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Monday Night Raw – December 31, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: December 31, 2018 Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re taped this week for the second time in a row, which has to be the first time in at least several years, assuming two of the UK shows didn’t take place back to back ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! For those watching the TV or the football enjoy your evenings. If you go out please be safe. If you think you’re too drunk to drive, you are right. WWE’s backstage smokes how Charly Caruso hosted ESPN’s First Take today and according to her Instagram she will do it ... Read more

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WCW post Starrcade 97

Scott, I’ve been thinking about the shitshow that was WCW Starrcade 97 and the drizzling shits that followed.  Playing booker, let’s assume that Sting destroys Hogan as he should’ve.  What would you have done to follow up in 98?  What happens with the NWO?  What do you do with Bret Hart?  Who does Sting defend ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: WWF Royal Rumble 1990

Seeing as we’re just one day removed from January 2019, I thought I’d look back at one of the classic Royal Rumble events. The Rumble has always been a big part of every wrestling fans January, with even lapsed fans still showing an interest in it sometimes. This is ultimately because the Rumble match itself ... Read more

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Biggest fall from grace

I’m speaking in terms of how popular they once were to what they became. It has to be Sunny right?   Most downloaded woman of the year at one  time to basically a drugged out half pornstar? I guess Chyna could be considered as well.  Anyone else I am missing male or female.  Benoit aside obviously ... Read more

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King of the Ring 88-92

Browsing around WWE Network by year tonight, and it's really amazing to think how big a gap there used to be between WrestleMania and SummerSlam in the late 80s/early 90s. All the other ppvs were 2-3 months apart, and then you've got this massive gap. Kind of surprising that it took them until all the ... Read more

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Angles that made wrestlers

Hey Scott You recently addressed angles that ruined wrestlers. But what about angles that made them? Having been recently rewatching WWF from 1999, HHH debuting the sledgehammer and destroying Mankind’s left knee (shortly after the Greater Power storyline) seemed to be a real watershed moment for The Game, as up until that point he still ... Read more

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Becky Austin

Hi Scott Happy new year and all that. So, at this point, wouldn't it just be best for the Lasskicker to change her name to Becky Austin and drink Guinness after every match?  If that doesn't kick off a new boom period nothing will! John Why do you want to hate on Becky?  Because she's ... Read more

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The New Year’s Eve Thread

Brian is perhaps busy forgetting old acquaintances and never bringing them to mind, so I’ll start the daily thread today! WWE posted their list of top matches for 2018, with Charlotte of course being in the top spot.  All about Charlotte with them.  Pretty good list otherwise. Speaking of great matches, here’s AJ v. Cena ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–01.06.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 01.06.00 The McMahon Helmsley Era lay down the law to D-X to start, since they failed to get Rock fired on RAW. So X-Pac faces Big Show, and he’s not happy with that. HHH points out that he beat Big Show single-handedly on RAW, so shut up. Billy ... Read more

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Rumble Predictions

Who do you have winning the Rumble matches this year? On the men's side, I'm guessing Finn Balor since he's apparently in line for a big push according the the Observer and he'll challenge Daniel Bryan. Dark horse guess would be Mustafa Ali. For the women, I guess Becky but I still think the match ... Read more

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Trump vs Becky

Hi Scott. With so many people befuddled as to why Becky can be popular. May i suggest a theory that it is down to Donald Trump. Donald Trump is known to be racist, sexist & old fashioned. A lot of people both int he US and around the world hate him.  So when they see ... Read more

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Top ten end of year

So Scott are you going to do any type of top ten end of year year in review type lists that will drive traffic right? As a matter of fact, here's the top 10 biggest shows of the year by pageview.  I'm omitting stuff like the Flashbacks here because they're pretty consistent from post to ... Read more

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Another Becky Lynch Conversation Starter

Gotta imagine that the Becky Lynch posts are great fodder on the ol' BOD, so here's a question to spark a discussion… Since everyone is clammoring for a Becky/Ronda match at Mania, what about this fantasy booking: Ronda can't quite put Becky away, so she turns heel and cheats to win, possibly with the help ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 12/02/2008 #130

We’re in Washington, DC and Swagger finally has his chest pounds! Oh no he’s got a mic. He’s not technically bad but he still sounds like he’s talking backwards and someone’s reversed the audio. Swagger thinks he should be Number One Contender after beating Dreamer and still being undefeated but Teddy Long and whatshername Tiffany ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread

Well, Jon Jones is back as light heavyweight champion again, assuming he doesn’t fail yet another drug test and have the fight overturned.  Pretty sure we’re never getting Brock’s return to the Octagon at this point, though. Cris Cyborg, nice knowing ya. Enjoy your Sunday as we approach the new year!  

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–12.12.94

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 12.12.94 Previously in the Flashback… http://bit.ly/2ETDoxj Back on the horse! Hopefully I can remember how to do these. Nailed it! And now, Dave looks ahead to 1995! First up, will going with the unproven Diesel as champion freshen up the promotion? Is the rapid decline of the past two years slowing? ... Read more

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CM Punk on commentary

How would you rate CM Punk on his commentary work? I felt he was pretty legit, and could have had a good post-physical career with it had, y'know, history had not played out as it did. Hasn't he been on commentary every week on RAW for a couple of years now?  

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“People have really gotta cool it with this Becky shit.”

If I recall, you agreed with comparing her to a CM Punk-type over a new Stone Cold, and personally I agree. She's definitely been the hottest thing going since she became The Man, and it feels like the summer of 2011 again in some ways.  Despite the buzz, though, it doesn't seem like you've bought ... Read more

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Chyna’s Mom

Apparently Chyna's mom has declared that her daughter deserves a WWE HOF induction.  Often times, people invoke the Koko B. Ware rule. But is that fair? Between the territories, WWE, and Indys, James Ware had a 20 year career with a number of titles along that span including his territory NWA championship. Perhaps he doesn't ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Night Thread

Me:  “All right!  Time to play the Spider-Man game I got for Xmas!”   PS4:  “…installing 48GB file that is mandatory for playing the game.” Me:  “All right!  Time to play the Spider-Ma…” PS4:  “…now installing 12GB mandatory update file.” Me:  Goes to build Lego with daughter instead two hours later. Tonight:  It’s UFC with Jon ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 29, 2004

Smackdown Date: July 29, 2004 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz Things are picking up around here and that’s a good thing. Last week Vince McMahon reinstated Kurt Angle as a wrestler after Angle went nuts and fired a bunch of people. That set up Eddie Guerrero vs. Angle at Summerslam, ... Read more

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Rousey

Scott – let’s talk about Ronda Rousey for a sec……….. 1.   If I’m not mistaken she hasn’t had a bad match since she came in (admittedly I haven’t seen every Raw match she’s had)………can you think of anyone else who’s had a string of no bad matches in their 1st year??? She's had a couple ... Read more

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Main Eventers Arriving During The Show

Hey Scott, Nearly every recapper and reviewer I read, not sure if it includes yourself, get really hung up on people in the main event arriving during the show? Why? It literally happens all the time in big boxing events when they cut away during a break in an undercard fight to show it and ... Read more

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Monsoon’s Commentary & Burying Guys

Jabroniville here again! Over the past couple of days on the blog, we've had discussions about Gorilla Monsoon and the way he'd bury some guys on commentary. His trademark is bitching about the application of an abdominal stretch, but he's also taken some losers to task for flat-out sucking (like late-era Ken Patera, or a ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–02.07.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 02.07.99 Helpful note for all you aspiring website writers out there: Taking days off is a bad idea from a revenue perspective. Taped from…who the hell knows, really? Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Shane McMahon The Corporation (and Chyna) join us to start and Vince ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – April 8, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are still taped from Atlanta, Georgia from March 22.  Heenan says that he could easily break the WCW Executive Board’s tie and reinstate Ric Flair. –Opening Contest:  Big Bubba Rogers (10-0) beats Tim Horner (0-3) via disqualification when Brad Armstrong interferes at 1:16: Not ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: WCW Souled Out 2000

I hope everyone has had a pleasant holiday season. Sadly for me, severe asthma and a gnarly cold saw me taking a brief trip to the hospital due to breathing difficulties. Thankfully they didn’t have to keep me in overnight and sent me on my way with a new inhaler and some steroids (No, I ... Read more

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Jobbers that should’ve been pushed?

Did you ever think any jobber should've received a push, ala the Brooklyn Brawler?  My 2 picks would've been "Iron" Mike Sharpe in the mid-late 1980's in the WWF, and Rick Fuller in late 1990's WCW.  Both had solid looks and were not terrible in the ring, certainly no worse than some of the slugs that ... Read more

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Rebooking Zeus

Hi Scott, I'm making my way through the Saturday Night Main Events. Watching it now it seems like it could have had more heat if announcers refer to Zeus as Tommy Lister with the back story that while filming the movie Tommy goes a little crazy over the scripted loss and his street fight cred ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – January 11th, 1993

January 11, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett, who was a comedian that gained fame through Don Imus’s radio show.   We see Sean Mooney outside of the building. Bobby Heenan shows up but Mooney stops him and said he has ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – December 27, 2018 (Best of 2018 Part 2)

Impact Wrestling Date: December 27, 2018 Host: Josh Matthews It’s the second half of the Best of 2018 after last week’s show was about as easy of a sit as you could find. There’s enough stuff from the year to fill in four hours but I didn’t see anything all that great last week. There’s ... Read more

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Option A or Option B – ECW Edition

Not done one of these in a while so what the heck For those uninitiated, I ask Scott a question/Give him a scenario, and he has to say what he prefers, Option A or B Today is ECW based because Scott often has differing views on ECW than me (Namely I liked it and he ... Read more

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So, have you seen this?

https://yhoo.it/2VfG3ar That's Jon Jones for you, pissing away his own legacy with classy behavior like that and a trail of positive drug tests.  Sorry, I meant "positive", because it's ludicrous to think a guy with a record of steroid use and multiple test failures could have failed another one just before a fight.  It's much ... Read more

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WWE MSG Attendance

Scott, Cageside Seats suggested an 11,900 figure for attendance for the holiday house show at the Garden in NYC.  I was there – good time.  They suggest this is a big decline from previous numbers.  You had linked a website that had this data available, can you share it again?  Thanks bud, happy new year ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: December 27, 2018

So It’s Come To This: Another Impact Clip Show.  Obviously, no more previewing the show in this space in 2019.  Besides, I don’t think I get the Pursuit Channel anyway. SPORTSBALL!  Miami and Wisconsin are playing in New York right now, followed by Baylor facing Vanderbilt.  TNT NBA is giving you Celtics/Rockets, followed by Sixers/Jazz. ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 10th, 1993

January 10, 1993 From the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, WI Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are the Nasty Boys, Yokozuna, Marty Jannetty, and Crush.   Nasty Boys vs. Dave Sigfrids & Spike Jones The Nasty Boys beat on Sigfrids and give him the Pit Stop. They stay ... Read more

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Endthe-Year Award for Ole Anderson

Hey Scott– I was listening to an old interview the Busted Open crew did with Ole Anderson. Sweet merciful Jeebus. I know that most everything in wrestling can be argued and debated, but can we all come to agreement that Ole is the most miserable son of a bitch that the business ever produced? Even ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – January 9th, 1993

January 9, 1993 From the Green Bay Expo Center in Green Bay, WI Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage The show starts off with the end of last week’s interview segment with Kamala, Harvey Whippleman, and Kimchee where Slick interrupts to tell Kamala not to take the ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: December 27, 2018

WWE YouTube Free Match You can watch Charlotte vs. Bayley from the 2017 Royal Rumble   Ring of Honor Free Match You can watch Young Bucks & Kota Ibushi vs. Rey Mysterio & Bandido & Rey Fenix from All In     Impact Wrestling Free Match You can watch Kid Kash vs. Paul London from ... Read more

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AJ Styles/Vince Mcmahon

Did you catch the segment with AJ and Vince from Smackdown? Totally random but interesting segment that I'm assuming is setting him up for a Mania match maybe?  They're probably just throwing lines in the water to see if they get a nibble on something.  Although AJ already faced Shane McMahon a couple of Wrestlemanias ... Read more

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Likely / Unlikley

Hey Scott,   I hope you had a great Christmas and Santa was good to you.  With a new year coming up I'd like to play a game with you where I give you a few scenarios and see if you think they will be likely or unlikely to happen.  I stole this idea from ... Read more

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“X-Pac Heat”

Would you say any wrestler(s) had "X-Pac (Go Away) heat" before it was coined during Sean Waltman's 2nd run with the WWF/E in the late 1990's?  It was kind of a unique thing for the Russo era. I'd say maybe someone like Bob Backlund in the latter stages of his first title reign had a similar vibe, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Smoky Mountain Wrestling–01.07.95

The SmarK Rant for Smoky Mountain Wrestling – 01.07.95 So is this under the Hidden Gems section, because it features highlights of SMW Christmas Chaos ’94. Your hosts are Jim Ross, Les Thatcher & Buddy Landel, who has apparently bought airtime for himself through his Hollywood agent. Let us take you back to Christmas Chaos ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 26, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: July 26, 2004 Location: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Now you might not believe this, but it’s a HHH night as he gets another (yes another) World Title shot, this time in a sixty minute Iron Man Match. Normally I would say that this has to be ... Read more

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NXT – December 26, 2018

NXT Date: December 26, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson It’s the last show of the year and this time, it’s not going to be a Best Of show, which you almost expect at this point. Instead we have a Tag Team Title defense with the ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 26, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 26, 2018 Location: Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph It’s the last show of the year and that means…well very little actually as it wasn’t supposed to be and is just more along the lines of one of the last shows before Takeover. I’m glad we finally have ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 26, 2018 (First Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 26, 2018 Location: Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph Christmas is over and that means it’s time for the good things to come to an end. Therefore, it’s back to a double shot of NXT UK, though that should be coming to an end early next month. We’re ... Read more

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Smackdown – December 25, 2018

Smackdown Date: December 25, 2018 Location: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton Now this one could be interesting as we have a taped show airing on Christmas night. The big main event is Shinsuke Nakamura defending the United States Title against Rusev in a match that has been teased ... Read more

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WWF Boston Garden – January 9th, 1993

January 9, 1993 This is fan-cam footage of the show so there is no commentary. Its not the complete card but includes four out of the six matches and the two matches not included are nothing you’d want to see anyway (Crush vs. Skinner and Terry Taylor vs. Jason Knight, who was subbing for Lance ... Read more

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End Of The Bullet Club?

What's up Scott, Question for you. Has the Bullet Club officially reached it's peak in terms of popularity? I feel like with all The Elite guys leaving, that it was pretty much the nail in the coffin. Plus they've been booked like more like an annoyance to the NJPW roster the past few much rather ... Read more

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Storylines that ruined wrestlers characters?

What storyline instances ruined a wrestler's character?  This wasn't for 1 individual wrestler, but a group;  When they did the whole "John Cena is fired" storyline with Nexus in late 2010, of course Cena never really left and began attacking Nexus members backstage.  Three of the members went to Nexus leader Wade Barrett and demanded ... Read more

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Various questions about current WWE product

1 how much do you think this influx of new talent (NXT guys and gals) is because Vince thinks the current main roster talent is missing something/unable to draw heat? Put them under pressure for their job/position so-to-speak, the good ol' republican way? 2 Will The Usos be on the WM pre-show again? Or finally ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 8, 1995

(This might be the first year that my column is released on Christmas, so Merry Christmas to all of the readers of the Blog!) –Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Heenan warns Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage that they do not want Ric Flair reinstated. –Opening ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WCW Starrcade matches from the 90’s

Yes, I’ve finally managed to get around to this after many weeks removed from the 80’s list. 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 out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put ... Read more

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Outside the box for “the new guy”

Scott, happy holidays. Knowing the following 3 things: 1) McMahon embraces panicked booking 2) McMahon loves huge wrestlers 3) McMahon has no one on the roster he looks at as Brock's equal Is there a chance he would hotshot Lars Anderson to the main event against Brock?  Have him win the royal rumble in his ... Read more

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Rollins as the new Reigns

If Rollins gets the megapush and dethrones Lesnar at Mania, what are the odds the audience turns on him and rejects him for being the new chosen one? Really, if Strowman doesn't win the title at the Rumble, is there ANYONE who can be programmed with Lesnar in a title program and not come out ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for XPW Baptized in Blood 2

(Ho ho ho!  Merry Christmas!  And as my gift to you, here’s a repost of one of my most hated shows:  The horrendous XPW, presented by smut-peddling Rob Black.)  The SmarK Rant for XPW Baptized in Blood 2 (Warning: The following rant probably shouldn’t be read by those who are easily offended or under 18. ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – December 24, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: December 24, 2018 Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves We’re taped here, because thankfully USA decided the show didn’t need to be live on a night that was going to have a grand total of fourteen people watching. The big match tonight is Ronda ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! And a Merry Christmas Eve to all of you celebrating and a Happy Festivus for the rest of yous. RAW is on TV tonight and like most of their shows right before Christmas, I expect it to be a pretty light hearted affair that’s a little lower on storylines. The Broncos/Raiders MNF ... Read more

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Merry Christmas

Hey Scott,   Just wanted to send you a quick message saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.  Thank you for all of the entertainment. Indeed!  And a Merry Crimbo to all reading, as the British apparently say.   It’s been a very big and successful year for the Blog ... Read more

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UFC goes full carney

http://bit.ly/2BD2s8E So since no one emailed me about this nonsense this morning, let me start the discussion.  What the actual fuck?  There’s being a carny huckster in the mold of pro wrestling and then there’s moving your entire show to another state to avoid regulation.  That’s some next level bullshit.  It goes to show that ... Read more

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WWF Mania – January 9th, 1993

January 9, 1993 This is the debut episode of this show. Todd Pettengill, in his WWF debut, is the host. We see a cartoonish opening montage complete with wacky sound effects as this is an attempt to appeal to kids and come off as family-friendly entertainment. The show is also hosted from inside of a ... Read more

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Random 2016 questions

Catching up on some 2016 stuff that I wasn't paying attention to at the time. 1.  Cesaro is awesome.  Crowd is hot for him.  What is still holding him back from getting a world title run?  Hasn't The Bar kind of run their course yet?  Aside from the full head of hair he should be ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–AWA Christmas Night 1983

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – AWA Christmas Night 83 Back to Minnesota for another Christmas night showdown. Hosted by Rod Trongaard Brad Rheingans v. Billy Robinson Billy takes him down with a top wristlock, but Rheingans elbows him out of the ring and then works a headlock back in the ring. ... Read more

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Next big guy is RIGHT THERE

With Roman out it seemed obvious that Rollins would be the top face, maybe headline WrestleMania and face Brock, but that TLC match got me thinking about what a colossal bust Seth has been as a top face. His entire elevation in the company was as a heel, his crowning achievement a surprise cash in ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset — December 23, 2018

Normally, this is where we wind down and get ready for the weekend.  But if you’re like me and think ahead, it’s Day 2 of a 4-Day weekend! Recommedations: check out some old Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies for good times.  My favorites are 2005, 2007, and 2011, but of course this varies according to ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – March 15, 1984

March 15, 1984 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and This week we will see Magnum TA vs. Buddy Landel, Terry Taylor vs. Nikolai Volkoff, and Junkyard Dog vs. Krusher Khruschev for the TV Title Tournament. Plus, we now have a new North American Heavyweight Champion and new Tag Team champions too.   Bill Watts is ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 11/25/2008 #129

Tommy Dreamer vs. Jack Swagger (Extreme Rules) This has been building for a while but we’re a long way off having ECW on Sci-Fi Takeover: Providence so here we go. Swagger dominates with his amateur wrestling take-downs but Dreamer twats him with a cane in response. Tommy slams Swagger on a chair as the commentators ... Read more

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Am I Crazy?

Hey Scott, hope all is well. I have this odd feeling that WWE is going to create an all Women's wrestling show. With the brand split, the women's division has weaknesses, combined, could be pretty strong. What do you think? I dunno, maybe.  They already have seemingly a billion shows they could just convert to ... Read more

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Favorite Awful Wrestler?

Do you have a favorite wrestler that could not work worth a damn, but you still liked them for whatever reasons?  My personal favorite would have to be the Great Khali.  Just the spectacle of seeing him in the ring and his sheer awkwardness did it for me.   To each their own, I guess.  I'd say ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–01.31.99 (“Halftime Heat”)

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 01.31.99 Yes, it’s another famous show in the annals of Russo…HALFTIME HEAT! Michael Cole joins us from the empty arena where our main event will happen tonight, with only Rock, Mankind, the referee and Vince in attendance. Still better than those shows Jeff Jarrett promoted with ... Read more

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No Flash Point

What in the hell was the problem with Norton??? He never sniffed the main event scene yet he would never sell anyone's offense like he was this monster that was unbeatable. What was his deal? He didn't want to sell or he didn't know how? He was a terrible worker, plus the excuse was always ... Read more

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Sting vs Flair

Scott, Merry Christmas.  Considering the egos involved in Crockett at the time how was the main event at the first Clash of the Champions not Dusty vs. Flair, career versus title, to take eyes off of Wrestlemania IV?  Perhaps Dusty gets his Midnight Rider angle from getting screwed by the Horsemen, especially if he had ... Read more

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[RSPW 2018] Nominations are now open for the 2018 RSPW Awards!

Hey there – We’ve opened the nominations for this year’s Rec.sport.pro-wrestling awards / Theszies! We have the form for nominations, and the blog post and discussion. Nominations are due by December 31, 2018. We’re also on Twitter at @RSPW_Awards if you've got any questions. Or want to tell us that we're cool. (That last bit ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread

OK, we’ve almost made it through the weekend! I should have Sunday Night Heat up by the time you read this, featuring HALFTIME HEAT.  And then I’m likely going to shut it down for a few days or maybe repost some stuff, I dunno.  We’ll see what Sunday night looks like for me. Enjoy your ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 22, 2004

Smackdown Date: July 22, 2004 Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz Things got interesting again last week with General Manager Kurt Angle revealing that his leg seems to be fine as he attacked Eddie Guerrero, costing him the Smackdown World Title in the process. Tonight is going to be all about the ... Read more

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Macho Man as IC champ in 88

Hi Scott, If Randy Savage was supposed to win the IC title from Honky Tonk Man at The Main Event in february 1988, then what’s the plans for him at Wrestlemania IV? Still in the tournament or defending the title? Really, i can’t imagine another scenario than him winning the world title. He was going ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: WWF Monday Night Raw – 18th of December 1995

Six of the Best for Starrcade in the 90’s will be coming next week when I have some time off work. Until then though, I thought I’d review this show as its only 47 minutes long and features a storyline where poor Balls Mahoney had to play Santa Claus’ evil brother (Which someone actually asked ... Read more

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The Saturday Night Main Event Thread

Good evening!  Time to snuggle up with some classic Christmas movies, like Die Hard or Die Hard 2: Die Harder, and drink some hot chocolate laced with rum. WWE has nothing going on this weekend as far as I know, so enjoy your evening and chat about whether you picked Bumblebee or Aquaman here!  

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Missed Opportunity Dream Matches

So, in past eras we had VERY obvious dream matches that didn't happen (Austin/Hogan, Austin/Goldberg, Sting/Taker, etc). But in the modern period, is there anything you can predict we'll be bummed we never saw, even if purely for the spectacle (if not match quality)? I can't come up with much. Omega/Punk? Pentagon/Bryan? Even those seem ... Read more

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Xanta Klaus

Since it is Christmas Time,  I feel I need to ask about Xanta Klaus.  He debuted at IYH: 5 with Ted Dibiase attacking Savio Vega resulting in a classic over the top Vince commentary moment about how Santa sold out.  Then he did 1 Superstars match beating Scott Taylor and then he was gone. Was ... Read more

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Ambrose/Rollins… Wah Happah?

Hey Scott— I was at TLC live on Sunday. You are absolutely correct about the misplaced chants, but hey, San Jose is the classy town that invented “You suck Cena/You suck Punk” so what can you do? I wanted to ask you about the Ambrose/Rollins match. It truly was interminable to sit through live, like ... Read more

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The Doomie Awards

Hey, Scott: Thanks to you and Blog of Doom crew for cranking out content that keeps me distracted from my crap job and even crappier stuff that goes on in, let's say…"my home country" every day. Instead of the usual wrestling-related "best of", I'm curious as to what your choices were for, say, best TV/Netflix ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–07.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 07.28.97 I mean, just reading the description for this show sounds completely batshit insane. I’m pretty pumped. As noted, based on my work and travel schedule leading up to Christmas, this might be the last new thing I can get out for a few days, but I’ll ... Read more

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The Strong Style Saturday Thread

Good morning! It’s one of the busiest shopping days of the year, so steer clear of the malls if you know what’s good for you. The Becky v. Asuka match for the Rumble turned out to be not as official as we’d been led to believe.  Clearly this is our fault as fans for believing ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 8, 1995

After having some broadcasts that lacked original matches, WCW Prime featured a new bout on April 3: -Prime “MOOOO” Match of the Week:  Steve Austin (7-0) defeats Tim Horner (0-2) after a superplex at 3:48: Dusty Rhodes christens this bout as the Prime “MOOO” Match of the Week.  He also notes that this appearance on ... Read more

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Becky getting iced out

It’s being reported that Becky is challenging Asuka at the Rumble despite publicly calling out Ronda. Also rumors are Charlotte has been promised a WM main event slot this year. I’ve been worried for a month that Charlotte would “steal” back the spotlight but we’ve heard the Charlotte/Ronda Mania rumors since literally last WM, and ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – January 4th, 1993

January 4, 1993 Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Gorilla Monsoon, and Bobby Heenan for the final episode of Prime Time. The set is no more (It was taken down on last week’s show)and they are sitting in chairs in front of a small table.   Gorilla rags on Heenan for not being part of Monday ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Mid-South Xmas Night 83

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Mid-South Christmas Night 1983 I wish I would have known this was coming because I would have reviewed it first, before starting Mid-South from 1984. Oh well. On a website maintenance note, obviously with Christmas rapidly approaching my recent perfect record of one rant per morning ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: December 21, 2018

Asuka vs. Becky Lynch Announced For the Royal Rumble http://bit.ly/2GxuYhB   Yuji Nagata Replacing Michael Elgin in the Wrestle Kingdom 13 Gauntlet Match http://bit.ly/2Ri3ReJ   BJ Whitmer Resigns from Ring of Honor http://bit.ly/2GA615b   Ring of Honor Free Match You can watch Mark Haskins vs. Adam Page from the 8/18/18 Honor Re-United: Doncaster show

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1992’s “House Show” Title Switches

Hi Scott- Jabroniville from the BOD here! I've been reading through all of Bayless's fantastic WWF reviews, which at this point is just near the end of 1992. It's a really fantastic view of what's REALLY going on in the company- typically, we only get reviews of the PPVs, so we miss a lot of ... Read more

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Hogan/Sting at Starccade 97

Was listening to Eric Bischoffs podcast about the match and he went into detail about how dissappointed he and Hogan was at the shape Sting showed up in saying he lacked enthusiasm for the match along with other things including the infamous "not tanned" remark. Alot of rumors have ran the circles over the years ... Read more

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Hogan/Andre II

I'm not arguing with the ratings the match got, but wasn't it such a huge rematch that it could have easily sold out an arena much bigger than that one in Indianapolis given the attendance at the silverdome? (I have a funny feeling there's gonna be a whole "real attendance" of wrestlemania III debate in ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – December 20, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: December 20, 2018 Host: Josh Matthews It’s the end of the year and therefore it’s time for something a little different. For the next two weeks we’ll be looking at the Best Of 2018, which could be an interesting collection. I’m not sure what to expect from this as Impact’s definition of ... Read more

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Tribute To The Troops 2018

Tribute to the Troops 2018 Date: December 20, 2018 Location: Fort Hood, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Byron Saxton This is one of the most unique shows that the company does every year as we’re at a military base this time around. As you can probably guess, the idea here is all about ... Read more

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Critical vs commercial success

Hi Scott, Wanted to get your thoughts on the following: You hear it all the time with regards to music, tv, and especially movies: "despite being a box office disaster, such-and-such was lauded by critics all over."  However, whenever we talk about wrestling, it always comes back to the bottom line: did rating or attendance ... Read more

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Pissing On A Match Stipulation

What was the most egregious example of a pro wrestling company pissing on an outcome of a match stipulation?  The most recent one that I can think of is the WWE Survivor Series 2014 Elimination tag team match in which the Authority "would be gone forever" if John Cena's team won.  As you may remember Cena's ... Read more

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: December 20, 2018

Impact is a clip show.  Yay! Tonight’s bowl game is Marshall/USF in the Gasparilla Bowl.  We also have a college hoops showcase as Texas Tech and Duke square off in Madison Square Garden. Not much indie action as we approach Christmas, but what we have looks good!  WXW is running their 18th anniversary show, featuring ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 3rd, 1993

January 3, 1993 From the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, WI Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Shawn Michaels vs. “Jumping” Jim Brunzell Shawn dumps Brunzell with a fireman’s carry then taunts him and the crowd. Brunzell stops short of a leap frog then hits an atomic drop and after that works ... Read more

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Steve Austin in 2004

Why did Steve Austin leave the WWE so abruptly shortly after W.M. 20 in 2004?  Was there some kind of dispute with his contract, or was it something else?  I remember he was doing that stupid "Sheriff of Raw", Co-Authority figure role along with Bischoff at the time.    I don't even remember, he probably ... Read more

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Most bizarre runs of former stars

Steamboat in 1991 WWF (happened and…?), Buddy Rose in 1990 WWF (blow away diet), Steve Keirn in 1994 WCW (Bad Attitude tag team) and John Nord in 1998 WCW (wtf) take the cake for me. What are yours? Barry Darsow as an evil golfer in WCW, Chavo Guerrero as Kerwin White, Brutus Beefcake and Greg ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – January 2nd, 1993

January 2, 1993 From the Green Bay Expo Center in Green Bay, WI Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Randy Savage as he returns to the booth. Lawler lets us know that he has been officially added to the Royal Rumble match. This week’s featured match is Mr. Perfect vs. The ... Read more

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WWE Fan Council Survey

Hey Scott,  Looks like the McMahon Family was serious about listening to the WWE Universe in their shake-up with the latest WWE Fan Council Survey. The survey measured fan interest in specific types of segments (main event matches; specialty matches; matches that move storylines; matches that don't impact storylines, as well as various promo segments…). ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: December 20, 2018

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame Entrants Announced LA Park, Jerry Jarrett, Jimmy Hart, Bill Apter, Howard Finkel, Gary Hart, and Yuji Nagata were all voted into the Hall of Fame. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Mark Haskins Signs With Ring of Honor https://ift.tt/2SjqRXC   WWE YouTube Free Match You can watch the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–AWA Christmas Night 1982

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – AWA Christmas Night 82 Back to the AWA! It’s Christmas Night in St. Paul, 1982, back when watching wrestling was a traditional thing to do on Christmas. Baron Von Raschke v. Sgt. Jacques Goulet We’re joined with Goulet, who has apparently joined the French Foreign Legion ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 19, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: July 19, 2004 Location: MCI Center, Washington DC Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re still on the road to Summerslam and the big story coming out of last week saw Evolution beat down pretty much everyone in sight, including Eugene. I’m not sure how this is going to go anywhere other ... Read more

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Becky’s not Austin… She’s Punk

Hey Scott – I know you like to shit all over the 'Becky is the new Austin’ comparisons, and i agree it’s nonsense, but would it be fair to compare her (since nothing can be its own thing, I guess) to CM Punk?  Granted, she hasn’t had the ‘pipe bomb’ promo so to speak, but ... Read more

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Favorite NXT Champs

It’s Wednesday, so I’m watching NXT, like I always do. Watching Io Sharai sent me down a mental rabbit hole thinking about the Women’s Champs of NXT. Sasha Banks was by far my favorite NXT Women’s Champ because she had me convinced she was the best in the goddamn world. Here’s my question: Who were ... Read more

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NXT – December 19, 2018

NXT Date: December 19, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo We’ve got a pair of big matches this week, starting with Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke making their in-ring debuts against Io Shirai and Dakota Kai. Other than that though we have Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 19, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 19, 2018 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness It’s the last show of the third taping cycle and that means we’re getting close to being caught up from these tapings. It’s time to focus on the main event guys again with Joe Coffey back in the main ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 19, 2018 (First Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 19, 2018 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’re getting into some interesting times now with the announcement of the NXT UK Tag Team Titles. That instantly gives a lot of people something to do and that’s a good thing around here. Other than that we have ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – December 28th, 1992

December 28, 1992 Vince McMahon is your host. Panelists include: Randy Savage, Hillbilly Jim, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Bobby Heenan. The panel talks about what they got for Christmas as Heenan complains he did not get Mr. Perfect in a body cast.   The Berzerker vs. Virgil This match took place at the 12/15 ... Read more

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Does size matter?

Hey Scott, I live in the midwest. We have four area arenas. The bigger arena seats 18,000, two smaller arenas seat 8,000 & 7,000 each and when we've had nxt, they run the 4,000 seat arena.  When wwe runs the biggest location in the city, all of the upper deck is off limits. They're lucky, ... Read more

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Lesnar vs Suzuki

Seriously, who wins in a legit fight between Brock Lesnar and Minoru Suzuki? Suzuki.  Brock can use wrestling within the rigid confines of a UFC fight to maintain a certain amount of dominance over guys his size, but he hasn't really shown any ability to take punches and that's pretty much all Suzuki would do ... Read more

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Thoughts from the WWE “shake-up”?

So, uh, was there anything you liked about the "shake-up" on WWE T.V. this week?  I actually dug them getting rid of the old "automatic re-match clause" plot device, assuming they stick to it.  Other than that….not too much.  If they think getting rid of G.M.'s in lieu of more McMahons on Raw and Smackdown ... Read more

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A tale of 2 heel turns

It's like night and day with Ambrose and Daniel Bryan.  With Bryan you can tell he has some say on what his heel character is like and you can tell by watching SD becaise it seems fresh and new. Whereas with Ambrose being a shield guy/former world champ/ workhorse  etc gets stuck wearing a gas ... Read more

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