Sunday Night Reset: August 12, 2018

So yesterday I was in a seminar with Kevin Sulivan himself and got advice on how to be a marketable wrestler from him.  Also lots of encouragement because, as he felt, this was a time when there would soon be roster turnover at the top of WWE which meant lots of chances for upward mobility throughout all of wrestling.  That evening, we did a dojo show and he took part in the main event!  He stuck around and took pictures with all of us afterwards, then we headed to dinner together and heard road stories.

So this morning, I *was* Homer.

Still — best day of my wrestling adventure ever.

In indie wrestling news, two major title changes occurred Saturday.  Flamita and Bandido won the PROGRESS Tag Team Championships, while Mr. Touchdown Mark Angelosetti ended the 16-month reign of Juan Francisco de Coronado atop CHIKARA.

Tonight’s baseball Game of the Week is Nationals at Cubs.

Now to see where I put my liver after last night.  Enjoy the night!

Friday Night Party Thread: August 10, 2018

Welcome to the weekend!  I’m Andy PG, and I’ve gotten less exposure in wrestling than Randy Orton’s penis.  (Man, what a weird story THAT is.)

Oh, speaking of penises, Austin Aries got upset over the fact that his match at Brooklyn II with No Way Jose was somewhat glossed over in favor of Hideo Itami’s return post-match on a WWE Network Twitter post.  “And what’s either guy done since?  Great success?” he ranted, claiming he was Jose’s career highlight.  Aries then responded to a reply saying he wasn’t as good as AJ Styles by claiming to be “laterally [sic] the definition of special in the ring” and “so nuanced in the art that you don’t even realize how special and high level I am”.  He also said he was “Once In lifetime”, proving that Twitter should never, ever get an edit button.  (Yeah, Friday’s a slow news day, but any time a world champion has a public meltdown, it’s good theater.)

Our weekly Groupwatch is WWA Eruption.  The ringleaders will be by to post details soon, I’m sure.

Tomorrow, I attend a seminar taught by Kevin Sullivan, which I know I mentioned in the morning thread but dude I’m really excited so bear with me.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday Night Thread: August 9, 2018

Your big story is that Aleister Black is officially out of Brooklyn’s main event.  It will now be Gargano/Ciampa, last man standing.

Renee Young will step up in relief of Jonathan Coachman on the Raw announce team on Monday.

This weekend’s independent highlights:

  • PROGRESS will be in Seattle tonight, Chicago on Saturday, and Detroit on Sunday.  WALTER will defend the title in all three locations — against Jimmy Havoc in Seattle, Eddie Dennis in Chicago, and Mark Andrews in Detroit.  Seattle also has Bandido/Flamita/Rey Horus against British Strong Style; Chicago features Pete Dunne against Flash Morgan Webster; and Detroit has Dunne and Trent Seven teaming up against the Monster Mafia of Ethan Page and Josh Alexander.
  • CMLL Super Viernes will be available tomorrow night on Claro TV.  with a main event trios match of Fenix/Matt Taven/Volador Jr against Bestia del Ring/El Terrible/Rush.  In addition, the Lightning Match will feature El Valiente against Hechicero.
  • CHIKARA will be going at it Sunday afternoon with the 2018 edition of CHIKARAsaurus Rex.  J.F. de Coronado defends the gold against Mark Angelosetti, which Danjerhawk puts the Young Lions Cup on the line against Sage Philips.
  • CZW’s Business As Usual comes to you Sunday night in Voorhees.  Dan O’Hare faces Rickey Shane Page in the main event bloodbath, while the undercard features Joe Gacy squaring off against Wheeler YUTA.

Enjoy the night.

Sunday Night Reset: August 5, 2018

Wait… you meant 8 o’clock MY time on Sunday morning?  Oh.

Congratulations to everyone in Tennessee for putting on a weekend of amazing shows.  Joey Lynch won the Scenic City Invitational, including knocking off PCO with 7 consecutive moonsaults because in the indies, there is no such thing as overkill.  Then, in the most indietastic ending to a match ever, Nick Iggy beat Effy by [1] stealing his smartphone, [2] taking a dick pic with it, and [3] rolling Effy up for the pin when Effy was trying to delete it.

I don’t know if I’ve said this lately, but Wrestling Is Stupid And Wonderful.

Meanwhile, the G1 is down to six people who could theoretically win it, though one of them requires the World Champion losing to Toru Yano.  (Well, they don’t call him the Sublime Master Thief for nothing…)

Tonight’s baseball Game of the Week is, of course, Yankees/Red Sox.  Because what else would it be?

Enjoy the night!

Friday Night Party Thread – August 3, 2018

Sorry for forgetting something last night.  Wednesday into Thursday was a very long shift for me — I work in the medical profession — and when I got home, I figured I’d nap around 3PM until 7, when I was due to post this.  I woke up at 10.  Yup.

But enough about me.  Here’s your weekend show roundup!

  • Super Viernes from CMLL airs at 9:30 ET on Claro (which can be found online), and I bring it up because it’s the 40th anniversary for Negro Casas.  To celebrate, there’s a huge trios main event of Mark and Jay Briscoe teaming with Rush against Penta, Fenix, and LA Park.
  • Wrestling Revolver in Dayton, OH, is hosting the Catalina Wrestling Mixer Volume 2.  This time around, it features an 8-team, 1-night wrestling tournament with teams including The Rascalz, Besties in the World, OI4K, and LAX.
  • If you’re in Chattanooga, you’ve heard of the Scenic City Invitational, just about to kick off.  It’s a huge 16-man weekend tournament (first round tonight, second round and 4-way final tomorrow night) and this year’s field has Jake Parnell, Cain Justice, Pierre Carl Ouellet, Fred Yehi, Mance Warner, 2 Cold Scorpio, Kerry Awful of the Carnies, Nick Gage, Curt Stallion, and more.  Plus, tomorrow afternoon will have a 9-man Triple THreat tournament called the Futures Showcase.
  • AAW will be in LaSalle, Illinois for Jawbreaker tomorrow night.  ACH defends the AAW Championship agianst Jeff Cobb in the main event, with Eddie Kingston vs. MVP on the undercard.
  • NEW Wrestling goes Under The Stars for an outdoor show in Wappinger Falls, New York.  Although the nominal main event is Jack Swagger defending the NEW title against Billy Gunn of all people, the highlight is Rey Mysterio facing Elite whipping boy Flip Gordon.
  • Meanwhile, in Germany, WXW is running their Shortcut to the Top Rumble match tomorrow evening.  In addition, Absolute Andy challenges Ilja Dragunov for the WXW championship.
  • PROGRESS is touring the US East Coast — Philadelphia tomorrow, Boston on Sunday, and New York on Tuesday.  Over the course of the tour, there will be a round-robin challenge featuring the Grizzled Young Veterans, CCK, and LAX.  Philadelphia will also see an ECW Rules match between Jimmy Havoc and Rickey Shane Page.  Boston features women’s action with Jordynne Grace against Solo Darling.  And New York has a six-man throwdown of British Strong Style against Brody King, Eddie Kingston, and Jimmy Havoc.
  • RevPro is back at The Cockpit in London on Sunday.   Not much has been announced, but the highlight as of now is an Australian youth wrestling showcase of Adam Brooks against Jonah Rock.
  • When the Scenic City Invitational ends, everyone heads to Nashville on Sunday for Southern Underground Pro’s Not Problematic.  All three Carnies are in singles action, Midwestern team No New Friends face Marko Stunt and Cabana Man Dan, and AJ Gray and Curt Stallion main event in an I Quit match.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Sunday Night Reset: July 29, 2018

Lazy Sunday, wake up in the late afternoon…

Thanks to Scott for posting the morning thread and allowing me to see it, roll over, and go back to sleep.  Which I need after the NOVA Pro show blew the doors off the Elks Lodge.  On a side note, I’m sure being in the building for a Nick Gage no-DQ match and coming out alive is an achievement.  If there’s enough demand, I’ll do a quickie write-up of the show.

Rest in Peace Nikolai Volkoff.  The single best Russian heel in wrestling history.  Somewhere in Heaven Wrestling, he and Ivan are gonna be tag champs within a week, I’m sure of it.

Tonight’s baseball Game of the Week is Cubs/Cardinals.

Enjoy the night.

Friday Night Party Thread: July 27, 2018

We made it to the weekend, everyone!

AIW and BEYOND are putting on their signature events this weekend.

Tyler Breeze is helping out on the NXT House Show loop while waiting for Fandango to heal from surgery.

Tama Tonga and Roman Reigns are in a Twitter feud… for some reason.

Meiko Satomura, the Undertaker of joshi in terms of stature, is in the Mae Young Classic.

The BOD is watching some WWA for their Friday Night Retro PPV, is my understanding.

 

TGIF and enjoy the night!

Thursday Night Discussion

Not much news today.  So let’s get into the wrestling roundup.  If you want to attend a big show this weekend, here are the highlights:

  • AIW is holding their signature event, Absolution, on Friday night in Cleveland.  Joey Janela and Tim Donst have a ladder match, Dominic Garrini and Tom Lawlor have a Dog Collar Match, and in the main event, Nick Gage defends the AIW title against Tracy Williams.
  • Freelance Wrestling in Boston is hosting the Wet Hot American Supershow on Friday night, with talent from all around the East Coast.  The main event is Isaiah Velazquez defending the Freelance title against Darin Corbin in a 2 out of 3 falls match.
  • PCW Ultra will emanate out of Wilmington CA on Friday night with Sound the Alarm.  Highlights are ACH against Dragon Lee and a main event of Penta El 0M teaming with WARBEAST against OVE in an “All Violence Is Legal” match.
  • CHIKARA runs “Egg Monsters from Mars” out of the Wrestle Factory on Saturday afternoon.  J.F. de Coronado defends the gold against Solo Darling, while Mark Angelosetti faces David Starr.
  • CZW New Heights comes to you Saturday Night from New Jersey.  Matt Riddle takes on John Silver, while Matt Tremont has his final CZW match, facing Dan O’Hare in a deathmatch of Tremont’s choosing.
  • NOVA Pro’s Harlem Nights is on Saturday night from Fairfax (outside Washington DC).  Timothy Thatcher faces Jonathan Gresham, while Gage and Donst will square off in a street fight.
  • Alpha-1 hosts The Purge from Hamilton ON Sunday afternoon.  Rickey Shane Page has an open challenge for the big gold, while Alex Daniels faces Zachary Wentz — and as the show is called The Purge, every single match is no-DQ.
  • BEYOND Wrestling hosts their signature event, Americanrana, on Sunday night.  Tremont and Gage face Riddle and Lawlor, Brian Cage goes against PCO, and Janela faces Starr in a No Rope Barbed Wire match.

Impact Wrestling tonight is all about the fallout from Slammiversary.  The only announced match is Matt Sydal’s Contractual Rematch(tm) against Brian Cage.

Enjoy the night.

Sunday Night Reset: July 22, 2018 (feat. SLAMMIVERSARY)

Time to bid the weekend adieu with some Sunday Night talk.

Tonight’s baseball game of the week is Mets vs. Yankees.  Noah Syndergaard will not be pitching for the Mets because he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease.  For the record, the average age of those who get that disease is about 5.  Any other team but the Mets and I’d find this bizarre and unnerving.

As for Slammiversary itself, Rich Swann has been pulled from the card due a concussion he suffered down in MLW over the weekend.  Though Impact has not made this official, Swann is still in Florida for observation, so unless he has a portal gun, he’s missing the event.  According to rumors, Petey Williams would replace him.

Congratulations to Francesco Molinari for winning the Open Championship.  But Tiger was in the Top 10 so no one cares.

One of The New Day, The Bar, The Usos, and SANitY will face the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam.  Paige revealed on Twitter that she’s organizing a mini-tournament over the next couple of Smackdowns.

Enjoy the night!

Lazy Sunday Thread: July 22, 2018

Last night at G1 Climax, YOSHI-HASHI got on the board while Jay White dropped his first match.  Everyone is within 2 games of the top spot through 4 rounds.

Although Brickhouse Brown is still alive, we did lose a lucha legend in Rayo De Jalisco Sr.

If you see Johnny Gargano out on the street, don’t be afraid to say hi to him!

Talk, heathens.

Friday Night Party Thread: July 20, 2018

One small step for a man, one giant leap for the Blog of Doom.  It’s weekend time.  Whether you’re watching CMLL or looking for a retro show to watch, enjoy the night.

RIP Brickhouse Brown, who succumbed to cancer at age 57.  Brown was one of the top wrestlers in the Memphis and Alabama territories in the 80s and had a pretty successful feud with Maxx Payne over the Alabama title.  He also was a World Class Texas champion and three-time USWA Tag Team Champion.

Meanwhile, the Lakers sign Michael Beasley in their continuing effort to drive LeBron James insane by February.

Talk amongst yourselves and enjoy the weekend.

Thursday Night Thread: July 19, 2018

Been a bit of a quiet Thursday.  The big news is a bunch of new action figures revealed at SDCC.

Oh, right, and Cain Velasquez reported to the Performance Center.  No big deal.

Anyway, if you want to watch live wrestling this weekend, here are the highlights:

  • MLW will be in New York for Battle Riot tonight, highlighted by the title match — a 40-man Rumble (with pins/submissions also counting) for a Money-in-the-Bank style opportunity.  In addition, Low-Ki defends against Johnny Mundo and the Lucha Bros defend against Drago and Rey Horus.
  • CMLL may be hard to get to, but they have free wrestling every Friday on Claro.  I point it out because their highlight is a trios match of Mistico/Caristico/Dragon Lee against Pentagon Jr/Barbaro Cavernario/Negro Casas.
  • Shine will run show 52 in Florida on Friday.  Both the Nova and Tag titles will be on the line, but the main event is Rain vs Stormie Lee in an I Quit match, with Rain promising to leave Shine if she loses.
  • Two big shows in Illinois.  AAW United We Stand is Saturday night, with a huge six-man up top of ACH, Davey Vega, and Mat Fitchett against David Starr, Eddie Kingston, and Trevor Lee.
  • Then, Glory Pro runs Sunday afternoon, with Jake Something defending the big gold against Curt Stallion while Jake “Warhorse” Parnell faces Myron Reed to determine the next contender.
  • PWX and FEST are running a co-promotion show in Charlotte on Sunday afternoon.  The main event is champion vs champion as Effy faces Ethan Case.
  • And if you want to plan out far enough ahead, PROGRESS is running Chapter 74 on Wednesday, with Travis Banks defending the title against WALTER in a match that cannot end by countout.

As for tonight, IMPACT is looking to have a pretty decent show, with Austin Aries and Moose having a final confrontation before Slammiversary this Sunday, plus Killer Kross vs Petey Williams and Joe Hendry vs Eli Drake.

Enjoy the night!

Sunday Night Thread (feat. EXTREME RULES 2018)

It’s almost time for the wrestling to begin tonight with Sin Cara vs. Andrade Cien Almas and SANitY vs. New Day kicking us off before the main show.  Will this be the greatest Rusev Day of all time?  Will the crowd put themselves over during another Roman Reigns match?  Which of IRS’ offspring will be tag champs?  Can 2018 Daniel Bryan carry three hosses to a good match?  Are Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler good enough to keep your interest for 30 minutes?  Is James Ellsworth skinny enough to slip through the bars of the shark cage?  Why am I rooting for Braun Strowman over Kevin Owens?

And the elephant in the room: would Vince be tone deaf enough to have Hogan appear on TV?  (He’d better not.)

Whether or not you’re watching the show, stop by and chat about whatever floats your boat.  Just remember to follow the #1 rule of wrestling fandom: Don’t Be A Dick.

Enjoy the night!

Lazy Sunday Thread: July 15, 2018

The Wimbledon men’s final and FIFA World Cup championship are both today.

We’re through one round in both blocks of the G1 Climax.

Extreme Rules is tonight — but we’ll run down that card in the night thread.

Talk, heathens.

FRIDAY NIGHT Party Thread: July 13, 2018

We made it to the weekend!  Here’s the evening news:

  • Your ALL IN announcers/interviewers/etc. have been announced: Alicia Atout, Don Callis, Sean Mooney, Ian Riccaboni, Excalibur, Bobby Cruise, and Justin Roberts.  Dick Vitale, Tim McCarver, and Dr. Joyce Brothers were unavailable, I guess.
  • Andrade Cien Almas vs. Sin Cara will be rematched on the Extreme Rules kickoff show.
  • Names announced for the 2nd annual Mae Young Classic include Io Shirai (JPN), Kacy Catanzaro (USA), Jinny Couture (GBR), and Nicole Matthews (CAN).
  • The G1 Climax press conference was held today.  Tetsuya Naito fell asleep during the event because of course he did.
  • Thanks to efforts of Mayoral Candidate Kane, Knox County held an actual Rusev Day this week.  Wrestling is stupid and wonderful.
  • New Japan and Ring of Honor will run MSG over WrestleMania weekend.

I will not be putting up the Saturday thread, as I’ll be doing some indy wrestling in Valley Lee, MD, on the southern peninsula.  Before you ask, no, I’m not far enough along to be a wrestler, but they trust me to referee, so I should be doing that.

Enjoy the night!

Impact and Discussion: July 12, 2018

A bit of a quiet day today.  Let’s see what news we can find:

  • Jim Ross and Josh Barnett hate the New Japan setup and are blaming it for JR’s rib injury at the G1 USA event.
  • Bret Hart and Martha Hart are squabbling over the former’s claim that the latter is preventing Owen from taking his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, although at this point is “Hart Family Not Getting Along” even a headline?
  • Vince wants everyone to act like Brock Lesnar walked out on the company, hence why he wasn’t even mentioned in passing on Raw.
  • Former college football star DeAngelo Williams may step back in an Impact ring sooner rather than later.

Impact Wrestling is on tonight, with the headline encounter being a six-man tag of Penta, Swann, and Fenix vs. OVE (Sami Callihan and the Crist Brothers).

If you’re interested in going to wrestling this weekend, here’s some highlights:

  • MLW tapes their next few Fusion shows in Orlando Friday, highlighted by Low-Ki vs. Shane Strickland and ACH/Swann vs. Lucha Brothers.
  • FIP is also back in action Friday, as Austin Theory defends the FIP Heavyweight Title against Darby Allin.
  • PWG Threemendous takes place in LA on Friday, highlighted by the Young Bucks challenging for the PWG Tag Titles while WALTER faces Brody King in non-title action.
  • St. Louis Anarchy makes a huge comeback on Friday, highlighted by a 2/3 falls match between Jake Parnell and Gary Jay as well as a tag team dream match between Besties in the World and The Carnies.
  • Saturday afternoon sees BEYOND and CHIKARA hold a crossover show at the Wrestle Factory, headlined by CHIKARA champion J.F. de Coronado facing Jonathan Gresham.
  • Black Label Pro performs Saturday night in Crown Point, IN, featuring Bryan Alvarez (yes, THE Bryan Alvarez) and Tom Lawlor against the Rock and Roll Express.
  • WWR Pro performs Saturday night and has a round-robin among Deonna Purrazzo, Karen Q, and Tasha Steelz up top.
  • PROGRESS Chapter 73 begins Sunday afternoon in Birmingham, UK, and is headlined by Travis Banks facing Tyler Bate.

Enjoy the night.

NXT and Lucha Underground Night Thread: 7/11/18

Getting started early because of my occasional night job, let’s check the day’s news:

 

  • SmackDown Live’s ratings are up compared to recent weeks!
  • Corey Graves has a T-Shirt.  Don’t ask.  It’s a picture of him saying “Shut up, Saxton.”  Seriously, does anyone, like, ask a human being before making t-shirts nowadays?
  • Hiromu Takahashi is back in Japan, getting more tests and treatment on his broken freakin’ neck.  The fact that he was cleared for trans-oceanic flight, though, can only be a good sign.
  • Celeste Bonin, best known as NXT Season 3 winner Kaitlyn (back when NXT was a talent search), will take part in the 2nd Annual Mae Young Classic.
  • Both Fandango and Goldust had successful surgeries.
  • Asuka/Carmella at Extreme Rules has been amended so that James Ellsworth will be suspended above the ring in a mini-cage.  Hey, gotta move the toys.

Tonight’s TV:

 

  • NXT: The Undisputed ERA look to reclaim the NXT Tag Team Titles they lost in the UK as they get their Contractually Obligated Rematch(tm) with Mustache Mountain.
  • Lucha Underground: opportunities for Aztec Medallions, signifying entry into a Gift of the Gods match, abound with the most intriguing one being Cage vs. Mil Muertes.

Enjoy the night.

SmackDown/205 Chat Thread

Hey guys. Since I tend to open threads when someone’s late, Scott just gave me the keys to the night thread. So at some point between 6 and 7 ET every day (unless I’m doing indy wrestling with my local groups, but Scott’ll have advance warning), I’ll get us off the ground.

Today’s stories:

Goldust looks to need surgery.

New Day v Sanity in a tables match will be on the Extreme Rules kickoff show.

Raw ratings were hoo boy bad.

TLC will return to December, while it looks like the Australia show in October will be considered a PPV.

Tonight on SmackDown, AJ Styles faces Shinsuke Nakamura, because in WWE if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. In addition, Asuka gets to murder James Ellsworth in a lumberjack match.

Enjoy the night.

Daily Open Thread, July 5, 2018

Well, no sign of Brian Bayless, so here’s the news and rumors for you to chew on.  Most of these were shamelessly borrowed from our friends at Cageside Seats.

Daniel Bryan’s WWE Future

Just in case he doesn’t re-sign, WWE is trying to book all the Daniel Bryan “dream matches” before his contract is up.

Credit: Wrestling Standard

Bryan vs. Miz at SummerSlam?

Miz will get involved in Team Hell No’s match at Extreme Rules to set-up Bryan vs. Miz at SummerSlam where if no new contract’s been signed, Miz will win a blow-off. If Bryan signs a deal to stay, they’ll have a longer feud.

Credit: Wrestling Standard

Nia Jax Heat

Nia Jax’s behavior on social media towards Alexa Bliss isn’t part of the story.  She’s been unfollowing her and “liking” negative comments towards her without WWE permission, which has led to some heat with officials.

Credit: Dave Meltzer, F4WOnline.com’s The Board

Cappotelli for the Hall?

Matt Cappotelli is being considered for the 2019 Warrior Award entry into the Hall of Fame.

Credit: PWInsider

Impact TV Worries

Impact officials are concerned about their U.S. television viewership. They’re allegedly specifically worried fans are watching YouTube highlights and skipping the Pop TV broadcast.

Credit: PWInsider

And one more thing…

Saved for last because this could be a big deal: Taeler Hendrix on Twitter accused Jay Lethal of getting her kicked off of Ring of Honor’s TV schedule when she wouldn’t sleep with him.  Lethal has yet to respond to the accusation.

Dave Meltzer’s TakeOver/SummerSlam ratings:

Andrade Cien Almas d. Johnny Gargano: ****1/4
SAniTY d. Authors of Pain: ***3/4
Aleister Black d. Hideo Itami: ****1/4
Asuka d. Ember Moon: ****1/2
Drew McIntyre d. Bobby Roode: ****1/4
Miz/Dallas/Axel d. Jordan/Matt/Jeff: **
Neville d. Akira Tozawa: ***1/2
Usos d. New Day: ****
John Cena d. Baron Corbin: **
Natalya d. Naomi: ***
Big Cass d. Big Show: *
Randy Orton d. Rusev: nothing to rate
Sasha Banks d. Alexa Bliss: ***
Finn Balor d. Bray Wyatt: **3/4
Ambrose/Rollins d. Cesaro/Sheamus: ****
AJ Styles d. Kevin Owens: ***3/4
Jinder Mahal d. Shinsuke Nakamura: **1/2
Brock Lesnar d. Samoa Joe, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman: ****3/4

Obviously he couldn’t go full monty on any matches because they didn’t involve Kenny Omega.