Spidey Comes Home!

Now if Marvel can just throw some money at FOX and rescue the Fantastic Four, all will be well again.  The X-Men are doing OK for the moment at least.  Hopefully this means no more origin movies for Spidey, if he's debuting in an Avengers movie.  

The Royal Rumble home to the best title matches?


The Royal Rumble the most prestigious battle royal ever devised but what about the title matches that take place on the show, there have been some true classics.

Angle vs Benoit from 2003 and Cena vs Umaga from 2007 instantly spring to mind as being the best but do you have any other favourite title matches which took place at the Rumble?


​I'm pretty fond of the Randy Orton v. Jeff Harvey match where they got me to buy into the "Elevation of Jeffrey Nero" storyline and then were like "Psych! We're gonna keep pushing Orton instead for a while".  Even if the usual RKO Outta Nowhere finish was a letdown, it was still a good match.  I think there was also a hell of a World title match between Undertaker and Rey Mysterio on that show, featuring Taker ragdolling Rey all over the ring in what was actually a fresh matchup for once.  
Also, HHH v. Scott Steiner.  Duh.  ​

Take Me Home Tonight

Hey Scott,
Given that the whole "I will take the title home" means absolutely nothing these days, this is what I think Cena's real threat should have been: If HHH and Steph don't bring back those three guys tonight, Cena will simply quit. Bring them back before the end of RAW's broadcast, or Cena will not sign the match's contract and is done with WWE for good. They lose their top guy and all the revenue he produces for the company on a regular basis. They also lose a big name already attached to the WWE Title match a the Rumble.
They could have even brought up the possibility of Cena sitting out his no-compete clause and eventually taking his act/prestige/fans with him to another wrestling promotion (name drop a few, a la CM Punk). As for the potential "breach of contract" argument, there should be no problem acknowledging that Cena is already a multimillionaire (as seen in Total Divas) and is only there "out of his love for wrestling".
Would losing Cena be "Best For Business"? What would the "Board of Directors" think about the COO's decision making skills if his silly personal agendas ultimately cost the Corporation it's biggest currently active star?

​Guys, what would the WWE do if the WWE champion wasn't on RAW every week?  Ratings might nosedive!  This is crazy talk! 
Given that the whole Cena-Authority angle makes my head hurt if I think about it for 5 seconds, I can't even tell you if HHH would WANT Cena to quit or not.  I'm just glad they've finally figured out who the Authority wants as champion within kayfabe, since usually their only criteria is "whoever isn't the babyface currently holding it" and that gets a little tiresome. ​

Flair Taking Home the Big Gold Belt?

Hey guys,

Pretty timely with the rumors that Flair is taking home the World Heavyweight Title for good, here's my interview with Dick Bourne, author of "Big Gold"- the most detailed, researched book I've ever seen come out of wrestling. 
Bourne talks Mid-Atlantic memories, J.J. Dillon, Bob Caudle, and oh yeah, the Naitch…
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QOTD 176: Home Remedies

A True Blood A Day Keeps The Fangs Away…

A friend of mine who shall remain nameless and totally, absolutely, definitely, without question, is not me, has to pass a drug test this time tomorrow.

While I…erm…my wildly handsome friend, is not too concerned seeing as how my…his…vices lay in the realm of salty snacks, self promotion, and the occasional adjournment to another dimension, which don’t show up on 10 drug panel tests, he still finds himself worried because he may have smoked a little ganja a week ago. The internet leads him to believe the best way to make sure he don’t have a problem, is to drink more water than he ever drank before – but not enough to explode, ‘Slither’ style.

So, lets talk about home remedies to generally unsolvable problems.

What are your go-to home remedies, old wives tales, ‘life hacks’ and ‘eastern medicine’ style techniques when it comes to dealing with life’s often times unsolvable problems. 

…inb4 “chastising Meekin is good for the soul”.

If you’re looking to save money, I heard a rumor someone ON THIS VERY BLOG has a way to save money by CUTTING THE CORD from the cable companies, and I personally would love to hear more about it. 

I SWEAR by drinking a big thing of Gatorade after a night of drinking. Not that I drink a lot, but when and if I do, pounding the Gatorade before bed seems to eliminate almost all the shitty side-effects of a hangover outside of the poops, which certainly beats a headache, stomach ache, and need to puke.

Not sure if anyone else ever gets that ‘dry eye’ thing where it feels like something is in the bottom corner of your eye, so you rub it, then it hurts, then it hurts more, so you rub it, but I tend to use a wet, warm, facecloth and just drape the whole thing over my face and breath in the warm, moist, air. After about 10-15 minutes it feels pretty good, and if you go outside for a bit of fresh air after that, you’re good.

When I was a kid I used to get woken up by Charlie Horses in my leg. Being..11 I didn’t know what a Charlie Horse was, only that it hurt so terribly that I often times couldn’t sleep out of fear of waking up in the middle of the night with my left or right left in incredible, crampy, pain. I eventually discovered the key to this is just to stretch your leg against the way the cramp is pulling your leg, and you’ll be fine.

Also for what it’s worth, and I made a vow not to bring up my DDP Yoga shit anymore, but the whole breathing thing he encourages (and probably cribbed from somewhere else) is insanely beneficial to pretty much any kind of anxiety or nervousness. See how slowly you can breath in while extending your stomach out, then see how slowly you can do the same while breathing out. Do this 4-5 times if you’re trying to sleep and can’t, while ignoring any and all itches or impulses to move, and you’ll be in la la land in no time.

Lastly, for all you romantically disinclined fellahs out there, I had a fairly fascinating conversation with a girl at a party the other day about the most appropriate rhythm to…flick the bean the too. We eventually settled on the realization that pretty much everything in Marvin Gaye’s discography is fantastic, and anything with double bass is a good way to have a bad time.

Secondly I’ve more-or-less sworn by the “Three questions and an answer” method when it comes to courtship. I.E if you’re on a date or talking to someone you’re attracted too, the idea is to keep them talking about themselves more than you talk about yourself – thereby by the time the night is over and you’re leaving, or waking up and putting your pants on, the girl will realize she actually doesn’t know all that much about you, which makes you mysterious and intriguing.  

Also, the truth is that your dog doesn’t like me more than you, it’s just I keep bacon in my front pocket.

It’s worth noting that most of these probably have quite a lot to do with the power of suggestion. If you believe something will work with all your heart, most of the time it will. So even if your own personal home remedies are medical quackary, but they work for you, tell us! Maybe we’ll like em’.

What say you, Otters?

Oh, if anyone here meditates I’d like to hear how that works out for folks. 

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Why can wrestlers just “go home”?

If you stopped coming to your job because you didn't like your position in the company, I'm pretty sure they'd fire you.

But in the wacky world of wrestling, wrestlers can just decide to go home and they keep getting paid and remain under contract despite not actually doing the job they agreed to do when they signed a contract with the company.

Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. 

That is a bit of a ridiculous oversimplification.  WWE wrestlers are not employees, they're independent contractors.  They sign a deal for (x) years and (x) shows, and when that contract is done they are free to go elsewhere or re-sign.  In the case of Punk, he had already fulfilled his end of the contract, so he was absolutely under no further obligation to wrestle any more for them or do anything else.  Was it the ideal way for him to deal with his frustration?  Probably not, but from a legal standpoint he was 100% in the right to leave when he did.  

The BoD to be the new home of the WBF?

Hey guys.

A while ago Ryan Murphy and I were talking about doing a body-building/fitness themed article series here on the BoD. It’d be weekly, and we’d talk about everything fitness related. Such as discussing certain wrestler’s workout regimes & nutrition. We’d discuss the things that work for us and such. Reviews of supplements, exercise equipment, as well as exercise-related DVDs and all that good stuff.

Plus, we’d have guest spots from other members of the BoD who are into the culture and want to discuss what works for them, or offer up a review.

We’d also be here to help anyone else who wants to get involved in weight-lifting/exercise, but has no idea where to begin, and doesn’t want to be fed a line of bullshit.

Also, each week would feature a throwback to the WBF, so we can view the Rock & Roll Wild Child and The Iron Warrior as they have a flex-off! Or sit on the edge of our seats as WBF superstars & WWE superstars have a tug of war! Oh snaps.

So, if you guys are interested let me know in the comments section. If you aren’t, try and go easy on the insults. Just because I rock doesn’t mean I’m made out of stone.

Oh, and I’ll do the Fuj a favor and just post what his comment is gonna be as to save him the time & effort of typing it up himself

“what are you gonna teach them Cal, how to be a tub of goo?”

The future of wwe home video

Hi Scott
I wanted to get your opinion on the future of WWE home video releases.  I'm amassed a fairly large collection of wrestling footage over the years and I was wondering what's going to happen to it with all the talk nowadays of streaming/digital video and such.  How much longer will my DVDs be good for?   How would I be able to convert my collection to streaming/digital if it comes to that?  Will WWE offer a service to do that or am I SOL and have to find a way on my own?  Will WWE continue to do home video releases if we move to digital?  How would they be delivered to us? 
I don't know if you have the answers to this question, but considering your contacts in WWE, it's worth a try, I figure.

Uh, I assure you that if WWE had any interest in no longer making money from DVD sales, they would have switched to digital delivery many many many many many many years ago.  Collectors and obsessive wrestling nerds will ALWAYS want something for their shelves and unless the entire industry does a major shift that seems unlikely, there will always be DVD or Blu-Ray or some other physical media to buy.