Daily News Update – August 7, 2020

Welcome to the end of another work week!
WWE Confirms Takeover: XXX Grudge Match
Daniel Bryan Challenges The Rock, Rock Responds
VIDEO: What Happened After Dynamite Ended
Heat On Sammy Guevara Over Chair Spot

The New Japan Three Musketeers

If you had to rate Keiji Mutoh, Masahiro Chono and Shinya Hashimoto in order of preference, how would it shape up?
Muto is obviously one of my favourite wrestlers of all time, full stop.  Chono I’ve mostly just seen via his WCW stuff and the occasional tag match against the Steiners.  Hashimoto is someone I’m aware of but have never watched a full match.  

early ECW

I pretty much never watched ECW during their existence so I finally started watching them on the network, mainly the supershows for now.  Just finished up 1994 and I have one question.

I don't know if this changes later but it seems like there are no clearly defined faces and heels with a few exceptions.  Everyone comes across as a tweener.  And here I thought that Vince invented the whole “shades of grey” thing 3 years later.  All snark aside was this by design so Heyman could mix and match whoever he wanted to?  I assume he didn't have the roster size to keep separate face and heel sides and still keep fresh matchups.

On a side note the impromptu Benoit/Scorpio brawl at the end of November to Remember was fucking awesome and I am really looking forward to 1995.  Yes the production isn't great but I've enjoyed what I've seen so far.

Yeah, guys like Mikey and Dreamer were clearly babyfaces but everyone else was clearly in a fluid state based on what they needed that week.  Especially Public Enemy and Sandman.  

Marvel vs. WCW

So apparently Marvel pitched a crossover with WCW in 2000 that would have various Marvel superheroes vs.various WCW wrestlers.  We would have gotten Spider-Man vs. Sting, Bret Hart vs. Captain America, and of course Hogan vs. Hulk.  There's even artwork featuring Bret putting Captain America in the sharpshooter.  It was WCW that turned it down because even they thought it was dumb. It's number 3 on this list.

What's really bonkers is that Cracked is still around.  

The WWE World Hvt Title in 2002


In a question about RVD, you mentioned the so-called World Title presented to Triple H on Raw in 2002.  I feel like I’m missing something.  This was right before a pay-per-view.  Couldn’t WWE have thrown together an eight, or hell, even four man tournament on Raw then properly crowned a champion with the final at Unforgiven, rather than just giving the Title to HHH?

They probably could have, yes. 

NXT UK – August 6, 2020

Date: August 6, 2020
Host: Andy Shepard

It’s more of the same around here as the vault stays wide open. That usually doesn’t mean much with this show as they have to be running out of interesting things to show. I’m not sure if WWE is ever going to do anything about that as this show isn’t very high on their list of priorities, but it is still working well enough at the moment. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT UK – August 6, 2020

Michael Cole

Hey Scott,

Hope is all is well with you and yours. I am keeping my sanity by making my way through wrestling history by watching the network, you tube, and reading your observer recaps along the way. Currently in 1993 and reading about a second lawsuit filed by Tom Cole.
Ok, so my question, is Michael Cole having the last name Cole possibly a rib?

If never seen a picture of Tom Cole but I picturing him as 1999 Michael Cole.

I've never heard of any particular reasoning behind the “Michael Cole” psuedonym but I'm pretty sure they had no desire to poke at that particular bear again.  


Scott, RVD questions:

How over was RVD during the Invasion? If WWE pulled the trigger on a title run in the three way with Austin and Angle rather than in 2006, what was his ceiling? How “high” could he have gone and what would his career had looked like in WWE if the run had happened at his peak in popularity?

He could have gone, like, really high, man.  You know?  Like instead of Austin 3:16 shirts he'd have RVD 4:20, man.  Far out.  
Anyway, yeah, they fucked up by not pulling the trigger on him sooner.  Or, if we want to avoid the whole discussion of whether he should have gone over at No Mercy in the three-way, he should have at least not been put in that match.  However, he 100% could have beaten HHH for the Fake World title in 2002 and carried the belt on the RAW side. 

Second half of 1995 ECW

Hey Scott, didn't follow ECW in 1995 yet. With Taz out for a while in the summer, Shane leaving for WWF around July or so, and Sabu leaving for WCW when Nitro started, how did ECW stomach/survive these losses? (Not to mention losing Benoit, Malenko and Eddie in one fell swoop as well)

Seemed like Heyman was hellbent on getting these 3 back (Shane and Sabu were two of his biggest stars I guess) on his show ASAP.

Why didn't Heyman try to snatch up talented underused disgruntled guys like Bigelow, Pierre or Al Snow immediately during this time? Were Heavenly Bodies, Jason Knight and Dances With Dudley the future of ECW?

He basically just pushed Sandman, Public Enemy, Raven, Cactus Jack and Mikey even harder.  That's why ECW was able to survive for so long, by making their own stars and not relying on disgruntled WWF guys.  

Daily News Update – August 6, 2020

Happy birthday to my one and only child, who is 10 years old today, going on 25.

Girls get easier to deal with once they’re teenagers, right?


NXT May Have Its Next Big Thing


Dexter Lumis Out Of Takeover, Replacement(s) To Be Named


Women’s Title Match Set For Takeover: XXX



Geez, Tommy, what’s with all the NXT content in the headlines?  Here’s an AEW video for some fair and balanced coverage here on the blog.

NXT – August 5, 2020

Date: August 5, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Tom Phillips

We’re coming up on Takeover and that means it is time to continue with the series of triple threat matches on the way to the North American Title match. Tonight it’s Ridge Holland vs. Damian Priest and Oney Lorcan. We probably need to set up some more stuff for the card and we might get there tonight. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT – August 5, 2020

Monday Night Raw – March 6, 2006

Monday Night Raw
Date: March 6, 2006
Location: Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Alabama
Commentators: Joey Styles, Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler

We have less than a month to go before Wrestlemania and that means we need to get in some more build between HHH and John Cena. That being said, the bigger story going on is Vince McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels, which is likely to get a lot more time tonight. That and maybe some more Money in the Bank setup. Let’s get to it.

Read moreMonday Night Raw – March 6, 2006