AfterLife Wrestling Federation — December Shows (Red)

ALWF Red: Christmas Dreams
Host: Gordon Solie

Highlights of Dusty’s war with the Heenan Family are the show-opening montage.  Dusty defeated Ray Stevens, then Gorilla Monsoon, then (albeit with help) Andre the Giant in order to earn a title chance, but he put it on the line to get the entire Heenan Family on even terms in WarGames.  During WarGames, Bockwinkel nearly choked out Dusty when Bobo Brazil headbutted Bockwinkel free and Eddie Guerrero made him submit.  Bockwinkel said three people beat him, so those three could fight amongst themselves and he’d face the winner.

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AfterLife Wrestling Federation — December Shows (Blue)

ALWF Blue: The Craziest Night
Hosts: Lance Russell and Lord Alfred Hayes

A video montage set to “Stone Cold Crazy” shows how things are getting out of hand on the blue brand, with Roddy Piper and The Sheik spilling blood in no-contests while Sam Muchnick had a hand in cheating JYD out of a title match with Buddy Rogers.  It led to Muchnick being fired as brand GM and replaced by Stu Hart, who promised to handcuff himself to Muchnick to prevent interference.

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AfterLife Wrestling Federation — December Shows (Gold)

The AfterLife Wrestling Federation: for over 100 years, the revolutionary force in Slam Bang Western Style Wrestling!

During the Christmas/Hannukah holidays, all three brands get their own Big Events back-to-back.  Gold goes first, then Blue, then Red.  A feature of the Blue and Red shows this year is a match for each featuring Gold wrestlers, where the winner gets promoted.  In addition, all the titles on all the brands are on the line!  Here we go!

ALWF Gold: TakeOver
Hosts: Dick Lane and Mike Hogewood

Our opening package sets up Bam Bam Bigelow and Dick Murdoch as two trains ready to collide… only to show the bridge the trains are on blowing up near the collision.  In retrospect, some foreshadowing we should’ve seen coming.

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Indies and Insanity: January 31, 2019

Since there wasn’t much blowback from the ALWF stuff, I’ll post the December holiday show recaps we did this weekend.

HOOPS REPORT: TNT’s NBA doubleheader has Bucks/Raptors, then Sixers/Warriors.  ESPN’s Women’s Game of the Week is UConn/Louisville.  ESPN2 presents Temple/Houston (with the Cougars trying to avenge their only loss so far), Arizona/Arizona State, and Gonzaga/BYU.  ESPNU goes with Tulane/ECU, followed by Connecticut/UCF and the Deep Cut of UC Irvine/UCSB.

Also, ESPN is showing a 30-for-30 on Deion Sanders.

But you’re here for wrestling, so after the jump, your indie roundup.

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The Afterlife Wrestling Federation: A Primer

So as I threatened tonight, I’m going to see if there’s any interest in this bad boy.  Don’t worry, it won’t be a weekly post — just every so often, like an Event Center or when there’s a major show.  (Next show is our own Rumble in 2-3 weeks.)

So let’s introduce you to: THE AFTERLIFE WRESTLING FEDERATION! (For over 100 years, the revolutionary force in Slam Bang Western Style Wrestling.)  WARNING: this post is long.  Click at your own risk.

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2019 ROYAL RUMBLE Open Mic (Part 2)

Well, that’s the pregaming done.  It’s time to get ready for the big show itself.  Five title matches and two Rumbles, if you want some numbers.

Post-Rumble, if there aren’t too many objections, I’ll inculde a snapshot of my side project, the AfterLife Wrestling Federation (for over 100 years, the revolutionary force in Slam Bang Western Style Wrestling).  Since we love our wrestling history, we might enjoy it here.

As always, keep it clean and come out swinging!

2019 ROYAL RUMBLE Open Mic (Part 1)

The kickoff show is about to begin, and as a reminder to those who say six hours is too much — NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO WATCH.

Tune in and out as you see fit.

Enjoy each other’s company, but remember, please wait 90 seconds before piling on an unpopular opinion.  The kickoff yakfest starts now.  I’ll be back in for a Part 2 when needed.

Indies and Insanity: January 24, 2019

SPORTSBALL update: Your NBA on TNT twin-bill is Warriors at Wizards followed by T-Wolves at Lakers.  Meanwhile, ESPN has a superpower clash in the women’s scene of Notre Dame at Tennessee, followed by the Pro Bowl Skills challenge and the X-Games.  For all you men’s college hoops fans, we have a tripleheader on ESPN2: Tulsa at Cincinnati, Washington at Oregon, and Saint Mary’s at BYU.  Deep cuts are on ESPNU, as we have Gardner-Webb facing Winthrop followed by Belmont taking on Murray State.

After the jump, we scout the scene this weekend:

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The Friday Night Party Thread: January 18, 2019

WE MADE IT!

More to the point, I’ve made it — I’m celebrating 8 years at my current place of employment.  And there was a time I was certain I couldn’t hold a job longer than 8 months.

Your NBA on ESPN showdown is Spurs/Wolves, followed by Warriors/Clippers.  St. Joseph’s plays St. Louis on ESPN2, and then it’s Aussie Open time.

Hey, I’m gonna pimp NOVA Pro here whenever I get the chance.  Here’s an undercard match from our most recent show on 12/27, featuring rising star Harlow O’Hara against AEW signee Penelope Ford.  If you want to see more of us, go to IndependentWrestling.TV and sign up!  (Code NOVAPRO extends your 10-day free trial to 20 days.)

 

Enjoy the weekend, y’all!

Indies and Insanity: January 17, 2019

Your basketball update: tonight’s NBA on TNT doubleheader is Sixers/Pacers, followed by Lakers/Thunder.

Meanwhile, your college odyssey: ESPN has South Carolina/Mississippi State for the Women’s Game of the Week, followed by Oregon/Arizona.  ESPN2 has Stanford/Washington before cutting to the Australian Open.  Deep cuts on ESPNU as their tripleheader is Tennessee State vs Tennessee Tech, Gardner-Webb against Radford, and BYU facing Pepperdine.

And after the jump, the indie roundup for the weekend.

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Friday Night Party Thread: January 11, 2019

We made it!

Lots of good hoops on tonight.  Your NBA doubleheader is Pacers/Knicks followed by Lakers/Jazz on ESPN.  ESPN2, meanwhile, has some deep cuts: Wright State/Northern Kentucky, followed by a high school game!  ESPNU, on the other hand, gives us Siena/Marist.

Tomorrow it’s the NFL playoffs as well as a Duke/Florida State tilt in college hoops.

Enjoy the weekend!

Indies and Insanity: January 10, 2019

I’m almost going to miss previewing Impact here.  Almost.

NBA on TNT has their usual doubleheader tonight: Celtics/Heat, followed by Thunder/Spurs.  The college kids are all over the place, as on ESPN we have Louisville/Notre Dame (two unbeaten women’s teams) followed by UCLA/Oregon.  ESPN2 has Cincinnati/Tulsa, Penn State/Nebraska, and Pacific/Gonzaga.

After the jump, the indie wrestling schedule.

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Friday Night Party Thread: January 4, 2019

Random thought: how weird would it be if the WWE had every title change hands at WrestleMania?

Your NBA doubleheader tonight is Mavericks/Celtics, followed by Thunder/Trailblazers.

Meanwhile, voting for the 2018 Gooker Award is open.  The clubhouse leader should NOT surprise you.

Also open is voting for the Doomies!  Contact Logan for more information!

Enjoy the weekend!

Indies and Insanity: January 3, 2019

For those who are basketball fans, your NBA/TNT doubleheader is Raptors/Spurs followed by Rockets/Warriors.  Meanwhile, college hoops has an interesting doubleheader of its own as unbeaten Michigan hosts Penn State, followed by Saint Mary’s at San Francisco (don’t laugh; these two teams could steal a bid).

Now, your traditional Thursday night indie highlights:

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Sunday Night Reset: December 30, 2018

Whew.  A couple days away from society is what I needed.

There’s one more game in the NFL: Indianapolis/Tennessee.  Whichever team wins gets the last playoff spot, but if they tie, it goes to Pittsburgh instead.  Sounds like Gedo booked this season.

Enjoy the night.

Indies and Insanity: December 27, 2018

So It’s Come To This: Another Impact Clip Show.  Obviously, no more previewing the show in this space in 2019.  Besides, I don’t think I get the Pursuit Channel anyway.

SPORTSBALL!  Miami and Wisconsin are playing in New York right now, followed by Baylor facing Vanderbilt.  TNT NBA is giving you Celtics/Rockets, followed by Sixers/Jazz.

Coming up, the top shows of the last few days of 2018.

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Sunday Night Reset — December 23, 2018

Normally, this is where we wind down and get ready for the weekend.  But if you’re like me and think ahead, it’s Day 2 of a 4-Day weekend!

Recommedations: check out some old Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies for good times.  My favorites are 2005, 2007, and 2011, but of course this varies according to taste.  Still, it’s a great variety of awesome induction speeches and acceptances.

Or, if you want a Match of the Week (since I forgot one on Thursday), here’s this: we go back to Black Label Pro in Indiana as the Rock and Roll Express face Tom Lawlor and Bryan Alvarez.  Yes, *that* Bryan Alvarez.

Enjoy the night, and may visions of sugar plums dance in your heads.

Impact, Indies, and Insanity: December 20, 2018

Impact is a clip show.  Yay!

Tonight’s bowl game is Marshall/USF in the Gasparilla Bowl.  We also have a college hoops showcase as Texas Tech and Duke square off in Madison Square Garden.

Not much indie action as we approach Christmas, but what we have looks good!  WXW is running their 18th anniversary show, featuring Marcel Barthel teaming with WALTER and Timothy Thatcher as Ringkampf faces British Strong Style!  Plus Absolute Andy puts the WXW Title in the line against David Starr, and Toni Storm defends the women’s title!

Bring the insanity!