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Select Match Review: Double Double (2AW)

Match from 2AW Grand Slam in 2AW Square: 1.2AW Openweight Title: Yoshida Ayato(c) vs Takizawa Taishi ****1/4 Thoughts: While putting together my watch list, I wanted to make time for something from 2AW. A reminder, but 2AW is just a rebranded K-Dojo resulting from the news that Taka was a scumbag. Ayato was picked during the rebranding phase as a key part of the future of the company and the dude really does have a lot of potential. Takizawa on the other hand has held loads of gold and is one of the best dudes in Japan that never really made it to the "bigs", for whatever reason. Regardless of rank and position in the game, these two showed true fighting spirit here as they battled for 30 minutes and kept a strong pace throughout alongside some true hard work and stiff strikes. I had decent expectations when I picked this as my taste of 2AW for now and those were blown away for sure. If you love epic puro battles and want a taste of something different, consider this one for

BJW 1st Quarter in Review

Match from New Year 01/02 1.BJW Strong Heavyweight Title: Okabayashi(c) vs Nakanoue ***1/2 Match from Death Match King Death 01/04 2.Light Tubes Alpha Death: Crazy Lovers vs Parker, Shunma ***3/4 Match from BJW 01/11 3.Irie, Okabayashi vs Nakanoue, Aoki **** Match from Ikkitousen Death Survivor Night 2 03/08 4.Light Tubes Death: Abdullah vs Violento ***3/4 Thoughts: The first three months of BJW had some decent stuff for sure. If time wasn't a thing, or if I had more of it, I'd make far more time for this promotion than I do. Alas, that's not reality so here we are. The first pull was a pretty good title defense from one of my favorite meat castles, Okabayashi. I feel like the title change is not one for the better and that Yuji is far better in that role, but many companies make changes like this at the start of the year in Japan. It is what it is. Up second, Crazy Lovers took on Parker and Shunma in a great death match that really built up nicely. It's hard to not enj

#LFGM

  I just felt the need to let anyone checking in here to know that the Mets just won 14-1 against Baltimore. That is all. More regular content should be up tomorrow. Have a good one.

Strain Review: Apple Mintz

Apple Mintz is a strain from the Backpack Boyz that is a fairly pretty flower with great look and a scent that truly fits the name thanks to a subtle sweetness under the mint scent. The THC count is in the upper 20's for this hybrid and works well to sooth any pain while also providing a nice spark of energy that you might need as the day closes. Your experience will vary, but I give Apple Mintz a thumbs up and recommend it to anyone of age in a legal state. Rating: ****

Dusting Off a Gem #4: Grateful Dead's Live/Dead, a Review

While I've largely kept this series to smaller releases, this time I'm going to be reviewing an album by the Grateful Dead. Note that some of these will feature non-music releases, but I'm on a roll with these right now it seems. I also would say that I had a discussion recently where someone had the nerve to call them a one hit wonder, by the way. I'm not looking to elaborate much on the absurdity of that conversation, but figured it was worth mentioning in passing. So, Live/Dead is the first official live album released from the group and is a fucking masterpiece. Their live performances often were epic in nature and dwarfed the studio releases, which were always toned down to fit different standards. A perfect example of that is on full display here, especially if you listen to this and compare it to previous releases. I'd never knock the other albums outright, but my point is more to state how huge this feels versus the small tone of some of the other releases.

It's Time to Talk About the NWA, a Look at When Our Shadows Fall and the Future of the Brand + Powerrr Spoilers

When Our Shadows Fall, the latest special event held by NWA, took place last weekend. Did you even know the show was happening? Would you have not for my preview, which was one of only two I found on Google? If you did know it was happening, did you bother watching it? Did you take my advice and wait to see the reactions? Did you see the reactions, presuming you knew anyone that bothered to check it out at all, and decide not to spend your money on the show? Worst, did you actually pay for it and walk away feeling cheated? See, if you can't tell, the NWA didn't do too well. Lets start with the identity crisis they're having, first. So, NWA diehards that sold the idea that Powerrr was the only weekly show worth watching, yes they exist, would often say that the NWA is wrestling done right. They'd see that logo and get all nostalgic and think everything happening was golden. It's a cultist thing, but diehards always do that, feeling the need to over-defend something t

NJPW on the Roku Channel #26 Review

Matches: 1.Suzuki vs Ishii ****1/4 2.White vs SHINGO ***3/4 3.Okada vs Kota **** Thoughts: Now, is when shit gets good! So, I wanted to start showing my kiddos modern New Japan and add it to our weekly watching routine. If you've been reading, we started two episodes prior to this one, which saw EVIL dethrone Naito at the top of the tower. We then watched Tetsuya retake his spot. I honestly felt like it was the best place to start and stand by that. Now, as I said before, is when shit gets good, though. See, this is the start of G1 coverage. They've been introduced properly to how dickish Bullet Club can be, have seen how awesome Naito is and know he's champ at that time, and are ready for more but at an even better quality. The first match I saw last year and loved. I mean, this is my type of shit and I had fun watching it again. Ishii is god tier to me as is Minoru and I cannot say enough about how good this was. If you love their style and want it in a sprint format, che

Dusting Off a Gem #3: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band's Horses in the Sky, a Review

Across six tracks and a run-time just under an hour, Horses in the Sky has always been an album that I've held dear. The musicianship is as superb at dynamics as always with this group of musicians, and the bold, broken style crooning from Efrim here has always been one of my favorite vocal performances. It's a damaged album, and it's a broken album. It's also a piece of beautiful art that's somehow both frail and powerful simultaneously. First released in March of 2005, Horses in the Sky feels as ahead of its time now as it did then and serves as a true journey to experience and if you have failed to take that trip in a while, or never at all, I strongly recommend you fix that mistake now and enjoy the view. Rating: ****1/2

NJPW on the Roku Channel #25 Review

Matches: 1.IWGP Heavyweight/Intercontinental Titles: EVIL(c) vs Naito *** Thoughts: Like the previous episode, this was focused around one of the worst things New Japan has done in a long time. Like I said last year, they did just enough to call it "good" with a shrug, but not much can be said past that other than Naito regaining was the best choice. The issues from the last carried over, such as the production team that is working on these clearly doesn't care. That said, I am watching through with the kids and I still think it was a good starting point. The G1 starts next and shit is about to get GOOD. Skip this one unless you love circus act stuff or are doing the same thing as myself. Overall Rating: 60/100%

WWE February 2021 in Review

Matches: Match from NXT 02/03 1.Lucha House Party vs Legado del Fantasma ***1/2 2.Thatcher, Ciampa vs Undisputed Era ***1/2 Match from SmackDown 02/05 3.WWE Intercontinental Title: Big E(c) vs Zayn vs Crews ***3/4 Match from NXT 02/10 4.Legado del Fantasma vs MSK ***1/2 Matches from NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day 02/14 5.Women's Dusty Classic Finals: Moon, Shotzi vs Kai, Raquel ***1/2 6.NXT North American Title: Gargano(c) vs KUSHIDA ****3/4 7.Men's Dusty Classic Finals: MSK vs GYV ****1/4 8.NXT Women's Title: Io(c) vs Mercedes vs Toni ***1/4 9.NXT Title: Balor(c) vs Dunne ****1/4 Match from NXT 02/17 10.Undisputed ERA, Balor vs Dunne, Birch, Oney **1/2 Matches from Elimination Chamber 02/21 11.Elimination Chamber: Bryan vs Cesaro vs Jey vs Corbin vs KO vs Zayn **** 12.WWE Universal Title: Reigns(c) vs Bryan NR 13.WWE Title, Elimination Chamber: McIntyre(c) vs Styles vs Hardy vs Kofi vs Orton vs Sheamus ***3/4 14.WWE Title: McIntyre(c) vs Miz Match from NXT 02/24: 15.No DQ: Kr

WATCH #SLAMMASTERS Episode 1 NOW

Watch the debut episode of the new format, #SLAMMASTERS. This episode sees the closing minutes of the TJP vs Alexander iron man match, the full Riho versus Deeb Double or Nothing encounter, and closes with Finn Balor trying to regain the NXT Championship from Kross in the main event. You can watch the playlist style episode HERE .

NJPW on the Roku Channel #24 Review

Matches: 1.IWGP Heavyweight/Intercontinental Titles: Naito(c) vs EVIL *** Thoughts: I wanted to start introducing my kiddos to New Japan so I figured this would be the easiest method. I started with this one because I think it's a decent entry point. The G1 starts soon after, you see a title change, and you see one of the weaker matches that will likely air on the series which sets expectations lower than you usually get with this company, making the next ones feel ever bigger. Now, I have seen this one before. I complained last year enough, but I'll say that it is a good match only because of the hard work of Naito. It was overbooked, the pacing was off, and the title change felt like an instant thud. It is not something I'd normally recommend to more general fans outside of the circumstance I suggested above. I'd also note that I sincerely dislike the production choices that are used here as addons specific for this release that feel very Busch League. Regardless, it&