Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 14 – Featuring Danny Cage

On episode 14 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about Kevin Steen, Dean Ambrose, Rusev & Putin, KENTA, John Cena going Hollywood and much more.
Kevin is then joined by Danny Cage, owner of the world famous Monster Factory. Danny talks about how he took over the Factory, his recent graduate Steve Cutler that is currently in NXT, his current crop of trainees, his tenets for trainees to follow and much more.
Kevin and Justin then discuss the World Cup of Greatest TV Characters, play a game of “Who Would You Take” and also chat NBA Free Agency, WWE Network and the always hot trending stories.

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–11.07.94


The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.07.94

My friend sent me a Destiny beta code. No idea if it’s something I’ll care about, but yay for free stuff and yay for finally getting something interesting for my Xbox One!

Live from Bushkill, PA. Is that literally a high school gym? Good lord.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and the empty hole in my soul once occupied by Randy Savage. Also, Jerry Lawler, beginning a run that would last for 20 years, give or take.

Main Event Followup

Reading your latest post, the rant on the Main Event has me wondering some things I'm sure you answered a bunch of times: Say Honky does his job and lays down to Savage, the screw job takes place, and now Dibiase is Champ 6 weeks before Wrestlemania.
So a) was the title tourney always in the cards?  Or was Dibiase gonna face Hogan?   All I've ever read was Dibiase loses to Savage at Summerslam was the plan.   And b) what becomes of the IC title?  Does Savage face Honky at Mania and then job to Bad News Brown to get read for Dibiase?   What was in the cards for WM 4 if no tournament?

I knew this would come up again.

The plan was for the Hogan-Andre match to go off as planned, the title would be stripped, and Dibiase would win the tournament before losing it at Summerslam.  The tournament was always planned.  No idea if there was any concrete plans for Savage as IC champion, unless it was a rematch with Honky.  

Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #37


Yeah, I know that’s wacky numbering, but blame the Network as they have The Main Event listed as episode 37 of SNME. 

I have multiple versions of the two matches featured on this show, so we’ll just include everything for fun, since they’ve been done on different DVDs and such.

Evening Thread - Wednesday Edition

Tonight on the Network, it's a live stream replay of Battleground 2014.

There's a full slate of MLB action on tap.

If you're not interested in any of that, come on in and regale us with stories of food and drunkenness.

Windham and Rotundo

hey scott!  When Barry Windham left the wwe abruptly at end of 85, his team with Mike Rotundo was one of hottest acts in the company. After losing to Beefcake and Valentine, they started the angle where Barry was recovering from being blinded and were set to resume the feud with the dream team. If Barry doesnt bolt, would they have blown the feud off at Mania 2? All signs pointed that direction until Barry bolted. 

​I don't know, Barry seemed to be pretty anxious to get back to the loving embrace of Dusty's protection and booking.  The WWF never was a really good fit for him and never seemed super-comfortable there.  The cigar angle seemed more like a blowoff of the character to me.  ​

July Classics: Shane Douglas vs. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Pitbull #2 - Heatwave '96


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Finally, some good news with a deserving recipient.  Congrats, Al! 



What on earth was the deal with Renegade?   Did Vince ever sue for such a Warrior ripoff?   And did the fans shit on him when they realized he wasn't Hellwig?   I mean by early 95, it was pretty awful with washed up WWF guys everywhere but to me Renegade takes the cake

​Well as to the legality, at some point Vince lost the rights to the whole Warrior gimmick back to Hellwig, so it might have been a case of him not being able to sue in the first place.  And yes, fans absolutely shit on Renegade from the moment he debuted, because WCW had essentially been promising Ultimate Warrior.  I think Hogan legitimately thought he could build up this clod into a Warrior-type foil and draw money with him, but I'm not in his deranged mind so I couldn't say for sure.  ​

Sting: The Ultimate Collection Content Revealed


Monday Nitro - March 1, 1999

Monday Nitro #178
Date: March 1, 1999
Location: Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 17,852
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Larry Zbyszko

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

Maybe this will be a better month. With two Nitros to go until Uncensored, we don't have anything set for the show. Given how short the time span between the shows, I'm assuming we'll be getting a lot of rematches at Uncensored. That's fine in theory and hopefully we get the right endings this time, but the damage has already been done. Let's get to it.

QOTD #33: Feeling old


Off Topic Wednesday!

Today’s Question: What makes you feel old?

We’ll look at your answers on this tomorrow. In the meantime, start the discussion right away by scrolling to the bottom. Otherwise, stick around for yesterday’s SummerSlam discussion.

Network Update - 7/23/14

In Ring > RAW Replays
                >1995 - Episode 109 - 5/1/95
                              Episode 110 - 5/8/95
                              Episode 111 - 5/15/95
                              Episode 113 - 5/28/95

             > Smackdown Replays
                >2001 - 4/5/01

BoD Daily Update

Jim Ross Officially Gone From the WWE

Ross today announced via Twitter that today his is last day as a contracted employee of the WWE.

More Changes from This Past RAW's Original Script

Originally, Roman Reigns was going to face Rusev and Bo Dallas was going to face The Great Khali in a rematch from last week but that was dropped over the course of the day.

RAW Scores Best Rating in Two Months

TNA/Spike TV Update

Negotiations between TNA officials and Spike TV are ongoing with TNA hopeful they can have a deal in place by next month's TV tapings so they can officially announce a deal.

You Still Do Brock Lesnar Questions,Right?


With Brock,why is he so shielded and protected? I know that's a broad question,but in terms of match quality and how quickly the initial buzz/pop wears off after each return,is he worth the outlay?

For example,Brock returns and loses a hot match to Cena. OK. He then draws a big buyrate against HHH. Their two rematches sucked however,but one was a WrestleMania and one was a rushed B-show bout so no real spotlight,in terms if numbers, was shone on either.

His Punk bout at SummerSlam last year was a **** affair at least but the event flopped finacially. The Big Show angle stunk in every respect earlier this year, and the subsequent Taker stuff had historical value but the match itself was never going to be a classic.

Now,he's going to be champion in a few weeks,timed brilliantly to 'save' the Network, and then pretty much vanish with the belt. I still like Brock and his mystique a hell of a lot,but when the dust settles on this run will it be exposed as an expensive luxury?

​I wouldn't say the Big Show stuff stunk as such.  It was pointless as a storyline and the post-match beatdown was overdone, but it got him over as a giant-killing monster again​ at least.  

As for Brock's worth, he already justified the cost of his initial contract by adding extra buys to Extreme Rules, so anything on top of that was gravy.  Plus someone with his kind of star power really does add an extra rub to whatever show he's working on, whether or not he's putting over Cesaro at the time.  I'm not saying the money has been perfectly spent on him and that they didn't flush millions down the toilet by beating him in his first match and wasting three PPV slots on HHH, but it's hard to call him a flop either.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Matt's Main Event Recap: 7/22/2014

Tonight, we're supposed to have Sheamus and Rusev which tickles me so.

Let's get moving.

Bret Hart: The Best There Is DVD Review (Disc 1 and 2)


Bret "Hitman" Hart - The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be

PG Era Retro Rant: Saturday Night's Main Event, 3.12.88

So I brought up this show in the discussion part of my Raw Recap post (see elsewhere), but I wanted to give it the full treatment. Then I remembered Scott was doing his SNME archive binge and checked with him first. Fortunately, he said “the more the merrier”, so here's my look at this shindig. Scott will be along with his later.

WWF Championship Wrestling July 19th, 1986

July 19, 1986

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon

This week, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd will take on Paul Orndorff & Hulk Hogan in the main event.

Evening Thread - Tuesday Edition

Tonight on the Network, it's Main Event at 8:00 ET, Wrestlemania Rewind at 9:00 featuring the Mysterio/Angle/Orton triple threat match from WM XXII, and Countdown at 10:00 featuring the top ten "riveting rivalries".

Also, a full slate of MLB games this evening.

Best Match This Week

I thought of hopping on here and pimping tonight's PPV, Night 2 of the G1 tournament. To be honest though, it's probably the weakest card of the tournament, so instead I figured I'd share the match from yesterday that many have called the greatest singles match of AJ Styles' career. For my money, the only thing keeping this from the full monty is the ref-bump/run-in business, and even then the crowd was so into that. A must see for "wrestling" fans. Others may prefer the Stephanie/Brie Bella angle, I don't know. Takes all kinds I suppose..

Full Match Here: AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada (7/21/14)

July Classics: The Rock vs. Chris Benoit - Fully Loaded 2000


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What the World Was Watching: Fully Loaded 1998 - In Your House

by Logan Scisco

-The video package raises the big questions for tonight’s main event:  Will Kane and the Undertaker work together?  Will Mankind be the odd man out?  Is Vince McMahon organizing everything?  Hopefully tonight we will find some answers!

-Jim Ross and Jerry “the King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Fresno, California.

Saturday Night’s Main Event Countdown: #14


- Taped from Landover, MD

- Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.


(Well, the Network has randomly added the next 13 SNME shows, so back we go into the reposts.  This is another one from a 4-in-1 rant, so it’s point system again.) 


Wrestlemania 7



Before Iraq invade Kuwait in 1990 and the whole Sgt. Slaughter turncoat angle was conceived, what was the plan for Wrestlemania 7?  Was Warrior-Hogan II the long plan or did they have something else cooking?  Thanks.

​Yup, Warrior-Hogan was indeed conceived as the general plan from the moment Warrior won the title, but Warrior just didn't draw and they decided to go with the cultural zeitgeist of the Iraq invasion instead.  And really, a few years earlier and Slaughter as the American turncoat might have worked as a foil for Hogan, but I think everyone knew he was too far past his prime and just didn't buy it. ​

QOTD #32: SummerSlam


Today’s Question: What is your all-time favorite SummerSlam match?

We have over 25 years to choose from, so have at it. To start the discussion, jump to the end of this thread or hit the “Comments” button. Otherwise stick around to talk about the Shield.

You still do Weird Al Yankovic news, right?

What's your favorite of the eight new Weird Al videos?  Word Crimes
really appeals to me by touching on my biggest grammar pet peeves, but
the swerve he throws on us in the second half of Foil is phenomenal.

Also, please plug Mandatory Fun to the American Blog of Doomers, so
that he may finally get his long deserved number one selling album.

Personally I'm still most fond of "Tacky" because it was the first and remains the biggest ear-worm even if I'm sick of the original song.  "Handy" is also great as a parody ("Who dat / Who screw dat" is genius) but not as inspired as a video.  I love "Mission Statement" because I hear that shit EVERY DAY as serious stuff I'm supposed to follow.  I do wish he'd release all the polka medleys as a greatest hits, though.  

BoD Daily Update

Finish to BattleGround Match Changed the Day of the Show

Originally, Bray Wyatt was booked to beat Jericho at BattleGround but Vince McMahon made the call on Sunday to switch the finish. During the booking meeting on Saturday, Wyatt was originally going over in the match.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Jake Roberts Interview

Kayfabe Commentaries Taking Questions for Upcoming Matt Sydal Live YouShoot

The deadline is tomorrow to submit a question. You can do so by clicking on the link below

You still do comic news right?


​Rock was BORN to play Black Adam, not Shazam.  The main hero should be, like, a younger Michael Cera saying the magic word and turning into Mark Wahlberg or something.  ​

Also, I'd like to think Rock is smart enough not to jump on the trainwreck that is DC's movie division right now.  He should be fucking NAMOR, man!  It's been rumored for YEARS.  

Also, I finally watched Pain & Gain on Netflix tonight, and wrestling fans from the 90s will eat it up because it just nails ALL the details of douchebag weightlifters from the time period.  Plus Rock throws a weight at Kurt Angle's head in jail, so there's that.  It's long but REALLY good.