AEW DARK: April 20, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark Episode #85 (“I Think In TV They Call This a Lower Deck Episode”), April 20, 2021.

We open with Darby Allin saying that people say he and Jungle Boy are alike. Allin doesn’t see that. He is here not for friendships but for championships. He wants Perry to show up as the man they know he is, turn on the switch, and be ready to fight. Don’t show up if he’s just going to smile. If you want to win, turn, that, switch.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz, joined after their intro by Ricky Starks.

TONIGHT! Uh… (checks notes)… hoo boy, not much. Your feature bout is Max Caster against Alan Angels.

Also in action – though not against each other – are PAC, the Varsity Blonds, Uno/Stu/Vance of the Dark Order, Butcher and Blade, Sonny Kiss, Daunte Martin, Will Hobbs, Joey Janela, SCU, Swole & King, Billy Gunn, and Diamante.

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The Tuesday Night Streaming Thread

TONIGHT!

NWA Powerrr is up on Fite.TV for those who subscribe.  I still really like it but it’s about as popular as Mid-Atlantic here on the blog so we’ll see how much longer we stick with it.

AEW Dark is also available on YouTube and apparently you never know who might show up!

 

And of course, today justice has been served.  How much you wanna bet someone is gonna put a knee on his neck until he’s dead once he gets to prison?

You are a mark and I do not care for you anymore.


You are a shell of what you once were.


You have become such an AEW mark it's not funny.

You can give and AEW match 2 stars, and still call it a great match, but if you give a WWE match the same rating, the match sucked.

You are old. Why don't you retire instead of begging your readers for money to keep the blog afloat?

Huh? Why don't you??

You are worse than Meltzer and Alvarez combine.

Yeah…..YOU ARE!!!!

YOU ARE!!!!!

DOES TONY PAY YOU IN CHECKS OR CASH UNDER THE TABLE???

HUH??? HOW DOES IT WORK KEITH????

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO SELL OUT AND BECOME A CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE CULT THAT IS AEW??

HUH??? HOW DOES IT FEEL???

DOES IT FEEL GOOD TO THROW AWAY ANY PRIDE AND INTEGRITY THAT YOU HAD FOR A FLASH IN THE PAN WRESTLING ORGANIZATION??

HUH????????

PACK UP SHOP PUNK. ITS OVER.

HIT THE BRICKS GOOFY.

Not sure what you’re getting at there.  

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 06.05.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling – 06.05.82

Taped from Charlotte, NC

Your host is Bob Caudle, who is all about tag teams and telling us about all the great tag teams in Mid-Atlantic this week!  I’m sure everyone will be competing for the NWA World tag team titles!

No wait, I’ve just been informed that in fact that will not happening at all.

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Wrestling Programming


Hey Scott,

Currently, the following wrestling-related programming airs on US TV:

– Young Rock

– Dark Side of the Ring

– A&E Biography

– WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures

Which do you watch if any?

Also, is it crazy to think of all the content on these days as opposed to the late 90s, where wrestling was huge in the mainstream and ratings were through the roof?

Interested in your thoughts.

I watch Dark Side on Crave after the fact because we don’t get Vice in Canada.  Young Rock didn’t interest me.  The A&E shows feel like leftover Network content so whatever. 

Stone Cold Pass


The wrestling community is understandably judgmental of wrestlers that have made poor and damaging decisions (Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, and even more recently Chris Jericho immediately come to mind), but does it feel strange that both fans and those within the industry seem to give Steve Austin a pass?  I was a bit taken aback this past weekend when fans, companies and wrestlers were all talking up Austin and all he's done for the industry, without a single mention of his troubling history with domestic abuse.  Does it seem strange that Austin has avoided any semblance of critical judgment, especially when you consider his hands aren't completely clean when it comes to using his backstage influence?

Given what we know about wrestling, it’s not strange at all.  

Exciting new talent on RAW


Hi Scott, 


Long-time reader! 

I was watching RAW last night for the first time in a while and there was this badass guy named Sheamus! He was carrying the U.S. Title, and he beat the shit out of some Luchador. 
I think this guy will be a star! Can't wait to watch him for the 18 years of my life.

Cheers! 
Must have been a great show last night!

Pick your McPoison


Sometime in the distant future, Vince McMahon leaves this mortal coil & the family takes over.


Which very possible scenario is the least awful: Shane throwing his awful punches & being pushed as a tough guy and “dangerous striker” on every show, HHH cutting his long-winded promos on every show, or Stephanie as the authority figure on every show?
I’m gonna go with HHH because at least he’s self aware enough to stay away when it’s a good idea. 

Daily News Update – 04.20.21

Another thrilling RAW it sounds like. Meanwhile the Jake Paul show is rumoured to have done 1.5 million buys.

Waffle Iron and Flapjack Moving To Smackdown

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/two-monday-night-raw-stars-switching-brands/

Charlotte Suspended On Raw Talk

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/see-soon-charlotte-suspended-wwe/

WWE Edits Wrestlemania XXXVII

https://wrestlingrumors.net/tommyhall/wwe-makes-two-big-wrestlemania-37-edits/

Monday Night Raw – April 19, 2021

Monday Night Raw
Date: April 19, 2021
Location: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida
Commentators: Adnan Virk, Corey Graves, Byron Saxton

Things should be a bit more back to normal this week as Wrestlemania season is over. That is probably a good thing after last week’s show was not exactly worth bragging about. This time around we have Asuka vs. Charlotte in a match that has been done quite a few times before so let’s get to it.

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AEW Elevation: April 19, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 6 (“The Champ Is Here!”), April 19, 2021.

TONIGHT! Austin Gunn steps up in singles competition against QT Marshall’s trainee Aaron Solow! Madi Wrenckowski tries out for the Vicious Vixens as she teams with Nyla Rose against Leyla Hirsch and Ryo Mizunami! Fallout from the Darby/Hardy match continues as Private Party get their hands on Alex Reynolds and Colt Cabana! And in the main event, AEW Champion Kenny Omega teams with DDT star Konosuke Takeshita and M.T. Nakazawa to face the Sydal Brothers and Danny Limelight!

PLUS: Best Friends, Jurassic Express, Sky and Ethan, Cage and Starks, Abadon, Hangman Page, The Hybrid 2, Thunder Rosa, Orange Cassidy, and Dr. Britt Baker!

From the AEW Arena.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Royal Rumble 1990

Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura are in the booth and they are live from Orlando, Florida.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this show drew a sellout crowd of 16,000 fans.  It also drew a buyrate of 2.0 (an estimated 260,000 buys), an increase from the 1.5 number the Rumble did the previous year.  This would also be the last pay-per-view that Schiavone would call for the WWF.

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Joshi Spotlight: Crane Yu

SUSPICIOUS TUMBLR — Dump Matsumoto & Crane Yu with Shiro Abe (1985)

Crane is on the right, Dump Matsumoto on the left.

JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- CRANE YU:
Real Name: Yukari Honjo (aka Masked Yu, Dynamite Jack)
Billed Height & Weight: 5’8″ 220 lbs.
Career Length: 1980-1989

-So on the famous Atrocious Alliance bouts of the 1980s, you’ll see a pretty wild assortment of punk rock girl characters backing up the legendary Dump Matsumoto. Most notable of these is a baby Bull Nakano, but there’s also this HUGE, muscular woman with curly hair, and one that’s effectively a “Clone Buddy” of Dump (like how WWF would add Typhoon to Earthquake and Phineas to Henry Godwinn). That’d be Crane Yu, the former “Masked Yu”, who continues to befuddle Westerners as to the naming theme of the group, as according to our own Manjiimortal, they are named after CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES, not animals- Dump Truck, Bulldozer and Crane. So the “Crane” in her name isn’t the animal, nor is Bull’s “Bull”. That there is a Grizzly on the team confuses this further, though.

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Triller PPV – Jake Paul vs Ben Askren


Hi Scott


I'd be interested to hear your take on this show. Meltzer wasn't far off when he compared it to Heroes of Wrestling or some Howard Stern special. The production seemed to be deliberately chaotic and was bizarrely entertaining. It sold like hotcakes, too.

Cheers
Alex
Dammit that wasn’t on my radar at all and then Dave went and called it a cross between Heroes of Wrestling and Howard Stern’s New Years Eve special and now I might have to watch it.  

WWF Superstars – July 1st, 1995

July 1, 1995

From the Stabler Arena in Bethelem, PA

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Dok Hendrix

The show starts off with the video package on Diesel appearing at the celebrity softball game in Oklahoma to benefit the children who lost parents during the Oklahoma City bombing.

This week, we will get the world premiere of Jeff Jarrett’s “With My Baby Tonight” music video. Plus, the debut of Waylon Mercy, featured match of Adam Bomb vs. Henry O. Godwinn, and the Allied Powers in action.

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