Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event – 07.15.06
Now we’re getting into the SNME shows I’m REALLY dreading, when the ratings tanked and both NBC and WWE stopped giving a crap at either end. Much like me, because I was all in on WWE 24/7 and paying zero attention to the product. This show was hyping the Great American Bash PPV that no one remembers.
Taped from Dallas, TX.
Your hosts are Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole & JBL.
Your hosts are Ken Resnick and Gorilla Monsoon
This show is headlined by Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff and the $50,000 Tag Team Battle Royal.
The copy of the show that I have was from WWE Classics on Demand and it omitted the Bret Hart vs. Raymond Rougeau match for some reason.
- Tag Team Turmoil for a shot at the Tag Team Championship!
- Kofi Kingston vs. Curtis Axel for the IC title!
- AJ Lee vs. Natalya vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi for the Divas Championship!
- Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship!
- The Miz vs. Fandango
- CM Punk vs. Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel - Handicap Elimination Match!
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose for the US Championship!
- The Shield defend the Tag Team Championship against the winners of the Tag Team Turmoil Match!
- Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship!
(I have the first three weeks of this show done from the 24/7 days, so we’ll repost those and then start plowing through WCW’s side of the Monday Night Wars.)
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Nitro #1 (September 4 1995)
- Live from the Mall of America
- Your hosts are Eric Bischoff & Steve McMichael & Bobby Heenan.
And my picks:
Tampa Bay -4.5 vs. St Louis
Seattle -5 at San Diego
Oakland +3 vs. Houston
Green Bay -7.5 vs. New York Jets
San Francisco -7 vs. Chicago
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 08.07.95
So, randomly after weeks of breakneck additions to the RAW catalog, they just suddenly stop in August of 1995. They didn’t even show the last couple of episodes before the break where Monday Nitro debuted! Which is really weird because it’s not even the end of the taping cycle. And according to those who know, there’s no plans to add the rest at this point. So I guess I get to move onto something else. What an incredibly strange programming strategy they have.
Also, by popular and understandable demand, I’ve been paring down the writers on the blog tonight, and I feel pretty crappy about it.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Evolve on iPPV starting at 8pm
Also, the Sabu shoot interview won the poll with 38% of the vote and the recap will be posted Thursday at noon.
For the past few weeks, Vince has reportedly been all over the Creative Team to book Cena stronger to prove his fans that he's "still in the fight" after being dominated by Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. It has also been reported that many people backstage felt that it was the wrong decision for Cena to destroy the Wyatt Family on RAW but Vince insisted on it and was unwilling to change his mind.
NXT Talents to Appear at RAW & Smackdown Tapings Over the Next Several Weeks
Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, and Tyler Breeze are all scheduled to be at both TV tapings this weekend and for the next several weeks, the top NXT talents are expected to be at the tapings too. It is unclear if the WWE is doing this in an attempt to create a NXT cross-promotion or not.
Current NXT Star to be Paired with The Miz?
There has been talk within the WWE of bringing up Tyler Breeze to pair with Miz as part of his entourage. Reportedly, the WWE Creative Team sees a lot of potential in the duo and hopes to test them out in pre-tapes shortly at the Performance Center.
Credit Wrestling Inc.com
What Tag Team is Vince McMahon High Up on Now?
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Vince is very high on Goldust and Stardust as of late. It has also been reported that the reason for their renewed push is that Vince "hit the jackpot" regarding Codt Rhodes' new character after several other gimmicks over the years. Also, the teams heel turn had been planned over the course of several weeks.
Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com
Friday, September 12, 2014
They're garbage in the ring, their mannerisms are embarrassingly self-serious, and they look like an HBO Real Sex episode of aging S&M fetishists.
How will this 1998 industrial music enthusiast shit translate to the main roster?
So your typical VFW hall indy, lets say 500 guys (generous estimate in a lot of cases) pay 15 bucks each to get in (again generous) and 10 bucks on beer. Xtreme Danger Warfare Wrestling then has to pay the VFW rental fee, ring crew (though it's often wrestlers) the ring itself, the athletic commission or whatever, and Honky Tonk Man.
How much can they possibly pay the guy that jobs to Honky Tonk? And then how much is the "world" champion getting? I shudder to think what the curtain jerkers make. Sometimes I'll talk to these guys when business at their gimmick table is slow, and some of them drive HOURS to fall on concrete while hillbillies chant "faggot" at them. How is anyone, even the promoter, making money at these things? TNA has TV and their problems are well known. ROH is I guess owned by the TV syndicate so I guess there's that, and I know Chikara and I guess CZW and some of the NWAs have DVDs for sale but those DVDs aren't outselling Avengers unless I'm very mistaken.
I guess my question is just how can you and a buddy go see live wrestling, often times fairly well done, for less than it would cost to go see a movie without someone somewhere losing his shirt? Do the guys take low pay and hope they make it up with T-shirts and 8X10s? Because from what I see the only vendor making any money is the guy selling Daniel Bryan shirts and JAKKS WWE figures.
From the War Memorial in Rochester, NY. It was on this taping when the infamous match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee took place. For those who do not know, Magee was a 6'4 275lbs guy with a martial arts and weightlifting background who at one point was declared a future champion by Vince McMahon due to his look and athletic ability but never improved enough and only wrestled at house shows and dark matches sporadically into leaving the WWE in 1989.
Your hosts are Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon
In action tonight are Koko B. Ware, Paul Orndorff, and the The Dream Team.
Ric Flair vs. Arn Anderson 9/17/95 by HookLineSinker4
The PTB Staff counted down their favorite SummerSlam tag team matches: The Five Count: SummerSlam Tag Team Matches
Did we miss any from that list? What are some of your favorites?
Justin & Scott continue to overhaul their written Vintage Vaults with a look at WrestleMania II: Scott & Justin’s Vintage Vault Refresh: WrestleMania II
Mike Mears discusses what Bray Wyatt has to do next to push his career forward: Bray Wyatt, God Complexes, and (Breakable) Glass Ceilings
Ben Morse built his All Time August PPV Card: The All-Time August PPV Card
Roger Morrissette revisited WrestleMania IX after watching the build up in the PTB Raw Rewatch Series: The Cowboy Goes to Class – WrestleMania IX
The Movies of P2B Generation series is up through 2000: Movies of the P2B Generation
Steve Corino was joined by Cedric Alexander for this week's Steve Corino Show: The Steve Corino Show Episode 19 – Cedric Alexander
Scott & Justin reviewed Backlash 2003 and then welcomed in Kevin Kelly to look at the first quarter of 2003 in WWE: The Place to Be Podcast
Adam Murray looked back at the Pop Music Class of 2009: A Look Back: Pop Music Class of 2009
Question of the day....this one came to me yesterday as I was in Wal-Mart picking up medicine......
For those that missed the review of Disc One, you can read it by clicking on the link below
How Does WWE Management View Dolph Ziggler's In Ring Work?
As far as his in-ring work is concerned, WWE management views Dolph as someone who works indy style, despite being told to slow down and make every move count and that he sells too much and in an over-exaggerated fashion.
Credit Wade Keller, PWTorch Newsletter
How Are WWE Developmental Deals Structured?
A majority of those working under a WWE Developmental contract earn between $24,000 and $25,000 per year, with the contract between two and three years in length. If you have a known name or if the company really thinks you can become a great prospect, the amount can increase but most indy stars are willing to take the pay cut for the opportunity.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
WWE Hall of Famer Breaks Hip in Fall
Bobby Heenan fell recently and has broken his hip.
The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way
In a cool touch, the NXT guys have been remixed into the “Now / Forever” opening, and KENTA is part of the opening now!
Live from Orlando, FL
Your hosts are Renee Young, Bryon Saxton & Tom Phillips