Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Live from Nagoya, Japan – 8/30/14
[ Click HERE to see the show in it's entirety without spoilers ]
It's AJPW's big show to close out the summer with 4 title matches, including Joe Doering's first world title defense as the big, nasty American as champion. Plus, it's LIVE on TV!
SUSHI vs. Yohei Nakajima
Monday, September 1, 2014
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.01.95
Taped from Omaha, New Brunswick.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler
A LENGTHY recap of the Diesel-Bam Bam deal from last week starts us out, covering the first 5 minutes of a 45 minute show.
- Chris Jericho interviews Randy Orton on the Highlight Reel.
- Growing Up Bella (insert sad piano music here).
- Paul Heyman will speak on behalf of Brock Lesnar.
- Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus face the Miz and Cesaro.
I'm entertaining some friends and family this evening so you guys are on your own! Make sure to police yourselves. And if you are thinking "I wonder if this forum is the right place for my potentially unpopular and explosive opinion on certain crimes" than it probably isn't. Fair enough?
Anyway. Tonight on TV
College Football: Miami vs. Louisville (Go Cards!)
Final Hours of the Simpsons Marathon
Houdini miniseries on History
The Knick mini marathon on HBO (original show is on Cinemax but HBO is apparently stealing it for themselves)
Enjoy....and keep it clean! :)
I definitely like the way Triple H has been shaping the future, but he seems adamant about creating new homegrown stars and not bringing in people who may already have a name. Now, obviously Angle has had his demons. But he claims he's a year+ sober now. If the guy can pass the physical and the drug test, I feel like they'd be foolish not to bring him in.
Guys like Bully Ray, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, etc. all could be hugely beneficial to WWE, but dirtsheets are constantly reporting WWE doesn't have an interest in them. It's really stupid to me. Of course you have to plan for the future with your new stars, but I still feel it's foolish to pass up on proven talent that can make an initial impact and then use their star power to help build your young guys.
With Kurt Angle alone, you have the perfect built-in mini-feud with Rusev, one of the only guys they can market as a believable threat to Lesnar, and a dozen fresh match combinations with guys like Ambrose, Rollins, Ziggler, Sheamus, Wyatt, Cesaro, and Bryan, etc. And several of those could reasonably be called dream matches to some fans and Angle has enough legitimacy built up that putting over some of those guys would help them tremendously.
Why the hell would you not bring him in on a part-time schedule, get all those matches out of him, then throw him in the HOF?
WWF MSG 1979 - Bob Backlund Vs. Pat Patterson by Bluthor
Also, doesn't the Cena/Brock feud kind of HAVE to make it to Hell in the Cell? Is there any other match on the WWE horizon big enough to headline that event?
That should keep us all a little quiet for now, AMIRITE?
The great thing about 1990 was the WWF had all their larger than life types with Hogan and Warrior and Savage and Andre and they were about to put on a Royal Rumble that remains a top 3 Rumble in my book to set up the Wrestlemania VI card.
And NWA/WCW lost a couple guys as Steamboat and Funk were off doing other things but they still had the core group of Flair, Sting, Luger, The Steiners, Midnight Express, etc. etc. So you really got two totally different products and you never got the feeling that one promotion was trying to copy the other. They lived in alternate universes and did their own thing.
Anyway Saturday Night was probably my favorite wrestling program when I was younger. I loved the old studio field of the show with the 200 people in attendance having true interaction with the wrestlers. They had since moved the tapings to Center Stage to procure a larger crowd but it still had an intimate feel.
And the show was full of little surprises. As you will see.
Batista Not Returning to the WWE?
Those close to Batista say that he feels let down and unhappy over the way he was booked in his return to the WWE and may stay away from wrestling in order to do more movies. One source cites that if Batista does return to the WWE, it would be for WrestleMania 31. Batista has also been reported to have expressed interest in a retirement match against HHH but there has now word from the WWE if that is something they plan on doing.
Credit PWInsider via Rajah.com
Kayfabe Commentaries Announces Next Two Installments of Their Timeline Series
1998 ECW as told by New Jack will be released on September 23rd
1981 WWE as told by Rick Martel will be released on October 14th
Highspots Announces 40% Off Sale on All Digital Downloads
The sale ends tonight at Midnight. It includes shoot interviews, independent wrestling shows, ECW fan cams, and more.
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.24.95
Live from Omaha, NB
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, who is now joining him “as always” so he’s the permanent host now. For those who like to trace the bizarre paths of history, this show starts the unlikely rise to power of you-know-who.