The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – MSG 01.23.84

(For completeness sake before I start the 84 run properly, here’s a repost of the 01/23/84 MSG show that I reviewed on WWE 24/7.  I haven’t watched the Network version so if the matches differ there, you’re on your own.)

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for MSG – January 23 1984

– Taped from New York, New York.

– Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Pat Patterson.

– So the main event of this show was Iron Sheik’s first glorious title defense at MSG after beating Bob Backlund for the belt, but it’s nothing major, just some punk from the AWA.  I doubt you’ve even heard of him before.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – MSG 02.20.84

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – MSG 02.20.84

Oh man, so glad to finally get some classic Hulkamania era stuff added to the Network, as they put 6 episodes of the MSG shows from 1984 on there today.  And we kick it off with the first show after Hogan’s title victory.

Taped from Madison Square Garden

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Pat Patterson

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

Two straight nights of AEW!  It’s a Festivus miracle!  Actually I almost had forgotten about this show because I was kind of struggling this evening to decide what I wanted to review tonight and then remembered it was on.

Live from Miami, FL

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Excalibur & Jim Ross

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The SmarK Rant for Coliseum Video presents Crunch Classics

The SmarK Rant for WWF Coliseum Video presents Crunch Classic

Just trawling through the redone WWE Network for content and I found this one in the Coliseum Video collection.  I don’t think I’ve ever done it before, either in the classic Coliseum rants or the modern era, so let’s give it a look!

Released 05.28.92

Hosted by Rowdy Roddy Piper, all hopped up on, let’s say Red Bull.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT 2.0 – 10.12.21

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT 2.0 – 10.12.21

The show was delayed in Canada due to yucky sportsball tonight, but Sportsnet put the replay up on the website immediately afterwards, which is pretty cool of them.  Also the Sportsnet video player and interface is WAY better than the WWE Network.  Too bad it’s still NXT they’re replaying and not something good.

Live from Orlando, FL

Your hosts are Vic, Wade and Beth.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF King of the Ring 1996 – 06.23.96

The SmarK Rant for WWF King of the Ring 1996 – 06.23.96

(Might as well repost this one in tandem with the Observer Flashback.  Originally written in 2015.)  

I’ve kinda been hemming and hawing about this one, but the original rant isn’t great and it does contain one of the most important moments in the history of wrestling and all.  Oddly, this is the home video version instead of the original PPV broadcast and is actually about 10 minutes longer than the PPV thanks to “Coliseum Video exclusive” material.

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Owen Hart.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 10.08.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 10.08.21

Struth! Tonight I’m in AUSTRALIA to watch AEW on Fite, so hopefully a dingo doesn’t eat my baby while I throw a shrimp on the barbie! Because if it’s does, that’s a BOOTING! I’ll take my case right to the prime minister, I will! HEY, ANDY!

Taped from Philly, which is no longer a secret thanks to CM Punk and his big mouth on Wednesday night.

Your hosts are Excalibur, Taz and Chris Jericho

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.06.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.06.21

Hot take I know, but holy crap is Squid Game great.

“Second Anniversary”

Live from Philly, and because it was on a different channel tonight here in Canada, my DVR missed it and thus I must make my fall residence in Zurich, Switzerland and watch it on Fite.  Shout out to Justin, my favorite Philly mutant in the audience tonight!

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone

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The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT 2.0 – 10.05.21

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT 2.0 – 10.05.21

2.0 is about where my blood alcohol level needs to be for this show, I think.

BREAKING NEWS:  The previously announced 8 man tag team match has now been converted to a 4 way match for the tag team titles.  Sure, why not.

Live from Orlando, FL

Your hosts are Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett & Beth Phoenix.

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The SmarK Rant for Extreme Championship Wrestling – 02.20.96

The SmarK Rant for Extreme Championship Wrestling – 02.20.96

I was cruising the WWE Network tonight looking to see what I wanted to review (WWE King of the Ring Countdown?  Confidential?  Monday Night War?) but then I remembered the ECW reviews and I saw the thumbnail…and what other choice did I realistically have?

Taped from Philly

Your host is Joey Styles

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