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Smackdown – May 1, 2003

Smackdown Date: May 1, 2003 Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re past Backlash now and Brock Lesnar retained the Smackdown World Title against John Cena in the Smackdown main event. Therefore, it’s time to get a new challenger to the title and that scares me a bit. Odds are ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – February 3rd, 1983

February 3, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts This week in action are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Kamala, Tony Atlas, Andre the Giant, and the Junkyard Dog & Mr. Wrestling II will team up.   Watts shows us the North American Title, which he told us matchmaker Grizzly Smith received by mail. Also, ... Read more

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Flair on drinking

http://ift.tt/2yvi7Ew Nice headline, except that he was with the NWA for the bulk of his career  ​No, you see, when WWE bought out WCW, they also bought out all the history as well, so what you THINK was years of NWA programming was actually WWE all along now.  ​

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Saturday Night Thread

I’m flying out for a work conference on Monday morning so I’m not sure what the update schedule will be like next week, but we’ll see how it goes. WhatCulture Pro Wrestling has pretty much fallen apart due to the YouTube Ad-Pocalypse so now everyone left and they’re going to be Defiant Wrestling instead.  Another ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – July 7th, 1990

July 7, 1990 From the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, NY Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon This week in action are Jimmy Snuka, Macho King Randy Savage, Demolition, and the Big Bossman. Plus, Nikolai Volkoff is the guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more!   Demolition vs. Tony Ulysses ... Read more

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Declining RAW ratings

Saw a good article about RAW being three hours. http://ift.tt/2fACKXK What’s your opinion on how the WWE can change this long-term trend? This chart is pretty stunning. http://ift.tt/2xNv6D4 Please, you can prove anything if you're using FACTS.  They do certainly seem to be deliberately tanking that third hour, though. Bet USA is thrilled about that, ... Read more

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Hogan’s booking pre-NWO heel turn

That was some of the worst booking I've ever seen. While we had an intriguing story around Luger (with best friend good two-shoes Sting as his occasional partner, feuding with top face Savage, managed by DOD heel Jimmy Hart), heated Sting vs Horsemen feud, later Savage vs Flair feud, exciting new/young talent starting to catch ... Read more

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Vince McMahon’s Extra-Marital Affairs

In a Playboy 2001, Vince McMahon reveals that he had many extra-marital affairs, and he was always honest with Linda when he would stray outside their marriage.  My question to you is was there any women in the WWE whom he supposedly had his many affairs with? ​Why do think Mae Young and Moolah ... Read more

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WrestleFest 1988

Scott, Any chance you would re-do WrestleFest 1988 with Savage/DiBiase and Taylor/Hennig match reviews inserted where they would be on the card (since WWE hasn’t/won’t release the full thing for some reason)? ​Sure, once WWE puts it on the Network.  ​

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–11.08.93

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – November 8 1993 – Live from Bushkill, PA. Really? Is there also MurderObama, TX? – Your hosts are Bobby, Vince and Macho. Ugly graphics are back again. – Vince pimps a special poll, as next week Pierre can face either 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jannetty, Doink or ... Read more

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I have a riddle for you Scott

If Darren Young takes no days off then where the hell has that asshole been? If you look carefully at the past few John Cena matches, whenever he had to take a big bump, the camera would cut away and Cena would look darker for some reason. Man's getting old you know. 

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Self fulfilling prophecy

You said about Roman that they intentionally Book every one down, to make him the only viable option. Why not Braun though?  Before he was crushed by lesnar, Braun lost one match all year (to Roman), and got his wins back twice on ppv! Did they even try doing any Braun merchandise? How about AJ ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 27, 1995

–A video package plays up the ongoing Bret Hart-Jerry Lawler feud, including Bret’s challenge to Lawler on Monday Night RAW. –Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are the commentary team for today’s show and they are taped from Danbury, Connecticut. –Opening Contest:  Men on a Mission (11-2) defeat Ross Greenberg & Tim McNeeny after Mabel pins ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 2nd, 1990

July 2, 1990 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan Tonight’s featured match is Mr. Perfect vs. Hercules   “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka vs. Chris Duffy This match also aired on the 7/7 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling.” Duffy attacks Snuka but Snuka fights back. Duffy gets suplexed back into the ring from the apron ... Read more

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Marty wuz HACKED

OK guys, we've all been a little harsh on Marty recently, but I think everything has been cleared up and he can be admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame any day now. Marty Jannetty is trying to clear his name after one of his alleged Facebook posts asking if it was OK for him to ... Read more

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Second best promotion…ever?

Going through these Observer Flashbacks I think one thing that has stuck out is A. how hard it is to have a long lasting successful promotion and B. how many promotions didn't learn from the failure of their peers to not make the same mistakes.    Just think about the failed promotions over the last ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground–S1E10

The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground – S1E10 “Law of the Jungle” Your hosts are Matt Striker & Vampiro OK, one more chance for Lucha Underground. If we don’t get 2000 pageviews (which would be about the level of one of the 1993 RAW reposts, for example) then it’s getting retired for good. So share ... Read more

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Midget Superstar…Bay Bay!

Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of Adam Cole. However, are they going to run into a huge problem when this guy gets to the main roster? The guy is tiny, let's be honest. Like tiny tiny… smaller than some of the smaller cruiserweights. I have no doubt that HHH is going ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 29, 2017

Sky Sports Interview with Samoa Joe http://ift.tt/2fUsjyE   SI.com Interview with Jack Swagger http://ift.tt/2xzODHU   Ethan Page No Longer Working For EVOLVE Wrestling http://ift.tt/2xGP9l7   Don’t forget to vote in this week’s shoot interview poll by clicking here   Also, anyone interested in this year’s BoD Fantasy Hockey draft, which is this Sunday at 8pm ... Read more

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RF Video Shoot Interview with Tony Schiavone

This was filmed on August 13th, 2017 Rob Feinstein is the host It runs at three hours and five minutes long   Tony talks about growing up in Craigsville, VA and how he would watch Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling with his uncle as a kid. He also went to events  and even kept the ticket stubs ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–NES Classic 80s Edition!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – NES Classic 80s Edition! Dedicated to the memory of Hugh Hefner, who died as we all dreamed to die: Making dirty magazines, being rich, and banging hot chicks. I’m sure I’ll probably end up dropping dead of a heart attack while watching a Giant Gonzalez ... Read more

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Strength and Weaknesses of a Promoter

Hey Scott. Always appreciate your insight. For the sake of argument I'd like to lump everyone – promoters, bookers, writers, agents, whatever – into the category "creative". In your opinion, what is the biggest strength/weakness of each "creative" person: ​Sounds like a job interview.  OK then…​ Jim Cornette ​Deep understanding of the business / Too set ... Read more

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Vince’s ego

Vince isn't stupid. He has to know that the Reigns experiment isn't working. So is it safe to say that Vince's inability to admit when he's wrong is why they continue Roman's push?  Certainly wouldn't be the first time after all that his ego became his worst enemy. Thought he could took and football and ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 28, 2017

Jeff Hardy Update Hardy is expected to undergo surgery for a torn labrum on 10/3. The typical recovery time for the injury is six months. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   ESPN.com Interview with AR Fox http://ift.tt/2hxdGF9   CWF Mid-Atlantic Episode #124  

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Okada – Hottest Run Ever?

Since the start of the year Okada has given us 8 *****-ish star matches between January and August.  Two of those broke Meltzer who doled out a couple of ****** ratings (thus negating the concept of the ***** system, but I digress).  Two Omega matches, 2 Suzuki matches and three others against Elgin, Tiger Mask ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 28, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: April 28, 2003 Location: FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler It’s the night after Backlash and that means it’s time to start the build towards Kevin Nash vs. HHH, which will be built off a combination of Nash and HHH’s long and storied off screen friendship as well as ... Read more

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Titles Rebrand

Given that they're obsessed with phasing out historic aspects of the "old wrestling business", are you surprised they have kept the IC/US titles? Whenever I'm watching the product and listen to them constantly push the words WWE, WWE Network, RAW and Smackdown…just hearing them mention the words Intercontinental and United States titles just seems so ... Read more

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NXT – September 27, 2017

NXT Date: September 27, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s NXT bay-bay as Adam Cole is making his in-ring debut tonight against Sanity’s Eric Young. While you can almost book the screwy finish from here, that doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining along the way. ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

Oh man, I think we’re all still reeling from the Madusa-Hammer thing.  Let’s all try to regroup with baseball tonight, while I try to fix my damn toilet.  Someday I’ll be a real grown-up. Anyone wanna come change my fill valve?  I’ll be your friend. Talk about it here, and don’t forget to check out ... Read more

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PWG Pushing Forward Back

July 7, 2017 From American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, CA Excalibur is your host   Sammy Guevara vs. Rey Horus This is the PWG debut of both men. Guevara flips of Horus after smacking him then Horus returns the favor. They now fight over a wristlock and that leads to a reversal sequence ending ... Read more

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Smackdown Attendance

Idk if you've seen the pics but SD lives attendace past 2 weeks has been pretty embarrassing. Any ideas on how they can improve it? I think losing Cena hurt and they need to get the belt off Mahal. Yeah, John Canton posted pics on his site because he was at the show, and the ... Read more

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Brock Lesnar

So wtf is this new thing with Brocks PPV matches going under 10 mins? If thats the new norm, they should of just ended the last 2 Raw PPVs with Reigns/Stroman and Reigns/Cena. Maybe when Brock signed on for more dates this year, he added that as clause? And btw after the Samoa Joe match ... Read more

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Raw turning into Nitro in 2001

From what I understand the plan during the WCW Invasion in 2001 was going to be to turn Raw into "WCW Nitro", and Smackdown would be WWE's primary show.  However, did TNN put up any resistance to that idea seeing as the WWE was basically giving their 2 hour slot to a new product? ... Read more

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Arn Anderson

Any insight as to why Arn Anderson never got a main event push? Sure, he didn't have the classic look of a top guy, but he was over, he could talk and he was well known to the audience from hanging out with Flair and the Horsemen his whole career. Outside of the Fall Brawl ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–11.15.93

“Dude, with all the problems in the world – where, oh where are the Wrestling Observer Flashbacks. Earlier this year we were on pace to hit the colossally repugnant 1995. I was waiting with baited breath. Now, my days are left unfulfilled. Help a brother out.” I see your point, especially since I’m getting sick ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 27, 2017

Update on a Possible Shield Reunion The WWE is planning to have The Shield wrestle at the TLC PPV on October 22nd. The company is still undecided as to who they will be facing http://ift.tt/2hzu84g   WWE 2K18 Video Game DLC Wrestlers Revealed http://ift.tt/2hwLulO   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Tetsuya ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 26, 2017

Smackdown Date: September 26, 2017 Location: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re coming up on the Cell and that means we have to start hammering home some of the matches. At the moment we have at least one Cell match set, along with the World and Tag Team ... Read more

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When It Was Cool podcast

http://ift.tt/2ys1cBW Hey, my retro wrestling soulmate Karl Stern has a new project covering all kinds of older pop culture that's near and dear to my heart, and he's looking for assistance via Patreon if you're into that kind of thing. I'm always happy to throw a couple of bucks his way for all the great ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – May 22, 1995

–A promo video puts over how King Kong Bundy is going to try to put Shawn Michaels on the shelf permanently tonight in their King of the Ring qualifying match. –Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are in the booth and they are taped from Binghamton, New York. –Opening Contest:  Razor Ramon (w/Savio Vega) (12-2-1) defeats ... Read more

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Braun

Watching No Mercy, I realized something, people may disagree. Brauns aura comes from fucking shit up. But put him in a regular 1 on 1 match, the auras gone, for instance my bro became a huge Braun fan after Summerslam. He was really looking forward to Braun/Brock. About 5-6 mins into it, he turned to ... Read more

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Worst consecutive title reigns

What are the worst 3 consecutive reigns for the major US titles you can think of? I'd go with WCW US title: Sasaki-One Man Gang-Konnan in late 95/early 96 WCW. Brillant to hand around the second most prestigious title of your company to some new/returning hacks like that ​That US title situation was all ridiculous ... Read more

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WWE creative in 2017 y’all

Chris Jericho was on Live Audio Wrestling and revealed that creative (including Triple H) tried to change the way Owens turned on Jericho. Jericho: The day that we had the show, Vince wasn’t there and they tried to change it to where Kevin would just attack me. And my thing was the whole drama of ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 1, 1990

July 1, 1990 From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week, we will see the Hulk Hogan Tribute video.  Also in action are Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Demolition, Brutus Beefcake, Bad News Brown, and The Rockers.   The Rockers vs. Paul Diamond & Brooklyn Brawler Marty ... Read more

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Kingslayer/King’s Landing

I'm surprised that WWE is so blatantly using Game of Thrones names for Seth Rollins.  The Kingslayer nickname was probably OK, but Cole called one of his moves last night "The King's Landing," which I hadn't heard before.  Usually when they rip off something from pop culture they alter the names slightly to avoid legal ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I am wondering if there is a planned tribute on RAW tonight for the killing of Braun Strowman’s career? Ha. Just kidding, RAW never thinks that far ahead. Besides he’d better lay down for Curt Hawkins before he leaves! Anyway it’s post-No Mercy. Seems like Scott liked it enough (two ****+ and ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 30th, 1990

June 30, 1990 From the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, NY Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon In action this week are The Bushwhackers, Earthquake, Dusty Rhodes, Rick Rude, and Tugboat.   “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan vs. Jim Powers Rude tosses Powers off the top rope then gyrates but ... Read more

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Top 10 matches in WCW Saturday Night History

………And go ​Perhaps if they'd put the shows on the Network we'd all have a better handle on the list.  Off the top of head, I've got Flair/Windham v. Steamboat/Gilbert in 89, Flair v. Steamboat in 94, and Vader killing Cactus Jack in 93 and then a huge dropoff after that.  ​

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Monster Problems

Hi Scott, With Stroman taking the clean, massively anti-climactic fall, and Nia Jaxx once more getting pushed into a title shot and coming up short, what's with the WWE's hesitancy to pull the trigger on new monsters? This used to be the thing they'd do really well, or just by default (Khali), and now you ... Read more

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NJPW Destruction in Kobe

September 24th, 16:00 from Kobe World Hall, Hyogo The third of three Destruction shows sees Kenny Omega defend his United States title for the first time against Juice Robinson. Elsewhere, the build for King of Pro-Wrestling continues. Let’s get to it. Here we go… Hirai Kawato & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Monster Rage (Katsuya Kitamura & ... Read more

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Strowman

So Brock kicks out of three power slams then pins Strowman 1 F5. Is this going to kill off Strowman? Like, I cancelled my account, but I'm particularly salty (just like when Ambrose lost in the same month to HHH and Brock and I couldn't be bothered with his title reign).  But how do you ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE No Mercy 2017–09.24.17

The SmarK Rant for WWE No Mercy 2017 Live from Los Angeles, CA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Booker T and Corey Graves Intercontinental title: The Miz v. Jason Jordan There’s a trope in fiction called “The Mary Sue”, which is where a previously-unmentioned character suddenly becomes a major protagonist with no obvious character flaws ... Read more

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Sid vs. Sabu

Hey Scott, I was just watching ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999, and they had Sabu accidentally put Sid through a table during some clusterfuck. I can only assume that we were getting Sabu vs. Sid at some point, until Sid jumped to WCW the next month. Talk about being deprived of a trainwreck-and-a-half – had Botchamania ... Read more

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Undertaker a politician?

Hi Scott, I've been reading a discussion under some reader question here and someone asked about Taker ever being a politician. I thought this is interesting – IWC uniformly accepts that HHH, Hogan, Cena, etc. were hogging the spotlight, using leverage, holding talent down, whatever. But Taker is never brought up in conversations like this. ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – January 27th, 1983

January 27, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Paul Boesch This week Stagger Lee will defend the North American Heavyweight Title against Ted DiBiase, Chavo Guerrero will face Matt Borne, and more!   Tom Renesto Jr. vs. Tim Horner These two were on opposite sides of a tag match last week, with Horner pinning ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Collections–Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (Part 2)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Collections – Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (Part 2) Carrying on now from 1988 onwards, although the first half of this collection was kind of disappointing and just felt like a bunch of stuff they threw together. “The Ultimate Humiliation” Weasel Suit Match: Ultimate Warrior v. Bobby Heenan From Wrestlefest ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

WWE No Mercy is tonight. The card is here. NJPW Destruction in Kobe was this morning. I’m away this weekend, so my review will be up tomorrow. For some Sunday reading, check out Thomas Hall on Backlash 2003 and Maffew on ECW on Sci-Fi. No talk, heathens!

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ECW on Sci-Fi #73 10/30/2007

We’re in Long Island New York and we have spooky graphics because IT’S HALLOWEEN MOTHERFUCKERS and we get the long-awaited Monster Mash Battle Royal! Elijah Burke vs. Jimmy Wang Yang Burke’s athleticism gets plugged because he’s on Ghost Hunters tomorrow. It’s a live episode so you know you’ll see ghosts. Wang Yang is making his ... Read more

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Backlash 2003

Backlash 2003 Date: April 27, 2003 Location: Worcester Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts Attendance: 10,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz, Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler If WWE held the least important pay per view in recent memory, does it matter in the slightest? This is a glorified Raw pay per view with a handful of Smackdown matches thrown in ... Read more

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Luke Harper

Any idea on what is going on with Luke Harper?  I can't remember the last time he was on Smackdown.  Is he injured, or is it the dreaded "Creative has nothing for you at this time."?  Rowan was injured forever but I think he's fine now, but Harper is just in creative limbo.  I ... Read more

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Mankind vs HBK

I was watching the fantastic Shawn Michaels vs Mankind match from Mind Games and given how good it was, and the fact that Foley was hot at the time do you think it would have been beneficial for both parties and the WWF in general to extend the feud? The way I see it playing ... Read more

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Smackdown – April 24, 2003

Smackdown Date: April 24, 2003 Location: Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for Backlash and we have a Smackdown main event. This time around it’s going to be rookie upstart John Cena challenging Brock Lesnar for the Smackdown World Title, meaning it’s likely time for a big ... Read more

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Rose

Who knew that the Adam Rose express would put out the new monsters of WAR. 1st Braun and now Lars Sullivan. He should get some credit for that ​I'm just disappointed he never got to team with Billy Gunn on the main roster.​

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1994 Questions

Scott, Keep up the killer work!  Just got a few questions in regards to 1994 PPVs: 1). How come Taker v Taker at Summerslam 94 went on last and not the Owen-Bret Cage match? Why wouldn't the title cage match go on last as the main event? 2). At Mania 10, what would have happened ... Read more

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bryan vs punk

so it's looking increasingly likely that daniel bryan will indeed be returning to wrestling when his contract expires in a year or so. that would make arguably the two most popular post-cena superstars free agents. my question is, how much money is in a bryan vs punk match in, say, ring of honor? ignoring that ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Collections: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Collection – Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (Part 1) Well, this was a sadly obvious choice to tackle tonight, as a break from the Hidden Gems series. Obviously not many matches to review here, but that’s why the point system is perfect for it, because this is a collection of ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

It’s the weekend! Woo! WWE No Mercy is tomorrow, headlined by Lesnar vs. Strowman and Cena vs. Reigns. Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor PPV took place last night. The relationship between streaming service FloSports and Gabe Sapolsky’s WWN has broken down. Japanese promotion DDT has been acquired by CyberAgent, owners of streaming service AbemaTV. More ... Read more

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DiBiase

Scott,   I just recently re-watched Royal Rumble 1992.  Having a worker the caliber of Ted DiBiase as one of the first two entrants makes sense, yet he was tossed over in 1:18.  He barely lasted longer than Jerry Sags.  Was he in the doghouse or working hurt or something?  What was the point of ... Read more

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Freaky Friday Thread

Tonight the Judge is already killing the Jays, so yay. Huge upload of Bobby Heenan clips on the Network today!  Maybe I’ll tackle that tonight. This weekend is No Mercy, and I’m pretty pumped about this one.  Cena v Reigns should be awesome and hopefully they pull the trigger on Braun. Talk about it here!

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 21, 1995

–A video package hypes today’s Sid-Bob Holly feature match, with Sid saying that Holly has made the biggest mistake of his life by agreeing to face him. –Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are inaugurating a new set of tapings in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The tapings were held on May 17 and ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 24th, 1990

June 24, 1990 From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Earthquake, The Bushwhackers, Rick Rude, and Jake Roberts. Plus, an update on the condition of Hulk Hogan and an interview with Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri.   The Bushwhackers ... Read more

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Nattie Neidhart

When did this current hate for Nattie begin? When she first made her debut she was heralded as this great in ring worker. People were pissed she was given the fart gimmick saying she deserved better, now suddenly she's a division killer. ​Is that the current opinion?  I dunno, I've always thought she was a ... Read more

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The Anti-Sting

Hey Scott, Just wondering, People sometimes say Sting should have been much, much bigger than he ended up, given his look, charisma, etc, but for whatever reason, it never clicked. My question is what wrestler, do you feel, with almost nothing going for him, not an indy darling, nothing that would endear him to Vince ... Read more

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for No Mercy 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE No Mercy 2016 Straight talk here, I’m watching this after the butt-clenching adrenaline of the Blue Jays game tonight, so this is probably gonna be a letdown because I only really know two of the matches. But did I mention BLUE JAYS WIN?  (I’m much more pumped about this year’s ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 22, 2017

ESPN.com Interview with Ric Flair http://ift.tt/2xqYkaL   WWE Superstar to Replace Davey Richards on This Weekend’s EVOLVE Shows Cedric Alexander will take Richards place as he will wrestle Zack Sabre Jr. tonight and Fred Yehi tomorrow. However, his matches will not air on the iPPV. http://ift.tt/2xnqp16   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 21, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: September 21, 2017 Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews It’s time for whatever this promotion is called this week, though I would recommend MMA Pro Wrestling at this point as the American Top Team fighters are the undisputed top stars of the show. Lashley’s release has been revoked ... Read more

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Big Brother Results?!! (Spoilers, Obviously)

Scott, What’s your take on the season and the finale? Are we going in the direction of the Sore Loser Jury? Nobody played a better game than Paul, but in the end a guy who many said they had no respect for wins?! And Cody is America’s Favorite Houseguest? I guess it will make for ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–11.01.93

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – November 1 1993 – Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY. Is this taping cycle over yet? I already miss them going live every other week. – Your hosts are Vince & Bobby Razor Ramon v. Bastion Booger Booger actually has theme music here, which is weird. Shoving match ... Read more

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Jinder Mahal may be racist

http://ift.tt/2xr7Tqf At least he's a better person than Hulk Hogan, I guess?   Regardless, probably the best course of action here is to book a title match for SmackDown, then have Nakamura hit him with a sarcastic crane kick and immediately pin him.  

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Ring of Honor – Death Before Dishonor XV Preview!

Howdy! This Friday, Ring of Honor presents the 15th edition of the Death Before Dishonor PPV, and it’s my job to try to convince you all to give it a watch. Regardless of whether you watch the show on a weekly basis or not, ROH normally brings the goods on PPV, so let’s run down ... Read more

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Kayfabe Commentaries Guest Booker: Re-Booking the InVasion with Jim Cornette

This was filmed in 2009 Sean Oliver is the host The interview runs at two hours and fifty minutes long   Cornette is asked about becoming a “seasoned” booker. He says you never become seasoned but rather you become experienced. He says the job is different from writers, who script the wrestlers and make everything ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 21, 2017

Paige Update Paige is currently training at the Performance Center and there is said to be a storyline for her return and its tentatively on Smackdown. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Reason Emma Was Not On RAW Emma was not at RAW this past Monday becausegiven the week off to spend more time ... Read more

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Punk

Hey Scott, Do you think there's any shot that CM Punk changing his hair and facial hair seemingly every week back when he was in WWE didn't help his cause? I mean couldn't they have logically said they were having a hard time  marketing him or putting him on a poster since he was constantly ... Read more

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Bischoff

Why was Eric Bischoff so willing to work for Vince McMahon in 2002? I'd always been under the impression that while he had an onscreen role in WCW, that he was primarily a business guy. Yet he signed with WWE purely in an onscreen role with no business or creative role to go with it. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–10.25.93

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – October 25 1993 – Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY. – Your hosts are Vince & Bobby, as Savage is injured due to Crush. Evil Crush v. Phil Apollo Crush now has purple and silver attire, because he’s EVIL. Crush catches Apollo’s punches and CRUSHES his fists (har ... Read more

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Shotgun Saturday Night

Even though most of these things on the WWE Network surveys never come to fruition, I have to admit I was incredibly excited just reading them mention the idea of a weekly "edgy" TV-14 show as one of the options. I know, I know we're completely overkilled with the amount of content each week. However, ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 21, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: April 21, 2003 Location: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler It’s the go home show for Backlash and we have a major main event for a change. This week will see HHH defending the Raw World Title against Booker T. in a Wrestlemania rematch, but there’s something a ... Read more

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NXT – September 20, 2017

NXT Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness This week should be centered around the fallout from last week with the Undisputed Era attacking the British contingent, which could set up a heck of a six man tag somewhere down the line. Other than ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

Tonight the Jays get creamed by the Royals, and it’s the finale of Big Brother!  Who else is excited? Started watching American Vandal on Netflix and it’s pretty hilarious so far. THE BALL HAIRS. Chat about the stuff here tonight!

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 23rd, 1990

June 23, 1990 From the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, NY Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon This week, we will have a special tribute to Hulk Hogan. In action are Demolition, Brutus Beefcake, and Dino Bravo. Plus, the Ultimate Warrior as guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more   ... Read more

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WWE Trademarking Wrestlers Move Names?

Has the WWE ever tried to trademark wrestlers move names?  For example, I've heard announcers from other wrestling companies refer to a "Tombstone- Piledriver" or a "Pedigree"  Kind of weird that they haven't seeing as they do with names and characters.  Any idea?  ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–11.08.93

And now, more importantly than any news item in this week’s Observer (and there’s some BIG ones!), it’s finally time for the meme that I have been waiting for MONTHS to work in somewhere. You’ll know it when you see it. – The top story of the week (and one of the biggest of the ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – September 19th, 2017

September 19, 2017 From the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness   Video hyping up the Enzo Amore vs. Neville Cruiserweight Championship match at No Mercy airs. These two will also have a face-to-face tonight.   Cedric Alexander vs. The Brian Kendrick We are shown the replay from ... Read more

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Bobby Heenan

http://ift.tt/2fzkKxg Just a brief look at some Heenan moments that never fail to bring a smile to my face ​Yeah, my original plan had been to do a column tomorrow for Sporting News dedicated to my favorite Heenan moments, but I had some stuff come up tonight so we'll see if I can pump it ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 19, 2017

Smackdown Date: September 19, 2017 Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton I’m getting used to this idea of having title matches booked in advance of the TV shows. This time around we have the US Title on the line as AJ Styles defends against Baron Corbin, who said he ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW-NJPW Supershow ’91

Live from Tokyo, Japan Airdate: March 21, 1991 Attendance:  55,000 Since I watched this on NJPW World and know approximately three words in Japanese, this ought to be interesting. Also, this was dubbed “Starrcade ’91 in Tokyo Dome” so if the real Starrcade ’91 sucks, WCW didn’t recruit enough Japanese wrestlers. Match 1 (eight-man): Hiro ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – May 20, 1995

–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are doing commentary and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Danbury, Connecticut.  These tapings were held on May 16 and attracted 1,800 fans according to historyofwwe.com. –Opening Contest:  The Smoking Gunns (10-2-1) beat Mike Khoury & Bob Cook after Billy pins Khoury after the Sidewinder at ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 17th, 1990

June 17, 1990 From the Dane County Expo Center in Madison, WI Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Tugboat, Rick Martel, Demolition, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan Unfortunately, I was unable to find a copy of the show with Boris Zhukov’s squash man win. I fully understand if you ... Read more

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Big John Studd in 89

So BJS wins the rumble in 89 but then doesn't even have his own match at WM5- What gives? And he was gone by June of that year… Do you think at the time Vince wishes he had someone else win that Rumble? Seems like a wasted opportunity to push someone to the main event? ... Read more

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Bound For Glory in Ottawa

In a five-week span, Ottawa will get an Impact PPV and five straight nights of TV tapings, followed by the Grey Cup, and then topped off with the Canadian Olympic Curling trials. My question is: Should ESPN Ocho just move their studios here? ​Hey, Amazon is also looking for a second HQ.  They could go ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–That 70s Rant!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems- That 70s Rant! Continuing on now into the wacky new era of “color TV”. Pff, what a fad. NWA World title: Gene Kiniski v. Dory Funk Jr. (Feb 1969) Once again, my personal connection to the match is that Kiniski was my dad’s next door neighbor in ... Read more

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WWE RAW Rundown 9-18-17

September 18, 2017 From the SAP Center in San Jose, CA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   We get a graphic in memory of Bobby Heenan before the live show.   The live show starts off with Kurt Angle in the ring. He is very excited with No Mercy just ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

“Now I’ve got the opportunity to come out here and be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame of Wrestling. Something I’ve loved all my life. Yeah, I got three bucks. Why did I stay? It was a job, I had to. I was feeding my mother, my grandmother and my aunt. ... Read more

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TNA rebrands AGAIN

http://ift.tt/2wpOLtD (Per PWInsider) How the hell is this company still in business? And what will they do with all the shotty new GFW belts they made? Maybe they think that if they keep changing the name, creditors won't be able to find them. 

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No Mercy and the Network

A few months ago, the IWC was all ablaze over the churn rate on the WWE Network. WWE then ran a special 3 month free trial membership of the network for August-october, which bridges the corporate quarter. For September, they've delivered the Mae Young Classic and now a No Mercy ppv with wrestlemania caliber matches. ... Read more

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WWE STARRCADE?!?

http://ift.tt/2f5dDMb Wow, we’ve kinda been waiting forever for them to use that name again, but it feels…weird to actually hear it.  Plus you’ve also got Clash of the Champions as a regular PPV thing now.  It’s a new, strange world we live in.

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Is No Mercy really a B PPV?

I was reading through your old rants and realized every No Mercy, except for a couple in the early 2000’s was a big thumbs up from you with one or two 4 snowflake plus matches on each card.  People are talking about throwing away Cena Reigns and Strowman Lesnar on a B show this year.  ... Read more

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Wrestling Companies Holding Grudges

Do you happen to know if there has ever been cases of TNA/GFW, ROH, New Japan, etc. holding a grudge against a departing wrestler that was WWE bound?  I.E.-"If you end up failing there, don't look to come back here when it's over."  I know in the past Vince has done this when talent left ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 16th, 1990

June 16, 1990 From the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, WI Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon In action this week are Rick Rude, The Rockers, Earthquake, Big Bossman, and Nikolai Volkoff. Plus, the “Brother Love Show” with guests Macho King Randy Savage & Queen Sherri Unfortunately, I could not track down ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 18, 2017

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2xLufUI   Independent Wrestler Cancels Rest of 2017 Appearances Due to Knee Surgery Davey Richards cancelled the rest of his appearances this year to undergo surgery on his right knee http://ift.tt/2hbDDKe   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch the Motor City Machine Guns vs. Bryan Danielson & ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.28.97 Although last week’s show was bookended with one of the greatest angles in the history of the show, THIS week is almost as great in a lot of ways, too. Also, they should sell retro reproductions of Vince’s black demin “RAW is WAR” jackets on ... Read more

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Red Rooster Gimmick

If Terry Taylor embraced being a rooster like Mike Perry did, do you think he would have gotten over? http://ift.tt/2wxYidB Yes. Clearly if Taylor had been MORE of a rooster, he would have been World champion.  It all makes sense now. 

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