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Smackdown – April 30, 2019

Smackdown Date: April 30, 2019 Location: Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton Things are starting to come back together around here as we have the first challenger to Kofi Kingston’s Smackdown World Title. Last week Kevin Owens turned on Kingston in a not very surprising yet still well done moment. ... Read more

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Backlash 99

Hi Scott, Obsessive fan here, just wondering if you’re planning on re-doing Backlash 99 anytime soon? The main reason I ask is to try and get a final rating on the HHH-X-Pac match. You have it at **** way back in the day, which you later attributed to hitting the drink pretty hard, and when ... Read more

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The Tuesday Night Thread!

Tonight, it’s Smackdown, as we discover how low the ratings can go! Playoffs continue unabated. Tomorrow it’s back to Superstars as we plough ahead to Survivor Series 92! Have a great night and hopefully Disqus doesn’t break again for a while.

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 05/25/00 Review

This is first Smackdown after Judgment Day 2000, which was the return of The Undertaker. Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “The McMahon-Helmsley Faction looks to get even with The Undertaker when Shane McMahon battles the American Bad-Ass in the main event.” Check out our WWF in 2000 archives for my reviews of all the ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – June 3, 1995

–Before we get into WCW Pro, there was a new match that aired on WCW Prime on May 29. –Prime “MOOOOO” Match of the Week:  Big Bubba Rogers (17-3) pins Kenny Kendall after a Big Bubba Slam at 3:07: Gordon Solie and Dusty Rhodes provided commentary for this match, with Solie asking Dusty if his ... Read more

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Territory Classics

Scott, When most people think of classic matches nowadays they rightfully think of the big national or international companies, however as I get older I find myself more drawn to the territory days. I was wondering if you had any territory-era matches that you consider all time classics? Memphis had things like the Lawler/Funk Empty ... Read more

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WWE Being Sold Confirmed?

Dear Scott, Isn't now (or just recently) the best time for the company to be passed down to Steph and HHH? They got a guaranteed tv deal and high stock that is (or was) theoretically at the best place to take a hit. With Vince almost being 80 (I think) wasn't this the time to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–01.12.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 01.12.85 Definitely time for a palette cleanser after Heat yesterday. Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Joel Watts Dr. Death joins us, and he wants everyone to know that he doesn’t need Mr. Helmet in order to be a tough guy, so he’s giving ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 29, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: April 29, 2019 Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves It’s a homecoming show for me as Rupp Arena hasn’t hosted a Raw since 2010, which was the first Raw there since 2000. Since I live ten minutes from the arena, it was rather nice to ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope you all had wonderful weekends in whatever part of the world you reside. After watching a couple of snippets of the NFL Draft, I’m wondering if the WWE shouldn’t hired ex-athletes to write promos. Pat McAfee and Reggie Wayne drew the sort of heel heat in Tennessee this past weekend ... Read more

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Meltzer (am I the only one annoyed when he does this?)

Whenever his friends, AEW, New Japan, or something/someone else in wrestling that he likes does something good, Meltzer ALWAYS manages to segue that praise into a negative comparison against the WWE. Most recent case of him doing this would be him praising the Cody and Dustin promos and comparing them to WWE promos. Rather than ... Read more

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The Monday Morning Thread

Brian must be tied up again, but he can always delete this later. Impact sounded like a pretty good show.  Brian Cage won the title but ended up in the hospital with a back injury. Cody is cutting some big time promos for Double or Nothing, finally leading to the Cody vs Dustin match. Avengers ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–05.16.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 05.16.99 Last week on RAW, Vince McMahon organizes a Union and Cactus Jack returns for a bullshit match with Mideon & Viscera. And the ratings just kept going higher and higher. Meanwhile, the Corporate Ministry arrives at the arena, featuring Undertaker in full ceremonial robes and ... Read more

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Gail Kim

Question for you Scott, What are your thoughts on Gail Kim? I find her supremely over rated. She's always been decent at best in the ring & is only know for the Kong matches. Outside of Kong, she wasn't able to replicate anything. Also her bitterness & crybabyness toward WWE is eyeroll inducing. I get ... Read more

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Eddie Guerrero

The Benoit "What If" questions from this last week got me thinking: where would you see Eddie Guerrero ending up if his health hadn't caught up with him & he lived on? Once/Twice a Year Special Attraction Performer? Settling into a trainer role? Manager/On-Air Talent? Or just out of the business in retirement?  I'm thinking ... Read more

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Reeves and Evans

So after watching Endgame (And mightily enjoying it) it led me to thinking  Has Chris Evans done with Captain America what Christopher Reeves did with Superman, in that his performance is now the iconic version of the character that everyone else will aspire to match? Also, of the two actors, who do think did a ... Read more

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Rebellion 2019

Rebellion Date: April 28, 2019 Location: Rebel Sports Complex, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews It’s back to pay per view for these people after some rather uninspiring television (though the go home show was good). The wrestling has been more than adequate but there’s very little that makes me want to watch ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 05/22/00 Review

This edition of Raw was the follow up to the Judgment Day 2000 PPV. The big news coming out of that show was that Triple H beat The Rock to regain the WWF Championship in a 60-Minute Iron Man Match that had a controversial finish. Plus, The Undertaker returned after missing about eight months of ... Read more

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Montreal

Hey Scott, watching Darkside of the ring and there are some aspects that make me feel it was a work. Scott Hall made some great points regarding the cameramen hitting the angles, spitting on Vince, and making the WCW sign, and I never understood why Bret would let Shawn put him in his finisher. I ... Read more

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Sunday Night Thread Dealie Thing – 04.28.19

We’ve come to the end of the weekend, and with it my vacation, so it’s back to work tomorrow. NHL Playoffs are continuing tonight, along with a TNA PPV or something if you’re into that. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Summerslam Retro Weekend, because it’ll be a while I try something like that again. Have a ... Read more

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Stand Back!

Hey Scott, So I recently watched Vince McMahon’s infamous performance of Stand Back at the 1987 Slammy’s with Hulk on bass, Savage, Jake and others on trumpet, and a host of dancing girls. Oh, and for those that haven’t seen it, http://bit.ly/2DEyLFM. I just have some questions and I’m hoping you can help answer them ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – April 26, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: April 26, 2019 Location: St. Clair’s College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis It’s the go home show for Rebellion and that means we’re in for what could be a good six man tag with the two major feuds coming together. In this case that would be the Lucha Bros/Johnny ... Read more

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Night of The Hill Jacks! Plus Question

Hello again, Poppa Smark! Since you've been so kind to us in the past, we were curious if you would indulge us once more with a plug for our newest wrestling-related podcast! I recently attended a WWE house show in Springfield Illinois and literally have never seen so many Hill-jacks in one place. I say ... Read more

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205 Corpse Live

I know you don't watch it, but what is your view on 205 live right now? Since the departures of Ali, Murphy and Cedric, we now have the likes of Kanellis, Carrillo and Oney filling up the ranks (aka the Conway Poppers), absolutely zero heat for almost sixty minutes every week, tweener champ Nese (great ... Read more

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Avengers opens with $1.2 BILLION

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=4507&p=.htm  Holy flurking snit.  Avengers destroyed all box office records this weekend and actually broke a billion even faster than the best projections.  It might hit Avatar money when all is said and done.  Unbelievable.   

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ECW on Sci-Fi 04/07/2009 #148

It’s the show after Wrestlemania and Josh Mathews joins Striker on commentary with both of them looking & sounding like they’re ready to discuss men’s rights. With regards to Wrestlemania and ECW: The Colons beat The Miz & Morrison to unify the WWE & World Tag Titles. Also Finlay & Christian were both in MITB ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Summerslam 92 (Director’s Cut)–08.31.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Summerslam 92 – 08.31.92 Taped from Wembley Stadium in London, drawing 78,000 and paying $2.2 million, an insane gate for the time. Buyrate was only 1.5, which was a big drop from 91 and was directly attributable to lack of Orange Goblin. However, given that this was the first ever ... Read more

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread!

Avengers is on target for a $1 billion worldwide box office by Tuesday.  Maybe even Monday.  Well deserved. Brody King and PCO won the Crockett Cup and thus NWA World tag titles on Saturday night in what sounds like a fun show.  It’s available for streaming on Fite.TV if you want to check it out. ... Read more

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Tom Magee vs. Bret Hart

Hey Scott, For the past month I've kept hearing about this match, but what is the all the hype about? Why was it never released and why is it considered a "long lost match" that people want to see? Just trying to get the backstory because I genuinely have no idea. Thanks! Really?  Wow.  OK, ... Read more

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Smackdown – November 25, 2004

Smackdown Date: November 25, 2004 Location: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s Thanksgiving and that means we’re likely in for a heavily themed show. That’s rarely a good idea around here as WWE doesn’t have the best track record with these things. That being said, there are worse things they ... Read more

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Saturday Night Thread!

It’s Saturday night! NHL and NBA playoffs continue on, plus of course everyone should go see Avengers because it’s amazing. Tomorrow we wrap up RETRO SUMMERSLAM WEEKEND with a long-overdue redo of 1992, complete with a special bonus. If you want to check out some indy stuff, the Crockett Cup returns on Fite.TV and I ... Read more

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Best heel explanations

Scott, in response to the thread about Sami Zahn (and Ziggler further down in the comments) berating the fans without really explaining their frustrations… What is the best explained heel turn from a wrestler talking to the fans?  I'm not trying to include heel turns that involve "I got tired of carrying wrestler X so ... Read more

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Paul Heyman on WWE Creative Team

Why did Paul Heyman leave the WWE Creative Team?  His work for the Smackdown Brand in the early 2000's got a lot of praise.  With them bringing back Bruce Pritchard and Jeff Jarrett to be a part of creative recently, I wonder why they never asked Heyman?  (Or in fact they did, and he turned ... Read more

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Austin not injured

What if the tombstone spot doesn’t happen? Austin was already getting massive face heat and clearly plans were in place for him to take over the company in 98. He showed at WM 13 he was capable of pulling out epic brawls while still being a great technician as well. How does wrestling change if ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Summerslam 97–08.03.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Summerslam 97: Hart & Soul – 08.03.97 It’s RETRO SUMMERSLAM WEEKEND! Today is 1997 and tomorrow is 1992, two rants that needed a redo pretty badly. Live from East Rutherford, NJ, drawing 20,213 and a gigantic $500,000 gate, but with a cruddy 230,000 buys, or a 0.8. Your hosts are ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

OH MY GOD AVENGERS.  Now I can breathe again. Vlad Guerrero Jr. finally debuted for the Blue Jays last night, although this is being written before that happened, so I can only assume he hit a conservative number of home runs, say 14. This weekend is RETRO SUMMERSLAM WEEKEND, a recognized holiday in 14 states.  ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: April 26, 2019

Yo, we made it, guys! Tonight, it’s the openers for Hurricans/Islanders as well as Avalanche/Sharks.  Meanwhile, the NBA is giving us Warriors (3) and Clippers (2) in their only game tonight. As a friendly reminder: We all know Avengers Endgame is the hottest ticket in town, but DO NOT DISCUSS THE MOVIE HERE!  We have ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – May 27, 1995

–Tonight’s show is a hybrid broadcast as some matches were taped at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia on May 10 and 11 and others were shown live from Speed Street in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Charlotte Speed Street Festival.  Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary in Charlotte, while Tony Schiavone ... Read more

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Which Programs Do You Move?

Hey Scott– With the move of Smackdown to FOX about five months away, there has been a lot of chatter about the network wanting supplemental programming for FS1 (seeing as they have a lot of holes in their lineup, what with UFC shows making up 93% of FS1 programming. Maybe they can talk to the ... Read more

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Dean Ambrose

Did Dean get to where he should of been? Or do you think he could of been bigger, maybe overachieved? Reason I ask is because back when he was doing house show loops for eternity, pre Shield. Guys like Punk and Regal were calling him the next big thing in wrestling due to his mic ... Read more

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WWWF/WWF Fan Reaction

Hey Scott, hoping that you or the readers may have some insight on this. How did longtime WWWF/WWF fans react to the birth of Hulkamania and the changes that began in 1984, leading into the rock n wrestling era? Going from wholesome Bob Backlund and popular workhorses like Bruno Sammartino to Hulk Hogan and all ... Read more

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WWE not caring about house shows?

Why did the WWE seemingly stop caring about house shows?  I heard someone claim the other day that it has been due to the rise of the WWE Network-new business model over 5 years ago, but it seems to me they haven't been caring about house show attendance since the end of the Monday Night ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Judgment Day 2000 Review

It’s time for WWE Judgment Day featuring a WWF Title match that saw The Rock defending the gold against Triple H in a 60-Minute Iron Man Match with Shawn Michaels as the referee. There was also a huge surprise return in the main event of this show as well. Judgment Day did pretty well in ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Worlds Collide: Girlfight 2K19!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Worlds Collide: Girls Collide Taped from Brooklyn, NY Your hosts are Vic Joseph, Aiden English & Mia Yim. Seriously, this is the third hour of content taped here, they’ve gotta be out of stuff now, right? This is also the shortest of the specials, at only 46 minutes. Candice ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–08.29.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 08.29.92 Taped from Worcester, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect Meanwhile, on the Summerslam Spectacular, people were hoping that Warrior and Savage would have an EMOTIONAL RECONCILATION during the tag match with the Nasty Boys, but somehow that didn’t happen and now they’re gonna have ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: April 25, 2019

A REMINDER: please do not talk about Avengers: Endgame here.  Scott has been kind enough to set up a separate thread on the board for that purpose. Tonight, it’s Nuggets (3) vs Spurs (2) to see if it’s truly Pop’s Last Stand.  Meanwhile, Columbus travels to Boston for their Game 1, while Dallas plays Saint ... Read more

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The Princess Rant on “Dark Side of the Ring” Ep: 2

This is the second episode of the six-part series “Dark Side of the Ring” on Vice Network. This is on the Montreal Screwjob from the 1997 Survivor Series. FWIW I wanted to gloss over this because it’s been talked about ad nauseam but for the sake of continuity, and to get to the amazing third ... Read more

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Fwd: Avengers: Endgame…

So when are you scheduled/planning on seeing it?  Thoughts going into the film?  Expectations? Mark I've got tickets to see it tomorrow at 2:30 in IMAX with my daughter, and there's a spoiler thread that goes live on the blog in about an hour for all your spoiler-y needs.  Aside from the trailer, I've been ... Read more

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Talent Absences! Damn You!

http://bit.ly/2GybhTu Just to clarify here, what talent exactly is missing?  They literally had a 7 hour Wrestlemania with 17 matches, plus another 3 hours of Axxess tapings with all the talent that couldn’t fit onto the 17 match Wrestlemania show.  But, you know, they’re crippled by absent talent. Also, please be aware that it’s another ... Read more

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WWE Epiphany

I suddenly realized something, and am curious to see if you agree. If anyone ever wishes to enjoy the mainstream WWE product again, they need to stop thinking of it in terms of a pretend competitive sports show, and think of it more as a superhero show that takes place in a wrestling company, because ... Read more

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gimmicks/characters that destroyed wrestlers careers?

What gimmicks/characters were so bad that they destroyed a wrestler's career?  I'd have to give it to the poor guy they gave the Muhammad Hassan character in the WWE from 2004-2005.  Did he ever end up working anywhere in the business after that?   No, he actually left the business completely after that.  Can't blame him. ... Read more

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Alicia Fox

So, WWE allegedly fires Arn Anderson for letting Alicia Fox wrestle while intoxicated. But Fox keeps her job, and in her first match back on a televised show, she has a horrible botch fest that makes their supposed women's standard bearer Becky Lynch look bad. Why wasn't the agent who booked that horrid match on ... Read more

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Saudi Arabia

So the current main event for the Raw side regarding Saudia Arabia is Lesnar/Rollins. Theirs no way Rollins beats Brock again right? So we can all look forward to Brock holding the belt till Mania.   I wouldn’t start panicking until they actually announce a main event, but to say it wouldn’t shock me ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–07.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.28.97 It’s the last show before Summerslam! Live from Pittsburgh, PA. Hopefully no one has anything untoward to say about the city this week. The show did an all-time record gate of 12,000 people paying $185,000 as both shows in the war make money hand over ... Read more

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NXT UK – April 24, 2019

NXT UK Date: April 24, 2019 Location: Pier 12, New York City, New York Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph We’re still in New York and the big story seems to be the setup for the rematch between Pete Dunne and Walter for the UK Title. That’s more than enough to carry the show for the ... Read more

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SummerSlam Spectacular ’92

Scott, SummerSlam Spectacular ’92 is on YouTube if you wanted to rant on it (not sure if you ever did before).  Never have watched it, although I really prefer covering stuff on the Network so that everyone has the same frame of reference, because you never know if or when shit’s gonna get pulled from ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – November 22, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: November 22, 2004 Location: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York Attendance: 6,000 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s time to continue the Survivor Series fallout, this time with someone else running the show. Last week’s Maven Show is going to be hard to beat as Maven challenging for the title wasn’t fooling ... Read more

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Magee/Bret Panel

So you’ve seen this right:  http://bit.ly/2GEFK3o Magee had better milk this newfound fame for ALL that it’s worth while he can.  Because once that match actually hits, he’s gonna be done again.   Also, is WWE gonna freak about Bret doing the show and pull him like they did with Undertaker?  Or maybe they’ll record ... Read more

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NXT – April 24, 2019

NXT Date: April 24, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson Things are getting interesting around here as Johnny Gargano is still dealing with the Undisputed Era. That could make for some fun matches going forward and we’re starting those tonight with Roderick Strong getting a non-title ... Read more

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Magee/Bret Panel

So you’ve seen this right:  http://bit.ly/2GEFK3o Magee had better milk this newfound fame for ALL that it’s worth while he can.  Because once that match actually hits, he’s gonna be done again.   Also, is WWE gonna freak about Bret doing the show and pull him like they did with Undertaker?  Or maybe they’ll record ... Read more

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Wrestlers and Drugs

Scott- Random observation. Watching  guys like Shawn, Bulldog, Hall and I am sure a slew of others.  Do you think it’s really kind of amazing how these guys could perform as tuned up as they were.  I mean. We here stories of dudes literally smoking CRACK and going out there. They said Rick McGraw would ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Hey, we’ve got game 7 between Carolina and Washington tonight, plus baseball and NBA playoffs. Vlad Jr gets called up to the majors on Friday! Back tomorrow with more 97 RAW as the weekend will be the epic double Summerslam redo!  92 and then 97. NXT and that good stuff tonight.  Have a great night!

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Benoit on trial

So here's another Benoit "what if" question. Lets pretend that Benoit doesn't kill himself but instead gets arrested for the murder of his wife and child. Can you imagine what a circus the trial would have been? The business might have ended up in a very different place.  Although Benoit was so out of his ... Read more

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WWE

Hey Scott, what are your thoughts on the new Bray Wyatt? I think the character has some legs if WWE does not get bored. I could see running Wyatt doing interviews with other wrestlers in the house. Really make it weird and incomfortable.  Also, do you think KO is turning on Kofi? I really think, ... Read more

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Sami Zayn

Any ideas where they are going with the whole Sami Zayn's war on the fans character-storyline, assuming it will go anywhere at all?   That’s a big assumption to make.  I think it’s just a thing they’re doing.  

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–08.22.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 08.22.92 Summerslam is rapidly approaching! And yeah, I’m definitely redoing it this week. Taped from Worcester, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect, albeit with no wacky theme this week. Perfect finally declares his allegiance for Summerslam: He’s going to be in the WINNER’S corner. Hacksaw ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-16-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: April 16, 1983 (taped 04/01) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Who will win the battle of handcuffs? How does Flair react after his narrow victory last week? There’s a newcomer to Devastation, Inc. And who will be my special guest for this week’s reflection? Sorry, Carol. Hopefully some ‘rasslin’ ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #313 – 24/04/1999

Back again with some more ECW action, as we continue the build to Hardcore Heaven on the 16th of May 1999. Last week we saw Justin Credible lose to Shane Douglas in the main event, only for he and partner Lance Storm to leave “The Franchise” lying when all was said and done. However, despite ... Read more

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Smackdown – April 23, 2019

Smackdown Date: April 23, 2019 Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re officially into the new era of Smackdown after last week’s brand split and believe it or not, Roman Reigns is the focal point of the show again. Last week saw Reigns attack Vince McMahon, which has ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight, it’s Smackdown plus a pair of game 7s in the NHL.  And the Raptors try to finish off the Magic. Tomorrow, back to Superstars as we build to a redo of Summerslam 92. Have a great night and good luck to my favourite team, Anyone But The Leafs!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 27, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Non-Title Contest:  The Nasty Boys (WCW Tag Team Champions) (24-1-1) beat Dave Dalton & Chris Pillon when Jerry Sags pins Pillon after the Trip to Nastyville at 1:47: Pillon was ranked 441st in the PWI 500 in 1994.  He ... Read more

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Why Do They Love Corbin So Much

Baron Corbin has been relentlessly pushed for a while now, is there a reason I'm not getting? He dies not check the usual Vince boxes… He doesnt have an impressive physique His hair was so bad they had him shave it off He's ugly He isnt funny, or clever, or intimidating I, the mix; just ... Read more

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Dangerous alliance

Hey Scott, I grew up in the early 90s and the Dangerous Alliance storyline will always be a favorite of mine. Few heel stables or year long stories can quite compare to the clash and heels and faces in professional wrestling. Do you think the stable will ever be inducted into the hall of fame, ... Read more

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The Patriot

What happened to The Patriot in 1997 WWF?  He was one of their top babyfaces at the time, even getting a WWF Championship Match with Bret Hart that Fall.  Then he seemingly disappeared right after Hart left for WCW.  I always assumed that they simply phased him out seeing as the primary reason he was ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–07.21.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.21.97 OK, back to these again because I was pretty over this period of time, but Nitro is SO FRIGGIN’ LONG now that I’d rather bounce back to RAW and catch up again for a bit. Brought to you by Bret Hart’s WWE Shop section! Live ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: April 23, 2019

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview http://bit.ly/2Pn4foL   NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26 Participants Announced http://bit.ly/2virgA3   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Mascara Dorada from 5/3/11   Being the Elite Episode #148

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-09-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: April 9, 1983 (taped 04/01) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kevin win the World title by defeating Flair? Will Kabuki get revenge against Yatsu for injuring him? Will Parsons make it 2-for-2 against the Freebirds with a victory over Hayes? Who will join me to celebrate this show? ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 22, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: April 22, 2019 Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young It’s kind of a new world around here as we have the first show with all the new talent brought over in the Superstar Shakeup. That could be a good or a bad thing, ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Oh well we’ll always have last week Viking Experience The Viking Experience lasted about as long as a @VikingCruises #RAWTonight — WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) April 22, 2019 Anyhoo. The post shake-up RAW is tonight as the shaking continues long past it’s shake expiration. I don’t even remember who’s on the new ... Read more

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Adventures In Wrestling

Adventures In Wrestling Date: April 5, 2019 Location: White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey Commentator: Sarah Shockey, Drew Cordero This is from Black Label Pro, which I’ve heard of in name only. We’re still in Wrestlemania weekend and that means that, as usual, I have no idea what to expect here. This is one ... Read more

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Fwd: Breaking news: Andrade, Aleister, Zelina to SDL

Mike Johnson of PWInsider: As noted earlier today on PWInsider.com, Aleister Black, Andrade and Zelina Vega were moved from Raw to Smackdown today.  PWInsider.com has been told that the move to bring Andrade and Vega back to Smackdown was made, in part, at the request of FOX as the brand lacked any major Latino stars ... Read more

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Your Five Star Heroes

Not sure if this is interesting to you, and I already put it in the comments of your archives post, but in case you were curious, here are the guys you’ve given the most ***** matches to in one easy list:  HBK: 10 (7 singles, 1 triple threat, 2 Rumbles) Flair: 9 (6 singles, 1 ... Read more

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SWS and WWE

Scott,   Do you have any further details on how Tenryu’s SWS promotion and the WWE came to have a working relationship during SWS’ short (1990-1992) lifespan?   There were big Tokyo dome events with seemingly the most random assortment of undercard matches as there were the obvious inter-promotional match ups with Davey Boy, Duggan, ... Read more

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Lost Matches

Hey Scott, with the WWE Network unearthing lost matches, is there one that you still are looking for, besides Magee/Hart? There is one for me, I remember is 87 on superstars, Kamala and Bundy got into an altercation in the entrance way. Was there ever a payoff, maybe it was something I missed? I am ... Read more

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The nitro book.

Hi Scott, long time reader on the blog. Just wanted to see if you were aware that you were name dropped in the Guy Evans Nitro book? Specifically you were given credit for the naming of the "Fingerpoke of Doom". It's on page 296. Thought you might like that plug.  Daniel  That's very nice of ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 05/18/00 Review (Last SD Before Judgment Day)

This was the go-home edition of Smackdown heading into Judgment Day 2000. Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “The McMahon-Helmsley Faction place The Rock in a special Lumberjack Tables Match against The Dudley Boyz. Plus, Kurt Angle, Val Venis, and more!” Check out our WWF in 2000 archives for my reviews of all the other shows ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for the Shield’s Final Chapter–04.21.19

The SmarK Rant for the Shield’s Final Chapter – 04.21.19 I feel like this is about as final of a chapter as Friday the 13th the Final Chapter or Saw the Final Chapter. But whatever, content is content and I like having random wacky stuff like this pop up on the Network. Live from Moline, ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – April 12, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: April 19, 2019 Location: St. Clair’s College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re down to two shows before the pay per view and again, it’s not the most interesting main event scene in the world. There are some good things going on but at the same time, the main ... Read more

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Shield’s Final Chapter

Shield’s Final Chapter Date: April 21, 2019 Location: Taxslayer Center, Moline, Illinois Commentators: Renee Young, Corey Graves, Michael Cole Welcome to your weekly “WWE must have fresh content” show as we get a special look in at a house show where the Shield is teaming together for THE LAST TIME EVER WE PROMISE AND WE’RE ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: Easter 2019

I hope you all had a safe and happy Easter. Your NBA playoffs tonight are Raptors (2) at Magic (1) and Blazers (2) at Thunder (1).  Meanwhile, in the NHL we have Sharks (2) at Golden Knights (3).  Your MLB Game of the week is Atlanta against Cleveland. I’m off having a business meeting that ... Read more

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What If? Chris Benoit

If Chris Benoit never loses his mind and does what he did in the Summer of 2007, how do you think the rest of his career would have played out?  He was just moved to WWE's 3rd brand at the time, ECW, and presumably would have gotten a run with the ECW Title.  Do you ... Read more

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Hogan and Hall

Did Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall ever have an actual singles match against each other at any point in their career (not counting one of those Nitro bait-and-switch deals)? Maybe I'm crazy but it seems like their styles would have been a pretty fun fit if the opportunity had presented itself for Hogan vs. Razor ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–05.09.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 05.09.99 Last week on RAW: Shane tells his mother to SHUT HER MOUTH and reveals that he was the mastermind behind Stephanie’s kidnapping, and meanwhile Big Show forms a Union as this storyline spirals out of control and somehow makes less sense every week. Brought to ... Read more

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread!

Good morning!  If everything goes according to plan, yesterday should have been Superstars from 08/15 and today should be Sunday Night Heat. It’s Easter Sunday!  Hippity hop around and look for hidden eggs, and then head back here and chat about your weekend.  I’m not likely to have internet access this weekend, but I’ll do ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 03/31/2009 #147

Christian & Finlay vs. Mark Henry & Kane Finlay qualified for MITB by pinning The Brian Kendrick on Smackdown, which seems a tad unfair given Christian had to win a battle royal to earn his shot. Kane pounds away on Christian to start until him and Finlay work together to wear him down. Advert break ... Read more

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Smackdown – November 18, 2004

Smackdown Date: November 18, 2004 Location: Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re done with Survivor Series and unlike Raw, there isn’t much to go on at this point. Team Guerrero won the big match on Sunday and World Champion John Bradshaw Layfield retained the title by cheating to beat Booker ... Read more

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JYD Blinded For Life

Scott, this is footage of the famous Freebirds/JYD blinding angle from 1980 Mid-South.  https://youtu.be/oEmIIIfShVo  The video quality is bad and you'll want to turn the volume way down because the audio is extra loud for some reason, but this is still some amazing video and I can't believe those guys weren't murdered half a dozen ... Read more

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Reigns at Mania

Had WWE held off on Reigns's announcement until Mania, we'd have been spared another heatless, mediocre match on an already stuffed show, and the show starting with Reigns's music as he surprises the crowd by returning and delivering his "I'm in remission, y'all" speech at Wrestlemania would have been a legitimate Wrestlemania Moment. …so why ... Read more

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Finally updated!!

I’ve finally updated the reference site for your ****+ matches. I think a lot of people (including yourself, IIRC) use this pretty regularly to see what you’ve given and haven’t given the honorable number of snowflakes. It only took me four years to get it updated, but I came into a wife and two kids…so ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–08.15.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 08.15.92 Taped from somewhere not mentioned again. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect. Big Bossman v. Skinner Oddly this is a cold open match, as they just go right to Bossman’s ring entrance with a Superstars logo over top of it. Skinner goes after him in ... Read more

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The Strong Style Easter Weekend Saturday Thread!

Good morning!  This is being written way in advance because I’ve got stuff going on this weekend, but obviously today is a packed sports day, with NHL and NBA playoffs continuing, plus baseball. I want to give advance warning to Rant Archive purchasers:  The work account I use for Office / OneDrive is finally expiring ... Read more

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WM 35

Jesus balls.  I've been watching WM35 off and on for the past week and I just passed the Kofi title win.  Not only was Joan Jett still in The Runaways when this PPV started but I think Jesus was planning the menu for the Last Supper during the pre-show.  This show makes WM4 look like ... Read more

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The Good Friday Night Thread: April 19, 2019

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness covered the land until the ninth hour. Your NBA games tonight are Portland (2) at Oklahoma (0), Toronto (1) at Orlando (1), and Boston (2) at Indiana (o). “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?” Your NHL games tonight are Toronto (2) at Boston (2) and Colorado (3) at ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – May 27, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are taped from an undisclosed location.  Zybszko congratulates Solie and Rhodes for getting into the WCW Hall of Fame before comparing today’s Brad Armstrong-Sergeant Craig Pittman main event to an electromagnetic field. –Gene Okerlund narrates pictures that recap the events that transpired on ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 05/15/00 Review (Shawn Michaels Returns)

This was the go-home episode of Raw heading into Judgment Day 2000.  The main event of Judgment Day 2000 was The Rock defending the WWF Title against Triple H in a 60-Minute Iron Man Match. The synopsis for this episode on WWE Network is: “Commissioner Shawn Michaels drops a bombshell about his career and the ... Read more

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Bye Bye Brock?

I was as big of a Brock Lesnar fan as anybody and even traveled to Chicago to see his return match against John Cena.  I even was a fan of the decision to have him break the Undertaker’s streak as it solidified him as an unstoppable monster on a different plane than the rest of ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – August 28th, 1993

August 28, 1993 From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   1-2-3 Kid vs. Brooklyn Brawler Kid catches Brawler with a spinning heel kick but after that ends up getting clotheslined. Brawler hammers away even takes off his shirt then ... Read more

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Comics for beginners?

Hey Scott, I’m a huge fan of the comics genre – love all  the Marvel movies and Netflix shows, some of the TV shows, all of the old cartoons, even most of the DC movies. I read a lot of trivia/history of Marvel/DC stuff so feel like I have a solid base of knowledge. That ... Read more

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Paige movie

So, apparently the WWE/Rock-produced movie based on Paige's life made a nice profit at the box office & received generally positive reviews. Are you surprised?  Nothing the Rock does surprises me.  

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Viking Experience as Vince’s parting shot at Verne Gagne

What if this seemingly stupid name, the Viking Experience, is an elaborate troll job on Minnesota sports fans? It would make sense, given Vince's penchant for ruining Verne Gagne's life. They could do just like the NFL Vikings and always choke in big matches, miss easy moves that would have won them championships, pin their ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WWF/E Backlash

Continuing with the April Pay Per View theme, today we look at an event that ran every year from 1999 to 2009, with a lot of the events taking place in the month of April (There were some that didn’t). WWE revived the name in 2016, but as it currently stands it doesn’t look like ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–NWA Championship Wrestling 08.12.78

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Leroy’s Lasting Legacy OK, so here’s your crazy content drop of the day: A lost episode of Leroy McGuirk’s NWA Championship Wrestling show from 08.12.78, which was the precursor to Mid-South Wrestling before the relationship between Bill Watts and Leroy went horribly, horribly bad for Leroy. ... Read more

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WWE Fan Council surveying for XFL?

Scott, Check out a screenshot from today's WWE Fan Council survey. I haven't even finished watching Wrestlemania yet due to it's length, but WWE wants to know if football is too long because of commercial breaks. And asking if NFL is too politicized when the former CEO and current wife of the WWE owner is ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: April 18, 2019

Fun fact: I was considering renaming this the Independent Insanity Experience, but Scott talked me out of it. (There you go, Scott; the joke has jumped the shark because I used it.  You’re welcome.) Today’s Playoff Games: in the NBA, we have Warriors(1)/Clippers(1), Nuggets(1)/Spurs(1), and Sixers(1)/Nets(1).  In the NHL, we have Capitals(2)/Hurricanes(1), Blues(2)/Jets(2), and Knights(3)/Sharks(1).  ... Read more

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One Night Only – Clash in the Bluegrass

One Night Only: Clash In The Bluegrass Date: March 2, 2019 Location: Davis Arena, Louisville, Kentucky Commentators: Gilbert Corsey, Don Callis, Josh Matthews I don’t usually do these shows but since I was in the audience, it might be appropriate this time around. The Davis Arena is the longtime home of Ohio Valley Wrestling and ... Read more

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WWF SummerSlam Spectacular 1993

August 22, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. This show was actually filmed at the 8/16 RAW taping and the RAW banner is in clear view of the hard cam. Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon. Tonight, we have Yokozuna vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Money Inc. vs. Steiner Brothers in ... Read more

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Which is worse?

The Colons, sons of Puerto Rico become Fernando and Diego, Mexican Bullfighters Tito Santana, former tag/IC champ is rechristened El Matador Ricky Steamboat, former IC and NWA Champ is dressed as a lizard and christened The Dragon War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe), the defending NXT Tag Champs who defended 10-days ago over Mania weekend are ... Read more

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Lamer Name Change?

Okay, wracking my brain, but can’t think of a lamer name change than The Viking Experience?  Literally the same guys, same characters, same look. Anything else historically where the only thing they changed was the name that was this unnecessary?  Aside from the recent “one name only trend”?  Has to be something from the 2000s ... Read more

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No ideas for WWE/Universal Titles?

Do they have any idea what they are doing with the WWE Championship and Universal Title moving forward?  This is the 2nd week in a row on both Raw and Smackdown that Seth and Kofi were in meaningless, time killing tag team matches.  I don't think I've ever seen the 2 weeks after WrestleMania where ... Read more

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Favorite Women’s Wrestler?

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard you proclaim this, so I’ll ask. Who’s your favorite women’s wrestler of all time?  I’m pretty sure mine is Kairi Sane. Her selling, her pure babyface mannerisms, that Insane Elbow… a buddy of mine called her Ricky Steamboat. That’s an apt comparison. Also up there for me are Molly ... Read more

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AEW as a business

There’s obviously been discussion ad nauseam about AEW and whether they need a TV deal, whether they are or should be viewed competition for WWE etc.  But my question is more about how exactly they function as a business. I read somewhere that they have 40 some wrestlers signed, plus I would assume they’ve got ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Worlds Collide–When Cruiserweights Collide (04.17.19)

The SmarK Rant for Worlds Collide – When Cruiserweights Collide! (04.17.19) Anyone else have a Simpsons flashback when reading that title? So this is part two of the series of shows taped in Brooklyn for Fan Axxess. This show’s theme is pretty easy to figure out, I’m pretty sure! Brought to you by… 30% Off ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-02-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: April 2, 1983 (taped 03/18) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Will Kabuki be victorious in his comeback match against Parsons? Can David defeat Roberts and continue the heated struggle between the Freebirds and Von Erichs? Also, who will shine some light with me today? Ophelia, please try to keep ... Read more

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NXT UK – April 17, 2019

NXT UK Date: April 17, 2019 Location: Brooklyn Pier 12, New York City, New York Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’re back stateside again with a batch of shows taped from Axxess. That means things could be all over the place as there is usually something big on the episodes for the sake of making ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – April 12, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: April 12, 2019 Location: St. Clair’s College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re about two weeks away from Rebellion and you can see most of the card from here. That’s a good sign as you should be able to know what you’re getting this close to the pay per ... Read more

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NXT – April 17, 2019

NXT Date: April 17, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo It’s time to get back home after New York after another incredible Takeover. With last week’s recap edition out of the way, things are back to normal here as we start the long build towards the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 22nd, 1993

August 22, 1993 From the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh, NY Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan   The show opens with the “King’s Court,” hosted by Jerry Lawler. He welcomes guests Jim Cornette, Yokozuna, and Mr. Fuji. Cornette first says that the fans really know that Lawler is the king of wrestling ... Read more

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The Wednesday Night Thread

Holy shit did the Lightning suck in the playoffs this year.  Woof.  The Canucks didn’t exactly light the playoffs on fire the years they won the President’s Trophy, but getting swept in the first round?  Yikes. Smackdown’s ratings were up slightly, but overall the draft shows were still a dumpster fire.  And yet the stock ... Read more

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Which WM was better?

Hi Scott, I noticed your WM 35 rant had circa 800 comments compared to the 1600 comments for the WM 34 rant. It's similar on other sites too, so it seems WM 35 overall had noticeably less interest from fans than WM 34, which I find interesting.  I saw WM 35 receive a lot of ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – November 15, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: November 15, 2004 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the night after Survivor Series and that means it’s time for Team Orton to take over the show for the next four weeks. Assuming it’s not Randy Orton’s week to be in charge, you can ... Read more

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Elias

Do you think they pull the trigger on Elias soon? He's not a great wrestler, but he has a ton of charisma who gets some of the best reactions each week and the company seems to love him. I'm hoping he weasels his way into winning Money In The Bank this year. I'd love to ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – August 21st, 1993

August 21, 1993 From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler.   The show starts off with a video of Jerry Lawler in a park promising to show how he is the real king of wrestling. We then see an ... Read more

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