Final Countdown?



Hey There,


I've really been enjoying the recent character change for Bryan Danielson; kind of a nice blend between indies Bryan Danielson & Planet Champion Daniel Bryan.

That said, there's been a lot of chatter that this was too abrupt of a change that made no sense or that this is an adlib course correct to fill the role that Moxley was going to do, given how he had a more developing apparent turn upcoming.

However, there is evidence that Bryan was going this way all along: where as Punk came in with a “I want to work & build all the young talent”mindset, Bryan from Day 1 has been more “I'm here to kick heads in” and finishing a lot of matches without the typical established moveset.

Do you think this was the plan with Bryan Danielson's character all along, at roughly the same pace? Think this was the eventual plan, but accelerated because of the Moxley situation? Or a complete modification roughly at the last minute?


I think it was roughly the plan all along and got accelerated by Moxley's issues.  While TK has shown an ability to shift gears when need be, most of the stuff seems to shake down exactly how it was planned in the long term.  

WALTER in AEW



Hi Scott, hope you are well.

Let's suppose Uncle Tony threw enough money, drugs and snack bison at WALTER to get him to AEW. First off, how long and loud would you be squealing with joy? And secondly, would you use him like AEW's version of Brock Lesnar, or would you go in a different direction for the guy (presuming you don't want Dustin to put a gold wig on him)? If nothing else, he would be fun to see as the guy to finally put MJF or the Young Bucks in their place. Thoughts?

Again though, it's not money for WALTER, it's that he doesn't want to travel outside of Europe on a regular basis.  If he did suddenly decide to do so, I'd use him as Brock Lesnar.  And yes, I'd probably squeal with joy as well.

Mike Reviews – WWF Survivor Series 1998: Deadly Game (Cause it’s a Deadly Game)

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I’ve been meaning to do this one for a while, being that in some ways it was one of most intricately booked shows of the entire Attitude Era and I enjoy that sort of thing.

The story here was that both Undertaker and Kane had pinned Stone Cold Steve Austin at the same time in a WWF Title match, leading to the belt getting made vacant and a big tournament needing to be held in order to crown a new Champ. Going into the show Mankind had been chosen as Vince McMahon’s hand-picked Corporate Champion, whilst Stone Cold and The Rock were the main babyface options to win the thing.

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Blog of DOOM Daily Thread – 4th December 2021

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Caught Rampage this morning. As usual it was an easy show to watch, but pretty forgettable once it was over. To be honest, I can live with that so long as Dynamite keeps delivering week on week. It’s all about whether the ratings are high enough to keep TNT happy. If so, then it’s all just gravy on top of the AEW chicken dinner, and who doesn’t like gravy?

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Smackdown – December 3, 2021

Smackdown
Date: December 3, 2021
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Pat McAfee

In something you probably don’t remember hearing around here, it’s the Brock Lesnar Show as he is back after his suspension last month. Odds are this is going to set something up for either Day 1 or the Rumble and that opens up a few questions. I’m curious to see where this is going so let’s get to it.

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AEW Rampage – December 3, 2021

Rampage
Date: December 3, 2021
Location: Gas South Arena, Duluth, Georgia
Commentators: Taz, Ricky Starks, Excalibur

This week we get to find out what happens after Cody Rhodes lit himself on fire to try and get people to cheer for him. That could make for a slightly weakened crowd, but I’m not sure how much of a difference it is going to make. At least the card looks good this week so let’s get to it.

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Friday Night Get-Down: December 3, 2021

TONIGHT!  Xavier Woods takes on an Uso!  Cesaro battles Sheamus!  Sammy Guevara defends against Tony Nese!  And a certain Viking Space Lord Black Hole of Plot makes a return!

TOMORROW!  AAA crowns a new Megacampeonato, and if it isn’t Hijo del Vikingo, then the drugs are REALLY strong in Mexico!  Plus, Cain Velasquez in a trios match, and the Lucha Bros and FTR settle it!

SUNDAY!  Beyond is in Providence for Fete Forever, headlined by Alex Shelley defending the IWTV title!  I can be talked into covering this.

Your WrestleCrap article of the week looks back at the brief WWE stint of Colt Cabana as Scotty Goldman, featuring a look at his web series that got very… well, you’ll see.

But first, let’s get some synergy with BOTCHAMANIA!

All right, folks, we’ve been over the rules.  I want you to obey the mods’ instructions at all time.  I expect a good clean thread.  Now: touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!

Undertakers lowest point?



Hey Scott,


Undertakers career is definitely legendary, maybe the most legendary next to Andre the Giant. However, other than his last few years, which thankfully did end on a high note, what year would you consider his lowest point when he was fully active? To me, I always
lean on 1999.

I think it was King of the Ring 2002 when he and HHHH were having a plodding borefest to determine who was going to heroically carry the promotion when the real stars were gone.  

What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – September 1, 1990

Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper are in the booth and they are still in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Joshi Spotlight: Jen Yukari

ProWresBlog: Noriyo Tateno

Yeah, this is like the clearest picture I could find. Truly the sign of a big star.

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- YUKARI OSAWA:
Other Names: Jen, Jen Yukari
Billed Height & Weight: 5’4″ 143 lbs.
Career Length: 1988-1996

-Yes, it’s time for another edition of “Jab tries to figure out stuff about a no-name wrestler because he’s insane”. Yukari Osawa is a low-tier LLPW wrestler who I only know because of the periodic LLPW shows that end up on YouTube that need to use their entire 12-person roster, and so here’s this random backgrounder, who kind of has that “Bison Kimura” athletic-asskicker look with the strong makeup and mid-length hair… except she’s a jobber.

It’s kind of weird that a company with so few wrestlers would have people who almost never win, but there you go having Osawa beating only green rookies and then jobbing in solo bouts against even the midcard, and never developing to the point where she threatened the LLPW Pillars (Kandori, Sawai, Saito, Tateno, Kazama). Sometimes you’ll see her tag with Miki Handa or Michiko Nagashima and beat another low-tier duo, but for the most part she has no solid push.

In matches, she rarely stood out, despite an interesting look- she is your standard “unconfident, blank-faced rookie” even with some experience under her belt. In 1993 bouts she kept throwing these awful spinkicks with no speed or accuracy- just kinda limply tossing a leg at someone’s belly. Though by some 1994 stuff I’ve seen she’s okay- tolerable and with a few nice moves, but nothing really flashy or setting her apart. REALLY nice bridges on those suplexes, though- you know they’re great when they’re up on the toes like that! I actually called one the “best I’ve ever seen” down below! So she’s not all bad! Just, like… mostly unmemorable and never giving anyone a reason to care. To me these people are almost as interesting to research as the big stars, but man sometimes I don’t turn up much!

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Flashback Friday: Inside Wrestling May 1986

This week, we look back at the 1986 issue of Inside Wrestling that went to press on January 29 and sold for $1.75 in the U.S and $2.25 in Canada. With a cover featuring Randy Savage, we’re teased with stories about the Macho Man, Stan Hansen, Lex Lugar, and Chris Adams. Plus, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express is apparently here to stay. Let’s make like Dynamite Kid and dive in.

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Worst Starrcade main event booking

Which of these was the worst?  Ending Goldberg's streak at Starrcade 98, The Russo screwjob finish of Bret-Goldberg at Starrcade 99, or the Hogan-Sting screwy finish at Starrcade 97?

They could have fixed the sinking ship after Goldberg's loss, but the Sting thing killed him off and there was no coming back from it.  So I'm gonna say that one.  

Page/Danielson



One guy is 40. Has a history of concussions so bad he already retired once. And his best days are behind him (he'll never top main eventing WM 30).

One guy is 30 and is AEW's first home grown star who just finally won the big one. 

Is there really a debate over who should win?  Does AEW need its own Lex Luger that badly?

Years of emails to the blog would seem to indicate that yes, they do.  We've already had their version of the invasion.  Hopefully they don't run Montreal any time soon, though.  

AEW First Time Viewer review

Hi Scott!

Thanks again for all you do with the blog.  It's pretty much THE way I keep up with wrestling, since I don't have a ton of time to watch all of the shows (and for most stuff I prefer reading anyway).

I watched Dynamite for the first time ever this week.  In fact, it's the first full wrestling show I've watched for quite a while – the last time I think I watched a full show was maybe during NXT's heyday when Gargano and Champa were feuding.  Overall, I really enjoyed it.  One thing that really struck me about AEW's presentation was how they show the records before each match, facts like “Has won last 12 of last 14 matches”, etc.  As a first time viewer, I really liked those touches, and gives both the audience (and the commentary team) immediate context – that make things like Lee Morarity's near falls on CM Punk that much more exciting.  It gives the show a feeling like you're watching a SPORT, and that wins and losses matter, which is so refreshing.

I don't really recall a promotion really doing anything like this since the NWA in the 80s.  I remember being able to look up the rankings in the local newspaper but they didn't show the actual won-loss records.  I thought this was a really nice touch.  I also loved the show's emphasis on matches and athleticism, and with just enough talking to place emphasis on rivalries, get you excited for upcoming matches, etc.  It was very easy for me to suspend disbelief for the most part which I really liked.  I think I might give it a go next week (and from what I've read here, this looks like maybe it was an off show as well!).

Hope this review helps you pad those checks from TK!  😉

P.S. – The Cody match was pretty stupid though, was NOT a fan of that match at all, that one was tough to “suspend disbelief”…

Thanks for writing!  I get a bonus for every new viewer that I convert.  

Impact Wrestling – November 25, 2021

Impact Wrestling
Date: November 25, 2021
Commentators: James Mitchell, Dr. Ross, Sinn Bodhi

So it’s Thanksgiving and that means things are going to be a little different around here. Since Impact Wrestling is smart enough to realize that a TV show on Thanksgiving isn’t going to draw so well, this is going to be a special look at the second season of Wrestle House. In other words, it’s the wrestling version of a reality show, whose first season was a mixture of a lot of fun and near torture at times. Let’s get to it.

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NXT UK – December 2, 2021

NXT UK
Date: December 2, 2021
Location: BT Sports Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness

It’s time for a big show with the United Kingdom Title on the line as Ilja Dragunov defends against Rampage Brown. Dragunov works well against big powerful bruisers so we should be in for a good one here. Other than that, we have…well probably a bunch of UK wrestlers in a variety of matches. Let’s get to it.

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