Clash Of Champions 2020

Clash Of Champions 2020
Date: September 27, 2020
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe

We’re back to the show that is all about titles, which should be the majority of shows but this one is special due to reasons of they need a theme. The big story at the last minute is two matches being changed for reasons that aren’t entirely clear but virus issues seem like a strong possibility. Let’s get to it.

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WWE’s Storytelling Over The Last 20 years

Hey Scott,

I've noticed in the comments people talking about WWE 's storytelling really being dogshit for the last 20 years. You can pinpoint almost to the month that Stephanie took over — I think the HHH/Steph/Angle story was the first great story they completely fucked up, and most stoies since have major storytelling gaps. 

Having said that, which has been the best? I think the Batista/HHH/Evolution story was very well told. I thought the Desperate Shawn Michaels ending the streak story was nicely told, too. And I personally loved the 2017 storyline of Rollins and Ambrose reuniting to win the tag belts from Sheamus/Cesaro. 

I thought Orton/Hardy in 2008 had a great start but they fucked it up. And the Bryan/Yes movement stuff had a great ending but was a terribly told story.

Maybe Kofi's run to the World Title?

The Mark Henry/Cena mini story they told was well done, but probably too short. Any I'm missing? It seems excellent storytelling with major arcs isn't their thing. What are some of your favorites?
The Batista one was great.  I thought People Power was actually excellent and they knew exactly when to just shut it down and write the character off TV for good.  The Summer of Punk up to the payoff was tremendously compelling TV. 

Another HHH in WWE Champions game


The WWE Champions game, which I know you love, is adding yet another HHH character: Zombie HHH. 

Since we already have Authority HHH, The Game HHH, DX HHH, Masters of the Universe HHH, King of Kings HHH, how hard will you work to get this exciting new addition? And which is your favorite?

Zombie HHH is the chase character for October which only 1% of the 1% will get anyway so I'm not terribly worried about it.  What's really stupid is that they made him another striker, when they already have a HHH in that class.  Honestly this past month has been probably the worst monthly event they've ever done, with a terrible free character (Pete Dunne) and barely enough resources available to level him up.  I've never used DX HHH because you have to pay for him, and I've never used MOTU HHH because he's impossible to get.  I've had King of Kings off and on and he's probably the best one of the guys that normal people can get, but he literally has one moveset and if you don't win in the first go-around you're screwed.

Anyway, if I could ever get the Masters of the Universe version he'd probably be my favorite, but I'm not going to be working particularly hard for this one either. 

Superman – Man of Tomorrow

Warner Bros. Animation have been producing DC animated movies for about fifteen years, starting with Superman: Doomsday, which is of course based on The Death of Superman. Since then, it’s been a mixed bag as far as areas of focus and quality. The last one they put out, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (holy unwieldy film name, Batman!) wrapped up their quasi-New 52 continuity that outlasted the New 52 comic line by about half a decade and had already become a mess by incorporating non-New 52 stories into it and not doing them half as well as if they’d just been more faithful adaptations. This is kind of a “fresh start”, with a film focusing on Superman/Clark Kent and his various adventures.

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #3 – 11.02.85

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event – 11.02.85

We’re immediately getting more into the formula that we know and love, as we get quick backstage promos from Hogan and Andre, Roddy Piper, and Terry Funk with “Tubular Bells” in the background instead of the more familiar bassline.  It’s Halloween, you see.

Taped from Hershey, PA, drawing 8000 and a 6.8 rating.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura

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Daily News Update – September 27, 2020

It’s CLASH OF CHAMPIONS day!  Time for another WWE Network Special spectacular as the stars of WWE perform sports entertainment and put smiles on faces.

Why Raw’s Main Event Had A Weird Ending (Hint: It Was A Vince Thing)

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/surprising-reason-weeks-monday-night-raw-ending/

Tegan Nox May Have Torn Her ACL

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/nxt-star-may-torn-acl/

Poll On Why Wrestling Fans Have Quit Watching

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/interesting-new-poll-explores-wrestling-fans-quit-watching/

 

 

Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords – Powerful Living Rocks!

Some people said watching this would be akin to flogging me, but I guess I must be a little masochistic, because I’ve always had time for it. After the conclusion of the Challenge of the Gobots series, Hanna-Barbera took their shot at a movie version a little before Sunbow unveiled Transformers – The Movie with this crossover/introduction to the Rock Lords. It’s the final time we’d see the Guardians and the Renegades (and the first and last time we’d see the Rock Lords), and a few stars of the time were on board to play some of the new characters, so it does feel special if you’re into it.

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Backlash 2006

Backlash 2006
Date: April 30, 2006
Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Attendance: 14,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

This is a very special show for me as I was in the audience live. It was the first pay per view I ever got to attend live and the only one I would see in person for about fourteen years. We have a two match show here with John Cena defending the World Title against HHH and Edge in a triple threat, plus Shawn Michaels/God vs. Vince McMahon/Shane McMahon in a match that can’t possibly take place without a lot of cringing. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – April 28, 2006

Smackdown
Date: April 28, 2006
Location: Wembley Arena, London, England
Attendance: 7,500
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s time for a huge main event in 2/3 of a Wrestlemania rematch. This time around we have Rey Mysterio defending the World Title against Kurt Angle, with JBL waiting on the winner. Other than that it’s time to continue the King of the Ring as we continue the lull before the next Smackdown only pay per view. Let’s get to it.

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How would you run AEW’s second show?

Hi Scott,

I think AEW has done a great job of building up talent heading into their second show. I was afraid they were going to water down what they had to fill two shows.  But the way they have put a shine on Starks, Cage, Archer, Kingston, etc…. makes me think they are on the right path.

That being said, how would you run the second show?  Do you have storylines from Dynamite CI lead directly into the second show, or do you make it a distinct program with its own storylines/talent? 

With so much wrestling content on every week do you risk backlash if you make both shows required viewing. I personally have enjoyed not feeling like I miss anything if I skip the 234 weekly matches on AEW Dark.

I think they'll probably make it like a TV version of Being the Elite, very storyline-heavy and wacky. Dark is the show that's ALL wrestling, and Dynamite is the combination of both of them. 

Thanks,

Brian

Mike Reviews – Classic British Wrestling at Wembley Arena (18/06/1981)

Hello You!

Back with more Classic British Wrestling, as we take a look at Joint-Promotion’s excursion to Wembley in 1981, featuring a match a lot of you may have heard off. If you fancy watching along then you can do so by visiting the website itvwrestling.co.uk and heading to the 1981 section. The matches for this taping were split across multiple Saturdays, so I’ll make sure the required dates are present so that you can seek out the induvial matches if you wish. It’s better to do it that way rather than post each one individually and possibly get the blog in a spot of bother with the Google overlords.

I’ve also got to give a shout out to wrestlingheritage.co.uk as well, as it proved invaluable in finding information on some of the wrestlers.

So without further ado, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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The Dickman and a new faction?????

So what if all the ladies in the WWE started talking about “him”. Very vague terms. Eventually “him” is just a mystery man with no name who has been seen hanging out in the ladies locker rooms and shower rooms. He eventually is called The Dickman because well
let's just say he's a lot of man. The ladies all stop giving a shit about their
womens revolution and revert back to attitude era divas like catfights, bra and panties matches and lots of other lewdness. Like they all pretty much forget how to wrestle, they're
all just eye candy again. And it's because of jealousy because they all want to “get with” The Dickman.


BUT it turns out The Dickman is the son of Val Venis! Thus the massive unit. He's been scheming with both Son Of Gobbledy Gooker and Dominik Mysterio and that fat fuck somoan from Legacy back in 09. They form a new group called Son Of A Bitch or SOAB. All second
gen guys all looking for different types of revenge! They can feud with both Retribution, Underground and all the WWE guys and also NXT. 
But NOT NXT UK. 

I think they need to hire you, stat.