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Factions

Hi Scott, Why do factions not seem to last long at all in WWE? I was watching some njpw recently and was reminded that Chaos has been around in one way or another for 10 years. Okada and a Naito are big singles stars but their association with their factions (chaos and lij) doesn’t weigh ... Read more Factions

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Favorite Mini-Feud?

Did you ever have a favorite mini-feud in wrestling?  One of mine had to be Shelton Benjamin vs Snitsky for the WWE I.C. Title in 2005 on Raw.  It lasted 3 weeks.  One week saw Snitsky get DQ'ed for hitting Benjamin with a chair.  The next week saw Benjamin get D.Q.'ed for using a chair ... Read more Favorite Mini-Feud?

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The Saturday Night Thread

Smackdown managed to hit a new low on FOX for the post-Thanksgiving episode, but no one was really watching TV last night anyway, so that was to be expected.  I’m sure having the first 40 minutes be dedicated to King Corbin and his stooges didn’t help anyway. It looks like the Throwback episode of Impact ... Read more The Saturday Night Thread

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Smackdown – June 30, 2005

Smackdown Date: June 30, 2005 Location: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California Attendance: 15,449 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s a big night for Smackdown with the first ever Smackdown Champion being crowned in a huge elimination match. That could change things up a good bit around here, but so could the final two Draft picks, who will ... Read more Smackdown – June 30, 2005

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Wrestler(s) That Grew On You?

What wrester(s) did you really not like a first, but they ended up growing on you as time wore on?  I was like that with JBL and his initial singles run as World Champion on Smackdown in 2004.  Like most everyone else, I thought he was given too much too quickly.  However, by the end ... Read more Wrestler(s) That Grew On You?

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NXT Technical Question

I can put in an obligatory joke about the size of my TV's display, but this is a legitimate question that I doubt you'd know the answer to, but hopefully one of the readers might: Is there a difference in the type of cameras used between the hard camera and the ringside ones? I've been ... Read more NXT Technical Question

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Strong Style Saturday Thread!

The holiday weekend in the US continues with the day after Black Friday.  I didn’t end up buying anything besides the Lethal Weapon collection on Blu Ray for $20 Canadian on Amazon. Smackdown was…a show. You know what’s awesome?  The MANDALORIAN.  Goddamn.  I thought episode 4 was going to go in a particularly dark direction ... Read more Strong Style Saturday Thread!

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Smackdown – November 29, 2019

Smackdown Date: November 29, 2019 Location: Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama Commentators: Corey Graves, Michael Cole We’re finally back to normal around here after a pretty wild month that saw NXT invade and everything get turned upside down. Things have settled back down though with Smackdown coming in second place at Survivor Series. I’m not sure ... Read more Smackdown – November 29, 2019

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 11.29.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 11.29.19 Live from Birmingham, AL Your hosts are Michael Cole & Corey Graves Roman Reigns is here, and Michael Cole DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR any more crap about Roman Reigns “not being a leader” after the way he solely survived and defended the honor of Smackdown ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 11.29.19

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WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 9 — GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

We made it! This is normally where I’d show you a preview of the SmackDown tonight, but (1) nobody’s here reading, and (2) the only thing we know is that there will be a new invitee to the Firefly Fun House.  I’m calling it now: it’s a goat. Okay, guys; keep it clean and enjoy ... Read more WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 9 — GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

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Ranallo and WWE

https://ift.tt/2OAgcZw man, Graves and Layfield and Lawler are such masculine manly men in a dog-eat-dog world. Total babyfaces, too heroic for this world Lawler acting like a bully I'd expect it from to a certain degree because that's the culture of wrestling that he came up in, but Graves should know better.  

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All this for 150,000 viewers

I’m probably in the top 5% of WWE fans and it’s hard to imagine giving even half a shit about this show or ever watching it. So to read the lengths they went to surprise the audience with CM Punk’s signing is nothing short of drop dead hilarious to me.  https://ift.tt/2XZTzAu Originally I read the ... Read more All this for 150,000 viewers

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – November 13, 1995

–Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Jacksonville, Florida since WCW talent went to Japan for a series of shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling. –Hulk Hogan’s acid trip continues as he grunts in his grim reaper gear and says the Dungeon of Doom fears prayers and vitamins.  ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – November 13, 1995

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WWF Superstars – August 6th, 1994

August 6, 1994 From the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler We see Jeff Jarrett attack 1-2-3 Kid two weeks ago after their match, setting up this week’s rematch.   “King of Harts” Owen Hart w/ Jim Neidhart vs. Mike Khoury Ross says ... Read more WWF Superstars – August 6th, 1994

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BoD Daily Update: November 29, 2019

Let’s take a look at some Black Friday Wrestling Deals for Today: WWE.com Up to 75% Off Select Deals Pro Wrestling Tees Save 20-40% Off F4W Online One Month Subscription for $3.99 PWTorch VIP One Month Subscription for $1.49 Highspots.com 25% Off Everything Barbershop Window 35% Off Everything Ringside Collectibles 10% Off Select Deals RF ... Read more BoD Daily Update: November 29, 2019

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 11.12.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 11.12.99 No Hidden Gems today, so here’s some ECW instead. Jason the Sexiest Man Alive meets up with the Impact Players at the arena entrance, and he’s freaking out about Sandman caning everyone and getting drunk.  Lance Storm is like “Screw this, I don’t want to ... Read more The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 11.12.99

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Billy Gunn and the Smoking Guns

With Billy Gunn back in the news in AEW, I have to ask: is there a reason why he never went back to the Smoking Guns/Cowboy gimmick?  The Smoking Guns was a decent gimmick but I can understand Billy wanting to keep some surface level connection to the New Age Outlaws due to that being ... Read more Billy Gunn and the Smoking Guns

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Endgame To “Summer Of Punk”?

I was just watching some "Summer Of Punk" stuff from 2011 the other day.  I can't believe that whole angle basically finished with a Triple H vs Kevin Nash match.  Was that somehow the original endgame for the storyline, or was something else that was planned scrapped at the last minute?   There was no original ... Read more Endgame To “Summer Of Punk”?

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Vince & HHH comparison

HHH goes out of his way to (at least publicly) acknowledge the efforts of his NXT workers, to praise them, motivate them, makes them and the entire show look like a big deal. You never hear/see that from Vince. I think this speaks volumes about them as showrunners. What do you think? I think HHH ... Read more Vince & HHH comparison

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Impact Wrestling – November 19, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: November 19, 2019 Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews It’s a big night tonight with a huge gauntlet match to crown the new #1 contender. Now if you have been paying attention around here, the winner is hardly the biggest mystery in the world but that ... Read more Impact Wrestling – November 19, 2019

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NXT UK – November 28, 2019

NXT UK Date: November 28, 2019 Location: Bonus Arena, Hull, England Commentators: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness The incredibly busy week for WWE continues as we head over to a place where Thanksgiving is just another Thursday. The big story around here has been Gallus vs. Imperium, which has the potential to be a heck of ... Read more NXT UK – November 28, 2019

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The Black Friday Thread

Hey, who’s going shopping at midnight?  I’ve mostly just dropped very strong hints that all I want for Xmas this year is the Sega Genesis Mini, so I’m not really looking for anything in particular, but if you want to discuss your capitalist fancies tonight, have at it. And if you’re looking for WWE stuff ... Read more The Black Friday Thread

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Indies and Insanity: November 28, 2019

Let’s make it quick, I got some pumpkin pie waiting… Tonight’s Uncharted Territory episode is a tribute to Survivor Series!  The Buffalo Boys face Atticus Cogar, Eddy Only, Gregory Iron, and JJ Garrett!  Nick Gage and Jake Parnell captain teams of five!  Plus, a Discovery Gauntlet title match as Gary Jay defends against Aaron Rourke! ... Read more Indies and Insanity: November 28, 2019

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Takeover: WarGames

Takeover: WarGames III Date: November 23, 2019 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness It’s a big night around here as we have not one but two WarGames matches on the same show, which I’m pretty sure has never happened before in a major company. The card is a little ... Read more Takeover: WarGames

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Worst Blow-Off For The Best Feud?

What do you think was the worst blow-off for the best feud in pro wrestling?  I'd have to go with the just mentioned last week Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio ladder match for the custody of Dominic Mysterio at SummerSlam 2005.  Talk about ending on a dud after a great series of matches.   Kurt ... Read more Worst Blow-Off For The Best Feud?

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The Elite in AEW

One of the things that surprised me the most about AEW has been how willing the Elite have been to do jobs this early into the promotion. Cody lost a title shot to make MJF a monster heel, Omega got pinned by Jericho AND Moxley, the Young Bucks LOST IN THE FIRST ROUND in the ... Read more The Elite in AEW

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Hogan and Rocky III

Hello, Scott. Longtime reader, et cetera… There's little doubt Rocky III played a big part in putting Hulk Hogan and pro wrestling on the map for a wider audience. But just how much of an impact did it have? 1) If Hogan doesn't appear in Rocky, does he still become WWF world champion? Does he ... Read more Hogan and Rocky III

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NXT – November 27, 2019

NXT Date: November 27, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness Things took quite the turn for NXT over the weekend as they won the battle for Brand Supremacy on Sunday at Survivor Series, defeating both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown in the process. They’re celebrating with ... Read more NXT – November 27, 2019

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 11.27.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 11.27.19 Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Jim Ross & Excalibur. Soul Train Jones kicks off the show, leading the celebration party for LE CHAMPION, who brings a little bit of the bubbly with him.  The ring is filled with presents and people dressed as various animal ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 11.27.19

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Dynamite – November 27, 2019

Dynamite Date: November 27, 2019 Location: Sears Center Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Excalibur, Jim Ross It’s back where things got started with a return to Chicago. As luck would have it, we are in for a big show here with the World Title being defended as champion Chris Jericho faces Scorpio Sky in an unlikely ... Read more Dynamite – November 27, 2019

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The Wednesday Night War Thread!

Tonight!  I bid farewell to my faithful blog editing software, Live Writer, and switch to the WordPress desktop app.  Sigh.  Sadly, I kind of like the new one, which makes this all the tougher. But more importantly, the battle between NXT and AEW continues. I’m sure the reasoned discussions between the two fanbases will continue ... Read more The Wednesday Night War Thread!

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #344 – 27/11/1999

Hello You! I hope you’re all ready for a New Jack centric episode this week, because that’s what you’re getting regardless. Last week was all about Rob Van Dam and Sabu, as they wrestled to a stalemate for the TV Title, thus leaving the door open for more chapters in the story. However, there’ll be ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #344 – 27/11/1999

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 12, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Tony Schiavone are doing the studio work for this show.  They recap how the WCW title was held up on Monday Nitro. –Okerlund and Schiavone discuss the recent difficulties of Paul Orndorff. –Paul Orndorff (24-8) beats Dave Sullivan (9-7-1) after a piledriver at 6:17: Chris Cruise and Larry Zbyszko call this match, ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 12, 1995

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Monday Night Raw – June 27, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: June 27, 2019 Location: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California Attendance: 15,449 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman It’s the night after Vengeance and that means it’s time to reset things for the long road to Summerslam. Batista and John Cena retained their World Titles and we should be in for a ... Read more Monday Night Raw – June 27, 2005

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Do we have to do a women’s division?

I saw that Kenny omega did an observer interview where he talked about finding more time for the women’s division and it got me to thinking why? First of all of the top twenty women wrestlers in the world, the wwe probably has 19 of them under contract. Wrestlers like Lacey Evans and Kari sane ... Read more Do we have to do a women’s division?

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WWF Monday Night RAW – August 1st, 1994

August 1, 1994 From the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage We get a hype video for tonight’s Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon match.   Shawn Michaels w/ Diesel vs. Razor Ramon Savage welcomes Vince back to RAW then says we are looking at a “ring ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – August 1st, 1994

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Dino Bravo Face Turn

With all the talk about Dino Bravo lately, I came across this interesting clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnJicQSEOQU   where Dino apparently tuned face in 1991.   and even had some televised face squash matches, like this one against the late great Louie Spicolli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH48eqHI-J0   Were you aware of this face turn? Know anything about the story ... Read more Dino Bravo Face Turn

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Foolish Questions “Maybe”

Hey Scott, hope all is well with you. I watched RAW last night and am I wrong to believe that Randy Orton is the only one that gets it on RAW? The interaction between Randy and Drew was great and I dont get why the other performers can't do it. The trading chop part was ... Read more Foolish Questions “Maybe”

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Brand Warz

What’s the obsession with the battle of the brands? Even WCW wanted to do that shit with an nWo show. Which makes no sense because then on said show, you’re fighting your own people.  Has there ever been a Brand War that worked? Cena at One Night Stand maybe? Yeah, but that whole thing worked ... Read more Brand Warz

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Monday Night RAW–11.25.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Monday Night RAW – 11.26.19 Sooooooooo, with Smackdown doing such crazy huge numbers for the blog, I decided to re-sub to Hulu and start recapping the 90 minute version of RAW again, since the Patreon fund is going to cover all my various online subscriptions. Three hours I can’t take, ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Monday Night RAW–11.25.19

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Brocks WrestleMania Opponent

So I think we've all come to the conclusion even without Dave's input that it's mostly likely gonna be Reigns/Fiend or Reigns/Fiend/Braun at Mania. Where does this leave Brock? With Rollins semi turning last night, that leaves Owens or Orton (shit just realized this as I was typing) as Raws top face. While I wouldn't ... Read more Brocks WrestleMania Opponent

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Frozen II

Went and saw Frozen II with my 5 and 3 year-old girls, and maybe it’s the indoctrination of seeing the original a billion times talking, but I thought the sequel ruled. Is your daughter into it? Have you seen it? Dude, my daughter is nine.  Frozen is apparently for BABIES and a thing she might ... Read more Frozen II

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The Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight!  AEW hopefully gets Dark up on time, and there’s also NWA Powerrr if you’re still into that show. Tomorrow morning’s review will be something…very different.  YOUR WORLD IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. RAW saw no PPV bump after Survivor Series, scoring yet another series low. Enjoy your night and whatever sporting shenanigans it offers!

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW Wrestling Queendom- HIGHEST WARS

Another of those annoying ones- this channel has it all, but split up into multiple portions under 10 minutes. Look up “Highest Wars” to find the matches. WRESTLING QUEENDOM 1996- HIGHEST WARS: (31.03.1996) -Joshi had changed tremendously in 1995- the Interpromotional Wars have largely subsided, leaving the companies mostly on their own (with cards looking ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: AJW Wrestling Queendom- HIGHEST WARS

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 31st, 1994

July 31, 1994 From the Stabler Arena in Bethelem, PA Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase We see clips of Yokozuna & Crush attacking Typhoon to set up this week’s Yokozuna & Crush vs. Typhoon & Mabel tag team match. Also in action are Duke Droese, Jeff Jarrett, and Jim Neidhart.   Yokozuna ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 31st, 1994

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–05.11.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 05.11.85 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts, and Boyd is sadly not as exuberant as he normally would be because of a recent tragedy. Even his suit is subdued! Cowboy announces that Jim Duggan has been burned by Skandor Akbar during a ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–05.11.85

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Garvins massacre the Rougeaus

Came across this clip from 1985, with Ronnie & Jimmy Garvin destroying the Rougeaus. It's called the St. Jean Baptiste Day Massacre and is a great old school angle that ignited a feud. Are you familiar with this and what lessons could WWE take from it today? https://youtu.be/S0yPLNFwjcU Yeah, they drew the largest house in ... Read more Garvins massacre the Rougeaus

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Keith Lee

Is there any chance Keith Lee is finally made after this weekend? Dude is a high flying mound of beef that oozes charisma and seems to be something Vince would totally look for. Also, I think he has one of the best confrontational stares I’ve ever seen, it screams “Yeah, I can rip you in ... Read more Keith Lee

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Next Holy Grail?

After the SCSA Broken Skull interview with Undertaker, I was looking around CageMatch to see if there were any early meetings between the two. While looking, I happened to notice the “NJPW Big Fight Series” from 1990 which seemed to be a proto G-1. That year’s series had some interesting American wrestlers and included this ... Read more Next Holy Grail?

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. In the states it’s the big prep period for Thanksgiving and the official start of the holiday retail season. Anyone out there going to truck over some old lady to get a big screen TV? Lots of wrestling this weekend. Saw Takeover, loved it, really ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – November 11, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches were taped on October 18 and 25. –Opening Contest:  Chris Kanyon pins the Disco Inferno (7-4) with a schoolboy roll up at 5:47: Dusty campaigns for a spot in the sixty-man World War 3 ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – November 11, 1995

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So, WWE admit that they suck?

Survivor Series has the developmental brand that nobody watches destroy RAW and Smackdown. NXT wins more matches than RAW and Smackdown combined. So, clearly the message is that NXT is the dominant brand? And NXT is getting its ass handed to it in the ratings by AEW. The message is clear here. Whoever booked this ... Read more So, WWE admit that they suck?

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WWF Superstars – July 30th, 1994

July 30, 1994 From the Ocean City Civic Center in Ocean City, MD Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler This week, Bret Hart defends the WWF World Heavyweight Title against Bob Backlund.   Diesel w/ Shawn Michaels vs. David Thornberg Ross puts over how Diesel eliminated seven men at the Royal ... Read more WWF Superstars – July 30th, 1994

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NXT and the Main Roster

So I think everyone sort of understands at this point that a lot of the people who come through NXT get their pushes totally screwed up once they get to the main roster, and that most of them in very quick order become just another guy/girl. Well, after War Games last night, both Finn Balor ... Read more NXT and the Main Roster

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Won’t Someone Think of the Logic?!

In a kayfabe/story sense, why could HHH have this invasion with his top guys & gals going through hell at War Games the night before and this come in to Survivor Series damaged? Wouldn't he be like "let's delay War Games until next week so we come in 100%?" Don't get me wrong, Takeover is ... Read more Won’t Someone Think of the Logic?!

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SummerSlam 1997 Match Stipulations?

I was just going back on SummerSlam 1997 the other day.  What was the deal with all of the top matches having some kind of stipulation to them?  I.E.-Bret Hart not wrestling in North America if he lost the WWF Championship, Steve Austin having to kiss Owen Hart's ass if he didn't beat him for ... Read more SummerSlam 1997 Match Stipulations?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-26-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: May 26, 1984 (taped 05/11) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Marc Lowrance Will Flair prove that Kerry’s a flash-in-the-pan? Or will our hero establish himself with a non-title victory over the former champion? Can the Freebirds survive an onslaught by Devastation, Inc.? All this and much more in this action-packed episode. ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-26-1984

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Smackdown – November 22, 2019

Smackdown Date: November 22, 2019 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves It’s the go home show for both Survivor Series and Takeover: WarGames. Normally the second show wouldn’t matter around here but the NXT roster is going to be around to make things a little more interesting. That could play out ... Read more Smackdown – November 22, 2019

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2019–11.24.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2019 – 11.24.19 Sort of. I was working tonight and unable to watch the show live, and don’t really have four hours to dedicate to the whole thing. So here’s the last few matches compromising the last 90 minutes, at the very least. Live from Chicago, IL Team ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2019–11.24.19

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Dunne and Bryan

Hey Scott, Okay, to settle a debate I've had with a poster on the blog. Do you or do you not think that Pete Dunne has copied a fair amount of mannerisms and offense from Daniel Bryan? Sure.  But then so did many many other people.  

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Dino Bravo is the worst question

Scott, I'm a little ashamed to admit this but what was the genesis of the whole Dino Bravo sucking and being the absolute worst joke? I'm just so used to seeing it I don't even remember its origins. Do you just hate Dino Bravo that much? Was he really that bad? It’s more of a ... Read more Dino Bravo is the worst question

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Masters of the Universe/WWE

The MOTU ads during Takeover got me thinking: Wasn't He-Man the all-time worst at refusing jobs? I mean, for all the flak Hogan & HHH get, He-Man never put over Skeletor, Beast Man, Trap Jaw or any of his opponents. Wouldn't they have done great business if the heels could have gone over just once? ... Read more Masters of the Universe/WWE

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The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover Wargames 2019–11.23.19

The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover Wargames 2019 – 11.23.19 Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Beth Phoenix. Mauro can’t even make it out of the introductions before referencing Baby Yoda! I mean, I can’t blame him, but pace yourself, man! Wargames #1: Rhea Ripley, Tegan Nox, Dakota Kai ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover Wargames 2019–11.23.19

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Brand Supremacy Supremacy?

Hey Scott, All this talk about Brand Supremacy has me really interested in re-reading the DC vs. Marvel and JLA vs. Avengers mini series. Do you have a favourite inter-company comic crossover? I've always been partial to Superman/Spider-Man team ups myself, even when they took on Venom. (Also really liked off the wall stuff like ... Read more Brand Supremacy Supremacy?

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Saturday Night Takeover Thread

Tonight!  It’s NXT Wargames in Chicago! Smackdown remained mostly steady at 2.6 million viewers last night. Apparently Toni Storm is claiming that she is not part of the NXT team at Survivor Series.  More’s the pity. Talk about Takeover here and have a great night!

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Vengeance 2005

Vengeance 2005 Date: June 26, 2005 Location: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Attendance: 9,850 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman I’m actually looking forward to this one as the card is stacked. We have HHH vs. Batista inside the Cell, John Cena facing Christian and Chris Jericho in a triple threat in ... Read more Vengeance 2005

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Smackdown – June 23, 2005

Smackdown Date: June 23, 2005 Location: Convention Center, Tuscon, Arizona Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s time for another big showdown as we get the latest chapter in Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio. That’s certainly good enough for me as those two have been the best things about this show, if not this company, for a ... Read more Smackdown – June 23, 2005

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WWE Syndicated Shows

Any idea why the WWE got rid of nearly all their syndicated shows in the early 2000's, particularly Jakked/Metal?  I always enjoyed those weekend programs that featured an abundance of squash matches, highlights of important stuff from Raw and Smackdown, and maybe 1 competitive "main event"   Because they didn't make money off them.  Not ... Read more WWE Syndicated Shows

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Star Wars Fatigue

Is it me or do you feel emotionally exhausted from Endgame to really care about the end of Skywalker Saga?  I think Disney would have been better off holding this back until next year.  It’ll gross plenty but it doesn’t seem to have the epic feel that Endgame had.  I feel like Last Jedi really ... Read more Star Wars Fatigue

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Survivor Seriezzzz

We’ve already tackled the brand supremacy nonsense for Survivor Series, but don’t these titles matches feel flat as well?  Rey vs. Brock should be fun, but there’s a less than zero chance any of the three world champions actually lose their titles. Of the ten hours of stuff WWE has planned this weekend, I think ... Read more Survivor Seriezzzz

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Strong Style Saturday Thread – 11.23.19

Tonight!  It’s NXT Takeover, which frankly they’ve done a pretty lousy job of hyping in favor of putting all the effort into pushing Survivor Series instead.  All four advertised matches should be good, so I’ll probably enjoy it. Tommy is attending all four shows this weekend so you’re likely stuck with me for recaps, although ... Read more Strong Style Saturday Thread – 11.23.19

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown–11.22.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 11.22.19 Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Michael Cole & Corey Graves Meanwhile, Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin and a whole bunch of geeks in blue t-shirts are waiting in the back for people to invade, but they’re still bickering amongst themselves. Oh no, what ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown–11.22.19

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WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 8 — WE ARE NOT RING OF HONOR

We made it! So at this point, is current ROH management worse than Dixie Carter?  The argument’s there, right? Tonight, we are two days away from Survivor Series where all three brands will send their rosters against each other to prove absolutely nothing.  As such, expect a lot of cross-brand backstabbing; it wouldn’t surprise me ... Read more WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 8 — WE ARE NOT RING OF HONOR

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Stunning Newsweek article on Ring of Honor

This is one of the more insane wrestling stories that I've ever read in a mainstream outlet. Joey Mercury & Kelly Klein are the focal point, but other current RoH wrestlers are sourced for interviews. And there's a pretty scary section on a wrestler apparently being allowed to still wrestle despite obvious (to other wrestlers) ... Read more Stunning Newsweek article on Ring of Honor

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Joshi Spotlight: Sakie Hasegawa

I love that stuff like this is part of Joshi, lol. It looks like something out of Tiger Beat. JOSHI SPOTLIGHT: SAKIE HASEGAWA Stats: Billed Height & Weight: 5’7″ 154 lbs. Career Length: 1989-1996 Trained By: Jaguar Yokota -I find that for most Joshi reviewers, one of the big stand-outs on any AJW card you ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: Sakie Hasegawa

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – November 11, 1995

Remaining footage of this show is incomplete, so the matches below were reverse engineered from the November 12 edition of WCW Main Event that featured them.  Based on last week’s previous, though, one can assume that Paul Orndorff (23-8) won a squash match. –Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – November 11, 1995

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Olive Garden

Scott, Just a friendly tip- if you and/or your wife love good Italian food, stay the hell away from Olive Garden.  I’ve been to many Olive Gardens in my life, my friend. I know exactly what I’m getting into.  We’re also getting an Old Spaghetti Factory and I’m pretty excited about that too.  I didn’t ... Read more Olive Garden

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Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

Every week you post on Thursday the ratings. Yet, with nxt “winning” this week, no such post or even mention. Any particular reason? I'm not sure how many times I have to say "I love both shows and want everyone to succeed" here.  AEW airs live in Canada, and NXT airs on a two day ... Read more Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

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WWF Monday Night RAW – July 25th, 1994

July 25, 1994 From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA Your hosts are Jim Ross and “Macho Man” Randy Savage   Show starts off with clips from the Ted DiBiase/Lex Luger/Tatanka storyline leading to this week’s Tatanka vs. Nikolai Volkoff $10,000 Challenge match.   Nikolai Volkoff w/ Ted DiBiase vs. Tatanka The announcers talk about ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – July 25th, 1994

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And What is the Deal With Bob Backlund? (Insert Seinfeld Shrug)

Hey Scott– I just finished the Observer from July 1992 where Dave first reveals that Bob Backlund is in talks to return to the WWF. Dave is actually pretty positive about ol' Bob in the piece, but as we know he turned rather viciously on Backlund with incredible speed once the run actually began. What ... Read more And What is the Deal With Bob Backlund? (Insert Seinfeld Shrug)

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Most Overused Wrestling Trope?

What wrestling trope would you say is the most overused?  Not so much the one you hate the most, but the one that is played out?  For me it would have to be the one where 2 wrestlers are facing each other in a match,(or even a tag team match), and other wrestlers interfere after ... Read more Most Overused Wrestling Trope?

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Could Tessa Blanchard be a genuine Wrestler of the Year candidate?

Or does the fact she's working for Impact mean she realistically can't be? I mean, she's had an incredible year both character and match wise, and is by far the best reason to watch that company. If she gets the Title come January then she's earned it IMO However, Impact is at best a distant ... Read more Could Tessa Blanchard be a genuine Wrestler of the Year candidate?

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Survivor Series Showdown 1992

The SmarK Rant for WWF Survivor Series Showdown 1992 – 11.22.92 Wish this had been on the Network when I was doing these episodes of Superstars. Taped from Springfield, in whatever state Springfield is in. Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan Razor Ramon & Ric Flair rant to start the show, and Flair ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Survivor Series Showdown 1992

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NXT UK – November 21, 2019

NXT UK Date: November 21, 2019 Location: Bonus Arena, Hull, England Commentators: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness Things are picking up around here with the suddenly united forces of Gallus and Ilja Dragunov vs. Imperium. For the first time since the promotion started, it feels like something other than British Strong Style is at the forefront ... Read more NXT UK – November 21, 2019

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You still the man but……

With everything 20 times worse WWE has done you dropping powerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr over a dumb joke (by the way I agree was tasteless and has no place in todays world) is rich. Especially given the fact he quit got fired whatever there is no reason to drop it. Its nice getting some new and different shows ... Read more You still the man but……

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What’s up w all the head/neck bumps?

Is it me or has there been a huge increase recently in some dangerous looking head and neck bumps, in both companies?  It seemed like after the Owen/Austin mess back in 97, we largely went away from that kind of thing, with Taker’s “clench your head in my knees and miss the mat by 6 ... Read more What’s up w all the head/neck bumps?

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Indies and Insanity: November 21, 2019

Sorry if this is a few minutes late — I was slow starting my research because my co-worker put C-SPAN on at the office and we all fell asleep. Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Indianapolis/Houston, with actual playoff implications!  Your NBA on TNT doubleheader is Portland/Milwaukee followed by Nawlins/Phoenix.  Meanwhile, ... Read more Indies and Insanity: November 21, 2019

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Dynamite – November 20, 2019

Dynamite Date: November 20, 2019 Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur This should make for an interesting week as Chris Jericho is set to make a huge announcement. That very well may be something about his cruise, but it could be something coming a little sooner. Other than that ... Read more Dynamite – November 20, 2019

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Tito vs Alberto live on FITE.TV

FITE.TV has partnered with Combate Americas to bring fans the much- anticipated match between two legends – Tito Ortiz and Alberto “El Patron” Rodriguez.  Airing live from the Payne Arena in McAllen, Texas on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8pm EST, the show will feature commentary in both English and Spanish. More info in the FITE news page Tito Ortiz vs ... Read more Tito vs Alberto live on FITE.TV

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Upside to the return of Punk?

I've been a big fan of Punk in the past, but I can't help but feel his whole return is pretty underwhelming and isn't going anywhere. He's back as a co-host for a show nobody watches and apparently he's really truely one hundred percent not employed by WWE even though he's surrounded by WWE Branding, ... Read more Upside to the return of Punk?

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NXT Drawing Test

Since it seems like WWE are going to continue sending main roster talent down to NXT, why not send one or two down a week and advertise them in advance? It’s really hard to tell who moves numbers on the main roster, but seeing who spikes a rating for NXT could be useful info on ... Read more NXT Drawing Test

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Hogan’s drawing power in 1987

From my memories of reading the 1987 recaps on the blog, Hogan's house show business was a bit sluggish post-Wrestlemania III.  After all, who was going to buy One Man Gang or Killer Khan as threats after we all saw Hogan beat ANDRE THE GIANT clean?  Was this the first sign of a (minor) slip ... Read more Hogan’s drawing power in 1987

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Soooooooo

Positively an AEW mark, but totally expected NXT to put the screws to them this week. Live on west coast so after taking kids to sports, sat down and watched both (west coast advantage since AEW dvr’d early and then can fast forward NXT through commercials. So AEW very very coherent. And I was able ... Read more Soooooooo

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NXT – November 20, 2019

NXT Date: November 20, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix In a rare situation, this is the go home show for both Takeover: WarGames and Survivor Series. Takeover’s card seems to be set, but there are five spots each for both the men’s and women’s Survivor ... Read moreNXT – November 20, 2019

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite–11.20.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 11.20.19 Live from Indianapolis, IN Your hosts are Tony, JR & Excalibur Nick Jackson v. Rey Fenix It’s the rare singles match for the Young Bucks! Will he even know what to do without someone to tag? Nick puts him down with a shoulderblock but walks into a ... Read moreThe SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite–11.20.19

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 24th, 1994

July 24, 1994 From the Stabler Arena in Bethelem, PA Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase We get a clip from last week’s interview with Virgil and Ted DiBiase & Nikolai Volkoff that led to this week’s Virgil vs. Volkoff match. Also in action this week are Yokozuna, Owen Hart, and Razor Ramon. ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – November 11, 1995

WCW Prime for November 6 featured a new match, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary. –Prime “MOOOO” Match of the Week:  The Star Blazer defeated Big Train Bart (0-1) after a seated senton at 3:42: Dusty spent the end of last week’s show talking about Johnny Boone getting another chance to prove himself ... Read more

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Racism

….if you're going to drop Powerrrrr coverage, you kind of have to drop  WWE coverage also?  In all seriousness, it's partially owned by Linda McMahon who works for Donald Trump who recently told a black woman and American citizen to go back to Africa.  Yeah that’s totally the same thing. 

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Monday Night Raw – June 20, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: June 20, 2005 Location: American West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Vengeance is on Sunday and that means it’s time for the final push towards what is looking like a stacked show. There are already several major matches set for the show and that means we ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #343 – 20/11/1999

Hello You! Last week wasn’t a bad show all told, as they did some interesting stuff to advance the Raven/Dreamer/Sandman storyline by having Dreamer save Raven from a Sandman attack but not quick enough to placate Raven, thus causing him to have a seeming mental breakdown. So yeah, it was fun for all the family! ... Read more

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Follow up to Atomic drop question

Hello Scott,   What move should go away for a while?   I’m personally sick of seeing wrestlers just aimlessly standing outside the ring so someone can jump on them from off the top rope/ring posts. When it’s done well it’s fine, but when it’s obvious they’re assembling outside the ring to be jumped on, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for TNT–03.15.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 03.15.85 “Riding the Road to Wrestlemania” Man, I just wanted to sit down and review some NWA Powerrr last night, and then all hell broke loose. So instead, let’s just have a nice, fun, show with no Jim Cornette, shall we? Hopefully Sara the Soothsayer doesn’t turn out to ... Read more

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Another Survivor Series Showdown but with an interesting twist…

Hey Scott,   Last week, I said that “big 4” hype shows were becoming a Hidden Gems tradition. Well, WWE is shaking things up this week:   https://ift.tt/2KDsjlW   Yes, it’s the complete Survivor Series Showdown 1992 BUT it also includes more than an hour of unaired footage from the same taping, including 2 Bret ... Read more

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Are they ready?

So how many of the main roster WWE writers are now going to be reassigned to creating comebacks for Seth Rollins in his promos when he gets blasted by "CM Punk" chants from now on? They should assign a few of them to take over for him on social media.  That would help out his ... Read more

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NWA turns heel

So tonight in the middle of the NWA Powerrr airing on YouTube that I was watching, the show got yanked off the platform and taken down.  Apparently due to Jim Cornette making racist jokes during the Trevor Murdoch match (about him being so tough that he could drive a bucket of fried chicken through Ethiopia).  ... Read more

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Who would have called it.

Who, 2 months ago, would have honestly called WWE using the overrun on their ‘flagship’ Raw show ( the go home Raw before a PPV no less) to promote the NXT show in a desperate attempt to pop a rating to beat AEW? I guess them knowing that after SS at the weekend the who ... Read more

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reader mail

Scott, you haven’t talked about CANADIAN VIOLENCE in a while.  Who are today’s foremost purveyors of CANADIAN VIOLENCE?  Also, is it possible for a non-Canadian wrestler to learn how to inflict it?   The problem is that we're running out of Canadians who feel comfortable laying into each other with good stiff chops, like they do ... Read more

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The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

RAW ratings continue to be…not good.  Second lowest ever, even with all the stuff loaded up for Survivor Series and such.  https://ift.tt/2Ovl2FQ Adam Cole will defend the NXT title against the winner of a Dunne/Dain/Priest 3-way match on Takeover, at Survivor Series.  They just continue to make this show so needlessly overbooked and complicated.  https://ift.tt/37kmJyx ... Read more

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Pro Wrestling EVE – SHE-1 – Day 1

Howdy! 2 days. 4 shows. One Ace of EVE. EVE’s SHE-1 tournament is held each year to determine the “Ace of EVE” – the winner will go on to challenge the champion of their choice at WrestleQueendom, EVE’s biggest show of the year. The wrestlers are divided by 4 into 3 Blocks of round robin ... Read more

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NWA – POWERRR

Howdy Scott! Does NWA Powerrr actually make any money? I like it lots, but I don't know how it could. It doesn’t.  They’re trending strongly downwards in views and Lagana already said that they were losing money and just kind of running through Pumpkin money until they get a TV deal.  Honestly if they can’t ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – July 23, 1994

July 23, 1994 From the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler Before the opening montage, we see Shawn Michaels & Diesel hype up Ted DiBiase’s appearance on the “Heartbreak Hotel.” Shawn called Diesel and himself the “Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw” of the ... Read more

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Best Match-Up/Worst Storyline?

What was the best match-up between wrestlers that you thought had the worst storyline surrounding it?  The Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio feud in 2005 over Dominic Mysterio that culminated in a ladder match to Dominic's parental rights at SummerSlam was pretty bad.   It sure was.  Roman’s also had some really good matches off terrible ... Read more

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The Eternal Question(s) – Survivor Series Question

Should the WWE move Survivor Series back to Thanksgiving night? And instead of meaningless Raw Vs Smackdown fights, why not retool it as the "real" start of the march to Wrestlemania via having it be where the big angles that will lead directly to Wrestlemania start off at, with the December and February PPVs abolished/turned ... Read more

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Hercules, The Third Mega Power

How come they gave up on that push so quickly? Did the crowd not accept him? Did Savage or Hogan complain about being associated with him? It seems to me that if you want to elevate someone then aligning them with top two stars is a good way to start and Herc certainly had something ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-19-1984

Taped from Irving, TX Airdate: May 19, 1984 (taped 05/06) Attendance: 50,123 (43,517 paid) Hosted by Marc Lowrance Will Sunshine finally get her hands on Precious and exact revenge upon her? Oh, and Kerry challenges Flair for the World title. Ya think he has a chance? Also, who will join me for this colossal episode? ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 90–01.21.90

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 90 – 01.21.90 Live from Orlando, FL, drawing 16,000 and a 2.0 buyrate. Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & and a Mickey Mouse-adorned Jesse Ventura, Tony’s last PPV with the company I believe. I love that Vince lays out all the entrants in the Rumble match in the ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – November 18, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: November 18, 2019 Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Commentators: Vic Joseph, Jerry Lawler It’s the go home show for Survivor Series but I’m not sure what that is going to mean for the build to the show. Last week on Smackdown WWE felt the need to spend the first third of ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Isn’t really a whole bunch to talk about outside of CM Punk returning to WWE-related programming. It’s not a total shock if the guy still has an eventual goal of main eventing a Wrestlemania. Whether he returns to the ring eventually (he will) or not, ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – November 6, 1995

–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are doing commentary and they are live from Jacksonville, Florida.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 9,500 fans, with 3,500 paying for entry. –Tonight’s show is an interactive telecast where fans can call 1-900-370-3WCW and pay 99 cents to pick a wrestler from the “red locker room” that ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: NWA/WCW Starrcade 1989

Hello You! Back again with some NWA/WCW stuff (I’m not exactly sure what Turner’s company was called at this time and Wikipedia isn’t especially that helpful either as it lists both groups as hosting the event. The box art for the VHS release says WCW, but that might have been added in after the fact). ... Read more

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Impact Wrestlings Throwback Throwdown Thought

https://ift.tt/2NWHHfs i haven’t followed a second of impact since whenever Angle fought Joe, but In the age of ride alongs, Twitter , kayfabe-ridden network specials, I feel WWE has really missed the boat on multiple occasions , ahem old school raws and anniversary specials , for superstars to emulate  their favorite wrestlers of the past ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – July 18th, 1994

July 18, 1994 From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA Your hosts are Jim Ross and “Macho Man” Randy Savage Tonight, Diesel defends the Intercontinental Title against Lex Luger.   The show starts off with a clip from this past weekend’s “Heartbreak Hotel” when Tatanka said that Lex Luger has sold out to Ted DiBiase. ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – November 12, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: November 12, 2019 Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews It’s the second week in Canada and we are getting ready for Hard To Kill in January. The build started over the last two weeks with Tessa Blanchard being named #1 contender to Sami Callihan’s Impact World ... Read more

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NXT Women’s Division

I don't think Triple H gets enough credit for always being able to rebuild the NXT Womens Division after people get called up. Vince pratically took all of his core girls (to rebuild the main rosters women's division) then raided out the rest a few months later for the brand split and left him with ... Read more

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Yesterday’s Wrestler’s today

Hey Scott, I follow both UFC and WWE and got me thinking, how would Shamrock and Severn fair today in WWE? Would they be booked as monsters and special draws like Lesnar? I actually would have loved to see Brock vs Severn.  Shamrock would fit perfectly, but would probably get tired of developmental and go back ... Read more

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Mr. Perfect in 1996

What happened to Mr. Perfect in the WWF in late 1996?  I remember he was acting as a Manager for Triple H after turning on Marc Mero.  He then seemingly disappeared from the wrestling scene altogether, only to reappear in WCW in mid 1997.   He had a very large insurance settlement thanks to his ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-12-1984

Taped from Irving, TX Airdate: May 12, 1984 (taped 05/06) Attendance: 50,123 (43,517 paid) Hosted by Marc Lowrance Can the Von Erichs beat the Freebirds for the six-man titles in a Badstreet match? Will the Super Destroyers retain their titles, or will the team of Parsons and Zumhofe achieve gold? How will JYD fare against ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- AJW Wrestling Queendom- VICTORY

Bull Nakano & Kyoko Inoue in the best match ever wrestled for the WWF Women’s Title. AJW WRESTLING QUEENDOM- VICTORY (1995): (26.03.1995) -Four months after the biggest show in Joshi history, Big Egg Wrestling Universe, comes the next Wrestling Queendom event- Akira Hokuto was triumphant at Big Egg, but kind of went to Mexico for ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 89–01.15.89

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 89 – 01.15.89 So although their goal of screwing with the NWA’s PPV ambitions had already been fulfilled and then some, I guess people thought this “Royal Rumble” concept was a pretty good idea, so why not carry on another year? This time on PPV! Live from Houston, ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: November 17, 2019

Remember, folks, no matter how bad you think WWE TV is: on this day 41 years ago, we had the Star Wars Holiday Special.  NOTHING WWE does can be that bad. No, Vince, wait, that’s not a challenge! Congratulations to O’Shay Edwards, who won the PTPW Heavyweight Title last night in Washington, DC.  In addition, ... Read more

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