I was thinking

This past mania has to be the first time in a long, long time in which either one of the two major belts didnt change hands, correct? 

Let's see…
Last year:  Orton beat Wyatt, Brock beat Goldberg
2016:  Roman beat HHH
2015:  Seth beat Roman
2014:  Bryan beat Orton
2013:  Cena beat Rock
2012:  Sheamus beat Bryan
2011:  Edge retains, Miz retains.
So yeah, 7 years.  I'm just impressed I could remember all those off the top of my head!  ​

Wrestling Observer Flashback no more?

I miss it…

Ok, let's talk about this, because I kind of touched on the subject before but this way we can discuss more openly.  Basically, they have become a LOT of work.  Like, when I started them, I was referencing old Observers to supplement the RAW rants from the time and it turned into a quick 15 minute lark that I could pump out daily.  Then I started getting unhappy with the quality of the work and fixed it by adding my own comments and the memes and going way, way more in depth with recapping the issues.  And it's a lot of work now, especially condensing 100,000 words of Dave into something that fits into 2000.  Not to mention that 94-97 are a painful slog for me as a wrestling fan and I have no real passion for covering that period again.   15 minutes is now 3-4 hours of work, which I often need to spread over two days.  So basically at the moment I'm on a break from it and if I can come up with a way to simplify things for myself, it'll be back. At the moment I'm happier falling down the Network rabbit hole, so that's my focus.  

Asuka/Charlotte should’ve closed Mania?

Do you think this would've gone over well? I know it didn't have the most epic build but Streak vs. Title is a great Marquee and the match was over with the crowd. Give them an extra ten minutes of near falls and their match would've flirted with *****. Plus, WWE would've gotten great PR for having women close their flagship event before Saudi Arabia. 

​No chance.  Nia v. Bliss had 10x better buildup and even the crowd was too burned out for a women's match that late.  ​

WrestleMania 3 Questions

How the hell did I never hear about the Orndorff back up plan at Mania??
I always wondered why he wasn’t on the card.
Can you shed some light on the subject. 
Was he feuding with anyone at the time?

There is no way that unless Andre died right before they would have done something else right? 

175,000 people came to see Hogan bodyslam the 740lb giant!!!!!

​Technically he was just finishing up the Hogan feud, but otherwise, no, he didn't have anything going on.  He did the babyface turn and started a program with the incoming Rick Rude a little bit after WM3, so he was mostly in between stuff anyway.  Plus Orndorff himself was in rough shape after the Hogan feud and was pretty much told to hang it up due to the extensive damage done to his neck that needed surgery.  Andre himself was wrecked and there was serious concern that he wouldn't be able to even move enough to do the match, which is why the Orndorff plan was kept around, but as you say, he would have needed to be dead that day instead of the next day like really happened.  ​


So I've realized that maybe this entire time what Nakamura needed was a heel turn. What we saw post match at Mania was the Nakamura everybodys been waiting for to show up since the match with Zayn. If he keeps up as he did on SD. Keeps up the aggression he showed at Mania then I believe Nakamura finally gets to where everyone wants him. Hes presented a bad ass striker yet Jinder looks like hes hitting guys harder. The way he treated Styles after the match at Mania is exactly how he should of been wrestling and supposely his NJPW heel run was gold. Thoughts?

I think they should stubbornly continue pushing him as a babyface for the next five years and then reevaluate at that point.  Let it play out and see where it goes.

Saudi Arabian Rumble

Hey Scott,

How do you feel about the upcoming Greatest Royal Rumble? I've gone from being mildly intrigued to absolutely fascinated by it, and not just because King Salman has booked one hell of a card.

If you had to estimate, how much do you think the Saudis paid WWE in order to make it worthwhile to: manufacture a supercard in a matter of weeks right after WrestleMania; cancel a weekend of house shows at the company's hottest time of the year; interrupt the women's revolution/evolution with a major event that the women literally cannot participate in because they are women; transport everyone (except the women, of course, because they have vaginas) around the world for one show; book a card that rivals just about anything that the company will probably book anywhere else this year; and be valuable enough to justify the cost of bringing along Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Cena, Jericho, Rey Mysterio, HHH, and probably some surprises for one night, on the other side of the world, in front of an audience that is probably completely papered? Oh, and let's not forget that this show is in an open-air stadium — so, not only is it an outdoors show with all of the complications that come with those, but it's outdoors in Saudi Arabia where the AVERAGE temperature in late-April is close to 100 degrees. Like I said, this whole thing is totally fascinating on so many levels. I know it's a multi-year deal between WWE and Saudi Arabia, but would you think the Saudis are paying for transportation and production costs on top of everything else? As a public company, is WWE be required to share the details of individual deals like this one in their quarterly reports to the SEC?

(Also, doesn't it seem like there are dozens of better names that they could have given this event? “Greatest Royal Rumble” is pretty lazy.)

It is indeed a fascinating trainwreck on many levels.  They're pretty much going to have to announce the number in the next investor's call, and Meltzer keeps hinting that it's into the millions.  We'll see how it sustains after the first show, I guess.  But I just hope to hell it's not another 5 hour show, especially on a weekday, because that dog don't hunt.  

Jericho replacing Rusev


Don't know if you saw this, but they've announced that Y2J is replacing Rusev at the Greatest RR. No clue what angle they're running here, but the announced reason was that Lana told him she wouldn't let him compete.

Oh, Rusev, I hope you make a million dollars on the Indies and shove it in Vince's stupid face. 

Update on the Movie

Hi Scott,

I was reading one of your old RAW rants (from August 13, 2001, to be specific) and at the beginning you give an “update on the movie”. This refers to a movie being financed by the same people that did “Tomb Raider” and shooting in Wisconsin. Most intriguingly, you say it looks like Bruce Campbell will be playing the lead. I can't find a reference to that movie in any other review. What was this and how were you involved in it? I'll be really thrilled if the answer is “Bubba Ho-Tep”, as that ended up being one of my favourite movies of the 2000s.  

I'm happy to know that you're a fan of Campbell. It's nice that we have other common interests besides wrestling. Are you digging “Ash vs. Evil Dead”? By the way, thank you for all of your writing. I've been enjoying it for probably close to 20 years now and love visiting your blog (and occasionally participating in discussion there) every day.

Ha, there's a random reference I haven't thought about in a while.  That guy was a complete whackjob as it turned out.  He basically contacted me out of the blue offering me a job on the “movie” and making promises to fly me out and do whatever job.  I think it was script supervisor.  He made all these promises about finances and how John Cusack and Bruce Campbell were attached to star in it.  He had some vague description of the script and it was some kind detective movie, I think.  Anyway, it proceeded through email and then we had a two hour phone conversation where he came off like a completely delusional nutbar and then I never heard from him again. Later, I believe he contacted Chris Hyatte trying to promote whatever fake movie was in his head and tried to make it sound like it was totally still happening and he had actually promised nothing to me or whatever.  It was pretty hilarious.  I think his goal was to solicit money from me and I wouldn't ever bite on it, but I honestly have no clue.  
Anyway, maybe he turned out to be Max Landis or something, I dunno. I didn't even remember his name and hadn't thought about it since then. 



Is it just me or has Bobby Roode turned into the new Mr. Kennedy?  He came in two years ago with a neat entrance and has seemingly done nothing to evolve beyond that.

Now that he’s out of any title picture, would it be a good time to just abort the whole “Glorious” schtick and turn heel?  Otherwise, he just seems destined to flounder in catchphrase purgatory with the likes of Tye Dillinger forever.

I mean, he's pretty old as it is.  It's not like he's getting groomed for the World title or whatever.  I think the spot he's got is fine.