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.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE THE HORROR SHOW at Extreme Rules 2020 – 07.19.20

The SmarK Rant for THE HORROR SHOW at Extreme Rules 2020 – 07.19.20

Fair warning:  I didn’t start watching the show until about 2 hours into the broadcast, by which point I’d already been hit with a bunch of ominous text messages regarding the quality of what I was about to embark upon viewing.  So I’m not expecting much from this one.  In fact, it appears I have little choice but to unleash…

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Worlds Collide 2020 – NXT vs. NXT UK (01.25.20)

The SmarK Rant for WWE Worlds Collide 2020 – NXT vs. NXT UK (01.25.20)

I have no memory of why I didn’t review this show, but I remember skipping it for a reason.  Probably Royal Rumble and NXT burnout that weekend because I recall they were building up a MILLION things at the same time.  Anyway, now the world has given me time to catch up on stuff and this thing is on the “Featured” list of the Network ALL THE DAMN TIME, so let’s finally give it a look.  The idea is pretty simple, with a bunch of matches featuring NXT guys against NXT UK guys.  The only stipulation is that the UK guys aren’t allowed to sexually harass anyone.

Live from Houston, TX, drawing a pretty low 3500.

Your hosts are Tom Phillips & Nigel McGuinness

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Insurrextion UK 2000 – 05.06.00

The SmarK Rant for WWF Insurrextion 2000 – 05.06.00

That’s a pretty labored EXTREME spelling of the show’s name.  I guess they wanted to trademark it?

Anyway, this is one of the UK-only PPV shows that I’ve never seen before, but WWE is nice enough to archive on the Network.  Don’t remember anything about it from the time.

Live from London, England.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1992 – 01.19.92

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1992 – 01.19.92

So a couple of months back I had redone Rumbles 89-91 to good reaction, but then I was checking my archives and I realized that I hadn’t done this one in close to 25 years.  Yikes.  So we’re definitely due for a redo, and probably Rumble 93 as well since we’re building up to it on the Superstars reviews.  Gotta be fair to Flair.

Once again I like that Vince runs down exactly who is in the match at the start of the show.  I do suspect that this is the Coliseum Video master because it’s cut to 2:40 and looks like it’s shot on videotape.

Live from Albany, NY, drawing a sellout 17,000 and a 1.8 buyrate.

Your hosts are, of course, Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan, in his peak as a color commentator.

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