Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #29: CM Punk vs. Colt Cabana from FWA British Uprising 2003

This time we look at a match from a promotion from across the pond. Frontiers Wrestling Alliance is one of the more prominent British pro wrestling promotions. To capitalize on the recent publicity created by CM Punk, the promotion released one of their CM Punk matches. Here, Punk wrestled long time friend, Colt Cabana.

FWA can be found online at http://www.fwawrestling.co.uk/

Match Review:

Interview with Joey Ryan of PWG

Joey Ryan is one of the most respected independent wrestlers in the business. He is one of the co-owners of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, one of the best independent wrestling promotions going, and has competed for the promotion since they debuted. Ryan has also competed for Ring of Honor, Wrestling Society X, and was a booker/wrestler for NWA Hollywood. He is set to challenge for the PWG World Tag Titles at the next show, The Perils of Rock 'n' Roll Decadence, with his tag partner, Scorpio Sky. That show will take place on September 10th in Reseda, California.

You can purchase tickets for that show here: http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com/tickets/

TJ Hawke: On September 10th, you will have a chance to become a 4-time PWG World Tag Team champion when you and Scorpio Sky take on The Young Bucks. You and Sky have looked really sharp since reforming the Dynasty at All-Star Weekend 8. How do you feel about this matchup?

Joey Ryan: Would it be four times? Were the other three all with Scott? I'm sorry, I don't really keep track of championships or titles or anything but I don't remember having them three times. I think it's kind of silly for people to keep track of or be "congratulated" on title wins in wrestling. That would be like me congratulating the turkey over the roast beef I chose to put in my sandwich for lunch today. Congratulate me when I sign a contract or make a million dollars or something. As far as the match goes, I'm super excited to wrestle The Young Bucks. Especially with Scorpio Sky as my partner this time. The four of us have such good chemistry. We just did a 7 or 8 minute match in front of WWE officials and the locker room on SummerSlam weekend and the boys gave us a standing ovation afterwards. I've never actually seen that happen during one of those. Matt Jackson calls it the "greatest WWE tryout match of all time." haha

Monday, August 29, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #28: Johnny Gargano vs. Jimmy Rave from DGUSA Open the Ultimate Gate 2011

Dragon Gate USA released another free match: Jimmy Rave vs. Johnny Gargano. This match took place over Wrestlemania weekend. Rave wrestled for DGUSA just for the weekend, whereas Gargano is one of the rising American stars in the promotion.

All info about DGUSA can be found at DGUSA.tv

Match Review:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rampage Pro Wrestling TV Thoughts: Episodes 153-155

After interviewing Jimmy Rave I decided I should take a look at the main promotion he is working for today, Rampage Pro Wrestling. They are a small promotion based out of Georgia. Besides the regular local roster, the three shows I watched featured special appearances from Adam Pearce, Colt Cabana, and ROH World Champion, Davey Richards.

Episodes and all info on future shows can be found at RampageProWrestling.Net

Shows Review:

Jimmy Rave update

Rave is the James Guffey in this article

Match Spotlight Series #27: Davey Richards vs. Phil Shatter (Gunner) from NWA Legends Fanfest 2010

Phil Shatter was local North Carolina wrestler before he got picked up by TNA, and became Gunner, the Immortal security guard. At this NWA Legends Fanfest Weekend, he made it to the finals of the Future Legends Cup against Davey Richards. The winner also received a shot at the NWA Title. Tully Blanchard was a guest commentator.

Match Review:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Interview with Jimmy Rave of Rampage Pro Wrestling

Jimmy Rave has been a prominent name in the North American wrestling scene since debuting for ROH in 2003. If you haven't heard or read anything from Jimmy Rave before, you will see how open he is here about his personal demons. Jimmy has recently worked for Dragon Gate USA and Impact Wrestling. He made it to the finals of the Breakout Challenge at the DGUSA show, Open the Southern Gate. He competed against Austin Aries and Kid Kash on Impact Wrestling in their X-Division contract challenge. He can primarily be seen now in Rampage Pro Wrestling out of Georgia.

TJ Hawke: If I'm not mistaken, you're currently working for Rampage Pro Wrestling in Georgia. How is it going with that promotion? Are there other promotions that you are consistently working for?

Jimmy Rave: RPW is amazing! We are featured on FOX 24 in the Macon, GA area along with Cox Cable and MyNetwork TV, so we are very visible. The amount of great talent they've brought in just in the last year alone: Bryan Danielson, Luke Gallows, Colt Cabana, Davey Richards, Adam Pearce, Dark City Fight Club and so many more. It's a show where you will get more actual wrestling than anything else you will see on tv. I'm very supportive of them. Check them out at www.RampageProWrestling.net. I've been working with NWA Chattanooga, Elite Championship Wrestling in Ozark, AL and a few others but RPW is every other Sunday so it's a more regular thing.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Watching Impact for the first time in over a year: Running Commentary

I don't watch TNA at all, but I was intrigued by the Crimson vs. Angle match, so I decided to watch a whole episode for the first time in a year. Crimson is a guy they are pushing to the moon and Angle can get a good match out of anybody, so it seemed like this is a pretty important match.

Watch the 8/25/11 Superstars + Review

The main event sounded good, so I figured I would look at the whole show.

Show Review:

Match Spotlight Series #26: Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi from NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2010

The New Japan Pro Wrestling Best of the Super Juniors tournament is one of the highlights in professional wrestling every year. In 2010, teh finals came down to Prince Devitt (a rising Irish star) and Kota Ibushi (a freak athlete).

Devitt lost in the finals of the year before, but he was able to seal the deal in 2010. Similarly, while Ibushi lost in the finals of 2010, he won the whole tournament in 2011. Both men are two of the best athletes in all of professional wrestling and you are really missing out if you haven't seen them in action.

Match Review:

WWE Money in the Bank 2011: Better Late Than Never PPV Flashback Report

The Show that Changed Everything?

Show Review:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Interview with TJP (a.k.a. T.J. Perkins, a.k.a. Puma)

TJP, formerly known as T.J. Perkins, is returning to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on September 10th to wrestle the former ROH World Champion, Eddie Edwards. TJP previously wrestled in PWG from 2003 till 2009. Since then, TJP has competed for WWE, TNA, ROH, DGUSA, Evolve, and in the New Japan Pro Wrestling Best of the Super Juniors 2011 tournament.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's September 10th event is called The Perils Of Rock N' Roll Decadence. Tickets for the event are available here: http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com/tickets/

T.J. Hawke: So, you are returning to PWG on September 10th to take on former ROH World Champion, Eddie Edwards. How do you feel about returning to PWG for the first time in 2 years, and how do you feel about this matchup specifically?

TJP: I am excited to come back mostly due to the change in landscape. So many new faces are there and also the niche audience has become even more accented since I left and it's always fun to wrestle in an established atmosphere like say Oberhausen for wXw in Germany or Korakuen Hall for NJPW. This match specifically piqued my interest because I have never wrestled Eddie and he is on my short list of target opponents because I think he is very good. Also if I beat him I will have defeated two ROH champions this year with the first being Davey Richards in Japan. Thats a big statement for me. Also the LA audience has always known me to be a hometown boy which isn't really a good thing. People knew I was good but never how good, and until I turned heel before I left I was known to be boring. To the rest of the world I have a name value and presence that for some reason has never been seen here at home. Whether it's extensive character work like Sydistiko or El Bomber, or just interesting matches that I have had abroad or in ROH and DGUSA/EVOLVE. I am excited to finally try and show LA what they have been missing and why I have been sought after in other regions.

Evolve 9: Gargano vs. Taylor: Better Late Than Never PPV Flashback Report

Evolve wrestling produced another show that shows how wrestling can (and should be) be treated like a sport in the 21st century. The promotion is not perfect (spotty undercards for example) but every show has been enjoyable. The promotion also finally had a big payoff to their insistance of wrestlers fighting by the rules: Kevin Steen showed up and did not follow the rules. Steen attacked the wrestlers from the opening match, raided the commentary station, and attacked another match until those two wrestlers demanded an unsanctioned triple threat match with him. And it was FUN! On top of that, Finlay, at 52 years old, proved that it doesn't matter if you look old, all that matters is if you work young. And boy did he prove himself to any doubters out there.

You can sign up at WWNLive to watch this show here: http://www.wwnlive.com/signup.php?id=28

You can also buy an autographed photo of Finlay here: http://www.evolvewrestling.com/misc.htm

Show Review:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Match Spotlight #25: A.J. Styles vs. Amazing Red from December 2003

Are you ready to fly?

This time, we look at another free TNA match from their Nashville days: A.J. Styles vs. Amazing Red. Red was recently released by TNA and I hope that he ends up in Evolve, DGUSA, ROH, PWG, Chikara, etc. All of those companies can you use someone with his skill and talent.

Match Review:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rey Mysterio out for 6 Months...back in time for Mania?

It's being reported that Rey Mysterio is going to require surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL. He should supposedly be ready in 6 months,which will be just in time for Wrestlemania 2012. Can we lock in Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio for Mania 2012?

Cena vs. Rock

HHH vs. Taker

Mysterio vs. Del Rio (WWE Title?)

UPDATE; it's being reported now that Rey will probably miss Wrestlemania...balls

ROH Supercard of Honor 2011: Random DVD Review Series #43

Quantity over Quality

ROH's Supercard of Honor has historically been a show where ROH brings in outside talent to make the card seem a bit more special that just your typical ROH house show. From 2006-2008, ROH brought in talent from Dragon Gate, 2009 had KENTA and Nakajima from NOAH, and 2010 had the Motor City Machine Guns. This version of the show had no such thing. I assume the decision to not bring in outside talent was a financial based one, but it's still disappointing. This show was not completely usual though because this is the show where ROH announced the selling of their comopany to Sinclair Broadcasting.

Before you check out the show and my review, read my Preview of the show (where I correctly predicted that Jimmy Jacobs would be revealed as Steve Corino's sponsor).

Show Review:

Chikara Chikarasaurus Rex Night 2 2011: Random DVD Review Series #42

Show Review:

Interview with Jon Davis of Dragon Gate USA, Evolve, FIP, and PWF


Jon Davis is a member of the Dragon Gate USA and Evolve rosters. He is also a member of the tag team, The Dark City Fight Club. DCFC are the current NWA, NWA Florida and FIP tag team champions. Davis is set to compete at the next triple-shot weekend of shows for Dragon Gate USA.

DGUSA will be in Indianapolis on September 9th, Chicago on September 10th and Milwaukee on September 11th. The Chicago and Milwaukee shows are scheduled to air live on iPPV at WWNLive.com. All information on the shows can be found at DGUSA.tv.

All information on Evolve can be found at EvolveWrestling.com

All information on FIP can be found at FullImpactPro.com

All information on PWF can be found at ProWrestlingFusion.com

Jon Davis cut the following promo for the upcoming DGUSA shows:

TJ Hawke: First off, I wanted to ask you about your fantastic promo that Dragon Gate USA just released. What was the process for developing the final product that we all saw? Did you come up with it all yourself, or was it more of joined effort with DGUSA booker, Gabe Sapolsky?

Jon Davis: I don’t know if I want to call it a promo really. Gabe asked me how I felt about where I’m at in the company right now and that was my response. There was no real process as much as setting up a camera and talking. I’m not that dude that walks around like I’m the greatest of all time as that’s a retrospective statement made by your peers and fans long after you’re done. But with that said, no one should just walk into a top spot and I am very confident in my ability and at least would like to chance to prove that I can hang with anyone on the roster.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ROH Rising Above 2007: Better Late Than Never PPV Flashback Report

This review was supposed to be posted sometime in May, but you know, shit happens. This show was the fifth cable PPV from Ring of Honor and it featured one of the top matches in company history: Nigel McGuinness defending his ROH World Title against Austin Aries. This show also featured the last singles match between Takeshi Morishima and Bryan Danielson before they blew off the feud one year later. The show also continued the progression of the Age of the Fall storyline. Other than that though, this show did not have much else to hang it's hat on.

Match Ratings:

Chikara Chikarasaurus Rex Night 1 2011: Random DVD Review Series #41

Show Review:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Matt Hardy Reportedly Fired from TNA

Someone needs a new Mattitude


UPDATE: F4Wonline, PWInsider, and ProWrestling.Net have all confirmed that Matt Hardy is indeed fired.
View from the Hawke's Nest:

Bryan Danielson: Rise to Glory: Random DVD Review Series #40

Some of Daniel Bryan’s very best Ring of Honor matches

If you are familiar with WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan, but have never seen Bryan Danielson, then do you don't know the half of what Daniel Bryan is capable of. Daniel Bryan, real name Bryan Danielson, was one of the founding fathers of Ring of Honor and there is a whole catalogue of great matches he was a part of. Ring of Honor has put 6 of those matches on a DVD for release. However, now you can only buy the DVD as a digital download (although the ROH digital download service seems to be temporarily down, so you will have to be patient).

DVD Review:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Legacy Continues: The Best of CM Punk Volume 3: Random DVD Review Series #39

Some great matches from CM Punk's time in ROH

CM Punk has become the hottest WWE star since Batista and John Cena in 2005 (and he is arguable hotter than them then), but let us not forget where Punk got his start. Punk was one of Ring of Honor's biggest stars from 2003 to 2005 when he left for WWE developmental. This DVD takes a look at Punk's ROH career from mid-2004 to the night before he won the ROH World Title from Austin Aries. This DVD presents a fine slate of Punk matches, and is very much worth watching.

DVD Review:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #24: Amazing Kong & Raisha Saeed vs. Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze from Chikara Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Show 2010

Check out some great women wrestlers

This time, we look at another free match from the Chikara Podcast-A-Go-Go. This was the Podcast-a-Go-Go where they started showing a full free match every week. In this match, we see the Chikara debut of Awesome Kong (and Raisha Saeed). Only Chikara could (or would want to) get away with booking Saeed instead of Cheerleader Melissa.

This show (which featured many Dragon Gate wrestlers) is available at SmartMarkVideo.com

Thoughts on the Match:

Monday, August 15, 2011

PWG All-Star Weekend Night 2 2011: Random DVD Review Series #38

Goodbye Akira Tozawa...and Low Ki, Austin Aries, The Cutler Bros...

The second night of All-Star Weekend 2011 will be best remembered for the beautiful and respectful sendoff of Akira Tozawa from ProWrestling Guerrilla. PWG will miss him dearly.

Additional reading materials related to the weekend:
My Preview of the weekend
My Interview with Johnny Yuma before the weekend
Here is a Live Report of the Event

Show Review:

PWG All-Star Weekend Night 1 2011: Random DVD Review Series #37

For the first time since early 2008, PWG produced an All-Star Weekend event. PWG brought in some of the best wrestling talent from North America to put on a crazy pair of shows. The main theme of the two shows was that it was going to be Akira Tozawa's last pair of PWG shows on his America excursion. While Tozawa primarily competed for DGUSA, his most passionate fan base lied in PWG. Tozawa gave it his all in every single one of his matches in PWG and the fans loved him for it.

Additional reading materials related to the weekend:
My Preview of the weekend
My Interview with Johnny Yuma before the weekend
Here is a Live Report of the Event

Show Review:

Summerslam 2011 PPV Report

Cena vs. Punk II headlined SummerFest

All images are credited to WWE.com

Show Review:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

don't call it a comeback...

I'm back with a NEW computer and full-time internet access

I have already started watching PWG All Star Weekend 2011, and I will follow that with Summerslam 2011, Money in the Bank 2011, Destination X 2011, ROH Revolution Canada and SUpercard of Honor, DGUSA Uprising and ENter the Dragon, Evolve 9, and Chikarasouras Rex


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Match Spotlight Series #23: Fire Ant vs. Chuck Taylor from Chikara Vanity and Violence 2008

This time we look at another free match from the Chikara Podcast-A-Go-Go, as they provide a matchup from two Lion Cups winners: Chuck Taylor (2007 winner) and Fire Ant (2008 winner).

Vanity and Violence 2008 and all Chikara titles can be bought at SmarkMarkVideo.com

Thoughts on the Match: