Hell In A Cell 2021

Hell In A Cell 2021
Date: June 20, 2021
Location: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, Pat McAfee, Jimmy Smith, Byron Saxton, Corey Grave

It’s time for another big theme show with the event focusing on the match we saw two days ago. This time we have a pair of matches inside the Cell, as Bianca Belair defends the Smackdown Women’s Title against Bayley and Drew McIntyre challenges Bobby Lashley for the WWE Title. Let’s get to it.

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Hell a Cell 2021 Watchalong Thread

We begin at 7PMET with the pre-show on YouTube.  Main show starts at 8 on Peacock.

Other options: Saint Louis at Atlanta in MLB’s ESPN Game of the Week, and Hawks at Sixers in the two best words in American pro sports: Game Seven.

Happy Father’s Day to Scott and all other dads out there, including mine.

Enjoy the show!

Most contrived move in wrestling

Pro wrestling has a long list of moves that require complete suspension of disbelief because they'd never be used in a real fight or athletic competition. Which wrestling move or spot do you roll your eyes at the most because its entire premise & execution is completely unrealistic?

I find most of the Bucks' double-team finishers, particularly the Meltzer Driver, to be so ludicrously over the top that they would fall into that category, HOWEVER, I also know that they're deliberately making them ludicrously over the top as a meta commentary on ludicrous double-team moves so they kind of escape criticism that way, I guess.  

But I mean really, once you had dudes demonstrating how you can perform a Canadian destroyer with a blow-up doll, that's still the winner by far.  

Hot-shotting PPV matches on free TV

Happy Father's Day, Scott!

So the Hell In A Cell on Smackdown stunt has got me thinking:   

has admitted that TV ratings are their first priority when they gave away the Wargames match on free TV. Now Vince followed suit and gave away Roman/Rey in the Cell.  With the Network being spun off onto the 'Cock, the WWE wouldn't even care about the viewership
numbers of their PPVs anymore, would they?

WWE going to fully embrace this new booking philosophy moving forward?  Using each PPV to pop a TV rating instead of using the TV shows to build to the PPV?  Why not have a Money In The Bank main event on RAW instead of the PPV?  Why not main-event a Smackdown
with a 40-minute Survivor Series match?  It seems like a Vince thing to do, to make PPVs a creative afterthought as soon as NBC's cheque cleared.

It's really some next level 4D chess shit on Vince's part at this point, as he now has two major network conglomerates fighting over his stale content while he openly screws over the paying PPV customer and cashes in on TV rights.  And good on him, it's not his fault that every other money mark in history was too stupid to play the players.  I've still got the WWE Network and I can watch old episodes of Prime Time Wrestling if I want either way.  

LPWA – The Good Girls!

Seeing as it’s a repost from Scott and I fancy checking out some new/old content I thought I’d give the LPWA another shot, on VHS with the theme of ‘The Good Girls’. Rule of thumb used to be with wrestling on video tapes that it would often promise gold and deliver shit, as anyone who’s watched the likes of Koko B. Ware and the Brooklyn Brawler or Jim Neidhart and Skinner do battle on Coliseum Video, but let’s see.

Great intro with some CGI leopards turning into multi-coloured line art female wrestlers who splash off the top rope into an empty ring.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for The Best of Hell in a Cell

(I was unfortunately very preoccupied with work on Saturday night and didn’t get a chance to watch anything new, but here’s a timely repost of the 3-disc “Best of Hell in a Cell” DVD set from 2008 in honor of tonight’s show.  I believe this was originally written in 2010-12)

The SmarK DVD Rant for Hell In A Cell

– I’m talking about the 3-disc DVD set here, not the recent PPV.  I know this is an older set, but I found it on Ebay for like $3 and I’ve been wanting to work in a proper review for a while now.

– Hosted by Mick Foley, fittingly enough.

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Daily News Update – 06.20.21

Happy Father’s Day!

More Matches Added To HIAC



NBC And FOX Want More Cross Promotion With WWE


Bayley vs. Bianca Belair Now Inside The Cell




Stardom Tokyo Dream Cinderella – June 12th, 2021

We Are Stardom on Twitter: "Stardom will have a new logo for 2021!… "


Yeah, been a minute. I missed writing about wrestling, what can I say?

About a week ago, a match started making waves amongst the proudest of wrestling nerds, and it wasn’t just from the BoD Joshi crew.  

Filthy Tom Lawlor – “Watch Syuri Kondo vs Utami Hayashishita if you value your time”

Smackdown – January 19, 2007

Date: January 19, 2007
Location: Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield

We’re less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble and that means it is time to put the finishing touches on the card. This year’s show has taken things in a slightly different direction by just having the majority of the field announced without much in the way of talking about it on screen. Other than that, Batista is getting ready to defend against Mr. Kennedy. Let’s get to it.

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Herb Abram’s UWF Fury Hour #1 09/24/90

Sorry to break the ECW/NXT streak but I have no absolutely no desire to watch any more Heel Michael Cole and/or Matt Striker. If I’m going to sit down and watch bad wrestling, I want it to be at least fun bad wrestling.

I started writing about Herb’s cocaine-fuelled company a few years ago for my own site but The Great Crapping appears to have wiped the six type-ups I did so ah what the hell, let’s start again.

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ECW On Sci Fi – January 16, 2007

ECW on Sci Fi
Date: January 16, 2007
Location: Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas
Commentators: Tazz, Joey Styles

We are almost to the Royal Rumble and that means it is time to make Test #1 contender. That is about as obvious of a title match as there has been in a bit around here. Last week Test cost Van Dam his title shot so tonight it’s a triple threat. Normally you would think that would be saved for the Rumble if they want the biggest match possible, but ECW can be weird that way. Let’s get to it.

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You’re put in charge of WWE

Disney buys WWE, ousts the McMahons & puts you in charge of reigniting fan interest. What are the first 3 changes you make?

End the brand split, shorten RAW back to 2 hours, offer buyouts to anyone who doesn't want to be there.  

AEW/WWE Trades

Imagine a world in which WWE and AEW could trade wrestlers between each other like real sports teams do. What trades can you come up with that benefit both sides?

My first trade is Asuka for Nyla Rose. Vince doesn't seem to value her or any other Japanese wrestler, and Nyla seems to have reached her peak in AEW and if he'll push Nia Jax and Tamiya, he'll push Nyla.

Second trade might be too obvious: Ricochet for Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford. Ricochet is obvious, and for some reason Kip Sabian feels like he should be a bigger star than he is and maybe in NXT he'd have a chance.

My third proposal is kind of out there. AJ Styles for Sammy Guevara. The appeal to AEW of Styles is obvious, but they'd have to give up something of value to get him, and that's Guevara. Vince has been trying and failing to create a Latino world champion he can push to the moon, and Sammy Guevara is clearly a future world champion and would give him that.

What trades would you do?

I think Sammy would be too small for Vince, actually.  I'd go with Wardlow for the entire Undisputed Era.  

Mike Reviews – “The Summer of 96” – Final Part – ECW Heatwave 1996 (13th July 1996)

Bonjourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ya cheese eatin’ surrender monkeys!

Next week we’ve got a Stinker Review on the docket, but first we must close out our journey to the Summer of 1996 with a trip to our old friends from Philly. ECW was on a pretty decent hot streak at the time, although they couldn’t get on pay per view despite Paul Heyman’s many attempts. I used to have the Laserlight Digital cut of this show and I liked it so much I eventually shelled out for the RF Video version just so I could watch it with the real music left intact.

The big stories during this time period were Raven’s feud with The Sandman, which involved Raven quite literally stealing Sandman’s family from him in a super dark storyline that hit all kinds of nerves but never really had much in the way of a satisfying payoff due to Raven needing to divert course to feud with Terry Funk when 1997 came around.

Elsewhere, Taz was in the middle of his “Path of Rage”, where he’d destroy absolutely everyone on route to a big match with his nemesis Sabu. Shane Douglas was trying to connive his way to the ECW TV Title whilst also trying to avoid getting killed by the angry Pitbull’s. D-Von Dudley was trying to wrest control of The Dudley Family from his brother Big Dick.

And in the tag division Da Gangsta’s, The Eliminators, The Samoan Gangsta Party and The Bruise Brothers all hated one another and were feuding amongst themselves in various combinations, with it all building to a Four Way Dance on a future show for the tag belts themselves.

So yeah, lots going on and this show was sure to continue it. It also has genuinely one of the all-time greatest ECW matches on it, so let’s quit our jibber-jabber and watch some chuffing wrestling!

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A review of the Chyna documentary from Vice, although it’s not part of the Dark Side of the Ring series. Chyna’s one of those stars who I wasn’t following on and off for all the gory details of her personal life falling apart, although I knew it wasn’t going well a lot of the time.

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Daily News Update – 06.19.21

As noted in the Dynamite rant last night, I finally managed to snag some AEW Unrivaled figures off ShopAEW, and got Santana, Ortiz and Matt Hardy for $25 US each plus shipping, which is totally worth it to me.  So with Hangman Page that brings my total to four now after nearly a year of trying to track any of them down here in Canada.  Still need Kenny Omega, still need Chris Jericho, still need Orange Cassidy, but this is a start.

Early AEW game footage revealed!


Gerald Brisco says that Vince “doesn’t surround himself with yes men”





Dynamite – June 18, 2021

Date: June 18, 2021
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Excalibur, Jim Ross, Taz

The Friday series continues with a special match inside an MMA cage. That may or may not be your taste, but it is certainly something different, which you have to do at some point. This time around it is Jake Hager vs. Wardlow, which is about as logical of a move as you can get. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 06.18.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 06.18.21

Not sure how long they’ll last there, but ShopAEW has some of the Series 4 figures available tonight:  https://www.shopaew.com/figures  I actually picked up Santana and Ortiz for a total of $66 Canadian with shipping, which is pretty damn cheap.  I was tempted to grab Matt Hardy as well but I’m holding off for the moment.

Taped from Jacksonville, FL

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross & Excalibur

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Smackdown – June 18, 2021

Date: June 18, 2021
Location: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida
Commentators: Pat McAfee, Michael Cole

For the first time in over twenty years, we’re getting a Hell in a Cell match on free TV, as Universal Champion Roman Reigns is defending against Rey Mysterio. Why you ask? There doesn’t seem to be much of a reason other than “let’s do it on TV”. That is quite the change of pace and I’m not sure how bright of a move it is. Let’s get to it.

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Friday Night Get-Down: June 18, 2021


TONIGHT!  It’s happening!  Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio are heading into HELL IN A CELL!

AND THEN!  Jake Hager brings the cage to Dynamite while Arn Anderson’s kid makes his debut!

AND THEN!!  It’s Hell in a Cell’s Pay-Per-View on Sunday as Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre settle it ONCE AND FOR ALL!

…oh, and let’s get some Euro 2020 action in as well.  Portugal/Germany on Saturday and Italy/Wales on Sunday ought to be insane.

So, with that in mind, here it is — your moment of Zen:

All right, folks, we all know the rules.  I expect you to obey the mod’s instructions at all time.  Let’s have a good clean thread.  Now — touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!