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Joshi Spotlight: JWP Super Major Queens FLASH!

JWP SUPER MAJOR QUEENS- FLASH!: (22.05.94) -Right in the midst of the Interpromotional Era comes this show- a JWP event with almost every match featuring an AJW invader, capped off by an Ace (vs) Ace bout- Dynamite Kansasi fighting the WWWA Champion, Aja Kong! Also wrestling is Kyoko Inoue against an up & comer, the ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: JWP Super Major Queens FLASH!

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Blog Question

Seeing as how Seattle is the rumored/ possibly confirmed location for the 2021 Royal Rumble does Bryan finally get his Rumble win there in the home state? Then move on to face either Lesnar in a Survivor Series 2018 with a solid 3 month build up and the hot babyface momentum or face Reigns after ... Read more Blog Question

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First Question of the Deacde

Hi Scott,   As one decade changes to another and we feel time moving inextricably forward towards the black abyss of our deaths, there is one wrestling question that needs answering.   If AEW signed Eva Marie, how long before she is their Women’s Champion?   A tough but fair question. 

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Your 2003 rants

I was looking through your archive and a lot of your 2003 recaps of the weekly shows seem to be missing. Did you ever recap those shows originally or just lose them? For anyone else with the archives, there's a large file under "WWE / TV Shows" called "Scott Keith 2003.docx" and that has everything ... Read more Your 2003 rants

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WWE Holiday Programming

In the recent past the WWE has always seemed to take a break around the Christmas and New Year's Holidays, airing "Tribute To The Troops"  or "Best Of" on Raw and Smackdown to give the talent and creative teams a breather.  However, I noticed that it seems to be the case less and less in ... Read more WWE Holiday Programming

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Daily News Update – December 31 2019

It’s New Year’s Eve! Something happened on RAW last night and I haven’t read spoilers or checked the mountain of e-mail I’m getting about it, but the short version appears to be that I desperately need to review the show tonight once it’s up on Hulu.  Tommy’s got the review up here, of course. DATELINE: ... Read more Daily News Update – December 31 2019

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 07.03.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 07.03.95 OK then, who’s ready for KING OF THE RING?  “So how bad was it?”  is the very first question posed by this issue.  So you know we’re in for some good shit, PAL. – Dave attempts to answer the question by noting that the show ended 11 minutes early and ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 07.03.95

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Monday Night Raw – December 30, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: December 30, 2019 Location: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Vic Joseph It’s the final show of the decade for WWE and that means…well not much as the major draw of the show is a wedding between Lana and Bobby Lashley, which has all time crash possibilities. Other than that ... Read more Monday Night Raw – December 30, 2019

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy! Is it Monday? I guess it is. I lose track of the days this time of year. I hope everyone is enjoying the final minutes of the holiday season. Soon it will be 2020 and who know what that will bring. RAW tonight is….ummm…is it live? I don’t know. I can’t even tell you ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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WWE.com’s Top 25 Matches of 2019

To the surprise of no one, these rankings and some of the match choices are absurd. Yeah, I'm not really buying into the rankings here.  If you're including NXT then they've pretty much got the top 10 sewn up all on their own and blow away most of what the main roster was doing all ... Read more WWE.com’s Top 25 Matches of 2019

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – December 2, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the matches on this show were held on November 16 and 29. –Opening Contest:  Mr. J.L. (1-2) beats the Gambler after a brainbuster at 6:59: The back of the Gambler’s tights – which display the suits of ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – December 2, 1995

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If The Shockmaster Didn’t Trip?

So if Fred Ottman's Shockmaster debut in WCW went off without a hitch instead of the clusterfuck it was, any idea how big of a push was he in line to receive?   I feel like not much would change, but time travel is always a dangerous thing to mess with, believe me.  For example, ... Read more If The Shockmaster Didn’t Trip?

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WCW Saturday Night 6 Man

Hey Scott, I was up late tonight watching the 9-5-92 WCW Saturday Night show on the network. It opens with Greg Hammer Valentine, Dick Slater, and Scotty Flamingo against Johhny B Badd, Tom Zenk, and Marcus Alexander Bagwell.  It made me wonder, on a rating of 1st to 6th place how would rank that almost ... Read more WCW Saturday Night 6 Man

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Lars Sullivan Becomes New Age Waylon Mercy?

Scene: End of Raw, some kind of battle royal and out of nowhere at the end Sullivan appears and hits Braun with the Freak Accident…and then gets the microphone: "You may not remember me, but I am Lars Sullivan.  And I'm….I'm a Complicated Man. Everything you have read about me on the internet…the things I ... Read more Lars Sullivan Becomes New Age Waylon Mercy?

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The SmarK Rant for TNT – 03.22.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 03.22.85 “Andre the Giant reveals his plans” Your host is Vince McMahon and it’s time for the HARD SELL for this Wrestlemania deal. Andre the Giant is our first guest of the evening, and he stops to reminisce about starting out with Lord Alfred Hayes at 17 years old.  ... Read more The SmarK Rant for TNT – 03.22.85

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Daily News Update – December 30 2019

I’m gonna assume Brian is still recovering and get this up on Sunday night. DATELINE:  WWE Network to add “Top matches of 2019” special to the Network later this morning!  When did they get the rights to AEW? DATELINE:  Randy Orton might be injured again, as he seemingly blew out his knee at a live ... Read more Daily News Update – December 30 2019

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-07-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: July 7, 1984 (taped 06/22) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kerry and Adams send Garvin and Link packing? What will happen to Donovan when he encounters Khan? Plus a BONUS match! Who will join me for this surprising epic gangster-like episode? Noodles, I didn’t mean anything by it. ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-07-1984

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Impact Wrestling – December 28, 2019 (Best Of 2019 Part 1)

Impact Wrestling Date: December 28, 2019 Hosts: Josh Matthews, Scott D’Amore It’s the Best Of 2019 and that means we could be in for an interesting night. There have been some good things going on this year and hopefully we can see where things are going to be heading in the future. Impact has had ... Read more Impact Wrestling – December 28, 2019 (Best Of 2019 Part 1)

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Mike Reviews: New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestling World In Tokyo Dome” – 04/01/1996

Hello You! Seeing as we’re just under a week away from Wrestle Kingdom 14, I thought I’d do a recap of one of the earlier New Japan Tokyo Dome spectaculars from 1996, as I happen to own the DVD for it. I honestly can’t recall when I bought this or even where I got it ... Read more Mike Reviews: New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestling World In Tokyo Dome” – 04/01/1996

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Sunday Night Reset: December 29, 2019

Hey, everyone.  Thanks for putting up with me in this job and as a part of this board.  I’ll do my best to remain not-stupid throughout 2020. Although that said, I’m hoping to give my guys at CRAB some more love.  Should I post recaps of CRAB shows when they’re available on IWTV?  Would people ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: December 29, 2019

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NXT as main show?

Hello Scott, One of the threads on the blog today was whether or not NXT should be considered one of WWE’s main shows at this point. Pro arguments: They have a Network TV Deal. They are about to start touring nationally. The pay scale is starting to even out a bit with Raw and Smackdown, ... Read more NXT as main show?

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UNBELIEVABLE!

So one of the major knocks on the product today is Vince’s micromanaging, from the booking to being in the announcers’ ears. A lot of us wish someone else was running things. In the 90’s, there was periods where Vince was doing the play by play on TV. Was he still in control of every ... Read more UNBELIEVABLE!

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Vince and the XFL

With the re-launch of the XFL happening in a little over a month, how much do you think Vince McMahon’s role on the creative side of the WWE will decrease?   You gotta think a lot.  Vince is an energetic guy, but he’s 75 years old and he’s not exactly a spring chicken like Tony Khan, ... Read more Vince and the XFL

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 05.25.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 05.25.85 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Joel Watts This one looks like it’s going to be a banger, as the kids say. Bill Watts does a promo about how a MAN’S MAN like Jim Duggan was injured by Akbar and how disgusted he ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 05.25.85

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

It’s the last Sunday of 2019 as we creep closer to a new decade! DATELINE:  Chris Jericho makes his own stip, offering Tanahashi a shot at the AEW title should he triumph at Wrestle Kingdom.  I dunno, what has Tanahashi ever done to warrant a title shot at LE CHAMPION?  Hopefully they go over his ... Read more The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

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Smackdown – July 28, 2005

Smackdown Date: July 28, 2005 Location: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz With the Great American Bash out of the way, the only thing left to do is head towards Summerslam. Raw is already out in front though, meaning Smackdown will need to start adding in some matches sooner rather than ... Read more Smackdown – July 28, 2005

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So, Lars Sullivan…

I'm not even going to send you the link. I'm just curious, do you think he recovers from this? What I want to know is, were they all shot from the same angle like his powerbomb spot? Anyway, racist message board trolling can be overcome.  Secret gay porn can be overcome.  Both together?  I think ... Read more So, Lars Sullivan…

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Sasha Banks

So on this weeks episode of Smackdown, Sasha taps out Dana Brooke then proceeds to mush Danas face into the mat afterward busting open Danas nose/lip in the process further showing how reckless Sasha is. Sasha is the most over rated, self entitled brat the womens division has ever had and for the life of ... Read more Sasha Banks

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Paul Heyman’s Writing On Raw

With Raw being the drizzling shits lately, who do you think is mainly at fault;  Paul Heyman or Vince McMahon?  When Heyman was named "Director Of Creative for Raw" in the middle of the summer, the first couple of months were pretty good.  I'd like to think it's Vince McMahon's micromanaging more than Paul Heyman suddenly ... Read more Paul Heyman’s Writing On Raw

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When Worlds Collide

Hey Scott, hope you have enjoyed the holidays. What are your thoughts on When Worlds Collide? I am actually stoked that the Undisputed ERA and Imperium are going to be going at it. Really thought this should have happened at Survivor Series. Do you have any matches you want to see? They kinda have to ... Read more When Worlds Collide

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Bray Wyatt forgives Kevin Spacey

https://mobile.twitter.com/WWEBrayWyatt/status/1209551787809804289 Quote if/when this gets deleted: “Every day people (falsely) accuse me of drawing inspiration from them. I laugh, because I am the only one that knows truly. However, when someone does it to me I get so excited!🤗 I wanted to be the first to say… I forgive you Kevin! No matter how naughty ... Read more Bray Wyatt forgives Kevin Spacey

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The Strong Style Saturday Thread – 12.28.19

Well, good morning, and we’ll see how NXT does in the Smackdown slot here on Saturday mornings. Merry belated Christmas to everyone, since most of what I’ve had on the blog this week was written at various other times due to being out of town and then working Boxing Day.  I got a Sega Genesis ... Read more The Strong Style Saturday Thread – 12.28.19

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The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT – 12.18.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT – 12.18.19 OK, so let’s try swapping out Smackdown for NXT for a while.  And since this past Christmas show was pretty nothing, we’ll go back a week and do the show everyone’s been bugging me to do. Live from Orlando, FL Your hosts are Mauro, Beth and Nigel. ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT – 12.18.19

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Smackdown – December 27, 2019

Smackdown Date: December 27, 2019 Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves It’s the final show of the decade and that means….well probably not much really, as we are in the period just before the build to the Royal Rumble starts up. This time around though we are in for a ... Read more Smackdown – December 27, 2019

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WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 13 — LET THREE IN

WE MADE IT!  In my case, the “made it” is “to the doctor to get checked out”, and he assures me there’s no sinus infection.  But that’s how my week’s gone. Two big things scheduled for tonight’s SmackDown.  The main event will set the course for the Royal Rumble as three men want a shot ... Read more WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 13 — LET THREE IN

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Joshi Spotlight: Dynamite Kansai

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- DYNAMITE KANSAI: Stats: Real Name: Chieko Suzuki Billed Height & Weight: 5’8″, 205 lbs. (varied significantly) Career Length: 1986-2016 Trained By: JWP Training -Among the bigger stand-outs when watching Joshi cards in the mid-90s is the Ace of JWP, Dynamite Kansai. Probably the most underrated of the top-rated workers in Joshi, she’s been ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: Dynamite Kansai

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – December 2, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Heenan puts over his business partnership with New Japan, ignoring that he took their money fraudulently for half of WCW Pro. –Opening Contest:  Lex Luger (w/Jimmy Hart) (8-3) beats Leroy Howard via submission to the Torture Rack at 3:54: Schiavone ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – December 2, 1995

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Brainbusters

On Arn’s podcast he says that as soon as they gave notice to the WWF, the Brainbusters immediately dropped the belts back to Demolition on WWF Superstars.  If they had stayed was it supposed to be pushed that all the way to WM VI?  And if so where would Andre’s face turn have played in ... Read more Brainbusters

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House show title changes

With Andrade winning the US title from Rey at the Garden tonight, what are your thoughts on house show title changes in the modern era? And what would you say have been amongst the most significant none-televised title changes ever? I guess the point here is to juice house show business, but it's MSG so ... Read more House show title changes

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nWo Saturday Night

I remember hearing back in the day that the nWo was supposed to have taken over an hour, and/or the entire 2 hours of WCW Saturday Night after they won War Games 1996, but it was scrapped after the disaster that was nWo Souled Out 1997.  Was any of that true?  If so, you would've ... Read more nWo Saturday Night

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.19.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 06.19.95 Back into the breach I go. Taped from Struthers, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler Undertaker v. Mike McReynolds This guy looks like a shorter Stevie Richards without the muscle definition, and Undertaker destroys him with a chokeslam and tombstone at 1:00, before ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.19.95

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Daily News Update – Dec 27 2019

Best wishes to Brian Bayless, who is recovering from a concussion and will need to submit IMPACT testing before returning to the blog.  Basically it involves watching old episodes of Impact and trying to explain the storylines and why they’re still alive. No one has passed the testing yet, unfortunately. DATELINE:  Rey Mysterio loses the ... Read more Daily News Update – Dec 27 2019

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Monday Night Raw – July 25, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: July 25, 2005 Location: Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio Attendance: 7,000 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We are officially on the road to Summerslam and that means it’s time to crank things up. Now granted that doesn’t mean much of a change around here as a lot of the matches have already ... Read more Monday Night Raw – July 25, 2005

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NXT UK – December 26, 2019

NXT UK Date: December 26, 2019 Hosts: Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips It’s the end of the year and that means we get to look back at some of the better things to go down in 2019. I wouldn’t have believed it when the year started but NXT UK has become one of the better wrestling ... Read more NXT UK – December 26, 2019

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New Day

How much money do you think they pull in a year and how valuable are they to WWE? I feel like a large percentage of the profit margin with New Day gets eaten up by pancake costs, though.  Also, curling Xavier Woods’ boots is an expensive process that has to be done by hand.  And ... Read more New Day

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Worst Debut Of A Wrestler?

What would you say was the worst debut of a wrestler that was (supposedly) going to be someone?  I think EC3's debut on WWE T.V. this year takes the cake.  He was just randomly shown backstage posing in a mirror when another wrestler was walking to the ring.  It was definitely a harbinger of what ... Read more Worst Debut Of A Wrestler?

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RAW problems

Hey Scott, So as shitty as RAW has been, they managed this week to actually set up 3 babyface challengers in Owens, Mysterio, and Joe to the main heel on the show Seth Rollins giving the show some kind of direction albeit still kinda all over the place. This is all well and good except ... Read more RAW problems

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The SmarK Rant for WWF One Night Only – 09.21.97

(Merry Christmas, and here’s a repost of my most recent look at WWF One Night Only, written a mere 17 years ago, following off the most recent retro RAW rant yesterday.  It’s Christmas, this is the best you’re getting out of me.)   The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF One Night Only (September 97) – ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF One Night Only – 09.21.97

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark – 12.24.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark – 12.24.19 No Dynamite this week, so here’s Dark from Tuesday instead since it’s Christmas Day and I’ve got nothing going on in the afternoon. Taped from Corpus Christi, TX on 12.18.19 Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Dasha Gonzalez, with Excalibur and Colt Cabana on commentary. Sammy Guevara ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark – 12.24.19

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A Merry PG Christmas: My Wrestlers of the Decade

So as threatened, let’s get the Wrestlers of the Decade conversation started!  A few things about my list: I went to 25 because I’m a college sports fan and “Top 25” is a college tradition. This is a list of individual wrestlers, although tag team work is taken into consideration. I’ll include a quick paragraph ... Read more A Merry PG Christmas: My Wrestlers of the Decade

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – December 2, 1995

Note:  I hope that everyone on the Blog is having a great Christmas holiday today.  I have also started a website to archive some of my work here.  I will be gradually uploading my 1995 WCW reviews there and all of my reviews for the WWF have been posted and indexed.  Check it out at ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – December 2, 1995

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #348 – 25/12/1999

Hello You! Before we go any further I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Hardcore Holidays! Last week’s Hardcore TV was mostly clips from the TNN Show and the most recent pay per view event (Which this one will probably also be because it’s the holiday edition) but hopefully there’ll be some interesting and ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #348 – 25/12/1999

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Getting Rid Of Authority Figures

It's been a few months since the WWE has done away with authority figures on Raw and Smackdown.  Do you like this move from a viewership standpoint, or has it made no difference on your enjoyment of the product? I’m glad they got rid of them but it certainly hasn’t impacted the quality one way ... Read more Getting Rid Of Authority Figures

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Most Annoying Production Technique?

In your opinion, what would you say was/is the most annoying production technique in wrestling?  I would have to give it to the WWE a few years ago when they were going crazy with the crowd reaction shots after every big move in every match.  It was like Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn just discovered ... Read more Most Annoying Production Technique?

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Christmas Chatter!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a lot of good NBA action!  Or, if you prefer, we can celebrate the 34th birthday of our favorite Bulgarian wrestler — that’s right, for once it IS Rusev Day! WWE Network announced that on Monday, Dec. 30, Paige Here will be hosting a Matches of the Year ... Read more Christmas Chatter!

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 06.26.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 06.26.95 Well, originally I was just going to repost One Night Only, but I decided to do a Flashback on Xmas Eve as well.  So MERRY CHRISTMAS! Also, WCW had a PPV.  And it was pretty good! – Dave notes that it wasn’t a “great” show or anything, it did have ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 06.26.95

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The Xmas Eve-Ning Thread

RAW got destroyed in them ratings. I finished God of War! I loved that after the big boss fight, it just let you finish the story in peace. Sadly I already know what I’m getting from Santa tomorrow because I’m a grownup and it sucks, but feel free to discuss the big red guy here. ... Read more The Xmas Eve-Ning Thread

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Hulk Hogan debut

They're finally releasing a Hulk Hogan character in the WWE Champions game. Will this move make the game great again? Only if they get rid of the multiple currencies, straps, perks and about a million other things.  I was part of the most recent beta, testing the new stats system, and “move dodge” is gonna ... Read more Hulk Hogan debut

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Match/Wrestler of the Decade

Hey Scott,   With the decade coming to a close, what's your pick for match of the decade and wrestler of the decade?   If you're not doing a top ten list, at least throw us some bones…   Hey, I did contribute to a list for Cultaholic on that very topic!   https://youtu.be/xGFVoFFj6fM I agree ... Read more Match/Wrestler of the Decade

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RIP Mr. Niebla

CMLL’s Twitter account has confirmed that Efrén T. Márquez, known as Mr. Niebla for the vast majority of his career, passed away yesterday from a blood infection.  He was 46. He debuted on November 11, 1990, known at the time as Chamaco Audaz.  He would undergo many name changes in his first 2 years in ... Read more RIP Mr. Niebla

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.15.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.15.97 OK, now we’ve caught up to Nitro again. Last week:  Steve Austin stuns the shit out of Sgt. Slaughter and then lets us know that maybe Vince McMahon is next?  They wouldn’t do THAT, would they? Taped from Muncie, IN on 9/9, drawing “about 5000” ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 09.15.97

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Daily Thread: December 24, 2019

Hey everyone — Brian is unavailable this week, so I’ll be filling in.  Let’s look at some news and rumors. The list of possible Lesnar opponents at the Rumble is Cain Velasquez (most likely), Kevin Owens, and Randy Orton. The Revival being a comedy act is because their contract is expiring and they’re not renewing.  ... Read more Daily Thread: December 24, 2019

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Monday Night Raw – December 23, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: December 23, 2019 Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Samoa Joe, Vic Joseph We’re taped this week and that’s quite the good idea as there is no need to have the talent working so close to Christmas. That being said, one of the big ideas over the ... Read more Monday Night Raw – December 23, 2019

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone is having a nice close to the Holiday season. It truly is my favorite time of year, but I’m equally happy when it’s over. Is RAW live tonight? Hell if I know. It’s probably their Christmas episode which means it’ll be a little less overbearing than normal. I know ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Mike Reviews: WWF Action!

Hello You! I’ve had this particular DVD in my collection for a while and have never gotten around to giving it a proper looksee, so I decided to do a review on it. I actually bought this as part of Silver Visions “Tagged Classics” range, which was where they would put two releases in one ... Read more Mike Reviews: WWF Action!

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW St. Battle Day & Funto Cards

ST. BATTLE DAY: (20.03.1992) -This is a taped show at Korakuen Hall, largely centered around the Main Event. I’ll combine this with the following “Funto” event, since I only have the one match. These are largely intermediate cards of AJW, featuring their top-flight workers in major bouts, including the culmination of their Yamada/Toyota team’s push. ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: AJW St. Battle Day & Funto Cards

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro- November 27, 1995

–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are calling the action and they are live from Salem, Virginia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 5,000 fans, with 3,000 fans paying for entry. –Opening Contest for the Television Championship:  Johnny B. Badd (Champion w/the Diamond Doll) (45-5-3) beats Diamond Dallas Page (25-4-2) after ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro- November 27, 1995

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 11.19.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 11.19.99 Video gaming update:  I got God of War for Father’s Day (very fitting!) and I had actually hit a point where you’re fighting a dragon and couldn’t get past it.  So I gave it up for three months, and then picked it up again the ... Read more The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 11.19.99

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Biggest match ruined by injury

Watching MITB 2011 and both Sin Cara and The Miz suffer genuine injuries that cause them to be eliminated. Now in an 8 man ladder match luckily you have guys who can cover but it got me thinking about how lucky they are that more matches aren't ruined by a serious injury that can't be ... Read more Biggest match ruined by injury

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Sherri

So I’ve just been watching Hogans initial WCW run for the first time. I’m only at Halloween Havoc 94 but so far the MVP of this whole fued for me is Sherri. She is more believable than either of them and she took some mad bumps during the fued. But I never seem to hear ... Read more Sherri

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Pie in the Sky

Hey Scott, I know this wont happen, but, what if WWE signed Marty Scrull, Brodie King, and Killer Kross and created a faction in NXT with Matt Hardy as the leader? You could feud them with the Undisputed Era. What do any of those people have to do with each other?

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Ruby Riott

Is Ruby Riott still with the WWE?  I don't remember the last time I've seen her on television.  Now that they are repackaging Liv Morgan on Raw, it seems the Riott Squad is dead.   Oh no, not the Riott Squad!   Apparently she's been out with double shoulder surgery since April or so, which probably means ... Read more Ruby Riott

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Impact Wrestling – December 17, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: December 17, 2019 Location: Melrose Ballroom, New York City, New York Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis We’re about a month away from Hard To Kill and the top of the card is already set. I’m not sure how interested I am in Tessa Blanchard vs. Sami Callihan again but the Tag Team ... Read more Impact Wrestling – December 17, 2019

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-30-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: June 30, 1984 (taped 06/22) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kevin achieve his comeuppance against the dastardly Khan? What’s new with the ‘Handsome Half-Breed”? Who will join me for this natural episode? Absolutely, Mr. Hobbs! A winner coming right up! Opening montage. Prior to the first match, we ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-30-1984

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Wcw ’91 questions

Why go from Doom to the freebirds to the steiners instead of just going directly doom to steiners considering their capital combat match was pretty good? Was Harley Race getting involved in Luger's title match a last minute idea or was it the plan even if it had been Luger beating Flair? 1.  Because WCW.  ... Read more Wcw ’91 questions

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Sunday Night Reset: December 22, 2019

Ugh, flu season is the worst.  But I crawl out of bed and do this for you, the people.  And Scott, because otherwise he’ll bitch me out again. Tonight’s NFL game is Kansas City against Chicago.  So there’s an 80% chance Seth Rollins will hate football. The Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock. Safe travels ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: December 22, 2019

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Ratings and Commentators

Happy Holidays, What effect on ratings do you think smark commentary would have on the WWE/other product(s)? This question was sparked by watching a botch and hearing the crowd chanted "you fucked up" while the the commentary team just stayed silent. They should get the fat heckler from the AWA I reviewed this morning and put ... Read more Ratings and Commentators

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Jason Jordan

Is Jason Jordan's in-ring career officially over, or is he still trying to come back?   He is 100% done as far as I know.  He's definitely not cleared to compete and it's been, what, a couple of years now since the neck injury?  Too bad he had to go out on such a lame storyline, ... Read more Jason Jordan

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Question

Scott, I don’t know if this has ever been covered, but what was the reasoning behind Dusty Rhodes joining the NWO?  What, kayfabe or legit?  I think the kayfabe reason was something about Dusty being bitter at WCW not getting the job done and it became a "If you can't beat them join them" scenario, ... Read more Question

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – AWA Christmas Night 1986 12.25.86

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – AWA Brawl in St. Paul 12.25.86 Well, Hidden Gems might be gone now, but I’ve still got some left on the Network that I never had a chance to finish up.  And this is one that’s pretty appropriate for the season – The AWA Christmas night ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – AWA Christmas Night 1986 12.25.86

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Great American Bash 2005

Great American Bash 2005 Date: July 24, 2005 Location: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York Attendance: 8,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s their patriotic show, which isn’t likely to mean much in regards to anything more than the name. The official main event is Batista defending the World Title against JBL but the real main event ... Read more Great American Bash 2005

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Smackdown – July 21, 2005

Smackdown Date: July 21, 2005 Location: First Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland Attendance: 3,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for the Great American Bash and that means things are mostly set in stone. There are a lot of things that can be built up a bit better though and Sunday’s show could ... Read more Smackdown – July 21, 2005

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Goldberg’s Initial WWE Run

Do you happen to know why Goldberg's initial WWE run,(and contract, apparently), was only for 1 year from 2003-2004?  Did either he or the company opt out, or was it always to be for only a year? He was very, very expensive and Vince apparently didn't have much faith in his ability to get over.  ... Read more Goldberg’s Initial WWE Run

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How do you like your Royal Rumble?

Good morning Me. Keith. Question I got after watching some past events again this week, as I firmly believe the match itself is the only real seller. So how do you like your RR PPV: 1. Current: Basic undercard, Basic raw/smackdown title match we’ve already seen , load the RR with whoever’s left with not ... Read more How do you like your Royal Rumble?

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 12.20.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 12.20.19 Live from Brooklyn NY Your hosts are Michael Cole & Corey Graves Daniel Bryan joins us to start, telling the tale of what happened with the Fiend.  So not only did Bray Wyatt take his hair and beard, but also the Daniel Bryan brand, because ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 12.20.19

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Smackdown – December 20, 2019

Smackdown Date: December 20, 2019 Location: Barclays Center, New York City, New York Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves It’s the first show after Tables, Ladders And Chairs and one of two shows left before the end of the year. That means it’s time for some fallout, which could be anywhere from dull to interesting, as ... Read more Smackdown – December 20, 2019

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WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 12 — HERE’S SOME MONEY, GO SEE A STAR WAR

We made it!  (Boy am I tired.) Tonight on SmackDown, we’ll have some TLC fallout!  King Corbin is still getting pushed, and now has added the Revival to his motley crew of followers for Roman to beat the crap out of.  Remember how one year ago this week, Vince McMahon stood in a Raw ring ... Read more WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 12 — HERE’S SOME MONEY, GO SEE A STAR WAR

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Not so nice

Hi Scott, Greetings from the Netherlands! I started watching wrestling in 1987. I remember Superstar Billy Graham making his return that year. The comeback was short but I was impressed by him. Years later I could see he was way past his prime but back then I had no clue. Anyways, with the internet available ... Read more Not so nice

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What the World Was Watching: World War 3 (1995)

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the matches and they are live from Norfolk, Virginia. –Gene Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Sting.  The crowd gives Hogan a mixed reaction as he talks about how he has not fully embraced the dark side and is going back to his babyface persona.  He sheds ... Read more What the World Was Watching: World War 3 (1995)

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 18th, 1994

September 18, 1994 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase This week in action are Shawn Michaels & Diesel plus an interview with Razor Ramon   Replay of Adam Bomb answering DiBiase’s challenge for Bam Bam Bigelow. We were spared the awful promo we heard on ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 18th, 1994

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Fox involvement

Hello again Mr. Keith. I have a hypothetical question for you. What screws do you think Fox is going to put on WWE if Smackdown's ratings remain stagnant or decline? Would they assign their own Bonnie Hammer to oversee the program?  Long as they maintain where they are, FOX is probably fine with them.  

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Christopher Daniels and the Dark Order

While I know that Christopher Daniels has gone full Meme-Man in recent years, but given the run of bad luck in AEW, would it not be smart to have him revert to a manager role and have him take control over the Dark Order so they can turn the concept into something super serious and ... Read more Christopher Daniels and the Dark Order

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Studio Wrestling

Hey Scott, Would you consider NXT to be a studio wrestling? Or does that imply the show is taped? If so, did NXT used to be studio wrestling? Studio wrestling implies an actual TV studio, like what NXT used to be when it was FCW.  NXT is just small arena wrestling.  

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Dark Order

Lapsed fan have watched every AEW Dynamite show so far.  Didn't know or like Darby Allin, Private Party, Sammy G, Proud and Powerful, Adam Page, or many of these people to start but have grown in awareness and enjoyment of these and other people on the roster. But the Dark Order is terrible and don't ... Read more Dark Order

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 03.23.87

(Hey all, Scott here.  I was at Star Wars last night until late and didn’t have time to prepare a new review, but here’s the next one in the Prime Time Wrestling 1987 lineup, which I actually did when it aired on WWE 24/7.  Unfortunately I was more paying attention to the matches rather than ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 03.23.87

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NXT UK – December 19, 2019

NXT UK Date: December 19, 2019 Location: Bonus Arena, Hull, England Commentators: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness We’re starting to see the path towards Blackpool taking shape and that’s a good thing. The show is in about a month and with the main event and a few title matches set, there aren’t many things left to ... Read more NXT UK – December 19, 2019

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WWF Superstars – September 17th, 1994

September 17, 1994 From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   The hosts are standing in the aisle to start the show and we see The Bushwhackers head down the aisle for their match and stop to lick Lawler, who freaks out, with Vince ... Read more WWF Superstars – September 17th, 1994

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Indies and Insanity: December 19, 2019

But first, your sports viewing for the night: the NBA on TNT doubleheader is Lakers/Bucks in the Game of the Year of the Month, followed by Rockets/Clippers.  ESPN is showing the NCAA volleyball Final Four if that’s your bag (heck, college sports are always fun).  ESPN2 has an ACC twinbill as Duke hosts Wofford, then ... Read more Indies and Insanity: December 19, 2019

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Wednesday Ratings

https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/eczqw4/the_wrap_nxt_344000_adults_1849_795000_total/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf AEW wins again! Sure, not in total viewers or the key demos, but in our hearts. And that’s the important thing.

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Big Daddy Meltz right on the money!

https://ift.tt/2r8WzP7 I strongly disagree with the emailers subject line here.  If I wanted NXT, I’d watch NXT.  I like it, and I like watching it, but AEW has actual emotional investment with me, whereas NXT comes off as match-match-match-ladder match too much on the weekly TV.  I like some goofy shit interjected into the show, ... Read more Big Daddy Meltz right on the money!

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Mandalorion question

Did you see the newest episode? What did you think of the Laser Strap match? Better or worse than traditional leather strap matches from back in the day? Also, have you been keeping up with the series? I’ve been enjoying it… I have not seen the latest episode because I was busy watching AEW last ... Read more Mandalorion question

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Miz/Wyatt Non-Title Match?

I haven't been following the WWE,(especially Smackdown), that closely, so maybe you can answer this for me;  Why was the Miz vs Bray Wyatt at TLC a non-title match if Wyatt was going over anyways?  It didn't make much sense to me.   THAT'S the part that didn't make any sense to you?

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Worst WWE/World Heavyweight Title Match

Hi Scott Been playing a booking sim and have been looking back at some older wrestling to get some inspiration. Read your review of Royal Rumble 2003. Specifically the the World Title match between Scott Steiner and HHH. Was this the worst (WWE) 'longish" title match that you have reviewed or close to the worst? ... Read more Worst WWE/World Heavyweight Title Match

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Monday Night Raw – July 18, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: July 18, 2005 Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 6,000 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman We’re getting closer to Summerslam and that means things are picking up with some of the bigger stories. You can guess a lot of the Raw matches from here and that means they have ... Read more Monday Night Raw – July 18, 2005

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NXT – December 18, 2019

NXT Date: December 18, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness It’s a double title night here with both the NXT Title and Women’s Title on the line. First up Adam Cole will defend against Finn Balor and odds are the main event will see Rhea Ripley ... Read more NXT – December 18, 2019

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 12.18.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 12.18.19 Live from Deepinthehearta, TX Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone & Excalibur The Lucha Brothers v. Kenny Omega & Hangman Page Kenny goes for the arm on Fenix, but he flips out of it and they trade reversals until Kenny dropkicks the knee.  Omega hits the ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 12.18.19

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Dynamite – December 18, 2019

Dynamite Date: December 18, 2019 Location: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross It’s a big night around here as we have a double main event. This time around it’s Chris Jericho vs. Jungle Boy in a non-title match with a ten minute time limit. On the other hand we ... Read more Dynamite – December 18, 2019

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Pulling the trigger at a wrestler’s peak

Hey Scott, Was realizing how the WWE seems to be missing the peak of wrestler's popularity and storylines. Either they pull the trigger way too fast (The Fiend comes to mind) or way too slow (Reigns and Rollins.) Rollins, for example, was red hot in February 2018 after he won that gauntlet match. He won the ... Read more Pulling the trigger at a wrestler’s peak

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The Wednesday Night War Thread

OH BABY.  It’s a big one tonight! NXT features Rhea Ripley finally getting her shot at Shayna Baszler, plus Adam Cole defends the NXT title against Finn Balor COMMERCIAL FREE Over on AEW, Chris Jericho faces Jungle Boy in a 10 minute non-title challenge, and there’s a lot of ways they can go with it. ... Read more The Wednesday Night War Thread

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – November 25, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes call today’s action which, according to thehistoryofwwe.com, was taped on October 25 and November 16. –Opening Contest:  Arn Anderson (w/Brian Pillman) (25-12-2) pins Joey Maggs after a DDT at 2:39: Teddy Long watches another Maggs losing effort, as Maggs gets too preoccupied with Pillman’s presence on the floor and Anderson ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – November 25, 1995

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #347 – 18/12/1999

Hello You! Last week Super Crazy and Super Calo went at it in a fun bit of Extreme Lucha Libre, whilst Rob Van Dam and Tracy Smothers had an enjoyable old school style main event. The big angle was Raven seemingly having a breakdown and Tommy Dreamer trying to calm him. Did he succeed? Let’s ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #347 – 18/12/1999

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WWF Monday Night RAW – September 12th, 1994

September 12, 1994 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage This week, we will have Undertaker vs. Kwang. Plus, Doink & Dink as guests on the “King’s Court.” Also in action are Shawn Michaels & Diesel and more!   Kwang w/ Harvey Whippleman vs. ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – September 12th, 1994

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Time

Hey Scott, I keep meaning to send this email to you but haven’t found the time until now. So back at Survivor Series last month, which feels like ages ago, there were 2 interesting world title matches based on names alone. Universal Championship match had Wyatt defending against Bryan and WWE Championship match had Lesnar ... Read more Time

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CM Punk’s Shelf Life?

Scott, It’s seems like CM Punk’s new role on Backstage is just being the guy who bashes/criticizes the current product.  How long do you see this lasting?  Obviously it was a big get for FOX, but I can’t see them being happy having a guy who constantly shits on a product they paid a Billion ... Read more CM Punk’s Shelf Life?

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Muhammad Hassan

Was it true that Muhammad Hassan was supposed to win the Word Championship from Batista at SummerSlam 2005, but it was scrapped when they ran the terrorist angle on Smackdown the same day as the London Bombings, and then UPN didn't want the Hassan character on Smackdown from that point forward?  I always felt sorry ... Read more Muhammad Hassan

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The SummerFest 1992

Wrestling is usually based on Babyface vs Heel booking. Having Good vs Good or Evil vs Evil is something of a rarity. Rewatching SummerSlam '92, not only do we have a Heel vs Heel in HBK/Model, but there's also TWO Face vs Face matches in Macho/Warrior & Bret/Bulldog. Was there a particular reason they ran ... Read more The SummerFest 1992

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Monday Night RAW – 12.16.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Monday Night RAW – 12.16.19 Live from Des Moines, IA Your hosts are Vic Joseph, Jerry Lawler & Samoa Joe Back with another look at the Hulu version of the show this week. Last week:  Seth Rollins cuts a bitter promo on Kevin Owens and joins up with the AOP.  ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Monday Night RAW – 12.16.19

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 11th, 1994

September 11, 1994 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase.   We see a clip of Davey Boy Smith getting attacked by Jim Neidhart while sitting in the front row at SummerSlam which of course led to Neidhart & Owen Hart locking Bret Hart in the ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 11th, 1994

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WWF Superstars – September 10th, 1994

September 10, 1994 From the Portland Civic Center in Portland, ME Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler Unfortunately, I was unable to find a copy of this full show. So, we did not get to see the Shawn Michaels & Diesel, Jim Neidhart, and Doink the Clown squash match wins.   ... Read more WWF Superstars – September 10th, 1994

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Joshi Spotlight: Korakuen Super Charge

Manami Toyota- Not just Meltzer Hype. She actually IS that good. AJW KORAKUEN SUPER CHARGE: (04.01.1992) -Going back to the early days of AJW’s mega-cards, I figured this’d be a good place to start if I’m going to review the rest of AJW’s stuff (that I can find online, anyways). This one seems to have ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: Korakuen Super Charge

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The Road to Wrestlemania!

I read that line in Thomas Hall's RAW recap and it gave me the chills.  I've pretty much stopped watching RAW and Smackdown since the move to Fox and as I think a Rumble winner and Mania main event, I'm struggling to fantasy book scenarios that would be neat. Maybe pull the trigger on Big ... Read more The Road to Wrestlemania!

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Question

Scott,  Was there a reason that they changed Daniel Bryan from Vegan / Captain Planet heel back to babyface? A few months ago, it seemed like he was poised to turn on Roman and continue his heel run, but it wasn’t to be.  Yeah but they had to turn Rowan for that epic feud that ... Read more Question

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Tag team longevity

Two part question.  I posed this question in the comments section of the thread on the Uso's, but since no one really gives a shit about the Uso's it didn't garner much conversation.  The Uso's are coming up on 10 years straight in the E and I don't believe were ever split up for singles pushes.  ... Read more Tag team longevity

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nWo Sting

What was supposed to be the point of nWo Sting once it was revealed the real Sting never turned on WCW?  Was nWo Sting and Sting supposed to face off against each other at a PPV, but they nixed it because nobody cared?  Or is the answer once again, "Because WCW"?   nWo Sting actually ... Read more nWo Sting

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.12.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 06.12.95 For those keeping track of the news at the time in the Observer like me, this would be the week where WCW announced that they were going live in August with a new show on Monday nights in what was considered a suicide mission by most ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.12.95

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-23-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: June 23, 1984 (taped 06/08) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Penalty boxes! NWA board meetings! Parsons and Hernandez battle to garner the most heat. Which one will succeed? And who will join me for this rather judicial episode? Thanks for the verdict, Judge Wapner! Let’s hope there isn’t any ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-23-1984

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Monday Night Raw – December 16, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: December 16, 2019 Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Samoa Joe, Vic Joseph We’re done with pay per view for the year and it’s time to get started on the Road To The Road To Wrestlemania. That being said, odds are we aren’t going to really head ... Read more Monday Night Raw – December 16, 2019

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RIP Randy Colley

Not sure how I missed his passing, but RIP to a versatile guy.  Sadly now the Desperadoes will never find Stan Hansen.   I love finding cool rare things…. promo from the Hart Foundation and the ORIGINAL Demolition before Barry Darsow took over as Smash, about an 8 man tag in Calgary against the Killer ... Read more RIP Randy Colley

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