The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Challenge – 01.17.87
I find it continually fascinating that this show, which should fall into the wheelhouse of everyone reading, just doesn’t do very well in engagement or views, but WWF Superstars in 1993 knocks it out of the park every time. Do I need more Finnish recipe jokes here?
Taped from Hershey, PA
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan
S’up Bros and Brosettes!
We have finally reached Friday after a long warm week. Of course the rain is due to fall again here in England at the weekend, after it’s been sunny all week and I’ve been stuck inside working. We call that “Sods Law” over here in the UK. Yes, misery and disappointment are such an entrenched part of our lives that we have gone to the trouble of creating specific terms just to describe it.
Date: July 22, 2021
Location: BT Studios, London, England
Commentators: Andy Shepherd, Nigel McGuinness
This was supposed to be the big showdown between Walter and Ilja Dragunov but the injury bug struck, meaning the match has been postponed. Instead, we have to settle for Subculture challenging Pretty Deadly for the Tag Team Titles. I’d call it a downgrade but they can probably make it work. Let’s get to it.
Are you shocked by the fact that more hasn't been done by the WWE to poach talent from AEW? I know everybody on the main roster are all on relatively new contracts, but I'm surprised Ben Carter is basically the only new guy with potential that they've swiped up. Kilynn King for one would be a perfect get to slow down AEW building their women's roster.
Also, who are the WWE going to go after when their contracts are coming to a close? MJF obviously, probably Wardlow. I feel like the “war” between the two companies will really come to a head when the WWE are bringing in AEW guys.
Piggybacking the Vince hates NXT email, I wonder how much of the hate is due to how much red ink NXT creates? I’m sure it’s pretty bad even with the USA deal considering how many people they have signed that don’t even appear on tv.
Then you have AEW using Dark as their developmental system with much lower cost and commitment. A development system where talent actually gets to work with established talent on the main roster and in front of crowds. Which you would think identifies promising talent reasonably well.
Do you think as part of the current cost cutting, does WWE adopt how AEW handles development? Or is it one of those things where NXT is reasonably safe because it is HHH’s baby?
IMPACT! Havok and Rosemary give Fire ‘n’ Flava their Contractually Obligated Rematch(tm)! David Finlay VI and Juice Robinson are back in town and taking on Ace Austin and Madman Fulton! Six-person tag action sees Brian Myers, Sam Beale, and Tenille Dashwood face Matt Cardona, Jake Something, and Chelsea Green! Ultimate X Fallout puts Chris Bey against Rohit Raju! Petey Williams and Trey Miguel team up for a showcase match on the pre-show! And what are Jay White and Mickie James doing in the Impact Zone?
(Two different things, clearly, but for some reason the idea of Mickie James in Bullet Club isn’t at all horrible now that I think about it. If only New Japan had a women’s division. Bullet Club in STARDOM maybe?)
One big even this INDIES weekend, and we cover it after the jump!
That’s like a WCW play from WWE. Lying to the crowd? Nice.
My name is Justin Thorne and I am a LONG time reader of yours (How did I get this old?) that started at SummerSlam 2002. I don't follow current wrestling, but I definitely check the blog for RAW Rants/Observer Recaps as I've been grinding through 1993-1997. That probably sounds masochistic, but it's to satisfy the inner wrestling historian in me, as I'm sure you understand. I also drop in to read rants of modern PPVs that are happening to see what's going on in the product and see if I want to get back in. (Spoiler: I haven't.)
In 2017, I asked if you'd share an episode of my web-series, The Following Announcement, which you DID, which was really incredible and I was super thankful for. You've definitely been an inspiration to look critically on television throughout the years and influenced me to try to create my own. I've decided to ask for another opportunity for a share, or even just your view/review, as my show, still at it 4 years later, just made an episode based on the Dark Side of the Ring format. I think it's among the best work we've done and if it doesn't hook you in 60 seconds, well, something something, two words for you, yadda.
Thanks, I'll be around no matter what. I post as Justin Michaels sometimes but I'm much more lurker than worker.
PS Definitely watched DS9 a few years back with your reviews as a companion piece, killer stuff.
Holy Fudge Balls, it’s still warm as heck here in Merry Ol’ Blighty!
Dynamite was a fun show last night, with a hot crowd helping make up for some of the weaker in-ring matches and the show in general just breezing by. It’s just darn nice to have a wrestling show to watch every week that reminds me of why I actually like wrestling to begin with.
Monday Night Raw
Date: February 19, 2007
Location: Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler
We’re done with No Way Out and that means we have less than six weeks to go before Wrestlemania XXIII. The main events are set but we still need a bit more of the card to come together. That means we could be in for something good tonight, which will likely not include another appearance from Donald Trump. Let’s get to it.
The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 07.21.21
“Fyter Fest, Night Two”
Live from Dallas, TX
Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone & Excalibur
Date: July 21, 2021
Location: Curtis Culwell Center, Garland, Texas
Commentators: Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross
It’s another special show this week with Fyter Fest Night Two, headlined by the IWGP United States Title Texas Deathmatch between Jon Moxley and Lance Archer. The recent shows have been pretty good as of late and I’m curious to see how well they can keep it up. Odds are they will, as they tend to do. Let’s get to it.
Are you tired of WWE trying to endlessly milk your nostalgia for every penny to distract you from the fact that their current product is hit or miss at best?!
Then welcome to the Blog Of Doom. I’m PMH, one letter stands for Paul, the others don’t. CM Punk may be headed to AEW, and tonight, Dynamite has night 2 of the Fyter Fest! Britt Baker and The Mox will defend their titles, and Chris Jericho will get hit with a chair numerous times! (Don’t tell Mick Foley)
I think I accidentally stole my “get to it” line from Tommy Hall. Doomers, I need a new go-home line… winner gets an authentic near mint Marvel No Prize.