AEW DARK: December 1, 2020

(Yes, another double-size edition, but this one felt better.)

The PG Era Rant on ARE Dark: Episode Field of 64, December 1, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz, with Anthony Ogogo joining them early. (Excalibur’s description: “Frankly ridiculous.” You don’t know the half of it…)

Tonight we have a lot of matches, but (sadly) one feature bout. In that bout: the Dark Order team of Alan Angels and Preston Vance, Jurassic Express, and the team of Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela collide in three-way tag action!

In other matches, we’ll see the returning Shanna, Best Friends, Pillman and Garrison, Brandon Cutler, Uno and Grayson of the Dark Order, Leva Bates, Matt Sydal, Shawn Spears, Gunn Club, The Acclaimed, Peter Avalon, KiLynn King, Ivelisse, Red Velvet, Chaos Project, and Ricky Starks!

Seventeen matches. Scott needs to pay me twice what he usually does.

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Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

TONIGHT!  It’s AEW Dark and I wanna say Impact?

We’ll see if they can break three hours with this one.

Edit to add:  There’s also this…

The WWE Network debuts some new content this month, none of which is classic content, so thanks for that.

Tony Khan is indeed thinking of adding trios titles next year.

Have a great night!

Bret Hart post 00′

Let's say everything happens exactly the same up to just before Goldberg kicks Bret Hart and retires him, but Bret ducks, hypothetically leaving him able to work until he is 50 or so. Does he become like Jericho is now, the legendary veteran superstar in the 2nd promotion? Does he go back to Vince at some point?

I think so. Bret was understandably mad for a long time, but ultimately (see what I did there) everyone wants to do business again. Mostly Vince.  Bret would have been back by 2003 I’m pretty sure.  

Crowd or no crowd

Scott do think there will be a crowd for Wrestlemania this year? I know alot NFL/college football stadiums are doing like 25-50% capacity right now. Also the college teams in the south act like covid isn't a real thing and have those stadiums mostly full. So what's your thinking right now, full stadium down south, half full stadium or Thunderdome presents Wrestlemania?

I know they want to get fans going again.  I’m gonna say quarter full stadium.  

Kevin Quinn AMA

Hey Scott,
Kevin Quinn, dude who spent 35 years with WWE and just got let go did a Reddit AMA the other day. Some interesting stuff in there:

r/SquaredCircle – Hi, I’m Kevin Quinn (KQ). I was a Sr. Editor, Director…2,455 votes and 878 comments so far on Reddit

But he also had a link to this crazy video I’ve never seen before that was clearly produced for WWE TV about the process they use to put together those end of ‘Mania video packages and it’s really neat:

Cool. I thought for a second you were talking about Kevin Quinn the former job guy and I was like “Well that’s a niche AMA but whatevs.”

Daily News Update – December 1, 2020

Time to get through this last month and wrap up 2020 for good.

TLC WWE Championship Match Set

Jeff Hardy’s Status After Scary Crash On Raw

Another WarGames Participant Announced

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #13 – 11.28.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #13– 11.28.87

It’s another gooder!

Taped 11.07.87 from Seattle, WA, drawing 16,000 and an unknown rating.  For those keeping track, this was taped before Survivor Series but aired two days afterwards, and that show is never mentioned here, even a little bit.

So last time, Honky Tonk Man shoved down Elizabeth and now Randy Savage is PISSED.  Also, BUND-A-MANIA is running wild!

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Monday Night Raw – November 30, 2020

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 30, 2020
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe

We are on the way to TLC and also on the way to new Thunder Dome at Tropicana Field in the next few weeks. That could make for some interesting changes along the way, though the biggest surprise is that last week’s show was actually good. I’m not sure how much reason I should have to believe that is going to repeat itself but maybe we’re in for a holiday miracle. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and if you were celebrating the Holiday, I hope is was a wonderful, safe affair with family.

RAW is live tonight. I think it’s still in Orlando, but I’m not sure for how much longer. There is a No. 1 contender triple threat match with A.J. Styles, Keith Lee and Riddle that might be really good. There’s a Hardy-Elias “Symphony of Destruction” match that will hopefully be the end of that program.

Seahawks-Eagles is YOUR Monday Night Game.

Keep it Clean!

Joshi Spotlight: AJW St. Battle Day 1992


* This is actually a bit of a throwback (since I just finished going through all of 1993), as I initially couldn’t find the full show on YouTube. Maffew uploaded it as “Indie Uploader”, but he was banned for copywrite violations, but someone else was good enough to upload it when I bemoaned that fact. So here we are! Finally!

“TL;DR- Why Should I Care?”: One of the better tag matches of the year and a truly important title-change… and one of the worst AJW tag matches ever- a smorgasbord for Botchamania! Watch what happens when technical wrestlers try lucha!

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 29, 1995

Joey Styles narrates a video package that recaps the Eddie Guerrero-Dean Malenko feud.

Styles announces to the ECW Arena that 2 Cold Scorpio is the new television champion after defeating Guerrero in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.  When asked about Taz, Scorpio says that if Taz wants some, he can come and get some.  And when asked who he thinks will win the two-out-of-three falls match between Guerrero and Malenko, Scorpio says he does not care because he is the champion.

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Leaving with the belt

Hey Scott,

I can’t remember if you answered this question before and if I’m even remembering it correctly but I was watching part 2 of broken skull session with undertaker and they bring up the screw job. Steve and undertaker both agree on upon Vince’s motivation of “well what if Bret took the title to wcw?” And they kinda understand where Vince is coming from.

So I can’t fully remember, hasn’t this been debunked that wcw got in major shit when madusa did it? And there was no chance of that happening?


 No chance.  In fact it was the Ric Flair title belt fiasco in 1991 that set the legal precedent for the belts being intellectual property of the promotion. And as noted, Madusa pulling that stunt meant that WCW legal would never let it happen again.  And also, again for the people in the back, Bret was still under contract with the WWF until December and couldn’t show up at all until then.  


Death Triangle

Kingston, Butcher and Blade

Jurassic Express and Marko Stunt

Matt Hardy and Private Party

Team Taz

Best Friends and OC

Kenny Omega and The Bucks

The Nightmare Family

The Gunn Club

Any combination of the Inner Circle

… We're getting six-man belts next year, aren't we?

That’s always been the plan.  It was supposed to happen on the second cruise and obviously that’s not gonna happen, so maybe they are just waiting?

Tag teams that never happened

Hey Scott,

Hope you and the family are doing well.

Was there ever 2 guys you thought would make a perfect tag team but never ended up happening?  For example, I doubt I’m the only person who thought Mr. Perfect and Rick Rude would have been a great heel tag team.


Jim Neidhart and Greg Valentine. 

Impact Wrestling – November 24, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: November 24, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Matt Striker, Josh Matthews

The show has taken a bit of a weird turn in recent weeks and that’s not exactly the best news. The big story this week seems to be Wrestler’s Court as Detective Dreamer continues to try and find who shot John E. Bravo. Other than that, we have the continuing issues of Eric Young and Joe Doering, because the world was waiting for more Doering. Let’s get to it.

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Daily News Update – November 30, 2020

Just when you think 2020 can’t get any worse, it goes and twists the knife a few more times on me with only a month left in the year.  Can we please get to January and wrap this up?

New Member Added To WarGames Team

D-Von Dudley Dealing With Health Issues

Jimmy Rave Has Arm Amputated


NJPW: World Tag League – Night 7 (11.30.20)

NOVEMBER 30, 2020


 – Night 7 action is upon us Live from Tokyo.  After a short break and a bigger venue, things tell me we may have a better show tonight.  Fin Juice vs. Dangerous Tekkers is your headliner tonight.  Speaking of the Tekkers, they are atop the leader boards with 8 points in a 3 way tie along with Shingo Takagi & SANADA and Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano.  Let’s head to the ring.

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Sunday Night Reset: November 29, 2020

Well, after a long weekend of avoiding people to keep from getting Covid, it’s time for me to return to work and hope the people out in public in northern Virginia aren’t complete and utter idiots.  (Good news: hospital capacity is huge, so we have beds to spare; bad news: R keeps going up.)

Tonight!  Chicago and Green Bay face off!  Find out what Seth Rollins thinks of football!

And now, here it is, your Moment of Zen:

Enjoy the night.

NXT 05/25/2010 #14

We’re in Cleveland, Ohio (Japanese crowd: “Ohioooo”) and we start with the final four: Otunga, Gabriel, Barrett & Slater for the Semi-Finals of Season 1. The announcement that next week is the Season Finale gets one of the biggest pops of the show.

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