BoD Daily Update

With New Japan sending Jushin Lyger to work the NXT show and Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, and Kushida to work the RoH Field of Honor show on SummerSlam weekend, there are move moves going on behind the scenes between RoH and NXT that do not involve New Japan that are likely to be evident in short order.


TNA and RoH Wednesday Night Viewership Numbers

RoH drew 80,000 viewers this week, down from the 128,000 they had last week. The replay drew 89,000, giving them 169,000 total. TNA drew 293,000 viewers, down from the 353,000 they had last week. The replay drew 72,000, giving them 365,000 total.


NXT Star Getting New Theme Music


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Body of Work

I still don't get why the WWE doesn't understand that a wrestler needs to have a solid body of work before they can be elevated up the card. Look at the top Hollywood actors. They didn't just show up and become stars of overnight. Robert Downey Jr was on SNL at one point. George Clooney was on the Facts of Life where I don't anyone saw him and said he's going to make millions as a movie star.  Point being, running anyone up the card at light speed without them having some body of solid work behind them rarely leads to long term success. The actor analogy should also serve to point out that it might take same character changes and finding the right "role" before someone takes off. I know that a lot of the problem is Vince immediately slotting guys when he sees them instead of trying to find the best "role" for them and the company.

Keep up the good work!

​It's not even that there needs to be a body of work, but more importantly there has to be SOME indication that the guy is catching fire.  I mean, hey, I didn't know who Margot Robbie was before seeing her in Focus, but one bikini scene was enough to win me over.  If you know what I mean.  In the pants.  Kind of like how Vince must feel when he sees Roman Reigns.  ​

Could Doink Gimmick Work Now?

Hey Scott,
Long time fan, first time writer.
I always thought that Doink the Clown was great as a heel when he first came into WWF, Matt Borne played it so well and I thought it was a huge missed opportunity when he turned face.
My question is:
Could a heel Doink like gimmick work nowadays??

​Isn't that basically what Dean Ambrose was doing for a long time?  So yeah, it could definitely work.  ​

QOTD 98: It’s Only Weird if it Doesn’t Work.

For whatever reason before opening the door in the winter I touch the wallpaper – it’s not OCD, I just don’t want to shock myself, and somehow assume that touching the wallpaper will ground me, though I don’t think it does. Regardless, I feel like I am shocked far less than I normally would be, had I not touched the wallpaper.

What are your superstitions? Things you do because you think they work, you do because you don’t want to tempt fate from the guy high atop the thing, or stuff that has just worked out for you, so you keep doing it? 

For a completely false example, I haven’t changed my underwear since the last Patriots Superbowl.

I have a lucky undershirt shirt I wear on dates.

When I buy a scratch ticket I always look for a heads-up penny in my car, or when I pull change out of my pocket, take a heads up coin in which to scratch them with.

In Poker I always play 7/10 of Diamonds after winning 600 dollars with it once.

During football games I refuse to stop watching the game even if the team is down with little time left – cause you never know.

When I check work e-mail I always filter my stuff sent to me first as a way to guage how my day is going to be. Lots of e-mail sent directly to me = lots of extra stuff to do (in my head anyway). No so much e-mail sent to me = QOTD writin’ during the work day.

I say “I hope everyone is alright” whenever a cop car or Ambulance or Firetruck passes me, a little good karma never hurt anyone. 

I take several shots of whiskey before writing QOTD’s to ensure a completely lack of relationship with reality.

What say you, Otters?

Camera work

Hi Scott,

When did WWE forget how to film wrestling matches? I'm sure you know what I'm referring to: for quite a while now, whenever someone is about to hit a big move (even certain finishers) the camera angle changes right at the point of contact so that you don't really see the move happen. This happens way too much to be an accident. Do the directors in the booth (or Vince) really think this is appealing? Hope you can shed some light on the subject. Sorry about the lack of Daniel Bryan in this email.

Yeah, I've noticed the ADD camerawork in the HD era as well, and I think it has to do with a change in the directing staff.  It'll probably get worse when Hunter takes over and turfs out Kevin Dunn as well.  I think the real problem is just like with the lack of indies, in that they're running out of experienced cameramen and directors who know how to shoot WRESTLING and not just whatever WWE tells them to.  

Its a freaking work…

Scott, second email from me in a week!  Lucky you.  I SWEAR im not reaching Baker stalker status, but have taken a week off from ER so have been spending WAY to much time on the BoD and watching wrestling in general.
The CM Punk pipebomb sucked me back into wwe after not really watching for 2 years.  Yea, I realize it was 100% work, but wasnt subscribed to Meltzer or keeping tabs online so have a few quickies, predominantly on the timeline of the whole situation. .. – did anyone report when he actually signed his new contract?  He said on Bill Simmons podcast that it was literally the night if MITB.  I find this VERY hard to believe. – its assumed by most that he wasnt under any type obligation to resign with WWE, even under a handshake agreement, at the time of the pipebomb.  Why would Vince even put Punk in a top headlining feud if he was unsure of his future status? Hes buried better for less.  – has anyone said what the planned MITB finish would have been if Punk never agreed to a deal? – I respect the fuck outta Punk for having the guts to walk out on wwe if thats what he thought was best, but the dude was a mult time world champ, and in him high profile feuds…wa


his biggest gripe at the time the "glass ceiling", money, etc.

He signed the physical contract at the MITB PPV, but he had a verbal agreement with Vince long before that.  But indeed the actual contract wasn't signed until he was ready to go to the ring.  
As for why he pushed Punk, I think he saw the money in the angle and saw that it was the right guy in the right place type of deal.  It was just one of those magic zeitgeist things that we'll likely never see again.  

Work? Shoot? Worked shoot? Shot work?

Does this work under ANY circumstances? If they thought it was a serious injury, realized it wasn't, then tried to make a story of it? As a story in and of itself? As part of WWE's overall unusual focus on injuries and "injuries" as of late?

I think they're overdoing it already.  We've already had two very real situations with Ziggler and Fandango, plus one fake one with HHH and then Ryback getting held off the show due to his "injuries", so my immediate thoughts on the Bryan thing was that they were going with yet another version of the same thing in a very short span.  As Dusty Rhodes discovered in the 80s, that's a recipe for disaster.  Plus it also becomes WWE patting themselves on the back yet again for caring so much about their athletes (who they don't even provide health insurance for).  Not to mention HHH doing a Very Special Episode of RAW about himself and then promptly forgetting about his cripping brain injuries in the very next show.  
However, it came out today that in fact Bryan was legitimately injured and was supposed to win the match, so if that's the case then it really was a good idea for them to stop the match, although then trying to turn it into a storyline is a bit cheesy.  Perhaps they shouldn't cry wolf so many times in the first place.  

More Savage detective work

So I’m reading the newly posted Observer from January 96, and Dave drops this tidbit about the Billionaire Ted skits:

Most who called here thought the skit was hilarious. Even those in WCW. The one thing that should comfort everyone that doesn’t like all the name calling (as if this is something unique in wrestling and you don’t see it in every phone company commercial) is they should realize that if Hogan or Savage were to call Vince tomorrow, they’d be on top there the next day (and visa versa with top WWF talent), and that some day if WWF survives, Hogan and Savage will be back there and they’ll all be best friends again.

Now certainly that proved to be true with Hogan, but this was written in January 1996 and apparently Savage didn’t have the heat with Vince at this point, so doesn’t that kind of discount the theory about Vince being pissed about him leaving in 94?  I wonder when the Savage-Vince thing started to become common knowledge?  Also from this issue, another couple of amusing bits (to me, at least):

Brian Heffron of 2117 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148 is looking for 1993 videos of Van Halen.

Mr. Heffron would of course make his ECW debut later in the year as the Blue Meanie. And finally, from the letters page: Is there any doubt competition benefits the consumer? As a result of the Monday Night Wars, we are seeing PPV calibre matches and can’t miss shows every week. Seeing Hulk Hogan booed out of the arena and hearing Hogan sucks chants gives me goose bumps I was so excited. I’d like to see Hogan every week on Nitro just to see the bewildered look on his face. As pathetic as WCW is, and it’s most entertaining stuff happens by accident, at least it has given Vince McMahon a much needed wake-up call. We may be witnessing the end of family entertainment and the advent of hardcore wrestling in the WWF. A wise business move? Probably not, but the success of UFC and ECW gives hope that a harder edged wrestling product can be more than just niche-based and small scale. In Your House was tremendous. Just reading the signs at ringside was worth the purchase price. If the change of direction doesn’t work, well, at least it will be fun to watch for a few months. Joe Fiore Nahant, Massachusetts DM: Competition definitely benefits the consumer in the short-run. However, if the long-term or end result is a serious weakening of the WWF, that benefits nobody except perhaps Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner, not the fans and certainly most of all not the performers. Yeah, hopefully the WWF won’t end up seriously weakened by WCW winning the Monday Night Wars.  Maybe WCW would even book an invasion angle where former WWF stars try to take over Monday Nitro, and then Vince McMahon could even get a job as the Nitro GM while Garrett Bischoff is awarded the World title.