Wednesday Night Thread

Hey, we’ve got game 7 between Carolina and Washington tonight, plus baseball and NBA playoffs.

Vlad Jr gets called up to the majors on Friday!

Back tomorrow with more 97 RAW as the weekend will be the epic double Summerslam redo!  92 and then 97.

NXT and that good stuff tonight.  Have a great night!

Benoit on trial



So here's another Benoit "what if" question. Lets pretend that Benoit doesn't kill himself but instead gets arrested for the murder of his wife and child. Can you imagine what a circus the trial would have been?

The business might have ended up in a very different place.  Although Benoit was so out of his mind at that point that I don’t know he was even fit to stand trial.  

WWE


Hey Scott, what are your thoughts on the new Bray Wyatt? I think the character has some legs if WWE does not get bored. I could see running Wyatt doing interviews with other wrestlers in the house. Really make it weird and incomfortable. 


Also, do you think KO is turning on Kofi? I really think, Big E coming back jealous and challenging Kofi might make more sense. Owens just turned face.

I don’t know what the long term prospects of Bray are with this character but I’m just glad they’re trying something DIFFERENT with him. We can only take so many spooky speeches and holograms.  
As for Kofi, I think they’re waiting for Daniel Bryan to return from the mystery injury to do much of anything with him. I have no idea what the deal with KO is, though.  It’s not a very well defined character at this point.  

Sami Zayn



                   Any ideas where they are going with the whole Sami Zayn's war on the fans character-storyline, assuming it will go anywhere at all?  

That’s a big assumption to make.  I think it’s just a thing they’re doing.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-16-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 16, 1983 (taped 04/01)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the battle of handcuffs? How does Flair react after his narrow victory last week? There’s a newcomer to Devastation, Inc. And who will be my special guest for this week’s reflection?

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-16-1983

Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #313 – 24/04/1999

Back again with some more ECW action, as we continue the build to Hardcore Heaven on the 16th of May 1999. Last week we saw Justin Credible lose to Shane Douglas in the main event, only for he and partner Lance Storm to leave “The Franchise” lying when all was said and done.

However, despite laying the faces out more than once, Storm and Credible are yet to actually win a particularly big match yet, as they always seem to fail when the chips are down only to then do a beat down to “get their head back”.

Of course, it’s kind of hard to get your heat back if you never had any real heat to begin with, and that’s certainly the issue with Storm and Credible so far in this run. Despite getting plenty of TV time, they’ve yet to really gain any traction because they keep losing matches.

It could be that we’re building for the big win for them, but that’s a totally arse backwards way of booking. Usually you’d give the heel some wins at the START of a feud to heat them up and then maybe have the face win the blow off when the heel was all good and hot. However, we seem to be getting the opposite here, with the faces winning a lot, thus cooling the heels off with the intention of them winning the blow off to heat them up again, which is just….weird.

Anyway, let’s see what ECW has in store for us as we once again take things to The Extreme!!!

Read moreMike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #313 – 24/04/1999

Smackdown – April 23, 2019

Smackdown
Date: April 23, 2019
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

We’re officially into the new era of Smackdown after last week’s brand split and believe it or not, Roman Reigns is the focal point of the show again. Last week saw Reigns attack Vince McMahon, which has started off rumors that he might be fired. In other words, it’s McMahon time again and that’s likely to be the case for the time being. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 27, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 27, 1995

Why Do They Love Corbin So Much


Baron Corbin has been relentlessly pushed for a while now, is there a reason I'm not getting? He dies not check the usual Vince boxes…


He doesnt have an impressive physique
His hair was so bad they had him shave it off
He's ugly
He isnt funny, or clever, or intimidating I, the mix; just boring
Bad wrestler

Why wont they just cool it with this guy already???

Two words:  Blackmail evidence.  Clearly the photos of Bret and Vince plotting the Montreal screwjob together exist, and Corbin has them.  

Dangerous alliance


Hey Scott,

I grew up in the early 90s and the Dangerous Alliance storyline will always be a favorite of mine. Few heel stables or year long stories can quite compare to the clash and heels and faces in professional wrestling.

Do you think the stable will ever be inducted into the hall of fame, or are they too low on the totem pole to even be considered (particularly since it was purely WCW)?


No, because it would ruin the WWE narrative about Stunning Steve Austin being a failure in WCW due to them not recognizing his greatness and jobbing him out for years.  

The Patriot

What happened to The Patriot in 1997 WWF?  He was one of their top babyfaces at the time, even getting a WWF Championship Match with Bret Hart that Fall.  Then he seemingly disappeared right after Hart left for WCW.  I always assumed that they simply phased him out seeing as the primary reason he was around was the whole U.S.A. vs Canada feud with the Hart Foundation, not to mention the fact that his character didn't exactly fit moving into the Attitude Era.  

Partly yes, but mostly because he was beat up all to hell from Japan and suffered a series of injuries that put him out of the sport after a couple of months.  Specifically I think it was a triceps tear that finished him off for good.  Even if his character had run its course, he still would have been fine as a midcard guy with a repackage, I think.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-09-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 9, 1983 (taped 04/01)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin win the World title by defeating Flair? Will Kabuki get revenge against Yatsu for injuring him? Will Parsons make it 2-for-2 against the Freebirds with a victory over Hayes? Who will join me to celebrate this show?

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-09-1983

Monday Night Raw – April 22, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: April 22, 2019
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young

It’s kind of a new world around here as we have the first show with all the new talent brought over in the Superstar Shakeup. That could be a good or a bad thing, but given how many changes they’ve managed to make since the Shakeup took place, your guess is as good as mine about what they’re doing here. Let’s get to it.

Read moreMonday Night Raw – April 22, 2019

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Oh well we’ll always have last week Viking Experience

Anyhoo. The post shake-up RAW is tonight as the shaking continues long past it’s shake expiration. I don’t even remember who’s on the new show so I’ll just find out if/when I look at it tonight.

Milwaukee and Houston go for sweeps tonight in the NBA playoffs while Washington and Dallas look to advance in the NHL Playoffs, which are stupid and suck completely. NHL is the worst.

And if you don’t want to watch sports or sports entertainment than I don’t know what to tell you. “A Few Good Men” is on Sundance.

Keep it clean!

Adventures In Wrestling

Adventures In Wrestling
Date: April 5, 2019
Location: White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey
Commentator: Sarah Shockey, Drew Cordero

This is from Black Label Pro, which I’ve heard of in name only. We’re still in Wrestlemania weekend and that means that, as usual, I have no idea what to expect here. This is one of the rare shows where I’ve heard very few good things about the event. For the show to be considered that bad, I’m almost scared of what is going to happen here. Let’s get to it.

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Fwd: Breaking news: Andrade, Aleister, Zelina to SDL

Mike Johnson of PWInsider:

As noted earlier today on PWInsider.com, Aleister Black, Andrade and Zelina Vega were moved from Raw to Smackdown today.  PWInsider.com has been told that the move to bring Andrade and Vega back to Smackdown was made, in part, at the request of FOX as the brand lacked any major Latino stars following the Superstar Shakeup last week and that once the series moves to FOX this October, there are plans to spotlight WWE's Latino stars on their Spanish language station, Fox Deportes. 

Black was moved, at least in part, due to the fact he is married to Zelina Vega, as WWE has made an effort to keep married couples on the same brand, but we are also told there were some idea pitched for him for the blue brand. 

There is no word when talents were informed of the move.


I suspect a lot of the reason had to do with Charlotte in this case.  

SWS and WWE

Scott,

 

Do you have any further details on how Tenryu’s SWS promotion and the WWE came to have a working relationship during SWS’ short (1990-1992) lifespan?

 

There were big Tokyo dome events with seemingly the most random assortment of undercard matches as there were the obvious inter-promotional match ups with Davey Boy, Duggan, Sherri, Savage and Haku involved, then Tenryu & Hogan on top but
so much of the cards are made up of straight up WWE matches. For example; Sgt Slaughter v Ultimate Warrior, Hart Foundation v The Rockers, Mr Perfect v Texas Tornado, LOD v Natural Disasters, Texas Tornado v Ted Dibiase and even more.

 

I’m aware SWS drew healthy crowds trying to do its own form of sports entertainment and Tenryu’s name though it wasn’t a promotion that could sustain it for long so it must have been so expensive to get so much of the western talent flown
over. Would SWS have approached the WWE with the idea of working together? Just how much money was Vince offered that he couldn’t refuse, was it just an easy payday for his wrestlers? Did Vince have his own agenda, like trying to have a greater Japanese presence
to start running their himself more often on the back of the SWS exposure? So much intrigue.

 

Vince's main goal was to establish the WWF presence in Japan so that he could run his own promotion in opposition to the Big Two over there.  Didn't work out for him, although with hot main events like Ted Dibiase v. Ultimate Warrior in a 5 minute title match, I can't imagine why not. 

Lost Matches

Hey Scott, with the WWE Network unearthing lost matches, is there one that you still are looking for, besides Magee/Hart? There is one for me, I remember is 87 on superstars, Kamala and Bundy got into an altercation in the entrance way. Was there ever a payoff, maybe it was something I missed? I am also looking to see if there are any Sid vs Spivey matches, I heard there was one in the later incarnation of the UWF.

Kamala and Bundy actually had a bunch of house show matches in the first half of 1987.  It was kind of a weird pairing but it definitely happened.  Mostly they did double countouts.

I can't find any record of Sid v. Spivey, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen.  

As for lost matches, I'm still hoping to see a proper, non-fancam version of the Midnight Express title win over Tully & Arn from 1988, although I don't know if Crockett actually taped it.