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WWE 2K15

Given the fat stack$$$$ that Wrestlemania and particularly the Monday following made for the blog, I decided to spring for the Xbox Gold special with WWE 2K15 and all the DLC for $60.  I immediately did a random WWE title match with Brock Lesnar defending against Sami Zayn and got my ass kicked.  They seem to have overhauled the control scheme completely, and not for the better, because the whole "rock/paper/scissors" deal isn't particularly intuitive.  Still, it's kind of awesome to have classic surfer Sting v. Ultimate Warrior at WM30.  Anyone else playing this or have thoughts on it thus far?

Notes from Raw... LIVE!

> Hey Scott--
>
> I attended Monday night's show (seated on the aisle that Reigns came down, so you can rest assured I gave him what for, sir!) and I'm surprised we don't have a rant up yet, but some notes for the BoD from the live experience:
>
> 1. The crowd noise was WAY muted on the broadcast, as we were a hell of a lot hotter than that. But since we were chanting a lot of stuff that doesn't tow company line, I guess that's expected.
>
> 2. Michael Cole being murdered does indeed equal ratings, and it equals amazing crowd pops as well. Brock is now the supreme babyface of the company.
>
> 3. During the commercial break in the Diva's match, there was a mind-numbingly bad rest hold sequence, which the crowd completely turned on, leading to the following classy chants, "You suck Cena", "You suck Bryan", "You suck Uso", "You suck Kidd", and "You suck Punk." Sadly, the crowd d…

Reigns Dies for Vince's Sins

Scott,

Wrote this from the perspective of understanding where Roman Reigns is as a performer, even commending him, but underlining where he is and where McMahon is in the creative process. Thought you might enjoy.
http://bluebarcage.blogspot.com/2015/03/reigns-dies-for-vinces-sins.html

​Well unfortunately it looks like we're right back to SuperCena Reigns feuding with Big Show after RAW last night, so Vince definitely hasn't learned anything.  ​

BoD Daily Update

Original Plans for WrestleMania Main Event

The original plans had Roman Reigns defeating Brock Lesnar in a match that went 35 minutes including entrances but the show ran long so they changed the match length.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0330/591984/roman-reigns-vs-brock-lesnar-changed-last-night/



Bray Wyatt Injury Update

Wyatt, who sprained his ankle Sunday afternoon, wore a cast on his ankle backstage the entire night until it was time for his match against the Undertaker. Wyatt was unable to stand or walk for a long time after the injury occurred as well.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0330/591982/backstage-update-on-sting-wwe-status/



More NXT Talents Debuting Shortly on WWE Television?

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Finn Balor will be traveling for the next several weeks of television tapings and there has been a lot of talk about Charlotte moving to the main roster as well.

http://pwinsider.com/article/92727/nxt-stars-being-called-up-to-main-wwe-roster.html…

Matt's Monday Night RAW Recap - 3/30/2015

I've had a hell of a weekend.

It's not quite real to me yet. The rest of the pics and recaps are coming.
In any case, I was actually AT RAW tonight and...well, it was insane. The crowd went from nuts to batshit crazy gradually -- but when the fans lost their shit, I'm honestly surprised the show wasn't delayed. I really thought it would be by the time Seth Rollins began yelling at the crowd during The Wave.

BoD Mania II

This has nothing to do with the WWE


Roman Looks Stronger?

So, the scuttlebutt at other boards I've seen is that, ironically, they did the best job of making Roman Reigns look strong in defeat.  Having him smile at Lesnar's attacks, spit in the ring at him, beg him to bring more, etc., actually made him look like he was a fighter.  I was reminded of The Thing vs. The Champion in comic books, in that Thing is almost never the underdog but the one time he was it was more awesome for him.

Agree or disagree?

​We'll see what the followup entails, but the best analogy I've heard is that Reigns is Tommy Dreamer, who the fans resented because he was a "pretty boy" with a push forced on them.  So Heyman booked Dreamer to take hellacious beatings from Sandman, over and over, until the audience had their catharsis and no longer wanted to boo him.  Unfortunately Reigns has a host of other issues holding him back from the top spot, but the beating at WM was definitely a step in the right direction.  ​

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

Well that was a pretty fun Wrestlemania eh? One thing about that particular event is that even the "bad" Wrestlemanias give you something to latch onto be it a special entrance or a particular segment. Yesterday, without the budget of having a live act sing someone out they spiced up the entrances even more than normal. Rusev's tank entrance was amazing and he's earn that sort of buildup with his work over the past year.

The matches were all good. I thought the main event was spectacular and the swerve at the end was brilliant. Brock Lesnar continues to elevate as the top babyface in the company. Seth Rollins has really earned the opportunity he got last night. I thought Roman Reigns was great in the match even though he apparently can't do anything right. I enjoyed his comeback segments and it gave the match some depth. Blood helped too and I'm glad if that's going to happen they save it for Wrestlemania.

The Rock-Rousey/McMahons …

WWE announces Network numbers, Wall Street unimpressed.

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe-news/41858-wwe-network-update-and-lots-of-news
1.3 million subs for the Network, stock drops almost $3.00 as a result.  That's kind of a disastrous number, actually.  Unless Wrestlemania did about 700,000 regular PPV buys, there's not really any way to spin this as a positive.  Plus they're doing another free month in April.  I'm sure Chris Harrington will chime in shortly and I'll link there when he does, since he actually knows what he's talking about with this stuff.

BoD Daily Update

WWE.com RAW Preview

http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2015-03-30/raw-five-point-preview-march-30-2015-27247357



WWE Made Last Minute Changes to the WWE Title Match?

According to PWInsider.com, and this was prior to the main event, the WWE was concerned about Reigns as the champion would be a bigger issue with the fans than having him lose his first WrestleMania main event. There was also a belief in the company that if they put the title on him too soon that it would hurt Reigns in the long run to the point that he would never be able to recover. They also reported that there was talk about last minute changes to the creative plan of the match.

http://rajah.com/node/46435



Problems Between Steve Austin and WWE?

Austin was originally scheduled to attend WrestleMania last night but ended up not making it to the show and there was word going around that it was due to an issue he had with Vince McMahon, possibly about using his podcast on the Network.

http://pwinsider.com/article/92703/a-major-sign…

DBSM’s Live WM Report

“Live” as in “back home four hours after the show has ended” Hey, Scott, this is BonzaiDBSM somewhat fresh from WM31. I figured I’d throw in some observations from being in the Wrestlemania crowd if you’d be so kind to post them; why listen to random Meltzer crap on the BoD Daily Update about how the crowd was when you have a top-5 BoD commentator, a BoD C-List Champion and three-time BoD fantasy sports champion right in the thick of it? This was my fifth PPV and second Mania (the other being 21, 10 years ago), but my first stadium show. They couldn’t have picked a better day for it, it was about 70 degrees all day even the sun right on us. It also made for a cool spectacle to have most of the show drenched in sunlight WM9-style (although some entrances suffered for it), only darkening for the main event. Sounds weird to say, but I wish I had brought sunscreen for Mania. My sis bought me the ticket as a Christmas present and got me a decent middle-pavilion seat. Although I was directl…

WrestleMania Weekend 2015 - Day 2: WWE Axxess

(Apologies for not getting the remaining days of WM weekend out sooner. We've both been engulfed in work and life and attending this stuff, adding in the aforementioned, has left us a bit fatigued...more to come!)
Friday was a little different.
We left work and came rushing over, only to find that the gates hadn't opened yet...and there was a line, about a mile long, to get in, with that classic "zig-zag" format you see in a line at Disneyland.

Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: The Second Hour (8-9 p.m. EST)

All right Blog O'Doomers, we're three threads in. Disqus apparently is going to make sure we don't break any records tonight but I appreciate the people that are sticking through the issues and completely understand those who aren't.

Once again, Reddit spoilers will be deleted and those that post them may get their wigs split!

Keep it clean!

Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: First Hour (7-8 p.m. EST)

All right we survived the pre-game so now it's time for the real show. Very quickly here are my predictions since no one asked!

-- The Bella Twins over A.J./Paige since the Bellas appear to win every week.

-- Daniel Bryan wins I-C Ladder Match by outlasting Dolph Ziggler after 20 minutes

-- Seth Rollins over Randy Orton because Seth really needs this win.

-- Undertaker over Bray Wyatt to start a new streak, don't think he'll get to 21 this time.

-- John Cena over Rusev for the U.S. Title although I don't expect this Cena title reign to last long. Rusev is the right guy for that belt.

-- Sting over HHH because HHH always won the real life battle here. No need for him to win the worked match right...Right???!?!

-- Roman Reigns over Brock Lesnar when Paul Heyman turns on his monster for the new,youngrt monster (or at least the WWE hopes).

Enjoy Wrestlemania!

Wrestlemania XXXI Thread: The Pre-Show

Howdy Blog O'Doomers!

Well today is the day and this is clearly the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup Finale (insert any other sports theme you like) of professional wrestling/sports entertainment. And like those events sometimes you don't get the matchup you want but you can't deny the success the name has regardless. As Gorilla Monsoon always said..."tonight history will be made."

And Wrestlemania is also quite the boom for this board as traffic levels go from above average to extremely high during the course of the week.

I don't know who will be writing reviews on the show...I know I'm not and you can all applaud for that.

Oh yeah the Pre-Show will be competing with the Duke-Gonzaga basketball game so you can all talk about that here too if you want.

I encourage discussion and would appreciate it if you kept it fairly clean.

Also, all Reddit spoilers will be deleted. Please do not spoil the show for those wanting to be surprised (This is Brian Bayles…

Bray Wyatt Injured During Preshow Warmup

According to PWInsider.com, Wyatt was warming up in the ring when he suffered what appeared to be an ankle sprain. He was then taken backstage in a cart. There are no further updates at this time but it does not appear that he will miss the show.

http://pwinsider.com/article/92693/injury-to-wrestler-in-a-top-match-at-todays-wrestlemania-warm-up-notes-for-tonights-show-espn-e-60-trailer-online-trishlita-answering-questions-rusevs-army-wont-be-all-actors-and-more.html?p=1

WWF Superstars of Wrestling May 2nd,1987

May 2, 1987

From the Centrum in Worcester, MA

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

This week's featured match is Brutus Beefcake vs. Johnny Valiant. Also in action will be Randy Savage, Can-Am Connection, and Adrian Adonis. Plus, the debate between Ken Patera and Bobby Heenan and much more.


Countdown to WM: Wrestlemania XXX

The SmarK Rant for WWE Wrestlemania 30Live on the WWE Network, from New Orleans, LA. I was watching on the PS3 tonight and the stream was 99% perfect, with only a couple of buffering issues and once or twice where something would repeat. Other than that, it looked HD quality, just like on PPV. For a four hour show I’m very impressed. Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler

BoD Daily Update

WWE Planning Major Changes For The Diva's Division?

According to PWInsider, the WWE is going to change the way in which the divas are portrayed on TV. Reportedly, the "Give the Divas a Chance" movement opened up a lot of eyes within the company with regards to how the divas are booked. There is also a feeling that since they portray the diva characters so strongly on "Total Divas" but are not presented the same way on WWE TV, that they might lose viewers for the "Total Divas" show.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0328/591885/backstage-news-on-why-wwe-is-reportedly-planning-major-changes/



Update on Jimmy Jacobs WWE Role

Jacobs, who was speculated as being hired to work on the creative team for NXT, has now been confirmed for working on the creative team of the main roster as he will be moving to Connecticut.

Credit F4WOnline.com



Finn Balor Interview

Balor was interviewed for "Between the Ropes" and spoke about how he almost decided against…

WrestleMania Weekend 2015 - Day 3: 2015 WWE Hall of Fame

This one's a bit hard to report.
There's not a whole slew of unique photos we can produce or interesting stuff to do. So, I think we'll report on each of the inductees and their best moments and give our opinions on the live experience.

BoD Saturday Night Thread

On tap for tonight: 


WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony starts at 7pm EST on the Network with the Red Carpet Event. 


The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament continues tonight with the "Elite Eight." Wisconsin vs. Arizona is currently underway while Notre Dame vs. Kentucky tips off at 8:49pm EST on TBS. 


Multiple games in the NBA and NHL are on tonight as well. 


Plus, check out the "Great WrestleMania Re-Book Series over at Place to be Nation as they tackle WrestleMania XXX. 
http://placetobenation.com/the-great-wrestlemania-re-book-wrestlemania-xxx/


And the Bruno Sammartino shoot won the poll as that will be recapped on Thursday.

Hideo Itami Hits GTS at NXT-WWE Live (Good quality goog angle)

Holy crap that's a huge crowd, too.

U.S. belt

With all the hoopla surrounding the I.C. and U.S. title matches at Mania and with WWE supposedly trying to bring back some prestige to each, wouldn't it be a good time to make a new U.S. belt? Its been over 10 years since WWE brought it back and its been the same belt since day one. Ive always thought the design was horrible.

Just like they did with the I.C. belt, they should bring back the classic design, from the late 80's.

Great looking belt. Nice and shiny.

I like shiny things.
You're right.  I have the perfect design.



Thunder - November 4, 1999

Thunder Date: November 4, 1999 Location: Cox Arena, San Diego, California Attendance: 5,091 Commentators: Larry Zbyszko, Scott Hudson
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It's a taped show in the Russo Era, which is the kind of thing nightmares are made of. I'm not sure anyone wants to see what's going on with this show but at least it's only two hours instead of three and there are no tournament matches in sight. Maybe it'll even make sense! Ok I got ahead of myself there. Let's get to it.

Random WM Questions

Good Morning Mr. Keith, for WM Weekend I have just some random questions while thinking about past events:1. Michaels turned on Janetty not too long before Rumble 92, and they still feuded after their match at Rumble 93, so how come the appropriate blow-off wasn't at one of those years respective Manias?  Or is it the obvious answer of Janetty being unreliable to behave in time for the big show?2.  Was someone planning a Papa Shango/Hogan program after WM 8 or was there a Harvey Wippleman connection that I can't remember for him coming to Sid's aid at WM8 and that was just supposed to be it?  Or was it Warrior bleeds-oil-from-hands angle the plan all along?3. With Hogan/Andre being done with early on at the WM4, and knowing it would steal the show, why rob of us Savage/Steamboat II and go with Valentine instead?Lastly, how do you feel as a fan of hockey, what my team, the Sabres are doing, with regards of the organization, not the players, tanking for the #1 or #2 draft pi…

Impact Wrestling - March 27, 2015

Impact Wrestling Date: March 27, 2015 Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Josh Matthews, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We're finally back in America after a pretty awesome UK tour and the main story is Kurt Angle defeating Lashley to win the World Title. As for tonight, the big story is the return of Jeff Hardy from his annual “I can't go to Europe” leave for a showdown inside a cage against James Storm. Let's get to it.

Place to be Nation WrestleMania Week Update

It's WrestleMania weekend and we have you covered with EVERYTHIIG Mania related. Here's a taste of what you can find at placetobenation.com:



Dan's WrestleMania XXXI Preview: 
http://placetobenation.com/wrestlemania-xxxi-preview/



The Definitive Ranking of the WrestleManias: 
http://placetobenation.com/category/wrestling/wrestlemania-rankings/



The Five Count: Undertaker’s WrestleMania Opponents: 
http://placetobenation.com/the-five-count-undertakers-wrestlemania-opponents/



The Great WrestleMania Re-Book series: 
http://placetobenation.com/category/wrestling/wrestlemania-re-book/



Audio: PTBN Main Event - WrestleMania 30 Preview

WrestleMania Weekend 2015 – Day 1: WWE WrestleMania Axxess

There are some who would say that WWE is wrestling company in flux.
That, despite the fact WWE has the support of the majority of wrestling fans, there's something relatively off about their biggest event of the year.

WWF Wrestling Challenge April 26th, 1987

April 26, 1987

From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

Tonight's featured bout is the rare babyface vs. babyface between the Islanders and the Rougeau Brothers. Also in action will be George Steele, Billy Jack Haynes, Can-Am Connection, and the Hart Foundation.

Hamburger Ebook plug

Hey Scott,

I know this is a little off-brand for you, but you've plugged my burger-related projects before and I was hoping you would do again. Wrestling fans love burgers, right? Of course they do, everyone loves burgers. After years and years of abusing my body for my burger blog, I put all the data I've gathered into a burger tome ebook and published it on Amazon (http://bit.ly/burgercitynyc). 
Thanks! Looking forward to a lot more Brock Tock (talk) in the coming year.
-Brad

I also love burgers, but here in Canada BBQ season is only 2 weeks long and we don't have any of the good burger chains, so we have to make them out of weird stuff like bison up here.  
Brock of course makes his burgers out of the meat of the elephants that he clubs to death with great white sharks.  

Pro-Wrestlemania 31 article plug

Hey Scott,

I wrote my first pro wrestling article over at the entertainment blog I write for, and I decided to write about why Wrestlemania 31 might actually be a worthwhile show this year. It's probably not my best work, but I figured the WM conversation needed a positive argument or two, even if it reads as devil's advocacy. 
http://www.rickey.org/5-reasons-why-wwe-wrestlemania-31-will-actually-be-a-good-show/278561/

If you could help out with a plug, that'd be great. If not, no harm, no foul. Enjoy your Mania weekend!
-Cabspaintedyellow
Wait, Wrestlemania is this weekend?  I thought it was Fastlane.

Give me

5 matches that had the best finishes ever

Bruno beats Zbyszko into a quivering heap of jelly, wipes the sweat off his brow onto his defeated body, walks out of the cage untouched.  
Randy Savage spends 15 minutes throwing everything possible at Ricky Steamboat, gets obsessed with trying to end his career via ringbell and trying to show up the poor idiot who loves his manager, becomes so distracted that he loses to a simple rollup off a slam attempt.
Steve Austin is overmatched against an increasingly evil and vicious Bret Hart, but he keeps fighting through major blood loss and becomes a bigger star by losing than he would have by winning.  
Ultimate Warrior bounces Rick Rude around the ring like a pinball but is too dumb to keep an eye on Bobby Heenan, gets tripped up and pinned as a result.  
Undertaker finally traps Shawn Michaels in an unwinnable cage match, beats the holy hell out of him once and for all, but his long lost brother rips the door off the cage and hits him with his own m…

BoD Daily Update

WWE Plans for WrestleMania 32

Due to the show being held at Dallas Stadium and needing a lot of seats to fill, the idea is that any legend that can still perform will probably be asked to be part of the show.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



WrestleMania Preshow Updates

With the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal being moved to the kickoff show, it is reported that match will go on first at about 6pm EST. The Tag Team Title match will start at about 6:30pm EST, making the WrestleMania show 5 hours long in total.

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe-news/41803-wrestlemania-news-andre-the-giant-battle-royal-moved-to-pre-show



Hideo Itami Wins NXT Tournament to Qualify For the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/31/hideo-itami-wins-nxt-tournament-andre-giant-memorial-battle-royal-wrestlemania-27234399



Former WWE Tag Team Looking to Work for Lucha Underground

The former Cryme Time team of Shad Gaspard & JTG were a…

Best Wrestlemania matches at Paste Magazine

Scott,

Would love for the blog regulars to come tell us how awful our picks are for this list of the best Wrestlemania matches. I lobbied hard for the WM 27 8-man but no dice.
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/03/10-best-wrestlemania-matches.html

​It's no Bret-Austin, but it's close.  No love for Lawler v. Cole either?  COME ON.​

Smackdown - March 26, 2015

Smackdown Date: March 26, 2015 Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 17,540 Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It's the final show before the big one and that means we're in for a very different kind of Smackdown. This is likely to be a studio heavy show with a lot of video packages, but it's not like Smackdown means much in the first place. The main event is a big eight man tag with most of the people in some of the bigger matches. Let's get to it.

Quick note for mobile users

I've disabled the mobile version of the site due to issues with Adsense not liking where Blogger places certain links, which is kind of ludicrous because they're both the same company.  But that's Google for you.  Anyway, the only change most people should notice is that you'll get the full desktop version on your phone, but then if you're too much of a caveman to not have a phone that can handle it you're probably Brock Lesnar anyway.
Carry on.

Podcast Plug Please

Hey Scott, with WrestleMania weekend upon us, me and my friends over at the Cultural Compulsive Disorder blog looked at the already crowded wrestling podcast scene and said "us too!". Would you mind giving a plug for a long-time loyal reader? http://www.ccdblog.com/2015/03/the-ccd-podcast-episode-47-wrestlemania.html ​Kudos on the Simpsons reference there, too.  ​

Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next

This week I thought I would select four legends in the fine sport of professional wrestling. Here are your choices:



Bruno Sammartino

http://www.rfvideo.com/shootwithbrunosammartino1.aspx



Terry Funk, Volume 1

http://www.rfvideo.com/shootwithterryfunk.aspx



Harley Race

http://www.rfvideo.com/shootwithharleyrace.aspx



Nick Bockwinkel

http://www.rfvideo.com/shootwithnickbockwinkel.aspx



Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at noon.

http://vote.pollcode.com/52192717










15 Mug Shots of arrested WWE Superstars (this is what a google search can find Triple H...)

http://www.sportskeeda.com/slideshow/wwe-15-must-see-arrested-wwe-superstar-mugshots

It's interesting looking through these mug shots, keeping in mind Triple H's concerns about WWE fans finding inappropriate results if they searched for Chyna....Apparantly being a porn star is worse than violence against woman, drink driving and murder
I'm just disappointed that they left the curveball hanging with the Big Show slide.  Arrested for indecent exposure but released due to "insufficient evidence"?  That punchline writes itself!  Bunch of amateurs.

5 Wrestlemania Matches That Almost Happened

https://youtu.be/IOnCpNADPd8
This is a really weird list on WWE's part, because it's part kayfabe and part "insider" stuff.  Like the 10-man from Wrestlemania X that was cancelled is suddenly an obscure trivia question?  And the Hogan-Flair match at #1 was never gonna happen, obviously, but they do the kayfabe "Jack Tunney changed it" explanation.  And HHH v. Tyson?  Um, no, never even talked about.  Whatever, it's their list, I guess.

Flair/Sting '91 Q for the BoD

Regarding Flair winning the title back from Sting in January 1991 at the Meadowlands in NJ, why at this time and why at this show? It was during a horrible snowstorm and the arena was half (if not mostly) empty according to most reports. Why not put the match and the change on TV, like at the first Clash of the year? That was the random Flair/Scott Steiner match, and we know now that the rumors of Flair wanting to give Scott the title aren't true at all...so why that random, half-empty show?

I can see if it was their first time there maybe, and the snow ruined what was supposed to be a big show, but they couldn't call an audible on that one?
Yeah, that was a weird one.  You'd think that they would have just put the belt on Flair at Starrcade if they wanted to go that direction.  And it's not like they went back to Jersey anytime soon, so it wasn't to build for big return business there or anything.  You got me.

BoD Daily Update

Potential Main Event for WrestleMania 32
Right now there is talk of having Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock at WrestleMania 32. However, this will all depend on the Rock's film schedule. 
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio



Some Details on Brock Lesnar's New Contract
Lesnar's new deal is for three years and he got a raise from his previous contract. However, details on how many dates he has on this new deal has yet to be revealed. 
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Current Feuds Planned For After WrestleMania
Right now post-Mania feuds are Cena vs. Rusev for the U.S. Title will continue after WrestleMania, Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title, and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Title. 
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio


Global Force TV Taping Planned?
According to PWInsider they have been hearing rumblings that Jeff Jarrett has been booking wrestlers for a show in Las Vegas on August 22nd. It has yet to be confir…

WCW Worldwide: February 16, 1997

Horsemen4ever:Didn't Sledgehammer enter WCW with a record of 9-1-1?
*Standing ovation*
The Sunday Morning Wars are starting to take over the wrestling world. While the WWF has decided to run with recaps and footage of people setting up the ring for the pay-per-view tonight, WCW is loading up the shotgun and firing out some of the biggest names available today. Do you want to see Hulk Hogan? Randy Savage? Sting? The Outsiders? OF COURSE NOT! Not when Billy Kidman, Alex Wright, Mieko Satomara, and Malya Hosaka are around!
TONY SCHIAVONE and “SOBER” BOBBY HEENAN hype tonight’s main event; where the Faces of Fear take on Chris Benoit and Arn Anderson, who’s somehow found the strength to roll off the operating table and ignore his near-crippling career ending neck injury to compete for YOU.

NXT - March 25, 2015

NXT Date: March 25, 2015 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
We're back home in Florida tonight with the main event being Kevin Owens defending the NXT Title against Finn Balor. This is the lower level main event that still has the potential to tear the house down if they're given enough time, which NXT is usually really good about doing. In addition to that, we have Sasha Banks defending the Women's Title against Alexa Bliss. Let's get to it.

Rock and Reigns

Scott,         Wouldn't the obvious feud to build to for WrestleMania 32, be Roman Reigns vs. The Rock.  Reigns could go uber heel, blame the fans AND Rock for not supporting him, and dominantly plow through faces (including a Brock-style destroying of Cena at Summerslam), win the title mid year and lose it when Rock shows up to defend his and his family's honor.  BOOM: WrestleMania match.  That, plus Sting/Taker retirement is a pretty good double headliner.  Throw in Brock/Bryan as an apology to the fans and Dallas has a Hell of a Show! Dude, they need to sell ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND tickets for that show.  Roman Reigns ain't gonna be anywhere near that main event.  Put the names of Brock Lesnar, The Rock, HHH, John Cena, Undertaker and maybe even Shawn Michaels if you're desperate into a hat, pull out any combination of three matches with them, and that's your main card.  Even then, I dunno.  

Monday Nitro - November 1, 1999

Monday Nitro #212 Date: November 1, 1999 Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Attendance: 8,362 Commentators: Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It's still tournament time and tonight we get the other half of the first round. Some of the matches were already announced on Thunder, but I'd actually be surprised if they remembered those matches after four days. Other than that I'm sure we'll see a lot more of the Filthy Animals vs. the Revolution, which hopefully means more of Torrie. Let's get to it.

BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Update

Lesnar had in fact, up until a few days ago, spent the past few months training for a return to MMA. It was also reported by Dave Meltzer that Lesnar's wife, Sable and his close friends did not want him returning to professional fighting. It is also reported that a Lesnar babyface turn has been reportedly decided on since the first of the year.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0324/591715/backstage-news-on-brock-lesnar-possibly-turning-babyface/



Finn Balor Update

There continues to be talk from within WWE NXT that Balor is getting called up to the main roster shortly after WrestleMania 31.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0324/591700/backstage-talk-on-finn-balor-wwe-call-up/



RAW Ratings

RAW drew 4.19 million viewers this past Monday which was up from the 3.92 million they had last week. Here is the hourly breakdown:

8pm: 4.18 million viewers
9pm: 4.34 million viewers
10pm: 4.04 million viewers


http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/118-daily-updates/…

Silly Question

Feel daft asking this, but Did Superfly ever work as heel? Been mostly a wwe man since Mania 7 so not sure if he heeled it up before or afterwards? Cheers

​I wouldn't want anyone to feel daft.  But yes, Snuka absolutely worked as a heel for years before he got famous with the WWF.  He had a pretty famous cage match with Bob Backlund in fact.  ​

Dodging Mania XX Bullets

Hey man love the BoD just a quick question/look at what the new dynamic is come main event time at Mania.....

Vince & Company dodged some major bullets with Brock inking a new deal as you have to believe this crowd was gonna SHIT ALL OVER this hot mess via Brock ~ Goldberg @ XX. It adds potential for all new directions now.

I'd like to see the double turn. It kinda feels like it's already happening & Reigns sure as hell needs it, and fast. I just saw an interview with the Rock, & in hopes of selling out 100K in Dallas next year, the E is angling for Brock v Rock. Super uber face Samoans Rock & Roman, which by default would make them heel Samoans, snatching the Gold from a hot Lesnar sets up nicely for Mania 32. Would be fresh I'd like to see this.

Rollins cashing in. If he cashes in on Reigns, Rollins is now automatically a monster face, & they can go that way with Reigns chasing & eventually winning.

Rolling cashing in on Brock with the help …

WWF Superstars of Wrestling April 25th, 1987

April 25, 1987

From the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV

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

Tonight's featured match is the Islanders & Sivi Afi vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff & Butch Reed. Also in action will be Demolition, Killer Bees, Honky Tonk Man, and Tito Santana. Plus, the final installment of the "Ken Patera Story" and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who Vince informs us has indeed bought a ticket to the show.


Subtle

I guess the fans really are getting the middle finger this year?

God love Vince McMahon.

Which hurts more?

Reigns winning and being a flop as a champ/draw

OR

Reigns losing after all of the buildup and hype?

Long term, neither are good for him, but which one sets him back more?

Winning and flopping.  If you lose, you're losing to Brock Lesnar, the scariest man on the planet and World champion, and you can at least go somewhere from there.  If you win and flop, that's a stink that takes a long time to wash out.  Plus they've put all the booking eggs into this basket, and if he's not getting over by beating the 1 in 21-1 who crushed John Cena for the title, there's little more they can do for him.  Brock should win and Rollins should cash in on the post-WM RAW while Reigns goes away for a while and they repackage him somehow.

WCW Saturday Night: February 15, 1997

With all systems operating within normal designed parameters, and Cyborgs being pumped out at a furious rate, we board the mothaship with our good friends TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES. Dusty vows to talk about Roddy Piper. Good, I was worried.

Biggest Heel Win at Mania

Hi, Scott.  Do you think the babyfaces will win each of the four big singles matches at 'Mania, or will WWE throw at least one curveball?  Looking at each match individually, I think Reigns, Cena, Sting and 'Taker will win, but it would also seem kind of odd for the potential biggest heel win on the show to be Rollins (a stip match with Orton at Extreme Rules makes sense, and Orton shouldn't have the Raw beatdown and win the first match).  I suppose the faces winning but the show ending with Rollins successfully cashing in would provide some balance but don't think WWE would have Roman's first title reign end like Bryan's did at Summerslam.

​No, they will not.  I can definitely see Cena losing, though, and probably Sting as well.  Taker's not coming back to do a job, though.  ​

BoD Daily Update

Samoa Joe Update

Joe was reportedly telling people at an Independent show in Queens this past Friday that he will be headed to the WWE in a few weeks.

http://rajah.com/node/46328



Global Force Wrestling Coming to Las Vegas?

Amid rumors that GFW would be taping shows in Las Vegas, the company released a teaser video on YouTube hyping they would be there in the Summer and Jeff Jarrett himself tweeted that they would in fact be there but did not specify what they would be doing. You can click on the link below to view the teaser trailer and the tweet.

http://wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2015/0324/591672/video-jeff-jarrett-global-force-wrestling-coming-to-las-vegas/



Roman Reigns on Conan

Reigns will be a guest on the show tonight as he hypes WrestleMania 31.

Credit PWInsider.com



ESPN Announces Release Date of WWE Documentary

"WWE: Behind the Curtain" will air on ESPN 5/5/15. Click on the link below to view the trailer.





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Matt's Monday Night RAW Recap - 3/23/2015

After this show, WWE departs for my neck of the woods as Santa Clara/San Jose is the final stop on The Road to WrestleMania.
Despite all my carrying on, I'm actually stoked to be going to this event, to WrestleMania -- if Dougie hasn't shown up yet to clue you all in that "I'm paying for WrestleMania" yet.
There. You can stop trolling the threads now, Dougie. Lol bro. Or whatever.

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–03.18.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.18.96 We’re on the Road to Wrestlemania…12. Hopefully the PS3 won’t let me down like Roku and XBone have been doing with the Network as of late. Oddly it’s the only device that gives me chapter breaks for RAW replays. Taped from San Antonio, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O' Doomers!

Well the Road to Wrestlemania comes to its final turn tonight.

I will admit, the ending last week with Sting and Orton cleaning house got me a little interested. It looked cool, it was fun, it promoted a couple of programs and worked for all involved. I am an easy sell though because I love Wrestlemania. Even if I'm not crazy about the booking or the direction I want to see the pagentry, see the ring entrance set up, check out the atmosphere, etc.

As for the Wrestlemania threads, I think we'll stick with last year's plan of having a thread for pre-show and doing them hourly for the show. Disqus probably can't handle 5-10K posts on a single thread. Last year we hit about 10-12K between the five of them. If someone has a better idea, I'm all ears.

As for TV tonight

Wrestlemania go home show for RAW

New Episodes of Better Call Saul, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, American Dad, Scorpion, Bates Motel, etc. etc.

7 NHL Games, 6 NBA Games, Second R…