Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW WrestleWar ’91

Live from Phoenix, AZ

Airdate: February 24, 1991

Attendance:  6,800

Hosted by Jim Ross & the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

“War” in the desert? Is there some hidden meaning here?

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCW WrestleWar ’91

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Starrcade ’90

Live from St. Louis, MO

Airdate: December 16, 1990

Attendance:  7,200 (6,357 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Now that Ole Anderson has been fired as booker, how does the Black Scorpion angle play out? Read on!

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCW Starrcade ’90

Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash XIII: Thanksgiving Thunder

Live from Jacksonville, FL

Airdate: November 20, 1990

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

If you were a wrestling fan in 1990, this was the first of three supershows during Thanksgiving week. Read on!

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash XIII: Thanksgiving Thunder

Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Great American Bash ’90: New Revolution

Live from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: July 7, 1990

Attendance:  10,000 (8.900 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Will this be Sting’s crowning moment? Or will the “Nature Boy” continue to reign as World champion? Read on!

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on NWA Great American Bash ’90: New Revolution

Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush

Live from Charleston, SC

Airdate:  June 13, 1990

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, & Bob Caudle

Which is worse? JYD’s workrate or El Gigante’s English? Read on!

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush

Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Capital Combat ’90: The Return of Robocop

Live from Washington, DC

Airdate: May 19, 1990

Attendance:  7,500 (sold out)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, & Bob Caudle

Cross-promotional PPV? Or hidden wrestling gem? Read on!

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on NWA Capital Combat ’90: The Return of Robocop

Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout

Live from Corpus Christi, TX

Airdate:  February 6, 1990

Attendance:  3,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jim Cornette

Let’s set the table for WrestleWar ’90, shall we? Will all of our guests arrive intact? Read on!

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout

Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Halloween Havoc ’89: Settling the Score

Live from Philadelphia, PA

Airdate: October 28, 1989

Attendance:  7,300

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Put Flair, Funk, Sting, and Muta in a cage. Mix in electricity, Gary Hart, and a Philly crowd. Will the recipe be a masterpiece? Or a disaster? Read on!

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on NWA Halloween Havoc ’89: Settling the Score

Scott’s Mailbag of Doom 05.12.15

Who wants to discuss RAW when we can discuss what I think about stuff totally unrelated to RAW? Also, I'm doing the NXT recap/discussion thing on the Sporting News starting this Thursday as well, so that's pretty cool.  

Question for the Blog ‘O’ Doom Universe.

> Every since I installed the 1.42 update for the WWE Network on my PS3 the Network will play for roughly a minute or so.  After that minute the video skips a tad, freezes five seconds later, but the audio continues to play.  After about 10 more seconds or so the audio stops and my PS3 completely freezes and I have to reboot it.
> My question for anyone out there is:  IS there ANY way to fix this?  I'm forced to install the update so that's not really an option. I've deleted, and re-installed the WWE Network App 3 times now.  It's very disheartening because I've literally been subscribed since the Day 1 Launch.
> I really miss my NXTs, old WCW PPVs, and the occasional new content.  Any help, remedies, or just general empathy would be greatly appreciated.   
> Thanks in advance.   
> PS.  Roman Reigns isn't THAT bad. Sez you. As I've mentioned recently, the Network has been getting nearly unwatchable on Roku, XBone and PS3 for me too.  It buffers FOREVER especially during archival content.  I don't know what's up with the Network but the problem is on their end. I can't even watch Nitro!

Blog of Doom question

Hey Scott,

Hope all is well. Got a quick question for the blog for you

I’ve been watching a bunch of old Raws (96-97) and reliving my childhood. I totally forgot about how often they would plug the damn hotlines. I never had parents permission so couldn't call in.  

My question’s pretty simple: did enough people ever call these damn things for Vince & Co. to make money off them and what was the content like? I imagine it just being like having someone read you old Ross Reports or Russo's Raw Magazine column. When did these go away – I don't remember some random day where the plugs stopped.

Oh yeah, they made a buttload of money off those things.  Mean Gene in WCW in particular.  I think their must have been some sort of change in laws that prevented them from carrying out past a certain point because of kids accidentally racking up phone bills, but they did really well while they were around.  As for the content, I never called myself, but typically it was "insider" news bites that anyone with an Observer subscription would already have.  

WWE’s Fingerpoke of Doom


A lot of fans – myself included – are of the opinion that the overall WWE product now is more unwatchable than ever.  Where you can pinpoint both the second that Ralph's heart rips in half and the moment WCW began to sink (the "Fingerpoke of Doom"), do you think there is a similar moment in recent WWE history?

For me, it is WrestleMania 27.  No matter your opinion on The Miz headlining the show, the way the match was booked was mind boggling for any match, let alone a Mania main event.  The Rock – who hadn't so much as laced up the boots in seven years – standing tall at the end of the show and the WWE Champion left to be an afterthought.  I suppose they had a chance to recover with CM Punk winning the title in Chicago, but we all know how that went…

What would you classify as your WWE "Fingerpoke" moment?

​HHH booking himself to go over CM Punk at Night of Champions 2011, which was pretty much Punk's hottest point and the time when they could have made him into a new top level WM-draw superstar.  And then he jobbed and now he's gone.  I don't think it directly killed the company's momentum or anything, but he was the last guy who could have been the guy to be bigger than the company and they deliberately killed him off.  ​

Wrestling Personality Quiz for the Blog of Doom

Hey Scott,
This is longtime reader/commenter, but first time emailer BeardMoney. I recently tried my hand at creating a personality quiz and I thought the BoD might enjoy this one as it asks which member of a legendary wrestling tag team you would Bee. It's kind of like a sports entertainment version of the Zoë or Zelda question. If you wanted to post it here, that would be War Games level awesome. Thanks for the great work you do with the Blog!

​I feel like I would be a Zelda.  ​

Five moves of doom


Are you the originator of the term "Five moves of doom" or is it something that floated around the prehistoric Internet and you popularized it?

At this point Cena is saying it on TV. What other Keith-isms have crossed over into the common wrestling lexicon?

​I just popularized it.  Pretty sure it came from CRZ.  However, I am fully willing to take credit for anything people want to credit with me creating.  ​

Fingerpokes of doom, HHH/Brock, and Danial Bryan

So with Summerslam coming, a scenario I have that could basically allow the WWE to FINALLY clear the deck and move forward as far as blowing off this never-ending Authority storyline and giving proper closure to it. 

At Summerslam, Brock Lesner beats John Cena for the belt and we get Fingerpoke of Doom 2.0 as Brock lays down for HHH, who pins him in an impromptu match at the end of the PPV. HHH declares himself champion, curses the fans, other wrestlers, and basically declares his egomania for the world to see as far as him declaring himself champion for life.

At which point, Danial Bryan returns and basically kills HHH and his plan to be champion but never defend the belt by using the same crap that was used to strip him of the belt to force HHH to defend the belt against him.

HHH only agrees to fight Bryan in a title match IF it's a "Loser Gets Fired" match, which allows for Bryan to not only beat HHH for the belt but remove him from TV as HHH is "fired" when he loses.

Cena can fight Brock Lesner meanwhile and they can get some mileage out of Brock effectively acknowledging that he's a piece of shit with no love for professional wrestling and refusing to fight Cena. Which gives Cena a plotline as he tries his best to get Lesner to fight him but Lesner refuses. Which segways in to the Rumble (where Brock and Cena finally are in the ring together) and ultimately Wrestlemania……

Bryan meanwhile can feud with Miz, since they have enough of a backstory storyline that they can waste a couple of months, perhaps with Steph sticking around and throwing herself behind Miz to try and avenge HHH's defeat/firing. Miz as a heel, especially a corporate heel, could do wonders for resurrecting his career and giving Bryan a decent, meaty storyline as far as Bryan's original arch enemy teaming up with the wife of his curent arch enemy to try and destroy him. And when Miz fails, they can have Steph move onto Sheamus (who fails) and finally, to Randy Orton to try and avenge HHH…..

Jesse Baker  

​Good thing you added the signature there because otherwise I never would have known.  ​

Little video you could use for the Blog of Doom possibly?

What's up Scott? Congrats on the Sporting News gig. I always love reading your work as you helped me learn what really goes on in the wrestling business with the insider terms and all. Always love the rants! 

I was at the House of Hardcore event this past Saturday, and it was a fun show to be at! Bad Influence vs Young Bucks was a MOTYC I thought. There was also a convention before that where I met legends like Flair, Funk, Piper, and more! Here's a little video I made of it. Maybe the Blog of Doomers would get a kick out of it?

Thanks a lot!

Fantasy Baseball League of Doom plug

It's me, Davidbonzaisaldanamontgomery! *insert DDP smile* I know the following will sound like Charlie Brown's teacher to you (waghwagh waghwaghwagh….), since I know you just LOVE baseball and fantasy sports, but I was wondering if you could do me a solid and post this plug for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball League of DOOM! As the commissioner of said league (as well as BACK-TO-BACK Fantasy Football League of DOOM! champion) I'm looking for competitive players who will play actively from March through September, and not just slack off the second they're under .500. 
I have sent invites to the three other playoff-qualifying teams from last season since I know they will provide sufficient competition: I'm Rusty Kuntz?, The Human Cespedes, and The Real Nitzilla. That leaves six slots at least up for grabs for anyone who is interested in playing, and if there is a demand for more, I'm opening to pulling an NHL and expanding the league more than I should.
Here are the particulars:
–Draft is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 16th at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT, unless there's enough life conflicts that we can move the date/time.
–AUCTION DRAFT. That's right, Fuj, this is a real fucking league of GM skills. Mike Trout isn't just gonna fall in the lap of the lucky bastard who wins the luck of the automated draw; every owner has a shot at every player, which is way more interesting in terms of roster building (and drafted, since you're always on the clock and bidding against others). Do you break your budget for superstars or balance it out? How do you divvy up your cash between pitching and hitting? And so forth. 
–Head-to-head weekly matchups by categories, wins and losses culminate over the season (so if you win 7 out of 10 categories in your opening match, you'll carry a 7-3 record into the next match, similar to the Fantasy Basketball League of DOOM).
–Basic 5×5 scoring categories as follows:
Offense: AVG, R, HR, RBI, SB
Pitching: W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV
 -7-player weekly acquisition limit, but no seasonal limit on acquisitions and no games played limit on hitters or innings pitched. Starting lineups will consist of C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OF slots, and 2 UTIL slots; your daily starting pitching roster can have 2 active SP, 2 RP, and 4 SP/RP slots. There are five bench slots for the rest of your team and 2 DL slots.
Anyone who is interested, please shoot an email to [email protected], first come, first served. If you are interested, you're more than welcome to play as long as you intend to play all season long, whether you're top of the division or chilling like a Cub at the bottom.