The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E13–“Johnny Mundo vs. The Machine”

The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E13

“Johnny Mundo vs. The Machine”

Last week: The evil Cage lost to Prince Puma by DQ, but got revenge by ripping up the title belt, while meanwhile a mysterious woman breaks into Dario’s office and reveals one name: Matanza.

Your hosts are Matt Striker & Vampiro

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Sunday Thread

Raw 25 is tomorrow.

Jim Ross is looking for a new podcast platform after his deal with Podcast One expired.

The official NXT Twitter feed is now following EC3.

Pete Dunne has cancelled an appearance in Britannia Wrestling next weekend and will be replaced by Trent Seven.

Now talk, heathens!

Sgt Slaughter – A (Un)Real American Hero?

The combination of Sgt. Slaughter being the break out star of your 1981 Mid Atlantic rants and my renewed interest in GI Joe – thanks to the brilliant piece of nostalgia The Toys That Made Us, on Netflix – got me to thinking:

Is there any concrete proof or reliable sources that Robert Remus actually was a US Marine, let alone a Drill Instructor? The internet seems to believe he was. The timeline is a bit off too, at least if we are to believe that he was a DI.

If he wasn't a US Marine DI… is this the greatest pro wrestling work of all time? 

​Time Magazine seems to think that he was a legit drill instructor.  More importantly, ​Wikipedia reveals that he went to high school and played football in Eden Prairie, MN.  This kind of blew my mind, since I just finished watching the third season of Fargo and it's kind of cool to see one of the (storyline) locations of the show revealed to be a real town with real people that came from there!  
Also, if you've never watched Fargo, it's on Netflix, and it's GREAT.  Just sayin'.  

Trolling with Daniel Bryan… again

So the odds on Daniel Bryan winning the Rumble are down to 4-1. WWE fans aren't dumb, and we follow the odds. Aren't they just setting up another massive troll job and won't the crowd (in philly again) shit on the Rumble again, when #30 is anyone but DB and we're left with Roman and Cena in their at the end. Seriously that ending has NWO garbage in the ring written all over it…

It's not like WWE sets the odds.  If anything, the only logical thing you could infer from WWE TV is that Daniel Bryan is going to wrestle Shane at Wrestlemania.  The odds swinging like this come from so many people being stupid enough to put money on Bryan winning that they HAVE to move the odds.  


Post season 4 possibilities: So with Richochet debuting soon(I imagine), you seeing Jeff Cobb(I believe that’s who you’ve mentioned) a good fit to come over as well, what do you think of other LU prospects? Wether 205 Live dies or lives, that roster has to still wrestle, and Fenix & Drago(205lbs before the costume?) could make for some hot openers.

But more than anything I want to see PENTAGON!!! breaking NxT prospect arms on a weekly basis!  He can work most styles, has what I consider one of the best looks in wrestling today, I don’t even need to understand him as the passion and anger in his voice tells me how much pain he wants to bring. Do we give him a mouthpiece? Do we try to ensure that mouthpiece doesn’t overshadow him?

​Pentagon is likely making WAAAAAY more money on the indies right now thanks to the LU exposure and I think he's under contract long-term anyway.  I can't see any of the Pentagon/Fenix/Drago group making the move, just because WWE is so different from the pure lucha style that it would take a long time to reprogram them.  Even super-talented guys like Kalisto and Andrade took years to acclimate.  We haven't reached Killshot yet, but someone like him or Cuerno, who have the look of a WWE style wrestler and can comfortably speak English, would be bigger prospects, I feel like.  ​

Summerslam 2003

Summerslam 2003
Date: August 24, 2003
Location: America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 16,113
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s one of the biggest shows of the year and I can’t bring myself to get excited over it. This show really hasn’t been built up very well with only the Smackdown World Title match with Kurt Angle defending against Brock Lesnar offering much interest. The rest of the show feels very flat, especially the Raw World Title match which should have been Goldberg vs. HHH. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – August 21, 2003

Date: August 21, 2003
Location: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s the go home show for Summerslam and by definition this show has to be better than Raw. I mean it’s not possible for it to be worse than the drek that they aired on Monday. Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle for the Smackdown World Title is pretty much the only good looking match on Sunday’s card so hopefully they can increase that to two matches tonight. Let’s get to it.

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ECW on Sci-Fi #91 02/26/2008

We’re in Tucson, AZ and our main event is CM Punk vs. Elijah Burke vs. Shelton Benjamin and OH SHIT IT’S THIS MATCH, rev up the GIF making machine. But first here’s some dude’s sign.

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Way overpushed newcomers/returns

Watching 96/97 RAWs, and oh-so-many new/returning guys were way overpushed from the start.

From Rocky Maivia (wins IC title 3 months after debuting), the Nation Of Domination (Crush beats Bulldog, Taker, Ahmed within a few weeks on TV in early 97), Kurrgan, Furnas/LaFon (instant top contenders for tag titles) and many more were forced down the fans' throats and usually heavily rejected or conway-popped within a few months.

what the hell were they thinking? Throwing shit at the wall then let's see what sticks?? Desperation? Shaking things up?

​Mostly desperation due to Nitro destroying them and a really thin roster.  There's no other era where Brian Pillman would have been allowed anywhere near a ring, for example.  Although to be fair, Furnas and LaFon were a top tag team everywhere in the world they went previously and they should have been instant contenders, but they just flopped.  ​

Del Rio Wanting Back in WWE

Found this interesting interview with Del Rio. It's in spanish so I'll give a basic translation. 

He called Triple H personally and apoligized for his past remarks.

Him and WWE are supposely on good terms now.

He wants to end his career in WWE whether its a retirement match or a part time schedule but it wont happen till 2019

He blames Paige saying she manipulated him into believing WWE and Triple H were purposely trying to sabotage their relationship along with her career.

​Oh boy, maybe he'll be a surprise entrant in the Rumble and we can hear him talk about his destiny for two months before he gets fired again.​

Place to be Nation Presents: Jeff Learns Wrestling #11: Royal Rumble 1988

Jeff Machado and JT Rozzero are best friends but Jeff has never been a wrestling fan… until now. With decades of wrestling history to catch up on, JT is leading Jeff’s completely clean slate on an educational journey through the wonderful story of professional wrestling.

In episode eleven, the boys discuss Rick Rude, Magnum PI, weightlifting records, Dino Bravo, Jeff’s hatred for Ted DiBiase, old money vs. new money, contract signings vs. weigh ins, the JUMPING BOMB ANGELS, the mechanics of a Royal Rumble match, disgust with Jim Duggan and much, much more!

So, join us on Jeff’s journey to learn all about pro wrestling, get sidetracked with us on many tangents and have a bunch of laughs along the way!