The SmarK Rant for WWE Survivor Series 1998

(Originally written in whatever year that Roman Reigns tournament was.  2015?  Anyway, pretty recently.) 

The SmarK Rant for WWF Survivor Series 1998 – DEADLY GAME! 11.15.98

So I figured that with another Survivor Series title tournament looming and probably a similar storyline, we might as well take a trip back to the apex of Vince Russo’s career as a booker and the greatest thing he ever shat from his brain womb.

Live from St. Louis, MO

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler. This must be the WWE 24/7 edit because it’s already bleeping out “WWF” references.

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Impact Wrestling – August 16, 2018

Impact Wrestling
Date: August 16, 2018
Location: Rebel Sports Complex, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis

The main event scene took a surprising turn last week with Killer Kross revealing himself to be working for/with Austin Aries. I’m not sure what the point of that is when Kross has been one of the better villains for a few weeks now and really doesn’t need to be affiliated with Aries. You can imagine Eddie Edwards won’t be happy about what went down last week. Let’s get to it.

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Dave Meltzer & #METOO

Hi Scott,

I know you been reading Meltzers newsletters for years, but do you think that this latest scandal might fianlly bring the #MeToo movement to Meltzer's door?

It's not like this is the first time he has been offensive when talking about womens appearances and his actions regarding sexual & domestic assault victims has been disgusting. 

Not only has he referred to women complaining about domestic abuse & maritial rape as "just being one of those things". But in order to defend Sean Orleans after he raped a woman, Meltzer decided to publish the rape victim's full name address & even the details of the women's refuge she was staying at so that his fans could contact her in defence of Orleans.

Will this latest scandal bring the microscope over his previous actions, or will it not matter? 

You lost me on that last one.  What are you even referring to?

WWF Superstars of Wrestling – February 29th, 1992

February 29, 1992

From the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, TX

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect. They’ve removed Jim Neidhart from the opening montage and replaced him with Tatanka. Oddly enough, the New Foundation wrestled on this show.

This week, Jake Roberts is the guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” Also, there are new Tag Team champions we will learn about during the update. Also in action are El Matador, Sgt. Slaughter & Jim Duggan, and Papa Shango.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – February 4, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are the commentary team and they are taped from Columbus, Georgia.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 04-26-1993

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: April 26, 1993

Attendance: 1,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Crush defeat Luger or is something else in the cards? What happens when MIchaels takes Manhattan? Let’s find out!

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Bliss vs. Rousey

How do you see this playing out Sunday?

I think they should do a 30 second squash. Give the fans who shit on her some satisfaction (whether she deserves it or not) and make Rousey look strong. It won’t hurt Alexa. She can just cut a promo on Monday and get her heat back.

I dunno, I feel like they might want to stretch out the payoff even longer.  I don’t know if you’re aware, but there’s a women’s Evolution PPV in October.  Granted it’s been pretty low key…

Creating The Mania


all is well. Jon Robinson, author of the new 
The Mania: An Inside Look at how WrestleMania Comes to Life,
 spoke with The Wrestling Estate about having WWE
Superstars and executives speak out of character, learning about the creative
process and how befriending The Rock and other Attitude Era stars led to his
current gig.


this Meltzer stuff blows over, everybody will probably be talking about this
book because there is so much in here: Miz talks about the real story behind
the Talking Smack segment, all the matches initially penciled for Mania 34
before the injuries, and most importantly, just who exactly is responsible for
those pesky camera cuts.


your readers enjoy.


as always,



You’re welcome as always!  Thanks for sharing!

Monday Night Raw – March 15, 2004

Monday Night Raw
Date: March 15, 2004
Location: Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 17,148
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s time for the season premiere as we’re past Wrestlemania XX and Chris Benoit is the Raw World Champion. That should open up some fresh doors, but a rematch with HHH is the most likely way to go. It’s time to start getting ready for Backlash, and that could mean a few different things. Let’s get to it.

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