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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 26th, 1993

December 26, 1993 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon   Steiner Brothers vs. Mike Bell & The Executioner Ross talks about both Steiner brothers being part of the Royal Rumble match as Scott works over Bell to start. The Executioner boots Scott from the apron ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: June 30, 2019

Happy Suburban Toronto Day to our friends up north for tomorrow. Tonight’s MLB game appears to be the Mets flying off a cliff against the Braves.  Yay. Team USA is facing Curacao tonight, with Jamaica/Panama in progress as I post. Assuming I’m up for it, I’ll review a Legends Roundtable later this week.  Who knows ... Read more

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The 3rd Hour of Raw

WWE sucks because… “It’s such a chore to get through 3 hours of RAW every week!” If I had a nickel for every time I had some smart mark, snarky family member, or half-ass lapsed wrestling fan say those words or put forth an argument along that line of thinking, I wouldn’t need to work ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 25th, 1993

December 25, 1993 From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane. The show starts off with the announcers breaking the news of Bret & Owen Hart facing The Quebecers then they turn to the video wall and interview the Harts as Bret said they resolved their differences ... Read more

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Terry Funk

Hey Scott, I have been watching some funk promos and matches and man I would loved to have seen Funk vs Piper in the WWF. Those would have been some wild brawls and great promos. You could have even brought Orndoff and Orton into the mix and it would have been great. Where do you ... Read more

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A few quick questions

A) What is the logic behind giving five year contracts to lower midcard guys? Does Vince think AEW is ready to break the bank for Jinder Mahal, Mojo Rawley, Mike Kannelis, etc? I don’t see the financial sense.   B) Also, Baron Corbin just main evented a PPV. If he got fired tomorrow, would any competing ... Read more

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WW-ECW

I remember reading that when they did the ECW Revival in the mid 2000s, the initial WWE Draft to ECW was gonna be Randy Orton, but he campaigned out of it & it ended up being Kurt Angle. Assuming that was accurate, what do you think happens if that actually went through? Does Kurt stay ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–11.28.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 11.28.92 Damn, new intro for the show, with Yokozuna edited in now. Taped from Terre Haute, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan, and Bobby is pretty pissed at Mr. Perfect. Bam Bam Bigelow v. Jerry Fox Bigelow gets a corner clothesline and a suplex, while ... Read more

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Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread!

The long weekend here in Canada continues!  Went to see Rocketman and it was pretty good. Last night was AEW Fyter Fest and sounds like a great show, although I’m out and about all weekend and don’t really have time to check it out. Here’s your Orange Cassidy of the day, as he faces Jordynne ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 05/26/2009 #155

We’re in The City (The City Of Angels) but all I see is dead wings and tonight’s main event is a six-man tag match with all the important people so fuck knows what they’re going to do for the rest of the hour. Christian joins us on the mic, comparing Jack Swagger to an actor ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 06/29/00 Review

This week’s Smackdown follows a newsworthy edition of Raw from earlier in the week. Mick Foley was appointed as the new babyface Commissioner and Vince McMahon went home to make babies with Linda McMahon. Heels lie! It just meant that Vince was taking a break from TV for the next several months. Here’s the synopsis ... Read more

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Fyter Fest

Fyter Fest Date: June 29, 2019 Location: Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida Commentators: Excalibur, Alex Marvez We’re back for round two and things are already being shaken up a bit. This isn’t going to be anything like Double Or Nothing as this is taking place at a gaming festival. That’s going to mean a change ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – December 20, 1993

December 20, 1993 From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels   We get a video package narrated by Vince hyping up tonight’s Ludvig Borga vs. Tatanka match. This is followed by a promo from Tatanka where he talks about coming to hurt and destroy Borga ... Read more

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Royal Rumble 2005

Royal Rumble 2005 Date: January 30, 2005 Location: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California Attendance: 12,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Jim Ross, Tazz We’re finally to one of the more important shows ever and the main event is a two horse race. This is clearly the year of John Cena or Batista and either one ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 27, 2005

Smackdown Date: January 27, 2005 Location: Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for the Royal Rumble and that means more polishing up John Cena for either winning the Royal Rumble or getting the next big title shot after the show. Other than that, we have a rather ... Read more

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AEW TV in Canada

Hey Scott, What station do you think AEW could/would be on in Canada? Sportsnet is exclusive to the WWE so we can cross that off the list. I'd imagine that extends to all other Rogers channels. TSN doesn't seem interested in getting back into wrestling, and even if they were I'm not sure they'd want ... Read more

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Coolest Wrestlers

Hey Scott, I have a question for you and the blog. Who, in your opinion, are the coolest wrestlers ever? Base it on moves, look, promo, attitude, booking, whatever categories you feel like! Gotta be Roddy Piper.  

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WWE’s new T.V. deals

Do you happen to know how these new T.V. deals that the WWE signed with USA and Fox will work?  I'm sure you have heard the unconfirmed rumor that Fox has told the WWE that they will cancel Smackdown unless it's avg. 3 million viewers a week.  Assuming that is true, how would that go?  ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–06.28.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 06.28.99 To follow up on my last Heat review and avoid doing King of the Ring 99 again, instead here’s the RAW after King of the Ring, which was basically the ratings peak of the Monday Night Wars for the WWF.  Fear not, for I shall ... Read more

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Why PPV Buys May Matter Most

There's been a lot of discussion regarding PPV buys in 2019 and how much emphasis should be put on them.  I would argue it's the perfect gauge of interest and satisfaction in the product. From my review of the numbers, it appears that on average, the WWE Network has between 1.5 and 2 million subscribers ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: June 28, 2019

WE MADE IT!  Weekend time!  Stream of consciousness follows: 1. So I sent Orange Cassidy out to get information on the indie shows this weekend.  I should have it back by August. 2. MURICA!  Take that, France! 3. Attention England: we’re sending the Yankees and Red Sox over for baseball this weekend.  You’re in no ... Read more

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serious question part 2

Since you asked so nicely, here is what I mean re: a sanitized product;  No blood, no swearing, no scantily clad women, no edgy, envelope pushing storylines, etc.  Let's not pretend that the WWE wouldn't have won the Monday Night Wars with a TV-PG product, or that ECW wouldn't have had the success they did ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – July 22, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  The tapings took place on June 21, something to remember in relation to the scheduled main event.  Tonight’s episode is one hour in length. –Opening Handicap Contest:  Vader beats John Taylor & Dave Walby when he pins Taylor after a ... Read more

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205 Live #135 – 25/06/2019

Hello You! I decided to put the Hardcore TV reviews on ice, mainly because I don’t think anyone was actually reading them. Seeing as 205 Live is probably the only show that super-reviewer Tommy Hall doesn’t recap around here, I decided I’d try it out for a few weeks and see what everyone thinks. Recaps ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- All Star Dream Slam I (Part 1)

ALL STAR DREAM SLAM I (April 3, 1993): The two Dream Slams are events that took place about a week apart, meant to be interpromotional shows between the top Joshi (women’s wrestling in Japan) companies around. All Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling, or AJW, had been the top company for years, but several upstarts had gained ... Read more

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serious question

Why do certain people,(you being one of them), get so angry when others bring up the topic of the WWE dropping the whole "TV-PG" thing?  Like, do you really want to see a sanitized product aimed at kids?  I have no clue why anybody over the age of 12 would actually prefer this.  And spare me ... Read more

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WWF All-American Wrestling – December 19th, 1993

December 19, 1993 Vince McMahon is your host. Since Heenan is gone, Vince is now the solo host and they have a new set complete with a video screen. This week’s featured match is the Smoking Gunns & 1-2-3 Kid vs. The Headshrinkers & Bam Bam Bigelow   Vince talks about the Bret & Owen ... Read more

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New Crew

Hey Scott, I was listening to a Kurt Angle interview today and made a great point about the current product. With WWE being a publicly traded company, that wants to cater to 5 year olds, does the Heyman and Bischoff tandem really make a difference? I respect Heyman and Bischoff mutually, but, what difference does it ... Read more

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Why the f&@$ not?

Vince brings in Heyman to run Raw and Bischoff to run Smackdown. On the debut episode on Fox, our comes Eric and says “I know I was hired to bring Smackdown Live to Fox, but that’s not what I’m going to do – I’m bringing WCW Nitro to Fox! Screw you Paul, and screw you ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–06.27.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems and Other Stuff – 06.27.19 Just a couple of quickies for the Hidden Gems today, so there should be time to explore some other stuff I’ve been meaning to get to. Texas Royalty (11.03.90) Terry Funk v. Jerry Lawler This is from the Texas version of USWA, ... Read more

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Best Case Scenario

This is caveated with a lot of ifs but… IF Heyman and Bischoff are contained in their roles, IF Vince assumes the overseer “filter” role he played with Russo and doesn’t micro-manage, IF HHH is happy to work with both men… For better or worse, Heyman and Bischoff managed to spearhead two distinct wrestling promotions ... Read more

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Bischoff/Heyman Regime

I'm not entirely against Bischoff and Heyman creatively taking over Smackdown and Raw.  However, does having the 2 of them on the 2 shows matter anymore since the brand extension is basically dead?  I would've tried this before enacting the stupid "wildcard rule."   That's what happens when you're desperately throwing shit at the wall to ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 28, 2019

Brock Lesnar Contract Update Lesnar’s WWE contract expires in 2020, roughly May or June. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   AEW TV Update It looks like the start date for TV is 10/2, which is a Wednesday with 8-10 pm currently being the most likely time slot Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 19th, 1993

December 19, 1993 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon The show starts off with a video package on the feud between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels then the announcers mention Razor’s gold chain now being in the possession of IRS.   Razor Ramon vs. Ralph ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 18th, 1993

December 18, 1993 From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane but the show starts off with the end of last week’s Owen Hart interview where he challenged his brother Bret to a match. The announcers talk about this potential match and how we will hear from ... Read more

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for WWF King of the Ring 1999

Scott, Can you please re-post your King Of The Ring ’99 rant? Thanks. Sure, but I’m not doing a redo. (Originally written sometime early in 2001) The Nameless Retro Rant for King of the Ring 99 – Man, the stuff you find for sale on eBay these days. Anyone want to buy a domain name ... Read more

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Two Steps Backwards

Hey Scott, Am I the only one who thinks this Heyman/Bischoff thing is a bad idea? WWE desperately needs new, fresh ideas that are going to appeal to the 18-34 demographic. I'm not sure how two guys in their 60's are going to do that.  This just feels like another desperate attempt to bring old/lapsed ... Read more

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So if ratings and attendance are getting lower…

can we expect WWE to get RUSSOFIED??? Or old-school Cornette booking? Or is Greg Gagne still alive? Talks were had with Russo fairly recently, apparently, and didn't go well for either side.  Cornette has zero interest.  Greg would probably be fine as a consultant, actually.   The more Mid-South I watch, the more I'm on board ... Read more

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Pump the Brakes

Hey Scott– 1995: Vince McMahon, facing an upstart wrestling promotion that promises to try some fresh ideas with a national television show, shocks his roster by bringing Bill Watts into the company as the creative executive. Vowing to give Watts complete creative control, Vince is unable to keep his hands off the the creative direction ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – July 22, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (40-3-1) beats Jim Rogers after a reverse flying body press at 2:55: Schiavone says that Wright and Marcus Bagwell have had much success in the tag team division despite them only teaming once and losing ... Read more

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Heyman and Bischoff’s new roles and what’s next

Hey Scott, So realistically, with Heyman and Bischoff's new roles, how do you think it'll affect the quality of the product? Will TV get better? Will ratings slowly increase to a respectable level? Vince is still the end guy, but I'd imagine he's willing to be at a little flexible if he's giving the two ... Read more

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What’s Really Going On With Vince McMahon

Scott, I have a theory as to what might actually be going on with Vince McMahon. Vince has historically been erratic and sort of insane, but it seems like the past few years he has really ramped up the crazy. Sure, a 70-something year old steroid and cocaine abuser who sleeps 4 hours a night ... Read more

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Tommy Dreamer considered shooting Paul Heyman before taking his own life at Wrestlemania | Wrestling-Edge

https://ift.tt/2X6h48U Well hey, I’m glad to see he didn’t experience any ill-effects from all those chair shots to the head… That's pretty messed up on Tommy's part if true.  At least he's in a better mindframe now and hey, he'll probably get a job on RAW based on today's events!

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What’s happening?

Hey Scott,  So did Vince call the 90s and ask for his wrestling back? https://ift.tt/2RE926i Jesus, I take the morning off work for a dentist appointment and wrestling goes crazy.  I do find some small amount of vindication in that I've been saying for weeks now that ratings dropping would lead to Vince snapping and ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update

Well, here is the big news for today Breaking: WWE names Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as Executive Directors. Heyman is set to become Executive Director of Raw, while Bischoff will fill the same role for SmackDown Live. Both will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. https://t.co/SIjW3G8v8T — Justin Barrasso (@JustinBarrasso) June ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–06.27.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 06.27.99 Live from Greensboro, NC Your hosts are Michael Cole & Kevin Kelly So this is the pre-show for King of the Ring 99, one of the all-time stinkers of the Attitude Era. Twenty years ago to the day! The Corporate Ministry joins us to start, ... Read more

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NXT UK – June 26, 2019

NXT UK Date: June 26, 2019 Location: Download Festival, Leicestershire, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Aiden English We’re still at the Download Festival and that means we’re still in for a cool venue. The big story coming out of last week saw Kay Lee Ray becoming the new #1 contender to the Women’s Title, though you ... Read more

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The Kids Love The 90’s

Scott, It seems like 90's nostalgia is all the rage in pop culture these days (Toy Story, Child's Play, etc). Why doesn't WWE capitalize more on this by doing their own version of "reboots"? One of the problems with the product today is that everybody is so bland and generic. Every wrestler on the roster ... Read more

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NXT – June 26, 2019

NXT Date: June 26, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo We’re rapidly approaching Takeover: Toronto and that means things need to start coming together in a hurry. One such match that needs to be taken care of is a big main event on this week’s show as Women’s ... Read more

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AJ Styles in WWE

Sorry if this has been asked before, but what’s up with AJ? His WWE run hasn’t been bad, but it has been a bit of a let down when it comes to match quality. He’s had some great matches (with Cena for example), but overall his run has been a bit of a let down ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Tonight!  It’s NXT and NXT UK on the Network, with Tommy providing excellent coverage as always. The Streaming Wars begin in July in earnest, with EVOLVE on the WWE Network airing in opposition to Fight for the Fallen on B/R Live.  Hey, as long as they’re giving us great wrestling instead of sniping at each ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – December 13th, 1993

December 13, 1993 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette, who is replacing Bobby Heenan for this week. This week, we have Randy Savage vs. Fatu. Also in action is Bret Hart.   Randy Savage vs. Fatu w/ Afa Savage grabs the mic from Howard Finkel ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – July 22, 1995

–There were no new matches on WCW Prime so we go right to WCW Pro where Chris Cruise, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko.  They are kicking off a new set of tapings in Macon, Georgia that took place on June 26. –A video package recaps the events of Bash at the Beach. –Opening Contest:  Randy ... Read more

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WrestleQueendom 2018 Review

Howdy! So what brought me out of my self-imposed retirement? It’s all Phred and Talbot’s fault, really. I hang out on the night threads sometimes while I’m waiting for New Japan to start their shows, and lately, there’s been a lot of Joshi watching. I asked a few questions here and there, and Lawrence told ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – June 21, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: June 21, 2019 Location: Melrose Ballroom, New York City, New York Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis We’re about two weeks away from Slammiversary and that could go a few different directions. You can see most of the card from here and that means it’s time for the final push. We also have ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – January 24, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: January 24, 2005 Location: Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the last Raw before the Royal Rumble and since it’s Batista’s match to win, he has to qualify tonight. Other than that, we should get more not too bad promos from Randy Orton and HHH before ... Read more

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Kofi Kingston

I know everyone is expecting Kofi to drop the belt to Shane but from Vince's perspective, wouldn't it make more sense for Brock to cash in on Kofi either before or on the Fox debut? I know Vince is gonna want a big name as champ going in. I would imagine he'd have Ronda as ... Read more

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To Shane Fu Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

Hey Scott, So, I get that Shane isn't the best technical wrestler on the roster, but why does everybody suddenly despise the guy? Shane was an incredibly over and iconic figure from one of wrestling's hottest periods, a guy who took death-defying risks and put his body through hellish torment when he absolutely did NOT ... Read more

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Game Changer For WWE?

https://ift.tt/2Jl3VV1 AEW has to be reeling. This guy was a much bigger WWE champion than Jon Moxley ever was! Just think, if he was leaving, they might have jobbed him out and made him look like a complete joke!  

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Chemistry

This debate has been too difficult for me to decide. Who has less on-screen romantic chemistry: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch, or the Rock and every female love interest in everything he's ever done? I just want you to know, that's really mean and hurtful to me personally.  I'll let it go because it was ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–11.21.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 11.21.92 OK, let’s see if the Network cooperates this time. It’s the go-home show for Survivor Series and things are about to get wild and wacky. Taped from Terre Haute, IN, at the same tapings as Saturday Night’s Main Event. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan ... Read more

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Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Seth Rollins

This was taped on June 24, 2019 Jimmy Traina as your host The full podcast runs at fifty minutes long but the Rollins only interview takes up the first 27 minutes.   Before introducing Rollins, Traina says this is a “must listen” for wrestling fans and how Rollins is extremely passionate about the WWE and ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #322 – 26/06/1999

Hello You! Last week on Hardcore TV Balls Mahoney assisted Rob Van Dam in defeating D-Von Dudley in the main event, but RVD was less than grateful for the interference of the Hardcore Chair Swinging Freak, which earned him a stiff chair shot in return. Will that be followed up this week? Also on the ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-27-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: August 27, 1983 (taped 08/12) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Zhukov defeat Brody and join Devastation, Inc.? Will Kerry give Roberts some comeuppance for costing the Von Erichs the six-man titles? How do Garvin and Kevin interact this week? Also, who am I waiting for to join me ... Read more

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Powerslam TV announces new partnership

Hi Scott,   I hope this finds you exceedingly well. Please see the below press release announcing our new partnership with Premier Wrestling Xperience (PWX). Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks as always for helping us to get the word out!   Best,   Chris   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 25, ... Read more

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Smackdown – June 25, 2019

Smackdown Date: June 25, 2019 Location: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips Since the schedule is so packed together these days, this is the fallout for Stomping Grounds, the followup show from last night and one of the setup shows for Extreme Rules all at once. Kofi Kingston retained the ... Read more

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No! No! No!

Scott, I'm confused. Daniel Bryan started the year as WWE Champion while adopting a unique heel character the audience bought into and got him over. Why now is he toiling in meaningless tag matches while Kofi Kingston defends month after month against Dolph Ziggler?  Look forward to your response which I'm sure will shed some ... Read more

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The Face of the Company

So Seth had this to say about Mox-Brose's recent comments… https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2842662-seth-rollins-responds-to-jon-moxley-bashing-wwe-defends-vince-mcmahon-creative?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter"Ambrose can do what he wants. He's a big boy, he's got his big boy pants on. He can go out there and say whatever he wants, but the bottom line is not everybody's equipped to handle the rigors of WWE and the schedule and ... Read more

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Cena’s Time is Now

Hey Scott, Just wanted to piggyback off my comment in one of the recent threads about how crappy WWE’s product is right now. If John Cena calls Vince up tomorrow and said he’s free for the next 2-3 months, how fast do they move to give him cart blanche? More importantly, is there any reason ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 12th, 1993

December 11, 1993 From Carbondale High School in Carbondale, PA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon, who is now replacing Bobby Heenan, the man he threw out of the WWF, as we see the replay of what took place on RAW.   Tatanka vs. Reno Riggins Tatanka chops Riggins before skying him with ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight! Smackdown is in another half empty Pacific Northwest arena! Tonight I can hopefully also finish the Superstars review that keeps getting delayed. I hear some people are having drug problems on it. I bought a Bittboy PocketGo today and I’m pretty pumped to try it out when it arrives. If you’re into retro gaming ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WWF/E King of the Ring

Hello You! So we’re back again with another Six of the Best, this time looking at what was, for a while, the fifth biggest pay per view event of the WWF/E calendar in the form of King of the Ring. KOTR as an event ran from 1993 until being discontinued in 2002. I will be ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Bash at the Beach 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Huntington Beach, California.  Schiavone says that the crowd is the biggest ever to see a WCW event.  This passes the eye test but there was no accurate way to verify how many people were there to see the show since WCW ... Read more

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Wrestling Doesn’t Draw?

Mr. Keith, People say the WWE in-ring product has never been better. It seems like *** or so is the new basement for TV & PPV matches (generally), everybody can do a ton of moves and cool flips and dives and whatever else, star ratings from reviewers like Dave Meltzer and yourself would seem to ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 11th, 1993

December 11, 1993 From Farrell Hall in Delhi, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane. They tell us we will find out who faces Yokozuna for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. In action are The Quebecers, Bastion Booger, Smoking Gunns, and Tatanka. Plus, an interview with Owen Hart.   The Quebecers ... Read more

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Le killer de crowd

Who is the major yawner feud that is responsible for thinning out arenas all over the US? Roman (now with senior citizen by his side) vs Shane (with Big Daddy Uncool), Kofi (with New Day) vs JTTS Squad (with zero heat), Rollins (now with his main squeeze) vs Baron (now with miss pinup marine fifties-enthusiast ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs. LCO (09/08/97)

Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue vs. LCO (09.08.1997): So the degenerates, alcoholics and people with too much time on their hands in the night threads have been on a Joshi-fest lately, and we’ve been doing a kind of “Best Of” for the genre, typically centered around All Japan Women’s stuff from the early ’90s (generally ... Read more

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Did WWE become 2000 WCW?

Hi Scott,  Doesn't Taker/Reigns vs Shane/McIntyre echo 2000 WCW? Like seriously, this is what they're selling in 2019? What is the target audience?  Obviously WWE is still doing much better in overall revenue than WCW was, they're not losing money, but if they keep this up, IMO some negative effects just have to come sooner ... Read more

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Planning Takers Retirement

Hello Scott, Creatively when should the Undertaker have retired?  After Wrestlemania 26 with Shawn. After Wrestlemania 28 after having his last classic match. After Wrestlemania 30 when the streak was broken. After Wrestlemania 46 to pass the torch to Roman Reigns Jr. After the streak was broken.  The story was done and there was no ... Read more

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Drew

So, are you as surprised as I am the way things have turned out since his return. I thought for sure he'd get the rocket strapped to him. Is he and EC3 examples of guys that TNA actually managed to book better than the E? I feel like we missed the peak with Drew where Vince might ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-20-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: August 20, 1983 (taped 08/12) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can the Freebirds regain the six-man titles from Kevin, Kerry, and David? Who is this mysterious Soviet hired by Akbar? Also, who will announce a welcome like no other for tonight’s reflection? Opening montage. To begin the show, we ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – June 24, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: June 24, 2019 Location: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, Washington Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves It’s the night after Stomping Grounds and given how things are looking at the moment, I’m not sure how much that’s going to change the direction we’re going. Extreme Rules is in less ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope you all had a great weekend and either enjoyed yourself or got more things accomplished. A PPV-like event happened last night. The most notable thing is that Ricochet won the U.S. title and gave us a glimmer of hope until the main event matches began and we realized that we’ll ... Read more

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Can You Really Blame Vince for Giving Up?

Scott, A lot of people seem to think that Vince McMahon has lost his touch, that he doesn't have it anymore, or that he simply isn't motivated to put out a good product because of his TV contracts and the Saudi blood money. While those things might all be partially true, isn't it possible that ... Read more

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The Day The Prestige Died

How impressive is it that with Championships being as unimportant as they are that WWE managed to book two World Title matches in one night where 100% of the audience KNEW the challengers had no chance of winning?  Jinder Mahal in 2017 felt like a more compelling challenger than either Corbin or Ziggler do now. ... Read more

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More EVE stuff

Hey Scott, piggy backing on Phred's email, a couple more notes about EVE's upcoming WrestleQueendom show:  1) They're currently offering a 25% discount code on their service with the code "EVEGetsHairy"  2) There's a pre-Queendom beginner's guide up on Reddit: http://bit.ly/31Ufw5O Look, if there’s no inter gender matches with either Joey Janela and/or Ryan, I just ... Read more

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Hogan/Bret follow-up

Hey Scott,   You've had some stellar, top notch questions come in the last couple of weeks that have never, and I mean ever, been talked about on the blog, or in a simple Google search, brother. That made me think of my own questions/wrestling mysteries still left unanswered: 1. I was watching Survivor Series ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – July 16, 1995

–Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary for today’s Bash at the Beach pre-show broadcast that is originating live from Huntington Beach, California.  The camera shot of fans on the beach surrounding the ring makes for a great visual. –Opening Contest:  Johnny B. Badd (23-4-2) defeats Chris Kanyon after the Badd Day at 2:21: ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – December 6th, 1993

December 6, 1993 From the Westchester Civic Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan.   We get a video package on last week’s Diesel vs. Razor Ramon match where we saw Shawn Michaels attack Razor then the 1-2-3 Kid ran out and made the save, setting up tonight’s Shawn ... Read more

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WWE Random Name Generator

You've joked in the past about the WWE Random Name Generator giving new wrestlers their goofy ass new names. I understand it (make their own copyright), but thankfully they've lightened up on that & let guys use their old gimmicks. Are there any of these re-brand names you can think of that actually doomed the ... Read more

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Wear A Raincoat

So Fyter Fest is this weekend, and Moxley/Janela is really interesting to me. How brutal do you think they'll be allowed to go, knowing that it's the first fully free AEW show for the general public being played in front of a crowd that's mostly there for a gaming convention? Keep in mind that Renee ... Read more

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Fwd: Pro-Wrestling: EVE Plug

Hey Scott, It'd be super cool to get a plug for EVE's WrestleQueendom II show that's coming up June 30th at 16:00 BST (that's 8:00 PST, work it out from there). It's just 10 bucks a month for their subscription service and they produce some absolutely great wrestling if you're looking for a real alternative ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Stomping Grounds 2019–06.23.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 -06.23.19 Live from Tacoma, WA in the “cavernous” Tacomadome. It would be less cavernous if they had a full crowd, I bet. Your hosts are Michael Cole and his merry band of idiots, who were REALLY annoying tonight.  Corey Graves just needs to learn when to SHUT ... Read more

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I think we should talk about Women’s Wrestling

We live in a world where a WrestleMania that had 2 heavyweight title bouts and Brock Lesnar, a legitimate All-World athlete, that featured a novice pro wrestler who was barely a year into their training and the 4th wheel of NXT’s women’s division. For someone in my age group, who grew up on the WWF ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 5th, 1993

December 5, 1993 From Carbondale High School in Carbondale, PA Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan   Razor Ramon vs. Cory Student The announcers talk about Shawn Michaels attacking Razor this past Monday on RAW then hype up Shawn vs. 1-2-3 Kid for this week. Razor slaps Student after working him over but ... Read more

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Stomping Grounds 2019

Stomping Grounds 2019 Date: June 23, 2019 Location: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips, Renee Young It’s the show that no one was asking for, featuring a bunch of rematches from the show that fans didn’t want to watch in the first place. The big question here is ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 06/26/00 Review (The Rock vs. Kurt Angle vs. Triple H)

The King of the Ring 2000 PPV saw The Rock become the new WWF Champion and Kurt Angle won the King of the Ring tournament. Edge and Christian also won back the WWF Tag Team Titles. This Raw signified a change in direction for WWE. The heel McMahon-Helmsley group had dominated TV for months, but ... Read more

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Rockers heel promo in Memphis

Since this came up in the Sheepherders thread. I can’t find the matches but I love the promos from Shawn and Marty. For those who love bizarre alternate history, the Evil RNR vs PG13 feud from Memphis is also gloriously batshit awesome, complete with Mark Curtis as JJ Dillon.

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ECW on Sci-Fi 05/19/2009 #154

Judgement Day 2009: Christian vs. Jack Swagger (ECW Title) Uh oh, we’re in the European Title Match No-One Asked for slot on the PPV but luckily Christian gets a tremendous pop that is far bigger than the brand he’s representing. Christian fucks with Jack by hitting and running away while Striker compares Christian’s offence to ... Read more

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I mean, honestly…

Hey Scott! Thanks for taking the time to answer e-mails, hope you're well.  When I look over the schedule of the upcoming G1 Climax, I can't help but be struck by the staggering amount of great wrestling we'll be getting over that month or so. And the most astonishing part is that there's going to ... Read more

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Fantastics/Sheepherders

Watched Crockett Cup 86 and really enjoyed the Fantastics vs Sheepherders brawl.  Was there ever any consideration for this version of the Sheepherders to appear in the WWE instead of the kid friendlier version? Is size the main reason The Fantastics never had a run in the WWE. I feel cheated we never got a ... Read more

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Lost Matches

Hey Scott, any chance we see the Benoit tryout match vs Owen Hart match? I think it was a Raw taping in 95. There is also a Shotgun Saturday Night match with One Man Gang and Terry Funk winning the US title from Jarrett in Texas that would be cool to see. They're not adding ... Read more

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Bret Hart in 1996

When Bret Hart was gone from the WWF after dropping the Championship to Shawn Michaels at W.M. 12 for several months before coming back in the Fall of that year, was he not under contract to the company?  I seem to remember on a live episode of Raw them playing up if Hart was going ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–03.22.85

(Unfortunately the WWE Network was down on Saturday night when I went to do a rant for this morning, so we might as well carry on with Mid-South because I had already done the next episode, back when they first started adding the Watts footage to the Network in 2015.  I can only hope it’s ... Read more

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Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

The WWE Network wasn’t working for me on Saturday night as of this writing, but luckily I had already written the rant for the next Mid-South episode, back in 2015 when they were added to the Network, so you get that instead.  Otherwise I had been planning on the episode of Superstars after Warrior left. ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 20, 2005

Smackdown Date: January 20, 2005 Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s time to get ready for the Royal Rumble and so far that means focusing on the Smackdown World Title match. JBL, Kurt Angle and Big Show have been playing mind games with each other and I don’t see that ... Read more

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WWE Leaving Sky TV In UK

Scott, Not sure if this is on your radar but WWE switching UK programming from Sky TV to a rival sports network called BT Sport will happen in early 2020. WWE/WWF has been a fixture on Skys subscription channels since 1989 but their relationship has soured recently over falling ratings and Sky obviously not making ... Read more

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Question on “Boring” Heels

Hi Scott, Can I ask what your thoughts are on modern-day heels? I know that the consensus seems to be that Shane McMahon and Baron Corbin are "Boring", but I feel it's far more complex. I believe we are in a new era that WWE is surprisingly aware of. Back in, let's say 1998 and ... Read more

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Mike Bennett-Maria re-signing with the WWE

Where you surprised Mike Bennett and Maria re-signed with the WWE after asking for their releases just a few months ago?  Vince McMahon must have paid them well to be on a show few people watch.  If so, kudos to them.   Vince's current policy is to sign EVERYONE and sign them to long-term soul-crushing deals ... Read more

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WWE STOMPING GROUND!!!

Amirite or amirite? Swear to god, if they manage to stretch this thing out to four hours tomorrow, they're gonna have to distribute oxygen tanks to the lower bowl.  On the bright side, at least there's lots of empty seats for people to stretch out and take a nap.  

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–03.16.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 03.16.85 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts. Bill wants everyone to know that Mid-South stands behind the authorities with regards to Ted Dibiase smashing up Jim Duggan’s windshield, but Duggan is a real man who fights his own battles, so he won’t ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF King of the Ring 2000 Review

It’s time for WWF King of the Ring with a unique main event match that was unlike anything we had ever seen before. That wasn’t necessarily a good thing! The synopsis from WWE Network: “The Rock, Kane, and The Undertaker vs. Triple H, Vince and Shane McMahon to determine the WWE Champion. King of The ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: June 21, 2019

We made it! Just two more days until WWE presents In Your House: Stomp the Yard or whatever.  I’ll open a thread for discussion if I remember it’s happening in time. Personal wresting adventure: I have been invited to referee for a show in Fredericksburg, VA.  This marks the third promotion I will have refereed ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – July 15, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary as WCW Saturday Night returns to two hours in the lead up to Bash at the Beach.  The matches here were taped in Atlanta on June 21. –A video package recaps the feud over the tag team titles between Harlem Heat, the Nasty Boys, and the Blue ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – December 4th, 1993

December 4, 1993 From Farrell Hall in Delhi, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon (who is wearing a Santa cap) and Stan Lane (who holds up a stocking for Doink the Clown and a smaller one for Dink). Vince says we will see Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, and the 1-2-3 Kid this week and ... Read more

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Truth the Wedding Crasher

It was the happiest day of @WWEMaverick's life…until @RonKillings CRASHED IT to once again become #247Champion! pic.twitter.com/eebwttjgbe — WWE (@WWE) June 21, 2019 The shot of the referee and Drake’s terrified reaction were tremendous. Now if they would only find a different finish besides the damn rollup!

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Acceptance (BoD)

Since you seem to be asked about the same things over and over, I hope this is not a repeat. What happens if instead of rejecting them completely, the crowd accepts the ‘fake Diesel’ and ‘fake Razor’ characters as just new actors playing the roles, and reacts as if there was little to no difference? ... Read more

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Does Sinclair buying Fox Regional Sports help ROH?

Hi Scott, Thought this might result in a good blog discussion. So Sinclair is buying 20 Fox Regional Sports networks, if they choose to put ROH programming on them does it matter?  With ROH currently only being on Sinclair owned stations they have a lot of coverage holes. But a lot of those holes would ... Read more

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WWE’s “Hoss Division” Best Matches?

The email you got the other day about Mark Henry got me to thinking;  What were the best matches of 4 of these "Hoss Division" wrestlers; -Mark Henry -Kane  -Big Show -Viscera  Henry was probably the Orton match where he won the World title or maybe the Cena match.  Kane still has to be the ... Read more

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ECW TV Hidden Gems

So again I’m ploughing through ECW TV having watched all 1998 and now deep into 1999, and I’m enjoying what it is offering. I’ve watched a few genuinely great matches (that sweet 4 star+ range) during this 98 to 99 period that have little to no fanfare online and I can’t quite understand why. Everyone ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event–11.14.92

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event – 11.14.92 Well, this fits perfectly into the timeline with Superstars right now, and it’s short. This was the second of the FOX specials to be produced, and was such a bomb that it basically killed the SNME concept dead for a decade afterwards. Taped from Indiana ... Read more

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WWF October 20th, 1993 – Lex Luger vs. Ludvig Borga

I thought I’d review this match since it fits along with my timeline and the fact these guys, to the best of my knowledge, never had a televised match. It took place at the 10/20 “Superstars” tapings at the Burlington Civic Center in Burlington, VT. and featured on the “WWE Unreleased Never Before Seen Matches ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: June 20, 2019

Tonight is Zion Williamson Coronation Night!  GO DUKE!  Also expect Ja Morant to go to Memphis and be the most intriguing rookie of the bunch.  RJ Barrett looks to be the Knicks’ latest savior.  After that, things could get crazy.  BOLD PREDICTION: The Pelicans trade #4 to the Hawks for #8 and #17.  (Editor’s Note: ... Read more

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Awesome new Hidden Gem.

Scott, not sure if you've heard about this yet:http://bit.ly/2WR5q1S I say you should skip Stomping Grounds on Sunday and do this instead. What the ACTUAL FUCK?!?   I wish I had a time machine so I could tape all this stuff and then go back to 1996 and clean up on the tape trading scene. ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – July 15, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Hacksaw Jim Duggan (26-3-1) pins Dave Dalton after a three-point stance clothesline at 2:05: Duggan ribs ring announcer Gary Michael Capetta by swinging the American flag over his head, forcing Capetta to duck when announcing Dalton’s name.  Duggan ... Read more

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Going on strike

We've had walk outs, strikes and stoppages in just about every sport, so why not now for the scripted sport we love to hate in the WWE?  Ownership is making tons of cash regardless of how bad the product is to watch, and getting that money from some highly questionable business partners. We've heard the ... Read more

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Warrior retirement

In an industry where workers have a lot of trouble getting out, how was Jim Hellwig able to get by financially for so many years out of the wrestling business? I'm sure he made decent money in his WWF run, but I can't see him living for life on what was four full time WWF ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – November 29th, 1993

November 29, 1993 From the Westchester County Civic Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan, who goes off about Gorilla Monsoon trying to put his hands on him at the Survivor Series. Tonight, we have Razor Ramon vs. Diesel. Also in action are Ludvig Borga, Owen Hart, plus the ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 20, 2019

SI.com This Week in Wrestling http://bit.ly/2RoCyww   Lars Sullivan Update Sullivan’s knee injury reported on last week was worse than anticipated but we don’t know more details than that. He underwent an MRI during the week. The only stuff (Dave Meltzer) heard is that the company believes he will be out six to nine months. ... Read more

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Rick Rude as a face?

Watching Halloween Havoc 92 and reading your rant and you suggest an angle after Vader, who is defending the US title for Rude, beats Koloff.  Rude comes back to get his title and Vader tells him to fuck off, and Rude turns face.  Could a Rude face turn have even worked back then?  I'm not ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–11.14.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 11.14.92 Taped from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the last of a ripping good set of tapings, actually. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect Intercontinental title: British Bulldog v. Repo Man Given all the dead feuds being resurrected for Survivor Series, I’m surprised they didn’t have this one booked ... Read more

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