Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 12.18.95
FINALLY the horror of 1995 comes to a close. However, the ad wizards who run the Network have omitted the next two episodes, because I think they’re just fucking with us at this point.
Live from Newark, DE. There’s more than one Newark?
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, and we have yet another minor makeover of the show with new purple graphics.
From the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and Vince McMahon.
In action tonight will be Randy Savage, Adrian Adonis, and a six-man tag featuring the Dream Team & Dino Bravo vs. Hillbilly Jim & Tito Santana & Pedro Morales plus a look at the career of Andre the Giant.
The Giant/Big Show Face-Heel Turns.
· 1995 – Starts out as a heel in the Dungeon of Doom.
· July/August, 1996 – Becomes a de facto face in the WCW v. nWo feud as World Champion, feuding with and losing the WCW Title to "Hollywood" Hogan.
· September, 1996 – Joins nWo, turns heel against WCW.
· December, 1996 – Turns face against the nWo, rejoins WCW to feud with Hogan and The Outsiders.
· May, 1998 – Turns against WCW, joins the nWo Hollywood faction. Feuds with Sting, Kevin Nash.
· January 1999 – When the nWo reforms, gets dumped by the Hollywood faction and beaten by Kevin Nash who becomes the "Giant" of the nWo.
Debuts in WWF/E.
· February 14, 1999 – Debuts at St. Valentine's Day Massacre as part of Vince McMahon's corporation, definitely as a heel. Starts to rub the Rock the wrong way though.
· March 25, 1999 – Punches Vince McMahon in the face at the end of his match v. Mankind, becomes babyface and joins the U.N.I.O.N against Shane McMahon.
· July, 1999 – Forms heel team with Undertaker against the tag champions Kane & X-Pac, beating them at Summerslam for the belts and losing them to the Rock & Sock Connection.
· October, 1999 – Undertaker injury leaves Show directionless, starts angle with Boss Man over dying father to become a babyface again. Beats HHH to win the WWF Title to cement the face turn at Survivor Series.
· January, 2000 – Takes offense to the Rock calling people "jabronies," becomes heel again. Aligns himself with Shane McMahon.
· April, 2000 – Becomes happy-go-lucky face the night after WrestleMania. Feuds with Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon. Does an injury angle in May 2000.
· July,2000 – Returns from injury and turns heel to feud with a now babyface Undertaker, but is almost immediately sent to OVW to lose weight.
· January 2001 – Returns at the 2001 Royal Rumble, still a heel. Feuds with Rock and Kane.
· July 2001 – Becomes a babyface when the WWE v. Alliance feud takes over the storylines. Aligned with the WWF, against the Alliance.
· May, 2002 – Turns heel, aligns with Ric Flair over snub of not being on the WrestleMania X-8 card.
· October 2002 – Heels on Eric Bischoff because his talents are being wasted on Raw, gets traded to Smackdown as a result.
· October 2002 – Arrives on Smackdown as a babyface and goes heel immediately, taking out the Undertaker and beating Brock Lesnar in a heel v. heel match for the WWE Title (Heyman turns and joins Big Show, turning Brock babyface). This is a pretty prolific heel run, contending for the World title on multiple ppvs, feuding with the Undertaker, winning the US title and starting his never-ending feud with John Cena. This run ended when in April 2004 he lost a loser gets fired match to Eddie Guerrero and threw Kurt Angle off a ledge or something.
· September 2004 – Returns to Smackdown to feud with heel GM Kurt Angle, making him a babyface. Stays a babyface through a feud with Angle, JBL, and Carlito before being drafted over to Raw in 2005. Teams with Kane to win tag titles.
· July 4, 2006 – Gets drafted to ECW and turns heel, aligning with Paul Heyman and beating RVD for the ECW Title. Stays heel for the end of this run until December to Dismemeber in 2006 when he loses the World Title to Bobby Lashely.
Big Show leaves the company in December 2006 and is out until No Way Out, February 2007.
· Returns at No Way Out as ostensibly a babyface, then goes heel in Floyd Mayweather confrontation. Show wrestled mostly as a heel, but the face/heel dynamics in the Mayweather feud changed seemingly weekly, ending at Mania 24 with Big Show getting most of the babyface heat at Mayweather most of the heel heat. I think.
· Definitely a face after WrestleMania 24, feuding with the Great Khali.
· September 2008 – Turns heel against the Undertaker, aligns with Vicki Guerrero. Some pretty good heel moments here, including his affair with Vicki and tag teams with Chris Jericho ("Jeri-show") and The Miz ("Show-Miz").
· April 2010 – Turns on Miz after losing the belts to the Hart Dynasty, becoming a face and moving to Smackdown. Feuded with World Champion Jack Swagger and CM Punk's Straight Edge Society, and into 2011 had a pretty great feud with Mark Henry.
· June, 2012 – Gets fired by Johnny Laurenitis on a Monday and turns heel on John Cena the following Sunday. Pretty effective heel run here, winning the World title and dropping it to the bland Alberto Del Rio, making him an interesting face for a bit.
· March/April 2013 – Aligns himself with faces Sheamus & Randy Orton to fight the Shield, then turns on them after a losing effort at WrestleMania 29.
· September, 2013 – Becomes a whipping boy for "The Authority," doing bad things because he had no choice. Turns face and feuds with Orton.
· November, 23, 2014 – Turns heel against John Cena and joins the Authority; issues a "mea culpa" to the fans that goes unaccepted and remains a heel.
Main Event begins on the WWE Network at 8pm EST with a main event of Dean Ambrose vs. Kane.
The NBA has 5 games on the schedule with the Golden State Warriors vs. Miami Heat at 7:30pm EST on ESPN
The NHL has 7 games on the schedule with the Colorado Avalanche vs. Phoenix Coyotes at 9:00pm EST on TVA.
College Basketball is on tonight highlighted by #12 Villanova vs. #19 Michigan at 10:00pm EST on ESPN 2.
While the plan remains for Sting to wrestle against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 31, there is some talk that Sting vs. HHH might happen and it could even be before WrestleMania.
Credit PWInsider via Wrestling Inc
AJ Lee Update
There are no current plans for AJ to leave the WWE. Her match at Survivor Series was booked that way for storyline only and not because she is leaving or requesting a release.
Credit Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com
Kayfabe Commentaries Debuts a New Series Today
"Back to the Territories" hosted by Jim Cornette was released today. The first installment has him interview Jim Duggan as they talk about the Mid South promotion. Click on the link below to view the trailer.
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Monday, November 24, 2014
- The Authority give a farewell address.
- John Cena will announce who is in charge tonight. At first, it was implied he would decide, but it was later clarified the Board of Directors had decided and Cena would merely introduce him.
- Big Show will explain why he turned heel. (And he'll have to come up with a reason other than “he was past his due date”.)
- Goldust and Stardust call in their rematch against The Miz and Damien Sandow.
What a great network special last night eh? It was pretty...blah for the most part although I liked the Bray-Ambrose match (hated the commentary) more than some people.
The story was clearly the last 20 minutes of the show. Dolph Ziggler gets it, he understands that the struggle is what draws the people in. The victory is the great feel good moment that makes us smile but it doesn't mean anything without the struggle. He gave us the struggle, he gave us the fight. He wasn't a plucky underdog trying to overcome the odds, he was a guy fighting for his "life" and just surviving long enough to last until the next move. That was what made Shawn Michaels such a great worker -- that concern for the details leading up to the outcome. Even when Cena is faced with a real struggle people get behind him. Look at the first Brock match from Extreme Rules 2012. He wasn't superhero guy, he was a guy getting his ass kicked trying to survive. I loved the whole sequence last night with the minor exception of everyone being laid out too long for the Sting-HHH stuff. Rollins should have tried to attack Sting and eventually take another Zig Zag. But I love the way Dolph sold the victory with the unbridled joy. I love the way he sold the beating with the referee helping him up the ramp. I even like the moment when Cena came out to hug him because it was a nice babyface moment. He wasn't mugging for the camera, he didn't do his stupid salute. He was congratulating and thanking his friend. It was one of the rare feel good moments of this rough year for the WWE.
And special props to Steph for actually SELLING the angle. I get that HHH is such an alpha male he has to be stoic and noble regardless of outcome so thank you Steph for having a human reaction and acting like someone that actually lost something they loved. She screamed, she cried, she panicked, she threw a tantrum, she hit every gambit of emotions from anger to shock to disbelief in 60 seconds. She's definitely willing to act like a fool sometimes for the greater good.
As for TV tonight it's a packed house.
Two MNF games: Jets-Bills on CBS for New York markets and Sunday ticket for everyone else.
Saints-Ravens on ESPN
Dancing with the Stars season finale
Gotham midseason finale
7 NBA games (Bulls-Jazz, Pacers-Mavericks, Hornets-Clippers look like good ones)
4 NHL games.
Keep it clean!
Hi Scott, I just saw this bit for the first time on the Network and it
was pretty intense. I kind of feel like if Dean Ambrose really wants
to portray a loose cannon character he oughta watch some of Pillman's
work around this time. He had almost everybody fooled at the time.
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, Sting will in fact be making his WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 31 against the Undertaker. He also reported that his debut would lead into the storyline that takes him to this match.
Credit PWInsider.com via Wrestlingnewssource.com
Plans for Finn Balor & Hideo Itami?
There has been talk that the team of Balor & Itami will have a run in NXT as the Tag Team Champions before splitting off into singles runs. There is still no word on when these two will get called up to the main roster.
Reason For Survivor Series Post-Game Show Not Airing
The PPV Post-Game show did not air on the network last night as the show ran long and they wanted to make sure that the replay of the actual show aired at 11:00pm EST.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Radio
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Sunday, November 23, 2014
The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 2014
So my local EBGames has WWE 2K14 used for $20 here lately. I recall it getting rather mixed reaction – is it worth the buy? Because I’m certainly not dropping $70 on the Xbox One version of 2K15.
Live and FREE (except for those already subscribed to the Network, or Canadians, or those without broadband access who have to order the PPV) from St. Louis, MO.
Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL
NWA/WCW TV (Muta)
WWF/WWE/"World" Tag Team (Bulldogs)
NWA/WCW Tag Team (Doom)
Saturday, November 22, 2014
You recently mentioned that you enjoyed the Survivor Series matches from 87. Is there anything more modern that you may have also enjoyed?