Sunday Night Thread (feat. EXTREME RULES 2018)

It’s almost time for the wrestling to begin tonight with Sin Cara vs. Andrade Cien Almas and SANitY vs. New Day kicking us off before the main show.  Will this be the greatest Rusev Day of all time?  Will the crowd put themselves over during another Roman Reigns match?  Which of IRS’ offspring will be tag champs?  Can 2018 Daniel Bryan carry three hosses to a good match?  Are Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler good enough to keep your interest for 30 minutes?  Is James Ellsworth skinny enough to slip through the bars of the shark cage?  Why am I rooting for Braun Strowman over Kevin Owens?

And the elephant in the room: would Vince be tone deaf enough to have Hogan appear on TV?  (He’d better not.)

Whether or not you’re watching the show, stop by and chat about whatever floats your boat.  Just remember to follow the #1 rule of wrestling fandom: Don’t Be A Dick.

Enjoy the night!

FRIDAY NIGHT Party Thread: July 13, 2018

We made it to the weekend!  Here’s the evening news:

  • Your ALL IN announcers/interviewers/etc. have been announced: Alicia Atout, Don Callis, Sean Mooney, Ian Riccaboni, Excalibur, Bobby Cruise, and Justin Roberts.  Dick Vitale, Tim McCarver, and Dr. Joyce Brothers were unavailable, I guess.
  • Andrade Cien Almas vs. Sin Cara will be rematched on the Extreme Rules kickoff show.
  • Names announced for the 2nd annual Mae Young Classic include Io Shirai (JPN), Kacy Catanzaro (USA), Jinny Couture (GBR), and Nicole Matthews (CAN).
  • The G1 Climax press conference was held today.  Tetsuya Naito fell asleep during the event because of course he did.
  • Thanks to efforts of Mayoral Candidate Kane, Knox County held an actual Rusev Day this week.  Wrestling is stupid and wonderful.
  • New Japan and Ring of Honor will run MSG over WrestleMania weekend.

I will not be putting up the Saturday thread, as I’ll be doing some indy wrestling in Valley Lee, MD, on the southern peninsula.  Before you ask, no, I’m not far enough along to be a wrestler, but they trust me to referee, so I should be doing that.

Enjoy the night!

Impact and Discussion: July 12, 2018

A bit of a quiet day today.  Let’s see what news we can find:

  • Jim Ross and Josh Barnett hate the New Japan setup and are blaming it for JR’s rib injury at the G1 USA event.
  • Bret Hart and Martha Hart are squabbling over the former’s claim that the latter is preventing Owen from taking his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, although at this point is “Hart Family Not Getting Along” even a headline?
  • Vince wants everyone to act like Brock Lesnar walked out on the company, hence why he wasn’t even mentioned in passing on Raw.
  • Former college football star DeAngelo Williams may step back in an Impact ring sooner rather than later.

Impact Wrestling is on tonight, with the headline encounter being a six-man tag of Penta, Swann, and Fenix vs. OVE (Sami Callihan and the Crist Brothers).

If you’re interested in going to wrestling this weekend, here’s some highlights:

  • MLW tapes their next few Fusion shows in Orlando Friday, highlighted by Low-Ki vs. Shane Strickland and ACH/Swann vs. Lucha Brothers.
  • FIP is also back in action Friday, as Austin Theory defends the FIP Heavyweight Title against Darby Allin.
  • PWG Threemendous takes place in LA on Friday, highlighted by the Young Bucks challenging for the PWG Tag Titles while WALTER faces Brody King in non-title action.
  • St. Louis Anarchy makes a huge comeback on Friday, highlighted by a 2/3 falls match between Jake Parnell and Gary Jay as well as a tag team dream match between Besties in the World and The Carnies.
  • Saturday afternoon sees BEYOND and CHIKARA hold a crossover show at the Wrestle Factory, headlined by CHIKARA champion J.F. de Coronado facing Jonathan Gresham.
  • Black Label Pro performs Saturday night in Crown Point, IN, featuring Bryan Alvarez (yes, THE Bryan Alvarez) and Tom Lawlor against the Rock and Roll Express.
  • WWR Pro performs Saturday night and has a round-robin among Deonna Purrazzo, Karen Q, and Tasha Steelz up top.
  • PROGRESS Chapter 73 begins Sunday afternoon in Birmingham, UK, and is headlined by Travis Banks facing Tyler Bate.

Enjoy the night.

NXT and Lucha Underground Night Thread: 7/11/18

Getting started early because of my occasional night job, let’s check the day’s news:

 

  • SmackDown Live’s ratings are up compared to recent weeks!
  • Corey Graves has a T-Shirt.  Don’t ask.  It’s a picture of him saying “Shut up, Saxton.”  Seriously, does anyone, like, ask a human being before making t-shirts nowadays?
  • Hiromu Takahashi is back in Japan, getting more tests and treatment on his broken freakin’ neck.  The fact that he was cleared for trans-oceanic flight, though, can only be a good sign.
  • Celeste Bonin, best known as NXT Season 3 winner Kaitlyn (back when NXT was a talent search), will take part in the 2nd Annual Mae Young Classic.
  • Both Fandango and Goldust had successful surgeries.
  • Asuka/Carmella at Extreme Rules has been amended so that James Ellsworth will be suspended above the ring in a mini-cage.  Hey, gotta move the toys.

Tonight’s TV:

 

  • NXT: The Undisputed ERA look to reclaim the NXT Tag Team Titles they lost in the UK as they get their Contractually Obligated Rematch(tm) with Mustache Mountain.
  • Lucha Underground: opportunities for Aztec Medallions, signifying entry into a Gift of the Gods match, abound with the most intriguing one being Cage vs. Mil Muertes.

Enjoy the night.

SmackDown/205 Chat Thread

Hey guys. Since I tend to open threads when someone’s late, Scott just gave me the keys to the night thread. So at some point between 6 and 7 ET every day (unless I’m doing indy wrestling with my local groups, but Scott’ll have advance warning), I’ll get us off the ground.

Today’s stories:

Goldust looks to need surgery.

New Day v Sanity in a tables match will be on the Extreme Rules kickoff show.

Raw ratings were hoo boy bad.

TLC will return to December, while it looks like the Australia show in October will be considered a PPV.

Tonight on SmackDown, AJ Styles faces Shinsuke Nakamura, because in WWE if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. In addition, Asuka gets to murder James Ellsworth in a lumberjack match.

Enjoy the night.

Daily Open Thread, July 5, 2018

Well, no sign of Brian Bayless, so here’s the news and rumors for you to chew on.  Most of these were shamelessly borrowed from our friends at Cageside Seats.

Daniel Bryan’s WWE Future

Just in case he doesn’t re-sign, WWE is trying to book all the Daniel Bryan “dream matches” before his contract is up.

Credit: Wrestling Standard

Bryan vs. Miz at SummerSlam?

Miz will get involved in Team Hell No’s match at Extreme Rules to set-up Bryan vs. Miz at SummerSlam where if no new contract’s been signed, Miz will win a blow-off. If Bryan signs a deal to stay, they’ll have a longer feud.

Credit: Wrestling Standard

Nia Jax Heat

Nia Jax’s behavior on social media towards Alexa Bliss isn’t part of the story.  She’s been unfollowing her and “liking” negative comments towards her without WWE permission, which has led to some heat with officials.

Credit: Dave Meltzer, F4WOnline.com’s The Board

Cappotelli for the Hall?

Matt Cappotelli is being considered for the 2019 Warrior Award entry into the Hall of Fame.

Credit: PWInsider

Impact TV Worries

Impact officials are concerned about their U.S. television viewership. They’re allegedly specifically worried fans are watching YouTube highlights and skipping the Pop TV broadcast.

Credit: PWInsider

And one more thing…

Saved for last because this could be a big deal: Taeler Hendrix on Twitter accused Jay Lethal of getting her kicked off of Ring of Honor’s TV schedule when she wouldn’t sleep with him.  Lethal has yet to respond to the accusation.

Dave Meltzer’s TakeOver/SummerSlam ratings:

Andrade Cien Almas d. Johnny Gargano: ****1/4
SAniTY d. Authors of Pain: ***3/4
Aleister Black d. Hideo Itami: ****1/4
Asuka d. Ember Moon: ****1/2
Drew McIntyre d. Bobby Roode: ****1/4
Miz/Dallas/Axel d. Jordan/Matt/Jeff: **
Neville d. Akira Tozawa: ***1/2
Usos d. New Day: ****
John Cena d. Baron Corbin: **
Natalya d. Naomi: ***
Big Cass d. Big Show: *
Randy Orton d. Rusev: nothing to rate
Sasha Banks d. Alexa Bliss: ***
Finn Balor d. Bray Wyatt: **3/4
Ambrose/Rollins d. Cesaro/Sheamus: ****
AJ Styles d. Kevin Owens: ***3/4
Jinder Mahal d. Shinsuke Nakamura: **1/2
Brock Lesnar d. Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman: ****3/4

Obviously he couldn’t go full monty on any matches because they didn’t involve Kenny Omega.

WrestleMania 33 Weekend — Meltzer’s Ratings

NXT TakeOver:

Sanity 8-man tag: ***1/4
Black vs. Almas: ***1/4
Three-way dance tag match: ****1/2
Asuka vs. Ember: ****1/4
Roode vs. Nakamura: ****1/2

ROH:

Opening triple threat tag: ***1/4
Martinez vs. Kazarian: **1/2
Scrull vs. Cole: ***3/4
Young/Bruiser vs. Taven/Marsaglia: **
Briscoes/Ray vs. Guerrillas/Page: ***1/2
Lethal vs. Cody: ***3/4
Fish vs. Young: *
Volador/Ospreay vs. Lee/White: ****1/4
Daniels vs. Castle: ***
Hardys vs. Bucks: ****1/2

WrestleMania 33:

Neville vs. Aries: ***3/4
Andre Battle Royal: **
Ambrose vs. Corbin: **
Styles vs. Shane: ****
Owens vs. Jericho: ***1/2
Women’s four-way: ***1/4
Tag team ladder match: ***3/4
Cena/Bella vs. Miz/Maryse: **1/4
HHH vs. Rollins: ***1/2
Wyatt vs. Orton: *1/2
Lesnar vs. Goldberg: ***1/2
Six-Pack Challenge: *1/2
Reigns vs. Taker: ***

You can tell by the end Meltzer was in a good mood and feeling generous on all three shows.  Discuss.

BoD Daily Update: March 23, 2017

All rumors and innuendo blatantly stolen from CageSide Seats.

Obligatory Hardys Update

It’s possible the Hardys show up at WrestleMania. Keep an eye on the angle from this week’s Talking Smack with The Usos lobbying for a match on the show.

Talent Impact from WWE/Sinclair Negotiations

One of the hold-ups on several acts like Kyle O’Reilly and War Machine rumored to be going from Ring of Honor (ROH) to WWE could be the discussions about buying the promotion from Sinclair.

Former ROH Talent Backstage at SmackDown Show

Former ROH and current independent wrestler/manager Veda Scott was backstage at SmackDown this week, and could be talking about joining WWE.

Memphis Library Whereabouts

Jerry Lawler confirmed on his new Dinner with the King podcast that he owns the bulk of the Memphis tape library and said it will “absolutely” one day be on WWE Network.

Lucha Underground Star Denies Retirement

Contrary to reports, former Lucha Underground champ Sexy Star told Fightful she is not retiring from wrestling.

RIP Jan Ross

Ross, the wife of WWE Hall of Famer and broadcasting legend Jim Ross, succumbed to her injuries today. Jim himself wrote on Twitter: “A Priest gave my wife Jan her last rites tonight. My little Angel is gone.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ross family in this tragic time.

NOVA Pro Wrestling: Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Hey, they were back in my neighborhood, so I stopped by. DVDVR already reviewed this show, but I was there so I wanted to join in. As a note, I am reviewing the DVD of the show, to make sure I didn’t miss anything when taking notes. This show is available on SmartMarkVideo, and I cannot recommend it highly enough – as you’ll see, holding the show on Black Friday allowed for an all-star cast to show up.

From Fairfax, VA.

Your hosts are Kevin Ford and Emil Jay.

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