Hopefully the answer here isn't so simple as “that's just how it was done back then”, but given that Backlund had held the title forever, wouldn't Hogan vs. Backlund have been a much bigger match and a much better way to pass the torch?

Followup: if this was “just the way things were done”, what changed six years later to make Hogan vs. Warrior happen instead of jobbing Hogan to say, Rick Rude or Perfect to set up Warrior's title win? Wouldn't old time wrestling booking practice be to cheat Hogan out of the title so he stays basically unsullied and then Warrior crushes the dastardly heel at WM6?

With the Hogan win, they needed to accomplish two things:  

1.  Screw the all American white meat babyface out of the title via epic shenangians and put it on someone who no one could possibly cheer.

2.  Have Hogan win the title and completely crush some goober. 

Hence, the Iron Sheik.  They could not have booked the start of Hulk's reign any better.

As for Hogan-Warrior, they actually did that scenario with Sgt. Slaughter in 1991 to get it back on Hogan.  With the Warrior win, they were trying something else. And it failed because the show didn't draw like they were expecting and Warrior never got going as a top guy.  So yeah, in retrospect it was a pretty bad idea.  

Daily News Update – October 22, 2020

Quite a night of wrestling, and a pretty damn good World Series game as well.

NXT tag team titles change hands


Zicky Dice loses NWA TV title to the Pope; Billy Corgan insists that Powerrr is still a thing that exists


Allie is once again the Bunny



NXT – October 21, 2020

Date: October 21, 2020
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Beth Phoenix, Wade Barrett, Vic Joseph

Things continue to be in a weird place around here as we are still needing a big star. Finn Balor is still out injured and I’m not sure how things are going to go without something to focus on. Next week’s Halloween Havoc should help, but you can only get so far with so little to build around. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – May 22, 2006

Monday Night Raw
Date: May 22, 2006
Location: Thomas And Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

Smackdown has gotten through its pay per view now so it’s time for Raw to get ready for something of its own. In theory at least, as the next show is ECW One Night Stand, which could go in a lot of directions. This show has been a lot better than Smackdown as of late though so hopefully they keep it up here. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – October 21, 2020

Date: October 21, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross

It’s time to start the second year as well as beginning the process of finding a new #1 contender. That means the first round of a tournament to crowd Jon Moxley’s next challenger, with the finals on November 7 at Full Gear. I’m not sure what to expect from this but it should be a wrestling heavy show. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – August 5, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are still covering action from the Jellico, Tennessee tapings.

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Dork Order

I actually enjoyed the Cody vs. Orange Cassidy match on the Dynamite Anniversary Show, but wouldn’t their new found rivalry make more sense if they were fighting to get a shot at Brodie Lee?  Seems like the Dark Order was really picking up some steam with Brodie as the TNT Champion and just completely got their legs cut out from beneath them because LOLCODYWINS
Apparently Brodie was never supposed to have gotten that reign and it was a last minute decision due to various shifting plans.  I would have left it on him personally, I liked him as champion more than Cody.  

Wrestling Cartoon

I have very fond memories growing up in the 80s and watching Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling on Saturday mornings. So I tracked down some DVDs and just rewatched the whole series…and I was very underwhelmed. 

Maybe watching cartoons in my 40s has jaded me, but the storylines were dumb, and I forgot that none of the wrestlers voiced their own characters. Hearing Brad Garrett as Hogan was just weird and I had no clue that Will Smith's TV dad voiced Junkyard Dog. And I was surprised there were only 2 short seasons…seemed like there were more when I was a kid. 

Ah well. Did you watch it back in the day? Anything to add?

It was on the Network for about 2 seconds and then got deleted for music rights issues.  I wish they’d bring it back, I’d review the shit out of it.  
But yeah of course I watched it as a kid.  Roddy Piper just hates that fucking ROCK N ROLL, man.  Fun fact:  The Moolah character was changed from the original design, which was going to be Mad Maxine, the next challenger to Wendi Richter.   But Maxine only lasted one show in real life and was gone, so they had to redo the cartoon plans.  

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.15.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.15.93

Taped from Tucson AZ and JESUS CAN WE GET AWAY FROM THIS TAPING ALREADY?  I know I sound like a broken record with this, but 3 weeks really is the ideal amount of time for a taping cycle and their super-cheap “stretch it out to 4 or 5 weeks” bullcrap is just killing this show.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage & Jerry Lawler

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Steve Blackman

Hi Scott, a couple questions on the most charismatic superstar in the world Steve Blackman.

1) How do you rate Blackman's run in the WWF during his main run 97-02? 

2) Whatever happened to the Steve Blackman: Bounty Hunter show that was filmed and being passed around the networks? 

3) If he hadn't nearly died from Malaria in 1988, how do you see his career going?
1.  He was a solid midcard character who knew his place.
2.  I'm assuming it was never picked up?
3.  He probably would have gotten involved in the new MMA scene and then hung around the indies like Dan Severn as a valuable two-way player for fighting and wrestling promotions. 

Burying NXT stars on the main roster

Keith Lee just jobbed to Braun Strowman in 3 minutes. Dijakovic wears a stupid mask, has a stupid name & tapped out in an 8 man tag on RAW, then got beat down post-match.

These guys are big, very talented & busted their asses to get over in NXT, and earn a main roster spot. And they're buried immediately. What is the point of having a system to create stars if you destroy them like this?

Literally no point.  NXT has completely fallen off the rails of what a developmental system is supposed to accomplish, to the point where guys like Gargano and Ciampa are basically fighting to stay OFF the main roster. 

Daily News Update – October 21, 2020

And a fine morning to you all.

WWE Being Investigated As Possible Coronavirus Hot Spot


Xia Li Is Having A Kickboxing Match This Weekend


An AEW Team Reunited On Dark



This morning brings us young Tenzan v. young Lance Storm from Europe in 1993!

Is Dark a Good Thing?

Hey Scott- What are you thoughts on AEW Dark? When it first started, I saw it as something like counter programing to NWA Powerr, and brought me back to the days when Velocity was in its original airing, but since COVID it has really blown up into this massive weekly 10+ match extravaganza. Does this expose their talent too much, giving the majority of the roster a match every week, or is it largely a good thing so people can keep working on their craft, pad their win/loss records and bring up new talent?

For me it's just WAY too much of a good thing.  Sometimes I'll watch 1 or 2 matches if I hear something's good, but sitting through nearly 2 hours of squash matches with no return on investment of my time is just not happening.  30 minutes was absolutely perfect for the show, sometimes 45 if there was something really big like Omega-Janela back in the day.  Like, that's it, that's all I would want out of that kind of show, and now it's just getting into self-indulgence territory like WWE's “filling time for the sake of it” programming.  

AEW DARK: October 20, 2020


The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 57, October 20, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Taz and Excalibur, whose adjective of the day is “mammoth”.

TONIGHT! Five feature bouts and 11 others! With Pillman and Garrison graduating to Featured Player status, can they make it two in a row against the Butcher and Blade? Which tag team expert will come out on top when Frankie Kazarian battles Jack Evans? What will momentum look like after Penta El 0M faces QT Marshall and Rey Fenix faces Sonny Kiss ahead of their showdown tomorrow? And will Shawn Spears get his point across to Scorpio Sky by beating another SCU competitor in Christopher Daniels?

PLUS: Matt Sydal, Colt Cabana, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Brandi Rhodes, Ricky Starks, Ivelisse and Diamante, Scorpio Sky, Wardlow, Alan Angels, and a Dark Order 6-man tag!

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Worst PPV with best array of workers

Is it Halloween Havoc 1992 or what? You got Sting, Vader, Steamboat, Pillman, Roberts, Rude, Chono, Austin, Anderson and more really talented guys, a massive shitshow presented by Bill Watts ensues. What others come to mind?

A bunch of the more recent Wrestlemanias?