Sunday Night Reset: January 16, 2022

I hope you’re all enjoying the NFL playoffs.  It seems fitting that the first playoff weekend without John Madden gives us a Cowboys/49ers game.

Tonight, we have Steelers/Chiefs.

Stay tuned on the Blog of Doom: tomorrow’s Joshi Spotlight deals with JWP title tournaments.  We’ll have a look at a special Saturday Night’s Main Event in the 1990 review.  AWA on ESPN comes back overnight.  And I won’t spoil Mike’s new endeavor, but I think it’s intriguing.

Enjoy the night.

Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA on ESPN 02-13-1988

AWA Championship Wrestling 02-13-88

Taped from Minot, ND

Airdate: February 13, 1986 (taped 02/06)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Ron Trongard, & Ray “The Crippler” Stevens

Can Greg overcome Adonis to retain the TV title? How will West fare against the evil Russian Ustinov? What’s on Hennig’s mind this week? Let’s travel onward to see how far the AWA will go.

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Herb Abram’s UWF Fury Hour #21 03/18/91

March 18th, 1991
Taped February 15th, 1991
Penta Hotel
New York, New York
Commentators: Craig DeGeorge & Bruno Sammartino

You know how last week they were airing pre-taped segments in the wrong order? Well this episode has a note attached that says “This show was originally scheduled for February 9” so we’ve reached the point where entire episodes are being aired out-of-order. I love UWF.

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AEW Royal Rumble

The Royal Rumble — when booked properly — is one of the best ways to get over a face or heel. Which makes it a shame AEW doesn't have it, while WWE does. 

So if AEW had a Royal Rumble, what would you like to see? Who would benefit the most?

Jungle Boy going coast to coast? MJF pulling a Ric Flair in 92, Austin in 97, or CM Punk in 2010? Kenny Omega makes his big return at #30? All of the above?

AEW has Rumble matches all the time.  The Casino battle royale is essentially the same.  

Slapping the Thigh

Can we get a moratorium on thigh-slapping in AEW? Between Adam Cole slapping his thigh very obviously every time he does the Last Shot/Boom, and Sammy slapping his thigh right in the camera's face on the GTH vs Garcia, nothing takes me out of a match like a good thigh-slap that's right in your face. Can you please tell Tony to cut out the thigh-slaps next time he brings over your giant check?

No.  Because then you get guys kicking each other full force to avoid annoying Vince McMahon. 

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 11.23.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 11.23.85

Four episodes left in the Network’s run of this show.  I may have, um, sourced a copy of the famous Legends of Mid-South DVD set that’s impossible to find now, so that’s probably up next on the agenda once we wrap up 1985.

This is another one where about 8 minutes of the show are missing, by the way.

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The WWF in Japan – 1994

Before I even knew there was an internet, my wrestling fandom comprised watching the WWF on Sky, WCW on ITV and German satellite channels, All Star Promotions at the local theatre, and picking up the magazines that were out there, with books like Pro Wrestling Illustrated being the ones that gave you a wider world view of wrestling. One of the interesting articles from 1994 looked at the post-WrestleMania X tour of Japan and the Pacific, which was pretty much the brain child of JJ Dillon, assisted by Akio Sato. Some really interesting matches, including one man’s WWF hurrah of sorts, but I didn’t know until yesterday that some of them were recorded, so I’m going to review four ones that piqued my interest.

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Saturday Night Happening – 15th January 2022

Good evening, wrestling fans, and welcome to another sold-out Night Thread, here at the Mecca of all of online wrestling discussion, Scott Keith’s Blog of Doom.  SRO signs went out months ago for this unbelievable extravaganza!

Enjoy each other’s company deep into the night.  But remember, if too much pandemonium breaks loose, the derogatory remarks increase and the referee loses control of this one, I’ll have you taken outta here in a hurry.

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Why is Hangman AEW Champion?

Hi Scott,

Why oh why didn’t they put the belt on Bryan Danielson? People really stopped caring about Hangman as soon as he won the title and that’s because there are better options as champion. Aren’t there way better stories to tell with Bryan as the champion? Seems like they missed striking while the iron was hot.

That is not a good take.  

One Title Finally

Hey Scott, 

With Brock on both brands and feuding with Lashley and Roman simultaneously, do you think WWE is leaning towards unifying the belts and having 1 world champ? With one champion, do you think it elevates the secondary belts or maybe scrap those and just have a WWE, raw and smackdown champion?

No chance.  Meltzer said that Seth was supposed to get the WWE title at Day One but it was delayed, so likely Seth beats Roman at the Rumble and we get Brock-Roman for the WWE title and Seth vs Rumble winner Big E for the Universal title.  

Mike Reviews – WWF Raw Is War (19th January 1998)

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I watched WWF Royal Rumble 1998 last week and mentioned that it led to a big confrontation between Mike Tyson and Stone Cold on Raw, so I thought I might as well watch the follow up show so we can enjoy that segment. I don’t really remember anything else from the show aside from one segment in the mid-card with the NWA guys, so this might be good or it might be horrible.

Let’s find out which!

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Blog of DOOM Daily Thread – 15th January 2022

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I’m writing this Friday night as I’m up early to go to Norwich on Saturday to see Everton take on The Canaries in a relegation six pointer. I’m not even being facetious either, right now we’re down there with the other relegation candidates and we need some wins pronto. I caught Brighton Vs Palace and thought it was a really good game. Every time I watch Brighton these days I think about what could have been if we’d taken a chance on Potter instead of hiring Benitez.

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Rampage – January 14, 2022

Date: January 14, 2022
Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Commentators: Chris Jericho, Excalibur, Ricky Starks, Taz

We are still in Horsemen Country and that means we should be in for another pretty good night. Rampage has found its groove in recent weeks and now it is time for a Tag Team Title match, as the Dark Order gets the first shot against Jurassic Express. Adam Cole is here too so let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – January 14, 2022

Date: January 14, 2022
Location: CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Commentators: Michael Cole, Pat McAfee

We are just over two weeks away from the royal Rumble and the big match on this side is Roman Reigns defending the Universal Title against Raw’s Seth Rollins. That is likely going to mean Brock Lesnar will be getting involved and I’m curious to see where that is going to go. Let’s get to it.

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Friday Night Get-Down: January 14, 2022

TONIGHT!  Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins sell their match!  Sami Zayn tries to out-Jackass Johnny Knoxville!  Aaliyah is in make-or-break territory against Natalya!  LITA IS BACK ON YOUR TV WOOHOO!  Jurassic Express take on Johnny Hungee and Alex Reynolds!  Adam Cole faces Trent Barretta!  Carolinas indie legend Andrew Everett takes on Shawn Spears!  Rose/Ford/Bunny vs Statlander/Hirsch/Velvet!  WRESTLING!

TOMORROW!  The NFL playoffs begin, and I’ll be busy watching either them or AFCON!

SUNDAY!  More of the same!

MONDAY!  Vince acts sanctimonious about claiming to be on the right side of racial equality!

By the way, congratulations to Kaz Okada, Los Brazos, Jim Crockett, and Don Owen on their Hall of Fame election.  Sin Cara/Mistico 1 missed out by one vote.  Assuming Dave didn’t botch the count.  Sergeant Slaughter and Mark Rocco were also within a handful of votes of making it.  Brisco Brothers (Gerald and Jack, not Jay and Mark), Taue/Kawada, Roman Reigns, and Becky Lynch appear on next year’s ballot.

But first, here it is: your Moment of Zen.

All right, we’ve been over the rules.  I expect you to obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  I want a good, clean thread.  Now — touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!