Monday, July 28, 2014
So... this is where you come in. Your choice, do I:
* Do this rant when the re-air comes on Saturday night, or
* Do a retro rant to make up for it?
In the meantime, I'm going to send a nasty letter to the cable company.
Most of you will discuss TNA and that's cool. I have little to add because I don't really watch the product but I always believed that the longer TNA stayed on air the better chance they would have of finding the right niche. That being said if they are truly being removed from television because Dixie Carter HAD to keep Vince Russo on payroll that's extremely sad and ignorant on her part.
What did get my wheels spinning while hanging out in last night's open thread and watching the Savage-Warrior match from Summerslam 1992 and pondering what would have happened if the Warrior turned heel, won the strap and aligned himself with Perfect & Flair (as rumored by various people).
First thought is...awesome...Warrior/Perfect/Flair faction in 1992 is pretty crazy to think about. Second is this version of Warrior would have been a new thing for the WWF at the time -- an unstoppable monster heel as champion. A guy that had been booked from the beginning to be relatively unbeatable without resorting to ridiculous cheating. I mean the guy beat Andre and Hogan and Savage clean from 1989-1991 so by all intents and purposes he was invincible already. Now he's invincible with two dastardly heels flanking him.
So I said that had this move happened, EVERYTHING we know about the WWF in 1992-1993 (and maybe forward would have changed). There would probably be no Bret Hart title run as Vince would keep him in the I-C world with HBK and Razor and a few others as that would continue to be the "worker's title". It's quite possible Bret goes with Bulldog to WCW in 1993 too.
Meanwhile I could see Savage getting a rematch at Survivor Series 1992, maybe in a cage or something, and Warrior and Co. winning and beating him up post match until Crush makes the save and that sets up and a big encounter at Royal Rumble 1993 because I could see fans really digging Crush and believing he could stop this unstoppable faction, which, of course he wouldn't. All this would lead up to either Warrior-Hogan II at Wrestlemania IX or possibly Warrior vs. Undertaker, either of which would have had Vince swimming in dollar bills.
Either way it's one of those moments that have me wondering how much the history of the promotion (or both promotions) would have changed with just one simple move. Imagine the promos and destruction and memories that a Warrior/Flair/Perfect heel faction could have done. And the irony of Flair playing the Arn Anderson role and protecting the title for Warrior to the best of his abilities. All fun to think about.
Anyway just some fun thoughts.
Tonight we have:
MLB Baseball: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox
James Garner Movie Marathon on Turner Classic
MLS Soccer: Sounders! Galaxy!
NFL Training Camp Updates
HBO Documentary on two parents that were charged with starving their kid because they were too involved in an online RPG.
Enjoy it all and come out swinging but try and keep it clean...
Whew. That makes me feel better.
Also, apparently my TNA column is one of the biggest stories on the Sporting News site right now, so keep sharing and tweeting!
Potential SummerSlam Match Updates
As of now, planned matches include a Fatal Four-Way tag match for the Tag Team Titles and a gimmick matches involving AJ and Paige and Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Credit David Bixenspan, Figure Four Weekly Newsletter
RF Video Releases Two New Shoot Interviews
Shoot Interviews with Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels were just released a few days ago. They speak candidly about the problems in TNA.
And the Daniels Preview.
The card for tonight's show looks ridiculous.
Okada/Naito.. a rematch of the World Title match from the Tokyo Dome this year, also a rematch of the classic World Title match from 3/4/12 that hooked me on this promotion for good.
Nakamura/Honma.. can the ultimate underdog finally pull out a win, against the King of Strong Style no less? Crowd is going to be rabid for a Honma victory, despite taking on the most popular guy in the company.
Tanahashi/Fale.. not a match you would pencil in as a MOTYC, but Fale has proven his worth this year. He's wrestling the modern day HBK, the guy that has me convinced that Fritz had an illegitimate child in Japan back in '76, who grew up to have the discipline that Kerry didn't.
Styles/Goto.. a match I circled immediately when the blocks were announced. This should steal the show. Styles has been a complete beast so far, and Goto is a top-of-the-line MOTY-caliber guy. If this isn't the best match on the card, then Okada did it again~!
Undercard looks like nothing special and hopefully moves along quickly, but does include Shibata/Benjamin II. There is NOTHING like watching these live.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
UPDATE: TMZ ANNOUNCES THAT SPIKE TV HAS CANCELLED IMPACT
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/26/14)
MLB Sunday night action sees the Dodgers take on the Giants, with just half a game separating the two in the NL West. Jake Peavy makes his Giants debut in this one.
True Blood and The Leftovers on HBO, SyFy features Sharkmania: The Top 15 Biggest Baddest Bloodiest Bites.
I'm just fishing for stuff. It's your thread about nothing!
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
Tonight, we will have a special interview with Hulk Hogan. Plus, the American Express, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd are in action. Also, Harley Race and Billy Jack Haynes are in action too.
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event - November 26 1988
- Are you KIDDING me? They just happen to show the one SNME that I don't have a copy of and have never reviewed? (Unfortunately they aired probably the worst one of all time.) Seriously, this channel is like Christmas every single day.
- Taped from Sacramento, CA.
- Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.