Daily News Update – August 11, 2020

Good morning!

I watched the latest DEADLY DRAW show on YouTube last night, and I’d say it was a better show that the first one, although I keep waiting for Leva Bates to stop pretending to be terrible and just be good in the ring, and it never happens.  So it’s becoming more apparent that she’s just not very good, I guess.  You know who WAS shockingly good for only her second match ever?  Dasha.  WWE completely dropped the ball on her in every way.

 

Two New Title Matches Set For Summerslam

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/major-title-match-confirmed-summerslam/

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/new-title-match-confirmed-summerslam/

FOX Airing Summerslam Special

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/fox-airing-summerslam-special/

NWA Returning With Weekly Pay Per Views

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/nwa-returning-weekly-pay-per-view/

 

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 12.04.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 12.04.95

Doo, doo, doo…another one bites the dust.  And another one’s gone, and another one’s gone, another one bites the dust.  HEY!  Gonna get you too, another one bites the dust…

RIP this week to another wrestling promotion.

Oh and say goodbye to Dave Meltzer’s career after Hulk Hogan RIPS HIM A NEW ONE, BROTHER.

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Monday Night Raw – August 10, 2020

Monday Night Raw
Date: August 10, 2020
Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe, Byron Saxton

For the first time in a very long while, some interesting stuff actually took place last week. That would include both Raw Underground and the debut of Retribution, but the problem with any WWE story is that at some point it has to go somewhere, and that’s where they get lost. I’m not sure what to expect here and that scares me. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I have no clue about the WWE’s current taping schedule so no idea if RAW is live tonight or not. Mickie James is supposed to return. I guess that’s something. I hope they replay Bianca Belair attacking Zelina Vega at her house while she was doing a Twitch stream with Kayla Braxton. I like that. Whether they green lit that themselves or someone in creative came up with the idea, I like when social media is used like that to further a program.

Anyway the build to Summerslam continues.

NHL is off tonight before official Stanley Cup Playoffs start tomorrow. NBA Bubble action continues through the evening. MLB has a full slate unless you are the St. Louis Cardinals.

Keep it clean!

Joshi Spotlight: AJW TV (Aug. 5th, 1993)

AJW TV SHOW (Aug. 5th, 1993):
* So in the midst of the never-ending AJW Grand Prix, here’s an August TV show I found! It was taped at the Kasumigaura Cultural Gymnasium in Kasumigaura, Ibaraki on August 5th, airing Aug. 13th, and features a Grand Prix match between Akira Hokuto & LLPW’s Harley Saito! There’s also a pair of Big Monster Veteran (vs) Up & Coming Undercard Wrestler matches.

So highlights here are a one-time-only bout (Hokuto/Saito I do not believe ever met in singles competition again), and the goddamn Dragon Ball Z theme song being used as an entrance theme. Plus the truest test yet for Bat Yoshinaga after a fairly impressive year for the up & comer.

Read moreJoshi Spotlight: AJW TV (Aug. 5th, 1993)

What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 23, 1995

Cactus Jack talks about Wiffle ball and how a kid would rob him of homers, so he had to alter his style, just like he had to alter his wresting style to stand out and be the best.  He recounts Ric Flair hating his style in WCW and that he would never be out of a wheelchair at thirty, saying that he is a week from proving him wrong.  Jack tells anyone who does not like his way of doing things to get another job.

Taz and 911 squashing the Oriental Connection at Enter Sandman is shown.

Read moreWhat the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 23, 1995

Let’s Switch It Up

So a couple of MCU questions.

1. What’s what the online hate for Captain Marvel? While she’s not my favorite character, I enjoy the character and liked the way she used in Endgame.

2. While I have no problems with Infinity War/Endgame, wouldn’t it have been even more spectacular to have Thanos drop the “I am inevitable” line in Infinity War.

While I know this is nitpicking, I just feel like it would have made the end of the battle in Endgame that much cooler.

Comment and let the readers discuss!



1.  Dunno what the hatred is, exactly.  Captain Marvel wasn't my FAVORITE of my MCU, to be sure, but I certainly don't get the “Ew, icky, a girl hero!” nonsense.  I'm certainly glad to see Black Widow finally get a solo movie even though she's dead now and I doubt any of the whiny incels are going to be protesting THAT one.  

2.  Perhaps.  But it was still a spectacular moment either way.

Austin Walks Out


I know Austin has brought this subject up many times since the incident (and has been a running joke here at the BOD), that being his walk-out from the company in 2002. The details are fairly well-known, but I wondered if we ever got any clarification on *why* Vince wanted to go that route with Lesnar vs. Austin as a throwaway KOTR qualifier on RAW. I recall the theory being discussed about Vince doing it as sort of a disciplinary move against Austin for his previous no-show after WM18 (although I don’t remember the details on that) as well as his pissy behavior at the time that peaked with his appearance on Byte This where he buried the company for their poor creative direction.

 

That said, what was the full story there? Punishment? Vince simply not seeing Austin as a top guy anymore (and let’s face it, he was stale by then)? Vince just being Vince?

 

I think it would fall squarely under “Vince gonna Vince”, plus Brock was his shiny new toy and he was really excited to put him over people. 

Who puts the future in your hands? Robotix!

“You’ve looked at Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines and Inhumanoids, are you going to look at Robotix and Jem?”, I was asked.

“Sure!”, I replied. Let’s start with Robotix. Jem might be a little further off as I’m not as familiar with it because it was a “girly” show (even though I loved She-Ra, and more on that on Wednesday), but I’ll get there. We’ll have to get through Visionaries and Dino-Riders before that, though.

Read moreWho puts the future in your hands? Robotix!

Impact Wrestling – August 4, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: August 4, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews

Things got turned around in a big way last week with the premiere of Wrestle House, which became the major focal point of the show. That may or may not be to your liking, but there were enough good moments that made me willing to try another show built around it. Other than that, we have the continuing adventured of Eddie Edwards as World Champion. Let’s get to it.

Read moreImpact Wrestling – August 4, 2020

AEW is awesome

Hi Scott,

1 question:

Why is AEW so awesome?

Love the blog

Bye

Sent from my AEWPhone


1.  Cody Rhodes and his selfless leadership.

2.  Their varied and prominent women's division.

3.  The money that shows up in my account every two weeks from a mysterious benefactor.  

Questions about Asuka.

Hey Scott,  Fax here from the Blog hope all is well. 

Some questions: 

1) How amazed were you that Sasha Banks was able to carry her to a good match, Twice(!!!)  no less?

2) Whose reign of terror was worse: HHH in 2003 or Asuka today?

3) what do you think are the odds that Becky Lynch is faking her Pregnancy in order to avoid working with Asuka again? 98%? 99%? 

Thank you? 

1.  I'd have to say Ted Nugent.  
2.  About 10 pounds.
3.  Wrecked 'em?  DAMN NEAR KILLED 'EM! 

WCW Tag scene 96

I can't think of one match where the Outisders popped out a good match in any title defense or win.  The Harlem heat switch had its moments and heat, but after that, they really killed the tag division .  Putting the Title on Hogan ASAP was needed i agree, but did the Outsiders really need the belts? Couldn't they just be The Outsiders still and have the same amount of heat, since every team had to tone down to their level of stalling?  For all the potential Bishoff saw in the cruiserweight division, he or someone had to know you coulda got great matches out of some mid-card mix-matching with the likes of Benoit, Jericho, Guerrero, Wright, Regal, etc etc against the various other tag-teams.  can you imagine Guerrero & Jericho bouncing around for the steiners? or Regal & eaton exchaning facial expressions with the Heat?

It was OK to put the titles on them because obviously they were the biggest stars, but the problem is that WCW never used that rub to put anyone over.  The Steiners finally got the titles by beating Sean Waltman, but it was way too late for anyone to care by then. But that's the story of the nWo in a nutshell.