Monday Night Raw – December 9, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: December 9, 2019
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Samoa Joe, Corey Graves

I know it seems ridiculous but we are only six days away Tables, Ladders and Chairs. There are only a handful of matches confirmed for the show so tonight is going to be all about rapid fire build, because that’s the best thing this company knows how to do these days. Expect some more from AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton, and of course Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley. Let’s get to it.

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The Toys that Made (Me)


Hey Scott,

Long time reader here. My parents are moving, and so that means a bunch of old wrestling toys I had in their basement need a new home. Tons of stuff, from LJNs, Hasbro's, Jakks, and others, spanning the 1980s-early 2000s, and multiple promotions.

I doubt you have any interest yourself, but hoping you might post this on the blog. Is there any market for this sort of thing? Figured I'd put this out there to the other readers before I trash anything. Would rather see these things get a good home.

If anyone is interested, feel free to email me at [email protected]. I'm looking to unload the entire thing as a package deal, no interest in selling stuff piecemeal.

I also found the old WrestleMania The Collection VHS set. I think this was the one that had everything uncut/no music changes. That's available too, if anyone is interested.

Photos attached.

THANK YOU

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and maybe got a little holiday shopping done. Couple of items.

WWE released The Ascension, Sin Cara and Luke Harper yesterday. Everyone likes Luke of course, I’ll also say that Viktor from the Ascension always stood out to me as someone with a lot of talent.

Sami Zayn had to set some moron straight. Of course it was in Florida. I swear living here I can safely say I know what Dark Helmet feels like (Spaceballs reference for those of you not familiar).

RAW is live tonight. Rusev and Lana are getting “divorced” and hopefully Rusev kicks more ass.

I am sitting at a hockey game. GO LIGHTNING. You, however, can watch what you like.

Keep it clean!

What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 19, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s broadcast.  Heenan says that he is rooting for Sting on Monday Nitro because he cannot stand Hulk Hogan.  Due to Heenan’s WWF career, that is an awesome piece of character continuity.

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We gotta get Waltman another HoF ring, pal!


But seriously, what is this bullshit with the NWO's Hall of Fame induction? Hogan, Nash, Hall, and SYXX? No Bischoff? No Giant? No FAKE STING?


Either go with the original trio or just go all out and induct goddamned everybody in the NWO. But this combination of guys they're going with makes no sense.

Syxx wasn’t even one of the original four guys!  He’s the sixth!  IT’S RIGHT IN HIS NAME!
Seriously though, I’ve given up caring about who gets inducted and why.  

Quick comment/Q about the Rumble

Hi Scott,

Been a reader for 22+ years, first time emailer!

With some of the recent Rumble discussion on your blog, I was wondering do we really need a male and female Royal Rumble every year? RR 2019 was nearly five hours (not including the pre-show). Anyway… my idea is to scrap the female rumble and instead make
“Fastlane” the “Queen of the Ring” with the winner earning a title shot at ‘Mania. What say you?

Yeah, two Rumbles on one show are too much.  I appreciate the notion but it just burns out the audience.  Spitting it up over two PPVs is definitely a solid idea. 

ROH

Hey Scott, hope all is well. Joey Mercury dropped some news on wrestlers set to be released by ROH. Do you see ROH making through 2020? Some of the names I could see in NXT or AEW. I could see Brody King, Rhett Titus, and Shane Taylor in either promotion. I would really like to see PCO in NXT. Wouldn't mind seeing a PCO, Killian Dane showdown, or should I even mention WALTER. 

I hadn't heard anything about ROH releases yet, but ROH is owned by a billion dollar TV company so I'm sure they're going to exist as long as Sinclair keeps them around.  
There's no chance in hell of WWE signing PCO, though.  

Heenan not returning to the WWF?


When WCW released Bobby Heenan in Nov. 2000, do you think the reason Vince McMahon didn't bring him back to announce for the WWF was because he still held a grudge at that time for Heenan going over to WCW, or was it simply a case of being being satisfied with his current announce team?  

Heenan's own theory was that Vince made sure to bring back all the people from WCW who slagged him on air, just to prove that he could.  Bobby always made sure to stay loyal to Vince and never said anything bad about him, so in Vince's mind, he had no incentive to bring Bobby back and thus never did.  

Impact Wrestling – December 3, 2019

Impact Wrestling
Date: December 3, 2019
Location: Melrose Ballroom, New York City, New York
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis

We’re back to the future this week with the regular show after the awesome special edition last week. It’s more of the build towards Hard To Kill and two weeks ago saw Tessa Blanchard win a gauntlet match to become #1 contender to the World Title. Things need to start getting back to normal around here and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. Let’s get to it.

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WWF Sunday Night Slam – August 21st, 1994

August 21, 1994

From the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, OH. This show was taped on 8/1 as part of the “Monday Night RAW” tapings.

Your hosts are Jim Ross and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Matches tonight include: Lex Luger vs. Crush and Diesel vs. Typhoon. Plus, an interview with Bret Hart and a live call-in segment the last half-hour of the show with Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler.

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Sunday Night Reset: December 8, 2019

Your college bowl season is set.  The Final Four are LSU/Oklahoma and Ohio State/Clemson.

Meanwhile, your NFL Game is an NFC West showdown between Seattle and Los Angeles.

Luke Harper, Sin Cara, and The Ascension are gone, while Oney Lorcan has decided to stay.  ACH announces he’s leaving wrestling, and I’m not the person to dissect this one.

Meanwhile, North Carolina Football’s twitter account says they’ll be “going to the nation’s capital” for their bowl game.  The game’s in Annapolis.  Never change, Chapel Hill.

Enjoy the night.

Mike Reviews: WWF Vengeance 2001

Mike Reviews: WWF Vengeance 2001

Hello You!

Seeing as Chris Jericho is, in my opinion, doing a cracking job as the World Champ in AEW, I thought I’d look back to his very first World Title win in his career (Sorry if I just spoiled the result of the main event for you). Of course this reign ended up being a bit of a disaster (Owing mostly to the WWF booking Jericho to be an ineffectual putz as Champion) but it was someone new in the top spot for a change, which was refreshing at the time.

This event actually took place a month after Survivor Series 2001, an event that saw the WWF finally bring an end to the insipid “Invasion” angle by having The Alliance heel stable be defeated in the main event. As a result the company now had both the WWF and WCW Titles hanging around, so they decided to unify the two belts ahead of WrestleMania season, hence we get a four man tournament to decide who gets to take the two belts home.

Considering the December event this year is being treated as such an afterthought by WWE (To the point that it took till 10 days out to even announce any matches for it) it’s interesting to see such an important moment as unifying the two World Titles happening on this one.

There was actually a bit of controversy at the time as a lot of the marketing for the event seemed to strongly suggest that Triple H was going to make a return following his first torn quad injury, with his trademark sledgehammer all over the marketing and graphics for the show. Instead the WWF decided to have his return be changed to a Raw show in 2002. A video set to U2’s “Beautiful Day” (Which the WWE Network removes entirely) was added to the event to appease the people who might have wanted to see Triple H, but it mostly led to people feeling liked they’d be baited and switched.

Anyway, enough blabbing, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Pro Wrestling EVE – SHE-1 Day 2

Howdy!

Yeah, I know. I KNOW. It’s been a crazy few weeks.

When last we left our heroines of EVE, the 2019 SHE-1 tournament was in full swing! With one show left to go before the final, who will win their blocks and go on to win the right to challenge for the title of their choice at WrestleQueendom?

Well, assuming you didn’t read the spoilers, smash that read more button and find out from yours truly!

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Royal Rumble follow-up

Hey Scott,

To follow up on yesterday's question about the men's Rumble, who do you see winning the women's Rumble this year?

It feels more unpredictable than the last two years. Not exactly a bold statement, but I'd say Sasha, Charlotte, and Bliss have an equal shot. Sasha can't be Bayley's lackey forever, they seem committed to a big babyface push for Alexa, and Charlotte is Charlotte.

I'd also say Baszler is a contender and I have no idea on her status, but Ronda too if she's open to coming back for WrestleMania.

Who do you think/want to win?



I think it's gonna be Charlotte because they've managed to go two of them without booking her to win and they can't maintain that kind of self-control much longer. 

What’s a Fan to Do?

Scott,

I have been a wrestling fan probably for as long as you have. I broke in because of Hulkamania in the 80s and have been here ever since, even through the dark times of the early 90s. I have probably been following you since 1999-ish from the Wrestleline days. So I have frequented the comments section of your various sites for many years now. I've even written a few things for your previous site and even created my own wrestling recap blog (long since given up now).

But in 2019, I find myself enjoying the WWE Network vault, and have not watched a single hour of any wrestling program (WWE, AEW, anything really) since probably whatever Wrestlemania it was that took 9 days to complete. I find that I don't have anything more than 45 minutes to an hour daily to devote to anything on the Network, but still enjoy what I see. 

Current WWE has lost me, and AEW (I read the recaps) has not reeled me in. I feel my smarkdom waning, as I could care less about ratings wars, 5-star matches and definitely don't want to stick around for the WWE vs AEW bickering. 

What the hell happens if one day WWE decides that the Network is a waste of money and resources and shuts that whole deal down? Or if Disney purchases everything and wraps it into Disney+? I did the free trial, watched one episode of the Mandalorian, and that's it. I don't have it in myself to donate to our overlords. 

Here's hoping the price of used Coliseum Video VHS tapes is reasonable!


One thing that WWE has going for them is that they seem 100% dedicated to archiving as much history as they can get their hands on, so I don't see the Network shutting down.  Plus they can't really put the toothpaste back in the tube with regards to PPV, so either way they're committed to $9.99 / month forever now.  

ECW on Syfy 10/13/2009 #175

Ezekiel Jackson vs. Goldust

We’re at the University Of Kentucky but nothing’s happening on the show so we go straight to a match, oh goody.

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