Happy Christmas! War is over!
What Where the Plans For Finn Balor’s First WWE Universal Title Feud?
Originally, Balor was going to face Kevin Owens at the Night of Champions show with the finish leading to a Triple Threat at the Hell in a Cell PPV against both Owens and Chris Jericho.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Original Plans For Smackdown World Champion
Before the Roman Reigns suspension, the plan was for RAW to get the WWE World Championship and have Roman Reigns feud with Seth Rollins while Smackdown would have created a new title that AJ Styles would have won.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Other Plans that Were Originally Scheduled for SummerSlam
Finn Balor was originally going to make his debut on the show in a match against Chris Jericho. Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto was also going to take place but scrapped as there were already 13 scheduled matches on the card.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
RF Video Releases Shoot Interview with Santino
Click on the video below to view the trailer, which runs at 11 minutes long.
Have you ever seen Night and the City (http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0042788/)? Probably the only wrestling related movie I have ever enjoyed. I did chuckle finding out that back in 1950 they had a problem with wrestling changing and becoming more entertainment than sport. The more things change..
Indeed, although I haven’t seen that movie, I have read Fall Guys: The Barnums of Bounce, which is a book written at the end of the 30s about the then-current scene with guys like Strangler Lewis on top of the business, even then the author is complaining that the "sport" aspect has been overtaken by too many highspots and wacky characters instead of real men. So it’s literally been something that "smart" fans have been bitching about since the sport was born.
That’s the link if anyone’s interested. Only $5 on Kindle and well worth it to expand your vocabulary with words like "bonecrushers" and "neckbenders".
Cody Rhodes came on Wrestledelphia Radio last night and dropped a bombshell: Dusty told him he should leave WWE back in 2012, right after losing the IC Title to Big Show.
Here’s the full interview: http://www.wrestledelphia.com/wrestledelphia-radio-ep-13-repaving-rhode-feat-cody-rhodes/
Do you think Cody should have listened to Big Dust at the time?
Oh yeah, for sure Cody was done as anything approaching a top guy after that. I think he kept hanging on because of the carrot of the Goldust match at Wrestlemania, but there was no way Vince was going to give them the kind of time and focus they needed. Plus the brothers tag team got jobbed out and split up right away as well. I think he could have been a top guy in ROH or been part of the Bullet Club in New Japan had he been available at that point.
This was released in 2008
Your host is Sean Oliver
It runs at two hours and eight minutes long.
This was the debut of the “YouShoot” series.
Welcome to week 7 of the Cruiserweight Classic! Tonight, we finish up Round 2 and determine the rest of the Elite 8! Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?
Date: August 24, 2016
Location: Barclays Center, New York City, New York
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves
This is the closest thing NXT has to a week off as we’ll have matches taped before Takeover this past Saturday night. That means we’ll be seeing some stand alone stuff in front of a white hot crowd, which should make these matches mean a lot more than they would otherwise. Other than that and a few interviews, this isn’t the biggest show in the world. Let’s get to it.
This seemed appropriate given what we’re seeing now. Starting tonight, I’ll be putting up alternating reviews from the original Brand Split with Raw going up on Wednesday and Smackdown/pay per views going up on Saturdays. There’s no better place to start than on the original Draft so let’s get to it.
Monday Night Raw
Date: March 25, 2002
Location: Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler
This seemed due for a second look since they’re doing it all again this year. We’re just after Wrestlemania XVIII and things are kind of in a lull. With so many wrestlers and no big evil for the WWF to fight (since the WCW/ECW Invasion just had to be started and wrapped up by Thanksgiving), it was decided to split the rosters in two. This was a really cool idea at the time but it should be interesting to see how it worked when the initial Brand Extension isn’t the most fondly remembered concept. Let’s get to it.
Hello everyone and welcome back to the best Wednesday night thread in all of the Internet, right here, on Scott Keith’s Blog of Doom!
*waits for cheap pop*
Wednesday night means a whole lot of wrestling action, and despite everything that’s aired the last four days, I say you can never have enough! We’ve got NXT, where we should have some Takeover: Brooklyn 2 fallout and see the direction of the brand as the Nakamura era begins! Right after NXT is the Cruiserweight Classic, as we wrap up the second round with Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Drew Gulak, Rich Swann vs. Lince Dorado and Johnny Gargano vs. TJ Perkins.
Also tonight over on Comet TV is Ring of Honor, with Jay Briscoe vs. Jay White.
Of course, if you want to revisit Sunday’s SummerSlam, head on over to the 29th edition of the SummerSlam Top Twenty, to see how things ended up!
Whatever it is you want to talk about, this is your open thread and you should do it right here!
(Not much to Scott Sez with this one, although it was written during the awkward time between Wrestleline shutting down and moving over to Insidepulse, so I would have written this for 411 because it’s mostly my current style but the formatting is weird and different. Plus there’s HHH jokes in it, so that puts it around 2002.)
The SmarK Retro Rant for NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 88
I’m going to assume that y’all don’t need another history lesson on why this (for all intents and purposes) debut PPV from Jim Crockett Promotions was such a laughingstock, but basically Crockett tried to get a slice of the PPV pie with Starrcade ’87, only to see Vince counter-program the Survivor Series and destroy his audience in the process. When cable companies told Vince never to try that again, Crockett assumed it was safe to re-launch his PPV attempts, and he created the Bunkhouse Stampede show for January ’88. However, Vince countered with perhaps the devious end-run ever devised, as he came up with his own battle-royale specialty match, called it the Royal Rumble, and aired it on free TV at the same time as Crockett’s PPV. Again, the audience was destroyed. However, Bunkhouse Stampede was already a notoriously weak card going in, and furthermore confusion over start times (tickets said 8:00, PPV said 6:00, and the actual start time ended up being 7:00) rendered the whole thing an exercise in stupidity, and was one of the last straws that lead to Dusty Rhodes being fired and Crockett selling to Ted Turner in the summer of ’88.
One “insider” claims their feud is all just to garner publicity for a match that can also help promote the April release of “Fast 8.” What do you think?
> Hi Mr.Keith
> Sorry for the ”s” at question. At first it was 2 questions, but i cut to 1, forget to change the headline. But now that you ask..
> What was the deal with Strike Force win at the last 2 second of the show? The first sign of Bret not wanting to job on Tv?
> Just asking. Thanx again
Did Bret even get to win a match in 88 on TV? It was a pretty rough year for him.
> Wrestlemania 34
> Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar in a backstage fight with special referee Chris Jericho?
> What do you Think? Keep the good work!
Only if they tell Jericho that it’s a work beforehand.
Since 1988, SummerSlam has been WWE’s second biggest show of the year. And now, just days removed from SummerSlam 2016, we will take a look at the most recent event to see how the matches rank year-by-year to determine the best SummerSlam matches of all time.
We are back to Brooklyn, as the Beast takes on the Viper!
Back to where we started! For reference sake, here’s the very first Observer Flashback: http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/01/24/observer-flashback-jan-1988/
I mean, there’s not even any memes, dank or otherwise! Plus I barely go into any detail on stuff. Weird how fast these developed, since this was only about 8 months ago.
It’s ROYAL RUMBLE v. BUNKHOUSE STAMPEDE time!
WWE.com NXT Preview
WWE.com Cruiserweight Classic Preview
Finn Balor Update
Balor’s surgery to repair a torn labrum was successful. He is expected to be out for 4-6 months.
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Take a look at the promo from “Talking Smack” that has the wrestling world buzzing.
So, I had a feeling I was going to regret listening to WWE talking heads for 6+ hours… so instead, I did my own! Anyone who thinks there’s no way I could be worse than WWE talking heads can try their hand at me. Here’s the links:
The Pre-Show (2 hours): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u7knxItNG0
The Show Itself (including my immediate thoughts and reactions): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxqo2cm92Ak
If you want to listen, have fun. I can’t be worse than Saxton or JBL, can I?
Do you think other wrestlers are happy or scared when they find out they are going to do an angle with Brock Lesnar?
I feel like as long as it’s established in ADVANCE that Brock will be hitting them in the face with his elbows until they bleed all over the mat half to death, they’re fine with it. If it gets sprung on them at the gorilla position or something, then it would be a problem.
1- The winged eagle belt made it’s debut that night. But during Hogan’s promo he still have the older version. Why the belt switch during a commercial break?
Why was there only one question?
Anyway, I don’t want to shatter your illusions on the magic of TV here or anything, but that promo was taped days before the live show, before they had the new belt ready. Typically they would do pre-tapes for SNME well in advance and edit them in post to make sure everyone nails their lines.
Date: August 23, 2016
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, John Bradshaw Layfield, David Otunga
It’s an interesting time for Smackdown as we’re past Summerslam and the brand is really starting to come into its own. Tonight we’ll see the unveiling of the new Smackdown Women’s and Tag Team Titles but possibly more importantly we should get an update on Brock Lesnar attacking Shane McMahon to end Summerslam. Let’s get to it.
WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XVII
Taped from Baltimore, MD
Airdate: October 29, 1988 (taped 10/25)
Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura
We open tonight’s program with Jake and Cheryl Roberts sharing a kiss. Jake then cuts a promo with Damian wrapped around his shoulders. According to Cheryl, Rude’s pain will be their “pleasure.”
It’s been a crazy week filled with action all over the place, and we’re going to continue it right here tonight. SmackDown Live is happening on the USA Network at 8 p.m. Eastern, and we’re apparently getting two new championships revealed this evening! Plus, AJ Styles, Nikki Bella and more, as we are now 19 days away from the first SmackDown-only pay-per-view/network special of the new brand split!
There is of course other stuff on television, even though the Olympics are over. So feel free to talk about SmackDown, baseball or anything else that catches your fancy, right here in the Live Tuesday Live SmackDown Live Thread!
…by Nevada, not WWE. But hey, maybe splitting Orton’s head open will lead to something there, too.
In the way I’ve come to accept the "Cena’s Never Turning Heel" reality over the years, I’m coming to terms with Vince not only rocket up the ass pushing Reigns, but doing it without a heel run.
That said, what do you think is the reason or reluctance to do the things that got Roman over in the first place? Even in this last couple years of abysmal face reactions, there have been flashes of Roman getting positive reactions, and it almost always is when he’s not being the Rock-lite character & just a quiet ass kicker. As you said in the past, he can’t beat up Vince every show, but there’s plenty of other guys who hone that character on.
Is Vince & the writers just so convinced they can make him the funny charismatic guy that they don’t want to take the easy route and use what works? If they’re wanting him as the face of the company, he doesn’t have to fully turn heel. He can be less jokey on TV & still do media appearances & kiss babies & shite. Even at SummerSlam, they Rusev angle was a failure in storytelling, but if this Roman who just destroys guys had been the guy we got when the Shield split, maybe he is at a point now where they could play around with his personality cuz he wouldn’t be as hated.
Watching Roman lately reminds me A LOT of mid-90’s Kevin Nash, who got saddled into a smiling nice dude role, despite his best moments during that failed face run when he just did the destruction role that got him popular enough to get management to notice & try to "improve" him…
I feel like next week, when they panic and put the Universal title on him, that’ll be the time when everyone in the world accepts him as the top guy and stops booing him. At this point I just feel like everyone should just cheer him so Vince will stop trying to get him over. Someone on the Observer board actually compiled a hilarious "Story of Roman Reigns" list where it goes month-by-month over all the pathetic attempts to make Roman into a top guy and how each one failed miserably, and yet they still don’t learn.
The ultimate problem is that Roman just needs to GO THE FUCK AWAY for a few months and not be on our TV trying to be cool every week.