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The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Challenge – 11.22.86



The SmarK Rant for WWF Wrestling Challenge – 11.22.86

OK, after taking yesterday off with a repost of the Main Event #5 (which literally no one clued into!) we’re back on the reviewing horse again with some Wrestling Challenge in place of NWA Powerrr. I know you’re heartbroken. But there’s only two episodes of this one left as well.

Taped from Glens Falls, NY, STILL. This feels like a really long taping cycle.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan

The Moondogs v. The Hart Foundation

Well this is exceedingly random. It’s still “Brett” Hart at this point according to the graphics, for those keeping track. The Harts attack from behind, but Rex nails Bret with his bone and I guess the Moondogs are de facto babyfaces here. They work Bret over in the corner and we get an inset “promo” from the Dogs plotting their strategy, which proves to be Rex pantomiming hitting someone with the bone. Well he wasn’t wrong! At this point Bobby references the Red Sox blowing the World Series against the Mets. “The Red Sox didn’t cry when they lost, did they?” Yeah, they “didn’t cry” about it for nearly 20 years afterwards. Kind of weird to have that kind of momentous moment still being referenced as current at that point. Rex gets worked over by the Harts with stuff, but Spot gets a hot tag, and he’s the hot Dog I guess. Double elbow on Anvil gets two. But then the ref gets distracted and the Hart Attack finishes Rex at 3:54. This was, like, a match and stuff, and I mostly enjoyed it. 1 for 1.

Wrestler’s Rebuttal with the Rougeaus, as they peruse the WWF Magazine and they’re really cheesed about the Hart Foundation claiming to be the #1 tag team in the WWF. First they have to beat the Rougeaus! Well they took care of that about a million times in 1987.

The CAN-AM CONNECTION v. Barry O & The Gladiator

Holy cow, we’re up to that already? The Can-Ams are clearly “pretty boys” here and women-folk in the crowd are READY FOR IT. Bring on the beefcake, they say. Martel and Zenk get a double-team kneelift on the late Barry O and exchange a high five over it, and then Martel goes to work on Gladiator’s arm. Back to Barry and he gets caught in the Can-Am corner and double-teamed and Martel slams him, but the jobbers try to double-team and the Can-Ams run them together and dropkick them. Barry O gets tossed and Martel does an atomic drop on Gladiator, into a crossbody from Zenk, who then slingshots Martel from the apron with a splash for the pin at 3:25 and the ladies are like YES PLEASE. Man Zenk not only threw away a ton of money when he burned that bridge, but probably a lot of long-term loving relationship possibilities with audience members as well. 2 for 2. It’s crazy that Vince was so far behind the curve on that particular trend.

Junkyard Dog joins Killer Ken, and he’s also shilling the WWF Magazine because he’s on page 13 and his birthday is also on a 13th day, so that’s gotta be lucky.

Meanwhile on Superstars, The Machines face Studd & Bundy and get screwed out of a win.

Sika the Wild Samoan v. Paul Roma

Roma slugs away in the corner and gets pulled off by Danny Davis, so he dropkicks Sika to the floor instead, and Davis gives Roma more shit about that. Back in, Sika gets a slam and finishes with the samoan drop at 1:45. 2 for 3.

The British Bulldogs join Killer Ken, as Dynamite Kid brags about Matilda having 80 pound bite pressure if anyone messes with her. I thought that was Kid himself? And then Kid has a conversation with the dog about the tag team challengers in the division. He’d better lay off the hard shit, man.

Dino Bravo v. Mario Mancini

2 for 4. Sorry, that’s my Bravo reflex kicking in again. I swear Bravo is already 20 pounds heavier than his debut on this show a couple of weeks ago. WONDER WHY THAT IS. VERY MYSTERIOUS. WINK WINK. Bravo immediately unleashes the SIDE SLAM OF DEATH and gets two off that while we get an inset promo from Johnny V, who appears to be learning French. Bravo with an atomic drop and clotheslines as the crowd is already turning on this match and giving Bravo zero heat. Bravo with a back suplex to finish at 2:33. My suspicions about the quality of the match were correct. 2 for 4. Bobby: “I hope Mario Mancini goes to the back and tells all the other wrestlers how bad Dino Bravo is”. I love shoot comments that aren’t supposed to be shoot comments.

The Snake Pit with special guest Hulk Hogan. Jake promises that he’s the man to lead us through the dark times we’re in, and Hulk gives him the “It’s best to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool” speech. Jake tells him to stop talking about him or else, and Hulk is like “When are you gonna have enough courage to strike?” and walks off on him, leaving Jake sputtering. These are the Dino Bravo of interview segments. 2 for 5.

The Rebel Dick Slater v. Iron Mike Sharpe

“This capacity crowd trying to get on its feet to see the Rebel Dick Slater!” Gorilla notes, somehow packing a multitude of lies into one sentence. That’s impressive efficiency. Sharpe charges in with his (ALLEGEDLY!) loaded forearm and hits the turnbuckle instead, and Slater takes him down and chases him to the floor. Back in the ring, Sharpe begs off and grabs a headscissors, but Slater reverses out of that and unloads with the forearms in the corner. Blind charge misses and Slater puts him down with an elbow for two while Bobby makes fun of him for “backing a loser” 100 years after the war was over. He’s not wrong, you know. Slater misses a dropkick and Sharpe goes to the tights to ALLEGEDLY load up the arm, but Slater blocks that and uses Sharpe’s own forearm against him. And then he goes up and finishes with the top rope elbow at 3:44. OK, this was pretty fun thanks to Sharpe getting some offense and making it a little different. 3 for 6.

Meanwhile, in the wilds of Australia, it’s OUTBACK JACK. Keep in mind, if you will, that this show aired in November of 1986 and Jack doesn’t debut on TV as a wrestler until GODDAMN JANUARY. Yes, we had to endure nearly TWO MONTHS of this shit before he ever made it onto TV because he was so horrible that they couldn’t get a watchable match out of him, at which point he quickly disappeared again. Think about that: He was so bad that the company that employed DINO BRAVO for 5 years after this was like “Holy shit, this dude is too terrible to wrestle on our television show.”

Magnificent Muraco & Cowboy Bob Orton v. The Killer Bees

It’s kind of amazing how far Muraco had let himself go by this point, complete with “Don’t give a shit Covid isolation beard” and 40 pounds of extra pork before suddenly getting motivated in 1987 and having a career resurgence as a babyface. Because this was pretty much his low point as a wrestler despite their attempts to pair him with Piper on the house shows at this point. The Bees double-team Muraco, but Orton gets the knee from the apron on Brunzell as Danny Davis completely ignores it and Gorilla freaks out. To be fair, he wasn’t actually looking directly at it, so he’s got plausible deniability here. He was probably having his vision blocked by Muraco, who was eclipsing the sun. Tell us about it, Scott Steiner!

That’s the stuff. Orton and Muraco switch off on Brunzell in the corner and Muraco puts him down with a clothesline, but Blair gets a hot tag and he’s A HOUSE OF FIRE. He somehow manages to get Free Willy Muraco up for an atomic drop that gets two, probably breaking his knee in the process, and Brunzell adds a dropkick for two. He gets a sleeper on Magnificent Shamu, but Orton comes off the top with a forearm from behind, so Blair gets all fired up and shoves the ref for the DQ at 5:00. I’d give it 4 for 7 but Muraco was so bloated that he was worth an extra point by himself so we’ll split the difference and call it 4.5 for 7. Any further notes to add, Scott Steiner?

Slick joins Killer Ken and brags about Sheik & Volkoff getting tag title shots at the Bulldogs. Also he’s got nothing against Hercules, but Bobby Heenan offered an “astronomical” amount of money for him and now he can afford to pay Butch Reed instead.

Next week: Apparently Randy Savage is defending the IC title against Ricky Steamboat on Superstars and we’ll take a look! I literally cannot wait until next week now. Anyway, it’s also the last episode on the Network and hopefully we get more, but I’m not holding my breath.

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Paige Reveals 'New' Plastic Surgery Enhanced Appearance On Social Media To Troll Abusive Wrestling Fans –



Due to a serious neck injury, Paige was forced to end her WWE career prematurely, but she’s still made appearances for the company and seemingly remains under contract with them. 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen her appear for WWE, but she remains busy running a successful Twitch channel. Last night, Paige hyped that up with a new photo that seemingly revealed her new, plastic surgery-enhanced appearance. While Paige has had some work done since leaving WWE, it’s her body and her choice, but that hasn’t stopped “fans” attacking her online. 

As you might expect, they had a field day with this photo before Paige revealed that it was just a filter. She pointed out that “You were all SO SO cruel I can’t believe how you treat people you don’t know” before adding, “thanks for the content because I read all your dumb ass tweets out on my stream.”

Paige highlighted a real problem with how people conduct themselves online by sharing this photo, and you can check out that – and her reaction to the trolls – below:

Oh, and if you need a reminder of how beautiful Paige actually looks…

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Ranking the 10 Best Tag Teams in Wrestling Today – Bleacher Report



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    Fans of tag team wrestling rejoiced when Jimmy Uso made his long-awaited return to WWE on the May 7 edition of SmackDown.

    Although his reunion with his twin brother was rocky because of Jey’s alliance with Roman Reigns, viewers are clamoring to see them make their way back to the top of the blue brand’s tag division. After all, The Usos haven’t competed together since March 21, 2020.

    The duo are one of the best tag teams in the world, but it’s tough to rank them among the top-10 pairings today because they haven’t wrestled in over a year. Even more, they haven’t held tag team gold since April 2019. That will probably change if they can settle their differences soon and regain their usual chemistry.

    WWE could use a dominant duo like them right now. The company has had a habit of putting tag team wrestling on the back burner outside of NXT. Fortunately, though, All Elite Wrestling, Impact and New Japan Pro-Wrestling offer a great alternative for viewers who love the time-honored tradition.

    Let’s take a look at the 10 best tag teams in wrestling today.

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    The Impact world tag team champions were the first New Japan stars to come to the U.S. as a part of the companies’ new partnership. In February, they made their Impact debut and won its tag team titles a month later at Sacrifice.

    As young lions, David Finlay and Juice Robinson trained together in the NJPW dojo in 2015. In August 2017, they formed FinJuice as members of Taguchi Japan and worked as a tag team up until the end of the year.

    Robinson had success as a singles competitor the following year, winning the IWGP United States Championship. But he and Finlay reformed FinJuice in 2018 to compete in the World Tag League. Although they didn’t make it to the finals, they returned a year later to defeat Evil and Sanada and become the 2019 winners. Then, they went on to successfully challenge the Guerillas of Destiny for the IWGP Tag Team Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14.

    FinJuice only held the titles for 28 days but they’ve become a staple in the tag division, advancing to the finals of the 2020 World Tag League. Look to see more of this eccentric team as they bridge the gap between NJPW and Impact.

2 of 10

    Wes Lee and Nash Carter have made an impact as the newest members of the NXT roster, but they made a name for themselves as The Rascalz at smaller companies over the last two years before they signed with WWE.

    The duo won tag team gold with PWG, CZW and AAW. They also had a memorable run with Impact, delivering excellent matches with The North and The Motor City Machine Guns. They left the company in November when Lee and Carter joined NXT.

    As MSK, they showcased their inventive offense en route to winning the 2021 men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. At NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver, Lee and Carter defeated The Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado Del Fantasma to win the vacant tag titles.

    The black-and-gold brand has been the home to several talented teams, and MSK will carry on the legacy of top-notch tag team wrestling.

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    The Briscoe Brothers have been active for over 20 years, and they stand out from the pack as great in-ring performers and distinct characters.

    Mark and Jay Briscoe make up a decorated team that has competed all over the world, but they’re probably known best for their time with Ring of Honor and their short run with NJPW.

    The real-life brothers hold the record for the most ROH World Tag Team Championship reigns with 11. In June 2016, they won the IWGP Tag Team Championship at NJPW Dominion following their debut at Wrestle Kingdom 10.

    Recently, the Sandy Fork, Delaware natives went through some struggles that culminated in a one-on-one match on ROH’s 500th episode. However, they seem to be back on track and ready to continue making their mark as a tag team.

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    The Street Profits have been a pleasant surprise over the last few years, and it’s impossible not to get drawn in by Montez Ford’s infectious energy and unmistakable star power.

    He and Angelo Dawkins bring the right combination of charisma and athleticism to the table. It’s evident every time they make their way to the ring or Dawkins executes the Cash-Out and Ford caps it off with the best frog splash in the business.

    The Street Profits are the second WWE tag team triple-crown champions as they have held the NXT, Raw and SmackDown tag titles.

    Many fans may not realize it but they were the longest-reigning Raw tag team champions. Their 223-day record was the longest tenure since the belt became brand exclusive. These accolades earned them the rank of No. 5 on the inaugural PWI Tag Team 50 list last fall.

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    In October 2017, Rocky Romero reintroduced Yoh and Sho as Roppongi 3K, and the new flashy junior heavyweights would go on to dominate the tag division for the next few years.

    At King of Pro-Wrestling, the team defeated Funky Future for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship in their first title match. In the months that followed, Roppongi 3K became the first reigning champions to win the Super Jr. Tag Tournament. Even more, they’ve won the annual event three years straight, making them the first three-time winners.

    At Wrestle Kingdom 14, Roppongi 3K secured their first win in the Tokyo Dome when they beat El Phantasmo and Taji Ishimori and earned their fourth championship win. However, they were forced to vacate the titles after Yoh suffered a torn ACL. The team reunited this year at Sakura Genesis 2021 to become five-time champions.

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    The Lucha Brothers are the most dynamic and awe-inspiring tag team in professional wrestling. Rey Fenix is a phenomenal high-flyer, and Penta El Zero M brings hard-hitting offense and an unmatched mystique.

    In AEW’s first year, the masked duo had some incredible matches with The Young Bucks, but they’ve also won titles with Impact, House of Glory, AAW, MLW, PWG and AAA. The reigning two-time AAA world tag team champions have held belts for 698 days, the longest consecutive reign to date.

    The Lucha Brothers also competed in the first AEW world tag team championship match but fell to SoCal Uncensored. Penta and Fenix have yet to find success as a team with the company, but it’s only a matter of time because they have won gold just about everywhere else they’ve worked.

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    In February 2016, The Guerrillas of Destiny essentially replaced Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson as Bullet Club’s heavyweight tag team when the latter pair signed with WWE. Ever since, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa have ruled over New Japan’s tag division.

    Nobody moves like Tonga; he’s smooth, spellbinding and athletic. But don’t let that fool you because he and Loa will brutally beat your favorite team down and demoralize them in the process.

    The Guerillas of Destiny defeated Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship for the first time Invasion Attack 2016. The real-life brothers currently hold the record for the most reigns with the title as a team with seven.

    At the end of 2020, they were ranked No. 6 on the PWI Tag Team 50 list and won their first World Tag League trophies.

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    The New Day initially stumbled out of the gate with an outdated and miscast gospel gimmick, but the trio transformed the act into WWE’s greatest modern tag team.

    Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods achieved much more than many fans would have predicted after their debut on the 28 November, 2014 episode of SmackDown.

    The longest-reigning WWE tag team champions held the title for 483 days during their second tenure before the brand split. That achievement alone would be enough to cement their legacy but The Purveyors of Positivity didn’t stop there. The 11-time world titleholders have been the most consistent team in the company for the last five years.

    The stable also contributed to the best WrestleMania moment in recent memory when Kingston achieved his childhood dream to become WWE champion at the MetLife Stadium in 2019. The visual of Big E and Woods lifting their stablemate up on their shoulders will go down in history and they’ve managed to win more championship gold together over the last two years.

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    The Young Bucks are the most polarizing tag team in professional wrestling, but they’re also arguably the most successful. No other pairing has done more to make tag team wrestling a spectacle big enough to headline a major pay-per-view.

    It’s easy to hate Matt and Nick Jackson’s gaudy fashion sense, spot-heavy matches and braggadocious attitude. But even their loudest detractors can’t discount the fact that they’re proven winners. The Young Bucks have tag team gold all over the world.

    The 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament winners hold the record for the most reigns as IWGP junior heavyweight tag team champions with seven. They’re also only the second team to win both the IWGP junior and heavyweight tag team titles, and the first to win all three of NJPW’s team championships.

    The AEW world tag team champions are finally hitting a stride as heels again atop of the most stacked tag division in the industry.

    Some viewers who didn’t watch their run with New Japan or other indie promotions may not understand their appeal, but this is closer to the act that made them so much fun to root against.

10 of 10

    FTR may not be the focal point of AEW’s tag team division, but they are the most talented and well-versed duo in the industry. These guys are committed to the tradition of tag team wrestling and have delivered some classic matches over the last five years.

    As The Revival, the no-nonsense pairing became the first two-time NXT tag team champions and later the first WWE tag team triple crown champions. To date, FTR is the only team to hold all three titles as well as the AEW World Tag Team Championship. In November, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood landed the number one spot on the first PWI Tag Team 50 ranking.

    FTR doesn’t have as many title wins or accolades as some of the other teams on this list but you can’t discount their dedication to tag team wrestling. Wheeler and Harwood also aren’t titleholders at the moment but they’re still undefeated in 2021. They will inevitably hold championship gold again and create more unforgettable moments like their match with The Young Buck at Full Gear or their instant classic with DIY at NXT TakeOver: Toronto.

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Preview: IMPACT Wrestling – Under Siege Go-Home Show (5/13/21) – Last Word on Baseball



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IMPACT Wrestling returns to AXS TV this week for the Under Siege go-home show. The competitors in the six-way match at Under Siege will be in tag action, and we will see two number one contender matches.  You can catch all of the action starting at 8 PM EST. The preshow, Before the Impact, will begin at 7 PM EST and will feature Tasha Steelz vs. Jordynne Grace. Let’s see what the Under Siege go-home show has in store for us.

Full IMPACT Wrestling (5/13/21) Card

Tasha Steelz vs. Jordynne Grace (Before the Impact)

Karl Anderson vs. David Finlay

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IMPACT Knockouts Championship Number One Contender Match: Havok vs. Rosemary

Number One Contender X-Division Scramble: Petey Williams vs. El Phantasmo vs. Rohit Raju vs. Ace Austin vs. Acey Romero vs. TJP

Chris Bey, Sami Callihan, and Moose vs. Matt Cardona, Trey Miguel, and Chris Sabin

Havok Rosemary

IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Championship Number One Contender Match

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Deonna Purrazzo will defend her IMPACT Knockouts Championship at Under Siege against the winner of this match. Purrazzo had her backstage interview last week interrupted by Havok and Rosemary. Rosemary accused Purrazzo of dodging opponents and not defending her title. The champ insisted that she will speak with Scott D’Amore about Havok and Rosemary squaring off for the number one contendership. Just as Purrazzo was about to leave the building with Kimber Lee and Susan, D’Amore appeared and made the match official. We will see who Purrazzo will defend her title against on the Under Siege go-home episode of IMPACT Wrestling!

IMPACT Wrestling – Under Siege Go-Home Show

Chris Bey, Sami Callihan, and Moose vs. Matt Cardona, Trey Miguel, and Chris Sabin

The field is set for the main event of Under Siege as Chris Bey, Sami Callihan, Moose, Matt Cardona, Trey Miguel, and Chris Sabin will compete to take on Kenny Omega for the IMPACT World Championship. Before they square off at Under Siege, they will team up and for a six-man tag team match on this week’s edition of IMPACT Bey, Callihan, and Moose will take on the team of Cardona, Miguel, and Sabin. The winning team will carry the momentum going into this Saturday.

IMPACT Wrestling 5/13/21

Petey Williams vs. El Phantasmo vs. Rohit Raju vs. Ace Austin vs. Acey Romero vs. TJP

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X-Divison Champion Josh Alexander is looking for his next challenger. The winner of this week’s scramble will earn the right to challenge Alexander for the title. New Japan Pro Wrestling star and Bullet Club member El Phantasmo will make his return to IMPACT on AXS for this match after defeating VSK in his debut last week. He will have competition this week in the form of Petey Williams, Rohit Raju, Ace Austin, Acey Romero, and TJP.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. You can catch IMPACT Wrestling on Thursday nights on AXS TV and Twitch.TV as well as all the time on IMPACT Plus.

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