The SmarK Rant for WWF Superstars – 07.09.94
Taped from Wilkes-Barre PA, on 06.21.94. For those playing at home, Vince had begun the worst few months of his life at this point.
The SmarK Rant for NWA Main Event – 02.11.90
I think we can all agree we’re literally never getting the missing parts of WCW’s history filled in on the WWE Network, so it’s time to just go to other sources, which I can assure you with 100% confidence are totally legal and above reproach, and review whatever I want. So I’m skipping forward from 1989 a bit, onto a period completely unrepresented aside from the big shows, 1990!
For reference, we pick things up just after Clash X, which saw Sting get injured and screw up the whole year’s worth of plans.
Taped from Cobb County, GA
Your hosts are Jim Ross & Michael Hayes, and maybe Missy? She does the intros with JR and Michael Hayes does the color commentary for the matches, which I think is for the best.
The SmarK Rant for WWE Network Old School – MSG 07.13.85
I feel like a lot of this was already covered in clipped form on the Best of the WWF tapes somewhere, but damn this is a loaded show regardless. And really there’s still years of MSG shows they can dump on there 8 at a time.
Taped from Madison Square Garden
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred Hayes
The SmarK Rant for Coliseum Video presents The Best of the WWF Volume 20
And so our journey through the Best of the WWF series concludes with another Jim Duggan video cover. There’s a lesson there, I think.
Also thank you to everyone who sent in kind words of congratulations on the sale of the site. Everyone is being spectacularly cool about the whole thing and I really appreciate it.
We were trying to keep things on the down low to keep people from freaking out too much, but people seem to be freaking out a bit over the new news update schedule so let me clarify what’s going on.
As of a couple of weeks ago, I have sold the blog to another company and moved strictly into a role as content creator and editor. The domain is moving over to their servers as we speak, which is why it’s been causing issues for some people today. They should be resolved by the end of the day. It’s still my site but I no longer deal with the maintenance and ads and basically everything I hate, and I can concentrate only on writing now, and I’m already much happier. My goal was always to grow the site to a level that I unfortunately don’t have the skillset to pull off, and now I have people who do have those skills and will do it.
Everyone who contributes reviews will continue to do so, and really the only big change I wanted to initially try was three daily news updates in the style posted tonight. Don’t worry, no one is swooping in and taking over, and I still have ultimate say in what happens.
Dave Meltzer has viewed the Forbidden Door and assigned ratings with stars on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. I shall now print them for you here.
Chris Jericho & Minoru Suzuki & Sammy Guevara beat Eddie Kingston & Wheeler Yuta & Shota Umino in 18:59. ****3/4
FTR retained the ROH tag titles and won the IWGP tag titles over IWGP champs Jeff Cobb & Great O’Khan and Rocky Romero &Trent Baretta in 16:19. ****1/2
Pac won a four-way to become the first All-Atlantic champion beating Miro, Malakai Black and Clark Connors in 15:06, ****1/2
Sting & Darby Allin & Shingo Takagi beat Young Bucks & El Phantasmo in 13:01. ****1/2
Thunder Rosa defeated Toni Storm to retain the AEW women’s title in 10:40. ***1/2
Will Ospreay pinned Orange Cassidy to retain the IWGP U.S. title in 16:44. ****3/4
Claudio Castagnoli beat Zack Sabre Jr. in 18:27. ****1/2
Jay White retained the IWGP heavyweight title in a four-way over Kazuchika Okada, Adam Page and Adam Cole in 21:03. ****1/2
Jon Moxley pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi in 18:17 to win the AEW Interim heavyweight title. ****1/2
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The SmarK Rant for Coliseum Video presents The Best of the WWF Volume 19
Two left now. I should point out that the cover of this one is a photo of a completely unrelated Perfect-Beefcake match that happened months after the one on the tape. BAIT AND SWITCH.
Your host is Sean Mooney, at WWF HQ, with the gag being no one knows or respects him. Bet that one hit close to home for the poor guy.