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Best (non-Bret v. Owen) Wrestlemania Opener

> I watch a ton of WWE Network on my tablet while I’m on the treadmill. If I’m in a PPV mood, my go-to events are usually Wrestlemanias (usually the most enjoyable out of context). Of those, I find myself gravitating toward WM XXX (the event that got me back into wrestling after not watching since 2004) and, especially, Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H.
> Is that the best Wrestlemania opening match that didn’t feature Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart? Or did I miss something even more entertaining? And am I childish for getting chills from that Imagine Dragons video package for Bryan-HHH?

No, it was definitely a good video package.

Just thinking about it and Rockers-Faces of Fear from 7 was really good and underrated. Rey vs Mattitude from 19 was also really good. Rey vs Eddie from 21 SHOULD have been the best ever, but wasn’t.

So yeah, go with Bryan vs HHH as the runner up.

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Shawn and Owen

Hi Scott,

It’s obviously well known the animosity & hatred that grew between Shawn Michaels & Bret Hart in the mid-90s, but what was the relationship like between Shawn & Owen Hart?

What was it like before the Shawn/Bret rivalry? During? And what was it like just after Montreal? I know a job’s a job, and Owen stayed for that reason, but how did he feel working with Shawn & co. just after Bret leaving?

​Obviously Shawn was fine working with Owen before Montreal because they had great matches and did business based on the head kick angle in 95. Afterwards Owen was promised the big run with Shawn if he came back, but Shawn apparently didn’t trust him and had the program moved down to HHH instead. I don’t think there was any personal animosity on Owen’s part towards D-X, as it mostly seemed to be a job to him. Owen really was never the kind of guy to hold a grudge, from everything I’ve read about him. ​

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Original plans?

We know the WWE seems to leave money on the table but not having natural conclusions. With that in mind what were the original plans for:
1. The Awesome Truth? Yes they lost to Rock and Cena. Then R-Truth was set to be suspended so Miz turned on him. Was there going to be more to the team?
2. Cesaro and Paul Heyman? One day they are together and the next day they are "just friends." No blow up. Just a break up.
3. Santino and the Honk-a-Meter? Holy goodness that was entertaining and just when it started to get going Santino lost the belt.

That is all.

​1. Nope. They just wanted a team to build up and lose to the Rock/Cena duo. Which was even more infuriating because of the whole "Awesome Truth are so dangerous that we’re staging a sit-in" angle that also went nowhere.

2. That was just an idea they had and then got bored with, like they always do with Cesaro.

3. See #2. Except not with Cesaro.​

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling January 9th, 1988

January 9, 1988

From the Sun Dome in Tampa, FL

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

In action this week will be Demolition, Sam Houston, The Islanders, and Jake Roberts. Plus, highlights of the King Kong Bundy vs. Hulk Hogan match from “Saturday Night’s Main Event” and more.
Continue reading

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Ambrose as a face

> Reading his IMDB there is an easy story here for them to run him as a face
> Much of Good’s wrestling persona is based on his own real-life upbringing in Cincinnati’s East End, where he spent much of his childhood in public housing. An avid wrestling fan who idolized Bret Hart as a child, he used wrestling as an escape from his rough upbringing by immersing himself in wrestling videotapes and reading stories about wrestling’s earlier days. A year after beginning to train as a wrestler, he dropped out of high school.
> Lifelong fan who used wrestling to escape his rough situation. It basically writes for a WM moment right?

Pffff, who would want a relatable underdog story for a top babyface? What movie could they possibly rip that off from?

Besides all of them.

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Chris Kreski

> Hey Scott,
> Your mention of Kreski got me trying to look into the guy, as I’d heard about the writer who did long term planning. Oddly enough, while the internet is full of people and posts singing his praises, there’s very little info on him, possibly due to him passing away a few years back.
> Do you have any concrete info on the angles he ran, or examples of his work? Why did he leave the WWE, and if his storyboards and things worked, why weren’t they continued to be used?

Good question, especially since the company made its biggest profits in history while he was storyboarding.

He left because he was forced out by Stephanie when she was being groomed for head of creative, and then sadly he got cancer and died. I bet TNA could have got him for a reasonable price and made Impact a lot more watchable during the bad years.

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–11.16.86

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 11.16.86

Taped from Atlanta, GA

Your host is Tony Schiavone

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Scaffold Match at GAB91

Hey Scott, hope all is well!

I was watching Great American Bash and had a question about the scaffold match. Beyond all the normal things that are wrong with this match, what possessed them to put PN News in a match that required someone to fall a long distance? Did he have ridiculous heat with the bookers? Everybody else in the match seems decently athletic and could feasibly take that bump. Why put the big fat guy in the match?


​The match came from a continuation of the Steve Austin-Bobby Eaton feud, and the card actually switched around a whole bunch of times leading up to it. It KIND of made sense to have News involved, in that he was challenging Austin for the TV title on a Clash following that match, but the big problem was that they changed the stipulations to add capture-the-flag rules, which did News no favors. Under the original rules it would have been not GREAT, but at probably at least passable. ​

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The Sunday Thread!

Football! And maybe Nascar? No, that ended last week. F1? No there was a race earlier today, but F1 really ended a month ago. Hockey? Basketball? No, right?

So yeah, football…

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Test and Stephanie Wedding

Hey Scott. It’s 16 years to the day since the Test and Stephanie Wedding that change everything. So of course I watched in the Network and had a couple of questions I hope you answered.

Now I know Russo was gone by this stage,but hadn’t he said he had written storylines up to the wedding? If so, was the HHH twist his idea? If not, any idea what he had planned?
What makes me think Russo had nothing written was the whole Bulldog trashcan to the head angle to delay things. Would that sound more accurate?

Obviously now the angle was successful and we know how it shaped the future of the company,but at the time, was this just a simple quick ratings ploy, cause even if Russo in WCW wasn’t much of match there ratings were slightly up.
And was the HHH twist an​ ​
obvious one at the time and just seemed a a tad silly but probably didn’t work till Stephanie turned heel?

​The HHH storyline was the brainchild of Chris Kreski, the genius writer who took over with storyboards and long-term scripting. Russo’s idea had been for Bulldog to interrupt the wedding and do a feud with Test based off that, and then when Russo left they came up with the amnesia bit to buy time and delay the wedding until they had a resolution. ​It was definitely not obvious at the time — speculation was running rampant on the ‘net and people lost their shit when they pulled that one out and it actually WORKED. It was less of a ratings ploy than a swing for the fences to get HHH over. And it turned out that in both regards it was a giant success. HHH would have been over as a heel with or without the Steph turn, but what THAT did was take him from main event heel to "tippy top guy" in one night and suddenly made him so hot as a heel that they had to put the World title on him immediately or risk losing the momentum for good. This is one time where they were totally justified in pushing someone to the moon at exactly the right time, and it worked out perfectly.

Compare and contrast with Roman Reigns as you wish.

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Bash at the Beach 2000

Bash at the Beach 2000
Date: July 9, 2000
Location: Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
Attendance: 6,572
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson, Mark Madden

Oh boy. After all those nice weeks of no Russo and/or Bischoff to screw things up, tonight we’re back to the old ways because this wrestling and storytelling stuff must be stopped at all costs. It’s a double main event of Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash for Scott Hall’s contract and Hulk Hogan challenging Jeff Jarrett for the World Title. Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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WWE defines jobber

Check out @mookieghana’s Tweet:

So Big Vito goes down in history as the legal definition of jobber. I guess Ryder dodged a bullet there.

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Showdown: Legends of Wrestling review

> Flawed but ultimately OK final outing for the series (and Acclaim)

Yup, this was the one I played most.

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Who’s Buried More: Triple H or John Cena?

Here’s a good discussion topic that I don’t believe has been tackled before:

We’re all too familiar with #LOLCenaWins. We’ve seen many potential up-and-comers fall to the Man of a Thousand Silly Wristbands: Rusev, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, to name three recent victims to the InCenarator. One could argue Zack Ryder, for being Cena’s little buddy tag-along.

And then we have Triple H, whose ego has killed many a push: RVD, Booker T, Goldberg, arguably Kurt Angle (the feud over Steph didn’t help him like it should have), even CM Punk.

So my question is: who do you think has the better track record of killing pushes or burying talent?

​This might be the smarkiest question ever posed here. Although I will note that Cena is mostly just going along with what he’s given, whereas HHH can actively dictate his own booking and that of others, so he’s far worse in that regard.​

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Streets Ahead Saturday Night’s Main Event Thread


Man, I just got really busy today. It’s Saturday night at the movies. Who cares what picture you see. On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be.

Actually, I’ll be at work while my wife is at home watching Hunger Games. Entertain me, DoomBots!

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Kerry Von Erich

So I was watching the cage match from 1982 (?) between Flair & Kerry Von Erich where Michael Hayes was the 2nd guest referee and of course the end led to the never-ending Von Erich-Freebirds feud. My question was after Gordy slams Kerry in the head with the door, why did he still put Flair in the claw a few minutes later and then the ref stopped the match? Was this the plan all along or was the shot to the head a little too stiff and caused him to screw up?

Additionally, I know all the Von Erich boys were loyal to Fritz, but why didn’t anyone jump on Kerry sooner than Vince did with the Texas Tornado gimmick? Was he that much of a screw-up behind the scenes that no one wanted to take a chance on the guy?

Thanks and great job with the site!

​Yeah, Vince definitely was interested in Kerry Von Erich, and popular legend is that he was the #2 choice if the Hulk Hogan deal had fallen through in 83. That being said, the Von Erich family’s assorted problems were not exactly a state secret, and Vince didn’t want to take a chance on booking any of them unless he REALLY had to.

And yes, the match went exactly as booked. ​

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The Writers

Hell Scott,

Managed to catch part of Smackodwn and Sheamus and Reign’s promos. Not very inspired and screamed out to me that they were written. If they weren’t they can do better.

My question is this: why do they have writers for promos? Wouldn’t it cut costs to have the wrestlers or someone already there doing them instead? With one of the positive aspects of Republicanism being "self-sufficiency" why doesn’t Vince embrace this principle? How are they going to learn to improv promos when they give them scripts? Shouldn’t your star have the mind for the business by default and aren’t you undermining that whole process by having writers for their promos?

​Well, yes, of course. Vince loves self-sufficiency, but what he loves even MORE is being a micro-managing control freak. And the problem is that Vince has gotten into the mindset of being a "TV Show" and for that you need 29 writers, because reasons. ​

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Irish Whip DOES WORK (for real)


The Irish Whip does work as a shoot, Having been trained, I can tell you that one of my most sever concussions was in a match as a result of hitting my head from being whipped into a corner WAY TOO HARD by my "opponent" which caused me to it the corner way faster and harder than I could properly back bump off of. WHAM! Hit the back of my head so hard on th canvas that I simultaneously Dreamt a dream about Rainbow Bunnies AND called the rest of the match to the finish. After we were done, I drove to my apartment… that I lived in 2 years prior. I have literally never been fucked up in a wrestling match as bad as I was by a simple Irish Whip. In a shoot sense, the initial jerk at the wrist is to disable the opponents BALANCE, Then the initiator SHOVES THE SHIT out of the opponent which can actually be good for a few steps before the opponent can successfully stop their momentum. In "WCW-sized" rings, the irish whip would totally work as a purely offensive maneuver.

Running the ropes, on the surface, appears to not make any sense until you think about it this way: How often do you charge and attempt to find a position of attack in the old Smackdown or No Mercy games? In Kayfabe terms, the wrestler running the ropes or charging a turnbuckle is AWARE that they choosing not to stop their momentum, in an attempt to turn the tide and charge BACK towards the opponent. Its less effort to keep running than to try to stop yourself and have your back turned to your opponent.

Just saying,

​Well, if you’re just saying…

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Saturday Thread of Doom

Stuff is happening. Talk about it. I’ve got stuff to do.

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Thunder – July 5, 2000

Date: July 5, 2000
Location: Civic Center, Columbus, Georgia
Attendance: 3,088
Commentators: Bobby Heenan, Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavone

It’s the go home show for Bash at the Beach, meaning my moderate smile about WCW is about to go away. We’re still in the “Can Jeff Jarrett build a whole main event by himself, even though it’s a boring match in the first place?” phase which amazingly enough isn’t working because Jeff Jarrett is one of the least interesting World Champions WCW has had in the last three months. Of the five guys to hold the title since early April, he’s like the fourth most interesting at best. Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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1987 WCW

> no better way to build an audience for your new World Championship show reviews than your own moderator commenting that 1987 4 Horsemen and Ric Flair are "hillbilly promos" and the crowds watching (and in relation today still enjoy) the late 80s product as "white trash"
> … says the guy that proudly proclaimed himself a "child of the attitude era" which is defined by tits and swearing…
> maybe if your moderator was less interested in telling off your audience between boring everyone with profile pictures of his family your comment section wouldn’t end up so toxic
> tell your fat "attitude era child" to go watch his new age outlaw matches and quite pretendig he has any idea what 1987 NWA was about

Yeah, Mears, up yours! And the Blackhawks suck too!

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The Streets Ahead Friday Night Thread


Hoo boy, it’s Black Friday night, hopefully everyone survived the holiday and then any and all shopping that comes with the day after. Hopefully no one had to plan a Shawshank Redemption-like escape from a family get together.

Talk about whatever is going on in the world and get those final preparations in for the weekend right here, on Scott’s Blog of Doom!

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Bravo Bayley & Eva

Hi Scott

Hope all is well with you and the family

Just wanted to take a quick moment to say how much I enjoyed the Bayley Vs
Eva Marie match on NXT this week

It was almost kind of meta, with the way they had "corporate" send Charles
Robinson down to the ref the match, insinuating that the fix was on

It was the perfect match for that type of crowd and I was really into the
near falls, not knowing the result going in

Eva did as well as you could expect with someone of her ability level and
Bayley carried her well

It does raise a question of where they go with Eva now? I very much got the
impression they were writing her out of the title picture here, with Nia
Jax getting the Bull Nakano push in her stead

I suppose this could be Eva getting moved into a Valet role with Jax, which
I wouldn’t be too against

To me, I really think they should lay off having Eva wrestling matches on
TV and instead have her doing matches on local shows in Flordia. I think
that will not only improve her as a worker but it will also test her

If she can survive six months working church halls in front of 50 people
and still want to do this, then she’s a keeper

I doubt they’d have the balls to do that though, especially considering
that a woman who looks like Eva Marie has options and if this wrestling
lark started getting a bit too much like hard work and became suddenly
extensively less glamarous, she could skip town and go back to

But yeah, I really enjoyed it and Bayley continues to impress me

Bravo to everyone, including Lil Naitch, who is probably the best referee
in the business right now

Take care

​I feel like there’s a weird sense of relief after Bayley didn’t lose the title to her on THIS particular occasion, but I’m pretty sure that title change is happening at some point. And Eva is not a keeper, she’s getting worse, in fact. Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll call her up to the main roster to ruin that division first!​

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Countdown to Kurt Angle DVD

Hi Scott,

With Kurt Angle seemingly leaving TNA for really reals this time in January, judging by the normal trajectory of former WWE wrestler on the outs with the company and taking into account whatever variables (How he left, what he said after he left, etc….) how long do you think I will have to wait until WWE makes a WWE Kurt Angle DVD. Or do you think they’ll just wait ’til TNA sells them the library and do a full-on Angle Career Retrospective?

On a related note, why in the heck is Kurt seemingly so strongly on the outs with WWE? I know he left over the work schedule but it’s not like he sued the company and there’s certainly some amount of $ to be made off bringing him back. Is HHH really so pissed at him?


​He nearly died while on the payroll and refused to get help. He’s never coming back and never get acknowledged again.​

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