BoD Daily Update: February 19, 2018

WWE.com RAW Preview

http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2018-02-19

 

ESPN.com Interview with Rusev

http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/22422193/rusev-taking-latest-character-iteration-further-away-even-foreigner-stereotype

 

NJPW Free Match of the Week

You can watch Prince Devitt (Finn Balor) vs. Kenny Omega from the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors Semifinals

WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 2nd, 1991

February 2, 1991

From the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL

Your hosts are Roddy Piper and Vince McMahon

This week, we will find out the main event of WrestleMania VII. Also, we will see highlights of Sgt. Slaughter vs. Jim Duggan from “The Main Event” and Mr. Perfect defends the Intercontinental Title against Texas Tornado.

Read moreWWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 2nd, 1991

Random Questions

1) Who is your favourite masked wrestler?

2) Would you define colour commentator Jesse Ventura as a heel or a tweener?

3) I read your review of Bunkhouse Stampede 88. You seemed less than pleased with Bobby Eatons use of the hammerlock. Do you have a favourite rest hold/transition move?

Thanks.

PS – Bret Hart helped me write this email. After writing it, I shook Bret’s hand and thanked him for helping me write the greatest email I have ever written.

​1. Jushin Liger, and it’s not even close.
2. Pretty clearly a heel.
3. I don’t have a problem with restholds as long as guys are DOING something.  Instead of just laying there in the hold, pull the hair or put your feet on the ropes or something!  Tell a story with it.
Dino Bravo helped me write this reply.  I shook his hand and told him he’s the worst.​

 

 

IWGP Title


Hey Scott whats up,


So idk how informative you are with the history of the IWGP Heavyweight Title but when AJ Styles debuted in WWE, I seem to remember the announcers talk as if the only 2 non japanese men to win it recently were Brock Lesnar and Styles but if I remember correctly, didn't Kurt Angle win it from Brock then lose it to Nakamura? If so then why don't they acknowledge Kurt as a former champ?

​Kurt was never champion and never even competed in New Japan as far as I'm aware.  Brock won the belt and then quit the company and refused to drop it, so they stripped him of it.  ​

Dudleys all time rank

 

With the Dudleys going in the HOF, where do they rank on the all time list for tag teams? Not WWE, all time. To me they’re tricky because they didn’t draw money like the LOD but they were much better workers getting countless 4-star matches with E&C, Hardys, LAX, etc. They accumulated tag title reigns wherever they went, had longevity like  no others, and even had singles success; albeit in TNA. They were a huge part of the biggest boom in pro-wrestling from 97-02 and arguably can be seen as the biggest team of that era.

So are they #1, top 5, top 10, or what. Who would you rank over them?

​As noted, they’re a tricky one.  I wouldn’t call them particularly influential or particularly great workers, but they could be carried to great matches by great workers.  They were never really booked on top at any point as a team, and the one time they tried it (in the nonsense with Undertaker and the cement and stuff in 2004) it was a horrible bomb.
No way they’re top 5.  I’ve got Midnight Express, Rock N Roll Express, Road Warriors, Tully & Arn, Demolition, Hart Foundation, British Bulldogs and a bunch of others instantly above them just off the top of my head, but I’d say it’s not unreasonable to put them somewhere near the bottom of the top 10 just based on longevity and sheer scope of the titles they’ve won in their career as a team.   ​

 

Worst Finishing Maneuver/Hold?

   What is the worst finishing move/hold you’ve seen a wrestler regularly use as their finisher?  For me nothing looks worse than John Cena’s STF.  He doesn’t even pull up on his opponents jaws when he locks his arms;  He just sort of lays there with both arms crossed underneath their chins.  That doesn’t even look like it would hurt a toddler, much less an average sized pro wrestler. 

 

​I’m used to it by now, so it’s no big deal.  The most jarringly awful move used by someone who should have known better was Rock’s atrocious Sharpshooter, and he won his first World title with it!  Also, the damn Zig Zag.
In general I’d like to also reserve a special circle of wrestling hell for everyone in the bleak period of 2005-2011 who seemingly did some variation of the Overdrive neckbreaker or Roll the Dice as their finish, typically looking completely shitty in the process.   ​

 

ECW On Sci-Fi #95 03/25/2008

We’re in Fayetteville, NC for the last episode before Wrestlemania with ”maybe the biggest tag team match we’ve ever seen” involving all twenty four men involved in the Battle Royal.

Read moreECW On Sci-Fi #95 03/25/2008

Unforgiven 2003

Unforgiven 2003
Date: September 21, 2003
Location: Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 10,347
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s another Raw exclusive pay per view, based around the idea of finding the least interesting story possible. Is it Shane McMahon and his electric testicles vs. Kane or a barely mobile HHH managing to drag out his second World Title defense against Goldberg? You know, that guy known for his long matches. There’s also the option of the battling announcers, which is always a big winner. Let’s get to it.

Read moreUnforgiven 2003

Smackdown – September 18, 2003

Smackdown
Date: September 18, 2003
Location: RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s a big show here with Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle in a one hour Iron Man match. What else can you really ask for here? These two are capable of putting together any kind of match you want them to and here they’ll have a chance to showcase whatever they want. The rest of the show….does it really matter? Let’s get to it.

Read moreSmackdown – September 18, 2003

Dumb idea that would have been funny


What if at WrestleMania 23 Vince decided to troll Donald Trump and have Lashley job to Umaga? Umaga grabs Donald Trump, sits on him, and Vince shaves his head while cackling like a freak. Ignoring the lawsuit that almost certainly would have commenced as a result of this, I have two questions:

1. Do you think if the world had seen Trump bald 9 years ago, would he be president today?

2. I really like Tye Dillinger and wish he were on tv more (or ever). Do you think he can re-invent himself and make it back up the card at some point?

I realize that second one is extremely unrelated, but since this email is largely a joke, might as well ask a semi-serious question while I’m here.

​Wait, so you're asking if amidst all the stupid and awful things that Donald Trump did before the election, if THAT one thing would be the one to prevent him from getting elected?  I'd say no.
As for Tye, this was the re-invention.  Once they give up on it and let him go to the indies, I don't see him getting another shot.  He can milk this Perfect 10 thing at high school gyms and armories for YEARS and probably do fine for himself, anyway. ​