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Furface questions

Hey Scott, I was on a friend's podcast and we were talking 1990 WWF when one of his co-hosts asked some questions about "Furface" — aka, Brutus Beefcake in a silly mask doing run-ins after some of the syndie matches.  I figured you'd know better than I, so: 1) Did they ever give him a ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – March 25, 1995

–Footage of Vader and Ric Flair beating up Dave Sullivan on last week’s show is aired.  The video package also hypes tonight’s Randy Savage-Avalanche main event and Sergeant Craig Pittman. –Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This show occurred on March 8 and, according to the ... Read more

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WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – November 14, 1992

November 14, 1992 From the Hullman Center in Terre Haute, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan   WWF Tag Team Title Match: Money Inc. (c) w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Ultimate Maniacs The Maniacs come out running to the ring and end up cleaning house. We then see Heenan use the “Brain Scan” ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – November 29, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: November 29, 2018 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gaming Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re getting closer and closer to Homecoming and that could mean some interesting build as the final few weeks remain. Considering the last two episodes of the year are going to be Best Of ... Read more

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The Jax Job

Scott,   What are the chances that it turns out Nia was following Vince’s orders.  He mistakenly sees money in Charlotte and as a result we have the Kansas City Screwjob and turns out Nia was just doing what’s best for business?  I have a hard time associating “Nia Jax” and “best for business” together. ... Read more

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What Was Up With Starrcade?

So I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to watch an old Starrcade to see what Flair and company were up to while I was watching survivor series as a kid. So I started going through your rants to see what was the best card to watch and what was up with Starrcade? Iron man tournament? ... Read more

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The next wrestler to break into the mainstream

Hey Scott,   It's been about 20 years since someone in wrestling has broken through and brought it into the mainstream and make it cool again.  My question for you is do you think that Becky is capable of getting there?  She's on fire right now and with the Smackdown rating going up because of ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems (and Other Stuff)–11.29.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems (and Other Stuff) – 11.29.18 Only one addition to the Hidden Gems, so we’ll have to see what we can find elsewhere to fill out this week’s entry. But first, we journey back to Houston in 1983… The Common Man’s Best Friend Dusty Rhodes & Junkyard Dog ... Read more

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Good matches that lasted too long?

Was there ever a good match in which you thought the time being long actually worked against it being great?  I remember on a Raw in 2003, HHH and Shawn Michaels fought for the World Title.  The match was decent, but there were too many slow spots throughout the contest for it to be considered great, ... Read more

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: November 29, 2018

If you’re an NFL fan, New Orleans/Dallas is the Game of the Week of the Day. On Impact, it’s Willie Mack and Rich Swann facing the Lucha Bros, while Jordynne Grace rematches with Katarina. As always, after the jump we look at the indie weekend. Here’s your roundup of off-the-radar wrestling: CMLL Super Viernes is ... Read more

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Charlotte Grimey

As a fan of the Simpsons, please tell me you saw Beckys Instagram story of using Frank Grimes mental breakdown to make fun of Charlotte for copping her character. Yup! Feud builds certainly are different than when I was a young ‘un. 

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 15th, 1992

November 15, 1992 Well, technically this show aired on 11/14 in Boston show it had the featured match. Shows that aired on the 15th saw a replay of the Shawn/Bulldog match at “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” From the Agridome in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. They run down the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – November 14th, 1992

November 14, 1992 From the Saskatchewan Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect   WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Repo Man vs. British Bulldog (c) Perfect calls Bulldog an egomaniac. We start off on the mat as Bulldog takes control with an armbar. Vince brings up Bulldog’s match against Bret ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: November 29, 2018

Silas Young Update Silas has been offered a new three-year deal to remain with Ring of Honor that he is expected to sign. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Kingston Whig Standard Article on Tyson Kidd https://ift.tt/2FHYYqu   PWG Smokey and the Bandido Trailer

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–01.10.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 01.10.99 OK, so let’s face it, I was going to have to lobotomize myself with a Black & Decker cordless drill if I had to sit through any more of early 99 RAW, but I was still mostly enjoying Heat because it was: a) Fast-paced enough ... Read more

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Terry Funk/Ric Flair Feud in ’89

Especially with what they did with the Iron Man Tournament at Starrcade, would it have made sense to put the NWA Title on Terry Funk when he first fought Flair at GAB'89, and played the feud until December and blow it off at Starrcade '89 instead of having Flair win at the Bash, Halloween Havoc ... Read more

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nWo Wolfpac and Black and White factions

Speaking of the nWo, I was always curious why they split the group up into 2 factions in 1998 with the Wolfpac and the Black and White?  Was there any long term endgame here, or was it just another case of WCW being WCW?   Double the groups, double the merchandise.  The white shirts stopped ... Read more

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NWO Nitro followup

Ok, I’m genuinely confused. The PPV concept I get because it was “co-branded” with NWO guys fighting WCW guys. But separating NWO nitro and WCW thunder makes no sense as NWO was created to fight WCW. So what matches would’ve taken place? Hogan vs. Nash in thumb wrestling while bischoff cackled on commentary? You're giving ... Read more

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Sheiky breaks his leg

Hey Scott, Alternate history question: Iron Sheik takes Verne's money, breaks Hulk leg & then walks out with the title. What happens next? I assume WWF's first move is to sue AWA out of existence immediately. No way any of that is legal. Sheik's going to jail too. But what of WWF? With no Hulk, ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – June 28, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: June 28, 2004 Location: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler With less than two weeks to go, it’s time to get focused on Vengeance. As it turns out, last week’s main event had no bearing on the pay per view as HHH is getting his World Title shot ... Read more

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NXT – November 28, 2018

NXT Date: November 28, 2018 Location: San Jose State University Event Center, San Jose, California Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s a special show this week as the talent was given a week off from tapings with this show filmed before Takeover: WarGames II. As usual, NXT knows how to set things up ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 8th, 1992

November 8, 1992 From the Agridome in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   We start off with the end of Kamala vs. Tatanka from last week’s “Prime Time Wrestling” when Paul Bearer wheels out the coffin and The Undertaker pops up, sending Kamala through the crowd. After that we ... Read more

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NWO Nitro?

Is it true that the NWO was supposed to take over Nitro beginning in January of 1998 while WCW wrestlers would be on the new Thunder show, but plans changed when the NWO bombed in the ratings taking over a Nitro in December of 1997 as a sort of "dry run" to the NWO Nitro?  ... Read more

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The Wednesday Night Thread

Oh hey!  It’s Wednesday night, which means it’s NXT and all the UK shows associated therein! For those who didn’t pick up on it, the Mid-South rant from this morning contains a special bonus rant for the season premiere of the Edge & Christian show. Enjoy all the hockey and basketball and stuff!  

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NXT UK – November 28, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK Date: November 28, 2018 Location: NEC Arena, Birmingham, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness You can always get something out of a guaranteed new champion and that’s what we have tonight. We’ve got the finals of the NXT UK Women’s Title tournament with Rhea Ripley facing off with Toni Storm for the title. ... Read more

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NXT UK – November 28, 2018 (First Episode)

NXT UK Date: November 28, 2018 Location: NEC Arena, Birmingham, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness It’s time for a title match as Jordan Devlin has challenged Pete Dunne for the NXT UK Title and gets his shot here. It’s not like there is anyone else to get the shot at the moment so they ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 7th, 1992

November 7, 1992 From the Saskatchewan Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect This week, Money Inc. defends the Tag Team Titles against Jack Tunney. Also in action are The Headshrinkers and the debut of Damian Demento.   Max Moon vs. Louie Spicolli Moon works over Spicolli to start ... Read more

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What to do with Savage if Hogan-Warrior II had happened

So hypothetically mania 7 happens with Warrior vs Hogan on top. What do you do with Savage on this card? What's a good match for him? Do you still do Warrior vs Savage at the rumble, but minus the career stip yet still have all the post match stuff happen like the Liz reunion? Does ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–01.28.84

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 01.28.84 …and something else.  This is what you call a “contrast in styles.”  You’ll see. Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Bill Watts TONIGHT! The Midnight Express finally get their shot at Magnum TA & Wrestling II…but in a non-title match. So we cut ... Read more

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Character Development Feuds

Hi Scott, hope you are well. I was recently watching a Randy Savage-George Steele match (don't ask), and although their matches were often maligned, that feud did a fantastic job of establishing and cementing the characters of both Savage and Elizabeth, and the dynamic between them. The Savage-Steele feud really does deserve to be decently ... Read more

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Jobber Mark Fleming!

Scott,  Long time, first time. The 1/19/85 Mid-Atlantic show had the Ivan Koloff v. Mark Fleming match.  Fleming's from Virginia and owns a gym that's next door to the office where I used to work.  He's a really nice guy and his book "It's Wrestling Not Rasslin'" was surprisingly good.  He writes a lot about ... Read more

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Loose Cannon question

Something me and a pal were wondering: I know after the Pillmanizing of the ankle and the gun angle, Brian Pillman was out with the bad ankle and they couldn't do him vs. Austin then. But how come by Summerslam, when Pillman was back in action, did they not go with Austin vs. Pillman? You'd ... Read more

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Smackdown – November 27, 2018

Smackdown Date: November 27, 2018 Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton It’s a night of returns this week as both AJ Styles and Becky Lynch are scheduled to appear, at least according to the preview. Of course the preview was rather wrong last week so you never know what ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 1, 1992

November 1, 1992 From the Agridome in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week, we will see El Matador vs. Razor Ramon. And, we are doing a simulcast of the Tag Team Title match that we saw on “Superstars”   We see a replay of the Tag Team Title ... Read more

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What makes NXT work?

Bro, So I watch NXT every week but won't waste my time with RAW or Smackdown.  What single factor do you think that NXT that makes it more worthwhile and is there anything that the main shows can learn and apply from that? – One hour a week with compact list of stars – Stars ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – March 25, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Schiavone narrates pictures of the action that took place at Uncensored. –Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (10-3-1) pins Butch Long after Dreamland at 1:50: Badd gets the crowd going with his energetic offense and Long is so dazed he never ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – October 31st, 1992

October 31, 1992 From the Saskatchewan Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. And, they cut live to Bobby Heenan & Gorilla Monsoon on “Wrestling Challenge” as they will be announcing the Tag Team Title match. This simulcast coverage of the Tag match was unique and made it feel ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–01.19.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.19.85 Taped from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver We get a clip of some kind of “battle royal” as a cold open. What a crazy idea! Anyway, this is never mentioned again or followed up on. Steve Casey v. Jeff Sword This ... Read more

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Most “rebook-worthy” show of all time?

Is it Starrcade 89? What were Herd, Ross and Flair thinking here?? Got a stacked roster filled with amazing alltime greatest workers and teams, and overexpose them with an overly complicated meaningless tournament in front of an indifferent small crowd and few PPV buyers? It's certainly way up there.  King of the Ring 95 is ... Read more

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Best Year Ever?

So at the Takeover specials this year, Johnny Wrestling has a 6 star match, two 5 star matches, a 4 3/4, and a 4 1/2, for a freaking ridonkulous average of just over 5 stars.   Is this the best year ever for a WWE wrestler in terms of in-ring performance? For any American wrestler ever? ... Read more

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Survivor Series on Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving eve

Did Survivor Series do decent buyrates when the WWF held it on Thanksgiving/Thanksgiving eve back in the day?  The last one I remember them holding on Thanksgiving eve was 1994, and from then on it was the Sunday before or after Thanksgiving.   Dude, I'm Canadian, Thanksgiving is in October for me. I have no ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 09-13-1993

Live from New York, NY Airdate: September 13, 1993 Attendance: 1,200 (sold out) Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Can the Steiners hold off the challenge of the Quebecers? What does Doink have in store for us this week? Let’s find out! Opening montage. Match 1 for the ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – November 26, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: November 26, 2018 Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re coming up on TLC and the card is already starting to come into focus. Last week saw two big matches set up and you can imagine some more taking place tonight. We also don’t know ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great (American) Thanksgiving or just a wonderful weekend in general. RAW is live from somewhere and the focal point will be TLC with Dean-Rollins and Braun-Corbin being the two matches announced so far. Titans-Texans is the Monday night pigskin game and it won’t have the same hype ... Read more

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Six of the Best – Starrcade matches from the 80’s

I decided to cut Starrcade down into an 80’s and 90’s section, just because there were so many matches to select from and I wanted to give them their fair due. As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave ... Read more

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‘Classic’ Matches

Hey Scott Are there any matches that are considered all time classics or matches of the year that you don't personally enjoy as much as everyone else due to personal taste or just not seeing what the big deal is? For me it's always been Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio from Halloween Havoc 97. Don't ... Read more

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Hoss Dream Team

If you could team up any two workers for the ultimate hoss tag team, how would you pick?  I’m leaning toward Vader and Dr. Death.  The brutality would be spectacular. Stan Hansen & Meng v. Vader & Jesse Barr in a match where you just know someone's gonna lose an eye.  

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – October 26th, 1992

October 26, 1992 Vince McMahon is your host. Panelists include: Hillbilly Jim, Jim Duggan, Mr. Perfect, and Bobby Heenan   “Terrific” Terry Taylor vs. El Matador Gorilla Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes are your announcers for the Prime Time exclusive matches. This match took place at the 10/12 “Superstars” tapings in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It’s also ... Read more

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Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins

What's up Scott, so say we get the reported Lesnar-Rollins match at Mania. Word is they made use Roman's cancer during that fued as well so what are the chances were gonna get a repeat of Orton-Rey where Brock tells Rollins "when your boy fails at surviving this cancer, he isn't going up there, he's ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Starrcade 2018–11.25.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Starrcade 2018 – 11.25.18 Gotta love WWE still burying poor WCW 18 years later, taking their biggest show, which was the precursor for Wrestlemania, and burying it as a house show and afterthought taped one hour show. Taped from Cincinnati, OH Your hosts are Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton Elias ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 25th, 1992

October 25, 1992 From the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan We first see the clip of Bret Hart capturing the World Heavyweight Title. In action this week are Razor Ramon, High Energy, Shawn Michaels, and Kamala.   Tatanka vs. Red Tyler Tatanka works over Tyler as ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 2000

The SK Rant for WCW Starrcade 2000 – Well, it’s time for the grand-daddy of them all again, which is appropriate because most of the main eventers are grandfathers. – Live from Washington, DC. Home of President Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush Gore Bush. – Your hosts are Tony, Mark & Scott. So Madden ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 99

The Netcop Rant for Starrcade 1999 – There was a really good episode of WCW Saturday Night this week, featuring a couple of young guys in a good match for the point they’re at, along with a rockin’ little match between Chris Adams and Dean Malenko, and Kanyon was there, and Devon Storm and Booker ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 98

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Starrcade 98 – Has it really been 9 years since this atrocity? Oddly enough, I haven’t watched it since the original rant, so needless to say this one’s overdue for a redo. And that’s what WWE 24/7 is for! – Live from Washington, DC. – Your hosts are Tony, ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 97

– Live from Washington, DC – Your hosts are the usual Idiots. – Yes, it’s a WCW blitz as I desperately try to catch up on my tape orders before the Christmas mailing rush. (2011 Scott sez:  I actually used to make a pretty good supplemental income from tape trading, and I was one of ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1996

The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1996 – 12.29.96 It’s actually been 15 years since I did this one, so let’s give it another look. This was almost literally a one-match card as far as buildup goes and I remember very little of the undercard, even watching all the Nitros leading up to it on ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 95

The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1995 Well, we’ve apparently run out of RAW shows to review again, so we might as well just say fuck it and go back to WCW for a while. I was going to repost this one from years ago, but have you READ IT? UGH. So here’s a fresh ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 94

The Netcop Retro Rant for Starrcade 94 – Welcome to rock bottom, as Hogan’s egomania results in the main event of the biggest WCW show of the year involving Brutus Beefcake. To put things in perspective, this was during my WCW boycott period, and I didn’t even read the results of the show until about ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 93

The Netcop Retro Rant for Starrcade 93 – This beat goes on… – Flair history package starts us out. – Live from Charlotte, NC – Your hosts are Tony and Jesse. – Opening match: 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Bagwell v. Paul Roma & Paul Orndorff. Having recently read Foley’s book, I will never be ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 92

The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1992 – 12.28.92 Tonight! The 10th annual Starrcade ’92! Well, at least they understand the concept of an anniversary. Oh, also, the graphics in the opening video package have Barry Windham and Brian Pillman mixed up. Because they apparently look SO MUCH alike. Live from Atlanta, GA, drawing 8000 ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 91

The Netcop Retro Rant for Starrcade 91 • Live from Norfolk, Virginia. • Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross. The Lethal Lottery: • Opening match: Michael Hayes & Tracy Smothers v. Marcus Bagwell & Jimmy Garvin. The first inherant flaw with this idea comes out right away: Bagwell was a raw rookie at ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 10/28/2008 #125

”In memory of SD Jones” starts the show and in a touching tribute Teddy Long appears dressed as Ron Burgundy. He runs down the card then calls himself a moron due to Hornswoggle messing with the teleprompter. Oh wait I’ve missed out on Cyber Sunday, let’s go back a bit (I wanted Teddy as Ron ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread

Welcome to day 2 of the Starrcade countdown here on the blog! So I don’t know what the hell happened, but Black Friday and yesterday combined for the biggest two days in the history of the blog, by far.  Any version.  So thanks to everyone for making that happen! Yesterday was Starrcade 2018, with the ... Read more

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Great American Bash 2004

Great American Bash 2004 Date: June 27, 2004 Location: Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia Attendance: 6,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We had to get here at some point and that’s not the most appealing thing in the world. The double main event will see JBL challenging Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Title in a Texas Bullrope ... Read more

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Smackdown – June 24, 2004

Smackdown Date: June 24, 2004 Location: TD Waterhouse Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for Great American Bash and while I would normally say that it’s going to be nice to get the show down….it’s the Great American Bash. Featuring murder! Or maybe murder! The big story coming out ... Read more

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Live Notes From Starrcade 2018

Sure why not. Last year, WWE brought back Starrcade in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, marking the first edition of the show in about seventeen years. Now it seems to be a tradition over Thanksgiving weekend (the show’s original time, at least in general) and I took in this year’s edition in the US Bank Arena in ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 90

(Ewwwww, another ancient rant with ugly formatting.  Add this one to the redo pile, I guess.)  The Netcop Retro Rant for Starrcade 90 • Live from St. Louis, Missouri. • Your hosts are Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously. • Opening match: Beautiful Bobby v. Tom Zenk. This is essentially Eaton’s solo debut. Zenk is ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 89

The Netcop Retro Rant for Starrcade 89 (Did I not redo this one when I was doing the Observer Flashbacks from the time?  I thought I did.  Oh well.)  – Onto the show…what do you get when you’ve had a banner year quality-wise, but blew off your biggest feud (Flair v. Funk) months earlier and ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 88

The SmarK Retro Rant for NWA Starrcade 88 This rant was really bugging me because it was originally written based on the chopped-up Turner Home Entertainment 120 VHS copy I’ve had forever. So most of the matches are edited to nothing and I wasn’t even doing match times at that point. However, thanks to the ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 87–Glory Bound

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’87: Chi-Town Heat: Glory Bound – 11.26.87 So this was of course Jim Crockett’s first big attempt to break into the PPV market, which was immediately scuttled by Vince McMahon with the creation of the Survivor Series on the same night Even two subtitles couldn’t save this one. Given ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 86–Night of the Skywalkers!

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’86: Night of the Skywalkers What the hell, let’s do it. People have been bugging me to do the full version on the WWE Network forever now anyway, and since we’re at that point in the Observer Flashbacks now is as good a time as any. As a note, ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 85

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 85: The Gathering – 11.28.85 Hey, why not. I had originally done all the World Championship Wrestling rants leading up to this one, but never got around to doing the full show. It still blows my mind that I can just wake up and have someone suggest I watch ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN: The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 84

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 84 – 11.22.84 (Originally written 05.28.18) True story: Some guy actually went to the trouble of finding my home number and called my house in 2004 asking me to review this show. I didn’t have a copy of the tape back then, but now there’s the Network and I’ve ... Read more

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STARRCADE COUNTDOWN 2018: The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 83

(Tonight is WWE STARRCADE 2018, with a special one hour version on the Network tomorrow, so today we’re gonna go STARRCADE CRAZY and run through them again!  Granted most of these were posted fairly recently, but it’s always new to someone.)  The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’83 (11.24.83) Live from Greensboro, NC, drawing 15447. ... Read more

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Strong Style STARRCADE Saturday Thread

Yup, tonight is a random WWE house show branded as STARRCADE 2018 and it’ll be cut up into a one hour special on the WWE Network, and I’m kind of mystified as to why they don’t just show the whole thing. Regardless, this weekend will be a CELEBRATION OF STARRCADE on the blog, as we’ll ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam 1993

Live from Auburn Hills, MI Airdate: August 30, 1993 Attendance: 14,100 Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Can Luger stand up for America and defeat Yokozuna for the WWF title? Who will be the sole King of the WWF? Will Michaels and Perfect provide us with a “classic” match? Let’s find out! ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ROH Man Up 2007

No real reason for this one other than the fact I haven’t reviewed any Ring of Honour on here yet and we’re coming up for the eleventh anniversary of this show, so I thought it would be fun to show how the wrestling landscape has changed since this event took place. I also liked the ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – March 25, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Gainesville, Georgia. –Opening Contest:  Brian Pillman (5-0) defeats Morgus Watson after the Atomic Blonde at 3:01: Watson wrestled on the independent circuit as Morgus the Maniac and he had the distinction of being the 500th ranked wrestler in ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – October 24, 1992

October 24, 1992 From the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect We see a clip of Bret Hart winning the title from Ric Flair.   Gene Okerlund welcomes Randy Savage & Ultimate Warrior to the interview platform. Savage tells Ric Flair & Razor Ramon that they are ... Read more

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Heard it all now

Prichard admitted on his podcast (Survivors 93 topic) that their ideas weren't hitting at that time, so business was in a down period (for quite some time too). This has got to be some kind of progress. Next thing you know, Bischoff might finally admit that Hogan used his creative control clause in WCW…or Russo ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–The Road to Starrcade 83 (And Other Stuff)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The Road To Starrcade! Another awesomely geeky set of additions to the Hidden Gems, this time featuring a pair of 1983 Starrcade preview matches from Mid-Atlantic! Battling the Brisco Brothers NWA World tag team titles: The Brisco Brothers v. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (07.09.83) So ... Read more

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bryan and the hyperbaric chamber

how great is daniel bryan using the hyperbaric chamber as a heel origin story!? that's some supervilain shit right there and let's him become as unhinged as possible without it seeming out of character. if we don't get an actual promo from him recovering in one of those things it's gonna all be a waste.  ... Read more

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Working With The Big Names

I have a unique question for you Scott. Who do you believe of all wrestlers current or old has worked with the most of the big names? I went with Big Show because instantly in WCW he became a main eventer and worked with Hogan, Savage, Flair, Hennig, Arn, Sting, Luger, Piper, Goldberg, Nash, Hall ... Read more

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Diesel 1995 Follow Up

Hey Scott, Long time reader. Semi regular emailer.  I like what you just laid out for fixing Diesel's title run in 1995.  When they took the title off him at the end of '95 his character got way better. He flipped off Bret Hart and the Undertaker and became less of a kiss ass. That ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – November 22, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: November 22, 2018 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gaming Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis It’s time for a holiday show and in this case, that might not be the best thing in the world. The biggest story tonight is going to be the turkey suit match, which is ... Read more

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The BLACK FRIDAY News Update

I’m up super-early for work today anyway, so here’s the Black Friday news! According to the latest Observer, a group called All Elite Wrestling has filed for various wrestling-related trademarks, including “Tuesday Night Dynamite” and a PPV called “Double or Nothing” that seems to be the natural fit for All In’s sequel. The group is ... Read more

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Lars Sullivan

I see Lars Sullivan has had vignettes on both Raw and Smackdown.  Any idea on what show he ends up on?   Mad Money?  The Conners as a wacky drinking buddy of Dan's?  NCIS?  The possibilities are endless!

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World Wrestling Manager

Hey Scott,We run a mobile wrestling game called World Wrestling Manager and we have partnered with real indy promotions to help showcase indy wrestling in our game. Do you think you can help us spread the word? Our game is currently available on Android and Apple app stores. It’s called World Wrestling Manager and let’s ... Read more

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: November 22, 2018

“God as my witness, I swear I thought turkeys could fly.” Speaking of turkeys, Impact will be running their 294th annual Loser Wears A Stupid Turkey Suit Match.  Also, we’ll find out what happens when the X Title is vacated due to Option C. Washington/Dallas is going on right now, with Atlanta/New Orleans to follow.  ... Read more

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The Non-Holiday Thursday Thread

I’m assuming Brian is off doing regular Thursday stuff on this normal Thursday, since Thanksgiving is in October and all. So for everyone working today on this normal weekday, stop and think about how you’re not thankful because it’s a completely regular workday. In celebration of Starrcade 2018 this weekend, here’s the Skywalkers match from ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–01.21.84

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 01.21.84 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Bill Watts & Boyd Pierce. Jim Cornette is here to once again brag about his mother’s money and how rich people don’t have to sweat. So we head back to an interview with TA & Wrestling II from last week, ... Read more

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(Fill in the Blank) Power!

Hey Scott– Since we're entering the Diesel era in your Observer recaps and Raw reviews, let's say you can predict what a flop his run is going to be. What do you differently? Give crazy Bob an actual run with the belt? Keep it on Bret or job him to someone else? Do the Diesel ... Read more

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Hulk Hogan in 1993

After they had Hulk Hogan win the WWF Title from Yokozuna after his match with Bret Hart at W.M. 9, why was Hogan out of the company so quickly after he dropped the title back to Yokozuna at King Of The Ring 1993?  Was he originally supposed to have been there longer than he was? ... Read more

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Rey Rey and the stupidity of the WWE

Hey Scott   I know you don't watch Raw or Smackdown weekly, but something happened on Tuesday that make me just pity Corey Graves for having to say it.  The main event was Rey vs Orton and Orton started pulling on the mask finally ripping it off Rey.  Rey obviously is covering his fave and ... Read more

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Injury bug

So we got Braun Roman Becky Alexa Jordan Matt Hardy HHH Harper Bray Owens Zayn Sin Cara Rowan Fandango Goldust Zelina I probably forgot one or ten guys/gals missing (AJ disappeared since his title loss a week ago)…holy schmoly, what's going on? Oh man, someone better find Nia Jax and track her whereabouts for the ... Read more

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NXT UK – November 21, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK Date: November 21, 2018 Location: NEC Arena, Birmingham, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’re at the semifinals of the tournament now and that means we should be getting to the final in another week or two. Other than that it’s…well fallout from whatever happened an hour ago which the announcers, who aren’t ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – June 21, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: June 21, 2004 Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s a big night here, at least in a way, as HHH is facing Eugene with a shot at Chris Benoit at Vengeance on the line. I’m not sure what happens if Eugene wins but I’m sure ... Read more

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NXT UK – November 21, 2018 (First Episode)

NXT UK Date: November 21, 2018 Location: NEC Arena, Birmingham, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness It’s time for another double shot as we continue to try and get through all the old tapings, even though there’s another taping scheduled for this weekend. Apparently I’m not allowed to complain about such things though so we’ll ... Read more

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NXT – November 21, 2018

NXT Date: November 21, 2018 Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson After everything that went down on Saturday, it’s time for a little breather. That tends to be the best thing that you can get the week after Takeover and that’s even better the day before a holiday. ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

It’s Wednesday, and that means NXT and British NXT!  Tommy has the recaps shortly. This week’s Hidden Gems are from a Mid-Atlantic house show, so I’m all over that tomorrow. In the spirit of Black Friday, I’ll drop the price of the rant archives to $10 for the next 48 hours!  So if you’d like ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 18th, 1992

October 18, 1992 From the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   We are shown the Bret Hart interview with Okerlund from Saskatoon the night he won the title, which was first shown on “Superstars.”   Back to the announcers as Heenan mentions on how any given ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: WWF Survivor Series 1995

In the most recent Six of the Best (Where I covered Survivor Series) a poster in the comments section mentioned that Survivor Series 95 had a lot of great matches and that they were upset it didn’t feature more on the list. Seeing as we’re still a couple of weeks away from December, it seems ... Read more

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Raw is #1, SD is #2 or lower

Every time they’ve ever done the brand supremacy thing, they’ve always balanced it out. Whether Bragging Rights, or Survivor Series, they always keep things somewhat level despite us knowing Raw is their main show. So why with a mammoth FOX deal approaching would they openly tout SD as an inferior brand with zero main card ... Read more

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MITB and G1

Hey Scott, Most of us are in agreement that the Money in the Bank concept is well past its sell by date.  My question to you then is would swiping the G1 concept and applying it freshen up the idea?  Say, winning the case gives you a guaranteed Rumble title shot, and you have to ... Read more

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Second Question

What weird bit of wrestling's whacky history are you obsessed with? For me, it's that mini-run that Animal had teaming with Crush after Hawk skipped out on the team to ride with the Hell's Angels.  Everything about that sentence just screams "drugs." On a related note, I'm eternally fascinated by the drug culture of the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – October 17th, 1992

October 17, 1992 From the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect We start off the show with the news of Bret Hart winning the World Heavyweight Title. That match took place on 10/12 at the “Superstars” tapings in Saskatoon and since that match was never shown on ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–01.12.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.12.85 Taped from somewhere in North Carolina. Your hosts are Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver Manny Fernandez v. David Dellinger The timeline for this match lists the jobber as “Danny Dillinger”. The Bull works the leg and just brutalizes this poor bastard with chops, then goes to ... Read more

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Smackdown – November 20, 2018

Smackdown Date: November 20, 2018 Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s the final night in Los Angeles and that means it’s probably time for the Shane McMahon Show. Since being swept by Raw on Sunday, Shane has promised big changes for the show and that could mean ... Read more

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Grabbing the brass ring

I thought that Jinder Mahal concussing Finn Balor on his way to the world title was an aberration, but seeing how Nia bashing Becky's brains in has somehow earned her another monster push, perhaps Samoa Joe should just show up on Smackdown and punch someone in the head?  Couldn't hurt to try at this point.

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Troll Era – Women’s edition

So in a week we went from Becky as the Austin like figure to having Charlotte beat up Ronda, and Nia win at Survivor Series. Knowing Vince’s penchant for trolling, what are the odds Becky Lynch finds herself in a pre show Mania battle royal?    Maybe she should foster a better relationship with Kevin ... Read more

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Wwe tone deafness

Scott- Last night's Raw not only referenced "corporate dismemberment" but Dean Ambrose basically said Karma gave Reigns leukemia. The second is just mean spirited and wrong but the first…really? That is just the height of being tone deaf. I feel like you're just setting Vince up to top himself with statements like that.  He can ... Read more

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HHH as a draw

Hi Scott, Quick question about everyone's favorite COO. Was HHH ever a legit draw for WWF/E? I tuned out during the Ruthless Aggression Era, so it could very well be that I missed the time when he was the true top draw in the WWE (unlike the Attitude Era where he was always behind Rock ... Read more

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The Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight!  It’s Smackdown after they lost 6-0 at Survivor Series and will now probably be thrown off FOX as a result.  Plus 205 Live gets taped and Mixed Match Challenge. RAW didn’t quite get as destroyed by football as thought, but it didn’t get much of a post-PPV bump either, so maybe we’ve finally found ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 11th, 1992

October 11, 1992 From the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Gene Okerlund is walking around the arena. He sees The Bushwhackers at the merchandise booth then Okerlund reminds them they have a match.   Gorilla comes marching into the announcers area like a Bushwhacker as ... Read more

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New Paperback: Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews

Sometimes, you just know you’re seeing something special. That was the case in 1997 when the WWF was in some real trouble. WCW was beating them from one side of the Monday Night Wars to the other but help was on the way. The stars of the past, present and future were coming together and ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Uncensored 1995

(Note:  I meant to get this up on Friday as per my usual Tuesday/Friday rotation.  However, taking the LSAT scuttled those plans.  So we resume 1995 WCW with this barn burner of a show…) –The opening video package reminds us that tonight there are no rules and the action we are about to see is ... Read more

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Question re Lesnar motivation

Hi Scott, In the two most recent Survivor Series Lesnar has had two absolutely brilliant matches that are well within ****1/2 territory. Why does he feel so motivated to deliver when pitted with guys he could easily sniff at in AJ and Bryan, yet against foes of similar stature like Ambrose, Rollins, even Strowman and ... Read more

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Women’s Mania Main Event

After what went down at Survivor Series, is the best course of action to do Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair in the WrestleMania main event?  All three deserve the distinction of being the first women to headline the big show, and it seems pretty simple to just have Charlotte win the Royal ... Read more

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The Celebrity Conundrum

Hey, Scott: Your 1997 Bash at the Beach write up got me thinking. You note how WCW erroneously thought Dennis Rodman – at the peak of his crossover, uh, “appeal” – would goose the buyrate numbers. Has there EVER been an event where a celebrity had the kind of demonstrably attributable positive impact on the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – October 10th, 1992

October 10, 1992 From the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect   The show starts off with a Survivor Series report hosted by Gene Okerlund. He announces the Survivor Series main event and that match is Razor Ramon & Ric Flair vs. Ultimate Maniacs. That match should ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: November 20, 2018

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview https://ift.tt/2QVWh5N   Braun Strowman Update Strowman is having surgery to deal with bone spurs in his elbow. There is a chance he could miss the TLC PPV but should be fine for his match against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio   Impact Wrestling Free ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Bash at the Beach 1997–07.13.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Bash at the Beach 1997 – 07.13.97 OK, after a week off, it’s time to get back on the Attitude Era Trolley, Jackson! As usual, I remember almost nothing about this show, so it’s all new to me. Live from Daytona Beach, FL, drawing a sellout 7851 and a disappointing ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV

Live from Daytona Beach, FL Airdate:  August 18, 1993 Attendance:  8,903 (2,400 paid) Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Will Vader retain against Smith? Can the Blonds keep their titles against the Horsemen? How will Steamboat fare against Orndorff for the TV title? Who will be Rhodes’ partner against Rude & Equalizer? ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – November 19, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: November 19, 2018 Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young It’s night three in Los Angeles and we’re on the side that won. Last night at Survivor Series, Raw completely swept Smackdown in the battle for brand supremacy. Therefore, you can expect a heck of ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a good weekend and those of us celebrating this holiday I hope everyone stays safe and has plenty of time to enjoy their families (or NOT being around their families). Had a great week of Network Specials. Takeover was expected to deliver and it did in spades. Personally ... Read more

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AJ’s contract

So there’s massive rumours that AJ Styles contract talks aren’t going great and his contract is due to end in a month or so. One of the (apparently) main reasons is his wish for less dates. There is also (again apparently) an offer on the table from NJPW. Now whether that is all true or ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – October 5th, 1992

October 5, 1992 Vince McMahon is your host. Panelists include: Hillbilly Jim, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Mr. Perfect, and Bobby Heenan. Matches this week include: Big Bossman vs. Papa Shango, Koko B. Ware vs. Shawn Michaels, and El Matador vs. Repo Man. Plus, The Undertaker is in action and an interview with Razor Ramon. The panelists ... Read more

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Ronda-did I miss something?

Watching the Ronda/Charlotte match and the post-match/crowd reaction I was getting the impression that I missed something.  Did Ronda do something on social media or was this just a reaction to not getting the Becky match they wanted? You got me.  I like Ronda just fine!   

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15 seconds of fame

https://twitter.com/TuftsGuy/status/1064329175908081664?s=19 The best part about Enzo is that everything that was good about him can fit within the timespan of a single Tout. Perfect for the modern attention span! For someone who supposedly has no interest in wrestling, he’s sure having a hard time letting go.  

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