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!

The Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: August 20, 2020

“Good evening, folks, and welcome to Prime Time Thursday here on the Blog of Doom.  Gorilla Monsoon alongside Bobby the Brain Heenan as we bring you the calm before the storm that is SummerSlam.”

“And if you’re talking storms, you gotta mention the humanoids getting to decorate the ThunderDome.”

“That’s right, Brain; hundreds of the WWE’s biggest fans will be able to watch remotely from Orlando starting tomorrow night!”

“Do you realize there will be hundreds of cameras going tomorrow night?  Kevin Dunn will be so busy switching we won’t see a minute of the action!”

Read moreThe Thursday Night PRIME TIME Thread: August 20, 2020

AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup — The Rewind!

The PG Era Rant for the 1st Annual AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup.

From the AEW Arena. Original release dates August 3, 10, and 17.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Veda Scott.

So this is a DEADLY DRAW, meaning that the 16 women entered were randomly paired into teams, though as you’ll see the randomizer still needs a little work. The team that wins this tournament gets a very large trophy as a reward.

Read moreAEW Women’s Tag Team Cup — The Rewind!

AEW DARK: August 18, 2020

The PG Era Rant for AEW Dark, August 18, 2020, Episode 47.

From the AEW Arena.

Your hosts are TNT (Tony ‘n’ Taz), but guess what – Veda Scott is still here and is joining them!

Three bouts of various featuredness on today’s show! Billy Gunn faces Dark Order #5, Alan Angels! Kip Sabian tries to solve the insanity of Michael Nakazawa! And in our main event, Private Party and SCU battle the Butcher, the Blade, and the Bros! (Meanwhile, I battle my inability to remember which one’s Kassidy and which one’s Quen.)

Read moreAEW DARK: August 18, 2020

Friday Night Party Thread: August 14, 2020

WE MADE IT!

Okay, final decision on the Women’s Tag Cup: since the final is Saturday and Tommy Hall has it covered for his Dynamite review (I assume), on Wednesday I’ll do a special Road to the Finals review of the first two rounds, complete with all the snark about the draw I can muster at the time!

For now, I’ve got my food, my VEVO station going (classic rock, duh), and I’m ready to play my mindless game, Poker Night at the Inventory.  I’m a simple man who don’t need no Vince to be happy.

All right, folks, we’ve been over the rules.  Obey the moderator’s instructions at all times.  I expect a good, clean thread, except for the thirst traps — look, I’m realistic.  Keep it clean and non-pornographic, though.  Now, touch gloves, go to your laptops, fire up your joshi or whatever, and come out posting!

And now, here it is, your Moment of Zen:

Enjoy the weekend!

The ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: August 13, 2020

Not in the mood to say much after the whole “Patrick Clark got a slap on the wrist for being a horrible person” thing.  Believe Josh Fuller and the other victims.

New Jersey continues to be semi-safe for wrestling, as H2O will be hosting a show on Saturday, to be broadcast on IWTV.  A lot of local talent on it, but Jeff Cannonball headlines, there’s a Loser Leaves Town match, and a four-way for their secondary title!  Wrestling is always fun — maybe we’ll discover someone new to love!

Your featured bout comes to us from Atlanta, as Sugar Dunkerton (aka Pineapple Pete) squares off against IMPACT Tag Team Champion Alex Shelley!

Bring the insanity!

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.

Read moreFriday Night Party Thread: July 31, 2020

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!

Read moreThe ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Thread: July 30, 2020