Pretty underwhelming lineup for the next NXT special event, I have to say. Especially the tag title match that will inevitably pay off the Ascension story and send them to the main roster. Plus I was thinking the Women's title was going in a different direction, too. Eh, you win some and lose some, I guess.
So TNA is near the end, the WWE Network cost more people their jobs this week than Russo did, yet somehow through all the despair there's been more great wrestling than almost any other week in history. I may be in the minority but I couldn't care less if TNA and/or the Network disappeared completely. There's too much great wrestling to be seen as it is, and not enough hours in the day. So move aside Menagerie, move aside Total Divas marathon, it's time for the good shit. The main event from the PPV earlier today (7/31/14), Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii~!
Wrestling Date: July 31, 2014 Location: Manhattan
Center, New York City, New York Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz Reviewed by Tommy Hall
It's Destination X,
meaning for one night a year, the X Division actually matters. In
this case we have another Option C, as Austin Aries has cashed in his
X-Division Title for a World Title shot. Also, we have the reunited
Hardy Boys challenging the Wolves for the World Tag Team Titles which
should be awesome. Let's get to it.
This may have been addressed before, but what the heck. For the last couple of years on the BOD, and most other wrestling sites for that matter, the prospect of Cena/Taker at WM was bandied about once the road to wrestlemania began to coalesce. Obviously, between the streak ending and Taker appearing to be finished, it's never going to happen. Question is, in which year do you think it would have made the most sense to do it, do you think it would have lived up to the hype, and would you have had Cena end the streak. Cheers THE STREAK IS NEVER GOING TO ... oh, wait, never mind. I think the second Cena-Rock match should have been Cena-Undertaker, personally. Would have been the perfect way to cap off Cena's Worst Year Ever redemption arc where he has to do the one thing no one else can in order to come all the way back from the depths of losing to Brock Lesnar (assuming he had lost to Brock, of course). And yes, I would have had him break the streak there knowing that Ta…
Hey Scott, Do you think they should leave PPV altogether after SummerSlam and go "all in" with the Network? According to the conference call they're not even considering PPV revenue in 2015 in their projections. From a personal perspective, absolutely. If they're not counting on getting PPV money anymore, then might as well just commit and be done with it, plus now I'm used to getting the PPVs for free and having them available on-demand. There was never any advantage to me having to pay $60 for the show and then not have a copy for later. Also, on a related note, the more we learn about this Rogers deal for the Network in Canada, the angrier I get about it. What a bunch of fucking bullshit, as it won't be available west of Ontario (because I GUARANTEE that Bell, for example, isn't going to play ball with Rogers on this because they're more interested in keeping TSN exclusive to THEIR app) and it'll just be the live stream. Shit like this is w…
The wording of the press release makes it sound like it's exclusively a cable system deal like 24/7 was, in which case I can't see it doing any better. If it's not the current OVER THE TOP Roku setup, then fuck that and I'll just continue being a citizen of Fayetteville, LA. The likelihood of non-Rogers cable systems picking this up after the failure of 24/7 seems low, too. Plus it's a dollar more. Unimpressed.
Today’s Question: If this is indeed the end of TNA,
what will be the first thing you associate with the company?
My answer is a really bizarre one, but one I’ve never been
able to shake. I’ll tackle that, plus all your answers tomorrow. If you want to
skip yesterday’s discussion about your late night snacking habits, then please
scroll right to the end and get started.
Word is starting to trickle out on Twitter... I will try to update this post with the news as it comes out.
- Subscriber numbers at 700,000 at end of Q2 (6/30)
- Loss of $14.5M for Q2
- New offer: $19.99 if you want to just sign up for the month
- WWE Network coming to Canada, Australia, NZ, Spain and a lot more countries on 8/12
- WWE Network coming to UK in October
- WWE announced 10 year deal with Rogers for Raw & SD
That new offer makes sense to me, you can grab the people that just want to sign up to see a specific special event and gives a break to those that commit.
Let’s talk about….TNA
I keep odd hours.
It drives my wife nuts, since she’s more of a 9-5 type
person. I, on the other hand, am not – I work nights, sometimes past midnight
organizing comics and such. I tend to sleep from about 6 AM until 1 PM, and
start my day from there.
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.21.94 Taped from the Fernwood Country Club in Bushkill yet again. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Cornette and the worst green screen intro ever. An HDTV is not kind to this sort of thing.
Monday Nitro #179 Date: March 8, 1999 Location: Centrum,
Worcester, Massachusetts Attendance: 10,856 Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Tony Schaivone, Bobby Heenan, Larry Zbyszko Reviewed by Tommy Hall We had to get to this
one eventually. I've heard warnings about this show for a long time
now and even though I've seen it more than once before, the idea that
this was allowed to make air still baffles me. It's the go home
Nitro before Uncensored, meaning this is the big show to get people
to buy the pay per view. Let's get to it.
In this episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Justin and Scott welcome back Kevin Kelly to discuss the second half of 2002 in WWE. The boys talk about Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Katie Vick, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan and much, much more. Kevin also talks about the rumors surrounding TNA as well as the impending WWE Network subscriber announcement.
So fire up this action-packed episode and join Scott, Justin and Kevin because it is time for another edition of the PTB Podcast! http://placetobenation.com/place-to-be-podcast-episode-324-wwe-2002-w-kevin-kelly-part-two/
Reasoning sounds good to me. Although if they do announce 750,000 tomorrow, there's gonna be way more than 10% of the office staff fired, I'd bet. If they were anywhere near 1,000,000 they would have already been shouting it from the rooftops instead of practically going on TV and begging people to subscribe. On the other hand, at least they're not TNA.
Hi Scott, you've always been so kind about plugging my work in the past, and I was wondering if you would be so kind as to plug my latest venture - an e-book with reviews of the first year of shows from Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE. This is content that can't be found anywhere else, so any help in getting the word out would be greatly appreciated. The book can be purchased here - http://amzn.to/1uHfPNT. Thanks!
Hi Scott, If you had to cut 10% of the Superstar roster tomorrow as part of the rumoured major cuts company wide, who would you let go? By rough count there are 91 Superstars listed on the WWE website, and this does not include the NXT roster from the looks it, so that would be 9 releases. Cheers,AZ
Cameron, Eva Marie, Adam Rose, Alex Riley, Jason Albert, Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga (doesn't need the gig anyway), Great Khali, Hunico, Rey Mysterio (like, come on, enough already), Rosa Mendes, Tom Phillips/Byron Saxton/Scott Stamford (basically the same person). That's 14 and I guarantee no one will even notice any of them are gone. For sure NXT doesn't need an announce team beyond Renee Young and William Regal and we sure as shit don't need to pay Alex Riley to give his "expert" opinion between PPV matches. If you want to wittle it down to 9, then keep Rose and Del Rio around for the midcard and let two of the announcers stay on just in case. Really, they …
Tonight on the WWE Network: 8:00 ET brings us Best of RAW. Tonight's episode is from 8/11/97, which features a main event of Mankind vs. Shawn Michaels, the return of Rick Rude and the planting of the seed for the formation of D-X. That will be followed by Best of Smackdown at 9:30 ET. This has the Eddie Guerrero-John Cena parking lot brawl. So if you want to see heel Cena, tune in to this. Also, Vince makes Stephanie vs. Brock Lesnar for the main event.
Bring all your Wednesday night madness to this thread. Mid-week shenanigans are the BEST!!
Possibly a sign of what's to come with all of the rumored budget cuts (NXT talent getting axed) although he did get replaced by Sin Cara as Kalisto's teammate in NXT and has been floundering since breaking away from Alberto Del Rio
Tomorrow, the WWE will announce the Network subscription numbers. For this occasion, I thought that I would hold a little contest. The person who is closest to guessing the exact total subscriber amount without going over will win the contest. The winner will get to select the shoot interview that I will review on August 14th (next week I will be recapping the 1992 WWE Timeline with Bret Hart) and will also get my copy of interview as well along with some other random wrestling stuff. To make your prediction, just post it in the comments section by 9am EST tomorrow. And just for the fun of it, here is my prediction: 697,000
To note, on April 7th, the company announced that they had 667,287 subscribers.
Off topic Wednesday! Today’s Question:What’s your go-to food late
at night when you’re starved and need something fast?
We’ll take a closer look at that and our waistlines
tomorrow. If you want to see what we talked about Monday, stay tuned –
otherwise skip to the head to start right away.
A Miz TV segment with Bo Dallas as the guest was planned for RAW but scrapped at the last minute. There was talk of having a three-way match for the Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam between Dallas, Ziggler, and the Miz as well.
Not much of an update today. Last night's episodes of Main Event and Wrestlemania Rewind are there for viewing. In the RAW Replays section, we have another Attitude Era episode, from 5/4/98. This is the episode with Mick Foley facing Terry Funk in a Falls Count Anywhere match, and at the conclusion, Vince appears to name Dude Love #1 contender to Steve Austin for Over the Edge '98. Also featured is new Nation member Owen Hart teaming with The Rock, and LOD 2000 and The DOA teaming against D-X.
While revisiting the Mega Powers angle in your SNME re-rants, where you would rank that in the "best angles ever" debate. It started in October 87 on SNME and if you end it at WM5 it's till nearly a year and a half of perfect slow burn. It elevated Savage to full time main eventer forever and drew shit loads of money. I'm born in 82 and grew up a WWF fan. For my money, that was the best ever. Austin/Hart Foundation 97, Austin/McMahon 98, and the NWO are up there too in my opinion.
Certainly it was the biggest money drawing angle ever for a single match. Creatively as well I'd have no problem putting it up there. It was the kind of year long planning they just don't do anymore.
a nod to the signing of Prince Devitt, let's take a look back at a couple
of his finer moments as the leader of Bullet Club. He was always great between the ropes, but when he turned on The Funky
Weapon at Invasion Attack 2013, went full blown heel and formed the best stable in years, he
elevated himself to a rare level.
OH MY GOD. How perfect is this? Sadly, not part of a real movie yet, but all they need is floating yellow captions randomly popping up and it’s 100% perfect to what I would have pictured in the movie version of Deadpool. Only real problem being that Ryan Reynolds might not like being basically anonymous through the whole thing, but they nailed it with this regardless
I actually kinda liked it. Cena was limited to the opening and had a decent match with Cesaro, Orton and Reigns is tempered in bad blood and the Bella/Steph thing FINALLY took off after 736 handicap matches.
Tonight, on the WWE Network, at 8:00 ET it's Main Event live with Dean Ambrose taking on Alberto Del Rio; at 9:00 ET it's Wrestlemania Rewind which spotlights the Triangle Ladder Match from Wrestlemania XVI (otherwise known as WM2000); and at 10:00 ET it's WWE Countdown, which is a repeat of the top ten finishing moves episode.
Full schedule in MLB, or just post some random stuff. We don't judge here at the BoD.
I just had to include this as the Promo of the Day. Bet Savage didn't need much in the way of scripting to accuse Hogan of lusting after Elizabeth before blindsiding him with the belt. Fan-fucking-tastic.
The SmarK Retro Rant for The Main Event #2 - February 1989 - Live and in prime time from Milwaukee, WI. - Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura. (Our cable was out at the time and I was freaking out, so we had to watch this one at my grandma’s house, but the main angle was so upsetting to her that she had to leave the room because it was all so unfair to Hulk Hogan. That’s how you know it was effective.)
The SmarK Retro Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event #19 - January 1989 - #18 wasn't on the list of stuff, which means that I've done it somewhere before. It didn't sound familiar to me -- Ultimate Warrior v. Super Ninja? -- but at this point my fans know better than I do what I've covered and what I haven't anyway. Again, if you're enjoying these SNME rants, check out www.gamshowutopia.net, because it needs the traffic and stuff. (Not anymore, apparently.) - I'd also like to note before we begin that today, Feb. 25, marks my first wedding anniversary, although I can only hope to achieve the kind of long-term wedded bliss of Britney and K-Fed. (Ninth anniversary was this year!) - Taped from Tampa, FL. - Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura.
by Logan Scisco
narrates a video package that recaps last night’s Fully Loaded pay-per-view.
-Jim Ross and Jerry
“The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from Anaheim, California. One of the best signs, in a sea of them, is
one that reads “Bret Hart = Work” near the front row.
Backstage Heat on Randy Orton
During house show matches against Roman Reigns this weekend, Randy Orton took some heat from members of the locker room for wrestling a "crowd killing" style in the ring. Further more, several guys in the WWE are thinking that Orton is slowing down Reigns' progress to the top as payoffs are down and the days of Cena as the top face are dwindling.
TMZ Report of Spike TV Cancelling TNA False?
PWInsider.com reports that the contacted Viacom, the parent company of Spike TV, for a comment about the TMZ story, and were told that they do not comment on ongoing negotiations, per company policy.
What's up, Scott? Great job with the BoD, as always. As a longtime reader (dating back to the Netcop days), I love what you've done re: diversifying the content and the contributing writers (....missives that no doubt relieve stress from your shoulders). Your rants are still a must-read in any case, though. You've helped me out in the past with a couple of on-site plugs, and was wondering if I could go to you for what could be a VERY location-specific plug. I'm based in Pittsburgh, PA, and in addition to the Major League Baseball team (the Pittsburgh Pirates), we also have an independent minor league team baseball about 30 minutes south of Downtown Pittsburgh.....The Washington Wild Things....home games in Consol Energy Park in Washington, PA). This Friday (8/1), a good buddy of mine who owns a remodeling company, SDC Remodeling, is sponsoring an event at the Wild Things game featuring former ROH champ (and SDC Spokesman) Adam Cole. Game time is 7 PM EST....Adam will…
From the PPV earlier today. A rematch of Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito, the IWGP World Title match at Wrestle Kingdom earlier this year (the world's biggest wrestling show not named Wrestlemania). The rematch here is even better, as they skip right past the feeling out process and Okada's already drop kicking bitches off the top rope 3 minutes in. The post match is an incredible moment as well, with the crowd losing their fucking minds as if Elvis was in his prime or something. When broads start crying because you've touched them, you're over. This was one for the ages, July 28th 2014~!
"The Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada vs. "Stardust Genius" Tetsuya Naito (7/28/14)
So after double-checking with Cox, I got informed (in a call back I just made) that a car crash took out their wires and they have crews working on it right now. But they think it won't be ready until tomorrow morning. Darn.
So... this is where you come in. Your choice, do I:
* Do this rant when the re-air comes on Saturday night, or
* Do a retro rant to make up for it?
In the meantime, I'm going to send a nasty letter to the cable company.
Most of you will discuss TNA and that's cool. I have little to add because I don't really watch the product but I always believed that the longer TNA stayed on air the better chance they would have of finding the right niche. That being said if they are truly being removed from television because Dixie Carter HAD to keep Vince Russo on payroll that's extremely sad and ignorant on her part.
What did get my wheels spinning while hanging out in last night's open thread and watching the Savage-Warrior match from Summerslam 1992 and pondering what would have happened if the Warrior turned heel, won the strap and aligned himself with Perfect & Flair (as rumored by various people).
First thought is...awesome...Warrior/Perfect/Flair faction in 1992 is pretty crazy to think about. Second is this version of Warrior would have been a new thing for the WWF at the time -- an unstoppable monster heel as champion. A guy that had been booked from the beginni…
Today’s Question:What’s the best promo you
If you want to skip yesterday’s discussion and start right
away, scroll to the end or hit “Comments”. Otherwise please stick around to
talk about your own personal bizarro world.
a rematch of the World Title match from the Tokyo Dome this year,
also a rematch of the classic World Title match from 3/4/12 that hooked
me on this promotion for good.
Nakamura/Honma.. can the ultimate
underdog finally pull out a win, against the King of Strong Style no
less? Crowd is going to be rabid for a Honma
victory, despite taking on the most popular guy in the company.
not a match you would pencil in as a MOTYC, but Fale has proven his
worth this year. He's wrestling the modern day HBK, the guy that has me
convinced that Fritz had an illegitimate child in Japan back in '76, who grew
up to have the discipline that Kerry didn't.
Styles/Goto.. a match I circled
immediately when the blocks were announced. This should steal the show.
Styles has been a complete beast so far, and Goto is a top-of-the-line
MOTY-caliber guy. If this isn't the best match …
Figured I should bang this one out ASAP before anything else crazy happens tonight. I imagine I'll need to write something up when the Network numbers are released on Friday as well, but one crisis at a time. Apologies for any errors in the timelines or major omissions and such, it's late and I wanted to make sure I hit the big points while the iron was hot.
Wrestlezone.com just broke a report stating they have confirmed through multiple sources that Spike TV does not want to renew Impact. Nothing is official yet but without a TV deal, Impact will be cancelled
Hey Scott, long time follower, first time sender. I was wondering if you would showcase this currently selling "Welcome to the BoD" T-Shirt based on the poster Abeyance1.http://teespring.com/WelcomeBoD Thanks a lot and keep up the good work. Sure, although it kind of loses something without the proper capitalization on the shirt.
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma, from yesterday's fantastic G1 Climax Day 4 PPV. I know I'll catch some heat for not going with Tanahashi/Shibata. That was a masterpiece. However, if I'm only allowed to watch ONE match back from the tournament so far, it's gotta be this one. A rematch of their brutal MOTYC in early May. This one is only 12 minutes and it flies right by. I'd have to say Styles has been the star of the tournament so far, but this is your classic war of attrition.
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event - November 26 1988 - Are you KIDDING me? They just happen to show the one SNME that I don't have a copy of and have never reviewed? (Unfortunately they aired probably the worst one of all time.) Seriously, this channel is like Christmas every single day. - Taped from Sacramento, CA. - Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.
Hi Scott, Hope all is well. With the recent uploads of SNME to the network, I noticed something strange. Why on earth, during the awesome March 14, 1987 episode, did they NOT promote WrestleMania 3 at all?? It was network tv and the words Wrestlemania were never uttered. They mentioned things like "Piper is soon retiring," and "one day Hogan will meet Andre one-on-one soon" but they never mentioned the biggest event ever less than two weeks from the air date. I know they taped the show in late-February, but post-production would add all the details. Did NBC not want them promoting outside ppv ventures? Could be. You also have to keep in mind that PPV was a very different animal at that point, too, with much of the business being closed circuit airings rather than the limited in-home PPV that we think of today. NBC might have considered it competition to their Sunday night schedule? That being said, Wrestlemania III still did a 10% buyrate out of the limited univ…
I reviewed this show last night but today is the 12th Anniversary of the first ever Ring of Honor Champion was crowned. Here is the sixty minute Iron Man Match between Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Spanky vs. Doug Williams
Today’s Question:If you could change one
match result from wrestling history, which would it be, and why?
We’ll get into the nitty gritty of that tomorrow. Start the
discussion right away by scrolling to the end of this. Otherwise, stick around
to talk about the ladies.
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.14.94 Taped from Bushkill, PA. The crowd on the hard camera side is already thinning out severely in week 2 of the tapings. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Ted Dibiase
WWE in a nutshell: at Wrestlemania Cesaro gets a big moment where he turns on Swagger, and Zeb and WINS the Andre Battle Royal. He becomes a Heyman guy, gets a new nickname, and has the most over move on the roster. So when Bryan went down they started jobbing him, he stopping doing the swing, suddenly drops Heyman and now he's getting eliminated from Battle Royals by Heath F'n Slater!!! Now the reports are Cesaro was told to stop doing the swing because "It got too over"!?!? This is the same company that says no one gets over and runs back to Cena and Orton. Why do they keep sabotaging their own guys? Zack Ryder got over. Destroyed. Cesaro gets over, told to stop. Bray got over, Cena cut his balls off. The only reason Cena and Batista got their runs is because they got over and Vince ran with them. What is wrong with this stupid company?
You know man, there's a reason why I have more fun watching old SNMEs from 1987 and RAW from 94. I was deeply in…
Thunder Date: March 4, 1999 Location: Lawrence Joel
Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Attendance: 4,198 Commentators: Mike
Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan Reviewed by Tommy Hall We're coming off a good
Nitro (I'm as shocked as you are) and have ten days before
Uncensored. The main stories seem to be a bunch of rematches from
SuperBrawl, which isn't the worst idea as the matches weren't bad but
the decisions were all wrong. Hopefully things are a bit better this
time, though granted that would only make the show horrible. Let's
get to it.
The spambots are getting completely out of hand lately, so I changed the Disqus settings to "verified e-mail only" which should hopefully curtail it. This also means that you need be a verified user and not a joke poster with a fake address, but then that's no big loss either. We'll see how this goes.
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for AWA SuperClash '85 (September 28 1985) (As per the Flair v. Magnum discussion in the previous question, here’s the one major show where the did face off in ‘85, reposted for fun.) - For some reason the full show didn't appear on Sasktel until yesterday's update, so I've been holding off until now. But I've been dying to see the full show for years now, so this is continued evidence of the awesomeness of the people who program this channel. The concept is that all the major non-WWF promotions are working together to beat the WWF, but since they can't agree on ordering a cup of coffee, let alone running a show, things don't work out. But it was quite the attempt. The most awesome story I've heard about this mess is that David Crockett, acting as the agent for the NWA, spent most of the time signing up AWA stars for his brother. Now those are some balls. - Taped from Chicago, IL, in the sadly empty baseball stadium. It drew about 2…
Putting '85 WCW TV up against anything from today is like bringing a sledgehammer to a water balloon fight. Was there any more awesome promo than Flair at this point? He gives off both the aura of a mega-star World champion and also an empty braggart. And Flair/Magnum totally happened, but not at Starrcade or anything. They had a pretty good match on the NWA/AWA joint card and a few house show matches.
Today’s Question:What’s the best women’s
match you’ve ever seen?
My wife knows the divas as “nacho break”, but that hasn’t
always been the case. We’ll talk all about this further tomorrow. Start by
scrolling ahead or clicking Comments, otherwise stay tuned for talk about your
Vault > Legends of Wrestling
> 2009 - Southern Wrestling - 12/1/09
In Ring > RAW Replays
> 1995 - Episode 115 - 6/12/95
Episode 116 - 6/19/95
Episode 117 - 6/26/95
Episode 118 - 7/3/95
> 2002 - Episode 461 - 3/25/02
The episode of Legends of Wrestling is the final episode to be uploaded. The RAW episodes are pre- and post-KOTR '95 and include appearances by Techo Team 2000 and the rare WWF appearance by Scotty Riggs as a Luger flag-bearer. The 2002 episode of RAW is the first-ever draft.
I'm watching the SNME where Savage turns on Hogan and FUCK was that a great angle so fun to relive. Has anyone noted how much face Hercules resembled Eugene? All he needs is the jacket. So just to totally no-sell this question and talk about what I want instead, I thought Hercules was pretty great for a mindless summer popcorn movie. It was a little draggy in the middle with the sword-and-sandal troop-training stuff, but by the time he was punching wolves IN THE FACE and being awesome it really picked up and nailed the landing. But then I'm of course slightly biased towards the Rock. I'd call it a worthwhile evening at the cinema.
Smackdown Date: July 25, 2014 Location: Orlando Amway
Arena, Orlando, Florida Commentators:
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield Reviewed by Tommy Hall We're done with
Battleground and heading towards Summerslam with the announced main
event of Brock Lesnar challenging John Cena for the WWE Title. Other
than that the big story seems to be Reigns vs. Orton which would be
Reigns' first big solo match on the grand stage. A win over a former
World Champion at Summerslam will be nothing but good for him. Let's
get to it.
Night 4 of the G1 tonight with Ishii/Honma, Styles/Naito, Okada/Anderson
and Tanahashi/Shibata as the big matches to look for. Pretty standard
affair for their third show last night with a good Tanahashi/Kojima
match, and a great Okada/Makabe main event. We finished the night with
Tanahashi, Okada, Goto & Shelton X Benjamin all going 3-0 so far.
However the match getting buzz from the WON today is the BJW
Sekimoto/Shinobu main event from 6/30 that I was pimpin' in the comments
here a couple weeks ago.
This is the BEST Big Man vs. Little
Man dichotomy I may have ever seen, because goddamn Shinobu's offense is
so friggin' believable here. And Sekimoto is in his usual
award-winning, mid-season form. This is in ever way possible a classic.
No back story needed, you either root for the little dude or the big
dude, because they represent your position in life and what you believe
in. That's what's great about wrestling when it's done right, you can…
Hi Scott, I've been watching a lot of 2001 lately and seem to have a gap in my memory... I remember Shane O being the one to purchase WCW, beating Vince at Mania & then continuing on to the great match with Kurt Angle at KOTR. All of this was as a FACE. My question is: when did Shane turn heel? It seemed that he/WCW were the faces to start with but obviously when the Invasion really kicked off they were all heels; please jog my memory! It was pretty quick after KOTR when they did the Alliance angle to turn everyone heel, so your timeline is correct. It's kind of crazy how momentous a swing happened in ONE SHOW. It literally was months of storyline twists crammed into a single RAW. The disastrous Tacoma RAW was July 2, and then the crazy Atlanta RAW was July 9. And they managed to do one of the biggest buyrates of the modern era with only 2 weeks build based off that, which still blows my mind.
Waiting for the Trade Beyondby Dwayne McDuffie
& Scott Kolins collects Beyond #1 – 6
Why I Bought This: I
love Secret Wars and this is a
revisiting of that concept with the added bonus of being published as part of
the aftermath of Annihilation; one of
the biggest high points in recent comics and the history of cosmic Marvel.
The Plot: A group
of (D-list) heroes and villains are whisked off to an alien planet by the
Beyonder and told to fight to the death.
Spoilers follow after the break. I will advise there are
some fun plot twists in this story and you can buy this trade for pennies on
Amazon if you want to read it for yourself first.
Today’s Question:What’s your favorite piece
of wrestling memorabilia that you own?
I’m looking forward to your answer to this. If you want to
start the discussion, scroll to the end or hit “comments”. Otherwise, stay here
for all your CM Punk discussion from yesterday.
In our last episode, "The Fat Twin", all the Divas set women back at least 70 years by focusing way too much on their boobs at the expense of thinking of themselves and other women as whole individuals.
WWE Not Going After Archived Video Content on YouTube
The reason that the WWE is not going after this footage is part of a strategic decision. The strategy is that if the videos remain on YouTube, there is a better chance to get people hooked on the product and that it will be more beneficial in the long-term as fans who get exposed to the product that way will spend more money.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Rey Mysterio Update
Mysterio is still under contract with the WWE. However, there is no set date for his return and there is a question if he will ever return to the company. Also, it has been reported that Mysterio has stopped cashing his checks that the WWE has been sending him. Mysterio's contract was renewed for another year based off of the idea that he owed them time that he missed due to injury, which is part of the standard wrestling contract that everyone signs.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
(Damn Andy Goss, stealing my thunder again…) - Live from Nashville, TN - March 12/ 88
- Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.
- We of course discuss the Hogan/Andre/evil referees controversy first. Funny story about that situation: I was watching some of those old Superstars shows from Feb / 88, and they did an angle whereby every time Jesse Ventura would start to talk about the Main Event, Vince would have the truck bleep out his entire diatribe, by order of Jack Tunney. 13 years ago, I of course had no clue why they were doing that, but now I realize that obviously those shows were from the taping cycle BEFORE the Main Event was shot, but aired AFTER it showed on NBC. And since Vince was like Howard Hughes with all the paranoia about anyone possibly leaking the Mystery Finish, he obviously didn't want to tell Jesse anything in advance and thus came up with the censorship angle to hedge his bets.
Wrestling Date: July 24, 2014 Location: Manhattan
Center, New York City, New York Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz Reviewed by Tommy Hall It's
the second show in New York and the main story is whether or not
Austin Aries is going to cash in the X-Division Title for a shot at
the World Title next week. Does TNA think that the fans believe he
might keep the midcard title instead of going after the big one using
an idea he created? Other than that I'm sure Bully will be chasing
Dixie around the arena with a table in hand again. Let's get to it.
July 24, 2014 Location:
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators:
Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Alex Riley Reviewed by Tommy Hall As
usual with NXT, there are a few matches already set for this week.
Tonight we're getting Summer Rae vs. Charlotte for the Women's Title
to likely blow off the BFFs once and for all as well as Kalisto
finding a partner to help him fight off the Vaudevillains. That's
one of the things I like best about NXT: they don't have to start
from scratch every week and it saves them so much time. Let's get to
This week, I thought that I would choose four shoot interviews from guys who broke into the WWE this century to get a perspective of the locker room and culture of that time. Here are your four choices:
Team 3D & Tommy Dreamer vs. EC3 & Rhino & Rockstar Spud in a New York Street Fight
Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship
Bobby Roode vs. MVP in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
Plus, Austin Aries makes his decision on whether or not to exercise "Option C," The Great Muta makes his return to the USA, and will Matt Hardy accept his brother Jeff's invitation to appear on the show?
Now THIS is what I'm looking for in a DVD set these days. A whole bunch of rare TV matches and dream matches like Luger & Sting v. Hogan & Savage and Sting & Warrior v. Bret & Hogan that may not be any good but have the "Wow, when did THAT happen?" factor. Not to mention Sting/Muta matches I haven't seen and even a Sting/Vader I haven't seen! Well deserved slow clap for this one.
Hey so last Monday they officially announced Cena vs Lesnar. Now early reports rumored that Triple H would face Roman Reigns at Summerslam, however the ending to last Monday's RAW almost suggested that it would be Randy Orton facing Roman Reigns. Now they could do Orton vs Kane and still do the rumored match but if they don't my question to you is: When does Triple H insert himself into the Cena/Lesnar match as the special guest referee? Triple H making himself special referee at Summerslam is almost a tradition now.
Well, the logical progression is Reigns going over Orton at Summerslam and then moving onto the REAL feud with HHH at Night of Champions, unless they really want to stretch it out by doing shit finish at Summerslam / shit finish at NOC / Hell in the Cell at the PPV of the same name, and then move onto HHH at Survivor Series. Either way, the Orton -> HHH progression seems to make the most sense. And then HHH can make his life hell until he wins the Rumble …
Today’s Question:CM Punk stated he won’t be
back. What’s your favorite CM Punk moment? (And in the interest of varied discussion,
let’s exclude the Pipe Bomb and MITB match)
We’ll be hearing from ROH and WWE fans alike, I’m sure. Kick
it off now by heading to the bottom, or stick around to discuss yesterday’s
Credit Dave Meltzer, F4WOnline.com What Will Air During NBC's WrestleMania Special?
The show will air an edited version of the Austin, Rock, and Hogan promo, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt and Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter WWE Splitting up Rybaxel?
Although there is no timetable yet, the WWE is planning on splitting up the team in the near future.
http://rajah.com/node/42270 TNA Announces Three Re-Signings
John Gaburik announced via Twitter that the company has resigned Brooke Tessmacher, Seiya Sanada, and Samuel Shaw.
This is a follow-up to a discussion from the Wednesday Evening Thread concerning the DDT promotion, Dramatic Dream Team Wrestling. Some saying DDT's brand of comedy is akin to WWE's brand of comedy. Others choosing to differ based on DDT being up front, while WWE makes you think you're getting Rollins/Ambrose, instead filling the gap with Divas matches and lemon party references. Short story long, this was one of the highlights of the year right here, courtesy of DDT. The IronMan title is the modern day 24/7 Hardcore title, the old guy at the end is long-time ref Kyohei Wada, and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. The best part is the crowd cluing themselves into what's going on, halfway through the vid. Link below..
Let’s talk about….Battleground
Well, that happened.
I hesitate to label the internet wrestling community the ‘IWC’,
if for the simple fact that those initials have a negative connotation that is
unrivaled by most of the, shall we say, fringe groups on the internet. Yes, we
are all talking about wrestling on the internet, and sometimes the conversation
gets clichéd in ways that are depressingly familiar (‘Cena should turn heel‘ is
rapidly becoming the Windmill and the IWC becoming Don Quixote), but while we
are a collection of individual minds, I suppose that it seems reasonable to use
the shorthand when best applying broad strokes to the community et al.
On episode 14 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about Kevin Steen, Dean Ambrose, Rusev & Putin, KENTA, John Cena going Hollywood and much more.
Kevin is then joined by Danny Cage, owner of the world famous Monster Factory. Danny talks about how he took over the Factory, his recent graduate Steve Cutler that is currently in NXT, his current crop of trainees, his tenets for trainees to follow and much more. Kevin and Justin then discuss the World Cup of Greatest TV Characters, play a game of “Who Would You Take” and also chat NBA Free Agency, WWE Network and the always hot trending stories. The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 14 – Featuring Danny Cage
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 11.07.94 My friend sent me a Destiny beta code. No idea if it’s something I’ll care about, but yay for free stuff and yay for finally getting something interesting for my Xbox One! Live from Bushkill, PA. Is that literally a high school gym? Good lord. Your hosts are Vince McMahon and the empty hole in my soul once occupied by Randy Savage. Also, Jerry Lawler, beginning a run that would last for 20 years, give or take.