No Way Out 204

No Way Out 2004
Date: February 15, 2004
Location: Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
Attendance: 11,000
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s the final pay per view before Wrestlemania XX and we’ve got a one match card. Well two if you stretch a bit. The main event is Brock Lesnar defending the Smackdown World Title against Eddie Guerrero, who has reached the point where he almost has to win the title. Other than that we have a triple threat match for the next World Title shot at Wrestlemania. Let’s get to it.

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Dick Slater

Reading the thread about "miscast" NWA stars, made me think….instead of "The Rebel", should Dick Slater have played Jimmy Jack Funk instead of Jesse Barr? Because of how in many ways he seemed inspired by Terry’s mannerisms.

Oh man, Dick Slater as the replacement Terry Funk is like going down the rabbit hole of meta. I love it!

What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 7, 1995

Tony Schiavone, substituting for Eric Bischoff who is in Japan, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.  These tapings were done on October 30, 1994.

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NJPW 2018 – Minoru Suzuki Vs. Kazuchika Okada at the Great Pirate Festival

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Minoru Suzuki’s 30th Anniversary Event at the Great Pirate Festival: Minoru Suzuki Vs. Kazuchika Okada

This match may be found FREE on New Japan World:

[Preamble: Hello, fellow Doomers! I’m Franco Victor, freelancer and fellow contributor to New Japan coverage on the BOD. I’ll be working around Norrissey’s G1 Climax reviews as well as pitching in for the Night Threads. To wit, I submit to the Blog a review on the recent Main Event at the Great Pirate Festival in Yokohama, only posted to NJPW World a few days ago: feel free to reach out with feedback and what you might want to see from Night Threads.; thanks!]

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Smackdown – February 12, 2004

Date: February 12, 2004
Location: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s the go home show for No Way Out and that means we’re in for a lot more Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar. That’s a very good thing too as it’s the best thing on this show, which isn’t exactly a high bar to clear at the moment. However, since we’re about a month away from Wrestlemania, there’s a strong chance that we’ll be seeing more on Goldberg vs. Lesnar, which received a lot of attention on Monday. Let’s get to it.

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Half the brain..

Mr Keith,

Judging by the overwhelming enthusiasm for the Master and Ruler of the World in the Best Bad Wrestler thread… what do you think of Sid as a WWE Hall of Famer?

Obviously he could get in and no one would bat an eyelash due to the non-existent bar. But would you buy him as an HoFer — someone who makes it not for his in-ring skill, longevity, or eloquence, but purely based on how he exemplified the "it" that makes a wrestler crazy over?

​I have no problem with Sid in the WWE HOF. He’s a huge star who was very famous. And I liked his kid on Big Brother. He gets my vote.​

When was the best time to run WWF/WCW?

So I recently dug up my Marvel vs. DC card and comic collection that ran in 1996, and as brief and sometimes ridiculous the battles were, I really liked the pairings for the most part. Jubilee vs. Robin not withstanding , Surfer vs. Lantern! Kingpin vs. Luther! I still geek out going over these.

So this brings me to my question, up until the invasion killed it dead in the most bland way, I always thought of what year do you think had the best potential of WWF vs. WCW matchups? 91, 92? I don’t know why, but I keep starting with Arn Anderson vs. Ted Dibiase of all places and go from there . Early Undertaker vs. Vader, Hogan vs. Sting, who best lines up against Flair, and if it’s post Rockers Michaels, what else is on the card?

​I think the thing is that you need a time when there was a lot of unique talent that didn’t jump back and forth, because one of the big selling points of DC v. Marvel is that you’d otherwise literally never see those people interacting.

Really though, the absolutely best time was 1998. Beat this card:

Goldberg v. Steve Austin

The Outsiders, Konnan & Buff Bagwell v. HHH, X-Pac & The New Age Outlaws

​Sting v. Undertaker

​Ric Flair v. The Rock

Taka v. Rey Mysterio

Randy Savage v. Mankind

Stick Hogan on there somewhere and it’s a bazillion buys.

The Saturday Morning Thread

Oh man, without Ioan we are LOST.

Tomorrow is Extreme Rules with a billion matches that are supposed to fit into a 3.5 hour runtime.  Good luck with that one.

The G1 Climax has BEGUN!  Look for coverage here as we proceed, since I’ve now got a couple of people to assist with it.

Look for a new installment of Sunday Night Heat tomorrow morning, and enjoy your Saturday!

The SmarK Rant for AWA WrestleRock ‘86 (04.20.86)

The SmarK Rant for AWA WrestleRock ’86 (04.20.86)

Not to be confused with Rock N’ Wrestling. Not that ANYONE would. Just in case you might be confused…

Live from Minneapolis, MN, drawing 22,000 to the Metrodome. I mean, reasonably impressive for the AWA, but that stadium was looking SPARSE on the wide shots. Maybe just doing an arena show would have been a better idea? By the end of the show the camera side was filling up pretty good, so they probably managed to paper the shit out of it. I can’t remember the details from that issue of the Observer or even if Dave reviewed the show.

Oddly, I’ve never done this show, and someone e-mailed asking for it, so why not?

Your host is Rod Trongaard, who could REALLY use a color man.

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More than a coincidence?

Yesterday, the WWE posted Black Saturday on the Network, and today we learned NJ/ROH will be running MSG. Think this timing is more than just a coincidence and possibly a warning or a reminder to the wrestling industry?

​I think it was the anniversary of the show tomorrow and the date was fortuitous. I feel like the industry was warned enough by WWE trying to block it in the first place and signing up all the indy talent available in the UK. ​

Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega Or The Young Bucks?

So apparently WWE is gonna make plays for all 4 guys later this year. I know one of the Bucks said that their contracts are up in november. Kenny im gonna assume is the usual january for the NJPW guys and Cody, I have no idea. My question is which if any do you see going to WWE? Judging by recent interviews, seems the Bucks will be seriously considering it and after winning the NJPW tag titles, theres not much left for them to do. Kenny has also been more open to the idea in recent interviews. My opinion is I see the Bucks signing. Kenny is a maybe and theres no way Cody goes back now, maybe in a few years as hes said he had alot of projects including movies lined up. I feel like the Bullet Club split was kind of a foreshadow to the Bucks and Kennys decision come later this year.

​I dunno, they’re making a SHIT-TON on merchandise right now. Merchandise such as those found at

Anyway, cheap plugs aside, no chance Cody goes back for a while. I just don’t know about Kenny, I think the previous experience was such a negative one for him and this way he gets to make his own schedule and make cool videos while living in Japan and enjoying a fulfilling heterosexual long-term relationship with Kota Ibushi.

The Bucks, who the hell knows.