Joe is jobbing isn’t he?

Hi Scott,

As a man who’s been as big a fan of Samoa Joe as you can get since he almost murdered AJ in 2005, my life has been a constant stream of disappointments.

However, with the upcoming Joe/Lesnar match and the AWESOME starting build for the feud with Joe choking out Heyman and even going 50/50 in a brawl with Lesnar, I’ve all of a sudden dared to dream that possibly they have big plans for Big Joe.

But now with the feud continuing as it has, with Joe getting tainted victories over Rollins and Reigns, in matches clearly designed further the latters’ feuds, and it being pretty clear that Lesnar has having feud with Braun probably for Summerslam and a date with a spear at WM (where he probably still has the title), it seems pretty clear that Joe is not going to get his hand raised at Great Balls.

Do I even have a chance that MAYBE interference backfires and Joe gets an interference win and doesn’t immediately go into Ambrose mid-card hell? JUST A CHANCE?

Strowman’s the money match, bro. Having Brock job to Joe first would be ludicrous.

SMW Volunteer Slam ’92




– Presented on May 22nd, 1992 from the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum in, you guessed it, Knoxville, TN. The show runs 90-minutes and was produced in-house for home distribution, so I would expect most matches to be clipped down, but not to unwatchable levels. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (yup, get used to reading this here, too), the attendance was around 1,000, which is slightly better than what WCW had done recently, and slightly down from the WWF, which goes to show how hard the times were, at least for WWF. In the Dark Match, Hector Guerrero & Joey Maggs defeated “Hustler” Rip Rogers & “Bad Boy” Barry Horowitz.

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PTBN’s Greatest WWE Wrestler Ever Project

Just a reminder that we are underway with our PTBN Greatest WWE Wrestler Ever Project! At the end of the day we will produce a crowd sourced Top 100 list of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time!

If you are interested in learning about the project and how you get involved, here are the details!

We also have started producing content driven toward the project, helping to spotlight the cases for various wrestlers:

For Your Consideration: This is a new podcast series exploring the WWE careers of wrestlers nominated for the Greatest WWE Wrestler Ever poll and discussing their chances for the Top 100. Will from Texas is joined by Glenn Butler and Steve Williams. Today’s episode discusses the careers of the following: Mickie James, MVP, Ryback, Umaga, Jamie Noble, John Bradshaw Layfield, Evan Bourne, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Batista, Bobby Lashley & CM Punk

PTBN GWWE Pod Blast: Marty Jannetty: In this installment of PTBN’s Greatest WWE Wrestler Ever Pod Blast Series, JT Rozzero and Aaron George quickly debate the merits and candidacy of Marty Jannetty. They offer their opinions on whether or not he should crack the Top 100 and then discuss some matches that are worth checking out as you fill out your ballot.

Anyone is welcome to participate and contribute content as well! Be sure to join us!

AJ vs Nakamura

Hi Scott,

I just watched the AJ vs Nakamura match from last year’s WrestleKingdom and it’s pretty awesome


Nakamura is awesome. AJ is awesome. Together they’re super awesome.

A few questions about them, the match, and Japan in general:

1) How many *s do you rate this match?

​****3/4 I think. I’d have to watch it again but that’s what I recall thinking when I first saw it. ​

2) This should totally be the next WM main event. When you get that kind of heat for the staredown at MITB, you know it’s gonna be great. Are they building to WM? If not, what are they building to for them?

​They don’t even know what they’re building to for Summerslam at this point. I seriously doubt Vince has any solid idea of where they’re going for WM. ​

3) Nakamura’s "antics" and mannerisms seem to me to be very un-Japan-like, in that most Japanese wrestlers I’ve seen are very business-like, have very basic entrances etc. Did Nak have heat in Japan for doing this kind of stuff? In general how did all this go over with the other wrestlers, the fans and the promoters?

​Nakamura was treated like a rock star in Japan because he was DIFFERENT. He was considered a prodigy who was pushed from the day he debuted, so he definitely didn’t have heat. ​

4) What took so long for AJ to get to WWE?

​He preferred the idea of a stable income for his family while working close to home. However, as I understand it, once he became a big star in New Japan and could secure a big enough deal in WWE, he wanted to basically cash in for his future while he still could. ​

5) I actually enjoyed Matt Striker on commentary here. Why did WWE get rid of him?

​Because he was the worst! The Dino Bravo of commentators.​

Thunder in Paradise

Hey Scott,
Let’s assume that Thunder in Paradise was a smash hit that lasted for say 6 years on TV.

How would that have affected WCW? Would hogan still come in in 1994 on a part time basis?
Would he have brought all his buddies?
Would sting have a bigger run on top or would savage have gotten the title in 94-95?
Would Austin have become a wcw main eventer since hogan wasn’t there to kick him out?

​I think that Hulk still would have come in, because filming was only for a relatively short time and that would have left him enough to at least come in for short deals.

However, if Hogan didn’t come in, there was a very real fear that Turner was going to finally pull the plug on WCW in 1994, so the entire thing might have been a moot point. The possibility exists that if Hogan doesn’t come in, Vince wins the wrestling war 7 years early. And then we REALLY would have been screwed.​

Jinder Mahal making progress

When Jinder first became the World Champion we all laughed right? A jobber who literally got rocketed to the top out of nowhere. Ridiculous right?

But I got to be honest here for a second. Jinder Mahal has been making progress.

This guy carries himself like a star, the WWE is legitimately presenting him as a star, and he literally gets more heat than anyone on the roster. A heel actually getting booed? What a concept right? And this guy is making people boo him! A guy who can’t have a 5 star match…. Is he amazing in the ring? No but quite frankly I don’t care. We need pure heels in wrestling these days and I think this dude has got some major potential. Hopefully they don’t ruin it…

Thoughts on Jinders first two months as champ? Any idea of when he should drop it. To who?

​I dunno, does it really matter at this point who the champion is? They’ve already bounced it around so much that title changes are meaningless anyway.

That being said, Jinder’s been around for 15 years now. If he was gonna show some flashes of brilliance as a character or worker, he would have done so by now. They have lots of guys who get legit heel heat, and Jinder ended up in the top spot for reasons that have nothing to do with his character. ​I think that’s everyone’s biggest issue with him.

NXT – June 21, 2017

Date: June 27, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

It’s the last episode of a taping cycle and that means we have a major match to wrap things up as Aleister Black is facing Kassius Ohno in what could be one of the hardest hitting matches we’ve ever seen in NXT. If nothing else Black needs to get a win over a bigger name instead of just beating nobodies time after time. Let’s get to it.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of Champions XII: Fall Brawl ’90 – Mountain Madness

Live from Asheville, NC

Airdate:  September 5, 1990

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Who is the Black Scorpion? Can Sting overcome his challenge? Read on!

It may be later than your credit card payment, but it still bears interest!

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Monday Night Raw – January 20, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: January 20, 2003
Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re past the Royal Rumble and, somehow, the big story still seems to be HHH vs. Scott Steiner for reasons of general torture. After Steiner showed why he shouldn’t be allowed to wrestle a watermelon farmer in front of a pair of chickens named Dolores and Walter, it’s pretty clear that he’s getting a rematch next month at No Way Out. Let’s get to it.

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