The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: May 28, 2020

Folks, my usual glurge goes here: the world has moments when it sucks.  Especially now, it can seem like we’re living in unprecedented bad times. And as such, you may feel like you can’t fix everything, so you can’t fix anything.  I’m here to say that’s bullshit.

I live nowhere near Hong Kong, so China’s takeover is something I can’t impact.  I’m way too far away from the Twin Cities, so it all feels like watching a horrible movie with the added cringe of knowing it really happened.  Seeing reports of people hurt on social media?  Yeah, it sucks, and there’s nothing we can do.  Except… there kind of is.

Just remember this: life is not a zero-sum game.  You can help someone win without forcing someone else, or yourself, to lose.  Or, if you feel that doesn’t work, remember that your loss is less than their gain.  Just an example: the masks.  If you’re asymptomatic, wearing that mask is a temporary inconvenience to you and a potential life-saver to others!  Now apply that to other areas.  Drop a dollar in a street musician’s guitar case.  Ask the old person with the groceries if you can carry a few.  If someone needs correcting, be gentle — teach, don’t preach.  The world will get just a little bit better if you want it to.  Just like your mom will get just a little bit thinner if she wants to, the only difference being she won’t do anything about it.

(That’s my one per week.)

And now, let’s look at some indie wrestling to wile away the time!

Let’s kick things off right with an entry in the Joey Janela Wants To Wrestle His Childhood Heroes Tour, this time starring D’Lo Brown!

If you’ve followed the indies as long as I have, you know that Matt Cross and Josh Prohibition were one of the first indie tag teams people had a buzz about.  Here they are, all these years later, one on one!

Two of the rising stars in the indie scene up next: the ace of the Pacific Northwest, Daniel Makabe, faces one-half of Violence Is Forever in Kevin Ku!

Wednesday on Dynamite, Chris Jericho will face off against Colt Cabana.  Here’s an example of Cabana being a good wrestler as he faces one of the top grapplebeasts in the indies, Tracy Williams!

New Japan posted the BOSJ Final between Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi?  YES!  Gimme!

And we end on a tribute.  Rest in Power, Hana Kimura.  Enjoy this match of hers from EVE.

Bring the insanity, boys!