Indies and Insanity: January 2, 2020

So, apparently it’s not fun to read a show report if people don’t talk more holistically about how it went.  (I shouldn’t be surprised by this.)  After discussing with some wrestling folk, I think the fairest thing to do will be to talk about what I thought of the match structure and layout, along with the finish, without really criticizing one or the other wrestlers for their work (unless they’re having a REALLY bad day).  Star ratings are still right out, though; that’s the kind of thing you leave in the training facility or locker room.

As a show of good faith, I’ll do such an analysis for Heavy Lies the Crown and I should have it up by Saturday.

No NBA on TNT tonight, which is weird.  ESPN is showing the Gator Bowl between Tennessee and Indiana, and as the latter is my sister’s alma mater I say go Hoosiers!  ESPN2 is showing a High School All American game, then a Pac-12 basketball doubleheader with Oregon/Colorado and Cal/Stanford (Bill Waltoning intensifies).  ESPNU has lots of college basketball, as North Texas meets Western Kentucky in CUSA action, followed by Jacksonville State/Morehead State from the OVC and Saint Mary’s/San Francisco from the WCC.  CBSSN has James Madison against UNC Wilmington from the Colonial, then Dayton against La Salle from the A-10.  FS1 gives us Illinois/Michigan State from the Big Ten, followed by UCLA/Washington from the Pac-12.  If pro sports are more your thing, NBCSN has an NHL doubleheader, with Devils/Islanders, then Blues/Hawks.

Indie wrestling is light on action this weekend as everyone stays home to watch WrestleKingdom.  EVE has a show in London Saturday night with a six-women tag match up top leading into Wrestle Queendom 3.  ICW New York is putting on No Holds Barred Saturday night with an Extreme Rules style card headlined by Nick Gage against Tessa Blanchard.  And on Sunday in Nashville, SUP runs Stay Cold with AC Mack defending the big gold against Cabana Man Dan.

(NOTE: I’m the indie expert among the BOD posters and even I don’t know what the hell Joey Janela and Kip Sabian are doing right now.)

Your indie match of the week is a VERY interesting contrast of styles from Prestige Wrestling in Portland, as Su Yung faces Orange Cassidy!

Bring the insanity!