Wrestlemania XXXIV

Wrestlemania XXXIV
Date: April 8, 2018
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 78,133
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Jonathan Coachman, Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton

So here we are. After all these months, we’ve finally arrived at Wrestlemania and as JR has put it, it don’t get no bigger than this. The main event is Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar (THIS TIME FOR SURE!), along with Ronda Rousey making her long awaited in-ring debut. It’s hard to say what to expect, other than a very long show with a lot of stuff crammed in. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – November 10, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 10, 2003
Location: Fleet Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Attendance: 6,000
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s the go home show for Survivor Series and since the card is mostly set, tonight is going to be all about the hard sell. While there are several options for building to the elimination match, odds are we’re going to have to listen to HHH talk about his match with Goldberg and that’s not a series of statements I’m likely to survive. Let’s get to it.

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WWE 205 Live – 10th April 2018

WWE 205 Live

10th April 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana

Commentators: Vic Joseph and Percy Watson

If you don’t think you’ve had quite enough wrestling this week, grapple fans, then read on as I recap the first episode of 205 Live post-WrestleMania.  We’ll hear from the new Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, and Mark Andrews is set to do battle with Drew Gulak.

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Smackdown Live Notes

And that takes care of that. Tonight was my last night in New Orleans and that means Smackdown is all that’s left. This is the other version of the post Wrestlemania show and that means a lot could be happening in a very short amount of time. I had a few ideas of what to expect and for the most part, absolutely none of them wound up happening. Let’s get to it.

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Quick Notes For the Raw After Wrestlemania

Still in New Orleans so still behind on doing the reviews, but still able to do some live reports. This time around we had the big event show with everything going at a hundred miles an hour and a ridiculous amount of returns, debuts and surprises. That can make for a fun show and I had a pretty good time. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – November 6, 2003

Smackdown
Date: November 5, 2003
Location: HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York
Attendance: 3,000
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

We’re coming up on Survivor Series and that means things are picking up fast on the blue show. Last week saw most of the Survivor Series match being set up, which may or may not be something that interests you. The big part though: John Cena seems to be turning from the evil side to the good. Let’s get to it.

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Went to Axxess

So as you probably know (or may not), I’m down in New Orleans for the annual Wrestlemania weekend festivities (hence why the reviews are all late, though I’ll get them up ASAP as I have a lot of Saturday free). I’ve got a full week scheduled and first up was the opening session of Axxess.

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018 Finale: The Smark Rant for Wrestlemania

(Originally written 2002-ish, I think?  Anyway, welcome to the finale of the countdown, as I have actually timed it to end on the correct day and managed to post all 33 Wrestlemania rants!  So enjoy the show on Sunday, and I guess we’ll do this again next year.) 

The SmarK Retro Rant ‘ Wrestlemania 1 (Director’s Cut)

– Yes, it’s another redo of a rant that sucked first time around due to being 5 years ago and all.

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania 2

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Wrestlemania 2

– So while reading over the old WM rants in preparation for the reposts, I couldn’t help but notice that my original rant for this show (from the Coliseum video version) was due for a redo. So here’s the full PPV version, which comes from the VHS releases that came out in 97 or so. Good thing: Completely uncut PPV version complete with ORIGINAL MUSIC. Bad thing: It was recorded in EP mode on low quality tape, so I made sure to only watch it one time, when I recorded it to DVD. Yeah, I could just spring for the Anthology versions, but they’d probably overdub Nikolai Volkoff singing the Russian anthem because they couldn’t afford the music rights. The match lengths appear to be the same, but the interview order is all switched around from the Coliseum video. Anyway, for those who haven’t heard the story a million times, this was the very first wrestling show I ever watched by my own choice, as we rented it for my 12th birthday because the other kids were into wrestling, and then I checked out the weekly TV show as a result and Paul Orndorff like, totally turned on Hulk Hogan, and I was like “Um yeah, I’m watching this for the next 20 years or so unless it really starts to suck or too many people die.”  (My only note here: I totally did buy all the Anthology versions eventually.  And then the WWE Network launched and I was like “Well, shit.”) 

– Live from Long Island NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA. You’d think that they would have learned when Crockett tried that stunt and it didn’t work.

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Wrestlemania Countdown 2018: The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestlemania III

The SmarK Retro Re-Rant for Wrestlemania III: Championship Edition

– This is another one that needed a redo, and with the “digitally remastered” version playing on 24/7 right now, this is as good a time as any. This version has pop-up video facts and cut-in interviews with the people involved, which is pretty neat and is something lacking on their DVD releases, especially historical ones. And hey, I work cheap and would gladly do text commentaries for all their catalogue releases in my spare time. At any rate, this is the complete PPV version, rather than the more briskly-edited Coliseum version most of us old farts are more familiar with.

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WWE 205 Live – 3rd April 2018

WWE 205 Live

3rd April 2018

Nashville, Tennessee

Commentators: Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness

It’s the go-home show for the WrestleMania pre-show, grapple fans!  We’ve got Mark Andrews taking on Drew Gulak, more hype for Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali’s championship opportunity (#WWEcorporatespeak) this Sunday and lots more.  Let’s get to it!

Hype video for tonight’s show and we should be in for a treat; we’ve also got Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa taking on Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik as well as Buddy Murphy tangling with Kalisto.  Should be a hot night of cruiserweight action.

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