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WWE.com Footage of Daniel Bryan Celebration After RAW Ended

Below is a link to a clip of what happened after RAW went off the air.


Update on Undertaker’s Opponent at WrestleMania

According to PWInsider, when news of a potential Braun Strowman vs. Undertaker match at WrestleMania broke, the negative reaction among those who heard the news apparently caught on within the company and the plan has been scrapped. While Vince McMahon is also noted to always change his plans and they could always go back to this plan its also noted that likely only a small amount of people know what the current plan is for the Undertaker at the show and those details have yet to trickle down to other sources.


EVOLVE Announces Match For WrestleMania Weekend

Will Ospreay vs. Ricochet has been announced for the 4/2 EVOLVE show in Dallas, TX.


And, head on over to Place to be Nation for the Kevin Kelly Show podcast. Kelly discusses the Daniel Bryan retirement and the WWE Concussion Protocol among other things. You can listen by clicking on the link below


Impact Wrestling – February 9, 2016

Impact Wrestling
Date: February 9, 2016
Location: MEN Arena, Manchester, England
Attendance: 3,000
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero

We’re out of Pennsylvania for a change as the annual Maximum Impact tour begins. That means the return of Ethan Carter III as he goes after Matt Hardy and the World Title, along with the continuation of the Kurt Angle farewell tour. The UK shows are always energetic so let’s get to it. Continue reading “Impact Wrestling – February 9, 2016”

Wrestling Observer Awards Early 90’s/All Japan Women

Looking over the Wrestling Observer awards from the early 90’s and there’s a lot of love for All Japan Women. They had wrestlers finishing in the top 5 in most outstanding wrestlers, best promotions, etc.. Is this something worth checking out? I remember Herb Kunze talking them up like crazy in his newsletters back then.

​I actually hung out with Herb when he was visiting Edmonton for a teaching symposium in 93, and he showed me a SHITLOAD of All Japan Women, and yeah, it was pretty great stuff. I’m pretty sure I accumulated tons of it over the years, but can’t remember specifics anymore. That being said, yes, it’s totally worth checking out, especially if you’ve watched something like the Jumping Bomb Angels or today’s NXT women and wondered what an entire promotion booked like that would be like. ​

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

Taped from Hartford, CT

Airdate: January 3, 1987 (taped 12/14)

Attendance:  10,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

To open the show, Orndorff and Heenan run down Hogan. According to Orndorff, “Hulkamania dies tonight!” Well, he was only 91/2 years premature on that prediction.

Continue reading “Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event IX”

WWF Wrestling Challenge March 13th, 1988

March 13, 1988

From the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, KS

Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week will be Greg Valentine, British Bulldogs, and Ron Bass. Plus, an interview with Hulk Hogan and the WrestleMania IV Special Report.

Continue reading “WWF Wrestling Challenge March 13th, 1988”

Owen Hart/Daniel Bryan

> Scott,
> In one of your rants you said something like "One of the bad things about holding the younger guy down and not letting him get over for petty political reasons is that you never know when he’ll be gone and you’ve lost the opportunity to build someone new". You said it about the Triple H and Owen Hart feud and Owen’s death but I think it applies to Daniel Bryan’s retirement too.

Very true. Had they not wasted 2 years screwing with his career they could have made money off him while he was hot. Thankfully they won’t repeat that mistake with Reigns.

Daniel Bryan – Was WWE Right All Along?

> Hi Scott,
> Was there always a concern that Daniel Bryan’s body wasn’t going to hold up long enough for him to be "the guy", or was it always just a matter of WWE not seeing him as "the guy"?

Look at it this way — How many times has Randy Orton been injured and yet given chance after chance on top? If they wanted Bryan as the guy, he would have been the guy.

A Grateful Farewell


Highly recommended piece by Chad Campbell here as he looks back fondly at Daniel Bryan’s career, his rise through the Indies and his remarkable WWE journey that culminated last night. Chad followed his career closely since 2000 and was in the crowd at WrestleMania 30, and he has some great takes on Bryan’s legacy in the wrestling business.

A Grateful Farewell


The SmarK Rant for Prime Time Wrestling–01.26.87

The SmarK Rant for Prime Time Wrestling – 01.26.87

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan. All the matches this week are from a Toronto show at Maple Leaf Gardens. For me personally, this would be notable because these are the same cards they were running in Vancouver when I started going to wrestling shows in 1987.

Continue reading “The SmarK Rant for Prime Time Wrestling–01.26.87”

Daniel Bryan Tribute Video

Hey Scott,

I was hit pretty hard by the Daniel Bryan retirement announcement tonight, as I imagine a lot of fans were. It just feels like a really sad, anticlimactic, and disappointing end to a great ride (the YES! movement, Wrestlemania XXX, etc). I felt compelled to pay tribute to Bryan in whatever small way I could, so I put together this tribute video:


Maybe you’d be so kind to share it with the BoD’ers, if anybody else is like me and feeling the need to relive the road to Wrestlemania XXX right now. Probably the last great feel good moment in wrestling (..for now?)

Take care.


​Yeah, not only was it a disappointing end to the story, but for a third year in a row the Daniel Bryan Show makes whoever is supposed to main event Wrestlemania look like a second rate goof. ​

Independent contractors vs. employees

this guy that posted this is a moron.

the factors listed are used when the work relationship is ambiguous – like for fruit pickers or business consultants or something.

wrestlers sign contracts that clearly stated they’re independent contractors rather than employees. end of story.

if there’s any doubt, replace NHL or NFL with WWE. Nobody in their right mind considers those guys "employees".

​There’s also 30 different teams that someone can sign with in either the NFL or NHL. Plus a union. So I don’t think it’s apples-to-apples at all. ​

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Use this thread to talk about the Road to Wrestlemania or blame Roman Reigns for yesterday’s boring ass Super Bowl or talk about Daniel Bryan’s retirement announcement.

Sadly when I read that he was going to elaborate on RAW tonight my first thought was “angle”. In seriousness I hope he is able to train or book or do commentary or whatever if he’s retired from in-ring action. Hopefully he’s saved well and is looking ahead to do other things to fulfill his life.

Anyway keep it clean!

Wrestling Observer Flashback–08.01.88

This is the extended obituary issue for Bruiser Brody, which is a really interesting history of the wrestler but not much for news, so this will be a quick one otherwise.

– Actual numbers for the Bash PPV, which in fact did between 350,000 – 400,000 buys.  That sounds REALLY high, but just shows how impressive the PPV market used to be.  That’s with a “universe” of 10 million homes, assuming a 4% buyrate.  Outside of WWF shows and some boxing, this makes the Bash the highest-grossing PPV in the short history of the medium.

– A Japanese paper is reporting that the TBS purchase of the NWA happens within 60 days, with Jack Petrick overseeing the merger and Dusty Rhodes left in control of the promotion. 

– Jerry Lawler and Kerry Von Erich have been doing “unification” matches in the Memphis area, typically ending with Kerry piledriving him for the DQ because a piledriver is illegal.  However, the World Class title is supposed to change hands on a DQ (really? I thought it was just countouts?) so someone dropped the ball on the booking.  Rematches will be no-DQ, there must be a winner matches, so Dave wonders how they’re going to get out of those ones. 

– Verne Gagne is planning “WrestleRock III” from the Metrodome in November, to be shown on PPV with 50,000 people in the stadium and ZZ Top playing a concert.  There is literally no part of that statement that didn’t turn out completely false.

–   DJ Peterson and Curt Hennig are both coming into the WWF.  I recall Peterson’s stay being extremely short-lived, like doing some house show jobs.  Hennig has a strong chance of not happening because he already agreed to terms twice previously and then burned Vince by staying with the AWA. 

– Hercules sliced his arm open taking a table bump in a match with Ultimate Warrior at a TV taping and needed 76 stitches.  Hopefully he’s got some kind of magic medical serum to help his muscle heal faster.  Apparently both guys have heat for smashing TV monitors in the process, which isn’t surprising because they’ve been seemingly using those same damn monitors since 1987 to save money.

– Dean Malenko has retired from wrestling and is working the counter for an airline.

Light news week this time around, but the Brody bio is well worth reading.

Am I An Independent Contractor?

So I found this doing some light Googling. I thought it might made for interesting discussion.


Yeah, WWE has always been on shaky ground from a legal standpoint with that argument, but the problem is that there’s no one with the legal means and time to fight that fight.
“No consistent, uniform definition distinguishes an employee from an independent contractor. Some statutes contain their own definitions. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that when a statute contains the term employee but fails to define it adequately, there is a presumption that traditional agency-law criteria for identifying master-servant relationships apply (National Mutual Insurance Co. v. Darden, 503 U.S. 318, 112S. Ct. 1344, 111 L. Ed. 2d 581 [1992]).

Continue reading “Am I An Independent Contractor?”

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WWE.com RAW Preview




WWE Blocked Daniel Bryan From Giving His Notice?

In this article from Keith Harris at Cageside Seats, he notes how Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter posted on the Wrestling Classics message board that Bryan gave his notice but was told by the company that he did not have that right. The article also notes that Bryan is being paid his downside guarantee but the time of his contract is not being run down, similar to Rey Mysterio in 2014. Click on the link below for more details, including a template of a standard contract.




NXT Trio To be Backstage at WWE TV Tapings This Week

Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, and Carmella are being brought to the RAW and Smackdown Tapings this week.


Cocaine is a Hell of a Drug

Hey Scott,

1) How far do you think drugs messed up the career of William Regal? I feel like he wasn’t destined to be World Champ or anything but he definitely lost a good year or two and could’ve had at least a cup of coffee in the main.

2) Which wrestler do you feel would’ve changed wrestling the most if they’d been sober? Hall? von Erich (Any of them)? Gino? Pillman? Personally, I go with JYD. Maybe he woudn’t have been world champ in the Hogan era but he probably could’ve easily been the B-show main eventer with Savage and set the stage for bigger black wrestlers in the future.

​1. Yeah, it’s hard to say. There was definitely points where he was flirting with being a top guy, and he would have been a perfect foil for Steve Austin in 98/99 as Vince’s corporate stooge.

2. The Von Erichs by a mile. Kerry had so much charisma that he got the IC title while stoned and missing a foot. I can only imagine how far he would have gone if he wasn’t so damn messed up all the time. ​

Paid Wrestlemania attendance

Hi Scott

Thought you and the fellow doomers might like this. These are the paid Wrestlemania attendances from the WWE’s Corporate KPI’s (and the BS numbers the WWE claims attended).

They are going to have paper the fuck out of Dallas to even get close to number they can claim is a record for the stadium.

Well yeah, we’ve been saying that for months now.

Here’s what I was thinking about, though: The Wrestlemania name sells most of the tickets, because god knows no one is going to the show to see Roman Reigns. And the PPV revenue doesn’t matter any longer, so as long as they can maintain a decent Network number they’re fine. And ratings are dropping like a stone, but they’re locked into a contract with USA for years. So clearly, EVERYTHING IS FINE.

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