Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Right now, there is a plan in place for John Cena to face off against Dean Ambrose on RAW with the winner facing Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell and the loser possibly facing Randy Orton.
Another Update on the Future of the Wyatt Family
Right now, the plan is for all three members of the family to go their separate ways
RAW scored their best ratings since Monday Night Football started up again. Their 4.03 million viewers was up 4% from last week. Here are the hourly breakdowns:
8pm: 4.02 million
9pm: 4.22 million
10pm: 3.88 million
Because THAT is what I do.
I can't formulate a response to Andy PG's "open letter". I liked it. Dude has passion. I like passion. Holy shit if it hasn't gotten Danielle writing and both of us collaborating each week.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 11.27.95
So it’s the night after World War III, and Randy Savage is the new World champion in a twist that not many were expecting at the time.
Live from Salem, VA
Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan and Mongo.
From the War Memorial in Rochester, NY
Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon
Tonight's featured match will have Randy Savage defend his Intercontinental Title against Billy Jack Haynes. Also, the Islanders, Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana & Pedro Morales, and Ricky Steamboat will all be in action.
Kurt Angle vs Brock Lesnar ((Iron Man Match... by Kronek10
A WWE source has told Wrestlezone.com that HHH has been having WWE social media workers keep an eye on various online communities. It has also been reported that HHH is most intrigued by Reddit and its "r/squaredcircle" community. HHH is also said to be working on an AMA (ask me anything) with the site to let fans know that he is aware. A source also said that the idea of Sandow being the Miz's stunt double was taken in part of discussions that happened on wrestling message board websites.
WWE Stable Breaking Up Soon?
The WWE is planning on splitting up the Wyatt Family. There is no timetable for when or how this will happen.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
Former WWE Writer Talks About His Experience With the Company
Writer Kevin Marshall talked about being "micromanaged to death" on Wrestling Observer Live. The link below is a transcript of part of the interview.
Wrestling Observer Radio Free Today
Monday, September 29, 2014
The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 09.25.95
FINALLY! And the shows have all been renumbered to make sense now, too. Of course, wouldn’t you know that I did the past few episodes in one marathon session because I was going to be out of town for a few days and didn’t want to kill anyone by missing a day. And once I had already got three episodes and the WW3 repost in the can and pre-posted, THEN someone e-mails me being all “Dude, the 9/25 Nitro is finally up!” And of course I’m not anywhere that I can actually access the Network to even check it out for myself. So now, at long last, before I have the chance to change my mind and do a stupid running joke to milk it for weeks, the missing episode of Nitro.
Try not to poop yourself with excitement.
LIVE from nowhere they wanted to advertise, apparently.
Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo
Great Muta & Tajiri vs. Great Sanada & James Storm
Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi - X title
Team 3-D vs. Tommy Dreamer & Abyss
Ethan Carter III vs. Ryota Hama
MVP vs. Kazma Sakamoto
Minoru Tanaka vs. Manik
Havok vs. Velvet Sky
So I don’t think I’m gonna bother doing a preview column on the Sporting News for this one.
- Hulk Hogan is in the house!
- Miz, Cesaro, and Ziggler face off with the Intercontinental Title on the line!
- Everyone wears pink. This is your warning.
- Rusev will discuss Big Show's SmackDown actions.
- Wait, something happened on SmackDown?
- Set up on the Pre-Show: Mark Henry faces Bo Dallas.
Sorry for the late message. Rain slowed down and my slightly overconfident son wanted to challenge me to a bike race. Yeah, he lost, young buck can't go 20 miles without getting winded yet.
Anyway let's break down tonight's TV:
RAW, I don't think Lesnar is on so hopefully they go all in with Rollins-Ambrose
MNF is Patriots-Chiefs tonight.
No baseball as the playoffs begin
Gotham, Big Bang Theory, Sleepy Hollow, Blacklist, Dancing with the Stars, etc. etc.
HBO Documentary tonight is the 50-year Argument. It's about the New Yorker Book Review section...Scorsese directed it so it can't be that bad.
Come on swinging and keep it clean!
Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle - Unforgiven 2002 by puropwgwwestuff
I was just watching summerslam 2000 which featured the hundredth lame, pace less taker/Kane matchup. Throughout the early 2000s, Taker was such a drain to watch- slow, unmotivated, refusing to sell for smaller guys, working an outdated style and by all accounts protecting the hell out of his spot backstage, arguably to the detriment of the up and coming next generation of talent. The Kurt Angle job at fully loaded springs to mind in particular. Fast forward a few years, taker suddenly seems a hundred times more motivated, working that pseudo mma style he developed and putting newer talent over. Do we know when or how this change began? Was there any talk in the dirt sheets about a change in attitude?
Kurt Angle Interview
New WWE Stable Name Revealed
The Kofi Kingston/Big E/Xavier Woods trio will be known as "Speed Force."
Credit Dave Meltzer, F4WOnline.com
RF Video Releases Shoot Interview with Adam Pearce
Sunday, September 28, 2014
From the Elks Lodge in Queens, NY
Your hosts are Ray Murrow and Chris Levy
I'm watching the Countdown episode of high flyers and #4 was John Morrison. I had forgotten how much I missed him.
What's his deal? Isn't he overdue for a comeback? It seems especially timely given their lack of star power at the top of the card. Do you know what's going on?
Jon of All Trades Podcast
WWE Network: WCW Fall Brawl '95 at 8:00 PM ET - this card included Brian Pillman vs. Johnny B. Badd for a shot at the US title; Cobra vs. Sgt. Craig Pittman; The Renegade vs. DDP for the TV title; Harlem Heat vs. Dick Slate & Bunkhouse Buck for the tag team championship; Ric Flair vs. Arn Anderson; and WarGames with Hogan/Savage/Sting/Luger vs. The Dungeon of Doom.
Sunday night football on NBC: New Orleans is in Dallas to face the Cowboys.
Season premieres include The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Family Guy, CSI, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge.
I don't particularly care if you keep it clean, but no hand-to-hand combat please.
The SK Retro Rant for WCW World War III 1995
(This was originally done around 2001.)
- For those of you who follow my little personal asides in these rants, you’ll know that this was actually the show that ended my WCW boycott in 1995. I had actually stopped watching WCW entirely once the Orange Goblin won the WCW World title and killed Ric Flair’s career dead in the process, and after almost 18 months of waiting, Hogan finally lost it and WCW, probably not coincidentally, put together a card that looked good enough on paper for me to part with my $29.95 and come back into the fold.
- Live from Norfolk, VA
- Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan.