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Indies and Insanity: January 31, 2019

Since there wasn’t much blowback from the ALWF stuff, I’ll post the December holiday show recaps we did this weekend. HOOPS REPORT: TNT’s NBA doubleheader has Bucks/Raptors, then Sixers/Warriors.  ESPN’s Women’s Game of the Week is UConn/Louisville.  ESPN2 presents Temple/Houston (with the Cougars trying to avenge their only loss so far), Arizona/Arizona State, and Gonzaga/BYU.  ... Read more

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Getting Rhonda over

So Rhonda Rousey is fighting a foreign menace in Becky Lynch. I have an idea – we put Rhonda Rousey on a bus and send her on a coast-to-coast "call to action" campaign to invigorate Americas spirit and build support as she defends American pride against this Irish rogue.  Can you smell the money? But ... Read more

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Polar Vortex

Would it be too much to ask that you guys keep your Polar air to yourselves from now on? Look man, trains run fine in Canada without having to light the damn tracks on fire.  Put on some extra layers and grow a set.  Maybe burn some flags and the Bill of Rights to keep ... Read more

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – September 19th, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – SEPTEMBER 19TH, 1992   – Last week on SMW TV… The Dirty White Boy defended his SMW Heavyweight Title against “top contender” Newton Steffey, but it was revealed as a sham when the name he pulled was really Tim Horner’s… The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express assisted Dixie Dy-No-Mite and Danny ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 8th, 1993

March 8, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler   We hear from the Mega Maniacs. Hogan talks about ramming a metal briefcase into Beefcake’s face to prepare him for WrestleMania against Money Inc. then they rip off ... Read more

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If not Seth

Hey Scott, So, while it might just be a vocal minority, I'm hearing that not a whole lot of people are super excited for Seth to be the guy to take the belt off of Lesnar. So my question is to you and to the Blog in general. Who right now on the roster should ... Read more

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Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?

So at the NXT tapings, they apparently filmed two endings to a title match.  Meaning even if people read the spoilers they'll have to tune in to see what happens in canon (PS screw Alvarez) This seems like absolute genius to me.  If Kayfabe is dead, and it's ultra-dead in NXT, isn't this the best ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT–01.30.19

The SmarK Rant for NXT – 01.30.19 With Tommy off at a funeral, I figured I’d give this show a look again, especially since the matches taped in Phoenix looked intriguing. Let’s get at it! Taped from Phoenix, AZ Your hosts are Mauro & Nigel & Percy And we’ve got a whole new intro using ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – March 7th, 1993

March 7, 1993 From the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan The Jim Duggan interview from “Superstars” is shown.   Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji vs. Raven Clark The announcers talk about the Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna title match at WrestleMania and how tough of a ... Read more

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The Wednesday Wackness

It’s NXT night!  I believe it’s leftover matches from the Takeover taping tonight, but Tommy will be all over it I’m sure. RAW ratings were up slightly over last week, but still pretty terrible. Daniel Bryan’s sustainable title belt is pretty awesome. Talk about the night and the sports and whatever.

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – September 12th, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – SEPTEMBER 12TH, 1992   – Last week on SMW TV… The Heavenly Bodies defeated The Fantastics to become the 2-time SMW Tag Team Champions when Jim Cornette assaulted Bobby Fulton with an ether-soaked rag. Whoops, sorry, he was treating a cut and that no-good alcoholic passed out in the ring. ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – March 6th, 1993

March 6, 1993 From the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jerry “The King” Lawler This week we will hear the Mega Maniacs response to Money Inc’s challange for a Tag Team Title match at WrestleMania. In action this week are Razor Ramon, ... Read more

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Rusev’s character

So apparently Rusev went back to heel last night on Smackdown, joining up with the very guy he was just feuding with, Nakamura.  Does Vince hold a grudge because Rusev got over on his own with the whole "Rusev Day", or do you think there is another reason why his character has been so badly ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: January 30, 2019

WWE.com NXT Preview http://bit.ly/2B9QpQL   Hideo Itami Asks for WWE Release http://bit.ly/2Bcr4FQ   Best Friends Update Trent Baretta & Chucky T. will be finishing up with NJPW after the New Beginning USA tour. Beretta was offered a new contract and was in line for a push but backed off on signing the deal after verbally ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–05.02.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.02.92 Taped from Kalamazoo, MI Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect Big Bossman v. Mark Roberts Bossman cuts a promo on the future Nailz via inset, and at this point he’s just “Convict”. But he’s out this week! And he’s already got a job lined up, ... Read more

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Do I stay or do I go!?

Scott – I’m a lifelong wrestling fan……….like a 30 + year fan.   But over the last probably 4 or 5 years it’s a struggle to remain a fan.   The booking is either boring or completely non sensical, half the time when I really get behind someone (DBry in 2014) their push is derailed for ridiculous ... Read more

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Rousey/Becky…../Charlotte?

Reports out today that WWE still has the triple-threat penciled in at Mania.  In fact, Fastlane promotional materials already advertising Becky/Charlotte at that event, one would think that would be to let Charlotte into the match.  Of course, we know that's very subject to change, if it's even legit now.  After last night's Raw, there's ... Read more

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205 exodus

So after KENTA is now leaving, can we expect pretty much all Cruiserweight guys to slowly disappear, whether they want to leave or not? Besides Ali and maybe Cedric and Murphy, I doubt anyone will get a halfway decent shot in the future, as long as VinnieMac is still running things I'm not sure I ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 11-01-1993

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY Airdate: November 1, 1993 (taped 10/18) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Can Ramon conquer the behemoth Booger? Will the Gunns spoil the RAW debut of Well Dunn? Does Virgil stand a chance against Adam Bomb? What other surprise do I have inside? Let’s find out! ... Read more

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WWF Mania – March 6th, 1993

March 6, 1993 Todd Pettengill is your host. This week’s featured match is Typhoon vs. Papa Shango.   We see surveillance cam footage of Pettengill trying to enter the studio but the door is locked. He then bangs on the door and starts to run down the show while looking into the security camera.   ... Read more

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Ambrose

Hey Scott, what are the odds Ambrose is leaving turns out to be a work? I have never seen WWE asknowledge a non renewal 90 days before a person leaves. Also, on RAW last night before the whole Nia confrontation, Ambrose was starting what looked to be a pipe bomb promo. If anyone can play ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 29, 2019

Smackdown Date: January 29, 2019 Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton It’s the final night in Phoenix and that means we should be hitting the ground running. Last night’s Raw wasn’t too bad and hopefully we get a good show out of the blue side. We need ... Read more

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Smackdown – August 26, 2004

Smackdown Date: August 26, 2004 Location: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’ll wrap up the Smackdown half of the month here and that’s not the worst thing in the world. The big match this week will see john Cena face Booker T. in the second match in the best of five ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Smackdown Thread

Tonight!  It’s the post-Rumble Smackdown.  Hopefully no one else quits this week. Tommy will have all the deets tonight. Welcome back Brian Bayless!  Glad to hear everything worked out. Hockey and basketball are back and HOLY SHIT it’s cold here.  -45C with wind chill. Stay inside, Canada.

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Lacey Evans Consistency

If Lacey Evans is supposed to be a military pinup girl from the 1940s, why didn't she immediately go after Kairi Sane during the Royal Rumble? This kind of character inconsistency could hinder her ability to get over. I’ve literally been up all night thinking that same thing.  I was so upset about it that ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – March 1st, 1993

Well, after a long week I am back with these reviews. I’m okay and these will be posted regularly going forward.   March 1, 1993 From the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Rob Bartlett who is dressed up as Elvis Presley as we ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – April 23, 1995

–Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are on studio duty for today’s broadcast.  Heenan argues that Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Jimmy Hart are not happy about Ric Flair being reinstated. –Bischoff hypes WCW’s trading cards that are coming out this week.  He notes that the Diamond Doll is nowhere to be seen on Diamond Dallas ... Read more

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92 Warrior

Watching Superstars on the Network….when did they make the decision to go with Bret over Ultimate Warrior for the title run. It seems to me that we were setting up for Warrior Flair at either Survivor Series or the Rumble. Maybe it's the 4 7% beers I've had , but I just got the chills ... Read more

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Build to Ronda vs. Becky (and maybe Charlotte)

Hey Scott, With Ronda leaving (or at least moving to a part-time role) after Wrestlemania, should they turn her heel now? She was booed out of the building tonight and there’s no reason to think that’s going to change in the build to, or at Wrestlemania itself. She’s just going to look like a goof ... Read more

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Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett has been perceived as more of a star by WWE audiences in 2019 than he ever was at any previous time in WCW or WWF, right? How is there a nostalgia pop for someone who never got any sort of pop outside of Tennessee in the first place? Isn't the reaction to Jeff ... Read more

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Best Foreshadow Segment?

Hey Scott, was wondering what was your favorite segment that foreshadowed continuation in a storyline? Example mine would be on the Raw where Triple H turned on Austin and announced himself as the accomplice. Earlier in the night, Triple met with Foley and asked for a match with The Radicals when Austin showed up and ... Read more

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Dean Ambrose leaving WWE?

I knew something was up on Raw when they had Nia Jax attack Ambrose but supposedly rumor is Ambrose gave his notice this past weekend that he's not resigning with WWE when his contract is up in April due to frustrations with how his characters been handled recently. Is it safe to say he was ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 10-25-1993

Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY Airdate: October 25, 1993 (taped 10/18) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Can the Kid pull off another upset by defeating Jannetty? How will Polo be involved? Let’s find out! Opening montage. Prior to the opening match, we revisit last week’s episode when Crush aligned himself ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – January 28, 2019

Before we get started, thank you very much for all the kind wishes and condolences.  I mentioned those to my family and they were rather touched to know that a bunch of people said such nice things. Monday Night Raw Date: January 28, 2019 Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a great weekend! The Royal Rumble happened on Sunday and of course there are reviews here and here. NXT Takeover happened Saturday with a review here. My reviews will be much shorter. I thought Takeover was tremendous. I feel the same anticipation for a Johnny Gargano “PPV” match ... Read more

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Lacey Evans’ character

Hi Scott, I don't get why so many people are confused as to what Lacey Evans exactly is going for – it seems pretty obvious to me that she can best be described as a heel Liberty Belle (from Netflix GLOW). minus the overt patriotic stuff.  Not that WWE is taking direct influence from GLOW, ... Read more

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Um Why Can’t They Just Do NXT?

So say everyone loves NXT. Also say they have the entire NXT roster under contract to WWE. And also say they have everyone who currently books NXT under contract to WWE. If all that is true why don’t they just produce the exact same NXT show under the Monday Night Raw banner? Am I overthinking ... Read more

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Bye Bye Brock?

Is Vince so scared of Brock doing massive numbers for whatever MMA promotion he threatens to go to, that he'd be willing to keep him as Universal Champion and keep his schedule as is for the foreseeable future? I don't see why he would renew his contract at this point, and instead let him leave ... Read more

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Royal rumble 92

Obviously the greatest, but I have to question their logic about the ending.  Did eliminates Hogan in a fairly straightforward manner and then Hogan eliminates him unfairly.  So of course the fans side with Sid.  Couldn’t they have done something differently to get to where they wanted without having the fans turns in Hogan?  Say, ... Read more

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Monday News Update – 01.28.19

Does anyone actually know what’s up with Brian?  He’s missing from the blog and hasn’t updated Facebook in a few weeks.  Hopefully everything is OK. Condolences to Tommy Hall on the loss of his grandmother. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch won the respective Royal Rumbles, both of which disappointed in different but similar ways.  My ... Read more

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Dean Ambrose

I hadn't watched in at least a couple of months prior to last night, and when Dean Ambrose came out I thought he was Val Venis.  Is it just me, or does Dean without the hair look like Val in his RTC days?  Yeah, it's weird that a company so much about branding would just ... Read more

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The Afterlife Wrestling Federation: A Primer

So as I threatened tonight, I’m going to see if there’s any interest in this bad boy.  Don’t worry, it won’t be a weekly post — just every so often, like an Event Center or when there’s a major show.  (Next show is our own Rumble in 2-3 weeks.) So let’s introduce you to: THE ... Read more

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Royal Rumble 2019

Royal Rumble 2019 Date: January 27, 2019 Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s the first of the Big Four pay per views and that means it’s time to really get going with the busiest season of the year. In this case that means a ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2019–01.27.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2018 – 01.27.19 Live from Phoenix, AZ. Really interesting that they couldn’t get a stage in there, so everyone just kind of comes out without the usual gaga. Your hosts are literally everyone under contract to the company EXCEPT Jim Ross. Smackdown Women’s title: Asuka v. Becky Lynch ... Read more

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2019 ROYAL RUMBLE Open Mic (Part 2)

Well, that’s the pregaming done.  It’s time to get ready for the big show itself.  Five title matches and two Rumbles, if you want some numbers. Post-Rumble, if there aren’t too many objections, I’ll inculde a snapshot of my side project, the AfterLife Wrestling Federation (for over 100 years, the revolutionary force in Slam Bang ... Read more

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2019 ROYAL RUMBLE Open Mic (Part 1)

The kickoff show is about to begin, and as a reminder to those who say six hours is too much — NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO WATCH. Tune in and out as you see fit. Enjoy each other’s company, but remember, please wait 90 seconds before piling on an unpopular opinion.  The kickoff yakfest ... Read more

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Observation

This is more of an observation than it is a question, but with the Rumble being this weekend, I believe it is relevant.  One of the reasons that I used to enjoy PPV’s like RR and Survivor Series, maybe even more than the others, was the interaction on these shows between wrestlers that fans would ... Read more

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The righteous heel

So Bryan just lashed out against Chase Field on twitter for their new unhealthy burger, and challenged them to donate the money made from the burger to Phoenix Charities.  A heel? Challenging a corporation to give to kids? Can you think of a heel who was more right in their crusade than The New DB? ... Read more

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Raw/Smackdown Rosters in 2019

With Smackdown set to debt on network T.V. later this year, do you think we'll see the roster stacked in their favor in terms of the "Superstar Shakeup" post W.M., or do you believe Raw will continue to reap those benefits being a 3 hour show?   Smackdown will continue to be the B Show ... Read more

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NXT vs Main Roster

Scott –  I know you've answered various forms of questions regarding NXT pay vs main roster, and whether a guy would rather stay down and be over, or come up and disappear/become a jobber.  It seems like the answer has consistently been that pay is much better for the main roster guys.  Can you give ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover Phoenix–01.26.19

The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover: Phoenix (01.26.19) Live from Phoenix, AZ Your hosts are Mauro & Nigel & Percy NXT tag titles: Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong v. The War Raiders The Raiders get a full Viking entrance, which is pretty awesome. The Era attacks at the bell and tosses Hanson, but Rowe chases ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 01/06/2009 #135

We’re in New Orleans for the first ECW on Sci-Fi of 2009 and here’s a kid busting a move to the hard pipes of Finlay’s theme. Finlay vs. Jack Swagger (Number One Contendership) They start off with hard grappling on the mat and Swagger’s college experience means it looks convincing. Finlay man-handles Swagger then mocks ... Read more

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Saturday Night / NXT Takeover Thread

It’s Saturday night!  NXT Takeover hits Phoenix with Gargano v. Ricochet, Black v. Ciampa, and War Raiders v. Strong & O’Reilly! Plus the NHL’s annual All-Star Game hits San Jose, so there’s lots to talk about tonight. I’ll be back later in the evening with a full review of NXT, of course.

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Phil Collins for the WWE Hall of Fame

Hi Scott, Maybe it's the beer talking, but I think the time is right to start a grass roots effort to induct Phil Collins in the WWE Hall of Fame. His qualifications speak for themselves: 1. He was an instrumental part of Hulkamania, signing off every one of the early Saturday Night Main Event shows, ... Read more

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Royal Rumble Events List

Hey Scott, Longtime fan of you, the blog, and your writing. I live in Phoenix and put together a Royal Rumble events list for the publication I work for. It covers everything from the official WWE events to local indie promotions and even Dolph Ziggler's stand up. http://bit.ly/2T7cbLH Any chance I could get a plug? ... Read more

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Biggest TNA/Impact Bust In WWE?

Who do you think was the biggest bust that came over from TNA/Impact Wrestling to the WWE?  Just going from previous work and expectations I'd have to say Austin Aries, although Low-Ki/"Kaval" would be a close 2nd.     Gotta be Low Ki.  Fan voting pushed him to win NXT against the wishes of management and then they ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–04.25.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 04.25.92 Carrying on! The description lets us know that “Sid Justic” is on this episode, which is a pretty rare typo for the Network. Taped from Kalamazoo, home of Kaopectate according to Vince, which gives us the opportunity for lots of poopy-related puns. Your hosts are Vince McMahon ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread – 01.26.19

Best wishes to Tommy Hall, who is going through some personal stuff right now and will be gone for a little bit. It’s the Royal Rumble weekend and I’m coughing my lungs out, but I’m not gonna let a little bronchitis stop me from reviewing NXT Takeover tonight! I finished the main campaign of Spider-Man ... Read more

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Your Playstation 4 year By The Numbers

It's the 6th-place Doomie Poster of the Year, Bonzai! Since we all love a good "By The Numbers" during Rumble season, I just became aware of a link on the PlayStation site that will wrap up a player's 2018 by the numbers. Since I know we have a bunch of gaming otters on the blog, ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – April 22, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are back as the Saturday Night commentary team and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the tapings were held on April 12 and 790 fans attended, with admission being free. My copy of this show is missing the first hour of the broadcast.  All of the matches ... Read more

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Dave Meltzer’s corrections

Hi Scott.  Dave Meltzer seems to receive constant ridicule because WWE news he reports about creative ends up either not happening or is totally different to how he reported it because “plans change”. These people who make fun have heard of Vince McMahon, haven’t they?  His constant changes to plans, sometimes hours before a WWE ... Read more

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Return of the Demon

Would you bring back the demon character for Balor/Lesnar, or is it just such a foregone conclusion that he's going to be squashed that it's better to protect that character for the future than to make this match seem like anything special to Finn?   I've always assumed we would see the demon again when Balor ... Read more

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Main events on Raw and Smackdown

Why has WWE stopped promoting main events on Raw and Smackdown? I watched both shows this week and while they promoted what was the final match of both shows throughout the show, they didn't call it the main event. With Raw's 1st 35 mins featured the top 3 men, why not space the match part ... Read more

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Bret Hart’s “Best” WCW Stuff?

I was just watching some of Bret Hart's WCW stuff.  Did you ever find any of his run with that company interesting at all?  WCW with Bret Hart was like the proverbial dog chasing the car;  They didn't know what to do with him once they got him.   The bit with Goldberg and the ... Read more

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WCW fan lawsuit question

As mentioned in the Death of WCW book, there was a lawsuit over a WCW fan holding up signs insulting another person. https://nydn.us/2HvCJVD Would you happen to have any information on the outcome? If it was anything other than the judge laughing the case out of the courtroom I'm gonna be grossly disappointed.  

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Iron Man status?

Hi Scott,   With al the recent “injuries” I am curious for your thoughts on which Main Event-ish wrestler over the last 20-30 years has been able to work that kind of schedule and avoid injury.  Two guys that stand out are Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart, both really only took breaks when TV/movies came ... Read more

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Friday News Update–01.25.19

– WWE has announced the details for the When Worlds Collide tournament, with opening matches airing on various social media platforms, and then the full show airing on the WWE Network on Feb 2. – Rey Mysterio randomly showed up at an NXT house show in San Diego last nght. Your free match of the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–12.26.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 12.26.94 Taped from Liberty, NY, in some dude’s basement. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Shawn Michaels. The British Bulldog v. Tatanka Bulldog overpowers him to start, and really shouldn’t there be a built-in issue here? Something about Tatanka getting all pissed off about Bulldog’s ancestors stealing ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: January 24, 2019

SPORTSBALL update: Your NBA on TNT twin-bill is Warriors at Wizards followed by T-Wolves at Lakers.  Meanwhile, ESPN has a superpower clash in the women’s scene of Notre Dame at Tennessee, followed by the Pro Bowl Skills challenge and the X-Games.  For all you men’s college hoops fans, we have a tripleheader on ESPN2: Tulsa ... Read more

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – September 5th, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – SEPTEMBER 5TH, 1992   – Last week on SMW TV… The contract is signed, and the stipulations are confirmed: The Fantastics defend the Tag Team Titles against former Champions, The Heavenly Bodies, where there will be No DQ’s, and the winning team takes home $20,000, courtesy the bank account of ... Read more

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Cena Losing A Step?

Booker T recently said in his podcast that Cena looked slow in his recent matches on Raw and that his time is clearly up. Do you agree? I don't think it's that he's slower per say but moreso a combination of not being in ring shape in a while mostly because he doesn't train for ... Read more

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Thursday Thread

Not sure what’s up with Brian this week. Hopefully all is well. Today on the Hidden Gems drop on the Network, it’s BATTLE ROYAL MANIA.  This has gotta be someone ribbing me. Royal Rumble is still well shy of filling the stadium, and RAW is also sluggish.  Maybe they should false advertise more matches and ... Read more

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Megarandom

http://bit.ly/2R8sCpj Apparently Abyss and Dutt are going to be backstage agents with NXT due to friendship with Borash, so good for them.  Sounds like Borash is going to be a mover and/or shaker in the HHH era, as well.   

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Rhonda leaving at Mania

According to Dave Meltzer, Rhonda is leaving after mania to have babies. I guess that means Becky goes over? Yeah, I was just reading the Observer this morning and was wondering when the e-mails would start flooding in.  I loved this gem as well: "It was always pretty much known it would be after this ... Read more

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Cena

Hi Scott, I’m way out of the loop, but I was wondering if you could summarise what’s happening with John Cena? From what I can tell, the past 5-10 years Cena has been painted as a company man, loyal to a fault. Recent talk has him as a part time performer with one foot out ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Worldwide Wrestling–01.23.88

The SmarK Rant for NWA Worldwide Wrestling – 01.23.88 So here’s the deal: I really prefer watching stuff on the WWE Network because the quality is much better and for a variety of reasons, but people have pointed out that this is a neglected time period on the blog and I agree. That being said, ... Read more

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NXT UK – January 23, 2019

NXT UK Date: January 23, 2019 Location: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, England Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness It’s time to get back to the regular shows as we have the first real show after Takeover. The big story coming out of Takeover is the debut of Walter, who is instantly as big of a star as ... Read more

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NXT – January 23, 2019

NXT Date: January 23, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson It’s the go home show for Takeover: Phoenix and that means it’s time for the big final push. That’s one of the places where NXT excels and that should be the case tonight. The card is ... Read more

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Wednesday Night Thread

Congrats to the latest members of the baseball Hall of Fame, especially the late Doc Halladay. Tonight its the go home NXT before Takeover! RAW had the biggest all time drop from hour 1 to 3. More sports and stuff to be discussed here.

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Strowman cleared to compete?

Since Braun Strowman had a match against Balor this past Monday on Raw, is not being cleared to compete at the Rumble not the reason he was pulled from the Universal Title match against Lesnar now?   It was never the reason, Vince just changed his mind and didn’t want him losing to Brock.  The ... Read more

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Bret Hart Lawsuit

Hey Scott You mentioned in an earlier post about Bret Hart's creative control in relation to the Screwjob. Wouldn't Bret have legal precedence to file a lawsuit against Vince for breaking the contract with a bit of defamation of character or did he not bother since it woild cause too much trouble with WCW? Aw, ... Read more

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Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV – August 29th, 1992

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING TV – AUGUST 29TH, 1992   – Last week on SMW TV… The saga surrounding Brian Lee continues, as we found out there’s a $10,000 bounty on his head, as well as a second attack from the mysterious (and yet to be named) Mongolian Mauler… Jim Cornette offered $10,000 of his mama’s ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – August 23, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: August 23, 2004 Location: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler It’s time for a wedding! The big story on this week’s show is the wedding of Kane and Lita, the latter of whom isn’t exactly thrilled with the whole thing. Other than that there’s the whole removal of ... Read more

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Great character moments in Rumbles

What would be some of your favourites? Mine would be Stone Cold in 1998, where he came in through the crowd because he knew everyone would be staring at the entrance way waiting for him Just a great little character moment, as it showed he wasn't only tough, but also intelligent and not afraid to ... Read more

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Jake the Snake’s DDT to Steamboat on the floor

I just rewatched the SNME where Jake Roberts DDT'd Ricky Steamboat on the floor. I've seen it many times & watched the interviews where Jake talks about it. It certainly looks like Steamboat took the full brunt on his head. But my question is, in your opinion, did he? Or were they both so good ... Read more

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The art of taunting

It was interesting and kind of refreshing to hear you singing Buff Bagwell's praises a bit in your Nitro rant. I guess I had weird friends, but when we were in junior high, Bagwell and Chris Jericho were by far the most over wrestlers in our group. We were mostly in our infancy as wrestling ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–02.02.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 02.02.85 Haven’t checked out of these out in a bit, so let’s get back into it. Taped from what literally appears to be a high school gym somewhere in South Carolina. Your hosts are Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver Don Kernodle v. Jeff Sword Kernodle works the ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – February 28th, 1993

February 28, 1993 From the Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, CA Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, who talk about the return of Hogan like its the biggest news of the year. This week in action are Shawn Michaels, Mr. Perfect, The Bushwhackers, and Kamala. Plus, the entire Hulk Hogan interview from “Monday ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 22, 2019

Smackdown Date: January 22, 2019 Location: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips It’s the go home show for the Royal Rumble and as luck would have it, we’re getting a 2/3 falls match between Rey Mysterio and Almas (still not liking the new name). There are still some spots ... Read more

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Breaking Braun

I haven’t watched Raw since the TLC PPV, but do read the results and am wondering if I need something cleared up for me… So Braun Strowman wins a Universal Title shot at the Royal Rumble, but is not cleared to compete so Finn Balor gets the CHAMPIONSHIP OPPORTUNITY instead.  But then this past Monday, ... Read more

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Refusing To Job?

When a wrestler refuses to job, can the company they work for sue them for breach of contract?  In fact, has that ever happened before anywhere that you know of?   Depends on the contract.  Normally they wouldn't be sued, but just fired, and that happened all the time.  Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan of course ... Read more

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The Brody Cup

Hey Scott, Gimmick Tree Entertainment is hosting a one-night tournament honoring Bruiser Brody this Friday in Philadelphia. Barbara Goodish and Stan Hansen will be there to present the winner with The Brody Cup. The event will also be streamed live on Fite TV.  I spoke with Charlie Armstrong, owner of Gimmick Tree Entertainment, for all ... Read more

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Favorite Rumble elimination

Hi Scott,  Since you recently answered a question regarding your favorite five star RR match and RR is coming up soon – do you have an all-time favorite elimination (or eliminations) in a RR match?  E. g. – Rey eliminating HHH at RR 2006, which is my personal favorite.  Rikishi doing the dance with Too ... Read more

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Tuesday Night Thread

It’s Tuesday night!  Time for the final push to Royal Rumble on Smackdown. My plan today had been to redo Rumble 2000 since I had the day off, but then my wife and child got sick and stayed home with me, so that kind of went out the window. Enjoy the evening and hang out ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – February 27th, 1993

February 27, 1993 From the San Jose State Event Center in San Jose, CA Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. The show starts off with Raymond Rougeau interviewing Doink the Clown in the backstage area. Rougeau tells Doink that his opponent, the Big Bossman, will not put ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Guilty As Charged 2000

I decided not to do a Six of the Best for Guilty As Charged, as I couldn’t really find enough matches to meet the criteria and I would have been reaching after a certain point, so I decided just to review GAC 2000 instead, as I haven’t watched the main event from it in a ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – April 22, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  Sting (9-1) beats Cliff Sheets via submission to the Scorpion Deathlock at 1:11: Sheets was a Florida talent, wrestling for NWA Florida and Coastal Championship Wrestling in between jobber runs in the WWF and WCW in the 1990s ... Read more

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Booking Balor to fail

Scott- So for the last two weeks all we've heard is how Balor is going to get squashed and killed by Brock. Isn't the traditional move to have Balor go over? Instead, so we get Vince and Heyman coming out next week saying that they were right? It just seems like odd match building for ... Read more

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Tech question

Hey Scott, I'm not a tech guy, so maybe you could help explain this: during the height of the Monday Night War (1996-1998?), why does WCW's video look more modern and sharper today than WWE's (even up to the mid-2000s, I guess before HD?)? Is this because WCW was owned by a television company and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–04.18.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 04.18.92 Well of COURSE I was gonna be all over this. This is exactly what I’m looking for: A 40 minute show from the zenith of my fandom with interesting stuff to talk about. That being said, I’m immediately confused by the placement on the Network, because the ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Halloween Havoc 1993

WCW Halloween Havoc ’93 Live from New Orleans, LA Airdate: October 24, 1993 Attendance:  6,000 (3,000 paid) Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Can Cactus Jack exact revenge upon Vader and defeat him? Will Flair regain a “World” title? Who will be the “franchise” of WCW? Let’s find out! To open the ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – January 21, 2019

Monday Night Raw Date: January 21, 2019 Location: Chesapeake Energy Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young It’s the last Raw before the Royal Rumble and last week saw a pretty big change. Finn Balor has taken Braun Strowman’s place in Sunday’s Universal Title match and that means things are a ... Read more

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Possible Title Match Spoilers

Local TV ads for a house show on March 10th in Youngstown, OH are listing Bryan defending against Styles, and Becky defending the Women's Title against Charlotte. Of course, card is subject to change. Yeah, well, the house show here on the 1st was advertised as Dean Ambrose defending the IC title against Seth Rollins ... Read more

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Bits about the Brits

Hi Scott.  I have a couple of questions, both vaguely related to old school British wrestling, but not really requiring any previous knowledge about it. One opinion, one factual. I'll Start with the opinion one first. Back in the days of World of Sport on UK TV, the wrestling would come on and you'd get a match, ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! It’s go home time as the Royal Rumble is less than a week away! I’m going to binge Superstars for a few hours tonight to remember if I liked or hated that show during that time period. Seems like there’s good news on the health front for Roman. Keep fighting Big Dog! ... Read more

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Best Feud in Both Roles?

Watching the Piper/Hogan match on the Network from Starrcade ‘96 and it’s amazing how over face Piper was and heel Hogan was.  Looking back at the total reverse of that in the 80’s got me thinking – is there a better feud where a pair of wrestlers had a big feud as a heel/face and ... Read more

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Who Has Joined The Most Stables?

Maybe Randy Orton? He was a member of Rated RKO, Legacy, Evolution, Wyatt Family and The Authority. Also speaking of Evolution, their was a big rumor around the time that WWE was gonna form a anti Evolution group called Revolution with Jericho, Benoit and Maven. Any truth to this? I don't specifically recall that second ... Read more

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Your most watched show?

Scott, You’ve seen a lot of american wrestling, which show have you watched the most often? Either due to it’s quality, or review popularity or just a show you have a soft spot for? Personally I think I’ve watched WM10 and Summerslam 2001 the most. WM10 from a pure nostalgic point of view being 10 ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–08.11.97

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 08.11.97 It’s the night after Road Wild! Also Lord Steven Regal apparently got drunk and pissed on a stewardess and won’t be on the show. That’s how you know it’s time for rehab.  Also, Syxx was briefly fired for violating the various Standards & Practices rules (vis-a-vis ... Read more

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Five Star Rumbles

So by going through your reposting of the Royal Rumbles, I believe the only Rumble matches you have given five stars to are 1992, 2004, and 2010. So, which one wins it out of those? 92.  2004 is probably technically better but I just don’t want to watch it anymore.  2010 was amazing with a ... Read more

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Royal Rumble Countdown 2019: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2009

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2009 – Live from Detroit, MI – Your hosts are Cole, JR, Tazz, King, Grisham and Matt Striker. ECW World title: Jack Swagger v. Matt Hardy I don’t think I’ve even seen Swagger wrestle before. Swagger ducks into the ropes to start, and Matt slugs him out of ... Read more

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Royal Rumble Countdown 2019: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2010

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2010 – Live from Atlanta, GA. – Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker. ECW World title: Christian v. Ezekiel Jackson Apparently Jackson won a battle royale to earn a title shot. How original. Really, isn’t it time to put a bullet in this belt ... Read more

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Smackdown blues

Stupid question: So most of WWE's current shows are represented by one main color. Raw is red, Smackdown is blue, NXT is yellow, 205 is purple, and even older shows like Heat and Velocity had their one distinctive color (orange and  green, respectively). Is Smackdown's color scheme hurting it? (I know, billion-dollar Fox deal, don't ... Read more

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Dean Ambrose

Is it safe to say that Dean Ambrose has never really achieved what was expected of him. He had a lot of internet buzz surrounding him before he hit the main roster, but for me personally, I’ve never seen the attraction. Is it a case of poor booking or poor work rate? I'd say it's ... Read more

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Kofi Kingston Royal Rumble Winner

Hey Scott, Fantasy Booking: With Kofi's near-eliminations being a running gag every year, New Day being perennially some type of over, and of course, there not really being anyone else, do you think it's the worst idea in the world to just have Kofi win the Rumble this year? Consider this: You're not really having Kofi/Brock. ... Read more

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Which Russo reign was the worst in WCW?

Scott,   I was wondering which of Russo’s two reigns in WCW as head writer was the worst? Was it his first reign (late ’99 to January 2000) or his second (mid 2000s)? Personally, I think his first reign was the worst. WCW in late ’99 was truly some of the worst television I have ... Read more

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Royal Rumble Countdown 2019: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2011

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2011 I’ve had requests for a Royal Rumble Kindle book, but this is the one show I’m missing. So here it is! I wasn’t even watching the product at the time, so this is basically all new to me aside from knowing who the winner was. My exposure ... Read more

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Royal Rumble Countdown 2019–The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2012

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2012 – 01.29.12 So I had originally watched this in the theatre back in 2012 with a raucous, sold out group of fans, and it was a great experience, but not really conducive to writing a report afterwards. So I’ve got a few hours tonight, and we might ... Read more

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Smackdown – August 19, 2004

Smackdown Date: August 19, 2004 Location: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz The Canadian adventure continues as JBL is still Smackdown World Champion and likely in line to continue feuding with the Undertaker. I’m sure you’re as thrilled as I am. Other than that Kurt Angle pinned Eddie Guerrero in a match ... Read more

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ECW on Sci-Fi 12/23/08 & 12/30/08

12/23/08 is the annual Best Of show that’s all recap and video packages so I’m fucking that off and skipping to the last show of 2008 instead. We get a cold open with The Dirt Sheet, with both men debating the positives of abs vs. eating cheeseburgers. Various wrestlers get insulted with Morrison mocking Cena’s ... Read more

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Saturday Night Thread

Saturday continues building momentum as the blog rolls on! UFC debuts on ESPN+ tonight with their first show and a new belt.  Plus the usual array of sports. Monday is the debut of Superstars on the Network!  34 episodes drop, and hopefully they have a better rate of addition than Heat or Prime Time. Hopefully ... Read more

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Royal Rumble Countdown 2019: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2013

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Live from Phoenix, AZ Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL World title, Last Man Standing: Alberto Del Rio v. The Big Show Bret Hart stops by to endorse ADR backstage, which has Ricardo giggling like a smitten schoolgirl. So now we’ve got the new ... Read more

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U.S. Celebrity Big Brother, Part Deux

Sooo… with Celebrity Big Brother starting up a second go-round this Monday down in these parts, you looking forward to it or not really? Well, former “wrestler” Eva Marie is in it, and Tom Green, but the rest is really stretching the definition of a celebrity.  It’s only 3 weeks at least.  

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Royal Rumble Countdown 2019: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2014

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Aka A Harsh Lesson in Crowd Psychology. Live from Pittsburgh, PA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL I’m trying this on the WWE app, even without Michael Cole instructing me how to do it! In the pre-game match, the New Age Outlaws actually get ... Read more

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Best Rumble World Title Match?

In honor of the upcoming World Title matches at Rumble (which both have the potential to join the list of best) what do you think is the best one? I feel like the obvious would be Angle/Benoit or Triple H/Foley. Some of my favs were Brock/Rollins/Cena, Undertaker/Mysterio, Cena/Umaga and Styles/Cena. Orton/Hardy for honorable mention. I ... Read more

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Degrassi T.V. Series

Since you are Canadian, I just have to ask;  Did you ever get into the "Degrassi" t.v. series?  I.E.-Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi; The Next Generation, etc.   No, so don't blame me for Drake.  My parents did watch The Littlest Hobo and Beachcombers all the time, though. 

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Jericho going off on a newsletter?

Was it true that in the early 2000's after a PPV, Chris Jericho publicly went off on a newsletter,(I'm going to say it was the Observer, but I'm not sure), for not giving his match enough stars?  I've heard bits and pieces of this over the years, but obviously never the full story.   There's not ... Read more

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Royal Rumble Countdown 2019: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2015

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Live from Philadelphia, PA, home of ECW and King of the Ring 95. Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler The New Age Outlaws v. The Ascension The circle of life continues, as the Outlaws originally got themselves over by busting on the LOD, and ... Read more

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