pushing her like the female Brock would be best being that shes legit and actually looks like shed beat the shit out of you. Theres money in a properly built Shayna/Asuka match. Thoughts? ​Yeah, Baszler played her role in the tournament really well and they ... Read more

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Mega Powers Part 1

It occurred to me reading your Unreleased Rant that Hogan/Piper were the original Mega Powers. Let's pretend Andre couldn't go at Mania 3.  You think a tag team of Hogan & Piper vs. Orndorff & Adonis with Career vs. Hair stip could've main evented? Were they a big enough draw? ​I don't feel like that ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 86-95 (Part 2)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 1986-1995 (Part 2) Continuing on with the remainder of disc one! Still hosted by Charly & Mooney Randy Savage v. Ultimate Warrior (04.04.89) This is from the same show as the scintillating Andre v. Studd match that closed out our previous portion. Both guys are fresh off losing their ... Read more

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