Worst pro wrestling event you attended?


You were asked about the best pro wrestling event that you attended.  What was the worst?  

The 1991 Superstars taping in Edmonton that featured the Funeral Parlor where Jake Roberts first told Ultimate Warrior to trust him.  It felt 16 hours long and I had to sit through IRS v. Jim Duggan at one point.  Check out THIS lineup of stars:

WWF @ Edmonton, Alberta – Northlands Coliseum – July 9, 1991 (8,500)
WWF Superstars taping:
Included a segment in which Dino Bravo, without the dyed blonde hair, appeared, interrupted the Mountie, and punched him to turn babyface; WWF IC Champion Mr. Perfect no showed due to injury
Biff Wellington pinned Hutch Thomas with a tombstone
The Brooklyn Brawler defeated Joe Cruz
Louie Spicolli defeated Mike Rogelli
The Warlord (w/ Slick) defeated Larry Williams; the bout was later redone
Sid Justice pinned the Warlord
Virgil pinned Ted Dibiase with a cradle
The Ultimate Warrior defeated the Undertaker via disqualification
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & Jim Duggan defeated Sgt. Slaughter & Col. Mustafa (w/ Gen. Adnan) at 4:05 when Hogan pinned Mustafa with an inside cradle immediately after Adnan threw powder into Hogan's eyes (Hulkamania 6)
Prime Time Wrestling – 7/22/91: The Berzerker (w/ Mr. Fuji) pinned Jimmy Snuka after reversing a crossbody at 4:25
Prime Time Wrestling – 7/29/91: Jim Duggan fought IRS to a double count-out at 8:01 after Duggan threw IRS into the ringpost but failed to get back into the ring before the 10-count; after the bout, IRS attacked Duggan from behind but Duggan eventually cleared him from the ring with the 2×4 (WrestleFest 93Best of the WWF: Battle of the WWF Superstars)
All American Wrestling – 8/4/91: Jake Roberts defeated Typhoon (w/ Jimmy Hart) via disqualification at the 4-minute mark when Earthquake interfered; after the match, Earthquake set Roberts up for the sit-down splash but Roberts moved out of the way; the heels then grabbed the bag with Jake’s snake, Lucifer, inside and were about to squash it until Andre the Giant came to ringside and distracted them long enough for Jake to regain possession of the bag
Prime Time Wrestling – 8/5/91: Col. Mustafa (w/ Gen. Adnan & Sgt. Slaughter) pinned Davey Boy Smith at 3:56 after Sgt. Slaughter interfered and tripped Smith, while he had Mustafa in the running powerslam position, with Mustafa falling on top for the win; after the bout, Smith chased the opposition away with a steel chair
Prime Time Wrestling – 8/5/91: Dino Bravo pinned Louie Spicolli at 2:13 with the side suplex; the WWF Superstars logo was used in the replay of the match finish, perhaps suggesting the match was originally intended to air on Superstars
Prime Time Wrestling – 8/12/91: Greg Valentine defeated the Black Knight via submission with the figure-4 at 3:17
Prime Time Wrestling – 8/12/91: Paul Roma (w/ Slick) pinned Tim Patterson with a splash off the top at 3:19
7/27/91 – hosted by Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, & Randy Savage; included an 'Update' segment, hosted by Gene Okerlund, where footage was shown of last weeks announcement on WWF Superstars that Sid Justice would be the guest referee for the Match Made in Hell at Summer Slam; included a vignette promoting the debut of Skinner; featured Jake Roberts as a guest of the Funeral Parlor, during which Roberts said he would share with the Ultimate Warrior the secrets of the darkside and the Undertaker; included a Summer Slam Report, hosted by Gene Okerlund, featuring comments from Hulk Hogan & the Ultimate Warrior, Virgil, and Ted Dibiase & Sensational Sherri about their matches at the event, and comments from the fans about the Match Made in Heaven:
Kerry Von Erich pinned Vern Siebert at 1:51 with the Tornado Punch
The Berzerker (w/ Mr. Fuji) defeated Chi Chi Cruz via count-out at 2:13 after throwing his opponent over the top rope to the floor
Bret Hart defeated Hutch Thomas via submission at 2:09 with the Sharpshooter; during the bout, Mr. Perfect & Coach cut an insert promo on Hart and their match at Summer Slam
The Warlord (w/ Slick) defeated Larry Williams via submission at 1:55 with the full nelson
The Bushwhackers (w/ Andre the Giant) defeated Bob Bradley & Mike Starr at 1:55 when Butch pinned Starr following the double gutbuster; during the bout, the Natural Disasters & Jimmy Hart cut an insert promo on the Bushwhackers & Andre and their match at Summer Slam
The Mountie (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned Steve May at the 41-second mark with a two-handed chokeslam; during the bout, the Big Bossman cut an insert promo on Mountie and their match at Summer Slam; after the bout, the Mountie handcuffed his opponent to the turnbuckle and shocked him with his shock stick
8/3/91 – hosted by Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, & Randy Savage; featured a pre-taped segment of Jake Roberts having the Ultimate Warrior lay in the same casket the Undertaker once locked him in to help prepare Warrior to face the Undertaker; after closing the lid, Roberts locked Warrior in the casket; moments later, Roberts opened the casket and the Warrior sat up and stared at the camera in a fasion similar to the Undertaker; included Gene Okerlund conducting a podium interview with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan & Warrior regarding their upcoming Summer Slam match against Sgt. Slaughter, Gen. Adnan, & Col. Mustafa; during the segment, Sid Justice appeared:
Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty defeated Ed Moretti & Mike Roselli when Jannetty pinned Roselli after being thrown onto him by Michaels at 2:20
Ricky Steamboat pinned the Brooklyn Brawler with a flying bodypress at the 55-second mark
The Natural Disasters (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Stan Saxson & Doug Carson when Earthquake pinned Saxson with the sit-down splash, following a splash from Typhoon at 2:13
The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) pinned Brian Jewel with the tombstone at 1:47; after the bout, Jewel was stuffed into a bodybag
Sgt. Slaughter (w/ Col. Mustafa & Gen. Adnan) defeated Larry Williams & Bob Jones in a handicap match; Slaughter pinned Jones with a clothesline at the 1-mintue mark and defeated Williams via submission with the Camel Clutch at 2:07; after the bout, Slaughter kept the hold applied on Williams and Mustafa came into the ring and applied the hold to Jones
8/10/91 – hosted by Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, & Randy Savage; included an 'Update' segment, hosted by Gene Okerlund, showing footage from last weeks WWF Superstars of the interview segment with WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, & Sid Justice, with comments afterwards from Hogan and Warrior about the match; featured a pre-taped segment in which Jake Roberts and the Ultimate Warrior were shown in a cemetary, with Warrior digging a grave and pulling a skull out; moments later, Roberts buried Warrior up to his head in the open grave to help prepare him to face the Undertaker; included a Summer Slam Report, hosted by Gene Okerlund, featuring comments from Sgt. Slaughter, Gen. Adnan & Col. Mustafa, WWF IC Champion Mr. Perfect & Coach, Bret Hart, the Natural Disasters & Jimmy Hart, and the Bushwhackers & Andre the Giant about their matches at the event; included a promo from Bobby Heenan, holding the NWA World title belt, saying the man who holds this belt may be coming to the WWF soon, and he would be happy to be his advisor; Heenan then compared the belt to Hulk Hogan's WWF World title belt as like comparing ice cream to horse manure before finally mentioning the man he was talking about was Ric Flair:
The Big Bossman pinned Mike Starr at 2:12 with the sidewalk slam; during the bout, the Mountie & Jimmy Hart cut an insert promo on his Jailhouse match with Bossman at Summer Slam
The Beverly Brothers (w/ Coach) defeated Louie Spicolli & Brian Jewel at 2:43 when Beau pinned Jewel following the head spike
IRS pinned Chi Chi Cruz with the Write Off Samoan Drop at 1:45; during the bout, Greg Valentine cut an insert promo on his match with IRS at Summer Slam
Davey Boy Smith pinned Tim Patterson at 1:55 with the running powerslam
WWF Tag Team Champions the Nasty Boys (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated Doug Carson & Ken Johnson at 2:44 when Knobbs pinned Carson with the running powerslam; during the bout, the Legion of Doom cut an insert promo on their match with the Nastys at Summer Slam

Ted Dibiase (w/ Sensational Sherri) defeated Bobby Jones via submission at 2:10 with the Million $ Dream; during the bout, Virgil cut an insert promo on his match with Dibiase at Summer Slam

Monday Night Raw – July 12, 2004

Monday Night Raw
Date: July 12, 2004
Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the night after Vengeance and while Chris Benoit is still World Champion, the big story is HHH (yeah yeah of course it is) and Eugene, who cost HHH the title with an accidental chair shot. I’m sure we now get to see the REAL HHH as he wants to get his revenge for his plan screwing up, which will in no way shape or form dominate the show for the next few weeks. Let’s get to it.

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NXT – December 12, 2018

NXT
Date: December 12, 2018
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

Last week’s show saw the main event scene get a shot in the arm as Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black agreed to keep things going inside a steel cage, much to Tommaso Ciampa’s delight. Ciampa continues to be a great devil on the shoulder and someone who could be on top of the company for a long time to come. As for tonight though, Ricochet is in action against a mystery opponent, which could mean a lot of things. Let’s get to it.

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NXT UK – December 12, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK
Date: December 12, 2018
Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness

We’re on the second day of the third taping cycle now and that means we should have a fresh crowd. You know, because these crowds have so many issues with getting and staying hyped. There are several stories going around at the moment, but something has to really stick to make the show get better. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT UK – December 12, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK – December 12, 2018 (First Episode)

NXT UK
Date: December 12, 2018
Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness

Last week’s show saw the in-ring return of Travis Banks, who offers some fresh talent around the top of the card. Banks might not be the biggest star around, but he’s someone who can add a lot to the show. Other than that, Rhea Ripley is still looking for competition and she might find some of that tonight. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT UK – December 12, 2018 (First Episode)

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.03.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.03.00

OK, let’s kick off the greatest (and still most profitable!) year in WWF history as we hit THE YEAR 2000!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmzpdd4pWvM

Actually, if we get far enough into this year, we bump into the time when I started doing RAW reviews for CBS Sportsline and other sites. Around March we get to the point when I was doing Smackdown. How old does THAT make you feel?

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.03.00

HHH in 2001?

 Had HHH not torn his quad in the spring of 2001, what were the long range plans for his and Austin's "2 man power-trip" team?  I'm just assuming they would have broken up and feuded eventually.  Also, would the WCW/ECW Invasion have gone a bit differently with a healthy HHH?  

The long term plan was HHH going babyface and winning the WWF title from Austin at WM18.  I doubt his health would have affected the Invasion much one way or the other, to be honest.  

Elseworlds to crisis


Scott- not sure if you're a berlantiverse fan but elseworlds was epic and directly sets up crisis on infinite earths. Highly recommended…what a rant that would be 

I was watching Flash and Supergirl and they lost me hardcore a couple of seasons back.  The Flash in particular got to be way too much mopey Barry and too many speedsters and I just couldn't take it anymore when it episode after episode of Barry bemoaning how Iris was destined to die.  And then it turned out to be an alternate timeline Barry or some shit and I was like "Peace, I'm out!"  The show actually moved to Netflix here in Canada so I can always catch up if I really wanted to, but meh.  Ditto for Supergirl, which just went into the toilet with the third season and the endlessly dull Daxam invasion storyline that led to her mom suddenly being alive as an offhand mid-episode plot twist.  

I've heard Legends of Tomorrow has gotten increasingly batshit crazy and fun but I'm really burned out on the whole endeavor at this point and unlike WWE, I CAN just find other stuff to watch and move on.  

Best Live Event-Pro Wrestling


What was the best pro wrestling live event you have ever been to?  Ex; PPV, TV taping, house show, etc.  

Easy, this show:

WWF @ Edmonton, Alberta – Northlands Coliseum – May 28, 2000 (14,500+)
The Godfather defeated Al Snow
WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko defeated Crash Holly via submission with the Texas Cloverleaf following a double underhook powerbomb at 7:10
Test & Albert defeated Too Cool
Bradshaw defeated Bull Buchanon via disqualification
Kane defeated the Big Bossman
The Rock & the Dudley Boyz defeated WWF World Champion Triple H, X-Pac, & the Road Dogg at 11:43 when Rock pinned Triple H with a spinebuster and the People’s Elbow; after the match, Triple H confronted referee Earl Hebner over the decision, with Hebner eventually shoving Triple H to the mat and stomping him until he left the ring, then punching both X-Pac and Road Dogg off the ring apron
WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero pinned Perry Saturn at around the 8-minute mark with a hurricanrana off the top after Chyna interfered and hit a low blow on Saturn as he attempted a superplex
WWF Tag Team Champions Edge & Christian defeated Matt & Jeff Hardy at 6:49 when Edge pinned Matt after Christian interfered behind the referee’s back and used one of the title belts as a weapon after Edge sustained the Twist of Fate / Swanton combo
Rikishi pinned Kurt Angle at 1:15 with the Rikishi Driver after Too Cool fought off an interfering Edge & Christian

WWF IC Champion Chris Benoit pinned Chris Jericho at 10:26 with the diving headbutt after reversing a tombstone attempt into one of his own; prior to the bout, Jericho cut a heel promo on Edmonton, saying Calgary was his favorite city in Alberta  

Mixed Match Challenge


Mixed Match (Team) Challenge Series on Facebook Watch, must-see show if there ever was one


Jinder & Alicia vs R-Truth & Carmella as the final…I have no words. FB partners must be excited. Also Truth as nr 30 in the women's Royal Rumble? Trainwreck would be an understatement


There's many causes for concern in Titan Towers at the moment, but this is the least of them.  However, for all those who e-mail saying "HEY WWE SHOULD DO A G1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT ON THE NETWORK IT'D BE AWESOME!" bear witness to what happens when they have to plan something for more than two weeks.  Do you WANT Jinder Mahal as #30 in the Rumble?  Because that's how you get Jinder as #30 in the Rumble.

Smackdown – December 11, 2018

Smackdown
Date: December 11, 2018
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips

It’s the final show before TLC and the card is actually stacked. This week we have a rap battle between the Usos and the Bar, a Wrestlemania rematch between Asuka and Charlotte and, surprisingly enough, Daniel Bryan vs. Mustafa Ali. That’s a good thing for 205 Live fans but I’m not sure what to expect. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 1, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 1, 1995

Coliseum Video

Scott,

Obviously , WWF Coliseum Videos did really well rental wise in the 80s, but at the asking price of usually 59.95, especially the early releases, how did the videos do as far as actual sales as opposed to rentals?

Also, it seemed after the first few volumes of releases, the production started to get lazy, as alot of the Best Of WWF tapes and others would just rehash segments and matches released on previous videos in the series. Did they just figure anything with the WWF sticker would rent or sale at that point?
You must be a young 'un.  Back in the 80s, there was no retail market for home video.  You couldn't just walk into a Wal-Mart and pick up a movie to own, you had to know exactly where to go.  Usually if you're the type of person to purchase home releases at that time, you're buying laserdiscs.  I was as big as of an AV nerd as any teenager at that time, and the first VHS tape I can even remember popping up for sale new, at a reasonable price, was Batman in 1989.  All the Coliseum Videos I had in my collection were purchased years after the fact once the video stores put them up for sale in the used bins. 

Which is to say that sales figures for Coliseum Videos outside of the rental market were nonexistent.  It just wasn't something that was done.

Sleazy E


Damn, Bischoff just said on his podcast that Sting was boozed/under the influence before the Starrcade 97 match with Hogan. What the hell. Believable?


I KNOW you're not new here.  You've seriously never heard that before?  

Lightning Round – Door A or B?


Hey Scott,

 

Here's ten quick "Don't over think them!" A / B choices :


Of all my faults, overthinking has never been one of them.   

1.      
Road Warriors or Demolition?

Demos like a mofo. 

2.      
Chris Jericho or Rick Steamboat?

Did Jericho have multiple match of the year candidates in 1989?  Maybe he should have.  Steamboat. 

3.      
AWA or World Class?

I grew up on the AWA and only read about World Class in PWI for the most part.  

4.      
(as bookers) Chris Kreski or Paul Heyman?

Heyman.  Kreski was never a "booker".  

5.      
Ventura / Monsoon or Heenan / Monsoon?

Ventura.  Heenan as a commentator was overrated, I'll always maintain.  

6.      
Jim Ross or Gordon Solie?

Ross.  Solie's glory days were way before my time.  

7.      
Lex Luger or Sting?

Have you READ this blog before?  Luger.  

8.      
Scott Hall or Curt Hennig?

Hennig's in my top 10 favorite wrestlers ever list.  

9.      
Jim Cornette's tennis racket or Jimmy Hart's megaphone?

Tennis racket.  Versatile and safe.  

10.  
WMX : Hart / Hart or Michaels / Razor?

I watch the ladder match more.  

 

Cheers,


Night Court.  

 

Stan Hansen the Jerk

Hey Scott,
 
How is it that Stan Hansen is never given more shit for his attitude?
 
Here’s a guy who:
 
A) Refused to lose to basically everyone
 
B) Was an insane bully
 
C) Routinely took liberties with his opponents
 
D) Was stiff to the point of non-cooperation in the ring and would routinely screw up his finishing move, blowing it off by saying “I got bad eyesight”
 
E) Refused to lose the AWA title and essentially put the final nail in that title’s coffin (I know it was all but worthless at that point but still. JR blows that whole thing off by saying, “Well, Japan ofered him more money.” Jeez, if a WWE guy tried that, there’d be a Network Special about he might’ve been a Nazi)
 
F) TOOK OUT VADER’S EYE!
 
That’s basically everything the IWC complains about with Hogan, Cena, JBL, Holly, etc to an ever HIGHER degree and people just go, “Oh that Stan,” like he’s the cooky old Uncle or something.
 
Say what you want about Kevin Nash. I’ve never seen him throw a tantrum in the ring or try to mutilate his opponent 
 
Thoughts?
Standrew money and he was fucking awesome, so I don’t see the issue.  ᐧ

Stan drew money and he was awesome.  Get over it.

Current Projected Mania 35 Card

I was listening to the Barnburners podcast from the guys who run Ringsidenews.com and according to them and if true, the card is gonna look something like this…

Daniel Bryan vs Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship

Triple H vs Batista (dependable on how fast Triple H can recover from the torn pec)

AJ Styles vs Randy Orton

Seth Rollins vs Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship

Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship

Drew McIntyre vs Kurt Angle or Braun Strowman

Rey Mysterio vs Shinsuke Nakamura/Andrade Almas/Samoa Joe (one of these 3 will be champion come Mania time) for the US Title

Andre The Giant Battle Royal

Women's Battle Royal

Not bad at all….

I don't wanna impugn the fine name of ringsidenews.com because apparently they attack anyone on social media who calls them out for their bullshit "stories", but I'm gonna leave this link here from Reddit….


Also, no fucking way Shawn Michaels main events Wrestlemania.  Like, zero.