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The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - February 21 1994

The build to Wrestlemania X continues, Marty Jannetty makes his exit off-screen, and Vince McMahon is in rare form on commentary. »»

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - February 7 1994

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - February 7 1994

- Taped from Bushkill, PA.

- Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bastion Booger. Mike Shaw is a funny guy, but I don't see this turning out well.

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The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 31 1994

I'm back with the 1994 RAW rants, as Marty Jannetty faces Johnny Polo but appears to be so stoned that he's trying to work a totally different match at the same time. Oh, and he might be a crazed redneck government-hating survivalist, stay tuned to find out! »»

The SmarK DVD Rant for Jake Roberts: Pick Your Poison

The SmarK DVD Rant for Jake Roberts: Pick Your Poison

- This was one that I skipped when it came out because it didn't really appeal to me for $25. But for $6, hey, why not?

We start with a poem, written by Jake Roberts, so I'm already getting a bad feeling going into this.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2010

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2010 - Live from Atlanta, GA. - Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker. ECW World title: Christian v. Ezekiel Jackson Apparently Jackson won a battle royale to earn a title shot. H »»

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2009

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2009

- Live from Detroit, MI

- Your hosts are Cole, JR, Tazz, King, Grisham and Matt Striker.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2008

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2008 - Live, in HD, from Madison Square Garden. This rant will also be presented in widescreen, so adjust your margins to 100 columns to match. - Your hosts are Michael Cole and The Coach and Jim Ross and »»

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2007

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2007 - Live from San Antonio, TX - Your hosts are Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, JBL, Joey Styles & Tazz. The Hardy Boyz v. MNM Matt gets suckered into the MNM corner to start, and Mercury »»

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2006

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2006

- Live from Miami, FL.

- Your hosts are Joey & King & Tazz & Cole

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2005

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2005 - Live from Fresno, CA. - Your hosts are JR, King, Cole and Tazz. - Opening match: Edge v. Shawn Michaels. Shawn attacks to start and gets a backdrop, then takes him out of the ring with a cloth »»

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2004

The SmarK Rant for Royal Rumble 2004 - Live from Philly. - Your hosts are JR, King, Coach, Cole & Tazz in various combinations. - Opening match, RAW tag titles: Batista & Ric Flair v. The Dudley Boyz. Batista goes for the cheap heat »»

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2003

The SmarK Rant for WWE Royal Rumble 2003 - Thanks to all those who bought "Tonight...In This Very Ring" over the weekend, temporarily pushing it as high as #2000 on the Amazon rankings for most of the weekend. They should be shipping from Ama »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 2002

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 2002 - You know, it's kind of weird to hear all the huge praise for the show that's coming to the major sites. Not that it was a terrible show or anything, but the Royal Rumble is a REALLY hard show to scre »»

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1994 (Redo)

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The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1994

- I'm stuck with the Anthology DVD version, which at least has much better video quality than my original VHS dub, so blame that for any inconsistencies with the original review. At least that means the full PPV version and not the Coliseum edit.

- Live from Providence, Rhode Island.

- Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Ted Dibiase. This actually now makes more sense to me given the rotating color commentators on RAW after the departure of Bobby Heenan. Back in the day, it was totally random to me because I only got to watch Superstars.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 2001

The SK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 2001 - Greetings, children, as I'll probably be on a plane for British Columbia for my vacation by the time you read this. In the meantime, I've got about two weeks left before the release of my book, Buzz on »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 2000

The Netcop Rant for Royal Rumble 2000 - Live from Madison Square Garden - Your hosts are JR & The King - A quick reminder before we begin that I'll be the guest on The Edge radio show Monday afternoon at www.emzee.com/edge, which will ap »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1999

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 99 - I was just gonna take a pass on doing this one and do it in a "leftovers" week later this year along with Summerslam 96 and Survivor Series 98, but some well-timed whiny e-mails convinced me to do it »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1998

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 98 - Live from San Jose, CA - Your hosts are JR & The King - Opening match: The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust v. Vader. This was during Goldust's incredibly weird mid-life crisis period. Vader »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1997

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 1997 - I will refrain from commentating overly on the Vince Russo thing until I can make a proper column on the subject. Suffice it to say, I TOLD YOU SO, and everyone who flamed me for my "That's [Spor »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1996

- Live from Fresno, CA - Your hosts are Vince and Perfect. - Free 4 All match: Hunter Hearst Helmsley v. Duke Droese. Winner gets to enter #30, loser gets #1. Duke looks decent enough to start and HHH sells a lot, which is a good thing. »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1995

- Live from Tampa, FL. - Your hosts are Mr. McMahon & The King - Welcome to the great downward slide of the WWF, as this is the first of many financially disasterous PPVs featuring Kevin Nash as World champion and a cast of characters tha »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1994

- I covered a couple of the details of this show in the King Lear Rant (still available on finer websites everywhere!) but really the level of stupidity involved and the bad taste the World title match left warrants a separate rant for the show a »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1993

The Netcop Retro Rant for the Royal Rumble 1993. - Live from the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, home of some basketball team. - Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. - Opening match: The Beverly Brothers v. The Steiner Broth »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1992

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 1992 - Live from Albany, NY - Your hosts are Gorilla and Brain. - Opening match: The New Foundation v. The Orient Express. Hart Foundation - Bret + Owen = New Foundation. Owen and Kato do a wrest »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1991

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 1991 - Live from Miami, Florida, bastion of Americana and/or old people. - Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Roddy Piper. - This show is, of course, in the thick of the Gulf War and the Sgt. Sla »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1990

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 1990. - Live from Orlando, Florida. - Your hosts are Tony Skee-A-Vone and the Governor of Minnesota. - Opening match: The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers v. The Bushwhackers. Jacques is sporting a bear »»

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 24 1994

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 24 1994

- Taped from Richmond, VA. The night after a major PPV?

- Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jim Ross.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1989

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 1989. - Live from Houston, Texas. - Your hosts are Jesse and Gorilla. - Zen wants it noted that this is his first PPV. This is more notable, however, because it's the first Royal Rumble on PPV. »»

The SmarK Rant for WWF Royal Rumble 1988

The Netcop Retro Rant for Royal Rumble 1988 - Live (on the USA network) from Hamilton, Ontario. - Your hosts are Vince and Jesse. - Okay, so the story here is thus: The NWA decided to put on a PPV, unopposed this time, in the form of the god »»

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 17 1994

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 17 1994

- Taped from Richmond, VA.

- Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Crush. God, this is gonna be a trainwreck.

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The SmarK Rant for TNA Impact! - January 4 2010

The SmarK Rant for TNA Impact! - January 4, 2010

"Time For a Change"

- Live from Orlando, FL.

- Your hosts are Tenay & Tazz.

- Since I get Spike and not the Score (the channel that carries RAW in Canada), curiosity got the best of me and I decided to watch Impact tonight, because I figure a spectacular trainwreck is just as good as a great show as far as entertainment value goes. We shall see.

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The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 10 1994

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 10 1994

- Live, FINALLY, from Richmond, VA.

- Your hosts are Vince & Macho.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows (Repost)

The SmarK DVD Rant for Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows At one point in Paul Jay's fantastic documentary about Bret Hart's last days in the WWF, Bret comments that the promotion had become like a prison to him.  A prison where he had the nicest cell and where he had the run of the place thanks to his relationship to the warden, but at the end of the day he was still locked up.  That attitude kind of hangs over the whole film, as we are seeing the last vestiges of the creative spirit trampled out of Bret by a business that is clearly passing him by. »»

The SmarK Retro Repost for Bret Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be

(Apparently this Bret Hart guy is all the rage right now among the kids, so here’s a repost of the DVD rant from 2004, with some formatting and spelling errors fixed)

The SmarK DVD Rant for Bret Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be.

So here's how this is gonna work -- I've of course been hit by endless requests for this DVD, but didn't get the DVD until recently. I managed to watch the documentary portion previously and posted thoughts to the blog, but everyone wanted rants for the matches included, too, and I didn't really feel like going back to take notes on the documentary portion to do the entire DVD set. So the documentary portion is going to be a guest rant by longtime blog contributor and friend of mine Princess, who covered most of what I would have written about it anyway, and then we'll hit the matches with fresh rants for stuff I haven't done before or haven't done in a long time. For time reasons and for reasons of efficiency, I copied stuff where my opinions haven't changed or where an updated version wasn't going to be different enough to warrant a redo.

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The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 3 1994

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - January 3 1994

- Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY, for the fourth week in a row. Now I've been to some brutal TV tapings in my time, so I can imagine how bored and burned-out the poor crowd would have been by the 18th hour of programming.

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The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 27 1993

Christmas-time shows are rarely any good, and this one is no exception. »»

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 20 1993

The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 20 1993

- Taped from Poughkeepsie, NY.

- Your hosts are Vince & Shawn Michaels. I guess they're doing a rotating host deal until they can find a permanent color commentator. That combination would rule today, actually.

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The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 13 1993

Lots of star power this week, and a new color commentator joins Vince McMahon as they search for Bobby Heenan's permanent replacement. »»

The SmarK DVD Rant for Hell in a Cell

The SmarK DVD Rant for Hell In A Cell

- I'm talking about the 3-disc DVD set here, not the recent PPV. I know this is an older set, but I found it on Ebay for like $3 and I've been wanting to work in a proper review for a while now.

- Hosted by Mick Foley, fittingly enough.

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The SmarK Legacy Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 6 1993

It's the end of an era for the WWF with this episode. »»

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