NXT – July 8, 2020 (Great American Bash Night Two)

Date: July 8, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Tom Phillips, Beth Phoenix

We wrap up the Great American Bash tonight with the second of two shows. This time around it’s a big one, as NXT Champion Adam Cole faces North American Champion Keith Lee in a title for title match. That could go either way and may be the biggest match NXT TV has ever seen. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.08.20 (Fyter Fest Night 2)

BUT FIRST!  A personal plug for my friend Tony (not Khan, sorry), who has an amazing Milky Way panoramic shot entered into the SkyNews 2020 photo competition and needs votes.



The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.08.20 (Fyter Fest Night 2)

Taped from Jacksonville, FL

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone & Excalibur

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Dynamite – July 8, 2020 (Fyter Fest Night Two)

Date: July 8, 2020
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

It’s the second night of Fyter Fest and that means we could be in for a big show. The card is certainly stacked but I’m curious to see how they handle the lack of the World Title match in the main event. Instead of Jon Moxley defending the title against Brian Cage, we will be seeing Chris Jericho vs. Orange Cassidy in a grudge match. Let’s get to it.

Read moreDynamite – July 8, 2020 (Fyter Fest Night Two)

Monday Night Raw – February 6, 2006

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 6, 2006
Location: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 10,000
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Jonathan Coachman, Joey Styles

We’re on the Road to Wrestlemania and now it’s time to start getting ready, as there is no Raw pay per view for February. That could mean more than a few different ways to go, but with the title back on John Cena, we need a new challenger and that process can start sooner or later. Let’s get to it.

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The 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 7


We’re down to eight! Tonight, we set up the semifinals with:

Tomohiro Ishii vs Hiromu Takahashi – left bracket
Kazuchika Okada vs Taiji Ishimori – left bracket
SANADA vs Taichi – right bracket
EVIL vs YOSHI-HASHI – right bracket

We draw ever closer to the Finals to see who will get the shot at Naito at Dominion!

Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?

Read moreThe 2020 New Japan Cup – Day 7

What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – May 13, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher do commentary, with the show still originating from Warrensville, North Carolina.

Thatcher interviews the Gangstas, D’Lo Brown, and Killer Kyle.  New Jack runs down all the forces that have been brought to Smoky Mountain to take them down.  He says he looks forward to Jim Cornette losing $50,000 when the Gangstas beat Bob Armstrong and Terry Funk at Volunteer Slam.

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #376 – 08/07/2000

Hello You!

Time for some more ECW, as we are 8 days out from Heatwave 2000 in Los Angeles

Last week we had some good matches up and down the show, with a strong Steve Corino Vs Kid Kash Main Event. The bar has certainly been raised for this week now!

Let’s see what ECW has in store for us as we watch some chuffing wrestling!

Read moreMike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #376 – 08/07/2000

The SmarK Rant for NWA WrestleWar 89 – Music City Showdown (05.07.89)

The SmarK Rant for NWA WrestleWar 89 – Music City Showdown (05.07.89)

Man, I didn’t even realize it had been so long since I reviewed this one.  22 years and counting!  But hey, I’m enjoying this trip back to 1989 so might as well redo this one and then finish off the year with Starrcade later this week.

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for NWA WrestleWar 89 – Music City Showdown (05.07.89)

Warrior turning heel at Summerslam 92

You once referenced it was rumored for Warrior to turn heel and join Flair and Perfect.  Was that actually discussed?  Would Warrior have worked as a heel or would it have been like Goldberg or Sting turning heel and been a failure 

It might have been discussed but there's no way it was ever a serious plan.  Warrior was always supposed to get the belt from Flair at some point, until he got fired/quit/teleported back to Parts Unknown Arizona and left them scrambling for Bret instead.  I think a heel Warrior would have been a complete disaster anyway.  That's just not a dynamic that anyone would have wanted to see.  

89 NWA questions (not rebooking Starrcade I promise)

Scott.   First off thank you for the bash 89 & 90 rants.   I loved them and I love that time period of the NWA/WCW.   So I have a few rapid fire questions.  

1.   First off – looking at the talent on the Bash 89 card (Flair, Steamboat, Sting, Luger, Funk, Muta, and so on) how was this time period not hugely successful from a financial standpoint?   The talent level is amazing and the bash 89 crowd is red hot.   Plus you’ve got that amazing show closing angle and a combination of top guys that I mentioned above that you could have gotten amazing main events out of for months.   Shouldn’t business have been booming?

You'd think so.  But ultimately Jim Herd just didn't understand wrestling and you need a strong leader behind the scenes to maintain momentum.  

2.   Sid Vicious.   Like you mentioned in your rant he’s got the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand.   Should they have strapped the rocket to Sid and pushed him to the top?  Was he a victim of bad booking?   Did he just not care enough?   What kept Sid from

being huge???

Bad booking and he didn't care enough.  They kept putting him in situations where he'd get exposed in longer matches instead of just having him powerbomb the shit out of people and leaving.  

3.   Baby face Flair.   Like you I love pissed off baby face Flair from this time period.   Should they have kept him face for a while or was the turn in early 90 a good idea?

He should have stayed babyface for a while.  The dynamic with the babyface Horsemen would have been new, they could have done the all new dynamic with babyface Flair defending against heel Luger and gotten a few months out of THAT…there was still a lot of juice in it.  

4.   The tag teams.  The tag division in 89-90 is unbelievable.  So much talent and again with the talent involved it feels to me like they could
have main event or at least high up on the card matches with different tag team combinations for months or even years.   Who would have been your team that you pushed to the top?   I’m going with the Midnight Express or the Stieners

Much like Thanos, the Steiners were inevitable.  

5.  The Great Muta – what in the world happened???   This guy should have been the guy no doubt in my mind.   Was this her another case of poor booking or a lack of motivation on Muta’s part?

Poor booking and apparently casual racism on the part of the management, who just couldn't see a Japanese guy as a top babyface.  It's hard to blame him for how little he cared by the end of the year. 

Review Suggestion

Since you mentioned you have time on your hands isn't it long overdue for to review the PPV you said you never would?

I'm talking, of course, about No Holes Barred The Movie The Match.

What do you say? I want to know how many stars you gave the “What's that smell?” scene.

I already reviewed the movie years ago on this very blog.

And the match was reviewed on a Coliseum Video rant years before that.  

Daily News Update – July 8, 2020

At work we have a “Covid self test” that HR gave out, so you can determine if you’re infected or not.  Three of the symptoms listed are “trouble waking up, tiredness during the day, confusion”.  Well, I guess I’m done for then.

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Impact Wrestling – June 30, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: June 30, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

The Slammiversary shakeup continues as we need to find another replacement now that Michael Elgin is gone. This comes after World Champion Tessa Blanchard was released from the company, meaning the main event is looking quite a bit different than it did just two weeks ago. We should be getting some updates on what is happening here so let’s get to it.

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Eye for an Eye Match

WWE are promoting a match where you have to pull out the other wrestlers eye to win

How on earth are they going to deliver on that stipulation, if at all?

Will we get to see a fake eye getting pulled out?

Is that even PG?

Think this could be a WMOTYC?

I think we’ll see the first ever Un Chien Andalou finish.  

The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 02.07.87 (Supertowns on the Superstation)

The SmarK Rant for Supertowns on the Superstation (02.07.87)

(Oh hi.  I was actually going to review this show last night because it was next in the World Championship Wresting queue on the Network, and couldn’t figure out why it was nearly two hours long instead of the usual 1:25 on the Network.  And then I remembered I had already done it when it was on WWE 24/7.  So here’s my original rant from 2007, and then we’ll get back to the weekly ’87 shows again after that.)

The idea here is that it’s a sampling of matches and interviews from various stops on the NWA’s national tour, and that’s about it.

– Your hosts are Tony & David.

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 02.07.87 (Supertowns on the Superstation)

Goldberg’s popularity in 2003/04 vs. 2016

Aside from his Raw debut Goldberg rarely got a great reaction after that for the rest of his 1st WWE run. It was certainly mixed and sometimes he got really lukewarm reactions and other times outright boo'd. Yet in 2016 he came back and was incredibly over
like it was 1998 WCW. I don't get it. Why was he barely over in WWE years ago but over like rover in 2016?

Because WWE wasn't booking him into the ground for the decade and a bit that he was gone, so he was actually popular again.