Wednesday, September 19, 2018

An Old Nerd Wonders How That Iron Fist Season 2 Thing Happened

The real stars of Season 2
On a scale of one to ten, when the first season of Iron Fist dropped on Netflix, I’d say my interest in watching the show was about a 7.

An Old Nerd Reflects On Hell, Cels, And Australia

I actually plowed through Hell In A Cell on Monday, but I’ve had to spend a couple of days researching yet another goddamned iOS writing app (another post) so now I have to remember how I felt about these matches. Shouldn’t be difficult.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

An Old Nerd Tries To Guess What Will Hpapen At Hell In A Cell 2018

Apparently this is real art. Seriously.
I gotta be honest - I’m not particularly interested in or excited by the happenings leading up to and the matches in tonight’s Hell In The Cell PPV. But let’s make predictions anyway.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

An Old Nerd Grabs A Handful Of Piig Intestines

Fodder for dozens of dick jokes.
Those of you who’ve followed my exploits on the Internet for years, or just spent any time around me, are probably surprised that I haven’t stuffed my own sausage before. But I hadn’t, until a few weeks ago.

An Old Nerd Loves A New Pepper

This is the Numex Orange Suave.

It is a pepper.

I grew it.

Monday, September 10, 2018

This OLDNERD Climbed A THousand Foot Robot

To The Top is my favorite game of the year and maybe my favorite game of the last five years, because it’s given me something I almost never get: an entirely new gaming experience.

An OLDNERD In THe Matrix

OK, as part of my effort to shift away from regular episodic posting and more into enthusiast stuff, I’ve spent, and I just checked this, about three months hooked on Playstation VR. So much so that I haven’t bothered to write about it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Summerslam 2018

The only real memorable moment of the show.
If it weren’t for one glorious, shining moment, I’d have been uniformly disappointed with Summerslam. That moment though.

Rusev and Lana vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega (Pre-Show): Almas/Vega win.

This match was weird garbage. Aiden English wasn’t involved, it was short, and it ended oddly. People were just filling time. (1/1)

Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak (Pre-Show, Cruiserweight Belt): Gulak wins the title.

Nope. Cedric won with a rollup or some bullshit I think after a nothing match. It ended like someone told them it had to end right then. Didn’t showcase either guy. They gotta have a rematch, right? A proper one? On 205? (1/2)

The B-Team vs. The Revival (Pre-Show, Raw Tag Belts):B Team retain.

Yep. Another of their weird fluke victories. This was fine. A good Raw match, a mediocre PPV match. (2/3)

Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins (Intercontinental): Rollins wins the belt.

This was... excellent? I don’t know. It was good, in the exact same way everyone of Rollins’ and Ziggler’s last fourteen matches have been. They did good work but I’ve seen it too many times in too few weeks to get me excited, and the inclusion of McIntyre and Ambros was minimal. (3/4)

Bludgeon Brothers vs. The New Day (SD Tag Champs): Why match them again just to have the New Day lose again? New Day wins the belts.

Apparently they did this to show that if they ever come close to losing, the Bludgeons will grab their hammers, force a DQ, and beat up the opposing team. New Day tried their best but the ending made this a dud to me. (3/5)

Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (MitB Briefcase On The Line): Fuck it. Owens wins the briefcase.

WHY WAS THIS MATCH A THING? I swear, it was only there so that people would be slightly surprised by Strowman’s attempted cash in later that night. Owens got totally squashed in the first of THREE matches where heels got in zero offense on dominant faces. Which is weird-ass booking any way you look at it. (3/6)

Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (SD Women’s): I’m going to say Carmella retains somehow. But I’m not comfortable with it.

The match was solid, the ending was bullshit, with Charlotte pinning Becky with Natural Selection to win the belt again... except that it led to Becky Lynch punching Charlotte’s fucking lights out in the most satisfying main roster moment of the year so far. And she got a HUGE face reaction for it, too. If WWE is smart, they’ll turn Becky into the women’s division’s Stone Cold Steve Austin. If they’re not smart, they’ll try to retroactively make this a heel turn. WWE is generally not smart. (3/7)

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Championship): AJ retains. The feud may continue though. 

Yes to the first, probably to the second. This was as good a match as you’re going to get out of these two guys at this point in their lives, and it featured a mid-match promo, which is always and forever a thing that I love. Joe won by DQ after goading AJ into snapping, but AJ keeps the belt and the cover spot on WWE 2K19. (4/8)

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz: My gut tells me this is not a program. Bryan wins.

It’s a program. Miz won with a foreign object. They’ll probably wrestle a tepid match inside Hell In The Cell. This was about twice as long as it needed to be for the story it needed to tell. Good beats throughout, good performances throughout, but you could have lost five minutes from this easily. (4/9)

Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin: Finn Balor wins.

The second face squash of the night, and the only one I agree with in principle. They sprung The Demon on us out of nowhere, with minimal supernatural hooey, and he kicke d Corbin’s ass thoroughly, making it the second match of the night with zero heel offense. (5/10)

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy (US Title): Nakamura’s definitely retaining somehow. 

He’s retaining by beating Jeff Hardy mostly clean with a Kinshasa. Time for Hardy to go rest up and the rest of us to move on. Post-match, Randy Orton came out, walked to the ring, paused, turned around, and walked away, which is the perfect metaphor for both Randy Orton and most of this Summerslam. (6/11)

Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s): I’m betting they put the belt on Rousey for the publicity and protect her to such a degree that it gets annoying.

That’s exactly what happened. This was barely a match. Bliss got no offense in. She was dominated by Rousey, it was a short match, and Rousey clearly is in no position to be a full time WWE wrestler or a champion. I wish it were different, but it’s not. She’s nowhere near even Shayna Baszler at the last Mae Young Classic level. This reign is gonna be a mess and if the fans turn on her I wouldn’t  be shocked. (7/12)

Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship): Please, dear God, let it be Reigns.

Before this match, my ideal version of this match was Braun Strowman setting a precedent by csshing in his MITB contract and joining the match as a Triple Threat before it even started, then winning it. Instead, he announced his intention to cash in on the winner, got beat up by both guys outside the ring, got his briefcase taken away, and then Reigns speared Lesnar to win the title. It was a fucking mess but at least the belt is off Lesnar. (8/13)

NXT Takeover Brooklyn IV

The purest of heelage
This show lived up to expecations - it was awesome. Fell a little short in some areas, excelled beyond my wildest dreams in others.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

PREDICTIONS: Summerslam 2018

Oh yeah there’s like fifteen more matches.
Summerslam! The biggest event of the summer! Honestly, it’s a pretyy meh card on paper. We’ll see how it plays out in reality.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

PREDICTIONS: NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4

Fourth time’s the charm! i 
This could literally be the single greatest TakeOver of all time. I mean, it can’t be beat on paper, so unless things go horribly wrong somehow, I’m very much looking forward to this.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Hey Wrestling Happened Edition)

I haven’t been in the mood to write about wrestling for a couple of weeks, partly because of a deep abiding Farpoint obsession (more on that later) that has now cleared up, but there have been some things happening over the past couple of weeks that need to be addressed. Events, if you will, of Significance.


This is huge. Tommaso Ciampa is the greatest heel in at least a decade. He is the closest anyone has come to being stabbed by a front row old lady since kayfabe died. And I was thinking this BEFORE Ciampa literally got into it with an old lady in the front row of Full Sail this week. Despite losing nine months of heat due to an injury right as they broke up DIY, Ciampa has managed to minimize even Full Sail smark tendencies to get the boos to 90/10, and the intensity of those boos up to a 12. It’s insane. And now he holds the belt heading into Takeover Brooklyn, one of the hottest Takeovers of the year.


This is a good thing. I like this thing. I hate the way they talk about it in WWE. It’s simultaneously self-aggrandizing and patronizing to the talent. Plus it’s so heavy-handed with the “say this thing that nobody would ever say in this way to satisfy branding requirements” that it’s grating. But I’m looking forward to the show.


They are literally doing everything short of having Brock Lesnar eat a puppy in the center of the ring to get people to hate him and cheer Roman Reigns for beating him, and it’s sort of working? I mean, we want anyone to take the belt off Lesnar at this point, even if Reigns is at the bottom of the list. Well, near the bottom of the list. He’s above Lashley and James Ellsworth.


This is disappointing, because they’ve been building Becky Lynch up great for a couple of months now. She gets a shot at Carmella’s title, and then they add Charlotte to the match immediately upon her return from minor surgery. I honestly wanted Lynch to interfere in Charlotte’s qualifying match, but it’ll be interesting to see if they do anything with this dynamic over the next couple of weeks.


In a Mae Young Classic rematch, Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler will go at it for the NXT Women’s Title at Takeover Brooklyn. Should be another great match, even if I don’t see Sane winning.


Seriously, how shit hot is this show going to be?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Extreme Rules 2018

One of the few extreme things on the show.
Extreme Rules was a bad show. People hated Backlash, but I think Extreme Rules may have been worse. Lots of bad matches, bad outcomes, bad returns, and badness. Bad bad bad.

Friday, July 13, 2018

PREDICTIONS: WWE Extreme Rules 2018

Nearly 50% Extreme!
It’s time for Extreme Rules, the PPV where anything goes, as long as you’re in one of the five matches where anything goes! Well, OK, one of the matches is an Iron Man match, so not anything goes. And one match just has a dude in a shark cage, so also many things don’t go. But definitely three matches where anything goes, if you count the pre-show!


Don’t know why this worked as well as it did, but damn.
Lucha Underground picks up a a ton of steam after an off week, with the consequences of last week’s Three Way To The Grave match playing out against a backdrop of Aztec medallionage and gradually increasing insanity and death.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (July 9-11)

Moustache Mountain, or The Knights Who Say Knee
With Extreme Rules on the horizon, it’s time for the secondary shows to pick up the Events Of Significance slack with a pair of important title matches.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Luke Cage Season 2: “Episodes 3 Through 7”

The Internet’s failure to find me a proper Comanche screengrab is disappointing.
The second batch of Luke Cage examples throws plot twists and nigh-Shakespearean tragedy around willy nilly, but it seems to have forgotten the first three episodes happened.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Jul 2-4)

Never has the removal of a knee pad been so important.
We’re moving into  that wonderful time between PPV’s when they have to actually do a bunch of stuff and move stories forward to get ready for Extreme Rules. So gear up for many EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Luke Cage Season 2: “The First Three”

Thought they were gonna do a more standard HUBRIS story but no.
 Three episodes in, and I’m a little concerned that Netflix’s tendency to base entire seasons around “let’s drag all the characters through shit because that’s DRAMA, DAMMIT” may have infected Luke Cage.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


She hammered in the evening. All over his ass.
A relatively weak episode of Lucha underground is elevated by an exciting debut and a fun Matanza development.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup! (Jun 25-27)

If you can ignore the last two months this is pretty cool.
We’re moving into  that wonderful time between PPV’s when they have to actually do a bunch of stuff and move stories forward to get ready for Extreme Rules. So gear up for many EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Last week)

I’m starting to warm up to Team Kick
Hey, let’s get this posted before I start watching this week’s Raw! With Money In The Bank being positioned as on par with a Big Four PPV, apparently WWE felt th eneed to shake things up a bit afterwards. Not a lot, but some. Ergo, EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.


The Internet’s Lucha Underground screencap game could use some work.
Conflict between masters and underlings is a common theme throughout this week’s Lucha Underground. So is matches with shit on the line. Two shows this season, 4 matches, and 100% of them thus far have been for something. I don’t expect this to continue, but it’s a good way to kick off the season.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Money In The Bank (2018)

The very definition of “fool me twice, shame on me”.
That was fine. I mean, some of it was good, a lot of it was mediocre or bad.

NXT Takeover; Chicago (2018)

Such a perfect reaction.
Jesus, what a show. I mean, I was expecting it to be great, and I was expecting Black Vs. Sullivan to underwhelm,

Sunday, June 17, 2018

PREDICTIONS: Money IN The Bank 2018

Oops. Forgot to post these before the show started. Luckily, I’m just sitting down to start it now.Too impressed by Takeover, I guess.

Look, I know the WWE wants to turn the “Big Four” into the “Big Five” by adding an hour to Money I The Bank, but if they want to do that, they probably shouldn’t stack the card with Backlash-level bullshit. Predictions:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

PREDICTIONS: NXT Takeover Chicago

It doesn’t just steal the show. It is a show.
I suspect this will definitely be one of those weekends where Takeover completely outshines the PPV it’s paird with. While the two MitB matches and Styles/Nakamura have a strong chance of impressing, the rest of the card can’t hold a candle to four out of five matches on this card. PREDICTIONS!

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (June 11-13)

I think we can all agree this is a good idea if we limit it to “neck up”.
I’m pretty sure there was a grand total of one Event Of Significance this week in seven hours of WWE programming. Oh, there were some decent matches, and things that clearly telegraphed Takeover and Money In The Bank results, but those are more for predictions than the Wrapup. Still, there was that one thing.


Out with the old dead, in with the new old played by the old old dead.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Jessica Jones: “AKA The Middle Chunk”

As v/in Diesel would say, it’s about fuhmbuly.
I’ve been watching the middle chunk of Jessica Jones Season 2, but not writing about it. Partly because we blew through them fairly quickly (through episode 9) and partly because the middle chunk deals almost exclusively with two plot developments, and I’m still not sure how I feel about them.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (6/4-6/6)

Looking forward to this match so much...
As Money In The Bank approaches, things slow to a crawl. But there were still a few Events of Significance. Oh, and the Zayn-Lashley thing is still going on and is still awful, in case you were curious.


Lucha Underground. Season 4. Are you emotionally prepared? Does it matter, since none of you watch it? DON’T CARE.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (5/28-30)

Fairly slow week this week, since most of Money IN The Bank is set. So it’s up to the small shows to pick up the slack with some championship matchery. EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrouindup (5/21-23)

Goddamn, these two are great together in the ring, and hey, Sullivan is there too.
“Which show is better” discussions are always funny, because for every week where Raw is good and Smackdown’s bad, there’s a week like this one, where Raw is an upper-deck turd and Smackdown is interesting and exciting. EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Flash: “We Are The Flash”

Still not the dumbest-looking thing on Barry’s head over the course of the series. But it’s close.
I think I finially need to come to grips with the fact that The Flash is just a bad show. It was an OK show for one season and a bad show for three seasons, and I had to look up how many seasons it’s been because I’ve been pummeled into apathy.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2 (No Spoilers)

BREAKOUT STAR. There was a better picture but it was a spoiler.
For the first twenty minutes of Deadpool 2, I was... worried. Concerned, even. Oh, sure, there were moments of pure comedic insanity, but the overall tone seemed... sedate. At least compared to the original, which had its quiet, even serious moments, but it just seemed tonally... off a bit.

Agents of SHIELD:: “The End”

Even though Agents of SHIELD got picked up for 13 more episodes, next summer, after Infinity War II drops, the season finale could still be seen as the end of the show as we know it.

Arrow: “Life Sentence”

The sixth season of Arrow is on the books, and it ended in a way that was satisfying to watch, but didn’t redeem an otherwise awful season.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrouindup (May 14-16)

More of this please. Lots more. For a title.
Ah, the periodic European tours. A chance for WWE to pre-tape Raw and SMackdown in front of smarky British crowds, make lots of royal wedding jokes, and estabilsh a few more Money IN The Bank challengers. EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jessica Jones: “Freak Accident / Sole Survivor”

Maybe not the stable one?
As much as Jessica Jones Season 2 appears to be about the main character coming to terms with her mysterious past, I’m starting to wonder if the other real story of the seasson isn’t about Trish, and how her ostensibly more stable and successful exterior isn’t hiding some deep dysfunction.

The Flash: “Think Fast”

Oh hey Diggle.
There’s a lot to dislike about the penultimate episode of Flash Season 4.

Summer Of Oldnerd: New Grill

Please ignore the gendered cultural connotations.
Last summer, nothing happened. Nothing happened because the summer was consumed with garage repair. The garage repair meant deck replacement, because the deck sits on top of the garage. Which is super cool most of the time except this one time when it wasn’t.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jessica Jones: “AKA Start At The Beginning”

With the main series wrapping up their seasons and Luke Cage S2 incoming, it’s time to finally dip into Jessica Jones Season 2.

Agents of SHIELD: “The Force Of Gravity”

It’s funny, for an episode full of important, impressive, or iconic moments, all of the screencaps from this episode are awful and don’t show any of them.

Arrow: “The Ties That Bind“

The Gang’s All Here
Once again, solid execution tries to pull Arrow out of the deep structural flaws of its season, and almost succeeds.

The Flash: “Harry And The Harrisons”No

Oh, just fuck off with this already, Flash.
No, really. Fuck off. Three episodes away from the end of another awful season, and you decide to devote it to Bad Accent Theater.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrouindup (May 7-10)

Roman Reigns can’t catch a break?
The theme for the week, and probably the month, is Money In The Bank qualifying matches. We have eight entrants each in the men’s and women’s matches this year, presumably to even things out since they’re dual-brand. EVENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE:

Braun Strowman defeated Kevin Owens to qualify on Raw

Strowman is a lock for this kind of match, a large multiman match where he can lose without losing.

Finn Balor defeated Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn to qualify on Raw

That was a pleasant surprise. I don’t expect Balor to win the briefcase either, but there’s a chance, unlike Strowman. Jinder Mahal interfered and cost Roman Reigns the match sort of, so they’ll be boring the shit out of me at Money In The Bank, I presume.

The Miz defeated Jeff Hardy to qualify on Smackdown

That’s fine. The briefcase always works better on heels than on faces, so The Miz migh end up with it. Especially since I think it’s likely to end up on a Smackdown star. But...

Rusev defeated Daniel Bryan to qualify on Smackdown

I mean, obviously, nobody wants Daniel Bryan in a ladder match. Rusev could also take the briefcase, and I’d certainly love it if he did. And it’s gotta be sort of significant that he was the first person to defeat Bryan since his return, right?

Ember Moon defeated Sasha Banks and Ruby Riott to qualify on Raw

Another pleasant surprise, including a lovely double Eclipse to finish the match.

Charlotte defeated Peyton Royce to qualify on Smackdown

Charlotte’s status is up in the air, since she needs surgery to repair a breast implant (busted before Mania but being dealt with soon) and also got some teeth knocked out in Europe over the weekend. I can’t imagine they’d have had her qualify if she can’t compete, but maybe they have plans for something to get the IIconics in the match.

Seth Rollins is doing the Open Challenge thing with the Intercontinental Title

You know, the thing where he has long matches with deserving or undeserving lower midcarders in the hopes of elevating them despite beating them? This week was Mojo Rawley, so he was undeserving and it didn’t work, but what the hell.

War Raiders crushed Heavy Machinery


Ricochet and Velveteen Dream will be feuding



Bonus kudo to Corey Graves for calling Aiden English “Spider Jerusalem” on Smackdown.

Bunos kudo to Tommasso Ciampa for being the single purest, most hated heel in all of WWE right now. His match with Kassius Ohno was fine, but man, did he get booed.

Backlash (2018)

Right before things go bad for AJ.
Oh, hey, this has been sitting in drafts for like a week. I is good at bloggings.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, WWE Backlash 2018. A largely mediocre pay per view, kicking off this year’s new era of co-branded PPV’s, but it is significant in one key aspect. My first ever 100% prediction PPV, including the pre-show.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Superhero Catch Up Post

OK, between getting sick and not caring, I’m a few eps behind on posting around the various hero shows. But nothing’s really changed. All three shows are sticking with their patterns.

Flash continues to be awful, with recent episodes really playing up the series’ frequent flirtations with awful gender dynamics and writing for women. There are ocasional flashes of not-awful in the righting, but they’re few and far between.

Arrow keeps trying to mine an awful season arc for the best stories it can tell under the circumstances, and sort of kind of succeeds but not really. I mean, yeah, OK< Human Target disguised as Tommy Merlynn is about the only way I’d accept the return of Merlynn, but didn’t Flash just have a show where someone impersonated a dead person to get the hero out of a trial?

Agents of SHIELD continues to be the standout, despite its clumsy attempts to pretend it’s still happening around the same time as Infinity War. The weird tragedy of Glen Talbot continues as he becomes Graviton and goes insane is a fun, unexpected (three episodes ago) twist, but mentioing “New York” last week and “Thanos” in this last episode is about to raise some questions I don’t think the show’s capable of answering to any degree of satisfaction.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

PREDICTIONS: Backlash 2018

Only two of these people are wrestling each other.
Right. The last couple of weeks have been boring as fuuuuuck. Some decent matches, but nothing really in the way of character development or plot moves. We’re still in the post-Mania storylines as we head for Backlash and the end of single-brand PPV events.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Flash: “Lose Yourself”

This week’s Flash suffers so hard in comparison to the Black Lightning season finale that it’s tough to judge it on its own merits.

Agents Of SHIELD: “The Honeymoon”

I am enjoying the “always together” runing bit.
Agents of SHIELD largely gets back on track with an episode that shifts the focus on Simmons’ and Yoyo’s beliefs about time travel from weird and obnoxious to underplayed and endearing.

Arrow: “Fundamentals”

The season would get better the farther back you revealed the dosing, you know.
Given how generally lousy and mediocre the main season plot, main season villains, and main season events have been, “Fundamentals” was surprisingly good.

Black Lightning: The Final Three

Man, that’s how you close out a series.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (4/16-19)

Nobody in this promo image switched brands!
OK. A lot of people switched brands during the Superstar Shakeup, so many I couldn’t keep track and had to rely on news reports. I’ve broken everything down into chunks. And no, there really weren’t any other events of significance this week that need covering.