WWF 1990 Survivor Series Showdown

November 18, 1990

From the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN during the “Superstars of Wrestling” tapings that took place on 10/29.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan

Matches include Earthquake vs. Big Bossman, Texas Tornado vs. Smash, Marty Jannetty vs. Rick Martel, Bret Hart vs. Honky Tonk Man, and Tito Santana vs. Sgt. Slaughter.

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Promotions Question

Hey Scott  this may sound like a dumb question, but hope you can answer. I am a WWF/E guy. Grew up in the Northeast and WWE was the main programming on general TV. It was not until 1989 I started following WCW, a great time to start. I know there is always a talk of the big three, WCW/NWA, AWA, and WWE. My question is, why are promotions such as Mid Atlantic,  Mid South, UWF, World Class, GCW, etc overlooked in terms of title lineage? For example, Wresting companies will mention the big three championship lineage, title reigns, but will never discuss other reigns from the regional promotions. 

The promtions themselves seem to have drawn ok in their times. I have watched some World Class for example and it looks like they drew decent attendance and had a good following. With the network, internet, and writers like yourself writing on the promotions, wouldnt it make sense for WWE to reference reigns in Regional Promotions for a guy like Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, etc?  

​Sometimes they do, but mostly the answer is that regional titles were just that: Regional.  When World Class split from the NWA and created a "World" championship, the joke in the Observer is that it was the World title of two cities, Dallas and Fort Worth.  WWE, AWA and Crockett all legitimately had their main titles defended around the world, but someone like Memphis's main champion, Jerry Lawler, never left Tennessee for the most part.  ​If World Class ever successfully toured outside of Texas, people would have been happy to grant it true World title status, but they never did.  

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling–09.26.81

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 09.26.81

Taped from Charlotte, NC

Your hosts are Bob Caudle & David Crockett

And this week, David and Bob are happy to announce that we have a NEW WORLD CHAMPION…Ric Flair. Man, what a strange time to be living in, back when Flair was winning his FIRST World title!

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Wrestlemania Main Event For SD Live

Scott I'm still not entirely sold on Styles going into Mania as champ. I still get a sneaky feeling they'll get the title on Owens sometime before Mania(possibly in that Fastlane main) and blow off Shane/Owens for the title in like a Street Fight with Daniel Bryan as special guest ref (probably ban Zayn from ringside) which is where they'll pull the trigger on the heel turn. Then probably do Orton/Nakamura/Styles or just Nakamura/Styles with no title.

​Hey man, it's their belt.  I just want to see Nakamura/Styles at Wrestlemania, regardless of who the champion is.  If they feel like Shane and Bryan bickering over the GM job is important enough to focus the WWE title on it, more power to them.​

Vince’s rise

Like everybody else I have been watching the dog shit out of all the Mid Atlantic and in the spring of 82 they had some phantom NWA tag title tourney with guys from Florida, St. Louis, WWF, Japan, etc. They actually had clips of some of the teams competing and Vince called a couple matches.  Short story long here, when did Vince begin to make his push timeline wise? Also what was the hierarchy layout of promotions, who were they key players  and bookers   from 81 to 83/84 ish when Vince started going national?

​Hoo boy, that's a complex question.  Vince Jr. didn't really start seriously pushing until 84 when he had Hogan.  Before that, Vince Sr. was still the guy in charge and was completely committed to playing nicely with the NWA, which is why you saw stuff like Vince Jr. calling matches on NWA-affiliated programs.  
I'd highly, HIGHLY recommend reading Tim Hornbaker's pair of books on the rise and fall of the NWA and history of the WWWF, because they go into insane amounts of detail that I couldn't possibly cover here:

The NWA one in particular is fascinating and makes you realize what a bunch of self-serving slimeballs all the promoters really were.  

Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2011

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2011

Originally written April 2014.


I’ve had requests for a Royal Rumble Kindle book, but this is the one show I’m missing. So here it is! I wasn’t even watching the product at the time, so this is basically all new to me aside from knowing who the winner was. My exposure was limited to WWE sending me DVDs to review, and otherwise I was exclusively watching Classics on Demand for my fix. I barely even remember who the champions were or what the issues were, so I’m kind of looking forward to going in blind!

Live from Boston, MA

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Matt Striker and Jerry Lawler.

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Roman Reigns 2014

Your Royal rumble rants have got me thinking. During the 2014 Rumble Roman was on the verge of becoming a STAR and more importantly the crowd was behind him, and if not Bryan then they would have been happy with Roman having the top spot. It was for a
time a very Batista like rise. So what happened? Even before his groin injury the crowd was turning on him and Bryan wasn't even around at the time. Why did everyone seem to turn on this guy so fast?

Because he wasn't Daniel Bryan.  The crowd very definitively told WWE what they wanted and we were given something else very different.  And then once it became ingrained into the fanbase that they didn't want Roman, it just became the thing to believe, even if Daniel Bryan was no longer a viable option due to injury.  I don't think it's any more complex than that.


Hey, Yo

I was watching some awesome Mid Atlantic Wrestling today and snickered at Bob Caudle's amazement over Kernodle kicking out of the Grappler's suplex. It got me to thinking about how a retro jobber-type character would do in today's WWE. He could use 80's weardown holds and use different finishers each week, such as Beefcake's high knee one week then Tully's slingshot suplex the next and then make an arrogant cover and be shocked each week when someone easily kicked out. Of course, the fans would hate him at the beginning then, eventually, they would start to cheer for him to win just one match. Thoughts?

​First up, do not disrespect the slingshot suplex.  IT'S STILL REAL TO ME.
Second, yeah, that'd be kind of a funny gimmick for Curt Hawkins.  Like, he'll go all over social media pumping up his new finisher that he learned from watching all the Mid-Atlantic shows (available now on the WWE Network, only 9.99 a month!) and how it's unbeatable and will end his winning streak, and then it turns out to be a bodyslam or something.  ​And then next week he finds another one, lather rinse repeat.

Best in the World

Chris Jericho was a great wrestler when he first appeared back in the 90s and eventually created great characters/personalities throughout his career until his break in 2005. After returning in 2008 and reinvented himself and stil put out amazing matches/feuds with HBK, the legends at WM25, Mysterio, tagging with Big Show, Raw special guests, Edge, Punk, before taking another break with random appearances for a few years. Finally, after his 2016 run with the "List of Jericho" and his feuds with younger/newer wrestlers like AJ, Ambrose, Sami, Rollins, partnership with Owens to its culmination in early 2017. Now, Jericho proves that 47-years-old he can still hang with anyone in any style in any promotion when he wrestled Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12. With always staying relevant by reinventing himself and even defeating opponents and not harming his oppenents status when they lose, my question: can Jericho be considered as just one of the greatest wrestlers ever (not counting merch sales of course), especially after still being able to work amazingly at his age compared to some others?
​Well, he's already in the WON Hall of Fame, so he absolutely is in the conversation as one of the greatest of all time just to get that far.  Given that he could have coasted on the nostalgia and autograph circuit for decades and instead chose to reinvent himself constantly, you have to admire him a lot.  ​

ECW on Sci-Fi #90 02/19/2008

We’re in San Diego, CA and Ric Flair is here to talk about being inducted into the Hall Of Fame but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to retire (he wasn’t kidding) but Elijah Burke interrupts to say he’s the new Flair. (yeah, David). Shelton Benjamin shows up to remind us all Burke & Benjamin are still a thing and to tell Flair he’s the NEW Gold Standard. It ends with Flair getting attacked until CM Punk makes the save. Basic set-up for tonight’s main event, highlight was some guy excited for Tim.

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