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Jesse Baker on Dexter Lumis

Since the blog has gone to pots since I got banned from posting, I thought I might send you something to bring the hits your wayIn defense of Dexter Lumis (and what NXT must become to win the Wednesday Night War): 1. He’s got a great look, especially compared to generic drone look that 99% ... Read more Jesse Baker on Dexter Lumis

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Smackdown – July 31, 2020

Smackdown Date: July 31, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Corey Graves, Michael Cole Summerslam is getting closer and closer but at the same time we have a lot to do on the way there. That includes a pair of title matches this week as AJ Styles defends the Intercontinental Title against Gran ... Read more Smackdown – July 31, 2020

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 31, 2020

We made it! It looks like the entire MLB may have to go back into lockdown for a while on Monday if they can’t contain the virus.  And just about every team is FURIOUS at the Marlins for not even trying social distancing.  Florida: they’ll mess it all up.  Guaranteed. Tonight, on SmackDown, it’s a ... Read more Friday Night Party Thread: July 31, 2020

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New Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Struggle Part 3 (7.31.20)

– The card for Jingu Stadium is starting to come together.  Also the announcement of the KOPW 2020 Title, this could be a great show leading into the G1 in the winter.  But tonight, it’s NAGATA vs SUZUKI!   – Live from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. 1.  Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii, and Hirooki ... Read more New Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Struggle Part 3 (7.31.20)

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WWF Action Zone – April 9th, 1995

April 9, 1995 Your hosts are Jim Ross and Stan Lane This week’s featured match is Razor Ramon vs. Tatanka   Eli Blu defeats Fatu via DQ in a match first shown on the 4/9/95 edition of “Wrestling Challenge.” On commentary, Lane told us how the boots are not bothering Fatu anymore I guess ... Read more WWF Action Zone – April 9th, 1995

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Impact Wrestling – July 28, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: July 28, 2020 Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne We’re into the new norm around here and I’m not sure what that is going to mean. Things were on a great upswing until Slammiversary but last week’s show wasn’t quite as strong. I’m curious to see if that ... Read more Impact Wrestling – July 28, 2020

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Rock vs. Goldberg

This should be a good topic of discussion for the blog. Hey there Scott, long time fan of your work. I was recently revisiting your “Wrestling's Made Men” book (I own all of the original pressings of your books except one, still read them) and after reading the section covering Goldberg's WWE debut leading into ... Read more Rock vs. Goldberg

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Grumpy JR

Hi Scott, I have been described on the blog as an “AEW Mutant”, because I love AEW and cut them a lot of slack. Mainly because AEW has rekindled my love of wrestling after many years away.   However, even as an AEW mutant I’m starting to get a little bit tired of JR on commentary ... Read more Grumpy JR

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Was moving NXT to USA a mistake?

This week, more people watched wrestling on Wednesday night than the 3rd hour of Raw. And the combined demo beat Raw head to head. Do you think Vince regrets moving NXT to cable? The goal was to prevent AEW from succeeding, yet theyre not only still around but TNT signed them for 3 more years ... Read more Was moving NXT to USA a mistake?

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 9th, 1995

April 9, 1995 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase This week we get a featured match of Jacob Blu vs. Fatu   Hakushi w/ Shinja vs. Tony Roy We are shown a clip of Hakushi attacking Bret Hart during his award presentation. Also, we get ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 9th, 1995

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JLU and the Legion of DOOM!

I was asked yesterday about whether I’d thought about reviewing any Justice League Unlimited and coincidentally I had just that day. Justice League Unlimited, which ran for 39 episodes, followed Justice League, which ran for 52 episodes, of which the majority of stories were either two or three-parters. JLU had more “one-off” episodes, but there ... Read more JLU and the Legion of DOOM!

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Best of British – R.I.P. Rollerball Rocco

I was sorry to hear that Mark ‘Rollerball’ Rocco has died. Pretty much a legend in British wrestling, he fought all over the world, including in Japan (and MSG) as Black Tiger. His dad, grandad AND great-grandad were wrestlers. By the time I got into wrestling he had just packed it in as his heart ... Read more Best of British – R.I.P. Rollerball Rocco

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Daily News Update – July 31, 2020

And so we’ve come to the end of another month as this year drags on. DATELINE:  WWE makes all the money in Q2; Still can’t afford to keep Good Brothers https://ift.tt/2PeeIDw DATELINE:  Both Wednesday shows combine to beat RAW’s third hour https://ift.tt/30dGDty  

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The SmarK Rant for NXT – 07.29.20

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 07.29.20 Guess we’re gonna try doing this as a regular thing now.  As always, I have avoided all spoilers on the show and have no knowledge coming in, so as to be as fair about it as possible. Taped from the Performance Center Your hosts are Mauro, Beth and ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NXT – 07.29.20

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NXT UK – July 30, 2020

NXT UK Date: July 30, 2020 Host: Andy Shepard The barrel scraping continues as we look for some more content to fill in time until they can do some fresh tapings. I’m not sure more they can do in this situation but it might be time to look at some other NXT content, or even ... Read more NXT UK – July 30, 2020

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The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 30, 2020

TONIGHT!  THE NBA IS BACK!  Of course it is: would it be a Thursday night without the NBA?  (Probably, considering we just had like 15 of them.) Saturday night in Indianapolis, it’s GCW presenting Keep in Touch, to be streamed on FITE.  AJ Gray battles Chris Dickinson!  Nate Webb goes against Mance Warner!  Nick Gage ... Read more The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 30, 2020

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WWF Superstars – April 8th, 1995

April 8, 1995 From the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler   The hosts go over what happened at WrestleMania and mention how Alundra Blayze recaptured the Women’s Title on “Monday Night RAW” plus, Psycho Sid laid out Shawn Michaels.   Men ... Read more WWF Superstars – April 8th, 1995

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WCW July-August ’99

With WWE's lackluster-to-brutal creative right now, I decided to dip back to watch WCW leading into Road Wild '99. To give context, this period is “notable” to most for Hogan transitioning back to the Red & Yellow the week before the PPV to hype it. There's a lot of nonsense (Macho hates Molly Holly for ... Read more WCW July-August ’99

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Worst decisions ever

The gobbledy gooker. The brawl for all. David Arquette as champion. Wool tights. Katie Vick. Where does covering Anna Jay's face with a mask rank in the worst decisions in wrestling history? Wool tights?  

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Worst Gimmick For Established Wrestler?

I was just going back on some old WWE stuff from 2002 with Tommy Dreamer when they gave him the MTV's “Jackass” show gimmick of being a guy who did disgusting things;  I.E.-Ate food off a dirty floor, drank water out of restroom urinals, etc.  That got me to thinking;  What was the worst gimmick ... Read more Worst Gimmick For Established Wrestler?

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First time wrestling blog

Hello Scott,After following you on and off for decades, I’ve decided to try my hand starting a wrestling blog. Instead of being a recap-oriented blog, it will be more about the philosophy and psychology behind it. Can you please post the following link to the blog? Thanks! https://ift.tt/30fET3f There you go, best of luck!

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Thursday Morning Discussion Thread

Here you go, to prevent the natives from being restless.   Headlines   Zack Ryder And Cameron Make AEW Debuts https://ift.tt/3jZYzA3 https://ift.tt/2PacNA6 Rusev Says He Is Done With Wrestling https://ift.tt/30Yr4Fj AEW Running Special Event On August 12 https://ift.tt/3f9KSuE

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The Batman

The first Batman show to follow Batman: The Animated Series was The Batman, and it was met with a warm reception. Between the character designs (Jeff Matsuda from The Jackie Chan Adventures brought a big influence to the show) and the effects of the Bat-Embargo (this show got to use all the Batman villains except ... Read more The Batman

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Monday Night Raw – February 27, 2006

Monday Night Raw Date: February 27, 2006 Location: Verizon Center, Washington DC Attendance: 11,000 Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler, Joey Styles We’re just over a month away from Wrestlemania and the show is starting to take some shape. The big story coming out of last week is HHH becoming the new #1 contender to John ... Read more Monday Night Raw – February 27, 2006

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NXT – July 29, 2020

NXT Date: July 29, 2020 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo We have another Takeover coming up and that means we need to find out who is going to be involved in some of the big matches. You can see a lot of the card from here ... Read more NXT – July 29, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.29.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.29.20 Live from Jacksonville, FL Your hosts are Taz, Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager & Sammy Guevara v. Best Friends, Orange Cassidy, Luchasaurus & Jungle Boy The fact that Jericho now has “DEMO GOD” in his entrance video is so very tremendous.  ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.29.20

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Dynamite – July 29, 2020

Dynamite Date: July 29, 2020 Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Taz Things are starting to get into a groove around here again and that can make for some very good television. The last few shows have been rather entertaining and the build for All Out should be starting to come ... Read more Dynamite – July 29, 2020

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The Wednesday Night War Thread!

Tonight! AEW presents Cody defending the TNT title against Warhorse, who I had literally never heard of before this match was announced.  So I dunno how big of a draw he’s going to be. NXT counters with the most batshit crazy three-way I can think of, Finn Balor v. Timmy Thatcher v. Dexter Lumis.  Hopefully ... Read more The Wednesday Night War Thread!

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What the World Was Watching: SMW Charlotte Memories

Like Volunteer Slam IV, footage of this show comes from a fan cam.  It took place on Saturday, May 20 at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the show drew a paltry 200 fans. Opening Falls Count Anywhere Contest:  Boo Bradley (14-4) beat Killer Kyle (6-4) after a schoolboy roll ... Read more What the World Was Watching: SMW Charlotte Memories

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Wednesday Is Comics Day! Transformers Volume One: The World In Your Eyes

IDW Publishing picked up the rights to publish Transformers comics in 2005 and commenced with what became an epic continuity lasting well in excess of 400 different issues and thirteen years. There were good times and bad times for the book, but overall it’s been massively appreciated and transformed Transformers. But all good things must ... Read more Wednesday Is Comics Day! Transformers Volume One: The World In Your Eyes

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NJPW Sengoku Lord – July 25th, 2020

Howdy! Tonight, Hiromu Takahashi takes his shot at becoming Hiromu 3-belts, as he challenges EVIL for the big double gold! El Desperado meets Shingo Takagi to attempt to wrest away Shingo’s NEVER Openweight title! And, in a special singles match, Kazuchika Okada takes on Yujiro Takahashi! 2 out of 3 ain’t bad! Let’s watch some ... Read more NJPW Sengoku Lord – July 25th, 2020

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #379 – 29/07/2000

Hello You! Here we go with some more ECW! Last week Justin Credible and PCO had a pretty great Main Event, so hopefully we can get some more good matches this week too. So without any further ado, let’s watching some chuffing wrestling! This week’s matches were taped from Peoria, Illinois Calling the action is ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #379 – 29/07/2000

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 3rd, 1995

April 3, 1995 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette We start off with still photos from WrestleMania XI narrated by Vince. We are promised to hear all about what happened at WrestleMania on this show.   The hosts rundown the show as Cornette gloats over ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – April 3rd, 1995

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 03.13.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 03.13.93 Well, let’s finish this off and then settle in and wait for them to add another dozen episodes to the Network 3 years from now. The Mega-(Ego)Maniacs join us in the cold open, as now Jimmy Hart is in full ass-kissing mode with a red-and-yellow suit.  Like, ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 03.13.93

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Long enough to become the villain

Scott, How significant was Flair’s heel turn in ‘84? I can picture him in the cage at Starrcade ‘83, atop babyface shoulders, quest fulfilled. How does that guy inspire the Hard Times Promo months later? The crazy thing is that he probably could have carried on drawing on top as a babyface for years as ... Read more Long enough to become the villain

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Express Question

Here's a random question to pick your mind/the BOD's. What is the history of tag teams named “Express” in wrestling? Never really made any sense to me. The only one that really makes sense is the WWF's Orient Express since that was, you know, an actual train. But obviously that name was a takeoff of ... Read more Express Question

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NJPW Title picture

So I havent followed NJPW enough to have an invested reaction with EVIL as champ, good or bad. But the consesus seems to be he shouldn't be the guy, at least right now. So with them now having some capacity of crowds, what would you prefer the next step be?  Do we get it back ... Read more NJPW Title picture

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Wednesday Is Comics Day! Batman: The Man Who Falls

Denny O’Neil died recently, and as he made massive contributions to the Batman mythos I thought I’d have a look at The Man Who Falls, a one-shot produced for inclusion in the Secret Origins trade paperback in 1989. It’s been credited with being a big inspiration for the Christopher Nolan movies. I’ve never read it ... Read more Wednesday Is Comics Day! Batman: The Man Who Falls

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New Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Struggle (Night Two) 7.27.20

– The second night of action of the tour with pretty much the same card with a few changes. – Live (or once was) from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.1.  Gabriel Kidd, Tomohiro Ishii, and Hirooki Goto vs.  Ryusuke Taguchi, Satoshi Kojima, and Togi Makabe – Welcome back Jushin Liger on commentary.  Kidd and Makabe continue ... Read more New Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Struggle (Night Two) 7.27.20

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AEW DARK: July 28, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 44, July 28, 2020. From the AEW Arena. Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. We have an astonishing TWELVE matches to see tonight! We have a double main event, as Best Friends face Dark Order’s B team of Reynolds and Silver while in a three-way match it’s ... Read more AEW DARK: July 28, 2020

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New Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Struggle (Night One) 7.26.20

– It’s the first night of the Summer Struggle tour as we head to the big event in Jingu Stadium on August 29th. – Live (or was at one time) from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.   1.  Gabriel Kidd, Toru Yano, and Tomohiro Ishii vs.  Ryusuke Taguchi, Satoshi Kojima, and Togi Makabe – I’m digging ... Read more New Japan Pro Wrestling: Summer Struggle (Night One) 7.26.20

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The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #10 – 08.21.02

The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #10 – 08.21.02 Yup, back to these.  I was always coming back to them, don’t worry.  I’m still paying for the subscription! DID YOU KNOW…this episode was actually one of the ones that was carried by Canadian PPV companies at the time, so I actually had done it originally ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NWA-TNA PPV #10 – 08.21.02

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Batman: The Filmation Years

As I’ve been looking at Batman: The Brave and the Bold a lot recently, comments have come up about different iterations of the Bat, so I thought I’d look at some of them. Today, Filmation’s takes on them, with an episode from the 1968 Adventures of Batman and two episodes from the 1977 New Adventures ... Read more Batman: The Filmation Years

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They’re just wrong, right?

Hey Scott, An extension of the question about WWE being the star – why wouldn’t they go back to what’s worked for the better part of four decades?  Who cares if one of their superstars becomes bigger than the brand and then fucks off to greener pastures?  Don’t they still get the rub?  Hogan, Austin, ... Read more They’re just wrong, right?

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Nash fantasybooks 96 WWF with him and Hall staying

https://youtu.be/E9v1r4Tebto Diesel beats Taker and Hunter beats Warrior at Mania. WWF title gets hotshotted between the Kliq (Shawn, Diesel, heel Razor). Hunter gets IC title from Goldust, both heel…such a genius unselfish booker It's not like 1996 was so hot for the WWF the way the real booking went, though.  If we're using hindsight, why ... Read more Nash fantasybooks 96 WWF with him and Hall staying

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Is the Time Limit Draw the best non-finish?

It’s just always felt less cheap than a DQ or Count Out to me If you see Omega and Okada go for an hour in a great match and the time just happens to run out because neither one can edge it, it’s kind of hard to get angry really Maybe because draws are just ... Read more Is the Time Limit Draw the best non-finish?

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Daily News Update – July 28, 2020

Well, we made it through Monday.  So that’s a start. Summerslam Main Event Officially Set https://ift.tt/3hGr4At Kairi Sane Confirms WWE Departure https://ift.tt/3fawAcV Summerslam May Go Outside This Year https://ift.tt/3hG8c4M Vince McMahon Didn’t Know EC3 Had Worked For WWE https://ift.tt/2CLl3UC   That EC3 story is pretty mind-blowing.

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WWF WrestleMania XI

April 2, 1995  From the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler I watched the live satellite feed copy of this show as apparently, per the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” this had the most production issues as opposed to those who watched on Viewers Choice.   The ... Read more WWF WrestleMania XI

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Monday Night Raw – July 27, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: July 27, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe We’re less than a month away from Summerslam and that means things need to start picking up. You can see a lot of what they have in mind from here, but there are still a ... Read more Monday Night Raw – July 27, 2020

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a good weekend. The Florida Marlins certainly didn’t. Something tells me this sports thing might not be the smartest move right now. That’s just me. RAW is on tonight trying to follow up the ratings BOOM from Smackdown on Friday. Yes a show that everyone predicted would be ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW TV (July 1993)

AJW TV SHOW (July 1993): * Oh good! I found another one of these! Always fun to check out their weekly TV show (with ads! One features an AMAZING trailer for a “tiny samurai” movie where he opposes a cat and a street-sweeper. I wanna see that movie). “TL;DR- What’s The Big Deal?”: These shows ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: AJW TV (July 1993)

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Enter Sandman

Joey Styles is handling commentary for this show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 13.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 875 fans. Opening Contest:  Hack Myers (1-2) beats Tony Stetson (0-2) after a modified facebuster at 5:31: Logic would dictate that Myers would run over Stetson here in ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW: Enter Sandman

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DOOM! More Batman: The Brave and the Bold!

Had a request for some more episodes of The Brave and the Bold, which is such an easy show to run through that I’m happy to oblige. Today’s loose theme is the theme of DOOM! Terror on Dinosaur Island! (by Steven Melching) Teaser: Batman and Plastic Man hunt the Gentleman Ghost on Dia de los ... Read more DOOM! More Batman: The Brave and the Bold!

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The most disrespected MONEY match ever?

I'd have to think Sting/Goldberg is the most sqaundered disrespected big money match ever. This was WCW's Austin/Rock. And yet: First match is wasted on a random nitro with virtually no build up. During Sting's dreadful red lobster era at that. Second match was literally thrown on a b ppv last minute with no build ... Read more The most disrespected MONEY match ever?

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Thoughts on Tommy Rich as a worker

You seemed surprised that he’d have such a good match with Luger on that Clash, but I’ve always thought he was a decent southern style wrestler who could work well as either a babyface or a heel, so getting the crowd invested as he fought from underneath against a heel seemed par for the course ... Read more Thoughts on Tommy Rich as a worker

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WWE

Hey Scott, i hope you are well and safe. I watched an interview with Eric Bischoff today and I usually don't agree with him, but today he made a point that struck me. Eric was talking about the product over the last 10 years changing due to the WWE being the star of a show, ... Read more WWE

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Daily News Update – July 27, 2020

Oh man, it turns out that L IS REAL 2401 was actually TRUE.  Leaks from Nintendo revealed that in fact Luigi was in Super Mario 64 all along.  2020 continues to amaze. The big news for this morning… DDT and Noah to merge into one promotion, called “CyberFight” https://ift.tt/3g5QjvI   Monday Night Raw Title Match ... Read more Daily News Update – July 27, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 06.06.92

The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 06.06.92 Taped from Atlanta, GA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously, as introduced by a pouting Missy Hyatt because Madusa is getting interviewed later. Oddly, they show footage of the upcoming main event during the show open, which goes against their usual “Everything is ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 06.06.92

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-26-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: January 26, 1985 (taped 01/11) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer How will Kerry clash with Adams? Will the Fantastics retain their titles against Cornette’s men? And just who is Hart’s “solution”? Also, who will join me for this investigative episode? Yes, Wadsworth. Your role will be meaningful. Please relax. ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-26-1985

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All Time Best Submission Hold

Scott, I was wondering what you felt was the greatest submission hold of all time. Not necessarily most effective, but just what you consider the best. For example, I think the sleeper hold (if that counts) and the figure four are probably the most well known and iconic, but my personal favorite submission ever is ... Read more All Time Best Submission Hold

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Question

Hi Scott, love the site. I have a serious question I hope you can answer. “The Nature Boy” nickname has been around forever, (Buddy Landell, Buddy Rogers, Ric Flair). Does it stop with Flair, or can it continue still? I don’t know if Flair tried to copyright it or not. Say if WWE bought it, ... Read more Question

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Samoa Joe is the best

Hey Scott, Hope you're keeping well. I was watching Backlash 2020 today (God help me) and just had to point out my favourite bit of the whole show. AJ Styles does an interview about winning the IC title, and afterwards the announcers are talking about what a great match he had to win it against ... Read more Samoa Joe is the best

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Sunday Night Reset: July 26, 2020

Another weekend in the books.  Hope everyone enjoyed it without needing a PPV type show to tide them over. Although if you have IWTV, Lio Rush is about to make his return to wrestling against Joey Janela in Atlantic City, so heads up. Tomorrow, we look at ECW Enter Sandman and some random TV shows ... Read more Sunday Night Reset: July 26, 2020

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Long Lost MTV Show feat. WWE Wrestlers

Scott, I don't know if you've seen this before, but apparently MTV used to run a game show called “Silent Library,” where contestants had to endure ridiculous challenges all while not making too much noise in a library.  I only bring this to your attention because there was a WWE version (of course there was), ... Read more Long Lost MTV Show feat. WWE Wrestlers

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Big E’s Singles Push

With Kofi Kingston now on the shelf for roughly about 6 weeks, how do you think Big E's singles push that was hinted at on Smackdown will go?  I think if they give him an edge and drop the silly shit,(not necessarily turn his character heel), I believe he can be successful with it.   ... Read more Big E’s Singles Push

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Pro Wrestling Quiz

I expect 22/22 from you and all the Blog of Doom readers! https://ift.tt/30LTORC Nope, just 20/22.  There were two shows that are definitely not on my pop culture radar, and another one that I've never watched but I happen to know who the actors were.  Points for anyone who can guess which ones I'm talking ... Read more Pro Wrestling Quiz

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 03.06.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 03.06.93 Taped from Long Beach, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler & Randy Savage.  Lawler warns Hulk Hogan that maybe he shouldn’t trust Brutus Beefcake, which is definitely a subplot that was never explored.  That actually would have been an interesting way to screw Hogan out ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 03.06.93

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Impact Wrestling – July 21, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: July 21, 2020 Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews We’re done with a decent enough Slammiversary and the big story is all of the new people around here. I’m not sure what that is going to mean going forward but they have enough momentum that having just a ... Read more Impact Wrestling – July 21, 2020

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The Sunday Funnies! Week One

I’ve been looking at comics and cartoons recently, so I thought I’d look at another thing that combines both, which is animated shows based on Sunday comic strips. Up for review this week, The Legend of Prince Valiant! The Dream (by Dianne Dixon) First up, this show has one of the best theme tunes you’ll ... Read more The Sunday Funnies! Week One

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ECW on Syfy 01/26/2010 #190

We’re in Cincinnati, Ohio (Japanese crowd: “Ohio!”) and we’re five days away from Royal Rumble 2010 and the last ECW title on a WWE PPV. William Regal introduces the “next ECW Champion” Ezekiel Jackson and we get clips of last week’s beatdown. Sadly Ezekiel decides to talk after Regal which is like trying to follow ... Read more ECW on Syfy 01/26/2010 #190

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Daily News Update – July 26, 2020

Last day of vacation for me.  Sigh. WWE Lists Top Ten Matches Of 2020 (So Far) https://ift.tt/3045sbD Who Is Next For Cody’s Open Challenge https://ift.tt/39uVLWM Summerslam Officially Out Of Boston https://ift.tt/2WPFkPz VIDEO: Adam Cole Erupts, Storms Out Of Interview https://ift.tt/32O7uhz WWE Almost Had Another Live Sex Celebration https://ift.tt/3jKpSOC Darby Allin Possibly Suffers Concussion https://ift.tt/32Pxd9y  

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Smackdown – February 24, 2006

Smackdown Date: February 24, 2006 Location: Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia Attendance: 6,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re finally done with No Way Out, which wound up being a heck of a show. Now that we’re past the last stop, Wrestlemania is the last stop and that means things should start picking up in a hurry. ... Read more Smackdown – February 24, 2006

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End of an Era?

In light of the Adam Cole/Pat McAfee work, if WWE wanted to play it as a shoot and “fire” Cole for unprofessional conduct, would it make sense to disband the Undisputed Era as well?  Or would pulling a DX 2.0 and have someone take over leadership of the group make more sense?  Ciampa immediately comes ... Read more End of an Era?

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Mike Reviews Every WWF Summer Slam Main Event Part Five (2008 to 2013)

Hello You! We continue on with WWE’s traditional biggest event of the summer. Summer Slam was always my favourite WWE show during my younger days and I would excitedly look forward to it through the years. I’m going to break this one up a bit into roughly something like 6 parts, so by the time ... Read more Mike Reviews Every WWF Summer Slam Main Event Part Five (2008 to 2013)

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Who Has Gotten the Most Out of Slugs?

Hey Scott, I've been watching a lot of 90's WWF lately and man, Bret and Shawn were able to pull some amazing matches out of big, lumbering workers (diesel, Sid etc). Who do you think were able to get the best matches out of big slugs? I'm sure Ric, Bret and Shawn are up there. ... Read more Who Has Gotten the Most Out of Slugs?

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AEW -no replays

Scott, I noticed watching AEW tonight that they don’t show any in-match instant replays. Is this a conscious choice (e.g. to not take away from the live action), or is there some other less obvious reason? They might want to be distinguishing themselves from the WWE method of shooting matches, perhaps?  I've never really noticed ... Read more AEW -no replays

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When should Vince have stepped down

Knowing all that we know, when should Vince have stepped away from creative and given someone else the reigns?  Also when do you think the Mr. McMahon character jumped the shark and should have been retired as well, maybe after the DX Feud or earlier after the Hogan match at 19? I'd say that yeah, ... Read more When should Vince have stepped down

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – MSG 03.20.83

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – MSG 03.20.83 Pretty intriguing main event for this one and we get dangerously close to the Hulkamania era, so let’s give it a look! Taped from Madison Square Garden Your host is Gorilla Monsoon Baron Mikel Scicluna v. Mac Rivera “Mac” Rivera is better known as ... Read more The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – MSG 03.20.83

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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – The First Season

OK, last time I looked at Spidey, Iceman and Firestar it was to review their origin stories from the short season two, so skipping back to the beginning now. Triumph of the Green Goblin (by Dennis Marks)   Speaking of origin stories Norman Osborn has been released from the sanitarium and is no longer the ... Read more Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – The First Season

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Daily News Update – July 25, 2020

Smackdown sounds like it was really awful.  And it’s going to die a horrible death against baseball.  They might set a new record low with this one. NXT did quite well and held its own with Dynamite this week, as far as pageviews here on the blog go.  So if I can pull it off ... Read more Daily News Update – July 25, 2020

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Smackdown – July 24, 2020

Smackdown Date: July 24, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves We’re finally done with Extreme Rules and less than a month away from Summerslam. That means it’s time to start getting ready for one of the bigger shows of the year, but first we need to have a bar ... Read more Smackdown – July 24, 2020

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WWE 2008

– Cena's surprise return at the Rumble – Edge/Taker fued – The main event rise of Jeff Hardy (with many ups and downs) – CM Punks first world title – Jericho/HBK – “I'm sorry, I love you” – Jerichos first amazing run as a serious heel – A really good Mania Is there a legit ... Read more WWE 2008

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 24, 2020

We made it! It’s been confirmed: Independent Champion WARHORSE is going to face Cody Rhodes for the TNT Title on Wednesday!  For those who still aren’t sold on Jake Parnell as the Cruiserweight Ultimate Warrior of Heavy Metal, here’s a background video — only 10 minutes or so — on where WARHORSE came from: Also, ... Read more Friday Night Party Thread: July 24, 2020

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What the World Was Watching: USWA: A Night to Remember

This show took place at the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky on June 11.  According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, the show drew a crowd of 3,500 and a gate of $25,000. Corey Maclin welcomes out Jim Cornette, who walks to the COPS theme and is sporting his military-style jacket from WrestleMania X.  Cornette puts ... Read more What the World Was Watching: USWA: A Night to Remember

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A cure for ratings woes…

The old expression is “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Pro sports are coming back and there’s genuine excitement. My son is ecstatic to watch baseball and basketball again after going months without it.  So with ratings for WWE in the proverbial toilet and with tons of criticism towards them for their handling of the ... Read more A cure for ratings woes…

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Stan for Your Brand

Hopefully this email makes it thru the corporate AEW spam filters. I was curious how you compare the viciousness of fans for this current ratings war compared to the first time with WWE vs WCW and even the small one with WWE vs TNA? It seems like this time it mirrors the current political lanscape ... Read more Stan for Your Brand

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Dexter Lumis

Hey Scott— Dexter Lumis has this blue-eyed steely stare. He carries himself like a sociopathic serial killer and never stops coming like a horror movie monster. Everything about the guy suggests they should be trying to get him over as a monster heel; why is he presented as a babyface? Why is he inspiring bad ... Read more Dexter Lumis

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WWF Action Zone – April 2nd, 1995

April 2, 1995 Live from the WWF Fan Festival, Jim Ross & Gorilla Monsoon are the hosts. The camera pans all over the festival as we see everything from booth, stages, and even a ring.   The hosts now talk about the Tag Team Title match and who Owen Hart will pick as his mystery ... Read more WWF Action Zone – April 2nd, 1995

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One More, For Now, From Batman: The Brave and the Bold!

Finishing off the week before swinging back to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends with a trio from Batman: The Brave and the Bold! Deep Cover for Batman! (by Joseph Kuhr)   Pre-credits: A lone hero prepares to travel to a parallel Earth, pursued by the villains of his world, including a seemingly familiar caped crusader. ... Read more One More, For Now, From Batman: The Brave and the Bold!

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Daily News Update – July 24, 2020

I actually wrote a review of the March 83 MSG show last night but then I had some time and did NXT too. So look for the former one tomorrow. I had a day trip at the beach yesterday and finally read Al Snow’s book! Fun read. Recommended. WWE Possibly Bringing Back The Nation Of ... Read more Daily News Update – July 24, 2020

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New Japan Road 2020 – July 20th, 2020

Howdy! Tonight, it’s our lead-up to this weekend’s Sengoku Lord! Multi-man tag action abounds, which is always one of New Japan’s specialties! So without further adieu, let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? Okay, so I’ll be straight up – I wasn’t going to do this show. It’s a build show with all tags, no singles ... Read more New Japan Road 2020 – July 20th, 2020

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The SmarK Rant for NXT – 07.22.20

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 07.22.20 Well, I’m still on vacation and thus able to stay up late when NXT goes up on the Network on Thursday night, so let’s give it a look in the interest of equal time.  This is something new for me, reviewing it literally as soon as it drops ... Read more The SmarK Rant for NXT – 07.22.20

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NXT UK – July 23, 2020

NXT UK Date: July 23, 2020 Host: Andy Shepard Every week I wonder how much longer this Greatest Hits deal can continue around here. The show hasn’t been around all that long and it isn’t like they have the longest string of classics to pick from. They can switch things up if necessary in the ... Read more NXT UK – July 23, 2020

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Raw ratings

Scott, I asked this question in the comments but I must've posted too late for anyone to see. Why are wrestling TV ratings low? Everyone is stuck home and there are no other sports on TV. Ratings should be historically high, right? Streaming services and video game sales are historically high.  News ratings have been ... Read more Raw ratings

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Corbin and Lacey

Last year with a roster full of potential challengers Vince selected Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans as the top contenders to top babyface Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch in feuds that spanned first weeks and then months. The already shaky ratings continue to plummet further, really accuenting the death spiral they've yet to come out ... Read more Corbin and Lacey

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The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 23, 2020

Baseball is back!  Yankees vs Nationals!  Let’s get some normal life back and be able to set aside our worries so… oh hell Juan Soto is out with Covid.  Well done, MLB. DATELINE: WWE gives up on Boston for SummerSlam.  They haven’t said “It’ll be a PC show” yet.  I don’t blame them for holding ... Read more The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 23, 2020

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 2nd, 1995

April 2, 1995 Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon, who are in the studio. Different set up than on Superstars as we get a green screen for these guys with the WrestleMania XI logos in the background.   The hosts start off by talking about the Intercontinental Title match between Jeff Jarrett ... Read more WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 2nd, 1995

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Eye for an Eye: Directors Cut

So apparently the original finish to the eye match was gorier but they toned it down for the broadcast What’s the over/under on it making one of these “Unreleased” sets one day? I don’t think they’ll ever release anything from this era if they can possibly help it.  Once everyone drinks enough bleach to kill ... Read more Eye for an Eye: Directors Cut

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That show is cursed I tell you

Hey Scott,    You review the clash and your apartment burns down.  20 years later you review the clash and your A.C. breaks down.  Cursed I tell you, the show is cursed. To be fair, the AC didn’t really break down, it just overloaded from the heat and tripped an internal breaker that I had ... Read more That show is cursed I tell you

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Double-A Outrageous! Aquaman and the Atom in Batman: The Brave and the Bold!

The big request out of my Aquaman episode reviews the other day was “Do the ones with Aquaman and the Atom in!”. So, I’m doing the ones with Aquaman and the Atom in! Note: This show used the Ryan Choi version of the Atom. James Sie, who provided the voice of Jackie Chan in the ... Read more Double-A Outrageous! Aquaman and the Atom in Batman: The Brave and the Bold!

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Daily News Update – July 23, 2020

Update:  It’s still goddamn hot today.  Hopefully it doesn’t short out my A/C again like yesterday.  #ThanksObama   Vince McMahon’s New Plan For WWE TV https://ift.tt/39lmzZs Issues Between Rey Mysterio And WWE In Contract Negotiations https://ift.tt/2WL2c2G Another Ex-WWE Star Coming To Impact Wrestling https://ift.tt/2WMU5Tk  

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NXT – July 22, 2020

NXT Date: July 22, 2020 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo We’re in Full Sail again and since Summerslam is right around the corner, there is a good chance that we are coming up on another Takeover as well. I’m not sure what NXT has planned, but ... Read more NXT – July 22, 2020

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Favorite Mr. Show sketches

Since you're now on a Mr. Show kick, I'll ask: what are some of your favorite sketches from that show? I've always been partial to the “F.F. Woodycooks” skit (based off a real ex-cop from Chicago, J.J. Bittenbauer), the “Hail Satan network” skit (Bob Odenkirk's singing is tremendous), and my personal favorite, “Wyckyd Sceptre.” Wyckyd ... Read more Favorite Mr. Show sketches

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.22.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.22.20 Taped from Jacksonville, FL Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross & Excalibur TNT title:  Cody Rhodes v. Eddie Kingston Oh damn!  Kingston is a GREAT pickup for AEW after the end of the NWA.  Kingston cuts a tremendous bitter promo on Cody about how he’s “grinded” ... Read more The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.22.20

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Dynamite – July 22, 2020

Dynamite Date: July 22, 2020 Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross We’re finally ready for a normal show after three weeks of specials and that means…well I have no idea actually. The big draw this week is the fallout from last week as Taz threw in the towel to cost ... Read more Dynamite – July 22, 2020

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WWF Superstars – April 1st, 1995

April 1, 1995 Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler as they are from the control room studio in Titan Towers.   The hosts talk about Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor as we get the same package we saw on RAW.   The Bob Backlund interrogation ad with Nicholas Turturro airs. ... Read more WWF Superstars – April 1st, 1995

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 20, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are wrapping up the tapings from Warrensville, North Carolina.  Very few fans are left facing the hard camera. Opening Contest:  Boo Bradley (13-4) pins George South after a splash off the top rope at 3:25: Bradley is facing Killer Kyle in a May Mayhem match ... Read more What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 20, 1995

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Monday Night Raw – February 20, 2006

Monday Night Raw Date: February 20, 2006 Location: Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, New Jersey Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman Smackdown is done with its pay per view and that means there is nothing left on the way to Wrestlemania. We need a Raw World Title challenger and that will be taken ... Read more Monday Night Raw – February 20, 2006

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Making WWE Great Again

I think I've hit on an idea that'll help Vince make RAW great again. What if they brought in a couple of orientals as a tag team, name them the Wuhan Clan, and have them drink Corona beers before & after matches? Have them wipe out half the roster. Make then unstoppable until a great ... Read more Making WWE Great Again

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Unmemorable Wrestlers?

Are there any wrestlers of the past who you later learned about performed for a wrestling promotion that you watched, but you can't remember them ever being there?  For example reading Thomas Hall's retro reviews of the WWE in 2005, I learned that a tag team on the Smackdown Brand managed by Simon Dean, The ... Read more Unmemorable Wrestlers?

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Random Nitro question

Hi Scott, Bit of a random question but I just watched the 29/01/96 Nitro and then read your review. Regarding the Medusa v Sherri match you wrote  Madusa lays her out with a german suplex and slaps her around afterwards to continue the wedding angle.  ½*  There was actually all kinds of weirdness with this ... Read more Random Nitro question

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Gallows and Anderson

Hey Scott, Just read the recap from the Gallows and Anderson podcast and I have a question: If they chose to sign with WWE for 5 over AEW for 2 then how are they not getting paid for the entire length of the contact? How is a guaranteed contract not guaranteed? And what lawyer wouldn’t ... Read more Gallows and Anderson

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #378 – 22/07/2000

Hello You! Heatwave 2000 is in the books, with Justin Credible managing to hold on to the ECW Title. I wonder who they will find to challenge him next? Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling and maybe we’ll find out? This week’s matches were taped from The Arena in Philly Calling the action is Joey Styles ... Read more Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #378 – 22/07/2000

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The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions V – St. Valentine’s Massacre (04.15.89)

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions V – St. Valentine’s Massacre (02.15.89) I figured I might as well go back and finish the last 89 Clash that I hadn’t done in a while.  My original version of this one was somewhat haphazard because it’s the infamous rant where my apartment burned down in ... Read more The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions V – St. Valentine’s Massacre (04.15.89)

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Wednesday Is Comics Day! Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies

Someone asked the other day if I’d read the IDW Transformers series More Than Meets the Eye and Lost Light and if I was a fan. Boy, am I ever! Quick history lesson: Marvel produced 80 issues (plus spin-offs) of the original Transformers series to compliment the toyline and cartoon series. At the same time, ... Read more Wednesday Is Comics Day! Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies

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Wednesday Is Comics Day! Batman: The Adventures Continue

I’ve been looking at some comics-based cartoon series, but today I’m going to actually look at a cartoon-based comic series. I am a big fan of Batman: The Animated Series and everything it spawned, but due to lack of availability to me at the time I never read the comics based on the series. I ... Read more Wednesday Is Comics Day! Batman: The Adventures Continue

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Daily News Update – July 22, 2020

Good morning!  To close out the headphone saga that I talked about a couple of days ago, I pre-emptively filed a claim with PayPal and the scam company immediately refunded me my $20.  If I wanted to get cheap knockoff product, I can do that from much more reputable sources. Oh man, I’ve been going ... Read more Daily News Update – July 22, 2020

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AEW DARK: July 21, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 43, July 21, 2020. From the AEW Arena. Your hosts are Taz and Excalibur. Tonight’s major bouts are Best Friends taking on Brady Pierce and Sabby (aka Tino Sabatelli) as well as Butcher and Blade against Avalon and Cutler. Opening match, non-title: Rache Chanel (0-2) v. Hikaru ... Read more AEW DARK: July 21, 2020

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 27th, 1995

Well, almost two weeks ago, my new computer had a hard disk failure so I just got it back and continue on to WrestleMania XI and beyond. I’m healthy and hope you all are too.   March 27, 1995 Your hosts are Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon “in the arena” with Vince McMahon and ... Read more WWF Monday Night RAW – March 27th, 1995

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The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread!

Tonight!  We’ve got AEW Dark and I guess Impact Wrestling as well for those of you watching that. RAW hit another historic low, this time in the demos, with the PPV bump not amounting to anything this time around.  This is gonna turn into a bloodbath once sports start up again. https://ift.tt/2WK9xj0 Tonight I’m review ... Read more The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread!

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Coroman Reigns

With Reigns being completely whitewashed while hes unavailable, I just wondered your thoughts if this had happened around 98/99, and Austin refused to compete because of the risks. Do you think WWE would have completely ignored him, or gotten him to do some interviews from home, given how insanely over he was? And if they ... Read more Coroman Reigns

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History repeating itself?

Scott, I know with the tv deals, WWE is not going anywhere anytime soon. However, one can’t help but see that the product at this time strongly resembles and in some instances is worse than the content WCW was pumping out in 2000-2001. Any thoughts on which product you prefer? Well I was actually still ... Read more History repeating itself?

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Ending The Brand Extension?

I was reading an article the other day that was kicking around ideas to improve Raw's shitty ratings.  One of the suggestions was ending the brand extension for good.  However, aren't Fox and USA Network the reason there is still a brand separation?  If you'll remember last year at this time we had the “Wild ... Read more Ending The Brand Extension?

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 02.14.87

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 02.14.87 Taped from Atlanta, GA Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & David Crockett So after the detour of “Supertowns on the Superstation” last time, we’re back to your regularly scheduled Techwood studio shows again. In your cold open, the Superpowers team up with Dick Murdoch to take ... Read more The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 02.14.87

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OUTRAGEOUS! Assorted Antics of Aquaman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold

When it came to Batman: The Brave and the Bold, there was nobody bolder than Aquaman. Aquaman has gone through many changes over the years, and this version takes some elements from a mix of them. Short blonde hair, beard, orange shirt, green tights and gloves, bolstered by the voice acting of John DiMaggio, best ... Read more OUTRAGEOUS! Assorted Antics of Aquaman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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Daily News Update – July 21, 2020

Well, I can’t say if RAW’s ratings are going to improve as a result of the PPV on Sunday, but the blog’s traffic sure did increase to nearly pre-Covid numbers, so I guess the key is for WWE to produce all-time bullshit shows every month and make me really angry. Lio Rush Retiring In Very ... Read more Daily News Update – July 21, 2020

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Monday Night Raw – July 20, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: July 20, 2020 Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe We’re finally done with Extreme Rules and that means it’s time to get ready for Summerslam. I’m not sure what that is going to mean, but tonight we have Randy Orton vs. Big Show in ... Read more Monday Night Raw – July 20, 2020

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a good weekend. We had the big TNA Slammiversary: WWE Outcasts House PPV over the weekend and the appropriately named “Horror Show” on Sunday. Speak on these things if you want. I’m assuming they have taped a bunch of stuff for RAW. I have no clue. Keep it ... Read more Monday Night Open Mic

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW Grand Prix 1993 (Part Four)

The best match of the show! As always, ya gotta search & paste in Ringstarfield’s YouTube channel to get all the matches in succession. AJW GRAND PRIX 1993 (Part Four): (04.07.1993) * Part four away! Once more, the tournament includes JWP’s Hikari Fukuoka & LLPW’s Harley Saito on different sides, meaning there’s a lot of ... Read more Joshi Spotlight: AJW Grand Prix 1993 (Part Four)

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 9, 1995

Cactus Jack says there should be no controversy when he faces the Sandman for the ECW Championship.  He says this title shot is the most important moment of his career to this point.  When Jack goes to open a door, he is met by the Triple Threat, with Shane Douglas claiming that Jack is taking ... Read more What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 9, 1995

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A Quick Plus / Reminder for Posting to the Blog When you’re Back

For all the Switch owners out there, the Switch Online service recently updated with a few new SNES games. Ignore all the 90s kids playing Donkey Kong Country. The real hotness is Natsume Championship Wrestling. Until you realise that it's a (very, very slight) reskinned version of the first AJPW game for the SNES.  Which ... Read more A Quick Plus / Reminder for Posting to the Blog When you’re Back

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Worst Year as Champion

I know there’s been some debate about where Braun Strowman ranks amongst the worst WWE Champions ever.  I would actually even put him below Jinder Mahal because at least with Jinder you could get a little entertainment out of the Singh Brothers bumping around the arena like pinballs. But I think the standard bearer for ... Read more Worst Year as Champion

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Batman – The Best of The Brave and the Bold!

Although the DC and Marvel shows I’ve looked at recently have been from the eighties, I thought I’d quickly have a look at a show from the last ten years that did golden age comic book stories with a new twist. Batman: The Animated Series is the stuff of legend, and Batman Beyond luckily was ... Read more Batman – The Best of The Brave and the Bold!

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Daily News Update – July 20, 2020

Happy birthday to my wife! I finally got a chance to read the amazing Superman/Batman Generations series by John Byrne this weekend after somehow not being aware of it for 20 years, and holy crap why can’t John just do Superman comics forever?  To say that his original Man of Steel mini-series in 87 was ... Read more Daily News Update – July 20, 2020

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-19-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: January 19, 1985 (taped 01/11) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Gordy attain greatness by winning the NWA World title? Who’s the young newcomer with the short hair and just a shred of flamboyance? Let’s find out! Opening montage. Match 1: Kelly Kiniski versus “Rock’n’Roll” Buck Zumhofe Highlights: Kiniski ... Read more Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-19-1985

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