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WWE 205 Live – October 31st, 2017

October 31, 2017 From the Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness   We get a highlight package on the Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa feud to hype their match tonight.   Tonight, we will see Rich Swann vs. The Brian Kendrick plus a “Fright Night Fatal Four Way” ... Read more

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Smackdown – October 31, 2017

Smackdown Date: October 31, 2017 Location: Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton This almost has to be better. After last night’s rather lackluster Raw, we’re continuing the build towards Survivor Series. This week we have a pair of Survivor Series qualifying matches as Shinsuke Nakamura faces Kevin Owens and Bobby ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 2-6-82

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: February 6, 1982 (taped 1/17) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Gene Goodson & Armand Hussein Can Big Daddy Bundy survive a handicap match? Wait a minute! The American title’s on the line! You can’t miss this show. Wow! Melissa! Thanks for the support. Let’s have some fun down in the Lone ... Read more

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: WWE SmackDown – Halloween 2002

Come along with me, the Chrononaut, as I travel back 15(!) years to the 2002 Halloween edition of SmackDown, featuring a beast, a murderer, an Olympic gold medalist, and more Halloween spirit than you can possibly handle. Plus, John Cena finally finds a gimmick and NEVER LETS IT GO. The Chrononaut Chronicles – WWE 24/7: ... Read more

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An alternative perspective

http://ift.tt/2gQJTnp I’m not saying I agree with it (at all intact) but based on the email you got that was referencing angles that happened a decade and a half or even two decades ago (Katie Vick, Nash as Hogan part II), it might also be possible that this still appeals to people, just of a ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 17, 1995

–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are doing the commentary for today’s show and they are doing the second round of tapings in Wheeling, West Virginia. –The big video board shows footage of Lawler walking barefoot in his horse’s stall.  The only redeeming thing about seeing this footage yet again is McMahon’s great facial expressions. –Opening ... Read more

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We The People

Hey Scott, I'm back in the wrestling media game with a new site: The Wrestling Estate. We recently interviewed Jack Swagger about life on the indy scene, starting an apparel line and transitioning to MMA. I couldn't believe I was talking to the same guy I've seen on TV for over a decade — He ... Read more

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Naito

Loved that video! Always felt he got shafted with that stupid Tokyo Dome poll years back. I wonder why New Japan did that? Do you reckon they got cold feet and did the poll so they could have an excuse for dropping him to the semi-main? ​Yeah, I think so.  I think there was also ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 26th, 1990

August 26, 1990 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan This week, we will see the Brother Love Show with guest Hulk Hogan. Also in action are Mr. Perfect, Hart Foundation, and Ted DiBiase.   Hart Foundation vs. Barry O. & Chris Duffy Bret takes Barry ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 31, 2017

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview http://ift.tt/2xG0T6H   Plans For RAW vs. Smackdown Survivor Series Match The current plan for the RAW Team is Kurt Angle, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, and Finn Balor. The planned Smackdown Team is Shane McMahon, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Randy Orton. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.24.94

OK, time to compare house show business from 1992 to 1993.  Thrilling! – First up, Dave thinks that the WWF’s decline has been quelled for the moment.  (Famous last words.)  By the end of 1993, house show business had stabilized over 1992, and TV ratings are showing an upward trend as well. – WCW’s TV ... Read more

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The Fall and Rise of Tetsuya Naito

https://youtu.be/VZgZEgCkrs0 This is an AMAZING mini-documentary about why Japanese fans have the weird love-hate relationship with Naito, and the backstory of his upcoming title match against Okada at WrestleKingdom (which he'll probably win) and why it's such a great story.  I didn't even realize the whole angle behind the smashing of the IC title belt ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – El assassinacion de caracteros edicion

So to sum it up dear Scott:– Kane demolishes Ambrose, Rollins, Balor and even D-Bryan within 20 minutes or so– Joe returns, fans happy, proceeds to cut most generic heel promo possible to make him look like just another midcard geek– Bayley gets beaten by returning Nia, looks like a loser as usual– Stephanie emasculates ... Read more

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WWE RAW Rundown 10-30-17

October 30, 2017 From the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   We get a highlight package from last week when Shane McMahon invaded RAW with the Smackdown Live roster as they took RAW #undersiege.   The live show starts with the RAW roster standing ... Read more

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: WrestleVania

Hey guys, I’m the Chrononaut, a traveler of time and space, reviewing wrestling shows from different eras of the past. Thanks to Scott for giving me the opportunity to share my retro reviews with all of you. Let’s begin with a Halloween-tinged trip back to WWE 24/7 and the October 2006 offering of Shorties, entitled ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O Doomers! Well I have been busy all day so I can’t tell you what’s coming on or who’s involved. I will assume RAW is going to go as planned and the Broncos-Chiefs will play their Monday Night football game. Everything else is left for you to find out.   Keep it clean!

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 25th, 1990

August 25, 1990 From the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper, making his debut as color commentator. This week, Hulk Hogan will be the guest on the “Brother Love Show.” Also in action are Rick Rude, Dusty Rhodes, Demolition, and the Texas Tornado.   Dusty Rhodes w/ ... Read more

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Cena/Reigns forever

*With WM apparently looking like an “epic” main event of Reigns/Brock and Cena/Jinder. That means, in Philly, they’re gonna have either Cena win his 3rd Rumble, or Reigns win again (his 5th straight final 3). So who does Philly boo? Or does Vince fuck with everyone and have them start 1, 2 eliminate everyone and ... Read more

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Diesel Power… but not at Mania?

*So Vince turns Kevin Nash into a star by creating the “Diesel spot” in the Rumble 94… then he doesn’t even get a squash match at WrestleMania X??? He couldn’t get 3- minutes to drop Virgil with a Jackknife???* ​That timing on that show was a mess as it is, I’m not surprised there wasn’t ... Read more

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Summerslam ‘13

*I just watched Punk/Lesnar and Cena/Bryan from Summerslam 2013 for the first time, and I have some discussion questions for you and/or the blog folk:* * 1. Which of the two matches is better? (I lean towards Punk/Lesnar, which I didn’t expect, since I usually prefer Bryan’s ring work to Punk’s). 2. Do any other ... Read more

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WWF SummerSlam Fever – August 19, 1990

August 19, 1990 From the Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY. Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan Tonight, we will see Jim Duggan vs. Earthquake, Boris Zhukov vs. Nikolai Volkoff, and both Hulk Hogan & Earthquake as guests on the “Brother Love Show.”   Smash vs Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Smash fails to knock ... Read more

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pro wrestling music vid

hey Scott. Mike Eagle here once again, ex-IP writer and sometimes blog question asker did a pro-wrestling themed music vid I wanted to share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hHL2MQ6Gew thanks for your time Thanks for sharing!

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1994

(Since we’re about to get there again in the Observers, here’s a repost of my 2010 redo of the Royal Rumble!)  The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1994 – I’m stuck with the Anthology DVD version, which at least has much better video quality than my original VHS dub, so blame that for ... Read more

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Vince McMahon Biopic

Hey Scott not sure if you have seen this clip. http://mobile.twitter.com/WrestleTalk_TV/status/924261533114396672/video/1 Anyway Jeff Goldblum could play Vince McMahon in the biopic? Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone I hadn’t seen that, but Jeff’s reaction there was great. I love when celebrities are legit intrigued instead of just brushing it off as fake.

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ECW On Sci-Fi #78 12/06/2007

Show starts with Matt Striker forcing CM Punk to choose between wrestling either Big Daddy V or Mark Henry tonight. ”C’mon Straight Edge, pick your poison!” John Morrison & The Miz vs. The Major Bros. We’re in Florence, SC the home of *googles* well anyway this is the return of The Majors to ECW after ... Read more

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Feuds

​ Hey Scott, love your Blog. I was thinking about feuds that never occurred either characters just missed each other or never booked. There may have been one off matches I have never seen. Here is a list. ​OK, let’s see what we got…​ 1. Mr. Perfect Vs Macho Man ​That would have been a ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.10.94 / 01.17.94

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – January 10 1994 – Live, FINALLY, from Richmond, VA. – Your hosts are Vince & Macho. WWF World tag team titles: The Quebecers v. 1-2-3 Kid & Marty Jannetty The Quebecers don’t even get an entrance, unless it’s edited off the WWE.com version of the show ... Read more

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Smackdown – May 29, 2003

Smackdown Date: May 29, 2003 Location: Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re closing out the month with…a lie detector test! Yeah that’s the big draw this week: Mr. America is being forced to take a lie detector test after losing to Sean O’Haire last week. Somehow this was probably viewed as ... Read more

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Greatest matches you’ve heard of, but never seen.

Good afternoon Mr. Keith.  The networks hidden gems got me thinking of matches I've never seen, that I've read are downright classics.  I'm not including  the Hart/Magee match because no one has.  Some examples I can think of : Pillman/Liger: home video recording.  This was one your top 20 wcw matches of the 90s list. ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – March 3rd, 1983

March 3, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts In action this week are the Black Ninja, Ted DiBiase, Mr. Wrestling II & Tiger Conway Jr, and Mr. Olympia returns from suspension to face Matt Borne.   Watts once again lets us know about the North American Heavyweight Title, which takes place on ... Read more

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WCW Vader

I believe Vader during his WCW run was a different kind of "broomstick worker", who could get ***+ matches out of Nikita, Duggan and (deteriorating) Traylor/Boss in 1992-94. Who else I forgot? Very impressive feat imo. What do you think? ​So you're saying Vader was a great worker in 1993?  Hot take, bro. ​

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So What Would It Take?

Let's assume for the purpose of the hypothetical that there's a substantial financial backer who believes there is still a legitimate competitive option for WWE; what would it actually take, from a pecuniary perspective, to establish (and relatively quickly) a structure? Leaving aside for the moment organizing a booking room, staff, road agents, etc., which ... Read more

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Stagnant Nakamura

Hello scott, I tend to listen to the edge and christian podcast alot along with austins, anyway edge and austin both mentioned how stagnant nakamura is right now with edge even saying maybe he will never live up to the hype hes gotten, sure hes over but hes having trouble getting past the level hes ... Read more

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Shut the fuck up, Part 2

Yeah, I’m sure you have very “conservative values”  That’s why you never said a fucking word about the disaster that was Obama.  Certainly didn’t when he invited domestic terror group “Black Lives Matter” to the White House after their supporters killed 7 police officers last summer, or chanted “kill white babies” at their racist rallies.  ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.17.94

It’s time for the 1993 Observer Awards!  Since this is all awards rundown and listing of major shows for the year, it’s might be REALLY short.  So don’t say I didn’t warn you.  – The big winner was Vader, named Wrestler of the Year in a landslide win over Kobashi.  Kobashi did win “Most Outstanding”, ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

Tonight, it’s Game 3 of the World Series! HHH is going to be doing some more wrestling. Tony Schiavone has some kind of WWE Starrcade control center on Facebook, and it’s awesome.  Him and Sean Mooney should host something.  http://ift.tt/2zTXhPQ Later tonight, Trump will probably say something stupid!  Stay tuned, and talk about whatever you’d like ... Read more

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Starrcade

Scott- sent you a facebook message with a link to a control center for starrcade 2017 hosted by "fat" Tony Schiavone!!! 1) I'm assuming the wwe loves all the free pub and allowed him to do this.  2) wwe keeps saying this is a house show only yet they are giving it tons of pub ... Read more

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Shut the fuck up already

Seriously, shut the fuck up about your obsession with Trump already.  If you actually bothered to do some research, you would know that the Stock Market has been at record highs since he was elected, unemployment is at a 17 year low, illegal immigration is down nearly 70%, the biggest tax cut for the middle ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – June 12, 1995

–Vince McMahon hypes tonight’s Lex Luger-Yokozuna main event, recapping their old feud that began nearly two years ago.  He ignores their WrestleMania X bout but the best part about the package is that it gives the company an excuse to bring back the “I’ll Be Your Hero” song.  Yokozuna’s manager Jim Cornette and Luger cut ... Read more

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Roman Reigns’ MSG win was responsible for the 2016 Elections

is about as plausible as how Ray Stevens, the Cow Palace, and Karl Gotch are connected to the JFK assassination. Especially since it worked towards Vince's favor. The Pro Wrestling Fan Who Wasted The FBI's Time Claiming He Paid Oswald to Kill JFKhttps://deadspin.com/the-pro-wrestling-fan-who-wasted-the-fbis-time-claiming-1819912282 Well, Roman's approval rating is about the same as Trump's at the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 19th, 1990

August 19, 1990 From the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, IA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Jake Roberts, Demolition, Nikolai Volkoff, Power & Glory, and The Bushwhackers   A replay from last week where Bad News Brown fed his rats a t-bone steak.   Jake “The ... Read more

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Because WCW, episode three

Hey, The podcast rages on and this time, we're looking back at the dumpster fire that was Havoc '98 if any of your readers are masochistic enough to re-live it: http://ift.tt/2lj4hT4 Also, we're on iTunes, so get subscribing! Will do!

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Power plant and Dwayne Bruce

Hello Scott, Not too long ago there was chatter about Bill DeMott being in charge of the performance center prior to resigning, and speculation on how he wasn't a big name. I personally am ok with lower to middle careers being trainers. Norman Smiley, Terry Taylor, Albert, they certainly knew what they were doing and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.05.97

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.05.97 Last week: Brian Pillman prayed for our salvation and then Steve Austin beat him up with an axehandle. Apparently Austin and the Hart Foundation just do not like each other. Live from Green Bay, WI Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. The ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 27, 2017

ESPN.com Interview with Ric Flair http://ift.tt/2lmmqPR   Jeff Jarrett Checks Into Rehab http://ift.tt/2y7Uaq5   Matt Riddle Update Riddle will not be coming into New Japan Pro Wrestling for the Tag League Tournament. No word on who will be teaming with Jeff Cobb, who Riddle was going to be teaming with. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – October 26, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: October 26, 2017 Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Josh Matthews, Jeremy Borash We’re back in Orlando and whatever other city/country they’re using material from this week. That’s the major issue at this point: a lot of Impact isn’t so much from Orlando but rather from all over the world. It’s nice ... Read more

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Warrior/Kerry Von Erich

I was watching some youtube footage and found a promo from Warrior/Von Erich and couldnt believe how much they look alike, had Von Erich stayed around, when Warrior left, couldnt they just of put Von Erich in the Warrior gimmick? ​That was actually a serious rumor in 1992 when Warrior returned.  I'd say Warrior was ... Read more

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RF Video Shoot Interview with Tugboat

This was filmed in 2007 Rob Feinstein is the host It runs at one hour and fifty-eight minutes long   Tugboat was a big wrestling fan growing up and in high school trained at the same gym the wrestlers went at it and they wanted him to get into the business. However, he went to ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 26, 2017

Nia Jax Update Jax will be back for the European Tour but she got time off due to not being figured into a program and did not leave due to unhappiness over her usage or money. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Another Name Contacted To Replace Bray Wyatt at TLC Chris Jericho was ... Read more

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Dusty v OSHA

Scott– For what conceivable godly reason was the War Games cage roof so low? I realize aerial spots weren't exactly a mid-80s NWA staple and that the match itself was designed with more of a slow-burn-prison-riot as opposed to scientific wrestling mentality, but in hindsight it's a miracle no one was killed by something as ... Read more

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Warrior working in the attitude era in the model of the Finn Balor/Demon

Would it have worked for Warrior to reinvent himself for the Attitude Era as a guy who did the full Ultimate Warrior facepaint, tassels, entrance, during special events and was presented more as a regular person most weeks on TV? Like he would be Dana's husband Warrior in jeans against Godfather on a random Raw, ... Read more

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Current Product

While I am nostalgic for the old days of wrestling, I know it's never going to change from it's current product. Writers and bookers today lack creativity and could mask it in the past with a bloody beating, harsh language, weapons, etc. The same can be said for character development. A guy is weak on ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW 12.20.93 / 12.27.93 / 01.03.94

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – December 20 1993 – Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY. – Your hosts are Vince & Shawn Michaels. I guess they’re doing a rotating host deal until they can find a permanent color commentator. That combination would rule today, actually. Jeff Jarrett v. PJ Walker Rather than his ... Read more

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Ring of Honor – October 17th, 2017

Howdy! We gotta go, we’re behind here! As usual, I suppose. Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? Ring of Honor – 10/18/17 We begin outside the arena, where The Addiction are making their way into the building! Or at least, trying to make their way in, as security tells them that they’re not allowed in. ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

SmackDown ratings were up this week, so don’t hinder Jinder. There’s hockey and the basketball and maybe other sporting events to talk about.  I’m retiring the lists on Sporting News because they’re pretty much out of gas, so no new column this week. Talk about it here!

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Halloween Havoc questions

With Halloween right around the corner, here are a few questions regarding the WCW Classic. Who was most to blame for the bad match between Jake and Sting in '92, seemed like a good feud with a big bulidup but the match failed.  Was it on Watts for booking the Coal Miner's Glove Match, Jake ... Read more

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PWG 2017 Battle of Los Angeles, Stage Two

You can read my recap of Stage One here September 2, 2008 From the American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, CA Your hosts are Excalibur and Chuck Taylor   PWG BOLA 1st Round Match: Trevor Lee vs. Donovan Dijak Dijak poses on the middle rope before the bell but Lee sneaks up from behind and ... Read more

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worst finish to a match

Good afternoon, Scott –   I was reading the recap of Starrcade 1993, and one of the match summaries caught my eye:   The Shockmaster defeated King Kong after a body slam (DUD)   I couldn’t believe it, so I went and looked it up on the Network…and sure enough, the match ended after a ... Read more

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No One Follows Jinder

With WWE's obsession with Twitter and "trending" the last several years, Ive noticed that compared to almost everyone else on the roster, Jinder Mahal has ZERO Twitter followers. As of this e-mail, he has less than 250,000 followers after five months as WWE Champion.  Meanwhile, Curt Hawkins literally hasn't won a match and is around ... Read more

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Test-Stephanie Wedding Angle

Was the Test-Stephanie wedding supposed to end the way that it did, or did the plans end up changing?  Reason I ask is that the majority of their storyline was done when Russo and Ferrera were still writing the shows and the whole wedding angle culminated a month/ 2 months after they left, ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.10.94

Christmas is done, so it’s time for Dave to catch up on the news! – From reports thus far, it looks like Starrcade did a 0.55 buyrate, or roughly double what Battlebowl did. Of course, that’s still way below Survivor Series, which shoots down the hopes of those who thought this one might have been ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 25, 2017

Promoter Claims Jeff Jarrett Passed Out While Intoxicated in the Locker Room The link below shows video of Jarrett’s match on this show Promoter Claims Jeff Jarrett Passed Out From Drinking in Locker Room and Insisted on Wrestling (VIDEO)   WWE RAW Viewership Numbers http://ift.tt/2h7vC6b   Shane McMahon Addresses Smackdown’s Raid of RAW

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-09-82

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: January 9, 1982 (taped 12/20/81) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Gene Goodson & Fritz Von Erich Can Kerry avenge his father’s partial blindness against Kabuki? Read on! Opening montage. Match 1: Raúl Castro versus Captain Frank Dusek (w/ “Wild” Bill Irwin) Highlights: After a dropkick, Castro gave Dusek a hip toss. ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 11, 1995

–Jim Ross narrates a video package that puts over Adam Bomb and Jean-Pierre LaFitte, announcing that both men will face each other on today’s show. –Ross and Stan Lane are doing commentary and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The tapings were done on June 7 and according to ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 18th, 1990

August 18, 1990 From the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon. This would be Jesse’s final appearance on “Superstars of Wrestling” as he quit the company. In action this week are Macho King Randy Savage, Tugboat, Hart Foundation, and Bad News Brown. Plus, a SummerSlam ... Read more

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Dana is a warrior too

I actually think they are praising dana warrior as far as the whole warrior is a saint thing. They don't even mention him at all. They are using his warpaint for the merchandise but it's all about the wife now ​They have mentioned him several times and sold 2 different DVD sets based on what ... Read more

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Bret F-kin’ Hart

Hey Scott, I’m not as nostalgic as some fellas my age; I like cartoons from when I was a kid, for example, but I also recognize that they were almost uniformly crappy. Likewise, I think today’s WWE product, for all its faults, is underrated by fans who remain somewhat blind to the faults of ‘80s ... Read more

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Dusty’s NWA booking

Since I watched very little of NWA (pre-89 WCW), could you please elaborate how Dusty's booking (Dusty finishes, way too long Flair heel title reigns, putting himself over tons of times, making Luger look like a major choke artist etc) killed lots of territories for JCP, before they were bought by Turner. Always fascinating to ... Read more

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Repost: WCW Uncensored 96

(Someone in the comments was saying there was a problem with the spacing on this rant or something?  Anyway, since we were just talking about it again on the weekend, here’s my rant for one of the worst PPV shows in history in its glory, originally done around 2002 or so.  Whenever it was that ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Happy Monday. That was a…different Network special last night. Nothing says “keeping an eye to the future” like having Kane run roughshot over the entire face team and chokeslam Braun into a crash pad. I don’t get the fixation with the guy or why Braun needs to lower himself to run an ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 12th, 1990

August 12, 1990 From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines, IA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Jim Duggan, Earthquake, Texas Tornado, Rick Rude, and Black Bart This copy did not contain the Jim Duggan vs. Black Bart match.   Randy Fox vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude w/ ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – August 11th, 1990

August 11, 1990 From the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon In action this week are Mr. Perfect, Legion of Doom, Ted DiBiase, and the Big Bossman. Plus, the Ultimate Warrior as guest on the “Brother Love Show” and a SummerSlam Report   Legion of ... Read more

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Heels bragging about attendance

Hi Scott, Does it seem weird that heels, especially heel world champions, would throw it in people's faces that they are the reason that attendance is so high? Like World Champ JBL used to always say stuff like, "You may hate me but I'm the reason you're all here!" I feel like if I'm a fan ... Read more

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’88 was so weird in the NWA

Wouldn't it have made more sense for GAB '88 to be headlined by Flair vs Sting since Sting had a claim as having been the guy to take Flair to the limit, and a grudge match between Luger and Windham since Luger had been turned on by Windham (no homo). The booking just seems a ... Read more

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Tournament Ideas

Since everyone loves tournaments on the Network, I came up with two concepts: 1. The Iron Mike Sharpe Tournament for enhancement talent  2. The Ed Leslie Tournament for legends and classic gimmick superstars  Think either one would get any traction? ​A Legends tournament is…not the worst idea.  It would have to be very abbreviated but ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 23, 2017

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2hY3nGA   ESPN.com Interview with Kalisto http://ift.tt/2gw9yS9   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title match with Bryan Danielson & Curry Man vs. Jado & Gedo from the 3/12/04 Hyper Battle Show.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2017–10.22.17

Damn, I kinda hated this show. The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2017 Live from Minneapolis, MN Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Booker T Emma v. Asuka Asuka works a headlock to start and goes to the arm, then puts Emma down and gets a nice rolling anklelock before Emma sends her ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – February 24th, 1983

February 24, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Buddy Nichols This week, Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne will face off against Mr. Wrestling II & Junkyard Dog. Also in action are Tiger Conway Jr, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Kamala, and more!   The last five minutes or so of last month’s Chavo Guerrero vs. Gino ... Read more

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ECW On Sci-Fi #77 11/27/2007

Kevin Thorn’s shitty new look has already been added to the intro. Nice of them to bother but his last televised match is next week. Kelly Kelly vs. Layla We’re in Roanoke, VA, the home of Tony Atlas and Boris Zhukov so this match must be a tribute to them. Both women look like models ... Read more

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TLC prediction

What are the chances that WWE uses this opportunity to do a Balor Club reunion and have Gallows/Anderson help Finn beat AJ. This allows for obvious transition to Raw vs. SDL at Survivor Series with Team Balor vs. Team AJ. Finn then uses the momentum to challenge Brock at the Rumble and we can even ... Read more

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Daniel Bryan

Do you agree or disagree with the handling of Daniel Bryan? I feel WWE is right in it's handling of his concussions. While I admire Daniel's heart, lesions on the brain and seizures is nothing to mess around with. I know we look at the past with all the concussions and how wrestlers still went ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.03.94

Onto another year!  And of course, we kick off 1994 with Starrcade ‘93, and one of the biggest matches of Ric Flair’s career.  And a lengthy rundown of his career, so hopefully you’ve got some snacks handy. – Flair won the World title for a record 11th time (or maybe 10th or 12th, who even ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

WWE TLC is tonight. The official preview is here Kevin Owens confirmed via Twitter than he returned home from Smackdown’s South American tour due to a family matter Kazuchika Okada’s IWGP title reign has today reached 490 days, surpassing Shinya Hashimoto’s record for the longest single reign of all-time Now talk, heathens!

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Crazy weekend

Seriously, this meningitis thing is the craziest thing to happen in a while. I’d rank it up there with Brock deciding to up and quit before WrestleMania, the Survivor Series screwjob and the weekend that WWF bought WCW. Shame it takes four guys getting deadly ill for the product to get interesting. And yet it ... Read more

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Sister Abigal vs the Demon Pumpkin

Scott, Is it possible that the WWE uses this virus outbreak as a chance to completely drop the horrible Sister Abigal vs Finn Pumpkin angle? Or are we getting this again at Survivor Series?   If they do drop this angle how high is it on the list of terrible ideas that they dropped midway ... Read more

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Ranking Kane

Hi Scott How would you rank the different Kane personas over the years? Kane 97-98 Kane – X-Pac's friend Brother of Destruction Kane (00-01) Freaks are cool Kane Unmask Kane Rapist then loving husband Kane See no evil Kane Kane 07-11 (Doing nothing expect winning world titles Kane) Re-Mask Kane Hell No Kane Corporate Kane ... Read more

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Saturday Night’s Main Event (Thread)

Hey, so Kevin Owens doesn’t have meningitis, thankfully. Tonight, it’s game 7 of the ALCS, where hopefully the Yankees lose like the losing losers they are. Tomorrow it’s TLC, the most batshit crazy PPV in a while.  Hopefully no one else contracts contagious viral diseases before then. Talk about the stuff here!

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Ahmed in 1996

Scott, It seems weird now, but there was a brief moment in late-July and early-August 1996 that Ahmed Johnson looked like the next biggest thing in wrestling.  Up to that point, the WWF had done a great job of emphasizing his strengths (look, charisma, intensity) and hiding his weaknesses (promos, long matches).  And in the ... Read more

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Injuries in 97

While rewatching 97 WWF, holy crap did they have tons of injury problems. Whether bad accidents on-air (Austin at Summerslam, H. Godwinn against LOD, Putski at Ground Zero), longtime problems (Pillman, Rude, Foley around WM, Goldust after Survivors), clumsiness (Ahmed multiple times) or kayfabe (Shawn's smile, Bulldog at ONO?), every week on RAW you would ... Read more

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Drop some Canadian knowledge on us

Hi Scott –   After your tutorial on the impact the Tragically Hip played on Canadian music, I had a question arise from the comments in the “Unreleased” reviews.   Someone mentioned the Jacques Rougeau retirement show, and how that was an amazing gate and crowd. As an American, I remember the Rougeaus as the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2016 – 12.04.16 Live from Dallas, TX Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo, JBL, Tom Phillips & David Otunga. Really, FOUR announcers? We’re getting dangerously close to the Naked Gun gag of the endless parade of baseball announcers. (At least we’re back to a more manageable three now, as it ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

As of right now, WWE TLC is taking place tomorrow. Kurt Angle will wrestle his first WWE match in 11 years in place of Roman Reigns in the main event, while AJ Styles has been drafted in to replace Bray Wyatt against Finn Balor. These changes were yesterday confirmed to be a result of viral infection. ... Read more

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MORE BREAKING NEWZ: IMPACT PIZZA REVEALED

Holy cow, you guys!  I knew TN…uh…Global…uh…whatever they’re called now wouldn’t let WWE have all the attention in the news today.  From the Observer… Impact held their press conference at the Crust & Crate in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada today to reveal the Impact-themed pizza and beverage that will be available at the restaurant from November ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

I know it’s not as exciting as MENINGITIS-MANIA, but I’ve also been home sick for a few days now due to viral problems, but you don’t see me calling Kurt Angle to write the Observer Flashback, do ya? Anyway, now all kinds of crazy theories about people having the mumps are spreading like, well, viral ... Read more

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TLC huge changes

Scott- just broke that Roman Reigns is being replaced in the TLC main event with Kurt Angle???? WTF???  Is this wellness related? And Angle being in a wwe ring for the first time in 11 years in a TLC match???  Oh and Bray being replaced by AJ Styles? I'm all for replacing worst story of ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 10, 1995

–Jerry Lawler notes how much his feet stink and that he would not want to be Aldo Montoya later in today’s show. –Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in charge of commentary and they are taped from Wheeling, West Virginia.  The tapings were held on June 6 and historyofwwe.com says that they drew 3,800 fans. ... Read more

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Brock on TLC card

Hi Scott   If Bray Wyatt can’t go this Sunday due to illness, does Vince give Brock a stack of cash to work the show against Balor, and do a full court press on social media announcing as such for the next 2 days to help with ticket sales and Network buys? ​Uh, why would ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 5th, 1990

August 5, 1990 From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines, IA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Ted DiBiase, Legion of Doom, Big Bossman, and The Orient Express.   Big Bossman vs. Al Burke Heenan is ragging on the people of Iowa something fierce to start off ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–12.27.93

Time to wrap up 1993!  And no, I’m not doing anything wacky like jumping back and forth in time or anything, we’re just moving on to 1994 and all the Hulk Hogan-ness therein.  Doing all the Unreleased stuff was super fun, though, and I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.  But back to business! – Merry Christmas ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 20, 2017

Kenny Omega Added to the Ring of Honor Supercard VII Show http://ift.tt/2gpCtah   ESPN.com Staff Predicts the Survivor Series Card http://ift.tt/2yvDw37   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch The Briscoes vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada from the 2015 War of the Worlds Show  

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Highspots Shoot Interview with The Mulkeys

This was filmed on August 20th, 2005 It runs at fifty-one minutes long   They started out in wrestling by setting up the rings for Horace “Hoss” Strickland’s International Wrestling Alliance promotion. Later on they briefly talked about starting out wrestling in their own backyards with a ring made out of a wooden platform and ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: October 19, 2017

Brie Bella Update Brie is targeting November to start training for a comeback and would like to be back in the ring by January. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   ESPN.com Article on The Prince Puma/Johnny Mundo Feud in Lucha Underground http://ift.tt/2zAsc3C   CWF Mid-Atlantic Worldwide Episode #127

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I’m concerned for the Singh Brothers

Hi, Scott, With the announcement of Jinder vs. Brock, I'm legitimately concerned that the only way out of this without making either champ look profoundly bad will be for Brock to eat the distraction pin and then "get his heat back" by literally committing assault (and possibly involuntary manslaughter) against one or both of the ... Read more

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Hurricane Irma help

Greetings scott, benjamin here, been a big fan since the 411wrestling days! Ive unfortunately been dealing with rough times due to hurricane irma, if you could just please share this link with your bloggers, looking forward to reading more from you, thank you! http://ift.tt/2zAxL1K

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More Unreleased

Scott- with your Unreleased rant wrapped up, the question is do you see WWE doing more of these? Opinions are that its sold very well but with WWE getting out of home video what is the future of it? The potential is endless: -There have to be thousands of hours of totally unaired stuff in ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 86-95–Part 6

The SmarK Rant for WWE Unreleased 1986-1995 (Part 6) OK, last one! We last left off in 1994, and now we pick things up in October, as Jim Neidhart returns to WWF TV to turn on former partner Bret Hart…and then that’s the last we heard of it. Until now! WWF title: Bret Hart v. ... Read more

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NXT – October 18, 2017

NXT Date: October 18, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s the Undisputed night as the Undisputed Era are back in the ring this week. Tonight it’s going to be the Undisputed Era vs. Sanity in a six man tag. The question though is how does ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – May 19, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: May 19, 2003 Location: BI-LO Center, Greenville, South Carolina Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re past Judgment Day and thank goodness for that. Unfortunately we’re on the way towards Bad Blood, which is the first single branded pay per view. In other words, we’re all in very serious trouble. Unfortunately we ... Read more

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One match wonders.

In music, there is a term called "One Hit Wonders."  Basically, a singer or group had a hit song or album, but could never repeat that success.  Do you think there are "one match wonders?" Wrestlers who had one great match, but could never repeat that success? ​Sure, stuff like the legendary Kane v. Albert ... Read more

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Randy Savage in the WWF

Hello Scott Was Savage better as a heel or a face in the WWF? Thank you. ​He was a better and more interesting worker as a heel, but played one of the greatest babyfaces of all time and drew more money that way.  Either way, he's great.​

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