Match of the Week Club: Eita vs. El Lindaman (Dragon Gate 10/12/16) & Podcast Pilot Season


Every week on Place to Be Nation, a combination of correspondents review one match from the world of wrestling that YOU as the viewer should seek out! And then we include our reader feedback in the following week’s column!

This week’s match: Eita vs. El Lindaman (Dragon Gate 10/12/16)


In December, the Pro Wrestling Only feed will be launching its first ever Pilot Season. We are looking for some new voices on the feed. All you need to do is record a show and send it in. There are some criteria:

– The show should aim to fill a gap or niche that doesn’t already exist in the world of wrestling podcasts. These can look at historical or modern wrestling.

– Stick to around 1 hour in length.

– Specify how regularly you think you show would run (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, finite mini-series)

Pilots will run Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the month of December. Please reach out to us through social media or through with any questions. Please have your submissions to us by the last day in November.

To submit your episodes, email and with a description and a link to your pilot (google drive, dropbox, etc).

We look forward to hearing from you!


BoD Daily Update: October 21st, 2016

James Ellsworth & Spirit Squad Contract Updates

Ellsworth, along with Kenny & Mikey, are on a per-show basis and not signed to full-time deals as of late last week. However, they are expected to be used more going forward.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Hideo Itami Injury Update

Itami is currently looking to miss about two months with a neck injury that was suffered when he landed on his head in a powerslam attempt at a NXT Live Event.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Erick Rowan Interview

In the interview, Rowan discusses training and nutrition among other things


Also, vote in this week’s shoot interview poll by clicking on the link below.

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WM XII and Hunter

Hey Scott,

Just wondering what the deal was with Hunter and the UW squash match at WMXII. It just seemed strange considering it wasn’t like he was in on the chopping block or anything. He was several months out from the Jesus push. Plus, it was the world of jobbers in ’96.

A bodydonna, Hakushi, Isaac Yankem, Mabel. Bob Holly wasn’t doing anything especially pressing that Sunday.

What was the point of sacrificing HHH?

​Because he was a guy with a name who could theoretically get a decent match out of Warrior, who was a guy that they wanted to make World champion again. Hunter was going to win King of the Ring right away anyway. Really, the only reason it’s become this legendary "burial" ​is because of what happened after the fact, and because Hunter was all butt-hurt about it and ended up being the guy who’s in charge and so he makes the history.

Really Random Questions

Hey Scott,

I own all your books.

​Really? Even the Kindle collection of UFC rants from Because that one didn’t do very well. ​

-If Vince wasn’t so stubborn and let Randy Savage be more active from 1993-1995 who would you have preferred he have a long term feud with? Shawn or Bret?

​Shawn was the guy he wanted to put over, so we’ll go with him. ​

-If Rick Rude had stayed "up north" instead of going to WCW in the early 90s, where do you think he would have fit in? Potential Bret Hart title challenger? Would he have had a run with the title himself?

​At that point, no, I don’t think he would have ended up with the title. Going to WCW allowed him to truly reinvent his gimmick and become a top guy, which he couldn’t have done in WWF given the Hogan/Warrior logjam on top. ​

-Scale of 1-10, how bad ass would a Mr. Perfect/Rick Rude tag team have been in the late 80’s? Managed by Bobby Heenan too?

​I would be fully on board with that idea. 9/10. ​

-With people dressing up as scary clowns being a big trend now, isn’t this the perfect time to bring back heel doink?

​I must be getting old because I have no clue what the fucking clown thing is about.​

-What do you think would do better: A WWE TV show comprised entirely of squash matches or TV a show dedicated to only tag-team wrestling?

We already have the first one. It’s called Smackdown, apparently.

-If someone enjoyed Power and Glory’s run as a tag team, does it mean they are a bad person?

​Only if they also vote for Trump.​

Observer Questions

Based on the last observer review:

1) Had Flair jumped in 1990, is Flair/Hogan the obvious main event for WM 7? Was there ever a speculative booking scenario? I assume Flair would come in, and beat Warrior via shenanigans to get the belt then job it to hogan at Mania, but was there ever a plan?

2) Did Sting’s title run fail, like Warrior’s because without Flair there were no strong challengers/Black Scorpion… Or was it doomed from the start?

3) Was there talk of turning Luger heel on Sting after his title win? Or making Luger the scorpion? He must’ve hated watching his best friend get the belt after years of screwjobs against Flair

4) If Kerry weren’t available, who replaces Beefer at SummerSlam, and do they get a run with the IC Title?

​1. From what I can tell from Dave’s speculation thus far, general plan would have been for Warrior to turn heel and lose the belt to Hogan at Survivor Series, then do six months of buildup to Hogan defending against Flair at Wrestlemania.

2. ​It was doomed from the start. That being said, I don’t think it was a bad call to get the belt off Flair at this point. Clearly they didn’t want him as top guy any longer, and there’s no point keeping him as World champion and then treating him like a midcarder. It just turned out that everyone thought they wanted Sting as champion, and when it happened they all realized that they didn’t actually want that. Hindsight says they should have just went with Luger when he was hot and worried about getting challengers for him later.

3. Luger has said many times he never cared and was only concerned about the payday.

4. Well it’s pretty much a moot point because Kerry came in at the same time as the Beefcake accident anyway, but based on who was available they probably would have just put Tito in that spot for a couple of months, but I don’t see them changing the title.

Impact Wrestling – October 20, 2016

Impact Wrestling
Date: October 20, 2016
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero

The main event scene has picked up in the last week as we have what seems to be a four way feud between Lashley, Cody, Moose and World Champion Eddie Edwards. Other than that there’s the start of the Hardys vs. the Tribunal and more of Maria Kanellis-Bennett and company vs. Gail Kim over the Knockouts Title. Let’s get to it.

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BoD Daily Update: October 20, 2016

When Will WrestleMania 33 Tickets Go On Sale?

Right now, the plan is for the tickets to go on sale November 18th

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Update on Tough Enough Winner Josh Bredl

Bredl has been out for several months dealing with a severe concussion,

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


WWE Suspends Developmental Wrestler

Terrance Jean-Jacques was suspended after being arrested on charges of assault and battery, kidnapping, witness intimidation, destruction of property, and threatening to commit a crime. Terrance’s pregnant girlfriend accused him of twisting her arm, knocking her down, and sitting on her legs as she was left with bruises and a broken phone.

Wrestling Injuries

Hi Scott,

Hope you are well,
Long time-lurker, first-time mailer. With the recent news of Hideo Itami’s injury, I’ve seen an increase in the comments that argue contemporary wrestlers are getting more injuries now than the older generations did. Do you think there is any substance to this, perhaps down to the fact that Vince’s obsession with bodybuilding having less of an influence on the wrestlers they push?

I argue that WWE are just being held to higher degree of responsibility for their wrestlers health and thus the repercussions are obviously gonna affect the show more frequently.

Just wondering if you have any thoughts on the matter?

​I think the perceived increase in injuries is down to three things at the moment:

1) Guys trying to do too much stuff without enough practice and training.

2) People getting obsessed with really heavy lifting to produce muscle mass for TV, which leads to a rash of injuries to necks and shoulders.

3) WWE being compelled by their own policies to report those injuries, whereas in the "good old days" guys would just work through it until their arm fell off like Paul Orndorff because they didn’t want to miss a payday.

​The Itami injury was obviously just a fluke thing that would have happened to anyone, but you do hear a lot of guys suffering injuries while trying crazy spots, like "wrestling Seth Rollins". ​

AJ Styles: one of the greatest?

After making a name for himself for over a decade everywhere, now AJ Styles finally makes it into WWE this year at the Royal Rumble, feuding with Jericho with a couple great matches into his first WrestleMania, making Roman Reigns look good and lose, having a Match of the Year candidate with John Cena, giving Dean Ambrose his best singles match and crowned WWE Champion all within 9 months. Is it best to say that AJ Styles is the Superstar of the Year and just one of the greatest wrestlers ever with the likes of Ric Flair & Shawn Michaels?

​He’s having a hell of a year, but putting him up there with Flair and Michaels is a bit much. I’d say that this year certainly might be the one to put him over the top into the Observer Hall of Fame, but Flair and Michaels both drew money on top of a major promotion, or at least in the case of Shawn worked at a high level for a long time. Styles was in TNA with no one watching for 10 years. He’s great, absolutely, and even I’d say he’s the greatest working today, but all-time? No.​

Wrestling Observer Flashback–07.09.90

Although this one is dated after the Bash ‘90 PPV, the issue is written before.  So don’t be disappointed at the lack of a review here.

I must now face the eternal dilemma of sports fan who has lost their team in the playoffs:  Do you cheer for the bastards that eliminated them because they earned it, or do you cheer for whatever team opposes them out of spite?  I guess it would be cool for the Cubs to finally win after 100 years or whatever it’s been, but the Indians DID sweep out the Red Sox so that makes them kind of awesome too.

Oh wait, hockey’s back on.  What’s baseball?

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Monday Night Raw – May 20, 2002

Monday Night Raw
Date: May 20, 2002
Location: Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 8,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the first night of the Undertaker regime and that means we’re getting closer to King of the Ring. In addition to that, I’m sure there’s a good chance that we’re going to get more of Austin vs. the NWO, which is now adding names for Austin to beat up from week to week. As long as it’s not Austin vs. Big Show, I think we’re good. Let’s get to it.

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NXT – October 19, 2016

Date: October 19, 2016
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves

We’re getting closer to the second round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and it’s also the start of a fresh taping cycle. The other interesting story is the return of Shinsuke Nakamura to go after Samoa Joe. It’s fairly obvious that they’ll be facing each other again in Toronto. Let’s get to it.

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If the intention was to do literally nothing with Zayn for 3 months, why have him waste the biggest win of his career at Battleground over Owens.  Wouldn’t the logical step be to have Owens get the belt, and have Zayn challenge him. HIAC would actually make sense for them, whereas Rollins has more beef with the invisible hand of Triple H.  Now Zayn is gonna get squashed by Strowman. Did anyone lose the brand split worse than Sami Zayn??

Yeah, Neville!  Poor bastard is jobbing to Bo Dallas now apparently.  

NWA World Championship Wrestling, February 15, 1986

Our opening clip shows the end of the time limit draw between Dusty Rhodes & Tully Blanchard from “Superstars on the Superstation”, after which Blanchard delivered a piledriver on Rhodes and J.J. Dillon stole Dusty’s National Heavyweight Title.

Tony Schiavone is our host this week from the TBS Studio. David Crockett is still on special assignment, thankfully. Coming up, Arn Anderson defends the World TV Title vs. Sam Houston in what should be a good match and the Midnight Express will defend the NWA World Tag Team Titles. Also here are the Rock & Roll Express, Magnum T.A., the Russians, Paul Jones will unveil a new charge, and much more.

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