Sunday Night Reset: December 1, 2019

Sorry I’m late; traffic was bad in the rain.

Anyway, tonight’s NFL game is New England and Houston.

Also, Starrcade is currently going on.  In the past, this would be a big deal for me; of course, in the past, it would be in DC and I’d be there.  (I got to see Goldberg’s first loss.)

Enjoy the night.  Back to the grind.

WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 9 — GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

We made it!

This is normally where I’d show you a preview of the SmackDown tonight, but (1) nobody’s here reading, and (2) the only thing we know is that there will be a new invitee to the Firefly Fun House.  I’m calling it now: it’s a goat.

Okay, guys; keep it clean and enjoy the weekend!  (Sorry it’s not much — had to sneak away from family and promised I’d be quick.)

Indies and Insanity: November 28, 2019

Let’s make it quick, I got some pumpkin pie waiting…

Tonight’s Uncharted Territory episode is a tribute to Survivor Series!  The Buffalo Boys face Atticus Cogar, Eddy Only, Gregory Iron, and JJ Garrett!  Nick Gage and Jake Parnell captain teams of five!  Plus, a Discovery Gauntlet title match as Gary Jay defends against Aaron Rourke!

AIW in Ohio tomorrow does Hell on Earth!  Tom Lawlor defends the big gold against Josh Bishop!  Mance Warner and Nick Gage kill each other!  Plus, Alex Shelley, Eddie Kingston, Wheeler YUTA, and a guest appearance by Kevin Nash!

AAW Saturday night brings Unstoppable to Chicago!  Josh Alexander defends the big gold in the main event against Ace Romero!  Eddie Kingston battles Curt Stallion!  The Besties put the tag belts on the line against the Rascalz!

Saturday night is also CZW’s Night of Infamy in New Jersey!  Joe Gacy defends the big gold against AR Fox!  Jimmy Rave challenges for the secondary title!  Anthony Gangone must answer to Matt Tremont!  Plus Jimmy Lloyd, Bear Country, and more!

And your Indie Match of the Week is one I saw live in Washington, DC, that generated a bit of controversy for some reason… Faye Jackson gets one of her dream matches, facing off against Joey Ryan.  HIDE THE KIDS.

Bring the insanity!

WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 8 — WE ARE NOT RING OF HONOR

We made it!

So at this point, is current ROH management worse than Dixie Carter?  The argument’s there, right?

Tonight, we are two days away from Survivor Series where all three brands will send their rosters against each other to prove absolutely nothing.  As such, expect a lot of cross-brand backstabbing; it wouldn’t surprise me if the show ended on another Nitro-esque brawl.  And to be fair, those tend to be fun.  I miss the Rumble go-home shows doing that.

But first, SmackDown has to get King Corbin on the same page.  Part of that will be showing him his teammates can carry the load.  So it’s six-man tag action tonight as Corbin, Robert Roode, and Dolph Ziggler take on Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali, and (sigh) Shorty G!

In addition, MizTV will feature the two participants in the Universal Title match… maybe.  Sort of.  Daniel Bryan, the handpicked challenger, will be there, but who will represent the champ?  Will Bray Wyatt be the Firefly or the Fiend?  And if the former, how will that play in front of a live audience?

Your real sports events — ESPN has Spurs/Sixers and Rockets/Clippers; ESPN2 has Georgetown/Duke from MSG before some MWC football with Colorado State at Wyoming; FS1 has some low-level hoops, with Morehead State facing Butler followed by Cal Poly against Creighton; ESPNU gives us a pair of games from Charleston, SC’s tournament; The SEC Network shows us Mount St. Mary’s/Kentucky, then South Dakota/Arkansas; NHL Network has Devils/Penguins; Big Ten Network has basketball with George Mason/Maryland.

We’ve been over the rules; obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  Let’s keep it clean, touch gloves, and come out swinging.  ENJOY THE WEEKEND!

Indies and Insanity: November 21, 2019

Sorry if this is a few minutes late — I was slow starting my research because my co-worker put C-SPAN on at the office and we all fell asleep.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Indianapolis/Houston, with actual playoff implications!  Your NBA on TNT doubleheader is Portland/Milwaukee followed by Nawlins/Phoenix.  Meanwhile, NC State and Georgia Tech play some football on ESPN.  ESPN2 has basketball in Madison Square Garden, as Texas faces Georgetown, then Duke meets Cal.  ESPNU has two games from Charleston, SC: Xavier/Towson, then Buffalo/UConn.  And if you’re really bored, FS1 is re-airing SmackDown and Backstage.

After the jump, let’s look over some indie coverage!

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Sunday Night Reset: November 17, 2019

Remember, folks, no matter how bad you think WWE TV is: on this day 41 years ago, we had the Star Wars Holiday Special.  NOTHING WWE does can be that bad.

No, Vince, wait, that’s not a challenge!

Congratulations to O’Shay Edwards, who won the PTPW Heavyweight Title last night in Washington, DC.  In addition, Mack Buckler retained the CRAB Heavyweight Title.  (This has been your Blatant Homerism Indie Roundup.)

Coming soon to this blog: a look at AJW Wrestling Queendom and the 1989 Royal Rumble.

Tonight’s NFL game is Chicago traveling to LA to face the Rams.  We will have to wait another 5 hours to find out Seth Rollins’ opinion on football.

Enjoy the night.

WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 7 — TEAM BUILDING EXERCISES

We made it!

The road to Survivor Series is getting close to an end, but tonight we’ll see what the blue brand has to say about what’s coming up.  The big story about our champion Bray Wyatt is his attack on Daniel Bryan last week.  Well, this time around, Bryan will respond to the attack… on a special episode of MizTV!  Will the host and guest get along long enough to be given a Mandible Claw?

As for the episode title, both the Men’s Team and Women’s Team may change going forward.  On the women’s side, Nikki Cross wants to join Team SmackDown, but captain Sasha Banks isn’t willing to just let it happen.  Instead, Cross must defeat the champion, Bayley, in a non-title match.  Hm… Sasha getting Bayley to do the work for her?  If you know where to look, there’s evidence the Boss is not the friend she claims.

Meanwhile, the men’s team has been announced in full, but King Corbin is none too happy with being the odd man out on his team.  He’s demanding his allies Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler join him, and to that end, he’s talked Mustafa Ali — yes, he has two names again — and (sigh) Shorty G into putting their spots on the line.  Will Corbin cheat his way to getting teammates he wants, and if he does, how will the rest of the squad feel?

But wait!  There’s more!  Last week, Kofi Kingston and Big E won the SmackDown tag titles from the Revival.  This would seem to mean that they, not the Revival, will step in with the War Raiders and reDRagon at Survivor Series.  HOWEVER, while there was no rematch clause automatically triggered, the New Day are willing to act like there was and grant the Revival another chance to get into the match.  The tag belts are back on the line — will the New Day’s 7th title reign be as unimpressive as Charlotte’s 10th?  Or will the straight-ahead brawlers fall again to the Power of Positivity?

Oh, right, one more thing — who from Raw or NXT is in attendance?  And has NXT considered that they’re going to have a lot of their top stars compete at Survivor Series just off of WarGames?  Is NXT continuity official?  Many questions!

Sports report: tonight’s events wi- (gets smashed in the face with a helmet)

Seriously, though:

  • ESPN — it’s an NBA doubleheader!  Up first it’s Jazz/Grizzlies, with the nightcap being Celtics/Warriors!
  • ESPN2 — Team USA in men’s soccer looks to avenge their biggest pratfall by beating Canada in Orlando, then college football presents Fresno State against San Diego State!
  • ESPNU — The Backyard Brawl is back as West Virginia faces Pitt in men’s hoops!  Then it’s a clash of Cougars as BYU takes on Houston on the hardwood!
  • CBSSN — Conference USA could be seeing a preview of their football championship game as Louisiana Tech goes to Marshall!
  • NBCSN — In between episodes of Monster Trucks and American Ninja Warrior, we have more college hoops as Alabama faces Rhode Island!
  • FS1 — …never mind, just NASCAR.

If you have regional programming, the SEC Network has Gonzaga at Texas A&M, while the ACC Network has a showcase for future #1 Duke!

All right, we’ve been over the rules.  Obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  Now touch gloves and enjoy the weekend!

Indies and Insanity: November 14, 2019

Your Team Sports update: the NFL’s Game of the Week of the Day is Pittsburgh/Cleveland.  College football has two games available: Buffalo plays Kent State on CBSSN, while ESPN features Pitt hosting Chapel Hill CC.  (Okay, hosting UNC, but I gotta get my shots in.)  Basketball has Mavericks/Knicks and Nets/Nuggets on TNT, while Towson faces Florida on ESPN2, and a Penn State/Georgetown and Michigan State/Seton Hall doubleheader is the highlight of the night on FS1.

And now after the jump, it’s your Independent Wrestling Roundup.

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Sunday Night Reset: November 10, 2019

In Flanders’ fields the poppies grow.

Tonight’s NFL PrimeTime game is Minnesota at Dallas, for those who wish to watch.

Congratulations to two people I’ve met in person, Solo Darling and Willow Nightingale, on becoming the CHIKARA Tag Team Champions.  Great to see Willow overcome her neck injury and return at the top.

Thank you also to the Patrons — I can confirm that tomorrow we will see Scott’s HEROES OF WRESTLING re-rant!  How will his ratings compare to mine?  TUNE INTO NITRO TO FIND OUT!

Enjoy the night.

WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 6 — UNLEASH THE FURY

We made it!

So the big news for tonight’s SmackDown is that it’s already happened.  The show is being aired same-day tape from Manchester, England, meaning we get to view Old Trafford and the crowd gets to boo it.

The big story is that Manchester’s own Tyson Fury is going to speak.  Fresh off of a countout win over Braun Strowman, aka the Big Strow, Fury will address what he will be doing in both boxing and, potentially, wrestling.  Does he have another match in him?  Will he be better trained in the basics?  Is this just a friendly gesture for the Mancunians?

In addition, a match that was supposed to happen until everyone got stuck on the tarmac will be on the show tonight as Roman Reigns faces King Corbin.  Plus, Sasha Banks has a clean bill of health and will show it against Nikki Cross.  Plus, at least one NXT wrestler will make an appearance!  Which one?  Eh, I’ve probably said too much as it is.

Football has a college doubleheader.  UCF faces Tulsa on ESPN2 first, then we flip to FS1 for Washington and Oregon State.  The Cavaliers and Wizards meet on ESPN, followed by a college matchup of Washington (again) and Baylor, live from Anchorage, AK!  More basketball on ESPNU, as Illinois-Chicago faces Memphis in what may be your last chance to see phenom Jason Wiseman for the Tigers, with top 5 Kansas hosting last year’s mid-major bubble darling UNC Greensboro.  CBS Sports Network is showing Auburn/Davidson right now, with Navy facing East Carolina in the back half.

If you can’t afford or don’t wish to pay for Full Gear tomorrow, two options for wrestling: CHIKARA’s season finale Tug of War is on IWTV, while the SHE-1 will be streamed on YouTube!

Keep it clean, follow my instructions at all times.  Now touch gloves and come out swinging!

Indies and Insanity: November 7, 2019

Man, how nice that today’s the one day none of the major shows (WWE, NWA, AEW, not even Impact) are running.  Makes it the perfect day to report on the indies.

Real Sports Report: your Game of the Week of the Day in the NFL is the former San Diego against the future Las Vegas.  The NBA on TNT has Celtics/Hornets, then Blazers/Clippers.  If you prefer the college game, we got Temple against South Florida on ESPN as well as Louisiana Lafayette against Coastal Carolina on ESPNU.

But first, educating you on the future of wrestling that no one watches, here’s your Indie Roundup!

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WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 5 — CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE

We made it!  Which is more than I can say for the WWE talent.  (rimshot)

So my usual pattern has been to put a SmackDown Live preview in this part of the post, but that’s not happening.  For reasons nobody really knows but everyone on earth is speculating about, the people who performed at Allahween Havoc had a 24-hour delay in their flight.  Apparently what happens in Jeddah stays in Jeddah, as does whoever did it.

Given the number of people who worked that show, the folks still on our side of the Atlantic are not too numerous.  Which means we’re in for a wild ride.  To be fair, according to reports, a few main eventers were airlifted out of the country quickly, and there’s a group of other wrestlers who tried to but are currently somewhere around Greenland right now.  Who’s in what plane at this point is unclear.  What is clear is that some people who didn’t make the trip at all — Bryan and Miz most notably — will stem the tide.  But when Dana Brooke is one of the big names you have to advertise, it’s clear you’re working light.

On the plus side, now Vince has an excuse to rip up the show platform and rewrite it on a cocaine bender.  He normally does that just to keep in practice!

If this chaos sounds like something you’d rather DVR, live sports can be found as well.  ESPN has an NBA doubleheader: Rockets/Nets, then Lakers/Mavericks.  If you want football, ESPN2 has Navy traveling to Hartford to face Connecticut.  And speaking of college football, Jerry Lawler has confirmed he’s been invited as the Special Guest Picker for College GameDay live from Memphis!  His first appearance should be around 11:30 ET on ESPN tomorrow.

Enjoy the weekend!  Keep it clean and come out swinging!

Indies and Insanity: October 31, 2019

It’s okay, everyone.  We survived another Saudi show.

San Francisco and Arizona are your Game of the Week of the Day.  Meanwhile, in college, you have two unbeaten teams playing in Baylor and Appalachian State (though not against each other — Baylor has West Virginia and Appalachian State has Georgia Southern).  In the NBA on TNT, we have Heat/Hawks, followed by Nuggets/Pelicans.

But first… wait, munchkins at the door.

…okay, now to the slate of independent wrestling you all love to ignore, after the jump.

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Hatewatch Thread: Crown Jewel II

Yes, it’s the day we’ve all been dreading.  It’s time for Allah-ween Avoc!

Watch as the WWE finds a newer and more creative way to kill the Fiend’s momentum because Vince didn’t create so it must not be good!  Thrill at Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair being cheered as 10 guys are ignored for putting on a match!  Watch Kofi Kingston’s stock drop EVEN FURTHER as he loses in Tag Team Turmoil!  Nauseate as the WWE pats themselves on the back for sending two women into a ring!

I’m sorry, am I supposed to be PROMOTING this show?

I’ll be back tonight with the Indie Preview.  In the meantime, let me know if anyone cares to watch.

WWE Friday Night Party Thread, Episode 4 — PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKEOUT

We’ve made it!

Welcome to SmackDown on FOX as our main event for tonight is… Zack Greinke vs Anibal Sanchez!?  Wait, that can’t be right….

*checks notes*

…oh, yeah, SmackDown this week is running into the World Series, so it’s been punted over to FS1.

Anyway, the big story coming into this is that any hope you had for a Kofi Kingston singles run is dead now that Xavier Woods is injured.  There’s no way they would break up New Day, so Kofi has to fall back and take his place.  It’s worse because I think the fans see the writing on the wall and they’ve given up on him too.  That said, Kofi and Big E are scheduled to face The Revival tonight.

Elsewhere, Nikki Cross will be in action against Mandy Rose.  After Cross’ six-pack challenge win, she is scheduled to face The New And Allegedly Improved Bayley at some point for their Women’s Championship.  But Cross doesn’t really feel like a challenge yet.  This is one time when “building momentum” actually makes sense, if only the phrase weren’t so overused it lost all meaning.

Of course, your true main event on SmackDown is the buildup to Allahween Havoc.  We’ll have a face-to-face staredown thingy go down between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez, just to remind you that being a wrestling lifer is actually horrible and a true sign of greatness is being able to do more than just wrestle.  Oh hey, Vince, almost didn’t see you over there.

In addition, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair will yell at each other on MizTV.

All of this can be found on FS1, because as mentioned, the Nationals (2) and Astros (0) meet on FOX in the World Series.  Meanwhile, ESPN has the NBA doubleheader of Mavericks/Pelicans and Jazz/Lakers.  In addition, Southern Cal and Colorado meet in Pac-12 After Dark.

Enjoy the weekend and keep it clean, guys.

Indies and Insanity: October 24, 2019

First, sports.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Minnesota/Washington.

College football features Southern Methodist against Houston, as the Cougars hope they don’t suffer DEATH BY SMU-SMU!

Also tonight, soccer (or as we in other haunts call it “metric football”) has MLS quarterfinals as Atlanta faces Philadelphia and Los Angeles faces Los Angeles.

ALSO also, NBA on TNT has Bucks/Rockets followed by Clippers/Warriors.  It’s a pretty full day.

As for the weekend, let’s find out what we got in the indie roundup after the jump!

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