Klassic Kayfabe-Killing Video of the Day: NWA Behind the Bash 88 part 1

For those who’ve never seen it, this is a very famous home video shot by Jimmy Garvin backstage during the Bash 88 tour with the Crockett crew fucking around and performing while being on what can only be charitably described as a very concerning amount of blow.  It’s a far cry from the video games and script rehearsals of today’s shows.

So, Extreme Rules….

Instead of a Daniel Bryan home game in Seattle, will be at the Izod
Center in Jersey, home of last year's Smarkapalooza Raw following
WrestleMania.
http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe/35304-location-of-extreme-rules-2014
So they are possibly going in front of the same crowd that gave
Ziggler one of the all-time pops, shit on Sheamus/Randy Orton, and
amused themselves by singing Fandango's theme song with rematches of
Orton/Batista and Cena/Wyatt? Sign me up.

Personally I'd be happier with WWE getting their head out of their ass and pushing the people we want to watch rather than another shitty PPV ruined by angry fans hijacking the show.  

Ring of Honor on WWE Network?

Hey Scott,
http://www.wwe.com/inside/the-ring-of-honor-influence-26179913 Do you find this very odd to acknowledge ROH? I remember a couple months ago you suggested an idea that WWE should purchase Ring of Honor and use it as a go between NXT and WWE. I really have a feeling they are going to do that and put it own the Network. How awesome would it be to a adult geared brand in WWE??

I do find it very odd, although they had some pre-existing relationship with them via the Punk DVD and such.  I really don't see them buying ROH or anything, since Sinclair is presumably already happy with them as a source of cheap programming for their own network.  

BoD Daily Update

RAW Rating was a 3.1

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe/35297-raw-rating-for-monday

Main Event for RAW Next Week Announced

John Cena will face Randy Orton when RAW takes place at the Staples Center

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/96-wwe/35298-raw-main-event-for-ths-coming-monday

Another Star Rumored to be Leaving the WWE When Their Contract Expires?

Alberto Del Rio has been making noise about leaving the WWE when his contract runs out. It is unknown at this time when his contract is set to expire.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

Potential Roles for Stacy Keibler at WrestleMania?

As of right now, two ideas are being floated around for Stacy. The first is for her to be inducted into the “WWE Hall of Fame” while the second is for her to act as the backstage interviewer.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

Two Wrestlers Become Irate During TNA’s Tour of the United Kingdom

Kurt Angle blew up at John Gaburik when after his angle was filmed that wrote him off of TV for a while, he was asked to do a run-in for the next taped show. Angle was mad that he had to do this after it was filmed that he was leaving and also worked the show while extremely banged up. Also, Eric Young blew up at Gaburik when he was told that he was lying on the mat for too long after he lost a match because they had to get the next match out for the taping and he was taking too much time.

Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com

Rob Van Dam Interview Plug

Scott,

I produce a show called "The Day Shift" that airs on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City.  (Follow me @TeamACW *cheap plug*)  We were joined by Rob Van Dam this afternoon, as he talked very candidly about marijuana use with professional athletes, brought up the Chris Benoit situation, and discussed if and when he will return to WWE. 

If your visitors want to listen to the interview, it's on the podcast page at 610sports.com.  The show is podcasted hourly, so here is a direct link to the hour Rob was on (he appeared in the final 15 minutes or so of the hour)…


Thanks!

Topless Robot: WWE Needs Heels

Topless Robot posted an interesting essay:

http://www.toplessrobot.com/2014/02/top-down_smackdown_bring_up_the_bad_guys.php

He acknowledges that Orton is not the ideal choice for lead heel… and then argues that there are no other options.

Topless Robot is still a thing?  I thought it vanished in a puff of smoke when Rob Bricken left.  
There's lots of choices, although "top guy" is tough to pull off because they've neutered everyone in general.  But you've got Sheamus (HHH's real life project and gym buddy) who can turn corporate heel, Dean Ambrose in the wings, Del Rio can always be rebuilt again…there's some choices.  Not ideal ones, but it's the brand that draws now anyway.  

Randy Orton: Face Of The Company

Just to expand on something in the comments from RAW thread:

What’s amazing is like you said, why haven’t they done ANYTHING with the “face of the company” gimmick? Instead of being HHH/Steph’s chew toy, Orton could have actually been an interesting heel character. Show videos of him being the “face of the company” at public events and being hated— photo ops with kids who can’t stand him, being obnoxious on local TV appearances, stuff like that. Have him come out and review his latest Randy Orton merchandise, or berate interns because his locker room didn’t have enough fresh cut flowers,. Give him a lackey to carry a mirror so Orton can look at himself as he comes down the ring. Bring a fan in the ring because Randy wants to let the commoner worship the face of the company. There’s a million ways you could go with Orton as the pompous champion who prides himself as being the most popular person in WWE when obviously he’s not.

I don’t know if you watch NXT or not, but this is an exact description of the Bo Dallas character and his Honky Tonk Man 2014 deal.  And although it’s fun for the most part, it does NOT work for the guy who is supposed to be the champion, and it’s not going to work for Bo when he gets called up.  They’ve really booked themselves into a corner with Bo and this deal, because once he loses that belt the character is dead in the water and really Bo is LONG past the point where the joke has been beaten into the ground as it is.  Orton might be able to make it work, but it’s not translating to Dallas as a top guy, I’ll say that. 

WWF Championship Wrestling October 12th, 1985

October 12, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, Andre the Giant and the former Tag Team Champions, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo make their returns to Championship Wrestling.

Mike Donnatelli & Jerry Adams vs. Pedro Morales & Junkyard Dog
JYD comes out to “Grab Them Cakes” for the first time on this show as the WWF came out just before the show. JYD takes down Adams after he got it with an uppercut. He works the arm and tags Pedro. He uses the double noggin knocker on the jobbers then JYD comes back in to work the arm of Adams. Donnatello tags in but JYD hits him with a few headbutts. They use quick tags to beat on Donnatelli until Pedro finishes him with a backbreaker (3:17). After the match, JYD grabs an old lady and a kid out of the crowd and dances with them as Vince is yelling GRAB THEM CAKES!
Thoughts: The team of JYD and Pedro had no chemistry at all. Also, Morales looked absolutely fucking miserable during the post-match antics of JYD, which shouldn’t happen if you are the babyface. Then again, most wrestlers in this time period have stated that Morales was a miserable prick during his final run with the company.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. The focus this week is on the “Wrestling Classic” PPV. Savage is then shown cutting a promo in front of a Rolls Royce, which will be given away to a lucky winner. It wasn’t much of a promo either.
Jose Luis Rivera vs. Don Muraco w/ Mr. Fuji
Muraco riles up the crowd before the match and they start a “Beach Bum” chant as a result. Rivera ducks a charge in the corner as the crowd continues to frustrate Muraco. Rivera gets a sunset flip but Muraco immediately tosses him to the floor. He then picks him up off of the apron and hits the tombstone piledriver for the win (2:10). After the match, Muraco knees Rivera in the face before leaving.
Thoughts: Muraco did a fantastic job in getting heel heat from the crowd. They were all over him for the duration of the match.
Gene Okerlund is with Randy Savage. The Macho Man believes that Hulk Hogan and Tito Santana are scared when they sleep at night because they believe he will take their belts. Savage then starts yelling as a phone is heard ringing in the background, with Gene stating that it could be from Elizabeth. Pretty funny moment as the phone ringing did not seem like it was planned but Gene took it all in stride like the pro that he was.
Red Walsh & Tony Garea vs. Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff w/ Freddie Blassie
Before the match, Volkoff does not sing the Russian National Anthem but his song “Cara Mia” from the “Wrestling Album” is played instead, which has the crowd starting a “USA chant” and Bruno putting over Volkoff for having an okay voice. Match starts with Garea and Sheik taking it to the mat. Walsh tags and Sheik chops him across the chest before tossing him around. Volkoff tags and hits a backbreaker for the win (1:48).
Thoughts: Typical squash from the evil foreigners, who are on the backburner with heels as the Tag Team Champions.
Okerlund is with Ricky Steamboat, who states that Mr. Fuji is a sick individual. He goes on about that for a while until the segment ends.  
Darryl Bolin vs. King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan & Big John Studd
Bundy destroys Bolin with clubbing forearms to start the match. Vince lets us know that Piper will have Andre the Giant as a guest on “Piper’s Pit” tonight. Bundy hits a backbreaker and toys around with Bolin until he puts him away with an elbow drop following the Avalanche (2:42).
Thoughts: Total squash, which was expected, but on commentary, Vince was strongly hinting at a potential feud between Bundy and Andre.
Piper’s Pit with Capt. Lou Albano. Piper threatens Albano with Orton before stating how the first time he managed Andre, he got hurt. Albano tells us that Andre is now 100% as Andre comes out to a massive reaction and confronts Piper, who starts to backpedal as Andre tells everyone that he is back. Andre walking out in front of a crowd without doing anything got the crowd to go crazy, which is essentially what happened here.
Jimmy Jackson vs. Adrian Adonis w/ Jimmy Hart
Adonis has “Relax With Trudi” written on his briefcase. Jackson lands a headbutt and a dropkick before Adonis takes him down. He kills Jackson with a clothesline before tossing him to the floor. Back in the ring, Adonis hits a running elbow smash before coming off the top with a knee drop for the win (1:49).
Thoughts: Adonis could still go in the ring at this point, despite getting heavier by the day. We did not get any further information here as to what “Relax With Trudi” meant.
Lord Alfred Hayes gives us the details on how to win a Rolls Royce by sending a postcard, with the winner being announced at the “Wrestling Classic” PPV.
Jesse Ventura does the voice over for the WrestleMania Home Video Plug
Hayes narrates still photos of Uncle Elmer’s wedding from “Satruday Night’s Main Event.”
Ron Shaw & Mr. X vs. Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Windham & Rotundo come out to “Real American” for the first time as the crowd goes nuts for their return. The faces work over Shaw to start. Mr. X tags and Windham clotheslines him down. He hits a slam and a leg drop before tagging out. Rotundo works a headlock before picking up the pace with a dropkick. The ex-champs then botch a double forearm smash, with Rotundo not even remotely close to connecting before Windham wins the match with a bulldog (2:55).
Thoughts: The crowd was jacked for this and Windham looked awesome in the ring. This team would not be around much longer as both guys had a meltdown from being on the road so long.
Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan, who states that he is the “Manager of the Year” no matter what anyone says. Heenan talks about injuries suffered by Andre, Albano, and Hillbilly Jim due to his men and says that will happen to anyone who gets in his way. Sutdd and Bundy come out as Studd puts over Bundy as being even more impressive than himself. Studd still has the bag that contains Andre’s hair, which was one long running storyline. They are really giving Bundy a massive push tonight.
Next week, Hillbilly Jim returns to the ring. Also, Wendi Richter defends her Women’s Title against Judy Martin. Also in action include Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage, the Hart Foundation and the British Bulldogs.
Final Thoughts: Not a bad show tonight. They are plugging the PPV strong and they also gave Bundy a huge push on this show. The matches were decent enough and there was no Hillbillies at all on the show, which was refreshing.

Favorite sell

Maybe this has been brought up at some point, but is there any trademark sell/bump of a particular move by a particular guy that you really loved? Or ones that you hated?

For instance, I'm not a huge RVD fan, but I always loved his spike sell of the DDT where he would plant himself vertically into the ground. It always looked devastating and you could totally buy the ensuing pin as the finish. Jeff Hardy planting him at Invasion immediately comes to mind. I remember jumping off the couch when RVD took the same spike bump off an RKO. I also thought Rock's backflip bump off the spear was magic. Shame that he didn't get to take Reigns'.

I hated Scott Hall's stunner sell where he wouldn't drop down to his knees but spring back like he had been hit with a master Jedi force burst. I find it somewhat strange that a lot of people seem to like that one.

And in spite of Austin and Jericho making fun of it on Austin's latest dvd set, I always loved Vince's senior citizen stunner sell, where it looked like he would die upon impact and collapse like a frozen corpse across Steve's shoulder. Oddly enough, it may be my personal favorite stunner "sell" outside of the Rock's.

Sure, I always loved Marty Jannetty's 360 flip sell of a clothesline, as I'm sure everyone has figured out by now.  Also love Hennig's trademark "take a catapult into the post" spot, contrived as it sometimes was.  I'm also a fan of the All Japan Clothesline Sell, where the guy gets knocked into next week but he's just so pissed that off that he pops up and unleashes a lariat on his opponent before falling dead again.  
And of course Rock's selling of the Stunner is the best thing ever.