Daily News Update – September 18, 2020

Finally the weekend is nearly upon us and I can spend it playing Mario!

Ronda Rousey Teases WWE Return


Dynamite Match Turns Into Shoot


WATCH: Eddie Kingston Takes A Shot At WWE With A Cookie


The SmarK Rant for NXT – 09.17.20

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 09.17.20

Well, I’ve got a couple of hours to kill before I can play Super Mario 3D All-Stars, so let’s knock out some NXT.  Also releasing by the time you read this is WWE Battlegrounds, and the fact that I have seen or heard about ZERO gameplay footage or even mention of the game from WWE itself cannot be a good sign.

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Your hosts are Wade Barrett & Vic Joseph

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for NXT – 09.17.20

NXT UK – September 17, 2020

Date: September 17, 2020
Location: BT Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepard, Nigel McGuinness

We are FINALLY back with the first new show in over five months. There are no fans in attendance but that is going to be the case throughout WWE for a long time to come. I’m not sure what to expect here, but we have some big matches to set up over the coming weeks. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT UK – September 17, 2020

The Big Ol’ Super-Duper Wiz-Bang 2020 G-1 Climax Preview!


Every year for 19 days, bleary-eyed wrestling nerds all over the world shake off sleep at ungodly hours of the morning to watch the biggest pro wrestling tournament of the year.  

Potential matches of the year are crafted. Tournament math that resembles the complications of algebraic theorems to be solved only by Will Hunting are bandied about. The exhausted fanbase that consumes copious amounts of caffeine are matched only by the exhausted wrestlers who give everything to their artform until they break.  

It can only mean one thing……it’s time for the G-1 Climax! 

I did a preview for the G-1 last year and it seemed popular enough, so I decided to run it back because this year, I’ll be part of the G-1 coverage here on the blog. I’m looking forward to it! Much coffee has been stocked up! Myself and last year’s excellent reviewer, Michael Fitzgerald, will be splitting the G-1 duties as Michael will be taking A Block and I’ll be taking B Block.  

Let’s get started:

Read moreThe Big Ol’ Super-Duper Wiz-Bang 2020 G-1 Climax Preview!

Mario 3D All Stars

… so I wound up having to drop $125 at Walmart for that Odyssey / Pro Controller bundle because none of the 3rd party pads I use (including the EXCELLENT Hori joypad that's my default) have motion controls and they didn't tweak Galaxy's controls enough to make the motion-heavy levels playable.

I just gave Nintendo $200 to play three emulated games (well, and finally own Odyssey, so not a bad side benefit)

I'm weak

I'm assuming the joycons will work fine for me, but I also have an 8BitDo SN30 controller (not the Pro one with the grip, sadly) that apparently will work in a pinch.  I also have a knockoff EBGames pro controller (Their “BioGenik” brand) which is actually quite good and is my Mario Kart weapon of choice, but I don't know if it has the motion controls in it. 

Although this is being written at 10:00pm my time, two hours before I can play the damn game, so I'm getting antsy and decided to review NXT while I'm waiting.  

Taping Leaks

Hey Scott-

In this age of oh-so-much pretaped content, why don't you think we're seeing more spoilers leaked from the various companies taping in advance? Obviously there are no fans to tip off the various dirt sheets, but I understood that I lot of wrestlers would also let Dave and the like know what was coming up:Do you think it's a matter of wrestlers wanting to protect the shows more, or being more likely to be caught talking since there are so few people who are able to do so?

Good question, actually.  I've definitely noticed that people seem a lot less interested in spoiling stuff, too, since everything started getting pre-taped.  Maybe it's also because interest in WWE has just been down in general too and people don't care as much?  Either way I like not knowing if a show is live or taped. 

Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 17, 2020

“Good evening, wrestling fans, and welcome to another Thursday Night Prime Time here on the Blog of Doom.  Gorilla Monsoon here in the studio alongside Bobby the Brain Heenan, and… Brain, you’ve been making phone calls for hours, who are you talking to?”

“…yeah, I’m not sure of her last name.  I think it might be a question mark.”

“Have you been calling every Sue in the phone book?  What makes you think she cares about you?”

“Hey, a lady who would give that parting gift to Santana and Ortiz is my kinda gal!”

Read moreThursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 17, 2020

This Means War

I know AEW Stans and Jericho want to blame WWE for starting this so call “War” but is that really true? NXT was always on Wed and while AEW's move to that night probably expedited their move to USA I have to think that had been in the works for awhile. Besides some counter programming, which I think both sides do as well as pretty much everyone else in TV since isn't  getting viewers is the point, what else have they really done to AEW? Is offering big money deals as keep away really that bad when its wrestlers who are the ones benefitting from it?

If anything this war has been pretty one sided with AEW as the aggressors. Whether its weekly shots on TV and PPV, Taz and JR complaining that WWE won't acknowledge AEW, or Jericho talking about Nxt/WWE any chance he gets, its pretty non stop with them trying to keep the flames going. My question is do you think AEW is doing it because they need/want the extra hype that comes along with having this Wed War? I mean Jericho can't really think that him talking about how NXT is getting crushed and should just give up is gonna make Vince move nights right? If anything he prob trying to fire Vince up so he doesn't switch to Tues because he knows Vince isn't gonna walk away after being called out. Could this be just like Cobra Cai/Karate kid scenario where WWE is actually the good guy and AEW is the dickhead bully trying to steal their girl?

I don’t think anyone seriously thinks WWE is evil for counter-programming.  However, the fact that they won’t ever just own up to it, when we know it’s happening, is more what is rubbing people the wrong way.  Especially when they were the first ones to cry foul and “poor us” when the same thing happened to them in 1995.  Hell, they’re STILL making documentaries whining about it.  Also most reasonable people understand the reasons behind why they do what they do, but when NXT goes to Tuesday and suddenly draws an extra 200k people, it really becomes hard to frame moving back to Wednesday as anything but trying to hurt the other guy instead of helping yourself.  

Review Suggestion


Just wanted to throw out a review suggestion for the blog. Earlier today I was browsing the Old School section of the Network and found the MSG show from 8/7/76 that features the cage match with Bruno and Stan Hansen that blows off the feud over Bruno's broken neck.

I figured its hard to go wrong with a passed off Bruno and Stan Hansen with a cage and blood. Hope you consider it.
I actually thought I had done that one already.  If not, sure, great idea.  

Daily News Update – September 17, 2020

Oooo, my phone updated to iOS 14 last night.  And it mostly looks the same to me.  Who says Apple isn’t innovating?

But more importantly, at midnight tonight I can finally play SUPER MARIO 3D ALL STARS!  Apparently the games are being emulated by the Switch and they’re not actually new versions.  However, this does mean that the Switch can fully emulate N64, Gamecube and Wii, which is kind of mind-blowing in itself.

Next Takeover Set


Will Hobbs Is All Elite


Wade Barrett Is With NXT Full Time




NXT – September 16, 2020

Date: September 16, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Beth Phoenix, Wade Barrett

Things are back to normal around here as the show is back on Wednesday after heading over to Tuesday for a few weeks due to the NHL Playoffs. They aren’t wasting time either as we have two title matches tonight with Damian Priest defending the North American Title against Timothy Thatcher and Imperium getting their rematch for Breezango’s Tag Team Titles. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT – September 16, 2020

Dynamite – September 16, 2020

Date: September 16, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

We are still dealing with the fallout from All Out and things are looking up for AEW. Last week’s show was the first time in the better part of a year that they got back to one million viewers, which is a heck of an accomplishment. Now the trick is to do it again and hopefully they can pull it off for a second time. Let’s get to it.

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Wednesday Night War Thread!

Tonight!  It’s back to our usual tribalism, with AEW and NXT both going live again.  AEW has the parking lot brawl that was supposed to happen the week that the world went to shit, and NXT has two major announcements from Mr. Regal.

Hey, also tonight, if you’re in the mood for something different, the UWN thing starts doing their weekly PPVs with the remains of Corgan’s NWA, featuring Nick Aldis defending against Mike Bennett tonight.  I have no idea if it’s gonna be any good, but it’s relatively cheap, so if you want to give it a shot on Fite.TV make sure to use my link because then I get a piece of the action for the blog:


Thunder Rosa is apparently scheduled to appear, which will be a neat trick since she’s also on Dynamite defending her title there.  I’m assuming it’s actually taped?  I dunno, doesn’t matter.  I’ve got a bazillion credits on Fite so I might even give it a buy to support it.

Edit:  Apparently it already happened last night.  My mistake.  Anyway, I’ll still probably check it out.

Oh!  Apparently Velocity is getting dropped onto the Network (10 episodes of it at least) very soon now, so that’s something else I can review.

Have a great night.


What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – July 8, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.

The closing moments of the Buddy Landel-Brad Armstrong SMW Championship match in Barbourville, Kentucky are shown.  Timekeeper Kenny Rison, referee Mark Curtis, and Tracy Smothers recap the crazy endings of Jim Cornette ringing the bell prematurely to keep Armstrong from winning, Landel using a foreign object to get a pin until Tracy Smothers got Curtis to restart it, and Armstrong pinning Landel after a side Russian leg sweep.  Cornette and Landel are incensed about Armstrong having the SMW title, and Landel calls Armstrong a thief while Cornette hilariously punches a wall and hurts himself.  Armstrong says the belt is his because possession is nine-tenths of the law.  Commissioner Bob Armstrong says the situation is a mess, so he declares the SMW Championship vacant until Landel and Armstrong meet again for the title in Knoxville.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – July 8, 1995

Monday Night Raw – April 17, 2006

Monday Night Raw
Date: April 17, 2006
Location: Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 16,108
Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler, Joey Styles

We are less than two weeks away from Backlash and that means it’s probably time for another handicap match this week. The three way feud between Edge, John Cena and HHH continues, which makes it a lot easier to sit through than Vince McMahon/Shane McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels/God. Let’s get to it.

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Bill Watts

Hi Scott,

I primarily know Bill Watts from his short run at WCW. What were his strengths as the booker at Mid-South? Would he have been able to make a success of WCW if he had stayed on or was his thinking too behind the times by then? I am guessing the failed attempt to get Ron Simmons over as world champ did not help.

He wasn’t ever really “booker” because he was the big picture guy like Vince.  He had guys like Bill Dundee or Dick Slater doing the day to day booking for him.  Same with WCW.  He was more about “This is the direction I want things to go” as I understand it.  We just say “Watts wanted…” as shorthand for him filtering his decisions through the actual booker.  

As for WCW, no, he never would have been a success because that’s not what they wanted from him.  They wanted expenses brought down drastically (done and done!) and contracts under control (which they were) so the company stopped bleeding money.  Really anything else was gravy but Watts still managed to fuck it up anyway with the racial stuff.  But they were never going to succeed past a certain level because Bill didn’t have the backing of TBS to do so.  

Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #386 (16/09/2000)

Hello You!

The mammoth tapings from the Hammerstein Ballroom are now behind us and hype has already started for the Anarchy Rulz pay per view on the 1st of October 2000. I’m sure ECW will try and advance some angles over the next couple of weeks of programming to get us all jazzed for the eventual pay per view event.

Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

Read moreMike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #386 (16/09/2000)

What If…? 1996 Warrior Edition

Hey Scott–

Let's assume for a moment that Vince and Warrior are able to have a copacetic relationship in 1996 (BWAHAHAHAHA! I know). Is there any juice in a Warrior/Shawn program for the belt? Given Shawn's ability to get anything with two legs and a pulse to four-stars, Warrior's character and rep necessitating he be in the main event mix, and the company starved for tippy-top guys at the time, would they have found their way to that match as the year progressed?

We could have gotten the heel maniac Warrior we were supposed to get in the early nineties, or douchebag DX Shawn could have emerged a year early to work against babyface Warrior. Do you think it could have/should have worked?

I think Shawn could have made it work, but I don’t know if he would have wanted to. 

Man, heel maniac Warrior in the Attitude Era would have been cool though.