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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.23.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.23.95 Well, in a year of tumultuous change and problems for the WWF, at least we know that there’s a man in charge with long-term vision and a strong will.  Yes, we know that Cowboy Bill Watts will be running the show for a long time to come.  No matter what. ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.23.95

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Rumble 93 Ending

Scott, Just finishing reading your review about the 93 Rumble.  I don't remember if this has been discuss before but did Savage just get carried away like he did in the 92 Rumble and forget the rules?  Or was that the planned ending (which as you said made him look like a geek unfortunately).   Thanks ... Read more Rumble 93 Ending

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Adam Cole

Hey Scott, hope all is well. I have been reading that Adam Cole's contract expires in August and he is going to AEW to be with his girlfriend. I know WWE gets a ton of heat on how they blow it with talent, but, I thought Adam Cole has been treated well. Long title reign, leader ... Read more Adam Cole

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Montreal question (sort of)

Watching the Owen DSOTR episode, and hearing the Martha Hart interviews with Meltzer and Jericho got me thinking.  Martha pretty much implies that Bret’s WWE reconciliation was due in large part to his desire to have access to his footage, so as not to have his legacy tarnished by a DVD hatchet job a la ... Read more Montreal question (sort of)

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That’s our Mongo Twitter

twitter.com/ThatsOurMongo  I’m not sure how many are out there, who was the first and when it blew up, but these individual accounts of wrestler x performing are my daily dose of laughter in this wacky world.  If there was one thing Mongo was good for, it was making people laugh with his attempts at the ... Read more That’s our Mongo Twitter

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Daily News Update – June 2, 2020

Well good morning. DATELINE:  Big E. Is Doing Something Cool For Charity https://ift.tt/3druGF1 DATELINE:  Bray Wyatt’s Amazing Sid Vicious Story https://ift.tt/2ZUHtfc DATELINE:  Rob Gronkowski May Be Finished With WWE https://ift.tt/2ZUHAYa (Tuesday morning update:  Rob is absolutely finished with WWE.  ) To commemorate the sad occasion of Rob’s retirement from wrestling, I’ve compiled this playlist of ... Read more Daily News Update – June 2, 2020

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Monday Night Raw – June 1, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: June 1, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe, Byron Saxton We’re less than two weeks away from Backlash and that means it’s time to get the hard push going. They’re doing something right with Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley as last week’s brawl went pretty ... Read more Monday Night Raw – June 1, 2020

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WWF Action Zone – January 29th, 1995

January 29, 1995 Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill This week’s featured match is Aldo Montoya vs. Mantaur   Aldo Montoya vs. Mantaur w/ Jim Cornette This match is from the 1/11 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings on South Padre Island, TX. Montoya bounces off of Mantaur a few times but is able to ... Read more WWF Action Zone – January 29th, 1995

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! It’s been quite the week and the weekend so I haven’t been as active the board as I usually am and that will probably continue a little while longer. I will do a review of the Owen Hart episode of Dark Side of the Ring soon, maybe by the weekend or next ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Joshi Spotlight: Zenjo is Dream- IGNITION!

ZENJO IS DREAM- IGNITION!: (28.02.1993, Korakuen Hall) * Gotta love those Japanese titles. This is one of two “Zenjo is Dream” shows taking place on the way to April’s Dream Slam dual-show. “Zenjo” is short for All Japan Women’s Japanese name (“ZEN Nihon JOshi Puroresu”)- it’s common to shorten it that way in Japanese, but ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: Zenjo is Dream- IGNITION!

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – April 4, 1995

A lengthy video package hypes the upcoming three-way dance for the ECW Tag Team Championship at the ECW Arena.  Footage used goes back to 1994 to show the Public Enemy’s feud with Sabu and Taz, which eventually came to include Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko. Joey Styles commentates tonight’s show, hyping the Three-Way Dance card ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – April 4, 1995

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Stu Saks Retires

Hey Scott, Longtime and lapsed readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated will be sad to learn that Stu Saks, publisher and editor, is retiring this week. In an exclusive with The Wrestling Estate, Saks, as well as former and current writers, reflect on his 40-year career and impact on the overall industry.  http://thewrestlingestate.com/index.php/2020/06/01/stu-saks-says-goodbye-to-pwi/  Hope your readers ... Read more Stu Saks Retires

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 29th, 1995

January 29, 1995 From the South Padre Island Convention Centre in South Padre Island, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase   The Bushwhackers vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Bill Payne Gorilla rags on DiBiase for his Corporation coming up empty at the Royal Rumble but DiBiase says they have Undertaker’s urn. Gorilla ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 29th, 1995

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Impact Wrestling – May 26, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: May 26, 2020 Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne It’s tournament semifinals night as we get closer to finding out the next #1 contender to the World Title. That is of course assuming that the World Champion ever actually shows up again, which might not be the case ... Read more Impact Wrestling – May 26, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 93 – 01.24.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1993 – 01.24.93 Well we’ve hit that point in the Superstars rants anyway and I always enjoy a good Rumble. Live from Sacramento, CA, doing a legit sellout of 16,000, but the lowest buyrate in WWF history to that point. Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 93 – 01.24.93

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Hogan/Taker

I gotta ask it Scott. With The Undertaker talking about how Hogan lied about his neck injury in 91…Are we gearing up for Hogan vs Taker in the Boneyard? Maybe if we move beyond cinematic wrestling and just start simulating matches via CGI.  

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AEW Raids NXT

Hey Scott– Just finished this week's NXT on my DVR. I love Matt Riddle, and I love what he's done in NXT, but I get the sneaking suspicion that if he's ever “promoted” from that show, he'll be jobbed into oblivion, become Elias' wacky tag team partner, or some other waste of his talent. Then I ... Read more AEW Raids NXT

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Corner Gas

Hi Scott, As a bit of a comedy aficionado I stumbled upon the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas on Amazon Prime last year and loved it. As a proud native of Canada what are your thoughts on it?  Favourite characters?  For me Oscar and after initially not liking him, Davis really grew on me. Do you ... Read more Corner Gas

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-08-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 8, 1984 (taped 11/22) Attendance: 15,235 Hosted by Bill Mercer Will Kevin get revenge for Adams’ putting him in the hospital? Can the Fantastics retain against the PYT? Who will be making a return to WCCW? And who will join me for this tall drink of water of an ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-08-1984

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Sunday Night Reset: May 31, 2020

Your Blog of Doom schedule tomorrow is a lot of fun: Scott looks back at the 1993 Rumble, we have a Hardcore TV recap from March 1995, and the Joshi Spotlight looks at Zenjo Ignition! Me?  I’m taking as much of a media break as I can, so I’ll be back in a day or ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: May 31, 2020

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WWF Superstars – January 28th, 1995

January 28, 1995 From the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler The show starts off with Vince voicing over a video package hyping the 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly as underdogs who made their way to the Tag Team Title Tournament Finals and we ... Read more WWF Superstars – January 28th, 1995

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North-South Connection Podcast Network Weekly Update

It was another loaded week at the North South Connection Podcast Network….here’s what dropped!   The Year That Was…….1999: Aaron breaks down the WWF PPV Year: https://ift.tt/2BjGH12   Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast: Jake Williams & Shawn Kidd cover the go-home RAW & Smackdown as we get ready for Backlash 2002:  https://ift.tt/2AnR7fx   Fighting Spirit of ’06: ... Read more North-South Connection Podcast Network Weekly Update

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Peaked in Twilight Years

Hi Scott, Maffew’s ECW posts have shows featuring plain old boring Vance Archer in his 30s, before he became chokeslamming/water spitting/making kids cry Murderhawk Lance Archer in his 40s. My question is are there any other wrestlers who had a career peak in their 40s/50s whilst being low/mid tier in their 20s/30s? The only others ... Read more Peaked in Twilight Years

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Ministry vs Dungeon

Hey Scott, What shitty supernatural 90s stable was better, the Ministry of Darkness or the Dungeon of Doom? I realize there are no real winners here, but best of the worst. Thanks. The Dungeon had a clearly stated goal of destroying Hulkamania and managed to get the title off him.  That's two points in their ... Read more Ministry vs Dungeon

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Riddle vs Lesnar

Clearly Riddle vs Lesnar isn't happening, but I'm still going to fantasy book for a second. Let's say Riddle somehow overcomes Vince and, let's say his”outspokenness”, and the brass and Brock are convinced the match could make money. Wouldn't the Fight Pit from NXT make the most sense for presenting this match? I didn't watch ... Read more Riddle vs Lesnar

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 01.23.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 01.23.93 Taped from San Antonio, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler & Randy Savage.  Lawler and Savage bicker about which one is going to win the Rumble, but ironically, it’s the third man in the booth who is the only one to go on and actually ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 01.23.93

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Smackdown – December 30, 2005

Smackdown Date: December 30, 2005 Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re finally finishing up the year with this one, as the road to the Royal Rumble begins. There are a few things to wrap up first and hopefully we go out with some of them being finished off. I’m not ... Read more Smackdown – December 30, 2005

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ECW on Syfy 12/22/2009 #185

We’re in Orlando, Florida to continue the road to ECW Homecoming (while the brand continues down the road to the knacker’s yard). Monday Night Raw’s Jack Swagger is here as a former ECW star which coincidentally is the best compliment you can give him right now. He kills a few minutes by explaining who he ... Read more ECW on Syfy 12/22/2009 #185

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Saturday Night Thread – May 30, 2020

Good evening! WWE has banned the buckle bomb after Kairi Sane’s head injury at the RAW tapings.  Probably wise. Tonight is another UFC, which is pretty much just a show. Tomorrow we return to WWF Superstars here on the blog for the Royal Rumble go-home show, and then….well I guess we’ll have to redo that ... Read more Saturday Night Thread – May 30, 2020

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WWF Monday Night RAW – January 23rd, 1995

January 23, 1995 From the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto, FL Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels The show starts with a somber sounding Vince in front of the ring. He extends an apology to Lawrence Taylor and his family over the actions of Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow. Vince also lets us ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – January 23rd, 1995

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Great American Bash Main Event Part Two (1995 to 2000)

Hello You! Let’s close out Great American Bash. Sadly I don’t expect the overall match quality to be as good in this one as it was in Part One, mainly because we’re now moving into the Bischoff Era, where WCW’s trademark essentially became hot under cards with Main Events that couldn’t live up to what ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WCW Great American Bash Main Event Part Two (1995 to 2000)

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If Vince sold…

Hey Scott- Hope all is well. Here is a question that I don’t think was ever asked.  Let’s say Vince did sell, what do you think the number would be?  Ufc was sold for 4 billion. I am assuming they go higher than that correct? Seems like a fair assumption.  Maybe the Khans have that ... Read more If Vince sold…

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Safest workers

Bret Hart is seemingly the gold standard for safe in ring workers. Jeff Jarrett seemingly has a great reputation as one as well. Who else ranks up there as being very safe? Besides LOD, Vader, The Nasty Boys, and Nia Jax, who else has a reputation sitting on the other end of the spectrum?  Stay ... Read more Safest workers

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Embarrassing angles

Hey Scott, Hope you and yours are safe. Quick question, has a 'drunken' angle ever worked, we've seen it with depressing regularity in the 'E'? Jake the Snake Hawk Jeff Hardy (Twice now)  and  Scott Hall in WCW And others, I'm sure I've missed, but have these angles ever actually been successful?? I can't remember any ... Read more Embarrassing angles

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – Boston Garden 02.07.87

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – Boston Garden 02.07.87 Kind of assuming most of this was on Prime Time around this time, but we’ll give it a look. Taped from Boston, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Ken Resnick Hercules Hernandez v. Billy Jack Haynes Bobby Heenan brings out Mr. ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – Boston Garden 02.07.87

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Daily News Update – May 30, 2020

The weekend is here! DATELINE:  Chris Jericho says that “a deal is being worked out” with Mike Tyson.   https://ift.tt/2XhGX9u Maybe they can hire Mike’s mystery solving team to be in the corner!  The pigeon would probably turn on him, though. DATELINE:  Nigel McGuinness furloughed by WWE. https://ift.tt/2XaQI98 Also writer Chris DeJoseph, too. Here’s a TNA ... Read more Daily News Update – May 30, 2020

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Smackdown – May 29, 2020

Smackdown Date: May 29, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves We’re very slowly closing in on Backlash but tonight is all about the Intercontinental Title tournament. That means a pair of semifinal matches and one of them is actually interesting. It’s AJ Styles vs. Elias and Jeff Hardy vs. ... Read more Smackdown – May 29, 2020

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Verne Gagne’s The Wrestler

Scott,   Do you get Amazon Prime up there? Verne Gagne's “The Wrestler” movie is available on it & It's just begging for one of your snarky reviews. It's an easy watch at less than an 1:45 & there are lots of interesting cameos, including Rhodes & Murdoch. Plus it focuses on Verne getting too old ... Read more Verne Gagne’s The Wrestler

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Friday Night Party Thread: May 29, 2020

We made it! Hey, this weekend I start a project for my guys at CRAB Wrestling in Maryland.  Don’t wanna give anything away, but you will see what it is.  So that’s why this is rushed — need to do research. Tomorrow, Mike returns to review WCW Great American Bash main events!  Pray for him. ... Read more Friday Night Party Thread: May 29, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – April 15, 1995

Footage of Jerry Lawler throwing a fireball in Mabel’s face at the recent Mid-South Coliseum show is played. Lance Russell and Dave Brown are handling commentary and they are coming to us from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  Brown notes that the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship is held up due to referee problems in ... Read more What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – April 15, 1995

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Good Match-Ups You Got Sick Of?

What match-ups between wrestlers did you enjoy at first, but then got tired of them when they were rode into the ground?  I remember being that way with Christian vs Sheamus in the WWE in 2014.  I swear for awhile there they had a match every week on Raw  More recently it was Seth Rollins ... Read more Good Match-Ups You Got Sick Of?

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Business-changing promos

Hey Scott, Been enjoying your work for 20+ years… The recent repost of Scott Hall invading WCW made me think how his promo (or maybe Hogan's “Stick It!” promo after the Bash turn) fundamentlly changed the direction of the business.Austin's 3:16 promo would be another example. Can you or the blog think of any other examples ... Read more Business-changing promos

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Bret question(not Montreal)

Hi Scott; With many years of perspective on Bret’s career(probably not helped by his opinion of himself), where would you say he ranks as a worker now? Yes, he took the business too seriously, but to me his work was solid, he was able to come up with inventive finishes, and he could have good ... Read more Bret question(not Montreal)

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Excellent new song about Kane

Hi Scott, PhilippeTCA here. I think Quarantine is starting to affect my brain. In any case, here's my newest hit song. It's about Kane. If you wanted to link this it would be appreciated! Otherwise I'll just post it in the daily thread and let the sharks do what they will. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB2No0immQU   Regards, PhilippeTCA There ... Read more Excellent new song about Kane

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Daily News Update – May 29, 2020

It’s Friday! DATELINE:  Bray Wyatt And JoJo Welcome Second Son https://ift.tt/2AoMxxt Man, when the Fiend says “Let Me In”, he’s not messing around. DATELINE:  New Non-WWE Video Game In Development https://ift.tt/36IhOre DATELINE:  Coronavirus Caused AEW To Cancel Live Event Plans https://ift.tt/2MakkgB Dammit!  Just think of how many of those t-shirts that Jericho could have sold ... Read more Daily News Update – May 29, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV 06 – 07.24.02

The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #6 – 07.24.02 Well last week was Full Russo.  You never go full Russo! Live from Nashville, TN, with their first appearance at the Fairgrounds.  It looks like SHIT compared to the first few weeks of tapings.  At least they had a big-league look to the show for a ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV 06 – 07.24.02

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WWF 1995 Royal Rumble

January 22, 1995 From the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We see a stretch limo pull up as Dink is all excited. Pam Anderson then gets out and is greeted by all the wrestlers. See smiles before going into her dressing room as ... Read more WWF 1995 Royal Rumble

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Watching New Japan for the First Time

Hey Scott.   I’ve been a wrestling fan since the late 1980’s, but never watched New Japan. Would you or those on the blog recommend just jumping into New Japan World or watching some stuff on YouTube first?   I’m really curious but kind of lost as where to start, since I understand that they’ve ... Read more Watching New Japan for the First Time

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Tony Khan’s Blog of Doom

What happened to you Scott? I get these are crazy times and wrestling with no crowds really shines a light on their issues and poor creative, especially WWE. But you make Uncle Dave look like Switzerland in the battle of WWE vs AEW with how you just gush over everything AEW does and crap over ... Read more Tony Khan’s Blog of Doom

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NXT UK – May 28, 2020

NXT UK Date: May 28, 2020 Commentators: Andy Shepard, Tom Phillips Host: Andy Shepard It’s another Hidden Gems episode, meaning we have more dark matches from various NXT UK TV tapings. I had a good time with this last time around and hopefully that means we could still be in for some fun here. You ... Read more NXT UK – May 28, 2020

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The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: May 28, 2020

Folks, my usual glurge goes here: the world has moments when it sucks.  Especially now, it can seem like we’re living in unprecedented bad times. And as such, you may feel like you can’t fix everything, so you can’t fix anything.  I’m here to say that’s bullshit. I live nowhere near Hong Kong, so China’s ... Read more The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: May 28, 2020

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Dark side of the ring ?

Watching a few episodes they use some wcw and wwf/e clips. Did Vince give them permission or are they just like fuck it let’s use them and see if the old man notices. They would pay WWE to license the footage.  That’s how WWE makes a huge chunk of money and why they buy all ... Read more Dark side of the ring ?

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Knock On Effects

Hey Scott, I'm going through WWF in early 2000 and enjoying going back to my childhood. Was wondering about what the original plans of certain situations were: 1) Chris Jericho was advertised as being in the 4-way at Mania; how come he was replaced? What would've been the deal with Benoit and Angle and the ... Read more Knock On Effects

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A Random Promotion Question

Hi Scott Hope all is well Back in the early 90s (I think actually in 1990) a friend had just got satellite television and he was flicking through the channels and came across some American (non WWF) wrestling. A team called Death Row were being introduced and sadly he then changed the channel.  The name ... Read more A Random Promotion Question

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Strangest angle

Scott – do you have any personal picks for the strangest angle you’ve seen in wrestling?   I’m thinking along the lines of not good or bad, but just something that seemed completely out of place.   Something that nobody was really asking for and yet it happened anyways.  My pick would be Kevin Nash getting involved ... Read more Strangest angle

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The Hannibal TV

This is one where I would be interested in the Board’s thoughts on Devon Nicholson (Hannibal) as a shoot interviewer.  I generally like him because he is quite knowledgeable about wrestling history, so he asks good questions, but also knows to shut up and let the wrestlers answer the question.  My only complaint is he ... Read more The Hannibal TV

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Favourite Dusty Finish?

Hey Scott Although the Dusty Finish is much maligned, do you have a favourite one? I’m quite partial to Rock’s DQ win over Ken Shamrock at Royal Rumble 1998, where he hid the brass knucks in Shamrock’s trunks. John I don’t hate the Dusty Finish at all.  It’s just that it gets tiresome when it’s ... Read more Favourite Dusty Finish?

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NXT – May 27, 2020

NXT Date: May 27, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Tom Phillips We’re less than two weeks away from Takeover and that means a lot of the matches are already set up. Hopefully they come up with a strong main event, though I can’t imagine it’s anything but Velveteen ... Read more NXT – May 27, 2020

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Monday Night Raw – December 26, 2005: You Can’t Win Them All

Monday Night Raw Date: December 26, 2005 Location: Harbor Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut Attendance: 6,500 Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Joey Styles, Jonathan Coachman We’re closing out the Raw side of 2005 with this and that could might not be the best news. With less than two weeks to go before New Year’s Revolution, it’s time to ... Read more Monday Night Raw – December 26, 2005: You Can’t Win Them All

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 05.27.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 05.27.20 Live from Jacksonville, FL Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone & Excalibur The Inner Circle convenes outside in the parking lot to start, trying to figure out how to recoup the money spent on all the boxes of “Stadium Stampede Champions” shirts that they bought from ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 05.27.20

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Dynamite – May 27, 2020

Dynamite Date: May 27, 2020 Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur We’re done with Double Or Nothing and that means it’s time to start getting ready for the summer. I’m not sure what that is going to mean as AEW takes its time to get to their next pay per ... Read more Dynamite – May 27, 2020

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The Wednesday Night War Thread

TONIGHT! AEW has the post-PPV show, where hopefully poor Sammy Guevara will escape without having to run away in terror from something. NXT presents Matt Riddle against Timothy Thatcher in a cage match with Kurt Angle as referee, which will make Riddle’s exit to the main roster.  And GOOD LUCK to him there, pal. RAW ... Read more The Wednesday Night War Thread

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WWF Action Zone – January 22nd, 1995

January 22, 1995 Todd Pettengill is our host. The live portion of this show was in fact taped on location at the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL where the Royal Rumble PPV was being held.   Todd Pettengill is in the arena as they are setting up for the show.   Tatanka w/ Ted ... Read more WWF Action Zone – January 22nd, 1995

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 1, 1995

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are still in Council, Virginia. Opening Contest for the Beat the Champ Television Championship:  Killer Kyle (Champion w/the Gangstas & D’Lo Brown) (2-1) pins Kenny Arden after a spinebuster at 1:42: Arden was a large Tennessee-based worker, often used as an enhancement talent in Southern ... Read more What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 1, 1995

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #370 – 27/05/2000

Hello You! Last week’s show was pretty throwaway with little of any real importance going on. Let’s hope this one is a bit more exciting. Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling! This week’s matches were taped from Atlanta, Georgia. Sadly they haven’t tried going to centre stage again, which is a shame as last time they ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #370 – 27/05/2000

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AEW/WWE

Hope you and your family are well.  Who do you think has the bigger potential, Brian Cage in AEW or Karrion Kross in WWE? I can see Cage being big in AEW for sure in the immediate, actually feuding with Luchasaurus for sure, Lance Archer, maybe. But, I think Cross has bigger potential overall, longterm, ... Read more AEW/WWE

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The Hart Family vs Martha Hart

I was surprised to hear on “The Dark Side Of The Ring” episode about Owen Hart's death how the majority of the Hart Family not only didn't support Martha in her lawsuit against the WWF, but some members actively worked against her.  Were they that afraid of Vince McMahon and the WWF, or was it ... Read more The Hart Family vs Martha Hart

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Character Appreciation

Hey Scott, I recently noticed a strong difference between AEW and WWE for me. With WWE, everyone is pretty much blah and in the middle with slight exceptions. With AEW, there are characters I really enjoy that they’ve built well (Hangman Page, Darby, MJF, Jungle Boy) and others that I absolutely can’t stand (Cody, Moxley, ... Read more Character Appreciation

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Dark Side of the Ring: Bruiser Brody (by Dave!)

Hi Scott, With an hour spare, I’ve reviewed the Bruiser Brody episode for you if you want to post it. Cheers, Dave Narrator Mick Foley cites Bruiser Brody as an inspiration and introduces the three key experts: Tony Atlas, one of the last people to see Brody alive. Dutch Mantel, wrestler and booker. Abdullah the ... Read more Dark Side of the Ring: Bruiser Brody (by Dave!)

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

(Might as well merge the reposted TV rants into one column now.  Keeping them split into separate ones wasn’t doing any better numbers anyway.  Also, a reminder that these were written at times far apart from each other, in the early days of the WWE Network.)   The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95 ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

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Daily News Update – May 26, 2020

My shoulder is feeling much better, thanks to Andy for filling in yesterday. DATELINE:  Deonna Purrazzo coming to Impact Wrestling! https://ift.tt/2AcXGSd WHAT’S [INSERT FUNNY NAME HERE] DOING IN THE IMPACT ZONE? DATELINE:  Kairi Sane suffers head injury at RAW tapings https://ift.tt/2X7Eo9T I’ll give you ONE GUESS who she was wrestling when she got injured. DATELINE:  ... Read more Daily News Update – May 26, 2020

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