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Joshi Spotlight- Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs. LCO (09/08/97)

Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs. LCO (09.08.1997): So the degenerates, alcoholics and people with too much time on their hands in the night threads have been on a Joshi-fest lately, and we’ve been doing a kind of “Best Of” for the genre, typically centered around All Japan Women’s stuff from the early ’90s (generally ... Read more

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Did WWE become 2000 WCW?

Hi Scott,  Doesn't Taker/Reigns vs Shane/McIntyre echo 2000 WCW? Like seriously, this is what they're selling in 2019? What is the target audience?  Obviously WWE is still doing much better in overall revenue than WCW was, they're not losing money, but if they keep this up, IMO some negative effects just have to come sooner ... Read more

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Planning Takers Retirement

Hello Scott, Creatively when should the Undertaker have retired?  After Wrestlemania 26 with Shawn. After Wrestlemania 28 after having his last classic match. After Wrestlemania 30 when the streak was broken. After Wrestlemania 46 to pass the torch to Roman Reigns Jr. After the streak was broken.  The story was done and there was no ... Read more

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Drew

So, are you as surprised as I am the way things have turned out since his return. I thought for sure he'd get the rocket strapped to him. Is he and EC3 examples of guys that TNA actually managed to book better than the E? I feel like we missed the peak with Drew where Vince might ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-20-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: August 20, 1983 (taped 08/12) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can the Freebirds regain the six-man titles from Kevin, Kerry, and David? Who is this mysterious Soviet hired by Akbar? Also, who will announce a welcome like no other for tonight’s reflection? Opening montage. To begin the show, we ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – June 24, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: June 24, 2019 Location: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, Washington Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves It’s the night after Stomping Grounds and given how things are looking at the moment, I’m not sure how much that’s going to change the direction we’re going. Extreme Rules is in less ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope you all had a great weekend and either enjoyed yourself or got more things accomplished. A PPV-like event happened last night. The most notable thing is that Ricochet won the U.S. title and gave us a glimmer of hope until the main event matches began and we realized that we’ll ... Read more

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Can You Really Blame Vince for Giving Up?

Scott, A lot of people seem to think that Vince McMahon has lost his touch, that he doesn't have it anymore, or that he simply isn't motivated to put out a good product because of his TV contracts and the Saudi blood money. While those things might all be partially true, isn't it possible that ... Read more

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The Day The Prestige Died

How impressive is it that with Championships being as unimportant as they are that WWE managed to book two World Title matches in one night where 100% of the audience KNEW the challengers had no chance of winning?  Jinder Mahal in 2017 felt like a more compelling challenger than either Corbin or Ziggler do now. ... Read more

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More EVE stuff

Hey Scott, piggy backing on Phred's email, a couple more notes about EVE's upcoming WrestleQueendom show:  1) They're currently offering a 25% discount code on their service with the code "EVEGetsHairy"  2) There's a pre-Queendom beginner's guide up on Reddit: http://bit.ly/31Ufw5O Look, if there’s no inter gender matches with either Joey Janela and/or Ryan, I just ... Read more

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Hogan/Bret follow-up

Hey Scott,   You've had some stellar, top notch questions come in the last couple of weeks that have never, and I mean ever, been talked about on the blog, or in a simple Google search, brother. That made me think of my own questions/wrestling mysteries still left unanswered: 1. I was watching Survivor Series ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – July 16, 1995

–Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary for today’s Bash at the Beach pre-show broadcast that is originating live from Huntington Beach, California.  The camera shot of fans on the beach surrounding the ring makes for a great visual. –Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (23-4-2) defeats Chris Kanyon after the Badd Day at 2:21: ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – December 6th, 1993

December 6, 1993 From the Westchester Civic Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan.   We get a video package on last week’s Diesel vs. Razor Ramon match where we saw Shawn Michaels attack Razor then the 1-2-3 Kid ran out and made the save, setting up tonight’s Shawn ... Read more

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WWE Random Name Generator

You've joked in the past about the WWE Random Name Generator giving new wrestlers their goofy ass new names. I understand it (make their own copyright), but thankfully they've lightened up on that & let guys use their old gimmicks. Are there any of these re-brand names you can think of that actually doomed the ... Read more

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Wear A Raincoat

So Fyter Fest is this weekend, and Moxley/Janela is really interesting to me. How brutal do you think they'll be allowed to go, knowing that it's the first fully free AEW show for the general public being played in front of a crowd that's mostly there for a gaming convention? Keep in mind that Renee ... Read more

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Fwd: Pro-Wrestling: EVE Plug

Hey Scott, It'd be super cool to get a plug for EVE's WrestleQueendom II show that's coming up June 30th at 16:00 BST (that's 8:00 PST, work it out from there). It's just 10 bucks a month for their subscription service and they produce some absolutely great wrestling if you're looking for a real alternative ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Stomping Grounds 2019–06.23.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 -06.23.19 Live from Tacoma, WA in the “cavernous” Tacomadome. It would be less cavernous if they had a full crowd, I bet. Your hosts are Michael Cole and his merry band of idiots, who were REALLY annoying tonight.  Corey Graves just needs to learn when to SHUT ... Read more

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I think we should talk about Women’s Wrestling

We live in a world where a WrestleMania that had 2 heavyweight title bouts and Brock Lesnar, a legitimate All-World athlete, that featured a novice pro wrestler who was barely a year into their training and the 4th wheel of NXT’s women’s division. For someone in my age group, who grew up on the WWF ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 5th, 1993

December 5, 1993 From Carbondale High School in Carbondale, PA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan   Razor Ramon vs. Cory Student The announcers talk about Shawn Michaels attacking Razor this past Monday on RAW then hype up Shawn vs. 1-2-3 Kid for this week. Razor slaps Student after working him over but ... Read more

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Stomping Grounds 2019

Stomping Grounds 2019 Date: June 23, 2019 Location: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips, Renee Young It’s the show that no one was asking for, featuring a bunch of rematches from the show that fans didn’t want to watch in the first place. The big question here is ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 06/26/00 Review (The Rock vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H)

The King of the Ring 2000 PPV saw The Rock become the new WWF Champion and Kurt Angle won the King of the Ring tournament. Edge and Christian also won back the WWF Tag Team Titles. This Raw signified a change in direction for WWE. The heel McMahon-Helmsley group had dominated TV for months, but ... Read more

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Rockers heel promo in Memphis

Since this came up in the Sheepherders thread. I can’t find the matches but I love the promos from Shawn and Marty. For those who love bizarre alternate history, the Evil RNR vs PG13 feud from Memphis is also gloriously batshit awesome, complete with Mark Curtis as JJ Dillon.

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ECW on Sci-Fi 05/19/2009 #154

Judgement Day 2009: Christian vs. Jack Swagger (ECW Title) Uh oh, we’re in the European Title Match No-One Asked for slot on the PPV but luckily Christian gets a tremendous pop that is far bigger than the brand he’s representing. Christian fucks with Jack by hitting and running away while Striker compares Christian’s offence to ... Read more

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I mean, honestly…

Hey Scott! Thanks for taking the time to answer e-mails, hope you're well.  When I look over the schedule of the upcoming G1 Climax, I can't help but be struck by the staggering amount of great wrestling we'll be getting over that month or so. And the most astonishing part is that there's going to ... Read more

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Fantastics/Sheepherders

Watched Crockett Cup 86 and really enjoyed the Fantastics vs Sheepherders brawl.  Was there ever any consideration for this version of the Sheepherders to appear in the WWE instead of the kid friendlier version? Is size the main reason The Fantastics never had a run in the WWE. I feel cheated we never got a ... Read more

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Lost Matches

Hey Scott, any chance we see the Benoit tryout match vs Owen Hart match? I think it was a Raw taping in 95. There is also a Shotgun Saturday Night match with One Man Gang and Terry Funk winning the US title from Jarrett in Texas that would be cool to see. They're not adding ... Read more

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Bret Hart in 1996

When Bret Hart was gone from the WWF after dropping the Championship to Shawn Michaels at W.M. 12 for several months before coming back in the Fall of that year, was he not under contract to the company?  I seem to remember on a live episode of Raw them playing up if Hart was going ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–03.22.85

(Unfortunately the WWE Network was down on Saturday night when I went to do a rant for this morning, so we might as well carry on with Mid-South because I had already done the next episode, back when they first started adding the Watts footage to the Network in 2015.  I can only hope it’s ... Read more

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Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

The WWE Network wasn’t working for me on Saturday night as of this writing, but luckily I had already written the rant for the next Mid-South episode, back in 2015 when they were added to the Network, so you get that instead.  Otherwise I had been planning on the episode of Superstars after Warrior left. ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 20, 2005

Smackdown Date: January 20, 2005 Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s time to get ready for the Royal Rumble and so far that means focusing on the Smackdown World Title match. JBL, Kurt Angle and Big Show have been playing mind games with each other and I don’t see that ... Read more

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WWE Leaving Sky TV In UK

Scott, Not sure if this is on your radar but WWE switching UK programming from Sky TV to a rival sports network called BT Sport will happen in early 2020. WWE/WWF has been a fixture on Skys subscription channels since 1989 but their relationship has soured recently over falling ratings and Sky obviously not making ... Read more

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Question on “Boring” Heels

Hi Scott, Can I ask what your thoughts are on modern-day heels? I know that the consensus seems to be that Shane McMahon and Baron Corbin are "Boring", but I feel it's far more complex. I believe we are in a new era that WWE is surprisingly aware of. Back in, let's say 1998 and ... Read more

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Mike Bennett-Maria re-signing with the WWE

Where you surprised Mike Bennett and Maria re-signed with the WWE after asking for their releases just a few months ago?  Vince McMahon must have paid them well to be on a show few people watch.  If so, kudos to them.   Vince's current policy is to sign EVERYONE and sign them to long-term soul-crushing deals ... Read more

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WWE STOMPING GROUND!!!

Amirite or amirite? Swear to god, if they manage to stretch this thing out to four hours tomorrow, they're gonna have to distribute oxygen tanks to the lower bowl.  On the bright side, at least there's lots of empty seats for people to stretch out and take a nap.  

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–03.16.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 03.16.85 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts. Bill wants everyone to know that Mid-South stands behind the authorities with regards to Ted Dibiase smashing up Jim Duggan’s windshield, but Duggan is a real man who fights his own battles, so he won’t ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF King of the Ring 2000 Review

It’s time for WWF King of the Ring with a unique main event match that was unlike anything we had ever seen before. That wasn’t necessarily a good thing! The synopsis from WWE Network: “The Rock, Kane, and The Undertaker vs. Triple H, Vince and Shane McMahon to determine the WWE Champion. King of The ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: June 21, 2019

We made it! Just two more days until WWE presents In Your House: Stomp the Yard or whatever.  I’ll open a thread for discussion if I remember it’s happening in time. Personal wresting adventure: I have been invited to referee for a show in Fredericksburg, VA.  This marks the third promotion I will have refereed ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – July 15, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary as WCW Saturday Night returns to two hours in the lead up to Bash at the Beach.  The matches here were taped in Atlanta on June 21. –A video package recaps the feud over the tag team titles between Harlem Heat, the Nasty Boys, and the Blue ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – December 4th, 1993

December 4, 1993 From Farrell Hall in Delhi, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon (who is wearing a Santa cap) and Stan Lane (who holds up a stocking for Doink the Clown and a smaller one for Dink). Vince says we will see Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, and the 1-2-3 Kid this week and ... Read more

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Truth the Wedding Crasher

It was the happiest day of @WWEMaverick's life…until @RonKillings CRASHED IT to once again become #247Champion! pic.twitter.com/eebwttjgbe — WWE (@WWE) June 21, 2019 The shot of the referee and Drake’s terrified reaction were tremendous. Now if they would only find a different finish besides the damn rollup!

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Acceptance (BoD)

Since you seem to be asked about the same things over and over, I hope this is not a repeat. What happens if instead of rejecting them completely, the crowd accepts the ‘fake Diesel’ and ‘fake Razor’ characters as just new actors playing the roles, and reacts as if there was little to no difference? ... Read more

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Does Sinclair buying Fox Regional Sports help ROH?

Hi Scott, Thought this might result in a good blog discussion. So Sinclair is buying 20 Fox Regional Sports networks, if they choose to put ROH programming on them does it matter?  With ROH currently only being on Sinclair owned stations they have a lot of coverage holes. But a lot of those holes would ... Read more

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WWE’s “Hoss Division” Best Matches?

The email you got the other day about Mark Henry got me to thinking;  What were the best matches of 4 of these "Hoss Division" wrestlers; -Mark Henry -Kane  -Big Show -Viscera  Henry was probably the Orton match where he won the World title or maybe the Cena match.  Kane still has to be the ... Read more

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ECW TV Hidden Gems

So again I’m ploughing through ECW TV having watched all 1998 and now deep into 1999, and I’m enjoying what it is offering. I’ve watched a few genuinely great matches (that sweet 4 star+ range) during this 98 to 99 period that have little to no fanfare online and I can’t quite understand why. Everyone ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event–11.14.92

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event – 11.14.92 Well, this fits perfectly into the timeline with Superstars right now, and it’s short. This was the second of the FOX specials to be produced, and was such a bomb that it basically killed the SNME concept dead for a decade afterwards. Taped from Indiana ... Read more

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WWF October 20th, 1993 – Lex Luger vs. Ludvig Borga

I thought I’d review this match since it fits along with my timeline and the fact these guys, to the best of my knowledge, never had a televised match. It took place at the 10/20 “Superstars” tapings at the Burlington Civic Center in Burlington, VT. and featured on the “WWE Unreleased Never Before Seen Matches ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: June 20, 2019

Tonight is Zion Williamson Coronation Night!  GO DUKE!  Also expect Ja Morant to go to Memphis and be the most intriguing rookie of the bunch.  RJ Barrett looks to be the Knicks’ latest savior.  After that, things could get crazy.  BOLD PREDICTION: The Pelicans trade #4 to the Hawks for #8 and #17.  (Editor’s Note: ... Read more

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Awesome new Hidden Gem.

Scott, not sure if you've heard about this yet:http://bit.ly/2WR5q1S I say you should skip Stomping Grounds on Sunday and do this instead. What the ACTUAL FUCK?!?   I wish I had a time machine so I could tape all this stuff and then go back to 1996 and clean up on the tape trading scene. ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – July 15, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Hacksaw Jim Duggan (26-3-1) pins Dave Dalton after a three-point stance clothesline at 2:05: Duggan ribs ring announcer Gary Michael Capetta by swinging the American flag over his head, forcing Capetta to duck when announcing Dalton’s name.  Duggan ... Read more

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Going on strike

We've had walk outs, strikes and stoppages in just about every sport, so why not now for the scripted sport we love to hate in the WWE?  Ownership is making tons of cash regardless of how bad the product is to watch, and getting that money from some highly questionable business partners. We've heard the ... Read more

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Warrior retirement

In an industry where workers have a lot of trouble getting out, how was Jim Hellwig able to get by financially for so many years out of the wrestling business? I'm sure he made decent money in his WWF run, but I can't see him living for life on what was four full time WWF ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – November 29th, 1993

November 29, 1993 From the Westchester County Civic Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan, who goes off about Gorilla Monsoon trying to put his hands on him at the Survivor Series. Tonight, we have Razor Ramon vs. Diesel. Also in action are Ludvig Borga, Owen Hart, plus the ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 20, 2019

SI.com This Week in Wrestling http://bit.ly/2RoCyww   Lars Sullivan Update Sullivan’s knee injury reported on last week was worse than anticipated but we don’t know more details than that. He underwent an MRI during the week. The only stuff (Dave Meltzer) heard is that the company believes he will be out six to nine months. ... Read more

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Rick Rude as a face?

Watching Halloween Havoc 92 and reading your rant and you suggest an angle after Vader, who is defending the US title for Rude, beats Koloff.  Rude comes back to get his title and Vader tells him to fuck off, and Rude turns face.  Could a Rude face turn have even worked back then?  I'm not ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–11.14.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 11.14.92 Taped from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the last of a ripping good set of tapings, actually. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect Intercontinental title: British Bulldog v. Repo Man Given all the dead feuds being resurrected for Survivor Series, I’m surprised they didn’t have this one booked ... Read more

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Introductory vignettes

Hey Scott, What’s the best-ever example of those brief tapes vignettes to introduce an incoming wrestler? Perfect? Dibiase? Something else? Gotta be a tie between Perfect and Dibiase.  Dibiase's introduction was so great that he was instantly a top heel without doing anything in the ring.  Honorable mention to Razor Ramon, who l appreciate much ... Read more

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Bray Wyatt resurrected

Bray's "Funhouse" segments have been the highlights of the weekly shows for 2 months. I think they've been able to rebuild Bray & his masked creature side looks pretty awesome.  If the fans respond to Bray the way they did when he first debuted & he's majorly over, should WWE go all the way with ... Read more

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Punk vs. Bryan

Yo Scott, Phred here, I was just looking at the Observer HoF and while Bryan was inducted in 2016 (before his comeback) Punk is currently not in. Now I understand the WON has it's own qualifications and such, but I really don't see how Bryan can be seen as a greater talent than Punk. Yes, ... Read more

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NXT UK – June 19, 2019

NXT UK Date: June 19, 2019 Location: Download Festival, Leicestershire, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Aiden English Things are shaking up around here as Imperium has added its fourth member with Alexander Wolfe. That is likely to set up a fourth member of British Strong Style, or at least a friend or two, to help fight ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 28th, 1993

November 28, 1993 From Carbondale High School in Carbondale, PA. This TV taping was notable for the prinicipal and school board being irate at the conditions of the facilities after the tapings, which included human feces, whiskey bottles, and chicken bones all over the place. They were justified in their anger to say the least. ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – January 17, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: January 17, 2005 Location: Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Attendance: 9,600 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler The focus is on Canada this week with Chris Benoit facing Chris Jericho in a challenge match. Other than that, the big story is likely to be the continuing issues between HHH and Batista, ... Read more

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NXT – June 19, 2019

NXT Date: June 19, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix We’re back in Full Sail for the first real fallout show from Takeover and that means one thing: the Undisputed Era is going to get to have their big moment. Therefore, expect a lot of BAY-BAY’s ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Tonight is NXT and NXT UK with poor Tommy Hall, who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown judging by the Smackdown review. I feel your pain, buddy! AEW Fyter Fest is coming up for free on BR Live later this month. As long as you’re in a country with the initials “USA”. Everywhere ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – July 15, 1995

There were a few new bouts on WCW Prime for July 10, with Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes narrating the action. –Ron Thompson defeats Kevin Sullivan (8-3) via disqualification when Sullivan throws Thompson over the top rope in seven seconds: Just like Sullivan’s match against Eddie Jackie on the July 1 edition of WCW Pro, ... Read more

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AEW on TNT

Sorry if you've covered this already, but I had always heard that even if WCW had kept up the ratings and stayed at least somewhat profitable (huge "if" I know) that TNT/TBS had become disinterested in pro wrestling at that point anyway. I can't imagine that interest got rekindled by watching Impact bounce around various ... Read more

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Best Sting feud?

Let's drag some more content kicking and screaming out of this Sting topic What would you say was Sting's best ever feud? I'd personally say the one with Vader, but there's also some great ones in there with Ric Flair, Cactus Jack and Rick Rude to name a few What would you say was your ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #321 – 19/06/1999

Hello You! Last week on ECW Hardcore TV, The Dudley Boyz jumped poor Balls Mahoney once again in the locker room, bloodying him up with a chair shot. Lance Storm talked trash about The Dudleyz on the phone saying that they were ducking him and Justin Credible, whilst Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn traded ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – November 27th, 1993

November 27, 1993 From Farrell Hall in Delhi, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane in his debut as WWF color commentator. Vince tells us that Reo Rodgers will not be here as he had an accident when he fell off of his horse. Lane talks about the Survivor Series and did a ... Read more

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The House Show Formula

Hello there, A couple questions about how 80s/90s WWF house shows were put together: 1) As we all know, the classic formula for the major feuds was to do multiple runs around the circuit: one guy gets counted out/DQ'd the first time through, the other guy gets counted out/DQ'd the second time, the babyface gets ... Read more

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Mark Henry Retirement

Hey, so I was listening to Mark Henry speak today about his fake retirement angle with Cena. I watched it again and man did he have me and the crowd. He should have gotten another run with the title even if it be a short one off of that angle. I know he was broken ... Read more

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Turner Cancelling WCW Programs

When Turner cancelled WCW programming in 2001, was it really because they "wanted to get out of the "rasslin business" into scripted dramas, or was that just their cover story excuse?  "Rasslin business" or not, that seemed kind of hasty to just throw away programs that were drawing millions of viewers a week for their ... Read more

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Long Game for the AEW Belt

Page v. Jericho for the AEW title. Do you… 1. Put Page over Jericho, having the rockstar vet give the “homegrown” guy the rub. Or… B. Jericho becomes the first AEW champion. He does his sleazy aging rockstar douchebag routine while beating Page in rematches, Moxley, and Cody, eventually getting us to Alpha/Omega III with ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–01.04.86

(So for those who may not have been following me during the WWE Classics on Demand era, I actually have a complete run of World Championship Wrestling on TBS done from June ‘85 until the place I left off at the very end of 1986 once the show was on the Network.  Anyway, as a ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: NWA-TNA Episode #1 – 19/06/2002

Seeing as TNA/Impact Wrestling has somehow managed to survive a whopping 17 years, I decided I would set the way back machine to 2002 and watch the first ever event in the company’s history, seeing as it’s up on their official YouTube page and all. For those who weren’t around or have expunged this period ... Read more

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