The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #13 – 11.28.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #13– 11.28.87

It’s another gooder!

Taped 11.07.87 from Seattle, WA, drawing 16,000 and an unknown rating.  For those keeping track, this was taped before Survivor Series but aired two days afterwards, and that show is never mentioned here, even a little bit.

So last time, Honky Tonk Man shoved down Elizabeth and now Randy Savage is PISSED.  Also, BUND-A-MANIA is running wild!

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

(Originally written 11.23.20)

You may have also heard about this show before. The previous version I had was from 2007, which means…ugh…new format and it’s GOTTA GO. I will not rest until they’re all purged from my archives.

For some reason the Network version has removed the background bassline music from the pre-show promos and replaced it with generic crowd noise. I don’t even understand them.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW – 01.29.96

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 01.29.96

(Originally written December 2014.  And while normally I delete my assorted ramblings from the time, oh man did I ever remember this one…)

Woke up at 2:00AM this morning feeling like my wife was punching me in the kidneys, and while that was not something that would out of the ordinary, it was not her in this case.  Three hours later in the ER, I discovered that I’ve reached the special age where I start getting into troubles like kidney stones.  And they fucking HURT.  Like someone squeezing your nut until you want to puke on the floor.  (Addendum from 2020:  About a month after the stones, I had complications with a bladder infection that was caused by the aftermath of passing them, and JESUS CHRIST do you not want to deal with that, either.  Thankfully both were a one-time deal because I never want to go through either one again.)  

Still better than watching RAW these days, though.  (Still as true as ever.)  

Taped from Stockton, CA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event – 05.02.87

The SmarK Rant for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event – 05.02.87

(Originally written around the same time as the last one:  March 2019.  Since I’m gonna be reviewing Survivor Series this weekend, I might as well just repost this one now and that way I can be ready and armed to redo the September 87 show, which has some stuff you may have heard about before.)  

Carrying on with another one that could use a redo.  Don’t have to twist my arm to get me reviewing 1987 shows again.

Taped from South Bend, IN, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!  That team name has always confused me, since the school name is French.  Plus it’s kind of stereotyping the Irish.  Connor aside.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #10 – 03.14.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #10 – 03.14.87

(Originally written March 2019)

What can I say? I was feeling nostalgic for this era after watching Prime Time Wrestling the other day, and my original rant on this show is pretty crappy. So it’s time to back and start redoing these classic shows, starting with what was basically the go-home show for the biggest show in WWF history up until that point.  Which NBC did not allow them to mention at al.

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Mike Reviews Every WWF/E Survivor Series Main Event – Part Three (1999 to 2004)

Hello You!

Well here we are its back to Reviewing Main Events, starting with one of WWE’s traditional “Big Four” pay per view events of the year in the form of Survivor Series.

The original Survivor Series was created in 1987 as a way for WWE to mess with Jim Crockett Promotions, as they were holding Starrcade on the same day. JCP’s plan was to switch their show to a different timeslot so that fans could buy both events, but Vince McMahon then threatened to withhold WrestleMania IV from the pay per view companies if they showed JCP’s show, which led to a lot them refusing to carry Starrcade as a result.

Despite only existing as a way to mess with another company, WWE decided to keep the event going and it’s still around to this day. The early events started out with just Elimination Tag Team bouts, but as the years wore on they started adding normal match types as well, with the show eventually becoming more of a regular pay per view that had a token Survival match here or there.

This week we’ll be looking at the Main Events from 1999 to 2004

I haven’t done one of these for a while, so I’ll make it clear than I class the “Main Event” as the match that went on last. People get annoyed at that definition sometimes, but my opinion is that the match that closes the show is the most important one due to it being the lasting memory of the event, which makes it a Main Event in my book. If you disagree then fair enough, but I’m afraid that that’s how I’m going to do it.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 04.06.87

The SmarK Rant for WWF Prime Time Wrestling – 04.06.87

(Originally written 11.12.20)

Since we’re in the 1987 area with Saturday Night’s Main Event lately, we might as well go back to Prime Time where I left off there, because GOD KNOWS I CAN’T GET ANY SUPERSTARS.  Not that I’m bitter.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan

So we’re coming off this show you may have heard of before, called WRESTLEMANIA III.

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The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #9 – 01.03.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #9 – 01.03.87

(Written 11.08.20)

So unfortunately these SNME reviews have been dying hard and fast as we move on through the series and I’m gonna stop here for a while, with one of the all-time most famous episodes of the show.

Taped from Hartford, CT, on 12.14.86 and drawing 10,000 and a huge 10.6 rating. Although Vince makes sure to call it “20,000” people during the show, because that’s close enough. Kind of blows my mind that they were taping this stuff a month in advance and there was no internet to provide spoilers.

Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura

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Mike Reviews Every WWF/E Survivor Series Main Event – Part Two (1993 to 1998)

Hello You!

Well here we are its back to Reviewing Main Events, starting with one of WWE’s traditional “Big Four” pay per view events of the year in the form of Survivor Series.

The original Survivor Series was created in 1987 as a way for WWE to mess with Jim Crockett Promotions, as they were holding Starrcade on the same day. JCP’s plan was to switch their show to a different timeslot so that fans could buy both events, but Vince McMahon then threatened to withhold WrestleMania IV from the pay per view companies if they showed JCP’s show, which led to a lot them refusing to carry Starrcade as a result.

Despite only existing as a way to mess with another company, WWE decided to keep the event going and it’s still around to this day. The early events started out with just Elimination Tag Team bouts, but as the years wore on they started adding normal match types as well, with the show eventually becoming more of a regular pay per view that had a token Survival match here or there.

This week we’ll be looking at the Main Events from 1993 to 1998

I haven’t done one of these for a while, so I’ll make it clear than I class the “Main Event” as the match that went on last. People get annoyed at that definition sometimes, but my opinion is that the match that closes the show is the most important one due to it being the lasting memory of the event, which makes it a Main Event in my book. If you disagree then fair enough, but I’m afraid that that’s how I’m going to do it.

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Mike Reviews Every WWF/E Survivor Series Main Event – Part One (1987 to 1992)

Hello You!

Well here we are, it’s back to Reviewing Main Events, starting with one of WWE’s traditional “Big Four” pay per view events of the year in the form of Survivor Series.

The original Survivor Series was created in 1987 as a way for WWE to mess with Jim Crockett Promotions, as they were holding Starrcade on the same day. JCP’s plan was to switch their show to a different timeslot so that fans could buy both events, but Vince McMahon then threatened to withhold WrestleMania IV from the pay per view companies if they showed JCP’s event, which led to a lot them refusing to carry Starrcade as a result.

Despite only existing as a way to mess with another company, WWE decided to keep the event going and it’s still around to this day. The early events started out with just Elimination Tag Team bouts, but as the years wore on they started adding normal match types as well, with the show eventually becoming more of a regular pay per view that had a token Survival match here or there.

This week we’ll be looking at the Main Events from 1987 to 1992

I haven’t done one of these for a while, so I’ll make it clear than I class the “Main Event” as the match that went on last. People get annoyed at that definition sometimes, but my opinion is that the match that closes the show is the most important one due to it being the lasting memory of the event, which makes it a Main Event in my book. If you disagree then fair enough, but I’m afraid that that’s how I’m going to do it.

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