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BoD Daily Update: July 15, 2019

Will Ospreay to Miss Night Four of the NJPW G1 Tournament Due to Injury

https://www.f4wonline.com/new-japan-news/will-ospreay-miss-night-four-njpw-g1-climax-due-injury-287921

 

Backstage Reactions to Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows re-signing with WWE

https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/exclusives/exclusive-backstage-reactions-karl-anderson-and-luke-gallows-re-signing-wwe

 

WWE Free YouTube Match

You can watch Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus in a Tables Match from the 2011 Extreme Rules PPV

 

What if Russo Never Left?

Hey Scott,

 

Although I believe Russo didn’t kill WCW (he does help kill it quicker though) as it was doomed anyway, what do you think would happen if he and Ed never left the WWF?

 

I’ve always believed the best era of the WWF was from January 2000 to Wrestlemania X7, but it was because they moved past all the Russo inspired bullshit of the late 98(post Survivor Series which is arguably the best of Russo’s work) thru 99 period. I can’t see them hitting that creative and successful peak if Russo was still there.

 

Russo has said that he was so incredibly burned out that he was trying to quit anyway, so either way he might have been gone by the end of 1999.  But he might be lying, because Russo.  I think that either way, Vince McMahon was still smart enough about business trends to figure out the wind was changing, and Russo would have been left behind by that.  More importantly, Vince wanted to put Stephanie in charge and Russo was never going to win that argument. 

Hulkamania Era

I've been watching a lot of the old PPVs lately, and it got me wondering on if there was ever any reports back in the day of resentment from any of the heels (Savage, Dibiase, Hennig, Rude, etc…) being fed to the usual no sell kickouts of Hogan, and to a similar extent, Ultimate Warrior?

I know this was the big money making payday for many being in top programs with Hulk, but some wrestlers take the business/character more seriously than others, so I was curious if any of the heels were mad about their "big spot" being destroyed by the no-sell. Or was it just it's own separate thing being in a Hogan/Warrior match & they go back to traditional finisher booking when they moved back to midcard?

Typically it wasn't issue, although for example Kamala pitched a fit about losing to Hulk on SNME and got replaced by Sika instead, so there are always exceptions.  Warrior was different in that he generally wasn't liked in the first place whereas Hulk was at least viewed as someone who was "one of the boys" coming up.  But guys like Orndorff made so much money laying down for Hogan night after night that there was never going to be any major problems with it.  

Raw Reunion

Is there any possible opportunity that they use the extra attention from the nostalgia pops to get literally anyone on the roster heat or over? Or is this just full-on desperation for quick ratings?

What would be your plan of attack if you actually wanted to use the old people to get the young guys over?

It's literally just a ratings ploy.  They've basically damaged the brand of their own legends so badly by turning them into punchlines that there's no real rub left to give anyway.  

Sasha

Hey Scott,

Question for you regarding Sasha's contract: I know she's locked in for a few more years after re-signing last year, but can this time she's missing be added to her contract? I know they can do it for injuries, but not sure if that same rule applies for missing
shows by choice. Feels like she's in a no win situation. Either she quits and doesn't get paid until her WWE contract expires, or she puts her head down and just goes through the motions until her contract expires.

Thanks.


They can literally do whatever they want with her contract.  They could let her out of it tomorrow if they wanted.  But yes, I would presume they've frozen her contract until she decides to return to working again.  Talent basically has zero negotiating leverage outside of Brock Lesnar.  

THE 1 MCU FLAW THAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS…..

So you’re Iron Man. You have a dope collection of nano-tech armor that basically makes Stark a human aerial assault weapon. It takes more than a bullet or a sword to pierce the armor. Why is he not making armor for his more vulnerable teammates? 

Obviously Banner had some gear but Hulk is badass & doesn’t necessarily need one, as well as Thor, Panther & Strange. Ant-Man is pretty hooked up on his own as well. But we had Iron Spider, War Machine & Rescue. But why not one for Hawkeye, Black Widow, Cap, Fury, Falcon & Winter Soldier? Basically…..everybody? Aren’t Hawkeye & Falcon 1000x more useful in a suit of nano-tech aerial assault armor? Just sayin. Biggest flaw in every Avengers movie that really chaps my ass. This is a serious stuff. Defy the logic.

Perhaps he asked and they said no? 

In Honor of The Club Re-Signing…

Would you rather….

A) Be the Highest Paid Jobber (AKA Brian Pillman) or a Team like the Club that's making bank with the understanding that their Fed isn't going to be doing anything with them?

B) A guy with a really good push and visibility but crappy payout?

I get that actual facts and #'s matter for this. I guess (in honor Winston Churchill or the Million Dollar Man) what I'm asking is what is the number that will make you a whore?

It depends completely on your life situation.  AJ and the Club are getting older, and I don't know if he's ever made mention before, but Karl Anderson has a hot Asian wife who needs supporting.  If you're a young guy like Ricochet who still can make bank on the indie scene, then it might not be such a great career choice to lock yourself in for 5 years, but I think for a good chunk of the WWE roster it's a no-brainer.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-08-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 8, 1983 (taped 9/23)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry avoid Gordy’s oriental spike and defeat him? Will Adams and David succeed against Devastation, Inc.? And who will join me to bring you this episode?

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-08-1983

Main Event Opener


Last night at Extreme Rules, the Undertaker & Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre match could have – for better or worse – gone on last and probably had more intrigue than the real main event.

WWE has obviously flirted with putting the main event on first – namely this year’s WrestleMania (Brock is always the main event whether you like it or not, pal) and the No Mercy PPV a couple of years back when the WWE Title match opened the show.  Do you think in the era of ridiculously long but basically free shows that it actually makes more sense to put the biggest match on right out of the gate?

No, I think it actually killed off the crowd for a long while.  I’d have run with the tag title match (either one) as the opener.  You just can’t build a show properly by putting a main event first.  Watch the Bash 86 shows on the Network as an example of how to build intrigue through the show.  

Extreme Rules 2019

Extreme Rules 2019
Date: July 14, 2019
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves, Michael Cole, Renee Young

We’re finally wrapping up a long stretch with what feels like a show from one company or another every week for months. This is a show built around violence and a full three matches out of the twelve have some form of gimmick that includes violence. The card doesn’t look bad though and hopefully it works out. Let’s get to it.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Three – 14/07/2019

Hello You!

Here we are with some more G1 Climax action! I’ve actually been a bit rough today so this took a bit longer than I’d liked, but hopefully this reaches you well and you’ve had a good weekend. As mentioned in Night Two, there’s sadly no tag matches on this one because I didn’t really have time to fit them in, so this is just the five tournament matches.

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy these and I’ll have Mondays B Block matches hopefully up after I get home from work tomorrow.

Oh, and on an unrelated note, Cricket can be bloody exciting when it wants to be can’t it?

 

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Three – 14/07/2019

AEW

I'm a big supporter of AEW, I really do hope they become a valid alternative & all that good stuff. However I realized something watching "Fight For The Fallen". This stuff can get old quick. I just don't find myself invested in anybody or anything that happens. Ok Sonny Kiss wins his match, cool now what happens with him? He wrestles another random at All Out? Take the Lucha Bros/Bucks for example. The ladder match I'm sure will be all kinds of awesome but their having the match for the sake of it. Literally nothing at stake. So why should I care about who wins the match? The only thing they have resembling a feud is Omega/Moxley. Whose the heel? What is Moxley anyway? Im currently at odds with WWE due to their shitty programming lately & I really want AEW to succeed but man these guys really need to get an identity. And Cody really is the Triple H of AEW as now we get to see him try to have a 30 mins epic with Tye Dillinger. 

100% agree.  Shawn Spears looks like more of a star now, but pushing ex-WWE guys from the undercard isn't the way to make money and it's not a good look.  Hopefully Cody takes this stuff to heart and makes some changes by October.  

Hangman Page

Is it just me or does anybody else find Hangman Page over rated? He's solid enough in the ring but his look sucks, he does nothing 20 other Indy guys aren't already doing, probably better at that. 

He sucked in his rookie year but got a lot better.  Doing a 20 minute Broadway tease with Kip Sabian isn't the way to showcase him, though.  He needs to be Bradshaw or Stan Hansen, not Kenny Omega.  

Fwd: AEW: Has the buzz worn off

After watching the AEW show, it's looking like they've put all their eggs in on Double or Nothing, the last 2 shows have been average as the day as long and it seems are fans are kind of crapping on the product even moreso now, I admit there are some
issues with the product, the roster needs some more depth, the characters need to be built up a little more than just flippity flip indy geeks, the production qualities need to be tightened up and someone like Cody isn't exactly a guy I want to see on the
top of the card.


What do you think Scott, has the shine worn off on AEW a bit or is it just a slight bump in the road and come October they'll be off and running

I think doing these two mini-PPVs was kind of a mistake, honestly.  But once they get onto TNT, I think they'll be off and running.  

I'm telling ya though, Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are EXACTLY what they need to push the shit out of, because they're gonna draw teenage boys.  Guaranteed.  They're got something with those guys.  

Prime time

I’ve been watching the summer 1989 prime time wrestling shows on YouTube (excluding the matches) and I found it fascinating how great they were.  You had a months long storyline between Piper and Heenan with Piper taking over Hennan’s spot and Bobby desperately trying to get it back.  You had the famous Rude incident and then Piper dressed as the Brain knocking out Brother Love.  Ultimately, Heenan won the feud because he finally baited Piper into attacking him by outing Santa.  What a great show.  

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I kid.  Hopefully they'll keep adding Prime Time to the Network so we can get there, but it's not looking likely at this point.  

WWF Superstars – January 29th, 1994

January 29, 1994

From the Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium in Fayetteville, NC

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Stan Lane

The show starts off with Vince narrating a bunch of still photos of the Royal Rumble as he talks about the two co-winners of the match. We now go to WWF President Jack Tunney in his office as he talks about his decision, which is that both Lex Luger and Bret Hart will each have a title match at WrestleMania X. And this Monday night on RAW there will be a coin toss to determine who is the first to face Yokozuna. We then get Tunney explaining how if Luger wins the coin toss that Bret will have to face “suitable competition” in his brother Owen before facing the winner of Lex/Yokozuna later on in the show. However, if Bret wins the coin toss, Luger will have to face Crush before getting a title shot. Tunney then says both Luger and Bret have agreed to these conditions and their will also be guest referees assigned to both WrestleMania title matches.

Read moreWWF Superstars – January 29th, 1994

Evolve 131 (Tenth Anniversary Special)

Evolve 10th Anniversary
Date: July 13, 2019
Location: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentator: Lenny Leonard

This one is interesting for a lot of reasons, starting with the fact that it is WWE’s first official head to head competition against AEW, which is running Fight For The Fallen at the same time. Evolve is an indy company that has become an unofficial feeding system for WWE, which has even sent some talent there for Evolve shows. This has been hyped up harder than most Takeovers so it could be interesting. Let’s get to it.

Read moreEvolve 131 (Tenth Anniversary Special)