New E-Book: NXT – The Full Sail Years Volume I

NXT

In today’s wrestling world, it’s very common to see the exact same formula over and over with very few changes. A lot of fans are looking for something fresh and it’s hard to find that anywhere. However, one place that you can find it is outside the top level. Down in Florida in the WWE developmental promotion, there is good, old fashioned, week to week wrestling and it’s some of the best stuff going today. I’m sure you’re familiar with names like Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Sami Zayn, Neville and Charlotte, but how did they get their starts down there?

In this book, I’ll be looking at every the first year and a half of NXT, starting with their arrival in Florida at Full Sail University and wrapping it up just before they head over to the WWE Network. NXT started fast and quickly became one of the best wrestling shows around and it will be interesting to see how they got to where they are now. As usual I’ll be providing play by play, context and analysis of every show.

The books runs over 400 pages on a Kindle and only costs $3.99, or the equivalent in other currencies. If you don’t have a Kindle or e-book reader, there are several FREE apps you can use to read it on pretty much any electronic device. You can find those from Amazon here.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

From the UK Amazon here.

From the Canadian Amazon here.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “NXT History” and my book will be the first thing that pop up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the WWE Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1998 and 2001, Monday Nitro from 1995-June 1998, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998 and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

KB

Plug Request For a Darling Little Project

Dear Dark Lord and Savior,
Been reading your stuff since you were in kindergarten. My friend and I are two ex indie workers and current comics who have a podcast that is dedicated to the worst moments, gimmicks and PPVs ever. Like the brilliant Wrestlecrap, but we spend more time dissecting them, and in podcast form. We were wondering if we could please get a plug in? You can even mention Kevin Owens in the response so you get more clicks. Thanks! https://m.soundcloud.com/obtuse-angles-1/the-obtuse-angles-podcast-episode-9-the-most-non-pc-wrestling-gimmicks-of-all-time

Kevin Owens isn't even that much of a ratings draw on the blog.  Roman Reigns is still the king of that, oddly enough.  

Non-Wrestling Podcast Plug

Hey boss.
Been a long time reader – think I got onboard around your awesome King Lear rant back in the day.
So I come knocking with hat in hand asking you to plug something that benefits you in… no way really.

We've started up a new podcast company called Tall Can Audio.  At launch we have 2 shows. Tall Can Sports which covers, if you can believe it, sports. The other is Audio Whiplash which covers whatever is topical at the time.

Today's TCS was a recap of the Memorial Cup and preview of the Stanley Cup Final while the most recent Audio Whiplash focused on the good and bad of live music.

We're based in Ottawa so you can expect a lot of hockey and Tragically Hip on these shows….

We can be found by:
Searching: Tall Can Audio on iTunes or your other podcast apps.
@TallCanAudio on Twitter or @TallCanSports if that's really all you're in to.
Tall Can Audio on Facebook.
Or www.tallcanaudio.com if you are in to unimpressive websites that serve no purpose but to post the shows.

If you're still reading this… Thanks in a big bad way.
Matt

​Oddly enough, as a Canadian I was never really a fan of the Hip because they were horribly overplayed and drove me away after Road Apples.  However, after many years away from them, I've started listening to "Up To Here" again and holy shit is that a great record.  Once Gord went into a complete drug-fueled beat poetry meltdown in the later albums a lot of it became unlistenable for me (pretty much everything after "Locked in the Trunk of a Car" as far as radio singles go for me) but I can totally put the early stuff on my Google Play random playlist again and be fine with it now.  
And enjoy the plug.  ​

Samoa Joe article plug

> Striking while the iron's hot, pointing out some of the absurdities of Vince Russo's recent statements about star-making (shocking, I know), juxtaposing that with the debut of an ex-TNA guy who Russo let rot.
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> http://bluebarcage.blogspot.com/2015/05/joe-somebody-nxt-immediately-gets.html
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> Addendum question: Meltzer says Joe's maintaining his free agent status to work other indies (a la Rhyno and Kendrick), but WWE of course can take priority. Do you see an endgame where Joe is given a main roster deal sooner or later? Pretty sure that's where its headed, yup. 

Tizz Shizz Podcast Plug

Talkn'shop Movie review podcast #40. With The Young Bucks, AJ Styles, and Trent Barreta sitting in with the regular Hoots reviewing the Talk'nShop Movie, dropping April 6th. (Featuring my terrible voxer promo putting over the movie)
Here's a link to the pizz kizz: http://bit.ly/1GxqgHw
Here's a link to the Talkn'Shop YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1HBiTxt
#talknshopmovie drops April 6th. It's free and hilarious and terrible.
Thank you, #smarkhoot
APmark
​OK then.​

Wrestlemania 31 review podcast (yep, it’s a plug request)

Scott,

Long time reader of your various blogs and books, second time writer.  Yours is the only wrestling blog I read (yes, I am asking you for a favor, but that is true about BoD being my only online wrestling info source).  Anyway, we reviewed Wrestlemania 31 on the podcast "Don and his Amazing Friend" this week, and I personally invite you and your readers to listen.  We had a great time discussing the show.

D&AF is not normally a wrestling show – we dissect older genre movies – but wrestling always finds its way into the conversation.  The link to the show is pasted below, as is the Twitter handle.

By the way, I also watched the Macho Man doc last night, and I couldn't agree with you more about the awesome beginning, and then surprisingly lackluster coverage of his wrestling career.  That said, it is still worth the 90 minutes.

Thanks,

Don

http://donandhisamazingfriend.blogspot.com

Twitter: @secretduck922

Sent from my iPad

Hamburger Ebook plug

Hey Scott,


I know this is a little off-brand for you, but you've plugged my burger-related projects before and I was hoping you would do again. Wrestling fans love burgers, right? Of course they do, everyone loves burgers. After years and years of abusing my body for my burger blog, I put all the data I've gathered into a burger tome ebook and published it on Amazon (http://bit.ly/burgercitynyc). 

Thanks! Looking forward to a lot more Brock Tock (talk) in the coming year.

-Brad


I also love burgers, but here in Canada BBQ season is only 2 weeks long and we don't have any of the good burger chains, so we have to make them out of weird stuff like bison up here.  
Brock of course makes his burgers out of the meat of the elephants that he clubs to death with great white sharks.  

Pro-Wrestlemania 31 article plug

Hey Scott,


I wrote my first pro wrestling article over at the entertainment blog I write for, and I decided to write about why Wrestlemania 31 might actually be a worthwhile show this year. It's probably not my best work, but I figured the WM conversation needed a positive argument or two, even if it reads as devil's advocacy. 


If you could help out with a plug, that'd be great. If not, no harm, no foul. Enjoy your Mania weekend!

-Cabspaintedyellow

Wait, Wrestlemania is this weekend?  I thought it was Fastlane.  

Please plug my app… <3

Mr. Keith,

I have made a silly app and goofy YouTube video commercial for said app that I would very much like plugged on the BOD. I love the blog and visit it daily. Also I think you are awesome.

The app is a basic lantern…and that's it. Maybe a few people buy it for 99 cents and attend WWE Wrestlemania. Maybe these folks activate the app and wave it around when a certain wrestler is entering the arena. Maybe this app makes a few hundred bucks. It sounds cool to me.

Thank you for at least letting me waist some of your time.

Sincerely,
Paul

MMA Fight Week Preview (plea for a plug)


Hey Scott, you have helped me in the past when you linked my CM Punk article. I was wondering (if time permits) if you could do the same for my fight week preview. While this weekend is not going to move the needle, it is a stacked lineup. It's been a while since we've seen an event that is a real value as far as start to finish.


I personally find the fights (and the sport) more compelling when I take a little time to study the technical aspects. I've written this article to be a user friendly overview, but I've included links throughout that allow the reader to read more into the subject (articles written by people smarter than me).

I also write as a lifelong pro wrestling fan, and a consumer who understands that sometimes the UFC company line is bullshit.

If you give me a plug, I'd appreciate it. 

​I was actually debating whether to fling my $10 a month, monkey-poo style, at either NJ World or Fight Pass, and went with NJ because I just can't see myself sitting through prelims and at least NJ World gives you the whole show live.  
Anyway, yeah, I'm looking forward to Overeem v. Nelson, actually.  Also, Rousey's buyrate numbers keep going up, with Dave now saying they're above Silva v. Diaz, which would put it probably over 800,000 buys by my feeble maths.  Go Ronda!  ​

Comic plug


Hey Scott long time reader etc etc. Wondering if you could give a plug to a new comic website that focuses on the investing and speculation market. Even has a top ten like the old Wizard Magazine. Check it out http://comicbookinvest.com
​I didn't even know there WAS still a speculation market.  I thought Warner and Disney pretty much considered the comic divisions to be throwaway IP development at this point. ​

CM Punk in the UFC: Sure, Why Not? (a plea for a plug)

Scott,

This is my request for a plug for an article I wrote on CM Punk and UFC. I assert that this probably isn't the worst thing for all parties involved, and that MMA purists should not get their collective panties in a bunch. I also believe that Punk may have a better chance of winning a fight or two then we are giving him credit for.

CM Punk in the UFC: Sure, Why Not?

If you plug this, thanks! 

​I think it's great that Punk is living out his dream, but he's not winning any fights. I'd be surprised if he makes it through a full training camp, in fact.  But he's got the money to do it, so why not?
More importantly, Jones-Cormier tonight.  OH YEAH.  ​