Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll find more excuses! Rough week for mainstream stories on WWE, though.
The SmarK Rant for Ring of Honor Wrestling – 07.19.19
Continuing with my “stuff taped on the Fight Network’s free preview” run here, as I’ll give ROH’s weekly TV a shot. It’s available on FITE.TV every week as well so if it’s pretty good, I can continue on with it anyway.
The SmarK Rant for New Japan on AXS – 07.19.19
Taped from Kobe, Japan
Your hosts are Jim Ross & Josh Barnett
So this is not actually an up-to-date show. It happened that I have a free preview of Fight Network on my cable system right now, so I recorded a few things on Friday night for later review. This particular episode was from September 2015 (or at least the matches are from that date) and I was going to skip it but then LOOK AT THIS OPENER:
Hey! It’s the last day of my vacation from work, although I didn’t go anywhere because I’m a starving internet writer.
Today I’ve got an episode of New Japan on AXS from 2015 up, and tomorrow is ROH weekly TV. Guess which one I liked better?
Matt Taven retained the title against Jay Lethal last night in a half-full Manhattan Mayhem or whatever it was called. This promotion is in a real tailspin right now.
Marvel released some info about Phase 4. Blade returns! Maybe HHH will get another part in it.
Get your Sunday on!
I know we all feel like the current WWE product is pretty bad but we’re the inside audience. This story on National Public Radio (about the least WWE-like news outlet imaginable) makes me think that the concern is crossing over to the outside world, investors and, as you often mention, Fox. Thoughts?
It’s definitely becoming a concern, although RAW and Smackdown had a bit of a post-PPV bump this week. Still, they’re gonna get MURDERED once football season starts again. Interesting that it’s even made it to NPR now, though.
The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Best of ECW Volume 1
This is from July 1992, which feels like Baha Men releasing a Greatest Hits CD right after “Who Let the Dogs Out”. Although all these matches seem to be from the same show.
Taped from a sports bar in Philly.
Your hosts are Dick Graham and Stately Wayne Manor
I was up most of the night playing God of War because I’m old and that’s what passes for partying now.
Thankfully we get a break from wrestling overload this weekend. Apparently I have a free preview of Fight Network this month so I recorded ROH and NJ on AXS from Friday and will add those to the review pile this week.
That’s all I got at the moment.
I guess Andy isn’t posting one tonight? Oh well, no matter.
Tonight! It’s stormy AF here in Saskatchewan, so I’m staying in and staying dry.
My wife went to go see the Lion King last night and loved it. I took a pass and stayed home to watch Deadwood: The Movie instead. I do not regret my decision one bit. The beatdown in the street was GLORIOUS.
Tomorrow is the Best of ECW Volume 1, although I don’t think I’m gonna bother with volume 2 unless it’s a massive hit, which doesn’t seem likely.
Have a great night, you hoopleheads, or Wu will throw you to the pigs.
The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Unaired ECW TV Pilot 11.28.92
Oh man, the batshit crazy just keeps dropping for your $9.99 / month.
Taped from the Kensington Sports Arena in Philly, aka “a bar”. Or maybe a high school gym. Hard to tell.
Wrestling Observer Flashback – 03.20.95
Oh man, MORE PPV shows from the WWF? Sounds like it.
The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 08.18.97
Hey, back to 1997 for a bit, why not?
Live from Atlantic City, NJ, drawing a sellout 8672.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler
Tonight! It’s Smackdown, which is the start of the Bischoff-ian era.
The first Heyman show was up a bit because of PPV bump but still nothing to write home about. Do people still write home?
Back to 1997 RAW tomorrow.
Enjoy your night!
The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 04.13.85
Taped from Shreveport, LA
Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts
The SmarK Rant for WWE Extreme Rules 2019 – 07.14.19
Live from Philadelphia, PA
Your hosts are the usual.
It’s the Extreme Rules PPV thread! Get your breadsticks and soup ready for Baron Corbin main eventing yet again.
Didn’t have a chance to do EVOLVE earlier today, but I’m on vacation this week so I’ll probably get around to it.
Let’s see if WWE can top AEW in their head-to-head weekend!
The SmarK Rant for AEW Fight for the Fallen – 07.13.19
Live from Jacksonville, FL
Your hosts are Excalibur & Alex Marvez & Jim Ross
OK, we’ve got a PACKED night ahead of us, so hopefully has their pizza and beverage of choice ready.
AEW Fight for the Fallen starts about an hour from now, and you can watch internationally on FITE.TV, or in North America on B/R Live. It’s free on Bleacher Report, but I like FITE’s interface better so I ordered it that way.
At the same time, WWE presents the EVOLVE anniversary show, live on the WWE Network. I’m gonna do AEW live and watch EVOLVE later tonight, although I’m not sure when it’ll get posted given how busy the blog is going to be this weekend with my rants and probably Tommy’s as well.
Also tonight, UFC, if you’re into that.
OK, everyone have it at here in the night thread, and keep things fun and civil! It’s only a war between the companies, not the fans. We can like both.
I know Fight for the Fallen is available free on B/R Live here in North America, but many people here are not North American and need to watch it through FITE.tv instead. So if that’s you, and you want $10 off the show, just use my code and that’ll pretty much cover the cost.
Get it FREE: https://www.fite.tv/invite/wwkgzk1
And if you sign up with my code, I get $5 towards PPV, which really helps me out if there’s some wacky thing like Jericho’s cruise ship show where I want to check it out but don’t want to drop $50 on it.
So check it out on FITE.TV and enjoy the show tonight!
The SmarK Rant for NWA Great American Bash 86 – 07.05.86
By popular demand!
And WHAT a Saturday we’ve got lined up! G1 action on AXS/New Japan World! AEW presents Fight for the Fallen tonight live and for free on B/R Live! And WWE counters with EVOLVE on the WWE Network at the same time, featuring Matt Riddle v. Drew Gulak. I’m gonna try to do AEW live tonight and then see if I’m awake enough to also review EVOLVE afterwards, because I’M HARDCORE.
Meanwhile, check out the much-asked-for Bash 86 rant this morning, as I chose to do the Charlotte one because Ricky Morton is great. Also, helicopter.
Keep it clean today and let’s watch some damn wrestling!
(I did the two new Hidden Gem additions and then kind of ran out of ideas for other stuff to review, so you get this instead. That’s the way it goes sometimes.)
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 03.06.95
Taped from Macon, GA.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Cornette.
The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 07.18.99
Well, I’m down to the last couple of episodes, so we might as well just get through these in case they decide to torture me further by adding more of them.
And hey, should you want to document my torture, I’d like to remind you yet again that my entire archive is available in a real-time updated OneDrive form with everything I’ve ever written (or at least everything I’ve been able to reconstruct, minus notable missing stuff like Star Trek DVD reviews), which you can access by sending me $20 via PayPal to [email protected] and specifying the e-mail address you’d like me to send the link to. The support is always greatly appreciated, especially when it comes time for domain name renewals and such.
Taped from wherever RAW was taped that week.
Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Michael Cole