Smackdown – September 11, 2003

Smackdown
Date: September 11, 2003
Location: Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

We’re building towards a big match here as Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle in an Iron Man Match goes down next week. That means a lot of buildup on this week’s show, which could go in several ways. Of course it could also mean a lot of missing the point, which would certainly make sense around here. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Live in Saskatoon–02.09.18

WWE Live Event – Saskatoon 02.09.18

So once again WWE stopped by, as we’re apparently on an “every six months” rotation now due to big attendance numbers, and it’s doubly amazing because tonight was hellishly cold and yet WWE still came close to selling out the lower bowl of Sasktel Centre. Pretty darn impressive.

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Monday Night Raw – September 8, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: September 8, 2003
Location: Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re closing in on Unforgiven and the big story is….well I’m not sure actually. Maybe it’s HHH vs. Goldberg? Or is it Shane McMahon vs. Kane? Or is it whatever Vince McMahon and company are up to when he crosses over to this show? Either way last week’s show was the slightest upgrade so hopefully that trend continues. The show is opening with Kane vs. Rob Van Dam inside a steel cage as the annual fight against Monday Night Football begins. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – February 6, 2018

Smackdown
Date: February 6, 2018
Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

As is often becoming the case around here, it’s a big night with some major matches set for the show. This week we have Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the #1 contendership to AJ Styles for the Smackdown World Title at Fastlane. In addition to that, US Champion Bobby Roode is defending against Rusev on Rusev Day. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – February 5, 2018

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 5, 2018
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Commentators: Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, Corey Graves

We’re less than a month away from Elimination Chamber and that means we need to fill in the Chambers. Three men have already qualified for their match and tonight we’ll have another name added as Roman Reigns faces Bray Wyatt. Other than that we might get some more updates on John Cena’s weird actions last week so let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – September 4, 2003

Smackdown
Date: September 4, 2003
Location: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

We’ve got a big main event this time around as Smackdown World Champion Kurt Angle is defending against the Undertaker, who won a triple threat last week to earn the shot. Brock Lesnar is looming though and there’s a good chance that’s not going to end well. At the same time though we have the freshly face Eddie Guerrero spreading his awesomeness all over the place and that’s more than enough around here. Let’s get to it.

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Smackdown – January 30, 2018

Smackdown
Date: January 30, 2018
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

It’s the final night of the Philadelphia Story and Smackdown is in a very different place than Raw. The blue show has the men’s Royal Rumble winner and as a result, the World Title match for Wrestlemania XXXIV is already set. There are a lot more details to get through though and that starts tonight. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – January 29, 2018

Monday Night Raw
Date: January 29, 2018
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Booker T.

It’s the night after the Royal Rumble where the big story was the debut of Ronda Rousey, who came out for a staredown with Charlotte, Asuka and Stephanie McMahon to end the show. Other than that we need a #1 contender, which is why the qualifying matches for the Elimination Chamber begin tonight. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2018–01.28.18

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2018 – 01.28.18

Live from Philly

Your hosts are Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves, Tom Phillips, and special guest Stephanie McMahon!

Mojo Rawley, huh? That’s the sound of 15,000 people groaning in unison.

Man, even the opening video package for this show is boring. It’s seriously been one of the laziest builds for a major show I can remember. Trying to follow one of the greatest matches in history the night before probably isn’t gonna help, either.

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Smackdown – August 28, 2003

Smackdown
Date: August 28, 2003
Location: Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

Summerslam is over and done with and this show has to be better than Raw. I know Smackdown hasn’t been great in recent weeks but this week’s Raw was one of the worst shows I’ve ever seen. Kurt Angle could sit in the ring, read a newspaper and have a watercress sandwich and it would still beat Raw so they don’t have much of a bar to defeat. Let’s get to it.

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Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1993

Netcop Retro Rant for the Royal Rumble 1993.

(2012 Scott sez:  First ever Royal Rumble available on PPV in Edmonton back in the day!  And man what a disappointment!  It’s funny because PPV didn’t launch until Summerslam 92 in my neck of the woods, and we bought pretty much everything offered, and they all sucked.  Survivor Series 92, Halloween Havoc 92, Starrcade 92, Rumble 93, Wrestlemania 9…thanks a lot, PPV.)

– Live from the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, home of some basketball team.

– Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan.

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Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1995

Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 95

– Live from Tampa, FL.

– Your hosts are Mr. McMahon & The King

(2012 Scott sez:  I would have sworn on a stack of bibles that I did a redo of this show after the “Netcop” era, but I can’t find one, so I guess I’m losing my mind again.  This one is written in the post-2000 style, though, so who knows.)

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Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1997

(OK, time to MARATHON these before NXT starts.  We’ve got 10 left, so buckle in for the rest of the day.)

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1997 – 01.21.97

Frankly, I’m shocked this one won the poll. Usually you guys like to torture me and I thought it was Souled Out in my future.

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New Book: KB’s History of the WWE Championship (2018 Update)

In this book, I look back at the title’s history by looking at over 285 matches, all of which are for the WWE Championship. These matches range from the first ever title change all the way to the most recent title change in November 2017. There are matches from pay per views, house shows, TV shows and more with every WWE Champion in history covered.

This book was originally released in 2013 but a few things have changed since then. I’ve gone through and updated a few matches which were poorly written in the first place and redone and/or added nearly seventy matches. Also added are brief thoughts and a few stats on each champion, summing up their time with the title. It’s also better organized and just a better overall presentation this time around.

The book runs just shy of 500 pages and is available on Amazon both in a physical paperback for $12.99 or an e-book format (which has ALSO been updated) for $2.99. In case you don’t have a Kindle, there are plenty of FREE apps you can get from Amazon for pretty much any electronic device, all of which are available at this link.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

And From the UK Amazon here.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “KB WWE Championship” and it should be the first thing to come up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the Intercontinental Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1997, 1998, 2001 and the first half of 2014, Monday Nitro from 1995-1999, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998, Wrestlemania, WWE Grab Bag and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall

Royal Rumble Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1999

Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 99

(2018 Scott Sez:  I would have SWORN on a stack of bibles that I did a more recent version of this one because I distinctly remember rewatching this shitstain of a Rumble much more recently than this was written.  It’s from the Wrestleline era, so it was done sometime around 99-2000 and is probably due to be redone, but fuck off if you think I’m sitting through that Rumble match and Foley’s head trauma again.) 

– Live from Anaheim, California, home of Ducks and stuff.

– Your hosts are Michael Cole the Little Goatee-Wearing Bitch and Jerry Lawler.

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