Nov 20, 2019

South Dakota Is On Meth

I thought this was a joke, but it's not.  This is actually the anti-drug slogan and campaign that the government of South Dakota has just rolled out... at a cost of $450,000.

Nov 19, 2019

The Big Piece Turns 40

Ryan Howard at the 2008 World Series Championship parade in Philadelphia.

Happy 40th birthday to one of the greatest Phillies of all time.

Nov 18, 2019

You Put The Milk In The Coconut

Toasted Coconut Cheerios
General Mills (2019)
This is the best cereal I've had in a long time.

Nov 17, 2019

The Return Of The Christmas Catalog

One of the most exciting things to come in the mail when I was growing up was the Sears Wishbook.  I suppose that might be hard to understand for people who grew up with the internet, but the ability to look through a catalog that had a huge section dedicated to toys, video games and other awesome goodies that you didn't even know existed was an incredible experience.  My grandmother would give me the catalog when I was a little kid and told me to circle anything that I liked so that Santa would know what to keep his eye on. Sure enough, on Christmas morning, at least one or two things that I had circled was waiting for me to open.

Now, in 2019, not only have catalogs become largely obsolete, but so have the brick and mortar stores that those catalogs represented.  All of the Sears and J.C. Penney stores in my area have closed.  Toys R Us has closed.  These days in Northeast PA, you're pretty much limited to Wal-Mart, Target and a series of dollar stores, none of whom have a catalog.

Amazon was the last company I ever expected to receive a catalog from, but not long ago, this was waiting for me in my mailbox.  It's not even close to being the same size as the Sears Wishbook, but it was still a pleasant surprise to see a paper catalog filled with different toys that are available this season, complete with a page of stickers to use as gift tags.  Very cool, Amazon!

On a side note, if you want to see some of the old catalogs of the past, there is an incredible archive online called WishbookWeb where you can leaf through high quality scans of many different catalogs that were sent out in the 20th century.

Nov 16, 2019

Brawl In The Motor City

Dick The Bruiser vs The Sheik
Olympia Stadium - Detroit, MI
This awesome marquee photo was recently shared on Twitter by Pro Wrestling Stories.  On the night of August 31st, 1974, Dick The Bruiser faced The Sheik in a match that resulted in a brawl on the floor and a double disqualification.  According to the write up from the Detroit Free Press on September 2nd of that year, the card also featured Bobo Brazil, Abdullah The Butcher, George "The Animal" Steele and a 19 year old Raymond Rougeau who was already a three year veteran by this point in his career.

Not long after this show, Dick The Bruiser and The Sheik would return to Detroit to face off in a Death Strap Match, but not before Olympic Stadium hosted Evel Knievel, Marvin Gaye and Elvis Presley.  That's a pretty impressive lineup.  You've got to love the 70's.

Nov 15, 2019

The Veggies Are Just For Show

Pittston, PA
These were both very good, but I liked the Garlic Butter Steak sandwich best.  The lettuce and tomato are a nice touch.  They make me look like I'm trying to eat something healthy while I stuff my face with butter garlic covered meat.

Nov 14, 2019

It Was A Dump, But It Was Our Dump

Veterans Stadium
Philadelphia, PA (1970's)
I absolutely love Citizens Bank Park and I wouldn't trade it for any ballpark in the country, past or present, but you have to admire the 70's colors of the Vet.

Nov 13, 2019

Just When They Think They've Got The Answers...

Last night, CM Punk made his return to professional wrestling with an appearance on WWE Backstage, which airs on FS1.  My understanding is that he is an employee of Fox Sports, not WWE, and that he's been given creative freedom to review the product.

This should be interesting.

Nov 12, 2019

A Monument To Reason

Georgia Guidestones
Elberton, GA
I recently learned about this from a TopTenz video called Top 10 Mysterious World Landmarks and was instantly fascinated by it.  The Georgia Guidestones are a stone monument that was unveiled on March 22, 1980.  It was financed by a man using a pseudonym who represented a group that remains anonymous to this day, and it is built above a time capsule, but without a date that they recommend it be dug up.

The inscription on the monument is written in English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, and Russian, and the focal point is its list of these ten principles which are meant to be guidestones to an Age of Reason:

  1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
  2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
  3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
  4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
  5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
  6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
  7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
  8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
  9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
  10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

Nov 11, 2019

Seventies Snack Run

Trade Advertisement
National Supermarket (1975)
When's the last time you saw somebody writing a check to pay for their groceries.  For that matter, when was the last time you saw a box of Screaming Yellow Zonkers.

From the looks of this photo, the woman writing the check is on one hell of an epic snack run  There are bags of Fritos and Ruffles, a box of Celeste Pizza, cans of Planters Cocktail Peanuts and Pringles, a couple of bags of Bachman's Pretzels and a package of Oreo Cookies.  Bonus points if you can spot the boxes of Slim Jims and Pop Tarts in less than a minute.

Some of these products are before my time.  I've never heard of Cheddar Taters, but they sound pretty good.  I can't say I've ever seen a box of Snack Croutons or Nabisco Cheese Flings either.

Nov 10, 2019

The Lionheart and The Iceman

AEW Full Gear
Royal Farms Arena - Baltimore, MD
The entire show was incredible.  I would have preferred to not see MJF turn on Cody Rhodes.  I thought his heelish character as the asshole friend of the company's main good guy was interesting and something that I can't remember seeing in pro wrestling.

My favorite match of the night was the championship match between Jericho and Cody, but my favorite moment of the night took place just a few minutes into that match.  Jericho rolled outside of the ring to catch a breather, and he ripped the notebook off of the table of one of the judges.  That judge was Dean Malenko.  The two former WCW Cruiserweight Champions of the late 90's stared each other down for a few seconds in an awesome tribute to their feud 21 years ago in WCW.

The Man of 1.000 Holds vs The Man of 1,004 Holds.

Nov 9, 2019

A Floppy Artifact

Free Trial Installation Disk
America Online (1995)
From the time I was a teenager until at least my mid-twenties, every house in America got AOL free trial discs sent to their home at least once a week.  I remember in the mid 90's, they would sometimes be 3.5" disks, but that didn't last too long before CD Rom discs took over.

I remember one of the disks that I got had a form that you could send back if you needed a different format than the one that they sent you.  One of the options was a 5.25" floppy disk.  These were obsolete for about a decade by this point.  Even my grandmother's old Tandy from the mid 80's used the harder, smaller 3.5" disks, so I was pretty surprised to see it was an option.  Frankly, I didn't think a computer that only had a 5.25" disk would be capable of going online.

I sent away for it, and sure enough it came in.  My computer didn't take 5.25" disks and I couldn't get AOL anyway since they never had a local phone number for West Hazleton, but it was an oddity so I was glad to have it anyway.  It's gotten lost over the years.  The one in this picture is from  According to their article about it, they sell on eBay for a hundred bucks these days.  It's crazy to think that the junk mail of my teenage years that people couldn't wait to throw away are sought after collectibles in 2019.  It makes you wonder what things that are junk today will be collected and sold by people in the future.

Nov 8, 2019

Roast Turkey Is The New Pumpkin Spice

Roasted Turkey potato chips
Pringles (2019)
This may not come as too big of a surprise because they are made from potatoes, but these kind of tasted like mashed potatoes with turkey gravy.  Not bad!

Nov 7, 2019

Forty Years Of Happy Meals

Happy Meal 40th Anniversary Toys
McDonalds (2019)
Starting today, McDonald's will be re-releasing some of their vintage toys to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal.  The promotion will last five days, and includes toys from Hello Kitty, Space Jam, My Little Pony, Furby, Tamagotchi, Beanie Babies and Hot Wheels.

My favorite toy in this collection by far is the Changables hamburger.  The Changables were a series of Happy Meal toys that first came out in 1987.  They looked like food, but you could transform them into something else.  Series 1 (1987) and Series 2 (1989) Changables turned into robots while Series 3 (1990) turned into dinosaurs.  I was in elementary school at the time, and I can tell you first hand that these things became a hot collectible at recess.  My friends and I would trade our duplicates with each other to try to collect the whole set.

It's a little funny that the Happy Meal was first released in 1979, but the oldest toy from this 40th Anniversary collection is from 1988.  It makes me wonder if they have a warehouse of old toys somewhere, and these aren't new toys, but ones that they produced too many of that have been in storage all this time.

Nov 6, 2019

Buttholes At The Tower

Tower Records
New York City, NY (1985)
The video chandelier is showing music videos or album promos as it looks down over the imports section.  At the center of the vinyl racks, you can see the Live PCPPEP album from the Butthole Surfers.  The black square at the far left against the wall is one of the private listening booths where shoppers could listen to the albums to decide which one they were going to buy.

Nov 5, 2019

Treasure From The Past

Candy Aisle Shelves
Woolworth (1953)
I love this photograph.  The center shelf has multiple boxes of Topps baseball cards on display.  To the left of the baseball cards are Wings - a series of Topps trading cards that featured military planes from around the world.  I can't tell what all of the products are around the cards, but there's Bazooka gum to the left, and the bottom shelf has a selection of chocolate bars, including Mars, Oh Henry, Clark and something called Tangos that I never heard of.

Topps baseball cards were selling for a nickel a pack back then.  These days, an unopened pack would sell for thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars.  In fact, someone has an empty box on eBay right now for almost $2,500.  No cards or even empty wrappers - just the cardboard box that the packs sat in at the store.

Nov 4, 2019

Chalupa Inspired Ranting

Toasted Cheddar Chalupa
Taco Bell (2019)
This was pretty good, but like most Taco Bell food, I don't expect it to stick around for long.

While I enjoy Taco Bell, I don't go there too often and I think I've figured out why.  They don't have an identity with their menu.  Here's what I mean: when I think of McDonalds, I think of the Big Mac, the Quarter Pounder and McNuggets.  When I think of Burger King, I think of the Whopper.  When I think of Taco Bell, I can't really think of any specific menu items.  Everything they have tastes pretty good, but it sounds a bit generic.  I'll bet if you asked ten people in a Taco Bell parking lot to tell you the difference between a Chalupa and a Gordita, they wouldn't have a clue.  Hell, I'll bet you that most of the staff really couldn't explain it.

It's not that the food is bad.  In fact, everything on their menu is quite good, but nothing stands out as being especially memorable.  Sometimes, I'll get a craving for a Whopper and so I'll go to Burger King, but when I'm in the mood for a taco or a burrito, I would be just as happy to go to Sheetz as I would Taco Bell because their food doesn't have an identity.  Pretty much any place that sells a taco or a burrito is going to make something that tastes like Taco Bell.

Finally, on the rare occasion that they do create something memorable, like the Meximelt or the Santa Fe Steak Gordita, it gets lost in a sea of similar sounding foods on the menu, and is eventually discontinued.  I enjoyed this Toasted Cheddar Chalupa, but it wouldn't surprise me a bit if it was off the menu the next time I went in.  Burger King and McDonalds come out with new stuff all the time, but I know I can always get my Big Mac, McNuggets and Whopper.  With Taco Bell, I know I'll get beef, chicken, steak or pork with some random veggies in some sort of shell.  Tasty, but poorly marketed, so I've forgotten what I've eaten before I even stuff the extra sauce packets in the refrigerator.

Alright, that's enough of my silly rant.  Try the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa, if they still have it and you can remember what it's called by the time you get there.

Nov 3, 2019

The Garbage Pail At The Drive In

Jerked Joebob and Boob Tube Briggs
Garbage Pail KidsRevenge Of Oh The Horror-Ible (2019)
Card 11a and 11b of the latest Garbage Pail Kids series was done in tribute to the world's greatest host, Mr. Joe Bob Briggs.  The Lone Star beer bottle and cans are an especially nice touch.

Nov 2, 2019

A Priceless Upgrade

On the morning of Halloween, the Phillies announced that they have hired former Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price as the pitching coach.  Price began his career as a pitching coach with the Seattle Mariners in 2001, and in his first year in the role, he won the USA Today Pitching Coach of the Year Award.  He served in that role with the Mariners through the end of the 2006 season and has been highly praised by Pat Gillick and Jamie Moyer, both of whom worked with him in Seattle.  Moyer remarked about how much Price cares about his pitchers and how he was able to earn the players trust by learning what each pitcher did well and how those talents can be maximized.  This is a stark contrast from Chris Young, who by all accounts was a terrible communicator who tried a one-size-fits-all approach that failed miserably, as such methods usually do.

His career as a pitching coach continued with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007-2009 and with the Cincinnati Reds from 2010-2013, and he became the Reds manager before the start of the 2014 season.  This is where things get interesting, and where he goes from being a highly qualified and skilled pitching coach to a man who is a perfect fit for the city of Philadelphia. In a 2015 pre-game press conference, Price scolded Cincinnati reporters for snooping out the fact that catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team and therefore couldn't be brought in to pinch hit.  He argued that by doing so, the reporters are giving a tactical advantage to the opposing team.  He also mentioned that he was upset at reporters who followed and reported that Tucker Barnhart was flying in from Louisville before the team had the opportunity to discuss the situation with Kyle Skipworth.  In other words, Skipworth had to read on Twitter that he was about to be sent down to the minor leagues before Reds management had the opportunity to sit him down and explain the situation to him.  These things understandably annoyed Bryan Price, who went on drop 77 f-bombs on reporters in just over five minutes.

There was a lot of reaction to this at the time, some praise and some criticism.  Frankly, I agree with him.  I'm all for the media keeping the fans informed, but not at the expense of giving the opposing team a strategic advantage.  Above all, after listening to this, I am able to take away three things that make me believe that he will be an excellent fit in Philadelphia:
  1. This guy is passionate about the game.
  2. He puts his team and his players first.
  3. He is real and he's going to speak his mind.
One last side note: about a month after the infamous rant Price had against the media, he managed to start an argument with the umpires and get ejected from the game when he turned in the lineup card.  Please allow me to repeat: he was ejected before the game even began, at a largely ceremonial moment in the game where all that typically happens is the managers of both teams walk to home plate, shake hands, hand their lineup cards to the umpire and walk back to the dugout.

I truly love that this dude is in Philadelphia!

Nov 1, 2019

Oct 31, 2019

Spooky Cereal Selfie

Monster Cereal coloring book
General Mills (1988)
General Mills shared this old coloring book page on Twitter.  It has each of the four Monster Cereal mascots that existed in the late 80's: Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Fruity Yummy Mummy and Boo Berry (which was always my favorite).

Oct 30, 2019

Bootleg Power Couple

Few things about the Halloween season are as amusing as the names they come up with for costumes to avoid paying license fees.

Oct 29, 2019

Extra Cheese, Hold The Smack.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Don't Do Drugs: A Rap Song (1991)
Sometimes, I like to think about what a person from the past would think if they saw scraps of our pop culture.  Take, for example, this page from a children's book.  Imagine if you were sent back in a time machine to 1950 and the only thing you had to prove that you were from the future was this image.

Oct 28, 2019

Pinball And Pork

Riksha Room (1981)
Pine St. and First Ave - Seattle, WA
Photo by Nancy Walz (First Avenue Seattle exhibit)
This is one of my favorite photographs that I've seen in a long time.  Behind the sign that advertises split pea soup, liver & onions, and roast pork dressing is a Lazer Ball pinball machine and an Asteroids Deluxe cabinet, which had just come out the year that this photo was taken.

Oct 27, 2019

They Make Pills For That Now

Dick Groat
Philadelphia Phillies (1966-1967)
On October 27th, 1965, the Phillies and Cardinals agreed on a six player trade that bought Bob Uecker, Bill White and Dick Groat to Philadelphia.  Groat, a former NL MVP, was at the end of his career by the time he came to Philadelphia.  He played for the Phillies for all of 1966 and for 10 games in 1967 before he was sent to the Giants.

In his final season on June 9th, Groat was coming back from an injury in a game against the Pirates.  His physical performance that night inspired this line in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which was mentioned in The Dirty Inning podcast a few months ago.

Oct 26, 2019

Altered Beer

Altered Beer
Kelham Island Brewery
A brewer in Sheffield, England has created a line of beer with names inspired by vintage video games, including Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Rampage, and game that inspired this month's blueberry stout: Altered Beast.  According to their website, this is an oatmeal stout made with select blend of roast malts and oats for a dark color and hints of caramel and biscuit with the added blueberries for a fresh fruity flavor.

Oct 25, 2019

Halloween Hootenanny

Halloween Hootenanny
Hosted by Joe Bob Briggs
Finally, Job Bob is having a Halloween movie marathon.  It starts on Shudder at 9 pm tonight.  They haven't announced what the movies will be, but I'm holding out hope for Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch.

Oct 24, 2019

Not Your Average Joe

The Phillies have hired their 55th manager in the history of the franchise, and he's arguably the most accomplished manager the team has ever brought into the fold.  His last managing job was a ten year period with the New York Yankees.  In that time, he had a winning season every year and averaged 91 wins per season.

I cannot overstate how excellent this news is.  Joe Girardi is a highly experienced and highly successful manager with a reputation of adapting to analytics without overusing them and allowing them to hinder his ability to make decisions.  I believe that replacing Gabe Kapler with Joe Girardi is an upgrade on the level of the Phillies signing Bryce Harper to replace Nick Williams.

Oct 23, 2019

Futuristic Buick Of The Past

1989 Buick Reatta
This photo was shared by Chad Tindle on The CRT Collective.  You've got to love the futuristic touchscreen display on the dashboard, though it's a bit surreal to see the September 29, 2019 date at the bottom of the monitor.

Oct 22, 2019

The Backfire Effect

The Oatmeal
Artwork by Matthew Inman
Click here and scroll down to read the entire comic.

Oct 21, 2019

The Dark Side Of 80's Arcades

The Game Room
East Harlem, NY
Photo by Oscar Vargas (1985)
This photo was published in the award winning Philippe Bourgois work: In Search of Respect - Selling Crack in El Barrio.  It's a fascinating study of an arcade in East Harlem which was a front for a crackhouse, including first hand accounts from the proprietors.  Apparently, the inside of the locked arcade cabinets were great for hiding drugs.

Oct 20, 2019

Getting Together For Breakfast

All Together Cereal
Kellogg's (2019)
The outer package makes it seem like this is a box with a bunch of different types of cereal all mixed together, but that's not what it is.  This is a special, limited edition variety pack that includes individual boxes of Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and Frosted Mini Wheats.  Kellogg's is donating $50,000 to GLAAD to support their anti-bullying and LGBTQ advocacy work.

Oct 19, 2019

The Gold Standard Seasonal Sandwich

The McRib
McDonalds (2019)
This is the perfect limited edition fast food sandwich.  I don't think I'd get these very often if they were available all the time, but the fact that they only one out once in a while makes me enjoy them when they come around.  Something about the combination of pickles, onions, pork and barbecue sauce make them a tasty snack.

Oct 18, 2019

When Games Were Everywhere

Golden Axe at Osco Drug
Photo by Michael Galinsky (Rumur)
Published in Malls Across America
When I was growing up in the 80's, it was not at all uncommon to see arcade machines all over town at various places of business.  They were in the lobbies of diners and restaurants.  They were in bars and laundromats.  They were outside convenience stores and gas stations, and in the entrance way of drug stores and grocery stores.  Their disappearance was so slow and gradual that I didn't even notice it happening.  One day, they were just... gone.

I remember the day that it occurred to me that they had almost all disappeared.  It was 2002 and I was driving on I-80 West from Hazleton to Omaha.  I stopped at a gas station in Ohio and there was an Arkanoid machine.  I stood there for over an hour breaking bricks with the paddle and remembering what it was like to find these games all over town, in every town.

Now, in 2019, arcade cabinets become almost as rare as jukeboxes or pay telephones.  Once in a while, I come across a machine out in the wild.  Not a lovingly restored cabinet at a retro arcade, but a game that is still in service at a public place, waiting to be played, and periodically emptied of its quarters.  I imagine that some of them haven't been moved in decades and have become as much a part of the permanent surroundings as the restaurant booths and cash register that they stand watch over.  One day, the last of them will stop working and these once iconic parts of our culture will truly have disappeared.  Until then, I will always have a quarter and a few minutes to forget about the modern world and just play.

Oct 17, 2019

Pro Wrestling Is Fun Again

AEW Dynamite: Episode 3
The Liacouras Center - Philadelphia, PA
I've been a fan of professional wrestling since before I was in Kindergarten.  I mainly watched WWF when I was in elementary and middle school, and I got into WCW and ECW in the mid 90's.  When I first got on the internet in the late 90's, I joined a couple of tape trading message boards where I got my first exposure to lucha libre and puroresu.  I was burned out a little bit in the early 2000's after WCW and ECW went out of business and the WWF/E product started to be disappointing with poor writing and continuity.  I still kept up with it, but not like I did when I was a kid.  Then, in 2005, I saw that Kenta Kobashi was scheduled to appear in a Ring of Honor show in Philadelphia.  I bought tickets and had an incredible time.  I ended up going to just about every ROH show in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey for the next few years, and as I became more familiar with their wrestlers, I was exposed to other promotions that they worked, like CZW and Chikara.

After college, I started to work for Nestle and I didn't have as much time to keep up with pro wrestling as I once did.  I subscribed to the WWE 24/7 premium channel, and then the WWE Network when they moved to a streaming service, but I found that when I had time to watch, I would gravitate toward the older shows that I watched when I was a kid.  As for the new material, the wrestling matches themselves were usually very good, but the storylines, the writing and the commentary was so horrible that it became hard to watch.  These days, companies like ROH and TNA are a shell of their former selves, and the only programming I truly enjoyed was NXT.  I began to wonder if I had just outgrown wrestling.  That all changed just over a year ago when  Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks self-funded a show called All In.  The show was phenomenal, and it developed into a new promotion that has made professional wrestling fun again - All Elite Wrestling.

Cody is a really awesome dude.  I look like an absolute dork, but this is what a happy wrestling fan looks like.
Yesterday was the third episode of their new weekly TNT series, AEW Dynamite.  I almost didn't go because I wake up at around 4 am for work, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see the first AEW show in Philadelphia, and to support this incredible company.

Here are the results of the show:
Hundreds of these rained down when The Young Bucks made their entrance.  Looks like they're from Double Or Nothing.
The show was incredible from top to bottom.  I was a little disappointed that "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels didn't wrestle.  He wrestled on the first ROH show I ever went to in 2005.  I met him after the show and he was a super nice dude, and I've been a big fan of his ever since.  He was scheduled to wrestle as Kazarian's tag team partner in the opening match of the main show, but he was attacked by the Lucha Brothers and had to be replaced by Scorpio Sky.  While I would have liked to see him wrestle, I'm very interested in seeing where the story goes from here.

Riho is really getting over with the crowd in a big way as the first ever AEW Women's Champion.  She's developed a pretty awesome character where she's fighting as the underdog despite being the champion, and she outsmarts her opponents to get the victory without it feeling like a cheap win.

I wasn't sure what was going on with the Jurassic Express match at first.  It was supposed to be Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus didn't even come out to the ring to accompany the team.  I was a little bummed at first, but The Lucha Brothers, Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt did an incredible job telling a story in the ring, with Pentagon and Fenix not taking their smaller opponents seriously, which led to Jurassic Express capitalizing on their opponents over-confidence throughout the match.  Eventually, The Lucha Brothers started to take the match more seriously and got the win.

After the show, Marko Stunt explained what happened that led him to replace Luchasaurus.

The Omega/Page vs Moxley/Pac match took place on Kenny Omega's 36th birthday, which led the fans to chant "happy birthday" after his entrance.  Jon Moxley, who was a main event star of Philadelphia-based indy promotion CZW prior to his run in the WWE as Dean Ambrose, got a loud "CZW" and "welcome home" chant.

The match was absolutely wild and culminated in a standoff between Kenny Omega, wielding a barbed wire wrapped broom against Jon Moxley, who carried a barbed wire baseball bat.  Pac confronted Moxley for using a weapon, which inspired Moxley to attack and abandon his tag team partner.  This set up a match between Moxley and Pac for next week.

Chris Jericho defended his AEW World Championship for the very first time at this show, and he did it in a Philadelphia Street Fight against one of the best young wrestlers in the world today.  Darby Allin completely won me over in his time limit draw against Cody Rhodes at Fyter Fest earlier this year.  He has an intriguing character and an in-ring style that commands your attention.

This match delivered everything I was hoping for and more.  Toward the end, Jericho duct taped Allin's wrists behind his back.  Allin fought back with a ridiculously cool sequence of offensive maneuvers without the use of his arms, but his comeback was cut short by Jake Hager shoving him off of the top rope, which allowed Jericho to lock in the Walls Of Jericho for a submission victory.

One of the most unexpected things of the night for me was when Teddy Hart wandered around the crowd with his white persian cat, Mr. Money.  I didn't get my phone out in time to take a photo, but the dude who sat next to me asked and got this selfie with the feline carrying phenom.  His name is Sam, and you should check out more of his pics @ProWrestlingEverything on Instagram.

There were three AEW Dark matches on the card - one at the beginning of the show and two at the end.  It was awesome surprise to see Joey Janela, Brandon Cutler and Nyla Rose.  To be very honest, I'm not at all a fan of Leva Bates or the gimmick that she and Peter Avalon are using in AEW, so I would have preferred to see Nyla Rose wrestle literally anyone else on the roster, but they can't all be winners.  However, the last match of the night was a ridiculously fun eight man tag team match had me cheering like I was 7 years old all over again.  MJF came out with The Elite and popped the crowd when he faked out the crowd, pretending as if he was going to do a tope, and then telling the fans to stick it.  His character of being the asshole heel that just happens to be friends with the beloved good guys is one of the most entertaining things I've seen in professional wrestling in a long time, and he plays it perfectly.

After the match, Cody Rhodes closed out the night by addressing the crowd and inviting a kid into the ring who had an incredible cosplay of Orange Cassidy.  He had his looks and mannerisms down perfectly!  They showed him on the screen at the beginning of the show and the crowd popped, but that was nothing compared to the pop that he got when he pinned Cody Rhodes.  Check it out:

UPDATE: In the days after the show, the "Clementine Cassidy" kid has gone viral.  The story has been reported by ABC News and across many wrestling news and mainstream media outlets.  His name is Nate Richardson, and he's from Toms River, NJ.  His parents got him tickets to this show as a birthday present.  That has to be one of the most awesome 11th birthdays that anyone has ever had!  Way to go, Nate!