What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – January 22, 1995

Todd Pettengill is live from Tampa, Florida from the location of the Royal Rumble.  Jim Ross and Gorilla Monsoon are in the booth calling the taped matches which are still from Liberty, New York.  As long as it gets Todd out of the booth it is fine with me.

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Rock Calls CM Punk After RAW Goes Off the Air



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Between the Sheets #83 Looks at the Week in Wrestling from February 15th-21st in 1998

Our Vantage Point #19 Discusses Less Championships, Hardcore Title, Bret Hart, and more

Place to be Podcast #438: 8/10/85 WWF Madison Square Garden House Show

Rank & File: Top Ten Wrestling Theme Songs


Kayfabe Commentaries Releases Newest Installment of the Back to the Territories Series

Host Jim Cornette welcomes guest Stan Hansen as they discuss All Japan Pro Wrestling. You can view the trailer by clicking on the link below

Alex Rley’s faux pas

Hi Scott,

Apologies if you’ve been asked this before (I searched and couldn’t find it) but what exactly did Alex Riley do to piss of Cena?

I listened to an excerpt from Ryback’s podcast and regardless of how biased his opinions might be a lot of what he said regarding Cena felt true and I know other people have mentioned that Riley pissed off Cena and that basically ended his career in the WWE.

So what exactly did he do?

​I don’t remember if it was ever established what he did, in fact. I only ever heard "He did (something) and was fired".

Any chance Reigns is still being punished?

Hey Scott,

I know a lot of people on the blog are always up in arms about the endless Reigns push, but if you really take a close look, doesn’t it seem more like he’s being punished?

Since his wellness pop last summer he’s:
— Lost the title clean to Seth Rollins
— Jobbed clean to Dean Ambrose the next month
— His match with Rusev didn’t even happen at Summer Slam
— Wins the U.S. title (but still, a mid-card belt and feud is still a demotion from where he was.)
— Jobs at Survivor Series
— Loses to Kevin Owens at whatever the December PPV was called
— Loses again to Owens at the Royal Rumble
— Enters #30 as a surprise entrant and STILL comes up short.

If this was Daniel Bryan, wouldn’t we be screaming that they were burying him?

​I can think of a LOT of wrestlers who would love to be "punished" with Roman’s paydays and TV time, plus having a headline match at Wrestlemania with Undertaker.

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Hoping all of you had a great weekend and a great Monday. For some of you in the USA today is a holiday so I hope you had a good long weekend.

Tonight RAW continues it’s road to Wrestlemania with a stop off at Fastlane and I believe it’s in Los Angeles tonight. The Rock has been throwing out a bunch of teases to make me think he’s going to make an appearance tonight. And the only announced match is Braun Strowman against Big Show.

As for the rest of the television night there’s a TON of college basketball on and a couple of hockey games. New episode of Supergirl, season finale of Timeless and season premiere of Bates Motel. Discuss all as you wish.

Keep it clean!

Saskatoon house show – 02.19.17


A fun show, but once again it exposes how weak the Smackdown side is once you get past the main event. And even then the main event was three midcarders.

Also, WWE is getting REALLY testy on security lately. They banned all purses and bags and were constantly monitoring the crowd to make sure no one was videotaping any of the matches. The show was also made as family-friendly as possible, with the women wrestling in t-shirts and nothing more violent than kicks and punches in the matches. The place was lighted like a TV show (complete with TitanTron and overhead rigging above the ring) until the main event, which was a more traditional dark arena setup.

WWF Wrestling Challenge – August 20th, 1989

Just a quick note here. I also recapped the Tito Santana vs. Mr. Perfect match that aired on the 8/21/89 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling” and featured in “WWF Magazine.”

August 20, 1989

From the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY

Your hosts as Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon

In action this week are Jimmy Snuka, Greg Valentine, Rockers, Rick Rude, and Demolition.

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Tamina Update

Tamina returned to action last night at a Smackdown WWE Live Event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she teamed with Natalya.



Date and Card of Next PWG Show Announced

PWG Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘n’ Roll) will be held on March 18th. The card is as follows: Shane Strickland vs. Dezmond Xavier, Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole, Keith Lee vs. Brian Cage, Jeff Cobb & Matt Riddle vs. Jake & Dave Crist, Lio Rush vs. Trevor Lee, Zack Sabre Jr. & Marty Scurll vs. Trent & Chuck Taylor, and PENTA el Zero & Rey Fenix vs. Ricochet & Matt Sydal vs. Young Bucks for the PWG Tag Team Titles.



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WWF 93-94

Watching Wrestlemania X, got me thinking….1.kayfabe wise,why did Bret not get a title shot after Wrestlemania IX? Especially after Yokozuna took the belt back from Hogan. I don’t remember them ever really giving a reason. Just them going straight into hyping him as the first entry and “number 1 seed” in the KOTR. 2. Luger blasts Hart the morning before or morning of Wrestlemania IX, they advertise the match for a house show loop and then it never makes it to tv as a feud. Was it never planned to go anywhere or did it get scrapped once Luger tried to start saying the prayers and taking the vitamins? 3. So Perfect screws Luger at WMX and no follow up. Perfect not able to come back full time?

​1. I think the reasoning was basically “Bret wants revenge on Lex Luger” and they moved him away from the title for that storyline, but then they suddenly shifted gears radically with Lex and Bret got the King of the Ring deal instead.

2. It was definitely planned, but then Hulk left and they panicked.

3. Pretty much. He kind of promised them he’d return and then immediately went behind their back and took the offer to WCW as a bargaining tactic. Perfect was then supposed to be the guy who whacked Hogan’s knee with the pipe before that became Brutus Beefcake instead. Perfect was still making too much from Lloyd’s of London from his 1993 settlement to get into the ring for anything less than main eventer money at that point anyway.

Muted music

Watching an episode of Nitro from 1999, the West Texas Rednecks are on. Schiavone claims they have a new theme and "just take a listen." Announcers go silent, but there are no lyrics to the theme other than "I hate rap."

So, who owns the song since the Network isn’t able to play it?

​The WCW music situation is horribly complicated because Time-Warner was sticking their nose into the music end of things all over the place at that point, giving us nonsense like the Master P crossover and the WCW album that produced "Seek and Destroy" as Sting’s theme and Megadeth doing pop music in place of Goldberg’s classic theme. I would assume that "Rap is Crap" falls under those same nebulous copyrights where the parent company owns all the rights to the music, regardless of who actually wrote the song, and WWE just doesn’t want to bother buying the rights because what’s the point?


"Not that there’s anything wrong with that" but when Shawn Michaels turned face in the mid 90’s and got the mega push as lead baby face, why did they still dress him up like a male stripper?

You think coming out in leather chaps and that leather newsboy hat hurt his broad appeal? And was old man Lothario really supposed to help his appeal to the male 18-35 demographic?

Just as a comparison, Hall and Nash were over on Nitro dressed in jeans and a T-Shirt. Shawn looked like someone who was hired to work a bachelorette party.

​Shawn might have ended up doing just that during his low points while finding Jesus, who knows?

At any rate, Shawn was a victim of the WWF marketing machine completely misunderstanding the character, which is why the D-X version of Shawn got over so well on so many levels. It was finally Shawn acting and styling himself like he wanted.


Listening to his Podcast had me thinking, he truly believes the company dropped the ball on him, supposely at one point his merch sales was the best in the company, he does have some valid points but with some other things he sounds delusional like saying they purposely used him to transfer his heat to The Shield, do you believe he could of been this major level superstar he believes he could of been?

​Well, the Punk match did completely wreck his heat, so he’s got a point in one sense. And look at how well they’re doing with Brown Snowman despite all his limitations, and Ryback is at least twice as good as he is, maybe even 2.5 times better. So he could have at least meant a showdown with Undertaker at Wrestlemania before he got completely exposed and died off, yeah.

Three Questions

1. How do the insiders get their information, ie Metzler, Alvarez, Keller, etc? Obviously they have an inside source but is it likely to be only one guy thats in creative meetings and let’s them know the dirt? Has it been the same inside guy for years dishing the info? If so, why hasn’t Vince cracked down on this and try to find out who the guy is?

​Dave has dozens of guys inside the company constantly sending him info, from jobbers up to Vince himself. It’s far more than one guy. During these 91-92 Observers we’re working through right now, for example, Vince specifically assigned JJ Dillon to be Dave’s contact in the company.

In general, for guys outside of the Meltzer/Keller big guns, Vince has tried to crack down in the past on stuff leaking out, for sure. I was in contact with guys like Seth Mates and Ed Koskey all the time around 2002-2005 and then Vince issued an edict that only company laptops could be used and suddenly you couldn’t even e-mail people inside the company any longer. Thankfully Seth has continued to be an awesome guy after the left the company and even hooked me up with the Sporting News gig a couple of years ago. ​

2. I’d say maybe like 12-13 years ago I remember reading about a disgruntled WWE superstar under contract calling himself "Willy the Worker". He ranted on the dirt sheets about the state of the company and how horrible it is being there…Or something to that extent. Was it ever revealed who this was? If not, what was the common theory as to who it was at that time? I seem to remember RVD being floated around as the guy rumored?

​I vaguely remember that one, and yeah, I’m pretty sure it was RVD. ​

Nikita turning face

Scott- with Uncle Ivan passing (RIP) I got to thinking about Nikita’s initial face turn in 86. It’s common belief that Magnum’s accident basically necessitated the turn. If you buy the flair- ron garvin scenario at Starrcade, don’t you kinda have to turn Nikita anyway? Ivan costs him the US title (probably back to magnum so he can feud with Jimmy Garvin for reasons) and boom instant face turn, setting Nikita up for Flair?

Just a (rather convoluted) thought…

​The turn was coming either way, but the Magnum accident definitely accelerated it. But really, people were treating him as the babyface for a while before the turn before he was such a dominant heel who rarely sold. ​

NWA World Championship Wrestling, June 7, 1986

It’s finally time for the long awaited U.S. Title showdown between Magnum T.A. and Nikita Koloff, Ric Flair tangles with Dusty Rhodes, a major return, the NWA president gets decked, a title gets stripped, a notable debut, someone’s hair gets snipped, some killer promos and more on a historic edition of NWA World Championship Wrestling…

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ECW on Sci-Fi #45 04/24/2007

Welp, I was wrong. Backlash is THIS Sunday so instead of Lashley/Vince we start with a recap of CM Punk ”accidentally” throwing a chair into the ring to help Rob Van Dam knacker Elijah Burke. Punk apologises to The New Breed individually before leaving Burke hanging. Punk comes back smiling, saying he’s just teasing. Burke scowls because he’s seen Transformers and hates Starscream.

We’re in London, England and the main event is announced straight away as ECW Originals vs. The New Breed in an elimination tag match.

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Unforgiven 2002

Unforgiven 2002
Date: September 22, 2002
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 16,000
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jim Ross, Tazz, Jerry Lawler

This isn’t exactly the most thrilling show in the world as the main events are Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar for the Smackdown World Title, HHH vs. Rob Van Dam for the Raw World Title and Billy and Chuck vs. 3 Minute Warning in the battle of the general managers. Yeah it’s not a good sign that we’re already doing interpromotional matches this soon on nothing pay per views. Let’s get to it.

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