Braun Strowman

Has anybody else gone from completely useless to main event level star in such a short period of time? I remember right after the draft last year, I was telling a friend when I heard the rumors of a Braun push "oh fuck they are really gonna push this Great Khali clone" and now I look forward to all his segments.


Theme Update 04/23

Long story short, WordPress and Google fixed the issues that I was having with the mobile version of the site under the old theme, so I switched back to Generate Press theme this morning. There’s been times of nonsense going on behind the scenes with Google and their WordPress plugin that I won’t bore you with, but it looks like it’s all worked out. Except that the header on the mobile site is no longer clickable to take you back to the main page, but that’s my next challenge, I guess.

Anyway, any further issues, you know where to find me.

Repost: The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

(By request, here’s the repost of Clash 21!)

The SmarK Retro Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

– This is one of those tapes that I had totally forgotten that I even had, but found when I was moving from tape collection into my new room. For those who follow my personal life, Zen moved to Calgary to take a new job this weekend, taking his ECW collection with him, so I’m left with the apartment to myself and only a million tapes instead of 2 million. But such is life. Anyway, someone (I forget who) sent me this in 1999 and I never actually reviewed it, instead choosing to skip over the actual event and review the IWA BathHouse Brawl match that was tacked onto the end. I pulled the match review from the RSPW archive on Google and it follows the Clash review. (Not anymore.  The formatting was all messed up so I just left it off.) 

– Live from Macon, GA, Nov. 18 / 92.

– Your hosts are JR & Jesse.

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answer on ring collapsing

Hi Scott,

I saw the question you answered about the ring collapsing. I sat in the frontrow for Raw this past Monday is Columbus. I think you’re right about the hydraulics. Right before that spot, we could hear a major noise that sounded like a hydraulic and metal moving.

Perhaps it was the sound of Jinder Mahal lifting weights backstage and that’s why he got the push? Like now he’s so powerful that his deadlift shook the ring and collapsed it?

Great work! and plug request

Hey Scott, first time caller, long time listener. I’ve been reading your rants since the Rantsylvania days. I just wanted to say I’ve always really enjoyed your work and I really dig the Observer flashbacks. I finally started writing some myself and thought I’d shoot over an article. It’s a listicle of stars who should compete in the WWE. The obvious ones are there, but they wanted 15, so I got the opportunity to get very stupid with it. Hope you enjoy!

15 Stars Who Should Step Into The WWE Ring


I bet Vince thinks Carrot Top is HILARIOUS.

American Gladiators

Hey Scott,

At this point we’ve seen the entire conception and downfall of WBF in the Observer Flashbacks. What I don’t understand, is why Vince ever wanted to go into bodybuilding considering how boring it is on its face. At that point in time in the early 90’s WWF Superstars was followed by American Gladiators. Logically speaking, isn’t it strange that Vince didn’t (and actually still hasn’t) created his own version of that show? I mean everything about seems right up McMahon’s alley; it’s got muscle freaks, the idea of "sport" being used for entertainment, and heavy production value. Has a a Gladiators type show ever been discussed or toyed with at WWF/E?

I don’t​ think so, but I LOVED American Gladiators​ back in the day. I know they’ve done ripoffs and reboots since then, but it’s never been the same.

WWE’s Excuses For Falling T.V. Ratings

All I hear from the WWE in response to falling T.V. ratings the last several years is that there are more platforms and streams to watch their shows rather than watching them when they air. However, unless they can actually quantify the viewers lost from year to year with watching their shows on another platform/streaming device instead of watching them live, isn’t it all speculation on their part at best?

If you think that promoters making excuses for falling TV ratings is a recent phenomenon, you haven’t​ been paying attention to the Observers.

Sister Abigail

Hi Scott,

This might be a case of "too little too late," but with the recent surge in the women’s division, why not finally introduce the WWE Universe to THE Sister Abigail?

​Apparently Bray’s real sister works in production for WWE, which probably explains why his mysterious video packages are so well done. But yeah, it’s always seemed like a no-brainer character to introduce. Just get the crazy chick from NXT and you’ve got a winner.​