Friday Night Party Thread: August 7, 2020

New York strip steak?  Check.

Pre-chopped salad? Check.

Pasta?  Check.

A reason to stay indoors all weekend while the training ring is being dried out from the storm?  Oh that’s a big check.  WE MADE IT!

SmackDown is tonight!  We will see Matt Riddle face Sheamus, Jeff Hardy against Baron Corbin, Sonya Deville on the Dirt Sheet, and a Firefly Fun House to (hopefully) answer what the heck is up with that attack on Bliss last week.  (Though seriously, that has my attention on the Fiend.  See what establishing rules does?  It makes breaking them meaningful.  WWE should take that lesson and apply it to, well, everyday matches.  Let heels cheat.)

NBA is heating up in Orlando, and the NHL playoffs have their first victim, as the Panthers are dragged kicking and screaming back to Florida.  Hopefully they take the Pens with them.

All right, everyone, we went over the rules.  I want you to obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  No explicit material, and keep all jabs friendly and jokey and stuff.  Remember: it’s the weekend, and we want everyone in a good mood.  Now, touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and get ready to post.

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

Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday Night Reset: August 2, 2020

Happy Ron Simmons Day, everyone!  It was on this day in 1992 in Baltimore, MD, that Ron Simmons broke the color barrier for world champions.  (Officially — yes, Bobo Brazil was awarded the NWA Title, but neither WWE nor NWA recognize that title change.)

Congratulations to both Nikki and Brie for giving birth.  No names revealed yet.

And now, here it is, your Moment of Zen… and how appropriate a choice:

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: July 31, 2020

We made it!

It looks like the entire MLB may have to go back into lockdown for a while on Monday if they can’t contain the virus.  And just about every team is FURIOUS at the Marlins for not even trying social distancing.  Florida: they’ll mess it all up.  Guaranteed.

Tonight, on SmackDown, it’s a match I never knew I wanted when AJ Styles defends the I-C title against Gran Metallik.  Nikki Cross gets another chance at women’s champ Bayley.  Naomi and Lacey Evans rematch. Plus, Otis is back in the building!

DID SOMEONE SAY BOTCHAMANIA?

This weekend IWA Mid-South is doing a King of the Deathmatch.  Because IWA Mid-South is run by idiots and I don’t care who hears it.  That said, the stips here are insane even by deathmatch standards.

RIP Mark Rocco.

All right, guys, we’ve been over the rules in the back.  I want you to respect the mod rulings at all times.  Let’s have a good clean thread.  Now, touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!

Enjoy the we… oh, crud, I owe you all a story!  After the jump.

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The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 30, 2020

TONIGHT!  THE NBA IS BACK!  Of course it is: would it be a Thursday night without the NBA?  (Probably, considering we just had like 15 of them.)

Saturday night in Indianapolis, it’s GCW presenting Keep in Touch, to be streamed on FITE.  AJ Gray battles Chris Dickinson!  Nate Webb goes against Mance Warner!  Nick Gage fights Cole Radrick!  And a first-time-ever main event as ACH comes back from his hiatus to take on Joey Janela!

Speaking of Janela, he faced Lio Rush last week in Atlantic City.  All indications are this was Rush’s farewell to wrestling.  I know, I know — it’s wrestling.

After the jump, some free action!

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AEW DARK: July 28, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 44, July 28, 2020.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz.

We have an astonishing TWELVE matches to see tonight! We have a double main event, as Best Friends face Dark Order’s B team of Reynolds and Silver while in a three-way match it’s SCU, Proud and Powerful, and Private Party! In addition, three minor features as Orange Cassidy takes on Serpentico, while The Initiative (that pesky Cutler and Avalon team) face FTR, and the team of Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss battle Pineapple Pete and Michael Nakazawa!

Read moreAEW DARK: July 28, 2020

Sunday Night Reset: July 26, 2020

Another weekend in the books.  Hope everyone enjoyed it without needing a PPV type show to tide them over.

Although if you have IWTV, Lio Rush is about to make his return to wrestling against Joey Janela in Atlantic City, so heads up.

Tomorrow, we look at ECW Enter Sandman and some random TV shows from around the world.

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: July 24, 2020

We made it!

It’s been confirmed: Independent Champion WARHORSE is going to face Cody Rhodes for the TNT Title on Wednesday!  For those who still aren’t sold on Jake Parnell as the Cruiserweight Ultimate Warrior of Heavy Metal, here’s a background video — only 10 minutes or so — on where WARHORSE came from:

Also, we got more baseball today.  I still hope this doesn’t backfire horribly.

All right, guys, we went over the instructions in the back.  I want you to respect the mods’ rulings at all times.  I expect a good, clean thread.  Now, touch gloves, go to your laptops, and come out ranting!

Enjoy the weekend, y’all!

The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 23, 2020

Baseball is back!  Yankees vs Nationals!  Let’s get some normal life back and be able to set aside our worries so… oh hell Juan Soto is out with Covid.  Well done, MLB.

DATELINE: WWE gives up on Boston for SummerSlam.  They haven’t said “It’ll be a PC show” yet.  I don’t blame them for holding out hope, but… eh.

DATELINE: Adam Cole and Pat McAfee swear at each other on the radio.  If McAfee pulls a Kevin Greene and actually becomes good at this wrestling thing, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

DATELINE: AEW outdoes NXT in the ratings.  As it should.

DATELINE: AEW Dark next week is an economy-size episode.  Twelve matches, including four Feature Bouts!  Dark Order 3 and 4 (Silver/Reynolds) face the Best Friends, Serpentico (the real one) battles Orange Cassidy, FTR take on The Initiative (oh, they gave Cutler and Avalon a team name), and a three-way tag main of Private Party, Proud’n’Powerful, and SCU!

And now, here it… wait!  We have an indie show this weekend!

Read moreThe ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 23, 2020

Friday Night Party Thread: July 17, 2020

We made it!

SmackDown is coming tonight, in which Matt Riddle challenges AJ Styles for the Intercontinental Title and Alexa Bliss will have someone on her show within a show.

Also, Slammiversary is this weekend, featuring the debuts of everyone WWE has ever fired.

Then we hit the swamp for Extreme Rules.  Watch your eyes!

All right, we’ve been over the rules. Obey the mod’s instructions at all times.  Now touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and start posting.  Meanwhile, here it is: your moment of Zen.

Enjoy the weekend!

The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 15, 2020

Early returns are that the Northeast looks to have figured out how to do outdoor shows on a budget.  (That method: make everyone wear a mask, expand ringside to promote social distancing, and put the workers on the honor system.  Well, two out of three, right?)

If this holds up, who knows?  We could slowly see things come around.

Throw in good news on the Oxford vaccine front and US manufacturers mass producing in case their human trials work, and there is a light at the end of this long, boring tunnel.  Assuming you follow the science.

But enough real world, let’s escape with some fun indie matches from days gone by!

Read moreThe ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 15, 2020

Sunday Night Reset: July 12, 2020

Got back to training today.  Felt good to be back, and no one got hurt, so that’s a win.  Then we heard our trainer Money tell stories of his trip to AEW, and while I can’t divulge what he said (like RVD would say, stories require tuition), I can tell you Lance Archer is a very good dude.

TOMORROW!  Reviews of AJW Grand Prix Part 3 from 1993, ECW Hardcore TV from May 1995, and the NXT/NXTUK Worlds Collide show from just before the Rumble.  Hard to believe that was only six months ago, which I think is 2948 years in pandemic time.

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: July 10, 2020

We made it!

Well, the day I’ve been waiting for is almost upon me: after a looooong time away from training, I go back between the ropes on Sunday!  If you’re wondering, the place has a ton of hand sanitizer and there’s only going to be 3 or 4 of us in the whole damn building.  I know it’s a risk, but at this point I think we’ve beaten it down enough that we the risk is small.

I hope it all goes well.  Right now, seeing the news from the Southeast is giving me panic attacks.  I don’t know what’s going on, why it’s happening, or how it could be prevented.  I just hope it doesn’t get up to the DC area.  We’ve been doing so well for so long.

Normally I’d keep this happy, but it feels like the world thrills in stupidity.  Seriously, people just made up claims that a major furniture chain is involved in child trafficking, and they’re only evidence is “some things are more expensive than others”.  We’re dealing with a special breed of stupid I can’t wrap my head around, and it’s horrible and infuriating and WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE ANYWAY AHHHHHHHH

I think I need to log off and go play some video games.  Y’all enjoy the weekend.  I may be around.

The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 9, 2020

The indies in the Northeast are starting to figure how they can safely do shows, and most have settled on “outdoors”.  It’s good to know that part of America actually, you know, LISTENS.  We have a bunch of CRAB matches I can put up to amuse you, but this is Thursday and you deserve high-profile indie matches.  Here you go!

Read moreThe ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 9, 2020

Daily Chat: July 9, 2020

Okay, fine, I’LL put up the Daily Thread.

CSS News, et cetera

  • If Randy Orton had his way, he’d have worked someone from NXT at SummerSlam, preferably Adam Cole or Tommasso Ciampa.  However, the lack of top heels on the Raw roster means he’ll be Drew McIntyre’s challenger instead.
  • To celebrate Keith Lee’s title win, it looks like he’ll be getting a new belt to go with it.
  • To the surprise of no one, Vince is totally a fan of Heavy Machinery.
  • At the last tapings, the ring announcer wasn’t in the ring for the matches in WWE.  That will be the way it is (barring some title matches) going forward.
  • Alberto Del Caras Patron has lawyered up over sexual assault charges in San Antonio.
  • CJ “Lana” Perry’s mother is in the ICU with Covid.
  • Brian Pillman Jr may have been on AEW Dark, but he’s still contracted to MLW and will return there once the company resumes operations.

And now, here it is: your moment of Zen.