The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.16.21

Two straight nights of AEW!  It’s a Festivus miracle!  Actually I almost had forgotten about this show because I was kind of struggling this evening to decide what I wanted to review tonight and then remembered it was on.

Live from Miami, FL

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Excalibur & Jim Ross

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Dynamite – October 16, 2021

Dynamite
Date: October 16, 2021
Location: James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Excalibur, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk

We’re on a rare Saturday night due to the MLB playoffs and they are going to have a hard time topping what they did last night with Rampage. Tonight we see the brackets for the #1 contenders tournament, as Full Gear is less than a month away. Add in a AAA Tag Team Titles match and we should be good to go. Let’s get to it.

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Rampage – October 15, 2021

Rampage
Date: October 15, 2021
Location: James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida
Commentators: Excalibur, Ricky Starks, Taz

This is another special edition of the show as we have a bonus first hour airing on YouTube, which seems to be retaliation for WWE running an extra half hour of Smackdown this week. The bonus hour will feature Bryan Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki while the regular show has CM Punk against Matt Sydal. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 10.08.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 10.08.21

Struth! Tonight I’m in AUSTRALIA to watch AEW on Fite, so hopefully a dingo doesn’t eat my baby while I throw a shrimp on the barbie! Because if it’s does, that’s a BOOTING! I’ll take my case right to the prime minister, I will! HEY, ANDY!

Taped from Philly, which is no longer a secret thanks to CM Punk and his big mouth on Wednesday night.

Your hosts are Excalibur, Taz and Chris Jericho

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Rampage – October 8, 2021

Rampage
Date: October 8, 2021
Location: Licouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Excalibur, Taz, Chris Jericho

We’re still in front of one of the hottest crowds of the year and that should do a lot of good for the card. This is another stacked show as we have CM Punk vs. Daniel Garcia, the Tag Team Titles on the line and the Brian Cage challenging Ricky Starks for the FTW Title in a street fight. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.06.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 10.06.21

Hot take I know, but holy crap is Squid Game great.

“Second Anniversary”

Live from Philly, and because it was on a different channel tonight here in Canada, my DVR missed it and thus I must make my fall residence in Zurich, Switzerland and watch it on Fite.  Shout out to Justin, my favorite Philly mutant in the audience tonight!

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Excalibur & Tony Schiavone

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Dynamite – October 6, 2021

Dynamite
Date: October 6, 2021
Location: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur

Believe it or not, there is a big match this week as it’s time for the return of the Casino Ladder Match. That means another Joker entry, which could be a nice surprise. Other than that, we slowly continue on the way to Full Gear, which is going to need some match announcements. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night Commotion Thread

CM Punk, AEW

… featuring Spaniels.

I’m posting a little earlier than usual because I’m going to be busy at 7pm EST. Anywhooo,

Preview of Dynamite, from our friends at AEW:

  • 8 man tag: The Young Bucks, Adam Cole & World Champion Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage & Jurassic Express
  • TNT Title: Sammy Guevara vs. Bobby Fish
  • Casino Ladder Match: Andrade El Idolo vs. Jon Moxley vs. Lance Archer vs. Matt Hardy vs. Orange Cassidy vs. PAC vs. THE JOKER
  • Hikaru Shida vs. Serena Deeb. Shida is looking to win her 50th AEW match here.

The show is from Philadelphia, so that should be crazy. Also we hear from CM Punk tonight according to Twitter. And that cool graphic I slapped up there!

I guess there’s maybe some baseball or something, too?

And if you stay up late enough, the G1 starts at 5:30EST (2:30PST, 10:30BST)

  • Kota Ibusha v. Tanga Loa
  • Zach Sabre Jr v. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Toru Yano v. Shingo Takagi
  • Tomohiro Ishii v. GREAT-O-KHAN

Enjoy the commotions and have a great night!

Rampage – October 1, 2021

Rampage
Date: October 1, 2021
Location: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York
Commentators: Taz, Ricky Starks, Excalibur

It’s time for a special night as we have two big matches on the same show. First of all, we’ll be seeing Bryan Danielson facing Nick Jackson in a match that could be rather interesting. Other than that, Jack Evans is putting his hair on the line against Orange Cassidy, as per Matt Hardy’s orders. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 09.29.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 09.29.21

Live from Rochester, NY, home of Brodie Lee.  Meanwhile the show is delayed in Canada so I’m in Belgium again tonight watching on Fite.  I know I was already there for Rampage but not many people read that review so I’m using the gag again.

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur and CM Punk

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Dynamite – September 29, 2021

Dynamite
Date: September 29, 2021
Location: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York
Commentators: Jim Ross, Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, CM Punk

AEW has been on a roll as of late and that means we could be in for something special tonight. I’m not sure what we are going to be seeing here, but it certainly could be a fun night. If nothing else, we’re in Brodie Lee’s hometown and that means we are probably going to be in for some tributes. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night Commotion Thread

… featuring Spaniels.

Tonight, it’s Dynamite! Preview, courtesy of our friends at All Elite Wrestling:

  • TNT Title: MIRO v. Sammy Guevara
  • Adam Cole v. Jungle Boy
  • Cody Rhodes & Lee Johnson v. Dante Martin & Matt Sydal
  • Anna Jay & Tay Conti v. Penelope Ford & The Bunny
  • A 16 man tag match with all those guys in the picture.

Tonight is going to be a night to honor Brodie Lee.

Also, CM Punk will be on commentary.

After Dynamite, the first episode of RHODES TO THE TOP is on TNT!

Also if you stay up way late (or wake up way early!) there’s a G1 tournament show at 5:30EST/2:30PST. Shingo Takagi v. KENTA is the main event of that one.

Enjoy the night of wrestling and bring the commotion to the comments!

AEW DARK: September 28, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 110 (“The Revolution Is Not Televised, But Rather On YouTube”), September 28, 2021.

From the All Elite Zone.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz.

TONIGHT! We have a FIRST WIN ALERT as Cezar Bononi teams with countryman Adrian “Arturo Ruas” Jaoude to face Jake St.Patrick and Ryzin! Indie superstar Darius Lockhart faces Absolute Ricky Starks in non-title action! And in our feature bout, QT Marshall and Aaron Solo of the Factory take on Matt Sydal and Dante Martin!

PLUS – Kiera Hogan, Thunder Rosa, Julia Hart, Lance Archer, Preston Vance, Grayson and Uno, Private Party, and Bear Country!

But first, Santana Garrett is All Elite! Alex Marvez invites her in (“This place looks familiar”). Garrett says she’s been wrestling for 10 years, and she wants to make her dad proud and show she’s All Elite. But then Diamante interrupts and says she smells fresh meat. If Garrett’s so excited to be here, she can face Diamante next week. Garret agrees and the brawl is on (“She started it!”).

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 09.24.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Rampage – 09.24.21

Tonight I am residing in Belgium for my VPN journey via Fite.TV. I’ll say hi to Jean Claude Van Damme if I see him. Also, I know I’m late with this, I’m old and need my sleep.  Honestly the blog is doing amazingly well lately anyway, which I grudgingly admit is due to the NXT reviews catching fire the last two weeks.

Oddly, the show is broken up into “Part 1” and “Part 2” on the Fite replay.

“Rampage Grand Slam!  PART ONE!”

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Rampage – September 24, 2021 (Grand Slam)

Rampage
Date: September 24, 2021
Location: Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, New York City, New York
Commentators: Excalibur, Taz, Ricky Starks

It’s the second half of AEW’s New York Adventures and that’s not a bad thing. This week’s Dynamite was huge and this is the biggest Rampage to date, clocking in at two hours instead of the usual one. I’m not sure what that is going to mean, but odds are it’s going to be fun. Let’s get to it.

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Dynamite – September 22, 2021 (Grand Slam)

Dynamite
Date: September 22, 2021
Location: Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, New York City, New York
Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross

We might be in for the biggest Dynamite in history as the show is in New York City in front of about 20,000 people. The card is stacked too and this is giving me vibes of the Raw in MSG debut, which just happened to be twenty four years ago to the day. If it’s close to that good, we’re in for a huge night. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night Commotion Thread

… featuring Spaniels.

Tonight is  and if you’re not hyped you must not be on the AEW payroll! Preview, courtesy of our friends at AEW.

  • The Dream Match: Bryan Danielson vs. AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, Non-title.
  • AEW Women’s World Title: Dr. Britt Baker (c) vs. Ruby Soho
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Malakai Black
  • MJF (w/ Wardlow) vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
  • FTR (w/ Tully) vs. Sting & Darby Allin
  • CM Punk interview.

NXT 2.0 held up well in the ratings, though I’m personally waiting for NXT 3.11 for Workgroups before I install.

Talk about all the news and shows here!