BoD Daily Update: July 28th, 2016

John Cena Update

As of this moment, Cena is not scheduled for the Smackdown Brand PPV Backlash on September 11th.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Alberto Del Rio Update

There is talk that Del Rio has an out clause from his contract in September.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Update on Last Week’s Sin Cara/Simon Gotch Confrontation

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, he was told that Sin Cara threw an unopened soda at Gotch’s face as Gotch went down hard. Another report said that Sin Cara had punched Gotch. Three different performers and employees had told Meltzer that Gotch has heat with some wrestlers, a few saying a lot of heat due to his mouth, and that Gotch and Sin Cara had issues in the past. No disciplinary action has been taken.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Place to be Nation Presents Best of Between the Sheets, Volume 1

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the show, hosts Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan, along with fans of the show, put together the best moments of the show. You can listen to it by clicking on the link below, which also includes timestamps.

The Best of Between the Sheets Vol. 1


Also, stay tuned tonight when the Podcast of Doom makes its debut, exclusively on Place to be Nation.

Smackdown’s Women’s Title Solution

> With all the unanswered questions regarding the tag team and women on Smackdown, how about this for one solution: when it comes to the women, why not do something along the lines of Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan striking a deal with William Regal for the exclusive rights to the NXT Women’s Champion. Let Bayley or Asuka come up as the Champion, and have that belt featured on Smackdown while having the Champion also work NXT tapings , instead of any awkward Raw/SD continuity, and also giving NXT more exposure to casual audiences. Better solution I feel than creating another Women’s Title, and when you think about it, the NXT Women’s Champion has probably been treated with more respect over the last 3 years than almost all of the Main Roster Champions in that time. You can brag about the strength of competition over it and and the battles featured in the NXT DVD set or the “100 Greatest Matches” book to really drive home the point and sell other products at the same time. Then fans can finally experience the dream of Eva Marie being the Champion.

I like how you built to the punchline there. Top notch work.

The idea is shockingly solid, but my concern would be that NXT tapes and plans shit months ahead, while Vince books on a napkin, so I don’t see it working from a logistics standpoint. Good stab at it, though.

Random WCW Questions

1. Was Muta always only supposed to be around for a year in 1989 and then head back to Japan? Seems odd that out of nowhere he got completely jobbed out at Starrcade and then dropped the TV belt to Arn and was gone shortly thereafter. Could they have kept him around in 1990?

​It was always the plan, yes. They could have kept him around, but Muta was wanting to return to Japan and made better money there anyway. Now was the destruction of his character at the end ridiculously excessive and could they have done a lot more with him on the way out? Yeah, of course. But either way he wasn’t long for the promotion. ​

2. I’ve always heard that the Wargames match at Wrestlewar 91 did not end as planned due to Sid legit injuring Pillman. Is this true or did the match go just as planned. If not what was the planned finish? Seem weird that the horsemen actually went over here.

​It’s always seemed weird to me as well, but apparently it went as planned and the Pillman injury was just a part of the finish that got too real. The pertinent issue of the Observer isn’t in the archives for whatever reason, but I’m pretty sure Dave has always maintained that stance. ​

3. Why no Great American Bash PPV in 93 or 94. It returned in 95 but up until that point it was WCW’s 2nd biggest event of the year. Had Halloween Havoc or Superbrawl surpassed it at that point anyway?

​Yeah, that was a Bischoff call, because he wanted to make Superbrawl into the biggest show. Plus the Bash name had kind of been turning into an anchor with shows like Bash 91. ​

1993 Questions

So I am watching the summer of ’93 Raw episodes and have a few questions. Was the original plan for Hogan to show up on the ship and slam/pin Yoko (depending on whether you wanna do a 3rd ppv match or Hogan v Bret)? Backing up even further….what was the dirt sheet reason at the time why Savage went from going into Summerslam as champ and co-main eventing Survivor Series to nothing less than a year later? I never understood it, he was still a big draw when they didn’t have many of them

​1. The whole Lex-Yoko thing was because Hogan left, so no, Hogan was not planned to be involved in it. Bret has always maintained that the original plan was Hogan defending the title against him at Summerslam, but there doesn’t appear to be any actual evidence of that happening and it sounds like Hogan pretty much misted Bret into believing it.

2. As for Savage, Vince is fickle. Really there’s not much more to it than that. He felt Savage was too old for the role by that point and wanted to phase him down. Now, that being said, Savage was not a big draw in 92, in fact far from it. That’s not to say there wasn’t a role for him near the top or working main events, but the Flair program didn’t light anyone’s world on fire. So in a way I can kind of see Vince’s point. By 93-94, though, with Hogan gone and the main event scene in the toilet, he absolutely should have pushed Randy again to the top, no question about it. ​

Bayley: One Night Only

So, Bayley comes out as Sashas partner and gets one of the biggest pops of the night. Why does it not make sense to move her to the main roster? She is clearly ready for the main stage and has some star power to boot (unlike Dana Brooke for instance). So, what the hell? Why aren’t more people annoyed by this?

​I think because she was treated like a big star and it was made clear that it was a special attraction. That being said, she should probably lose to Asuka and then just get the hell up to the main roster ASAP to bail out the Smackdown side. Clearly they’ve run out of excuses to leave her in NXT. The "official" reasoning appears to be that they didn’t want to take the shine away from Charlotte v. Sasha, so whatever.​

Predictable showings are predictable

Were you surprised at how Raw and Smackdown turned out this week?

I admit I was surprised. Oh yeah, Raw got the MUCH better deal with the roster, but even then, I thought Smackdown would be better because I figured with Steph on Raw, she would turn it even more into the Stephanie McMahon Show(featuring Mick Foley) and make it just as bad as the last few months, and Shane looked like he knew how to step aside and let the show stand on its in ring product. Instead…well, you saw what happened.

​Well I didn’t watch Smackdown, but I got the general gist, yes. Look, they were gonna go all out for RAW because it’s RAW, and Smackdown was immediately the B Show again no matter how much rhetoric we get from the people involved. ​

NXT – July 27, 2016

Date: July 27, 2016
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves

Brooklyn is still on the horizon and it’s time to start setting up more of the card. The big story coming off last week is Bayley defeating Nia Jax again to presumably become #1 contender the Women’s Title. The other interesting thing should be seeing some of these people for the last time before they head up to the main roster. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Nitro – March 5, 2001

Monday Nitro #280
Date: March 5, 2001
Location: Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, South Carolina
Commentators: Tony Schaivone, Scott Hudson

After last week, it’s really hard to say what we should expect here as Nitro worked very well but Thunder was every bit the show you would have expected it to be. I’m liking Scott Steiner vs. Diamond Dallas Page but the rest of the show is so all over the scale that it’s hard to guess what you’ll get. Let’s get to it.

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Equal Punishment?

So Roman flunks a wellness test, gets suspended a month, and gets punished by doing high profile jobs to Ambrose on Battleground and then Balor on Raw.

So what did AJ Styles do exactly to get the exact same "punishment", jobbing to Cena at Battleground and then Dolph Ziggler of all people on Smackdown?

​I’ve given up trying to navigate the minefield of weird things that people can do to offend Vince McMahon. Apparently Becky Lynch said or did something to earn the submission job at the PPV, for instance, and Charlotte might have also done something to drop the title on RAW.

Also, Roman Reigns is the Guy. Normal rules don’t apply to him. I bet he even wears Crocs and eats bananas while looking other men in the eye.​



I assume that the answer to this question is a definitive "no", but I must ask anyway.

Did Bobby Heenan ever work as a babyface? Even for a brief stint?


​Well, he was pretty much a de facto babyface during the nWo days, wasn’t he? Other than that, no, I can’t think of any time.​

Well Smackdown sucked

They just couldn’t do it. After one of the best Raws in months they couldn’t let Smackdown out do Raw. Unless of course they actually thought this was going to be on the level of what happened on Raw.

That emailer that mentioned Vince being too tired for Raw after the PPV seems pretty astute right now. This whole Smackdown stunk of Vince McMahon’s senile booking. I doubt any TV execs read the internet but if they did and heard what the fans were saying they should be furious with the first real live Smackdown.

Let’s list all the ways Smackdown sucked.

Yeah, tell ’em, Steve Dave!

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BoD Daily Update: July 27th, 2016 NXT Preview


WWE Cruiserweight Classic Preview


WWE Offers Contracts to Other Participants in the Cruiserweight Classic

Contracts offers have been given to TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander, Noam Dar, and Akira Tozawa. They are expected to report for duty in September-October. Zack Sabre Jr. was also offered a contract but was unable to sign at this point due to a personal matter but will likely take the WWE up on the offer at some point next year.


WWE Tag Team Re-Signs with the Company

The Dudley Boyz have signed a new deal with the WWE. They signed a one-year deal with the company last August.


Also, head over to Place to be Nation for my review of Smackdown

So NOW can Reigns be Heel?

Hey Scott,

Since the Roman Reigns has fallen as quickly and suddenly as the actually one, and we won’t get our awesome Cena 2.0, can we NOW have a Heel Reigns?

Since no one likes him and Vince isn’t behind can we now have the, "I suck? No, YOU suck!" ROCK 2.0 that everyone was hoping for? If it sinks or swims, it’s not like anyone has faith in Rosey’s kid brother to begin with.


​It’s so cute how you think they’re actually giving up on him after two years of pushing him. This is merely to make him an even bigger babyface in Vince’s mind, and then renew the push again by Royal Rumble. It’s gonna happen.​