Monday Night Raw – December 9, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: December 9, 2019
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Samoa Joe, Corey Graves

I know it seems ridiculous but we are only six days away Tables, Ladders and Chairs. There are only a handful of matches confirmed for the show so tonight is going to be all about rapid fire build, because that’s the best thing this company knows how to do these days. Expect some more from AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton, and of course Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley. Let’s get to it.

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Fwd: NXT: Victim of its Own Success?

Hey Scott–

Now that it's well established that NXT is handily destroying AEW on

Wednesdays and Cody's promotion is on its deathbed, is the end also

near for NXT as we know it?

With NXT taking a more prominent position (live on Wednesdays against

AEW, all the Survivor Series nonsense, bringing Raw/Smackdown guys in

to "invade") I just have this sinking feeling that Vince is going to

start mucking with it more and more. What makes NXT so great is that

it's far removed from Vince and his army of writer monkeys. I worry

that in the wake of NXT beating AEW a couple of weeks in a row, the

lesson Vince will take away is that it's the Raw/SD "influence" that

turned the tide and he'll start tinkering with it until NXT is as much

of a chore as Monday and Friday nights are.

What do you think? Is Vince going to mess with the Wednesday show or

does Triple H put his foot down? Or will Vince be too busy pretending

to be a football mogul to care?


I guess we'll find out in the next few weeks.  But I think as long as it's still competitive on Wednesdays, Vince will mostly let HHH do his own thing.  

Fwd: Randy Orton: New Smartest Man?

Hey Scott–

With Triple H a front-office fixture, does the title of "Smartest Man

in Pro Wrestling" now belong to Randy Orton?

He calls out bullshit whenever he wants, works whatever schedule he

wants, "corpses" on camera (to borrow Maffew's phrase) whenever he

wants, gives whatever level of effort he feels is justified on any

given day… and he just signed a contract for "fuck you" level money

because Vince doesn't want him to go play with Cody in AEW.

Given all the kayfabe accolades he's already achieved, is there a

wrestler on the planet who sits in a better position?


I'd say Brock still has him beat, but Orton is a strong contender, yeah.  

Dio Maddin

Is Dio Maddin still selling the beating Brock Lesnar gave him when he put Maddin through the announce table, or was that whole angle designed to get Dio Maddin off the Raw announce team?  If it's the former, that has to be one of the better sell jobs ever.  

They already announced last week that he's being replaced by Samoa Joe and he's going back to training to be a wrestler again. 

The Toys that Made (Me)


Hey Scott,

Long time reader here. My parents are moving, and so that means a bunch of old wrestling toys I had in their basement need a new home. Tons of stuff, from LJNs, Hasbro's, Jakks, and others, spanning the 1980s-early 2000s, and multiple promotions.

I doubt you have any interest yourself, but hoping you might post this on the blog. Is there any market for this sort of thing? Figured I'd put this out there to the other readers before I trash anything. Would rather see these things get a good home.

If anyone is interested, feel free to email me at [email protected]. I'm looking to unload the entire thing as a package deal, no interest in selling stuff piecemeal.

I also found the old WrestleMania The Collection VHS set. I think this was the one that had everything uncut/no music changes. That's available too, if anyone is interested.

Photos attached.

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and maybe got a little holiday shopping done. Couple of items.

WWE released The Ascension, Sin Cara and Luke Harper yesterday. Everyone likes Luke of course, I’ll also say that Viktor from the Ascension always stood out to me as someone with a lot of talent.

Sami Zayn had to set some moron straight. Of course it was in Florida. I swear living here I can safely say I know what Dark Helmet feels like (Spaceballs reference for those of you not familiar).

RAW is live tonight. Rusev and Lana are getting “divorced” and hopefully Rusev kicks more ass.

I am sitting at a hockey game. GO LIGHTNING. You, however, can watch what you like.

Keep it clean!

What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 19, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s broadcast.  Heenan says that he is rooting for Sting on Monday Nitro because he cannot stand Hulk Hogan.  Due to Heenan’s WWF career, that is an awesome piece of character continuity.

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We gotta get Waltman another HoF ring, pal!


But seriously, what is this bullshit with the NWO's Hall of Fame induction? Hogan, Nash, Hall, and SYXX? No Bischoff? No Giant? No FAKE STING?


Either go with the original trio or just go all out and induct goddamned everybody in the NWO. But this combination of guys they're going with makes no sense.

Syxx wasn’t even one of the original four guys!  He’s the sixth!  IT’S RIGHT IN HIS NAME!
Seriously though, I’ve given up caring about who gets inducted and why.  

Quick comment/Q about the Rumble

Hi Scott,

Been a reader for 22+ years, first time emailer!

With some of the recent Rumble discussion on your blog, I was wondering do we really need a male and female Royal Rumble every year? RR 2019 was nearly five hours (not including the pre-show). Anyway… my idea is to scrap the female rumble and instead make
“Fastlane” the “Queen of the Ring” with the winner earning a title shot at ‘Mania. What say you?

Yeah, two Rumbles on one show are too much.  I appreciate the notion but it just burns out the audience.  Spitting it up over two PPVs is definitely a solid idea. 

ROH

Hey Scott, hope all is well. Joey Mercury dropped some news on wrestlers set to be released by ROH. Do you see ROH making through 2020? Some of the names I could see in NXT or AEW. I could see Brody King, Rhett Titus, and Shane Taylor in either promotion. I would really like to see PCO in NXT. Wouldn't mind seeing a PCO, Killian Dane showdown, or should I even mention WALTER. 

I hadn't heard anything about ROH releases yet, but ROH is owned by a billion dollar TV company so I'm sure they're going to exist as long as Sinclair keeps them around.  
There's no chance in hell of WWE signing PCO, though.  

Heenan not returning to the WWF?


When WCW released Bobby Heenan in Nov. 2000, do you think the reason Vince McMahon didn't bring him back to announce for the WWF was because he still held a grudge at that time for Heenan going over to WCW, or was it simply a case of being being satisfied with his current announce team?  

Heenan's own theory was that Vince made sure to bring back all the people from WCW who slagged him on air, just to prove that he could.  Bobby always made sure to stay loyal to Vince and never said anything bad about him, so in Vince's mind, he had no incentive to bring Bobby back and thus never did.  

Impact Wrestling – December 3, 2019

Impact Wrestling
Date: December 3, 2019
Location: Melrose Ballroom, New York City, New York
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis

We’re back to the future this week with the regular show after the awesome special edition last week. It’s more of the build towards Hard To Kill and two weeks ago saw Tessa Blanchard win a gauntlet match to become #1 contender to the World Title. Things need to start getting back to normal around here and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. Let’s get to it.

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WWF Sunday Night Slam – August 21st, 1994

August 21, 1994

From the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, OH. This show was taped on 8/1 as part of the “Monday Night RAW” tapings.

Your hosts are Jim Ross and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Matches tonight include: Lex Luger vs. Crush and Diesel vs. Typhoon. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart and a live call-in segment the last half-hour of the show with Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Read moreWWF Sunday Night Slam – August 21st, 1994