Daily News Update – June 30, 2020

Well, we’ve made it through June.  Hopefully no one on the blog is on the Iranian list of arrest warrants.  Those guys hold a GRUDGE, man.

DATELINE:  Major NXT UK announcement coming Tuesday


If it’s “We actually shut it down two months ago and no one noticed”, I’m WAY ahead of them.

DATELINE:  NXT to have “limited commercials” this Wednesday


Good thing they came up with that wholly original idea of holding a two-night PPV caliber show over two weeks!

Also, for those who want to try the new version of TNM (the wrestling simulator), check it out at tnmte.com!  Also, for those wondering, I did in fact pre-order RetroMania Wrestling for the Switch.


The SmarK Rant for WWF The Big Event – 08.28.86

The SmarK Rant for WWF The Big Event – 08.28.86

People seemed to enjoy the Wrestling Classic, so here’s the next one waiting for a redo.  I’d been kind of waiting on the WWE Network to replace the Coliseum version with the full one before I redid my 1998 original rant, but that’s obviously never going to happen.  So, let’s hit more old school WWF this morning anyway.

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for WWF The Big Event – 08.28.86

Daily News Update – June 29, 2020

Monday’s here and we’re almost done with another month in this shitty, shitty year.

DATELINE:  WWE In Contact With Tessa Blanchard


DATELINE:  WWE Adds Great American Bash Match, Changes Another



DATELINE:  R-Truth Reveals Cool Roman Reigns Fact



The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Classic – 11.07.85

The SmarK Rant for the Wrestling Classic – 11.07.85

Live on WRESTLE-VISION!  Basically this was the first ever wrestling pay-per-view, featuring a 16 man tournament and a WWF title main event.  It’s been many years since I last reviewed it, plus this is the full 2:30 PPV version and not the 2:00 Coliseum edit, so it’s probably worth another look.

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Daily News Update – June 28, 2020

If the week was a Dairy Queen menu, today would be sundae.  Maybe that’s what the dessert was named after?

DATELINE:  What Is Next For AJ Styles


DATELINE:  WWE Unhappy With Renee Young’s Coronavirus Announcement


DATELINE:  WWE Taping Three Days Next Week


I’m sure everything will be fine by then anyway.

Daily News Update – June 27, 2020

Welcome to Saturday.

DATELINE:  Velveteen Dream In Car Wreck


DATELINE:  Michael Elgin Gone From Impact Wrestling


DATELINE:  Two More Names Gone From NXT UK



Daily News Update – June 26, 2020

Friday is here, and who the hell knows what’s going to air on Smackdown tonight.  Apparently just the Boneyard match?

DATELINE:  Extreme Rules’ Weird Subtitle


DATELINE:  Tessa Blanchard Released From Impact Wrestling, World Title Vacated


DATELINE:  NWA Releases TV Champion Zicky Dice


That last one really doesn’t bode well for the future of the NWA.

Your video today is a topic that seems to come up on the blog a LOT.

Daily News Update – June 25, 2020

Everyone should probably wash their hands before clicking on the links today.

DATELINE:  Renee Young Has Coronavirus


DATELINE:  Chikara Closing Over SpeakOut Allegations


DATELINE:  The Great American Bash Is Coming Back



The Wednesday Night War Thread

Hoo boy, Florida is about to blow up big time.


So you mean opening up Florida without regard for safety was a BAD idea?

Anyway, both shows are theoretically live tonight, although who the hell knows what’s going to happen from here on.  AEW has all kinds of stuff changed around tonight as a result of the outbreak.  I imagine WWE will just pretend everything is fine and normal and not say anything.



The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – Episode 1

The SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – Episode 1 (06.26.18)

So although I mentioned that I had run out of episodes of Jerry Lawler’s Memphis shows on YouTube, in fact the original TV station added some episodes I haven’t seen yet on THEIR YouTube channel, so let’s go all the way back to the very first one!


Hosted by Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee, and brought to you by 745-CASH!

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling – Episode 1

Daily News Update – June 24, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday. Can we go 24 whole hours without someone getting outed as a scumbag? Fingers crossed.

DATELINE: Charlotte Undergoing Surgery, Missing A Long Time


DATELINE: WWE Title Match Planned For Summerslam


DATELINE: Released WWE Star Taking Hiatus From Wrestling


Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

Tonight!  We’ve got AEW Dark!

The Librarian v. Orange Cassidy and Pineapple Pete v. Shawn Spears?  Might give this one a watch.

The NWA channel appears to have gone dark, with no uploads in the past week, so who knows if we’re getting anything tonight from them.  With Lagana done, I’m skeptical that they can continue much longer.  Apparently it was him and Aldis who were the main creative force behind everything.

RAW’s ratings were steady, so apparently we’ve reached the point where they need to flood the show with legends to maintain 1.9 million viewers.

I tried to review the “Best of Continental Wrestling” collection that’s on Amazon Prime earlier today, but it’s basically a VHS dub from some guy’s collection and it looks awful and has no real point or cohesion, so I gave up 20 minutes in and put the rant as is into the archives.  Then I found some more Jerry Lawler’s Classic Memphis Wrestling on YouTube and reviewed that instead for tomorrow!

Have a great night!

The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 03.30.87

The SmarK Rant for Prime Time Wrestling – 03.30.87

I can’t take more of the 1989 Prime Times, so I’m going back to 1987 to fill in some gaps in the archives since much of the year was already done when it was on WWE 24/7.  But I’m missing the show from the night after Wrestlemania III, so let’s start there!

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Daily News Update – June 23, 2020

Yay, the blog’s comeback story in June continues!  Hopefully it’s not just everyone checking for more horror stories of abuse and consequences therein.  But if you ARE here for that, you’re in luck.

DATELINE:  Impact Wrestling fires Joey Ryan, suspends Michael Elgin.


DATELINE:  Sammy Guevara suspended by AEW following some very inappropriate remarks


DATELINE:  WWE Backstage mostly, but not quite 100%, canceled by FS1.  



You know what?  Here’s some women’s wrestling today.