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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.


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?”

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.

WM Paid.xlsx

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event March 12th, 1988

March 12, 1988

From the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN

Your hosts are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Vince McMahon

Tonight, we will get Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase, Brutus Beefcake vs. Greg Valentine, One Man Gang vs. Ken Patera, and King Harley Race vs. Hulk Hogan

Continue reading “WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event March 12th, 1988”

Russo-izing 80s/90s angles

How have we never talked about this before? Did I just miss the thread?



"Flair has pretended to be gay to lure Sting into yet another trap."

Between that one and the alternate WM4 angle that culminates in a Jack Tunney/Ted Dibiase double turn(!) some of these are astounding!

Cannot stop laughing,

Poor Sting. He just keeps falling for Flair’s shenanigans.

Also, the mad Brazilian idea reminds me of the original direction for Albert, which was going to be a heel who tries to give piercings to the babyfaces. I think they did one angle with Albert and Droz trying to pierce someone before dropping it.

Russo-Era Booking Question

A couple of questions following up on your recent posts about the booking style (from someone who owns all your books, which I’ll mention for your readers are all still available purchase!):

1. Can you point to a specific time when the short matches/crash-booking really started in earnest? Was there a week when it all changed was it more gradual? And then when it really stop? Was there a week Vince said there would be five long matches instead of 15 short ones?

I’d say Crash TV really started in earnest after Survivor Series 97, with Bret gone and the Vinces free to do whatever they wanted with the top of the card. And although it sputtered after Russo departed, the Radicalz and Kurt Angle coming into the midcard in 2000 was what killed it off for good.

2. I, for one, never really got re-trained to appreciate the longer matches and haven’t watched as closely since the early-2000’s. And my other favorite era was in the 80’s when I was watching nothing but squashes on Superstars and Challenge. Were the house shows in either of these eras running longer matches with better workrate?

Sure, we’ve been doing the WON flashbacks and typically you’d get either a 20:00 Savage v. Dibiase match on top or a Bret Hart v. Bad News Brown match in 1988, and then a lot of other junk. Basically a two hour showcase of the characters so people can have fun and maybe one good match to cap off the night.

​The 2000 era had some killer house shows with Rock and D-X and the Radicalz all in their primes. ​The Crash TV era was mostly short matches and Austin destroying some goof like Big Bossman on top.

3. Though it may be short-sighted, would a return, at least in part, to the 90’s-style booking help freshen up the current product?

In small doses, sure. Any change can be good change.

Fall Brawl 2000

Fall Brawl 2000
Date: September 17, 2000
Location: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 8,638
Commentators: Scott Hudson, Tony Schiavone, Mark Madden

This should be an interesting show as I can barely remember what’s going on with the card. However, I can remember that Vince Russo had a huge gimmick match built around him with a big SWERVE that no one (NO ONE) saw coming in a one off show. Other than that we have Kevin Nash defending against Booker T. in a cage, which certainly doesn’t feel like a step down after the big cage match about two weeks ago. Let’s get to it. Continue reading “Fall Brawl 2000”

Waiting for the Trade: Batman & Harley Quinn

Waiting for the Trade 

Batman: Mad Love and other stories.

by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm

collects The Batman Adventures: Mad Love, The Batman Adventures Annual #s 1 & 2, The Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1, Adventures in the DC Universe #3, Batman Black and White #1, The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames and Demons, The Batman Chronicles Gallery #1, Batgirl Adventures #1, and Batman Gotham Adventures #10.

 Why I Bought This: Harley Quinn is my favorite thing about the 90s Batman Animated Series and this book recollects her famous, award-winning origin story so it was always on my list to buy and this past FCBD I picked it up during my local comic store’s sale.

The Plot: Mad Love is the origin of Harley Quinn by her creator Paul Dini (who wrote for the animated series). The “other stores” collected here represent all the other times Dini and Timm worked together on Batman comics—some are full length stories, while others are tiny little back up features from the annuals.

(Spoilers Below)

Continue reading “Waiting for the Trade: Batman & Harley Quinn”

Saturday Night’s Main Event Thread


It’s the day before the Super Bowl and all through the country, ad execs are nervous, hoping their campaigns are all punchy. Oh yeah, and there’s a football game going on, too.

Anyway, it’s S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! And Saturday night’s alright for fighting. So, take out all your aggression on your fellow DoomBots.

This is your open thread to take you into the wee hours of Sunday morning, when someone else takes over. But until then, talk about anything and everything.

The Dusty Rhodes Classic

> I’ve been thinking the Dusty Rhodes Classic on NXT might have been the best booked tournament WWF has ever produced. Perhaps even American wrestling…
> Balor/Joe win, setting up a hot feud
> Joe gets a rocket push coming out of it
> Established Baron Corbin as a good worker
> Got Jordan/Gable Dash/Dawson over
> Introduced Gargano/Ciampa effectively
> Your thoughts?

I dunno, I thought the semifinal direction was kind of questionable. I wouldn’t have put Corbin and Rhyno in the finals personally, as I think American Alpha were the stronger choice and probably even should have won. Joe and Balor didn’t need to win in order to further their feud. Joe turning on Balor there might have been even stronger in fact.

And the 87 Crockett Cup still would blow this one away, I’d say.


> Something just occurred to me.
> One of the major factors of Russo leaving WWF for WCW was the extra two hours a week of writing due to Smackdown with no extra money.
> Entering WCW, he found himself in the exact same situation he quit WWF over. Live Monday Nitro and mostly taped Thunder, which brings me to this question:
> Was the money Russo left WWF for that much more significant or was really that hurt about Vince telling him to get a nanny for his kids?
> Also, the NWO’s goal was to destroy WCW correct?
> Mission accomplished I guess.

Oh yeah, the money was definitely worth it. Russo made so much off his WCW contract that I’m surprised he ever bothered coming back with TNA.

Thunder – September 13, 2000

Date: September 13, 2000
Location: Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Commentators: Stevie Ray, Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay

It’s the final show before Fall Brawl and as usual they’re having issues setting up the pay per view because the bigger priority is building up the TV shows. Monday saw Scott Steiner attach Goldberg to a bus which didn’t work because that’s the kind of thing you set up and blow off in all of a minute. Let’s get to it. Continue reading “Thunder – September 13, 2000”

Wrestlemania 4

> Hey Scott,
> Sorry if these questions have been answered in the observers you have been reviewing, but been noticing them and still but confused with a couple of things.

Happy to help. I love this era.

> 1. Why did Wrestlemania 4 not get the buyrates that was expected by Dave or the company? I mean they had a hot angle, Savage was super over and they just came off their biggest TV audience. It was still a good buyrate but should of been bigger. Was it because it was only a tournament they were offering?

Yeah, there was no real focus for the show. Hogan v Andre as a singles main event would have been much stronger. Plus Savage wasn’t booked super strong as a top star leading into it.

That being said, it did fine. Vince just had unrealistic expectations back before anyone really understood the PPV market.

> 2. Why was it held at Trump Plaza? I’m aware of why it was held there the next year but why did they pick there in the 1st place? I’ve been reading the Superstars and Wrestling Challenge reviews by one of your writing and it seems at February they hadn’t announced it was being held there. Where they holding out for somewhere else? It’s not like they couldn’t get a big stadium again.
> Thanks again.

Trump basically paid to have the show there. I guess they figured that guaranteed money was better than taking another big risk like with 3.

In the year 2000

Scott…………I’m watching old Raw’s and ppv’s from 2000.

I remember it being a great time to be a fan, and I think that still holds up today.

What amazes me now, watching back is how many people are "over". Like really over with the fans. Just to name some you’ve got Rock, HHH, Austin, Angle, Vince, Shane, Stephanie, Jericho, Benoit, Guerrero, Undertaker, Rakishi, Edge & Christian, Hardyz, Dudleyz, Chyna, Kane, and Mick Foley as a wrestler and the commissioner all getting big reactions from the crowd.

So……….would you agree that the year 2000 was a great year to be a fan, and what’s changed???? Are less people over now because of 50/50 booking, or are the crowds not as hot because of the stale product.

​The booking was better because they had a guy who actually planned everything out and had ideas for more than just Roman Reigns and Roman’s friends, and as a result crowds were more invested in the overall product. Now people know who’s important and who’s not and react accordingly.

It’s interesting, though, because they had to do some pretty serious retraining of the fanbase after Vince Russo left. RAW matches were so short and meaningless that fans got conditioned to only pop for highspots and got bored when it went past a minute, so as they started branching into longer matches again it would get pretty dicey. Thankfully the Radicalz were able to carry the midcard and work long matches that guys like Billy Gunn weren’t able to, and after a few months crowds were able to follow a 10 minute match instead of a 90 second one again.​