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Friday, September 1, 2017

John Cena versus Roman Reigns: MetaGear Solid

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 4:16 PM

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Professional wrestling is in a world of its own in terms of the relationship the business has to its fans.

The trajectory of the show can be changed through the voice of the fans, both literally and figuratively, as crowd reactions and merchandise sales both indicate which performers the crowd believes should have larger roles. Fan reaction forced Vince McMahon’s hand away from putting the WWE world heavyweight championship on the returning (and now blockbuster megastar) Dave Bautista, as the crowd was firmly behind the underdog story of Daniel Bryan, ultimately culminating in his championship win at Wrestlemania 30.

It was the fans' response to the now infamous “Austin 3:16” promo that helped strap a rocket to WWE hall-of-famer Stone Cold Steve Austin. This is a phenomenon that cannot be achieved in other media. Nobody was writing letters to Vince Gilligan asking for Badger to get boosted to the top of the cast of Breaking Bad. Fans weren’t taking to Twitter to tell the writers of LOST that the Jack and Kate storyline was being pushed down their throats and that the two characters were mostly unlikable. Wrestling fans have a power, or “hold the keys” as John Cena elegantly put it on the most recent episode of Monday Night Raw, that no other fandom can claim. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, wrestling fans can change the show.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Pops and Botches Aug. 24: The Best and Worst from WWE TV this week

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 2:44 PM

PHOTOS COURTESY OF WWE.COM
  • Photos Courtesy of WWE.com
Pops and Botches is a weekly roundup of the WWE happenings on Monday Night RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live and NXT as told by me, Meg. I’ll break it down by pops (good things) and botches (clear misses) for each show. These are obviously my opinions, most of which I log live while watching these shows.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pops and Botches Aug. 21: The best and worst from WWE TV this week

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 1:10 PM

PHOTOS COURTESY OF WWE.COM
  • Photos courtesy of WWE.com

Pops and Botches is a weekly roundup of the WWE happenings on Monday Night RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live and NXT as told by me, Meg. I’ll break it down by pops (good things) and botches (clear misses) for each show. These are obviously my opinions, most of which I log live while watching these shows.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Smark Attack Pro Wrestling Promo of the Day: Sweet Daddy Siki

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 5:51 PM

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Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.

And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to info@pghcitypaper.com. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.

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Pops and Botches: The best and worst from WWE TV this week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 2:14 PM

PHOTOS COURTESY OF WWE
  • Photos Courtesy of WWE
Pops and Botches is a weekly roundup of the WWE happenings on Monday Night RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live and NXT as told by me, Meg. I’ll break it down by pops (good things) and botches (clear misses) for each show. These are obviously my opinions, most of which I log live while watching these shows.

Due to an impending trip to NYC to see the UK’s Progress Wrestling show in Queens, there is no Pops and Botches for 205 Live and NXT this week. Next week we’ll be back in full form, so enjoy the briefer read this week. Here goes!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Smark Attack Pro Wrestling Promo of the Day: Kurt Angle

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 2:16 PM

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Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.

And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to info@pghcitypaper.com. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Smark Attack Pro Wrestling Promo of the Day: John Zandig wants you to "Fix Him!" immediately

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 3:35 PM

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Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.

And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to info@pghcitypaper.com. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Smark Attack Pro Wrestling Promo of the Day: Terry Funk, the King of the Empty Arena Match

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Terry Funk
  • Terry Funk
Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.

And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to info@pghcitypaper.com. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.

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Pops & Botches: The best and worst this week from WWE TV

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 3:28 PM

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Pops and Botches will be a weekly roundup of the WWE happenings on Monday Night RAW, Smackdown Live, 205 Live and NXT as told by me, Meg. I’ll break it down by pops (good things) and botches (clear misses) for each show. These are obviously my opinions, most of which I log live while watching these shows.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Smark Attack Pro-Wrestling Promo of the Day: Chyna

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 4:17 PM

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  • Chyna (left)

Throughout the history of professional wrestling, what a performer can do on the mic is often just as important as what they do in the ring. Each afternoon, Smark Attack will highlight a wrestling promo that shows off the best, and sometimes the worst, in pro wrestling microphone work.

And we're not just looking for classic promos. If you're a local wrestler or if you've always wanted to be a pro wrestler and want to show off your mic skills send your best promo: 45 seconds or less to info@pghcitypaper.com. If we end up running it on the blog, we'll give you a City Paper t-shirt.

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