The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 09.10.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 09.10.21

OMG!  After I complained about Fite.TV leaving commercials in the shows, they EDITED OUT THE COMMERCIALS this week!  I mean, obviously I’m tight with both TK and the Fite guys and we share ideas over caviar and champagne smoothies on Thursdays while yachting and waiting for the accounting department to cut me a cheque, so either one could have done it to avoid further raking over the coals in the rants.  But either way, you’re welcome, and I promise to use my awesome influence only for evil and making money.

Taped from Cincinnati OH.

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Mark Henry, Tony Schiavone & Taz

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.29.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 04.29.20

So this was the last empty arena version of Dynamite before they moved permanently to Jacksonville, which is also the only episode in the entire run of the show that I skipped and decided not to review.  At that point in the pandemic, I just couldn’t watch another empty arena wrestling show without completely crushing my love for the promotion and wrestling in general.  Thankfully both AEW and WWE quickly figured out a way to simulate crowds again and things got marginally better.  And with AEW at their all-time high right now, I figured I might as well circle back and finish off the run of Dynamite with the one I never watched.

Taped from QT Marshall’s secret lair in Atlanta

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Chris Jericho, with JR of course off to avoid potential exposure to Covid.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 01.08.94

The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 01.08.94

Taped from Lowell, MA.  The bizarre taping schedule continues, as this was the first week of that taping cycle, but the show was taped on December 15, meaning that these matches are literally a month old already.  No wonder RAW felt so much fresher.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Stan Lane.  Stan continues to do yeoman’s work in this role but Vince desperately needs a heel to play off again.

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 10.05.85

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 10.05.85

OK, time for a cooldown rant, like the women’s battle royale after the cage match at All Out, because the blog was NUTS on Sunday and Monday and frankly my bank account needs a break from all the money that Tony Khan was pumping into it.  Not only that, but I always insist on getting paid with the giant novelty cheques like Happy Gilmore and those things are a bitch to store.  And since I’m fresh out of AWA to review, it’s back to Bill Watts!

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The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT – 10.17.12

The SmarK Rant for WWE NXT – 10.17.12

Yes, I’ll get back to doing Observer Flashbacks again soon, leave me alone.

Hey, the current version of the show is getting really boring and not generating anything in terms of interest on the blog, so let’s go back to the 2012 stuff that they’re currently working towards emulating again!  Last week when we left off, Seth Rollins beat “#1 contender” Michael McGillicutty to retain the NXT title for the first time, while CM Punk was there scouting people.

Taped from Orlando, FL

Your hosts are Bryon Saxton & William Regal

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The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 03.26.88

The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling – 03.26.88

I had that dream again last night for my birthday. You know the one, where Greg Gagne pops out of a cake singing “Happy Birthday” and wearing nothing but his AWA International TV title. I think we’ve all been there.

Taped from Las Vegas, NV

Your hosts are Rod Trongard & Verne Gagne

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Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.15.90

Wrestling Observer Flashback – 10.15.90

It’s my birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a Wrestling Observer Flashback!

And not only that, but it’s a Wrestling Observer Flashback…FLASHBACK. So yeah, a reader with too much time on his hands pointed out that I had skipped the 10/15 issue from 1990 for whatever reason. So let’s head back to 1990 and see what was going on that week!

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 02.13.93

The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 02.13.93

Oh man, Gamestop sent me a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY COUPON for 20% off a used game!  If I buy another used game.  Don’t be jealous of how special I am.  I’m gonna run right out and take advantage of that awesome deal, don’t you worry.  I don’t even know how they stay in business when they’re practically giving away money like that!

Taped from Atlanta, GA, as we begin the post-Watts era for the company.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Larry Zbyszko

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.25.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 08.25.21

So with my birthday coming up and my family looking for ideas, I’m trying to decide if an Xbox Series S is worth the $379 Canadian, since I can actually get one of those, as opposed to the PS5, which I have no chance of getting my hands on.  I don’t really need the disc drive because I buy everything digitally unless it’s really cheap disc games, and really all I end up playing is GTA5 and Red Dead 2 over and over anyway.  Plus I like the idea of all my previous purchases via Xbox Live magically appearing where available.  Is it worth the upgrade over my Xbox One S?

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone

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