Monday, March 19, 2018

ROH 16 Anniversary Show 2018 Results and Review

ROH 16 Anniversary Graphic
Well, after a bit of time, I finally was able to get my hands on ROH 16 Anniversary Show 2018. Since this is a flagship blog, I will be reviewing it here, the major PPV, not the television tapings that occurred afterwards. I almost went to this, but instead, focused on staying home and sleeping. But hey, that’s just me. Anyways, this happened in Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. I don’t know the attendance, but I’m sure it’s fine. The following are the matches and my thoughts on them, as you would expect from this blog.

ROH 16 Anniversary Show 2018 Results and Review

Hiromu Takahashi defeated Flip Gordon

Takahashi had a slow start here, and Flip Gordon was great to see. He is so athletic and was able to counter attack the onslaught that Takahashi kept throwing down. Gordon’s moves were great, but it was the Japanese star that would get the big win. There’s a lot of back and forth here, and some great overall reactions and timing, with a focus on wrestling and dancing at one point. Gordon is great, and of course Takahashi is always fun to watch.

Marty Scurll defeated Punishment Martinez

I’ve never been impressed with Punishment Martinez, but in this match, he had a real test. Marty Scurll, the Villain, was great here. He played his role to the tee, and while Martinez had a great deal of offense, it was the Villain that outsmarted him in the end, including a table spot, a fake out powder spot, and a low blow. Scurll just keeps getting better and better.

Kenny King defeated Silas Young in the ROH TV Title Match

This was not that good for me. I was bored. The ending was ok, but I wasn’t invested in this match at all, so when it all went down, I didn’t care. It was ok at best. I found it to be somewhat slow, and plotting, and well, it wasn’t grand. King and Young put on about 15 minutes of slow paced wrestling, but there were a few bright spots, mind you. The suplex outside of the ring, for instance, was a good spot, other than that, though, meh.

SoCal Uncensored defeated The Hung Bucks for the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Titles in a Las Vegas Street Fight

This was a lot of fun with all the guys doing a great deal of work. The Young Bucks threw down a lot of reversals, tag team moves, and even went through a couple of tables. The SoCal Uncensored guys were great too, with Kazarian getting busted wide open, Scorpio Sky and Daniels throwing in some great high flying moves, and of course taking some great punishment. Both teams put on a show, and it’s fun to see a great street fight with hardcore rules. It’s better than a lot of matches I’ve seen in WWE this year. Fun for what it was and almost 20 minutes long.

Cody defeated Matt Taven

I’m not a huge Cody Rhodes fan, but in this match he did shine. It well paced, fast, and Taven kept up with him step for step. Bury The Bear was on the outside and was getting some chants, and Brandi Rhodes was there too, and she’s beautiful. The match itself went back and forth until there was a ref bump. That prompted a couple of thugs to come out and beat down Cody Rhodes, but he was wearing a cup! After Cross Rhodes, Matt Taven would go down for the three count. A good match, no doubt.

After the match, Bury The Bear pushed Rhodes and took of his head, and it was none other than KennY Omega! That’s right, Omega showed up and hit Rhodes with his finisher and left him for dead!

The Briscoes defeated The Motor City Machine Guns for the Tag Team Titles

Not a great match. It was a bit boring. I’ve seen these guys wrestle so much that by the time the Briscoes got the win, I was ready to move on. I guess after the Omega reveal, this show was getting me a bit bored. I don’t watch ROH TV from week to week so it’s hard to get interested in some matches. Either way, this had some good moments, and the Briscoes are just fast as ever, alongside the Machine Guns which always deliver fast paced action.

Dalton Castle defeated Jay Lethal in the ROH World Championship Match

A 26 minute match that wasn’t too bad. A good back and forth match with Lethal getting the upper hand in a lot of the sequences, but Castle coming back with a bit of finesse. Castle is an interesting champion, and while there are signs that he could be as good as Flair, he has his own elements. Castle wins big here, and Lethal loses out overall.

Friday, March 9, 2018

WWE 205 Live March 8, 2018 Results and Review

Buddy Murphy Keeping Ali Quiet - SRC WWE dot com
205 Live once again showcased how good it can be. In just an hour, you’re going to find that the wrestling on this show is nothing short of spectacular. This is a fascinating little show, and if you’re not watching, you need to check it out.

WWE 205 Live Results and Review

Drew Gulak defeated Mark Andrews

This was a fight, a real fight. Andrews was able to turn things up with his high flying, but Gulak was fighting hardcore. He fought through a lot of Gulak’s technical tactics, but would eventually miss a high spot and then get thrown into a hard dragon sleeper for the win. Gulak, before the match cut a “Power Point” presentation name drop and I was marking out huge. This was good, and that’s that. Great match.

Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa defeated Two Jobbers

The WWE site has put the names of these two jobbers, but I didn’t want to type it out. Itami and Tozawa are fluid in the ring and I was surprised to see how well they worked together. They put the jobbers through some nice moments, and at this point, I see them getting the belts if the rumored tag team match is true.

Mustafa Ali defeated Buddy Murphy

This was one hell of a match. Ali did his usual spots, but Buddy Murphy was one step ahead for the majority of the match. Go and watch this and see two performers that were evenly matched with one just faster than the other. Murphy was just so good against Ali, and it brought the best out of Ali throughout. At the end of the match, it was Murphy that would lose because he had a shoulder issue that Ali kept going back to. I was impressed with the counters during this match, and honestly, you can’t sleep on this, it was that good. An incredible show ender, and I would go back and see it again.

That’s the end of 205 Live, and great stuff. Next week we will have Roderick Strong and Cedric Alexander will throw down for an incredible showcase as well.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

WWE Smackdown Live March 6, 2018 Results and Review The B Show Cannot Get Worse

Styles Delivers - source wwe dot com
There cannot be a worse show than Smackdown. It’s simply a terrible progression that you know you hate, but you won’t admit it. I couldn’t believe how bad this thing was, but then again, I could believe it because I keep seeing this occur over and over again. At least we didn’t get a six woman tag team match again, right? Let’s discuss how this all went down for a moment.

WWE Smackdown Live March 6, 2018 Results and Review

Charlotte Flair and Ruby Riott Cut Promos

These two women cut promos and that’s it. The two went through scripted lines and it was awkward as hell. I didn’t like the performances here, and I can’t believe it didn’t turn into fisticuffs. The show was simple enough, and it worked for what it was. At the end of the day, this was just filler to me. Bobby Roode interrupted everyone and then we cut to commercial.

Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton

I called this one. I thought that the Fastlane match would turn into a triple threat, and maybe it still will happen. Other than that, we saw Jinder Mahal get the pinfall after Orton got distracted by Bobby Roode outside of the ring. This wasn’t half bad, as the match went back and forth and the two can wrestle well together. I didn’t hate it, but I just knew that Jinder Mahal was going to win this match.

Becky Lynch defeated Carmella

This was all Carmella for the most part. Lynch was getting a beat down for the most part, but one mistake and Carmella got hooked into the arm bar and that was that. Lynch was able to tap out Carmella and that was ok I guess. I really miss James Ellsworth at this point because he could keep helping Carmella win matches, and now, it’s just boring to me.

Aj Styles cut a promo.

Aj Styles got interrupted by Dolph Ziggler and the two exchanged words before they started their match.

Aj Styles vs. Dolph Ziggler

This was a halfway decent match, but it went too long without a winner because out came Zayn and Owens showing up and causing chaos. That made Shane McMahon show up to make this a straight up tag team match! I kid. Instead it was simply another setup for a fatal 5 way in which Baron Corbin was sent in.

Sami Zayn won a fatal 5 way

This was a fast paced match with a lot of fun spots, but it was all about the end with Kevin Owens getting pinned by Zayn. There’s not much to say about all of this, other than Aj Styles is the best wrestler in the world. He was able to gain a serious amount of momentum here and it was fascinating to see the whole thing. I was impressed with the move set he threw down, and well, everyone else got their stuff in as well.

A highlight for me was when Rusev challenged Nakamura backstage. Other than that, this was a B show and it sucked. Nothing was memorable here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

WWE Monday Night Raw March 5, 2018 Results and Review This Is All They Got?

Elias with A Stellar Elbow Off The Top - Source WWE dot com
Another long one folks, it seemed like Raw took 3 to 9 hours to get through, and it wasn’t half bad, but it wasn’t half good either, right? There’s a lot to break down, and I’m sure the one million podcasts out there are going to talk about it, so I don’t have to. But I will discuss what went down with Monday Night Raw as you always expect from this blog that was established on Myspace then moved here in 2007.

WWE Monday Night Raw March 5, 2018 Results and Review

The opening segment was quite good with Kurt Angle calling out Triple H only to get Stephanie McMahon. That prompted Ronda Rousey to come out, and all hell broke loose when she tried to slap Kurt Angle. Triple H came out to stop things, and that led to a break down in communication after a while, and fisticuffs broke out. Angle got the better of Triple H, and as Triple H was moving out of the ring, Ronda grabbed Stephanie McMahon by the hair and delivered a Samoan drop on her! This of course comes after Ronda said that she would want to face Stephanie McMahon at Wrestlemania. Kurt Angle threw himself into the mix making it Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle versus Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in a tag team match.

I really liked the segment and marked out huge for Ronda’s Samoan Drop! I’m a fan, and she’s amazing to me, I’d love to have a conversation with her someday.

Asuka defeated Nia Jax

One of the hardest hitting matches since Sid Vicious versus Chris Benoit for the WCW Title was featured here. Asuka took a serious beating for the most part, and Nia Jax was able to get the upper hand in nearly all of the match, with the sole exception of the ending. Asuka was able to wear down Nia Jax enough to strap on a nice submission on the arm, then an arm bar and made the big girl tap. However, Jax did everything to get out of it, including trying to drop Asuka on the mat with a powerbomb, and a buckle bomb, and she just couldn’t get out of it. She was left in the ring crying, and led to a segment backstage where she was crying some more, and I couldn’t hold it together. I can’t see a grown woman cry, I wanted to hug her. Good match, and Asuka wins again. Wow.

The Bar defeated The Revival

This was an interesting little match, and I do say little. The Revival came through with some nice moves here and there, but The Bar wasn’t going to let them get the win, they polished up their moves and eventually hit their finisher and buried the Revival. The Revival were just buried here, and that’s the end of the line for them if you ask me. What a lousy way to get called up to the main roster, jobber central.

John Cena defeated Goldust

This match wasn’t half bad, but it was setup to be a lot bigger. Goldust cut a long scathing promo on John Cena, and that setup a match. The two went back and forth, but honesty, it wasn’t held together well with the crowd. The crowd was quiet all night, and while this should’ve been better, it just wasn’t that great and Cena would eventually get his moves of doom and win the match, and that’s the end.

Bayley defeated Mandy Rose

This wasn’t to bad of a match, but I don’t get why Absolution keeps losing. They are supposed to be dominant, and yet they keep losing, and here we go again, losing to Bayley. Bayley was good, and after the match got a beat down from the girls of Absolution and was saved by Sasha Banks. Banks went in for a hug and Bayley refused! This was good, and pointed to the complexities of their friendship right now.

Braun Strowman defeated Elias in a Symphony of Destruction Match

This match featured a lot of musical instruments and falls count anywhere. It started with Elias playing the instruments and singing, then asking for an introduction of proper means. When the lights went out, he ran for it, and was trying to escape the arena, but couldn’t. Braun was holding his car hostage by lifting it up and that caused Elias to get out and run back to the arena. Strowman beat the snot out of Elias for the most part and then buried him under a piano and a large bass guitar, and that was that. Strowman wins again, Elias was left for dead.

Bray Wyatt defeated Rhyno

Wyatt buried Rhyno, and that was that. Not a good match at all. Remember when Rhyno and Heath Slater were over like crazy? Yeah, neither does the rest of the arena.

There was a promo with Matt Hardy declaring war at the Hardy Compound, which should be fun for a final deletion.

Finn Balor and Seth Rollins defeated The MIz and The Miztourage

After the Mizzie Awards went on, the two thorns in the side of Miz came through and were thrown into a match with the Miztourage and The Miz. Finn Balor and Seth Rollins were dominant throughout, although there were a few moments when The Miz outsmarted them. It was short lived because Balor and Rollins would throw down their finishers and eventually pick up the big win, and that was the end.

Paul Heyman did another promo.

This was boring. I am tired of Lesnar’s lazy ass, and Heyman doing the same old promo over and over again. Roman Reigns showed up, and that was the end of the show. What a lousy way to end things.

Raw wasn’t half bad, but like I said, it wasn’t half good either. My favorite moments were the Asuka versus Nia Jax match, and the Symphony of Destruction match, other than that, this was a boring road to Wrestlemania. Oh, and the opening, how can I forget that? Good stuff there too.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

WWE 205 Live February 27, 2018 Results and Review

Roderick Strong Kicks The Hell Out of Kalisto - Src WWE dot com
This week’s edition of 205 Live continued the tournament for the cruiserweight title, and it’s an interesting line up. There were some solid matches here, and despite the great wrestling, I still miss Enzo and some of the character driven interactions, specifically the dancing of the Zo Train.

Cedric Alexander defeated TJP

The formula of these matches are starting to get a bit predictable if you ask me. This match was good, and it had TJP doing a lot to ground Alexander throughout the match. It was interesting to see them battle, and it was fascinating to see how it all worked out, but overall it was telegraphed to be a loss for Alexander. TJP was able to garner a great deal of momentum until the end, where Alexander hit the Lumbar Check and pinned JTP clean. That’s the end of that.

Roderick Strong defeated Kalisto

This just looked painful at times. Roderick Strong worked well with Kalisto, but he was working like Dean Malenko here. It was fascinating to see Kalisto was able to throw in a few moves, but in the end Roderick Strong just had too many moves for the high flyer to overcome. Strong is a sure fire man to get to the Cruiserweight final. He’s an incredible talent and it showed here for this match.

That was it. Just two matches to fill 45 minutes of time, and they weren’t half bad. The crowd wasn’t that into them, but the matches succeeded in showcasing the talent and working towards pure wrestling, without a lot of gimmicks. Not bad.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...