Needless to say, I’ve requested a copy to review…

New York, NY September 21st, 2020– As the anticipation builds to the 2020 Presidential Election, TrumpMania: Vince McMahon, WWE and the Making of America’s 45th President. 2020 Election Special Edition is the most comprehensive look to date of the on screen and off mutually beneficial relationship between Donald Trump, Vince & Linda McMahon and the WWE in this 60,000 word book.

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Mike Reviews ECW Living Dangerously 1998 (01/03/1998)

Hello You!

Originally this was going to be posted on Saturday, but that was before I agreed to team up with Rick for G1 this year, so I decided to move it to Monday instead so as to not over-saturate the place with too much Mike.

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Survivor series 89

Why are Bret and Anvil on totally separate teams despite being a tag team at the time? 

Was the million dollar man the one guy Hogan probably had the most involvement with on wwf ppv? 

They were still trying to push Bret and get rid of Anvil.  

And Savage would be the answer for Hulk, wouldn’t he?  

How did tape trading work?

I was reading about your Memphis tape trading and realized that I hear about tape trading all the time, but nobody goes into much detail about specifics. I guess it went on during my early fandom but I must have just completely missed the boat. 

How would one have gone about the process of trading tapes with other fans? Was it just something that was conducted over (showing my age) forums like rspw and Prodigy or AOL and people posted what was in their collections? Did you just dub tapes and send them off or could you just keep passing those tapes along? Were there other unwritten rules? How did you originally get involved in it?

You got most of the details right.  I had 2 VCRs connected together and I’d dub copies of tapes and send them off.  People would post lists of available stuff via email lists or forums, but it dates back to the 70s via newsletters.  I had a lot of ECW through my roommate so that was my primary currency, but if you were just starting you’d usually need to buy tapes from people as seed stock.  I ended up making a compilation called Netcop Busts, kind of a precursor to Wrestlecrap, that did really well.  

Impact Wrestling – September 15, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: September 15, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

We’re just over a month away from Bound For Glory and I think you can see where the main event is going. Last week saw Eric Young vs. Tommy Dreamer because reasons, but Rich Swann made the save. I’m curious about some of the things around here though and if they can live up to the hype, they’ll be fine. Let’s get to it.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-02-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 2, 1985 (taped 02/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

What will happen when Kevin and Kerry battle Adams and Hernandez in a lumberjack match? Who makes his WCCW TV debut tonight? And who will join me for this relatable episode?

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nWo controlled by DOD?

Hear me out on this. Kevin Sullivan promised to rid the world of Hulkamania. He promised to drive Hogan to the dark side and bring a dark era upon WCW. I believe he promised to do the same to Sting at one point. The Dungeon Of Doom promised “untold prophecies” that unfolded after their “demise”. Well Hulk turned heel and went dark. The dark era on wcw, from a storyline standpoint, was WCW vs. nWo. Sting went dark when he went Crow. The untold prophecies were the nWo itself. Also in conspiracy theories the “New World Order” are often just the public fronted politicians and puppets doing the bidding of nefarious and often supernatural ring leaders. Well it would stand to reason that the nWo would be the cool heels that they absolutely were to get footing with the people all the while doing the bidding of the more “cartoonish” but REAL ring leaders Kevin Sullivan and the demons of the Dungeon Of Doom.

It makes perfect sense and what a twist it would have been to end the angle on!

We’ve been staring at the real truth all this time!

Sunday Night Reset: September 20, 2020

Tonight, Shieldball presents New England facing Seattle.

Time for the Craziest Idea I Kinda Want To See Them Do: Toru Yano making the G1 final.  Yes, it would be telegraphing the finish, but the entire G1 being this story of “wait, Yano’s still winning — they wouldn’t dare, would they?” would be SO worth it to see some internet folks’ heads explode.

I would settle for there being one wrestler who, at the end of the day, realizes that he would’ve won the block had he beaten Yano and makes it a point to get even.  That would be a fun story coming out of it.

I mean, the point is, he’s there, do something with him.

Anyway, here it is, your AEW Dark Match of the Night:


Cobra Kai

Hey Scott,

Cobra Kai recently premiered on Netflix and is now its number one show.

Think you may give this a shot now and review it?  For a coming of age 80s guy like yourself I think you’d enjoy it.

I might check it out at some point, but honestly I was never a big Karate Kid fan.  But yes, I've heard it's good. 

Halloween havoc 94

When they first planned out Hogan-Flair at Havoc 94, was it always going to be Flair’s retirement?  If he didn’t have that angle, what were the plans for him going forward?  Was anyone else besides Beefcake supposed to the guy In the mask that led to the Faces
of Fear angle at the end?

Man, we JUST went over all this in the Flashbacks this year.  The Flair retirement angle was tacked on to draw more buys, and Curt Hennig was originally the guy in the mask.  Are you another one of the nutty Trump supporters who's gonna snap and start e-mailing me about my love of Obama and Hilary?  Because if so, do it now and get it over with.  

Will Ospreay

I've seen alot of hate lately toward Will and NJPW for continuing to book (and deservedly so) him so my question is, what would be the correct way to go about this and make everyone happy? Job him out for a while? Firing him completely?

I'd fire himi and be done with it.  It's one thing if he's showing regret or some recognizance of why people were so upset about it, but just trying to pretend nothing happened and blaming others is a bad road to go down.  He's great, but he's not worth THAT much to any promotion.  

NXT 03/16/2010 #4

We’re in the Staples Centre in LA and you know you’re getting something special from the venue that gave us Judgement Day 2004 and Summerslam 2010.

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Thundercats – The Return

Seeing as there was a call to look at Thundercats and yesterday’s review was popular, I thought I’d also branch out and watch a trio of episodes from the 2011 Thundercats show, which only ran for one season of 26 episodes and really should’ve run longer except for the accompanying Bandai toyline dying on the vine. Some great episodes and there was a really good arc planned out in the vein of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but it wasn’t to be. It really was a serial, but I’m going to have at just three chapters today.

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Smackdown – April 21, 2006

Date: April 21, 2006
Location: Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 16,108
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

The King of the Ring is still rolling after last week’s opener, meaning we could be in for some good stuff going forward. Smackdown seems to be throwing out a bunch of more gimmicky stuff at the moment and I’m curious to see what else they have. There is something fun about seeing these characters that you might remember from years gone by making their debuts and we should be in for some bigger names and moments. Let’s get to it.

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Back in Business (mostly)

Hi, thanks for your patience with all the bullshit today. Long story short, the site was somehow hacked with a crypto-mining script that I couldn’t get rid of, and I had to take the site offline for hours while combing through dozens of directories manually in Unix to try and find the culprit. Eventually I just ended up having to nuke the site completely and restore everything from the most recent backup, which thankfully happens every morning. I’m missing a few minor plugins and I still have to manually restore all the photos, but the script is now gone and thankfully the site is extremely fast again.