Monday Night Raw – October 21, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 21, 2019
Location: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Commentators: Dio Maddin, Jerry Lawler, Vic Joseph

It’s time to see what this roster can do on its own after the Draft, but it also means that it’s time to deal with the fallout from the destruction of the Firefly Fun House last week. Unfortunately that means we’re building towards Crown Jewel, as we have ten days before the show. I’m not sure what we’re going to be seeing tonight but I’m not expecting the most thrilling show. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Finally we’re done with the damn Draft and all the dead time and guys are on the show they are supposed to be on and now we can get on to the final push for the Blood Moneymania III card.

The Jets-Patriots is your Monday Night game. Sadly The Duece is coming to the end, so I’m going to enjoy the final episodes of my favorite show.

Keep it clean!

What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – October 22, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s telecast.  Okerlund does his best to describe how the monster truck battle between Hulk Hogan and the Giant will play out at Halloween Havoc.

As part of the Halloween Havoc Control Center WCW Champion Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart do a taped promo where they promise to do whatever it takes to defeat the Giant at Halloween Havoc.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – October 22, 1995

Impact Wrestling – October 18, 2019

Impact Wrestling
Date: October 18, 2019
Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gaming Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis

It’s the go home show for Bound For Glory and that means a few good things for this company. For one thing, we are almost to the biggest show of the year but it also means that things can reset a bit. This has been a pretty nice year for the company but getting back to a fresh start can be a good thing at times. Hopefully that is the case around here. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown Slog

Hey Scott–

I asked you a while back if you would keep reviewing ECW on TNN because it seemed like such a slog to you. You clarified that it wasn't a slog, it was just a shitty show, and that the numbers your reviews were doing on the blog justified continuing it.

Where does Smackdown fall right now? Would you classify it as slog or shitty show? And whichever one it is, does it move enough numbers that you should keep on with it (especially when the World Series is giving you a week off?)

The last two weeks have been what I’d call a slog, yes.  Mostly I was rolling my eyes at the booking and camera work during the show.  Makes it hard to enjoy.  
That being said, yes, the numbers more than  justify keeping it around.  HECK YEAH.  Dynamite even more so.  

Seth Rollins refers to AEW as the minor leagues

For those who need something to overreact to this morning:

Do we not have a counter where we can track how long it’s been since Rollins said something cringe worthy?  
Also, apparently Randy Orton has a post on Twitter where he’s pointing to an “Elite” sign and captioned it “tick tock”.  So i guess not everyone thinks it’s the minor leagues.  

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling–06.15.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 06.15.19

I’m not sure what the exact date of the featured episode would be, but it opens with highlights of Lawler and Dundee winning the AWA World tag titles from Doug Somers & Soldat Ustinov at the Mid-South Coliseum, so that would place it between 10/11/87 when they won it, and 10/18/87 when they lost it to Hector Guerrero & Dr. D the very next week! So using the power of math, that means this episode aired 10/16/87. Oddly, they won the belts back at the Coliseum the week after THAT, and then dropped for good one week after that to the Original Midnight Express, making them two-time champions with a combined reign of two weeks.

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The First Ladder Tag

How much of an impact did the Terry Invitational Tournament (T.I.T.) have on the WWF's personnel decisions in late 1999? They signed a bunch of high workrate talent after The Hardys and E&C stole the show at No Mercy, so it's hard to imagine it wasn't related.

Absolutely, the TIT was big.  Clearly though, there was no direction for the Hardy Boyz or E&C leading up to the TIT, and it wasn't until the show that the TIT was firm and round.  

OK, I've milked this one as much as I can this morning.  

Nikkei article on NJPW

Hey, they needed a narrative, I guess.  
Here's more details from the Observer site on the invasion of the US by Japan:
Can I also add how hilarious it was that Vince decided to combat this by throwing money at various Japanese promotions with no understanding of the culture or the landscape?  Like, what was gonna do with NOAH or All Japan?  You don't even get the rights to the video footage!  

Lynch/Rollins Reationship

I've noticed that they've dropped the whole Becky Lynch-Seth Rollins real life romance on the air.  Do you think they realized how counterproductive it was to both of their characters, or was it something else entirely?  
Obviously it was just so hot and passionate that whenever they were on screen together, USA was unable to maintain the TV-PG rating and started getting complaints from parents groups.  In fact, that's why there's been the run of breaking up on-screen couples recently.  Becky and Seth have so much chemistry that anyone else is unable to compete with how hot they are together and thus need to be broken up in humiliating ways.  Really, it had to be ended for the good of TV. 

BoD Daily Update: October 21, 2019 RAW Preview


Jake Atlas Signs With WWE


Joey Ryan Signs With Impact Wrestling


NJPW Free Match of the Week

You can watch SHO & YOH vs. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi vs. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru from 11/3/18


Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-07-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 7, 1984 (taped 03/30)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Devastation, Inc. achieve gold over the Freebirds for the six-man titles? How will Kevin fare against Kiniski? And who will join me for this um, er, aquatic episode?

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-07-1984

Alternate Universe Magnum TA

Hey Scott–

We talk all the time here about how much money would have been drawn if Nikita Koloff had jumped shipped to feud with Hogan in 1986.

What about Magnum TA? Let's pretend he never has the car accident and Vince poaches him. Could they have run the "Hogan and Magnum are pals/Magnum gets jealous/Magnum turns on Hogan" program? Or would it have been similar to the WWF trying to program Jake Roberts and Hogan and the fans would have "reacted incorrectly"?

I think Magnum would have been a huge star for WCW, but he probably wouldn't have had an avenue into the WWF upper card and would have ended up like a Barry Windham or Arn Anderson.  

What were they thinking?

Wasn't it a really dumb idea, one week after debuting on a new network with a huge promotional push and presumably new viewers, to suddenly remove several of those stars from the show with the idiotic draft? You're telling those new viewers who might have stayed for the second week that they'll never see these people again on this show. 

Well on the bright side, not a lot of them actually did change shows.  But the draft was a stupid idea from the start in general and was only because they wanted to pop a rating without any thought given to what they were actually going to do with it.  

ECW on Syfy 09/01/2009 #169

We’re in Cleveland, Ohio (Japanese crowd: “OHIOOOO!”) and the main event is…a replay of Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker?

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Hey, we made it through the week.

Well, the Yankees didn’t.  BYE BYE!

Kenny Omega won the AAA Mega Title on Saturday night.  I actually watched the Omega documentary on TSN before Dynamite this week.  It was good!  I would recommend it!

I would also recommend listening to the Wrestling Observer Radio where Dave interviews David Lagana of NWA Powerrr, as it’s a really interesting hour of insight into the show and where they want to go with it.

Keep your stick on the ice, and don’t eat any yellow snow.