BoD Daily Update: February 17th, 2017

Lance Archer Update

Archer underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his lower back. He will be out of action for several months.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Tony Nese Update

Tony Nese both returned to action this past weekend at WWE Live Events

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Place to be Nation Podcast Roundup

PTBN’s Clotheslines & Headlines #18: WWE Financials, Elimination Chamber, Smackdown, Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, and more!

Debut of Super Apuestras Podcast


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

’95 Bret

Hi Scott,

What was the deal with Bret in ’95? Was there anyone at that level in worse feuds? Was it really the clique just ruining his life? Did Vince really have no clue what to do with him? If it was the clique, wouldn’t Bret have had the power to be like, "Nah, I’m not going to go into a feud over my own jacket."?

​I dunno, I think Bret wanted to prove that he could take that stuff and get it over, and he kind of did. Plus he got to work with great workers like Hakushi and Lafitte, and he always loved working with Lawler no matter what. His book doesn’t make it sound like he was particularly miserable about it or anything.

Which Version?

Hey Scott. As always, thanks for your insight.

One thing I love about the Network is the ability to see how wrestlers evolve and change in an effort to freshen their character up as time passes.

With that being said, which “version” of some guys do you like the most? Considering their entire body of work at the time. For instance:

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Cappetta Over Joey Styles?

Hey Scott,

I know I’m going to the well once too often, but here’s part two of my interview with Gary Michael Cappetta ahead of his "Beyond Bodyslams!" tour which kicks off in Philly this Sunday.

The most interesting aspect was GMC saying that Paul Heyman considered replacing Joey Styles with him.

Could you imagine?

Thanks as always,

John Corrigan

​That seems a TAD unlikely, but stranger things have happened, I suppose.

Book Plug

Hey Scott,

You’re a very handsome fella, not like fatty fat fat Kevin Owens.

Okay, with that out of the way, I’m hoping you’ll do me a big solid and plug the wrestling book I wrote- HARDWAY- out now/

Hardway is the story of fifteen-year old Spencer and his older brother Billy, who love wrestling so much they start their own backyard fed. The fact it puts Spencer closer to Billy’s girlfriend, Tori doesn’t help either. It isn’t long before RBWL—The Royal Brooks Wrestling League—have a rival in Woodland Terrace, a nearby apartment complex with their own wrestling promotion run by Eddie Tornado, an unhinged teenager with a connection to Tori and a hard-on to see Spencer and Billy fail.

HARDWAY is a coming of age crime story about a kid who maybe loves wrestling too much it makes him do stupid things.

And it helps sway you to plug this, you and the board get a shout out in the acknowledgment section.

​Thank you, and best of luck on your publishing career.

Choice quote from Tony Schiavone

"First of all, thank you.

The entire Dungeon of Doom angle was OK for me. I went to Florida for the shoots. I always loved everything Kevin Sullivan came up with… but the Yeti really sucked. I didn’t know what he’d look like at first I thought it would be like a B-Horror. Then he came out and looked like he was butt fucking Hogan, that didn’t help. I’ve been asked why I called it the YETAY, but I figured that since I was in the middle of a bullshit angle, I’d do bullshit commentary. At least we all got something memorable out of it."



Recommended reading! :). Lots of interesting thoughts there, although I think that’s the top one…

​I think it’s great that Tony’s a guy who has already burned his bridges and has a life outside the business, so he can be cool about stuff like this.

Husky Harris

Scott, whatever happened to Husky Harris? I remember him from old days of NXT when it was that weird quasi-competition show and also as part of the New Nexus with CM Punk but after that he just kind of vanished. Is he still wresting somewhere or did he just decide to quit the business and sell insurance or something???

​I feel like he saw the success that his brother Bo was having in NXT and got so discouraged that he retired to a desk job with the IRS, just like his dad. ​

Impact Wrestling – February 16, 2017

Impact Wrestling
Date: February 16, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero

The big story coming out of last week is the full on split of the Wolves as Davey Richards cost Eddie Edwards his last shot at the TNA World Title. While you can probably guess the reason behind the split, it should be interesting to hear the actual explanation. Other than that we also have the saga of Braxton Sutter and company which seems to be setting up a wedding. Let’s get to it.

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BoD Daily Update: February16th, 2017

Kurt Angle Update

The plan now is that Angle will at least be doing some wrestling for the WWE. He will have to pass a physical first and its unknown when or how much he will be in the ring.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


John Cena Update

Cena is currently off of all Smackdown Brand advertising starting the week after WrestleMania, including the Money in the Bank PPV which is on 6/18. Cena has a lot of projects planned outside of wrestling this year.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


Highspots Releases Newest Installment of the Old School Series

Hosted by Steve Corino, he welcomes guests Ivan Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, and Baby Doll as they discuss Dusty Rhodes. You can view the trailer below:

Assistance needed

Hey, Scott… long-time listener, first-time caller, you know that drill…

Long-time California indy promoter Jesse Hernandez lost his ring, sound system, and ring truck in a fire last weekend. He plans to rebuild the ring and replace the audio, but (because he’s a wrestling promoter who isn’t named Vince McMahon) he doesn’t actually have the money to do so.

Friends of his have set up a YouCaring page to raise money to help.

If anyone wants to throw a few bucks in, it’s at

Best of luck to him!​


Do you think there’s still use for a Cuban businessman as a manager – or dare I say it – advocate? A returning Erick Rowan would be interesting as a monster in need of a mouthpiece. Or let’s just go the obvious route and put him in the real estate business with Primo and Epico. Samoa Joe would be an interesting twist, too. Or a peacemaker between Caesaro and Seamus. Sadly, trying to make The Usos interesting would be asking too much of the guy. You’d have a better chance getting Roman over (had to do there).

​I feel like I’m missing something here. Who are you referring to? The guy who used to manage Umaga?

Managers are pretty much gone because guys don’t have freedom to just say what they want anyway, so it’d just be someone different reading the same scripted lines. ​

Oh No?

Hi Scott,

Why is Chris Hero in NXT? He was fired for not losing weight and from the looks of things, he’s gotten even fatter? huh?

​I’d like to think that Kevin Owens has enlightened the promotion with the knowledge that fat people can also succeed in pro wrestling. Plus I’m assuming Hero is more there for the training and mentoring aspects, since he’s pretty far past the point in his career where he’s gonna jump to the main roster and be a big star. They may have expected big things from him during his orignal NXT run, but I’m thinking he’s there now to headline against Bobby Roode on NXT house shows.​

Wrestling Observer Flashback–03.02.92

Hey, I picked up a Nintendo DSi XL for $60 (Canadian) from EBGames and it’s pretty rad.  I found Super Mario 64 and New Super Mario Bros for reasonable prices on Ebay but HOLY SHIT you’d think Mario Kart was printed on literal pieces of gold or something given how expensive it is compared to every other game on the system.  Given I love me some old school platformers, are they any solid recommendations for cheap games out there?  I know there’s like 3000 titles for it so that’s kind of a broad topic, but it’s a pretty overwhelming amount of choice at this point and it would be helpful to narrow it down to something that’s not fucking Pokemon.

So anyway, back to wrestling, and the business is quickly turning to shit for the WWF.  Like, big heaping piles of shit are showing up on Vince’s doorstep every week now and the more I read, the more I’m shocked the business even survived the year considering we got hit with the steroid scandals AND the gay sex allegations AND Sid Vicious in the main event of Wrestlemania all in the same calendar year.

BUT FIRST!  Kip Frey weighs in on the steroid controversy over in WCW…

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Mauro Ranallo interview


Would be honored if you could help get the word out on a lengthy profile I wrote on Mauro Ranallo for Fighting Spirit Magazine. It’s a deep and harrowing look at his struggles with bipolar disorder, and his fight to neutralize his affliction for the good of his life and career. He’s as open and honest an interview as I’ve ever conducted.

​There you go! Mauro’s a great guy, but the four man booth is just destroying his ability to do his job, and you could really tell on the PPV last week. ​

Monday Night Raw – September 16, 2002

Monday Night Raw
Date: September 16, 2002
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home show for Unforgiven and that means a lot more from HHH and his REALLY COOL SLEEPER. Yes HHH is currently trying to get the sleeper over as a finisher in 2002 and….well he’s probably not wondering why people are booing him because he probably doesn’t notice. Let’s get to it.

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NXT – February 15, 2017

Date: February 15, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

We’ve got two big matches for tonight with a title on the line. First up it’s the Aussie women Billie Kay and Peyton Royce teaming up to face Liv Morgan and a mystery partner. We’ll cap it off with Tyler Bate making his first defense of the WWE UK Title against the debuting Trent Seven. Let’s get to it.

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