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"Hello there, and welcome to 'The Mark Remark'! My name's Martin, and like any good balding, overweight wresting fan, who never leaves his couch, I've decided that the best way to pay my respects to the men and women who risk their bodies every week in the squared circle is by picking apart their careers, one by one, on the internet!"

It turns out "Sin Cara" is Spanish for "Describe The Mark Remark Here".

A webseries hosted by Martin Piers Billany, aka LittleKuriboh, where he quips about the WWE events of the week in the guise of a review show.

The format is just him standing in front of still pictures of the recent shows, with the occasional audio clip, while Martin snarks and jokes about the events for about a half an hour.

Links to all episodes here.

Compare Wrestle Wrestle (a series of wrestling vlogs on The Spoony Experiment).


What's that? This show actually has tropes? And we're supposed to list them? You're fucking lying!

  • Actor Allusion: Among the many references he makes, a good number of them are of Dragon Ball Z and they often involve Freeza. Hmm...
  • Accidental Misnaming: Many people in the comments' section have referred to Martin as 'Mark' (likely misunderstanding the 'Mark' in the title as a name). He helped his audience out by overlaying his name in fullscreen letters on the Royal Rumble '17 video.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Every single joke about Tom Phillips is done In the Style of... discussing him as though he's a small, needy, wimpy little child.
  • Alternate Universe: Apparently Walt Disney is from one where he created Harry Potter, and had goth princesses wrestling in tutus. Martin likes the thought of that universe.
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  • April Fools' Day: The Mark Remark - John Cena Edition
  • Author Appeal: He absolutely adores PAIGE~. But after her suspending, she became a Broken Pedestal; so Martin decides to go for Naomi instead.
  • Bait-and-Switch: One of his running gags is to describe a person, mention who that can also fit, and then say who he's really talking about.
    • "I personally don't see that much of a link between Disneyworld and the WWE. After all, one of them is just a rowdy carnival filled with outlandish cartoon characters created by an eccentric mastermind... and the other one is Disneyworld"
    • Talking about when Seth Rollins "revealed some very revealing images of his enormous, hard, throbbing... car".
    • The stars of Total Divas are being interviewed, with a closeup of their chests, and also the Bella twins who are attached to them.
    • It looks like Vegeta is bashing wrestlers for being homoerotic, but he then laments how he misses the Ginyu Force.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For a while, JBL's lack of knowing Spanish. He claimed that Sin Cara was Spanish for "You're eliminated", but Martin was very distressed during the next episode when they said it meant something else ("I trusted you, you bastard!"). The next episode whenever JBL couldn't decide what it meant, Martin broke a pencil. Ultimately, he just stops trying to care.
    "Hey, JBL. How do you say 'go fuck yourself' in Spanish? 'Sin Cara'? Thought so."
  • Better the Devil You Know: After Daniel Bryan gets eliminated from the Royal Rumble, pretty much guaranteeing that Roman Reigns would win, Martin then goes into denial hoping that John Cena wins instead.
  • Bookends: The mainnote  series begins and ends with Martin saying, "I fucking love the John Cena Show."
  • The Cameo:
    • The Pharaoh from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series appears in the "RAW 3/16/15 through Smackdown 3/26/15" video. Unfortunately, Martin thought he was Michael Cole and beat him to a pulp by accident.
    • Scott Steiner (as played by Takahata 101) appears in the opening of the second "Wrestlemania XXXI" video to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. Steiner's blithering insanity is second only to The Iron Sheik, so he ends the song on a drunken, curse laden ramble.
    • During Wrestlemania XXXI Ronda Rousey wears a Vegeta Fun T-Shirt, so we hear his voice from Dragon Ball Z Abridged.
    • Lani and Taka return as themselves in the WM 32 recap, apparently ready to incite a riot due to waiting outside for hours with Lani even starting a "let us in" chant.
    • Lani again, this time via a text complaining about Martin saying he looks like Kevin Owens.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Martin spoofs the WWE acting as though Kane has never been in ECW and won the title there.
  • Chirping Crickets: During the Fastlane 2015 review, the cuts to the Memphis crowd has this sound over a picture of the audience looking bored.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: After the Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker match in Hell In A Cell 2015, Martin tells the audience to clap their hands for Undertaker to pick himself up from the ring.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: After Roman Reigns eliminated The Undertaker from the 2017 Royal Rumble, Martin repeatedly said "Fuck off" until Reigns was eliminated.
    Martin: Oh, he fucked off. It worked!
  • Comical Overreacting: This is most done when spoofing the way a WWE storyline or comment is supposed to make the audience feel.
  • Cold Open: Will start each episode with one joke or comment before the opening credits.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Sting said nothing at all when he "answered" the "challenge" given by Triple H, and Martin still thinks Sting has better mic skills than Roman Reigns.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite the energy he provides to most of the episodes, Martin does have the occasional deadpan moment.
  • Did I Say That Out Loud: Martin admitting he found it hot to see Vince McMahon wrapped in chains. He really hoped it was going to get cut from the episode.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Although it was in the form of a joke, Martin mocked the announcers for claiming that Roman can silence his critics by winning big, when the problem is already Roman winning big despite fans feeling he doesn't deserve it.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Seems to cross it after recounting Wrestlemania 33 and the Undertaker's final match. He then goes on to list all the other more worthy picks to retire 'Taker (with Kane being mentioned numerous times).
    Martin: ...but not JBL. Because fuck JBL.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Martin does this to himself In-Universe. An announcer calls a guy "a zombie Eddie Guerrero", and Martin is shocked at the tacky way the late wrestler's name was invoked. Then he tries to make a joke about a zombie Eddie Guerrero, but can't bring himself to finish it.
  • Dull Surprise: Martin often describes Roman Reigns as having "mild smugness." One time Reigns was upset and Martin declared him as "kinda miffed."
  • Eldritch Abomination: Hell In A Cell 2015 has Martin describing John Cena as really being John Ce-Nyarlathotep who will destroy all of humanity except for the Cenation.
  • "El Niño" Is Spanish for "The Niño": Lampoons JBL's misuse of this, especially in regards to "Sin Cara means 'You're Eliminated'"
    Martin: It turns out "Sin Cara" is Spanish for "Oops, I fucked up, let me try that again."
  • Everything's Cuter with Kittens: On the On the 5/5/15 episode:
    Martin: (talking about Ziggler vs. Rollins for the title on RAW) A match, much like the Star Wars prequels, is robbed of all of its tension, as (a cat jumps on him from behind) there's a cat on my back. (Beat) Go away.
    • In the outtakes from his WrestleMania XXXI Part 2 video, Martin is talking to someone off-camera, and a kitten can be heard meowing in response to each line.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Martin will actually break character to criticize the crowds if they happen to chant something extremely distasteful, such as the audience mocking Roman Reigns for almost getting a concusion.
  • Exact Words: Fans asked him to stop having to take a pee break instead of actually talking about the women's matches. So Martin makes sure the next time not to eat or drink anything for days before recording, which just makes him pass out.
    • The review of the King of the Ring tournament on the WWE network had Martin stunned because it was a professional wrestling product put out by the WWE that focused on professional wrestling. When it delivered exactly what you'd expect from a professional wrestling event, he doesn't know how to react.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In the 2/2/15-2/5/15 episode, he can't believe that they'd have Roman Reigns vs. Big Show after it happened the week before on Smackdown before realizing that's exactly the match that's coming up.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Because he can't use actual footage without getting flagged, Martin instead puts up stills of the wrestlers as they talk. Somehow, he always manages to freeze at the exact moment when they make the stupidest faces possible.
  • Jump Scare: Parodied with Erick Rowan talking a long time to do his promos, with extremely long pauses, causing Martin to startle every time Erick finally moves on to the next line.
  • Heroic BSoD: During the Wrestlemania XXXI pre-show, he makes a joke about the Big Show actually winning the Battle Royal, until he realizes that actually did happen. It then accompanies a dramatic zoom on his face as a somber piece of music plays in the background.
  • He's Back!: After a hiatus for medical reasons, Martin started the return episode with a dramatic fanfare.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Martin complains about Booker not paying attention to the Divas matches, when Martin makes a running gag of skipping them.
    • He says you'd have to be an utter twat to try to ape the comedic style of The Daily Show.
    • He mocked WWE Raw for recapping an event with still pictures, which his show does all the time.
  • I Am Not Shazam: In-Universe: In the Royal Rumble 2017 review, he jokes about how, even though he introduces himself as Martin, has people calling him Mark on social media. So, to end the confusion, he puts "Martin" in big letters (as it covers the whole screen) to remind them of his real name.
  • Ironic Echo: The "You're fucking lying!" Running Gag is usually used after Martin is informed of something bad happening when he predicts the complete opposite. At the end of Battleground 2016, it's used in disbelief after Martin's cynical predictions turn out to be incorrect.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: He calls out WWE on using this on not only every Wrestlemania, but also during Money In The Bank 2016.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: He has several after the announcers make one, from spending all day at a theme park until he screams, to the forced laughing scene in Final Fantasy X.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Parodied in the episode right before Wrestlemania XXXI, when Martin's wife says that he'll never get the episode out in time for him to leave for the event. He responds that he can and then cocks his fist the way Roman Reins does. She then swats him on the head, causing him to start sobbing.
  • Logic Bomb: Kevin Owens says not to believe everything you read on the internet. Martin thinks that means Kevin isn't actually a good wrestler, and that Martin doesn't even exist.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Martin mocks the "Niagra" ad for erectile dysfunction medication, saying people should take it every time they can't do certain things.
  • Mary Sue: Martin refers to Paige as one In-Universe, but it's a rare complimentary form. He thinks her being unnaturally perfect is a good thing.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Martin is just in love with Paige. When she's forced to wear a tutu, Martin still thinks she's hot.
    "I didn't even know I had that fetish."
    • In fact, he loves her so much he was willing to talk about at least part of one of the women's matches when she was in it.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: One Diva said a glass of milk would do something better than one of her rivals, and Martin made the glass of milk his favorite wrestler.
    "Glass of milk! Glass of milk!"
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: JBL referred to Paige in a pink tutu as a "Goth Hogwarts Princess", which Martin notes is just like the main character in My Immortal.
  • Nuke 'em: Drops a nuke on New Jersey just to keep Seth Rollins and Jon Stewart from name dropping the state over and over again.
  • Oh, Crap!: Martin's reaction after Daniel Bryan had been eliminated from the Royal Rumble, meaning that it was a guarantee that Roman Reigns would win.
    • Happens on the 3/2/15-3/5/15 show when he realizes that instead of stealing the Intercontinental Title, he stole the US Title, and then remembers who the current champion is.
  • Overly Long Gag: Martin is so stunned by a stupid joke the announcers made that he has to spend all day at Disney's California Adventure just to process how bad it is. He finally screams when he gets home.
    • A later awful joke make him go to Legoland, although Martin recovers faster and just says the joke is shit.
    • Similarly, during the 3/2/15-3/5/15 show, after Jerry Lawler makes an offensive comment about Los Matadores, he takes an actual trip to Mexico, where halfway through the trip, he once again subverts the joke and realizes that it was racist.
    • Subverted on the 3/16/15-3/26/15 episode when one of Jerry Lawler's jokes about having Dolph Ziggler and Stardust tag teaming up to be called Ziggy Stardust sounds like a good idea.
    • After Jerry Lawler makes another set of terrible puns during the Wrestlemania 31 video, Martin GOES TO WRESTLEMANIA (and points at the Wrestlemania sign).
    • In his Money In The Bank 2016 episode, to celebrate Jerry Lawler's then suspension (and to ostensibly retire the gag), he goes to Disney Land Paris.
    • In the Royal Rumble 2017 episode, he just wanders around the opening titles and complains that he didn't get to go on a trip this time.
    • The 1/16/17 RAW episode has Kevin Owens wondering if Cesaro and Sheamus will remain friends, court each other, have filthy sex, get married, try to adopt a child, get divorced because they can't agree on adoption, regret getting divorced, grow old, die, and reunite in heaven.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: It's the longest running show called "The Mark Remark".
  • Overused Running Gag: After making the umpteeth variation of Seto Kaiba's Catchphrase from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Martin was ashamed he'd been stretching that out for the past ten years.
  • Potty Emergency: His first few episodes had him not talking about the women's matches because he has to pee every time. He later drops the pretense and makes it clear he hates these matches basically being used to promote for Total Divas.
    • Happens again in the 2/23/15-2/26/15 episode where he's just about to get up to go, but the match is already over and he needs to pee. So he goes into a bottle.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: He packs a lot of jokes into each episode.
  • Reference Overdosed: Just one episode could fill a Shout-Out page.
  • Retool: A smaller one; originally the Mark Remark was a weekly recap show covering the highlights of Raw and Smackdown along with the pay-per-views. After getting behind on the reviews due to real life issues, Little Kuriboh decided to change it up to being a monthly show, recapping of the previous month's PPV.
  • Running Gag: It's gotten so big, now there's a subpage.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Over half his comments are this.
  • Scandalgate: Mocked the announcers for twice applying this to things that weren't scandals by any stretch of the word.
  • Self-Deprecation: He believes he was a better choice to win the 2015 Royal Rumble.
    Martin: And I'm shit!
  • Shout-Out: See ShoutOut.The Mark Remark.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: It lasted just a few videos, but he ended them with "Toodle-pip!".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Initially referred to Raw as "The John Cena Show." Some lesser stars are even called "Not-John Cena." This ultimately got phased out due to Cena actually eventually becoming Out of Focus in the actual product in favor of Roman Reigns.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Ruthlessly mocked with how women are often treated on the show. Martin jokes that he didn't know women could wrestle; he thought they just kept getting lost on the way to the kitchen.
  • Suddenly Shouting: After the compilation of John Stewart and Seth Rollings repeatedly saying "New Jersey", he is then seen shouting at the top of his lungs asking if there is anything worthwhile to be contributed to the show.
  • Take That!: Given the often underwhelming presentation of the shows, these tend to be thrown at the WWE.
    "Hello my fellow Marks, and welcome (wincing) to intense pain and suffering... also known as the WWE product!"
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: If something reminds Martin of a song, he will sing it. Anything from merely saying the word "Frozen (2013)" to John Cena almost quoting part of "Tubthumping" verbatim.
    "I like singing. Even though I'm shit at it."
  • The Scream: In the SummerSlam 2016 review, when Martin points out that they're going to be 19 pay-per-view events a year by the WWE.
    Martin: In other words: AAAAAAAAAA—
  • The Talk: Was worried that Ric Flair was going to tell the audience about the birds and the bees.
  • Trying Not to Cry: This message appeared on screen twice during the "Wrestlemania XXI" review, first when he realized Booker T writing a novel was more than he ever did, and second when recalling the time The Three Stooges once hosted WWE Raw.
  • The Un-Twist: In-Universe he pretty much shouts out that Bray Wyatt was not so subtle about calling out the Undertaker. He really mocked it when Bray finally called out Undertaker in WWE Fastlane, but acted like it was some big reveal.
  • Unperson: In-universe, Martin considers Zack Ryder this.
  • Verbal Tic: During the Royal Rumble 2015 recap, he had a minor one with calling it the "Royal RumBOO".
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Martin will go triple strength on the sarcasm when the WWE writers can't maintain simple continuity from one show to another.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice is more consistently that of an announcer rather than a commentator after the Fastlane special, which often thickens the sarcasm.
  • You Keep Using That Word: The 12/5-6/16 episode has him call out David Otunga for overusing the word "literally" when talking about Kalisto's match with Baron Corbin at TLC 2016.
  • Younger Than They Look: In-Universe, Martin considers Todd Phillips this, treating him like an overgrown little boy.