Survivor Series 2020 Chat Thread!

TONIGHT!  Teams of five strive to come up with a reason to exist!  Roman Reigns mauls Drew McIntyre because even when he’s a heel it’s all about Roman Reigns!  And, we celebrate 30 years since the debut of the Gobbledy Gooker!  (And some other guy.)

Pre-show is about to begin, with the main card at 7PM, so enjoy the show!

Ricky Steamboat title reigns

Two part question:

1. Ricky Steamboat had two all-time classic matches that are universally respected, one with Savage and one with Flair (of many) that ended in title wins followed by benign and almost pointless short reigns. Is there another wrestler you can think of that had amazing title win matches, preferably more than one, but had those wins followed up by forgettable reigns?

2. Given the futility in his runs with those titles, and the hindsight gained from perspective of time, would the matches still be all-time classics had he not won the title in those matches? Or are the wins part of what makes them the classics they are, regardless of how nondescript he was as a champion in almost all single championship runs?

1.  Sasha Banks?  

2.  Oh for sure he needed to win the title in those matches.  It just happened that he wasn't the guy to carry the NWA title afterwards.  

NXT 05/18/2010 #13

I have a message. The plane carrying Michael Tarver, Skip Sheffield & Daniel Bryan was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in. There were no survivors.

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Mike Reviews – Pro-Wrestling NOAH 20th Anniversary Show (22/11/2020)

Hello You!

Because why not eh?

I was a big NOAH fan in the 00’s and hoovered up any stuff from the company that I could, even going to see the company live on three occasions when they toured over in the UK at different points.

The death of Mitsuharu Misawa and the retirement of Kenta Kobashi played their part in my interest for the product waning and I haven’t watched a NOAH show for a very long time. However, there was a thread up on the Blog noting that this show was going up on FITE with English commentary, so I decided to throw some coins NOAH’s way for old time’s sake seeing as the card looked like it would be fun.

It’s been so long since I watched the product that I’m going into this one totally blind, but Lawrence Talbot has kindly allowed me to post his previews from the live thread on the Blog. Head over and give him a like for putting the work in for us.

If I enjoy this I might even try and stay up to date with the product going forward. Anyway, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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NJPW: World Tag League Night 4 (11.22.20)

NOVEMBER 22, 2020


– LIVE for Night 4 action from Nagano.  Super stoked for General Tekkers vs. Guerillas of Destiny in the main event.  Just about the whole field is tied at 4 points, so it would be quicker to tell you who isn’t on the leader board.  HIrooki Goto and Toru Yano have 2 points.  Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare along with Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens have yet to get a win.  Don’t forget to check out Rick Poehling’s coverage of the Super Junior’s Night Four portion tomorrow.

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Vengeance 2006

Vengeance 2006
Date: June 25, 2006
Location: Charlotte Bobcats Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 6,800
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s time for another Raw pay per view but this time around we have ECW invading as WWE continues to try to turn it into something again. This time around that means Edge challenging ECW/WWE Champion Rob Van Dam and John Cena vs. Sabu in an EXTREME Lumberjack match. I’m not sure how EXTREME you can make a lumberjack match but maybe Cena can make it work. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – June 23, 2006

Date: June 23, 2006
Location: Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield

It’s the go home show for Vengeance and that means we can finally start looking forward to Great American Bash next month. Last week’s main event saw Bobby Lashley beat King Booker in what could be seen as either an upset or the expected result, which isn’t something you get to see every day. Other than that, it’s probably going to be a bad night for Rey Mysterio. I don’t know what he’s doing, but I figure it’s the safe bet. Let’s get to it.

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ECW On Sci Fi – June 20, 2006

ECW On Sci Fi
Date: June 20, 2006
Location: Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz

Well after last week’s mess, they don’t have the highest bar to clear. It would be nice to have something that actually feels like ECW, which is why we have Edge and Randy Orton here tonight. It’s the go home show for Vengeance so expect a lot of talk about the matches there. We might even get some ECW stuff in here if we have time. Let’s get to it.

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Saturday Night Fight Thread – November 21, 2020

Hey yo.

Haven’t really decided where the review roulette wheel will land tonight.  Survivor Series 95?  I’ve done all the older classic ones recently so that would be the next one due, I guess.  Could always go back to 1990 Clashes as well.  I dunno, we’ll see how I feel after I order supper.

All the kids are talking about the big NOAH show tonight on Fite.TV, so if you want to send some money their way AND help out the blog, make sure to order through my affiliate link so everyone is happy.

Smackdown ratings were up a bit this week.

Finished the first season of the Boys and that was pretty spectacular, so now it’s time for the second one!

Have a great night.


The Long Turn

Curious what some of your favorite face/heel turns are for wrestlers who had long been or had major runs as the opposite. Thinking Austins heel run in 01, Taker finally going heel again in 99, Bryan a few years back.

Any that particularly standout as more personal favorite and/or big shocks?

Was just pondering this as lifelong, supremely great babyface Sami Zayn/Generico working as a superb heel is one of the sweet surprises of late.

I hear Hulk Hogan had a pretty good one. 
I’d also nominate Neville turning from high flying babyface to miserable bastard and excelling at both.  

NOAH show

Hey Scott, 

Thought it might interest the blog to know that NOAH's biggest show of the year is tonight (11 PM PST/2 AM EST), and is actually available to stream for free on Abema's site. 

It's also available with English commentary from FiteTV. 

Anyway, NOAH's been sneakily great for a while now, and this is likely to be their best show of the year, so if anyone was thinking about checking them out, this is a pretty great opportunity. 

Duly noted!

Conversations with Conrad and JIM HERD!

I heard rumbling a little while back that Conrad Thompson, mortgage man, podcast impresario and Flair family member, was launching a new podcast separate to anything he was doing with Brother Bruce, Eric Bischoff, Tony Skeevone or Jim Ross. Turns out he’s doing interviews with famous and infamous figures like former Executive Vice President of WCW at the start of the Turner years Jim Herd, who’s in his eighties. The trailer was juicy enough to promise some fun in the main interview, so here it is.

Herd in ’91, revealing that Ric Flair has left WCW:

Herd in ’20, shooting:

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Mike Reviews Every WWE Survivor Series Main Event – Part Four (2005 to 2010)

Hello You!

Well here we are its back to Reviewing Main Events, starting with one of WWE’s traditional “Big Four” pay per view events of the year in the form of Survivor Series.

The original Survivor Series was created in 1987 as a way for WWE to mess with Jim Crockett Promotions, as they were holding Starrcade on the same day. JCP’s plan was to switch their show to a different timeslot so that fans could buy both events, but Vince McMahon then threatened to withhold WrestleMania IV from the pay per view companies if they showed JCP’s show, which led to a lot them refusing to carry Starrcade as a result.

Despite only existing as a way to mess with another company, WWE decided to keep the event going and it’s still around to this day. The early events started out with just Elimination Tag Team bouts, but as the years wore on they started adding normal match types as well, with the show eventually becoming more of a regular pay per view that had a token Survival match here or there.

This week we’ll be looking at the Main Events from 2005 to 2010

I haven’t done one of these for a while, so I’ll make it clear than I class the “Main Event” as the match that went on last. People get annoyed at that definition sometimes, but my opinion is that the match that closes the show is the most important one due to it being the lasting memory of the event, which makes it a Main Event in my book. If you disagree then fair enough, but I’m afraid that that’s how I’m going to do it.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 01.29.96

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 01.29.96

(Also originally written December 2014, although not at the same time as the RAW episode where I suffered a kidney stone attack.  The scheduling for these was bizarre at the time, with the Network adding stuff randomly and leaving gaps so that I never knew when I could resume one show or the other.)  

LIVE from Canton, OH

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.29.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.29.96

(Originally written December 2014.  And while normally I delete my assorted ramblings from the time, oh man did I ever remember this one…)

Woke up at 2:00AM this morning feeling like my wife was punching me in the kidneys, and while that was not something that would out of the ordinary, it was not her in this case.  Three hours later in the ER, I discovered that I’ve reached the special age where I start getting into troubles like kidney stones.  And they fucking HURT.  Like someone squeezing your nut until you want to puke on the floor.  (Addendum from 2020:  About a month after the stones, I had complications with a bladder infection that was caused by the aftermath of passing them, and JESUS CHRIST do you not want to deal with that, either.  Thankfully both were a one-time deal because I never want to go through either one again.)  

Still better than watching RAW these days, though.  (Still as true as ever.)  

Taped from Stockton, CA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-23-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 23, 1985 (taped 03/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Adias upset Adams? Will Hart get involved? And who is Sunshine’s mystery man? Given how daunting Cornette’s men are, she may need to summon a deity of some kind. Also, who will join me for this frightening reflection?

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NJPW: World Tag League – Night 3 (11.19.20)

NOVEMBER 19, 2020


– Night 3 is upon us with a lot to live up to after the incredible main event from night 2.  The Tag Team Champions, Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr are tied atop the standings with 4, along with EVIL and Yujiro Takahashi.

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