Impact Wrestling – July 19, 2018

Impact Wrestling
Date: July 19, 2018
Location: St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis

It’s the go home show for Slammiversary and for once I’m actually interested in where we’re going. The build for the show has been rather good so far and that could make for a solid pay per view. They can still hammer in a few more things tonight but really, Sunday is all that matters at this point. Let’s get to it.

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Thursday Night Thread: July 19, 2018

Been a bit of a quiet Thursday.  The big news is a bunch of new action figures revealed at SDCC.

Oh, right, and Cain Velasquez reported to the Performance Center.  No big deal.

Anyway, if you want to watch live wrestling this weekend, here are the highlights:

  • MLW will be in New York for Battle Riot tonight, highlighted by the title match — a 40-man Rumble (with pins/submissions also counting) for a Money-in-the-Bank style opportunity.  In addition, Low-Ki defends against Johnny Mundo and the Lucha Bros defend against Drago and Rey Horus.
  • CMLL may be hard to get to, but they have free wrestling every Friday on Claro.  I point it out because their highlight is a trios match of Mistico/Caristico/Dragon Lee against Pentagon Jr/Barbaro Cavernario/Negro Casas.
  • Shine will run show 52 in Florida on Friday.  Both the Nova and Tag titles will be on the line, but the main event is Rain vs Stormie Lee in an I Quit match, with Rain promising to leave Shine if she loses.
  • Two big shows in Illinois.  AAW United We Stand is Saturday night, with a huge six-man up top of ACH, Davey Vega, and Mat Fitchett against David Starr, Eddie Kingston, and Trevor Lee.
  • Then, Glory Pro runs Sunday afternoon, with Jake Something defending the big gold against Curt Stallion while Jake “Warhorse” Parnell faces Myron Reed to determine the next contender.
  • PWX and FEST are running a co-promotion show in Charlotte on Sunday afternoon.  The main event is champion vs champion as Effy faces Ethan Case.
  • And if you want to plan out far enough ahead, PROGRESS is running Chapter 74 on Wednesday, with Travis Banks defending the title against WALTER in a match that cannot end by countout.

As for tonight, IMPACT is looking to have a pretty decent show, with Austin Aries and Moose having a final confrontation before Slammiversary this Sunday, plus Killer Kross vs Petey Williams and Joe Hendry vs Eli Drake.

Enjoy the night!


Theres a rumor actually going around that at Summerslam, its gonna be a triple threat with Lashley/Brock/Reigns. The idea is to put Hogan in as a special enforcer, have Lashley win and have Hogan award Lashley the belt and raise his hand to sort of say "see guys look, I LOVE black guys!". Its gotta be the funniest report I have heard in a long time. Gotta be fake right?

I feel like Hulk would have been back on TV by now if they were going that kind of route.  They’d need time to feel out the advertisers.  

What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 8, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to, the show drew a packed crowd of 785, with no one having to pay for their ticket.

Gene Okerlund; in the heel locker room with Avalanche, the Butcher, Colonel Robert Parker, the Blacktop Bully, Bunkhouse Buck, and Meng; urges fans to call 1-900-370-3WCW to vote for who they wish to see wrestle in the main event.  The calls cost ninety-nine cents.  The babyface locker room, where Tony Schiavone is, features Sting, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Guardian Angel, and Dustin Rhodes.

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Norrissey’s G1 Climax 28 Review Night Four

G1 Climax 28 Review Night Four

19 July 2018

Live from Korakuen Hall, In the Shadows of TGI Fridays, Tokyo

You can read my preview of the entire tournament here.

You can read my Night One review here.

You can read my Night Two review here.

You can read my Night Three review here.

The stage is set for the B Block to regain supremacy in match quality, as tonight, Kenny Omega fights Hirooki Goto in a Champion vs. Champion match.  It’s also a rematch of the G1 26 finals from two years ago.  Elsewhere, Juice Robinson looks to rebound from his first loss as he takes on Kota Ibushi.  Oh, also, Tomohiro Ishii takes on Tetsuya Naito.  NBD.

Your commentators for the morning are Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero.

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WWF Superstars of Wrestling – December 28th, 1991

December 28, 1991

From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX

Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Mr. Perfect

This week’s featured match has the Legion of Doom defend the Tag Team Titles against The Rockers. Plus, Roddy Piper as guest on the “Funeral Parlor.” Also in action are Repo Man, Big Bossman, and Rick Martel then we learn about the rest of the Royal Rumble competitors.

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Michael Cole, Bay-bay!!!

Adam Cole, Michael's Cole's bullying older brother comes up from NXT.  Do you work their brotherhood into an angle right away or let it build to a 60 minute Iron Match at Wrestlemania?  

I would expect nothing less than Tommy Dreamer-doing-Raven's-pose reactions from the audience the first time Michael stands over his fallen brother and says the words. 

You know that Michael Cole’s real name is…you  know what, never mind, let’s just go with your idea!

The SmarK Rant for WWF Judgment Day 1998–10.18.98

The SmarK Rant for WWF Judgment Day 1998 – 10.18.98

(Originally written 07.18.18)

Live from Chicago, IL, drawing 18,000 and a 0.89 buyrate. Not bad for an obvious B-PPV, actually, and it really shows the roll that they were on.

Your hosts are JR & King

I literally don’t remember a thing about this show outside of the terrible main event and Rock inexplicably doing the job, so as always, this will be an adventure.

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Monday Night Raw – February 16, 2004

Monday Night Raw
Date: February 16, 2004
Location: Centennial Gardens Arena, Bakersfield, California
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re less than a month away from Wrestlemania and it’s time to crank things up a bit. The World Title match is at least partially set but the question now is what happens between Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit after Michaels stole Benoit’s title shot last week in something I still don’t think is legal. Let’s get to it.

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