Impact, Indies, and Insanity: November 15, 2018

Greetings from snowy DC, where once again we prove to have no clue how to handle a little white stuff.

Tonight on Impact, Sami Callihan challenges Brian Cage for the X Title, while Matt Sydal has a non-title match with Johnny Impact.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Green Bay/Seattle, while Tulane and Houston battle for control of the AAC West in the college football appetizer.

Up next, a look at the wrestling scene for the weekend.

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Sunday Night Reset: November 11, 2018

Your Sunday Night game is Dallas against Philadelphia.  In solidarity with our Canadian brethren, I’m watching Winnipeg/Saskatchewan before heading out for a Veterans’ dinner with Dad, who was ROTC during Vietnam and retired rank Captain, US Navy.
Enjoy the night.  And now, a special word from John McCrae (1872-1918).

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place, and in the sky, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe! 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high! 
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Friday Night Party Thread: November 9, 2018

We made it!

So I decided to break down and watch the Team Challenge Series video.  I’m one match in as I type this and HOLY COW THIS IS UNINTENTIONAL COMEDY GOLD.  Two things no one mentioned: first, the slow motion contains sounds that try to make the impact epic but are just sloppy; second, Tom Burton becomes the first person in wrestling history to call for a timeout and RECEIVE it.  I have never seen that happen (except in matches where the stipulations allowed it)!

I have a feeling this deserves to be sent to Rifftrax immediately.

Lots of sportsball on tonight.  For football fans, we have Louisville getting murdered by Syracuse.  For hoops fans, Arkansas and Texas are playing in El Paso at a military base.  Tomorrow’s College GameDay Game of the Week is Clemson and Boston College.  Myself, I’ll be watching my Duke team crush North Carolina.

Enjoy the weekend!

Impact, Indies, and Insanity: November 8, 2018

Impact’s show tonight is the Zero Hour TV special.  Johnny Impact defends the main gold against Killer Kross, while Brian Cage puts the X Division title on the line against Sami Callihan.  Plus, the debut of Jordynne Grace.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Carolina/Pittsburgh.  The college football appetizer is Wake Forest against NC State.

After the jump, the weekend in wrestling.

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Impact, Indies, and Insanity: November 1, 2018

Impact tonight features a Bound for Glory rematch, with Tessa Blanchard defending the Knockouts title against Taya Valkyrie.  In addition, LAX goes at it against Matt Sydal and Ethan Page, while Pentagon Jr and Homicide square off in a match most likely to have no survivors.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Oakland/San Francisco, which promises to be the dregs.  For meaningful football, the college appetizer has Temple against UCF, which has New Year’s Day bowl implications.

Quick question: would people want to see a recap of House Hardy Halloween this weekend?  It’s wrestling-related, after all.

After the jump, your independent wrestling roundup.

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Friday Night Party Thread: October 26, 2018

We made it!

Game 3 of the World Series is tonight, as the Dodgers look to make something out of the Red Sox.  Meanwhile, college football has an intriguing double-header, with Miami and BC in ACC play followed by Utah and UCLA in the Pac-12.  Tomorrow’s GameDay Game of the Week appears to be Texas facing Oklahoma State.

If there’s a Group Watch, I don’t know what it is.  So let me pull a random recommendation of… (spins WWE Network Wheel Of Doom)… the Madison Square Garden show of June 3, 1991.  It features some decent midcard feuds (Animal/Roma, Bossman/Mountie), a Bret/Barbarian match, and Hogan/Slaughter blowing it off in a Desert Storm match (submission or surrender only).

Enjoy the weekend!

Impact, Indies, and Insanity: The Night Thread, October 25, 2018

A reminder to those of you who watch the show (so, basically Tommy Hall and that’s it): Impact is moving to 10PM tonight.  Matches include Johnny Impact defending against Rey Fenix, Su Yung against Keira Hogan, and Rohit Raju against Gama Singh for some reason.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Miami/Houston.  There’s a good collection of college football appetizer games for you, with Georgia Tech against Virginia Tech, Baylor facing West Virginia, and Appalachian State against Georgia Southern.  Those games are on ESPN, FS1, and ESPNU respectively.

After the jump, independent wrestling!

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Friday Night Party Thread: October 19, 2018

We made it!

YOU ARE LOOKING LIVE at Fox Hall in Annandale, VA, and the VFD, where fans are starting to file in for NOVA Pro’s Sadie Hawkins Invitational!  Some last second car issues have led to a couple changes in the card, but we still have 8 mixed doubles squads ready to thrill and delight, and an absolute war between Tim Donst and PCO on tap!

For those of you who aren’t, well, me and therefore are still at home, a reminder that CMLL Super Viernes is doing a 40th anniversary celebration of Blue Panther’s career with Cavernario/Terrible/Rush vs Finlay/Caristico/Penta up top.  If you’re a baseball fan, the Dodgers go to Milwaukee hoping to join Boston in the World Series.  Football fans will have a choice of two Mountain West games: Colorado State/Boise State on ESPN2 and Air Force/UNLV on CBSSN.  Or, if you’re feeling nerdy, go to ESPNU and watch Yale/Penn!

Enjoy the weekend!

Impact, Indies, and Insanity: October 18, 2018

Impact Wrestling has the fallout show of Bound For Glory.  Matches include Trevor Lee against Ethan Page, Allie taking on Alisha Edwards, and the X Title on the line as Brian Cage defends against Rich Swann.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Denver/Arizona.  Meanwhile, the NCAA Appetizer is Stanford taking on Arizona State, while Game 5 of the ALCS is tonight as Boston hopes to get to the World Series.

After the jump, we’ll look at the weekend in independent wrestling.

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Sunday Night Reset (featuring Bound For Glory)

The big wrestling news is the 14th annual Bound For Glory event.  Here’s your card:

  • Impact Champion Austin Aries vs. Johnny Impact
  • Women’s Champion Tessa Blanchard vs. Taya Valkyrie
  • Sami Callihan and OVE vs. Brian Cage and Lucha Bros in “OVE Rules” Match
  • LAX and Konnan vs. OGz and King in a Concrete Jungle Death Match
  • Eddie Edwards vs. Moose
  • Matt Sydal and Ethan Page vs. Rich Swann and Willie Mack
  • Allie vs. Su Yung
  • Eli Drake vs. TBD

Your Sunday Night NFL game is Kansas City vs. New England.  Game 2 of the ALCS is tonight as well.  Lots of options.

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: October 12, 2018

We made it!

Tonight is Game 1 of the NL Championship Series as LA hosts Milwaukee.  If Milwaukee wins, the city will get 180,000 free burgers.

College football has an intriguing doubleheader tonight: first, unbeaten South Florida faces Tulsa.  Then, the Pac-12 late night chaos arrives as Utah goes heads-up with Stanford.

Your College GameDay game of the week tomorrow is Wisconsin taking on Michigan, with the winner being in position to keep the pressure on Ohio State.

Tonight’s Friday Night groupwatch is a twin bill: the WCW/New Japan January 4 show of 1993, and the WCW/NJPW North Korea MANDATORY FUN show, attended by all 547,000 North Koreans [citation needed].

CMLL is on Claro if you want some Lucha, as Ultimo Guerrero faces Michael Elgin in the main event.

Enjoy the night!

Impact, Indies, and Insanity: Thursday Night, October 11, 2018

Impact Wrestling presents the final show before Bound for Glory.  Up top is a six-man tag with Aries/Kross/Moose against Johnny/Edwards/Bahh.  There’s also a pretty good four-way with Jack Evans, Petey Williams, Puma King, and Trevor Lee.

Your NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Philly/NY Giants.  College football’s appetizer is a doozy, as Texas Tech takes on TCU in Big XII action.

After the jump, we look at the independent highlights.

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Saturday Morning Strong Style Thread

Australia, Australia, Australia, Australia, We love you, Amen!

Right, crack the tube!  *sound of beer cans opening*

We come to you this morning to watch the WWE Super-Show-Down, live from Melbourne, Australia, in front of 75,000 people, all of whom are named Bruce.   Your presumptive main event is HHH taking on the Undertaker, who is also in charge of the sheep dip.  I imagine the WWE hopes the action will be hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum.

So we welcome you bastards and others to God’s own Blog, and remind you that we don’t like stuck-up sticky-beaks here.  Enjoy the show, and remember Rule Number Six: there is no… rule number six.

[This post made with apologies to Monty Python.]

Friday Night Party Thread: October 5, 2018

WE MADE IT!

I haven’t heard of what the Friday Night Groupwatch will be, but may I suggest if you’re looking for something on the Network… Slamboree 1994?  Sting/Vader, Austin/Badd, and Zbyszko/Regal are all matches one can learn from, and of course it has Foley and Sully winning the tag belts in a match that is a five-star nominee.

AL Baseball is on TBS.  NL Baseball is on FS1.  Georgia Tech and Louisville is on ESPN.  Actual good college football is on tomorrow.

And yes, there will be a dedicated Super ShowDown thread.  Of course there will be.

Enjoy the weekend!

The Daily!: October 4, 2018

Well, Brian’s kid is doing much better, which is fantastic news.

Current rumors say the SD vs Raw angle of Survivor Series will likely be scrapped, though odds are Baron Corbin and Kurt Angle will head teams to determine who controls Raw.  Because 2003 was FIFTEEN years ago, so Jim Cornette says it’s okay.

Also, for those wondering: the part of Mr. Bootyworth (the New Day’s chef) was played by Dewey Foley.  Which makes me feel old.

Talk amongst yourselves.  Or watch this, one of my favorite matches from my time recapping Raw:

The Daily!: October 3, 2018

As Alexander Haig once said, “As of now, I’m in control. Don’t panic.”

…okay, panic.

Thoughts and prayers for Joey Janela, whose knee ligaments basically exploded during his match with Psicosis.  It’s so bad he may miss all of 2019.

As NOVA Project 4 is up on Powerbomb TV, I’ll provide a recap either today or tomorrow.

In the meantime, let’s get old-school.  From WWE’s official YouTube account (so I’m sure I’m okay posting it), here’s Bruno Sammartino defending the WWWF Title against Ernie Ladd, MSG, 1976.

Sunday Night Reset: September 30, 2018

Hey, someone remember to wake up Billie Joe Armstrong.

We’re going to have TWO tiebreakers in the NL, as Milwaukee/Chicago and Colorado/LA will face off.  Winners are division champs, losers play in the wild card game.

The AL playoff tree is set: Oakland at New York for the wildcard, winner faces Boston; Cleveland at Houston.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh is your NFL Game of the Night.  Over/Under on unsportsmanlike conduct fouls is 2.5.

Enjoy the night!