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Who’s next for Paul Heyman?

Happy New year on that cold little planet you live on Scott! With Brock leaving who do you see him managing next? Balor? Cesaro(again)?Heel Roman (lol)? Curt Hawkins?  Who would you want? I dont know why but i think Aleister Black would be a good pick. It would definately make him a big deal right ... Read moreWho’s next for Paul Heyman?

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Matches

Happy New Year Scott! What feuds would you want to see in 2018 or Dream Matches? I have a list, Finn Balor vs Aleister Black Balor Club vs Shield Luke Harper vs Kevin Owens Lesnar vs Cesaro Nakamura vs Styles Styles vs Kingston Benjamin vs Lesnar Undisputed Era vs Owens and Zayn Sanity vs the ... Read moreMatches

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Cesaro hope

Hey Scott, I know Cesaro is a phenomenal tag wrestler, and has a good spot in the company atm, but is there any sort of hope that they MIGHT push him to the top (aka an Universal/WWE title run) at some point in the future? Please gimme some hope ​Can't cut World championship promos with ... Read moreCesaro hope

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Taz(z)

Hi Scott, Hope you had a good xmas and best wishes for 2018. Question for you: during the alliance/invasion /Austin heel run, old Stone Cold constantly was running down and beating up Taz. As far as I can remember Taz was the constant whipping boy. To your knowledge were there ever any plans for Taz ... Read moreTaz(z)

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New Year’s Eve Thread

We made it! Last night’s WWE  house show main event had to be stopped when Samoa Joe was cut open in a match against Roman Reigns. Braun Strowman was sent home from the same tour due to illness on Thursday At the pre-Wrestle Kingdom fan fest on January 3rd there’ll be an announcement regarding a New ... Read moreNew Year’s Eve Thread

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ECW on Sci-Fi #88 02/05/2008

We’re in Corpus Christi, Texas and Kofi Kingston has been added to the intro but I don’t see him lasting long. CM Punk starts the show to a roaring reaction to a SOLD OUT CROWD here to watch Smackdown afterwards. Punk recaps last week’s Mariachi Celebration, insisting that although he’s Straight-Edge he does like a ... Read moreECW on Sci-Fi #88 02/05/2008

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Smackdown – July 31, 2003

Smackdown Date: July 31, 2003 Location: World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re past the very good Vengeance and that means it’s time to gear up for Summerslam. The big story is Kurt Angle regaining the Smackdown World Title when he pinned Brock Lesnar. Other than that we have the continuing saga ... Read moreSmackdown – July 31, 2003

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The Womens Royal Rumble

Hi Scott,       What do you think the odds are that WWE has been working us about firing James Elsworth, just so they can make him the final entrant in the Womens Royal Rumble match and win the thing to piss people off. Thanks for taking the time to read this.                                                                            Your fan,                                                                                 Brian If ... Read moreThe Womens Royal Rumble

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Rumble jump

Crazy theory, but what if Finn wins the Rumble and decides he would rather move to SmackDown and face AJ for the WWE title, because of Japan and their TLC match? He's totally lost on Raw right now but he could flourish on SD if he moved over. There is precedent for this when Benoit ... Read moreRumble jump

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Advice To Your Younger Self

On the heels of the DDP letter we saw a couple weeks ago, I was wondering: If you could give your younger, rookie self some advice, what would you tell him other than "Lay off the Benoit hype train, just trust me on this one"? ​Don't trust anyone who claims that writing for them will ... Read moreAdvice To Your Younger Self

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Vince Russo…

In all seriousness, what were his strengths as booker/head of creative?  We all know his weaknesses, but what were he things that he excelled at or did better than almost anyone?  The fact that pretty much all mid-card talent were involved in something?  The shows seemed full and flew by?  The subject matter that he ... Read moreVince Russo…

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–01.10.87

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling Vladimir Petrov – 01.10.87 Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, and in the back of all of our minds, Vladimir Petrov. The Rock N Roll Express start us out, but Tony first makes sure to note that VLADIMIR PETROV is going to be here this week. So stay tuned! ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–01.10.87

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Believe it or not, it’s Saturday! Here’s a free English-language Wrestle Kingdom preview show on NJPW World featuring Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero Sports Illustrated named Kenny Omega its Wrestler of the Year WWE posted a video listing their five wrestlers with the most wins in 2017 Now talk, damn it!

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Survey time

Can we re-package Reigns into Razor Roman and have him flick toothpicks and ooze machismo?  Please?  Oh, and Dino Bravo sucks.   ​Hey now, I know who the Dino Bravo Sucks guy is, and it's not you.​

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Wrestling Nostalgia

Seeing as we all long for the good old days of wrestling, why not create a nostalgia promotion with old angles but current style of workers. You could use the old cheesy McMahon style commentary, the heel announcer, the interview segments between Matches, managers, valets etc. Think it would work? Wasn't that basically TNA's business ... Read moreWrestling Nostalgia

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 23, 1995

–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are concluding this set of tapings from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. –Opening Contest:  The Roadie (w/Jeff Jarrett) (3-1) defeats Matt Hardy after an inverted suplex at 3:24: Pettengill does his best to keep up kayfabe, noting that the Roadie has to go from this show to ... Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 23, 1995

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Most overused WWE tropes

Which angles/stories have been used enough already? Which ones could you live without in the future? My nominees:– overdramatic stretcher job/injury angle – heel stable MAKING A STATEMENT, PUTTING EVERYONE ON NOTICE, with another beatdown on babyfaces – ref bump screwjob finishes. In kayfabe, why not hire more resistant refs? ​Your third one only leads ... Read moreMost overused WWE tropes

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Daniel Bryan

Now I maybe reading too deep into this but I have noticed lately they've allowed Bryan to be more involved. They actually let Kane grab him for a choke, they let him be a special ref and I read he ran the ropes during a dark match this past tuesday. A year ago they wouldn't ... Read moreDaniel Bryan

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Crazy Like a Fox

Hey Scott– It's been mentioned before, but I wanted to throw my positive feedback behind the Pillman book, Crazy Like a Fox, by Liam O'Rourke. I'm about a third of the way through, and it's a tremendous read, hands down the best wrestling book to hit the shelves in awhile. Even old farts like us ... Read moreCrazy Like a Fox

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Bret Hart and “Sunny Days”?

On a Raw in the late 1990's, Shawn Michaels said something to the effect that Bret Hart wasn't the family man everyone thinks he is, and then said something about "Sunny Days."  Was Hart allegedly having an affair with Sunny at that time, or was Michaels just being a dick?  ​There was nothing "allegedly" ... Read moreBret Hart and “Sunny Days”?

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.25.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.26.94 Taped from Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage. Reading Dave Meltzer’s hatred of Savage on color in the Observers from this time is kind of funny, as he just buries Savage’s commentary job and calls him the worst of all-time. Razor Ramon ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.25.94

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Five Gold Rings Thread

Xavier Woods and Kenny Omega discussed their Top 10 games of the year with Giant Bomb. According to PW Insider, WWE paid for its talent’s accommodation over Christmas and held a party after Raw on Monday. Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live drew a 1.76 rating and averaged 2.656 million viewers, up from last week’s 2.578 million ... Read moreFive Gold Rings Thread

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Impact Wrestling – December 28, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: December 28, 2017 Host: Josh Matthews It’s the second half of the Best of 2017 show and that means a lot more copying and pasting. There are several options that they could choose to air here but the Bound For Glory main event has already been announced. Next week is the show ... Read moreImpact Wrestling – December 28, 2017

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Hogan in wwf in 1994

Hey Scott, Should WWF have matched WCW's offer for hogan? Yes he is older and stale. However, it would keep their bitter rival from having them and WCW could have possibly gone under. Here's the issue: If Vince matches the offer and Hulk accepts, then Hogan is getting 40 points off the top of the ... Read moreHogan in wwf in 1994

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WWE financial report 84-90

Titan Sports (WWF) gross income from 1984 through 1990. source: 1992 Trademark Infringement Damage Determination Report http://ift.tt/2DsRrpp http://pic.twitter.com/6TazLO5ClR — Chris Harrington (@mookieghana) December 27, 2017   Have I mentioned lately how awesome Chris Harrington is?

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Austin’s neck injury and main event style

Dear Mr. Keith,  My nephew has been re-watching WWF from 1996 on since he was only 6 when he first saw it. He just watched the match where Owen Hart injured Austin's neck. It got me to wondering, if Austin had not sustained the neck injury, would the "main event' brawling style have ever been ... Read moreAustin’s neck injury and main event style

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Hogan WCW signing

Scott, If you were in charge of WCW in 1993/1994, would you have signed Hulk Hogan (I.E: to the lucrative deal that he would have agreed to) given the nearly-impossible situation it put the company in, or would you have told him to go pound sand in the long-term interests of the company? I ask ... Read moreHogan WCW signing

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AJ Styles Mania Opponent

So I was doing some thinking, if that 5 way does indeed take place at Fastlane then that would automatically disqualify those 4 guys from winning the Rumble as they wouldn't put the Rumble winner in a title match before Mania. So with the recent rumors being a SD guy is winning. The only logical ... Read moreAJ Styles Mania Opponent

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Four Calling Birds Thread

The main event of NXT Takeover: Philadelphia has been officially set. Johnny Gargano will face Andrade “Cien” Almas for the NXT title. Monday’s WWE Raw brought in a 0.84 rating in the 18 – 49 demographic and an average 2.704 million viewers. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn caught up with NJPW wrestler Juice Robinson after Tuesday’s Smackdown. ... Read moreFour Calling Birds Thread

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–04.25.94

Take two!  I started this one on Boxing Day and ended up getting distracted by going to see Jumanji and a hockey game and stuff.  So instead I reposted Spring Stampede in preparation for this one and did what I do best:  Procrastinated! But before all the big stuff this week, Titan Sports loses a ... Read moreWrestling Observer Flashback–04.25.94

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Monday Night Raw – July 28, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: July 28, 2003 Location: World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re finally past the final single brand pay per view before it’s time for Summerslam and that means the build begins tonight. Last week saw Goldberg come out to face off with HHH so odds are we’ll ... Read moreMonday Night Raw – July 28, 2003

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NXT – December 27, 2017

NXT Date: December 27, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo I know I say this a lot but it’s a big night around here. This time around we have the four way match for the #1 contendership to the NXT Title as Johnny Gargano, Lars Sullivan, ... Read moreNXT – December 27, 2017

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Rest holds/Submissions

Hey Scott, What the actual fuckin' fuck has happened to rest holds, and even worse submission holds in the last few years (I could probably extend that to the last 10 years)? I'm pretty certain that even the youngest/markiest of fans understands what the human body can take yet EVERY hold we see isn't convincing ... Read moreRest holds/Submissions

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: Saturday Night’s Main Event – November 28, 1987

Celebrate the holidays with the Thanksgiving edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event! Hulk Hogan defends the WWF Championship against King Kong Bundy, and the Macho Man takes on Bret Hart! The Chrononaut Chronicles – WWE 24/7: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – Saturday, November 28, 1987 – The WWE 24/7 Rewind clip prior to the ... Read moreThe Chrononaut Chronicles: Saturday Night’s Main Event – November 28, 1987

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Rusev Day failing

Happy holidays and New Year, So Rusev and Rusev Day are the hottest acts in WWE, and yet the ice cold Benjamin/Gable team get the next tag title shot. This is obvious going to go like Fandango-ing or even the beginning of Bryan's push where Vince sweeps the loudest cheers away and punishes them for ... Read moreRusev Day failing

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Spring Stampede 1994

The SmarK Retro Rant for WCW Spring Stampede 1994 – Okay, for those not aware, the original rant for this show was done REALLY early in my retro-ranting career, and in fact may have been the first. Either that or Slamboree 94, I can never keep them straight. Anyway, fans of mine probably know exactly ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WCW Spring Stampede 1994

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Three French Hens Thread

Just to confirm, it’s Wednesday. Wednesday. According to WWE, Brian Kendrick suffered a fractured orbital bone and nasal bridge on Raw after receiving a Go 2 Sleep from Hideo Itami. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton have been added to the Royal Rumble. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable will face the Usos next Tuesday for the ... Read moreThree French Hens Thread

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Smackdown – December 26, 2017

Smackdown Live Date: December 26, 2017 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re still in Chicago to wrap up the year and the big story seems to be finding AJ Styles’ next challenger for the Smackdown World Title. We also need to find out what’s going on with the ... Read moreSmackdown – December 26, 2017

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“Superstar Shake-Up” 2018

Just assuming they do the "Superstar Shake-Up" after W.M. again this year, what wrestlers do you think will switch brands, and/or what wrestlers do you think should switch brands?  My short list; – To Raw;  Randy Orton, Jinder Mahal, Becky Lynch, Shelton Benjamin/Chad ... Read more“Superstar Shake-Up” 2018

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Halloween Havoc ’91

Live from Chattanooga, TN Airdate: October 27, 1991 Attendance:  8,900 (4,400 paid) Hosted by Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone Can Simmons capture gold in Chattanooga? Who will become the new light heavyweight champion? Also, who is the WCW Phantom? Read on! Earlier today, Eric Bischoff supposedly stands outside the UTC Arena as Cactus Jack pulls ... Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCW Halloween Havoc ’91

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 22, 1995

–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are our commentary team and they are wrapping up the tapings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. –Opening Contest:  The Blu Brothers (w/Uncle Zebekiah) (11-1-2) beat Savio Vega & The 1-2-3 Kid when Jacob pins the Kid after Uncle Zebekiah delivers a flying knee drop to the back of the Kid’s head at ... Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 22, 1995

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Lockdown 2006

It’s Six Sides of Steel all night long, baby! Sting’s Warriors battle Jarrett’s Army in the Lethal Lockdown, Christian Cage defends the NWA World Title against Abyss, and Sabu challenges Samoa Joe for the X Division Title! The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Lockdown 2006 – Sunday, April 23, 2006 – My personal favorite PPV-opening video kicks ... Read moreThe Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Lockdown 2006

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Billy Graham, AWA 1983

Hi Scott, Just wondering: After Graham lost the title to Backlund in '83, it looks like he went over to AWA.  Considering how hot he was at that point, why wasn't he programed right into the main event? Hogan was still there and if there was ever a dream match, 1983 Hulk vs. Superstar would've ... Read moreBilly Graham, AWA 1983

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Biggest Flop in rival company

In what order were these the biggest flop, Lex Luger in the WWF, Vader in the WWF or Davey Boy Smith in WCW? Luger in the WWF is always the answer.  Smith had a pretty hard ceiling on his use to either promotion, mostly based on how well he was used in Europe.  WCW got ... Read moreBiggest Flop in rival company

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Boxing Day Thread

Whether you know today as Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day or simply Tuesday, I think we can all agree it’s the second day of Christmastide in the liturgical calendar of Western Christianity. I trust you all have a good day yesterday. Raw was live last night and Smackdown Live is live tonight. Discuss that and ... Read moreBoxing Day Thread

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Christmas Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’ Doomers! Merry Christmas! I hope you all got everything you wanted and if you didn’t you can bitch about it in the comments. In honor of Fritz von Erich’s beliefs, RAW is live tonight and I don’t expect much other than silly holiday run….and John Cena. The Eagles should slap the Raiders ... Read moreChristmas Night Open Mic

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Girls in cars

Are there any other theme songs like this that truly didn't fit the performers?  I always thought the entirety of the nu-metal theme era was like that.  But I'd also go with much of the period in late era WCW where they were forced by Warner into using Metallica and Megadeth for guys who had ... Read moreGirls in cars

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Windham vs Flair: Slamboree 94

Scott,  As we get closer in the Observer recaps to Slamboree and Barry Windham making a one off return to face Flair for the World Title, I always wondered, who ultimately convinced Windham to do the match? It seems based on the recaps that Barry really wasn't interested in being involved in the match at ... Read moreWindham vs Flair: Slamboree 94

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Pro Wrestling/Home Alone Mashup Webseries Special

Scott, Long time reader here. (I started reading your reviews around Summer slam 2002 and have been a fan every since) . My webseries, The Following Announcement, just released our "holiday special" which is a mashup of our traditional pro wrestling characters and jokes with everyone's favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone. If you'd be so ... Read morePro Wrestling/Home Alone Mashup Webseries Special

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Playing Robert Gibson

Scott, I was rewatching the Midnight Express vs Rock 'n Roll Express match from Superstars on Superstation for first time since i was a kid in '86.  What is your view of Rock 'n Roll Express matches where Robert Gibson plays Ricky Morton?  Do you think the Midnight Express burn out as a team in ... Read morePlaying Robert Gibson

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Christmas with Mick Foley

Good Evening, Scott, Hope all is well, and you and the family are already enjoying the holidays. We recently had Mick Foley record his rendition of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas for our podcast, and I thought the Doomers would enjoy some holiday cheer from the Hardcore Legend. http://ift.tt/2BKeArn Merry Christmas! ​Well, our province is ... Read moreChristmas with Mick Foley

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Marc Mero

I was bored the other day and decided to look up some Shooting Star Presses on youtube. Caught Mero's "Marvelocity". I feel like he was always a very underated guy. He was doing alot of the "Heavyweights doing Cruiserweight" stuff thats normal now. Seemed like he should of been a bigger deal whether in WCW ... Read moreMarc Mero

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Vengeance 2006

The SmarK Rant for WWE Vengeance 2006 – 06.25.06 (Originally written 12.22.17) Live from Charlotte, NC, drawing 6800 Your hosts are JR & King Randy Orton v. Kurt Angle So this would be Angle’s last appearance on WWE PPV for more than a decade, with his bizarre remixed music that no longer gave fans the ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWE Vengeance 2006

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Christmas Eve Thread

NXT wrestlers Alexander Wolfe and Marcel Barthel appeared for the live crowd at wXw’s 17th anniversary show NJPW has begun adding monthly interview series Wonderland to their subtitled English-language Youtube channel. The most recent episode featuring Kazuchika Okada is here PWInsider reports that 100 hours of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling will be added to the WWE Network ... Read moreChristmas Eve Thread

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ECW on Sci-Fi #87 01/29/2008

Last week Chavo succeeded in winning the ECW Title from CM Punk in a No DQ match with help from his La Familia Edge. Tonight in Reading Chavo celebrates with a CHAMPIONSHIP FIESTA. The Rumble was a few days ago but there was nothing major ECW-related. In the Rumble match, John Morrison lasted 29 minutes ... Read moreECW on Sci-Fi #87 01/29/2008

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Vengeance 2003

Vengeance 2003 Date: July 27, 2003 Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Attendance: 9,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz This is the first ever Smackdown exclusive pay per view and for once I’m actually looking forward to it. They’ve done a much better job than usual of setting things up and there are multiple matches that could ... Read moreVengeance 2003

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Smackdown – July 24, 2003

Smackdown Date: July 24, 2003 Location: Selland Arena, Fresno, California Commentators: Tazz, Michael Cole It’s the go home show for Vengeance and hopefully the improvements continue around here. The big story continues to be the McMahon family drama but the World Title scene is starting to heat up. There are a few other good things ... Read moreSmackdown – July 24, 2003

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Your Worst Nightmare

Dear Scott, What is your worst nightmare? Let me give it a shot: It's 1997, you are watching Raw back when Bret Hart was Champion. He is defending against Triple H. The doorbell rings, it's Donald Trump. He tells you you are a "terrific person" and that you should "hook up sometime." Before you can ... Read moreYour Worst Nightmare

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 3rd, 1990

My recaps will be posted sporadically over the next couple of weeks but hope to get as much in as possible.   November 3, 1990 This show debuts the new logo and show opening, centered around the Ultimate Warrior. From the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, ... Read moreWWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 3rd, 1990

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Judgment Day 2006

The SmarK Rant for WWE Judgment Day 2006 – 05.21.06 (Originally written somewhere around August 2006.  I have Vengeance 2006 ready to go for Christmas Eve morning, but I figured that I’d repost this one since I didn’t even remember reviewing it, so probably none of you do either.)  – Yeah, I know that Backlash ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWE Judgment Day 2006

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Hey, it’s Christmas Eve Eve. May your celebrations be muted. Stephen Merchant, director of WWE Studios’ Paige biopic Fighting With My Family, has said filming is now completed Rey Mysterio spoke to ESPN about his free agent status and a potential WWE return Here’s Bran Strowman in a parody of Elf Now talk, damn it!

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Balor as Kayfabe #1 contender?

So the rumor is Vince doesn’t think Balor is over enough to challenge Brock…but didn’t Finn JUST pin AJ clean at TLC? So in kayfabe terms, if I’m Finn, and I pin AJ clean, and then AJ wins the WWE Championship, wouldn’t I be demanding a shot at the title? Even if he’s on a ... Read moreBalor as Kayfabe #1 contender?

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Short-Hair Phase In The WWE In Early 2000’s?

>    What was with the haircut phase in the WWE in the early > 2000's?  A lot of wrestlers who always had long hair had it > cut short almost at the exact same time;  I.E.-Christian, > Chris Jericho, Test, etc.  Was there an edict passed down > from above or something?  Eh, Vince ... Read moreShort-Hair Phase In The WWE In Early 2000’s?

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – July 17, 1995

–Irwin R. Schyster and Shawn Michaels cut dueling promos against each other for tonight’s main event, with Michaels saying that he is going to do what lots of Americans want to do in slapping around the tax man. –Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Danville, Pennsylvania. ... Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – July 17, 1995

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Royal Rumble In-Ring Psychology

Hey Scott, Following up on that Royal Rumble question, I have my own theory on why the rumble matches haven't lived up to potential in recent years, and was wondering what you think. My opinion is it is not that there are only 2-5 plausible winners, like the previous emailer suggested. I think it is ... Read moreRoyal Rumble In-Ring Psychology

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Royal Rumble Predictions!

Hi Scott, I predict the following for the 2018 Royal Rumble(s) 1.  Entrant number one or two (or both) will still be there when number thirty enters the ring. 2.  Everyone will lay around the edge of the ring for minutes at a time while big showdowns happen in the middle of the ring. 3. ... Read moreRoyal Rumble Predictions!

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Daily News Update – 12.22.17

I think Brian’s off tending to his offspring or whatever, so here’s what is going on today! Vince McMahon sold a bunch of stock to finance the XFL 2.0.  He’s now down to 41% ownership stake in WWE as a result. Smackdown ratings were up a little bit off the PPV.  Don’t forget, you get to ... Read moreDaily News Update – 12.22.17

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–01.03.87

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 01.03.87 (Originally written 12.21.17) Your hosts are Tony & David, and guest-starring Vladimir Petrov, who is mentioned in every goddamned segment in this entire show. I don’t have my phone handy because the battery is dead at the moment, so I’m stopwatch-less. You’ll just have to watch ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–01.03.87

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BOD qUeStIoN

Scott do you seriously think Vince would ever sell the company and let it get out of McMahon hands? Hey, no one ever thought they could pry Fox out of Rupert Murdoch's nutty grip, but here we are.  

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Impact Wrestling – December 21, 2017

Impact Wrestling Date: December 21, 2017 Host: Josh Matthews In a concept that is likely to draw a lot of jokes, this is a Best Of 2017 show with part two to follow next week. In other words there’s nothing new this week and we’ll be looking at a bunch of matches and segments from ... Read moreImpact Wrestling – December 21, 2017

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Negative Reactions to The Last Jedi

Hey Scott,   Longtime reader of the blog. Enjoy your writing immensely. Only ever commented on the weekly 24 updates back in the day to proclaim my undying devotion to the one and only Jack Bauer.   As somebody that clearly liked it and has posted a positive review, are you surprised by the amount ... Read moreNegative Reactions to The Last Jedi

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: WWF Raw Is War – December 22, 1997

Celebrate Christmas, WWF Attitude style! This classic holiday episode of Raw is War features the Rock meeting the Undertaker, the New Age Outlaws searching for Mankind, and Shawn Michaels forced to defend the European Championship against fellow D-Generation X member Triple H in a match THAT WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN! The Chrononaut Chronicles: WWF Raw Is ... Read moreThe Chrononaut Chronicles: WWF Raw Is War – December 22, 1997

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NJPW Young Lion Cup 2017

Six competitors, each of them a product of New Japan’s dojo, in a round-robin tournament which took place over the course of five events in three months. Here’s how it went down… Two points for a win, one for a draw, fifteen-minute time limit.  Ren Narita – 19 years old, debuted on 4 July 2017, ... Read moreNJPW Young Lion Cup 2017

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30-Day Wrasslin’ Challenge

Scott, On Facebook, wrestling nerds are tackling the 30-Day Wrestling Challenge. I've attached the specifics. Might be a fun month's worth of discussion prompts for the blog. ​Not much of a challenge.  If it was "go 30 days without having your mom wash your Kenny Omega shirt for you", then you'd have something challenging for ... Read more30-Day Wrasslin’ Challenge

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20 Man Royal Rumble

Hey Scott, Every year there is only maybe seven guys that you could say have legitimate chances of winning the match. Wouldn't it be better to have the match feel more important with fewer competitors, 20 seems about right. Yes you still need underneath guys in there to make the bigger guys look strong but ... Read more20 Man Royal Rumble

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The explosion of wrestling podcasts

Scott, Have you been listening to Tony Shiavone's What Happened When Monday podcasts? I have tried to play it when they do the old shows and it's pretty entertaining, with a mix of history from Tony's perspective. Also, does it seem like every former wrestler or personality from the past has their own podcast now? ... Read moreThe explosion of wrestling podcasts

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.18.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.19.94 Taped from Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage. Two weeks in a row? Man, if you thought today’s product was a dead zone between Wrestlemania and Summerslam, it’s got NOTHING on the product 10 years ago. Bret Hart v. Kwang Although this ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.18.94

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Impossible plans for WCW rebirth?

Hi Scott The thread about Russo's time in WCW the other day got me thinking back to WCW dying days and Bischoff's plan to purchase and relaunch the comapny. During those final few months Scott Steiner and the his faction (i want to say the magnificent 7 but not sure if i just made that up) ... Read moreImpossible plans for WCW rebirth?

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NXT – December 20, 2017

NXT Date: December 20, 2017 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness It’s a big night for NXT as we have a pair of title matches this week. Pete Dunne will be defending the UK Title against former champion Tyler Bate and Sanity defends the Tag Team Titles ... Read moreNXT – December 20, 2017

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Thank you!!!

Scott – thank you so much for going back & doing the missing ppv rants.  I’m enjoying them so much! You're welcome.  I'm also enjoying them.  It's an era that I have very little experience with and it's pretty much like watching brand new stuff!

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Monday Night Raw – July 21, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: July 21, 2003 Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman So Kane is still the big monster, even though we already have HHH as the evil World Champion. As usual, this show seemingly has no idea how to push a face other than Steve Austin, who might ... Read moreMonday Night Raw – July 21, 2003

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FITE in Focus – the best of the fighting sports world premieres next week.

It is the holiday season and it is time for novelty and gifts. We at FITE are good at both and the benefits are yours to reap. At 9am ET on the 26th of December we will debut the newest way for you to get the best of the fighting sports world in your life… ... Read moreFITE in Focus – the best of the fighting sports world premieres next week.

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Nostalgia returns for Women’s Rumble

Hey Scott, Any big pop nostalgia returns you’d like to see for the Rumble? Sable? Alundra Blayze? Trish? Molly Holly? Too bad Sherri’s not alive, that would be an awesome sight. ​They can bring out Sunny, Sable, Trish and Lita, and then have them cut promos in the middle of the match thanking Stephanie McMahon ... Read moreNostalgia returns for Women’s Rumble

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Women’s Royal Rumble Question

With the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia and the building up of the women's match, what music played for the #30 entrant would cause the most outrage? A. James Ellsworth's B. Stephanie McMahon's C. Roman Reigns's ​I feel like it'll only be 20 people because finding 30 is kind of a stretch.  They could only scrounge ... Read moreWomen’s Royal Rumble Question

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Women’s Rumble; Eliminations?

Do you think the Women's Rumble will have them going over the top rope to the floor for an elimination seeing as in the past, they allowed eliminations to be between the ropes for women's battle royals?  ​I'm pretty sure they're OK to go over the top.  It is 2017, after all.​

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Backlash 2006–04.30.06

The SmarK Rant for WWE Backlash 2006 – 04.30.06 (Originally written 12.19.17) Live from Lexington, KY, drawing 14,000. Not sure about the buyrate, but it did well. Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler The show opens with the AMAZING visual of the bloodied Vince rising from behind the ring apron at Wrestlemania. Crazy ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWE Backlash 2006–04.30.06

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WWE 205 Live – December 19th, 2017

December 19, 2017 From the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness   We see a video package on last night’s #1 contender match between Drew Gulak and Cedric Alexander, who was victorious.   Tonight, Hideo Itami will make his 205 Live debut. Also, we will get a rematch ... Read moreWWE 205 Live – December 19th, 2017

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Smackdown – December 19, 2017

Smackdown Date: December 19, 2017 Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves It’s the first show after Clash of Champions and the bosses have some splainin to do. This past Sunday, Shane McMahon refused to count the fall in the tag match but Daniel Bryan one upped him with ... Read moreSmackdown – December 19, 2017

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XVI

Live from Augusta, GA Airdate:  September 5, 1991 Attendance:  2,800 Hosted by Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone The World tag team titles are up for grabs! Also, what happens during the contract signing for the World title match at Halloween Havoc? Read on! On the ramp, Eric Bischoff stands alongside Missy Hyatt and Uncle Paul. ... Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XVI

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Smackdown and 205 Live Thread

Tonight:  A six-man tag with Zayn/Owens/Jinder v. AJ/Orton/Nakamura highlights Smackdown, plus Hideo Itami debuts on 205 Live. http://ift.tt/2B1PlfJ Tomorrow, the retro PPVs continue!  Where will end up next?  Tune in to find out! Talk about the sports or anything else going on here tonight!    

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Destination X 2006

In his first NWA World Title defense, Christian Cage meets Monty Brown and then gets completely overshadowed by “real” main eventers like Jeff Jarrett, Sting, and Scott Steiner! Plus, AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels challenge X Division Champion Samoa Joe in a relatively disappointing Ultimate X match! The Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Destination X 2006 – ... Read moreThe Chrononaut Chronicles: TNA Destination X 2006

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 16, 1995

–Jim Ross narrates a video package of Barry Horowitz’s triumph over Skip on last week’s episode. –Ross and Stan Lane are the commentary team and they are still in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. –Opening Contest:  Bam Bam Bigelow (11-3) pins Jason Arhndt after a flying headbutt at 2:04: Bigelow barely breaks a sweat in this squash, swallowing ... Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 16, 1995

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XFL News from Brad Shepard

Hey Scott, Brad Shepard, the freelance reporter who broke the XFL story over the weekend, visited Corrigan's Corner to share more details on the proposed relaunch.  http://ift.tt/2CFxcVa Hope your readers enjoy.  Thanks as always, John  I still don't understand why he doesn't just buy an NFL team if he wants to invest in football so ... Read moreXFL News from Brad Shepard

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Russo in WCW

Which era of Russo in WCW was worse, and which one did he have more creative control over, the 1st one with the Powers That Be and NWO 2000, or the Bischoff/Russo Millionaires Club/New Blood one when he came back in April 2000? Also what was the plan for the Powers That Be if Russo ... Read moreRusso in WCW

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Women’s Rumble

I've got a great idea for the first women's Royal Rumble… Instead of a title shot at WrestleMania, the winner gets the chance to personally thank Stephanie McMahon for inventing women's sports entertainment.  That's an even bigger honor, if you ask me, pal! ​I like where you're going with this, pal!  You've got a future ... Read moreWomen’s Rumble

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Gable/Jordan

Do you believe had they chose Gable instead of Jordan, that the "Angle's Son" storyline would of worked better? Jordan is not a bad in ring wrestler at all but watching Gable at COC sunday just showed how much more better and natural then Jordan he is at everything, mannerisms, selling ect. And he has ... Read moreGable/Jordan

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WWE RAW Rundown 12-18-17

December 18, 2017 From the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Booker T   A video package on last week’s Braun Strowman vs. Kane match, which ended in a double countout as we still do not which man will challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at ... Read moreWWE RAW Rundown 12-18-17

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Well the less said about that snoozer of a PPV the better. RAW is live tonight and it’s a pretty packed show with Brock Lesnar returning, Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe and a six-women tag match with Absolution against Sasha, Bayley and Mickie James. And Roman Reigns will probably have another well-regarded ... Read moreMonday Night Open Mic

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Big Cass

When Big Cass returns from injury do you think they'll keep him heel, or turn him face seeing as Enzo went heel in his absence? I think they're gonna do something where Cass teases beating him up, and then they'll SWERVE us and put them back together again. 

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What’s next for AJ?

So what next for Styles? You can’t do Styles/Mahal again. AJ beat him clean twice and he’s gonna need an opponent for Rumble. I say Zayn, do a 4 way number one contendership match this tuesday, Mahal/Zayn/Nakamura/Orton or triple threat with Zayn/Orton/Nakamura. Have Zayn win with help from Owens. That can hold AJ off till he ... Read moreWhat’s next for AJ?

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The Last Jedi

Hey Scott. Just saw the Last Jedi. I enjoyed it and would love to hear your thoughts on it/discuss it on your blog. Thanks! OK, I was trying to avoid discussion on here previously due to spoilers and such, so be warned for anyone that clicks onwards:  SPOILERS AHEAD. Overall, I loved it.  I indeed ... Read moreThe Last Jedi

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2017–12.17.17

The SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2017 – 12.17.17 (Originally written 12.17.17) RIP Tom Zenk. We still don’t even know where he was for the past decade, but hopefully he found peace. Live from Boston, MA Your hosts are Tom Phillips, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton US title: Baron Corbin v. Bobby Roode ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2017–12.17.17

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RIP Tom Zenk

http://ift.tt/2AMUJmR So…uh…I guess this finally answers the question of where Zenk got to.  Very sad to hear and it's a shame such a talented guy basically disappeared from the business so young.  RIP.

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Stables in wrestling

Hey Scott, When people use the term ‘stable’ in wrestling, did it originate with the Four Horsemen, or was the term used prior to that legendary group? Prior to the Four Horsemen, were there any significant wrestling groups that may not be well known today? Were stables uncommon prior to the 80s? ​The first "official" ... Read moreStables in wrestling

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Allied Powers

Why did they put them together in the 1st place? Case of nothing else for either to do? Was there any endgame? ​Yeah, rough plan was always for them to get the tag titles at some point between Wrestlemania and Summerslam inclusively, and then it just kept getting put off and put off and they ... Read moreAllied Powers

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ECW on Sci-Fi #86 01/22/2008

We’re in the University of Virginia with new graphics and set as the HD era has begun and tonight Chavo gets a title shot after losing twice because he has something of an edge. Nah that’s too subtle. Edge helped him win last week. Battle Royal (Kane, The Miz, John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer, Shelton Benjamin) ... Read moreECW on Sci-Fi #86 01/22/2008

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2016 Minor point, but why can’t it be “Clash of THE Champions” like in WCW? Are definite articles considered too southern? Live from Indianapolis, IN Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Byron Saxton RAW Tag titles: The New Day v. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson ... Read moreRepost: The SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2016

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Sunday Thread

WWE Clash of Champions is this evening. Vince McMahon has established Alpha Entertainment, separate from WWE. In September, according to PWinsider, Alpha Entertainment applied to trademark URFL, while VKM Ventures applied to trademark United Football League, UFL, and For the Love of Football. Apollo Crews will take part in PCW UK’s Road to Glory tournament ... Read moreSunday Thread

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Mahal/Triple H Results

Now I don't mind that Mahal jobbed (probably cause they'll never go back to India again after the shows didn't sell well) but if anything, isn't it indicative of the fact that they have officially given up on Mahal? I feel like had the 2 originally announced house shows did very well along with him ... Read moreMahal/Triple H Results

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More Strike Force

Scott, To follow up on the previous e-mailer's question about Strike Force, I was curious if you had any insight on when the decision was actually made to split up the team.  If Martel had stuck around past June 1988, would they have done the breakup at say, Summerslam, of that year?  Once they jobbed ... Read moreMore Strike Force

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Smackdown – July 17, 2003

Smackdown Date: July 17, 2003 Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re almost to Vengeance and the good things in the build towards the show have been quite good. At the same time though, the bad thing is very bad. Vince vs. Stephanie is running wild and for some reason we’re supposed ... Read moreSmackdown – July 17, 2003

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Smackdown – July 17, 2003

Smackdown Date: July 17, 2003 Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re almost to Vengeance and the good things in the build towards the show have been quite good. At the same time though, the bad thing is very bad. Vince vs. Stephanie is running wild and for some reason we’re supposed ... Read moreSmackdown – July 17, 2003

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Talking Taker Podcast Plug

Scott,  Longtime fan and reader of yours here, all the way back from the Rantsylvania days. Was wondering if you could put a plug up for my friend and mine's new podcast called Talking Taker where we are going through every PPV match of The Undertaker's career one by one. We're up to Survivor Series ... Read moreTalking Taker Podcast Plug

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Place to be Nation Presents: Jeff Learns Wrestling #10: Survivor Series 1987

http://ift.tt/2kyVngI You Jeff Machado and JT Rozzero are best friends but Jeff has never been a wrestling fan… until now. With decades of wrestling history to catch up on, JT is leading Jeff’s completely clean slate on an educational journey through the wonderful story of professional wrestling. In episode ten, Jeff is angry and the ... Read morePlace to be Nation Presents: Jeff Learns Wrestling #10: Survivor Series 1987

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–04.18.94

OK, 2005 posts are FINALLY complete, and I got to see Star Wars, so let’s get back to Observing. – In the top story, the Justice Department dropped one of the charges against Titan Sports.  The government side says it’s for “tactical reasons”, while the WWF claims that it means they have no case.  (Maybe ... Read moreWrestling Observer Flashback–04.18.94

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Even MORE rip offs

Scotty – All of the rip offs discussion has me thinking of this new Enzo/Jax angle and how it's just a half assed attempt to recreate other wacky love relationships like Beth/Santino and Eddie/Chyna.  I get it – it's an easy story line that can be recycled every 5 years or so, but in this ... Read moreEven MORE rip offs

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Ring of Honor’s Final Battle took place last night. Dalton Castle challenged Cody for ROH world title in the main event. Sporting News reports that according to his lawyer, no charges have yet been brought against Rich Swann. WWE Clash of Champions is tomorrow night. Now talk, damn it!

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Glow

Glow ,Did you watch this on Netflix ? It’s good. It’s a shame they didn’t get the original wrestling show too it’d be great to watch it after. Yup, the show was great and had just the right amount of full frontal Allison Brie.  Which is to say, any amount.  I will say that I've ... Read moreGlow

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Turn site

Hi Mate I was wondering if there is a site anywhere which details where a ppv or wrestling programme tells that there is ie A Tag Team Split Manager wrestler spilt Heel Turn Face Turn I database my DVDS and want to put a sidenote on my database etcThanks Never heard of such a thing.  ... Read moreTurn site

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 15, 1995

–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are the commentary team for today’s show and they are still in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. –Opening Contest:  Man Mountain Rock (14-0) defeats The Black Phantom via submission to the Whammy Bar at 1:58: Rock plays his usual jam before the match as McMahon loses his wits on commentary in an attempt ... Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 15, 1995

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – October 29th, 1990

October 29, 1990 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This is the Halloween edition of Prime Time. In the studio, Heenan talks about having to wear his track suit because he has no idea when the Big Bossman will try to cheap shot him. Heenan sucking up to Bossman in an attempt to ... Read moreWWF Prime Time Wrestling – October 29th, 1990

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Hogan to the WWF in 1994?

It's been said that Bischoff and WCW had to load up Hogan's contract offer in 1994 with huge money and incentives to keep Vince from swooping in and matching. Let's say one of the parties gets cold feet at the last minute and either Vince matches or WCW rescinds/Hogan declines, how does 1994 and beyond ... Read moreHogan to the WWF in 1994?

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Coliseum Video

In light of the unreleased matches that looked like they were supposed to be on Coliseum Video but never got there, I wonder who chose which matches from TV Tapings would be for Superstars, Prime Time and Coliseum Video?  Was it Vince's decision?  How were they chosen, was it just random parings to come up ... Read moreColiseum Video

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“What were they thinking” matchups

Most outlandish/useless matchups on bigger shows (TV/PPV) you can think of? The Disciple vs Tough Tom (Disorderly Conduct) on a 98 Thunder takes the cake for me Gotta go with the nWo B team tag match at Starrcade 98.  Bizarre time filler on a show that was already overloaded.

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