Daily News Update – March 27, 2020

Wow, if only there was some stuff to talk about this morning!

DATELINE:  Roman Reigns is out of Wrestlemania with no announcement as of yet who will be replacing him.  Do we really need to?  Can’t we just send Goldberg home and keep him away from this?  Anyway, good for Roman for making that decision and hopefully more people do so as well.

DATELINE:  Speaking of personal decisions, Jon Jones decided that driving drunk and carrying a weapon would be a great way to be a role model.  Why does this asshole keep getting chances?  Oh yeah, Dana White.

DATELINE:  NXT Takeover Dublin has been postponed to October.  Wait, you can just POSTPONE a major show?  But I thought it had to immediately happen on the scheduled date so all the storylines that have been carefully crafted got paid off and smiles were put on faces?  MIND BLOWN.

Daily News Update – March 26, 2020

Spring is sure taking its sweet-ass time to spring here in Western Canada.  Even Mother Nature is self-isolating, I guess.

DATELINE:  Dark Side of the Ring set a new ratings record for the Benoit episode.  And everyone said he was never a draw.

DATELINE:  Impact is still airing the upcoming TV special on AXS hyping up the TNA reunion show that isn’t happening now.  Never a company to be held back by logic!

DATELINE:  Dana White is still insisting that UFC 249 is gonna happen somewhere, somehow.  Live from Antarctica, I guess.

Here’s a free Tanahashi v. Okada match to start your day…

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 03.25.20

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 03.25.20

Live from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, FL

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Cody Rhodes & Kenny Omega.  Thankfully Jim Ross is staying home, it seems like.

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The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series DVD (Disc Three)

Part one

Part Two

Disc Three

Oh god, the menu music switches to “American Made” for this one.  Time to brace myself.  Considering that WCW doesn’t really have “unreleased” footage, I’m curious what they’ll dig up here.

So yes, we move ahead to 1994, with Hulk moving to WCW and apparently everyone embracing him completely.  DUDE.  Do I really have to sit through 2.5 hours of Hulk Hogan’s WCW matches?

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Daily News Update – March 25, 2020

This week is exhausting so far, so hopefully Dynamite can recharge my batteries tonight.  That last Hogan DVD disc sure as hell did NOT.

DATELINE:  RAW’s ratings were way down, which means nothing.  But still, there was a theory that they would stay the same or go up due to captive audience, and that’s not the case.

DATELINE:  Rusev is pledging $20,000 to those in the WWE production staff who are without jobs at the moment.  Luckily, WWE superstars have Independent Contractor Insurance they can always claim.

DATELINE:  Rey Mysterio and Dana Brooke are both quarantined and off Wrestlemania.  I sense that this might end up being a much bigger story very soon.

For those into this sort of thing, Stardom’s Cinderella tournament was free on YouTube…

The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

Well, we’ve got a couple of new shows on YouTube tonight.

NWA still doesn’t have a new episode of Powerrr, instead running another older event headlined by Jocephus v. David Arquette.

Also, AEW Dark has some stuff taped last week…

As for me, I’m watching the third disc of the Hogan collection tonight and I legit have no idea what’s coming up, so this should continue to be fun!  Here’s a poll to determine which DVD collection I review next:

Also, apparently I already DID review the Best of RAW 2010 and Best of Smackdown 2010 sets that are sitting on my shelf.  Crazy.

Anyway, enjoy some wrestling tonight and STAY THE FUCK INSIDE.

Daily News Update – March 24, 2020

Good to know that Corbin vs Elias is such an important match that it HAS to wait until Wrestlemania!

DATELINE:  In addition to that classic, the show continues to bloat upwards with more matches announced on RAW and more to come on Smackdown.   WTF is a “boneyard match” anyway?

DATELINE:  In one nice move, WWE has unlocked a big chunk of the WWE Network for free right now, including all the Wrestles-Mania.

DATELINE:  AEW taped a bunch of stuff for Dark this week.  Maybe they should have saved that for Dynamite just in case?

The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series DVD (Disc One)

The SmarK Rant for Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series

OK, I’ve probably mentioned a few times that I have a giant collection of wrestling DVDs, so in the quest to find SOMETHING that’s gonna draw on the blog for the next couple of weeks, I thought I’d finally crack open a few of them.  First up, this 2009 release that I actually still had factory sealed on the shelf since the day it was sent to me, back during the period when WWE was actually putting out DVDs on a regular basis and then sending them to me in giant batches to review.  Like seriously, I think this one showed up in a package with 4 PPV releases from 2009 and a Best of Smackdown 2009 set (which I’m also looking at reviewing) and something like the Roddy Piper set.

Quite the dated set of commercials that autoplay, including the Marine 2!

This is a three disc set, supposedly all new stuff at the time, so hopefully I haven’t seen a bunch of it.

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Daily News Update – March 23, 2020

Well apparently Japan thinks they’ve got things under control now…

DATELINE:  A bunch of Japanese wrestling promotions are running shows again very soon, including All Japan.  This seems like a bad idea to me.

DATELINE:  WWE is taping a bunch of NXT shows, the post-WM RAW, and then parts of Wrestlemania at the Performance Center over the next week.  So I hope you like looking at that place because you’re gonna see it a lot.

And here’s another empty arena show, from Dragon Gate, which is supposed to be great…

Daily News Update – March 22, 2020

Man, my Facebook is jammed with people complaining about being stuck in the house for days on end with nothing to do.  Meanwhile I’m still working 40 hours a week with even less time on my hands now.  Anyway, my wife and child left the city to escape the madness for a few days, so I watched the new Terminator movie on Friday night and The Irishman on Saturday, and one of them was definitely much better than the other.

DATELINE:  Vince’s “Wrestling Mania” show will be taped over the next few days and then presented in whatever form it takes over two days a couple of weeks from now.  So please, no spoilers if you’re in the crowd.

DATELINE: Smackdown remained steady in the ratings thanks to the (literal) captive audience for the show.  I’m getting really worried for Live PD at this point.  Can they keep producing the show?  Is it just gonna be about the police going to taze people who are violating quarantine?

DATELINE:  Showing that at least SOMEONE is a little bit in on the joke, WWE produced an “I Wasn’t There” shirt for Wrestlemania.

Luckily, I do in fact finally have a day off work today, and with no family around I can get some wrestling watched.  Will I complete the Flair-Steamboat trilogy with WrestleWar 89?  Finally check out the second day of Wrestle Kingdom?  Check out the NWA 70 PPV that people were talking about?  Or just say “fuck it” and review a quick episode of Mid-South and then watch old westerns all afternoon?  I just picked up “High Plains Drifter” and “A Fistful of Dynamite” in a 2/$10 Blu Ray bin before the world went crazy and all the stores shut down.  So the possibilities are endless.


The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 08.21.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 08.21.95

(Oh man, after next week’s Observer Flashback I’m not gonna have a RAW rant to repost because of the tennis.  I’ll actually have to write stuff again!  However, the week after that you’re in luck, because it’s DOUBLE REPOSTS every week from then on!  And yet ironically the Monday Night War show I’ve been reviewing has been such a colossal flop that these reposts from 2014 are beating it handily.)

Ad Roulette:  It’s the WWE logo again.  Anyone want to start a betting pool on this?

This past week on Superstars:  Kama beats the shit out of the weird goth follower of the Undertaker as that storyline gets written off in one fell swoop.

Taped from Worcestershire Sauce, MA.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler.

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The Saturday Night Social Distancing Thread

Hey, good evening, I’m ordering a pizza and staying in tonight, and so should you.  Here’s some free wrestling to watch tonight while you hang out and self-isolate.

New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 14 night one, free on New Japan World:


And also TNA Lockdown 2005, free on YouTube this evening:

Enjoy whatever you choose to watch!

Daily News Update – March 21, 2020

Welcome to the weekend!  Now go binge some movies and stay indoors!

DATELINE:  AEW’s Blood & Guts has been delayed until further notice, which is probably for the best.  They are still planning to run every week live, though.

DATELINE:  Bayley will defend her title at Wrestlemania in one of those six woman deals, which does not include Carmella, who was #1 contender to the title last anyone had checked.

The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night War Episode 2 – “The Rise of the nWo”

The SmarK Rant for The MONDAY NIGHT WAR – Episode 2

“The Rise of the nWo”

I know I should just stop watching this show before it REALLY makes me all angry, but my whole deal is that I’m a glutton for punishment, so I feel like I have little choice here but to continue on with it until the bitter end.

Plus it’s still better than Smackdown.

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The Friday Night (Socially Distant) Party Thread!

Tonight!  It’s Smackdown from the PC again and god knows what we’re getting on that show.  Tommy is welcome to it tonight, I’m gonna watch something with a crowd.

The remainder of the XFL season has been officially cancelled.  Sorry, XFL fans.

ESPN will be filling time by showing three complete Wrestlemanias over the next few weekends.

Now stay home and get drunk and don’t make contact with anyone or anything!


Bret/Austin recap

(Everyone please give a warm round of applause to blog contributor Dave Newman!)  

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: Bret Hart


Figured I’d give this a shot after reviewing the Hulk Hogan appearance on Austin’s podcast last year. Coronavirus means my workload has suddenly diminished, plus it was getting mentioned, so I thought it deserved a look.

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