Wednesday Night Tidbits

All the news that fits, we print!

  • TMZ reports that Mr. Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne, is getting the itch to enter the grappling game. If Ronda goes heel he could be the world’s best version of K-Fed!
  • NXT’s Instagram published a photo of Dallas Page teaching DDP Yoga to the Performance Centre trainees and presumably continuing to be an all-around great guy.
  • Impact Wrestling announced on Twitter that their Slammiversary PPV has sold out, with tickets only available for TV tapings the next two nights. Since retooling as a glorified Canadian indie with a potentially lucrative tape library, the former “TNA Wrestling” has been steadily building a new audience.
  • In another blow to Progress Wrestling, Zach Sabre Jr. has had to drop out of the upcoming Progress Wembley show on Sept. 30Th, citing New Japan commitments. At this rate, he may end up doing spot shows for Rev Pro and others in the UK between his primary commitments.

And as always, discuss!

Who shouldn’t resign?

Who in the WWE should, at this point, just cut their losses and try to work either in Indies, England or Japan? Let's assume the issue is card placement/match quality rather than money.

​Can I just say "The entirety of 205 Live" and be done with it?  Because that covers both criteria.​

PVR Proof

Hey Scott,
  With all this money that WWE will be raking in because they've sold their show as PVR proof, would you put a poll up on the blog seeing how many people watch it live and how many watch it later.  I haven't watched live in as far as I remember and I actually get Monday's and Tuesday's off.  I'm just curious to see if I'm in the minority here or has Vince pulled off the greatest screw job in history.

​Hey, if I was to go back to reviewing the show, I'd sure as hell do the 90 minute Hulu version and not the 3-hour one, so that's my vote on the matter.  ​

Raw Gaining on Nitro

Hey Scott,
Making my way through 1998 and Nitro has been running some big main events to start the year, including Hogan vs Savage in early February. was this done because Raw was gaining on them, or something from Turner execs?
Ill hang up and listen. 

​Given how obsessed with ratings that Bischoff was, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if that's exactly what it was.  He used to counter-program to the minute, putting big stuff on Nitro during RAW's commercial breaks and all kinds of stuff.  
In retrospect, it's kind of funny, because that tactic was really only for one specific time zone.  Pretty much everywhere else in the country (ie, the west coast), the shows were on staggered feeds, so people didn't even have to choose.  ​

WWE 205 Live – 17th July 2018

WWE 205 Live

17th July 2018

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

Tonight sees Lio Rush’s first main event on 205 Live, grapple fans, as he tussles with Akira Tozawa. Also in action are TJ Perkins and Noam Dar in a rematch of their clash two weeks ago. Let’s get to it!

Read moreWWE 205 Live – 17th July 2018

The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling–01.26.80

The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling – 01.26.80

I need something quick and easy tonight, and this week’s show clocks in at only 30:00 without commercials, so let’s head back to 1980 for more WWF All Star Wrestling!

THE FOLLOWING WRESTLING EXHIBITION REQUIRES DISCRETIONARY VIEWER PARTICIPATION!

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling–01.26.80

WWE Business Booming How?


Scott,

Just read that Morgan Stanley raise its price target for WWE to $100 from $58. This, in addition to WWE share rising again to $76.90.

Now I don’t think you have to be a wiz on Wall Street to know WWE has been killing it lately.

Couple that with their Fox deal and they are making $ like it’s the Attitude Era all over again.

My question is how the fuck is this happening?

Their creative is at an all-time low.

They don’t have any major transcendent superstars or mainstream popular babyface star.

They are overexposed, running way too much product in a given week.

What gives?

​You're asking the wrong guy.  As Meltzer was pointing out on the radio show, you have a company like Sinclair where they bring in billions and have a strong track record trading way below WWE, while WWE's stock is valued so far beyond the actual amount of money that they're worth that there's no way to recoup it.  Like, $100 a share?!  It's only in the past few years that they've even made a significant profit!  
But like I said, perhaps these Wall Street moguls know something everyone else doesn't.  ​Perhaps it's just the ultimate carny con from Vince and the most successful one in history.  Good for him.

Smackdown – July 17, 2018

Smackdown
Date: July 17, 2018
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

We’re past Extreme Rules and officially on the way to Summerslam, meaning things should be getting a lot bigger in a hurry around here. AJ Styles is still the WWE Champion and is going to be needing a new challenger. There’s a good chance that’s going to be Samoa Joe, which should be good for everyone involved. Let’s get to it.

Read moreSmackdown – July 17, 2018