NXT – July 1, 2020 (Great American Bash Night One)

NXT
Date: July 1, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Tom Phillips, Beth Phoenix

We’re bringing back the Great American Bash over the next two weeks and that could be an interesting situation. NXT tends to know how to do these big shows pretty well and that could make for some interesting stuff over the following two shows. Next week is the big one but tonight could be a heck of a strong outing as well. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – July 1, 2020 (Fyter Fest Night One)

Dynamite
Date: July 1, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur, Chris Jericho

It’s a big night around here as we have arrived at the first night of Fyter Fest. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be seeing a pair of big shows for free, which is always one of the best taglines that you can offer. The headliner this week is Cody defending the TNT Title against Jake Hager, which could be interesting. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 6, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are still taped from Warrensville, North Carolina.

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Monday Night Raw – January 30, 2006

Monday Night Raw
Date: January 30, 2006
Location: TD Waterhouse Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Joey Styles, Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler

We’re officially on the Road to Wrestlemania and Raw needs to get some stuff done after last night. Smackdown’s Rey Mysterio won the Royal Rumble so we are going to need a #1 contender for the Raw World Title, which John Cena won back last night from Edge. That sounds like the call of a tournament so let’s get to it.

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Programming an audience

Good day to you sir

I've heard a lot of old time bookers say that when they came into a new territory or starting their allotted stint in a territory, the first thing they would have to do (besides bringing in their crew) would be to program/train the audience to like their specific style of booking. 


How long do you reckon it would take to reprogram an audience today? 

Hope you have a great day

Heyman was trying it but the problem was that there was no audience to program!  

Great shows without great matches

Hi Scott

I recently re-watched WrestleMania 14 and was struck by how fantastic a show it was and how much it really holds up.  Great booking, great moments and hugely influential in helping WWF turn the corner in the Monday Night Wars.  However, the show probably didn't have a great match.  Some give Shawn vs Austin 4 stars, but due to HBK's injuries it wasn't a classic.  This got me thinking – do you have a favourite PPV that doesn't have a legitimately great match?
Yeah, 14 is super-entertaining up and down.  I'd also throw 6 into that category, although Hogan-Warrior was generally considered great. 

Hogan/Bruno

Do you think Hogan vs. Bruno would have worked for WM 1? I know 1985 was a bit early to do face vs. face, nevermind mega face vs. mega face but I have to think this match would have drawn ungodly amounts of money yes? Or maybe have Bruno turn heel if they didn't
have the balls to do face vs. face? 


Bonus Question: If they DID do face vs. face at MSG who do you think the crowd would have favored?


I don't think the dynamic would have worked and it would have made one side of the fanbase bitter towards the other.  

Great American Bash counter programming


What do you think about NXT booking the Great American Bash last-minute to counter program AEW? 


It feels like a lot of effort for very, very little (if any) return. We're in the middle of a pandemic and things are awful. It's not like AEW was gonna do some insane number this week anyway.

And big picture, it confirms that WWE is a) concerned with AEW and b) out of ideas. Even if AEW fans watch NXT live, theyll still watch AEW on demand or online. Everything about it, down to the name they chose, feels very 20th century. 

Indeed.  Competition is fine and what people wanted.  However, when they spend their time specifically denying that there is competition over and over again and then pull that, it just makes them look petty.   Hot news I know.  

Bruno/Piper at WM 2


Reading your Best of Bruno review and he was regularly wrestling in mid to late 85/early 86. He was in the WrestleMania 2 Chicago Battle Royal. Since he was feuding with Piper in Oct 85, why not main event the NY/LI section of WM 2 with a Piper/Bruno blowoff?

If Mr. T had to get involved, make it a 6-man Bruno/Orndorff/T vs. Piper/Orton/Muraco. Would’ve been better than the crap we got from T and Piper amirite?!

I don’t think Bruno would have had any interest in getting himself over at that point or working WM.   His run was mostly for David’s benefit.  That being said, I forget when David left, but he might have been up for Sammartinos vs Piper and Orton. 
But yeah, Piper vs Bruno in that setting would have been amazing.  

Mike Reviews: WWF’s Funniest Moments

Hello You!

Something tells me the name of this tape is writing a cheque that the WWF isn’t going to be able to cash, but we’ll give them a chance to live up to it.

So, are you ready to laugh?!

I SAID ARE YOU READY TO LAUGH?!?!

Well let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!!!

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new era of hidden gems and lost matches

So with the past couple of years, lets say NXT coming in there own and NJPW getting more noticed and accsessable, the amount of great-to-amazing matches every year is getting more and more it seems. Before the internet and the network, tape trading was the way to see Flair/Bret title change classic, or that Liger/Pillman home video match you had in your original “Best WCW matches of the 90's” piece. And everyone remembers the Flair/Steamboats and Bret/Owen classics.  Personally UT/Shawn WM25, the No Mercy 02 tag, WM 17 Multi classics, i remember all of them so vividly and re-watch them all the time.  Now…. theres so much i'm starting to forget instant classics all together. Holy shit i forgot how great Rollins & Ambrose vs. Ziggler & Mcintyre is. Gargano/Ciampa at takeover New orleans is still on my all time list with surrounding story, but i feel like its going to be some time before i watch the 2 re-matches(cinematic match never again). Same with gargano/Cole trilogy. Koto Ibushi had  phenomoal matches in the CWC and if they happened 10-15 years ago, i think we'd be talking about them every year. I am not complaining about the amount of outstanding matches we have at our fingertips now.  But it has gone from randomly seeing  the diamond in the rough in a sucky/ok card (some IYH shows come to mind), to now it takes a lot to stand out in a certain month, week, show. Is it possible for over-saturation? The Stadium Stampede will live on forever but Jungle Boy & MJF had a helluva match that may get lost in the shuffle. Keep up the good work and Stay safe to you and your family.

It's definitely a case of great matches getting lost in the shuffle.  Makes it really overwhelming at times.  

Best 4 week build to PPV blowoff

Hey Scott,

Since WCW/WWF took on monthly PPVs there have been lots of angles contained within a PPV build cycle of roughly a month just to make it to a PPV ending. Which has been the most effective (as in, a month long angle that drew by some measurement) or most memorable (angles that any fan remembers/would like to forget)?

Cena vs. Returning Brock at Extreme Rules was it for me. Intensity (the pull apart brawl with Cena getting busten open), awesome pre taped promo with Brock (the What's running down Cena's leg one), meme potential with Brock cutting the worst contract signing promo ever. And then the match, whatever you think of the ending, one of the most unique matches in an era of interchangeable matches. What say you? 

I'm gonna go with Mark Henry's “retirement” interview and subsequent match with John Cena.  Just a great one-off title program.  

Best Era to Make Money as a Wrestler

Hey Scott.

 

When would you say would be the best era to make money as wrestler? Currently, guys have guaranteed deals but in the mid to late 90’s you had guaranteed deals with a chance of getting extra money from PPV’s. Or, could you make the best of things in the 80’s where you got a piece of the gate and could enjoy being on a card with a Flair or Hogan?

 

Thank you!

The Attitude Era years were the gravy train for everyone.  Guaranteed contracts with both sides playing off each other, and then video game and merchandise money out the wazoo for midcarders on top of that, AND house shows headlined by Steve Austin and the Rock that were drawing big paydays.  Plus PPV money.  Hell, even minor stars were milking it for years afterwards with appearances at indy shows and autograph signings based on the name they made for themselves on either side of the Monday Night Wars.