Hi Scott,

I don't know how slow Monday is going to be, so here are some questions for discussion.

1) Roman Reigns has only wrestled in the era of 50/50 booking and nobody being bigger than the WWE brand. If he starts to get a successful acting career and leaves for Hollywood permanently, what does Vince do then? Will it be all double DQs and double countouts to make sure nobody can ever win ever again?

2) What do you think would have happened if Shibata's headbutt had sent Okada to the hospital and forced Okada to retire? What would be the consequences for NJPW (business-wise and booking-wise) and Shibata personally?

3) Part of what seems to make NXT so good is that the roster is constantly changing, which means that it's very hard for somebody to get stale there. Which three people currently in NXT would you either shuffle off to the main roster or release them from their contract because they're going nowhere and it's time for some new blood?

4) If Vince McMahon ever steps down, would the new person in charge allow people to say "wrestling" and "wrestler" again?

1.  Dude, Roman did a job for SHANE MCMAHON.  We're already there.
2.  I think they'd just elevate someone else instead.  Gedo has been pretty masterful with handling guys leaving, case in point the mass exodus of the Bullet Club and then losing the Elite as well.  
3.  They need to move Shayna Baszler to the main roster and forget the Forgotten Sons.
4.  Doesn't seem likely.  The new person will have been trained by Vince. 

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-06-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: August 6, 1983 (taped 07/29)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can the Freebirds with Garvin recapture the six-man titles? Will Mr. Ebony halt Parsons’ momentum? How will Adams fare against his nemesis Mongol? Also, who will stop by to capture more WCCW goodness with us tonight? Let’s find out!

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Fyter Fest

Hey Scott,

   I was looking up Fyter Fest tickets and there are a ton left.  You can buy groups of 8 still.  With All Out selling out in minutes, any thoughts why these are moving so slow considering the show is less than two weeks away?

Sting is headlining.  


Hi Scott,

What is your take on R-Truth? I think he's carved out a nice niche as a comedic performer for the past decade. All the while, he's won a handful of championships while remaining popular with the fans. He has stayed relatively healthy and has avoided controversy in his long tenure. I say he's a surefire WWE Hall of Famer. 
He's a hell of a worker for his age, too.  I think he actually deserves a bigger and better role than he has, but, you know, he said the name of a city wrong once.  Some things you just can't come back from. 

This is good sh*t?

I had an idea so horrible that it’s within the realm of possibility that Creative would consider it.  Eugene returns to WWE after he’s corrupted by The Firefly Funhouse.  

Man, I gotta lay off the ‘95 WCW.

I was gonna say that I was pretty sure Dinsmore is out of the business, but I checked cagematch.net and wouldn't you know, he's still working the indies as Eugene.  So there you, start printing money!

The Cheap and Lazy Father’s Day Sunday Thread!

Good morning to all the dads out there and Happy Father’s Day!  To all those who don’t have children, you get nothing.  Sorry.

Mike and Maria actually signed new 5 year deals with WWE this week, which marks the first case in a while where someone’s contract was expired and they WEREN’T trying to go to AEW.  For the record, Dave was saying on Observer Radio that Roman is happy in his spot and staying put, but pretty much everyone else in the company is at the very least exploring their options.  But not Mike and Maria.  So good for them for settling.

Have we discussed whether Sting belongs in the Hall of Fame today?  I feel like that one’s on the verge of getting added to the Mount Rushmore of blog topics beaten into the ground.

I’ve got my Father’s Day present of God of War to play today, and I hope you enjoy whatever you’re up to today.  Unless, as noted, you’re not a father, in which case you’re lower than Meltzer’s opinion of Sting.  Sorry, it’s just the rule today.

ECW on Sci-Fi 05/12/2009 #153

We’re five days away from Judgement Day with Christian defending his title against Jack Swagger and er that’s it so let’s jump in this pool of excitement.

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 06/22/00 Review

This was the last edition of Smackdown before King of the Ring 2000. On the previous Raw, we found out that King of the Ring’s main event was going to be WWF Champion Triple H, Shane McMahon and Vince McMahon vs. The Rock, The Undertaker and Kane and if Triple H’s team lost, then Triple H would lose the WWF Championship in the tag team match.

Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “Mr. McMahon causes more tension within the McMahon-Helmsley Faction by making a unique Six-Man Tag Team main event.”

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Smackdown – January 13, 2005

Date: January 13, 2005
Location: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

The road to the Royal Rumble and John Cena’s obvious coronation continues and this time around he has to beat up Kenzo Suzuki again. Other than that, we have to build towards JBL defending against both Kurt Angle and Big Show in a match that doesn’t sound too great on paper. They’ve surprised me before though so maybe that’s the case again here. Let’s get to it.

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What AEW has that others don’t

With the news of  DoN getting 100,000 buys and All Out not only selling out immediately but also leaving thousands more wanting tickets, what is it about AEW that is drawing like this? Even when TNA was at its peak with a 1.0 rating each week, they had to hold shows with free tickets while drawing 5-15,000 PPV buys per event. I don't recall ROH ever having the buzz of AEW either, and it's not like resentment toward the WWE product is a recent phenomenon. 

So, what exactly is creating this weird situation of AEW doing so well without even any TV yet?

They must really like the t-shirts I guess.  Also, apparently Cody and the Elite are bigger draws than anyone ever gave them credit for.  Also, New Japan needs to dump their shitty relationship with ROH YESTERDAY and get on board this train and I really don't know why it hasn't happened yet. 

The Emasculation of Miz

I'm not a huge Miz fan (his offense looks too soft and choreographed for me), but for a guy who got himself as over as could be expected and has done a great job, he deserved a lot better. Could the booking have made him look any weaker against Shane?

– Week after week, even when initiating the attack (even with a chair!), he gets left laying or fails to get heat on Shane
– Gets his ass kicked SO badly at WM that HIS FATHER HAS TO BEG OLD MAN SHANE NOT TO KILL HIM, and then he fails to win anyway
– Loses blowoff match and STILL never gets revenge for father getting destroyed 

Pray never to get turned babyface in WWE. 

Can't argue with that.  

Student/teacher storyline

The Moxley dominion promo about a “young lion” he’ll take under his wing got me thinking, either the WWE hasn’t done it in awhile or they have and just didn’t make it any good and I can’t remember it.

It’s such a simple plot, makes good use of (active) ring veterans, rising stars, and has , from what I count, 5 outcomes that you can mold and adapt to who’s getting more over and how the crowd reacts during the storyline :

1) student exceeds expectations, teacher turns heel out of jealousy

2)…or student thinks he’s better than teacher, turns heel

3) teacher warps students mind, they become heel team, student turns face in the end

4) roles reversed from above, resulting in student breaking out as a great heel

5) both become over tag team and teacher gets one more run with gold out if it

…is it just me or is this the perfect use of guys like Nakamura?

Maybe, but you KNOW that Vince would have him be an actual sensei and he'd have to start wearing robes and burning incense and stuff.
But yeah, the student-teacher stuff has been done countless times in wrestling and it almost always works. 

ECW 1998


I’m watching ECW Hardcore TV from 1998 and after each episode I’m wanting to see the next to see what high octane bout or moment is next. It’s a period wrestling fans are not too fond of but looking back at it 20 years removed from any context, what exactly was wrong with ECW at this point and why is it I’m enjoying so much more than anything on TV these days?

RVD, Bam Bam, Taz, Sabu, Masato Tanaka, Jerry Lynn, Lance Storm, Chris Candido, Dudleys, Dreamer and others. They might not be considered amazing workers (Tanaka is a god) but the crowd really cares for them and it’s super contagious. It’s very fun to watch 20 years removed.

Back at the time, what were your feelings towards ECW in 1998 and have they changed over time? Thanks

They haven't changed much.  My feelings were that the TV shows were generally enjoyable but Heyman never got the hang of producing top level PPVs, plus the big two were constantly raiding the roster and so we got shit like Justin Credible pushed to the top because no one else wanted him. 

Shane has to EARN his payday, right?

My mind is a little fuzzy here, is this essentially what is happening?

Shane leaves WWE to go run You On Demand in 2009 and did not accomplish much there and he returned to WWE in 2016.

If I remember correctly he had cashed in his share of WWE to help start You On Demand, so his return to WWE might have been because he needed a steady paycheck.

And since Vince does not give jobs, he gives opportunities, why should it be any different for his own son. After all, isn’t that a good life lesson for Shane to learn there are consequences for leaving the family business.

So Shane proceeds to do his poor man’s stunt man schtick and have near heart attack’s on a regular basis. Just because Vince wants him to earn his keep in the ring when he could be doing it in a million different roles in WWE.

Or is it even worse, Shane wants to be in the ring because he is self deluded like everyone else with the last name of McMahon. In which case the only way this stops is if he is injured or he injures someone else.

Crazy daddy issues man

Well his daddy is crazy.
And no, he didn't cash in all his stock as far as I know.  He still has millions worth of shares because it's basically impossible for any of the McMahon family to get rid of all their shares the way that the stock is structured.  Plus just as he was about to cash it in, someone attacked him and stole his briefcase containing the shares, and then the Wall Street official pointed out that the big bell never rung, so it didn't count. 

Six of the Best – NWA/WCW Great American Bash

Hello You!

Back again with another list, this time for The Great American Bash. Just to quickly explain, I’m only covering full Pay-Per-View events that happened under the NWA or WCW umbrella, so basically the previous Bash tours prior to 1988 aren’t included, which means the great War Games matches don’t make the list. Rest assured that I like them a lot however.

Also I’m ignoring the WWE Great American Bash shows for this list and decided just to focus on the NWA/WCW ones. Apologies if you’re a big fan of JBL winning the WWE Title or Muhammad Hassan getting killed off with a powerbomb, but those events aren’t going to be considered for this list because I wanted to give WCW it’s time in the sun. Maybe I can do the WWE ones on their own one day, but to be honest outside of Umaga Vs Jeff Hardy, John Cena Vs Bobby Lashley and Chris Jericho Vs Shawn Michaels I’d be drawing a blank over what matches would actually qualify to make the cut. It certainly wouldn’t be Undertaker and Big Show in a Panjabi Prison that’s for sure. Maybe I could do Six of the Worst for the WWE Bash events? Something to ponder…

This was actually quite difficult to get this down to six matches as I whittled it down to eight and then had to make some tough choices. If you look at the matches in bold in the honourable mentions, they were the two matches that only just missed out. All eight were perfectly valid choices in my mind, so I just went with the six I personally enjoyed the most. The exclusion of the two matches that didn’t make it is no comment on their quality, but I had to have six so I cut them.

As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below. As with previous lists, I’ll be listing the matches in chronological order.

So without further to do, let’s take a look at Six of the Best for The Great American Bash!

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