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Monday Night Raw – September 30, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: September 30, 2019 Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Vic Joseph, Dio Maddin, Jerry Lawler It’s time to start the biggest week in a very long time with the season premiere of Monday Night Raw. This show is completely stacked with the Universal Title on the line, Brock Lesnar ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. No need to sugarcoat this one, if you’re a wrestling fan (and I’ll assume some of you are), this is arguably going to be the most exciting, fascinating week of programming since the final Nitro and we had that WCW/WWF cross programming that still makes ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Joshi in the WWF (1990s Edition!)

JOSHI IN THE WWF (1990s Edition): -Six years after the Jumping Bomb Angels left the WWF, Joshi returned to the company in 1994, when Alundra Blayze was a bit of a lame-duck WWF Women’s Champion- the company had reintroduced the belt in 1993, using the former Madusa Micelli (a star in Japan & America) as ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – October 9, 1995

–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are doing commentary and they are live from Chicago, Illinois.  All of the announcers are sporting custom Chicago Bears jerseys, with Bischoff shockingly not wearing an old McMahon jersey to send another shot across the WWF’s bow.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 8,500 fans showed up to the Rosemont Horizon, ... Read more

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Happy Everything Changes Week!

Hi Scott,   Long-time, many time, etc.    Goes without saying that this is a huge week for wrestling as a whole.  Not to be lame, but is this the biggest week ever?  WWE buying WCW certainly feels bigger, but maybe not?   What say you? This is big but the WCW buyout was the ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – May 16th, 1994

May 16, 1994 From the Green Mountain State Arena in Morrisville, VT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage Before the show opens we are shown a hype video for tonight’s sumo match between Earthquake and Yokozuna   King of the Ring Qualifying Match: Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Luna Vachon vs. Thurman ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.01.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.01.95 Taped from Omaha, New Brunswick. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler A LENGTHY recap of the Diesel-Bam Bam deal from last week starts us out, covering the first 5 minutes of a 45 minute show. The Allied Powers v. George Anderson & Tom Hagan ... Read more

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Waiting too long to pull the trigger on a push?

The question the other day about pulling the trigger too soon on a wrestler's push got me to thinking;  What do you think was the worst example of waiting too long to pull the trigger on a wrestler's push?  For me it would be Seth Rollins.  In 2018 when he was white hot was the ... Read more

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Wrestling Promotion/T.V. Show That Will Suffer?

What wrestling promotion or show do you think will suffer as a result of the t.v. landscape adding 4 combined hours of NXT and AEW to the mix weekly?  My pick would be ROH, especially since they changed their only weekly t.v. show to a 1 hour infomercial for their "Honor Club"  Also, their product ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 30, 2019

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2nJpK9f   WWE Free Match on YouTube You can watch Roman Reigns vs. Rusev in a Hell in a Cell match from the 2016 Hell in a Cell PPV   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL from 10/9/17   Also, anyone who wants to be ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: September 29, 2019

Premiere Week is almost on us, as WWE and AEW begin the bonanza.  What a time to be alive. Dallas and New Orleans is your NFL Primetime game. Your baseball playoffs are set: Milwaukee/Washington at Los Angeles; Saint Louis at Atlanta; Tampa/Oakland at Houston; Minnesota at New York Yankees. Enjoy the night.

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 15th, 1994

May 15, 1994 From the Syracuse War Memorial in Syracuse, NY Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase We get a video package narrated by Todd Pettengill that features dramatic music to hype this week’s 1-2-3 Kid vs. Kwang match. Also in action this week are Lex Luger, Jeff Jarrett, Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, and ... Read more

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Favorite Non-Move Spot

What's your favorite spot that doesn't involve an actual wrestling move? Undertaker's situp is probably the most iconic but Rick Rude starting his taunt before reaching for his back in agony during a big match always made me smile.  I also love someone attempting to hit Rude in the gut and then clutching their fist ... Read more

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Getting rid of certain titles?

With the WWE brand separation returning and the announcers emphasizing "the wildcard rule" won't exist anymore, do you think we'll have cross-branded titles,(which are worthless to begin with), like the Women's Tag Team Titles and the 24/7 Title shelved for good?   Nope.  I think you're putting a lot more thought into the whole thing than ... Read more

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CM Punk (because someone has to ask you about him)

So these are the facts: Fox wants CM Punk to host a show on SD, basically a pre-show thing with interviews and Punk hyping the storylines/matches for a channel that hardly anyone gets and if they do get it, probably can't find it without searching the program guide and about 10-20 minutes of combing through ... Read more

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HOF technicality

Hey Scott, Maybe it's the wrong time to ask, but I've been wondering this for a while. If the character of Razor Ramon is in the Hall of Fame (and not Scott Hall) does that mean Rick Bogner is also in the Hall of Fame by default? No, because Fake Razor and Fake Diesel were ... Read more

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ECW on Syfy 08/11/2009 #166

We’re in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, we’re on the road to Summerslam and we have more Abraham Washington to look forward to tonight. Zack Ryder vs. Shelton Benjamin This match is happening due to Shelton calling Ryder a Smurf last week. You heard me. Crowd is pro-Shelton because we’re not in Long Island so the Ryder-love ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–02.01.86

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 02.01.86 Taped from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver Last week: The Midnight Express attacks the Rock N Roll Express and lays them out yet again. And we have Arn Anderson to start and a NEW BACKDROP! Pretty sexy. Arn, meanwhile, is offended ... Read more

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Backlash 2005

Backlash 2005 Date: May 1, 2005 Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire Attendance: 14,000 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the follow up to Wrestlemania and that means we’re in for a rematch for the Raw World Title with HHH challenging Batista for the title. Other than that, we have the ultimate teaming of ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: SMASH Wrestling “CANUSA Classic 2014”

Hello You! Women’s wrestling (Most commonly of the Japanese variety) is quite popular on this here Blog, so this show seemed apropos as it features nothing but women’s matches. This was one of many shows that I bought from Smart Mark Video On Demand a while back during a splurge and I’ve never actually had ... Read more

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Smackdown – April 28, 2005

Smackdown Date: April 28, 2005 Location: NEC Arena, Birmingham, England Attendance: 9,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re still over in England and this time around we’ll be seeing a four way elimination match to determine the first challenger for John Cena’s Smackdown World Title. There is a good chance that match is going to be ... Read more

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Washington Post article on AEW

Did you see this?  https://ift.tt/2nuBMDs Talk about good publicity! Vince would kill for something like this. Two things stood out to me: 1-This quote from the TNT exec: "“It’s really rare for a challenger to be on offense right out of the gate and I’m surprised Vince [McMahon, chairman and CEO of WWE] went to ... Read more

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Lethal Lottery

Hey Scott, Silly question but as a kid I used to make lists of wrestlers names and cut them out and put them in a bowl and make my own lethal lotteries. Years later, I'm still finding little strips of loose leaf around the house that say "Greg Valentine" or some random wrestlers name.  Was ... Read more

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AEW Mid-Card

Hey Scott– At lot of the chatter on the Blog has had to do with the guys signed by AEW and whether or not their gimmicks smack of "indie wrestling". Setting aside AEW's top tier (Jericho, Cody, Omega, etc.) who do you think has the best chance to connect with a wider audience, and who ... Read more

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Bypassing NXT To The Main Roster?

Do the wrestlers that have/will bypassed NXT to go straight to the main roster,(A.J. Styles, Karl Anderson/Luke Gallows, Mike Bennett, etc.), have had a say in the whole thing, or is it strictly up to WWE management?   Everything is always ultimately up to Vince.  But for what they're paying for Styles, they weren't gonna send him ... Read more

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Drink is ready sir

Brother Love claimed Lex wasn't getting the reactions needed and wasn't selling enough tickets (IN NOT EVEN TWO MONTHS SINCE HIS FACE TURN!), therefore Vince (surely seconded by Bruce and Pat who probably liked Larry Pfohl even less than Lex Luger) didn't put the title on Lex at Summeslam 93. As far as I remember ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – May 14th, 1994

May 14, 1994 From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   The show opens up with Vince McMahon bringing out Bret Hart to the interview platform. Vince asks about Owen as Bret said his own mother put it in focus by saying Owen was ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–10.22.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 10.22.99 Taped from New Orleans, LA Your hosts are Joey Styles & Joel Gertner. Joel is doing ring announcing this week for some reason. ECW World title: Mike Awesome v. New Jack Apparently this is the match that we fans demanded, but ECW didn’t want to ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Last night was ROH Death Before Dishonor, which I did not watch. CM Punk got a tryout for the new FS1 WWE talk show deal, but still maintains that he would never return to the company.  Never ever ever ever ever ever ever. Dave said on the F4W board that he was literally checking his ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: September 27, 2019

Lots of good college football tonight!  Duke/Virginia Tech and Arizona State/Cal is on ESPN.  FS1 is showing Penn State/Maryland.  Or, if baseball’s your thing, watch the Cubs continue to implode against St. Louis on ESPN2! In the meantime, talk joshi or hot women or both.  (I suggest we don’t let Princess know what we say.  ... Read more

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Favorite Gagne Lie

Is Greg Gagne's claim that Hulk Hogan was all set to return to the AWA in 1991 the best Gagne lie of all time? What are the odds of Vince letting Hogan go, much less 1991 AWA being able to afford Hogan. https://youtu.be/tDZnl_-lFT8 Maybe he was thinking of WCW jobber a Randy Hogan?

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Joshi Spotlight- Joshi in the WWF (1980s Edition!)

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- JOSHI IN THE WWF (1980s Edition): This is a real bit of weirdness, and one that has largely been ignored by WWF history- the late 1980s run of the Jumping Bomb Angels (and other Japanese women’s wrestlers) in the WWF. The timing was odd, and I’ve never read a behind-the-scenes piece of this ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – October 8, 1995

–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan handle the studio duties for today’s broadcast.  They open the show by hyping the Giant and recapping the Dungeon of Doom shaving WCW Champion Hulk Hogan’s mustache on Monday Nitro. –As part of the Halloween Havoc Control Center, Kurasawa and Colonel Robert Parker rant about how Road Warrior Hawk is ... Read more

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WWF Osaka, Japan – May 9th, 1994

This is another handheld show. It does not feature any commentary. May 9, 1994 From Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan   Fatu vs. 1-2-3 Kid Kid offers a handshake that Fatu ends up accepting. We get a “1-2-3” chant as Kid ducks a kick from Fatu but ends up getting scooped up for a slam. ... Read more

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Cm punk WWE bound?

According to Big Dave, we may soon have him back in the WWE. Good or bad idea? Vince probably forgot about him and then heard the crowds chanting for him during his supposed main event matches on RAW, and he was like "PATTERSON!  GET ME THIS CM PUNK GUY!"  

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Hands in Pockets

I get that most people don't actually know about Orange Cassidy's whole schtick because he's been pretty well protected so far in the places he's been seen nationally, but the hate against him is so laser-focused on his pockets. What's your favorite gimmick that people dismissed based on a minor detail, or a gimmick you ... Read more

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Benoit alternate timeline

I'm sure I'm not the first to send you this, but here's a fascinating look at an alternate reality where neither Eddie nor Benoit died tragically, and the myriad ramifications that would have. Not sure if you can post it on the blog since it contains a few WWE clips, but here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRItsfj16uM   ... Read more

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Moment you turned on TNA

I know TNA is a complete joke now with all the network hopping and stuff.  But I know there was a time, however brief, where quite a few people liked what was going on in TNA.  Was there a moment, match, angle, etc that made you switch off and never look back? Yeah, I was ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–AWA SuperClash IV (04.08.90)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – AWA SuperClash IV (04.08.90) OH YOU KNOW I’M ALL OVER THIS. So yeah, welcome to the dying days of the AWA, after Mr. Saito got an AWA title reign as payment for a Japan tour by Verne’s guys, if I’m remembering the Observer Flashbacks correctly. Granted ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: September 26, 2019

If you’re a football person, your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Philadelphia at Green Bay.  In the college ranks, we get Navy at Memphis for some old-fashioned option football.  If you like baseball, it’s the final weekend of the regular season with the AL wild cards (and 3rd-5th in the NL) ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – May 9th, 1994

May 9, 1994 From the Green Mountain State Arena in Morrisville, VT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage   The show starts off with a clip from last week when Earthquake issued a challenge to Yokozuna. And tonight Yokozuna will give his answer on the “King’s Court.”   Also for tonight ... Read more

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Review of WWE Untold: That’s Gotta Be Kane! (WWE Network Special)

A new episode of WWE Untold aired on WWE Network on Sunday night that told the story of Kane’s WWE debut at the Badd Blood 1997 pay-per-view. I am watching on-demand on WWE Network in their “Originals” section. Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “That’s Gotta Be Kane! In Your House: Badd Blood was a ... Read more

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Muhammad Hassan now a junior high school principal

https://www.syracuse.com/schools/2019/09/how-a-wwe-star-villain-wrestling-fans-loved-to-hate-became-a-central-ny-school-principal.html   He said that being let go by WWE was a "blessing in disguise" and it's what lead him to being an educator today. It was certainly a blessing for fans to get rid of him, no disguises needed.  Glad he’s doing well for himself though.  

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AEW showing Sunday mornings on ITV4 in the UK

Obviously annoying it won't be live, but that's something I can deal with What's bothering me though is the time slot They're going to have to edit and censor the crap out of it if it's being shown that early aren't they? I can't see Jimmy Havoc doing his crazy hardcore shtick at 9am on ... Read more

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Arena WWE

Hey Scott, So CMLL has found a good deal of success for themselves doing the thing that every sports team has figured out, that you should own your own arena. So my question for you is, do you potentially see a future in which WWE creates their own wrestling arena and owns it outright? And ... Read more

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The latest hidden gem is quite the legitimate rarity

Hey Scott, Thought this may be of interest to you: https://ift.tt/2lZ3RT4 Sure, the death rattle of the AWA may not be good pro wrestling but SuperClash IV wasn’t even thought to have been recorded beyond the briefest of clips on AWA TV. Dang!  They keep topping themselves with this stuff.  

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Great American Bash 86 (Greensboro 07.26.86)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Great American Bash 86 (Greensboro 07.26.86) Figure I might as well get this second Bash show done so it’s not hanging over me. For those who don’t know or don’t remember, this show and the previous supercard in Charlotte were both added as Hidden Gems a ... Read more

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NXT UK – September 25, 2019

NXT UK Date: September 25, 2019 Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness This taping almost has to be coming to an end right? It feels like we’ve been on this same taping cycle forever now and that doesn’t seem to be changing. Last week saw Kassius Ohno defeat Sid Scala ... Read more

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Do you think this could have saved the AWA?

Scott, I have a scenario that I would like for you to review to see if this could have saved the AWA from its dying days. Verne Gagne gets involved in a world title match and shockingly turns heel and comes out of retirement. He starts going by Vivacious Verne Gagne and is a hybrid ... Read more

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NXT – September 25, 2019

NXT Date: September 25, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix Well it was a good run while it lasted, but things have to come to an end at some point. This will be the last week that the show is split between USA and the WWE ... Read more

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Guilty pleasure show

I don’t know if you have answered this but what show do you find yourself going back to watch that isn’t necessarily regarded as a “good” show? I always find myself checking out Summerslam 96 and Royal Rumble 99. I also love Royal Rumble 97 mostly because of Stone Cold and Bret Hart. Also as ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 8th, 1994

May 8, 1994 From the Syracuse War Memorial in Syracuse, NY Your hosts are Stan Lane & Ted DiBiase We see the clip of Diesel celebrating his Intercontinental Title win with Shawn Michaels This week’s featured match is the Heavenly Bodies vs. The Bushwhackers. Also in action are Doink the Clown, Bam Bam Bigelow, and ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – October 7, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are calling tonight’s action, which is taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, matches at this taping took place on August 30 and September 27. –Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (49-7-2) beats Ray Hudson via submission to a Liontamer at 1:47: Wright goes through some basic arm work before using a ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – May 7th, 1994

May 7, 1994 From the Rochester War Memorial in Rochester, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler We see a clip from last week’s show of Diesel becoming the Intercontinental Champion. This week, we have Scott Steiner vs. IRS in a King of the Ring qualifying match.   King of the ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #335 – 25/09/1999

Hello You! Well Anarchy Rulz 99 is now in the books, so this week’s episode of Hardcore TV will most likely be lots of recaps and little in the way of new content. As a result, I’ve decided to add a special section at the bottom of the review where I try to calibrate who ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for TNT–03.01.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 03.01.85 “Salvatore Bellomo shares more Italian culture” Your host is Vince McMahon Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff join us to start, and Sheik brings a Persian rug and some pillows, because Freddie Blassie wants an “Eastern setting”. Blassie promises that his team will win the tag team titles from ... Read more

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Outgrown pro wrestling or should it be more mature?

Hey Scott, I've been off and on pro wrestling for the past 18 years after being a devoted watcher, especially during the Monday Night Wars.  It just has never recaptured that magic I felt back then. Of course, back then I was young in my teens through my early 20's so it makes me wonder ... Read more

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AEW = Dancin’ Homer

Hey Scott I know you are a Simpsons fan. So I'm sure you recall a very early episode called "Dancin' Homer". If not, the story is the Simpson family attends a game of their local Minor League baseball team, The Isotopes. The team is struggling and the crowd is dead. Homer, wanting to wake up ... Read more

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Dying of Boredom

Scott, In your career of reviewing, what would you say is the most boring show you have ever reviewed? I know you've reviewed terrible shows, but sometimes they fall into the "so bad it's good" territory or have at least a single good match. I'm talking about a show that was just flat out boring, ... Read more

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Ads on the competition’s station?

Last night on Smackdown AEW aired a commercial for their television show on TNT.  I have always wondered about this since the Monday Night Wars;  Why would a station/network allow the competition on a rival network to air an ad for their show?  Is it some kind of law I didn't know about, or is ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 25, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: April 25, 2005 Location: NEC Arena, Birmingham, England Attendance: 10,500 Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler We’re over in England this week for the go home show for Backlash. I’m not sure what to expect this week, but you can probably bet on a slow form HHH promo where he talks about ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 02-18-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: February 18, 1984 (taped 02/03) Attendance: 5,256 Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Adams defeat Flair to become World champion? How will Mike fare against Roberts? Perro Aguayo battles with Fishman. Plus a bonus match! Who will help me bring you all of this excitement? Wolfie! By all means, welcome! While ... Read more

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Super Ultimate Tuesday Night Thread: Champion Edition (Deluxe Version, All DLC included)

Impact is moving to Tuesday on AXS at the end of next month. No ratings for Raw yet as of when I’m writing this. Tonight is the lamest of lame duck Smackdowns, one last show on USA before they ride into the sunset and move to the fledgling Dumont Network next week.

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Lame duck NXT?

We all know that AEW is No. 1 4-eva (nikkaaaaaaahs!!!), and they will no doubt beat NXT in the ratings next week.  My important question is, why would the Vance McMahon, put a show up against it? Its gonna lose. I guarantee it.  But do you GUARAN-DAMN-TEE it?  Otherwise your words mean nothing to me.  

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Kenny’s Comments

Hey Scott– Just wondering if you had an opinion on Kenny Omega's "The NXT guys would be the dark match on a show I main-evented" comments. The reaction from most seems to range between "Douche who is burying an entire roster he has nothing to do with" and "pro wrestler who is working and cutting ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – May 2nd, 1994

May 2, 1994 From the Green Mountain State Arena in Morrisville, VT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage The show starts with a replay of last week when Randy Savage saved Capt. Lou Albano from Johnny Polo. Savage then held Polo so Albano could hit him as those two celebrated to ... Read more

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Favorite Wrestling Toy

I don't know if you ever played with those Fisher-Price Little People toys when you were younger, but apparently there are some Macho Man and Ultimate Warrior ones coming:  https://ift.tt/2mk4PJw About the only partnership the WWE hasn't had is with Lego, which is surprising.  But what was your favorite wrestling toy of all time?  I ... Read more

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And then the bell rings…

Scott, We’ve kicked this around a bit here and there on the board. There are those who have a good gimmick, can talk a bit and are good enough but then the bell rings. I’m not saying we need ********** work or whatever, but wrestlers where it comes apart in the ring. Likee now, Elias, ... Read more

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Brand Split Returning

What do you think of the announcement last week that the WWE will hold another draft and bring back the brand split?  Although I myself am all for it, I thought the main reason they instituted the stupid "Wild Card Rule" was a response to complaints from execs at USA and FOX for having only ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.27.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.27.82 Carrying on with Bill Watts and his territory in the good ol’ days again. I don’t want to bore you with my behind-the-scenes details, but the last few days of stuff were written a few days in advance to free up my weekend, as I feverishly attempted ... Read more

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WWF All-American Wrestling – May 1st, 1994

May 1st, 1994 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Johnny Polo. They are hosting from a bowling alley but of course, Polo comes late.   Polo finally arrives and says he was getting a rub down.   Owen Hart defeats Mo from the 5/1 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.”   Back to the bowling alley as ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 02-11-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: February 11, 1984 (taped 02/03) Attendance: 5,256 Hosted by Bill Mercer How will David fare in Kevin’s place against one of the Freebirds? Will either Parsons or Mantell succeed in a singles match against a Super Destroyer? And who will join me for this tumultuous episode? Yikes! There must be ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 23, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: September 23, 2019 Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, California Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re in kind of a strange place this week as next week will be one of the busiest and most important that WWE has ever seen. Based on all of those changes, this week’s show ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Happy Monday as we get ready for three nights in a row of WWE programming on USA Network for two more weeks. We’re fast approaching Hell in the Cell so I’m guessing we’ll get more clarification on some matches tonight. Obviously the Rollins-Fiend match appears set but what about the rest of ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 1st, 1994

May 1, 1994 From the Syracuse War Memorial in Syracuse, NY Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase We are shown Owen backstage. He is talking into the mirror as he wants his brother Bret Hart to watch what he does to Mo tonight. This week’s featured match is Owen Hart vs. Mo. Also ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Dream Rush

AJW DREAM RUSH (26.11.1992): -So for my Joshi reviews, I’m largely focused on the “interpromotional era”, as it’s generally seen (okay, Meltzer said it and others repeat it, but it looks true to me!) as the Golden Age of Joshi. And this appears to be the first big Interpromotional Joshi show (it was apparently all ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – October 7, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling today’s action and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Ric Flair (16-3) defeats Bunkhouse Buck (w/Colonel Robert Parker) (5-10) after a flying forearm at 3:48: Schiavone promises this “to be a great one” and Heenan responds by channeling his old pal Gorilla Monsoon in proclaiming that ... Read more

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Pro Wrestling EVE – Wrestling with an Agenda

Howdy! When last we left our heroines in Pro Wrestling EVE, little miss Roxxy had become the #1 Contender for Rhia O’Reilly’s EVE Championship! While Rhia was confident in her chances, an equalizer showed up in the form of Jayla Dark – like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, she’s THIS close to her retirement, but ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – April 30th, 1994

April 30, 1994 From the Rochester War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler The show starts off with a video package on the leading up today’s Intercontinental Title match between Razor Ramon and Diesel. Also in action this week are Mabel, Heavenly Bodies, and Sparky Plugg. ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 20, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: September 20, 2019 Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis I’m pretty sure this is the final show in Mexico and that might be the best thing for everyone involved. These shows haven’t been the most consistent with a cross between horrible and entertaining enough. Tonight is all ... Read more

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The Book

Your comment about Scott Hall and Raven’s mental acuity for the business (personal demons aside) got me thinking: out of today’s crop of workers, who do you see as having the capability to take over the book for an entire promotion?  Guys like Jericho and Cody have demonstrated they can book themselves well, but would ... Read more

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Most Contrived Wrestling Move?

What do you think is the most contrived wrestling move-setup for a wrestling move, either past or present?  I think Bandito in ROH's rebound german suplex setup is currently the worst.  He throws the wrestler into the middle rope, then has to wait while the wrestler stands and grabs the middle rope while bending over ... Read more

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Scott’s Next Book

Hey Scott— I was flipping through one of your old books and it got me thinking; your last published work, (Dungeon of Death) while good, is damned depressing. I can’t imagine you wanted your book-writing career to end with a litany of men and women who died before their time. If a Tony Khan-esque publisher ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–10.15.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 10.15.99 Could this be the week where they actually use the taping footage that TNN paid for? Stay tuned to find out! Taped from Houma, LA Your hosts are Joey Styles & Joel Gertner Lance Storm v. Chris Candido Storm says mean stuff to Tammy before ... Read more

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Tv Blackouts and Smackdown

So I saw yesterday that Directv and Sinclair Broadcasting, which owns many FOX stations, are in another one of those tv fee disputes we hear about all the time. My father said there was even a story about it on ESPN.  They have until this Friday to come to an agreement or they'll blackout the ... Read more

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ECW on Syfy 08/04/2009 #165

We’re in Long Island, NY and we’re starting off soft with The Abraham Washington Show. Thankfully they’ve figured out what was missing from the joke and added some 1993 WCW. Washington sends an invitation to Sarah Palin to remind everyone it’s 2009. Long Island native Zack Ryder interrupts to a hero’s welcome with the crowd ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: September 22, 2019

Sorry it’s a little late.  We were celebrating a trainee’s first outside booking by taking him to dinner. Your Sunday Night game in football is LA Rams / Cleveland.  In baseball, it’s Philly / Cleveland.  A good day to be in Ohio for once. Enjoy the night.  Now where’s my Advil…

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 25th, 1994

April 25, 1994 From the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage   This week, Nikolai Volkoff is guest on the King’s Court. Also, Jeff Jarrett vs. Razor Ramon.   Jeff Jarrett vs. Razor Ramon This is a non-title match. The announcers talk about this is ... Read more

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Kofi winning.

Hey Scott, Everyone around here seems to agree that Kofi is going to drop the belt to Brock on the first Smackdown, but what if he wins clean 1,2,3 in the middle of the ring? Would that help people get behind him more or would it be a case of too little too late? They’ve ... Read more

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Kevin Nash as booker?

Hey Scott, I know this is probably an old question but it just popped into my mind because I was reading a book on the Monday Night Wars. Back in late 1998, a lot of fans, and wrestlers for that matter, were blaming some of the booking issues for WCW on Kevin Nash. I actually ... Read more

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T.V. Ads for Smackdown on Fox

What do you think of the T.V. ads the WWE is running for Smackdown on Fox that prominently feature several wrestlers who are retired/not full time anymore?  Ex-Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena, Ric Flair, etc.  Do you feel these are counterproductive to the talent that is on the shows every week, or do you ... Read more

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The Hard Camera

I haven't been to alive show since I was 7 or 8, and never to a tv taping. How awkward is it to have the winner of a match celebrating and grandstanding in the direction of a tarp instead of to the fans? They do make sure to have fans on the hard camera side.  ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 24, 1994

April 24, 1994 From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase This week in action are The Headshrinkers, Earthquake, Diesel, and Lex Luger. Plus, an interview with Jeff Jarrett and more!   Men on a Mission w/ Oscar vs. Iron Mike Sharpe & Emilio Ulcia DiBiase ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.13.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.13.98 Back to 1998 again by special request. Of course, this show is notable for being the NITRO KILLER, shattering all ratings records for the show to that point and then only going up from there. Last week: Steve Austin supposedly joins Mr. McMahon as the ... Read more

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Tons of sports today, I’m sure. I finished the second part of Disenchanted on Netflix on Saturday.  It was alright.  I chuckled a few times. Seems like Downton Abbey is destroying Rambo at the box office this weekend.  DON’T MESS WITH POSH BRITISH PEOPLE!  They’ll cut you, man!

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Jerry Lawler

Scott……….thanks to the network and YouTube I’ve really come to appreciate how good The King was in the ring.    So here’s my question – has the WWE misused Lawler all these years?   Would he have worked in a trainer/agent role?   How would you have used him? I wouldn't say they've misused him, but holy ... Read more

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The Hogan/Flair/Savage triumvirate

In yesterday’s Hidden Gems rant you mentioned the commentators bringing up the ridiculous notion of Kerry Von Erich beating all three of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Ric Flair, but that got me to thinking:  Who does have pinfl or submission victories over all three? There’s a couple I can think of with at least ... Read more

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Jerry Lawler vs. Ric Flair

From the YouTubes…   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDIneaiyP1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_GYGcGQbEU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8psgP2yvLD4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzkDzOfqDfc Date: August 14, 1982 Location: WMC TV5 Studio, Memphis Interview: Lance Russell Hot take:  Flair and Lawler were tremendous professional wrestlers. Also, here’s Lawler v. Hogan from Memphis in 1981… https://youtu.be/ZLoIixfX9TM

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Road to Wargames

Hey Scott– Much like it was for the Horsemen a generation earlier, it seems pretty clear that Wargames is a match that belongs to the Undisputed Era and that they'll be the heels in the match once again this November. Given that, I have two queries for you. 1. UE has all the NXT men's ... Read more

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Pulling The Trigger Too Soon On A Push?

What would you say was the worst example of a wrestling company pulling the trigger too soon on a wrestler's push?  I'd have to go with Ryback in the WWE in 2012.  He was getting over squashing jobbers in his first few months, then he was put in a WWE Championship match inside Hell In ... Read more

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Strange managers/valets

Between Buddy Roberts managing the Samoan Swat Team in the AWA and Baron managing the Powers Of Pain in WWF (right in the same timeframe), what other nonsensical and weird manager/wrestler pairings do you recollect? Bonus points for Teddy Long/Jim Powers Oliver Humperdink as a babyface manager for Bam Bam Bigelow was pretty out there.  

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Smackdown – April 21, 2005

Smackdown Date: April 21, 2005 Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Attendance: 17,258 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz The search for a #1 contender continues with Booker T. vs. Big Show for the final spot in the #1 contenders triple threat match. The other, and likely more interesting, story is the issues between ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – April 23rd, 1994

April 23, 1994 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler The show starts off with footage from two weeks ago when Doink the Clown doused Jeff Jarrett with a bucket of water as Jarrett was chasing Dink up the aisle. This week’s featured match ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for TNT–02.22.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 02.22.85 OK, by popular demand, we return to this show again. Still brought to you by 501 Levi’s! Your host is Vince McMahon We’re on the road right away with what is obviously a high tech remote shoot, as Vince and Alfred hang out in a barn, ready to ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – September 13, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: September 13, 2019 Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews The Mexico run continues after last week’s big engagement between Brian Cage and Melissa Santos. That means he’ll be gone for another few weeks as we continue the Brock Lesnar style title reign. Sami Callihan is getting a ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: September 20, 2019

We made it! To think, in a couple weeks I’m going to be doing a SmackDown Viewing Thread in this slot.  Ah, how time flies. I recently bought Title Bout Championship Boxing and it’s so much fun to do tournaments in it.  Some of the dream matches are like catnip to a sim guy like ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Wrestlemarinepiad ’91, ’96 & ’97

WRESTLEMARINEPIAD ’91, ’96 & ’97: -Okay, so the other Wrestlemarinepiads aren’t really available to watch online, unless you pay for stuff, which would give me nothing to link anyone to… plus I’m cheap. In any case, I found the last three bouts of WMP ’91 (it’s a five-match card, so that’s enough, really), one ’96 ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – October 7, 1995

–Chris Cruise, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary for today’s show.  The arena is really dark for this show and there are lots of empty seats when the camera pans near the guardrails. –Opening Contest:  Paul Orndorff (16-7) beats Tim Horner (0-15) after a piledriver at 3:01: Horner was unable to defeat Orndorff ... Read more

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Secret Origins

Hello Scott, Over the last decade or two, I've read and re-read countless classic rants on old shows, as well as most of your themed essays.  I read most of your current PPV recaps as well.  However, for all of the content I've perused, one thing remains unclear to me – exactly what is the ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – September 16, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: September 16, 2019 Location: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young It’s the night after Clash of Champions and thankfully that show is out of the way. Last night offered a grand total of nothing important as it was just a show that had to be done ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 18th, 1994

April 18, 1994 From the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and “Macho Man” Randy Savage   The show starts off with a replay from last week when Jerry Lawler was accidentally tipped over on his throne. They sure did get a lot of mileage out of this but it ... Read more

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NXT First Impression

Hey Scott– Just wondering if you had any thoughts regarding NXT's first foray into cable TV. If the assumption is they are trying to grab the million or so WWE viewers who don't have the network, how do you think they did with their first go-around? I didn't watch it yet because a)  It doesn't air ... Read more

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Biggest disparity between two wrestlers’ matches?

I was watching the Hogan vs Warrior match from Wrestlemania 6 as it is a favorite of mine from childhood. And it got me thinking  about their rematch at Halloween Havoc 1998. It had to be one of worst matches I have ever seen. I give the Wrestlemania match 4 stars.  And the Havoc match ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Road to SuperClash III

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The Road to SuperClash III – 09.18.88 Yeah, NXT is up on the Network now, sure, but how can I watch that when I have 2.5 hours of an AWA TV taping reconstructed as a Hidden Gem? This is literally like catnip for me. So yeah, ... Read more

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WWF All-American Wrestling – April 17th, 1994

April 17, 1994 Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Johnny Polo   Polo is not here yet, something Gorilla is happy about. Gorilla then wants to deal with a serious subject and that is what happened during the Tatanka vs. Kwang rematch from Superstars. He also talks about being friends with Chief Jay Strongbow for ... Read more

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PPV’s Being Used to Build to Next PPV?

Hey Scott,  One trend that I’m noticing out of WWE that has become more common is using some PPV’s to build to another PPV. While this was done on occasion in previous eras, it has almost become the norm now. To me, WWE’s PPV’s have lost their importance over the past few years because of ... Read more

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AEW must succeed.

It’s impossible to topple WWE in terms of fan loyalty and guaranteed income that it feels like any competition is unlikely to make any dent in its popularity. When RAW is bad, if a WWE PPV is dull and uninspired it’s ok, it’s the norm, the accepted standard and seemingly enough people are fine with ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: September 20, 2019

NXT Wrestler Joaquin Wilde (Formerly DJZ) To Undergo Surgery For Broken Eye Socket https://ift.tt/2Nq3gWO   Bandido vs. Mike Bailey Announced For RoH UK Tour https://ift.tt/2V3wYBO   RoH Throwback Match of the Week You can see Colt Cabana vs. Nigel McGuinness in a “Soccer Riot Match” from the 2005 Night of the Grudges 2 show

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NXT does 1.1 million viewers

https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/nxt-tops-one-million-viewers-usa-network-premiere-292841  So that's good, I guess?  Hard to really tell what USA is aiming for exactly other than "something to replace Smackdown's numbers, but for cheap".  So there ya go.   

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Clash Of Champions 2019

Clash Of Champions 2019 Date: September 15, 2019 Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina Commentators: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips Even though titles are an everyday part of wrestling, we have here a full show all about them, because most shows need to have a theme these days. There are ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: September 19, 2019

Okay, so note to self: next time Sunday has a PPV, the thread goes up at 5ET, not 7ET.  Thanks for covering, Scott. Tonight’s NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Tennessee facing Jacksonville.  If you prefer the college game, Houston and Tulane face off.  In addition, we have the WNBA playoffs. But ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 17th, 1994

April 17, 1994 From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase This week in action are Yokozuna, Doink the Clown, The Quebecers, Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, and Adam Bomb.   Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette vs. Joey Stallings DiBiase says that Yokozuna got screwed over ... Read more

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Booked into a corner?

Hey Scott, Is WWE booking themselves into a corner? First, Seth just beat Brock for the Universal Championship and shouldn't be jobbing yet, and The Fiend definitely can't lose. So I assume The Fiend wins the Universal Championship in October. But that means, if Brock beats Kofi for the WWE Championship, then we get Brock ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – April 16th, 1994

April 16, 1994 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Vince laughs at Lawler falling from his throne on “Monday Night RAW” This week in action are Tatanka vs. Kwang, Lex Luger, Earthquake, and Men on a Mission. Plus, “Heartbreak Hotel” with guest Owen ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Anarchy Rulz 1999 – 19/09/1999

Hello You! Welcome to Anarchy Rulz 99, an event that is often looked upon fondly by fans of the now departed company. Certainly this show was one of my more treasured and regularly watched wrestling VHS’ back in the day, although I’m watching it on WWE Network this time just for the ease of being ... Read more

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Staying on the floor in a Battle Royal?

When did the whole "stay on the floor in a Battle Royal if you weren't eliminated until near the very end" become a thing?  Obviously it became popular after Mr. McMahon did it to win the 1999 Royal Rumble, but were there any earlier examples than that?     Oh man, I really wish they'd put ... Read more

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No main roster greatness

You can argue that from a sheer talent perspective, the main roster WWE is as great as its ever been. But that coincides with a distinct lack of main roster MOTYC matches. Most MOTYC under WWE umbrella are NXT or NXTUK. Why is this? Is it the booking sucking drama out of great matches, overexposure ... Read more

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If not Punk who?

I would think AEW wants to pull all the stops for their first show on TNT. If they pull off a Luger on Nitro moment whos out there anyone would care about not named Punk? (for the record Im putting Punk showing up at 12.754%. I don't even know if they want to.  Their track ... Read more

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