Saturday Night’s All Right for Chatting!: July 20, 2019

Sorry for missing last night, Scott.  My CRAB buddies had us going to do spread some advertising for the August 3rd show.

Fifty years ago, we had one small step for a man, but one giant leap for mankind.  Not to be confused with King of the Ring 1998, which was two giant leaps by Mankind.

Tonight, I’ll be doing a livewatch of NXT Brooklyn I from 2015.  Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley, Baron Corbin vs. Samoa Joe, Apollo Crews vs. Tye Dillinger, Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy vs. The Vaudevillains, and Tyler Breeze vs. special guest Jyushin Lyger.  This was the show that, in my opinion, MADE NXT TakeOvers must-see TV.

Enjoy!

Indies and Insanity: July 18, 2019

Honestly, I don’t know how I’m supposed to start a night thread when I’ve just dropped down a Goofy cartoon YT rabbit hole.

I’d like to thank user Bare End Corbin for teaching me a little about Japanese nomenclature.  Enjoying Mike’s G1 writeups — you should check them all out!  I’ll be keeping a tally of his stars to see who is Mike’s MVP of the G1.

Nats/Braves with a critical series starting tonight, so that’s where my eyes are.

As for you, I sincerely hope the show you’re going to is indoors because it’s HOT in the southeast — but here’s some highlights coming up!

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 12, 2019

We made it!

Impact has the fallout from Slammiversary tonight… assuming anyone watches Impact.

Tonight’s ESPN game is New England facing DC United. ESPN2 has the Phoenix Mercury against the Connecticut Sun.  ESPNU?  They have some NBA Summer League going on.

Your Wimbledon finals are set: Serena Williams faces Simona Halep, while Novak Djokovic takes on Roger Federer.

And one last thing to report here: A little Where Are They Now from the WWE’s past.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Indies and Insanity: July 11, 2019

Free Slurpees, whooooo!

One baseball game tonight and it’s Astros/Rangers.

Wimbledon’s Ladies Singles final is set: Simona Halep vs Serena Williams.  I like this matchup.

For the record, I’m putting this in the queue early because we’re anticipating flood conditions in this part of America.

But that’s depressing — let’s check out some good stuff with the top indie shows of the week!

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Friday Night Party Thread: July 5, 2019

We made it!

Thanks for the feedback on the Roundtable recap.  Seems it might be something I could do more of when I have the chance, since people liked those shows.

Here’s a fun match of the week for you: from PWX, Ethan Case takes on Anthony Henry.  The title’s on the line, it’s two out of three falls, and PWX is our promotion of the week because Sunday Night, they’re hosting the Jushin Lyger Farewell Tour!

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Legends of Wrestling Roundtable: Patriotism

One of the fastest ways to get a crowd reaction is to make it personal to them.  Witness Elias mocking Seattle for losing their NBA franchise, and you can see the effectiveness in getting specific with the crowd.  However, doing so doesn’t necessarily make them hate you; after all, what was said could’ve been said by anybody.  Thus, it’s called “cheap heat” (or its Foley-esque inverse, the “cheap pop”).  And nothing works faster or better than locality cheap heat.

That’s why wrestling has always entertained the idea of patriotism.  It doesn’t matter whether the US is in the doldrums or riding high, there’s always a visceral reaction coming when someone not from the US denigrates it.  Conversely, while blind jingoism is unappreciated in real life, someone proud of their homeland will get the cheers.  As a lower-card pick-me-up, this kind of cheap heat gets the crowd hot.  But some do it better than others.

This we explore today.  This is the Legends of Wrestling Roundtable episode: Wrestling with Patriotism.  Recorded in 2009, it features Gene Okerlund (RIP) speaking with wrestling longtimers Sgt. Slaughter, Michael PS Hayes, Jim Ross, and (in what should be a unique perspective given his outsider status) Pat Patterson.  Let’s walk down memory lane on the history of America and wrestling.  As always, I will use the Scott sez format if I feel the need to interject.

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Sunday Night Reset: June 30, 2019

Happy Suburban Toronto Day to our friends up north for tomorrow.

Tonight’s MLB game appears to be the Mets flying off a cliff against the Braves.  Yay.

Team USA is facing Curacao tonight, with Jamaica/Panama in progress as I post.

Assuming I’m up for it, I’ll review a Legends Roundtable later this week.  Who knows with my schedule.

Enjoy the night, and remember: if Bradley Baker’s allowed to have an opinion, so are you.

Friday Night Party Thread: June 28, 2019

WE MADE IT!  Weekend time!  Stream of consciousness follows:

1. So I sent Orange Cassidy out to get information on the indie shows this weekend.  I should have it back by August.

2. MURICA!  Take that, France!

3. Attention England: we’re sending the Yankees and Red Sox over for baseball this weekend.  You’re in no hurry to return them.

4. To weigh in on this PG or not PG thing: I’ve found there’s a really easy way to make the product better.  Have heels cheat.  Like, consider your average match on Raw or SD: they don’t seem to cheat much, do they?  (Yes, I know they set up ambushes and stuff, but that’s just the start…) C’mon, pull some hair, hit a few low blows, fake a tag behind the referee’s back, hang onto the ropes during an abdominal stretch… ANYTHING!  It’s a staple of wrestling because it works!  Do not be afraid of the cheap heat!

5. Robert Roode, EC3, and Cesaro formed a stable on Main Event.  Maybe it’ll have legs.  Or maybe Vince doesn’t watch anything but Raw.

6.So I did that Fredericksburg show last week — felt pretty good, though I had to ref all six matches in First Day Of Summer heat outdoors.  The Gatorade was sweet.

7. Does anyone want me to do a column of some sort?  Be it a Bradley Baker-style essay, a random WWE Network non-wrestling-show review, or maybe just one of my old DC area indies.  Open for ideas for the weekend.

8. Depression is a scary thing.  I lost 10 years of my life to it.  I’m glad Tommy Dreamer got help, and I’m glad CasXL is back in the good with DDP’s help.

9. In honor of the movie Yesterday, what wrestling alternate universe that could be described as “the same as ours but _____ never got into the business” would most intrigue you?

10. That said, here’s your INDIE MATCH OF THE WEEK, as Impact star Jordynne Grace faces off against Kris Statlander at a Beyond show.  Bonus: fill in the thought bubble for the referee in this thumbnail.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday Night Party Thread: June 21, 2019

We made it!

Just two more days until WWE presents In Your House: Stomp the Yard or whatever.  I’ll open a thread for discussion if I remember it’s happening in time.

Personal wresting adventure: I have been invited to referee for a show in Fredericksburg, VA.  This marks the third promotion I will have refereed for in my very nascent career.  A lot of my CRAB brethren will be on the card, so hopefully we’ll do some good networking down there.

El Salvador faces Jamaica, while Honduras faces Curacao in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Enjoy the weekend!

Indies and Insanity: June 20, 2019

Tonight is Zion Williamson Coronation Night!  GO DUKE!  Also expect Ja Morant to go to Memphis and be the most intriguing rookie of the bunch.  RJ Barrett looks to be the Knicks’ latest savior.  After that, things could get crazy.  BOLD PREDICTION: The Pelicans trade #4 to the Hawks for #8 and #17.  (Editor’s Note: while I was writing this up, the trade happened.  I was right! WOJBOMB!)

The Men’s Gold Cup continues tonight: Nicaragua faces Haiti, while Costa Rica takes on Bermuda.

Your Women’s World Cup knockout field is set.  In a wild twist, eight of the nine spots are taken by UEFA teams and they are in eight different KO matches!  There’s a chance UEFA sweeps the quarters… or is gone that soon.  (Not likely, though: I’m predicting 5 UEFA teams getting in the quarters, with USA, Japan, and Australia joining England, France, Italy, Germany, and Sweden.)

Enough sports, let’s go to the indies!

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Indies and Insanity: June 13, 2019

We saw a first-time champ in the Blues last night.  Could the Raptors add their name to the trophy?  Tonight, Toronto(3) faces Golden State(2) in the final game in Oakland’s venerable arena.

The College World Series gets underway this weekend in Omaha.  Michigan/Texas Tech, Arkansas/Florida State, Vanderbilt/Louisville, and Auburn/Mississippi State are your opening round matchups.

Up next, we look at the independents.

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Friday Night Party Thread: June 7, 2019

So the WWE had a show earlier today.  Nothing happened.

Tonight, it’s the crucial Game 4 of the NBA finals as the Raptors (2) hope to put the Warriors (1) on the brink!

I should be watching my Duke team face Vanderbilt in the Super Regional, but it’s raining in Nashville.  Hard.  We’re talking standing water — but they want to get that sucker in.  Later tonight, overall #1 UCLA faces Michigan.

Game 1 between France and Korea Republic is in the books for the Women’s World Cup.  I’ll avoid spoiling you because I actually care about this event.

Anyway, enjoy the weekend!

Indies and Insanity: June 6, 2019

It’s a pivotal Game 5 tonight as Saint Louis goes to Boston in the Stanley Cup Finals!

Jinder Mahal regained the 24/7 title in the airport on the way to Saudi Arabia, only for R-Truth to regain it right back during the flight.  Clips are on YouTube.

Women’s World Cup begins tomorrow!  Something to watch instead of the Saudi show!

Here are some other options coming up in our indie breakdown after the jump.

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Sunday Night Reset: June 2, 2019

(Editor’s Note: It’s been such a long week that I initially said this was a FRIDAY night thread.  Sorry for the confusion.)

Hey, guess what, it’s Red Sox and Yankees on tonight.  AGAIN.

UCLA has qualified for the Softball National Championship, and there’s a chance Oklahoma will join them (although as of press time this is unconfirmed).

Maffew has a new Botchamania up as he rips the MITB referees and DoN announcers a new one.  Plus about a dozen stingers!

A *very* interesting Game 2 of the NBA Finals is happening.

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: May 31, 2019

Tonight’s action includes, but is not limited to:

  • CMLL Juicio Final 2019, featuring THREE Apuestas!
  • Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals!
  • Women’s College World Series, including two big rivalries (Arizona/UCLA are the pioneers of NCAA softball, and Oklahoma/Oklahoma State needs no introduction).
  • Oh, and I guess Impact is on somewhere.

Enjoy the weekend, weirdos!

Indies and Insanity: May 30, 2019

KAWHI! STEPH! SIAKAM! DRAYMOND! IT’S THE NBA FINALS ON ABC!  Game 1 from Toronto is tonight!

Meanwhile, the Women’s College World Series is underway.  Your evening doubleheader is Oklahoma St/Florida, followed by Alabama/Oklahoma.

Coming up, your look at the independent scene.  (Since someone asked, I consider WWE, NJPW, ROH, Impact, and AEW to be beyond the scope of my report.)

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RIP Ashley Massaro

TMZ is reporting that Ashley Massaro was found in her home in Suffolk County, NY, and transported to a hospital, where she was declared dead this morning.  She was two weeks shy of her 40th birthday.

Massaro entered the WWE through the somewhat-popular Diva Search competition, winning its second edition in 2005.  Her first real experience was a women’s battle royal on Raw; unfortunately, her lack of training meant her bump to the floor went wrong and she broke her leg.  However, she remained on-screen for a few extra weeks while healing, most notably as a kidnapping victim of Mickie James in an attempt to get in Trish Stratus’ head.

After some rudimentary training, she was placed in an on-screen role, primarily as a valet for the wildly popular tag team of Paul London and Brian Kendrick.  It was while in this role that she was selected for the April 2007 cover of Playboy magazine.

Following on from the success of that cover and her Diva Search popularity, Massaro received a WrestleMania 23 match against Melina for the WWE Women’s Championship, which she lost.  The next year, Ashley filled in for an injured Candice Michelle to team with Maria Kanellis against Beth Phoenix and Melina.  Again she lost the match, though this one is more notable for the smoke and mirrors surrounding it — antics involving Snoop Dogg, Jerry Lawler, and Santino Marella overshadowed the match, as did a blown fuse that took out main lighting over the ring.

Massaro also had a cup of coffee in mainstream television, being chosen to take part in the Survivor game during its season in China.  Unfortunately for her, she was an early casualty of the format.

She left WWE in July 2008 to take care of her family.

The thoughts and prayers of all of us at Blog of Doom are with Massaro’s family, especially her daughter, at this difficult time.

 

Indies and Insanity: the Thursday Night Thread, May 16, 2019

Tonight, the Bruins (3) look to take the Hurricanes (0) out of the NHL playoffs and raise the Prince of Wales trophy… okay, NHL tradition says they won’t raise it, but still.  Meanwhile, Portland (0) takes on Golden State (1) in the Western Conference finals.  If you have MLB TV, tonight’s Free Game of the Day is Blue Jays at White Sox.

Get well soon, Ric Flair.

It’s a light weekend for indie wrestling, but let’s look at the highlights.

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Friday Night Party Thread: May 10, 2019

We made it!

Tonight, the Warriors look to close out the Rockets, but they’ll have to do it without Kevin Durant.  This weekend, the college sports fan in me will be on a spring sports binge (baseball, softball, lacrosse… good stuff).

Also tomorrow, I’ll try to get around to reviewing some of the Legends Roundtable episodes.  Two of my favorite are The Worst Ideas and Patriotism In Wrestling, so I might start with one of them… you know, if I’m able to get away from my job long enough.

Monday!  Bret Hart faces Tom Magee, and we find out just how good Bret is at either wrestling acumen or salesmanship!

Enjoy the night!

Indies and Insanity: May 9, 2019 (Thursday Night Thread)

Tonight!  It’s some critical Game 6 showdowns as the Raptors and Nuggets look to make the final four, but the Blazers and Sixers want to force a Do Or Die Game 7 while at home.  Meanwhile, it’s Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference Final as the Bruins face the Hurricanes.  In addition, we have a lot of college spring sports tournament games going on — my Duke team is playing Notre Dame in softball and I’ll be paying attention to that.

And I’m the only one, I’m sure.

You, on the other hand, will be doing wrestling things, so here’s our look at how wrestling exists beyond WWE, TNA, and AEW!

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