Lana is currently training at the moment. There is no word on when she will return, however.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
Ring of Honor Bringing in New Japan Talent This February
The company will be bringing in the New Japan talent for the 2/26 14th Anniversary PPV and the TV Tapings the next day.
Kayfabe Commentaries Releases Newest Installment in the Back to the Territories Series
Hosted by Jim Cornette, we welcomes guest Kevin Sullivan as they discuss the Florida Territory. You can view the trailer by clicking on the link below:
And, head over to Place to be Nation for the Place to be Podcast #387 as they discuss the WWE One Night Stand 2005 PPV. You can listen to that by clicking on the link below:
Since I’m such a rant mark (I save them all, update them, sort then chronologically by company), I was wondering what you thought of this idea. I was watching the TLC match between Punk & Jeff Hardy at Summerslam ’09 because it was on the Network feed a while ago, and I went to look at the rant and realized you never did that full show, just a couple matches from it, and not that one. Then it hit me…what about some individual match or angle rants as a regular or semi-regular feature?
I know you don’t have much time anymore what with a family and all, and there are certainly loads of shows ain’t nobody got time for to sit through anymore, but what about just picking an individual match or angle to do a rant on once a week or whatever? Just whatever you feel like watching for 10-20 mins, rather than try to find the time to watch & transcribe a 2+ hour show. Mull it over, maybe.
And Huss to you too.
I don’t hate the idea. I did a similar thing with 24/7 back in the day. Was there particular stuff that the blog is clamoring for that’s on the Network?
Listening to Austin talk about Samoa Joe, Steve said that the agents and such backstage kept telling him to do what he was doing in the ring. and he would get over. Looking at the guys who have gotten over the last few years (Rollins,Ambrose, Cesaro, Bryan, Punk, Owens, even Rusev and Wyatt), all of them are above average in-ring performers and don’t have the action figure physique the WWE tends to love. Is it that hard for Vince to see what gets people over or has HHH picked up on this and is building his own cache of stars in NXT that can get over in the ring?
Vince gonna Vince. He could have had Samoa Joe way sooner and just couldn’t get over the physique, and he almost always dismisses guys for being too small or too skinny. As he gets older it only gets worse, which is why he’s got horse blinders on about Reigns and we’re going to get this push come hell or high water, since no one else looks the part in his mind. And it’s ironic because it’s arguably the time when this stuff matters LEAST, since the revenues from the Network are in theory coming from personality-based stuff like the training show and the stupid show about people in cars, or Austin’s podcasts. You’d think you’d want people with good promos and personality first to carry those things.
Wasn’t there a time where Sheamus was over as a babyface? He was getting pretty good reactions, kids were dressing up as him, etc. While he’s not going to draw flies as a heel champion (and let’s face it, Seth Rollins didn’t either) am I crazy in thinking that there was a time where Sheamus was just as good of an option to be the "next Cena" as Roman Reigns is?
He was definitely HHH’s guy for a while, but around the time of the Daniel Bryan win he just kinda hit the wall and couldn’t get past the next level. Whereas someone like Randy Orton tweaked the character to be the crazy predator or whatever, Sheamus just kind of kept being the big Irish guy who says "Fella" and hits people with the Brogue kick, bubbling below the main event. And that’s a better spot than a lot of people get, but it’s not a top guy and I’m not sure exactly what he’s missing. But it’s definitely missing.
November 23, 2015
From the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Your hosts are Byron Saxton, JBL, and Michael Cole
I’ve been watching wrestling for 30 years and like most, don’t like the product but watch it out of habit perhaps loyalty.
How do you feel about it and why do you still watch?
Well I mean I don’t watch the weekly TV shows and basically just keep up via recaps and the YouTube "Top 10 things that happened on RAW" videos that tend to be really well done, plus people immediately e-mailing me to bitch about how terrible RAW was on a given week. Typically the stories are so vapid that you can follow things just fine by watching just the PPVs and reading recaps of RAW. In general I have no strong feelings towards anyone on the roster in particular that would drive me to watch on a regular basis. That being said, if RAW wasn’t so fucking long I could probably still recap it without much of a problem. Overall, the roster is a just a bunch of guys and I like some (Brock, New Day, Ambrose mostly) and dislike some and don’t care about 90% of the rest. I do the PPV coverage because people enjoy it and it puts food on the table, but I could quite easily go months without paying any attention to the current product and just watching NXT or old shows on the Network. And in some cases I have done just that. But I mean, I enjoy watching the PPVs just fine because I love wrestling, it’s not like it’s any great chore to do that. RAW was a chore and I quit, but what I do now is totally fine for me.
This has nothing to do with the WWE
Howdy Blog O’Doomers!
I don’t know about you guys but I think I’m on NXT for a few weeks or however long the Sheamus title reign lasts. This is proof that if HHH and Vince are bickering over an issue they will find a middle ground on the worst possible idea that neither one of them should like.
Besides I can’t get enough of Eva Marie’s last amazing promo. When she said “All right be quiet you little dorks” I was thinking….”heat machine”
Patriots-Bills on MNF
7 NHL/7 NHL and ton of college basketball.
New Episodes: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, Blindspot, Supergirl, Fargo, NCIS Los Angeles, Jane the Virgin, etc. etc.
Eddie Murphy is receiving some award for being funny on PBS.
Enjoy….and keep it clean!
It’s a Rocky roundtable and yours truly chimes in to once again let the world know about how awesome Rocky 3 really is.
WWE.com RAW Preview
Update on Decision to Make Sheamus WWE Champion
According to Dave Meltzer on “Wrestling Observer Radio,” the decision to make Sheamus the champion last night was decided upon just hours before the show. The reason the company did not want to make Reigns the Champion is because they did not want the fans to boo him as the Champion and believes the crowd would cheer for him while booing Sheamus as the Champion.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
Cesaro is having shoulder issues that may require surgery that could cause him to miss a lengthy amount of time. Cesaro hurt his shoulder Monday night on RAW and was supposed to be on the Survivor Series pre show match.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
Also, head on over to Place to be Nation for two podcasts. You can listen to “Between the Sheets” as they discuss the World of Pro Wrestling from November 17th-23rd in 1991. And you can listen to “Exile on Badstreet” #19 as they discuss the life and times of Nick Bockwinkel
> Hi Scott,
> Is anyone actually "over"? If so, can you count them on one hand?
> More importantly, do WWE care whether anyone is/gets over? Does their business model mean that it doesn’t matter anymore?
Yeah, its a tricky question that’s probably not the best to answer on my phone, but what it mostly matters for is merchandise and house shows. Sheamus as champion is stupid and boring, but there’s a base group of people who subscribe to the Network and 40k who buy any shitty PPV so it probably won’t affect that aspect.
Since you’ve completed your time travel adventure through 1996 and survived I thought I would put this together to highlight your experience. I’ve compiled the ratings for all 10 of the WCW PPV’s that happened in America using your most recently available review for each show and then using the magical power of math, I ranked them from best to worst.
Theory time: The WWE knows no one wants Reigns as Champion but are still going to do it and do it on the big stage of the 2016 WM. The usual suspects of the main event mafia at the WWE don’t want to lose to Reigns as far as being a glorified lame duck champion for whatever reasons (ego, along with seeing what happened to CM Punk when he was made into a lame duck bitch champion) and the few who MIGHT be willing are too well loved by fans to allow near the belt, since fans will CHEER FOR THEM and boo Reigns and probably riot when WM comes with regards to boing Reigns in his moment of triumph.
So they give the belt to Sheamus, who for whatever reason, is willing to eat shit as a lame duck champion and job the belt to Reigns at WM 2016.
And the added bonus: five months of Sheamus as champion might piss off the audience to such a degree, that they will want anyone, INCLUDING Reigns, by the time WM comes along.
I think you’ve giving them WAY too much credit for having any kind of a plan here. I think the endgame is Reigns v. HHH because they think he’s the lovechild of Daniel Bryan and Steve Austin or something, but other than that there’s zero forethought going on here.
The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2015 – 11.22.15
Live from Atlanta, GA
Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL
Lillian Garcia sings the national anthem to start, to show those rumored terrorists that this is still AMERICA, dammit! Take that, baseless speculation!
We’ve got a World Title Tournament, the Brothers of Destruction a mystery 5-on-5 elimination match, Divas dissing dead sibs and more tonight at the Survivor Series, brought to us by Big Show’s indigestion!
(As a side note, some big shit goes down on TWD tonight. DO NOT SPOIL IT FOR PEOPLE the way my work has spoiled it for me.)
Alright peeps, have at it!
December 27, 1987
From the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers
Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon
In action this week will be Ted DiBiase, Randy Savage, and the British Bulldogs vs. Islanders (which aired on the 12/26 edition of “Superstars of Wrestling”).
We had a ton of Survivor Series content for everyone this week. Here is a sampling to peruse while you watch football. Enjoy!
JT shared some thoughts on the State of WWE heading into tonight’s show
Kevin Kelly previewed Survivor Series and also chatted with Ray Rowe (AUDIO)
Scott, Will & Johnny previewed the show and also discussed the life and career of Nick Bockwinkel in this week’s Main Event (AUDIO)
Glenn Butler rebooked the end of every Survivor Series with an applicable Match of Grand Survival
Ben Morse ranked the Top Ten Survivor Series captains
Chris Jordan shared a sampling of Wrestling’s greatest Upsets
PTBN Staff Members chatted during a live watch of two classic Survivor Series bouts (AUDIO)
Suppose Vince and co. decided not to take the belt off of Hogan in ’88, but were determined to ride the Hulkamania wave until it finally fizzled out. How much longer do you think his reign could have lasted? Another two or three years? Longer/shorter? As most casual Rock ‘n Wrestling-era WWF fans had never known anyone else as champion and most Bruno/Backlund-era holdovers were accustomed to lengthy reigns, I can’t imagine TOO many people (outside of dirtsheet circles) getting all that rankled at the time. Thoughts?
Oh yeah, Vince could have ridden that horse all the way until 1991, at which point the business changed drastically due to steroids anyway. Especially in 88 there were no signs that Hogan’s drawing power was dropping. Really, given that the Savage and Warrior reigns were just shadowed by Hulk anyway, you could have easily justified keeping the belt on him all that time as one long run.
Do you think Austin’s failed heel turn has jaded Vince to turning his top star heel? I know Cena sells tons of stuff and does a lot of great PR stuff, but flushing money away has never really stopped Vince before (see Ryder, Zack and Cesaro). Vince’s logic could be what happens if it doesn’t work, then what?
I’m pretty sure that it’s more the "sells tons of stuff and does a lot of great PR" aspect that the advertisers and shareholders he’s beholden to are more concerned about. That’s why they’re so desperate to create Cena 2.0 with Roman Reigns. And hey, if he can single-handedly fight off a dozen ISIS bombers tonight by himself, that’s a good first step.
Football! And the Nascar title gets decided toady. Go Kyle Busch. And there’s some PPV on tonight, but I’d imagine that will get it’s own thread.
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night Wars – January 20 1997
– So it’s the night after Royal Rumble 97, and here’s where things REALLY get good and the turnaround of RAW begins.
(I WAS gonna do the Rumble 97 re-rant, but then I read that ISIS was going to build a time machine and go back in time to bomb the Alamodome, and so I decided not to risk it. I feel like I SHOULD redo Souled Out next week, though. I promise to get back to new rants again once we hit RAW is WAR, because I really want to start watching those in sequence again and doing fun Observer facts and stuff.)
Welcome everyone to the Saturday before the Survivor Series. Will the evil terrorist group ruin our live watch tomorrow night? Or will the heroic Vincent Kennedy McMahon overcome yet another tragedy to bring this nation back from the brink?
Of course, in our main event, PART II of November’s best matches, put together by the inimitable Bobby! The live watch starts at 8 p.m. and can be accessed by CLICKING HERE!
All that and more in the Streets Ahead Saturday Night’s Main Event thread, brought to you by Scott Keith’s Blog of Doom! Have at it!
That’s right, they’re still pushing Roman Reigns even if it literally kills everyone in the building!
As WWE prepares to celebrate ‘Taker’s 25th anniversary at Sunday’s ‘Survivor Series,’ we’ve put together this claw-some tribute
Source: Watch the Undertaker’s Greatest Moments – Reenacted by Cats | Rolling Stone
Admittedly, by the time it got to the Mick Foley one I was laughing pretty hard. Well played, Rolling Stone.
I think we all like having a place to talk about random crap here on Saturday afternoons, stuff like college football. So, here’s where you can do that.
Remember, the Saturday Night’s Main Event thread will come to you LIVE on the Superstation at 6:05 Eastern!