Dubbed Commentary

Scott, had a question about the dubbed commentary from the announcers on taped shows.

I’m doing an Attitude Era watchthru right now, where they were consistent on the live one week and then taped the next broadcast for Raw. This of course was Live Monday and taped Tuesday (the next day).

I clearly see JR and King sitting at the commentary booth on the taped shows but they are never talking, just kind of watching the monitors.

I understand the dubbed concept but why not just have them call the action instead of have them sit there and do nothing ?

I'm guessing because they were going to have to go in and do commentary later anyway and they wanted to keep the audio consistent.  It's pretty jarring when you hear commentary dubbed in after the fact over top of the original track. 

‘Hall of Fame-worthy talent’

Hey Scott

Re: AEW's 'Hall of Fame-worthy talent'

No mention of wrestling. Is this going to be a different Hall of Fame?
I'm really trying to avoid all the insane speculation about who the person is going to be because everyone is just setting themselves up for disappointment.  At least we know that Superfly Snuka is dead and so it can't be him. 

Daily News Update – 03.05.21

Yuck, sinus headache yesterday.  Thanks to Andy for doing the update while I slept in.

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NXT UK – March 4, 2021

Date: March 4, 2021
Location: BT Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness

It’s time for a special show with a huge main event. This week the Women’s Title is on the line again as Kay Lee Ray defends against Meiko Satomura in what sounds like a final boss fight (because that’s an awesome/appropriate nickname). I’m not sure how I see it going but it would be a bit un-NXT to have someone pop in and win the title in her first major match. Let’s get to it.

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Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: March 4, 2021

“Brain, I can’t believe we have to do this on location.”

“Why won’t they let us in the studio?”

“You know why!  We went to Ric Flair’s birthday party last week and now we have to quarantine!”

“Look, it’s not my fault we all woke up three days later in Tahiti!”

“How did we even get there?  Didn’t they revoke Ric Flair’s passport after he came back from the UK without his robes?”

“Monsoon, when you’re a guy like Ric Flair, people will just do favors for you.  How do you think we got the bar tab paid?”

“Well, if that’s what happened, I guess I — wait, where’d my watch go?”

“Uh… hey, we got some great action tonight!  Let’s go to the ring for our feature bout!”

“Brain, come back here!”

(Bring the insanity.)

Victor Zangiev (aka The Real-Life Zangief!) in UWF-I (and other Dream Matches)

Victor Zangiev | BWWE Wiki | Fandom

Welcome to another Dream Matches column! Kind of! I mean, didn’t you ever want to know how Zangief would do in a REAL pro wrestling ring?

Okay, so let’s get this out of the way- YES, probably, Victor here is the basis for Zangief from Street Fighter II. He is a hairy-chested, mustached Russian named “Zangiev”, often wearing red, with legitimate wrestling skill, and he trained and wrestled with New Japan in 1989 for a tour or so- this makes the timing match up pretty well for SFII, which came out a short time later in Japan. He even wrestled for WCW in their weird “Pat O’Connor International Tag Team Tournament” in 1990. That was it for four years, until he randomly did a tour for UWF-I. The short version of that promotion is that they were the biggest deal in the world for a hot minute- being a Fake Shootfighting promotion that pretended to be real, making grandstand challenges at all the “fake” wrestlers… at least until a combination of killing all their Ace’s challengers and the revelation that they were fake as hell (hard to pretend your stuff is real when UFC becomes a thing and people realize you can’t just “make the ropes” out of a fully-applied cross-armbreaker) completely destroyed them and the promotion folded right after they were huge.

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RIP Jim Crockett Jr.


So unfortunately the news got buried a bit by the Wednesday Night War last night, but Jim Crockett Jr. finally passed at 76 after going into hospice care due to a series of failing organs and worsening health.  Obviously his shows were a huge influence on me as a fan, and on the people now running AEW, and hopefully Vince buries the hatchet once and for all and gives him a tribute and/or puts him into the Hall of Fame.  RIP.


NXT – March 3, 2021

Date: March 3, 2021
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Wade Barrett, Beth Phoenix, Vic Joseph

The big story around here continues to be the complete implosion of the Undisputed Era after Adam Cole turned on the team and left them laying. Finn Balor is involved as well and that could make for some interesting situations. On top of that, the Women’s Tag Team Titles are on the line tonight as Shayna Baszler/Nia Jax are defending against Dakota Kai/Raquel Gonzalez. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – October 2, 2006

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 2, 2006
Location: Landon Arena, Topeka, Kansas
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s time for a big title match as Raw doesn’t have a pay per view in October. This time around it is going to be the grand finale (for now at least) between Edge and John Cena as Edge is challenging for the Raw World Title inside a cage. Other than that, we are going to be seeing more of DX vs. the McMahons, or at least Jonathan Coachman acting as their surrogate. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – March 3, 2021

Date: March 3, 2021
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, Excalibur

It’s an extra big night around here as it’s time for the Shaquille O’Neal match. That could go in a variety of directions but the quality of the match means absolutely nothing. The idea here is that the match needs to be anything resembling passable and everything will be fine. I’m not sure what else is on the card and I don’t think it really matters. Let’s get to it.

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Old School with Lars Anderson (hosted by Steve Corino)

As I’m sure many of you have, I gave the new show Young Rock (such a bad title!) a look. Almost immediately it started getting my back up (“Look, ma! Dad’s really over!”) but I gave it a bit longer. The third episode seemed a bit more promising because it didn’t include the goofy Asian reporter, but instead it had the goofy blonde assistant, and I really don’t have that much interest in the aspiring singing career of Ata Maivia, so I’m out.

As that third episode focused on the Hawaii promotional war, from a far more fictitious perspective, I recalled that Steve Corino interviewed main star and booker Lars Anderson a few years ago, with stories that painted Lia Maivia as less likely to have a dog full of tumours and more likely to have attack dogs on guard, so I’m going to look at that today.

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Wednesday Night War Thread

Well, we approach the end of the Wednesday Wars.


Of course AEW features Shaq and Jade against Cody and Brandi Jr. in the main event, plus a 10 man tag with the Dark Order against Big Money Matt and his crew.

NXT will feature Lorcan and Burch defending the tag titles against Ciampa and Thatcher.

I’m off to see the Croods with my daughter so I’ll catch Dynamite a little later. Have a great night!

What the World Was Watching: SMW Thanksgiving Thunder ’95 (Cookeville) – Last of the Series!

This event – the last in Smoky Mountain Wrestling’s history – took place at the Cookeville Community Center in Cookeville, Tennessee on November 26, 1995.  Attendance for the show could not be found, but there are lots of empty seats and a generous estimate of the crowd might be 150 people.  Like the Thanksgiving Thunder show in Johnson City, this event was recorded by a fan.

Fans do not take kindly to the announcement that Terry Gordy is not in attendance because of a “concussion.”

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Mike Reviews – All Japan Pro Wrestling TV (02/03/1985)

Hello You!

More from All Japan courtesy of Roy Lucier over on YouTube.

Next week is due to be an extended special episode of the show due to the company having a big show in Tokyo that day, so this week would kind of be the go-home show in that case.

The Main Event this week is more of the Riki Choshu and his pals Vs All Japan storyline, with a certain chap known as Bruiser Brody returning for the second match.

So yeah, lots of interesting stuff this week, so let’s get our collective teeth into it!

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Fantasy booking time:

Slaughter's inadequacies as a main-event heel in 1991 are well-established (even though the WM7 match turned out quite good).  However, had they done a Hogan/Slaughter program in 85 or 86, that would have done big business, right?  Maybe not as much as what
Hogan/Orndorff did, but I think they'd still be rolling in it, I'd think.

The other question that this bit of what-if prompts is what would Slaughter's heel character have been (we will pretend that there was no GI Joe deal that would make being a heel undesirable)?  They could have gone back to the sadistic drill instructor routine,
but perhaps something a little more interesting would be to set the feud up as a clash of different ideas about America: Slaughter as the authoritarian warmonger who's all “the strong must rule the weak” and Hogan is the more optimistic, welcoming “fight for
the rights of every man” type.

The problems I could see with that angle are: maybe too “shades of grey” for 80s WWF, and given the climate of Reagan's sabre-rattling, Slaughter's character might not be seen as particularly heelish.  But that would be smoothed over by the fact that crowds
will naturally side with Hulk, and if Slaughter opposes him, that means he's bad, yes?  Anyway, the point of all this is Hogan/Slaughter is nothing in 1991, but it's money in the 80s, agree?

Oh definitely.  And taking Slaughter back to his sadistic drill sarge roots would have been the way to go.  If you do the cobra clutch challenge gimmick like on the 82 Mid-Atlantic shows I reviewed and build it up to Hogan being the guy to finally escape the move, that's your money right there.