The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Maple Leaf Gardens - November 16 1986
- This is a pretty special one for me because this would be the house show circuit they were running in Canada around the time that I went to my first wrestling shows in Vancouver, with pretty much the identical lineups around the horn.
- Your hosts are Gorilla & Johnny V»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Essential Starrcade Part 3
- Hosted by Ric Flair and David Crockett»»
I was actually looking forward to this season because these episodes are not often played in syndication, and even if the show was proceeding towards the shark jump, at least I haven't seen them 100 times like the early and later episodes. »»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WWF Survivor Series 1987
- Haven't done this one in a good long while, but this is the UNCUT version of the show instead of the 2-hour edited Coliseum version. Plus they've been building up to this show on Primetime Wrestling lately, so it's good to get the payoff coinciding with the buildup for once.
- This was of course the first non-Wrestlemania addition to the WWF's PPV lineup, and an attempt to put the screws to Jim Crockett at that. And it sure as hell worked.
- Live from Richfield, OH.
- Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura. Kind of funny to see all the downtime at the start of the show, with Gorilla & Jesse yakking about the rules and making their entrances, given the fast pace of shows today.»»
Although Bill Lawrence and Zach Braff both swore up and down that this season would be the last for the show, here we are are going into 2009 and Scrubs is prepped for season 8, this time on ABC instead of NBC. Things are looking up, though, as the year is the last for Braff and Judy Reyes, so the show will be massively overhauled if it continues past the 8th season. And frankly it needs it. »»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Essential Starrcade - Part Two
- Continuing on with numbers 20-16â€¦
- Hosted by TULLY BLANCHARD~! Sweet, they should totally get Magnum TA and Nikita Koloff to host the next couple of them.»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - October 20 1997
Just want to say thanks to everyone who's bought the new book thus far, as it's currently sitting in the top 10 wrestling books on Amazon and has been getting great feedback. I really think it's my best one so far, although I do want to address one point that a few people have e-mailed about after reading it. In the book, I say that I can separate the man from the performer and continue to enjoy his matches, while on the blog a few days back I said pretty much the opposite. Well, the short answer is that the book was written more than a year ago, when I thought I could cope and move past it. As it turned out, I couldn't, and I still can't watch his matches.
But hey, judge for yourself and pick up the book in a bookstore near you or check out the helpful Amazon link below.
- Live from Oklahoma City, OK.»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for the Essential Starrcade : Part One
- So this was a fan-voted collection of the top 25 Starrcade matches in history in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first one, and Mean Gene counts them down. This show features the first five, shown complete.»»
"Hey Scott, long time reader from the Netcop/Wrestleline days (although EVERYONE puts that). Thought that since everyone is into top 10 lists these days, you'd be interested in doing a different one. In your humble (ha) opinion, how would you rank Friends by season? Believe it or not, I'm even requesting this opinion without the compensation of a plug of the shameless variety."
Hmm, a tough but fair question.»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for NWA Supertowns on the Superstation (February 7 1987)
- Don't know what the baseball connection is here. The idea is that it's a sampling of matches and interviews from various stops on the NWA's national tour, and that's about it.
- Your hosts are Tony & David.»»
The SmarK Rant for WWE Cyber Sunday 2008
- The time is almost upon us, as Dungeon of Death: Chris Benoit and the Hart Family Curse comes out this week, and you can get your copy from Amazon NOW. It's apparently already shipping from Chapters as well if you're Canadian, and will be shipping next week for those buying it in the UK. You can also pick it up at all the major bookstores. I might be selling autographed copies as well if there's enough interest. I'm also available for radio show appearances and interviews.
- Live from Phoenix, AZ.
- Your hosts are Michael, Jim, Tazz, King, Matt and Todd.»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - October 13 1997
- It was a tossup between this and Supertowns on the Superstation, but the Monday Night Wars stuff gets more hits so let's do it.
- So Dungeon of Death is out next week, although it's apparently shipping early from Chapters here in Canada, and my publisher is looking for some widely read wrestling blogs to send review copies to. Being that I'm incredibly self-centered I don't tend to read many other wrestling sites, so I'm not sure about what some good choices would be, outside of stuff like Seth Mates' blog on Newsday.com. So if you've got suggestions, drop me an e-mail.
- Taped from Topeka, KS.»»
Ah, The Smurfs. The people who produce these things certainly know that there's a large nostalgia audience of Gen-Xers like myself who grew up watching the little blue communists every Saturday morning like clockwork. Annoyingly, the problem faced with these releases is not the content, but the presentation. In this case, the dreaded "Volume Two" which means that they're splitting up the seasons into "kid-friendly" $20 sets so they can milk the buyer twice instead of just doing one four-disc set for the same price and getting it over with. »»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - July 19 1986
- Back with another episode filmed on location during the Great American Bash, the happiest time of year for any wrestling geek in the 80s.
- Taped from Columbia, SC
- Your hosts are Tony & David.»»
Judd Apatow has of course been on a hot streak as a producer ever since Anchorman debuted in 2004, and particularly with a genre that he has mostly mastered now -- the romantic-comedy as done from the perspective of the male. Despite the occasional commercial misstep (Walk Hard and Drillbit Taylor immediately spring to mind), Judd has been consistently successful because he's able to make the audience connect with the wacky characters who inhabit his movies by actually giving them human qualities instead of cartoon character personalities. Or at the very least, in ADDITION to the cartoon character personalities. »»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Showdown At Shea Stadium (August 1980)
- This show is crazy rare, with only select matches having been aired on TV before this, but of course 24/7 is awesome so here it is in full.
- Taped from Queens, New York.
- Your hosts are Michael Cole & Mick Foley, since there was no commentary originally recorded. Vince McMahon does handle ring introductions, though.»»
Sometimes I just like to review random stuff that I buy, what can I say?
So let's talk about my DVD collection a bit, shall we? I recently had a chance to reminisce on its beginning like a bad sitcom clip show when I switched from having them on shelves (which were increasing sucking up a good portion of my house) to tossing all the cases and putting them in binders instead. Five 250-disc binders later (and that's just MOVIES, not even TV sets), I realized how out of control my collecting has gotten over the years, and yet I don't see it stopping because new movies I want will always be coming out.»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Class Championship Wrestling - April 30 1983
- Yay! Michael Hayes and Kevin Von Erich return.
- Taped from Dallas, TX.
- Your host is Bill Mercer.»»
The SmarK DVD Rant for Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection
Charlie Reneke writesâ€¦
"I get the impression that you're not big on writing up recaps for the feature part of wrestling DVDs, so I figured if you wanted, I had already wrote the recap for the new Flair set and if you want to use it, feel free to do so and add your match reviews or your own thoughts on the DVD or whatever. Personally, I didn't like it myself. I think the better Flair documentary is the Horsemen one which covered all the bases already. But the ten matches they gave us are pretty good. Either way, enjoy."
Thanks Charlie. Indeed I'm not big on the documentary recaps, so I'll use yours and do the matches on discs two and three myself.
For those wondering about the continuity here, apparently Terminator and T2 happened, but T3 did not, so it's yet another "what could be" alternate timeline deal in a mythology already clogged with them. So what could be this time? »»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for AWA SuperClash '85 (September 28 1985)
- For some reason the full show didn't appear on Sasktel until yesterday's update, so I've been holding off until now. But I've been dying to see the full show for years now, so this is continued evidence of the awesomeness of the people who program this channel. The concept is that all the major non-WWF promotions are working together to beat the WWF, but since they can't agree on ordering a cup of coffee, let alone running a show, things don't work out. But it was quite the attempt. The most awesome story I've heard about this mess is that David Crockett, acting as the agent for the NWA, spent most of the time signing up AWA stars for his brother. Now those are some balls.
- Taped from Chicago, IL, in the sadly empty baseball stadium. It drew about 20,000, but it would have been better served in an arena.
- Hosted by Larry Nelson»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Monday Nitro - October 6 1997
- Nitro holds no nostalgia appeal for me because we didn't get it in Canada until late in its run, but people seem to like my take on it moreso than World Class or Prime Time or stuff I really ENJOY watching, so I'll give it another go this week as a counterpoint to RAW if nothing else.
- Live from Minneapolis, MN»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Boston Garden - October 4 1986
- Wow, 22 years ago today. I feel old.
- Taped from Boston
- Your hosts are Gorilla & Mean Gene»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Monday Night RAW - October 6 1997
- We start with a 10-bell salute for Brian Pillman, made all the more heartbreaking by the montage of grieving wrestlers who would then have their own lives ended short as well. Owen Hart, Rick Rude, Hawk, British Bulldogâ€¦and on it goes.»»
- BASH SHOW! This was the stuff I LIVED for back in the day. Rather than the standard Techwood studio, they're taping at a jacked and packed arena show.
- Hosted by Tony and JIM CORNETTE~!»»
- Man, this channel is crazy sometimes. After the last Flair DVD came out, people were like "Why put the Spring Stampede match on there when there's a much better one from TV a month later?" Well, apparently that's what 24/7 is for.
- Previously, at Spring Stampede, Steamboat and Flair pinned each other, and tie goes to the champion, so Flair retained. Steamboat was pretty pissed, however, and wants a rematch. Flair "vacated" the title in protest, although no one counts it as actually being vacant.
- Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan.»»
- Man, whatever happened to showing these WCCW shows regularly? It's been months, and this one is only here because of the Flair theme. I miss Michael and Kevin!»»