Blog of DOOM Daily Thread – 17th October 2021

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Currently about 45 minutes into last night’s Dynamite and I’m enjoying it thus far. Dante Martin continues to impress every time he gets in there. I like how AEW essentially has a Young Lion system going on with it’s up an coming guys. They don’t have to expressly state it either, but it’s implied and you can notice it if you know what to look for.

Shout out to the bloke sitting in the front row in an Everton shirt too. Represent your fellow Toffees!

Belt The Hangman!

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

Two straight nights of AEW!  It’s a Festivus miracle!  Actually I almost had forgotten about this show because I was kind of struggling this evening to decide what I wanted to review tonight and then remembered it was on.

Live from Miami, FL

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Excalibur & Jim Ross

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Dynamite – October 16, 2021

Date: October 16, 2021
Location: James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk

We’re on a rare Saturday night due to the MLB playoffs and they are going to have a hard time topping what they did last night with Rampage. Tonight we see the brackets for the #1 contenders tournament, as Full Gear is less than a month away. Add in a AAA Tag Team Titles match and we should be good to go. Let’s get to it.

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Punk on Commentary

Listen, he's great on the mic and all, no question, but if Punk is going to be at the booth, he simply has to have the sports coat.

Anything else just ain't right.

Salmon sports coat or we riot, yes?
What about Vince's banana yellow one from the early 80s? 

Proving WWE wrong… and right.

One of the unlikely surprises so far is how much progress Tay Conti has made, showing some personality and improvement in the ring (though still obviously limited). Compared to her WWE tenure, where she was programmed to work the same basic style that wasn't catching on, and never given a chance to be anything more than one of the countless warm bodies thrown on TV from time to time. I'm sure her cut was likely due to a backstage issue over not being used, but shows how you can find a gem where others have already written someone off.

Then you have Ruby Soho. She came in with a lot of buzz and “under-used” taglines, and has been a huge disappointment in everything she does once the bell rings. No matches stand out as “wow, how did WWE miss out with her?”, and often matches fall apart, regardless of the opponent. You can't blame the other worker when it's every match and a different opponent each time. Maybe WWE got that one right, she wasn't worth the push that others were clamoring for. 

Maybe, but at least she got the chance this time and you can't argue she didn't get a fair shake.  

Division One

Assuming Vince doesn't Vince things up with some of this promising young talent now in NXT, who do you think has more potential to be a star, Bron or Gable? It seems like if either or both of them live up to half of the expectations it could be gamechanger for WWE. My thoughts are which either one Vince believes in more you could pair him with the Creed Brothers, who are freaking awesome, and start a stable called division one, since they all are former division athletes. Then after the 2023 rumble have that winner choose the Raw champion instead of Roman, who will still be champion. Just when Roman thinks he will have it easy breezy, boom division one stomps out the bloodline Nexus style and you have your Mania Main event/star building moment ready to go. 

Pretty sure Big Nephew Pump is gonna be the biggest star in Vince's eyes for the next decade.  Have you SEEN his meaty thighs, pal?  

Paige Vanzantin Aew

What’s the take in her? Do you think she could be something if she took the time in to train? She definitely has a charisma to her.

I still have no idea how UFC missed the boat on her so much.  They should have put her over some scrubs like they did with Ronda before and then just merchandised the crap out of her.  But yes, Paige gets it (and CAN GET IT, amirite?) and the more she's on AEW TV, the more she'll be a big star.  

Did you know she has an Instagram?  She totally does.

Judgment Day 2007

Judgment Day 2007
Date: May 20, 2007
Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 10,500
Commentators: Jim Ross, Michael Cole, Taz, Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler, John Bradshaw Layfield

It’s another B show but this one is trending more towards B- territory. The main events will see John Cena defending against Great Khali and Edge defending against Batista. Neither of those exactly sound like must see main events, but I’ve certainly heard of worse cards. Maybe the rest can pick up the slack. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – May 18, 2007

Date: May 18, 2007
Location: 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield

It’s the go home show for Judgment Day and I’m not sure what that is going to entail. Everything was shaken up last week when Edge won the World Title from Undertaker, who seems to be going on the shelf. Edge is going to be defending against Batista on Sunday, meaning it’s time for the rapid fire build. Let’s get to it.

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ECW On Sci Fi – May 15, 2007

ECW on Sci Fi
Date: May 15, 2007
Location: 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz

It’s the go home show for Judgment Day and Bobby Lashley is still chasing Vince McMahon and the ECW World Title. That has been a well done story so far and we could be in for even more of the same going forward, as the whole thing seems to have some legs, just because of how gleeful Vince seems to be as champion. Let’s get to it.

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An Englishman in New Japan – BLACK TIGER!

This week I return, in a way, to someone I reviewed a lot of matches of when he died last year, the late, great Rollerball Rocco. I got into wrestling as a fan at the time he was retiring and have very vague memories of seeing him in the later days of wrestling still being on ITV. A holiday in the seaside town saw me going to some matches at a theatre in Rhyl where Rocco’s retirement due to heart issues was covered in an article in the programme. Later looks at his career via the Wrestling Channel and YouTube confirm how great he was. Not a big guy and not physically imposing, but he looked tough and dangerous and was one hell of a wrestler and a great talker and creative mind. Here I’m looking at some of his matches in Japan under the mask of Tiger Mask’s nemesis Black Tiger.

Mark "Rollerball" Rocco, The Original Black Tiger, Dead at 69

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Being the Marty Jannetty

Good morning, Scott –


We know the phrase in wrestling in being “the Marty Jannetty” of a tag team – but besides Jannetty, who else qualifies for that term?

A lot of tag team breakups didn’t lead to major success for either person – but I can think of a few off the top:


Stevie Ray (Booker T)

Scotty Riggs (Buff)

Charlie Haas (Shelton Benjamin)


You could throw Bart Gunn into the mix, but I’m not sure if “New Age Outlaws” Billy Gunn counts since it was another tag team.


Who else qualifies as being the Jannetty of a team?


Bart Gunn.  John Kronus in a sense.  

Wrong Time and Place Tag Teams

Curious if you think there are any tag teams, from otherwise mediocre to bad eras, that would have been remembered or loved if they wrestled another time or place?

Like, were any of those mid-90s WWF teams worthwhile and just stuck with mediocre competition? Would the Smoking Gunns get any fandom if they had the Hart Foundation, Demolition or Bulldogs to go at it with? 

Nooooo.  The Gunns only survived the first couple of years because there was literally no other teams to be in the mix.  They’d be the Moondogs by comparison in there with those other teams.  The 90s were just bad.  Although Kid and Marty could have been something without their other issues.  

Blog of DOOM Daily Thread – 16th October 2021

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Suzuki Vs Danielson was everything I wanted it to be and a definite “must-watch” for any of you wrasslin’ fans out there. The Sports Entertainment crowd might not enjoy it as much, but hey, like what you like.

Halfway through the Sydal/Punk match on Rampage whilst writing this Saturday morning, so no news bits just in case something gets spoiled for me.

Belt The Hangman!

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Rampage – October 15, 2021

Date: October 15, 2021
Location: James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Excalibur, Ricky Starks, Taz

This is another special edition of the show as we have a bonus first hour airing on YouTube, which seems to be retaliation for WWE running an extra half hour of Smackdown this week. The bonus hour will feature Bryan Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki while the regular show has CM Punk against Matt Sydal. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – October 15, 2021 (Supersized Smackdown)

Date: October 15, 2021
Location: Toyota Arena, Ontario, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, Pat McAfee

We’re in a unique situation as this is the go home Smackdown for a pay per view but there is one more Raw to go. Crown Jewel is in less than a week with Brock Lesnar challenging Roman Reigns for the Universal Title. Lesnar is here tonight as part of the special Supersized show. Let’s get to it.

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