Monday Night Raw – January 20, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: January 20, 2003
Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re past the Royal Rumble and, somehow, the big story still seems to be HHH vs. Scott Steiner for reasons of general torture. After Steiner showed why he shouldn’t be allowed to wrestle a watermelon farmer in front of a pair of chickens named Dolores and Walter, it’s pretty clear that he’s getting a rematch next month at No Way Out. Let’s get to it.

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SMW TV: The Volunteer Slam Preview – May 16th, 1992




– Last week on SMW TV… The Heavenly Bodies defeated The Fantastics in an impromptu match to become the 1st SMW Tag Team Champions, and added injury to insult by taking Jackie out of action with knee ligament damage… Doug Furnas made his debut with a victory over the clumsy Joe Cazana, who couldn’t do much right to get Furnas’ offense over… Buddy Landell pinned Danny Davis with a little help from the old “handful of tights” trick… Robert Gibson and the Dirty White Boy won showcase matches to get them ready for Volunteer Slam.

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Shawn Michaels In 1997

Where was Shawn Michaels is early 1997 supposed to go as a character before the whole "I lost my smile" deal? I remember hearing back in the day he did that to avoid having to job to Brett Hart at Wrestle-Mania 13. Was that true, or was there more/less to the whole thing?

​Yes, Bret Hart was going to win the World title from Shawn in a rematch from the previous Wrestlemania, where Shawn would have gone super-heel and Bret would have "broken his ankle" with a prosthetic foot used for the finish. Shawn apparently decided that this wasn’t in his life plans and developed a crippling knee injury instead, and Vince panicked and went back to the big guys like he always does when business is down.​

Worst Raw Match Ever

Scott – in a moment of boredom I recently watched Bring it to the table on the network. In the episode they talked about the Bradshaw/Trish vs Nowinski/Jackie match. I remember hearing about the match but had never seen it. After watching it I have to ask a few questions………

1. Is it indeed the worst match to ever take place on live tv?

​I can’t think of anything offhand that was worse.​

2. At a certain point should someone not have made the call to just end the dang match instead of letting them all continue to die on live tv?

​The problem is that there’s timing issues for TV and stuff, and it’s hard to just go home. Usually for RAW the call is to just play it out and move on afterwards. ​

3. Were there any reports at the time of any of the participants getting heat for such an awful match.

​Yes, Jackie got 100% of the heat. ​

4. Wasn’t Trish already considered a good worker at this point? Or did that come further down the road.

​She was definitely considered a good worker, but it was also known that she was only gonna be as good as her opponent a lot of the time, which is what this was. ​

Thank you!

NJPW in the U.S.

I’m nervous for New Japan Pro Wrestling. It appears like they are going to be making a serious attempt at expansion into the U.S. starting with this G-1 tour. Now while I love the idea of New Japan being a big deal in the U.S. I think they need to be verrrry careful.

I have no doubt that the WWE has the money to purchase any wrestler on their roster assuming said wrestlers has a price that he would be open to in exchange for going to the WWE. If New Japan starts gaining traction in the U.S. and a wrestler or wrestlers start becoming hot, I see the WWE attempting to snatch them up similar to what they did with the territories.

New Japan needs to have a gameplan, wrestlers signed to longterm deals, and a vision for how they are going to go about this because going toe-to-toe with the WWE in North America is going to be extremely challenging. And while they have a big fanbase in Japan they need to be careful to also not alienate their audience there as well.

Its gonna be an interesting next few years I think for New Japan.

​I don’t think anyone in NJPW is foolish enough to think they’re going toe-to-toe with WWE in North America. Their strategy seems to be positioning themselves as an indy-level alternative for this side of the ocean, like ROH or whatnot. Having the big shows on AXS is a good towards that goal. However, New Japan World really seems to be a misfire at this point from both ends, because they’re not getting the subscriber numbers that they thought and the service isn’t frequently updated with archive stuff like WWE Network is. Plus, as I’ve complained about before, it’s a pain to navigate if you don’t speak Japanese and there’s no native support for the millions of streaming device options out there.

But hey, Billy Gunn as a headliner can only mean big things for them, so I wouldn’t worry.​

BoD Daily Update: June 21, 2017

Former WWE Superstar Returning to the Company?

Shelton Benjamin is in talks to return to the WWE. While he was supposed to begin on Smackdown Live when the brand split took place, the company found a shoulder injury during his medical testing and was not offered a deal. It is expected he will wind up on Smackdown once signed to a contract.

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Smackdown – June 20, 2017

Date: January 20, 2017
Location: Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio
Commentators: Tom Phillips, John Bradshaw Layfield, Byron Saxton

We’re past Money in the Bank and there are two briefcases floating around the blue show. In addition to that, we also saw Jinder Mahal retain his Smackdown World Title when he defeated Randy Orton for the second time. There’s a chance we’ll be setting up a third match between the two as we head towards Battleground in just over a month. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – March 20, 1995

The review hackers didn’t want you to see….

Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette are in the booth and they are taped from Stockton, California.

Call 1-900-737-4WWF to hear Jim Ross’s commentary on Lawrence Taylor’s “secret” training session in preparation from WrestleMania!

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BoD acting funny

Hey Scott,

You may want to check on the BoD website if you’re not doing so already. It’s directing to the index page and is allowing access to private usage stats.

​What?! Oh shit.

Yeah, so this morning at 6am I woke up to check on the morning posts and discovered that something had put the site into a weird maintenance mode I’ve never seen before. I logged into the web host and found a ransom note in the main directory, with the entire contents of the site zipped into an encrypted file, including the database files. They were asking for Bitcoin but fuck if I know about Bitcoin. Had they asked for Paypal, I could have easily paid them off. Luckily I have daily backups of the site and so do the fine people at, so after much melting down on my part (only internally, thankfully for everyone at work) they were able to basically wipe the site clean back to June 13 and restore the database to a usable state again​. Unfortunately Vaultpress (my backup system) needs the site in working order before it can actually connect and back it up, so I had to co-ordinate both the webhost and them to get it back to yesterday’s states.


Anyway, it’s all working again, and I’m feeling much less stressed. Double thankfully, the Observer recap for tomorrow was one of the files that was saved, so it’ll be up tomorrow morning instead of this morning like I had wanted.

Anyway, ransomware sucks, and I think I found the culprit causing the issues, so I thank everyone for their patience and refreshing the site all day waiting for it to load again.