NXT – December 7, 2021

Date: December 7, 2021
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett

We’re done with WarGames and all signs would seem to point to Bron Breakker getting the rematch for the NXT Title at New Year’s Evil. That should be the big title change, but there is still some time to fill on the way there. We’ll start with this week’s show, which will include the reveal of MSK’s Shaman. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for PWI presents Ringmasters – The Great American Bash 85!

The SmarK Rant for Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents Ringmasters: The Great American Bash 85

Now there’s a mouthful of a title.

This is the companion video to the Lords of the Ring video I reviewed the other day, as PWI’s deal with Jim Crockett also got them a one hour edited version of the 1985 Great American Bash tour show from July 6, which has been saved by the hard working people at Archive.org.


VESTRON VIDEO, BABY!  Sign of quality in cheesy action and horror movies the world over.

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Monday Night Raw – December 6, 2021

Monday Night Raw
Date: December 6, 2021
Location: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Commentators: Jimmy Smith, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

It’s a double main event week as have not just a title match but also a steel cage match to go with it. First up, Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch will defend her title against Liv Morgan in a match that has been treated as a big deal. Then Big E. will face Kevin Owens in a cage, which should be a heck of a spectacle. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – July 9, 2007

Monday Night Raw
Date: July 9, 2007
Location: Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We are less than two weeks away from the Great American Bash and the big main event is set. WWE Champion John Cena will be defending the title against Bobby Lashley in a match that has to have Vince McMahon drooling. There are two shows left to build up to the show and that can be the important times on the way there. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – September 4, 1990

Gene Okerlund says that he will be substituting for Gorilla Monsoon on tonight’s telecast and Bobby Heenan is AWOL for unknown reasons.

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Mike Reviews – ROH Tradition Continues (16th October 2003) – Part One

Welcome once again to another ROH Wednesday!

We’ve got some big matches on part two of this show, with part one mostly being made up of Field of Honour matches and a Scramble (Plus one big match that you’ll know when you see it), so there should be plenty of good action on both sides of the intermission.

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Tuesday Night Pandemonium – 7th December 2021

Pandemonium is indeed breaking loose, wrestling fans, particularly in that e-mail thread about CM Punk and The Miz.  Holy mackerel, are some of our regular posters all bent outta shape!

On this day in 1989 we lost one of the original behemoths of professional wrestling, William ‘Haystacks’ Calhoun.  A tremendous attraction throughout his illustrious career, ‘Haystacks’ once captured WWWF Tag-Team gold, joining forces with Tony Garea to defeat Prof. Toru Tanaka and ‘The Devious One’ Mr. Fuji in 1973.  Take a look at the big man in action, as he clashed with ‘Nature Boy’ Buddy Rogers in a sold-out Chicago International Ampitheatre in 1961.  I think it’s safe to say that Haystacks competed in some of the earliest matches on record where the ring had to be reinforced.

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More reality-based stuff

Why doesn't Vince just let HHH talk openly and candidly about his health issues, maybe retirement, on RAW or Smackdown? Let's hear Vince or Nick Khan or John Laurinaitis talk about the mass releases, trying to defend their measures (if possible). Let's hear about the workers' real life past, heroic or tragic stories (Zelina and her father, Montez' past etc), instead of more pyro, more make-up and more childish costumes and gimmicks. Why not try?

Because that didn’t work in the 80s where Vince and Brother Bruce are currently residing.  

Punk is Mizerable

I am going to upset some people here but that's never stopped me before. Comparing all their accomplishments I believe the Miz is a bigger star than Punk ever was or will ever be. I am not talking about who is the better pro wrestler, I am talking about career wise, including legacy and mainstream credibility. Miz has basically outshined Punk in everything they have completed in. Let me explained:

-Both had super tough roads to success. While Punk's may have been a little dirtier Miz had to also had a tough route considering how bad he was treated when he first joined WWE. Neither was liked backstage but I would argue Miz had worse heat than Punk, being that he was a reality star no one thought should be there. Punk's issues once he got to WWE was more attitude, which some of that was his own fault. I think Miz wins here for the harder climb to the belt.

-Obviously when it comes to WWE accolades Miz beats Punk, even without including what he has won after Punk left. I believe he was a grandslam champion during Punks time frame in wwe, while also achieving the biggest thing Punk wanted the most, which was main eventing Mania. And Miz did it against the biggest star of the last 2 decades, who he beat in John Cena. I was in Atlanta and he had major heat, tons more than Nexus Punk who was like in the 3rd match that will mostly be remembered for him selling the hell out of an RKO. Punks epic title reign was obviously better but he got a better booking, as Miz was stuck feuding with Lawler for some reason I still don't understand. I am pretty sure Miz would of preferred fighting ADR if he had the choice. 

-Punk has the pipe bomb but Miz has the talking smack promo. Maybe not as epic but still holds up, plus I think overall Miz is better on the mic. This one could go either way.

-Neither was gangbusters for ratings but both did well with their championship reigns and whenever they are on TV. Miz clearly outdraws him now, but I think that is more AEW's fault than Punk. But people to love to watch Miz get his ass kicked, as the Raw where he kept trying to get out of fighting Lashley was one of the rating episodes in awhile, including a strong 3rd hour rating, is a great example. 

-They both fell in love in WWE but I again give this one to the Miz, as Mayrse in her prime was a 12. Even after two kids she is still a 10. 

-Where Miz really crushes him is outside of wrestling. Miz never tried MMA but not sure it could of gone any worse than Punk's career. They both have done acting, which while neither will be confused with the Rock, Miz has alot more success there than Punk. And that's saying alot since most of Miz movies have gone straight to DVD. Punk has tried for multiple years without securing many roles, which is prob why he was happy to come back to wrestling. After watching him on Heels I think he made a good choice. And before anyone says being a celebrity is not important to him dude went on the challenge after he left WWE, so clearly he cared about getting his name out there. And he did terrible, getting eliminated quickly. Even Lio Rush did better on the challenge, before he quit of course. Meanwhile Miz won it twice. Also Miz has a fairly popular reality show, hosted multiple shows like Wipeout, and is pretty well know name at this point. Outside of wrestling I wouldn't say Punk is a hot commodity. I mean Punk wanted its so bad he was on WWE Backstage, that had to be a low for him. 

So if anyone is Miz-lite I would say it's Punk. 

Well I’m con-Vince-d!


In your opinion: how much of The Rock & Stone Cold’s legend status is attached to them leaving wwe early? I.E. Had Triple H left in 02 like them, would he be looked at as on their level?
He wishes.  And Austin absolutely did not leave early, he was burned out in the ring and as a top draw.  It was time for him to go. 

Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA Brawl in St. Paul 1986

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Airdate: December 25, 1986

Attendance: 3,500

Hosted by Rod Trongard & Dick Jonckowski

Can the Midnight Rockers deal Rose and Somers some comeuppance? Will Hennig dethrone Bockwinkel on his second opportunity? How will Snuka exact revenge against DeBeers? Open the door and go inside to find out!

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

I hope everyone is well and had a great weekend. I am particularly happy now that the Christmas trees are up and the house feels a little more festive.

We’ve got a snowy, windy Bills-Patriots game on tap so that should be a lot of fun. RAW could be interesting tonight depending on how they do Becky vs. Liv. There’s actually a chance here to give Liv a star push. She seems to meet the vanity parameters of Big Johnny and Brother Love, but also seems to have won over the wrestling crowd with her general love for what she does and desire to do it better. I don’t expect Liv to win, but it would be nice if she looked good and looked like a real threat. We’ll see if they can pull it off.

AEW is streaming away. There’s some NHL and NBA tonight.

Keep it Clean

What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – September 2, 1990

Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary, still broadcasting from Springfield, Massachusetts.  Heenan continues to pile the insults on the Big Bossman’s mother, saying that she needs a “tune up.”

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Joshi Spotlight: JWP TV (Dynamite Kansai vs. Takako Inoue)

JWP TV (Nov. 11th):
* Hey look! Some random JWP show from Nov. 11th! Slotted right after the huge AJW stuff, and including a random 3WA Title Defense by Dynamite Kansai against AJW’s Takako Inoue, and one of those “Okay, let’s go all-out and show off what we can do” amazing Joshi-Pace Trios matches!

* Rookie Mayhem with AJW-tier Rookie Swimsuits! Motoya’s in black & pink, and Tomoko’s in one of those “Ellesse” suits in black & red. Motoya obviously quit early- she has no Cagematch profile- while Tomoko became supporting player “Ran Yu-Yu”.

Tomoko hits a good back elbow while Motoya does rookie bridge-outs and dropkicks, then adds some relish in various holds. They fight over a wristlock for a while, actually doing a good job of looking like they’re fighting to get their moves in. And then there’s this great bit where they both get hot and just start punching each other in the face, Motoya finally bringing Tomoko down with a 2nd-rope dropkick. But Tomoko tosses her off the top and spams running face kicks- “Fuck YOU!” bridge from Motoya! Tomoko does the “JB Angels” bridge out of a slam pin and backslides her for two, but Motoya spams running kicks of her own and hits a missile dropkick, only to fly off onto Tomoko’s knees, and shoulderblock spam & a flying splash gets a close two. Motoya gets a rollup, but ends up on Tomoko’s shoulders for an airplane spin into a Samoan drop… for the pin (12:22)!

Wow, actually very good for rookies! Neither had any experience yet they showed real emotion (screaming and getting aggressive), knew how to upgrade their spots over time, and even busted out a unique move for the ending. Great work for young kids.

Rating: **1/4 (a miracle for green rookies)

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Punk vs. Danielson via gunfighters

Dear Scott,

Having watched Old West movies a lot with my uncle, does the story arc with Punk vs. Danielson seem like one? In the sense that Danielson is a wrestler who has kept his skills sharp and therefore is able to dominate just about anyone and this is fueling his arrogance.

Meanwhile, Punk is coming back after a layoff. His physical attributes are rusty, but the skills and experience get him by for now. Could it turn into Punk having to reluctantly tap into some hidden will to fight his old friend Danielson, and who would be the one to bring that out?
Hey, you know Turner has a hell of a movie catalog to draw from if they want to go in that direction.  Punk is 100% doing the reluctant gunfighter drawn out of retirement deal, though and I bet he's seen Unforgiven a few times. 

Wrestling Card Game

Hey Scott,

I know you're a gamer, but not sure if you've heard of Supershow the Game, a pro wrestling card game that's been around for a few years. The company behind it – SRG Universe – has partnered with an Alabama-based indie promotion to present the company's first
show in the north as part of a release party.

Hope your readers enjoy.

Brings new meaning to … card subject to change.

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT 2.0 12.06.21 “WARGAMES”

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT 2.0 – 12.05.21


Live from Orlando, FL, and EXCLUSIVELY streaming on Peacock!  And PPV.  And the WWE Network.  And Sportsnet 360 for free in Canada, which is where I’m watching it tonight.

But otherwise, EXCLUSIVELY on Peacock!

Your hosts are Wade Barrett, Vic Joseph and Beth Phoenix, doing her last broadcast for NXT 2.0.  I know, I’m broken up too.

I’m kind of impressed they managed to squeeze two rings and a cage into that garage of an arena, actually.

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