The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.13.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 04.13.98

Back to 1998 again by special request. Of course, this show is notable for being the NITRO KILLER, shattering all ratings records for the show to that point and then only going up from there.

Last week: Steve Austin supposedly joins Mr. McMahon as the corporate champion, but then reveals that it’s all a ruse and hits Vince in the nuts.

Live from Philadelphia, PA, drawing 14280 for a sellout.

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The Cheap and Lazy Sunday Thread

Tons of sports today, I’m sure.

I finished the second part of Disenchanted on Netflix on Saturday.  It was alright.  I chuckled a few times.

Seems like Downton Abbey is destroying Rambo at the box office this weekend.  DON’T MESS WITH POSH BRITISH PEOPLE!  They’ll cut you, man!

Jerry Lawler vs. Ric Flair

From the YouTubes…
Hot take:  Flair and Lawler were tremendous professional wrestlers.
Also, here’s Lawler v. Hogan from Memphis in 1981…

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Road to SuperClash III

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The Road to SuperClash III – 09.18.88

Yeah, NXT is up on the Network now, sure, but how can I watch that when I have 2.5 hours of an AWA TV taping reconstructed as a Hidden Gem? This is literally like catnip for me.

So yeah, the idea here is that the fine folks at the Network have taken all the available footage from an AWA/World Class/Memphis/Continental combined TV taping in 1988, leading up to the disaster that was SuperClash, and mashed it together into what is basically a complete show. Like, how cool is that?! I wish they’d do that with Superstars or Challenge tapings from the 80s and add the dark matches and everything.  Anyway, most of this ended up on the ESPN show, I believe. 

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Wednesday Night Thread

Tonight! NXT debuts on USA! But only in the USA. Canada gets it on tape delay sometime Thursday on the Network. I don’t think it airs live anywhere else in the world either. I’m actually away at my annual work conference on October 2 anyway. SO THERE. Tommy will have all the reviews anyway.

Hockey preseason is underway!

Fox is airing a bunch of Smackdown hype specials leading up to the Oct 4 debut.

Have a great night and enjoy NXT live! Unless you’re not American, in which case you don’t count.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–02.10.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 02.10.00

Might as well carry on for a bit in this era because the Dallas 10 man RAW was really fun to relive.

Previously on RAW:

Taped from Austin, TX. Could this mean the return of Stone Cold? No, of course not, he was recovering from major neck surgery. Don’t be stupid.

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JToZ Pro Wrestling Breakdown: Clash of Champions 2019

JtoZ TV Pro Wrestling Breakdown: WWE Clash Of Champions

Video Killed The Wrestling Blogger…

JtoZ TV was started in 2018 as a passion project with my wife, my two young sons, and myself collaborating to produce a YouTube family friendly channel full of epic unboxings the latest and coolest toys and games, hilarious skits and family challenges, and the most awesome adventures. But something was missing. JtoZ TV couldn’t be a passion project without MY REAL passion incorporated somehow. For as long as I can remember, I have lived, breathed, ate, and slept PRO WRESTLING. Nothing brings me greater joy in this world. For over 30 YEARS I have been the most hardcore of hardcore wrestling fans. With the JtoZ Pro Wrestling Breakdown, my two passions are combined to produce…UBER PASSION!

With the JtoZ TV Pro Wrestling Breakdown, I am bringing my unique perspective as a hardcore wrestling fan for over 30 years and diving in depth with the biggest wrestling shows from the top companies. And THIS is all done on a FAMILY FRIENDLY YouTube Channel aimed primarily at KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES. Detailed analysis, sizzling HOT TAKES, match by match breakdowns, and now it’s HERE in a convenient new format for YOU, the readers of Scott Keith’s BLOG OF DOOM! In this SPECIAL EDITION of JtoZ TV Pro Wrestling Breakdown, we are reporting as the OFFICIAL WWE CLASH OF CHAMPIONS YOUTUBE CORRESPONDENT for Scott and The B.O.D!

September 15,2019. Charlotte, North Carolina

Every single Championship in the WWE is ON THE LINE. THIS is WWE Clash Of ChampionsAnd THIS is the JtoZ TV/Scott Keith Blog Of Doom Pro Wrestling Breakdown #4 – WWE Clash Of Champions!

All Elite Singles Roster

So, I’m old 44.  Loved NWA, WCW and WWF as a kid, then started rewatching in college into the boom period, lived near Philly and watched and went to ECW.

Lapsed for years, now read reviews and take my kids to any shows near me and let them watch big three ppvs and random shit since they are young. But can’t really get through watching WWE in any regularly way.

So I’ve been very very excited for All Elite Wrestling even if only marginally aware of all the talents. The tag team roster looks great and deep.  But the singles roster looks well shallow. 

So is this a reasonable breakdown and are they missing depth or top end talent? 

Heard Harper and Rusev might go there and now the WWE is laughing about that.

It just doesn’t seem good enough to draw and keep viewer, mind you I’m their bread and butter of lapsed hopeful fan and potential viewer.

Great and recognizable:

Jericho, Moxley, Omega, Rhodes, Pac, Dustin

Entertaining and on the come up:


Ehhh ok:

Hangman Page

Entertaining but Maybe too much, too small, or too niche:

Janela, Havok, Kiss, Guevera, Allin


Shawn Spears

And that’s it? Because time and recognizable talent seems to be running out.

PS who the f is Brandon cutler

Counterpoint:  WWE has every “star” in the wrestling business locked down to 5 year contracts out of spite, and they just drew one of the lowest ratings in their history last week.  And produced a PPV featuring all of their champions that was one of, if not the worst, show of the year outside of Saudi Arabia. 

So again, let’s reserve judgment on the TV show until they actually produce one.  Although it’s seemingly less likely we’ll get to actually see it here in Canada at this point. 

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.20.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.20.82

Yeah, all the way back to where I originally left off with Bill Watts back in 1982. WHY NOT. Here’s where we left things back when I was originally at that point:

Taped from Shreveport, LA

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