Daily News Update – November 29, 2020

And it’s Sunday again.  Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  I may have reused another Update cover, I don’t care, it’s one of the best ever and I love it.

Shanna to return on AEW Dark


Roman Reigns calls out KO on Twitter


Billie Kay has a resume



Hold on, I’ve got breaking news from Cultaholic…

Now you’re prepped for the day.


Saturday Night “Fight” Thread

Oh man, tonight was supposed to be a UFC, but the main event was canceled by COVID so I don’t know if anyone is gonna bother with it since there was literally nothing underneath the Derrick Lewis fight on top.

Oh, but you can always watch this trainwreck, which actual people in my actual life have actually asked me about today:


Like, if you’re planning on ordering this clown show which is being promoted as a “sparring session” but really it’s going to be a FIGHT, wink wink, nudge nudge, then by all means use my link so I can at least make a few bucks while all our IQs collectively drop 20 points.  But yes, Mike Tyson is “fighting” Roy Jones Jr. and yet people still make fun of pro wrestling for being insulting.

Smackdown ratings were down so apparently Roman Reigns is gonna have to slap an Uso around backstage for jacking his ratings.

Tonight’s review is probably either RAW or Nitro, as we carry on with 1997 because eventually I’m gonna run out of reposts and catch up to where I left off again.

I treated myself to the Hitman HD remaster collection on PS4 for Black Friday, so I’ll probably give that a go even though I suck at Hitman.

Have a great night!

Daily News Update – November 29, 2020

It’s the weekend!

Orange Cassidy Is #1 (And #2)


WWE Prefers Piped In Crowd Noise


Why The Fiend Was Drafted To Monday Night Raw


The SmarK Rant for WWF In Your House #6 – 02.18.96

The SmarK Rant for WWF In Your House #6 – 02.19.96

(Originally written 11.26.20)

Getting close to this point in the Observer Flashbacks so I thought I might as well get ahead of things with a redo.

Live from Louisville, KY, drawing 5500 and a 0.75 buyrate

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler

This is the last In Your House without a catchy subtitle, by the way.

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 87 – 11.26.87

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’87: Chi-Town Heat: Glory Bound – 11.26.87

(Originally written November 2017.)

So this was of course Jim Crockett’s first big attempt to break into the PPV market, which was immediately scuttled by Vince McMahon with the creation of the Survivor Series on the same night Even two subtitles couldn’t save this one. Given I haven’t watch this one in forever, and only the home video version at that, I figured it might be worth giving it another look on the Network to see if Meltzer’s hatred of this show is justified.

Live from Chicago, IL.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 86

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’86: Night of the Skywalkers

(Originally written September 2016)

What the hell, let’s do it.  People have been bugging me to do the full version on the WWE Network forever now anyway, and since we’re at that point in the Observer Flashbacks now is as good a time as any.  As a note, I would once again like to compliment the amazing production department of the Network for cleaning up the master and making it look pristine again.  Given what they frequently have to work with, they do an astonishingly great job.

Live from Atlanta, GA / Greensboro, NC

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Rick Stewart in one city, and Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver in the other.

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 85 – 11.28.85

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 85: The Gathering – 11.28.85

(Originally written January 2018)

Hey, why not.  I had originally done all the World Championship Wrestling rants leading up to this one, but never got around to doing the full show.  It still blows my mind that I can just wake up and have someone suggest I watch Starrcade 85, and then just go “OK” because it’s right there on the WWE Network whenever I want to watch it.  Who cares if the current product is shit, you have more awesome wrestling then you could ever watch in one lifetime for $9.99 a month!

Live from Atlanta, GA and Greensboro, NC.  It’s the show too big for one city!  We jump back and forth between matches and it’s pretty seamless for 1985, I have to say.  Worked much better than WM2 did, that’s for sure.  I’m a little saddened that the WWE music gestapo didn’t edit out the Star Spangled Banner from the intros and replace it with generic classical music.  Just to be consistent.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Bob Caudle

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 84 – 11.22.84

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 84 – 11.22.84

(Originally written 05.28.18)

True story:  Some guy actually went to the trouble of finding my home number and called my house in 2004 asking me to review this show.  I didn’t have a copy of the tape back then, but now there’s the Network and I’ve been on an old school territorial kick anyway, so the time is right!

Live from Greensboro, NC, drawing 16,000 in the building and a shitload of people on closed circuit.

Your hosts are Gordon Solie & Bob Caudle

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 83 – 11.24.83

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’83 (11.24.83)

(Originally written May 2018, reposted for a little Thanksgiving spirit!)

Live from Greensboro, NC, drawing 15447.  This was of course the first “supercard” as we know them today, broadcast on closed circuit to a bunch of locations and starting a Thanksgiving tradition for the NWA.

Your hosts are Gordon Solie & Bob Caudle.  If there was any introductions or talk beforehand, it’s all cut out on the Network version because we go TO THE RING post-haste.

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Daily News Update – November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to you American types.

North American Title Match Set For Takeover: WarGames


The Grizzled Young Veterans Are Back


Abadon Is Back (And She’s Licking Things)


The Wednesday Night War Thread – November 25, 2020


Neither show really has much going on, with both sides saving the big guns for next week.

NXT:  https://www.f4wonline.com/nxt-news/wwe-reveals-nxt-lineup-three-matches-ko-show-ripley-segment-326011

AEW:  https://www.f4wonline.com/aew-news/contract-signing-ftr-return-set-aew-dynamite-326001


RIP to Bob Ryder today.  I think AEW Dark might be finally wrapping up this week’s show sometime tonight?

People seemed to kinda like me tearing apart All Star Wrestling.  Does that mean I need to keep doing it?  Lord help me.

Have a great night.

Daily News Update – November 25, 2020

Good morning to all.

WWE Suspends Braun Strowman For Attacking Adam Pearce


The NWA Is Back With A New Weekly Show


Xavier Woods To Host Relaunched G4


Tuesday Night Streaming Thread


AEW Dark returns with a 4 hour, 25 match extravaganza!  OK, I’m exaggerating.  A little.

Apparently NWA returns to YouTube next Tuesday as well with “Shockwave”, which sounds like leftover matches from the United Wrestling whatever they’re doing at the moment.

Eh, more wrestling, why not.

Have a great night!

Daily News Update – November 24, 2020

Guys, I think Trump might have finally started to figure out they lost!

Top Flight Is All Elite


Planned TLC Main Event


Why Big E. And Lars Sullivan Did Not Wrestle At Survivor Series


The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

(Originally written 11.23.20)

You may have also heard about this show before. The previous version I had was from 2007, which means…ugh…new format and it’s GOTTA GO. I will not rest until they’re all purged from my archives.

For some reason the Network version has removed the background bassline music from the pre-show promos and replaced it with generic crowd noise. I don’t even understand them.

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