Continuing on with the Network’s limited AWA run, the only listed TV episode from 1987, featuring an introduction from Rodger Kent against what sounds like the disco version of Star Wars. I have to imagine they’d had this for about ten years or so by this point. Introduced by Larry Nelson and Gary Ron… I’ve never heard of him, either.
Welcome to another work week!
WWE Bringing Back Fastlane
Plans For This Year’s Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
The SmarK Rant for the Crockett Cup 86 – 04.19.86 (Part Two)
Carrying on now with the quarterfinal round, plus two singles matches.
Taped from New Orleans, LA at the Superdome, drawing 13,000 people to the evening session. And yes, as pointed out in the comments, young Bruce Prichard is the ring announcer for the show.
The Doomies have been tabulated! Please stop stuffing the ballot. And while I could (with my powers of posting) get a sneak peek myself, I choose to avoid spoilers much like you have to.
It will be Buffalo at Kansas City in the AFC Title Game. Green Bay still awaits their opponent.
BOTCHAMANIA is in play!
And now, here it is, your Moment of Zen.
Enjoy the night.
Had a question on all-time great promos from different promotions/territories/eras. Obviously there are certain examples that most fans agree are all-time great promos – Dusty Rhodes and his “Hard Times” interview, Jake Roberts at WrestleMania VI, etc. My question for you is, how long does it take for a promo to go from “that was really good” to “that was an all-time great”?
Would people watching WrestleMania III know that Randy Savage's promo was an all-timer when they were watching, or did it only become apparent months/years after the fact? I'm curious if there's a time window on when fans recognize that what they've seen is truly epic, or if there's just that “It” factor that resonates with fans immediately when a classic promo is delivered?
Which is the most intriguing year? For me it's 1992, with all the scandals, big roster changes, tons of new faces incoming, 80s stars disappearing, uprising of Bret, Shawn, Razor etc.
Still 1997 for me. Rise of Austin, fall of Bret, etc.
I thought I’d have a look at the extremely limited AWA content on the Network, which pretty much should be subtitled Shawn Michaels: The Early Years, but at the same time it’s still fucking HBK, only almost the best wrestler of all time, so that’s enough for me.
The SmarK Rant for the Crockett Cup 86 – 04.19.86 (Part One)
This show has been sitting there in Hidden Gems on the Network, taunting me forever. 4 hours and a bit is a lot to take on, but hey, I’ve got the weekend off. To keep myself sane I’ll do the first two rounds tonight and then the second part with the quarter-finals through finals tomorrow.
Royal Rumble Title Match Changed
Paul Heyman Seems To Have A New Guy
Date: August 20, 2006
Location: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz, Joey Styles, John Bradshaw Layfield
We’re finally here and just like all the other times I’ve seen this show, it still doesn’t feel all that big. Nothing on the card really stands out above the rest as some major match, but instead we are getting a bunch of important matches at once. That isn’t a bad thing, but it did make for kind of an odd setup. Let’s get to it.
Date: August 18, 2006
Location: Verizon Center, Washington DC
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
It’s the go home show for Summerslam and that means it’s time to take one of the biggest matches from that show and move it here. This time around it’s Great Khali vs. Undertaker in a Last Man Standing match, as Khali might not be trustworthy to put in the ring on live television for more than about two minutes flat. Let’s get to it.
TONIGHT! It’s Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill PPV, featuring Kenny Omega & The Good Brothers teaming up against Rich Swann, Moose and Chris Sabin. Alex Shelley has to miss the show for mysterious reasons that he assures us is not because of Covid. Should you wish to order the show on Fite.TV, I always appreciate it if you do it through my affiliate link so I get a piece of the action:
UFC had a show on ABC earlier today, although I didn’t watch it.
Tomorrow and the next day, it’s time to finally do THE CROCKETT CUP 86 after putting it off for a year and a half now. Tomorrow morning is the first two rounds, totaling half of the runtime on the Network version, and then Monday morning will be the remaining two hours with the quarterfinals through finals.
WandaVision was…interesting. I’m really intrigued to find out what the hell’s going on and I’ll continue watching.
Have a great night!
ECW on Sci Fi
Date: August 15, 2006
Location: Verizon Center, Washington DC
Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
It’s the go home show for Summerslam and that means we need a title match set. In this case that is likely to mean something involving Sabu, Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam, the latter of whom returned last week to interfere and break up a #1 contenders match between the others. Other than that, expect the ECW Originals to look really pathetic. Let’s get to it.
A match popped up on my YouTube feed that looked far too good to let pass without talking about, so taking a break from the normal shows I’ve been looking at for a mix of different stuff that deserves having some light shed on it, featuring the Sarge, Mr. Wonderful, Sid and Jake and the Undertaker, Bobby Heenan as a “manager” after his retirement, plus more!
Bonus question: what's the big angle and/or feud that proceeds it?