Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WWE Monday Night Raw June 19, 2017 Results and Review – Bad Booking Continues in 2017

Loved This Angle - SRC WWE.COM
I’m fortunate enough to be watching the HULU version. I previously was watching the Youtube condensed versions from people uploading them, but they were so unreliable that I have now just waited for the HULU version to upload and that’s it. So today I’m going to review what I recall from the HULU version, since they didn’t include everything, and well, that’s what the WWE felt was important enough to show on the pay service. So that’s what I’m discussing, and here we go, from Evansville, Indiana, June 19, 2017 Monday Night Raw.

Roman Reigns Announcement For Summerslam

Roman Reigns came out to tell the crowd in Indiana that he was going to be the next contender for the Universal Championship. That is either going to set up a Samoa Joe match against Roman Reigns or it’s going to set up a Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns grudge match. Either way, Roman did ok on the mic here, but he was interrupted by Samoa Joe. Reigns called him a dude named Joe, and that sparked some words, before the two started brawling. Joe has a point, Reigns has NOT beaten him, and the two would meet later on tonight.

The Drifter Gets Interrupted

The Drifter came out and asked the crowd, who wants to walk with Elias! I do! I love this gimmick, and really hope that eventually he hits someone with a guitar. I love that. Well, not when Jeff Jarrett did it, but when Honky Tonk Man did it, it was awesome. The Drifter got confronted by Finn Balor, but he left. Hang on to that thought.

Finn Balor defeated Bo Dallas

Bo Dallas came out aggressive and was beating the snot out of Finn Balor. If Finn Balor is so dominant, why did Bo Dallas get so much offense against him? Bo was looking like a million bucks against the first Universal Champion ever. Either way, Balor turned things around with his offense stolen from Alex Wright, and eventually won against Dallas. I guess he didn’t BO LIEVE.

Seth Rollins Panders To The Crowd

Seth Rollins came out and was pandering to people about the new WWE 2K18 game. Then Bray Wyatt came out and said something, and that will most likely set up a match between the two? I guess that’s that. Wyatt to lose again, I’m sure.

Finn Balor Beat Down by Elias

Backstage, Finn Balor was getting interviewed when Elias “The Drifter” Samson hit him from behind and knocked him out. This was awesome, and will most likely setup a good match between the two. Elias is doing well with this gimmick, and I hope the WWE doesn’t screw it up, but of course, they will.

Samoa Joe defeated Roman Reigns

This was a really good match for Raw. The crowd was into it, and I was into it. Samoa Joe was putting some good work in against Roman Reigns, and Reigns was not backing down. He was hitting Joe with some strong offense, but Joe was outsmarting him at times. Joe would eventually turn things around as Braun Strowman showed up on the screen with an ambulance. Joe got his finisher sleeper on, the Clutch, if you will, and Reigns passed out. That’s correct folks, SAMOA JOE defeats Roman Reigns in the middle of the ring, nearly clean. Post match, Shoeman (not a typo), beat up Reigns and challenged him to an ambulance match.

The Miz Recruits Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel

The Miz went backstage and told the two jobbers that he can make both of them stars. All they had to do was join him. Keep that in mind.

Maryse On MIZ TV

Miz TV had a guest, it was Maryse, and despite her good looks, she’s looking a bit older these days. There were two dancing bears there, and Miz was promising to give a gift. It was the grandfather clock that Miz repaired since he beat it down last week. Maryse was thrilled, but out came Dean Ambrose. He beat up Miz, they broke the clock, Maryse spilled her drink, ran off, and then the bears. The bears beat down Dean Ambrose and pulled their heads off to reveal it was Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel! I kid you not. They finally have something to do on Raw.

Nia Jax defeated Sasha Banks via DQ

This match didn’t get far. Alexa Bliss and Emma got into it on commentary, Bliss ran into the ring to get help from Nia, and that led to brawling from all the women, in what was an embarrassment of a segment. Wait, I forgot, Bayley came out looking a bit tired and flabby and beat everyone up. Word on the street is that she’s going to start to have a crush on Graves. Meh.

Kurt Angle Revealed Enzo and Cass Attack Villain

The show ended without wrestling. I kid you not, the show ended with NO WRESTLING in the ring. Instead, Graves, Angle, Cass, The Revival, Big Show, and Enzo all were in the ring trying to get to the bottom of the attacks. As it turned out, Cass attacked Enzo and that was that. Enzo started crying, Cass gave a great speech, and that was that. Cass attacked Enzo. Why would the WWE split a great team like this up? Why would they make the heels all win all the time? Why did the show end without wrestling? I don’t know. That was the end, and that was that.

WWE Monday Night Raw June 19, 2017 Results (NON HULU EDITION)

Samoa Joe interrupted Roman Reigns' SummerSlam announcement
The Hardy Boyz def. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Finn Balor def. Bo Dallas
Bray Wyatt confronted Seth Rollins
Akira Tozawa def. TJP
Samoa Joe def. Roman Reigns
Maryse appeared on "Miz TV"
Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus def. Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil
Nia Jax def. Sasha Banks via Disqualification
Raw General Manager Kurt Angle cracked the case of who attacked Enzo Amore and Big Cass

Did you check out Monday Night Raw last night? What did you think? Drop me a line, let me know, and support this blog, I could use friends, and random comments. Thanks.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Top 7 Pro Wrestling Podcasts You Should Listen To

There are more pro wrestling podcasts than ever before. Some are older than others, and some are great, while others are absolutely terrible. I have heard them all, and have emailed many. When Dasharpshooters Wrestling Podcast ended, I was in a tailspin, and didn’t ever want to rank podcasts again. They were previously my number one podcast. You couldn’t fake the dynamic that the brothers on that podcast had. You just couldn’t.

Here we are, 2017, and I’m ranking podcasts. These are the 7 best podcasts that happen to talk about pro wrestling. These are the ones that I love. I listen to them weekly, and while I have no money to give them, they are some of the best in the business.

Oh, and I want to point out that NONE OF THESE are from pro wrestlers themselves. I don’t like pro wrestlers podcasts, as they are usually terrible. I once heard Stone Cold ramble about a fly that he couldn’t get out of his trailer. I kid you not. I’m good. I don’t need to hear Tazz ramble and stutter through his daily show, or Jericho promote products and services for money.

Here are the top 7 Pro Wrestling Podcasts that you should listen to, in NO particular order.

Don Tony and Kevin Castle Show

The Don Tony and Kevin Castle show is perhaps one of the finest podcasts about wrestling you’ve never heard of. Ok, maybe you did hear about it, but haven’t tuned in, and you should be following along. Don Tony and Kevin Castle are older, and they reference things that young fans are not going to know. In fact, Kevin Castle is one of the first guys to ever mention that Finn Balor looks like a generic Alex Wright. So you marks out there that kicked me out of forums, can go suck a lemon. Don Tony sounds like a mob guy at times, and he gets angry with how stupid fans and wrestlers are sometimes. He’s an industry insider that helped ECW and XPW. Kevin Castle is a concert promoter, and when he talks business he knows what he’s talking about.

Don Tony and Kevin Castle are absolutely not smarks. They are beyond that. They are two guys that have serious opinions on a fake sport. They will call you out if you’re a fan of BS and give credit to the smart booking, if it happens. These two are like the godfathers of wrestling podcasts.

Link: http://wrestling-news.com/

Suplex City Limits

Suplex City Limits is one of my favorite shows. They are irreverent, they don’t care about being PC, and they will tell you to Fuck off if you’re an idiot. One of the hosts smokes pot on the show, or claims to, and his lucidity is quite good. There’s a lot of podcasts that walk a fine line, carefully talking about wrestling without offending. These guys don’t care. They will go there, and often do. They also interact with their fans. They will respond to your emails, tweets, and will give you the benefit of the doubt, when others don’t. If you’re a grown ass man, and you use your brain, Suplex City Limits will absolutely be kind to you. But if you’re a smark that gets butt hurt a lot, get ready to get kicked in the nuts a lot.


Solomonster Sounds Off

Jason Solomon has been doing a podcast longer than most others. He does a solo show, and he has worked for various online magazines, and video interviews. He’s a well versed podcaster with a lot of knowledge of wrestling inside and out. His podcast is polished, his fans are loyal, pay out a great deal of money in support, and he brings the heat every week. If there was a baseball reliever of wrestling podcasters, I would have Jason as my guy. He throws high heat, and he’ll call out bullshit faster than you can even think of it. Just one episode and you’ll get pummeled with some of the most logical arguments in pro wrestling podcasting. No one else has the clarity and pedigree that Solomon showcases on his show.

Link: https://solomonster.podbean.com/

Wrestling Soup

Missionary and Joey Numbas happen to talk about pro wrestling with co-host Jon Draper. These guys, often a duo, will pull the rug from under you if you’re a gullible fan. Numbas is a ref on the indies, and is one hell of an intellectual. The way he phrases a variety of his arguments will have you pulling out a dictionary. Meanwhile Missionary and Draper put out grown ass man topics, and will speak to the reality of wrestling and the people that dedicate their lives to it. They’ll also go off topic and will discuss some business elements, music, and will even throw down against each other. There have been several episodes where Mish and Numbas get so heated it feels like someone’s going to walk out on the other. The dynamic these guys have is great, and they have logical knowledge of pro wrestling.

Link: http://wrestlingsoup.com/

OSW Review

What Bar? OSW is a video review and they also link to audio if you want to hear them. They get upwards of 10K or more per episode and it’s their sole job. These guys review wrestling chronologically with video and audio. The team makes fun of all the angles, talks about insider knowledge, and so much more. Imagine Mystery Science Theater 3000 and this kind of is like that. OSW takes a lot of investing into because they go long, sometimes the full length of the shows that they are reviewing.

Link: http://oswreview.com/

The Law (Live Audio Wrestling)

The Law (LIVE AUDIO WRESTLING) is a great show. The two guys sound professional, their studio is set up quite well, and they work well with one another. They speak about wrestling, they get interviews, and Dave Meltzer shows up from time to time as well. They are honest, and they are clean. It’s like listening to a real radio show, but they don’t pander to WWE like say…Sam Roberts does. They aren’t super positive, they discuss the show and try to focus on positives at times, but if it isn’t good, they will let you know straight up.

Link: http://fightnetwork.com/news/live-audio-wrestling/

Going In Raw (Steve and Larson)

Hey Friendos! Steve and Larson, two guys from California that talk about wrestling and will take your money to do so. Every show starts with the promo and the ask for money, but I don’t have any, so I don’t pay for it. I don’t always agree with these guys, as Steve can be somewhat overbearing at times if you disagree with him. But Larson is a little more levelheaded, so the two balance each other out. They are professional, they have a great crew of fans, and they focus on being honest about a fake sport.

Link: http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/j7kqu-35c0c/GOING+IN+RAW+PRO+WRESTLING+PODCAST

Podcasts That I Hate

Smart Wrestling Fan

Smart Wrestling Fan lost me several times. Once, when Wiggly was ousted from the show. That’s how long of a fan I was. Then when I emailed in and Joe Negron trashed my opinion and question, I absolutely lost it. The one time that stands out is when I said that John Cena should not go over the Nexus at Summerslam. I said that a DDT outside and a 450 splash shouldn’t allow Cena to win. They trashed my opinion and called me an idiot. Well, I was done. I was way done. The show tries hard to be PG and Joe Negron will run you over if you disagree with him. Mutant Larry is great, but Negron gets frustrated with him a lot, which may be why Larry drinks beer while talking on the show.

RBR Wrestle Talk

RBR Wrestle Talk is a live show and podcast with hosts that act better than you if you send them a message and they don’t like it. 90 percent of the time, you’re wrong. If you join their forum, good luck. You will get called dense, stupid, idiotic, and a troll if you introduce any idea that they deem unsatisfactory to their own opinions. There’s also a former booker of a Chicago based independent that knows too much, and will name drop at any given moment. These guys will ramble for 4 hours, and will either hate things outright or won’t even watch them. My biggest pet peeve is for podcasters to not watch the thing that they are reviewing! Oh, and fuck these guys, seriously. I tried to talk to them several times, and they just lambaste you if you even hint at the notion that they could be wrong. They will also block you without cause.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reasons Alex Wright Is Better Than Finn Balor Right Now

Essentially The Same Guy. Same Jacket, Same Type of Trunks, Only One Is Better
There are a lot of fans that are not going to agree with what I’m about to say. In fact, I tested this notion in an online forum and generated so much IRE, I couldn’t help but laugh. People are irrational in who they cheer for and who they like. What did I do? I simply commented on the fact that Alex Wright and Finn Balor are wearing the same thing to the ring, and are similar wrestlers. As the comment count rose, I realized, Alex Wright is better than Finn Balor.

That’s right.

Alex Wright, is far better than Finn Balor right now, and there are several reasons why. Here are 5 of the many reasons why Alex Wright from WCW is far better than Finn Balor thus far.

Beating Legends In Their Prime

First and foremost, Alex Wright received a nice push in the mid to late 1990s in WCW. At first, he didn’t get a lot of attention, but with wins over the likes of TRIPLE H before he jumped to WWF, and wins over Chris Jericho, William Regal, and Ultimo Dragon, you can definitely make a case for the fact that Wright was able to put on a show, get the fans behind him, and work with some amazing talent. Even though he looked like a skinny European guy, he was able to do a lot in the ring, which was impressive. He also went over some amazing talent for the WCW Cruiserweight title and Television title alike. He would even get some good tag matches in towards the end of WCW’s run, but of course Facebook groups and smarks aren’t going to agree.

Getting Over With The Fans

Believe it or not, he was getting over with the fans. Even the dancing fools gimmick was over. I know, he’s not as over as some of the other stars of wrestling, but when he would come out, he would get a lot of reaction, especially with some of his better matches. Not only that, you’d be surprised by how much fan interaction Disco Inferno would get. I know, insane. Kaz Hayashi as well, lots of cheers, and it was fun to watch them do their thing in the ring.

A Leather Jacket and Short Trunks

Who wore it better? Who did it first? Some people want to compare Goldberg to Steve Austin when it comes to wearing the same thing, but I don’t buy that. The two had distinctive physical appearances, and were far and away difference. Alex Wright and Finn Balor are similar. Finn is a small guy, and it’s laughable that he would go over Brock Lesnar, let alone not get injured. Wright is not a huge guy, he’s tall, but he was never huge. The two share the entrance of a leather jacket, and short trunks. At least Alex Wright could talk on the mic without sounding like he had marbles in them.

A Killer Dropkick

Finn Balor has a great move set, but he relies heavily on dropkicks. He is fast in ring, and he can do a lot, but those dropkicks are familiar. Oh right, Alex FREAKIN Wright had one of the best arsenals of dropkicks in the game. Don’t remember them, do you? Yeah, because wrestling fans are either very young, or not willing to admit that some older talents in WCW were quite good. Wright had a killer dropkick, and could mat wrestle the likes of William Regal. Yes, THAT REGAL!
Until Finn Balor amasses more wins, and clears the marbles from his mouth, he’s just another bland, white, small wrestler. He’s not a draw, he’s injury prone, and he’s not going to go far without the Demon Gimmick. Outside of that Demon Gimmick, he’s one dance move away from being Alex Wright.

This topic is the main reason why I left RBR wrestling Facebook forum. It got out of hand quick. People get their panties in a bunch when you don’t agree, and then when you help get conversation going, you’re called an idiot, dense, and even the hosts don’t realize the good of conversation. If you’re going to start a group, you may want to have conversation flowing, instead of just random posts with NO ONE commenting. Oh well. I unsubscribed, they can go to hell for all I care.

That’s two major podcasts that have butt hurt listeners. Smart Wrestling Fan, and RBR Wrestling, two podcasts that can’t take a joke, you can’t disagree with, and will block you if you have ANYTHING to say about how they may be wrong about someone.

Just wait, I’m brewing my own podcast, and I’ll welcome as much commentary from the listeners and fans as possible. And will not get butt hurt if someone doesn’t agree. What is wrong with the internet wrestling community? GTFO!

One last thing. SHOUT OUT TO SUPLEX CITY LIMITS! They get it. They totally get it!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WWE 205 Live May 9, 2017 Results and Review The Best Match No One Saw

Dude Caught A Beat Down 
WWE 205 Live is supposed to be the most exciting hour of wrestling, but instead, it’s only 45 minutes. The opening of this piece of trash was another talking segment! I kid you not, 20 minutes of talking! Why? Why does every show have to start with 20 minutes of talking to set up NOTHING. This didn’t set up a match for later, it didn’t do anything but do the same thing that a match or a backstage segment could do. Furthermore, how can the good guys always get the upper hand on dominant champions and heels? At least in these blow off segments? I found the opening of this showcase to be absolutely terrible.

WWE 205 Live May 9, 2017 Results

20 Minutes of Talking With Jack Gallagher and Austin Aries
Mustafa Ali defeated Tony Nese
Akira Tozawa defeated The Brian Kendrick

WWE 205 Live May 9, 2017 Review

The opening of this show felt like WWE Lite, if you ask me. There was a small brawl, and the two good guys drank beer. Oh well.

Mustafa Ali defeated Tony Nese

This was a 5 star match. Mustafa Ali is perhaps the most compelling wrestler of all time, without saying a word. He reminds me of the amazing performances that Blitzkrieg put on in WCW before leaving. He was there for a year, made his nut, and went to start a computer business. Whatever the case is, Tony Nese and Mustafa Ali tore the house down, and I was absolutely impressed with all the hard work that they put in on this match. If you didn’t see it, then you really missed one hell of a match. How Mustafa Ali isn’t in the title picture is beyond me, because he is the absolute best performer on 205 Live Right Now.

Akira Tozawa defeated The Brain Kendrick

This was a slow moving match, and it ended with a roll up. Tozawa would then get a beat down outside of the ring, and got sandwiched between the stairs that Kendrick would kick, as shown in the picture above. That’s about it.

The only reason to watch this week’s 205 Live is for the second match, which was absolutely amazing. Mustafa Ali should be given so much praise for his performances, and Tony Nese, man, what a guy. I’m saddened that these two aren’t the main focus more often. But hey, that’s how it all works out.

Before I close this out, I would like to say that the backstage segment with Daivari and Tozawa was kind of cool, only it led to nothing. Oh well.

WWE Smackdown Live May 9, 2017 Results and Review Garbage In and Garbage Out

Jinder Mahal Wins Big Again, Steroids Work Folks, Take Em!
There are a lot of pundits that will tell you that Smackdown Live is a much better show than Raw. They are wrong. The recent booking of Raw has been horrendous, but the Smackdown crew hasn’t exactly done much to win me over. There’s so many holes in the booking and the things that they feature, that you will no doubt agree that this is a B level show yet again, if not a C level show.

WWE Smackdown Live May 9, 2017 Results

Natalya defeated Becky Lynch
Rick Rowan defeated Luke Harper
Dolph Ziggler and Shinsuke Nakamura played legos.
Breezango defeated The Ascension
Jinder My Balls, Kevin Steen, and Baron Corbin’s Receding Hairline defeated Randy “Bored As Hell” Orton, Aj “Gay Fanbase” Styles, and Sami “Woody Allen” Zayn

The opening of the show had a bored ass Randy Orton cut a promo. Now, let me remind you that this is the same Randy that was never going to be the same after the House of Whores match. Instead, he said he conquered the Bray and would have won the match if it wasn’t for Jinder My Balls. He’s not wrong, but wow, the Eater of Pins really gets buried here. This would lead to Jinder coming down, Kevin Owens coming down, and Sami Zayn running down for a beat down on Baron Corbin’s receding hairline. I hate opening segments that talk for 20 minutes, I don’t want to see this, but yet that’s how every show opens, it’s so boring. I’d rather get Teddy Long come out and give us a “straight up” tag team match…oh, what the hell?

Natalya defeated Becky Lynch

I know that Natalya has a legacy of great training, and she can really put on a show sometimes, but she hasn’t in a long time. She was going half-speed here, and it was showing. Lynch is great, at full speed, but she was compensating for Natalya’s in ring work. It was sloppy to say the least, and of course, a distraction roll up is what we got here. I’m not a fan of the feud with the women. Oh and of course, this began with 20 minutes of talking and entrances.

Erick Rowan defeated Luke Harper

YES. This Happened.

Dolph Ziggler and Shinsuke Nakamura played legos.

This is stupid.

Breezango had another Law and Order segment, which was kind of funny.

Breezango defeated The Ascension

The commentary team kept saying that The Ascension were some of the heaviest hitters on the roster. You mean the same guys that JBL buried with a clothesline from hell? Yeah, those guys.

The Usos came out to cut a promo in which they barked about 12 days, and I didn’t care.

Jinder My Balls, Kevin Steen, and Baron Corbin’s Receding Hairline defeated Randy “Bored As Hell” Orton, Aj “Gay Fanbase” Styles, and Sami “Woody Allen” Zayn

Teddy Long could have set this match up to an incredible pop. Instead, we get this boring match that put Brian Zane of Wrestling With Wregret to sleep. I was bored right away. I knew the outcome from just watching how the entrances were and how the match progressed. Jinder My Balls won with his finisher, but not before everyone else hit their finishers.

Smackdown felt like it was 4 hours a long. It was a boring show with a lot of boring moments. Mojo was backstage showing kids his trophy, there was Mauro commentary elements, there was a lot of stupid stuff on this show, and it just didn’t mesh well. Where was American Alpha? An afterthought? Why was Charlotte playing Heel and Face? Why is this show so benign?


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