Friday, July 3, 2015

Thunderlips Lives

So here's an idea that'll sell 100k tickets to next years Mania. Hulk Hogan's last match Basically Mark Henry wins the IC title but keeps fighting jobbers, and the commentators bury him. They then show a virtual reenactment of Hogan vs Henry as the best of one era versus a guy from another era. Henry, managed by Paul Heyman for reasons, demands a match with Hogan. Hogan appears in front of a review board all "eh, Don't tell me I'm too old. I still got life in me." and they allow him to wrestle. Nick Hogan, dressed like a businessman, is all "Dad, don't." Hogan tells his son it ain't how hard you crash, but how hard you can crash and keep moving forward. Hogan vs Henry goes fifteen minutes, and Hogan leaves before they announce the winner to a standing ovation.

We then see images of Hulkamaniacs running through Venice Beach as "Real American" plays over the end of Mania.

1 million buys, right?

Look, it's not cool to toy with my love of Rocky movies, OK?  Leave the memories alone.  

BoD Daily Update

Update on Potential WWE/WWN Relationship

It has been reported that the WWE is indeed getting serious about making a deal with WWN. The word is that the WWE is looking to make a low six-figure investment in WWN to help them run more shows and sign more talents. The WWE would presumably have access to the talent they want without worrying about them already appearing on National TV or having signed away their licensing.

Dolph Ziggler Contract Update

Ziggler was reported to have received a new contract offer a few weeks ago but did not sign, opening up a lot of speculation. The belief is he will still re-sign.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE High on Independent Talent

It has been reported that the WWE is very high on Rich Swann and will likely offer him a Developmental Deal in September. It was also reported that the WWE is expected to offer more Developmental Deals after SummerSlam as they want more talent to report to NXT in the Fall.

How Much is Talent Getting Paid to Work for GFW?

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, he was told that most of the talent working for Jeff Jarrett are getting paid between $300-500, with a few of the legends getting more.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Highspots 40% Off Sale

The sale covers shoot interviews, DVD's, t-shirts, posters and more. You can check it out by clicking on the link below. It ends 7/5 at midnight EST.

J.J. Remembers Dusty Rhodes

Hey Scott,

Thought your readers would enjoy my interview with J.J. Dillon on his memories of Dusty, working with Eric Bischoff, his only match in the Garden, and plenty more.

I'd tell you to enjoy the 4th of July, but Canada.


Wait, so does that mean I'm not specifically allowed to enjoy the day just because I'm Canadian?  That's pretty cold.  Although I will have the Japan show to watch on Saturday, so that may also affect my enjoyment of the day.  We'll see how it goes.

Enjoy the gay marriage and Obamacare!


Daniel Bryan is the Magnum T.A. of the PG era


Triple H, Stephanie, and J & J security are the Lord Zed, Rita Repulsa, Goldar and Finster of the WWE.

FACT (Seth Rollins is their current monster. both co-opt superior products from Japan #SabanBalor)

The WWE/F would not have survived the Monday Night War without the Undertaker. By pushing taker over Diesel in 1996, Vince literally sold his soul to the devil to save his own company (downside: he bet on the real (i.e. HIGHER) power and now he can't control it #VINCEpalpatine)


cypher: VpYyPhVjrRDeoDsMRcVRlLrNYdPItVRpGqTpYrOm


- kayfabeGLOBAL

​This guy gets it.​

Impact Wrestling - July 1, 2015

Impact Wrestling
Date: July 1, 2015
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D'Angelo Dinero

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

This is a big special show called Bell to Bell, headlined by Ethan Carter III challenging Kurt Angle for the World Title. We're also coming off a pretty lackluster Slammiversary with the main story being Jeff Jarrett winning King of the Mountain and taking the newly created title to Global Force Wrestling. We also have a thirty minute Iron Man match for the Tag Team Titles so this is a packed show. Let's get to it.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Smackdown - July 2, 2015

Date: July 2, 2015
Location: Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Uso

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

There isn't a lot to say at the moment as we're getting closer and closer to Battleground and the showdown between Lesnar and Rollins. Raw mainly focused on Wyatt vs. Reigns, which is coming off as a strong feud with Wyatt getting inside Reigns' head, but I can't imagine there being much of a challenge for Roman when they finally face off. Let's get to it.

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–08.19.96


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 08.19.96

Live from Huntsville, AL, which is apparently on the list of cities that are not to be mentioned because they’re too small.

Your hosts are Tony & Larry

Low Raw Ratings

Hey Scott, with the most recent Raw (6/29/15) getting a 2.5 rating, the show is getting perilously close to matching some of its lowest ratings ever. My question is, will we ever get something similar to that infamous moment where Vince McMahon declared the beginning of the Attitude Era on Raw when ratings were in the toilet and attendance was down back in 1997, or is that an impossibility now? I don't necessarily mean that they would turn back to raunchy content again, but maybe a declaration that they are going in a different direction and having a reboot of the current product? Surely McMahon is, if not necessarily panicking, then is at least putting a lot of thought into these low ratings.

​Well, I can't claim to be a close personal friend of Vince McMahon or anything, but I'm pretty sure he's not dealing with this very well given that he already panicked and brought Brock back to TV a month early as it is.  

No worries though, he has a plan that probably is to push Reigns to the Rumble win again and have him win the title at Wrestlemania, so clearly ​that will fix everything.  

BoD Thursday Night Thread

Tonight, Smackdown is on SyFy at 8pm EST, highlighted by Mark Henry vs. Ryback. Plus, MLB action, NHL & NBA free agency and more.

Also, as a quick programming note, I will be reviewing the Brickhouse Brown shoot interview next Thursday as I will be reviewing episodes of Brickhouse TV every other Saturday night, alternating them with my RoH reviews. And the shoot interview after that will be the 1994 WCW Timeline with Eric Bischoff.

Fwd: WCW Desire video

Someone made a WCW version of the Desire montage video (the one that uses the Kid Rock song) that WWE made years ago and it's really good. 
​DAMN.  I thought it was going to be some wacky parody thing to highlight how dumb WCW was, but that one got me right in the feels.  That Sting montage was fantastic, as was the Horsemen/Dangerous Alliance/nWo thing.  Kudos to the guy who managed to edit it together like that.  Especially Hogan morphing from Hulkamania to Hollywood in mid-legdrop.  ​

Macho Man and Cocaine


Something that has bothered me a little bit recently is the theory that Randy Savage was all coked up during some of his classic promos. I'm not sure if it's more a meme or if people really think Savage was dipping into the nose candy. By all accounts the Macho Man was notoriously thrifty  making it hard for me to believe he would willing pay to support that type of habit. There are stories about how much he loved coffee, in particular I remember Warrior talking about them downing a pot of coffee before a match. Lanny Poffo has also mentioned on several podcasts how thrifty Savage was and that he didn't blow money on drugs and partying. Now I'm not trying to say Savage was a straight edge superstar, but I think it's ridiculous to accuse Macho Man of being wrestling's version of Scarface. I feel Savage was just that intense and talented. 

​I feel like maybe Warrior was using coffee as a euphamism for "giant bag of blow", because there's been numerous people who have cited Savage's love for cocaine and other drugs, along with everyone else in the 80s.  Plus having your heart explode at a relatively young age like it did​ doesn't typically happen from coffee alone.  I mean, I love Savage as much as anyone, but I'm not operating under false illusions here.  



You mentioned in a recent post that you didn't think Goldberg's undefeated streak should have been broken.  However that's simply unfeasible in the long run.  To that end, in a perfect world (one in which WCW is a competent, forward-thinking organization with their finger on the pop cultural pulse as opposed to their thumb up their ass), who do you book to hand Goldberg his first loss and how?

​I'm back!  OK, you probably didn't even notice that I've gone since Monday night for Canada Day festivities out of town (but sadly not away from the suffocating smoke that's covering the whole damn province right now) and post-dating mailbag questions, but it's true.  

​Again, why did the streak have to end?  Undertaker's streak certainly didn't need to end, and Goldberg still had TONS of guys to go through that they hadn't even touched yet.  Bruno Sammartino was champion for eight years before anyone got sick of him.  They could have done the Sting feud, the Giant feud, the Hogan rematch, a Warrior feud, a friggin' RIC FLAIR feud that would have been epic, a Luger feud...there was really endless matches they could have gone to.  That being said, I was 99% sure that Hogan was going to get the win back.  

But if we're getting wacky, then the person who REALLY could use the win would have been DDP at Havoc 98.  Hitting a Diamond Cutter out of the jackhammer would at least be a viable way to beat Goldberg, and they were pushing DDP to the World title in a few months anyway.  Really, anyone else on the short list didn't actually need the Goldberg rub.  

WCW Power Hour: January 16, 1993

Going AnonYou failed to note the very loud "Erik Watts sucks" chant while he's being interviewed in the back.

I have failed each and every one of you. I vow to work harder at bringing up any and all of Erik Watts’ lowest moments.

LIVE from a taped studio, TONY SCHIAVONE and LARRY ZBYSZKO are running on Cactus Jack-mania. Of course, they immediately divert my attention by casually dropping in that The Barbarian is facing 2 Cold Scorpio in the main event. Oh, hell, yes. Scorpio, I dare you to step. This could be glorious.

RF Video Shoot Interview with Rey Mysterio (2015)

This was filmed in March of 2015

The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein

It runs at two hours and twelve minutes long

BoD Daily Update

Top Matches for WrestleMania 32 Already Planned?

It has been reported that Vince McMahon has already thought up the top six matches for WrestleMania 32. Details of those six matches are scarce but it had been reported that Sting vs. Undertaker was not one of those matches as Vince is negative on the match for some reason and that Daniel Bryan is not included either. Despite no knowledge of his opponent it has reported that the match planned for Cena is "almost a lock" to happen. Also, a HHH & Stephanie vs. Rock & Ronda Rousey match is planned but Dana White has to okay Rousey appearing on the show.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

TNA Morale At An All-Time Low?

It was reported that the morale at TNA's TV tapings this past week were at an all-time low. Talent was upset over being kept in the dark about Jeff Jarrett's return and the production staff were upset over learning that after working a PPV and TV tapings in back-to-back days that they will not be paid for the previous set of TV tapings until 7/15 at the earliest. It was also reported that the company was more focused on trying to find out which member of the production staff talked to Brian Fritz from the "Sporting News" about being behind on pay than anything else.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

TNA Star to Appear on the Global Force Wrestling TV Tapings

Bobby Roode will appear at the tapings on 7/24.

Highspots Releases Newest Installment in the Developmentally Speaking Series

Hosted by Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins), he welcomes former WWE Developmental workers Luke Gallows, Brad Attitude, and Mica (Camacho). Click on the link below to view the trailer

Option A / Option B


Hi Scott

Thought I'd do one of these again because I've always enjoyed your responses and I enjoy writing these as well. They always seem to stimulate conversation on the blog as well.

For those of you new to the game, I give Scott two options, A or B, and ask him to pick his favourite. It's crisp and clean with no caffeine!

Lucha Underground - Episode 34: Gold And Guerreros

Lucha Underground - Episode 34: Gold and Guerreros
Date: July 1, 2015
Location: Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, CA
Commentators: Matt Striker, Vampiro

Previously on Lucha Underground...

WWE Tough Enough - Season 6, Episode 2: "Swamp Stories"

Hi there! Helluva day, wasn't it? I hope everyone is well

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BoD Wednesday Night Thread

On tap for tonight:

NXT airs at 8pm EST on the WWE Network, highlighted by Finn Balor & Samoa Joe vs. Kevin Owens & Rhyno

Ring of Honor airs on Destination America at 8pm EST highlighted by AJ Styles vs. Adam Cole

Lucha Underground starts at 9pm EST on the El Rey Network

TNA Impact airs at 9pm EST on Destination America as Kurt Angle defends the TNA Title against EC3

Plus, MLB action, NBA & NHL free agency, and anything else going on tonight you can discuss here.

Monday Nitro - February 7, 2000

Monday Nitro #226
Date: February 7, 2000
Location: Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Attendance: 6,358
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Mark Madden

Reviewed by Tommy Hall

We're two weeks from SuperBrawl and most of the card is coming in clear. Unfortunately that means we can see what's coming and therefore are all running for the hills before it kills us all. Hogan is back and seems to hate anyone young, Sid has been in back to back Thunder Caged Heat main events and Jeff Jarrett has power because Nash has disappeared. Fun times eh? Let's get to it.

Vehicle Power Rankings


Watching Superbrawl II and just saw Jesse Ventura ride in on a motorbike; was wondering what the all time power rankings of people riding to ring side in or on a vehicle would be.
I'm going with something like;
1. Eddie in the lowriders
2. Bikertaker
3. JBL's limo
4. Alberto Del Rio's luxury cars
5. DOA on those beautiful Titan bikes
Anything I'm missing? Obviously there's a stack of one offs.

Austin’s assortment of pickup trucks were also pretty great, and he’s had some other one-off vehicle entrances as well.  I don’t think you’re missing much, actually, and I’d mostly agree with those choices. 

I quit


> Sick of people from NPP harassing me because I post review on the blog.
> I'd rather give up now than having a meltdown a few months from now.
> I'm sorry and I really thank you for the opportunity.
> Matt Perri

Well that seems totally legit.

BoD Daily Update

RAW Ratings

RAW drew 3.46 million viewers this past Monday, the second lowest non-holiday RAW rating since 1997. Here are the hourly breakdowns:

8pm: 3.36 million viewers
9pm: 3.48 million viewers
10pm: 3.54 million viewers

Backstage Thoughts on Dean Ambrose vs. Kane Match

There was a lot of criticism backstage over the decision to have Dean Ambrose lose to Kane on the RAW after Money in the Bank

WWE Wrestler Working With Injury

Sin Cara is currently working through a shoulder injury.

Also, head on over to Place to be Nation for a few non-wrestling articles. You can check out the "Last Action Hero" article featuring the Top 25 Arnold Schwarzenegger characters and the NBA Free Agency and Draft Recap podcasts by clicking on the links below:

No Saddam Way


As a followup to my recent Wrestlemania VII question, suppose Gulf War I never took place (or, if you REALLY want to chart a course for Fantasyland, Vince executed a modicum of discretion), thereby nullifying the Slaughter-as-Iraqi-turncoat angle.  In that case, who keeps the belt warm for Hogan in the run up to 'Mania?  Do you keep it on Warrior and take your chances with a foregone rematch?  Pass it off to Savage for a couple months and somehow convince him to lay down for Hogan yet again?  (Thereby robbing WM7 of its show-stealer and Warrior of what is arguably the best match of his career).  Pull the trigger on a reliable mid-card heel like Mr. Perfect or throw money at Rick Rude until he comes back?

Yeah, it’s a toughie.  Deep down I think they could have done something with Savage as a transitional champion if they really needed to, like basically putting Savage into the Slaughter spot at Rumble without the traitor angle.  He had pretty good heat for the whole deal and really Slaughter felt pretty shoe-horned into the Warrior feud anyway. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Giving it away in a different sense


> Hey Scott!
> Who would you say are/were the worst guys when it comes to not keeping face/letting their body language reveal that they are not winning a certain match? I seem to recall HBK and Jarrett being two examples, but perhaps there are others.
> And for fun let's reverse it: can't keep it in that they are winning.
> Keep on keeping on!

If there's anyone with a more blatant grumpy job-face than Randy Orton, I haven't seen him.

WWF Boston Garden August 15th, 1987

August 15, 1987

From the Boston Garden in Boston, MA. 

Your hosts are Lord Alfred Hayes and Jimmy Hart

BoD Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight, Tough Enough starts at 8pmEST on USA, MLB has a full slate of games, and you can talk about anything else going on here tonight as well.

Most influential?

I was having a conversation with friend about who the most influential wrestler of all time is. He chose Hogan based on the big boom that followed, but I said Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because of Stone Cold we longer have the "White Bread" babyface and almost all the big babyface angles involve rebelling against authority. Not to mention the "Main Event" style that still exist today. Thoughts?

​Hogan drew millions but I wouldn't call him particularly influential.  His whole act was cribbed from a combination of Jerry Lawler and Superstar Billy Graham.  Given those two choices, Austin is the clear winner.  ​

Best pre-Rock Rocky Maivia Match?

Hey Scott. I've been watching a lot of wrestling on Youtube lately and realized that I haven't really run across any pre- The Rock era Rocky Maivia matches. Would  you or any of the other readers recommend anything from Rocky Maivia or even the Flex Kavana days?

​No, he was pretty terrible in that era.  He was a guy who looked like a star and who was a project of the top people, but he didn't really develop into a good worker until the NOD era.  I'd call the HHH match where he won the IC title pretty decent and I recall the match where he lost the title to Owen Hart being not bad, but nothing else really stands out for him. ​

BoD Daily Update

Dolph Ziggler Update

Despite reports that Ziggler has re-signed with the WWE, Ziggler himself stated on the "Chad Dukes Wrestling Show" that he has not signed a new deal with the company. He did note that he made a counter offer and is waiting to finalize a few things before signing a new deal while saying that he is also trying to get more stand-up comedy dates and hopefully movie and TV roles, which is tough to make time for while working full-time in the WWE.

TNA/GFW Update

Right now there is a plan for a GFW invasion to take place on TNA television. Originally, TNA wanted to do it with Ring of Honor but that did not end up working out.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio Article on the 25 Greatest Stars of the New Millenium

Also, make sure to head over to Place to be Nation to listen to Episode 38 of the Kevin Kelly Show Podcast with guest Todd Sinclair. You can give it a listen by clicking on the link below:

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–08.19.96


The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 08.19.96

So it’s the night after Summerslam 96, and frankly we’ve rehashed that ground so many times that you can probably recite the Scott Sez in your sleep by now anyway. Shawn is a whiny baby, Paul Bearer turns heel, everything else is shit, you know the drill.

Live from Wheeling, WV

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly, Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler. Where the hell did THAT come from? Also, did you know Jim Ross did a boxing show a year ago and it’s on YouTube? Now you do.

Matt's Monday Night RAW Review - 6/29/2015

We are two weeks from Battleground and it looks as though The Authority is on the same page as Seth Rollins as he looks to defend the title against Brock Lesnar. Smackdown proved to be a fairly solid show which is ironic since last Monday's RAW was a dud.

WCW Clash of the Champions 22: January 13, 1993

On Sunday Night, Cactus Jack left about 800 wrestlers for dead. Everyone, from jobbers all the way up to the World Champion were no match for Jack and his shovel. Are there going to be repercussions for the madman from New Mexico? Will Dustin Rhodes win the big one? Just what DID Erik Watts do to get arrested? And what the hell is a Thunder Cage? We hope to address this tonight, but being WCW, I’ll be happy if just one of these points is touched on.

Since this is 1993, Vader’s team is dubbed “THE EVIL TEAM” by the Unknown Voice Over. Shades of grey weren’t wrestling’s strongest suit in those days.

LIVE from Milwaukee, WI, TONY SCHIAVONE is joined by … BILL WATTS? This can’t possibly be our announce team. Watts gloats about teaming with The Crusher against Larry Hennig and Larry Zbyszko in Milwaukee shortly after founding father Soloman Juneau settled in the region in the early parts of the 19th century. Watts takes us through the state of the union; Van Hammer tore a guitar string and won’t be able to arm wrestle tonight. He’s being replaced by Vinnie Vegas for reasons. Meanwhile, his son Erik, who he says is “like a son” to him, told him he was arrested for no good reason at all. And because of this relationship, Bill believes him; but it needs to be investigated. As a result, he won’t be wrestling Cactus Jack. Wouldn’t an appropriate punishment be to have him wrestle Cactus Jack?