The Wednesday Night War Thread

TONIGHT!  It’s NXT taking on AEW on the only worthwhile night of wrestling these days.

RAW ratings were another near-record low but who even knows what that means now.

NXT Takeover is IN YOUR HOUSE this weekend.  Given the current political climate and press releases I have a STRONG suspicion that Adam Cole’s title reign will be coming to an end at the hands of Velveteen Dream.  Just a hunch.

Clubhouse Games comes out for the Switch on Friday and I’m pretty pumped about it, actually.

Enjoy the evening!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – Philadelphia Spectrum 08.27.88

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – Philadelphia Spectrum 08.27.88

Off to Philly this time for another hour of old school house show goodness in the thick of Randy Savage’s first title reign, right before Summerslam 88.  Don’t worry, I’m running out of the hour-long versions on the Network to review.

Taped from Philly, PA.

Your hosts are Dick Graham, Superstar Graham & Lord Alfred Hayes.  Good lord.

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Daily News Update – June 3, 2020

So, like, is Gilead about to become a reality down there?  And if so does Margaret Atwood get royalties?

Hulk Hogan Banned From AEW

(You know who’s NOT banned?  MR. AMERICA!)

Several Released WWE Wrestlers May Have A New Home

NXT Wrestlers Aren’t Treated So Nicely At WWE Tapings


Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.23.95

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.23.95

Well, in a year of tumultuous change and problems for the WWF, at least we know that there’s a man in charge with long-term vision and a strong will.  Yes, we know that Cowboy Bill Watts will be running the show for a long time to come.  No matter what.



Well, shit.

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Daily News Update – June 2, 2020

Well good morning.

DATELINE:  Big E. Is Doing Something Cool For Charity

DATELINE:  Bray Wyatt’s Amazing Sid Vicious Story

DATELINE:  Rob Gronkowski May Be Finished With WWE

(Tuesday morning update:  Rob is absolutely finished with WWE.  )

To commemorate the sad occasion of Rob’s retirement from wrestling, I’ve compiled this playlist of all his greatest and most memorable matches.  Sit back and enjoy!

Saturday Night Thread – May 30, 2020

Good evening!

WWE has banned the buckle bomb after Kairi Sane’s head injury at a RAW taping in April.  Probably wise.

Tonight is another UFC, which is pretty much just a show.

Tomorrow we return to WWF Superstars here on the blog for the Royal Rumble go-home show, and then….well I guess we’ll have to redo that one, too!

Spoiler, I already redid it and I’m posting it on Monday.  Just trying to build some suspense.

Have a great night.

Daily News Update – May 30, 2020

The weekend is here!

DATELINE:  Chris Jericho says that “a deal is being worked out” with Mike Tyson.

Maybe they can hire Mike’s mystery solving team to be in the corner!  The pigeon would probably turn on him, though.

DATELINE:  Nigel McGuinness furloughed by WWE.

Also writer Chris DeJoseph, too.

Here’s a TNA free match to start your Saturday.


Daily News Update – May 29, 2020

It’s Friday!

DATELINE:  Bray Wyatt And JoJo Welcome Second Son

Man, when the Fiend says “Let Me In”, he’s not messing around.

DATELINE:  New Non-WWE Video Game In Development

DATELINE:  Coronavirus Caused AEW To Cancel Live Event Plans

Dammit!  Just think of how many of those t-shirts that Jericho could have sold off at those shows to recoup some money.

Also, I’d like to add from the Observer that Double or Nothing was apparently AEW’s biggest PPV in their history, so looks like Brodie Lee v. Jon Moxley was not a bad choice for a main event after all.


The Wednesday Night War Thread


AEW has the post-PPV show, where hopefully poor Sammy Guevara will escape without having to run away in terror from something.

NXT presents Matt Riddle against Timothy Thatcher in a cage match with Kurt Angle as referee, which will make Riddle’s exit to the main roster.  And GOOD LUCK to him there, pal.

RAW ratings were down again, creeping closer to the lowest rating of all time.


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro / WWF Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

(Might as well merge the reposted TV rants into one column now.  Keeping them split into separate ones wasn’t doing any better numbers anyway.  Also, a reminder that these were written at times far apart from each other, in the early days of the WWE Network.)  

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 10.09.95

Taped from Grand Rapids, MI

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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