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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Night Ten Review

Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Night Ten Review 28 July 2018 Live from Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Aichi   You can read my preview of the entire tournament here. You can read my Night One review here. You can read my Night Two review here. You can read my Night Three review here. You can read my ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 31, 2018

Smackdown Date: July 31, 2018 Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton Most of the blue half of Summerslam is either set up or you can tell where things are going. We still need to get the confirmation of Miz vs. Daniel Bryan and some #1 contenders for the Bludgeon ... Read more

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Vince

I was reading an article on Vince McMahon about Vince being out of touch with the fan base. I feel that way, but, the articles title had one key word, acceptance. Has Vince sold out, because now he is feeling accepted and plays things safe to be part of the in crowd? Reading about his ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 26th, 1992

January 26, 1992 From the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers, FL Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Sid Justice, The Mountie, Virgil, and Irwin R. Schyster   Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Sgt. Slaughter vs. Pete Sanchez & Jim Cooper Gorilla tells Heenan to tone down his excitement ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 21, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Dalton, Georgia. –Non-Title Match:  Big Van Vader (United States Champion w/Harley Race) (1-0) beats J.R. Willett with a flapjack at 1:18: Vader is shown without the U.S. title because this match was taped before Starrcade and WCW did ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF WrestleMania IX

Live from Las Vegas, NV Airdate: April 4, 1993 Attendance:  15,045 (14,000 paid) Hosted by Jim Ross, “Macho Man” Randy Savage & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Will Bret retain the WWF title against Yokozuna? How will Hogan affect WrestleMania this year? How does this show compare to previous WrestleManias? Let’s find out! While wearing a ... Read more

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Good Volkoff match

What was Nikolai Volkoff's best match?  I only remember him from the WWF in the mid 80s. I honestly can't think of any specific "good" match he ever had.  Probably a tag match with him and Sheik against the Bulldogs in the 80s, but as a worker he was someone who worked a pretty specific ... Read more

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Braun Losing The MITB Briefcase?

I was watching Raw and realized they added the stipulation of "no matter how Braun loses, Owens wins the briefcase". Is it just me or could that stipulation mean they want to put the briefcase with Owens without having Braun job? From a character standpoint, it would make more sense that Owens would use Roman ... Read more

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Romans character is what’s wrong with society

It just hit me why Roman is so unlikable to most, he’s the absolute epitome of toxic masculinity. (The character, not the wrestler) The only time he shows emotion is if he’s angry or he’s cracking jokes. Never shows sadness and only shows humility when he’s the better man. Never learns from any of his ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – January 25th, 1992

January 25, 1992 From the Oceanfront Center in Daytona Beach, FL Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. We see Perfect gloating over the fact Flair is the new champion. This week, we will have a Royal Rumble report. Also in action are Sid Justice, Ted DiBiase, and Bret Hart.   New Foundation vs. ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 31, 2018

WWE.com Smackdown Preview https://ift.tt/2LI4j3G   Ronda Rousey to Make Her RAW Debut Next Week Rousey will face Alicia Fox https://ift.tt/2M25p6r   Young Bucks & Kota Ibushi vs. Rey Mysterio & Fenix & Bandido Announced for All In https://twitter.com/ALL_IN_2018/status/1023984289329946629

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.26.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 05.26.97 When we left things last week… https://ift.tt/2LJN91y Live from Evansville, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Ross Steve Austin joins us to start as Vince notes that “The more he cheats, the more people love him”, along with his reluctant tag partner Shawn ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 30, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: July 30, 2018 Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Jonathan Coachman You can tell it’s a big night around here as Brock Lesnar is actually gracing us with his presence for the first time in three months. Now a lot of people would find that to ... Read more

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New Site, Please Plug

Hi Scott, Over the past few months I've been putting together my first wrestling-related site. It's about my favourite WWF/WWE and WCW matches. You and the Blog of Doom have been a huge influence and inspiration for me. Throughout the process of building my site, it has really helped me to read your reviews and ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! After a tough Sunday for fans of pro wrestling maybe we can all look forward to RAW today (doubtful). For those stuck in a hole over the last 24 hours the wrestling community lost WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff, long time southern territory star Brickhouse Brown and WWF Attitude Era star ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax Review Night Nine

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Nine 27 July 2018 Live from Shizuoka, Act City, Hamamatsu You can read my preview of the entire tournament here. You can read my Night One review here. You can read my Night Two review here. You can read my Night Three review here. You can read my Night Four ... Read more

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Cody Rhodes Pays For Fan

Hi Scott If you have a look at Cody Rhodes twitter account, if you haven't already, it seems like a wrestling fan bought a ticket to an upcoming All In Wrestling show but then realised he couldn't afford to actually get there. Up steps Cody who has paid for this travel.  What a nice man.  ... Read more

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MLB Star?

Hi Scott  So, question for you.  August 11th 1953, Terry Eugene Bollea is born in Augusta, Georgia. As a kid, he starts playing Little League Baseball. He remains fit and well and attracts scouts from all over the country, as he gets older, he ends up in the Major Leagues and becomes a baseball star.  ... Read more

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WWF 1992 Royal Rumble

January 19, 1992 From the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   We have Vince doing a voice over for all 30 competitors. We see that Nikolai Volkoff and Haku have been added to the match, replacing Marty Jannetty and Brian Knobbs. Marty’s reason was storyline and Knobbs ... Read more

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No Austin after Owen

I’m sure you’ve addressed this before but what if the OwenDriver at SummerSlam 97 ended Austin’s career. That coupled with Bret leaving and HBK’s injury in January leave Vince with no top stars, and no uber babyfaces to feud with Mr McMahon… what was the backup plan? Was there a back up?  Does the company ... Read more

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The SmarK RAW Rant–10.26.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.26.98 Last week: Steve Austin held Vince McMahon hostage and left him with a mysterious letter in his pocket! Taped from Madison, WI Your hosts are JR & King Mr. Mahon gets wheeled out to start, and he not only holds Austin responsible for everything that happened last week, but ... Read more

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Mid South Wrestling – November 3rd, 1983

November 3, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts This week, Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart defend the Tag Team Titles against Jim Duggan & Dusty Rhodes. Also, Junkyard Dog vs. Bobby Duncum and more!   We are shown last week’s North American Heavyweight Title match where Junkyard Dog defeated Butch Reed to ... Read more

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Wrestling’s Darkest Day

Hey Scott,   All jokes aside with Volkoff, Brown, and Sexay all passing in one 24 hour period could this be wrestlings darkest day ever? I’m pretty sure the weekend where we lost Benoit, Nancy and Sherri Martel and nearly brought down the entire industry as a result was worse.  But yeah, this was a ... Read more

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A solution for Warrior’s lack of challengers in 90

Hey Scott, It comes up on the blog a lot that Warrior had no credible challengers.  Since Demolition was so massively over after WM6, do you think them turning on Warrior right after and laying him out, and then LOD debuting to save him could've led to a massive 6-Man at SummerSlam instead?  I know ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: July 29, 2018

Lazy Sunday, wake up in the late afternoon… Thanks to Scott for posting the morning thread and allowing me to see it, roll over, and go back to sleep.  Which I need after the NOVA Pro show blew the doors off the Elks Lodge.  On a side note, I’m sure being in the building for ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 19th, 1992

January 19, 1992 From the Corpus Christi Memorial Auditorium in Corpus Christi, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. We hear Heenan go nuts saying Flair will be the champion and promises us a surprise for this show. This week’s featured match is Randy Savage vs. Hercules. Also in action are Legion of ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–10.25.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 10.25.98 Taped from wherever they were for RAW last week. Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jim Cornette, as Shane mysteriously has the night off. WWF Light heavyweight title: Christian v. Brian Christopher Christopher gets a slam to start, but Christian takes him down with the ... Read more

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Saturday Night’s Alright

It’s the night thread! There’s UFC Fight Night on FOX and some baseball to watch.  Plus season six of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, which I started watching and it’s decidedly more unpleasant than the last few seasons as of the first episode. Welcome Lorcan Mullan to the blog, who will be covering ... Read more

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #1

Greeting grapple fans, and welcome to a new weekly recap for the latest TV wrestling show. One that has the potential to have the highest domestic viewing figures for a wrestling show in the world. In theory, anyway. It is a truth universally acknowledge that the UK wrestling scene has been going through a renaissance ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 26, 2004

Smackdown Date: February 26, 2018 Location: Kemper Arena, St. Louis, Missouri Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz So Kurt Angle is now full on heel again and that means Smackdown World Champion Eddie Guerrero is in real trouble. On top of that you can see most of the Wrestlemania card and that’s a good thing given how ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 15, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are the studio hosts for a special ninety minute episode. –Opening Contest:  Kevin Sullivan & the Butcher (w/Avalanche) defeat Mark Starr & Scott Studd when the Butcher makes Studd submit to a sleeper hold at 4:13: This bout is commentated by Gordon Solie  Dusty Rhodes, Larry Zbyszko and was taped ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – October 27th, 1983

October 27, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Bill Watts Pierce leads off the show by telling us that Watts came from the Board of Directors meeting in Tampa, FL and we will hear about a landmark decision during the show.   Pierce tells us about no other organization having the courage to regulate ... Read more

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Vince, WWE Stock and #MeToo

Hey Scott, Just curious what you thought about this. The pro wrestling industry as I understand It as a fan of 20-something years can be a pretty despicable place, fraught with sexual harassment, drug abuse, early death, adultery, and all kinds of emotional and physical abuse. It's gone mostly unchecked because wrestling for decades has ... Read more

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Tapping out

Hello Scott When did WWF/E start using the tap-out to signify submissions? I came back to watching wrestling in early 2000 after missing most of the 90s and they were tapping. My guess is when Shamrock and Severn came in and UFC was getting popular? Thanks.  It was apparently a thing before them, but Shamrock ... Read more

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The slingshot suplex/Flair’s figure 4

What is it about the slingshot part of the move that makes it more deadly that a regular suplex? Considering it worked so well for Tully, is it perhaps time to make the slingshot suplex great again? Flair never beat anyone of importance with the figure four thus it is the worst finisher of a ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant–NXT Catchup time!

The SmarK Rant – NXT Catchup OK, enough people have bugged me for my thoughts on these two matches that I figured I’d just review them and be done with it. So here’s the tag title match from the 07.11.18 show and then the NXT title match from the 07.25.18 show. NXT tag titles: Trent ... Read more

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Saturday Morning Thread

Welcome to the weekend! I went to see Teen Titans Go! last night and it was bloody hilarious, especially all the inside-baseball references for the parents while the kids laughed at the fart jokes.  Highly recommended for comic book nerds of all ages. Tonight is the UFC in Calgary and I was debating driving out ... Read more

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This Evolution show that’s a thing

Hey Scott,    Could this potentially be more harmful to the Women's Revolution than good?  I can't see most of the women on the roster holding the crowds attention or even having a good outside of Becky, Sasha, Asuka, Charlette, Rousey, and Bliss.  Everyone else doesn't get much reaction from the fans.  Could a show ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 27, 2018

We made it to the weekend, everyone! AIW and BEYOND are putting on their signature events this weekend. Tyler Breeze is helping out on the NXT House Show loop while waiting for Fandango to heal from surgery. Tama Tonga and Roman Reigns are in a Twitter feud… for some reason. Meiko Satomura, the Undertaker of ... Read more

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Favorite Monster Heel who faced Hogan

Excluding Andre, of all of the monster heels over the years such as Bundy, Kamala, One Man Gang, Killer Khan etc, who was your favorite Monster heel that challenged Hogan in the WWF?  Who drew the most money on house shows among those guys? Also was the ever a plan to make Bam Bam a ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – January 18th, 1992

January 18, 1992 From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. This week, we have a special interview with Hulk Hogan. Our featured match is Randy Savage vs. The Barbarian. Also in action are Jake Roberts and Virgil plus highlights from last week’s “Barber Shop” with The ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Eight

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Seven 22 July 2018 Live from Ao-re Nagaoka, Niigata   You can read my preview of the entire tournament here. You can read my Night One review here. You can read my Night Two review here. You can read my Night Three review here You can read my Night Four review ... Read more

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Randy Orton

Isn't it crazy what actual character development does for these guys? 3 weeks ago people were talking about how bad and stale Orton has been, he comes back, turns on Jeff, tries to rip his ear out and cuts the best promo hes done in about 7 years most likely cause the stuff he said, ... Read more

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Ciampa as Champ

I know you’re not watching NXT regularly (which I find baffling considering how much I look forward to, and enjoy it), but thoughts on Ciampa as champion? I think they pulled the trigger exactly right, added a layer to his feud with Gargano, and on top of that, he and Black had an awesome match. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWA The Revolution – 02.24.02

WWA: The Revolution – Well, thanks to the miracle of PPV, I was torn between this and Pride, but since watching Ken Shamrock blow the big match is hardly a novel thing anymore, I went with the much bigger potential disaster: WWA Revolution. With their advertised main eventer having pulled out and thus no main ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 27, 2018

ESPN.com Article on NXT https://ift.tt/2v4DADn   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can watch The Briscoes vs. Necro Butcher & Joey Matthews from the 2008 Take No Prisoners show.   Kayfabe Commentaries Releases Supercard: Butch Reed Re-Experiences the Ghetto Street Fight    

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Impact Wrestling – July 26, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: July 26, 2018 Location: Rebel Sports Complex, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis Believe it or not this company is on fire at the moment and they’re coming off a red hot Slammiversary this weekend. I don’t remember the last time this company was going so strong and if they ... Read more

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Wrestling Trivia Tonight

The HypSports app is holding a Wrestling Trivia game tonight at 8:30 ET with the winners splitting $200. Just in case people were looking for something else to do besides watching Impact. Holy cow, you could buy 2 shares of WWE stock with that payday!

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$85 a share

https://ift.tt/2Ol4GPy With my extensive Wall Street savvy, I credit this record buttload of cash to the addition of the Best of Bret Hart Coliseum video on the Network. And the five star tag title match on NXT.  

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Thursday Night Discussion

Not much news today.  So let’s get into the wrestling roundup.  If you want to attend a big show this weekend, here are the highlights: AIW is holding their signature event, Absolution, on Friday night in Cleveland.  Joey Janela and Tim Donst have a ladder match, Dominic Garrini and Tom Lawlor have a Dog Collar ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 14, 1995

–Sister Sherri provoking Stars & Stripes on last week’s show is replayed. –Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  The matches on this telecast were taped on December 8 and January 8.  The announcers discuss the Hulk Hogan-Big Van Vader main event that has been signed for ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 12th, 1992

January 12, 1992 From the Corpus Christi Memorial Auditorium in Corpus Christi, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week in action are Roddy Piper, The Undertaker, Jake Roberts, and the New Foundation. Plus, The Rockers as guests on the “Barber Shop” and more!   The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Scott ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – January 18th, 1992

January 18, 1992 From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. This week, we have a special interview with Hulk Hogan. Our featured match is Randy Savage vs. The Barbarian. Also in action are Jake Roberts and Virgil plus highlights from last week’s “Barber Shop” with The ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 26, 2018

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2LAkbV1   Hiromu Takahashi Update While his actual injuries have yet to be revealed, Takahashi remains hospitalized in Japan. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   WWE Interested in Outside Talents According to Dave Meltzer of the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” the WWE are interested in signing Juice Robinson and Angelico. Credit ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2018: “The Hulkster” Hulk Hogan!

The Coliseum Video Rant 2018 – The Hulkster, Hulk Hogan! Oh baby, they just dumped a SHITLOAD of new Coliseum Videos on the Network, basically all of the individual showcase tapes that were missing. So let’s start from the beginning, with THE HULKSTER. Your host is Vince McMahon WWF title: Hulk Hogan v. Brutus Beefcake ... Read more

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Cactus Jack in WCW

From what we saw Mick Foley do in the WWE, was there more WCW could have done with him? Other than the horrible Lost in Cleveland skits in 1993, I don't know what else he could have done.  It seemed that storyline wise and based on his character, there just wasn't room for him to become ... Read more

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John Cena – a good person

Hi again Scott,  I was thinking about John Cena being a good person. I can't recall anyone from the past who has as impeccable a record as he has as far as reputation.  Doing tons of make-a-wish stuff, helping kids, being a total pro, company man through and through, etc. It's almost impossible for someone ... Read more

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Music royalties

Hi Scott,  Not sure if you can answer this, but I was wondering about how much royalties are for use of licensed music.  For example, WWE edited out "My Way" from WM 17, "Ain't no grave" and "For whom the bell tolls" from WM 27, etc. from their DVD releases. It's a little irritating, I ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 23, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: February 23, 2004 Location: Qwest Center, Omaha, Nebraska Attendance: 14,752 Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler Wrestlemania is rapidly closing in on us and that means things are getting serious around here. In addition to the big main event story with Chris Benoit vs. HHH vs. Shawn Michaels for the World Title ... Read more

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NXT – July 25, 2018

NXT Date: July 25, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness It’s a big match night as we have a rare NXT Title defense. Aleister Black is putting the title on the line against Tommaso Ciampa, who would make a rather terrifying champion. We’re less than a ... Read more

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205 Live

Now I know you don't care for the show but 205 Live has dramatically improved since HHH took over. The matches have been pretty damn good, the show has made Buddy Murphy of all people look like a diamond that was in coal all these years and it has made me look forward to the ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Tidbits

In WWE milestones: today is the day that, if he had not lost, CM Punk cited in 2014 as being the date of passing Bruno Sammartino’s run with the WWEFG Championship (in fact, Punk would have had over a year to go). Today is also Finn Balor’s birthday, who turns 37 today. Slow news day… ... Read more

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Next Step For The Women In WWE

How soon until we get a segment for Raw where all the women from Raw and SmackDown are called out to the ring because Stephanie has a major announcement… Roman Reigns is named number one contender to Brock Lesnar's Universal Title, and all the women break into celebration and even shed some tears? Because isn't ... Read more

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Evolution

Last year, Brock Lesnar entered Summerslam in Brooklyn as Universal Champion with Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe as the top 3 World Title contenders. This year, Brock Lesnar enters Summerslam in Brooklyn as Universal Champion with Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe as the top 3 World Title contenders. Vince employs how ... Read more

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Elias Push

You recently mentioned Elias in response to an e-mail about guys with poor in-ring ability that you still like as a performer.  I couldn't agree more, and here is my question:  Elias released an "album" which is #6 today on ITunes and he has 2 specials this week on the WWE Network-how far do you ... Read more

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Some ranking questions

1) Top three and bottom three cities for crowds (participation, excitement, lack of trying to BE the event, etc, and vice versa)? 2) Top three underrated "big men"? 3) Top three WWF/E debuts? 4) Top three "worst attempt at something new" things (eg: the animated on-screen text in Smackdown)? 5) Top three WWE ppv set/stage ... Read more

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Gorgeous George says Macho/Stephanie rumors are true

Hey Scott,   Gorgeous George Stephanie Bellars says Randy Savage told her, while he was on drugs, that his tryst with Stephanie did happen.   Of course this is not proof of anything & I’m not saying I believe her. The reason I thought this was noteworthy and why I’m telling you is she is ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – January 11th, 1992

January 11, 1992 From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect This week we will see highlights . Plus, Ric Flair on the “Funeral Parlor.” Also in action are El Matador, Natural Disasters, and IRS   Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Sgt. Slaughter vs. Barry Horowitz & Jesse ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 24th July 2018

WWE 205 Live 24th July 2018 Evansville, Indiana Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson   The weeks simply fly by during a hot summer, grapple fans, as here we are again with another episode of 205 Live.  Should be a buzz-worthy episode this time round, as we’ve got a fatal four-way to determine ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling–02.09.80

The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling – 02.09.80 Wait, so last week’s show actually BEAT Sunday Night Heat in the pagecount race for the week. Only by 100 views, but still. What is WRONG with you people? So I guess that’s a sign that I should continue. And of COURSE the Network is ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 25, 2018

WWE.com NXT Preview https://ift.tt/2Lj3kGW   2018 PWG Battle of Los Angeles First Round Matches Announced https://ift.tt/2v5sC0a   Impact Wrestling Match of the Week You can watch Scott Steiner & Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe & Sting from the 2006 Sacrifice PPV

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Roman’s new merch?

https://ift.tt/2ii8fGU Saw this advertised on Hulu during Robot Chicken.  Maybe Roman should get a piece of this. Maybe sometime the Big Dog has trouble patrolling his yard?  Couldn’t make him any LESS cool. 

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After Strowman cashes in…

I know everyone is desperately hoping Strowman walks out of SummerSlam with the belt, but assuming he cashes in and wins, where do you possibly go from there? He's beaten almost the entire Raw roster in the past year. Who could challenge him? Isn't this why guys like Andre and Big Show typically weren't given ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 24, 2018

Smackdown Date: July 24, 2018 Location: Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s a big night around here as we have the announcement of who will be challenging Smackdown World Champion AJ Styles at Summerslam. There’s one name out there that would seem to be the most likely option but ... Read more

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Impact Reviews

Scott, Long time fan! I think you should go back to reviewing Impact shows like you did during the Aces and 8’s days. It seems like they are close to the 2005-2006 era with great talent and great storylines. It has everything for everyone. I would love to see a Smark review of Slammiversary 2018. ... Read more

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It Just Dawned On Me

Can you please explain thr logic behind Brock and Reigns IV. Is Brock staying away and not defending supposed to want me care for Roman? The SHIELD better be getting back together. Even if Roman wins, who does he feud with? It would have made more sense to go with Lashley.  Also, why not have ... Read more

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All Japan TV – 20th of March 1994

First off, I’d like to thank Scott for giving me a chance to produce some content for the blog. I stumbled across the YouTube page of Roy Lucier, who has uploaded a tonne of classic All Japan Pro Wrestling episodes, so I thought I’d go a write up for one at random due to the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 5th, 1992

January 5, 1992 From the Corpus Christi Memorial Auditorium in Corpus Christi, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are the Natural Disasters, Bret Hart, Repo Man, and Big Bossman. Plus, Sid Justice as guest on the “Barber Shop” and more!   Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Barry Horowitz ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 14, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Schiavone announces that Hulk Hogan will defend the WCW title against Big Van Vader at SuperBrawl. –Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (2-1) defeats Rick Thames with the Badd Day at 2:03: Showing how the taping cycle is out of whack, ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF March to WrestleMania IX

Taped from Fayetteville, NC Airdate: March 28, 1993 (taped 3/7) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Can Savage derail the runaway locomotive known as Yokozuna? Will Bigelow destroy Undertaker prior to WrestleMania IX? Let’s find out! This is my very first re-do! The original was written over four years ago. ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 03-22-93

Live from New York, NY Airdate: March 22, 1993 Attendance: 1,000 (sold out) Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett Can Kamala overtake Doink in the main event? Also, an important announcement will be made. What could it be? Let’s find out! Opening montage. Match 1: The Bushwhackers versus Repo Man ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 03-15-93

Live from Poughkeepsie, NY Airdate: March 15, 1993 Attendance: unknown Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & Rob Bartlett It’s the blizzard episode! Will Frosty the Snowman wear a singlet and jump in the ring? Can either the Headshrinkers or Nasty Boys win in the main event? Or does the Poughkeepsie faithful feel ... Read more

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CM Punk vs. WWE roster

Good afternoon Scott, So we've learned that CM Punk is not the best UFC fighter. Even if he wasn't able to keep up in UFC, shouldn't his training make him better than most people in a legit fight? Assuming this, how would Punk do in a real fight against members of the WWE roster? I'm ... Read more

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Entrance Music

Scott,   Thanks, as always, for the blog.   Question re Entrance music – for both of these, give the answer that is not necessarily the best, but rather the music that contributed most to the wrestler / stable / team getting over :   1.       Theme music that was originally from another source (Mine ... Read more

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Mailbag question

Hi Scott, long time reader and fan but I haven't asked a question for a while. The Women's Evolution collection on the Network (please review!) clearly shows how far the industry has come for women – no more comedy spots rolling across the ref, no more Lawler shouting "Puppies!", no more lingerie matches etc. The ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – January 4th, 1992

January 4, 1992 From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect This week, we will have a special interview with Randy Savage & Elizabeth. In action are The Undertaker, Roddy Piper, Beverly Brothers, and the British Bulldog.   Roddy Piper vs. Brooklyn Brawler We see Ric Flair ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–05.19.97

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.19.97 Doing the 98 RAWs made me realize that I kind of dropped the 97 shows when it was getting really good, so let’s jump back to May of 97 and all the crazy stuff therein. It’s immediately a different world, with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 24, 2018

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview https://ift.tt/2A7q0Vt   Matt Riddle Off of PWG Battle of Los Angeles Show Riddle will be replaced by Trevor Lee https://twitter.com/OfficialPWG/status/1021579296463249409     WWE Free Match of the Week You can watch Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title from 2017 SummerSlam

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Vince Epic Troll

I’ve been of the opinion that Vince has been actively trolling audiences for years since a) he’s rolling in TV/Saudi money and b) no serious competition. I am going to SummerSlam and I totally see the crowd chanting for Braun the whole main event only for spear, pin, coronation and NOTHING. It’s really the ultimate ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 23, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: July 23, 2018 Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Jonathan Coachman It’s a big night around here and you know that because the official preview for the show is a big picture of Stephanie McMahon. She has some kind of a major announcement tonight and since ... Read more

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Evolution All Womens PPV

So most likely they aren't selling out the Coliseum but what matches would you put on top to bring the most people in? Maybe Trish/Rousey for the Raw title, Becky/Lita for SD? Throw in a legends match under like Victoria/Mickie James.  ​I SO DO NOT CARE. ​

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’ Doomers! I hope all of you had a great weekend. It’s a Monday night and that means a live episode of RAW where Stephanie McMahon is back and has a BIG announcement. I don’t know and I don’t really care but let’s hope it’s something that might alter the current course of ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Seven

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Seven 22 July 2018 Live from Esforta Arena, Hachioji, Tokyo   You can read my preview of the entire tournament here. You can read my Night One review here. You can read my Night Two review here. You can read my Night Three review here. You can read my Night ... Read more

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G1 Climax Week 1 Recap

Hi Scott, This is Fax of the Curtain Jerks again, and I wanted to share our video recap of the first week of G1 Climax action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfyc6w_2-qI Also, I never did share out final preview links, where I was hideously wrong in many, many things… A-Block Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oy0XUewYkg  B-Block Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhA_GuGYcNc We put a lot of effort into ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw House Show – July 21, 2018

Never let it be said that a severe thunderstorm knocking out the power to my house for thirty hours will keep me out of a house show. There was a horrible storm in Lexington on Friday and nearly a fourth of the city was without power for over twenty four hours. As luck would have ... Read more

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WWF Madison Square Garden – December 29, 1991

December 29, 1991 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Hercules vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine This match was also shown on the 1/20/92 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.” Gorilla brings up how Valentine is a former Intercontinental Champion and a former “Boxcar.” Valentine ... Read more

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New Book: KB’s Complete 2003 Monday Night Raw Reviews

Oh it’s a dark time. WWE loves to talk about the history of Monday Night Raw. With over 1,300 episodes, it’s hard not to brag about it just a bit. There are some times you don’t hear about though, and that includes 2003. It’s considered one of the lowest points ever of the show’s history ... Read more

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WWE Women’s Championship

In one of your recent emails, the person mentioned that if they do headline WrestleMania 35 with Rousey/Charlotte it should be title for title.  Do you think it would be better to have Charlotte and someone else unify the titles at Royal Rumble and then have Rousey win the rumble match? If they have Rousey ... Read more

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Cena’s chase

Once WWE gets the Universal championship off of Lesnar and the belt is full-time again, will WWE pull the trigger on Cena's chase to capture it to beat Flair's record?  ​I don't think Cena's coming back for a LONG time, if ever.  Unless Flair does something to wreck his standing with the company, I think ... Read more

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ANOTHER WM match idea

Hi Scott I was thinking that instead of booking the usual tripe for Mania with all the part timers matches and Reigns annual coronation (or coronation abortion) why not combine them all into something people actually may want to see or get invested in?  How about a Shield vs Cena, HHH and Undertaker match?  It ... Read more

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The SmarK RAW Rant–10.19.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.19.98 Oddly, I got an ad before this show, for wrestlingfigures.com, which is weird because I usually get in-house WWE ads. Maybe because I’m watching this on PS4? Anyway, use code “RAW” for 10% off your order with them! Live from Milwaukee, WI Your hosts are JR & King Welcome ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 23, 2018

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2A2xBEV   WWE Smackdown Tag Team Tournament Teams Announced https://ift.tt/2mB09eU   First Four Competitors of the AAW Jim Lyman Memorial Tournament Announced https://twitter.com/AAWPro/status/1021183358213255168   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Larry Zbyszko defend the AWA Heavyweight Title against Masa Saito from 2/10/90

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Slammiversary 2018

Slammiversary 2018 Date: July 22, 2018 Location: Rebel Entertainment Complex, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis Believe it or not this actually looks like a great show. Impact Wrestling has been on a roll as of late with one very good show after another, but now they need to pay that off with ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 29th, 1991

December 29, 1991 From the Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, TX Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week in action are Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter & Jim Duggan, Irwin R. Schyster, and El Matador. Plus, Jake Roberts as guest on the “Barber Shop” and more!   Ric Flair w/ Mr. ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 19, 2004

Sorry for the delay on this.  A really nasty storm knocked out the power for about a fourth of the city and my house didn’t have electricity for about thirty hours. Smackdown Date: February 19, 2004 Location: SaveMart Arena, Fresno, California Attendance: 3,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz Viva la new champion. Eddie Guerrero shocked the ... Read more

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205 and New Japan

Dear Mr. Keith,Watching the New Japan G1 match between Zach Sabre Jr. and Kota Ibushi, does that make them the smartest wrestlers for not signing a WWE contract for 205 Live? ​I think Aries is the smartest for expanding his name value on the brand and then leaving when they fucked up his push.  ​

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Mania 35

Isn’t the easy answer for “big main event, sell the show around it match” for Mania: Charlotte vs Rousey “Title for Title” so Stephanie can have another FIRST EVER HISTORIC FIRST EVER WOMENS FIRST EVER WRESTLEMANIA FIRST EVER MAIN EVENT!  Then a Shield 3-way for the Universal and AJ/Bryan for the WWE is pretty huge ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: July 22, 2018 (feat. SLAMMIVERSARY)

Time to bid the weekend adieu with some Sunday Night talk. Tonight’s baseball game of the week is Mets vs. Yankees.  Noah Syndergaard will not be pitching for the Mets because he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease.  For the record, the average age of those who get that disease is about 5.  Any other ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Six

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Six 21 July 2018 Live from Korakuen Hall, In the Shadows of TGI Fridays, Tokyo   You can read my preview of the entire tournament here. You can read my Night One review here. You can read my Night Two review here. You can read my Night Three review here. ... Read more

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900 numbers

Scott,Since the Observer updates are getting closer to the (in)famous Mean Gene teasing Ric Flair being dead when it was actually Crusher Blackwell taking a dirt nap, how did the split go for 900 numbers between the various promotions and whomever was the topic provider on a given night? Hopefully the fine window replacement company in ... Read more

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5 stars

Hey Scott,   Here's a two parter for you.  Who do you think is the best wrestler to never hit the 5 star club and on the other hand who do you think is the worst wrestler that's had a 5 star affair? ​The worst is easy, Sid Vicious.  He got to be part of ... Read more

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Early WM predictions?

Hey Scott, Just occurred to me: they've got jack shit for WrestleMania this year. Am I missing a potential big match they'd actually run? I know the event sells itself but they still usually have a decent big match card. But what's available? I guess they could put Cena's career on the line? Or Brock's ... Read more

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Lazy Sunday Thread: July 22, 2018

Last night at G1 Climax, YOSHI-HASHI got on the board while Jay White dropped his first match.  Everyone is within 2 games of the top spot through 4 rounds. Although Brickhouse Brown is still alive, we did lose a lucha legend in Rayo De Jalisco Sr. If you see Johnny Gargano out on the street, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–10.18.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 10.18.98 It’s the pre-show for Judgment Day! I should note that in the Observers at the time, Meltzer was already noting how these hour long pre-shows were burning out the PPV audiences and what a bad idea it was. Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi #110 07/15/2008

We’re in Charlotte, North Carolina and it’s Miz & Morrison vs. The Hardy Boyz for no reason! ECW Champion Mark Henry (accompanied by Tony Atlas) gets interviewed by Tazz. Tony explains when Henry offered to give Tony a payday to carry his bags, he decided he’d be OK with that if that guy was The ... Read more

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Saturday Night Tidbits

Tonight is the eve before Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XVI – I checked, “16” is not a typo! On the card tomorrow, LIVE from the Rebel Complex (Nightclub) in Toronto, Canada: Impact World Championship: Austin Aries (C, 81 days reigning) Vs. Moose Impact X Division Championship: Matt Sydal (C, 183 days reigning) Vs. Brian Cage Impact ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 14, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are today’s broadcasters and they are still taped from Dalton, Georgia. –Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (2-0) defeat George South & Gary McAllister when Jerry Sags pins McAllister with the Trip to Nastyville at 2:29: South was a noted preliminary wrestler in the NWA/WCW and WWF in the ... Read more

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JR Confirms That “X-Pac Heat” Is Real?

Hi Scott,Curious about your feelings on "X-Pac Heat", specifically whether or not it actually exists. Personally, I think that it's a real thing, but there are those that feel that it is impossible to differentiate between a crowd booing a heel because they're *good* at playing a villain, and a crowd booing a heel because ... Read more

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Lloyd’s of London

Can you give a readers digest version  of how these policies worked?  I know Rude and Henning both had them.  Being that Henning came back and Rude was about to come back.  Were they beating the system at the time? ​Totes.  In fact, guys like Hennig and Animal claiming that they were retired and then ... Read more

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Saturday Day Thread

Good Morning Blog of Doom! Here’s a day thread since I don’t see one posted, and I’m watching G1 from this morning and I want a place to talk about it. Here some news: WWE added four more competitors to the Mae Young Classic. Flip Gordon still isn’t a part of All In. Stephanie McMahon ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.13.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.13.82 OK, let’s get back to this again for fun before we return to 1998 WWF. Taped from Shrieveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & General Skandor Akbar Last week, Ernie Ladd brags about how much money he’s got and what a fantastic team he’s got with ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 20, 2018

One small step for a man, one giant leap for the Blog of Doom.  It’s weekend time.  Whether you’re watching CMLL or looking for a retro show to watch, enjoy the night. RIP Brickhouse Brown, who succumbed to cancer at age 57.  Brown was one of the top wrestlers in the Memphis and Alabama territories ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Five

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Five 20 July 2018 Live from Korakuen Hall, In the Shadows of TGI Fridays, Tokyo You can read my preview of the entire tournament here. You can read my Night One review here. You can read my Night Two review here. You can read my Night Three review here. You ... Read more

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Sloppy Joe

Rumor has it that Samoa Joe will be challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Title at Summerslam.  Joe is 0-2 on PPV this year, and has only won 4 televised matches all year – 3 of them against Rhyno, Sin Cara, and Tye Dillinger.  Even making a Roman Reigns v. Bobby Lashley No. 1 contender ... Read more

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Jeff Jarrett on ‘Because WCW’

Hi Scott,We recently had 'The Chosen One' himself on our WCW podcast. Quite a few interesting topics discussed from his time on the sinking ship:– Why working with Mongo wasn't as difficult as it probably seemed– Whether he was going to turn on the Horsemen the same way Curt Hennig eventually did– An insight into ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–10.17.94

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.17.94 window replacement in Elkhart, IN   Let’s take a break from being nostalgic for 1998 and be nostalgic for 1994 again for a bit! – It’s been quiet in the wrestling world leading up to Halloween Havoc, Dave notes. So let’s take a look at what’s going on in the ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 20th, 2018

Brock Lesnar Update Lesnar is scheduled to return to TV on the 7/30 edition of RAW Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Jeff Cobb Update Cobb will debut for Ring of Honor on the 7/21 TV tapings in Atlanta, GA. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter  

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Impact Wrestling – July 19, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: July 19, 2018 Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis It’s the go home show for Slammiversary and for once I’m actually interested in where we’re going. The build for the show has been rather good so far and that could make for a solid pay per ... Read more

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Thursday Night Thread: July 19, 2018

Been a bit of a quiet Thursday.  The big news is a bunch of new action figures revealed at SDCC. Oh, right, and Cain Velasquez reported to the Performance Center.  No big deal. Anyway, if you want to watch live wrestling this weekend, here are the highlights: MLW will be in New York for Battle ... Read more

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Hogan/Lashley

Theres a rumor actually going around that at Summerslam, its gonna be a triple threat with Lashley/Brock/Reigns. The idea is to put Hogan in as a special enforcer, have Lashley win and have Hogan award Lashley the belt and raise his hand to sort of say "see guys look, I LOVE black guys!". Its gotta ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 8, 1995

–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a packed crowd of 785, with no one having to pay for their ticket. –Gene Okerlund; in the heel locker room with Avalanche, the Butcher, Colonel Robert Parker, the Blacktop Bully, Bunkhouse Buck, and ... Read more

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Four

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Four 19 July 2018 Live from Korakuen Hall, In the Shadows of TGI Fridays, Tokyo You can read my preview of the entire tournament here. You can read my Night One review here. You can read my Night Two review here. You can read my Night Three review here. The stage is ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – December 28th, 1991

December 28, 1991 From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect This week’s featured match has the Legion of Doom defend the Tag Team Titles against The Rockers. Plus, Roddy Piper as guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” Also in action are Repo Man, Big Bossman, and Rick ... Read more

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Michael Cole, Bay-bay!!!

Adam Cole, Michael's Cole's bullying older brother comes up from NXT.  Do you work their brotherhood into an angle right away or let it build to a 60 minute Iron Match at Wrestlemania?   I would expect nothing less than Tommy Dreamer-doing-Raven's-pose reactions from the audience the first time Michael stands over his fallen brother ... Read more

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Booking

In 50 words or less, can you explain the logic behind WWE's "wins and losses don't matter" philosophy, e.g. Roman Reigns losing cleanly to Lashley but still being "uncrowned champion"? Vince gonna Vince.

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