Friday, April 24, 2015

BoD Friday Night Thread


What segments do you skip


Hey Scott,

I don't know if you're watching the weekly shows any more, but if you are I'm sure you fast forward through most of it. So my question for you (and the blog) is this. What do you usually end up skipping? Divas matches? Roman Reigns promos? Big Show...anythings? Do you feel bad about skipping stuff, or is it the only way to make it through the slog that is three hours of slapdash booking?

I literally never watch anything but the weekly YouTube recap at this point.  I'll watch segments on YouTube if they look interesting, but I lost any desire to sit down and watch the actual show years ago.  

Dusty at Starrcade


One for the mailbag...

Always wondered, why wasn't Dusty Rhodes on the card for the first Starrcade?

I have no good answer, especially since he created the concept and booked the show.  

Place to be Nation Presents: Real World Champion 1989-94

The staff over at Place to be Nation have voted to determine which wrestler in North America earned the title of the "Real World Champion" for each given year. Wrestlers were determined by the following factors: workrate, drawing ability, influence, and general overall presentation. Don't think of this as which actual champion was the best but rather which wrestler of a given year best represented a combination of all these factors, the factors in which you would look for in a champion. Click on the link below to read the article and comment here too to voice your opinion on the selections.

BoD Daily Update

Possible New Feud for Roman Reigns

Reigns is currently booked for house show matches against Kane, meaning there could be a possible feud between the two coming up.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wresting Observer Newsletter

Former WWE Writer Blogs About How the Company Views the Divas

Writer Kevin Eck stated how he was told when employed by the company that there were no faces or heels in the Divas Division but rather they were a "bunch of catty chicks" that most of whom were mentally unstable. Click on the link below to view more of the article

Wolfpac Interview

Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman were interviewed by Sports Illustrated were they revealed that the Undertaker nearly jumped ship to WCW in 2000 among other things. You can click on the link below to read the article.

And, make sure to head on over to Place to be Nation and vote in the "Greatest Wrestling Theme Song" tournament. You can vote by clicking on the link below.

Bruno in the 80's


Why didn't Crockett, or Watts, or Gagne, or Von Erich make a play for Bruno in, say, 84? Would there have been money Flair vs Bruno in, say, 85? Could it have competed with the WWF at the time?

​Bruno ended up pretty disgusted with the wrestling business as a whole, and he was financially secure, so I doubt he would have had much interest.  Clearly though even in 86 when he was doing the Steamboat revenge tour against Savage he had some drawing power left, so I'm surprised no one ever did make a serious go at him once he left.  Ditto someone like Bob Backlund after he dropped the title in 84 and then vanished off the face of the earth for 10 years.  ​

Bret the midcarder

Hi Scott,
Hope all is well.

I'm running through a lot of 1997 stuff on the network and WWE's stubborn refusal to just put the damn Raw episodes up is leaving me confused about what's going on with Bret and the Hart Foundation around this time. I noticed in your PPV countdown post for the Badd Blood IYH that you suspected some kind of conspiracy was at play to make Bret look like a midcarder, having tag team flag matches against Patriot and Vader, next to Shawn. I assume you were kidding, but it does seem odd that the WWF Champion was given such lame booking just a couple short months after he was the center of the hottest angle in wrestling. Was Bret's heat waning?

Had DX gotten so hot so fast to really steal Bret and the Foundation's heat, and Vince was being lazy with his now #2 heel? 

I know Bret has complained about what happened to his creative direction after Shawn turned heel, and while that should be taken with a grain of salt it wouldn't be the first time Bret floundered in nothing feuds while Shawn and/or other burgeoning top guys were given better spots. I mean even if they'd just gotten lazy with the #2 feud because Shawn and Taker were so hot, it would seem like a no-brainer to book Bret in a title match with Vader, given they were working each other anyway and Vader had just beaten Owen at One Night Only and Davey on Raw.

​There's no doubt in my mind that Vince deliberately sabotaged Bret's run at the end there.  DX was really, really hot as well so there's some justification you can do after the fact, but it was a really weird deal.  To this day I'm still confused about why he even put the World title back on him in the first place given how much we know now.  ​

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Smackdown - April 23, 2015

Date: April 23, 2015
Location: Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Byron Saxton

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

It's the final show before Extreme Rules and for some reason in 2015, one of the major stories is Kane seemingly about to turn on the Authority and becoming a bigger deal than he is now. Of course it's possible that it's all a swerve and Kane will cost Orton the title match on Sunday, making the last few weeks a big waste of time, much like Kane in general. Let's get to it.

BoD Thursday Night Thread

Hi, talk about everything going on tonight here.

Super Serious Topic

Dear Mister Netcop Sir

I know such SUPER SERIOUS topics as bob cat and Announcer 3-ways(GO COLE!!!) have been covered this week but there's an even bigger SUPER SERIOUS topic you haven't covered. The imminent return of the greatest Diva to ever grace the ring: Eva Marie. 

Ah fuck I can't even. Could you please go on vacation so something horrific can happen for us to talk about? I mean besides being subjected to Eva Fucking Marie?

The entity that posts as Darklight.

​My Sporting News mailbags are gonna be pretty dull compared to this week.  ​

RF Video Shoot Interview with Al Snow, Volume 1

This was filmed in April of 1998

The interview was conducted by Eric Gargiulo

It runs for two hours and seven minutes long

Bring Back the Attitude Era!

Hey Scott, just had a great idea for how the WWE can resurrect The Attitude Era on commentary using their best commentator, Booker T, and the champion, Seth Rollins. Booker T should just start calling him SEX Rollins! Everyone could play nice at first, then after a few weeks (I'm all for long builds), have JBL start going "Are you saying "sex", Booger T?" And Booker is all "NO WAY PATNUH I WOULDNT SAY SEX ON TV DONT BE RIDIDCULUSDUSOUS!" Then we have nerd-ass Cole "Ya know Booker, it kinda sounds like you are saying "sex" a little bit!" This will obviously lead to a triple threat match between the commentators at Wrestlemania 32. Then have Lawler start saying puppies again when he calls that match and the Attitude Era is back!

​They are literally leaving money on the table by ignoring this potential direction change.  ​

Worst PPVs?

Hi Scott,

I always ask for you recommendations on what to watch and I realise I'm doing it wrong. What are the worst PPV shows you've ever endured during the last 10 years of WWE programming?

No Way Out 2002 and Bad Blood 2003 instantly jump out as being really bad shows with no redeeming qualities. Do you have any more that are worth flat out avoiding?


​I barely even remember what happened year-to-year past the brand extension point, let alone which PPVs were terrible.  I remember Bash 2004 as being terrible (the one with Paul Bearer getting killed by cement mixer) and of course this year's Royal Rumble was legendarily awful, but it's a blur to me beyond that.  ​

BoD Daily Update

Daniel Bryan Update

According to Dave Meltzer, Bryan was originally hurt after working a match against Sheamus at the 3/31 Smackdown tapings in Fresno. He also reported that a few of the wrestlers told him that Bryan had indeed suffered a concussion, which he company had denied, but the company also has not disclosed what injuries he had suffered and one person in the company who was close to the situation intimated that it was being kept a closely guarded secret and that "banged up" would be a nice, accurate, but purposely vague way to put it.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Two Divas Expected to Get a Big Push

It has been reported that both Lana and Eva Marie will be getting pushed. Eva Marie has been reportedly training hard and the company feels that she will be able to wrestle better when she returns to TV.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Samoa Joe Update

It is expected that Joe will start working for the WWE in June, despite no word on whether or not he has signed a contract with the company yet.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–06.10.96


The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 06.10.96

Taped from Sioux City, IA. Week three of a 1996 RAW taping cycle. Feel the excitement. I don’t think there’s much this show could do to top the batshit craziness of Nitro this week, ether.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

NXT - April 22, 2015

Date: April 22, 2015
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Corey Graves, Rich Brennan

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We haven't heard from NXT Champion Kevin Owens in a good while so it's probably time to get him out here for more greatness. Alex Riley has called Owens out to meet him in the ring tonight because, due to quitting his commentary job, Riley has nowhere else to go but the ring. Let's get to it.

bob cat


hi why did nwa tna let bob cat go


BoD Wednesday Night Thread

Talk about everything going on tonight here

BoD Daily Update

Daniel Bryan Update

According to, Bryan was sent home from the European tour after getting injured in a match on April 9th and is expected to miss about four weeks as a result.

Tag Team Champions Going Babyface?

Originally, Tyson Kidd & Cesaro were going to defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against the Lucha Dragons at Extreme Rules. However, the team got over big during the European tour and the company will at least position them as faces at Extreme Rules as a result. No further word if they will be a face team permanently, however.

RAW Ratings

RAW did 4.03 million viewers this past Monday, much higher than last week's taped show from England. Here is the hourly breakdown:

8pm: 4.11 million viewers
9pm: 4.14 million viewers
10pm: 3.87 million viewers

Highspots $5 DVD Sale

Click on the link below to view the hundreds of DVD's that Highspots has on clearance for just $5.


Ken Patera returning in 87

When Ken Patera made his return in the spring of 87 he was heavily pushed as a fan favorite vowing revenge on Bobby Heenan and the Heenan family.

Now obviously Patera had regressed in the few years he was away, but he seemed to be pretty over at first, even getting his own Coliseum Video upon his return.

He suffered a bad injury to his arm over the summer and never seemed the same.

Would a heel turn and return to Heenan have salvaged his comeback?

I am pretty sure the Observer or the Apter mags reported he was rumored to face Hogan at Wrestlemania 4 around that time.

​Yeah, if I'm remembering correctly the general plan around the time of his return was that he would still be awesome and would go heel to be the Hogan dead body of the month at some point, but he was such a spectacular flop upon his return that they just dropped all those ideas completely and jobbed him out.  Even before his arm injury he completely lost all his intensity and drive and just looked like a guy instead of a star.  ​Apparently when you're NOT high on drugs 24/7 you tend to be a calmer person.  Who knew?  

Ryback in 2012



What did you think of Ryback's run in 2012 where he got over huge? I don't think he was ready to win the belt when they put him into that title match vs. CM Punk, but he was consistently getting huge reactions and looked like a star in the making. What could they have done differently with him during that time? Keep him away from the title picture, keep having him squash guys, and then win the belt off of Cena after WrestleMania?

​That was a really weird situation for everyone.  They were really backed into a corner by booking Ryback into that match, even though it did business.  It really, REALLY should have been some sort of screwjob DQ, however.  It's not like Hell in a Cell isn't compromised enough as it is that you couldn't make an exception and just have both guys fight out of the cage and call it a no-contest or something like that.  

That being said, I don't think I ever would have put him over Cena, but you certainly could have done pretty well by keeping him unbeaten until after WM and then doing the Cena program.  What was REALLY baffling, though, was getting out of the match with the cheap finish and then beating Ryback four more straight PPVs afterwards.  If they were just going to destroy him anyway, why bother with the banana peel win for Punk?  ​

Monday Nitro - November 29, 1999

Monday Nitro #216
Date: November 29, 1999
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 12,881
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're less than three weeks away from Starrcade and usually that would mean some of the matches should be clear. At the moment though, the field is almost wide open and given who is in charge, I'm not sure if we should expect to get any development this week either. Last week's main event was at least a calm match for a change. Let's get to it.

Chyna in the HOF and Big Show

Hey Scott,

Without saying it directly, it seemed like HHH was referring to Chyna being in Playboy and having a sex tape that is keeping her out of the Hall of Fame and presumably why she isn't invited to any reunion specials. Yet has anyone thought to remind HHH that Shawn was in Playgirl? Or that X-Pac was in the very same sextape as Chyna? Am I wrong, or is this just another case of HHH's pettiness? Or something more?

Also, we all talk about the frying pan hands of the Big Show, but nobody ever brings up his typewriter-like forehead. I think that was a trope that Tazz used on a few occasions. I guess you need to see it in person to really appreciate the size of Big Show's body parts. (I should know, I was at Unforgiven '06.)

Sorry to bring so many naked wrestlers to mind... at least I didn't bring up Hogan's sex tape.

​Is there a hidden camera in this e-mail?  

Also, I'm pretty sure Chyna's rampant drug problems and public meltdowns have as much to do with her exile as her sex tape.  Probably moreso.  ​

Nash's debut as a heel in WCW


So as you covered in the last Nitro rant, Nash debuts on Nitro as a heel who we're supposed to hate because he and Scott want to take over WCW, right?

The problem with that is that from that very first promo with Tony, Kevin's lines were A). Very funny, and B). The truth.

So remind me why was I supposed to boo him and root for the WCW losers again? I was cheering Scott during his debut week, and Kevin the week after because they were doing something interesting, cool, and unique.

Well...yeah.  They were cool heels.  That's why they were so unique and drew shitloads of money.  No one had really done that before.  It also killed the company in the long run.  Other than that, I'm not really sure where you're going with this.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WWF Superstars of Wrestling May 30th, 1987

May 30, 1987

From the Convention Center in Anaheim, CA

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

Tonight, we will see the Can-Am Connection vs. The Islanders. Also in action will be Ricky Steamboat, Honky Tonk Man, Jim Duggan, and King Harley Race. Plus, a special report on the health of Superstar Billy Graham and more.

BoD Tuesday Night Thread

Come here to talk about the NBA & NHL Playoffs, MLB, Wrestling, Television, Comics, Movies, and anything else that is going on tonight here.

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–06.10.96


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 06.10.96

Uh oh, content warning. Must be a Benoit episode.

HOUR #1!

Live from somewhere. But our main event tonight is the Horsemen v. Joe Gomez & Renegade, so that’s pretty exciting. Apparently it’s Wheeling, WV.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Larry Zbyszko

Vince and the Hall of Fame


Have been going back and watching all of the old HOF ceremonies on the Network. Once thing I noticed is that during the early modern ceremonies ('04 on), almost every inductee takes the time to thank Vince and the McMahon family.

Then, after the first year or two, no one even mentions Vince, let alone thanks him in their speeches. It's actually somewhat distracting after a while. We've heard guys like Shawn Michaels reference this in their HOF appearances, but what gives? Why does Vince get the Vol
emort treatment at his own HOF?

​Probably just a weird Vince-ism, and the same reasoning as why he doesn't want to be inducted into his own Hall of Fame.  ​

Post Razor, Pre NWO

Hey Scott, 

After reading your recent Monday Nitro reviews, I started wondering about Scott Hall; Specifically, if there was an alternate plan for his debut in WCW . 

From my understanding, he started talks before Kevin Nash. Was the invasion/NWO angle always the plan or was there something else set up for just him? The re-debut of the Diamond Studd, maybe? A repackage as a member of the Dungeon of Doom or Horsemen? 

​There was never a real plan talked about beforehand, no.  The assumption from most at the time was that they would bring him back as the Diamond Studd because the character was still known and pretty close to Razor Ramon anyway, but that was never anything actually discussed as far as I know.  That's part of the reason why the invasion deal worked so well, because it shattered expectations of what WCW would choose to do with them.  ​

BoD Daily Update

Curb Stomp Not Banned?

According to Dave Meltzer, the Curb Stomp has not been banned but that going forward the DDT that Rollins used last night will be his new finisher. 

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Who Did Bray Wyatt Reference in his RAW Promo?

When Wyatt cut his promo last night, he was referencing Ryback as those two are currently set to feud shortly.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Former Ring of Honor Champion Retires From Wrestling

Takeshi Morishima, who is 36 years old, was told to retire from wrestling due to medical concerns. Morishima has severe diabetes and elevated hemoglobin levels. 

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

WWE NXT Running a Show in the Northeast

NXT will be running a show in Albany, NY at the Washington Avenue Armory.

And, make sure you head on over to Place to be Nation and check out their new feature titled "What If..." as this week's topic covers title changes. You can view this article by clicking on the link below and discuss it here in this thread. 

Matt's Monday Night RAW Recap - 4/20/2015

Warriors and Pelicans are on...and it's a good game. Shame I can't flip back and forth seeing as how all my DVR spots are taken.

On the RAW side of things, we already have the pre-show guys saying idiotic things like, "Sting is gonna answer Cena's challenge tonight!"