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WWF Saturday Night's Main Event January 3rd, 1987

January 3, 1987

From the Civic Center in Hartford, CT.

Your hosts are Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon

Matches tonight include Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan in a Steel Cage Match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, Adrian Adonis vs. Roddy Piper, George Steele vs. Randy Savage for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and King Harley Race vs. Junkyard Dog.


Random Triple H question

Scott, Adam here. I remember for a while you were calling Triple H "HHHH". What was the 4th H for?
​BYOBB.  That second B was a typo.
Anyway, I sent an e-mail to explain the joke, but in case anyone else cares and didn't get the obvious multiple layers of the joke, it's a two-parter:
1)  The fourth H stands for "HGH", and he needed the fourth H because... 2)  He was so gigantically bloated when he returned in 2002 that clearly he was bigger than HHH and had now expanded to HHHH.  
So there you go.   ​

Blog question

Hey Scott,

Finally got round to listening to the CM Punk podcast. Although it doesn't seem like he'll return to WWE (and fair play to him if he never has to), the fact that he never main evented Wrestlemania still obviously rankles him. This is something he can still obviously do. If he ever decided to return, it'd be huge and we know that Vince will always be open to it if it would make money.

Two questions.

1) What match involving Punk do you think would be a worthy main event at Wrestlemania? Obvious contender is now HHH (if he's willing to put past grudges behind him) or perhaps John Cena. Personally, I think Punk vs Bryan would be awesome. They are the two biggest stars WWE has created since Cena/Orton/Batista and their careers have obvious parallels. Also, Bryan is now on the same level as Punk (possibly even bigger?) whereas during their 2012 feud he wasn't quite there yet so it wouldn't seem stale (in the same way that Rock vs HHH wasn't stale in 2000,…

The Foundation Face Turn

Hi Scott,
Was there a direct storyline reason for the Hart Foundation's original face turn?  I remember it essentially happening as Bret sending Jimmy to the back before a singles match on Superstars, and I guess that Bret had been a bit face-y since the battle royal, but I can't recall if there was a specific incident or tease of the split prior to that.
Well the main impetus was the battle royal that opened WM4, where Bad News turned on him, but the main turn came because Jimmy Hart started two-timing them by managing the Rougeau Brothers as well and then turned around and sold the Harts' contracts to the Rougeaus.  The turn was gradual leading up to that, with Bret doing singles matches and wrestling more as a babyface, specifically against Bad News.

BoD Sunday NFL Thread

After going 2-3 last week, I fell to 29-25-1 on the season. Here are my picks for today:

New England +3 at Green Bay
Arizona -2 at Atlanta
Carolina +2.5 at Minnesota
New York Giants -3 at Jacksonville
Tennessee +7 at Houston


Also, Place to be Nation's "Greatest Song of the 90's" Tournament has two polls today. Vote for groups AA and BB by clicking on the links below:

http://placetobenation.com/ptbns-greatest-song-of-the-90s-tournament-pool-round-one-group-aa/


http://placetobenation.com/ptbns-greatest-song-of-the-90s-tournament-pool-round-one-group-bb/

Sting

Hi Scott,

I thought bringing back Sting in the manner that they did at Survivor Series was well done.  It got people talking, and ratings for RAW went up (slightly) than what they normally do the following night.
But I think next week's ratings will go back down again because Sting didn't appear on RAW.  Creatively, to me, it makes absolutely no sense that he wouldn't show up the next night to explain his actions, and to start a program or something.
Now I understand you don't want to burn out the aura of him coming back by having him appear on TV week after week for the sake of just one match at Wrestlemania that's months away, but I don't see the harm in planting the seeds now and getting a bit more of a payoff from his Survivor Series appearance..  He can cut whatever promo and end it with "I'll come back when it's time" and there'll be a buzz about when that time will actually happen.

I guess I'm just ranting a bit, but do you like the…

Throwback link for the blog about miz and the Real World

Found this article while cleaning out my mailbox. Article on the Real World season The Miz was on, from right before when the season in question debuted, which singles him out as far as his presence on the show embodying how far the franchise had fallen in terms of the franchise becoming formulaic and cliched.  

I only watched a couple of episodes of the season in question when it first aired (Real World pretty much jumped the shark around Seattle/Hawaii and Hawaii itself pretty much was a clusterfuck of fail that broke the franchise) but I'm curious, given the retroactive fame issue and that that The Miz is one of the ultra few Real World cast members to go on to amount to anything, why the WWE never really mentioned or brought up his Real World days when he became a centerpiece of the company. Even when he was going toe-to-toe with John Cena, we never got to see Cena throw the Real World into Miz's face to mock him. Is the Real World off-limits by the WWE (which is insane giv…

The death of Phillip Hughes ......

I know most of your readers are American, but for those who follow cricket on here, a difficult but extraordinary week has ended. I thought it might be appropriate for the board to at least note the passing of the young Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes.

A promising, charismatic and thrillingly unorthodox batsman, he was struck in the neck by cricket ball whilst batting in a match on Tuesday and died on Thursday. He was the equivalent, I think, of MLB's most prodigious young hitter. More than that, the bowler is also young and full of potential. The grief is therefore partly for Sean Abbott, who was simply bowling as aggressively as possible.

A twitter-inspired #putoutyourbats gesture broke out in all cricket-playing nations, whereby cricket bats were placed outside houses, businesses, schools and parliaments. Players of other sports - first division soccer - walked out to play with a cricket bat in hand.  Before the rugby international in England, the crowd stood and applauded f…

WCW World War 3: November 24, 1996

What have we seen in the last 4 weeks? Well, for starters, I’m more concerned with what we haven’t seen. The last pay-per-view was completely dominated with the Savage / Liz storyline from hell, but yet, I remain on edge since Randy disappeared right after that event and hasn’t been heard from since. Of course, the announcers have not mirrored my elevated levels of alertness, but this is WCW so that is no surprise.
In other news, Mean Gene returned to his natural post, while Ric Flair found a shirt that was completely unnatural. Jeff Jarrett has appeared on every show, wrestling the exact same match, and giving the exact same interview. Bill Murray wishes he had that kind of stoic, repetitive range.
Sting has turned into a brooding teenager, and rarely comes out of his room. When he does, he’s in a foul mood, wears dark clothing, and doesn’t want to talk to anyone.
Diamond Dallas Page has started garnering a little fan support by rejecting the nWo, while Chris Jericho has attempted to ga…

Old Survivor Series ???

Spending my Thanksgiving weekend watching the original SS shows (87-89).  Couple random ones:
1) after wrestling in 87-88, Danny Davis is back to a ref in 89; was there an angle where he turned face and got his referee license back?
2) what was the plan for Bam Bam in 88?  He was booked super strong in the main event and then bounced out of the title tournament at WM 4 and just gone
3) how awesome was the women's match at the inaugural event??? Is that the best women's match in WWE history?  Or is the 95 elimination match better?
4) don't you miss the epic ten-team tag matches? Those were two fast and phenomenal 45-min matches


1.  Not really an angle so much as Jack Tunney coming on TV one week and being like "I think Danny Davis has learned his lesson, and can now referee again."  Sidenote:  Vince McMahon thought Evil Referee Danny Davis would be the biggest thing ever and was apparently shocked when it bombed completely.  The idea of a referee cheating all …

Bash at the Beach 1999

BashattheBeach 1999 Date: July 11, 1999 Location: NationalCarRentalCenter, FortLauderdale, Florida Attendance: 13,624 Commentators: BobbyHeenan, TonySchiavone
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We're going in a new direction at this point in WCW as the promotion has gone from really boring to freaking insane in the course of a few weeks. A good chunk of this show was booked within the last few weeks and knowing the stories isn't likely going to help me get through it. Let's get to it.

Thunder - July 8, 1999

Thunder Date: July 8, 1999 Location: Jefferson County Civic Center, Birmingham, Alabama Commentators: Mike Tenay, Larry Zbyszko
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It's the last show before Bash at the Beach and things have gone from boring to completely insane. Thankfully this is one of the live shows which are usually far better, especially than next week's episode where it will have been taped before the PPV, meaning they can't spoil anything. Let's get to it.

Luger Question

So, I finally broke down (since I have disposable income again) and signed up for the Network <insert 9.99 joke here>. I'm still on my trial but I've been watching a lot of old NWA/WCW PPVs (I have the Great American Bash 1990 on as I type this, Luger-Mean Mark) and this is more of a what if.

But what if Luger had gone to the WWF after his time in Florida circa 1986-1987? How different do you think his career would have been? Would he have been groomed as a replacement for Hogan? Would he have gotten the Savage-like treatment (friend then enemy, title traded between them)? Would he have gotten the Warrior spot at WrestleMania VI? Would he have been a midcard draw/IC Title contender?

​Interesting question.  Luger's circumstances were kind of special in 86 because Crockett pretty much snapped him up instantly following his debut and groomed him to be a Horseman.  Everyone knew he was green as grass and terrible in the ring, but working with Flair and Windham and that cre…

The Anti Smark Perspective

Scott, I listened to the CM Punk podcast last evening, it was tremendous. CM Punk really brought to light how awful the current regime and the "corporate era" is. 2 interesting things were brought up during the podcast. 

-  He told off Triple H about ruining his 2011 momentum. 

-  He forced change of the Wrestlemania 30 plans by leaving, as Daniel Bryan was NOT booked to wrestle for the WWE Title. 

Clearly even CM Punk himself was upset about jobbing to Triple H and then proceeding to be 50/50 booked including losing to Truth / Miz when he was "white hot".  So many people tried to argue that he wasn't buried when clearly he was, and Punk himself was even bitter about it. 
Clearly Daniel Bryan was going to be "Daniel Wyatt" for at least a few months. A Daniel Wyatt action figure was even planned which are made months in advance. Daniel Bryan being in the Mania main event was clearly never the plan despite many anti smarks arguing that it was. 
​Wait, CM Pun…

BoD Daily Update

WWE Locker Room Reaction to CM Punk on Colt Cabana's Podcast

Apparently just about everyone in the locker room, even those who disliked Punk and were happy to see him leave, loved listening to him on the podcast and were happy that he said everything he did regarding what is going on in the company. Also, while Vince McMahon was upset at what Punk said, HHH is reportedly fuming at Punk as one talent texted Bryan Alvarez that HHH wants to "kill" Punk.

Credit Bryan Alvarez, Figure Four Daily



Paul Heyman Update

There are currently plans for Heyman to be on RAW this coming Monday to hype Brock Lesnar returning on the 12/8 edition of RAW that features the "Slammy Awards."

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



TNA Replacing Mike Tenay 

Josh Matthews will be the new announcer for Impact when it returns in January on Destination America, replacing Mike Tenay. It is expected that Tenay will remain with the company in an on-air role.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestlin…

Smackdown - November 28, 2014

Smackdown Date: November 28, 2014 Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana Commentators: John Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole, Tom Phillips
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The Authority is gone, for now at least, and much like Raw we don't have a permanent boss. There's a chance that WWE will just use the same rotating boss idea like they're doing on Raw, because goodness knows wrestling fans just aren't smart enough to get by without a GM pointing the way. Let's get to it.

WCW Worldwide: November 24, 1996

With just hours before the end of world peace is broadcast on pay-per-view, it remains incredible WCW is able to maintain any kind of order. Yet, here we are, with a star studded lineup. What if I told you Hollywood Hogan defends his World Title against Sting, while Roddy Piper guest referees? For starters, that would make me a colossal liar. But we have a fair number of substitutes, such as Brad Armstrong, Rick Steiner, and the Public Enemy.
Our hosts are TONY SCHIAVONE and “SOBER” BOBBY HEENAN, live from Disney MGM Grand studios in Florida, in front of a capacity crowd of 8 excited young girls who mistook this for a Princess tea-party.

Story of the Yes! Movement

Until Southern States Wrestling gets some new matches to air (hopefully from the Thanksgiving Extravaganza held last Wednesday), here's a different kind of rerun that I found while checking out the new YouTube section as I while away the last few hours of my free month on The Network:

While it suffers from the usual WWE spin (some other guy was actually the first to call Daniel Bryan a Goat Face...guess he wasn't anybody important), this 163 second video highlights the tremendous entertainment potential of the top-notch WWE production crew that is constantly wasted by a senile chairman who's only agenda is to entertain himself.
If only Beau James had these kind of resources at his disposal...

WWF Wrestling Challenge December 28th, 1986

December 28, 1986

From the Community Center in Tucson, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action tonight will be Koko B. Ware, Kamala, Hart Foundation & Adrian Adonis vs. U.S. Express & S.D. Jones, and Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & Butch Reed vs. The Islanders & Jose Luis Rivera. And the "Snake Pit" with special guest Andre the Giant.

Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next?

Thought I would do something from the Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline Series that highlight the 80's WWF. Here are your four choices:



1984 WWF as told by Roddy Piper







1985 WWF as told by Greg Valentine





1986 WWF as told by George Steele





1988 WWF as told by Jim Duggan





Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at 5pm EST.

http://vote.pollcode.com/74114324

Black Friday Online Deals for Wrestling Fans

Lots of deals today for wrestling fans. Here are some of the sales you can find today:



WWE.com Sale Up to 80% off on Selected Merchandise

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RF Video 35% off on Selected Merchandise Until 11/30 at 11:59pm EST

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Highspots 35% off All DVD's, 25% off "Almost Everything Else."

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Ring of Honor Sale For Members and Non-Members

http://www.rohwrestling.com/



Pro Wrestling Tees 20% off on Everything until 12/1

http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/



Barber Shop Window 30% off on Everything until 12/1


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BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

As of right now the WWE will be promoting all of the RAW shows during WrestleMania season that Lesnar appears on around him. Here are the dates that Lesnar is confirmed for at the moment:

12/8: RAW
12/29: RAW
1/12: RAW
1/25: Royal Rumble
1/26: RAW

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



Original Plan For The Authority Role on This Past RAW

The original plan was for a Vince McMahon/John Cena segment to air on RAW that would lead to a period of no authority figure on the show but decided to switch to the anonymous GM  role. There is even some talk right now of a "weekly GM of the night" that would be filled by a celebrity guest.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



WWE To Have More Major Storylines Develop on Smackdown?

To coincide with the move to the more popular Thursday night time slot, the WWE is wanting to treat Smackdown as an equal to RAW instead of a "B" show by having a lot of major storylines play out on the show.

Cr…

Lesnar Plans?

Scott,
If it is indeed true that Brock Lesnar is done with WWE after WrestleMania, do you think it is worth having him headline that show as champion?  In the internet era of instant information, everyone is going to know he's done before the show even rolls around.  They ran into that problem at WrestleMania 20 the last time he (and his opponent) left.  The only saving grace for that match was that it was thankfully not the main event or a title match getting shit all over by the crowd.  Personally, I think if WWE knows he is done post-WM31, Brock doesn't go into the show as champ.  I think the way to go is for Cena to take the belt at Rumble and be the guy to put Reigns over at Mania.  As mentioned on the Blog by many, having Cena as champ is the one surefire way to get the fans to support Reigns in that match.  I'm not sure Reigns gets the fans' support against Lesnar and I could see the whole "Brock threatens to retire with the belt tomorrow night" concept…

NXT - November 27, 2014

NXT Date: November 27, 2014 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Rich Brennan, Renee Young, Jason Albert
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The big story this week is Finn Balor facing Tyson Kidd in his first singles match in NXT. It's going to be interesting to see how much more impressive he is than Itami, who hasn't done much for me, though he needs a longer match than he's had so far. Other than that we're gearing up for Zayn vs. Neville II in two weeks and it should be glorious. Let's get to it.

WCW Saturday Night: November 23, 1996

Sometimes it’s hard to embrace change, and other times it’s just so good it’s delicious. I’m still not quite sure what to make of Monday night. On one hand, you can’t question his motives – his track record has earned himself the benefit of the doubt. But was it the right move in the long run? I don’t know. I think at the end of the day, it probably wound up hurting a lot more than it helped at all, and even though likely won the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at Turner Studios, I truly believe Ric Flair cost himself at least a dozen riders for Space Mountain.

TONY SCHIAVONE has stopped his protest and rejoined the cast of WCW. DUSTY RHODES is dressed with him, all in black, to mourn the death of Ric Flair’s style. Also on the agenda, discussion of Eric Bischoff’s new role as the leader of the nWo.

Evening Thread - Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Stranger is back to post your evening thread. Here's what's going on tonight:

WWE Network has NXT at 9/8c with Finn Balor taking on Tyson Kidd. Supestars follows at 10/9c with The Usos vs. Slater Gator and Jack Swagger vs. Curtis Axel.

NFL Thanksgiving night game has NFC West action with Seattle (7-4) taking on San Francisco (7-4).

Only NHL action tonight is Edmonton at Nashville.

There is also early Black Friday madness, so if you have any stories on that front, please share.

Happy Thanksgiving (To Some Of You) - Daily Thread

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US... and a happy Thursday to the rest. Enjoy the day and enjoy a small sampling of Thanksgiving goodness from PTBN along the way!

PTBN offers a video collection of Thanksgiving Wrestling memories: PTBN Thanksgiving Wrestling Bounty of Awesome

Scott & Justin revisited Survivor Series 1989 for their Vintage Vault Refresh series: Scott & Justin’s Vintage Vault Refresh: Survivor Series 1989

The Main Event and Kevin Kelly Showboth delivered special Thanksgiving Episodes!

The PTBN Comics Staff served up PTBN's Second Annual Comic Comic Cornucopia of Thanksgiving

PTBN's Survivor Series Rewind Series looked back at 1989, 1998 and 2009: PTBN Survivor Series Rewind

And remember to vote in the Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament! Group X went up this morning...be sure to choose five of ten songs: PTBN’s Greatest Song of the 90s Tournament

Feel free to use this as a Daily Thread unless The Brian Bayless pops in with his usual news update!

Heel Hogan in WWF circa 1993?

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Was it ever on the cards for Hulk Hogan to turn heel in the WWF back in 1993, prior to him leaving for WCW?
With hindsight, it seems like it would've been the natural thing to do. His act was already stale by that point and the fans were starting to turn against him anyway. A Hogan heel turn would've generated massive publicity for the struggling WWF at that time, and a feud between the newly hated Hogan and Bret Hart as the babyface underdog could've been a big draw.
All you ever heard from Vince McMahon at the time though was that he wanted Hulk Hogan to become the "Babe Ruth of the WWF", steadily phased out of the limelight but brought back periodically as a "special attraction".
McMahon was so fixated on this particular conception of Hogan's future that he couldn't see the forest for the trees. He could've stolen a march on WCW by a good three years and made a mint from a Hogan heel run.
Were they that blind that they couldn't see it? …

WCW Nitro: November 18, 1996

No intro; instead, we’re led right into the ring where THE OUTSIDERS are standing over a fallen gang of wrestlers. Let’s see, we’ve got HIGH VOLTAGE, THE NASTY BOYS, CICLOPE, and GALAXY. The head right over to the ringside seats, where your announcers TONY SCHIAVONE and LARRY ZBYSZKO are sitting. Nash is peeved at Tony for laughing at him last week, and asks him if he ever wants to be able to pick up his kids again? Hall says all he’s ever heard anymore is that the Faces of Fear are the scariest team in the world, but if they have the guts to come down to ringside, they’ll slap the coconut breath right out of them. (Hey, that’s racist!) Larry refuses to back down, no matter how much they try to intimidate him.
The Outsiders head to the back, and they’re ambushed by THE FACES OF FEAR and JIMMY HART. Hall is able to throw a heavy full garbage can at Barbarian, and he DOESN’T EVEN FLINCH! The Fear beat their asses all the way to the outside of the arena, where the camera man gives up foll…

WWE Network Receives CRTC Approval

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-613.htm

Basically this means that all the other service providers in Canada (all 2 of them) are now free to buy the channel from Rogers and provide it to people, and they don't have to worry about Canadian content or anything.  Kind of funny that there was objections due to the channel not being internet-based like the US one and not having all the same content, and Rogers response was basically "Yeah, well, too bad." and they still approved it anyways.
Canadian TV, ladies and gentlemen.  I shall remain a citizen of Lafayette, LA, for the forseeable future.

Superstars you didn't know were related - 5 Things

Cute list, but how the hell do they explain the Blackjack Mulligan-IRS relationship and then completely ignore the more obvious IRS family relationship?  Are we back in the 80s, where breaking kayfabe by admitting that Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas are brothers would somehow shatter our suspension of disbelief and cause ratings to drop even lower?

Monday Nitro - July 5, 1999

Monday Nitro #195 Date: July 5, 1999 Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia Attendance: 25,338 Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We're back in WCW's home town now for the go home show for Bash at the Beach. At the moment there are only a few matches announced for Sunday but that's better than we've been getting lately. The main story continues to be Nash stealing Gorgeous George and Savage being a psycho. Well that and the youth movement being crushed like a bug. Let's get to it.

Quantity and quality

Hi Scott,

Forgive the topic name but had to put something there?!
I got thinking after reading your reply to someone about them watching Raw, Smackdown, Main Event AND NXT...
My wrestling viewing/fandom has been reduced from the above to simply reading Raw results, cherry picking anything that might be worth watching (hint: not much) and watching NXT & Lucha Underground. 
I also catch a couple of British wrestling shows a month (I'm a UK resident)... it amazes me how some people have the time to watch WWE, TNA, ROH as well as their local shows?! Jeez!
What does your wrestling viewing consist of these days? Anything you really enjoy or dislike?

​Well, I have RAW cut down to watching the "Top 10 RAW Moments" highlight package on YouTube, and I occasionally still watch NXT but don't feel the need to rant about it at this point. Mostly I derp around on the Network, and I actually watched both parts of the ECW Exposed special last night, and it was really good!  Paul Heyman…

BoD Daily Update

WWE RAW Rating

RAW had it's biggest audience since the NFL season began with 4.23 million viewers. However, they had a sharp drop after the first hour. Here are the hourly breakdowns:

8pm: 4.73 million viewers
9pm: 3.99 million viewers
10pm: 4.01 million viewers

Credit F4WOnline.com



First TNA Impact Tapings to air on Destination America Announced

TNA will be at the Manhattan Center from 1/7-1/9. The plan is for the first show to air live but that is all pending Destination America confirming Wednesday night for the show.

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/100-tna/40067-first-impact-tapings-for-destination-america-announced



Details on Final Episodes of TNA Programming on Spike TV

TNA will air the best of Imacpt for 2014 on 12/3 and 12/10. On 12/17 and 12/24, they will air a countdown show leading up to the All-Time Best Moment in TNA history.

http://www.impactwrestling.com/news/item/6229-TNA-Reveals-Schedule-For-Final-Four-Episodes-of-IMPACT-WRESTLING-on-SPIKE?utm_source=fee…

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 23 – Dr. Tom Returns

On Episode 23 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes back PTBN favorite Dr. Tom Prichard. Tom talks about what he is thankful for, booking styles in the past in contrast to modern day, his favorites bookers to work with, his thoughts on John Laurinaitis, whether or not he would purchase WWE if he had the chance and much more!
Kevin & JR then discuss Thanksgiving wrestling memories, Survivor Series, TNA and more before hitting up the always popular trending topics! They then close things out with a couple of Turkey Day themed games!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!
The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 23 – Dr. Tom Returns

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–12.18.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 12.18.95FINALLY the horror of 1995 comes to a close. However, the ad wizards who run the Network have omitted the next two episodes, because I think they’re just fucking with us at this point. Live from Newark, DE. There’s more than one Newark? Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, and we have yet another minor makeover of the show with new purple graphics.

WWF Superstars of Wrestling December 27th, 1986

December 27, 1986

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and Vince McMahon.

In action tonight will be Randy Savage, Adrian Adonis, and a six-man tag featuring the Dream Team & Dino Bravo vs. Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Pedro Morales plus a look at the career of Andre the Giant.

Matt's Main Event Recap - 11/25/2014

I gotta start by talking about Survivor Series. Bear with me. I will try not to go too long here. If you don't wanna read any of this, just skip all this and scroll to END ANALYSIS.

If you choose to go on, thank you.

BEGIN ANALYSIS

You all know me. You all know that I'm about as snarky as they come. I spar with some of the guys here in the comments. It's nothing personal. I love talking about this stuff. And while it gets pretty heated at times, I really enjoy talking with you guys about it. I love the passion. Also, you know that me and Andy PG have differing opinions on things and, while he's been an advocate of the status quo, I tend to be the opposite -- one of those old school smarks...if there is such a thing.

Big Show Face/Heel turns

Scott, 

After some discussion about it on Sunday in the Survivor Series live thread, here is (what I believe to be) the complete list of Big Show face/heel turns. Sadly, done mostly from memory. 
- Joe 
The Giant/Big Show Face-Heel Turns. ·1995 – Starts out as a heel in the Dungeon of Doom. ·July/August, 1996 – Becomes a de facto face in the WCW v. nWo feud as World Champion, feuding with and losing the WCW Title to "Hollywood" Hogan. ·September, 1996 –  Joins nWo, turns heel against WCW. ·December, 1996 – Turns face against the nWo, rejoins WCW to feud with Hogan and The Outsiders. ·May, 1998 – Turns against WCW, joins the nWo Hollywood faction. Feuds with Sting, Kevin Nash. ·January 1999 – When the nWo reforms, gets dumped by the Hollywood faction and beaten by Kevin Nash who becomes the "Giant" of the nWo. Debuts in WWF/E. ·February 14, 1999 – Debuts at St. Valentine's Day Massacre as part of Vince McMahon's corporation, definitely as a heel. Start…

New Viewers

Scott,

I've been reading your wrestling blog for a couple months, and I was curious what you think the WWE can do to bring more new fans in. 
My wife and I just started watching this year.  We're nerdy type people so we gravitated toward the websites and an analytical view of wrestling pretty quickly, but I still get the sense that we enjoy the product a lot more than long time fans do--maybe we're just less jaded, and still surprised by things others wouldn't be.
In any case, it seems like bringing in new fans shoudl be a key part of the WWE's strategy, but I don't see them doing much outreach to prospective viewers.  I firmly believe most people would enjoy wrestling if they would give it a shot, but most people just thhink of it as "stupid" and "fake."
I knwo what sorts of things make more invested fans happier, but there's got to be mroe the WWE can do to reach out to people like me and my wife, who just had to give it a shot--now we wat…

BoD Tuesday Night Thread

On tap for tonight:



Main Event begins on the WWE Network at 8pm EST with a main event of Dean Ambrose vs. Kane.



The NBA has 5 games on the schedule with the Golden State Warriors vs. Miami Heat at 7:30pm EST on ESPN



The NHL has 7 games on the schedule with the Colorado Avalanche vs. Phoenix Coyotes at 9:00pm EST on TVA.



College Basketball is on tonight highlighted by #12 Villanova vs. #19 Michigan at 10:00pm EST on ESPN 2.


BoD Daily Update

Sting Update

While the plan remains for Sting to wrestle against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 31, there is some talk that Sting vs. HHH might happen and it could even be before WrestleMania.

Credit PWInsider via Wrestling Inc



AJ Lee Update

There are no current plans for AJ to leave the WWE. Her match at Survivor Series was booked that way for storyline only and not because she is leaving or requesting a release.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com



Kayfabe Commentaries Debuts a New Series Today

"Back to the Territories" hosted by Jim Cornette was released today. The first installment has him interview Jim Duggan as they talk about the Mid South promotion. Click on the link below to view the trailer.






And don't forget to vote for today's Group V bracket in Place to be Nation's "Greatest Song of the 90's" tournament. Click on the link below to vote.

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The PG Era Rant: Raw, 11.24.14

The PG Era Rant for Raw, November 24, 2014.
This rant is dedicated to my mom and dad on their 41st wedding anniversary.
Our pre-show preview doesn't talk about that, but it does mention this:
The Authority give a farewell address. John Cena will announce who is in charge tonight. At first, it was implied he would decide, but it was later clarified the Board of Directors had decided and Cena would merely introduce him. Big Show will explain why he turned heel. (And he'll have to come up with a reason other than “he was past his due date”.) Goldust and Stardust call in their rematch against The Miz and Damien Sandow.
Live from Indianapolis, IN.
Your hosts are a guy who should call matches, a guy who should retire, and a guy with no one left to cheer for. It's an exercise to the reader which is which.
We open with Sting's entrance from Survivor Series.