Raw tonight on lesnar and reigns


Scott, is wwe giving up on lesnar vs reigns as the main event to end the show at mania? They haven't even interacted since that studio raw. Reigns after the Tag match just disappeared into the night while orton dominated the last ten minutes of the show. I have never ever seen a main event for any ppv , much less wrestlefrinkingmania get so little coverage…and what was the point of even having lesnar at raw? To just stand there? Why would they even waste an appearance? This is insane even at wwe levels have been. My head hurts.

I have no earthly idea what the point of tonight's show was supposed to be.  Even scarier is that if they actually booked any of the big three matches to have interaction between the guys, they'd likely fuck it up even worse, so we should probably be thankful that no one touches each other or even talks to each other.  

RAWlternative, an independent wrestling marathon, replays tonight


Hey Scott,


With no Raw tonight, indy promoter Drew Cordeiro is re-running a marathon he produced last week called RAWlternative, featuring 13 matches from different North American promotions in 2014. The marathon features Kevin Steen, Young Bucks, Brian Kendrick, Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, and a ton of others, and it runs for free via YouTube


With no Raw, I figured some BODers would wanna check out something that delivers in the goodness department.

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. ​

Dragon Gate on PPV Tonight

— Click HERE to Order —

For anyone whose Financial Aid just kicked in that wants throw some grip on a Dragon Gate show…

Match 0: K-ness & Kennichiro Arai vs. Shachihoko Boy & Ryotsu Shimizu
– Just a dark match to get the show rolling. These are normally fast-paced, quick matches that are fun while they last.

Match 1: Jimmy Kanda, Jimmy Kagetora & Genki Horiguchi vs. Yosuke Santa Maria, Gamma & Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa

Just another low card tag, but the combination of Yosuke & Gamma’s
romantic issues coupled with the always hilarious Stalker Ichikawa
matched up against the Jimmyz should make for a good time. Yosuke’s
tranny gimmick is one of the best things going in the world of wrestling
in 2014.

Match 2: Don Fujii & Yuga Hayashi vs. Jimmy Susumu & Mr. High Tension Kotoka

The trend continues.. Hayashi just debuted and he’s teamed up with the
grumpiest old man in the business not named Minoru Suzuki. Susumu is
always solid as a rock, and Kotoka continues his quest for respect.

Match 3: Cima vs. Punch Tominaga (no DQ)

Now we’re rocking, as Tominaga has been super-entertaining since
joining the Mad Blankey crew after coming out on the short end of a
LOSER GETS A PERM MATCH. He’s been breaking rules and getting DQ’d right
and left. Tonight, Cima tries to teach the guy a lesson, No DQ, there
must be a winner. This will be a fight.

Match 4: Flamita (c) vs. Naoki Tanizaki – for the Open the Brave Gate title

This could be a killer match. Flamita is amazing as the Jr. Champ and
Tanizaki is more than capable of a great performance. This one could
really deliver.

Match 5: T-Hawk & Eita (c) vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Dragon Kid – for the Open the Twin Gate titles
– Absolutely the match of the night for me, right here.
T-Hawk is a gigantic superstar in the making and this title reign with
Eita is just starting to take off. This is a rematch from a couple
months ago before Millennials got the titles. Mochizuki was as grouchy as all hell in that match and the interactions here should make for great television. This could potentially tear the house down.

Match 6: Shingo Takagi (captain), Masato Yoshino, Akira Tozawa & Uhaa Nation vs. Yamato (captain), Kzy, Cyber Kong & Mondai Ryu – in a captains fall elimination match
– Some wacky rules right here, not sure I completely follow them.
If a second guy on your team gets eliminated, then the first guy
eliminated comes back? Something like that. You have to pin the captain
of the team to win, I believe. Don’t quote me on that, DG has some
Russorific match stips sometimes when it comes these gangland stables
matches.

Match 7: BxB Hulk (c) vs. Naruki Doi – for the Open the Dream Gate title

On the last PPV, Doi won the World Title through nefarious means. It was later deemed that Hulk is still the World Champ while Doi is to
be referred to as the Interim Champ. Tonight we unify those
distinctions and crown one World Champion.

Dragon Gate is on an absolute tear so far this year, and it’s been easier to follow and enjoy than at any time that I can ever remember. The roster is LOADED, the angles are strong, and these big shows always deliver. If you need a key as to who runs with who as far as the stables go, their Wiki Page is an easy-to-follow guide.

If you want a show that embodies what the X Division was always supposed to be, or an amalgamation of the WCW Cruiserweights of the 90’s mixed with a booking team that gives a shit about the product, this is an easy product to follow.

Amazing Line-up @ 11pm Pacific Tonight

http://www.ustream.tv/njpw

Just a reminder that tonight’s NJPW PPV on Ustream is sporting what looks to be the most impressive line-up of the year with a Triple Main Event of Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomoaki Honma, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Katsuyori Shibata, and AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada. The show also includes North American stars like Shelton Benjamin, Luke Gallows, and “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson. Undercard looks strong as well with Satoshi Kojima vs. Yuji Nagata, Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto, and one of the only legit contenders for 2014 Wrestler of the Year, Tomohiro Ishii~! A can’t-miss show that’ll help wash away the mediocre aftertaste of Battleground.

Matt Sydal Returns to PPV Tonight

After what seems like a decade on the shelf, the former Evan Bourne returns to television tonight, teaming with CIMA against Masato Yoshino and one of the only men with a true case to win WOTY this year, that being Ricochet. It’ll be interesting to see how much he still has left in the tank. The card also has a main event that’ll serve as the climax to a great storyline arc, a tag title match that will steal the show, and breakout high flyer Flamita defending against perennial o.g. Dragon Kid. Dragon Gate’s big pay-per-views always deliver big time, both from a match quality standpoint as well as top-of-the-line presentation.

Click HERE to Order: http://www.ustream.tv/dragongate

Raw Tonight

Watching bits of the show tonight at work with a non fan.  He asserts that it's really fake.  I defend it for a moment, then get to see Davy Crockett fighting Russell Brand and a dude in a lemon suit getting kidnapped and rescind my objections. 

What if Sting wins the title tonight?

Scott,


I came up with a pretty cool idea. What if Sting won the title from Bully Ray tonight? Sting then announces on the next Impact that he wants to vacate the title and not compete for it anymore because he did what he needed to do and got the power away from the Aces and Eights. Hogan then makes the Bound For Glory Series for the vacant TNA title. Bully Ray uses his rematch clause and Hogan puts him in the BFG series. Guys in the BFG series would be all TNA guys including: Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, James Storm, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Christopher Daniels, Matt Morgan, Abyss, Jay Bradley (via winning tonight @ Slammiversary), and then Bully Ray from Aces and Eights. Gradually over the summer, the Aces and Eights members start leaving + turning on Bully Ray potentially costing him matches eventually leading into the evaporation of Aces and Eights. The BFG series would have stellar matches with that lineup plus it would make every match very important which could help sell tickets to house show events. 

I think this is a much better plan than the Bully Ray vs. Hulk Hogan potential bout. The TNA title would be vacated for the second time going into Bound For Glory with my plan, but can you imagine if Hogan were to win the title, who would he lose it to? He'd probably vacate it anyways and make a tournament.
I don't mind the concept of the BFG series being for the vacated title, but the problem is that stuff is decompressed enough as it is on this show, and that would mean no champion from now until Bound for Glory.  That's a REALLY long time to go with no one holding the title.  

Plus I think where they're going is Bully holding the belt until BFG, building up to defending against Hogan (who would be inducted into the Hall of Fame that night) and Brooke screws Hulk over for the big swerve, to REALLY kick that Aces angle into a higher gear.  This time, for REAL, yo.  That's just the vibe I get.  But we'll see tonight which tiny steps forward the storylines take, I guess. 

Raw tonight

With the debate happening tonight, what are the chances Vince stages some event to mock the participants?   Something along the lines of the Trump/Rosie travesty from a few years ago?


3-to-1?
2-to-1?

There's pretty much no way Vince can help himself, is there?


Well we already had their incredibly witty take on the debates with Big Show v. Sheamus a couple of weeks ago, plus they wouldn't want to do anything the least bit politically controversial this close to Linda's election, so I'd say there won't be anything.  Going against the debate, plus the 7th game of the NLCS, plus a football game, I sure wouldn't want to be the guys reporting the ratings to Vince tomorrow, though.  

In The Era Tonight…

Hey Scott, was thinking about this the other day and maybe it’s something you can post on your blog for discussion(considering many of your readers are in their early 20’s) I notice that a lot of today’s wrestling fans who are in their early to mid-twenties are the main group who boo John Cena.  They don’t like how he is shoved down our throats, they also don’t like how the PG era is shoved down their throats as well.  This got me thinking, that this particular group never really had a ‘wrestling era’ of their own. I am in my early thirties so I was lucky to have 2 era’s, the cartoonish Rock N’ Wrestling/Hulkamania era when I was 8, then the business grew with me and I got the Attitude Era when I was in my late teens and early 20’s.  You are older than me(not taking a shot at you) and you had the great territorial wrestling of Jim Crockett Promotions, AWA, World Class, Mid-South, early WCW and you also got to enjoy the Attitude era.  The New Generation era in 1995 and 1996 was kind of a limbo period for me. Skip ahead to now, the PG/John Cena era which is targeted to the little kids probably til age 15.  My point is that it seems that wrestling/WWE skipped a generation and people today who are in their early 20’s and late teens never got an era for themselves.  They weren’t born during the Hogan era, were too young to watch the Attitude era and now they are getting the PG era shoved down their throats.  From late 2001 to 2007, WWE kind of was in limbo in figuring out what they wanted their product to be.  We had the InVasion, Ruthless Aggression, Brand Extentions, but no era was defined.  Eventually they decided they wanted to target the younger kids, so they went PG and everyone who is in their early 20’s kind of missed out. I guess my question to you and your readers(especially those in their late teens and early 20’s) is do you feel almost cheated that you didn’t get an ‘era’ to call your own?   Does that in turn make you hate today’s PG product even more and want to boo the top star?  Most people boo Cena because they want him to be the edgy Cena that he was in 2003-2004(an Attitude era character).  I don’t mind Cena, I figure since I had Hogan/Warrior and then Rock/Austin to cheer, I let today’s younger kids enjoy their ‘Hulk Hogan’ so I just cheer him too.  I also think wrestling is a cycle and their will be another ‘Attitude type era’ that will be targeted towards these same young kids.  It will start when these kids grow up and get tired of Cena(like I did with Hogan)  Then WWE will turn Cena and it should be as big as Hogan’s turn in 1996.  But that’s a discussion for another day.

Wrestling is not necessarily cyclical, and trying to reproduce past “eras” of the past in hoping for the same returns is the same kind of thinking that led to Vince Russo’s WCW tenure.  That being said, I wouldn’t generally say I’m booing or cheering Cena, I’m more just indifferent to his act and waiting for something else to come along on top.  For instance, I’d call myself an active fan of Ziggler, Ryder and CM Punk at the moment, and I would go to a live show and happily boo Mark Henry, but Cena just doesn’t inspire much reaction in me one way or the other. 

In The Era Tonight…

Hey Scott, was thinking about this the other day and maybe it’s something you can post on your blog for discussion(considering many of your readers are in their early 20’s) I notice that a lot of today’s wrestling fans who are in their early to mid-twenties are the main group who boo John Cena.  They don’t like how he is shoved down our throats, they also don’t like how the PG era is shoved down their throats as well.  This got me thinking, that this particular group never really had a ‘wrestling era’ of their own. I am in my early thirties so I was lucky to have 2 era’s, the cartoonish Rock N’ Wrestling/Hulkamania era when I was 8, then the business grew with me and I got the Attitude Era when I was in my late teens and early 20’s.  You are older than me(not taking a shot at you) and you had the great territorial wrestling of Jim Crockett Promotions, AWA, World Class, Mid-South, early WCW and you also got to enjoy the Attitude era.  The New Generation era in 1995 and 1996 was kind of a limbo period for me. Skip ahead to now, the PG/John Cena era which is targeted to the little kids probably til age 15.  My point is that it seems that wrestling/WWE skipped a generation and people today who are in their early 20’s and late teens never got an era for themselves.  They weren’t born during the Hogan era, were too young to watch the Attitude era and now they are getting the PG era shoved down their throats.  From late 2001 to 2007, WWE kind of was in limbo in figuring out what they wanted their product to be.  We had the InVasion, Ruthless Aggression, Brand Extentions, but no era was defined.  Eventually they decided they wanted to target the younger kids, so they went PG and everyone who is in their early 20’s kind of missed out. I guess my question to you and your readers(especially those in their late teens and early 20’s) is do you feel almost cheated that you didn’t get an ‘era’ to call your own?   Does that in turn make you hate today’s PG product even more and want to boo the top star?  Most people boo Cena because they want him to be the edgy Cena that he was in 2003-2004(an Attitude era character).  I don’t mind Cena, I figure since I had Hogan/Warrior and then Rock/Austin to cheer, I let today’s younger kids enjoy their ‘Hulk Hogan’ so I just cheer him too.  I also think wrestling is a cycle and their will be another ‘Attitude type era’ that will be targeted towards these same young kids.  It will start when these kids grow up and get tired of Cena(like I did with Hogan)  Then WWE will turn Cena and it should be as big as Hogan’s turn in 1996.  But that’s a discussion for another day.

Wrestling is not necessarily cyclical, and trying to reproduce past “eras” of the past in hoping for the same returns is the same kind of thinking that led to Vince Russo’s WCW tenure.  That being said, I wouldn’t generally say I’m booing or cheering Cena, I’m more just indifferent to his act and waiting for something else to come along on top.  For instance, I’d call myself an active fan of Ziggler, Ryder and CM Punk at the moment, and I would go to a live show and happily boo Mark Henry, but Cena just doesn’t inspire much reaction in me one way or the other. 

In The Era Tonight…

Hey Scott, was thinking about this the other day and maybe it’s something you can post on your blog for discussion(considering many of your readers are in their early 20’s) I notice that a lot of today’s wrestling fans who are in their early to mid-twenties are the main group who boo John Cena.  They don’t like how he is shoved down our throats, they also don’t like how the PG era is shoved down their throats as well.  This got me thinking, that this particular group never really had a ‘wrestling era’ of their own. I am in my early thirties so I was lucky to have 2 era’s, the cartoonish Rock N’ Wrestling/Hulkamania era when I was 8, then the business grew with me and I got the Attitude Era when I was in my late teens and early 20’s.  You are older than me(not taking a shot at you) and you had the great territorial wrestling of Jim Crockett Promotions, AWA, World Class, Mid-South, early WCW and you also got to enjoy the Attitude era.  The New Generation era in 1995 and 1996 was kind of a limbo period for me. Skip ahead to now, the PG/John Cena era which is targeted to the little kids probably til age 15.  My point is that it seems that wrestling/WWE skipped a generation and people today who are in their early 20’s and late teens never got an era for themselves.  They weren’t born during the Hogan era, were too young to watch the Attitude era and now they are getting the PG era shoved down their throats.  From late 2001 to 2007, WWE kind of was in limbo in figuring out what they wanted their product to be.  We had the InVasion, Ruthless Aggression, Brand Extentions, but no era was defined.  Eventually they decided they wanted to target the younger kids, so they went PG and everyone who is in their early 20’s kind of missed out. I guess my question to you and your readers(especially those in their late teens and early 20’s) is do you feel almost cheated that you didn’t get an ‘era’ to call your own?   Does that in turn make you hate today’s PG product even more and want to boo the top star?  Most people boo Cena because they want him to be the edgy Cena that he was in 2003-2004(an Attitude era character).  I don’t mind Cena, I figure since I had Hogan/Warrior and then Rock/Austin to cheer, I let today’s younger kids enjoy their ‘Hulk Hogan’ so I just cheer him too.  I also think wrestling is a cycle and their will be another ‘Attitude type era’ that will be targeted towards these same young kids.  It will start when these kids grow up and get tired of Cena(like I did with Hogan)  Then WWE will turn Cena and it should be as big as Hogan’s turn in 1996.  But that’s a discussion for another day.

Wrestling is not necessarily cyclical, and trying to reproduce past “eras” of the past in hoping for the same returns is the same kind of thinking that led to Vince Russo’s WCW tenure.  That being said, I wouldn’t generally say I’m booing or cheering Cena, I’m more just indifferent to his act and waiting for something else to come along on top.  For instance, I’d call myself an active fan of Ziggler, Ryder and CM Punk at the moment, and I would go to a live show and happily boo Mark Henry, but Cena just doesn’t inspire much reaction in me one way or the other.