Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BoD Daily Update

Potential Hell in the Cell Matches

Right now, there is a plan in place for John Cena to face off against Dean Ambrose on RAW with the winner facing Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell and the loser possibly facing Randy Orton.


Another Update on the Future of the Wyatt Family

Right now, the plan is for all three members of the family to go their separate ways


RAW Ratings

RAW scored their best ratings since Monday Night Football started up again. Their 4.03 million viewers was up 4% from last week. Here are the hourly breakdowns:

8pm: 4.02 million
9pm: 4.22 million
10pm: 3.88 million

Ultimate 1992 question

Hey Scott,

Friend and I were talking Network and throwback wrestling. We debated what the best North American match of 1992 was: Flair wins the Rumble, War Games, or Bret/Bulldog.

Gun to your head, which do you pick over the others? I went Bret/Bulldog, but barely.

​Wait, your friend literally held a gun to your head to force a decision?  That's fucked up, man.  

And the correct answer is always Wargames.​

Daniel Bryan's WrestleMania Run


Do you think that Daniel Bryan's Road to WrestleMania was one of the best in WWE history? I think it was, but a lot of the details surrounding it had little to do with WWE's booking. They caught on and were able to turn it into a satisfying storyline, but some of the best moments of it were ones that were completely unplanned. The crowd turning on the Rumble, the crowd chanting for Daniel Bryan when he was in the ring while HHH was trying to push Cena/Orton, etc. The whole buildup was completely unique in that sense.

​It was certainly one of the most memorable, although time will tell if it actually helped Bryan get to the next level.  It certainly hurt Batista and nearly destroyed him as a draw in what should have been his glorious comeback, for example.  But as an organic story, with WWE wanting one main event the fans dictating another one by overriding them at every turn, it'll probably be untouched. k​

Matt's Main Event Recap - 9/30/2014

Hello! I am back to spread the hate!

Because THAT is what I do.

I can't formulate a response to Andy PG's "open letter". I liked it. Dude has passion. I like passion. Holy shit if it hasn't gotten Danielle writing and both of us collaborating each week.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–11.27.95


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 11.27.95

So it’s the night after World War III, and Randy Savage is the new World champion in a twist that not many were expecting at the time.

Live from Salem, VA

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan and Mongo.

WWF Wrestling Challenge November 2nd, 1986

November 2, 1986

From the War Memorial in Rochester, NY

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight's featured match will have Randy Savage defend his Intercontinental Title against Billy Jack Haynes. Also, the Islanders, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, and Ricky Steamboat will all be in action.

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw - September 21, 1998

by Logan Scisco

-We have a change in the commentary team as Shane McMahon and Jim Cornette are given the responsibilities for tonight’s show, which is taped from Sacramento, California.  During this time the company had Shane commentating on Sunday Night Heat.  He was not very good at it, though.  Ross and Lawler are not here because they were working on Jim Carey’s film Man on the Moon.

Evening Thread - Tuesday Edition

Your discussion options for this evening include: 

WWE Network with a live Main Event at 8:00 PM ET, then a new Monday Night War at 9:00, focusing on the Steve Austin era of the war, then at 10:00 it's Countdown, featuring the top ten stylish ring attire.

MLB playoffs kick off tonight with the AL Wild Card game between Oakland and Kansas City on TBS.

The thread is yours for the taking.


ABABABABA Up Up Down Down Left Left Right Right will unlock AWESOMENESS!

September Classics: Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar - Smackdown 9/18/03

The iron man match. Angle. Lesnar. Do you need anything else?

Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar ((Iron Man Match... by Kronek10

In Russia, the crush Rusev's you!


With all the current hullabaloo for Rusev, where does he stand in the pantheon of evil foreign heels (or at least Russian heels)? You'd think this would be an easy WWE Top 10. 

Well, I mean, he hasn't really DONE anything yet to warrant such a list.  Once we get to the program with Juan Cena we'll see where he stacks up.  Clearly Ivan Koloff is #1 for ending the reign of Bruno and nearly starting a riot in the process, and nephew Nikita is #2.  Nikolai would be #3 by sheer longevity, and you could throw Crusher Darsow in there as well.

If you expand it to xenophobic heels in general, that gives you Fritz Von Erich near the top and probably a bunch of other Nazi gimmicks from that era.  Great Khali was reasonably effective in that role for a little while, as was Umaga.  And of course Yokozuna.  

But yeah, that would be a cool top 10.  Paging YouTube guys!  

BoD Daily Update

HHH Big on Soliciting Feedback From the Internet?

A WWE source has told that HHH has been having WWE social media workers keep an eye on various online communities. It has also been reported that HHH is most intrigued by Reddit and its "r/squaredcircle" community. HHH is also said to be working on an AMA (ask me anything) with the site to let fans know that he is aware. A source also said that the idea of Sandow being the Miz's stunt double was taken in part of discussions that happened on wrestling message board websites.

WWE Stable Breaking Up Soon?

The WWE is planning on splitting up the Wyatt Family. There is no timetable for when or how this will happen.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio

Former WWE Writer Talks About His Experience With the Company

Writer Kevin Marshall talked about being "micromanaged to death" on Wrestling Observer Live. The link below is a transcript of part of the interview.

Wrestling Observer Radio Free Today

WCW Worldwide: September 22, 1996

WCW Worldwide is ready to go, and man have we got a doozy today. Who’s here? Well, just the biggest stars on the planet, like Super Calo, the Rock & Roll Express, and no fewer than FOUR members of the Dungeon of Doom. Is Maxx amongst them? Well the only way to find out is to take us “live” (taped ages ago) to the studio, where…


More like Bull$#!t, right?

Hey Scott,

Watching NXT lately, and I think it's pretty obvious that Bull Dempsey really really sucks. But he's getting a pretty solid push so obviously somebody sees something in him. Am I missing something here, or is this just a thing where Triple H decided that the wrestling world was ready to embrace the retarded love child of Rhino and King Kong Bundy or what?

​Eh, you always need big guys.  It's NXT, they can always find a new gimmick for him or make him someone's bodyguard later or something.  Obviously Baron Corbin is the guy they're going all in with anyway, so I wouldn't sweat the Dempsey thing.  ​

WM 31

It's almost October so naturally I'm thinking about WM 31.  If Reigns/Brock is unavoidable, I feel they'll need a huge undercard in case that match flops.  If we can guess-timate Sting/Taker, and a hinted HHH/Batista match, you think there's any chance of Cena/Bryan?   It's so easy to do it also, as you use the Bella feud to get the men involved.  Respect leads to sarcastic insults, and BOOM, insta-feud.  Any thoughts on this?   If not where do you see Cena, Bryan, and Orton at Wrestlemania?

​As I've been saying for weeks, if I had money to bet on a semi-main for Wrestlemania at this point it has to be Cena v. Rusev. They are so clearly building up Rusev for Cena to beat and there's no point in doing it anywhere else but Wrestlemania.  I'm thinking Bryan probably ends up with Rollins or maybe Ambrose in a "for some reason" scenario.  Orton, who knows.  Teaming with Kane as tag champions?  There's no real direction for the company right now so there's no way to guess anything but the top few programs.  ​

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Smark Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–09.25.95


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 09.25.95

FINALLY! And the shows have all been renumbered to make sense now, too. Of course, wouldn’t you know that I did the past few episodes in one marathon session because I was going to be out of town for a few days and didn’t want to kill anyone by missing a day. And once I had already got three episodes and the WW3 repost in the can and pre-posted, THEN someone e-mails me being all “Dude, the 9/25 Nitro is finally up!” And of course I’m not anywhere that I can actually access the Network to even check it out for myself. So now, at long last, before I have the chance to change my mind and do a stupid running joke to milk it for weeks, the missing episode of Nitro.

Try not to poop yourself with excitement.

LIVE from nowhere they wanted to advertise, apparently.

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo

TNA’s Wrestlemania


Great Muta & Tajiri vs. Great Sanada & James Storm

Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi - X title

Team 3-D vs. Tommy Dreamer & Abyss

Ethan Carter III vs. Ryota Hama

MVP vs. Kazma Sakamoto

Minoru Tanaka vs. Manik

Havok vs. Velvet Sky

So I don’t think I’m gonna bother doing a preview column on the Sporting News for this one. 

The PG Era Rant: Raw, 9.29.14

The PG Era Rant for Raw, September 29, 2014.

Your preview promises the following:

  • Hulk Hogan is in the house!
  • Miz, Cesaro, and Ziggler face off with the Intercontinental Title on the line!
  • Everyone wears pink. This is your warning.
  • Rusev will discuss Big Show's SmackDown actions.
  • Wait, something happened on SmackDown?
  • Set up on the Pre-Show: Mark Henry faces Bo Dallas.

Live from... uh oh. Live from Chicago, IL. Getting the drinking game ready.

Your hosts are Cole, JBL, and Lawler.

We review last week, first Ambrose's Houdini act on Raw, then the briefcase hijacking on SmackDown.


This has nothing to do with the WWE

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

Sorry for the late message. Rain slowed down and my slightly overconfident son wanted to challenge me to a bike race. Yeah, he lost, young buck can't go 20 miles without getting winded yet.

Anyway let's break down tonight's TV:

RAW, I don't think Lesnar is on so hopefully they go all in with Rollins-Ambrose

MNF is Patriots-Chiefs tonight.

No baseball as the playoffs begin Wednesday tomorrow!

Gotham, Big Bang Theory, Sleepy Hollow, Blacklist, Dancing with the Stars, etc. etc.

HBO Documentary tonight is the 50-year Argument. It's about the New Yorker Book Review section...Scorsese directed it so it can't be that bad.

Come on swinging and keep it clean!

September Classics: Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle - Unforgiven 2002

To close out September today and tomorrow, we'll go with the brand split era and the Smackdown side of things. Benoit and Angle had the classics ***** encounter at Royal Rumble 2003, but before that at Unforgiven 2002, they paired off in another great match, this one has an ending that hearkens back to their WM X-7 encounter.

Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle - Unforgiven 2002 by puropwgwwestuff

WCW Saturday Night: September 21, 1996

Before we get started on the (condensed!) hour of WCW Saturday Night, I’m handing the final word on Sting (for now) over to resident Dungeon of Doom expert, and the man determined to unleash the secret of Cobra’s covert mission, Dr. Unlikely:

I think the storytelling with Sting here is about as smart as things get in wrestling. His entire career as Sting has been about him being an honorable man in a nest of vipers. Steamboat's gone, Dusty doesn't wrestle, he doesn't even have the Bulldog around. By circumstance, in the company's hour of greatest need where the other hero of his day has gone to the dark side, he's forced to ally with a collection of his greatest enemies and his only "friend" is the least trustworthy guy in the business.

The set-up is amazing, because it's perfectly in character - the only possible in-character reactions - for Luger, Flair, Arn and the Dungeon to assume "Oh, yeah, of COURSE Sting sold out" because that's what each and every one of them would do, has done, time and again. None of them can even conceive of the idea of Sting being exactly who has has always been, a good person, because they don't have the capacity for it. And Sting, who has gone to bat* for and trusted each of them many times over, decides to pull a Tom Sawyer and find out what they all think about him only to find out how little they think of him. So he goes off to sulk in his tent, but, amazingly, he actually has a better motivation for it than Achilles.

Question for the blog


Listening to a podcast on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Got me wondering: how many WWF/WWE PPVs have names that were only used once? This Tuesday In Texas springs to mind, as does The Wrestling Classic.

Including the IYH titles since some like Unforgiven got used more than once, with and without the IYH prefix.

Thought it might pass some time for the blog otters.

Dean Andrews

​Ground Zero, Badd Blood, Invasion, Canadian Stampede, D-Generation X, It's Time, Mindgames...there was a period in the late 90s where they messing around with all sorts of wacky names.  ​

Taker sucking... Then not sucking so much...


I was just watching summerslam 2000 which featured the hundredth lame, pace less taker/Kane matchup. Throughout the early 2000s, Taker was such a drain to watch- slow, unmotivated, refusing to sell for smaller guys, working an outdated style and by all accounts protecting the hell out of his spot backstage, arguably to the detriment of the up and coming next generation of talent. The Kurt Angle job at fully loaded springs to mind in particular. Fast forward a few years, taker suddenly seems a hundred times more motivated, working that pseudo mma style he developed and putting newer talent over. Do we know when or how this change began? Was there any talk in the dirt sheets about a change in attitude?


​There seemed to be a combination of things, but mostly it was the change in style to the MMA-patterned offense where he only busted out the high-impact stuff on an occasional basis.  Plus being the Wrestlemania guy really seemed to invigorate him, knowing he could go all out one time and then take a bunch of time off to recover.  I think probably the Kurt Angle match in 2006 and then the Batista match at Wrestlemania were the true turning points, but it was pretty gradual from the low point of 2000-2002.  ​

BoD Daily Update

457 comments RAW Preview

Kurt Angle Interview

New WWE Stable Name Revealed

The Kofi Kingston/Big E/Xavier Woods trio will be known as "Speed Force."

Credit Dave Meltzer,

RF Video Releases Shoot Interview with Adam Pearce


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ring of Honor First Anniversary Show February 8th, 2003

February 8, 2003

From the Elks Lodge in Queens, NY

Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy



Hey Scott,

I'm watching the Countdown episode of high flyers and #4 was John Morrison. I had forgotten how much I missed him.

What's his deal? Isn't he overdue for a comeback? It seems especially timely given their lack of star power at the top of the card. Do you know what's going on?

Jon Eks
Jon of All Trades Podcast
Twitter: @JoATPod

Johnny Nitro has been pursuing his dream of being an actor since 2011 and doing OK at it by all accounts. That being said they should dump a bunch of cash on his lawn and push him to the moon  as a top babyface because they're desperately lacking in that area and he's already a star trained in WWE Style. Plus he's still young. 

WCW Prime: September 16, 1996

Yesterday’s Nitro recap generated some counter-arguments to my Sting stance. Look, I *know* that the end game is amazing, and from a writing perspective, everything surrounding Sting right now is fantastic. My stance, however, is that Sting, as a character, right now is behaving like, and I say this respectfully, a giant pussy.

Sting was immediately vindicated, not after a month of back and forth, but within about 10 minutes of him announcing “yo friends, I’m not nWo”. Can’t cooler heads prevail here? Sting sulking around for a week, silently steaming and carefully watching his friends’ reactions to see if maybe, just maybe, he might catch a twinkle in their eye for old Sting? This move is not only out of Every Wife’s Playbook, it is the first chapter.

Sting needs to understand, that when you hear his voice clearly state his loyalty to the nWo, followed by Luger getting assaulted by someone who looks just like Sting, that all things considered, “IT WAS MY EVIL TWIN~!” usually isn’t going to cut it in the real world.

Of course, none of this matters TODAY, because this is WCW Prime. A show, as always, brought to you by the smiling face of Johnny B Badd in the opening credits.

Evening Thread - Sunday Edition

Some of your discussion options tonight include:

WWE Network: WCW Fall Brawl '95 at 8:00 PM ET - this card included Brian Pillman vs. Johnny B. Badd for a shot at the US title; Cobra vs. Sgt. Craig Pittman; The Renegade vs. DDP for the TV title; Harlem Heat vs. Dick Slate & Bunkhouse Buck for the tag team championship; Ric Flair vs. Arn Anderson; and WarGames with Hogan/Savage/Sting/Luger vs. The Dungeon of Doom.

Sunday night football on NBC: New Orleans is in Dallas to face the Cowboys.

Season premieres include The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Family Guy, CSI, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge.

I don't particularly care if you keep it clean, but no hand-to-hand combat please.

BoD Sunday NFL Thread

After going 2-2-1 last week, I improved to 4-10-1 on the season, which is sad. Anyway, here are my picks for this week:

Oakland -3.5 vs. Miami
Indianapolis -7.5 vs. Tennessee
Houston -3 vs. Buffalo
Atlanta -3 at. Minnesota
Green Bay -1.5 at Chicago

Repost: The SmarK Rant for WCW World War III 1995


The SK Retro Rant for WCW World War III 1995

(This was originally done around 2001.) 

- For those of you who follow my little personal asides in these rants, you’ll know that this was actually the show that ended my WCW boycott in 1995. I had actually stopped watching WCW entirely once the Orange Goblin won the WCW World title and killed Ric Flair’s career dead in the process, and after almost 18 months of waiting, Hogan finally lost it and WCW, probably not coincidentally, put together a card that looked good enough on paper for me to part with my $29.95 and come back into the fold.

- Live from Norfolk, VA

- Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan.