Saturday Night Thread

Hope everyone enjoyed the NXT rant this morning.

Not a lot going on tonight in the wrestling world, or the sporting world.

Jurassic World opens this weekend and is supposed to be…OK.

Roseanne will indeed return next season as The Connors with no involvement from Roseanne herself, although she retains the rights to the characters and show for anything after this.

Have at it!

Rumble and MITB burnout


I love rumbles and ladder matches as much as anyone, but it’s not doing anyone any favours to have 2 of the same attraction match in 1 special event. Why not have the men’s rumble in Jan, with a MITB for the women’s division, and visa versa (with the main event
for SS) 
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Ran into Roman Reigns

I saw Roman at a grocery store yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a douche and bother him and ask him for photos or anything.

He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?”

I was taken aback, and all I could say was “Huh?” but he kept cutting me off and going “huh? huh? huh?” and closing his hand shut in front of my face. I walked away and continued with my shopping, and I heard him chuckle as I walked off. When I came to pay for my stuff up front I saw him trying to walk out the door with like fifteen gallons of milk without paying.

The girl at the counter was very nice about it and professional, and was like “Sir, you need to pay for those first.” At first he kept pretending to be tired and not hear her, but eventually turned back around and brought them to the counter.

When she took one of the cartons and started scanning it multiple times, he stopped her and told her to scan them each individually “to prevent any electrical infetterence,” and then turned around and winked at me. I don’t even think infetterence is even a word. After she scanned each bar and put them in a bag and started to say the price, he kept interrupting her by yawning really loudly.

​I feel like you’re doing a bit here but I have no idea what the payoff is, so I’ll just smile and nod.

PWI, WWF Magazine, and Nintendo Power Scans

Hey Scott,

A year or two ago, I scanned and e-mailed you pictures from the March 1994 Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine, showing the July 19, 1993 match between Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty as the 1993 PWI Match of the Year.  Their 17, 1993 match on Raw is often confused as that year’s Match of the Year.

Recently, there has been discussion on the blog about pictures possibly being shown in WWF Magazine in 1993 of the infamous tug-of-war photoshoot between Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart over the WWF belt that Bret wrote about in his book.  Several people swear they saw the pictures in the WWF Magazine and/or Nintendo Power.

Someone posted a link in the discussion to the Nintendo Power sweepstakes from the June 1993 issue (Volume 49), but here they are again.  I’ve also attached pictures from the July and August 1993 issues of WWF Magazine with columns/stories about a potential Hogan vs Hart match.  These are the only WWF Magazines that year that discuss the idea of a match between the two.  Alas, neither Nintendo Power or WWF Magazine has pictures of the alleged tug-of-war.

I also included scans from an article of PWI in the April 1992 issue of the WWF’s more violent storylines in 1991.  I thought they’d be a timely addition since Bayless has been covering this era in his reviews.



​Awesome!  Thanks for all your hard work!

Smackdown – January 22, 2004

Date: January 22, 2004
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attendance: 6,500
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s the final show before the Royal Rumble and most of Sunday is already set. You can always use more focus on the Rumble itself, but I have a bad feeling we might be in for a heavy dose of Hardcore Holly vs. Brock Lesnar tonight. I for one can’t get enough of the WWE Champion vs. the race car driver. Let’s get to it.

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RIP Johnny Attitude

I know he was not big time by any means, but he was one of the nicest people I ever met. He was married to former Penthouse Pet of the year Andi Sue Irwin and she came to the club I worked at in 2004. I did not recall
Johnny from any of his WCW appearances, but he still hung out with me, talked wrestling, and was just a cool guy. He asked me for my address and promised me he was going to send me autographed 8 x 10’s. I never expected anything from him, yet over time I got
Chris Benoit, Randy Savage, and a bunch of other guys he hung out with’s autographs and personalized notes. I would never have expected him to go through that for me, when I was just a dude that bounced for his wife for one weekend. He was a stand up guy and
I am glad he got a bit of fame off of the MCW show on TruTV. Goldberg broke his neck and elbow in one match, but it was on Nitro and made the Goldberg VHS so Johnny said at least the world can see it over and over. While so many of our wrestlers may not have
been who we hoped they would be in real life, Johnny was better than I could have imagined. He may not have been popular, but I hope the blog can give a little love to a good guy.

​I’m not actually familiar with him, but I’m glad he made an impact on your life.  ​


If it’s a blank contract and you only need a ref and a bell to start the match, why doesn’t any MITB winner just walk into a WWE ring at a show that the champ is
not on, say they’re cashing in, and accept the victory and the title by forfeit?

Or why don’t they pull a Rio de Janeiro and have Braun “beat” Brock in an impromptu match in Minnesota where no cameras were present?  Gets the belt off of Brock,
gives us a champ right away.

Anything but this shit.

The idea of cashing in on an absent champion is kind of an interesting one, but the precedent has already been established where the champion has to be both present and ready to compete in a match, so I don’t think it would stand up from a legal viewpoint.  We’ve had cases in the past where someone tried a cash-in, but the champion was too injured to start the match.  I think that “Not currently in the same state” would fall under that umbrella as well.  ​

Possible trade war between ROH owner Sinclair and WWE

If you thought that WWE was petty, you should see what Ring of Honor’s parent company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, could do when FOX starts airing SmackDown Live here in the US.  Keep in mind that Sinclair also owns a crapload of TV stations, over 40 of which are FOX affiliates if you include digital subchannels and it’s adding more stations, too.

​Hey, bring on the war, I say!  As the story notes, it can only be good for wrestling, and Omega and the Bucks likely stand to make millions whichever way they fall in it.  ​