Daily News Update – September 12, 2020

Hey, there’s the Raptors team that Canada knows and tolerates!  Good to have them back last night after teasing the country with a comeback, and now I can go back to never paying attention to basketball for another year.

Also, I’ve been bingeing through Angie Tribeca because it’s on Crave and I can finally finish off the series after seeing the first one years ago and never getting to follow up.  It’s definitely hilarious for the first three seasons, but WTF happened with season 4, where they just jettisoned the premise of the show completely and changed up the cast?  I mean, it’s still funny, but I liked that it was funny with a very specific target and then it’s all of a sudden just a bunch of movie parodies.


VIDEO: Wobbly The Walrus Makes Firefly Fun House Debut (It’s Paul Heyman As A Walrus)


New Title Match Set For Clash Of Champions


Monday Night Raw: In Your Face Has A Pretty Stacked Card





The SmarK Rant for TNT – 05.10.85

The SmarK Rant for TNT – 05.10.85

I’m still not feeling super great tonight (not the Covid, although I think it might be a mild form of food poisoning) so I’ll take a shot at NXT later on and I just want something light and breezy tonight.

“Bob Orton gets his broken arm looked at”

You had me at that title, show.

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for TNT – 05.10.85

Daily News Update – September 11, 2020

Uh oh, it’s WWE Bloodletting 2:  The Re-Bloodening.

Mike Rotunda, Sarah Stock and Gerald Brisco all officially released after being furloughed in April


RIP to Puppet the Psycho Dwarf


I think I’m done with the NWA-TNA shows, speaking of which.  Interest in the last couple has been way down and it doesn’t feel like it’s worth continuing on.  It was something different and interesting for a bit, much like the shows themselves, but it’s not really my thing at this point.

John Cena to host TBS revival of Wipeout


Seems like a good fit, to be honest.

Hey also, make sure to check out Inside the Ropes Magazine, which launches NEXT WEEK and is available for subscription pre-orders right now.  I’m continuing on with the Monday Night War documentary review in an exclusive column for the magazine, starting with the D-X episode and then next month it’s the Bret Hart one.  If you enjoy watching my brain explode like in Scanners, these are the issues you’ll want to pick up and read.  There’s contributions from talent like Bill Apter and Keith Elliot Greenberg to name two, and I’m proud and excited to be taking part in this.



Daily News Update – September 10, 2020

Good morning!  My quest to play through Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 continues, as I’ve now unlocked Great Muta, Terry & Dory Funk, Steve Williams, Terry Gordy, Bruiser Brody and Abdullah the Butcher.  However, much like Wrestlemania 2000, to unlock Andre the Giant you have to win a hellish Royal Rumble match against the entire roster, and holy cow that wasn’t happening. 

Here’s Joe Gagne’s thoughts on the game from years ago…

(Also I downloaded the English translation of the game, which makes it even easier to navigate!)

Miro Makes AEW Debut (Video)


WWE Seems To Be Closing Wrestlers’ Pro Wrestling Tees Stores


Impact Wrestling’s Crazzy Steve Reveals That He Is Blind


At least he’s got a future as a referee.

Daily News Update – September 9, 2020

I’ve got a dentist appointment and all kinds of other stuff going on this morning so I’m writing this WAAAAAAAAAAY in advance on Tuesday evening to be on the safe side.  So I’m just gonna use some leftover headlines from Tommy on the weekend.  Tommy, if you want to edit in some fresh stuff, have at it (Done).

Good News For Rey Mysterio’s Recovery Time
New NXT Champion Crowned
Marty Jannetty’s Murder Shenanigans And Hijinks

Surprise Debut At All Out


Matt Hardy Injured At All Out


WWE Teases Debuting Character


And here’s some particularly hard-hitting journalism from the WWE YouTube channel this morning…


Daily News Update – September 8 2020

Well it didn’t take long for the cold to hit the Prairies.

Smackdown Champions Appear On Raw, Champion vs. Champion Match Set


Ivar Injured


Retribution’s First Promo


Heel Turn On Raw


The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 89 – 12.13.89

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 89 FUTURE SHOCK! – 12.13.89

I don’t know why this one is hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles lately but let’s get it redone so you’ll kindly shut the hell up.  Which I mean in the nicest way possible.

To this day I’ve never understood the point or thinking behind this show, taking a super hot main event scene in WCW and running a pair of round robin tournaments with no stakes and overly complicated scoring.  Man, someone should rebook this shit.

Live from Atlanta, GA, drawing a disappointingly empty 6000 people and a so-so 1.3 buyrate.

Read moreThe SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 89 – 12.13.89

Daily News Update – September 7, 2020

I don’t know how well All Out did on PPV, but it sure did some business on the blog, I’ll tell you what.

Hopefully everyone has a good Labour Day, except for poor Matt Hardy, who is probably sleeping on the DILAPIDATED COUCH OF SHAME when he gets home from the hospital.

Good News On Matt Hardy


Details On AEW’s Upcoming New Weekly Show


Original Plans For AOP



Daily News Update – September 6, 2020

Thanks to everyone who offered condolences for the loss of my other cat today.  2020 can just fuck right off now.

On the brighter side, Tony Hawk 1 & 2 is just tremendous and helped cheer me up immensely yesterday afternoon.


WWE Bans Wrestlers From Third Party Platforms, Wrestlers React


I gotta go with the Chris Rock meme here…

Jey Uso Is The #1 Contender To The Universal Title


WWE Releases AOP


Rey Mysterio Getting His Own Animated Series



Daily News Update – September 5, 2020

Today’s gonna be a rough day for me, as our other cat has also reached the end of his lifespan and it’s time to say goodbye.  So if I’m a little distracted for All Out tonight, that’s why.  Hopefully it’s a great show and it can take my mind off things.

Hey, if you’re planning on ordering All Out via Fite.TV because you don’t live in America and you’d like to help out the blog, make sure to hit my affiliate link because I get a bit of a kickback from your order.  Although to be fair, the blog is actually doing better the past two months than it was at the same time last year, so at least this site has fully recovered from Covid’s effects:


And if you don’t have a Fite.TV account currently and you’d like to get $10 off the price of the PPV for doing literally NOTHING, just sign up with my friend invite!  https://www.fite.tv/invite/wwkgzk1

Betting odds for the show, if you’re into that sort of thing:

Odds for All Out from BetOnline.ag:

  • Jon Moxley -250 vs. MJF +170
  • Hikaru Shida -500 vs. Thunder Rosa +300
  • Chris Jericho -120 vs. Orange Cassidy -120
  • Matt Hardy -400 vs. Sammy Guevara +250
  • Battle Royale: Darby Allin +125 vs. Lance Archer +150 vs. Eddie Kingston +500 vs. Brian Cage +700 vs. Ricky Starks +1200 vs. Jake Hager +1500 vs. Rey Fenix +1500 vs. Shawn Spears +2500 vs. Chuck Taylor, Ortiz, Santana and Trent +4000 vs. Pentagon, Blade, Butcher vs. Austin Gunn and Billy +5000
  • FTR -500 vs. Adam Page & Kenny Omega +300
  • Dark Order -600 vs. Scorpio Sky & Matt Cardona & Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall +350
  • Young Bucks -600 vs. Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus +350
  • Britt Baker -140 vs. Big Swole +100

I guess can see Darby as a high favorite to win the battle royale, but honestly Jake Hager at +1500 is crazy low odds for someone who rarely loses and is still fairly high on the card.  Personally I’m going with Archer though.  Interesting that Jericho/Cassidy is basically a pick’em though.

And hey, here’s AEW Dark episode 50 to get you in the spirit.

Have a great day, and hug your pets.