Six of the Best – WCW Slamboree

Back once again to this feature, with us taking a look at WCW’s annual May event of Slamboree. Originally conceived as a “Legends Reunion” type show for it’s first three years, and flirting with the Battle Bowl format in 1996, Slamboree eventually became just a standard pay per view event from 1997 onwards and was often a show that was rarely treated as a big deal. The fact the 95, 97 and 98 events were all main evented by almost throw away tag matches would be a good example of that. Slamboree was really just there to bridge the gap before the two major summer events of Great American Bash and Bash at the Beach.

That’s not to say that nothing of any value happened at the events of course. Ric Flair’s brutal beatdown of Angelo Poffo at the 95 event started a blood feud with Randy Savage that actually drew good money at house shows, whereas the 98 show saw the unthinkable happen as Scott Hall turned on Kevin Nash to break up The Outsiders tag team. However, these moments were normally the exception as opposed to the rule. By the 2000 event WCW was on it’s last legs, a situation that wasn’t helped by having David Arquette competing in the main event as defending WCW World Champion.

Compiling this list was kind of tricky as Slamboree had quite a lot of middling bouts over the years that weren’t especially bad but also weren’t the sort of exciting and classic matches that immediately jumped out at me as ones I just had to include. Despite this, I eventually found six matches that I was happy with and I had to leave a few out in the end as well, which shows that there was ultimately a healthy amount of decent bouts when all was said and done.

I would just like to give a special shout out to Gorgeous George Vs Charles Robinson from the 1999 event as well, because my word is that match a hundred times more enjoyable than it had any right to be. George looked great for someone with so little experience whilst Little Naitch was making the absolute most of his 15 minutes by giving a brilliant Ric Flair impersonation, complete with all of Flair’s tradional spots. It really is absolutely mountains of fun and I can strongly recommend it as one of the best comedy/manager matches I’ve ever seen.

As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below. As with previous lists, I’ll be listing the matches in chronological order.

So without further to do, let’s take a look at Six of the Best for WCW Slamboree!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – June 10, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – June 10, 1995

Harry Smith

Watching the Holy Grail and hearing Harry’s spot on impersonation of Bret, considering his beatdown in a good suit of the fan who attacked Bret, his good looks and his decent run in the WWE before…why is he not there and a bigger star?  Is he just a jerk?  Family issues?  Drug concerns? 

Apparently Harry didn't have the same kind of drive to be a star that TJ and Nattie did at the time, and he just left WWE when his contract ran out and didn't really want to do the big national scene anymore.  Which you could tell from his WWE appearances where he was never really anything special.  It really took his New Japan run with Archer to get him motivated again and find his voice in the business.  And hey, not everyone needs to be in WWE to make money or be happy.  

“Firefly Fun-House”

What do you think of these "Firefly Fun-House" segments that they've been airing on Raw and Smackdown, and do you think they will help Bray Wyatt after so many missteps with his character?  
I think they're interesting and different, but ultimately Bray is a guy who hit his ceiling a long time ago.  Remember when he was WWE champion for like a month?  THAT WAS A THING THAT HAPPENED!  Regardless, I have no burning desire to see him again, either as a worker or a character, but it's something new and different for him to do and that's super. 

Hulkamania Running Wild in Westeroes

Hello Mr Keith,

 

                         
I hope all is well with you at this time. I had a question I hope you
could answer for me after my wife and I got into an argument and she was hauled
off by police while I was watching obscure ladies wrestling. Anyway, how would
you feel from a purely narrative standpoint about the following question. What
if Hulk Hogan were to invoke his Westeroes Championship Wrestling Creative
Control and show up in Kings Landing driving a golf cart. What if Hogan were to
use said Golf Cart and run over Cersei Lannister and claim the Iron Throne for
himself? Would that be the single greatest moment in the history of television?
Also Hogan’s council would include Eric Bischoff, Jimmy Hart and Ser Brutus The
Barber Beefcake as The Hand of the King. Do you think Westeroes would run
smoothly and not go out of business with these people in charge?

 

I guess?

TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 06/05/00 Review

The synopsis for this episode on WWE Network is: “The Rock battles The Undertaker and Kane in a Triple Threat match for the chance to challenge Triple H for the WWE Title in the main event.”

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BoD Daily Update: May 17, 2019

WWE.com Money in the Bank Preview

https://www.wwe.com/shows/moneyinthebank/2019

 

ESPN.com Interview with Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins

http://www.espn.com/wwe/story/_/id/26756873/how-two-wwe-superstars-created-their-own-path-success-using-action-figures

 

Ring of Honor Throwback Match of the Week

You can watch Samoa Joe & Homicide vs. The Briscoes in a Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight from the 2006 Motor City Madness show.

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Andre Edition (05.16.19)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Andre the Giant Edition (05.16.19)

With the addition of the Andre documentary to the WWE Network, they decided to celebrate with some Andre matches we’ve never seen before! It’s kind of amazing that Verne Gagne’s tape library is proving to be more valuable after the company is gone than it was when the AWA was around.

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Andre Edition (05.16.19)

Sunday viewing

Will you be watching Money in the Bank, the Game of Thrones finale or something else Sunday night?

Never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones.  I'll be watching Money in the Bank, however, because it's money in the bank.  

RIP Ashley Massaro

TMZ is reporting that Ashley Massaro was found in her home in Suffolk County, NY, and transported to a hospital, where she was declared dead this morning.  She was two weeks shy of her 40th birthday.

Massaro entered the WWE through the somewhat-popular Diva Search competition, winning its second edition in 2005.  Her first real experience was a women’s battle royal on Raw; unfortunately, her lack of training meant her bump to the floor went wrong and she broke her leg.  However, she remained on-screen for a few extra weeks while healing, most notably as a kidnapping victim of Mickie James in an attempt to get in Trish Stratus’ head.

After some rudimentary training, she was placed in an on-screen role, primarily as a valet for the wildly popular tag team of Paul London and Brian Kendrick.  It was while in this role that she was selected for the April 2007 cover of Playboy magazine.

Following on from the success of that cover and her Diva Search popularity, Massaro received a WrestleMania 23 match against Melina for the WWE Women’s Championship, which she lost.  The next year, Ashley filled in for an injured Candice Michelle to team with Maria Kanellis against Beth Phoenix and Melina.  Again she lost the match, though this one is more notable for the smoke and mirrors surrounding it — antics involving Snoop Dogg, Jerry Lawler, and Santino Marella overshadowed the match, as did a blown fuse that took out main lighting over the ring.

Massaro also had a cup of coffee in mainstream television, being chosen to take part in the Survivor game during its season in China.  Unfortunately for her, she was an early casualty of the format.

She left WWE in July 2008 to take care of her family.

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at Blog of Doom are with Massaro’s family, especially her daughter, at this difficult time.

 

Indies and Insanity: the Thursday Night Thread, May 16, 2019

Tonight, the Bruins (3) look to take the Hurricanes (0) out of the NHL playoffs and raise the Prince of Wales trophy… okay, NHL tradition says they won’t raise it, but still.  Meanwhile, Portland (0) takes on Golden State (1) in the Western Conference finals.  If you have MLB TV, tonight’s Free Game of the Day is Blue Jays at White Sox.

Get well soon, Ric Flair.

It’s a light weekend for indie wrestling, but let’s look at the highlights.

Read moreIndies and Insanity: the Thursday Night Thread, May 16, 2019

Alexa Bliss out with a concussion AGAIN


Sounds like she needs to go in Daniel Bryan’s hyperbaric chamber.
Hey now, he’s a happily married man!
Oh wait, you meant that literally.  I feel like perhaps the physical side of wrestling isn’t best for a 90 pound gymnast with concussion issues and perhaps they should politely but forcefully suggest she stick to an on screen role like bitchy GM or bitchy manager instead.  
That being said, that makes three women (Paige, Sasha, Bliss) with very notable and easily avoided injury problems since moving up from NXT.  Perhaps a re-evaluation of their training system might be in order?  

WWF Monday Night RAW – September 13th, 1993

September 13, 1993

From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby Heenan

This week, we will have a Tag Team Title match between The Quebecers and Steiner Brothers. However, Vince says the match will be under “Quebec Province Rules” meaning the titles can change hands via disqualification or by count out. Also, under these rules piledrivers, jumping off of the top rope, and throwing an opponent over the top rope are illegal and subject to disqualification.

Read moreWWF Monday Night RAW – September 13th, 1993

BoD Daily Update: May 16, 2019

More Episodes of WCW Thunder to be Added to the WWE Network

https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/more-wcw-thunder-episodes-being-added-wwe-network-283861

 

Bray Wyatt Update

A lot of the Firefly Fun House stuff came from Wyatt, specifically his new look and the mask.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter

 

WWE Free YouTube Match

You can watch the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match from the 2017 Money in the Bank PPV

The atomic drop


Does anyone do the atomic drop anymore? Been watching old Bret matches and the Hitman busts that thing out like clockwork. I feel like I haven’t seen one on WWE TV in ages. It puts so much COMPRESSION on the SPINE!

I've seen people use the inverted atomic drop as a transition move a bunch in the modern era, but no one really uses the full-fledged standard version anymore, no.  It's just one of those relics of the past that might come back for the occasional comedy spot, like the airplane spin.  

Backstage Sheriffs

Before the rise of social media or heck, during the early stages. If you heard about a guy being unhappy then it was through the dirtsheets. Nowadays they just go on Twitter. This stuff would not had went down if Benoit, Holly, APA ect. Were still in the locker room which leads me to my question. Is the locker room better off with guys like that? Mark Henry is on record saying the younger guys aren't treating it like they used to and feel like they can do whatever they want. I feel like John Cena may have been the last who enforced that judging by the Alex Riley/Rollins ice pack stories. Even RVD said in a recent interview that the younger guys were acting as if they didn't have to respect the veterans during his last run there.

The wrestling world will be fine without JBL and Undertaker policing the locker room, trust me.  

Buddy Murphy

Did Buddy Murphy get pulled from appearing on Smackdown after getting put there in the superstar shakeup 3 weeks ago, or did the stupid wildcard rule bump him since we have to have Reigns, Miz, the Usos, and Zayn on both shows 2 weeks in a row?  

Of all the issues and ridiculousness of the Shakeup nonsense, the whereabouts of Buddy Murphy are pretty far down the list for me.  

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–09.26.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 09.26.92

Taped from Hershey, PA.

NEW Ric Flair WCW Heavyweight Championship Replica Title (5mm)! Available now at shop.wwe.com.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect. We’re back to introducing the city and goofy banter from Perfect after a few weeks of playing around with the format, by the way. Perfect woo’ing through the match lineup is pretty hilarious.

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–09.26.92

Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999

Hello You!

So after a couple of months of ECW Hardcore TV we’ve finally reached the Hardcore Heaven pay per view. The build-up for this show hasn’t been the greatest, with them essentially cramming all the hype into two weeks’ worth of television. Despite that, the card looks like it could be good with a Jerry Lynn Vs Rob Van Dam match looking to be the best one on offer.

I actually have the Laserlight Digital DVD version of the show, which I bought way back in 2001 from HMV. It thankfully has all the real music and isn’t dubbed. Sadly there’s no scheduled New Jack match though so I won’t be able to make the most of it in that regards. The DVD version cuts out all of the adverts and also chops up some of the backstage segments, but everything that needs to be here is here I think and the show comes in at just over two and half hours.

So without further ado, let’s head to the barbed wire gates to meet a baseball bat wielding Saint Peter so that we can gain access to Hardcore Heaven!

Read moreMike Reviews: ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999

Monday Night Raw – December 13, 2004

Monday Night Raw
Date: December 13, 2004
Location: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Attendance: 4,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

The year is starting to come to a close and Eric Bischoff is back to run things again. This time around that means we need a solution to the World Title being vacated, which should mean some kind of big gimmick match for the January’s pay per view. That would be the regular January show and not the Royal Rumble, because January suddenly needs to pay per views. Let’s get to it.

Read moreMonday Night Raw – December 13, 2004

Buying video libraries

The whole Tom Magee saga got me thinking.  

I know within the last 10 years.  WWE bought the libraries of World Class, AWA some of Mid South etc.  I know that some concessions were made in terms of Hall of fame inductions.

Question is.  What type of money did Watts, Kevin Von Erich etc get out of these deals?

6 figures? Higher?

Not that much.  WWE pays a set rate for footage and only negotiates from a position of strength.  They basically pay whatever amount per hour, take it or leave it. 

NXT UK – May 15, 2019

NXT UK
Date: May 15, 2019
Location: Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness

We’re coming up on the big rematch between UK Champion Walter and Pete Dunne but we also need to look to the future with more qualifying matches for the #1 contenders fatal four way match. That alone should be enough for a good show but I’ve started to like the prospects of what we might be getting around here week to week. Let’s get to it.

Read moreNXT UK – May 15, 2019