The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 01.25.86
Taped from Charlotte, NC
Your hosts are Bob Caudle & Johnny Weaver
Date: September 18, 2019
Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness
It’s time to go full British here as Sid Scala faces Kassius Ohno in a British Rounds match. This could make for something interesting while also giving this place a signature match, which it hasn’t had so far. I’m curious to see how WWE runs something like this as it could range from really bad to a pleasant surprise. Let’s get to it.
Date: September 18, 2019
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness
It’s time to make this show live and double the length as well because of course it is. This is the first episode of the anti-AEW defense system and that means we’re in for a stacked show. That would include Velveteen Dream defending the North American Title against Roderick Strong and a street fight between Matt Riddle and Killian Dain. Let’s get to it.
Tonight! NXT debuts on USA! But only in the USA. Canada gets it on tape delay sometime Thursday on the Network. I don’t think it airs live anywhere else in the world either. I’m actually away at my annual work conference on October 2 anyway. SO THERE. Tommy will have all the reviews anyway.
Hockey preseason is underway!
Fox is airing a bunch of Smackdown hype specials leading up to the Oct 4 debut.
Have a great night and enjoy NXT live! Unless you’re not American, in which case you don’t count.
–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Denver, Colorado. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 9,000 fans attended the show but only 3,000 paid for their tickets.
–Ric Flair grabs Bischoff’s headset and tells fans that he is in Denver to get a piece of Arn Anderson.
Monday Night Raw
Date: April 18, 2005
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Commentators: Jonathan Coachman, Jerry Lawler
We’re less than two weeks away from Backlash and that means things are going to start picking up around here, including what should be a big deal with the show taking place in the Garden. Maybe Batista can get some significant time this week, assuming HHH is willing to let the World Champion in on his time. Let’s get to it.
Let’s get down to brass tacks here – they need to get the belt off of Kofi immediately. I know you think Lesnar is squashing him on the FOX debut,
but that might even be too late; they need to get the title off of Kofi before the FOX debut.
Right now, they are running ads with Austin, Rock, and Ric Flair promoting the show – a sad, carny bait & switch tactic which is immediately going
to upset viewers and destroy any good will they might have had when those viewers tune in and see none of those guys; but the only thing that could make it worse is for new/lapsed fans to see the World Champion wearing a unicorn horn on his head and throwing
pancakes into the crowd. You only have one shot to make a first impression on these folks. If I’m a new fan, or someone who hasn’t watched in 10+ years, and the first thing I see on Smackdown is some dude in Sailor Moon cosplay walking around with the World
Title, I’m finding something else to watch and never bothering to give them a chance again.
What do you think? Do you believe the World Champion throwing baked goods into the crowd is a good look for the company?
Here we are at the go home show for Anarchy Rulz 99. They’ve announced Taz Vs Masato Tanaka for the ECW Title in decent time ahead of the show at least, but maybe we’ll get some other matches announced as well?
As always, you can read a recap of the previous episode of ECW on TNN from Mr. Scott Keith by clicking right HERE!
So with all that dealt with, lets relax into our blood encrusted slippers and once again take things to The Extreme!!!
Guess who Mean Mark Callous' last match in WCW was against (on a house show for the NWA World Title in Greensboro)? IT'S STIIIIIIIINNNNGGGGGG
Not really seeing the irony of someone facing Sting on a WCW show, but I'm glad it made you excited.