Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-31-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 31, 1984 (taped 03/16)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can the Freebirds demolish Kamala and Link? Will Garvin turn Mike into human excrement? Who will join me for this gripping episode?

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Tuesday Night Thread

We got NEWS.

  • More 1985 Mid South gets added to the Network next week as we get closer to the UWF era!

  • Raw was a complete bomb as the draft gimmick is officially dead as a ratings draw.

And of course, Bischoff was removed from the company and will no longer be doing whatever he was actually doing. Although as someone else said, Heyman gets to write cuckold fetish skits for a senile old man and Bischoff got to hang out in catering and collect a fat payday for two months, so who’s the REAL genius?

Tonight is the second episodes of AEW Dark and NWA Powerrrr on YouTube so I’ve got lots of shit to review this week.

Enjoy the evening!

Such a stable situation


I don’t get why they even worry about switching around these shows for the princes who still think Yokozuna and Ultimate Warrior are main eventers. 
Also, poor Harper just can’t catch a break.  

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–GCW at the Omni 12.04.83

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Georgia Championship Wrestling at the Omni – 12.04.83

(Hey youse guys, you get a second rant this morning because I wrote this on the weekend to have something banked for later.  However, with NWA Powerrr, AEW Dark (yeah I’m gonna review that too, wanna fight about it?), Dynamite and Smackdown all coming up this week, I’m pretty packed for content as it is and I don’t know when this would get posted.  So let’s just post it now! )

Wait, where the hell did THIS come from? I don’t even remember this getting added to the Gems collection but it’s just sitting there now, mocking me for never watching it this whole time.

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Watching an angle live

Hey Scott,

A question that gets perpetually asked is 'What match / card do you wish you had seen live?"

Different query – What angle / interview would you have most liked to watch live at the venue?  You can't pick something which took place as part of a match (ie. the Hogan heel turn), but you CAN nominate an interview / segment which took place in the
aftermath of a match (ie. the Sherri / Elizabeth / Savage stuff following his retirement match).

Piper smashing up the Flower Shop with the baseball bat.  I'm pretty sure that the whole deal took place over the course of one TV taping, too, so I'd get the build with Piper getting attacked by Orton & Muraco and then the payoff the next week. 

nWo fade away


Watching Summer '99 WCW, lots of nWo B team, but seems the Wolfpac elite just seems to fade away with no actual story, followed by the B team. How did the biggest angle in WCW history just fade away? Nash came out with tie dye nWo shirt against SID, announced as wearing nWo colors, that seems to be the last mention of Nash's association, what gives?

I'm flattered that you think I can even remember any of the shit happening on Nitro in 1999. 

Randy Savage – unluckiest GOAT contender?

Hi Scott

What are your thoughts on Savage being a serious contender for the greatest of all time label? 

Off the charts charisma, great on the mic, able to be heel or face, in his prime an unbelievable worker. 

In a world where Hogan didnt exist its easy to imagine him in Hogans spot and WWF not doing dissimilar in terms of success. 

I cant help but feel he is just seriously unlucky to be around when Hogan was and he would quite possibly be a shoe in if not. 


Don't have to convince me too hard that Savage is one of the greatest of all time.  However, once he hit 1993, he fell off HARD, and I think that hurts him in the overall conversation.  Guys like Rock and Austin retired before they got too far away from their peak and became self-parody in the ring, whereas Savage spent a good chunk of the 90s doing the "sell for 4 minutes and then drop the big elbow" formula to diminishing returns.  

Russo’s Non-Return

You've written a couple times on the blog on how the WWE and Vince Russo reached out to one another for a possible return earlier this summer, but it didn't apparently go well for either side.  Do you happen to know what each wanted from the other?  I'm assuming Russo didn't want to work on a huge writing team, and/or didn't want to work as many days as they asked him to?  
Probably.  Most of the info came from Russo and about the only thing we know is that the talks didn't work out.  Ironically being part of a huge writing team is the one place where Russo's ideas would work best because presumably they'd get filtered down to the best ones, but I can see where that wouldn't appeal to him. 

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-24-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 24, 1984 (taped 03/16)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Kerry and Parsons defeat the Super Destroyers?  How will Adams fare against Roberts? Will Garvin be involved? What major announcement does Fritz have for us? And who will join me for this pumped-up episode?

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-24-1984

Monday Night Raw – October 14, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 14, 2019
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Dio Maddin, Vic Joseph

It’s time for another big episode here, because we just can’t have a regular show these days. This time around it’s the second night of the Draft and that means maybe we can find out how WWE can manage to screw it up again. They’ve gotten really good at that in recent weeks and there is no reason to believe they won’t do it again. Let’s get to it.

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Most Useless PPV’s

I have heard the Saudi shows called glorified house shows and you have complain about them for various reasons besides the money they get from them.  Yet, they get broadcast like they are PPV's.  So my question is what are the most useless PPV's you've ever seen.  Not neccesarilly bad, but just made you wondered why the company was wasting their time doing it?

Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sunday was way up there for me.  The Bragging Rights shows were always super-dumb, especially with the big prize being a trophy and the general "THIS IS THE ONLY TIME OF YEAR THAT RAW AND SMACKDOWN CLASH!" buildup when we literally would see that all of the fucking time.  Also, the show that was all Fatal 4 Way matches, whatever that one was called.

NXT leaving Full Sail soon?

It looks as if WWE is gonna get out of Winter Park, Fla. and put NXT on a full-time touring schedule.  However, logistics are gonna leave NXT's weekly show stuck where it is for a few more months.  Did the NXT crew become jealous seeing AEW run larger venues for Dynamite?  Hmm…

As they should be.  NXT has been needing to get into a bigger TV venue for a while so this is a good thing. 

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

Welcome to Monday nights! It was another eventful week of wrestling and there was a lot to consume and talk about. So, for those interested, my quick thoughts:

— NWA Powerrr probably gave me the most joy to watch. Shortly after I watched it I wanted to be the studio for tapings in the near future. I also felt like I got a lot out of as a first-time watcher. The talent that was showcased explained who they were and why they were here. That’s nice to see.

— NXT had the best wrestling top to bottom. AEW was pretty good too. I didn’t like the tag match as much as some because it just felt like moves and more moves with a lot of athleticism and little transitioning or reason. Did like the one guy in Private Party, the one with the blond highlights. He felt like a star to me.

— I already said my piece on the Bayley turn from Smackdown. It was well done and fairly definitive, but it was also the final result of how creative on the main shows truly failed her despite having what should have been a simple transition. It’s a failure on the top management because she should have been a major money and merchant mover. Vince and Dunn’s fixation with Charlotte is probably as much to blame as anything and they don’t understand that female characters can have levels of depth beyond being bitchy and petty.

Anyway that’s that. Tonight RAW will have the rest of the televised draft and maybe FOX’s football robot will return.

Lions-Packers is your Monday Night Game.

Cardinals-Nationals is your MLB playoff game.

The Deuce is my show that I am enjoying immensely.

Keep it clean!