The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: April 30, 2020

Happy N’Sync Day!

Yeah, I went there, my brain’s gone.

ITEM: Cody Rhodes says he’s a big fan of Matt “Long Island Iced Z” Cardona, but it isn’t All Friends Wrestling, it’s All Elite Wrestling.  Make of that what you will.

ITEM: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis thinks sports fans could return in June or July to live events.  Look, I’m sick of the lockdown and want things back to normal and even I think this is optimistic.

ITEM: Brian Gewirtz found a rough draft of an idea in which Vince McMahon would take his illegitimate son Hornswoggle, tie him up in a pillowcase, and throw him off a bridge to drown him.  Let us all get down on our knees and thank the Wrestling Gods that this idea never made it to Vince’s desk.  (As you know, the Wrestling Gods are Lou Thesz, Gorgeous George, Mick Foley, and JBL.)

Fortunately, the aggregators have found some incredible cuts of wrestling to watch if you’re willing to look under the radar.  Let’s go through some of them!

Oh, let’s get things started HOT!  Mercury Rising 2016 in its entirety has dropped!  Matt Riddle vs Tracy Williams!  Fred Yehi vs Drew Gulak!  Kassius Ohno vs Zack Sabre Jr!  And the main event is Gargano, Ibushi, and TJP vs Scurll, Black, and Ospreay!  Plus, look at the thumbnail and see who makes cameos!

With all due respect to Harwood and Wheeler, we all know there’s only one Revolt!  Here they are facing the Young Bucks in that match everyone says they want.

Laynie Luck has been to my house.  I will not provide context.  Here she is against Savannah Stone.

Your obligatory EVE match of the week (thanks Lawrence!): Jamie Hayter and Roxxy square off and we may have a few kendo sticks.

MJF and MDK square off in Beyond as Nick Gage meets Maxwell Jacob Friedman!

And last but certainly not least, how about Impact Tag Champion Ethan Page facing off against a young and not-bald Cesaro, going by his real name of Claudio Castagnoli?  Yeah, that’s a good place to end.