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WWF Monday Night RAW – December 19th, 1994

December 19, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels   Lex Luger vs. IRS w/ Ted DiBiase & Druid Only one druid for IRS this week. Seems suspicious. Shawn believes that Luger looks stressed out. Luger flexes after shoving IRS then Shawn calls Luger the ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – December 19th, 1994

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Option A or Option B – WrestleMania Edition

Hey, we haven’t done one of these in a while For those not acquainted, I give Scott a question/scenario and ask him which he prefers, Option A or Option B This time out it’ll be WrestleMania themed, because Mania week 1 – Better Mania Match Involving A Celebrity Option A: Lawrence Taylor Vs Bam Bam ... Read more Option A or Option B – WrestleMania Edition

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Best single disc of a WWE multi-disc set?

I loved the Hogan and tag team set reviews. With the first two matches of the third disc being insanely great, I thought there was a chance that it'd be the best single disc ever on a WWE multidisc set. I don't think it hit that, but I have to ask- what IS the best ... Read more Best single disc of a WWE multi-disc set?

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Possibly changing plans

Scott I'm assuming we were in for some title changes at WrestleMania . If I can guess the original plans it seems like a lock Roman was getting another coronation (obviously not now), I was expecting Drew to slay the beast, and the Becky/Shayna storyline seemed right out of Rocky 3 where the hungry badass ... Read more Possibly changing plans

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Tuesday Night Streaming Thread – March 31, 2020

TONIGHT! AEW Dark is premiering right now and NWA continues to fill time with another leftover from 2018 because everything is on hold until they figure out what to do about the Crockett Cup.  At this point I’m thinking I should just finish catching up on the older episodes of Powerrr I missed because obviously ... Read more Tuesday Night Streaming Thread – March 31, 2020

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Vince does it again

https://ift.tt/2UuEF5e Never misses a trick. Underestimate his business acumen at your own risk it seems… I’m not really seeing the value proposition here.  If it’s already on regular PPV and the Network, what does adding streaming on Fox add?

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The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc Three)

The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc Three) OK, time to wrap this bad boy up. Disc Three And we kick it off with the team so awesome they don’t need a clever name, Edge & Christian… Tables Ladders & Chairs, WWF tag team titles:  Edge & Christian v. The ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc Three)

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Most important Wrestlemania question

hey Scott   with the upcoming Mania weekend, the wrestling world just wants to know one thing: Will both days still have 2 hours Kickoff shows? I bet the actual shows are gonna run so long that they'll have to start day 2's kickoff show during the main event of show 1.  

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Elite.

Scott, I'm two eps from the end. It's really great and I'm not sure exactly how it's going to end but really enjoyed this one. What do you think about the fact they're saying there is going to be a fourth and fifth season without the current cast? Do you think it can work? I ... Read more Elite.

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Daily News Update – March 31, 2020

WORST. MARCH. EVER. DATELINE:  AEW is introducing a new title for the midcard, called the TNT title, complete with 8 man tournament to being April 8 and conclude at the next PPV. DATELINE:  WWE is adding a bunch of WM-themed programs to the Network this week, including a “Best 15 title matches of the past 15 ... Read more Daily News Update – March 31, 2020

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Monday Night Raw – March 30, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: March 30, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton It’s the go home Raw for Wrestlemania, which happens to have already taken place. This is one of the weirdest situations in history and I have no idea what to expect from almost anything involved. There are ... Read more Monday Night Raw – March 30, 2020

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone is doing the best they can. It’s a process and it’s going to take patience, but like I’ve said before, please do everything you can to stay safe and keep your loved ones safe. WWE apparently has pretty much everything in the can so the Wrestlemania week is here ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Joshi Spotlight: JWP Midnight Special

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT: JWP MIDNIGHT SPECIAL: (17.08.1992) * So I have no idea what the backstory is for this show, but this is one of the only extended shows I can find for AJW’s rival promotion, Joshi Women’s Pro-Wrestling Project, in 1992, so I figured I’d show what they were up to around this time. I ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: JWP Midnight Special

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – February 7, 1995

The Pitbulls & Jason the Terrible’s match against the Young Dragons & Hack Myers at Double Tables is shown, along with the post-match festivities where Myers gave Angel a piledriver. Chris Benoit’s great match against Al Snow at Doubles Tables is shown. Narrated pictures of the tables match between the Public Enemy and Sabu and ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – February 7, 1995

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(Potentially) Unpopular Opinion Alert

Scott, I was using the free access at watch.wwe.com to re-watch Savage-Steamboat from WMIII. Potentially unpopular opinion: the constant bickering between Jesse and Gorilla is so annoying that it takes away from enjoyment of the match. It's brutal.  I also re-watched Savage Hogan from WMV. The bickering isn't quite as bad, and I ruefully laughed ... Read more (Potentially) Unpopular Opinion Alert

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PWI Decade Awards

What's up my friend to the North. Just picked up the latest pwi (first time in a long time actually), inside they give the best of the decade awards 2010-19. I wanted to see if you agree with some of the winners and if not who should have won. 1) Most popular winner John Cena ... Read more PWI Decade Awards

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ECW on Syfy 11/03/2009 #178

Right let’s carry on the death march to NXT. Speaking of which I’m completely dead from my mate’s stag do so expect some quality typing. (edit: Ohhhh, I wondered why I started typing this up in January and didn’t come back to it until March. My mate was so blitzed I had to carry him ... Read more ECW on Syfy 11/03/2009 #178

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Honestly Vince

With Vince McMahon once again coming under fire, this time for his decision to plough on with Wrestlemania despite the global COVID-19 pandemic it got me thinking about all the other scandals he and the WWE in general have been caught up in. So with that in mind you have 3 questions to ask Vince ... Read more Honestly Vince

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Picard

Final verdict?  I thought it was fine but I’m sort of sick of this “season long mystery” plot.  They should go back to the TNG formula and then lead up to a season finale.  And can we give the Romulans a rest? I liked it overall and I thought that the finale stuck the landing ... Read more Picard

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The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc Two)

The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc Two) After a strong first part of the set, let’s see if they can keep the cool stuff coming. Disc Two Kicking it off with my faves, Demolition! WWF tag team titles:  Strike Force v. Demolition (03.27.88) Oh come on, they just pick ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc Two)

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Daily News Update – March 30, 2020

Good morning and back to work for another week?  Oh, just me?  OK then. DATELINE:  The episode of WWE 24 focusing on Edge will debut after Wrestlemania.  Whenever it ends.  So Tuesday maybe? DATELINE:  Vince McMahon sold a LOT of stock this past week, basically post-dated to 2024 but he’s getting the cash now for it.  ... Read more Daily News Update – March 30, 2020

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-06-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 6, 1984 (taped 09/28) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer What could possibly happen in a tag match between Kevin/Adams and Hernandez/Roberts? Plus, a visit from El Diablo Grande! You don’t want to miss this historic episode. Who will join me for it? Andrew, your eerie presence must be ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-06-1984

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Sunday Night Reset: March 29, 2020

In case any of you have been wondering about where I’ve been the last two Friday Night Party Threads… the answer is asleep.  I work 10 hours a day now on my job and Friday is merely a recharge. US federal guidelines have been extended another 30 days, which is what I expected, really.  I’ve ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: March 29, 2020

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Midnight Express World Tag Title Run in 1986

Hi Scott,   while my excitement for this year's wrestlemania is probably so low it reaches the lowest °Kelvin grade, at least there's the Network to have content to watch.   While watching both Hidden Gem Great American Bashes from 1986 and your rants on them, I was wondering about one thing:   -Was there ... Read more Midnight Express World Tag Title Run in 1986

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Jim Ross Calls

Greetings from South Korea Scott, I know everyone loves (and rightly so) Jim Ross’ famous KOR ‘98 HITC call, but for me, his call of Taker breaking Vince’s leg (“OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!”) is my all time favorite, and pre attitude era, his having a seizure in Mid-South of when ... Read more Jim Ross Calls

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Goldberg In 2001

When Goldberg lost his "must retire if you lose" match,(or whatever it was), at the Sin PPV in January 2001, was he supposed to come back to WCW eventually if the company had survived, or was this just an angle designed to get him off of T.V. because his contract had expired/he was injured?   ... Read more Goldberg In 2001

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CM Punk/Cena and the Fiend

I know it's been said that Punk is officially on Vince's shit list, but would it not be worth it from a thematical standpoint for them to have The Fiend completely destroy Cena and for Cena to go crawling to Punk for help beating the Fiend to resolve the Fiend storyline and the Fiend/Cena feud?  ... Read more CM Punk/Cena and the Fiend

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The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc One)

The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams Well, this one won the poll I did, and I love me some tag team wrestling, so let’s crack the seal and give it a look.  Much like the Hogan set, I’ve got no idea what’s on this one. Hosted by Miz & Morrison, ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams (Disc One)

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Daily News Update – March 29, 2020

Hey, it’s Sunday, as my glorious weekend of sleeping in and doing nothing more strenuous than reviewing the Allied Powers DVD set continues.  Also I started binge-watching the Harley Quinn cartoon through Amazon Prime.  So get this:  In order to watch it on demand, I not only have to subscribe to Prime for $8 a ... Read more Daily News Update – March 29, 2020

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Impact Wrestling – March 24, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: March 24, 2020 Location: Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews It’s the final night in Las Vegas before we head over towards Atlanta for what is now the last set of TV tapings available. We’re on the way towards Rebellion and that likely means a lot more ... Read more Impact Wrestling – March 24, 2020

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Smackdown – October 28, 2005

Smackdown Date: October 28, 2005 Location: Cow Palace, San Francisco, California Attendance: 3,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re on the way to both Taboo Tuesday and Survivor Series, with Smackdown being represented at both shows. Taboo Tuesday is primarily a Raw show but there will be a Smackdown match included. That’s likely going to be ... Read more Smackdown – October 28, 2005

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March Bashness 2020 – Vote for the Fatal 4

Between real life and the dreary weather here in MD it's been a rough week. And one of my college roommates is on the respirator from COVID. Glad we all have distractions so I can almost understand Vince's point for once. Here's the latest round of March Bashness: https://ift.tt/2WR1vWv Hope you're staying safe! Thanks again! ... Read more March Bashness 2020 – Vote for the Fatal 4

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Wrestlemania

Hey Scott, hope you are well. With it being more and more likely that Wrestlemania is not happening and this is just an insurance ploy. I wonder what happens to the filmed matches? Does WWE stuff it in the library and add it to the BLU Ray release box set or release it years later ... Read more Wrestlemania

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It’s time! it’s time! It’s Union Time?

With this insistence of continuing with wrestling in spite of all common sense and social distancing rules, (Cena's STF is still ok though) isn't this the right time for the wrestlers to grow a set, club together and say "No, Vince!"? It shouldn't take the talent actually being infected to precipitate this, but acting now ... Read more It’s time! it’s time! It’s Union Time?

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Braun as Luger

How similar is Braun taking Roman’s place to Lex at Bash 91? Both are cases of career choke artists likely winning their world title at the wrong time in the wrong place under wrong circumstances.  They could’ve MADE someone a star and instead going to Braun feels so off I'll tell you what feels off:  ... Read more Braun as Luger

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Mike Reviews Every WrestleMania Main Event – XXVI to XXX

Hello You! So we’ve had a bit of drama this week in the wrestling world haven’t we? This year’s WrestleMania is now supposedly in the can, but it won’t have Roman Reigns as he’s quite reasonably pulled out due to his previous health issues. I’m in two minds as to what to include for this ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WrestleMania Main Event – XXVI to XXX

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Tuesday Night Titans – 08.21.84

The SmarK Rant for WWF Tuesday Night Titans – 08.21.84 “Hulk Hogan turns Mean Gene into Lean Gene” This was a request from one of my Patrons who was silly enough to pledge an amount of money that entitled him to pick any show he would me to rant on.  And he cashed in his ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Tuesday Night Titans – 08.21.84

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Daily News Update – March 28, 2020

FINALLY I have a weekend off.  I actually don’t have next weekend off so we’ll see if I can fit in both halves of Wrestlemania Covid-19. DATELINE:  FS1 will be showing the entire Royal Rumble 2020 PPV show this Tuesday, just in case you haven’t seen the match enough already. DATELINE:  Teddy Hart continues to make Jon ... Read more Daily News Update – March 28, 2020

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The Princess Rant on Dark Side of the Ring (Season 2, Episode 1)

The first episode of the second season is a two-hour one on the Benoit murders. The episode opens with Chris’ son, David, talking about his father and said that he looked up to the Dynamite Kid and that’s what got him into wrestling and that’s who he wanted to be. Jim Ross, Chris Jericho and ... Read more The Princess Rant on Dark Side of the Ring (Season 2, Episode 1)

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Smackdown – March 27, 2020

Smackdown Date: March 27, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentator: Michael Cole We’re back to the old days here with a taped show on the way to whatever is left to populate Wrestlemania. News has broken about a lot of people being replaced and it should be interesting to see if we actually ... Read more Smackdown – March 27, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 11, 1995

As per usual, Lance Russell and Dave Brown call the action and they are from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  Brown lets fans know that Jerry Lawler is the new USWA Unified World Champion. Highlights of Sid’s title defense against Lawler are shown, with Lawler winning due to heel miscommunication between Sid and ... Read more What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 11, 1995

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Braun it is

Rumors say Braun Strowman will replace Reigns against Goldberg. What's the best case scenario for this match, besides the real best case scenario of cancelling this show all together? Does Braun FINALLY win the big one a few years too late or does Goldberg retain to face Roman at a later date, thus making Braun ... Read more Braun it is

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WWF Action Zone – December 18th, 1994

December 18, 1994 Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Todd Pettengill Today, we get the rematch between 1-2-3 Kid & Aldo Montoya vs. Heavenly Bodies.   We get a video package of the first Kid & Montoya/Heavenly Bodies match which sets up today’s match.   Heavenly Bodies w/ Jim Cornette vs. 1-2-3 Kid & Aldo ... Read more WWF Action Zone – December 18th, 1994

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 08.28.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 08.28.95 We’re almost there!  One week left! – It’s almost time for the new fall season of wrestling, and it’s a big one.  Dave thinks that the competition will be mostly for the better, with faster-moving storylines and better wrestling on TV.  And since “long term thinking” these days is “three ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 08.28.95

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Batista in 2014

If Batista had gotten the desired response for winning the 2014 Royal Rumble, was he supposed to have won the WWE Championship and stayed in the company for longer than he did?   Yup, he cut things short after the Evolution reunion bit and left early.  Originally Vince was going to go all the way with ... Read more Batista in 2014

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Independent Contractor Insurance query

Hi Scott, A build on your news item regarding Rusev's pledge to support WWE production staff. Who else in WWE is a long-term Independent Contractor? Any refs. announcers. or trainers that WWE is afraid of losing to other orgs?  Or is it just about the in ring talent?    I believe everyone who is not a ... Read more Independent Contractor Insurance query

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Good Promo Bad Character

Hey Scott, There are plenty of great wrestling personalities that couldn't talk, but in your opinion, what is a great promo that never was much of a character? They could articulate their thoughts well but they just…didn't have anything in the realm of a distinctive gimmick or a personality that really connected with people? Arn ... Read more Good Promo Bad Character

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Daily News Update – March 27, 2020

Wow, if only there was some stuff to talk about this morning! DATELINE:  Roman Reigns is out of Wrestlemania with no announcement as of yet who will be replacing him.  Do we really need to?  Can’t we just send Goldberg home and keep him away from this?  Anyway, good for Roman for making that decision and ... Read more Daily News Update – March 27, 2020

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Our wrestlemania options

Forgetting this is a disaster and a show that shouldn't be running, with Reigns out, how do you book the Goldberg title match out of these options: 1) Winner of Cena / Bray on night 1 gets Goldberg night 2 2) Battle Royal 3) Night 1 tournament 4) Mystery opponent 5) Matt Riddle 6) Crazy ... Read more Our wrestlemania options

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NXT UK – March 26, 2020

NXT UK Date: March 26, 2020 Location: Coventry Skydome, Coventry, England Commentators: Andy Williams, Nigel McGuinness Things are starting to pick up a bit around here as they seem to be building towards Takeover: Dublin, but now that show is not going to be taking place which leaves them in a weird place. They have ... Read more NXT UK – March 26, 2020

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Let them stay home

Seriously, WWE and AEW need to pull the plug for now and just tell their wrestlers and workers to stay home and stay healthy. I know Vince McMahon always wants to make a buck but even from a financial perspective, I'm surprised he'd risk the health of his talent or the chance of a lawsuit ... Read more Let them stay home

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The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: March 26, 2020

Well, with me doing longer hours, the All-Time Supercard that Lawrence and Art helped make may be a few days.  Sorry, guys, and to anyone else who found their match ideas interesting.  I’m working as best I can. No indie reports, because independent wrestlers actually put themselves on lockdown when told to go on lockdown. ... Read more The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: March 26, 2020

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Exalted One as VKM

During his recap of last night's Dynamite, Thomas inferred that Brodie Lee's taped segment with the Beaver Boys was meant to make the Exalted One character come across like Vince at his worse, then this morning Meltzer flat out said it was a blatant shot at semi-well known stories about Vince power tripping. Do you ... Read more Exalted One as VKM

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Matt Hardy’s edited teleports

Sure we’ve seen the Undertaker disappear, and even levitate in the sky after Yoko killed him. It’s unrealistic, but it was at least done decently enough. But how did that horrible edit job of Matt Hardy teleporting make it to TV? You could see Jericho’s head in different positions every time. Either don’t show Jericho, ... Read more Matt Hardy’s edited teleports

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Blog question

Hi Scott, You mentioned in your Hogan DVD rant that him and Rude had great chemistry together but never really worked a programme. Are there any other examples of guys who had great chemistry but, for whatever reason, never feuded? Cheers  Bret Hart and Ricky Steamboat!  They had the one match and it was GREAT ... Read more Blog question

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Fwd: March Bashness 2020: Decide the Unbreakable Eight

Some interesting matchups this round. Fortunately it's not an all chalk tournament as we've got our own Cinderella.  First link is for the second round results: https://ift.tt/2UkocAz For folks who just want to vote, here it is: https://ift.tt/39mSk2o Thanks again! Keep those action figures six feet apart in between matches.

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Mania Incentive

There’s 0 ticket revenue and PPV buys are insignificant in the network era. I assume a rescheduled mania would still have a good gate at an arena and network views wouldn't be bad.  So whats  the main financial consideration driving mania still happening next week instead of postponing? I don't think there is one.  I ... Read more Mania Incentive

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Daily News Update – March 26, 2020

Spring is sure taking its sweet-ass time to spring here in Western Canada.  Even Mother Nature is self-isolating, I guess. DATELINE:  Dark Side of the Ring set a new ratings record for the Benoit episode.  And everyone said he was never a draw. DATELINE:  Impact is still airing the upcoming TV special on AXS hyping up ... Read more Daily News Update – March 26, 2020

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NXT – March 25, 2020

NXT Date: March 25, 2020 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton We’re back to a little more normal this time around with NXT having regular matches instead of a mini documentary show like last week. Since there was no Takeover: Tampa Bay, those matches and stories will have to ... Read more NXT – March 25, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 03.25.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 03.25.20 Live from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Cody Rhodes & Kenny Omega.  Thankfully Jim Ross is staying home, it seems like. Cody Rhodes v. Jimmy Havoc No wrestlers at ringside this week, but they are backstage and clearly engaged in illegal gambling.  ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 03.25.20

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Dynamite – March 25, 2020

Dynamite Date: March 25, 2020 Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Cody, Kenny Omega We’re still in Jacksonville and hopefully that remains the case going forward. This show was supposed to be Blood & Guts but AEW came to their senses and realized that the match, which probably could have headlined a pay ... Read more Dynamite – March 25, 2020

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #361– 25/03/2000

Hello You! Last week we had the rare ECW non-finish, all done with the idea of strengthening Mike Awesome and Raven as a heel tandem. As a result, they’re getting a shot at the Tag Titles this week, although I can’t help but shake the feeling that eventually they are going to be enemies once ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #361– 25/03/2000

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Dino Bravo’s fault

Scott with all that's going on in the world with the coronavirus, I can't help but blame this whole thing on Dino Bravo. Even though he's been dead 27 years i can't help but think it's his fault, cause as you know Dino Bravo is the worst. Wow.  That’s cold.  Even by Dino Bravo standards.  

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What the World Was Watching: SMW Super Saturday Night Fever ’95

(So I actually did have a copy of this show sitting in my home office, so we got a little ahead of ourselves in the SMW reviews by doing the February 4 television show.  We will rewind to review this big event and then move to February 11 next week) Smoky Mountain Wrestling never put ... Read more What the World Was Watching: SMW Super Saturday Night Fever ’95

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Dark Side of the Ring Benoit doc

I imagine you'll get a few emails about it, but the Benoit doc was fascinating & heartbreaking. There is new insight from Nancy's sister & Benoit's other son, as well as Vickie Guerrero, Dean Malenko (who sadly appears to have Parkinson's Disease based on how he was shaking throughout), and Chris Jericho. Really emotional ending ... Read more Dark Side of the Ring Benoit doc

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Monday Night Raw – October 24, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: October 24, 2005 Location: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California Attendance: 7,500 Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler Taboo Tuesday is next week and things have mostly come into focus. I’m sure there are going to be some more stipulations offered tonight and hopefully it isn’t a case of one realistic choice and ... Read more Monday Night Raw – October 24, 2005

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The question must be asked…

With a bloated card that just keeps growing, including matches that absolutely nobody but Vince wants to see (Elias v Corbin?) and matches constantly changing as wrestlers wind up in quarantine, spread over two days, pre-taped so guaranteed to have spoilers floating around, and zero fans in attendance for any of it to make it ... Read more The question must be asked…

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Heel WWF Champions

Hi Scott, Wishing you and your family well. Read your latest Hogan DVD, of course. If the WWF was a “heel territory” where it would all be about the chase, would could you see and not see carrying the title long term during the late 80’ and early 90’s? Let’s say before the rise of ... Read more Heel WWF Champions

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The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series DVD (Disc Three)

Part one Part Two Disc Three Oh god, the menu music switches to “American Made” for this one.  Time to brace myself.  Considering that WCW doesn’t really have “unreleased” footage, I’m curious what they’ll dig up here. So yes, we move ahead to 1994, with Hulk moving to WCW and apparently everyone embracing him completely.  ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series DVD (Disc Three)

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The Hulkster

Good sir.   Since the Hogan dvd set did big blog numbers for you I thought maybe you’d like some Hogan related questions 1.   What’s your personal favorite Hogan match? 2.  At what point in his WWF run did Hogan stop becoming a draw?   I always thought it to be around WM 8 when he was ... Read more The Hulkster

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Woman in the Hall of Fame

So it came up in the most recent Dark Side of the Ring…  is there a time where Woman makes it in to the WWE Hall of Fame? Aside from the fact that she doesn't really warrant inclusion in a Hall of Fame, no, I don't think they're opening up that particular can of worms.  

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Daily News Update – March 25, 2020

This week is exhausting so far, so hopefully Dynamite can recharge my batteries tonight.  That last Hogan DVD disc sure as hell did NOT. DATELINE:  RAW’s ratings were way down, which means nothing.  But still, there was a theory that they would stay the same or go up due to captive audience, and that’s not the ... Read more Daily News Update – March 25, 2020

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 18th, 1994

December 18, 1994 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase We see DiBiase give Gorilla a money bag for Christmas. The bag did not have any money.   Razor Ramon vs. Sonny Pruitt DiBiase says that Razor never defends his title then tells us he does ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 18th, 1994

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The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

Well, we’ve got a couple of new shows on YouTube tonight. NWA still doesn’t have a new episode of Powerrr, instead running another older event headlined by Jocephus v. David Arquette. Also, AEW Dark has some stuff taped last week… As for me, I’m watching the third disc of the Hogan collection tonight and I ... Read more The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

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Joshi Intro

Hey Scott,  With everything on shutdown and all of us stuck at home, and new wrestling fairly scarce, I figured I'd share out the "Intro to Joshi" playlist I made when somebody asked in one of the daily threads in case more people might dig it. Basically it's got one match each for most of ... Read more Joshi Intro

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Wrestlemania Reimagined

Hi Scott, Long time reader. Have to give my friend, Andy, the credit for this hilarious question. What Wrestlemania moment would you want to see reimagined with no audience? Some our answers included Hogan/Rock, Bryan winning the title, Shawn's entrance at 12, Austin's heel turn at 17 or, my personal favourite, Bossman being hung. Could ... Read more Wrestlemania Reimagined

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Greg Valentine Question

As every wrestling fan should know, Greg Valentine needs ten minutes just to get warmed up. But did we ever get an explanation (kayfabe or otherwise) for what this was actually supposed to mean? Or is it just one of those Gorilla-isms that sounds memorable in the moment but you're not supposed to think too hard about? It ... Read more Greg Valentine Question

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WWF Superstars – December 17th, 1994

December 17, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We get a video of the Shawn Michaels and Diesel split from Survivor Series and hype for the Tag Team tournament, which starts tonight with Men on a Mission vs. Bam Bam Bigelow ... Read more WWF Superstars – December 17th, 1994

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The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series (Disc Two)

So if there’s one thing I learned yesterday, it’s that when you need something to draw money on the blog, go back to Hulk Hogan.  Duly noted. Onto the next disc of this set, as we move from the 80s and into the 90s! Disc Two WWF title:  Hulk Hogan v. One Man Gang (12.05.87) ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series (Disc Two)

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Daily News Update – March 24, 2020

Good to know that Corbin vs Elias is such an important match that it HAS to wait until Wrestlemania! DATELINE:  In addition to that classic, the show continues to bloat upwards with more matches announced on RAW and more to come on Smackdown.   WTF is a “boneyard match” anyway? DATELINE:  In one nice move, WWE has unlocked ... Read more Daily News Update – March 24, 2020

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Monday Night Raw – March 23, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: March 23, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips We’re almost to Wrestlemania, assuming the whole city of Orlando isn’t shut down in the first place. We have a lot of the Wrestlemania card already set, including two bonus matches with the Street Profits defending against ... Read more Monday Night Raw – March 23, 2020

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WWF Monday Night RAW – December 12th, 1994

December 12, 1994 From the Liberty Central School in Liberty, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels The show starts off with “Saturday Night’s Main Event” style promos between Bob Backlund and Doink. I’ve praised Backlund’s promos since snapping but this one was really a self-parody. And Doink was really out of his ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – December 12th, 1994

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Well we’ve made it through at least one full week (depending on where you are) of this isolation and that’s one week closer to this thing ending. When will it end? Who knows. Apparently RAW is sort of live tonight, but they have been taping things all day and for the future ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Joshi Spotlight: The Interpromotional Era Begins!

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- AJW TV (Sept. 21, 1992) -Hailing from the Morioka-shi Ice Arena, it’s another episode of the AJW TV show! And also, the first-ever Interpromotional Match, which exists online only in clipped form, I guess! So read on if you want to see how the most legendary era in Joshi began! KYOKO INOUE, TAKAKO ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: The Interpromotional Era Begins!

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Double Tables ’95

Joey Styles welcomes fans to the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 1,000 fans. Styles interviews Jason, who hypes the Pitbulls as the next ECW tag team champions.  The crowd chants that Jason is wearing a “K-Mart suit” before he introduces Jason the Terrible from Japan’s W*ING promotion. Opening Contest:  ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW Double Tables ’95

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Hulk and Heenan

I always wondered what the relationship was backstage between Hulk and Heenan over the years. Heenan followed Hulk from AWA to WWF to WCW and never stopped hating him in kayfabe, even borderline spoiling the “3rd man” when Hulk came out because he didn’t trust him. But they drew so much money against each other ... Read more Hulk and Heenan

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WWF Action Zone – December 11th, 1994

December 11, 1994 Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Todd Pettengill This week’s featured match is Owen Hart vs. Lex Luger We see Luger standing with his guest flag bearer before going out for his match as Charlie Minn is giving us commentary.   Lex Luger vs. Owen Hart This match took place at the ... Read more WWF Action Zone – December 11th, 1994

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The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series DVD (Disc One)

The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series OK, I’ve probably mentioned a few times that I have a giant collection of wrestling DVDs, so in the quest to find SOMETHING that’s gonna draw on the blog for the next couple of weeks, I thought I’d finally crack open a few of them.  First ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series DVD (Disc One)

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WrestleMania

do you think Vince will edit in some canned heat to the matches? why not do something really different and put each match in a different virtual arena like street fighter or something?  I think the New Day would be down for that.  Although I wonder if Vince has seen that episode of Black Mirror….

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Vince’s Built-In Advantage

During the 80's when Vince McMahon started aggressively expanding he already controlled New York, Philadelphia, Boston, DC and most of the rest of the Northeast. Compare this to Crockett's triad of power in Atlanta, Greensboro and Charlotte. You would think Verne would have been in a good position to compete with Chicago, Milwaukee, the Twin ... Read more Vince’s Built-In Advantage

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Wednesday Night Nitro ?

Hey Scott, Quick question – how do you think things might have gone if WCW had decided not to directly compete, and had run with Nitro on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday?  Would the 'clean air' have helped get WWF viewers? I feel like it wouldn’t have helped.  It was really the feeling of getting ... Read more Wednesday Night Nitro ?

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Daily News Update – March 23, 2020

Well apparently Japan thinks they’ve got things under control now… DATELINE:  A bunch of Japanese wrestling promotions are running shows again very soon, including All Japan.  This seems like a bad idea to me. DATELINE:  WWE is taping a bunch of NXT shows, the post-WM RAW, and then parts of Wrestlemania at the Performance Center over the ... Read more Daily News Update – March 23, 2020

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WWN Mercury Rising 2019

Mercury Rising 2019 Date: April 5, 2019 Location: La Boom, New York City, New York Commentators: Lenny Leonard, Ron Niemi So about a year ago, I decided to try and do twenty Wrestlemania weekend shows. As usual, it takes me a little while but I’m trying to knock out the last four of them (to ... Read more WWN Mercury Rising 2019

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 09-29-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: September 29, 1984 (taped 09/07) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kevin and Adams take down Devastation, Inc.? How will “Sweet Brown Sugar” fare against Austin? What does French have in store for Hernandez and his valet? And who will join me for this zero-gravity episode? Patrick Ewing! Much ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 09-29-1984

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 11th, 1994

December 11, 1994 From the Stabler Arena in Bethelem, PA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase   British Bulldog vs. Brooklyn Brawler DiBiase tells us that he will have the Tag Team corporations than talks about how his Corporation is taking over this week. Bulldog shoves Brawler through the ropes as Gorilla talks ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 11th, 1994

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Sunday Night Reset: March 22, 2020

Everybody at home?  Good. WrestleMania XXX on ESPN tonight.  I was planning on typing up a “preview” of it, but instead I’m just going to remain as inactive as possible. This sucks.  Everything about it sucks.  I don’t expect us to start clearing out until May 1.  But if we all do our part, it ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: March 22, 2020

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Montreal contingency plans

Hi Scott, yes, yes, another Montreal question. My apologies. I don't know if you've been asked this particular one, though. Say the screwjob is in place, everyone knows their part and is good to go. Halfway through the match at Survivor Series, Michaels blows out his knee and they have to throw up the legit ... Read more Montreal contingency plans

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Taping multiple endings

Wouldn’t it be great if in an attempt to combat spoiler leaks, they tape more than one ending to the matches. Then by mistake, they show the version of Roman losing. Would Vince just fire everybody? Does it really matter?  What are they even going to build towards after WM?  Might as well just keep all ... Read more Taping multiple endings

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Spoiler free?

So Scott, if Vince goes ahead and tapes WrestleMania this week do you expect it to be spoiler free or will Meltzer find a way to get spoilers?  I'm pretty sure someone from inside will get him results.  

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Living the gimmick in the time of Corona

One of the realities of shelter-in-place is how many of us are relying on chain memes to make it through the day.  Including Sammy Guevara.  Major props for the cardboard cutout of the Spanish God and Le Champion as well as the obvious soundtrack.  https://twitter.com/sammyguevara/status/1241554847859716099?s=09 Even the video-game playing shut-in wrestlers have got to be ... Read more Living the gimmick in the time of Corona

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March Bashness 2020 Vote for the Supreme 16

Alright, the first round is in the books. Time to vote on for the Supreme 16. Now the top seeds are in the fray? See any upsets? https://ift.tt/2QD57HB In case people missed them, here's the results of Day 1 and 2 https://ift.tt/2WzbDCY https://ift.tt/2WAT7u8 Thanks again and hope you're doing alright up there! Hell of a ... Read more March Bashness 2020 Vote for the Supreme 16

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All In

Hey Scott I re read your All In review, and man, does it ever set up a lot of the talent that make up the big names of wrestling today. Your undersell of MJF's PPV debut is especially fun to look back on. Obviously it was a historic show at the time, but did you ... Read more All In

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Daily News Update – March 22, 2020

Man, my Facebook is jammed with people complaining about being stuck in the house for days on end with nothing to do.  Meanwhile I’m still working 40 hours a week with even less time on my hands now.  Anyway, my wife and child left the city to escape the madness for a few days, so ... Read more Daily News Update – March 22, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 08.21.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 08.21.95 (Oh man, after next week’s Observer Flashback I’m not gonna have a RAW rant to repost because of the tennis.  I’ll actually have to write stuff again!  However, the week after that you’re in luck, because it’s DOUBLE REPOSTS every week from then on!  And yet ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 08.21.95

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Smackdown – October 21, 2005

Smackdown Date: October 21, 2020 Location: Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada Attendance: 1,800 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz The Eddie Guerrero situation is getting interesting as he seems to have turned full on good guy but you never can tell with him. That makes things rather fun to watch but he can be rather crafty in ... Read more Smackdown – October 21, 2005

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The Saturday Night Social Distancing Thread

Hey, good evening, I’m ordering a pizza and staying in tonight, and so should you.  Here’s some free wrestling to watch tonight while you hang out and self-isolate. New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 14 night one, free on New Japan World: https://ift.tt/33AbbWu And also TNA Lockdown 2005, free on YouTube this evening: Enjoy whatever you choose ... Read more The Saturday Night Social Distancing Thread

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WM

Now that Mania’s spread out over 2 days and the battle royals are axed, I’m setting the over/under at 18 total matches.  You got the over or the under? Under.  I still think it’s getting axed by the CDC next week unless they pull off a miracle and tape everything in a few days.  

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Childhood territory angles

In the past, you've mentioned a territory angle that first really got you into wrestling.  I think it was from Stampede, maybe the Stomper vs. Bad News feud.  Was that it, or was it something else? And were there any other smaller territory angles or feuds you saw as a kid, and still remember fondly ... Read more Childhood territory angles

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Worst Documentary On Wrestling?

What do you think was the worst documentary done on pro wrestling?  I don't know if this "counts" as a documenatry, but that NBC special that aired during the boom era, "Pro Wrestling Secrets Exposed", would get my pick everytime.  It was hilariously awful.   That one with Bret Hart was ridiculously fake as well. 

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WWF Superstars – December 10th, 1994

December 10, 1994 From the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, PA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We see Jeff Jarrett on the video wall. He is standing in the middle of the Las Vegas strip and talks up his country music signing and how every top executive is vying for ... Read more WWF Superstars – December 10th, 1994

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Between Black Saturday and Wrestlemania

Scott, Hope all around you are doing well. If Hogan had suffered a long term, but not career-ending, injury (similar to Lawler in '80, Sting '90, HHH '01) between Black Saturday '84 and the MSG Show on Closed Circuit in March '85 how do you think Vince pivots the company?  I find it difficult to see ... Read more Between Black Saturday and Wrestlemania

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Daily News Update – March 21, 2020

Welcome to the weekend!  Now go binge some movies and stay indoors! DATELINE:  AEW’s Blood & Guts has been delayed until further notice, which is probably for the best.  They are still planning to run every week live, though. DATELINE:  Bayley will defend her title at Wrestlemania in one of those six woman deals, which does not ... Read more Daily News Update – March 21, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night War Episode 2 – “The Rise of the nWo”

The SmarK Rant for The MONDAY NIGHT WAR – Episode 2 “The Rise of the nWo” I know I should just stop watching this show before it REALLY makes me all angry, but my whole deal is that I’m a glutton for punishment, so I feel like I have little choice here but to continue ... Read more The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night War Episode 2 – “The Rise of the nWo”

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Mike Reviews Every WrestleMania Main Event – 21 to 25

Hello You! So it looks like we might actually get a WrestleMania this year, although I’m not so sure it’s the best idea from WWE. Delaying it would seem to be the better tactic to employ, but Vince is gonna Vince I guess. I just hope everyone involved in it stays safe and healthy. Thoughts ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WrestleMania Main Event – 21 to 25

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Smackdown – March 20, 2020

Smackdown Date: March 20, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentator: Michael Cole This is starting to feel a bit more normal but there is almost no way of telling what to expect on this show. There is a good chance that we are going to be seeing another long form match to fill ... Read more Smackdown – March 20, 2020

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Impact Wrestling – March 17, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: March 17, 2020 Location: Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re almost to the last taping cycle from this company for a good while. Last week’s show ended with the announcement that Tessa Blanchard would defend the World Title against both Michael Elgin and Eddie Edwards at ... Read more Impact Wrestling – March 17, 2020

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The Friday Night (Socially Distant) Party Thread!

Tonight!  It’s Smackdown from the PC again and god knows what we’re getting on that show.  Tommy is welcome to it tonight, I’m gonna watch something with a crowd. The remainder of the XFL season has been officially cancelled.  Sorry, XFL fans. ESPN will be filling time by showing three complete Wrestlemanias over the next ... Read more The Friday Night (Socially Distant) Party Thread!

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Bret/Austin recap

(Everyone please give a warm round of applause to blog contributor Dave Newman!)   Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: Bret Hart   Figured I’d give this a shot after reviewing the Hulk Hogan appearance on Austin’s podcast last year. Coronavirus means my workload has suddenly diminished, plus it was getting mentioned, so I thought it deserved ... Read more Bret/Austin recap

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FITE 24/7

Here’s some free content for those looking for stuff to watch, as FITE is now offering a free linear channel running 24/7! FITE 24/7 is FREE. It’s running all day, every day! It’s all fighting, all the time.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 4, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown call today’s action from WMC-TV 5 in Memphis, Tennessee. Gorgeous George III (w/Big Business Brown) (2-0) pins T.D. Steel after the Powderpuff at 2:37: Brown got his start as a heel in Florida, trained by Boris Malenko, and he got into the USWA thanks to Lanny Poffo.  He debuted in ... Read more What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 4, 1995

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WWF Monday Night RAW – December 5th, 1994

December 5, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels Tonight’s featured match is British Bulldog vs. Jeff Jarrett   Shawn comes out to his music and takes the microphone from Vince.   Jeff Jarrett vs. British Bulldog We see someone trailing behind Jarrett as Vince ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – December 5th, 1994

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 08.21.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 08.21.95 Are you ready for WAR?  WCW might be.  Let’s find out! – After weeks of negotiations, WCW finally secured deals to bring in Chris Benoit, Sabu, Dean Malenko and Eddy Guerrero for their new-fangled “WCW Monday Nitro” show debuting in a couple of weeks.  Sabu will be debuting on the ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 08.21.95

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Best Comic Event/Series To Read…

Hey Scott, Trapped in the home, I’ve seen some good deals out there on Comixology, Marvel Universe, etc, to get some free reading on comics and graphic novels. Any advice for a comic novice on some good series/graphic novels that I could easily hop into and enjoy. I’ve already read the first Civil War and ... Read more Best Comic Event/Series To Read…

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Random AWA question

Was looking through the AWA Tag Title history and noticed they never did the Verne and Greg Father/Son combination as Tag Champs I wonder why they never bothered with that one, even briefly? Greg held them for a long time with Jim Brunzell and Verne had them multiple times with various partners In theory it ... Read more Random AWA question

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Non-Coronavirus related question.

Hey, Scott, I was curious was Vince the first wrestling promoter to realize the potential of the home video market? It seems like the tape of the first Wrestlemania came first and the the rest followed. Any ideas? Thanks. I wouldn't say he was the first but he was certainly the one who immediately learned ... Read more Non-Coronavirus related question.

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Two questions (Bret podcast and WM)

Hi Scott, Two questions: 1. Steve Austin did a typically superb job of interviewing Bret Hart on the network. The focus was very much on mid to late 90s. Bret touched upon WCW’s lack of gumption in capitalising on his heat upon his defection there. Bret asserted that he should’ve been in a programme with ... Read more Two questions (Bret podcast and WM)

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NXT UK – March 19, 2020

NXT UK Date: March 19, 2020 Location: Coventry Skydome, Coventry, England Commentators: Andy Williams, Nigel McGuinness Things should feel a bit more normal this time around as this show was taped before everything went loopy. We should be good for a few more weeks around here as NXT UK tapes pretty far in advance. That ... Read more NXT UK – March 19, 2020

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Favorite WWE Anniversary Show?

The WWE has put on a lot of anniversary shows over the years.  Which would you say is your favorite?  I've always been partial to the Raw 15th Anniversary Show in 2007.  Despite it being 3 hours long when Raws were only 2 hours long, it was entertaining throughout and flew by.  Can't say that ... Read more Favorite WWE Anniversary Show?

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What would you do?

Hey Scott, Got a real question instead of just a WrestleBrainia plug (as you can imagine that's been postponed at this time). We've seen WWE move to a taped scenario where most shows are made up of taped materials/promos. They have around 60 years of tapes to access. But what do AEW do? Get a ... Read more What would you do?

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Jake Roberts – Cheatum the Evil Midget

Hi Scott,   My thoughts on the Lance Archer segment – I believe the midget who introduced the contest was actually Cheatum, who was originally introduced by Jake Roberts in 1992 for Spin the Wheel Make the Deal. Here he was brought out again by Jake. and the chanting of "Try or Die" to me ... Read more Jake Roberts – Cheatum the Evil Midget

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