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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #308 – 20/03/1999

Here we are at the go home show for ECW Living Dangerously 1999 (Review due up tomorrow) Will there be some final storyline advancements to heat up the issues for the pay per view? Last week’s episode wasn’t an especially good one, as a lousy Delaware crowd and some questionable match finishes soured things considerably. ... Read more

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Question

Scott, You may have covered this before, but since I’ve been watching Superstars from ‘92, I figure I’ll ask again.  What was the plan if the Warrior has stuck around rather than bolted before Survivor Series? Was there another WWF Title run in the cards for him?  Yes, he was gonna win the belt from ... Read more

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Two Titles in a Ladder Match

Sorry for two e-mails so close together, but to kinda follow-up on my previous e-mail about combining several feuds into a single match, here's an idea that I've been wanting to see for years: the IC and US titles both being defended in a multi-man ladder match. The difference would be that, instead of hanging ... Read more

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Shane. Just….Shane.

There was a very brief time back in 1999, where Shane McMahon was just called Shane. Any recollection of this? If so, why do you think it was done? We all knew he was a McMahon, and I dont think he was feuding with Vince at the time.  So before there was Andrade, there was…..Shane.  ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for NXT Takeover: Respect

The Princess Rant for NXT Takeover: Respect After a few computer problems and re-writes, we’re here. From Full Sail University in Orlando, FL Original Date: October 12, 2015 Hosted by Rich Brennan, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal: Finn Balon & Samoa Joe vs. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson Wilder ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 26, 1993

June 26, 1993 From the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We see Harvey Whippleman & Mr. Hughes on the video wall with Whippleman saying Hughes will take away everything that El Matador stands for to hype up their match. ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2019–The ULTIMATE WARRIOR! (1992 version)

The Coliseum Video Rant 2019 – The ULTIMATE WARRIOR! (1992) Okey doke, let’s see if this one is a little less lazy than the original 1989 tape. At the very least, it’s shorter. I think this is actually the 60 minute “Collector’s Series” version, in fact, which is gonna make this a quick review. We ... Read more

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WWF Mania – June 26th, 1993

June 26, 1993 Todd Pettengill is your host This week’s exclusive match is Lex Luger vs. Owen Hart   The Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid match from the 6/21 edition of “Monday Night RAW” airs. The match ended in a no-contest when Kid took the money and fled to a car waiting outside of the ... Read more

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Kevin Von Erich

Scott, Long time reader going back to wrestleline. I've been sick this past few days so I've been reading back posts of your observer recaps, and therefore following the ongoing tragedies that was the Von Erich family, and I noticed something. David, Kerry, Mike and Chris seems to make regular appearences throughout the mid-late 80s, ... Read more

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quick question

how long do u think wwe champions has left? did they kill the golden goose with 4sb and dx VIP subscriptions?  Maybe.  Although it still does well for Scopely, player numbers are apparently way down and this latest monthly event is TURRIBLE.  Probably the worst one they've ever done, truth be told, filled with tours ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 19, 2019

Smackdown Date: March 19, 2019 Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s a Kofi Kingston night as he has to run a gauntlet match to get to the main event of Wrestlemania. In theory, with so few shows left to go before the pay per view, they’ll finally ... Read more

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Question for you

Hey Scott,   If you were booking WWE right now who would be holding each title and who would be chasing them for it?   I’d have kept Braun as the heel leader of that faction and led to Rollins chasing him for WM.  At least he’s on TV every week.   Daniel Bryan is fine ... Read more

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WCW in North Korea

Scott, There's a really well put together documentary on the NJPW/WCW show in North Korea on YouTube.  Worth a watch, and I think your readers would enjoy it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZkqfSpbg4 Yeah, YouTube put it at the top of my Recommendation list for like three days straight so I finally watched it today. It was pretty good!  Didn’t ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – June 21st, 1993

June 21, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   We get a video package about the Razor Ramon/1-2-3 Kid saga to hype up tonight’s rematch.   The Steiner Brothers vs. Barry Hardy & Reno Riggins We see that the Steiners ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 13, 1995

After spending the last few weeks recovering from mono, our journey through 1995 WCW resumes! WCW Prime had a WCW Tag Team Championship match that aired on May 8, so here is a recap of that match before we move onto WCW Worldwide: -WCW Tag Team Championship Match:  Harlem Heat (Champions w/Sister Sherri) (20-2-2) defeat ... Read more

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Survivor Series ’90 – Mystery Opponent Question

Scott, Long time reader of the blog…quick question for those who were around/recall –  Curious – leading up to Survivor Series '90 – what was the hype like for the mysery partner on the Million Dollar Team?    If this happened now, speculation would be crazy for a retuning or new superstar (only for it ... Read more

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Heenan’s WM Work

Hey Scott— Much praise, rightly so, is lauded on Bobby Heenan’s color commentary work on the 1992 Royal Rumble. However, what gets lost (and is almost as good) is his masterful call of Wrestlemania VIII. From first match to Papa Shango being late for his run-in, it’s as close to perfect Brain as you can ... Read more

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“Combining” matches

Hope everyone's well. I've been wondering this for several years now, but wouldn't it make sense to throw a bunch of the part-timers and older wrestlers into one match instead of having them take time away from the more able-bodied performers? Something like, say, Trips, Angle, Reigns, Strowman, and Balor, against Batista, Corbin, Mcintyre, Lashley, ... Read more

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RF Video Shoot Interview with nZo (AKA Enzo Amore)

Well, I’ve decided to do shoot interview recaps again and what better way to return than the former Enzo Amore of WWE fame. This was filmed on January 3oth, 2019 The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein It runs at two hours and fifty-one minutes long.   After talking about his fur coat and babbling ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–07.11.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 07.11.92 Taped from Hamilton, ON Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect. It’s NATIONAL NUDE DAYS. Hold on, Arrested Development break… The Legion of Doom v. Barry Hardy & Kerry Davis So yeah, this happened… Vince makes sure to stress that Rocko is a TOUGH dummy and ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-04-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 9, 1982 (taped 11/19) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi Can Madril earn a title shot by defeating Kabuki? How will Kerry and Adias fare against Dragon and Checkmate? And just who will assist me in detailing this chapter of the Texan saga? Thanks, Jackie. I’ll ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 18, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: March 18, 2019 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves We’ve got four shows left between now and Wrestlemania and that means it’s time to really crank things up. This time around it means that Brock Lesnar is actually here for a change and is likely ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 20th, 1993

June 20, 1993 From the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week, we will see Bob Backlund vs. Doink the Clown. Also in action are Papa Shango and The Headshrinkers.   Doink the Clown vs. Bob Backlund The announcers talk about the recent Tag Team Title ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! The road to Wrestlemania continues tonight with another live RAW from…somewhere. And I’m assuming it’ll be used to push the upcoming Wrestlemania show, which is supposed to have damn near 20 matches and only about three have been announced. Do better WWE! Oh well, at least A.J. Styles is staying with the ... Read more

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The official death of payview.

https://ift.tt/2Y9UCNU Without UFC, what is left? The lifeless shell of professional boxing? Pornography? TNA?! Well we still have PPV here in Canada, dammit!  The whole ESPN thing makes us sound like such an afterthought.  “Anyone who loves UFC needs ESPN Plus!  Oh, Canada, didn’t see you there, sorry.” 

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Scott’s Litmus Test

Hey Scott– Working my way through the 'Manias, and just wrapped up number ten. This show is universally praised (I recall Dave stating in the Observer that it was the greatest WWF PPV of all time) based on the strength of two matches: The opener with Bret and Owen and the ladder match. The funny ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 19th, 1993

June 19, 1993 From the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   Smoking Gunns vs. Reno Riggins & Scott Taylor Vince alerts us that this past Monday in Columbus, OH the Steiner Brothers became Tag Team Champions but lost them a ... Read more

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Split-Show Mania

With the reports of a 17 matches 400 hour show, we are obviously approaching the time for a two-day, split show Mania. This year would've been a perfect time to try it with NYC and multiple venues. Even the card breaks down nicely: SDL Saturday Mania: WWE Title –  (c) Bryan vs. Kofi Ladder match ... Read more

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Human Suplex Machine

Should Tazz have been a bigger deal in WWE? Would he have been a much bigger deal if he was around now as opposed to then?  The problem now is that most of his "shooter" rep and bonafides were the creation of Paul Heyman's hype machine.  Today he'd be a guy who throws suplexes, but ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2019–The ULTIMATE WARRIOR!

The Coliseum Video Rant 2019 – The ULTIMATE WARRIOR Oddly enough I had never done this one in the original run of Coliseum rants, nor the sequel in 92. So that gives you something to look forward to, I guess. But first, the original tape from 1989! Originally released 06.28.89 Hosted by the Warrior, of ... Read more

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What?!

Just literally found out Wahoo freaking McDaniel is not in the Hall Of Fame. Any reason why? You would think he'd be a easy one. Because he was never in WWE and it's not a real Hall of Fame anyway?  

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Shawn Michaels collapsing angle on Raw

What was the deal with the whole "Shawn Michaels collapsing" storyline on Raw after the Survivor Series in 1995?  IIRC, it never went anywhere.  I think it was just a thing to build off the real-life Syracuse beating and turn Shawn into a sympathetic babyface, which is of course exactly what people didn't want out ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 18, 2019

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2HsAC46   Kyle O’Reilly to Challenge for the EVOLVE Title at WrestleMania Weekend https://ift.tt/2FjRqZ0   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanashi from the 2018 New Japan Cup Finals

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Help a father out?

Hey Scott,     Long time reader, many time emailer. I’m taking my youngest daughter to Raw in Chicago tomorrow night on her birthday; her first live show ever! She’s a fanatic for Bayley and I’m trying like hell, however futilely, to get a Twitter post to go viral in hopes of Bayley sending out ... Read more

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LMTYS Presents: The Meltzer Five-Star Project – Week #4

Greetings grapple fans. Only two matches this week, but because we reach the ten-match point halfway point I’ve also included my first rankings of the matches seen already. There’s your motivation to click on through to the other side. #010 – WWWA Singles Championship #1 Contender: Chigusa Nagayo (c) vs. Lioness Asuka (AJW, 26-02-1987) Video ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: March 18, 2019

Not sure why I’m posting this, considering you’re all out getting drunk. I’m gonna be out with my e-fed homies discussing March Madness.  Then, we’re gonna find someone who’s got NJPWWorld and inject the Cabana/Yano match from this morning directly into our veins. Enjoy the night.

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 04/20/00 Review (Rock vs. Jericho, Triple H vs. Tazz)

I’m back for another WWF in 2000 review. The storylines were really heating up in April 2000 and the matches were starting to improve on television as well. Here’s the synopsis on WWE Network: “WWE Champion Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley abuse their power going into Backlash. Plus, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and many more.” ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Main Events

Hi Scott,  Without looking it up or cheating can you name the main events of Wrestlemania 21 all the way to last years offering? Nope!  There's a period in the middle where I can barely even remember who was in the main events.  Cena or Edge or something?  

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“Nitro Plus”

Why did WCW launch "Nitro Plus" at the end of 1998?  If you'll remember, it was a 1 hour version of Nitro on Tuesday nights taped from the day before.  It was cancelled after less than a month.  I guess they honestly figured at that point that the way they were going to start beating ... Read more

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Saga of Brian Lee

Here's a big guy going through all big companies of the 90s and 00s (cup of coffee in WCW in 1990, Fake Taker, SMW, ECW, WWF again, TNA in 02/03), was in a ton of stables (arguably only time he was ever really over was with Candido/Tammy in SMW, with the Triple Threat in ECW ... Read more

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Hall of Fame – nWo

So, they are inducting the entirety of DX–minus Rick Rude (which is kind of crappy and probably worth it's own thread).  Let's say, for argument's sake, that Hogan & Hall are able to keep it clean for another year or so. When the nWo goes in, is it just Hall/Nash/Hogan?  The more I mull it ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 02/24/2009 #142

We’re in Nashville (birthplace of Big Kev) and Christian gets his first ECW Title shot tonight against Jack Swagger, which he earned by being Christian. Mark Henry vs. DJ Gabriel You can pin-point the exact moment ECW gives up on pushing Gabriel when Striker yells “This is like Suge Knight vs. one of the Jonas ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–04.04.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 04.04.99 I know. This show and myself have a complex and heated relationship. I hate watching it, and it doesn’t even do particularly impressive numbers on the blog. But it’s quick and easy to recap and now that I’ve started, I only have to make it ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread – 03.17.19

Hope everyone had a happy and productive Steve Austin Day yesterday! Big welcome to John Canton, who is covering WWF TV from 2000 in amazing detail and is already one of my favourite people to follow on Facebook. There was a bit of a bidding war with AEW, but we got him! Chill out, watch ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – March 15, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: March 15, 2019 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews Things are rolling along as usual around here, which means a lot of the same stories that kind of need to go somewhere already. That’s one of Impact’s biggest problems and it’s been the ... Read more

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Get your coffee and coke ready

Forbes published a new report by Alfred Konuwa looking at the confirmed and rumored matches for this year’s WrestleMania. If the event moves forward with the additional rumored matches, this could become the longest WrestleMania event in the history of WWE with a total of 17 matches. Granted, this would include matches that would take place ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 04/17/00 Review (Triple H vs. Jericho for WWF Title)

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Scott Hall in the WWF in 1996

When Hall and Nash were finishing up their WWF runs in early 1996, unlike Nash, why was Hall barely featured going out the door?  His last match against Vader at In Your House was hardly even promoted ahead of time, although Hall did get a surprising amount of offense in that contest before jobbing clean.  ... Read more

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Eddie Gilbert What If

If Eddie Gilbert had not died, what would have become of him? Would he have ended up working behind the scenes in WCW or WWE as a writer/booking committee member? Become an ECW fixture as an old guy who exists solely as comic relief fodder? Or like a lot of old timers, when the Attitude/NWO ... Read more

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Flair/Steamboat in ’91?

Watching the series of Flair/Steamboat matches in 1989.  Vince had to have watched these matches back then secretly in his bedroom at night and known how awesome they were.  How in the hell did he not manage to get these two together in late 91' when Flair came in?  I'm sure if he told Steamboat ... Read more

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Smackdown – October 14, 2004

Smackdown Date: October 14, 2004 Location: Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, England Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the first ever Smackdown in England and we’re coming off a big surprise last week when the debuting Carlito Caribbean Cool won the US Title from John Cena. That wasn’t it though as Cena was attacked in a ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems– The March to Wrestlemania IX (03.28.93)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The March to Wrestlemania IX (03.28.93) I was wondering when they’d start adding these to the Network! Taped on the USA Network from wherever the Superstars and Challenge tapings were that week. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan Previously, on Wrestling Challenge, Yokozuna lays ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread – 03.16.19

ROH had a PPV last night, featuring Jay Lethal retaining his title against Matt Taven in a 60 minute draw, and Brody King & PCO winning the tag titles from the Briscoes in an ECW-style brawl to set up a title v. title match against the Guerrillas of Destiny at the MSG show. I guess ... Read more

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Timing of Dustin/Terri Split

Follow-up question of sorts, since Goldust's own 97 interviews were brought up. Watching the interview where he splits with Terri, it really feels like what we're seeing isn't just their characters splitting, but that that's when he made their real-life separation official, right then and there (albeit with some obvious references that would have fit ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – June 14th, 1993

June 14, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   We start off with footage from last night with Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji celebrating after defeating Hulk Hogan for the World Heavyweight Title. After that we are shown an interview ... Read more

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Question

Scott, I’ve been watching Superstars from ‘92, and one of the things that seems strange to me is the return of 43 year old Bob Backlund to the WWF. Obviously, Backlund’s “crazy old man” heel character got over the following year, but the vanilla, white-bread babyface Backlund seemed very out of place in the 1992 ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.30.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.30.95 Taped from Palmetto, FL Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Shawn Michaels, and I think the green screen is getting WORSE. Over The Top Challenge: Mabel v. King Kong Bundy So pretty straightforward here, winner is the first one to throw the other guy over the ... Read more

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Best Heel Feud Win

Scott,  What are your thoughts on the the best example of a heel decisively winning a feud?  Usually a heel gets the upper hand and the face gets some kind of revenge. My guess would be Ken Patera vs The Heenan Family. After the debate where Patera injured Heenan’s neck, months later Heenan got his ... Read more

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Best promo in wrestling right now

Hey Scott, Is there anybody currently active in wrestling that is better than Samoa Joe on the mic? I really can't think of anybody. I think Daniel Bryan blows everyone away.  He's turned that simple heel turn into a complete reinvention of his character and it's kind of amazing.  

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXX

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions XXX (January 1995) (Originally written sometime in 2015, whenever the initial dump of Clash content onto the Network was.  Figured that since we covered the Observer with this show yesterday, might as well repost it.)   Oh god, THIS show. Live from Las Vegas, NV. Your hosts are ... Read more

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Triple H/Batista

So with it being announced at No Holds barred, it spares us the "work a body part for 25 mins" Triple special but does this mean were gonna get the "dramatic lay around after each move" version we saw with him and Taker? I liked that match!  Also, he and Batista has an awesome Cell ... Read more

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Black-ochet

As much as I love Aleister Black and Ricochet individually, their team is currently (no spoilers please) involved in the RAW, SD, and NXT tag title scene. Do you think they’re too good by themselves to team and this is overkill or just right? I hope there’re not working crazy house shows in addition to ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: March 14, 2019 (the Thursday Night Thread)

Your NBA on TNT doubleheader today is Lakers/Raptors, followed by Mavericks/Nuggets. It’s CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK!  ESPN has the ACC quarterfinals of Louisville/North Carolina and Syracuse/Duke.  The Big XII quarters of West Virginia/Texas Tech and Texas/Kansas.  FS1 is in on the action in the Big East, with Saint John’s/Marquette and Georgetown/Seton Hall.  ESPNU has the AAC, with ... Read more

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Best wrestling nickname?

What are you thoughts? I’m sure a lot nostalgia plays into everyone’s thoughts.  But I would think it would have to be a nickname that when you hear it you think. “Dam- sucks no one else can use it today” The Hitman The Enforcer Mr Perfect  Nature Boy Lunatic Fringe (just kidding) Come to mind. ... Read more

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Big E

I don't know how much of Smackdown you've been catching, but after seeing the serious promos and limited silliness from the New Day lately my question isn't about Kofi — my question is why isn't Big E a bigger star? When he's not clowning he can talk and work and he has a unique look. ... Read more

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End of New Day?

It seems to me like this Kofi angle is leading up to Vince forcing him to possibly quit the New Day or the whole team has to disband for him to get his title shot. Would they actually do this or do they make too much $$$ with their merch sales? Hey, they split up ... Read more

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WWF 1993 King of the Ring

June 13, 1993 From the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH Your hosts are Jim Ross, Bobby Heenan, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage   King of the Ring Tournament First Round Match: Razor Ramon vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart Heenan rants about it being a disgrace that Razor has to come to Dayton of all places ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–02.06.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 02.06.95 It’s time for the CLASH OF CHAMPIONS, a flying elbow to the wrestling business that should have revived it! But first, a pretty major death to kick off the issue. No, I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not that one yet. – Crusher Jerry Blackwell passed away on 1/22, ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 14, 2019

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://www.si.com/wrestling/2019/03/13/wwe-news-mustafa-ali-adeel-alam-muslim-video?utm_source=twitter.com&xid=socialflow_twitter_si&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sinow   ESPN.com Interview with Jeff Cobb https://ift.tt/2O7Qwl6   Impact Wrestling Free Match You can watch AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe from the 2005 TNA Sacrifice PPV  

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NXT UK – March 13, 2019

NXT UK Date: March 6, 2019 Location: Coventry Skydome Arena, Coventry, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness With less than a month to go before Wrestlemania, it’s time to get things ready for what should be the most obvious title match in years. Tonight Pete Dunne and Walter team up to face the Coffey Brothers ... Read more

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