The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars–01.27.97

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night War – January 27 1997

– This will be my last rant for a week or so, as we’re moving and the cable doesn’t get hooked up until next Tuesday. How I will live without 24/7 for a week, I honestly don’t know.  (Backstory!  This was written around 2007, and we were moving because we were kicked out of our dream apartment due to the building getting sold for condos.  It was wonderful, because there was a second bathroom and I had my own office for writing and a FIREPLACE and everything. The real kick in the pants is that we actually repainted it ourselves because we wanted to make it perfect, and then they decided to use our place as the show room because we did such a good job on it.  We were then kicked out of the NEXT place we rented as well, because the owners also sold the property, and finally bought our own house in 2010 and we’ve been there ever since.  Unfortunately I have no office now and only one bathroom, but at least we know we’re not getting the property sold out from under us.)  

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, August 23, 1986

A momentous episode of the TBS Saturday night staple, as we have Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair for the NWA World Title, a shocking heel turn, the best-of-seven series for the U.S. Title concludes in dramatic fashion, new NWA World Tag Team Champions, and the Midnight Express vs. the Mulkeys, with the birth of MulkeyMania!

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXII: Thundercage!

The SmarK Retro Rant for Clash of the Champions XXII: THUNDERCAGE! (Jan 13 / 1993)

(Back to the Observer Flashbacks tomorrow, but first the Clash that Dave reviewed in the last one, as I’ve always been a fan of this show and wanted to post it again.)

– This is another one of those shows that I could swear up and down on a stack of Bibles that I’ve already done, but don’t seem to have anything actually done for it. So here ya go, courtesy of reader David J. Mann.

– Live from Milwaukee, WI.

– Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January 1997)

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes & Bobby Heenan.

This is the second-to-last Clash, and clearly by this point these shows were just extra editions of Nitro and little effort was put into promoting or booking them. Plus this was leading into nWo Souled Out, so…you know…not the best PPV to be leading towards.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, August 16, 1986

Can Ric Flair regain the NWA Title from an injured Dusty Rhodes? Magnum T.A. tries to even the best-of-seven U.S. Title series with Nikita Koloff, and another huge confrontation between Dusty Rhodes & Big Bubba Rogers. That and much more on an action packed Saturday Night program…

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 92–12.28.92

The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1992 – 12.28.92

Tonight! The 10th annual Starrcade ’92! Well, at least they understand the concept of an anniversary. Oh, also, the graphics in the opening video package have Barry Windham and Brian Pillman mixed up. Because they apparently look SO MUCH alike.

Live from Atlanta, GA, drawing 8000 people and a 0.5 buyrate.

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

(By request, here’s the repost of Clash 21!)

The SmarK Retro Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

– This is one of those tapes that I had totally forgotten that I even had, but found when I was moving from tape collection into my new room. For those who follow my personal life, Zen moved to Calgary to take a new job this weekend, taking his ECW collection with him, so I’m left with the apartment to myself and only a million tapes instead of 2 million. But such is life. Anyway, someone (I forget who) sent me this in 1999 and I never actually reviewed it, instead choosing to skip over the actual event and review the IWA BathHouse Brawl match that was tacked onto the end. I pulled the match review from the RSPW archive on Google and it follows the Clash review. (Not anymore.  The formatting was all messed up so I just left it off.) 

– Live from Macon, GA, Nov. 18 / 92.

– Your hosts are JR & Jesse.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, August 2, 1986

There’s a new NWA World Heavyweight champion and a new bald-headed geek, as the Great American Bash draws to a close. The grand finale will be later tonight in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. A look at the Bash happenings, previewing the final Bash card, and several new, but familiar, faces make their debuts on a “special edition” of the Saturday night staple…

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Repost: WCW Halloween Havoc 1992 (Scott Sez Edition)

And now it’s time for that new sitcom…Everybody Hates Netcop. This week’s assault on your poor, humble, beleaguered (did I mention humble?) reviewer comes from Matt King (get it?) on the Steel Cage Asylum newsboard at, as he deconstructs my last Thunder review and calls me an idiot a bunch of times. Great reading, folks. Well, not really, but I figure I’d be a good sport and give him extra hits.  (Too late.  The website doesn’t exist anymore.  And yet I’m still standing, baby.)

Anyway, in order to dissuade those who think I’m biased against WCW (perish the thought!) , I thought I’d pick a WCW show with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to make fun of, at all. Nope. Not a one.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–12.23.96

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 12.23.96

Holy cow, I actually got a RELEVANT ad before the show today! WWE Network has apparently been selling ad time to, advertising WWE-branded stuff and everything.

Live from somewhere not mentioned by Tony, so it must not be a big city. A quick check reveals it was Macon, GA, with a record sellout crowd of nearly 5000.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, July 19, 1986

A classic between The Rock & Roll Express vs. the Andersons, Dusty Rhodes & Magnum T.A. vs. the Midnight Express, and Tully Blanchard defends the National Title vs. Sam Houston in another good one. The Great American Bash continues and we’ve got another really good program this week. Let’s get to it… 

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