The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.28.97

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.28.97

Although last week’s show was bookended with one of the greatest angles in the history of the show, THIS week is almost as great in a lot of ways, too.

Also, they should sell retro reproductions of Vince’s black demin “RAW is WAR” jackets on WWE Shop, because I’d buy the shit out of that.

Last week: Steve Austin engaged in a show-long war with Bret Hart, attacking him from the driver’s seat of the ambulance, leading up to the return of Brian Pillman to even the score for the Hart Foundation!

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Black & White Era!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Black & White Era!

OK, so the first couple of parts did really well this week, and now we carry on with more of the random and wonderful stuff found in the Hidden Gems of the Network, starting all the way back in the 50s and 60s when you had two colors to choose from:  Black and white. As always, we’ll rate these Coliseum Video style, a point for something that works and no point if it doesn’t.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems (Part One)

WWE Network Hidden Gems! (Part One)

Just for fun, let’s run through these with a Coliseum-style rant. For those looking, I found this under “Collections” although I think it was original under “Vault”. They move it around sometimes. Here’s the current link:

Since it’s just a combination of “stuff’, we’ll give it either a point if it’s worth your time, or no point if it’s not. Today’s batch is the stuff from the 80s.

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The Wednesday Wackness

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Halloween Havoc ’93 rant and my tag team list from the Sporting News.  I’ve had a bunch of requests for the WWE Unreleased DVD set as a Coliseum-style rant, but I’m broke AF at the moment and I can’t find it here in Saskatoon anywhere, anyway, so instead I’ve done the Hidden Gems stuff from the WWE Network in that style, broken into two parts: 80s for the first part, and 90s and beyond for the second.  So we’ll start tomorrow with that.

Tonight:  More of the baseballs as the Blue Jays limp towards the end of the season, Big Brother sees the group of complete morons further reduced to Paul and the three idiots he wants to bring with him to the end, and one of these days I’m gonna finish the Defenders on Netflix and maybe check out the Tick on Amazon Prime, but not today.

Also, another reason why RetroPie is just the best:  I can finally play Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 for the N64!  Misawa v. Stan Hansen in the baseball stadium, BABEE!  But holy cow it works beautifully and actually runs even better than WM2000 or No Mercy do on the Pi.

Talk about all of the stuff here tonight!


Wrestling Observer Flashback–10.25.93

Hey, we’re back.  I literally had a week’s worth of material finished and ready to post by last Wednesday with the Mae Young Classic rants and then after setting it all to post and watching the hits roll in, realized on Sunday night at 10:00pm that I didn’t have anything ready for Monday morning on the blog. The Mae Young gravy train has finally dried up! So let’s jump back into the Observers again.

Also, for those playing along at home, this one is filed under “October 5” in the Observer archives for some reason.

Previously on the Flashback…

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Where do we go from here?

OK, so non-binding straw poll time here.  Now that the Mae Young Classic is wrapping up, I’d like to get some opinions on where I should proceed from here, review-wise.  Observer Recaps continue forever, obviously.  97 RAW is a given, I’m gonna keep going with those.  I don’t have much interest in Nitro so we’ll table those reviews for the time being.  Old School is also a given and I’ll keep doing those.  However, with other content it’s kind of a crapshoot numbers-wise and opinions seem to shift between “I don’t really care about this” to “How come you stopped doing [x] reviews?” so I figured I’d get some actual opinions.  Keeping in mind that I have a full-time job already and about 90 minutes per show is my limit for what my family will tolerate, I’ve got some alternatives here to vote on.  I stopped doing 86 WCW years ago and didn’t pick it up on the Network because the run had some big holes in it, but I think they’re complete now and I could start those again and thus added it to the list.  You can also vote for your own answer if you’ve got a better idea.

Anyway, this is just a poll, which is not legally binding, unless Proposition 304 passes, and we all pray it will.