CM Punk

Now before I ask my question, I want everyone to know I'm a HUGE AEW fan, that's all I mostly watch now especially since Adam Cole and Punk are 2 of my favs but is it safe to say that Tony Khan has dropped the ball with Punk? Granted he's still getting great pops from the live crowds, still over ect. But here you had probably the biggest return in wrestling since maybe the NWO to WWE in 02? There was a huge buzz and his debut brought big ratings but they haven't done anything to sustain it. Instead we've getting Old Man “I'm happy to be here” Punk wrestling all of there lower carders every week on Rampage. I say this as one of Punks biggest fans, he single handedly made me a ROH fan and brought me back to wrestling during the Summer Of Punk in WWE and made me a avid watcher of AEW with his return. I'm still waiting for the guy who magnetized me to the television to show up, the guy who sing Happy Birthday to Rey's daughter and called Jeff Hardy a drunk. Tony shouldve had a good plan to run with, with his debut other then “let's throw him in with Darby then aimlessly have him wrestle one offs every week for a while” were not even that far from Full Gear and whose gonna be his opponent? A Bobby Fish rematch? Now I have to watch Punk struggle on Rampage in 15 min match against a guy who got squashed by Tyler Rust in 5 mins 3 months ago. 

Maybe that's what he wants to do.  I'm enjoying it, Punk's enjoying it and literally goes on TV talking about how happy he is right now, what's the problem?  

Promotions

Hey Scott, hope you are safe and well. Which promotion do you think had the most potential, but never made it for different reasons? I actually ranked and wanted your opinion.

1. ROH- Yes they are still around, but they should have been a bigger deal. They had a ton of talent, good financial backing, and a good product.

2. Impact – Sure they have been around for years, but they have always been stuck as a small promotion even though they had/have top talent, TV Deal, and financial backing

3. UWF – Decent roster, sure long in the tooth, but, they could have been a solid #3 or 4 promotion stateside.

4. AWF – Actually stumbled upon shows on YouTube and the roster was deep, Road Warriors, Freebirds, Valentine, Orton, etc. Should have been a bigger deal. Maybe the round system sunk them.

Thanks.

You're referring to Bill Watts UWF in #3?  Dude that should have been a contender to the WWF but the Oklahoma oil market destroyed Watts and killed the promotion.  I'd say Impact is the clear winner though, given they have the kind of longevity and brand recognition that other promotions would kill for, and wasted it all multiple times.  

Seth Rollins calls Big E “boy”


So, Seth Rollins referred to Big E as “boy” at the end of RAW on Monday. Is this WWE's pathetic attempt to be controversial & edgy, or just Rollins being a complete moron?

Having not watched RAW, I'm gonna guess Seth was being a moron.  

Monday Night Raw – October 25, 2021

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 25, 2021
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators: Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

It’s time for the season premiere and that means we have the new roster officially finalized. We are done with the weird post Draft season, meaning everyone is here for good, assuming you ignore Becky Lynch going to Smackdown last week. We also need to start getting ready for Survivor Series, where it’s Raw vs. Smackdown again. Let’s get to it.

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Mr RUSHmore


What is your Mt RUSHmore of Rush songs that double as Canadian National Anthems?

What say you, eh?
Well obviously Tom Sawyer.  Probably Closer to the Heart as well.  I’ve always loved the live version of Marathon and that’s pretty anthemic.  Go with Working Man for the fourth. 

Coincidence? I think not!


Hey Scott,

Halloween Havoc is less than 24 hours away.
Rick Steiner's son will be on the show.
And Chucky has a new tv series.

You do the math.

We're through the looking glass here, people!

Chucky probably screwed up the SSL certs on the site this morning too.  

ECW On Sci Fi – May 22, 2007

ECW On Sci Fi
Date: May 22, 2007
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Commentators: Tazz, Joey Styles

Things are staying interesting around here as we have the continuing issues between Bobby Lashley and ECW World Champion Vince McMahon. Their next showdown is set for One Night Stand, but we have a little time to cover before we get there. In addition, CM Punk is rising up through the ranks and seems ready to break through to the other side. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Lots of stuff to read in terms of reviews. There’s Crown Jewel from Tommy, Smackdown from Tommy, Rampage and Dynamite from Scott and Tommy. MSG 1984 house shows from Scott. Did someone do Bound for Glory. Tommy probably did that too. I saw parts of Crown Jewel and thought the main event was an easy ****. Great drama and it was a big match that felt like a big match and was executed like a big match.

The new RAW roster debuts tonight. Let’s see what it’s about.

Seahawks-Saints is your rainy Monday Night game.

World Series starts tomorrow.

AEW is streaming or has already streamed.

Keep it Clean

AEW ELEVATION: October 25, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation, Episode 34 (“Oh, Hey, More Paul Wight, Just What I Wanted!”), October 25, 2021.

From Orlando, FL.

Your hosts are Tony, Mark, and (for now) Paul.

TONIGHT! Ryo Mizunami teams with Leyla Hirsch to take on Diamante and Xtina Kay! And QT Marshall and Preston Vance square off, with the promise of no less than SIX people at ringside! PLUS – Paul Wight goes 1-on-3, FTR, and Emi Sakura in action!

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WWE now competing vs All Out in 2022


https://mobile.twitter.com/JonAlba/status/1452609301722316802


WWE announced their PPV schedule for 2022 and SummerSlam is in July for the first time ever. Why? Because they are running a Labor Day weekend PPV for the first time ever. Hmm, I wonder if any other wrestling company has any sort of Labor Day weekend tradition??

Vince can do whatever he wants but I think wrestling fans in 2021 are going to quickly tire of promotional tricks from 1987. Absolutely no need for stuff like this and it feels kind of petty. Your thoughts?

“Kind of” petty is an understatement.  Especially since WWE doesn't make anything notable on PPV any longer and the only logical reason is to mess with the other company.  

What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – July 23, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing their usual studio duties for tonight’s telecast.

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Joshi Spotlight: AJW Queen’s Holy Night

AJW OSAKA QUEEN’S HOLY NIGHT (WWWA Championship Night):
(Aug. 30th 1995)
* Welcome back to another Joshi Spotlight, as we take a look at one of the biggest shows of the year! This one has a pretty great concept- it’s just all the top belts being defended, including the fourth match between Aja Kong & Dynamite Kansai! Plus Double Inoue defend their Tag Titles against Manami Toyota & Sakie Hasegawa for the third time!

Some matches aren’t available on YouTube as far as I can tell. Mike Lorefice’s ratings are in brackets:
Rie Tamada, Yoshiko Tamura & Yumi Fukawa defeat Chaparrita ASARI, Misae Watanabe & Yuka Shiina (8:56): Basic rookie trios match. (*1/2)
Kaoru Ito & Mariko Yoshida defeat Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa (8:55): The rating seems high, here- not even ten minutes and it gets four stars (****)?.
Yumiko Hotta & Toshiyo Yamada & Etsuko Mita defeat Jaguar Yokota & Bison Kimura & Reggie Bennett (12:55): Interesting use of the Raijin Army, pairing them up with Reggie against… well a Random Grab-Bag team. (***1/4)
Bull Nakano beats Lioness Asuka (1:29): Huh. (*)

LAS CACHORRAS ORIENTALES EXPLODE!:
AKIRA HOKUTO vs. MIMA SHIMODA:
* Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh shit- here comes Hokuto bringing the hate against her stablemate and adoring fangirl, Mima Shimoda! Hokuto’s in pink & white, while Shimoda’s in red, black & gold.

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Bound For Glory 2021

Bound For Glory 2021
Date: October 23, 2021
Location: Sam’s Town Live, Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Matt Striker, D’Lo Brown

It’s the biggest night of the year for Impact Wrestling and we have a pretty stacked card. The main event is the battle of Canada as Impact Wrestling World Champion Christian Cage is defending against Josh Alexander. The second biggest match on the card is probably Deonna Purrazzo defending the Knockouts Title against Mickie James in a grudge match. Let’s get to it.

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Sunday Night Reset: October 24, 2021

Tonight’s NFL Game is the Colts against the 49ers.

After further review, I think I’m the only one who liked the ending to Bound For Glory.  At the very least, given how much better Impact has gotten, I’m willing to let it play out and see where it goes.  The visual of Moose standing over Alexander as Josh’s daughter is crying is so pro wrestling it’s beautiful.  But that’s just me.

Looking ahead: your Joshi Spotlight is on Queen’s Holy Night; Wednesdays of Honor looks at Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies; and this week’s Dream Matches are all about the 1996 Kuwaiti Cup, back when there was a Middle Eastern nation we could go to that didn’t make the WWE look amoral.

Enjoy the night.

Crown Jewel

Is it safe to say you're not reviewing it anytime soon? Dont worry about the Dubbalos turning on you for giving your thoughts on arguably the best show of the year, with a legit MOTY candidate, because of where the show came from.


Ehhhhhhh, but on the flip side, I'd rather review more 84 MSG shows with my time.  

Reigns too long?

Hello Scott

Do you feel the “Head of the Table” shtick has gone on too long? At this

point people only want to see someone, anyone, win the title. But unlike

say Honky Tonk Man's Intercontinental Championship run where people were

paying to see him lose, the Tribal Chief is just running fans off. When

the BUNNY gets more viewers, then we clearly have a problem. Basically,

by the time somebody finally wins the Historical Universal Championship,

who will really care? Maybe it will be more a case of people sighing and

going “Finally”, rather than actually popping.

Also, how would Rock being the one to end the Reign of Boredom benefit

anyone? It'll get a brief spike in the ratings, but the message would be

clear…NONE of the current guys could win the title, so the retired

from the ring Hollywood guy has to come back. It would make the current

guys look like even bigger losers than they are portrayed as being

now…


In what universe is Reigns running viewers off?  He's literally the only ratings draw they have left outside of part-time guys like Brock.  The title reign has been so ridiculously successful that people are actually cheering for him now and they're going to have to fight it to keep him heel.  

This, sir, was a BAD TAKE.

The End of an Era

It looks like the relationship with Impact and AEW is finished. After AEW stars held their main title and buried the product on their own TV, what else can be said from Impact's perspective than “LOL TNA”? 


Oh, and if you didn't watch Bound for Glory, the IIIIInspiration won their tag titles in their first appearance, because Impact/TNA/Global Force/Anthem can't hold their load when it comes to putting titles on incoming talent without doing a bit of polish or allowing something to breath.


I don't want to blindly bash the product too much because most of what I watched of this era has been at least competent and enjoyable.  I do have a problem with them using the WWE trope of booking the big babyface win and then pulling the rug out with the Magic Contract, though, and the main event result really annoyed me in that regard.