Chris Jericho at RAW 25

So Raw 25 came and went, dissappointing show to say the least. Best part was the Legends by far. Biggest thing to me was they had somebody who was if not one of, the hottest topic in Pro Wrestling over the past year who besides Austin, clearly got the loudest pop of the night and they used him in a 5 min backstage interview to set up a Elias segment yet made sure to troll out The Dudleys in a useless segment when they could of been involved in that APA poker shenanigans. Maybe underlying bitterness from the NJPW stuff? 

​Wouldn't shock me, but Jericho's segment was REALLY disappointing.  As Dave was saying on the radio show leading up to this, he should have just stayed away so that his actual return would be a big deal and he could be the star of the show.  The whole show was just another "APA plays poker, Ted Dibiase laughs, D-X reunites" 3 hour wank when they could have done something different.  ​

Ready Player One

Have you read the novel and, if so, are you stoked for the upcoming film?

​Nope!  Haven't read the book, saw the trailer, didn't interest me in the least.  I understand what the source material is and all that, but to me it felt like another attempt to pander to the Hunger Games / Maze Runner / Divergent audience that's already been milked dry at this point. And hey, I really enjoyed all the Hunger Games movies, don't get me wrong, but at this point in my life I'm much more excited by the prospect of John Wick 3.  ​

Favorite Raw Ever?

Have you heard? There's a milestone Raw coming up! What's your single favorite episode and single favorite moment? (I'd ask for your least favorite, but, I assume it involves Katie and/or Vick.)

Single favorite moment is the unveiling of the RAW is War revamp in 1997. Completely made it feel like a new and fresh show and an actual competition for Nitro.
Favorite episode is the famous 1993 one with the Waltman upset of Razor, and the surprise return of Marty and title win over Shawn.  Honorable mention to the initial Invasion episode in 2001, which was a great reveal that of course went nowhere fast.  

Undertaker – THE question to start arguments.



The question that will launch a thousand arguments, but which I don’t think has been properly debated on the blog –


Taking into account story, booking, workrate, bumps and everything else, what is Undertaker’s best Wrestlemania match?


​I'm fond of the one where he told everyone he was retiring beforehand, did a big farewell at the end, and then came back the next year for another million dollar payoff.  You know the one.​

Failed wwe India tour

Hey Scott,

After reading the recent Jindel Mahal win as 2017 Gooker award winner, I was thinking about how the WWE’s planned ‘tour’ of India slowly dwindled down from several shows to two shows to just one (with the inevitable Triple H win over Jinder). Regardless of Jinder’s ‘importance’ to the tour, it left me wondering why WWE was unable to draw sufficient interest in a tour.

TNA seemed to be popular despite only have Sonjay Dutt, to the point that they even had Ring Ka King, an India specific wrestling show with some of their talent, and even toured there a few times. So why was TNA able to gain a foothold in the country where wwe could not? Was it because the TNA numbers were sufficient for them justify it; where as those numbers would count as a significant loss for wwe? Or is TNA somehow more popular there?

I’d like to hear your thoughts.

TNA is also weirdly popular in the UK, so it just goes to show that different markets are DIFFERENT.  It's a lesson that WWE seems to have trouble grasping.  The failure of WWE in India (and China) mostly seems to stem from them trying to charge ticket prices, and streaming prices, in markets that won't support them.  China in particular is just not going to pay money for the WWE Network, and it's been a similar struggle in India.  The recent "tour" of India couldn't even sell out two shows at ticket prices that aren't much more than the standard house show tours here, so the lesson is that they just ain't gonna pay for the product.  

Biggest International Signing Bust?

Hideo Itami or Sin Cara? Both men were signed due to their international reputation and stardom in their respective countries. Sin Cara was the first signing under the Triple H regime and was supposed to be Rey Mysterios successor. And Itami, they brought Hulk freaking Hogan to Japan to announce his signing.

​I'm gonna go with Sin Cara, because as noted he was supposed to be a big crossover star and succeed Rey.  Itami was intended to pop the Japanese market, but I don't think anyone seriously thought he would be a huge star in North America.  Too old, too much of a language barrier, too many injuries.  He's been a bit of a disappointment, yeah, but he's already done everything in the business he needed to.  Sin Cara not only flopped, but got injured numerous times and pretty much destroyed his own legacy in the process.  ​

Sgt Slaughter – A (Un)Real American Hero?

The combination of Sgt. Slaughter being the break out star of your 1981 Mid Atlantic rants and my renewed interest in GI Joe – thanks to the brilliant piece of nostalgia The Toys That Made Us, on Netflix – got me to thinking:

Is there any concrete proof or reliable sources that Robert Remus actually was a US Marine, let alone a Drill Instructor? The internet seems to believe he was. The timeline is a bit off too, at least if we are to believe that he was a DI.

If he wasn't a US Marine DI… is this the greatest pro wrestling work of all time? 

​Time Magazine seems to think that he was a legit drill instructor.  More importantly, ​Wikipedia reveals that he went to high school and played football in Eden Prairie, MN.  This kind of blew my mind, since I just finished watching the third season of Fargo and it's kind of cool to see one of the (storyline) locations of the show revealed to be a real town with real people that came from there!  
Also, if you've never watched Fargo, it's on Netflix, and it's GREAT.  Just sayin'.  

Trolling with Daniel Bryan… again

So the odds on Daniel Bryan winning the Rumble are down to 4-1. WWE fans aren't dumb, and we follow the odds. Aren't they just setting up another massive troll job and won't the crowd (in philly again) shit on the Rumble again, when #30 is anyone but DB and we're left with Roman and Cena in their at the end. Seriously that ending has NWO garbage in the ring written all over it…

It's not like WWE sets the odds.  If anything, the only logical thing you could infer from WWE TV is that Daniel Bryan is going to wrestle Shane at Wrestlemania.  The odds swinging like this come from so many people being stupid enough to put money on Bryan winning that they HAVE to move the odds.  


Post season 4 possibilities: So with Richochet debuting soon(I imagine), you seeing Jeff Cobb(I believe that’s who you’ve mentioned) a good fit to come over as well, what do you think of other LU prospects? Wether 205 Live dies or lives, that roster has to still wrestle, and Fenix & Drago(205lbs before the costume?) could make for some hot openers.

But more than anything I want to see PENTAGON!!! breaking NxT prospect arms on a weekly basis!  He can work most styles, has what I consider one of the best looks in wrestling today, I don’t even need to understand him as the passion and anger in his voice tells me how much pain he wants to bring. Do we give him a mouthpiece? Do we try to ensure that mouthpiece doesn’t overshadow him?

​Pentagon is likely making WAAAAAY more money on the indies right now thanks to the LU exposure and I think he's under contract long-term anyway.  I can't see any of the Pentagon/Fenix/Drago group making the move, just because WWE is so different from the pure lucha style that it would take a long time to reprogram them.  Even super-talented guys like Kalisto and Andrade took years to acclimate.  We haven't reached Killshot yet, but someone like him or Cuerno, who have the look of a WWE style wrestler and can comfortably speak English, would be bigger prospects, I feel like.  ​

Way overpushed newcomers/returns

Watching 96/97 RAWs, and oh-so-many new/returning guys were way overpushed from the start.

From Rocky Maivia (wins IC title 3 months after debuting), the Nation Of Domination (Crush beats Bulldog, Taker, Ahmed within a few weeks on TV in early 97), Kurrgan, Furnas/LaFon (instant top contenders for tag titles) and many more were forced down the fans' throats and usually heavily rejected or conway-popped within a few months.

what the hell were they thinking? Throwing shit at the wall then let's see what sticks?? Desperation? Shaking things up?

​Mostly desperation due to Nitro destroying them and a really thin roster.  There's no other era where Brian Pillman would have been allowed anywhere near a ring, for example.  Although to be fair, Furnas and LaFon were a top tag team everywhere in the world they went previously and they should have been instant contenders, but they just flopped.  ​

Del Rio Wanting Back in WWE

Found this interesting interview with Del Rio. It's in spanish so I'll give a basic translation. 

He called Triple H personally and apoligized for his past remarks.

Him and WWE are supposely on good terms now.

He wants to end his career in WWE whether its a retirement match or a part time schedule but it wont happen till 2019

He blames Paige saying she manipulated him into believing WWE and Triple H were purposely trying to sabotage their relationship along with her career.

​Oh boy, maybe he'll be a surprise entrant in the Rumble and we can hear him talk about his destiny for two months before he gets fired again.​