What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – March 8, 1999

A video package chronicles Steve Austin attacking the Rock on Sunday Night Heat and Paul Wight not trying to save the Rock from the assault.

Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are calling the action and they are live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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BoD Daily Update: July 26th, 2016

WWE.com Smackdown Preview

https://www.wwe.com/smackdown-live-july-26-2016

 

Update on Lucha Underground’s Future

The third season of the show has already been filmed and will air later this year. As far as a fourth season, there are plans to do one with the hope they can film in the late Fall/early Winter. One person told Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com they might be filming again in November

http://pwinsider.com/article/103608/lucha-underground-updates-on-future-seasons.html?p=1

 

WWE RAW and Smackdown Pre-Shows Available Across All Digital Platforms

http://www.wwe.com/article/raw-smackdown-live-pre-shows-air-across-all-digital-platforms

 

Kayfabe Commentaries Releases Debut of the Next Evolution Series

Hosted by Gabe Sapolsky, he sits down with Johnny Gargano as they discuss his career and take a look at some of his matches. You can view the trailer by clicking on the link below:

 

Also, head on over to Place to be Nation for the PTBN Reaction Show: WWE Battleground 2016 as hosts Johnny Sorrow and Kris Zellner discuss the show.

Vince out of gas


Scott,

On one of the other boards, I’ve seen floated quite a bit a theory that the Raws after PPVs are always better because Vince doesn’t have the strength to rewrite the show after overseeing the big event the night before. Do you believe this, and if so, is that a bad sign for SmackDown tonight?

​I am cautiously optimistic for tonight, if only because Vince is under incredible pressure from USA to deliver ratings for Smackdown and we know he likes to win. If it takes a fake brand split to light a fire under his ass, then so be it. ​

1992 WWF


Hi Scott,

Watching the WWF PPVs from 1992 and the 2 Saturday Night’s Main Events from that year on the network has made it very clear that there is no content that covers the period after WM8 all the way to Summerslam.

What TV did WWF have at the time to keep its audience up to date on happenings on during this long period, and why isn’t it on the network?

How well did WWF do in regards to getting across its stories and cards in a pre-RAW era?

Thanks.


​Superstars, Wrestling Challenge, a few other syndicated recap shows, plus a little Monday night show called Prime Time Wrestling that was basically turning into the vestigial beginnings of Monday Night RAW at that point anyway. That being said, as a Canadian fan at the time, you could definitely tell that they didn’t give a crap about Superstars to any great degree and were putting their eggs in the USA basket because lots of stuff happened (like the Jamieson storyline as one earlier example) where they would make no effort to explain it to people (like Canadians) who didn’t have access ​to USA. But I was able to follow the product just fine at that point without internet access in 1992.

Vince Russo hated Raw and wrote about it

Scott,


Vince Russo wrote an article saying he’s done with Raw after last night. Please destroy this nonsense.

Russo: Balor Defeating Roman Reigns And Rusev Was The Nail In The Coffin For Me

​My favorite was "Finn Balor never would have beaten Roman Reigns if this was a shoot." Yeah, of course, because if it was UFC then Roman would have failed his drug test and the fight would have been cancelled.

30th Raw Review of 2016 (1st of the new era)


Scott,

How about that Raw tonight? Wow! Here’s my full review of the 1st episode of the new era. What a time to be alive!

http://www.danimalcrossing.com/monday-night-raw-review-7-25-16/

​Indeed. For whatever reason, the blog did the second-biggest traffic in its history (after this year’s WM) on Monday, so obviously there was some kind of buzz about the PPV or something. I can only assume that Danimal-mania is sweeping the nation and everyone was waiting anxiously for your take on RAW all day.

Nah, I’m just messing with you. Sorry to get your hopes up there.​

Raw is…Awesome?

> Hey Scott,
>
> Think you’ll be doing a throwback SmarK Raw Rant for this shockingly good Raw?
>
> If not no worries man. But it’d be cool!
>
>

No, but I was watching tonight and it was a hell of a show, so kudos to them. Even if Universal title sounds like an indy belt. Other than that, a fantastic show with multiple **** matches that blew away Battleground.

And I’ll chat more in depth with Brian this Wednesday about it in the debut of the PODCAST OF DOOM!

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Another Network special in the books and now we’re in the era that the Network PPVs are going to be approaching three and a half hours while Summerslam will be four hours and of course Wrestlemania will last from Sunday through Tuesday.

I thought it was a really fun PPV if not great or anything. Just the hot crowd, a couple of nice surprises, a couple of nice promos and the ending gave it a nice, enjoyable feel. And sometimes that’s all you need.

Anyway the first RAW under a new crappy logo and hopefully improved announce team is tonight. There’s also the Bachelorette and whatever the hell the Democratic National Convention will turn out to be. So enjoy the evening.

Keep it Clean!

Alternate World Title


So if they are going to split the titles again, why don’t they bring back the winged eagled belt? It has prestige and would pop a crowd and sales of replicas.

​Your views intrigue me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. Plus it appeals to the Attitude Era babies who think everything before 2000 was shat from the womb of god, so it’s a double win. Make it happen.​

Loooooooooong shows


Scott,

What is the point to these long ppvs. A throwaway show like Battleground going 4.25 hours with the pregame is not a fun event for me anymore. It’s a chore to sit through. What is the reasoning? Are they trying to screw with the ppv companies? Or do they just not want me to have enough sleep in the morning?

Cause I mean, if I have to go to bed before the show hits its main event, maybe I stop
watching them and then I stop subscribing. Ya know?


I definitely know. It’s annoying for me as well because I watch a 3.5 hour show and then I only have time to upload to the blog and run to bed. People have JOBS, you know. Especially if we’re only paying $10 for these shows, why not cut them down to 2 hours? The Takeover shows are perfectly paced at that length and you cannot tell me that we needed Darren Young v. The Miz, plus Rusev v. Zack Ryder, plus Natalya v. Becky Lynch all on PPV when there’s 5 hours of TV to fill two days later. Like, I can see the three hour thing being habit on their part, but extending it by another 30 minutes? It just makes no sense to me.

BoD Daily Update: July 25th, 2016

WWE.com RAW Preview

http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/july-25-2016#full-detail-40008858

 

Former WWE Champion Leaving the Company?

There is some internal speculation that Alberto Del Rio is unhappy and may be on his way out of the WWE this fall. Vince McMahon wanted to push him heading into the draft but it was reported that Triple H wanted to back off from a Del Rio push and that is what ended up happening. Del Rio’s contract with the WWE ends this coming October.

http://wrestlechat.net/former-wwe-champion-possibly-leaving-soon-backstage-heat-on-cesaro-following-wwe-network-interview/

 

Simon Gotch Update

Gotch, who was pulled from the road this weekend and has not worked since getting into an altercation with Sin Cara backstage this past Tuesday before Smackdown, is not scheduled for this week’s TV tapings but expected to return the following week.

http://pwinsider.com/article/103580/simon-gotch-update.html?p=1

 

Reason Why Lillian Garcia Was Not at Battleground

Garcia was not at last night’s show as she was with her father, who is undergoing treatments for cancer.

http://wrestlechat.net/reason-why-lilian-garcia-was-not-at-battleground-wwe-star-showing-signs-of-frustration-on-twitter/

 

Plus, head on over to Place to be Nation for Between the Sheets #53 as hosts Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan take a look at the week in wrestling from July 20th-26th in 1987.

 

 

The Battleground Thread

Tonight, the Shield EXPLODES! A triple threat main event for the WWE Title will top off the last PPV/Network Special before the Draft takes effect on Monday.

The full card includes:

Pre-Show: Usos vs. Breezango

Sasha Banks and a surprise partner vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke

Six Man Tag: The New Day vs. The Wyatts

US Title: Rusev vs. Zack Ryder

IC Title: Miz vs. Darren Young

Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

John Cena, Enzo and Big Cass vs. The Club

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens

WWE Title: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns.

 

Talk about that or whatever else you want right here! Preshow starts at 7 with the main card starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.