Wednesday Wackness

The playoffs return tonight with round two of the battle for Lord Stanley’s cup!

Disqus is apparently changing to a paid model for their service with forced ads for the free version, but I’m pretty sure I’m grandfathered in.  Zero chance I’m paying $10 a month for it  though, so if it happens, we’ll find a different commenting strategy.

I actually redid Starrcade 92 this afternoon because I had a day off, but I’m gonna make you WAIT until we get there in the Observer rants.

Talk about all the stuff here!

Monday Night Raw – November 25, 2002

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 25, 2002
Location: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South, Carolina
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re still in the Shawn Michaels Era and he’s actually defending the title this week against Rob Van Dam. Other than that we’re still waiting on the return of HHH, who was injured at Survivor Series but probably needs to grace us with his presence again. Other than that, I’d assume we’ll get a bunch of Testicle jokes. Let’s get to it.

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NXT – April 26, 2017

Date: April 26, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators; Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Tom Phillips

The British are here tonight as the big featured match will see WWE UK Champion Tyler Bate defending against Jack Gallagher. I like the idea of throwing those guys out there for some filler as it keeps the regular roster fresh and gives us a bit of a treat. That being said, I could go for a bit of a better story than “You’re British, here’s a title shot.” Let’s get to it.

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Jake Roberts follow-up

Quickie: you mentioned today Bill Watts literally tearing up Jake’s big-money contract and forcing him into a shittier one. But isn’t that the entire point of the word guarantee? Why didn’t Jake just tell him to screw off and he’ll see WCW in court if they pay one cent less than was previously contractually agreed upon?

Same goes for anyone re-negotiating in those days, really.

​You’d think that would be the case, but you’d be wrong. For you see, not only was Jake incredibly unlucky in 1992, he was also a horrible business negotiator, because he was still under contract to the WWF at the point when he left and failed to secure a release until much later. So Frey and the WCW team could promise Jake whatever numbers they wanted, but until Jake actually got his release from the WWF and signed on the dotted line, there was no legal agreement possible.​

Jake Roberts

Hi Scott

Great work, read every day etc.

In the 20th April 92 edition of the Observer flashbacks you said:-

"The whole hilariously sad story behind this one should be coming soon. Jake REALLY gambled on this one, and it turned out that Bill Watts had 22."

I don’t recall ever getting the full story on this. I’ve read all the recaps and just checked through the half dozen or so after this, and aside from Jake going to WCW, they don’t really delve into what his gamble was. Apologies if I missed it but if not, can you shed any light on what went down?

​I don’t think Dave’s getting into the whole thing any time soon in these, but Jake basically burned his bridges on the way out of the WWF, holding up Vince for money before he’d do the job at Wrestlemania. There was a couple of factors, including bitterness on his part over not getting Pat Patterson’s job as promised (since it turned out that Pat was only "fired" as a media smokescreen) and also a huge guaranteed contract with WCW that was brokered by Kip Frey. ​So Jake basically told Vince to fuck off on the way out the door, and then JUST as he’s ready to sign the WCW contract, Frey gets fired and they bring in Bill Watts. Bill is well known for two things:

1) Being cheap.
2) Hating Jake Roberts.

So one of the first things that Bill does is, I believe literally, tearing up Jake’s huge guaranteed money deal and forcing him to sign a new one at vastly different terms. Unfortunately, the other thing that happened was Watts started instituting actual drug testing, so not only was Jake working for a lot less money, but he also was facing problems if his previous habits came out again, and when he failed a test after Halloween Havoc, Bill was more than happy to immediately fire him and get his money off the books.

Basically, SUCKS to be Jake Roberts in 1992.

Drew Galloway

I waa thinking how much it sucks to see guys basically give up after they get released instead of reinventing themselves like Ryback, Adam Rose and Damien Sandow. But man if there is anybody to be used as a great example of this, its Galloway, i recently watched his NXT debut and its like a totally different guy from the one who was last seen doing air guitars on tv. He FINALLY learned how to wrestle to his size. Dude is 6’5 and he would try to wrestle like Dean Malenko. Now hes actually acting and wrestling like a beast. Crazy to think he’s only 30 years old, feels like he’s been around forever. Anyway do you see his return seeing him finally realizing his potential and becoming a main event level guy?

​I hope so, we sure as hell need one!​


Hi Scott

What’s your thoughts on the incredibly miz-judged decision to move the Miz from Smackdown to Raw?

On Smackdown, he was almost joint-top guy with AJ Styles. He was killing it on the mic, in the ring AND on the Talking Smack aftershow.

He had amazing momentum, and they absolutely ruined it and cut the legs out from under him by shoving him on Raw where he’s just another miz-used loser in in the mid-card.

And to make matters worse – we go from the potential of an excellent introductory feud for Nakamura to having Nak shoved with the increasingly-dull Ziggler. I can’t help but think Miz could have come up with something better than the lazy Michael Jackson promo Ziggler cut.

So why did they do it? Was there an actual reason, or was it just some flailing around at the last second to try and make the ‘superstar shakeup’ feel like something actually happened?

​The second thing. Not to mention that they already set up some feuds and direction for Miz after the draft and now he’s basically doing nothing on RAW. It’s a very Miz-terious decision on their part.​

BoD Daily Update: April 26th, 2017 NXT Preview Interview with Adam Cole

Cole talks about the next step of his career as his Ring of Honor contract expires May 1st.


Altercation At This Week’s Impact Wrestling TV Tapings

There was a verbal altercation this weekend between Jeff & Karen Jarrett and Bob Ryder. It was believed to have been started when Karen got upset with Ryder, who was supposed to book a hotel room but did not despite being reminded about it for weeks. You can read more of the story by clicking on the link below that also features a link to the original report by PWInsider.


FloSlam Match of the Week

Here is the Young Bucks vs. Hardy Boyz match from House of Hardcore VII back in 2014.

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Smackdown – April 25, 2017

Date: April 25, 2017
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Commentators: John Bradshaw Layfield, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

Can we call this a go home show? I mean, Payback is a Raw show but it feels like half of the major matches are built around Smackdown talent, or at least a combination of the two shows. Tonight is a packed show as well with three announced matches plus a Beat the Clock Challenge. Let’s get to it.

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WWE in person

What does it say about the WWE product that I didn’t care at all to buy tickets despite a televised show being in my hometown, and then after seeing the show on TV, I’m very thankful I didn’t waste my money?

I know I probably say this a lot (especially to my editor at Sporting News when he e-mails me about doing a PPV recap and I reply with the e-mail equivalent of a blank stare) but I was reading the results of RAW and it was apparently the go-home show to the PPV and I was like "THERE’S A PPV ON SUNDAY?!?" Like seriously, wasn’t seven hours of Wrestlemania enough for the entire month of April?

Also, WWE posting an excerpt from a interview with Roman Reigns where he equates his OLDER BROTHER DYING with taking a fake beating from Braun Strowman is pretty up there in ways to not make me want to watch this show.