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AJ Styles Update

Although nothing can be confirmed until it is announced by both sides, as they want to keep it a secret, it is largely believed that AJ Styles as signed a one-year deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling. It is expected that they announce the signing in conjunction with the “Invasion Attack” show.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Main Reason For Carlos Colon Being Inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame?

The main reason as to why Colon is being inducted this year as it is tied into Colon selling his WWC tape collection to the WWE, for the network. With the network expanding into global markets within the next year, the WWE wants some Spanish-language programming.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Daily Network Thread – 3/20/14

The live streaming schedule for today:

9:00 AM ET – RAW Flashback – 6/21/93 – The Kid vs. Razor Ramon; Marty Jannetty vs. Doink 2 out of 3 Falls Match
10:00 AM ET – RAW Flashback – 6/28/93 – Kamala vs. Shawn Michaels
11:00 AM ET – Legends of Wrestling – 10/31/08 – Most important moments
12:00 PM ET – Old School – 10/21/84 – Maple Leaf Gardens – Andre the Giant vs. Kamala (Cage Match)
1:00 PM ET – Wrestlemania XXVII – 4/2/11 – Includes The Undertaker vs. Triple H; John Cena vs. The Miz
5:00 PM ET – Beyond the Ring – NWO The Revolution
6:00 PM ET – Best of RAW – 11/28/99 – Test/Stephanie wedding episode
8:00 PM ET – Main Event Replay – 3/19/14 – Goldust/Cody Rhodes vs. The Real Americans; The Undertaker speaks
9:00 PM ET – NXT – New episode
10:00 PM ET – Superstars – New episode
11:00 PM ET – Main Event Replay – 3/19/14

This thread is open 24/7 for your Network rants and praises.

When gets revenge on Stephanie?

Eventually someday, maybe Daniel Bryan gets his revenge on Triple H. What about Stephanie? Over the years she has attacked Paul Heyman, told a ring full of divas she is really the top diva and has now slapped Daniel Bryan around – all with zero consequences. I only recall Randy Orton ever doing anything to her, and Lita and Trish wrestling her was years ago.

Who do you see being her foil or extracting some sort if revenge on her. Once upon a time possibly AJ, but that was maybe a year ago and pre-dating CM Punk. I don't exactly see Brie attacking her to any sort of reaction other than "ho hum."


Daniel Bryan will bring in Tito Puentes, who will deliver the best revenge possible:  A FIERY SALSA!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 5 – Featuring Adam Pearce

In the fifth episode of The Kevin Kelly Show, the Voice of Ring of Honor speaks with Adam Pearce about his time as booker of Ring of Honor, his early days wrestling, his potential gig with the San Diego Padres and much more. Kevin also shares his thoughts on Daniel Bryan and WrestleMania, Ring of Honor, Future of Honor and more. As always, Kevin takes your #AsKKevin Twitter questions as well.
The Kevin Kelly Show is available on iTunes and Stitcher by searching for Place to Be Podcast and can be downloaded and listened to below. You can find the complete archive of Kevin Kelly at Place to Be Nation here which includes the following past episodes: Episode 4 – Featuring Mike Bennett
Episode 3 – Featuring Hanson
Episode 2 – Featuring AJ Styles
Episode 1 – Featuring Adam Cole Email the show at [email protected] and send questions to Kevin (@realkevinkelly) on Twitter using the hashtag #AsKKevin. Don't forget to follow Place to Be Nation on Facebook and Twitter.

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Monday Nitro – October 26, 1998

Nitro #160
October 26, 1998
America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Mike Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Larry Zbyszko, Bobby Heenan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Havoc is over and not a lot has changed. Hogan beat Warrior in one
of the worst matches of all time, Goldberg kept the World Title in a
good match over Diamond Dallas Page, Rick Steiner is still an idiot
(though he won the Tag Team Titles in one of the only changes) and
Nash walked away instead of beating Hall. We’re four weeks away from
World War 3 which will set up Starrcade. Let’s get to it.

open with stills of Bret vs. Sting from last night.
talks about the overrun from last night, saying about 10-20% of the
houses didn’t see the end of Hogan vs. Warrior or the title match.
WCW has held meetings all day and came up with two options. One
would be giving away the replay for free. Quote: “No. A lot of
fans bought the show and saw all eleven matches. We don’t want to
give the whole thing away for free.” Nice to see them just say “we
want your money instead of making it right.”
tonight at 9pm we’re going to see the World Title match in full.
Tony insists this isn’t a ratings ploy and proves it by saying the
match will start at 9pm rather than the end of the show. Why not
have a meeting to find out who decided Tony should say this on air
and have them listen to how stupid it sounded? Larry says sometimes
technology is out of control and just wait until the KY2 bug hits.
Wright vs. Stevie Ray
has dubbed himself the enforcer of the NWO. He runs over Kaos to
start and yells at the camera before kicking Kenny in the face.
Stevie misses an elbow drop as Tony drones on about the technical
issues. Kaos hits a springboard shoulder block for two but here’s
Buff to throw Stevie the Slap Jack. Kaos is knocked out and the Slap
Jack is enough for the pin.
Steiner comes in for the save as Tony says Rick single handed won the
titles. “It’s one of those things you only see when you watch a
WCW pay per view.” I wouldn’t be bragging about what you get when
you watch a show at this point Tony. Rick grabs the mic and says he
has to pick a partner, so if Kenny is interested in some revenge, he
can be a partner if he wants. Kaos says his partner is out with an
injury and it would be an honor to defend the titles with Rick. This
was always a bizarre choice to me as Kaos just lost a match and had
no history at all, so let’s make him a champion. Even the replay
shows him getting pinned.
vs. Prince Iaukea
is with Kanyon as Tony talks about the World Title match replay for
about the 6th time so far. However, even though it was
cut as well, we’re not going to see the end of Hogan vs. Warrior
because “it was too disgusting to show on television.” He’s
talking about Hogan failing to light Warrior on fire (the second time
he couldn’t get it to work if you’re counting), which happened after
the match. These jokes are writing themselves tonight.
does his schtick before the match and jumps Iaukea when he doesn’t
get the response he wants. Tony says they can’t show you the ending
to the Hogan match and Tenay adds that it’s not up to TNT standards.
Kanyon gets two off a rollup and puts on a chinlock until Iaukea
sends him to the floor. The Prince goes up top and dives at Kanyon,
despite him standing four feet from where Prince aimed. Prince
backdrops out of a piledriver on the steps to get the announcers
talking about the match for the first time. Back in and a
springboard flip attack gets two on Kanyon but he grabs the Flatliner
for the pin.
D+. This was better than I was
expecting but at the end of the day, Prince Iaukea isn’t going to win
a match on Nitro at this point. The flip dive did look cool but
there are a ton of guys on this roster that can do the exact same
thing. It’s always nice to see Kanyon get a win as well.
Nitro Girls are at the announcers’ desk.
calls the Horsemen to the ring. There’s no Mongo in sight and Flair
says he was a casualty in Vegas but will be back by the end of the
night. That’s an odd statement. Gene finds it interesting that
Bischoff isn’t trying to keep the Horsemen off TV but here’s Bischoff
in person. He says he’ll admit if he’s wrong, and he underestimated
how much Flair means to all of these people. The fans clearly want
to see him wrestle and that’s what Flair will be doing tonight.
Flair says line them up and he’ll be ready in ten minutes.
Party winner from Hampton, Virginia.
announcers talk about some of the other big matches last night and
show us stills of Nash vs. Hall.
Wright vs. Barry Horowitz
takes him down with ease to start but charges into an elbow in the
corner. A jumping kick to the face puts Barry down and Alex goes up,
only to jump into a boot. Barry
gets dropkicked off the top and a great looking neckbreaker gives
Wright the win.
look at stills from Hogan vs. Warrior. Of course this is ok to talk
about but Heaven forbid we show it.
vs. Sick Boy
Boy actually drops Wrath with a spinwheel kick but Wrath chops him
back into the corner. Wrath puts on a chinlock before throwing Sick
Boy out to the floor. A slingshot shoulder block gets two on Sick
Boy but he comes back with a suplex into a swinging neckbreaker.
Wrath completely no sells it to complete the squash.
#2 begins so here’s Goldberg vs. Page. I don’t feel like watching
this match twice in four days so this is copied and pasted from the
Halloween Havoc review.
World Title: Goldberg vs. Diamond Dallas Page
charges right at him a few times and is easily shoved away. An
armdrag frustrates Goldberg and they lock up before falling to the
floor without breaking it up. Back in and Page tries a legsweep but
Goldberg does a standing backflip to avoid it. Men his size should
not be able to do that. A bad looking cross armbreaker has Page in
trouble and Goldberg shoves him out of the ring to block the Diamond
in and Page takes him down into a hammerlock but a hard shoulder
block puts him on the floor. Page is able to snap Goldberg’s throat
across the top rope and he follows up with a swinging neckbreaker. A
Russian legsweep gets two and we hit a front facelock. Goldberg
knees his way out of it and hits a spinning neckbreaker to put Page
down. A hard hiptoss puts Page down and a side slam gets two for the
champion. Back to the cross armbreaker but Page makes the rope.
superkick sends Page flying but he sidesteps the spear, sending
Goldberg hard into the post. Page gets two off a flying clothesline
and the running DDT puts the champion down as well. He calls for the
Diamond Cutter but Goldberg nails him with the spear. It injures his
arm though and Goldberg can’t get the Jackhammer. Page slips behind
him and grabs the Diamond Cutter but both guys are down. The fans
are suddenly WAY into this as Page gets a very close two. Page tries
a suplex of his own but Goldberg counters into the Jackhammer to
retain the title.
It’s not a masterpiece but it’s definitely Goldberg’s best match
ever. The fans were buying into Page as a threat at the end of the
match and that’s more than can be said about the vast majority of
Goldberg’s opponents. To put it simply, this was a good wrestling
match. You can’t often say that about a WCW main event but that’s
what you had here.
helps Page up post match and poses to end the show.
announcers praise the match.
goes to Kevin Nash’s huge locker room to ask him about leaving Hall
laying last night and walking out on the match. Hall himself comes
in and Nash says it wasn’t about winning and losing. He’ll win when
Hall is his friend again. The audio keeps cutting in and out. Hall
says something I can’t make out but they shake hands, only to have
Giant sneak in (unless there’s another door to that room, Giant was
somehow hiding in there
and Nash never saw him) and help Hall throw Nash through a wall in a
good visual.
Girls video.
Girls dance.
likes UNICEF.
the NWO with Hogan looking thrilled. Bischoff talks about how great
his life is and presents Horace his shirt as the newest member of the
team. Hollywood throws in the weightlifting belt and it’s a big
celebration. Somehow this
takes almost six minutes.
Guerrero vs. Saturn
out process to start until Eddie takes him down by the arm. Saturn
comes back with an armdrag but Eddie complains of a hair pull. The
distraction lets Eddie take him down and stomp away at Saturn’s knee.
A backbreaker gets two for Eddie but he gets caught in a sitout
wheelbarrow slam for two by Saturn. Eddie’s tornado DDT is countered
into a northern lights suplex for two more but Eddie escapes a
vertical suplex into a rollup for yet another near fall. Saturn
comes back with a t-bone suplex and a brainbuster but the LWO runs in
for the DQ.
C+. The match was entertaining
as expected and the ending actually does something with the LWO for a
change. Until now they’ve all just been wearing the same shirt
without actually accomplishing anything. I’d like to see more of
this pairing and a finish but this advanced something.
LWO, including a new unnamed member, lay out Saturn so Eddie can hit
a frog splash.
Bagwell is here to talk about how bad her son has been lately. Gene
goes through the horrible things Buff have done lately and the
Bagwell Family is tired of it. She loves Marcus but is tired of
Buff. This was received about as well as you would expect.
Team Titles: Kenny Kaos/Rick Steiner vs. Giant/Stevie Ray
and Kaos are defending. Kaos goes after Stevie to start but Giant
adds in a kick from the apron. A superkick drops Kenny and the NWO
takes over. Off to Giant for a bearhug but Kenny gets over to the
corner and makes the tag to Rick. Giant splashes Rick in the corner
and chokes with a boot but charges into a boot from Rick. A top rope
shoulder gets two on Giant but he launches Rick to the floor on a
kickout. Stevie gets the tag and Kaos distracts Giant long enough
for Rick to bulldog Ray for the pin to retain.
D. At the end of the day, Kaos
just doesn’t fit in here. It’s like they drew a name out of a bowl
and made him a Tag Team Champion. The match wasn’t any good either
as it was Kaos being treated like the jobber that he was and Rick
hitting a quick move to keep the titles.
#3 begins.
Bischoff has replaced Tenay on commentary and promises the best of
Ric Flair tonight. He has a video package of Hogan beating up Flair
from Bash at the Beach 1994 for the title. Tony praises Hogan and
calls Flair a coward but is embarrassed by what he said. Bischoff
says it’s proof that Flair will always play second fiddle to Hogan.
Title: Kidman vs. Juventud Guerrera
is defending. Neither guy can get control off a wristlock but Juvy
fires off elbows to the head and sends Kidman into the buckle. Juvy
goes up top and shoves Kidman down before getting two off a missile
dropkick. A brainbuster gets two more for the challenger and we hit
the chinlock. Kidman fights
up but gets caught in a Rocker Dropper for two. Juvy’s headscissors
is countered into a wheelbarrow slam for two more.
tries a belly to back suplex but gets countered into a sitout
bulldog, followed by a cross body for two. Juvy goes up but gets
dropkicked out of the air, setting up the Shooting Star. Guerrera is
able to get to his feet and crotch Kidman, followed by a top rope
hurricanrana for a VERY close two. Kidman counters a powerbomb into
the sitout powerbomb and the Shooting Star retains the title.
B-. This started a bit slow but
the ending sequence was great. Juvy looked great in the ring and
Kidman was in over his head for most of the match. The counter to
the powerbomb looked good and the Shooting Star was even better.
Kidman is nailing the division right now and having solid match after
solid match.
for Sting and Randy Savage tapes.
are Scott Steiner and Buff Bagwell to brag about their physiques.
Bagwell says this is for the women: your job is to cook and clean and
take care of your man. Scott wants JJ Dillon out here right now
because he wants a match with Rick tonight. JJ comes to the ring and
Scott accuses him of thinking Rick is the better brother.
says he has no favorite but Scott wants to know why the new referee
came in to help Rick win because he thinks JJ had something to do
with it. JJ says buy the replay to see what happened. Scott stays
on it and JJ says he didn’t send the referee but would have if he had
the chance. Steiner kicks him in the gut and puts him in the
Recliner until security
makes a save.
the Warrior because this hasn’t gone on long enough. Hogan had the
chance to face a challenge last night but failed again. Last night
will haunt Hogan forever (understatement of the year) because there’s
a difference between beating someone up and defeating them. Warrior
beat Hogan up last night and the bull pinfall doesn’t change it.
Warrior calls himself a gatekeeper and says the time is near on the
same Warrior channel.
comes out and Warrior is ready to go but Horace stops his uncle from
getting in. Horace gets beaten up and sent to the floor. Giant
comes in and gets the same so Hogan gets in. Warrior ducks a big
boot and hits a shoulder to the ribs. Bischoff
is knocked off the apron and the NWO runs.
Luger/Konnan vs. Scott Steiner/Scott Hall
a brawl to start as the Wolfpack is out for revenge for Nash. Konnan
and Steiner fight to the floor with Konnan getting caught in the
Recliner outside. Steiner adds a chair to the ribs as Luger and Hall
fight in the aisle. I don’t think a bell ever rang so this isn’t
even a match. Steiner beats on Konnan in the ring but Konnan comes
back with a clothesline.
four guys go to the floor and Konnan gets laid out again. Luger gets
double teamed in the ring and a chair is brought in. Konnan comes in
for the save as there’s no referee in sight. Luger nails Hall with
the chair and Racks him but Steiner breaks it up and we take a break.
Not a match but a fun segment.
Title: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Bret Hart
is defending and gets a quick two after countering a slam. They
trade arm work until Page gets two off a rollup of his own. A
neckbreaker gets two more for Page but Bret knees him in the ribs.
Bret hammers away at the ribs and chokes on the ropes as the
announcers talk about Sting’s injuries last night. We hit the
chinlock on Page for a good while but he fights up with a jawbreaker
for two.
gets crotched on the top and Bret brings him down with a gorgeous
superplex. Hart misses a charge into the buckle to give Page two but
Bret scores with the legsweep and middle rope elbow. Page is up at
two and Bret is getting frustrated. Another jawbreaker has Bret in
trouble and Page rams him into the buckle. Bret counters with a low
blow that takes out both Page and the referee. The champ pulls out a
foreign object but Page ducks a big swing and hits the Diamond Cutter
for the pin and the title.
C-. This really didn’t do it
for me but it wasn’t horrible. It felt like they just wanted to get
the match over with but had to fill time. It’s nice to see Page get
a clean(ish) pin for a title and to take it off Bret who just didn’t
care at this point. The match didn’t work though as it just jumped
into the Bret control with very little beforehand.
goes off with chair shots post match and works over his knee before
putting on the Sharpshooter. Page’s screams really make it that much
better. Bret works the knee over with the chair even more until
Goldberg makes the save to end the show.
D+. You can see things
getting in trouble from here as the earlier matches were nothing to
see and the rest of the show felt like they were trying to figure out
what to do next. There was
some fallout from Halloween Havoc, but at the same time it was like
they had no idea where they wanted to go. That’s a problem going
into a big battle royal show as there’s no story to a match like
that. The show had good points but it didn’t work for the most part.
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The SmarK RAW Rant–11.28.99

The SmarK RAW Rant – 11.28.99 OH MY GOD the Wedding Episode. This one blew my mind when I first saw it in 99, because they had been building to the wedding for so long and you knew something wacky was going to happen, but the “Wrestling Wedding” was not yet enough of a trope that you could predict the beats of what exactly would go down. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have predicted how huge this ended up being for THIS BUSINESS, and that this angle would end up completely altering the dynamic of the entire company years later, but here we are today. Live from Los Angeles, CA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler Big Show & Kane v. Big Bossman & Viscera So I suppose you could POSSIBLY book a worse tag match by putting Mideon in there somewhere, but they’re sure giving it the old college try here. Kane quickly hits a flying clothesline on Viscera while Bossman beats on Show outside with the nightstick, but X-Pac runs in behind the ref’s back and hits an X-Factor on Kane. Vis gets the pin at 1:30 off that. X-Pac beats up Tori afterwards as well, because he’s all about the class. DUD Meanwhile, we take a look back at the Test-Stephanie romance. Hearing that Stephanie was suffering from amnesia due to “post concussion syndrome” makes me wonder if Dolph Ziggler originally went around introducing himself to everyone because he couldn’t remember meeting them? D-Generation X is out to warn Vince McMahon that he can’t come within 50 feet of any of the DX guys, lest legal troubles result. Also, he’s got some bad news: No wedding tonight. This brings Vince out, who would bulldoze their limo with his rent-a-car all over again to protect his family. And HHH’s blood is gonna be on his hands at the PPV. So tonight, it’s Test v. HHH and the other DX members against The Rock N Sock Connection and a mystery partner. Matt Hardy v. Edge Man, this one sure took on greater significance years later. Matt gets a tornado DDT and yodeling legdrop for two, but Edge comes back with a german suplex for two. They head up and Matt gets a superplex for two, but he goes up again and Edge dropkicks him into the railings for a sick bump. Back in, Matt and Edge both hit Jeff and Christian with dives and it’s breaking loose in Tulsa! Edge spears Matt for the pin at 3:10 while the camera is replaying the other highspot. Total stunt show. * Meanwhile, Steph has her bachelorette party with Moolah and the ladies. Chyna is out to challenge Chris Jericho to an IC title match TONIGHT, but Jericho is suffering from post-concussion syndrome, much like Stephanie, due to a brutal beating delivered by Chyna on Smackdown. Miss Kitty sprays him with a fire extinguisher to bring the LOLZ. The Godfather v. Steve Blackman Godfather gets a legdrop for two, but Blackman puts him down with a kick for the pin at 1:00. This might seem quick, but only if you haven’t read Hardcore Holly’s book and thus don’t understand how fucking badass dangerous that Blackman really is. DUD Meanwhile, the Dudley Boyz play cards with the APA. It doesn’t go well. Meanwhile, the bachelorette trainwreck continues. Meanwhile, Al Snow makes his pitch to be Mankind’s partner tonight, but Mick feels like Rock still hates Snow’s guts. Well, to be fair, really no one likes Al Snow. Too Cool v. The Hollies Too Cool double-teams Crash and Scotty hits the Worm (opposite the hard camera) and they finish with the Midnight Express’s Veg-O-Matic at 1:00. DUD Well that was brisk. Meanwhile, it’s time for the stripper at the party. Test v. HHH The referee is wearing a Vince mask to build suspense. Test pounds away in the corner and gets a powerslam for two, but HHH USES THE KNEE to take over and drops a knee. They slug it out and HHH gets the Main Event Sleeper, but “Vince” slaps him around to wake him up. HHH DDTs him and goes low, however, and stomps away in the corner, but Test makes the thrilling comeback. Powerbomb and backdrop suplex set up the flying elbow, but HHH bails to escape it. They fight on the floor and HHH brings a chair into the ring, but “Vince” keeps that from happening. HHH uses the knee again, but the mystery ref won’t count. This prompts HHH to finally attack him, but Shane runs out and lays him out with the chair, allowing Test to finish with the flying elbow at 8:13. We don’t know who the mystery ref was, but as JR notes, it can’t legally have been Vince. Not exactly a great showcase of Test, but then HHH basically took all the offense anyway. * Meanwhile, the stripper gives Stephanie one last shot of something REALLY strong. Barbara “BB” Bush is out to challenge Ivory to an evening gown match, because she’s so MAD, despite her face being frozen in a state of perpetual boredom. Ivory comes out and they rip each others’ shirts off in the least sexy way possible while BB maintains her plastic facial expression. Meanwhile, Patterson & Brisco provide Vince’s alibi for REFEREE-GATE. Val Venis v. Kurt Angle Val misses a blind charge and Angle clotheslines him down and then to the floor, where they have a brief brawl. Back in, Angle gets a sleeper, but Val turns it into a powerbomb for two. Russian legsweep gets two. Spinebuster and he goes up to finish, but the Bulldog runs out and crotches him, allowing Angle to get a superplex for two. Val keeps fighting, but Bulldog hits him with a chair and the Angle Slam finishes at 3:20. Man, that Val-bulldog feud was quite the barnburner. ½* Meanwhile, Al Snow really hates the Rock, but is that the Rock standing behind him? Yeah, it is. So Rock does a funny monologue pretending to not see Snow standing there while Snow makes faces at him. Mick’s bemused acceptance of the whole thing is great, as he’s just like “Well, sounds like you’re out, but we’re still on for Disneyland tomorrow, right?” The Rock, Mankind & Kane v. The New Age Outlaws & X-Pac Mick chases Road Dogg to the floor, but walks into an X-Pac spinkick and gets beat on back in the ring. Gunn prevents a tag to the Rock and X-Pac throws kicks for two. Gunn with a corner splash to set up the Broncobuster, but Mick counters with the Mandible Sock. Hot tag Rock, and it’s Rock Bottom for Billy, but Al Snow runs in and gets the babyfaces disqualified at 4:30. No wonder Rock hates him. *1/2 Rock kicks his ass and gives the People’s Elbow for his troubles. Meanwhile, the APA and Dudleyz might be enemies at poker, but at least they all agree that The Public Enemy sucks. OUCH. Sadly, their peaceful co-existence comes to an end when Bubba shows six aces and triggers a brawl. Oh man, if he had thrown down ACES AND EIGHTS I would have literally shit my pants. And with all that pesky wrestling out of the way, time for the REAL main event! Test & Stephanie McMahon are out for their long-awaited wedding, complete with bizarre “worlds colliding” craziness with Steph’s real-life friends as bridesmaids and Test having the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian as his guys. And the great thing is that they play it all so straight, with the inspirational soul singers and loving families, and then the priest is like “If anyone has reason to object…” and of course, all hell breaks loose in the most awesome way. It’s all the more awesome because the last major wrestling wedding up to then was Liz & Savage, which was played totally straight, so there was no expectation from the fans that there would be the craziest twist ever. And what a twist! Because that shot Stephanie did at the party actually put her out cold, allowing HHH to kidnap her and take her to a Vegas drive-through chapel. HHH is really in his glory here (“40 bucks? That’s kind of steep. And we’re kind of in a hurry here.”) And this, finally, makes HHH into the biggest heel and star in the business with one line, and this is it: “I know you can only have one question on your mind…DAD…and that is how many times did we consummate the marriage?” And since there’s absolutely nowhere to go from there but down, the show ends on that cliffhanger. No question, one of the greatest angles in the history of wrestling. If only Test didn’t suck so badly that he couldn’t keep up his end of it. The Pulse Vince Russo wishes he could have come up with that one. The rest of the show was still the weird growing pains where they were slowly trying to get crowds re-accustomed to actual wrestling again, but my god that closing angle was something special.

Miz v. A Giant Demon Bear

I am buying the shit out of this movie when it comes out next week.  Even if it's under the pretense of being for my daughter, there is nothing about this batshit insane DVD that doesn't sound like the greatest thing ever.  WWE CITY.  SIN CARA'S INTERPRETIVE DANCE MOVES.  GIANT DEMON BEARS KNOCKING MIZ OUT OF HIS CLOTHING.  Plus Scooby Doo Mystery Inc. is legitimately awesome.  

Bump in the Road – Part 6: The Drop

Hey Scott,

Part 6 of Bump in the Road just went live. Could you do your magic and share it, please?

This is the final part of the series, not including the epilogue or afterword. I'll write and post that by this time next week. Naturally, I'm incredibly grateful to everyone who has enjoyed this series. I can only give my deepest and humblest thank you to everyone.

Nick Piers

Bryan or Batista?

So Scott, now that the IWC is rejoicing over Bryan most likely being added to the title match at WMania. How do you see that match ending? Do they go with Big Dave (most likely the original plan), or do they do what most EVERYBODY wants and finally give Bryan the title?

They already played chicken with the fanbase once and lost badly.  I really don't see them trying it again.  Clearly HHH is going to pin Bryan after three Pedigrees and then he'll take care of business in the main event and beat both Orton & Batista with one hand behind his back before impregnating Stephanie at ringside on the post-show.