Why can’t announcers please speak like humans

The unnatural way WWE makes people talk drives me mad.  Now my son is saying things like "championship opportunity ".  But the new thing that drives me crazy is AJ Styles, "the greatest in ring performer".  Can someone ask a current "in ring performer", what WWE stands for?  My money says many Divas would not know.

Luckily its still Wrestlemania,  not in ring performance mania and they haven't scrubbed the word wrestling off the network,  yet. 


​As Arn Anderson once noted, it still says marquee on the wrestling.

AJ as WWE Champion


In one week since AJ ended Jinder's reign of terror and the world feels almost righted. Jinder had his best match ever, AJ put on a classic MOTYC with Brock, and Heyman put over AJ huge in that promo. The crowd loves him. There is literally no downside. With the Indian tour soon done, do you see Jinder getting the belt back for a Cena WrestleMania feud???  Or is the experiment finally over?  Do you think based on their past matches and history, WWE can run a Cena/AJ Title match at Mania?

Really, they can do whatever they want, but I'm still holding out hope for AJ v. Nakamura at Wrestlemania for the WWE title match.

Royal Rumble

Hey Scott


Longtime blog reader; keep up the excellent work.  I don't know how you sit through all these 5 hour pay-per-views; you're a better man than I am.


My question for the blog…


What with all this talk of a women's Royal Rumble, I'm sure many might think two Rumble matches is overkill and it won't fly.  To that I say, why not scrap the men's Royal Rumble?  It's been crap for the last few years due to a combination of lousy match
layout and the fans dumping on whoever WWE is trying to get over, so why not just can it?  There was a road to WrestleMania in the days before the Royal Rumble and the whole winner gets a title shot at WM is so played out it's gone beyond cliché.  Do you think
we could do without a men's Rumble??  Surely it would freshen things up a little bit?



​With another six callups this week, it sure does feel like they're gathering the troops for something, doesn't it?  I'd be worried, because they have enough trouble booking the men's Rumble with top-level workers involved as it is.  I wouldn't scrap the main one, though.  I mean, I need SOMETHING to look forward to as a fan!  ​

NXT – November 22, 2017

NXT
Date: November 22, 2017
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo

We’re finally getting to the end of the Houston tapings with a pair of dark matches from this weekend’s Takeover: WarGames. Therefore, aside from the two matches, expect a lot of recaps from Saturday. That’s not the worst thing in the world though and lets the main stories take a breather. Let’s get to it.

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*YOU* vs Brock


Come on.  You’re 6’10” or whatever, so you’re at least
A) twice Finns size
B) a fresher face than Kane

Plus you wear Tapout shirts so you’re *at least* as credible an MMA fighter as Shane.  😉

*And* you live in the same province!!  You oughta get your agent on this…

If this turns you into the 7’1” Ellsworth I bear no responsibility



To be fair, I got rid of my Tapout shirts years ago.  Xtreme Couture is my douchebag fashion of choice.  It'll be a short match because he'll give me one suplex and then my knee will give out and I'll be left laying on the mat like a turtle on its back.  -***

Fashion Police Attack


Are they ever going to officially wrap up who attacked them or have they moved on? I want to throw a couple names that no one has mentioned. The Brothers of Destruction. It is revealed Kane and Taker took them out leading to WrestleMania. Breezango pulls of the upset or takes them to a 20 minute draw. Undertaker gets on the Mic and says they have earned his respect. He didn't attack them out of anger but out of jealousy. See he and Kane along with Michelle have been trying to get their clothing line off the ground. They need the Fashion Police's help. The Undertaker was retired last year against Reigns and now he can embrace his true passion fashion. He becomes Mark "Catwalk" Callaway and Glamourous Glen Jacobs managed by McCool. Old School becomes his finisher now known as the catwalk. They become part of the faction with Breezango and Ascension of course feels slighted by their contractually obligated BFFS. This group becomes the focal point Tuesday nights and switches things up like when Duggan became Canadian.

Let us celebrate our new arrangement with the adding of chocolate to milk!

Kane/Brock


Hello, gotta ask, what do you have against Kane. I know he is past his prime, but, he puts anyone over, you never hear a bad word, is s complete professional, and is safe. Also, the guy has been the same character for 20 years. Give him some credit. I know Taker had had his gimmick for over 25 years, but, Kane has way more TV time and does what's needed. 

I'm not saying he is great in the ring, but, he does what's necessary for a big man and he's earned the right to job to Brock Lesnar. Gotta give some respect to the Big Red Machine.

He's been on TV for TWENTY YEARS.  Perhaps it's time to push someone new.  

New Book: KB’s Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Volume VI

A comprehensive look back at every episode of WCW Monday Nitro and Thunder from July – December 1999. This is a rather bad time for WCW as everything is starting to fall apart due to a combination of horribly boring wrestling and some rather questionable booking choices. With the good old boys no longer doing the trick, the solution was to bring in the star of WWF Creative: Vince Russo, meaning it’s all downhill from there. In this book, every episode of both shows in the second half of 1999 is reviewed in full, complete with analysis, ratings and complete content included.

The book is available on Amazon both in a physical paperback for $10.99 or an e-book format for $2.99. In case you don’t have a Kindle, there are plenty of FREE apps you can get from Amazon for pretty much any electronic device, all of which are available at this link.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

From the UK Amazon here.

From the Canadian Amazon here.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “KB Nitro VI” and it should be the first thing to come up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1997, 1998, 2001 and the first half of 2014, Monday Nitro from 1995-1998, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998, Wrestlemania, WWE Grab Bag and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall

Monday Night Raw – June 23, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: June 23, 2003
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Attendance: 14,451
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re in the World’s Most Famous Arena for one of the weaker stretches in WWE history. However, there’s a heck of a main event tonight as HHH defends the World Title against Kane in a champion vs. mask match. That’s an area that we’ve touched on over the years with Kane but the idea of HHH actually losing the title doesn’t seem likely anytime soon. Something’s got to give so let’s get to it.

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Brock and Rumble


Now that Brock will no longer fight the demon (which is good because they have to build Finn up for fans to think he has a chance), they might as well put Brock in the rumble. Have Heyman say he will win so he can have wrestlemania off and then have Roman
throw him out to start the build for the rematch we never wanted. There really isn't any other option for Brock at this point.

Oh really?

The SmarK Rant for WWE Hell in a Cell 2017–10.08.17

The SmarK Rant for WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 – 10.08.17

Since I have a day off and I hate leaving gaps in my PPV collection, let’s get this one wrapped up so you’ll leave me alone. I was actually away at a work conference when this one happened, so it wasn’t ever viable for me to do it live anyway. Regardless, NXT and Survivor Series did ungodly huge numbers for the blog this week, so that may have motivated me.

Live from Detroit, MI

Your hosts are Tom Phillips, Bryon Saxton & Corey Graves

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Miz vs Lesnar?


The Royal Rumble title match is generally a throw away affair anyway, so since Finn Balor is likely out, why not run with a Miz vs Lesnar Universal Title match?  It's never been done, Miz would likely be able to get himself back over again after a 5 or 6 minute squash, and the promo battles between Miz and Heyman would be somewhat novel.

Miz is awesome – and Houston agrees!

​He got beat by Baron Corbin and then Roman Reigns on consecutive nights.  I wouldn't even waste Brock's appearance fee on beating up the entire Miztourage, including Maryse, in a handicap match.  In fact, even this e-mail merely suggesting the idea is a personal insult to Brock.  Brock, if you're reading this, I apologize.​