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The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: April 30, 2020

Happy N’Sync Day! Yeah, I went there, my brain’s gone. ITEM: Cody Rhodes says he’s a big fan of Matt “Long Island Iced Z” Cardona, but it isn’t All Friends Wrestling, it’s All Elite Wrestling.  Make of that what you will. ITEM: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis thinks sports fans could return in June or July ... Read more The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: April 30, 2020

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The Princess Rant on Dark Side of the Ring (Season 2, Episode 7)

All right I am skipping Dino Bravo for now. I just can’t get through it. The first 20 minutes of people describing him like he was the wrestling equivalent of Rocket Richard to the people of Montreal puts me to sleep. So we’ll get back to it at a date TBD. Anyway I know I ... Read more The Princess Rant on Dark Side of the Ring (Season 2, Episode 7)

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Fwd: IYH: Canadian Stampede

Hi Scott Any chance of a Canadian Stampede re-rant?  I just got past it in my own re-watch of 1997 and it's still an all-time great pay-per-view, and a reminder that less can definitely be more.  I notice that a year or two back you missed it while you were alternating between WWF and WCW ... Read more Fwd: IYH: Canadian Stampede

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The Doctor

Hi Scott, Hot take: Dr. D was awesome. In a world where he doesn’t take Stossel’s head off, what was his ceiling as top guy?  I think he already hit it.  He made some money with Hogan in the AWA and then did a few matches with him in the WWF as the challenger of ... Read more The Doctor

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Superstars, Bro!

Hey Scott– Loving the new batch of Superstars we got on the Network, and eagerly awaiting your reviews and takes on certain goings-on (the music video… the music video…) Anyway, let's compound the misery and frustration of our current times with a depressing fantasy question; Vince Russo gets to book the 92'-'93 era of Superstars; ... Read more Superstars, Bro!

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 12.19.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 12.19.92 I know last night was Dynamite, but I just felt like watching something with a crowd again and these shows are like a warm bowl of chicken soup for the snarky soul. Taped from Dayton, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan & Jerry Lawler, and ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 12.19.92

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6 hours of 1995 Japanese wrestling for quarantine

During your Wrestling Observer flashbacks from 1995, you wrote about a huge Tokyo Dome show (Wrestling Pro Weekly: Bridge of Dreams) with matches from 13 different promotions. Meltzer gave 7 of the matches ****+ stars and you wondered if it was available somewhere. It wasn't. Until now. Some hero just posted it to YouTube: https://youtu.be/ttH0S2s5Zww Well ... Read more 6 hours of 1995 Japanese wrestling for quarantine

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Daily News Update – April 30, 2020

Yeah, I ended up skipping Dynamite last night because the family wanted to rent the new Trolls movie and I wasn’t feeling another empty arena show. DATELINE:  The Bubbly Fight Club (This Is Amazing) https://ift.tt/3f5vxfF DATELINE:  AEW Takes Hard Pass On Signing Released WWE Star https://ift.tt/2WfZFMT   Today’s free match from ROH is the first ... Read more Daily News Update – April 30, 2020

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Monday Night Raw – November 28, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: November 28, 2005 Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio Commentators: Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman We’re done with Survivor Series and unless Raw is doing something at Armageddon, we’re building towards New Year’s Revolution. John Cena retained the World Title on Sunday and needs a new challenger now that Kurt ... Read more Monday Night Raw – November 28, 2005

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NXT – April 29, 2020

NXT Date: April 29, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo, Tom Phillips The shows are continuing under the same format they’ve had for weeks now: continue on like nothing has changed and hope for the best. Things might have to change though after last week’s real life situation with ... Read more NXT – April 29, 2020

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Dynamite – April 29, 2020

Dynamite Date: April 29, 2020 Location: Undisclosed Location Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Chris Jericho It’s still tournament time as the taped shows continues. This time around we have the semifinals for the TNT Title tournament and that means we have some big matches to get ready. In addition to that, we have Brodie Lee vs. Marko ... Read more Dynamite – April 29, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – March 4, 1995

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are in the booth, with today’s show still part of the Lenoir tapings. Opening Contest:  The Dirty White Boy (2-2) beats Brian Logan (0-2) after the Bucksnort Blaster at 1:37: The problem of doing long television tapings is that Ross and Thatcher cannot make a lot of specific comments about ... Read more What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – March 4, 1995

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #366 – 29/04/2000

Hello You! Cyber Slam 2000 happened the previous week, so tonight we’ve got some matches from that and we will also learn how the ECW World Title situation will resolve itself. That particular situation ended up being pretty infamous amongst the ECW fan base due to how it all ends up. Let’s watch some chuffing ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #366 – 29/04/2000

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Hot Take

Hi Scott, I was falling down the YouTube rabbit hole and I came across the famous “Rock Concert” from 2003 (“The Rock is gonna leeeeeave Sacramentoooo!”). I know there’s always talk about who’s the best ever and all that, but I’ll just say this: when you’re popping Jerry Lawler, who has a PhD in drawing ... Read more Hot Take

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The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night War – 09.18.95

(Okey doke, here’s the September 18 1995 head-to-head version of RAW and Nitro, written in 2008ish from WWE 24/7, before we go to back to reposting the individual RAW and Nitro rants from the WWE Network again.) The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night Wars – September 18 1995 WCW Monday Nitro! – Live ... Read more The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night War – 09.18.95

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Hulk Hogan 90 – 92

Hi Scott,  What are your thoughts on the last full two years of Hulk Hogan's initial WWF run, from post Wrestlemania VI to Mania VIII? It feels like Hulkamania peaked in his match with the Warrior, and everything after felt a lot less special and generally uninspired. His feuds with Earthquake and Sgt Slaughter dragged ... Read more Hulk Hogan 90 – 92

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Montreal question (drink!)

Just watched the Montreal episode of Dark Side of the Ring. You're Earl Hebner. Brisco has just ordered you to call for the bell prematurely in the upcoming Hart / Michaels match.  He has told you that you'll be fired if you disobey.  You have previously given Hart your word that you won't ''double-cross” him ... Read more Montreal question (drink!)

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Daily News Update – April 29, 2020

Happy Mid-Week Celebration Day! DATELINE:  Conan O’Brien Mocks WWE Over “Essential Business” https://ift.tt/3cYkkMe DATELINE: Impact Wrestling Brings Back The TNA World Title https://ift.tt/3bZ2mJ6   Today’s free match is Chris Hero v. Adam Cole for the ROH title!

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Gina Carano in WWE?

Hello Scott, Long time fan since before Wrestleline. Random question for you. Before Ronda Rousey became a household name, Gina Carano was considered one of the baddest martial artists on the planet. She retired after losing to Cris Cyborg I think.  Would Carano have made an impact in WWE?  Nope.  Wrong time and place.  

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Rick Steiner – World Champion?

Hey Scott I was looking at a recent Sid interview and he said Rick was the one who was originally supposed to be in the match with Flair instead of Scott and was supposed to win. He also said Rick was a better athlete and wrestler then Scott. Any truth to the title rumor? And ... Read more Rick Steiner – World Champion?

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Ailing wrestler needs help

Scott, Wanted to see if you could share this on the blog. Joel Deaton, the original Thunderfoot in JCP, who also worked for Global and All-Japan, is going through a really difficult time and needs a lot of help with medical bills, etc. They've got a GoFundMe page set up for him, but it hasn't ... Read more Ailing wrestler needs help

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Hulk Hogan vs Giant Gonzalez

Any truth to the rumors that they were going to do a Hogan/Gonzalez feud after Hogan dropped the belt to Bret at Summerslam had he decided to stay with the WWF? I still don’t think there was any truth to the idea that Bret was getting the belt from Hogan in the first place.  

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Can AEW and WWE just stop?

Why are they still putting on TV shows? I understand they have a contract, but actual sports leagues have bigger contracts and don’t feel compelled to give ESPN, TNT, or whoever else empty arena free throw contests in lieu of actual games. Numbers are dying on these shows, they need to go away.   I ... Read more Can AEW and WWE just stop?

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Speaking of Animal Crossing…

Vince vs. Tom Nook. Who ya got? (My money/Bell's on Nook. He's far more subtle a heel than he lets on.) He could probably negotiate a hell of a deal from FOX.  Also, Animal Crossing is making money for Nintendo that WWE wishes they could be making from video games.  Tom in a landslide.  

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The GD DX “Tank”

It's pretty clear a lot of people are sick and tired of seeing these HHH highlights, but it's the angst toward the “WCW invasion” that is cracking me up the most.  I think everyone who has any connection to wrestling is sick of it except HHH, Vince, and probably X-Pac. I'm not on board with ... Read more The GD DX “Tank”

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The SmarK Rant for Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story

The SmarK Rant for Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story The DVD set has a bunch of matches that I’ve already reviewed, so I figured I’d just check out the documentary portion on the WWE Network because it’s supposed to be good. Hosted by Roddy Piper. Piper says he’s not really from anywhere, but ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story

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Monday Night Raw – April 27, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: April 27, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Samoa Joe, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips, We’re coming up on Money in the Bank, meaning it is time for wrestlers to start building momentum by getting pins or submissions to build to a match that has nothing to do with pins ... Read more Monday Night Raw – April 27, 2020

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’ Doomers! I hope everyone is well as we approach Week 7 of quarantine in these parts. I still have the Dino Bravo “Dark Side of the Ring” to do. I’ll do it tonight for tomorrow morning. I was going to do it Friday, but Scott decided to do old Dark Rings on ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – February 28, 1995

Jason and Paul Lauria talk about how people are jealous of them in ECW.  Lauria says 911 will never chokeslam him again because he is a giant. A video package recaps the Raven-Tommy Dreamer feud to this point. A video package recaps the Cactus Jack-Sandman feud. Fans work up a loud “Hogan sucks” as Joey ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – February 28, 1995

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Joshi Spotlight: Dump Matsumoto

Pic by our very own Bob Dahlstrom! “Matsumoto actually pioneered the gimmick that the Road Warriors would later use to great fame in the United States, of being face-painted bikers with bizarre haircuts and monster heels who sold very little, if at all, for the smaller, under matched babyfaces. […] Matsumoto’s impact was so great ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: Dump Matsumoto

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Randy Savage Was Awesome

Hi Scott, piggybacking off the Hogan Red and Yellow discussion, what’s your favorite Randy Savage look from his “classic period” (1985-1989)? P.S. You are 100% right, once he went to long tights, it totally ruined his mystique. Wrestlemania 4’s main event was the peak of Savage’s cool look.  Red trunks, yellow boots.  It was all ... Read more Randy Savage Was Awesome

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Flair/HBK

Hey Scott, Would you rate Flair/HBK differently now given the historical significance (the way it influenced storylines for HBK/Batista/Jericho, Charlotte and Reid in the front row)?  Best, Zac Nope.  I think the rating was fair. 

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What’s in a name?

How important is meaningful name for a wrestler? Hulk Hogan. Steve Austin. The Rock. Ric Flair. There’s a story behind each one. What does Roman Reigns mean? He’s neither Roman nor had any meaningful championship reigns. Where does the Name Generator rank among the WWE’s problems? You need great characters to drive business and randomly ... Read more What’s in a name?

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Rousey vs Fans

Scott –  Ronda Rouseys recent comments about the WWE fans being ungrateful got me thinking.   Do you think there is any truth to this?   I agree that the wwe product has a lot of weaknesses these days……..but I do wonder if fans (including myself) don’t sometimes fall into the category of being ungrateful or maybe ... Read more Rousey vs Fans

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Mike Reviews: Super J Cup 1995 (13/12/1995)

Hello You! I’ve got a bit of involuntary free time on my hands at the moment, so I decided to cheer myself up by watching some Japanese Junior Heavyweight action from the 90’s. This is show is actually available for full up on YouTube, probably because WAR has now gone out of business and whoever ... Read more Mike Reviews: Super J Cup 1995 (13/12/1995)

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 09.25.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 09.25.95 WEEK TWO of the Monday Night Wars.  Oh, also a very minor WCW note that will be forgotten in a couple of weeks, I’m sure.  Some guy got fired, apparently. – So this week of the war ended up as a draw, but Dave liked the Nitro show better.  RAW ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 09.25.95

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Daily News Update – April 27, 2020

Another day, another couple of hours grinding for bells and Nook Miles in Animal Crossing.  Man, talk about a game released at EXACTLY the right time to cash in.  My friend code is SW-6805-4391-2707 if you want to stop by my island, although it’s actually my daughter’s island and I’m basically a glorified visitor. DATELINE: ... Read more Daily News Update – April 27, 2020

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-03-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: November 3, 1984 (taped 10/27) Attendance: 12,000 Hosted by Bill Mercer Can the Von Erichs retain the six-man titles against Adams, Hernandez, and Roberts? Who’s the newest tag team in WCCW? And who will join me for this fluffy episode? By all means, Dixie! I wouldn’t have it any other ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-03-1984

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Tyson Kidd

Long time, many time, Watching the NXT Collection the put up recently and was curious… What was Tyson Kidd's ceiling? I know he's been good backstage and can clearly work, but I didn't watch enough pre-muscle buster. Thoughts  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeh, I dunno.  He was an elite level worker but I just never saw that level of charisma ... Read more Tyson Kidd

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EC3 and MJF

Of all of the potential hires for the AEW can make, one of the most appealing would be EC3. Hire him and put him into a program with MJF with the plot point that EC3 is MJF's childhood bully come back to put MJF back in his place and have several months of EC3 making ... Read more EC3 and MJF

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Sunday Night Reset: April 26, 2020

Hello friends.  And others. I hope your team drafted who you wanted this weekend!  And remember, the Patriots drafted better than you and they had a dog doing the drafting.  (This goes double for Jets fans.) Tomorrow, do the same thing you always do: try to keep yourself happy and remember, there will be a ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: April 26, 2020

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WCW Great American Bash 1990

Watching the WWE Network and ran across this PPV. Great show featuring the near ***** match with Midnights v Southern Boys, but as I always do, I go to your rants post-viewing to see what you thought of it. Seems the only rant I can find is missing most of the shit matches like Iron ... Read more WCW Great American Bash 1990

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Smackdown ratings

How surprised are you that Friday's Smackdown, hyped as a big celebration of HHH's career, did their worst ratings ever on FOX, down 180,000 viewersfrom the previous week? Yeah but ratings don’t matter.  Or maybe they do.   Hope that cleared things up. 

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All in for Roddy Piper Set

Dear Mr. Keith, I was very entertained and moved by your passion for Mr. Piper in that recent comparison to Honky Tonk Man. You mentioned having a dvd set of him in your hogan review. I’m very interested in hearing your thoughts on that. The problem is that I’ve basically done everything included on the ... Read more All in for Roddy Piper Set

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark / Being the Elite 200

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark / Being the Elite 200 OK, time to catch up with some Dark because they’ve been pretty short since our shared coronavirus nightmare began, and I didn’t feel like any of them warranted a full rant on their own. Episode 28 – 04.07.20 Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dark / Being the Elite 200

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Survivor Series 2005

Survivor Series 2005 Date: November 27, 2005 Location: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 15,000 Commentators: Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman, Michael Cole, Tazz It’s all about Raw vs. Smackdown as the big elimination tag is all that matters around here. That’s in addition to the Raw World Title match, which should be another ... Read more Survivor Series 2005

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ECW on Syfy 11/17/2009 #180

The show starts off with CM Punk anticlimactically returning, a trope he’d perfect over the next ten years. He’s full-on anti-Jeff Hardy at this point so the crowd aren’t happy to hear him bragging about being the first ever Triple Crown Straight Edge champion. I wonder if he ever called himself Major Threat? Zack Ryder ... Read more ECW on Syfy 11/17/2009 #180

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Bray vs. Goldberg “Out”

I know this topic is a bit dated, but since it appears that Braun Strowman is facing Bray Wyatt (and not the Fiend), and they also had Bray Wyatt defend the Universal Championship against Miz (establishing that he, too, can defend the title), why didn't they just have Wyatt face Goldberg as the Firefly Funhouse ... Read more Bray vs. Goldberg “Out”

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Triple H is a winner!

http://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1254022414058631170 I got a leather jacket in 1998 for Christmas because that’s what I asked for. I asked for it because I wanted to look like Triple H. I was 17. Our president is tweeting congrats to a professional wrestler during the middle of a global pandemic, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more ... Read more Triple H is a winner!

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Smackdown – November 25, 2005

Smackdown Date: November 25, 2005 Location: Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for Survivor Series and that means we will probably be having some Raw appearances to hammer home the show’s main event. The brand vs. brand idea has worked out well enough so far so hopefully ... Read more Smackdown – November 25, 2005

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Russo-Bischoff era in WCW 2000

When Russo and Bischoff got together in April 2000, their first champion was Jeff Jarrett winning it at Spring Stampede 2000.  After that they did a lot of switching of the belt with DDP, Arquette, Booker T etc. If they had just kept the belt on 1 guy be it Jarrett or Mike Awesome or ... Read more Russo-Bischoff era in WCW 2000

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August 28, 1989 Prime Time

Hi Scott, Long time reader.  I was flipping through the Prime Times on the Network and realized there is one from 8/28/1989.  This seemed so odd to me, because that was the same night as SummerSlam.  The whole show is weird with Gorilla in the studio with no posters up. I was just wondering if ... Read more August 28, 1989 Prime Time

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Was Roddy Piper the Honky Tonk Man

Greeting Scott, Still love reading your rants after all those years. A question Was Rowdy Roddy Piper basically the Honky Tonk Man five years before him? Basically every big matches involving Piper in the 80s ends up with a DQ, a count out, etc. We were all hoping he would finally « get his », ... Read more Was Roddy Piper the Honky Tonk Man

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The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #2 – 06.26.02

The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #2 – 06.26.02 Taped from Huntsville, AL Your hosts are Mike Tenay, Ed Ferrera & Don West So this show was taped after the first PPV, at which point most of the crowd went home and they had to herd the remaining crowd to the hard-camera side so the ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #2 – 06.26.02

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Daily News Update – April 25, 2020

Well, we made it to the weekend.  Even though days really have no meaning any longer. DATELINE:  Sadly, we will not be graced with a new version of WWE2K this year.  If this isn’t a sign from God that they need to reform AKI and hire them to make games, I don’t know what is. https://ift.tt/2S3o8DY ... Read more Daily News Update – April 25, 2020

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KHAAAAAAAN

Hello Scott, hope all is well. So, reportedly, AEW will be resuming a live/taped schedule now that Florida's opened up. Tony Kahn's a scumbag who doesn't care about the health of his employees, right? Only if his monthly cheques stop coming. 

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Smackdown – April 24, 2020

Smackdown Date: April 24, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves It’s a special event, and given the subject matter it is likely to be a VERY special event. This week marks 25 years since HHH made his WWE debut and they are going all out to celebrate it. You ... Read more Smackdown – April 24, 2020

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Dream Over

https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/g7coob/audio_of_velveteen_dream_interacting_with_minors/   UPDATE:  Dream denies everything.   https://www.f4wonline.com/nxt-news/velveteen-dream-denies-allegation-inappropriate-behavior-309601  Hoo boy.  That's like the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of proper social distancing.   

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BTE 200

Hey Scott, any chance you'll review BTE 200? Interested in your thoughts! Yeah I'm probably gonna do that and a couple of the episodes of Dark as a catchup rant this weekend.  I think I need to do another Observer Flashback first though.  

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Friday Night Party Thread: April 24, 2020

We made it! Tonight, on SmackDown, it’s a celebration of Triple H! … … …y’all were supposed to cheer that.   Elsewhere, it’s HR Meeting Day 2, as the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft get underway.  Me?  I’m eating Popeye’s and watching the Buttfumble Game.  I think I win at life. Anyway, ... Read more Friday Night Party Thread: April 24, 2020

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

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  Russell begs for the PG-13-Tommy Rich/Doug Gilbert feud to end and announces that there will be a cage match between the two teams at the next Memphis Coliseum show. Reggie B. Fine comes out ... Read more What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – March 11, 1995

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Joshi Spotlight: Joshi in 1992

JOSHI IN 1992: * So here’s a thing I came up with to kind of sum up a bunch of Joshi Spotlights starting with the 1992 stuff- having seen everything I could find on YouTube (aside from a fancam or two). After reviewing almost all of the “Famous big shows”, I figured the next thing ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: Joshi in 1992

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Mike Reviews Every WWE Backlash Main Event – Part Three (2009 to 2018)

Hello You! I recently got furloughed, which means I’ll have a slight bit more free time on my hands in the coming weeks. Thankfully I’m still getting some of my wages and I live on my own, so I should hopefully be able to maintain paying bills and living costs. I hope everyone is keeping ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WWE Backlash Main Event – Part Three (2009 to 2018)

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 1st, 1995

January 1, 1995 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase   Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Scott Taylor DiBiase says he sees dollar signs with Hakushi then promises a hostile takeover of the WWF with his Corporation for 1995. Hakushi dropkicks Taylor then soon after that catches ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – January 1st, 1995

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Mr Keith i have a question about the US title

Big fan Mr Keith, your books opened my eyes to the innerworkings of pro wrestling when i was a little boy. My question is: Do you believe that the best US champoinship match of all time was Magnum/Tully from Starrcade 85? If you do not what would be your pick? Sorry i had one more: ... Read more Mr Keith i have a question about the US title

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Show with the most Wrestlecrap?

I've been watching old shows during quarantine that I never watched before and tonight I watched No Mercy 2002. Has any show ever had 3 different first-ballot WrestleCrap hall of famers? -The Al Wilson/Torrie/Dawn Marie nightmare -Katie Vick blowoff for HHH/Kane -“Tracy” accusing the Undertaker of cheating on his wife then getting exposed as a ... Read more Show with the most Wrestlecrap?

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Question for blog

Season 3 for Dark Side will need a ratings grab….isn’t this the time for a “CM Punk Leaves WWE” episode to include the podcast fallout I dunno, man, apparently Dino Bravo was enough of a ratings draw by himself.  I don't know if Punk has those kind of numbers in him anymore.

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The SmarK Rant for the Dark Side of the Ring – Season 1, Episode 1

The SmarK Rant for Dark Side of the Ring S01E01 “The Match Made In Heaven” So apparently this show is available on Crave TV up here, and I subscribe to that particular service.  So let’s start from the start and give it a look. Bruce Prichard (“former WWE executive” at this point) introduces the early ... Read more The SmarK Rant for the Dark Side of the Ring – Season 1, Episode 1

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Daily News Update – April 24, 2020

TGIF.  Gonna go home after work and inject myself with some disinfectant, as recommended by Dr. Trump, before sunbathing in the back yard to really kill off all those virus germs. DATELINE: Dolph Ziggler Gets Creative To Win Back Mandy Rose (With Cameo) https://ift.tt/3cJYQma DATELINE: WWE Might Get Saudi Arabia Money Without Going Back This ... Read more Daily News Update – April 24, 2020

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Uno as JR

Hey Scott– Thinking about the Brodie Lee vignette from last night’s Dynamite… he uses the phrase “Uno told me that…” a few times, as if Evil Uno prepped Lee for his meeting with the (currently mysterious) DO candidate. Does this mean Evil Uno is head of talent relations for the Dark Order, and is Jim ... Read more Uno as JR

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The Essential Thursday Night Thread: April 23, 2020

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill TONIGHT!  Live non-wrestling-type sports-thingy as the World’s Most Popular HR Meeting gets underway!  This year, it’s teleconference city for the NFL Draft.  Bill Belichick has already hired someone to hack into the Bucs’ draft room and have them try to trade their offensive line for ... Read more The Essential Thursday Night Thread: April 23, 2020

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NXT UK – April 23, 2020 (NXT UK’s Most Brilliant)

NXT UK Date: April 23, 2020 Host: Andy Shepard It’s another special show this week and that is going to likely be the case for a long time. As usual, there is a theme to this one and this time around it’s all about Walter vs. Tyler Bate. They had my Match of the Year ... Read more NXT UK – April 23, 2020 (NXT UK’s Most Brilliant)

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Impact Wrestling – April 21, 2020 (Rebellion Night One)

Impact Wrestling Date: April 21, 2020 Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews It’s the first night of Rebellion and it’s taking place in an empty arena, just like all of the other big shows at this point. I’m not sure what we’re going to see due to how many people might ... Read more Impact Wrestling – April 21, 2020 (Rebellion Night One)

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Late 1980’s French Canadian Faction

We are somewhere between 1988-1989….is young Scott Keith getting behind the “French Connection” in the WWF comprised of Rick Martel, Rougeau Brothers & Dino Bravo? Or does their manager Frenchy Martin totally turn you off?  I'm from Western Canada.  We barely even acknowledge Quebec as a province here.

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Money in the Raid

Hi Scott Seeing as MitB seems to basically be The Raid 3: This Time With Wrestlers, it got me thinking. If the WWE went all-out with the matches and did them Boneyard-style, but got in proper movie directors to work them, who would you pick? As a caveat, the Women's and Men's matches each have ... Read more Money in the Raid

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Finkel in WCW

Hi Scott, Something that I’ve never seen come up (which is weird and I never thought of it until his recent passing), do you think Eric Bischoff (or any of the bosses before him) ever made overtures to Howard Finkel about jumping shit during the wars?  They had Mean Gene, Bobby, Jesse, why not scoop ... Read more Finkel in WCW

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Dark Side Season 3

Hey Scott– Don’t know if you’ve caught all (or any) of the second season of Dark Side of the Ring, but the subject matter and show composition for this season is as top-notch as season one was. I’m particularly looking forward to the Herb Abrams UWF episode in a couple of weeks. All evidence indicates ... Read more Dark Side Season 3

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Daily News Update – April 23, 2020

Good morning! Arn Anderson On Why WWE Gave Up On Dolph Ziggler https://ift.tt/2xIOUKV Wrestler Selling Lucha Libre Themed Coronavirus Masks https://ift.tt/2XZX8sO   Also, don’t forget to check out my appearance on the Jon of All Trades podcast from yesterday, which was a fun hour of insight into my life and wrestling and stuff. https://ift.tt/2Kuj5Io  

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.22.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.22.20 Taped from Hank Scorpio’s volcano fortress Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & LE CHAMPION Cody Rhodes muses about life and the TNT title from his control center to start, and he’s dropping hot internet fire, wondering if he’s really “the three star general” and notes that AEW ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.22.20

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Monday Night Raw – November 21, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: November 21, 2005 Location: Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England Attendance: 12,000 Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler Things are back to normal after last week’s Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show and as a bonus, it’s the go home show for Survivor Series. Throw in the fact that they’re taped from overseas ... Read more Monday Night Raw – November 21, 2005

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NXT – April 22, 2020

NXT Date: April 22, 2020 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton We’re at an interesting point here as they are having to come up with some more stories without a full crew. It certainly seems that Adam Cole is gone for the time being, meaning we need to find ... Read more NXT – April 22, 2020

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Dynamite – April 22, 2020

Dynamite Date: April 22, 2020 Location: Undisclosed Location Commentators: Chris Jericho, Tony Schiavone We’re still on the road to what was supposed to be Double Or Nothing from Las Vegas but it could be interesting to see what they might have to do instead. I’m not sure how things are going to go around here ... Read more Dynamite – April 22, 2020

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Dark Side of the Ring presents Dino Bravo (by Dino Bravo Sucks)

Dark Side of the Ring – The Assassination of Dino Bravo   Written by Dino Bravo Sucks I gotta admit – I was NOT prepared for that.   I knew the story behind Dino Bravo, and most of the facts presented in the latest edition of the Dark Side of the Ring series about his ... Read more Dark Side of the Ring presents Dino Bravo (by Dino Bravo Sucks)

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The Wednesday Night War Thread – April 22, 2020

Tonight!  It’s taped Dynamite with the 2 semi-final matches in the TNT tournament.  NXT is live.  Either way Tommy will have coverage and Google will probably bitch at me about something. More importantly, ratings for Dark Side of the Ring were UP, which definitely proves that Dino Bravo is NOT the worst.  Sorry, it’s just ... Read more The Wednesday Night War Thread – April 22, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: Sunday Blood Sunday II

Like Super Saturday Night Fever, this card was taped from a fan in the crowd.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 1,100 fans to Knoxville’s Civic Coliseum. Opening Contest:  Bobby Blayze defeats Brian Logan (0-1) after a Northern lights suplex at 10:18: Blayze was a Boris Malenko trainee that worked as an enhancement talent for ... Read more What the World Was Watching: Sunday Blood Sunday II

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Live PD Questions

My wife and I are big Live PD fans as well. Just a couple of questions for a fellow fan. Has there been anything surprising about American law enforcement and/or criminals? What would Live PD look like if they followed around a department in Saskatoon? Mostly a lot of drunk and disorderly cases I’d imagine.  ... Read more Live PD Questions

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WWF Superstars – December 31st. 1994

December 31, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler This week, the Tag Team Title Tournament continues with Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart vs. The Headshrinkers. Plus, the Undertaker & Paul Bearer as guests on the “Heartbreak Hotel.” We get a clip from ... Read more WWF Superstars – December 31st. 1994

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #365 – 22/04/2000

Hello You! So last week all heck broke loose due to ECW Champ Mike Awesome deciding to jump to WCW. ECW managed to get him back for one last show, where they had him drop the belt to WWF wrestler Taz, who then promptly got jobbed out to Triple H on Smackdown. However, Taz isn’t ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #365 – 22/04/2000

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.24.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.24.00 OK, let’s get back to WWF 2000 as requested.  I had skipped ahead a couple of weeks for the Dallas 10 man when we last hung out here, but that was missing a couple of weeks where some PRETTY important stuff happened.  To say the ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.24.00

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Joe Pedicino RIP

https://ift.tt/2xKJHlE Kind of surprised it hasn't come up yet…I remember Pedicino from Pro Wrestling This Week (came on before UWF in 86 in my TV market) and he was one of the owners of the GWF. Seemed to be someone who really enjoyed pro wrestling during a really hot time for the business. Yeah I ... Read more Joe Pedicino RIP

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Royal Rumble Tradition

Scott, In your Superstars review you write “The winner of the match gets the title shot at the champion at Wrestlemania 9, thus beginning that tradition.” Do you know if it was intended to be a tradition when they first brought it in, or did it just happen to work for what they're doing that year? ... Read more Royal Rumble Tradition

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Condominium on the Moon

Hi Scott, I've heard a clip from an interview in which 'Macho Man' Randy Savage talks about how he might get himself “a condominium on the moon.” This seems to be one of the more well-known wacky quotes from Mr. Savage, yet I'm unable to track down its source. Do you know/remember which interview contained that ... Read more Condominium on the Moon

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Daily News Update – April 22, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday!  For those of you still keeping track of the days of the week. DATELINE:  Vince McMahon Already Being Sued Over XFL https://ift.tt/2VqeAEQ DATELINE:  WWE Is Already Changing Plans On A Recent Storyline https://ift.tt/2RY63H5   Today’s free wrestling match is of course Being the Elite #200, which seems like it’s the finale for ... Read more Daily News Update – April 22, 2020

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Gronk

As an indispensable piece of the WWE roster, how will Gronk jumping back to the NFL affect them long term? Should they have tried to get the 24/7 belt off of him earlier? What if he throws it in the garbage in his first Monday Night Football game and also says “F### the ... Read more Gronk

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The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

Glad everyone enjoyed the return of WWE Superstars reviews as much as I did!  Tomorrow we return to 2000 RAW as originally was planned for today, before Dave Newman emailed me like an excited puppy and changed my mind. Tonight it’s AEW Dark! And some kind of special about Kamille on the NWA Powerrr channel. ... Read more The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

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MCU Lightning Round

Tired of discussing Empty Arena Matches and need to break up the Montreal was a work / Rebook the Invasion / Why didn't Cena or Roman turn heel / When should Luger have beaten Flair / When will AEW put WWE out of business conversations? This MCU lightning round is for you! Favorite Movie? Endgame!  ... Read more MCU Lightning Round

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WWE marriages

What’s the deal with the WWE acknowledging SOME marriages, but not all. Sarah Logan was made a Viking because of her marriage to Rowe (Erik), Bianca debuts with her husband Montez, even Seth and Becky were exposed as a real couple, but then they insult the audience’s intelligence by having Zelina Vega talk trash against ... Read more WWE marriages

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 12.12.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 12.12.92 It is finally back on the Network and I have missed it so much! NOW THEN.  Where were we? Oh yeah… The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–12.05.92 Taped from Dayton OH, at the NUTTER CENTER.  The center for all your nutting, apparently. Your hosts are Vince McMahon ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 12.12.92

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Best Workers With The Fewest ****+ Matches?

This question came up in one of the night threads, and I was curious as to your take on it. Who are some of the best workers with the fewest great matches?  I'd imagine a few guys who were legitimately good but kind of in the wrong “era” would qualify- Ted DiBiase or Sean Waltman, ... Read more Best Workers With The Fewest ****+ Matches?

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Fwd: Alternate Timeline: Bradshaw Wins BrawlAll

Couple weeks after the Dark Side special but if Bradshaw wins the Brawl For All, does it positively, negatively, or have no effect on his career? He obviously wasn’t set for a “JBL”-style push at the time but he was generally well protected for a midcarder.  What do you think happens? No effect.  They tried ... Read more Fwd: Alternate Timeline: Bradshaw Wins BrawlAll

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Daily News Update – April 21, 2020

So great to have WWF Superstars back again.  Originally today was RAW from 2000, but I got so excited that I bumped it to tomorrow and did Superstars for this morning instead. To the news…   DATELINE:  Why Liv Morgan/Lana Story Never Went Anywhere https://ift.tt/3cx38x1 DATELINE:  Matt Hardy Helps With Surprise Marriage Proposal https://ift.tt/3czf3u7 And here’s ... Read more Daily News Update – April 21, 2020

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“Roseanne”

Hi Scott! Hope you're well.  I remembered your reviews of the seasons of Roseanne a few years ago.  I am doing a “top ten” pop culture thing on Mondays on my blog and this week's is my favorite episodes of Roseanne. Thought you might enjoy reading it!  Feel free to share if you think it ... Read more “Roseanne”

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Monday Night Raw – April 20, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: April 20, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Jerry Lawler We’re firmly in Money in the Bank mode as we continue the long process of finding people to climb to the roof of a really tall building. You can’t say it’s the same thing we’ve ... Read more Monday Night Raw – April 20, 2020

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone is having another great week of isolation and quarantine. We’ve got RAW tonight and I’m not sure if it’s live or pre-taped or what. It looks like they are going to the old 1997-type of taped scheduled where they are taping this week’s and next week’s shows. Either way ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW/JWP “I Know You”

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- JWP (vs) AJW- “I Know You”: 01.12.1992, Tokyo Ota-ku Taiikukan – This YouTube video is taken from a JWP video with mostly clipped matches, two huge bouts, and some surrounding nonsense afterwards. This actually matches Dream Rush from a week ago slightly, in that it’s got the triumphant coronation of an Ace champion… ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: AJW/JWP “I Know You”

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Return of the Funker

Joey Styles is doing commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 25.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the card attracted a crowd of 1,100 fans, the best attendance for an ECW show to date. Opening Contest:  The Pitbulls (1-0) defeat Chad Austin & Joel Goodhart when Pitbull #2 ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW: Return of the Funker

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Mike Reviews Every WWE Backlash Main Event – Part Two (2004 to 2008)

Hello You! I got this done quicker than I expected so I’m uploading this today and will upload Part Three around the weekend. ECW Hardcore TV from 2000 will be up as usual on Wednesday. Back with some more Backlash Main Event’s, as we cover 2004 to 2008 today. There’s actually a shedload of multi-man ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WWE Backlash Main Event – Part Two (2004 to 2008)

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A No brainer for WWE

Scott, Considering all of the controversy over the NFL doing it this week, as well as this being the usual time it occurs anyway……I absolutely cannot believe that the WWE is not pulling the Draft out of their arses. That would TOTALLY eat up a bunch of time, and allow them to basically reset their ... Read more A No brainer for WWE

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The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars – 09.11.95

(Hey, now that we’re into the Monday Night Wars era of the Observer Flashbacks, it’s TWO FOR ONE reposts!  This was originally done on WWF 24/7, when they would air both shows together, but I think after this I’ve got everything done as separate shows again for the next couple of years.)   WCW Monday Nitro! ... Read more The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars – 09.11.95

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Angle Continuity

Scott, How crazy is it that a company known for not bringing up history and dropping angle continuity is going the exact opposite route with Bray Wyatt? His whole character and all his angles seem so different than anything else, as if they’re treating it with far more importance than anything else. Every one of ... Read more Angle Continuity

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Daily News Update – April 20, 2020

Well, back to work again.  Huzzah for being essential while Trudeau hands out money to everyone else in the country.  I’m not even poor enough to claim the GST rebate and all the extra money people are getting from that! DATELINE: USA And FOX Let WWE Go Live/Taped https://ift.tt/3ezygh3 DATELINE: MJF May Need Surgery For ... Read more Daily News Update – April 20, 2020

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2 World Titles-WWE

Why did the WWE end up getting rid of the World Championship towards the end of 2013?  I mean I know it didn't make much sense to have 2 World Titles on 2 shows when the brands weren't separated, but I would've thought Vince would've kept it just for the simple fact of believing he ... Read more 2 World Titles-WWE

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Snuka

Scott, After review of the recent Vice shows and the behavior of the WWE over the last few years toward all concerned, would you agree that Jimmy Snuka very much received a free pass compared to Chris Benoit when even if you buy Snuka's account of things, he was guilty of negligent homicide at the ... Read more Snuka

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-27-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: October 27, 1984 (taped 10/12) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kevin and Mike overtake the duo of Hernandez and Roberts? How will Parsons fare against the evil Khan? What does Kevin have to say during this episode? And who will join me for this exuberant episode? Mark Gastineau! ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-27-1984

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Covid-19 Knifey Spooney

Good Day Sir, Hope you and the family are doing well under the circumstances. The following is best read in your best John Cleese voice for the full effect of the trials and tribulations of Covid-19 down under. As of today here are Australia’s official Coronavirus guidelines: Basically, you can’t leave the house for any ... Read more Covid-19 Knifey Spooney

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Sunday Night Reset: April 19, 2020

Hello, inmates of inhumanity. NFL GamePass is keeping me sane as I miss my indie buddies. It’s good to see the WWE came to their senses and will do tapings.  If the networks are demanding first-run programming, do what you can.  It’s a bad situation, but, well, do what you gotta do. GOOD NEWS: South ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: April 19, 2020

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Hart vs Austin

This is a question about match trilogies… To me the Flair Steamboat trilogy is the best and I know  newer fans will say Omega Okada but if Bret Hart and Steve Austin were able to put one more match  together given their first two could it have been up there with those other trilogies.  Survivor ... Read more Hart vs Austin

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Road to Wrestlemania 2000

Hey Scott, Was what we got between Rumble and Mania 2000 (Rock “cheating” to win the Rumble, Big Show winning the title shot, and all the McMahon nonsense and resulting 4 way match) the original plan, or did Big Show and Rock screw up the Rumble finish necessitating a new plan?  I couldn't find anything ... Read more Road to Wrestlemania 2000

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AEW SCOOPING UP WWE’s CUTS

Ok so right to it….AEW from what I’ve read is hanging on mainly because of their TNT extension. Also it appears as if AEW does not want to EVER be perceived as just picking up McMahon’s scraps. But come on now. Yes Matt Hardy just arrived & already some of AEW’s big players are from ... Read more AEW SCOOPING UP WWE’s CUTS

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Shamrock in the HOF

Hey Scott– I’m breezing through the first part of the new Jim Ross book. He shares an early anecdote about Ken Shamrock, and it made me wonder: Is Ken WWE Hall of Fame bound? I know he’s a TNA talent these days, but they’ve fallen so far off the radar, that can’t possibly matter. He ... Read more Shamrock in the HOF

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 09.18.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 08.18.95 And now it’s time for the MONDAY NIGHT WARS. – The really big news coming out of the first head-to-head meeting of RAW and Nitro is that WCW immediately took the lead in the ratings war, with a 2.5 to 2.2 victory.  The taped episode of RAW wasn’t particularly different ... Read more Wrestling Observer Flashback – 09.18.95

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TNA all the way!

Scott, Loved the rant for TNA #1! It’s the most fun I’ve had reading the blog since Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series. Please continue with TNA, you’re our only hope! It did well today, so we’ll keep going with it.   

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Smackdown – November 18, 2005 (Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show)

Smackdown Date: November 18, 2005 Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Attendance: 6,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the second of two Eddie Guerrero tribute shows, both of which were filmed back to back on the previous Sunday, as the roster was off to Europe later this week. That has to be one of the roughest ... Read more Smackdown – November 18, 2005 (Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show)

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Greatest Short Story in Wrestling

Scott, Just got done reading about the HHH Flair brief feud on an episode of RAW in '03 that Pro Wrestling Stories did a retrospective on and it got me thinking. Is there a better one night start to finish feud in wrestling that you can think of?  https://prowrestlingstories.com/pro-wrestling-stories/ric-flair-and-triple-h-the-greatest-short-story-in-wrestling-history/?fbclid=IwAR2Nt1yB5zyXloYCw7OHTZOOsfuyi69Kqs1WKThuJX52GK1a9I0ds1v3tRM   Thanks! Gonna be honest, I can't even remember the ... Read more Greatest Short Story in Wrestling

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Hart v. Hart

Hey Scott– I’m browsing through old Observers (because what else to do on this shattered hellscape of a planet?) and there’s a quote from Dave post-WrestleMania X that I never gave much thought to before: “The Hart-Hart match, with Owen scoring the surprise clean win to elevate him into the upper echelon, appeared when it ... Read more Hart v. Hart

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Impact Wrestling – April 14, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: April 14, 2020 Location: Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews It’s the (original) go home show for Rebellion, which has been rescheduled but at least is still airing in some form. I’m not sure what the card is going to consist of but some pay per view material ... Read more Impact Wrestling – April 14, 2020

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Vince, here’s that mainstream attention you never wanted…

https://ift.tt/2RNyHKV The Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington have launched an inquiry into Florida's decision to name WWE an essential service & is requesting all records related to it. Even though WWE has gone back on live tapings, I think the damage is done. Getting the public stink of Trump & corruption on you doesn't ... Read more Vince, here’s that mainstream attention you never wanted…

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Daily News Update – April 18, 2020

I’ve been running through Futurama with my sensitive, pet-loving daughter while on vacation this week.  Forgot to warn her before the dog episode.  WHOOPS.  That didn’t go well. DATELINE:  WWE has flip-flopped and will be going back to taping their shows way in advance next week.  Good call. DATELINE:  AEW has announced that Anna Jay will be ... Read more Daily News Update – April 18, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #1 – 06.19.02

The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #1 – 06.19.02 Live from Huntsville, AL Your hosts are Mike Tenay, Don West & Ed Ferrera I decided to try the Impact Plus subscription deal through Fite.TV.  At $8 a month it might be worth it to review some non-WWE stuff. All the way back to the very ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #1 – 06.19.02

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Smackdown – April 17, 2020

Smackdown Date: April 17, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves It’s time to move forwards towards Money in the Bank and this time around we are finding out who else is going to be involved in the women’s match, plus the first man involved. I’m not sure how much ... Read more Smackdown – April 17, 2020

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Friday Night Fightin’ Thread

Oh Shoot I meant to do this before Smackdown but then I made dinner and took a nap. It happens. Talk about the final 15 minutes of Smackdown here…or don’t. Like I care. Someone should do a watch. Keep it clean!

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