NXT – April 1, 2020

Date: April 1, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Sam Roberts

It’s a taped show this week and likely will be for a good while to come. This time around we are going to have a rather stacked card, capped off by the triple threat match for the North American Title. Other than that though, all roads lead to next week with the final showdown between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.01.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.01.20

Live (?) from an Undisclosed Location in Florida.  We think.  Kind of looks like a warehouse.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Cody Rhodes & his dog.  We also have some wrestlers outside the ring again, but well back from the action and spaced far apart this time.

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Dynamite – April 1, 2020

Date: April 1, 2020
Location: Undisclosed Location
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Cody

It’s off to a new location this week as the Daily’s Place parking lot has been taken over by Coronavirus patients. Therefore we’re off to some other place instead, likely for a bunch of taped shows. In theory we’re on the road towards Double Or Nothing but that depends on if the show actually takes place. Let’s get to it.

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Daily News Update – April 1, 2020

Coronavirus cure found!


OK, now that that’s out of our system….

DATELINE:  Jon Jones reached a plea deal already in his case, and will be under house arrest for a whopping four days.  Really threw the book at him there.  They should have sentenced him to be driven around by Daniel Cormier instead and then made a reality show out of it.

DATELINE:  FITE.TV is also available for PPV purchase of Wrestlemania if you’re an international viewer.

DATELINE:  Apparently Elias is “recovering in a local rehab facility” from his terrifying injuries on Smackdown.  Maybe they should quarantine him for two weeks to be the one safe side, so we don’t have to watch the match.

Here’s one of the greatest matches in history to kick off your day…

DraftKings promotion

Hi Scott, first time writing, love the blog.

Had to get your take on this email I just received:

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"Pick what you think will happen"…just…lol.

Also, the T&C has some fun nuggets:  

–  If any change in WrestleMania storyline renders a particular Prop no longer relevant or applicable, DraftKings reserves the right to remove that Prop (and all associated points) from the Promotion, in its sole discretion, provided it gives notice to all Players of its removal. 
– As a tiebreaker, Players shall also be asked to provide what the total time in the Universal Championship Match (bell to bell) in minutes and seconds for WrestleMania 36 that will be announced during the event.

What do you think?  You going to give it a go?  😜

Oh, you’re lucky I read it, because usually those kinds of emails are from marketing people wanting to work with me on my ad inventory or write a sponsored post on the blog and I just spam-block them. 
Also, I’ll take a pass on this, thanks.  

What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – February 11, 1995

The show has a new introduction, with a knock off country song about SMW having the “biggest brawls” and “biggest stars” in wrestling.

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher call the action as they wrap up the television tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.

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Joshi Spotlight- The Best of Numacchi!

Numacchi: The legend of AJW.

Real Name: Saemi Numata (aka “Numacchi”, or “Numatchi”)
Billed Height & Weight: 5’3″, 141 lbs.
Career Length: 1990-1994

-Well, who better to write a Spotlight on this April 1st than All Japan Women’s joke wrestler, Saemi “Numacchi” Numata? Where else are you gonna see a grown woman running around in pajama bottoms, a plastic helmet, and a shovel?

Read moreJoshi Spotlight- The Best of Numacchi!

Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #362– 01/04/2000

Hello You!

I hope you’re all keeping well in these unpleasant times. Remember to wash your hands and keep your distance from folk until we finally nip this thing in the bud. If you’re in isolation at the moment, then hopefully this here review of Hardcore TV will distract you. Last week was a fun show with some decent wrestling, so let’s see if ECW can keep the momentum going.

Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

Read moreMike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #362– 01/04/2000

Monday Night Raw – October 31, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 31, 2005
Location: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Attendance: 6,500
Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home show for tomorrow’s Taboo Tuesday and I’m not sure sure what that is going to mean. The show isn’t looking too bad but it’s just weird to hear them talking about a pay per view taking place tomorrow. This is probably going to be all about getting people to vote for the matches that WWE wants to take place. Let’s get to it.

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Reigns and Goldberg

Hey Scott,

  What are the odds that they taped this match and it sucked so much ass that they decided to scrap it and the announcement that Reigns is missing the show is plan B?

So they replaced him with BRAUN STROWMAN because the original match was so bad?  

Post-Mania plans for Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but Brock's only signed through May or June of this year and Goldberg's not signed beyond Wrestlemania weekend. Given the current circumstances, is it a given that either of them re-up with WWE once their contracts expire, even on a short-term basis? Things aren't likely to get better in the short term.

Keep in mind:

– Running zero house shows for an extended period of time and transitioning Mania to an empty arena is likely to result in millions of dollars of lost revenue for WWE and we still don't know when WWE will be able to hold shows in front of an audience, again.

– The XFL cancelled the remainder of their 2020 season, so that's a double whammy in terms of lost revenue for VKM.
– Brock lives in Saskatchewan. Travel to and from the United States is likely to be dicey through the remainder of his contract.
– Goldberg falls into an age bracket that is at a higher risk for Covid-19 complications.
– Neither of them are likely to sign for less than top-dollar.

All things considered, wouldn't it be in WWE's best interest to do the title changes sooner than later?

Probably, but there hasn’t been a lot of well thought out logical decisions made as of late.  

Repost: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X-7 (04.01.01)

(I’ve got nothing else to offer this morning after days of reviewing DVDs, so here’s another look at the greatest show of all time, which took place 19 years ago today!  Of course, all the Wrestlemanias are currently available for free right now on the WWE Network, at watch.wwe.com, if you want to follow along.)

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X-7

– Live from Houston, TX

– Your hosts are Jim Ross & Paul Heyman

Read moreRepost: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania X-7 (04.01.01)

Best single disc of a WWE multi-disc set?

I loved the Hogan and tag team set reviews. With the first two matches of the third disc being insanely great, I thought there was a chance that it'd be the best single disc ever on a WWE multidisc set. I don't think it hit that, but I have to ask- what IS the best such disc?

(It's a weird question, but after two weeks of quarantine, I think my cat's talking to me. I'll take all the good content I can take.)

Well, the second disc of the Ultimate Flair DVD set has the Clash VI match, then the WrestleWar match, then the I Quit match with Funk, so that's gonna be a high bar to clear.  

Possibly changing plans

Scott I'm assuming we were in for some title changes at WrestleMania . If I can guess the original plans it seems like a lock Roman was getting another coronation (obviously not now), I was expecting Drew to slay the beast, and the Becky/Shayna storyline seemed right out of Rocky 3 where the hungry badass challenger destroys the champion that becomes content to setup a rematch later. So given the circumstances do you think all original plans stay the same or do you expect all champions to retain?

I would certainly expect Shayna to destroy Becky and end her YEAR-LONG title reign, because Becky has nowhere left to go as champion anyway.  I hope to god Charlotte doesn't win the NXT title from Rhea.  I don't think Drew was ever winning at Wrestlemania in the first place, so it'll probably be a DQ or no-contest or something.  Braun-Goldberg, no idea.  They could either way and it's fine.