Best call by an announcer?

Hi Scott,

What's your favourite call by an announcer? My personal favourite is JR's “He beat Andre the Giant with that move!” when Hogan drops the leg on Rock. Sums up the enormity of the match AND the brilliance/ridiculousness of pro wrestling in one shout.

Cheers etc.

​I've always been fond of JR's “STOP THE DAMN MATCH!” because he was literally saying what everyone was thinking, and came across as someone invested in the well-being of the character instead of just being an ironic douche like Corey Graves or robotic moron like Michael Cole.​

187 sellouts

With Bruno’s passing, we see even more mention of his 8-year title reign and record number of sellout crowds at MSG.

How did they calculate such a high number? Were they running more than one monthly show at MSG during the 8-year reign? Two shows a month gets them there, but was he always the headliner if that was the case?

​In fact, Dave Meltzer already did the obituary issue of the Observer this morning, and addressed this very question:

Most of the stories had the exaggerated statistic of him headlining 211 times in Madison Square Garden and selling out 187 times. Later, after the 2013 Hall of Fame ceremony, that number changed to being his 188th sellout.
The number isn’t close to accurate, but he did both headline and sell out Madison Square Garden more than any wrestler in history. He told me that he and Georgiann Makropolous came up with the number, estimating he regularly worked the building for 18 years, once a month, and sold out 90 percent of the time. This was long before research was done and real records were available.
His actual record of Madison Square Garden matches is listed here. He did 160 matches in Madison Square Garden, and was only pinned once, which ironically was his most famous match ever, and the most enduring match of that era, with Koloff.
Of those, 140 of those shows you could say he main evented. When he was champion, every match he was in was the main event. During the Morales and Backlund runs, his match had equal billing with the championship match as the main event. Often his match was a bigger drawing match than the championship match. For those who would watch the Madison Square Garden shows live, or on the MSG Network in the late 70s, some of the fondest memories would be right before the final match, when the ring announcer, where it was Johnny Addie or Howard Finkel, would announce the next show.
When Sammartino was champion, the anticipation was who would be the next contender, although usually that was obvious, or in the case of a disputed ending earlier in the night, what the special stipulations would be next month.
But after he lost the title in 1977, because he was not there every month, the announcement of his appearances would be louder and more dramatic.
Finkel was the master of this, and he’d run down the card, and then the championship match, and you thought it was over. He’d subtly stop, and then say that there’s one more match, and he’d announce that name of the heel, who was always one of the top guys. “And he will face,” as his voice boomed, “BRUNO SAMMARTINO!” The place never failed to explode.
Pay records from Madison Square Garden from the Backlund era showed that every show he appeared on, he was paid the most, always $6,000, which was more than Backlund, who would get $5,000, or Andre the Giant, who would get $3,000.
Legitimately, his match was the true main event a minimum of 130 times. Not all attendance figures are available, but he had 60 verifiable sellouts, and logically, there are probably a few others, but not more than 65.

MLW TV deal

Hey Scott,

Not sure if you’ve heard, but Court Bauer’s MLW has signed a deal with beIN Sports and will be launching a weekly 60-minute TV show starting Friday. Bauer and a network executive spoke with The Wrestling Estate about how the show came about, Tony Schiavone’s contribution and much more.
Hope your readers enjoy.
Thanks as always,
John Corrigan 
Good luck to him!

One More Match

Hey Scott,

What are the odds the following people have another match in WWE?

1.) The Rock

Hundo.  I'm shocked it didn't happen THIS year.  

2.) Paige

Also 100%, but not in WWE. 

3.) Corey Graves

You can tell he's got the itch, especially since Bryan retired for the same reason he did. He's a much bigger star as an announcer than he ever was as a wrestler, though, and why risk it?

4.) Mark Henry

He'll do some indie stuff later on, guaranteed.

5.) Neville

Yeah, he'll be back once the money runs out. 

BoD Daily Update: April 19, 2018 Week in Wrestling


Brock Lesnar Update

There are no current plans for a Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley match.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Article on Bruno Sammartino

Undertaker’s future

So if Taker is going to be a Mania “special attraction” from now on, it actually opens up some creative possibilities rather than penciling him into a 20-plus minute match every year.

* the Andre battle royal….it'd be a cool image to see Taker winning and doing his bowing pose to the trophy after the match

* tag partner….a face is feuding with two or even three heroes leading up to Mania, leading the face to request Undertaker's help for Mania.  Taker gets to stand on the apron for much of the match and get the hot tag to get his routine in.

As to when he'd hang it up, it would be kind of cool if Wrestlemania 37 was in Los Angeles, so Taker could make it 30 years after his Mania debut, and in the same city at WM7.

​Look, the guy was so limited this year that he could only do a 2 minute squash of John Cena.  It's time to hang it up, for reals.  ​


Hey Scott, hope all is well. I was wondering about two feuds that I cannot remember having a blowoff match.

1. Piper vs Orndoff, the matches I have seen between the two were intense. Why was there no culmination?
2. Tito vs Martel, I know they fought a few matches, but no real feud after the breakup.
3. Cactus Jack vs Orndoff, their matches were crazy for the time, why no payoff?

​1. Mostly because there weren't monthly PPVs at that point, plus Piper didn't do jobs anyway.  
2. They were pencilled in for Summerslam 89, but plans changed for whatever reason and it was changed to a six-man instead.  They had a million house show matches, though.  
3.  The company didn't really think much of Cactus at that point and they probably felt like the one match they did have was sufficient.  

Joey bats

Where does he rank for you on the all time jays list? On the one hand, no rings. On the other he did seem to bring a bit of legitimacy back, and even if the team wasnt doing good, you knew you were getting a show with him at the plate. In otherwords, canada barry bonds. 

​True story:  My wife and mother-in-law pitched in together and finally got me an authentic MLB Blue Jays jersey as a birthday present last year, and my request was either Batista or Josh Donaldson, so she got me Batista because she knew who he was from the home run meme.  So for me, Jose gets a lifetime pass and ranks super-high, even if the last season was a complete washout and waste of everyone's time.  Given I'm old, I tend to favor the glory years in general and don't really remember too much about the period where Carlos Delgado was the top dog for years.  Overall, my list of personal faves would go:
1.  John Olerud
2.  Roberto Alomar
3.  Joe Carter
4.  Josh Donaldson
5.  Jose Batista
Really though, the situation with Batista playing third base for the Braves' minor league team in a desperate attempt to stay relevant is akin to someone like Matt Borne hanging around the indie scene as “The Famous Wrestling Clown” years after the gimmick was already dead.  It's like, dude, you have your millions, just move into coaching or something if you want to keep wearing that uniform, but otherwise you're just embarrassing yourself and wrecking your own legacy.​

Monday Night Raw – November 17, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 17, 2003
Location: SE Texas Arena, Beaumont, Texas
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re past Survivor Series and that means we’re on the way to Armageddon to end the year. Eric Bischoff is back in full control of the show as Steve Austin’s team lost last night. I’m sure we’ll NEVER see him again. Goldberg is still the Raw World Champion too, having dispatched Evolution on a bad ankle. Why do I have a feeling that the HHH feud is far from over though? Let’s get to it.

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