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BoD Daily Update: February 19, 2019

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview http://bit.ly/2Gz7O9U   WrestleMania Updates Daniel Bryan’s opponent as yet to be determined as the original plan was for a returning star to face him for the title. Also, at one point Lacey Evans vs. Asuka was scheduled but there is a chance that does not happen. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–06.06.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 06.06.92 OK, we’re done with the nutso Syracuse tapings and hopefully can get back to a semblance of reality again. On the other hand, the last four weeks have done giant numbers on the site, so maybe more Papa Shango is better? Taped from Lexington, KY Your hosts ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-09-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 9, 1982 (taped 9/28) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi Can Irwin regain the Texas title? Who will win between Bundy and Madrid? Why is McGraw involved? Also, guess who decided to show up this week? Take it easy, Chrissy, I promise a Von Erich will ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 18, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: February 18, 2019 Location: Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re done with Elimination Chamber but since March is a work month, we have less than three weeks before Fastlane. I have no idea what they’re supposed to do to headline Fastlane if Becky Lynch is currently ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Seems like a mixed review on the PPV last night but I thought both Chamber matches hit around four stars each so that’s plenty good for me. Little surprised they didn’t put the tag titles on Mandy and Sonya because you can tell they want ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 19th, 1993

April 19, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon,  “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett.   The show starts off with comments from both Money Inc. and the Beverly Brothers to hype up their match tonight.   Razor Ramon vs. Virgil Razor breaks a hammerlock by grabbing ... Read more

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2019 class

Since DX will be the headliner for this year's HOF (I called it last year as they were the most logical choice) who else do you see getting in? Chyna fits the women's quota this year so…. I see Heyman and ECW, Bam Bam and the Hart Foundation getting in. Anyone else? Hart Foundation was ... Read more

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Asuka

Who does she face at WrestleMania? Alexa Bliss? They have no idea what to do with her either. According to Dave the other day, they have no idea where they're going with Asuka and in fact people are actively making pitches for the match.  I think Shayna Baszler would be ideal but it's probably too ... Read more

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DS9 Question

So I’ve been watching DS9 recently and I had a very juvenile thought pop in my head. Shouldn’t Odo have been slaying it? I mean think about it. He’s a Changeling. He can make his form whatever he wants. Should all of the hot women on DS9 been walking bow legged? I'd call this a ... Read more

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WCW brand split follow-up

If the NWO-centric shows had succeeded and the NWO had taken over Nitro, what would that have even looked like? Who were they expected to feud with if the WCW guys moved to Thursday? Would this have led to the Wolfpac and all the splinter groups so that the NWO could fight amongst itself for ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 18th, 1993

April 18, 1993 From the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, GA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week’s featured match is the Beverly Brothers vs. Nasty Boys. Also in action are Lex Luger, Money Inc., and Doink the Clown.   Doink the Clown vs. Jim Powers Powers slams Doink as Ross cannot ... Read more

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Elimination Chamber 2019

Elimination Chamber 2019 Date: February 17, 2019 Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young, Tom Phillips, Percy Watson It’s the first of two stops on the Road to Wrestlemania and that means we’ll be seeing a big steel structure. In this case it’s for the WWE Championship and the inaugural ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2019–02.17.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 – 02.17.19 Live from Planet Houston, TX Your hosts are Michael Cole, Cheaty McLiar-Pants, and bunch of other people. Maybe they should just put all the announcers into the Chamber and have them fight for a spot at the table. The pre-show match was a really good ... Read more

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The Big Show

Scott – reading your 1999 Sunday night heat rants has me thinking………..they really did book the Big Show like a doofus right out of the gate.  So the question has to be asked – was this intentional on Vince’s part?   Kind of a humble the guy who came from WCW kind of deal? Also – ... Read more

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The 2019 Elimination Chamber Chat Thread

Normally, it’s a reset, but tomorrow is a US holiday, so thbbbbbt. Will Daniel Bryan find out his WrestleMania opponent? Who will win the reboot of the Women’s Tag Titles? Will we fall asleep while Braun Strowman faces Baron Corbin again? Find out this, and much more, TONIGHT!  Let’s go!

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A most excellent plug request for Bill & Ted’s retrospective

Hello Scott, Dunno if you're a fan of the film way back when, but the 30th anniversary of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is this weekend.  Most of the movie was filmed in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, so I wrote a retrospective of the filming (and the film itself) for the newspaper I work ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 17th, 1993

April 17, 1993 From the North Charleston Civic Center in North Charleston, SC Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   The show starts off with different production as we see Bam Bam Bigelow and Owen Hart shown separately in a dark background hyping up their match this ... Read more

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Knoxville Wrestling War Plan B Video

Scott, this has been making the rounds this week have you seen it? https://youtu.be/O-sLiA0cP0A   Can you imagine if something like this got out in 1979? That is absolutely the craziest thing I've seen all day and probably won't be topped for the week.  How did these guys not get stabbed or shot or something?  

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Raw/Nitro timeslots

Did either the WWF or WCW ever think about changing the day of when they aired Raw or Nitro when one was beating the other in the ratings for a sustained period of time, or was it never considered to be any day except Monday nights?  I could've sworn I remember reading one of them kicking around ... Read more

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Buff Bagwell Claims That Eric Bischoff Wanted Him To Fake His Own Death For WCW – Wrestling Inc.

Scott, Given some of WCW’s booking decisions that actually made it to air I totally believe that this was under consideration…  http://bit.ly/2SFz8cH Yeah, I heard about that one on Observer Radio.  Dave was rolling his eyes so hard that you could nearly hear them pop out of his head. The media literally would have discovered ... Read more

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80s house show question

Hey Scott – I’m sure you have answered this question before but I don’t remember reading it. Why in the 80s at house shoes was the main event always in the middle of the card? Was it because of curfew concerns? Also – was WWE contractually obligated to use local announcers and time keepers due ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–03.07.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 03.07.99 Given that I’m currently knee-deep in the infuriating Dirty John on Netflix, I’m starting to feel like an abused spouse who keeps crawling back to this show. But, I mean, if I just blow through the entire run of Superstars in one shot, I won’t ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread: February 17, 2019

“Punk rock is about loyalty.” — Corey Graves Elimination Chamber is tonight.  One has to wonder if Naomi and Carmella will spend the time in their pod arguing over who had a worse week with men. On a brighter note, I made my refereeing debut with NOVA Pro on Friday night, so I feel like ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for NXT 9-2-15

First week got pretty good numbers and good feedback so let’s keep it going. Tonight is the start of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic The Princess Rant for WWE NXT September, 2, 2015 Taped from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL Hosted by Rich Brennan and Corey Graves Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinal: ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 01/27/2009 #138

This past Sunday at the Royal Rumble, Matt Hardy turned on his brother to fuck the dirtsheets and their ”Christian is returning” mumbo jumbo. Teddy Long explains that Matt has requested his release so he can go to Smackdown to continue to give his brother CTE. The crowd boos Hardy. Teddy says don’t worry, we ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 12th, 1993

April 12, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett who has unfortunately returned after being stranded in Las Vegas.   We see Money Inc. backstage handing money to the Beverly Brothers, who give Money Inc. a scouting report on the Steiner ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 16, 2004

Smackdown Date: September 16, 2004 Location: Spokane Arena, Spokane, Washington Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re coming up on No Mercy and a lot of the card is either already set or pretty clear. Last week saw the return of the Big Show, who you know is going to be treated as a major star. To ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2018–02.25.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 – 02.25.18 (Originally written 02.25.18) Live from Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Coach RAW Women’s title: Alexa Bliss v. Bayley v. Mandy Rose v. Sonya DeVille v. Mickie James v. Sasha Banks I feel like this “evolution” of the women’s side ... Read more

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Charlotte heel turn = genius or happy accident?

Thinking this through, WWE has sort of created exactly what they likely wanted and needed from this whole Becky/Ronda/Charlotte thing with the way this was handled on television this week. The day after WM 34, a lot of folks were predicting/asking for Charlotte/Ronda to main event WM 35.  And everyone was all in.  However, the ... Read more

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HBK vs Y2J

Who had a better second career run? HBK from 2002 till retirement or Jericho from his "suit" gimmick on up untill now. And I don't mean just gimmick wise as obviously HBK never changed his, I mean overall body of work. Well Shawn Michaels never toured with a heavy metal band, but both Undertaker matches ... Read more

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Shotgun Saturday Night

When the WWF launched Shotgun Saturday Night in early 1997, what were they hoping to accomplish with the show?  Since it was right before the Attitude Era, was it supposed to be a sort of testing ground for a more risque product we would later see, what with the late night time-slot and on location ... Read more

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Tag Team

Do you remember this show with Piper and Ventura? It was about wrestlers refusing to take a dive in a match and getting blackballed from the wrestling world. Then, they take odd jobs (furniture movers, womens self defense classes as the guys who the women beat up) then foil a robbery using their wrestling skills ... Read more

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WCW Thunder

Was WCW Thunder a request/idea from Turner, a WCW concept, or some combo of both?  I was just going back from that time frame, and it's really weird;  Thunder debuted in early January of 1998, yet Nitro "officially" went to 3 hours every week at the end of that month.   It was a request in ... Read more

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The Strong Style Saturday Thread

The weekend is upon us! Tonight:  I’ve got tickets to the Lego Movie 2, which is kind of bombing thus far. John Cena will be hosting Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader later this year.  They need to get Sid Vicious as a contestant. WWE apparently didn’t learn their lesson enough this year, so ... Read more

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Warrior-Nailz Exchange – YouTube

Scott, Nailz and Warrior cut promos for a series of house show matches that ended up not happening because Warrior left… but can you imagine how “amazing" those matches would have been? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4fuqjNMQqg Couldn’t be any worse than Papa Shango at least.  

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Friday Night Party Thread: February 15, 2019

YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE at Fox Hall in Annandale, Virginia, where over 300 of my craziest friends are joining me for NOVA Pro’s season 4 premiere tonight!  It’s also my debut as a referee on this stage, so yeah, I’m a shade nervous. ESPN has the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities tonight.  ESPN2 has the college ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WCW SuperBrawl

This time out we look at one of WCW’s gala events in the form of SuperBrawl. Indeed, for some within WCW itself, SuperBrawl was actually the event they considered to be the biggest event of the year, even bigger than Starrcade. This mostly was the case when Eric Bischoff took over, as he’s gone on ... Read more

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Tessa

Scott, Not sure if this has been covered but I cannot recall. How for the love of the WWE’s love of getting a Four Horsewoman deal over as a thing is Tessa Blanchard not on their roster and sewn directly to one of Charlotte’s implants?  Is there some kind of problems here with her, or ... Read more

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Nailz

Hey, Scott: Loving your Superstars recaps. Some questions: 1.) Could Nailz — in his previous "Kevin Kelly" incarnation — go in the ring at all? Watching him nearly 30 years later, he seemed to actively *trying* to be terrible. 2.) Did Vince know that Bossman would be gone from the company in early 1993? In ... Read more

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Rotunda

Given his NWA/WCW history, you would assume Mike Rotunda is a Hall of Candidate. So they have to eventually put IRS in, right?  I am 100% sure he will go in someday, yes.  As WWE Hall inductions go, it's a totally fine one.  

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Kofi vs Bryan

I know you’re probably sick of Kofi emails but hear me out here: Kofi pinned Bryan on SD. At Elimination Chamber, it comes down to Kofi and Bryan. Rowan and Big E brawl outside when Harper arrives and slips Bryan a weapon through the chamber allowing him to retain. At Fastlane they can do a ... Read more

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WWF UK Rampage ’93

April 11, 1993 From the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England Your hosts as Jim Ross, Bobby Heenan, and Lord Alfred Hayes Fatu w/ Afa vs. Brian Knobbs Heenan tells Knobbs to get all the help he can and might as well get the “Limeys” behind him. We get a lot of stalling until Fatu attacks ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Happy Valentine’s Day!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Happy Valentine’s Day! (02.14.19) I guess the theme of this week’s uploads should be pretty obvious. A Valentine for Thesz Lou Thesz v. Johnny Valentine (09.01.73) So this is footage from Florida in 73, with no sound, sadly, which makes it kind of weird. They fight ... Read more

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ALWF Event Centre: Ashes Rumble Update

Notes: the AfterLife Wrestling Federation is a tribute to wrestlers who have since left us.  The concept is a WWE-style wrestling organization with the best of the past.  Hopefully you’ll see some old favorites of yours!  And now: the ALWF, for over 100 years the revolutionary force in Slam Bang Western Style Wrestling. Gene Okerlund: ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 11th, 1993

April 11, 1993 From the Augusta County Civic Center in Augusta, GA Your hosts are Jim Ross, in his debut on Challenge, and Bobby Heenan This week in action are Jim Duggan, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Tatanka. Plus, Tiger Jackson vs. Little Louie and more!   Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioners The Executioners are Barry ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: February 14, 2019

Oh, like I have a valentine today. Your NBA on TNT game this week — just one, as the All-Star break is around the corner — is Thunder/Pelicans.  Your college basketball slate is: ESPN has Houston/Connecticut; ESPN2 has Illinois/Ohio State, then Murray State/Austin Peay (Ja Morant of Murray State is a must-see), and Gonzaga/Loyola Marymount.  ... Read more

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WWF 1992 Era Rumors

Your terrific Superstars reviews got me thinking about a few rumors I remember hearing over the years from the period. Hoping you can shed some light on these. How much is true, how much is bull.  1. When they were getting ready to debut Razor Ramon, he was originally going to be called the "Bag ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 10th, 1993

April 10, 1993 From the North Charleston Civic Center in North Charleston, SC Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We start off the show with still photos of WrestleMania narrated by Vince. We also learn that the Coliseum Home Video release of this show will be ... Read more

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Canadian Mount Rushmore

Hi Scott, hope all is well. Despite it being a U.S. icon and all, who would be on your Canadian Wrestler Mount Rushmore? Oh god, our first Rushmore of the year.  Bret Hart, Gene Kiniski, Whipper Billy Watson, and maybe Chris Jericho. Honourable mention to the Montreal mafia.  

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 5th, 1993

April 5, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage. Tonight, we will see Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Virgil, Steiner Brothers vs. Beverly Brothers, and Jerry Lawler in action.   Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Virgil Vince talks up WrestleMania as being great and lets us ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–05.30.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.30.92 Taped from Syracuse, NY, apparently the most batshit insane set of TV tapings ever filmed. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect, just in time for Dairy Month. Of course, Perfect has a laundry list of milk-related puns for the Shango-Warrior situation. The Legion of Doom ... Read more

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Becky vs. the Corporation

So, can we assume next week on Raw (because it's the more important show) that Becky will show up in the crowd, ignore her suspension, and attack Ronda Rousey. This will then cause Vince to lead out the local police to "arrest" Becky, live on national television? Then the same thing will happen on Smackdown ... Read more

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CWC 2

Hey Scott,   Why did they never do another CWC? There was either talk of, or an actual announcement at an investor's call, of a South American sequel to the CWC that was supposed to have happened in 2018 at some point and been based in (I believe) Brazil or thereabouts.  They would supposedly use ... Read more

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Kofi Kingston

Do you think Kofi Kingston is in for a singles push given his performance in the Gauntlet Match on Smackdown this past week, or do believe it will be forgotten about in short order?   I don't think they should put the World title on the guy or anything, but I'm sure a title shot at ... Read more

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NXT Global

Scott, A while back when NXT UK started their first set of weekly takings, I recall Triple H giving an interview in which he stated (iirc) that his goal and vision was not just a PC/Developmental system in various regions around the world, but a viable alternative brand/quasi-territory system, in which you could have guys ... Read more

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NXT UK – February 13, 2019

NXT UK Date: February 13, 2019 Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph Things are getting more interesting around here as Walter continues to be the biggest thing to be added to the show since its inception (all those months ago). For now though, we’re in Phoenix for some shows taped ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 13, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: September 13, 2004 Location: KeyArena, Seattle, Washington Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the night after Unforgiven and things are back to the normal levels of bleak. In this case, that’s due to HHH winning the World Title again, because Randy Orton had his four week reign and needed ... Read more

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NXT – February 13, 2019

NXT Date: February 13, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson We’re coming up on the build towards New York and that’s going to be a big night, with some of the card starting to come into focus. The big story continues to be Johnny Gargano vs. ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

AEW sold out the remaining 100 or so tickets in roughly 0.2 seconds or whatever it was.  But they’re still not a success yet until they actually hold the show.  Or so I hear.  Never mind that WWE barely sells 2000 tickets for a TV taping. I can’t believe the blog’s fantasy booking of KOFI ... Read more

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Dupe ’em

Why are smart marks/hardcore fans so easy to impress and distract? While having done ZERO shows so far, people (including marketing machine Meltz) praise AEW for selling out a trillion tickets in 1.7 seconds? That's marketing these days, and brillant IWC falls for it just like they believe in HISTORIC FIRST TIME EVER and WILL ... Read more

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WWF WrestleMania IX

April 4, 1993 From Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV   Gorilla Monsoon welcomes us to the show then immediately kicks it over to the debuting Jim Ross. Both are wearing togas.   We get Caesar and Cleopatra making their entrance as this has been transformed into the Roman Coliseum. The opening ceremony is extravagant ... Read more

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Eva Marie Returning

Hi Scott, i know you've been following Celebrity Big Brother US. Eva Marie has obviously gotten bit of mainstream attention & fame from her participation on that show. WWE's Youtube Channel recently featured her in a video of top WWE Returns fans wanted in 2019. So what do you think are the chances of her ... Read more

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Did they break The Rockers up too soon?

Hey Scott, Going through the 1992 Superstars and it occurred to me: The Rockers never had a chance to be THE face team in WWF despite being excellent workers and pretty over with the fans. With The hart Foundation gone, and LOD being difficult, do you think it would've worked to keep The Rockers together ... Read more

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AEW/WWE

Hey Scott, so you are presented the oppurtunity to attend 2 shows, AEW Double or Nothing, or WWE puts on a tri brand show with the following: 1. Lesnar vs Lashley 2. Styles vs Rollins 3. Bryan vs Dunne 4. Mctyre vs Joe 5. Demon Balor vs Black 6. Revival vs Undisputed Era 7. War ... Read more

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Lars Sullivan

What happened to Lars Sullivan?  Is Rowan taking the spot as Daniel Bryan's bodyguard he was supposed to play?   Lars suffered from a severe anxiety attack before his scheduled debut and went home, and is apparently welcome to return whenever he's ready.  And yes, Rowan is taking his spot for the moment, presumably until Harper ... Read more

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Charlotte Reigns

Before the Charlotte heel turn, she was basically in the same boat at Roman as in "the hand picked star who the fans don't want" role. So they gave her an edge back and turned her heel. Why couldn't they do the same thing with Roman? A Roman heel turn with him comming out as ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.02.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 01.02.95 And we are off to 1995, and what a way to kick off the year with HOGAN VS. BUTCHER at Starrcade ’94! – Dave’s summation of Starrcade: “When the biggest news coming out of a show is that the Honkytonk Man quit WCW, you know nothing much happened.” Regardless, the ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for NXT 8-26-2015

I’ve been looking for a writing project to get me back on the site regularly instead of just doing the Monday night threads and posting in the daily discussions. So after scanning through the Network for a couple of months I finally settled on picking up NXT around the third quarter of 2015. Mainly because ... Read more

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