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WWE Epiphany

I suddenly realized something, and am curious to see if you agree. If anyone ever wishes to enjoy the mainstream WWE product again, they need to stop thinking of it in terms of a pretend competitive sports show, and think of it more as a superhero show that takes place in a wrestling company, because ... Read more

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gimmicks/characters that destroyed wrestlers careers?

What gimmicks/characters were so bad that they destroyed a wrestler's career?  I'd have to give it to the poor guy they gave the Muhammad Hassan character in the WWE from 2004-2005.  Did he ever end up working anywhere in the business after that?   No, he actually left the business completely after that.  Can't blame him. ... Read more

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Alicia Fox

So, WWE allegedly fires Arn Anderson for letting Alicia Fox wrestle while intoxicated. But Fox keeps her job, and in her first match back on a televised show, she has a horrible botch fest that makes their supposed women's standard bearer Becky Lynch look bad. Why wasn't the agent who booked that horrid match on ... Read more

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Saudi Arabia

So the current main event for the Raw side regarding Saudia Arabia is Lesnar/Rollins. Theirs no way Rollins beats Brock again right? So we can all look forward to Brock holding the belt till Mania.   I wouldn’t start panicking until they actually announce a main event, but to say it wouldn’t shock me ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–07.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.28.97 It’s the last show before Summerslam! Live from Pittsburgh, PA. Hopefully no one has anything untoward to say about the city this week. The show did an all-time record gate of 12,000 people paying $185,000 as both shows in the war make money hand over ... Read more

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NXT UK – April 24, 2019

NXT UK Date: April 24, 2019 Location: Pier 12, New York City, New York Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph We’re still in New York and the big story seems to be the setup for the rematch between Pete Dunne and Walter for the UK Title. That’s more than enough to carry the show for the ... Read more

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SummerSlam Spectacular ’92

Scott, SummerSlam Spectacular ’92 is on YouTube if you wanted to rant on it (not sure if you ever did before).  Never have watched it, although I really prefer covering stuff on the Network so that everyone has the same frame of reference, because you never know if or when shit’s gonna get pulled from ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – November 22, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: November 22, 2004 Location: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York Attendance: 6,000 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s time to continue the Survivor Series fallout, this time with someone else running the show. Last week’s Maven Show is going to be hard to beat as Maven challenging for the title wasn’t fooling ... Read more

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Magee/Bret Panel

So you’ve seen this right:  http://bit.ly/2GEFK3o Magee had better milk this newfound fame for ALL that it’s worth while he can.  Because once that match actually hits, he’s gonna be done again.   Also, is WWE gonna freak about Bret doing the show and pull him like they did with Undertaker?  Or maybe they’ll record ... Read more

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NXT – April 24, 2019

NXT Date: April 24, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson Things are getting interesting around here as Johnny Gargano is still dealing with the Undisputed Era. That could make for some fun matches going forward and we’re starting those tonight with Roderick Strong getting a non-title ... Read more

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Magee/Bret Panel

So you’ve seen this right:  http://bit.ly/2GEFK3o Magee had better milk this newfound fame for ALL that it’s worth while he can.  Because once that match actually hits, he’s gonna be done again.   Also, is WWE gonna freak about Bret doing the show and pull him like they did with Undertaker?  Or maybe they’ll record ... Read more

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Wrestlers and Drugs

Scott- Random observation. Watching  guys like Shawn, Bulldog, Hall and I am sure a slew of others.  Do you think it’s really kind of amazing how these guys could perform as tuned up as they were.  I mean. We here stories of dudes literally smoking CRACK and going out there. They said Rick McGraw would ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Hey, we’ve got game 7 between Carolina and Washington tonight, plus baseball and NBA playoffs. Vlad Jr gets called up to the majors on Friday! Back tomorrow with more 97 RAW as the weekend will be the epic double Summerslam redo!  92 and then 97. NXT and that good stuff tonight.  Have a great night!

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Benoit on trial

So here's another Benoit "what if" question. Lets pretend that Benoit doesn't kill himself but instead gets arrested for the murder of his wife and child. Can you imagine what a circus the trial would have been? The business might have ended up in a very different place.  Although Benoit was so out of his ... Read more

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WWE

Hey Scott, what are your thoughts on the new Bray Wyatt? I think the character has some legs if WWE does not get bored. I could see running Wyatt doing interviews with other wrestlers in the house. Really make it weird and incomfortable.  Also, do you think KO is turning on Kofi? I really think, ... Read more

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Sami Zayn

Any ideas where they are going with the whole Sami Zayn's war on the fans character-storyline, assuming it will go anywhere at all?   That’s a big assumption to make.  I think it’s just a thing they’re doing.  

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–08.22.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 08.22.92 Summerslam is rapidly approaching! And yeah, I’m definitely redoing it this week. Taped from Worcester, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect, albeit with no wacky theme this week. Perfect finally declares his allegiance for Summerslam: He’s going to be in the WINNER’S corner. Hacksaw ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-16-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: April 16, 1983 (taped 04/01) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Who will win the battle of handcuffs? How does Flair react after his narrow victory last week? There’s a newcomer to Devastation, Inc. And who will be my special guest for this week’s reflection? Sorry, Carol. Hopefully some ‘rasslin’ ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #313 – 24/04/1999

Back again with some more ECW action, as we continue the build to Hardcore Heaven on the 16th of May 1999. Last week we saw Justin Credible lose to Shane Douglas in the main event, only for he and partner Lance Storm to leave “The Franchise” lying when all was said and done. However, despite ... Read more

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Smackdown – April 23, 2019

Smackdown Date: April 23, 2019 Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton We’re officially into the new era of Smackdown after last week’s brand split and believe it or not, Roman Reigns is the focal point of the show again. Last week saw Reigns attack Vince McMahon, which has ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight, it’s Smackdown plus a pair of game 7s in the NHL.  And the Raptors try to finish off the Magic. Tomorrow, back to Superstars as we build to a redo of Summerslam 92. Have a great night and good luck to my favourite team, Anyone But The Leafs!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – May 27, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Non-Title Contest:  The Nasty Boys (WCW Tag Team Champions) (24-1-1) beat Dave Dalton & Chris Pillon when Jerry Sags pins Pillon after the Trip to Nastyville at 1:47: Pillon was ranked 441st in the PWI 500 in 1994.  He ... Read more

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Why Do They Love Corbin So Much

Baron Corbin has been relentlessly pushed for a while now, is there a reason I'm not getting? He dies not check the usual Vince boxes… He doesnt have an impressive physique His hair was so bad they had him shave it off He's ugly He isnt funny, or clever, or intimidating I, the mix; just ... Read more

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Dangerous alliance

Hey Scott, I grew up in the early 90s and the Dangerous Alliance storyline will always be a favorite of mine. Few heel stables or year long stories can quite compare to the clash and heels and faces in professional wrestling. Do you think the stable will ever be inducted into the hall of fame, ... Read more

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The Patriot

What happened to The Patriot in 1997 WWF?  He was one of their top babyfaces at the time, even getting a WWF Championship Match with Bret Hart that Fall.  Then he seemingly disappeared right after Hart left for WCW.  I always assumed that they simply phased him out seeing as the primary reason he was ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–07.21.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 07.21.97 OK, back to these again because I was pretty over this period of time, but Nitro is SO FRIGGIN’ LONG now that I’d rather bounce back to RAW and catch up again for a bit. Brought to you by Bret Hart’s WWE Shop section! Live ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: April 23, 2019

WWE.com Smackdown Live Preview http://bit.ly/2Pn4foL   NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26 Participants Announced http://bit.ly/2virgA3   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Mascara Dorada from 5/3/11   Being the Elite Episode #148

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-09-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: April 9, 1983 (taped 04/01) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kevin win the World title by defeating Flair? Will Kabuki get revenge against Yatsu for injuring him? Will Parsons make it 2-for-2 against the Freebirds with a victory over Hayes? Who will join me to celebrate this show? ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 22, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: April 22, 2019 Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young It’s kind of a new world around here as we have the first show with all the new talent brought over in the Superstar Shakeup. That could be a good or a bad thing, ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Oh well we’ll always have last week Viking Experience The Viking Experience lasted about as long as a @VikingCruises #RAWTonight — WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) April 22, 2019 Anyhoo. The post shake-up RAW is tonight as the shaking continues long past it’s shake expiration. I don’t even remember who’s on the new ... Read more

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Adventures In Wrestling

Adventures In Wrestling Date: April 5, 2019 Location: White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey Commentator: Sarah Shockey, Drew Cordero This is from Black Label Pro, which I’ve heard of in name only. We’re still in Wrestlemania weekend and that means that, as usual, I have no idea what to expect here. This is one ... Read more

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Fwd: Breaking news: Andrade, Aleister, Zelina to SDL

Mike Johnson of PWInsider: As noted earlier today on PWInsider.com, Aleister Black, Andrade and Zelina Vega were moved from Raw to Smackdown today.  PWInsider.com has been told that the move to bring Andrade and Vega back to Smackdown was made, in part, at the request of FOX as the brand lacked any major Latino stars ... Read more

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Your Five Star Heroes

Not sure if this is interesting to you, and I already put it in the comments of your archives post, but in case you were curious, here are the guys you’ve given the most ***** matches to in one easy list:  HBK: 10 (7 singles, 1 triple threat, 2 Rumbles) Flair: 9 (6 singles, 1 ... Read more

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SWS and WWE

Scott,   Do you have any further details on how Tenryu’s SWS promotion and the WWE came to have a working relationship during SWS’ short (1990-1992) lifespan?   There were big Tokyo dome events with seemingly the most random assortment of undercard matches as there were the obvious inter-promotional match ups with Davey Boy, Duggan, ... Read more

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Lost Matches

Hey Scott, with the WWE Network unearthing lost matches, is there one that you still are looking for, besides Magee/Hart? There is one for me, I remember is 87 on superstars, Kamala and Bundy got into an altercation in the entrance way. Was there ever a payoff, maybe it was something I missed? I am ... Read more

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The nitro book.

Hi Scott, long time reader on the blog. Just wanted to see if you were aware that you were name dropped in the Guy Evans Nitro book? Specifically you were given credit for the naming of the "Fingerpoke of Doom". It's on page 296. Thought you might like that plug.  Daniel  That's very nice of ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Smackdown 05/18/00 Review (Last SD Before Judgment Day)

This was the go-home edition of Smackdown heading into Judgment Day 2000. Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “The McMahon-Helmsley Faction place The Rock in a special Lumberjack Tables Match against The Dudley Boyz. Plus, Kurt Angle, Val Venis, and more!” Check out our WWF in 2000 archives for my reviews of all the other shows ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for the Shield’s Final Chapter–04.21.19

The SmarK Rant for the Shield’s Final Chapter – 04.21.19 I feel like this is about as final of a chapter as Friday the 13th the Final Chapter or Saw the Final Chapter. But whatever, content is content and I like having random wacky stuff like this pop up on the Network. Live from Moline, ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – April 12, 2019

Impact Wrestling Date: April 19, 2019 Location: St. Clair’s College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews We’re down to two shows before the pay per view and again, it’s not the most interesting main event scene in the world. There are some good things going on but at the same time, the main ... Read more

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Shield’s Final Chapter

Shield’s Final Chapter Date: April 21, 2019 Location: Taxslayer Center, Moline, Illinois Commentators: Renee Young, Corey Graves, Michael Cole Welcome to your weekly “WWE must have fresh content” show as we get a special look in at a house show where the Shield is teaming together for THE LAST TIME EVER WE PROMISE AND WE’RE ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: Easter 2019

I hope you all had a safe and happy Easter. Your NBA playoffs tonight are Raptors (2) at Magic (1) and Blazers (2) at Thunder (1).  Meanwhile, in the NHL we have Sharks (2) at Golden Knights (3).  Your MLB Game of the week is Atlanta against Cleveland. I’m off having a business meeting that ... Read more

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What If? Chris Benoit

If Chris Benoit never loses his mind and does what he did in the Summer of 2007, how do you think the rest of his career would have played out?  He was just moved to WWE's 3rd brand at the time, ECW, and presumably would have gotten a run with the ECW Title.  Do you ... Read more

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Hogan and Hall

Did Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall ever have an actual singles match against each other at any point in their career (not counting one of those Nitro bait-and-switch deals)? Maybe I'm crazy but it seems like their styles would have been a pretty fun fit if the opportunity had presented itself for Hogan vs. Razor ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–05.09.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 05.09.99 Last week on RAW: Shane tells his mother to SHUT HER MOUTH and reveals that he was the mastermind behind Stephanie’s kidnapping, and meanwhile Big Show forms a Union as this storyline spirals out of control and somehow makes less sense every week. Brought to ... Read more

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread!

Good morning!  If everything goes according to plan, yesterday should have been Superstars from 08/15 and today should be Sunday Night Heat. It’s Easter Sunday!  Hippity hop around and look for hidden eggs, and then head back here and chat about your weekend.  I’m not likely to have internet access this weekend, but I’ll do ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 03/31/2009 #147

Christian & Finlay vs. Mark Henry & Kane Finlay qualified for MITB by pinning The Brian Kendrick on Smackdown, which seems a tad unfair given Christian had to win a battle royal to earn his shot. Kane pounds away on Christian to start until him and Finlay work together to wear him down. Advert break ... Read more

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Smackdown – November 18, 2004

Smackdown Date: November 18, 2004 Location: Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio Attendance: 5,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re done with Survivor Series and unlike Raw, there isn’t much to go on at this point. Team Guerrero won the big match on Sunday and World Champion John Bradshaw Layfield retained the title by cheating to beat Booker ... Read more

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JYD Blinded For Life

Scott, this is footage of the famous Freebirds/JYD blinding angle from 1980 Mid-South.  https://youtu.be/oEmIIIfShVo  The video quality is bad and you'll want to turn the volume way down because the audio is extra loud for some reason, but this is still some amazing video and I can't believe those guys weren't murdered half a dozen ... Read more

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Reigns at Mania

Had WWE held off on Reigns's announcement until Mania, we'd have been spared another heatless, mediocre match on an already stuffed show, and the show starting with Reigns's music as he surprises the crowd by returning and delivering his "I'm in remission, y'all" speech at Wrestlemania would have been a legitimate Wrestlemania Moment. …so why ... Read more

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Finally updated!!

I’ve finally updated the reference site for your ****+ matches. I think a lot of people (including yourself, IIRC) use this pretty regularly to see what you’ve given and haven’t given the honorable number of snowflakes. It only took me four years to get it updated, but I came into a wife and two kids…so ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–08.15.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 08.15.92 Taped from somewhere not mentioned again. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect. Big Bossman v. Skinner Oddly this is a cold open match, as they just go right to Bossman’s ring entrance with a Superstars logo over top of it. Skinner goes after him in ... Read more

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The Strong Style Easter Weekend Saturday Thread!

Good morning!  This is being written way in advance because I’ve got stuff going on this weekend, but obviously today is a packed sports day, with NHL and NBA playoffs continuing, plus baseball. I want to give advance warning to Rant Archive purchasers:  The work account I use for Office / OneDrive is finally expiring ... Read more

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WM 35

Jesus balls.  I've been watching WM35 off and on for the past week and I just passed the Kofi title win.  Not only was Joan Jett still in The Runaways when this PPV started but I think Jesus was planning the menu for the Last Supper during the pre-show.  This show makes WM4 look like ... Read more

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The Good Friday Night Thread: April 19, 2019

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness covered the land until the ninth hour. Your NBA games tonight are Portland (2) at Oklahoma (0), Toronto (1) at Orlando (1), and Boston (2) at Indiana (o). “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?” Your NHL games tonight are Toronto (2) at Boston (2) and Colorado (3) at ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – May 27, 1995

–Gordon Solie, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are taped from an undisclosed location.  Zybszko congratulates Solie and Rhodes for getting into the WCW Hall of Fame before comparing today’s Brad Armstrong-Sergeant Craig Pittman main event to an electromagnetic field. –Gene Okerlund narrates pictures that recap the events that transpired on ... Read more

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TJR Retro: WWF Raw Deal 05/15/00 Review (Shawn Michaels Returns)

This was the go-home episode of Raw heading into Judgment Day 2000.  The main event of Judgment Day 2000 was The Rock defending the WWF Title against Triple H in a 60-Minute Iron Man Match. The synopsis for this episode on WWE Network is: “Commissioner Shawn Michaels drops a bombshell about his career and the ... Read more

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Bye Bye Brock?

I was as big of a Brock Lesnar fan as anybody and even traveled to Chicago to see his return match against John Cena.  I even was a fan of the decision to have him break the Undertaker’s streak as it solidified him as an unstoppable monster on a different plane than the rest of ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – August 28th, 1993

August 28, 1993 From the Utica War Memorial in Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   1-2-3 Kid vs. Brooklyn Brawler Kid catches Brawler with a spinning heel kick but after that ends up getting clotheslined. Brawler hammers away even takes off his shirt then ... Read more

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Comics for beginners?

Hey Scott, I’m a huge fan of the comics genre – love all  the Marvel movies and Netflix shows, some of the TV shows, all of the old cartoons, even most of the DC movies. I read a lot of trivia/history of Marvel/DC stuff so feel like I have a solid base of knowledge. That ... Read more

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Paige movie

So, apparently the WWE/Rock-produced movie based on Paige's life made a nice profit at the box office & received generally positive reviews. Are you surprised?  Nothing the Rock does surprises me.  

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Viking Experience as Vince’s parting shot at Verne Gagne

What if this seemingly stupid name, the Viking Experience, is an elaborate troll job on Minnesota sports fans? It would make sense, given Vince's penchant for ruining Verne Gagne's life. They could do just like the NFL Vikings and always choke in big matches, miss easy moves that would have won them championships, pin their ... Read more

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Six of the Best – WWF/E Backlash

Continuing with the April Pay Per View theme, today we look at an event that ran every year from 1999 to 2009, with a lot of the events taking place in the month of April (There were some that didn’t). WWE revived the name in 2016, but as it currently stands it doesn’t look like ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–NWA Championship Wrestling 08.12.78

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Leroy’s Lasting Legacy OK, so here’s your crazy content drop of the day: A lost episode of Leroy McGuirk’s NWA Championship Wrestling show from 08.12.78, which was the precursor to Mid-South Wrestling before the relationship between Bill Watts and Leroy went horribly, horribly bad for Leroy. ... Read more

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