The SmarK Rant for TNT – 04.05.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 04.05.85

“Lisa Sliwa Teaches Self-Defense”

I had kinda intended to redo Royal Rumble 92 tonight, but I’ve got a bunch of stuff going on in my life and was more feeling like a breezy and fun show.  And there’s nothing breezier than TNT!

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Daily News Update – January 24, 2020

Friday is upon us again!

DATELINE:  AEW Dynamite was down slightly in the ratings, dipping like the waves in the ocean, while NXT was up slightly, rising like the tide.

DATELINE:  Tonight on Smackdown, it’s a CONTRACT SIGNING.  Those always go well.

And this morning’s grappling exhibition is a bonus match from the cruise, featuring Joey Janela against Fenix!


Even Steven Booking

So one goes up 69k and the other goes down 69k. Basically just trading the same 1.6 million people back and forth.

Daily News Update – January 23, 2020

Today is the first day of the rest of our lives with no more wrestling on boats.  Until next year.  Try to cope.

DATELINE:  Keith Lee won the North American title from Roderick Strong on NXT last night, thus breaking up the Undisputed Era’s stranglehold on the titles.

DATELINE:  Hangman Page and Kenny Omega won the tag team titles from SCU.  Which, in case you haven’t heard, happened ON A BOAT.

And tomorrow night sees HARD TIMES for the NWA, only $20 on Fite.TV.

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 01.22.20 (ON A BOAT!)

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 1.22.20

Taped from INTERNATIONAL MONKEY KNIFE-FIGHTING WATERS ON A MOTHER F’N BOAT!  My favorite story about this show so far was that Tony Khan arranged for the master tape to be duplicated and flown out on two separate planes to Atlanta, because even if Iran shot down one of them, there would still be a show on TNT!

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross & Excalibur

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Daily News Update – January 22, 2020

Not much in the way of news updates on the Observer site because everyone’s ON A BOAT for a few days.

DATELINE:  Tonight is of course AEW from the Jericho Cruise, featuring Moxley v. Pac for the #1 contendership and SCU defending the tag titles against Kenny Omega and Page.  Although I have not read the above link, there’s spoilers for the show tonight, so BUYER BEWARE.

DATELINE:  Marty Scurll will appear on Friday’s Hard Times PPV as the ROH and NWA relationship seems to be getting more serious.  Can a promise ring be far behind?

The SmarK Rant for NWA Powerrr – 01.21.20

The SmarK Rant for NWA Powerrr – 01.21.20

Episode 15 – “Generation Clash”

OK, seriously, why is this show now up to NINETY MINUTES?  One of the appealing things was that it was a breezy 45 minute watch and it’s been getting steadily longer as it goes.  LESS IS MORE.

Tonight:  Ricky Morton gets his shot at the Ten Pounds of Gold!

Taped from Atlanta, GA

Your hosts are Joe Galli & Stu Bennett

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The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.06.19

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – 07.06.19

Man, I’ve had a day.  You know how sometimes your car dies in sub-zero temperatures and the auto club says it’ll be 45 minutes for a tow truck and then you’re left sitting there for FOUR HOURS waiting for it when you were supposed to be at work?  And then there’s literally no rental cars to be found in the entire city aside from one on the complete opposite side from where you dropped off the car?  Or is that just me?  That’s why there was no mailbag questions yesterday, by the way.

Time for some Memphis to get me back into the groove again.

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Daily News Update – January 21, 2020

Well thankfully Monday is over.

DATELINE:  Chris Jericho announces another cruise in 2021.  Let’s face it, he’ll probably still be LE CHAMPION when it rolls around.

DATELINE:  Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy are the new RAW tag team champions after last night.  I don’t even remember who the champions before them were.  Apparently Royal Rumble is this weekend as well.  Hell of a buildup this year.

And here’s James Ellsworth challenging Nick Aldis for the NWA World title last year.  No, really.

Daily News Update – January 20, 2020

Hey, the only NFL team I give a crap about, the 49ers, have managed to make it back to the Super Bowl again!  Movin’ the chains!

DATELINE:  If you didn’t see it, Conor McGregor knocked Cowboy Cerrone into the middle of next week in just 40 seconds on Saturday night and it was pretty awesome.  Apparently Conor can still fight after all the millions.

DATELINE:  The Impact Women’s title changed hands at their tapings in Mexico this weekend.  Sorry, that might have been a spoiler for Tommy, who is the last person still watching the show in North America.

And finally, AEW added a supplementary episode of Dark to YouTube on Saturday, featuring the Gunn Club against Shawn Spears and the Librarian.  Not to be confused with the match from the week BEFORE that was cut out of Dark, which did not feature the Librarian but did feature the Gunn Club and Shawn Spears.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 98 – 01.18.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 98 – 01.18.98

Live from San Jose, CA, drawing an 18,000 sellout and a pretty “meh” 350,000 buys, although that was certainly trending upwards from the year before.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler, along with special guest MIKE TYSON in the skyboxes, taking a break from solving mysteries with his adopted daughter and pidgeon friend.

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The Saturday Night Thread – January 18, 2020

Sorry, still no football tonight.  But you can get a preview of Sam Eliot reciting the lyrics to Old Town Road for a Doritos commercial if you want a sneak peak at Super Bowl excitement.

Smackdown’s ratings were up a bit again.

Tonight I’ve got Royal Rumble 98 on my plate as I continue to try to catch up with shows that I haven’t reviewed in decades.  I literally don’t even remember anything about the show outside of the Rumble and the casket match, so this should be fun.

Have a great night and watch some hockey!

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1991 – 01.19.91

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1991 – 01.19.91

The Rumble season is upon us again and this one is next in my list of shows that I haven’t watched in more than two decades.  Plus the whole “crazed Republican warmonger taking on the Middle East” theme has suddenly become culturally significant again.  Sadly.

Live from Miami, FL, drawing about 16,000 and a 2.4 buyrate.

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Strong Style Saturday Thread – January 18, 2020

Look, we all know that everyone is just waiting for Sunday to watch football.  But let’s pay some respect to Saturday first, OK?

DATELINE:  It’s STIPULATIONS A GOGO at Royal Rumble, with Roman v. King Corbin now being a falls count anywhere match, and Daniel Bryan v. The Fiend now a strap match.  Meanwhile no one seems to care about the Rumble matches, but I guess that’s not important on the ROYAL RUMBLE PPV.

DATELINE:  Kalisto is the latest geek to sign a five-year contract with WWE.  Really headed off an intense bidding war there, guys.  Better get Fandango locked up long-term while you’re at it, too.

In the latest from KanaChanTV today, Asuka tours Japan and I dunno what’s going on but by god she’s adorable and I’m still astonished that they look at her and think “Let’s make her a mist-spewing heel”

Daily News Update – January 17, 2020


DATELINE:  The NWA announced that Marty Scurll will be appearing at the January 26 tapings.

DATELINE:  Impact will be reviving the TNA brand for “one night only” at WrestleCon.   Is there really nostalgia for it?

DATELINE:  Taz signs a multi-year deal to do announcing for AEW.  Apparently they couldn’t get the rights to the second “z” for him, though.