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WWE 205 Live – 17th July 2018

WWE 205 Live 17th July 2018 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson Tonight sees Lio Rush’s first main event on 205 Live, grapple fans, as he tussles with Akira Tozawa. Also in action are TJ Perkins and Noam Dar in a rematch of their clash two weeks ago. Let’s get to it! Worth ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling–01.26.80

The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling – 01.26.80 I need something quick and easy tonight, and this week’s show clocks in at only 30:00 without commercials, so let’s head back to 1980 for more WWF All Star Wrestling! THE FOLLOWING WRESTLING EXHIBITION REQUIRES DISCRETIONARY VIEWER PARTICIPATION! Taped from Hamburg, PA Your host is ... Read more

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WWE Business Booming How?

Scott, Just read that Morgan Stanley raise its price target for WWE to $100 from $58. This, in addition to WWE share rising again to $76.90. Now I don’t think you have to be a wiz on Wall Street to know WWE has been killing it lately. Couple that with their Fox deal and they ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 17, 2018

Smackdown Date: July 17, 2018 Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re past Extreme Rules and officially on the way to Summerslam, meaning things should be getting a lot bigger in a hurry around here. AJ Styles is still the WWE Champion and is going to be needing ... Read more

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Question and a Plug

What are your thoughts on the reports this week that WWE is seriously considering purchasing Evolve? What are your thoughts on it and what do you think is the potential game plan here? Never watched it, no idea. Also, I actually emailed you this about 5 years ago and you posted it on your ... Read more

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Smackdown and 205 Live Thread

Hey, it’s another Tuesday night, so it’s time for the B-Show. RAW rebounded a bit, up from the LOWEST RATING IN HISTORY, so that’s good.  Meanwhile, the stock is headed for $100 a share.  Wall Street remains a mystery. Tomorrow, I dunno.  Maybe Judgment Day 98?  I’m still on the fence. Talk about the stuff ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 7, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s broadcast team and they are taped from the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.  The tapings were done on December 7, 1994. –Footage of Big Van Vader confronting WCW Champion Hulk Hogan at the end of Starrcade is shown.  The highlight is Vader grabbing Doug Dillinger by the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 22, 1991

December 22, 1991 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Virgil, Beverly Brothers, and the New Foundation. Plus, an interview with The Mountie and more!   Virgil vs. Brooklyn Brawler Gorilla tells us that Virgil is ecstatic over being part of ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 3-8-93

Taped from New York, NY Airdate: March 8, 1993 (taped 3/1) Attendance: 1,000 (sold out) Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett Can Martel thwart Mr. Perfect’s momentum? Will Santana and Virgil pull an upset over the tag champions? Let’s find out! To begin the program, the MegaManiacs along with Jimmy ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 3-1-93

Live from New York, NY Airdate: March 1, 1993 Attendance: 1,000 (sold out) Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett Can Bret survive and retain the WWF title amidst the onslaught of the Headshrinkers? What does Doink have in store for us this week? Let’s find out! Opening montage. Prior to ... Read more

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Brock is winning at Summerslam

Apparently Brock is being advertised for the Raw after Summerslam. He is winning. Deal with it. ​Wait, you're supposed to be working the anti-smark gimmick.  That sounds like something a SMARK would say.  You need to work on your consistency if you're going to meet Dougie's high standards of trolling. ​

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax Review Night Three

G1 Climax Review Night Three 16 July 2018 LIVE from the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Hokkaido   You can find my preview for the entire tournament here. You can find my Night One review here. You can find my Night Two review here.   Night Three brings the A Block back to the forefront, as ... Read more

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The SmarK RAW Rant–10.12.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.12.98 Well I can’t just stop now. There’s a TOURNAMENT to be recapped! Turns out that Vince stripped HHH of the IC title off-screen last week, so it’s a one-night tournament to find a new champion. What, no series of four-way matches leading to another four-way match to crown the ... Read more

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Undertaker/Hogan Survivor Series 91/Tuesday in Texas

When they booked in October of 1991, that the main event for Survivor Series would be Hulk Hogan vs Undertaker, did they already have the Survivor Series/Tuesday in Texas – Vacate the title scenarios laid out? Were Hogan and Undertaker filled in long before the Survivor Series what it all was leading to including the ... Read more

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Bobby Lashley vs Brock Lesnar

I know alot of people aren’t big on Lashley but I feel the most unique direction they can go with regarding the title program for Summerslam is Lashley/Lesnar. Its simple storytelling, show videos of them training, do MMA style promo videos and keep the inevitable face to face saved for the last Raw before Summerslam. ... Read more

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Welcome to Pointless Exhibitions 2018!

Remember that time Austin lost clean in that face vs. face match with Undertaker but then came out the next night and got put into a title contender match anyway?  No, you don't because that would have been fucking stupid. Seriously, what is the point of these Network events/PPVs/whatever the fuck the corporate branding is ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 16, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: July 16, 2018 Location: Keybank Center, Buffalo, New York Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Jonathan Coachman Now it’s time for a big show with the possibility of Brock Lesnar showing up. With the UFC return looming and Lesnar still as the Universal Champion, there’s a very good chance we’ll find out ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! And just like that we’re done with Extreme Rules and on to the next one which is…Summerslam? I think. Well at least that’s one that they might TRY to do something with and on the brighter side NXT TakeOver Brooklyn IV which should excite many of us. Extreme Rules was great if ... Read more

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“Die Hard” as a Christmas movie: Bruce Willis weighs in

So lost amidst all of the talk of the Extreme Rules PPV is that Bruce Willis has gone on record stating that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Forget Vince McMahon, how can one man be so wrong about his own product?! Bruce Willis is dead to me now. Also, I kind of like ... Read more

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Bryan over Brock

Hey Scott, Considering Brock is on his way out (?) & Bryan just re-signed (?) and Bryan has been talking about Brock is his dream match to end all dream matches, there’s a slight chance (?) we get that match by Summerslam. Provided that match goes down, what are the odds Bryan goes over? Odds ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – December 21st, 1991

December 21, 1991 From the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. We get a secret about Santa Claus from Mr. Perfect as he laughingly tells us that Santa is really Ric Flair. In action this week are Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Slaughter, ... Read more

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WWE Raw expanding to five hours in 2019

WWE Raw expanding to five hours in 2019 According to a press release, expanding to five hours will allow a number of new features to be added to the show, including: Every Superstar® will receive on-air counselling from Dr. Shelby Weekly musical performances by Flo Rida Every episode will feature at least one backstage food ... Read more

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Crowd fun, dead?

Hey Scott, Can you think of another​ potentially-great match that was completely ruined by the crowd like the Ziggler-Rollins match at Extreme Rules? Is WWE running certain smark-heavy cities too frequently? Because, as bad as WWE’s writing and booking can be, it is the "WWE Universe" that is ruining WWE shows for me more often ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Extreme Rules 2018–07.15.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Extreme Rules 2018 – 07.15.18 I did enjoy their first three albums… Live from Pittsburgh, PA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & The Coach RAW tag titles: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt v. Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas The B-Team has a new crappy nu-metal theme to go ... Read more

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Sunday Night Thread (feat. EXTREME RULES 2018)

It’s almost time for the wrestling to begin tonight with Sin Cara vs. Andrade Cien Almas and SANitY vs. New Day kicking us off before the main show.  Will this be the greatest Rusev Day of all time?  Will the crowd put themselves over during another Roman Reigns match?  Which of IRS’ offspring will be ... Read more

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WWE & The Emmys?!

Scott So with this failed run for an Emmy award by the WWE it had me thinking. Say the company pays enough people off with Emmy voting stroke and this company gets nominated. Who is actually getting nominated? This company over there year almost brags how they don’t have “credits” after it programming. They never ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Two

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Two 15 July 2018 LIVE from the Ota Central Gymnasium, Oka-tu, Tokyo   You can find my preview for the entire tournament here. You can find my Night One review here.   The B Block finally gets the chance to make their initial impressions as they kick off with singles ... Read more

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Fax’s Video Preview of the G1 Climax

Hi Scott, I definitely enjoyed Norrissey’s G1 Climax preview, but wanted to send over my thoughts on the G1 Climax that posted yesterday for the tournament’s first day. Here is Part 1 of my video preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd9fwREObJY&feature=youtu.be Here is my written preview for anyone that wants more meat on the bone: https://medium.com/the-best-there-ever-was/the-fax-preview-of-the-2018-g1-climax-njpw-7dab20f5f76​​ Thanks for the ... Read more

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Hulk Hogan Reinstated Into The WWE Hall of Fame

Here is the official statement from the company: STAMFORD, Conn. — After a three-year suspension, Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame. This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake. These efforts led to a recent ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – December 16th, 1991

December 16, 1991 Vince McMahon is the host. Panelists include: Gorilla Monsoon, Slick, Bobby Heenan, and Mr. Perfect. Matches this week are Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair, El Matador vs. The Berzerker, and Randy Savage vs. Jake Roberts from This Tuesday in Texas   The panelists talk about happened after the Savage/Jake match from This ... Read more

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The wooooorst

"Worst wrestler" conversations suck ass, so, in your esteemed opinion, who is the worst wrestler to ever work (regularly) for a major (televised, American,) company, WITH these caveats: 1. No super giants, since they’re always signed for size rather than ability. So no Khali, Giant Gonzalez, Giant Silva, etc. 2. No non-wrestlers brought in for ... Read more

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Hard WWF Rings

Hey Scott, Why did WWF have Hard Rings back in the day? I get that there were bigger guys in the ’70s and ’80s but wouldn’t it still ruin you to repeatedly get slammed on a hard mat? What was the benefit? ​It’s not that there was a benefit, it was more that promoters would ... Read more

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Corbin’s Hair

Hey Scott, Why in the fuck didn’t WWE hold off on getting Corbin to shave his head and book him and Finn in a hair vs. hair match for Extreme Rules? ​Same reason they don’t do any of the other basic logical stuff that a wrestling promotion would do, I guess. I also thought it ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi #109 07/08/2008

We’re in Baton Rouge, LA and to correct my glaring error last week, Kofi Kingston got drafted the week before winning the IC Title from Jericho so he’s gone which is good for his career but sucks for ECW on Sci-Fi as the feud with Shelton Benjamin and partnership with Evan Bourne had been the ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review: Night One

G1 Climax 28 Review Night One 14 July 2018 LIVE from the Ota Central Gymnasium, Oka-tu, Tokyo We’re finally here, and I’m already exhausted thinking about what lies ahead.  The G1 Climax, pitting 20 of the world’s top heavyweight wrestlers against one another in Round Robin format, commences from Ota Gymnasium in Tokyo.  We are ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–10.11.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 10.11.98 Your hosts are Shane McMahon & Jim Cornette WWF Women’s title: Jacqueline v. Starla Sexton The graphic says “Starla Saxton” but that’s gotta be a typo. Starla gets some nice chain wrestling to control Jackie, but a spinkick turns the tide. Jackie with a butterfly ... Read more

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G1 Day 2 Live Thread

G1 Day 2 starts at 6AM GDT 2 AM EDT, and 11PM PDT, or about 30 minutes from now. The big matches for the first day of B Block action are Kenny Omega v. Tetsuya Natio, Kota Ibushi v. Zach Sabre, Jr. and Tomohiro Ishii v. Toru Yano. Two other B Block matches and a ... Read more

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Saturday Night Tidbits

Good evening, Doomers! Tonight we’ll get a brief rundown of the upcoming WWE card and some developing tidbits in video gaming and wrestling cinema… WWE has their Extreme Rules PPV tomorrow night from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh: WWE Championship: A.J. Styles (C, 250 days reigning) Vs. Rusev ~ This match will occur on ... Read more

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No Way Out 204

No Way Out 2004 Date: February 15, 2004 Location: Cow Palace, San Francisco, California Attendance: 11,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the final pay per view before Wrestlemania XX and we’ve got a one match card. Well two if you stretch a bit. The main event is Brock Lesnar defending the Smackdown World Title against ... Read more

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Dick Slater

Reading the thread about "miscast" NWA stars, made me think….instead of "The Rebel", should Dick Slater have played Jimmy Jack Funk instead of Jesse Barr? Because of how in many ways he seemed inspired by Terry’s mannerisms. Oh man, Dick Slater as the replacement Terry Funk is like going down the rabbit hole of meta. ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 7, 1995

–Tony Schiavone, substituting for Eric Bischoff who is in Japan, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.  These tapings were done on October 30, 1994. –Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (1-0) pins Butch Long after a reverse flying body press at 2:31: Long was a six-year WCW ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – October 20th, 1983

October 20, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts This week in action are the midgets, Lanny Poffo, Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart, Magnum TA defends the North American Title against King Kong Bundy, and Junkyard Dog vs. Missing Link   Watts recaps last week’s show and how Reed’s plan to take out ... Read more

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NJPW 2018 – Minoru Suzuki Vs. Kazuchika Okada at the Great Pirate Festival

Minoru Suzuki’s 30th Anniversary Event at the Great Pirate Festival: Minoru Suzuki Vs. Kazuchika Okada This match may be found FREE on New Japan World: https://ift.tt/2L1K2BD [Preamble: Hello, fellow Doomers! I’m Franco Victor, freelancer and fellow contributor to New Japan coverage on the BOD. I’ll be working around Norrissey’s G1 Climax reviews as well as ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 12, 2004

Smackdown Date: February 12, 2004 Location: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for No Way Out and that means we’re in for a lot more Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar. That’s a very good thing too as it’s the best thing on this show, which isn’t exactly a ... Read more

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Half the brain..

Mr Keith, Judging by the overwhelming enthusiasm for the Master and Ruler of the World in the Best Bad Wrestler thread… what do you think of Sid as a WWE Hall of Famer? Obviously he could get in and no one would bat an eyelash due to the non-existent bar. But would you buy him ... Read more

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When was the best time to run WWF/WCW?

So I recently dug up my Marvel vs. DC card and comic collection that ran in 1996, and as brief and sometimes ridiculous the battles were, I really liked the pairings for the most part. Jubilee vs. Robin not withstanding , Surfer vs. Lantern! Kingpin vs. Luther! I still geek out going over these. So ... Read more

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The Saturday Morning Thread

Oh man, without Ioan we are LOST. Tomorrow is Extreme Rules with a billion matches that are supposed to fit into a 3.5 hour runtime.  Good luck with that one. The G1 Climax has BEGUN!  Look for coverage here as we proceed, since I’ve now got a couple of people to assist with it. Look ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for AWA WrestleRock ‘86 (04.20.86)

The SmarK Rant for AWA WrestleRock ’86 (04.20.86) Not to be confused with Rock N’ Wrestling. Not that ANYONE would. Just in case you might be confused… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1CRatikdWg Live from Minneapolis, MN, drawing 22,000 to the Metrodome. I mean, reasonably impressive for the AWA, but that stadium was looking SPARSE on the wide shots. Maybe ... Read more

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More than a coincidence?

Yesterday, the WWE posted Black Saturday on the Network, and today we learned NJ/ROH will be running MSG. Think this timing is more than just a coincidence and possibly a warning or a reminder to the wrestling industry? ​I think it was the anniversary of the show tomorrow and the date was fortuitous. I feel ... Read more

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Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega Or The Young Bucks?

So apparently WWE is gonna make plays for all 4 guys later this year. I know one of the Bucks said that their contracts are up in november. Kenny im gonna assume is the usual january for the NJPW guys and Cody, I have no idea. My question is which if any do you see ... Read more

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FRIDAY NIGHT Party Thread: July 13, 2018

We made it to the weekend!  Here’s the evening news: Your ALL IN announcers/interviewers/etc. have been announced: Alicia Atout, Don Callis, Sean Mooney, Ian Riccaboni, Excalibur, Bobby Cruise, and Justin Roberts.  Dick Vitale, Tim McCarver, and Dr. Joyce Brothers were unavailable, I guess. Andrade Cien Almas vs. Sin Cara will be rematched on the Extreme ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 15th, 1991

December 15, 1991 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. The announcers talk about the Royal Rumble with Heenan telling us Mr. Perfect told him that Ric Flair will in fact be part of the Royal Rumble match. This week in action are The Undertaker, Legion ... Read more

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Bad Wrestlers You Do Care About

I love Toru Yano’s evolution into "guy everyone in G1 wants in their block for an easy night" He’s a doughboy completely resting on his laurels, and if he were anybody else I’d call him a disgrace to New Japan, but because it’s him I pop like mad when he beats a Tanahashi or Suzuki. ... Read more

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El Kabong

Hey Scott, I was watching Armageddon ’99 and the clunk when Vince took the gatling gun to the dome got me thinking, What are some of the most painful sounding head shots in wrestling? I know Shane’s thud after the glass botch at KOTR 2001 was pretty sick too. ​The entire Rock-Mankind match at Rumble ... Read more

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Vince Should Be Worried

Hey Scott, Mark my words, ROH and NJPW will take over US and hurt WWE bad in 2 years. Getting a garden show in 2019 is a big deal. ​In two years Vince will have so much money from his TV deals that he could literally just sign away everyone on the ROH roster and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network HIdden Gems–”Black Saturday”

The SmarK Rant for Black Saturday (World Championship Wrestling – 07.14.84) Man, here’s one I thought I’d never see on WWE television again. So remember how Vince walked out on WCW Monday Nitro in March of 2001 and everyone was like “Holy crap, there’s something that’s never happened before!” Well, not quite. For you see, ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – July 12, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: July 12, 2018 Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis With Slammiversary less than two weeks away, there isn’t much left to be done. Most of the card is already set up but last week’s show saw a big angle in the return of the original LAX. ... Read more

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Smoking Skull Continuity

Hey Scott– Regarding your coverage of September 1998: We all know that Russo has the attention span of a fruit fly and had a difficult time continuing story-line ideas past the first couple of chapters. What on earth gave him the powers of concentration to not only script a coherent journey for the Smoking Skull ... Read more

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Good wrestlers you don’t care about.

Hey Scott, Here’s one for you. Are there any great wrestlers that you just can’t get into? I’m watching some Rollins matches and just for some reason I just can’t invest myself in him. I know he’s a great worker and when I watch his matches I knew it was good but couldn’t bring myself ... Read more

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Impact and Discussion: July 12, 2018

A bit of a quiet day today.  Let’s see what news we can find: Jim Ross and Josh Barnett hate the New Japan setup and are blaming it for JR’s rib injury at the G1 USA event. Bret Hart and Martha Hart are squabbling over the former’s claim that the latter is preventing Owen from ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 7, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are taped from Dalton, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 1,400 fans attended the tapings. –Opening Contest:  The Guardian Angel defeats Mike Corey after a Bossman slam at 2:09: Corey was a jobber in the WWF under the name of Mike Khoury and he teamed ... Read more

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Another Random Question

Hey Scott – in kayfabe, was it ever explicitly stated where Diabase got his fortune from? How about JBL or Alberto? Any other rich guy gimmicks? ​Yup, Dibiase’s fortune was said to have come from an insurance settlement after his dad, Iron Mike Dibiase, suffered a career-ending injury in the ring. ​JBL’s came from stock ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – December 14th, 1991

December 14, 1991 From the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. We then learn from Perfect that Ric Flair will be entering the Royal Rumble. In action this week are Jake Roberts, Natural Disasters, and Virgil. Plus, Bret Hart will receive an award and the Royal ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 12, 2018

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2LatIyN   WWE Discussing All Women’s Event Taking Place This Fall https://ift.tt/2mdDuFe   WWE Injury Updates Charlotte is expected to return in three weeks while Dean Ambrose should be returning by the end of the Summer. Jason Jordan will return once a storyline is figured out for his return. Credit Dave ... Read more

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Coliseum Video Rant 2018: WWF’s Greatest Hits! (04.25.91)

Coliseum Video Rant 2018: WWF’s Greatest Hits! (04.25.91) Hosted by Sean Mooney Bonus points for leaving the wrestling figure commercials intact at the beginning of the video. So this is another of the quickie 60 minute tapes that were distributed for sale rather than rental. Intercontinental title: Kerry Von Erich v. Mr. Perfect This is ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 9, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: February 9, 2004 Location: Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Wrestlemania is just over a month away and tonight we get one of the required moments on the road to the big night: the contract signing, this time with HHH and Chris Benoit making their title match ... Read more

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