WWF Action Zone – December 18th, 1994

December 18, 1994

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Todd Pettengill

Today, we get the rematch between 1-2-3 Kid & Aldo Montoya vs. Heavenly Bodies.

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Independent Contractor Insurance query

Hi Scott,
A build on your news item regarding Rusev's pledge to support WWE production staff.

Who else in WWE is a long-term Independent Contractor? Any refs. announcers. or trainers that WWE is afraid of losing to other orgs?  Or is it just about the in ring talent?  
I believe everyone who is not a wrestler is classified as an employee.  The refs MIGHT be contractors because they travel around too, but I don't believe so. 

Batista in 2014

If Batista had gotten the desired response for winning the 2014 Royal Rumble, was he supposed to have won the WWE Championship and stayed in the company for longer than he did?  

Yup, he cut things short after the Evolution reunion bit and left early.  Originally Vince was going to go all the way with him and he was going to drop the title to Lesnar at Summerslam if I remember correctly.  Regardless of who ended up with it, it was always going to Brock by Summerslam anyway.  

Good Promo Bad Character

Hey Scott,

There are plenty of great wrestling personalities that couldn't talk, but in your opinion, what is a great promo that never was much of a character? They could articulate their thoughts well but they just…didn't have anything in the realm of a distinctive gimmick or a personality that really connected with people?

Arn Anderson.  

Our wrestlemania options

Forgetting this is a disaster and a show that shouldn't be running, with Reigns out, how do you book the Goldberg title match out of these options:

1) Winner of Cena / Bray on night 1 gets Goldberg night 2

2) Battle Royal

3) Night 1 tournament

4) Mystery opponent

5) Matt Riddle

6) Crazy other idea

Your thoughts?
So we're eliminating "cancel the show" as an option then?  I like the idea of Cena-Fiend determining who gets Goldberg.  Plus then you're using one less person. 

NXT UK – March 26, 2020

Date: March 26, 2020
Location: Coventry Skydome, Coventry, England
Commentators: Andy Williams, Nigel McGuinness

Things are starting to pick up a bit around here as they seem to be building towards Takeover: Dublin, but now that show is not going to be taking place which leaves them in a weird place. They have a few weeks left taped and that could help them out a lot in the near future. Let’s get to it.

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Let them stay home

Seriously, WWE and AEW need to pull the plug for now and just tell their wrestlers and workers to stay home and stay healthy. I know Vince McMahon always wants to make a buck but even from a financial perspective, I'm surprised he'd risk the health of his talent or the chance of a lawsuit if someone gets seriously ill. Now Roman Reigns is off WrestleMania and the show just looks more and more ridiculous. Just postpone it and try for a summer WrestleMania if conditions allow. 

And I love AEW – their shows have been fantastic – but I'm a little disappointed Tony Khan hasn't temporarily shut down, both to take care of his wrestlers and production crew and to keep up the company's generally good image.

Stay safe. 
Doing my best but I work for an essential service provider in a management position.  So no time off for me.  But a lot of disinfecting and uncomfortable gloves.  
AEW apparently taped a whole shitload of stuff on Wednesday so hopefully they can at least take a few weeks off now.  Everyone's playing with fire now and I think that's becoming very clear, especially with Mysterio and Dana Brooke off in quarantine now.  The regulations are getting tighter and tighter, as we saw on Dynamite, and there's just not going to be a way to even run shows past a certain point.  And that's a good thing.

The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: March 26, 2020

Well, with me doing longer hours, the All-Time Supercard that Lawrence and Art helped make may be a few days.  Sorry, guys, and to anyone else who found their match ideas interesting.  I’m working as best I can.

No indie reports, because independent wrestlers actually put themselves on lockdown when told to go on lockdown.

Meanwhile, here’s a match from BEYOND for your viewing pleasure, as WWE longtimer Swoggle goes against AEW Friend Chuck Taylor… in WeeLC II!

Bring at least six feet of insanity!

Exalted One as VKM

During his recap of last night's Dynamite, Thomas inferred that Brodie Lee's taped segment with the Beaver Boys was meant to make the Exalted One character come across like Vince at his worse, then this morning Meltzer flat out said it was a blatant shot at semi-well known stories about Vince power tripping. Do you agree with Thomas that (if true) it's DOA? Or is everyone just getting too bent out of shape about the frickin' Dark Order?

Thanks mate
It’s just a silly rib, but I don’t know how effective it’ll be in getting Brodie over.  Hopefully they get it out of their system.  

Matt Hardy’s edited teleports

Sure we’ve seen the Undertaker disappear, and even levitate in the sky after Yoko killed him. It’s unrealistic, but it was at least done decently enough.

But how did that horrible edit job of Matt Hardy teleporting make it to TV? You could see Jericho’s head in different positions every time. Either don’t show Jericho, or just use some editing tools to show a constant shot of Jericho while Hardy teleports.

Is there no quality control team, or are they not working due to this pandemic?

I’m sure it’s supposed to be deliberately terrible.  

Blog question

Hi Scott,

You mentioned in your Hogan DVD rant that him and Rude had great chemistry together but never really worked a programme. Are there any other examples of guys who had great chemistry but, for whatever reason, never feuded?


Bret Hart and Ricky Steamboat!  They had the one match and it was GREAT but then Bret went full time into tag teams instead.  

Mania Incentive

There’s 0 ticket revenue and PPV buys are insignificant in the network era. I assume a rescheduled mania would still have a good gate at an arena and network views wouldn't be bad.  So whats  the main financial consideration driving mania still happening next week instead of postponing?

I don't think there is one.  I think Vince was counting on someone like ESPN to agree to carry the show, and couldn't swing the deal.  So now he's stuck airing it on the Network and wasting whatever value it might have had.  

NXT – March 25, 2020

Date: March 25, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

We’re back to a little more normal this time around with NXT having regular matches instead of a mini documentary show like last week. Since there was no Takeover: Tampa Bay, those matches and stories will have to be addressed and HHH will be here tonight to start that process. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – March 25, 2020

Date: March 25, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Cody, Kenny Omega

We’re still in Jacksonville and hopefully that remains the case going forward. This show was supposed to be Blood & Guts but AEW came to their senses and realized that the match, which probably could have headlined a pay per view, should at least take place in front of an audience. The show had to be rewritten as a result so hopefully their backup plan works. Let’s get to it.

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #361– 25/03/2000

Hello You!

Last week we had the rare ECW non-finish, all done with the idea of strengthening Mike Awesome and Raven as a heel tandem. As a result, they’re getting a shot at the Tag Titles this week, although I can’t help but shake the feeling that eventually they are going to be enemies once all is said and done.

Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Dino Bravo’s fault

Scott with all that's going on in the world with the coronavirus, I can't help but blame this whole thing on Dino Bravo. Even though he's been dead 27 years i can't help but think it's his fault, cause as you know Dino Bravo is the worst.

Wow.  That’s cold.  Even by Dino Bravo standards.