The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 89–01.15.89

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 89 – 01.15.89

So although their goal of screwing with the NWA’s PPV ambitions had already been fulfilled and then some, I guess people thought this “Royal Rumble” concept was a pretty good idea, so why not carry on another year? This time on PPV!

Live from Houston, TX, drawing a sellout 19,000 and a decidedly so-so 1.5 buyrate.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura

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Full Gear Star Ratings

From the Observer!

The show drew 8200 people, not quite a sellout but close enough.  PPV buyrate looks to be another 100K, or the same as All Out. 

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Survivor Series 1988–11.24.88

The SmarK Rant for WWF Survivor Series 88 – 11.24.88

(Originally written 11.14.19)

My original version of the show came from the clipped Coliseum Video version, and the rant kind of sucked, so here’s a fresh take on the seasonally appropriate show that I haven’t watched in 20 years.

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?  Yes, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the CFL Eastern and Western finals are today, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that Edmonton, from the Western division, is in the Eastern final.  It’s a Canadian football thing, just go with it.

I’m just watching the crap out of Disney Plus, baby.  Mandalorian is so great, like a funny Western.  I actually watched the original Steamboat Willie short for the first time ever.  Although I do have the Disney tin collections of Mickey Mouse cartoons from years ago that are apparently worth some serious money now, but I’ve never really sat down and watched them.  I have a lot of DVDs and not a lot of free time.

Oney Lorcan has apparently asked for his release, joining the parade of geeks on Twitter trying to get out.

I was in a retro mood this week so I finally redid Survivor Series 88 after 20 years, with Royal Rumble 89 probably coming up tomorrow.

Have a great CFL playoff day.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Slam–11.20.94

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – WWF Sunday Night Slam 11.20.94

Yes, it’s another USA Network special, this one building to Survivor Series 1994. And although they are traditionally two hours long, by this point the format was getting long in the tooth and so now it’s down to an hour.

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The Wednesday Night War Thread

I have no idea where that weird post at the top of the site came from, for those of you scratching your heads about it.  I’m gonna chalk it up to the WordPress 5.3 update going sideways tonight and leave it at that.

Anyway, it’s WEDNESDAY NIGHT WAR, with AEW featuring LE CHAMPION challenging SCU for the tag team titles, plus something with Jon Moxley.

NXT continues the build to WarGames at the end of November.

And if you’re needing something to listen to tonight…

 

Tuesday Night Thread!

It’s one of my favorite wrestling nights of the week, with NWA Powerrr debuting on the YouTubes, plus AEW Dark!

RAW ratings were a complete disaster.

Hopefully everyone can spare an hour out of watching old Gummi Bears and Ducktales episodes on Disney Plus tonight and check out episode 6 of NWA Powerrr.  I’ll have the review tomorrow morning as usual.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my Patreon thus far, which blows my mind that people would even do so.  My next goal is $300 per month, at which point I will start reviewing WCW Thunder from the beginning all over again and see how it looks from 2019 eyes.  http://www.patreon.com/blogofdoom if you are in a position to help out the site and are interested in doing so.

The SmarK Rant for Heroes of Wrestling–10.10.99

The SmarK Rant for Heroes of Wrestling – 10.10.99

Well, dammit.

When I put up the Patreon on the weekend, at http://www.patreon.com/blogofdoom, the first goal I set was $100 per month, so I promised to re-do Heroes of Wrestling if I could reach that. Which I did. By the end of the day. So it’s time to be completely unlike all wrestling promotions, and make sure I actually deliver on the stipulations promised.

So help me.

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Well how about that Full Gear show last night, huh?  MJF just got made as a heel for life.

Smackdown actually rebounded a bit on Friday, with the rating up a tad for a taped show in England.  I’m pretty sure I’m tapping out for good on it, though.

It’s the CFL playoffs this weekend!  Plus maybe some NFL, I guess, I dunno.

Chat about the long weekend here, and stay warm those in Alberta.

The SmarK Rant for AEW Full Gear–11.09.19

The SmarK Rant for AEW Full Gear 2019 – 11.09.19

Thanks to Fite.TV for providing me with this show so I can bring you the review. They’ve always been awesome to deal with.

Speaking of awesome, thanks to everyone thus far who has signed up for my Patreon! I’m at www.patreon.com/blogofdoom, and I’m already dangerously close to hitting my first goal of $100 per month, which means…sigh…redoing Heroes of Wrestling. But I asked for it, I guess. Any and all support is greatly appreciated, whether it’s via patronage or just reading the site, so I thank you for it.

Live from Baltimore, MD

Your hosts are Excalibur & Jim Ross, as Tony is sadly on assignment. Why not keep Taz on for the full show, I wonder?

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–After the Last Battle of Atlanta (11.06.83)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – After the Last Battle of Atlanta! (11.06.83)

So they’ve found ANOTHER Omni show from Georgia Championship Wrestling, this one after the famous Rich-Sawyer Last Battle of Atlanta show and just before Starrcade ’83.

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The Strong Style Saturday Thread

Good morning!

I was going to review Smackdown tonight, but I read the spoilers and then decided to review the new Omni show in Hidden Gems instead.  I do not regret my decision.

So hey…people have asked me if I have ever considered doing a Patreon, and with Adsense being not what you’d call a reliable source of income and Christmas coming up, I’ve launched a Patreon site!  I’m coming to the point in my life where I really need this blog to be a more stable and above all else RELIABLE source of income, and this will help in that regard.  And hey, if by some miracle I can reach my ridiculous goal of $1500 per month, I will start reviewing Monday Night RAW again.  That’s how serious I am about this.

http://www.patreon.com/blogofdoom

That’s all I got this morning.  Enjoy the sporting events today, and if you live in Western Canada, drive safe out there this weekend.