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NXT – July 17, 2019

NXT Date: July 17, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix It’s weird to say this but NXT is in a little bit of a funk. I don’t know if it’s the Breakout Tournament or Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole III not being the most inspiring story ... Read more

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NXT UK – July 17, 2019

NXT UK Date: July 17, 2019 Location: Download Festival, Leicestershire, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Aiden English We’re still at the Download Festival and that means the crowd reactions are likely to be a little bit weaker again this time. The build towards Cardiff continues but it seems that we have to get through one more ... Read more

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205 Live #138 – 16/07/2019

Hello You! Back again with some more 205 Live. This week we actually get a rematch of the match that got me interested in watching the show again in the form of Jack Gallagher Vs Chad Gable. The last time these two took to the ring it was an absolute corker, so hopefully we get ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 14, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: February 14, 2005 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio Attendance: 7,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re back in America but the show is in a bit of a weird place at the moment. It’s the last show before No Way Out, meaning the last show before we can officially begin ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – August 13, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan handle the usual studio duties for today’s broadcast.  Heenan demands to find out who is going to be in the WarGames match at Fall Brawl. –Heenan goes through the members of the Dungeon of Doom, speculating on who might appear at Fall Brawl. –Heenan talks about how Colonel Robert Parker ... Read more

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Feuds you hate

Scott,     What feuds did you hate off the bat because you genuinely liked both wrestlers and hated that one of them was gonna lose the feud and get hurt by the booking, or knew that 50/50 booking would kill both of them?  This Aleister Black / Cesaro mini feud is why I'm asking ... Read more

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Heel announcers

Can we please get rid of the concept of the heel announcer? It feels so dated and silly at this point.  I used to love Bobby Heenan and Jesse Ventura back in the day. But they were special. They were entertaining. It doesn't work today and just makes the product seem corny and carny.  I ... Read more

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What’s good?

My WWE Network subscription is about to run out, and I'm not itching to re-up given how "meh" the current product has been lately. I was a fairly regular viewer of the weekly programming until very recently (and for 2/3rds of my life), but too often I find myself just not caring about anything that ... Read more

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Worst Actor In Pro Wrestling?

Who do you think is the worst actor in pro wrestling, either currently or all time?  I don't know about all time, but currently it is hands down Baron Corbin for me.  Everytime the guy talks I think I'm watching a middle school play.   No one will ever touch the acting prowess of Sid.  

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WWE Name Generator coming back to bite them?

I was watching the G1 the other night, and as Moxley is coming to the ring, Kevin Kelly talks about how the handcuffs are off and Moxley can be who he wants to me. Just a day earlier, Shane Spears looked like a huge star during the 6-man tag at the AEW show. What struck ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – February 7th, 1994

February 7, 1994 From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bastion Booger   We get a recap of the events from last week’s show that led to tonight’s main event of IRS vs. Marty Jannetty.   The hosts run down the show with Booger eating some nachos. Booger makes ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–08.18.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 08.18.97 Hey, back to 1997 for a bit, why not? Live from Atlantic City, NJ, drawing a sellout 8672. Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler Ravishing Rick Rude joins us to start, using a god-awful overdubbed generic version of “The Stripper”. I’ve ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #325 – 17/07/1999

Hello You! Last week on Hardcore TV, The Impact Players of Justin Credible and Lance Storm actually managed to win a match for once when they defeated Jerry Lynn and Sabu in the main event. As well as that, ECW World Champ Taz threw out a challenge for Steve Corino to find him a challenger ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 16, 2019

Smackdown Date: July 16, 2019 Location: DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton It looks to be an eventful night this week and believe it or not, a big focus is going to be on Shane McMahon. We’re going to have a town hall meeting where wrestlers and people on the ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight!  It’s Smackdown, which is the start of the Bischoff-ian era. The first Heyman show was up a bit because of PPV bump but still nothing to write home about.  Do people still write home? Back to 1997 RAW tomorrow. Enjoy your night!

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 6th, 1994

February 6, 1994 From the Florence Civic Center in Florence, SC Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross This week’s featured match is Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Doink the Clown.   We get a video package on the Doink/Bigelow feud.   Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. Doink the Clown w/ Dink The ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Mima Shimoda

Her AMAZING theme song, “The Sensation” MIMA SHIMODA: Stats: Billed Height & Weight: 5’5 1/2″, 143 lbs. Career Length: 1987-today (still active) Trained By: Akira Hokuto So during the Live Watches at night, I was made aware of the brilliance of Los Cachorras Orientales by one Lawrence Talbot, who was a huge fan. It was ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – August 12, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This show wraps up the tapings done at Center Stage on July 11. –Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (27-4-2) beats Steve Armstrong after a flying sunset flip at 4:48: Schiavone laments the fact that Badd has not gotten a ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – July 12, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: July 12, 2019 Hosts: Don Callis, Josh Matthews This is a different kind of show as it is a fallout show from Slammiversary, meaning it’s going to be similar to a post Takeover show in NXT. Just like those shows, there was a match taped to fit in here, but the majority ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – February 5th, 1994

February 5, 1994 From the Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium in Fayetteville, NC Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane The show starts off with a “Saturday Night’s Main Event” style promo, right down to the same music, to hype up tonight’s ten minute challenge between The Quebecers and the Steiner Brothers where the Steiners ... Read more

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Main event commentary

Hey Scott, One of the big differences that's struck me recently between NXT and the main WWE product is the live description of what's happening on screen. The commentators on the main roster shows and PPVs hardly stop for breath, constantly talking about the back story of the match and hypothesising about what the wrestlers ... Read more

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Strong champs / Nakamura question

Scott, Saw something in another thread about now that we are past Extreme Rules and Heyman/Bischoff should start exerting more influence that we might see less jobbing out of champions week in and week out on TV.  It got me thinking: they had Nakamura defeat Balor pretty definitely in two straight matches – one non-title, ... Read more

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WWE killing gimmick matches

What do you think about this recent practice of the WWE making almost every match a 2 out of 3 falls match, or an elimination match?  Not only do I think it's poorly done with falls coming coming at an unnatural time than they would in a normal match, but it appears to be an ... Read more

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The beginning of the end

Hi Scott, In light of the recent Russo question and the general agreement that WCW was already one foot in the grave by that point anyway, two questions for you…  1) Was there anything that WCW management could have done to turn things around in 1999, or was the decline completely out of their hands ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–04.13.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 04.13.85 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts First up, it’s the updated TV title tournament bracket! Well that clears it right up. So the Cowboy goes off on an epic rant about how Vince McMahon and the WWF are taking credit for ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-15-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 15, 1983 (taped 10/07) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer It’s a battle of champions! Who will triumph, David or Garvin? Can the Freebirds topple Adams and Mantell? What’s Garvin’s take on Sunshine’s new valet? And who will join me to bring this episode to you? Martha and Alan! ... Read more

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WWF February 1st, 1994 – Randy Savage vs. Crush

I thought I’d review this match since it fits along with my timeline. It took place at the 2/1 “Superstars” tapings in White Plains, NY and featured on the “WWE Unreleased Never Before Seen Matches 1986-1995” DVD. These matches do not contain any commentary.   Randy Savage vs. Crush w/ Mr. Fuji Savage runs out ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 15, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: July 15, 2019 Location: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves It’s time for the new era as Paul Heyman is in charge starting with this week and as luck would have it, we’re less than four weeks away from Summerslam. Tonight we’re going ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – January 31st, 1994

January 31, 1994 From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and IRS   We open with a video package hyping tonight’s coin toss between Bret Hart and Lex Luger to determine who will get the first match shot at WrestleMania X.   The announcers run down the show with IRS ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had an amazing summer weekend or winter weekend if you live in New Zealand or something. Anyway, this weekend was kind of what you’d want as a wrestling fan when this thing really kicks off in the fall. All three of the major shows were pretty good, each of ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Four – 15/07/2019

Hello You! We’re back to the world of G1 with some B Block Action! First off, congratulations to England’s cricketers for winning perhaps one of the craziest games of sport I’ve ever seen with an amazing last ball victory that had me gripped to the edge of my seat. It was like a Hollywood movie ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – August 12, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. Sadly, my copy of this show had a recording error and some matches were lost.  According to last week’s preview, these wrestlers won squash matches: *The Renegade (14-0) *Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (16-9) –Kamala (w/Kevin Sullivan) (7-2) beats Scott ... Read more

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What if Russo Never Left?

Hey Scott,   Although I believe Russo didn’t kill WCW (he does help kill it quicker though) as it was doomed anyway, what do you think would happen if he and Ed never left the WWF?   I’ve always believed the best era of the WWF was from January 2000 to Wrestlemania X7, but it ... Read more

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Hulkamania Era

I've been watching a lot of the old PPVs lately, and it got me wondering on if there was ever any reports back in the day of resentment from any of the heels (Savage, Dibiase, Hennig, Rude, etc…) being fed to the usual no sell kickouts of Hogan, and to a similar extent, Ultimate Warrior? ... Read more

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Raw Reunion

Is there any possible opportunity that they use the extra attention from the nostalgia pops to get literally anyone on the roster heat or over? Or is this just full-on desperation for quick ratings? What would be your plan of attack if you actually wanted to use the old people to get the young guys ... Read more

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Sasha

Hey Scott, Question for you regarding Sasha's contract: I know she's locked in for a few more years after re-signing last year, but can this time she's missing be added to her contract? I know they can do it for injuries, but not sure if that same rule applies for missing shows by choice. Feels ... Read more

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THE 1 MCU FLAW THAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS…..

So you’re Iron Man. You have a dope collection of nano-tech armor that basically makes Stark a human aerial assault weapon. It takes more than a bullet or a sword to pierce the armor. Why is he not making armor for his more vulnerable teammates?  Obviously Banner had some gear but Hulk is badass & ... Read more

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In Honor of The Club Re-Signing…

Would you rather…. A) Be the Highest Paid Jobber (AKA Brian Pillman) or a Team like the Club that's making bank with the understanding that their Fed isn't going to be doing anything with them? B) A guy with a really good push and visibility but crappy payout? I get that actual facts and #'s ... Read more

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Rusev and Lana?

Any idea where Rusev and Lana have been?  I honestly don't believe they have been on T.V. since the stupid "Wildcard Rule" was instituted.   I dunno where Rusev has been, but Lana has sure been on Instagram… https://ift.tt/2jZww9x GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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BoD Daily Update: July 15, 2019

Will Ospreay to Miss Night Four of the NJPW G1 Tournament Due to Injury https://ift.tt/2llgU0j   Backstage Reactions to Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows re-signing with WWE https://ift.tt/2XP3vAk   WWE Free YouTube Match You can watch Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus in a Tables Match from the 2011 Extreme Rules PPV  

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-08-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 8, 1983 (taped 9/23) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kerry avoid Gordy’s oriental spike and defeat him? Will Adams and David succeed against Devastation, Inc.? And who will join me to bring you this episode? Mark Goodman! That’s not such a bad idea.   Opening montage. Match ... Read more

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Main Event Opener

Last night at Extreme Rules, the Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre match could have – for better or worse – gone on last and probably had more intrigue than the real main event. WWE has obviously flirted with putting the main event on first – namely this year’s WrestleMania (Brock ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 30th, 1994

January 30, 1994 From the Florence Civic Center in Florence, SC Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Jim Ross This week, the TV debuts of Sparky Plugg and Kwang. Also in action are The Bushwhackers, Ludvig Borga, Adam Bomb, and The Headshrinkers   Thurman “Sparky” Plugg vs. Barry Horowitz Ross talks about President Tunney’s ruling ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Extreme Rules 2019–07.14.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Extreme Rules 2019 – 07.14.19 Live from Philadelphia, PA Your hosts are the usual. Intercontinental title: Finn Balor v. Shinsuke Nakamura Apparently Nakamura is all done with tag teams! Which is weird because I never really knew he was a tag team wrestler to begin with. Finn gets a low ... Read more

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Extreme Rules 2019

Extreme Rules 2019 Date: July 14, 2019 Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves, Michael Cole, Renee Young We’re finally wrapping up a long stretch with what feels like a show from one company or another every week for months. This is a show built around violence and a ... Read more

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Sunday Night Thread

It’s the Extreme Rules PPV thread!  Get your breadsticks and soup ready for Baron Corbin main eventing yet again. Didn’t have a chance to do EVOLVE earlier today, but I’m on vacation this week so I’ll probably get around to it. Let’s see if WWE can top AEW in their head-to-head weekend!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Three – 14/07/2019

Hello You! Here we are with some more G1 Climax action! I’ve actually been a bit rough today so this took a bit longer than I’d liked, but hopefully this reaches you well and you’ve had a good weekend. As mentioned in Night Two, there’s sadly no tag matches on this one because I didn’t ... Read more

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AEW

I'm a big supporter of AEW, I really do hope they become a valid alternative & all that good stuff. However I realized something watching "Fight For The Fallen". This stuff can get old quick. I just don't find myself invested in anybody or anything that happens. Ok Sonny Kiss wins his match, cool now ... Read more

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Hangman Page

Is it just me or does anybody else find Hangman Page over rated? He's solid enough in the ring but his look sucks, he does nothing 20 other Indy guys aren't already doing, probably better at that.  He sucked in his rookie year but got a lot better.  Doing a 20 minute Broadway tease with ... Read more

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Prime time

I’ve been watching the summer 1989 prime time wrestling shows on YouTube (excluding the matches) and I found it fascinating how great they were.  You had a months long storyline between Piper and Heenan with Piper taking over Hennan’s spot and Bobby desperately trying to get it back.  You had the famous Rude incident and ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – January 29th, 1994

January 29, 1994 From the Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium in Fayetteville, NC Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane The show starts off with Vince narrating a bunch of still photos of the Royal Rumble as he talks about the two co-winners of the match. We now go to WWF President Jack Tunney in ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 06/02/2009 #156

“Sometimes there’s days you never forget! And one of those days is this Sunday with Extreme Rules!” Mark Henry vs. Evan Bourne Rematch from last week’s upset. Henry clubs away as Striker compares Evan to Finding Nemo because there’s not much else to say when Henry’s plodding away. Evan avoids a walking splash, gets a ... Read more

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Evolve 131 (Tenth Anniversary Special)

Evolve 10th Anniversary Date: July 13, 2019 Location: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Commentator: Lenny Leonard This one is interesting for a lot of reasons, starting with the fact that it is WWE’s first official head to head competition against AEW, which is running Fight For The Fallen at the same time. Evolve is an indy ... Read more

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Fight For The Fallen

Fight For The Fallen Date: July 13, 2019 Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Alex Marvez, Jim Ross, Excalibur The shows are starting to pick up the pace around here and that could be a good thing. What matters here is figuring out what works and what doesn’t work before the big TV launch in ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Fight for the Fallen–07.13.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Fight for the Fallen – 07.13.19 Live from Jacksonville, FL Your hosts are Excalibur & Alex Marvez & Jim Ross “The Librarian” Peter Avalon v. Sonny Kiss The outdoor arena set up is very cool looking and different to say the least, as they use the amphitheater portion of the ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 10, 2005

Smackdown Date: February 10, 2005 Location: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan Attendance: 18,757 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re over in Japan for the first time in Smackdown history and it’s tournament time. With less than two weeks to go before No Way Out, we need a #1 contender for Wrestlemania so it’s time for a ... Read more

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Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting for the Fallen!

OK, we’ve got a PACKED night ahead of us, so hopefully has their pizza and beverage of choice ready. AEW Fight for the Fallen starts about an hour from now, and you can watch internationally on FITE.TV, or in North America on B/R Live.  It’s free on Bleacher Report, but I like FITE’s interface better ... Read more

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Fwd: Obsessive Fan Alert: Best Matches of the Decade

Hey Scott, I went ahead and compiled all your best matches of the 2010s. By my count, you have 22 matches ranked at 5 stars or above (not counting Ospreay vs. WALTER and Punk vs. Bryan from OTE 2012, did you rank those 5 stars?) The full list is below, and I took a shot ... Read more

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FITE Plug

I know Fight for the Fallen is available free on B/R Live here in North America, but many people here are not North American and need to watch it through FITE.tv instead.  So if that’s you, and you want $10 off the show, just use my code and that’ll pretty much cover the cost. Get ... Read more

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Women’s Tag Titles

One of the most monumental flops in WWE history imo. More worthless than Mideon or Duggan literally digging up forgotten lowcard belts and suddenly defending them. What do you think? Given the buildup and launch, I agree.  Plus they shot themselves in the foot by talking up all their big plans for having them defended ... Read more

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Steamboat

Hey Scott, hope all is well with you. When Steamboat won the IC Title after WM 3, what was the plan?  I heard he wanted time off for the birth of his child and that why he dropped the title to the Honky Tonk Man. But, if he didn't take off, would Steamboat have kept ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – January 24th, 1994

January 24, 1994 From the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Ross   Lex Luger vs. Austin Steele Vince boasts how last week’s show was the top-rated cable show in the country. The announcers then talk about the ending of the Rumble and also the “supernatural” that Vince promises ... Read more

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Shelton Benjamin segments on Smackdown

What do you make of the strange Shelton Benjamin segments that have been airing on Smackdown the past 2 weeks, and more importantly, do you think they are actually leading to a sustained push?   I am definitely not watching Smackdown, but without even seeing the segments I can guarantee you that, no, 40-something Shelton Benjamin ... Read more

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Cut Russo off

Ideally, when would it have been the perfect time to stop Russo from writing for WWF? December 1998? Not much good came from him afterwards in my opinion, just rehashes and just more violent/sexist/edgy stories and angles covering up the lack of fresh ideas Creatively, yeah, definitely.  The problem is that all the stupid bullshit ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Great American Bash 86–07.05.86

The SmarK Rant for NWA Great American Bash 86 – 07.05.86 By popular demand! Taped from Charlotte, NC, drawing 23,000 to the Memorial Stadium, and yet somehow they managed to go out of business two years later. No commentary for the show, by the way, although it’s shot from multiple angles and professionally produced by ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Two (13/07/2019)

Hello You! We’re back to the world of G1 with some B Block Action! Just regards the last review, I know some were unhappy that I didn’t include the tag matches. This was mainly down to me actually missing the first half of the show due to working on something else. I’ll be including the ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

And WHAT a Saturday we’ve got lined up!  G1 action on AXS/New Japan World!  AEW presents Fight for the Fallen tonight live and for free on B/R Live!  And WWE counters with EVOLVE on the WWE Network at the same time, featuring Matt Riddle v. Drew Gulak.  I’m gonna try to do AEW live tonight ... Read more

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Pro Wrestling EVE – The Kris Wolf Retirement Show

Howdy! Alright, before we start this thing….. Fairest of warnings – this is a ‘review’ of the EVE Kris Wolf Retirement show. I want to stress up front that it is just tangentially a review of an actual wrestling show, since there’s very little traditional wrestling on it. Also, I swear a lot in this ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 12, 2019

We made it! Impact has the fallout from Slammiversary tonight… assuming anyone watches Impact. Tonight’s ESPN game is New England facing DC United. ESPN2 has the Phoenix Mercury against the Connecticut Sun.  ESPNU?  They have some NBA Summer League going on. Your Wimbledon finals are set: Serena Williams faces Simona Halep, while Novak Djokovic takes ... Read more

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

WCW Prime on August 7 had one new feature bout, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary. –Prime “MOOO” Match of the Week:  Kamala (w/Kevin Sullivan) (6-2) pins Frankie Lancaster after a splash at 2:26: WCW Prime continues to use squashes as feature matches.  Sullivan hits Lancaster with Kamala’s mask when he is thrown ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Thunder Queen Battle

THUNDER QUEEN BATTLE: AJA KONG, KYOKO INOUE, TAKAKO INOUE & SAKIE HASEGAWA (AJW) vs. DYNAMITE KANSAI, MAYUMI OZAKI, CUTIE SUZUKI & HIKARI FUKUOKA (JWP): (31.07.1993) * I remember hearing about this match, or another with the same rules, years ago, and I totally fell in love with the idea. It’s basically an “Iron Man Tag” ... Read more

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Next Rollins feud

Scott, Assuming we get through Extreme Rules without Corbin becoming Universal Breadstick Champion of the Cosmos, Rollins will need a new challenger – so would it liven things up at least a little bit if as he and Lynch are celebrating, Orton comes in and RKOs Lynch and then escapes? We go off the air ... Read more

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WWF heel champions

Hey Scott, From 1978 to 1992, no heel was WWF champion for any longer than a nominal transitional period (eg Koloff, Sheik). Purely from a business standpoint, is there any heel over that period who you think would have drawn big money as a long-term champion? Yes, Superstar Billy Graham, and in fact he WAS ... Read more

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Shane Douglas’s WWF run

Why was Shane Douglas's run in the WWF in the mid 1990's so short?  I remember hearing at the time that he got into it with the Kliq behind the scenes.  Was that the reason he ended up leaving, or was it something else?   Yes, that was 100% the reason. 

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TNA Invasion

Hi Scott, In case you wondered which idiot yes-man was pushing to bring in Bischoff, this is a line from a recent observer: "(Bruce) Prichard will be the one who acclimates Bischoff and is believed to be the person who pushed hardest for Bischoff." With Jarrett and Prichard already there, and Bischoff on his way, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.06.95

(I did the two new Hidden Gem additions and then kind of ran out of ideas for other stuff to review, so you get this instead.  That’s the way it goes sometimes.)  The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.06.95 Taped from Macon, GA. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Cornette. The British ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: July 11, 2019

Free Slurpees, whooooo! One baseball game tonight and it’s Astros/Rangers. Wimbledon’s Ladies Singles final is set: Simona Halep vs Serena Williams.  I like this matchup. For the record, I’m putting this in the queue early because we’re anticipating flood conditions in this part of America. But that’s depressing — let’s check out some good stuff ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 23rd, 1994

January 23, 1994 Todd Pettengill is the host and he is hosting from his own living room. This edition of Challenge aired in markets that did not show the Rumble on 1/22. The matches are all from the Augusta, ME taping with Jim Ross & Gorilla Monsoon on commentary.   Shawn Michaels w/ Diesel vs. ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Clash of the Champions XXXI

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Daytona Beach, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Sting & Road Warrior Hawk (1-0) defeat Meng & Kurasawa (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (1-0) when Hawk pins Kurasawa after a Doomsday Device at 7:24: Kurasawa’s backstory is revealed in Michael Buffer’s introduction, heralded as a bodyguard ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–07.18.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 07.18.99 Well, I’m down to the last couple of episodes, so we might as well just get through these in case they decide to torture me further by adding more of them. And hey, should you want to document my torture, I’d like to remind you ... Read more

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Extreme Rules

Hey Scott, what do you think of the card for Extreme Rules? I know the Main Event is lame, but, I think Cesaro vs Black has potential. Joe vs Kingston can be good. Uso's vs Revival, and Balor vs Nakamura could be quite good. I haven't had any interest in a WWE card in awhile. ... Read more

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Gedo

Hi Scott, Was watching the '95 Super J Cup tonight (great show for those who haven't seen it), and I was reminded of your burning-white-hot hatred of Gedo during your review of the show. Obviously, he went on to have a notable career inside the ring and a tremendous career behind the scenes as NJPW's ... Read more

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About Summerslam ’99

I know you've probably answered this a hundred times, and we'll probably never know the real truth, but… Just what was D'Lo forcing Mark to eat to get him to turn like that?! I mean, it's not like diet and exercise is foreign for an Olympian! But seriously, why did they even put Chyna as ... Read more

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WWF 1994 Royal Rumble

January 22, 1994 From the Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Ted DiBiase   The hosts run down the show with DiBiase referencing the huge contract John Madden signed with Fox and how he is more or less the WWF’s version of Madden. But wealthier.   Tatanka vs. Bam ... Read more

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