Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura call today’s action and kick off a new round of television tapings at the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping took place on January 22 and drew a crowd of 15,063, 10,500 of which paid to attend.
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host tonight’s show.
The Bushwhackers squash from the January 29 Wrestling Challenge episode airs. Heenan wonders whether fans need shots after the Bushwhackers lick them. He likens the spectacle to “a petting zoo on the road.”
The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.09.93
Taped from…I don’t even know anymore. Time and space have no meaning in 1993 as this show just keeps meandering. Oh wait, it’s still Grand Rapids, MI.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Randy Savage & Jerry Lawler. Randy Savage explains the meaning of Columbus Day to him. It has to do with 1492.
Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Rockers energetic squash from Prime Time Wrestling kicks off the broadcast.
For the Special Report segment a recap of the Brother Love Show at The Royal Rumble airs.
The SmarK Rant for WWF All Star Wrestling – 01.16.82
Still waiting for Wrestling Challenge to drop another 3 episodes on the Network or whatever pittance we’re getting in May, so let’s go back to that show’s predecessor.
So we actually have an OPENING now? With MUSIC? What black magic is this?
Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Dusty Rhodes squash match from Prime Time Wrestling airs.
I was digging around in DVD collection and found this show, and decided that I fancied watching it again as I hadn’t seen it in a while, hence it’s the show I’m reviewing this week. I actually have it as part of the Silver Vision Video “Tagged Classics” series, where Silver Vision (The UK distributer of WWF/E videos for many years) would pack in two shows together in one box. The good thing about these is that they usually don’t bother doing any dubbing or whatnot, so you usually get the original music and they never bothered editing out the Attitude Era “scratch” logo either back when WWE had to do that.
This event took place on the usual spring European tour that the WWF used to do, with it essentially being a televised house show that they showed on Sky Movies over here as a special. There’s nothing mind blowing on the under card from a star power perspective, but we’ve got a WrestleMania VII rematch in the Main Event as Hulk Hogan defends the WWF Title against Sgt Slaughter, which is kind of a big deal.
The WWF was pretty hot in the UK at the time and they would of course run Wembley Stadium for Summer Slam the following year, so hopefully that means the crowd is jazzed for some wrestling action. I had a look at the card on CageMatch and apparently William Regal worked a dark match opener, although it didn’t lead to him getting a deal and he ended up in WCW by 1993.
Anyway, that’s enough chatter, let’s get a brew on the go and sit down to some chuffing wrestling!
The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #34 – 06.02.07
(OK, one last pair of reposts to wrap up the SNME retrospectives for good, with the 2 episodes from 2007, which both died in the ratings.)
Welcome to the 2007 SNME, now cut down to a 90 minute show and abandoned to die by NBC. Which it did. This would be the very definition of “by contractual obligation”, as neither side had any real interest in continuing with the relationship. In kind of a throwback to the 80s, there’s a weird theme of “biggest, strongest, strangest, smallest, etc” like it’s a circus act or something.
As per usual, Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are in the studio hosting this evening’s show. Heenan says that the Colossal Connection will be interested in seeing Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior team up tonight. Monsoon says that Tugboat, who will appear on this show, is a “strange individual” who looks like he came from the Popeye cartoons, a great endorsement of the gimmick.
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.22.96
Taped from San Bernadino, CA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler
Tony Schiavone and Gorilla Monsoon are in the booth and they are still in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A replay of the Hacksaw Jim Duggan-Pez Whatley match that aired on Prime Time Wrestling is shown.
Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura provide the commentary for this evening’s matches. They are taped from Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 3. According to oswreview.com, this show scored an 11.1 rating, an improvement over the 8.7 rating of the previous edition.
The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event – 07.15.06
Now we’re getting into the SNME shows I’m REALLY dreading, when the ratings tanked and both NBC and WWE stopped giving a crap at either end. Much like me, because I was all in on WWE 24/7 and paying zero attention to the product. This show was hyping the Great American Bash PPV that no one remembers.
Taped from Dallas, TX.
Your hosts are Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole & JBL.
The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #32 – 03.18.06
(I know we already skipped to the end of this series, but I messed up tonight and started doing the 09.19.12 edition of WWE NXT, only to get 35 minutes into it and realize that I had already done it at the start of Covid and completely forgot about it. Anyway, here’s a couple of SNME reposts instead because I gotta get to bed.)
This was pretty near my lowpoint for wrestling fandom so I had little interest in watching this when it aired on NBC. This was building up to Wrestlemania 22, another show I had little interest in and didn’t see until much later.
The cast of characters gives their introductory blurbs to start, in the style of the original shows.
Taped from Detroit, MI
Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tazz & Jerry Lawler
The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 10.02.93
We’re getting into a REAL bad period for this show now, although it turns around somewhat once we get into the Wrestlingmania build in 1994. But we’ve come this far with it, might as well go further.
Your hosts are Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler & Randy Savage
Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are doing commentary and they are still in Birmingham, Alabama.
The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #36 – 08.02.08
So in my quest to redo all the SNMEs, I got through the NBC era and reposted my FOX era rants, which left the 2006 reboot that completely failed in every way. I actually had redone the first 5 episodes of that run when they originally dropped on the Network, but the very last episode of the series, which turned out the lights for good, had been done live in 2008 before we had more information about one very particular aspect of the show, which we’ll get into. So I’m gonna redo it and then turn out the lights on the series, much like this episode did.
Now watch and they cut everything I want to dunk on out of the Network version.
The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.15.95
Taped from San Bernadino, CA
Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan do the studio duties for tonight’s show.
Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura are in the booth and they are live from Orlando, Florida. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this show drew a sellout crowd of 16,000 fans. It also drew a buyrate of 2.0 (an estimated 260,000 buys), an increase from the 1.5 number the Rumble did the previous year. This would also be the last pay-per-view that Schiavone would call for the WWF.