Tuesday Night Smackdown Thread

Good evening!

RAW was up 7% from last week’s debacle of a rating, so AEW might as well pack it in right now.

Tonight, it’s Smackdown as the lame duck run on USA draws to an end.  Tomorrow, I continue on with the Feb 2000 Smackdown.

Have an adequate evening.

JToZ Pro Wrestling Breakdown: Clash of Champions 2019

JtoZ TV Pro Wrestling Breakdown: WWE Clash Of Champions

Video Killed The Wrestling Blogger…

JtoZ TV was started in 2018 as a passion project with my wife, my two young sons, and myself collaborating to produce a YouTube family friendly channel full of epic unboxings the latest and coolest toys and games, hilarious skits and family challenges, and the most awesome adventures. But something was missing. JtoZ TV couldn’t be a passion project without MY REAL passion incorporated somehow. For as long as I can remember, I have lived, breathed, ate, and slept PRO WRESTLING. Nothing brings me greater joy in this world. For over 30 YEARS I have been the most hardcore of hardcore wrestling fans. With the JtoZ Pro Wrestling Breakdown, my two passions are combined to produce…UBER PASSION!

With the JtoZ TV Pro Wrestling Breakdown, I am bringing my unique perspective as a hardcore wrestling fan for over 30 years and diving in depth with the biggest wrestling shows from the top companies. And THIS is all done on a FAMILY FRIENDLY YouTube Channel aimed primarily at KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES. Detailed analysis, sizzling HOT TAKES, match by match breakdowns, and now it’s HERE in a convenient new format for YOU, the readers of Scott Keith’s BLOG OF DOOM! In this SPECIAL EDITION of JtoZ TV Pro Wrestling Breakdown, we are reporting as the OFFICIAL WWE CLASH OF CHAMPIONS YOUTUBE CORRESPONDENT for Scott and The B.O.D!

September 15,2019. Charlotte, North Carolina

Every single Championship in the WWE is ON THE LINE. THIS is WWE Clash Of ChampionsAnd THIS is the JtoZ TV/Scott Keith Blog Of Doom Pro Wrestling Breakdown #4 – WWE Clash Of Champions!

All Elite Singles Roster

So, I’m old 44.  Loved NWA, WCW and WWF as a kid, then started rewatching in college into the boom period, lived near Philly and watched and went to ECW.

Lapsed for years, now read reviews and take my kids to any shows near me and let them watch big three ppvs and random shit since they are young. But can’t really get through watching WWE in any regularly way.

So I’ve been very very excited for All Elite Wrestling even if only marginally aware of all the talents. The tag team roster looks great and deep.  But the singles roster looks well shallow. 

So is this a reasonable breakdown and are they missing depth or top end talent? 

Heard Harper and Rusev might go there and now the WWE is laughing about that.

It just doesn’t seem good enough to draw and keep viewer, mind you I’m their bread and butter of lapsed hopeful fan and potential viewer.

Great and recognizable:

Jericho, Moxley, Omega, Rhodes, Pac, Dustin

Entertaining and on the come up:

MJF

Ehhh ok:

Hangman Page

Entertaining but Maybe too much, too small, or too niche:

Janela, Havok, Kiss, Guevera, Allin

Really:

Shawn Spears

And that’s it? Because time and recognizable talent seems to be running out.

PS who the f is Brandon cutler

Counterpoint:  WWE has every “star” in the wrestling business locked down to 5 year contracts out of spite, and they just drew one of the lowest ratings in their history last week.  And produced a PPV featuring all of their champions that was one of, if not the worst, show of the year outside of Saudi Arabia. 

So again, let’s reserve judgment on the TV show until they actually produce one.  Although it’s seemingly less likely we’ll get to actually see it here in Canada at this point. 

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.20.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.20.82

Yeah, all the way back to where I originally left off with Bill Watts back in 1982. WHY NOT. Here’s where we left things back when I was originally at that point:

https://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2018/07/21/the-smark-rant-for-mid-south-wrestling-02-13-82/

Taped from Shreveport, LA

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Champions Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2011

(Obviously this one could use an actual review sometime, but life’s too short for extra HHH main events, I feel like.) 

The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2011

– I was watching this in the theater and didn’t want to be the asshole taking notes on my phone during the show, so I’ll do my best to reconstruct things from memory and Michael Bradley’s review on my blog. The theater is a GREAT way to watch these PPVs and I heartily recommend it to anyone who would rather pay $15 than $50 and basically get a live show atmosphere as a result. The HD signal looks awesome on the big screen and it really helped my perception of the show, I think. One somewhat funny story before begin. I was buying snacks in the lobby beforehand, and one of the mentally challenged fans who regularly attend these PPVs started talking trash to me. I was understandably caught off-guard, but then noticed he was decked out in full John Cena gear and was pointing to my shirt. Turns out he was mistaking my Sheldon Cooper shirt for an Alberto Del Rio one, although I don’t really see the resemblance.

– Live from Buffalo, NY.

– Your hosts are Michael Cole, Booker T and Jerry Lawler.

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Champions Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2008

The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2008

– Really, you’d think that “Clash of Champions” would have been a better name. I think it’s an interesting idea to try to put more focus on the titles by making every match here a title match, but it kind of defeats the purpose when there’s so many titles that you can do a whole PPV of title matches in the first place.

(Whoa ho!  Where’s my royalty cheque for suggesting the name change, Vince?  Also, complaints about too many titles in 2008 seem downright quaint now.) 

– Live from Dallas, TX

– Your hosts are many and varied.

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Saturday Night Thread

It’s sports out the yin-yang this weekend, so good luck to Clash of Champions finding anyone to watch.

Tonight is a UFC that should have a pretty bangin’ main event at least.

I got to the “ending” of Super Mario Odyssey last night and now I’m hanging around the Mushroom Kingdom grinding out balloon hide & seek for coins, and it’s shockingly fun.

It’s probably time to drop TNT from the review rotation already because it’s cratering like RAW against football, but if you’ve got any compelling reasons to convince me otherwise, I’m all ears.

Have a great night!

Strong Style Saturday Thread

It’s Clash of Champions weekend!  I’ll probably do some reposts of the older shows today and tomorrow depending on how busy I am.

205 Live is strongly rumored to have been canceled but still nothing official yet.  I actually think moving it to the third hour of NXT’s tapings would be best for all concerned.

Today’s selection is TNT, once again demonstrating how wildly inconsistent that program was.

And for your Saturday viewing pleasure, here’s WWE’s playlist of Paul Heyman getting beaten up.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.24.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.24.95

Live from Omaha, NB

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, who is now joining him “as always” so he’s the permanent host now. For those who like to trace the bizarre paths of history, this show starts the unlikely rise to power of you-know-who.

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