Thursday, July 24, 2014

Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next

This week, I thought that I would choose four shoot interviews from guys who broke into the WWE this century to get a perspective of the locker room and culture of that time. Here are your four choices:

Ken Anderson (2009)

Bobby Lashley (2012)

Chris Masters (2008)

Shawn Daivari (2013)

Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at 7pm

TNA Impact Thread

Matches for Tonight Include:

Team 3D & Tommy Dreamer vs. EC3 & Rhino & Rockstar Spud in a New York Street Fight
Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship
Bobby Roode vs. MVP in a Falls Count Anywhere Match

Plus, Austin Aries makes his decision on whether or not to exercise "Option C," The Great Muta makes his return to the USA, and will Matt Hardy accept his brother Jeff's invitation to appear on the show?

Speaking of Sting


Now THIS is what I'm looking for in a DVD set these days.  A whole bunch of rare TV matches and dream matches like Luger & Sting v. Hogan & Savage and Sting & Warrior v. Bret & Hogan that may not be any good but have the "Wow, when did THAT happen?" factor.  Not to mention Sting/Muta matches I haven't seen and even a Sting/Vader I haven't seen!  

Well deserved slow clap for this one.  

July Classics: The Undertaker vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle - Vengeance 2002


This is STING? Yes. Yes it is.


So this happened.

Triple H's role at Summerslam


Hey so last Monday they officially announced Cena vs Lesnar.  Now early reports rumored that Triple H would face Roman Reigns at Summerslam, however the ending to last Monday's RAW almost suggested that it would be Randy Orton facing Roman Reigns.  Now they could do Orton vs Kane and still do the rumored match but if they don't my question to you is:  When does Triple H insert himself into the Cena/Lesnar match as the special guest referee?  Triple H making himself special referee at Summerslam is almost a tradition now.

​Well, the logical progression is Reigns going over Orton at Summerslam and then moving onto the REAL feud with HHH at Night of Champions, unless they really want to stretch it out by doing shit finish at Summerslam / shit finish at NOC / Hell in the Cell at the PPV of the same name, and then move onto HHH at Survivor Series.  Either way, the Orton -> HHH progression seems to make the most sense.  And then HHH can make his life hell until he wins the Rumble to get revenge and yada yada millions of dollars made etc.  ​

RF Video Shoot Interview with Billy Jack Haynes, Disc One

This was filmed in January of 2006

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein and Doug Gentry

It is a two-disc collection

Disc one runs at one hour and fifty-eight minutes

QOTD #34: CM Punk


Today’s Question: CM Punk stated he won’t be back. What’s your favorite CM Punk moment? (And in the interest of varied discussion, let’s exclude the Pipe Bomb and MITB match)

We’ll be hearing from ROH and WWE fans alike, I’m sure. Kick it off now by heading to the bottom, or stick around to discuss yesterday’s topic.

BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

Lesnar has been advertised for the September 15th edition of RAW, which is the show before the Night of Champions.

Sheamus Update

The reason that Sheamus was not on WWE television this week was due to him having a severe flu

Credit Dave Meltzer,

What Will Air During NBC's WrestleMania Special?

The show will air an edited version of the Austin, Rock, and Hogan promo, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE Splitting up Rybaxel?

Although there is no timetable yet, the WWE is planning on splitting up the team in the near future.

TNA Announces Three Re-Signings

John Gaburik announced via Twitter that the company has resigned Brooke Tessmacher, Seiya Sanada, and Samuel Shaw.

Also, today's edition of Wrestling Observer Radio is free. You can listen by clicking on the link below.

DDT Wrestling at It's Finest

This is a follow-up to a discussion from the Wednesday Evening Thread concerning the DDT promotion, Dramatic Dream Team Wrestling. Some saying DDT's brand of comedy is akin to WWE's brand of comedy. Others choosing to differ based on DDT being up front, while WWE makes you think you're getting Rollins/Ambrose, instead filling the gap with Divas matches and lemon party references. Short story long, this was one of the highlights of the year right here, courtesy of DDT. The IronMan title is the modern day 24/7 Hardcore title, the old guy at the end is long-time ref Kyohei Wada, and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. The best part is the crowd cluing themselves into what's going on, halfway through the vid. Link below..

The IronMan Title wins ITSELF~!

Let's talk about.....Battleground

Let’s talk about….Battleground

Well, that happened.

I hesitate to label the internet wrestling community the ‘IWC’, if for the simple fact that those initials have a negative connotation that is unrivaled by most of the, shall we say, fringe groups on the internet. Yes, we are all talking about wrestling on the internet, and sometimes the conversation gets clichéd in ways that are depressingly familiar (‘Cena should turn heel‘ is rapidly becoming the Windmill and the IWC becoming Don Quixote), but while we are a collection of individual minds, I suppose that it seems reasonable to use the shorthand when best applying broad strokes to the community et al.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 14 – Featuring Danny Cage

On episode 14 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about Kevin Steen, Dean Ambrose, Rusev & Putin, KENTA, John Cena going Hollywood and much more.
Kevin is then joined by Danny Cage, owner of the world famous Monster Factory. Danny talks about how he took over the Factory, his recent graduate Steve Cutler that is currently in NXT, his current crop of trainees, his tenets for trainees to follow and much more.
Kevin and Justin then discuss the World Cup of Greatest TV Characters, play a game of “Who Would You Take” and also chat NBA Free Agency, WWE Network and the always hot trending stories.

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–11.07.94


The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.07.94

My friend sent me a Destiny beta code. No idea if it’s something I’ll care about, but yay for free stuff and yay for finally getting something interesting for my Xbox One!

Live from Bushkill, PA. Is that literally a high school gym? Good lord.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and the empty hole in my soul once occupied by Randy Savage. Also, Jerry Lawler, beginning a run that would last for 20 years, give or take.

Main Event Followup

Reading your latest post, the rant on the Main Event has me wondering some things I'm sure you answered a bunch of times: Say Honky does his job and lays down to Savage, the screw job takes place, and now Dibiase is Champ 6 weeks before Wrestlemania.
So a) was the title tourney always in the cards?  Or was Dibiase gonna face Hogan?   All I've ever read was Dibiase loses to Savage at Summerslam was the plan.   And b) what becomes of the IC title?  Does Savage face Honky at Mania and then job to Bad News Brown to get read for Dibiase?   What was in the cards for WM 4 if no tournament?

I knew this would come up again.

The plan was for the Hogan-Andre match to go off as planned, the title would be stripped, and Dibiase would win the tournament before losing it at Summerslam.  The tournament was always planned.  No idea if there was any concrete plans for Savage as IC champion, unless it was a rematch with Honky.  

Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #37


Yeah, I know that’s wacky numbering, but blame the Network as they have The Main Event listed as episode 37 of SNME. 

I have multiple versions of the two matches featured on this show, so we’ll just include everything for fun, since they’ve been done on different DVDs and such.

Evening Thread - Wednesday Edition

Tonight on the Network, it's a live stream replay of Battleground 2014.

There's a full slate of MLB action on tap.

If you're not interested in any of that, come on in and regale us with stories of food and drunkenness.

Windham and Rotundo

hey scott!  When Barry Windham left the wwe abruptly at end of 85, his team with Mike Rotundo was one of hottest acts in the company. After losing to Beefcake and Valentine, they started the angle where Barry was recovering from being blinded and were set to resume the feud with the dream team. If Barry doesnt bolt, would they have blown the feud off at Mania 2? All signs pointed that direction until Barry bolted. 

​I don't know, Barry seemed to be pretty anxious to get back to the loving embrace of Dusty's protection and booking.  The WWF never was a really good fit for him and never seemed super-comfortable there.  The cigar angle seemed more like a blowoff of the character to me.  ​

July Classics: Shane Douglas vs. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Pitbull #2 - Heatwave '96


Shane Douglas vs. Chris Jericho vs... by fullufcwwetnauploads



Finally, some good news with a deserving recipient.  Congrats, Al! 



What on earth was the deal with Renegade?   Did Vince ever sue for such a Warrior ripoff?   And did the fans shit on him when they realized he wasn't Hellwig?   I mean by early 95, it was pretty awful with washed up WWF guys everywhere but to me Renegade takes the cake

​Well as to the legality, at some point Vince lost the rights to the whole Warrior gimmick back to Hellwig, so it might have been a case of him not being able to sue in the first place.  And yes, fans absolutely shit on Renegade from the moment he debuted, because WCW had essentially been promising Ultimate Warrior.  I think Hogan legitimately thought he could build up this clod into a Warrior-type foil and draw money with him, but I'm not in his deranged mind so I couldn't say for sure.  ​

Sting: The Ultimate Collection Content Revealed


Monday Nitro - March 1, 1999

Monday Nitro #178
Date: March 1, 1999
Location: Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 17,852
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Larry Zbyszko

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Maybe this will be a better month. With two Nitros to go until Uncensored, we don't have anything set for the show. Given how short the time span between the shows, I'm assuming we'll be getting a lot of rematches at Uncensored. That's fine in theory and hopefully we get the right endings this time, but the damage has already been done. Let's get to it.

QOTD #33: Feeling old


Off Topic Wednesday!

Today’s Question: What makes you feel old?

We’ll look at your answers on this tomorrow. In the meantime, start the discussion right away by scrolling to the bottom. Otherwise, stick around for yesterday’s SummerSlam discussion.

Network Update - 7/23/14

In Ring > RAW Replays
                >1995 - Episode 109 - 5/1/95
                              Episode 110 - 5/8/95
                              Episode 111 - 5/15/95
                              Episode 113 - 5/28/95

             > Smackdown Replays
                >2001 - 4/5/01

BoD Daily Update

Jim Ross Officially Gone From the WWE

Ross today announced via Twitter that today his is last day as a contracted employee of the WWE.

More Changes from This Past RAW's Original Script

Originally, Roman Reigns was going to face Rusev and Bo Dallas was going to face The Great Khali in a rematch from last week but that was dropped over the course of the day.

RAW Scores Best Rating in Two Months

TNA/Spike TV Update

Negotiations between TNA officials and Spike TV are ongoing with TNA hopeful they can have a deal in place by next month's TV tapings so they can officially announce a deal.

You Still Do Brock Lesnar Questions,Right?


With Brock,why is he so shielded and protected? I know that's a broad question,but in terms of match quality and how quickly the initial buzz/pop wears off after each return,is he worth the outlay?

For example,Brock returns and loses a hot match to Cena. OK. He then draws a big buyrate against HHH. Their two rematches sucked however,but one was a WrestleMania and one was a rushed B-show bout so no real spotlight,in terms if numbers, was shone on either.

His Punk bout at SummerSlam last year was a **** affair at least but the event flopped finacially. The Big Show angle stunk in every respect earlier this year, and the subsequent Taker stuff had historical value but the match itself was never going to be a classic.

Now,he's going to be champion in a few weeks,timed brilliantly to 'save' the Network, and then pretty much vanish with the belt. I still like Brock and his mystique a hell of a lot,but when the dust settles on this run will it be exposed as an expensive luxury?

​I wouldn't say the Big Show stuff stunk as such.  It was pointless as a storyline and the post-match beatdown was overdone, but it got him over as a giant-killing monster again​ at least.  

As for Brock's worth, he already justified the cost of his initial contract by adding extra buys to Extreme Rules, so anything on top of that was gravy.  Plus someone with his kind of star power really does add an extra rub to whatever show he's working on, whether or not he's putting over Cesaro at the time.  I'm not saying the money has been perfectly spent on him and that they didn't flush millions down the toilet by beating him in his first match and wasting three PPV slots on HHH, but it's hard to call him a flop either.