Well, here we go again. Given the weirdness of the NBA/TNT/AEW schedule, Beerguyrob has ceded control of tonight’s open thread to your resident jackhole. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
Booker – The person who is responsible for deciding who wins and loses matches. Working with writers (in the modern era), they will also create the long term story lines. Often, bookers are active wrestlers. One such booker/wrestler was in a long-term feud with another wrestler. He also was using his real-life wife as his manager. To add interest to the feud, he booked a “Winner Gets the Manager” match. To keep the feud going, he booked the other wrestler to win the match, moving his wife to being the other wrestler’s manager. Back in the day, it was very common to book managers to fall in love with their wrestlers. In real life, as they began spending more time together, his wife and the wrestler began having an affair, leading to his divorce and her marriage to the other wrestler. The backstage joke was that he booked his own divorce.
A few years later, the other wrestler would murder her and their son and take his own life. This is the story of Kevin Sullivan, Nancy Sullivan/Benoit and Chris Benoit.
Now, some very attractive women.
So, I saved this photo to keep the mystery of the glossary story above. Chris’ finishing move was a flying head butt from the top rope. His autopsy showed that CTE had given him the brain of a 85 year old Alzheimer patient. Not an excuse, but a reminder that wresting is scripted, not fake. Vice TV has a series called “Dark Side of the Ring”. Always worth a watch. Chris and Nancy get a 2 part episode to start the second season.
And now on to the silliness.
Here is what has never happened in the history of professional wrestling. The two wrestlers sit down at a table. They both sign the contract and walk back to the locker room without incident. This is the only way I could be surprised by this segment.
Getting Over – One of the jobs that veteran wrestlers have when working with younger talent is “getting them over”. This means that they make the younger talent look good so that they can move up the ladder to main event status. Famously, there are a number of veterans who refused to get over younger talent. Hulk Hogan, Triple H, John Cena, Kevin Nash, etc.
Matt has one job in this feud. Make Sammy look strong so he can move up the ladder to main event status. Matt, for all of his faults, is a professional and I expect him to do the job when it is necessary.
The last TV show before a pay-per-view is know as the “Going Home” show. It is the last chance to convince people to part with their money to watch wrestling. We are getting close to that point for the All Out PPV on September 5th. This match is meant to set up the All Out Championship Tag Match with Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page. Only FTR are heels, so I would guess that they win. Also, Hangman has spent time drinking with FTR over the past few weeks, so they could be part of his heel turn at All Out. If FTR win tonight, the Smark money is on Hangman turning heel at the PPV, giving the title to FTR. Or not. I am an idiot.
As a Smark, I am still embarrassed that I did not see this win this coming. What I have now heard is that Cody will be doing some acting with Stephen Amell (Arrow) on his new TV series “Heels” over the next few weeks, which is why they had to take him off of television. This type of segment is usually used to set up a new feud.
AEW Dynamite – 7pm, TNT, TSN2
Toronto vs Boston – 5:30pm, ESPN – postponed
Philadelphia vs NY Islanders – 6pm, NBCSN – postponed
Regional Coverage – 5:30, Fox
Let the beatings commence!