But it got me thinking… Is Edge vs. Booker T still the standard bearer for stupid reasons for guys to have a rivalry? What else since has made you roll your eyes and think “They’re Fighting Over Shampoo!”?
I think it’s inevitable that I’ll be reviewing the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie soon, so I thought I’d review some episodes from the first few (good) seasons of the cartoon, which I took a minute to get into, but when I did I was into it I was REALLY into it!
The SmarK Rant for WCW Halloween Havoc 1990 – 10.27.90
Well, I give up waiting for the WWE Network to upload the full PPV version of this show, so let’s redo the Turner Home Video version that they put up there because it’s very due for a redo and of course Halloween Havoc returns tonight, and ‘tis the season and all. Plus I’ve always liked this show anyway.
So, I compared Masters of the Universe to Flash Gordon and someone loved the reference and said “Do Flash Gordon!” – you don’t have to tell me twice!
Filmed in 1980, there’s been a 40th anniversary Blu-Ray release of this recently, but I’m looking at the silver anniversary DVD from 2005, including an awesome Mike Hodges (director) interview, which I’ll make reference to after the review of the film.
The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 58: Get Me Some Caffeine, October 27, 2020
From the AEW Arena.
Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz, with special guest boxing Olympian Anthony Ogogo!
TONIGHT! Fifteen matches, a few of which may actually be competitive, as we determine if anyone is bothering to watch this during election season! The Hybrid 2 will face SCU’s Daniels and Kazarian, Hikaru Shida faces Leyla Hirsch in non-title action, and Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon finally see who can avoid being winless longer! Really! Would we lie to you?
PLUS – Ivelisse and Diamante, Jurassic Express, Matt Sydal, Best Friends, Sonny Kiss, Ricky Starks, Darby Allin, Brian Cage, Preston Vance, Anna Jay, Uno and Grayson, and Will Hobbs!
And we’re back with more of wrestling’s weirdest side-matches. This time some stuff Maffew showed me- possibly the greatest disparate bunch of dudes ever, all from a one-night tag tournament in Tenryu’s WAR promotion in Japan! Even better, there’s Buddy Rogers vs. Haystacks Calhoun from 1961, and Antonio Inoki versus the famous “Fat Motorcycle Twins”.
KOJI KITAO & EL GIGANTE vs. TYPHOON & THE GREAT SHINJA:
(One-Night Tag Tournament, Wrestle Association R, Japan, 12.08.1995)
* Maffew got this one for me, so you can blame him, lol. Gigante you know as the most hopeless wrestler ever; Kitao is infamous for the 1991 match where he & Earthquake shot on each other, and was a failed yokozuna-level sumo (promoted just to “have a native Sumo at the top level”), retiring in disgrace after never having won a tournament and feuding with his stable bosses (sumo is dirty as FUCK, though). Typhoon is from the WWF, and… Earthquake’s partner, so that’ll be interesting. The Great Shinja is Akio Sato of the Orient Express (in the shittier original version), and was also Hakushi’s manager Shinja in the WWF. Gigante’s in red shorts, Kitao’s in a white gi, Typhoon’s in his WWF gear (and pretty much exactly the same size as Kitao), and Shinja’s in a white shirt & pants that just make him look like someone’s dad who just wandered into the ring.
Just picked this up and thought I’d watch and review it – the main feature is an adaptation of a classic Batman story with a twist to match the original. The rest are shorts that appeared alongside previous DC animated movie releases, and in some cases were better than those main features!
watching Rob Van Dam vs John Cena for the WWE title at One Night
Stand. In that match, Edge did a run-in, the ref got knocked out, Paul
Heyman made the count, and RVD was announced as the new *ECW*
But then on the following RAW, it was announced that RVD was both WWE
and ECW champion.
Was the original plan to actually keep the WWE title on Cena, before
they realized how lame that would be?
Barry took time off for injuries and apparently married a super rich sugar mama while he was out, so he had zero motivation to do much he didn’t want to. Besides, when were they supposed to do that match? It’s not like there was some “big PPV” in December where they could blow it off. That’s crazy talk. When would they do the Battlebowl tournament then? I ask you, sir, WHEN???
So please break the tie: Roman vs Jey, or Magnum vs Tully?
The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 05.22.93
Could it be…finally…a NEW TAPING CYCLE?!
YES IT IS!
Talk about a movie I could write about while standing on my head! I really got into Transformers around 1986 and remember somehow having gotten Optimus Prime and Cliffjumper just before REALLY getting into it, but even with the UK being behind on things it still meant that my toy collection was comprised more heavily of figures from season three and beyond than season one or two. I had Arrival from Cybertron/More Than Meets the Eye on tape but at the time it didn’t feel like my era, even with my only real exposure to the movie being the Ladybird Books adaptation of it.
Then, in 1989, my folks went shopping one day at the big new supermarket nearby and traipsed across to what I’d find out was a video rental store. They came home telling me of all the different videos that were available there, including this one, which must’ve been the first we took out for the weekend. And when I saw it… Mind. Blown.
Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: March 16, 1985 (taped 03/08)
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Will the Fantastics recapture the American tag titles? What’s the latest with Adams and Hart? And who will join me for this sloppy episode?
Monday Night Raw
Date: October 26, 2020
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe
We’re on the way to Survivor Series, meaning that the rosters, which have now been together for all of a week and a half, will suddenly realize how much they can’t stand the people on the other show because of all of their newfound pride. I’m not sure how WWE is going to make us believe that the shows are invading each other when they work in the same building and the people have been appearing on the other shows since the Draft anyway, but this show isn’t the most logical. Let’s get to it.
Just wanted to piggyback on my post to the Hell in a Cell thread.
Doesn’t the Rock have the money and clout to do whatever he wants at this point?
In addition to having his own production company, is it that far out of the realm for him to tell a studio that he’s going to have a match at WM with his cousin no matter what?
Worst case scenario he loses one role, not like he gets blacklisted or something.
Rock has “this” much money. The studios have “thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis” much money. Rock would be stupid to mess with them for a wrestling match. The movie business can buy and sell Vince 10 times over and neither Vince nor Rock would want to jeopardize that relationship.
Howdy Blog O’Doomers!
I hope everyone had a good weekend. Hell in the Cell was last night. I thought two of the matches were awesome and the rest was what it was. A Randy Orton title reign (with 15-minute weekly promos to come) is about as exciting as iceberg lettuce, but what can you do?
To make things even more exciting the Miz is the briefcase holder. FWIW I don’t think he’s getting a singles run out of it. I think he will use it on the tag titles. Just a feeling.
Not sure about RAW tonight. I’m sure they are still re-writing it. I wish they would bring in Triple H for help again because he did a good job on Smackdown.
Bears-Rams is YOUR Monday Night game. The World Series is off with Game 6 between America’s team, those lovable, scrappy, underdog Tampa Bay Rays and the Dodgers. I liked the Dodgers so much more when they were in Brooklyn.
Bye to Hogan-Piper superfriends (or the Piperpowers as someone on the Friday Night thread called them). This might be my favorite promo of the bunch and it is barely a minute.
Keep it Clean!
Beauty Pair’s signature song, aka “Every anime theme song during the 1970s”.
JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- THE BEAUTY PAIR:
Real Name: Naoko Sato
Billed Height & Weight: 5’8″ 160 lbs.
Career Length: 1975-88
Real Name: Makiko Ueda
Billed Height & Weight: 5’6″ 136 lbs.
Career Length: 1975-79
-Now this is a really deep dive into the history of Joshi- many fans online have no doubt at least HEARD of the Crush Gals, and how big they were in Japan in the 1980s, but it’s much less-known that they were begat (begotten?) by the Beauty Pair- Jackie Sato & Maki Ueda. Both groups were Joshi tag teams who were also “Idols” of a sort- becoming icons to teenage girls and even selling their songs!
Of the two, Sato is by far the most famous and important, so this is largely a bio on Sato herself- she was the one whose career lasted longer, involved a push as AJW’s top star, and became central to another whole company (the first incarnation of Joshi Women’s Pro-Wrestling- JWP). Sato herself was a basketball player who turned to pro wrestling, and became the biggest star in joshi, though Ueda actually became WWWA Champion first.
Joey Styles calls the matches on tonight’s card, which come from ECW’s event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A video package showcases some of the action in Fort Lauderdale. A lot of attention is paid to a brawl between Raven and Steve Richards against Tommy Dreamer and Luna Vachon, with Raven and Richards laying Vachon out with a double DDT before Dreamer cleared the ring with a foreign object and smashed Raven’s hand.