What the World Was Watching: Royal Rumble 1995

A limousine pulls into the backstage area and Pamela Anderson walks out.  She goes to her locker room as WWF wrestlers, led by Dink of all people, hoot and holler.  What?  You expected respectful manners out of a group of wrestlers?

As a side note, when you have been watching tons of television tapings from Liberty, New York in a high school gym for weeks on end it really makes you appreciate the bigger venue that this show is in and it makes everything seem more important.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are on the mic and they are live from Tampa, Florida.  What is hilarious about the opening is that Vince tries to introduce the Spanish announce team and Hugo Savinovich just stays seated with his back to the camera.

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Wrestlemania XV Article

Hey Scott

I’ve decided to do something non video game related on Gaming Respawn this week and instead have done an article looking back at Wrestlemania XV (Spoiler, I didn’t like it very much)

Could I please impose upon on you and ask that you plug this on the blog?

The link is http://www.gamingrespawn.com/retro/20951/retro-wrestlemania-respawn-wrestlemania-xv/

Looking forward to your review of this years Mania!

Keep it real

Do indeed keep it real. Carry on doing so.

PTBN’s WrestleMania List-a-Mania – Day Twenty Nine: Best WrestleMania Performers

In honor of WrestleMania 33, members of the PTBN Staff has gathered to create a series of 33 lists, all dedicated to the rich history of WWE’s grandest spectacle. Each contributor assigned a ranking of 1-10 and votes were tallied accordingly. We will be releasing one list per day, with the final list to be posted on April 1, 2017, the day prior to WrestleMania 33! Be sure to share your feedback with us on social media! You can view the complete series here!

Day Twenty Nine: Best WrestleMania Performers


BoD Daily Update: March 28th, 2017

SI.com Extra Mustard Interview with Triple H



ESPN.com Interview with Shinsuke Nakamura



PTBN Podcast Roundup

Between the Sheets #88:March 22nd-28th in 1991

Clotheslines and Headlines #21: WrestleMania Weekend Preview

Summerslam 88

Hey Scott,

I was just watching an old episode of ‘Prime Time’ from 1988, and they were hyping up the card for the inaugural SummerSlam.

My question is: Why was this card booked so lackluster? I mean, aside from a main event tag match that people were interested in, the rest of the card (at least most of it) looked like a glorified B-level house show.

Obviously they could have used this new PPV event to at least blow off some feuds, right? But instead, the card was populated with the likes of the aging JYD, Ken Patera and Don Muraco in meaningless matches.

Why was this planned so badly?


​I think they were still operating under the "Don’t give away the house show matches on PPV" mentality at that point, especially with Summerslam being a secondary show to Wrestlemania. ​

Question for the blog

Hey Mr. Keith,

Hope all is the usual well. Had a question. In regards to the WWE’s lesser shows (Heat, Superstars, etc), why were they always treated as lesser shows?

If the WWE makes money from television advertising why would they not take full advantage of the television time to try and turn it into something instead of just treating almost as a dumping ground?

Now I understand you can’t put the big stars on every show but they never seemed to put much effort into the shows despite the fact it clearly cost something to produce. So what gives? Why did they never seem to put much effort into these shows?

Thanks for any insight.

​Vince is generally all-in on any new TV endeavour for about six weeks (remember how well-produced Main Event was initially?) and then goes back to micromanaging RAW again right away. It’s just what he does, but you absolutely correct that they could be hiring people to oversee their 18 hours of programming per week and putting out quality product with a giant toybox full of characters, but they just never bother. ​

Eddie/Benoit at WM XX

I know there would be no reason to do so because what happened at WrestleMania XX was pretty awesome (at the time, at least) but would both of those world title storylines worked just as well​ if Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit had switched places? If Eddie had won the Royal Rumble and gone on to face HHH and HBK in the Triple Threat, and Benoit had beat Brock for the WWE title and defended against Angle at WM? Benoit had the longtime-smark-favorite-finally-wins-the-gold storyline going in his favor, but Eddie could have been plugged right into that same storyline and his whole personal redemption might have even elevated the personalities in the Triple Threat. Maybe I’m still trying to find a way to fantasy book HBK vs. Eddie, but would anything have been lost if Benoit and Guerrero had been put in the opposite spot?

​No, I don’t think so. In fact I kind of thought that’s where they were going at the time, so it would make sense. And we know Benoit v. Angle and Benoit v. Brock are both friggin’ great matches, so I think it would have been totally fine had they gone that route. ​

Bam Bam

Bam Bam debuts for WWF soon according to the observer reviews. He was primed as a mega star in 87-88 before he left and returned in 93 as a huge monster heel. Why wasn’t he given the Yokozuna push? We’re in September and it says "kokina" as a headshrinker/Samoan? BBB was huge compared to the other guys there in late 92, could’ve won the Rumble, had a classic with Bret at Mania 9, and set Yokozuna up for KOTR/Summerslam.

Yeah, but he was also flaky, injury-prone, and seemingly more loyal to Japan than either major promotion in the US. Given that he’d already burned both sides in 88 and then WCW again in 90, I can see why no one wanted to give him a monster push.

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–12.09.96

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 12.09.96

Man, I’d gotten WAY behind on these, with the last one being the 12/02 show more than a year ago. To be honest, the Lucha Underground stuff isn’t really giving me any kind of return on investment as far as pageviews or reader interest, so we’ll shift back to the Monday Night Wars instead for the time being. Funny story, as I would generally use the Observer from that particular week as reference material, and a lot of times there’d be some funny bit or understated debut and I’d think “Man, it would be fun to just go through and recap all these funny bits as a standalone column!” So there you go.

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