PTBN Reaction Show: ROH Best In the World 2015…and more

Will and Dylan Hales (Wrestling Culture) discuss the latest PPV offering from ROH. We discuss the character work of Dalton Castle, the awesome year from Roderick Strong, the questionable booking of Moose and the advantages and disadvantages of making Jay Lethal your top title holder. We also discuss our disappointment in the tag title match. Where does Jay Briscoe go from here? All this and more!

PTBN Reaction Show: ROH Best In the World 2015

Also from this week…

In our What If series, we discussed potential King of the Ring winners in year that no PPV tournament occurred: PTBN’s Wrestling What If… King of the Ring Winners

In our Rewind podcast series, we revisited King of the Ring 1994: Place to Be Network Rewind Series: WWF King of the Ring 1994

Kevin Kelly was joined by Dr. Tom Prichard to pay tribute to the late, great Dusty Rhodes: The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 37 – A Tribute to the American Dream

Chyna in the HOF and Big Show

Hey Scott,

Without saying it directly, it seemed like HHH was referring to Chyna being in Playboy and having a sex tape that is keeping her out of the Hall of Fame and presumably why she isn't invited to any reunion specials. Yet has anyone thought to remind HHH that Shawn was in Playgirl? Or that X-Pac was in the very same sextape as Chyna? Am I wrong, or is this just another case of HHH's pettiness? Or something more?

Also, we all talk about the frying pan hands of the Big Show, but nobody ever brings up his typewriter-like forehead. I think that was a trope that Tazz used on a few occasions. I guess you need to see it in person to really appreciate the size of Big Show's body parts. (I should know, I was at Unforgiven '06.)

Sorry to bring so many naked wrestlers to mind… at least I didn't bring up Hogan's sex tape.

​Is there a hidden camera in this e-mail?  
Also, I'm pretty sure Chyna's rampant drug problems and public meltdowns have as much to do with her exile as her sex tape.  Probably moreso.  ​

Big Show and Kane.



Why, a week after one of its best Manias in recent history, does WWE INSIST on MOAR Kane and Big Show? I understand Big Show has hands like frying-pans (and must be seen in person to truly understand) but God damnit man–these two assholes just ruin anything resembling momentum or excitement. What is the deal? Show, in particular, most have pictures if Vince with goats or something. There is just no other reasonable explanation.

That aside, love the blog and appreciate the work you do in maintaining it. Its not easy with a family, I know.


I think they should have been pushing the Sheamus-Barrett team in that position since January.  Same dynamic, but at least it's someone new with the potential to do something more.  And you get a bunch of fresh matchups, too!  

NXT TV show

Hi scott, how about reviewing the NXT TV shows again? I have a feeling you will enjoy the uocoming weeks…best wishes

​I dunno, Tommy does a great job with it as it is, and sometimes I just enjoy sitting back and watching a show instead of having to critically break it down every week.  I think I'm good with the way things are.  ​

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 28 – Brian Blair

On Episode 28 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in for WWE superstar and current CEO of the Cauliflower Alley Club, Brian Blair. Brian talks about the upcoming Club event, Kelly Kelly, the final days of the Killer Bees, his time wresting in Florida, an amazing rib that he was the target of and much, much more!

Kevin & JR then discuss the road to Fast Lane, whether or not Daniel Bryan is going to main event WrestleMania, the future of NXT and Kevin Owens’ chance of becoming a top WWE star plus more. They also do some sports talk as well as the ever popular Trending Topics, including stories on getting fired over Twitter, Bruce Jenner and Legend of Zelda! Kevin then wraps up by starting to build his very own Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame!

So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 28 – Brian Blair

Show To Make Your Friends Angry

Hi Scott,

MikeyMike from the BoD here. We've often had discussions on what wrestling matches or shows you'd show your friends to get them hooked on wrestling.

Conversely, what are some shows that you would show a friend to make sure they hated it so much they'd never watch again? Felt that this would make good blog discussion.

​Bash 91's scaffold match would be a good start, given the match makes no sense within its own context and is completely embarrassing to watch.  The other extreme is something like the Sabu-Terry Funk barbed wire match, where it's so sickening even for actual fans that non-fans would probably run away screaming.  Also, that match where the Mountie wins the title from Bret Hart, because you'd have to be really stupid or possibly brain-damaged to accept that as something that could happen.  ​

WCW House Show 6/28/1997

WCW puts on a strong show featuring Flair vs. Piper, Page vs. Savage, Guerrero vs. Malenko and a tag main event.
World Championship Wrestling House Show 
Date: 6/28/1997
From: Inglewood, CA

This was a special internet show from WCW. Mike Tenay, Mark Madden and Gene Okerlund handled commentary for the special. The event was recorded by a fan in the crowd.

Opening Contest: Konnan, La Parka & Villano IV vs. Juventud Guerrera, Damien & Super Calo: Villano and Juventud kick off the contest. Guerrera delivers an arm drag and they have a standoff briefly. Villano takes Juventud over with a suplex but they have a standoff again. Villano has a leg lock on Juventud until Parka tags in and kicks Guerrera on the back. Calo tags in as well and arm drags Parka followed by a catapult. Calo springboards off the ropes with an arm drag. Parka bails to the floor and is knocked into the guard railing. Konnan and Damien enter with Damien arm dragging Konnan and hits a head scissors. Konnan bails on the floor to avoid a dive. Villano shoulder blocks Juventud but Guerrera hits a nice springboard moonsault. Villano stops Guerrera with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Parka hammers away on Damien but misses a splash in the corner. Guerrera leaps off of Damien to splash Parka in the corner! Guerrera leaps off the top looking for a cross body but Parka catches him and plays to the crowd until Juventud hits a top rope hurricanrana! Parka avoids a head scissors but not a spinning heel kick. Konnan power bombs Juventud! Villano drops Calo with a clothesline but Calo fights back with a spinning heel kick and a bulldog. Villano delivers a jaw breaker on Calo and Damien enters to hit a head scissors. Parka sends Damien to the floor but is met with a backdrop from Calo. Guerrera misses a springboard attempt and Konnan misses a leg drop. Everyone starts to miss dives off the top. Konnan power bombs Calo and nearly wins the match. Damien and Calo are sent into each other and have their legs pulled apart by Konnan and Villano. Parka has a surfboard in the middle of it on Guerrera! The faces dive onto the heels on the floor! Juventud slips off the top rope and counters a hurricanrana to pin Villano. (***. The botch at the finish was unfortunate, but it was a good match that excited the fans and produced some fine action from everyone involved. A good start to this show.) 

Second Contest: Ultimo Dragon vs. Psychosis: Psychosis is sent to the floor early on with an arm drag and hits the guard railing. Psychosis punches Dragon as he attempted a leapfrog and gets some heat for doing so. Dragon drops an elbow as Psychosis was looking for Dragon to jump over him. Dragon does a headstand on the top rope and kicks a charging Psychosis and follows up with a series of kicks. Psychosis comes off the ropes and Dragon hits a spinning back breaker. Dragon nails Psychosis off the apron with a spinning heel kick but misses a slingshot dive and hits the floor. Sonny Ono attacks Dragon with the referee distracted. On the floor, Psychosis sends Dragon into the guard railing back first. Dragon runs into an elbow strike as Psychosis maintains control of the match. Psychosis gets a near fall following a clothesline. Dragon is sent to the floor and attacks Ono until Psychosis hits a slingshot dive onto Dragon! Back in the ring, Dragon gets a sleeper hold on Psychosis and hits a back suplex. Dragon dropkicks Psychosis off the middle rope and to the floor where Dragon hits a springboard moonsault onto the aisle way! Psychosis nearly gets a win after rolling through a hurricanrana. Psychosis drops Dragon with a top rope hurricanrana for a near fall. Psychosis counters a back suplex and rolls Dragon up for a near fall. Psychosis goes for a moonsault but Dragon hits a dropkick in midair! Dragon gets the Dragon Sleeper locked in and wins the match. (***1/2. A really good match between these two guys. Psychosis was crisp here and Dragon delivered the goods as he normally did with WCW. An excellent start to the show thus far.) After the match, Sonny Ono attacks Dragon with Psychosis holding Dragon.

Third Contest: Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero: Malenko tries to get after Guerrero but Guerrero runs around ringside before getting in the ring and hammering away on Malenko. Eddie drops Dean with a clothesline and taunts the fans. Guerrero drops Malenko with a back suplex and locks in a Boston Crab. Guerrero continues to work over Malenko with a series of chops. Guerrero misses a slingshot somersault but knocks Dean woozy from the apron only to get crotched on the top rope. Eddie shoves Dean away and goes for a tornado DDT but Malenko shoves Guerrero away. Malenko lifts Eddie and drops him face first across the top turnbuckle. They end up on the floor where Dean hammers away on Guerrero briefly. Guerrero is sent into the guard railing by the Ice Man. Eddie slams Malenko face first into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Guerrero dropkicks Malenko for a two count. Dean powers out of a Boston Crab but Guerrero keeps control of the bout. Dean atomic drops Guerrero out of the corner and follows up with a leg lariat causing Guerrero to bail to the floor. Iceman suplexs Guerrero from the apron back into the ring for a two count. Malenko works over Guerrero in the corner kicking his left leg. Iceman with a nice dragon screw leg sweep and dumps Guerrero to the floor. Dean dropkicks Eddie’s leg into the guard railing. Back in the ring, Guerrero dropkicks Malenko and delivers a dropkick to Malenko’s left knee. Eddie uses the ropes for leverage while having a leg lock on Malenko. Eddie hits a tilt a whirl back breaker for a near fall. Malenko stops Guerrero by dropping him gut first to the mat and follows up with a power bomb! Iceman hits a wheelbarrow suplex and goes for the Texas Cloverleaf but Guerrero reaches the bottom rope. Malenko drops Guerrero with a tombstone and heads to the top where he attempts a frog splash but Guerrero gets his knees up. Eddie hits a power bomb of his own and plants Malenko with a brain buster. Eddie signals for the frog splash and hits it but doesn’t go for the cover. Instead, Guerrero goes for a Texas Cloverleaf but Malenko counters but the referee got hit in the face causing a delay in the pin count. Guerrero slams Malenko in the corner and puts his feet on the ropes for the win. (***1/4. Another good match between these two and was given plenty of time. This has been a really strong start to the show.) 

Fourth Contest: The Steiner Brothers vs. Masahiro Chono & Buff Bagwell: Scott and Bagwell start the match with Bagwell arm dragging Scott and taunting the fans with a pose. Scott hip tosses Bagwell out of the corner and Bagwell complains to the referee. Bagwell nails Scott with a dropkick and Scott rolls to the outside. Scott runs over Bagwell with a clothesline and shows off his muscles to Bagwell and the fans. Bagwell is met with a backdrop, clothesline and a press slam. Scott clotheslines Bagwell over the top to the floor. Rick and Chono are tagged into the contest. We have a test of strength with Chono kicking Rick in the midsection. Rick takes Chono over with a suplex but Chono fights back with an eye rake. Bagwell enters and clotheslines Rick and sends Rick into a big boot from Chono! Scott enters to run both heels over with a clothesline. Bagwell knee lifts Rick from the apron and Chono drops Rick to maintain control of the match. Chono hits a side Russian leg sweep on Rick for a two count. Bagwell works over Rick for several moments but can’t get a three count. Chono prevents Rick from tagging out and sends him to the floor. Rick hits a suplex on Chono for a near fall. Rick comes off the ropes but is stopped with an atomic drop by Chono. Rick stops Chono on the top and hits an overhead belly to belly suplex! Scott finally gets the hot tag and cleans house on the heels. Scott slams both men and hits a double under hook power bomb on Chono for a near fall. Chono kicks Rick in the head but Scott pulls Chono to the floor. Bagwell falls off the top and Rick pins Bagwell with a belly to belly suplex. (**. A decent match though Rick getting beaten down went on for a little too long. The finish was botched as well, but it was a non-offensive match.)

Chris Jericho says that he deserves a title shot. He wants to wrestle the winner directly afterward for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Rey Mysterio agrees to the match and Syxx agrees to one as well but slaps Jericho.

Fifth Contest: WCW Cruiserweight Champion Syxx vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.: Rey snap mares Syxx to the floor early on in the title bout. Mysterio continues his offense with a drop toe hold but is soon tossed away by Syxx. Rey hits a couple of head scissors sending Syxx to the floor. Mysterio hammers away on Syxx in the corner. Syxx nails Mysterio with a spin kick to get control of the contest. Syxx hits the sit down driver but can’t get a three count. Syxx comes off the ropes and delivers a quick leg drop. Syxx kicks Rey in the corner several times. The champ hits the bronco buster in the corner as well! Syxx gets a near fall after a back breaker. Rey misses a springboard cross body as Syxx ducked the move. Rey is dumped over the top to the floor. Syxx drops Rey with a delayed vertical suplex. Syxx leaps off the top but misses a splash! Rey head scissors Syxx and hits a springboard moonsault for a near fall! Rey seemingly won the championship with a top rope springboard hurricanrana but the referee claimed that Syxx had his foot on the rope. The referee prevents Rey from diving to the floor, so Rey somersaults over the referee to take Syxx out with a dive on the floor! Syxx yanks Rey down on the apron causing the challenger to hit face first. Syxx sends Rey shoulder first into the ring post. Rey crotches Syxx on the top rope and hammers away on the champ only for Syxx to crotch him on the top briefly. Syxx locks in the Buzzkill for the clean win. (**3/4. A fine match between these two with Rey really hitting his moves well. This is one of the better WCW shows I’ve ever watched, honestly.) 

Sixth Contest: WCW Cruiserweight Champion Syxx vs. Chris Jericho: Syxx goes right after Jericho with kicks in the corner. Syxx goes for the bronco buster but Jericho moved out of the way. Jericho hits a spinning heel kick and wins the title. (NR. The babyface Jericho did not get a babyface reaction for winning the title in the fashion he did. The fans didn’t seem to like the fella.) 

Seventh Contest: Ric Flair vs. Roddy Piper: Piper backs Flair into a corner and quickly delivers jabs and clotheslines Flair off the apron after flipping in the corner. Piper sends Flair into the railing and back into the ring. Ric chops Piper in the corner to gain the advantage and works over Roddy with fists. Piper fights back with chops of his own but runs into a back elbow. Piper has the figure four on Flair but the hold is broken when Flair reaches the ropes. Piper backslides Flair for a two count. Ric stops Piper with an atomic drop and puts his feet on the ropes for a two count. Piper pulls Flair’s trunks down and gets a two count on a roll up. Flair heads to the top but is slammed by Piper. Flair gets a pair of brass knuckles from his boot and knocks Piper out with them. Piper doesn’t sell some chops from Flair and jabs the Nature Boy down to the mat. Piper has the sleeper hold locked in on Flair! Flair drops down in the middle of the ring. Piper wins clean in the middle with a sleeper hold. (*. Well, that was as good as I expected. The clean finish was surprising but leading up to that it wasn’t anything worthwhile, really.) 

Eighth Contest: Randy Savage vs. Diamond Dallas Page: DDP quickly goes after Savage with right hands and avoids a big boot in the corner so he can ram Savage groin first into the ring post. Savage hits a jaw breaker on DDP sending DDP to the floor. Macho sends DDP into the ring steps and now focuses his offense on DDP’s taped ribs until DDP hammers away on Savage. Macho stops DDP with a boot to the face and a short arm clothesline for a near fall. DDP hits a discus clothesline and both men are down. Savage low blows DDP and follows up with a scoop slam a couple of times. The referee shoves Savage, but Savage leaps off the top only to be met with two boots. DDP hits the Diamond Cutter and pins Savage! (*. That was a really quick match for these two. I was not expecting that and I’m disappointed that it was that quick.) After the match, DDP hits another Diamond Cutter on Savage before Buff Bagwell comes down to the ring to chase DDP away.

Main Event: WCW World Tag Team Champions the Outsiders vs. Lex Luger & the Giant: Hall and Luger kick of the main event. Luger slaps Hall after getting a toothpick to the face. Hall works over Lex with right hands but Lex turns it around and hammers away on Hall. Lex comes off the ropes to hit a leaping forearm shot. Hall spits at Luger and is fired up. Nash has been tagged into the match. Nash knee lifts Luger and continues to deliver knee lifts in the corner. Luger is sent into the corner and Nash hits a clothesline. Nash continues to choke Lex in the corner to maintain control of the match. Lex gets his boot up twice to stop Nash and clotheslines both Nash and Hall. Luger drops Nash with a leaping forearm shot. Hall hits Luger from the apron and Nash delivers a big boot to stop Luger’s momentum. Hall tags in and stomps away on Luger. Nash enters and side slams Lex for a two count. Nash drops across Lex’s back while across the middle rope. Nash drops Lex face first across the top turnbuckle and Hall clotheslines Luger from the apron. Nash punches Giant while standing on the apron. Hall gets a sleeper hold on Lex until the Total Package manages to hit a back suplex. Nash enters but Giant gets the hot tag and cleans house on the tag champs. Giant big boots Nash to the floor while Luger power slams Hall. Hollywood Hogan has come down. Hogan this Luger with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to cause the disqualification. Sting drops down and slowly enters the ring. Sting hammers away on Hogan and delivers a clothesline. Sting puts the Scorpion Death Lock on Hogan and Hogan is tapping. Syxx is on the apron with the baseball bat. Sting lets go and has a baseball bat of his own. Sting hits Nash with the bat. The New World Order backs away to leave the babyfaces standing tall. (*. A rather boring finish to the show. Giant hardly got involved and any time you have Luge working the majority of a match you’re going to be in trouble. The typical DQ finish for WCW main events doesn’t help either.) 

Final Thoughts:
As per usual with WCW the undercard shines while the main event scene doesn’t deliver in the ring and is only based off of names involved. I enjoyed the show as most of the matches were quite good, especially early on in the show. A thumbs up for this one.

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WWF House Show 6/28/1997

With WCW holding a show in Inglewood, the WWF puts on as strong a show they possibly can in Anaheim as WWF World Champion the Undertaker defends against Steve Austin and Bret Hart in the main event.
World Wrestling Federation House Show 
Date: 6/28/1997
From: Anaheim, CA

Opening Contest: Flash Funk vs. Rockabilly: Billy drops Funk with a shoulder block early on in the contest and taunts the fans. Funk sends Billy to the floor but doesn’t follow up with the advantage. Funk comes off the top rope to take Billy down with an arm drag and continues to focus his offense on the left arm. Funk runs not a big boot in the corner and Billy drives Funk face first down to the canvas for a near fall. On the floor, Billy knocks Funk off his feet with a clothesline and follows up with a snap suplex on the outside! Funk avoids a splash in the corner and begins to battle back into the contest. Flash nearly wins with a spinning heel kick. Funk goes to the top and hits a cross body but Billy kicks out at two. Honky Tonk gets on the apron and nearly collides with Billy and Funk almost wins with a rollup. Billy plants Funk with a tornado DDT and gets the three count. (**. The fans were tricked a few times on the near falls by Funk and seemed to be interested in the match. It was an alright way to kick off the house show.) 

Second Contest: Kama & Faarooq vs. The New Blackjacks: All four men are in the ring brawling with Bradshaw and Faarooq being the legal men. Bradshaw runs over Faarooq with a clothesline and Windham tags in to maintain control of the match. Kama enters the match and neither him or Windham go down after a shoulder block collision. Windham backdrops Kama over the top to the floor but doesn’t follow up. Faarooq tags back into the match to try his luck with the Blackjacks. Bradshaw is sent to the floor by Faarooq and Kama gets a few shots in with the referee distracted in the ring. Windham comes over and saves Bradshaw but his partner continues to be worked over. Bradshaw rams Faarooq face first into the canvas and tries to make the tag but Kama cuts him off. Bradshaw has Faarooq on his shoulders and falls backwards to hit an electric chair slam. Kama gets tagged in to prevent a tag. Kama looks for a splash from the middle rope but misses it. Windham gets tagged in and he cleans house with scoop slams. Windham clotheslines Kama for a two count. All four men are brawling with Windham going for a superplex on Kama but Faarooq low blows him and Kama gets the win. (*. Well, that pretty much sucked. The finish was rather weak and the action given was lackluster.)

Third Contest: Jim Neidhart vs. Ken Shamrock: Neidhart ducks a high kick but not a leg sweep so he bails to the floor to stall. Ken takes Jim down with a fireman’s carry and maintains having control of the match. Neidhart hammers away on Shamrock but can’t hit a hip toss. Ken almost gets a win with a rollup. Jim works over Shamrock in the corner with a few strikes. Jim pulls Shamrock up by the head only to slam him back down a couple of times and hit a scoop slam. Neidhart goes to the middle rope but misses a big splash. Ken battles back with strikes in the corner and hits a standing hurricanrana! Shamrock quickly locks in the ankle lock and gets a submission. (1/2*. Yeah, Neidhart has never been a good singles wrestler. The fans are totally into Shamrock who has good ability already so early into his career.)

Fourth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Owen Hart & WWF European Champion Davey Boy Smith vs. Legion of Doom vs. The Godwinns: Owen and Bulldog go right after Henry and Phineas but get ran over by Legion of Doom. All six men are brawling in the ring with Animal getting double teamed and Hawk working over Phineas. Animal runs over the Godwinns with a double clothesline. The referee isn’t even trying to get any order to the match. Henry slams Owen for a near fall. Henry is sent to the floor by Hawk and Animal nearly pins Owen. On the floor, Henry sent Hawk into the railing but Hawk came charging back with a clothesline. Henry dumps the slop bucket on Owen! Animal whacks Henry with the buckey! Owen pins Henry to get the pin. (1/2*. What a disappointment of a match that turned out to be. Had there been some kind of order to the match it would have been an acceptable match but it was just all six men brawling for five minutes or so. I’m quite disappointed with the delivery of that match.) 

Fifth Contest: Goldust vs. Vader: Early on, Vader shoves Goldust down to the canvas and gets on the microphone to rip on Goldust. Vader misses a sit down splash and Goldust hits a back suplex before hammering away on Vader in the corner with ten punches. Vader stops Goldust with a stiff clothesline and drops an elbow to the lower midsection of Goldust. Vader splashes Goldust in the corner and quickly hits a slam and goes to the middle rope. Goldust gets up and low blows Vader after Vader shoved the referee away. Goldust comes off the ropes with a clothesline and hammers away on Vader in the corner. Paul Bearer is on the apron but Goldust moves and goes to slam Vader but can’t do it and Vader lands on top for the win. (*. There was some decent action going in the match but it didn’t get a lot of time to really get anywhere of top quality. These two had some good matches three years prior in WCW so they are known to work well together. Yet again, another disappointing match.) 

Sixth Contest: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Mankind: HHH knocks Mankind down and taunts the fans. Mankind backs HHH into a corner and decks him with a right hand. Mankind ducks a clothesline and backdrops HHH and yanks HHH around by the hair to maintain control of the contest. Mankind works over HHH’s arm and yanks on the arm across his shoulder a few times. Mankind sends HHH to the floor and goes out to follow. Mankind is on the middle rope looking to elbow drop HHH on the floor but HHH runs away to avoid it. HHH fights back with a knee to the face and punches Mankind to the floor. On the floor, Mankind sends Hunter into the ring post shoulder first. HHH gets on the apron but is punched back to the floor by Mankind. Hunter attempts a sunset flip from the apron but Mankind blocks it only to be punched by Chyna. Mankind rolls to the floor and begins to stalk Chyna. Mankind punches HHH as he jumped off the apron. HHH sends Mankind into the ring steps to continue his control of the bout. Chyna is distracting the referee to allow Hunter working over Mankind. Back in the ring, HHH has an abdominal stretch on Mankind. Hunter uses the ropes for leverage until the referee sees it and Hunter shoves the referee, who shoves back and gets in Hunter’s face in the corner! Mankind fights back and hammers away on Hunter. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Mankind blocks it only to be kicked into a corner and falls onto Hunter’s groin! Mankind pummels HHH in the corner and delivers a running knee strike in the corner. HHH flips in the corner and gets stuck upside down to allow Mankind to hit a forearm drop. Mankind plants HHH with a double arm DDT but Chyna distracts the referee to allow HHH to kick out at two on the cover. Mankind clotheslines himself and HHH over the top to the floor and tries to use a chair but fails at doing so. The referee prevents HHH from using a chair and appears to have injured his leg doing so. Mankind crotches HHH on the top and Chyna enters to attack Mankind and causes a disqualification. (**1/2. A fine match between these two as they worked well but the non-finish is kind of lame. They kept it simple and didn’t do too much, but just enough to put forth a fine live event match for the crowd.) After the match, Mankind puts the mandible claw on HHH!

Main Event: WWF World Champion The Undertaker vs. Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin: Taker gets double teamed in the corner as the Hart Foundation came out to distract Taker. Hart and Austin join forces to work over the champ in the corner for a period of time. Taker is on the floor fighting the Hart Foundation while Austin low blows Hart in the ring and goes to the top rope. Hart crotches Austin and yanks him off the top. Taker is really focusing on brawling with the Hart Foundation. Taker works over Austin in the corner and hammers away on Hart as well. Austin comes back with a series of strikes but Taker knocks Austin off his feet. Hart works over Taker in the corner with a few stomps in the corner. Hart hit a snap suplex on Austin and goes over to Taker to rake his eyes over the top rope. Hart atomic drops Austin but is stopped by Taker with a boot and comes off the top rope to come across Bret’s left arm. Austin works over the champ in the corner while Hart recovered in the opposite corner. Hart comes over and rams Austin into the corner. Austin sends Bret hard into the corner but is soon met with a choke slam from Taker who goes for the cover but Hart is given chair and whacks Taker over the back, but there isn’t a disqualification for that. Hart puts the Sharpshooter on Austin right in the middle of the ring! Austin holds on long enough for Taker to break the hold. Taker knocks the Hart Foundation off the apron and Austin hits the Stunner for a near fall as Hart broke the cover up. Austin hits the Stunner on Bret! Austin takes care of the Hart Foundation and is sent to the floor by Taker. Hart rolls Taker up for a near fall and collides with Austin on the apron. Taker is up and choke slams Bret to get the three and retain the title. (***. For a match that got just over nine minutes, I thought these three put on a fine match for a live event. Now, had they gotten double the time I’m sure it would have been a classic, but that’s too much to ask for on a house show, lets be realistic about that. A clean finish as well is always the right call for house shows.)

Final Thoughts:
Well, there were a few disappointments on this show but the last two matches really left me satisfied with viewing it. It’s an average show with a couple of entertaining matches to close the event and makeup for a lackluster undercard.

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WWF House Show 11/29/1992

Nailz and The Undertaker square off along with WWF World Champion Bret Hart defending against Ric Flair.
World Wrestling Federation House Show 
Date: 11/29/1992
From: Indianapolis, IN

Opening Contest: Repo Man vs. Crush: Demolition collides in a rematch from SummerSlam in August. There are quite a few empty seats in the arena as the camera pans around a little bit. Crush takes Repo down with a choke slam and runs over Repo with a clothesline. Repo avoids a knee drop and begins to take control of the match. Crush blocks a scoop slam attempt and delivers a back breaker. Repo bails to the floor but is met with a big boot from Crush. Repo avoids a splash in the corner and plants Crush with a piledriver! Crush makes a comeback with an atomic drop and clothesline. Repo is sent into the ropes and driven down with a back breaker. Crush locks in the Kona Vice to win the match. (*. Crush dominated most of the match and there wasn’t really a believable shot for Repo to beat Crush, nor should there be. A basic match for the most part but the crowd was into what Crush was doing.)

Second Contest: Tatanka vs. Papa Shango: Early on, Shango has Tatanka in the corner to deliver one strike and back away. Tatanka avoids a strike and begins to hammer away on Shango with a clothesline in the corner. Shango misses a splash in the corner and Tatanka works over the left arm. Shango works over Tatanka in the corner and bites his forehead. Shango drops Tatanka with an elbow strike after sending him into the ropes. Tatanka gets ran over with a clothesline as Papa is keeping the pace to the match at a snails pace. Shango had control of Tatanka’s arm on a submission attempt but has to back Tatanka into a corner to maintain control. Tatanka boots Shango in the corner and knocks Papa off his feet with a leaping clothesline. Tatanka follows up with a dropkick and chop. He goes on the War Path and heads to the top after a few overhand chops but Shango punches him in midair! Tatanka counters a scoop slam attempt with an inside cradle to win the match. (*. A boring match as Shango’s offense left a lot to be desired. As interesting as a character I thought Shango was promo wise, he is just bad in the ring and it seems like he can’t put together entertaining offense.)

Third Contest: The Natural Disasters vs. The Headshrinkers: Samu and Typhoon kick off the match. Samu puts a full nelson on Typhoon but that doesn’t work. Samu tries to scoop slam Typhoon but he can’t do it. Typhoon scoop slams both Fatu and Samu to get control of the match. Earthquake enters and works over Samu’s arm with a few elbow strikes. Fatu enters the match and taunts the fans. Quake comes off the ropes to shoulder block Fatu. Quake sends Fatu into the corner with a few strikes but Fatu tries to scoop slam Quake but that gets reversed. Quake sends both Samu and Fatu to the floor. Fatu gets splashed in the corner a couple of times. Quake big boots Fatu but misses an elbow drop. Typhoon enters the ring but the Headshrinkers double team Quake for a couple of moments. Fatu delivers a falling head butt to Quake for a near fall. Fatu runs into a big boot from Quake in the corner. Quake avoids a splash from Fatu in the corner. Samu and Typhoon get tagged into the match with Typhoon running over the Headshrinkers. Quake enters and all four men brawl briefly. Typhoon sends the Headshrinkers into each other but that doesn’t impact them. Fatu and Samu head butt Typhoon and that’s good enough for the win. (*1/2. A formula tag match that didn’t exactly offer much entertainment wise. No surprise with the Headshrinkers going over as they are the team the company is going to push going forward while it’s near the end for the Natural Disasters as a tag team.)

Fourth Contest: WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty: Marty yanks down Michaels by the hair and follows up with a clothesline. The crowd is heavily into this one. Michaels avoids Jannetty sending the challenger to the floor. Jannetty is sent into the ring post and Shawn is in control. Shawn drops Marty throat first across the top rope. Marty sends Michaels to the apron where Shawn tries to slide in but is met with an elbow drop. Michaels puts a stop to Marty’s offense with a swinging neck breaker. Marty sends Michaels into the turnbuckle but misses a quick elbow drop. Michaels puts a front face lock on Jannetty to maintain control of the match. Jannetty breaks the hold ramming Michaels into the corner and elbows Shawn before leaping off the middle rope to deliver a bulldog! Shawn scoop slams Marty and comes off the middle rope but Jannetty gets a boot up. Marty drives Michaels face first into the canvas. Jannetty flips Michaels over the top to the floor. Jannetty hits a scoop power slam and goes to the top rope! Michaels rolls out of the way but Marty lands on his feet. Shawn atomic drops Jannetty but misses a super kick. Marty hits one of his own and nearly pins Michaels! Shawn rolls through a cross body and pins Jannetty! (***. A good match with plenty of energy and the fans were completely interested into the match.) After the match, Jannetty clotheslines Michaels over the top to the floor to get some measure of revenge.

Fifth Contest: Big Bossman vs. Razor Ramon: As per usual, Ramon tosses his toothpick at Bossman. Razor decides to stall a little bit before anything happens. Bossman slaps Ramon and taunts him afterward. Bossman doesn’t budge on a shoulder block attempt so Razor tries a few more times. Bossman gets the advantage on a test of strength until Razor uses a knee to drop Bossman to his knees. Bossman fights out of the hold and punches Ramon. Bossman nearly wins with a rollup and inside cradle. In the corner, Bossman hammers away on Ramon. The referee gets pushed out of position so that Razor can hit Bossman with the nightstick and pins Bossman. (DUD. That was just awful. For a short match they seemed to stumble over anything and everything. Poorly executed match on all accounts.)

Sixth Contest: Nailz vs. The Undertaker: Weeks prior to this event, this match had been replacing Flair vs. Warrior matches and gone less than a minute. I believe this was properly promoted. Nailz runs into a big boot in the corner and Taker heads to the top rope to drop down across the left arm of Nailz. Nailz fights back sending Taker to the floor and pulls Taker to the apron. Taker drops him throat first across the top rope. Nailz avoids a splash in the corner and hits a face buster. Taker is sent to the floor again and Nailz gets a few shots in. Nailz sends Taker into the ring steps knee first. Nailz weakens Taker by sending him into the ring post as well. Back in the ring, Nailz scoop slams Taker a few times. The referee is distracted as Nailz hits Taker with his nightstick and locks in a sleeper hold. Nailz bails to the floor and Taker follows him towards the backstage area. Nailz returns to the ring with Taker still stalking him and sends him back into the ring. That was more than ten seconds so it should have been a count out. Nailz low blows Taker with the referee distracted. Taker ducks a clothesline to hit a choke slam and gets the win right in the middle of the ring. (*. Again, an extremely boring match. These two were supposed to feud leading into the Rumble, I believe. Thankfully, Nailz was fired a week later.)

Main Event: WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair: I’m kind of treading this match, for some reason. I suppose I’ve never really enjoyed a match between these two. Early on, Hart has a hammerlock on Flair as it’s a slow start with some taunting from Flair. Hart is standing on the middle rope while having an arm lock on Flair but lets go shortly afterward. Flair shoulder blocks Bret on the shoulder but can’t maintain control for long. Flair gets control by sending Hart face first into the turnbuckle, but Hart regains the advantage on the mat with a hammerlock. Flair backs Bret into the corner and goes to work with some strikes and chops. Hart trips Flair and has the figure four locked in but can’t get a submission or pin. Flair manages to reach the bottom rope after a few moments. Hart brings him back to the middle of the ring and focuses his attack on the right knee. Flair avoids an elbow drop and both men are on the canvas. Hart rams Flair into the corner and delivers a few more shots. Flair pokes Bret in the eyes and sends the champ hard into the corner. Flair nearly wins with his feet on the ropes but Hart manages to pop his shoulder up each time. The fans are giving Flair some good heat so he taunts them to eat it all up.

Flair continues to work over Hart with some knee shots to the back as the fans try and rally behind their hero.

Flair is obsessed with pinning Bret although it’s just not happening at the moment. Flair goes back to yelling at the fans. Hart blocks a right hand and gets a few shots in but Flair cuts him off with a sleeper hold only to be sent face first into the top turnbuckle! Flair tosses Bret to the floor and kicks Bret from the apron. Bret fights back from the apron with a sunset flip and a near win while yanking down Flair’s tights. Bret goes for a backslide and gets a two count. Hart has a sleeper hold locked in until Flair hits a back suplex. Flair heads to the top rope but Hart stops Ric and hits a slam. Hart gets fed up with the chops and Flair backs off. Hart with a flurry of right hands in the corner and follows up with a backdrop. Hart hits a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Hart drives Flair down with a back breaker to hit a middle rope forearm drop. Hart drags Flair to the middle of the ring but gets an eye poke for his efforts. Flair stops Hart with a knee breaker and goes for the figure four but Hart counters with an inside cradle to get a three count and retain the title! (**1/2. A competitive main event but their styles don’t seem to mesh very well, at least not for me. Flair’s offense kept the match at a slow pace, though he did a fine job of keeping the fans into the match.) After the match, Flair punches Hart to the floor while he celebrated on the middle rope.

Final Thoughts:
Aside from Michaels/Jannetty, the show is bad. The quality of wrestling is just subpar and it’s not exactly a strong lineup to begin with. The crowd seemed to be into the matches, though watching them some 22 years later, it just wasn’t a good enough show.

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ECW House Show 1/29/2000

The house show that caused a reshuffling of ECW’s plan and essentially cost us from getting a Mike Awesome/Rob Van Dam feud.

Extreme Championship Wrestling House Show 
Date: 1/29/2000
From: Orlando, FL

The show takes place at the Zuma Beach Club, which looks to be a bar of some kind. The wrestlers have to walk down several wooden stairs and is not setup like your traditional venue. Considering it is ECW, it doesn’t overly surprise me.

Opening Contest: The Dupp Brothers vs. Super Crazy & Prodigy: Seems kind of weird to see Crazy involved with three virtual unknowns. Prodigy gets double teamed to start the bout, but Crazy hits a springboard clothesline to help his partner out. Crazy takes Bo down with a head scissors and Prodigy hits a top rope missile dropkick. His offense doesn’t last too long and gets worked over by the Dupp Brothers. Crazy gets the hot tag and cleans house hitting a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Crazy hits a trifecta of moonsaults on Jack and wins the match. (1/2*. A pretty boring match and seemingly a waste of Crazy on the card to just throw him into a random tag match with three guys that nowhere near his skill level.) 

Second Contest: Simon Diamond vs. Masato Tanaka: Diamond insults Tanaka for his lack of understanding English and is promptly met with several strikes. Tanaka hits a sit out slam and goes for the roaring elbow but Diamond avoids it by hitting a super kick. Simon follows up with a clothesline and a few snap suplexs before a sit down slam for a near fall. Tanaka hits a missile dropkick to send Diamond to the floor and Tanaka leaps over the top to hit a dive. Tanaka grabs a chair and the fans go nuts for it. In the ring, Tanaka leaps off the middle rope to dropkick Diamond out of the chair. Tanaka plants Diamond with a tornado DDT onto a couple of chairs for a two count. Tanaka gets distracted by Simon’s manager but still hits the roaring elbow for the win. (1/2*. These two just don’t click and it came across as a squash match for Tanaka. Diamond being saddled with a comedy gimmick just didn’t help him.) 

Third Contest: Kid Kash, Chris Chetti & Nova vs. Danny Doring, Roadkill & Mikey Whipwreck: Kash and Doring kick off the contest trading wrist locks and arm drags. They have a standoff after a dropkick attempt but it lacked the speed and impressiveness to warrant the fans to clap, and they don’t. Whipwreck enters but is worked over by Kash followed by a double hip toss and two splashes in the corner. Chetti drops Roadkill with a leaping side kick. I’m not even sure who the legal guys are as the match has broken down. Roadkill with a side slam on Nova for a near fall. Roadkill splashes Nova in the corner and Doring hits the Bareback for a two count. Whipwreck tags in and chokes Nova before hitting a slingshot leg drop across the bottom rope. Roadkill drives Nova down with a side slam but Kash breaks up the cover attempt. Doring hits a top rope elbow drop onto Nova for a near fall. The fans try to get behind Nova and he hits a swinging reverse DDT.

Chetti tags in as does Whipwreck with Chetti hitting a side kick and a series of kicks to Roadkill. Doring is met with a scissors kick for his troubles and Nova comes off the top to send Roadkill into the front two with a cross body. Electra slaps Chetti in the ring but Whipwreck attack from behind. Whipwreck is backdropped onto Nova and we get a cat fight in the ring with Jazz and Electra. Jazz hits Whipwreck with a face buster and Chetti hits Mikey with a sit out death valley driver for the win. (*1/2. Some decent action, but we really got nothing from Kash the entire match and honestly it lacked fast pace action I was expecting. A better match could have been put together involving six of the better workers ECW has to offer at this point.)

Steve Corino comes out and is clearly bandaged up from a recent match. He has never claimed to be a hardcore wrestler. He got his ass handed to him last night against Dusty Rhodes, apparently. He calls out Tommy Dreamer, who indeed comes out. Corino says that Dreamer beat him the last time they were at the building. So, Corino has gotten a new opponent for Dreamer and that man just so happens to be Tajiri.

Fourth Contest: Tommy Dreamer vs. Tajiri: Dreamer backed Corino into a corner and yelled at him before getting hit by Tajiri and several kicks. Tajiri sends Dreamer over the top to the floor and Corino gets a few shots in. Tajiri rams Dreamer face first into the guard railing but Dreamer fights back and tosses Tajiri into the railing followed by a shot with a plastic cup. Dreamer crotches Tajiri on the railing and they return to the ring. Dreamer slams Tajiri but gets stopped on the top. Dreamer is placed in a tree of woe but Tajiri misses a baseball slide dropkick and hits the ring post. Dreamer puts Tajiri in the tree of woe and steps on his groin! Francine places a chair in front of Tajiri’s face and delivers a dropkick! Tajiri fights back with a handspring back elbow and stomps away on Dreamer. Tajiri locks in the Tarantula but Francine gets involved. Dreamer clotheslines Tajiri but runs into a kick in the corner. Dreamer ducks a kick and hits the Death Valley Driver only for Corino to enter and plant Tommy with a DDT. Raven comes out with the snot rag and rubs it in Steve’s face. Dreamer and Raven hit double DDTs and Dreamer pins Tajiri. (*1/2. Similar to the previous match as there was some alright action, but you can tell these guys aren’t putting forth the effort they would in the ECW Arena. The matches have been very simple and not much depth to them.) 

Fifth Contest: ECW World Champion Mike Awesome vs. Little Guido: Awesome shoves big Sal but Guido tries to attack from behind, which doesn’t work out so well for him. Awesome hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Guido is sent to the floor where Awesome slams Guido and taunts the fans who are chanting for Rob Van Dam. Awesome tosses Guido into the fans, who don’t exactly catch him. Awesome goes for a power bomb on the floor but Big Sal attacks and sends Awesome into the railing before delivering a big splash! Guido hits a middle rope leg drop and has a cross arm breaker on the champ. Awesome nearly wins after a Samoan Drop. Awesome drives Guido down with a sit out spine buster for only a two count. Awesome calls for a table and Jeff Jones gives him one.

Guido gets out of a power bomb attempt and Big Sal holds Awesome on the apron. Awesome fights off and grabs Guido a second time. Awesome drives Guido through the table on the second attempt and the crowd goes nuts as Awesome gets the win. (1/2*. A dominating performance by Awesome as Guido didn’t put up much of a fight. There was a lot of money ECW could have made with Awesome, and if anyone thinks otherwise they are just not aware of how over Awesome was a heel for the company.) 

Sixth Contest: CW Anderson vs. Sabu: Anderson backs Sabu into a corner but is met with a right hand and a springboard tornado DDT! Sabu goes to the floor and grabs a table to setup on the outside but gets speared off the apron. Anderson delivers a left hand and places Sabu on the table. Anderson heads to the top but slips and crotches himself. Sabu gets up and hits a hurricanrana for a near fall. Sabu takes Lou Dangerously and Bill Wiles with a dive to the floor. CW avoided it and gains control in the ring with a few strikes. Sabu sets up a table in the ring ut Dangerously causes a distraction to allow a super kick from CW. Anderson has Sabu on the table and gets crotched on the top again. CW avoids a hurricanrana and decks Sabu to the canvas. Anderson puts Sabu through the table with a spine buster for a near fall! Wiles gets met with a chair shot and the same for Anderson.

Sabu sets up another table and leg drops Dangerously. Sabu puts Dangerously on the table and hits a leg drop off the top to put CW through the table due to Anderson saving Dangerously. Sabu covers but CW is able to kick out. Sabu delivers a chair assisted leg drop and puts CW away. (**. Some good action by these two guys but I have a hard time buying to CW Anderson to beat Sabu. The show has come across as just a way to highlight the top names and pop the crowd with their finishers.) 

Seventh Contest: Balls Mahoney & New Jack vs. Angel & Vic Grimes: Actually, it started off as Mahoney taking on Grimes, but this is going to get the short treatment because it’s exactly what you’d think it is. Mahoney gets double teamed with a pizza cutter. We cut outside to see an ambulance where Paul Heyman is giving Mike Awesome direction for a promo, it looks like. That was actually kind of neat to see a behind the scene look at how they put together a promo. We go back to the match where New Jack had come out for the save and Da Baldies have been betting destroyed. Jack nailed Angel with a chair shot and got the win.

Throughout the entire show the crowd had been egging on a female fan to expose her breasts. She continually refused showing that some ECW fans were classy while the other men just looked like jackasses for be unrelenting.

Prior to the main event, Rhino got some extra heel heat by GORING Joel Gertner after his usual entrance. Rhino calls out Rob Van Dam in a not so friendly way.

Main Event: ECW Television Champion Rob Van Dam vs. Rhino: Rhino attacks right after RVD’s introduction to get the cheap advantage. RVD takes Rhino over with a hurricanrana for a near fall in the opening minute of the match. RVD leaps off the top and bulldogs Rhino face first onto the apron! RVD goes for a baseball slide and that’s where he breaks his leg. Van Dam is limping but sends Rhino into the guard railing. RVD crotches Rhino on the railing and hits a springboard punch sending a chair into Rhino’s face. The fans think RVD fucked it up but RVD has a broken freaking leg. Steve Corino isn’t even attacking RVD as you can hear the camera man ask if Rob’s hurt. Corino sends Bill Alfonso into the crowd but the crowd catches Alfonso and send him back to ringside. Van Dam backflips off the top on a broken leg and is met with a GORE! Rhino decides to stomp the injured leg, apparently unaware of the injury.

He must know now because he puts a half Boston Crab on the non-injured leg. Rhino gores RVD in the corner but can’t get a three count on the cover. Rhino gets a chair tossed to him but RVD hits a northern lights suplex onto the chair. RVD atomic drops Rhino and grabs a chair from Alfonso. RVD dropkicks the chair into Rhino’s face. RVD hits a rolling thunder on Rhino with a chair across his body. Rhino plants RVD with a power bomb and nearly wins. RVD hits a step over heel kick but Rhino regains control rather quickly. Rhino gets a chair kicked into his face and Jack Victory gets on the apron. Corino accidentally punches Victory off and Alfonso hits Corino with a chair. RVD hits the Five Star Frog Splash and pins Rhino to retain the title. (***. Alright, I’m probably overrating the match but the fact is that RVD wrestled a twelve minute match with a broken leg and was doing backflips and springboards with such an injury. Guys in WCW wouldn’t work if they had a headache for goodness sake. It’s a good match to finish the show and shows that at the time RVD was capable of being a solid performer even with one good leg. Much credit to Van Dam on this performance.) 

Final Thoughts:
This show is only memorable due to the injury that Van Dam suffered and would then miss several months costing the fans a RVD/Mike Awesome feud. The wrestling leaves a lot to be desired and is another example of ECW wrestling just not holding up well over time.

Thanks for reading.

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The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 25 – Jim Ross

On Episode 25 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in the legendary Jim Ross for a lengthy chat about his career, upcoming work for New Japan Pro Wrestling and Global Force Wrestling and much more! 
JR also discusses Oklahoma’s 2014 bowl woes, this year’s college football playoff, his excitement and trepidation for calling what could be his final PPV, advice for aspiring announcers, his time as WWE VP of Talent Relations, his Royal Rumble weekend shows, where he ranks Tanahashi and Okada, his thoughts on Ring of Honor, how wrestling today could benefit from echoing the territory system and more!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 25 – Jim Ross

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 24 – Dennis Stamp

On Episode 24 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in the one and only Dennis Stamp for a chat! Dennis discusses his involvement with Beyond the Mat, his relationship with Terry Funk, working in the territories, memories of Andre the Giant and Bret Hart, getting fired in various promotions, his Mount Rushmore of Wrestling, his battle with cancer and much, much more. Dennis also shares some of his wrestling poetry, including his poem entitled “I’m Not Booked!”
Be sure to purchase Dennis’ book for more stories.
Kevin & JR then discuss TLC, the state of WWE and Vince McMahon’s podcast appearance before hitting up the always popular trending topics, including a look at the Sony Hack! They then close things out with a game of Naughty or Nice and pay tribute to the year that was 2014 in wrestling and life!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

January 19th Edition of RAW Billed to be a “Reunion” Show:


“In an attempt to boost eyeballs on the go-home show for the Royal Rumble, which takes place on 1/19, WWE will be doing a show called “Raw Reunion.”

Announces already as appearing on the show are Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, plus a 30-man Lumberjack match with John Cena vs. Seth Rollins.

An interesting note is that in the release for the show, Brock Lesnar’s name was not listed. Previously, Lesnar had been advertised for that date.”

Sounds like a good idea to me. What do you guys think?

Network Show – VH1 I Love… Style

Hi Scott,

I hope you're doing well. The BoD is influential and gets ideas out there, so what are your thoughts about a new WWE Network show in the style of VH1's old "I Love the 80s/90s"?? They can easily pull out every year of the modern era (80s, 90s, 00s) and have current/past stars comment on that particular year with clips shown from all their content. For example, "I Love 1991" — Have superstars choose favorite angles from all of the promotions that year, worst angles, best new gimmicks, biggest flops, etc. It feels like this type of show writes itself; they own the footage, and it is technically NEW programming. VH1, years ago, re branded itself with these types of shows and it brought in great ratings (it eventually led to Bret Michael's type reality shows though; so that's the bad).  Your thoughts??

Best, Anthony Viggiani
New York, NY

Come on now, Bret Michaels Rock of Love was great trashy fun.

As for that idea, I love it.  Hopefully they could resist the temptation to make every episode about the Attitude Era, but it's exactly the kind of fresh take on the talking head and recycled footage formula that would be fun.  I can see Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder being all over this kind of thing.  

Show attendance

Hi Scott,

Is it known what the lowest attended WWE PPV is compared to how many seats were available?

I notice a lot if talk about TV ratings and how important that data is to some but I'm more interested in knowing how well or not so well the shows are drawing.

Was 1995 a bad era for attendance for example or is that just a shitty year in regards to in ring product and WWF still drew decently regardless? Is this information even available?

​Yeah, Dave still regularly publishes attendance info in the Observer and has for a long time.  1995 was a disaster for house shows but PPVs were typically well attended if nothing else.  I think that 96/97, before Austin caught fire, were among the worst as far as PPVs go.  ​

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 23 – Dr. Tom Returns

On Episode 23 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes back PTBN favorite Dr. Tom Prichard. Tom talks about what he is thankful for, booking styles in the past in contrast to modern day, his favorites bookers to work with, his thoughts on John Laurinaitis, whether or not he would purchase WWE if he had the chance and much more!
Kevin & JR then discuss Thanksgiving wrestling memories, Survivor Series, TNA and more before hitting up the always popular trending topics! They then close things out with a couple of Turkey Day themed games!
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Big Show Face/Heel turns


After some discussion about it on Sunday in the Survivor Series live thread, here is (what I believe to be) the complete list of Big Show face/heel turns. Sadly, done mostly from memory. 

– Joe 

The Giant/Big Show Face-Heel Turns.  ·            1995 – Starts out as a heel in the Dungeon of Doom. ·            July/August, 1996 – Becomes a de facto face in the WCW v. nWo feud as World Champion, feuding with and losing the WCW Title to “Hollywood” Hogan. ·            September, 1996 –  Joins nWo, turns heel against WCW. ·            December, 1996 – Turns face against the nWo, rejoins WCW to feud with Hogan and The Outsiders. ·            May, 1998 – Turns against WCW, joins the nWo Hollywood faction. Feuds with Sting, Kevin Nash. ·            January 1999 – When the nWo reforms, gets dumped by the Hollywood faction and beaten by Kevin Nash who becomes the “Giant” of the nWo.  Debuts in WWF/E.  ·            February 14, 1999 – Debuts at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre as part of Vince McMahon’s corporation, definitely as a heel. Starts to rub the Rock the wrong way though. ·            March 25, 1999 – Punches Vince McMahon in the face at the end of his match v. Mankind, becomes babyface and joins the U.N.I.O.N against Shane McMahon. ·            July, 1999 – Forms heel team with Undertaker against the tag champions Kane & X-Pac, beating them at Summerslam for the belts and losing them to the Rock & Sock Connection. ·            October, 1999 – Undertaker injury leaves Show directionless, starts angle with Boss Man over dying father to become a babyface again. Beats HHH to win the WWF Title to cement the face turn at Survivor Series. ·            January, 2000 – Takes offense to the Rock calling people “jabronies,” becomes heel again. Aligns himself with Shane McMahon. ·            April, 2000 – Becomes happy-go-lucky face the night after WrestleMania. Feuds with Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon. Does an injury angle in May 2000. ·            July,2000 – Returns from injury and turns heel to feud with a now babyface Undertaker, but is almost immediately sent to OVW to lose weight. ·            January 2001 – Returns at the 2001 Royal Rumble, still a heel. Feuds with Rock and Kane. ·            July 2001 – Becomes a babyface when the WWE v. Alliance feud takes over the storylines. Aligned with the WWF, against the Alliance. ·            May, 2002 – Turns heel, aligns with Ric Flair over snub of not being on the WrestleMania X-8 card. ·            October 2002 – Heels on Eric Bischoff because his talents are being wasted on Raw, gets traded to Smackdown as a result. ·            October 2002 – Arrives on Smackdown as a babyface and goes heel immediately, taking out the Undertaker and beating Brock Lesnar in a heel v. heel match for the WWE Title (Heyman turns and joins Big Show, turning Brock babyface). This is a pretty prolific heel run, contending for the World title on multiple ppvs, feuding with the Undertaker, winning the US title and starting his never-ending feud with John Cena. This run ended when in April 2004 he lost a loser gets fired match to Eddie Guerrero and threw Kurt Angle off a ledge or something. ·            September 2004 – Returns to Smackdown to feud with heel GM Kurt Angle, making him a babyface. Stays a babyface through a feud with Angle, JBL, and Carlito before being drafted over to Raw in 2005. Teams with Kane to win tag titles. ·            July 4, 2006 – Gets drafted to ECW and turns heel, aligning with Paul Heyman and beating RVD for the ECW Title. Stays heel for the end of this run until December to Dismemeber in 2006 when he loses the World Title to Bobby Lashely.  Big Show leaves the company in December 2006 and is out until No Way Out, February 2007.  ·            Returns at No Way Out as ostensibly a babyface, then goes heel in Floyd Mayweather confrontation. Show wrestled mostly as a heel, but the face/heel dynamics in the Mayweather feud changed seemingly weekly, ending at Mania 24 with Big Show getting most of the babyface heat at Mayweather most of the heel heat. I think. ·            Definitely a face after WrestleMania 24, feuding with the Great Khali. ·            September 2008 – Turns heel against the Undertaker, aligns with Vicki Guerrero. Some pretty good heel moments here, including his affair with Vicki and tag teams with Chris Jericho (“Jeri-show”) and The Miz (“Show-Miz”). ·            April 2010 – Turns on Miz after losing the belts to the Hart Dynasty, becoming a face and moving to Smackdown. Feuded with World Champion Jack Swagger and CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society, and into 2011 had a pretty great feud with Mark Henry.·            June, 2012 – Gets fired by Johnny Laurenitis on a Monday and turns heel on John Cena the following Sunday. Pretty effective heel run here, winning the World title and dropping it to the bland Alberto Del Rio, making him an interesting face for a bit. ·            March/April 2013 – Aligns himself with faces Sheamus & Randy Orton to fight the Shield, then turns on them after a losing effort at WrestleMania 29. ·            September, 2013 – Becomes a whipping boy for “The Authority,” doing bad things because he had no choice. Turns face and feuds with Orton. ·            November, 23, 2014 – Turns heel against John Cena and joins the Authority; issues a “mea culpa” to the fans that goes unaccepted and remains a heel. 
​I believe the actual number was calculated to be 32 by the uber-nerds of the wrestling world​, so you're actually a few short here, believe it or not.  Mind-blowing, I know.  Makes Lex Luger look like a stable personality.  

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 22 – Featuring Bobby Cruise & RD Evans

On Episode 22 of The Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin welcomes in Bobby Cruise for a chat. Bobby discusses who the real Voice of ROH is, how he got started as ring announcer, his feelings on his reduced schedule, his thoughts on Samoa Joe, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, the current talent level in ROH, his WWE tryout, his heat with Kevin and a whole lot more.
Following that, Kevin also has a brief and… interesting visit from ROH star “RD Evans”. RD cuts promos about his streak, his upcoming battle with Jay Lethal, which country has the hottest women, the pressure of each match and much more!
Kevin & JR then discuss Jim Ross, GFW and Randy Orton before hitting up the always popular trending topics!
So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!
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The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 21 – Featuring Gangrel

On Episode 21 of The Kevin Kelly Show, it is time for Halloween and to celebrate, Kevin welcomes in David “Gangrel” Heath for a chat! They talk about how he got his start in wrestling, his WWF run and the evolution of his character, the trademark issues with the name Gangrel, the promotions he is currently running, training Rusev, his relationship with Luna Vachon and much more. Be sure to check out Territory League Wrestling and follow Gangrel on Twitter!

Kevin & JR then talk about wrestling Halloween traditions, the best and worst wrestling costumes, Hell in a Cell 2014 and more before hitting up the always popular Trending Topics!

The show wraps with a spirited game of Trick or Treat, where Kevin decides which celebrities, wrestlers and athletes deserve a trick or a treat in 2014.

So please join us for another great episode of the Kevin Kelly Show!

The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 21 – Featuring Gangrel