The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–05.16.94

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 05.16.94

So we’re at week three of a taping cycle of 1994 mid-year RAW while Vince is distracted by the steroid trials. And the main event is a sumo match. There are few situations that create worse TV than that.

Taped from Burlington, VT.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Randy Savage.

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Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2007

(Eh, not my favorite rant.  Probably could have stood to be redone and I was apparently in a bad mood when I wrote this one.) 

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2007

– Live from San Antonio, TX

– Your hosts are Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, JBL, Joey Styles & Tazz.

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–10.17.81

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 10.17.81

Thanks for all the great feedback on these, mostly amounting to “Keep doing them!”. They do well and they’re a lot of fun to write. Also, for those into blog stats and such, Wrestle Kingdom 12’s rant has now climbed to the most-read post of the year, so it’s got legs like Jumanji.

So apparently we’re skipping a few weeks in the Network archives for some reason. The big news for this week: Sgt. Slaughter has won the US title tournament!

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Royal Rumble Countdown Special: Most memorable moments of the 2000s

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Yes, it’s my very special Rumble countdown tie-in, with part 2 of my look at the most memorable moments in Royal Rumble history for the Sporting News, covering the 2000s this time. And while you’re there, be sure to check out part 1, covering the 89-99 run, as well:

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Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2008

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2008

– Live, in HD, from Madison Square Garden. This rant will also be presented in widescreen, so adjust your margins to 100 columns to match.

– Your hosts are Michael Cole and The Coach and Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler and Joey Styles and Tazz.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Summerslam 2006–01.20.06

The SmarK Rant for WWE Summerslam 2006 – 08.20.06

(Originally written 01.16.18)

Live from Boston, MA, drawing 16,000 people and doing 540,000 buys (down from the year before by about 100K and really the start of the big downward plunge for the show’s buyrate until the Network killed off PPV for good.)

Your hosts are Michael Cole & JBL, Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler, and Joey Styles & Tazz

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Tuesday Smackdown and 205 Live Thread

Jey Uso was a bad boy over the weekend, getting arrested for a DUI in Texas.  I have a feeling they might be dropping the tag titles right away.

Roman Reigns was an even worse boy, according to various breaking sources on the subject.  He allegedly was a big client of a steroid dealer who just got nabbed.  This could go…badly.

In happier news, tonight is Smackdown and the RAW 25th anniversary deal, although the latter one is already available on the WWE Network if you’d like to watch.  As for what I watched today, you’ll find out tomorrow morning!  I mean, I’m sure you can guess with reasonable certainty, but SUSPENSE = PAGEVIEWS.

Talk about the stuff here tonight.

Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2009

(It’s kind of funny that I did a “Scott Sez” version of this one six years ago, and now I’ve pretty much gotta go through and redo it because a bunch of stuff is out of date.) 

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2009

– Live from Detroit, MI

– Your hosts are Cole, JR, Tazz, King, Grisham and Matt Striker.

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–09.26.81

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 09.26.81

Taped from Charlotte, NC

Your hosts are Bob Caudle & David Crockett

And this week, David and Bob are happy to announce that we have a NEW WORLD CHAMPION…Ric Flair. Man, what a strange time to be living in, back when Flair was winning his FIRST World title!

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Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2011

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2011

Originally written April 2014.

 

I’ve had requests for a Royal Rumble Kindle book, but this is the one show I’m missing. So here it is! I wasn’t even watching the product at the time, so this is basically all new to me aside from knowing who the winner was. My exposure was limited to WWE sending me DVDs to review, and otherwise I was exclusively watching Classics on Demand for my fix. I barely even remember who the champions were or what the issues were, so I’m kind of looking forward to going in blind!

Live from Boston, MA

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Matt Striker and Jerry Lawler.

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