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Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: August 6, 1983 (taped 07/29)
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Can the Freebirds with Garvin recapture the six-man titles? Will Mr. Ebony halt Parsons’ momentum? How will Adams fare against his nemesis Mongol? Also, who will stop by to capture more WCCW goodness with us tonight? Let’s find out!
November 21, 1993
From the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY
Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan
This week in action are Razor Ramon, Ludvig Borga, Men on a Mission, Adam Bomb, The Headshrinkers, and the featured match of Marty Jannetty vs. Diesel.
The prospect of having a true No. 2 company that could legitimately make inroads on WWE’s market share is certainly interesting and exciting. We may not be there yet. How can AEW avoid being the “next” TNA, XWF, or MLW v 1.0?
The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 03.09.85
Time for some Father’s Day Mid-South with the best dad a guy could have – Bill Watts!
Taped from Shreveport, LA
Your hosts are Jim Ross & Joel Watts
Good morning to all the dads out there and Happy Father’s Day! To all those who don’t have children, you get nothing. Sorry.
Mike and Maria actually signed new 5 year deals with WWE this week, which marks the first case in a while where someone’s contract was expired and they WEREN’T trying to go to AEW. For the record, Dave was saying on Observer Radio that Roman is happy in his spot and staying put, but pretty much everyone else in the company is at the very least exploring their options. But not Mike and Maria. So good for them for settling.
Have we discussed whether Sting belongs in the Hall of Fame today? I feel like that one’s on the verge of getting added to the Mount Rushmore of blog topics beaten into the ground.
I’ve got my Father’s Day present of God of War to play today, and I hope you enjoy whatever you’re up to today. Unless, as noted, you’re not a father, in which case you’re lower than Meltzer’s opinion of Sting. Sorry, it’s just the rule today.
We’re five days away from Judgement Day with Christian defending his title against Jack Swagger and er that’s it so let’s jump in this pool of excitement.
This was the last edition of Smackdown before King of the Ring 2000. On the previous Raw, we found out that King of the Ring’s main event was going to be WWF Champion Triple H, Shane McMahon and Vince McMahon vs. The Rock, The Undertaker and Kane and if Triple H’s team lost, then Triple H would lose the WWF Championship in the tag team match.
Here’s the synopsis from WWE Network: “Mr. McMahon causes more tension within the McMahon-Helmsley Faction by making a unique Six-Man Tag Team main event.”
Date: January 13, 2005
Location: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz
The road to the Royal Rumble and John Cena’s obvious coronation continues and this time around he has to beat up Kenzo Suzuki again. Other than that, we have to build towards JBL defending against both Kurt Angle and Big Show in a match that doesn’t sound too great on paper. They’ve surprised me before though so maybe that’s the case again here. Let’s get to it.
November 20, 1993
From the Burlington Civic Center in Burlington, VT
Your hosts are Vince McMahon and the debut of “Reo Rodgers”, who is Bruce Prichard speaking like Dusty Rhodes while wearing ridiculous oversized cowboy clothes and a fu manchu mustache.
The SmarK Rant for NJPW Dominion – 06.09.19
Well, at least a couple of matches from it.
It’s such a simple plot, makes good use of (active) ring veterans, rising stars, and has , from what I count, 5 outcomes that you can mold and adapt to who’s getting more over and how the crowd reacts during the storyline :
1) student exceeds expectations, teacher turns heel out of jealousy
2)…or student thinks he’s better than teacher, turns heel
3) teacher warps students mind, they become heel team, student turns face in the end
4) roles reversed from above, resulting in student breaking out as a great heel
5) both become over tag team and teacher gets one more run with gold out if it
…is it just me or is this the perfect use of guys like Nakamura?
I’m watching ECW Hardcore TV from 1998 and after each episode I’m wanting to see the next to see what high octane bout or moment is next. It’s a period wrestling fans are not too fond of but looking back at it 20 years removed from any context, what exactly was wrong with ECW at this point and why is it I’m enjoying so much more than anything on TV these days?
RVD, Bam Bam, Taz, Sabu, Masato Tanaka, Jerry Lynn, Lance Storm, Chris Candido, Dudleys, Dreamer and others. They might not be considered amazing workers (Tanaka is a god) but the crowd really cares for them and it’s super contagious. It’s very fun to watch 20 years removed.
Back at the time, what were your feelings towards ECW in 1998 and have they changed over time? Thanks
Shane leaves WWE to go run You On Demand in 2009 and did not accomplish much there and he returned to WWE in 2016.
If I remember correctly he had cashed in his share of WWE to help start You On Demand, so his return to WWE might have been because he needed a steady paycheck.
And since Vince does not give jobs, he gives opportunities, why should it be any different for his own son. After all, isn’t that a good life lesson for Shane to learn there are consequences for leaving the family business.
So Shane proceeds to do his poor man’s stunt man schtick and have near heart attack’s on a regular basis. Just because Vince wants him to earn his keep in the ring when he could be doing it in a million different roles in WWE.
Or is it even worse, Shane wants to be in the ring because he is self deluded like everyone else with the last name of McMahon. In which case the only way this stops is if he is injured or he injures someone else.
Crazy daddy issues man
Happy Father’s Day weekend to those of you celebrating it.
Today’s rant is a selection of matches from NJPW Dominion.
All Out sold out really, really fast and overall demand was in the range for 130,000 tickets with secondary value already exceeding 4x face value.
Gedo is not quitting as booker.
Have a great day!
Back again with another list, this time for The Great American Bash. Just to quickly explain, I’m only covering full Pay-Per-View events that happened under the NWA or WCW umbrella, so basically the previous Bash tours prior to 1988 aren’t included, which means the great War Games matches don’t make the list. Rest assured that I like them a lot however.
Also I’m ignoring the WWE Great American Bash shows for this list and decided just to focus on the NWA/WCW ones. Apologies if you’re a big fan of JBL winning the WWE Title or Muhammad Hassan getting killed off with a powerbomb, but those events aren’t going to be considered for this list because I wanted to give WCW it’s time in the sun. Maybe I can do the WWE ones on their own one day, but to be honest outside of Umaga Vs Jeff Hardy, John Cena Vs Bobby Lashley and Chris Jericho Vs Shawn Michaels I’d be drawing a blank over what matches would actually qualify to make the cut. It certainly wouldn’t be Undertaker and Big Show in a Panjabi Prison that’s for sure. Maybe I could do Six of the Worst for the WWE Bash events? Something to ponder…
This was actually quite difficult to get this down to six matches as I whittled it down to eight and then had to make some tough choices. If you look at the matches in bold in the honourable mentions, they were the two matches that only just missed out. All eight were perfectly valid choices in my mind, so I just went with the six I personally enjoyed the most. The exclusion of the two matches that didn’t make it is no comment on their quality, but I had to have six so I cut them.
As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a match that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below. As with previous lists, I’ll be listing the matches in chronological order.
So without further to do, let’s take a look at Six of the Best for The Great American Bash!