WWF Superstars – April 23rd, 1994

April 23, 1994

From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler

The show starts off with footage from two weeks ago when Doink the Clown doused Jeff Jarrett with a bucket of water as Jarrett was chasing Dink up the aisle.

This week’s featured match is Razor Ramon vs. Adam Bomb.

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The SmarK Rant for TNT–02.22.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 02.22.85

OK, by popular demand, we return to this show again.

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Impact Wrestling – September 13, 2019

Impact Wrestling
Date: September 13, 2019
Location: Fronton Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
Commentators: Don Callis, Josh Matthews

The Mexico run continues after last week’s big engagement between Brian Cage and Melissa Santos. That means he’ll be gone for another few weeks as we continue the Brock Lesnar style title reign. Sami Callihan is getting a title shot in about five weeks though and that could make for an interesting Bound For Glory. Let’s get to it.

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Friday Night Party Thread: September 20, 2019

We made it!

To think, in a couple weeks I’m going to be doing a SmackDown Viewing Thread in this slot.  Ah, how time flies.

I recently bought Title Bout Championship Boxing and it’s so much fun to do tournaments in it.  Some of the dream matches are like catnip to a sim guy like me.

If you’re into college football, there’s a doozy on CBSSN — Air Force battles Boise State.  Baseball is coming hard down the home stretch, with all four wild card spots up in the air.

Someone check with the live watch crew to find out their show for tonight.  And also talk joshi, because it annoys everyone.

Enjoy the weekend!

Joshi Spotlight- Wrestlemarinepiad ’91, ’96 & ’97

-Okay, so the other Wrestlemarinepiads aren’t really available to watch online, unless you pay for stuff, which would give me nothing to link anyone to… plus I’m cheap. In any case, I found the last three bouts of WMP ’91 (it’s a five-match card, so that’s enough, really), one ’96 bout, and ’97’s awesome Main Event.

TL;DR- Why Should I Watch This?: One match is good, there’s an amazing tag bout between future stars, and a hugely violent Cage Match War between four major stars, and it ends with a truly remarkable Tag Team match that’s one of the most legendary Joshi bouts post-1995. LCO versus the U*Tops is SERIOUSLY amazing.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – October 7, 1995

Chris Cruise, Larry Zbyszko, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary for today’s show.  The arena is really dark for this show and there are lots of empty seats when the camera pans near the guardrails.

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Secret Origins

Hello Scott,

Over the last decade or two, I've read and re-read countless classic rants on old shows, as well as most of your themed essays.  I read most of your current PPV recaps as well. 

However, for all of the content I've perused, one thing remains unclear to me – exactly what is the origin of the phrase "BONZO GONZO?"  

I understand the the basic meaning of what it represents, but I'd like to know the specific match/incident that inspired it.  It warms my heart that you still use it.

It specifically comes from the History of the Tag Team Championship Coliseum Video, rant, with a match on the Spectrum Network in the 70s.  I forget which match. Someone else can probably call it up faster than me.  

Monday Night Raw – September 16, 2019

Monday Night Raw
Date: September 16, 2019
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young

It’s the night after Clash of Champions and thankfully that show is out of the way. Last night offered a grand total of nothing important as it was just a show that had to be done before we could get on to the Cell next month. The Fiend is already haunting Seth Rollins and the Universal Championship so expect the big push to begin tonight. Let’s get to it.

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NXT First Impression

Hey Scott–

Just wondering if you had any thoughts regarding NXT's first foray into cable TV. If the assumption is they are trying to grab the million or so WWE viewers who don't have the network, how do you think they did with their first go-around?

I didn't watch it yet because

a)  It doesn't air live in Canada

b)  The full Network version doesn't go up until literally 24 hours after the original airing so realistically if I'm reviewing the show, it has to wait until Friday.  

Seemed like a good show, though.  I'll probably check it out tonight.  

Biggest disparity between two wrestlers’ matches?

I was watching the Hogan vs Warrior match from Wrestlemania 6 as it is a favorite of mine from childhood.

And it got me thinking  about their rematch at Halloween Havoc 1998. It had to be one of worst matches I have ever seen.

I give the Wrestlemania match 4 stars.  And the Havoc match negative 5 stars. 

Can you think of any two wrestlers that a bigger disparity in the quality of the matches they had together?

People also tend to forget about the rematch that Hogan had with the Rock in 2003, which was just awful.  I wouldn't say it was a bigger disparity than the Warrior matches, but it definitely showed that the Wrestlemania match was a once in a lifetime achievement.  

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Road to SuperClash III

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The Road to SuperClash III – 09.18.88

Yeah, NXT is up on the Network now, sure, but how can I watch that when I have 2.5 hours of an AWA TV taping reconstructed as a Hidden Gem? This is literally like catnip for me.

So yeah, the idea here is that the fine folks at the Network have taken all the available footage from an AWA/World Class/Memphis/Continental combined TV taping in 1988, leading up to the disaster that was SuperClash, and mashed it together into what is basically a complete show. Like, how cool is that?! I wish they’d do that with Superstars or Challenge tapings from the 80s and add the dark matches and everything.  Anyway, most of this ended up on the ESPN show, I believe. 

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PPV’s Being Used to Build to Next PPV?

Hey Scott,

 One trend that I’m noticing out of WWE that has become more common is using some PPV’s to build to another PPV. While this was done on occasion in previous eras, it has almost become the norm now. To me, WWE’s PPV’s have lost their importance over the
past few years because of it, what do you think?

They've lost importance for a lot more reasons than that, but the worst is not PPVs building to the next PPV, it's PPVs building to TV shows.