BoD Daily Update: September 18, 2017 RAW Preview


Independent Wrestler Cancels Rest of 2017 Appearances Due to Knee Surgery

Davey Richards cancelled the rest of his appearances this year to undergo surgery on his right knee


Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week

You can watch the Motor City Machine Guns vs. Bryan Danielson & Austin Aries from the 8/1/08 Fueling the Fire show

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.28.97

Although last week’s show was bookended with one of the greatest angles in the history of the show, THIS week is almost as great in a lot of ways, too.

Also, they should sell retro reproductions of Vince’s black demin “RAW is WAR” jackets on WWE Shop, because I’d buy the shit out of that.

Last week: Steve Austin engaged in a show-long war with Bret Hart, attacking him from the driver’s seat of the ambulance, leading up to the return of Brian Pillman to even the score for the Hart Foundation!

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Meltzer the Hypocrite

Hi Scott,

Isn't it just a slight bit hypocritical for Meltzer to complain about dangerous pro wrestling matches while praising strong-style japanese style wrestling?

He'll nitpick a WWE match to death, then give 25 5* matches to Misawa who was so utter destroyed by these matches, he died from them.

I'm actually kind of annoyed by this, since he obviously knows the style he's promoting isn't sustainable while demeaning a working style that will A) lead to wrestler having safer careers and B) might actually lead to them getting jobs in WWF.

​Dude, you're kind of all over the place with this one.  Short answer to what I think you're getting at:  Meltzer was constantly, constantly calling out guys like Shibata for being too dangerous, and has said many times that it was a miracle Kobashi and Misawa made it as long as they did. However, Dave and everyone else is also allowed to think it's a great match while disapproving of the methods of having the match.  I love me some veal cutlets but I don't especially like to think about where they come from. There's a name for people who don't eat meat on moral principles, and it's called "Crazy person".

Going out on your back

Hey Scott,



I’ve heard that when wrestlers retire (or leave a territory in the old
days) they would always job for their last match.


Any instances that this didn’t happen?


​Off the top of my head, Trish Stratus not only didn't lose in her retirement match against Lita in 2006, she won the Women's title!  I'm sure there's many others as well.​

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Black & White Era!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Black & White Era!

OK, so the first couple of parts did really well this week, and now we carry on with more of the random and wonderful stuff found in the Hidden Gems of the Network, starting all the way back in the 50s and 60s when you had two colors to choose from:  Black and white. As always, we’ll rate these Coliseum Video style, a point for something that works and no point if it doesn’t.

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Sunday Thread

  • CMLL’s 84th Anniversary show was last night, headlined by Gran Guerrero vs. Niebla Roja in a mask vs. mask match
  • Here’s a full list of playable characters in WWE 2K18
  • A new series of Story Time begins on the WWE Network this Monday
  • In the latest Extra Mustard column on Sports Illustrated, Eli Drake talks about winning the GFW world title and Bayley discusses her dream of headlining Wrestlemania

For some Sunday reading, check out Thomas Hall’s Smackdown 2003 review and my review of yesterday’s NJPW Destruction show.

Now talk, heathens!

Smackdown – April 17, 2003

Date: April 17, 2003
Location: Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s tournament night as we have the finals to crown a new #1 contender. John Cena will be facing Chris Benoit, which is pretty much the best final they could have gone for. Cena should be the favorite after having spent weeks taunting Lesnar but Benoit is one of those cases where it’s easy to see him pulling it off. Let’s get to it.

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What if Strowman wins?

Hi Scott, 

I want to dream for a moment that Braun Strowman actually wins the universal title at No Mercy and we're not really going to get Lesnar-Reigns (again) at Mania…

How do we get there if that's the case? I would think Reigns somehow goads the Undertaker into a Career Match to put him into retirement for real. Where does that leave Strowman & Lesnar, assuming they blow off their feud by Survivor Series and Brock doesn't go into seclusion until January. Do we get Strowman-Cena? Lesnar-Angle? 

What say you, Sir?

​I feel like Strowman winning the Royal Rumble and then beating Brock at Wrestlemania is the biggest thing they've got in their pocket, so I'm still mystified as to why they're actually doing this match here. Strowman has every hallmark of being exactly the kind of guy that Vince loves to push, and they've protected him like crazy, but that Roman Reigns bottleneck is still there.  Really, Strowman is the guy who can play the Lesnar role of the monster champion where contenders line up one after another and get smashed, but also HE'S THERE EVERY WEEK.  It's the best of both worlds.​