The Saturday Night Thread

It’s the live watch thread for DOUBLE OR NOTHING, even though the internet would have you think AEW is already doomed before their first TV show.

Also tonight, Raptors try to close out the Bucks and advance to their first NBA final!

Pre show for the PPV is available in various places. Nowhere in Canada that I know of.

Rant for the show will be coming…sometime this weekend. Depends how tired I am tonight.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–10.10.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.10.92

MORE screwing with the format, as Mean Gene has BREAKING NEWS for the Survivor Series: Ric Flair & Razor Ramon face Ultimate Warrior & Randy Savage in the main event! It’s the GREATEST MATCHUP IN SURVIVOR SERIES HISTORY!  Well not for long.

Taped from Winnipeg, MB

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Mr. Perfect

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

Today is Double or Nothing live on PPV in the US and on Fite.TV in Canada and everywhere else in the world.  I’ve ordered the show but I’m working today so it might have to wait until tomorrow morning, I’m not sure.  But by all means keep refreshing the site immediately afterwards to find out.

Here’s the card:

SoCal Uncensored (Frankie KazarianChristopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky) vs Strong Hearts (T-HawkCima, and El Lindaman)

Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho
Dr. [[Britt Baker]] vs Nyla Rose vs Kylie Rae
Cody vs Dustin Rhodes

The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs The Lucha Bros (Pentagon Jr and Rey Fenix) for the AAA Tag Team Championship
[[Aja KongYuka Sakazaki and Emi Sakura vs Hikaru ShidaRiho and Ryo Mizunami

Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) vs Los Gueros del Cielo (Angelico and Jack Evans)

 

AEW Double or Nothing

Also tonight is game 6 of the Raptors v. Bucks series, in the battle to determine who gets swept by the Warriors in the finals.  I’m joking, I know nothing about basketball but go Raptors anyway!

Enjoy the day!

The SmarK Rant for All In–09.01.18

Okey doke, in preparation for AEW going Double or Nothing on Saturday, here’s their first ever show and PPV.  And yes, I will be reviewing the new show, although I’m working on Saturday so I can’t guarantee it’ll get done right that evening. 

The SmarK Rant for ALL IN – 09.01.18

Holy cow, we’re finally here and it’s happening. Can Cody and the Bullet Club pull off their own PPV?

Live from Chicago, IL with roughly FIFTY BILLION Bullet Club shirts. Now their moms have 4 hours to clean the basement in peace!

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The Wednesday Night Thread!

Could it be true?  We’ve finally hit upon a night without playoffs of any kind?

Tonight is NXT and NXT UK on the Network (which still works on the Windows 10 desktop app as of this writing, by the way, although it’s removed from Apple TV 3 and older).

Smackdown ratings were up a tick, along with RAW’s.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em!

DELETE! The Network!

Hey Scott
I just finished cancelling my WWE Network subscription, since it doesn’t work on my Xbox anymore and they suck so bad lately.  Was just curious how many other people have done the same thing.  Think you could run a poll on the blog?

Sure. Although everyone here is basically a bunch of battered housewives when it comes to the Network, I think.

What say you, Blog?

The Tuesday Night Thread

Tonight! Smackdown probably sees the 24/7 title getting defended. Or maybe they’ll change the name to Classics on Demand Title and then kill it.

Raptors try to even up the series against the Bucks. Doesn’t sound promising for them.

Double or Nothing has officially been ordered, for those wondering.

You know you’re getting old when you get excited about bingeing through Forensic Files on Netflix.

Have at it!

Just to be clear…

Lars Sullivan is a bad man because he goes out and squashes dudes.

Braun Strowman is a GOOD guy because he goes out and squashes dudes.

Sami Zayn comes back with a newfound mean streak and positioned as the go-to chicken shit heel. In order to get this over, Zayn is presented as completely non-competitive with his new mean streak.

A) Corbin is already their best chicken shit heel despite their unfounded efforts to present him as anything OTHER than that.

B) Zayn is one of the best babyfaces on the performance end they have on the whole damn roster anyway!

The Brand Split is literally so broken that they are canceling road shows just to support the TV product. That, of course, defeats the whole point of establishing 2 distinct touring brands in the first place…

There is a Wildcard rule that had to be established just to facilitate this silliness. 4 floaters: (intentional use of the word) but that doesn’t include the randos that just come and go as they please anyway (Brock, Shane, Cena, sometimes the Usos, HHH… sometimes not)

There are SERIOUSLY over 20 belt holders under performance contracts and we can BARELY make it through a show without pinning them in an arbitrary, meaningless manner.

WWE ANNOUNCER: “THEY JUST PINNED THE CHAMPIONS THEY MUST BE CONSIDERED THE #1 CONTENDER!!!”

No, idiots. If you can be the champions, then you SHOULD BE the champion, that’s where Flair’s freaking catch[hrase comes from!

Copy/Paste Raw Main Event Tag match every damn week. I don’t even hate the matches sometimes. How many times do we need to see Rollins + [plucky babyface sidekick of the week] versus Baron Corbin + [mid card, nothing happening heel sidekick of the month]? In a perfect world, I would have Lashley in my Main Events too, but probably not after cutting his nuts off for a straight year in front of it.

So now we have a 24/7 champ to re-hash a tired novelty from 20 years ago and to have ANOTHER champion that never wins…

JESUS. FUCKING. CHRIST.

They can do it… they can. They took a Becky/Evans nothing segment and, in roughly 25 minutes, rehabbed almost 3 years of fucking up Bayley as bad as you can fuck up Bayley. From a creative standpoint, that shit was genius. The open to Mania this year had Heyman/Pritchard fingerprints all over it. At least it was a thing.

They have Borash, they have Heyman, they have Pritchard, HHH, Jarrett, Michael Hayes, and a host of other brilliant wrestling people that can contribute to wrestling related content at an incredible level. Yet we have a puke green belt to make more Titus O’niell jokes, grown men actually dragging their asses on the canvas, and LITERAL 50-year-old men in the main events of all the A shows on the calendar.

Here’s to next week’s RAW main Event: Rollins/_________ vs. Corbin/__________  (fill in the fucking blanks yourselves. It doesn’t matter anyway). No wonder Dogg dipped out of his personal dream job man.

Agreed on much of this.  Zayn can be an effective heel, but this isn’t the role for him.  Also, splitting him and Owens up onto separate brands is a complete waste as well.  Hmm, the tag team division is shit and both halves of a long-time team are doing nothing, so let’s keep them apart and concentrate our energy on pushing Shane McMahon instead.  Sounds about right. 

Money In the Bank Countdown 2019: The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2018

The SmarK Rant for WWE Money in the Bank 2018 – 06.17.18

Live from Chicago, IL

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Corey Graves & The Coach, plus whoever the Smackdown geeks are.

I know I said I’d do NXT first, but Money in the Bank is, you know, money in my bank.

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