AEW DARK: November 24, 2020

(The show’s so long it deserves two logos!)

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark Episode 63: Buckle Up, We’re In For The Long Haul.

From the AEW Arena, Novemeber 24.

Your hosts are Excalibur, Taz, and (to start) Anthony Ogogo.

Oh, baby, we got ALL the matches tonight! Sammy Guevara battles Marko Stunt! It’s a three-way tag match with Chaos Project, Janela/Kiss, and Uno/Grayson! Matt Sydal steps up against Alan Angels of the Dark Order! Brian Pillman and Griff Garrison look to silence the complaints of TH2! KiLynn King and Rache Chanel battle in a showdown of Nightmare Factory grads! Trent looks to overcome the unorthodox styles of Michael Nakazawa! Someone’s “0” has to go between Peter Avalon and Fuego Del Sol! Tay Conti enters Britt Baker’s Waiting Room!

PLUS: Ivelisse and Diamante! Brandon Cutler! Jurassic Express! Big Swole! Private Party! Reynolds and Silver! Penelope Ford! The Acclaimed! Red Velvet! Gunn Club! And LOTS OF GATORADE TO KEEP ME HYPED!

(Seriously, AEW, if you keep this expansion up I’m gonna start splitting the review into two parts on two different days of the week, not just for clickbait but for my sanity. Don’t tell me I can’t, Scott; I’m not a machine!)

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Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

TONIGHT!

AEW Dark returns with a 4 hour, 25 match extravaganza!  OK, I’m exaggerating.  A little.

Apparently NWA returns to YouTube next Tuesday as well with “Shockwave”, which sounds like leftover matches from the United Wrestling whatever they’re doing at the moment.

Eh, more wrestling, why not.

Have a great night!

BSK/KLIQ



Hey Scott, hope you and your family are safe and well. I have been watching alot of Undertaker interviews lately. Why didn't WWE ever run with a BSK Faction? Was it ever discussed? I personally would liked seeing Yoko, Kama, Savio, Godwin's, and Rikishi being themselves with the Undertaker at the helm. BSK vs DX, or the Harts would have been cool as well. 

No, it was never discussed because they were more like a “secret group” in retaliation to the Clique backstage.  Most people didn't even know about them until many years after the fact.  

Undertaker on Cameo


How are we not talking about these yet? Undertaker earnestly delivering lines in character like “I also understand you’re quite the baseball player” and “AJ, you fine… Reeeaaal fine” for $1000 a pop is some of the funniest shit I’ve ever seen. This character is done after these. This is all I can think about now. Oh god, the “All… Elite… Scooby Doo” one broke me. I’m dead. I admire his commitment to giving these people their money’s worth, which is admittedly commendable, but this copy is some pure, uncut, Tim & Eric shit. I’m going to die laughing thinking about these.
Hey man, he spent 30 years taking himself incredibly seriously.  I'm glad he's able to do whatever crazy shit he wants now and make some money at the same time.

Impact Wrestling – November 17, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: November 22, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews

We’re done with Turning Point and now things are starting to get a little more interesting. There were two title changes on the show as the Good Brothers and Deonna Purrazzo won the Tag Team and Knockouts Titles (you can figure out which did which). Other than that, the hunt is still on for John E. Bravo’s shooter. Let’s get to it.

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Lance Von Erich book released

Hey Scott,

Not sure if you were aware, but Lance Von Erich has officially released his book ” Lance By Chance: Wrestling as a Von Erich” where he speaks out about his wrestling career and his time as a “Von Erich”. It is a fantastic read, and he really goes into detail about alot of the backstage happenings during his time in the business. Co authored by Vinny Berry, it is well.worth checking out!

It can be ordered at www.LanceByChance.com

No offense to Lance, but his life story is pretty low on the list of things I'd want to spend 300 pages reading. 

Your own ring entrance music


If you could have your choice of theme sing hit right before you walk into your home or office, what would it be?
I thought I’ve covered this a few times.   Either “Battle Without Honor” from Kill Bill or “Uprising” by Muse.  

Unrecognizable Wrestlers

Do you have any wrestlers that come to mind that you totally didn't recognize after not seeing them for many years? 

I ask because I was watching the Snuka Dark Side of the Ring and somebody was being interviewed that looked like an aging Dusty Rhodes, although I knew that couldn't be right, of course. I hit pause to try to figure out who it was before the name popped up and I couldn't do it. Turns it out it was Don Muraco. 

Bonus points to Droz during the Brawl for All DSofR, but the poor guy is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. 

It happened recently with Honky Tonk Man, given he looks nothing like his usual self now.  

For a more “traditional” answer, I give you the case of Diamond Studd/Razor Ramon, who left me absolutely gobsmacked when I discovered it was actually just Scott Hall with black hair.  I know, I know.  

Daily News Update – November 24, 2020

Guys, I think Trump might have finally started to figure out they lost!

Top Flight Is All Elite

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/aew-announces-two-new-signings/

Planned TLC Main Event

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/wwe-major-showdown-tables-ladders-chairs-main-event/

Why Big E. And Lars Sullivan Did Not Wrestle At Survivor Series

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/big-e-lars-sullivan-not-wrestle-survivor-series/

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

The SmarK Rant for Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10.03.87

(Originally written 11.23.20)

You may have also heard about this show before. The previous version I had was from 2007, which means…ugh…new format and it’s GOTTA GO. I will not rest until they’re all purged from my archives.

For some reason the Network version has removed the background bassline music from the pre-show promos and replaced it with generic crowd noise. I don’t even understand them.

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Monday Night Raw – November 23, 2020

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 23, 2020
Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, Samoa Joe

We’re finally done with Survivor Series and that means it’s time to head towards Tables, Ladders And Chairs in about four weeks (and also in the new Thunder Dome at Tropicana Field). Tonight is probably going to be about fallout, though I’m not sure what that is going to entail from last night. Let’s get to it.

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Wrestlemania Endgame


I think we are all in agreement that Roman Reigns has been killing it since his return. My question is the endgame to this whole head of the table angle has to be facing The Rock at Wrestlemania right? If so do you think Rock takes the title and “the head of the table” before dropping a rematch in Saudi or the next ppv before heading back to Hollywood?

I just don't think Rock can make the match work from an insurance perspective.  The last major match he did cost the studio millions of dollars, and it's not worth it to anyone to risk that again.  I don't think there's anyone else that makes sense, but if I were a betting sort, I wouldn't put money on Rock being the payoff.  

Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers!

We are a day after Survivor Series and what I thought was a pretty fun card with three excellent matches. Watching Roman-Drew a second time and I wonder if they gave that away too early. They could always run it back at Wrestlemania if other main event options don’t work out, but…it just felt like an epic clash that could’ve waited a little longer.

RAW is Live tonight and I am not sure how many more they have in Orlando before moving to a far better part of the state in St. Petersburg. With the word that they might have fans at the Royal Rumble I am going to try to get tickets since I love the Rumble.

Not much announced for tonight.

Bucs-Rams is YOUR Monday Night Game. I will be in attendance. Look for me in the Jalen Ramsey road jersey (he’s such a diva, I love him).

And check out this golden memory and some amazing canned crowd heat.

Keep it Clean.

Joshi Spotlight: Legendary Goddess VII-VIII (Bull Nakano & Toshiyo Yamada)

Image result for bull nakano

I’d share the link to the YoutTube, but it turns out that Bull wears clothing and decorates her room featuring photographs of nude women on them, so I actually can’t, lol. So here’s that rad Bull Nakano fanart again!

And now it’s two remaining Legendary Goddess VHS reviews before I’m finally done with all the Joshi I could find from 1993! A “Year In Review” article will be up this Friday.

LEGENDARY GODDESS VII- BULL NAKANO:
* We get our “LG” tape release for Bull Nakano at last! And immediately it’s bizarre, as a denim-clad Bull, with normal hair and no flashy facepaint, walks gingerly through a ratty old shipyard while 1980s-sounding screeching guitars play. Bizarrely, her dour expression and outfit make her look older here than she does today. And then she starts breathing heavily and just goes mental on a chain link fence while her jacket is now made of leather, and says fuck across the back- God I love joshi.

Then she goes walking down some of the grimy bar-filled streets in Japan (that actually reminds me more of the real Japan than the shiny yachts & harbors they normally go on in these), shows that her jacket has a photo that is DECIDEDLY not safe for work on it (a topless woman pantomiming fingerbanging herself- well now I can’t put the YouTube video in the review, then!), then puts on a Chicago Bulls jacket, and prepares for her first match. Tremendous.

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Turning Point 2020

Turning Point 2020
Date: November 14, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

So this is one of Impact Wrestling’s Impact Plus specials and for once, the card actually looks pretty good. In addition to that, it seems like some things actually took place on the show and that makes it worth a watch. I won’t be doing these regularly but once in awhile can’t hurt. The company putting the whole thing up for free on YouTube helps too. Let’s get to it.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 22, 1995

A recap of Cactus Jack’s heel turn at Wrestlepalooza ’95 airs.

ECW Champion the Sandman and Woman talk about how they love thinking about Mikey Whipwreck and the Public Enemy lying in a poor of their own blood.  The Sandman adds that Whipwreck is a boy trying to do a man’s job.

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random questions + comment


  1. Moxley vs Omega, too soon or will there be shenanigans leading to a rematch?

 

  1. Does AEW need more belts? I just feel they’re dying for one/two more, especially like a trios belt.

 

  1. I recall you mentioning once WCW went away, so did that group of fans. Is AEW bringing fans back/new fans or are they cannibalizing WWE? (I’d count myself in the fans back as I stopped watching wrestling for years)

 

 

 

And I’m laughing every time they do Omega’s super drawn out intros I hope they keep doing them.

1.  I suspect Kenny will be winning the title so that Moxley can go to Japan and quarantine before the  Tokyo Dome in January.  
2.  The trios belt has long been the plan and they’ve got more than enough talent to pull it off.  
3.  It’s a combination I think. 

Is Living the Gimmick a dying art?


Hey Scott,

It seems like MJF is the only one in the business that lives the gimmick whether it be in AEW, NJPW or WWE. Would you say it's a dying art or that it's already pretty much dead? If so, why?

Don’t tell that to Minoru Suzuki.