The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Challenge – 01.31.87
BUSINESS IS ABOUT TO PICK UP. Not quite yet unfortunately because the Superstars taping with some of the biggest angles in wrestling history doesn’t happen until a few days after this aired. But we’re getting there!
Watched Captain Marvel for the first time yesterday and the cat was the definite star of the show for me. Interesting to see Jude Law playing someone who isn’t just the dishy love interest as well. I’d give it a thumbs up and the soundtrack is an all-timer.
This week’s highlights: we’ll check out the Joshi stuff from Collision in Korea; Rockers vs LOD headlines our Dream Matches review; AEW Dark gives us Episode 100; Juventud Guerrera is put on Live TV; and maybe WWE does stuff too.
TONIGHT! United States! Mexico! Live from Las Vegas! ONE MORE TIME!
Your MLB Game of the Week is Sox/Rays, with the AL East lead on the line.
I’ve been doing some data modding for FM 2007 (love playing the Road to South Africa), and it’s actually fun what you can do if you know how to do it.
Are we sure that Nick Khan is not related to Tony Khan? This is really starting to feel like an inside job.
There were plenty of times over the Undertaker's 30 year career with the WWE that they didn't have anything for him. But they just let him rest and waited till something came up. Imagine if in 1995 or 2002 they were just like “Eh, kind have run through all we can with this Undertaker character. He's too expensive. Let's save some money and let him go.”
I don't know. Something seems fishy to me. They can't afford Braun or Bray but they can afford Baron Corbin?
To be fair, Baron Corbin is obviously working for cheap these days.
So it seems like the clear cut plan right now is Punk v.s. Darby Allin. How is this going to work out though? Is Punk really going to come in after a 7 year absence and immediately start putting over a younger talent? The last we saw him, his UFC fight was so atrociously bad he actually holds a UFC record. As far as I know, there's never been in a instance in UFC history where the winner and loser of the fight both got fired. Punk lost to someone who competed part-time in MMA and THAT guy got fired for not beating a horrible fighter fast enough.
So now Punk, who obviously controls his fate with a scripted match, is going to come right back and lose to a guy who weighs 150 pounds? Or do you think he's now in Jericho territory and doesn't care as long as the fat check cashes? I mean Jericho has always had the most self-awareness of anyone in the history of the business. However, that doesn't seem to be the case so much anymore to agree to do the death match last week.
Who am I kidding? If I could get millions to have a completely untalented, scumbag meth addict take a pizza slicer to my head on national television, I'd do it in a second. Shiny new red Lamborghini…thanks Papa Khan for giving Tony his inheritance early!
I know people are going to freak, but I think Punk should go over Darby if that's the first program, because the money is going to be in Punk challenging Omega for the title and then putting HIM over. The bigger they can make Omega, the bigger that it'll make Hangman when they finally get around to changing the title.
Hi Scott enjoyed the 2011 Raw review. Just wondered if you’d considered going back and doing the 98 Raws? There are some sporadic ones that you’ve done, but a fair chunk are missing and it’s a pretty sweet spot for the audience on the blog I’d have thought.
If nothing else the shows are fast paced and certainly not boring. Unlike the 3 hour Nitro’s I tried to get you to review the other month!
Yeah I don't mind reviewing the old 98 shows. I'm just not often in the specific mood to do them because I like reviewing stuff that I don't already have memorized, like the old territory shows or completely new stuff. But absolutely I can throw that on the pile this week, since I'm on vacation anyway.
The SmarK Rant for WWE Monday Night RAW – 06.27.11
So this CM Punk kid is back in the news again. Figured that maybe I’d randomly pick an episode of RAW from around 2011, when he was getting to be a big star, and give it a review for the first time. And hey, this one features RAW Roulette, that sounds like an interesting one! Hopefully I spin the wheel and come up with something notable.
I’ve not been able to do a full news update today because I was up late last night and up early this morning, so I’m squeezing this in here during a free moment. I guess that’s what happens when you live the exciting jet-setting life that I do. No news today then sadly, although I think most of us all know the main news story now regards Bray Wyatt getting released from WWE (There’s two threads for it on here alone. Pretty big news story all-in-all)
Trying something new with the featured images by the way seeing as we’re in a new month and all
Smackdown Date: March 2, 2007
Location: HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
We are about a month away from Wrestlemania and that means it is time for the big response from Undertaker. Batista attacked him at No Way Out and since this is wrestling, the two of them are taking turns in talking to each other. Other than that….well other than that, Smackdown needs another important story for the show. Let’s get to it.
ECW on Sci Fi
Date: February 27, 2007
Location: HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
The big stories continue to be Bobby Lashley and the ECW Title, plus the New Breed vs. the ECW Originals. Both stories are likely to get a lot of time this week, though Vince McMahon showing up to deal with Lashley should tell you what the focus of this show should be. Let’s get to it.
Hey, backyard wrestlers! Tired of maiming and disfiguring yourselves with everyday household objects to disguise your lack of workrate and charisma? Do you think wrestling peaked with ECW back in the bygone days of the 20th century? Have you robbed a bank?
Well, for a limited time only, you are eligible to main event AEW Dynamite! Sponsored by Domino’s….? No longer sponsored by Domino’s. Oops. (You can’t tell me that was a coincidence. It was somebody’s idea of a joke gone wrong. If you make jokes, they go wrong sometimes… own it and be a man.) That style of wrestling has no place on a national stage anyway. You can have a product that appeals to adults without being trashy. Oh well, the BOD rolls on….
Tonight, it’s the Impact Homecoming dance! Because WWE Mixed Match Challenge did so well.
Why is everyone losing their minds about Hangman getting cheated on Dynamite? They sold 10,000 tickets to All Out in about 8 seconds because they did the Hangman/Omega staredown. Why doesn't anyone realize thats still the main event?
The reason I ask is they did the *exact* same fake out with Moxley/Omega about six weeks out from Revolution. If AEW has a “trope” for PPVs, it's teasing the big main event, faking in another direction, and ending up back there. Ditto for Double or Nothing with the Inner Circle/Pinnacle headlining after they did Blood & Guts on TV.
I guess I should tip my cap to Tony Khan & company for working smarts into a frenzy, but I'm mostly confused. Has no one else been watching this company for the past 2 years? With the exception of the 1st Sting match tagging with Darby, they dont announce any PPV matches til the final push and I'm guessing they want to focus on Punk's arrival for the next 2-3 weeks.
Anyway, when Hangman wins the title at All Out, doesnt messing with the smarts for a few weeks make it even better?