The SmarK Rant for WWF Survivor Series 97 – 11.09.97
Yes, as promised, let’s finally take another look at this one, since the last time I watched it was 1999 (!!!!)
The SmarK Rant for WWE Fastlane 2021 – 03.21.21
Live from the AWARD-WINNING, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED Thunderdome, on Peacock! Except for literally everywhere in the world outside of the United States, where it’s still on the WWE Network, thank god.
Your hosts are Michael Cole & the others
The SmarK Rant for NWA Starrcade 89 FUTURE SHOCK! – 12.13.89
I don’t know why this one is hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles lately but let’s get it redone so you’ll kindly shut the hell up. Which I mean in the nicest way possible.
To this day I’ve never understood the point or thinking behind this show, taking a super hot main event scene in WCW and running a pair of round robin tournaments with no stakes and overly complicated scoring. Man, someone should rebook this shit.
Live from Atlanta, GA, drawing a disappointingly empty 6000 people and a so-so 1.3 buyrate.
The SmarK Rant for THE HORROR SHOW at Extreme Rules 2020 – 07.19.20
Fair warning: I didn’t start watching the show until about 2 hours into the broadcast, by which point I’d already been hit with a bunch of ominous text messages regarding the quality of what I was about to embark upon viewing. So I’m not expecting much from this one. In fact, it appears I have little choice but to unleash…
The SmarK Rant for WWE Worlds Collide 2020 – NXT vs. NXT UK (01.25.20)
I have no memory of why I didn’t review this show, but I remember skipping it for a reason. Probably Royal Rumble and NXT burnout that weekend because I recall they were building up a MILLION things at the same time. Anyway, now the world has given me time to catch up on stuff and this thing is on the “Featured” list of the Network ALL THE DAMN TIME, so let’s finally give it a look. The idea is pretty simple, with a bunch of matches featuring NXT guys against NXT UK guys. The only stipulation is that the UK guys aren’t allowed to sexually harass anyone.
Live from Houston, TX, drawing a pretty low 3500.
Your hosts are Tom Phillips & Nigel McGuinness
The SmarK Rant for NWA WrestleWar 89 – Music City Showdown (05.07.89)
Man, I didn’t even realize it had been so long since I reviewed this one. 22 years and counting! But hey, I’m enjoying this trip back to 1989 so might as well redo this one and then finish off the year with Starrcade later this week.
The SmarK Rant for WWF Insurrextion 2000 – 05.06.00
That’s a pretty labored EXTREME spelling of the show’s name. I guess they wanted to trademark it?
Anyway, this is one of the UK-only PPV shows that I’ve never seen before, but WWE is nice enough to archive on the Network. Don’t remember anything about it from the time.
Live from London, England.
Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler
The SmarK Rant for WWE Backlash 2020 – 06.14.20
Live / taped from the Performance Center
Your hosts are Michael Cole & Corey Graves
They’re literally comparing the GREATEST WRESTLING MATCH EVER to heavy hitters like Savage/Steamboat in the opening video, so they’re going all out with the hype, at least.
The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1993 – 01.24.93
Well we’ve hit that point in the Superstars rants anyway and I always enjoy a good Rumble.
Live from Sacramento, CA, doing a legit sellout of 16,000, but the lowest buyrate in WWF history to that point.
Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan