WWF WrestleMania 2000 Gets No Love?

Hi Scott,

I remember in a post a few days back you said wwf no mercy and wcw/nwo revenge were the two best wrestling games. What is your opinion of wwf WrestleMania 2000. I would say that it is not as good as No Mercy but as good or better than revenge because revenge had no caw among other limitations.

Absolutely.  It also doesn’t have the technical issues that No Mercy sometimes does.  But man, playing Revenge and then No Mercy back to back is mind blowing in terms of the graphical and gameplay differences.  WM2000 is like the poor forgotten middle child.  I’d also recommend getting the English translation of Virtual Pro Wrestling 2.  AKI does All Japan!  


Doesnt seem like it's been 20 years does it?

And they’re doing RAW in Kansas City on the  anniversary!  I know it’s just weird timing but GEEZ.  
Anyway, I keep hoping it’s been Owen doing the long con for 20 years, but sadly not.  

The “new” pitfalls

This came to mind due to the odd recent pit bulls question.

I vaguely remember the new ECW putting Jamie Noble and I wanna say kid lash together as a new incarnation of the pit bulls? Anyway I don’t remember it being references on tv or ever getting explained.

Did I Dream this? Why did they decide on that pairing and ignore their cruiserweight abilities in favor of a brawler gimmick?

Also, why weren’t the bashans ever used in the ring in the new eve since I recall them being Heyman’s security in face masks…

The Pitbulls were on Smackdown.  It was terrible.  

What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 11, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing their usual studio duties for today’s show.  As the show opens, Heenan is on the telephone with an individual he refuses to name.

Okerlund and Heenan plays pogs, with Okerlund winning everything that Heenan had.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – June 11, 1995

Dream Trainwrecks

Hey Scott,

Are there any dream matches that never happened that you know would be train wrecks anyway?  I keep circling back to how Bret Hart vs. Ultimate Warrior was discussed and just what a cluster that would have been.

I don't recall that one ever being discussed by anyone but Bret, to be honest.  WWF champion Warrior v. Yokozuna was where WM9 was supposed to be ending up before Warrior left.  Now THAT would have been a trainwreck!  

The SmarK Rant for All In–09.01.18

Okey doke, in preparation for AEW going Double or Nothing on Saturday, here’s their first ever show and PPV.  And yes, I will be reviewing the new show, although I’m working on Saturday so I can’t guarantee it’ll get done right that evening. 

The SmarK Rant for ALL IN – 09.01.18

Holy cow, we’re finally here and it’s happening. Can Cody and the Bullet Club pull off their own PPV?

Live from Chicago, IL with roughly FIFTY BILLION Bullet Club shirts. Now their moms have 4 hours to clean the basement in peace!

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for All In–09.01.18

BoD Daily Update: May 24, 2019

Current NXT Championship Plans

The current plan is for the winner of the Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano match at NXT Takeover: XXV is to face Matt Riddle on the Takeover show in Toronto.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


ESPN.com Interview with Jim Ross



RoH Throwback Match of the Week

You can the G1 Supercard Honor Rumble from 4/6/19



The Princess Rant for “Dark Side of the Ring” Ep: 6

This is the final edition of the six-part series “Dark Side of the Ring” by Viceland network, It’s the most watched show in the history of the network and they are doing an “Extended Cut” of the first six shows and I believe they have officially green lit a second season.

This episode focuses on the career of The Fabulous Moolah.

And sometimes the things you have the least of expectations for yield the highest results.

Read moreThe Princess Rant for “Dark Side of the Ring” Ep: 6

WWE Creative Team Turnover

Do you happen to know if turnover among the WWE Creative Team has been high since the end of the Monday Night Wars, or are their jobs pretty secure with no direct competition as long as they write what Vince McMahon wants?  

You’re kidding, right?  There’s like 2 people with “secure” jobs and the rest are a revolving door of soap opera washouts according to all accounts.  

Takeover XXV

Hey Scott,

Not sure if you’re still watching the weekly NXT, but this week saw the card finalized and I’m not sure I’ve ever been more personally geeked for a card. Granted, I’m a giant Tyler Breeze mark and I’m happy he’s playing this version of the character again and back where he’s incredibly over. I’m also a huge Street Profits mark, my wife’s favorite guy is Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano is maybe the best in the world right now, and I enjoy the shit out of everyone on this card (except maybe the Forgotten Sons).

Anyway, wondering what your thoughts were on the current state of NXT, and also trying to clear out some of the bitter bats from the Blog of Doom belfry of late.

Not super feeling it, but you can’t say Cole and Gargano won’t tear it up.  Plus Dream vs Breeze could steal the show. So I’ll watch and enjoy!

BoD Daily Update: May 23, 2019

Johnny Gargano Update

Gargano has been out of action with a knee injury but his title match against Adam Cole at the 6/1 NXT Takeover show is not in jeopardy.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


The Undefeated Article on Brandi Rhodes



PWG Mystery Vortex VI Preview


NXT UK – May 22, 2019

Date: May 22, 2019
Location: Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness

It’s time for a big one as we have Pete Dunne vs. Walter II for the United Kingdom Title. The first match was the biggest match in the history of NXT UK and now Dunne wants his chance to get the title back. That’s all but a guarantee for some shenanigans but the question is what kind. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT UK – May 22, 2019

NXT – May 22, 2019

Date: May 22, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Beth Phoenix, Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness

We’re somehow less than two weeks away from the next Takeover (thanks Saudis) so things need to hurry and get ready now. Last week saw the NXT Title and Women’s Title matches being set up, along with what seems to be the Tag Team Title match being set up. That leaves a few things needing to be done, which should be taken care of tonight. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT – May 22, 2019

The Wednesday Night Thread!

Could it be true?  We’ve finally hit upon a night without playoffs of any kind?

Tonight is NXT and NXT UK on the Network (which still works on the Windows 10 desktop app as of this writing, by the way, although it’s removed from Apple TV 3 and older).

Smackdown ratings were up a tick, along with RAW’s.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em!

WHAT GIVES SCOTT?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!??!!?!?!?!??!?!?!

Hello Mr Keith,


                         I hope all is well and have a simple
question for you. Why do people constantly complain about WWE’s booking and whether
or not they subscribe to the WWE Network? Did you know there are people who go
without running water and food for days on end and yet fans are complaining
nonstop about the booking of a senile old man’s wrestling show and where he
holds said wrestling show. Do you have any idea why that is? Also when I browse
your site, I constantly get ads for dating black men. I am a straight white
Christian male who never has improper thoughts. I wish you would look into this
matter as I find it very distracting on your website.



Peter Hummer. 

Look man, I’ve come to accept that Google knows me better than I know myself.  Maybe you should look inwards and ask yourself some questions about those times you SAID you were searching for “BBC” because you were really into Call the Midwife.  
Also, there’s a little “x” in the top right corner of all the ads where you can report inappropriate ones and it’ll prevent you from seeing it again.  
As for the question, I dunno, something something Lex Luger?

Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #317 – 22 05 1999

Hello You!

So here we are, a week removed from ECW Hardcore Heaven 99. You can read my full thoughts on that show HERE, but to give you the short version; the show had some good matches but ended on a downer due to Taz defending his ECW World Title against Buh Buh Ray Dudley. Yes, you read that right, Buh Buh Ray Dudley got a World Title shot. In 1999. Don’t look at me like that I didn’t chuffing book it!

On the Brightside, Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn had another corker for the ECW TV Title and the efforts of the likes of Super Crazy, Tajiri and Little Guido once again shone through. Lance Storm and Tommy Dreamer even had an enjoyable bout, where Lance Storm finally managed to win a match after months of being pushed as a supposed top heel!

Of course ECW then had to spoil it by booking Justin Credible, the other half of the top heel contingent, to look like an absolute chump against Sid, once again taking one step forward only to take two steps back straight after. Here’s hoping we’ve seen the last of Sid going forward, unless it involves him getting choked out by Taz in 30 seconds.

So without further ado, lets once again take a journey to The Extreme!!!

Read moreMike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #317 – 22 05 1999

Monday Night Raw – December 20, 2004

Monday Night Raw
Date: December 20, 2004
Hosts: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler

We’re near the end of the year and that means it’s time for a special episode. This is the Best Of 2004, which means that we’ll be seeing matches and moments from Raw and pay per views, which could make for a rather eventful evening. If nothing else it’s going to make for a shorter show. Let’s get to it.

Read moreMonday Night Raw – December 20, 2004