The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 87 – 11.26.87

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’87: Chi-Town Heat: Glory Bound – 11.26.87

(Originally written November 2017.)

So this was of course Jim Crockett’s first big attempt to break into the PPV market, which was immediately scuttled by Vince McMahon with the creation of the Survivor Series on the same night Even two subtitles couldn’t save this one. Given I haven’t watch this one in forever, and only the home video version at that, I figured it might be worth giving it another look on the Network to see if Meltzer’s hatred of this show is justified.

Live from Chicago, IL.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 86

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’86: Night of the Skywalkers

(Originally written September 2016)

What the hell, let’s do it.  People have been bugging me to do the full version on the WWE Network forever now anyway, and since we’re at that point in the Observer Flashbacks now is as good a time as any.  As a note, I would once again like to compliment the amazing production department of the Network for cleaning up the master and making it look pristine again.  Given what they frequently have to work with, they do an astonishingly great job.

Live from Atlanta, GA / Greensboro, NC

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Rick Stewart in one city, and Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver in the other.

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 85 – 11.28.85

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 85: The Gathering – 11.28.85

(Originally written January 2018)

Hey, why not.  I had originally done all the World Championship Wrestling rants leading up to this one, but never got around to doing the full show.  It still blows my mind that I can just wake up and have someone suggest I watch Starrcade 85, and then just go “OK” because it’s right there on the WWE Network whenever I want to watch it.  Who cares if the current product is shit, you have more awesome wrestling then you could ever watch in one lifetime for $9.99 a month!

Live from Atlanta, GA and Greensboro, NC.  It’s the show too big for one city!  We jump back and forth between matches and it’s pretty seamless for 1985, I have to say.  Worked much better than WM2 did, that’s for sure.  I’m a little saddened that the WWE music gestapo didn’t edit out the Star Spangled Banner from the intros and replace it with generic classical music.  Just to be consistent.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Bob Caudle

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 84 – 11.22.84

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 84 – 11.22.84

(Originally written 05.28.18)

True story:  Some guy actually went to the trouble of finding my home number and called my house in 2004 asking me to review this show.  I didn’t have a copy of the tape back then, but now there’s the Network and I’ve been on an old school territorial kick anyway, so the time is right!

Live from Greensboro, NC, drawing 16,000 in the building and a shitload of people on closed circuit.

Your hosts are Gordon Solie & Bob Caudle

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The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 83 – 11.24.83

The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade ’83 (11.24.83)

(Originally written May 2018, reposted for a little Thanksgiving spirit!)

Live from Greensboro, NC, drawing 15447.  This was of course the first “supercard” as we know them today, broadcast on closed circuit to a bunch of locations and starting a Thanksgiving tradition for the NWA.

Your hosts are Gordon Solie & Bob Caudle.  If there was any introductions or talk beforehand, it’s all cut out on the Network version because we go TO THE RING post-haste.

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Daily News Update – November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to you American types.

North American Title Match Set For Takeover: WarGames

The Grizzled Young Veterans Are Back

Abadon Is Back (And She’s Licking Things)

The Wednesday Night War Thread – November 25, 2020


Neither show really has much going on, with both sides saving the big guns for next week.




RIP to Bob Ryder today.  I think AEW Dark might be finally wrapping up this week’s show sometime tonight?

People seemed to kinda like me tearing apart All Star Wrestling.  Does that mean I need to keep doing it?  Lord help me.

Have a great night.

Daily News Update – November 25, 2020

Good morning to all.

WWE Suspends Braun Strowman For Attacking Adam Pearce

The NWA Is Back With A New Weekly Show

Xavier Woods To Host Relaunched G4

Tuesday Night Streaming Thread


AEW Dark returns with a 4 hour, 25 match extravaganza!  OK, I’m exaggerating.  A little.

Apparently NWA returns to YouTube next Tuesday as well with “Shockwave”, which sounds like leftover matches from the United Wrestling whatever they’re doing at the moment.

Eh, more wrestling, why not.

Have a great night!

Daily News Update – November 24, 2020

Guys, I think Trump might have finally started to figure out they lost!

Top Flight Is All Elite

Planned TLC Main Event

Why Big E. And Lars Sullivan Did Not Wrestle At Survivor Series

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

(Originally written 11.23.20)

You may have also heard about this show before. The previous version I had was from 2007, which means…ugh…new format and it’s GOTTA GO. I will not rest until they’re all purged from my archives.

For some reason the Network version has removed the background bassline music from the pre-show promos and replaced it with generic crowd noise. I don’t even understand them.

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Daily News Update – November 23, 2020

Well that show didn’t exactly set the world on fire. I only got one email telling me to stop reviewing WWE shows!

Watch: Undertaker Survivor Series Tribute

The Gobbledy Gooker Won A Championship

Daily News Update – November 22, 2020

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the NOAH show from last night.

Today is Survivor Series.  I’d like to pretend I care about anything on the show, but we’d just be lying to ourselves.

Rhea Ripley May Be Done With NXT

Undertaker Appears On Hot Ones

Why WWE Had To Change Big E.’s Smackdown Plans

Saturday Night Fight Thread – November 21, 2020

Hey yo.

Haven’t really decided where the review roulette wheel will land tonight.  Survivor Series 95?  I’ve done all the older classic ones recently so that would be the next one due, I guess.  Could always go back to 1990 Clashes as well.  I dunno, we’ll see how I feel after I order supper.

All the kids are talking about the big NOAH show tonight on Fite.TV, so if you want to send some money their way AND help out the blog, make sure to order through my affiliate link so everyone is happy.

Smackdown ratings were up a bit this week.

Finished the first season of the Boys and that was pretty spectacular, so now it’s time for the second one!

Have a great night.


The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 01.29.96

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 01.29.96

(Also originally written December 2014, although not at the same time as the RAW episode where I suffered a kidney stone attack.  The scheduling for these was bizarre at the time, with the Network adding stuff randomly and leaving gaps so that I never knew when I could resume one show or the other.)  

LIVE from Canton, OH

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo

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