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

–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Augusta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 8,100 fans attended the show, with 3,000 paying to do so. –Madusa interrupts the announce crew, holding the WWF Women’s Championship.  She says she will always be Madusa and she dumps the WWF Women’s ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – December 18, 1995

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Best/Worst Double Turns In Wrestling?

What do you think was the best and worst double turns in wrestling?  My personal picks;     -Best;  Steve Austin vs Bret Hart in a submission match at Wrestle-Mania 13 in 1997.  I really don't think I have to explain why.       -Worst;  Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan for the WCW Championship ... Read more Best/Worst Double Turns In Wrestling?

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Rumble

I thought it was actually a well booked Rumble for a change.  The Brock stuff told a story sort of like the first Austin run.  He ran through people until Drew kicked him out.  Then you had nice touches like the Rated RKO reunion.  Then they pulled the trigger on Drew and made a star.  ... Read more Rumble

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Daily News Update – January 27, 2020

That Rumble match is proving pretty divisive!  However, we as a people can still all come together and agree that we’re tired of Charlotte at the very least. DATELINE:  Vic Joseph got bounced as lead RAW announcer before the show and will be replaced by Tom Phillips.  I honestly can’t tell the difference between them ... Read more Daily News Update – January 27, 2020

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-04-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: August 4, 1984 (taped 07/20) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Mike and Adams topple the Freebirds? Will Kevin get the better of Khan? By the way, what’s up with Khan? And who will join me for this fiery episode? Charlie! Of course! My RSG-ites and I all love ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-04-1984

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“Live” Wrestling Shows?

Recently you wrote about how Vince McMahon loves to promote all his T.V. shows as taking place live, otherwise he believes his audience will tune out.  However, was/is he the only one in the wrestling business to employ this philosophy?  I seem to recall WCW during the Nitro Era acting as if WCW Saturday Night, ... Read more “Live” Wrestling Shows?

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Royal Rumble in Stadiums?

While I understand why WWE still likes to hold Wrestlemania in stadiums, it doesn’t seem entirely logical to hold other events in them, especially given their uneven attendance numbers outside of that event. It’s especially questionable given how hard it was to sell tickets to last years Royal Rumble. It kind of makes me think ... Read more Royal Rumble in Stadiums?

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Beth Phoenix Bleeding

Watching the Royal Rumble and for the majority of the women rumble, my 11 and 8 year old sons could do nothing but talk about Beth Phoenix's bleeding scalp and red hair.  At first I thought it was hair dye then was like they will pull her to not have this on tv, but nope.  Kept ... Read more Beth Phoenix Bleeding

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2020 – 01.26.20

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2020 – 01.26.20 RIP Kobe Bryant. Live from Whitney Houston Your hosts are Michael Cole & Corey Graves & Vic Joseph & Jerry Lawler Falls Count Anywhere:  Roman Reigns v. King Corbin Nothing like Baron Corbin to kick off a PPV!  Reigns quickly throws him into the stairs ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2020 – 01.26.20

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Royal Rumble 2020

Royal Rumble 2020 Date: January 26, 2020 Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Vic Joseph, Jerry Lawler, Tom Phillips It’s time to get started on the Road to Wrestlemania and while you could say the Rumbles are predictable, you could also say that they’re wide open. This is a very ... Read more Royal Rumble 2020

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ROYAL RUMBLE 2020: Part 1

It’s time to Pre-Show! …nah, doesn’t sound the same. Anyway, here’s where we try to hype ourselves up for the Royal Rumble, even though that’s gonna be hard to do.  Most of us are sports fans, and we’re understandably pre-occupied right now. RIP Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the other passengers. But let’s get prepped ... Read more ROYAL RUMBLE 2020: Part 1

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW Grand Prix ’92 (Part Two)

Ever wanna go on a backstage tour of Korakuen Hall? This show lets you do that!  By proxy of an Attitude Era-style brawl! AJW JAPAN GRAND PRIX ’92 (Part Two)- BOMB BLAST FEVER POINT (07.05.1992, Tokyo Korakuen Hall) -The second of three tapes devoted to the AJW Grand Prix, which lasted for three months and ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: AJW Grand Prix ’92 (Part Two)

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Blog question – star trek

Hey Scott – long time reader / poster. I'm a long time star wars fan who has never really been into star trek beyond casually watching the Abrams reboot in 2009. Everyone is saying how awesome Picard is and my interest is piqued as I'm sure others feel the same way. Would you rank or ... Read more Blog question – star trek

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WALTER

I've noticed something lately, WALTERS popularity has drastically increased since his debut at the first UK Takeover. The crowds are starting to treat him like a big star with them being really into his offence (chops especially) eventually hes going to outgrow NXT UK but he's made it clear he doesn't want to move to ... Read more WALTER

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Pumped up

Scott, I was reading your recent Royal Rumble 1991 rant and your comment about Rick Martel being ripped struck a chord with me.  I was thinking the same thing around that era and was actually going to write you about it before your post. I know that you can't put yourself in the minds of ... Read more Pumped up

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2019

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2019 – 01.27.19 Live from Phoenix, AZ.  Really interesting that they couldn’t get a stage in there, so everyone just kind of comes out without the usual gaga. Your hosts are literally everyone under contract to the company EXCEPT Jim Ross. Smackdown Women’s title:  Asuka v. Becky Lynch ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2019

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

It’s ROYAL RUMBLE DAY.  Regardless of the iffy quality of last year’s show, it’s still my favorite PPV of the year normally, so I’m going in with positive thoughts.  Plus thankfully this is the time of the month when the shitty January ad revenue starts to turn around for the blog, which always puts me ... Read more The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

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Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide Date: January 25, 2020 Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Commentators: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness It’s a big night in Texas, and not just because I finally remembered that the show isn’t called When Worlds Collide. This is NXT vs. NXT UK and the card is actually stacked, with a bunch of matches that ... Read more Worlds Collide

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Smackdown – August 25, 2005

Smackdown Date: August 25, 2005 Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina Attendance: 5,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz Summerslam has come and gone and that means a lot of things have wrapped up for good. First and foremost, Batista defeated JBL to retain the Smackdown World Title, which means we need a new #1 contender. Other ... Read more Smackdown – August 25, 2005

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WWF Monday Night RAW – September 19th, 1994

Well, after five weeks I am well enough to write up my reviews. And I want to thank everyone for their support. Who knew by going out to get my wife a tea, not even a mile away from our home. while she was sick would lead to an accident in which I received a ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – September 19th, 1994

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Random Rumble Questions

Hey Scott. With the Rumble around the corner,I was wondering your take on past PPV's. 1. What show had the best Rumble match but had a terrible undercard? 2. What show had great undercard matches but a terrible Rumble? 3.What Rumble were you most apathetic to but it somehow managed to surprise you with how good ... Read more Random Rumble Questions

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Becky Lynch/Wrestlemania 35

Scott – nice and quick questions about The Man for you 1.   Did you enjoy Beckys work and push from becoming The Man to headlining Wrestlemania 35?  I thought she was great in the role and handled the big push well 2.   Would you have done a straight one on one match between Becky and ... Read more Becky Lynch/Wrestlemania 35

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Post 50

Hi Scott, With PCO and Tim Storm seemingly having their best years post 50 I have a couple of questions if you will indulge me. 1.  What is the best match (1v1) you have seen involving a worker over 50? 2.  What is the best run (year+) a worker has had post 50? Thanks. Was ... Read more Post 50

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Strong Style Saturday Thread – January 25, 2020

The weekend of wrestling BEGINS.  Well, last night, but wrestling on the WWE Network begins tonight. Tonight is Worlds Collide on the WWE Network, which is baffingly taking place in the US instead of the UK, where people would actually know everyone.  Apparently tickets aren’t selling for the show, surprise surprise, but it should be ... Read more Strong Style Saturday Thread – January 25, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Hard Times – 01.24.20

The SmarK Rant for NWA Hard Times 2020 – 01.24.20 Live from Atlanta, GA Your hosts are Joe Galli & Stu Bennett NWA TV title round one:  The Question Mark v. Trevor Murdoch So unlike Powerrr, guys have entrances and music and such for the PPV.  Time limit remains 6:05 for the PPV matches, although ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NWA Hard Times – 01.24.20

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Smackdown – January 24, 2020

Smackdown Date: January 24, 2020 Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves It’s the go home show for the Royal Rumble and that means we need the final push towards Houston. The men’s Royal Rumble is probably as set as we are going to get in advance but there are only ... Read more Smackdown – January 24, 2020

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WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 17 — A THIN (DOTTED) LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE

We made it! Tonight, SmackDown comes to you from Dallas as all signs are pointing to the Royal Rumble, starring Brock Lesnar and some other people.  Fortunately, it will also feature Daniel Bryan doing what he best: be a foil for Bray Wyatt.  Say what you will about how WWE botched the rollout, but Bryan ... Read more WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 17 — A THIN (DOTTED) LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE

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

–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are calling tonight’s action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches took place on November 29. –Opening Contest:  Joey Maggs (w/Teddy Long) (1-13) beats the Disco Inferno (7-11) after a crucifix roll up at 4:44: Disco has a way of making an eclectic group of ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – December 16, 1995

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Best 1 -2 Punch

On his most recent podcast, Jim Ross said that Austin-Rock was the best 1 – 2 punch of main eventers in history, and it's tough to argue otherwise. The only others that I can think of that could even be in the conversation would be Hogan-Savage before the Megapowers exploded, and to a lesser extent ... Read more Best 1 -2 Punch

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Royal Rumble optimism

Hey Scott, I'm trying to stay optimistic about the Royal Rumble, despite the lack of build and the radar silence on potential entrants. I'm hoping that it's a deliberate ploy to make the surprises we get even better, for Vince to try and blow AEW out of the water (boat pun intended). Has the wrestling war ... Read more Royal Rumble optimism

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Friday Indie Spotlight Thing: Nobody Puts BLP In a Corner!

More wrestling, yay! Today’s show is from Crown Point, Indiana, the home of Black Label Pro. Crown Point is in Northwest Indiana near Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan. So, to honor their home, they decided to call this show Crown Point Jewel. Unfortunately, the artwork on the posters was a little too obviously ... Read more Friday Indie Spotlight Thing: Nobody Puts BLP In a Corner!

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The SmarK Rant for TNT – 04.05.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 04.05.85 “Lisa Sliwa Teaches Self-Defense” I had kinda intended to redo Royal Rumble 92 tonight, but I’ve got a bunch of stuff going on in my life and was more feeling like a breezy and fun show.  And there’s nothing breezier than TNT! I am skipping the 03.25.85 episode, ... Read more The SmarK Rant for TNT – 04.05.85

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NXT (cross out “Womens”) Championship.

So Cageside Seats posted a report that the NXT Womens Championship may now now just be the "NXT Championship". On WWE Backstage, Becky said they should remove "Women" from everything. My question is…. What the hell do you call all of the different titles then? Or are we getting Becky vs Brock and Rhea vs ... Read more NXT (cross out “Womens”) Championship.

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Who Should Be #2?

If Brock is the first entrant, who would be the most interesting second entrant? John Cena? Keith Lee? Tyler Bate? … it's gonna be Big Show, isn't it? R-Truth maybe?  I feel like Brock is gonna throw out a few geeks at the very least before they do whatever storyline comes out of this.  

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Goldberg/Hogan Title Match

Was the Goldberg vs Hogan match for the WCW Championship on a Monday Nitro in July 1998 originally supposed to be at an upcoming PPV, or was it just another hotshot designed to beat Raw in the ratings for one week after the WWF started to dominate the war?  I still can't believe how much ... Read more Goldberg/Hogan Title Match

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Daily News Update – January 24, 2020

Friday is upon us again! DATELINE:  AEW Dynamite was down slightly in the ratings, dipping like the waves in the ocean, while NXT was up slightly, rising like the tide. DATELINE:  Tonight on Smackdown, it’s a CONTRACT SIGNING.  Those always go well. And this morning’s grappling exhibition is a bonus match from the cruise, featuring ... Read more Daily News Update – January 24, 2020

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NXT UK – January 23, 2020

NXT UK Date: January 23, 2020 Location: York Barbican, York, England Commentators: Tom Phillips, Aiden English We’re back to normal after Takeover: Blackpool II and last week’s recap show. There isn’t much time to rest though as it’s also the go home show for Worlds Collide. Hopefully things can get going as well as wrapping ... Read more NXT UK – January 23, 2020

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Just Curious…

… thoughts on the redesign of the Intercontinental belt that Shinsuke is currently rocking? My heart will always belong to the 1986-1998 belt, but I have to admit I'm digging it. Of course, once Braun wins the belt at the Rumble, it will probably be made out of lamb shanks or something… I dislike change ... Read more Just Curious…

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Promo Sketch Plug?

Hey man! Love the blog. I make sketches and goofy bits and my new one is wrestling related, so I thought I’d send it your way. If you watch it and dig it, think I can get a plug? https://youtu.be/rSRoPnknQuc Thanks, Mike Indeed you can.  

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Indies and Insanity: January 23, 2020

Tomorrow, our Friday Indie Spotlight Thing will focus on Black Label Pro from one week ago.  WARHORSE defends the IWTV title against Kylie Rae, Erick Stevens puts the BLP title on the line against Tom Lawlor, plus AJ Gray, Alex Shelley, Jason Cade, Violence Is Forever, and a Rumble! SPORTS: your NBA on TNT doubleheader ... Read more Indies and Insanity: January 23, 2020

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Even Steven Booking

https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/esza8m/wednesday_ratings_aew_35_demo_871k_viewers_8th/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf So one goes up 69k and the other goes down 69k. Basically just trading the same 1.6 million people back and forth.

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Yokozuna winning the 93 Rumble

When Yokozuna won the Rumble, did they know at that time he was going to win the belt from Bret?  Was Hogan’s return even in play for WM, much less him winning the belt?  Was it ever discussed for Hulk to come back win the Rumble and face Bret at WM IX? I'm pretty sure ... Read more Yokozuna winning the 93 Rumble

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Lesnar In The Royal Rumble Match

What are your thoughts on Brock Lesnar entering the Royal Rumble match despite being WWE Champion?  Smart considering any contender they put him with in a match for the championship is a foregone conclusion, and/or also because it adds some mystery as to who will win the Rumble, stupid because it's yet another show where ... Read more Lesnar In The Royal Rumble Match

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The War Experienced Viking Raiders Experience

So the common consensus that I had seen prior to this week, and I bought into it as well, was that the weeks and weeks of dominant squashes by the Vikings was building toward the hoss team fight between them and AOP for the tag titles. Now granted – they kind of screwed the pooch ... Read more The War Experienced Viking Raiders Experience

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Daily News Update – January 23, 2020

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives with no more wrestling on boats.  Until next year.  Try to cope. DATELINE:  Keith Lee won the North American title from Roderick Strong on NXT last night, thus breaking up the Undisputed Era’s stranglehold on the titles. DATELINE:  Hangman Page and Kenny Omega won ... Read more Daily News Update – January 23, 2020

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Monday Night Raw – August 22, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: August 22, 2005 Location: Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia Attendance: 7,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman It’s the night after Summerslam and the big stories around here are Hulk Hogan defeating Shawn Michaels and John Cena retaining the WWE Championship over Chris Jericho. With that out of the way, it’s ... Read more Monday Night Raw – August 22, 2005

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NXT – January 22, 2020

NXT Date: January 22, 2020 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo It’s the go home show for When Worlds Collide but it’s also time to start building things up for Takeover: Portland. I’m not sure where everything is going for that show, but tonight we have more ... Read more NXT – January 22, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 01.22.20 (ON A BOAT!)

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 1.22.20 Taped from INTERNATIONAL MONKEY KNIFE-FIGHTING WATERS ON A MOTHER F’N BOAT!  My favorite story about this show so far was that Tony Khan arranged for the master tape to be duplicated and flown out on two separate planes to Atlanta, because even if Iran shot down one ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 01.22.20 (ON A BOAT!)

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Dynamite – January 22, 2020

Dynamite Date: January 22, 2020 Location: Norwegian Pearl, International Waters Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur And now, we’re on a boat. If there is one thing that AEW has managed to do well it is offering in some changes of venue. That is the case again here as they are presenting this week’s show ... Read more Dynamite – January 22, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – December 16, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Jushin Liger (w/Sonny Onoo) (2-2) defeats Skip Brown after a flying headbutt at 1:36: Brown is announced as “Sweet Brown Sugar” but WCW opts to get away from that when they present his name on the ticker.  ... Read more What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – December 16, 1995

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #352 – 22/01/2000

Hello You! Last week’s show wasn’t that bad, as we actually got some fresh matches from the TV taping in Atlanta and, because it was shot at Centre Stage, the show actually looked quite good from a production standpoint as well. With Guilty As Charged now behind us, we should start seeing what direction ECW ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #352 – 22/01/2000

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The greatest counts??

Was watching the Rumble numbers video yesterday and something caught my eye: they are acknowledging that the Greatest Royal Rumble took place! All of a sudden, Daniel Bryann has the longevity record and Braun has the most eliminations. Thing is, they never talked about the show after it happened. Braun isn't talked about being a ... Read more The greatest counts??

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Undefeated streaks overkill

Hey Scott, I find myself thoroughly annoyed with wrestlers booked to be unbeatable and mainly destroying jobbers each week to no long term direction that leads to a World Title reign.  WWE, of course, is the culprit of this trend. It hasn't worked with Strowman for years.  They started doing it with Lars Sullivan but ... Read more Undefeated streaks overkill

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Favorite Online Wrestling Writer?

Did-do you have a favorite online wrestling writer?  Back in the day I enjoyed a columnist for 1wrestling.com, although I forget his name at the moment.  He would come up with these horrible fantasy booking articles that were so bad they were entertaining.  Examples include thinking the next big thing was adding a storyline to ... Read more Favorite Online Wrestling Writer?

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Daily News Update – January 22, 2020

Not much in the way of news updates on the Observer site because everyone’s ON A BOAT for a few days. DATELINE:  Tonight is of course AEW from the Jericho Cruise, featuring Moxley v. Pac for the #1 contendership and SCU defending the tag titles against Kenny Omega and Page.  Although I have not read ... Read more Daily News Update – January 22, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Powerrr – 01.21.20

The SmarK Rant for NWA Powerrr – 01.21.20 Episode 15 – “Generation Clash” OK, seriously, why is this show now up to NINETY MINUTES?  One of the appealing things was that it was a breezy 45 minute watch and it’s been getting steadily longer as it goes.  LESS IS MORE. Tonight:  Ricky Morton gets his ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NWA Powerrr – 01.21.20

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark – 01.21.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark – 01.21.20 Hey, this is only 30 minutes this week, so I can bang this one out right after Powerrr and you get a bonus rant today. Taped from Miami, FL Your hosts are Excalibur & Taz Diamante v. Big Swole Hopefully Swole is more impressive here than she ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark – 01.21.20

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Prime Time!

Hi Scott, New episodes of Prime Time up on the Network from '89… Well, about a dozen. Gonna review them? Wait until you hear the monstrosity they've used to replace Rick Rude's music with now – even worse than the non-Stripper music they've been using since the Hall of Fame! I'm very saddened that they've ... Read more Prime Time!

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Gunn club

Hello, Scott, I’m reading about some AEW matches that have already happened or are about to air and I saw that Billy Gunn is teaming with his son Austin as the Gunn Club. How does that work? I can’t see WWE letting billy use the Gunn name, but apparently he even has shirts with it. ... Read more Gunn club

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Another Waitwaitwaitwaitwait Question

From your 1998 Rumble review: "The Honky Tonk Man is #19 at 30:30" "Vader is #30 at 50:00 and he tosses Honky at 50:30" They booked Honky to go twenty minutes in the Rumble?!? I mean, I knowthe roster was thin, but FUCK. Who made that call? I've seen that Rumble a handful of times ... Read more Another Waitwaitwaitwaitwait Question

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Gimmick Failures and Restarts

In the ’98 Rumble Rant, you mentioned the transformation of Goldust to “The Artist Formerly Known As” and them eventually walking back and going to the standard Goldust look and gimmick a few months after they killed it off. Other than Chavo Jr. in 2005 (for reasons that were done probably for 1 very significant ... Read more Gimmick Failures and Restarts

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Wrestler that plays heel/face equally well?

What wrestler, either past or present, do you think plays a face and heel equally well?  I don't know about all time, but currently I think I'd give the nod to Randy Orton here.     Randy Orton is a spectacular babyface and a blah heel.  Ric Flair was always the good standard for both, ... Read more Wrestler that plays heel/face equally well?

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.06.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.06.19 Man, I’ve had a day.  You know how sometimes your car dies in sub-zero temperatures and the auto club says it’ll be 45 minutes for a tow truck and then you’re left sitting there for FOUR HOURS waiting for it when you were supposed ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.06.19

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Daily News Update – January 21, 2020

Well thankfully Monday is over. DATELINE:  Chris Jericho announces another cruise in 2021.  Let’s face it, he’ll probably still be LE CHAMPION when it rolls around. DATELINE:  Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are the new RAW tag team champions after last night.  I don’t even remember who the champions before them were.  Apparently Royal Rumble ... Read more Daily News Update – January 21, 2020

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-28-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: July 28, 1984 (taped 07/20) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kerry get the better of Hernandez to earn a title shot? Will Parsons get revenge for “Wild” Bill Irwin’s evil whipping? And who will join me for this out-of-this-world episode? Alex Rogan! So glad you could join the ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-28-1984

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