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Daniel Bryan = Ratings Killer?

I’ve been paying attention to the viewership with Bryans segments since his return and they’ve all be really low. Indication that his popularity is no longer what it was at its height? Well, duh. They nearly killed him off with that stupid Cass feud, even though he won both matches.

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Saturday Night Thread

Tonight!  Uh, not much going on, I don’t think, unless you’re Canadian.  Which according to the demographics of the site, is not that many of you.  But if you are, Happy Canada Day weekend! Io Shirai has confirmed that she’s actually joining NXT this time. Work continues on the Macho Man set tonight.  I’m heading ... Read more

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Sid Botch

Here’s a question with perhaps no answer. What is Sid’s worst botch? Pillman in 91? Himself in 2000? Random Promo on (Insert Show Here)? Something else I’ve blocked out? To be fair, the injury was the fault of whatever fucknut agent suggested that jumping off the top rope was a great idea. But here’s WWEs ... Read more

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Uncensored ’96

Hi Scott It’s been over a decade since your last rant on Uncensored ’96, headlined by the infamous Doomsday Cage match. Any chance of a re-rant anytime soon? Regards John Sure! And then I will hug and kiss some poisonous snakes!

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Smackdown – January 29, 2004

Smackdown Date: January 29, 2004 Location: MCI Center, Washington DC Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz Things have changed in a big way around here as Royal Rumble winner Chris Benoit has jumped over to Monday Night Raw to go after HHH and the World Heavyweight Championship. That leaves a pretty big hole to fill at the ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – October 6th, 1983

October 6, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Jim Ross This week we will see Jerry & Marty Oates vs. Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart, Junkyard Dog & Barry Darsow, Magnum TA, and more   Ross tells us about Reed forming an alliance with Neidhart. We are then shown a taped interview with the ... Read more

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Repost: The SmarK DVD Rant for Macho Madness–The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection

(Hey all, I got shit going on in my life at the moment that’s eating up my time, so my progress on the new Randy Savage DVD has been stalled until tomorrow night.  Mortgage negotiations are FUN!  Anyway, here’s a repost of the original Savage DVD collection from years back to tide you over!)  The ... Read more

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Hollywood Hogan in WWF

Hey Scott, would it have worked if Hogan turned heel in 1993 after the whole Yokozuna fiasco? For example attacking Luger at some point (Summerslam? Survivor Series?), turning into a Hollywood primadonna character (maybe forming an alliance with Bigelow as his enforcer/bodyguard type, maybe with Bomb & Crush as Demolition reloaded?)? What you say? ​No, ... Read more

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One sided classics

Along the lines of Bret-Bulldog, what are other classic matches that’s pretty much one guy carrying another? ​Flair vs. A variety of people, most notably the very young Lex Luger and very young Sting. Sting sure wasn’t having that same caliber of match with Iron Sheik ​or whoever in 1988.

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Like school in summertime

Hi Scott Reading your article about drunk Hawk coincided with me hitting badd blood and the following Raw, when the wwf reacts to Brian Pillmans passing with some of the most awkward tv ever produced (parading a grieving widow on tv, speculating about the cause, still hinting at a storyline tie in with with Marlena ... Read more

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Friday Night Thread

Rejoice, the weekend has arrived. In sad news, Matt Cappotelli – former winner of WWE Tough Enough – has died from brain cancer. Tonight we have an ROH PPV headlined by Castle vs. Cody vs. Scurll, a mini NJPW show at the CEO gaming convention headlined by Omega & Ibushi vs. Naito & Hiromu, and ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night RAW – December 18, 1995

–Vince McMahon narrates a video package that shows highlights of In Your House 5. –McMahon and Jerry Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Newark, Delaware.  This is the last RAW of 1995 since the WWF was pre-empted for Christmas. –Opening Contest:  Jeff Jarrett (13-8-1) beats Fatu (8-3) via disqualification when Ahmed Johnson ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 23rd, 1991

November 23, 1991 From the Allen County War Memorial in Fort Wayne, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage The show opens with clips from last week’s Funeral Parlor when The Undertaker attacked Hulk Hogan from behind while Ric Flair provided a distraction. We then hear from Paul Bearer & Undertaker ... Read more

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Pedro Morales

HI Scott, I was wondering what your opinion was of Pedro Morales, in the grand scheme of things (in WWE) he seems like a forgotten star. Many pre Hulk Hogan-era champions have had problems with WWE/F but are still seemingly recognised for their achievements or influence on others (Bruno, Billy Graham for example). He held ... Read more

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Big vs Little

You and a lot of people say the best template for Big Heel vs Little Face matches is Vader vs Sting. What would be a good template for Big Face vs Little Heel matches? ​That’s always been a tough dynamic to pull off. Flair was really great with his formula as champion, where normally he’d ... Read more

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Nakamura vs.Dog Questions

1. Was the dog brought up too early? Should he have gotten an NXT run first? 2. Will Nakamura low blow him in the next match only to reveal he’s been neutered? 3. With 50/50 booking will Nakamura suprisingly go over in the Newspaper on a Pole match? 4. Will Stephanie be threatened by the ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Randy Savage Unreleased (Part 2)

(Technical note: Because this whole thing is going to be one big review when it’s done, I’m just gonna carry on with the points from the first part for this disc) Our panel discusses the famous Savage-Steamboat match at Wrestlemania. DDP relates how he stole pieces of that match for his feud with Johnny B. ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – November 18th, 1991

November 18, 1991 Vince McMahon is your hosts. Panel includes Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, Roddy Piper, and Mr. Perfect.   The panel talks about what happened to Hulk Hogan on the “Funeral Parlor.” Perfect and Piper talk about Undertaker not even budging after being hit with a chair and use that to mock Vince when ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 28, 2018

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2tKAqUq   Sami Zayn Update Zayn underwent to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder this week and will have the left shoulder surgery in five or six weeks. He is targeting a February return to the ring. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   PWG Bask in his ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Randy Savage Unreleased (Part 1)

The SmarK Rant for Randy Savage Unreleased – Unseen Matches of the Macho Man By popular demand, I picked this one up from my local DVD store since it was only $20 and people are recommending it. That being said, sweet merciful crap are they getting cheap with the DVD releases now. Instead of the ... Read more

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KOTR

I have recently been re-watching the old King of the Rings. I know you’re not a fan of this PPV, but considering the PPVs are co-branded now, I don’t understand why they never dust this one off. Like the NHL and the NCAA, the WWE could create a "bracket challenge" on its website for fans ... Read more

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USA/FOX WWE Press Release

"Since its debut in 1993 on USA, Raw has been watched nearly 6 billion times in the U.S. alone. In its 25-year history, Raw has helped launch the careers of pop-culture icons including Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson, John Cena®, Undertaker®, Triple H®, “Stone Cold®” Steve Austin and The Bella Twins™." Found it interesting that they ... Read more

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RVD as WWE Champ

If he didn’t get busted, how long do you think they would’ve let RVD run with the belt? ​About as long as anyone not named John Cena would have been allowed to run with the belt. Which is to say, about as long as he got it for.​

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 17th, 1991

November 17, 1991 From the Hara Arena in Dayton, OH Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan This week’s featured match is Ted DiBiase & IRS vs. The Bushwhackers. Plus, a special interview with Randy Savage & Elizabeth. Also in action are El Matador and more!   Texas Tornado vs. Bob Smedley Gorilla tells ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Breakdown–09.27.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Breakdown – 09.27.98 (Originally written 06.26.18) So the Heat shows have convinced me to “buy” the PPV they’re hyping up, Breakdown, a show that I only remember one match. It was originally written the night of the show in 1998, when I would have been drinking and only half paying ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 26th June 2018

WWE 205 Live 26th June 2018 Ontario, California Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson Good grief, grapple fans; Drake Maverick opens the show by telling us that tonight is all about OPPORTUNITY.  He’s certainly been drinking his WWE Corporate Kool Aid.  Tonight should certainly be interesting as we’ve got one half of The ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 16th, 1991

November 16, 1981 From the Allen County War Memorial in Fort Wayne, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. The crowd chants “reinstate” as Piper wants President Jack Tunney to let Savage wrestle at Survivor Series. This week, Hulk Hogan is on the “Funeral Parlor.” The featured match is IRS vs. ... Read more

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Acting in the WWE

Dear Scott, Something I am wondering about that may already be happening and I am not currently watching (shocker right?). It feels like the midcard is better for wrestling compared to previous years-but when it comes to booking and creative they just don’t care. And lets say they know and accept that for whatever reason ... Read more

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Romans Booking

Look if they want Roman as the babyface of babyfaces then whatever, book him strong but how the fuck is it beneficial to Reigns when you got everyone he fueds with pointing out his failures and the fact that he can’t back up his word? They trot Cena out to basically say Reigns isn’t cutting ... Read more

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–10.10.94

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.10.94 Apparently it’s been a month since I’ve done one of these. But there’s just been so much good stuff on the WWE Network to review! Anyway, the Ric Flair “retirement” is looming and Dave is feeling melancholy about it, so let’s jump right in… – WCW shot a creative angle ... Read more

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Brock/Styles- still a money match in 2018?

While we’ve actually seen this match recently at Survivor Series 2017, if Lesnar and AJ keep their hold on the belt, would a unification match at a big 4 show be a draw? Or is that gone for good? ​I’m very over Brock and so is everyone else. I’m just hoping that they take the ... Read more

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Match stipulation not used anymore…

There have only been a few matches that I can remember having "judges" score a match (Flair vs. Steamboat for example). While, in that instance, the judging didn’t play into the outcome of the match (though it setup an awesome follow up angle), it added a cool talking point for the viewer during the match. ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – November 11th, 1991

November 11, 1991 The debut of the roundtable format is on this show. This week, we have Legion of Doom vs. Nasty Boys, British Bulldog vs. IRS, Jim Neidhart vs. Ric Flair, and Randy Savage as guest on the “Funeral Parlor”   We see the new format with Vince moderating a discussion with Piper and ... Read more

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Authors Of Pain

What is going on with The Authors Of Pain?  I can't remember the last time they were on Raw.  Are they in Vince's doghouse for whatever reason?   ​They were just on Main Event, however the issue was that one of them had a work visa problem and couldn't get into the country.  That appears ... Read more

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Vince signing All In talent

Meltzer and Cody were tweeting about it and they both said it was possible. Do you think Vince is salivating at this or its just not on their radar whatsoever? ​I don’t know if Vince is "salivating", but All In is definitely on their radar and I’m sure they’d love to destroy it any way ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling–01.24.87

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 01.24.87 We are TEASED with the ring introductions for the famous Windham-Flair match from World Wide Wrestling before cutting to the actual show this week. Your host is Tony Schiavone, flying solo this week. And what would an episode of 1987 WCW be without Vladimir Petrov to ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 25, 2018

WWE.com RAW Preview https://ift.tt/2Km4bW2   WWE.com U.K. Championship Tournament Preview https://ift.tt/2Kixtl4   Oney Lorcan Injured Lorcan suffered a broken orbital bone in his match at NXT Takeover. No word yet as to how long he will be out of action. https://ift.tt/2K5Yoo9   NJPW Free Match of the Week You can watch Big Van Vader vs. ... Read more

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Nakamura

Hey Scott — A few questions for you regarding Nakamura: 1) When does his contract with WWE end? 2) Do you see him re-signing with the WWE or going back to New Japan for a bit before retiring? 3) Do you think there’s any chance he gets a run with the WWE or Universal Championship ... Read more

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Is NXT the best booked territory ever?

Hello Mr. Keith,  Was thinking this as I watched the Takeover PPV.  Just look how it’s been booked since 2014 and it’s almost been perfect in how you book a wrestling promotion. Pretty much since that first Takeover PPV they haven’t made many mistakes. The wrestling has been great, the storylines have been great. They ... Read more

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Little tweak to current match presentation…

Scott, Follower from the 411 days. Emotional connection is the reason any of us pay attention to a TV show; the reactions of the live crowd feed into the viewers experience at home. There is one production choice I think both young and old can get behind – wait until the ring announcement of the victor of ... Read more

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Vince Compensation

Dear Scott, Best regards. Just the kind of question you will see them ask on Fox News. You just posted something about what Vince made over the last year. I believe it was 13 million last year. I also recall he isn’t even the highest paid in his company? My question is this, not taking ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–09.20.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 09.20.98 Your hosts are Shane McMahon & Jim Cornette Mankind v. Dustin Runnels The Rock and Ken Shamrock are in Mankind’s corner as a part of the increasingly complex Kane-Undertaker relationship. Dustin tries to leave and gets thrown back in by Mankind, so he slugs away ... Read more

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Sunday Thread

EVOLVE 107 tonight will feature NXT’s own Adam Cole… BAY-BAY! According to PW Insider, WWE is not interested in bringing back Batista for a final run. In sporting news, the World Cup continues! Now talk, heathens!

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Ran into Roman Reigns

I saw Roman at a grocery store yesterday. I told him how cool it was to meet him in person, but I didn’t want to be a douche and bother him and ask him for photos or anything. He said, “Oh, like you’re doing now?” I was taken aback, and all I could say was ... Read more

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PWI, WWF Magazine, and Nintendo Power Scans

Hey Scott, A year or two ago, I scanned and e-mailed you pictures from the March 1994 Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine, showing the July 19, 1993 match between Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty as the 1993 PWI Match of the Year.  Their 17, 1993 match on Raw is often confused as that year’s Match of ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 22, 2004

Smackdown Date: January 22, 2004 Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota Attendance: 6,500 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz It’s the final show before the Royal Rumble and most of Sunday is already set. You can always use more focus on the Rumble itself, but I have a bad feeling we might be in for a heavy dose ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover Chicago II–06.16.18

The SmarK Rant for NXT Takeover: Chicago II – 06.16.18 Amazingly, I have managed to avoid all spoilers for the entire week and I’m going into this one without knowing any results. Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph & Percy Watson NXT Tag team titles: Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

EVOLVE 106 and 107 take place this weekend. WWE has added a Vader collection to the Network. Meanwhile, NJPW had a ten-bell salute in memory of the star at today’s show, which also featured the return of Tomoaki Honma. The McMahons are doing just fine, in case you were wondering.  Now talk, damn it!

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Cena Era

Hey Scott, So with Cena gone, and it looking like he’s probably not coming back for anything other than one-off matches, what are your thoughts on his career? How does he line up with the other “guys” of WWE? Where does he stand as a worker, as a promo, as a draw? As a draw, ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 9th, 1991

November 9, 1991 From the Allen County War Memorial in Ft. Wayne, IN Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage.We learn that Sid Justice will miss the Survivor Series and more due to a severed tendon in his bicep after a match against Jake Roberts. We then hear from Sid, promising to ... Read more

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Bundy in The WCW

Hey Scott  After Bundy’s failure in the WWF in the mid 90s, how come The WCW never picked him up?  Without doing too much timeline research I think it was right around 96 when he ended his run up north.   Still plenty of opportunity in The WCW mid card.  Even NWO Bundy May have been ... Read more

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Braun and Generic MITB booking

Am I the only one who is really, really dreading the possibility of Braun cashing in and winning the belt from an exhausted Roman after he beats Lesnar for the title at SS? Braun is supposed to be a monster. He should cut a promo basically saying “I don’t need this damn briefcase.I don’t need ... Read more

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The Coliseum Video Rant 2018–WWF’s Funniest Matches!

The Coliseum Video Rant 2018: WWF’s Funniest Moments! (Originally released 02.27.91) Hosted by Sean Mooney. They’re using Comic Sans for the title font, so you know it’s WACKY. Ball and Chain Match: Bobby Heenan v. Big Bossman Bobby tries apologizing for all his off-color remarks about Bossman’s mother in his pre-match promo and swears that ... Read more

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WWF Prime Time Wrestling – November 4th, 1991

November 4, 1991 Your hosts are Sean Mooney and Bobby Heenan Guests this week are British Bulldog, Gen. Adnan & Col. Mustafa, The Mountie, and El Matador. Mooney carries out a globe and says welcome in different languages as this week’s guests are from all over the world. We get some lame comedy that follows. ... Read more

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Bliss-Rousey Booking

Hi, Scott. Assuming it is the Summerslam match, how do you think WWE should/will book the Bliss-Rousey feud and match?  Given its investment in Rousey, WWE wouldn’t book a “Ronda, this is your life” segment just to get Alexa heat, right?  Since Alexa will have been champion something like 450 days out of the last ... Read more

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Vader/Hogan

During the Vader/Hogan feud of 1995, was there ever a time that Hogan was approached to drop the belt to Vader but  didn’t want to?  I always felt Superbrawl V would have been a perfect time to do it with Hulk winning it back at Bash at the Beach in the Cage match.  But the ... Read more

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Dave rates Money in the Bank

I’m actually still avoiding Takeover spoilers so I’m not scrolling down to that section of the Observer, but here’s Meltzer’s ratings for Money in the Bank, which was supposed to run a lean 3.5 hours and ended up going 4:15 instead.  Given that they actually cut the RAW tag title match to save time, that’s ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–06.20.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – 06.20.18 Yay! More Hidden Gems on the Network! The Road to Perfection (04.21.85) AWA World tag team title: The Road Warriors v. Larry Hennig & Curt Hennig Animal works a headlock on Larry and Axe just punches him in the FACE. Animal seems taken aback by ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 21, 2018

Charlotte Update Charlotte had surgery on 6/19 for a ruptured implant and is taking this current PPV off to be back in time for the SummerSlam build. Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Jason Jordan Update Jordan’s return is tentatively scheduled for July Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter   WWE and Pro Wrestling ... Read more

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RIP Vader

News still breaking.  More details to come. His son announced it on Twitter.   It is with a heavy heart to inform everyone that my father, Leon White, passed away on Monday night (6/18/18) at approximately 7:25pm. pic.twitter.com/dP4CNaMuXa — Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) June 20, 2018  

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BoD Daily Update: June 20, 2018

WWE.com NXT Preview https://ift.tt/2MHzZ6m   Sami Zayn Injured https://ift.tt/2K2nikB   First Four Competitors Announced For PWG 2018 Battle of Los Angeles PCO, Brody King, Jody Fleisch, and Ilja Dragunov will be involved in the tournament, which begins September 14th. https://twitter.com/officialpwg?lang=en   WWN Live Free Match You can watch Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano from EVOLVE ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–10.03.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.03.94 (OK, now I’m all caught up to the point where we left off the Observers again, so I gotta get off my ass and get some more Observer Flashbacks done now.  It’s a vicious circle, people!)  Taped from Utica, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon & ... Read more

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UK tournament

Hi Scott Are you going to be reviewing the UK tournament?  I’m happy to do it, in addition to the 205 Live reviews, if you weren’t planning on covering it. John ​I may or may not, but you’re always free to offer your own take on it.​

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The future

Hey Scott   First and foremost happy Fathers Day.  Here’s a question for you.  What current NXT wrestler do you think has the best chance of bringing wrestling back into the mainstream when they get called up, like Austin and NWO did in 97?   ​Smackdown is gonna be on prime time on the FOX Network ... Read more

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PPV Idea

Now that WWE has more money than God (who Vince also defeated in a match on PPV) what are the odds we get change? No, not better writing or coherent storylines. Im talking about a return to awesome PPV themed layouts like back in the day that gave shows a distinct and different feel?? Maybe ... Read more

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Renee Young

You think WWE is deliberately having Renee Young change her appearance to look less hot? Because she’s a very attractive woman, but has looked much less so lately, and Monday on RAW was not a good look at all for her. Thoughts? ​Dean Ambrose is still a lucky, lucky bastard.  ​

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WWE 205 Live – 19th May 2018

WWE 205 Live 19th June 2018 Toledo, Ohio Commentators: Tom Phillips & Percy Watson We open with highlights of the excellent main event from two weeks ago, where Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali’s tussle was interrupted by Hideo Itami.  It’ll hit the fan this week, grapple fans, as tonight all three combatants will tussle in ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Royal Rumble 1993

Live from Sacramento, CA Airdate:  January 24, 1993 Attendance:  16,000 (sold out) Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan Who will win the Rumble match to become the #1 contender to the WWF title? Will the “Bad Guy” become WWF champion? Can Jannetty exact revenge against former tag partner Michaels and gain the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 2nd, 1991

November 2, 1991 From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage. We learn that Savage was not reinstated by Jack Tunney. Savage then tells Jake Roberts he will not go down easy. This week, we have Col. Mustafa vs. Sid Justice, Bret Hart vs. The ... Read more

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ECW Buffalo Invasion 97

https://ift.tt/2I3zAHC On the whole I like Paul E’s booking, but some times he could be overly “cute” The Dream Partner match on this show is a good example of when he’d indulge his excesses a bit too much Hot take there…

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Trolling Japan

I’ve been convinced for years that Vince loves trolling crowds as evident by 15-min of Jinder chinlocking Roman at MITB. But could Vince be trolling an entire country and wrestling promotion. Nakamura and Asuka win the Royal Rumbles. Both lose high profile title matches at Mania and have been treated like choke artists/losers ever since. ... Read more

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Brock, Roman, Braun, and the briefcase

As I see it, Summerslam can go one of two ways: 1. We get Roman vs. Brock again and they recreate the end of WM31, with Strowman inserting himself into the match and stealing the win. (That, or Roman wins and Strowman cashes in immediately after.) Thus, Roman chokes once again. 2. Same scenario as ... Read more

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WWE Creative’s booking plans leaked

1. Multi-man matches to determine a number one contender for either the WWE or Universal title. 2. Weekly matches between all the participants, including tag team matches, where everyone trades wins. 3. Roman gets coronated. Am I missing something? ​Bayley and Sasha get into a fight and their friendship is over.  ​

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–09.13.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 09.13.98 We missed this one over the weekend, so might as well play catchup a bit. This is the first episode airing after the initial 6-episode order for the show finished up, and USA was apparently so happy with the ratings that they renewed the show ... Read more

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AJ Styles and the WWE 2k19 cover

So it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that there will be a WWE 2K19 this year. AJ Styles is on the cover, and it’s well deserved in terms of his in-ring accomplishments. However, which scenario is more likely: – We all have a chuckle when “THE GAY COMMUNITY!?” inevitably comes ... Read more

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WWF Madison Square Garden – October 28th, 1991

October 28, 1991 From Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby Heenan, and Lord Alfred Hayes   Big Bully Busick vs. Texas Tornado Busick stalls to begin the match as the announcers talk about tonight’s Ric Flair vs. Roddy Piper match. Tornado works a side headlock as the ... Read more

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NakaLuger

So Scott since last year’s Summerslam Nakamura has challenged for the WWE title on ppv 6 times and has failed all 6 times. Is he officially this generations Lex Luger? No, that’s Roman.  I’d call Nakamura more akin to Ted Dibiase or Curt Hennig.   

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UP NEXT

The looooooooooong video packages really slowed down a lengthy show last night. Should these be axed entirely on the main show and saved for the pre-show only or would you cut these down to like 45 second pieces? I know how Vince feels about acknowledging other people’s work, but the people who produce these shows ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2018–06.17.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2018 – 06.17.18 Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & The Coach, plus whoever the Smackdown geeks are. I know I said I’d do NXT first, but Money in the Bank is, you know, money in my bank.  Plus if I ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 27th, 1991

October 27, 1991 From the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, WV Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Nasty Boys, and Texas Tornado. Plus, an interview with Sid Justice & Big Bossman & Legion of Doom and more   Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Vito ... Read more

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WWE Impact Live

Impact is averaging around 300,000 weekly viewers on Pop TV.  The average viewership on FS1? 180,000 viewers. Why wouldn’t they purchase Impact for peanuts and replace the 205 Live taping after Smackdown with Impact Live? You have a program that is currently getting around 300k viewers on a horrible 3rd rate network that most people ... Read more

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POWERBOMB IN 1951!

http://network.wwe.com/video/v1119202783?start=0&contentId=198829310&postPlay=true&postPlayCount=1&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=wwe_hidden_gems&playContext=post_play_via_timer Go to the 37 minute mark. And, of course, that’s the finish. They even nix the 3rd fall ’cause Gunkel is F’d yo. ᐧ Old news,bro.  I reviewed that match as a part of the Hidden Gems rant ages ago.  But yes, Lou Thesz was a bad mamma jamma and I’d also highly recommend ... Read more

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Smackdown – January 15, 2004

Smackdown Date: January 15, 2004 Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut Attendance: 6,000 Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz With less than two weeks to go before the Royal Rumble, it’s still the Hardcore Holly Show around here. Thankfully there’s some other stuff going on to balance it out, but he’s an anchor on the momentum that ... Read more

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Bobby Eaton

Scott, I’ve message a few times regarding the dangerous alliance and midnight express, but I wanted to get to the point and ask what you thought of Bobby Eaton. I don’t know why I’m such a fan of him. Perhaps it’s remembering his quality work with the dangerous alliance, or that he just had a ... Read more

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7 Star Matches

Hi Scott,  Now that we have the first 7-star match rating, what other matches would you go back and rate higher than 5 stars? Michaels-Taker from WM 25 seems like a good choice?   Oh, we’re not going down that rabbit-hole.

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Money on the Table Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2017

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Live from St. Louis, MO Your hosts are Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton & JBL Women’s Money in the Bank: Charlotte v. Becky Lynch v. Tamina v. Carmella v. Natalya Everyone runs for ladders to start, leaving Tamina alone, and she fights everyone else off and ... Read more

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What do you think of New Japan World?

Hi Scott, Many promotions now have their own “network” or streaming set up (DDT, Big Japan, Stardom, Progress etc) and more and more are appearing every month. NJPW World is clearly one of the better networks in regards for getting more bang for your buck but are you happy with it overall as a service? ... Read more

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Money on the Table Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money In The Bank 2016 – 06.19.16 It’s the greatest one of all time! I’m pretty sure announcing that in advance couldn’t bite them in the ass at all. Live from Las Vegas, NV Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Byron Saxton WWE tag titles: The New Day v. ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – October 26th, 1991

October 26, 1991 From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Randy Savage In action this are The Undertaker, Ted DiBiase, and debut of El Matador. Also, more on what happened to Sid Justice last week and an interview with the Natural Disasters   Roddy Piper vs. Tanaka Tanaka ... Read more

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Do you think Vince has ever seen Flair/Steamboat?

After the Okada/Omega classic, It got me wondering: do you think Vince McMahon loves wrestling enough to watch non-WWE classics. Do you think he ever watched Flair/Steamboat? Do you think he saw Okada/Omega? Or is It more business to him and not about actual wrestling? For some reason I can’t picture him sitting down to watch a ... Read more

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Observation

Just an observation:  Can you name another sport or entertainment medium where a fan would rather spend 10 bucks a month to watch shit from 10 to 30 years ago rather than watch the current product on tv for free? I have a network subscription, and I prefer to watch old stuff that I’ve never ... Read more

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Women’s championship and the invasion

Hello, Scott, I know you must love Invasion questions because why not, and I recall how just before the invasion there was the debacle with Chyna who was then Women’s champion. That led to her and the championship going into limbo. However, checking the history, the title wasn’t officially vacated until November, so theoretically China ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling–06.05.89

The SmarK Rant for Prime Time Wrestling – 06.05.89 As picked by winning commentator JosephM for correctly guessing that both myself and Meltzer gave Okada v. Omega 7 stars! Your hosts are Gorilla & Bobby, coming from the premiere of “No Holds Barred”. This is apparently why he picked this particular episode. Gorilla’s first ... Read more

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Money on the Table Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2015

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money In The Bank 2015 (06.14.15) We get a very classy ten-bell salute to Dusty Rhodes with the entire roster on the ramp to start. Live from Columbus, OH Your hosts are Michael Cole, JBL & Jerry Lawler Money In The Bank: Randy Orton vs. Neville vs. Kane vs. Dolph ... Read more

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Question

Good afternoon Mr. Keith. I really appreciate your review, so considering that I respect you so much as an expert, I’d like to ask you what do you think about Bryan Danielson. Considering, exclusively in ring ability, how would you compare him to AJ Styles, Bret Hart, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero? How would you ... Read more

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BoD Daily Update: June 14, 2018

SI.com Week in Wrestling https://ift.tt/2sUKGKt   Authors of Pain Update The reason the team has not been on RAW recently is that one of the members had a visa issue that was recently cleared up. Credit John Pollock via Wrestling Observer Newsletter   Eli Drake Update Drake signed a short-term extension with Impact Wrestling that ... Read more

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Hot dog, we have a wiener…

…and the winner of the star rating prediction contest is JosephM, the only one to successfully guess that both Dave and myself would rate the Okada-Omega match at seven stars! Drop me an e-mail if you haven’t already and pick a one-hour show on the WWE Network that I will review for tomorrow morning.

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Powerslam.TV

Hi Scott, My name is Chris Woolsey and I am in charge of public relations for Pivotshare, a video startup working in the pro wrestling industry with brands such as ICW, Demand Progress, CZW, and Highspots. We have an exciting press release that we thought might be of interest to your readers. Our team are ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for World Class Championship Wrestling–01.02.88

The SmarK Rant for World Class Championship Wrestling – 01.02.88 Taped from Dallas, TX Your host is Mark Lowrance They’ve added a whole ton of World Class lately, and although we left off in early 1983 last time I was doing these, I’ve always been more fascinated by dying promotions, so let’s move into 1988, ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – January 12, 2004

Monday Night Raw Date: January 12, 2004 Location: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York Attendance: 6,100 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman We’re closing in on the Royal Rumble and we’re finally starting to talk about the thing. Last week saw the first few names officially announced for the Royal Rumble match and ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – October 19th, 1991

October 19, 1991 From the Wheeling Civic Center in Wheeling, WV Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage This week, we will see Sid Justice vs. El Diablo. Also in action are Ric Flair, Jake Roberts, and the Natural Disasters. Plus, Hacksaw Jim Duggan as guest on the “Funeral Parlor” and more! ... Read more

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WWE 205 Live – 12th June 2018

WWE 205 Live 12th June 2018 Memphis, Tennessee Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson   Good day, grapple fans!  We start with highlights of last week’s main event where Hideo Itami ran in to cause a DQ finish, before accosting Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy.  Drake Maverick tells us that, as a result ... Read more

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ECW Barely Legal

https://ift.tt/2JHW5Uc Still fun 21 years later, although I still wouldn’t call it my favourite ECW pay per view as you do Good show though, worth a watch I’ve seen it upwards of 100 times thanks to tape trading and yeah, it was always enjoyable.  

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Savage

Did you get/will get the unreleased Randy Savage collection? If so, can we expect a review? I dunno, how much of his stuff is really unreleased at this point ?  I’ve already got multiple collections of Macho Man stuff now.  

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New Japan

With New Japan looking like the superior product. Do you see a Major Network in the statea picking them up? If so, I would be interested to see how WWE responds product wise. I’m not seeing it.  They still have no real track record in North America.  We’re still a long ways from New Japan ... Read more

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Wrestlemania Finish Explained

“Lesnar’s ongoing run as Universal Champion surpassed the previous marker, CM Punk’s 434-day stint as WWE Champion that stretched between 2011 and 2013” –WWE’s official press statement That explains everything. Why did no one make that connection? ​Because neither one is a “record” anyway?  Also, they’re two different titles, so it’s a bullshit comparison.  ​

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The SmarK Rant for New Japan Dominion–06.09.18

The SmarK Rant for NJPW Dominion – 06.09.18 Live from Osaka Jo Hall Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Don Callis IWGP Junior tag titles: Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru v. Rappongi 3K SHO & YOH send the champs flying off the apron before the bell, and back in Yoh gets two on Kanemaru. Suzuki-Gun hauls ... Read more

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXII

Live from Milwaukee, WI Airdate:  January 13, 1993 Attendance:  4,000 Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura Experience the return of Thundercage! Also, will Steamboat and Douglas retain the unified tag team titles? Or will Austin and Pillman supplant them? Let’s find out! On a podium, Tony Schiavone and WCW Executive Vice-President of ... Read more

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Original Plans for Lex Luger as WCW Heavyweight Champion in 1991

If Lex Luger beats Ric Flair in the cage at GAB 1991 to finally win the WCW Title as a babyface champion, what were the plans for him?  Was he going to continue feuding with the Horsemen?  Was Windham next in line as a contender? Before Jim Herd was fired, was the plan always for ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – October 13th, 1991

October 13, 1991 From the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan In action this week are Legion of Doom, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, The Warlord, and The Rockers. Plus, Roddy Piper as guest on the “Barber Shop.”   Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Bob Bradley Duggan gets the ... Read more

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CM Punk question

Let’s say Punk gets fired from UFC tomorrow, would Belator pick him up?  And if they do, would they go as far as to bring in another professional wrestler to fight him?  And if they do, who would you go for? Bellator would definitely bring him in.  As for who is low enough on ... Read more

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3MB

Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, and Heath Slater were featured in three consecutive segments on Raw this week.  Could this be foreshadowing a long awaited 3MB reunion at some point? TUNE INTO NITRO TO FIND OUT!

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The SmarK Rant for NJPW Dominion–06.09.18 (Part 3)

Just to recap, here’s part one and part two.  Once everything is finished I’ll post it all as one big rant for the benefit of those Googling it. Live from Osaka Jo Hall Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Don Callis. IWGP Junior heavyweight title: Will Ospreay v. Hiromu Takahashi Both guys charge in and ... Read more

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How much money is Vince losing on the XFL?

Apparently, the new commissioner is getting $20 million. https://twitter.com/Bachscore/status/1006162041172889600 I’m saying they lose $250 million on this nonsense. How much you think they lose this time? Hey man, it’s a different world now.  If they can sucker a network into paying content fees, they might even break even.  

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Question

Scott,  Was it controversial when Adrian Adonis announced that his character was gay back in the late 80s? Even though I was watching back then, I always thought that his chatacter was just inferred as being gay. Until recently, I hadn’t known that he actually announced that he was gay on the TNT show.  I don’t recall ... Read more

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Money on the Table Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2012

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2012 – 07.15.12 (Originally written 06.08.18) Another one I never watched, apparently, so that means BRAND NEW rant for you! Live from Phoenix, AZ, with 9000 in attendance and 188,000 buys on PPV. Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & Booker T. Money in the ... Read more

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – October 12th, 1991

October 12, 1991 From the Ottawa Civic Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage This week, Bobby Heenan will interview Ric Flair. In action are Big Bossman, Jake Roberts, Jim Neidhart, and the Beverly Brothers   Big Bossman vs. Martin Roy Bossman knocks down Roy as the ... Read more

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CM Punk as the Anti-Lesnar

Hey Scott, I know Punk has said he has no interest in returning to WWE but at this point (at the risk of stating the obvious) why would they even want him? He’s been utterly exposed. I know everyone kind of assumes pro wrestlers are trash in real fighting but CM’s gone out of his ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for NJPW Dominion 06.09.18 (Part 2)

Continuing on with the second part of the Dominion show, with another three matches! Live from Osaka Jo Hall Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Don Callis NEVER Openweight title: Hirooki Goto v. Michael Elgin v. Taichi Goto and Elgin wisely decide that teaming up on Taichi (the Carmella of Suzuki-gun) would be the easiest ... Read more

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Raw’s record low rating

Do you think last Monday’s record low rating for Raw was due to not so much the product itself, but the same lame build for Money In The Bank year after year? ​No, I think they burned out the audience in April with overhype for Wrestlemania and Greatest Royal Rumble, and everything since then has ... Read more

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Mid-South Wrestling – September 15th, 1983

September 15, 1983 Your hosts are Boyd Pierce and Jim Ross This week we will see One Man Gang, Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Magnum TA vs. King Kong Bundy & Missing Link, Junkyard Dog vs. Krusher Darsow, and Butch Reed will be here too.   Nikolai Volkoff vs. Johnny Rich Volkoff beats on Rich then ... Read more

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Money on the Table Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2011

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money In The Bank 2011 Oh hey, speaking of CM Punk… Live from Chicago, IL Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Booker T. This showcase of taking a stand against corporate yes-men and selling out is brought to you by SKITTLES. Smackdown Money In The Bank: Sin Cara ... Read more

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CM Punk’s departure

So based on the lawsuit he just won, was CM Punk’s departure from WWE mostly based on him getting a concussion in the Royal Rumble and being eliminated by Kane?  Was he planning on leaving anyways no matter what happened in that match?  Since he was WWE Champion for 434 days and had Paul Heyman ... Read more

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CM Punk-Mike Jackson question

Not a wrestling-related question but I know you follow UFC so I have a question for you regarding CM Punk’s fight last night. What incentive was there for Mike Jackson to not end the fight when he had multiple chances? Dana White made it clear that he wasn’t happy about it and said Jackson won’t ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–09.06.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 09.06.98 Your hosts are Shane McMahon & Jim Ross Gangrel v. DICK MOTHERFUCKING TOGO Togo comes in with a leg lariat and fires off a springboard moonsault for two, but Gangrel catches him with a powerslam and drops an elbow on him to take over. Double ... Read more

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