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Brock Lesnar

Smartest worker in the business today, or smartest worker in the business ever? "Strong" doesn't even do justice to his booking – even when he dropped the title to Rollins, it took multiple finishers and still felt like a fluke pin. He makes boatloads of money to basically show up every few months, throw someone ... Read more

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AWF show plugg?

Hey Scott, Would you mind plugging the Arizona Wrestling Show being held on 6.1? Good group of guys, generally fun show to watch. Typically there is a nice pocket of regular fans that add to the atmosphere quite a bit. Also, Sefa Fatu is going to be there and he is pretty bad ass! 🙂 ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: May 31, 2019

Tonight’s action includes, but is not limited to: CMLL Juicio Final 2019, featuring THREE Apuestas! Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals! Women’s College World Series, including two big rivalries (Arizona/UCLA are the pioneers of NCAA softball, and Oklahoma/Oklahoma State needs no introduction). Oh, and I guess Impact is on somewhere. Enjoy the weekend, weirdos!

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Six of the Best – WWF/E Judgment Day

Hello You! For a while there I didn’t think I was going to get this one posted before the end of May, but I just about got it all put together before the month reached it’s conclusion, like Indiana Jones sliding under a closing drawbridge right before it closes whilst still having time to reach ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: The Great American Bash (1995)

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Dayton, Ohio as The Great American Bash returns to pay-per-view for the first time in three years. –Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (38-3-1) pins Brian Pillman (19-3) after countering a sunset flip at 15:26: Babyface-versus-babyface matches were unusual in the 1990s but ... Read more

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New Paperback: KB’s History Of In Your House

Pay per view is one of the most important aspects of professional wrestling. You can get a lot out of television, but at the same time you need a big show to build towards. That’s where pay per view came in, though originally they were fairly infrequent. Eventually the shows became more common, and the ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – October 4th, 1993

October 4, 1993 From the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan as Randy Savage is part of tonight’s battle royal.   20 Man Battle Royal, with Last Two Remaining Facing Off Next Week for the Intercontinental Championship: Diesel, Mabel, MVP, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mr. Perfect, Bastion ... Read more

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Sean O’Haire as a worker

For those not around in 2003, WWE gave former WCW guy Sean O'Haire a Devils Advocate gimmick where he'd try to convince people to do bad things. It created some buzz and he did well in the vignettes building it up It ended up going nowhere though, and by the summer he was just "tattooed ... Read more

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Muta Score

Any chance for a Muta score on for Dustin vs. Cody? Big fan of the blog. That match was way over the Muta scale. The scale is more useful for judging mid-grade blood.  Dustin was hemorrhaging blood onto the mat and Cody ended up with pink hair because he was soaked in his own brother's ... Read more

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Enzo and Cass on Stern

Anyone catch Enzo and Cass on the Howard Stern wrap up show this week?  Just odd, but I good get for those unemployed fools to hype themselves.  To hear them talk, you would think they were like Rock and Austin, the hottest thing.  I view them as just 2 guys no company wants.  Enzo actually ... Read more

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Dave’s Double or Nothing ratings

Finally, the Observer is out this morning!  You’d think he’d have it out the day after the show, since they’re financing his operation and all. The show set the all-time record for feedback in the newsletter, with 1772 responses, with 97.5% thumbs up out of those.  The PPV currently sits at 98,000 buys between PPV ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 31, 2019

WWE.com NXT Takeover: XXV Preview http://bit.ly/2HO9T11   Sasha Banks Update Sasha reportedly met with Vince McMahon on 5/23 and things are said to be better. Sasha could also return sometime this Summer but nothing is official. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   SI.com This Week in Wrestling http://bit.ly/2WxoJBc   WWE Free YouTube Match You ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–05.30.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 05.30.19 Hmm, well no real life stuff for them to cash in on this week, so instead we get some ultra-rare 1950s matches! And yeah, I know I’m skipping the Georgia show with Flair v. Tommy Rich from last week. I’m adding to the list along ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: May 30, 2019

KAWHI! STEPH! SIAKAM! DRAYMOND! IT’S THE NBA FINALS ON ABC!  Game 1 from Toronto is tonight! Meanwhile, the Women’s College World Series is underway.  Your evening doubleheader is Oklahoma St/Florida, followed by Alabama/Oklahoma. Coming up, your look at the independent scene.  (Since someone asked, I consider WWE, NJPW, ROH, Impact, and AEW to be beyond ... Read more

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F-5 Stephanie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOFBeFmzqoM If they're going to do this dumb shit, why not have Brock just F-5 Stephanie and get all the way over with his boombox? So they booked a bait and switch angle two weeks in a row, ratings went into the toilet as a result, and the strategy is to blame an on screen ... Read more

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CM Punk = AEW?

As always, these are rumors but it's starting to make rounds that Punk has entered talks with Tony Khan to wrestle or make an appearance at All Out. They want him to face Omega or Moxley. I honestly say it happens only cause it's the perfect "screw you" to Vince from Punk. Hey, as long ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 18, 1995

–Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are live from Dayton, Ohio.  Since this is the night of The Great American Bash tonight’s broadcast functions as the pre-show.  Rhodes is in complete hard sell mode, telling fans that if they are going to buy anything in their lives, they must buy ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 3rd, 1993

October 3, 1993 From the Saginaw Civic Center in Saginaw, MI Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan as they talk about the Tag Team Title picture.   Mr. Perfect vs. Brian Costello Perfect works over Costello as the announcers put him over as a possibility to become the next Intercontinental Champion. Costello hammers ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 06/08/00 Review

The road to King of the Ring 2000 continued with The Rock, The Undertaker and Kane all having a common enemy as they tried to get a title shot against the WWF Champion, Triple H. Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “As the McMahon-Helmsley Faction celebrates their success, The Rock interrupts the festivities leading to ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – October 2nd, 1993

October 2, 1993 From the Welsh Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We are shown clips from Doink the Clown on “King’s Court” last week during “Wrestling Challenge” where Doink dumped a bucket of water over Lawler’s head before cutting ... Read more

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AEW not having a “real sports” vibe anymore?

Hi Scott, As much as I liked Double or Nothing last Saturday, I was caught off guard by how much of the PPV came off as just another promotion of gimmicks, comedy and entertainment like WWE instead of going for the "real sports" vibe they insisted for months they were going to emphasize.  Did they ... Read more

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Comedy in wrestling

I realize people have different idea about whats funny in wrestling (by people I mean fans and not what McMahon thinks is funny; spoiler, its fart stuff)…but who are your favorite comedy wrestlers/gimmicks ever, regardless of shelf life?   I nominate Matt Classic. I know it's stupid and business exposing, but I always giggle at the ... Read more

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What’s left?

Hi Scott,  Not trying to troll here I'm serious when i ask what matches are left/who can they dig out for the Saudis every time they go there? With Taker/Goldberg as a first time ever are there any more? I know it comes down to who wants a bag of cash, but whats plausible.  Sting/Taker? ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.09.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.09.85 Oooooo, this one is TV-14, with a disclaimer at the beginning about differing views and all that. Plus a “Presented in the most complete form possible” disclaimer on top of that. Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Joel Watts Buddy Landel v. Brad ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 30, 2019

Jeff Cobb vs. Matt Taven for the RoH World Title at the Best in the World PPV http://bit.ly/2JOlY8C   Newshub Interview with Buddy Murphy http://bit.ly/2KdK2Bd   WWE Free YouTube Match You can watch Bobby Roode vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the NXT Championship at NXT Takeover: San Antonio  

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-02-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: July 2, 1983 (taped 06/17) Attendance: 21,000 Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kevin win the NWA World title? Will the Freebirds retain the American tag titles against Kerry and Brody? And who will help me celebrate a championship edition of WCCW? Julius Erving…what an honor! Glad you could join us. ... Read more

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NXT – May 29, 2019

NXT Date: May 29, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo It’s the go home show for Takeover and that means we should be in for some nice final push segments towards the show. The card feels a little thrown together but that has never stopped NXT ... Read more

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WWF Mania – October 2nd, 1993

October 3, 1993 Todd Pettengill is your host as Randy Savage is on assignment to interview Lex Luger.   We are shown Jack Tunney’s announcement that the WWF Intercontinental Title has been vacated due to Shawn Michaels failure to show up to his commitments. And, a battle royal on RAW next week will take place ... Read more

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NXT UK – May 29, 2019

NXT UK Date: May 29, 2019 Location: Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph It’s time for some fallout as last week saw Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel interfered to cost Pete Dunne his rematch against Walter for the United Kingdom Title. It seems like Dunne needs some friends and that’s just what ... Read more

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Mox on Talk is Jericho

You've probably got a ton of emails about this but you have to listen to it. I'm not usually one for podcasts but it's a great listen. I dont think generally it tells us anything about WWE creative that we didn't already know, but it reinforces what everybody thinks, and to hear it fresh from ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – December 27, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: December 27, 2004 Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the final show of a year that wasn’t very good in the first place. We’re coming off the Best of 2004 last week so it’s been a little while since we’ve gotten anything new. The big ... Read more

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WWE “Women’s Revolution”

Hey Scott, Just today, Meltzer has said that there are currently no plans for another women-only PPV. In the five hours of WWE programming this week, there were only three relatively short women’s matches, one of which served only to promote a magazine. And they only seem to focus on Becky/Charlotte/Lacey and now Bayley with ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 17, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This broadcast included matches that were taped on May 11 and June 7 from the usual Center Stage venue. –Opening Contest:  Brian Pillman (18-3) beats Romeo Valentino via submission to an octopus hold on the canvas at 2:32: Valentino is ... Read more

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50/50 Booking = Profit

Has WWE gotten so big that they don’t need to make anyone a big time star? People buy the Mania tickets before the show is even announced. Why make a star that’ll ask for more money or if they leave, it’ll hurt your business? People go to see WWE, not to see the individual wrestlers. ... Read more

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Beat Box Brock/Fandango and Saudi Arabia booking

They’re gonna totally turn Brock Party/Beat Box Brock into fandango right? Hilarious at first, funny the next week, slightly diminishing returns, and then Michael Cole will scream how cool it is and we’ll all be done with it. On a different note, you think the Saudis are in a position to book a title change?  ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – September 27th, 1993

September 27, 1993 From the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan   The show starts off with WWF President Jack Tunney. He tells us that due to Shawn Michaels failure to appear to a number of Intercontinental Title defenses that he must ... Read more

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Double or nothing women’s matches

Hey Scott,   I found myself really enjoying both women’s matches during double or nothing when I usually skip women’s matches in WWE.   I felt they were better wrestled and less sloppy. Was I marking out too much since it was AEW or is WWE’S women’s product just that bad?     ( I ... Read more

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Best match-worst crowd heat?

What was the best match you have ever seen that had the worst crowd heat?  That the wrestlers in the ring were just killing it out there, but that the audience didn't respond to for whatever reasons.   Funk and Lawler had this legendary match in Memphis that didn't draw for shit and it was like the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–10.17.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.17.92 Good lord, another episode where nothing new happens and there’s no surprises. Taped from Winnipeg, MB. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect Bret Hart joins us to start, and HOLY SHIT HE’S THE NEW WWF CHAMPION?!? Yup, he thanks all the wrestlers he’s faced over ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #318 – 29/05/1999

Hello You! So last week’s show was essentially just a recap of Hardcore Heaven 99, with a match between Rob Van Dam and Skull Von Krush tacked on at the end. It was as unremarkable as could be, but it wasn’t actively bad or anything. This week we should hopefully have some more original content ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-25-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: June 25, 1983 (taped 06/17) Attendance: 21,000 Hosted by Bill Mercer Who will lose his hair and his dignity? Will either David or Garvin become Texas champion? And who will join me in bringing this historical episode to you, the loyal RSG faithful? John Riggins—Super Bowl XVII MVP! What a ... Read more

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Low-Drawing Champions

We know that everyone enjoys making fun of Kevin Nash for being one of the worst drawing champions of all time, but with ratings doing what they're doing, do you think WWE will draw conclusions about Rollins and Kofi on top, or do they realize just how deep their problems go? The whole drawing thing ... Read more

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Kofimania STILL running wild?!

Count me among those that figured Kofi would be a one and done champ. Bryan's busy with the tag titles, and I don't think Zigglers taking the title. …. Shit, Brocks cashing in on Kofi, isn't he? That was my theory but they're so messed up right now that I don't think they even know ... Read more

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Orange Cassidy

Assuming his AEW appearance was a one-off, why hasn’t he been signed by anyone to a 50 year deal worth 100 billion dollars yet? The man is brilliant and likely the answer to all of life’s problems. Do the boys complain he works too stiff?  I would if I was them.  Look at the way ... Read more

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Smackdown – May 28, 2019

Smackdown Date: May 28, 2019 Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re finishing the month tonight with another night of pumping up Super ShowDown, which may in fact be better than (or equal to) Wrestlemania. Whatever is presented tonight almost has to be better than last night’s show, but ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 26th, 1993

September 26, 1993 From the Saginaw Civic Center in Saginaw, MI Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan, still selling the cold he has after being doused with water by Doink the Clown. And a 108 degree feature.   We see the clip from last week’s “Superstars” when Shawn Michaels & Diesel beat down ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread!

Tonight! It’s Smackdown, featuring a bunch of advertised stuff that will change 10 times before the show. No ratings today due to the holiday. JR claims that he didn’t know of the signing of Jon Moxley until he debuted. Suuuuuure he didn’t. Have at ye, scurvy dogs!

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – September 25th, 1993

September 25, 1993 From the Welsh Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler The show starts off with a replay from last week when Shawn Michaels & Diesel attacked 1-2-3- Kid in the aisle as the latter was on the way to ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – June 17, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action from Orlando, Florida.  This show was taped on May 5. –Opening Contest:  Sergeant Craig Pittman (20-0) beats Tommy Tanner via submission to the Code Red at 2:59: With Alex Wright’s win streak having been snapped at the hands of Arn Anderson and Ric Flair, Pittman now ... Read more

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Scott’s AEW weekly viewership

Scott, Great review on Double Or Nothing. Pretty much agreed with your takes on the show and I’m excited to see where the promotion goes from here. As someone who completely stopped watching the weekly WWE television product almost 5 years ago (the Ambrose/Rollins popcorn,ketchup,mustard angle was my nail in the coffin), I’m EXCITED to ... Read more

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EC3

Is EC3 the first signee to fail in both NXT and the main roster? Poor guy probably regrets signing everytime he wakes up . I think Hideo Itami was a much bigger failure.  There was some buzz about EC3 but realistically there was no spot for him at either level.  But Itami was a world ... Read more

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The worst?

Hi Scott Is right now the worst time creatively for the WWE? People are under-utilised talent is miserable, writers are ignored etc etc. Or was 96 worse with shocking gimmicks, bad jokes and under-utilised talent? Neither has Dino Bravo, but which is the worst era for the viewer in you opinion? There was no NXT ... Read more

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Wtf is going on?

Maybe wrestling has passed me by, but wtf? There are no more wrestlers. There are now lifetime fans who wrestle.  Playing video games, crying at Q&A's, marking out over hillbilly podcast hosts, flipping and superkicking their way though matches.  I just saw a picture of Tony Kahn for the first time. HE'S A GEEK!!! Fans ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–06.13.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 06.13.99 For those who think RAW is terrible now, this one is the followup to the HIGHER POWER episode of RAW. So as a reminder, Vince unmasked as the mastermind all along, and Steve Austin was made into the new CEO of the company by Linda ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-18-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: June 18, 1983 (taped 06/10) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kerry fight his way to the Brass Knuckles title? Who’s the newcomer? Who or what will assist me with tonight’s presentation? Kim Alexis? Wow! Great to have you in one of my reflections! Welcome aboard! Opening montage. Match ... Read more

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Drake and the Raptors

I'm rooting for the Raptors to beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals, but Drake has made it hard.  Do you find him as irritating as I do, or is it just me? I don't get Drake, but he is decidedly outside of my pop culture sphere, to say the least.  I am aware of ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – May 27, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: May 27, 2019 Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young This is going to be an interesting show but that might be the case without the show actually being interesting. It’s the first show after the rather great Double Or Nothing event, meaning WWE might ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope those in the states had a good Memorial Day if you chose to honor and celebrate. For the rest I hope your weekend was splendid. There is plenty of to read on the site with Double of Nothing reviews written by Scott and Thomas Hall. It seems like a good ... Read more

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AKI Elite Wrestling

Hi Scott, At his Starrcast Q&A this weekend, Kenny Omega was asked about a future AEW video game, and he said that he’s sure one will happen and that he’ll insist that it’s of the highest quality because he doesn’t play the current wrestling games out there much. Finally, he said that he felt AKI ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – June 17, 1995

(Note:  With the school year over, I have time to accelerate my 1995 WCW reviews.  I will post them each afternoon through throughout the week just like Bayless does for his WWF reviews so by the end of this week we should be through the 1995 edition of The Great American Bash) The June 12 edition ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – May 24, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: May 24, 2019 Location: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis You knew this was coming at some point and there was no way around it. This week’s show is headlined by an ECW tribute match between Rob Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer. They’re both somewhat regulars around here, but ... Read more

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Iron sharpens iron and Chris Jericho’s flat chest

Watching MITB and reading your review.  You bust on Renee for the "iron sharpens iron" statement during the Seth/AJ match and how noone has ever said that.  Not only is that untrue but they actually have a website.  Oh yeah, and it's apparently a Psalm or  Proverb in the bible.  27:17 or something.  Not sure ... Read more

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If you were Hector Guerrero

Without knowing the aftermath, which career path would you take: Continue to toil in a ridiculous laser tag outfit while teaming with Jimmy Valiant in JCP or bust out of an egg as a giant chicken in a heavily-hyped segment on a WWF PPV? The Turkey gig probably still paid better.  

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Chikara Vs All-Elite

So I have to ask, with the impending launch of All-Elite Wrestling and their TV deal, why Chikara hasn't managed to get positioned in a manner to allow them to have the spot All-Elite now has, in terms of being a legit alternative to the WWE.  Chikara's been around for nearly 20 years and created ... Read more

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Layeth The Smacketh Down (eth?)

Hi Scott.  Been reading you recent posts about wrestling video games and I got thinking about the original Smackdown games on the PS1.  When the first one was released, it was awesome. Played it to death. It was one of those game that was easy to play but hard to put down. Great.  Then Smackdown ... Read more

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The Memorial Day Thread

I’m assuming Brian is gonna be taking the day off, so here’s a couple of quick newsbites… Jon Moxley is coming to New Japan and he’s after Juice Robinson.  Man, Vince is looking like he got PLAYED now.  That retirement sure didn’t last long. Here’s Cody Rhodes discussing the HHH reference at his post-show press ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Double or Nothing–05.25.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Double or Nothing – 05.25.19 Live from Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Jim Ross, Excalibur & Alex Marvez Christopher Daniels, Kazarian & Scorpio Sky v. #Stronghearts (T-Hawk, CIMA & El Lindaman) CIMA has certainly been around for a minute. Not familiar with T-Hawk or Lindaman. CIMA and Daniels do ... Read more

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AEW Is Doomed

Hey Scott— I haven’t even finished watching Double or Nothing, but I think I can say with confidence and certainty that AEW is clearly doomed. What say you? How doomed are they? “WCW circa 2000” doomed or “Herb Abrams’ UWF” doomed? You'll just have to read the review tomorrow to find out!

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How to be an Indy wrestler

Has wrestling just passed me by, or are a startling number of these young Indy/AEW guys wrestling exactly the same way? I enjoyed DoN, but it seems the movesets/psychology are the same: 1 – shitty looking karate kick combo like it's Virtual Pro Wrestling  2 – some kind of stiff looking quick knee or boot ... Read more

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John Cena as Lex Luger

Okay, with Double or Nothing over. Jon Moxley debuted. All Out in Hoffman Estates, IL(where Punk will be heavily rumored and could conceivably debut if Dana lets him go). I am not sure his contract status and also his very limited availability but John Cena as the Lex Luger on their debut episode would have ... Read more

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Why WWE should be worried

Not the money or the TV but the fact they are building an underdog following where the crowds are into everything and feel part of something. Plus just look at the wrestlers they look like they are enjoying themselves.  Take Moxley, he just looked like he felt reborn out there like he’d got to express ... Read more

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Sunday Night Thread

Yes, it is WRITTEN.  After spending all day avoiding my e-mail so as not to be spoiled, I have finally finished Double or Nothing, and you can read it…tomorrow morning.  I had gotten up early this morning to get it done, but then my family was like “We love you and want to spend time ... Read more

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

FUCK YEAH, RAPTORS!  NBA Finals for Canada!  Finally we can reclaim the game we invented! Anyway, AEW Double or Nothing was last night and I was unable to make it home from work in time to watch the live stream and I wanted to watch the basketball game first anyway, and the replay doesn’t start ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Double or Nothing Pre-Show

The SmarK Rant for AEW Double or Nothing: The Buy-In – 05.25.19 Live from Las Vegas, NV First up, the Buy In pre-show! OK, so as mentioned, I was working today and wasn’t able to get home in time for the live version of the show. Unfortunately, the Fite.TV PPV stream doesn’t allow you to ... Read more

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Double Or Nothing

Double or Nothing Date: May 25, 2019 Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada Commentators: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Alex Marvez It took long enough. This is the first show for All Elite Wrestling and the question is….egads there are a lot of them actually. The biggest of them all though is can they live up ... Read more

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Smackdown – December 23, 2004

Smackdown Date: December 23, 2004 Location: Camp Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It worked the first time so let’s do it again. This is the second annual Tribute to the Troops and since this is in the earlier years, it means they’re actually going to put in a little more effort. The show ... Read more

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Hardyz in the HoF

I think it's a given that the Hardyz make the HoF as a tag team. But do you see them getting in individually? Matt had a pretty legit career with some pretty neat characters (Broken being obvious even if it wasn't in WWE, And I wish he'd bring back V1.0 one more time while Jeffs ... Read more

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Let’s be serious

The Dave saying on Twitter that many of omega’s matches, mentioning his matches with Elgin, Okada, Ibushi, Tanahashi, are so far above steamboat vs savage got me thinking. If this is the worst ppv ever tonight ( which it won’t be but still) will uncle Dave put his spin on it since he’s on the payroll ... Read more

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The Saturday Night Thread

It’s the live watch thread for DOUBLE OR NOTHING, even though the internet would have you think AEW is already doomed before their first TV show. Also tonight, Raptors try to close out the Bucks and advance to their first NBA final! Pre show for the PPV is available in various places. Nowhere in Canada ... Read more

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AEW!

Amirite or amirite? Or amirite? I’m sensing some sarcasm on your part. Here’s the press conference for the PPV, which should answer all questions.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–10.10.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.10.92 MORE screwing with the format, as Mean Gene has BREAKING NEWS for the Survivor Series: Ric Flair & Razor Ramon face Ultimate Warrior & Randy Savage in the main event! It’s the GREATEST MATCHUP IN SURVIVOR SERIES HISTORY!  Well not for long. Taped from Winnipeg, MB Your ... Read more

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The 24/7 Badass

Obviously the 24/7 title seems to be more comedic (and I admit, posting a picture of Steve Corino trying to sneak up on Truth to win it made me chuckle), but do you think someone who could be considered a badass or scary gets a run with the title, a la Steve Blackman or Big ... Read more

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Pac burning bridges?

With Pac not wrestling for AEW this weekend, is he burning bridges and becoming a modern Eddie Gilbert? Seems like a poor career decision to back out of the AEW ppv. That's his 2nd company with basic cable tv deals where he's not wrestling in favor of maintaining an Indy belt.  It was a questionable ... Read more

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commercial placement in the WWE

Do you think a small part of why ratings for the WWE are where they are is because of their placement of commercial breaks mid-match for nearly every single contest on Raw and Smackdown?  I mean, does a 6-7 minute match really need need a commercial in the middle?  I read somewhere where they believe ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Today is Double or Nothing live on PPV in the US and on Fite.TV in Canada and everywhere else in the world.  I’ve ordered the show but I’m working today so it might have to wait until tomorrow morning, I’m not sure.  But by all means keep refreshing the site immediately afterwards to find out. ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

Another night with no playoffs! Tomorrow is Double or Nothing and there’s a bunch of Starrcast festivities on FITE.tv. Avengers is within $100 million of Avatar so it’s gonna be a photo finish. Have a great night and enjoy some baseball! Go Raptors tomorrow!

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Owen

Doesnt seem like it's been 20 years does it? And they’re doing RAW in Kansas City on the  anniversary!  I know it’s just weird timing but GEEZ.   Anyway, I keep hoping it’s been Owen doing the long con for 20 years, but sadly not.  

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The “new” pitfalls

This came to mind due to the odd recent pit bulls question. I vaguely remember the new ECW putting Jamie Noble and I wanna say kid lash together as a new incarnation of the pit bulls? Anyway I don’t remember it being references on tv or ever getting explained. Did I Dream this? Why did ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 11, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing their usual studio duties for today’s show.  As the show opens, Heenan is on the telephone with an individual he refuses to name. –Okerlund and Heenan plays pogs, with Okerlund winning everything that Heenan had. –Heenan defends the Blue Bloods for doing a sneak attack on the Nasty ... Read more

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Today’s Bradley Baker rant

Alright man, you asked for this… 3 caveats: 1) I mark out EVERY SINGLE TIME Roman does the 2nd rope bounce back, Rey Misterio set up in his matches because he does it with such ease and it’s insane that a 6’4, 240 lb dude does that on a regular basis. 2) I’m only discussing ... Read more

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Dream Trainwrecks

Hey Scott, Are there any dream matches that never happened that you know would be train wrecks anyway?  I keep circling back to how Bret Hart vs. Ultimate Warrior was discussed and just what a cluster that would have been. I don't recall that one ever being discussed by anyone but Bret, to be honest.  ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – September 20th, 1993

September 20, 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 Vince narrating a video recap of last week’s Tag Team Title change when The Quebecers defeated The Steiners in a “Quebec Province Rules” match. It also ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for All In–09.01.18

Okey doke, in preparation for AEW going Double or Nothing on Saturday, here’s their first ever show and PPV.  And yes, I will be reviewing the new show, although I’m working on Saturday so I can’t guarantee it’ll get done right that evening.  The SmarK Rant for ALL IN – 09.01.18 Holy cow, we’re finally ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 24, 2019

Current NXT Championship Plans The current plan is for the winner of the Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano match at NXT Takeover: XXV is to face Matt Riddle on the Takeover show in Toronto. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   ESPN.com Interview with Jim Ross https://es.pn/30FDssX   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: May 23, 2019

Bucks!  Raptors!  It’s a PIVOTAL Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals! My younger sister is getting married on Saturday.  Pray for my sanity. Check out Princess’ review of the Moolah episode; that is some quality documentary-ing. And then, let’s see what the weekend brings in independents! It’s a US holiday weekend, so this oughta ... Read more

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The Princess Rant for “Dark Side of the Ring” Ep: 6

This is the final edition of the six-part series “Dark Side of the Ring” by Viceland network, It’s the most watched show in the history of the network and they are doing an “Extended Cut” of the first six shows and I believe they have officially green lit a second season. This episode focuses on ... Read more

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WWE Creative Team Turnover

Do you happen to know if turnover among the WWE Creative Team has been high since the end of the Monday Night Wars, or are their jobs pretty secure with no direct competition as long as they write what Vince McMahon wants?   You’re kidding, right?  There’s like 2 people with “secure” jobs and the rest ... Read more

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AEW title contenders

I read that AEW is having a battle royal to determine one of the opponents for the company's world title. Among the participants are Glacier & Billy Gunn. And this is the company people think will compete with WWE?  Yes. 

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Takeover XXV

Hey Scott, Not sure if you’re still watching the weekly NXT, but this week saw the card finalized and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more personally geeked for a card. Granted, I’m a giant Tyler Breeze mark and I’m happy he’s playing this version of the character again and back where he’s incredibly over. ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: May 23, 2019

Johnny Gargano Update Gargano has been out of action with a knee injury but his title match against Adam Cole at the 6/1 NXT Takeover show is not in jeopardy. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   The Undefeated Article on Brandi Rhodes http://bit.ly/2EqRkxO   PWG Mystery Vortex VI Preview  

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.02.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.02.85 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts So Cowboy talks up the exciting new fad of BREAKDANCING, which is apparently how all the big stars are working out now. We get a music video which somehow ties into Butch Reed lifting weights ... Read more

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NXT UK – May 22, 2019

NXT UK Date: May 22, 2019 Location: Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness It’s time for a big one as we have Pete Dunne vs. Walter II for the United Kingdom Title. The first match was the biggest match in the history of NXT UK and now Dunne wants his chance to ... Read more

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NXT – May 22, 2019

NXT Date: May 22, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness We’re somehow less than two weeks away from the next Takeover (thanks Saudis) so things need to hurry and get ready now. Last week saw the NXT Title and Women’s Title matches being set up, along ... Read more

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My head hurts…

I like and respect Dolph Ziggler as a talent and performer. Let’s get that out of the way. For the love of god, I even defended his dumb finishing move in detail on the Blog before. What no one seems to get in the WWE is that having your guys all work with the same ... Read more

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The Wednesday Night Thread!

Could it be true?  We’ve finally hit upon a night without playoffs of any kind? Tonight is NXT and NXT UK on the Network (which still works on the Windows 10 desktop app as of this writing, by the way, although it’s removed from Apple TV 3 and older). Smackdown ratings were up a tick, ... Read more

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WHAT GIVES SCOTT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!??!!?!?!?!??!?!?!

Hello Mr Keith,                            I hope all is well and have a simple question for you. Why do people constantly complain about WWE’s booking and whether or not they subscribe to the WWE Network? Did you know there are people who go without running water and food for days on end and yet fans ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #317 – 22 05 1999

Hello You! So here we are, a week removed from ECW Hardcore Heaven 99. You can read my full thoughts on that show HERE, but to give you the short version; the show had some good matches but ended on a downer due to Taz defending his ECW World Title against Buh Buh Ray Dudley. ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – December 20, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: December 20, 2004 Hosts: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler We’re near the end of the year and that means it’s time for a special episode. This is the Best Of 2004, which means that we’ll be seeing matches and moments from Raw and pay per views, which could make for a rather ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–06.06.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 06.06.99 Hey, last week’s show was at least decently watchable due to the King of the Ring qualifying stuff. Hopefully we get another one this week. Last time on RAW: Vince McMahon has to beat Undertaker so that Steve Austin can get another shot at the ... Read more

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Best Wrestling Game

Scott, Seeing you mention WWF Wrestlemania Challenge in a recent rant got me curious. What is in your mind the all time best wrestling video game? I know for me personally it's Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 on N64, but wanted to get your thoughts. Man, do people even need to ask at this point?  No ... Read more

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WWE Is a Joke – Women’s Evolution Edition

WWE had a women's only PPV in October.  Then, it spent the better part of 6 months moving toward, promoting, then executing the First Women's Main Event in WrestleMania History. Only to then promote an event in a country where women are not even allowed to be on the card as "bigger than or equivalent ... Read more

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Goodbye Vince

Hi Scott, I'm cancelling my network subscription and will no longer follow WWE (no, I'm not a person who regularly threatens to do this). Here's the thought I had that made me sure about this decision: even if Ashley's claims were not true, no serious person who heard this story could possibly doubt for one ... Read more

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WWE’s Tough Enough

Do you think the WWE will ever bring back "Tough Enough", or do you believe they've shelved the concept for good?  With more of the losers of the series,(the Miz, Ryback, Kenny King, the Boogeyman, etc.), making a name for themselves than most of the winners,(Maven, Linda Miles, Andy Leavine, Bronson Matthews etc.), I wouldn't ... Read more

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What’s your prediction?

Roman Reigns is wrestling 50-year old Shane McMahon at the Saudi PPV. Logically, Reigns should no-sell Shane's crappy offense & squash him in less two minutes. What will actually happen? I'm not watching the show and none of the results matter anyway, so I don't particularly care what happens on it.  

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-11-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: June 11, 1983 (taped 05/27) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Who will win the eight-man elimination match? Can Adams topple Yatsu? What are the Freebirds doing by the pool? And who or what could impact us with tonight’s reflection? Oh, shit! It’s The Day After! Everyone to your bomb ... Read more

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WWF All-American Wrestling – September 19th, 1993

September 19, 1993 Your hosts are Joe Fowler and Bobby Heenan. This is Fowler’s debut as co-host of the show. We get a bit at the beginning with Heenan gloating about being the solo host of the show until he is introduced to Fowler, who takes his chair. This week’s featured match is the Heavenly ... Read more

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Smackdown – May 21, 2019

Smackdown Date: May 21, 2019 Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton It’s a big night as we have the 24/7 Title making its Smackdown debut. I don’t know what else we could have that lives up to that level. The Roman Reigns vs. Elias rematch and the ... Read more

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DELETE! The Network!

Hey Scott I just finished cancelling my WWE Network subscription, since it doesn’t work on my Xbox anymore and they suck so bad lately.  Was just curious how many other people have done the same thing.  Think you could run a poll on the blog? Sure. Although everyone here is basically a bunch of battered ... Read more

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24/7 Championship

Ugly championship, or THE ugliest championship of all time? Personally, makes me forget what an atrocity Cena's US title was. We can NEVER FORGET that atrocity.  That’s how the terrorists win.   That being said, it’s pretty fucking ugly.  

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The Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight! Smackdown probably sees the 24/7 title getting defended. Or maybe they’ll change the name to Classics on Demand Title and then kill it. Raptors try to even up the series against the Bucks. Doesn’t sound promising for them. Double or Nothing has officially been ordered, for those wondering. You know you’re getting old when ... Read more

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Ashley and Vince

Might be a bit too heavy for the blog but it's a harrowing read. If it gets traction, in the current climate, it might succeed where Snuka, the steroid trials and everything else failed. https://twitter.com/ChrisBrosnahan/status/1129794890492198912?s=19 I’ve had, shall we say, more than a few emails about this today.  If true, add another thing to the ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 10, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on June 7.  Tonight’s show is one hour in length due to the usual summer interruption provided by Atlanta Braves baseball. –Opening Contest:  The Renegade (w/Jimmy Hart) (1-0) pins Dave Dalton after a Renegade Splash in ... Read more

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Lars Sullivan’s “Sensitivity Training”

So, in the aftermath of Lars' supposed discipline, he gets to squash a bunch of luchadores at MITB.  What will be the next phase in this brutal sensitivity training? Will he squash Kofi Kingston next?  Will they film a spot where he goes to Kanyon's grave and powerbombs Nakamura through it?  Will they have him ... Read more

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Spots that need a rest…

Straight forward question this time: what spots, doesn't matter if it's a standard match or gimmicked, are overdone and need to be put aside for a while? I've got 2 in mind… 1. The "use the ladder by wearing it on your neck" three stooges routine. It looks dumb and never gets over. Done every ... Read more

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Disappointing Feud?

What feud disappointed you that you were looking forward to, and/or you actually thought could've been good?  The last one I could think of was Bray Wyatt vs Finn Balor about 2 years ago, although you would have think I would have learned with anything associated with Wyatt at that point.   Styles v. Nakamura is ... Read more

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Just to be clear…

Lars Sullivan is a bad man because he goes out and squashes dudes. Braun Strowman is a GOOD guy because he goes out and squashes dudes. Sami Zayn comes back with a newfound mean streak and positioned as the go-to chicken shit heel. In order to get this over, Zayn is presented as completely non-competitive ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–10.03.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.03.92 Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect Back to the cold open format! Razor Ramon joins Mean Gene for a special interview, and he’s making fun of Randy Savage for limping around without the WWF title, and if he wants to fight Razor Ramon, he’s lost ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-04-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: June 4, 1983 (taped 05/27) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Who will capture the vacated Texas title? Will Kerry get the better of Hayes, or will the Freebirds have other plans? Also, who will join me to co-host tonight’s reflection? Hey, everyone! It’s Joshua from WarGames. I hope he ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – May 20, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: May 20, 2019 Location: Times Union Center, Albany, New York Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re done with Money in the Bank and believe it or not, that means Brock Lesnar is now a big deal again because of course he is. Lesnar took Sami Zayn’s place in the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 19th, 1993

September 19, 1993 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan In action are Ludvig Borga, Smoking Gunns, and Bastion Booger   Tatanka vs. Chris Duffy Tatanka chops Duffy outside as the announcers talk about WWF President Jack Tunney being guest later on during the “King’s Court.” ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I have only had a chance to glance at parts of last night’s PPV. I watched the pre-show tag match which was good and it should have been given the participants. Other thoughts: — The women’s segments with the two matches and the Bayley cash ... Read more

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New Title

Hello Scott, Check the time this lands so you know I am Nostradamus. Its a fucking TV title to justify 21 more wild cards a week, Cause Vince  Duly noted.  I'm still thinking a revival of the Hardcore title so they do 24/7 rules via Twitter videos or whatever.  

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AEW = The new WcW?

Scott, So AEW loses the Pac vs Hangman Page match due to "creative differences" and Jericho recently said AEW allows for more creative freedom, but they "Don't have a Vince McMahon."  Is this a bad sign? It seems like the idea of letting wrestlers run the company (while having a Buddy Boss like Khan) can ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – September 18th, 1993

September 18, 1993 From the Westchester County Civic Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Vince breaks the news that The Quebecers are the new Tag Team Champions. Lawler then leaves to yell at some kid holding up a Bret Hart poster. This ... Read more

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Kofimania not running wild

Was there any sort of plan for Daniel Bryan and the WWE title at Mania and beyond if Kofimania didn't end up running wild. The field with KO getting an actually one on one match? Bryan retaining? Just wondering as I saw him go from one of the main Mania matches, to currently on my ... Read more

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