The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE TLC 2016 – 12.04.16

Live from Dallas, TX

Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo, JBL, Tom Phillips & David Otunga. Really, FOUR announcers? We’re getting dangerously close to the Naked Gun gag of the endless parade of baseball announcers. (At least we’re back to a more manageable three now, as it turned out that sticking ol’ face-fucker in there was seemingly a passive-aggressive way to get rid of Mauro.) 

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

As of right now, WWE TLC is taking place tomorrow. Kurt Angle will wrestle his first WWE match in 11 years in place of Roman Reigns in the main event, while AJ Styles has been drafted in to replace Bray Wyatt against Finn Balor. These changes were yesterday confirmed to be a result of viral infection.

Kevin Owens, meanwhile, has been sent home from Smackdown’s South American tour for personal reasons.

I think that’s enough to be getting on with. Now talk, damn it!


Holy cow, you guys!  I knew TN…uh…Global…uh…whatever they’re called now wouldn’t let WWE have all the attention in the news today.  From the Observer…

  • Impact held their press conference at the Crust & Crate in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada today to reveal the Impact-themed pizza and beverage that will be available at the restaurant from November 4-10. Two types of pizza will be available, with customers choosing between the “Sriracha Scissor Kick” (spicy jerk chicken, roasted corn, black beans, salsa, red onion, jalapenos, and sriracha drizzle) and the “Pulled Pork Piledriver” (pulled pork, pickled onions, red chillies, jalapenos, bacon, and BBQ drizzle). The Impact cocktail has gin, rum, blue curacao, 7-Up, and splashes of lime and lemon.

BOOM.  WWE just got served like pizza.  GAME CHANGED.


Friday Night Thread

I know it’s not as exciting as MENINGITIS-MANIA, but I’ve also been home sick for a few days now due to viral problems, but you don’t see me calling Kurt Angle to write the Observer Flashback, do ya?

Anyway, now all kinds of crazy theories about people having the mumps are spreading like, well, viral infections, and clearly the shit going on backstage is more interesting than the shit on screen right now.

If you’d rather NOT talk about wrestling, we’ve got the damn Yankees trying to close out the Astros in the ALCS, plus hockey and basketball to discuss.

I’m going to go back to coughing now, so talk about stuff here!

TLC huge changes

Scott- just broke that Roman Reigns is being replaced in the TLC main event with Kurt Angle???? WTF??? 

Is this wellness related? And Angle being in a wwe ring for the first time in 11 years in a TLC match??? 
Oh and Bray being replaced by AJ Styles? I'm all for replacing worst story of the year with a bunch of snowflakes in a potential classic.
This show went from lame to gotta see it…thank you wellness

What a bizarre bit of business.  Man, if Roman got Wellnessed again, they'd pretty much have to change the entire direction of the company.

What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – June 10, 1995

Jerry Lawler notes how much his feet stink and that he would not want to be Aldo Montoya later in today’s show.

Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix are in charge of commentary and they are taped from Wheeling, West Virginia.  The tapings were held on June 6 and historyofwwe.com says that they drew 3,800 fans.

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Looks like Kurt Angle returns to action, replacing Roman Reigns to team with Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose while AJ Styles will face Finn Balor.


Also, Kevin Owens sent home for the rest of the tour:  http://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/kevin-owens-miss-remainder-wwes-south-american-tour-244891


What is going on with this company?




Further edit from Scott:  WWE mans up and admits that, yeah, viral infection is running wild like Hulkamania in the locker room right now.  http://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/wwe-three-our-performers-have-been-diagnosed-viral-infection-244911

Brock on TLC card

Hi Scott


If Bray Wyatt can’t go this Sunday due to illness, does Vince give Brock a stack of cash to work the show against Balor, and do a full court press on social media announcing as such for the next 2 days to help with ticket sales and Network

​Uh, why would anyone give a shit about Bray Wyatt missing the show?  Just say he's got meningitis and can't be there.  ​

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Impact Wrestling – October 19, 2017

Impact Wrestling
Date: October 19, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews

Hopefully with more wrestling this week. We’re less than a month away from Bound For Glory 2017 and that means it’s time to really crank things up. The big story is Johnny Impact becoming #1 contender to Eli Drake’s World Title. Well at least that’s the big story on the wrestling side. On the MMA side, Moose has been joined by Stephan Bonnar to go after American Top Team. Let’s get to it.

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Sporting News: 10 Wrestling Disguises That Weren’t Fooling Anyone

It’s almost Halloween, the spookiest time of the year, when children dress up as popular figures and beg for candy. Wrestlers also know a few things about playing dress-up, like all the times that Vince McMahon has tried to make Roman Reigns look like a main event player that people will pay money to see.

But seriously…

 Recently, Bray Wyatt has been going through a divorce and seems to be taking it rather badly, morphing into his own dead sister Abigail on TV as a result. Hey, it’s better than buying a convertible, I guess. Clearly, though, he’s not fooling anyone with his disguise. We’re onto your trickery, Bray Wyatt!

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How damaged was Strowman


   On the subject of the question about star breaking matches from last week, just how hurt do you think Strowman was by his loss to Brock? I know he has continued to look strong on Raw but he was being built up to be the guy to dethrone Lesner, or at least
only lose via shenanigans, and then he just lost clean to a single F5. I guess he can be built back up but it felt like it took away all of his momentum and aura. 

​I mean, it hurt him and I'm constantly mystified why Vince has a hard-on for every other big hoss that comes through their system, but he won't go all the way with Braun when he gets hot.  But that being said, they can easily rebuild him again, and if Undertaker does decide to come back one more time for Wrestlemania, there's your logical guy right there.  ​