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Impact Wrestling – November 30, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: November 30, 2017 Location: Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Jeremy Borash We’re back to a normal show this week after the Thanksgiving episode last time around. Tonight’s featured attraction is Alberto El Patron vs. Johnny Impact in a match that should probably main event a pay per view if ... Read more

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Daniel Bryan

Are you believing the rumors that wwe might clear Daniel Bryan? If so wouldn't it be the greatest troll job ever if he returned at the Rumble to a massive pop only to be eliminated by Roman. *Slow clap*

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: WWE Old School – Madison Square Garden – July 1, 1991

Live from New York, it’s WWE Old School! A classic Madison Square Garden card featuring the Ultimate Warrior meeting the Undertaker in a Bodybag Match, the Hart Foundation challenging the Nasty Boys for the WWF Tag Team Title, and a cool heel vs. heel storyline pitting Bobby Heenan’s Family against Mr. Fuji and his Orient ... Read more

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Your 2017 Observer Hall of Fame

This year’s inductees, as revealed on Observer radio this morning: AJ Styles Minoru Suzuki Mark Lewin The Sharp Brothers Pedro Morales   Well deserved for AJ and overdue.  Obviously the WWE run, much like Sting last year, was the thing that put him over the top.  I thought Pedro was in already TBH.

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Changes

I am puzzled.  Why not just change Bray face at this point? He is doing nothing as a heel. The Broken Matt vs Bray might be interesting, but where after that? Finn Balor should go heel as well. His character is suited for that rol ​e.​ ​Bray's problem is that his promos don't make any ... Read more

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Vince ‘Pranked’ Me

Hey Scott, Kurt Angle did a Q/A during an appearance at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey over the weekend. Howard Finkel was moderating and calling on a variety of older fans and young kids, so even though we got a few kayfabe questions, Kurt was able to answer honestly and in entertaining fashion.  He ... Read more

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Ken Shamrock

I was watching a interview where Ken said he wants a WWE return but for some reason, they never get back to him. It got me wondering, why havent they brought him back? Did he leave on bad terms? ​The question actually came up on Observer Radio a few weeks back, and the basic answer ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–03.28.94

So, man, did you guys hear about that Wrestlemania X show?  The one with the weak card and C-level celebrities?  What a flop.  Let’s check out the trainwreck right now… – Shawn Michaels put on one of the greatest performances in the history of the business as the highlight of the greatest PPV in WWF ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – June 30, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: June 30, 2003 Location: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re closing out the first half of the year with the big story of Kane losing his mask. After the better part of six years with no one knowing what he looked like, Kane lost his mask ... Read more

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NXT – November 29, 2017

NXT Date: November 29, 2017 Location: Aztec Theater, San Antonio, Texas Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson We’re back on the regular schedule this week as it’s time to get ready for Takeover: Philly. Therefore, we need to deal with the lack of Drew McIntyre, who has wrecked his elbow and be out for several months. ... Read more

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Five Terrible WCW Match Concepts That WWE Probably Shouldn’t Steal

http://ift.tt/2iojYb4 I know, I know, we’re all getting a bit nostalgic for the good old days what with WarGames and Starrcade coming out of mothballs to liven up the winter months.  But remember:  It’s all fun and games until someone is getting thrown into the river after a monster truck sumo challenge.  Let this list ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – October 8th, 1990

October 8, 1990 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan Tonight’s featured match is Dino Bravo vs. Nikolai Volkoff   The Bushwhackers vs. Barry Hardy & Dale Wolfe This is from the 8/29 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Wheeling, WV. The Bushwhackers beat on Wolfe to start. Hardy tags in and Luke takes him down ... Read more

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Who do you pick instead of Barry?

Obviously Flair walking out prior to GAB 91 was a disaster A lot of people complain about them randomly deciding that Barry Windam qualified for a title match, considering Barry had been solidly mid card for years prior to the event I must admit that I struggle to think of who else they could have ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: November 29, 2017

Drew McIntyre Injury Update McIntyre is believed to have suffered a torn bicep during the NXT Takeover: War Games show. He is hoping to return in time for WrestleMania weekend. http://ift.tt/2k7hi1X   ESPN.com Interview with Joey Janela http://ift.tt/2zuejU4   Trailer for PWG All-Star Weekend 13, Night One 

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2005

The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2005 Someone on Twitter asked… “how come when I google “survivor series 2005 scott keith” I get no results for that show?” Well, let’s remedy that. This is (I think) the only gap in my 2005 collection, although I have no earthly idea what the main event for ... Read more

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Blog

Scott, tell these dweebs that Punk vs Bryan isn't drawing 20k in Chicago or any other city on the planet. Yeah, dweebs!  Maybe if Punk or Bryan went to New Japan and faced Kenny Omega, they'd have something.​

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Smackdown – November 28, 2017

Smackdown Date: November 28, 2017 Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re still in the fallout period from Survivor Series and that means it’s still Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn. However, the big question continues to be Daniel Bryan, who seems to be leaning a bit more towards ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 3-20-82

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: March 20, 1982 (taped 3/7) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Marc Lowrance & Al Madril All the Kerry Von Erich versus Kabuki action you could ever want all in one show! Also, who will make a cameo in this week’s reflection? Read on! Woohoo! We’re practically at the Delta Tau Chi-level ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – November 28th, 2017

November 28, 2017 From the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY Your hosts are Vic Joseph & Nigel McGuinness   We are shown a video package from last night’s RAW where GM Kurt Angle made two Fatal Four Way Matches, with the winner’s facing off to determine the #1 Contender to the Cruiserweight Title.   Tonight, ... Read more

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Wrestlers compensation Now

Hey Scott We all know how wrestlers were paid back in the day with getting a certain percentage of the gate. That’s why they had to “talk asses into seats”. But how does it work now.   You have said before that they had to back up the brinks truck for AJ.  But what about the ... Read more

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Dave Meltzer

This post is hilarious as they just absolutely rip Dave for his inaccurate reporting this past year like the recent Balor report. Also interesting Jimmy Jacobs may actually been let go for being Daves mole. http://ift.tt/2AbmN3J Really?  The whole thing comes off as really petty.  Like we're supposed to be impressed because they claim something ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 7th, 1990

October 7, 1990 From the IMA Sports Arena in Flint, MI Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Tugboat, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, Demolition, and Saba Simba   Tugboat vs. Black Bart Heenan thought Tugboat’s horn was the Bossman’s mother passing gas. Tugboat overpowers Bart as we hear from ... Read more

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Turning Point 2005

TNA’s final PPV of 2005, but will it be the best? It will be if AJ Styles and Samoa Joe have anything to say about it! The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Turning Point 2005 – Sunday, December 11, 2005 – Our PPV-opening video this month focuses solely on the no-ropes Barbed Wire Massacre between Sabu and ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 2, 1995

–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are kicking off a new set of tapings in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  The tapings were held on June 28, 1995. –Ross and Pettengill recap the Bret Hart-Jerry Lawler “kiss my foot” match at The King of the Ring.  The audience gets another viewing of Lawler ... Read more

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Biggest indie show ever with Daniel Bryan?

Cody has confirmed that they are looking to put an Indie wrestling supershow with him and the Young bucks for a 10,000 capacity arena Do u think they need daniel bryan? ​No way man, I heard that the Young Bucks are outselling Ricky Morton at Hot Topic for the first time ever, so clearly they ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – October 6th, 1990

October 6, 1990 From the Sports Arena in Toldeo, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper In action this week are Macho King Randy Savage, Big Bossman, Hart Foundation, Ted DiBiase, and Dino Bravo. Plus, Jake Roberts as guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more!   “Macho King” Randy Savage w/ Queen ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X

The SmarK Retro Rant for Wrestlemania X – Given we’re at that point in the RAW Legacy rants (and now the Observer recaps!), now is as good a time as any to redo this show, what with Shawn Michaels’ final match coming up this weekend.  (Well that gives you a pretty exact date for this ... Read more

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WWE RAW Rundown 11-27-17

November 27, 2017 From the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   We are shown a video package on the feud between Braun Strowman and Kane.   Roman Reigns comes out to the ring as we clips of him winning the Intercontinental Title last week, making ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for UFC #2

(As requested from the Observer thread…) The Ultimate Fighting Championship II: No Way Out! (March 11 1994) – This was back when SEG favored roman numerals in their titles. – Changes in the format: 16 men in the tournament (Royce Gracie v. 15 tomato cans, basically), no rounds this time. – The original announce crew ... Read more

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Bigger RAW main event

Bushwhackers vs Bert Centeno & Barry Hardy in 1994 Jason Jordan vs Kane in 2017 You decide! ​Well, you know, if you having trouble getting a project over as a top babyface  because people aren't buying him in the role, it only makes sense to try to turn him heel.  *cough cough* ​

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Hogan in 2002

Once the nostalgia buzz wore off, it seemed Hulk Hogan found a really suitable spot as Tag Team Champion with Edge in the Summer of 2002.  How come just a few weeks later, they were losing the titles and Hogan was being killed off by the newcomer Brock Lesnar?  Then he finally returns six months ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’ Doomers! Hope everyone had a nice American Thanksgiving! And the non-Americans here had a nice regular weekend. RAW is live tonight (I guess) and they are building toward the Royal Rumble now I guess so we’ve got like two months of actual build and maybe we’ll get some good television mixed in ... Read more

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Makes ya feel better

Going through some bad times right now, I've been watching Midnight Express vs Fantastics from the first Clash, and boy did it ever make me feel good, had a great time watching it. What are some of the greatest matches/segments you'd recommend when doing bad? Like "chicken soup for the wrestling soul"? Oh, so many.  ... Read more

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Best Alternative to WWE since 2001?

Hey Scott. What do you feel was the best alternative to WWE since they bought WCW/ECW? I'm not talking in terms of direct competition, but something that attracted your attention when you felt WWE was stinking it up. I'd nominate TNA from 05-06, but I'm curious to hear from those who watch New Japan, ROH, ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–03.21.94

I dunno if there’s no March 14 issue, but the website skips from March 7 to March 21.  First up, Dave’s annoyance with the Nancy Kerrigan story is about to get a lot more pronounced… – In a story that went mainstream on 3/14 in the US, All Japan Women are claiming that they’re going ... Read more

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Sunday Night Hotness

Tonight, it’s the Pinnacle of Canadian Football, as the Calgary team faces the Toronto team on the Grey Cup!  Get a big bowl of poutine and maple syrup flavored chips and watch! Also on the TV tonight, Shameless continues the 8th season, as Frank tries to be a sober citizen . Tomorrow, something on Sporting ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – March 31st, 1983

March 31, 1983 Bill Watts is your host as Boyd Pierce is not here this week.   Watts talks about the North American Heavyweight Title tournament that took place on March 21st. There were 13 competitors and four first round matches and five wrestlers who got byes. The Junkyard Dog and Ted DiBiase got byes ... Read more

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Royal Rumble

Hope all is well Scott. So with the 2015 Rumble match being historical for all the WRONG REASONS and Brock vs Roman 2 a near certainty for Mania, does Vince really have the "grapefruits" to let Roman win another Rumble in Philly? Or will they wanna send the hardcore crowd home happy with a Strowman ... Read more

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Survivor Series 2011 trolling

Hey Scott, My son and I were at Survivor Series 2011 at MSG and the two biggest cheers before the main event were for Zack Ryder in the opener and Daniel Bryan after the Show/Henry match. This is where I noticed the WWE tendency to troll its audience. Ryder is a NYer, Bryan is a ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi #83 01/01/2008

Dramatic recap of MVP beating up Punk so badly that he lost, followed by Chavo beating up Punk. I’m glad they stopped there, any further down the ladder and Kim Chee would have beat up Punk. We’re in Richmond, VA and Armando welcomes Chavo to the ring. Chavo reminds us he only returned to action ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2011 – 11.20.11

The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2011 – 11.20.11 My wife and her friends are having a girls’ night in our house, so I was like “Fuck it, let’s go watch CM Punk.”  Plus I’ve never actually watched this show before, despite it coming right at the time when I was getting back into ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

WWE’s Starrcade-branded house show took place last night. It saw appearance from Arn Anderson, Ricky Steamboat, Ric Flair and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, while Dustin Rhodes wrestled as “The Natural”. Angelico announced his forthcoming departure from AAA. As of January he will be based in Europe, residing in Barcelona, Spain. Now talk, heathens!

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Saturday Night’s Main (Thread) Event

So my wife and her friends are having a girl’s night and taking over the main floor of the house, so tonight I’m retreated into my glorious mancave filled with wrestling DVDs and action movies and staying there for as long as possible.  So expect a random PPV rant tomorrow morning, although I’ve got a ... Read more

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Omega at WrestleMania

Chris Jericho has been very careful about not burning any bridges in WWE over the last 20 years, so even if he's a free agent it seems unlikely he would have agreed to do WrestleKingdom without running it by Vince first.  (VKM even wished him a Happy Birthday on Twitter!) Do you think it's possible ... Read more

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Dr Death

Having watched some of his UWF/Mid-South, NWA/WCW and WWF (lol) stuff, I never got the appeal of this guy at all What was supposed to be special about him, kayfabe or not? His football background? His friendship with mighty talent-relations head/booker JR (NWA/WWF)? His bland-at-best look? His non-gimmick (well except Kabuki I guess)? His lame ... Read more

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Billy Gunn

I was just reading your sportingnews article, and was wondering why Vince tried so many attempts to push Billy Gunn as a star? Granted, the Outlaws made a ton of money in merch, but that was more from the DX affiliation and Road Dogg's mic work and catchphrases. Even with the failed singles attempts after ... Read more

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Smackdown – June 26, 2003

Smackdown Date: June 26, 2003 Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Commentators: Tazz, Michael Cole We’re back in the World’s Most Famous Arena with the blue show, including a likely six man tag after the end of last week’s show. Odds are we’re looking at Brock Lesnar/Kurt Angle/Mr. America vs. Big Show/Shelton ... Read more

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The Third Brand

As I'm sitting here watching WWECW content on the network, I wondered about something. If that third brand started in 2006 was called literally anything else…would it have been successful and still be around today? If they would have just taken Velocity at the time and spun it off into its own brand with exclusive ... Read more

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Why even bother?

Scott,      So wrestling is really upsetting me lately. My favorite wrestlers don't win as much as I think they should and when they do win it isn't by enough, (AJ Styles taking a whole 16 minutes to beat Jinder. Dear LORD!!!) Also I was watching Wrestlemania X7 yesterday and even though it was the ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

According to Wrestling Observer Radio there are no plans for a women’s Royal Rumble match Jimmy Jacobs became the IWA Mid-South World Champion earlier this week Today’s Wrestlecade 2017 event will stream on Fite TV for $14.99. Here’s the card Now talk, damn it!

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Survivor Series 93

So what was the original plan for Crush, Macho Man,  Undertaker & Shawn Micheal's leading up the the event?  4 well established, 2 of them main eventers, and none of them originally on the card until injuries and other outside circumstances happening around the same time. Kinda goofy if ya ask me . ​Well, Vince ... Read more

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Hogan & Macho Man in the WWF

How come there was never an on-screen reconciliation in the WWF between Hulk and Macho Man, after Macho turned back face after WM VII?  Was it on-purpose that Hulk wasn't at the wedding between Macho and Liz at Summerslam 1991?  Do you think the Mega-Maniacs vs Money Inc feud for WM IX, would have been ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

Well, I bought a PS4 controller, so that was about the extent of my Black Friday spending. This weekend is a meaningless UFC on Fight Pass, with Michael Bisping returning from his beating at the hands of GSP to fight Kelvin Gastelum on incredibly short notice. There’s more NJ tag league action on the always-entertaining ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 1, 1995

–Vince McMahon narrates footage of Diesel participating in a celebrity softball tournament last weekend that was meant to raise money for kids who lost parents in the Oklahoma City terrorist attack. –McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in charge of commentary and they are taped from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  The tapings were held on June 27 and ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 30, 1990

September 30, 1990 From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, returning from his absence due to surgery, and Bobby Heenan In action this week are the Hart Foundation, Dino Bravo, Nikolai Volkoff, Rhythm & Blues, and Jim Duggan   Hart Foundation vs. “Pistol” Pez Whatley & “Playboy” Buddy Rose ... Read more

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Black Friday Wrestling Deals

Here are some of the many wrestling deals you can take advantage of on this Black Friday:   F4W/Wrestling Observer has a deal where you can get a month of unlimited access for just $3.99. This Deal ends at midnight tonight. WWE.com Has 25% Off on All Orders, Free Shipping on Orders Over $15, and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–02.28.94

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW – February 28 1994 – Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY. – Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Harvey Wippleman. WWF World title: Yokozuna v. Randy Savage Savage’s last shot at the WWF title, as it turned out. Savage gets tired of waiting for Yoko’s entrance, so he attacks ... Read more

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NXT Royal Rumble

With NXT having produced a War Games match, do you think there's potential for them to embrace other gimmick matches from WWF or WCW? I was thinking it'd be cool for NXT to have their own Royal Rumble match during the Takeover of Royal Rumble weekend some year, but perhaps that would be one too many ... Read more

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The Black Friday Thread

Well, it’s BLACK FRIDAY, and I’m not actually super-impressed with many of the deals on offer up here, but then I already have an Xbox One and PS4 so cheap consoles don’t do much good for me.  That being said, here’s a few of the wrestling-related specials I found in my inbox for those inclined: ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – November 23, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: November 23, 2017 Location: Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews We’re getting into the swing of these Canadian tapings but there’s a good chance this show isn’t going to mean much for the most part due to the holiday. The big story tonight is the return of Johnny ... Read more

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2000 WWE ruined by today’s product

Hey Scott, I know everybody loves 2000 WWF, and I do too. But recently when I go back and watch the shows, I can't help but be turned off because it's all "The McMahon-Helmsley Era" and it revolves around HHH, Stephanie, Shane, Kurt Angle, etc. And then you turn on today's product and it's THE ... Read more

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Worst Heel Turn Of The Last 20 Years?

Who would you say had the worst heel turn in the last 20 years?  I think it was a tie between Sting in 1999 and Goldberg in 2000.  Were there any worse than those 2?  Eugene's was pretty bad in 2006, but unlike the aforementioned he was never top tier.  ​Sting's was TERRIBLE.  ... Read more

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Sacrifice 2005

Chronologically, this should have been posted before Unbreakable, so let’s use Throwback Thursday to look back a couple of months in our TNA timeline to the final PPV before their SpikeTV debut. Jeff Jarrett & Rhino war with Raven & Sabu, AJ Styles meets Samoa Joe in the Super X Cup final, and a bunch ... Read more

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Brett in 1992

Hey Scott, Why wasn't Brett in the 1992 Royal Rumble? The man had a 108 degree fever, you heartless jerk!  He should be commended for crawling off his deathbed and putting Mountie over and giving him the best match of his career to boot!  I hear everyone went to Bret after the loss, with tears ... Read more

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Turkey Day Daily Thread

Hello…? This thread may or may not be superseded by the Brian Bayless-certified Daily Update in due course, but for the meantime – if anyone’s around today – feel free to talk about whatever here. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate!

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AJ as WWE Champion

In one week since AJ ended Jinder's reign of terror and the world feels almost righted. Jinder had his best match ever, AJ put on a classic MOTYC with Brock, and Heyman put over AJ huge in that promo. The crowd loves him. There is literally no downside. With the Indian tour soon done, do ... Read more

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Why can’t announcers please speak like humans

The unnatural way WWE makes people talk drives me mad.  Now my son is saying things like "championship opportunity ".  But the new thing that drives me crazy is AJ Styles, "the greatest in ring performer".  Can someone ask a current "in ring performer", what WWE stands for?  My money says many Divas would not ... Read more

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Royal Rumble

Hey Scott Longtime blog reader; keep up the excellent work.  I don't know how you sit through all these 5 hour pay-per-views; you're a better man than I am. My question for the blog… What with all this talk of a women's Royal Rumble, I'm sure many might think two Rumble matches is overkill and ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–03.07.94

So with the year in PPV finally caught up, let us venture back to the world of 1994 again, with rumors of Hulk Hogan jumping to WCW heating up.  But first, we finally close the book on Jerry Lawler… – On 2/23, Jerry Lawler settled his case in the pre-trial hearing, accepting a deal where ... Read more

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NXT – November 22, 2017

NXT Date: November 22, 2017 Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo We’re finally getting to the end of the Houston tapings with a pair of dark matches from this weekend’s Takeover: WarGames. Therefore, aside from the two matches, expect a lot of recaps from Saturday. That’s not the worst ... Read more

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*YOU* vs Brock

Come on.  You’re 6’10” or whatever, so you’re at least A) twice Finns size B) a fresher face than Kane Plus you wear Tapout shirts so you’re *at least* as credible an MMA fighter as Shane.  😉 *And* you live in the same province!!  You oughta get your agent on this… If this turns you ... Read more

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Fashion Police Attack

Are they ever going to officially wrap up who attacked them or have they moved on? I want to throw a couple names that no one has mentioned. The Brothers of Destruction. It is revealed Kane and Taker took them out leading to WrestleMania. Breezango pulls of the upset or takes them to a 20 ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

It’s hump day!  Literally for everyone in Hollywood.  When will Pepe LePew be brought to justice? My PPV year is now caught up, so it’s back to Observers tomorrow. Enjoy your evening of sports or bitching about politics or whatever!

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Kane/Brock

Hello, gotta ask, what do you have against Kane. I know he is past his prime, but, he puts anyone over, you never hear a bad word, is s complete professional, and is safe. Also, the guy has been the same character for 20 years. Give him some credit. I know Taker had had his ... Read more

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New Book: KB’s Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Volume VI

A comprehensive look back at every episode of WCW Monday Nitro and Thunder from July – December 1999. This is a rather bad time for WCW as everything is starting to fall apart due to a combination of horribly boring wrestling and some rather questionable booking choices. With the good old boys no longer doing ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – June 23, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: June 23, 2003 Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Attendance: 14,451 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re in the World’s Most Famous Arena for one of the weaker stretches in WWE history. However, there’s a heck of a main event tonight as HHH defends the World Title against ... Read more

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Brock and Rumble

Now that Brock will no longer fight the demon (which is good because they have to build Finn up for fans to think he has a chance), they might as well put Brock in the rumble. Have Heyman say he will win so he can have wrestlemania off and then have Roman throw him out ... Read more

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wXw 2017 World Tag Team League, Night Three

You can read my recaps of Night One and Night Two October 8, 2017 From Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Your hosts are Alan Counihan and Rico Bushido We get to hear from all the teams involved and how they are going to win the tournament. Despite being the champions heading into the tournament, the Young Lions ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Hell in a Cell 2017–10.08.17

The SmarK Rant for WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 – 10.08.17 Since I have a day off and I hate leaving gaps in my PPV collection, let’s get this one wrapped up so you’ll leave me alone. I was actually away at a work conference when this one happened, so it wasn’t ever viable ... Read more

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Miz vs Lesnar?

The Royal Rumble title match is generally a throw away affair anyway, so since Finn Balor is likely out, why not run with a Miz vs Lesnar Universal Title match?  It's never been done, Miz would likely be able to get himself back over again after a 5 or 6 minute squash, and the promo ... Read more

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A few nitpicks

Hey Scott, There were a few things that annoyed me over the weekend, one from each event: 1) The NXT even was fantastic so this is a small gripe, I absolutely hate the spot where everyone stands around pretending to fight while one person dives onto the pile. They seem to do like three of ... Read more

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Commentary

Scott, In the old days, from McMahon/Ventura and  Monsoon/Heenan to Ross/King (with a little Piper/Macho/HBK sprinkled in) the commentary felt real. Old grudges, both real and storyline, were referenced in one way or another. It felt like these guys hated/loved or loved to hate each other. Examples like Heenan constantly ragging on Hogan or Piper ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – November 21st, 2017

November 21, 2017 From the Toyota Center in Houston, TX Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness   We see a clip from earlier today where Enzo gathers the ‘Zo Train, sans Drew Gulak, around his Thanksgiving dinner table. He tells them about using his power to get matches against the guys they faced ... Read more

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Smackdown – November 21, 2017

Smackdown Date: November 21, 2017 Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves So the battle between brands is over and now it’s time to find out where we go from here. In theory we go towards Clash of the Champions in just shy of a month, which could mean multiple ... Read more

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WrestleTalk!

Hey, look what I got in the mail today! Thanks to James Dixon and the guys at Wrestle Talk for the sneak preview. Wrestletalk.bigcartel.com if you want to check it out. A post shared by Scott Keith (@blogofdoom) on Nov 21, 2017 at 1:52pm PST So as noted on Instagram, my buddy James Dixon sent ... Read more

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SmackDown and 205 Live

Hey, it’s the Tuesday night thread, as AJ defends against Jinder…for the last time?  That India tour is coming up and HHH would love to beat their big star and win another WWE title, I’d bet.  No, I’m kidding.  I think. Tomorrow, another much requested rant!  Luckily for you, I had some time today. Talk ... Read more

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CWC

So word comes today they are testing the waters with Facebook Live to do a weekly show. It will be Live after Smackdown meaning 205 Live could potentially be moved to before Smackdown. Why on earth wouldn't they just scrap 205 Live at this point? It hasn't worked, cruiserweights on RAW haven't worked. They had ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – June 26, 1995

–Vince McMahon recaps the “kiss my foot” match that took place at The King of the Ring.  It is a great exercise in McMahon overselling something as he narrates all the events with a sense of urgency as if the match is unfolding again. –McMahon and Shawn Michaels are doing commentary and they are live ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 3-13-82

WCCW 3-13-82 Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: March 13, 1982 (taped 3/7) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Marc Lowrance & Kevin Von Erich Why is Flair here and who will confront him? Can Madril and Shaft secure a victory over Bundy and Kabuki? Who’s this week’s special guest? Um, Jerry, you might have some competition for ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – September 29th, 1990

September 29, 1990 From the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, PA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper In action this week are the Legion of Doom, Sgt. Slaughter with General Adnan, Tugboat, Rick Rude, and The Bushwhackers   Legion of Doom vs. Todd Cumberledge & Bobby Salsa The LoD hit stereo press slams to ... Read more

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Genesis 2005

It’s the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, or something, as Planet Jarrett collides with Rhino & Team 3D! Plus: the first-ever 8-man Elimination X, AJ Styles defends the X Division Title, and a former WWE superstar makes his unforgettable TNA debut! The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Genesis 2005 – Sunday, November ... Read more

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Paige

So Paige returns last night and brings with her Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville.. I can dig it. More depth in the women’s division is good! However…. Paige Mandy Rose Sonya Deville Oh god, they’re gonna call them PMS, aren’t they? ​We already had that one, didn't we?  Weren't Terri and Jacqueline called The Pretty ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: November 21, 2017

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview http://ift.tt/2zU4wKD   Royal Rumble Universal Title Match Plans Changed The originally planned Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor match has been called off. The reason for the switch is that Vince McMahon felt that Balor was not over enough to challenge for the title. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio   Reason ... Read more

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WWE RAW Rundown 11-20-17

November 20, 2017 From the Toyota Center in Houston, TX Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   Stephanie McMahon starts off the live show as the announcers gloat about RAW beating Smackdown at the Survivor Series. Stephanie is also happy because RAW beat Smackdown at Survivor Series and his under siege ... Read more

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No survivors

Hey Scott, Soooo, it's not a good sign that all the young talent (Well indy talent at least. Braun Braun looked strong) were eliminated in the main event, and final guys were the old guard, is it? I'm gonna say…no?

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! As normal right before Thanksgiving I get sick as a dog. This is bad because I hate being sick but good because people will leave me alone until Wednesday when I will likely be on the road to recovery. Loved NXT Takeover. Liked Survivor Series in parts. Yeah the Main Event was ... Read more

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6 hours ppvs

Scott, Two hours of preshow, four hours of actual show… who are these 6 hour marathons for? Insomniacs?  There used to be a time in my life where I could watch 8 hours straight of wrestling every day, but that was long, long, ago. 

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Super Shane

Hey, So after watching Survivor Series, one thought popped in my head. They had Shane no-sell the RAW attack from SD last week, fend off Owens/Zayn by himself, last a minute in an ankle lock, and nearly survive the whole thing himself. Contrast that with Daniel Bryan selling a Kane chokeslam via stretcher and not ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 23rd, 1990

September 23, 1990 From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Big Bossman, Ted DiBiase, Saba Simba, Legion of Doom, Mr. Perfect, and Tugboat.   “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil & Sapphire vs. Jim McPherson Sapphire comes out carrying a ... Read more

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Cena, Triple H and Angle done?

Seeing them all work at half speed in the main event really made me think they're all finished physically Am I being too harsh? Not really a hot take regards Angle of course, but Cena kind of surprised me Dude, Angle looked SO bad last night.  He could barely walk. Cena just didn't care.  

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Fixing the Royal Rumble

After reading the email on Survivor Series and your opinion on the event itself, It only reinforced how much the event has dropped from its original concept. The Royal Rumble ,which has taken the spot from Survivor Series as the most unique and interesting concept, seems to be going the same way. I mean we ... Read more

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Gargano

As we all can agree, 205 live needs a baby face where people can get behind. They have the heel in Enzo but they need the face to get behind. They need to get Gargano out of nxt to be that face. He can sell and get folks behind him better than most. And when ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2017

The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2017 – 11.19.17 Live from Houston, TX Your hosts are Michael Cole and friends. Yes, we’ve now entered the time of FIVE MAN commentary teams. Four hours of this upcoming, friends. The New Day v. The Shield Kofi notes that the Shield might be the Hounds of Justice, ... Read more

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NXT WarGames an all time great?

Do you think that in terms of top to bottom quality that WarGames deserves some recognition as one of the best shows WWE has ever put on? Five matches, two of them good, three of them great. Two new champs. Hot crowd throughout. Hype packages to catch you up on the feuds, but virtually no ... Read more

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Takeover

​Hey Scott, I loved the show, too, but I have to admit that I was really taken out of the main event at times with the clumsy directing and heavy-handed camera positioning of the guys in the match by the​ referees. I know it's developmental, but it's the main event of one of NXT's four ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – September 22, 1990

September 22, 1990 From the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, PA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper This week in action are the Texas Tornado, Demolition, Nikolai Volkoff, Earthquake, and Marty Jannetty. Plus, Sgt. Slaughter as the guest on the “Brother Love Show” and more!   Demolition vs. Mike Durham & Mike Williams & ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – March 24th, 1983

March 24, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts This week we will see Junkyard Dog vs. Golden Dragon, Mr.Wrestling II & Tiger Conway Jr. vs. Jim Duggan & Matt Borne, Kendo Nagasaki, and a midget tag team match.   Watts is at the desk and introduces a music video of Andre the ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Survivor Series is tonight, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles and two Raw vs. Smackdown 5-on-5 matches Drew McIntyre is thought to have suffered a torn bicep during his NXT title match last night, according to Triple H For some Sunday reading, check out Scott’s Rant and Thomas Hall’s review of Takeover: Wargames and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover: Wargames!–11.18.17

The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover: The WarGames! Live from Houston, TX Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson Kassius Ohno v. Lars Sullivan Lars reminds me of the French Angel and will undoubtedly be on the main roster any day now from the looks of him. Not only that, he has ... Read more

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ECW On Sci-Fi #81 12/25/2007 (Retrospective)

ECW On Sci-Fi #81 12/25/2007 This is a retrospective episode with highlights of Lashley’s feud with The McMahons, New Breed vs. Originals and Morrison vs. Punk. It ends with with Tazz kicking Joey Styles into a Christmas Tree so this GIF saved you an hour. This looks like a good enough reason to type up ... Read more

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Smackdown – June 19, 2003

Smackdown Date: June 19, 2003 Location: SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz So after last week’s main event saw Big Show and Brock Lesnar break the ring, it’s probably time to set up a rematch because these two have to be stuck fighting each other forever. Other than that Kurt Angle is ... Read more

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NXT Takeover: WarGames

Takeover: WarGames Date: November 19, 2017 Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo It’s time! After nearly twenty years of waiting, we’re FINALLY back to the biggest gimmick of them all. Well at least to the WWE version of the thing. Tonight there will be three trios involved in the ... Read more

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Best/Worst Survivor Series?

Hey, Scott: Since it’s the season, I’m curious as to what you think were the best and worst Survivor Series? As PPVs go, everyone seems to have an opinion on best/worst Wrestlemania or Royal Rumble, but 30 years of Survivor Series and it seems the individual events don’t hold the same place in fans’ hearts. ... Read more

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Invasion Era

Hindsight 20/20, should they have delayed the Invasion angle about 6 months or so until the likes of Flair & nWo would be available, or would it be holding off the momentum of the WCW purchase too long, potentially neutralizing any benefit of doing it right away? Sub-Question, the separate ramps entrances at the Invasion ... Read more

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TransEllsworth

From Cageside Seats: • According to James McKenna on Wrestling Sheet Radio, at one point WWE had the idea of doing Charlotte vs. James Ellsworth for the women's championship at WrestleMania. • What's more, they were apparently going to get there by having Ellsworth become transgender. Get the hell outta here. How much is Vince ... Read more

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Question

On total divas, a guy from Talent Relations delivers angle developments to the women wrestlers. Is this really how they learn of storylines or is this just for Total Divas and to cut down on the amount of WWE producers on the show? ​The more important question is why you're watching Total Divas.   Regardless, the ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

NXT Takeover: WarGames is tonight. Here’s the Wrestling Observer preview NJPW and AJPW’s respective tag league tournaments started today Arrow star Stephen Amell was a significant feature of last night’s Ring of Honor in San Antonio Ric Flair is suing his former management company Now talk, damn it!

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WCW Seven Deadly Sins

Was WCW really planning on going with a "Seven Deadly Sins" theme with their ppv’s if they had stuck around back in 2001? They already had “Sin" and “Greed". Im curious how “WCW Lust”, “WCW Sloth” and “WCW Gluttony” would have played out. Sloth was clearly Kevin Nash's time to shine. 

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