Scott’s Podcast of Doom! – 05.11.19

Oh snap!  It’s the return of Scott’s Podcast of Doom, featuring Ed Zeppelin, who might one day talk me into a live watch on the blog.  BUT NOT TODAY.  We actually were planning on recording a second episode where we do an alternate commentary on UWF Fury Hour #1, but this one ran kind of long and I had shit to do.

So enjoy some discussion of AEW, Hulk Hogan’s movie, The Italian Stallion, and MORE.  Ed’s dogs are really excited about it, and you’ll be too.

Strong Style Saturday Thread

So, uh, Big E apparently wants to be Becky Lynch’s stepfather. Best of luck to him in his quest to get with Mama Lynch.  Personally I think Mama Bliss is a better choice, but there’s really no wrong answer in these sorts of situations.

Ed Zeppelin and myself are going to record a couple of episodes of the Podcast of Doom this afternoon, after I take the family to Detective Pikachu.  I’m gonna try the alternate commentary gimmick everyone is always asking for, with an episode of UWF Fury Hour from YouTube.  We’ll see how this goes.

Playoffs and such continue today!  Enjoy the weekend!

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–05.09.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – The Dark Side of the Ring Edition

So yeah, the WWE Network continues trying to cash in on the zeitgeist with three new additions, featuring matches associated with the Dark Side of the Ring series. Which doesn’t air here in Canada, by the way.

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Greg Hamilton as Michael Scott

Hi Scott,
I can’t watch WWE tv anymore (it’s so bland and template) but I stumbled upon WWE ring announcer doing a Michael Scott/The Office-like skit on youtube (WWE channel). It’s hilarious and instantly made him a relate-able character from the company (THE ring announcer of all people). If they did stuff like this with their actual in-ring talent on their actual shows I’d likely check them out again. I know it’s never happening though.
It’s a really funny video, but I find it a tad annoying that they had to make sure to title it “A Mockumentary” just in case we didn’t already get that it was a joke.

All the best,

The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–02.27.95

(Usually I do these following the Observer Flashback of the same week to keep them coordinated, but Dave skips this particular week, so I’ll repost the 02/27/95 RAW now and then the Eddie Gilbert death issue of the Observer is the next one up.) 

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 02.27.95

It’s RAW 100! Where’s the nostalgia and celebrities? But at least it’s a NEW OPENING! And yet another graphical makeover, with a new font for the on-screen stuff. I don’t even remember this variation of the show, in fact. Kind of weird to think of how many revamps they had from 93-99 or so, whereas the HD Era has seen the exact same set and graphics going on six years now.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–Mid-South Wrestlefest ‘85 07.28.85

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Mid-South Wrestlefest 85

Been waiting to get around to this one for a while now, but nothing like a lazy Sunday to catch up. I did actually start this one last week, but real life intervened and I had to stop and scrap it early on.

Taped from Skelly Stadium, in Tulsa OK, 07.28.85. Not sure on the gate but it looks pretty full. No commentary for this show.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–09.12.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 09.12.92

BREAKING NEWS: Ric Flair has REGAINED the WWF title from Randy Savage, using Plan B (aka Razor Ramon kicking him in the knee) and the figure-four to secure the belt. A match I’ve never actually seen, fun fact. But how was that slow count from Hebner even remotely fair? He took 10 seconds between each count!

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & A very happy Mr. Perfect. He’s so partied out that he’s barely got a Woo left in him!

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The Podcast of Doom Returns! – Pilot episode

Oh, TAG.  I’m trying this podcasting thing again. I found an awesome app called and it’s essentially the cheap and lazy podcasting app for people like myself.  So I put together a quick 18 minute pilot episode this morning, which is me going over my list of wrestlers who held their championships hostage (while trying to avoid awkward pauses while city workers work on my gas line in the basement), and you can listen and react as you wish.  I definitely think I’m better off with someone to bounce off of, but it was fun and easy to put together and a good learning experience.

So check it out and maybe I’ll do mailbags or something next time?  Let me know what you’d like to hear!

For anyone who wants to follow the podcast, my personal page is


The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems–05.02.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Hidden Gems – Pro Wrestling USA 08.16.85

So yeah, I guess part of the Gagne collection of tapes was an episode of this wackiness, which was the AWA and NWA teaming up to put Vince out of business for good! That didn’t go well for them, but it was certainly a valiant effort. Unfortunately much of the partnership was spent with David Crockett running around behind the scenes making offers to the AWA talent to jump ship, and as Vince himself noted on the AWA DVD years ago, they could barely agree on what to order when they went for coffee together. So running a major opposition promotion was likely asking too much.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars–09.05.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 09.05.92

It’s the fallout from Summerslam! Which is still from the tapings done BEFORE Summerslam! I bet it was the Avengers messing with the timelines again. Regardless, we get a video recap of the Warrior-Savage main event, complete with overblown voiceover from Vince, and they actually show pretty much the entire match in clipped form. Why would I want to order the replay now?

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Daily News Update – May 1 2019

I’m just gonna assume Brian is still busy and put this up today.

Matt and Jeff Hardy vacated the Smackdown tag team titles on Tuesday’s show, which sounds like about the only notable thing.  Jeff suffered a long-term knee injury at a house show and his future is pretty unknown right now.

Dana White says Brock Lesnar is retired from UFC and never coming back.  And if Dana says it, it must be true!

Here’s the 2012 MITB match for you today!