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The Rich Get Richer

https://ift.tt/3eTzR1i Vince McMahon has reportedly increased his net worth by $177 million since WWE started doing shows at the Performance Center. A real shame that that’s not nearly enough to have been paying for COVID-19 testing or masks during that time. Government bribes don’t pay for themselves, PAL! 

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Great American Bash counter programming

What do you think about NXT booking the Great American Bash last-minute to counter program AEW?  It feels like a lot of effort for very, very little (if any) return. We're in the middle of a pandemic and things are awful. It's not like AEW was gonna do some insane number this week anyway. And ... Read more Great American Bash counter programming

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Bruno/Piper at WM 2

Reading your Best of Bruno review and he was regularly wrestling in mid to late 85/early 86. He was in the WrestleMania 2 Chicago Battle Royal. Since he was feuding with Piper in Oct 85, why not main event the NY/LI section of WM 2 with a Piper/Bruno blowoff? If Mr. T had to get ... Read more Bruno/Piper at WM 2

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AEW DARK: June 30, 2020

Watch along! The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, June 30, 2020. From AEW HQ. Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. Tonight’s feature bout is the Young Bucks taking on Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon. Don’t worry, I have set up a macro so I can keep calling play-by-play. We begin with Avalon and Cutler ... Read more AEW DARK: June 30, 2020

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Mike Reviews: WWF’s Funniest Moments

Hello You! Something tells me the name of this tape is writing a cheque that the WWF isn’t going to be able to cash, but we’ll give them a chance to live up to it. So, are you ready to laugh?! I SAID ARE YOU READY TO LAUGH?!?! Well let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!!! Sean ... Read more Mike Reviews: WWF’s Funniest Moments

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new era of hidden gems and lost matches

So with the past couple of years, lets say NXT coming in there own and NJPW getting more noticed and accsessable, the amount of great-to-amazing matches every year is getting more and more it seems. Before the internet and the network, tape trading was the way to see Flair/Bret title change classic, or that Liger/Pillman ... Read more new era of hidden gems and lost matches

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Best 4 week build to PPV blowoff

Hey Scott, Since WCW/WWF took on monthly PPVs there have been lots of angles contained within a PPV build cycle of roughly a month just to make it to a PPV ending. Which has been the most effective (as in, a month long angle that drew by some measurement) or most memorable (angles that any ... Read more Best 4 week build to PPV blowoff

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Best Era to Make Money as a Wrestler

Hey Scott.   When would you say would be the best era to make money as wrestler? Currently, guys have guaranteed deals but in the mid to late 90’s you had guaranteed deals with a chance of getting extra money from PPV’s. Or, could you make the best of things in the 80’s where you ... Read more Best Era to Make Money as a Wrestler

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The SmarK Rant for Wrestling’s Living Legend Bruno Sammartino (06.06.86)

The SmarK Rant for Wrestling’s Living Legend Bruno Sammartino So this one is in the WWE Home Video section of the Network, and even though I had a massive collection of Coliseum Videos in my tape collecting days and I rented everything available from the video store when I was a teenager, I’m 99.9% sure ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Wrestling’s Living Legend Bruno Sammartino (06.06.86)

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Daily News Update – June 30, 2020

Well, we’ve made it through June.  Hopefully no one on the blog is on the Iranian list of arrest warrants.  Those guys hold a GRUDGE, man. DATELINE:  Major NXT UK announcement coming Tuesday https://ift.tt/38eHpcc If it’s “We actually shut it down two months ago and no one noticed”, I’m WAY ahead of them. DATELINE:  NXT ... Read more Daily News Update – June 30, 2020

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The New Japan Cup – Day 5

Howdy! Tonight, it’s the beginning of the 2nd round! On tap, our action for tonight includes: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Taiji IshimoriTomohiro Ishii vs Togi MakabeToru Yano vs Hiromu TakahashiKazuchika Okada vs Yuji Nagata Who will move on to the final eight? Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? Previously, on the New Japan Cup –  Day ... Read more The New Japan Cup – Day 5

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Monday Night Raw – June 29, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: June 29, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe We’re in uncharted territory here with so many names possibly missing due to the Coronavirus outbreak. So far we have two contract signings for Extreme Rules planned, which certainly sounds like something that could manage ... Read more Monday Night Raw – June 29, 2020

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone is staying safe and doing whatever they can to survive. It’s crazy out there right now. I think some form of RAW will be on tonight. Hard to say who will be there and what will be shown, but there is wrestling programming scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Joshi Spotlight: Manami Toyota

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- MANAMI TOYOTA: Statistics: Billed Height & Weight: 5’6″ 150 lbs. Career: 1987-2017 -And now we come to another of the Great Pillars of Joshi: Manami Toyota! It’s hard to describe Toyota’s abilities without using too many superlatives- she’s just so incredibly good at nearly every aspect of wrestling, and if you put a ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: Manami Toyota

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – April 18, 1995

Joey Styles interview with Raven and Steve Richards, along with the Pitbulls squash of the Broad Street Bullies and the debut of Beulah McGillicutty at Three-Way Dance is shown. Raven’s match with Tommy Dreamer at Three-Way Dance airs. Highlights of Eddie Guerrero winning the Television Championship from 2 Cold Scorpio at Three-Way Dance are shown. ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – April 18, 1995

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Impact Wrestling – June 23, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: June 23, 2020 Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne Then, as they tend to do in this company for one reason or another, things got complicated in a hurry as Michael Elgin was suspended from the company over SpeakOut allegations. At the same time, Joey Ryan was fired ... Read more Impact Wrestling – June 23, 2020

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WWF Action Zone – March 19th, 1995

March 19, 1995 Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill This week’s featured match is Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Doink as we get a hype video for the match. with Bigelow telling Lawrence Taylor that he is next.   British Bulldog defeats Chic Donovan in a match first shown on the 3/19 edition ... Read more WWF Action Zone – March 19th, 1995

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Salvaging Bash ‘91

In hindsight, how’d WCW not do a tournament for the vacant belt?  They had Sting, Luger, Windham, Koloff, Austin, Rick Steiner, AA, and Beautiful Bobby on the card- that would make for a pretty great bracket.  Add in Yellow Dog/Johnny B. Badd and Morton/Gibson in between rounds and you have a decent to good show ... Read more Salvaging Bash ‘91

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Kevin Dunn

When did the Kevin Dunn seizure inducing cabers cuts start? Watching Taker/Hell No vs Shield from ‘13 and about went epileptic. It makes the product unwatchable even with good work rate, how much does this contribute to their slipping audience? When did it start? Why does Vince give it a pass? Vince apparently likes it.  ... Read more Kevin Dunn

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A Anderson helping a Rhodes??

Is it me or does it seem horribly wrong to see Arn Anderson “coaching ” Cody?? I wish there was a wrestler or someone new coming in to have Arn turn and show his true colors. Thoughts? I think they're good for heel managers in AEW at the moment.  

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This pedestal wrestlers put Undertaker on

There are certainly instances where WWE and the wrestling industry as a whole can exhibit some cultish like attributes, but I could never really wrap my head around this enormous pedestal wrestlers seem to put the Undertaker on.  They'd do these roundtable discussions where people like JBL will say, with no hint of exaggeration or ... Read more This pedestal wrestlers put Undertaker on

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The SmarK Rant for WWF The Big Event – 08.28.86

The SmarK Rant for WWF The Big Event – 08.28.86 People seemed to enjoy the Wrestling Classic, so here’s the next one waiting for a redo.  I’d been kind of waiting on the WWE Network to replace the Coliseum version with the full one before I redid my 1998 original rant, but that’s obviously never ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF The Big Event – 08.28.86

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Daily News Update – June 29, 2020

Monday’s here and we’re almost done with another month in this shitty, shitty year. DATELINE:  WWE In Contact With Tessa Blanchard https://ift.tt/2BiTtgz DATELINE:  WWE Adds Great American Bash Match, Changes Another https://ift.tt/2YKRcUx https://ift.tt/2VILW1N DATELINE:  R-Truth Reveals Cool Roman Reigns Fact https://ift.tt/2BiDW0g  

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-05-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: January 5, 1984 (taped 12/25) Attendance: 20,000 Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kerry become a 2-time NWA World champion by defeating Flair? Who will survive the elimination match and remain in WCCW? Will Mike and Haynes get squashed by Hernandez and Jake? And who will join me for this eyewitness ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-05-1985

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ECW on Syfy 01/12/2010 #188

I needed a week off due to all the horrible shite going on in wrestling but don’t worry, I’m sure the death rattle of ECW on Sci-Fi will cheer me up. Tonight, it’s finally The Homecoming Finale and we get a dramatic video package to pretend this hasn’t been boring crowds senseless these past few ... Read more ECW on Syfy 01/12/2010 #188

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North-South Connection Podcast Network Weekly Update

Another great week is in the books at the North-South Connection Podcast Network! Here’s what hit the airwaves!   The Year That Was…. #6: 1986: Aaron continues looking at all the #WWE PPV years, hitting a dive into 1986 this week:  https://ift.tt/2ZlVvo4   Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast #6: Jake is joined by Logan Crossland to catch ... Read more North-South Connection Podcast Network Weekly Update

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New Horsemen in AEW?

Since FTR debuted in AEW, they haven't been shy about making connections to Arn & Tully, then this week Dax throws up the 4-fingers during their match and the announce team brings up Tully Blanchard scouting them specifically (which they obviously showed two weeks earlier). Wondering if they are planning to align Shawn Spears and ... Read more New Horsemen in AEW?

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We Hate School

Scott, I just watched this on Memphis TV and I can't resist sharing it with the BOD. Jimmy Hart and his First Family singing Jimmy's song, “We Hate School”. https://youtu.be/ZDzzx31xirQ I can even laugh at it because Jimmy is such a good songwriter. He really is a tremendous talent.  

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Lex Luger at Summerslam 95

Was there a point to Lex interfering in the Diesel-Mabel Summerslam match?  Did Lex know when he was there that he was off to WCW the next week?  What were the WWF plans for Lex following Summerslam?  Yes, Lex definitely knew he was leaving for WCW at the time.  There didn't appear to be much ... Read more Lex Luger at Summerslam 95

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Classic – 11.07.85

The SmarK Rant for the Wrestling Classic – 11.07.85 Live on WRESTLE-VISION!  Basically this was the first ever wrestling pay-per-view, featuring a 16 man tournament and a WWF title main event.  It’s been many years since I last reviewed it, plus this is the full 2:30 PPV version and not the 2:00 Coliseum edit, so ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Classic – 11.07.85

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Daily News Update – June 28, 2020

If the week was a Dairy Queen menu, today would be sundae.  Maybe that’s what the dessert was named after? DATELINE:  What Is Next For AJ Styles https://ift.tt/2YFTrII DATELINE:  WWE Unhappy With Renee Young’s Coronavirus Announcement https://ift.tt/3eMpzju DATELINE:  WWE Taping Three Days Next Week https://ift.tt/3i4cQdX I’m sure everything will be fine by then anyway.

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Royal Rumble 2006

Royal Rumble 2006 Date: January 29, 2006 Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Attendance: 16,178 Commentators: Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz This is going to be an interesting one as the Rumble itself has received very little build. It has gotten about as little attention as I can remember in recent years, but ... Read more Royal Rumble 2006

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Smackdown – January 27, 2006

Smackdown Date: January 27, 2006 Location: Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, South Carolina Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for the Royal Rumble and that means we should be in for very little of note, as most of the card is already set. The Rumble itself hasn’t gotten that much attention, but it’s not ... Read more Smackdown – January 27, 2006

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BoD Pandemic Apocalypse Reading Recommendations?

Hey, Scott: Hope you and the family are doing well and staying safe and sound. Couple of quick questions: (1) I just watched the “Superman: Red Son” movie on DC Universe. I loved it, so I read the comic book(s). I loved it more! Can you or the BoD recommend any other “Elseworld”, alternate timeline, ... Read more BoD Pandemic Apocalypse Reading Recommendations?

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The Saturday Evening Post Thread

Oh hey. Not much going on this weekend, I guess. Smackdown had another bit of a ratings bump thanks to saying goodbye to Undertaker.  If only we could believe that, though. I think I’m mostly done with Animal Crossing for a while. Have a great night!

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Mike Reviews Every WWF Summer Slam Main Event Part One (1988 to 1992)

Hello You! It’s time to move on to WWE’s traditional biggest event of the summer. Summer Slam was always my favourite WWE show during my younger days and I would excitedly look forward to it through the years. I’m going to break this one up a bit into roughly something like 6 parts, so by ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WWF Summer Slam Main Event Part One (1988 to 1992)

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WWE UK closing?

https://ift.tt/2ZdXLxR I mean, it’s been, what, two months since they’ve even run a show?  They killed off World of Sport and got WALTER under a WWE contract, the rest is gravy anyway. 

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Mankind vs Shawn 96

Hi Scott I've always felt that this match is a 5 star match if it had a proper finish and I think I recall you saying something similar? Curious though – what kind of finish would you have put on the match to get that mark? It always seemed to me they booked themselves into a corner ... Read more Mankind vs Shawn 96

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AEW and Tessa Blanchard

With Impact firing Tessa Blanchard and with her seemingly on the outs with WWE with how that whole thing fell apart, if you're Tony Khan do you take the risk and bring her in, she's one of the top female talents in the US and could be that big time female star that AEW doesn't ... Read more AEW and Tessa Blanchard

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The Real Horror Show

Scott, Is it just not the best timing to subtitle a PPV the Horror Show right now? The serious bigger picture is pretty grim. I mean between the virus and the speak out movement, the industry on the whole looks like absolute shit right now. Do you think there are wrestlers and fans as well ... Read more The Real Horror Show

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Sid Question

We know that Sid has become an almost mythical figure among the IWC but one thing I have always wondered about. If he had put all of his time and focus into softball do you think he could have cracked The Springfield Power Plant starting lineup? Only if he trimmed his sideburns.  

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 11.13.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 11.13.95 Guys, I think these Monday Night Wars might actually be a thing. – With the WWF probably getting a PPV bump after Survivor Series, WCW will be running a Sting v. Hogan match on 11/20 in order to prevent “the inevitable ratings loss” that night. – Also, Hogan was stripped ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 11.13.95

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Smackdown – June 26, 2020

Smackdown Date: June 26, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves This one has gotten interesting in a hurry as the WWE is facing a horrible Coronavirus outbreak (I’m as shocked as you are) so it isn’t clear what we’re going to be seeing here. One thing is going to ... Read more Smackdown – June 26, 2020

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Friday Night Party Thread: June 26, 2020

We made it, finally. So by all accounts today we learned that Vince McMahon is essentially Mr. Burns, but real.  He’s putting his roster at risk because he feels content is his God-Given Calling to the world.  I… yeah, if anyone wants to watch SmackDown and hope it triggers a light bulb in Vince to ... Read more Friday Night Party Thread: June 26, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 13, 1995

Dave Brown and Corey Maclin are today’s announcers.  The show airs from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Brown interviews Jimmy Harris, who says Doug Gilbert does not want to face USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Brian Lee today because he does not want to get hurt. Maclin interviews Brickhouse Brown and Uptown Karen.  Brown says ... Read more What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 13, 1995

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Random Bret Hart observation

He seemed to like Sid, seeing as he essentially did three jobs for him between December 96 and March 97 None of them were especially clean like, but still, it was pretty unselfish on his part Lots of people liked Sid.  He was a likeable guy by all accounts.  

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Rewarded for bad behavior policy for WWE?

Hey Scott, I've noticed a pattern of WWE wrestlers doing or saying shitty things but end up getting pushed anyways, and they rarely get called out on it.  I can go back to Seth Rollins being a prick in real life and had that rash of dickish behavior online last year but kept getting pushed ... Read more Rewarded for bad behavior policy for WWE?

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ECW referees…

Scott, Earl Hebner and Tommy Young are usually up there as some of the best or most infamous refs in history, but where do former ECW refs John Finegan and Jim Molineux rank? Who cares, they're referees.  In ECW no less.  They might as well not even be in the business. 

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One more match

Whose more likely to have one more match Punk, HHH or Undertaker?  And if you could book a one more match finale for each who would their opponents be? HHH will 100% have another match, probably by the end of the year if we get crowds back.  The world would stop spinning otherwise.  I'd love ... Read more One more match

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Battle royales

Hi Scott I know you don’t rate battle royales, but do you have a favourite?? Yes, the one that I DID rate, the tag team battle royale from Dynamite where the Young Bucks earned a title shot.  Also if you count the Rumbles as a form of the match, there's many of them as well. 

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Fyter Fest 2019 – 06.29.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Fyter Fest 2019 – 06.29.19 Funny enough, with the 2020 version of Fyter Fest happening in the next two weeks, I realized that I had never actually watched the original show! I think my assumption was that we didn’t get BR Live in Canada, but it turns out that we ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Fyter Fest 2019 – 06.29.19

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Daily News Update – June 26, 2020

Friday is here, and who the hell knows what’s going to air on Smackdown tonight.  Apparently just the Boneyard match? DATELINE:  Extreme Rules’ Weird Subtitle https://ift.tt/2NwIhPS DATELINE:  Tessa Blanchard Released From Impact Wrestling, World Title Vacated https://ift.tt/31jyXXC DATELINE:  NWA Releases TV Champion Zicky Dice https://ift.tt/3i6pZ60 That last one really doesn’t bode well for the future ... Read more Daily News Update – June 26, 2020

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GAB 90 re-review

With Great American Bash coming back next week in some form, any chance at a re-review of Bach '90. Re-watched it recently and you've made note that you hate your old review I could have sworn I had a more recent version of it.  Apparently not.   Yeah, I can put it on the list, especially ... Read more GAB 90 re-review

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Kurt Angle’s Bi-Polar Awesomeness

Hey Scott— Just got done with Botchamania 413, and one of the stingers at the end uses the hilarious segment where Kurt Angle sang “Sexy Kurt” with Sherri in the build to his WM match with Shawn. It got me thinking: has anyone in the history of wrestling been able to transition between lovable goofy ... Read more Kurt Angle’s Bi-Polar Awesomeness

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The Essential Thursday Night Thread: June 25, 2020

I usually like to work with my indie friends to collect a bunch of matches for y’all.  This week, I got nothing. This week has SUCKED for indie wrestling, both in Britain and over here.  It’s necessary, but that doesn’t make it fun.  When this is over, we’ll be back.  And we’ll be strong. I ... Read more The Essential Thursday Night Thread: June 25, 2020

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NXT UK – June 25, 2020

NXT UK Date: June 25, 2020 Host: Andy Shepard Things have changed a lot since last time around but this week’s show is another Superstar Picks, which probably takes about ten minutes to put together in the first place. These things have had some very nice surprises in there and it’s great to open up ... Read more NXT UK – June 25, 2020

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 19th, 1995

March 19, 1995 From the North Charleston Civic Center in North Charleston, WV Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase We get a video package from last week’s “Action Zone” with Men on a Mission attacking the Smoking Gunns after losing the match. Now, we see the apology from Oscar on this week’s “Action ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 19th, 1995

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Dario Cueto

I just found that Lucha Underground has all 4 seasons streaming free on Tubi. I saw seasons 1-2 on Netflix years back so I’m excited to see the next two.  My question is about Dario Cueto. He was a phenomenal authority figure, had great presence as a swarmy heel. Has WWE or AEW ever looked ... Read more Dario Cueto

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CONSPIRACY!

Hi Scott, hope you’re well and safe.   So, Renee Young has tested positive for Covid-19 (hope she gets well soon)… and it all starts to fall into place.   Young is married to the AEW Champion, Jon Moxley, who debuted in WWE as part of the SHIELD.   SHIELD-ing is what people with pre-existing ... Read more CONSPIRACY!

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What’s it going to take???

Gudday Scott, So we've now seen anywhere between say four and ummm, I don't know maybe as many sixteen workers (including production staff etc) contract Covid-19 at WWE tapings  or associated activities. What's it going to take for Vince (and to a lesser extent Tony Kahn) to say, that's it, we're done, this is too ... Read more What’s it going to take???

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Daily News Update – June 25, 2020

Everyone should probably wash their hands before clicking on the links today. DATELINE:  Renee Young Has Coronavirus https://ift.tt/2Vcr7LG DATELINE:  Chikara Closing Over SpeakOut Allegations https://ift.tt/2B09eci DATELINE:  The Great American Bash Is Coming Back https://ift.tt/386tKUz  

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 06.24.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 06.24.20 We should probably enjoy these while we can given the state that Florida is in right now.  Unless it’s just an elaborate work while WWE Films does a remake of Contagion. Live from Covid-land, USA Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross & Excalibur Lumberjack match:  Wardlow ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 06.24.20

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NXT – June 24, 2020

NXT Date: June 24, 2020 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Tom Phillips It’s title night as Keith Lee is defending the North American Title against Johnny Gargano and Finn Balor in a triple threat match. That’s big enough, but the bigger story is that the winner will be ... Read more NXT – June 24, 2020

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Dynamite – June 24, 2020

Dynamite Date: June 24, 2020 Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur It’s a week before Fyter Fest but things might be shaken up a bit as World Champion Jon Moxley is missing this week due to Coronavirus fears. I’m not sure what that is going to mean for the future ... Read more Dynamite – June 24, 2020

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The 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 4

Howdy! Tonight, we finish the first round. On tap we’ve got: Yoshi-Hashi vs Hiroyoshi TenzanYOH vs BUSHISatoshi Kojima vs EVILHirooki Goto vs Yujiro Takahashi Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? Day One: https://ift.tt/3hXu1Om Two: https://ift.tt/2B7nTCq Three: https://ift.tt/2Z3gMTh BRACKET!! Let’s do this! YOH vs BUSHI – Round 1 They exchange palm strikes and forearms, with BUSHI ... Read more The 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 4

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The Wednesday Night War Thread

Hoo boy, Florida is about to blow up big time. https://ift.tt/31dbveF So you mean opening up Florida without regard for safety was a BAD idea? Anyway, both shows are theoretically live tonight, although who the hell knows what’s going to happen from here on.  AEW has all kinds of stuff changed around tonight as a ... Read more The Wednesday Night War Thread

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #374 – 24/06/2000

Hello You! More ECW for you as we draw ever nearer to Heatwave 2000 on the 16th of July Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling! This week’s matches are taped from Danbury, CT Calling the action is Joey Styles Opening Match Scotty Anton w/ Cyrus Vs Gary Wolfe Wolfe is making his return to ECW here ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #374 – 24/06/2000

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 29, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action and they are still in Warrensville, North Carolina. Opening Contest:  Steve Armstrong beats Larry Santo after a flying clothesline at 2:12: Steve is the third Armstrong brother to be featured on SMW television in 1995.  During the early 1990s he wrestled with Tracy Smothers in WCW as ... Read more What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 29, 1995

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Monday Night Raw – January 23, 2006

Monday Night Raw Date: January 23, 2006 Location: Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina Attendance: 7,900 Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler, Joey Styles It’s the go home show for the Royal Rumble and that means it’s probably going to be time for a bunch of people to be thrown over the top in a big segment ... Read more Monday Night Raw – January 23, 2006

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Sammy Guevara Suspension

Scott, Let me start out by saying that I am not condoning what Sammy Guevara said about Sasha Banks.   My question, though, is how can / should AEW suspend Sammy for something he said in 2016?  That was 3 years before AEW even existed!  Shouldn't the onus be more on the Khan's for hiring him ... Read more Sammy Guevara Suspension

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WWF Superstars – March 18th, 1995

March 18, 1995 From the William Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler The show starts off with a clip of Men on a Mission attacking The Smoking Gunns after their match last Sunday on the “Action Zone.” Today’s featured match is Lex Luger vs. King Kong ... Read more WWF Superstars – March 18th, 1995

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Alexander Hammerstone

Hey Scott, Happy Father's Day!  Before the accusations regarding Jim Cornette came up, Alexander Hammerstone did an interview with The Wrestling Estate in which he responded to Cornette's flattering remarks about being one of the few current wrestlers he'd love to manage. Guessing Hammer may have a different answer now, but who knows! http://thewrestlingestate.com/index.php/2020/06/22/locked-down-with-alexander-hammerstone/  Hope your ... Read more Alexander Hammerstone

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – Episode 1

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – Episode 1 (06.26.18) So although I mentioned that I had run out of episodes of Jerry Lawler’s Memphis shows on YouTube, in fact the original TV station added some episodes I haven’t seen yet on THEIR YouTube channel, so let’s go all the way back ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – Episode 1

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Bragging Rights 2009 Iron Man Match

Hey Scott, Just read your BR09 review and regarding The Orton v Cena match you say ‘you don’t know where people we’re getting ‘all time classic’ from’. Did people really talk about that match in that regard? It’s one of the worst Iron Man matches I’ve seen, there’s literally 15 minutes of doing nothing on ... Read more Bragging Rights 2009 Iron Man Match

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Daily News Update – June 24, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday. Can we go 24 whole hours without someone getting outed as a scumbag? Fingers crossed. DATELINE: Charlotte Undergoing Surgery, Missing A Long Time https://ift.tt/3fNJqPh DATELINE: WWE Title Match Planned For Summerslam https://ift.tt/2YtOHFC DATELINE: Released WWE Star Taking Hiatus From Wrestling https://ift.tt/2Bw6jI6

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AEW DARK: June 23, 2020

Sure, why not, lemme know if you think it’s worth recapping. The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark: June 23, 2020 From Jacksonville, FL. Your hosts remain Excalibur and Taz. Tonight’s feature bout is the Dark Order (Alex Reynolds and John Silver) vs. Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss. Opening match: Robert Anthony v. Brian Cage. ... Read more AEW DARK: June 23, 2020

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Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

Tonight!  We’ve got AEW Dark! The Librarian v. Orange Cassidy and Pineapple Pete v. Shawn Spears?  Might give this one a watch. The NWA channel appears to have gone dark, with no uploads in the past week, so who knows if we’re getting anything tonight from them.  With Lagana done, I’m skeptical that they can ... Read more Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

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Mike Reviews: ROH Glory By Honour (05/10/2002)

Hello You! Time for some more ROH, as we look at the penultimate 2002 event that I have in my collection. I believe Scott has actually reviewed this one as well, so you can see how his scores match up to mine. I’ve not read his take on the show for a while, but I ... Read more Mike Reviews: ROH Glory By Honour (05/10/2002)

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 13th, 1995

March 13, 1995 From the Stockton Memorial Auditorium in Stockton, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler We get a hype video for tonight’s Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler match, revolving around Lawler accusing Bret of being racist towards the Japanese. Also, we will see Jacob & Eli Blue vs. ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – March 13th, 1995

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Charlotte Flair’s hiatus

Wasn't Charlotte recently boasting about never taking time off? Also, since she was on every freaking show, who fills the void? More importantly, remember when HHH did the interview after Takeover where he was like “I know all the internet nerds are going to be freaking out about Charlotte not doing the job, but we've ... Read more Charlotte Flair’s hiatus

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How to fix Braun’s failed title run

Hey Scott, You keep on harping about Braun's failed title run and we have seen that Diesel had a failed run 25 years ago. Didn't their title runs fail because of bad opponents? Who really thinks that Miz or Morrison would win the title? Did beating Bray Wyatt (not the fiend) really make Braun look ... Read more How to fix Braun’s failed title run

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It’s a problem

Meltzer wrote an autobiography in the newsletter about how his introduction into wrestling news was being friends with underage women who slept with wrestlers. He's appalled at these accusations.  Why the fuck is this guy not blowing the whistle?  Because he's a journalist and probably doesn't want to destroy the lives of people without proof?  

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 03.30.87

The SmarK Rant for Prime Time Wrestling – 03.30.87 I can’t take more of the 1989 Prime Times, so I’m going back to 1987 to fill in some gaps in the archives since much of the year was already done when it was on WWE 24/7.  But I’m missing the show from the night after ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 03.30.87

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Daily News Update – June 23, 2020

Yay, the blog’s comeback story in June continues!  Hopefully it’s not just everyone checking for more horror stories of abuse and consequences therein.  But if you ARE here for that, you’re in luck. DATELINE:  Impact Wrestling fires Joey Ryan, suspends Michael Elgin. https://ift.tt/3fQp6ww DATELINE:  Sammy Guevara suspended by AEW following some very inappropriate remarks https://ift.tt/2YZUFx9 ... Read more Daily News Update – June 23, 2020

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The 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 3

Howdy! Tonight looks to be the best show of the 1st round, as on tap for matches we’ve got: Ryuske Taguchi vs SANADASHO vs Shingo TakagiZack Sabre Jr vs Kota IbushiHiroshi Tanahashi vs Taichi Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? Day One is right here: https://ift.tt/3hXu1Om Two is right here: https://ift.tt/3eroxsT Behold the almighty…..Bracket!  Yugi ... Read more The 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 3

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Monday Night Raw – June 22, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: June 22, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe, Byron Saxton We’re less than a month away from Extreme Rules but tonight is going to get a serious focus on the title picture with four title matches in one night. There almost has to be a ... Read more Monday Night Raw – June 22, 2020

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Quick AWA questions

Hiya Scott I've been scanning through old results for the NWA and WWF for the early 80s and 90s. I was wondering if I should go through the effort of finding AWA shows to watch from the mid 80s?  And if yes, any idea where I should start because I keep reading that from 86 on ... Read more Quick AWA questions

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Welcome to another Monday Night here at the blog. I hope everyone had a great weekend and stayed safe. Tonight on a previously taped RAW (I think) it’s CHAMPIONSHIP MONDAY! We got the women’s title on the line between Asuka and the biggest female star in the industry Charlotte and then the ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Sammy Guevara

It certainly seems like given today’s developments that we won’t be hearing the term “Le Sex Gods” on AEW TV ever again. https://ift.tt/2YZUFx9 It sure makes all his “Hit me up” shenanigans seem a lot charming and innocent in retrospect, no?  

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW Grand Prix 1993 (Part One)

The Main Event. AJW GRAND PRIX 1993 (Part One): (03.05.1993): * So, um, yeah. Dream Slam 1 & 2 just happened the month before, and now we’re already into the Japan Grand Prix round robin. But things are different now, as the era of interpromotional matches results in LLPW’s Harley Saito & JWP’s Hikari Fukuoka ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: AJW Grand Prix 1993 (Part One)

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What the World Was Watching: Hostile City Showdown ’95

Joey Styles is doing commentary for this show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, about 1,000 fans attended. Opening Contest:  Mikey Whipwreck (w/Hack Myers) (3-2) beats Steve Richards (w/Raven) (1-2) after a hurricanrana at 7:36: Myers serves as an equalizer for Raven, who trips Whipwreck ... Read more What the World Was Watching: Hostile City Showdown ’95

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Impact Wrestling – June 16, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: June 16, 2020 Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne They have a main event to build towards now with the five way elimination World Title match set for Slammiversary. That is of course assuming Tessa Blanchard can make the show, which is no guarantee. It’s also assuming they ... Read more Impact Wrestling – June 16, 2020

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Vince Russo killing the competition

Reading your TNA rants you can really see the bad influence of Vince Russo in the shows and that probably hurt TNA's ability to attract an audience right from the get go.  We know that WCW being cancelled was largely a result of the AOL Time Warner merger but Nitro's ratings were about half of ... Read more Vince Russo killing the competition

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Wrestling comfort food

You may have covered this, but do you have PPVs you are perhaps overly sentimental for? I have a few. Summerslam 98 was the exact right combination of storylines, action, and things going on in my own life to where I can watch it just about any time from start to finish. Survivor Series 1990 ... Read more Wrestling comfort food

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From The Beginning (Attitude Era)

Yes another Attitude Era question. But this is more, me reaching out for advice.  When I was younger and the NWO came into existence in Summer 1996, my WWF viewing came almost to a complete halt. Up until Early 1998, 95% of my weekly viewing was for Nitro. As years passed I have caught up ... Read more From The Beginning (Attitude Era)

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The Last Ride

I'm pretty jaded on wrestling these days, especially the WWE brand but I have to say, their documentary stuff is exceptionally well done and while I skip the weekly product I've been devouring the documentaries I've missed and The Last Ride has been exceptional. Undertaker has been a consistent marker point for my on and ... Read more The Last Ride

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 02.13.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 02.13.93 DAMN.  Running out of episodes here quickly. Lex Luger’s already been added to the intro now, as they work quickly. Taped from San Jose, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage & Jerry Lawler Shawn Michaels v. Tatanka Historic debut here, as Shawn debuts the new ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 02.13.93

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Daily News Update – June 22, 2020

Well the blood continues to flow in wrestling.  Unbelievably, noted penis wrestler Joey Ryan has now also been accused of sexual misconduct.  Who could have predicted that? DATELINE:  Undertaker May Have Announced His Retirement….Maybe? https://ift.tt/2NemmwK DATELINE:  WWE Knew Of Matt Riddle Allegations Two Years Ago https://ift.tt/2YXnQkA DATELINE:  Broken Matt Hardy’s Medical Advice https://ift.tt/3hOqSjF   YouTube ... Read more Daily News Update – June 22, 2020

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-29-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 29, 1984 (taped 12/14) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Marc Lowrance Can Gordy defeat the Missing Link? How will Mike fare against a blond guy from “Hollywood”? And who will join me for this sizzling episode? Ah, bacon. How I love thee. But bacon can’t watch WCCW. There must be ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-29-1984

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Well, that escalated quickly…

Scott! Hope you're well. Here's one that you've hopefully never been asked before… What are some of your memories of “holy shit” moments that happened in rapid-fire succession? It's difficult to explain exactly what I mean, so I'll give some examples. Bret vs. Sid for the title > Bret shoves Vince down > Bret goes ... Read more Well, that escalated quickly…

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Sunday Night Reset: June 21, 2020

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Tomorrow, live On This Very Blog, we’ll look at the AJW Grand Prix 1993 and at Hostile City Showdown 1995. Also, we’ll continue to wonder who else is a horrible person and begin making wrestling better by getting rid of them.  It’s a process. Enjoy the night.

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The one question that matters

Morning Scott,  With the #SpeakOut movement going on just one question that matters…… How the hell does Vince FREAKING McMahon escape being called out?? Thank you and keep up the great work. He’s exempt under Trump’s Rich Old White Guy Forgiveness plan of 2018. 

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The night that orange idiot tuned heel

So let's go back to the night he turns heel. He's on his way to the ring and the announcers are going “yes Hogan is here..take that outsiders we're saved hallelujah”… HOWEVER heenan says “but whose side is he on?” Why would he say that and ruin the element of surprise? Were the announcers not ... Read more The night that orange idiot tuned heel

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WWF Action Zone – March 12th, 1995

March 12, 1995 Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill This week’s featured match has the Smoking Gunns defend the Tag Team Titles against Men on a Mission and we hear from both teams hyping up the match. And The Gunns had to do a really corny “yee-haw” yell at the end of their ... Read more WWF Action Zone – March 12th, 1995

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North-South Connection Podcast Network Weekly Update

It was another great week at the North-South Connection! Here is everything that went down!   From Montreal to Memphis #5: Aaron & Reg examined the long term effects of Montreal on Bret Hart and the wrestling world:  https://ift.tt/2YUhHpg   TNA Never Dies #3: Aaron, JT & Jenny dug into the NWA-TNA PPV from ... Read more North-South Connection Podcast Network Weekly Update

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Is Joey Styles a terrible person?

Hey Scott,  Hope you’re keeping safe in these strange times. I was reading your ECW rant today and in the comments there was a lot of vitriol for Joey Styles. I’ve never really liked him as a commentator (I find he has an annoying voice, and announcers shouldn’t really have catchphrases because it takes you ... Read more Is Joey Styles a terrible person?

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Best Cheap Heat

What’s the best cheap heat you can remember? I’m not sure Rock dogging Sacramento counts here because he put it some work to get to the punchlines.  If it’s not that, I’m gonna take Jeff Jarrett wearing the Frank Wycheck Titans jersey anytime he went back to Buffalo. What say you? Dude the Rock needs ... Read more Best Cheap Heat

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Otis as Champion?

Do you think they'll have Otis Dozovic successfully cash in his Money In The Bank contract to win the WWE Championship/Universal Championship, or do you think it will be one of those time's the MITB winner does not become a champion?  I myself think it will be the latter, as I can totally see them ... Read more Otis as Champion?

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The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #9 – 08.14.02

The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #9 – 08.14.02 Live from Nashville, TN Your hosts are Mike Tenay, Ed Ferrera & Don West.  I thought Ferrera was written out in last week’s show but I guess he stuck around for another one. The Truth joins us as Tenay gives us a history lesson about how ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #9 – 08.14.02

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Daily News Update – June 21, 2020

Welcome to Sunday.  Hopefully there’ll be talent left for NXT UK by the time they get back to making shows again. On a totally unrelated note, as the ratings for RAW and Smackdown slowly climb back up again, so have the numbers and ad revenue for the blog, so thank you to those who have ... Read more Daily News Update – June 21, 2020

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Smackdown – January 20, 2006

Smackdown Date: January 20, 2006 Location: Civic Center, Florence, South Carolina Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz Things changed in a big way last week and now we get to start moving towards the new norm around here. That includes Kurt Angle as the Smackdown World Champion and seemingly gearing up to feud with Mark Henry, probably ... Read more Smackdown – January 20, 2006

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Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting (but Never Alright For Inappropriate Sexual Conduct) Thread

Tonight!  We got a UFC of some sort. Here’s some more headlines from Tommy to round out your evening. DATELINE:  Several More Wrestlers Face #SpeakOut Allegations, Some Respond https://ift.tt/2Yh4nfk DATELINE:  Jimmy Havoc In Rehab https://ift.tt/2ChXstQ DATELINE: Bray Wyatt Goes Back In Time https://ift.tt/2YQo3G9   Enjoy the evening and stay the fuck away from Florida apparently.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.30.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.30.95 This is a special Halloween themed episode, which means EXTRA terrible puns. Taped from Brandon, MB Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler Goldust v. Savio Vega Minor but annoying note:  At this point, the “Tubular Bells” ripoff theme just loops the initial portion endlessly, ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.30.95

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The 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 2

Howdy! Tonight, more first round action as we have: Taiji Ishimori vs Gabriel KiddYoshinobu Kanemaru vs Yuya UemuraMinoru Suzuki vs Yugi NagataKazuchika Okada vs Gedo Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? Day 1 results are right here: https://ift.tt/2YkcTKG I’m not gonna lie to you all – this is really a one-match show.  But it’s a ... Read more The 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 2

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Best Wrestling Performance

Hey Scott, I've heard a lot of discussions about “Best Match” or “Best Wrestler” but rarely do we hear about great performances by a wrestler – kind of like what the equivalent of a Best Actor Oscar would be. It occurred to me watching WrestleWar 91 and man does Brian Pillman give a tremendous performance during that ... Read more Best Wrestling Performance

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Similar Raw Storylines

Does it seem like 2 of the storylines on Raw currently, triangles involving Lashley/M.V.P./Lana, and Andrade/Angel Garza/Zelina Vega, are coming across as out of nowhere rather than built organically? The whole thing just screams forced conflicts by Bruce Prichard.    I dunno, i'm barely even paying attention to RAW at the moment. 

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Beach Blast and Bash at the Beach Main Event

(This one has been pending for nearly a week, which was before everything kicked off on the UK wrestling scene. Obviously I stand with the victims, some of whom I actually know personally, and remain horrified by every new story that comes out) Hello You! We’ve got Summer Slam on the horizon and that one ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WCW Beach Blast and Bash at the Beach Main Event

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Hardcore TV – 10.31.95

The SmarK Rant for ECW Hardcore TV – 10.31.95 Might as well add a review of this one since we were just going over it in the Observer. Your host is Joey Styles Beulah introduces “Eric Bischoff”, who is hosting Monday Nyquil, where the big boys play with each other.  Along with co-host Bongo!  Apparently ... Read more The SmarK Rant for ECW Hardcore TV – 10.31.95

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Daily News Update – June 20, 2020

Man, what happened to wrestling this week? I thought we could use a look at something other than Thursday’s bombshells. DATELINE:  Why Bianca Belair Disappeared From Raw https://ift.tt/2N6MkSW DATELINE: Kevin Owens Skips Monday Night Raw Over Coronavirus Concerns https://ift.tt/2YLQyow DATELINE:  New Orlando Orders May Change How WWE TV Looks https://ift.tt/2NbkkgW  

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 12th, 1995

March 12, 1995 From the Municipal Auditorium in North Charlestown, WV Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase The show starts off with a video package on the Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor match.   Bam Bam Bigelow w/ The Corporation vs. Bill Payne The crowd taunts Bigelow with “LT” chants. Bigelow ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 12th, 1995

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Smackdown – June 19, 2020

Smackdown Date: June 19, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves With all of the insanity going on at the moment, it might be nice to have a wrestling show to clear the pallet a bit. We’re done with Backlash and that means it’s time to get ready for Extreme ... Read more Smackdown – June 19, 2020

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The Friday Night Respectful and Courteous to All Others Party Thread: June 19, 2020

Whew.  We made it. Boy, has this been a friggin week or what?  Wrestling is going through a necessary cleansing.  Twitter is depressing.  The thought that people can lie to their fans, friends, and colleagues is… it’s all a bit much.  I pray GCW is able to do right in front of a crowd tomorrow, ... Read more The Friday Night Respectful and Courteous to All Others Party Thread: June 19, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 6, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Footage of Jerry Lawler defeating Razor Ramon for the USWA Unified World title in Memphis is shown.  Ramon was initially declared the winner after decking Lawler with Jimmy Harris’ walkie talkie, but the decision was ... Read more What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 6, 1995

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Most Failed Pushes?

Who would you say in pro wrestling had the most failed high-profile pushes?  I don't know about all time, but Big Show has to rank up there.  It seemed like in the early 2010's they would push him every year, fail, then do it all over again the next year.   I'd say Big Show, yeah. 

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Scraping the Bottom of the “Best Of…” Barrel

Hey Scott— I was reading through the latest Observer, and there was a news note that the number 3 watched show on the Network last week was “Best of the Nexus”. … the hell? We’re talking about an angle that lasted, what? Five months? And ran out of steam in about three. Other than the ... Read more Scraping the Bottom of the “Best Of…” Barrel

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WWF Superstars – March 11th, 1995

March 11, 1995 From the William Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   The show starts off with Jim Cornette in the ring. Cornette says he has just spoke with his close, personal friend Jeff Jarrett and that he is giving Razor Ramon a rematch ... Read more WWF Superstars – March 11th, 1995

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Paul Heyman’s Writing/Booking

With Paul Heyman's “Director Of The Raw Creative Team” stint having come to an end, do you think it's fair to say that Heyman's entire body of work shows him to be an overrated wrestling writer?   I sure wasn't sitting through 3 hours of empty arena RAW to make that particular judgment, sorry. 

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Andrew Champagne from the BOD; podcast plug?

Hi Scott, Andrew Champagne here; as some folks on the blog know, I do a weekly podcast with a few buddies where we recap an older wrestling show. This week, we dove into Survivor Series 1997 and the Montreal Screwjob. I know the topic's been beaten to death, but we had a lot of fun ... Read more Andrew Champagne from the BOD; podcast plug?

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Daily News Update – 06.19.20

Oh hey, as if a pandemic didn’t suck all the fun and wonder out of wrestling, now apparently everyone in the business are abusive assholes as well. DATELINE:  WWE is looking into allegations of abuse by Jordan Devlin now. https://ift.tt/3dgaBk3 DATELINE:  Everyone hates David Starr, pretty much. https://ift.tt/30ZC4Ee DATELINE:  Ratings for both Wednesday shows were ... Read more Daily News Update – 06.19.20

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 11.06.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 11.06.95 Big stuff this issue!  Halloween Havoc!  Also ECW is red hot right now, firing on all cylinders, and burning up the indy scene! – But first, WWF is the opposite of red hot right now, as the PPV numbers for the Winnipeg In Your House are coming in at a ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 11.06.95

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NXT UK – June 18, 2020

NXT UK Date: June 18, 2020 Host: Andy Shepard It’s another NXT UK’s Most Brilliant show this week as we look at the instant classic between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne from Takeover: Chicago in 2017. This was the match that made fans realize what they could have with the United Kingdom promotion and that ... Read more NXT UK – June 18, 2020

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The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: June 18, 2020

Well. I really wanted to have fun with this one because of big news I’ll get to after the jump, but… hoo boy.  This is a bad day for wrestling, specifically British wrestling.  I’m certain the shoe will drop over on this side too, and when it does, there’s gonna be a lot of people ... Read more The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: June 18, 2020

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 6th, 1995

March 6, 1995 From the Macon Coliseum in Macon, GA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette The show opens with clips from the WrestleMania XI Press Conference as Vince promises we will hear comments from Lawrence Taylor. Also tonight, Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog.   Shawn Michaels w/ Psycho Sid vs. British Bulldog ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – March 6th, 1995

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Question for the Blog!!!

Hi Scott! You’re trading insults with a poster from two years ago… WWE and AEW marks are at each other’s throats daily… America’s cities are in turmoil… Don’t you think now’s the time for you to unban me so that there can be a return of Friendship to this blog? Your buddy, and sincerely… Friendship!!! ... Read more Question for the Blog!!!

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