Friday Night Party Thread: September 18, 2020

WE MADE IT!

In the big controversy, Dave Meltzer decided that the Parking Lot Fight was a ***** match, which means Chuck Taylor, noted comedy wrestler, now has a higher rated Best Match than Daniel Bryan.  I mean, I realize Meltzer is one guy and he has biases, but it’s still funny to see them play out.

Tonight: AJ Styles faces Sami Zayn.  Also, a Samoan Street Fight with Reigns/Uso vs Corbin/Sheamus.

Before we begin, I want to share this gem with you: the 1984 Wrestling Observer Match of the Year, the Come As You Are Street Fight between the Freebirds and Von Erichs — only 10 minutes long but holy cow the crowd noise and action.

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

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 17, 2020

“Good evening, wrestling fans, and welcome to another Thursday Night Prime Time here on the Blog of Doom.  Gorilla Monsoon here in the studio alongside Bobby the Brain Heenan, and… Brain, you’ve been making phone calls for hours, who are you talking to?”

“…yeah, I’m not sure of her last name.  I think it might be a question mark.”

“Have you been calling every Sue in the phone book?  What makes you think she cares about you?”

“Hey, a lady who would give that parting gift to Santana and Ortiz is my kinda gal!”

Read moreThursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 17, 2020

AEW DARK: September 15, 2020

The PG Era Recap of AEW Dark, Episode 52, September 15, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur, Taz, and Veda Scott! SHE’S BACK!

Eleven matches tonight, with four feature-style bouts! Brian Pillman Jr and Griff Garrison look to get their first win as a team against Santana and Ortiz! Colt Cabana wants to make up for his All Out faux-pas and will face one of his foes from that night, QT Marshall! Someone has to win (right?) when the former members of the Initiative, Peter Avalon and Brandon Cutler, square off! And in our main event, Dark Order 1-4 (Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds, and John Silver) face Private Party and the Gunn Club! Plus, Brandi Rhodes, Butcher and Blade, Penelope Ford, Brian Cage, Will Hobbs, Ivelisse and Diamante, and Best Friends in action!

Read moreAEW DARK: September 15, 2020

Sunday Night Reset: September 13, 2020

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Sorry, it’s been a rough weekend.  The weather here is keeping me from sleeping well.

Anyway, the Talbot Tours review will hopefully be up later this week as I share my feelings in the puro dive.

Tonight, for those like Seth Rollins who like football, it’s Dallas facing Los Angeles NFC in front of a worldwide audience of Al Michaels.

But first, your Moment of Zen:

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: September 11, 2020

We made it!

Tomorrow, Scott will have another Wrestling Observer Flashback.  Meanwhile, Mike Fitzgerald takes the Writers’ Committee Initiation test by watching and reviewing Heroes of Wrestling.  Let’s hope he’s still sane when the show ends.

Meanwhile, as if the Lakers needed more help, the Rockets will be without Danuel House Jr for the remainder of the playoffs after he… hang on, let me get the quote… “had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours… who was not authorized to be on campus”.  I’ll let you fill in the blanks.   By the way, Rockets Twitter is already calling conspiracy on LeBron being a snitch.

Tonight on SmackDown, AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy battle for the Intercontinental Title.  Also, someone new in the Firefly Fun House — what acid trip does Bray have in store now?  (Though to be honest, Postman Pearce was a pretty neat gag.)

All right, we went over the rules in the back.  Please respect the mod’s decisions at all times.  I want a good clean thread.  Now touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and prepare to come out posting!

(But first — your Moment of Zen.)

Enjoy the weekend!

The Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 10, 2020

“Good evening, wrestling fans, and welcome to Prime Time Thursday here on the Blog of Doom.  I’m Gorilla Monsoon joined by Bobby the Brain Heenan and… Bobby?  Why are you on the phone?”

“Oh, I’m talking to my agent to see if AEW will hire me.”

“Kind of a show of disloyalty, isn’t it?”

“How?  Everyone else on this website is on their payroll!”

Read moreThe Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 10, 2020

AEW DARK: September 8, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 51, September 8, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz.

A small slate tonight, with your feature bout being Sonny Kiss squaring off against Serpentico. Also in action are Angelico, Ricky Starks, Anna Jay, Eddie Kingston, Brian Cage, and (for the first time as the featured wrestler) Will Hobbs.

Read moreAEW DARK: September 8, 2020

Sunday Night Reset: September 6, 2020

Hey — thanks to the few of you who checked out my review of All Out.  I knew going in it wouldn’t get as much play as Tommy’s and would be forgotten as soon as Scott’s dropped, but All Out struck me as an important enough show to get triple review treatment.  I’ll probably do this again for Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, and Double or Nothing (maybe SummerSlam too), since those are the biggest PPVs of the wrestling calendar right now.

Some thoughts on That Moment from last night: if Matt thought of the spot, he needs to be told he’s too old to do that stuff.  If Sammy thought of it, Matt should have said no.  As I mentioned in last night, whomever thought of it didn’t take the proper safety precautions — would carpeting or some way to hide foam rubber have killed them?  (I know, the lack of it almost did.)  In addition, with Tony Khan coming out and saying the doctor trusted Matt saying he could still go… that’s horribly irresponsible.  Hell, if someone looked that way in training, I’m telling them to sit it out.  (Since the Khans are NFL owners, here’s an analogy: someone should have stolen Matt’s helmet.)

I enjoyed that Will Hobbs got promoted to PPV status in the Casino match, and he did very well for himself in kayfabe and in workrate.  I think he’s got a future in AEW, and heaven knows the company could use a few more big boys.  It is weird that Austin Gunn, who was advertised for the match, did not compete (a quick double check means that’s the person Hobbs replaced).  I don’t know if he was injured, since he could be seen at ringside all show.  Something to keep an eye on if Billy is doing singles action on Dark.

Also, Chris Jericho: dude, time to hang it up.  You looked real bad out there.  Time has finally caught up with you.

Anyway, enough of my thoughts.  Here is your Moment of Zen:

Enjoy the night, and to those in America who get it, enjoy tomorrow’s day off.

AEW ALL OUT DAY: September 5, 2020

The PG Era Rant for ALL OUT! September 5, 2020.

LIVE LIVE LIVE From the AEW Arena!

(For the record, I was going to review the TNT Countdown show, but it’s a bunch of interview soundbyte things. Oh well.)

Instead, off to the Buy-In, where your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Dasha Gonzalez backstage. And hey, the fans all have masks on! Props to the dude with the Danhausen mask.

Read moreAEW ALL OUT DAY: September 5, 2020

AEW DARK SPECIAL: September 4, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW DARK, Episode 50 on the Road to All Out, September 4, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Taz and Excalibur.

Tonight is a lighter edition, but still has two featured matchups. The Natural Nightmares face off against Alan Angels and Preston Vance of the Dark Order, while Darby Allin and Luther dance with death or something. Also on the show are Colt Cabana, Alex Reynolds, John Silver, Allie, Ivelisse, and more!

Read moreAEW DARK SPECIAL: September 4, 2020

Friday Night Party Thread: September 4, 2020

WE MADE IT!

Tonight, it’s both SmackDown on the ol’ rabbit ears and a special 50th edition of Dark on YouTube!  I’ll take care of Dark, and Tommy will get SmackDown.

Then, tomorrow, for the big one of All Out, ALL THREE OF US will review it!  Find out what we thought, if we have anything resembling a consensus, and who we think deserves more love!  (Hint: Scorpio Sky.)

Then on Sunday, we’ll all get some rest because… MONDAY IS A US FEDERAL HOLIDAY!  That means an extra night to be up and at ’em before our biological clocks hate us.

All right, folks, I want a good, clean thread.  We’ve been over the rules in the back; respect he moderator’s judgement at all times.  Now, touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!

But first — Your Moment of Zen: my trainers’ entrance music and their AEW Dark TitanTron!

Enjoy the weekend!!!

 

The Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 3, 2020

“Good evening, folks, and welcome to Prime Time Thursday here on the Blog of Doom.  I’m Gorilla Monsoon alongside Bobby the Brain Hee-”

“SH!  We can’t start yet; the NXT Title match is still going on.”

“It is not!”

“Are you sure?”

“That’s next week!  There’s something more important before then!”

Read moreThe Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: September 3, 2020

RIP Casey Michael

It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the news that Casey Michael, owner of Squared Circle Sirens and one of the biggest proponents of women’s wrestling among internet writers, has passed away today after a long illness.  He was only 26.

Rather than tell you how much he meant, let me share these statements from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/joegagne/status/1301295390097133572 <– friend of the BOD Joe Gagne

https://twitter.com/AlexM_talkSPORT/status/1301282507246231553 <– TalkSPORT Wrestling correspondent Alex McCarthy

https://twitter.com/BellaTwins/status/1301291413179518977 <– WWE Hall of Famer Nikki Bella

https://twitter.com/iamjakeatlas/status/1301280410530447361 <– NXT star Jake Atlas

https://twitter.com/indiewrestling/status/1301289281281982465 <– Independent Wrestling TV’s official account

https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/status/1301286812116287491 <– Impact Wrestling’s official account

https://twitter.com/snoringelbow/status/1301293724077441026 <– Lucha Underground wrestler Vinnie Massaro

https://twitter.com/brittanyblake_/status/1301290651376640001 <– former WSU champion Brittany Blake

https://twitter.com/CarmellaWWE/status/1301295506447007747 <– WWE star Carmella

https://twitter.com/MikeHales9/status/1301297616966373378 <– Southern wrestling promoter and superfan Mike “Papa” Hales

https://twitter.com/Shazza_McKenzie/status/1301284927531614213 <– SHIMMER star Shazza McKenzie

As the official Squared Circle Sirens announcement put it: “His contributions to women’s wrestling and the friendships made will live on in his memory forever.

Rest in peace, Casey, and God bless you for all you did for wrestling.

 

AEW DARK: September 1, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW DARK Episode 49, September 1, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz! The band is back together!

TONIGHT! We will see Frankie Kazarian face off against Angelico! The Initiative go for their first win as they take on Private Party! Plus: Jurassic Express, Abadon, Shawn Spears, Allie, Proud and Powerful, Anna Jay, Gunn Club, Ricky Starks, and Kip Sabian!

Read moreAEW DARK: September 1, 2020

Friday Night Party Thread: August 28, 2020

WE MADE IT!

Well, it looks like a few people don’t like the Prime Time gimmick… eh, as I’ve said before, just hit “end” on your keypad and enter the comments. It’s what I do.  Plus, I like writing them, so… there.

Some interesting discussion on the BoD today, like what makes a star rating, why did wrestling tank in 2015, and why life as we know it sucks.  Okay, that last bit is every day.  But it makes me wonder: what change do you make in 2015 to save the product?  There are two that come to mind for me: 1, give the women you’ve called up a purpose rather than being placeholders while Nikki wipes Mrs. Punk off the record book; and 2, have Seth Rollins beat John Cena, clean, on his own, at SummerSlam, and really establish you’re all in on him and the fans can like it or not.  It’s what helped with Cena, and it’s what they haven’t done since.

In the meantime, sports is taking the day off more or less.  Some colleges are playing football this weekend, whether they should or not.  And I’m still stuck in my apartment because visiting friends might make me sick, but going downtown to a protest like my friends did is A-OK.  No, I’m not BITTER.

Anyway, gentlemen, we’ve been over the rules in the back.  Pay attention to the mod’s commands at all times.  I expect a good clean thread.  Now touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting.

(And here it is, your Moment of Zen)

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!

The Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: August 27, 2020

“Good evening, wrestling fans, and welcome to a special edition of Prime Time Thursday here on the Blog of Doom.  I’m Gorilla Monsoon alongside Bobby Heenan, and tonight, we will get you ready for a live edition of Dynamite.”

“And it’s not just a live show — they’re actually letting the humanoids take part!”

“For the first time since isolation began, All Elite Wrestling will have a live paying crowd.  They’re bound to be raucous and ready for this one.”

“Sure, but they’d be loud if you promised them free sandwiches.  Let’s see what’s on the offering.”

Read moreThe Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: August 27, 2020

AEW DARK: August 25, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, August 25, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are The Good (Veda Scott), The Bad (Taz), and The Ugly (Tony Schiavone) – as Schiavone himself put it.

A loaded show tonight, with FOUR feature bouts! Jake Hager gets to toss around Marko Stunt! The Initiative look to get over the hump facing Luther and Serpentico! Frankie Kazarian battles Kip Sabian! And in our main event, Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela face fellow high flyers the Hybrid Two! Plus – Penelope Ford, Nyla Rose, Ricky Starks, Lance Archer, Santana and Ortiz, Shawn Spears, the Best Friends, MEL, and the Gunn Club in action (though not against each other)!

Read moreAEW DARK: August 25, 2020

Sunday Night Reset (featuring SUMMERSLAM) : August 23, 2020

First, and as promised, Stadium Stampede thoughts: what a hoot.  I’m not sure how to properly rate it yet, just because it wasn’t a match in the traditional sense — I struggle similarly with the other cinematics — but the number of crazy moments and wild ideas combined into one certainly meant I was never not entertained.  Special bonus for Page, Omega, and Hager’s barfight.

TONIGHT!  SummerSlam from the Epilepsy Dome!  Have fun watching, I have to recover from training.

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: August 21, 2020

WE MADE IT!

And thank the WORLD we made it.  Today’s been a stupid day from the time I arrived at work to even before I got home.  (Short answer: apparently COVID is a liberal.)  But hey, I got my steaks and I got a college football oldie lined up, plus getting to discuss good tunes makes me happy.  (Especially show tunes.  You all mentioned some great ones in the last thread.)

Tomorrow!  Dynamite and NXT TakeOver!  Sunday!  Something else!

So I’m seeing ads for “Utopia” on Amazon and… so we have a pandemic, nerds saving the world, national conspiracy theories, and homemade weaponry.  BE MORE 2020, guys.  (I know, it’s from 2013 in Britain.  Work with me.)

Anyway… I also watched part 1 of All Out last night.  Apart from realizing Jimmy Havoc is stupid and crazy, the main thing that stood out is just how… over the top Kenny Omega is.  Y’all weren’t kidding when you called him Kenny Jazz Hands.  Plus, Joey Janela may be an okay (by national promotion standards) wrestler, but some of the things he comes up with as spots are great (the monkey flip to a perfect landing on the chair was great).

The part that really stuck out was Evil Uno.  He looks like a different person now!  The mask he wore that day was not good; he was about 30 pounds heavier; and going shirtless instead of in a singlet accentuated how bad it was.  He just seemed like a low-level indy wrestler, whereas now he has a presence and is a star in the tag division.

 

All right folks, we’ve been over the rules in the back.  Obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  I want a good clean thread.  Now touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and start posting!

(But first… here it is, your Moment of Zen.)

Enjoy the weekend!