Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.23.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.23.95

Well, in a year of tumultuous change and problems for the WWF, at least we know that there’s a man in charge with long-term vision and a strong will.  Yes, we know that Cowboy Bill Watts will be running the show for a long time to come.  No matter what.



Well, shit.

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Rumble 93 Ending


Just finishing reading your review about the 93 Rumble.  I don't remember if this has been discuss before but did Savage just get carried away like he did in the 92 Rumble and forget the rules?  Or was that the planned ending (which as you said made him look like a geek unfortunately).  

Thanks in advance and keep up the good work

It was the planned ending.  They weren't exactly concerned with protecting Savage at that point anyway. 

Adam Cole

Hey Scott, hope all is well. I have been reading that Adam Cole's contract expires in August and he is going to AEW to be with his girlfriend. I know WWE gets a ton of heat on how they blow it with talent, but, I thought Adam Cole has been treated well. Long title reign, leader of a top faction, etc. What do you think? 

He's been treated well but NXT guys aren't making a lot of money.  Matt Riddle was called up because they wanted to make sure he saw what main roster money was so he didn't bolt, for example.  Especially right now, if Cole's NXT contract expires, I can see him leaving.  

Montreal question (sort of)

Watching the Owen DSOTR episode, and hearing the Martha Hart interviews with Meltzer and Jericho got me thinking. 

Martha pretty much implies that Bret’s WWE reconciliation was due in large part to his desire to have access to his footage, so as not to have his legacy tarnished by a DVD hatchet job a la the first Warrior piece.

Assuming Bret never reconciles with Vince and is still to this day on the outs with WWE: is his legacy altered at all?

Yes, 100%!  There's no “implies” about it, WWE had a hatchet DVD in production called “Screwed” if I'm not mistaken, which was basically burying Bret over the Montreal incident ala Warrior's DVD.  And then he mended fences a bit and it got turned into the much better career retrospective set instead.  And it's a good thing too, because otherwise he'd have become a meme where people mocked him for being self-important instead of giving him the proper respect.  

Daily News Update – June 2, 2020

Well good morning.

DATELINE:  Big E. Is Doing Something Cool For Charity


DATELINE:  Bray Wyatt’s Amazing Sid Vicious Story


DATELINE:  Rob Gronkowski May Be Finished With WWE


(Tuesday morning update:  Rob is absolutely finished with WWE.  )

To commemorate the sad occasion of Rob’s retirement from wrestling, I’ve compiled this playlist of all his greatest and most memorable matches.  Sit back and enjoy!

Monday Night Raw – June 1, 2020

Monday Night Raw
Date: June 1, 2020
Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe, Byron Saxton

We’re less than two weeks away from Backlash and that means it’s time to get the hard push going. They’re doing something right with Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley as last week’s brawl went pretty well. What matters is getting something else underneath that and pushing “the greatest wrestling match ever” isn’t really working. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

It’s been quite the week and the weekend so I haven’t been as active the board as I usually am and that will probably continue a little while longer. I will do a review of the Owen Hart episode of Dark Side of the Ring soon, maybe by the weekend or next week. It’s a good episode and needs to be reviewed. I just want to be in the right mindset to do it. Sadly Dino Bravo and Road Warrior Hawk will be skipped for now, but those episodes were horrible.

RAW is sorta of taped tonight I think. Got an old Monday Night Game from last season between the Seahawks and 49ers on. I think there’s a throwback to old seasons of The Bachelor on ABC. Ahhh summer time viewing without sports is tough but that will probably change in the next several weeks.

Scott has a re-done rant of Royal Rumble 1993.

Take care of yourselves.

Keep it clean.

Joshi Spotlight: Zenjo is Dream- IGNITION!

(28.02.1993, Korakuen Hall)

* Gotta love those Japanese titles. This is one of two “Zenjo is Dream” shows taking place on the way to April’s Dream Slam dual-show. “Zenjo” is short for All Japan Women’s Japanese name (“ZEN Nihon JOshi Puroresu”)- it’s common to shorten it that way in Japanese, but doing so in English is too weird, because I’d have to keep explaining it every time I used it. Everyone comes out before the event starts, getting the “all in the ring at once” introduction, and the announcer goes over the Dream Slam card again- the crowd reacts well to the Toyota/Yamada vs. Combat/Kudo Main Event announcement, but the biggest reaction by far goes to the announcement of Chigusa Nagayo coming out of retirement against Devil Masami.

“TL;DR- What’s The Big Deal?”: I bet you think WWF’s Tori could never have a really good singles match, right? Seriously, watch this and be amazed. Oh also the Main Event completely kicks ass.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – April 4, 1995

A lengthy video package hypes the upcoming three-way dance for the ECW Tag Team Championship at the ECW Arena.  Footage used goes back to 1994 to show the Public Enemy’s feud with Sabu and Taz, which eventually came to include Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko.

Joey Styles commentates tonight’s show, hyping the Three-Way Dance card that will take place this Saturday.

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Stu Saks Retires

Hey Scott,

Longtime and lapsed readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated will be sad to learn that Stu Saks, publisher and editor, is retiring this week. In an exclusive with The Wrestling Estate, Saks, as well as former and current writers, reflect on his 40-year career and impact on the overall industry. 

Hope your readers enjoy.

Thanks as always,

John Corrigan 

Do they even have anyone left from the old days? Liz Hunter and Matt Brock must be in their 80s by now!

Impact Wrestling – May 26, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: May 26, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

It’s tournament semifinals night as we get closer to finding out the next #1 contender to the World Title. That is of course assuming that the World Champion ever actually shows up again, which might not be the case for a long time to come. I’m not sure what that is going to mean, but it wouldn’t be Impact Wrestling without some kind of a mess. Let’s get to it.

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I gotta ask it Scott. With The Undertaker talking about how Hogan lied about his neck injury in 91…Are we gearing up for Hogan vs Taker in the Boneyard?

Maybe if we move beyond cinematic wrestling and just start simulating matches via CGI.  


Hey Scott–

Just finished this week's NXT on my DVR. I love Matt Riddle, and I love what he's done in NXT, but I get the sneaking suspicion that if he's ever “promoted” from that show, he'll be jobbed into oblivion, become Elias' wacky tag team partner, or some other waste of his talent.

Then I dream about Matt Riddle in AEW. Chris Jericho can cut a believable promo on a DRONE. Can you imagine the wacky, wonderful bullshit that would take place if Jericho and Riddle got to play in the AEW sandbox for four months?

If you could airlift five NXT talents to AEW, who would you pick? I'd go Riddle, Keith Lee, Johnny Gargano, Candice LaRae and Io Sharai to shore up their women's division. Thoughts?

Adam Cole is a no brainer.  Gargano and Ciampa for sure.  Maybe Fish and O’Reilly as well.  

Corner Gas

Hi Scott,

As a bit of a comedy aficionado I stumbled upon the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas on Amazon Prime last year and loved it.

As a proud native of Canada what are your thoughts on it?  Favourite characters?  For me Oscar and after initially not liking him, Davis really grew on me.

Do you have any other TV show recommendations from your homeland?


I’m not a big fan but it’s gospel here in Saskatchewan.  It is very, very accurate in portraying that particular segment of the country however.  
You could also check out Trailer Park Boys.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-08-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 8, 1984 (taped 11/22)

Attendance: 15,235

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Kevin get revenge for Adams’ putting him in the hospital? Can the Fantastics retain against the PYT? Who will be making a return to WCCW? And who will join me for this tall drink of water of an episode?

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