Impact Wrestling – September 21, 2017

Impact Wrestling
Date: September 21, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews

It’s time for whatever this promotion is called this week, though I would recommend MMA Pro Wrestling at this point as the American Top Team fighters are the undisputed top stars of the show. Lashley’s release has been revoked due to getting in a big fight with Moose to end last week’s episode. Let’s get to it.

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Big Brother Results?!! (Spoilers, Obviously)


Scott,
What’s your take on the season and the finale?
Are we going in the direction of the Sore Loser Jury? Nobody played a better game than Paul, but in the end a guy who many said they had no respect for wins?!
And Cody is America’s Favorite Houseguest? I guess it will make for a good future episode of Making a Murderer. 

I was so over Paul and his puppetmastery of those numbskulls by August, and apparently so was production judging by the SHADE thrown at him by Julie after his epic choke.  When everyone in the house is throwing comps to you and you're still such a douchebag that you alienate the entire jury on the way out, you've done something wrong. The Cody vote was clearly America's Revenge, too. 
Anyway, it was easily one of the worst seasons due to the sheep factor and Josh winning by virtue of Not Being Paul.  Now watch them bring back Christmas for another go next year.  

BoD Daily Update: September 21, 2017

Paige Update

Paige is currently training at the Performance Center and there is said to be a storyline for her return and its tentatively on Smackdown.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

 

Reason Emma Was Not On RAW

Emma was not at RAW this past Monday becausegiven the week off to spend more time with her family.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

 

PWG 2017 Battle of Los Angeles Stage Two Preview

 

Punk


Hey Scott,

Do you think there's any shot that CM Punk changing his hair and facial hair seemingly every week back when he was in WWE didn't help his cause? I mean couldn't they have logically said they were having a hard time  marketing him or putting him on a poster since he was constantly changing his look? I get reinventing yourself and changing appearances once in a while but he did it way too much in his short time there.


Of all the things he did to annoy the marketing department and Vince in general, that would be pretty far down the list.  However, yes, that would absolutely be a valid reasoning on their part, and it's a major reason why everyone else typically has to go through the front office before they make major cosmetic alterations.  

Bischoff

Why was Eric Bischoff so willing to work for Vince McMahon in 2002? I'd always been under the impression that while he had an onscreen role in WCW, that he was primarily a business guy. Yet he signed with WWE purely in an onscreen role with no business or creative role to go with it. I know he didn't need the money. Was he such a great guy that he did it just because he knew the fans would enjoy it? He sure saw no need to "protect" his character, letting himself get constantly humiliated.  Was he hoping it would grow into something more? And could you have seen Vince McMahon doing something like that if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars?

​I don't see Vince doing that, no.  But then Vince never saw Eric as being on the same level as him, anyway.  As for Bischoff's WWE run, he's always said that it was just a business relationship, and he probably enjoyed playing the on-screen character without having to deal with the headaches of responsibility.  ​

Shotgun Saturday Night

Even though most of these things on the WWE Network surveys never come to fruition, I have to admit I was incredibly excited just reading them mention the idea of a weekly "edgy" TV-14 show as one of the options. I know, I know we're completely overkilled with the amount of content each week. However, they could make this so completely unique that I believe people would love it.

Remember the awesome original, short lived format of Shotgun Saturday Night? They have all the resources to mimic that exact look and feel of that. If your readers may not know, the original format took place live in NYC nightclubs and looked unlike anything the company ever produced. The opening video of the show also featured the "American Bad Ass" character of the Undertaker well over 3 years before it ever debuted on RAW. However, they quickly scrapped the format because of costs and ran the tired, old taping before RAW crap instead.

This would obviously be on the premium tier of the WWE Network. Turn Full Sail into a nightclub atmosphere, complete with fans sitting at tables and a bar setup. No LED video walls, no highly produced entrance music. The color commentators sit on bar stools at ringside. Scantily clad dancers in the background. Vulgar language, edgy adult storylines. Super hot chick as one of the commentators like Sunny on the original Shotgun Saturday Night. Do things completely different.

I'd be willing to bet this show would consistently be the most viewed show on the network by a mile. It'd be huge for them.

​Maybe, I dunno.  I admit I'm out of touch with the common fan these days and what the kids are into, because my survey responses were basically "GIVE ME ALL THE WRESTLING" and "FUCK NO" to every choice that started with "New scripted content" or whatever wacky VR bullshit they were talking about.  What I wish is that they'd buy out, or at the very least partner with, New Japan World and just bring all THAT content over to the WWE Network UI because then I could watch it easily and I'd happily give WWE my 999 Yen a month on top of what I'm already paying them.  ROH?  Sure.  TNA?  Why not.  House shows?  Hell yeah.  Tournaments?  You know it, son.  I would happily, HAPPILY pay more for all of that without a complaint.  Buy the Lucha Underground back catalog while you're at it, WWE.  I likely can't review it all, but I can sure as hell try.​

Monday Night Raw – April 21, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: April 21, 2003
Location: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home show for Backlash and we have a major main event for a change. This week will see HHH defending the Raw World Title against Booker T. in a Wrestlemania rematch, but there’s something a bit bigger to cover. Tonight is also the second Rock Concert as Rock is ready to deal with Bill Goldberg this coming Sunday. Let’s get to it.

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NXT – September 20, 2017

NXT
Date: September 20, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness

This week should be centered around the fallout from last week with the Undisputed Era attacking the British contingent, which could set up a heck of a six man tag somewhere down the line. Other than that we need to find out where the NXT Champion Drew McIntyre ties into this as well. Let’s get to it.

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