Monday Night Raw – November 11, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 11, 2019
Location: Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, England
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Vic Joseph

It’s time for a taped show, which tends to have some weaker results than usual. It isn’t going to help to have this taped after Friday’s Smackdown, meaning the fans are going to be spent. We’re still in the build to Survivor Series, and in particular we find out the Raw men’s team for the five vs. five vs. five elimination match. Let’s get to it.

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WWF All-American Wrestling – July 10th, 1994

July 10, 1994

Your hosts are Todd Pettengill and Ted DiBiase. We see the studio undergoing changes as Pettengill tells DiBiase that he is substituting for Gorilla. DiBiase says that he has bought off the producer and director then orders Pettengill to do his job. This plays off of last week’s show when DiBiase bought off Polo and took his position as he wants to make All-American a showcase for his corporation.

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Worst Wrestler Makeover

Who do you think had the worst wrestler makeover?  Not neccesarilly a face/heel turn, but more of a one day you're the One Man Gang, the next day you're Akeem the African Dream kind of thing.

Brad Armstrong had a bunch of those, actually.  One day he would be Arachnaman, the next day the Candyman, and then Badstreet/Fantasia.  I think overall the worst set was the Misfits in Action under Russo, though, where one day a bunch of geeks got military names with no real explanation.  

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. It was Remembrance Day in Canada and today is Veteran’s Day in the U.S.A. If anyone on this blog served know that this poster does not take your sacrifice for granted. Whether we agree or disagree on conflicts or other things, I appreciate those that made the decision to wear the uniforms and represent our nations.

And with that being said RAW is live tonight and surely pushing to Survivor Series. There is a very good Monday Night Game on with the Seahawks and 49ers.

We are one day from the start of Disney+.

As for the Full Gear PPV. I liked most of it. If they really believe Page is going to be a star it was a good move to put him over Pac. The Jericho-Cody match could’ve been 15-18 minutes and just as good. The MJF turn was well done, but in now way a surprise.

Moxley-Omega was absolute trash. It should be placed in a landfill. The only good thing about Cody-Jericho going 30 minutes was that it chopped 10 minutes off the crap that followed.

Keep it clean!

Joshi Spotlight: AJW Wrestling Queendom- SUCCESS

The first part of the Main Event. Searching this is a bit of a pain- type in “Success” in this guy’s channel and you’ll find the matches, but all split up because it’s from ten years ago, before YouTube allowed longer videos.

* Four months after the biggest show in Joshi history, Big Egg Wrestling Universe, comes what is actually a PAIR of Wrestling Queendoms- SUCCESS and VICTORY. This show is a bit unusual in that it’s built entirely around a one-night tournament for the WWWA Tag Team Titles- the 99th champions, Double Inoue, willingly vacated the Titles, hoping to become the 100th champions as well! Which is kind of funny, but also TOTALLY BOSS, because they’re so confident that they can win that they’d do such a thing. This is an 8-Team Tournament, which is crazy considering how much damage it usually takes to finish off one of these wrestlers- tag bouts in Joshi are LONG. So we get this interesting thing, where most of tonight’s matches are 13-16 minutes long, but the losing team carries most of the offense so as to not look weak.

“TL; DR- Why Should I Care?”: It’s a really kickass tag tournament. And a good example of how to shake things up when the same bunch of people are fighting all night long. There’s a Super-Team, a Veteran/Rookie team, a Kicker Team, and the heelish delights known as LCO!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – November 4, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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Ciampa injury revisited

Real life injury-impact aside, would we now have to say that the sudden nature of ciampa’s neck injury actually benefited his career while hurting Gargano’s?  It prevented ciampa from ever dropping the title.  It helped him avoid overexposure.  It turned him face naturally.  And it set him up for a renewed mega push upon his return.  Gargano, on the other hand, “won” the feud, but seemingly floundered as without getting the final big win; ended up a bit over exposed by his series with Cole, and now – even when paired with Balor – seems a step down from the top level of faces (or at least in Ciampa’s shadow).

You know what it is, though?  This is how things USED to be.  Guys would get hot and then start to cool off after some time at the top, so they'd change promotions and show up somewhere completely different, reheated again.  Gargano has been stuck in NXT with nowhere to go for years now and yeah, he's just a victim of the system.  So yes, there's absolutely something to it.  Although I think Ciampa has punched his last bump card with that neck injury and probably doesn't have long left in this run.  

Old School Tough Guys Now

Hey Scott,

  I was watching some old Dr. Death matches and J.R. started talking sbout how tough he was, getting 108 stitches and wrestling the next day, so on and so forth.  That got me thinking about the Haku stories and I thought of something.  Besides Brock Lesnar and Matt Riddle, which wrestlers in WWE today would be the wrong people to fuck with in a fight?

I sure wouldn't mess with Xavier Woods in a game of Street Fighter, I'll tell you that much!

Dumbest Gimmick Match?

What would you say was/is the dumbest gimmick match in pro wrestling?  Skipping over the usual "(Insert name here) on a pole match",(Too easy), I'd have to go with the time they had a "15 minute Iron Man Match" on Smackdown between MNM and Charlie Haas/Hardcore Holly for the Tag Team Titles.  It totally defeated the purpose of an Iron Man Match to begin with at only 15 minutes, as it's no surprise they never ended up doing it again.  
I was sitting behind Michael Cole for that show, in fact.  
I still have to go with Vince Russo's Reverse Battle Royal concept as the all-time stupidest.  TNA had some real doozeys but that was the dooziest.

Page Vs Pac again this week on Dynamite

Got to say I think it's a bit of a mistake to do this again so soon

The Full Gear match was a good way to blow it off whilst leaving the door open more in a few months time

Either Page wins, which will hurt Pac to lose two high profile matches so close together, or Pac wins and it starts to get into WWE 50/50 territory considering it'll be something like the fifth time they've wrestled in the same match since the bout from England and AEW has only done six TV shows thus far


Yeah, not sure what the specific thought process behind booking a rematch already is.  It feels like they need to move onto something different with them, although it could be something where they need an angle to set up The Match Beyond on the next PPV.  I don't really like doing rematches from the PPV on the very next TV show in general, though.  

Impact Wrestling – November 5, 2019

Impact Wrestling
Date: November 5, 2019
Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews

I don’t know how to say this but the company is on a roll. They had a good Bound For Glory and a rather strong debut on AXS, which seems to actually care about them. That being said, if there is one thing that Impact’s history has taught me it is to never get comfortable with what they are offering as they will instantly make you regret it. Let’s get to it.

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ECW on Syfy 09/22/2009 #172

Moved this to Monday as a Saturday PPV means “no-one’s reading this shit.” We start with The Abraham Washington show which I believe they call a very cold open.

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The SmarK Rant for Heroes of Wrestling–10.10.99

The SmarK Rant for Heroes of Wrestling – 10.10.99

Well, dammit.

When I put up the Patreon on the weekend, at, the first goal I set was $100 per month, so I promised to re-do Heroes of Wrestling if I could reach that. Which I did. By the end of the day. So it’s time to be completely unlike all wrestling promotions, and make sure I actually deliver on the stipulations promised.

So help me.

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The Toys That Made Us Season 3

Oh, I’ve been waiting anxiously.   Between that and Rick & Morty returning, it’s a big geeky week.  

Sunday Night Reset: November 10, 2019

In Flanders’ fields the poppies grow.

Tonight’s NFL PrimeTime game is Minnesota at Dallas, for those who wish to watch.

Congratulations to two people I’ve met in person, Solo Darling and Willow Nightingale, on becoming the CHIKARA Tag Team Champions.  Great to see Willow overcome her neck injury and return at the top.

Thank you also to the Patrons — I can confirm that tomorrow we will see Scott’s HEROES OF WRESTLING re-rant!  How will his ratings compare to mine?  TUNE INTO NITRO TO FIND OUT!

Enjoy the night.

Alberto vs Ortiz (replica WWE/UFC titles on the line)

Wtf is this bush league bullshit??

Hey now, those replica belts are worth, like $500 each.  That's a lot of money to most people.

Also, as noted in the thread that's linked here, let's not overlook how badly Alberto is going to get destroyed here.  Unless they're going to WORK a match for replica belts and really destroy whatever integrity they had built up.  

Scott Steiner’s WWE stint

Since it's Survivor Series time, I decided to throw on one I hadn't seen before.  So I picked Survivor Series 2002 mainly because I hadn't seen the first Elimination Chamber match.  I got to the segment where Scott Steiner interrupts Christopher Nowitski and Matt Hardy trashing New York.  He comes in, kicks both their asses, and is over huge with the MSG crowd.  Seven months later, he's feuding with Test.  What happened?  IIRC, Steiner didn't wrestle much if at all prior to the disastrous Royal Rumble match with HHH. Was their feud/match too much too soon?  Ol' Trips deserves some of the blame for the length of the match.  In retrospect, should they have built Steiner up more and saved the match for WrestleMania?  
They made so many mistakes with it.  Steiner as a babyface to start was terrible.  Hunter was the wrong opponent for him in every way and it should have been someone small like Rey Mysterio (but not Rey) that he could throw around and dominate.  What I find really weird is that Vince got handed this guy who looks like a bodybuilder and cuts promos like Superstar Billy Graham and COULDN'T GET HIM OVER.