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!»»
Now, I love John McClane as much as the next guy. The original Die Hard trilogy formed an indelible part of my movie-going experience in my teen years, like Back to the Future or the Star Trek movies. And heck, I even really enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard, which I picked up for $10 from Future Shop and felt I had underpaid after seeing it, because it's a tremendously entertaining movie »»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WWF PrimeTime Wrestling - September 1 1991
- Keeping with the Flair theme for the month, this is Flair's WWF debut in 1991â€¦
- Your hosts are Sean Mooney & Bobby Heenan, who is all worked up and harassing employees backstage to make sure everything is perfect. Bobby Heenan carrying the Big Gold Belt around on a WWF TV program remains a surreal sight even today. The bizarre atmosphere with the live audience of uber-marks makes it seem like a cross between the original version of the show and Tuesday Night Titans.»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for MSG - October 28 1991
- Taped from New York
- Your hosts are Gorilla & Bobby & Alfred»»
God bless Paramount and their attempts to beat the dead horse, especially because the result is a collection of Mirror Universe episodes. Once again, this set pulls from all five series, collecting everything that fits the vague "alternate reality" theme of the set. »»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for World Championship Wrestling - June 21 1986
- Yeah, I've kinda been slacking off with these lately. Such is life. This is a very abbreviated version of the show this week, clocking in at 40 minutes, so I also watched some classic Flair promos currently airing on 24/7 and added those to the end.
- Your hosts are Tony & David.»»
You know, I'm thinking maybe I should write the full review for some of these DVDs and then sell the first 3 paragraphs as a special collector's edition, because that's the same kind of scummy double-dipping that studios are doing with sets like this one and the Fantastic Four animated series. Oh, and don't forget Legion of Super-Heroes, showing that all of the major companies are equally capable of ripping off gullible kids.
Sorry, got off on the wrong foot there, I think.»»
Given my DVD collection now exceeds 1000 and counting, I watch a LOT of movies, but some of them have actually affected me to the point where I can hardly stand to watch them for a second time because an otherwise awesome piece of cinema is nearly brought down by one scene that is just like nails on a chalkboard for me. So with that in mind, here's 7 otherwise great movies with one REALLY messed up scene. »»
The SmarK DVD Rant for Guest Booker with Greg Gagne
- Another one from kayfabecommentaries.com, this one a 100-minute interview with Greg Gagne about the attempts to create opposition for Vince McMahon in the form of Pro Wrestling USA, as he attempts to come up with a new strategy to tackle Vince.»»
- I am NOT doing RAW rants again. In fact, my trial subscription to The Score HD expires this week, so I won't even be able to watch the show after this. I'm just going to be a guest on Fight Network Radio tomorrow night and the discussion will center on RAW, so I figured I might as well watch it tonight.
- For those who haven't seen yet, since I haven't done a RAW rant in forever, you can now purchase my entire rant archive from 1993-2008 by checking out this link.
- Live from Wilkes-Barre, PA.
- Your hosts are Good Ol' King Cole.»»
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for Maple Leaf Gardens - April 23 1989
- Taped from Toronto, ON.
- Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Lord Alfred»»