PTBN’s WrestleMania List-a-Mania – Day Twenty-Five: Best WrestleMania Match Finishes

In honor of WrestleMania 33, members of the PTBN Staff has gathered to create a series of 33 lists, all dedicated to the rich history of WWE’s grandest spectacle. Each contributor assigned a ranking of 1-10 and votes were tallied accordingly. We will be releasing one list per day, with the final list to be posted on April 1, 2017, the day prior to WrestleMania 33! Be sure to share your feedback with us on social media! You can view the complete series here!

BoD Daily Update: March 24, 2017

NBC Sports Interview with Triple H


Summer Rae Update

Summer is currently training at the Performance Center and there is talk she could be part of the Smackdown Women’s match at WrestleMania.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Interview on Donovan Dijak


RF Video Releases Newest Installment of their “Reflections” Series

Hosted by Timothy Embler, he welcomes guest Ricky Steamboat and you can view the trailer below:


Also, vote in this week’s shoot interview poll by clicking here

What the World Was Watching: Wrestling Challenge – January 22, 1995

With a few work-related obligations out of the way for the immediate future that absorbed the last month of my time, we return to the WWF in 1995.  We are less than twenty-four hours away from the Royal Rumble in Tampa, Florida, but before we get there we have “go home” broadcast of Wrestling Challenge.

Gorilla Monsoon and Ted DiBiase are in the booth and are still in Liberty, New York.

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White dudes in Japan

Hey Scott,

Your crack about Jurassic Powers is well taken, but anyone who can explain Scott Norton’s success in NJPW to me without the caveat that they could turn any stiff into a top star at that point would come as a huge surprise. I understand Japanese audiences value different qualities in wrestlers than do American audiences, but I just don’t get it with this guy. What’s the deal?


​The deal is that he looks exactly like Japanese audiences picture monster American wrestlers, so as long as he could stand there and have smaller guys bounce off him, 90% of the work was done for him already. And I mean, eventually being around the highest level of talent in the world rubbed off on him and he got better as a worker. But everyone has a type, and Norton was Japan’s type.​

The future of HoF inductees

Hey Scott,

People often have these conversations about whether or not wrestler X or Y deserves to be in the WWE HoF. But really, at what point, will everyone be inducted. On average WWE inducts 5 wrestlers into the HoF a year (not counting Tag Teams and Celebrities).

With Kurt going in now, they’ve basically run throw all the obvious HoF inductees and once Rude goes in, really how many guys are left that’re holes the HoF needs to fill? AA? Bundy?

I guess what I’m asking is, at what are they going to have no choice but to put Chyna in?

​If friggin’ Beth Phoenix somehow qualifies for a spot before she does, I’m thinking never. They’ll induct former Women’s champion Harvina Wippleman first. Or how about Rockin’ Robin? ‘member her? ​

Midget Wrestlers in HOF

Hi Scott,

With the mention of Lord Littlebrook in the Observer Flashback today as one of Patterson’s accusers, that got me thinking – are we ever going to see any of our favorite midget wrestlers in the HOF? Guys like Sky-Low-Low, Little Beaver, Lord Littlebrook and Rey Mysterio?

There was even an NWA Midget Championship and a title lineage:

Second, Pat Patterson hit on Lord Littlebrook? Really???

So he claims. Although others at the time took it as more joking around, apparently. Today if something like that happened, it would go to HR in 3 seconds and the accused would be out the door by the next day.

Also, I see what you did there. Bravo.

KB’s History of NXT Vol. I and II Now Available in Paperback

I don’t think I’d be going too far to suggest that NXT is one of the most entertaining and well received promotions to come along in years. Now it gets its own spot on Wrestlemania weekend and feels like a genuine alternative to the main roster. But how exactly did we get here?

In these books, I take a look back at the history of NXT from its debut at Full Sail University in June 2012 to the debut on the WWE Network (Volume I) and from the Arrival special all the way through Takeover: Dallas (Volume II), looking at 190 episodes of NXT plus all ten live specials. Each show is broken down match by match and segment by segment with context, play by play and analysis.

Both are ready to go from Amazon and are full on paperbacks. Volume I runs $11.99 (£ 9.99) and Volume II runs $13.99 (£ 10.99). They are available worldwide (only in English) from any country’s Amazon page but here are the US and UK links:

Volume I:



Volume II:



Or just search “KB’s NXT” on Amazon.

All of my e-books (24 different topics) are available here:

I hope you like these and please shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall

Impact Wrestling – March 23, 2017

Impact Wrestling
Date: March 23, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, D’Angelo Dinero, Josh Matthews

We’re on to week three of the reboot and hopefully last week’s improvements continue here. Last week’s show was a slight upgrade from the borderline disaster of the first week but it’s not clear where things are going. The big story coming out of last week was the announcement of a Tag Team Title tournament which starts next week. Let’s get to it.

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Lightning Round!

The one and only Lightning Round is back!

​A Streetcar Naked Desire! Wait, wrong game, sorry.

1. Who gave the best ever interview / promo in justifying / explaining a heel turn?

​Hollywood Hogan, baby. Summed it up perfectly in one interview and established his heel character for the next three years to come.

2. What is the best-ever (in terms of getting the character(s) over) wrestling outfit?

​Gotta go with Undertaker.

3. Sting’s Scorpion Deathlock or Bret’s Sharpshooter?

​Bret won two titles with his and it’s so devastating that even he had no choice but to tap to his own hold. ​

4. In getting the wrestler(s) over, who is the best heel manager of all time?

​Bobby Heenan. Although there’s a case for Paul Heyman, who is so effective at his job that he can create a menacing promo for Brock Lesnar without Brock even needing to be there. ​

5. If you were a wrestler, with an unlimited licensing budget, what song would you use for your entrance music?

​Still gotta be "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" from Kill Bill Volume 1.

6. Top 3 pre-Dr.Feelgood Motley Crue songs?

​Well, I mean, I was pretty obsessed with "Theater of Pain" and "Shout at the Devil" in my mildly rebellious 12 year old boy phase, so I’d have to go with "Smoking in the Boys Room" as my #1 pick from that era, "Piece of Your Action"​
​and probably "Too Young To Fall in Love". Although Dr. Feelgood remains one of my most-purchased albums ever, behind only "Back in Black" and "Led Zeppelin II". I’ve bought it on cassette when it was originally released, then later upgraded to CD, then bought it as a part of the "Music to Crash Your Car By" box set​, then bought the remastered Rhino CD, then bought it digitally for my phone, and then recently bought the green vinyl release as well.