NXT – May 27, 2020

Date: May 27, 2020
Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Tom Phillips

We’re less than two weeks away from Takeover and that means a lot of the matches are already set up. Hopefully they come up with a strong main event, though I can’t imagine it’s anything but Velveteen Dream getting his second title shot. That one just doesn’t blow my skirt up but Takeover has surprised me before. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – December 26, 2005

Monday Night Raw
Date: December 26, 2005
Location: Harbor Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Attendance: 6,500
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Joey Styles, Jonathan Coachman

We’re closing out the Raw side of 2005 with this and that could might not be the best news. With less than two weeks to go before New Year’s Revolution, it’s time to build up what is left of the card aside from the Elimination Chamber main event. I’m not sure what that is going to entail but we should be in for something here. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – May 27, 2020

Date: May 27, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

We’re done with Double Or Nothing and that means it’s time to start getting ready for the summer. I’m not sure what that is going to mean as AEW takes its time to get to their next pay per views. We do have Fyter Fest though, and that should give us a goal for the next few weeks. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night War Thread


AEW has the post-PPV show, where hopefully poor Sammy Guevara will escape without having to run away in terror from something.

NXT presents Matt Riddle against Timothy Thatcher in a cage match with Kurt Angle as referee, which will make Riddle’s exit to the main roster.  And GOOD LUCK to him there, pal.

RAW ratings were down again, creeping closer to the lowest rating of all time.


What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – April 1, 1995

Jim Ross and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are still in Council, Virginia.

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Hope you and your family are well. 

Who do you think has the bigger potential, Brian Cage in AEW or Karrion Kross in WWE? I can see Cage being big in AEW for sure in the immediate, actually feuding with Luchasaurus for sure, Lance Archer, maybe. But, I think Cross has bigger potential overall, longterm, with his gimmick, wife, and a potential feud with the Fiend, Balor, etc. I could really get into Kross vs Fiend just on the entrances and creepy promos. Take care.

I have literally never seen Kross yet because I have no desire to sit through the empty arena NXT shows.  We'll see how he looks at Takeover, I guess.  

The Hart Family vs Martha Hart

I was surprised to hear on “The Dark Side Of The Ring” episode about Owen Hart's death how the majority of the Hart Family not only didn't support Martha in her lawsuit against the WWF, but some members actively worked against her.  Were they that afraid of Vince McMahon and the WWF, or was it something else entirely?  
A lot of it was that, yeah.  They wanted jobs and Vince dangled that carrot at them, whereas Martha wasn't from the wrestling world and didn't give a shit about Vince and his bullshit carny business, and so she wasn't scared of him.

Character Appreciation

Hey Scott,

I recently noticed a strong difference between AEW and WWE for me.

With WWE, everyone is pretty much blah and in the middle with slight exceptions.

With AEW, there are characters I really enjoy that they’ve built well (Hangman Page, Darby, MJF, Jungle Boy) and others that I absolutely can’t stand (Cody, Moxley, Cabana) to the point I’m happy when they’re not on TV.

Anybody else feel this way?

Probably not. 

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

(Might as well merge the reposted TV rants into one column now.  Keeping them split into separate ones wasn’t doing any better numbers anyway.  Also, a reminder that these were written at times far apart from each other, in the early days of the WWE Network.)  

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

Taped from Grand Rapids, MI

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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Jake Roberts and psychology

Dear Scott,

When people think of ring psychology, one of the very first names that pops up is Jake the Snake Roberts. Despite that, his matches were, at best, mostly in the 3-star range. How can a guy be so synonymous with psychology, yet boast so few “classic”

Because he was around when wrestling was about drawing money and popping the fans, not having classic matches to create social media buzz. 

Matt Hardy the Producer

After watching the awesomeness that was Stadium Stampede, is it clear that WWE was stupid to not throw a whole bunch of money at Matt Hardy to stay on as a producer and in creative? Given we’re in an era of cinematic matches, it feels like he’s someone you’d definitely want running the production on this end.

We don't know that WWE ever thought of Matt in that capacity, though.  Plus he left just before everything went down so it's not like people knew that “cinematic wrestling” was about to become a big thing.  Plus he just seems happier in AEW anyway.  

First Summer Slam

This came up in one of the comment sections so I can't claim credit for noticing it but do you realize that the first summer slam was layed out almost exactly like the first Wrestlemania? You had a tag match with a special referee as the main event. A title
change. Another title match between guys with no feud, (but other feuds do factor in the result,) and some JTTS matches to establish new talent. And it worked too.  Summer Slam is the number 2 PPV and has been around almost as long as mania. 

Vince certainly did used to know what he was doing with this stuff.  

Favorite Jobber Tag-Team?

Did you ever have a favorite jobber tag-team, or jobber to the stars tag-team?  I always liked Well Dunn in the early 1990's WWF.  I think their only big win came against the Bushwackers, (Which they cheated to do, of course), on an episode of Superstars, of which the Bushwackers immediately got their win back the following week.  
I always enjoy Gill and Hardy in their various incarnations when they pop up, because they're such a versatile team and always do a great job of putting the bigger stars over. 

OTE ’99

Hey Scott,

  Here's a big what if for you.  We've all heard that Vince did the catwalk repel before the show to show Owen it was safe.  Let's say that the harness gives way then and Vince falls.  Does the show still go on then?

If it was Vince?  100% he would want the show to go on and they'd do it.  Those would probably be his dying words, after “What was the gate tonight?”  

Monday Night Raw – May 25, 2020

Monday Night Raw
Date: May 25, 2020
Location: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe

It’s Memorial Day and that means the tributes will be strong this week. We’re also on the road to Backlash and I’m not sure what that is going to mean. We do at least already have a World Title match with Drew McIntyre defending against Bobby Lashley. Odds are we get more gaming hijinks between the Street Profits and the Viking Raiders. Let’s get to it.

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