Daily News Update – 05.09.21

Happy Mother’s Day!

WALTER says “WWE was never a goal” for him


Major creative changes occurred on post-WM RAW


Throwback Smackdown sees big viewership increase



Saturday Night Fight Thread

Tonight! There’s a UFC on ESPN.

Elon Musk is on SNL and Twitter is losing their mind about dog coins or whatever.

I’m watching Mitchells vs the Machines on Netflix with the family and it’s pretty friggin funny.

Have a great night!

The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E26 – “The Best in the Business”

The SmarK Rant for Lucha Underground S01E26

“The Best in the Business”

Dario Cueto is chilling in his office, but Johnny Mundo and Alberto El Patron burst in and they’re both after a title shot at Prince Puma.  Dario agrees that they both deserve a title shot, but not yet.  Mundo thinks they deserve it over “Fernandez” because they’re both better than Hernandez, and they’re the BEST IN THE BUSINESS.  So Dario, always looking for the ratings bump, books Mundo v. Alberto tonight, with the winner facing Hernandez next week to determine the TRUE #1 contender.

Taped from the Aztec Temple

Your hosts are Matt Striker & Vampiro

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Daily News Update – 05.08.21

Today’s new reason to fear for the intelligence of the world:  Private school teachers spreading a theory about Covid vaccinations causing “protein spike shedding” and thus forbidding students to hug their vaccinated parents for more than 5 seconds.  Do we even need to ask which state this originates from?  HINT IT’S FLORIDA.

I gotta stay off Twitter for a while.  Let’s see what’s in the news via Cultaholic this morning.

Update on WWE’s plans for Summerslam this year


Jimmy Uso returns to Smackdown


Universal and tag team title matches added to Wrestlemania Backlash: Rise of the Machines 2 Furious


Daily News Update – 05.07.21

The weekend is almost here, providing the metaphorical crash pad as life tosses us off the top of the metaphorical cage.

TNA Slammiversary set for JUST after all the no-competes expire


Renee Paquette received someone else’s makeup in HER trashbag


Dario Cueto signs long-term deal with MLW



The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.09.93

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.09.93

Taped from…I don’t even know anymore.  Time and space have no meaning in 1993 as this show just keeps meandering.  Oh wait, it’s still Grand Rapids, MI.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage & Jerry Lawler.  Randy Savage explains the meaning of Columbus Day to him.  It has to do with 1492.

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The Wednesday Night BLOOD N GUTS Thread

Tonight!  It’s Blood and/or Guts on Dynamite, as the Pinnacle faces the Inner Circle.

The Pfizer vaccine kind of knocked me on my ass today and I ended up coming home from work and sleeping instead, but I’ll solider on tonight.

NXT’s rating was mostly the same as last week.

Have a great and enjoy the show!

Dark Side thoughts – 05.04.21

So as promised, I continued my journey through Dark Side of the Ring season 2 last night, with one of the worst and one of the best episodes this time.

First up, the Brawl for All episode, which falls squarely into the Worst category for me.  Mainly because the entire show turns into YET ANOTHER dick-waving contest between Vince Russo and Jim Cornette that essentially overwhelmed any story or narrative they were attempting to craft around the subject matter.  But even if that wasn’t the case, the teaser promised that BFA was “the worst thing to ever happen in wrestling” (which, I mean, COME ON) and not only it wasn’t the worst at the time, they didn’t even make a case for it being the worst on their own show about it!  In fact, they somehow managed to craft an actual narrative for the tournament itself, with underdog Bart facing Bradshaw, the inspiration for the whole thing, in the finals.  And the rundowns of the matches and chaos of the scoring system actually made it sound compelling in a weird way and made me want to watch it to a certain degree.  So it really kind of failed at everything it was attempting to do.  Also shoehorning in the Droz deal was kind of weird, like they wanted to tell the story of him breaking his neck somewhere and settled on this as the opportunity.  Also poor Bart Gunn gets no respect even here, as they completely ignore his very successful run as Mike Barton in All Japan afterwards and just act like the Butterbean stuff ended his wrestling career.  And again, please, someone convince both Jim Cornette and Vince Russo to SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT ALREADY.  This was like a 3/10 or 4/10 for me.

And then right afterwards I watched one of the BEST episodes in the series, the Last Ride of the Road Warriors.  This was GREAT, treating both guys with respect and telling their stories from start to finish, while still being brutally, painfully honest about what a fuckup that Hawk was in his later years.  You had rare footage from Japan, interviews with Nikita Koloff and Barry Darsow and Scott Norton, the history of the team and origins of all the bits of it, you name it.  I loved the very frank discussions from Animal on the shit that Hawk was doing at Summerslam 92 and how it screwed up both their careers, and of course the end of the show was heartbreaking after Hawk finally thought he had turned his life around and yet life still had one last receipt for him.  And of course the episode has another layer of heartbreaking finality now with the death of Animal after it came out.  Anyway, this was great and much better than the WWE-produced documentary which was itself pretty OK by their standards at the time.  No gently stepping around any topics, just brutally honest and didn’t present Hawk as a monster or a saint.  As Ellering said in the show, they were brothers, and sometimes they fought and mostly they loved each other.  A 10/10 episode for me.

Next up on my watchlist:  New Jack and then Jimmy Snuka.  Well that’ll be an interesting pair of shows.

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT – 10.03.12

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT – 10.03.12

Oh my god this episode sounds DIRE.  Listen to this teaser on the Network site:

“With his status as Number One Contender earning him a shot at the NXT Championship, Michael McGillicutty takes to the ring to call out the current champion, Seth Rollins. Plus, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel team up to take on The Ascension in the main event, the rivalry between Kassius Ohno and Richie Steamboat continues, and more!”

Oh wow, Michael McGillicutty calls out Seth Rollins?  SOUNDS THRILLING.  Hopefully we get a contract signing and someone puts the locker room on notice!  Well, I suppose “and more!” could be something awesome.  Whatever, let’s do it.

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Daily News Update – 05.04.21

TODAY IS THE DAY.  I’m getting some kind of vaccine shoved in my arm tonight and I don’t care which one because I’m READY for this shit to be done with.  I don’t know if I’ve made that clear over the past year or so.  Maybe I’ve been too subtle on my feelings about how miserable this whole deal has been for myself and everyone else around me.  Anyway, if you have the chance to get vaccinated, please do not be a selfish moron.  Stomping your feet and screaming about MUH FREEDOMS and government oppression can wait until herd immunity is achieved and we can all go to movies again in time for Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever.

WWE Considering Working With MLW


Throwback Smackdown Next Week


Two Upcoming Dynamite Preempted By NBA Playoffs