bryan vs punk

so it's looking increasingly likely that daniel bryan will indeed be returning to wrestling when his contract expires in a year or so. that would make arguably the two most popular post-cena superstars free agents. my question is, how much money is in a bryan vs punk match in, say, ring of honor? ignoring that punk would be quite unlikely to return, surely bryan winning the roh title and then goading punk out of retirement could do huge numbers? what sort of attendance etc could we see here?

secondly, what do you think are the chances of bryan ever wrestling again in wwe? i imagine they're going to make him a huge offer to sit on the sidelines, and i'm sure he will reject it. i doubt they allow him to wrestle, even if it means him going elsewhere, though i'll bet they try and throw some spanner in the works. surely the best option for them is to let bryan leave and see how he holds up on the indies? if something goes wrong, hey, WE didn't let him wrestle, we offered him a new contract, etc. if he's fine (as he seems to think he is) then he essentially does a test run for them without any of the risk involved, he tears it up for a year or two and then they bring him back as an even bigger star. 

​Well the problem is that while Bryan might be free and clear of his contract in a year, Punk is definitely not.  I believe he has multiple years on his deal left, and there's little chance of Vince letting him out of due to the circumstances of his departure. ​
As for Bryan, I just don't know if WWE is going to let him go wrestle somewhere without doing everything in their power to make sure he remains under their medical supervision.  Even if he goes to ROH or Mexico and sustains more damage there, the media is gonna be like "WWE wrestler suffers career ending concussion!" I mean, they can't FORCE him to stay, but they can sure try.  

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Collections: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Collection – Bobby “The Brain” Heenan (Part 1)

Well, this was a sadly obvious choice to tackle tonight, as a break from the Hidden Gems series. Obviously not many matches to review here, but that’s why the point system is perfect for it, because this is a collection of stuff that reminds me a lot of what the old Coliseum Videos would have offered for a “Best of Bobby Heenan” set.

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

It’s the weekend! Woo!

WWE No Mercy is tomorrow, headlined by Lesnar vs. Strowman and Cena vs. Reigns.

Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor PPV took place last night.

The relationship between streaming service FloSports and Gabe Sapolsky’s WWN has broken down.

Japanese promotion DDT has been acquired by CyberAgent, owners of streaming service AbemaTV. More details here.

Now talk, damn it!




I just recently re-watched Royal Rumble 1992.  Having a worker the caliber of Ted DiBiase as one of the first two entrants makes sense, yet he was tossed over in 1:18.  He barely lasted longer than Jerry Sags.  Was he in the doghouse or
working hurt or something?  What was the point of wasting him in such a throwaway manner?

He was working hurt for most of 92 and 93.  I always did think it was a waste for him not to be in there with Flair, though. 

What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 21, 1995

A video package hypes today’s Sid-Bob Holly feature match, with Sid saying that Holly has made the biggest mistake of his life by agreeing to face him.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are inaugurating a new set of tapings in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The tapings were held on May 17 and drew 2,800 fans according to

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Nattie Neidhart

When did this current hate for Nattie begin? When she first made her debut she was heralded as this great in ring worker. People were pissed she was given the fart gimmick saying she deserved better, now suddenly she's a division killer.

​Is that the current opinion?  I dunno, I've always thought she was a great worker, although she didn't really have the charisma of someone like Charlotte to carry the division or anything. I don't know why they're so opposed to have Becky Lynch be the champion, but Nattie is fine.  And also she was SMOKING in the latest Southpaw Regional Wrestling series, so extra points for that.  ​

The Anti-Sting

Hey Scott,

Just wondering,

People sometimes say Sting should have been much, much bigger than he ended up, given his look, charisma, etc, but for whatever reason, it never clicked.

My question is what wrestler, do you feel, with almost nothing going for him, not an indy darling, nothing that would endear him to Vince (size, hair, etc) no sign at all that he would make it "in this business," and despite all this, succeed leagues beyond what would be expected?

​Honky Tonk Man.  Looked like a pudgy Memphis geek with a ridiculous gimmick, and yet he got himself over and managed to draw on top as Intercontinental champion and stayed there for over a year.  ​

Repost: The SmarK Rant for No Mercy 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE No Mercy 2016

Straight talk here, I’m watching this after the butt-clenching adrenaline of the Blue Jays game tonight, so this is probably gonna be a letdown because I only really know two of the matches. But did I mention BLUE JAYS WIN?  (I’m much more pumped about this year’s No Mercy because there’s actual matches with stakes that I have investment in as a fan.  How about that, huh?) 

Because they totally did.  (Man, I sure wasn’t saying that much THIS year!) 

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BoD Daily Update: September 22, 2017 Interview with Ric Flair


WWE Superstar to Replace Davey Richards on This Weekend’s EVOLVE Shows

Cedric Alexander will take Richards place as he will wrestle Zack Sabre Jr. tonight and Fred Yehi tomorrow. However, his matches will not air on the iPPV.


RoH Throwback Match of the Week

You can view Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks vs. KUSHIDA & Matt Sydal & ACH from the 14th Anniversary PPV from 2/26/16


Also, vote in this week’s shoot interview poll by clicking here


Impact Wrestling – September 21, 2017

Impact Wrestling
Date: September 21, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews

It’s time for whatever this promotion is called this week, though I would recommend MMA Pro Wrestling at this point as the American Top Team fighters are the undisputed top stars of the show. Lashley’s release has been revoked due to getting in a big fight with Moose to end last week’s episode. Let’s get to it.

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