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WWF Mania – May 29th, 1993

May 29, 1993 Todd Pettengill is your host This week’s featured match is Mr. Hughes vs. Owen Hart   We see how there were two Doinks on the 5/24 edition of RAW.   Pettengill runs down the show, including the exclusive match of Owen Hart vs. Mr. Hughes.   Adam Bomb defeat Bert Centeno from ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: February 28, 2019

You know, with 330 million dollars, Bryce Harper should just buy the Phillies.  And 13 years?  Yeah, that contract won’t be a huge albatross down the line or anything. …still better than the Bonilla contract.  Sigh. Also, Ronda Rousey’s Twitter game is ecch. AS FOR TONIGHT, if you’re a basketball fan let’s look at the ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for NXT September 16, 2015

The Princess Rant for WWE NXT September, 16, 2015 Taped from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida Hosted by Rich Brennan, Corey Graves AND Byron Saxton I think this is the last week of tapings for this cycle so we get the return of Bayley and another DIY match. Tyler Breeze vs. Adam Rose Rose ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – May 24th, 1993

May 24, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan This week, we will hear from Razor Ramon in a special interview. Also, we will see Mr. Perfect vs. Doink the Clown in a King of the Ring qualifying match and ... Read more

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WWE Confidential

Hey Scott, any chance of you recapping those 2002/03 Confidential episodes that have been loaded up to the Network recently? Watched the first 6 or so and it was really cool hearing from the horses' mouths (JR and Vince) about Austin leaving in mid-02 (boy did they milk that, talk about bitching and moaning) or ... Read more

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Shocker, Here’s a Roman Question

Given this 2nd chance for Roman, would you use this opportunity to change up his in-ring style to take advantage of this momentum, maybe get a new finisher over to add variety to him & maybe delay any potential backlash? I think even the most die-hard Roman fan would agree his matches involved way too ... Read more

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Reigns Mania Opponent

With the return of Reigns, I'm sure this means he'll be on the Mania. Question is who would you put him against, Drew or Lashley? Or somebody else? I think let's give the poor guy a chance to recover at his own pace and maybe just have him be in Seth's corner against Brock so ... Read more

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EC3

Has there been a worse NXT debut than EC3?  Unceremoniously trades a pair a fluke roll-up wins to a guy who will be leaving in a few months.  I read where HHH once said they will not call-up people from NXT just to call them up;  There will be a plan in place when they ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.23.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 01.23.95 OK, time for a serious subject that we’ve been avoiding for a while now. It’s unpleasant, I know, but we need to discuss it. Let’s talk about Hulk Hogan. – WCW has dumped a LOT of money into the Hogan experiment thus far. And lots of people are negative about ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: February 28, 2019

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2GNsmeS   NXT UK Announces Five New Signings https://ift.tt/2Xr91Fk   David Finlay to Miss New Japan Cup Due to Shoulder Injury https://ift.tt/2XpDjIF   WWE Free YouTube Match You can watch John Cena vs. Rusev from the 2015 Fastlane PPV

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Monday Night Raw – September 27, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: September 27, 2004 Location: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re getting closer to Taboo Tuesday and that means the voting is going to become a factor. In other words, expect a lot of people asking for votes from fans on various topics, many of which are ... Read more

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NXT – February 27, 2019

NXT Date: February 27, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson It’s tournament time as the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic starts up next week. The question becomes what happens with everyone involved here, as there is often a case of big names teaming up to compete ... Read more

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NXT UK – February 27, 2019

NXT UK Date: February 27, 2019 Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph We’re still in Phoenix and this time around we have a heck of a card, including a Tag Team Title match as the Grizzled Young Veterans defend the titles for the first time. The arguably bigger draw though ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread!

Happy evening! Our crazy Canadian weather persists, swinging 30 degrees Celsius upwards to 0C as we speak.  WTF nature? NXT and NXT UK tonight from Tommy.  No goddamn cussing from him, thankfully.  I’m too old and grumpy to change though. Have a great night!  

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 23rd, 1993

May 23, 1993 From the Exposition Building in Portland, ME Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan The show starts off with Jerry Lawler telling us how we will witness the greatest talk show segment ever later with his “King’s Court.” And, like on “Superstars,” the announcers here put over the upsets on RAW ... Read more

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Playing for the XFL

Did you really just write that Vince "lowballed" Colin Kaepernick with an offer?  LOL.  Let me tell you a bit about the guy that rants and raves about justice while wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt;  He hasn't played ANYWHERE in close to 3 years, and when he did he sucked donkey balls;  He was 3-16 ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #305 – 27/02/99

Yes we hop once again into the way back machine twenty years to the day for yet another review of ECW Hardcore TV, as we continue the build towards Living Dangerously on the 21st of March 1999. Last week we viewed the first hour of footage taped from Crossing the Line 99, and we’ll finish ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – May 22nd, 1993

May 22, 1993 From the Worcester Memorial Auditorium in Worcester, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler Before the show, Vince talks about RAW and how “The Kid” upset Razor Ramon and that Marty Jannetty defeated Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Title. This week, Shawn Michaels vs. ... Read more

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XFL 2.0

So on Observer Radio this morning, Dave and Garrett were talking about how Vince made Colin Kaepernick a ridiculously lowballed offer because he had no knowledge of the lawsuit win.  And that led into the news that came out recently about how the AAF guys wanted to buy the XFL name and rights for $50 ... Read more

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Wasted Talent

Hi Scott, Has there ever been a more criminal waste of talent than whatever has happened to Bobby Roode since he was called up from NXT? His entrance music alone is so fucking hype, but he’s working the Royal Rumble pre-show like 2 years into his run, after feuding with shit like Jinder Mahal? Madness. ... Read more

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Working Cancer

Was Roman Reigns' cancer a work?  Of course not. That said, is it fair for people to ask the question? Wrestling has a carny history, working the boys is nothing new, and Vince McMahon isn't exactly the epitome of morality. I can totally understand why people might be skeptical. Well, people are dumb.

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The Roman/Corporate Champ

So, since they already are tapping into the obvious Stone Cold gets arrested/suspended/fights authority to get to the title match, might as well go full blown Rock as the Corporate Champ storyline with Roman Reigns. He can ride this wave of cheers for now, but before they even start to turn on him (because WWE ... Read more

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Batista… Brock… WHAT AM I MISSING?!

So our options are Batista/HHH 56 or possibly getting the world-shatter match that has been teased for over 15 years? I'm sorry but have Samoa Joe attack Seth for reasons or have HHH realize how pissed he is at Seth for Steph going through a table a year ago or whenever it was and have ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–08.25.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 08.25.97 Here’s another one I’ve been waiting for a while to roll around! Live from Columbia, SC, drawing yet another record-breaking gate of 8058, an all-time record for the city. It just goes to show how inept the promotion for the Clash was, because that show only ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-30-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 30, 1982 (taped 10/26) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi A work stoppage in pro wrestling? Who orchestrates it? Also, the Freebirds make their WCCW tag team debut. Let’s see who’s awesome enough to assist me? Mona, don’t you worry. We’re not doing anything illegal here. ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 26, 2019

Smackdown Date: February 26, 2019 Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips We’re less than two weeks away from Fastlane and you actually know a thing or two about that on this show. The big story continues to be Kofimania, which has you believing that the title could actually ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight!  It’s Smackdown Live as the build to whatever the next PPV is continues! RAW did good ratings by throwing out Roman Reigns’ return, a Shield reunion tease, and Ric Flair’s 70th birthday party.  Shocking I know. NHL trade deadline came and went yesterday with not much significant action. Still cold AF here, but at ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – May 7, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio portion.  They argue over whether Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage really wanted Ric Flair back in WCW. –Heenan goes through a big stack of WCW trading cards and offers to trade a bunch of cards to get a Gordon Solie card, which he proceeds ... Read more

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How right was Vince?

We need to give Vince a lot of credit as last night Roman Reigns' return demonstrated that he's the superstar the universe needs. So, my question for the blog isn't was Vince right, but how right was Vinnie Mac? Level with me, this is Bruce Prichard, right?  

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Revival Burial?

Ever since the Revival won the Raw Tag Team Titles, they have done back to back clean jobs to the NXT call-ups, the last one lasting barely over 2 minutes last night.  Is this some type of punishment for them asking for their releases several weeks back?  If it is, why give them the titles ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – May 17th, 1993

May 17, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   We see a clip of a Special Olympian doing a deadlift with Savage and the Smoking Gunns there for encouragement. Nice segment here and the WWF/WWE has a long track ... Read more

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Low blows

Evening Scott, So I found myself watching a YT collection of "Greatest Crotch Shots in Movies" (Jim Carrey's performance in Dumb and Dumber took the top, as if you had to guess), and I figured I'd ask: what are some of the greatest ones you've seen?  At Crockett Cup 87, Flair hitting Barry Windham so ... Read more

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Most tiresome weekly booking moves?

Hey, Scott. Although I keep up with the recaps, I don't watch Raw anymore, and the main reason is that the booking seems to draw from the same short list of tricks. Which, if not all, would you want to see put to rest on the show? 1 – Babyface gets double-teamed by two heels ... Read more

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Backlash against Reigns?

First of all, let me say I am truly happy for Roman that his cancer is in remission, and I don't want to come off as cold for what I'm about to say. That being said, do you agree that once Roman is active again WWE will need to be careful not to overdo the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–06.13.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 06.13.92 Last week was far too dull. Hopefully someone pukes on someone else or tries to commit murder or something to spice things up again. My time is valuable! Taped from Lexington, KY, the HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. That’s fitting because this show is horseshit 90% of ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-23-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 23, 1982 (taped 10/12) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi How will Hayes fare against Irwin? What’s the scoop on Kerry’s injury? And who’s here to help me tell this story? Elvira, that’s neither true nor kind! Scram until 1983, and bring Stephanie in here. You’ll ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 23, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: February 25, 2019 Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young It’s another big show this week with a double shot of huge. First up, we have the return of Roman Reigns, who will be making some sort of a major announcement. It’s the first time ... Read more

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Roman Reigns, is it a work?

My wife and 7 yr son, have been skeptical since day 1, while I said, come on, what lowlife would take cancer just for cheers?  But who am I kidding, this is WWE.  But in 4- 5 months, beats lukemia, while staying in shape, seems very fast, and gives me some doubt.  my wife kept ... Read more

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F*** CANCER!

This deserves its own post. Roman Reigns announced today on RAW that he is in remission — cancer is no longer a problem! Now, he also said he had to crawl before he can walk, so odds are he’s not in “game shape” yet… but we’ll worry about that later. Welcome back, Dog.

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! At Lightning game so we’ll keep this short. After the NXT boys raised the ratings slightly they are bringing back the BIG GUNS tonight with Roman Reigns making a MAJOR SECRET announcement and probably a bunch of people around for Ric Flair’s 70th Birthday Bash. Hopefully Arn Anderson will show up too ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – February 22, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: February 22, 2019 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re on to Las Vegas now after a pretty good run down in Mexico. The question now is where we go from here as the road to….is it the New York show or the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 16th, 1993

May 16, 1993 From the America West Arena in Phoenix, AZ Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week we will see Mr. Perfect vs. Doink in a King of the Ring Qualifying match.   Razor Ramon vs. Sean Dakota Razor beats the crap out of Dakota then tosses him out of the ... Read more

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Mike’s Mini Review – WrestleCircus: Cage Vs Blanchard

ECW Hardcore TV is coming on Wednesday (Just need to type up my written notes) but to fill a bit of a gap until then I thought I’d review this match. This came about because I read in the daily update over the weekend that Impact wants to main event a show with Eli Drake ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – May 15th, 1993

May 15, 1993 From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ Your hosts are Vince McMahon,”Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler We start off promos from Giant Gonzalez and Tatanka to hype up their King of the Ring qualifying match.   Steiner Brothers vs. Jim Armstrong & Mark Ming Scott takes Ming ... Read more

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Strike Force

When Strike Force lost the belts to Demolition, was the plan always for them to break up at WM V a year later?  Or did that come later on as they were getting ready for the show? Also why did the feud die off so fast where they never had a blow off singles match ... Read more

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Bray Wyatt

Where has Bray Watt been?  Is he out injured, or has creative have nothing for him to do since Matt Hardly (apparently) retired?   Both of those plus personal issues due to his divorce as far as I understand or care.  Really the character desperately needed a year off anyway.  

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AEW Broadcast Deal

Hi Scott Given Vince's history for taking out his opposition, along with the "secret" ECW funding…wouldn't it be the most Vince thing ever if AEW ends up with a broadcast deal on the WWE Network? I'm pretty sure that Tony Khan is smart enough not to take that deal.  

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Hogan at “Bash at the Beach” 2000

What went on with Hulk Hogan at "Bash at the Beach" 2000?  Did he really refuse to job to Jeff Jarrett on the day of the PPV, or was this whole thing another work-shoot special by Vince Russo?   It was supposed to be a storyline where Hogan "refused" to job and then would come back ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: February 25, 2019

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2NsqCbj   WWE Injury Updates Drew McIntyre hurt his knee this weekend but is believed to be okay. Noam Dar and Mark Andrews wrestled at the NXT UK tapings where Mark Andrews was knocked out, appearing to have suffered a concussion, while Dar is believed to have suffered a serious knee injury. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–03.14.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 03.14.99 So yeah, on RAW, Undertaker tried to sacrifice the Big Bossman on a giant cross and got arrested as a result, which seems like some kind of religious persecution to me. Also, Rock lets us know that Paul Wight apparently carries a card that declares ... Read more

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WWF Mania – March 15th, 1993

March 15, 1993 Todd Pettengill is your host   We are shown Mr. Perfect attacking Shawn Michaels outside of the Manhattan roughly an hour before RAW then we see the Lumberjack Match between Shawn and Jim Duggan.   Pettengill plugs Mr. Perfect vs. Doink the Clown this week on “Wrestling Challenge” in a King of ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: February 24, 2019

No PPV on tonight, but if you’re into unnecessary drama and stupid booking, we do have the Oscars. Biggest drama today appears to have been in the English soccer realm, where a player refused to be subbed out for Chelsea against Man City. AAF tonight is San Antonio and San Diego, and it’s gridiron football ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – May 10th, 1993

May 10, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   We see Shawn outside with Lord Alfred Hayes before the bell saying tonight we will find out why he is the Intercontinental Champion. However, Mr. Perfect comes out and attacks ... Read more

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Filling in the gaps, 2002-2016

Hello Scott, I stopped watching after Wrestlemania 18 and got back into it at Summerslam 2016. I've caught up on Cena v Punk, the Shawn v Taker stuff, most of the Mania main events and most of Batista because he's awesome.  What else should I absolutely, positively, 100% catch up on between 2002 and 2016? ... Read more

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Saturday Night’s Main Event revival

What happened with the WWE and NBC's deal to bring back "Saturday Night's Main Event"?  It aired sporadically from 2006-2008 on NBC, then there weren't any specials after that.  Was that the length of the deal, or did it end up getting cut short for whatever reasons?  Oh dude, those last episodes bombed SOOOOOO hard.  ... Read more

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Can AEW thrive without tv.

Hi Scott With the recent news that AEW are struggling to get any kind of tv deal and are now looking at streaming a show either on a premium platform like Netflix or a free one like Twitch. Do you think it’s possible to run a successful major (they’re allegedly paying million dollar contracts) wrestling ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 9th, 1993

May 9, 1993 From the America West Arena in Phoenix, AZ Your announcers are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week we will see Papa Shango vs. Jim Duggan in a King of the Ring Qualifying match. Also in action are the Steiner Brothers, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Damien Demento.   King of the Ring ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 02/03/2009 #139

Last week Hornswoggle stole Swagger’s title so Finlay’s wrestling Jack tonight and possibly getting a title shot out of it if he wins, which doesn’t set a great example to the kids. Paul Burchill vs. Tommy Dreamer Grisham remarks that Burchill “can hit as hard as Mark McGuire” which explains his burger king tits. Usual ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.16.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 01.16.95 It’s the year end awards issue! Lots to argue about here, I’m sure. Let’s dive right into it… Wrestler of the Year: Toshiaki Kawada (Of note: Sabu actually finished in second place for the year, which is something we’d never see again.) Most Outstanding Wrestler: Kenta Kobashi (This was the ... Read more

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The Lazy Sunday Thread

Good morning!  It’s Sunday and I’ve got a Flashback up for your reading pleasure this morning. For those keeping track, my marriage has lasted 14 years as of tomorrow.  I’m as shocked as anyone else. Tonight is the Oscars!  Go Black Panther! Chat about wrestling and sports and whatever here.

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Smackdown – September 23, 2004

Smackdown Date: September 23, 2004 Location: America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re coming up on No Mercy and that means it’s time to really get things going. Well as much as things can get going around here. The big story coming out of last week was Big Show deciding to face ... Read more

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Problem SOLVED

http://bit.ly/2E8XQbg Yes, Brother Love himself is back to right the WWE ship. Does this mean Conrad will be his Ed Ferrera?   Not gonna lie, when someone sent me the click bait title from PWInsider, I was worried it was Russo.  Ratings can always get lower, I suppose.  

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The Princess Rant for NXT 9-9-15

DIY makes their debut among other things. The Princess Rant for WWE NXT September 9, 2015 Taped from Multiple Locations Hosted by Rich Brennan and Corey Graves Carmella vs. Peyton Royce Royce is making her NXT debut. They trade headlock takedowns and Carmella gets a rollup for two. They fight over a backslide and alternate ... Read more

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Title Unification

With the Women’s Tag Team Titles being defended across all brands, do you think it’s a possibility that WWE might consider doing something similar with their secondary titles? I could see the argument for keeping each show with its own Men’s and Women’s World Titles (even if Vince doesn’t know who the Smackdown Women’s Champion ... Read more

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Kevin Owens Vignettes

Where do you think they are going with these Kevin Owens "Typical Dad" vignettes they've been airing on Raw, assuming they are going somewhere with it?  I don't have a problem if they are turning him face, but do you think that is the best way to do it?    The whole notion of babyface ... Read more

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WCW Saturday Night Cancellation?

Why was WCW Saturday Night cancelled in it's original form?  Normally I would've just chalked it up to being a ratings thing, but it was turned into one of those stupid recap shows before it was removed from the schedule completely after several months.(The really ironic thing is that up until it's cancellation Saturday Night ... Read more

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Stephanie McMahon-Randy Savage

I apologize if you have been asked this question before, but I haven't seen it posed to you since I discovered your blog several months ago.  Did Randy Savage allegedly have sex with an underage Stephanie McMahon, or is the whole thing a pro wrestling urban legend?   Come on man.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.09.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.09.95 For those keeping track, this was intended as something of a reset for the show, with the second anniversary providing a new booking direction under Jim Ross. Also, the banners and microphones are now redone with the new blue motif for the logo. Live from Houston, ... Read more

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Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide Date: February 2, 2019 Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton So this is something interesting as WWE is trying a new idea. This is a tournament made up of a bunch of wrestlers from different shows with the winners getting to face the champion of their choice on ... Read more

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The Friday Night Thread

The weekend is almost upon us, and much like WWE we might have to make some cuts here at the blog. We’re carrying too many trolls and need to trim the fat. Apparently the Black History Hidden Gems piece wasn’t that popular today.  For shame.  I can only conclude racism of the worst kind:  The ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – May 8th, 1993

May 8, 1993 From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler This week, we have the Nasty Boys & Kamala vs. Money Inc. & Mr. Hughes. Plus, Razor Ramon vs. El Matador in a King of the Ring qualifying match   ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – May 6, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  Heenan says that WCW Champion Hulk Hogan has showed up with an entourage.  This is a one hour episode because of an Atlanta Braves baseball game. –Opening Contest:  Sting (11-1) beats El Cubano via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock at ... Read more

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Riddle vs Lesnar

Matt Riddle has been basically buidling his own fued with Lesnar for a while now through interviews including one that was just released on NXTs YouTube channel where he said he doesn't respect Lesnars workrate. Has me thinking. If WWE takes what he's done and builds up Riddle. Would it be a money match considering ... Read more

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New New Day

Since we can safely assume Kofi is not getting the title, what is the end-game for this chapter in his story?   When his feud with DB finishes, can we maybe get an angry, bitter New Day turning heel, ditching the stupid pancakes, and going out and just turning into a bunch of asskickers, maybe ... Read more

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Wrestler that burned the most bridges?

What wrestler would you say has burned the most bridges in terms of the companies he/she worked for?  If there is a better example than Alberto Del Rio/El Patron in the last 10-15 years, I'm not remembering them.   I think you're disrespecting the memory of Buddy Landel but not bringing him up.  But there's also ... Read more

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The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

Hey, Scott, speaking of wrestling books did you know this was a thing? https://ift.tt/2Nn4Y8f I stumbled upon it randomly and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I knew most of the stuff, but it actually gave me the best primers on non-North American wrestling I've ever read. And I loved the artwork. ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – May 3rd, 1993

May 3rd, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan The crowd starts up a USA chant as Duggan teases Shawn with the 2×4. We get some stalling from ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: February 22, 2019

Roman Reigns to Return to RAW this Monday with Update on his Battle with Leukemia https://ift.tt/2VeaEUZ   Arn Anderson Let Go From WWE https://ift.tt/2Eqa0yc   ESPN.com Article on “Fighting with my Family” https://ift.tt/2Ve6Wuq   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can watch The Embassy vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Necro Butcher & Grizzly Redwood from ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–02.21.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 02.21.19 Black History Month continues with some REALLY hidden gems! They’re digging deep into the vault and I love it! I also picked up the new Tim Hornbaker book about the death of the territories and I’m looking forward to giving that a read this weekend. ... Read more

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New Book/E-Book: Complete Monday Nitro/Thunder 2000 Reviews Part 1 (January – June)

I…didn’t know that was possible. Things are looking very, very down for WCW as they roll into the new millennium. With all of the insanity flying around, it certainly seems that all hope is lost for the company, but that has never stopped any wrestling promotion before. This time around though, it’s not about flying ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 2nd, 1993

May 2, 1993 From the America West Arena in Phoenix, AZ Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week, Bob Backlund vs. Lex Luger in a King of the Ring qualifying match. Also in action are Shawn Michaels, Money Inc., and Mr. Hughes.   Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Al Burke Duggan takes Burke ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – February 15, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: February 15, 2019 Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re still in Mexico City and the big story coming out of last week saw the Lucha Bros become the new Tag Team Champions with about 184 piledrivers. The big question now is where things go from here, ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: February 21, 2019

Daily Thread interaction summary: I need to mute threads more on Twitter.  (You’re all nodding.  I know.  I lack much common sense.) The NBA is back from their All-Star break with a TNT doubleheader: Celtics/Bucks, then Rockets/Lakers.  As for college basketball, ESPN has the heavy hitters with Michigan/Minnesota and Oregon/USC.  ESPN2 has an AAC double-header ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions 35

Might as well repost the version from WWE 24/7 before we get to the next Nitro next week.  As a reminder, this was from WWE 24/7, not the Network, so comments about music and such are probably not applicable any longer.  The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Clash of the Champions XXXV – This is one ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – May 1st, 1993

May 1, 1993 From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Jerry “The King” Lawler   The show starts off differently with Raymond Rougeau welcoming The Undertaker & Paul Bearer to the interview platform. Rougeau asks Bearer about Undertaker being unstoppable as Bearer says Undertaker is ... Read more

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AEW vs. Independent Wrestling

Hello Scott, since Day One, AEW is seen as direct aggressor towards WWE. But what about ROH, Impact, MLW and such? Sure, no TV deal is made so far and only All In 2 is confirmed…isn't AEW a bigger threat to them? They seem to be buying everyone that is looking for a quick dollar ... Read more

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Which NXT guy would you push as the special one?

So it was just a one (two?) time showcase? Or Vince decided to call them all up on a whim so maybe it wasn't? Either way, I agree 100% that you can't debut a bunch of "special" new guys at the same time because they immediately become less special by stealing each other's thunder. So ... Read more

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HBK/Shawn at WM XI

According to the Observer recap, Diesel was falling out of favor by early 95. Was there ever a thought of having Bret go over at the Rumble and running Bret/Shawn a year early? The Rumble match was a clusterfuck with Backlund and Owen interfering. Diesel could do a match with them at Mania. Maybe a ... Read more

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Shaka, Brah! Aloha, Brudda! Max the Extreme, and So On!

Hey Scott— I know you’re a few months of Superstars away from this, but I’m in Hawaii, so I had to ask you about it.  When Crush debuted, it was all about “I’m Crush. I crush things. Har har! GET IT?!?” But in the fall of ‘92, Vince looks at the lame finisher and… unspeakably ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 26th, 1993

April 26, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan. Tonight, we will see Lex Luger vs. Crush   Mr. Perfect vs. Damien Demento Savage tells Heenan he could not carry Rob Bartlett’s jock as a broadcaster as Heenan says he’ll ... Read more

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Bod Daily Update: February 21, 2019

Kevin Owens as Daniel Bryan’s WrestleMania Opponent? https://ift.tt/2SN1i5E   Ricochet Off Of March EVOLVE Shows He will be replaced by Velveteen Dream https://ift.tt/2DZfyhp   WWE Announces Return of Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic https://twitter.com/WWENXT/status/1098392367911108608

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–08.18.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 08.18.97 OK, back to this for a bit. Oddly enough, they dumped a huge run of WWF Confidential onto the Network. I’m interested to check it out again because I only remember the episode with the Lex Luger 911 call and the debut with Steve Austin. Probably ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 20, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: September 20, 2004 Location: Tuscon Convention Center, Tuscon, Arizona Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the season premiere of Raw and that means….I’m not sure really as wrestling doesn’t have seasons. One thing tonight is the end of the Diva Search, meaning the segments that have managed to make great looking ... Read more

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DX Tank

Scott, It seems to be a bit of a controversy here about the DX Tank or “tank.” As HHHistory class has taught us, it was the key moment in when the WWF prevailed over WCW. Since there’s no riveting Reigns/Luger questions as of late and this is a pressing issue, I present to you this. ... Read more

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NXT – February 20, 2019

NXT Date: February 20, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson I’m not sure what to think about this show as it could go in two very different directions. The major announced match is Johnny Gargano defending the North American Title against Velveteen Dream with two endings ... Read more

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NXT UK – February 20, 2019

NXT UK Date: February 20, 2019 Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph It’s the second week in Phoenix and last week got things off to a good start. The different venue and crowd offer a nice change of pace and that can help freshen things up a little bit. We’re ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

Oh boy, a Hulk Hogan biopic produced by Bischoff.  That should be…something. Tonight!  It’s NXT and who the fuck knows if the roster will be intact by next week.  Ciampa only needs something like two months to be the longest reigning NXT champion ever, so hopefully everyone stays. Tomorrow it’s back to Nitro!  Have a ... Read more

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WWF European Rampage Tour – Milan, Italy

April 25, 1993 From the Forum Assago in Milan, Italy   El Matador vs. Doink the Clown Doink is portrayed by Steve Keirn here. The crowd gets behind Matador. Doink offers a handshake then avoids locking up and taunts the crowd. Doink attacks Matador from behind but whiffs on a punch and gets dropkicked. Doink ... Read more

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WCW 1994 question

Why didnt they have Brutus Beefcake cost Hogan the title at Halloween Havoc??  Then you can run Beefcake/Hogan as a grudge match and Flair/Savage for the title at Starrcade. That's a double main event that doesn't suck.  Because then Hogan would have to lose to Ric Flair. 

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Wrestlers That Were Elevated After A Loss?

After the recent Drew Gulak vs Matt Riddle match on NXT, I got to thinking;  What wrestlers were actually elevated via a loss in a match?  My prime 2 examples were Steve Austin after his submission match defeat to Bret Hart at W.M. 13 in 1997, and The 1-2-3 Kid after his WWF Title match ... Read more

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(S)Hitman?

Hey Scott, Scott Hall went on a (drunken?) mini-Twitter rant labelling Bret a chump and an egomaniac based on Bischoff’s hot take over Hart’s 13 year-biography. We all know wrestlers have egos and Bret was at the top of that heap, but did he draw or not? I remember him being very popular in an ... Read more

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Best Main Roster Debuts

After reading the email regarding the most recent NXT callups, it got me thinking about the best ones. Kevin Owens has to be the best. Undisputed Era are the only ones who have a remote chance at at topping that one. Then there's Samoa Joe which was very good. Any other ones come close to ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: February 20, 2019

WWE.com NXT Preview https://ift.tt/2DYp1pq   WWE 205 Live Announces Tournament to Crown #1 Contender for the Cruiserweight Title at WrestleMania https://ift.tt/2STFw0o   Impact Wrestling Free Match You can watch Rob Van Dam vs. Sabu from the 2010 TNA Hardcore Justice PPV

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.09.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 01.09.95 Just like in the old days, it’s a NEWSFLASH to start the issue! Well, a results flash, actually, as the Tokyo Dome show came in too late for a proper review. FLASH REPORT FROM THE TOKYO DOME SHOW ON 1/4! 1. Shinjiro Otani retained the UWA junior heavyweight title pinning ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-16-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 16, 1982 (taped 10/12) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi Will David succeed or will the “Captain” sink his battleship? Also, Ric Flair pays us a special visit while a Freebird makes his WCCW debut. Now how could I forget about you, darlin’? Opening montage. While ... Read more

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Concerned

Scott, What do you think of WWE's new strategy of pushing someone the fans are behind, who has proven to be a solid entertainer over the years, especially with Wrestlemania just around the corner and the debut of AEW approaching? Couldn't this be considered a bold move that could affect the entire state of professional ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 19, 2019

Smackdown Date: February 19, 2019 Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton Kofi Kingston! Rhythmic Clapping! Sunday’s Elimination Chamber match for the Smackdown World Title was one of the most dramatic moments WWE has presented in years. Kingston was on the verge of becoming WWE Champion and while ... Read more

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DX vs. nWo

When DX was announced for the Hall of Fame, my buddy was annoyed and argued that nWo should have gone in first.  He felt that they were a more innovative group and that DX copied their routine.  I argued that I understood why DX went in first — my main reasoning was that aside from ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 25th, 1993

April 25, 1993 From the America West Arena in Phoenix, AZ Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week’s featured match is Mr. Perfect vs. Blake Beverly. Also in action are Yokozuna, The Headshrinkers, Kamala, and Razor Ramon.   Yokozuna vs. Rudy Gonzalez Gonzalez bounces off of Yokozuna as Fuji barks out orders. ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Smackdown Thread

Tonight, maybe more NXT debuts?  The Undisputed Era is available and ready to come up if Vince is looking for more easy ways to build interest before Wrestlemania. Also, 205 Live is taped tonight, and NXT tapes some more TV tomorrow, I believe. Sexy Star apparently wants to be an MMA star, which is fitting ... Read more

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LMTYS Presents: The Meltzer 5-Star Project – Introduction

Greetings grapple fans. Hopefully a few of you recognise me from last year’s World of Sport Wrestling reviews that I provided for this blog. Scott Keith has kindly welcomed me back on board as I chronicle a very different kind of series of matches from start to finish, and I hope a fair few of ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 6, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (20-1-1) defeat Romeo Valentino & Dino Casanova when Jerry Sags pins Valentino after the Trip to Nastyville at 2:07: With as many bouts as Valentino and Casanova has gotten, one wonders how they would do ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 24th, 1993

April 24, 1993 From the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler In action this week are the Steiner Brothers, Shawn Michaels, Jim Duggan, and Tatanka   Shawn Michaels vs. Dale Wolfe Vince says Shawn calls himself the “Heartbreak Kid.” Lawler then ... Read more

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Star ratings depending on length

After having reading your reviews for all these years, it seems that the times you give the full monty, it's for matches that at least 30 mins of more.  Have there been times where a **** match was less than 30 minutes? What would be the shortest off the top of your head? Shawn-Razor at ... Read more

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Triple H’s Territory System

So it was announced on Raw that Bayley and Sasha will travel to Smackdown, NXT UK and NXT to defend the tag titles which made me think. Why not just drop a set of the tag titles, turn the other into world tag team titles and have the champions travel between Raw and Smackdown being ... Read more

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DIY on the Main Roster

Hey Scott, So unless they're working double duty (and I don't know how well that would work anyway), are they really going to end the Ciampa/Gargano program without a proper blowoff? I'm all for fresh talent on the main roster, but I just feel insulted by this. If it wasn't obvious before, this just shows ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: February 19, 2019

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview http://bit.ly/2Gz7O9U   WrestleMania Updates Daniel Bryan’s opponent as yet to be determined as the original plan was for a returning star to face him for the title. Also, at one point Lacey Evans vs. Asuka was scheduled but there is a chance that does not happen. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–06.06.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 06.06.92 OK, we’re done with the nutso Syracuse tapings and hopefully can get back to a semblance of reality again. On the other hand, the last four weeks have done giant numbers on the site, so maybe more Papa Shango is better? Taped from Lexington, KY Your hosts ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-09-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 9, 1982 (taped 9/28) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi Can Irwin regain the Texas title? Who will win between Bundy and Madrid? Why is McGraw involved? Also, guess who decided to show up this week? Take it easy, Chrissy, I promise a Von Erich will ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 18, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: February 18, 2019 Location: Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re done with Elimination Chamber but since March is a work month, we have less than three weeks before Fastlane. I have no idea what they’re supposed to do to headline Fastlane if Becky Lynch is currently ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Seems like a mixed review on the PPV last night but I thought both Chamber matches hit around four stars each so that’s plenty good for me. Little surprised they didn’t put the tag titles on Mandy and Sonya because you can tell they want ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 19th, 1993

April 19, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon,  “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett.   The show starts off with comments from both Money Inc. and the Beverly Brothers to hype up their match tonight.   Razor Ramon vs. Virgil Razor breaks a hammerlock by grabbing ... Read more

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2019 class

Since DX will be the headliner for this year's HOF (I called it last year as they were the most logical choice) who else do you see getting in? Chyna fits the women's quota this year so…. I see Heyman and ECW, Bam Bam and the Hart Foundation getting in. Anyone else? Hart Foundation was ... Read more

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Asuka

Who does she face at WrestleMania? Alexa Bliss? They have no idea what to do with her either. According to Dave the other day, they have no idea where they're going with Asuka and in fact people are actively making pitches for the match.  I think Shayna Baszler would be ideal but it's probably too ... Read more

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DS9 Question

So I’ve been watching DS9 recently and I had a very juvenile thought pop in my head. Shouldn’t Odo have been slaying it? I mean think about it. He’s a Changeling. He can make his form whatever he wants. Should all of the hot women on DS9 been walking bow legged? I'd call this a ... Read more

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WCW brand split follow-up

If the NWO-centric shows had succeeded and the NWO had taken over Nitro, what would that have even looked like? Who were they expected to feud with if the WCW guys moved to Thursday? Would this have led to the Wolfpac and all the splinter groups so that the NWO could fight amongst itself for ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 18th, 1993

April 18, 1993 From the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, GA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week’s featured match is the Beverly Brothers vs. Nasty Boys. Also in action are Lex Luger, Money Inc., and Doink the Clown.   Doink the Clown vs. Jim Powers Powers slams Doink as Ross cannot ... Read more

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Elimination Chamber 2019

Elimination Chamber 2019 Date: February 17, 2019 Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young, Tom Phillips, Percy Watson It’s the first of two stops on the Road to Wrestlemania and that means we’ll be seeing a big steel structure. In this case it’s for the WWE Championship and the inaugural ... Read more

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