The SmarK Rant for WWF In Your House: Mind Games–09.22.96

The SmarK Rant for In Your House: Mind Games – 09.22.96

Live from Philly, home of cream cheese and some crappy indy promotion. This show has some of the most muted crowd reactions ever due to the production guys turning the crowd mic WAY down to prevent any embarrassing reactions.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross & Mr. Perfect.

At the time I didn’t think about this as the low point of the promotion, but after a month of the most dire RAW taping cycle I’ve seen in forever, you’ve gotta think it’s a contender. Also, this was the last wrestling PPV I ordered for about six years, due to meeting a new circle of friends at this point who came armed with booze and a black box to watch scrambled PPV channels for free. Good times.

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Wrestle Rock Rumble


If youhave not done so already, I urge you to check out the Quick Hits section of the network- there you can find a four minute promo "music video" for Wrestle Rock.

I’ll just bypass the "rapping" of various AWA wrestlers (including Verne Gagne) and the endorsements of D Level celebrities, and point out it is promoting a card in Minnesota, so naturally the entire video is set in Las Vegas. God do I miss the AWA


​I’m pretty insulted that you think I’ve watched bad wrestling for 30 years without having the Wrestle Rock Rumble ingrained into my brain. Everyone’s talking about the Wrestle Rock Rumble!​

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Smackdown – July 30, 2015

Date: July 30, 2015
Location: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Commentators: Jimmy Uso, Jerry Lawler, Tom Phillips

Smackdown has the potential to be interesting this week as we could get some more midcard build for Summerslam, which could be some of the more interesting stuff going on in WWE at the moment. The big story is likely to be Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens, which could be the match of the night at the pay per view. I don’t like that many could’s. Let’s get to it. Continue reading

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BoD Evening Thread

Tonight, discuss Smackdown, MLB action, live watch the WWE Invasion PPV or talk about anything else going on tonight here.

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RoH Straight Shootin’ Series with Jim Cornette and Bobby Heenan, Volume 1

This was filmed on 12/3/04

The interview was hosted by Gabe Sapolsky, although Cornette and Heenan really interviewed each other.

It runs for two hours and thirty-five minutes long

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Network numbers are in

1.13 million subs. It is what it is. I don’t know how they will ever hit 2 million, but at least it’s not a total disaster. Keep pumping out RAW archives and I’ll keep subscribing and pimping it.

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BoD Daily Update

Brock Lesnar Announced for Madison Square Garden Show

Lesnar has been advertised to wrestle on the October 3rd show at Madison Square Garden


Layla Retires

Below is an interview she did for explaining her decision.


MVP Update

As it turns out, MVP was actually fired by TNA over the whole situation with Hernandez. Although he was reportedly thinking about leaving anyway, the decision was still made by TNA for him to leave.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter


And for those who participated in the “Guess the WWE Network Subscriber Amount Contest,” you can click here to see all of the guesses.

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Blog fodder…your favorite guys in some less obvious teams or groups

In the following teams/groups, which guy was your favorite or did you respect more than the other and why? No easy ones like the Hart Foundation or the Rockers here, I listed ones where as a longtime Constant Reader, I couldn’t immediately pick out your favorite. Also no one that became a huge star on their own anyway, like Shawn or Booker T. For example, for me, I always liked Ax in Demolition more than Smash. I loved the team as a whole, but Ax was my favorite b/c I liked his brawling style better and, oddly enough, thought his facepaint designs were more creative (I went to art college, shuttup):

Smash was always the most badass to me.

The Road Warriors
Hawk was the guy getting the title shots.

Hardy Boyz
Clearly Jeff was the star of the team.

The Southern Boys
I always found Tracy Smothers at least a bit more charismatic and fun than Steve Armstrong.

The Iron Shiek & Nikolai Volkoff
I guess Volkoff because he was getting the title shots at Hogan at the time.

I knew Simmons was gonna be the guy when they broke up and liked him better.

The New Day
Xavier is clearly the star of this team.

All the Von Erich brothers
Kerry. He looked and acted like a star.

Team Canada (TNA 05-06)
I barely remember. Bobby Roode I guess, but it’s not like I was watching much.

DX 2.0, after Shawn but before HHH got big.
I was all aboard the HHH train for quite a while, actually.

The Horsemen, aside from Ric Flair. Pick any iteration of the group.
Barry Windham in 1988 is one of my favorite characters of all-time.

Your favorite referee, any federation.
​Tommy Young! ​

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Randy Orton – Legend or Just Legend Killer?

Mr. Keith!

What kind of legacy (no pun intended) do you think Randy Orton would leave behind if he retired today? He could still have a long career ahead of him but it almost seems like he’s climbed the mountain as far as he can go. He may be a multi-time champion but it doesn’t feel like he’s ever risen to the same level of importance to wrestling history as Cena or even Edge or Punk. I dropped off of wrestling for a few years in the late 00s, so am I just missing something? When historians look back at his career, how do you think he will compare to wrestlers like Jericho, Bryan, and Batista in terms of contribution to the sport?

Thanks very much!

Michael Reyes

​Well I mean, being a bazillion time World champion is still pretty impressive. But no, he’s never been the guy that has carried WWE on his back like a Cena or Lesnar or even HHH did. I think the most important factor at this point would be "Does WWE trust his drawing power enough to use a Brock Lesnar PPV date on him?" The answer in this case is "no", so I can’t see a strong case for him as a Hall of Fame-level top guy. ​

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Lucha Underground: Episode #38 – Ultima Lucha Part I

Lucha Underground – Episode #38: Ultima Lucha Part I
Date: July 29, 2015
Location: Lucha Underground Temple, Boyle Heights, CA
Commentators: Matt Striker, Vampiro

It’s finally here! Can the show match the hype? Let’s find out…but first:

Previously on Lucha Underground…

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