Biggest matches on TV

Scott- with the ridiculous amount of scratch Fox and USA are throwing out, doesn't that pretty much end the ppv/network special? Wouldn't the biggest matches make more sense, particularly with Fox, to be on the weekly shows with the network as a supplement/archive?

Do we get Wrestlemania on live network TV?

​It has certainly gone from a ridiculous notion to making a lot of sense.  I echo the sentiments of others who think they should at least cut down on PPVs and house shows by a lot and give these poor guys a chance to rest.  In theory the money is so gigantic that everyone rightly deserves a huge raise anyway and that would more than make up for lost revenue they might experience.  But someone I don't see that happening.​

A question that does not involve Roman Reigns

Hey, Scott. Long-time reader, and I was curious about something. I either heard or read, a long while back, that Bret Hart considered himself the 'best there is, etc.' because he never injured anyone in the ring. I'm a huge Triple H fan (his SS98 ladder match and the Iron Man are two of my favorite matches of all time), and I was wondering if he had ever hurt anyone in the ring accidentally (not blading or worked shoots). Obviously, he's gotten hurt a few times (that tag team match comes to mind despite having never happened), but has he injured anyone in the ring?

I do not recall him doing so, no. Hard to hurt someone with a rubber sledge hammer.

1 billion a year?

Everything else being equal to what it is today, how much would a TV contract be worth in 1999 or 2000? 

The WWE is going to get 1 billion over 5 years for Smackdown. Good for them, but I feel like they are just settling when they could be making so much more. 

How can someone as successful as Vince McMahon not be self diven enough to make as much as possible? 

​I know, right?  When is someone finally going to give the old white guys of America a break?​

Smackdown – May 22, 2018

Date: May 22, 2018
Location: DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves

We’re getting closer and closer to Money in the Bank and this week is going to be all about some major announcements. In this case, that would mean the announcement of which New Day member will be participating in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match, along with the stipulation for AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. Let’s get to it.

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Why didn’t Dusty ever work Saturdays?

Hi Scott,
I am sure you get this a lot, but why should I lie when its true? Your blog is really awesome.
After nearing the end of watching the World Championship Wrestling shows on the Network (currently in March 1989), there was something I was curious about:
Why did Dusty never wrestle on these shows, like, ever?
From the first show on the network in November 1985 until him leaving the promotion at the end of 1988, he was there every week cutting promos, getting into altercations etc. but he never wrestled a single match on there. And it seems like he was really the only one since even Ric Flair wrestled there at least a few times, but Dusty never….
Did he feel that as bookerman it was beneath him to wrestle like those other common wrestlers?
Was he under the impression that the marks in the audience had to pay to see him wrestle?
Or what was it?
Would be glad if you have ever heard something about this.
Thanks for your time.
With kind regards,

Wait, let me get this straight…you want MORE Dusty matches?!?
As for the reasoning, I imagine he just didn't have the time to wrestle and book the shows at the same time.  Plus he didn't want to set the bar too high for the young guns to follow him, daddy. 

I’m sorry

I just want to apologize to you for calling you thin-skinned recently.  After doing a simple internet search and discovering all the bad reviews your books and work have gotten over the years including this gem; , I understand know why you are so quick with the ban hammer and choose to live in your echo-chamber.  Again, I'm sorry.  

Uh, no problem? That's some quality backhanded compliment there.  
Ironically soon after this email, I got other email complaining that I don't ban MORE people.  Democracy, man, it just doesn't work.  

What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – November 13, 1995

A video package hypes tonight’s Razor Ramon-Sid matchup that has the 1-2-3 Kid as the referee.  Vince McMahon announces  interim WWF President Gorilla Monsoon has grown suspicious of the 1-2-3 Kid’s actions after a recent house show tour and has decided that tonight’s match will not be for the Intercontinental Championship.  More on this storyline development at the end of the recap.

Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler are calling tonight’s action and are concluding the tapings in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada since Survivor Series is this Sunday.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Starrcade ’92

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: December 28, 1992

Attendance:  8,000 (6,500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win Battlebowl? Who will become the King of Cable? Can either Simmons or Chono retain their respective World titles? Or do Rude or Muta stand a chance to unseat them? Let’s find out!

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