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  2. joeg

    2018 Match of the Year

    Also Mustache Mountain vs Undisputed Era the first one
  3. FMKK

    WWE NXT War Games 2018

    I think it's 2/3 falls?
  4. KawadaSmile

    WWE NXT War Games 2018

    Oh God are they going to turn the Women's Title Match into a clusterfuck?
  5. sek69

    WWE NXT War Games 2018

    Hunter mentioned on his conference call that they kept the show to 4 matches because they knew two would need time (War Games and the women's match) and they didn't want to be in a spot where they would have to cut someone's time or burn out the crowd.
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  8. texaspedro

    Mark Out Mania Saturday Morning Podcast

    We did LU S4 Awards! Enjoy!
  9. A strong counterpoint to my thoughts on Omega-Fenix. This featured a fraction of the high spots and bumps as that match and was rather worked around incredibly vicious chops & strikes. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. It worked here because every single strike sounded brutal in Korakuen Hall. Sure, they each did a brief Kobashi tribute with rapid fire corner chops, but just about every other strike was sold or featured that brief, subtle pause so that the impact would resonate and convey the damage that both were absorbing. Just a terrifically simple and effective match. One of the early Global League highlights along with Sugiura vs. Shizoaki from 10/30. ****
  10. WingedEagle

    [2018-11-09-NEW-Redemption] Kenny Omega vs Fenix

    This was an inevitably solid match because it featured two willing, athletic and highly capable performers. Not sure just how big of an audience it got because of the live stream / VOD availability, but they obviously worked it like a big match for one of their home promotions rather than a spot show. That being said, this was basically all out spots and box checking for both of them. Because they can check so many boxes it was entertaining and solid, but that approach (which is all too common these days) only goes so far with me and is the wrestling equivalent of a quick sugar burst. I couldn't recall more than a couple spots even immediately after it was over as most of it just blended in as they skipped along to the next spot. ***1/2
  11. AstroBoy

    WWE NXT War Games 2018

    Kind of worn out on Gargano and Ciampa-centered stuff to be honest. It's really sad they can't fit Ohno-Riddle on the show for a 6 minute sprint or something. I am sure the wargames match and women's match will deliver, though.
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  13. Honestly there's not a lot of buzz going on right now regarding NXT. You'd think they would be smart and get Riddle on the main show, but alas. Anyway, here's the main card: Shayna Baszler (C) vs Kairi Sane Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano War Games: The Undisputed Era vs War Raiders/Ricochet/Pete Dunne Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs Velveteen Dream Is it going to be good action? Sure. But this might be one of the coldest Takeovers in a while.
  14. An hourlong draw might seem like overkill for a match with these two, but I thought this was good. Takeshita focuses on Endo's neck through the first half of the match and Endo works Takeshita's leg. There's some really dramatic stuff going on there but sadly, they both blow it off through most of the second half and then it comes back in the last ten minutes. Takeshita also has an annoying tic of no-selling big moves to hit a suplex or something of the sort, which happens a handful of times on that final stretch and I was really annoyed by. I find that sort of thing endearing in wrestlers who come across as underdogs but Takeshita doesn't, so I guess it bothers me. Endo's selling is better but his strikes are really bad. Nevertheless, I liked the overall progression of the match. There's moments of real spite and high drama. Having beaten him in their last singles match build-up tags, Endo doesn't take Takeshita seriously at first until he starts beating the shit out of him and working that neck. The swings of momentum through the match seem to mostly come from counters, which is one of the things Takeshita does best. He also eats a great kick to the face while in the top rope towards the end. Endo's offense escalates nicely, until the shooting star press which fails to put Takeshita away. The match lost me a bit in the final ten minutes because of the two nitpicks I mentioned. I still didn't love Takeshita and Endo taking other wrestlers' finishes for the finish, but I suppose after an hour of doing everything else, it makes some sense.
  15. Unless any strong feedback, not interested in this week's show either. Can't bear to listen to them waxing poetics about how "great storytelling" Survivor Series 98 was. It was the first event that put a real dent in my WWF fandom back then, where the booking of the big swerve was more important than the actual pro-wrestling (the entire card pretty much sucked as far as in-ring action went).
  16. This match felt huge. WALTER doesn't ever wrestle like he has something to prove. His fundamentals and basics are so sound that when he goes out to perform, he looks like he could be legitimately the best in the world at any given time. The dominance with which he handles Tyler Bate makes Bate's scrappy babyface offense and fire look even better. Bate really is easily one of the more sympathetic babyfaces in the world and that was on full display here. He's incredibly generous with his selling as WALTER just ragdolls him around but when he gets to those big power moves, the crowd just erupts. Fantastic title match up from bell to bell. ****1/2
  17. Not their best match, but still a nice conclusion to their rivalry for now at least. Sekimoto hung in there technically with Suzuki, and Suzuki played the power game just as well. A few more minutes would've been nice as the finish was a bit anticlimactic, ****.
  18. Maybe it didn't live up to the hype that I saw this match being built up for, but certainly a great match that elevated Kenoh to a serious GHC contender again. Marufuji's offense did nothing for me in this match to say the least. He's still praised as one of the best in the world, but nothing about his offense except doing cool sequences is exciting. Kenoh on the other hand was awesome here as his selling and intensity were really great and pretty much made the match. Not to mention that flipping diving stomp looked especially brutal, ****1/4.
  19. I'm actually really shocked how exciting this match was. Higuchi has always been a beast, but damn did he feel more like a monster in this NOAH match than he usually does in DDT. Not only that, but he brought out the best of Shiozaki which is a difficult thing to do. The chops in this match were fucking gnarly with each sounding like a gun shot. There was instant chemistry, and it's easy to say this was the match of the tournament up to this point, ****1/2.
  20. An underrated gem that's definitely worth watching. Just my kind of match with the pace that I like to see in a wrestling contest. Starting slow and a tad old school and then, Takizawa opens the machine and all hell breaks loose. I had heard quite a bit about Mashimo prior to seeing this match but Takizawa was unknown to me so it was fun to discover his work a bit. I'll definitely check more of K-DOJO in the future.
  21. I am completely stunned by this match. I cannot get over what I just saw. When this was announced, I thought it would be nothing more than a novelty. However, Arquette played his role perfectly here, as the scrawny guy completely over his head. He was willing to bump his ass off but had some convincing hope spots. He even did an insane tope through a chair to the outside. Gage kept ramping up the violence and we got a Joey Ryan and Messiah run in that actually worked with the story. Then Arquette took a tube shot and this thing just ramped up big time. Gage carved him up with a pizza cutter. Finally, Arquette looked like he really had enough, tried to leave, then came back and threw a chair and tubes at Gage in a way that looked completely real and unhinged, then Gage awkwardly pinned him and that was it. Was this actually good? What does that even mean at this point? But it was a complete spectacle completely unlike anything else in the wrestling world right now. Not even sure how to rate this thing.
  22. SmartMark15

    [2018-11-09-NEW-Redemption] Kenny Omega vs Fenix

    Definitely better than the All In match since we're not bogged down with Penta's repetitive taunting. Instead what we get is Omega trying to dominated Fenix with his strikes and suplexes only for Fenix to use his agility, speed, and risk taking to sneak the advantage at points. It makes for very fluid, very exciting wrestling. The set up to the table spot was a little distracting but it didn't eat up too much time and once it did pay off, it felt earned and entirely shocking in the moment as well. From there, the finishing stretch was just the kind of goodness that Omega typically delivers and with a good counterpoint in Fenix who does much more high flying offense than most of the people Omega works with in New Japan. Makes for an exciting dynamic that allows both guys to shine really well. ****1/2
  23. SirEdger

    Jim Crockett Promotions November 1986 Thread

    Jim Crockett Promotions presents World Championship Wrestling Taped at WTBS Studios, Atlanta, GA Broadcasted weekend of November 8th, 1986 Quick and dirty results 2 matches from house show loops were presented, in addition to the main event: -Paul Orndorff & Bruiser Brody vs J-TEX Corp (formation of Apocalypse, November 1st) -David Schultz vs Rocky Johnson (Debut of Dr. D, November 2nd) 2 out of 3 Falls, NWA US Tag Team Championship: Koko Ware beat Manny Fernandez 2 falls to 1 to win the titles for the PYT Express. Manny Fernandez wins the 1st fall with the Flying Burrito; Ware won the 2nd with a small package and Ware won the 3rd after a miscue from Rick Rude caused by Stagger Lee who hit Manny with the US tag title belt while Ted Dibiase distracted referee Tommy Young. November 9th, 1986 Parkway South High School, Manchester, MO -Chris Youngblood beat Wendell Cooley (w/Gary Hart) in 14:43 -"Dr. D" David Schultz (subbing for Johnny Rich) & Randy Rose beat the Moondogs in 20:28 -Sweet Brown Sugar beat Masa Saito (w/Gary Hart) in 9:04 -Ole Anderson beat "Maniac" Mark Lewin (w/Gary Hart) in 13:39 -US Tag Team Champion Norvell Austin beat Ken Timbs (w/Johnny V) in 14:59 -The Awesome Twosome beat the reunited Corporal Kirschner & Don "The Pride of" Kernodle in 33:08 Battlebowl Rules: Tom Prichard (w/JJ Dillon) & DJ Peterson beat Bruiser Brody & Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Paul Orndorff in 14:37 when NWA World Heavyweight Champion Big John Studd came out to attack Bruiser Brody and they brawled all over the venue. In the meantime, Robert Fuller grabbed a chair and attacked Orndorff, allowing Prichard to cover Orndorff to score the huge upset. After the match, James J. Dillon was celebrating with Tom Prichard and Robert Fuller! Has James J Dillon secured himself the services of the Studd Stable and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship???
  24. aguakun

    2018 Match of the Year

    I like Okada-Omega (NJPW, 6/9).
  25. Beast

    Random Newsletter Stuff

    Big fan of these Right now this is the main reason I check this site every day. Great job Dean and thanks!
  26. aaeo_

    2018 Match of the Year

    I don't know about "worst big match" but I didn't really like Okada-Omega IV either on first watch. I don't have any pointed criticisms of the work but I just didn't connect with it then. I remember liking the draw. I thought the way NJ dealt with Omega/Ibushi was too hokey so that might've soured me on the whole thing by the time Dominion happened. I plan to revisit it at some point but that may take a few years. +1 this match was a banger.
  27. Zoo Enthusiast

    2018 Match of the Year

    Gargano/Almas.
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