Smackdown – February 10, 2006

Smackdown
Date: February 10, 2006
Location: Civic Center, Columbus, Georgia
Attendance: 4,542
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

We’re getting closer Eddie Guerrero to No Way Out and that means Kurt Eddie Guerrero Angle vs. Undertaker, plus Eddie Guerrero Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton over the Eddie Guerrero memory of Eddie Guerrero. That might sound like a good Eddie Guerrero top to the card but they’re going to need more Eddie Guerrero matches to make the show work in the Eddie Guerrero end. Let’s get to it.

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The Saturday Night Fight Thread

Tonight!  It’s a UFC!

Meanwhile I’m finally watching the GREEK DEATH MATCH show on the WWE Network so that Dave will leave me alone.  No Greeks or deaths thus far, but a lot of midgets, so I’m feeling like it’s not exactly truth in advertising.

To answer another random question, I’m thinking about the SuperFriends rants returning once I sit down and watch them.  It’s Wendy & Marvin era, though, which isn’t quite the same level of batshit nonsense that I usually enjoy tearing apart.

Smackdown was, at the very least, up from the record low of last week.

Have a great Saturday night!

Extreme Rules thoughts

Hello Scott

How do you think WWE are going to deliver on the eye match? Fake eye?

End with nWo style run-in, and no result? Rey becomes Rey Mystero?

Also, Wyatt-Strowman, a swamp in Florida. Does Steve Keirn get involved?


I don't think they're gonna deliver a finish.  Probably gonna do something where Rey loses and then Dominic throws himself in front of his dad to beg for mercy or whatever.  Either way the show looks like a rating dumpster fire of bullcrap.  

WCW Capturing the summer

Good afternoon Mr. keith.  Greetings from America/Apocalypse below you guys. Hope your family is all well and safe and you enjoy your vacation. Watching AEW's shows from Daileys Place, had me going through Spring Break & Disney Nitros, BATB's, Hog/Road Wilds and it hits me every time this year; WWE completely sucks at portraying the fun of spring and summer months.  I don't even remember the last Summerslam that felt like the season.

Looking at the venue history, i never realized how often wwe were at cities that don't scream “summer” .  Now mind you i understand proven markets and other matters do take it into account, but summerslam in East Rutherford New Jersey never appealed to me.  And the shows at the staples center….. did anyone cut a promo from outside an arena during those?!?

Beach 95 sucked Booking wise, but man I had fun watching the visual throughout.  Rednecks ruined alot of the Road Wilds, but it sure as shit looked like everyone was having some fun in the sun. The more i think WWE wants to keep me in their contained “bubble” of their presentation, the more i want out of it and miss seeing that the world keeps going on in its own way during an event.  Even with AEW i can hear the outdoor echo and notice the wrestlers hairs blowing in the wind. When are we going to see someone get attacked doing pullups at Muscle Beach god dammit!!!

Yeah I'm really wondering why WWE doesn't try to do some kind of outdoor event instead of sealing everyone in the bubble of the PC week after week.  It would definitely feel less claustrophobic, and GOD KNOWS if there was ever a time when they need to do something different and had the leeway to do it, it's now.  Are the ratings gonna drop much further if they mess around with the format?  

Biggest Ric Flair pop

What is the biggest ovation Flair ever got?  Was it Starrcade 93 vs Vader, his 89 title win over Steamboat, or perhaps when he returned to WCW in 98 after all the drama with Bischoff?  Others also when he came back to the WWF after Survivor Series 2001, or
perhaps his retirement match with Shawn.

People yelling for him while Luger was wrestling Barry Windham at Bash 91?  

For appearances where he was actually booked to be in the building, you'd have to go with 98 Nitro.  The crowd was losing their minds that night.  

An Eye for an Eye

Hi Scott,

Lots of people getting their knickers in a twist about Rey Mysterio or Seth Rollins possibly losing an eye soon. We need real men like Ernie Ladd and “Bad Bad” Leroy Brown to come back and show them how to do it!

Ernie Ladd Mid South Local Promo for Chalmette, LA April 2, 1981

I still don't understand why they don't have Haku as the special referee for this one.  And he can perform the deed himself if the guys don't want to go along with the finish!  And then Seth can go on Twitter and tell all the fans that they just don't understand how important it is to make stipulations count for something and that's why he voluteered to lose an eye for real FOR US. 

Mike Reviews Every WWF Summer Slam Main Event Part Three (1998 to 2002)

Hello You!

We continue on with WWE’s traditional biggest event of the summer. Summer Slam was always my favourite WWE show during my younger days and I would excitedly look forward to it through the years.

I’m going to break this one up a bit into roughly something like 6 parts, so by the time we reach the end we should be in August and I’ll then leave myself some time to cover WCW Road Wild (Shudder)

Along the way we’re going to see some great matches and some…not quite as good to put it nicely. Regardless I hope we all have fun together!

This week it’s 1998 to 2002

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 06.08.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 06.08.85

Vacation time is here!  Can’t go anywhere in Covid-World, but I’ve got a stack of DC 100 Page Giants to catch up on, and a couple of seasons of SuperFriends that I ordered for myself for Father’s Day last month.

Meanwhile, I just wanted something light and easy to review tonight after a long day at work, and it’s been a while since we’ve visited the Irish McNeil Boy’s Club on the Network.

For those who forgot where we left off:  https://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2020/02/15/the-smark-rant-for-mid-south-wrestling-06-01-85/

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Daily News Update – July 11, 2020

The biggest news for me, I’M ON VACATION!  Time to barbeque some hot dogs and stay six feet away from humanity at all times for the next two weeks.

DATELINE:  New Japan prepares to run a show with fans for the first time on Saturday night.

https://njpwworld.com/p/o_original_0176_06

Apparently they are directing fans to sit quietly and not shout or cheer.  This is leading to confusion from the workers, who think they’re at a Smackdown TV taping in 2019.  HEY-OH!

DATELINE:  Um, I dunno, there’s a UFC this weekend?  

I don’t have much to talk about this morning, to be honest.  FITE.TV is sending me press releases hyping up their basketball tournaments and Freestyle Motocross events on there, so clearly there’s a dearth of content out there right now.  Even MLW is showing old episodes of the original MLW promotion from 2003, which is kind of neat I guess.  No wonder I’m going back to 1989 for shit to watch.  This is being written on Friday night so I’m curious to see what Tommy is gonna e-mail me for headlines in the morning.  I’ll be impressed if he can come up with three interesting bullet points to hype.

Here’s a match you might enjoy.

 

 

Smackdown – July 10, 2020

Smackdown
Date: July 10, 2020
Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves

We’re less than ten days away from Extreme Rules and the show can’t get here fast enough. The faster it gets here, the faster it’s over and that’s a good thing for everyone involved. We need more build towards the Swamp Fight, because the pay per view is going to feature a Swamp Fight. Let’s get to it.

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 10, 2020

We made it!

Well, the day I’ve been waiting for is almost upon me: after a looooong time away from training, I go back between the ropes on Sunday!  If you’re wondering, the place has a ton of hand sanitizer and there’s only going to be 3 or 4 of us in the whole damn building.  I know it’s a risk, but at this point I think we’ve beaten it down enough that we the risk is small.

I hope it all goes well.  Right now, seeing the news from the Southeast is giving me panic attacks.  I don’t know what’s going on, why it’s happening, or how it could be prevented.  I just hope it doesn’t get up to the DC area.  We’ve been doing so well for so long.

Normally I’d keep this happy, but it feels like the world thrills in stupidity.  Seriously, people just made up claims that a major furniture chain is involved in child trafficking, and they’re only evidence is “some things are more expensive than others”.  We’re dealing with a special breed of stupid I can’t wrap my head around, and it’s horrible and infuriating and WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE ANYWAY AHHHHHHHH

I think I need to log off and go play some video games.  Y’all enjoy the weekend.  I may be around.

What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 27, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Footage of Doug Gilbert turning against Jerry Lawler in their tag team match against Brian Lee and Jimmy Harris at the Coliseum is shown.  After this, a brawl broke out between Gilbert, Lee, and Harris against Lawler, Bill Dundee, and PG-13.

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Presidential Qs


Not about Trump. I can’t even with that ignorant douchebag.


No, this is about Jack Tunney’s firing in 1995. In the Observer where Dave breaks the news, he theorizes that Shane Douglas is coming in as a heel commissioner-type. Dave also waxes about how great crazy Bob Backlund would be as WWF President. That got me thinking about a couple of questions I wanted your take on.

1. Clearly Shane Douglas in this role would be light-years ahead of Evil School Teacher, but does Shane find success as heel President, or does he still flame out?

2. Who’s the better heel Prez: The Franchise or Crazy Bob?

1.   He still flames out.  Too much politics stacked against him. 
2.  Crazy Bob would have been great as a parody in short bursts, but ultimately he had a shelf life.  

The SmarK Rant for NWA Halloween Havoc 89 – 10.28.89

The SmarK Rant for NWA Halloween Havoc 89 – 10.28.89

(I’ve had a bunch of people asking if I was going to review this one in my 89 redo run, but I already had done it a couple of years back, so in case you missed it, here it is again!)  

Live from Philly, drawing 7300.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

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Have you seen these?

Scott,

Went on a YouTube wrestling binge and found these. . .apparently Championship Wrestling from Florida had something of a supercard going for a few years which featured a crossover with multiple promotions, and in between some really dodgy bouts, there's some early work from Muta and a couple others to be seen.




Dunno if you've seen these or not, but I thought they might be worth a look.

I have seen Battle of the Belts 2 and 3 and I wish WWE would put them on the Network.  In fact I reviewed 3 a great many years back and I'll repost it right after this e-mail! 

The Club/Heyman Heat?

As the plot thickets about The OCs run on Raw, AJ has said that Paul Heyman is a liar and the Good Brothers will elaborate on it come the debut of their new podcast. Could this be what lead to Heymans demotion? Just really weird how soon as AJ got moved to Smackdown, Heyman was gone soon after. 

Less weird is that Heyman doesn't get along well with everyone at the best of times, and Vince is known to change his mind on a whim, and ratings were plummeting and yet another scapegoat was probably needed.  As noted by many others, it was frankly a shock that Heyman lasted as long as he did without getting fired.