For those who were interested in seeing it, NWA73 is tonight. Nick Aldis vs Trevor Murdoch is your main event.
Your MLB game of the week is Yankees/A’s.
This week on the blog: the Joshi Spotlight is on GAEA Japan’s debut show; Wednesday Honor continues with Night of the Grudges Act 1; and your wacky dream match is Kazuo Yamazaki and Gary Albright vs Vader and John Tenta in a battle of some seriously big meaty men slapping meat. Well, except Yamazaki — he’s relatively skinny.
TONIGHT! SmackDown deals with the returns of Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar! One of these returns was greeted with a series of groans and eye-rolling, and surprisingly, it *wasn’t* Brock’s. Hayes and Heyman have to book themselves out of corner — let’s see what happens next!
AND THEN! We go back to Milwaukee for Rampage! Who will face the Young Bucks in cage — Jurassic Express or Lucha Bros? Can the Bunnny upset Tay Conti? Christian and Kazarian unite to face Omega and Cutler!
THIS WEEKEND! The NWA takes center-stage for their anniversary! First on Saturday, it’s EMPOWERRR, as Mickie James and company present a women’s show! Kamille defends her title against Leyla Hirsch! Deonna Purrazzo puts the Impact Women’s title on the line against Melina! Ten women compete to see who will get a title shot the next night! We’ll have NWA Women’s Tag Champions! Then on Sunday, it’s NWA73! Trevor Murdoch puts his career on the line to get a shot at Nick Aldis’ 10 pounds of gold! Chris Adonis defends the National title against James Storm! Stevens and Kratos defend the tag gold against Bestia 666 and MechaWolf 450! Thom Latimer, Tim Storm, and Crimson have a Brawl! Mickie James faces Kylie Rae!
MEANWHILE! WrestleQueendom is in progress as we speak (or has just finished up, not sure)! Steve Corino faces his son Colby in North Carolina! And Full Impact Pro returns from hiatus on Sunday!
But first, here it is — your Moment of Zen:
Okay, everyone, we went over the rules in the back. I want you to obey the mods’ instructions at all times. I expect a good, clean thread. Now — touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!
IMPACT — Christian Cage is still champion and is here; Rich Swann and Willie Mack in a tag title eliminator against the Good Brothers; Chris Sabin battles Sami Callihan; David Finlay IV faces Chris Bey; Taylor Wilde goes 1-on-3 against Madison Rayne, Tenille Dashwood, and Caleb Withak; and Steve Maclin has an open challenge for the pre-show.
The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 104 (“Let’s Dance”), August 24, 2021.
From Chicago, IL.
Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. Excalibur’s adjective of the day: “Massive!”
TONIGHT! Shawn Dean gets a homecoming, but he’s up against a tough assignment in Powerhouse Hobbs! Alan Angels looks to put his frustrations with Dark Order leadership behind him as he faces Dante Martin! Aaron Solow and Nick Comoroto look to bolster the Factory by upsetting the Lucha Bros! And we’re running it back with a twist: Matt Hardy takes the Blade’s place to see if he can lead TH2 to a win over the Best Friends!
PLUS – Kris Statlander, Varsity Blonds, Thunder Rosa, and Preston Vance/John Silver!
Let Us Take You Back to Rampage on Friday as CM Punk debuted!
The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 25 (“Such Good Wrestling”), August 23, 2021.
From Houston, TX. This is post-Dynamite, so the crowd may not be as up for it.
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Eddie Kingston, and Paul Wight.
TONIGHT! Anthony Bowens tries to tread water solo against Dante Martin! HFO continues to torment the Best Friends, sending Blade, Angelico, and Evans against Yuta, Orange, and Taylor! And the Death Triangle face off against Uno, Colt, and Angels of the Dark Order!
Throw in showcase matches with Tay Conti and the Varsity Blondes, and we have a fun bite of show!
Let Us Take You Back to the return of CM Punk. He will be in Milwaukee to talk about his match with Darby Allin.
Tonight’s MLB game of the week is Angels against Guardians, live from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as part of the Little League experience.
If football is more your thing, we have Niners/Chargers on NFL Network in a “dress rehearsal” exhibition. The first half will be worth watching, anyway.
Yes, there’s NXT TakeOver 36 to conclude the Weekend of Wrestling, as Samoa Joe challenges Karrion Kross, and Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly have a best-of-three match. I got the over/under on Cole/O’Reilly at 48 1/2 minutes. For betting purposes, Scott’s time is official.
THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG: we look at Bat Yoshinaga in our Joshi Spotlight; your Dream Match of the Week is Mike Quackenbush and Manami Toyota vs Claudio Castagnoli and Sara Del Rey; and Mike’s Bad Show Monthly is back with a look at Road Wild 1998.
TONIGHT! SmackDown is live and ready to provide the final stop on the road to SummerSlam! Your feature bout is Jey Uso (the sober one) against Rey Mysterio! Plus, Edge and Seth Rollins cross paths, as do Roman Reigns and John Cena!
ALSO TONIGHT! Impact runs Emergence on their Impact Plus app! It’s a triple threat for the tag titles! Christian Cage faces Brian Myers for the big gold! Josh Alexander tackles Jake Something in the X Division! Two mixed tag matches! A four-way scramble for the next title shot with Moose, Sabin, Edwards, and Callihan!
ALSO ALSO TONIGHT! GCW is in Vegas and Off The Rails on FITE! Matt Cardona puts the title on the line! Nick Gage and Rickey Shane Page lead trios in violence! AJ Gray grapples with Allie Katch! Ricky Morton faces EFFY! 2 Cold Scorpio in the house!
ALSO ALSO ALSO TONIGHT! You didn’t think I’d forget Rampage: the First Dance, did you? Jon Moxley takes on Daniel Garcia! Jade Cargill and Kiera Hogan! Jurassic Express in tournament action against Private Party! And I hear someone important is in the building, wonder who?
ALSO ALSO ALSO ALSO TONIGHT! Seriously! Ring of Honor runs Glory By Honor Night 1 in Philadelphia! Bandido defends against Flip Gordon! Jonathan Gresham and Rhett Titus go pure! The Briscos face The Righteous! LFI vs Violence Unlimited!
SATURDAY! Ring of Honor’s at it again with Night Two of Glory By Honor! Champion Bandido teams with Rey Horus against Dragon Lee and Rush! Violence Unlimited vs The Foundation! Six-man titles on the line as Shane Taylor Promotions face Incoherence! Matt Taven faces Vincent in a #1 contenders match… IN A STEEL CAGE!
ALSO SATURDAY! SummerSlam is here! Roman Reigns and John Cena! Goldberg and Lashley! Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal! Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks! Seth Rollins and Edge! Usos and Mysterios! Nikki, Charlotte, and Rhea! It’s a stadium show in the desert!
ALSO ALSO SATURDAY! Warrior Wrestling has the Stadium Series on FITE! Kylie Rae faces Thunder Rosa for the women’s title! Jay White and Sam Adonis square off! Trey Miguel against Jake Something for the men’s title! Evil Uno and Jason Hotch! TJ Perkins, Brian Cage, Alan Angels, Chandler Hopkins, Dante Martin, and KC Navarro in a scramble!
SUNDAY! NXT steps in with TakeOver 36! Karrion Kross and Samoa Joe look to kill each other! WALTER and Ilja Dragunov face off once again! Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole will FIGHT FOREVER!
ALSO SUNDAY! Beyond Wrestling presents their signature show Americanrana on IWTV! Kimber Lee and Jordynne Grace face Leyla Hirsch and Masha Slamovich! Matt Cardona faces Teddy Goodz! Tony Deppen and Rhett Titus renew the VU/Foundation rivalry! And Chris Dickinson is crazy — he’s face Wheeler Yuta, Logan Easton LaRoux, Richard Holliday, and Alexander James by himself!
All of this in the next 50 or so hours! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I need a Moment of Zen, who’s with me?
Okay… we’ve been over all the rules before. Obey the mods’ instructions at all times. I expect a good clean thread. Now, touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting.
The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 24 (“We Had The Building And The Time”), August 19, 2021.
From Houston, TX.
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Paul Wight, who make it clear this is promoting Rampage: The First Dance.
I’m going into this flying blind, and AEW hasn’t released anything resembling a card on social media yet, but their thumbnail and video title say Daniel Garcia takes on Matt Sydal in the main event, plus Santana/Ortiz, Private Party, Nyla Rose, Emi Sakura, and more! So let’s enjoy this together, shall we?
(Author’s note: No, not “more”. That was it. Just those five matches.)
Sorry this is going up early, but there’s an AEW Elevation episode on tonight that I didn’t know about until literally now.
IMPACT — Christian Cage and Melina are here! Moose and Ace Austin battle Chris Sabin and Sami Callihan! Doc Gallows and Joe Doering hoss it up! Madison Rayne interviews Tenille Dashwood! Mahabali Shera fights Matt Cardona! And it’s 24 hours from Resurgence!
The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark Episode 103 (“Three Tiers in Ninety Minutes”), August 17, 2021.
From Pittsburgh, PA, where you would st– wait, I made that joke last night.
Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz, with a huge pop in the background.
TONIGHT! The Wingmen are all at it together as they face Jurassic Express and the Varsity Blonds in 8-man action! Cole Karter looks for his first win alongside Chaos Project, but they face the Death Triangle! The HFO continues to torment the Best Friends as Matt Hardy battles Wheeler Yuta! And the hunt for the Elite continues as Frankie Kazarian goes after Brandon Cutler!
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! The “other” talent in this episode is worth watching! Kiera Hogan gets another shot, this time against Kris Statlander! Rickey Shane Page leads a trio into battle against the Dark Order! Masha Slamovich looks to throw around Penelope Ford! Tina San Antonio tries to survive Nyla Rose! And former IWTV Champion Lee Moriarty will go all-out against Dante Martin!
All this, plus Johnson/Anderson, 2.0, and Tay Conti on this episode of AEW Dark!
The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 23 (“Arin Hanson’s Favorite Roulette Number”), August 16, 2021.
From Pittsburgh, PA. Because I work for Scott, I’m required to say that if you give the US an enema, this is where you’d stick the hose.
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Paul Wight.
TONIGHT! Joey Janela reveals his new Bad Boy attitude against Alan Angels! Kiera Hogan escapes Impact and runs into Hikaru Shida! Anthony Bowens tries to go on his own against PAC! Diamante battles Julia Hart in women’s action! Serpentico tries to improve his singles record against Sammy Guevara! And in the main event, it’s a Lucha Underground reunion as TH2 faces the Lucha Bros!
PLUS – Jade Cargill, 2.0, Brian Cage, Thunder Rosa, and Lance Archer!
(For those wondering, Max Caster hasn’t been removed from AEW’s opening credits.)
Tonight’s baseball game is Dodgers/Mets, as the Mets continue to go into their traditional 1960s tribute act.
Tomorrow’s Elevation feels like a sweet-spot as far as matches. Eleven is right about where I want them for a YouTube show, and on top of that there’s five or six “feature bouts”, depending on how you wish to classify someone debuting who is already a national name but not being signed yet.
TripleMania results: Deonna Purrazzo captures the Reina de Reinas title; Kenny Omega retains the Megacampeonato despite an appearance by Ric Flair; Lucha Bros retain the tag titles; and Psycho Clown takes Rey Escorpion’s hair.
TONIGHT! We open with SmackDown as the Tribal Chief looks to humiliate John Cena on the road to SummerSlam! Plus, Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair sign that contract (here’s hoping a stamp is used)! PLUS — Apollo Crews defends the Intercontinental Title against Shinsuke Nakamura!
WE’RE ON A RAMPAGE!
That’s right, it’s the debut of AEW’s third major hour (as opposed to the 47 minor hours per week I recap)! Miro murders Fuego Del Sol! Britt Baker is treated like a face despite being a heel! The Impact Title is on the line!
Congratulations to Johnny and Candace.
Hey Tommy, if you need me to cover for you for Rampage, just let me know!
Anyway, here it is — your moment of Zen:
All right, gentlemen, we’ve been over the rules in the back. I want you to obey the mods’ instructions at all times. I expect a good clean thread. Now — touch gloves, go to your keyboards, and come out posting!
(Note: if wrestling isn’t your thing, tonight has Washington/New England and Philly/Pittsburgh in pre-season football, plus the Yankees and White Sox play a baseball game in Parts Unknown. If you cynically exploit the heck out of it for financial gain, they will come.)
IMPACT — We have a battle royal to see who will face (insert winner from Rampage here) at Emergence! FinJuice faces BeyJay as the Bullet Club grows! Tenille Dashwood faces Taylor Wilde! It’s a Contender’s Elimination thingy as Josh Alexander faces Daivari! And Sam Adonis and Joeasa face off on the pre-show!
The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, Episode 102 (“Balancing? What’s That?”), August 10, 2021.
From the AEW Arena.
Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. Today’s descriptor: “Absolutely massive.” And he’s not lying…
TONIGHT! We prep for trios action at Dynamite as Private Party faces Chuck Taylor and Wheeler Yuta! Cezar Bononi and JD Drake represent the Wingmen as they hope to overpower the Lucha Brothers! Someone’s “0” has to go as Team 2.0 faces Liam Gray and Adrian Alanis! Alan Angels steps up to face QT Marshall! Bear Country is back together and ready to beat up Chaos Project! And Daniel Garcia looks for his first AEW win by taking on Fuego Del Sol!
PLUS – (takes deep breath) – Nyla Rose, TH2, Thunder Rosa, Tay Conti, Penelope Ford, Spears and Wardlow, Darby Allin, Red Velvet, Hikuleo, and two, count’em, TWO Dark Order trios matches!
The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark Episode 101 (“Special Bonus Episode, Tape Delay”), first aired August 6, 2021.
From the AEW Arena.
Your hosts are Excalibur and Taz. Your descriptor: “Moderately large.”
THIS SHOW! Peter Avalon’s back in action, but his first test is a doozy – Frankie Kazarian! It’s Nightmare vs Factory as the Gunn Club face Aaron Solow and Nick Comoroto! And Jora Johl continues his trial by fire as he goes one-on-one with Orange Cassidy!
PLUS – Lucha Brothers, Kris Statlander, Jurassic Express, Julia Hart, Lance Archer, Abadon, a trio of Dante Martin and the Sydal Brothers, and Ethan Page!
The PG Era Rant for AEW Elevation Episode 22 (“Can You Speedrun A TV Show?”), August 9, 2021.
From the AEW Arena.
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Eddie Kingston. Man, Big Show even jobs on commentary.
TONIGHT! Pretty Peter Avalon looks to re-arrange the Captain, Shawn Dean! In what should be a hoss war, Rickey Shane Page returns to face the Machine, Brian Cage! And it’s a family affair as Matt and Mike Sydal face Penta El Cero Miedo and Rey Fenix – the Sydal Brothers vs the Lucha Brothers!
Plus: Hikaru Shida, Red Velvet, Jurassic Express, and Jade Cargill!