Rampage – October 22, 2021

Rampage
Date: October 22, 2021
Location: James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Taz, Ricky Starks, Excalibur, Chris Jericho

It’s tournament time as we get the first match in the World Title #1 contenders tournament. That alone should be enough, but we also get a rematch between Andrade El Idolo and Pac. The first one was a heck of a fight and the rematch could live up to the expectations so let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – October 22, 2021

Smackdown
Date: October 22, 2021
Location: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Pat McAfee

We’re done with Crown Jewel and that means it is time to start getting ready for Survivor Series. The big story coming out of the show is Roman Reigns retaining the Universal Title as Paul Heyman managed to stay in the middle while still interfering in the match. That could mean more than a few things going forward so let’s get to it.

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Friday Night Get-Down: October 22, 2021

TONIGHT!  We finally re-adjust our rosters and everyone from SmackDown arrives from the desert!  (And yes, we checked — the plane is fine.)  Also, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch have to switch titles, and I’m sure that will go peacefully!  Then, after shaking up the rosters in the draft… we have brand warfare headed to Survivor Series, as people defend the teams they’ve been a part of for minutes!

AND THEN!  Rampage tonight and Dynamite tomorrow!  Pac and Andrade one more time!  The Full Gear World Title Eliminator tournament!  Britt Baker against Anna Jay!  We are in Orlando so that means the All Elite Zone tapings on Sunday will be loaded!

SUNDAY!  Impact Wrestling is BOUND FOR GLORY!  Christian Cage defends the big gold against Josh Alexander!  Deonna Purrazzo battles the NWA’s Mickie James!  The Good Brothers defend the tag gold against two of New Japan’s finest duos!  The debut of the IIIIIIIInspiration!  And I’ve been told a certain 400-pound mountain of a man may be in attendance!

But first, here it is: your Moment of Zen.

All right, we went over the rules in the back.  I want you to obey the mods’ instructions at all times.  I expect a good, clean thread.  Now — touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!

WWE Crown Jewel: October 21, 2021

This COVID-19 man … it’s been a rough 18 months. Like it wasn’t bad enough that I had booked a trip to Florida to attend Wrestlemania 36 with a friend of mine and had to cancel, but more importantly, my supply chain to Saudi Arabian shows has been cut off! 

This is the only thing I look forward to in wrestling! I’m still a network subscriber, and I’ll periodically fire up a PPV here and there, but it all starts to blend together. There’s like 6 Seth Rollins clones, one of which might actually be Seth – who can tell anymore? 

Saudi Arabia on the other hand. ANYTHING can happen! We’ve had random 500-pound Japanese dudes show up inside oversized Royal Rumbles! Requested appearances for Yokozuna and the Warrior! Shane McMahon being crowned the best in the world! Lesnar smashing everyone, even when it defied all booking logic! The disastrous return of DX, Undertaker and Goldberg trying to legitimately kill each other, giant lounge chairs, women wrestling in 45 layers of clothing, prayer hours, everything Mansoor, hijacked planes for ransom, this show has EVERYTHING! 

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – July 22, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are still in Huntington, West Virginia.

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Impact Wrestling – October 21, 2021

Impact Wrestling
Date: October 21, 2021
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D’Lo Brown

It’s the go home show for Bound For Glory and the card is set. That could leave a few different directions to choose this week and I’m curious to see where things are going to go. The good thing is that Impact has earned the benefit of the doubt over….dang a year plus or so? Let’s get to it.

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High Energy & Max Moon vs. The Genius & The Beverly Brothers (and other Dream Matches!)

Re-Re-Ranking WWE's Greatest Tag Teams – #4 High Energy | Jive Soul Bros  Wrestling

High Energy AND Max Moon! In one match! It’s the most 1992 thing in wrestling!

Here’s an extra Dream Matches column for the week! Mainly because I had an extra couple of Steiners/Fire & Ice matches to post, plus I found this other bizarre one- a rare Genius match from 1992… AND a Max Moon appearance! In the same match! These would be posted MONTHS apart if I did the usual thing, so I give a little extra this week. I also threw in a short Giant/Ice Train match from the same time.

MAX MOON & HIGH ENERGY (Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware) vs. THE GENIUS & THE BEVERLY BROTHERS (Beau & Blake)
(Dec. 7th 1992)
* Wow, now THIS is a weird one. The Genius in a rare 1992 wrestling appearance, along with the short-lived Max Moon teaming up with fellow high-fliers Owen & Koko! The Genius is ultra-pasty in his black jobber trunks. Monsoon jokes about the twelve Hart children before the match, “Stu was certainly busy, wasn’t he?”, cracking up Lord Alfred.

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Giving the fans what they want.


Hey man, watched Crown Jewel, thought it was all right. But what jumped out at me is that when they're in Saudi they seem to have figured out how to book a show for a happy crowd.


Home town guy gets a win, faces go over in most of the big matches, book some underdogs to go over, etc. 

Why are they so incapable of doing that on their domestic shows? 

Guess we need some oil barons to finance domestic shows as well.  

Vince yelling at people on commentary



Renee Young shared a familiar story of Vince yelling at her like crazy over her headset over something minor.  We have heard stories like this from other commentators including JR and Mick Foley.  Who is Vince to yell at anyone when he himself was terrible
at commentating and the WWE commentary team in general has been awful for years?   Isn't this just another sign that Vince has lost his mind and needs to go?

Vince wasn't terrible, he knew exactly how to phrase and put over exactly what he wanted to.  That's why he yells at people now, because he can't be out there doing it himself anymore.  He just goes about it horribly wrong and apparently doesn't trust anyone ever to get it right.  

Queen’s Crown cheapened?



When someone like Zelina Vega, whose record was 6-42 before the tournament, wins the Queen's Crown, does that elevate the wrestler or cheapen the tournament?


Booking everything to be 2:00 matches cheapens the tournament.  Vega winning is just par for the course.  The whole thing was a complete waste and having her win it in Saudi Arabia is just another tone deaf move in a series of them.  

NXT UK – October 21, 2021

NXT UK
Date: October 21, 2021
Location: BT Sport Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness

The fans came back last week and saw a classic with Ilja Dragunov successfully defending the United Kingdom Title against A-Kid. It did feel like something was changing around here and that is quite the upgrade as it just makes the show feel that much bigger. Hopefully they do that again this week so let’s get to it.

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: October 21, 2021

Tonight on Impact: Mickie James gets the poison Deonna Purrazzo gave her in Savannah Evans; Chris Bey and Hikuleo face David Finlay IV and Juice Robinson with the winners getting the Good Brothers at Bound For Glory; Trey Miguel gets an exhibition with Alex Zayne; the six Digital Media contenders pair up (Fallah Bahh with Jordynne Grace, John Skyler with Tenille Dashwood, Crazzy Steve with Chelsea Green) for a three-way tag match; and Jake Something goes hoss with W.Morrissey on the pre-show.

Sports Section: the Broncos and Browns face off in the NFL Game of the Week of the Day; Atlanta (3) looks to punch its World Series ticket against LA (1); four college football games tonight, highlighted by unbeaten SMU facing Tulane; your NBA doubleheader is Mavericks/Hawks, then Clippers/Warriors.

The indies are ALIVE this weekend, yo:

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Crown Jewel 2021

Crown Jewel 2021
Date: October 21, 2021
Location: Mohammed Abdu Arena On The Boulevard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Commentators: Byron Saxton, Corey Graves, Michael Cole

After a year and a half away, WWE is returning to Saudi Arabia and the show is actually looking huge. For the first time in a very long while, we are seeing what looks to be a massive show with a lot going on. The main event is Roman Reigns defending the Universal Title against Brock Lesnar and that should be enough to carry just about anything. Let’s get to it.

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Another thing about the Demos…


This whole Demos discussion has me upset & I blame the WWE & AEW stans equally. 

I mean, can't we just enjoy both of them?

Maybe you can help pit it to rest Scott. Final question about the Demos: 

Better or worse than the Road Warriors?
Better in the ring, but the Warriors drew better with males 18-49 so they’re the real winners.  

Peak NXT vs AEW


Mr. Keith,

I am writing to you once again with another pressing question about professional wrestling:

When NXT was at its absolute peak in terms of creativity and in-ring talent, could it have successfully competed against AEW on Wednesday nights?

As always, your opinion on this matter is greatly appreciated.

With warm personal regards,

Dr. Ashley Spider, PhD

I think the peak NXT crew with Undisputed Era and the like could have competed, yeah.  

The Final Exchange, bro!


Vince Russo tweeted out today that he and Vince McMahon had their FINAL EXCHANGE (caps his of course) yesterday.  How do you suppose that went?

I imagine that he asked to be put in charge of NXT 2.0 and then Vince had to end the meeting when HHH immediately suffered another 7 cardiac events.