Sunday Thread

For some Sunday reading, check out Maffew’s latest ECW on Sci-Fi review.

Now talk, heathens!

ECW On Sci-Fi #105 06/10/2008

Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. Shelton Benjamin & Mike Knox

Sydal is re-named and officially part of the ECW roster after last week’s thrashing from Shelton Benjamin. Unsure why they thought Hitler’s wife was a good influence but at least Dolph Ziggler doesn’t feel lonely anymore.

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Ultimate X Match

Let's say Impact goes out of business. Do you think Triple H would ever try the Ultimate X Match in NXT? It seems like it would be different and fun to try it out and ties into with the “nXt” Championship.

Really, they could probably do it now if they really wanted.  I think it'd be a fun addition.

Biker Taker

I've heard mention before (possibly on the BOD) of Undertaker coming back as a biker character in 2000 in anticipation of a move to WCW.

Creatively WCW was on its arse then, and having seen how Bret worked out, plus presumably reports from his friends who worked there, I find it hard to comprehend why Undertaker would even consider going there at that point. 

I'm sure they offered him a lot of money but WWE was riding the Austin wave at the time so my guess is that Vince could easily match it to keep one of his biggest stars.

And from a creative and push standpoint, he was a big deal with a lot of sway at the time, so it couldn't have been that. An easier schedule is the only reason I can think of why he might've considered it. Can you shed any light on what went down?

And finally, if Biker Taker was the plan  for WCW, why did Vince allow that gimmick change, knowing it was making it easier for Taker to transition to a more realistic character, which in turn would have helped WCW had they gotten hold of him?


​I dunno, a lot of that was based on stuff supposedly said by Kevin Nash, who has been known to be full of crap on occasion.  The timeline, as has been pointed out by others, just doesn't work out.  Like who in their right mind would be jumping TO WCW in 2000?  I've never bought it as a serious theory.​

Saturday Night Thread

Went to see Deadpool this afternoon and it was frickin’ awesome.  Then I tried explaining to my wife who Cable actually was and gave up after 10 minutes.  Anyway, I consider it better than the first one, and the X-Force scene alone is worth the price of admission.

Tonight, there’s a UFC Fight Night, and the Super Juniors tournament continues on New Japan World.

Also, NHL playoffs continue with Washington v. Tampa Bay in game 5 and Boston v. Cleveland in the NBA.

I sent in a new list to Sporting News about the all-time biggest choke artists in wrestling, so look for that on Monday.

Talk about the stuff tonight, and go see Deadpool!

Smackdown – December 18, 2003

Date: December 18, 2003
Location: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

This is the last regular show of the year as next week’s is from Iraq for the first Tribute to the Troops. Since last week’s show was a stand alone episode, odds are that’s going to be the case this week as well as I can’t imagine them setting up much and then just dropping it for a week for the special. Let’s get to it.

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Research on Women’s Wrestling

Hi Scott, 

My name is Dr Tom Phillips (no, not that one), and I'm a researcher at the UEA in Norwich, UK, writing about the state of women's wrestling today.  

I'm asking people to head to to take 10-15 minutes to complete a short survey about women's wrestling. Whether people love it (or possibly even hate it), I want to hear from
them! I want to try and capture as many opinions as possible. 

I would love to hear from posters on the BoD to hear what they have to say. Thanks all for your time! 

​Wait, Norwich?  Is this Paige?  ​

King of The Ring 1994

Hey Scott!

Love the stuff. Keep killing it!

I was watching 1993-1994 and came across the GEM OF A SHOW King of the Ring 1994. And the questions I have about it.

1). I get it, Bret Hart wasn't a huge draw, so he's in the middle of the show vs Diesel…BUT WHY IS LAWLER VS RODDY MAIN EVENTING?

2). Lex Lugar, who, yes, we all know WASN'T THE GUY….didn't even make the tourney/show after literally being in a main spot the whole year…was that just because REASONS?

3). Was Shawn hurt? Or they just wanted to keep him away?

4). No Quebeccers? They ran the Tag Divison for a long time this era, and lose on a Raw match (which wasn't awful might I add), and get no rematch or anything? WHEN DO THEY GET IN THE HOF?!!

Anywho, Love your stuff. Hate Roman's Stuff!

1.  They felt Piper was the biggest star they had.  It was a horrible miscalculation, of course.

2.  He was supposed to be doing a thing with Mr. Perfect, but that fell apart.

3. Shawn was taking some time off to heal up and let Diesel have the spotlight.

4. Frankly I'm shocked they're not in the Hall already.

Rollins vs Brock!

  • There’s been speculation, including from PW Insider, that Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins could be the next match for “The Beast.”
From Cagedsideseats. Hopefully this sticks and he wins the Title instead of ending up a bump on the road to Roman.

​Here's how it would go if they were planning on putting the belt on Seth:  He'd proceed with the open challenge and then have to lose the title a couple of weeks before the match so they could get it off him in preparation for winning the belt, but they'd pick the lamest option possible and Seth would get flattened out as a result , and then they'd blame him for not being over enough and change their minds during the pre-game show before putting Brock over again in 5:00 with 1 F5.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–09.12.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 09.12.94

So welcome to a very strange time in my life, as back in 1994 we got one of those C-Band satellite dish monstrosities for our backyard, added a grey market subscription to a US channel package, and VOILA, I suddenly could watch Monday Night RAW live on the USA Network, two years ahead of it debuting in Canada for the first time. I used to sit and watch “wild feeds”, like when newscasters are standing around in the field bullshitting with the cameraman, for hours. Not only that, but there was wrestling EVERYWHERE. Suddenly I could get ECW, SMW, WCW, that shitty Sportatorium crap with JBL and Ahmed Johnson, and assorted Mexican wrestling. That thing was AWESOME. But mostly I was pumped to get RAW. And what a show to debut with!

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An interesting theory?

My friend who knows as much (if not more) about wrestling than I told me recently that Braun Strowman was recommended to the WWE by future Hall of Famer Mark Henry, due to their strongman competition connection or some such. If true, I think there's more to this than one would think.

Braun's catchphrase is now “get these hands.” Mark Henry and Mae Young once conceived a single child, one rubber hand, who grew up to be gigantic… for a hand. This is canonical, I remember the Hand coming back for some bullshit Raw anniversary show.

What if they cut the camera right before the doctors discovered another baby in there and and Braun/the Hand were genetically engineered twins separated at birth? Braun got the Arnold Schwarzenegger genes, Hand got the Danny DeVito genes.

Would this have made more or less sense than mystery partner Nicholas at Wrestlemania?

I don't know why I never made the connection before!  It all makes sense now!