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Monday Night Raw – February 28, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: February 28, 2005 Location: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island Attendance: 7,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Last week saw a big change as Batista officially turned face and announced that he is going to be challenging HHH for the World Title at Wrestlemania. That’s where the story has been going ... Read more

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NXT – July 31, 2019

NXT Date: July 31, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix With less than two weeks to go before the next Takeover, it really feels like this show has snuck up on us. The show should be fun, but it hasn’t had the most amount of time ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 13th, 1994

March 13, 1994 From the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse in Loch Sheldrake, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Stan Lane The show starts off with Vince McMahon interviewing Lex Luger and Bret Hart from this week’s “Superstars.” This week in action are Randy Savage, Razor Ramon, The Quebecers, and Bam Bam Bigelow.   “The Rocket” ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live #139 and #140

Hello You! A combination of other commitments and going on holiday meant I couldn’t watch last week’s 205 Live, so you get a two for one this week so I can catch up. Lucky you eh? 205 Live #139 – 23 07 2019 The event is emanating from Miami, Florida Calling the action are Vic ... Read more

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The Wednesday Night Thread

Smackdown dropped back down to earth again, up against the charisma juggernauts of the Democratic national convention. NXT UK and NXT Classic highlights this evening. Omega and Bucks vs Jericho and partners will kick off the AEW TV Era. Hopefully I can finish the Observer Flashback tonight AND get another episode of Orange is the ... Read more

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Rebooking Hogan/Sheik

Dear Scott,    With 35 years of hindsight would you have booked the Hulk Hogan/Iron Sheik differently? Personally I would have had The Sheiky Baby get himself disqualified and saved Hogan's big win for a year later at the not yet created Wrestlemania. In the meantime Hogan should have gone 50/50 with Big John Studd, ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – March 12th, 1994

March 12, 1994 From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo The show starts off with a clip from “Monday Night RAW” with Tatanka being presented the sacred feathers from the Lumbee Tribe Chief   Tatanka vs. Brooklyn Brawler Polo calls Tatanka a “dingbat of wompum.” ... Read more

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WMXXI IC Match Question

Just wondering, was there any reason why Razor didn't regain the IC at WMXXI? The storyline seemed taylor-made for a switch. Razor had be cheated at RR. They knew they weren't switching the World Title. Plus, in any event, he was ending up with the title soon enough anyway. Did Hall flunk a drug test? ... Read more

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Owning a feud

Can you think of two guys with a feud where one person just dominated every aspect. Raven/Tommy Dreamer was intentionally booked to always leave Tommy as the wronged loser and it actually made him a star.  But Shawn and Bulldog is amazing. Between 92 and 97, Shawn beat him for the IC Title, Tag Titles ... Read more

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Austin/Hogan

Hey Scott, Have you listened to Steve Austin's podcast interview with Hulk Hogan? I went into it ready for unprecedented levels of bullshit and was still amazed to hear some of the things Hogan said. At times it seemed as if even Austin couldn't let some of it go before remembering he was a guest ... Read more

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Meltzer’s Mistake

How did Meltzer get his Mania XI projections so wrong? Had he been worked by a WWF source? Was he a huge Giants fan who misjudged LT's crossover appeal? Wishful thinking from a wrestling biz guy who wanted to see some sign of life in 95?  He saw the uptick in ratings and mainstream coverage ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.20.95 / 03.27.95

(I’m actually getting a few weeks ahead on the Observers now, so here’s a couple of RAW reposts to catch up again, especially since the 3.27 show is literally one match!)  The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.20.95 Taped from Stockton, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Cornette Razor Ramon v. ... Read more

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Once Upon a Time…

Hey Scott, Any chance on getting a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood thread going?   I know it’s not a MCU movie, but still… there is a lot of themes to discus/debate in a spoiler safe zone.   Greatly appreciated. Of course we can!  Here's an annotated list of references provided by the AV ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #327 – 31/07/1999

Hello You! So here we are, back with another episode of Hardcore TV. Last week’s show was the traditional post Pay-Per-View one, where we got nothing but promo’s and video recaps of Heatwave 99. However, we are now roughly one month away from the debut of ECW on TNN and the date for Anarchy Rulz ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 30, 2019

Smackdown Date: July 30, 2019 Location: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re in still getting ready for Summerslam and in this case we need to hurry up and get some more stuff set with less than two weeks to go before the show. This time around we have Trish Stratus ... Read more

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Yikes

Raw averages 2.321 million viewers. Down 772K from last week's Raw Reunion and down 580K from the same week last year. https://ift.tt/2YAMPff Ratings don’t matter!  #ItsNot1998.  Hope I did that right.  

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Expanding NJPW in the West

https://ift.tt/2Kj9Av9 Tl;Dr, New Japn would have a better shot at making waves in the west of New Japan World was, yknow, more accessible. I have the service, but I know I'd probably have it on damn near all of the time if there was an app on, in my case, PS4 (which, both being Japanese ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight! Who knows, because Vince rewrote the show at the last minute again. Maybe he should hire someone to oversee it OH WAIT HE DID. RAW had a pretty horrendous drop back to form in the ratings, actually falling below their mark from the week before RAW Reunion. Way to build an audience. I’m probably ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Eleven – 30/07/2019

Hello You! We’re back with some more A Block Action! This year’s G1 has featured some fantastic wrestling thus far but hasn’t produced a 5 Star Classic by my watch yet. I’d love it if we could get one before the tournament comes to a close, but in general I’d say the standard of this ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – September 2, 1995

WCW Prime for August 28 featured Cobra in action so we will recap that match before moving onto WCW Pro. –Prime “MOOOO” Match of the Week:  Cobra (1-0) pins Dino Cassanova after a Cobra clutch slam at 2:28: Cobra has one of the worst entrance themes in wrestling history.  It is simply Morse Code.  How ... Read more

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Posit

We all know WWE is the de facto #1 company in the US. AEW has been given the #2 spot until they lose it. I posit that currently, the #3 company in the US right now is…. MLW. While they may not have the tv exposure that ROH or IMPACT does (although I would argue ... Read more

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Too many mistakes in 1991

Vince should have picked up real talent/promising workers to replace (phase out) aging movie-crazy Hogan and unreliable bad-drawing nutjob Warrior. Top heels were also pretty rare, only Taker and Flair were good choices, Slaughter was on his last legs, DiBiase battled injuries, Jake had his demons. Instead of signing fellow unreliable nutjob Sid and a ... Read more

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Totally Random Questions

Hey Scott, I know there have been rumors of CM Punk going to AEW, whether it's true or not, I dont know. But, would he be able to go as he walked out during a contract with WWE? Can WWE hold him to his contract years later as he owes time? Also, what would you ... Read more

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AEW Ratings Expectations

Hey Scott,   Any idea what kind of ratings goals/expectations have been set for AEW on TNT? What would be a realistic range? And I'm not talking just about the first episode, let's say through a month – what's a success and what's a disappointment? What is TNT looking for and what is AEW looking ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 7th, 1994

March 6, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Ted DiBiase The show starts off with a video package hyping Crush & Owen Hart vs. Smoking Gunns as Vince also talked about last week when Crush screwed Randy Savage out of a title win over Yokozuna. Tonight, ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–04.10.95 (Part 1)

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 04.10.95 (Part 1) So after Dave takes a week off, it’s a DOUBLE ISSUE featuring Wrestlemania XI, the show that drew so much money that Dave needed a second issue to contain it all! – The two biggest shows of the year took place on the same weekend, as we saw ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-12-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: November 12, 1983 (taped 11/04) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Is a thunderstorm brewing between Sunshine and Garvin? Can Kerry and Kevin whip the Freebirds into submission? What do the Von Erichs have planned for Thanksgiving? Who will join me in this turbulent episode? Mr. Carson, what a pleasant ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 29, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: July 29, 2019 Location: Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves The rapid fire build to Summerslam can build tonight as we have less than two weeks to go before the show. A lot of the matches have already been set, but there are several ... Read more

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Lucha Underground Implosion

Awhile ago in some post you mentioned that "LU imploded."  What exactly happened?  I remember that some wrestlers sued them for some reason, but nothing specific.  Was it simply because of low ratings? Combination of stuff.  The parent company of Lucha Underground signed a whole bunch of guys to restrictive contracts with promises of money ... Read more

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New wwe network

So a feature on the new WWE network appears to be the inability to cancel.  We tried canceling, but on the updated network the link appears to not work.  So we called, couldn't get thru, tried the chat, we're #35, waitited 45 min until 1 person in front, the sorry, a rep is unavailable try again ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 6th, 1994

March 6, 1994 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Stan Lane This week in action are Jeff Jarrett, Thurman Plugg, Earthquake, and the Headshrinkers. Plus, a special feature on Yokozuna and more!   Jeff Jarrett vs. Mike Maraldo Jarrett cheap shots Maraldo near the ropes as Gorilla ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Hope everyone had a nice weekend! It’s another Monday night and another live episode of RAW. Apparently they are hyping some sort of Dolph Ziggler/Seth Rollins match which should surely get everyone fired up. I mean if Baron Corbin can’t move the needle why not give them Dolph Ziggler right? Sometimes I ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- THAT Hair vs. Hair Match

TOYOTA vs. YAMADA- Hair vs. Hair So this is the famous match which Dave Meltzer apparently describes to this day as the greatest match he’s ever seen live. A bout where merely his description of what happened had people on the Blog welling up with tears. So how could I NOT do an article focusing ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – August 27, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s episode.  They hype the Hulkamaniacs-Dungeon of Doom main event scheduled for Fall Brawl and discuss Meng’s acquisition of the golden spike from the Master. –Okerlund and Heenan discuss the “fatal attraction” element of the Colonel Robert Parker-Sister Sherri relationship. –Heenan has difficulties understanding the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – March 5th, 1994

March 5, 1994 From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo   Lex Luger vs. Reno Riggins Vince hypes up Luger as Polo says Luger doesn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of becoming champion at WrestleMania. Polo says that Riggins was a National roller skating ... Read more

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WCW Post Flair

Hey Scott, looking back at WCW post Flair, is there anyone they could have realistically brought in or an angle they could have run to turn business around? Even in a crazy fantasy scenario, like if they were able to snag the Ultimate Warrior in fall 91, would something like a Sting/Warrior – Dangerous Alliance ... Read more

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Renegade’s debut in WCW

When Renegade debuted at the first WCW Uncensored PPV in 1995, was it originally supposed to be the Ultimate Warrior, or was it always supposed to be his cheap knockoff?   They certainly wanted it to be Warrior and tried hard to make it happen. 

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Seth Rollins

Are we gonna get a Brock/Rockish crowd at Summerslam where the crowd completely turns on Rollins? Canada is usually smark central and heel lovers no? Toronto specifically.  But yeah, I don't see this going well for Crossfit Jesus. 

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Rebook 27

Hi Scott  Now that the blog has had a go at rebooking WM XI, how about a more recent candidate for the worst of all time?  What could have been done in retrospect to liven up WM 27? Pull the trigger on Cena-Taker? Have Punk win the title? Drive a dump truck of money up ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Ring of Honor Wrestling–07.20.19

The SmarK Rant for Ring of Honor Wrestling – 07.20.19 Somewhat surprisingly, the ROH show from last week did really well on the blog, and I can watch them on Fite.TV for free anyway, so we might as well carry on. Here’s the link in case anyone wants to watch as well: https://ift.tt/2ymUW0k Taped from ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-05-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: November 5, 1983 (taped 10/21) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Will the Freebirds get the better of Adams and Mantell? How will JYD fare against the Ugandan giant? Who will join me for the star-studded episode? Thanks, Mama! What else do you have to add to this show? Opening ... Read more

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New Japan pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Ten – 28/07/2019

Hello You! Back again with some B Block action Had a bit of an issue with this one due to the internet in rural Wales being a tad unpredictable, but I finally managed to get it to work long enough to take this one in. Anyway, let’s get rolling and enjoy ourselves some New Japan! ... Read more

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Elevation

Good sir…….I was just watching some 2000 WCW on the network during the Billy Kidman  – Hulk Hogan feud.  I know in theory the point was for Hogan to elevate Kidman but it simply did not work.   So my question is 2 fold. 1.   Is the Hogan-Kidman feud the worst example of an established star ... Read more

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Predictable but entertaining storyline?

We all bitch about predictable storylines in wrestling, but sometimes that is not a bad thing.  What was the last predictable storyline/angle you actually enjoyed?  Off the top of my head it was Batista breaking away from Evolution and beating HHH for the World Title at W.M. 21.  Thomas Hall is recapping this right now ... Read more

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Famous To Non Fans

Hi Scott.  I go to a local pub quiz every week and the first round is normally a picture round, pictures of celebrities who have their birthday's that week or have been in the news or whatever reason.  Last week, one of the pictures was Shawn Michaels. It was a team mate who spotted him ... Read more

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WWF Title reigns

Do you think the following deserved a title reign: Big Bossman as IC champ during his 1st run (1988-1993) Beverly Bros. as tag champs (1991-1993) Ken Shamrock as WWF champ (1997-1999) Mr. Perfect as WWF champ (1988-1993) Owen Hart as WWF champ (1991-1999) Power & Glory as tag champs (1990-1991) Killer Bees as tag champs ... Read more

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Comeback of the year

At this point, comeback of the year has to be between Daniel Bryan and Jon Moxley, right? Champion of the planet DB has been a revelation, and Moxley has looked more motivated in New Japan than anything he’s done in forever (and almost kind of wish he stayed in New Japan instead of doing AEW). ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 06/16/2009 #158

Christian vs. DH Smith The Hart Dynasty are feeling confident after their win against Christian & Swagger last week. Smith uses his bigness to smother Christian as Striker plugs WWE Classics. Surprised they haven’t badly edited The Fink yelling WWE NETWORK over any out-dated expressions like “WWE 24/7” or “upcoming Uso tag title win.” Smith ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network SMACKVILLE–07.27.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Presents…SMACKVILLE – 07.27.19 Live from Nashville, TN Your hosts are Tom Phillips & David Otunga Trying this out on the web interface because the Windows app appears to be dead. The good: The new HTML5 interface actually resizes when you change window size. The bad: For some reason, the ... Read more

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Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Oh man, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood was MASTERFUL.  Loved it from start to finish.  Except for the feet.  Yuck.  I really wanna see that Western now. Smackville was a thing that happened last night and I reviewed it.  I’ve already forgotten about it. The new WWE Network launched and it’s a complete boondoggle ... Read more

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Smackville

Smackville Date: July 27, 2019 Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Tom Phillips, David Otunga This is another special event with WWE presenting a show for the sake of having some competition. The schedule says that this is going to be an hour long show but an overrun would not surprise me. There are three ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Nine – 27/07/2019

Hello You! Here we are back with some A Block Action! I’m currently out in the countryside of Wales for a family trip, but when the Wi-Fi decides it wants me to I can still just about manage to stream New Japan World, hence here I am getting my G1 fix! I’ll hopefully find some ... Read more

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Greatest RAW/Smackdown matches

Hey Scott, I stopped watching WWE TV years ago. I keep up with the product through this blog and Network specials. But I feel like I’ve missed out on a bunch of great TV matches especially from the last few years. Was wondering if you or your TV recappers could share some of their favorite ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – July 26, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: July 26, 2019 Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis We’re finally back to a regular show this week after last week’s Mash-Up Tournament show. Next week is the big Unbreakable show, which will feature Tessa Blanchard vs. Sami Callihan for the #1 contendership to the World ... Read more

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Smackdown – February 24, 2005

Smackdown Date: February 24, 2005 Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 7,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re finally done with No Way Out and that means we’re officially on the Road to Wrestlemania. After this week’s Raw, we now have an official main event with John Cena winning the #1 contenders tournament, earning a Smackdown ... Read more

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Demolition/Powers of Pain Double Turn

Hey Scott, I’ve been watching some 1987-88 WWF compilations on YouTube and I’ve just made it into December ‘88. It got me thinking, what was the impetus behind the Demolition/Powers of Pain double turn at the Survivor Series? Ax and Smash were in the midst of an awesome heel run, while Warlord and Barbarian had ... Read more

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The Can-Ams and the Hogan/Warrior “money match”

Hello, Thanks for answering my questions about the house show formulas.  I'd like to follow up on a point you made about the Can-Ams occasionally headlining against the Hart Foundation.  Given how over they were, it seems obvious that the Can-Ams would have won the belts had Zenk not flaked out.  Would they have been ... Read more

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Favorite Japanese Wrestler

Scott, With Jushin Liger's impending retirement I've been on a big Puroresu kick, thus I was wondering who you consider your favorite Japanese wrestler of all time. I remembered back when you did your Best of Japan rants you were a huge fan of Toshiaki Kawada, but time might have altered that view. Who is ... Read more

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Diesel’s Title Reign

Why do you think Diesel's WWF Championship reign from 1994-1995 was so long considering business was terrible with him on top?  Was it a case of Vince trying to find that elusive replacement for Hulk Hogan come hell or high water?   Yes.

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Good morning to you!  The Mid-South TV rant posted this morning may prove to be the final one I could watch with the Windows 10 app, since they’ve updated the Network and may have killed it off.  We’ll see. Tonight is a UFC from Edmonton, which I was tempted to do the six hour drive ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–04.20.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 04.20.85 The Network 2.0 update is out, and thankfully the Windows 10 app is still working. For now. I am, however, willing to give the browser version a chance again because I’ve heard good things about it, should things go south for my beloved Windows app. Notably, all ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 26, 2019

WE MADE IT! My weekend in wrestling starts Saturday night as I get to check off another box on the bingo card: be part of a show in a VFW (in California, MD for those wondering).  Then we all head to NE DC and check out Prime Time Pro, featuring Jimmy Jacobs vs BLANK and ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – August 26, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This show was taped in Atlanta on July 26. –Opening Contest:  Cobra beats Tom Burton with a Cobra clutch slam at 2:33: Due to the weekly vignettes, it seems like having Cobra surprise Sergeant Craig Pittman with an appearance ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Wrestlemarinepiad ’89

AJW WRESTLEMARINEPIAD ’89: The Day the Music Died (06.05.1989) -Now THIS show is a real relic. AJW’s peak is generally seen as the 1992-95 stretch, so this is long before that, with many of the biggest stars in Joshi history being… young rookies. According to the Live Watchers, this was a big of a weaksauce ... Read more

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Rebooking WM 11

I’ve long argued that Mania 11 is the worst WM because at least 9 is car-crash bad with some fun matches at the beginning of the card. Plus the Vegas/Caesars venue was great for comedy is nothing else. Mania 11 is the worst kind of forgettable/boring for a big show. The celebrity main event killed ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – February 28th, 1994

February 28, 1994 From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Harvey Whippleman The show starts off with a video package hyping tonight’s World Heavyweight Title match between Yokozuna and Randy Savage. They did a great job with this in positioning Savage as a major threat to win the title ... Read more

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Mongo in WWF

How much of a glorious trainwreck would it have been if they kept him around after Mania XI?  He could’ve chastised Davey Boy for drinking coffee three years earlier!  He’d have been World champ by Summerslam!  

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AEW debut in DC

As someone who lives within walking distance of the arena in DC, I am thrilled and I can't wait. But DC hasnt been a super hot market for wrestling in recent years, compared to how WWE seems to mine Toronto, NYC, Philly, Chicago, etc for gold. So how many tickets do you think they sell ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 26, 2019

TJP, SHO, and Dragon Lee Confirmed for NJPW Super J Cup https://ift.tt/32SZxVU   Tegan Nox Returns from Injury at NXT House Show https://ift.tt/2K4bD6a   MLW Forms Working Relationship with Pro Wrestling NOAH https://ift.tt/32SZysW   Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week You can watch Kazuchika Okada vs. Dalton Castle from Death Before Dishonor XIV ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Pro Wrestling USA–Meadowlands Mayhem–04.19.85

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Pro Wrestling USA presents Meadowlands Mayhem! Taped from East Rutherford, NJ (04.19.85), drawing about 10,000. Your hosts are Killer Ken Resnick and Doug McLeod. Tonight’s main event is a UGANDAN DEATH MATCH. That’s a hell of a hook. I’ve got no idea what’s on this show, ... Read more

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Young Steph at Nitro??

An observation for the Savage/Stephanie truthers out there… So I’m skimming old Nitros looking for Sting and Luger shenanigans and I came across a curious bit of video from the 12/4/95 Nitro live from Phoenix. Luger is in the ring awaiting WCW Champion Randy Savage, and as the Macho Man comes to the ring, the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 27th, 1994

February 27, 1994 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Stan Lane This week we will see Owen Hart vs. Bart Gunn. Also in action are Doink, Thurman Plugg, Kwang, and Men on a Mission. Plus, an interview with Crush.   Doink the Clown w/ Dink vs. Barry ... Read more

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question for your BoD

Hey Scott   shorttime reader. Hope everything is fine with you and your family. What´s your fave gay porn movie? And wich WWE Superstar would you like to see in this kind of movie art?   I’d make a Seth Rollins joke but Google would probably demonetize me again.  But he does like to do ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: July 25, 2019

We are in a dark time in sports fandom.  No MLB game of the week, NFL preseason yet to start, and ESPN is resorting to showing The Basketball Tournament (its real name) tonight. Go to beIN Sport if you have to.  They’ve got Copa Sudamericana, which is the Europa Cup of South America. Or, heck, ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Eight (24/07/2019)

Hello You! Back again with some B Block action Apologies for the delay for this one, but I was at the football last night watching a thrilling 0-0 draw between Wigan and Everton, so sadly I could only get around to it today. Good as Tom Davies and Mason Holgate were in that contest, I ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – August 26, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Sergeant Craig Pittman (30-3) beats Todd Wilder via submission to the Code Red at 1:49: Wilder fails to make Pittman look good in this squash, not selling two sets of pushup pins and then falling when he is ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: July 25, 2019

WWE Announces Quarter Two Financials https://ift.tt/2y7WFGK   SI.com This Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2McxV8h   WWE YouTube Free Match You can watch Adam Cole vs. Aleister Black in an Extreme Rules Match from the 2018 NXT Takeover: Philadelphia show.    

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Summerslam Repeat

Hey Scott, While Extreme Rules seems to have over-delivered, Summerslam seems like stale old stuff that has been done ad nauseum. Besides the women’s matches, everything announced so far has been done to death and back. Current card: Lesnar/Rollins – 3rd 1 on 1 match on PPV, 5th including triple threats Kofi/Orton – Done a ... Read more

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Better with the belt?

There are guys who just look better with the belt. I’m watching NXT, and Adam Cole just makes sense wearing a belt. Flair was like that too – they say they’re the best and the belt proves it. It’s like a punctuation mark on the character. Conversely, are there guys where seeing them hold the ... Read more

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Daniel Bryan = 205 Live?

There's some rumblings going around that Bryan's big announcement he's been teasing will be a move to 205 Live. Thoughts? No way it's permanent, maybe he does a few matches? I don't get why they haven't put the World title in some form back on the guy at this point.  You could say he's an ... Read more

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Wasted Potential?

What past wrestler that wasn't around very long do you think might have been something if the company they were with pushed them?  I actually liked Sylvester Terkay when he had a cup of coffee with the WWE from 2006-2007.  With his legit college wrestling and MMA background, I thought there could have been some ... Read more

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for WCW Uncensored 95

(As requested in the Observer thread yesterday, here’s my repost of the original Uncensored show, from sometime in 2000.)  The Netcop Retro Rant for Uncensored 95 It occurs to me that I never actually got around to posting this one to Wrestleline when I did it last month, so by popular request, here you are… ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–03.13.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.13.95 Live from Stockton, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Cornette The Blu Twins v. The Headshrinkers This was advertised as Blus v. Kid & Holly in the opening, but Vince notes that Bob got stuck in a traffic jam and thus they’re a no-show. ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – February 26th, 1994

February 26, 1994 From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Johnny Polo The show started off with the “WWF Unbelievable” ad that has Yokozuna depicted as Godzilla. After that we see the announcers with Vince predicting that Lex Luger will be victorious against Yokozuna at SummerSlam. In ... Read more

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NXT – July 24, 2019

NXT Date: July 24, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix The rapid build towards Toronto continues and you can see most of the card already set up from here. The NXT Title match is going to be rather gimmicky and that could make for some fun. ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – July 19, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: July 19, 2019 Location: Don Kolov Arena, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews For some reason we’re still not back to the regular shows nearly two weeks removed from Slammiversary as it’s another special edition. This time around it’s a Mash Up Tournament, which is basically the old Lethal Lottery. ... Read more

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NXT UK – July 24, 2019

NXT UK Date: July 24, 2019 Location: Download Festival, Leicestershire, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Aiden English The build towards Takeover: Cardiff continues as we now have some challengers coming up for Walter. First up is Trent Seven, who is fighting for the injured Tyler Bate, taken out at Walter’s hands. Odds are Bate gets the ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – August 26, 1995

WCW Prime on August 21 featured a new bout.  Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes were on the call. -Prime “MOOO” WCW Tag Team Championship Match of the Week:  Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck (Champions w/Colonel Robert Parker) (19-9) defeat Los Especialistas when Buck pins Especialista #2 after a double fist at 3:29: This match was ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – February 21, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: February 21, 2005 Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania Attendance: 3,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We’re FINALLY off to the next big step as Batista decides if he’s going to face JBL or HHH at Wrestlemania. This has been a story where you know exactly what is going to ... Read more

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The Guy

Clearly there is more than just one issue at play with WWE's ratings. One may be the lack of a true star. We haven't really seen one since Cena left. Lesnar isn't around enough. They botched Roman. Rollins can't control his mouth publicly. If you were in charge, is there somebody that you think you ... Read more

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Old finishers are new again

Owens is using the Stunner. Bray Wyatt may be adopting the mandible claw (although with how much of a legit psycho he looked like giving it to Foley, I’m cool with this). Samoa Joe was basically doing a Rock Bottom for a bit. Showman does a choke slam next time. Dolph Ziggler’s super kick is ... Read more

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Cedric

I was watching some old SMW and one of The Gangstas’ gimmicks got me thinking. They were able to win matches with a 2-count due to affirmative action – do you think that would work nowadays with someone like Cedric Alexander to give him an edge? That wasn't a real thing, that was a parody ... Read more

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The return of Big Steph

If/when they finally end thia idiotic Shane McMahon push and take him off TV, how long after that do you think we'll see the return of Stephanie in a weekly role? Stephanie is currently doing a tried-and-true method of putting herself over, pioneered by one Hulk Hogan, where she disappears from TV for long stretches ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–03.27.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 03.27.95 Did you think that Best of ECW Volumes 1 and 2 was as EXTREME as the blog was getting this week? Then prepare yourself, because it’s time for WCW UNCENSORED! But first, another death… – John Minton, aka Big John Studd, succumbed to liver cancer on 03/20 after living for ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #326 – 24/07/2019

Hello You! So here we are, back with another episode of Hardcore TV as we mop up the fallout from Heatwave 99 (Of which you can read the review of by clicking right HERE). Usually with these post-Pay Per View shows ECW mostly recaps what happened at the previous event, kind of like how NXT ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 23, 2019

Smackdown Date: July 23, 2019 Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, David Otunga Depending on what you thought of last night’s Raw Reunion, this show either has a lot to live up to or a very easy path to being the best show of the week. We’re less than three weeks away ... Read more

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CRAB Wrestling Vice Effects

Vice Effect Date: June 8, 2019 Location: Old Ox Brewery, Ashburn, Virginia Commentator: Jason Heat Odds are you haven’t heard of this one but a colleague of mine works for the company and asked me to take a look at it. Since I have an issue saying no to anyone (I really need to work ... Read more

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Did WWE waste legends return on RAW Reunion?

Scott, I was wondering whether you though WWE wasted the return of so many WWF legend at once at the RAW reunion. I mean they could had: a DX Reunion Show with Triple HHH, Shaun Michaels, Xpac, and the New Age Outlaws A NWO Reunion Show with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Hogan, and Bischoff An ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight! Its Smackdown, which may or may not actually have the involvement of Eric Bischoff at some point in the indeterminate future! But holy shit, we do know that Kofi is defending against Randy Orton at Summerslam! I wonder if Kofi will mess up a move and Orton will call him “Stupid stupid stupid” again? ... Read more

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DiBiase officially a former WWF champion?

https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/cgsufm/raw_spoilersnew_precedent_set_last_night_means_a/  It's been quite the topic on Reddit today.  Does this goofy one-off retroactively confirm the precedent that he did in fact legally purchase the championship? Furthermore, does that mean Jack Tunney was nothing more than a puppet in the Hulkamania machine!? Is nothing sacred!?!  They would exhume Jack Tunney's corpse on live TV and ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – August 20, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio as per usual for today’s broadcast.  Heenan says he is bothered by the tensions between Ric Flair and Arn Anderson because they are good friends of his.  He blames Hulk Hogan for their problems. –Okerlund and Heenan discuss an anti-aging cream that Okerlund makes up, with ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – February 21st, 1994

February 21, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage   WWF Tag Team Champions: The Quebecers (c) w/ Johnny Polo vs. Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid Kid has replaced the previously announced Marty Jannetty as Razor’s partner because Marty was fired. Savage notes how Kid ... Read more

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Ring of Honor

Just one question, it can either be from what you've seen or heard but…where did it all go wrong for ROH? When AEW essentially stripped away all of the Elite crew.  Ownership with a vision and some money to fix the problem would have gone out and recruited some talent to replace them, but we've ... Read more

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10 straight years of part-timers main eventing Wrestlemania

What does it say about the current state of WWE when they've had part-timers (or retirees in the case of Michaels & Rousey) main eventing Wrestlemania for 10 straight years? And yes, I'm including The Rock for WM 27. He was the star of the match.  What does it say that a part-timer is the ... Read more

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New Japan Use of Jon Moxley

Not only is New Japan getting some kick ass matches and tons of new YouTube views from Jon Moxley himself, but it looks like he is also elevating Juice Robinson from happy-go-lucky joke to someone that might step up to the main event tier next year. And on top of that, they may have even ... Read more

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Austin

Hey Scott, Why is Vince not backing up the Brinks truck onto Austin's lawn to get him come be the GM on Raw/SD or do something that gets him on TV each week? He was the only bright spot on last night's train wreck. He would totally outshine the rest of the roster, as he ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for The Best of ECW Volume 2–ECW’s Bloodiest Matches!

The SmarK Rant for the Best of ECW Volume 2 – 10.24.92 Yes, more low rent early ECW from 1992, as apparently the first volume of the tape sold so well that the public DEMANDED a second one. More Surfer Sandman, they said! More Tommy Cairo! Perhaps less Glen Osbourne, but more spikes on his ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-29-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 29, 1983 (taped 10/21) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer It’s the Halloween edition of WCCW 1983! Who will be in costume? Will there be spooky moments? And what triumphant event happened in 1983 that was truly scary?   Sorry, Gene. Opening montage. Prior to the opening contest, a ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 22, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: July 22, 2019 Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida Commentators: Corey Graves, Renee Young, Michael Cole It’s a big night around here with Raw Reunion, featuring just about every big name you can think of who didn’t have anything better to do tonight. In other words, it’s time to try to get ... Read more

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Monday Night Opeen Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This is the big RAW Reunion that will several of your old favorites return and take up the time that could be used to get newer talent over! Oh well. Usually these reunion shows give us something to talk about with all the returning old ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Random Grab-Bag (LCO & Toyota!)

So here’s a random assortment of matches I’ve found- some of the most fun to be had on YouTube Joshi searches isn’t with spotlighting only one wrestler or one show, but by jumping all over the place, finding interesting little things here and there. Some of the best workers of the early ’90s were paired ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – August 19, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on July 26 according to thehistoryofwwe.com. –Opening Contest:  Sergeant Craig Pittman (28-3) beats Steve Storm via submission to the Code Red at 4:30: The crowd quickly tires of Pittman’s arm work, booing for all the ... Read more

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Bischoff not doing Smackdown creative

So, apparently Meltzer is reporting Bischoff isn't working the creative aspect of Smackdown but doing other stuff. So, we're stuck with the same old crap? This would lead me to question why we needed a large scale press release saying BISCHOFF WILL BE RUNNING SMACKDOWN.   Hey, it’s wrestling.  Card subject to change.  Eric himself ... Read more

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WrestleKingdom main event.

Have you been following/watching the G1 thus far. I honestly don’t know what direction they’re going for a final yet, so how about this:  NJPW and AEW wake up and smell the money and work out a friendly working relationship. Okada runs the G1 and wins as IWGP Champion. He gets to choose his WrestleKingdom ... Read more

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Bret/Austin endgame

Considering the WWF was cooling off the Bret/Austin program after Canadian Stampede, what do you think the original endgame was for their feud?  Austin was programmed with Owen, and Shawn's role in Bret's title win was the start of his heel turn, which led to DX.  So, if Austin's neck isn't hurt and Bret doesn't ... Read more

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Reconsidering Owen

Your recent e-mail response post about Owen inspired me to share this with you, something I think about anytime Owen’s in-ring potential is discussed. Specifically, that he died right before the whole promotion was going to undergo changes that would’ve been, I believe anyway, tremendously beneficial to him, performance-wise. In 2000, a mere year after ... Read more

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Monster Wrestler That Was A Joke

What wrestler that was supposed to be a feared monster did you think was the biggest joke?  If I live to be 100, I don't think I'll ever see anything that tops the Yeti in WCW circa 1995 coming out at Halloween Havoc and dry humping everyone.  A distant second would have to be Mantaur ... Read more

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Endgame #1

Endgame final passed Avatar this weekend for global #1 That build was so drawn out it was hard to still care about the payoff. https://ift.tt/30OZNne The really funny thing about the situation is that I was thinking "Oh man, now FOX is gonna have to make the big comeback with Avatar 2 and reclaim the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Ring of Honor Wrestling–07.19.19

The SmarK Rant for Ring of Honor Wrestling – 07.19.19 Continuing with my “stuff taped on the Fight Network’s free preview” run here, as I’ll give ROH’s weekly TV a shot. It’s available on FITE.TV every week as well so if it’s pretty good, I can continue on with it anyway. Taped from Philly Your ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-22-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 22, 1983 (taped 10/07) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Parsons defeat Race and become World champion? How will David be involved? And who will join me to bring this exciting episode to you? Doctor Detroit, er Clifford! What remedies do you have in store for us?   ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 20th, 1994

February 20, 1994 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Stan Lane This week’s featured match is Earthquake vs. Bastion Booger. Also in action are The Quebecers, Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow, and IRS. Plus an interview with Bret Hart and more!   The Quebecers vs. Tim McNeany ... Read more

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Bobby and Piper

Was the purpose of Piper on Primetime always to get to feud with Rude and Heenan?  Why didn’t they ever stretch it to Wrestlemania since Rude had nothing to do and Piper was just programmed with Bad News.    I'm not sure what the deal with the Piper-Rude feud was, actually.  They were SUPER hot ... Read more

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Owen Hart 1994

Just read Bryan's Superstars rant from 94 which included a really good short Owen vs Jannetty bout. Man did Owen have an incredible run in 1994 from a quality standpoint? Not to mention the awesome storyline with Bret and his great heel character. All his PPV matches in 1994 (except Survivor Series) were good-to-phenomenal. Maybe ... Read more

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Female Thor

So I guess Natalie Portman was fine being out until Disney said you can be female Thor in a movie that will make billions of dollars.  Thoughts on the rest of the slate? Well, a bunch of them are Disney Plus streaming shows, like Falcon & Winter Soldier and Loki.  I'm glad they're mostly doing ... Read more

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Alexa-Nikki Storyline

I think we all can see where the Alexa Bliss-Nikki Cross storyline is headed.  My question to you is when do you think the WWE will pull the trigger on it?  I'd wager before Summer-Slam, but I wouldn't put it past the company to drag it out until nobody cares anymore.(Assuming we haven't reached that ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 06/07/2009 #157

Before we start, I want to point out Ezekiel Jackson has been in the intro since the brand split in April and he’s still not shown up. We’re in Biloxi, Mississippi and new champ Tommy Dreamer immediately looks ready to cry. Oh he’s got to talk to Tiffany, I understand. Dreamer gives a trembling thank ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for New Japan on AXS–07.19.19

The SmarK Rant for New Japan on AXS – 07.19.19 Taped from Kobe, Japan Your hosts are Jim Ross & Josh Barnett So this is not actually an up-to-date show. It happened that I have a free preview of Fight Network on my cable system right now, so I recorded a few things on Friday ... Read more

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Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Hey! It’s the last day of my vacation from work, although I didn’t go anywhere because I’m a starving internet writer. Today I’ve got an episode of New Japan on AXS from 2015 up, and tomorrow is ROH weekly TV. Guess which one I liked better? Matt Taven retained the title against Jay Lethal last ... Read more

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Pro Wrestling EVE – Dawn of a New Era

Howdy! It’s our first EVE show since WrestleQueendom! I know that the whole ‘everything changes’ saying is severely overused, but in this case, it’s more than accurate. Let’s see what our favorite kickass women in EVE are up to now, shall we? So, this show is called “Dawn of a New Era”, and as I ... Read more

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No Way Out 2005

No Way Out 2005 Date: February 20, 2005 Location: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Attendance: 9,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz This is a different kind of show as there is little doubt about where things are going for Wrestlemania but they’re trying to keep up the pretense of some surprises that could still come. That includes ... Read more

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Saturday Night’s All Right for Chatting!: July 20, 2019

Sorry for missing last night, Scott.  My CRAB buddies had us going to do spread some advertising for the August 3rd show. Fifty years ago, we had one small step for a man, but one giant leap for mankind.  Not to be confused with King of the Ring 1998, which was two giant leaps by ... Read more

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Mainstream Staleness

I know we all feel like the current WWE product is pretty bad but we’re the inside audience. This story on National Public Radio (about the least WWE-like news outlet imaginable) makes me think that the concern is crossing over to the outside world, investors and, as you often mention, Fox. Thoughts? It’s definitely becoming ... Read more

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