BoD Daily Update: December 6th, 2019 Smackdown Preview


Ring of Honor Free Match

You can watch PCO vs. Mark Briscoe from Bound by Honor 2019

Daily News Update – December 6 2019

I’ll take a crack at it this morning.

Apparently there is a card for TLC, but Vince is still making up his mind about stuff and they want to concentrate on Network signups instead of PPV this week, so his feeling is that they can wait until the last minute and tweak things as needed.  Here’s a link in case you need to sign up to the Network, of which I get a kickback…

NXT did an all-women’s house show in Jacksonville, which is nice since Evolution apparently isn’t a PPV idea they want to support any longer.

Smackdown tonight will feature Roman Reigns v. Dolph Ziggler, so make sure your barn is fireproofed because it’ll be a BARNBURNER.

Have a great day.

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 12.04.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 12.04.19

Hey, I put up a poll on Thursday night and AEW won fair and square.  You could have had NXT but BLAME YOURSELVES.  I don’t owe you people an explanation!


Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross & Excalibur

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 12.04.19

NXT UK – December 5, 2019

Date: December 5, 2019
Location: Bonus Arena, Hull, England
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness

The big story has started picking up as we have the now face Gallus vs. Imperium, which seems to be focused around Joe Coffey challenging Walter for the United Kingdom Title. That works very well as we are just over a month away from Takeover: Blackpool II. Tonight is the negotiating session, which sounds like a fancy way of saying “they’ll talk and then they’ll fight.” Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT UK – December 5, 2019

Indies and Insanity: December 5, 2019

First, the sports: tonight’s NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Dallas/Chicago.  TNT is taking the night off from the NBA, but there’s college hoops.  ESPN has a women’s twin-bill of Maryland/NC State and Syracuse/Michigan.  FS1 has UConn/Seton Hall on the women’s side, then a SmackDown replay at 8:30.

Indie wrestling is similarly quiet, as you’ll see after the jump.

Read moreIndies and Insanity: December 5, 2019

The Fiend/Bray Wyatt lantern + new Huskus doll

Hi Scott,


Not sure how into the new stuff you are, but this is cool and I thought worth pointing out to you.


Lantern is back in stock –


Plus, a new Huskus “the pig boy” doll available now too:



Say what you will, but the Fiend has been a license to print money with this stuff.  

Saving AEW

I saw you mention "bold and spicy hot take" and it got me thinking about the only thing that could save AEW from being dead before New Years: Curry Man!
I’m pretty sure he’s already signed to a NXT developmental deal for the next few years.  I hear Mr America might be available for some dates, though. 

Blog question

Are the Young Bucks the best opening match tag team ever? I'd also throw in the Rockers and Too Cool.

The Rockers didn't tend to end up in the opening match too much.  Being the opening match is a fine line because you want to get the crowd revved up, but you don't want to set the bar so high that no one else can follow.  I always thought the Fantastics were one of the best at maintaining that balance.  

WWE Legends Contracts

Do you have any idea on how WWE Legends Contracts work in terms of dates with the company, the amount paid, etc?  

Basically it's a small amount of money that comes with the stipulation that the talent can essentially work whatever indy shows they want and do whatever autograph signings and appearances they want to maintain their income, but they are obligated to:

a)  Give priority to WWE shows if asked 
b)  Under no circumstances work for anything that could be considered "competition".  

So mostly it's a way to keep the Tito Santanas and Honky Tonk Mans of the world away from AEW or ROH or whatever while still letting them make a reasonable living.  I believe some specific ones work differently in terms of pay or stipulations (like Ric Flair's deal) but typically the amount being paid is pretty small, like $50K a year or something.  

Hidden gems to become buried treasure?

Hi Scott,


What do you think about this? Really disappointing news to me, the Hidden Gems section has been my main weekly thing to watch for a long time.

Incredibly disappointing.  Also, the switchover to the new interface has really wrecked the service overall.  Hidden Gems had actually been cut down to one person at the Network working on it, too, so they weren't exactly dedicating any manpower to it, either.  It definitely feels like now that Vince has all the TV deal money, he's pretty unconcerned about the steep decline in Network subs. 

Impact Wrestling – November 26, 2019 (Throwback Throwdown)

Impact Wrestling
Date: November 26, 2019
Location: Don Kolov Arena, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Giuseppe Scovelli Jr., Sexton Hardcastle

So you remember Southpaw Regional Wrestling right? That wacky and HILARIOUS set of vignettes that WWE put out where they mocked an old territory promotion? Well Impact is one upping them with a full episode of the same concept, including actual matches. This is completely non-cannon and is all about having a good time and that is a lot better than busting out the turkey suit again. Let’s get to it.

Read moreImpact Wrestling – November 26, 2019 (Throwback Throwdown)

NXT – December 4, 2019

Date: December 4, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness

Things got more interesting last week with Finn Balor going after Adam Cole, though it isn’t clear if they’re going to be alone, as Tommaso Ciampa was in the mix too. They have something interesting with the NXT Title picture and that is going to make for some fun shows as we get ready for Portland. Granted that’s a long way off though and a lot could change by then. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT – December 4, 2019

Dynamite – December 4, 2019

Date: December 4, 2019
Location: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
Commentators: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone

Last week’s show ended on a big moment with Jon Moxley seemingly setting himself up as the next challenger to Chris Jericho’s World Title. They had a big feud in WWE so doing the same thing over here would be fine enough. Hopefully they can bounce back from a slightly down week last time. Let’s get to it.

Read moreDynamite – December 4, 2019

Monday Night Raw – July 4, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: July 4, 2005
Location: ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Attendance: 10,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman

We’ll start the second half of the year with this one and that could mean a few things. We’re likely in for a bigger show due to the holiday, but I’m not sure how much effort there is going to be for a show where they know no one is watching. The Draft is over as well so this is your roster for the time being. Let’s get to it.

Read moreMonday Night Raw – July 4, 2005