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It is MINE AGAIN!

Finally, after many, MANY years of waiting and annoyance…I was finally able to buy back RANTSYLVANIA. www.rantsylvania.com I’ve just got it redirecting to the BOD at the moment, but thankfully it is now all mine again in case I want to do anything with it.  Basically after Sean Shannon hijacked it from me all those ... Read more

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NXT – February 28, 2018

NXT Date: February 28, 2018 Location: Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo We’re still closing in on Takeover: New Orleans but this time we’ll be doing it without Johnny Gargano. Last week Gargano put his NXT career on the line for another shot at the NXT Title but former ... Read more

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Rey v Cena

With this rumor going the rounds and the whole “No Taker make John sad BS” I really think they either a) planned on Taker and it got nixed or b) have no and never had any idea what's going on…Rey v Cena would be fine I'm sure and Rey wanting Cena at mania makes business ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Regarding the FloSports/WWN lawsuit: “FloSports and WWN have jointly announced that they have agreed to resolve their dispute. The terms of the agreement are to remain confidential.” More here. NXT tonight features Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler and Tyler Bate vs. Velveteen Dream. Enjoy! Dana White has said there’s a “very, very, very good” chance of Brock returning ... Read more

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Wyatt/Hardy Fued

So I was trying to think why have they made this fued stretch out this long then it hit me, maybe they want to do Final Deletion at Mania? Which means Hardy wins at Chamber to set it up. Isnt it also ironic Borash was hired because along with the Hardys, was one of the ... Read more

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The Phantom Shoot

Hey, Scott: Your latest Coliseum Video write-up — and the Wendi Richter/Moolah shoot — reminded me of the David Sammartino/Ron Shaw incident from roughly the same time. Obviously not as memorable due to David never achieving any level of fame, but have you ever heard an explanation for it?​ Mostly it was David trying to ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 29, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: September 29, 2003 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Al Snow, Jonathan Coachman It’s a big night tonight because THE BATTLING ANNOUNCERS ARE BACK! This time around we have it’s in the form of Jim Ross vs. Jonathan Coachman for the commentary job, because Steve Austin can just do that again. ... Read more

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Yes another Mt Rushmore question

Scott,     If your opinion who is on the Mt Rushmore of BOD bannings?   Your friend,    Rawisstoned I feel like Dougie/John Sorrow is always the king of the banned.  It's gonna take a hell of a troll to top him. I'd put Chad in contention, but his legal team has not yet contacted ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 24, 1991

February 24, 1991 From the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week our featured match is Greg Valentine vs. Dino Bravo. Plus, a special interview with Sgt. Slaughter. Also in action are Jim Duggan, The Mountie, and Tito Santana.   Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Pez Whatley ... Read more

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Mailbag question

Will we ever see a legitimate No. 2 pro wrestling company again in our lifetimes? Will there ever be another boom period? ​New Japan is sure having a boom period in Japan right now.  And they're knocking on the door of being #2 as well, although still distantly at the moment.  They're probably the best ... Read more

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Two Things

Hey Scott, with Jon Jones facing the suspension you brought up and no money fight with Brock, do you see Jon Jones making the jump to WWE for Brock? Heck, even Lashley. Also, I really think the Brand Split is not working and WWE as is with the split, the roster is too thin, and ... Read more

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U Can’t See Wrestlemania

Why is John Cena so upset he doesn't have a match at Wrestlemania yet? Practically no one has a match announced and there's always the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.  ​Well, now he's in the title match at Fastlane along with everyone else on the Smackdown roster, so maybe he'll win the belt there ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2018–WWF’s Grand Slams!

Coliseum Video Rant 2018: WWF’s Grand Slams! (Originally written 02.27.18) Hosted by Mean Gene. No match markers on this one, as it’s just a collection of quick highlights from previous tapes. 1. From the Wrestling Classic, Nikolai Volkoff sings the Russian national anthem, and gets dropkicked and pinned by Dynamite Kid in a cute finish. ... Read more

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205 Live – 27th February 2018

WWE 205 Live 27th February 2018 Los Angeles, California Commentators: Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness It’s time for the quarter-finals, grapple fans.  This week should be a real treat as we’ve got 205 Live stalwarts TJP and Cedric Alexander going one-on-one and an interesting clash of styles with Roderick Strong taking on Kalisto.  I’m pumped ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXX

Taped from Lubbock, TX Airdate:  February 8, 1992 (taped 1/27) Attendance:  unknown Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Welcome to the FOX era of SNME! I wonder who will make special appearances during the show to differentiate it from the NBC specials. C’mon, Bart, give it a chance. Have a seat and ... Read more

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Smackdown / 205 Live / MMC Thread

Tonight, it’s Smackdown, as they continue treading water until the next PPV that isn’t Wrestlemania. Jon Jones experienced the first stage of having the book thrown at him today, with a loss of his license for one year and more punishment to come from USADA, probably anywhere from 2 to 4 years suspension.  That Brock ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: SummerSlam 1995

–Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  McMahon announces that 18,062 fans are in attendance, setting a record for the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this was the reported attendance figure with 17,000 of those fans paying to attend the show. –Dean Douglas is in a ... Read more

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Nakamura post-Mania

You recently predicted AJ retaining against Nakamura and I agree with you. With both women's titles and the Universal title likely to change hands, there has to be at least one successful title defense on the show, and it'll probably be this one. What do you do with Nakamura after that? Lose a rematch with ... Read more

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Unifications

With split-brand PPVs dying, The Bar saying that there is no one left for them to face and no one challenging them during that promo, do you think we see unification matches at Mania? Your previous statement about the champs floating between shows makes sense, so here's my take: Usos go through probably Harper & ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 23, 1991

February 23, 1991 From the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper This week in action are Sgt. Slaughter, Big Bossman, Davey Boy Smith, and The Undertaker. Plus, Macho King Randy Savage on the “Brother Love Show” and more.   Big Bossman vs. Alan Martin Martin lands a few ... Read more

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Monday Night Wrong: Croon Along with Macho Man

http://ift.tt/2GNEND9 It’s funny that Ric Flair has now become this icon of rappers who gets namedropped all the time.  I guess Savage was just too far ahead of his time for the rap game to handle.  Anyway, by request of my editor, I take a look at the rap CD that makes a great drink ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–06.20.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 06.20.14 Sadly, the Network is skipping the COUNTDOWN TO THE CROWNING. So this would place us at the night after King of the Ring. Live from White Plains, NY, in an arena that at least looks slightly less embarrassing than the last set of tapings. Your hosts ... Read more

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Roster Split

I really don't understand this. Why can't they have a roster split without having an Official Brand Extension™? Why can't they just simply plan which guys are appearing on the shows this week? For example, AJ Styles. They can write him in for a match this week on RAW, he would then not appear on ... Read more

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Wrestlemania what’s the point

Scott- watched RAW and um…what? How does any of this help mania as a card: -Sad Cena having an existential crisis -Lesnar pulling a luger and not appearing -no usage of Rousey in anyway other than to flower -two challengers beat Miz in the same night Call me old fashioned but I thought winning the ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’ Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend and are enjoying the start of the week. Elimination Chamber was held last night and the road to Wrestlemania will have a main event of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar. Alexa Bliss also won her chamber match and has a opponent TBA depending on ... Read more

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your blog

2 questions that I've always wondered;  1.)  Why when you get into a fight or disagree with someone do you feel the need to grandstand and broadcast it?  Are you really that insecure that you need validation for your actions?  2.)  Why does your board rules say “no personal attacks” when it should read “no ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – February 18th, 1991

February 18, 1991 Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan We get a new opening here with an announcer jokingly referring to Stamford, CT as the entertainment capital of the world. Its now in front of a live studio audience with Lord Alfred Hayes as the announcer. Basically, a more modern late night talk ... Read more

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Questions

1) How soon until Ronda Rousey becomes Just Another WWE Woman? 2) if Seth Rollins is 'The Architect', why don't they just call him Bill Ding? 3) How shocked were you that Roman Reigns won the Elimination Chamber? ​I'm more annoyed that Roman's title shot is based on winning one match, rather than the more ... Read more

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Coach

Has Coach gotten exceedingly better on commentary this go 'round with WWE or is it just that he's not Booker or Saxton bad? He's better and understands Vince's bizarre language, so he's a more natural fit, yeah.  

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BoD Daily Update: February 26, 2018

WWE.com RAW Preview http://ift.tt/2GLvzre   Golden Lovers vs. Young Bucks Scheduled For NJPW Long Beach, CA Show The show will take place on March 25th http://ift.tt/2HMJD53   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay from the Revolution Pro 2015 Global Wars Show by clicking on the video below

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber–02.25.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2018 – 02.25.18 (Originally written 02.25.18) Live from Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Coach RAW Women’s title: Alexa Bliss v. Bayley v. Mandy Rose v. Sonya DeVille v. Mickie James v. Sasha Banks I feel like this “evolution” of the women’s side ... Read more

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Well, now I’m in trouble…

For those not following the “excitement” this morning, I banned a guy for going off on “libtards” and generally being a jerk, and it turned out he was someone who’s been e-mailing me questions on a daily basis.  “Can you post the email you sent him telling him he’s banned? I’d like to see that.” ... Read more

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Repost: The SmarK DVD Rant for Satan’s Prison: The Elimination Chamber Anthology

The SmarK DVD Rant for Satan’s Prison: The Complete Anthology of the Elimination Chamber Setting aside the fact that the title sounds like a bad Tarantino B-movie homage, you had to figure that they’d be coming out with this collection sooner rather than later. This is basically just a collection of the matches in chronological ... Read more

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Rousey is here

Hey Scott, I really don't get the Ronda Rousey hype. I admittedly never watched MMA (although my favorite movie is Warrior, and my favorite show is Kingdom…), never saw a RR fight, never will. I realize she's a great athlete, MMA competitor etc. HOWEVER, this makes me as a non-MMA-fan (I might not be the ... Read more

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Top 10

Hi Scott, Who would say are your top 10 wrestlers in the world right now?   ​I don't know specifically, but I can say that Okada is #1 and there's a LONG drop to #2.  Minoru Suzuki is pretty much killing it right now, which is amazing for someone who should normally be long retired.  ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 17th, 1991

February 17 ,1991 From the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, GA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week, we have the full nelson challenge between The Warlord and Davey Boy Smith. Also in action are Sgt. Slaughter, Jake Roberts, Mr. Perfect, and the debut of The Viking. Plus, an interview with Roddy ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E18–“No Escape”

The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E18 “No Escape” Your hosts are Matt Striker & Vampiro Pentagon Jr. v. Argenis Definitely a bigger step up the ladder for Pentagon compared to the jobbers he’s been destroying lately. Argenis kicks him in the head to block a monkey flip and reverses a backbreaker into a tornado ... Read more

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ECW On Sci-Fi #96 04/01/2008

We’re still in Miami, Flordia for the ECW on Sci-Fi after Wrestlemania and our NEWWWWW ECW Champion Kane is here to fill in the exposition in case you missed his match because you were away buying merch or blinking. CM Punk shows up with his briefcase to also fill in the gaps but promises he’s ... Read more

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The Theszies / RSPW results are live!

Hey there – We’ve tallied the votes for the 2017 Theszies / RSPW Awards, and the results are live! Just follow this link: http://ift.tt/2ox7lcv And we’re now on Twitter at @RSPW_Awards. Thanks for voting, and we’ll see you (hopefully) in December when we begin taking nominations for the 2017 Awards! MGK, James The Tech Guy, ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 25, 2003

Smackdown Date: September 25, 2003 Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s time to start building to No Mercy and we have a new World Champion with Brock Lesnar having taken the title from Kurt Angle in last week’s Iron Man match. The other big story is Los Guerreros winning the Tag ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – June 9th, 1983

June 9, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Buddy Nichols This week we have Mr. Olympia & Boris Zurkhov vs. Junkyard Dog & Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Also in action are Super Destroyer & King Kong Bundy, Tito Santana, Magnum TA, and more!   Rip Rogers vs. Tim Horner Horner grounds Rogers to start. He ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2012

The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 Live from Milwaukee, WI Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & Booker T WWE World title: CM Punk v. Kofi Kingston v. The Miz v. R-Truth v. Dolph Ziggler v. Chris Jericho Weird that they’re starting with this one. Kofi and Punk are your first entrants, ... Read more

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Help me Be A Man!

Hey guys, for those who are old school enough to remember, did I ever do an actual review of Be A Man Hulk on 411 or wherever I was posting at the time?  I can’t find it via Google and it’s not in the archives, but I know I have a copy of the CD ... Read more

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Stand up for the WWE!

I read this in one of the comments and I vaguely recall it.  From what I remember they wanted everyone to just go around and defend the WWE.  Do you know the story behind that? I would've loved to hear Meltzer's taken on that. ​Oh god, that was SO stupid.  Basically Linda was flailing around ... Read more

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Future of 205 Live

Have you been watching the new version of 205 Live? I no longer subscribe to the network but I've heard it's been almost universally praised. I've read one review where they said the difference is  night and day. It's now the “Sport” brand under the WWE umbrella. That's awesome that they at least have an ... Read more

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Aleister Black

Am I missing something, or is this guy a complete can’t miss superstar?  Now I’m certain the writers can completely screw the pooch with him when he’s called up to the majors, but he just seems like a slam dunk of looks, ability, fan intrigue and a kick ass theme song.  I think they should ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–06.27.94

So….King of the Ring time, eh? I wonder how much some of the guys weigh?  Maybe they’ll address that. But first… – Dave offers his take on the OJ Simpson police chase:  “In a world where the common folks cheered for a fugitive from justice on two counts of first degree murder to escape trailing ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Here are the updated brackets for NXT’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The Young Bucks announced during today’s ROH x NJPW Honor Rising show that they would be moving up to the heavyweight tag division. Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas vs Gallows & Anderson will take place on the Elimination Chamber kickoff show.  Now talk, ... Read more

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Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

We've seen cases in wrestling where a career ending injury was caused (or it started a problem) by a singular move gone wrong, and also the ones where an ongoing problem was eventually capped by a bad move & the career went downhill afterwards. The recent thing with Paige appearing to be at the end ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – August 27, 1995

–Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are taped from Worcester, Massachusetts, the site of the final Wrestling Challenge tapings, as well as from Portland, Maine.  It is SummerSlam Sunday! –Opening Contest:  The Blu Brothers (w/Uncle Zebekiah) (13-1-2) defeat Matt Hardy & Jason Arhndt after Eli pins Matt following a Hart ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2015–05.31.15

The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 – 05.31.15 Live from Corpus Christi, TX Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL WWE Tag titles: The New Day v. The Ascension v. The Prime Time Players v. Cesaro & Kidd v. Los Matadores v. The Lucha Dragons The New Day gets to compete ... Read more

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205 Live – 20th February 2018

Quick introduction, grapple fans.  I’m John, I’m from the U.K., and I’m looking forward to bringing you my thoughts on 205 Live every Wednesday morning.  Here’s this week’s show review, from next week I’ll hope to settle into a Wednesday morning at approximately 10.00am G.M.T. posting routine. WWE 205 Live 20th February 2018 Phoenix, Arizona ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 16th, 1991

February 16, 1991 From the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper. A whacked out Piper sells us on the Tag Team Battle Royal, with the winner receiving a title shot at WrestleMania. This week, besides the battle royal, we will have a new WrestleMania Report. The Undertaker will ... Read more

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Your Mom

Hi Back in the early 90s there was an angle where Rick Rude was insulting the Big Boss Man's mother. It went on for a while and then he was “fired” for it. Was there actually going to be a pay off to this or did they just know Rude was leaving and wanted an ... Read more

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Wrestlemania 20 or Wrestlemania 34

So with Reigns going for his 4th coronation and Brock maybe kinda sorta planning to leave, do you think it is possible that the fans will turn on the main event like Brock vs Goldberg at WM 20?  ​I think it's a strong possibility, but mostly I think they'll be too tired and bored to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2017–02.12.17

(Might as well post a few of these from last year’s and going backwards, leading up to Sunday’s show where we can all celebrate the greatness of Roman Reigns yet again.) The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 – 02.12.17 Live from Phoenix, AZ Your hosts are Mauro & JBL & Tom & David. ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – February 22, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: February 22, 2018 Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Josh Matthews, Sonjay Dutt We’re back again after last week’s major main event with Austin Aries successfully defending the World Title against Eli Drake. Johnny Impact is the #1 contender so we have a big match coming up in the near future but ... Read more

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Gauntlet as PPV?

Given how well people have responded to the RAW Gauntlet and Seth Rollins' epic performance – doesn't it seem like this type of match would be a natural to anchor a Pay-Per-View? The format seems to have solid booking potential, and is a hell of a lot simpler to understand than the Elimination Chamber (plus ... Read more

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That one moment

Scott- watching the network has reminded me of that moment when I became a wrestling fan for life. Was it a single thing or a build over time? For me it was post wm-2…My dad had been a fan and I watched it with him on TBS in the early 80s and was into the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 10th, 1991

February 10, 1991 From the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, TN Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week, we will see the Legion of Doom vs. Demolition. Also in action are The Undertaker, Big Bossman, and the Texas Tornado.   The Undertaker w/ Brother Love vs. Allen Reynolds The camera cuts to fans ... Read more

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Hogan v Rock WM X18

Hi Scott,   Love the blog….must read each and every day for me at work.  Quick question.  Watching WM X18 Hogan vs Rock which is one of my favorite matches as far as star power, spectacle, build up and crowd emotion.  My question….did WWE expect the crowd reaction and was there an audible called during ... Read more

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PPV Idea

Hey, for a PPV idea or a new spin on Bragging Rights. I would love to see NXT, United Kingdom, and Cruiserweights involved. I would rename the PPV to One Night Only. Here is the dream card, Brock vs Nakamura Reigns vs Corbin to make Vince Happy Styles vs Rollins Aleister Black vs Demon Balor ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–12.26.81

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 12.26.81 Taped from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Bob Caudle & David Crockett It’s the day after Christmas, and the only present I need is Sgt. Slaughter under my tree. I was actually at a flea market checking out a table of overpriced wrestling figures, and I ... Read more

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NXT – February 21, 2018

NXT Date: February 21, 2018 Location: Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo We have a main event quality main event here with Andrade Cien Almas vs. Johnny Gargano in a title vs. NXT career match. Gargano lost to Almas in a classic at Takeover: Philadelphia and now he has ... Read more

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John Tenta

Given that you were reading the Observer in '96, was there any reason why The Giant joined the nWo in the early stages of the stable? Wasn't the original concept that it was WWF guys…Hogan, Hall, Nash, and Diabase? The Giant just doesn't make any sense in that respect. My only guess is that they ... Read more

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2 Questions

Hey Scott, hope all is well. 3 questions. 1. Favorite Finisher? For me, always the powerbomb. 2. Is there a wrestler you hated when you were younger, but, now watching his/ her matches, you appreciate them more?  ​1. Hard to argue with the classics, but for me the various versions of the Diamond Cutter have ... Read more

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Bischoff/Goldberg challenging McMahon/Austin

When Eric Bischoff challenged Vince McMahon to a fight in 1998 on Nitro and Goldberg did the same with Steve Austin about a year later was there any method behind this madness, or was it just pure desperation for WCW at that point?  They must have known that McMahon and Austin would not respond ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 9th, 1991

February 9th, 1991 From the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper This week’s featured match is Tugboat vs. Earthquake. Also, Sgt. Slaughter will be the guest on the “Brother Love Show.” Others in action include Ted DiBiase and Jake Roberts.   Earthquake w/ Jimmy Hart vs. ... Read more

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Mania Booking

Whats with the last minute booking this year? Usually starting with SurSer or latest Rumble, we have an idea whats happening, they start the builds for Mania or atleast tease some matches. Instead you got Nakamura hanging around backstage so he can give Styles random threats because thats the only clear match they want to ... Read more

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Hot take

Lesnar is going over Reigns at mania. They decided even before the roid stuff (as if Vince would really punish for that) that things aren't working. You read it here first. ​I strenuously disagree.  Brock is clearly wanting to return to UFC when his contract expires, which is at Wrestlemania.  If your theory is correct, ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–06.20.94

Well, great, now that Google Images has removed the “View Images” button, I might have to start using…ugh…BING for pulling meme images. In other awful news, Hulk Hogan debuts for WCW this week. – Hulk Hogan debuted for WCW on WCW Saturday Night on 6/11, with the announcers talking about nothing but Hulk for the ... Read more

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Braun Strowman skipping NXT

Hey Scott, Why did they have Braun skip NXT? Wasn't this basically the reason NXT was created? To give homegrown talent, with no experience, a platform to practice without getting exposed national-wide? It couldn't have been for shock value for when he came up because they immediately shunted him into the background of the Wyatt ... Read more

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So…

With Double J getting the call, when's CM Punk getting in the Hall of Fame?   Once they find an opponent in UFC at a low enough level for him to beat.  So maybe 2028?  Alternatively, he can take the James Dudley route and work as Vince's chauffeur for a few years.  

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – August 26, 1995

–Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in the booth and they are taped from Portland, Maine.  SummerSlam is only a day away! –Opening Contest:  The 1-2-3 Kid (9-2) beats Skip (w/Sunny) (7-3) via count out at 4:28 shown: The audience never gets to hear what Sunny has to say during Skip’s entrances because the commentary ... Read more

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Double J & Russo

How much of Jeff Jarrett's 1999 WWF departure had to do with Russo leaving 2 weeks before?  Was it just a coincidence that Jarrett decided to leave for WCW just 2 weeks after Russo suddenly did? And then he showed up as “The Chosen One” under Russo's Powers That Be gimmick, and later a key ... Read more

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X-7

Don't get me wrong, ​Rock vs. Austin at the Astrodome in WM 17​ is one of my three favorites matches ever, but I'm just curious: when HBK showed up in a Soma coma and torpedoed the planned comeback match between him and HHH at that WrestleMania, was there any consideration of making the main event ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – February 4, 1991

February 4, 1991 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   In the studio, Gorilla tells Heenan that this show will take place in front of a live studio audience in two weeks. We then get some banter about that.   The Hart Foundation defeat The Orient Express in a match first shown on ... Read more

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Coliseum Video Rant 2018: Villains of the Squared Circle

Coliseum Video Rant 2018: Villains of the Squared Circle (1986) (Originally written 02.19.18) The overdubbed intro music grinds on my soul like nails on a chalkboard. Hosted by Mean Gene, and the concept here should be easy to grasp. Gene was worried about sitting through “more than an hour of non-stop evil” and was worried ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 19, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: February 19, 2018 Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Jonathan Coachman It’s the go home show for the Elimination Chamber pay per view and for some reason we’re having a gauntlet match tonight. I guess the theory is that the elimination match tonight is supposed ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW SuperBrawl II

Live from Milwaukee, WI Airdate: February 29, 1992 Attendance:  5,000 Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Can Sting regain the World title from Luger? Will the Dangerous Alliance prevail in its matches? How will Pillman fare against Liger? Let’s find out! To ensure the TBS viewing audience doesn’t miss a minute of ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope you all had a great weekend and a good start to the week! We have come to another edition of RAW as we continue the road to Wrestlemania. Among the matches announced is a 7-man gauntlet featuring all the participants in the upcoming Elimination Chamber as well as a six-woman ... Read more

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Inside The Magazine Volume #21: Wrestle America April 1993

Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas don’t like the criticism they’ve gotten in WCW. Dustin Rhodes is bummed about Barry Windham turning on him. Does Randy Savage need a break from wrestling? Being a smaller wrestler is in instead of being a larger than life persona. Kevin Sullivan recent attacks and blood feud with Brian Lee ... Read more

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The Worst of WCW

Hi Scott Sometimes I'm a complete sadist and enjoy nothing better than watching a really bad WCW PPV. What are the best worst pay per views to watch? ​Gotta go with Souled Out 97 as the best worst one, because yes it's terrible, but it's so visually different and daring that there's a certain adventurous ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 3rd, 1991

February 3, 1991 From the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, TN Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week, we will see highlights from the Jim Duggan vs. Sgt. Slaugher match. Also, The Hart Foundation will defend the Tag Team Titles against The Orient Express. Plus, Tugboat, The Mountie, and Davey Boy Smith will ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 2nd, 1991

February 2, 1991 From the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL Your hosts are Roddy Piper and Vince McMahon This week, we will find out the main event of WrestleMania VII. Also, we will see highlights of Sgt. Slaughter vs. Jim Duggan from “The Main Event” and Mr. Perfect defends the Intercontinental Title against ... Read more

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Random Questions

1) Who is your favourite masked wrestler? 2) Would you define colour commentator Jesse Ventura as a heel or a tweener? 3) I read your review of Bunkhouse Stampede 88. You seemed less than pleased with Bobby Eatons use of the hammerlock. Do you have a favourite rest hold/transition move? Thanks. PS – Bret Hart ... Read more

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IWGP Title

Hey Scott whats up, So idk how informative you are with the history of the IWGP Heavyweight Title but when AJ Styles debuted in WWE, I seem to remember the announcers talk as if the only 2 non japanese men to win it recently were Brock Lesnar and Styles but if I remember correctly, didn't ... Read more

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Dudleys all time rank

With the Dudleys going in the HOF, where do they rank on the all time list for tag teams? Not WWE, all time. To me they’re tricky because they didn’t draw money like the LOD but they were much better workers getting countless 4-star matches with E&C, Hardys, LAX, etc. They accumulated tag title ... Read more

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Worst Finishing Maneuver/Hold?

What is the worst finishing move/hold you’ve seen a wrestler regularly use as their finisher?  For me nothing looks worse than John Cena’s STF.  He doesn’t even pull up on his opponents jaws when he locks his arms;  He just sort of lays there with both arms crossed underneath their chins.  That doesn’t even ... Read more

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ECW On Sci-Fi #95 03/25/2008

We’re in Fayetteville, NC for the last episode before Wrestlemania with ”maybe the biggest tag team match we’ve ever seen” involving all twenty four men involved in the Battle Royal. Brian Kendrick, Chuck Palumbo, Deuce, Domino, Elijah Burke, Lance Cade, Mark Henry, Matt Striker, Snitsky, The Great Khali, The Miz & Trevor Murdoch vs. Cody ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E17–“A War Started in Mexico…”

The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground – S01E17 “A War Started in Mexico…” Your hosts are Matt Striker & Vampiro Dario Cueto gives Alberto a pep talk before his first match tonight: A warmup match against Ricky Mandel! Alberto wants Texano, but Dario wants a few weeks to promote that, so he offers up Famous ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

More wrestling on FITE today: EVOLVE 101 starts at 6pm ET/3pm PT and features Keith Lee vs. Tracy Williams and Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Chris Dickinson Defiant Wrestling: Chain Reaction starts at 2pm ET/11am PT (also 7pm GMT, given it’s emanating from the UK) Now talk, heathens!

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Unforgiven 2003

Unforgiven 2003 Date: September 21, 2003 Location: Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania Attendance: 10,347 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s another Raw exclusive pay per view, based around the idea of finding the least interesting story possible. Is it Shane McMahon and his electric testicles vs. Kane or a barely mobile HHH managing to drag out ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – June 2nd, 1983

June 2, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Ted DiBiase, still sporting his cast. This week, we have Mr. Wrestling II vs. Mr. Olympia, Butch Reed vs. Tony Zane, Magnum TA vs. Kendo Nagasaki, and Jim Duggan vs. Super Destroyer   Pierce asks DiBiase when his cast is coming off and brings up how ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 18, 2003

Smackdown Date: September 18, 2003 Location: RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s a big show here with Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle in a one hour Iron Man match. What else can you really ask for here? These two are capable of putting together any kind of match you want them ... Read more

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Dumb idea that would have been funny

What if at WrestleMania 23 Vince decided to troll Donald Trump and have Lashley job to Umaga? Umaga grabs Donald Trump, sits on him, and Vince shaves his head while cackling like a freak. Ignoring the lawsuit that almost certainly would have commenced as a result of this, I have two questions: 1. Do you ... Read more

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Too Sweet

Hi Scott, Are the Young Bucks and Bullet Club the most over non-WWE performers since the end of WCW and ECW? I can't remember seeing t-shirts in the crowd for TNA stars or anyone else for that matter, and in some towns, the number of Bucks/Club t-shirts is quite noticeable on Raw and Smackdown. ​Oh ... Read more

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“How I Got Over” – Braun Strowman

Amazing! https://youtu.be/fBwi0Qydal4 Don’t you wish Braun was the one facing and defeating Brock at Wrestlemania instead of Roman? ​I mean, they still can make it a three-way if the really want, I suppose, although having him squash Miz and be IC champion for a while isn't the worst idea.  But yeah, this past September against ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–12.19.81

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 12.19.81

baseball handicaper

 Taped from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are David Crockett & Bob Caudle Sgt. Slaughter kicks things off, and he’s still got the $1000 ready for anyone who can break his cobra clutch. And that DOESN’T mean going to the ropes or pulling his hair, only legal ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – August 21, 1995

–Footage of Kama beating up a Creature of the Night on Superstars is shown.  The Undertaker’s battle with Tatanka is seen as the first opportunity for the Undertaker to get revenge for the attack.  The Undertaker pledges to take Tatanka out to send a message to the Million Dollar Corporation and Kama. –Vince McMahon and ... Read more

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Take a drink

It's a Lex Luger question! Looking back, I don't understand how promoters kept screwing up Lex Luger over and over again?  He had several rocket pushes and then it seemed like always at the last second they didn't pull the trigger on him.  Was it Lex lacking “it”?  Was it politics?  Bad timing?  Promoter greed? ... Read more

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Long Term Champion

Hey Scott. If you're going to book a long term champion – at least one year in length – do you go with a babyface or heel? It seems the popular answer is heel, but could you make a case with Hogan in the 80's? Or is he the exception to the rule? Also, are there any ... Read more

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WWF The Main Event – February 1st, 1991

February 1, 1991 From the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA. This was taped on 1/28 as part of the “Superstars of Wrestling” taping. Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper   The show starts off with a video montage of Hogan on the USO Tour as he’s sports an American flag bandana while wearing ... Read more

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Vince and football question

Is Vince McMahon a football fan? He portrays the XFL as giving the game back to fans, but is he a fan himself?  ​Everything I've ever read about him says no.  In fact, when he was launching the XFL the first time, his press conferences featured references to guys who had retired in the 70s ... Read more

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Benoit as WWE champ in 2005/2006

Any reason Benoit never got another world title run?  Especially in late '05 into '06 after he went to Smackdown and Batista was injured.  He was a more believable main eventer/world champion than Mysterio was and was still having great matches.  Think of the awesome Benoit/Angle WM22 world title match we could have gotten.  Or ... Read more

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Brother Love & the Undertaker

Hi Scott,   Reading Bayless’ recaps of the WWF in 1991 get me to wondering something: was an explanation ever given—either kayfabe or storyline—as to why the Undertaker was paired with Brother Love when he first arrived? I get that they wanted a mouthpiece for the monster heel who doesn’t say much, but why the ... Read more

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Repost: The Coliseum Video Rant X-7: TESTOSTERONE POWER!

(So I was checking through the selection of Coliseum Videos on the Network tonight, and I noticed that next up in the queue was Grudge Matches from 1986.  Well, I actually did that one late in the original series of Coliseum Video Rants, paired with another one close to Grudge Matches on the list, namely ... Read more

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Sympathy for Enzo

Hey Scott, Do you find it at all strange that Enzo got basically ZERO sympathy for losing his job based on a rape allegation made by a SELF-ADMITTED crazy person that was almost certainly a lie? I mean everyone basically went, “Pfft, serves him right for not informing WWE higher-ups who are constantly sending mixed ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 27th, 1991

January 27, 1991 From the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, TN Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   We get the same Rumble highlights we saw from “Superstars of Wrestling”   Len Wagner & Major Yates vs. Power & Glory Power & Glory beat on Wagner to start as the announcers talk about Virgil ... Read more

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7 hour Manias

Scott Excellent work on the Blog, always worth reading. Last year I went to a bar in London that was hosting a WrestleMania party, so about 200 or so grapple fans in together to watch the granddaddy of 'em all.  Now, this is in the U.K., so the pre-show starts at about 10pm and the ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: February 15, 2018

SI.com This Week in Wrestling Column http://ift.tt/2o0Xn3U   Big Cass Update Cass has begun training at the Performance Center. He is expected to be back in about three months. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Deadspin Article on WWE’s Talent Development System http://ift.tt/2o30icj

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Asuka’s Streak

Let's be honest… Asuka's streak has been built up so she can put over Reigns at Wrestlemania 35, right? Also CM Punk, Montreal, the invasion, and Cena heel turn. Hopefully that helps bring in a little ad revenue. ​I just thank the heavens I'm not a YouTuber these days.  For as bad as ad revenue ... Read more

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4+1 hours of PPV every month

According to WON, there are strong speculations that all PPV's/specials after WM will include both brands and go for FOUR plus one (kickoff) hours. Thoughts? ​Sure, why not.  Make Roman Reigns the champion and then force everyone to sit through a four hour PPV every month with him as the main event.  If they're gonna ... Read more

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