Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and for at least some Americans it was a three-day weekend. With football out of the picture I always consider this the start of the “season” for the WWE. The stretch that starts with the final build to the Rumble and takes us through Summerslam. So if RAW is going to start picking up the pace a little and finding some direction, shows like tonight would be the start of things to come.

I did catch the finals of the UK tournament today and I actually enjoyed most of it. I loved Pete Dunne and the “Bruiserweight” is everything 205 Live needs. They need a good, bully heel that’s a total shit head to carry that show and be the guy that babyfaces can chase. I would bring him in and put the title on him quickly.

As for other TV. Gotham is on and that will excite some of you. Lots of sports all day and the big game tonight is Cleveland at Golden State at 8 p.m.

So come out swinging and KEEP IT CLEAN!

Blog question

It may well be generally irrelevant to most peoples’ enjoyment of the product, but I am often fascinated by the salary / employment circumstances of the wrestlers. My one question for the day is :

If you look purely at income from wrestling and wrestling-related merchandise (so not including movie money, or HHH”s corporate income) who, adjusted for inflation, do you think has made the most money over the course of their wrestling career?

Cheers, and good luck coping with all the immigrants from the USA.

​The answer would have to be Hogan or Austin, and in fact Austin still makes a very healthy income from merchandise residuals alone. The WWF had their biggest year in history in 2000, and Austin got a BIG chunk of that. Hogan’s contract during the glory years was reportedly as high as $1 million/year, and he did well in WCW also and had longevity, but those years where Austin was on top were CRAZY amounts of money, like tens of millions total. Cena might even be in the running now as well for similar reasons. If you ARE counting movies, Rock blows everyone away, of course.

Slaughter/Table for 3

It’s interesting watching this Table for 3 with Slaughter, Duggan and Volkoff and comparing against the Meltzer recaps from 91. Slaughter claims there were threats during the build to WM7, such that the FBI was at his house and offered to accompany his wife to the grocery store and his kids to school in service of 24/7 protection.

Is it possible that this is true AND that ticket sales were dogshit necessitating the move to the LA Sports Arena? Thoughts on the credence here?

​People were very angry about the war stuff, but it wasn’t ticket-selling heat, it was negative heat where they were angry at the company for doing it, so it’s entirely possible that both situations were possible at the same time, yes. Just because some draws heat doesn’t mean they’re a draw.

Because Vince

So basically, Vince bleeding money in the WBF is what made Vince rush the program and cost us Hogan-Flair at Wrestlemania.

What the hell is wrong with Vince?

​He’s a millionaire who should be a billionaire, as someone once said. I forget who.

BoD Daily Update: January 16th, 2017 RAW Preview


Potential WrestleMania Match For Shane McMahon?

Last week, WWE officials discussed a potential Shane McMahon vs. AJ Styles match to take place at WrestleMania.


Wrestler Signs Contract with WWN Live

Keith Lee signed a contract with WWN and not Ring of Honor, who signed his partner Shane Taylor.


Place to be Nation Podcast Roundup

This Week in Wrestling 1/13/17: Indy and International

Premiere Podcast Brand #3: The Indy Talkers

Nexus Story-line

Hi Scott,

Recently I was watching some Nexus stuff when the group first formed in 2010. They seemed to be leading to that someone was pulling their strings from behind the scenes early on, but they never did anything with it and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. My question is did a story-line that would’ve fleshed out the situation get dropped, or is this yet another case of the creative team not knowing what they were going to do with them past the initial angle? Thanks.

​There was some vague idea involving Undertaker, but mostly they were making it up as they went along and didn’t know where it was going. The plans with Cena’s involvement changed a million times as far as far as I remember, too.​

Three quickfire questions

1) Are the Cruiserweights going to be in the Royal Rumble?

2) How should they be used if they are (or would you have used them, if they’re not)?

3) Wouldn’t it be great if Neville won it?

​1. Maybe. They need 30 bodies.

2. I dunno, Gallagher can do his comedy spots and probably get over a bit more, but the rest are pretty much cannon fodder and disposable anyway. That’s why Neville was instantly such a big star.

3. Not sure what the point would be, but it would be an interesting twist if someone totally unexpected won some year, ala Santino in 2011, because they could always switch it to someone else at Fastlane if need be. It would give the Rumble some instant "anyone can win" feeling AND make the worthless February show mean something again. ​

WWE PG Rating

Hi Scott,

What were the reasons that the WWE went from TV-14 to TV-PG nearly 10 years ago? Thanks.

​Because they make bazillions of dollars in merchandising toys to kids, and sponsors wanted guarantees that WWE would be a family friendly product. ​The merchandise money is one of the main revenue streams now, so this is the product we get.

‘Roid ripples


Did WCW/the NWA–or the wider wrestling world in general, for that matter–feel any sort of residual pinch when the steroid scandal broke, or were they too far under the national radar at the time to warrant much attention?

Nah, the media fire was directed at Vince because he took so much time to make sure everyone associated "wrestling" and "WWF" . Ended up being quite the double edged sword for him, especially with someone like Luger or Sting out there bulked up like crazy on WCW TV with no one in the mainstream even questioning it.

What the World Was Watching: Wrestling Challenge – January 1, 1995

Although I have reviewed some of the early Attitude Era action on the Blog, I am going to embark on a new project:  reviewing all of the major televised action for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1995.  Readers are likely aware that 1995 was a terrible financial year for the company, with James Dixon writing in Titan Sinking that Vince McMahon and Titan Sports lost $6 million.  The wrestling industry was in the doldrums in the mid-1990s, reeling from declining ratings; the end of the Hulkamania boom; and lingering suspicions from sponsors about steroid and drug use, which caused the federal government to put McMahon on trial in the summer of 1994.

On a personal note, 1995 was the year that I got into wrestling.  Being exposed to the business during one of its worst times did not phase me since I had nothing else to compare it to.  I knew nothing of workrate or star ratings and accepted Diesel as the WWF champion.  However, it was painfully obvious to me that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were clearly the best and I enjoyed their televised matches throughout the year.  Little did I know at the time that both men had a significant rivalry behind the scenes and when it exploded in Montreal two years later it would help the WWF regain its position as the supreme brand of professional wrestling in North America.

These reviews will chronicle major WWF programming in 1995.  We will go through Wrestling Challenge, Monday Night Raw, Superstars, and The Action Zone.  Pay-per-views will also be covered, as will the occasional Sunday Night Slam where warranted.  Win-loss records will be provided for talent throughout the year and matches will be recapped, with reflections on the purpose of those matches and how they fit into existing storylines.  I will also compile other statistics – house show attendance, drawing power for champions – that I will share periodically.  Furthermore, for each week of action I will try to provide a brief calendar of notable events so readers can see the context that all of this booking is fitting into.  The reviews will be posted to the Blog on Tuesdays and Fridays going forward.

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ECW on Sci-Fi #41 03/20/2007

Dramatic recap of Bobby Lashley becoming the first person to break Chris Masters’ Masterlock, something that went unbroken for two years as Operation: Get Lashley The Fuck Over continues. Masters isn’t happy so he’s wrestling Lashley in a real match tonight, right here in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Thoughts on what it could be? Whatever it is, alvarez hinted that everybody is gonna love it. Could it be something like a Joe/Styles title match? Balor/Styles? Joe/Cena title match?

​Now I’m picturing Joe and AJ teaming up as "Joey Styles". Their finisher could be "OH MY GOD!"

If Vince really wants that six-star classic to close out Wrestlemania, Joe v. Styles could be a contender. ​

Personal Jesus

Hey Scott–

Favorite moment of the UK tourney so far?

"Let’s go Jesus/Jesus sucks!"

I think UK fans win the unofficial Doomie for best live crowd. Blows away anything us "We are awesome!" Americans have done this year. And Canada hasn’t had a live event since what, 1953?

​I was also fond of the guy with his own face on his tights, which prompted the crowd to sing "He’s got his own face on his arse".

As someone in the other thread noted, overall the show was a lot of Ho Ho Lun and no Kota Ibushi, but everyone worked hard and they did the best they could with what they had. Also, Nigel McGuinness was pretty fantastic and even Michael Cole was good without Vince yelling in his ear for two hours. ​

NWA World Championship Wrestling, May 10, 1986

An attempted murder of Jim Cornette by some “mysterious” masked men, a historic and devastating first encounter between the Midnight Express & Mulkey Mania, Ric Flair & Arn Anderson in a rare, in-studio tag team appearance, and the Great American Bash hype begins. That and more on this week’s program…

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