A Look Back At: The 1990 PWI Awards

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Recently, I started to take a look back at the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 magazine series that started in 1991. That seems to have gotten some traction as a popular idea. Thus, I decided to take a look back at the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Year-End Awards that the magazine issues out each year.
The Year-End Awards date back to 1972. I’m not going to start at the very beginning. Instead, since the PWI 500 was introduced in 1991, I’ll stay with that theme of the 1990s and begin the series in 1990. I may go back at do the late 80s, but for now I’ll start with 1990.
Lets take a look back at the PWI Awards and see how the fans voted for various awards.
1990 Rookie of the Year, Steve Austin.

1990 Rookie of the Year, Steve Austin.
1990 Rookie Of The Year: Steve Austin (15,296)
1st Runner-Up: El Gigante (13,382)
2nd Runner-Up: Brad Anderson (5,926)
3rd Runner-Up: Chris Chavis (2,168)
Austin wins the award though El Gigante was a lot closer than I was expecting to see, vote wise. Steve hadn’t been introduced to WCW in his first year. He had a brutal feud with his trainer and mentor, Chris Adams in Texas that saw ex-wives get involved. Of the four guys listed, Austin is by far the best in-ring worker of the group. Can’t go wrong with the choice of Austin winning the award.
According to the magazine, Brad Anderson was “well on his way to becoming a member of the Four Horsemen.” Their logic was that he is the son of Gene Anderson. I’m not sure about anyone else, but I’ve never heard of Brad Anderson. So, it’s safe to say he didn’t achieve that goal. Chris Chavis would be better known as Tatanka in a couple of years for the WWF.
Nikolai Volkoff embraced the USA and fans got behind him.

Nikolai Volkoff embraced the USA and fans got behind him.
1990 Inspirational Wrestler Of The Year: Sting (22,947)
1st Runner-Up: Hulk Hogan (15,294)
2nd Runner-Up: Jerry Lawler (7,239)
3rd Runner-Up: Nikolai Volkoff (4,714)
It was the largest margin of victory for all of the awards with Sting winning by almost 7,700 votes. Back in February of ’90, Sting suffered a devastating knee injury that some thought could cost him his career. Less than six months later, Sting returned to action and won the NWA World Championship from rival Ric Flair at the Great American Bash in July. For such a quick recovery from a serious injury, no wonder fans voted him into the number one spot.
Hogan got a decent showing after recovering from an attack by Earthquake in the spring of ’90 only to return at SummerSlam and win the match by count-out. Hogan would regularly win matches against Quake on the house show market to inspire kids all around the country. Lawler had embraced a baby face persona imploring people to not do drugs and booze. Volkoff embraced the USA and apparently fans got behind him a little bit.
Paul Roma enjoyed the glory of being the Most Improved Wrestler of 1990.

Paul Roma enjoyed the glory of being the Most Improved Wrestler of 1990.
1990 Most Improved Wrestler Of The Year: Paul Roma (11,127)
1st Runner-Up: Doom (10,596)
2nd Runner-Up: Tugboat (8,285)
3rd Runner-Up: Cactus Jack (5,927)
Not quite sure how Roma had improved in-ring wise, but nonetheless he won the award. He was achieving some success with Hercules with the team of Power and Glory while becoming a rule breaker. Roma was the more impressive competitor in his tag team, so that might have helped him win he award. Plus, he does have a badass elbow drop from the top rope.
They got rid of their manager Woman, lost their masks and won NWA World Tag Team Championships with Teddy Long, but Doom couldn’t get the award. Ron Simmons and Butch Reed aren’t going to impressive people with their wrestling, but their powerhouse style meshed well with a team like the Steiner Brothers to put on some enjoyable matches throughout the year.
Tugboat probably shouldn’t even be ranked in this category. Cactus Jack might have not gotten a better showing because he is more of a stuntman than an actual wrestler. Plus, he mainly wrestled in the USWA and hadn’t gotten much of a national exposure to showcase his style.
Bobby Heenan nearly won the award for the second year in a row.

Bobby Heenan nearly won the award for the second year in a row.
1990 Manager Of The Year: Teddy Long (12,927)
1st Runner-Up: Bobby Heenan (11,927)
2nd Runner-Up: Ole Anderson (10,146)
3rd Runner-Up: Jim Cornette (8,293)
After three months of managing the tag team Doom, Long was able to lead them to the NWA World Tag Team Championships. The quick turnaround can be attributed to Long and his managerial ways. Heenan had an impressive year leading his Heenan Family stable to the tag team and Intercontinental championships, but just wasn’t enough to overcome Long’s quick rise in the NWA.
Fans enjoyed the Flair vs. Luger feud in 1990.

Fans enjoyed the Flair vs. Luger feud in 1990.
1990 Feud Of The Year: Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger (14,912)
1st Runner-Up: Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake (13,420)
2nd Runner-Up: Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude (12,565)
3rd Runner-Up: Chris Adams vs. Steve Austin (8,222)
The once hated heel surprised many fans when he saved former rival Sting from a Four Horsemen attack. Lex Luger stepped up as one of the most popular wrestlers in the NWA and chased after the NWA World Championship held by Ric Flair. Throughout the first half of the year, Luger had numerous shots at the gold but came up short against the Nature Boy each time. Despite coming up short, the matches didn’t fail to have plenty of action and emotion from the crowd as many people wanted to see Luger breakthrough and become the top guy. That would happen in later years, just not at the expense of Ric Flair.
The top feud for the WWF in 1990 came in second place. Earthquake became the most hated man in the WWF when he took out Hulk Hogan and they met at SummerSlam. Hogan and Quake had a good match at the event, which ended in a count-out win for Hogan, and they would continue the feud by having stretcher matches throughout the end of the year.
Warrior vs. Rude in ’89 was a highly talked about feud as they wrestled at Mania and SummerSlam. However, their feud in 1990 was rushed and had lost a lot of interest amongst a lot of fans. I’ve noticed a real lack of direction from viewing shows during the timeframe, so a second runner-up spot is rather surprising to see. I would have thought maybe the Flair/Sting feud would have been higher.
USWA hottest feud got a respectable showing with over 8,000 votes. Austin really came into his own and it was clear that he was going to be a star. Ex-wives and a blood feud made for one hell of a year between a once mentor and protege relationship.
Hulkamania continued to run wild in the 90s.

Hulkamania continued to run wild in the 90s.
1990 Most Popular Wrestler Of The Year: Hulk Hogan (18,825)
1st Runner-Up: Sting (15,172)
2nd Runner-Up: Ultimate Warrior (14,928)
3rd Runner-Up: Lex Luger (11,726)
Despite losing the WWF World Championship at WrestleMania VI, Hulk Hogan remained the most popular wrestler amongst readers of PWI. Perhaps his hiatus in the spring and early summer helped due to the attack by Earthquake. His reign as the most popular wouldn’t last forever, though.
Sting and Warrior were neck and neck for the second spot. Is this indicative of Warrior failing as WWF World Champion? Sting never gave up and fans likely took that into consideration. Had Luger managed to defeat Flair for the NWA World Championship, he may have overcame Warrior as the third most popular wrestler.
Rick Rude manages to get underneath people's skin.

Rick Rude manages to get underneath people’s skin.
1990 Most Hated Wrestler Of The Year: Earthquake (15,275)
1st Runner-Up: Ric Flair (13,582)
2nd Runner-Up: Rick Rude (11,935)
3rd Runner-Up: Eddie Gilbert (8,867)
When you takeout Hulkamania you can assure the fans will not come anywhere close to cheering for you. Quake quickly became the most hated villain in the WWF and that translated into the awards. Kind of surprising how short of a run he had as a top singles heel wrestler, honestly.
Flair and Rude are here for obvious reasons. Flair being the leader of the Horsemen and taking out guys like Sting and Lex Luger throughout the year. Rude always calls fans overweight and hogs, to go along with terrorizing heroes in the WWF. Plus, he insulted the Big Bossman’s mother! You just don’t do that, Ravishing One!
Just to give you an idea of what Eddie Gilbert is all about. He depended on chains and brass knuckles to knock out opponents. Oh, and the may have spit fire into Jeff Jarrett’s face to win the Southern Championship. But wait, there is more. Eddie got in his car and ran over Jerry Lawler because he is one evil bastard. Had any of that happened on a national stage, Eddie would have been by far the most hated man in wrestling.
WrestleMania VI. The match of the year.

WrestleMania VI. The match of the year.
1990 Match Of The Year: Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior (24,180)
1st Runner-Up: Sting vs. Ric Flair (18,236)
2nd Runner-Up: Hulk Hogan vs. Earthquake (9,234)
3rd Runner-Up: Royal Rumble (6,288)
Not at all surprised that the two larger than life characters in wrestling history squaring off at the biggest show of the year, WrestleMania, got the match of the year award. The atmosphere at the Sky Dome is unforgettable and the action will live in many people’s memories for a lifetime. That’s what the match of the year should accomplish.
Sting/Flair was memorable in its own right with Sting overcoming a major knee injury and defeating Ric Flair for the NWA World Championship in a passing of the torch moment. Sixteen minutes of great wrestling with an outcome that people wanted to see. Can’t go wrong with that, folks.
Kind of surprising that the Royal Rumble match was voted for the match of the year. Perhaps that has to be because it is a popular concept of a match for the time? Based off of pure wrestling entertainment, I would have thought maybe the tag match between the Nasty Boys and the Steiner Brothers would have gotten some more love from the fans.
Tag Team of the Year.

Tag Team of the Year.
1990 Tag Team Of The Year: Steiner Brothers (18,377)
1st Runner-Up: Demolition (15,271)
2nd Runner-Up: Doom (11,384)
3rd Runner-up: The Legion Of Doom (10,868)
This seemed like an easy choice as the Steiner Brothers had been on a role in recent years as a tag team electrifying crowds wherever they wrestled. By April, Demolition regained the WWF World Tag Team Championships. In August, they lost the Hart Foundation and quickly became a shell of their former selves when the Legion of Doom came to the company. It’s one of the quickest falls from grace I’ve ever watch happen on television.
Doom should get credited for a good showing in the awards as they had only a few months in 1990 where they weren’t getting destroyed by the Steiner Brothers. Ron Simmons and Butch Reed meshed well as a unit and don’t seem to get a lot of credit for their rise in the tag ranks during the time.
From suffering a knee injury to winning the heavyweight title, Sting is the Wrestle of the Year!

From suffering a knee injury to winning the heavyweight title, Sting is the Wrestler of the Year!
1990 Wrestler Of The Year: Sting (19,481)
1st Runner-Up: Ultimate Warrior (18,176)
2nd Runner-Up: Hulk Hogan (12,003)
3rd Runner-Up: Lex Luger (8,284)
A busted knee in February to winning the NWA World Championship in July. Sting winning the wrestler of the year shows fans giving credit where credit is due. Sting had become of the most entertaining wrestlers in the country and defeated the face of the NWA to become the new top guy for the company. A well deserved award for the Stinger.
Warrior became a double champion at WrestleMania VI by beating Hulk Hogan to win the WWF World Championship to go along with the Intercontinental Championship. Warrior vacated that the Intercontinental Championship, but successfully defended the WWF World Championship against top heels in the WWF including a steel cage match against Rick Rude at SummerSlam.
Despite not being champion for most of the year, fans may have voted for Hogan due to his comeback from the Earthquake attack and numerous victories over Quake on the house show market.
Luger may have had a breakout year by holding the NWA United States Championship for most of the year and several hard fought battles with Ric Flair throughout 1990. He is a distance second from Sting in the NWA in terms of popularity and that’s made evident by his over 11,000 vote difference.
Would you agree with how the PWI readers voted for the awards in 1990? Who would you have voted for during this time?
Leave your thoughts below!
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2014 WrestleCrap Gooker Awards


Hey Scott,


Got a close race between Bella vs. Bella, and the ramifications of Vince's 'brass rings' comment for this year's Gooker Award; it's pretty well neck and neck at the moment.

Thought maybe your BOD'ers could help settle the score!


Is it too late to vote for the Reigns promo on Smackdown?

The PG Era Rant: the 2014 Slammy Awards!

The PG Era Rant for the 77th
Annual Slammy Awards, December 8, 2014. Would Michael Cole lie to
us?
Live from Greenville, SC.
Your hosts are Cole, JBL, and Lawler on
Raw; Byron and A-Ry on the Pre-Show; Renee Young and Booker T on the
Pre-Show Stage; and Seth Green on the stage.

Pre-Show award winners (an asterisk
means the award was presented live):
  • Insult of the Year: The Rock
    toward Rusev/Lana*
  • Fan Chant: “You Sold Out”
  • Double-Cross: Seth Rollins
  • Animal of the Year: The Bunny
  • Best Actor: The Rock
  • Tag Team of the Year: The Usos*
  • Who’s NXT: Sami Zayn
  • Anti-Gravity: Seth Rollins,
    Payback
  • Faction: The Shield
  • Best on Twitter: Dolph Ziggler
  • Breakout Star: Dean Ambrose*
    (absent)
  • Guest Host: Hugh Jackman
  • Couple: Daniel Bryan & Brie
    Bella
  • Rivalry: Daniel Bryan v. The
    Authority
  • Hashtag: #RKOOuttaNowhere*
    (accepted by Seth Rollins)
Tonight’s main event is John Cena
against Big Show.
Jerry Lawler introduces Seth Green to
host. I need to get that cover of Muscle & Fitness Lawler says
Green’s on. Seth says that unlike other predetermined awards shows
(I just got crushed by 400 lbs of irony), this is YOUR show. Miz and
Sandow interrupt the opening remarks to ask to be in Green’s next
project. Green, however, prefers Sandow. All this sets up the “This
Is Awesome” moment, with nominees Occupy Raw, Stephanie’s arrest,
Sting sends the Authority packing, and the Hogan/Austin/Rock beer
summit. Voting continues on the WWE App until after this match.
Dolph Ziggler v. Seth Rollins.
Rollins kicks Dolph down to start, but Dolph launches Rollins to the
apron and dropkicks him to the floor as we go to break.
For
the record, I think the right number is 64 based on what Scott posted
for 1987. Then again, the WWWF/WWF/WWE began in 1963, so the maximum
is… why am I thinking about this? Anyway, those two being out here
means it’s likely the Authority end is in the lead.
Ziggler/Rollins, continued.
Rollins stands over Dolph, but a slugfest breaks out before Rollins
gets a kneelift. Rollins with elbow smashes and a running kick for
two, then we go to the chinlock. Crowd is loudly behind Dolph, which
rallies him into getting a jawbreaker. Rollins airballs a Stinger
Splash, but Dolph doesn’t, and he follows with a Rude Awakening and
Heart Attack Elbow for two. Sky High DDT is blocked, and Rollins
goes for the buckle bomb, but Dolph with a sunset flip for two.
Superkick misses, but the Sky High DDT doesn’t, getting Dolph two.
The two duck kicks, but Rollins gets an apron enzuigiri. He goes up,
but Dolph meets him there. Rollins goes for the Murderdeathkill
powerbomb, but Dolph backdrops him off. Joey Mercury shoves Dolph
down, and the Curbstomp ends it at 7:24. This didn’t need a
commercial break mid-match. **
And
your winner of the This
Is Awesome moment of the year
is:
Sting’s debut! Then again, Sting isn’t here, but a ticked-off
Rollins is, chasing Seth Green away. Rollins says Sting cost him the
biggest win of his career and is solely responsible for eliminating
the Authority. Rollins accepts on Sting’s behalf because Rollins
believes he deserves it more.
The
New Day pose by the Slammy statues AS a Slammy statue. Funny stuff.
Kofi’s up next.
Occupy
Raw was robbed.
We
review some of the awards from earlier.
Kofi Kingston v. Stardust.
The two trade hammerlocks to start, with Stardust getting the
advantage. Kofi kicks away, but misses a blind crossbody and
Stardust with a springboard Binoic Elbow. He stomps away by the
ropes before raking the eyes. Kofi fights back, but a short elbow by
Stardust leads to a chinlock. Hairpull slam keeps Stardust in
charge, but Kofi with a kip-up rana (!!). He stops a blind charge
and begins the comeback, ending with a new variation on the Boom
Drop. Running knee in the corner and Kofi goes up, and the frog
crossbody ends it at 2:57. *1/4

Johnny
Ace introduces the nominees for Surprise Return of the year, but
first he wants People Power back. Your nominees are: Hulk Hogan,
Batista, The Rock, and Ultimate Warrior. Voting is underway! And
here’s how you get the WWE App (I thought we were done with this).
Winner to be named after the break.
So
the Game of War ads are just Evony ads in live-action, right?
And
the Surprise Return
of the Year

is: Ultimate Warrior! They play a video tribute to him.
Backstage,
Seth Rollins thanks security for letting him do everything, but Paul
Heyman finds him. Heyman’s here to accept all the Slammys for Brock
Lesnar. They remind us that if Seth Rollins beats John Cena (Seth:
“IF?”), Cena is no longer on tap to face Brock Lesnar. Does that
make Rollins next? He does have the briefcase, and therefore can
face the champ whenever he wants. And when Rollins decides to do it,
no one will see it coming. Heyman, though, has a rebuttal: Brock
Lesnar may as well be Champion for Life. Rollins can still be the
future of the WWE – which was obvious from the day Rollins took out
Lesnar at Night of Champions – but John Cena, not Brock Lesnar, is
the one in the way. If Rollins wants to be the future, he must make
John Cena the past. Rollins is hyped.
We
get a look at NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte, who… is out for a
match!? Hey now, that’s next!
I
believe this makes Ultimate Warrior the first posthumous winner of a
Slammy.
NXT Match: Charlotte v. Natalya.
This is essentially an ad for NXT R-Evolution. Charlotte’s WHOO is
as good as Ric’s. Natlaya cheks with Tyson, so Charlotte jumps her
from behind and attacks. Shoulder thrusts in the corner, but charges
hit elbow and Natalya gets a sleeper. Package jawbreaker by
Charlotte gets two. Mounted punches by Charlotte, but Natalya slaps
her and reverses a kick block to a leglock, which Charlotte in turn
reverses to a chinlock. Natalya runs into a CHOP, then dedicates the
next one to Kidd. Flair kneedrop gets two. Another one hits, but
Natalya takes advantage of some stalling and tries a Sharpshooter.
Charlotte reverses to a figure-four try, but Natalya with the inside
cradle for the pin at 2:30. Tyson Kidd celebrates like he won. Way
too short, but Charlotte looks like she could fit in. 3/4*
Presenting
the OMG Shocking Moment is… wait for it… Santino Marella. Crowd
is underwhelmed. And no, Luke Harper taking a shower doesn’t as a
shocking moment. And before you ask, yes, the Cobra is helping
present. Your nominees: Seth’s double-cross, Nikki Bella crushes her
sister, a children’s choir taunts John Cena, and the Streak ends. Go
vote!
At
NXT, Charlotte and Natalya were given 15 minutes and stole the show.
They get to Raw and it’s a 2-minute match that is background to Tyson
Kidd. As a fan of women’s wrestling, all I can say is Kevin Dunn
delenda est. I mean, would 5 or 6 minutes kill them?
And
it goes without saying that winner of the Shocking
Moment of the year

is: Brock Lesnar! Paul Heyman accepts on Brock’s behalf and says
very little.
And
now, we hear instead from Bray Wyatt. He talks about meeting Sister
Abigail for the first time – she was sitting in a rocking chair,
the same chair Bray Wyatt used, and the same chair Dean Ambrose
destroyed last week. He says Ambrose destroyed a piece of Bray Wyatt
by taking an irreplaceable part of Wyatt. So Wyatt had to get even
by taking something from Dean – his voice, on SmackDown. “Does
that shock you? Does that frighten you?” Bray is a monster, he’s
fear incarnate, and he despises everyone. He sees them only as moths
drawn to his flame, and people will be burned. And this Sunday, he
will bring hellfire from the ladder, conquering Dean Ambrose and
looking down at his mangled body as the world is not allowed to cry.
Ambrose deserves it all, that’s why. It comes in Tables, Ladders,
and Chairs. (Oh my.)
But
wait! An ambulance pulls up to the arena… and out steps Dean
Ambrose! He’s got a neck brace but is otherwise healthy. And he has
a table in the back of the ambulance, as well as ladders and chairs,
which he throws onto the ramp. And then, to make a point, he yanks
off the neck brace. He carries the ladder and chair to the ring, but
Bray Wyatt is not backing down. Ambrose throws everything into the
ring, including the ladder into Wyatt, then gets more toys and chucks
them onto Bray. In the ring, he sets up the table, but Bray bails
out (not unjustifiably so, mind you). Ambrose even offers himself
onto the table for Bray to get back in, then when Bray tries, he pegs
Wyatt with a chair.
Cole:
“What is wrong with Ambrose?”
JBL:
“Is there anything right with Ambrose?”
Dean
takes the mic – his voice has fully recovered – and promises
he’ll put Bray in the ambulance. With weapons, Ambrose is the
monster, and he promises to eat the Eater of Worlds.
Seth
Green returns (still pumped up over Dean’s antics) and introduces
Jerry Lawler to go over the Diva of the Year nominees: Brie Bella,
Paige, AJ Lee, and Nikki Bella. Voting continues on the App.
I’ve
said it before, and I’ll say it again: Dean Ambrose is the modern
Roddy Piper. Stuff like laying on the table begging for Bray to
attack proves it. He’s got that vibe.
And
the Diva of the
Year
is:
AJ Lee! (The four Divas were waiting together backstage and got
photobombed by Titus O’Neil for no reason.) She’s happy that she has
redefined “Diva” – you no longer have to be girly. She hopes
next year the winner is an NXT alumna (she names them all), because
they’re next in line for the throne… but AJ is still queen, and
will be Divas’ Champion again.
Renee
Young interviews John Cena. He talks about how Vince said people
need to step up, and how Seth Rollins was offended and will make a
statement on Sunday… but first, he has to face someone who thought
he stepped up, but proved to be a puppet. First, he’s a puppet for
HHH, then for Seth Rollins. And on Sunday, a tables match – which
can end instantly. Seth doesn’t to pin or submit John Cena (which is
good, because he can’t); but if he puts Cena through a table, Seth
steps up and Cena may have to step down. Champions wins big matches,
so it’s go big or go home for Cena. He’s going to show the world
tonight instead of tell by slamming Big Show, and then he’ll step up
on Seth Rollins. If people think he’s done, bring your lunch,
because this Sunday, the “spineless, gutless little SOB” goes
through a table.
I
dunno what’s wrong with Cena, but even when he delivers on
interviews, it sounds redundant. And while that seems to work with
Hogan and Rock, it’s not working here. It just shows he’s one step
below those guys – but we all are in the business.
Erick Rowan v. Luke Harper.
Luke Harper brings a ladder with him for grins. It’s a slugfest to
start, with Rowan getting the better of it with headbutts. Avalanche
in the corner, but Harper returns with a dropkick for one. Stomps
and Gator Roll, into a chinlock. Rowan breaks out, but walks into a
superkick for two. Rowan backdrops out of a powerbomb and unloads
with clotheslines and another Avalanche. Full nelson slam gets two.
Harper kicks Rowan away and bails, but Rowan follows to the outside
only for Harper to use the ladder for the DQ at 2:03. 1/2*

Harper
leaps off the steps, but straight into a forearm shiver by Rowan, who
sends him into the stairs with a fireman’s carry drop. Rowan tosses
the stairs into the ring, but Harper catches him only to get tossed.
Harper eats stairs and bails.
Backstage,
Naomi is celebrating the Usos’ Slammy win from earlier. Jimmy and
Naomi get cute, but Naomi reveals that she heard from Miz’s agent.
The agent is real, but Jimmy doesn’t buy it. Whatever the case,
Naomi has a screen test later this week. Jimmy will come along
because he doesn’t trust Miz, but Naomi takes this as a personal
affront because that makes perfect sense, right?
Adam
Rose and company come out for LOL Moment of the Year. Are Rose and
Bunny getting along this week? Rose wishes he was hosting (he
mutters that the people in charge are clueless) before presenting our
nominess: Mr. T’s Hall of Fame speech, WeeLC, Damien Sandow’s copycat
act, and Vickie Guerrero dunking Stephanie. App vote time!
Um…
why wouldn’t Naomi want Jimmy with her for the screen test ANYWAY? I
mean, it just makes sense that you’d want your husband there for
moral support. Instead, she takes his desire to be with her as
offensive. How does this make sense?
Before
we reveal the winner, here’s some more awards from earlier.
And
the winner for funniest
moment of the year

is: Damien San^H^H^HMizdow! Needless to say, Miz shoves Sandow out
of the way and does his speech for him. Crowd: “WE WANT MIZDOW!”
Miz: “Yes, you want Miz now!” Miz then finally gives credit to
the person who deserves it the most: his face.
Rusev
and Lana head to the ring as we learn Rusev/Swagger III is on for TLC
for the US Title. No stipulations, which doesn’t bode well for the
challenger. Lana says the real funniest moment is everything about
America. Oh, and shut up. But the real joke is the Real Americans.
This, needless to say, brings Jack Swagger out on his own with a mic.
Jack says what goes around, comes around. He promises to break
Rusev’s ankle to get even for Colter’s leg, and the war is on! Rusev
sends Swagger into the barricade, but Rusev misses the superkick and
hits the barricade instead, hurting the ankle!Swagger slams him
ankle-first into the barricade. This of course leads to the Patriot
Lock, and Rusev taps! (Once, but still.) Officials have to yank
Swagger away. Crowd begins a We The People chant as Swagger tries to
drag five refs with him to get to a hurting Rusev.
WE
THE PEOPLE. Also, Jack – I love you and all and you’ve got a great
act, but there’s a reason they gave you Dutch as a manager. Swagger
sounded like he was about to forget his lines and wanted to get them
out before he got caught up in the moment.
The
New Day will face the Dust Brothers on the TLC(S) Pre-Show.
The Usos and Ryback v. Kane, The
Miz, and Damien Sandow.

Seth Green joins commentary and is a fan of Sandow. Kane and Ryback
start, with Kane getting a headbutt. Ryback with a Thesz press and
mat slams, followed by the Stupid Splash for one. Kane clubs away on
Ryback and slams him as the crowd wants Sandow. Ryback with a diving
shoulder tackle for one, and Jimmy comes in with an axhandle to the
arm. Jey in, and he gets a sunset flip try, but Kane pulls him away
and nails an uppercut. But first, Seth Green takes a selfie. Miz in
with a headlock takedown. Miz knocks over Jey, but Jey recovers with
a hiptoss and headlock takedown of his own. (Sandow is imitating
everything Miz does, as always.) Miz with a kick in the corner, and
he and Sandow show off (crowd is on Sandow’s side). Jey avoids a
whip and chops away, which brings Sandow in to chop himself. Jey
suplexes Miz (and Sandow by proxy), then tosses Miz (and Sandow by
proxy) as we go to break.
The
real issue’s going to be how things go when Sandow eventually gets
tired and fights for himself. It’s been noted by a few of my friends
that it’s all fun until he gets in the ring, and there might be a
reason they’re keeping him on the sidelines.
#6ManTag, continued.
Kane has Jey in a chinlock. In a related note, I can finally tell
the two Usos apart. Jey escapes with a jawbreaer as we find out
Ryback did a stalling suplex on Miz (and Sandow by proxy) during the
break. Kane cuts off the hot tag and brings in Miz. Miz taunts
Jimmy, but Jey tries to fight back only to get hit with the Million
Dollar Move. Miz stomps away and knocks Jimmy off the apron before
keeping Jey from Ryback. Unsuccessfully, it turns out, as Ryback
gets in and goes to town on Miz. Spinebuster, Kane saves. The Usos
run into Kane’s goozle but escape and superkick Kane out. Jey dives
onto Kane, leaving Jimmy with Miz. Miz sends Jimmy out, but turns
around into the Meathook and Shell Shock for the pin at 9:57. Sandow
writhes in pain alongside Miz while Seth Green tries to raise
Ryback’s hand. Emphasis on tries. So the Usos hoist Green on their
shoulders. Perfectly acceptable six-man. *3/4
We
go back to the first ever Slammy Awards in 1986. And to think we’re
up to 77 now. Of course, they got to 37 by the next year, so who’s
counting?
Ricky
Steamboat comes out to present for Match of the Year. Steamboat goes
over his Matches of the Year before presenting the nominees. Your
nominees are: WM30’s main event; Cena/Wyatt Last Man Standing;
Shield/Evolution I at Extreme Rules; and the Authority’s Last Stand
at Survivor Series. Begin voting now, and after this break, we’ll
announce the winner.
Hm.
I had these matches at ****3/4, ****1/4, ****1/2, and ****1/4
respectively. So that should tell you where my vote went.
Next
week, Raw and SmackDown are live, as is the Tribute to the Troops!
And yes, I’ll be recapping the Tribute live, assuming I remember.
But
first, the Match of
the Year

is: Cena/Authority! And to accept the award, Dolph Ziggler.
Steamboat shares some private but hopefully kind words with Dolph.
Dolph promises he’s going to build on that moment. He did what
everyone else would do – entertain with all his heart when jobs
were on the line. The Slammy truly belongs to the fans!
AJ Lee v. Summer Rae.
Summer pats AJ on the head and shoves her down. This irks AJ, who
unloads with a Thesz Press but walks into a wheelbarrow slam for two.
Hammer Throw and spinkick gets two. Leg choke against the middle
rope and she gets a seated cobra clutch. “Diva of the Year, huh?”
She slams AJ down for two, and back to the cobra clutch. Crowd
chants for the most over Diva, inspiring AJ to put on the Black Widow
for the submission at 2:19. Summer Rae continues to be awful. DUD
And
in a surprise return, Rob Van Dam is back to present the nominees for
Extreme Moment. Fun bit as his chyron appears on the screen, but
without his name on it. RVD says it couldn’t be anyone else. The
nominees are: Brock Lesnar gives John Cena ALL the German suplexes;
Kane Tombstones Daniel Bryan three times in a row; Chris Jericho
dives off the cage onto Bray Wyatt; Seth Rollins puts Dean Ambrose
through “cinderblocks”.
You
know, now that I’m thinking of it, that Rollins/Ambrose street fight
deserved to be a Match of the Year contender.
But,
your Extreme Moment
of the year

is: Chris Jericho off the cage! But rather than get Jericho, we get
Fandango to accept on his behalf. He thanks Chris for losing to him
in his debut match.
Saint
Mick and Noelle give us more WWEShop stuff. (A replica Slammy goes
to Al Snow, because of course it does.)
Renee
Young is with Big Show. Show promises that he’ll be focused tonight.
He’s still mad that the fans won’t forgive his mistake. But what he
does to John Cena tonight isn’t a mistake. He’ll knock John Cena
out, and then take care of Erick Rowan, who’s out of his league. The
mistakes are theirs, not Show’s.
So
who do you suppose Scotty from Orlando is that was getting the Macho
Man DVD? Scotty Taylor? Scott Hall? Raven? Discuss if you want.
More
pre-show Slammy recapping.
And
now, Booker T will present Superstar of the Year. Your nominees are:
Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt,
John Cena, and Seth Rollins. VOTE! DO IT! DO IT NAOUGHW!
In
kayfabe, this is easy: Brock Lesnar. But that’s not how you decide
the vote.
Chris
Jericho will be your guest authority figure next week in Detroit.
And
the Superstar of
the Year

is: Roman Reigns! And he’s here to accept in person! And not via
satellite, as he himself notes. “It’s not the brass ring, but it’s
pretty damn good, and I love it.” He says he doesn’t care who is
at the top of the stairs, he’s going to step up to them. Believe
that.
I
didn’t buy into the hype before, but if that Slammy voting is legit,
then I’ll get behind Roman Reigns as Royal Rumble winner.
Main event: John Cena v. Big
Show.

We review the punch by Big Show at Survivor Series for what feels
like the 100th
time. Show with a shot to the gut to start, then works over him in
the corner. HASHTAG. Hammer Throw on Cena, and Show just stands
over him. CHOP OF DEATH misses, and Cena tries to fight back, but he
bounces off of Big Show on a shoulderblock. Show walks over Cena.
Big slam follows, then an elbowdrop for two. Repeated kicks to the
gut follow, then the CHOP OF DEATH connects. Avalanche misses, and
Cena gets a DDT. Cena runs into a Bravo Side Slam for two. Show
kicks Cena around, then dominates a slugfest and clubs Cena down.
Cena kicks Show away, but leaps into a bearhug. Cena breaks it, then
escapes a chokeslam into a sleeper. Show drops to one knee, but he
snapmares to break. Cena goes for tackles that stagger Show, then
ducks the KO Punch and lands a back suplex. Five Knuckle Shuffle
follows, but Show catches him with the goozle. Cena escapes the
chokeslam again, and he gets the AA for the pin at… no, for Seth
Rollins to race in for the DQ at 5:40. You’re protecting BIG SHOW?
1/2*
Rollins,
Noble, and Mercury beat the tar out of Cena before Rollins gets a
ladder and Noble and Mercury get a table. Rollins climbs the ladder,
threatening a Curbstomp off of it, when Dolph Ziggler races in and
tips the ladder over. Rollins bails, and security gets destroyed.
Big Show recovers and knocks Dolph and Cena both out, but this brings
out Erick Rowan. Rowan is caught from behind by Luke Harper,
allowing a double-team that sends Rowan into the stairs. Crowd wants
Ryback. Show chokeslams Rowan off the stairs (seriously, he
bounced), and now here comes Ryback. He sends Show into the post,
then Meathooks Harper in the ring. Table is set up, and Harper’s the
target, but while Harper’s up for Shell Shock, Kane appears and goes
nuts with a chair on Ryback. Dolph returns and is caught by Show,
but he escapes a chokeslam and superkicks Show repeatedly until the
giant’s out. Harper then wheelbarrow slams Dolph through the table,
so Cena AA’s Harper only to get Curbstomped by Rollins. He calls for
help from security as he clears the announce table, and he wants to
make an example of Cena. It’s the Shieldbomb to Cena through the
announce table. Rollins taunts Cena’s body to end as the heels stand
tall.
Why
in heaven’s name couldn’t that match just end with a clean finish?
HOW
I’D BOOK IT:
  1. New
    Day beats the Dust Brothers when Kofi pins Goldust.
  2. Miz
    and Damien Sandow beat the Usos when Sandow pins Jey (after Jimmy
    chases Miz off, Sandow decides against imitating the chasing and in
    favor of winning the match).
  3. Erick
    Rowan pins Big Show with help from the stairs.
  4. United
    States Champion Rusev defeats Jack Swagger by disqualification when
    Swagger uses Zeb Colter’s crutch as a weapon, leading to a future
    cage match.
  5. Ryback
    pins Kane with the help of chairs.
  6. Dolph
    Ziggler claims the title from Luke Harper to regain the
    Intercontinental Title.
  7. John
    Cena puts Seth Rollins through a table to go to the Royal Rumble.
  8. Nikki
    Bella defeats AJ Lee with interference by Brie, leading to a triple
    threat match at the Rumble.
  9. Dean
    Ambrose pins Bray Wyatt in the TLC match.
STATS:
MATCH
TIME: 32:50 over seven matches
BEST
MATCH: Rollins/Dolph
WORST
MATCH: AJ/Summer
NIGHT
MVP: Roman Reigns
No
rating.
Matt
Perri does Main Event. Tommy Hall does SmackDown. Scott Keith does
1996. Logan Scisco does 1998. Zanatude pokes Southern States
Wrestling with a stick. And you provide the discussion.
And
the Slammy for Recapper of the Year goes to… Brian Bayless? I want
a recount! Our e-fed is not a recap!!

The SmarK Rant for the 37th Annual WWF Slammy Awards

The SmarK Rant for the WWF Slammy Awards – 12.17.87 The 37th Annual awards to be specific! Oh man, this is a very specific piece of my childhood here. I honestly have no idea who would have aired in Canada at the time, unless it was on one of the local stations in a rebroadcast deal ala Saturday Night’s Main Event. Taped from Atlantic City, NJ Hosted by Vince McMahon, Jesse Ventura & Mean Gene. The entrance vignettes cut into the credits are worth the price of admission alone. King Kong Bundy in his wrestling trunks and a top hat is awesome. And really, Vince would kill to have the kind of star power on display here these days. Hogan, Warrior, Savage, Honky Tonk, Dibiase, Rude, Roberts, Bigelow, The Hart Foundation, The Bulldogs, Demolition, Beefcake…pretty staggering actually. So the conceit here is that this is an actual awards show, as opposed to whatever it became later. Award #1: Best Performance By An Animal Nominees are Damian, Frankie, Matilda and George Steele. The winner of course is Steele and he gets lost on the way to the podium before Hillbilly Jim saves him. And the poor prop turnbuckle doesn’t even survive the first award. Song of the Year Nominee: Honky Tonk Man sings his own theme song and does a pretty good job at it. Clearly he’s not actually playing the guitar, but he’s still one up on Jeff Jarrett. Also, the Hart Foundation provides backup dancing, so that’s awesome. You have to be a terrible person not to love this a little bit. Award #2: Woman of the Year Nominees are Sherri, “Dolly Parton”, Fabulous Moolah, “Yoko Ono” and Elizabeth. Obviously a couple of these are joke nominees. Honky is pretty funny burying all the nominees (“Even the Million Dollar Man’s Moolah can’t buy the award for that battleaxe.”) and of course Liz wins. Randy Savage immediately chases Honky off, and if there’s anything classier than a silver wrestling outfit with bib, I don’t know what that might be. Hacksaw Duggan (with tuxudo shirt) presents Award #3: Best Ring Apparel. Nominees are Demolition, Randy Savage (pretty sure you can see a very young Jerry Seinfeld sitting behind him), King Harley Race, Honky Tonk Man and the Bulldogs. The King wins the award (and Bobby has a bowtie on his neck brace), but Duggan refuses to show proper respect in presenting the award, and the BRAWL IS ON. Thankfully Gorilla Monsoon is on hand to grab a headset and do play by play. First stop: The makeup room, as they batter each other with wigs and face powder and there’s a donkey and a bunch of chickens around. THESE CHICKENS ARE RAW, YOU DONKEY!!!! Meanwhile, they fight into the electrical room as we learn that Bam Bam Bigelow and Mean Gene have tied for the Best Head award. Shit, I had money on that one. Song of the Year Nominee: VINCE MCMAHON WANTS US TO STAND BACK! Long before Chris Jericho made it a running joke in 2004, this was a real thing that happened. Jake Roberts, Randy Savage and Brutus Beefcake “playing” the trumpets! Vince doing choreographed dance moves with showgirls! HULK HOGAN BASS SOLO! Vince McMahon basically telling Jim Crockett and Verne Gagne that he’s going to destroy their territories…in MUSICAL FORM! Meanwhile, in the back, the brawl continues while a llama wanders through. We take a break and Heenan rescues Race and locks Hacksaw in the room, where he still lives to this day. No, wait, he escapes and shoves a giant pile of cardboard boxes onto them, allowing them to continue into the dressing rooms. Poor Bobby gets beat up by an old lady to end this segment. Hulk Hogan presents Award #4: The Hulk Hogan Real American Award. If this was 1995 WCW he’d present it to himself. But since we’ve got storylines to advance, instead it goes to Superstar Billy Graham. For some reason Graham gets a knockoff of The Final Countdown as his music. Meanwhile, the brawl moves into the catering room and Gorilla declares that they’ve “made a shambles of the 37th Annual Slammy Awards!” Duggan puts poor Bobby into the carrot cake with an atomic drop, and Gorilla is upset that there will be no Christmas party this year as a result. Jesse The Body presents the most prestigious award of the evening…the JESSE THE BODY AWARD. As if you even need to guess who wins this one. Seriously, tell me you didn’t say it out loud as soon as I gave the name of the award. Nominees are Rick Rude (duh), Butch Reed, Ultimate Warrior, Sherri, and Hercules. And of course, Rick Rude is the only one who could possibly win. Rude opts for a full-on stripping routine before Mean Gene saves things with a towel. Rude steals the big-haired awards girl and leaves the towel. This was kind of a weird bit for Rude because he was more goofy heel than hard-edged asshole like he would soon become. But it was tremendous no less. Sadly, the “Greatest Hits of 1987” award is interrupted by Race and Duggan bursting through the video screen, but Finkel apologizes for the interruption and we continue. Award #5: Greatest Hits of the Year Nominees are Andre the Giant, Strike Force, Honky Tonk Man, Bam Bam Bigelow and Hacksaw Duggan. And Duggan wins to pay off the brawl. Gorilla Monsoon presents Award #6: Manager of the Year Nominees are Slick (in a gold Flavor Flav tuxedo!), Jimmy Hart, Mr. Fuji, Bobby Heenan…and the winner is “None of the above”. Now that’s a funny gag. Everyone is outraged but Gorilla sends them all packing. Song of the Year Nominee: Piledriver. So this gives us Bigelow on saxophone and poor Ultimate Warrior dressed as a construction worker standing there with no idea what to do. Mean Gene presents Award #6: Best Personal Hygiene Nominees are Sika, Hillbilly Jim, George Steele, The Bolsheviks and King Kong Bundy (giving us the first toilet joke of the night, kind of a shock actually). The Russians win and trip on the way up the stage. Song of the Year Nominee: Jimmy Hart sings about Girls In Cars This is another weird one because of course Strike Force had already stolen the song for themselves, even though Jimmy does a good version here. Sadly, Strike Force steals all of his backup dancers and Jimmy gets kidnapped and presumably raped by the school bus lady. Weak sauce. Randy Savage presents Award #7: Best Vocal Performance Nominees are JYD’s growl, One Man Gang’s bellow, Hacksaw Duggan’s ho, Jimmy Hart’s megaphone and George Steele’s wail. Duggan wins his second award of the night, running away with things. I think this awards show might not be entirely on the level. Song of the Year Nominee: If You Only Knew This is the one featuring everyone on the roster doing a group number. The highlight is Virgil keep character by standing there scowling while everyone else does their bits and claps along. Sadly, Sika eats the envelope that reveals who actually won Best Song, but I’d like to think it was Honky Tonk Man because his was awesome. And we wrap it up, which is good because the show actually ran out of good ideas at the end of the Race-Duggan brawl. The Pulse There’s only about 40 minutes of good entertainment here, so stop after the giant brawl finishes, but otherwise it’s some hilarious classic cheese from the glory days of the WWF. Highly recommended.

QOTD 100: The Ottie Awards (Rushed edition)

Okay folks, since my macbook pro hates all things video recently, the Ottie Awards will have to be done in the form of a write-up with some interesting visual stuff, etc. Until then, UNLIKE EVERY OTHER AWARDS SHOW EVER, I am going to let you into the voting, and see what the responses were. If you want to be surprised by the winners, do not read on.

Timestamp Who is the hardest working man in BOD Business? What’s your favorite BOD feature? Who’s your favorite Blog of Doom Gimmick? What’s your least favorite Blog of Doom Gimmick? What’s the Blog of Doom’s MOTY? (Moment of the year) Who would you induct into the Ottie Award Hall of Fame?
3/24/2014 14:46:04 Stranger in The Alps Live Event Threads Laughing Sting Pretentious commercial break questions on the live threads. WWF1987 telling Caliber to “Go Away”. And he does. Jobber123 – because anyone who jacks up his post count with conversations with himself deserves some props.
3/24/2014 14:58:15 Charlie Reneke Charlie Reneke’s old posts Diva Gifs during live threads. Caliber Winfield Caliber’s meltdown Charlie Reneke
3/24/2014 15:06:51 Brian Bayless Live Event Threads Holy fuck this is a terrible list. I’m probably the only person actually responding? The Caliber Massacre cult
3/24/2014 15:10:16 Brian Bayless Scott Sez Diva Gifs during live threads. CAP LOCKS MAN Caliber Emails… YJ2310, duh
3/24/2014 15:11:45 Zanatude Zanatude’s posts Zanatude Zanatude Zanatude returns Zanatude
3/24/2014 19:03:39 Scott Keith NXT Rants Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters getting the logo replaced chris beniot
3/24/2014 19:16:31 Scott Keith NXT Rants Blog Otters Blog Otters Scott
3/24/2014 19:39:03 Scott Keith Cuch’s Book Reviews Doctor’ Farva Blog Otters Fuck you? Caliber
3/24/2014 19:50:34 Andy PG Live Event Threads CAPS LOCK MAN Blog Otters All the Caliber stuff. The top posters are too obvious… I’m going to go with TopTen.
3/24/2014 19:52:56 Scott Keith The “PG” Era Rant Diva Gifs during live threads. JESSE BAKER! Caliber’s Meltdown and the thread the followed. Elvy!
3/24/2014 20:14:44 Brian Bayless Scott Sez The Vanilla Writer Connection Anti-smarks Caliber being skewered over multiple threads The incest question.
3/24/2014 20:42:23 Brian Bayless Daily Updates Blog Otters Everything that’s not Blog Otters The moment Blog Otters went from weirdly annoying to weirdly cool. That one guy’s pet rock.
3/25/2014 2:54:58 Brian Bayless Live Event Threads Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters Porn-Peddling Jef Vinson
3/25/2014 16:27:39 Brian Bayless Scott Sez Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters Money on the table Laughing Sting
3/25/2014 17:18:34 Brian Bayless Bayless’ Shoot Reviews The Table Blog Otters Caliber’s Colossal Meltdown BeardMoney
3/26/2014 1:14:46 Scott Keith Live Event Threads fuck gimmicks Blog Otters Caliber Thread not Meekin that’s for sure
3/30/2014 15:41:46 Caliber Scott Sez Doctor’ Farva Blog Otters Caliber Meltdown No one
3/30/2014 16:01:42 Brian Bayless Scott Sez JeffHardysInnerDiaglogue Blog Otters Caliber meltdown cultstatus
3/30/2014 16:06:02 Scott Keith Live Event Threads PrimeTimeTen’s “Monsoon/Heenan” commentary Blog Otters Caliber’s e-mails exposed! cabspaintedyellow
3/30/2014 16:20:06 Brian Bayless Scott Sez Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters This isn’t a thing right?
3/30/2014 16:33:22 Scott Keith Scott Sez Doctor’ Farva Blog Otters Caliber bugging me in e-mail until I destroyed his life in retaliation. Me!
3/30/2014 18:52:36 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 18:55:56 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD PAUL MEEKIN SMELLS CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 18:56:59 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MEEKIN LIKES BANANAS CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 18:58:05 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MEEKIN DRESSES LOOKS LIKE JERRY LEWIS CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:02:26 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MEEKIN ARE YOU READING THIS? I THINK YOU’RE AN OKAY GUY BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO STOP THE BLOG OTTER THING. IT’S NOT COOL. CALIBER WINFIELD IS COOL. BLOG OTTERS IS NOT COOL. ARE WE COOL? NOT LIKE IN THE WEATHER KIND OF WAY WHERE IT’S NOT COLD BUT STILL NOT HOT ENOUGH TO QUALIFY AS WARM, OR IN THE CALIBER WINFIELD KIND OF WAY WHERE EVERYTHING IS A SUPER MASSIVE RAGING BONER, BUT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE VERB KIND OF WAY WHERE ALL THE HIP YOUNGTERS WITH TIGHT JEANS SAY IT AS A WAY OF EXPRESSING COMFORT WITH SOMETHING. COOL? CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:03:07 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MEEKIN SERIOUSLY ARE WE COOL? CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:03:56 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD NOT COOL MEEKIN. U TOTES SUCK LOL CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:04:32 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER > MEEKIN CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:05:44 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MEEKIN WANGED CHUNG LAST NIGHT CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:06:25 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MEEKIN NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:06:59 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD YOUR DREAMS ARE IMPORTANT MEEKIN CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:08:04 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MEEKIN YOUR DREAMS ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE CALIBER NEEDS SOMETHING TO LAUGH AT WHEN HE FLEXES TO HIMSELF AT NIGHT CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:09:03 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD DOESN’T DO PUSHUPS, MEEKIN; HE PUSHES THE EARTH DOWN CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:09:46 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD BUT SERIOUSLY MEEKIN, CALIBER IS BETTER THAN YOU CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:10:58 Brian Bayless The Question of the Day CAPS LOCK MAN Parralax1978, he doesn’t bang wives. Caliber meltdown / emails to Scott Jobber
3/30/2014 19:10:57 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD DOES THAT STING, MEEKIN? DOES THE TRUTH HURT? BECAUSE NOTHING HURTS CALIBER. HE’S MADE OF ADAMANTIUM AND CHUTZPAH. AND PROBABLY FRIED CHICKEN. CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:11:54 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD MMMMMMMMMMMM FRIED CHICKEN… CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:14:10 CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD ANYWAY, MEEKIN, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE’RE COOL. I MEAN, YOU’RE NOT. CALIBER DEFINITELY IS. I MAY OR MAY NOT BE. BUT YOU’RE DEFINITELY NOT COOL. BUT WE ARE. SO JUST GIVE CALIBER ALL THE AWARDS BECAUSE IT MEANS A LOT TO HIM AND HE NEEDS AN EGO BOOST RIGHT NOW. IT’S ONLY THE SIZE OF THE GRAND CANYON. WE SHOULD HELP HIM ACHIEVE PACIFIC OCEAN SCALE SIZE OF EGO. CALIBER WINFIELD CALIBER WINFIELD
3/30/2014 19:32:43 Stranger in The Alps ECW Reviews Laughing Sting Daniel Bryan love threads WWF 19:87 says “Go Away” Jobber123
3/30/2014 19:55:50 Brian Bayless Live Event Threads NPP Trolls Blog Otters Caliber emails to Scott. Jef Vinson.
3/30/2014 20:01:33 Anyone who doesn’t do QOTD The one where Meekin isn’t there The Outright Hatred For Blog Otters Meekin Meekin’s Eventual Tearful Breakdown Caliber Winfield
3/30/2014 20:08:21 Brian Bayless Scott Sez Doctor’ Farva Blog Otters Caliber winfield
3/30/2014 20:22:07 Brian Bayless shoot posts Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters Murphy’s fight w/ that indy wrestler Caliber
3/30/2014 20:28:16 Mar Solo The Question of the Day Diva Gifs during live threads. NPP Trolls Caliber’s meltdown. Scott Keith
3/30/2014 20:32:33 Brian Bayless Scott Sez Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters Scotsman
3/30/2014 20:34:59 Brian Bayless Live Event Threads NPP Trolls Blog Otters Caliber emailing Scott. Jef Vinson
3/30/2014 20:36:23 Brian Bayless Scott Sez Doctor’ Farva Blog Otters Chris Benoit
3/30/2014 22:05:52 Brian Bayless BoD Daily Update Nebb28’s Pet Rock Blog Otters Caliber meltdown Gideon Stargrave
3/30/2014 22:24:47 Brian Bayless Scott Sez WILL YOU STOP??? Blog Otters Elvy
3/30/2014 22:33:22 Stranger in The Alps Live Event Threads Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters Caliber’s Meltdown Farva
3/30/2014 22:41:20 Brian Bayless NXT Rants Diva Gifs during live threads. Satan Caliber snaps. Bryan Bayless
3/31/2014 8:25:25 Brian Bayless Scott Sez CAPS LOCK MAN Whatever Jobber123’s gimmick is. Scott leaving money on the table by allowing Caliber to walk away. Jessie Baker
3/31/2014 17:51:48 Brian Bayless The “PG” Era Rant NPP Trolls “liking” wrestling ns
3/31/2014 16:01:03 Brian Bayless The “PG” Era Rant Diva Gifs during live threads. Blog Otters Bayless
3/31/2014 17:02:59 Andy PG Scott Sez N/A Blog Otters Macho Man Randy Savage, Angelo Poffo. Fuck Lanny.

WON Awards…

Scott,

What was with the WON Awards hating on WWF/WWE throughout the years with their awards?  
I'm gonna go with "They thought the WWF sucked most of the time."  Although revisionist history has WCW doing everything wrong all the time, it was WWF that gave us greatest hits like the Gobbledygooker, Bob Backlund as champion for six years fighting Samoans every night, and the XFL.  Not necessarily in that order.  

2013 RSPW Awards results

Hey, Scott: the 2013 RSPW Awards are (finally) finished! (It took us a while to root out a couple of schmucks who were vote-spamming and recalculate all totals.)

http://mightygodking.com/2014/02/21/the-2013-rec-sport-pro-wrestling-awards-final-results/

Sorry, I just wanted to ensure that Bob Backlund finally got his Best Bowtie Slammy after Owen Hart stole it 18 years ago.  

WON Awards 2012 (aka NJPW Wins Everything)

http://the-w.com/t/47262#504707

I'm not gonna just c&p from the new Observer because if I was Dave I'd hate for people to do that, so I'll throw some hits CRZ's way instead.  
Clearly, Tanahashi had a hell of a year and actually got me to watch TWO New Japan PPVs on the strength of his matches, so that's an MVP in my books.  Congrats to Bad Influence on a well deserved Tag Team award, and I'm a little weirded out by TNA winning worst promotion but Impact winning Best Show.  
So yeah, no major quibbles here.  

Fwd: 2012 RSPW Awards

Scott,


For the second year in a row, I'm conducting the long-running RSPW Awards, except this time with RSPW's Mighty God King, who compiled this efficient way for the ballot to be presented. 40 votes in all a year ago, I'm thinking we can top it this year with a less pain-in-the-ass way of voting.

Mind plugging this? For Herb and CRZ? A reminder of simpler times?

Over-under on how many awards CM Punk wins this year?  
MGK's site is also great for general nerdery and I recommend it in general, by the way.  

Least Valuable Wrestler awards by year

Here's an interesting e-mail that I'll throw out there for discussion purposes…


So I had a long drive today, and while bored I suddenly came up with this idea: What if the Blog of Doom crowd picked their anti-MVP (or Least Valuable Wrestler) for specific promotions, by year?  I'm looking for someone who received some sort of push on TV and brought absolutely NOTHING to the table: couldn't work, couldn't do a promo, had no heat whatsoever, etc.  In short, a wrestler who was given a real chance, didn't entertain the fans, and did nothing of value for the promotion itself.  I also generally prefer someone who worked at least half of the year in question.  This can be an individual wrestler or a tag team/stable.  I'll start with the WWF, from Hogan through the 90s:


1984: I admittedly haven't seen much of this, so I'll leave this one to the blog!

1985: A veritable (Consciousness) Murderer's Row, with no less than 4 guys who would dominate most other years.  Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior were almost Rocky Mountain Thunder-level in the ring and had no other real talent, but Elmer at least had that wedding skit people still remember so he's out.  Brutus Beefcake was also the complete package of suck, but he was less of an embarrassment in the ring than the hillbillies so he's out.  With that in mind, my pick would be David Sammartino.  As terrible as Beefcake in the ring, but unlike the others he didn't have a distinct look or a real gimmick beyond his name; he came across like a 70s jobber in every way, and he was completely overshadowed by his father in his one big angle.  Also worth noting that David worked almost the whole year, while the hillbillies didn't debut until July-August.  You can't really go wrong with any of these, though!

1986: I was going to give the hillbillies the win here, but I hadn't realized Elmer left not long after Mania and Junior was already gone by this year.  With that in mind, my clear pick would be the WWF's Mr. Pibb: Sivi "Superfly" Afi!

1987: My initial thought was Ken Patera, but I remembered this was the year of Outback Jack.  Besides…

1988: …I can just give it to Patera here!

1989:  Nobody stands out quite as much as in the previous few years…Dino Bravo, I guess.  I could also see arguments for the Powers of Pain and the Bolsheviks.  And I'm not picking Duggan for any of these since at least he was consistently over.

1990: Boris Zhukov, hands down.  All the Bolsheviks & Powers of Pain guys as singles wrestlers would've won the previous year, I think.  Maybe even Akeem as a single, too.

1991: Now this one is real interesting, as there's no slam-dunk pick and a bunch of guys with a decent case.  I think the DiBiase feud automatically takes Virgil out of the running.  Babyface Greg Valentine, as dull as he was, could still work.  I feel like Warlord is going to be the favorite here, but my own pick is a bit of a dark horse: Kerry Von Erich.  He was an absolute zombie by this point and scary to watch at times, and Warlord's matches vs. Bulldog were better than any Kerry match I've seen from this year.  No good matches, no real angles I can recall, just a whole lot of empty TV time less than a year into his run.  Oh yeah, and I would've considered Hercules as a singles wrestler if Power & Glory had broken up earlier in the year.

1992: This one would've been a lot easier if babyface Slaughter had hung around a bit longer!  As is…Nailz is tempting just on his ring "work", but I recall him being pretty over and I think he did the character stuff pretty well.  Virgil definitely has more of an argument this time, but I remember him being more carryable in the ring than the other guys here.  I'm thinking the Berserker (yes, however much of a guilty pleasure his gimmick may be) or Kerry Von Erich again (didn't realize he lasted until August!).

1993: Do I even need to say it?

1994: Nikolai Volkoff in the Corporation. Enough said.

1995: King Mabel, of course.  I do want to give a special mention to Goldust for some of the most painful matches you'll ever sit through.

1996: Another tough one, with some good candidates not being around long enough to count.  This was one of the all-time low points for the tag division, so I'll go with the Godwinns.

1997: The Godwinns would again be a worthy choice, but this time I'm picking the Truth Commission.  Hard to think of a worse overall stable in all facets of the business – even the Oddities were more over.  Actually the Gang Warz version of DOA is right up there as well, but I seem to recall them having at least some amount of heat.  Also…

1998: …Skull & 8-Ball were the definite fast-forward champions of this year.  My first thought was Tiger Ali Singh, but DOA were around the whole year and stank up a bunch of PPVs (was Ali on any?).

1999: Mideon, though I'd also be totally fine with picking Mideon & Viscera as a tag team.

Whew, didn't realize this would end up being this long!  Hopefully you guys are OK with that and this gets the ball rolling – would love to see some picks for NWA/WCW, ECW, TNA, Japanese promotions, etc.  Thank you for everything, Scott & co.!

RSPW Awards Plug

Hey Scott, 40 ballots and some tight races later, and the awards live once more! Sadly, no comments from Herb Kunze or Otto “Hack-Man” Heuer, but it’s kinda like the days of old. Sort of. Anyway, hope your readers enjoy.  http://bit.ly/yspftS

Why am I not shocked that it’s the CM Punk awards?  That’s kinda why I didn’t do something myself, since I could have saved everyone the trouble and just did “The CM Punk Award For Excellence In Being CM Punk” 10 or 12 times.  But hey, at least Tanahashi didn’t win Wrestler of the Year here.

RSPW Awards Plug

Hey Scott, 40 ballots and some tight races later, and the awards live once more! Sadly, no comments from Herb Kunze or Otto “Hack-Man” Heuer, but it’s kinda like the days of old. Sort of. Anyway, hope your readers enjoy.  http://bit.ly/yspftS

Why am I not shocked that it’s the CM Punk awards?  That’s kinda why I didn’t do something myself, since I could have saved everyone the trouble and just did “The CM Punk Award For Excellence In Being CM Punk” 10 or 12 times.  But hey, at least Tanahashi didn’t win Wrestler of the Year here.

RSPW Awards Plug

Hey Scott, 40 ballots and some tight races later, and the awards live once more! Sadly, no comments from Herb Kunze or Otto “Hack-Man” Heuer, but it’s kinda like the days of old. Sort of. Anyway, hope your readers enjoy.  http://bit.ly/yspftS

Why am I not shocked that it’s the CM Punk awards?  That’s kinda why I didn’t do something myself, since I could have saved everyone the trouble and just did “The CM Punk Award For Excellence In Being CM Punk” 10 or 12 times.  But hey, at least Tanahashi didn’t win Wrestler of the Year here.