On the Bret DVD, he has an interview segment where he decries the “skin the cat” spot as inherently phony, his logic being that in a real fight, you wouldn't turn your back on your opponent and showboat while he flips himself back into the ring (he's got a point). I'd imagine he might have intended this as a dig at Shawn, but the thing is, that bit was an easter egg attached to the Bret/Steamboat match (great match btw, although Steamboat looks majorly roided there), and “skin the cat” was one of Steamboat's signature spots. I wonder if someone producing that disc was being a bit cheeky there.
Perhaps he was blinded by the tear in his eye when he was producing it.
With the grandaddy showcase of the immortals of them all approaching, what is your favorite Wrestlemania spot? So many to choose from, but I have it tied with Randy and Liz reuniting and the famous shot of Austin trying to reverse the Sharpshooter.
Gotta go with the Savage-Liz reunion, or Ricky Steamboat triumphantly holding up the IC title with George Steele at WM3.
The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark Episode 76 (Best Birthday Present Ever), February 23, 2021.
From the AEW Arena.
Your hosts remain Excalibur, Taz, and Anthony Ogogo. Excalibur’s adjective is “Massive”, and he ain’t lyin. He also calls Taz a “ray of sunshine”.
TONIGHT! Lots of action, and four feature bouts on the poster! Big Shotty Lee Johnson faces off against Serpentico, but he’ll have ol’ AA helping him out! Max Caster enters singles competition as he goes against Marko Stunt! Two popular acts – Aaron Solow and Tesha Price – look for their first singles wins as Solow faces Ryan Nemeth, while Price goes against KiLynn King!
But wait, there’s more! A lot of enhancement talent is intriguing! Eddie Kingston faces EVOLVE mainstay JD Drake! Brian Cage looks to make quick work of John Skyler! The Batiri – Louie Valle and Chris Peaks – are reunited to take on Alex Reynolds and John Silver! Cody’s first Nightmare Factory graduate Brooke Havok gets a trial by fire against Leyla Hirsch! And after a fun debut as a team last week, US Veterans Shawn Dean and Charlie Bravo face the Varsity Blonds!
WE’RE NOT DONE! Bear Country, Sonny Kiss, and Joey Janela in atomicos action! Jurassic Express! Ivelisse and Diamante! QT Marshall! Kip Sabian! Peter Avalon and Cezar Bononi! Top Flight! AND – we have a bonus three-way tag match that wasn’t advertised! We got over FIFTY wrestlers going tonight – find a favorite! (Or let me find one for you.)
When AEW had Jericho beat Kenny to get back his win from their New Japan match, it felt like a deciding match was inevitable. But their paths haven't really crossed in the almost two years since and I wonder if it is too late now. Jericho is clearly slower than he has ever been, and I am skeptical that he has another PPV main event left in him. Although maybe if AEW dangles that carrot he can get in shape one more time and they can use smoke and mirrors for the rest. Or, you would think even current Jericho could pop a decent TV rating with Kenny. So what do you think? One more PPV match, maybe Double or Nothing two years after the second match? A TV match? Or just let it be?
Can you phrase the question in a way that involves the Miz? Because that seems to be the hot button topic this morning and I'd like to cash in on it while I can because February is always a shit month for ad revenue and the year webhosting bill is due at the end of the month.
Why not? The Miz is a joke, so Bad Bunny winning the title from him wouldn't be that out line.
And if the end game is Lashley killing someone to win it, wouldnt he get a lot more out of squashing a worldwide A-list celebrity instead of a C-list celebrity?
They should just go for it. Ratings for Raw have been going down after the Rumble, which I can never remember happening on the Road to WrestleMania. Do something crazy.
I know this says more about how badly WWE has booked stars in the past year, but isnt a Miz/Bad Bunny WWE Title match one of the best matches (from an interest perspective) they can promote? Let's get weird.
I mean, in the grand scheme of things, if Bad Bunny really is the world's biggest pop star right now, then you might as well ride that gravy train while you've got it. It's just still so weird that he's so far out of my pop culture bubble that I'd never even heard of him or one of his songs before this started. I mean, I know who BTS are and what their deal is, even if I couldn't tell you one of their songs or pick any of them out of a lineup, so it's not like I'm just blind to everything outside of old Tom Petty albums.
Anyway, yeah, putting the belt on Bunny couldn't devalue it any more than letting Miz keep it for more than a week would, so I say go for it!
Can I hope that Vince will FINALLY strap the rocket onto Miz and push him as the face of the company? I've LONG defended Miz and his potential, and now that he's champion, can Vince get on the train and have Miz beat Roman, reunify the belts and send Reigns permanently packing to Hollywood to be Rock's gopher and push Miz as the face of the WWE? I mean, Miz/Bryan can easily carry the company as a major feud to anchor the company for a couple of years given their history, not to mention all of the fresh match-ups one you start sending the Coles and Ciampas and Garganos off of NXT to Raw to fight Miz. And more to the point, if the WWE is ever going to pull the trigger on bringing back the Four Horsemen stable before AEW says “fuck it, we're doing it”, Miz would make for a perfect heir apparent to Flair to anchor it, with Morrison effectively becoming Miz's Arn Anderson to embody his own ceiling career-wise?
Finally Jesse Baker is here to be the voice of reason!
Monday Night Raw Date: February 22, 2021 Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe, Byron Saxton
Elimination Chamber has come and gone and that means some heads have exploded as Miz is the new WWE Champion. I’m not sure where this is going, but as a long time Mizfit, I’m rather pleased with everything that happened. If nothing else, it means that we are going to be free of the Money in the Bank briefcase for at least three months. Let’s get to it.
With them seemingly rushing to put something together for Drew with either Lashley or Miz for the Raw Title Match do you not think they would have been better running Edge against Drew and then having the SD match that people seemingly want to see in Reigns/Bryan?
I'm sure Reigns/Edge will be good (and there's nothing that wrong with Drew/Lashley) but could they not have told the same story with Edge chasing one last title against McIntyre and then ran the ultra-obvious, six years in the making match of Reigns/Bryan?
Was this too obvious?
That booking was just so weird. Why build up to the big title shot for Bryan and then beat him in a minute? It just felt like such an FU to the fanbase. You could just as easily done that to KO to finish off that feud once and for all. Or Sami Zayn, because it's always hilarious when he gets smoked.
Anyway, they still have time to change their minds, because cards are subject to change as you may have heard a time or two, so hopefully the crowd reactions will once again convince them to change their minds on Bryan.
Because the WWE champion is feuding with Bad Bunny how many red hot pokers would putting the title on Bad Bunny warrant, even if it was for say only 24 hours?
No way. They'd never get it off him. He would never do a job and every time they tried to find a way to beat him, he'd just crack a joke and then come up with some hilarious scheme to turn the tables on his opponent.
Oh, no, wait, that's Bugs Bunny. Sorry, never mind.
The PG Era Rant for the AEW Women’s Eliminator Tournament “Show 2” (woo hoo), February 22, 2021.
Split Squad! The US regional is from the AEW Arena, the Japan regional is from the Ice Ribbon Dojo.
Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz.
TONIGHT! Ryo Mizunami is in for the first of her life against Aja Kong! Yuka Sakazaki faces the wily veteran Emi Sakura! Tay Conti is the David to the Goliath of Nyla Rose! And Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, squares off with Anna…
…I’m getting word that Anna Jay has dislocated her clavicle and is out of the tournament. Baker will instead face… Madi Wrenkowski.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. There are Elimination Chamber reviews on the board from Scott and Thomas for your reading pleasure. I thought it was a decent show with a couple of missed opportunities. It looks like at least Roman Reigns vs. Edge is confirmed for Wrestlemania.
Outside of a new RAW there are nine NHL games and six NBA games if you want another kind of sports fix.
AJW SUPER HURRICANE: (09.04.1994) * Here’s another named AJW show, hailing from the Sendai Miyagi-ken Sports Center! Tonight is actually more of a return to form after several All-AJW shows in a row, as we see LLPW’s wrestlers back into the mix, with three Interpromotional matches (including a rarity tag match), plus Manami/Kyoko vs. Bull/Sakie, as Sakie Hasegawa is put in a match with AJW Main Eventers yet again! Oh, they knew what they were doing. This arena looks CRAZY-empty, especially at the start of the set. As usual, this one is split up on an ancient YouTube set. You can find it all here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ringstarfield/search?query=SUPER%20HURRICANE%E3%80%80%E9%9D%92%E8%91%89%E5%9F%8E%E4%B8%8A%E9%99%B8
“TL;DR- Why Should I Care?”: Three “Dream Match” interpromotional bouts and some of AJW’s best wrestlers put their “Main Event Effort” into things. Mima Shimoda showcases her new drive, Kandori’s her arrogant best, and Bull Nakano takes on AJW’s fastest workers.
Joey Styles handles the commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 18. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a sellout crowd of 1,150 fans.
Buh Buh Ray Dudley walks to the ring to do guest ring announcing duties for the Broad Street Bully-Don E. Allen opener. He is accompanied by the other members of the Dudley clan except for Dudley Dudley, who is no longer part of the company. Buh Buh is wearing a top hat and suit coat like he is running a circus. Buh Buh gets through the welcome until he tries to mimic Michael Buffer and stutters over the word “rumble.” Frustrated, Buh Buh takes out the jobbers with Buh-Buh Bombs.