Booked into a corner?

Hey Scott,

Is WWE booking themselves into a corner? First, Seth just beat Brock for the Universal Championship and shouldn't be jobbing yet, and The Fiend definitely can't lose. So I assume The Fiend wins the Universal Championship in October.

But that means, if Brock beats Kofi for the WWE Championship, then we get Brock vs. Fiend at Survivor Series. So they either job Brock (their new Fox Smackdown! champion) or they have Brock kill The Fiend and his character.

Seems like they're backing themselves into a corner they probably don't even see coming yet.

No shock there.  I think Seth can easily lose to the Fiend and then they can do a shmoz finish at Survivor Series if they indeed do that match.  

Look at them and laugh

SIXTY buys? That has to be some kind of record, at least for the US. And people thought the numbers for Extreme Rules were bad!

I certainly had no idea it was on PPV. 

WWF Superstars – April 16th, 1994

April 16, 1994

From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Vince laughs at Lawler falling from his throne on “Monday Night RAW”

This week in action are Tatanka vs. Kwang, Lex Luger, Earthquake, and Men on a Mission. Plus, “Heartbreak Hotel” with guest Owen Hart

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Mike Reviews: ECW Anarchy Rulz 1999 – 19/09/1999

Hello You!

Welcome to Anarchy Rulz 99, an event that is often looked upon fondly by fans of the now departed company. Certainly this show was one of my more treasured and regularly watched wrestling VHS’ back in the day, although I’m watching it on WWE Network this time just for the ease of being able to type everything up on the laptop. I’m not sure when this one was moved over to the Network, but it features some dubbed themes for the wrestlers that I’ve never heard before, some which suit them and others which don’t.

Scott sadly didn’t go back to recap this show as part of his revisit of ECW on TNN, but he did watch it back in the day and you can read what Scott from twenty years ago thought about it by clicking HERE. This review actually caused Scott some backlash from the ECW faithful back then, which led to possibly my favourite ever rant of his in the form of Netcop Vs The Mutants From Philly. This featured perhaps one of the most brain dead and hilarious emails that Scott has ever received from a reader, so I’ll post the link for it HERE.

Maybe if we all politely pester Scott he’ll go back to look at this one or again (or at least do a 2019 Scott Sez on his previous write up)? This show actually created quite a buzz online at the time as it was not only ECW’s first Pay-Per-View since getting national TV but it was also widely regarded as a good show with a big surprise appearance that got everyone talking? What was that big surprise? Well read on and you can find out!

So without further ado, let’s all recline in our favourite broken chair and nibble away on some shards of table as we take things to The Extreme!!!

Read moreMike Reviews: ECW Anarchy Rulz 1999 – 19/09/1999

BoD Daily Update: September 19, 2019 The Week in Wrestling Article “The Night That Changed NXT Forever”


Impact Wrestling Free Match

You can watch EV 2.0 vs. Fortune in a Lethal Lockdown match from the 2010 TNA Bound for Glory PPV


Staying on the floor in a Battle Royal?

When did the whole "stay on the floor in a Battle Royal if you weren't eliminated until near the very end" become a thing?  Obviously it became popular after Mr. McMahon did it to win the 1999 Royal Rumble, but were there any earlier examples than that?    
Oh man, I really wish they'd put Memphis on the Network already so I can review it and show where all this stuff came from originally…

No main roster greatness

You can argue that from a sheer talent perspective, the main roster WWE is as great as its ever been. But that coincides with a distinct lack of main roster MOTYC matches. Most MOTYC under WWE umbrella are NXT or NXTUK. Why is this? Is it the booking sucking drama out of great matches, overexposure of talent?  I mean it’s almost October and I’m thinking Kofi/Bryan is probably the main roster MOTY. Asuka/Becky from the Rumble, Seth/Brock? 

What’s missing?

Overexposure is absolutely a factor, because guys like Rollins are on TV every week doing matches and there's no specialness left for PPV.  I'm not saying everyone needs to be Brock Lesnar, but there's a happy medium.  Also, yes, booking is definitely a factor.  Although I'd probably go with Brock-Seth from Summerslam as the main roster match of the year so far. 

If not Punk who?

 I would think AEW wants to pull all the stops for their first show on TNT. If they pull off a Luger on Nitro moment whos out there anyone would care about not named Punk? (for the record Im putting Punk showing up at 12.754%.

I don't even know if they want to.  Their track record for big surprises thus far hasn't really shown that they want to go in that kind of direction.  We know Punk is acutely aware of expectations because he was trolling people on Twitter before All Out as it is, but he does love money and he does love putting the screws to Vince.  However, a true "Luger moment" would be someone who was just on WWE TV showing up, and Vince is so paranoid about that now that I don't see anyone pulling it off.  Unless they can manage to snag Goldberg or Batista, I guess.  

NXT UK – September 18, 2019

Date: September 18, 2019
Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness

It’s time to go full British here as Sid Scala faces Kassius Ohno in a British Rounds match. This could make for something interesting while also giving this place a signature match, which it hasn’t had so far. I’m curious to see how WWE runs something like this as it could range from really bad to a pleasant surprise. Let’s get to it.

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NXT – September 18, 2019

Date: September 18, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness

It’s time to make this show live and double the length as well because of course it is. This is the first episode of the anti-AEW defense system and that means we’re in for a stacked show. That would include Velveteen Dream defending the North American Title against Roderick Strong and a street fight between Matt Riddle and Killian Dain. Let’s get to it.

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Hey Scott, been reading the posts on Kingston and I do not find his reign to be a failure. I am shocked it's going on six months, I really thought he was going to lose it the next night when he challenged Rollins title for title. I just feel there is a lack of opponents to draw interest. WWE has become all about the chase and the moment of capture. After that, it's as if they shoot blanks. 

Being that Brock beatdown Kofi last night, they should run the same spot for a few weeks, where Kofi keeps telling New Day he has this and sends them away and keeps getting beat down by Brock. Have Kofi drop the title and New Day turn on Kofi as they feel he thought he was better without them. Or run that angle through the Smackdown FOX debut, week after week he keeps sending New Day back and you think they are going to turn, but on the big debut he sends them off and then during the match they return, cause a DQ finish, argue, and then turn on Brock in unison. Brock has essentially 3 challengers, and it makes Kofi interesting. 
The problem with Kofi was that the only way they know how to book babyfaces is by trying to recreate Daniel Bryan, but Bryan was a unique situation where he essentially got over DESPITE their booking.  For me, and of course your mileage may vary, Kofi doesn't have the star power or charisma to carry himself as a top guy World champion, which is why we've had a series of deathly dull midcard title defenses from him that no one particularly remembers or cared about at the time.  He is very much the "B Plus player" that they tagged Bryan as, a good hand in the midcard who is very lucky to have gotten this run, but that's all.  He can happily go back to selling t-shirts and pancake mix or whatever the fuck the New Day is selling this week and continue to have a fruitful career that way.  
Also, I don't see Brock feuding with the New Day on the billion dollar Smackdown show.  Just a hunch.  Now King Corbin, there's the cheddar. 

Wednesday Night Thread

Tonight! NXT debuts on USA! But only in the USA. Canada gets it on tape delay sometime Thursday on the Network. I don’t think it airs live anywhere else in the world either. I’m actually away at my annual work conference on October 2 anyway. SO THERE. Tommy will have all the reviews anyway.

Hockey preseason is underway!

Fox is airing a bunch of Smackdown hype specials leading up to the Oct 4 debut.

Have a great night and enjoy NXT live! Unless you’re not American, in which case you don’t count.

Is Raw the b-show now?

Scott- with Smackdown getting Brock and probably keeping Reigns along with Cole and Graves doing commentary while Raw may even have the 205 live commentary, is Raw now the b-show? Or is it just that smackdown is the new toy?

Smackdown should one hundred percent be the A show now.  No question.  USA is dead without WWE and Fox is worth billions to the bottom line if the show takes off.  Vince should aim all his big guns squarely at Friday because all the creatures of habit watch Raw no matter how shitty it gets anyway. But they’ve got one shot with this Fox deal and can’t blow it.  

What the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – October 2, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Denver, Colorado.  According to, 9,000 fans attended the show but only 3,000 paid for their tickets.

Ric Flair grabs Bischoff’s headset and tells fans that he is in Denver to get a piece of Arn Anderson.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – October 2, 1995