The Wednesday Night Wackness

The excitement over AEW is building!  Judging by the amount of e-mails I’ve gotten already, they might have something here.

Tonight it’s NXT and NXT UK pts 1 and 2, to be recapped by the esteemed Tommy Hall as always.  Apparently there’s an NXT Takeover UK this weekend on the Network as well.  Guess I’ll have to tackle that one?

I wanna get back to Nitro, but I really wanna see if Road Wild 97 was as shitty as I remember first, because I’m that way about it.  I’m debating the Heat situation and it seems like more people want me to continue suffering.

Anyway, chat about whatever’s going on tonight!

The SmarK Rant for WWF St. Valentine’s Day Massacre–02.14.99

(Originally written during the 24/7 era, somewhere around 2009 I think?) 

This was one badly in need of a redo, so it works out well. This was during the heyday of Vince Russo, as Vince McMahon had won the Royal Rumble and put his Wrestlemania title shot on the line against Steve Austin in a cage match, the first true in-ring meeting between them.

Live from Memphis, TN, drawing a massive crowd of 17,000 but a disappointing 1.21 buyrate. 

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler. I think the introduction music is changed from the original. 

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Tuesday Night Thread

It is the evening for Smacking Down, live!

RAW ratings were up a tad.  Baby steps, I guess.

Big Dave sez that Braun Strowman is still uncleared by doctors, which is why he couldn’t do anything physical with Brock last night.  Perhaps he’s also uncleared to do promos, which is why they still suck.

Chat about sports and TV but FOR THE LOVE OF GOD not abortions.  Sorry for even giving someone a launching point this morning.  My bad.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat–02.14.99

The SmarK Rant for WWF Sunday Night Heat – 02.14.99

Live from Memphis, TN, and this is the pre-game show for St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

We get highlights of the god-awful Skydome RAW where Vince pinned Austin to win the gauntlet match to start, which hopefully isn’t setting the tone for this show.

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Shane McMahon

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

By the time you read this, CRAZY SHIT will likely have gone down at New Year’s Dash in Japan, and the feed was totally free on New Japan World, so you have little excuse not to watch.  My excuse is sleeping.

The rant for Wrestle Kingdom is up this morning, and FUCK YEAH that main event was awesome.

Have a great weekend and enjoy all the newly minted mods that I elevate to replace Cultstatus.  As if anyone ever could, really.

The SmarK Rant for New Japan WRESTLE KINGDOM 13–01.04.19

The SmarK Rant for New Japan WRESTLE KINGDOM 13 – 01.04.19

Live from the Tokyo Dome

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly & Don Callis

I’m skipping the pre-game show because I’m on a time crunch here. Here’s the link to the show on New Japan World if you have a subscription and want to check it out yourself. It’s $10, just buy it.

https://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00498_6_1

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–01.10.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.10.00

Hey, look at me, getting with the zeitgeist, as we watched Bird Box tonight (which will instantly date this rant for those reading years later!) and it was pretty good! Definitely not as scary as the internet would have us believe, and I don’t really get all the confusion over the ending and such. I’d liken it to the A Quiet Place, which was a much better movie with a similar clever concept, but it’s absolutely worth a watch. Not sure why 45 million people signed up for Netflix to watch it or whatever the crazy claim is, but it’s pretty good.

Anyway, back to 2000 again, because Bryan & Vinny are gonna catch up to me again if I don’t get going with these. To be fair, I’m also doing Smackdown and they’re not, so it’s twice the work for me.

Live from St. Louis, MO

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for New Japan WRESTLE KINGDOM 12

The SmarK Rant for New Japan Pro Wrestling – WRESTLE KINGDOM 12

Originally written 01.04.18

For those wondering about streaming options, I’m using Microsoft Edge browser on my Xbox One, and it looks perfect on the TV. Navigation is a bit of a pain, but ya takes what you can get.

Live from Tokyo, Japan

Your hosts are Kevin Kelly and Don Callis.

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The Wednesday Night Thread

Man, what a depressing day.  And I didn’t even leave town for New Year’s!  I just stayed home and played Mario Kart!

RAW was up from the lowest rating in history to the second-lowest rating in history.  So that’s better.

Tonight, the World Junior hockey tournament continues and probably other sporting events.  It’s also the most wonderful time of the year:  True Crime Week on A&E!  God bless Live PD.

Tomorrow, Nitro, maybe?  2.5 hours is a long show, though.  I don’t know how Tommy does it every Monday.

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown–01.06.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 01.06.00

The McMahon Helmsley Era lay down the law to D-X to start, since they failed to get Rock fired on RAW. So X-Pac faces Big Show, and he’s not happy with that. HHH points out that he beat Big Show single-handedly on RAW, so shut up. Billy Gunn gets to face the Acolytes in a handicap match so he can soften them up for Royal Rumble. And hey, HHH is putting his title up in the main event against the winner of a random draw.

Taped from Orlando Jordan, FL

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

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Strong Style Saturday Night Thread

Me:  “All right!  Time to play the Spider-Man game I got for Xmas!”  

PS4:  “…installing 48GB file that is mandatory for playing the game.”

Me:  “All right!  Time to play the Spider-Ma…”

PS4:  “…now installing 12GB mandatory update file.”

Me:  Goes to build Lego with daughter instead two hours later.

Tonight:  It’s UFC with Jon Jones v. Alexander Gustafsson, live from Las Vegas Los Angeles!

More cool stuff being added to the Hidden Gems on the WWE Network soon.

Watched the Botch Club episode 1.  It was funny!  10 minutes well spent.

Enjoy your evening!