The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 92–12.28.92

The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1992 – 12.28.92

Tonight! The 10th annual Starrcade ’92! Well, at least they understand the concept of an anniversary. Oh, also, the graphics in the opening video package have Barry Windham and Brian Pillman mixed up. Because they apparently look SO MUCH alike.

Live from Atlanta, GA, drawing 8000 people and a 0.5 buyrate.

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Burned Out by the Business

He Scott,

Your response to Renee Dupree in the Overrated/Underrated post got me thinking…

Who’s an example of a guy who had enough of the business by the time he was ready to hit a decent level of success, whether it be by talent or just overall look?

I want to say Mohamed Hassan was getting to be a decent worker before the whole terrorist angle with the Undertaker wrote him off to leave the business and go into real estate (I think that’s what he went into after).

​There has been SO MANY in recent years, it’s not even funny. WWE has chased off tons of talent from NXT, who just decided not to deal with the WWE machine and never returned to the business. They did it to a bunch of the writers, as well. I’m sure people can come up with a million examples.​

Smackdown – November 28, 2002

Date: November 28, 2002
Location: Carolina Center, Columbia, South Carolina
Commentators: Michael Cole, Ernest Miller

It’s time for a special Thanksgiving show with guest star Scott Steiner. I’m not sure how wrestling is supposed to have guest stars but in theory it’s because Steiner isn’t on the Smackdown roster. I mean, he’s not on the Raw roster and wasn’t guest starring there but continuity isn’t WWE’s strong suit. Let’s get to it.

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Jeff Hardy

Scott – I’m watching some 2008 & 2009 stuff on the network. Jeff Hardy is red hot during this time. So I have a couple of questions………

1. What led to Jeff being so over/popular? Was it a particular match or moment or was it an example of the audience wanting someone who wasn’t Cena on top

2. Did the WWE miss out by not pushing Jeff to the moon during this time? He never had a long run with the title. Should they have done more with him or were they wise to keep him near the top but not make him a true top guy because of his history with drugs?

3. Do you think he will be pushed as a single again now that he’s back?

​1. The Undertaker match was a big turning point for him, but mostly it was just that sometimes people with huge amounts of natural charisma just click with the audience and that’s when you need to push them.

2. I think they missed a big opportunity by having Orton beat him at the Royal Rumble, but ultimately the drugs would have made him too hard to bank on long-term, so it’s hard to fault, really. We certainly don’t have all the information that they did.

3. I dunno, I thought Bubba was going to be pushed as a single and Vince just wanted him to be wacky Dudley Boy Bubba. I feel like if anyone’s getting a singles push, it’ll be Broken Matt, since Jeff is so beat up that he’s probably happy to play sidekick and work limited dates by this point.​

NJPW Wrestling Toyo No Kuni







This being Japan’s “Golden Week”, NJPW is running three significant shows, concluding with Wrestling Dontaku on Wednesday. For that reason, I’ve decided to make this a two-in-one review, covering the main matches that took place on Thursday’s Road to Wrestling Dontaku and today’s Wrestling Toyo No Kuni. Between the two we have the Junior tag titles defended, Goto vs. Suzuki for the NEVER title, Hiromu vs. Ricochet for the Junior title, Tanahashi and EVIL in a special singles match, and Naito vs. Juice Robinson for the Intercontinental title. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – February 12, 1995

Todd Pettengill narrates a video package that recaps the Lex Luger-Tatanka feud that has been going on since the summer of 1994.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are in the booth and they are still taped from South Padre Island, Texas.

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Internet wrestling fans=hypocrites

If this Mauro/JBL story was good for 1 thing, it was exposing internet wrestling fans for the hypocrites they are. Not only are most bullies themselves,(take a look at your message board for proof of that), but their moral compasses are so fucked up I’m surprised they find their way home everyday. But I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised of a group that has JBL as some combo of Hitler/Bin-Laden/Castro for being mean to a guy, yet holds in high esteem a wrestler who murdered his wife and young son just because Benoit was such an awesome worker.

Uh huh. Because​ that is totally a thing that people say.

WWF Wrestling Challenge – November 19th, 1989

November 19, 1989

From the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, KS

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon. Vince tells us that he is here because Tony Schiavone is on vacation.

This week’s featured match is Dusty Rhodes vs. Akeem. Also in action our are the Colossal Connection and Demolition plus a replay of the Test of Strength between Dino Bravo & Ultimate Warrior from one week ago.

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Shame Owens Shame

Via Gerweck:

It’s being reported by Sportskeeda that Kevin Owens wearing suits and calling himself, “The New Face of America” may not just be part of his character on SmackDown Live. Apparently, the suits are WWE owner Vince McMahon’s way of hiding Owens’ physique and presenting him differently.

There is a possibility of him wrestling his matches in a suit going forward. Vince McMahon is said to be “fed up” with Owens being overweight and not lifting weights the way he’d prefer which is why he felt that the suit was necessary. Owens shaving his beard was another request from McMahon.

I feel like Kevin should have known better than to be fat and Canadian if he wanted to be a top guy in the business.