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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – December 22 1997

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Monday Nitro - December 22 1997

I think it would be interesting if review the current and the next episode of WCW Nitro before WWE 24/7 gets taken off your system. The current episode is the infamous episode where the NWO takes apart the set and it becomes NWO Nitro. The next episode deals with the fallout from Starrcade 97.

Well even though I hate Nitro so very much, there's only two left so I might as well.

- Live from Macon, GA.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – December 2 1981

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling - December 2 1981

- Hosted by Bob Caudle and David Crockett

- Unfortunately I only got three episodes of this before the end of 24/7 on Sasktel, so enjoy this last Mid-Atlantic rant.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Prime Time Wrestling – February 1 1988

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Prime Time Wrestling - February 1 1988

Man Scott, no Primetime rant? I remember you used to do them, i'd always come here and find out how long the match was because you time it, plus i like to hear your views on them. And since your cable company is taking it away at the end of April, Could you do one last rant of Primetime? thanks in advance, keep up the good work.

Sure, I rarely get feedback on what you guys like/dislike with the 24/7 rants so I kind of assumed that the general silence on Prime Time meant that people weren't reading them. But to close out the series, here's one final Prime Time Wrestling rant!

- Hosted by…Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan? That ain't right. They're got a slightly bigger set than I'm used to as well.

- They discuss Royal Rumble from the previous night and we're off…

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Wrestlemania Anthology Rants Part 1: WM VI

The SmarK Retro Rant for WWF Wrestlemania VI - Anthology Edition!

- So after years of only having the Coliseum version of this show, I finally got the Wrestlemania Anthology, giving me the full bloated PPV versions of 6-10 on five glorious double-sided DVDs. I actually did see this show live on the big screen in Edmonton at the arena, which was the last time WM was available in that form. So I was taken aback when the tape came out and several matches were several minutes shorter than I remembered. I think they actually remastered the video for these as well, because it's far crisper than the VHS versions, even considering the superior DVD format. So prepare for another couple of weeks of Wrestlemania redos!

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Large and In Charge!

The SmarK 24/7 Rant - Large and In Charge!

- Yeah, so it's my last month of 24/7, and what do I get? "Classic" big man matches hosted by the Great Khali. What is this, a rib on me personally or something? Might as well go out reviewing, I guess.

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The SmarK Rant – Best WM Matches EVER

The SmarK Rant - Best Wrestlemania Matches EVER

- So yeah, Undertaker v. Shawn Michaels ruled, but just how hard did it rule? For sake of comparison, here's my listing of my current Top 10 best matches in Wrestlemania history.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling – October 18 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - October 18 1986

- So we're into the home stretch now for this show, as there's two left before Sasktel pulls the channel at the end of the month, and it's kind of fitting because this is getting close to the point where I originally started watching NWA wrestling back in the 80s anyway. For those keeping track of this sort of thing, all traces of "24/7" have now been excised from the channel, as everything is only branded as "WWE Classics on Demand". I'm stubborn, though, and I'll keep calling them 24/7 rants until we're done.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for Wrestling With Shadows

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.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for The New and Improved D-X

The SmarK DVD Rant for The New and Improved D-X!

- Here's an interesting one that I found for cheap, and it was interesting to me because all this "New D-X" stuff is exactly the period when I stopped watching WWE entirely, so it's a rare three-disc set of stuff where I've never seen ANY of it before outside of a couple of video packages and the RAW DVD set. So I figure it's worth a go for the price I paid. Which was basically nothing.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Houston Show – November 26 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Houston Show - November 26 1986

- So unfortunately the countdown to the end begins here, as Sasktel will be dropping WWE 24/7 after April, which means I'll have to switch to the online version instead.

- Taped from Houston, TX. I guess this ties into Wrestlemania 25?

- Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Ken Resnick. For a minute I was terrified it was gonna be another Duke Doherty show.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - October 11 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - October 11 1986

- God, it's been a lean month for content thus far on WWE 24/7, and with only a few updates this week and a 33-minute episode of WCW at that, there's not gonna be much new stuff from me, either. In case you were wondering.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 15 1997

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 15 1997

- Taped from Durham, New Hampshire.

- HOUR #1!

- Your hosts are Jim Ross, Kevin Kelly and Michael Cole.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - October 4 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - October 4 1986

- Your hosts are Tony & David. This is likely taped before the Omni show with the US tag title tournament they've been hyping for weeks, so no mention of the results or even the show here.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Bash at the Beach 2000

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Bash at the Beach 2000

- Ugh, why do I punish myself with this stuff? Unfortunately the original rant is pretty crappy, so let's journey back to the era of Russo & Bischoff. On the bright side, I don't remember any of this crap in the slightest, so much like reruns on NBC, it's new to me! Now where's the alcohol…

- Live from Daytona Beach, FL. And presented by a full nelson!

- Your hosts are Tony, Scott Hudson and Mark Madden.

- Right off the bat I'm fucking annoyed because Tony says "sports entertainment" a million times, which sounds ridiculous on a show that's supposed to be the "alternative" to WWE at the time.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for Kayfabe

The SmarK DVD Rant for Kayfabe

"They don't just call him Rocket Randy Tyler because it rhymes!"

"But…it doesn't rhyme."

"Exactly, man."

The Film

If The Wrestler is the dark side of small town indy wrestling promotions, Kayfabe is the light side. The Wrestler was about a former World champion main eventer dragged down to the level of small promotions doing spot shows, whereas this movie is about a smaller promotion that WISHES it could do spot shows, filled with guys who dream of one day making it to The Show. What that Show is, is never implicitly stated, but it's pretty easy to guess.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 8 1997

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - December 8 1997

- So it's the night after the DeGeneration X PPV and big stuff is afoot…

- Live from Portland, Maine.

- Hour 1 is hosted by Jim Ross & Michael Cole & Kevin Kelly. My dream team! Actually they're not so bad here because their entire role is to read pre-scripted bits of the conversation in between JR's actual points. Like they're going over the Shamrock-Michaels title match and Kelly's bit will be "Indeed the match was a mixture of speed and technique" and you won't hear him again. I can deal with that.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

The SmarK DVD Rant for The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

I have been waiting anxiously for this one for a while now.

Disc One

- Hosted by Mean Gene

- So let us take you back to the Rock N Wrestling era in 1985, as SNME replaces SNL reruns once every few weeks…

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - September 27 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - September 27 1986

- Another short show this week. Luckily the Braves sucked ass in the 80s, so things will pick up again once we get to the post-season.

- Your hosts are Tony & David.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE No Way Out 2009

The SmarK Rant for WWE No Way Out 2009

- Live from Seattle, WA

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

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Tuesday Night Titans - The Final Episode

A hilariously filthy farewell to the "wrestling talk show" that ran from 1984-1986, as Mean Gene and the gang apparently did all the drugs they could get their hands on before filming began... »»

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - September 20 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - September 20 1986

- Your hosts are Tony & David.

- We have apparently skipped a week, as the show kicks off with footage of Paul Ellering slapping Jim Cornette on the September 13 show, and we didn't get that one.

- The Bill & Budro Show kick things off by promising to win the US tag titles and challenge Ric Flair for the millionth time.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Philly - March 14 1987

 

- Taped from Philadelphia, PA

- Your hosts are Dick Graham & Killer Ken Resnick

Paul Roma v. Steve Lombardi

Well it wouldn't be a late 80s house show without this match kicking it off.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling - November 18 1981

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling - November 18 1981

- Oh my. With the run of TNT coming to an end, they decided to replace it with yet another awesome hour of NWA action from the early 80s. I don't know why they started here, although this might be the point they moved into the new studio in Charlotte or something.

- Your hosts are Bob Caudle and David Crockett.

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Pulse Wrestling’s Top 100 Wrestlers of The Modern Era: #5 - Chris Benoit

When the Pulse Wrestling staff compiled a list of the Top 100 Wrestlers of The Modern Era back in April 2007, no one could imagine the tragedy that would take place at the Benoit home just two months later. In an excerpt from his book - DUNGEON OF DEATH: Chris Benoit and the “Hart Family Curse” - Scott Keith takes a look at the life of a pro wrestler who might not have made this list if voting took place after the weekend of June 22, 2007... »»

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Boston Garden - August 3 1985

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Boston Garden - August 3 1985

- This isn't actually "new" per se, but rather a show I taped on 24/7 when I first got the channel in 2007 and was frantically recording everything I could to DVD. Nowadays I only keep the really important stuff. However, I've got a few of these left kicking around I figure I might as well do the review for completeness sake. Those of you without the channel won't know the difference anyway.

- Taped from Boston.

- Your hosts are Mean Gene & Gorilla

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for MSG - October 28 1989

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for MSG - October 28 1989

- Live from New York. Weird that they showed the November show a couple of months ago and now they're skipping back to this one. I'm guessing the Macho King in the main event is why.

- Your hosts are Gorilla & Hillbilly. Gah.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - September 6 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - September 6 1986

A reader notes…

"Hey Scott,

Long-time fan of your site and your wrestling writings.

I know you're not a fan of Hogan but do you realize today marks 25 years since Hogan won the title? It's crazy...that was right around the time I started watching wrestling and to think 25 years have passed since then is something else.

Enjoying the NWA Wrestling rants you do the most. That's the show I most look forward to on 24/7."

Thanks, and it's also my favorite show to rant on, so it works out well for everyone.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - October 10 1994

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - October 10 1994

- Back to the REALLY bad period for RAW, with a "Night of Kings" theme from 1994 to celebrate the royalty theme for 24/7 this month.

- Taped from somewhere not mentioned.

- Your hosts are Vince & Macho King. OK, he's not a king at this point, but it fits the theme.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for Edge: Decade of Decadence

The SmarK DVD Rant for Edge: A Decade of Decadence

They totally stole that title from Motley Crue.

- Hosted by Edge (duh). This is another talk-and-show format, although the "documentary" aspect is totally abandoned 10 minutes into the first disc and then never seen again.

Disc One

Edge v. Owen Hart

From the underrated Breakdown '98 PPV. This is in Hamilton, so Owen wears a Toronto Argos jersey to be a real dick. He still gets a pretty sizeable face pop despite that. Owen takes him down with a top wristlock and pounds on the arm, then monkey-flips Edge out of the corner, but Edge lands on his feet and hits a dropkick. Rana and clothesline put Owen on the floor, and Edge fakes a highspot before hitting a baseball slide. Edge dives at him, but Owen catches him with a powerslam on the floor and they head back in, where Owen does some old school flying with a missile dropkick for two. Gut wrench suplex gets two. Backbreaker and neckbreaker get two. Overhead belly to belly gets two. We hit the chinlock and Edge fights up, so Owen uses the Wrestlemania X victory roll for two, which Edge reverses for two. Edge gets a crossbody for two, but Owen gets the enzuigiri gets two. Owen goes up to gloat and Edge brings him down with an inverted powerbomb, then flapjacks him. Neckbreaker gets two for Edge. Edge goes up and Owen moves, but again he plays it up and Edge DDTs him for two. They trade german suplex attempts and Edge gets a northern lights for two. Owen with a german suplex for two. Owen misses a charge and Edge takes him to the top, but Owen blocks it and comes down for the Sharpshooter. Edge reverses that for two. Leg lariat follows, but the mysterious (and long-haired) Christian Cage shows up at ringside and Owen rolls Edge up for the pin at 9:16. Edge was smart and let Owen do the heavy lifting here, as he looked really tentative and nervous with everything. ***

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - November 24 1997

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - November 24 1997

- Live from Tarheelia (or Fayetteville, NC, depending if you're JR or not)

- Your hosts are JR, Jim Cornette and then Jerry Lawler later.

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The SmarK DVD Rant for The History of the Intercontinental Championship

The SmarK DVD Rant for The History of the Intercontinental Championship

This is a pretty straightforward "talk and then show" format DVD, which suits the subject matter well.  Since all the matches are for the Intercontinental title, I'm gonna refrain from typing that before each match, thus saving a tree.  You're welcome. 

Hosted by Todd Grisham and a bad-looking replica of the classic IC title.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Boston Garden - September 12 1987

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Boston Garden - September 12 1987

- Taped from Boston.

- Your hosts are Gorilla & Alfred.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - August 30 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - August 30 1986

- This is an important date for me, because this would be my 12th birthday, which resulted in my parents renting Wrestlemania 2 for the party and turning me into a lifelong fan. I started watching NWA's Worldwide Wrestling in syndication soon after, with the first show I ever saw being the one where Magnum TA's career-ending car accident was announced, so we're getting pretty close to that point now.

- Your hosts are Tony & David, with unsolicited help from Jim Cornette. They announce that Wahoo has beaten Tully Blanchard to win the National title, and that belt comes to the end of the line via the Nikita Koloff tour of destruction a month after this.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - August 23 1986

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - August 23 1986

- Your hosts are Tony & David, with assistance from Jim Cornette.

- Sad news to start, as the Rock N Roll Express have regained the World tag titles from the Midnight Express, and America mourns as Nikita Koloff has taken the US title home to Moscow.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event - January 27 1990

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Saturday Night's Main Event - January 27 1990

- This is a redo of a rant from 98-ish and a pretty fun show anyway. This one ties into the January theme of "ring royalty" via Macho King, I'm thinking.

- Taped from Chattanooga, TN.

- Your hosts are Vince & Jesse.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Primetime Wrestling - December 24 1990

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Primetime Wrestling - December 24 1990

- Your hosts are Bobby and Gorilla, who immediately have a great fight about trimming the tree ("Where should I stick this?").

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Maple Leaf Gardens - December 15 1985

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Maple Leaf Gardens - December 15 1985

- Taped from Toronto, ON

- Your hosts are Gorilla & Jesse.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - November 10 1997

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - November 10 1997

"Any chance of you doing a RAW rant for 11/10/97 on WWE 24/7? It's the one directly after the Survivor Series 1997 PPV, where nothing notable happened. Just thought I'd ask."

You make it sound so enticing. This episode was truly the low point for many Canadians fans, but ironically it was the start of the biggest ratings run in the show's history.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Philly Spectrum - December 17 1988

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Philadelphia Spectrum - December 17 1988

- I guess the Christmas time period puts it into the theme for the month.

- Taped from Philly, PA.

- Your hosts are Dick Graham & Bobby Heenan.

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The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WWE Tribute to the Troops 2006

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WWE Tribute to the Troops 2006

Never seen this one before and the matchlist looks interesting, so what the heck.

- Taped from Baghdad, Iraq

- Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler

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