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March Bashness 2019

Hey Scott,   Wanted to share this with you as it’s always fun getting participation from the BOD. I decided to throw in some super teams to see how long they’ll survive against teams like The Revival, DIY, The Hart Foundation and The Shield.   https://ift.tt/2uoaYoO   Thanks as always for sharing and can’t ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: March 21, 2019

MARCH MADNESS!  Tonight features Gonzaga, Michigan, Kentucky, and more! As for indie wrestling, the big story is the return of WSU in Voorhees NJ Saturday night after a nine-month hiatus!  Kris Statlander faces Savannah Stone, Maria Manic and Rahne Victoria square off, and more! Others on the docket in this light week: Action Wrestling features ... Read more

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WWF All-American Wrestling – June 27th, 1993

June 27, 1993 Your hosts are Gene Okerlund & Bobby Heenan, who are at the New York Harbor with the U.S.S. Intrepid in the background. Really, its just a green screen.   We see Heenan laugh as he tapes a small piece to the back of Okerlund’s suit and laughs. The hosts then talk about ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for the Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection

The SmarK DVD Rant for Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection One of my faithful readers bought this for me a while ago, and I figured it was an interesting counterpoint to the Randy Savage documentary, in that Savage didn’t live long enough to come crawling back to Vince and thus got a begrudging DVD set ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 21, 2019

Original Plans for the Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade Feud The original plan for the feud was to have a mask vs. hair match but the idea ended up falling by the wayside. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   David Starr Pulls Promo Bashing Sinclair Broadcasting Due to Pressure from Ring of Honor https://ift.tt/2WdUdbF   ... Read more

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John Nord – The Berzerker

Early on in the Observer recaps there was all this talk about Nord the Barbarian and how over he was in the mid to late 80s in a few different promotions. It seemed he was a legit draw. He was even doing car commercials. And I kept thinking, isn't this the same guy who was ... Read more

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Finish Him!

In honor of Kevin Owens bringing the Stunner back to the main roster, a LIGHTNING ROUND!  With these Once-Established Finishers, who (if any) could you see on the main roster bring these back as a new or secondary finish:  1) Dragon Sleeper Roman Reigns!  It's the REMISSION! 2) Michinoku Driver That's a pretty common transition ... Read more

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Split winners in a tag team ladder match

Has that ever happened? Members of different teams each grab a belt at the same time? What would happen if they did? Hilarity!  No, but seriously, I think the rule (if there is one) is that the first member of the team to grab one of the titles is declared the winner.  I don't think ... Read more

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Mega Maniacs

Watched March to WrestleMania IX today, and read your review. Guess I'm wondering what the thought process behind the whole Beefcake/Hogan angle was.  Beefcake looked so out of his league with Hogan. I mean, I know they headlined SummerSlam together less than four years before that, but even then he felt like the weak end, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior

The SmarK Rant for the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior (Time for 2019 Scott Sez action!  And then we’ll finish off Warrior Week or whatever this is later this morning.)  Well, you knew this was coming one day. I should preface this by noting that I was long a fan of the Warrior, not ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Living Dangerously 1999 – 21/03/1999

So here we are, after over a month of Hardcore TV episodes we finally reach Living Dangerously 99. This event was the first ever ECW show I saw, getting the VHS for Christmas in 1999 and immediately falling in love with the ECW product. I’d been an avid follower of the group in wrestling magazines ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – October 18, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: October 18, 2004 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the go home show for Taboo Tuesday and I don’t think many people are complaining. The show’s build has been a minor nightmare, though there are a few positive things here and there. The biggest problem is ... Read more

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3rd Man in the nWo?

I remember reading awhile ago that Hogan wasn't supposed to be the 3rd man in the nWo at Bash at the Beach 1996.  Who did WCW originally have in mind?   Hulk Hogan.  There were some rumoured backup plans and false starts like Bret Hart and Sting and British Bulldog, but the whole deal was ... Read more

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Jason Jordan and Baron Corbin

Yo Scott, I'm sure that nobody really cares, but Baron Corbin right now has the push and gimmick that was supposed to go to Jason Jordan, right? Jordan before the injury was kind of hinting at a heel turn, and an inveterate suck-up stooge better fit what Jordan was trending towards rather than Corbin and ... Read more

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NXT – March 20, 2019

NXT Date: March 20, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson We’re on the final taping cycle with three shows left before Takeover: New York. Last week’s big story saw Johnny Gargano finally outsmart Tommaso Ciampa after DIY was eliminated from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread!

Tonight!  It’s NXT and NXT UK and NXT Germany and NXT Zero with Cherry and NXT Qashqai SL Edition!  All on the WWE Network! Of course, there’s also some kind of high school basketball tournament if that’s your thing. Go out and buy Into the Spiderverse now, and have a great night!

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NXT UK – March 20, 2019

NXT UK Date: March 20, 2019 Location: Coventry Skydome Arena, Coventry, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness Things are getting very interesting around here as Walter made it clear that he’s coming for the UK Title. Last week saw Walter and champion Pete Dunne defeat the Coffey Brothers, but the big story was after the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 27, 1993

June 27, 1993 From the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan   The show starts off with Ross aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid to discuss its history and how Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna want to embarrass the American athlete. However, he believes that someone will step up and ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #308 – 20/03/1999

Here we are at the go home show for ECW Living Dangerously 1999 (Review due up tomorrow) Will there be some final storyline advancements to heat up the issues for the pay per view? Last week’s episode wasn’t an especially good one, as a lousy Delaware crowd and some questionable match finishes soured things considerably. ... Read more

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Question

Scott, You may have covered this before, but since I’ve been watching Superstars from ‘92, I figure I’ll ask again.  What was the plan if the Warrior has stuck around rather than bolted before Survivor Series? Was there another WWF Title run in the cards for him?  Yes, he was gonna win the belt from ... Read more

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Two Titles in a Ladder Match

Sorry for two e-mails so close together, but to kinda follow-up on my previous e-mail about combining several feuds into a single match, here's an idea that I've been wanting to see for years: the IC and US titles both being defended in a multi-man ladder match. The difference would be that, instead of hanging ... Read more

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Shane. Just….Shane.

There was a very brief time back in 1999, where Shane McMahon was just called Shane. Any recollection of this? If so, why do you think it was done? We all knew he was a McMahon, and I dont think he was feuding with Vince at the time.  So before there was Andrade, there was…..Shane.  ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for NXT Takeover: Respect

The Princess Rant for NXT Takeover: Respect After a few computer problems and re-writes, we’re here. From Full Sail University in Orlando, FL Original Date: October 12, 2015 Hosted by Rich Brennan, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinal: Finn Balon & Samoa Joe vs. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson Wilder ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 26, 1993

June 26, 1993 From the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We see Harvey Whippleman & Mr. Hughes on the video wall with Whippleman saying Hughes will take away everything that El Matador stands for to hype up their match. ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2019–The ULTIMATE WARRIOR! (1992 version)

The Coliseum Video Rant 2019 – The ULTIMATE WARRIOR! (1992) Okey doke, let’s see if this one is a little less lazy than the original 1989 tape. At the very least, it’s shorter. I think this is actually the 60 minute “Collector’s Series” version, in fact, which is gonna make this a quick review. We ... Read more

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WWF Mania – June 26th, 1993

June 26, 1993 Todd Pettengill is your host This week’s exclusive match is Lex Luger vs. Owen Hart   The Razor Ramon vs. 1-2-3 Kid match from the 6/21 edition of “Monday Night RAW” airs. The match ended in a no-contest when Kid took the money and fled to a car waiting outside of the ... Read more

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Kevin Von Erich

Scott, Long time reader going back to wrestleline. I've been sick this past few days so I've been reading back posts of your observer recaps, and therefore following the ongoing tragedies that was the Von Erich family, and I noticed something. David, Kerry, Mike and Chris seems to make regular appearences throughout the mid-late 80s, ... Read more

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quick question

how long do u think wwe champions has left? did they kill the golden goose with 4sb and dx VIP subscriptions?  Maybe.  Although it still does well for Scopely, player numbers are apparently way down and this latest monthly event is TURRIBLE.  Probably the worst one they've ever done, truth be told, filled with tours ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 19, 2019

Smackdown Date: March 19, 2019 Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s a Kofi Kingston night as he has to run a gauntlet match to get to the main event of Wrestlemania. In theory, with so few shows left to go before the pay per view, they’ll finally ... Read more

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Question for you

Hey Scott,   If you were booking WWE right now who would be holding each title and who would be chasing them for it?   I’d have kept Braun as the heel leader of that faction and led to Rollins chasing him for WM.  At least he’s on TV every week.   Daniel Bryan is fine ... Read more

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WCW in North Korea

Scott, There's a really well put together documentary on the NJPW/WCW show in North Korea on YouTube.  Worth a watch, and I think your readers would enjoy it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZkqfSpbg4 Yeah, YouTube put it at the top of my Recommendation list for like three days straight so I finally watched it today. It was pretty good!  Didn’t ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – June 21st, 1993

June 21, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   We get a video package about the Razor Ramon/1-2-3 Kid saga to hype up tonight’s rematch.   The Steiner Brothers vs. Barry Hardy & Reno Riggins We see that the Steiners ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 13, 1995

After spending the last few weeks recovering from mono, our journey through 1995 WCW resumes! WCW Prime had a WCW Tag Team Championship match that aired on May 8, so here is a recap of that match before we move onto WCW Worldwide: -WCW Tag Team Championship Match:  Harlem Heat (Champions w/Sister Sherri) (20-2-2) defeat ... Read more

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Survivor Series ’90 – Mystery Opponent Question

Scott, Long time reader of the blog…quick question for those who were around/recall –  Curious – leading up to Survivor Series '90 – what was the hype like for the mysery partner on the Million Dollar Team?    If this happened now, speculation would be crazy for a retuning or new superstar (only for it ... Read more

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Heenan’s WM Work

Hey Scott— Much praise, rightly so, is lauded on Bobby Heenan’s color commentary work on the 1992 Royal Rumble. However, what gets lost (and is almost as good) is his masterful call of Wrestlemania VIII. From first match to Papa Shango being late for his run-in, it’s as close to perfect Brain as you can ... Read more

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“Combining” matches

Hope everyone's well. I've been wondering this for several years now, but wouldn't it make sense to throw a bunch of the part-timers and older wrestlers into one match instead of having them take time away from the more able-bodied performers? Something like, say, Trips, Angle, Reigns, Strowman, and Balor, against Batista, Corbin, Mcintyre, Lashley, ... Read more

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RF Video Shoot Interview with nZo (AKA Enzo Amore)

Well, I’ve decided to do shoot interview recaps again and what better way to return than the former Enzo Amore of WWE fame. This was filmed on January 3oth, 2019 The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein It runs at two hours and fifty-one minutes long.   After talking about his fur coat and babbling ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–07.11.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 07.11.92 Taped from Hamilton, ON Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect. It’s NATIONAL NUDE DAYS. Hold on, Arrested Development break… The Legion of Doom v. Barry Hardy & Kerry Davis So yeah, this happened… Vince makes sure to stress that Rocko is a TOUGH dummy and ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-04-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 9, 1982 (taped 11/19) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi Can Madril earn a title shot by defeating Kabuki? How will Kerry and Adias fare against Dragon and Checkmate? And just who will assist me in detailing this chapter of the Texan saga? Thanks, Jackie. I’ll ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 18, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: March 18, 2019 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves We’ve got four shows left between now and Wrestlemania and that means it’s time to really crank things up. This time around it means that Brock Lesnar is actually here for a change and is likely ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 20th, 1993

June 20, 1993 From the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week, we will see Bob Backlund vs. Doink the Clown. Also in action are Papa Shango and The Headshrinkers.   Doink the Clown vs. Bob Backlund The announcers talk about the recent Tag Team Title ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! The road to Wrestlemania continues tonight with another live RAW from…somewhere. And I’m assuming it’ll be used to push the upcoming Wrestlemania show, which is supposed to have damn near 20 matches and only about three have been announced. Do better WWE! Oh well, at least A.J. Styles is staying with the ... Read more

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The official death of payview.

https://ift.tt/2Y9UCNU Without UFC, what is left? The lifeless shell of professional boxing? Pornography? TNA?! Well we still have PPV here in Canada, dammit!  The whole ESPN thing makes us sound like such an afterthought.  “Anyone who loves UFC needs ESPN Plus!  Oh, Canada, didn’t see you there, sorry.” 

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Scott’s Litmus Test

Hey Scott– Working my way through the 'Manias, and just wrapped up number ten. This show is universally praised (I recall Dave stating in the Observer that it was the greatest WWF PPV of all time) based on the strength of two matches: The opener with Bret and Owen and the ladder match. The funny ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 19th, 1993

June 19, 1993 From the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   Smoking Gunns vs. Reno Riggins & Scott Taylor Vince alerts us that this past Monday in Columbus, OH the Steiner Brothers became Tag Team Champions but lost them a ... Read more

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Split-Show Mania

With the reports of a 17 matches 400 hour show, we are obviously approaching the time for a two-day, split show Mania. This year would've been a perfect time to try it with NYC and multiple venues. Even the card breaks down nicely: SDL Saturday Mania: WWE Title –  (c) Bryan vs. Kofi Ladder match ... Read more

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Human Suplex Machine

Should Tazz have been a bigger deal in WWE? Would he have been a much bigger deal if he was around now as opposed to then?  The problem now is that most of his "shooter" rep and bonafides were the creation of Paul Heyman's hype machine.  Today he'd be a guy who throws suplexes, but ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2019–The ULTIMATE WARRIOR!

The Coliseum Video Rant 2019 – The ULTIMATE WARRIOR Oddly enough I had never done this one in the original run of Coliseum rants, nor the sequel in 92. So that gives you something to look forward to, I guess. But first, the original tape from 1989! Originally released 06.28.89 Hosted by the Warrior, of ... Read more

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What?!

Just literally found out Wahoo freaking McDaniel is not in the Hall Of Fame. Any reason why? You would think he'd be a easy one. Because he was never in WWE and it's not a real Hall of Fame anyway?  

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Shawn Michaels collapsing angle on Raw

What was the deal with the whole "Shawn Michaels collapsing" storyline on Raw after the Survivor Series in 1995?  IIRC, it never went anywhere.  I think it was just a thing to build off the real-life Syracuse beating and turn Shawn into a sympathetic babyface, which is of course exactly what people didn't want out ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 18, 2019

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2HsAC46   Kyle O’Reilly to Challenge for the EVOLVE Title at WrestleMania Weekend https://ift.tt/2FjRqZ0   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanashi from the 2018 New Japan Cup Finals

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Help a father out?

Hey Scott,     Long time reader, many time emailer. I’m taking my youngest daughter to Raw in Chicago tomorrow night on her birthday; her first live show ever! She’s a fanatic for Bayley and I’m trying like hell, however futilely, to get a Twitter post to go viral in hopes of Bayley sending out ... Read more

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LMTYS Presents: The Meltzer Five-Star Project – Week #4

Greetings grapple fans. Only two matches this week, but because we reach the ten-match point halfway point I’ve also included my first rankings of the matches seen already. There’s your motivation to click on through to the other side. #010 – WWWA Singles Championship #1 Contender: Chigusa Nagayo (c) vs. Lioness Asuka (AJW, 26-02-1987) Video ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: March 18, 2019

Not sure why I’m posting this, considering you’re all out getting drunk. I’m gonna be out with my e-fed homies discussing March Madness.  Then, we’re gonna find someone who’s got NJPWWorld and inject the Cabana/Yano match from this morning directly into our veins. Enjoy the night.

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 04/20/00 Review (Rock vs. Jericho, Triple H vs. Tazz)

I’m back for another WWF in 2000 review. The storylines were really heating up in April 2000 and the matches were starting to improve on television as well. Here’s the synopsis on WWE Network: “WWE Champion Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley abuse their power going into Backlash. Plus, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and many more.” ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Main Events

Hi Scott,  Without looking it up or cheating can you name the main events of Wrestlemania 21 all the way to last years offering? Nope!  There's a period in the middle where I can barely even remember who was in the main events.  Cena or Edge or something?  

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“Nitro Plus”

Why did WCW launch "Nitro Plus" at the end of 1998?  If you'll remember, it was a 1 hour version of Nitro on Tuesday nights taped from the day before.  It was cancelled after less than a month.  I guess they honestly figured at that point that the way they were going to start beating ... Read more

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Saga of Brian Lee

Here's a big guy going through all big companies of the 90s and 00s (cup of coffee in WCW in 1990, Fake Taker, SMW, ECW, WWF again, TNA in 02/03), was in a ton of stables (arguably only time he was ever really over was with Candido/Tammy in SMW, with the Triple Threat in ECW ... Read more

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Hall of Fame – nWo

So, they are inducting the entirety of DX–minus Rick Rude (which is kind of crappy and probably worth it's own thread).  Let's say, for argument's sake, that Hogan & Hall are able to keep it clean for another year or so. When the nWo goes in, is it just Hall/Nash/Hogan?  The more I mull it ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 02/24/2009 #142

We’re in Nashville (birthplace of Big Kev) and Christian gets his first ECW Title shot tonight against Jack Swagger, which he earned by being Christian. Mark Henry vs. DJ Gabriel You can pin-point the exact moment ECW gives up on pushing Gabriel when Striker yells “This is like Suge Knight vs. one of the Jonas ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–04.04.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 04.04.99 I know. This show and myself have a complex and heated relationship. I hate watching it, and it doesn’t even do particularly impressive numbers on the blog. But it’s quick and easy to recap and now that I’ve started, I only have to make it ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread – 03.17.19

Hope everyone had a happy and productive Steve Austin Day yesterday! Big welcome to John Canton, who is covering WWF TV from 2000 in amazing detail and is already one of my favourite people to follow on Facebook. There was a bit of a bidding war with AEW, but we got him! Chill out, watch ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – March 15, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: March 15, 2019 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews Things are rolling along as usual around here, which means a lot of the same stories that kind of need to go somewhere already. That’s one of Impact’s biggest problems and it’s been the ... Read more

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Get your coffee and coke ready

Forbes published a new report by Alfred Konuwa looking at the confirmed and rumored matches for this year’s WrestleMania. If the event moves forward with the additional rumored matches, this could become the longest WrestleMania event in the history of WWE with a total of 17 matches. Granted, this would include matches that would take place ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 04/17/00 Review (Triple H vs. Jericho for WWF Title)

Hey yo. My name is John Canton and I’m a longtime internet wrestling writer. I’ve contributed to a lot of pretty big wrestling websites out there, but my main focus is on my own site TJRWrestling.net – the TJR part stands for “The John Report” because that’s the name I started using when I began ... Read more

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Scott Hall in the WWF in 1996

When Hall and Nash were finishing up their WWF runs in early 1996, unlike Nash, why was Hall barely featured going out the door?  His last match against Vader at In Your House was hardly even promoted ahead of time, although Hall did get a surprising amount of offense in that contest before jobbing clean.  ... Read more

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Eddie Gilbert What If

If Eddie Gilbert had not died, what would have become of him? Would he have ended up working behind the scenes in WCW or WWE as a writer/booking committee member? Become an ECW fixture as an old guy who exists solely as comic relief fodder? Or like a lot of old timers, when the Attitude/NWO ... Read more

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Flair/Steamboat in ’91?

Watching the series of Flair/Steamboat matches in 1989.  Vince had to have watched these matches back then secretly in his bedroom at night and known how awesome they were.  How in the hell did he not manage to get these two together in late 91' when Flair came in?  I'm sure if he told Steamboat ... Read more

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Smackdown – October 14, 2004

Smackdown Date: October 14, 2004 Location: Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, England Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the first ever Smackdown in England and we’re coming off a big surprise last week when the debuting Carlito Caribbean Cool won the US Title from John Cena. That wasn’t it though as Cena was attacked in a ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems– The March to Wrestlemania IX (03.28.93)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The March to Wrestlemania IX (03.28.93) I was wondering when they’d start adding these to the Network! Taped on the USA Network from wherever the Superstars and Challenge tapings were that week. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan Previously, on Wrestling Challenge, Yokozuna lays ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread – 03.16.19

ROH had a PPV last night, featuring Jay Lethal retaining his title against Matt Taven in a 60 minute draw, and Brody King & PCO winning the tag titles from the Briscoes in an ECW-style brawl to set up a title v. title match against the Guerrillas of Destiny at the MSG show. I guess ... Read more

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Timing of Dustin/Terri Split

Follow-up question of sorts, since Goldust's own 97 interviews were brought up. Watching the interview where he splits with Terri, it really feels like what we're seeing isn't just their characters splitting, but that that's when he made their real-life separation official, right then and there (albeit with some obvious references that would have fit ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – June 14th, 1993

June 14, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   We start off with footage from last night with Yokozuna & Mr. Fuji celebrating after defeating Hulk Hogan for the World Heavyweight Title. After that we are shown an interview ... Read more

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Question

Scott, I’ve been watching Superstars from ‘92, and one of the things that seems strange to me is the return of 43 year old Bob Backlund to the WWF. Obviously, Backlund’s “crazy old man” heel character got over the following year, but the vanilla, white-bread babyface Backlund seemed very out of place in the 1992 ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.30.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.30.95 Taped from Palmetto, FL Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Shawn Michaels, and I think the green screen is getting WORSE. Over The Top Challenge: Mabel v. King Kong Bundy So pretty straightforward here, winner is the first one to throw the other guy over the ... Read more

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Best Heel Feud Win

Scott,  What are your thoughts on the the best example of a heel decisively winning a feud?  Usually a heel gets the upper hand and the face gets some kind of revenge. My guess would be Ken Patera vs The Heenan Family. After the debate where Patera injured Heenan’s neck, months later Heenan got his ... Read more

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Best promo in wrestling right now

Hey Scott, Is there anybody currently active in wrestling that is better than Samoa Joe on the mic? I really can't think of anybody. I think Daniel Bryan blows everyone away.  He's turned that simple heel turn into a complete reinvention of his character and it's kind of amazing.  

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXX

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions XXX (January 1995) (Originally written sometime in 2015, whenever the initial dump of Clash content onto the Network was.  Figured that since we covered the Observer with this show yesterday, might as well repost it.)   Oh god, THIS show. Live from Las Vegas, NV. Your hosts are ... Read more

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Triple H/Batista

So with it being announced at No Holds barred, it spares us the "work a body part for 25 mins" Triple special but does this mean were gonna get the "dramatic lay around after each move" version we saw with him and Taker? I liked that match!  Also, he and Batista has an awesome Cell ... Read more

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Black-ochet

As much as I love Aleister Black and Ricochet individually, their team is currently (no spoilers please) involved in the RAW, SD, and NXT tag title scene. Do you think they’re too good by themselves to team and this is overkill or just right? I hope there’re not working crazy house shows in addition to ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: March 14, 2019 (the Thursday Night Thread)

Your NBA on TNT doubleheader today is Lakers/Raptors, followed by Mavericks/Nuggets. It’s CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK!  ESPN has the ACC quarterfinals of Louisville/North Carolina and Syracuse/Duke.  The Big XII quarters of West Virginia/Texas Tech and Texas/Kansas.  FS1 is in on the action in the Big East, with Saint John’s/Marquette and Georgetown/Seton Hall.  ESPNU has the AAC, with ... Read more

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Best wrestling nickname?

What are you thoughts? I’m sure a lot nostalgia plays into everyone’s thoughts.  But I would think it would have to be a nickname that when you hear it you think. “Dam- sucks no one else can use it today” The Hitman The Enforcer Mr Perfect  Nature Boy Lunatic Fringe (just kidding) Come to mind. ... Read more

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Big E

I don't know how much of Smackdown you've been catching, but after seeing the serious promos and limited silliness from the New Day lately my question isn't about Kofi — my question is why isn't Big E a bigger star? When he's not clowning he can talk and work and he has a unique look. ... Read more

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End of New Day?

It seems to me like this Kofi angle is leading up to Vince forcing him to possibly quit the New Day or the whole team has to disband for him to get his title shot. Would they actually do this or do they make too much $$$ with their merch sales? Hey, they split up ... Read more

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WWF 1993 King of the Ring

June 13, 1993 From the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH Your hosts are Jim Ross, Bobby Heenan, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage   King of the Ring Tournament First Round Match: Razor Ramon vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart Heenan rants about it being a disgrace that Razor has to come to Dayton of all places ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–02.06.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 02.06.95 It’s time for the CLASH OF CHAMPIONS, a flying elbow to the wrestling business that should have revived it! But first, a pretty major death to kick off the issue. No, I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not that one yet. – Crusher Jerry Blackwell passed away on 1/22, ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 14, 2019

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://www.si.com/wrestling/2019/03/13/wwe-news-mustafa-ali-adeel-alam-muslim-video?utm_source=twitter.com&xid=socialflow_twitter_si&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sinow   ESPN.com Interview with Jeff Cobb https://ift.tt/2O7Qwl6   Impact Wrestling Free Match You can watch AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe from the 2005 TNA Sacrifice PPV  

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NXT UK – March 13, 2019

NXT UK Date: March 6, 2019 Location: Coventry Skydome Arena, Coventry, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness With less than a month to go before Wrestlemania, it’s time to get things ready for what should be the most obvious title match in years. Tonight Pete Dunne and Walter team up to face the Coffey Brothers ... Read more

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NXT – March 13, 2019

NXT Date: March 13, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson We’re less than a month away from Takeover: New York and the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is already off to a fast start. Last week’s show was almost entirely devoted to the tournament, meaning tonight ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Daylight savings time is really messing my post timing up.  Stop fucking with the clocks, farmers! Tonight is NXT and NXT Cor Blimey Edition. Tommy will have coverage for both, guv. RAW ratings were up. Have a great night!

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #307 – 13/03/1999

So after the dreaded clip show last week, we finally have some fresh matches again. With Living Dangerously 99 just a mere 8 days away, we can probably expect ECW to crank up the hype machine and book a few more angles to get the storylines and feuds heated up in time to reach a ... Read more

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Mirror Match

You get a Bret Hart vs Brett Hart match on Superstars and don't make a single Bizarro World joke? You've changed, man. Ok, edit this one in mentally: Hey look, it’s the guy whose gimmick is incessantly patting himself on the back!  And he’s facing Barry Horowitz!

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He’s All That

Just need to take a moment to appreciate that, in just a couple of months, heel Daniel Bryan has helped elevate both Kofi "Placeholder Midcard Feud" Kingston and Mustafa "A Cruiserweight named MUSTAFA ALI" Ali into main event faces that the audience could plausibly see and enjoy winning the WWE Championship. Did he make a ... Read more

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WWF All-American Wrestling – June 13th, 1993

June 13, 1993 Your hosts are Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan   Clip of Shawn Michaels coming out on “Monday Night RAW” with his bodyguard.   Shawn Michaels defeats Ross Greenberg from the 6/7 edition of “Monday Night RAW.”   The hosts talk about tonight’s King of the Ring PPV as Heenan talks about President ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – October 11, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: October 11, 2004 Location: Evening News Arena, Manchester, England Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Somehow this is the first time the show has ever taken place in England. We’re eight days away from Taboo Tuesday, the show that half the roster seems to hate. I’m not exactly wild on it myself ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–07.04.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 07.04.92 Taped from Hamilton, ON Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect. I’m sure the theme of Perfect’s corny dad jokes for this week’s show should be obvious. High Energy v. Bob Bradley & Joe Milano No truth to the rumor that Joe Milano moved to Japan ... Read more

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Big Tall Japan giveaway contest!

The people at Big Tall Japan contacted me with another giveaway opportunity, this time for a 4XL Bullet Club shirt (which is about XL size in American sizing, I believe).  I actually have the shirt myself.  Here’s the details: Hi Keith, Nadir from Big Tall Japan How is everything going? We are starting a new ... Read more

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Here Comes the Axe…

Demolition adds Crush near the end of their WWF run to work Axe out of regular action & cuz they're heels now. Much has been said about their look-a-like "we can't tell them apart" nonsense gimmick, where they operated on FreeBird Rules and cheated. Was there a reason they didn't put ANY effort into making ... Read more

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Bart Gunn/Butterbean-W.M. 15

Did Vince McMahon really believe that Bart Gunn could beat Butterbean at W.M. 15 because of his success in the Brawl For All?  Also, did the fact that Gunn got knocked the fuck out in 35 seconds have to do with him disappearing from the company shortly thereafter?   Yes and yes.  The people in ... Read more

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Tryouts that thankfully went nowhere

Just found out Van F'n Hammer had two tryout matches against Virgil and Demento in July 1993 for the WWF. Dodged a bullet there. What are other tryouts that thankfully didn't lead to TV appearances/full-time jobs? As noted by others, if AJ Styles / Samoa Joe / Christopher Daniels had been swallowed up by the ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-27-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: November 27, 1982 (taped 11/19) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi Can David provide some revenge against Kabuki for the bounty hit? Who’s next on the ladder for Kerry to climb back to World title contender? And who makes her triumphant return to help me? Opening montage. ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 12, 2019

Smackdown Date: March 12, 2019 Location: Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton Now believe it or not, this show is going to mainly be about the McMahons. It’s a Vince and Shane night in this case, with the former being here to address Kofi Kingston and the latter to explain ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Oh man, finally binge watching Black Mirror after all this time.  SO AWESOME.  The Callister episode blew my mind. Smackdown tonight as the road to whatever the next PPV continues. Enjoy the evening and try not to be racist.  It’s too late for me, but perhaps we can save someone else.

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Long time, maybe last time.

Been reading your sites since a student turned me onto your writings about 15 years ago. I love your content and it is the only pro wrestling site I visit. Having said that, after seeing the Confederate flag posted front and center on your home page today, I feel like I am no longer welcome ... Read more

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New WWE merchandise

I'm usually not one to care about new t-shirts and stuff, but this has got to be the strangest partnership since they did those various animated dvd movies with Scooby Doo, Flinstones, Jetsons, and those Surf's Up penguins. https://ift.tt/2HgIqWM I never saw the penguin movie, but the Scooby Doo movies RULED.  It was snarky new ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 13th, 1993

June 13, 1993 From the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan This week, we have Money Inc. vs. Smoking Gunns. Also in action are Mr. Hughes, Tatanka, and Lex Luger.   Tatanka vs. Reno Riggins Riggins, now sporting a singlet and dreads in the back of his ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for NXT September 30, 2015

(A couple of housecleaning items. The October 6, 2015 NXT is a review show with nothing but highlights and that Dusty Rhodes tribute video that always makes me cry so there’s no reason to review that. So the next show to do a review of Takeover: Respect by the weekend.) The Princess Rant for WWE ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – June 12th, 1993

June 12, 1993 From the Metro Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. We also have a new opening montage for the show.   Steiner Brothers vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Ralph LaRue The announcers talk about the King of the Ring eight-man ... Read more

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Origin of Mankind/Mick Foley in 97

Scott, I was watching the interviews that Jim Ross did with Mankind in 97 recently, where they explored Mick Foley’s real-life history. Because of how different that series of interviews was from anything else they’d done around that time, I have to wonder – who masterminded those? Obviously, they worked for moving Mankind away from ... Read more

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Wrestlers who would get over today that weren’t then?

Are there any wrestlers that didn't get over during a particular era that you think would get over today?  I could actually see Dan Severn getting over now, or at least better than he did with the WWF 20-21 years ago.  I think his silent badass character and UFC background would play better in the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.23.95

(I decided against redoing Royal Rumble 95 here in 2019, because there wasn’t much more I had to say about it and my ratings would be essentially the same.  I think the most recent version of the rant is fine, to be honest.)  The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.23.95 It’s the night ... Read more

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Network

Hey Scott, I'm cheap so every year I get the network for a month around Wrestlemania. What are your recommendations from content added this past year? I'm thinking Edge and Christian season 2, the Superstars you have been reviewing. What else? HIDDEN GEMS.  AWA Christmas shows, breakfast cereal battle, Team Challenge series pilot, Ciampa with ... Read more

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Observerations

Hey Scott, Since you, like me, are a longtime subscriber to the Observer and regular listener of Observer Radio, I want to know if you've noticed something that's really been bothering me over the past couple of years in particular. Doesn't it seem like Dave falls back on the "if you only knew the actual ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-20-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: November 20, 1982 (taped 11/9) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi Can Kerry continue his comeback on his trek to conquer Kabuki and Flair? Will the Freebirds succeed against Dragon and Kabuki? What’s up with Bundy? Who makes her colossal return to help me tell this tale? ... Read more

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Branding

RAW may be best watched on mute these days. I honestly can’t take the constant branding with these supposed “nicknames.” Scottish Psychopaths, Empresses of Tomorrow,  and The Almighty… I dunno if the Excellence of Execution or the Rattlesnake was created in a room or just a one-off from Monsoon or JR on commentary that suck, ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 11, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: March 11, 2019 Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re finally (and I do mean FINALLY) clear to head towards Wrestlemania after getting Fastlane out of the way. Fastlane was a fun show but nothing exactly thrilling or necessary to see. Tonight should see ... Read more

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Worst IC Title reign ever?

Balor lost the title like a buffoon via distraction after a stunning 3 week reign, with ONE televised title defense in there. Cannot remember a worse/more random IC reign, even Jannetty in 93 or the short D'Lo and Edge reigns in 99 were more memorable. Albert and Test (?) in 2001 are stretching it though… ... Read more

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One last time…b.s.

WWE just ran an ad on RAW for the April 22nd live RAW in Iowa. The main event? The Shield "one last time" vs. Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre.  I realize card is subject to change, but this ran right after the supposedly final appearance of the Shield together. Ever.  Tired of them insulting my intelligence. ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – March 8, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: March 8, 2019 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews I’m not sure what to expect this week as we have the latest round in the main event four way feud, which hasn’t been great so far but last week offered a bit of ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. The WWE put on a nice little Network special last night despite lacking in fanfare and build up. Which is proof that all you need is a hot crowd and motivated workers to make a good watch. With that behind us it’s all Wrestlemania all ... Read more

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WWF Madison Square Garden – June 12th, 1993

June 12, 1993 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY This is fan-cam footage so there is no commentary although we do hear comments from a guy and a kid throughout the show.   Papa Shango vs. El Matador Both men fight over a lockup to start then Shango stalls in the corner. ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 11, 2019

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2J6aYUB   Brie Bella to Retire From In-Ring Competition https://ift.tt/2THPMIu   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi from the 2012 New Japan Cup Final   AEW Road to Double or Nothing Episode #6

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Oddly Paired Tag-Teams?

What would you say is/was the oddest paired tag-team that were/are devoid of any team chemistry that were/was together for a period of time that received a push, or some semblance of a push?  Off the top of my head there was the Matt Hardy and the Great Khali team on Smackdown in 2010, and Billy Gunn and ... Read more

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Van Hammer

How did a guy like Van Hammer get so many opportunities in WCW without getting a big push?  I get when they brought him in in 1991, he had a good look and they thought that fans would like him with his Rock n Roll Gimmick, but after a while he just wasn't any good. ... Read more

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“Stone Cold” Kevin Owens

With Kevin Owens now using the stunner as his finisher, saying "that's the bottom line" in a promo last week, and the announcer's going "oh hell yeah!" when he hits the stunner, is this the planting of seeds for some kind of angle with Austin down the line?   I'm gonna go with "No".  

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Fastlane 2019

Fastlane 2019 Date: March 10, 2019 Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio Commentators: Tom Phillips, Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, Renee Young, Corey Graves I’m not sure what to think of with this show as there’s only so much that can be done with a show that clearly serves as nothing more than a last stop ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Fastlane 2018–03.10.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Fastlane 2019 – 03.10.19 Live from Cleveland, OH Your hosts are Michael Cole and friends. Smackdown tag team titles: The Usos v. Miz & Shane McMahon And the most unnecessary PPV of the year kicks off with the most unnecessary rematch! Even though they don’t do mandatory rematches any longer. ... Read more

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LMTYS Presents: The Meltzer Five-Star Project – Week #3

Greetings grapple fans. After two weeks of Japanese action, we’re in North America for the three matches covered in this entry. #007 – NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair (c) vs. Barry Windham (CWF Battle of the Belts, 14-02-1986) Our first U.S. match appropriately involves Ric Flair, a man I’m sure Meltzer would seriously consider ... Read more

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FASTLANE 2019 Open Thread

It’s time for the single most unnecessary Pay-Per-View ever invented, WWE Fastlane 2019! Your big matches include Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE Title in a match no one asked for; The Shield making a surprise return and having to justify themselves against Baron Corbin; and Becky Lynch facing Charlotte Flair in an ... Read more

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