The SmarK Rant for WWF Judgment Day 1998–10.18.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Judgment Day 1998 – 10.18.98

(Originally written 07.18.18)

Live from Chicago, IL, drawing 18,000 and a 0.89 buyrate. Not bad for an obvious B-PPV, actually, and it really shows the roll that they were on.

Your hosts are JR & King

I literally don’t remember a thing about this show outside of the terrible main event and Rock inexplicably doing the job, so as always, this will be an adventure.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling–01.26.80

The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling – 01.26.80

I need something quick and easy tonight, and this week’s show clocks in at only 30:00 without commercials, so let’s head back to 1980 for more WWF All Star Wrestling!


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The SmarK RAW Rant–10.12.98

The SmarK RAW Rant – 10.12.98

Well I can’t just stop now. There’s a TOURNAMENT to be recapped! Turns out that Vince stripped HHH of the IC title off-screen last week, so it’s a one-night tournament to find a new champion. What, no series of four-way matches leading to another four-way match to crown the champion?

Live from Uniondale, NY

Your hosts are JR & King.

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Undertaker/Hogan Survivor Series 91/Tuesday in Texas

When they booked in October of 1991, that the main event for Survivor Series would be Hulk Hogan vs Undertaker, did they already have the Survivor Series/Tuesday in Texas – Vacate the title scenarios laid out? Were Hogan and Undertaker filled in long before the Survivor Series what it all was leading to including the title being on the line at Royal Rumble 92?

Was there ever an idea to do a 3rd PPV match between the two after the controversial finishes of SS & Tuesday in Texas? Would Hulk vs Undertaker at WM VIII been bigger than Hogan vs Sid Justice?

​They knew exactly where everything was going for a long time beforehand, yes.

And Sid v. Hogan was clearly the biggest match they had, assuming Flair v. Hogan wasn’t a thing they wanted to do.

Bobby Lashley vs Brock Lesnar

I know alot of people aren’t big on Lashley but I feel the most unique direction they can go with regarding the title program for Summerslam is Lashley/Lesnar. Its simple storytelling, show videos of them training, do MMA style promo videos and keep the inevitable face to face saved for the last Raw before Summerslam. As for the actually match itself, if presented correctly, I feel like Lashley can stray Lesnar away from his usual "suplex city" match standards.

​Again, i really don’t care anymore how they get the title off him. Just pick someone, have him lose the damn belt, and move on.

Bryan over Brock

Hey Scott,

Considering Brock is on his way out (?) & Bryan just re-signed (?) and Bryan has been talking about Brock is his dream match to end all dream matches, there’s a slight chance (?) we get that match by Summerslam.

Provided that match goes down, what are the odds Bryan goes over? Odds that Brock agrees? Odds that Vince doesn’t have a heart attack at the suggestion?

​Never gonna happen. Last night showed exactly where Vince sees Bryan at this point. And again, at this point I just want Brock to show up on RAW, drop the title in 30 seconds to Roman or Strowman, and then just go to UFC and stay away for good. ​I’m done with the character and the "working the boys" bullshit that never leads anywhere and I just want an actual World champion on the main show so I can go into a PPV knowing what the damn main event is supposed to be.

WWE Raw expanding to five hours in 2019

WWE Raw expanding to five hours in 2019

According to a press release, expanding to five hours will allow a number of new features to be added to the show, including:

  • Every Superstar® will receive on-air counselling from Dr. Shelby
  • Weekly musical performances by Flo Rida
  • Every episode will feature at least one backstage food fight — more on national holidays
  • Roman Reigns will finally get some airtime

I’m looking forward to the 17 hour WrestleMania.

​I know it’s a joke article, but in a lot of ways it feels like we’re there already. ​