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All Out

All Out Date: August 31, 2019 Location: Sears Center, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Alex Mendez It’s time for the fourth AEW show and the final one before we get to the weekly TNT show. This show might not mean as much as the other shows as it is all leading up to October, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for AEW All Out–08.31.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW All Out – 08.31.19 This one is gonna have a tough time clearing the Bate-WALTER bar, but let’s see how it goes! Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Excalibur & Jim Ross & Goldenboy. The video game guy is immediately a huge improvement over Alex Marvez, sadly enough. Pre-Show ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT UK Takeover Cardiff–08.31.19

The SmarK Rant for NXT UK Takeover Cardiff – 08.31.19 Going into this one mostly blind but I love me some WALTER and some Tyler Bate, so bring on the wrestling! Live from Cardiff, Wales Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness Noam Dar v. Travis Banks Dar’s tights look like the same pattern ... Read more

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NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff

Takeover: Cardiff Date: August 31, 2019 Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph It’s been a long time since we’ve had one of these things and that might be best. NXT UK is getting the hang of things but they’re still a long way away from being ready to do regular ... Read more

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Holy trinity

Okay Scott so hands down, please answer these 3 questions regarding the holy trinity of subpar worker/great look main eventers of Lex Luger, Ultimate Warrior and Sid (who all 3 were never in the same company at the same time btw, despite Vince probably having wet dreams about it): 1 best career? 2 best worker? ... Read more

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PAC at All Out

How do you see this match going down? Will PAC get the traditional replacement win? Some kind of screwy finish that makes Kenny look like a bigger heel before he continues his feud with Mox? Orange Cassidy doing a "run"-in on a match that was 3 spots earlier on the card and eviscerating them both? ... Read more

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Wrestlemania XXI

Wrestlemania XXI Date: April 3, 2005 Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Attendance: 20,193 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the big one as things have to change at some point in WWE. I’m curious to see how this show goes as I haven’t seen the television leading up to it since ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 31, 2005

Smackdown Date: March 31, 2019 Location: Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler It’s the very last show before Wrestlemania and that can’t come soon enough. This week’s Raw was a great example of what happens when the show is set in stone and there is nothing worth doing to get ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–05.01.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 05.01.95 Previously in the Flashback… https://ift.tt/33Nu73Z And now, it’s time for Dave to talk about retirements. – Most retirements in wrestling are complete farces, such as Ric Flair’s recent one where the company was already planning his comeback before the “retirement” match even happened. Not to mention Verne, Fritz, Terry Funk, ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Thanks for the birthday wishes, all! If you didn’t wish me a happy birthday, SCREW YOU. I kid. I got Mario Maker 2 from my wife. OH YEAH. I got another very special birthday present as well, with a top secret bit of info from my man on the inside about next week’s Hidden Gems. ... Read more

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Six of the Best – New Japan Pro Wrestling Entrance Themes

Hello You! I’ve got some free time and I’ve wanted to do this one for a while, mainly because I love entrance music. Sometimes the best thing about an entire wrestlers act can be the entrance music they use, and when a promotion gets the music right for someone it can be utterly fantastic. I ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: August 30, 2019

We made it! Happy Birthday to our very own El Supremo!  I took a collection up, and we got you a Best of Vince Russo collection an a 64-pack of hot pokers to go with it. Tonight, the Mountain West takes on some Power 5 competition.  We have Utah State against Wake Forest, Nevada against ... Read more

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Best Coen Bros. 90s movie

Hi Scott hope you’re doing well. The Coen Brothers' best '90s movie: 'The Big Lebowski' or 'Fargo’?  As much I love The Dude, Fargo is just on another level. Thoughts?  Pffffffff…that’s a tough one.  I quote them both frequently, and spent years drinking White Russians as a result of Big Lebowski. But Fargo taught us ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – September 23, 1995

WCW Prime for September 18 included a bevy of new matches, which will be recapped before we get to WCW Pro for September 23.  Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes did commentary for these matches. –The Barrio Brothers (0-6) defeat Steve & Scott Armstrong (0-2) when Fidel Sierra pins Scott after Scott stun guns himself at ... Read more

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PTBN podcast

Hey, Scott! Wondering if you could spread the word about our comics-related interview with SmackDown referee Jason Ayers. He talks about the love wrestlers and backstage personnel have for comics, why the fandoms cross over so frequently, and what stories and creators have defined his fandom.   https://ift.tt/347UDVT   Consider the word spread!

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 28th, 1994

March 28, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette We are shown footage from earlier tonight of Ted DiBiase giving two women in the front row $100 in order to take their seats.   “The Model” Rick Martel vs. Lex Luger Cornette says Luger cost ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: August 30, 2019

AEW All Out Preview https://ift.tt/2UkRT2L   WWE.com NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff Preview https://ift.tt/34eRvHx   First Four Contenders Named for the Ring of Honor World Championship Number One Contender Tournament https://ift.tt/2UfRyys   RoH Throwback Match You can watch Marty Scurll vs. Matt Sydal from the 2017 War of the Worlds: NYC show    

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–08.29.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 08.29.19 This is quite the eclectic mix this week, with Adrian Street matches and international title defenses as the theme(s). Oh, wait, Street is from WALES, now I get the tie-in. Duh. NXT title: Finn Balor v. Samoa Joe v. Sami Zayn (12.15.15) This is basically ... Read more

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CM Punk

Hey Scott, I hope all is well. I was listening to Bully Ray today and he stated CM Punk would not matter returning to WWE and going to AEW would bring more shock value and more eyes to the TV. I for one dont agree, I think CM Punk returning to WWE would be more ... Read more

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“Walk and Brawl” Origin

When did the "walk and brawl" style become a regular thing?  I first remember it during the Attitude Era-Monday Night Wars, but did it start before then?   No it was mostly invented out of necessity to disguise Steve Austin's wrecked body, so that he could have main event matches without actually having to do anything ... Read more

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The chase AND the champion

Hey Scott, Has there ever been an example of a face drawing money during the extended chase of a heel champion AND then drawing money over time as a face champion? I’ve been following wrestling since 1986 and nothing springs to mind… Rock chasing HHH in 2000?  

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Indies and Insanity: August 29, 2019

College Football is back!  ESPN has a double-header of UCLA/Cincinnati and Utah/BYU (rivalry alert!).  If you can wait until 9ET, FS1 is showing South Dakota State against Minnesota in what could be a sneaky good game.  CBS Sports has Central Florida against Florida A&M. ACC Network has Georgia Tech/Clemson, and SEC Network has Texas State/Texas ... Read more

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205 Live #144 – 27/08/2019

Hello You! More 205 Live for you, with a big #1 contenders bout to decide who gets the honour of facing Drew Gulak 2 hours before the actual pay per view portion of the show starts at Clash of Champions, because WCW (Oh, wait, hang on…) The event is emanating from Baton Rouge, Louisiana Calling ... Read more

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Name that Tune

Hey Scott, Can you do me a big favor and help me figure out something? I watched Prime Target: Takeover Cardiff which has a solid preview of the Bate/Walter match this coming weekend. At 00:10:06, Bate plays some keys on his piano that sounds like a wrestler’s theme I think I should know but can’t ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 27th, 1994

March 27, 1994 From the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse in Loch Sheldrake, NY Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase, who are now another new broadcast team.   “The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Mike Maraldo The announcers put over Owen’s win over Bret at WrestleMania as Owen takes control of the match. The announcers then ... Read more

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By Labor Day

How bad is All Out going to be that they'll be dead by Monday, like all of my friends say? Side note: Which would be better heel heat for the live crowd: Cody bringing out Pharoah to be in his corner and turning on his dog mid-match, or MJF coming out with a Pepsi logo ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT–08.28.19

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 08.28.19 I kinda wanted to watch this episode, so I’m gonna step on Tommy’s toes a bit and give it a look. Plus I’m likely gonna be recapping this when it switches channels in three weeks anyway, so I might as well get back into it. Taped from Full ... Read more

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Fwd: EXCLUSIVE: Match Listing for WWE ‘Getting Rowdy – The Unreleased Matches of Roddy Piper’ DVD | Wrestling DVD Network

Scott, Any chance you’d review this? https://ift.tt/2Li8y37 I'd probably give it a look, although they're really playing fast and loose with the definition of "Unreleased" with these things now. 

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MJF

It would be the cheapest of cheap heat, but he has to troll the crowd at All Out and come out to Cult of Personality at some point, right? I think WWE actually has the exclusive rights to use it for a long time and that's how they can keep playing it on the WWE ... Read more

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NXT – August 28, 2019

NXT Date: August 28, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness We’re down to three weeks to go before the big switch over and tonight we have what might be the last title match on the hour long version. That would be the Street Profits defending the ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Oh man!  Do you want NXT?  Because we’ve got NXT.  Both regular and UK variety.  Hopefully AEW will actually announce the name of their show and where it’s airing in Canada at some point in the next month. Smackdown’s ratings were down a bit. Tomorrow sees some interesting additions to the Hidden Gems on WWE ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- St. Battle Final (Part Two)

AJW ST. BATTLE FINAL (09.12.1993): Part One And we’re back! The previous part had six matches on it, while this one, of equal length, only features four. But HOLY CRAP are they incredible. TL;DR- Why Should I Watch This?: Because it’s got an even shot at being the greatest wrestling show of all time. Six ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – September 18, 1995

–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are doing commentary and they are live from Johnson City, Tennessee, better known as one of the home bases of Smoky Mountain Wrestling.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 3,200 fans attended the show, with 2,031 paying for their ticket. –Gene Okerlund is backstage, where Kevin Sullivan and the Giant arrive ... Read more

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NXT UK – August 28, 2019

NXT UK Date: August 28, 2019 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness It’s the go home show for Takeover: Cardiff, which feels like it was announced a very long time ago. Last week’s show saw Tyler Bate and Walter have their big showdown, which makes me wonder what is left for ... Read more

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Alternate Bret

Someone pulled something really great out of an upcoming book on NBA Jam – Bret in a weird alternate outfit https://twitter.com/nbajambook/status/1166524838955106305  I believe the reason for that is that Bret's top would change colour for first or second player in the game, so they'd key out the green and insert pink or whatever the actual ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 28, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: March 28, 2005 Location: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas Attendance: 7,300 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the go home show for Wrestlemania and odds are that means a lot of final pushes towards the show. You might see less action than usual as well as WWE won’t be ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – March 26th, 1994

March 26, 1994 From the Stabler Arena in Bethelem, PA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler, who is back on color commentary after being acquitted of rape charges. We see still photos of Bret Hart introduced as the new champion. After that we see the debut of the new show opening with Vince ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #331 – 28/08/1999

Hello You! So here we are, the first Hardcore TV following the woeful debut of ECW on TNN. You can read Scott Keith’s review of that show by clicking right HERE. As you can see from reading that, the first TNN show ended up being more of a “Welcome to ECW” kind of episode, which ... Read more

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Worst long wrestling match

Hey Scott, You had a post for great 5-minute and under wrestling matches. What about the opposite. What's the worst 30+ minute wrestling match? Are there any that reached negative stars? Two words:  Wargames 1998.   Mic drop meme here.  

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Diesel & Shawn winning the Tag Belts in 94

Diesel and Shawn surprisingly won the WWF Tag Team Belts the night before Summerslam 94.  Was this something that was last minute or was planned all along as they knew this would lead to their split? Is there any footage of the match, that WWE could put in their Hidden Gems on the Network?  Bam ... Read more

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A week late, a dollar short.

I know everyone was talking about RVD last week so sorry if you're suck of talking about him, but I just got out of the kind of hospital where you can't have your cell phone so I've got three weeks of wrestling shit to catch up on. I haven't even watched Summerslam yet, and I'm avoiding ... Read more

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Storytelling matches

Hi Scott, I always love your reviews in which you describe the story of a match. What are your favorite storytelling matches of all time? Bret was always a master at it.  Like the match with Diesel at Survivor Series where he spent the last half of the match luring Diesel into a false sense ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Tuesday Night Titans (on Fridays)–01.18.85

The SmarK Rant for Tuesday Night Titans (on Fridays) – 01.18.85 Well, let’s see what kind of monkeyshines we can get into this week. Still brought to you by Levi’s Menswear! Hosted by Vince McMahon & Lord Alfred Hayes Vince and Alfred discuss the Hogan training sessions from the last show, and introduce brand new ... Read more

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Smackdown – August 27, 2019

Smackdown Date: August 27, 2019 Location: Raising Cane’s River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Commentators: Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton The first round of the King of the Ring wraps up tonight and it’s getting pretty clear that Raw is the favored side. The talent pool just feels deeper over there as this show is ... Read more

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Next Great Latino Star?

I feel like now more then ever, we have huge potential for a big Hispanic star since the rises of Rey and Eddie. There's a big field for the first time in ages currently so my question is who do you see it being? You got Pentagon, Fenix, Andrade, Rush, Humberto Carillo ect. My money ... Read more

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Corbin!

I know why we’re being force-fed Baron Corbin.  Shane gave him the mysterious lock box and he’s now the one using it to blackmail Vince. So why doesn't Vince just buy the Olive Garden where Corbin works and have him fired, I wonder?  HE'LL NEVER BUS TABLES IN THIS TOWN AGAIN, PAL!  

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Scott Keith, Bischoff’s Boss Redux

Hi Scott, you and the other commenters were right, firing Bischoff after Starrcade ‘97 is harsh. So what do you do with them after The Fingerpoke of Doom, when they’ve basically killed off one of the best draws in company history?  Kevin Nash recovered from that devastating loss pretty well, I thought. 

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight! Smackdown continues the King of the Ring tournament, and maybe Kofi will team up with Randy Orton and win the women’s tag team titles?  I dunno, just spitballing. RAW’s ratings continue to be meh. Cesaro is apparently showing up for NXT UK to challenge WALTER.  That doesn’t feel like a wise move. YouTube keeps ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 21st, 1994

March 21, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. This was the first live RAW to take place the day after WrestleMania. Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage Vince, whose voice is almost gone, says the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart will be here tonight. Savage then ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling–03.02.87

The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 03.02.87 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Wrestlemania III is coming up at the end of the month, and people are pretty excited about it. So this week, I think we will take a trip to the ... Read more

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WWE Cruiserweight House Shows?

Did the WWE actually go through on the idea of the cruiserweights having their own touring house show schedule?  I swear I remember reading one or two reports that just had them on a few house shows, but I'm not sure.   They did a couple of shows with the cruiserweights and a main event ... Read more

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The “regular” jobbers

Yes, yet another question for your reading "pleasure." In order to procure the "enhancement talent" for the weekly TV, I assume promotions typically hired local guys (indy workers, guys answering some sort of casting call, whatever).  But what about the "recurring cast" of jobbers that kept popping up over the years?  I can't imagine the ... Read more

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Best sub-5 minute and sub-10 minute matches ever

Hey Scott,  I was thinking how much match length contributes to the enjoyment of one, and I had a pair of questions: what are the best less than 5 minute matches and less than 10 minute matches ever?  For less than 5 I'd go with Brock vs. Goldberg, and for less than 10 I'd go ... Read more

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Rey Mysterio and Dominic

I figure it’s an obvious setup for Dominic to turn on Rey.  But, how many points if he lands a 5 Star Splash and screams, “This is for Uncle Eddie!” He should yell "This is for my real dad!" and then bring back Vickie as his manager. 

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Monday Night Raw – August 26, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: August 26, 2019 Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young The King of the Ring continues tonight but we also need to start the build towards Clash of Champions. The show is in less than three weeks and there is barely anything set up ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – August 23, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: August 23, 2019 Location: Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme, California Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis We’re out of the northeast for a change and in this case it’s for a special show called Cali Combat. Impact has a tendency to make their bigger shows pretty good as they know how to do the ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. RAW charges on as we approach Clash of the Champions and have plenty left to determine. The second half of the RAW bracket of the King of the Ring first round is tonight. Ricochet will face Drew McIntyre in what should be a fun match ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- St. Battle Final (Part One)

AJW ST. BATTLE FINAL (09.12.1993): So this takes place merely two months after AJW Wrestlemarinepiad ’93, which is fitting, as it pays off the various angles in play, many of which started at Dream Slam, and some even before THAT. Christ, 1993 Joshi was loaded with stuff. The whole ’93-95 rush is nuts, but this ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Fall Brawl 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Asheville, North Carolina. –Opening #1 Contender Contest for the United States Championship:  Johnny B. Badd (35-4-2) beats Brian Pillman (34-4) after a crossbody off the ropes at 29:13: WCW did a great job building this match, giving Pillman a fifteen-match winning ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.17.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.17.95 Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler and the green screen. Meanwhile, Ted Dibiase introduces Sid as the newest member of the team, which immediately drops Sid’s standing about 18 notches. If you wanted to kill the guy’s momentum as a ... Read more

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Clash of Champeens

In honor of the upcoming PPV, any chance you could give your old Clash/Night of Champions reviews the Scott Sez treatment? I was rereading your 2008 rant and thought that one in particular might have potential. I'm not sure if I've done them all.  I think there's a big gap around the Punk era where ... Read more

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Undertaker vs Sting

Hey Scott,  I just recently rewatched Stings Into the Light dvd, and watching the dvd made me feel that WWE missed a huge opportunity to put on the dream match of Undertaker vs Sting for Wrestlemania 31.  It would have been perfect at that time because both could still deliver good matches. I will say ... Read more

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Scott Keith, Bischoff’s Boss

Hi Scott, wanted to get your take on this. If you’re Bischoff’s boss, what do you do with him and Hogan after Starrcade ‘97?  The more time passes, the more unforgivable it is. Say what you will about Vince, there’s just no way he allows that finish to kill his #1 babyface.  I would’ve fired ... Read more

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NXT & 205 Questions

Hey Scott, With NXT moving to television in a few weeks, are there any wrestlers from Raw or Smackdown that you'd like to see in NXT? I feel like Rusev would be treated like a mega-star by the Full Sail crowd. Maybe "The Revival", too, since NXT's tag scene isn't as strong as it was ... Read more

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WWF WrestleMania X

After a vacation and being busy at work and home these reviews are back.   March 20, 1994 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   The show starts off with a music video package on the first WrestleMania.   Little Richard sings ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-31-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 31, 1983 (taped 12/25) Attendance: 19,675 Hosted by Bill Mercer It’s week one of the Christmas Star Wars show from Reunion Arena. Can Kerry slam Kamala (again) and collect $10,000? Will Parsons gain revenge while teaming with Adias against the Super Destroyers? And who will join me for the ... Read more

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New Book And E-Book: KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews

It’s a strange time for WWE. 2003 was one of the darkest years the company has ever seen from a creative standpoint and a lot of that was due to how things went on Monday Night Raw. You can only run things into the ground in the same way so many times and that limit ... Read more

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Sunday Night Thread

Where’s Andy tonight?  What the heck, man? ROH has a PPV of sorts tonight on Honor Club, with this lineup: Rush vs. Vinny Marseglia Shane Taylor vs. Owens/LSG.Black winner for TV title Matt Taven vs. Jay Lethal vs. Jeff Cobb vs. Kenny King in an elimination match – whoever beats Taven gets an ROH title ... Read more

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Best Wrestling “Whodunit”?

With this whole "who is trying to kill Roman Reigns?" angle, I got to thinking what was the best and worst "whodunit" in pro wrestling?  My picks; -Best;  "Who is stalking Undertaker's wife?"  2001. -Worst;  "Who is the Higher Power?"  1999.   The stalker was the BEST?

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Becky & Seth

How do you anticipate the wedding vows going for Seth Rollins & his fiancee, "The Man"? They'll probably awkwardly proceed with them, waiting for the big angle at the end with 3 Minute Warning, and then both to the horrified realization at the same time that they're both dead, and then run back to the ... Read more

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New Network Special

Interesting news about an upcoming Network special:https://ift.tt/2U02ss0 It should be a fascinating story if they do it justice. Super weird choice of subject given he was never in the promotion as far as I remember and I doubt anyone's heard of him, but yeah, he's a fascinating guy.  

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ECW on Sci-Fi 07/09/2009 #161

Nikki Bella vs. Katie Lea Burchill Always good to start off strong. The Bellas’ only character trait is “being twins” and they remind the audience of this in case there’s any blind people listening. Given that blind people have stronger hearing they still didn’t get it as they heard Brie talking and were too busy ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–09.17.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 09.17.99 We open with clips of Raven running in at the last second, again, to hit a DDT on Rhino and allow Dreamer to retain the ECW tag team titles at the ECW Arena. Pretty good gig for Raven, actually, as Tommy gets destroyed for 10 ... Read more

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Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Good morning! Been playing Super Mario Odyssey all weekend, that is when my daughter lets me. It’s pretty incredible. Disney announced they will be doing a wacky new streaming model where shows come out WEEKLY. Like that will put butts in seats Have a funday Sunday!

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Oral History of a 1983 Eagles Concert

Hey Scott, When you write an oral history of a 1983 Eagles concert, as told by 1980s wrestlers, your audience is rather limited. Perhaps the blog would like to waste four minutes of their life reading it instead of talking about a Roman Reigns heel turn? https://ift.tt/2Zq2puz Thanks! Tom

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 07/10/00 Review

There’s not much to say in the intro this week. The WWF was on the road to Fully Loaded in July with some interesting matches being set up. Here is the synopsis for this episode on WWE Network: “While the rivalry between Triple H and Chris Jericho continues to escalate, Women’s Champion Stephanie McMahon plans ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 24, 2005

Smackdown Date: March 24, 2005 Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee Attendance: 7,300 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We have two Smackdowns left before Wrestlemania and it seems that they’re running out of ways to hide the fact that John Cena is becoming WWE Champion. You can only go so long before it’s the most obvious result ... Read more

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Who Will Blink First?

If you had to guess just for fun, who do you think will blink first and move their program from Wednesday Nights;  WWE/NXT, AEW, or neither?  I'm predicting neither, although I won't put it past someone moving their program an hour earlier eventually to get the jump on the competition.     I think WWE will ... Read more

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Origins of “Sports entertainment”

How's it going Scott? I always wanted to email you but I didn't want to waste your time with some troll question.  So I'm looking at Wrestlemania 6 and they're calling it pro wrestling and the competitors wrestlers. So when exactly did this sports entertainment and superstars nonsense begin? Thanks I appreciate it. It began ... Read more

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smark raw 12/24/01

Scott, I stumbled upon your now 18 year old review of “Raw is War” It was X Mas themed show, and was held in Miami Florida , also last live raw of 2001. You speak on LOTR, then start the review. You detail The Rock opening up the show, and he is wearing “the local ... Read more

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Mr Wonderful death rumors

Your joke about The Ultimate Warrior dying in 1991 got me to thinking. What was the deal with the rumors that Mr Wonderful was dead in the late 80's? Frankly given all the urban myths that have been discussed on the BOD,  I am amazed this has never come up before It came up a ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Superstars on the Superstation–02.07.86

The SmarK Rant for Superstars on the Superstation – 02.07.86 So the latest addition to the Hidden Gems catalog is a doozy: The 1986 TBS show that was a prototype for Clash of the Champions! The gimmick was that fans were voting on a variety of dream matches, and they just crammed them all into ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: Kenta Kobashi GHC Heavyweight History Part 2

Hello You! Welcome back to the second part of this retrospective where we look back at Kenta Kobashi’s epic reign as the GHC Heavyweight Champion from Pro Wrestling NOAH in the early-mid 00’s. Last time out we saw Kobashi defeat Mitsuharu Misawa to win the GHC Title in a classic match before defending it in ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Good morning! So, uh, someone from the blog up and bought me a Switch yesterday. To say I was gobsmacked would be an understatement. My fans are awesome! Super Mario Odyssey was my pick for first game and Maker will be next. Guess what I’m gonna be doing all weekend? Moxley is out of All ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: August 23, 2019

We made it! College football is almost upon us, folks.  Excited. MLS has Atlanta at Orlando, then Seattle at Portland.  It will be interesting to see how lively, if at all, the Portland crowd is since their supporters’ club is furious at MLS for banning an anti-fascism symbol. Winnipeg faces Edmonton on US TV tonight ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – September 17, 1995

–WCW Champion Hulk Hogan shows up in Asheville, North Carolina on the Harley Davidson motorcycle he received at Bash at the Beach and is surrounded by his fans.  Gene Okerlund interviews him, with Hogan hyping his journey through North Carolina, painting the Dungeon of Doom as anti-American.  This offends the Giant as he takes a ... Read more

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The Masked Man Show Podcast shoutout to the blog

If you hadn’t heard already, the blog and you got a brief shoutout on this weeks podcast of The Masked Man show, which is the great wrestling podcast on Bill Simmons website The Ringer.  It’s about fifty minutes in, just before discussion on Shelton Benjamin’s mom, and some Orange Cassidy chat. https://ift.tt/33JXELT Justin Woo!  Always ... Read more

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Blog Numbers

You've mentioned several times recently that you're going to continue certain rants because they do well on the blog. What do you consider good numbers and what's your cutoff for no longer recapping some shows. Is it all about the numbers or do you still recap shows that you like that don't get a lot ... Read more

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Biker Taker question

Hi Scott I’ve always wondered about Undertaker’s return as Biker Taker in 2000, as I wasn’t watching at the time. I understand it’s the attitude era, and evil taker was already taking steps into a more “human role”, but the crowd immediately pops at Judgment Day, as if this was his persona all along. I ... Read more

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Mysterious Masked Man

Hey Scott What was the deal with a masked Beefcake attacking guys (mostly Earthquake IIRC) before he officially returned with the titanium mask?  Was this supposed to go somewhere? Aw man, it's a been a minute since someone asked about Furface.  They only did a couple of tapings with him in that role and then ... Read more

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Hypothetical

I know this is a low chance of happening, but how do you think Vince would react if AEW and NXT captured old Monday Night War magic, and NXT popped a bigger rating than Raw? Does it matter? Furthermore, what would happen if AEW and NXT popped a bigger rating than Raw?  Smackdown only does ... Read more

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AEW Network

Scott, With WWE deciding that they're going to go head to head with AEW on Wednesday nights it seems there's a full scale wrestling war going on. At what point does AEW really go after WWE by launching a Network of their own. It could have every AEW show on it. Even Fyter Fest!  They ... Read more

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Becky Lynch & Seth Rollins get engaged

Can't say they're not committed to the bit: https://twitter.com/BeckyLynchWWE/status/1164684584870563840?s=20 I'm just waiting to see what the payoff is at the wedding.  We haven't have a good wrestling wedding trainwreck in a few years and they're always gold.  Bischoff as the preacher?  Gene Snitsky returns from retirement?  Drake Maverick tries to steal the 24-7 title?  Finn ... Read more

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Santana and Ortiz, LAX, appearance on the Shining Wizards

The following is a press release from the Shining Wizards. Feel free to reproduce this in whole or part, but please credit the Shining Wizards (www.shiningwizards.com) if you do.    In their first interview since leaving Impact Wrestling, Santana (@SantanaLAX) and Ortiz (@Ortiz5150), LAX, joined the Shining Wizards. Some highlights:   On their time in IMPACT ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for MLW Fusion–08.13.19

The SmarK Rant for MLW Fusion – 08.13.19 The debut rant for this show did REALLY big numbers, surprisingly, so let’s carry on. Taped from New York City. Your hosts are Rich Bochini & Tony Schiavone Bestia 666 v. Rey Horus Both guys are repping The Crash, Konnan’s promotion out of Mexico, and apparently Bestia ... Read more

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Pro Wrestling EVE – Fights and False Lashes

Howdy! We’re back with another show with the kickass ladies of EVE wrestling to determine a #1 contender to Rhia O’Reilly’s EVE title. Without further ado, let’s return to the Resistance Gallery! PRO WRESTLING EVE – FIGHTS AND FALSE LASHES – The Resistance Gallery – August 10th, 2019 When last we left our heroines, the ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: August 22, 2019

Hey guys!  It’s finally Dress Rehearsal Week in the NFL!  For once it’s worth watching the entire… well, half, but we’re getting there! COLLEGE FOOTBALL begins Saturday with Florida and Miami. Meanwhile, let’s see what the big independent shows are! Here is your INDEPENDENT WRESTLING report: We open with our INDIE SHOW OF THE WEEK, ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- AJW Wrestlemarinepiad ’93 (Part Two)

AJW WRESTLEMARINEPIAD ’93: (09.10.1993) And we’re back! I cut this review in half since it was going to be an insane length, so here’s the last three matches. We last left off with a few multi-person matches, and Reggie Bennett making her AJW debut in a tag bout where she scored the winning fall over ... Read more

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Regards Steve Corino

Does your lack of love for his ECW stuff come more because he was over pushed? I only ask because I know you enjoyed Jericho's weasel antics during his WCW heel run (as did I) and I've always found Corino's ECW act to be in a similar vein, so I've always got a kick out ... Read more

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All Japan

What up Scott What has happened to AJPW? For years they were neck and neck with New Japan with ‘The 4 Pillars’ and others. Now they are basically the TNA of Japan wresting. What caused this ? Is there any chance of them returning to their glory days? I've heard they're pretty good, I wouldn't ... Read more

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XFL Branding

Given how the WWE hyper-brands everything, I’m surprised they didn’t have all the team names be wrestling themed. Too on the nose for even them? Or does Vince still secretly hate himself for still being thought of as “just” a wrestling promoter? I know there’s no team there…but the Austin 3:16s? Merch would sell itself.  ... Read more

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ASUKA meets Mario Maker 2

https://mobile.twitter.com/wweasuka/status/1164423165205864448 DAMN!  Add Mario Maker to the list of things and people are who are not ready for Asuka.   I'd also like to reiterate that my birthday is next Friday, in case anyone would like to purchase a Switch for me.  Just throwing it out there.  

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Tuesday Night Titans–01.04.85

The SmarK Rant for WWF Tuesday Night Titans – 01.04.85 So I was trolling the WWE Network and looking for something new and interesting to review, and I thought “What’s from classic era WWF that I’ve never really touched before?” Aha! So we come upon this show, Vince McMahon’s attempt to make his own late ... Read more

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NXT UK – August 21, 2019

NXT UK Date: August 21, 2019 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’ve got less than two weeks to go before Takeover: Cardiff and that means things are going to be hitting the high gear around here. This week that will a showdown between Walter and Tyler Bate, which has the ... Read more

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Bo Dallas as NXT Champion

Question: when Bo Dallas was NXT champion in 2013 (and at that time the longest reigning NXT champion), what did Triple H and others see in him that the rest of us did not?  I remember William Regal really trying hard to put him over on commentary even though the fans at Full Sail were ... Read more

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NXT – August 21, 2019

NXT Date: August 21, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix So in a bit of a surprise, this is the start of the last of the one hour taping cycles. It’s also the start of the fallout from Takeover: Toronto and that means things could be ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Tonight!  It’s NXT and NXT UK, as we prepare for the move to USA live next month!  Tommy has the writeups as usual. Tomorrow, I go WAY off the usual path for the morning rant.  I think you’re going to enjoy it!  I had a lot of fun writing it. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 16, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan resume their usual commentary duties and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this taping took place on August 21.  This show is also a bit of a hidden gem because all but the last fifteen minutes of the original broadcast in the United States was pre-empted due ... Read more

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205 Live #143 – 20/08/2019

Hello You! This week we’ve got a ruddy big Ten Man Tag to sink our chompers into, so let’s waste no further time and dive once again into some more 205 Live!!! The event is emanating from Sioux Falls, South Dakota Calling the action are Vic Joseph (Fresh from doing Raw) Aiden English and Nigel ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 21, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: March 21, 2005 Location: Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, Alabama Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Wrestlemania is less than two weeks away and that means we’re in the final stretches of the build. That can be both good and bad as some of the stories can be interesting but at the same ... Read more

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XFL Reveals Team Names!

https://ift.tt/2Z5lxi4 Yup, it’s really happening, whether anyone wants it or not.  Obviously as a Canadian I have no place to complain as long as the Ottawa Redblacks are a real team that exists, but “DC Defenders” sounds like a comic book lawsuit just waiting to happen.  Or else a bunch of nerds who are REALLY ... Read more

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Bob Sapp

Hi Scott, Do you think Bob Sapp could have been a star in wwe? Huge guy, charismatic as hell, has a flair for the dramatic and clearly not afraid of goofing it up a bit (as evidenced by this gem   https://youtu.be/9dCNym6sO3E ). Or would petty backstage bs relegate him to one of the many wrestlers that ... Read more

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Championship rivals thrown together

I was hoping this "let's throw two guys feuding over a world title or are big singles guys together and give them the tag titles" trope was dead, but here we are with Seth and Braun as Tag Team champions. Has this EVER worked outside of The Bar (and even then, Cesaro unfortunately really isn't ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #330 – 21/08/1999

Hello You! Back again with some more Hardcore TV, as we continue the march onto the debut of ECW on TNN. If you haven’t yet then I strongly suggest you check out Scott Keith’s reviews of those shows. I believe he’s something like 4 shows in now and it’s not only proving popular with the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–09.01.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 09.01.97 OK, I’ve got a couple of hours free here on my vacation, so time to finally get this one done and hopefully wrap up 1997 Nitro before the permanent switch to 3 hours. When we last left off… https://ift.tt/2TkB89Q We start with a nice tribute to ... Read more

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HBK & Smackdown

If HBK would have agreed to go to Smackdown in 2004, what impact would it have had on JBL and Cena? HBK winning the belt from Eddie could have gave JBL more time to flesh out his new character. I would loved to have seen a heel HBK vs. Cena at WM 21. That would ... Read more

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Smackdown – August 20, 2019

Smackdown Date: August 20, 2019 Location: Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, David Otunga It’s Smackdown’s turn to do King of the Ring as we’re getting two more first round matches tonight. Last night’s pair of matches were pretty good so maybe Smackdown can keep up the pace. ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight!  It’s Smackdown, as we play out the string before the move to FOX in a few weeks. Tomorrow, I finally do that damn Nitro episode with the Horsemen parody. As for me, I’m going to Secret Life of Pets at the cheap theater tonight. Have an adequately engaging evening!

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bob cat

hi why does aew wwe not sign bob cat Hmm, well you raise an astute point, my good man.  There's several ways you can interpret the lack of Bobcat signing thus far, each with pros and cons that go beyond the obvious permutations and… Hey, wait a minute!  I see what you did there!

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Spider-Man back to Sony

https://ift.tt/2HgQ4yO   I love how Sony makes a billion dollars off Far from Home and the lesson they take from it is “Well, I guess we don’t need Marvel anymore!”  At least they can crossover with Venom again now, I guess.  

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The Announcer Landscape

Hey Scott– Your dig at Matt Striker a while back made me pause for a moment; It's kind of incredible that a guy went from the Wrestling Observer's "Best Television Announcer" to one of the worst all because Vince McMahon started yelling in his earpiece. More over, after leaving WWE, he never recovered from Vince ... Read more

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Tournament Format?

Do you think King Of The Ring should be a 1 night tournament, or doing what they are with it now;  Spread out over several shows?  It seems I'm in the minority here, but I actually don't mind the tourney being spread out.  I mean the last 3 were 1 night tournaments, and look how ... Read more

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Wednesday night war ratings question

So 18-24 years ago was a 6-year period of ratings wars between WCW and WWF. Today though DVR exists. So my question is: how does DVR impact ratings? Like most wrestling fans, I’m going to watch either AEW or NXT and DVR the other to watch another time. Does the DVR’ed show count toward ratings?  ... Read more

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what´s USA Network expecting?

So it´s seems very clear what´s the idea to show NXT at wednesday on USA Network. We could know it from the WWE side. But what´s with the USA Network side? Do they expect any numbers for that show? Besides AEW, I think that´s not what the channel cared. They want this or that way ... Read more

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Five Star Grand Prix

Hey Scott, Just in case people weren't tired of round robin tournaments in Japanese promotions, Stardom just started their version of the G1. Watch now so you can see all the NXT women you'll scream to be pushed in 5 years while they're still in their physical prime. Anyway you can sign up right here. https://ift.tt/2GEHGsv ... Read more

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Hogan/Andre

What did you think of the Main Event ending?  I guess you didn’t need twin referees to accomplish it. As long as Andre surrenders the title to Dibiase, you get a tournament.   I doubt they were thinking ahead but you could have had Dibiase run in and hit Hogan in the back with a chair ... Read more

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Schiavone hired

Scott- It was announced today that Tony Schiavone signed with AEW. Not a big surprise but it's believed that WWE had been working to sign him as well. Didn't Schiavone try to go back and got rebuffed by WWE for years? Now all of a sudden they want him back because AEW is interested. Is ... Read more

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