Worst champ ever?

Excluding obvious jokes (David Arquette, Vince Russo, etc.), who is the worst wrestler to ever get a run as world champion? Is it the Great Khali?

​You know, I got this e-mail just before the PPV started, so really I should have known.

The SmarK Rant for WWE Battleground 2016

The SmarK Rant for WWE Battleground 2016

(I literally remember NOTHING about this show from last year.  Apparently it happened, though!) 

Apologies in advance for formatting problems, as for various reasons I’m doing this one on my backup-backup-backup Ubuntu-formatted netbook because it was the only computer I had charged and I’m pressed for time tonight. (I’ve tried a million different “lite” Linux distributions on my Acer netbook looking for something that approximates Windows enough to comfortably resurrect it from the recycle pile, but it’s just too difficult to comfortably type on and I always end up going back to my Surface for taking notes on stuff.  I have WAY too many useless pieces of technology, I know.) 

Live from Washington, DC

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Byron Saxton & JBL.

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ECW On Sci-Fi #64 28/08/2007

Let’s take a look at the relevant news from Powerslam Magazine before we watch this episode because WWE’s reputation was declining quicker than Rickety Cricket in Always Sunny:

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93 Horsemen

Hey Scott, after watching some 93 WCW and realizing what a waste that Face Horsemen run was, I wondered why the smart decisionmakers back then didn’t put Steamboat and Shane Douglas in the spots of invisible Ole and joke-jobber Roma? They were also feuding with the Hollywood Blondes anyway! Wouldn’t they have been a good fit?

​Shane, maybe. Steamboat? Can’t see it.

I would have gone with Barry Windham and Sid to at least reunite the last version of the team that had been around. Or, you know, just paid Tully Blanchard his fucking money and not been such idiots about dealing with talent. ​

Network “Special” not so special

I’m a jaded old school fan so I don’t watch the modern product outside Rumble, Mania and Summerfest but does it seem like there are TOO MANY network specials with both Raw and Smackdown running shows each month? Would it help them to scale back to just 12? I can’t imagine even the most die hard fans feel they need to see each show and network subscriber numbers have stayed flat the past year, no?

Isn’t less always more?

​Depends on the financials. We don’t know what exactly the drop-dead point of these shows are (ie, how low do actual PPV buys need to drop before they’re losing money, even with the Network factored in?). Plus generally speaking running a TV or PPV taping is a guaranteed way to increase live attendance on the show, plus you can increase the ticket prices and make more than you would for a standard house show.

Basically, if they were losing money on them, they’d stop, but they’re not. So apparently more is more.​

I love lists (part 897)

1. Fan of nakamura, but new to him. Recommendations of his best work?

2. What are the chances of us getting "the beast vs the demon" brock vs. Balor?

3. After seeing the trailer at comic con, might justice League actually be good? Like, really good?

​1. Go to njpwworld.com, search for "Nakamura". I personally LOVE the AJ Styles match from just before he left for WWE, but basically any of the big shows against Tanahashi or Okada are spectacular.

2. It was apparently supposed to happen around Survivor Series before they decided to move up the "Put the title back on Roman Reigns" plan, but maybe it can still go down?

3. Oh…I dunno. I loved Wonder Woman, but Justice League really feels like they’re trying for the Avengers without doing Iron Man and Thor first, ya know? Hopefully Superman won’t be such a sourpuss in this one.​

No Way Out 2003

No Way Out 2003
Date: February 23, 2003
Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Attendance: 15,100
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s time for another pay per view that is little more than a glorified pit stop before the real pay per view. At least this time around there are some major matches though, including Scott Steiner vs. HHH II and Rock vs. Hulk Hogan II, the latter of which is a little more interesting as Rock is a full on heel. Let’s get to it.

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