Monday, May 30, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #13: Tyler Black vs. Johnny Gargano from AIW Destroy Everything



This time we look at a free match from Absolute Intense Wrestling. In this match, Tyler Black (the Intense Title holder) defends against Johnny Gargano.

AIW DVDs can be bought at SmartMarkVideo.com or here: http://shop.aiwrestling.com/

Thoughts on the match:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

PWG All Star Weekend 8 Night 2 2011 Live Results, Report and Review

Live Report from @ToeFukUrFace

Yesterday, at the end of my Night 1 report, I wondered if they would be able to top Night 1 and honestly, Night 2 put up a hell of an argument as event of the year candidate.

Night 2 was a little cooler out but the humidity was horrific. Top that with about 500 breathing bodies, and you enter one of the rings of hell. With that being said, a quicker opening from Excaliber talking about how when the Wrestling gods hand PWG lemons, PWG makes Lemon Meringue pie and stated wrestling is a contact sport and injuries happen. He introduced us to one of the wrestlers injured, and out comes Chuck Taylor! My heart was broken because I wanted Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor bad and even bought a Chuck Taylor Grenade shirt. Chuckie T said Kenny King injured his groin in Night 1 and couldn't compete tonight but said Brian Cage-Taylor would avenge the Taylors. Papa Taylor then texted Chuck and said Ryan Taylor was grounded for use of steroids which started a Steroids chant. Brian Cage-Taylor came out (I shit you not) yellow full leg tights, with 3 rips in them that were colored black and blue trunks over the yellow tights. Brian Cage-Taylor fully accepted his Wolverine persona! Wolverine chants broke out and you can tell he loved it.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

PWG All Star Weekend 8 Night 1 2011 Live Results, Report and Review

Live report of the show from @ToeFukUrFace

Night 1 was fucking amazing! How the hell they plan on topping that tonight is beyond me. I arrived at the American Legion in Reseda, CA about 5:30 and outside of the building was about 12 people already. Sat outside and I watched most of the wrestlers arrive. Would you believe Claudio arrives with a Starbucks coffee cup in hand? Also, El Generico rides up in the parking lot in his mask already. We were let in and frisked by security at 7:45 and went to our seats. Place was filled up pretty close to how Seven was with over 500 people in the building.

Friday, May 27, 2011

PWG Curse of Guerrilla Island 2010: Random DVD Review Series #34

PWG Week continues here at the Road!

Before All Star Weekend 8 starts tonight, let's take a look at one of the under-appreciated shows from Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in their stellar 2010. Davey Richard's commitments to New Japan Pro Wrestling forced PWG to strip him of the world title (the second time in a year that the title was vacated; Bryan Danielson won the the title on his "last" night with the company back in 2009). Coming off of the Battle of Los Angeles, PWG decided that the four semi-finalists of that tournament would compete in fatal four way match to determine the new PWG champion. Also of note, PWG started booking Ricochet after his star making performances at BOLA, and his performance with El Generico solidified him as one best performers for PWG after only 3 matches.

Match Ratings:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

PWG All Star Weekend 8 2011 Preview and Predictions

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla has put together two absolutely loaded cards together for All Star Weekend 8. One of the benefits of PWG running so few events is that they do not have to hold back on which matchups they book for each show. That has probably been no more evident then with these two cards. Also, since PWG has no immediate plans to to expand or move to iPPV, they are still able to freely use TNA and ROH wrestlers to create some of the best matchups in professional wrestling. I am hoping to get a live report from someone on twitter of the two shows, but if anyone else would like to send in a report, contact me on twitter (@Shabang728).


Before you read the predictions, check out my interview with Johnny Yuma

Tickets are no longer able to be bought online but there will be tickets available at the door; information about the event is available here: http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com/

Match Predictions

Monday, May 23, 2011

Interview: Johnny Yuma from PWG and NWA Hollywood

Johnny Yuma is professional wrestler who regularly teams with Johnny Goodtime. They are known as the RockNES Monsters. The Monsters compete in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and NWA Hollywood. The Monsters will be challenging the Young Bucks (GenerationMe in TNA) this weekend in Reseda, California for the PWG Tag Titles at PWG All Star Weekend 8. The two cards for PWG ASW8 are absolutely loaded. A preview of the weekend will be up tomorrow.

The cards for PWG All Star Weekend are here: http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com/ASW8/
Information on NWA Hollywood is here: http://nwahollywood.com/main/


TJ Hawke: Looking at your "Who I Am" page at the NWA Hollywood website, you wrote that "I consider myself a unique story, as I grew up hating pro wrestling. It was a blind hate though, because I never even gave it a chance," and that "after watching just ONE match on TV on a Thursday night when I was 12 years old, I made the decision that wrestling would be my life, no matter what." I was just wondering if you could go into more detail about discovering your love for professional wrestling? What was that one match you watched?

Johnny Yuma: As a kid I hated wrestling, despite being surrounded by the hardest of hardcore fans. All my friends LOVED it, but I cared more about Star Wars, James Bond, and Saturday Night Live. I'd never actually watched it though. The most pro wrestling I'd ever seen was the 1 second clip of Bret Hart and Benoit from the beginning of Malcolm In the Middle!

Of course right as all but 2 of my friends start growing out of wrasslin', I finally get swayed into watching it. I turned on Smackdown right as Crash Holly came out to take on Viscera right before Royal Rumble 2000. I was hooked! I saw a small guy standing up to a monster. Being small my whole life it was cool to see a real life smaller athlete getting a chance to shine; however, it was Viscera that really got me. I'd never seen a human like that. He will always be one of my favorites, for the simple fact that him being a freak of nature kept me from changing the channel.

Monday Links Column: 5/23/2011

Your weekly batch of the best links on pro wrestling from around the inter-webs!

Dave Meltzer has great article on Yahoo about Randy Savage...Dave will probably have an epic obituary in this week's Observer

Jim Ross wrote a great blog on Randy Savage

Chris Shore dedicated his Weekend Promo to Randy Savage

Excalibur did two excellent interviews in the last week: one with Colt Cabana and one with Wrestling Observer's Alan4L

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Predicted ROH Best in the World 2011 Card



The following is a prediction of the Best in the World iPPV Card from Ring of Honor. The event can be pre-ordered at GoFightLive.Tv

Eddie Edwards(c) vs. Davey Richards (ROH Title): All signs have been pointing to this since Eddie won the title back in March. Match should be awesome

Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team(c) vs. Kings of Wrestling (ROH Tag Titles, 2/3 Falls): Clearly the Kings need to get a rematch after losing the titles over Mania Weekend. 2/3 Falls is a popular stipulation in ROH and it would make storyline sense considering that WGTT have already defeated the Kings 2 out of 3 times. Their first 3 matches were all ****+, so this should also be great.

El Generico, Colt Cabana, & Steve Corino vs. Roderick Strong, Christopher Daniels, & Michael Elgin with Truth Martini: Corino's path to redemption continues

Tomaaso Ciampa (w/ The Embassy) vs. Homicide (No DQ): because this feud needs to be blown off

Jay Lethal vs. TJ Perkins: a good exhibition matchup to ease Lethal back into the ROH fold

Tag Team Scramble for a Guaranteed Tag Title Shot: Briscoes vs. All Night Express vs. Bravados vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Adam Cole

Mike Bennett vs. Jimmy Jacobs

NWA Great American Bash 1989 GLORY DAYS: Better Late Than Never PPV Flashback Report

The Great American Bash 1989 is considered to be one of the greatest (if not greatest) wrestling PPVs of all time. The show concludes with four legitimate must see matches: Sting vs. The Great Muta, Ricky Steamboat vs. Lex Luger, a Wargames match, and Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk. Everyone must track down this show somewhere. It will probably pop up on WWE Classics soon.

Match Ratings:

Match Spotlight #12: Mike Quackenbush vs. Tim Donst from Cibernetico & Robin 2007



Today we take a look at another match provided by Chikara on their Podcast-A-Go-Go.

This was the first singles match between Mike Quackenbush and Tim Donst; it was labeled as a student vs. teacher match. Donst was 19 years old at the time, and this was only his fifth singles match according to the commentators.

This show and all Chikara shows can be purchased at Smarkmarkvideo.com

Thoughts on the Match:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The ROH News is...

Press Release from ROH:

BRISTOL, PA. (MAY 21, 2011)–Ring of Honor Wrestling owner, Cary Silkin, announced today the sale of the promotion to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest television broadcasters in the country and which owns and operates, programs, or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 35 markets across the United States.

ROH, currently the third largest wrestling promotion in the country, just celebrated its ninth anniversary, and Mr. Silkin is excited about taking the next step towards increasing the company’s visibility and expanding its operations.

Evolve 8: Style Battle Review

When I first read about the concept of the Style Battle, I was unimpressed. Evolve had spent seven shows building up the importance of the "wins leader;" not once was there a mention of different pro wrestling styles.
No one had ever claimed to have the best/most effective style. The promotion was about wins and losses. Once I got off my high horse though, I looked at the card and realized that this card had a chance to be a lot of fun, especially for only $15. And I was right. If every Style Battle from here on out is as fun as this show, then Evolve should book this tournament every year for sure. Evolve took this concept and solidified AR Fox as a major piece of their promotion's building blocks. I expect AR Fox to be in TNA's X Division soon.

It should also be noted that WWNlive continues to be superior in internet streaming over GoFightLive. Here, the video quality is crystal clear. There was an early hiccup in the sound (first, there was no sound, and then the commentators were too loud compared to the crowd) but it was all sorted very early in the night. If PWG and Chikara move to iPPV, WWNlive is definitely looking like the superior option.

Match Ratings:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Watch WWE Superstars + a Review



Match Ratings:

RIP Macho Man



Randy Savage passed away today after having a heart attack while driving his car. His wife was also in the car, but apparently she survived with just minor physical injuries.

Quick Anecdote: My college frisbee team uses Randy Savage as one of its cheers. Whenever we 'pull' the disc (like a Kickoff in football), those on the sideline pound the ground until the disc lands; once the disc land, they scream, "MACHO MAN! DIG IT DIG IT!"

Rest in Peace Randy Poffo

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ROH Supercard of Honor 2011 Preview and Predictions

Who is Steve Corino's sponsor?

When you look at the card for this Saturday's ROH show in Chicago, it's obvious that the show is going to have great wrestling; almost every ROH show is good, and most shows are are not as loaded as this one. But the thing that interests me most about this show is who will be revealed to be Steve Corino's mentor? This reveal has the potential to become a storyline that will carry the fans of ROH's interest for the rest of 2010, similar to the Steen/Generico feud in 2010.

When the mentor storyline first started, speculation mostly seemed to focus on two possibilities: Kevin Steen and Low Ki. From a storyline standpoint, Kevin Steen would make the most sense. What better way for Steve Corino to find redemption then to redeem Kevin Steen as a man of Honor? However, Corino's description of the mentor also fit Low Ki, the recently fired Kaval from WWE. Low Ki was last seen in ROH in 2006 but Gabe stopped booking him after some sort of dispute*. In storyline, Ki was still a Rottweiler with his trainer, Homicide, and ROH explained that he kicked Jim Cornette (then the ROH Commissioner) and was subsequently banned from ROH. So from a "shoot" and "kayfabe" standpoint, Low Ki also fit the description of Steve Corino's mentor. Not to mention, the fans would love to see Ki back in ROH, so it would be a very fan friendly booking decision. Unfortunately, Low Ki will be in New York on Saturday night on iPPV for FIP on wwnlive.com, so it seems that he won't be the mentor.

*The rumor I heard/read was that Gabe had decided to build ROH in 2006 around Low Ki after his match with KENTA at Final Battle 2005. Ki supposedly up his pay demands significantly and basically that was the end.


While Kevin Steen would make the most storyline sense (and ROH does tend to do things that make sense, which is always appreciated!), my guess is that Steve Corino's mentor is actually Jimmy Jacobs. I initially dismissed Jimmy as a possibility because he has been a critical part of the booking of Gabe Sapolsky's two companies: Dragon Gate USA and Evolve. However, some things that I recently noticed made me think that Jimmy is now done with those two promotions and going back to ROH.

Fact #1: At Evolve 7, Jimmy Jacobs loses the opener in 6-7 minutes to a newcomer in Evolve.

Fact #2: Jimmy Jacobs, after being booked for the first 7 shows in Evolve history, was not booked for Evolve 8 on May 20th

Fact #3: Jimmy Jacobs, after appearing at every DGUSA show since Freedom Fight 2010, has yet to be booked for the DGUSA triple shot weekend during the first weekend of June.

Fact #4: Jimmy Jacobs match with Austin Aries, which was taped for the DGUSA cable PPV on May 27th, has apparently been scrapped from the lineup that will air. The match was well reviewed. Jimmy also won the match.

Fact #5: To the best of my knowledge, Jimmy Jacobs has been silent (in terms of promos) since Evolve 7; anyone who pays attention to DGUSA or Evolve knows that Jimmy Jacobs is always coming up with new videos to develop his character

Those 5 bits of information have led me to conclude that Jimmy Jacobs will return to ROH this Saturday as Steve Corino's mentor. Obviously, it is probably still a long shot, but that is my prediction nonetheless.

Match Predictions for Supercard of Honor 2011:

Evolve 8: Style Battle Preview and Predictions

Evolve’s one night tournament on May 20th will feature 8 competitors, all of whom will represent a different fighting style. The goal of the tournament is to determine what is the best or most dominant fighting style. Wins and Losses in the tournament will not count towards the wrestlers’ win-loss records in Evolve. Evolve has announced that they plan to make this tournament an annual tournament. This show is available on iPPV, and it can be bought at this link (yes, my affiliate link): http://www.wwnlive.com/signup.php?id=28.

The tournament is broken up into two brackets. Bracket A has two matches: AR Fox vs. Rich Swann and Tony Nese vs. Jon Davis. Bracket B also has two matches: Austin Aries vs. Bobby Fish and Brodie Lee vs. Sami Callihan. The winners of each bracket will meet in the finals at the same show.

Here is the complete card for Evolve 8: http://www.evolvewrestling.com/livecardunion.htm

I interviewed Tony Nese about this tournament on Tuesday. That interview can be accessed here.

Here is Evolve’s hype video for the tournament; it is pretty cool:



Match Predictions:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #11 : Tony Nese vs. Scott Reed vs. Rich Swann vs. AR Fox from Evolve 6: Aries vs. Taylor



Evolve has offered up a free match from Aries vs. Taylor in order to hype their iPPV this Friday, Evolve 8: Style Battle. That iPPV can be ordered here: http://www.wwnlive.com/signup.php?id=28

This match is a fatal four way match featuring AR Fox, Tony Nese, Scott Reed, and Rich Swann. Swann was 0-1 going into this match and the other three were making their Evolve debuts. Swann, Nese, and Fox will be competing in the Style Battle tournament this Friday. Scott Reed will also be at the iPPV competing in the 8 Man Fray.

Fox and Swann have since competed against each other at Aries vs. Moxley and will face each other again in the first round of the Style Battle.

The card for the Style Battle can be found here: http://www.evolvewrestling.com/livecardunion.htm

All Evolve merchandise can be purchased at EvolveWrestling.com

Thoughts on the Match:

Interview: Tony Nese of Evolve and NYWC (Anthony Nese of TNA)

Tony Nese will be competing at this Friday's iPPV, Evolve 8: Style Battle. His first round match in the 8 man "Fighting Style" tournament is Jon Davis. Nese will be putting up his "standing combat" style against Davis' "power" style. Nese's record in Evolve is 0-2, but he has had some impressive showings. Nese is a regular for the New York Wrestling Connection promotion, which is based in Deer Park, New York. He will also be making his Dragon Gate USA debut on June 4th in Deer Park.

Information for the Evolve 8 card is here: http://www.evolvewrestling.com/livecardunion.htm
The NYWC information can be found here: http://www.nywcwrestling.com/
The Dragon Gate USA card (which is being co-promoted by the NYWC) is here: http://dgusa.tv/liveeventsdeerpark.htm
You can order the Evolve 8 iPPV here (yes, that's my affiliate page): http://www.wwnlive.com/signup.php?id=28


T.J. Hawke: Evolve seems to have been your national breakout to the best of my knowledge. However, I know you work for the New York Wrestling Connection promotion based in Deer Park, NY, and I read on the Evolve site that is where you were trained. What is it like to be trained by, and then work with, Mikey Whipwreck?


Tony Nese: Being trained by Mikey Whipwreck was one of the best choices I ever made in wrestling. Growing up as a huge fan of ECW, I didn't think twice about joining the NYWC school. Little did I know it was going to be one of the most intimidating things. Mikey knows his stuff and would make us earn our spot in the business, from extreme drills to executing everything in the ring with perfection. When Mikey finally approached me one day and asked me to have a match I knew I finally earned his respect and it will always be one of my favorite matches. He still to this day is my trainer and mentor.

Monday, May 16, 2011

PWG DDT4 2011: Random DVD Review Series #33

The Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament! This is my favorite tournament of the year, 3 years running. I truly love tag team wrestling, and I despise the WWE for burying the entire concept of tag teams and the importance of the tag titles. Luckily, PWG, once a year, brings some of the best tag teams in North America together for a one night tournament. The Kings of Wrestling, American Wolves, Briscoe Brothers, and the Young Bucks (GenerationMe in TNA) have been four of the most respected tag teams in recent years on the indy scene. The Cutler Brothers and the RockNES Monsters have been gradually developing a following in the SoCal indy scene including appearances on NWA Hollywood TV. Then finally, as per usual with this tournament, PWG made a couple of makeshift tag teams for the event: Brandon Gatson and Willie Mack, and the Kevin Steen and Akira Tozawa dream team. And boy oh boy that last makeshift tag team was a creative stroke of genius from the mad scientists running PWG. Sadly they will only get to tag together one more time in PWG because Tozawa is moving back to Japan, but this team was so great while it lasted.

Before you read the review, you may also want to look at my predictions for the tournament when I Previewed DDT4 2011 back in March...I was very close in predicting the winner.

The one major problem with this show was that the DVD was released in beginning of May but the show happened in the beginning of March. Excalibur actually advertised the April 9th show on commentary which obviously proved to be futile as this DVD did not come out until over a month after that show happened. Hopefully PWG and Highspots can somehow fix this problem, sooner rather than later.

Match Ratings:

Match Spotlight #10: FIST vs. The Future is Now from Chikara King of Trios 2009 Night 3



One of the recent Chikara Podcast-A-Go-Gos released one of the better free matches so far: Future is Now vs. FIST from King of Trios 2009. This was the semifinal match in the tournament. FIST was made up of Chuck Taylor, Icarus and Gran Akuma (who was replaced half way through 2010 by Johnny Gargano). The Future is Now was made up of Helios (Ricochet), Lince Dorado, and Equinox (Jimmy Olsen).

All Chikara shows can be purchased at SmartMarkVideo.com

Thoughts on the match:

The Monday Links Column 5/16/2011

Your weekly batch of the best wrestling links from around the interwebs is here!


Dave Lagana posted Part 2 of His Interview with MVP...another must listen interview from IWantWrestling.com

Saturday saw the triumphant return of the Chris Shore's Weekend Promo...best part: he classifies TNA in the 'good' section but he says their still a Shit Sandwich...high praise indeed!

A vaiety of opinions/thoughts on the TNA Sacrifice PPV (which I did not watch) from Dave Meltzer, Colin Rinehart (of 411mania) and Jason Powell

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #9: MVP & Satoshi Kojima & Taichi & TAKA Michinoku vs. Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma



Weird: this was posted a couple of days ago but Blogger has had some issues.

The New Japan Pro Wrestling Youtube page often posts free matches from their tours. I'm posting this match from one of their recent tours which had former WWE talent, Montel Vontavious Porter. MVP requested his release from the WWE in December 2010 and signed a contract with NJPW in 2011.

This match also contains one of the best wrestlers in the world at the moment: Prince Devitt. Devitt is the IWGP Jr. Hvwt Champion and IWGP Jr. Hvwt tag champion with Ryusuke Taguchi.

MVP has also been getting some buzz because of his interviews with IWantWrestling.com. Dave Lagana posted Part 1 and Part 2 of His Interview with MVP...another must listen interview from IWantWrestling.com

Thoughts on the Match:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tough Enough 2011 episode 6 review

Six episodes into Tough Enough, we are starting to see the clear strengths and weaknesses of the show. Strengths: Stone Cold, Bill DeMott, Jeremiah, Stone Cold, Stone Cold, and Stone Cold. Weaknesses: pretty much everything else. The competitions are getting really stupid. Why was the ropes course and the "Pop a squat" the deciding factors for determining if someone can be a WWE Superstar? That is just reality show bullshit. That is something that should be fixed for Season 2.

Other thoughts on episode 6:

The Monday Links Column 5/9/2011

This will hopefully become a new weekly feature for the blog

All the important links from the internet about professional wrestling that you need to know about:

Dave Lagana at IWantWrestling.com has a great Interview with Montel Vontavious Porter...listen to this

ROH announces Shelton Benjamin vs. Claudio Castagnoli and Davey Richards vs. Charlie Haas for Supercard of Honor...awesome

Evolve announced the full Field of 8 that will compete in their first Style Battle iPPV...I will have a preview of that show the day before the iPPV

John Morrison will be out of action for several months

KJ Porteous writes about the Twitter Reaction to Christian's World Title Loss

ROH Undeniable 2007: Better Late Than Never PPV Flashback Report

Can Nigel McLariat finally slay Godzilla?

In mid-2006, Nigel McGuinness seemed like a legit candidate to dethrone Bryan Danielson of the ROH World Title, but by mid 2007, Nigel had failed in 6 attempts to win the strap (failing 4 times vs. Dragon and twice to Morishima). As current fans of the ROH product can attest to, when a ROH babyface fails over and over again to win the title, the eventual title win (if it even comes) can feel anti-climatic and can lead to a cold title reign (see Tyler Black). Despite that though, the ROH fans of Edison, New Jersey, still acted like Nigel was as fresh as could be for one night.




Match Ratings:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

#IWantWrestling & #IWantChristian People: Will you put your money where your mouth is?

If you close your eyes, Your life, a naked truth revealed,
Dreams you never lived and scars never healed
In the darkness life will take you to the other side,
And find me waiting there you'll see if you just close your eyes.
If you just close your eyes.


The twitter response to the World Title change from this week’s Smackdown has been extremely passionate. Just search #IWantChristian and you will see countless fans blasting the WWE’s decision to take the World Title off of Christian; some of these fans even vow to stop watching the WWE as a result. I say to these fans and to all #IWantWrestling fans this: put your money where your mouth is.

There is so much great WRESTLING out there in America that everyone can experience. If the WWE (and presumably TNA) are not giving you want you want on national television, then try out and support the companies that deliver professional wrestling. I know there is a hesitation to invest money in an unknown product. Luckily for you, I have some links below of quality matches that some of these companies have provided for FREE:

Friday, May 6, 2011

ROH Man Up 2007: Better Late Than Never PPV Flashback Report

Is the PPV with the greatest name for a PPV ever, also the greatest PPV ever?

The Steenerico/Briscoes feud for the tag titles was an interesting feud (especially in retrospect) for ROH in 2007, and it culminated at the Man Up PPV in the first ever ladder match in ROH. The two teams had competed in every type of gimmick match possible, so the only way to end the feud was with the most brutal and violent ladder match that most fans have ever seen (it was so brutal that Gabe Spolsky refused to ever book another ladder match and Dave Meltzer refused to rate the match). Oh yeah, and if that's not enough of a reason to buy this show, Bryan Danielson wore a fucking eye patch in his match: BUYS.


Match Ratings:

CZW Best of the Best 2011: Better Late Than Never PPV Flashback Report

Best of the Best 2011 was the first time I have ever seen a Combat Zone Wrestling show. The premise of the promotion had always turned me off because it seemed like a ultra violent knockoff of the original ECW without any of the true substance that made ECW special once upon a time. However, in the interest of broadening my horizons, I decided that I needed to give CZW a try. Eventually the lineup for Best of the Best finally intrigued me enough to jump into the proverbial CZW pool. Anytime you combine Daisuke Sekimoto, Chuck Taylor, Zack Sabre Jr., Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Sami Callihan, AR Fox, and Hieracon, you're probably get some good action. And at the very least, this show provided good action.

Also, stupidly, my cheapness caused me to buy this show onDemand from the usually reliable Hybrident.tv to save some money but the iPPV stream had some audio issues...the announcers were far too loud and were often drowning out the crowd noise which took away from some of the matches for sure...this show will probably come off better on DVD


Match ratings:

Match Spotlight Series #8: Colt Cabana vs. Claudio Castagnoli from ROH Tag Title Class 2009



ROH has for the most part stopped putting free matches on the internet, and this was one of the last matches released for free. ROH could do well by their fans by starting this practice again. They don't need to put on a match every week like Chikara, but it would be nice if they did it every once in a while.

This match took place at Tag Title Classic 2009 (which had a great main event: Tyler Black & Bryan Danielson vs. the American Wolves), which can be bought here: http://www.rohstore.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=125

Thoughts on the Match:

Match Spotlight Series #7: Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. The Young Bucks (GenerationMe from TNA) from Chikara King of Trios Night 3 2010



This match was shown on the Chikara Podcast-A-Go-Go the week before King of Trios 2011 to promote that event. This match highlights how Chikara usually has some high profile exhibition non-trios matches between the homegrown talent and outside talent on Nights 2 & 3 of King of Trios.

This match took place at King of Trios Night 3 2010 which can be purchased here: http://www.smartmarkvideo.com/Chikara-DVD-April-25-2010-2010-King-Of-Trios-Night-3-Philadelphia-PA/

Thoughts on the Match:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FTW

no, not about Taz



the following piece contains *SPOILERS* for this week's Smackdown

BRADEN WALKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I really hate TNA. I think this is only the second time that I have written about them since the blog started. Apparently Chris Harris returned to TV this week for Impact. I'm using this as an excuse to show one of the funniest fan videos in recent years. Enjoy.

(Note: from now on. Chris Harris will only be referred to as Braden Walker on this blog. It amuses me.)

Chikara King of Trios Night 3 2011: Random DVD Review Series #32

My review of Night 1 of this epic weekend for Chikara is here: Chikara King of Trios Night 1 2011

My review of Night 2 of this epic weekend for Chikara is here: Chikara King of Trios Night 2 2011




And we finally reach the conclusion to the biggest weekend in Chikara history. Everyone should support Chikara and order these dvds at Smartmarkvideo.com


Match Ratings:

Monday, May 2, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #6: Eddie Kingston vs. Hallowicked from CHIKARA Chapter 11



This time, we are looking at another match that Chikara provided on their Podcast-A-Go-Go. This week, Chikara showed Eddie Kingston vs. Hallowicked in a Falls Count Anywhere Match from what was supposed to be the 2007 season finale, Chapter 11. Unfortunately this show is probably more infamous for Lince Dorado nearly killing himself on a shooting star press in the semi-main event. The main event of this show, Chris Hero vs. Claudio Castagnoli, was cancelled, and Chikara then ran a free show at Penn State, Stephen Colbert > Bill O'Reilly, as a makeup show. Chapter 11 was also notable to have the match where the editor of Figure Four Weekly, Bryan Alvarez, defeated Larry Sweeney for the ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Title.

Match Review:

Extreme Rules 2011 Review

Time to Salute the Jorts



Often the first PPV after Wrestlemania for the WWE can be one of the best pure action shows of the year for the company. WWE Creative is usually fairly burned out at this time, and instead of coming up with overly complicated feuds, they just have the 6 best rematches possible from Wrestlemania. I ordered this show with some friends on a lark and I ended up being glad I did

Match Ratings

Chikara King of Trios Night 2 2011: Random DVD Review Series #31

My review of Night 1 of this epic weekend for Chikara is here: Chikara King of Trios Night 1 2011



Night 2 of King of Trios can always be counted on for great action with 4 trios matches and 2 Rey de Voladores matches. The 2011 show is no different. This show also has the benefit of having the 2011 Match of the Year: Colt Cabana vs. the undisputed leader of the Band, Archibald Peck. Hunter and Taker ain't got nothin' on them.

Match Ratings:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

2011 1st Trimester Review

This post is a brief overview of the world of professional wrestling in the United States for the first four months of the year. I examine, as I see them, the highlights and lowlights of 6 promotions: WWE, Ring of Honor, Dragon Gate USA, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Evolve Wrestling, and Chikara Pro. I also give out the following awards: Singles MVP, Tag Team MVP, Best Promotion, Best Singles Match, Best Multi-Man Match, and Best Show.

Extreme Rules 2011 PPV Preview & Predictions

The annual WWE Wrestlemania rematch PPV that bombs on PPV. But hey, each match has a GIMMICK~!

Lost in the WWE Draft and the ads for Dwayne Johnson's birthday party, was the fact that the WWE has a PPV tonight. They had 4 weeks to make people care about this show but they pretty much failed up and down the board. Cena & Miz are already stale and that match seems to be lost in the Rock-Cena stuff and the Ron Killings heel turn. Punk, the heel, keeps getting one-upped by the Randy Orton, the babyface, which merely proves that WWE Creative has not ever watched professional wrestling before. Why would anyone pay to see Randy Orton get MORE revenge on the New Nexus? Why would anyone pay to see Lawler & JR get MORE revenge on Cole & SWAGGA? The one bright spot of this card looks to be Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio in a Ladder match for the World Championship. Will Del Rio's destiny finally be fulfilled or will Christian final capture that elusive World Title that has escaped his WWE resume?

Match Predictions: