NXT UK – May 22, 2019

NXT UK
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.

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NXT – May 22, 2019

NXT
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.

 

Thanks,

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

Best Wrestling Game

Scott,

Seeing you mention WWF Wrestlemania Challenge in a recent rant got me curious. What is in your mind the all time best wrestling video game? I know for me personally it's Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 on N64, but wanted to get your thoughts.

Man, do people even need to ask at this point?  No Mercy by a country mile, with honorable mention to WCW Revenge.  I still play both of them all the time on my Pi3 and will continue to do so.  

WWE Is a Joke – Women’s Evolution Edition

WWE had a women's only PPV in October.  Then, it spent the better part of 6 months moving toward, promoting, then executing the First Women's Main Event in WrestleMania History.

Only to then promote an event in a country where women are not even allowed to be on the card as "bigger than or equivalent to WrestleMania."  How women are not in full boycott mode at this point is beyond me.

All of the stuff they do with the Women's Revolution, Connor's Cure, Make A Wish, etc. to be whatever it is it tries/promotes itself to be will never trump the fact that WWE is a literal circus run by carnival barkers who will do anything for an extra buck, including basically making themselves look like disingenuous assholes to anyone with a brain.

I love the Network for providing content that I grew up on and endless hours of pro wrestling entertainment from the past.  But, man, it is difficult to get behind the current iteration of this company sometimes.

Here's to AEW.

There's some bitter e-mails in the inbox this morning.  For the record, I'm glad crowds boo every mention of the Saudi show and I'm not covering the upcoming one or any further ones they hold there.  

Goodbye Vince


Hi Scott,


I'm cancelling my network subscription and will no longer follow WWE (no, I'm not a person who regularly threatens to do this). Here's the thought I had that made me sure about this decision: even if Ashley's claims were not true, no serious person who heard this story could possibly doubt for one second that Vince McMahon is exactly the kind of guy who would treat someone this way. That's enough for me. I look forward to reading your blog's coverage of AEW and other promotions.

Fair enough.  

WWE’s Tough Enough


Do you think the WWE will ever bring back "Tough Enough", or do you believe they've shelved the concept for good?  With more of the losers of the series,(the Miz, Ryback, Kenny King, the Boogeyman, etc.), making a name for themselves than most of the winners,(Maven, Linda Miles, Andy Leavine, Bronson Matthews etc.), I wouldn't blame them if they ended it.  But all that content, though…….

I can't really see them dusting it off again.  The last one was a pretty big flop by all accounts.  Plus Shane would probably win it anyway.  

What’s your prediction?


Roman Reigns is wrestling 50-year old Shane McMahon at the Saudi PPV. Logically, Reigns should no-sell Shane's crappy offense & squash him in less two minutes. What will actually happen?

I'm not watching the show and none of the results matter anyway, so I don't particularly care what happens on it.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-11-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 11, 1983 (taped 05/27)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the eight-man elimination match? Can Adams topple Yatsu? What are the Freebirds doing by the pool? And who or what could impact us with tonight’s reflection?

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-11-1983

WWF All-American Wrestling – September 19th, 1993

September 19, 1993

Your hosts are Joe Fowler and Bobby Heenan. This is Fowler’s debut as co-host of the show. We get a bit at the beginning with Heenan gloating about being the solo host of the show until he is introduced to Fowler, who takes his chair.

This week’s featured match is the Heavenly Bodies vs. Smoking Gunns

Read moreWWF All-American Wrestling – September 19th, 1993

Smackdown – May 21, 2019

Smackdown
Date: May 21, 2019
Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

It’s a big night as we have the 24/7 Title making its Smackdown debut. I don’t know what else we could have that lives up to that level. The Roman Reigns vs. Elias rematch and the return of Big E. just don’t feel anywhere near as important as the comedy stuff we might be seeing. Let’s get to it.

Read moreSmackdown – May 21, 2019

DELETE! The Network!

Hey Scott
I just finished cancelling my WWE Network subscription, since it doesn’t work on my Xbox anymore and they suck so bad lately.  Was just curious how many other people have done the same thing.  Think you could run a poll on the blog?

Sure. Although everyone here is basically a bunch of battered housewives when it comes to the Network, I think.

What say you, Blog?

24/7 Championship


Ugly championship, or THE ugliest championship of all time? Personally, makes me forget what an atrocity Cena's US title was.

We can NEVER FORGET that atrocity.  That’s how the terrorists win.  
That being said, it’s pretty fucking ugly.  

The Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight! Smackdown probably sees the 24/7 title getting defended. Or maybe they’ll change the name to Classics on Demand Title and then kill it.

Raptors try to even up the series against the Bucks. Doesn’t sound promising for them.

Double or Nothing has officially been ordered, for those wondering.

You know you’re getting old when you get excited about bingeing through Forensic Files on Netflix.

Have at it!

What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 10, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on June 7.  Tonight’s show is one hour in length due to the usual summer interruption provided by Atlanta Braves baseball.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – June 10, 1995

Lars Sullivan’s “Sensitivity Training”

So, in the aftermath of Lars' supposed discipline, he gets to squash a bunch of luchadores at MITB.  What will be the next phase in this brutal sensitivity training? Will he squash Kofi Kingston next?  Will they film a spot where he goes to Kanyon's grave and powerbombs Nakamura through it?  Will they have him go to Super ShowDown and call the fans in attendance terrorists? What say you, Scott?    

This Lars stuff blows my mind, because in a sane world it would be such an open and shut case that WWE wrestlers are employees and not independent contractors, just based on stupid shit like "disciplining" someone for internet posts written a decade before they were ever signed to the company.  He might be a bad person from his younger days, but unless he called someone a bad name backstage that we don't know about, the whole thing makes WWE look like a bunch of hypocrites.  But hey, some advertiser somewhere complained, so Vince has to suck it up and take it.  That's the world they exist in now, for better or worse.    

Spots that need a rest…

Straight forward question this time: what spots, doesn't matter if it's a standard match or gimmicked, are overdone and need to be put aside for a while? I've got 2 in mind…


1. The "use the ladder by wearing it on your neck" three stooges routine. It looks dumb and never gets over. Done every ladder match with tons of people.


2. Tower of Doom spots. This one just needs to go away for a while and only busted out for important matches. It's almost as common as a lockup in matches involving 3-20 people. 

The Tower of Doom always gets over, though.  The main problem now is that it's become so ubiquitous as a wrestling spot that you actually have announcers (granted mainly Matt Striker) actually calling it THE TOWER OF DOOM SPOT.  That is the kind of stupid shit that has to go.  

My least favorite these days is more of a finish, but still bugs.  Namely, when a champion is defending their title and gets hit with a bunch of moves and then kicks out of the challenger's finisher, before coming back to hit his own finisher without even a transition move.  Like, have the agents never watched a wrestling match before to learn how building drama works?  

Disappointing Feud?

What feud disappointed you that you were looking forward to, and/or you actually thought could've been good?  The last one I could think of was Bray Wyatt vs Finn Balor about 2 years ago, although you would have think I would have learned with anything associated with Wyatt at that point.  

Styles v. Nakamura is #1 with a bullet.  Just kept waiting for it to get great and it never did.