Tuesday, September 17, 2019

My Wrestling DVD Collection

I lost a decent load of my collection a few years ago. That said, I wanted to list out my current collection just because and doing so here seemed logical. Feel free to list your collection in the comments or let me know what item in your list you're most proud of.

The Wrestler (Movie)

ECW Blood Sport

DGUSA Open the Historic Gate
Untouchable Gate
Freedom Gate
Ultimate Gate
Mercury Rising
Enter the Dragon 2010
Way of the Ronin
Ultimate Gate 2013
Golden Gate 2013

Best of DG Vol 1 Disc 1

ROH Best in the World
KENTA Go 2 Sleep

PWG Sells Out
Sells Out II
Sells Out 3
Guerre sans Frontieres
Steen Wolf
Threemendous III
Mystery Vortex III
Threemendous IV
BOLA 2015
All Star Weekend 11

CHIKARA 12 Large Summit
Best of 2011
Best of Season 18

PWX X16 2015

WrestleCon 2015

WWE CM Punk Best in the World
Wrestlemania XX

TNA Best of the X-Div
Best of the X-Div Volume 2
Best of AJ Styles Phenomenal

10 Years of Carnage

Drew McIntyre Interview DVD

Best Friends with Chuck and Trent? Popping Dogs

MLW War Chamber Review

1.Leo vs Banks NR
2.War Chamber: Lawlor, Low Ki, Von Erichs vs CONTRA Unit ***

The latest special event from MLW actually had me rather excited, so let's dig in and see if my enthusiasm is warranted.

The opener here was a squash set to build Leo who is now going to be used as a singles competitor. I'll expect a collision course with Hammerstone is due. It was ok, but I'm not a fan of squash booking and the talents involved in them rarely impress me. It doesn't help that I think the Dirty Blondes sucked.

Salina and Park then come out, beat the shit out of Banks and the ref, and announce that Park will cash in his title shot for the upcoming PPV. That could be interesting.

Next week, we get a 2/3 falls match between the Hart Foundation and Dynasty for the tag belts. I might add that to my pull list, but we'll see.

They also aired a segment featuring Kevin Von Erich and his kids. Good stuff.

Time for the war gam...chamber match.

The Von Erich kids (and Kevin) came off as stars here. Arguably more than Low Ki and Lawlor, to be honest. That's due to the crowd response they received. The match itself was good, but I never felt like this fully broke out of second gear. The outcome was interesting, though. With Park set to challenge the champ, what's next for all of these other players?

Sadly, War Chamber wasn't as enjoyable as I had hoped but it was also far from a bad way to spend an hour. If you are a fan of the promotion or one of the talents involved, consider checking it out. Perhaps you'll like it more than I did.

Overall Rating: 65/100%

Monday, September 16, 2019

Select Match Reviews: Clash of the Cruiserweights

Match from WWE Clash of Champions
1.WWE Cruiserweight Title: Gulak(c) vs Lince vs Humberto ***1/2

Adding Lince Dorado was a smart move here because it allowed for more highflying to be added to the mix and also kept Humberto from eating a pin on a major show. The finish came off a bit flat for my taste, but the contest was very good and is another example of why 205 has such a cult following.

Weekly Wrestling Roundup: Sept. 2019 (Week 2)

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Week of 09/08-09/14
This week marks the official start to the format change up for these posts. Basically, if it's not from a special event, it's likely you'll find it here.

This title will go to whomever comes off as the most impressive this week (from the matches listed not from specials). That said, Cara Noir was one half of the best contest of this week's roundup. He might have lost, but his charisma and general work once again showed me that he is positioned for a major breakout. Watch the match below and let me know if you agree.

This is where weekly television contests will now pop up, obviously.

1.Golden Magic, Lady Shani vs La Hiedra, Villano III Jr ***1/4
AAA Worldwide
I am still waiting to see what they do with Golden Magic now, especially since they (seemingly) randomly decided to make him the next Octagon Jr despite just adding him to Jinetes to replace Laredo. AAA makes no sense some times. This tag match was enjoyable and Villano III Jr came off like a star during much of it. The finish and final few minutes in general dragged it down a tad, though.

2.SMASH Women's Title: KC Spinelli vs Rosemary ***
SMASH Wrestling
Largely enjoyable, but this just didn't feel as complete as I'd hope for and some of the shots landed at half strength. Still, this was to crown the inaugural SMASH Women's Champ and I'm all for the outcome.

3.SMASH Title: Bennett(c) vs Garcia ***1/4
SMASH Wrestling
A nice main event just outside of recommendable. The overbooked nature is the main reason for this so your mileage may vary depending on how circus-y you enjoy your wrestling to be.

4.Mysterio vs Gran Metalik ***
Nothing major, but a fun first encounter between these two great lucha talents. Funny enough, this was WWE doing what they pretend to never do...counter program. In this case, it was a counter to AAA's MSG show. I have no idea what the plan for Rey in right now, but it would have been nice to see Gran Metalik take the win.

5.Lucha House Party, Humberto vs Gulak, Nese, Ariya ***1/2
WWE 205Live
Long era Smackdown style mixup here, with a tag turning into a six-man. As expected, this was a very good spotfest showcasing everyone rather well. With the news that 205 might get phased out, I am both happy for the talents for getting a better spotlight to expose their talents and saddened because 205 is typically very good.

6.Akki vs Dr Smash ***
WIN: Dangal Ke Soorma
This was the first time I've ever seen content from this new company but it was largely enjoyable and a nice enough introduction to the brand.

7.Hammerstone vs Go ***1/2
MLW Fusion
This one if from the NOAH N-1. Props to both parties for making this happen. I love the idea of NOAH content appearing on Fusion and I actually hope that MLW uses the partnership more than Impact does. This was pretty fun and featured a surprise victor. It makes sense, though. Check out the blog for more coverage and match reviews from the tournament, by the way.

8.Elimination: Lethal, Cobb, Rush, King vs Taven, Taylor, Briscoes ***1/2
The new format of their series looks troubling for a few reasons but perhaps I'm being dramatic. It's worth noting that I actually hope the rumors involving Anthem are true. Anyway, this was very good action with some decent story additions. The in-fighting with Lethal and Kenny was a bit overdone and there were a few other moments that hold this back from being rated higher, but for a ROH showcase, this was solid stuff. If you haven't watched in a while, maybe this is where you should jump in.

9.PCW ULTRAWoman Title: Tessa(c) vs Taya ***1/2
Taking the belt off of Tessa so soon after the show started was a strange call but at least they're dragging it out and showing her past defenses first. This was an enjoyable main event and I'd like to give PCW Ultra credit because this series has been a nice addition to the wrestling scene that not enough people are talking about.

10. Lightning: Volador Jr vs Negro Casas ***
CMLL Viernes
Volador has been 1/2 the worker he normally is more often than not. Negro is still awesome in spurts despite his old age and actually out performed Volador in every way here. Good lightning match and a solid building block for the cage match that we are all dreading.

These are free match uploads that caught my eye this week. Common targets will include DDT, NOAH, CHIKARA, etc. Basically, any single match upload that isn't part of a special event stream appears here. I'll only include 2019 content here, for the record. That means no classic match uploads.

1.Volgar, Callux, Merlok vs Boomer, Razerhawk, Coronado **1/2
I like the arena look here and the match was decent. That said, this is a safe skip. Coronado doing WWF impersonations was interesting.

2.DAMNATION vs BASARA-gun ***1/4
I had expected more from this than I should have, but this was still fairly good and I like the outcome.

3.Iron Man Heavymetalweight Title: Puma(c), Daisuke vs Takeshita, Akito ***1/4
Good tag action but a better finish would have been preferred. I do know that Puma and Akito had a singles match after with Puma King regaining the title and I think if that had been included here that the experience would have been better.

4.Treasure Hunter Tournament Final: Dickinson vs Stratlander ***
Seeing this pop up reminded me of the infamous Dickinson/Kimber match from a few years ago and Chris using the curb stomp a few times reminded me of Super Dragon and Candice. Now, one night tournaments can be tricky because the talent can get gassed by the finals and admittedly that seemed to have a toll on this one. Good match but not anywhere near the level of those two contests I mentioned nor to the level that I'd expect from these two.

5.Cara Noir vs Robinson ***3/4
Cara Noir is heating up fast it seems and could be a big name within the next year or so. Paul Robinson has had a better year in 2019 than expected, too. I absolutely love the cinematic style of Riptide, by the way. This was fucking great stuff with both working hard and making for a memorable experience. Check it out!

6.HOG Tag Titles: Lucha Bros(c) vs Evans, Pagano ***
I expected a spectacle and that's what I got. Penta splashed a toddler for fuck's sake.Evans shaking in scary fashion was either that awesome selling he is known for or he was sincerely rocked bu the finish. Not must-see, but a good circus show.

7.Dragon Bane vs Aeroboy ***1/4
A high risk affair that never fully came together. I feel like a broken record at this point but a lot of stuff failed to truly hit recommendation levels and this is another example. They came close here, at least, and it was fairly good for what it was.

8.Aldis, Soul Burners vs Storm, Starks, Avalon ***
Good stuff overall. Avalon picked up the win with a flash pin, the supporting cast got to show off a tad, and it worked well enough for people wanting a taste of NWA before the new series.

9.NWA Tag Titles: Villain Enterprises(c) vs Isaacs, Latimer ***
This felt short and the shenanigan finish came off flat, ending things on a bit of a thud. That said, this was basically the end of the NWA/ROH partnership and was fairly good prior to the close. Neither of the NWA matches were must-see but if you want a primer before the new show starts you might consider checking them out.

10.T-Hawk vs The Statement ***1/2
This one's the main event from an SPW vs OWE show. The finish was a tad surprising but I guess it sets the tone for future shows and, honestly, T-Hawk far out-performed the top champ of SPW here, either way. Check it out if you want a taste of something different.

This is where I'll place my thoughts and summaries on weekly content like BTE and W1's series.

Being the Elite #169 Thoughts
This week's installment starts with Brandon Cutler getting mocked for his dnd habits. Roll initiative. The Bucks talk about their ladder match and the aftermath. I agree that the match was one of the craziest I've ever seen. In other news, I think I want Knox to follow me around and enforce my life. The tag tournament was plugged a bit before JR plugged the Nashville gig. The latest BTEmailbag saw Kenny at his lowest. I look forward to seeing where they go with this. Luchasaurus closed things by calling out the offensive nature of Barney. Nothing major this week but entertaining as usual.

The Road to AEW All Out #2 Thoughts
Sammy gets a lot of time this week which was cool. I hope that these kinds of packages will be part of the weekly TNT series because this is something that all promotions should do yet few actually bother with. They then promoted the women's division a bit before a sitdown between Tony and Cody closed the week's episode. After the booking of Darby/Cody, I think this match could surprise people despite the obvious outcome. Let's hope!

WRESTLE-1 TV #127 Thoughts
A few highlights, a funny training clip, and a brief Pantera sitdown make up this week's very short, eight-minute episode. I love this show but this is a safe skip in direct contrast to last week's edition.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Select Match Reviews: Tokyo Sunshine

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Match from STARDOM Big Summer in Tokyo
1.Wonder of STARDOM Title: Hoshiki(c) vs Hazuki ****1/4

Arisa is one hell of a performer and this defense was fucking awesome! Hoshiki's reign has been must-see and this match is no exception, mixing intensity and passion into a blend that should satisfy all wrestling fans. Check this one out ASAP!