The Princess Rant for “Dark Side of the Ring” Ep: 6

This is the final edition of the six-part series “Dark Side of the Ring” by Viceland network, It’s the most watched show in the history of the network and they are doing an “Extended Cut” of the first six shows and I believe they have officially green lit a second season.

This episode focuses on the career of The Fabulous Moolah.

And sometimes the things you have the least of expectations for yield the highest results.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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I hope everyone had a great weekend. I have only had a chance to glance at parts of last night’s PPV. I watched the pre-show tag match which was good and it should have been given the participants. Other thoughts:

— The women’s segments with the two matches and the Bayley cash in was a pretty good piece of business even if the matches disappointed slightly. I’ll say this about Becky-Lacey Evans…I think they can get there in there’s of match quality because they are making me believe they hate each other. Meanwhile the best thing they can do with Bayley is not rush to job her out to Charlotte quickly — which means Charlotte will probably win her 10th title on Tuesday or by the next PPV.

— The men’ s MITB is what it is…Brock is in a position of power because they are desperate for top guys, he still has some top guy appeal and there’s a general refusal to really commit to making someone a star.

As for tonight RAW is live with the brand new title. Yay.

Ric Flair’s surgery was a success. Get well soon Nature Boy!

In other sports the Warriors will dispatch of the Blazers like the bottom-feeding jobbers they are tonight.

Season Finale of the Voice tonight!

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Monday Night Open Mic

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I hope everyone had a good weekend and stuff! Tonight RAW is pre-Taped from London and it’s the go home show for Money in the Bank. The teasers have Becky Lynch doing a double contract signing, Roman Reigns fulfilling a wild-card spot to talk with the Miz and a bunch of other excitement.

Of course the REAL exciting reason for tonight is the Tom Magee-Bret Hart match/update debuting on the Network post RAW.

We’re down to the conference finals in both the NBA and NHL. The NBA conference finals start tomorrow while the NHL’s continue tonight with Game 2 of the Western Finals between St. Louis and San Jose.

There’s other stuff on TV too!

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The Princess Rant on Dark Side of the Ring: Ep 4

This is the fourth episode in a six-part series “Dark Side of the Ring” on Viceland. Apparently the numbers for wrestling-related programs have been good because Vice is debuting “The Wrestlers” on May 22 and an extended-cut version of “Dark Side”

Viceland Set To Premiere The Wrestlers, “Extended Cut” Of Dark Side Of The Ring

Anyhoo, this episode is on the deaths in the von Erich family. I’ll zip through this one pretty quickly because there’s not a ton of new information from it.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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This is going to be quick.

Roman Reigns has been teasing on social media all weekend that he’ll be opening RAW tonight. It’s probably true because the ratings are trash.

Bucks-Celts and Rockets-Warriors in NBA Playoffs tonight. Blue Jackets-Bruins and Sharks-Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight.

The XFL will broadcast their games on ABC, ESPN, FOX and FS1 next season.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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I hope you all had wonderful weekends in whatever part of the world you reside. After watching a couple of snippets of the NFL Draft, I’m wondering if the WWE shouldn’t hired ex-athletes to write promos. Pat McAfee and Reggie Wayne drew the sort of heel heat in Tennessee this past weekend that would make Andy Kaufman smile.

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RAW is live tonight. Don’t know what’s happening, can’t say I care much either. I will say that between the two ladder matches, Rollins-AJ and Kofi-KO the card should not suck and I also expect Becky-Lacey to be a spirited affair as I think Lacey Evans can work a little or she’s at least she can be carried.

Two NBA playoff games tonight I might watch and one Stanley Cup playoff game tonight that I won’t be watching even though Ben Bishop is involved and that’s because it’s stupid!

If you like music, the Voice is on and there’s an Adam Lambert/Queen documentary thing on as well.

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The Princess Rant on “Dark Side of the Ring” Ep: 2

This is the second episode of the six-part series “Dark Side of the Ring” on Vice Network. This is on the Montreal Screwjob from the 1997 Survivor Series.

FWIW I wanted to gloss over this because it’s been talked about ad nauseam but for the sake of continuity, and to get to the amazing third episode it was time to bite the bullet.

And yes the third episode, the Killing of Bruiser Brody, was everything I wanted and more. It blew me away. This one, not so much.

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Oh well we’ll always have last week Viking Experience

Anyhoo. The post shake-up RAW is tonight as the shaking continues long past it’s shake expiration. I don’t even remember who’s on the new show so I’ll just find out if/when I look at it tonight.

Milwaukee and Houston go for sweeps tonight in the NBA playoffs while Washington and Dallas look to advance in the NHL Playoffs, which are stupid and suck completely. NHL is the worst.

And if you don’t want to watch sports or sports entertainment than I don’t know what to tell you. “A Few Good Men” is on Sundance.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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I hope everyone had a great weekend and are enjoying a good start to the week. I’ve been a little salty because my Tampa Bay Lightning are crapping the bed in a historic fashion. Sports are stupid anyway!

Superstar shakeup tonight so who knows what’s going to happen on RAW and Smackdown this week. Hopefully it’ll be more exciting than last week.

My guess is The Usos will be on RAW. The Bar will split and Cesaro will join RAW. Nakamura moves to RAW. Asuka moves to RAW so she can job to Alexa Bliss in three minute matches. One major player from NXT will move over too. Maybe Matt Riddle.

Two NBA playoff games and four from the NHL are on.

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The Princess Rant on “Dark Side of the Ring” Ep: 1

I was ready to re-start late 2015 NXT since the Wrestlemania bump was done and this falls into my lap.

“Dark Side of the Ring” is a six-part series that’s on Viceland here in the states. It focuses on some of the tragedies around wrestling. The first episode is “The Match Made in Heaven” and it focuses on the relationship with Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Elizabeth.

Enjoy and discuss among yourselves if you so desire.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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Well Wrestlemania weekend is over and the card, all five and a half hours (seven and a half if you count the pre-show), is done. The general consensus is that Kofi-Bryan was excellent (I agree) and the main event was anywhere from decent-to-good-to-disappointing (I thought it was a very good match that a very worn down crowd couldn’t going for), In hindsight I think going with Ronda-Becky 1-on-1 would have been the better play. That would have left Charlotte for a second match with Asuka, which she could’ve won again. I would have no problem with Asuka jobbing to Charlotte twice because she would have at least been on the main card in a good position and they would have had a great match.

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Wrestlemania XXXV Thread (10 p.m.-Close)

Howdy for the last time!

We started with a two-hour thread and we’ll end with a two+ hour thread. According to the predicted match schedule they will pile all the championship matches in the final two hours but I think they will throw Rollins-Brock on earlier than that. We’ll see.

Anyway everyone is going to have thoughts on this. Can this crowd survive seven hours of wrestling? Let’s see.

Wrestlemania XXXV Thread (Pre-Show)

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Well it’s here, the Road to Wrestlemania ends at MetLife stadium. Sadly I’m sick and pretty groggy so I’m guessing I’ll be watching this seven-hour marathon in parts over the week.

Pre-show goes until 7 p.m. and then we’ll do hourly threads from there.

There’s a BOATLOAD of content on here, multiple reviews of NXT Takeover. Scott also did the Ring of Honor/New Japan super show at MSG. Poor Thomas Hall did everything else he could. So plenty of good reading here for you.

Obviously the big story out of the Hall of Fame event was Bret Hart and Natalya getting rushed on stage during their speech. There are a million different viewpoints on Twitter and pretty much all of them end with the guy getting his ass kicked. Dash Wilder, especially, gave him a nice going-home present.

Weather in East Rutherford, New Jersey is fair but rain will be rolling in around the 11 p.m.-midnight hour. It looks like they will miss the brunt of it but we’ll see.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend because tonight we start down the final stretch of the Road to Wrestlemania. The go-home show for the biggest card of the year will feature a bunch of tag matches and Kurt Angle vs. Rey Misterio. Also the Dean of Women’s Wrestling, Stephanie McMahon, will be there with a special announcement regarding the women’s main event. Hopefully she won’t be the special referee.

We’ve all seen the John Oliver take down of Vince McMahon and the WWE’s response so no need to go there.

I actually watched the ECW episode of WWE Untold on the Network and it was fine for a little wrap up show but they had to skip a LOT of things to get there.

8 NHL games with Toronto-Islanders having the biggest implications. 9 NBA games and a full slate of MLB.

A LOT of weird stuff on TV tonight. Battle of the Masked Network Stars? Rerun Theater? Russian Idol? Have at it guys.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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We’re officially on the Road to Wrestlemania with the announcement of the women’s main event and the Hart Foundation’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

Also wrestling is officially Bella-less after Nikki announced her retirement.

Otherwise the second-to-last RAW before Wrestlemania will include an open challenge from Drew McIntyre and Samoa Joe making the trip from Smackdown to try to carry Kurt Angle to a watchable match.

There is hockey tonight, I am heading to Amalie Arena to watch my Tampa Bay Lightning take on the evil Boston Bruins. There’s probably some basketball on too.

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Monday Night Open Mic

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The road to Wrestlemania continues tonight with another live RAW from…somewhere. And I’m assuming it’ll be used to push the upcoming Wrestlemania show, which is supposed to have damn near 20 matches and only about three have been announced. Do better WWE!

Oh well, at least A.J. Styles is staying with the promotion

HHH, Batista, Brock….you know all the REAL stars…will be in the building tonight with the rest of the crew.

4 NHL games, including the one I’m at watching the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Arizona Coyotes and 9 NBA games.

The great animated flick “Sing” is on FX tonight and HBO has a documentary on that Elizabeth Holmes chick that stole a load of money on some pharmaceutical scam and who doesn’t blink.

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The Princess Rant for NXT September 30, 2015

(A couple of housecleaning items. The October 6, 2015 NXT is a review show with nothing but highlights and that Dusty Rhodes tribute video that always makes me cry so there’s no reason to review that. So the next show to do a review of Takeover: Respect by the weekend.)

The Princess Rant for WWE NXT September 30, 2015

Taped from Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla.

Hosted by Rich Brennan, Corey Graves and Byron Saxton

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Monday Night Open Mic

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I hope everyone had a nice weekend. The WWE put on a nice little Network special last night despite lacking in fanfare and build up. Which is proof that all you need is a hot crowd and motivated workers to make a good watch.

With that behind us it’s all Wrestlemania all the time until the big show. Apparently Batista is scheduled to be in the house tonight and the Shield are having a farewell announcement and I feel like we’ll know Roman Reigns’ and Dean Ambrose’s WM plans during that speech.

We’ve got seven NHL games including my Lightning taking on the evil Toronto Maple Leafs and six NBA games.

Other TV fare out there…there’s The Voice…there’s the season finale of “The Passage” which I quit watching after a couple of weeks. And there’s a John Lennon documentary on A&E. And also lots of NFL free agency news I’m sure.

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Wrestlemania 36 Comes to Tampa, Florida!

Word broke out last week but today the WWE made it official. Wrestlemania 36 will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 5, 2020.

And the logo. Which has a heavy hint of the gimmick of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Without assuming too much I think it’s safe to say that NXT Takeover, The Hall of Fame ceremony and the post-Wrestlemania RAW will all be at Amalie Arena. Fan Access will likely be at the Convention Center unless they hold it way out at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Obviously this is very exciting for me and those of us on the Blog that live a short distance away.