• Monthly Archives: June 2014

    ScoopZone Elite: June 30, 2014

    We’ve consulted our inside sources to bring you the best and most EXCLUSIVE dirt on your favorite wrestling promotions from around the world. Unlike other sites, we’ll only bring you 100% accurate and truthful wrestling news every week. We’re still working on our paywall, so please only read these stories if you’re an elite member.

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    News for The Week of June 30, 2014

     WWE

    • Randy Orton wasn’t bleeding last night. That was just his latest edgy tattoo.

     

    • John Cena will continue to search for new and ridiculous ways to carry around two title belts.

     

    • Jim Ross is going to passive aggressively insult Bray Wyatt‘s heel character work on his podcast this week.

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    TNA

    • Some people in TNA still think Magnus is champ.

     

    • Garrett Bischoff still wears his Aces & Eights jacket.

     

    • TNA is expected to promote the six-sided ring to a member of the creative team within the next few weeks.

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    Other

    • Crackle is looking to air Global Force Wrestling to boost it’s subscribers.

     

    • Yahoo! is not going to pick up The Wrestling Retribution Project.

     

    • Lance Storm has seen Transformers: Age of Extinction four times already.

     

    WWE Money in the Bank 2014 Preview and Predictions

    The most ladder-heavy show of the year!

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

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    Daniel Bryan interview on the pre-show

    Joey:

    Expectations are Bryan cuts a babyface rallying promo. Stephanie comes out. They go back and forth. Bryan vows to win the title back when he returns.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Nothing noteworthy happens.

    Tim:

    He’ll probably cut a promo that WWE thinks makes him look like a good guy but instead does the opposite. He’ll answer some questions and then it will be done. I’m just happy to see him again.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: A whole lot of nothing.

    Tom:

    While the pre-show might be transformed from a wasteland of idiots to an almost passable form of entertainment now that Renee Young is set to replace the departed Josh Matthews, it’s still kind of a bummer that they’d shove Bryan on there, rather than have him be a part of the actual PPV or featured on Raw or whatever.

    Who knows, maybe it’ll all be a big swerve and he’s actually healthy enough to be worked into one of the ladder matches on the show, but that seems really unlikely. Instead, I’m guessing it’ll just be a pretty disposable promo with maybe some Stephanie/Kane interference.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Talking happens.

    Paige vs. Naomi for the WWE Divas Championship

    Joey:

    I am actually interested in this one. Naomi is probably the best female wrestler on the main roster and everyone swears Paige is great so maybe she shows it here? I’m expecting a good match and while rooting for Naomi to finally get past that lame gimmick/partnership with Cameron, I think Paige gets the win here.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Paige wins.

    Tim:

    Hopefully they get some time to have the good match that I know they could have. This has a lot of promise. I’m ready for Paige to prove herself on the main roster.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Paige wins.

    Tom:

    I enjoyed the Naomi / Alicia Fox match on Raw, though I think a lot of that was because I was just glad to have Paige and Cameron on commentary to drown out the sounds of three old men amusing themselves.

    Anyway, the Paige run has still underwhelmed but Naomi is one of my favourites, and I’m hoping that they’ll make for a fun dynamic together (and also that the commentary team can find it in themselves to call the match, rather than giggle over their old-man jokes).

    Interest Level: 6/10
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    IMPACT In 5 Pictures Or Less (6/26/2014)

    In 5 photos or less, we show the most relevant screenshots from each week’s episode of IMPACT.

    Everything you need to know about this week’s IMPACT is right here:

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    All photos are screen captured from TNA’s official YouTube page. Past editions of IMPACT In 5 Pictures Or Less are here.

    The Merch Table: TNA Summer Special

    Wrestling companies make merchandise. It’s usually pretty bad, but sometimes, it’s terrible. Welcome to The Merch Table.

    Every so often, @TomBlargh will look at some of the awful merch that someone expects you to buy. Up this time: TNA Summer Special.

    I’ve covered TNA on The Merch Table a few times before (here, here and here, in case you were curious), but I keep coming back to them. They’re just so much more interesting than WWE!

    For one, while WWE merch generally seems like it’s been focus grouped and market-tested to the point that it’s all broadly acceptable and boring as fuck, TNA stuff comes across as completely unsupervised. What’s more, they have unmoderated reviews for pretty much every single piece of merch, which adds another delicious dash of madness to everything. LET’S GET STARTED.

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    THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT ANYONE SHOULD BE WEARING, LEAST OF ALL WRESTLING FANS. Let’s see what the reviews have to say!

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    Remy, are you talking from some experience here? Can we confirm Remy as a REAL creepy bastard?!?! Regardless, I think I can concur with him: WORSE. SHIRT. EVER.

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    God bless Jeff Hardy for convincing a company to let him run around as his high school art project on national television, and God bless TNA for trying to sell an umbrella for $40. Unsurprisingly, the response has been a little mixed:

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    “Dudes make money off ass holes” THAT’S CALLED CAPITALISM BROTHER, FUCK OFF BACK TO RUSSIA IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT.

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    Honestly, I can’t see “be triangular” taking off as a catchphrase, but bless him for trying.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Yeah… so, it is definitely time to name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week!

    The votes have been tallied and all of that. You know how this goes by now. Let’s get to the good stuff. This week we have a first-time winner. Let’s check out who it is right now.

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    That’s right! Brad Maddox has been voted The Sexy Wrestler of The Week! Unfortunately he may never know about this momentous occasion as he is trapped in a cave…or filming a remake to a Herzog classic.

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    Dirt Sheet History: June 2006

    Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.

    Following the timeline of the last Dirt Sheet History looking back at May 2006, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from June of 2006. Featuring the launch of the WWE ECW brand and ECW One Night Stand 2, we see all the big scoops in the world of wrestling at the time.

    Reminder that you can find all editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 and 2005 right here at this very link. Now enjoy June 2006!

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    6/1/2006

    * WWE management is said to be high on Bobby Lashley. He has been making waves in the company lately and everyone has high hopes for him on SmackDown. At a time where the brand is plagued with injuries, Lashley has stepped in the eyes of management. The company believes he has made significant progress since debuting in late ‘05 and he will continue to progress by holding a secondary title.

    6/3/2006

    * WWE’s stock closed at $18.54 Friday, one of the highest closing numbers in many years. For those that have asked, Vince McMahon is back to being a real life billionaire and not just a fictional storyline billionaire.

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    * Hulk Hogan was recently interviewed by The Sun in the United Kingdom. In it Hogan stated:

    “I spoke to Vince (McMahon) in New York on Sunday and he’s asked me to come back. He wants to make me the Babe Ruth or Muhammad Ali of wrestling. Next April WrestleMania is back in Detroit, Michigan. Twenty years ago in the same city, at the same event, I bodyslammed Andre The Giant. Vince was saying to me: ‘Oh my gosh, you have to be in the main event 20 years later.’ “We’ll probably end up doing business.”

    When asked if the match would be against Steve Austin he said, “I’ve thrown the challenge out there and now it’s up to Stone Cold if he wants to do the match.”

    Hogan continued, “I really don’t know why it hasn’t happened already. I thought maybe Vince and Steve had fallen out, but I’ve since found out that they’ve done some sort of deal to keep Austin as part of the company. “So if he’s part of the WWE, I’ve got no idea why Steve wouldn’t want to have a match at WrestleMania.”

    He finally concluded, “I don’t know if he has a problem with me personally. When we were in WCW, and he was Stunning Steve Austin, he talked to me a couple of times about different ideas he had to work with me. The ideas were OK, they weren’t home runs but they were pretty good.”

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    This Or That: 6/24/2014

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlackett will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week’s results:

    Who will have more WWE World Championship reigns in the next 3 years?

    John Cena – 61%, Roman Reigns – 39%

    Better place-holder heel to win MITB?

    Alberto Del Rio – 74%, Randy Orton – 26%

    Stardust.

    Yay – 76%, Nay – 24%

    Better sport?

    Hockey – 63%, Soccer – 27%

    Which ladder match are you more excited for: WWE Championship match or MITB briefcase match?

    One’s for the title, one’s for the briefcase, but which do you care about most?

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    Tim:

    I think the real Money In The Bank briefcase match is going to be a lot more fun to watch strictly from a wrestling perspective and seeing who will win. You’ll have Kofi Kingston who can deliver some fun spots, Dolph Ziggler who will go all out, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in the ring together, and Wade Barrett throwin’ some ‘bows. Sounds great to me!

    The six-man ladder match for the title has a lot of potential to tell some interesting stories and be a hotbed for future feuds, however they haven’t made me care about it. I don’t care too much about any wrestler in that match outside of Cesaro. I’m already dreading the upcoming year full of Roman Reigns Is Almighty. Added to all of this was the Kane nonsense so I completely checked out. Kane has the power to make me not care about anything. But here’s to hoping it is an interesting match.

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    Joey:

    The ascension of Roman Reigns, the potential of Cesaro, the star power of John Cena and the fact that the actual title was on the line would have made the WWE Championship ladder match the clear choice but the corny go home segment of Kane attacking everyone just took so much out of it for me. At least the briefcase match has enough talented guys who can utilize the ladders more than the main eventers plus there’s an actual reason to care about Rollins vs. Ambrose as opposed to any interaction of the main event.

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    Tom:

    I think the show on Sunday should be a really fun time, not that the announcements and additions last night did much to get me excited for it, the worst of those being Kane being placed as such a key part of the WWE Championship. Fuck you, Kane! Go home! We don’t want you anymore! The match should still be fantastic, but now I can almost imagine Kane winning the bloody thing, just so Bryan can get his revenge and win the title from him at Summerslam.

    As for the MITB briefcase match, while I think the Rollins / Ambrose dynamic will be tremendous, the rest of the guys in that match really do seem like a lot of filler. I guess that’s typical for a MITB match though, so having guys like Ziggler and Kofi go crashing around as they get caught between Sexy Seth and Dangerous Dean, Troubled Teen should be a good time.

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    ScoopZone Elite: June 23, 2014

    We’ve consulted our inside sources to bring you the best and most EXCLUSIVE dirt on your favorite wrestling promotions from around the world. Unlike other sites, we’ll only bring you 100% accurate and truthful wrestling news every week. We’re still working on our paywall, so please only read these stories if you’re an elite member.

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    News for The Week of June 23, 2014

     WWE

    • Cody Rhodes getting a niche gimmick with no legs is said to be Kevin Dunn‘s rib on him having a wife in NXT.

     

    • Management is trying to convince Bad News Barrett to inform the locker room how much worse their pay structure is going to be with the WWE Network changes.

     

    • Dolph Ziggler has given up on his hair because WWE has given up on him.

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    TNA

    • Jeff Hardy was Willow all along.

     

    • Tommy Dreamer traveled to last week’s Impact in his canoe. His infinite stream of tears creates a constant and deep body of water underneath him at all times. The boys in the back jokingly call it “Lake Inferior.”

     

    • TNA management is currently debating whether they should copy WWE, 90’s WWF, WCW, ROH, ECW or WWECW going forward.

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    Other

    • Jim Ross is going to say ROH talent needs to slow down and sell more on his podcast this week.

     

    • DGUSA will be releasing DVDs of all past shows before their next live event.

     

    • Lance Storm is deathly afraid of the color orange.

     

    ROH Best In The World 2014 Preview and Predictions

    ROH’s first live PPV. It’s a mullet-free zone.

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    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlackett.

    Roderick Strong vs. Cedric Alexander in a Submission Match

    Joey:

    Cedric Alexander is so young and has a world of potential. This needs to be his coming out party in ROH. Not into the idea of a submission match but you’d assume they have something cool planned to stick this stipulation on it? Either way, it should be an outside candidate for match of the night.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Cedric Alexander wins.

    Tim:

    Submission matches are okay. I don’t understand why this has to be one but whatever. I’m hoping this match will make Cedric Alexander stand out even more. He should have a bright future ahead of him. Roderick Strong is pretty much the Alberto Del Rio of the indies currently. He can have strong matches against almost anyone but you never really find yourself caring too much. He’s a great person to help highlight Alexander here.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Cedric Alexander wins.

    Tom:

    Not sure why this one’s a submission match, but Cedric Alexander seems to be on the up and up, while Roddy… well, for good and for bad, Roddy’s Roddy. Tim’s Del Rio comparison is absolutely perfect – he’s capable of being in fun matches, but it’s hard to get excited for him.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Roderick Strong wins.

    ACH vs. Takaaki Watanabe vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Tadarius Thomas vs. BJ Whitmer vs. Tommaso Ciampa in 6 Man Mayhem for a future TV Title shot

    Joey:

    Spots on spots on spots. ACH gonna ACH all match long. You’d think Ciampa gets the win here as the singles star with the biggest reputation in ROH as the other guys are lower on the card than him.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Tommaso Ciampa wins.

    Tim:

    This match should be pretty wild. Not much else to say about it. I am not sure who will win so just for fun I’m going to go with ACH because he’s ACH.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: ACH wins.

    Tom:

    Did you know that Caprice Coleman is 37 years old? THIRTY SEVEN! How is that possible? Anyway, this should be a fun mess. It’s difficult to imagine seeing anyone but Ciampa winning.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Tomasso Ciampa wins.

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    Impact In 5 Pictures Or Less (6/19/2014)

    In 5 photos or less, we show the most relevant screenshots from each week’s episode of IMPACT.

    Joey usually runs this feature, but as the Reality Era’s number one fan, I’ve hijacked it to put a spotlight on one of the REALEST segments I’ve ever seen:

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