Dynamite – August 17, 2022

Date: August 17, 2022
Location: North Charleston Coliseum, Charleston, West Virginia
Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Taz

We’re closing in on All Out and the big story from last week saw AEW World Champion CM Punk return after a two month absence. You can probably pencil in Punk vs. Jon Moxley for the main event of All Out, but that is still a few weeks away and we have something big tonight. In this case, that would be a mystery partner in the Trios Tag Team Titles tournament, which will absolutely be a surprise and not the most obvious reveal in recent memory. Let’s get to it.

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Evening Daily News Update

Johnny Gargano makes his entrance at NXT TakeOver

Kenny Omega’s AEW Return Confirmed
A new report has all but confirmed when and where Kenny Omega will return to AEW following nine months out of action with injuries.

Johnny Gargano Open To WWE Return Despite AEW Talks
A new report claims that Johnny Gargano is open to returning to WWE now that Triple H is in charge, despite also holding talks with AEW.

Will Ospreay “Nearly Died” In May
New Japan Pro Wrestling star Will Ospreay revealed he nearly died in May due to a serious kidney infection that caused him to miss time in the ring.

Jim Cornette Praises CM Punk’s AEW Return
Wrestling legend Jim Cornette praised the return to AEW television of CM Punk but explained why he thinks one key AEW star was trying to “kill the deal.”

What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – April 30, 1991

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan host another episode.  Heenan brings out a mannequin dressed like McMahon and rips the hair off because Mr. Perfect alleged last week that McMahon’s hair was not real.  McMahon walks out and Heenan pulls the pants down on the mannequin, saying he has always wanted to do that to McMahon.

The Tito Santana-Mountie match from Saturday Night’s Main Event is shown.

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Lex Luger vs. Sean O’Haire (and other Dream Matches!)

Sean O'Haire Dies of Apparent Suicide: Former WWE Wrestler Was 43 - E!  Online - CA

There’s something to be said when a guy is still talked about as a great “Shoulda-Been” almost 20 years after he stopped wrestling.

Welcome back to more Dream Matches! Today, I have a very “2001 WCW” pairing, as a washed-up, immobile Lex Luger has to lead hot rookie Sean O’Haire through a match! Then I check out some Rockers/Orient Express stuff… but 3-4 years before their WWF feuds, as it’s Badd Company vs. The Midnight Rockers in the AWA! Come see the double-teams and a very young Shawn & Marty, as well as their “infuriated Southern babyface” energy! Then it’s not one, but TWO matches of High Energy versus the Beverly Brothers! I can barely contain my excitement!

(WCW Nitro, 3/5/2001)
* I decided to try and find more old Sean O’Haire stuff to see if the wild potential we’d all guessed for him was actually there in the first place. So naturally the first thing I found is a 2001 Lex Luger match, lol. At this point, O’Haire was getting a lot of hype online- with a FANTASTIC look (check that 2001-era spiky hair and chin beard!) and Jeff Hardy’s Swanton, he seemed supernatural and like a “sure thing”. Here he’s in shiny black shorts with blue fire on them, while Lex is in the same-old black trunks. The two are about the same size, which is part of why O’Haire seemed so awesome- if he was in AEW today, he’d be near Lance Archer’s height and would be flipping and flying around.

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You mentioned that Bam Bam was main eventing with Hogan and managed to muck it up by Year's end. What happened? I remember being a fan of his as a child and then he disappeared for like 6 years..
He came in with a big push and immediately started bigtiming everyone and bragging about his paydays according to some accounts.  He wasn’t well liked by people who could have helped him stay out of trouble (Andre for example) and also got injured a lot.  So it was an easy call for Vince to dump him.   He had upside but Ultimate Warrior was already being pegged for #1 babyface and Hulk already had a million fat guys lined up to legdrop on the heel side, so really he had no leverage at that point.  

Afternoon Daily News Update

Jim Ross

DDP Was Approached About One Last Match

Hot on the heels of Ric Flair competing in his final ever wrestling match, WWE Hall of Famer DDP has confirmed he was approached about doing one of his own.

“I’m Not Surprised” – Dawn Marie On Vince McMahon Allegations

Former WWE Superstar Dawn Marie has claimed she isn’t surprised by the recent allegations made against Vince McMahon.

Jim Ross Makes Bold Claim Regarding Upcoming AEW Clash

Jim Ross has claimed that an upcoming AEW showdown could be the biggest in company history.

We Wrestle(Mania 2)!

Two questions this time:

1) Is there any definitively established reason that the Steamboat/Bret match didn't happen at WM2?  The two explanations that leap readily to mind are 1) they needed bodies for the battle royale and 2) they wanted to balance out the roster across
the three cards.  If the plan was for Steamboat to win regardless, he probably gets more of a rub from Hercules than Bret in 86, so that's another potential reason.

2) What was the response from fans and the sheets to the NWA's “We Wrestle” slogan and the promotional posture that accompanied it? 

Bret was told that he was needed for the battle royale and they’d do the Steamboat match later.  Not much more to it than that.  
As for question 2, it was rightly treated as a joke.  

One more question this time about music

I have the No Holds Barred Blu-Ray and noticed that in the extras section where you can watch the Summerslam 1989 main event as well as the Hogan/Beefcake- Savage/Zeus cage match that Real American is dubbed over with generic music. I know things can be weird with the music stuff but this is the first time I ever recall Hogan's Real American theme being dubbed over. Didn't know if it was an issue with WWE Films division or what it may be. Thanks.
I don’t think No Holds Barred is owned by WWE, so the film distributor likely had to license the matches from WWE and wanted to save on music costs for the disc.  If you play Real American then you have to pay WWE a royalty.  Grossly ironic of course given that WWE doesn’t actually pay their own talent royalties for streaming and other stuff.  
Makes me wonder why WWE doesn’t put the movies that they DO own into the Network/Peacock for more content.  

Best Match with a DQ/Count Out Finish


What would be one of your more memorable matches that had the DQ or Count Out finish? The one that comes to my mind is Austin/Angle at Summerslam 2001.  Thanks. 

Shawn v Mankind.  Rock v HHH Iron Man had a pretty clever DQ finish as well.  

Undertaker What If

What if ole Anderson has a fever dream one night and comes up with the undertaker gimmick for mark calaway before he leaves for wwe? What happens to his career? Probably a one month run before he is black scorpioned because wcw right?
Oh yeah.  I thought Undertaker was gonna get Hoganed after he lost the title back, but it was Vince continuing to push and protect him that kept him going as a top guy.  I’m WCW he would have been dead.  Pardon the pun. 

Morning Daily News Update

Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch Provides Positive Injury Update

Becky Lynch updated fans on her condition as she’s recovering from a shoulder injury suffered at SummerSlam.

WWE “Reached Out” To Full-Time AEW Star 

A new report has claimed that WWE’s Talent Relations department reached out to a contracted AEW star in an effort to recruit them to WWE.

WWE Releases Statement On How They Missed Vince McMahon Unrecorded Payment 

As part of their latest SEC filing, WWE has explained how they missed private payments made by Vince McMahon that should have been recorded.

The G1 Climax 32 Semi-Finals Thread

Night 2 at the Budokan Hall is the G1 Climax semi-finals show. The four block winners square off in two matches, the winners to face off tomorrow night to crown the G1 Climax 32 champion. The full card preview from the New Japan website. Here are the main events: 

A Block v. B Block: Kazuchika Okada v. Tama Tonga 

C Block v. D Block: Tetsuya Naito v. Will Ospreay

The undercard is a bunch of multi-man tag matches and the return of KUSHIDA to Japanese rings. 

The show starts at 6PM local (JST) time, 10:00AM BST, 5:oo AM EST and 2:00 AM PST.

The show is as always available on New Japan World. Talk about it all here!

NXT – August 16, 2022 (Heatwave)

Date: August 16, 2022
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Wade Barrett, Vic Joseph

It’s time for another special as NXT presents Heatwave. There are a few title matches here, including Zoey Star challenging for the NXT Women’s Title and Bron Breakker defending the NXT Title against JD McDonagh. Other than that we have a heck of a grudge match as Roxanne Perez faces Cora Jade. Let’s get to it.

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Evening Daily News Update

Tony Khan

“He’s Booking Like A 14-Year-Old” – Eric Bischoff On Tony Khan

Eric Bischoff has reignited his war of words with Tony Khan, this time claiming that the AEW President books “like a 14-year-old”.

Rhea Ripley Wanted Recent Move To Drive Her “Creep Fanbase” Crazy

On a recent edition of WWE Raw, Rhea Ripley performed a move that got a lot of fans talking including the “creep fanbase” she wanted to drive crazy.

“That’s Bulls**t” – Goldberg Addresses Widespread Perception Of Him

WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg has hit back at critics who think he “never liked” the wrestling business, dismissing the claim as “bullsh*t”.

Review HHH WWE


Any shot of reviewing RAW or SD now that the Game has changed?

There has been renewed focus on US and IC titles, solid weekly championship matches, less scripted promos, and a noticed improvement in both shows.

Last night’s RAW was one of the first times in forever where it didn’t feel like the 3 hours dragged and it didn’t put me to sleep.

Interested in hearing your thoughts on the current product as it’s been much better as of late.

Wow, it didn't put you to sleep?  High bar to clear.  
That's still a no.