Monday Night Raw – January 2, 2006

Monday Night Raw
Date: January 2, 2006
Location: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 17,896
Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler, Joey Styles

We’re starting off a new year with a go home show as we get ready for New Year’s Revolution. The show is the definition of a one match event and I’m not sure if John Cena is ready to carry that kind of a show on his shoulders. I’m not sure what we’re going to get tonight but hopefully a lot of it is spent on getting the rest of the card ready. Let’s get to it.

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Brian Cage

Hey Scott: I know he had a cup of coffee in FCW, but why didn't the WWE ever go after Brian Cage? It seems crazy that they passed on a guy with his look and who can do the moves he can.

They did go after him and their attempts at building a relationship apparently ended very acrimoniously due to Cage being perceived as having attitude problems and the like.  In the old days that wouldn't have stopped Vince from drawing money with him, but here we are.  

Macho Man Color Combinations


While reading your review of the spectrum show from 88 today, I took note of Macho Man’s blue tights which I had never seen previously. I started down a rabbit hole of checking out old house shows on the network and found a house show from summer 86 at the Boston Garden that had Macho wearing red boots.

I can’t ever recall Savage wearing anything other than yellow or white boots while wearing trunks. Are there any other crazy combinations he pulled out? Side note, if we’re talking just his trunks phase? What’s your all time favorite look for Macho Man? I always thought his Wrestlemania 5 look was such a let down compared to Wrestlemania 3 & 4. His Summerslam look in 1989 that year was bad ass though!

Didn't we just have a thread on Macho Man and all his crazy awesome color combinations? 
Anyway, classic red and yellow is my favorite, with the finals of Wrestlemania IV being the peak.  Always hated the pea soup green he wore while beating Tito Santana.  

The Wednesday Night War Thread

TONIGHT!  It’s NXT taking on AEW on the only worthwhile night of wrestling these days.

RAW ratings were another near-record low but who even knows what that means now.

NXT Takeover is IN YOUR HOUSE this weekend.  Given the current political climate and press releases I have a STRONG suspicion that Adam Cole’s title reign will be coming to an end at the hands of Velveteen Dream.  Just a hunch.

Clubhouse Games comes out for the Switch on Friday and I’m pretty pumped about it, actually.

Enjoy the evening!

What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 8, 1995

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the television tapings in Council, Virginia.  Tonight is the big Fright Night card in Johnson City, Tennessee, so Ross spends a lot of the match hyping it.

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Match With The Best Near-Falls?

What match do you think had the best near-falls?  I haven't watched a ton wrestling in the last 10 years or so, but Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat is still the gold standard in my book.  
That’s like saying you haven’t watched a ton of superhero movies lately but Blade is still the gold standard.   It’s ALL near falls now! That’s 99 percent of Brock’s moveset.  Anyway, Will Ospreay is the king of near falls for me.  His New Japan matches with guys like Takahashi have mindblowing ones.  

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – Philadelphia Spectrum 08.27.88

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – Philadelphia Spectrum 08.27.88

Off to Philly this time for another hour of old school house show goodness in the thick of Randy Savage’s first title reign, right before Summerslam 88.  Don’t worry, I’m running out of the hour-long versions on the Network to review.

Taped from Philly, PA.

Your hosts are Dick Graham, Superstar Graham & Lord Alfred Hayes.  Good lord.

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“Beyond The Mat”

Did you ever see the “Beyond The Mat” documentary when it came out in 1999-2000?  I don't think I've ever seen you do a review or talk about it before.  

Probably because it was 20 years ago and the only things that have really stuck with us on a long-term basis are the Rock beating on Mick Foley with a chair and Dennis Stamp begging to be booked.  it's a fantastic movie for the time in a lot of ways, though, especially for a time when that kind of backstage stuff wasn't necessarily shown or discussed in a mainstream format.  Now, though?  I don't think it necessarily holds up in the same way.  

Scott Hall/Razor Matches

I'm trying to recall if Scott Hall in WWF or WCW ever had a four star match or higher with anyone other than the Kliq and Bret Hart? Makes it seem like he wasn't the great wrestler that some people praise him to be

Hot take there, bro.  Who are these people praising him as a great wrestler, exactly?  

Favorite Apter Mag Columns

Reading the comments on the Stu Saks post was one of the most enjoyable things I have read on the BOD in awhile. With that in mind what are some of the articles/columns that you, (and the readers,) remember? One that sticks out for me is Eddie Ellner, Liz Hunter,
and Ric Flair watching the Rangers win the Stanley Cup. Both Eddie and Liz had a column on it from their perspective. 

That's long past when I was reading the magazines.  Probably the one that's stuck with me longest is Dave Rosenbaum tracking down bookies who take bets on wrestling and putting money on a Hulk Hogan v. Harley Race match at a house show.  Turned out to be pretty prophetic.  

WWF Monday Night RAW – January 30th, 1995


January 30, 1995

From the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto, FL

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels

We start off with a video package hyping up tonight’s apology from Bam Bam Bigelow to Lawrence Taylor and his family.

Also tonight, 1-2-3 Kid & Bob Holly get a rematch against Smoking Gunns for the Tag Team Titles. Plus, an “Over The Top Rope Match” between Mabel and King Kong Bundy.

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Rumble 93 Ending


Just finishing reading your review about the 93 Rumble.  I don't remember if this has been discuss before but did Savage just get carried away like he did in the 92 Rumble and forget the rules?  Or was that the planned ending (which as you said made him look like a geek unfortunately).  

Thanks in advance and keep up the good work

It was the planned ending.  They weren't exactly concerned with protecting Savage at that point anyway. 

Adam Cole

Hey Scott, hope all is well. I have been reading that Adam Cole's contract expires in August and he is going to AEW to be with his girlfriend. I know WWE gets a ton of heat on how they blow it with talent, but, I thought Adam Cole has been treated well. Long title reign, leader of a top faction, etc. What do you think? 

He's been treated well but NXT guys aren't making a lot of money.  Matt Riddle was called up because they wanted to make sure he saw what main roster money was so he didn't bolt, for example.  Especially right now, if Cole's NXT contract expires, I can see him leaving.  

Montreal question (sort of)

Watching the Owen DSOTR episode, and hearing the Martha Hart interviews with Meltzer and Jericho got me thinking. 

Martha pretty much implies that Bret’s WWE reconciliation was due in large part to his desire to have access to his footage, so as not to have his legacy tarnished by a DVD hatchet job a la the first Warrior piece.

Assuming Bret never reconciles with Vince and is still to this day on the outs with WWE: is his legacy altered at all?

Yes, 100%!  There's no “implies” about it, WWE had a hatchet DVD in production called “Screwed” if I'm not mistaken, which was basically burying Bret over the Montreal incident ala Warrior's DVD.  And then he mended fences a bit and it got turned into the much better career retrospective set instead.  And it's a good thing too, because otherwise he'd have become a meme where people mocked him for being self-important instead of giving him the proper respect.  

Monday Night Raw – June 1, 2020

Monday Night Raw
Date: June 1, 2020
Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe, Byron Saxton

We’re less than two weeks away from Backlash and that means it’s time to get the hard push going. They’re doing something right with Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley as last week’s brawl went pretty well. What matters is getting something else underneath that and pushing “the greatest wrestling match ever” isn’t really working. Let’s get to it.

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