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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 05/04/00 Review

This was the first episode of Smackdown following Backlash with the next PPV, Judgment Day, on the horizon in less than three weeks. The Rock was the WWF Champion that had to deal with the McMahon Family trying to stack the deck against him all the time. In this episode, that meant defending the WWF ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WrestleMania XI to XX

So here we go with the next part of Six of the Best for WrestleMania, today covering the WrestleMania’s from XI to XX. This one was really difficult because there were so many fantastic matches to choose from and narrowing them down to six was close to impossible. There are definitely going to be disappointed ... Read more

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The Sunday Night Reset: March 31, 2019

For the record, I’m pre-writing this during the Michigan St/Duke halftime, so I can’t report on the Final Four. Your AAF game to night is San Antonio and Arizona, while Baseball is back with your Game Of The Week being Braves/Phillies. I’m going to miss local wrestling… but hopefully it will be back soon. Enjoy ... Read more

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How WrestleMania Really Ends…

Sooooo anyone who thinks Becky isn’t winning the Main Event hasn’t been paying attention.  The Bexter beats Ronda or Charlotte and celebrates in the ring, but not with hugs and tears from the other ladies.  Big Mommy Cool Steph will come raise her hand….and promptly get decked and put in the Disarm Her.  This will ... Read more

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tag titles

WWE announced that the Revival will defend the Raw Tag Titles against Black and Ricochet on Monday night. This allows for the possibility of the Raw Tag Team Champions challenging for the NXT Tag Titles at Takeover.  Provided this comes to pass, does that mean that a whole bunch of people owe Vince Russo an ... Read more

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Macho-Steamboat Post-WM3

Watching SNME #11 from May 1987 that you just redid, I didn't realize how much they were planning on continuing that feud. Any idea what the long term plan was? Would Honky have also continued to with Jake? Would an extended feud with Steamboat have made it less likely that Savage turns face and is ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–04.18.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 04.18.99 Hey, I bought a new car! We went out for a test drive and ended up taking a 2017 Chevy Equinox home, which is actually the newest car I’ve ever owned. Taped from somewhere, I dunno. The heat machine is in full effect, though. Your ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 03/10/2009 #144

Primo Colon vs. The Miz Amazingly both men are still on the roster in 2019 with Miz demolishing Primo last week on Smackdown. They show a clip of Morrison & Miz dressing up as Ben Affleck to mock The Colons (Striker: “the punctuation?”). Primo & Carlito are the WWE Tag Team champions after beating Ryder ... Read more

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WrestleMania 2000

Any idea what the original plan was for WrestleMania 2000 had Stone Cold been healthy?  Austin was nearly crippled by Summerslam 99 as it is.  No chance they were even making plans for him at WM.  

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Hart/Michaels; Why did they hate each other?

I know Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels hated each other when they both worked for the WWF/E.  My question is WHY could they not stand each other?  Was it just a simple clash of personalities, or did it go deeper than that?   They actually were friends until 1997, when they started the storyline where ... Read more

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Smackdown – October 28, 2004

Smackdown Date: October 28, 2004 Location: Qwest Center, Omaha, Nebraska Attendance: 3,700 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We have a new hero around here as Booker T. pinned JBL in a six man tag last week, setting himself up as the likely next challenger. That makes perfect sense and is a good way to set up ... Read more

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Dark Side of Pro Wrestling

I don't know if you've seen the trailer for this new tv show or if you even have the Viceland channel up there, but it's for a new show called "Dark Side of Pro Wrestling" that talks about the Von Erichs, Bruiser Brody's murder, and since Bret Hart is in there I''m assuming Montreal (and ... Read more

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WWE Succession

What is the current status of the plans for WWE after Vince dies? I hear things about Triple H possibly becoming CEO but not having an MBA, and Linda moving to a Trump Super PAC muddies any chance of her coming back. No one really knows.  Current theory is that Stephanie inherits the company and ... Read more

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WrestleMania IV

At WrestleMania III, they packed the Pontiac Silverdome, and even if they didn’t draw the claimed 93,000, it was a huge crowd. Fast forward one year, and they’re having WrestleMania IV in front of 16,000 at the Trump Plaza. Is there a reason you know of why they moved to such a smaller venue, or ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – March 29, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: March 29, 2019 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re still in Las Vegas and on the way to the both United We Stand and Rebellion, meaning it’s hard to say what we’re going to be seeing in the next few weeks. I’m ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #11–05.02.87

The SmarK Rant for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – 05.02.87 Carrying on with another one that could use a redo. Don’t have to twist my arm to get me reviewing 1987 shows again. Taped from South Bend, IN, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish! That team name has always confused me, since the ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Still reeling over the discovery of Bret Hart v. Tom Magee.  Thankfully I’ve got the weekend to process it. 35% Off Tees, Long Sleeves & Sweatshirts at shop.wwe.com! Valid 3.30.19 through 3.31.19 at 11:59 PM PST.   March Bashness continues: “ Here’s the first round results of this year’s March Bashness with its own dose ... Read more

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OMFG IT IS REAL

I have the VCR. Tape is in and I’m watching it. pic.twitter.com/Im7FUa90OA — Mary-Kate Anthony (@marykayfabe) March 29, 2019 I don’t even know how to process it.  WE MIGHT GET TO SEE IT! Holy shit first the Last Battle of Atlanta and now BRET vs MAGEE?!?

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Six of the Best – WrestleMania I to X

Seeing as we’re just over a week out from WrestleMania 35, I decided that I’d start putting Six of the Best together for the WWE’s premier event. Due to there being so many WrestleMania events, I’ve decided to split the lists into three categories, those covering WrestleMania’s 1 to 10, those covering WrestleMania’s 11 to ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: March 29, 2019

We made it! Duke/Virginia Tech, UNC/Auburn, Kentucky/Houston, and Michigan State/LSU are on tap for tonight. RIP Koji Kitao. I’ll be busy playing video game golf because I’m boring.  This weekend brings a review of a Beyond show, plus I go say goodbye to that idiot promoter who got the promotion shut down because of his ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – May 20, 1995

–WCW Prime for May 15 featured one new bout, taped at an old WCW Pro taping.  It was commentated by Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes. Prime “MOO” Match of the Week:  Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (3-6) pins Joey Maggs after a right hand at 3:25: Schiavone says that the purpose of this contest is ... Read more

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Linda McMahon

Setting the stage for McMahonamania to run wild a Wrestlemania. https://ift.tt/2JRpwYo I bet the Elite guys went to her for help in launching AEW.  Now who will stand up for the little guy, if not Linda Mahon?  

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 05/01/00 Review (Rock vs. Shane for WWF Title)

The big news coming out of Backlash one night earlier was that The Rock became the WWF Champion for the fourth time when he defeated Triple H in a thrilling main event match. Rock didn’t do it alone because he got some help from Steve Austin, who saved Rock from Triple H and the McMahon ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – July 12th, 1993

July 12, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Yokozuna (c) w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Crush  The crowd is singing the last lines of the Star Spangled Banner and pumping themselves up with USA chants. ... Read more

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Demon at WM?

This is probably reading too much into promotional stuff, but I got the following banner in my list of “things to promote” today, and look who’s featured pretty prominently… Does Balor even have a match scheduled?  Is he gonna pull out the Demon gimmick for the Andre battle royal?  Maybe add himself to the Cruiserweight ... Read more

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Daniel Bryan WM 30 What if…??? (for blog discussion)

Hey Scott, Long-time reader, first time writer from tiny Luxembourg here. Been a silent fan of your work since the early 2000s and your blog has become one of my favourite daily reading spots. Keep up the good work! Anyway, on to my question. I was re-watching Wrestlemania 30 in preparation for this year’s epic ... Read more

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Book this Pal

Hey Scott,   I know you've been getting suggestions for the 2 day Mania for a couple of years now, but I think I may have come up with something that may work.   Completley scrap the Rumble ppv and have that on night one as the main event.  Then on night two have the ... Read more

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Beating a match concept to death?

With the recent overuse of the gauntlet match in the WWE in the last several months, do you ever remember a company overusing a match concept to the point that you never wanted to see it again/see it for a long time?  I can remember when Eric Bischoff was Raw G.M. they seemingly had at ... Read more

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Thoughts on the G1 Supercard?

With the card out, what are your thoughts? https://ift.tt/2UTfN4V Looks like an amazing card to me and I think the opener (Cobb/Ospreay) could be a show-stealer. ZSJ/Tanahasi and Naito/Ibushi should be awesome. I like Jay White more than others, so I'm on board with the main event. Only downside to me is the RoH-only matches, which ... Read more

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Fwd: Omega Man: A Wrestling Love Story

Have you seen it? What did you think? I thought the first half hour was promising, but in the end, it was just an extended kayfabed explanation of the last few years of his career, which didn’t really reveal anything shocking. Kind of a letdown. Although, I am sure Jim Cornette’s brain will explode if ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–03.28.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 03.28.19 It’s a whole BUTTLOAD of Hall of Fame related gems this week. Too bad, I was really digging the March to Wrestlemania theme thus far. WWE.com also has new merch up to commemorate the Hall of Fame inductees, including new Hart Foundation shirts that are ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-28-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 28, 1982 (taped 12/25) Attendance: 12,000 Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kerry conquer Flair and capture the World title in a cage? How will Hayes’ involvement as a referee affect the match? Also, who will help me tell the last tale from 1982? Ugh. Gag me with a spoon, ... Read more

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BOD Brand Split

Scott,     Serious question. I was reading your March 87 SNME review and it got me to thinking. Would you ever consider splitting the blog WWE Brand Split style and and starting a second blog? One would be dedicated only to the current product and one would be only about older stuff. I’ve toyed with ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: The Thursday Night Thread, March 28, 2019

Gonzaga/Florida State, Virginia/Oregon, Michigan/Texas Tech, and Tennessee/Purdue begin tonight. Meanwhile, let’s look at the calm before the indies storm: AIW has WrestleRave on TONIGHT!  Weird World teams with Session Moth Martina to take on the Production in a huge six-man, but for me, the highlight is the women’s match: Allie Kat vs Kylie Rae! CMLL ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 11th, 1993

July 11, 1993 From the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan   Adam Bomb w/ Johnny Polo vs. Bob Clancy Ross says we will find out what happened at the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” and will see Tatanka & Smoking Gunns vs. Bam Bam Bigelow & Headshrinkers ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WCW Uncensored

Uncensored has tended to have a bit of bad rep amongst the wrestling community, normally because it often produced some of the very worst matches of the year from WCW. For instance, the awful Doomsday Cage match of 1996 and the horrendous main event between Hollywood Hogan and Randy Savage from the 1998 version of ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – July 10th, 1993

July 10, 1993 From the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, WV Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We see the same video package about the Stars & Stripes Challenge that we saw on “Monday Night RAW” except this time its narrated by Jim Ross.   An ... Read more

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Reader Mail

With the size of the WWE roster as big as it is now and the issue of getting match counts down on Wrestlemania due to how long the shows have grown with the current roster clashing for a spot against the part-timers or once-a-year talents – pros and cons of doing one of the following ... Read more

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Wrestling Families

Hey Scott, hope all is well. With all the young talent working the indies and abroad, which son of a former wrestler had the chance to be the biggest star and wind up in WWE. 1. Brian Pillman Jr. 2. Cody Hall I think Pillman.  Hall is already having injury problems, is he not?  I ... Read more

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Mania Main Event Finish

Shayna Baszler and the other UFC Horsewomen help Rhonda win and celebrate to end Mania. Bailey and Sasha take Becky and Charlotte to therapy and they united to do Horsewomen vs Horsewomen at Summerslam. Then Rhonda goes off to make little Rhondas. You heard it here first. They literally cannot put Duke & Shafir on ... Read more

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Alvarez with the most reasonable take on Asuka dropping the belt to Charlotte

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=55&v=D592ZGIGTPs  He covers his point in the first five minutes. I often disagree with Alvarez and I was expecting his reaction to be the complete opposite, but he's right on the money when discussing the title change and circumstances surrounding it. I'll add that I don't understand the narrative that Asuka is being buried and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #10–03.14.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #10 – 03.14.87 What can I say? I was feeling nostalgic for this era after watching Prime Time Wrestling the other day, and my original rant on this show is pretty crappy. So it’s time to back and start redoing these classic shows, starting with what was ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-27-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 27, 1982 (taped 12/25) Attendance: 12,000 Hosted by Bill Mercer Who will win the vacant six-man titles? With $10,000 on a pole, who takes home a spectacular Christmas present? And who will be RSG’s helper with this reflection? It’s totally not 1983 yet, Julie. Hold on for a couple ... Read more

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Becky and Kofi

I mean, come on, you just know Vince is going to troll the fuck out of everyone and have both lose at Mania right? The Bexster can lose and get her big singles win at Backlash or whatever the April show is, though.  So I bet they do it for HEAT.   However, Kofi 100% ... Read more

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NXT – March 27, 2019

NXT Date: March 27, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo A lot of things changed last week and while that was the kind of thing that had to be done, NXT managed to do it very well, setting up what should be a heck of a ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread!

Tonight!  It’s NXT and NXT UK and that usual stuff Baseball season is here!  Vlad Jr is still injured until April, WINK WINK. I got approached by WWE about putting some affiliate links on various posts, which is pretty cool of them. So if you click on them and buy something from WWE.com I make ... Read more

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NXT UK – March 27, 2019

NXT UK Date: March 27, 2019 Location: Coventry Skydome Arena, Coventry, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’re down to two shows before Wrestlemania weekend, meaning we’re in for the build towards Pete Dunne defending the United Kingdom Title against Walter in what should be an incredible showdown. I’m not sure what else we’ll be ... Read more

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PPV times?

Why exactly have they have gotten so long?  Vince makes the same amount of money whether a PPV is 4 hours or 8 hours. So why the endurance test? Because they don’t have PPV buys to track engagement any longer and wow investors, so instead they use their made up stat where more watching time ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – July 5th, 1993

July 5, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   The show starts off with a brief montage of a few entrants in the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” failing to slam Yokozuna.   We cut to the announcers with the ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – October 25, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: October 25, 2004 Location: Veterans Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa Attendance: 4,550 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the show after Taboo Tuesday, where not very much happened. Randy Orton defeated Ric Flair in a bloody cage match and Shawn Michaels’ knee injury kept us from having a very good main event. ... Read more

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RF Video Shoot Interview with Fred Rosser (AKA Darren Young)

This was filmed on March 10th, 2018 The interview was conducted by Rob Feinstein It runs at two hours and three minutes long   Rosser said his dad got him into wrestling as a kid by watching Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant and became hooked. His favorites growing up were Shawn Michaels and Ricky ... Read more

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Mike Awesome in WCW

Was Mike Awesome a guy that WCW could have built around when Russo/Bischoff resumed control of WCW in April 2000?   If he had come in and gone through Nash, Hogan, Sting, Luger, etc and set up a big match with Goldberg, wouldn't that have drawn money and helped WCW compete with the WWF? Where ... Read more

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Andre/Hogan question

Your Prime Time review today made me think of this one.  I had heard that on that legendary Piper's Pit, Andre was only supposed to rip Hogan's T-shirt off.  However when Andre grabbed Hogan's shirt, he accidentally grabbed Hogan's crucifix too and yanked that off as well.  Is this true?   Personally, I think ripping the ... Read more

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Bigger Issue For The Women

Thoughts on this Scott but WWE has spent so much time and effort toward building up Charlotte, Ronda and Becky that not only have they sacrificed the entire Smackdown women's roster making them all look like geeks including Asuka but have also used The Riot Squad as pawns destroying them as viable contenders to well, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–02.06.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 02.06.95 Brought to you by WWE Shop! Taped from Palmetto, FL, aka THE TAPING THAT NEVER ENDS. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Shawn Michaels for the last time. Lex Luger & Men on a Mission v. Tatanka, IRS & King Kong Bundy This is following from ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-18-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 18, 1982 (taped 12/3) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can David earn more gold and get even more revenge against Kabuki? What additional stipulation has been added to the cage match for the World title? Will Checkmate get another victory over McGraw and Madril? Also, who will be ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #309 – 27/03/1999

So with Living Dangerously 99 in the books, it’s time to see where ECW will go with their next pay per view event scheduled for the 16th of May 1999. Living Dangerously ended with Taz unifying the ECW and FTW Titles to become the undisputed ECW World Champion. The question is who will be the ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 26, 2019

Smackdown Date: March 26, 2019 Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips Ok it has to be tonight right? I mean it has to be. Tonight has to be the setup for Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan for Wrestlemania. Now when I say has to be, I mean it ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Backlash 2000 Review (The Rock vs. Triple H)

It’s time for WWF Backlash 2000. This is the pay-per-view that followed WrestleMania 2000 when Triple H retained the WWE Title thanks to Vince McMahon turning heel on The Rock to side with Triple H. Shane McMahon is the referee of the main event while Steve Austin (who had been out since November 1999 due ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – May 14, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio portion of the show.  Okerlund spoils the result of the feature match by calling it a “warm up” match for Ric Flair for Slamboree. –Heenan picks up a Butcher trading card and says it will soon be a collector’s item because the Butcher has ... Read more

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WWF Stars & Stripes Challenge

July 4, 1993 From the U.S.S. Intrepid in New York. Now, this was never broadcast on TV but rather shown on raw camera footage on the WWE Network under the Hidden Gems section. It runs for just over 50 minutes. Your hosts are Todd Pettengill and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.   We hear from fans. ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling–02.13.87

The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 02.13.87 Your hosts are Gorilla & Bobby. Yeah, back to the classic era of the show, since I left off back in 1987 with the February 2 ’87 show, building to WM3. I actually had most of the rest of 87 done from the 24/7 era, ... Read more

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Revisionism

https://ift.tt/2CxHedx If this is true I’m not a fan. Totally on-board with banning headshots going forward, and there’s nothing appealing about an old 1999 chairshot to the brain, but (music rights notwithstanding) there’s something dirty about sanitizing history—What’s next? All of ECW? That's not really what's being said here.  It's not like they're scrubbing footage ... Read more

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Luger post Wreatlemania X

Was there ever any idea to have Bret defend against Luger in a high profile singles match post WMX? Or was his goose cooked by the time we got to 'Mania? And was Perfect too injured still to work a short program with Luger to continue their beef? Or was Perfect screwing Luger the payoff ... Read more

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Jim Powers – how dare you cast aspersions on this 100% natural man?

Hi Scott- Long time no talk, hope you are doing great. Saw you post about Jim Powers…totally don’t understand how you could think he was ever on anything.  All one needs to do is look at the guy on the post WrestleMania IX Raw to understand he was 100% natural 100% of the time.  Pic and ... Read more

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We get it already – he’s overcoming the odds

I seriously can't recall a build where such an obsessive focus on making babyfaces into underdogs colored the booking.  1. Aside from seeing them exchange the title like it was 1999, why the hell would I be interested in Finn (who values the title so much he's smiling a week after losing it, but I ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-11-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 11, 1982 (taped 12/3) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Who will win the war of words between Flair and Fritz? Can Bundy defeat Kevin to put himself in contention for the American title? And who will be helping display this tasty treat for you? Thanks, Amy, but be ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 25, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: March 25, 2019 Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re down to less than two weeks before Wrestlemania and the big story today (and one of the biggest in recent years) is that the Raw Women’s Title match will be headlining the show. It’s hard ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 4th, 1993

July 4, 1993 From the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH And like Superstars, we get a new opening montage for Challenge. Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan   The show starts off with the terrible promo from Mr. Fuji with Yokozuna to hype up the “Stars & Stripes Challenge” that we heard ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! We’re officially on the Road to Wrestlemania with the announcement of the women’s main event and the Hart Foundation’s induction into the Hall of Fame. Also wrestling is officially Bella-less after Nikki announced her retirement. Otherwise the second-to-last RAW before Wrestlemania will include an open challenge from Drew McIntyre and Samoa Joe ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – July 3rd, 1993

July 3, 1993 From The Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, WV. We get brand new graphics and a theme song for the opening montage. It even features Hulk Hogan. Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler In action this week are the Steiner Brothers, Bam Bam Bigelow, 1-2-3 ... Read more

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Massive bois

Who had the most insane physique (let's just assume thanks to roids, allegedly) throughout wrestling history? Just saw Robbie Rage of WCW's High Voltage and holy christ, those arms are thicker than my upper body! Lex Luger in the 80s (look up his start in CWF in 85 alongside Percy Pringle), Hawk in the 80s, ... Read more

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The Rock vs. Toronto in 2003 or HBK vs. Montreal in 2005

Hey Scott, I was discussing these two promos with my friend the other day as they're both brilliant for different reasons. I said the HBK one was better and he said The Rock's was better.  With The Rock's promo, his work was cut for him as the crowd wanted to cheer him badly and he ... Read more

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Worst follow-up to a hot angle/storyline?

What do you think was the worst follow-up to a hot angle/storyline?  In terms of recently, I'd have to give the nod to the whole Mizdow/Damien Sandow finally snapping and breaking away from the Miz.  Right after that went down, they had Sandow come out and cut a promo saying he was going to be ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–02.13.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 02.13.95 I love that the teaser for this one on the site is “Hotline sleaze award winner” because really it could be ANYTHING coming out of Mean Gene’s mouth. But I think it’s a pretty famous case of hotline sleaze related to Blackwell’s death. Let’s see, shall we? – But first, ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: March 24, 2019

Tonight, the NCAA Tournament rolls on with Virginia the last top seed in action while our Cinderella matchup of Oregon/UC Irvine closes things out. Also, the women are in the second round today and tomorrow.  Go ahead and watch that if you want. Mojo Rawley’s friend announced he’s leaving football today. Enjoy the night, everyone.  ... Read more

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Rick Rude with Jim Cornette

Scott, Rick Rude gets put with Jim Cornette instead of Paul Jones.  Dusty was good at multi-level booking in '86.  Rude/Midnight Express/Big Bubba as the alternate Dusty SuperFriends feuds to the Horsemen feud.  But, I'm sure Rude got excellent fashion tips while im Paul Jones' Army. Probably got better coke from Manny Fernandez.  Wait, was ... Read more

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Original plan

What was the original plan for every WWE, WCW and ECW ppv? Also, what was the original plan for the last episode of All American  Wrestling.  Thx.  1.  Cena was gonna turn heel.  But then he didn’t.  2.  DX invades Montreal in a tank. 

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LMTYS Presents: The Meltzer 5-Star Project – Week #5

Greetings grapple fans. A mix of Meltzer’s 80s favourites this week, with a little of Crocket wrasslin’ and some native vs. gaijin All Japan tag action. #012 – NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair (c) vs. Barry Windham (JCP Crockett Cup’87, 11-04-1987) The obvious criticism of Flair has been that he always wrestles the same ... Read more

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Marvel

Unless I missed it, what’d you think of Captain Marvel?  And any thoughts on Endgame? It is fascinating how Marvel has built a storyline in a clear cut way like wrestling used to where now everyone and their mother now wants to see the payoff. Really enjoyed Captain Marvel, especially Sam Jackson playing it more ... Read more

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One more Warrior question

If the Ultimate Warrior had become a successful WWF Champion, do you think he would have kept the title until at least Wrestlemania 7.  If that would have happened what do you think we would have got? Hogan/Warrior II?  Warrior vs. Savage in a tittle vs career match? Warrior vs Slaughter? Something else? It was ... Read more

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Baffling Match Results

This was inspired by the Bret Hart/IRS draw result.  What are the most baffling match results you've ever seen.  I'm not talking about results where you disagree with it but can at least see some explanation about why they went there. I'm talking results that make no sense at all. To this day I'm baffled ... Read more

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Scott Hudson

What happened to former WCW announcer Scott Hudson?  I remember he called the infamous Buff Bagwell vs Booker T match on Raw in the summer of 2001.  Was that just a one off thing, or was he brought in to announce for WCW before they scrapped the whole idea of them having their own show?   ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 04/27/00 Review (Steve Austin Returns)

This was the go-home show for the WWF heading into Backlash. The big story for this episode is that Steve Austin was there to send a message to Triple H and his buddies. There was a memorable moment in the “main event” of this episode. Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “Steve Austin plays mind ... Read more

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“Local Medical Facility”?

Is it true that when the WWE does an injury angle with a wrestler getting rushed out in an ambulance, they purposely say "local medical facility" instead of "emergency room" because they don't want fans calling or showing up at the local ER?  I've heard this a bunch of times over the last several years, ... Read more

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The (Cheap and) Lazy Sunday Thread!

The weekend is coming to a close, and so did the New Japan Cup last night.  Unsurprisingly, Okada is your winner and will face Jay White in the main event of the MSG show next month.  I smell a title change. Kenny Omega’s documentary debuts on TSN up here this Wednesday, which some are guessing ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–04.11.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 04.11.99 Last time on RAW: Kane and X-Pac put aside their clashing color schemes and win the WWF tag titles from Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett and become the original Vince Russo “Wacky Tag Team Partners Who Hate Each Other”. RSPW is still waiting for that ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 03/03/2009 #143

Tonight, Swagger teams with Miz & Morrison in the main event to ensure the rest of the card will be like the forty minutes Tarantino could have cut out of his film but insisted on leaving in. Kane (Raw) vs. The Boogeyman (Sci-Fi because no other brand wants him) See No Evil makes it’s Sci-Fi ... Read more

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The Dirt

A quick review? Thumbs up!  Glossed over a LOT of the story, which is surprising for a movie that promised to deliver all of the "The Dirt", and the timeline was a bit messed up, but I really enjoyed it and all the glorious debauchery therein.  I really wish they had gone into more detail ... Read more

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The Saturday Night Thread!

Tonight, it’s a UFC on ESPN Plus!  Tomorrow is the finals of the New Japan Cup, with the slightly unlikely matchup of SANADA v. Okada. I’m watching the fuck out of The Dirt tonight on Netflix, you betcha. For those wondering what my Florida Man index is, Googling “Florida Man August 30” produces “Florida Man ... Read more

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Smackdown – October 21, 2004

Smackdown Date: October 21, 2004 Location: MetroCentre, Rockford, Illinois Commentators: Michael, Cole, Tazz Maybe it’s having Taboo Tuesday dulling my brain for nearly three hours but last week’s show isn’t exactly standing out to me. I’m not sure what to expect here but Survivor Series is in about a month so the build is probably ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – March 22, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: March 22, 2019 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews It’s title time as Rich Swann defends the X-Division Title against Sami Callihan, who is ticked off over Swann turning down the chance to join OVE. Other than that we’re likely to get some ... Read more

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Becky/Ronda = HBK/Bret?

By all accounts, Ronda and Becky were pretty cool around Survivor Series time and now judging by what you believe, it seems like that relationship has strained. Is it possible they worked themselves into legit heat with each other ala HBK/Bret or is it just some elaborate worked shoot stuff? Bro.  Come on now.

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Original Plans for Halloween Havoc 99

When WCW originally booked the card for Havoc 99 it was before Russo and Ed Ferrera took over. The Main event was a rematch between Heel Sting and babyface Hogan from Fall Brawl 99.  Also it was Goldberg challenging Sid for the US title. When Russo came in, he changed everything in WCW, including Jeff ... Read more

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Gotta Protect Mike Rotunda’s Heat!

Hey Scott– I was reading through a random Observer from late July, 1991. One of the results stood out like a sore thumb. Bret Hart and IRS had a match, and the result was a draw. …the hell? We are less than a month from SummerSlam where Bret beats Perfect clean via submission and becomes ... Read more

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Size of the nWo

Was the nWo always supposed to have gotten as big as it did, or was it originally supposed to have been around 5-7 guys?  I can't believe Hogan, Nash, Hall, and Bischoff wouldn't foresee that adding scrubs like Bubba Rogers, Michael Wallstreet, Vincent, etc. would water down the group/concept.  Then again….. Yeah, I dunno.  I ... Read more

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Taboo Tuesday 2004

Taboo Tuesday 2004 Date: October 19, 2004 Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Attendance: 3,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler This is one of the more unique shows that WWE ever put together with the fans getting to pick the stipulations/participants/a few other things for the matches. This has presented a bit of a hard few ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–07.18.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 07.18.92 Taped from Glens Falls, NY. Your hosts on National Space Week, Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect. So FINALLY, four weeks away from Summerslam, they announce that it’s in Wembley Stadium (instead of the rough plan of Washington, DC that had been around for months) and tonight we ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

TODAY!  It’s the semi-finals of the New Japan Cup as we move closer to the MSG show, with Okada v. Ishii and Tanahashi v. SANADA.  Or maybe the other way around, I forget.  Regardless, it should be an Okada v. Tanahashi final on Sunday. Started watching The Act last night.  Holy shit.  My local theater ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – May 13, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  Tonight’s episode is only an hour in length because Atlanta Braves baseball gets more interest on TBS. –Opening Contest:  Stars & Stripes (17-7) beat Barry Hardy & Chris Speaker when Marcus Bagwell pins Speaker after a suplex-flying body press combination ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – June 28th, 1993

June 28, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   The announcers run down the show which includes Shawn Michaels vs. Kamala for the Intercontinental Title and Bastion Booger vs. Crush.   WWF Intercontinental Title Match: Shawn Michaels (c) w/ Diesel ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–March to Wrestlemania X! (03.13.94)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – March to Wrestlemania X (03.13.94) Well this is an unsurprising addition to the Hidden Gems this week. Not sure why they don’t just dump them all at once, but I guess you gotta make people want it. Taped from whatever shithole was hosting Wrestling Challenge. It ... Read more

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Fwd: Avengers: Endgame Theory RE: Loki

Hi Scott,   Long time, first time, etc.   I know you’re a comics fan, and you’ve commented on the Avengers movies on your blog a handful of times over the years, so I figured you might be a receptive audience to this theory I came up with.   Last night, I had Infinity War ... Read more

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Nakamura vs. Styles, one year later

With a year of hindsight, what was the point of Nakamura winning the Rumble and challenging Styles, just to lose to him for several months in a row? The whole feud feels pointless now and did nothing for either guy, other than to bury Nakamura in the midcard after it ended. Was there ever another endgame ... Read more

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WWE Top 10 List

What happened to the WWE Top 10 List on Smackdown?  A friend brought this up to me the other day, and I had totally forgot about it.  Was it supposed to be a regular thing, or was it just done for that storyline last year involving Bobby Roode/Randy Orton/Jinder Mahal and the U.S. Title?   You ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 22, 2019

Velveteen Dream vs. Matt Riddle Official for NXT Takeover: New York https://ift.tt/2HPXeef   AEW Road to Double or Nothing Episode #8   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch Kazuchika Okada vs. Roderick Strong from the 2015 Field of Honor Show

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Heel Bulldogs

Scott, Always enjoy reading the blog. Had Vince brought in Lord Alfred Hayes as a manager rather than office how much better of 'evil foreign' team to feud with Windham and Rotundo than Lord Alfred guiding the British Bulldogs?  Or is it too similar to Piper at the top? The Bulldogs would have been AMAZING ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 04/24/00 Review

This was the last episode of Raw before Backlash 2000. Things were really heating with most of the Backlash card known at this point. The main storyline was Triple H defending the WWF Title against The Rock at Backlash with Vince McMahon in Triple H’s corner and Steve Austin would be in The Rock’s corner. ... Read more

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March Bashness 2019

Hey Scott,   Wanted to share this with you as it’s always fun getting participation from the BOD. I decided to throw in some super teams to see how long they’ll survive against teams like The Revival, DIY, The Hart Foundation and The Shield.   https://ift.tt/2uoaYoO   Thanks as always for sharing and can’t ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: March 21, 2019

MARCH MADNESS!  Tonight features Gonzaga, Michigan, Kentucky, and more! As for indie wrestling, the big story is the return of WSU in Voorhees NJ Saturday night after a nine-month hiatus!  Kris Statlander faces Savannah Stone, Maria Manic and Rahne Victoria square off, and more! Others on the docket in this light week: Action Wrestling features ... Read more

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WWF All-American Wrestling – June 27th, 1993

June 27, 1993 Your hosts are Gene Okerlund & Bobby Heenan, who are at the New York Harbor with the U.S.S. Intrepid in the background. Really, its just a green screen.   We see Heenan laugh as he tapes a small piece to the back of Okerlund’s suit and laughs. The hosts then talk about ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for the Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection

The SmarK DVD Rant for Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection One of my faithful readers bought this for me a while ago, and I figured it was an interesting counterpoint to the Randy Savage documentary, in that Savage didn’t live long enough to come crawling back to Vince and thus got a begrudging DVD set ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: March 21, 2019

Original Plans for the Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade Feud The original plan for the feud was to have a mask vs. hair match but the idea ended up falling by the wayside. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   David Starr Pulls Promo Bashing Sinclair Broadcasting Due to Pressure from Ring of Honor https://ift.tt/2WdUdbF   ... Read more

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John Nord – The Berzerker

Early on in the Observer recaps there was all this talk about Nord the Barbarian and how over he was in the mid to late 80s in a few different promotions. It seemed he was a legit draw. He was even doing car commercials. And I kept thinking, isn't this the same guy who was ... Read more

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Finish Him!

In honor of Kevin Owens bringing the Stunner back to the main roster, a LIGHTNING ROUND!  With these Once-Established Finishers, who (if any) could you see on the main roster bring these back as a new or secondary finish:  1) Dragon Sleeper Roman Reigns!  It's the REMISSION! 2) Michinoku Driver That's a pretty common transition ... Read more

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Split winners in a tag team ladder match

Has that ever happened? Members of different teams each grab a belt at the same time? What would happen if they did? Hilarity!  No, but seriously, I think the rule (if there is one) is that the first member of the team to grab one of the titles is declared the winner.  I don't think ... Read more

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Mega Maniacs

Watched March to WrestleMania IX today, and read your review. Guess I'm wondering what the thought process behind the whole Beefcake/Hogan angle was.  Beefcake looked so out of his league with Hogan. I mean, I know they headlined SummerSlam together less than four years before that, but even then he felt like the weak end, ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior

The SmarK Rant for the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior (Time for 2019 Scott Sez action!  And then we’ll finish off Warrior Week or whatever this is later this morning.)  Well, you knew this was coming one day. I should preface this by noting that I was long a fan of the Warrior, not ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Living Dangerously 1999 – 21/03/1999

So here we are, after over a month of Hardcore TV episodes we finally reach Living Dangerously 99. This event was the first ever ECW show I saw, getting the VHS for Christmas in 1999 and immediately falling in love with the ECW product. I’d been an avid follower of the group in wrestling magazines ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – October 18, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: October 18, 2004 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the go home show for Taboo Tuesday and I don’t think many people are complaining. The show’s build has been a minor nightmare, though there are a few positive things here and there. The biggest problem is ... Read more

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3rd Man in the nWo?

I remember reading awhile ago that Hogan wasn't supposed to be the 3rd man in the nWo at Bash at the Beach 1996.  Who did WCW originally have in mind?   Hulk Hogan.  There were some rumoured backup plans and false starts like Bret Hart and Sting and British Bulldog, but the whole deal was ... Read more

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Jason Jordan and Baron Corbin

Yo Scott, I'm sure that nobody really cares, but Baron Corbin right now has the push and gimmick that was supposed to go to Jason Jordan, right? Jordan before the injury was kind of hinting at a heel turn, and an inveterate suck-up stooge better fit what Jordan was trending towards rather than Corbin and ... Read more

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NXT – March 20, 2019

NXT Date: March 20, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson We’re on the final taping cycle with three shows left before Takeover: New York. Last week’s big story saw Johnny Gargano finally outsmart Tommaso Ciampa after DIY was eliminated from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread!

Tonight!  It’s NXT and NXT UK and NXT Germany and NXT Zero with Cherry and NXT Qashqai SL Edition!  All on the WWE Network! Of course, there’s also some kind of high school basketball tournament if that’s your thing. Go out and buy Into the Spiderverse now, and have a great night!

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NXT UK – March 20, 2019

NXT UK Date: March 20, 2019 Location: Coventry Skydome Arena, Coventry, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness Things are getting very interesting around here as Walter made it clear that he’s coming for the UK Title. Last week saw Walter and champion Pete Dunne defeat the Coffey Brothers, but the big story was after the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 27, 1993

June 27, 1993 From the Centre 200 in Sydney, Nova Scotia Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan   The show starts off with Ross aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid to discuss its history and how Mr. Fuji & Yokozuna want to embarrass the American athlete. However, he believes that someone will step up and ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #308 – 20/03/1999

Here we are at the go home show for ECW Living Dangerously 1999 (Review due up tomorrow) Will there be some final storyline advancements to heat up the issues for the pay per view? Last week’s episode wasn’t an especially good one, as a lousy Delaware crowd and some questionable match finishes soured things considerably. ... Read more

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