AEW Elevation: April 19, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 6 (“The Champ Is Here!”), April 19, 2021.

TONIGHT! Austin Gunn steps up in singles competition against QT Marshall’s trainee Aaron Solow! Madi Wrenckowski tries out for the Vicious Vixens as she teams with Nyla Rose against Leyla Hirsch and Ryo Mizunami! Fallout from the Darby/Hardy match continues as Private Party get their hands on Alex Reynolds and Colt Cabana! And in the main event, AEW Champion Kenny Omega teams with DDT star Konosuke Takeshita and M.T. Nakazawa to face the Sydal Brothers and Danny Limelight!

PLUS: Best Friends, Jurassic Express, Sky and Ethan, Cage and Starks, Abadon, Hangman Page, The Hybrid 2, Thunder Rosa, Orange Cassidy, and Dr. Britt Baker!

From the AEW Arena.

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Sunday Night Reset: April 18, 2021

Tonight’s baseball Game of the Week is Atlanta and Chicago Cubs.  Both teams are… disappointing so far, shall we say.

But first: Hello, I’m Andy PG, B-show recapper for Scott Keith.  You can see me on IWTV with Nova Pro and with CRAB Wrestling.  You’re watching BOTCHAMANIA!  (I always wanted to do that.)

FEATURING: Mad Man Pondo, Terry Funk’s book, WrestleMania hiccups, rain, rain, more rain, lots of endings, Tazz on commentary, Paul Wight on commentary, and DC legend Jim Vance (RIP) making his return.

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Get-Down: April 16, 2021

TONIGHT!  SmackDown gives us another Tag Team Title match as the Street Profits challenge Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode for the straps!  Meanwhile, Otis looks to take the next step forward in the Alpha Academy training as he faces Rey Mysterio!  Plus, what’s next for Roman Reigns, Apollo Crews, and Bianca Belair now that WrestleMania’s in the rear view mirror?

After a bunch of crazy, this is a rare breather weekend.  Things ought to pick up when it’s over, but enjoy it while you can!

But first, here it is: Your Moment of Zen.

All right, folks, we’ve been over the rules.  I want you to obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  I expect a good, clean thread.  Now — touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!!!

Thursday PRIME TIME Thread: April 15, 2021

“Good evening, folks, and welcome to… Brain?  What are you doing under the desk?”

“Hiding, what does it look like?  I switched phones with JTG just to be safe!”

“Will you get up?  I’m not taking you out of here if you do your job!”

“That’s what they said to that big guy Joe a minute ago, and look where he is!”

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AEW DARK: April 13, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 84 (“Look, A Lot Of Indie Wrestlers Were In Town And We Had A Building Available”), April 13, 2021.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. Your adjective: “Tremendous”.

TONIGHT! Two up and comers in the women’s division clash as KiLynn King meets Madi Wrenckowski! Ryan Nemeth looks to show JD Drake what he’s worth by beating the Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds! Fuego Del Sol continues to search for the elusive first win, but he’s facing a man with a new attitude in Aaron Solow! And Matt Sydal prepares for his six-man tag with Kenny Omega by facing the Original Death Dealer, Luther!

PLUS: Dr. Britt Baker, SCU, Nyla Rose, Varsity Blonds, Matt Hardy, Team Taz, Lance Archer, Velvet/Swole, Gunn Club, and three more Dark Order matches (Uno/Stu, Vance/Angels, and Colt Cabana)! Sixteen matches and I have my energy drink LET’S GO!

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AEW ELEVATION: April 12, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 5 (“Did Something Big Happen In Florida This Weekend?”), April 12, 2021.

TONIGHT! Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page continue their climb as a team against Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela! The Best Friends return to action for the first time in months against Ryan Nemeth and Cezar Bononi! As promised a couple weeks ago, it’s Diamante taking on Thunder Rosa! Brandon Cutler looks to score a major upset against Penta El Zero M! And DDT superstar Konosuke Takeshita stops by to face Danny Limelight!

PLUS: Orange Cassidy, FTR, Britt Baker, Daunte Martin, PAC/Fenix, Marshall/Comoroto, Miro, and a special look at Shawn Dean!

From the AEW Arena, the crowd is ready and so are we so let’s go!

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Friday Night Get-Down: April 9, 2021

It is time.

The weekend the wrestling world waits the whole year for is here.  WrestleMania, which has expanded from the WWF’s signature event to more or less wrestling’s version of Comic-Con, is upon us.

Tonight, SmackDown is the WrestleMania Pre-Show.  We will have parting words from Roman Reigns, Edge, and Daniel Bryan concerning their main event match.  The SmackDown Tag Titles are on the line as the Mysterio Family, Alpha Academy, and Street Profits all look to take down the Dirty Dawgz.  And, we will have the 7th Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal!

Saturday and Sunday is WrestleMania, but everyone’s in on the act!  AEW is doing The House Always Wins, a non-televised show in Jacksonville, while Impact presents Tommy Dreamer’s Hardcore Justice!  Plus, almost a dozen independent shows will take place between now and midnight tomorrow!  (Tommy Hall will review all of them before we give him a tranquilizer dart and allow him to sleep for 58 straight hours.  Somehow, despite being unconscious, he will still review Raw, because we can all agree Raw is better when you’re unconscious.)

Before we get there, let’s go for a twist: here’s some wrestling from the Year 2000, and much as in 1987 and 2014, a legendary streak came to an end.

All right, guys, you know the rules.  I want a good clean thread.  Obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  Now, touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!

WrestleMania… we’re here.  (blows out lantern)

Thursday Night EVENT CENTER: April 8, 2021 (Impact, Indies, and Insanity)

 

Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the Event Center here at the Blog of Doom.  It’s WrestleMania week, and that means the wrestling world is converging on one location — this year, it’s Tampa, Florida.  Both IWTV and FITE are bringing you a long line of wrestling from the hottest talents under the radar in case you cannot make the trip.

But first: Impact Wrestling returns to its traditional Thursday home tonight.  Highlighting the show is a six-man tag team main event, as Impact mainstays Willie Mack, Eddie Edwards, and champion Rich Swann take on AEW Champion Kenny Omega alongside his henchmen Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson.  Remember that in 16 days, Swann and Omega will have a title-for-title match at Impact’s Rebellion event.

In addition, six women will square off in teams of three as Jordynne Grace, Havok, and Rosemary face off against Tenille Dashwood, Nevaeh, and Alisha.  Given that Nevaeh called off her team with Havok last week, one has to wonder what their focus will be.  Meanwhile, XXXL will go at it in tag team action against Sami Callihan and a mystery partner, while longtime Impact veteran Chris Sabin faces Cody Deaner.

After the jump, we’ll run down the long list of independent shows going on this weekend as part of WrestleMania.

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AEW DARK: April 6, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark Episode 83 (“Eric Bischoff Not Included”), April 6, 2021.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. Your adjective: “Massive”.

TONIGHT! The Sea Stars go for their first win as a team! Red Velvet and KiLynn King face Madi Wrenckowski and Vipress! The search for Fuego Del Sol’s first win continues as he brings his vlog buddies to back him up against Ryan Nemeth! And in our main event, it’s TH2 facing Bear Country!

PLUS – Matt Hardy, Kiss and Janela, JD Drake, Matt Sydal, Jurassic Express, The Dark Order, Team Taz, and The Butcher!

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Daily News and Chat: April 6, 2021

WrestleMania is just around the corner!  So be sure to look both ways before crossing the street.

CageSide Seats news!

  • According to Bet Online, all the titles are changing hands this weekend.  Big E is the closest thing we have to a champ expected to retain.
  • The Hall of Fame Ceremony should clock in at 90 minutes; TakeOver’s two nights will be two hours each; and WrestleMania’s two nights should be three hours each.  AEW, meanwhile, will continue producing 74 hours of YouTube content.
  • There were discussions to bring Gronk back for WrestleMania 37, but they went nowhere.
  • Bea Priestley is done in Japan.  Meltzer thinks she will head to NXT UK.
  • AEW Dark tonight has the following: Matt Hardy, Kiss and Janela, JD Drake, Team Sea Stars (first win alert for Delmi Exo!), Matt Sydal, Jurassic Express, Bear Country vs. TH2, Ryan Nemeth vs. Fuego Del Sol (with JD Drake, Griff Garrison, and Marko Stunt at ringside), Team Taz, Uno/Stu/Reynolds in your mandatory Dark Order match, Red Velvet & KiLynn King vs Madi Wrenckowski & Vipress, and The Butcher in singles action.

And now, here it is, your Moment of Zen:

Keep it clean.

AEW ELEVATION: April 5, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 4 (“How Do You Counter Mania Week?”), April 6, 2021.

TONIGHT! Preston Vance steps in with Danny Limelight! At both wrestlers’ requests, it’s Matt Hardy squaring off with Alan Angels! Doctor Britt Baker takes on Thunder Rosa’s student Alex Gracia! Max Caster and Colt Cabana face off! And in our main event, the Sydal Brothers square off against Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky!

PLUS – The Hardy Family Office, Varsity Blonds, Big Swole, Ryo Mizunami, M.T. Nakazawa, Lance Archer, and Hangman Page!

From the AEW Arena.

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Sunday Night Reset: April 4, 2021

Happy Easter to everyone except New Japan.

We are now officially in WrestleMania Week!  Which, according to Peacock, lasts nine days.  Man, even the calendar is exaggerated in the WWE.

Tonight’s Major League Baseball Game of the Week is Chicago AL against Los Angeles AL.  Meanwhile, MLB.TV’s free game of the day is Houston at Oakland.  I can’t believe how much I missed baseball.

In the meantime — here it is, your Moment of Zen:

Enjoy the night.

The Good Friday Night thread: April 2, 2021

First, for those of you who celebrate — I wish you a blessed Passover and a joyous Easter.

Tonight, Logan Paul appears on SmackDown.  I’m just gonna leave it at that.

Enjoy the weekend.  Sorry I’m not more verbose, but I promised i wouldn’t be chatting for more than a few minutes given the solemnity of today.  I’m sure you understand.

AEW DARK: March 30, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark Episode 82 (“Don’t Scare Me By Saying 16 Matches When There’s Only 12”), March 30, 2021.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Taz and Excalibur. Anyone who joins them will be noted by each match.

TONIGHT! After John Silver’s TNT Title opportunity, Alex Reynolds looks to show his singles chops against Max Caster! Sonny Kiss goes one on one with the South African hybrid Angelico! And Ashley Vox is bringing in her Sea Star partner Delmi Exo, as they team with Vertvixen to take on Big Swole, KiLynn King, and Red Velvet!

PLUS: Diamante, Jurassic Express, Michael Nakazawa, Chaos Project, Miro/Kip Sabian, Butcher and Blade, Madi Wrenckowski, Team Taz as a trio, and Uno/Stu/Colt representing the Dark Order!

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AEW Elevation: March 29, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 3 (“Wait, you’re doing HOW many matches?”), March 29, 2021.

TONIGHT! Fuego Del Sol searches for that elusive first win, but Ethan Page is undefeated one-on-one in AEW! Frankie Kazarian battles rising star Danny Limelight! Ryan Nemeth and JD Drake go after Best Friends Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy! Bear Country wants their hands on the Butcher and the Blade, but they have to go through Private Party first! Ryo Mizunami battles KiLynn King in a slugfest! Tag team specialists go one on one as Jungle Boy battles Jack Evans! Thunder Rosa and Alex Gracia square off in a battle of Texas talent! And Scorpio Sky has his first match since his change in attitude facing off against Mike Sydal!

PLUS: Gunn Club, Hikaru Shida/Tay Conti, Joey Janela, Alan Angels/Preston Vance, Penelope Ford, Leyla Hirsch. and GYAAAAAAAAAAAHN MOXLEY!

From the AEW Arena.

Jon Moxley isn’t feeling his best, given everything he’s been through and everything Eddie’s been through. But in order to feel better, he’s going to beat somebody up. He’s happy for the opportunity.

WE HAVE AN OPENING! After the show I’ll go back and mark down who made the opening credits.

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Friday Night Get-Down: March 26, 2021

In case you’re wondering how much allergies are affecting me, I mistyped “Friday” as “Froday” when looking for this picture.  Twice.  Although if you want to imagine Stephen Colbert with a giant hairstyle, legally I can’t stop you.

TONIGHT! The results of Fastlane have the Universal Title picture set… or DO they?  Whether the Head of the Table wants to admit it or not, we all saw him tap during the match with the referee incapacitated.  Edge saw the same thing and destroyed both men, leading to Roman retaining.  The rules of the Rumble say Edge will get his Mania title shot… but will he be the only challenger?

TOMORROW!  I get injection #2 of Moderna!  The light is on at the end of the tunnel!

SUNDAY! I have flu-like symptoms.  Probably.

Normally this space would be reserved for wrestling videos, but we all lost a very wonderful person and a part of our childhood.  Beverly Cleary, one of the greatest children’s authors of the 20 century, died yesterday at 104.  To celebrate her, here is a clip of some of her fans talking about her impact, courtesy of the Kansas City Star.

Thank you, Beverly, for all the memories.

All right, you all know the rules.  I expect a good clean thread, and I want you to obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  Now, touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting.

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!

The PRIME TIME Thursday Thread: March 25, 2021

“Good evening, wrestling fans, and welcome to your Thursday night destination.  I’m Gorilla Monsoon alongside Bobby Heenan, ready to provide you with… Brain?  What are you doing?”

“Just making sure the desk is secure.  You never know when an earthquake might happen.”

“I appreciate the concern, Brain, but just because Japan had one doesn’t mean we will.”

“Are you sure?  I heard Bossman’s mother is on the treadmill in the gym upstairs!”

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AEW DARK: March 23, 2021

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 81 (“Holy Cow, a Title Match!”), March 23, 2021.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur, and Taz, with others joining them as noted. Your adjective: “Massive”.

TONIGHT! Chaos Project steps up against Alex Reynolds and potential future TNT Champion John Silver! Ashley Vox looks for her first win, while Alex Gracia hopes to get her second! But we know someone will be given the First Win Alert, because Fuego Del Sol squares off with JD Drake! Jack Evans steps up against his younger doppelganger, Daunte Martin! And the FTW WORLD TITLE IS ON THE LINE as Brian Cage defends against Brandon Cutler!

You’ll also see: Team Nightmare of Aaron Solow and Nick Comoroto, QT Marshall, Gunn Club, Penelope Ford, Cezar Bononi, Janela and Kiss, The Bunny (yes, in the ring!), SCU, and a Dark Order trio of Uno, Grayson, and Colt!

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