Impact Wrestling – January 18, 2018

Impact Wrestling
Date: January 18, 2018
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews

This is another interesting show as the main event is a big barbed wire match between LAX and OVE. Well in theory at least, as for some reason that is airing on Impact’s new Twitch channel just after the regular show ends. Not that they advertised that last week or anything. There’s also a “World Title match” in the form of more clips from another promotion’s show. Let’s get to it.

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CZW Liberated 03/12/05

Starting with this show, CZW would begin filming interviews for the start of the DVD so newcomers would know who people were and why they were feuding. This was a great idea as the wrestlers got the chance to talk on a clear mic rather than the over-bassed arena one. Highlights:

    • BLK OUT call DJ Hyde a fat ass who runs around wearing a trash liner.
    • Mike Quackenbush promises to take the CZW Jr. Heavyweight Title to Germany to defend it.
    • Franky The Mobster calls everyone a cunt.

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Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2007

(Eh, not my favorite rant.  Probably could have stood to be redone and I was apparently in a bad mood when I wrote this one.) 

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2007

– Live from San Antonio, TX

– Your hosts are Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, JBL, Joey Styles & Tazz.

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – November 24th, 1990

November 24, 1990

From the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper

This week, we will see Tito Santana vs. Sgt. Slaughter. Also in action are The Legion of Doom, Mr. Perfect, Dustin Rhodes, and Rick Martel. Plus, highlights from last night’s Ultimate Warrior vs. Ted DiBiase match.

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The Chrononaut Chronicles: Legends of Wrestling – Stars of the ’80s: Bob Backlund and Hulk Hogan (2006)

Now for something a little different. Here’s a recap I wrote of an early episode of the Legends of Wrestling series on WWE 24/7, featuring a roundtable discussion focused on two of the biggest stars of the 1980s: Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund! Since this was taped in 2006, it’s interesting to go back and hear what Jim Ross, Michael Hayes, Pat Patterson, Dusty Rhodes, and Mike Graham had to say about these guys. Let’s go!

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PRESS RELEASE: WWE Superstar Fruit Snacks Now Available

Oh man, so much potential snark about this, so little time.  

Pittsburgh, PA – PLB Sports ( has partnered with WWE to create and launch fruit snacks featuring WWE Superstars called WWE Superstar Snacks.  Made from real fruit juice, and naturally fat free, the fruit snacks are in the shape of the WWE logo and come in six flavors: cherry, apple, orange, strawberry, blue raspberry and grape.  The 10-count box will be available at Jewel-Osco, Wegmans, Giant Eagle, Woodman’s Markets, FYE and other fine retailers.  WWE Superstar Snacks are also available at the recently redesigned


WWE Superstars John Cena, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, AJ Styles and Naomi are prominently featured on the box’s front panel.


PLB Sports President, Ty Ballou said “We are thrilled to partner with WWE on their first-ever fruit snack program.   Our product is naturally fat free, made with real fruit juice and no preservatives.  WWE Superstar Snacks apply to all ages and are absolutely delicious!”


PLB Sports is excited to add WWE Superstars to their roster of athletes.  The company has worked with some of the greats in the sports world including:  Justin Verlander, Rob Gronkowski, Kurt Warner, Miguel Cabrera, Anthony Rizzo, Doug Flutie, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jerome Bettis.

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BoD Daily Update: January 18th, 2018 This Week in Wrestling


Kevin Nash No Longer Appearing at RAW’s 25th Anniversary


Impact Wrestling Star Signs With WWE

According to Dave Meltzer of the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter,” EC3 will be going to the WWE. He would legally be available to work the Royal Rumble from a contractual standpoint if the company were to put him in the match.

Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter



WCW jumpers

Hey Scott

The question about Jericho got me thinking back to the demise of WCW.  The reasons for it going down have been debated ad nauseum and i'm firmly in the camp that the various corporate mergers would of killed it eventually
no matter what the rating were doing but one viewpoint the WWE has consistently used over the years was the WCW lack of elvating new stars  and how this led to many of them jumped to the WWE for greater things and leaving WCW to flounder.

Do you actually think anyone that jumped from WCW to the WWF, if pushed and used correctly (a big if) whilst in WCW could of helped, if nothing else, halt the demise? Ive been entertained by the likes of Jericho, Show,
Eddie and Benoit at various points in their careers and im sure they would of made 1999/2000 WCW more watchable if the had all stayed  but its fair to say none of them ever came close to the Stone Cold, Rock or Hogan level and probably had no higher ceiling
than Booker or Steiner who WCW eventually had to push out of necessity so whilst some upward movement of talent would of made the show more entertaining i dont think any of them were going to pull in peak NWO ratings and wouldnt of made much difference to
the fate of the company or am I wrong?

​You're not wrong.  The big problems for WCW were so big by that point that "making new stars" was a drop in the bucket.  Plus they made one of the biggest stars in the history of wrestling, in the form of Goldberg, and still managed to fuck that up and kill the company anyway. ​

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–10.17.81

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 10.17.81

Thanks for all the great feedback on these, mostly amounting to “Keep doing them!”. They do well and they’re a lot of fun to write. Also, for those into blog stats and such, Wrestle Kingdom 12’s rant has now climbed to the most-read post of the year, so it’s got legs like Jumanji.

So apparently we’re skipping a few weeks in the Network archives for some reason. The big news for this week: Sgt. Slaughter has won the US title tournament!

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Monday Night Raw – August 18, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: August 18, 2003
Location: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home show for Summerslam and the big story continues to be Kane, who is seemingly ready to squash Rob Van Dam, and his feud with Shane McMahon. That’s not it for Shane though as he’s in another feud with Eric Bischoff. Oh and there’s something about an Elimination Chamber match which hasn’t exactly gotten a ton of time. Let’s get to it.

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Royal Rumble Countdown Special: Most memorable moments of the 2000s

Yes, it’s my very special Rumble countdown tie-in, with part 2 of my look at the most memorable moments in Royal Rumble history for the Sporting News, covering the 2000s this time. And while you’re there, be sure to check out part 1, covering the 89-99 run, as well:

NXT – January 17, 2018

Date: January 17, 2018
Location: Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson

We’re still in Atlanta as we’re heading towards Philadelphia for the next Takeover. Last week saw the Undisputed Era beat down Aleister Black to end the show, earning Adam Cole an Extreme Rules match with Black in Philadelphia. Odds are we’ll get the final card for the next Takeover tonight so let’s get to it.

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Question about WWF TV in Canada in the 80’s and 90’s


In Canada in the 80’s and 90’s did you get any (or all) of these shows?

WWF Challenge (was this re-branded as something else there? I see a show on YouTube called WWF Cavalcade but I’m not sure if that was Challenge matches or what…)
WWF Prime Time Wrestling
WWF Mania
WWF Action Zone

I know you got WWF Superstars rebranded as Maple Leaf Wrestling with new host(s)  and commentary but the same matches.

Basically, what were your WWF TV options between say.. 1987 and 1995 in terms of what was available to you either over the air or on cable/satellite?

Just wondering. Thanks!

Well, the period you're referring to is when I was mostly living in the Vancouver area, which meant that I would just watch the wrestling block on KCPQ 13 out of Washington.  So unless it was some extraordinary circumstances, I was normally watching the US version of Superstars anyway.  Challenge was indeed rebranded to Cavalcade on Canadian stations in syndication, though.  
Prime Time was never available in Canada, nor was Action Zone.  However, I got a grey market C-band dish in 94 that allowed me to subscribe to USA Network, so I just watched US versions of those.  So I can't really speak to Canadian availability after that, since I didn't have Canadian TV again until mid-96.

Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2008

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2008

– Live, in HD, from Madison Square Garden. This rant will also be presented in widescreen, so adjust your margins to 100 columns to match.

– Your hosts are Michael Cole and The Coach and Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler and Joey Styles and Tazz.

Read moreRoyal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2008