Impact, Indies, and Insanity: October 21, 2021

Tonight on Impact: Mickie James gets the poison Deonna Purrazzo gave her in Savannah Evans; Chris Bey and Hikuleo face David Finlay IV and Juice Robinson with the winners getting the Good Brothers at Bound For Glory; Trey Miguel gets an exhibition with Alex Zayne; the six Digital Media contenders pair up (Fallah Bahh with Jordynne Grace, John Skyler with Tenille Dashwood, Crazzy Steve with Chelsea Green) for a three-way tag match; and Jake Something goes hoss with W.Morrissey on the pre-show.

Sports Section: the Broncos and Browns face off in the NFL Game of the Week of the Day; Atlanta (3) looks to punch its World Series ticket against LA (1); four college football games tonight, highlighted by unbeaten SMU facing Tulane; your NBA doubleheader is Mavericks/Hawks, then Clippers/Warriors.

The indies are ALIVE this weekend, yo:

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Crown Jewel 2021

Crown Jewel 2021
Date: October 21, 2021
Location: Mohammed Abdu Arena On The Boulevard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Commentators: Byron Saxton, Corey Graves, Michael Cole

After a year and a half away, WWE is returning to Saudi Arabia and the show is actually looking huge. For the first time in a very long while, we are seeing what looks to be a massive show with a lot going on. The main event is Roman Reigns defending the Universal Title against Brock Lesnar and that should be enough to carry just about anything. Let’s get to it.

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NXT UK – October 21, 2021

Date: October 21, 2021
Location: BT Sport Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness

The fans came back last week and saw a classic with Ilja Dragunov successfully defending the United Kingdom Title against A-Kid. It did feel like something was changing around here and that is quite the upgrade as it just makes the show feel that much bigger. Hopefully they do that again this week so let’s get to it.

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Another thing about the Demos…

This whole Demos discussion has me upset & I blame the WWE & AEW stans equally. 

I mean, can't we just enjoy both of them?

Maybe you can help pit it to rest Scott. Final question about the Demos: 

Better or worse than the Road Warriors?
Better in the ring, but the Warriors drew better with males 18-49 so they’re the real winners.  

Peak NXT vs AEW

Mr. Keith,

I am writing to you once again with another pressing question about professional wrestling:

When NXT was at its absolute peak in terms of creativity and in-ring talent, could it have successfully competed against AEW on Wednesday nights?

As always, your opinion on this matter is greatly appreciated.

With warm personal regards,

Dr. Ashley Spider, PhD

I think the peak NXT crew with Undisputed Era and the like could have competed, yeah.  

The Final Exchange, bro!

Vince Russo tweeted out today that he and Vince McMahon had their FINAL EXCHANGE (caps his of course) yesterday.  How do you suppose that went?

I imagine that he asked to be put in charge of NXT 2.0 and then Vince had to end the meeting when HHH immediately suffered another 7 cardiac events.  

The SmarK Rant for Coliseum Video presents SuperTape III

The SmarK Rant for Coliseum Video presents SuperTape III

I’m sure I’ve WATCHED this one at some point in my wrestling tape collecting life, but as for reviews I’ve only ever done the first and second volumes of the Supertape series.

Released 01.24.91

Hosted by Sean Mooney & Lord Alfred Hayes, who are piloting an airplane via green screen.  I wouldn’t let Hayes be driving any large motor vehicles.

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Blog of DOOM Daily Thread – 21st October 2021

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I watched a Raw from 1999 recently that featured a match between Patterson & Brisco Vs The Mean Street Posse, and it got me thinking. Had Patterson and Brisco decided to team up in their prime as a Heel tandem do you reckon they would have been one of the most famous teams of their era? They certainly had success with Ray Stevens and Jack Brisco respectively.

Belt The Hangman!

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Is it the Demos?

So gonna just leave this here and see what happens. I know there are alot of Ad executives and AEW stock holders here on the blog who basically get all their talking points from Uncle Dave on why every thing is great when it comes to AEW's ratings. Same Uncle Dave who has been tweeting about why viewers don't matter and it's all about the demos like he is a 12 year old girl defending Taylor Swift's love life. Here is the proof that before AEW was around to defend Uncle Dave ways also saying it was all about the viewers, not just a demo, when it came to crapping on WWE. He tweeted and talked about it shown in the link below. Yes I get WWE touts high demos, people have always talked about demos, and that's what networks want for advertising. But its not this end all be all that people use it to decide wins in this fake rating competition. 

At this point AEW will probably never come close in viewers but they can compete in the Demos so that's what's important now. And obviously like cousin Scott Uncle Dave has a real sweet spot for his nephew Tony. And before attacking the source Dave himself has said while he thinks the guy who runs this Twitter is annoying he usually brings accurate receipts to prove his points.

Ratings are determined by overall viewers, ad rates are determined by the demos.  Why is this supposed to be some kind of “gotcha” moment on Dave?  The anti-Meltzer crew is weirdly obsessive.

Monday Night Raw – May 21, 2007

Monday Night Raw
Date: May 21, 2007
Location: Mark of the Quad, Moline, Illinois
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re past Judgment Day and believe it or not, John Cena has somehow done it again, this time by making the Great Khali tap out to retain the WWE Title. That is going to make for some interesting futures for both of them, as Khali loses a big step and Cena beats another giant with less than two weeks to go before the next pay per view. I think you know where this is going so let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – July 21, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary and they are taped from Dayton, Ohio.

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The Hardy Boyz vs. Rob Van Dam & Sabu (and other Dream Matches!)

Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This time I hit a request from a couple weeks back, as the Hardy Boyz (then indie darlings and not WWF superstars yet) take on Sabu & Rob Van Dam in a one-time-only match! Then we get an amazing HOSS MATCH as the Steiner Brothers and Fire & Ice just got buckwild and murder each other with suplexes for six minutes on Nitro. Then it’s Andre the Giant & Giant Baba taking on Terry & Dory Funk in All Japan from 1990! And then I torture you all by featuring the No-Limit Soldiers (B.A. & Swoll) vs. Lenny & Lodi doing an offensive gay gimmick from the dying days of WCW! Finally we end with a “Dream Matches” MVP, Roadblock, taking on one of the Texas Hangmen (maybe the Disorderly Conduct guy!). Read on!

SABU & ROB VAN DAM (w/ Bill Alfonso) vs. THE HARDY BOYZ (Matt & Jeff Hardy):
(All Star Wrestling NWA Legends Show, Feb. 11th 1998)
* Okay, huh? I’ve never heard of this, but it’s before the Hardys meant anything, as they were merely respected job guys at this point in the WWF, with their own spotfest indie promotion (OMEGA). It would be Sept. 1998 when they properly debuted as “featured” guys in the WWF, after being trained by Dory Funk Jr. for a bit. This is some All Star Wrestling show in Greenville, North Carolina. RVD was still with ECW at this point, and Sabu was suspended around this time (might be later). The camera work here is… not great. Very grainy, pixelated and stuck in one corner. Sabu’s in orange, RVD’s in light tights (I can’t tell the color), and the Hardys are in matching checkerboard baggy pants.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Wrath of the Racket (9th August 2003) – Concluding Part

It’s another ROH Wednesday!

This week we close out Wrath of the Racket, with the Main Event scheduled to be AJ Styles and The Amazing Red defending the ROH Tag Titles against Christopher Daniels and Dan Maff, with Samoa Joe defending the ROH World Title against BJ Whitmer in the Semi-Main slot.

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Hey member Dan The Beast Severn former NWA Champion who used
to fight in the fake and boring UFC? Well, I think it’s time again that pro wrestlers
branch out again and I have selected some that I think would make UFC fun and
exciting to watch.  


Roman Regins-I mean duh. He is the current the Head
of the Table and the reigning Universal Champion! He has the superman punch,
spear and guillotine choke at his disposal! He also beat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania!
Come on! He would go undefeated in every fight with having those credentials.  

Kenny Omega- He is the current  AEW
Champion and wrestled in New Japan. That is 10 times more real than UFC! He
also has had many 5 star matches! Surely he would dominate UFC with 5 star

Bryan Danielson-He beat Triple H at
Wrestlemania! He retired and came back and picked up right where he left off!
He also has the flying knee. Jorge Masvidal has nothing on this guy!

Chris Jericho-Have you seen his Judas Effect?
Dude could knock out anyone with that move!

Brock Lesnar-He’s the 1st man to beat
The Undertaker at Wrestlemania! I mean surely that makes him a top contender in
the UFC!

What say you Scott? 

Oh!  I know!  AEW is featuring these new guys called American Top Team and I think they'd be pretty good in UFC.  

About the Demo….

So the talk of the wrestling world is about AEW beating WWE in their head to head battle in terms of the coveted 18-49 demographic.  I understand why Tony Khan, TNT, and even AEW wrestlers consider this a victory.  I also understand why Vince McMahon, FOX and WWE wrestlers would be upset.  But after reading all of the comments on social media and this blog over the past couple of days, I do have to wonder:  Why do FANS consider this a victory for AEW and not for WWE?

Again, I totally understand that those in the television industry don't care, but from a fandom perspective wouldn't you consider “more people watched” as the victory here?  This isn't intended to be pro-WWE or anti-AEW (both have their pros and cons).  I do get why the executives have the mindset they have, but it seems weird to me that fans are arguing that WWE lost because the segment of their audience means less ad money for…..FOX?

So why did WWE have to extend the show by 30 minutes and make it ad-free in the first place?  They started that fight and it backfired on them.  

WWE cared too much?

Hey Scott-

So the fact that WWE put Daniel Bryan on the shelf for an extended period of time due to the fact that he “wasn’t cleared to wrestle”. Then he was back doing all of the same stuff he used to do not only the last few years in WWE but also now in AEW. Was this due to the fact that he just needed time to heal and WWE was doing right by him or was it more they were overly cautious? Did they just say “eff it” and allow him back?

Did they WWE do him a favor to let him heal or was there some underlying reason to not have perhaps the most over guy in years on the bench?

Edge coming back makes me wonder if they just relaxed their standards and what not. 

Your thoughts?

Yup, that's WWE in a nutshell, caring too much about the well being of their talent.  

Actually I think they switched main doctors if I'm not mistaken.  Good thing they don't have Dr. James Andrews in charge, people would just tape up their neck after a concussion and work through it.  

Parker Boudreaux Can Lose?

So what the hell happened to Parker Boudreaux? Seriously, shaved head and Nailz's old get-up and stalking Joe Gacy of all people?

Did he piss Vince off shilling himself online with his own self-made moniker (Destroyer of Gods) before he was even officially introduced on TV? Or did he piss people off backstage? Or was Parker's tattoos, including puppy prints too much for even Vince to take seriously?

Or is Parker's current state being Vince's attempt to personally recreate Dexter Lumis, especially as Dexter is now officially transitioning into the Nash to Johnny Gargano's Shawn Michaels? And if so, why freaking emulate Nailz? Just put Parker in a zentai suit to hide his tattoos, give him a Kane style mask, and have him rampage about until Gacy manages to calm him down, at which point he's basically using Parker as his own personal attack dog monster? If you want him to be a monster, at least go the Kane route if you are convinced no one will take Parker seriously once they see the puppy prints. 


You're much more worked up about this than I am.  Who's Parker, the bald guy?