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The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2018–12.16.18

“Four hours is a long time.”  – Andre the Giant   The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2018 – 12.16.18 Live from San Jose, CA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves and a bunch of others. Mixed Match Challenge finals: R-Truth & Carmella v. Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox Well so much for this ... Read more

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Tables Ladders and Chairs 2018

Tables Ladders And Chairs 2018 Date: December 16, 2018 Location: SAP Center, San Jose, California Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young, David Otunga, Tom Phillips This show is now all the more interesting with Vince McMahon coming back to Raw tomorrow for the next shake up. That means things very well may mean nothing ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset (featuring TLC 2018)

Stay tuned tonight for the biggest night in the history of our sport until Vince McMahon appears tomorrow and blows it all up. If you’re down for that, Philly and LA are meeting on Sunday Night Football. All of you in US colleges, enjoy your semester break!  The rest of you, enjoy the night.

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Down…….down………down

Scott – can you give a 1 or 2 reason explanation for the low ratings and seeming downfall of quality in the WWE lately.   Does it boil down to a couple of things or is there a bigger picture Bonus question – with the roster they have now – shouldn’t every “network special” be filled ... Read more

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WWE IS DEAD

Just kidding. Ratings are down but they don’t mean anything. There were nearly 500 shows with new episodes made in 2018. An 85% increase since 2011. There is so much stuff out there to watch and companies are dying for content that has an audience. Netflix paid between 70-100 million dollars for one year of ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 20th, 1992

December 20, 1992 From the Erie Civic Center in Erie, PA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Undertaker defeats Duane Gill in a match first shown on the 12/14 edition of “Prime Time Wrestling.”   WWF Special Report with Lord Alfred Hayes. Same as Superstars where they replayed the key points of last ... Read more

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All this talk of “5 Hours to fill”

…and they give away amazing shit like this for free? https://youtu.be/-M4qKQKZxPM That’s ~30mins of some amazing character building stuff that could easily start or end a RAW. Do a character each week and work your way through the roster, rinse, wash, repeat. Great stuff. …or just keep writing Baron Corbin segments 🤷‍♂️ It'll probably be ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Tables Ladders & Chairs 2017

The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2017 Live from Minneapolis, MN Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Booker T Emma v. Asuka Asuka works a headlock to start and goes to the arm, then puts Emma down and gets a nice rolling anklelock before Emma sends her to the floor to escape. Back ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 11/18/2008 #128

We’re in Atlanta, GA (baddest Atlanta in the whole USA) and John Morrison and The Miz are here to brag as we see footage of The Miz pinning HBK last night on Raw. I do not remember that happening but I’m sure message boards looked like Kristallnacht the day after. They put over their team-mates at ... Read more

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Smackdown – July 15, 2004

Smackdown Date: July 15, 2004 Location: Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s a big night around here with JBL defending the World Title against Eddie Guerrero inside a cage. This is Eddie’s big rematch since Smackdown doesn’t have a pay per view this month so the question is what kind ... Read more

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How to fix the Women’s Division

Scott, With all the talk of Becky Lynch being the new Stone Cold, I realized the best way for the WWE women to get over is to give the women gimmicks of past Superstars Just imagine  Becky Lynch: Goes full Steve Austin and drinks several cans of Guinness after a match  Sasha Banks: Becomes the ... Read more

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The Saturday Night Thread

Well, I’m gonna try to squeeze Royal Rumble 99 in tonight.  No promises. Assorted hockey and basketball tonight, plus the final UFC on FOX. Tomorrow is TLC 2018, which I’m strongly considering taking a pass on. We’ll see how my Sunday goes. Chat about stuff here!

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Stan Hansen and the WCW US Heavyweight Title

Hansen was only four years removed from the AWA World title fiasco, Luger was only three years remove from the shoot incident with Brody and WCW had had a major falling out with Baba in 1989. How did this not turn into a colossal Because WCW™ train wreck?  Eh, Stan knew the deal going in.  It’s ... Read more

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The PG Era Rant: NWA BTW/WCCW Christmas Star Wars ’81

Aww yeah, this is my jam! To be honest, I called dibs on this because, in an era where my friends were debating if Hogan and Piper could beat Flair and Harley, I was over in the corner watching WCCW on ESPN and saying Kerry Von Erich was better than all of them. Look, I ... Read more

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Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart in late 1997

Hey Scott, question about Jim Neidhart at the end of his WWF run in 1997.  I must have had a faulty memory cause when I think of his last few appearances in the WWF at the end of 1997, I always remembered that he got completely buried on the way out of the company(joining DX ... Read more

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Vince coming to Raw on Monday

Do you think Vince coming to Raw this Monday to "shake things up" is a good sign as at the very least it shows he still cares about the state of the show, and/or he's getting shit from USA about the ratings?  After hearing Seth Rollins and Xavier Woods make lame excuses for the Raw ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–01.24.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 01.24.99 Well, Andy has already claimed Christmas Star Wars for today, so I guess I’ll trudge back to Sunday Night Heat tonight. Thankfully there’s lots more Hidden Gems to go around this week. It’s the pre-show for Royal Rumble 99! Sadly I don’t think I’ll have ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Christmas is almost here, and all of us in the retail world say THANK GOD. Last night was ROH’s Final Battle 2018, which sounded like an excellent show.  Jay Lethal retained the ROH title over Cody Rhodes in the main event. https://ift.tt/2S1JfEw Seven new people will be inducted into the Observer Hall of Fame this ... Read more

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Friday Night Party Thread: December 14, 2018

We made it! Tonight, we have lower-level college football greatness, as the Div III (fourth-tier) championship takes place on ESPNU, while ESPN2 features the 1-AA (second-tier) semifinal matchup between South Dakota State and North Dakota State.  North Dakota State is REALLY GOOD, by the way.  As in, I think they’re even money vs UCF good. ... Read more

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Hansen and the AWA Title

Soo…Why did Stan Hansen run over the AWA title? To get to the other side? Anyhoo, Verne Gagne wanted Stan to do a job to Bockwinkel and drop the title to him, but Stan was (rightly) more concerned with making sure he kept the title for his Japan tour because Baba paid better.  Stan refused ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – April 1, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action tonight and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings were held on March 22. –Opening Non-Title Contest:  Harlem Heat (WCW Tag Team Champions w/Sister Sherri) (16-1-1) defeat Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner (1-0) when Stevie Ray pins Horner after Booker T gives ... Read more

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Twelve Days of Hidden Gems

#WWENetwork Announces '12 Days of #HiddenGems' and Kicks Off With Full #WCCW Event – https://t.co/6T8J0L6mpK — WWE Network News (@WWENetworkChron) December 14, 2018 That WCCW event, by the way?  Christmas Star Wars 1981, and yes I am totally going to call dibs on reviewing it tonight.  Jose Lothario vs. Ernie Ladd?  Great Kabuki in a ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 19th, 1992

December 19, 1992 From the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan, and Jerry “The King” Lawler This week, we will learn of the first six competitors signed for the Royal Rumble match. Also, an interview with two of Santa’s helpers. In action are Yokozuna, Money Inc., and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–12.13.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems (and Other Stuff) – 12.13.18 Only one new gem this week, but it’s a doozy. Although not particularly hidden since it was already on a DVD release last year. Plus of course, the “other stuff” I’ve been reviewing for the past two weeks. Pitter patter, let’s get ... Read more

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SummerSlam 91 Randomness

1) Was there talks of a backup plan for someone else to get the IC Belt into Bret if Perfect's back was so f**ked he couldn't go? Or would they have just done a shorter easier match? 2) Coming off the awesome Jake the Snake heel turn, why wasn't the new hot evil Snake/Taker team ... Read more

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ROH Final Battle

Hey Scott, TK O'Ryan did an interview with The Wrestling Estate ahead of Final Battle weekend where he'll be facing RUSH in his ROH debut on Saturday in Philadelphia. He also mentioned he'll be teaming with Vinny Marseglia against the Best Friends and the Bouncers on the PPV, which ROH hasn't announced yet.  https://ift.tt/2EsyWGx Hope ... Read more

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Too much buildup for feuds?

What programs/feuds do you think were ruined because they actually took too much time building them up so when they actually faced off against each other in a match, the audience more or less didn't care anymore?  I know I was like this for the Goldust vs R-Truth feud last year.   Roman Reigns v. Brock ... Read more

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Worst. Title. Ever?

Hey Scott,   What in your mind is the worst-ever handling of a championship title? I feel the WWE Universal Championship is high up on the list, because it is on mine. Worst ever handling by a promotion?  Because if we're talking individuals, Stan Hansen running over the AWA title with his truck is still ... Read more

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Coolest Wrestling Moment You Saw Live?

Greetings, Scott! So you've been asked about the best and worst shows you've attended and now we're down the ol' memory trail. So what's the coolest single moment you saw live? For me, it was an AWA house show in 1980 in Minneapolis in a match between Super Destroyer Mark II (heel, w/Bobby Heenan) vs. ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – December 13, 2018

Impact Wrestling Date: December 13, 2018 Location: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gaming Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis This needs to be a good show as the next two episodes are going to be Best Of 2018 editions, meaning this is the last chance to set up Homecoming until the go home ... Read more

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: December 13, 2018

Tonight on Impact, we have Cage vs Moose in a hoss battle par excellence.  On top of that, two more Ultimate X Qualifiers as Dave Crist tries to join his brother when he goes against Rich Swann, while Trey Miguel of the Rascalz faces Trevor Lee. Hey, the NFL’s Game of the Week of the ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Massacre on 34th Street

If you’ve been wondering where Six of the Best for 90’s Starrcade has been; it’s because I’ve recently moved to a new flat and BT are taking a veritable age to set up my internet. As consequence, I’ve had no access to the WWE Network, and thus haven’t been able to put the list together. ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – December 14th, 1992

December 14, 1992 Vince McMahon is your host. Panelists include: Hillbilly Jim, Sgt. Slaughter, Bobby Heenan, and Jerry “The King” Lawler.”   Brooklyn Brawler & Barry Horowitz vs. The Bushwhackers This was from the 11/23 “Wrestling Challenge” tapings in Erie, PA. Gorilla Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes are the announcers and they tell us we ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.04.84

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.04.84 Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts So tonight the tournament for the TV title begins, and I SWEAR TO GOD here’s the “graphic” that they put up on the screen for it: That is so awesome. Literally drawn on a piece ... Read more

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Angle/Steph/HHH in 2000

Was the whole Kurt Angle-Stephanie-HHH love triangle story-line supposed to have ended differently, or was that the plan all along?  All that build-up and then….nothing, really.   It was supposed to be Angle stealing Stephanie and the McMahons breaking up on screen, but HHH argued that no one would believe this would happen in real life ... Read more

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RAW

Hey Scott, was reading an article where Jimmy Jacobs and Seth Rollins defended the writers of RAW for having to write 5 hours of programming a week. In some aspects I get it, but, if that is the case why not let the wresrling itself tell the story. Its not like WWE is light on ... Read more

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Worst pro wrestling event you attended?

You were asked about the best pro wrestling event that you attended.  What was the worst?   The 1991 Superstars taping in Edmonton that featured the Funeral Parlor where Jake Roberts first told Ultimate Warrior to trust him.  It felt 16 hours long and I had to sit through IRS v. Jim Duggan at one ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 13th, 1992

December 13, 1992 From the Erie Civic Center in Erie, PA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   Yokozuna vs. Chris Allen Yokozuna is greeted by two Geisha girls in the ring. Fuji is now wearing a black robe. Yokozuna uses his sumo techniques before shoving Allen into the air. Yokozuna then hits ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – July 12, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: July 12, 2004 Location: Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s the night after Vengeance and while Chris Benoit is still World Champion, the big story is HHH (yeah yeah of course it is) and Eugene, who cost HHH the title with an accidental chair shot. ... Read more

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NXT – December 12, 2018

NXT Date: December 12, 2018 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson Last week’s show saw the main event scene get a shot in the arm as Johnny Gargano and Aleister Black agreed to keep things going inside a steel cage, much to Tommaso Ciampa’s delight. Ciampa continues ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 12, 2018 (Second Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 12, 2018 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’re on the second day of the third taping cycle now and that means we should have a fresh crowd. You know, because these crowds have so many issues with getting and staying hyped. There are several stories going ... Read more

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NXT UK – December 12, 2018 (First Episode)

NXT UK Date: December 12, 2018 Location: Plymouth Pavilions, Devon, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness Last week’s show saw the in-ring return of Travis Banks, who offers some fresh talent around the top of the card. Banks might not be the biggest star around, but he’s someone who can add a lot to the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 12th, 1992

December 12, 1992 From the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, OH Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Bobby Heenan, and Jerry “The King” Lawler in his debut as a color commentator. This week, we have an interview with Bret Hart. Also in action are The Undertaker, Bam Bam Bigelow, and the Nasty Boys.   Nasty ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.03.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.03.00 OK, let’s kick off the greatest (and still most profitable!) year in WWF history as we hit THE YEAR 2000! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmzpdd4pWvM Actually, if we get far enough into this year, we bump into the time when I started doing RAW reviews for CBS Sportsline and ... Read more

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HHH in 2001?

Had HHH not torn his quad in the spring of 2001, what were the long range plans for his and Austin's "2 man power-trip" team?  I'm just assuming they would have broken up and feuded eventually.  Also, would the WCW/ECW Invasion have gone a bit differently with a healthy HHH?   The long term plan was ... Read more

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Elseworlds to crisis

Scott- not sure if you're a berlantiverse fan but elseworlds was epic and directly sets up crisis on infinite earths. Highly recommended…what a rant that would be  I was watching Flash and Supergirl and they lost me hardcore a couple of seasons back.  The Flash in particular got to be way too much mopey Barry ... Read more

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Best Live Event-Pro Wrestling

What was the best pro wrestling live event you have ever been to?  Ex; PPV, TV taping, house show, etc.   Easy, this show: WWF @ Edmonton, Alberta – Northlands Coliseum – May 28, 2000 (14,500+)The Godfather defeated Al SnowWWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko defeated Crash Holly via submission with the Texas Cloverleaf following a ... Read more

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Mixed Match Challenge

Mixed Match (Team) Challenge Series on Facebook Watch, must-see show if there ever was one Jinder & Alicia vs R-Truth & Carmella as the final…I have no words. FB partners must be excited. Also Truth as nr 30 in the women's Royal Rumble? Trainwreck would be an understatement There's many causes for concern in Titan ... Read more

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Smackdown – December 11, 2018

Smackdown Date: December 11, 2018 Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s the final show before TLC and the card is actually stacked. This week we have a rap battle between the Usos and the Bar, a Wrestlemania rematch between Asuka and Charlotte and, surprisingly enough, Daniel Bryan ... Read more

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They did it!

https://ift.tt/2QpfFw3   Yes, apparently having your top babyface open the show by pointing out how bad the ratings have fallen will somehow discourage people from continuing to watch the show.  WHAT A CONCEPT. Also, they added ANOTHER match to TLC, which brings us to 12.  How long is this fucking show going to be?  

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Tuesday Night Thread!

Tonight!  We’ve got Smackdown!  Mixed Match Challenge!  Other stuff! No ratings for RAW yet so we don’t know if it hit record lows yet again.  I’m thinking “yes”.  Dave and Bryan REALLY hated the show on this morning’s radio show. Chat about your Tuesday night here!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 1, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Brian Pillman (7-0) beats Bobby Starr via submission to an Octopus hold on the canvas at 3:23: Starr gets a few spurts of offense in between Pillman’s high flying moves.  Things go awry for the finish when ... Read more

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Coliseum Video

Scott, Obviously , WWF Coliseum Videos did really well rental wise in the 80s, but at the asking price of usually 59.95, especially the early releases, how did the videos do as far as actual sales as opposed to rentals? Also, it seemed after the first few volumes of releases, the production started to get ... Read more

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Sleazy E

Damn, Bischoff just said on his podcast that Sting was boozed/under the influence before the Starrcade 97 match with Hogan. What the hell. Believable? I KNOW you're not new here.  You've seriously never heard that before?  

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Lightning Round – Door A or B?

Hey Scott,   Here's ten quick "Don't over think them!" A / B choices : Of all my faults, overthinking has never been one of them.    1.       Road Warriors or Demolition? Demos like a mofo.  2.       Chris Jericho or Rick Steamboat? Did Jericho have multiple match of the year candidates in 1989?  Maybe he should ... Read more

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Stan Hansen the Jerk

Hey Scott,   How is it that Stan Hansen is never given more shit for his attitude?   Here’s a guy who:   A) Refused to lose to basically everyone   B) Was an insane bully   C) Routinely took liberties with his opponents   D) Was stiff to the point of non-cooperation in the ... Read more

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Current Projected Mania 35 Card

I was listening to the Barnburners podcast from the guys who run Ringsidenews.com and according to them and if true, the card is gonna look something like this… Daniel Bryan vs Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship Triple H vs Batista (dependable on how fast Triple H can recover from the torn pec) AJ Styles ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – December 7th, 1992

December 7, 1992 Vince McMahon is your host. Panelists include: Hillbilly Jim, Sgt. Slaughter, and Bobby Heenan. There is a white sheet over the fourth panelist chair then after crapping all over Jim’s rendition of “Blue Christmas” Heenan says he has the real king to bring out and introduces the man replacing Mr. Perfect and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–07.22.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 07.22.97 Strangely, this is TUESDAY Nitro for whatever scheduling reasons. Live from Jacksonville, FL, drawing a sellout of 7465. Your hosts are Tony, Larry and Iron Mike. Hollywood Hogan joins us to start, and Eric is worried that they’re working too hard out there, so they cut ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Fall Brawl ’93

WCW Fall Brawl ’93 Live from Houston, TX Airdate: September 19, 1993 Attendance:  6,000 (3,500 paid) Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura Will the Masters of the Powerbomb wreak havoc during WarGames? Can Flair defend both the World title and Fifi’s honor? Let’s find out! Match 1 for the WCW World TV ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – December 10, 2018

Monday Night Raw Date: December 10, 2018 Location: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young We’re at the go home show for TLC and the question now becomes how bad can things actually get. Tonight is likely going to be focused on the final push towards the bigger ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!! Welcome to another exciting edition of the Monday Night Thread! Tonight we’re going to see how low RAW can go. It is the TLC go home show so maybe things will improve but I doubt it. The Vikings and Seahawks are your Monday Night Football game and it’s one with serious playoff ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – December 6th, 1992

December 6, 1992 From the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, KY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan   The show opens with clips of Bret Hart’s recent title defenses. After that we see the Okerlund/Flair restaurant interview that we saw on “Superstars.”   In action this week are Marty Jannetty, Crush, The Headshrinkers, and ... Read more

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Last PPV You Bought

Hey Scott. Back in the PPV era for WWE, what was the last event that you felt you had to put your hard earned money down to see? I’m curious to see when was the last time WWE promoted a show well enough for you to purchase it. Money in the Bank 2011 and then Night of ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – December 5th, 1992

December 5, 1992 From the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Shawn Michaels, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Yokozuna, and Kamala plus an interview with Nailz.   High Energy vs. Barry Horowitz & WT Jones Owen dropkicks Horowitz after an Irish whip sequence then ... Read more

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WM30

Hi Scott  I've been watching WM 30 recently,  perhaps the biggest example of WWE snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. However,  what if the original card had gone ahead? Lets suppose Vince had been stubborn enough to press ahead with Orton- Batista as the main event and Bryan-Sheamus somewhere on the undercard.  Let's further ... Read more

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Hogan/the nWo in 2002

Was the nWo angle with Hogan, Hall, and Nash in the WWE in 2002 supposed to have lasted longer than it did if Hogan didn't get the type of crowd reaction that he did at W.M. 18 against the Rock, thus more or less forcing his babyface turn?   Nope, they already knew Hogan was ... Read more

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Downward spiral

I feel WWE is on a quality downfall since 2014 (post-Shield, Bryan/Cesaro push, Lesnar monster push basically) with the occasional good short period here & there (brand split SDL in 2016). Right now RAW is at one of its lowest points ever (I mean was 1995/96, 2002/03 or 2009 really worse?), SDL is pure mediocrity, ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: December 10, 2018

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2UzEPGm   NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 Full Card Revealed https://ift.tt/2B5kAI0   Cody Rhodes Interview with Mirror Sport UK https://ift.tt/2UAIELR   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Hiroshi Tanahashi & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Naito & Kazuchika Okada from 12/23/13  

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–12.30.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 12.30.99 OK, back to the McMahon-Helmsley Era as we close out 1999. Honestly the Nitro ’97 rants do such ungodly huge numbers that I should probably just do those 7 days a week. Previously on RAW, Mick Foley lost a Pink Slip on a Pole match to the ... Read more

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