Friday, October 24, 2014
Brad Woodling remembers the first time John Cena battled Randy Orton inside Hell in a Cell: Cena and Orton’s First Clash in the Cell
The Titans of Wrestling crew interviewed the great Tito Santana: Titans of Wrestling #36: Interview with Tito Santana
Scott & Justin's Vintage Vault Refresh series is through SummerSlam 1988: Scott & Justin’s Vintage Vault Refresh: SummerSlam 1988
The NBA-Team continues their preseason divisional previews and Andrew Riche has begun his written previews as well: PTBN’s NBA-Team Division Previews
Maurice Pogue examines buying video games for gaming vs. collecting: The Wall of Shame
PTBN's Seinfeld Rewatch checks out classic episodes "The Pen" and "The Parking Garage": Seinfeld: The PTBN Series Rewatch
The Place to Be Podcast chatted Vengeance 2003 and also hosted their fourth annual Halloween Spooktacular: Place to Be Podcast
The following matches were set up during last night's NXT tapings:
-Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship (if Zayn loses he will leave WWE)
-Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks for the NXT Women's Championship
-The Lucha Dragons vs. The Vaudevillains for the NXT Tag Team Championship
-Hideo Itami/Finn Balor vs. The Ascension
The show is set for 12/11/14 on the WWE Network.
WWE Hiring New Social Media Manager
Per PWInsider, Cody Barbierri, WWE Social Media Manager, is gone from the company. There is a job posting on WWE.com seeking to fill that position. Barbierri was the individual that was slapped by Alberto Del Rio for refusing to apologize for a comment that Del Rio thought was racist. Del Rio was fired from the company for the incident.
Edge and Christian Reuniting?
Christian will begin to appear in the SyFy series Haven beginning 11/28. He will be playing a character named McHugh. It is a recurring role, and he will be in at least two more episodes in 2015. Here is a tweet from Edge on the matter:
Global Force Wrestling TV Update
Per PWInsider, Jeff Jarrett's GFW is still looking for potential TV partners. They are also in talks with three different Las Vegas venues for a site for the tapings.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.02.95
I really like this three-a-week pace. That’s the speed they should have been adding them at all along.
Ad roulette: Nothing tonight, not even a WWE Network logo.
Taped from Grand Rapids, MI
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler
WWE Network with NXT at 9/8c. The main event for the show will be Adrian Neville against Titus O'Neil in a non-title match. Then Superstars at 10/9c, featuring Jack Swagger vs. Bo Dallas and Kofi Kingston vs. Tyson Kidd.
Thursday night NFL action has AFC West action San Diego Chargers taking on the Denver Broncos. The Chargers are 5-2 and the Broncos are 5-1. Sounds like a pretty good game. That's on CBS at 8:25 ET.
There's NCAA football with #18 E. Carolina at home to Connecticut and Miami (FL) at Virginia Tech.
NHL action, NBA preseason with the regular season opener less than a week away.
It was previously reported that WWE and Brock Lesnar worked out a deal for more appearances in a pay-per-appearance deal, but WWE has not yet utilized that deal. That may be about to change. According to the WON, Lesnar is not yet booked for Survivor Series or TLC, but are in discussions with him about where they can use him in order to build to Royal Rumble. The winner of this weekend's John Cena/Randy Orton match gets a future shot at the title, which more than likely will happen at the Rumble if he is not used on the next two shows.
Randy Orton Babyface?
According to the WON, there are discussions about turning Orton babyface. John Cena and Randy Orton are leading the two house show circuits and Orton is not drawing well as a heel, and they would like to turn that around. The seeds have already been planted for an Orton/Seth Rollins feud, and with Orton giving Paul Heyman the RKO on RAW. This may suggest that Orton will be the one to face Brock Lesnar for that title shot.
Rey Mysterio Done with WWE?
According to the WON, former WWE Spanish announcer Hugo Savinovich has said that Rey Mysterio is done with WWE and wants to work for AAA or Lucha Underground. WWE would like Mysterio to return, but Rey does not want to come back. He is still under WWE contract and is permitted to make appearances elsewhere off-camera.
How Much On-Screen Content Does TNA Have Left?
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, TNA has enough footage from their most recent tapings to air episodes up to the 11/19/14 episode of Impact. After that, in order to fulfill their deal with Spike TV, TNA will air recap shows with older footage. This gives TNA until the beginning of 2015 to secure a new TV deal.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
TNA iMPACT is on Spike at 9/8c. On tap is a contract signing between Bobby Roode and Bobby Lashley; an eight team #1 contender tournament gets underway as well.
WWE Network - Total Divas at 8/7c; back-to-back episodes of Monday Nitro beginning at 9/8c with episodes from 1/22/96 and 1/29/96/
World Series Game 2 between the Giants and Royals, Giants up 1-0. The pitching match will be Jake Peavy and Yordany Ventura.
NHL action, NBA preseason, and TV such as Survivor and Arrow.
You don't necessarily have to keep it clean (like you would anyway).
The Rock vs Chris Jericho (No Mercy 2001 WCW... by puropwgwwestuff
Here's a few show ideas they can have:
- The Marine, The Series (Hell take any movie they've done and add "The Series" to it)
- Tag Team: Remake the Roddy Piper / Jessie Ventura cop show
- Welcome to Parts, Unknown: Northern Exposure meets sports enterainment. A young doctor (or lawyer) takes a job in the small town of Parts Unknown with its eclectic cast of masked and face painted residents.
- 4th and Take Down: A football comedy about a fictionalized West Texas A&M with players based on the actual wrestlers who went to that school (Dusty Rhodes, Tully Blanchard, Tito Santana, Terry Funk, Stan Hansen, Ted Dibiase).
- Celebrity Tough Enough
- Learning the Ropes: The New Class
- Space Slam: Space Jam - Michael Jordan + John Cena in an 8-man tag match with Bugs, Daffy and the Tasmanian Devil vs Aliens = ALL THE MONEY
There is an ongoing contract issue between Bischoff and TNA, with false reports of the two parties suing each other. Neither side can discuss the matter until their deal expires, which is reportedly to be very soon. Bischoff was on Steve Austin's podcast recently where he stated he could not dicuss the matter.
This week's episode drew 3.7 million viewers with a 1.2 in the 18-49 demographic, down from last week's 3.75 and 1.23 respectively. It's the second lowest viewership of the year, beating only the 5/26 episode. The household number was not yet available at the time of this post.
WWE Network in Canada Update
Rogers has issued a letter to the CRTC addressing issues raised with their application last month. The company stated that they received nearly three hundred interveners responding to the application and that only four opposed it. Other highlights:
-The Network as distributed in Canada will consist of the same content available on the US version.
-The Network will not be exclusive to Rogers and that other companies can negotiate to carry it on their systems.
-WWE decided to carry the Network as a cable channel rather than an over-the-top service in Canada, but that Rogers confirmed that they are working to also provide a service with the same functionality and convenience of the US over-the-top service.
Change to Hell in a Cell
From the Smackdown taping last night, the match between Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro for the Intercontinental Championship will now be a 2 out of 3 Falls match.
Random but sort of lucid thought I had this morning. It seems whomever holds the IC or US Title (and to a lesser extent the Tag Titles) ends up jobbing a shitload on tv. Here's a theory as to why...
Since basically the entire roster is filled with midcard geeks trading wins with each other, no one is terribly over. Additionally, the powers that be have asserted many times that the belts are but mere props. Therefore, when you need to have someone BUILD MOMENTUM to the next PPV or whatever, getting a win against Jack Swagger or Mark Henry or whoever doesn't do anything for them.
But in the eyes of the fans, the belts still mean something, so getting a win over the person that holds them still has meaning. We all know this on an intrinsic level (even the creative team), even though the mid-tier titles almost never get spotlight feuds.
The titleholders serve as prop vehicles for use when the story calls for it. I don't think any of us would disagree when we say they're leaving money on the table with this approach, but using the belts this way at least does have it's own goody logic to it. Thoughts?
(Just for the sake of context, here’s my most recent rant on IYH3 to go along with the RAW from last night.)
The SmarK Retro Rant for WWE In Your House #3: Triple Header! (September 1995)
- This is another redo of a rant I did back in the bad old days where I thought it really needed an upgrade, and since I was watching this show anyway, here it is.
- Live from Saginaw, MI.
- Your hosts are Vince and Jerry and Jim.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.25.95
Ad roulette! I got a commercial for PureTalk before this show. So it begins.
So it’s the night after In Your House 3, when Shawn Michaels & Diesel supposably won the tag titles from Owen & Yoko, only to have Gorilla Monsoon to reverse the decision and force the new old champions to face the Smoking Gunns.
Also, they’ve overhauled the RAW intro. Again. Men fighting on the rooftops! Pretty sure the shots of people running into the fences were recycled into the D-X entrance years later, as well.
Live from Grand Rapids, MI
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler
WWE Network with Main Event at 8:00 PM ET, followed by an all-new Monday Night War at 9:00 which focuses on the impact of Goldberg.
WORLD........SERIES!! It's on FOX and it starts at around 7:00 ET. San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals. My prediction: it's an even numbered year so let's say....Giants in 5.
TV: The Flash, Agents of SHIELD.
NHL, NBA Preseason.
It's one stop shopping right here......at the BoD.
10-22-00 The Rock vs. Kurt Angle (WWF Title No... by puropwgwwestuff
On the WWE Corporate site, you can find the following statement:
"WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated."
Smackdown scored a 1.96 for this past Friday's show, up slightly from a 1.94 the week before. It ranked 2nd on Friday night cable behind "Gold Rush" on Discovery.
Jake Roberts Health Update
On Friday, Jake Roberts tweeted that doctors have found three spots on his brain that they are concerned about, and will receive another MRI in three weeks.
Seth Rollins at NXT
Seth Rollins will be appearing at this week's NXt taping. No word on whether he will see in-ring action.