Smackdown – September 3, 2015

Date: September 3, 2015
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Uso

This seems like it’s going to be another midcard heavy episode as the main event players, save for the champion, who is arguably the lowest of the three people involved in the story, who is known to slum it here on Smackdown. The only major event announced is Lana and Dolph Ziggler appearing on MizTV. Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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We know that there a main eventers, midcarders, jobbers, etc in wrestling. But did you ever feel the same about the managers? For example, Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart both seemed to get the people who would eventually win multiple championships for them, while managers like Slick and Harvey Whippleman seemed to get the losers. Same goes for WCW or any wrestling company, really. I’m assuming this was planned this way. What managers do you feel are underrated because of this.

​Slick was awesome! I don’t think he was underrated, though, he was rated about right. And he got a run as the manager of the Twin Towers against the Megapowers in one of the biggest angles ever. Now Paul Jones, there’s a guy who got stuck with the losers. ​

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Which Shoot Interview Should be Reviewed Next

With the new “ask what category the people want policy” regarding shoot interview recaps, the topic chosen was 1996 WCW. Here are your choices:


Diamond Dallas Page


Eddie Guerrero


Jim Duggan


Disco Inferno


Vote by clicking on the link below. Voting ends Saturday at noon.

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Another 1991 Question

Hello Scott,

The blog seemed pretty fired up about those random 1991 questions a few days ago so I thought I’d follow up with a similar question. It involves the Ultimate Warrior-Undertaker feud. Despite some of its more cartoonish aspects, I have very fond memories of this feud. First, it was dark for the time and as a kid just entering junior high, that appealed to my friends and I, who were getting tired of the kid-friendly WWF. Second, it was the perfect vehicle for elevating The Undertaker, who was clearly getting over, to the top of the card. And give Warrior credit for showing some ass. Much like Earthquake-Hogan a year earlier, the WWF was not afraid to make a guy who just lost the WWF Championship look vulnerable. Taker would almost certainly gotten over as a main eventer one way or the other but this feud sealed the deal. And I’ve even read that it outdrew Hogan-Slaughter on the house show circuit in the summer of 1991.

Anyhoo, my question is about who was supposed to "win" the feud. As many have noted on the blog, it wasn’t unusual at the time for the WWF to wrap up feuds at house shows rather than PPV’s. So I get that ​​
it didn’t main event Summerslam. But, reading, the feud was booked to continue well after Summerslam if Warrior had stayed (the Warrior-Jake feud was already established on TV but their house show matches weren’t supposed to start until early October, IIRC). Throughout September 1991, the WWF ran numerous house show main events of Sid taking the Warrior’s place vs. Undertaker in body bag/coffin matches. Given that Undertaker was being built up for PPV title matches at Survivor Series and Tuesday in Texas, it seems unlikely that they’d job him out around the horn right before the PPV’s. Yet, I can’t see Warrior doing jobs for anyone, even a rising star like Taker. Prior to Summerslam, Warrior beat Undertaker like a drum at house shows (the Toronto match made a Coliseum Home Video tape and the MSG match is still available today). Surely they wouldn’t job one of their top heels back-to-back in every major city, right? Do you have any insight in how these post-Summerslam matches were supposed to go?

​Not specifically, but much like you I can’t imagine Warrior doing a bunch of jobs to Undertaker when he was already in a cranky mood about payoffs and his position on the card and such. And I distinctly remember PWI bitching that Undertaker was getting a title shot based off a bunch of losses to the Warrior and the Bulldog, so obviously they didn’t care so much about protecting Undertaker at that point. So logically I’d guess that Warrior was going to win.

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The Evening Thread!

It’s the evening thread! Talk about the stuff and the things.

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RF Video Shoot Interview with Ivory

This was released in 2010.

It was conducted by Rob Feinstein

The Interview runs at one hour and fifty-four minutes long

Continue reading

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The Afternoon Thread!

It’s the mighty afternoon thread! Talk about life, sports, fungal infections, maybe even wrestling. Whatevs.

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BoD Daily Update Smackdown Preview

WWE Tag Team To Undergo a Gimmick Change?

Right now there is talk among the WWE about repackaging Los Matadores

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Independent Star Rubs WWE Officials the Wrong Way After Tryout?

Its been reported that Tomasso Ciampa complained about getting “stiffed” by Tyler Breeze after his match and tried to get in all of his important spots, which rubbed those in NXT the wrong way. A source close to the situation believes this hurt his chances in signing a WWE deal.

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In episode #8 of the Dangerous Alliance Wrestling Podcast, JT and Will tackle the following challenges as they dive into wrestling history:

– Face/Off: What if wrestlers from throughout history swapped gimmicks?

– War Games: It is September and that means War Games! JT & Will build feuds and fantasy book various War Games matches that never happened.

– Labor Day: In honor of Labor Day, the boys look back at wrestlers that also moonlighted in other occupations!

– Mailbag! – The boys read answers questions from fans of the show.

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Sista Sherri

I get Tatanka wasn’t Native American and Nikita Kolof​f​
wasn’t Russian but was Sista Sherrie black? It’s tough to tell. Put another way: Would Hulk Hogan let his son date her?

​Tatanka was absolutely Native American, bro. As for Sherri, given that we never got a resolution of the Sherri-Parker romance angle before she died, I think it’s safe to assume that they were together in storyline all the way until the end and thus Nasty Nick wouldn’t have had a shot. ​

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Cena’s evil family!

I just read that Brie and Nikki’s mom is marrying John Laurinaitis!!! That means he’s a few rings away from being John Cena AND Daniel Bryan’s father in law! How is it publicly known that Cena (basically the jockiest jock in jocksville) is dating the queen B (head cheerleader) and NOW evil Johnny could be family and he’s still not a heel! I know I know, this isn’t a heel Cena email, but doesn’t this write itself for a Cena/Bryan Wrestlemania feud forced to fight over contrived Bella family drama.

​I haven’t heard that one myself, but I think the universe might implode if it actually happens, so we should probably post snipers on the roof of the chapel just in case. ​I feel like he’ll suck the personality out of Bryan and Cena just by being around them too much and I don’t want to take the chance.

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Impact Wrestling – September 2, 2015

Impact Wrestling
Date: September 2, 2015
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero

It’s full on war now as the Global Force roster attacked several TNA wrestlers last week with Karen Jarrett revealing that she was behind the attacks on Drew Galloway and Bully Ray in recent weeks. In addition to the invasion, it’s almost time for Bound For Glory, which really hasn’t been set up yet. Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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Sting and RAW ratings

Last week you criticized Sting for the 8-24 RAW ratings falling by saying "Sting is basically damaged goods and did nothing to move the needle on Monday".

Pretty unfair criticism since Sting wasn’t hyped for the show. But this week when Sting was promoted to be kicking off the show the show did its best ratings in more than two months.

Do you take back what you said about Sting being damaged goods and blaming him for the 8-24 RAW rating?

​As I noted in the thread last week, my assumption was that they had done something to hype his appearance up, since I pay zero attention to the current product and didn’t know. So yes, apologies to Sting the ratings juggernaut, who boosted the rating from all-time low to all-time low + 170000 viewers. I’m sure a new boom period is imminent where they will bring out a parade of legends in segment after segment where they fight over who loves HHH the most. ​

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NXT – September 2, 2015

Date: September 2, 2015
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves

The focus goes back on the tag teams tonight as we begin the Dusty Classic. This is a tag team tournament for a prize to be announced and with most of the participants to be announced as well. The idea is to have the past, present and future of NXT involved to honor the spirit of Dusty Rhodes. Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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The Evening Thread!

It’s the evening thread! Talk about the stuff and the things.

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BoD NFL Pick ’em Contest

I have started a pick ’em contest for this coming NFL season.

Here are the rules:

  • All picks are against the spread
  • All picks are locked five minutes before the first game of the day (example: You have up until 5 minutes before kickoff on Thursday’s game to pick for that day. On Sunday’s, you have up until 5 minutes before kickoff of the 1pm EST games to pick for that day)
  • If people want to throw in a small amount of cash, we can discuss that
  • Whoever has the most total wins at the end of the year is the winner. Winner also gets to pick 4 shoot interviews that I recap. A prize will be given if no cash is involved.


If you want to sign up, email me at There are unlimited spots.




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Bully Ray in the WWE

With the Dudley Boyz returning, it’s been discussed many times on the blog that nostalgia acts lose steam pretty quick. My question to you is once the nostalgia pops go down is there any chance the WWE allows Bubba Ray to morph into his Bully Ray character? I mean they don’t have to use the same name from TNA cause obviously they wouldn’t want to do that. But how about at least the character and using a similar name possibly? I mean Bully Ray was easily one of, if not the best character in TNA for a few years. I think his Bully Ray character would translate great on WWE RAW. His promos with guys like Cena and even Kevin Owens would be fantastic. And maybe at one point he can cut a promo on Triple H and Stephanie(bwahahahahaha……beat you to it!) I think his character would be a breath of fresh air and would be just really fun to see in a WWE setting. I remember when you reviewed TNA you always praised him and this character too. Any chance
this happens or would this fall under the usual “WWE doesn’t like using a character that they didn’t create and got over in another company”?

Yeah, I don’t feel like they’d allow the Bully Ray thing to come in. He tried for months to get a job with that character and got turned down flat, plus it’s basically the property of TNA anyway. They’ll do their thing for a month or so and hopefully shift to NXT as trainers.

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Snuka’s Death

Considering the upbeat type of emails you’ve had recently I thought i’d add another to the pile.

If Snuka committed suicide before his Murder trial, do you see him getting the 10 bell salute, tribute packages and everything or would his death not even be referenced by WWE?

Well he’s currently laid up with stomach cancer and on the verge of death as it is, so it might not be out of the question that it will happen before his trial concludes. And at that point I’d say they’ll just do a quick “RIP” graphic and then probably never mention him again.

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The Afternoon Thread!

It’s the mighty afternoon thread! Talk about life, sports, fungal infections, maybe even wrestling. Whatevs.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event

Taped from Uniondale, NY

Airdate: May 11, 1985 (taped 5/10)

Attendance:  8,300

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

I would like to apologize to my anal-retentive readership that may have an issue about my skipping this show to reflect upon GAB ’85 first. You can always blame the no longer existent buffering issues.

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BoD Daily Update

Updated Card for 10/3 Madison Square Garden Show

This is the show that will air live on the WWE Network. Matches include:

Seth Rollins vs. John Cena for the U.S. Title

Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho

Rusev vs. Dolph Ziggler

Sheamus vs. Randy Orton

Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show

WWE RAW Ratings

RAW drew 3.894 million viewers this week, up from last week’s 3.721 million. Here are the hourly breakdowns:

8pm: 3.865 million viewers

9pm: 3.987 million viewers

10pm: 3.831 million viewers

Also, Jay Martell paid tribute to the late great Wes Craven 

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Hercules face turn seemed to get off to a pretty good start as he was positioned with Hulk and Macho Man to fend off Ted Dibiase and the Twin Towers but within 6 months he was relegated to mid card duty doing jobs for Dino Bravo etc on house shows and within a year was just a little beyond jtts getting an occasional win on syndicated tv over a jobber but a non factor otherwise until teaming with Roma.

Could the face turn have worked better if WWF did not throw him right into matches with guys like Dibiase and instead slowly built him up as a face over several months?

Well speaking as someone who was watching at the time, I didn’t buy him as a Megapower for a second, and clearly he was just a goof there to take the pinfall if they needed someone to lose in six-man matches. I don’t think building it up more would have worked any better, just because the angle was so demeaning to him in the first place. Really they should have waited and teamed him up with Zeus because that would have written itself.

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JJ and Heel Logic

Hi Scott,

What was the logic of the “JJ is a phony” storyline. I mean, I’ve never understood heel psychology completely but it seems the point is to get people to dislike you and if JJ “can’t” sing, then shouldn’t that make he dislike him, thus making him a bigger heel and more over in WCW? If I had to choose between booing the country singer who can’t sing and the one who can, wouldn’t I boo the bad singer?

What was WWF hoping to accomplish?

In fact, they were trying to get Roadie over as a top level babyface star, and that had been the original goal since their aborted feud at Summerslam 95. I personally have no idea what they saw in him besides the charisma and Armstrong lineage, but they were sure determined to try. The stuff in 96 with Jarrett after he left was more just trying to portray WCW as getting the WWF’s leftovers and guys who couldn’t cut it.

As I’ve mentioned before in the rants, there was a bizarre trend during the down period of the 90s of people playing fake versions of other characters, like fake Diesel and Ramon, fake Undertaker, and then “the real” Double J. And it never worked.

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Monday Nitro – April 10, 2000

Monday Nitro #235
Date: April 10, 2000
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 9,074
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Mark Madden, Scott Hudson

It’s kind of hard to preview this show as it’s all about the company being reset. Russo and Bischoff are coming in to a bigger reception than Hogan back in 1994 because they’re writers and therefore more important than anything else. Since WCW is stupid, this is also the go home show for Spring Stampede, which has nothing set up so far. Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW–10.14.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.14.96

Taped from Hershey, PA

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Jim Ross

The light at the end of the tunnel is almost here, as it’s the last week of these awful tapings and next week is the Buried Alive PPV and then the show that officially wakes the sleeping giant that was Vince McMahon and turns things around. But first…

Continue reading

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Sporting News: Mailbag of Doom 09.01.15

Whatever happened to WWE putting smiles on faces? Stop murdering people and hating black people, Hall of Famers!

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