Eric Bischoff sums up Dave Meltzer in one tweet

Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson recently launched a new podcast called, “83 Weeks,” which looks at the 83 weeks where Nitro beat Raw. One of the highlights of podcast, is the constant burial of Dave Meltzer, much like Bruce Prichard burying Meltzer is often the best part of “Something to Wrestle with.”

Between Bischoff and Prichard, not only have they exposed the fact that Dave Meltzer is a fraud and joke, but they have also exposed the fact that, that’s all he’s ever been.

Bischoff summarised Meltzer perfectly, in one concise tweet:

https://twitter.com/ebischoff/status/996880901480034304

Hulk Hogan’s return imminent

Last year we reported that Hulk Hogan’s Beach store in Orlando, FL was full of licensed WWE merchandise, including a brand new Hulk Hogan glass tumblr. This clearly signified that the WWE and Hogan were back on speaking terms.

The WWE recently commented on rumours that Hogan would returning shortly, by issuing this short statement:

“We have had discussions with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) about how he can help others learn from his mistakes, however, he is not under any contract with WWE.”

WWE ban beach balls from WrestleMania

WWE are taking preventive measures to avoid “beach ball Mania” breaking out again.

WWE sent a message out to fans who have purchased Wrestlemania 34 travel packages, stating that several items are banned from the weekend events. They included beach balls, tablets, balloons and iPads.

Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results, January 15th (with video)


Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results and notes, January 15th 1996

Here are our notes from our “Back to the Monday Night War” Podcast, available via The Dirty Sheets feed on iTunes and on our DirtySheets.Net website.

Monday Nitro Results and Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Bishoff telling you what’s happening tonight. It sounds like a PPV line-up. It’s no surprise that Nitro destroyed Raw in the ratings this week.
• Luger vs Savage opens the show. As we suspected on the podcast, Hart managing Luger is no longer a thing. Unbelievably, Luger beats Savage CLEAN via submission with the “Torture Rack.” Luger has no beaten Savage FOUR times in a row, which the announcers are also alluding to.
• The Dungeon of Doom are scheduled to come out next, but the Horsemen are coming out with them, plus Mean Gene. Amusingly, the One Man Gang has the US Championship, which he never really won and none of the viewers know how or why he has it. Arn speaks first and tells Gene there will be no Horsemen-Dungeon of Doom feud. Pillman tries to interject himself when Sullivan is replying, and Arn Anderson slaps him across the face. He already previously addressed Pillman’s attire and said he told him to dress “appropriately.” Unlike other talking segments with Gene on Nitro, this segment is fantastic.

• Public Enemy beat American Males in their debut. This awful match is a big come down from the last segment.
• Flair vs Sting is next. Flair wins with a Figure of Four. Luger comes down to stop Jimmy Hart interfering, but ends up nailing Sting with a megaphone. Savage and Hogan run down to save Sting from nothing as Flair wasn’t attacking him and Luger was there to help Sting.
• Promo after the match is basically the same thing we’ve heard for months. Hogan and Savage trying to persuade Sting that Luger isn’t his friend. Sting is claiming he knows nothing and is dizzy from the megaphone. After Sting leaves, Hogan and Savage then argue among themselves about Savage receiving the next shot. The talk about Savage’s arm again. Savage and Hogan are set to meet Giant and Meng at the Clash.
• WCW Saturday Night advert is up next and they are promoting, Hogan, Jim Belushi and, Sting and Luger vs Harlem Heat. Big show for WCW Saturday Night.
• More Hogan next. Main Event is Hogan vs Meng. Hogan wins with Meng’s own spike, which he intercepts from Sullivan, with the help of Randy Savage.
• They then close out with the announcers for the usual clarifications of WCW storylines.

Monday Night Raw Results & Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Owen Hart scoring a victory over Marty Jannetty.
• We then get the in-ring debut of Steve Austin, who faces a very young Matt Hardy. Austin wins with the Million Dollar Dream.
• Goldust is up next. Vince McMahon comes off as massively homophobic as he cringed at Goldust throughout. Goldust plays his character superbly.
• Razor Ramon enters the building and is looking for Goldust.
• The Undertaker defeats his future brother, Issac Yankem in the Main Event. There is an obvious botch here before the Tombstone that is edited out.
• Show closes with Razor Ramon finding Goldust and destroying him in a brutal backstage brawl.

Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results and notes, January 8th 1996

Here are our notes from our “Back to the Monday Night War” Podcast, available via The Dirty Sheets feed on iTunes and on our DirtySheets.Net website. You can listen to this episode by clicking the box, below:

Monday Nitro Results and Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with the announcers gloating about what they give away for free and how much WWE charge.

• Benoit vs Alex Wright is your opening match. A lot of focus on Pillman who is subtlety becoming more and more insane. During the match, Bishoff calls WWE Titanic Sports and criticises them for raising prices, whilst WCW are doing a free PPV. Benoit picks up the win with a German Suplex. Pillman SPITS on Wright after the match.

• Regal vs Guerrero is next. Bishoff is constantly repeating a new slogan, “often imitated,” referencing the Billionaire Ted skits on Raw. I notice here that Guerrero’s music is the BadStreet (Freebirds music), instrumental. The match is a slow paced technical wrestling match. Guerrero wins with a backslide. The win is portrayed as an upset.

• Luger and Sting come out to talk to Mean “bury the talent” Gene. Sting wants to confront Luger about an incident that’s 11 days old. Luger tries to explain why he cost Sting the match at Starrcade whilst Gene shit-stirs. Somehow the pair end up as a tag team by the end of the segment, because, WCW.. I think we can assume that Jimmy Hart managing Luger has been dropped with no explanation.

• Sting vs DDP next. They are talking about how DDP has lost it all- Diamond Doll, TV Title etc. He then loses this match to Sting too. It’ll be fascinating to see how they get DDP up to a Main Event level during this year. Sting wins with a Scorpion Deathlock submission.

• Hogan & Savage vs Flair & Arn Anderson is next. The match is relatively slow, not surprising given the combined age of the 4 men is nearly 200. As expected, it ends in a DQ, with the Horsemen and Giant interfering.

Monday Night Raw Results & Podcast Notes:

• Show starts with Jeff Jarrett beating Hakushi, with a Figure of Four. Hakushi has fallen significantly since last year’s feud with Bret Hart.

• They throw to JR in the studio. Ross introduces the Scheme Gene character and plugs the Royal Rumble.

• Ahmed squashed a jobber and then chases off Jarrett, who attempts to hit him with a guitar.

• The Brother Love show is next, where Ted Dibiase is set to introduce the new Million Dollar Champion. As we all know, this turns out to be Steve Austin, as The Ringmaster. Austin cuts a short promo. He says man a lot and enters the Rumble. Austin doesn’t seem like anything special here, but at the same time, his promo is fine, minus the overuse of “man.”

• Goldust squashes Aldo Montoya. Curtain Call, 1-2-3.

• We then throw back to JR who gives us the staged Shawn Michaels press conference. This is very well done. We get to see Scheme Gene again, who is promoting his hotline.

•!The show interviews reacting to Michaels return. Diesel comes off as the most realistic. They speak to Diesel, Razor Ramon and Owen Hart, who injured Michaels with a head kick.

• We then get the Bret Hart vs Bulldog match from In Your House. This is the second week in a row they’ve done this and it makes very little sense why they are airing a full PPV match on Raw.

Monday Night War show on course to break record

Last Monday we launched our brand new, “Back to the Monday Night War” podcast, off the back of the success of our “Nitro in 30” podcast. For anyone who loved the Monday Night War, this truly is, the ultimate companion.

You can listen to the show by clicking the play button, below:

We are happy to report that the numbers for this show have been exceptional, and we are currently on course to beat our long-standing listenership record, that being our interview with Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson from last January.

This has all come about, thanks to the feedback from you guys, our loyal listeners. After covering the first 17 weeks of Nitro, beginning in September 1995, many people were emailing us to cover the Raw shows alongside it. So last Monday, we launched a brand new show, to cover the Monday Night War like never before.

About the show

Myself and Cav hop into our time machine and literally cover Raw and Nitro, segment by segment, exactly as it happens. This means we literally channel surf and talk about what was on Raw and what was on Nitro at that same precise time, analysing what segments and matches went up against each other during the two shows, as they battled for ratings supremacy. It’s truly the most extensive, informative and hilarious breakdown of the Monday Night War, that’s ever been done before.

Monday started with the January 1st, 1996, editions of both shows. Note, we are running exactly in time with the shows, except 22 years later. I can’t think of a better time start, with Brian Pillman on the verge of turning into the Loose Canon, the WWE heading in WrestleMania XII, and with the NWO invasion being only 5 months away

All you need to do to get involved and experience the greatest era in wrestling like never before is:

Order the WWE Network ✔️

Watch back the shows ✔️

Download & listen to the podcast ✔️

What’s next?

As I said, we are running exactly in time, so be sure to download the next episode of the show next week, on Monday 8th January, which will cover the Monday 8th January 1996, editions of Raw and Nitro.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the current episode posted above, and help us to achieve our download record. This concept truly is the most fun podcast I’ve ever done and without question, the best content we’ve ever produced.

Monday Night Raw and Nitro Results and notes, January 1st 1996

Here are our notes from “Back to the Monday Night War” Podcast, available via The Dirty Sheets feed on iTunes and on our DirtySheets.Net website.

Monday Nitro Results and Podcast Notes:

  • Randy Savage beat Arn Anderson with brass knucks. Arn pulled them from his trunks and Savage intercepted and used them. He then put them back in Arn’s trunks. Everyone is clearly wondering if Randy touched Arn’s dick. Benoit and Pillman of the Horsemen come out to attack Savage, but he gets out of there.
  • Regal beat Benoit after Benoit misses a top rope plunger to the outside. Regan just rolls in and pins him. Bad way to book Benoit.
  • Gene Okerlund comes out after the match and questions if Benoit was drunk from the Flair celebration. Pillman comes out with Arn Anderson and slates Benoit and Arn for being 0-2. Pillman says something about spending time with naked women is only half their job. The Dungeon of Doom then come out because Pillman mentioned them. Brutus looks like a complete moron trying to play angry with that shitty Zodiac gear on.
  • Super Assassins/Super Jobbers/Ass Clowns come out to job to Luger and Sting, who have made up after Starrcade. Heenan comes out with an elaborate explanation about why Hart doesn’t accompany Luger when he teams with Sting. I don’t understand how Luger is still managed by Hart when Hart ditched Luger for Flair at Starrcade. Luger wins the match with a Torture Rack, off a “hot-tag.”
  • During the last match, Pittman hilariously asks Mongo to manage him and gets turned down. That’s now, Heenan, Hart, Cornel Parker and Mongo. Mongo then refers to him as Pitbull after he’s gone. This is lowest gimmick on the show.
  • Giant interview. Jimmy Hart, is the only guy who can stand-up to Gene Okerlund. Jimmy Hart actually acknowledges what we’ve noticed, he manages EVERYONE. Giant cuts a promo that’s so bad, Okerlund says, “I don’t know what he’s saying.” I think I heard Hogan. Hogan and Flair is next for the WCW Title, and I’m fully expecting a WCW DQ finish, with Giant interfering.
  • Hogan beats Flair via DQ in the Main Event. Bishoff says it took a long time to get Flair to defend his title. He won it FIVE days ago. Hogan has also been suspended. Bishoff tries to say the crowd are all behind Hogan after a small Hogan chant breaks out, which was started by the Hogan fanatic who dresses as Hogan. You can see him at several Nitro shows and most famously at the 1993 WWE King of the Ring, when Hogan lost to Yokozuna. As predicted. Hogan wins via DQ, but when The Horsemen interfere. Hogan stupidly no sells brass knuckles from Arn Anderson, which makes Savage looks bad, as they knocked him out cold at Starrcade. The other Horsemen and Giant come to the ring, but Randy Savage cleans house with a stool he takes from Giant.
  • Savage and Hogan cut a promo at the end. You can still hear Hogan being booed. Savage and Hogan always seem to cut promos that attempt to explain WCW booking, but somehow manage to make it even more confusing. I thought they booked a 2 vs 4 match vs the Horsemen, but Bishoff said it was 2 vs 2, against Anderson and Flair- proving my point. However, Heenan then tells us it will be 2 vs 4, whilst Bishoff tells him no it won’t be. This company is a mess, even though it’s about to hit its peak.

Raw Results and Podcast Notes:

  • Raw will be giving us a Raw Bowl to open the year, however, 3 minutes into the show, McMahon and Lawler’s cheesy football puns are killing me.
  • Razor and Savio Vega come out and Razor Ramon is presented with a gift from Goldust’s usher. Razor proceeds to beat the Hell out of him with the box. We are already seeing that 1996 is going to be far more edger than people recall.
  • The Raw Bowl features a 4 team tag match, consisting of The Smoking Gunns, Razor and Savio, The 123 Kid and Sid, and Yokozuna and Owen Hart.
  • Razor and Savio go out first. Razor is about to eliminate the Kid with the Razor’s edge and the Kid calls, “time out.” Ted Dibiase then distracts the referee allowing Sid to pull 123 Kid into the corner and hit Razor with weak closeline for behind. This allows Kid to pin Razor. Weak elimination. Savio calling timeout is ignored, a trend that will continue.
  • Yokozuna and Owen go next when Yoko accidentally Bonzai Drops Owen in a hilarious spot. From there, the Gunns go on to win the Raw Bowl, when Razor Ramon comes out to interfere and cost 123 Kid match. Two further timeouts were ignored here, making the overall concept stupid.
  • We then inexplicably get a full replay of the “Hog Pen” match from In Your House, featuring Hunter Heart Helmsley and Henry Godwin.
  • Diesel beats Mabel in under 10 seconds in the Main Event with a big boot. The Mabel push is seemingly over after this. This is what happens when you break Undertaker’s orbital socket.
  • Raw closes out by announcing that Vader will debut at the Royal Rumble and with the debut of the WWE’s Billionaire Ted/Nacho Man/Hukster parody segments.

Back to the Monday Night War: January 1st 1996

Welcome to the ultimate companion piece to the war that raged on televisions across America on Monday Nights! Billi & Cav have fired up the DeLorean to take you back to the past, and give you a first hand look at the Glory Days of the WWF Raw is War & WCW Monday Nitro! Our intrepid travelers in time are going to break down the war as it happened starting with the opening salvo; January 1st 1996!

WCW Starrcade – 1995!

Billi and Cav review WCW’s event of the year, Starrcade, featuring WCW Champion Randy Savage defending against the winner of a triangle match between Sting, Lex Luger and Ric Flair. We also get The World Cup of Wrestling. However, we only find out the matches at the start of the show, despite watching and reviewing every episode of Nitro.. Because this WCW, where the big boys plays and where the production budget has clearly run out for 1995, otherwise we may have seen a match graphic before the PPV. Roll on 1996.