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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Sorry for the late post tonight. I’m currently on the West Coast and sometimes that little three-hour time difference gets lost during the day. I couldn’t even think about watching wrestling with so much sunshine outside right now! But anyway RAW is Live tonight. It’s the first half of the first round ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- AJW Wrestlemarinepiad ’93 (Part One)

AJW WRESTLEMARINEPIAD ’93: (09.10.1993) It’s the fifth Wrestlemarinepiad! With the Dream Slam having happened earlier in the year, “Interpromotional Matches” are the new norm! This led to a series of increasing houses for the various joshi companies in a new age, though of course had that issue you always run into- once you escalate things ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – September 16, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Non-Title Match:  The Renegade (Television Champion w/Jimmy Hart) (19-0) pins Dave Dalton after the Renegade Splash in 37 seconds: The Renegade squashes another jobber to hype him for his television title defense against Diamond Dallas Page at Fall ... Read more

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Hillbilly Jim

Were there any plans whatsoever for Hillbilly Jim when he came to the WWF? After being introduced and teaming up with Hogan, he kinda floated around, had his WM III match with Bundy and the midgets, got injured and disappeared.  You would think with Vince's love for all things hillbillies he would have done something ... Read more

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Title change

Nail your colours to the metaphorical mast :  Leaving aside anything to do with Benoit, which title change (any title) had you marking out the hardest? Personally, I still can’t go past Steamboat getting his  vengeance over Savage… I nearly jumped out of my seat when Demolition won the tag titles from Strike Force at ... Read more

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Fwd: Crazy Roman idea:

I’ll preface by saying it’s unlikely/almost impossible… but  The WWE through his cancer diagnosis/return, feud with Shane, and careful booking have somehow kept Roman as an over babyface since his return. Roman realizing what it has taken WWE fans to embrace him after years of hate has orchestrated this angle himself, paying others to “attack” ... Read more

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Disney Plus launches in Canada!

https://www.iphoneincanada.ca/news/disney-pricing-canada-8-99-month/?fbclid=IwAR0V5E6T6cXCHsVNT8QrOFcs8k8pa_lCYQLing0eBQBHLZ6hcAkl3DOJD6g  About time they announced this.  I'd call $9 a month totally fair given what you get, although we're never getting the Hulu bundle deal up here.  Can't wait for the cable monopolies to start crying foul, though, so hopefully this won't get tied up in court for years while Rogers claims the loss of ... Read more

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Mailbag question

Thanks to a certain t-shirt company, has there ever been a better time to be under contract to WWE than now? You're getting your contract renewed (and a raise) without hesitation because Vince is scared of AEW (for no reason).  You don't have to worry about being released because Vince is scared of AEW (for ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–09.10.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 09.10.99 Last week: Raven returned from WCW and several stops at a buffet, and won the ECW tag titles with Tommy Dreamer, which leads to a shockingly long title reign, actually. Taped from Queens, NY Your hosts are Joey Styles & Joel “Tonight’s Broadcast is from ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-17-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 17, 1983 (taped 12/09) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Will Parsons gain some revenge against the Super Destroyers with Kerry by his side? Will Kevin be victorious or does Roberts have something else in mind? And who will join me to capture this episode? Hey, everyone! It’s the ... Read more

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Jeff Hardy

All the Orton talk this week got me thinking. Do you think Jeff could of been a bigger star had he not dealt with his "demons"? People forget that at one point, that man was the most over guy they had on the roster. During his last run, I'd even say he was the Daniel ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 06/30/2009 #160

Oh it’s finally happening: Tiffany The GM Because They Couldn’t Be Bothered To Find Anybody Else announces that thanks to Donald Trump’s re-jig of Raw, there’s been another talent exchange/New Talent Initiative which would be the final shake-up for ECW On Sci-Fi. Well they’ve only had Christian vs. Swagger to run on these past few ... Read more

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WWE Rejects

An early concern for AEW would have to be (and they've vocalized this) not just snatching up WWE people. One of the complaints about WCW and later TNA/Impact was how they would sign up the WWE castaways & push them over their stars. The lack of care for their homegrown stars was a problem, but ... Read more

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NXT to USA question

If Vince does decide to involve himself and helps implode it, would this finally be the move that makes Triple H say "fuck this, I'm out". It's Triple Hs baby and you can tell he has a special bond with every body that goes through there. I think it's actually a realistic possibility that if ... Read more

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WCW SN rants

Chances you do smark rants for 92/93 Saturday Night episodes? They will upload some 1993 episodes tomorrow. Tons of intriguing stuff with Vader, Cactus, Steamboat, Sting, Hollywood Blonds etc I like to do stuff in order as much as possible unless there's a really good reason, so I'm gonna stick with 92 for the time being.  ... Read more

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Booking decisions that were awesome with hindsight.

Hey Scott, Thanks as always for answering reader questions. What's your pick for the booking decision which seemed ridiculous at the time, but was rendered awesome by hindsight? Mine – Delaying Savage beating HTM for the IC title so that he could win the World title at WM IV (which I know was partly brought ... Read more

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Hidden gem

Hey, You might've already seen this but there's a Hidden Gem on the Network from March 1984, "Boogie Jam 84" that is a full Crockett card from Greensboro. Includes a Flair-Steamboat classic for the NWA Title, Ernie Ladd, Greg Valentine as a face in a cage match vs. Dick Slater, and Tully Blanchard managed by…Paul ... Read more

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The Lazy Sunday Thread

In keeping with the spirit of the day, I slept in and forgot to put a thread up before I went to bed last night. Stipe Miocic knocked Cormier THE FUCK OUT to regain the UFC heavyweight title last night, in what sounds like a corker of a show. Talk about the day here!

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 07/06/00 Review

The road to WWF Fully Loaded 2000 continued. The main three matches at that show were all set up with angles on Raw when The Rock was attacked by Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle started his rivalry with The Undertaker with a cheap shot and Triple H continued to have issues with Chris Jericho. Here’s the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night–05.02.92

The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 05.02.92 More of these are coming this month, so let’s get caught up a bit more, hopefully. Taped from Center Stage in Atlanta. Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jason Hervey. God I’ll be glad when we get through this early version of the show with the ... Read more

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Wait a minute

I’m not taking sides in the aew/wwe cross fire ( I just want good shit out of it ) but saying nxt is moving to USA to screw aew overlooks the fact that nxt was on Wednesday’s prior and technically aew is trying to hurt nxt. Yet no one will say it like that.  Not ... Read more

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Saturday Night Thread!

Tonight! It’s a UFC on whatever device it’s on now! I watched Dark Phoenix at the cheap theatre this afternoon. WOOF. Almost made Fantastic Four look well written by comparison. What a shitty end to the franchise. Tomorrow we return to WCW Saturday Night. And what a show. WHAT A SHOW. Enjoy your evening of ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – August 16, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: August 16, 2019 Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis Impact has been going up and down as of late with some of the stories being better than others and some good enough shows. It’s not the best show in the world but at least they have ... Read more

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NXT to USA

https://ift.tt/2TDxg1m Thanks to John Canton for the info. Official announcement coming Monday. I’m sure this makes sense for USA, but is Vince gonna keep his fingers out of this pie? I don’t think so. Regardless, the important thing is to screw with AEW.

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Feedbag question

Long time reader (NWWWO, Slim Sean Shannon, Rantsylvania, Jay Bower, The Smarks.com, I sent you some copies of a Pet Sounds box set once, etc.), first time emailer.   After what amounts to a small lifetime reading your stuff and being a big supporter, there’s clearly a lot of pressure in finally asking you a ... Read more

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KOTR brackets revealed

Miz vs Corbin might steal the show More importantly, look at the professionally made tournament graphic and actual bracket!  Bill Watts eat your heart out.  Regardless, I do appreciate that they've at least got this somewhat planned out before they find a way to have either Corbin or Shane win it.  

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Mr. Kennedy in 2007

Even before he got hurt in 2007,(and later popped for a Wellness Policy violation), were they really going to have Mr. Kennedy wait a year until Wrestle-Mania 24 in 2008 to cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase he won at W.M. 23, or did his injury cause him to have to drop the ... Read more

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Best NXT Match

Hey Scott, After the whole Gargano/Cole thing, I'm just wondering what you (and the Blog's) take on the best NXT match ever is. My pick is still Zayn/Neville, but reasonable folks can disagree. Man, that match felt like something from an entirely different era, didn't it?  I think for my own sentiment my FAVORITE is ... Read more

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Midget mania!

I was reading your recent Prime Time Wrestling rant and it got me thinking…. what on earth was the build to the Wrestlemania III midget match? It's one of the standout weird matches from the early manias, but I've never seen any footage or angles that explain how it came about? I checked out historyofwwe ... Read more

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Smackdown – March 17, 2005

Smackdown Date: March 17, 2005 Location: Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia Commentators: Tazz, Michael Cole We’re rapidly closing in on Wrestlemania and this week will focus on the build towards the two big interpromotional matches. Tonight we have Kurt Angle vs. Marty Jannetty as Kurt tries to prepare for Shawn Michaels, plus the contract signing ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–01.11.86

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.11.86 (01.04.86) I feel like I abandoned this run after just doing the one show, so we’ll pick it up again. Again, please note that dates are off by a week on these due to indexing silliness, so this would actually be the January 4 show. Your ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Tragic news this morning:  https://ift.tt/2KEdrUS This is being written in advance on Friday morning, so hopefully no Make-A-Wish kids actually get eaten before then, because then I’ll look REALLY dumb. Hey, the New Japan UK show is actually being broadcast on Fite.TV and I’m a dollar short of enough credits to buy it, so everyone ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: August 16, 2019

We made it! Actual discussion I had with some of my Twitter friends: imagine an alternate timeline where Ken Shamrock, having lost badly on the TUF1 finale as he did, announced his retirement after the show and stuck with it.  He returns to pro wrestling full-time, signs with WWE, and debuts after WrestleMania 21 (don’t ... Read more

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Dead by Labor Day, pal!

https://prowrestling.net/site/2019/08/16/aew-sells-out-second-and-third-tnt-events/  When do you think AEW stops instantly selling out arenas?  I also think WWE should take a cue from AEW on hyping up specific matches for TV shows. Not only does it give them something to promote & get fans excited, it helps to plot out long(er)-term booking that doesn't exist right now.   I ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: Kenta Kobashi GHC Heavyweight History – Part One

Hello You! I thought I’d try something a bit different and actually cover some classic Pro Wrestling NOAH for a change. In the early to mid-00’s, NOAH was probably the most consistently great wrestling company in the world. It had a great Junior Heavyweight division anchored by the likes of KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Ricky Marvin ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- Takako Inoue

Behold the face of evil. JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- TAKAKO INOUE: Stats: Billed Height & Weight: 5’4″ 139 lbs. Career Length: 1988-today (still active) Trained By: Jaguar Yokota Takako Inoue’s theme song, which fittingly enough paints her as a violent, abusive lover. “She dislocated my spine/I knew I had to make the lady mine”, indeed. -One of ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – September 16, 1995

WCW Prime for September 11 featured a new match. -Prime “MOOOO” Match of the Week:  Mark Starr (1-13) beat Tim Horner (0-13) after blocking a schoolboy at 3:14: If there was ever a match suited for WCW Prime this would be it, pitting two glorified jobbers to the stars against each other.  Dusty Rhodes makes ... Read more

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Andre Question

Hey Scott! Was watching some Ernie Ladd matches and gotta say, he was a very underappreciated heel  But, one match in particular was a match against Andre in the Carolina's. I have always heard that Andre felt he was the only man that could step over the top rope, it was his thing. Ernie Ladd ... Read more

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The Boys

Superhero fan that you are, have you watched The Boys? I found it hard to watch at times for the over the top gore but the acting, especially Antony Starr as Homelander, is just top notch. I have not, no.  As a creature of habit, I find it hard to switch from watching shows on ... Read more

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Can you tell the BoD about two weeks free Progress OD?

Hey Scott. Progress have just started an email for two weeks free trial of their OD service.  Think you can start whenever, but can't find a date for how long the offer lasts.  Be cool if you could post this on the Blog. Watch the show via web browser or the Demand PROGRESS app! iOS: bit.ly/progress-iosAndroid: bit.ly/progress-androidRoku: bit.ly/progress-rokuFire TV: ... Read more

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Biggest Knee-Jerk Booking Move?

What do you think was the biggest knee jerk booking move?  My pick would be putting the WWE Hvt. Championship,(when there was only one of them), on Hulk Hogan right after the initial brand separation based on the reaction he got in his match with the Rock at W.M. 18.  I believe he dropped ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling–02.23.87

The SmarK Rant for WWF Primetime Wrestling – 02.23.87 Your hosts are Bobby Heenan & Gorilla Monsoon. Had Gorilla known a year before that Bobby would be involved in the career of Andre the Giant, he would have called Bobby a LIAR. Kamala v. George Steele Off to Toronto with an early version of Kamala ... Read more

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RIP Eddie Marlin

It has been announced by confidante Randy Hales that longtime Memphis wrestler and on-screen personality Eddie Marlin has passed away.  He had just turned 89 earlier this week. Marlin was a longtime journeyman wrestler before finding a home NWA Mid-America, Nick Gulas’ territory in Tennessee and Kentucky.  Marlin was placed under a mask and wrestled ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: August 15, 2019

Man, it’s been a rough week for me.  Had to take sick leave from work. Five NFL preseason games tonight, but it’s Week 2 so watch at your own risk.  9 days until college football. But first, independent cards for your pleasure. Not much going on, but it’s a top-heavy weekend. Freelance Wrestling will be ... Read more

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205 Live #142 – 13/08/2019

Hello You! So with G1 in the bag I’ll try to start getting these 205 Live recaps going again The event is emanating from Toronto, Ontario Canada Calling the action are Vic Joseph, Aiden English and Nigel McGuinness We open up with clips from the Summer Slam pre-show, where Drew Gulak defended his WWE Cruiserweight ... Read more

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A conspiracy I want answered!

Did Vince send Hogan to WCW to kill them from within so Vince in 25 years could get one of his shows on FOX? Did Hogan fail at Vince's quest for WCW justice so Vince sent Russo instead?  He was originally going to send Iron Sheik to break Bischoff’s leg but apparently the price was ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.10.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.10.95 Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler and our good friend the green screen. Tatanka v. Adam Bomb Interesting how WCW hasn’t even debuted Nitro, but already the shows are already swinging away from all squashes and becoming more star v. ... Read more

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Explaining Randy Orton

During the Kofi match last night my son says, "Randy Orton seems like he should be such a big deal, but I just don't get him.  Am I wrong and he's a bigger deal than I think?"  My short answer was "you're not wrong", but then when you run down the laundry list of accolades, ... Read more

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Bullet Club/Firing Squad

Good afternoon and. Keith. I’ve only really been checking into NJPW the past couple of years, read up on some stable info, checked out results and watched the big moments and matches when I could, and been following this years G1 more than I thought and saw the final show, so my question is;  What ... Read more

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Benoit Featured In NJPW Free Match of the Week

https://youtu.be/J0VsnMQWQzM The reaction to this in the comments seem to be overall quite positive. Do you see a time when we will at least be allowed to search for his matches on the WWE Network? I'd hope so.  Really, WWE isn't accomplishing anything by burying the past.  

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Fate of the XFL?

Hey Scott, it’s been 18 1/2 years since the failure of the original XFL and roughly 1 away from the new XFL.  I don’t think there was a single person on this earth that thought Vince McMahon would resurrect this idea.  Now that the idea is unfortunately here, the question looms on whether or not ... Read more

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NXT – August 14, 2019

NXT Date: August 14, 2019 Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix It’s one of those unique fallout shows tonight as we deal with everything from Takeover: Toronto. This time around though we have another big match on the docket with the finals of the Breakout Tournament. This one ... Read more

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NXT UK – August 14, 2019

NXT UK Date: August 7, 2019 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We only have three shows left before Takeover: Cardiff and I’m actually looking forward to what they have on tap. The show is looking better each week and odds are tonight we get another step towards Tyler Bate vs. ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – March 14, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: March 14, 2005 Location: Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, Georgia Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler We continue the march towards Wrestlemania with the first of two weeks in a series called Pick Your Poison. With this show and the next show, Batista and HHH will pick each other’s opponent, starting with HHH having ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Nitro – September 11, 1995

–Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael (with his dog Pepe), and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Miami, Florida.  Bischoff announces that Vader is AWOL because he has “not filed proper documents” so now Hulk Hogan’s team is one man down going into Fall Brawl. –Opening Contest:  Alex Wright (43-7-1) beats Sabu via ... Read more

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Lend me your Spear

How can anyone look at the tremendous violence of Goldberg’s spear and then buy Roman Reigns’ spear as a finish? It looks totally cartoonish compared to 90 year old Goldberg flattening dudes with it. Just another reason why it's foolish to keep putting these part-timers out there when they look like bigger stars than today's ... Read more

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Edge Question

Hey Scott, with the Edge spearing at Summerslam, do you see a comeback on the horizon, maybe a farewell match? He had to be medically cleared to perform the move and how bad can his neck be if he did a move that caused the damage? I only say this because of Daniel Bryan not ... Read more

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Fredo McMahon

With Fredo so much in the news, who would be the Fredo, Sonny, Michael, and Tom Hagen of the McMahon family? Vince is of course Vito. The only acceptable answer for Tom Hagen is Paul Heyman, but I leave the rest to the readership.  

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K.O.T.R. 2019

So do you think the upcoming King Of The Ring tournament will be anything special with Paul Heyman at the creative helm, or do you believe they'll be like the last several;  Forgotten about as soon as it's over?   Eh, it gives them something to do.  That's a start.  

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The SmarK Rant for MLW Fusion–08.06.19

The SmarK Rant for MLW Fusion – 08.06.19 Everyone has been saying I should give this a shot, so let’s take a look. https://ift.tt/2OTBMdz Taped from New York City, NY Jimmy Yuta v. Low Ki Man, Low Ki still looks the same age he did 20 years ago. Ki immediately hits a straight kick to ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #329 – 14/08/1999

Hello You! With G1 Climax finally coming to a close (You can find reviews of every night of the tournament in my archives) I can focus a bit more on Hardcore TV again. Thankfully Blog Head Honcho Scott Keith has started reviewing ECW on TNN, which is awesome because not only is it cool to ... Read more

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Smackdown – August 13, 2019

Smackdown Date: August 13, 2019 Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton It’s the final night in Toronto and we’re already starting on the path towards Clash of Champions. As for tonight though, we have the first round of fallout from last week’s revelation that Rowan tried to take ... Read more

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Gedo Is God

The UK show has been titled "Royal Quest" for months. Minoru Suzuki is the King of Wrestling. ROYAL Quest! The King's quest for the IWGP Championship! This was foreshadowed for MONTHS, and it STILL caught everyone by surprise! And the post match promos were so good that there seems a very small chance that he ... Read more

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Fwd: Tessa Blanchard: WTF?

Seriously, she had a great showing at the Mae Young Classic. She's light-years beyond the rest of the women in Impact. Her matches with men are compelling and credible. She has the name, the pedigree, and WWE is panic-signing everyone under the sun so they don't wind up in AEW. Why on earth isn't Vince ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

It’s Tuesday! Ratings were up a bit for RAW after Summerslam. https://ift.tt/2TuV9rX Tonight is Smackdown and it’s a fourth night in Toronto. Endgame is out on DVD in case you’re the one who hasn’t seen it yet. Tomorrow, another new show reviewed! Join me, won’t you?

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Joshi Spotlight- Wrestlemarinepiad ’92

WRESTLEMARINEPIAD ’92: (25.04.1992) And we’re back to another Wrestlemarinepiad! Unfortunately, nobody can seem to find 1991’s show, but it looks pretty good. Bull Nakano fought Monster Ripper (Rhonda Sing/Bertha Faye) in the main event after teaming up against Aja Kong & Bison Kimura in a Steel Cage match, Kyoko Inoue & Toshiyo Yamada took on ... Read more

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I’ve got one

Have all the heels ever come out from the locker room and hoisted a new heel champion on their shoulders? If not, why not? Because heels are a selfish and cowardly lot.  That's part of their charm.  

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Wrestlers’ union

Hi Scott, Quick for you, or any of the blog commentators who might know about this kind of thing.  So, we all know wrestlers don't have a union and the various things that seem to preclude this from happening, right?  But – with WWE stating that their wrestlers are actors playing a role, as well ... Read more

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Hulk in WWE ’98

Hey Scott, You must've heard the rumors that Hulk was within inches of re-signing with WWE back in '98. Assuming it wasn't just a ploy for leverage on his WCW K would it have been the greatest thing ever or the worst? 1. For WCW, I imagine it would've killed their progress dead. Hulk had ... Read more

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WWE Network

I've noticed in the last year or so that the WWE isn't pushing the WWE Network as hard as they have done since it's inception in 2014.  Do you think they have realized that sales for the network have peaked so it's pointless, or you believe it's something else?   Really?  It feels like they still ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–09.03.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 09.03.99 Well, unlike in the real world, the ECW on TNN debut was a big hit for the blog, so we’ll continue on with the show that was the first “real” one. Taped from Queens, NY Your host is Joey Styles ECW World title: Taz v. ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-10-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: December 10, 1983 (taped 11/24) Attendance: 18,500 Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Adams achieve glory by defeating Garvin for the American title? Will David succeed against the Ugandan giant? How will Kevin fare against Gordy? Plus, a BONUS MATCH! With all this, who will join me to bring you this ... Read more

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