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The SmarK Rant for WWE Elimination Chamber 2018–02.25.18

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

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Charlotte heel turn = genius or happy accident?

Thinking this through, WWE has sort of created exactly what they likely wanted and needed from this whole Becky/Ronda/Charlotte thing with the way this was handled on television this week. The day after WM 34, a lot of folks were predicting/asking for Charlotte/Ronda to main event WM 35.  And everyone was all in.  However, the ... Read more

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HBK vs Y2J

Who had a better second career run? HBK from 2002 till retirement or Jericho from his "suit" gimmick on up untill now. And I don't mean just gimmick wise as obviously HBK never changed his, I mean overall body of work. Well Shawn Michaels never toured with a heavy metal band, but both Undertaker matches ... Read more

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Shotgun Saturday Night

When the WWF launched Shotgun Saturday Night in early 1997, what were they hoping to accomplish with the show?  Since it was right before the Attitude Era, was it supposed to be a sort of testing ground for a more risque product we would later see, what with the late night time-slot and on location ... Read more

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Tag Team

Do you remember this show with Piper and Ventura? It was about wrestlers refusing to take a dive in a match and getting blackballed from the wrestling world. Then, they take odd jobs (furniture movers, womens self defense classes as the guys who the women beat up) then foil a robbery using their wrestling skills ... Read more

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WCW Thunder

Was WCW Thunder a request/idea from Turner, a WCW concept, or some combo of both?  I was just going back from that time frame, and it's really weird;  Thunder debuted in early January of 1998, yet Nitro "officially" went to 3 hours every week at the end of that month.   It was a request in ... Read more

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The Strong Style Saturday Thread

The weekend is upon us! Tonight:  I’ve got tickets to the Lego Movie 2, which is kind of bombing thus far. John Cena will be hosting Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader later this year.  They need to get Sid Vicious as a contestant. WWE apparently didn’t learn their lesson enough this year, so ... Read more

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Warrior-Nailz Exchange – YouTube

Scott, Nailz and Warrior cut promos for a series of house show matches that ended up not happening because Warrior left… but can you imagine how “amazing" those matches would have been? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4fuqjNMQqg Couldn’t be any worse than Papa Shango at least.  

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Friday Night Party Thread: February 15, 2019

YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE at Fox Hall in Annandale, Virginia, where over 300 of my craziest friends are joining me for NOVA Pro’s season 4 premiere tonight!  It’s also my debut as a referee on this stage, so yeah, I’m a shade nervous. ESPN has the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities tonight.  ESPN2 has the college ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WCW SuperBrawl

This time out we look at one of WCW’s gala events in the form of SuperBrawl. Indeed, for some within WCW itself, SuperBrawl was actually the event they considered to be the biggest event of the year, even bigger than Starrcade. This mostly was the case when Eric Bischoff took over, as he’s gone on ... Read more

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Tessa

Scott, Not sure if this has been covered but I cannot recall. How for the love of the WWE’s love of getting a Four Horsewoman deal over as a thing is Tessa Blanchard not on their roster and sewn directly to one of Charlotte’s implants?  Is there some kind of problems here with her, or ... Read more

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Nailz

Hey, Scott: Loving your Superstars recaps. Some questions: 1.) Could Nailz — in his previous "Kevin Kelly" incarnation — go in the ring at all? Watching him nearly 30 years later, he seemed to actively *trying* to be terrible. 2.) Did Vince know that Bossman would be gone from the company in early 1993? In ... Read more

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Rotunda

Given his NWA/WCW history, you would assume Mike Rotunda is a Hall of Candidate. So they have to eventually put IRS in, right?  I am 100% sure he will go in someday, yes.  As WWE Hall inductions go, it's a totally fine one.  

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Kofi vs Bryan

I know you’re probably sick of Kofi emails but hear me out here: Kofi pinned Bryan on SD. At Elimination Chamber, it comes down to Kofi and Bryan. Rowan and Big E brawl outside when Harper arrives and slips Bryan a weapon through the chamber allowing him to retain. At Fastlane they can do a ... Read more

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WWF UK Rampage ’93

April 11, 1993 From the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England Your hosts as Jim Ross, Bobby Heenan, and Lord Alfred Hayes Fatu w/ Afa vs. Brian Knobbs Heenan tells Knobbs to get all the help he can and might as well get the “Limeys” behind him. We get a lot of stalling until Fatu attacks ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Happy Valentine’s Day!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Happy Valentine’s Day! (02.14.19) I guess the theme of this week’s uploads should be pretty obvious. A Valentine for Thesz Lou Thesz v. Johnny Valentine (09.01.73) So this is footage from Florida in 73, with no sound, sadly, which makes it kind of weird. They fight ... Read more

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ALWF Event Centre: Ashes Rumble Update

Notes: the AfterLife Wrestling Federation is a tribute to wrestlers who have since left us.  The concept is a WWE-style wrestling organization with the best of the past.  Hopefully you’ll see some old favorites of yours!  And now: the ALWF, for over 100 years the revolutionary force in Slam Bang Western Style Wrestling. Gene Okerlund: ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 11th, 1993

April 11, 1993 From the Augusta County Civic Center in Augusta, GA Your hosts are Jim Ross, in his debut on Challenge, and Bobby Heenan This week in action are Jim Duggan, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Tatanka. Plus, Tiger Jackson vs. Little Louie and more!   Steiner Brothers vs. The Executioners The Executioners are Barry ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: February 14, 2019

Oh, like I have a valentine today. Your NBA on TNT game this week — just one, as the All-Star break is around the corner — is Thunder/Pelicans.  Your college basketball slate is: ESPN has Houston/Connecticut; ESPN2 has Illinois/Ohio State, then Murray State/Austin Peay (Ja Morant of Murray State is a must-see), and Gonzaga/Loyola Marymount.  ... Read more

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WWF 1992 Era Rumors

Your terrific Superstars reviews got me thinking about a few rumors I remember hearing over the years from the period. Hoping you can shed some light on these. How much is true, how much is bull.  1. When they were getting ready to debut Razor Ramon, he was originally going to be called the "Bag ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 10th, 1993

April 10, 1993 From the North Charleston Civic Center in North Charleston, SC Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We start off the show with still photos of WrestleMania narrated by Vince. We also learn that the Coliseum Home Video release of this show will be ... Read more

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Canadian Mount Rushmore

Hi Scott, hope all is well. Despite it being a U.S. icon and all, who would be on your Canadian Wrestler Mount Rushmore? Oh god, our first Rushmore of the year.  Bret Hart, Gene Kiniski, Whipper Billy Watson, and maybe Chris Jericho. Honourable mention to the Montreal mafia.  

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 5th, 1993

April 5, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage. Tonight, we will see Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Virgil, Steiner Brothers vs. Beverly Brothers, and Jerry Lawler in action.   Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Virgil Vince talks up WrestleMania as being great and lets us ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–05.30.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.30.92 Taped from Syracuse, NY, apparently the most batshit insane set of TV tapings ever filmed. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect, just in time for Dairy Month. Of course, Perfect has a laundry list of milk-related puns for the Shango-Warrior situation. The Legion of Doom ... Read more

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Becky vs. the Corporation

So, can we assume next week on Raw (because it's the more important show) that Becky will show up in the crowd, ignore her suspension, and attack Ronda Rousey. This will then cause Vince to lead out the local police to "arrest" Becky, live on national television? Then the same thing will happen on Smackdown ... Read more

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CWC 2

Hey Scott,   Why did they never do another CWC? There was either talk of, or an actual announcement at an investor's call, of a South American sequel to the CWC that was supposed to have happened in 2018 at some point and been based in (I believe) Brazil or thereabouts.  They would supposedly use ... Read more

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Kofi Kingston

Do you think Kofi Kingston is in for a singles push given his performance in the Gauntlet Match on Smackdown this past week, or do believe it will be forgotten about in short order?   I don't think they should put the World title on the guy or anything, but I'm sure a title shot at ... Read more

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NXT Global

Scott, A while back when NXT UK started their first set of weekly takings, I recall Triple H giving an interview in which he stated (iirc) that his goal and vision was not just a PC/Developmental system in various regions around the world, but a viable alternative brand/quasi-territory system, in which you could have guys ... Read more

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NXT UK – February 13, 2019

NXT UK Date: February 13, 2019 Location: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph Things are getting more interesting around here as Walter continues to be the biggest thing to be added to the show since its inception (all those months ago). For now though, we’re in Phoenix for some shows taped ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 13, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: September 13, 2004 Location: KeyArena, Seattle, Washington Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the night after Unforgiven and things are back to the normal levels of bleak. In this case, that’s due to HHH winning the World Title again, because Randy Orton had his four week reign and needed ... Read more

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NXT – February 13, 2019

NXT Date: February 13, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson We’re coming up on the build towards New York and that’s going to be a big night, with some of the card starting to come into focus. The big story continues to be Johnny Gargano vs. ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

AEW sold out the remaining 100 or so tickets in roughly 0.2 seconds or whatever it was.  But they’re still not a success yet until they actually hold the show.  Or so I hear.  Never mind that WWE barely sells 2000 tickets for a TV taping. I can’t believe the blog’s fantasy booking of KOFI ... Read more

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Dupe ’em

Why are smart marks/hardcore fans so easy to impress and distract? While having done ZERO shows so far, people (including marketing machine Meltz) praise AEW for selling out a trillion tickets in 1.7 seconds? That's marketing these days, and brillant IWC falls for it just like they believe in HISTORIC FIRST TIME EVER and WILL ... Read more

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WWF WrestleMania IX

April 4, 1993 From Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV   Gorilla Monsoon welcomes us to the show then immediately kicks it over to the debuting Jim Ross. Both are wearing togas.   We get Caesar and Cleopatra making their entrance as this has been transformed into the Roman Coliseum. The opening ceremony is extravagant ... Read more

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Eva Marie Returning

Hi Scott, i know you've been following Celebrity Big Brother US. Eva Marie has obviously gotten bit of mainstream attention & fame from her participation on that show. WWE's Youtube Channel recently featured her in a video of top WWE Returns fans wanted in 2019. So what do you think are the chances of her ... Read more

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Did they break The Rockers up too soon?

Hey Scott, Going through the 1992 Superstars and it occurred to me: The Rockers never had a chance to be THE face team in WWF despite being excellent workers and pretty over with the fans. With The hart Foundation gone, and LOD being difficult, do you think it would've worked to keep The Rockers together ... Read more

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AEW/WWE

Hey Scott, so you are presented the oppurtunity to attend 2 shows, AEW Double or Nothing, or WWE puts on a tri brand show with the following: 1. Lesnar vs Lashley 2. Styles vs Rollins 3. Bryan vs Dunne 4. Mctyre vs Joe 5. Demon Balor vs Black 6. Revival vs Undisputed Era 7. War ... Read more

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Lars Sullivan

What happened to Lars Sullivan?  Is Rowan taking the spot as Daniel Bryan's bodyguard he was supposed to play?   Lars suffered from a severe anxiety attack before his scheduled debut and went home, and is apparently welcome to return whenever he's ready.  And yes, Rowan is taking his spot for the moment, presumably until Harper ... Read more

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Charlotte Reigns

Before the Charlotte heel turn, she was basically in the same boat at Roman as in "the hand picked star who the fans don't want" role. So they gave her an edge back and turned her heel. Why couldn't they do the same thing with Roman? A Roman heel turn with him comming out as ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–01.02.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 01.02.95 And we are off to 1995, and what a way to kick off the year with HOGAN VS. BUTCHER at Starrcade ’94! – Dave’s summation of Starrcade: “When the biggest news coming out of a show is that the Honkytonk Man quit WCW, you know nothing much happened.” Regardless, the ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for NXT 8-26-2015

I’ve been looking for a writing project to get me back on the site regularly instead of just doing the Monday night threads and posting in the daily discussions. So after scanning through the Network for a couple of months I finally settled on picking up NXT around the third quarter of 2015. Mainly because ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 12, 2019: Almost In Paradise

Smackdown Date: February 12, 2019 Location: Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves It’s the go home show for Elimination Chamber and we have some big matches to get through. As was the case last night on Raw, we’ll have some kind of a match to determine the other team starting ... Read more

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Big Brother future endeavors

I know you're a Big Brother fan. What'd you think of Eva Marie getting future endeavored by Tom Green on the show? I found it interesting he used that language. She was a lot more interesting in that role than her WWE one.  I was cheering for Tom, though, because he was playing a GAME ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 4th, 1993

April 4, 1993 Your hosts Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are hosting from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV while the matches on the show took place at the 3/7 Fayetteville, NC tapings.   Gorilla’s shirt is extremely tight fitting as he appears a lot heavier than usual. We see the clip of Doink the ... Read more

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Becky, Charlotte, and Ronnie

Hey Scott,   Why the hell are people getting so pissy over the ending of Raw?  It's called storyline.  Vince used to fuck over Austin every chance he got and we went crazy for it.  Have they been this stale and paint by numbers for so long that everyone has forgotten that Wrestling isn't always ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

RIP To Pedro Morales, one of the all time greats. Smackdown should feature someone getting shoehorned into the Chamber match with Mustafa Ali out. RAW did either the lowest or near lowest ratings in history on Monday. Talk about your night here!

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Impact Wrestling – February 8, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: February 8, 2019 Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews Things are starting to pick up around here with one of the biggest matches we’ll be seeing in Mexico as LAX defends the Tag Team Titles against the Lucha Bros. That could be a heck of a match ... Read more

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

–WCW Prime did not feature any original bouts so we head into WCW Pro where Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are on commentary. –Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (16-3-1) pins Chris Nelson after Dreamland at 2:23: This encounter may have happened near the end of the tapings as there are a few empty ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – April 3rd, 1993

April 3, 1993 Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. The hosts are in front of Caesar’s Palace but the matches took place at the 3/7 tapings in Fayetteville, NC.   Mr. Perfect vs. Duane Gill Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan are on commentary for this show. Perfect ... Read more

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Mystery partners / villains.

Hey Scott,   It seems that almost all of the 'mystery partners' or 'mystery heels' are decided upon at the last minute – and certainly long after the commencement of the angle in question.  Eg – Hogan as the third man, the Black Scorpion, the Higher Power etc.   Has there ever been a 'mystery ... Read more

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The Authority

I legitimately don't understand the rationale of this on-screen authority character development. HHH is a babyface because he runs NXT, but he's otherwise been the Attitude era typical corporate heel against every top face on Raw for years. What the hell is he now? He wants to control the babyfaces to the point of submission ... Read more

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Bryan vs KO

So, after seeing Kevin Owens vignette on Raw, he seems to be returning as a babyface and possibly on Smackdown. It's gotta be Bryan vs Owens at Mania, right? And you can even have Sami return, torn between his best friend and the fact that he agrees with everything Bryan is saying and doing. That's ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.02.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.02.95 Finally, we hit 1995 and get away from the dire ugliness of 1994. I have no idea how I slogged through these shows live at the time. At least there’s a slight visual change as the year starts, with the graphics and motif switching from red ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXV

Live from St. Petersburg, FL Airdate:  November 10, 1993 Attendance:  6,000 (1,700 paid) Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Can Flair regain the WCW World title? Will Hawk become World champion? What will be the result of the explosion of the Hollywood Blonds? Let’s find out! Holy supershow debuts, Batman! “Mean” Gene ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 11, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: February 11, 2019 Location: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young It’s the go home Raw before Elimination Chamber and, thanks to some announcements made earlier in the day, we now have some matches for Sunday from the red side. As for tonight, Becky Lynch ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Seemed like a pretty nice relaxing weekend and the weather was beautiful here. Onto the shows. The build for the Elimination Chamber continues along with doubling up on the Road to Wrestlemania and there is so much left to be solved on both fronts. Becky ... Read more

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WWF March to WrestleMania IX

March 28, 1993 From Fayetteville, NC. This show was taped on 3/7 Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan   We get clips of the Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna contract signing from this past weekend where Yokozuna attacked Bret with Bret able to get up and stand at the end while holding the belt. ... Read more

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Njpw what

After the absolutely stellar 2018 Njpw put out we now have Jay White as IWGP champion??? Really??? Gedo has to be telling one heck of a long form story to put the belt on White so soon…Okada redemption? Naito Ascension?  I assume Gedo just REALLY wants to elevate someone to replace Omega at this point. ... Read more

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Bryan vs. Miz

Without many options for Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, why can’t Bryan vs. The Miz be an option?  How is Shane McMahon vs. The Miz possibly a better idea? They’ve spent literally years building to Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz and now that they can actually do the match, they don’t.  Say what you will about ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–05.23.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.23.92 Taped from Syracuse, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect The Undertaker v. Bill Pierce I think it was “Pierce”, although Vince pronounces it more like “Paris”. Whatever, no one cares. Perfect notes that Undertaker will be “six feet under” if Berzerker manages to stab ... Read more

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The Higher Power

Hey Scott,   Your mention of the Higher Power nonsense in your latest Heat recap reminded me of that whole business. The only thing I remember about this now (good lord, it’s been 20 years!?) is “It’s me, Austin! It was me all along!” which almost makes it worth it for that meme.   I’m ... Read more

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Eric Bugenhagen encore

https://youtu.be/iu2kp3w-Wvk Maybe I don’t watch the main program enough , but there’s one thing I always felt it’s lacked a lot of (Elias an exception) the past couple of years: audiences and wrestlers having fun with characters , face or heel . Also I feel like this is the perfect guy Velveteen can get over ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: February 10, 2018

Fenix survived an injury scare with just a muscle contusion. SmackDown announced an Elimination Chamber gauntlet — the winner enters last in the title match. Minor league football from the AAF is on tonight on NFL Network.  Utah faces Arizona. Finally, I’ll be back overnight with an ALWF Event Centre as the Ashes Rumble is ... Read more

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Austin/Pillman gun angle on Raw

Was it true that USA Network was so upset when the Steve Austin/Brian Pillman home-invasion/gun angle aired in late 1996 that they threatened to cancel Raw, or put it on in a late night timeslot?  If this is accurate I find it ironic, what with the Attitude Era being right around the corner.   Yup, wrong place, wrong time.   That being ... Read more

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1992 Tag Programs

Hey Scott— Rolling with the ‘92 Superstars episodes… Vince spends the whole summer hyping the Natural Disasters chasing Money, Inc. and the Beverly’s futile attempt to get “Legion of Sissies” over. Yet after the random house show title switch, Summerslam is hyped as the Disasters defending against the Beverleys, and the infamous LOD/Money match where ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 01/20/2009 #137

Last week the undefeated Jack Swagger became the brand new ECW Champion after smashing Matt Hardy’s face into the exposed turnbuckle. And of course despite losing his title, the first question Todd Grisham has is about his brother Jeff and his latest mishap. Jeff went into shock after ”the explosions” so clearly Brian Pillman is ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread

Last night was the stirring debut of the AAF and there’s barely even any coverage on the sports sites, so that’s probably not gonna be a thing. UFC was kind of a disaster and ended up with a bunch of no-names and washed up Anderson Silva in the main event. And now, let’s go to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–02.28.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 02.28.99 I KNOW, I KNOW. I hate this show so much but I keep going back to it. Live from Dayton, OH, apparently. This is one is kind of weird because the announcers keep talking about “atmospheric conditions” causing satellite problems, but of course this archived ... Read more

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Unforgiven 2004

Unforgiven 2004 Date: September 12, 2004 Location: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon Attendance: 10,000 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler This is another case of a one match show, which tends to be the case in the HHH era. In this case it’s HHH getting (another) title shot against Randy Orton, who was thrown out of Evolution ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 9, 2004

Smackdown Date: September 9, 2004 Location: Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re coming off last week’s huge pay per view style main event when Kurt Angle won the third match in the series against Eddie Guerrero, which will end their rivalry completely forever. The next pay per view will likely start ... Read more

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Obvious follow up – Face Turns

Borrowing from a recent post about greatest heel turns – what’s you opinion on greatest face turns?  My personal favourite is Savage at Mania 7.  Hard to top that.  A few others that come to mind in terms of impact are Taker stopping Jake from smoking Liz with a chair and (I’m guessing maybe yours) ... Read more

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Sonny Onoo lawsuit against WCW

What ended up happening with the Sonny Onoo lawsuit against WCW?  Did he win it, lose it, or was it settled out of court?   Settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.  That’s where we got that crazy list of WCW salaries from, since they were provided as evidence. 

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Aew eyeballs

So has anyone maybe thought of over kill with Kenny and the bucks ? Part of their …..allure was you weren’t gonna see them every week and or it felt special when they did roh shows. Now, running an American promotion, trying to get tv weekly, that allure might be gone.  Perhaps let's wait for ... Read more

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Rock/Hogan II

Hey Scott— It’s February… so I’m on the treadmill watching February PPVs on the Network. Anyhoo… No Way Out 2003 has Rock v. Hogan II. Despite the fact that the work is even worse than the first match (and the finish is lame) I’m curious about your thoughts. Given your unabashed (and totally justified) love ... Read more

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Shortest Heel/Face Turns?

With Elias going back to heel again recently, what was the shortest heel or face turn that wasn't a ruse on the part of a wrestler?  The shortest face turn I can remember was Big Bossman in the Summer of 1999.  The Corporate Ministry beat him down and kicked him out of their group, and ... Read more

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Traditional Tag Team formula

Scott,   Apart from, you know, Ricky Morton, who was the best 'face in peril' within the traditional tag team formula?  Which partner was the best after getting the 'hot tag'?  And from the other side of the ring, who were the best heel team at getting rabid heat from the crowd by 'cutting the ... Read more

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The Strong Style Saturday Thread

Polar vortex update:  It’s still friggin’ cold. Kenny Omega has been doing all kinds of media after signing with AEW, and he revealed that in fact New Japan was his third choice given how they apparently weren’t particularly interested in signing him!  Yikes.  Dave was mentioning on the show this week that whatever happens with ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT–02.06.19

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 02.06.19 OK, everyone has been telling me I need to watch this episode, so let’s check it out. Taped from Orlando, FL Your hosts are Mauro, Nigel & Percy Johnny Gargano joins us to start, fresh off winning the North American title, and the crowd is already chanting “Johnny ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – February 1, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: February 1, 2019 Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis We’re still in Mexico and last week, that was a good thing. There’s all kinds of extra talent to throw in there and you never know what kind of surprises you’re going to find. Some of the stuff ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: WWF In Your House 6

There’s no particular reason for this one, but seeing as this show happened in the month of February and comes in at just under two hours, I thought I might as well review it. I’ve set some time aside next week to work on Six of the Best for WCW SuperBrawl, so keep a look ... Read more

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The Friday Night Thread

It’s Friday night! I finally finished off Spider-Man on the PS4 and all the DLC, so now I have a hole in my life.  I also got Assassin’s Creed Origins for Christmas so I guess I can try that one next.  Won’t be the same as web-swinging through New York, though! Ruby Riott will be ... Read more

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AEW TV

Hey Scott, can you see AEW purchasing Impact? Can they take over the TV Deal in that case? It would be sensible as they can keep some talent and fill out the roster. Anthem offered to sell it to them already, but they didn't want the baggage of another company attached to AEW and they ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – April 29, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. –Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (18-1-1) defeat Ricky Santana & Romeo Valentino when Jerry Sags pins Valentino after the Trip to Nastyville at 3:37: Santana and Valentino make for a makeshift jobber team as they are competing without their ... Read more

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Flair pinning Hogan

Curious to what you have to say about… Flair only got Hogan's shoulders on the mat for 3 once in over a hundred plus matches? Even that was an overbooked screwy finish. Knowing that Hogan had some creative control makes some sense of it, but looking at the match history shows Flair laying down constantly ... Read more

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Delusional fans

I'm seeing the reaction on Twitter for the AEW press conference and jeez, these fans are already predicting the WWE's demise and how they're dumb for not signing Kenny Omega (you'd think they signed Steve Austin circa 1998 or Hulk Hogan circa 1985, Omega's great but come on now)?  I get it, fans want to ... Read more

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Indie Roundup: Feb. 8-10, 2018

Hey guys, sorry I didn’t post this last night, but I had a stomach bug that really lamed me up.  Anyway, here’s your weekly look at the highlights outside the spotlights: Tonight, AAW is in Austin, Texas for Lucha City Limits!  Your main event is the Lucha Bros challenging AR Fox and Myron Reed for ... Read more

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WWF/NWA Supercard

With the talk about Hogan / Flair fizzing in 1992, do you think in the 1987-89 period, if the egos in question could be satisfied, there could have been a WWF/NWA (or even WWF / Mid-Atlantic) supercard?  If it could have happened, where would you have held it?  Or would you have had two cards, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–02.07.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 02.07.19 Yes, it’s Black History Month, so I’d expect WWE to respond with previously unseen matches from Tyler Black, Aleister Black and Black Bart. Or these, whatever. Magnum and the Big Cat North American title: Ernie Ladd v. Magnum TA (11.09.84) Off to Houston for this ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 28th, 1993

March 28, 1993 From the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, GA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week in action are Doink the Clown and The Steiner Brothers   Mr. Perfect vs. Brooklyn Brawler Gorilla talks about WrestleMania featuring the world’s largest toga party as Heenan is now refusing to wear a ... Read more

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Death by snow snow

I'm bedridden with the worst flu and shakes after travelling and a week of work with no heating. Then Scott, I look at the weather in your town and it's, literally, colder than freezing level. How do you live in this place and keep functioning? London's never getting as cold as that and I *almost* ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – March 27th, 1993

March 27, 1993 From the North Charleston Civic Center in North Charleston, SC Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Vince tells us about “WWF officials” starting a WWF Hall of Fame with Andre the Giant as the first inductee. In action this week are Crush, Lex Luger, ... Read more

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – October 3rd, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – OCTOBER 3RD, 1992   – Last week on SMW TV… The Dirty White Boy finally had enough of Tim Horner, attacking him from behind and stringing him up from the top rope, Paul Orndorff failed to cash-in on the $10,000 bounty over Brian Lee’s head, The Stud Stable accused The ... Read more

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The Billion $ Man Vince McMahon

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190207005303/en/WWE®-Reports-Record-Results-Fourth-Quarter-Full Yup, we knew this would be a big one.  Escalating USA Network money plus Saudi oil money plus high stock value = $$$$ Hopefully they can afford to upgrade their VHS mastered Network content now for those of us with new 65” 8k TVs. 

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NXT UK end game

Good afternoon, Scott –   I haven’t really followed it except for their Takeover event, but I was curious what the end game for NXT UK was. Is it to act as a pipeline/feeder system for the mainstream WWE audience? To act as their own separate entity? Or (as you’ve mentioned) just Vince trying to ... Read more

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The Flying Greek Mike Pappas

Scott, Are you familiar with Mike Pappas? A friend of mine sent me this video/Go Fund Me about a documentary he is trying to get made about his life. http://bit.ly/2HWgJDu https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdZtkpi9G1I I wasn't familiar with him but it looks pretty interesting so I was wondering if you or anyone on your blog might have more info ... Read more

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Two world champions 30 years ago

Obviously with two world champions since 2002 it hasn't necessarily been a distinctive honor to be called a "former world champion" anymore.  But lets say back in the late 80's there was two brands.  Who outside of the obvious Hogan, Warrior and Savage could you have seen as a world champion to carry a Raw ... Read more

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Brock vs Kurt

Hey Scott The recent email about Hogan vs Flair got the Blog talking about iconic WM main events.  It got my thinking: had Brock hit the shooting star press clean as a sheet at WM19 and that had been the finish, how much more highly do you think his match against Kurt would have been ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Worldwide Wrestling–01.30.88

The SmarK Rant for NWA Worldwide Wrestling – 01.30.88 This did OK last time, so we’ll try it again and see how it goes. Taped from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Tony and David. So first up, everyone is excited because a match between Barry Windham and Tully Blanchard ended via INSTANT REPLAY. Oooo, how ... Read more

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NXT – February 6, 2019

NXT Date: February 6, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson We’re back to the regular shows and it’s just in time too as we’re about two months away from Takeover: New York. That could mean some matches being set up in a hurry, though it’s not ... Read more

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What could have been…

Most people will agree that Wrestlemania III holds the gold standard for 'epic' main event, not in terms of workrate, but just the sheer awesomeness of the marquee. Yes, Hogan-Warrior was awesome, as was DB's triple threat win, but Hogan-Andre still has to be the top of the list. However… Had Vince not lost his ... Read more

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Fwd: AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Controversial RVD documentary, “Headstrong” to be released February 19th

Hi Scott, Longtime reader. I have been working for the past couple of years on a documentary with RVD on his life in professional wrestling. Would love to have you share! Thanks! AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Controversial RVD documentary, “Headstrong” to be released February 19th on iTunes/Google Play/VUDU Professional wrestling legend Rob Van Dam embarks ... Read more

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NXT UK – February 6, 2019

NXT UK Date: February 6, 2019 Location: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness Last week saw the rise of Walter, who is clearly going to be a major star around here in short order. The man is a monster who is going to run over everyone in his path, possibly including UK ... Read more

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The Wednesday Night Thread

It’s goddamn -50C here with wind chill.  WHAT EVEN IS THAT?!?! Also, Uber launched in Saskatoon today.  I took one to work.  We’re so 2019 now! Tonight is NXT both US and UK versions.  Tommy has the review of both but I’m also debating starting up again as we move into WM season. The more ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 6, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: September 6, 2004 Location: Kay Yeager Coliseum, Wichita Falls, Texas Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Somehow this is the go home show for Unforgiven, which I didn’t realize somehow. That means it’s time to get ready for Randy Orton’s first Raw World Title defense against HHH, which I’m sure will be ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 22nd, 1993

March 22, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett   Damien Demento & Repo Man vs. The Bushwhackers Oh boy, can’t wait to see this match! The Bushwhackers made their entrance through the balcony and the match started after the ... Read more

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EC3

Hey Scott, Love the blog, keep up the good work! Is it just me, or does EC3 look small in the WWE? From what I remember of him in TNA, he seemed like a big tall guy. But seeing him standing there going head to head with Ambrose, he looked almost short. I know he's ... Read more

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Random Tag Teams you would like to see

As random and unnecessary as it probably is, I'm pretty intrigued by the Rusev/Nakamura tag team. It got me thinking of other random tag teams I'd be interested in. What teams would interest you, all promotions/past and current wrestlers? I'll stick with present day WWE. Some teams I'd like to see are: – Brock Lesnar ... Read more

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Cheesiest Lines

On the 31st anniversary of The Main Event, I am reminded of the wonderful moment when a distraught and dethroned Hulk Hogan wondered aloud to the world, “HOW MUCH MONEY DID THEY SPEND ON THE PLASTIC SURGERY, MAN???” So that got me to thinking, what are the cheesiest lines delivered in wrestling history? There’ve been ... Read more

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Randy Orton to AEW?

Ignoring the contract tampering aspect to it, that'd be a big get! Is this a thing that people are talking about?  Not sure what motivation Orton would have to jump ship, unless he wants even less work for even more money.  But otherwise he's literally been with WWE for his whole career, so I can't ... Read more

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – September 26th, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – SEPTEMBER 26TH, 1992 – Last week on SMW TV… Tim Horner defeated the Dirty White Boy in a Non-Title Match, Jimmy Golden and Robert Fuller cost the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express their chance at the Heavenly Bodies’ Tag Team Championship, “Primetime” Brian Lee was attacked, again, by the Mongolian Mauler, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–05.16.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.16.92 Good gosh, I know there’s Attitude Era and E&C and all kinds of other stuff I’m behind on, but I just can’t stop going back to this show and I want to binge through it like I did Russian Doll on Monday night. Which is why there ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 21st, 1993

March 21, 1993 From the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week in action are The Nasty Boys, Lex Luger, Owen Hart, and The Headshrinkers.   Nasty Boys vs. Ed Moretti & The Intruder Knobbs beats on Moretti as the announcers talk about the ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 5, 2019

Smackdown Date: February 5, 2019 Location: Wind Arena, Everett, Washington Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re less than two weeks away from Elimination Chamber and unlike Raw, we actually have some stuff set up for the pay per view. That includes the Smackdown World Title match, meaning we have some singles matches between ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Smackdown Thread

It’s Smackdown Live tonight!  Hopefully it’s warmer wherever the show is than it is here.  Fucking polar vortex. RAW’s ratings continue to fall, and having Rollins on the shelf for a month probably won’t help. Tommy will be back later with the Smackdown review, so chat about things here and enjoy your evening!

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NXT UK – January 30, 2019

NXT UK Date: January 30, 2019 Location: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, England Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph We’re still in Blackpool and that means we could be in for some fun stuff. The fallout from Takeover is still in effect and we’re probably on the verge of seeing Walter make his in-ring debut. He’s a heck ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 29, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Meng (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (10-0) pins Scott Sandlin after a thrust kick at 1:49: Meng is booked to face Marcus Bagwell in the United States Championship tournament on Saturday Night, so this match is building him up for ... Read more

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Bryan vs. _____ at WM

Here’s a few possibilities to face Bryan that all make sense and can all feature in very good/great mid-WM title matches: 1) John Cena – the obvious one; he’s not in the EC, Bryan returns of SDL after and challenges his former brother in law at WM. Personal feud, would get hot build, involves Total Divas/Bella’s, ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – March 20th, 1993

March 20, 1993 From the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage   The show starts off with a Mega Maniacs music video set to “Real American.”   Money Inc. vs. Robert Thompson & Alan Reid Before the match, IRS ... Read more

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Daniel Bryan vs. ???

With Seth Rollins challenging the Raw Champion at WrestleMania, why is Daniel Bryan defending the SmackDown! Title in the Elimination Chamber?  Wouldn’t it be better used to determine a No. 1 Contender for WrestleMania instead?  You’d think that would have a lot more intrigue since there’s no way Bryan is dropping his custom title in ... Read more

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Greatest heel turns ever

Hi Scott, hope all is well. Just looking back at the awesome Chris Jericho heel turn in 2008. If it’s not the greatest heel turn ever, I certainly think it’s in the top 5. What are the greatest heel turns ever in terms of heat and effectiveness? Well, gosh, you've certainly got to put Hulk ... Read more

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Wrestlers names

Hey Scott- When a wrestler leaves WWE, I know that they obviously can’t use their ring name if it is the IP of the WWE. But how close can they get? Will we be seeing Gene Lambrose against Mack Jagger in the near future? Also.  When they bring in veterans like Samoa Joe and Ricochet ... Read more

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Twitter, Podcasts And New Generation

Back in the day, you almost never heard guys talk bad about a company unless it was after they left ala X Pac talking about WCW when he returned on Raw or Christian talking about WWE when he signed with TNA. Nowadays you got guys actively berated whatever company they work for on Twitter or ... Read more

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Hacksaw Duggan in WCW

Was Hacksaw Jim Duggan considered to be a friend of Hulk Hogan?  I was going back on some of his WCW stuff recently, and it was strange;  While he was never given a big or size-able push he also rarely ever jobbed, instead feasting on jobbers and jobbers to the stars on WCW's C and ... Read more

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Coldest WrestleMania build?

Scott, what was the least hyped, coldest build to a WM, or the coldest WM season, you can recall? Like you, I didn't pay attention from 2005 until the Summer of Punk, but this year feels pretty ice cold right now.  Just looking at some of the obvious or potential matches, nothing really stands out ... Read more

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