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Mid-South Wrestling – July 14th, 1983

July 14 ,1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts This week, Steve Williams makes his return. Matches include Jim Duggan & Magnum TA vs. Boris Zurkhov & Rip Rogers, Johnny Rich vs. Ted DiBiase, and George Weingeroff vs. Butch Reed   Arn Anderson & Big Boy Williams vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams & ... Read more

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Hi shinsuke

Hi shinsuke im your best fan 😍 Its my dream to hear from you🖤🖤 Pls anser me ❤ And if you can send me your Photo or film when you say "Helo Marco" You are my best wrestler  Take Care  Bye and thanks😉 Is this because I left town for Easter weekend?  Saturday emails are ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania VII

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Wrestlemania VII – Live from the Los Angeles Coliseum LA Sports Arena – Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and a rotating cast of color commentators, mainly Bobby Heenan. First up is Hacksaw Duggan, introduced with entrance music dubbed over where he had none previously. I don’t get that. – ... Read more

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Ronda Rousey Heel Turn

Hi Scott I apologize if this has already been covered.  I just watched a few clips of the Ronda Rousey ESPN interviews and she really came off like a real a-hole.  In your opinion what are the odds that they turn her heel, causing Kurt Angle to take the fall at Wrestlemania thus keeping HHH ... Read more

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A Very McMahon Wrestlemania

Vince is the only acceptable replacement for Shane right? After all Shane tried to avenge Vince being bloodied Kevin even though it made no sense. Might as well go full circle with the nonsense.   I mean, for better or worse it sounds like they’re going ahead with dragging Shane off his deathbed and he’ll ... Read more

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Cena/Taker NOT Happening?

Crazy theory: the John Cena/Undertaker match actually won’t happen.  At least not this year. This Monday, you get Angle pestering Braun about his mystery partner all show, maybe with some (mostly comedy) vignettes of various wrestlers then trying to win Braun over.  In the final segment, Cena comes out for his final challenge towards Undertaker ... Read more

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Am I Crazy?

Am I crazy for wanting Elias be Brauns partner at WM? I would love for Elias to play guitar and Braun to play bass during intro. Think it would cool if done right. I think it’s a definite possibility.  Signs are also pointing to Dean Ambrose making a surprise return at this point, or maybe ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–07.25.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 07.25.94 Taped from Bushkill, PA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Randy Savage Nikolai Volkoff v. Tatanka At stake here is a $10,000 bet that Tatanka made with Dibiase, although apparently the result leaked on Reddit so he’ll only make like $5 on it. Volkoff chokes him ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

An Andre The Giant collection will be added to the WWE Network on Monday NJPW Sakura Genesis is tomorrow, headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr. Triple H took part in a media call to promote Takeover: New Orleans and spoke about overseeing 205 Live Now talk, damn it!

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Early Footage of Andre the Giant

I came across this Andre the Giant channel on Youtube and they've uploaded some extremely early footage of Andre that might be of interest to the BOD. ​Crazy!  Looking forward to the official documentary on HBO.​ 1966:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-bEbg0luDI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btC-Fzg9N0k 1968:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV8jqRSjQBs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMd0gyg3gY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH_yML_Vo60 1970:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak_xc1DNu5E 1971:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zCvL87K3bk

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March Bashness 2018 — The Fatal Four

Hey Scott,   Almost wrapped up with another successful year of March Bashness. Figured I’d actually take advantage of the wrestling format and make the build to the last four teams actually be the final match. NCAA can’t do that.   This round pays off some storylines in true Watts and Rhodes fashion. Hope ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – September 25, 1995

–Vince McMahon recaps the ending of last night’s Triple Header main event at In Your House 3.  McMahon says that Jim Cornette and his attorney – the yet to be named Clarence Mason –  forced WWF President Gorilla Monsoon to strip Diesel and Shawn Michaels of the titles based on a technicality.  However, Monsoon has ... Read more

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Wrestlemania payoff questions.

Hey Scott- Couple of questions: They always talk about getting guys on to WrestleMania for a payday. 1. We have ran through this before. But Wwe could just give anyone they want a payoff  for any reason right?  What’s to stop them?  Almost like giving out a performance or attendance bonus 2. Do wrestlers get ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania VIII

The SmarK Retro Re-Rant for Wrestlemania VIII – Live from Indianapolis, IN. – Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan. – Opening match: Shawn Michaels v. Tito Santana. Shawn brings new meaning to “classy” by wearing a jacket that says “I’m too sexy for this crowd”, thus not only being a jerk, but also ... Read more

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Every WrestleMania Main Event, Ranked from Worst to Best

Hi Scott, It was a great help when you linked to my article ranking every Royal Rumble, and I was hoping you could do the same with my article "Every WrestleMania Main Event, Ranked from Worst to Best." I think there is little question that Shawn Michaels has the best track record of WM main ... Read more

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Viscera

There was a superheavyweight thread recently where Viscera was brought up a few times. Has there been a wrestler with a wider scope of "in character" personality changes than him?  He was a rapper, a King, a monster, and a love machine all without having a true clean slate. Someone like Ziggler wouldn't count since ... Read more

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Title Reign

Hey Scott, hope all is well. Besides the 5 minute reign in 88, why was Andre never champ? I know back in the day, you didnt need the title to be over, but, Andre was money and could have had a title reign around the Backlund era. Was it Andre not wanting the strap? ​Andre ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 27th, 1991

April 27, 1991 From the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage This week, our featured match is Earthquake vs. Jake Roberts. Plus, Roddy Piper as guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” Also in action are The Undertaker, Big Bossman, Mr. Perfect, and The Rockers. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling–08.30.94

The SmarK Rant for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling – 08.30.94 (Originally written 03.29.18) OK, as suggested by the readership, we jump ahead to the finals of the NWA World title tournament, as I get the most special-est present ever for my 20th birthday…lucky me. Taped from the Hall of Bingo. Your host is Joey Styles ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 30, 2018

ESPN Article on the Los Angeles Coliseum Trying to Bring WrestleMania to Los Angeles https://es.pn/2GnuS7N   CBS Sports Interview with Triple H Regarding 205 Live https://ift.tt/2I7nNIK   Details on PWG Leaving The American Legion Hall Venue in Reseda, CA https://ift.tt/2pQHOvG   wXw Suspends “Bad Bones” John Klinger Klinger will also vacate the Tag Team Titles ... Read more

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WrestleMania 13 retrospective

https://ift.tt/2GW19DX I found the middle portion of this show to be far better than it gets credit for to be honest I loved the tag title match for instance. Four great workers when they could all still go beating the stuffing out of one another. It's never not awesome to see Bulldog suplex Vader with ... Read more

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Thursday Night Thread

Per Wrestling Observer Radio, ticket sales for Wrestlemania have been boosted by the addition of Daniel Bryan. According to PW Insider, Dean Ambrose and Renee Young were in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday. Ambrose was spotted wearing a sling as he continues to rehabilitate his torn tricep. Sam Adonis spoke to Wrestling Inc. about his hope that ... Read more

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Unfairly picked on wrestlers

Recently, you did threads on Brutus Beefcake and Jesse Ventura where you were challenged to pick good matches involving them, the assumption being that they always sucked.  So my question is who do you think gets unfairly picked on the most by fans as being terrible when they may have been just ok? ​Dino Bravo!​

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Hot take!

Mark Calaway is the greatest wrestler of all time. Not just because he's a multiple time World champion or the Streak or all the money he's drawn. Consider: 1 – He was brought in to be fed to Hogan as just another Monster of the Month and then get cycled down the card again. 2 ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania 9

The SmarK Retro Re-Rant for WWF Wrestlemania IX – Figured we might as well go whole hog and redo this one, since the buildup on the RAWs I’ve been doing has been towards this show. Plus I wanted to work in all the Anthology versions of WM anyway. Can you believe it’s been ten years ... Read more

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WWF UK Rampage ’91

April 24, 1991 From the Docklands Arena in London, England Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper   Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. The Warlord Funny moment as Phillips introduced Neidhart but Warlord came out first. They trade power stuff then Neidhart actually knocks Warlord through the ropes as the fans cheer. Neidhart doesnt ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–01.17.87

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 01.17.87 Your hosts are Tony & David Dusty Rhodes is already out and challenging Vladimir Petrov, here on the Petrov Show, where it’s all Petrov, all the Petrov! Rick Rude & Manny Fernandez v. Rocky King & Bill Tabb Rocky gets an impressive babyface reaction from the ... Read more

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Random Thunder rants

Hey Scott, I have a suggestion. I know your life is valuable. However, would you consider doing brandnew Thunder rants, just randomly picking a show? F.e. the one featuring Disciple (freshlyturned face) vs Horace (post-Flock, pre-nWo) and main event Lex Luger (face Wolfpack) vs Stevie Ray (nWo Hollywood). Truly mouthwatering stuff! Please consider the thought. ... Read more

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Mania Booking

This is one of the more interesting Mania cards, in that I think order of matches will really help control the crowd reactions. There are matches like AJ's & Daniel Bryan's that are almost guaranteed to have hot crowds, so do you put those on early to get the best reaction, or later to assist ... Read more

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No women on WWE’s Saudi Arabia card

I certainly haven't been following this, but saw some chatter today about how WWE can't/won't have women on the Saudi Arabia card for its big Rumble show: https://ift.tt/2pO8XjA What's the deal with WWE right now? In this political climate, why can't they figure out how to promote the women? They've been putting Big Steph out front ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Preview and Predictions Article

;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial”> I usually stick to video games, but my editor actually gave a WrestleMania assignment. Fun times for all! I don't suppose I could get a plug? PS, I actually mention you in the article and put a link up to Blog of Doom. Hope that's ok. If not, I can always remove it from ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 29, 2018

SI.com Week in Wrestling  https://ift.tt/2pLR2tN   Impact Wrestling Offers Contract To Independent Wrestler Jeff Cobb has been offered a two-year deal from the company. He has not accepted the deal at this time. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Kayfabe Commentaries Releases “Back to the Territories: Houston with Bruce Prichard”

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Wednesday Night Thread

HBO’s Andre the Giant documentary will premiere in Los Angeles tomorrow. NXT tonight features a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from William Regal. AJ Styles spoke to Sports Illustrated about Shinsuke Nakamura and a potential match with Daniel Bryan. You know what to do…  

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Moolah Allegations

So 9 women I believe who has worked with Moolah came out and said the stories aren't true along with the son of Sweet Georgia Brown saying the story was made up along with all the wrestlers saying they never experienced anything bad with Moolah. Was a mistake made in judgement? Perish the thought. However, ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X

The SmarK Retro Rant for Wrestlemania X – Live from Madison Square Garden. – Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler Owen Hart v. Bret Hart They trade takedowns to start and Owen whines about it while making the ropes. Owen gets his takedown and Bret puts him out of the ring, so Owen ... Read more

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Ronda

Please tell me you saw her amazing pair of ESPN interviews from yesterday. No ESPN in Canada.  What's the highlights of her amazing pair?  Did she at least have normal eye makeup?

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Be a good Scott

Please continue with ECW TV recaps. Maybe start with fall 1994 when things start to click slowly? Or January 1995? Pretty sure you'll enjoy the 95 shows alot more, with the usual (amazing) suspects featured regularly. Thank you! Hey, I'm fine with adding it to the rotation.  I just never know if people are gonna ... Read more

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WWF Madison Square Garden – April 22nd, 1991

April 22, 1991 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart Haku vs. The Dragon Heenan tells Gorilla the reason he’s not with Haku tonight is because Haku himself said he would take care of Steamboat with ease. They go back-and-forth to start. Haku ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – October 27, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: October 27, 2003 Location: Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, North Carolina Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Evolution is back to full strength and Goldberg is down to one ankle after last week. Batista made his return from a long injury layoff to collect the bounty on Goldberg. That sets HHH up ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling–01.04.94

The SmarK Rant for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling – 01.04.94 Wheel of Network randomness, turn turn turn. We’ll try some ECW today, although I CAN’T EVEN with the 93 stuff, so let’s start at the beginning of 1994, at the dawn of the Heyman era as it was starting to get more recognizable. I will ... Read more

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Wrestlemania snickers

Scott- man one week out and this mania has done zero to build interest. You've got one workrate match in styles v nak that could be good if given time, I guess reigns v lesnar is interesting from a booing roman to hell kinda way and Bryan returning is a stroke of luck ( but ... Read more

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The Evolution of the Undertaker

Hey Scott, You may hate this but I thought I’d send it your way just in case: https://ift.tt/2GDI2Ro. We design these costume evolution pieces from time to time, mostly of superheroes and video game characters. But with WM coming up, we thought it would be fun to look back at Undertaker’s personas.   Image Created ... Read more

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Post-WM NXT Callups

Hi Scott, There’s usually at least some buzz about the expected Post-WM callups (last year with Nakamura and Revival, 2016 with Enzo and Cass). This year, there doesn’t seem to be any concrete names ticketed for the main roster. Who do you see coming up? I would love to see Cien Almas get a shot, ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 27th March 2018

WWE 205 Live 27th March 2018 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Commentators: Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness No tournament matches this week, grapple fans, as Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali is all set for WrestleMania.  We do have a fatal 4 way scheduled for this broadcast, and goodness knows what else, so let’s get right to it! The ... Read more

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Smackdown and 205 Live Thread

Tonight!  Hopefully we find out what they’re doing with Daniel Bryan’s tag team situation at Wrestlemania.  Best guesses are Kane as a reunion of Team Hell No, or maybe Dolph Ziggler because he’s not doing anything anyway.  Or maybe they’ll be super efficient and just have Bryan be Strowman’s mystery partner.  Lots of possibilities! Also, ... Read more

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Roseanne

Hi Scott.  Are you as stoked for the return of Roseanne as I? Will we be getting more episode rants now? Maybe some Scott Sez reposts of your old rants as well? ​I had a lot of people e-mail about this tonight all at once.  I'll be watching, but I feel like maybe they should ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XIX

Taped from Charleston, SC Airdate:  June 22, 1992 (taped 6/16) Attendance: 4,600 (2,500 paid) Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Welcome to the first round of the NWA World tag team tournament. Who will advance to the quarterfinals? What else does “Cowboy” Bill Watts have in store? Let’s find out! Tony Schiavone, ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: In Your House 3

–Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are doing commentary and they are live from Saginaw, Michigan.  Lawler predicts that Owen Hart will become the new Intercontinental Champion, while Ross predicts that Yokozuna will win the Intercontinental title. –Opening Contest:  Savio Vega (12-2) pins Waylon Mercy (11-1) after a spinning heel kick at 7:06: McMahon ... Read more

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WE DESERVE IT!!! *clap-clap-clapclapclap*

The WWE Network will begin adding episodes of WCW Saturday Night next week to the Vault section for VOD viewing. The current plan is to add the remainder of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling TV in May. (411mania, pwinsider) Only took them 3 years to get around to what people had been asking for since day one. 

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania 11

The SmarK Retro Re-Rant for Wrestlemania XI – Live from Hartford, CT – Your hosts are Vinnie Mac and Jerry Lawler – Sure, this is one of the lesser Wrestlemanias, but of course the untimely death of Bam Bam Bigelow made it a natural tribute to him. The Allied Powers (Lex Luger & British Bulldog) ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 21st, 1991

April 21, 1991 From the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart In action this week are Jake Roberts, Mr. Perfect, Big Bossman, The Berzerker, and Bret Hart. Plus, the Nasty Boys as guests on the “Barber Shop” and more!   Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. ... Read more

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Final Four Hall of Fame – Last 4 in, first 4 out

With the Final four in basketball happening, and the Hall of fame happening, I was wondering who would be the last four people you would put in the Hall of fame, and also, who would be the first four you would omit. Seemed like a timely question, and one I have wanted to ask you ... Read more

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Jake Roberts – 1997

So I've been watching some Jake Roberts stuff from his return, back in 1996-1997. I always wondered why he just disappeared afterward the 97 Rumble but after reading it was because WWE brass wanted him to basically retire and get a job behind the scenes, I have to ask. If he hadn't relapsed and instead, ... Read more

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How will Big Steph go over Rousey at Mania?

Obviously Rousey needs to earn her dues in the WWE. How will Steph triumph at Mania? tap out or a KO? ​Kurt Angle will accidentally come out with his shoelaces tied together because he's a big moron, and trip and fall into Ronda, who then gets pedigreed and sells it for 10 minutes while HHH ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT–08.08.12

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 08.08.12 Hey, this was fun last time, let’s keep going with this for a bit. Taped from Orlando, FL Your hosts are Byron Saxton & William Regal & JR NXT title tournament quarterfinals: Michael McGillicutty v. Justin Gabriel Gabriel uses his speed and wrestles Michael down to start, and ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 27, 2018

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview https://ift.tt/2DWkhP2   NJPW Sakura Genesis Card Revealed The show will take place on 4/1. https://ift.tt/2G8gl3w   Major League Wrestling Signs TV Deal With beIN Sports https://ift.tt/2I7mz0l   TNA Classic Match You can watch AJ Styles vs. Booker T from the 2009 Sacrifice PPV  

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March Bashness 2018

Hey Scott,   Very surprising results for the Supreme 16 round of March Bashness. I had to get pretty creative to come up with some finishes for some of these matches. Some of them were literally a vote apart when I ended the voting. Hope you all enjoy and let’s see who makes it through ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania 12

The Netcop Retro Rant for Wrestlemania XII – For those who have read the original rant from 1996 and cringed as much as I do when I read it, here’s a version that DOESN’T suck… – Live from Anaheim, CA. Original airdate March 31, 1996 – Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler. – ... Read more

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All In Question

Hi Scott, I know you mentioned you didn't see the main event from tonight's New Japan show, but it was quite the emotional and crazy train wreck (in a good way) match.  If a rematch is done at the Cody/Bucks' All In show later this year,  do you think they can get a legit 10,000 ... Read more

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Ultimate challenge…

One good Dino Bravo match. Any time, any gimmick. Go. You can’t do it, can you? ​I hate to kill the gimmick, but a 5 second search on the Network reveals 20 pages of Dino Bravo matches, and off the top of my head a few of them could be classified as "good".  There's Bravo ... Read more

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Ambitious Crossover!

You'd think it'd be more newsworthy that the same game could have Daniel Bryan, Elias, Sheamus, Erick Rowan, and yet still have Marty Scurll front and center. ​Well, according to the logo, they're having a ***** match at least.  Having not even played Far Cry 4 yet, it'll probably be a while before I get ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 20, 1991

April 20, 1991 From the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. Piper goes on an angry rant about DiBiase & Sensational Sherri before tossing his crutch aside as Piper states he will lean on DiBiase going forward. They made it clear we are ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–07.18.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 07.18.94 Taped from Bushkill, PA. Your hosts are Jim Ross & Randy Savage Intercontinental title: Diesel v. Lex Luger One of the advantages of the squash era is that you’d frequently get cool matches like this where they’ve never really interacted before and thus it’s a totally ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 26th, 2018

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2GcGSZI   WWE Weekend Live Event Notes https://ift.tt/2GpeQxg   Katsuyori Shibata States He Is Not Retired https://ift.tt/2GpeQxg   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazuchika Okada from 4/9/17

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 14th, 1991

April 14, 1991 From the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV. Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart. This week, we will see the debut of the “Barber Shop.” In action are the Legion of Doom, Col. Mustafa, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Mountie, and The Rockers.   Legion of Doom vs. Pez ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania 13

The Netcop Retro Rant for Wrestlemania 13 – Here’s an interesting bit: Before Zen’s copy of WM13, there’s a copy of Bret Hart’s tirade from Albany where he loses to Sid and then goes off on a curse-filled rant about getting screwed while Vince looks on. Eerily prescient of what would happen at Survivor Series ... Read more

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Speaking of Ventura…

Scott, Was there any reason Jesse Ventura kept refering to Gorilla Monsoon as "Gino"? Was he trying to be a superheel by using his real name, or was he merely an airhole? I think it was just a term of endearment on his part.  

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Greatest Super Heavyweight

Hey Scott, who do you think is the greatest Super Heavyweight in terms of workrate? I know some of the easy ones I think, Vader, Bam Bam. I have never seen early Andre, but I am watching Yokozuna and now that I am older, I see that he had a decent moveset. I also watched ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E22–“Mask vs. Mask”

The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E22 “Mask vs. Mask” Your hosts are Matt Striker & Vampiro Dario Cueto wants the Trios title to be a very important one, so Prince Puma is going to compete in it and will need to find two partners. Oh, and also, he’s defending the Lucha Underground title against ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens showed up at WWE’s live event in Trenton last night. Jimmy Jacobs is making more money than ever before. NJPW Strong Style Evolved is this evening on AXS and NJPW World and is headlined by the Young Bucks vs. Golden Lovers. Now talk, heathens!

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ECW on Sci-Fi #99 04/22/2008

We’re in Greensboro, NC and tonight we get a special edition of The Cutting Edge. Tommy Dreamer & Kelly Kelly vs. Mike Knox & Layla Adamle sounds a bit more natural and knows now not to talk over the announcer so we’re making progress. Years later and Kelly & Knox are still feuding. Kelly starts ... Read more

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Wrestlemania 2000 main event/backlash question

After your reading your rant on the Wrestlemania 2000 main event and rewatching backlash with Rock going over HHH finally, why in their right minds didn’t they just do that at Wrestlemania? You had the overbooked smoz, Austin’s big return, wouldn’t that have been a much better ending to Wrestlemania?  I think Austin was literally ... Read more

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I’m onboard…

…for the Daniel Bryan show, but, I can't help but have a massive knot in my throat after throwing himself around the ring on Smackdown. Doesn't he owe it to the fans to just take it a little easy for the next month or so? He's got this incredible second-chance we really didn't think was ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania XIV

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Wrestlemania XIV – Live from Boston, MA, 03/29/1998 – Your hosts are JR & The King. – Quick word of explanation here, as I wanted the Michaels-Austin match review for the book, but the original live rant of this show wasn’t up to what I’d consider acceptable standards. And ... Read more

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What If? Bryan vs Lesnar

So all we know about Brock’s contract is it ends after Mania and, according to Meltzer, he can’t do anything outside of the WWE (without permission) until sometime in August. I’m not going to ask “does it make sense to leverage giving Brock a UFC match and have him job at Summerslam to Bryan”, because ... Read more

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Arolucha, owned by fans?

Scott, I read a story earlier today about how Arolucha is planning to sell equity in the promotion to fans. The same story also reported that Rey Mysterio Jr is a co-owner of the promotion. They hav a page on wefunder.com with different tiers you can buy into. Oh and apparently the promotion has a ... Read more

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Brock Failure

Hey Scott, With Lesnar possibly leaving after WM, is it fair to say that, at the end, his run was essentially a failure? WWE has given him UT's streak (which could've gone directly to Roman), put him over their ENTIRE locker room, made him look like a king in all ways and, at every turn, ... Read more

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Women’s Tag Team Tournament

I'm sure your inbox is filled with Daniel Bryan e-mails, so maybe this could be a nice break.  After watching the WWE24 Women's Empowered special on the network, it reminded me just how deep the women's division is right now. I know you hate more belts/championships/titles, but I think the women's division would benefit from ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–01.16.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 01.16.82 And now, the DREAM MATCH show! Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts Brian Blair v. The Monk Blair controls with a headlock and slugs away into a slam, and it turns out we’re missing a show, as the January 9 show had a Ted Dibiase ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Bray Wyatt’s “empty vessel” has been tracked down, you’ll be relieved to know. Here’s the Ultimate Deletion aftermath. AJPW’s first major show for their new streaming service takes place early tomorrow morning. Here’s the card.  Ahead of tomorrow night’s Strong Style Evolved, here’s a relevant Paste Magazine article: Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi’s Relationship Is a ... Read more

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A challenge for you

15 good Brutus Beefcake matches.  Any gimmick, any type of match.  Go. ​- vs. Bulldogs at WM2 – vs. Rougeaus at the Big Event – vs. Rougeaus at WM3.   – vs. Rude on SNME – vs. Savage on SNME – vs. Perfect at WM6 – Summerslam 89 main event – 2/3 falls match vs. Bulldogs ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

Speaking to Newsweek regarding his assessment of Daniel Bryan, neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Cantu said that “Bryan is currently asymptomatic, has a normal detailed neurological and cognitive neuropsychological examination, normal EEG, and an MRI that showed no definite evidence of a prior brain injury.” Molly Holly is to induct Ivory into the WWE Hall of Fame. Ahead of ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 23, 1995

–Vince McMahon recaps how Henry Godwinn has been on a “slopping spree” in recent weeks and chronicles his battles with the Million Dollar Corporation. –McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross are in the booth and concluding the tapings in Erie, Pennsylvania. –Opening Contest:  Bam Bam Bigelow & Henry Godwinn wrestle Kama & Tatanka (w/Ted DiBiase) ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania XV

The Netcop Retro Rant for Wrestlemania XV You people never cease to amaze me. Over the weekend, my mailbox was pretty much filled with one of two kinds of e-mails: – What will I/what did I think of the “new” Nitro? – Why was there no Wrestlemania XV rant? The first one I can answer ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 13th, 1991

April 13, 1991 From the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage This week, the Ultimate Warrior is the guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” In action are the Nasty Boys, Texas Tornado, The Berzerker, and Bret Hart.   Texas Tornado vs. Black Knight Black ... Read more

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New Paperback: KB’s WWE Grab Bag

Over the years WWE has aired a lot of pay per views and major shows. You’ve probably seen most of the big ones, be it Wrestlemania, the Royal Rumble, Summerslam or Survivor Series. Those shows are always hyped up and treated as the biggest shows of the year but what about the other shows? Just ... Read more

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TV Title

Hey Scott, I guess WWE had pulled it together and they have a good card for mania. I have a question. Why hasnt WWE brought back the TV Title?  The title could be defended across all brands. I know adding a 3rd midcard title doesnt make much sense, but if you defend across the 4 ... Read more

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Brock Lesnar/UFC

I was listening to a Podcast with Chael Sonnen and Chris Jericho recently. Jericho asked Sonnen if he believes Brock can just return to UFC despite what happened with the testing right away. Sonnen said that Brock would not be able to fight for 14 months from the date he signs with UFC so therefore ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT–08.01.12

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 08.01.12 Hey, why not. I left off in July 2012, so let’s pick these up again for fun with the NXT title tournament about to begin. For those keeping track, this is unsurprisingly the point where the show actually gets a direction. Taped in Orlando, FL Your hosts are ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 23rd, 2018

ESPN.com Interview With The Young Bucks http://ift.tt/2ujhKPq   Ex-NFL Punter Pat McAfee to Join the NXT Takeover: New Orleans Kickoff Show http://ift.tt/2IKVbpK   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can watch AJ Styles vs. Matt Sydal vs. Austin Aries vs. Jack Evans from 3/31/06

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Missed opportunity – Bryan VS Roman

So we know they are higher on Roman Reigns than they ever were on Daniel Bryan. Well, they blew their opportunity. They should've have Roman win the match against Brock, then do the over the top celebration and have a bunch of legends come out to congratulate him. Then, as Daniel Bryan congratulates him, have ... Read more

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Austin Turn: Did you know?

Hey Scott,   Lots of love for WM X7. Did you know beforehand that Austin was going to turn? Did Meltzer or anyone else report it in advance? And whether or not you knew before, what was your reaction in the moment?   Thanks ​Yeah, everyone had known since around Royal Rumble I wanna say, ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Main Event

Hi Scott, Does DBry's announcement change the main event of Mania this year? I'm not saying he should be in it. Much to my dismay, the tag match with Shane, Sami, and KO actually makes a lot of narrative sense and a tag match is a solid way to hide rust. But if DBry is ... Read more

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March Bashness 2018 Supreme 16

Hey Scott,   Just in time for the Sweet 16 today, here’s the latest with March Bashness 2018. There were some surprises for sure especially with one bracket losing its No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. I had some fun figuring out how some of these teams would advance. I’ll be curious to see what ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania 2000

The SmarK Retro Rant for Wrestlemania 2000 (XVI) – Live from Anaheim, CA. – Your hosts are JR & King. – This is one reason why the WWF was always better at certain things than WCW was – for instance, I don’t remember most of 1999-2000, so their constant video packages actually make it easy ... Read more

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Brian Pillman II

http://ift.tt/2FX5QQI My editor at Sporting News, the esteemed Joe Rivera, interviewed the son of Brian Pillman, who is now breaking out on his own as a wrestler. Also, be sure to check out my new column this morning, about five wrestlers who suffered career-ending injuries, and then came back anyway.  Because wrestling.  Fair warning:  I ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 7th, 1991

April 7, 1991 From the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Jim Neidhart In action this week are The Undertaker, The Dragon, British Bulldog, Earthquake, and Texas Tornado   British Bulldog vs. Jeff Sword Heenan calls Bulldog “flea infested.” Bulldog slams Sword around then we hear from Mr. ... Read more

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#MakeJobbersGreatAgain

If WWE is going to build guys to lose to put someone over, why can't they be built like Kassius Ohno? The guy is basically NXT's resident loser but at the end of every match he's in I feel like he's actually ENHANCING talent unlike other guys like Curt Hawkins who I don't even know ... Read more

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Working with the Flairs

;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;float:none;display:inline”>Hey Scott, I doubt you have time anymore to check out the gluttony of wrestling books, but I'd highly recommend Second Nature. Co-author Brian Shields talked with The Wrestling Estate about working with Ric Flair and Charlotte and the 10-year anniversary of Ric's WWE retirement. Charlotte found it very helpful to journal before speaking with ... Read more

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Daniel Bryan’s Future

Hi Scott, According to Meltzer, WWE plans on Daniel Bryan working close to a full-time schedule. If he is able to get through these next few months without an injury, how do you think he should be used? He pretty much solidified himself as WWE's top babyface in his first night back. They have to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Smoky Mountain Wrestling–02.19.94

The SmarK Rant for Smoky Mountain Wrestling – 02.19.94 Hey, something different for a Thursday. Even though this is being written on Wednesday. You know what I mean. Anyway, these are all over the 94 Observers, so we might as well cover what’s on the Network, since it’s a pretty limited selection for whatever reason. ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Smackdown hit an eleven-month high in the ratings last night Edge & Christian will be inducting the Dudley Boys into WWE’s Hall of Fame Zack Sabre Jr. is your New Japan Cup winner and will face Kazuchika Okada on April 1st Also, NXT! You know what to do…

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Monday Night Raw – October 20, 2003

Monday Night Raw Date: October 20, 2003 Location: Casey Plaza, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s still all about Goldberg and the bounty but this time he has a slightly better opponent with Shawn Michaels getting his shot. We’re also getting ready for Survivor Series in a few weeks, meaning things should ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X-7

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X-7 – Live from Houston, TX – Your hosts are Jim Ross & Paul Heyman – So this is it, the peak of North American wrestling and the point from which you can draw a clear line downwards again, quality-wise. This is the start of the current “Stadium ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Beach Blast ’92

Live from Mobile, AL Airdate: June 20, 1992 Attendance:  5,000 Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Can Cactus Jack defeat WCW World champion Sting in a falls-count-anywhere match? Who will win the 30-minute Iron Man challenge? Oh, and there’s stuff going down in WCW, too? Let’s find out! **BREAKING NEWS** On 5/18, ... Read more

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Repost: The Mirror Universe rant

2002 / 52 HcraM – TnaR WAR KramS EhT Is that a black hole over there? I’ll just take a peek and …. aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh! The SmarK RAW Rant – March 25 2002 – Live from Penn State. – Your hosts are JR & Lawler, who both appear to have evil goatees. Huh. Funny how I ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 6th, 1991

April 6, 1991 From the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL. Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage In action this week are the Big Bossman, Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, The Rockers, and Mr. Perfect. Plus, The Undertaker as guest on the “Funeral Parlor.”   Big Bossman vs. Keith Steinborn Bossman beats ... Read more

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“Serious” moments in wrestling you laughed at?

What moments in wrestling that were supposed to be serious did you end up laughing at?  My all time favorite was around 2009 when HHH and Randy Orton were building up their Wrestle-Mania match on Raw.  Orton DDT'ed Big Steph in the ring and HHH made the save.  As Orton stood at the top ... Read more

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Newest missed mania moment?

Wouldn't it have been better to keep Bryan being cleared underwraps until mania when we'd hear his music playing as he's announced as Braun's partner? Seems like that'd have been a mania moment for sure. Definitely, but that's not how they do business any more.  

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Serious Moments you laughed at?

What moments in wrestling that were supposed to be serious did you end up laughing at?  My all time favorite was around 2009 when HHH and Randy Orton were building up their Wrestle-Mania match on Raw.  Orton DDT’ed Big Steph in the ring and HHH made the save.  As Orton stood at the top ... Read more

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New main event star for NJPW

So… I guess saying no to the WWE contract was a good idea Having beaten Naito, Sanada, Ibushi and Tanahashi clean, would you say if he did end up in the WWE now, he would be on an AJ Styles level of push? ​Somehow I don't think so.  ​

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Did NJPW force WWE to clear Bryan?

It seems crazy that WWE would clear him now, just as his contract is expiring and the whole world thought he'd end up in New Japan. Do you think WWE cleared him, in any part, because of that? It has to be annoying Vince that NJPW World is gaining subscribers in the US while his ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–01.16.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.16.82 OK, we’re now caught up with Mid-South, so now I can start alternating between Bill Watts and Jim Crockett! Between this and Daniel Bryan returning, I’m in jaded wrestling geek HEAVEN. Taped from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Bob Caudle & David Crockett Roddy Piper joins ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 20th March 2018

WWE 205 Live 20th March 2018 Dallas, Texas Commentators: Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness We round out the semi-finals of the Cruiserweight Title tournament tonight, grapple fans, as Mustafa Ali tussles with Drew Gulak for a spot against Cedric Alexander on the WrestleMania pre-show.  Last week’s bout between Alexander and Roderick Strong was a 205 ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – September 18, 1995

–Clips of the end of last week’s British Bulldog-Razor Ramon match are shown, along with the 1-2-3 Kid’s challenge to Razor Ramon for a match on tonight’s show. –Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Canton, Ohio.  This is our last RAW before In Your House 3. ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWE Wrestlemania X-8

The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X-8 – Live from the Center of the Universe. – Your hosts are JR & King – Saliva starts us out by wasting 5 minutes that could have been used for another match. Hey, I like Saliva, but I don’t pay to see bands doing live versions of ... Read more

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SWS/WWF Wrestle Dream in Kobe – April 1, 1991

April 1, 1991 From the Ariake Coliseum in Kobe, Japan Kunichi Oya vs. Masao Orihara Orihara is much skinnier than his opponent but despite that manages to take control early. Oya avoids a senton then stomps away. He grounds Orihara with an armbar then takes him back down and locks on the STF. Orihara breaks ... Read more

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