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Sunday Pre-Summerslam Chatty Thread

My irritations with the blog continue as we're down this morning and no word on what's going on yet again.

Talk about the impending SummerSlam here!  There was a big swing in odds for Nakamura this morning, although that doesn't mean a title switch necessarily.

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DiBiase

Scott,   I just recently re-watched Royal Rumble 1992.  Having a worker the caliber of Ted DiBiase as one of the first two entrants makes sense, yet he was tossed over in 1:18.  He barely lasted longer than Jerry Sags.  Was he in the doghouse or working hurt or something?  What was the point of ... Read more

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Freaky Friday Thread

Tonight the Judge is already killing the Jays, so yay. Huge upload of Bobby Heenan clips on the Network today!  Maybe I’ll tackle that tonight. This weekend is No Mercy, and I’m pretty pumped about this one.  Cena v Reigns should be awesome and hopefully they pull the trigger on Braun. Talk about it here!

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 21, 1995

–A video package hypes today’s Sid-Bob Holly feature match, with Sid saying that Holly has made the biggest mistake of his life by agreeing to face him. –Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are inaugurating a new set of tapings in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The tapings were held on May 17 and ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 24th, 1990

June 24, 1990 From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Earthquake, The Bushwhackers, Rick Rude, and Jake Roberts. Plus, an update on the condition of Hulk Hogan and an interview with Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri.   The Bushwhackers ... Read more

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Nattie Neidhart

When did this current hate for Nattie begin? When she first made her debut she was heralded as this great in ring worker. People were pissed she was given the fart gimmick saying she deserved better, now suddenly she's a division killer. ​Is that the current opinion?  I dunno, I've always thought she was a ... Read more

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The Anti-Sting

Hey Scott, Just wondering, People sometimes say Sting should have been much, much bigger than he ended up, given his look, charisma, etc, but for whatever reason, it never clicked. My question is what wrestler, do you feel, with almost nothing going for him, not an indy darling, nothing that would endear him to Vince ... Read more

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for No Mercy 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE No Mercy 2016 Straight talk here, I’m watching this after the butt-clenching adrenaline of the Blue Jays game tonight, so this is probably gonna be a letdown because I only really know two of the matches. But did I mention BLUE JAYS WIN?  (I’m much more pumped about this year’s ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 22, 2017

ESPN.com Interview with Ric Flair http://ift.tt/2xqYkaL   WWE Superstar to Replace Davey Richards on This Weekend’s EVOLVE Shows Cedric Alexander will take Richards place as he will wrestle Zack Sabre Jr. tonight and Fred Yehi tomorrow. However, his matches will not air on the iPPV. http://ift.tt/2xnqp16   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 21, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: September 21, 2017 Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews It’s time for whatever this promotion is called this week, though I would recommend MMA Pro Wrestling at this point as the American Top Team fighters are the undisputed top stars of the show. Lashley’s release has been revoked ... Read more

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Big Brother Results?!! (Spoilers, Obviously)

Scott, What’s your take on the season and the finale? Are we going in the direction of the Sore Loser Jury? Nobody played a better game than Paul, but in the end a guy who many said they had no respect for wins?! And Cody is America’s Favorite Houseguest? I guess it will make for ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–11.01.93

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – November 1 1993 – Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY. Is this taping cycle over yet? I already miss them going live every other week. – Your hosts are Vince & Bobby Razor Ramon v. Bastion Booger Booger actually has theme music here, which is weird. Shoving match ... Read more

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Jinder Mahal may be racist

http://ift.tt/2xr7Tqf At least he's a better person than Hulk Hogan, I guess?   Regardless, probably the best course of action here is to book a title match for SmackDown, then have Nakamura hit him with a sarcastic crane kick and immediately pin him.  

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Ring of Honor – Death Before Dishonor XV Preview!

Howdy! This Friday, Ring of Honor presents the 15th edition of the Death Before Dishonor PPV, and it’s my job to try to convince you all to give it a watch. Regardless of whether you watch the show on a weekly basis or not, ROH normally brings the goods on PPV, so let’s run down ... Read more

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Kayfabe Commentaries Guest Booker: Re-Booking the InVasion with Jim Cornette

This was filmed in 2009 Sean Oliver is the host The interview runs at two hours and fifty minutes long   Cornette is asked about becoming a “seasoned” booker. He says you never become seasoned but rather you become experienced. He says the job is different from writers, who script the wrestlers and make everything ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 21, 2017

Paige Update Paige is currently training at the Performance Center and there is said to be a storyline for her return and its tentatively on Smackdown. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Reason Emma Was Not On RAW Emma was not at RAW this past Monday becausegiven the week off to spend more time ... Read more

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Punk

Hey Scott, Do you think there's any shot that CM Punk changing his hair and facial hair seemingly every week back when he was in WWE didn't help his cause? I mean couldn't they have logically said they were having a hard time  marketing him or putting him on a poster since he was constantly ... Read more

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Bischoff

Why was Eric Bischoff so willing to work for Vince McMahon in 2002? I'd always been under the impression that while he had an onscreen role in WCW, that he was primarily a business guy. Yet he signed with WWE purely in an onscreen role with no business or creative role to go with it. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–10.25.93

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – October 25 1993 – Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY. – Your hosts are Vince & Bobby, as Savage is injured due to Crush. Evil Crush v. Phil Apollo Crush now has purple and silver attire, because he’s EVIL. Crush catches Apollo’s punches and CRUSHES his fists (har ... Read more

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Shotgun Saturday Night

Even though most of these things on the WWE Network surveys never come to fruition, I have to admit I was incredibly excited just reading them mention the idea of a weekly "edgy" TV-14 show as one of the options. I know, I know we're completely overkilled with the amount of content each week. However, ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 21, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: April 21, 2003 Location: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler It’s the go home show for Backlash and we have a major main event for a change. This week will see HHH defending the Raw World Title against Booker T. in a Wrestlemania rematch, but there’s something a ... Read more

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NXT – September 20, 2017

NXT Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness This week should be centered around the fallout from last week with the Undisputed Era attacking the British contingent, which could set up a heck of a six man tag somewhere down the line. Other than ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 23rd, 1990

June 23, 1990 From the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, NY Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon This week, we will have a special tribute to Hulk Hogan. In action are Demolition, Brutus Beefcake, and Dino Bravo. Plus, the Ultimate Warrior as guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more   ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–11.08.93

And now, more importantly than any news item in this week’s Observer (and there’s some BIG ones!), it’s finally time for the meme that I have been waiting for MONTHS to work in somewhere. You’ll know it when you see it. – The top story of the week (and one of the biggest of the ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – September 19th, 2017

September 19, 2017 From the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness   Video hyping up the Enzo Amore vs. Neville Cruiserweight Championship match at No Mercy airs. These two will also have a face-to-face tonight.   Cedric Alexander vs. The Brian Kendrick We are shown the replay from ... Read more

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Bobby Heenan

http://ift.tt/2fzkKxg Just a brief look at some Heenan moments that never fail to bring a smile to my face ​Yeah, my original plan had been to do a column tomorrow for Sporting News dedicated to my favorite Heenan moments, but I had some stuff come up tonight so we'll see if I can pump it ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 19, 2017

Smackdown Date: September 19, 2017 Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton I’m getting used to this idea of having title matches booked in advance of the TV shows. This time around we have the US Title on the line as AJ Styles defends against Baron Corbin, who said he ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW-NJPW Supershow ’91

Live from Tokyo, Japan Airdate: March 21, 1991 Attendance:  55,000 Since I watched this on NJPW World and know approximately three words in Japanese, this ought to be interesting. Also, this was dubbed “Starrcade ’91 in Tokyo Dome” so if the real Starrcade ’91 sucks, WCW didn’t recruit enough Japanese wrestlers. Match 1 (eight-man): Hiro ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 20, 1995

–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are doing commentary and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Danbury, Connecticut.  These tapings were held on May 16 and attracted 1,800 fans according to historyofwwe.com. –Opening Contest:  The Smoking Gunns (10-2-1) beat Mike Khoury & Bob Cook after Billy pins Khoury after the Sidewinder at ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 17th, 1990

June 17, 1990 From the Dane County Expo Center in Madison, WI Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Tugboat, Rick Martel, Demolition, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan Unfortunately, I was unable to find a copy of the show with Boris Zhukov’s squash man win. I fully understand if you ... Read more

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Big John Studd in 89

So BJS wins the rumble in 89 but then doesn't even have his own match at WM5- What gives? And he was gone by June of that year… Do you think at the time Vince wishes he had someone else win that Rumble? Seems like a wasted opportunity to push someone to the main event? ... Read more

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Bound For Glory in Ottawa

In a five-week span, Ottawa will get an Impact PPV and five straight nights of TV tapings, followed by the Grey Cup, and then topped off with the Canadian Olympic Curling trials. My question is: Should ESPN Ocho just move their studios here? ​Hey, Amazon is also looking for a second HQ.  They could go ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–That 70s Rant!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems- That 70s Rant! Continuing on now into the wacky new era of “color TV”. Pff, what a fad. NWA World title: Gene Kiniski v. Dory Funk Jr. (Feb 1969) Once again, my personal connection to the match is that Kiniski was my dad’s next door neighbor in ... Read more

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WWE RAW Rundown 9-18-17

September 18, 2017 From the SAP Center in San Jose, CA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   We get a graphic in memory of Bobby Heenan before the live show.   The live show starts off with Kurt Angle in the ring. He is very excited with No Mercy just ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

“Now I’ve got the opportunity to come out here and be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame of Wrestling. Something I’ve loved all my life. Yeah, I got three bucks. Why did I stay? It was a job, I had to. I was feeding my mother, my grandmother and my aunt. ... Read more

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TNA rebrands AGAIN

http://ift.tt/2wpOLtD (Per PWInsider) How the hell is this company still in business? And what will they do with all the shotty new GFW belts they made? Maybe they think that if they keep changing the name, creditors won't be able to find them. 

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No Mercy and the Network

A few months ago, the IWC was all ablaze over the churn rate on the WWE Network. WWE then ran a special 3 month free trial membership of the network for August-october, which bridges the corporate quarter. For September, they've delivered the Mae Young Classic and now a No Mercy ppv with wrestlemania caliber matches. ... Read more

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WWE STARRCADE?!?

http://ift.tt/2f5dDMb Wow, we’ve kinda been waiting forever for them to use that name again, but it feels…weird to actually hear it.  Plus you’ve also got Clash of the Champions as a regular PPV thing now.  It’s a new, strange world we live in.

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Is No Mercy really a B PPV?

I was reading through your old rants and realized every No Mercy, except for a couple in the early 2000’s was a big thumbs up from you with one or two 4 snowflake plus matches on each card.  People are talking about throwing away Cena Reigns and Strowman Lesnar on a B show this year.  ... Read more

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Wrestling Companies Holding Grudges

Do you happen to know if there has ever been cases of TNA/GFW, ROH, New Japan, etc. holding a grudge against a departing wrestler that was WWE bound?  I.E.-"If you end up failing there, don't look to come back here when it's over."  I know in the past Vince has done this when talent left ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 16th, 1990

June 16, 1990 From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon In action this week are Rick Rude, The Rockers, Earthquake, Big Bossman, and Nikolai Volkoff. Plus, the “Brother Love Show” with guests Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri Unfortunately, I could not track down ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 18, 2017

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2xLufUI   Independent Wrestler Cancels Rest of 2017 Appearances Due to Knee Surgery Davey Richards cancelled the rest of his appearances this year to undergo surgery on his right knee http://ift.tt/2hbDDKe   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch the Motor City Machine Guns vs. Bryan Danielson & ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.28.97 Although last week’s show was bookended with one of the greatest angles in the history of the show, THIS week is almost as great in a lot of ways, too. Also, they should sell retro reproductions of Vince’s black demin “RAW is WAR” jackets on ... Read more

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Red Rooster Gimmick

If Terry Taylor embraced being a rooster like Mike Perry did, do you think he would have gotten over? http://ift.tt/2wxYidB Yes. Clearly if Taylor had been MORE of a rooster, he would have been World champion.  It all makes sense now. 

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Meltzer the Hypocrite

Hi Scott, Isn't it just a slight bit hypocritical for Meltzer to complain about dangerous pro wrestling matches while praising strong-style japanese style wrestling? He'll nitpick a WWE match to death, then give 25 5* matches to Misawa who was so utter destroyed by these matches, he died from them. I'm actually kind of annoyed by ... Read more

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Sunday Night Thread

Well, damn.  What a shitty way to kick off the evening, learning of the passing of the greatest manager in wrestling history. Here’s a compilation of some of his greatest moments from YouTube.  Chat about Bobby or whatever else is going on tonight.  

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Going out on your back

Hey Scott,     I’ve heard that when wrestlers retire (or leave a territory in the old days) they would always job for their last match.   Any instances that this didn’t happen?   ​Off the top of my head, Trish Stratus not only didn't lose in her retirement match against Lita in 2006, she ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – January 20th, 1983

January 20, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Paul Boesch In action this week are Tony Atlas, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and the main event is Stagger Lee vs. Ted DiBiase for the North American Heavyweight Title.   Pierce tells us that Lee has yet to arrive.   We are shown an interview where Bill ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi #72 10/23/2007

We’re in Kansas City, Ohio and Cyber Sunday is this weekend so expect this show to be more like a Jerry Lewis telethon than a wrestling show. The Miz and his harem run down the Cyber Sunday guys (”Morrison is a fruitcake, look at him!”) before addressing Kelly Kelly’s date with Balls Mahoney and reminding ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Black & White Era!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Black & White Era! OK, so the first couple of parts did really well this week, and now we carry on with more of the random and wonderful stuff found in the Hidden Gems of the Network, starting all the way back in the 50s and ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Here’s a full list of playable characters in WWE 2K18 A new series of Story Time begins on the WWE Network this Monday In the latest Extra Mustard column on Sports Illustrated, Eli Drake talks about winning the GFW world title and Bayley discusses her dream of headlining Wrestlemania Now talk, heathens!

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Smackdown – April 17, 2003

Smackdown Date: April 17, 2003 Location: Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s tournament night as we have the finals to crown a new #1 contender. John Cena will be facing Chris Benoit, which is pretty much the best final they could have gone for. Cena should be the favorite after having spent ... Read more

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What if Strowman wins?

Hi Scott,  I want to dream for a moment that Braun Strowman actually wins the universal title at No Mercy and we're not really going to get Lesnar-Reigns (again) at Mania… How do we get there if that's the case? I would think Reigns somehow goads the Undertaker into a Career Match to put him ... Read more

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Randomness

Scott………here's some random questions for you. 1.  I'm not familiar with Junkyard Dog at all outside of his mid-late 80's WWF run.  I have however read and I think I remember you saying before that he was a huge draw (for Bill Watts?)………can you elaborate more – when was he over, what got him over, ... Read more

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NJPW Destruction in Hiroshima

September 16th, 18:00 from Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall, Hiroshima The second of three Destruction shows sees Hiroshi Tanahashi defend his Intercontinental title against Zack Sabre Jr., KUSHIDA vs. El Desperado for the junior title and both sets of tag titles on the line. Let’s get to it. Here we go… Tiger Mask IV, Jushin Thunder ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–11.01.93

It’s time for HALLOWEEN HAVOC ‘93! But first, Dave has a riddle for us… “Q. How is it impossible to put together a show where from bell-to-bell the match quality is the highest of any PPV show since February and is topped off by arguably the best match bell-to-bell of the year in this country ... Read more

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