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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – September 2, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are back in the booth and they are calling the action in the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Russell talks with Jesse James Armstrong, who is not happy that Randy Hales has suspended his friends in SMW. Opening Non-Title Contest:  Jerry Lawler (USWA Unified World Champion) (21-4) pins Reggie B. ... Read more

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The Most Fun Man in Sports Entertainment

So, Jericho is really showing legs that continue to make him an important figure in wrestling this late into his career. Obviously he's not a top level star on the level of Hogan and Stone Cold, but could he be the most consistently fun performer that wrestling has ever seen? Almost 50 years old and he ... Read more

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Are A Majority of Wrestling Fans Toxic?

Hey Scott. Hope all is well.  I wanted to pick your brain since you interact with way more wrestling fans than I do. Are a majority of fans simply too toxic to talk wrestling with? I see a lot of conversations resemble how bad things can get with Star Wars and the whole Marvel vs ... Read more

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Switch controller…

Scott, What was the $25 Switch controller you got from Amazon?  I'm looking to pick one up for my son.  Thanks. Here's the Amazon.ca link for it: https://ift.tt/3omf0Zy And it's also available from Amazon US it looks like: https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Controller-Gamepad-Joystick-Nintendo/dp/B07VC5GH71/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=wireless+switch+controller&qid=1603466562&sr=8-6 I'm loving this thing already, I have to say.  It's replacing one of the cheap “BioGenik” branded ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 01.15.96

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 01.15.96 Live from Miami, FL Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo Lex Luger v. Randy Savage Gotta love all the carefully planted Hulk Hogan merchandise in the front row to prove how popular he is.  Bischoff announces that Savage gets a shot at the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.15.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.15.96 Taped from somewhere at the end of a cycle. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler Marty Jannetty v. Owen Hart They trade facelocks to start while Marty’s neon outfit threatens to crash the Network.  There’s not enough bandwidth in the world to contain that ... Read more

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Daily News Update – October 23, 2020

Hey yo. I got a new fake Switch Pro controller on Amazon Prime day for like $25 and it’s NIIIIIIIIICE.  Solid build, vibration built in, and motion controls. I was playing some Rocket League tonight to test it out and it feels really good. Time to catch up on some headlines from yesterday that I ... Read more

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NXT UK – October 22, 2020

NXT UK Date: October 22, 2020 Location: BT Studios, London, England Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness Things are hot coming after last week’s show with the red hot tag match. All roads are leading to the Ilja Dragunov vs. Walter showdown and I really want to see the match. Hopefully we should be in for ... Read more

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The PRIME TIME Thursday Thread: October 22, 2020

“Hello, everyone, and welcome to Prime Time Thursday as we help you navigate the mid-week’s icy waters.” “And we figure out how to do it without any sissy football players, either.” “Sissies?” “He’s just a punter!  Who could he hurt?” “If that’s how big the punter is, it makes me glad I retired.” “Didn’t happen ... Read more

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Sloppy Shop

Hi Scott, Was curious on your thoughts on AEW rankings after a year? Whats the point if every title shot is awarded based off a battle royal, a tournament, or being named Orange Cassidy? It was bad enough beating only jobbers got you ranked top 5 but now they really jumped the shark ranking the ... Read more

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Best PPV that looked like the worst on paper

Playing off an email from yesterday asking what show was the biggest stinker despite having a strong roster/lineup, how about we switch gears: What PPV looked like total crap on paper, but turned out to be at least a good, enjoyable effort. Doesn't have to be show of the year or anything, just good enough ... Read more

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El Gigante vs. The Great Muta (and other Dream Matches)

And we’re back with more of wrestling’s most unusually-booked matches! Or just random stuff on YouTube I found! First up, one of the most disparate matches ever in terms of the gulf in workrate between the two competitors. Plus one of those “Split up two tag teams and have them wrestle each other” WWF matches ... Read more

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MJF/Jericho and the inevitable HHH response

So now that MJF/Jericho have gone and done a musical number which will no doubt go viral and only add to Jericho's fame and popularity, you think that HHH will probably try and top it purely out of spite and malice's sake? I mean, this is the same man who spent over a year burying ... Read more

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Lol, ok Bret

https://ift.tt/34hpykC “We were going for 15 minutes before we even got into the ring, and then, we did about 10 minutes in the ring. But we had another 25 minutes of a match that was planned out. If it had ever happened, it could have been one of the greatest matches of all time. And ... Read more

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Hogan/Sheik

Hopefully the answer here isn't so simple as “that's just how it was done back then”, but given that Backlund had held the title forever, wouldn't Hogan vs. Backlund have been a much bigger match and a much better way to pass the torch? Followup: if this was “just the way things were done”, what ... Read more

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Daily News Update – October 22, 2020

Quite a night of wrestling, and a pretty damn good World Series game as well. NXT tag team titles change hands https://ift.tt/3mb2yK7 Zicky Dice loses NWA TV title to the Pope; Billy Corgan insists that Powerrr is still a thing that exists https://ift.tt/3jeQl5m Allie is once again the Bunny https://twitter.com/AEW/status/1318717615091650561  

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NXT – October 21, 2020

NXT Date: October 21, 2020 Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Beth Phoenix, Wade Barrett, Vic Joseph Things continue to be in a weird place around here as we are still needing a big star. Finn Balor is still out injured and I’m not sure how things are going to go without something to ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.21.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.21.20 Taped from Jacksonville, FL Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Excalibur & Jim Ross TONIGHT:   We determine once again if TOURNAMENTS ARE AWESOME. Full Gear Eliminator round one:  Wardlow v. Jungle Boy Wardlow is the overpowering bully to start, but JB slaps him around and bounces off him ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – May 22, 2006

Monday Night Raw Date: May 22, 2006 Location: Thomas And Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Smackdown has gotten through its pay per view now so it’s time for Raw to get ready for something of its own. In theory at least, as the next show is ECW One Night Stand, ... Read more

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Dynamite – October 21, 2020

Dynamite Date: October 21, 2020 Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross It’s time to start the second year as well as beginning the process of finding a new #1 contender. That means the first round of a tournament to crowd Jon Moxley’s next challenger, with the finals on November 7 ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – August 5, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are still covering action from the Jellico, Tennessee tapings. Opening Contest:  The Dynamic Duo (6-7-1) defeat Matt Hardy & Jason Arndt when Al Snow pins Hardy after a German suplex-clothesline combination at 1:57: The THUGS are no longer the SMW tag team champions, but ... Read more

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Dork Order

I actually enjoyed the Cody vs. Orange Cassidy match on the Dynamite Anniversary Show, but wouldn’t their new found rivalry make more sense if they were fighting to get a shot at Brodie Lee?  Seems like the Dark Order was really picking up some steam with Brodie as the TNT Champion and just completely got ... Read more

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Wrestling Cartoon

I have very fond memories growing up in the 80s and watching Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling on Saturday mornings. So I tracked down some DVDs and just rewatched the whole series…and I was very underwhelmed.  Maybe watching cartoons in my 40s has jaded me, but the storylines were dumb, and I forgot that none ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #391 (21/10/2000)

Hello You! Back with more Hardcore TV, as we’ll soon be into single digits as far as remaining episodes. Can I power through to the end? Let’s find out! This week’s matches were taped from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Calling the action are Joey Styles and Joel Gertner We open up with footage of Rhino destroying Tom ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.15.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.15.93 Taped from Tucson AZ and JESUS CAN WE GET AWAY FROM THIS TAPING ALREADY?  I know I sound like a broken record with this, but 3 weeks really is the ideal amount of time for a taping cycle and their super-cheap “stretch it out to 4 or ... Read more

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Steve Blackman

Hi Scott, a couple questions on the most charismatic superstar in the world Steve Blackman. 1) How do you rate Blackman's run in the WWF during his main run 97-02?  2) Whatever happened to the Steve Blackman: Bounty Hunter show that was filmed and being passed around the networks?  3) If he hadn't nearly died ... Read more

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Burying NXT stars on the main roster

Keith Lee just jobbed to Braun Strowman in 3 minutes. Dijakovic wears a stupid mask, has a stupid name & tapped out in an 8 man tag on RAW, then got beat down post-match. These guys are big, very talented & busted their asses to get over in NXT, and earn a main roster spot. ... Read more

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Daily News Update – October 21, 2020

And a fine morning to you all. WWE Being Investigated As Possible Coronavirus Hot Spot https://ift.tt/3ocXDKn Xia Li Is Having A Kickboxing Match This Weekend https://ift.tt/37qyUfH An AEW Team Reunited On Dark https://ift.tt/37pC5Ew   This morning brings us young Tenzan v. young Lance Storm from Europe in 1993!

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Is Dark a Good Thing?

Hey Scott- What are you thoughts on AEW Dark? When it first started, I saw it as something like counter programing to NWA Powerr, and brought me back to the days when Velocity was in its original airing, but since COVID it has really blown up into this massive weekly 10+ match extravaganza. Does this expose ... Read more

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WWF Action Zone – May 28th, 1995

May 28, 1995 Your hosts are Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill This week’s featured match is Savio Vega (in his first match) against Eli Blu   We get a video package from last week’s “Superstars” when Razor Ramon defeated Jacob Blu in a King of the Ring qualifying match as we saw Vega run ... Read more

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AEW DARK: October 20, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 57, October 20, 2020. From the AEW Arena. Your hosts are Taz and Excalibur, whose adjective of the day is “mammoth”. TONIGHT! Five feature bouts and 11 others! With Pillman and Garrison graduating to Featured Player status, can they make it two in a row against ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – May 28th, 1995

May 28, 1995 From the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, MA Your hosts are Jim Ross & Gorilla Monsoon In action this week are Kama, Allied Powers, and Adam Bomb The show starts off with the Diesel & Bam Bam Bigelow interview from “Superstars.”   Adam Bomb vs. Gus Kantarakis The announcers tell us ... Read more

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Best Rookie Year Ever

Hey Scott, Who had the best rookie year ever? My guesses it would be Goldberg with his undefeated streak and winning the title, Kurt Angle being Eurocontinental champ, KOTR and winning world title, or Ronda Rousey with instant credibility, winning the title and even get the first women's main event at Wrestlemania (depending on when ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Velocity – 08.17.02

The SmarK Rant for WWE Velocity – 08.17.02 OK, so after the chronological order of the first four episodes of this show, we now start jumping forward two months for reasons that will become completely obvious shortly. Also HOLY SHIT, they fixed the WWE Network interface on Windows so it’s no longer formatted for a ... Read more

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Daily News Update – October 20, 2020

Yes, it’s the happiest day of the month in Canada, the day that the government sends us money for having a child. WWE Actually Reveals The Hacker https://ift.tt/37mKush Grudge Match Set For Sunday https://ift.tt/3kg479c Jake Hager returns to Bellator for a fight https://ift.tt/31lfmWk Disgraced former NBA referee to become future disgraced wrestling referee https://ift.tt/3kfjvTd

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Monday Night Raw – October 19, 2020

Monday Night Raw Date: October 19, 2020 Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe It’s time for the first look at the new Raw roster as well as the go home show for Hell In A Cell. I like that a lot more than leaving the Cell as a lame ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – May 27th, 1995

May 27, 1995 From the O’Neil Center in Danbury, CT Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix This week we have Duke “The Dumpster” Droese vs. Kama in a King of the Ring qualifying match plus Shawn Michaels vs. Tom Prichard   The show starts off with clips from “Monday Night RAW” where Bret ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G-1 Climax – FINAL!

Howdy! Tonight, we settle all family business, as Kota Ibushi takes on SANADA to determine for one and all who holds sway over the G-1 Climax! It’s Finals time, so why waste a moment? Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? A Block (Michael Fitzgerald): Click for Night 1Click for Night 2Click for Night 3Click for ... Read more

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Thundercats

So if they were to do a live action Thundercats movie using wrestlers as actors, who do you cast where?  The John Cena as Liono idea was great.  Battista as Panthro sounds good to me.  Ronda Rousey as Cheetara?  Pretty much anyone long and lithe and lean and not named Charlotte works there.  HHH as ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! I hope everyone had a good weekend and all that. We’ve got all kinds of stuff happening tonight. It’s the “season premiere” of RAW, which is a lot like the previous episode of RAW last week. Most of Smackdown’s babyface mid-card jumped ship in the Draft so we will get some new ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – July 18, 1995

Highlights from Heatwave ’95 are shown. Joey Styles hypes this week’s tour of Florida, as well as the Steiner Brothers debut at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Middletown, New York on July 28. After showing footage of referee Bill Alfonso trying to shut down Heatwave ’95 before it got going, Styles reveals that Alfonso has ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight: JWP Thunder Queen Battle II

Full Playlist here! JWP THUNDER QUEEN BATTLE II: (20.11.1993) * This is yet another big Joshi show; actually the third last really big one of the year- only Wrestlemarinepiad ’93 and St. Battle Final come later. This is a sequel of sorts to the first TQB from the Summer, which had the famous “Multi-Person ... Read more

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WALTER

Hi Scott WALTER rules, obviously. And he has no interest in relocating to the US. But hypothetically, what does he look like on the main roster? Does he get the Rusev monster push, or do American crowds not 'get' him and he's working in front of dead crowds? When crowds are back of course. Or ... Read more

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Theme Song Evolution

Best 1-2 Combo of a Wrestler Having an Awesome Theme, and later in their career/new gimmick having a different theme as good, if not arguably better: – Hogan with “Real American”, and later having “Voodoo Child” as Hollywood Hogan? *or* – Jericho debuting in WWF with “Break the Walls”, and later with “Judas” as Le ... Read more

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GOLD-BERG, GOLD-BERG

So there's rumors of Goldberg being heavily involved in the Rumble and WM and Vince apparently “Could care less what anyone thinks of him using Goldberg” just why?  No one cares about Goldberg in 2020, hell my son was asking me last year “who's this old dude and why's he beating the Fiend, the Fiend's ... Read more

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Mesh Kane

I bought a face mask from WWE Shop that looks like Kane's original full face design. Kind of funny in retrospect, now knowing he probably wouldn't even wear his own merch in this case. Shipping took forever, there was some newfangled convoluted payment system and the damn thing only came with one rubber ear adjuster. ... Read more

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Mike Reviews IWA Japan 2nd Year Final Battle

Hello You! I was originally going to have a bash at reviewing the 1995 King of the Deathmatch this week, but I’ve seen that one quite a few times whilst I’ve never seen this show, so I decided to go with something new. If you fancy watching along, you can do so by clicking HERE. ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 01.23.96

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 01.23.96 (Note to those following along with the Observer archives on the F4W site: The Jan 22 issue is just a summary of the year-end awards and review of 1995’s major shows without any actual news in it, so we’re skipping to this one.) Kicking off a grand tradition in the ... Read more

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Impact Wrestling – October 13, 2020

Impact Wrestling Date: October 13, 2020 Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne We’re almost up to Bound For Glory and that means it’s time to add in a few more matches before building up everything that has already been set. The show is still lacking that one big match to really ... Read more

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Sunday Night Reset: October 18, 2020

Tonight!  We have some serious sports on for all of you, as the Braves and Dodgers have those two magic words: Game Seven.  Meanwhile, if you’re a tackle guy, the Rams and Niners are facing off on NBC. Or if you’re like me, you’re watching this instead: BOTCHAMANIA! Next weekend, not one but two big ... Read more

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Summer Slam 92 kid found

https://twitter.com/WrestlingArcade/status/1317791389309161473?s=20 Whether she wanted to be or not I have no idea what people are going on about in that thread exactly, but Summerslam 92 was definitely a bigger deal in the UK than it was over here so perhaps there's a large contingent of British fans who have minutia from the show memorized like ... Read more

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The Rise and Fall of RAW Underground

Who will WWE throw under the bus when 'The Rise and Fall of RAW Underground' documentary is made 10 years from now? A. Shane McMahon B. Vince McMahon C. Dolph Ziggler D. Dabba Kato E. Braun Strowman F. Someone else I've literally never even seen Dabba Kato wrestle yet so I'm gonna go with him. 

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NXT 04/13/2010 #8

We’re in London, England and you can tell because of all the English landmarks sprucing up the entrance. The Rookies start the show in the ring with Striker asking them questions then doing his best to make them look stupid. Barrett gets a “eh” response but the crowd cheers for Bryan & Gabriel. After pointing ... Read more

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Cornette/Brian Adams-Crush and His legal issues

So I was catching up on Jim Cornette's podcast and there is a bit where he's talking about Brian Adams/Crush and suddenly, Cornette goes kind of on a Reagan-esque “Well… I don't recall…” when discussion of Adam's WWF career gets to the topic of his legal issues and stint in prison. Given how Cornette tends ... Read more

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Vince reacting to Nitro/big competition

Vince obviously took WCW competition more seriously from Hogan's debut there on. Still, his attempts with The New Generation (feat. Piper, Lawler, Bundy, Backlund!), petty Billionaire Ted & co skits, hypocritical stuff galore, bad decisions (Bret vs Backlund AGAIN in late 95? Jesus) into plain desperation (T&A and ultraviolent nonstop as soon as Russo became ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT UK – 10.15.20

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT UK – 10.15.20 A couple of people have asked for this one, so why not. Taped from…I wanna say the UK?  I actually prefer the setup of the BT Sports studio to regular NXT’s cramped Thunderdome-lite. Your hosts are Andy Shepherd & Nigel McGuinness Heritage Cup first round:  Dave ... Read more

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Daily News Update – October 18, 2020

I got my new internet.  It’s pretty fast, I guess.  Bet I could stream that October 10 G1 show in beautiful 8K clarity now on my 85″ TV screen and see all the five star matches if I wanted. British Bulldog Documentary Coming https://ift.tt/2T3E3lF Next Week’s Smackdown On FS1 https://ift.tt/2HbZy15 Dominick Mysterio Might Be Dropping ... Read more

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G.I. Joe – There’s No Place Like Springfield!

Some great suggestions from the request thread, so I’ve bumped my Movies Go To the Cartoons to next week and thought I’d hit this one first. We start with the equivalent of an “angle” to set up the “big match”. Memories of Mara G.I. Joe detect a Cobra submarine, which attacks, but at the same ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 30 – Final Night

Hello You! Well, we’ve had one heck of a tournament with lots of great matches and now it’s time to tie things off with a nice bow, with A Block Winner Kota Ibushi taking on B Block Winner SANADA. Let’s find out who will be taking home the bacon! You can read Rick’s review of ... Read more

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Judgment Day 2006

Judgment Day 2006 Date: May 21, 2006 Location: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona Attendance: 14,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s time for what feels like the most B level pay per view in a good while. The main event is the loser of a World Champion in Rey Mysterio defending against perennial challenger JBL, who ... Read more

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Smackdown – May 19, 2006

Smackdown Date: May 19, 2006 Location: Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico Attendance: 5,757 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the go home show for Judgment Day and my goodness it’s a pretty sad world around here. World Champion Rey Mysterio is on a losing streak to various monsters and tonight he gets to face a mystery ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G-1 Glimax – B Block Night 9

Howdy! We’re here! The last show before the Final! Who will win B Block and attempt to deny Kota Ibushi back-to-back wins in the G-1? Only one way to find out! Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we? A Block (Michael Fitzgerald): Click for Night 1Click for Night 2Click for Night 3Click for Night 4Click for ... Read more

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Andre’s Penis

Do you think it was huge? And if not him then which wrestler had or has the biggest penis? Do we need a Mount Rushmore of penises now?  Also I'm pretty sure that Mick Foley definitively answered this one when he named 2 Cold Scorpio the reigning and defending champion of that area.  

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Biggest female star

Scott, Who is the biggest female wrestling star in North America in the post WWF expansion era?  In kayfabe it’s gotta be Becky but in money drawn is it also Becky based on merch or do we say Sable/Chyna get credit for some MNW ppv buys or ratings? Bonus question – if you were to ... Read more

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Takeover worthy main event

Do yourself a favor this weekend and check out the tag team War on NXTUK between Dragunov/Dunne and WALTER/Wolfe. Can't wait for the title match after watching this one. I know WALTER wants to stay in Europe but it's kinda horseshit that Pete Dunne is stuck over in NXT UK now.  But I can certainly ... Read more

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No shirt Roman

It’s mind boggling that they only now changed Roman’s look.  It’s like a different person.  He's even throwing shade at people on Twitter.  IT'S ALMOST LIKE EVERYONE IN THE FUCKING WORLD SAID TO DO THIS YEARS AGO.  Whatevs, Roman's tremendous in this role and however we had to get here, I'll take it. 

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New day reunion

After last night, How long till wwe touts a “huge” reunion and acts like it’s the first time they got together in forever? A month? Rumble? I give it 2 months before I hear Cole telling us how the universe didn’t think it would ever happen again but “tonight it is!!!” Survivor Series. 

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Cartoon and comic review requests

Tomorrow’s cartoon review will be Movies Go To the Cartoons, some movie-based cartoon shows, with some you can probably already guess. I break up from work October 23rd and am back to work on November 2nd. I’m pressing the reset button on any plans and opening up the floor for requests. If I can do ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #6 – 05.03.86

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #6 – 05.03.86 Man, outside of Dynamite, rewatching all these is by far the highlight of my week. Taped from Providence, RI, doing a 9.3 rating. Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan, who was HOT FIRE all night. The Funk Brothers v. Hulk Hogan and ... Read more

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Daily Thread – October 17, 2020

We’ve got a lot of college football today and Smackdown’s ratings/audience were down a bit.   HEADLINES!   WWE May Have Signed An AEW Name https://ift.tt/347YDI2 WWE Running 30 Days Of The Deadman https://ift.tt/2IHZo2h Raw Underground Is Finished https://ift.tt/2T1Ts5V Discuss the various comings and goings and watch Alexa Bliss and Ronda Rousey.

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Thundercats – Lion-O’s Anointment Trials

A bit of a weird one, here, although it shouldn’t be. The first season of Thundercats ran for 65 episodes, meaning thirteen weeks from Monday to Friday between the last few months of 1985. So, if there was a five-part story, you’d expect it to run across one week, wouldn’t you? Well, in this case, ... Read more

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