Impact Wrestling – July 28, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: July 28, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

We’re into the new norm around here and I’m not sure what that is going to mean. Things were on a great upswing until Slammiversary but last week’s show wasn’t quite as strong. I’m curious to see if that is going to continue, as they still have the right pieces in place to do some good things. Let’s get to it.

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Slammiversary 2020

Slammiversary XVIII
Date: July 18, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Don Callis

It’s a big night for Impact and we’re on Saturday for a change. I’m not sure if that’s an improvement or not but in this case the card is looking pretty good. The big question this time around is who comes in from WWE/elsewhere, including who takes the vacant spot in the World Title match. Let’s get to it.

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Impact Wrestling – July 14, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: July 14, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

It’s the go home show for Slammiversary and that’s actually a pretty nice feeling for once. The shows building towards the pay per view have been well done and if they manage to make it work this time, we could be in for a heck of a show on Saturday. Yeah Saturday, as almost everyone outside of WWE has changed up their pay per view schedule in a pretty smart move. Let’s get to it.

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Impact Wrestling – June 30, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: June 30, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

The Slammiversary shakeup continues as we need to find another replacement now that Michael Elgin is gone. This comes after World Champion Tessa Blanchard was released from the company, meaning the main event is looking quite a bit different than it did just two weeks ago. We should be getting some updates on what is happening here so let’s get to it.

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Impact Wrestling – May 26, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: May 26, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Josh Matthews, Madison Rayne

It’s tournament semifinals night as we get closer to finding out the next #1 contender to the World Title. That is of course assuming that the World Champion ever actually shows up again, which might not be the case for a long time to come. I’m not sure what that is going to mean, but it wouldn’t be Impact Wrestling without some kind of a mess. Let’s get to it.

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Impact Wrestling – May 12, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: May 12, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews

Believe it or not, it’s tournament time around here and that means things are going to get interesting in a few weeks. I’m not sure what to expect here as we are on the way towards…well nothing actually as it’s far too early to know the next pay per view. Hopefully things stay up around here, which has been the case in recent weeks. Let’s get to it.

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Impact Wrestling – April 28, 2020 (Rebellion Part 2)

Impact Wrestling
Date: April 28, 2020
Location: Skyway Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews

It’s the second night of Rebellion and that means it’s time to find out what is going on with the World Title. That’s quite the situation and hopefully they have a good answer to the problem. It’s a pretty rare situation so I’m curious to see what they come up with for the whole thing. Let’s get to it.

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Impact Wrestling – April 14, 2020

Impact Wrestling
Date: April 14, 2020
Location: Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Madison Rayne, Josh Matthews

It’s the (original) go home show for Rebellion, which has been rescheduled but at least is still airing in some form. I’m not sure what the card is going to consist of but some pay per view material is better than none. Hopefully they don’t set up a bunch of stuff they can’t deliver (not their fault if they can’t) but the show has been pretty good lately so maybe it can continue here. Let’s get to it.

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QOTD 109: Trey Parker & Matt Stone Appreciation Thread (with bonus South Park: The Stick of Truth thoughts!)

If Kurt Vonnegut is the  “Satirist with a Whoopee Cushion”,  “South Park” packs a flaming bag of dog doo instead. Through 247 episodes and counting, Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s creation became something of a socio-economic court jester, using Kyle, Stan, Cartman, Kenny, and a supporting cast of dozens to call out society’s hypocrisy and extreme polarization, all the while being foul mouthed and ribald and touching and scatalogical and subversive and popular and instantly quotable all at the same time.

What are your thoughts on South Park? What’s your favorite episode? Can you point to a moment when you realized the show was about a little more than just four foul mouthed kids and actually had a point of view / something to say? Have you seen Orgazmo, Baseketball (the last great “Zucker” movie), Cannibal the Musical, or The Book of Mormon? 


The beauty of “South Park” has always been in its quasi-authenticity.
When “South Park” takes on a topic it generally arrives at a decently
rational opinion – a comedy nirvana that comes from understanding both
sides of a story and the million little nuances in between. For 17 years
they’ve tackled the popular notions with scrutiny (“Free Willzyx”), the
ridiculed with empathy (“Trapped in The Closet”) and the controversial
with levity (“Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants”).  “The Woodland Critter
Christmas” episode so delicately and perfectly eviscerated the “Special
Holiday Episode” trope that the 2nd act twist is one of my favorite
moments in television history.

Not among the favorite things in history are any of the times “South Park” dipped its toes into the interactive media space – the N64 FPS being something of a cult-classic, and “Chef’s Love Shack” trying to do the ‘Mario party’ thing, poorly, cart racers, tower defense games, and a beat em’ up, all of which have been received lukewarmly.  The problem with these titles is two-fold. For one they’re taking the look and feel and style of South Park, but none of the creative pungency that makes it so sublime. Like throwing on an Under Armor shirt and trying out for the Broncos, it looked the part but didn’t have anything beyond the surface level.

The second problem is I don’t get the sense Trey Parker and Matt Stone are very big gamers. They’ve tackled videogame related topics in “South Park” before, and have done so admirably, but generally those episodes have treated games as a sort of macguffin to arrive at a larger point – The “Chinpokomon” episode generally speaking to how fads can be good and bad, and it’s best not to get too riled up about them. Similarly, “Towlie” featured the ubiquitous Okama Gamesphere as an object of desire for the characters – but had little to say about gaming in general. The “World of Warcraft” episode is rightfully lauded, but ultimately closed with a lasting image of our South Park heroes sacrificing their lives and well being for a MMO. Even in promotion for “South Park: The Stick of Truth”, appearing on stage at E3, they deftly parodied the corporate shtick Microsoft had going on without saying too much about about actual gaming or their passion for games.

Thus I was worried “South Park: The Stick of Truth” would be missing the special sauce that makes “South Park” so…special. I was worried it would be content to look the part, toss in a few “Respect my Authoritah!”s, “Mmmkayyyy”s, “Gingers don’t have souls,”, “Don’t forget to bring a towel”s, and generally go through the motions of what “South Park” is to the masses, as opposed to what “South Park” means to the folks who really pay attention.

And so far, holy cow this game is awesome.

  • The combat feels VERY Super Mario RPG – very active and timing-focused despite being turn based.
  • The
    “South Park Heart” is here and accounted for, the music makes some
    moments sweet, others epic, and all hilarious because it’s 8 year old
    kids playing pretend. The joy of South Park is how they’re able to take
    the “Feel” of an action movie, or spy movie, or war movie, and turn it
    into an episode or some other ridiculous thing – that’s here and
    accounted for.

  • There’s also a tree-house you can climb up that overlooks South Park – there’s no objective or anything, but when you do it music swells and you feel suitably epic.
  • You can hit anyone with your weapon on the over world, this leads to some funny reactions and some cool bonuses.
  • The
    story is really good so far – there’s a WONDERFUL “audio log” parody
    during the second ‘act’ of the game. If you’ve ever played Dead Space or
    Bioshock this is a dead on.
     
  • I’m
    curious if the game is going to arrive at a larger, satiric point other
    than the Game of Thrones / LOTR parody stuff. It’s early going.
  • It
    LOOKS like max level is 15, and I’m about 6 now, so I’m not sure how
    long the game is – I only played four(ish) hours – I was stuck playing Thief on Xbox One (A GREAT game). 

  • Butters steals the show, as always. with things like “You’re my best friend! No one is going to make fun of you now!” popping up his Facebook wall.
  • Character customization is nuts.
  • Exploring virtual South Park is great, and the call backs to other episodes are numerous. I’m sure I missed a few.

Tomorrow: South Park: The Stick of Truth review