Impact Wrestling – January 12, 2021

Impact Wrestling
Date: January 12, 2021
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

It’s the go home show for Hard To Kill and that means we are going to be seeing the AEW people showing up again. There are a few other things to cover on the way there, but unfortunately that means we are likely to have more of the continuing adventures of Eric Young and Tommy Dreamer. Let’s get to it.

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Joshi Spotlight: VIOLENCE WAR- Las Cachorras vs. The U*Tops (Steel Cage Deathmatch)

This one comes to us via Blog poster Evito-X-Puro, who, upon realizing that the full match was not uploaded anywhere online, posted the full version to their YouTube channel! So bask in the glory as LCO go completely insane in the match that made them semi-legendary to tape traders.

STEEL CAGE MATCH (Escape Rules):
(Wrestlemarinepiad 1997- 21.09.1997):
* This and the Aja/Kyoko brawl from the same year are probably the most famous matches LCO ever had- legendary brawls in the annals of Joshi. 1997 is a much different time for all four of these women- LCO (Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda) have been upgraded to Main Eventers, but only as a duo, thanks to their own greatness, and Shimoda’s multiple WWWA Tag Title reigns with other wrestlers. It’s really fun seeing Main Event LCO versus the “midcarders rising up” LCO of 93-95. Much more deliberate, and more confident- Mita always seemed like she had something to prove in 1993, but by ’97, she acted like she’d already proven it. And being so devoted to cheating that they have their own specially-made steel chairs is a master-stroke. They’re wearing reverse-colored versions of each other’s gear- two-piece outfits in purple & white.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – December 2, 1995

Final reminder to vote in the Doomies.  Polls close Saturday!

Dave Brown and Corey Maclin are doing the announcing duties, returning to the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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NXT UK – January 14, 2021

Date: January 14, 2021
Location: BT Studios, London, England
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Andy Shepherd

It’s title week here as Walter will be defending the United Kingdom Title against Heritage Cup holder A Kid. This isn’t the kind of match that they can do very often but for a one off special, we could be in for something very good. Other than that, it can probably be anyone’s guess around here. Let’s get to it.

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PRIME TIME Thursday Thread: January 14, 2021

“Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the best thing going on Thursday Nights, it’s Prime Time.  I’m your host Gorilla Monsoon, alongside Bobby the Brain Heenan, and… Brain, what are you doing?”

“Just drafting articles of impeachment against Jack Tunney.  Seems to be the popular thing to do!”

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Ratings for Particular Tegan Nox Matches

Hi Scott,

Good day. Been a reader of your blogs for some time now. I just wanted to know your match ratings for 2 matches involving NXT diva Tegan Nox, hoping you are familiar with them.

1. Tegan Nox vs Dakota Kai – NXT January 29, 2020
2. Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match – NXT Great American Bash, July 1, 2020
Didn't watch either one.  I probably wouldn't particularly remember even if I had, but if she's your favorite, more power to you. 

Tom Magee: Klingon Bastard

Happy New Year, Scott!

Sure, everyone loves that Tom Magee match with Bret, and that time he lifted all the cheese, but what about the time he played Fek'lhr, the guardian of the gates of Klingon hell? 

Does this make him the first wrestler to appear on Star Trek, opening the door for Rock and Big Show? 

Man if Lex Luger's not careful he's gonna get usurped on the blog. 

Monday Night Wars, US Only?

Hi Scott. 

I've been enjoying reading the Wrestling Observer flashbacks on your blog, especially since we're now into the Monday Night Wars. 

This got me thinking. As a lad in his teens living in the UK, I grew up on World of Sport wrestling and then, when that vanished in the late 80s, the WWF. 

I wasn't able to watch RAW at the time, but I never used to miss Superstars. I was aware of WCW, hell I even had a WCW LCD game where you could play as Arn Anderson or Sting, but I didn't follow it, for me, it was the WWF. 

WWF was the only wrestling I had available at the time and therefore was the only one I watched. 

Truth be told, I wasn't even aware of the “War” and took the Huckster skits as jabs at the older, now gone, wrestlers. Think was probably 2001 when I first heard the term (which coincides with when I got internet access)

My question is, was this the case for most people outside of the US, or was it just me living a sheltered life? 

Probably just you, although I of course was hyper-aware of it due to living on the internet at the time, even though I couldn't watch either show truly live.  But everyone's experience is different.  There's probably even some people right now who don't even know there's a Wednesday Night War going on and haven't even picked a side to hate yet! 

Daily News Update – January 14, 2021

Well we got snowed in again here in Saskatoon. Lousy Smarch weather.

AEW Dynamite Awards Voting Now Open

Watch: New Team Makes NXT Debut

Lita Was Almost Fired Over Infamous Segment

Don’t forget to keep voting in the DOOMIES!

NXT – January 13, 2021

Date: January 13, 2021
Location: Capitol Wrestling Center, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Beth Phoenix, Vic Joseph

We’re a little over a month away from Takeover and that means it is time to start putting things together. Last week’s show featured a stacked card with Finn Balor retaining the NXT Title over Kyle O’Reilly, meaning that he is going to need a new #1 contender. This week is also going to focus on the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Let’s get to it.

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The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 01.13.21

The SmarK Rant for AEW Dynamite – 01.13.21

“New Year’s Smash – Night 2”

Taped from Jacksonville, FL

Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone & Excalibur

Man, Andy PG dropped me a line earlier today letting me know how great this Britt Baker deal is probably gonna be, so I’m excited to see it!  Hope he’s not proven completely wrong!

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Dynamite – January 13, 2021

Date: January 13, 2021
Location: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, Excalibur

Things continue to pick up around here as we have the second week of New Year’s Smash. This time around we are going to be seeing the TNT Title on the line as Brian Cage challenges Darby Allin, meaning a Sting appearance is certainly not out of the question. Let’s get to it.

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The Wednesday Night IMPEACHMENT Thread

Well kiss another week of ratings goodbye probably.  Unless people are tired of watching CNN for the next few hours.

I got my 10 year old kid her own cell phone plan today.  THAT didn’t make me feel incredibly old or anything.

TONIGHT!  Dynamite will hopefully not see Chris Jericho infect anyone with his stupidity, plus Darby Allin defends the TNT title against Brian Cage.

NXT is advertising Shotzi Blackheart v. Candice LaRae and more on the Dusty Classic tournament.

And just because a bunch of people have sent this to me already today, here’s Tom Magee deadlifting A THOUSAND POUNDS OF GODDAMN CHEESE.


Demolition vs. The Rockers (and other Dream Matches!)

The Rockers: Marty Jannetty/Shawn Michaels | Wrestling posters, Wwf  superstars, Wrestling superstars

Found this on Pinterest. It’s glorious.

Time for more Dream Matches- this time centered by an SNME match between Demolition & The Rockers! Also, a REMATCH to the classic Jim Powers/Bobby Walker vs. Renegade/Joe Gomez match I showed you last week… PLUS the legendary explosion of that very same Renegade/Gomez team! And then not one, but TWO High Voltage solo matches, as Rage & Kaos face Fit Finlay & Perry Saturn, respectively! And then we cap things off with a Papa Shango vs. Typhoon match, long after either man was relevant! I couldn’t have booked a better match myself!

DEMOLITION (Smash & Crush, w/ Ax) vs. THE ROCKERS (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty):
(Saturday Night’s Main Event, July 27 1990)
* This is the prelude to SummerSlam, with the Demos now as heels. The Rockers are in bright yellow, and gaining credibility at this point.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – October 21, 1995

Reminder to vote in the Doomies.  Polls close Saturday!

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are doing commentary and they are taped from Harlan, Kentucky.

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