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NJPW: Fighting Spirit Unleashed (9.30.18)

FIGHTING SPIRIT UNLEASHED SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 WALTER PYRAMID – LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – Your hosts are Jim Ross and Kevin Kelly 1.  Roppongi 3K & Rocky Romero vs. Jushin Liger , Ryusuke Taguchi, & ACH – JR begins the show with the revelation that he own a pair of Funky Weapon tights, expect in ... Read more

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Some Outsiders questions

Hey Scott, Loving the 97 Nitro rants! Had some questions about The Outsiders for you: Do you think It was a mistake making Hall & Nash an actual team in the tag division with the tag belts? I feel like It kind hurt their individual star power. Like, why have them feuding with Harlem Heat ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: September 30, 2018

Hey, someone remember to wake up Billie Joe Armstrong. We’re going to have TWO tiebreakers in the NL, as Milwaukee/Chicago and Colorado/LA will face off.  Winners are division champs, losers play in the wild card game. The AL playoff tree is set: Oakland at New York for the wildcard, winner faces Boston; Cleveland at Houston. ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 27, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: September 27, 2018 Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re still in Mexico City and I’m not sure what that means for this week’s show. Last week’s edition wasn’t exactly great and a lot of that is due to just throwing luchadors out there and using them ... Read more

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Shawn Michaels Reinstatement in 1993

When Jerry Lawler got suspended due to his legal issues just prior to Survivor Series '93, Shawn Michaels was added to the match with the Knights and Bret Hart's team.  But if Lawler doesn't get suspended, was there always a plan for Shawn to come back?  Was the plan when Razor won Shawn's title, that ... Read more

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What would have drawn more money (WWF 90-01)

Good evening Mr. Keith  Which of the following booking would have drawn more, ppv, tv, and house show gates , over the period of a year, from WM6-WM7: 1. Exactly as it already happened 2. Hogan & Warrior victorious at Summerslam, warrior defeats savage or slaughter at rumble, hogan wins rumble, hogan gets win back ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–12.27.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 12.27.98 Taped from Tacoma, WA Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Shane McMahon Vince McMahon joins us to start, and he brings out Kane. Vince points out that Kane is grotesquely scarred, and a complete moron, and a freak. But he’s working for Vince now, so ... Read more

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #10

Greetings grapple fans. This is it, the end of an almighty ten-week run that has seen some highs, some lows, and a few chewy middles. If ratings are anything to go by, it would currently be safe to assume that this is the last episode of this incarnation of British wrestling to air on ITV. ... Read more

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Smackdown – April 29, 2004

Smackdown Date: April 29, 2004 Location: Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz I can get through this. The last few weeks have been some of the most dreadful wrestling shows I can remember in a long time so I’m hoping that things are at least marginally better this time around. I’m not ... Read more

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Let The Malenko Hit The Floor

Hi Scott.  So, Souled Out 2000. Opening match, Catch as Catch Can Rules, Billy Kidman vs Dean Malenko. You can win by pinfall, submission or your opponent touching the floor outside. As you said yourself in your rant for this event, it was a stupid rule for a match that didn't need any gimmicks.  We ... Read more

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stadium shows

Hi Scott, With two international stadium shows coming up, WWE will have four stadium shows promoted as Network specials this year. Adding SummerSlam in a stadium along with this year's lineup will bring their number to five. What other countries can support an annual stadium show from the E? Are Canada, Mexico, Japan, and the ... Read more

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Managers and stables

With Vince and Co. slowly seeming to utilize talent in the traditional managers role once again (excepting Paul E. for Brock of course – he’s always been there), do you think there is any chance we see a manager start to collect multiple wrestlers into a stable?  It’s not like it’s a foreign idea to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for the Mae Young Classic–S02E04

The SmarK Rant for the Mae Young Classic – S02E04 Aw man, it’s the new Forever intro now. I’m gonna miss the old one. So the first round wraps up tonight with four more matches featuring trailblazers and Cinderella stories. First Round: Rachel Evers v. Hiroyo Matsumoto So apparently Rachel’s nickname is now “The Queen ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Good morning!  My quest to get the blog updated for a week in advance continues today!  I’ve also been looking into getting an SSL certificate for the blog but $400 a year is a tad steep, so for the moment we will have to be unsecure in Google’s eyes. ROH held their Death Before Dishonor ... Read more

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Brie/Morgan

Do you think the WWE will attempt to parlay all the press Brie Bella is getting after Monday night into a program with Liv Morgan? Doesn't seem below the company to try to capitalize on an accidental concussion.  I mean, maybe, but what's the point?  I can't see anyone suddenly caring about either person or ... Read more

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The Friday Night Thread – 09.28.18

Ted Turner revealed he has a mild form of Alzheimer’s.  Still not sure what Vince’s problem is. I’m working like a demon this weekend to get a bunch of stuff up on the blog before I fly out for my annual work conference on Monday.  So far I’ve got up to Monday done, but I ... Read more

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NXT – September 26, 2018

NXT Date: September 26, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo The road to WarGames continues and you can see most of the card from here. At the same time though, we’re also trying to find out who attacked Aleister Black. The investigation has been going on ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – February 25, 1995

–The ending of the Hulk Hogan-Vader main event at SuperBrawl is shown. –Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s commentary team and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on February 22. –Schiavone narrates photographic footage from SuperBrawl. –Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel is with Schiavone and Heenan and says that Vader will face ... Read more

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Daniel Bryan Heel Turn

I don't care how stupid of a idea it may be but I was watching a old ROH match between Bryan and Homicide and man was Bryan awesome as a dickhead, ruthless submission specialist. I feel like that particular Bryan vs Styles for the Title at Mania is the way to go. I don't think ... Read more

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Tony “Cheap Bottle of Wine” Schiavone

Hey Scott, Do you really think WWE should hire Tony Schiavone? If they did, how do you think they should use him?  Maybe for an appearance at Starrcade? That's gonna put some butts in the seats.  Just using him in a production role and occasionally hosting DVD releases like Sean Mooney does would be all ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–09.27.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 09.27.18 Well, as they build to Pobody’s Nerfect in Australia, this week’s batch of gems focuses on rare matches between HHH and Undertaker. So that’s pretty straight-forward. Kuwait Cup Hunter Hearst Helmsley v. Undertaker (05.12.96) So this is a big steaming bowl of “WHAT THE FUCK” ... Read more

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Daily Thread – 09.28.18

WWE stock is inching closer to $100 / share, sitting at $96 as of yesterday.  Hopefully everyone bought when it was at $10 and we all making fun of it. Today I’m covering the HHH v. Undertaker collection of Hidden Gems that was uploaded to the Network, and there’s also a full collection of their ... Read more

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Meeting

Hey Scott, hope all is well. I was reading on Wrestlezone today that WWE and Impact met last week to mend fences. What are your thoughts? Maybe they mended fences, but I see this as WWE eventually purchasing Impact for the content and some of the talent. I feel this is a sell high moment ... Read more

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Tag team tourney?

Scott, Your post today about WWE’s terrible tag divisions got me thinking: since there are dozens of guys on the roster with nothing to do, what about a Crockett Cup-style tag team tournament? Use all of the current teams and put together another 25 or so makeshift teams, and fun with it, like say Nakamura/Owens, ... Read more

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Big Brother 20 Finale

Hi Scott, We only got one Big Brother post from you this year to my knowledge, but with the season finished, I'm interested to hear your thoughts. Am I the only one who cringed at the Swaggy C/Bayleigh proposal? That took up so much time and made Julie rush through the reading of the votes, ... Read more

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: The Night Thread, September 27, 2018

Tonight on Impact, Faby Apache challenges Tessa Blanchard for the women’s title, while the Desi Hit Squad face LAX for the tag gold. Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Vikings/Rams.  Your college football appetizer on ESPN is UNC/Miami. After the jump, your independent wrestling primer. Your highlights from around the world ... Read more

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Daily Thread – 09.27.18

RAW did the lowest rating in history on Monday.  Probably won’t matter. Liv Morgan is officially out with a concussion.  Thanks Brie!  Maybe stick to marketing. Check out my Prime Time 89 rant this morning.  More Hidden Gems drop in the Network today and we’ll check them out tomorrow! Best wishes to Brian and his ... Read more

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Original Plans for Souled Out 2000 & NWO 2000

Before all the injuries happened, and the card changed, what were the plans for Souled Out 2000?  Was Bret supposed to retain the title over Sid, and what about the 3 matches with Jarrett and Benoit? If Russo had stayed and Bret hadn't had his career ended, were their long term plans for NWO 2000 ... Read more

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CM Punk

Question about something nobody seems to notice. So we all know the details surrounding Punks departure from WWE but one thing that's never said is do you think the rise of The Shield, Wyatt's and Daniel Bryan also played a part in him wanting to leave? All these guys were clearly being built to be ... Read more

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Unified tag titles

Since we appear to be easing away from the brand split as it is, would it help improve the health of the tag team division if there was only one unified set of tag titles defended across both brands, and the tag division was free to compete on both brands? Thanks for all the great ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling–06.12.89

The SmarK Rant for Prime Time Wrestling – 06.12.89 The new episode of the Mae Young Classic wasn’t up at the point when I had some time to write this morning, so instead we hit the WHEEL OF RANDOMNESS and let’s check out another episode of PTW from 1989, picking up after the weird episode ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 06-21-93

Live from Poughkeepsie, NY Airdate: June 21, 1993 Attendance: unknown Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Who will win the rematch between Doink and Jannetty? Can the Kid survive against Ramon for the sake of $10,000? Let’s find out! As the program begins, we revisit the 5/17 episode ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 20, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: September 20, 2018 Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews After all the weeks of telling us multiple times a night that the show was going to Mexico City, the show is now in Mexico City! Odds are these tapings will take us up to Bound For Glory ... Read more

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The Wednesday Night Thread

Tonight we’ve got NXT and Mae Young Classic and 205 Taped!  Chad Ruffner will probably email me from another identity complaining that Tommy doesn’t post it fast enough. Good times! Tomorrow, we return to 1989 with Prime Time! talk about life here…

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It’s time for an InVasion question

Hey Scott, Just because we're all tired of this Roman shit, I've got a question for you. Approximately how many millions of dollars would a 2001 PPV main-evented by a six-man tag of Austin, Rock, and Triple H with Vince managing versus a team of Hogan, Goldberg, and Sting with Flair managing draw? All the ... Read more

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Best Manager Today

Hey Scott, Hope all is well. If you haven't had the chance to check out MLW yet, I recommend seeking out some of Salina de la Renta's work. The shows are basically built around her either managing luchadors challenging for gold or more recently, managing the MLW World Champion Low Ki. Salina spoke with The ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 25, 2018

Smackdown Date: September 25, 2018 Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips With less than two weeks to go before Super Show-Down, a lot of the big feuds are already in high gear. It’s almost like Smackdown has a good idea of how to set up a pay per view ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 29, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: April 26, 2004 Location: Landon Arena, Topeka, Kansas Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler They don’t have to go far to beat Smackdown this week. We’re still a week away from the big Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit title match so you can probably bet on a lot of hype for that ... Read more

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New Promotion

Hey Scott,    Someone sends you a blank cheque and says to you "I want to start a new promotion, pick any 20 people even if they're already under contract and sign them"  Who do you pick and why? I guess that one would depend on what the goals of the promotion are. For a ... Read more

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Conrad Thompson

Do you listen to any of his podcasts? If so what is your opinion on him? In the beginning I really enjoyed the shows. I still do, but to me he has become unbearable.  If there was a way I could mute him and just listen to what Prichard, Bischoff and Schiavone had to say, I ... Read more

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Droz

The Raw rants from '98 have got me thinking: Droz wasn't around for very long before getting hurt, and despite being put with the LoD from the jump he accomplished a grand total of fuck all. They were clearly into him and he had a unique look, so if he never gets paralyzed and has ... Read more

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The Daily Discussion: September 26, 2018

Welcome to the Blog of Doom daily thread, now being simulcast on TruthTV!  Some fun news and notes to discuss: PW Insider reports that there was discussion about possibly bringing Brock Lesnar in this week for Raw.  Obviously, that didn’t happen; there is no timetable for his next Raw appearance. Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–11.14.94

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 For some reason, this episode had “technical difficulties” and thus we miss the entire Bob Backlund ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 06-14-1993

Taped from New York, NY Airdate: June 14, 1993 Attendance: unknown Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan What can happen during the fallout from King of the Ring ‘93? Can Jannetty overcome the nefariousness of Doink and defeat him? How will Lawler behave following his destruction of Bret ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – February 25, 1995

–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Tony Schiavone narrates photographs of SuperBrawl V. –Opening Contest:  The Nasty Boys (11-1) defeat Quinn Nash & Atom Flash when Jerry Sags pins Nash after the Trip to Nastyville at 1:51: Nash was a cruiserweight in the Maryland area, ... Read more

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The SmarK RAW Rant–12.21.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 12.21.98 Taped from somewhere not mentioned. Turns out it was Spokane, WA, drawing 9487. Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler Vince McMahon leaves for his training session, and he merely has one request for his inner circle of morons:  DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!  No, wait, ... Read more

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Could it happen?

So it was recently stated that Cody, Bucks, Omega, and Page decided that they will all sign somewhere together. Let's take out personal feelings of where they will be best used creatively. That subject has been beaten into the ground.  Let's just say WWE decides to sign them all in one swoop in January. Considering ... Read more

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Tag Teams

Hey Scott, watched the tag title match tonight and it made me yearn for the older days of tag wrestling. I dont understand why WWE does not show any respect to the division. Back in 87-88 WWF had less programming hours and was running multiple tag feuds, Killer Bs, Strike Force, Hart Foundation, Demolition, Stallions, ... Read more

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Brie Mode

Brie has nearly killed herself, tagged Maryse with a stiff knee, tagged Zelina Vega with a stiff knee, and last night knocked out poor Liv Morgan with two stiff kicks. This all in one month. WHY do they keep putting her in the ring every week? I will say though, if you want to see ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 24, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: September 24, 2018 Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young Somehow Super Show-Down is next week and that means we need to firm up the card a little bit. They’ve done a great job of setting up HHH vs. Undertaker for the Australia show, but there ... Read more

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Pre-Memphis Macho Man

Holy moley does he sound different in 1979!     Randy Savage pre-ICW working for Nick Gulas in 1979 wanting a shot at NWA Worlds Champion Harley Race. Check out Randy’s voice, he hadn’t found his full Pampero Firpo voice yet. pic.twitter.com/nWg4sHmOKA — Allan (@allan_cheapshot) September 23, 2018

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. First let’s wish board favorite Stephanie McMahon a Happy Birthday. She’s 42 today and still holding up quite well. Apparently WWE social happy has montages of her slapping people to celebrate, FWIW she told Jericho on his podcast that the hardest she ever hit someone ... Read more

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Hulkamania running wild in Saudi Arabia?

"The Chairman of the General Sports Authority tweeted out a picture of Hulk Hogan leading to speculation that he will finally return to #WWE at #WWECrownJewel." Guess new day wont be on the card… Just don’t show them a tape of a Wrestlemania VII beforehand. I feel like it wouldn’t go over very well. 

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NJPW: Destruction in Kobe (9.23.18)

NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING DESTRUCTION IN KOBE SEPTEMBER 23, 2018, HYOGO, JAPAN – KOBE WORLD MEMORIAL HALL – A little different report here this time.  I will cover the prelims in short form with the results.  But the main focus is the final two matches.   – The goal was to get this show out ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–06.02.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 06.02.97 Live from Dayton, OH, drawing a sellout 4951. Your hosts are Tony, Larry & Bobby Scott Hall & Syxx are here to start, because they did a survey and people just haven’t seen enough of the nWo yet. So unfortunately Flair isn’t here tonight, because he’s ... Read more

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Rising through the ranks

Hey Scott, Why doesn’t WWE have anyone rise through the ranks anymore to the main event? None of the current main eventers rose from lower card/tag team to midcard champ to world champ; in the past, you had guys like edge, miz, jeff hardy, ziggler, hbk, cena (to an extent), hhh, etc. All the current ... Read more

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Moral or Money?

I'm on a "Legends of Wrestling" kick right now on the WWE Network. Really neat show from the old WWE 24/7 days. So I'm watching this NWO episode and it made me wonder. What would you do in that same exact situation Kevin Nash was in at the time he jumped ship? You were in ... Read more

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One sided feuds

Hi Scott Not singles wrestlers or anything but how about the original DX vs The Hart Foundation for a one sided feud? I can't remember the Harts at any point not looking like fools in 97 during that feud despite the fact DX only had two wrestlers and the Harts had four. Made Bret lose ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: September 23, 2018

NOVA Project 4 was a blast.  When it’s available on Powerbomb TV I’ll drop a rant on you.  However, I can share this:  in April, we’re taking part in Mania Weekend!  WE’RE GOING TO WRESTLEMANIA! Tonight’s NFL Game of the Week is New England/Detroit, as Tom Brady tries to get back to winning ways.  Meanwhile, ... Read more

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NXT – September 19, 2018

NXT Date: September 19, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness It’s time for one of those huge matches that you actually get around here with North American Champion Ricochet facing United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne in a title for title match. What more could you ask ... Read more

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Shawn Michaels did a lot for Randy Orton

Was thinking about this recently Put him over in Survivor Series elimination matches in 2003 and 2005, as well as being the first guy to really sell the punt with an extended injury lay off before coming back and losing the blow off clean People mostly talk about Foley making Orton, but Michaels did plenty ... Read more

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DDP

Was reading your Rebellion rant and saw not only did Show kick out of the Diamond Cutter but DDP also jobbed in under 6 minutes. That got me thinking, why was DDP used as bad as he was? It's not like he came in with Buff Bagwell like backstage issues. I know in the past ... Read more

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Can you show me

Where Shawn Michaels HIMSELF has said that he is returning? I've been looking all over the net for a direct quote, or some video, heck even morse code and I'm finding absolutely nothing. I know Meltzer is saying he's coming back, and he's never wrong and never totally misinterprets things Oh wait Perhaps we should ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–12.20.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 12.20.98 Taped from wherever. Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Shane McMahon European title: X-Pac v. Tiger Ali Singh The canned crown noise is so loud that it drowns out the entrance music for both guys. Like, come on. Tiger slugs away in the corner and ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 09/02/2008 #117

We’re in Pittsburgh and we start with The Dirt Sheet. John Morrison brags about beating Stephen Hawking at 44 consecutive games of Pachisi. It gets no reaction so Miz says hello and gets booed. He mentions Unforgiven is taking place in his hometown of Ohio and gets even more boos. I don’t know much about American ... Read more

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #9

Greetings grapple fans. Like a gold-ink Parker fountain with a Jim Hellwig inspired design, this is the penultimate episode of WOS Wrestling. Pushed back even earlier to 2:30pm, this week’s episode promises a unique match to decide the challenger for Rampage’s WOS Championship. I’m currently on a trip up the Scottish Highlands and accidentally caught ... Read more

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Smackdown – April 22, 2004

Smackdown Date: April 22, 2004 Location: Prospera Palace, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz So last week saw what should probably be the death of Kurt Angle after Big Show chokeslammed him off a balcony, breaking both Angle’s head and leg. Other than that we’re still getting ready for JBL’s World Title shot ... Read more

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The Saturday Night Thread

We’re just about to the start of the NHL season and HOO BOY are the Canucks going to suck this year.  Might as well go back to the flying V uniforms while they’re at it. I found the rant for WWF Rebellion 2001 in my archives after all, so I’ve reposted that tonight for fun. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Rebellion 2001

The SmarK DVD Rant for WWF Rebellion 2001 – Hey, it was $15, and had a good recommendation. – Live from Manchester, England. – Your hosts are Jim Ross & Paul Heyman. – Opening match, I-C title cage match: Edge v. Christian. Christian attacks to start and pounds away, but Edge uses the jacket for ... Read more

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Rebellion 2001 Rock/Austin

Hi Scott hope all is well, I was reading your Rebellion 2001 rant and you note a couple of times during the Rock/Austin main event that it will "probably be the last time we ever see this match". Obviously you were close as they ended up having only the WMXIX match afterwards to my knowledge, ... Read more

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Unnecessary Feuds In The WWE

What's with all these unnecessary feuds in the WWE lately?  First we had the A.O.P. vs Titus Worldwide program, and now we have the Gable/Roode vs The Ascension feud.  I'm guessing the answer is "Well, we have to fill time somehow on a 3 hour and change show, and God forbid if our creative team ... Read more

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Raven’s WCW debut (well, return)

When Raven came in on the June 30th 1997 episode of Nitro, he was involved in a big WCW/Sting/NWO/Hennig (who just debuted there too) clustermess brawl, jumping over the guardrail and watching the big main eventers (Hogan, Savage, Outsiders, DDP, even Chono were involved) battle it out. Why did they never follow up on it? ... Read more

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Starrcade is back!

Thats the good news. The bad news is that there seem to be absolutely no storyline developments for the next few months. The featured matches in late November are basically the same feuds from the end of the summer. Your thoughts on the state of the booking? https://ift.tt/2QRkzy8 Frankly I'm just impressed they're trying to ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 26th, 1992

April 26, 1992 From the Sports Arena in Toledo, OH Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week in action are Bret Hart, Big Bossman, and Papa Shango. Plus, an interview with Money Inc. and a special report on the Ultimate Warrior   Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Barry Hardy Heenan believes that ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for the Mae Young Classic–S02E03

The SmarK Rant for the Mae Young Classic – S02E03 Taped from Full Sail Your hosts are Michael Cole, Renee Young & Beth Phoenix Can’t wait to hear which news outlets broke the news of this week’s participants! First round: Kaitlyn v. Kavita Devi Gotta say, I preferred the blonde/black look on Kaitlyn. Now she ... Read more

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The Strong Style Saturday Thread!

WAZZZZZUP?  It’s Saturday, and I shit you not, it snowed here yesterday.  IN SEPTEMBER.  Global warming my ass. Matt Riddle debuted for NXT last night at a house show, and he’s indeed wrestling barefoot.  Apparently Ricochet v. Pete Dunne was the bee’s knees on NXT, so I’ll add that one to the list of matches ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: September 21, 2018

We’ve made it! Greetings, Blog of Doomers!  I am currently on location in Fairfax, VA, for NOVA Pro Wrestling’s NOVA Project 4, our anniversary show.  I’ll try to get a picture with 2 Cold Scorpio for y’all. Tonight’s a decent night for college football, as Penn State faces Illinois and FAU and UCF battle for ... Read more

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The Boss

Scott……..is there a reason Sasha Banks isn’t used better?   Is she in the doghouse??? She can go in the ring (IMO), she has a unique look, and a famous relative in Snoop Dogg.  Is she underutilized or am I wrong??? On the flip side………any particular reason behind the Alexa Bliss megapush that went on for ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – February 25, 1995

-Here was the feature match from WCW Prime, which aired on February 20: –Prime Match of the Week:  Hulk Hogan & Sting defeat the Bruise Brothers when Hogan pins one of the Bruises Brothers after a leg drop in 24 seconds: Eric Bischoff hypes this as a tryout match for the Bruise Brothers.  If so, ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – April 25, 1992

April 25, 1992 From Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect In action this week are Ric Flair, The Undertaker vs. Berzerker, Sgt. Slaughter, and Shawn Michaels. Plus, an interview with Sid Justice and more! Ric Flair w/ Mr. Perfect vs. Ron Cumberledge Ric gives shit to the ring ... Read more

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Most One Sided Feud?

Looking back on the recent Kevin Owens vs Braun Strowman program, what would you say was the most one sided feud?  I don't think anything will ever "top" the Undertaker vs D.D.P. in this category back in 2001.      Undertaker v. DDP was bad, and Undertaker's feud with Ric Flair leading up to WM18 was ... Read more

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Good wrestling sites

Hey Scott,   With the current crop of writers 411 now has on their staff, I just don't enjoy their site any longer.  Besides the BOD what are some of the good wrestling news and opinion sites out there?  I used google but couldn't find one that really jumped out to me.  Any suggestions good ... Read more

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Rock vs hbk

Now that HBK has finally bit the bullet and come out of retirement, do you believe we will see the one last dream match headline WrestleMania of Rock vs HBK? I know rock had heat with hbk for how he was treated in 97, but maybe rock is another place mentally now? It seems rock ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–09.20.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 09.20.18 Back to the actual “hidden gem” theme this week after a couple of weeks of weak Mae Young Classic-related matches. This week’s theme: Hispanic heritage! The Fighting Fifties Rito Romero v. Danny Savich (08.26.52) We’re back to 1952 at the Sportatorium in Dallas, and this ... Read more

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: Sept. 20, 2018 Night Thread

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Jets/Browns.  College football’s appetizer game is Temple/Tulsa from the American Athletic. Impact tonight features Austin Aries defending against Texano, Faby Apache appearing, and another name added to their Hall of Fame. After the jump, your indies roundup. Let’s look at some highlights from the week ... Read more

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PSX Classic

https://ift.tt/2DcI0PV Have to say, I’m suspicious that the 5 games announced are going to be the only worthwhile ones, because why wait to announce them?  I’m assuming no Crash or Spyro because they’re trying to milk the remasters still.  And no THPS because of licensing hell.  It does use standard USB connections for the controllers, ... Read more

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WWF UK Rampage ’92

April 19, 1992 From the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Tatanka vs. Skinner Heenan is tanked. I mean, its very noticeable when they show the announcers at the beginning of the show. Skinner toys with Tatanka to start. Tatanka grabs a side headlock then gets two ... Read more

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Smackdown – September 18, 2018

Smackdown Date: September 18, 2018 Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma Commentators: Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton We’re past Hell in a Cell now and AJ Styles is still the Smackdown World Champion, despite having tapped to Samoa Joe. That almost guarantees a rematch in Australia next month and that means the title is in ... Read more

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Wrestler You Thought Was Going To Be A Star But Didn’t?

What wrestler did you think was going to be a future star, but they ended up flaming out pretty quickly?  I thought Mason Ryan, with his young Batista look, had star written all over him when C.M. Punk picked him to join the new Nexus in 2011.  Less than a year later, he was gone ... Read more

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“Retro” moves

Are there moves that you feel are in need of a comeback?  Personally, I always dug the Russian Legsweep and Slingshot Suplex, but you rarely, if ever, see it used anymore.   The slingshot suplex has made a comeback here and there, especially with Tessa Blanchard becoming a bigger star, and guys like Dolph use ... Read more

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Snitches get stitches in UFC

Who did jon Jones snitch on to get his ban reduced? By weird coincidence, Brock is back in the WWE… Dave was already flying the conspiracy flag in a different direction, being that there's a UFC in MSG in November and it's currently lacking in a main event at the moment.  Brock is doing the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–05.26.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 05.26.97 Live from Nashville, TN, drawing 6484. Your hosts are Tony, Larry and Mike Tenay. Back to two hours again after a few basketball-shortened shows, and frankly with all the stuff they were trying to pack in, it’s better off back at two hours again. Hollywood Hogan ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF King of the Ring ’93

Live from Dayton, OH Airdate: June 13, 1993 Attendance: 8,000 (7,000 paid) Hosted by Jim Ross, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Who will become the 1993 King of the Ring? Will Yokozuna regain the WWF title or will Hogan keep his “toy”? Let’s find out! Here is the bracket for the ... Read more

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Urgent Question

With their rapidly growing influence and ability to put together matchups thought to be impossible, has Saudi Arabia become the Mecca of Sports Entertainment? Apparently Brock is getting a one night payday numbering into the MILLIONS.  PLURAL.  So yeah.  

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 19th, 1992

April 19, 1992 From the Sports Arena in Toledo, OH Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Vince McMahon This week in action are Sid Justice, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and Virgil. Plus, an interview with Ric Flair.   The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer vs. Mike Collins Undertaker beats on Collins then catches him with a ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 19, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: April 19, 2004 Location: Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re done with Backlash and that means it’s time to start the long road to Bad Blood in June as May is Smackdown’s turn. Chris Benoit retained the World Title in another classic triple threat match while Randy ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 13, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: September 13, 2018 Location: Rebel Sports Complex, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews The very slow build towards Bound For Glory continues, which should be the case given how far away the show really is. We now have a main event of World Champion Austin Aries defending against Johnny Impact, ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – April 18th, 1992

This is the first show that is just “Superstars” instead of “Superstars of Wrestling” due to a lawsuit won by promoter Albert Patterson who claimed rights to the name. Read all about that right here April 18, 1992 From Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect In action this ... Read more

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Stylish Booking

Like many, I'm a big AJ Styles mark. I'm happy he has been getting to perform on the biggest stage & show the uninformed how good he is.  But HOLY HELL, what is with his booking? From Ambrose to KO to Nakamura to now (it appears) with Samoa Joe, they always seem to ruin good/great ... Read more

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Cena and #17

Hey Scott,   Since John Cena is nearing the end of his in ring career do you think Vince will give him the official record breaking 17th title win before he hangs it up for good?  He could, I suppose, but the actual record is closer to 25 anyway.  But I don't think Cena has ... Read more

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Finisher kickouts

Scott, I'm about to go all "get off my lawn" Bret Hart style, but……. Rollins kicks out of too many finishers. Ok, to elaborate, I really like Seth but going back to that ironman gauntlet match from earlier this year, sub Dolph in for Seth, and let him kick out of everyone's finisher, wouldn't Dolph ... Read more

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Breaking News

Hey, Scott: Why does WWE leak random "breaking news" to outlets like Rolling Stone or Newsweek? Seems that it takes eyeballs/page views from wwe.com and no one could seriously believe that these "real news" outlets give rasslin' the rub of credibility. So, what's the point? Networking, I guess?  I don't really get it either.  But ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 17, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: September 17, 2018 Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves It’s the night after the Cell and that means things are now heading towards a variety of shows because the days of building towards one event on Monday night is gone. In this case we’re ... Read more

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The SmarK RAW Rant–12.14.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 12.14.98 Live from Tacoma, WA Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler D-Generation X are here to start, and it’s the hallmark of Vince Russo booking: People dressed up as other people for “comedy”. Jesus, it worked ONE TIME and then we had to endure it for years later. ... Read more

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NJPW: Destruction in Beppu

NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING DESTRUCTION IN BEPPU BEPPU B-CON PLAZA, BEPPU, OITA, JAPAN SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 – Hello old friends.  I’m back.   –  Your hosts are Kevin Kelly and Mark Warzecha.   1.  Yuji Nagata, Manaabu Nakanishi, and Yuya Uemura vs.  Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and Yota Tsuji – Always fun to see the ... Read more

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Scott’s Earliest Stars

Hey, Scott: Your response to the question about the quantity of quality matches in 2018, got me thinking: 1.) Is Steamboat/Savage at WM III (1987) the oldest WWF/E match you've given five stars to? What came the closest before this one? 2.) Same question for the NWA/WCW…off the top of my head, can I assume ... Read more

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The Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight!  It’s Smackdown Live with more fallout from HIAC and probably some hype for the THREE PPVs that are coming up in the next month.  What happened to cutting back on the specials?  Tens of millions of dollars of Saudi money sure changed that tune.  Just ask Shawn Michaels. Also tonight, the debut of season ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: SuperBrawl V

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Baltimore, Maryland. –Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (15-0) pins Paul Roma (4-2) after a schoolboy at 13:20: This match has acquired a cult following over the year because of Roma’s antics during the match.  Long story short, Roma was not happy to be ... Read more

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WWF European Rampage – Munich, Germany: April 14th, 1992

April 14, 1992 From the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany The hosts are Carsten Schaefer and Uli Fesseler as this a German language broadcast.   Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Dino Bravo This was originally supposed to be Bret vs. Shawn Michaels but Jake Roberts quit and was advertised in the main event against Randy Savage ... Read more

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Shawn to return for Saudis

https://ift.tt/2D9Q1oA That link doesn’t have any info about Shawn, of course, but Dave was talking about the Crown Jewel show this morning and the semi main is going to be UT and Kane against Shawn and HHH.  To which I note that I’ve been saying for years that one day Vince would back a big ... Read more

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A Journey Through Memphis: CWA TV 3/8/1986

There’s an intense scene as Bill Dundee and Buddy Landell target the Jarrett family by viciously attacking both Jerry and Jeff. Eddie Marlin believes there is only one man to get rid of Dundee and Landell, and it is the King. But, will Lawler return to team with Dutch? CWA TV Date: 3/8/1986 From: Memphis, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for the Mae Young Classic–S02E02

The SmarK Rant for the Mae Young Classic – S02E02 Taped from Full Sail Your hosts are Michael Cole, Beth Phoenix & Renee Young Round One: Priscilla Kelly v. Deonna Purrazzo Clearly Purrazzo is one of the people on their short-list, although it would be helpful if she had a Jeff Jarrett gimmick where she ... Read more

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The recent overuse of the word “sequence” on commentary

Hi Scott I don't know if it's just me, but it feels like the commentary teams on WWE are going overboard with their use of the word "sequence" nowadays – every time there's a good bit of back and forth in a match, we get "What a sequence!" or similar. Is it just me, or ... Read more

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“At least the match will be good”

I've been seeing the hype for NXT, New Japan, etc. and it definitely seems like there isn't a space anymore for fans of sports entertainment. By "sports entertainment," I don't mean the lowest common denominator sports entertainment that insults the intelligence (Russo-esque worked shoot promos that announce wrestling is fake, old women birthing rubber hands, ... Read more

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Has WWE Speak gone too far?

I was watching Hell in a Cell with my brother and his wife. I think it was during the AJ-Joe match(it may have been another match), they brawled outside the ring and into the crowd. The commentators said that they "left the ringside area and entered the WWE universe". We all burst out laughing at ... Read more

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Technically best year of matches?

With Wrestle Kingdom, Dominion, All the Takeovers, some examples on the weekly nxt show, and HIAC, and I’m not even including if you’ve seen anything from G1, Golden Lovers/Bucks, and Omega/Ishii from Hiroshima… Technically is this the highest rated year, let’s say 4.5 Star and up, from you? Sent from my iPhone Including the G1?  ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend and if you still like good wrestling shows you were treated to one last night with a few very good matches and one that even I thought “am I watching a five-star match” and it’s become trickier in modern times because you really don’t know ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 12th, 1992

So, I went on vacation last week and my plan was to finish up the “thoughts” sections of my recaps because I did everything else but that never got to take place so expect a lot more reviews over the next several days because I am back.   April 12, 1992 From the Coast Coliseum ... Read more

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Covering for Roman, ruining HIAC

1) After the debacles at WrestleMania and Backlash with the crowds shitting on Roman Reigns main events, the WWE has now resorted to using smoke and mirrors to cover up for him. At SummerSlam, they teased the Braun cash-in from the onset to keep the crowd excited. And tonight they added Foley as ref, have ... Read more

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Five-Star Meh

I watched the Shield vs. Ziggler / McIntyre match from Hell in a Cell and thought it was very good, but just couldn’t get emotionally invested enough in it to call it a ***** match.  Maybe it’s because the Rollins / Ziggler feud has been going on so long or more likely because I knew ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Hell in a Cell 2018–09.16.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 – 09.16.18 Live from San Antonio, TX Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & Renee Young. HELL IN A CELL: Jeff Hardy v. Randy Orton They don’t even give us a video package for this one, so I’m left somewhat confused about how we ... Read more

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More New Gen questions

Hey Scott, some more questions from the 93/94 WWF era: 1) after being made the unquestionable undisputed Intercontinental champion in a phenomenal ladder match at WM X, Razor dropped the title a month later already against Diesel. What the hell? Way to make the title prestigious. Just so Razor could enter the KOTR (and getting ... Read more

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Angelo Mosca Jr

Hey yo,  I'm currently binge watching Mid Atlantic wrestling and just got to the part where Angelo Mosca Jr shows up to help daddy and beats Ivan Koloff for the Mid Atlantic title. I've always heard this dude was beyond awful but after seeing it for myself, all I can say is wtf??? He couldn't ... Read more

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Nostradamus Keith

So remember your rant on the Brian Pillman DVD and the quote on Pillman’s son:  –” We get closing comments from everyone, including Brian Pillman Jr, who is probably destined for a push in wrestling with that name” Sure enough here he is part of the new Hart Foundation attacking Kevin Sullivan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON_mG4mvJWk  Feel old ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–12.13.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 12.13.98 Live from Vancouver, BC, it’s the pre-game for Rock Bottom! Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Shane McMahon Vince McMahon joins us to start, and he’s confident that Austin will be LITERALLY buried alive, along with his chances of winning the WWF title again. You ... Read more

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The Lazy Sunday Thread

Tonight!  It’s Hell in the Cell, aka “Scott struggles to stay awake for 3.2 hours”. Check out Sunday Night Heat this morning, as we’re thankfully into the home stretch before I can kiss this awful era goodbye for good. Talk about your Sunday here!

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