Monday Night Raw – September 13, 2004

Monday Night Raw
Date: September 13, 2004
Location: KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 5,500
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the night after Unforgiven and things are back to the normal levels of bleak. In this case, that’s due to HHH winning the World Title again, because Randy Orton had his four week reign and needed to be eradicated once and for all. I’m sure he’ll get some title shots going forward, but it’s pretty clear that his time has already come and gone. Let’s get to it.

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NXT – February 13, 2019

NXT
Date: February 13, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

We’re coming up on the build towards New York and that’s going to be a big night, with some of the card starting to come into focus. The big story continues to be Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa, but Velveteen Dream is getting involved as well, which could make for some very interesting curves. He does certainly know how to shake things up. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Wackness

AEW sold out the remaining 100 or so tickets in roughly 0.2 seconds or whatever it was.  But they’re still not a success yet until they actually hold the show.  Or so I hear.  Never mind that WWE barely sells 2000 tickets for a TV taping.

I can’t believe the blog’s fantasy booking of KOFI KINGSTON is actually happening.  And yet Roman Reigns won’t turn heel.  WTF?

Tonight is NXT and NXT:UK and I’ll probably continue on with the NXT reviews because it’s pretty fun and people seemed to enjoy the last couple of them.

Basketball and hockey tonight and baseball starts up again soon, so talk about everything going on here!

 

Dupe ’em


Why are smart marks/hardcore fans so easy to impress and distract? While having done ZERO shows so far, people (including marketing machine Meltz) praise AEW for selling out a trillion tickets in 1.7 seconds? That's marketing these days, and brillant IWC falls for it just like they believe in HISTORIC FIRST TIME EVER and WILL MAIN EVENT WRESTLEMANIA and WOMEN'S REVOLUTION and all that jazz. Who cares about enjoyment and quality right? Buzzwords and hype are the new IWC viagra


Are you drunk?  Asking for a friend.  

Eva Marie Returning


Hi Scott, i know you've been following Celebrity Big Brother US. Eva Marie has obviously gotten bit of mainstream attention & fame from her participation on that show. WWE's Youtube Channel recently featured her in a video of top WWE Returns fans wanted in 2019. So what do you think are the chances of her returning to WWE?

We know she can play a great heel, can you imagine the crowd response if Eva Marie faces Asuka for the Womens title at Wrestlemania? 
Ugh, no.  We had enough of her playing wrestler previously.  Maybe as a “personality” she would work but look how they ruined Vega.  Reality shows are clearly her strong point.  

Did they break The Rockers up too soon?

Hey Scott,

Going through the 1992 Superstars and it occurred to me: The Rockers never had a chance to be THE face team in WWF despite being excellent workers and pretty over with the fans. With The hart Foundation gone, and LOD being difficult, do you think it would've worked to keep The Rockers together and have them dethrone Money Inc. at WrestleMania 8?

Pros:
Money Inc. vs. Th Rockers could've been a hell of a match
The Rockers finally get their big title win on a big stage
It allows fans to see Shawn Michaels as a champion for the first time
The Rockers can carry the tag division through the summer of 92 against Money Inc and Beverly Brothers on house shows. 
The Rockers vs. natural Disasters is a perfect David vs. Goliath tag match to build to for SummerSlam 92. 

And then, when you begin to rebuild dissension — like when Marty accidentally costs Shawn the match — the stakes are higher because the tag belts are at stake. 

Then Shawn has a major beef, kicks him through the window and BAM! 

Thoughts?

That's all well and good, but Marty got arrested and put on house arrest for assaulting a police officer right after the initial split, so the Rockers weren't gonna be doing anything for most of 1992 anyway.  

Hold on….maybe the Nailz character was actually inspired by Marty!  He should sue for royalties.

AEW/WWE

Hey Scott, so you are presented the oppurtunity to attend 2 shows, AEW Double or Nothing, or WWE puts on a tri brand show with the following:

1. Lesnar vs Lashley
2. Styles vs Rollins
3. Bryan vs Dunne
4. Mctyre vs Joe
5. Demon Balor vs Black
6. Revival vs Undisputed Era
7. War Raiders vs Sheamus and Cesaro

or

1. Omega vs Jericho
2. Rhodes vs Ibushi
3. Lucha Bros vs Young Bucks

Which one you going to?


Ibushi isn't going to be at Double or Nothing because he signed with New Japan, but 100% I'd go to the AEW show.  

Lars Sullivan


What happened to Lars Sullivan?  Is Rowan taking the spot as Daniel Bryan's bodyguard he was supposed to play?  


Lars suffered from a severe anxiety attack before his scheduled debut and went home, and is apparently welcome to return whenever he's ready.  And yes, Rowan is taking his spot for the moment, presumably until Harper returns from injury and they can reset everything again.  

Charlotte Reigns


Before the Charlotte heel turn, she was basically in the same boat at Roman as in "the hand picked star who the fans don't want" role. So they gave her an edge back and turned her heel. Why couldn't they do the same thing with Roman? A Roman heel turn with him comming out as the corporate champion would of been amazing. Kind of like what they are doing with Charlotte now.

You're right, I feel like the subject of a Roman Reigns heel turn is a fresh topic that deserves some discussion on the blog.  

The Princess Rant for NXT 8-26-2015

I’ve been looking for a writing project to get me back on the site regularly instead of just doing the Monday night threads and posting in the daily discussions. So after scanning through the Network for a couple of months I finally settled on picking up NXT around the third quarter of 2015. Mainly because this seemed to be right about the time that NXT started to find their stride. They had turned over some of the roster with Neville, Kevin Owens, Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks either moving to the main roster or in roster transition and working on the main shows while tying up loose ends in NXT. Meanwhile the next NXT roster was starting to take shape and Triple H was beginning to get much more aggressive in signing talent.

So we are going to pick this up after the first NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show.

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Smackdown – February 12, 2019

Smackdown
Date: February 12, 2019
Location: Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves

It’s the go home show for Elimination Chamber and we have some big matches to get through. As was the case last night on Raw, we’ll have some kind of a match to determine the other team starting the women’s tag team Elimination Chamber match. On the opposite end, there is also a gauntlet match to determine who will enter the men’s Elimination Chamber match last. Let’s get to it.

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Big Brother future endeavors


I know you're a Big Brother fan. What'd you think of Eva Marie getting future endeavored by Tom Green on the show? I found it interesting he used that language.


She was a lot more interesting in that role than her WWE one.  I was cheering for Tom, though, because he was playing a GAME and everyone else was doing reality show drama stuff.  In fact I don’t even care who wins now.  Probably crazy Braxton.  

Becky, Charlotte, and Ronnie


Hey Scott,


  Why the hell are people getting so pissy over the ending of Raw?  It's called storyline.  Vince used to fuck over Austin every chance he got and we went crazy for it.  Have they been this stale and paint by numbers for so long that everyone has forgotten that Wrestling isn't always point A to point B.

Is everyone actually getting worked up about it?  This is the first email I’ve gotten about it. We knew Charlotte was getting put into the match and using deus ex McMachina is usually the way they do things.  

Impact Wrestling – February 8, 2019

Impact Wrestling
Date: February 8, 2019
Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews

Things are starting to pick up around here with one of the biggest matches we’ll be seeing in Mexico as LAX defends the Tag Team Titles against the Lucha Bros. That could be a heck of a match with four guys who can work well together and tear the house down with the right amount of time. It’s likely to be better than the World Title feud, which still isn’t doing anything of note. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – May 6, 1995

WCW Prime did not feature any original bouts so we head into WCW Pro where Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are on commentary.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – May 6, 1995

Mystery partners / villains.

Hey Scott,

 

It seems that almost all of the 'mystery partners' or 'mystery heels' are decided upon at the last minute – and certainly long after the commencement of the angle in question.  Eg – Hogan as the third man, the Black Scorpion,
the Higher Power etc.

 

Has there ever been a 'mystery partner' (or 'masked villain') that ended up being (a) a genuine surprise (b) got a great reaction and (c) was actually part of the initial plan?

 

About the only ones I can think of that MIGHT qualify is Ricky Steamboat  as Eddie Gilbert's partner at the start of his 1989 NWA run… and Dean Malenko disguising himself as Ciclope in the Cruiserweight battle royale.

 


Rick Rude as the payoff for the Shane Douglas angle in ECW was pretty badass.  

 

The Authority

I legitimately don't understand the rationale of this on-screen authority character development. HHH is a babyface because he runs NXT, but he's otherwise been the Attitude era typical corporate heel against every top face on Raw for years. What the hell is he now? He wants to control the babyfaces to the point of submission and deference, but he's not….totally unreasonable or cruel, I guess. Should I hate him or not? Then Stephanie has been the most straightforwardly evil heel on the show for almost a decade and the biggest Attitude era ripoff of the evil Mcmahon figure, but now  she's…… a heel who has mellowed a bit? I mean, she's clearly not a face. Vince wants to shake things up and listen to the fans, so he's kind of a babyface…who just screwed over the top face. Now he's a full heel again too, I guess? 

All of this just feels like the Attitude era without the same clear commitment to the heel personas of the authority characters (or originality or momentum, but I digress). 

You should just be grateful that the McMahons grace us with their presence on TV, pal!  Look at how Vince shook things up and brought in all those new people, like the guy who jobbed to Dean Ambrose on Monday or the girl who stunk up the Rumble and then disappeared!  Those people!

Bryan vs KO


So, after seeing Kevin Owens vignette on Raw, he seems to be returning as a babyface and possibly on Smackdown. It's gotta be Bryan vs Owens at Mania, right? And you can even have Sami return, torn between his best friend and the fact that he agrees with everything Bryan is saying and doing. That's a storyline you can run for a while. 

I don't know if I'd be feeling that particular storyline.  Owens was such a flop as Universal champion that I don't really think sticking him into a World title program immediately upon his return would be something that people would buy into.