Daily News Update – April 2, 2020

Stay sane, stay safe, and hope for the best.

So let’s help each other, because heaven knows we need it.  I’ll be back tonight with an ESSENTIAL Thursday Night Chat Thread, complete with multiple indie matches so we can support the lifeblood of wrestling when it returns.

On This Day, 1991: Duke beat Kansas to win its first national title.  Go Devils!

Also On This Day, 1985: Villanova beat Georgetown to win its first national title.  Yay.

Talk about life here.  (If Scott wishes to jump in and add a WrestleMania match, he can.  YT is NFF’d for me at this location.)

Daily News Update – April 1, 2020

Coronavirus cure found!

APRIL FOOLS!

OK, now that that’s out of our system….

DATELINE:  Jon Jones reached a plea deal already in his case, and will be under house arrest for a whopping four days.  Really threw the book at him there.  They should have sentenced him to be driven around by Daniel Cormier instead and then made a reality show out of it.

DATELINE:  FITE.TV is also available for PPV purchase of Wrestlemania if you’re an international viewer.

DATELINE:  Apparently Elias is “recovering in a local rehab facility” from his terrifying injuries on Smackdown.  Maybe they should quarantine him for two weeks to be the one safe side, so we don’t have to watch the match.

Here’s one of the greatest matches in history to kick off your day…

Daily News Update – March 31, 2020

WORST. MARCH. EVER.

DATELINE:  AEW is introducing a new title for the midcard, called the TNT title, complete with 8 man tournament to being April 8 and conclude at the next PPV.

DATELINE:  WWE is adding a bunch of WM-themed programs to the Network this week, including a “Best 15 title matches of the past 15 years” show that I’m sure will just angry up the blood.

DATELINE:  Roman Reigns officially announced that he’s off of Wrestlemania.  But they’re still advertising it everywhere and acting like it’s still happening on the website and everything.  Because they can’t even do a show to “put smiles on people’s faces” without being carnies about it.

Speaking of which…

Daily News Update – March 30, 2020

Good morning and back to work for another week?  Oh, just me?  OK then.

DATELINE:  The episode of WWE 24 focusing on Edge will debut after Wrestlemania.  Whenever it ends.  So Tuesday maybe?

DATELINE:  Vince McMahon sold a LOT of stock this past week, basically post-dated to 2024 but he’s getting the cash now for it.  It’s upwards of $80 million worth.  No one’s sure why, exactly.

Here’s MLW for the week if you’re looking for something new to watch with an actual crowd…

Daily News Update – March 29, 2020

Hey, it’s Sunday, as my glorious weekend of sleeping in and doing nothing more strenuous than reviewing the Allied Powers DVD set continues.  Also I started binge-watching the Harley Quinn cartoon through Amazon Prime.  So get this:  In order to watch it on demand, I not only have to subscribe to Prime for $8 a month, but then subscribe to another service within Prime called Stack TV for $12.99 a month, and THEN I have to watch commercials during the fucking show!  Thankfully Stack has a 30 day trial which is getting cancelled like Wrestlemania should have been once the 30 days are up.

It’s a really great show, though.

DATELINE: Smackdown’s ratings continue to fall to record low levels along with RAW’s ratings.  So, shockingly, producing shitty live content doesn’t help make people watch.

DATELINE:  Oooo, apparently Total Extreme Wrestling 2020 launches next month!  I wonder if there’s a scenario where a pandemic forces cancellation of all your shows?

DATELINE:  Dana White still insists that UFC 249 is gonna happen.  Amazingly, even Joe Rogan isn’t crazy enough to be involved with this stupid idea.

Daily News Update – March 28, 2020

FINALLY I have a weekend off.  I actually don’t have next weekend off so we’ll see if I can fit in both halves of Wrestlemania Covid-19.

DATELINE:  FS1 will be showing the entire Royal Rumble 2020 PPV show this Tuesday, just in case you haven’t seen the match enough already.

DATELINE:  Teddy Hart continues to make Jon Jones look like a law-abiding citizen by comparison.

Hey, in a couple of weeks you can stay inside and watch THE MAIN EVENT on Netflix.  Or not.  Whichever.

Daily News Update – March 27, 2020

Wow, if only there was some stuff to talk about this morning!

DATELINE:  Roman Reigns is out of Wrestlemania with no announcement as of yet who will be replacing him.  Do we really need to?  Can’t we just send Goldberg home and keep him away from this?  Anyway, good for Roman for making that decision and hopefully more people do so as well.

DATELINE:  Speaking of personal decisions, Jon Jones decided that driving drunk and carrying a weapon would be a great way to be a role model.  Why does this asshole keep getting chances?  Oh yeah, Dana White.

DATELINE:  NXT Takeover Dublin has been postponed to October.  Wait, you can just POSTPONE a major show?  But I thought it had to immediately happen on the scheduled date so all the storylines that have been carefully crafted got paid off and smiles were put on faces?  MIND BLOWN.

Daily News Update – March 26, 2020

Spring is sure taking its sweet-ass time to spring here in Western Canada.  Even Mother Nature is self-isolating, I guess.

DATELINE:  Dark Side of the Ring set a new ratings record for the Benoit episode.  And everyone said he was never a draw.

DATELINE:  Impact is still airing the upcoming TV special on AXS hyping up the TNA reunion show that isn’t happening now.  Never a company to be held back by logic!

DATELINE:  Dana White is still insisting that UFC 249 is gonna happen somewhere, somehow.  Live from Antarctica, I guess.

Here’s a free Tanahashi v. Okada match to start your day…

Daily News Update – March 25, 2020

This week is exhausting so far, so hopefully Dynamite can recharge my batteries tonight.  That last Hogan DVD disc sure as hell did NOT.

DATELINE:  RAW’s ratings were way down, which means nothing.  But still, there was a theory that they would stay the same or go up due to captive audience, and that’s not the case.

DATELINE:  Rusev is pledging $20,000 to those in the WWE production staff who are without jobs at the moment.  Luckily, WWE superstars have Independent Contractor Insurance they can always claim.

DATELINE:  Rey Mysterio and Dana Brooke are both quarantined and off Wrestlemania.  I sense that this might end up being a much bigger story very soon.

For those into this sort of thing, Stardom’s Cinderella tournament was free on YouTube…

Daily News Update – March 23, 2020

Well apparently Japan thinks they’ve got things under control now…

DATELINE:  A bunch of Japanese wrestling promotions are running shows again very soon, including All Japan.  This seems like a bad idea to me.

DATELINE:  WWE is taping a bunch of NXT shows, the post-WM RAW, and then parts of Wrestlemania at the Performance Center over the next week.  So I hope you like looking at that place because you’re gonna see it a lot.

And here’s another empty arena show, from Dragon Gate, which is supposed to be great…

Daily News Update – March 22, 2020

Man, my Facebook is jammed with people complaining about being stuck in the house for days on end with nothing to do.  Meanwhile I’m still working 40 hours a week with even less time on my hands now.  Anyway, my wife and child left the city to escape the madness for a few days, so I watched the new Terminator movie on Friday night and The Irishman on Saturday, and one of them was definitely much better than the other.

DATELINE:  Vince’s “Wrestling Mania” show will be taped over the next few days and then presented in whatever form it takes over two days a couple of weeks from now.  So please, no spoilers if you’re in the crowd.

DATELINE: Smackdown remained steady in the ratings thanks to the (literal) captive audience for the show.  I’m getting really worried for Live PD at this point.  Can they keep producing the show?  Is it just gonna be about the police going to taze people who are violating quarantine?

DATELINE:  Showing that at least SOMEONE is a little bit in on the joke, WWE produced an “I Wasn’t There” shirt for Wrestlemania.

Luckily, I do in fact finally have a day off work today, and with no family around I can get some wrestling watched.  Will I complete the Flair-Steamboat trilogy with WrestleWar 89?  Finally check out the second day of Wrestle Kingdom?  Check out the NWA 70 PPV that people were talking about?  Or just say “fuck it” and review a quick episode of Mid-South and then watch old westerns all afternoon?  I just picked up “High Plains Drifter” and “A Fistful of Dynamite” in a 2/$10 Blu Ray bin before the world went crazy and all the stores shut down.  So the possibilities are endless.

 

Daily News Update – March 21, 2020

Welcome to the weekend!  Now go binge some movies and stay indoors!

DATELINE:  AEW’s Blood & Guts has been delayed until further notice, which is probably for the best.  They are still planning to run every week live, though.

DATELINE:  Bayley will defend her title at Wrestlemania in one of those six woman deals, which does not include Carmella, who was #1 contender to the title last anyone had checked.

Daily News Update – March 19, 2020

Well, if Dynamite is going on hiatus soon, that was a hell of an episode to go out on!

DATELINE:  In addition to being 2 nights long, Wrestlemania will be hosted by famous sports person Rob Gronkowski.

DATELINE:  The MSG show that was supposed to take place this weekend has now been officially moved to June, in as much as anything is official at the moment.

DATELINE:  HighSpots is currently offering 50% off a bunch of their DVDs and merch, which will hopefully help them recoup some of the sunk costs from WrestleCon.

Daily News Update – March 18, 2020

Sorry I’m late, slept in today because I’ve got the day off.

DATELINE:  Impact is still airing shows, so we learned that Ken Shamrock is going in their Hall of Fame, complete with footage from WWE.

DATELINE:  WrestleCon has thankfully gotten out of paying the ridiculous bill to the hotel in Florida after the cancellation of their shows.  That probably would have taken down HIghSpots if they hadn’t been able to settle.

DATELINE:  Georgia Smith tweeted that the Hall of Fame will likely be moved to Summerslam.  Assuming that happens, too.

Daily News Update – March 17, 2020

Good morning.

DATELINE:  The NWA’s Crockett Cup has been cancelled along with their upcoming tapings, in news that makes me sad.  Apparently they’ll be re-editing the show tonight to remove references to it.

DATELINE:   NXT Takeover and the Hall of Fame ceremony have both been cancelled.

DATELINE:  WrestleTalk did an empty arena show and put it on YouTube to benefit wrestlers impacted by all the cancellations, which is pretty awesome of them.  Here you go…

Stay safe and be well.

Daily News Update – March 16, 2020

Happy Steve Austin Day!

Of course, not a lot of news going on in wrestling to discuss, for obvious reasons.

DATELINE:  Dana White is determined to look like the biggest douchebag in all of sports at this point, which is no mean feat with the current handling of the Wrestlemania situation on all sides.  It feels like Krusty the Clown broadcasting his show from the old shack on the edge of town in the episode where Sideshow Bob forces a shutoff of all the TV stations.

DATELINE:  Undertaker is on RAW tonight.  I feel like they should probably keep him off the show.

DATELINE:  Paige’s absence from Smackdown was not in fact “travel problems” but rather because she didn’t want to go there.  After the fact the company has issued a statement saying that any other talent that doesn’t feel comfortable with the travel can stay home and won’t get any heat for it.  Given their history, somehow I doubt that.

Stay safe and wash your hands!

 

Daily News Update – March 15, 2020

Say what you will, but I’ve got toilet paper.

Pretty cool of Disney to put Frozen II on Disney Plus this morning in order to assist all the poor parents with their children cooped up in the house thanks to COVID19.

DATELINE:  Matt Hardy would like to clarify that WWE is free to use “Twist of Fate” whenever they want and he did not actually trademark it.

DATELINE:  HHH and Stephanie made sure to send out congratulatory tweets to themselves for putting Smackdown out on Friday night from the Performance Center.

DATELINE:  WWE Network drops a bunch of 1993 WCW Saturday Night shows on Monday.  Talk about a content dump that no one was waiting for.  I want more Superstars and Heat!

 

Daily News Update – March 14, 2020

Well, we made it to the weekend.  Hope you don’t need any toilet paper.

What a weird show last night.  What I don’t understand is why it’s so damn integral that they have to be LIVE LIVE LIVE for these stupid empty arena shows.  Just tape a few hours of footage at the PC, splice it together with video packages and some matches from the library, and send everyone home for a couple of weeks.

DATELINE:  Everything everywhere is cancelled, but use code COVID19 for 20% off your order at Wrestlemania when you buy a hot dog and t-shirt!

DATELINE:  Paige was supposed to be on Smackdown, but missed the show due to travel issues.  See guys, rest assured that even in these troubled times, WWE can still false advertise on their TV shows.

 

Daily News Update – March 13, 2020

So what’s going on with YOU?

DATELINE:  Tonight’s Smackdown, after a couple of days of denials from WWE, has been moved to the Performance Center for a live broadcast in front of a few employees, because GOD KNOWS the world would fall apart if we didn’t get the continuation of the thrilling John Cena v. Fiend storyline that has so far consisted of one person pointing at a sign and the other person nodding knowingly.  Like, really, they couldn’t just do a “Best of Smackdown” clip show and give the talent a couple of weeks off?

DATELINE:  Vince continues to play chicken with the city of Tampa, as it seems like he’s basically waiting for the government to cancel Wrestlemania so he can play the victim and act like everyone would have been crushed without the 8 hour spectacle.  So now we wait for the city to finish hemming and hawing about the situation and pull the plug so THEY can be the bad guys instead.

DATELINE:  AEW is also moving things around, shifting the next two weeks of TV to Daily’s Place at the Khan-owned Jacksonsville football stadium.  Really, they might as well just tape two weeks of TV on Wednesday and be done with it.

Anyway, here’s a nice video of the WWE women doing a photoshoot without makeup to start the morning.