Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-19-1984

Taped from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 19, 1984 (taped 05/06)

Attendance: 50,123 (43,517 paid)

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Will Sunshine finally get her hands on Precious and exact revenge upon her? Oh, and Kerry challenges Flair for the World title. Ya think he has a chance? Also, who will join me for this colossal episode?

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 90–01.21.90

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 90 – 01.21.90

Live from Orlando, FL, drawing 16,000 and a 2.0 buyrate.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & and a Mickey Mouse-adorned Jesse Ventura, Tony’s last PPV with the company I believe.

I love that Vince lays out all the entrants in the Rumble match in the intro so you know exactly who you’re getting.

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Monday Night Raw – November 18, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 18, 2019
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home show for Survivor Series but I’m not sure what that is going to mean for the build to the show. Last week on Smackdown WWE felt the need to spend the first third of the show on Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin, which isn’t happening anytime soon. Hopefully we can get something out of the NXT invasion again this week, or maybe Smackdown and Raw can remember that they’re supposed to be fighting each other too. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – November 6, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are doing commentary and they are live from Jacksonville, Florida.  According to, the show drew 9,500 fans, with 3,500 paying for entry.

Tonight’s show is an interactive telecast where fans can call 1-900-370-3WCW and pay 99 cents to pick a wrestler from the “red locker room” that has Ric Flair, Meng, Diamond Dallas Page, the Blue Bloods, Big Bubba Rogers, the Shark, and Scott Norton to face a wrestler from the “blue locker room” that has Sting, Johnny B. Badd, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Dave Sullivan, Alex Wright, the Nasty Boys, and Mr. J.L.  The Shark and Norton must have patched up their differences since they were fighting each other on the last Nitro.

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Mike Reviews: NWA/WCW Starrcade 1989

Hello You!

Back again with some NWA/WCW stuff (I’m not exactly sure what Turner’s company was called at this time and Wikipedia isn’t especially that helpful either as it lists both groups as hosting the event. The box art for the VHS release says WCW, but that might have been added in after the fact). Seeing as we’re creeping ever closer to December I decided I’d have a look at a show that I’ve never seen in full before with Starrcade 1989.

I remember watching the Turner Home Video cut of the show many moons back, but that featured a lot of clipped matches so that they could trim it down to fit onto the tape. However, thanks to the miracle of the WWE Network, I can now watch the near 3 hour show in its entirety.

Whether that’s a good idea or not is yet to be seen, as this Starrcade fell into the dreaded category of “concept show” (Which is something that happened quite a lot with Starrcade actually now I think about it. It’s strange how they did that so often with their biggest gala event instead of just promoting some big matches that fans cared about and then delivering them) with the concept being Round Robin tournaments for both the singles and tag divisions.

Of course the tag section is immediately weakened by not having The Midnight Express in it, with Jim Cornette relegated to commentary of all things, but the singles tournament features four genuine stars in the form of Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Sting and The Great Muta. It’s hard to think that having those four guys all working with one another couldn’t produce at least a couple of good matches.

I actually did this the old fashioned way by watching the show with an actual notepad and pencil before going away and typing it up later. Of course hand writing stuff takes a bit longer than typing so if I miss something pertinent it might be because I was busy scribbling something down, so apologies in advance if that should it happen.

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Impact Wrestlings Throwback Throwdown Thought

i haven’t followed a second of impact since whenever Angle fought Joe, but In the age of ride alongs, Twitter , kayfabe-ridden network specials, I feel WWE has really missed the boat on multiple occasions , ahem old school raws and anniversary specials , for superstars to emulate  their favorite wrestlers of the past for a night.  years ago I was DYING for Savage-clothed CM Punk to battle a Lex-Express Cena!

Whoever thought up those names must be a student of Bruce Hart.  Bill Ding!  Ray Strack!    I’m so gonna find this one and recap it.  

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone had a good weekend. Isn’t really a whole bunch to talk about outside of CM Punk returning to WWE-related programming. It’s not a total shock if the guy still has an eventual goal of main eventing a Wrestlemania. Whether he returns to the ring eventually (he will) or not, if that’s still a goal it’s one that he wouldn’t be able to accomplish in AEW. So let’s see if he moves the needle.

RAW has the Survivor Series go home tonight. One of the matches advertised is Seth Rollins vs. Andrade, which should be very good if they are given the time. Otherwise be on the lookout for the expected run-ins, brawls and backstage attacks.

Chiefs-Charges from Mexico City is your Monday Night Football game. Tons of basketball, both professional and college.

Keep it Clean!

Impact Wrestling – November 12, 2019

Impact Wrestling
Date: November 12, 2019
Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews

It’s the second week in Canada and we are getting ready for Hard To Kill in January. The build started over the last two weeks with Tessa Blanchard being named #1 contender to Sami Callihan’s Impact World Title. They’re setting themselves up for something historic if that is where they go and I would be interested in seeing them take that route. Let’s get to it.

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NXT Women’s Division

I don't think Triple H gets enough credit for always being able to rebuild the NXT Womens Division after people get called up. Vince pratically took all of his core girls (to rebuild the main rosters women's division) then raided out the rest a few months later for the brand split and left him with Asuka only but he made it work. At this point last year, people were wondering who were they gonna get to program with Shayna once Kairi goes up. Enter Io who people for sure thought was a shoe in for a title win. Didn't happen and now within the span of one month, he's made viable contenders out of Team Kick, Candice, Bianca Belair, Io, Mia Yim and Rhea Ripley. We also still have the great Santana Garrett still waiting to debut, Rachel Ellering, Lacey Lane, Shotzi Blackheart and newly signed Ivelisse waiting in the wings. This isn't even counting the inevitable NXT Debut of Toni Storm. Could this be the most stacked a women's roster has ever been?

Problem is that there’s still Baszler on top and she’s not likely to drop the title anytime soon.  It’s been two years now, if Shayna isn’t ready to be called up, she never will be.  

Yesterday’s Wrestler’s today

Hey Scott, I follow both UFC and WWE and got me thinking, how would Shamrock and Severn fair today in WWE? Would they be booked as monsters and special draws like Lesnar? I actually would have loved to see Brock vs Severn. 

Shamrock would fit perfectly, but would probably get tired of developmental and go back to UFC.  Severn, forget it.  Wouldn’t work at all.  

Mr. Perfect in 1996

What happened to Mr. Perfect in the WWF in late 1996?  I remember he was acting as a Manager for Triple H after turning on Marc Mero.  He then seemingly disappeared from the wrestling scene altogether, only to reappear in WCW in mid 1997.  

He had a very large insurance settlement thanks to his supposed career ending back injury and Vince had to offer him a giant contract as incentive to give it up.  So once he got the offer, he turned around and took it to Eric Bischoff, who gave him a bigger offer, and he went to WCW instead.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-12-1984

Taped from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 12, 1984 (taped 05/06)

Attendance: 50,123 (43,517 paid)

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Can the Von Erichs beat the Freebirds for the six-man titles in a Badstreet match? Will the Super Destroyers retain their titles, or will the team of Parsons and Zumhofe achieve gold? How will JYD fare against the deranged Link? And who will join me for the Parade of Champions?

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Joshi Spotlight- AJW Wrestling Queendom- VICTORY

Bull Nakano & Kyoko Inoue in the best match ever wrestled for the WWF Women’s Title.


-Four months after the biggest show in Joshi history, Big Egg Wrestling Universe, comes the next Wrestling Queendom event- Akira Hokuto was triumphant at Big Egg, but kind of went to Mexico for a while and kinda/maybe won’t come back. But that’s okay, because Manami Toyota, the flashiest worker in wrestling, is being elevated, and is now in our Main Event, taking on the Ace of AJW, Aja Kong! Bull Nakano is still WWF Women’s Champion, and is defending tonight. Plus we have a bunch of wrestlers who came out of retirement between 1993 and here, taking up spots on the card. And a few wrestlers are being elevated up the card, while others are sort of in interesting positions- Takako, Yamada, Bennett and others are floating around the upper-midcard, and who knows where they’ll land? So there’s a lot of drama and mystery about tonight’s big card.

“TL; DR- Why Should I Watch This?”: This show contains, I swear to God, FIVE matches at **** or higher, with one of the craziest MMA-style fights I’ve ever seen in a wrestling ring, the best WWF Women’s Title Match ever, and a Main Event that’s even better than THAT.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 89–01.15.89

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 89 – 01.15.89

So although their goal of screwing with the NWA’s PPV ambitions had already been fulfilled and then some, I guess people thought this “Royal Rumble” concept was a pretty good idea, so why not carry on another year? This time on PPV!

Live from Houston, TX, drawing a sellout 19,000 and a decidedly so-so 1.5 buyrate.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura

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Sunday Night Reset: November 17, 2019

Remember, folks, no matter how bad you think WWE TV is: on this day 41 years ago, we had the Star Wars Holiday Special.  NOTHING WWE does can be that bad.

No, Vince, wait, that’s not a challenge!

Congratulations to O’Shay Edwards, who won the PTPW Heavyweight Title last night in Washington, DC.  In addition, Mack Buckler retained the CRAB Heavyweight Title.  (This has been your Blatant Homerism Indie Roundup.)

Coming soon to this blog: a look at AJW Wrestling Queendom and the 1989 Royal Rumble.

Tonight’s NFL game is Chicago traveling to LA to face the Rams.  We will have to wait another 5 hours to find out Seth Rollins’ opinion on football.

Enjoy the night.

SS 88

Reading your review…with all the injuries and dead weight, why not take the tag teams and add them to the other matches instead? 

Imagine having twin towers, brain busters and Dibiase vs megapowers, rockers and Hercules.  Warrior, beefcake, hart foundation, blue blazer vs honky, bass, Valentine, Davis, bad news.  Jake, Duggan, powers of pain, Tito vs Andre, Rude, perfect and demolition.

The beauty of the multi man matches is that you can have an intricate and long match

Also, I think one issue with today is that you obviously see the same match a million times.  I personally would do these multi man matches a lot more . It eats up time and you can even test out new feuds. 

You'll notice, for example, that the 89 show is drastically different than this one, because this one didn't have the Hogan-Andre build behind it and basically flopped in comparison.  So they did in fact eliminate the tag team Survivor match the very next year and tweaked some of the stuff.  
And I'm long been a proponent of doing more tag team matches, because tag team wrestling is awesome.  Plus you never know who's going to have crazy chemistry together, like Cesaro and Sheamus. 

ECW on Syfy 09/29/2009 #173

King Regal starts the show by informing us Tiffany has been involved in a car accident and he will be taking her place as ECW GM. YES YES YES THANK YOU USOS & WHITE CLAW. He immediately changes the main event of Christian vs. Zack Ryder to Christian vs. Zack Ryder & The Regal Roundtable in a four-on-one handicap match because he’s a genius.

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for you all, we start with The Abraham Washington Show!

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