Saturday, November 26, 2011

RESISTANCE PRO 11/25/2011 LIVE SHOW REPORT

What a weird and crazy day this was. Started with me meeting a girl who lost her shoes in a Macy's Black Friday Mob and ended with former WWE Diva Victoria making the googley eyes at me. Don't think I didn't notice Victoria. But I'll get to that later.

ARRIVAL
The Excalibur is a club in downtown Chicago. It's down the street from the Hard Rock Cafe, where I auditioned to be on that game show IDENTITY once. Remember that show? With Penn from Penn and Teller. I think it was canceled before my audition was over.

Anyway, the club kind of looks like a castle if Bam Margera built his own castle. The inside is pretty nice with plenty of space to move around in. The actually area where the wrestling was held.... was crazy. Think of a prison movie. On the first floor is the ring and a stage that leads right up to it. From there you take the stairs and can go up to a second or third floor to watch the show OR just stand around on the first. Your call. 

I went all the way up to the top. The problem? I was literally leaning over a rail and watching the show from over head. You know that Ladder Match Camera they use for replays when Jeff Hardy does something ridiculous? That was how I watched the whole show. Which had pros and cons that I'll cover as I get to them.

LET'S START THIS MOTHER
The show kicked off with a ring announcer guy who was eventually interrupted by Joel Gertner. Gertner did his Joel "Jizz Rhymes" Gertner schtick which was.... cute? I dunno what to call it really. Then they brought out the four men who'd be participating in the tournament for the Resistance Pro Heavyweight title, Kevin Steen, El Generico, The Sheik, and Harry Smith. Each wrestler actually walked behind me(I gave Harry Smith and El Generico high fives, man) and then walked around a spiral staircase to the first floor to enter the ring. 

The Sheik was accompanied by Rinaldo Piven, who played his annoying mouth piece. It was declared that Generico would be facing Sheik, in the first match, while Smith and Steen would fight later. YAY WRESTLING.

SEMI-FINAL MATCH FOR THE RESISTANCE PRO TITLE
EL GENERICO vs. THE SHEIK
Fact: Generico is crazy good. He's a brilliant face. Like a modern day Ricky Steamboat... or more aptly, Tito Santana. I think he was the perfect guy to pair with The Sheik, who I think they're trying to position as their top heel. They put on maybe my favorite match of the night, with some solid pacing and crisp work. I think my one gripe about the Sheik is that he feels kind of phony. Sabu and The Original Sheik both had an aura that made you believe they practically other worldly. This new Sheik, sadly, comes off like a guy play acting a Sheik character. He's not bad, he's just kind of mediocre. 

The finish here was creative, as The Sheik pulled out a spike from his boot and applied what looked like a cobra clutch, driving the spike into Generico's throat. It was so well hidden that the ref couldn't see it and thought it was just a regular old hold. Generico eventually tapped out to a spike to the throat and The Sheik was advanced on.

A bit of a downer to start the show... but we've only just begun.

MATT CLASSIC & HALLOWICKED vs. TEAM AMBITION(Tony Kozina & Kyle O'Reilly)
Originally Hallowicked was going to team with his buddy Frightmare. I'm not sure what happened and I don't think anyone told us. This was essentially a handicap match, with Matt Classic doing his schtick on the apron while Hallowicked got his ass beat.

I was getting pretty irate at the ref at this point. He was just letting Kozina and O'Reilly run a train on the poor guy. I mean, what are the rules here, man. 

Also this was the first match that really exposed the flaw with the upperdeck seats. Some of the guys really need to work tighter. It may look good to the people on the floor, but I was seeing so much daylight in just about every strike delivered in this match. It was really distracting. I didn't remember having this problem in the first match, but it started to happen here, and through out the show I saw more and more of it from some of the weaker roster members.

Hallowicked, of course, lost the match, because he was pretty much by himself. Another downer, and a forgettable match, sadly.

JAY BRADLEY vs. ICARUS
Forget the match, this was the battle of two of the WORST TATTOOS EVER. I couldn't even pay attention to what was going on they were so bad. Thankfully it didn't last long, because Jay killed Icarus dead with a lariat-o. Poor Icarus stayed folded up with his asshole pointed right at me, for the entire post match promo with Jay. It was uncomfortable.

DEM BRISCOES vs. TEDDY HART & GRAN AKUMA
Before the match, some lady came out as their manager and talked. No one could understand her. She was booed heavily, and then the Briscoes came out and got a great reaction. Why these people are together, I don't know. What I do know is that Mike Fucking Adamle was in the VIP section for this one. MIKE. ADAMLE.

So this match is probably the match you're going to hear about. It was pretty much a spot fest with all kinds of crazy ass moves. Teddy does a moonsault off the balcony to the floor. It was insane. I saw about a dozen or so moves that should really just kill people dead, but are really only used to stun people in these kinds of matches. 

I'm not a fan of the Briscoes and they didn't change that here. I still can't get into their matches, which feel like just a bunch of stuff. And while I give props to Teddy for doing what he did, it all came at the wrong time. He took a suplex off the top of the balcony about half way through the match, and was later hot tagged by Akuma and cleaned house. Where do you go from coming back from a Balcony Suplex? What can actually when a match at this point? After the insane moonsault he was selling his knee pretty hard like he blew it out and he vomited while Akuma got pinned by the Briscoes.

It looked pretty damn gross. The Briscoes manager almost stepped in it. 

VICTORIA WANTS MY BODY. OR NOT. PROBABLY NOT.
But none of that mattered because this was the match that Victoria was making the googley eyes at me. She was trying her ass off to get a Teddy chant going and was failing miserably. She actually looked to me for support, but in the end it was maybe five people chanting "Teddy" against 50 chanting "BRISCOES". We lost. I laughed at her. She laughed at me. We had a moment. A connection if you wheeeeeeel. But I am a married man, and I'm a little wigged out by tarantulas.

THE WOMEN'S GAUNTLET FOR THE TITLE
STARRING: CHEERLEADER MELLISSA AND OTHERS
Oh my, this match. THIS MATCH. So, I had no idea what the rules were, but all the women, and one guy in a cheerleader outfit, stood on the stage and entered ever...I dunno.... couple of minutes. I think you could get eliminated by getting thrown over the top rope. BUT you could also pin people. But if you pinned one person, you won the match. So you didn't want to let anyone pin people. I THINK. 

Anyway, the only person people knew was Cheerleader Mellissa and a girl named Serenity. She was smart and put her name on the ass of her tights. The other's should have thought about that. I actually started to dig Serenity, who was anything but serene, but it may be because I at least knew what to call her.

Oh and there was a dude in this. He had a misshapen balloon titty. He came in and asked for a circle jerk. The women thought about it and opted to beat the crap out of him instead. 

This match went on. FOR. EV. ER. Which meant a lot of the crowd reaction  was people trying to amuse themselves, like by looking down their cleavage. Not that I know anything about that. I was watching some wrestling.Women wrestling, you know what I'm sayin'.

Anyway, it ends with Melissa and Serenity, who started this thing, and just when it looked like Melissa was going to win Melanie Cruz just strolled in and pinned her to take the title. What kind of rules are these? 

THE KING OF THE NIGHT TIME MATCH
COLT CABANA vs. THE CANADIAN DESTROYER vs. NECRO BUTCHER
Just go listen to this guy's podcast instead.
It is never once explained what the hell a King of the Night Time is, or what this person is to do with their crown. Petey Williams was playing like he wasn't Petey Williams the whole night. He was this masked man known as the Canadian Destroyer, and he had aligned himself with Team Ambition. When people would chant Petey, he'd respond, "I'm not Petey!" Colt Cabana responded, "Right, you're not Petey Wiliiams like I'm not Matt Classic."

Really fun stuff in the opening minutes with Cabana being utterly bewildered by Butcher not wearing any boots and him trying to avoid getting punched in the face. Really funny bits, that really showcased why Colt Cabana should be a star. For real. 

Necro took a nasty little bump when he over turned the guardrail and attempted to suplex Petey onto it from the apron. Petey reversed it and did a sunset flip power bomb on to the fallen guardrail. It didn't look pleasant. Colt eventually had Petey locked up for a submission but Kyle O'Reilly hit him with a metal bucket, setting up Petey for the win.

Then things got funky. Petey, realized that Team Ambition helped him win. He then beat them up for doing that, as he didn't want to win that way. Then Colt Cabana smacked around Petey for being a cheater, to which Petey replied "I won fair and square" even though he just broke up with his buddies after finding out the opposite of that. I don't fucking get it. Alls I know is that the biggest name on the card jobbed to Petey Williams in his home town. And it doesn't stop there.

SEMI FINAL MATCH FOR THE RESISTANCE PRO TITLE
HARRY SMITH vs. KEVIN STEEN
Most of this match was Steen jawing with Victoria who was trying to get a "Harry" chant started. This was mostly Steen goofing off for 20 minutes. Then the bell rang. And they said, "20 minutes up, it's a draw." Crowd was pissed, I didn't even know there was a time limit. The announcer heard word from the back that they were getting FIVE MORE MINUTES. They wrestled for five more minutes and still no winner. Then the announcer said the owners would make this a "No Time Limit" match. Steen responded with, "Fuck this I wrestled my match, get Billy out here and pay me more if he wants more." This got a "Billy Corgan" chant.

So how to resolve this? 

3 Way Dance at the next show for the title, Sheik vs. Harry Smith vs. Kevin Steen. That's right, Kevin Steen, who literally QUIT the match, gets to be in the title match at the next show. The Sheik came out irate and he and Steen beat down Harry who then whipped both their asses to... I don't know. Send everyone home happy? I guess. And with the heels high tailing it, Harry stood triumphantly with the crowd chanting "COLT CABANA." No I'm not kidding. It was ridiculous.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Yikes. Not a good first start. What are the positives? What were the feel good moments? Generico lost to start it off. Hallowicked and Matt Classic lose. The one woman that could get any reaction lost in a dumb finish. Colt Cabana was pinned by Petey Williams. And we got a non-finish in our first ever main event. 

Nobody I wanted to win won. And some of it was over so much dumb stuff, that I don't care if they ever get their win back. I'm not looking at January 13th thinking, "Man, I hope Colt comes back to face Petey Williams. I'll pay to see that." or " I hope Cheerleader Melissa gets to fight that Melanie Cruz" because I don't care.

This show took people we all know(Briscoes, Cabana, Generico, Steen) and put none of them in situations that were new or interesting. They said they were going to give us something that no one else is giving us, but they failed. Nothing differentiates this company from any other Indy. Same talent. Same matches.The only thing different was the venue, and really, I don't have a desire to lean over a railing for two and half hours watching Kyle O'Reilly not actually hit people with a fucking forearm.

I did have some fun, and the atmosphere is really something else. But if you look back over this roster, and the results given, you can't really come to a conclusion other than Resistance Pro's first show was an egregious mishandling of talent and resources. I'm still going to go to the next show, just because I'm optimistic that they can learn from their mistakes(Book Colt better next time, for one). But without some major changes, it'll be hard for me to even justify parting with 20 bucks.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

SMACKDOWN REVIEW 11:18:2011

MARK HENRY AIN'T DONE
I feel like this was a response to Daniel Bryan not getting totally squashed last week. They were like, "you looked too strong, we have to kill you this week to start the show."

Objections to Daniel Bryan's treatment aside, Mark Henry still looks great, he's still the scariest guy on the roster, and this was actually a strong way to set the tone. Part of the benefit of Mark Henry as champion, is that he's good on the mic, but because he keeps things simple. His character is not one carry on for 30 minutes. He distills his passion into a 1 minute sound bite, barks it and moves on to kick more ass. Right now that's significantly more appealing than the normal Triple H/CM Punk/John Cena/Randy Orton coming out and filling 15-20 minutes of time by chatting everybody up.

SIN CARA vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER
That face says, "What am I doing here?"
You don't know how excited I was when they said Dolph was wrestling. My heart has had a hole in it since he moved to RAW. Then he came out and they turned on the shitty Sin Cara lights. I didn't think it was possible, but Ziggler has gotten better and he's figured something out with who his character is. One or the few drawbacks to Dolph Ziggler is that he didn't exactly have a striking personality. He's starting to carry himself as a bigger deal and he feels larger than life. The best part is that he hasn't sacrificed all the things that make him great to achieve that.  Decent match from both guys. Those lights have to go.

JACK SWAGGER vs. MASON RYAN
What the hell is this doing here? Oh because they're in the Orton/Barrett Survivor Series Match. Wait... why is Mason Ryan in that match? This isn't as bad as those Kane matches from a while back, but the fact remains: Mason Ryan is not very good. He's not in the moment. He's not selling, he's thinking about what comes next. It's just poor wrestling, and I don't know what you do with him.

CHRISTIAN IS A MAN NOT MEAT
Really good promo from Christian talking about his recent injuries. Christian is still one of the best personalities and ankle sprain or no, you really need to utilize him in some capacity. It looks like they may escalate his issues with Teddy Long, which could be a fun way to use him while he's out.

TED DIBIASE JR. vs. DERRICK BATEMAN
Bateman isn't exactly a great personality but it's interesting how he loses any aura he has on NXT when he gets on the Smackdown. DiBiase put in another solid quick squash. It's a good way to get the crowd used to him being a threat to people. Hopefully they come up with some type of story for him that can develop a personality that people can latch on to.

BIG SHOW IS PUMPED UP
Pretty good go home promo from Big Show, but it's nothing really new. Henry broke his leg, Big Show wants his title. Still he's better at delivering his words than 75% of the roster so I'd rather it be him than Mason Ryan or Zeke Jackson.

KOFI KINGSTON vs. HUNICO
Hunico is good stuff. He does some interesting work on Kofi's midsection that I really appreciated. I think he needs to figure out how to take some of those more complex moves and make them more into a show so that the crowd can understand what's going on. Something else he'll need to figure out is how to make himself feel biger than he is. He cuts a good pace, and his work is solid, he just needs to fill up the room with his character to take it to the next level. There's definitely some potential for him and his character.

Kofi really was kind of forgettable. He gave Hunico a lot and managed to make him look strong even while defeating him, but like much of his Smackdown run, he feels like he's going through the motions.

GROSS....But kind of hot.
AJ & KAITLYN vs. NATALYA & BETH PHOENIX
One of the better Diva matches you'll get. AJ is a strong personality that I feel is being underutilized. She's one of the handful of Divas that actually looks like she's having fun out there. And better yet, she can actually work. Beth and Natalya are both great, but really they feel like they're holding back to work with the less experienced Kaitlyn, who took up the bulk of the match. That Sharpshooter on AJ was sick.

SHEAMUS & RANDY ORTON vs. WADE BARRETT & CODY RHODES
I kind of miss Cody Rhodes in the mask, but it looks like he's moving into a more Patrick Bateman American Psycho kind of character, which I think will work as he continues to move up the roster.

Wade Barrett has really come along. When he came on NXT he had a great personality and strong confidence. He felt like a main event guy. The only problem was that his wrestling skills weren't up to that level. He was mediocre. Now it looks like he's putting it together and I'm kind of excited for his future. He comes off very old school in the way he presents his work, the way he shows his punches for example. I dig it.

The match isn't anything more than a teaser for Survivor Series, but with everyone putting in solid, clean work, it does its job in getting me excited for the people involved.

So here's to all the survivors out there.


Have an awesome weekend. Kick some ass.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT RAW REVIEW WEEK 23

6.28.1993


INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
SHAWN MICHAELS vs. KAMALA
Need Kamala to look awesome? Put him in the ring with Shawn Michaels. HBK keeps the pace up and Kamala keeps up which looks really impressive. They have a smart story with Kamala banging up his knee and Shawn being able to control him now that he has a bum wheel. They do some really neat stuff where Shawn does fine when he's stomping the leg, but when he goes for a toe hold or a figure four Kamala pops him in the face. It's really funny.

Kamala actually nearly gets the win, but of course pins Shawn wrong. Then Diesel gets on the apron leading to Kamala getting distracted. Shawn nails him with the superkick right in the back of the head for the win. This has to be the very best Kamala as a face match ever. Check it out.



VINCE MCMAHON XENOPHOBIA HAPPY FUN TIME
Vince brings out Fuji and Yokozuna and talks about the Body Slam Challenge coming up on July 4th.  Vince actually gets really heated here and tells Fuji that when you back America into a corner someone is going to stand up and someone is going to hit a HOME RUN. He even leads the crowd in a USA chant. Hulkamania is mentioned and you can tell they're building up this idea that Hogan is going to show up and save the day.

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. IRON MIKE SHARPE & BARRY HOROWITZ
What a tremendous jobber team this is. Barry takes some of the best armdrags and hiptosses. He just snaps into it and makes them look devastating. Horowitz and Sharpe actually were in control for a little bit, which is surprising sense the Gunns have been so dominant. I actually wouldn't mind seeing Horowitz and Sharpe always be a team going forward. Gunns did a different finish this time. Instead of the back body drop into a pile driver, Bart picked up Barry in an Argentinian Backbreaker position, and Billy elbow dropped him to the ground from the top rope. It was kind of neat looking.

TURNING RAZOR RAMON FACE
Money Inc comes out and talks with Vince McMahon. They talk about the Steiners and how they'll get the belts back. What's interesting is that they bring up Razor Ramon and how dumb he was for putting that 10,000 dollars up. They rip into him, and tell him he should go back to school, maybe that simpleton college known as Michigan University. Eventually the crowd starts chanting for Razor. Easy as that.

ADAM BOMB vs. PJ WALKER
Giants Running Back Joe Morrison plans on slamming Yokozuna DIG IT
It's funny watching Raven playing Johnny Polo and Justin Credible being the jobber in fake Rocker tights. Adam Bomb dominates him and PJ bumps really well for him. Nothing all that special, just another match to show how impressive he is.

BASTION BOOGER vs. CRUSH
Because I haven't seen enough Bastion Booger this week.
This isn't very good, but the crowd is really Pro-Crush. It's fun when WWF runs towns that have these crazy high strung Crush fans. He may not have been over everywhere, but there were places where he was getting some of the biggest reactions on the show.

The big story is actually about Crush and how he's planning on slamming Yokozuna. He struggles early on trying to lift the massive Booger, but in his big come back he manages a sloppy suplex followed by three big bodyslams for the win. The crowd understood what the bodyslams meant, thanks to the Fuji/Vince exchange earlier, so each one was getting big pops. You could feel them putting their hopes on Crush to do the thing on July 4th.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS:
A really good Kamala vs. HBK match, a decent Smoking Gunns match, and some interesting interviews. This felt like the modern format of RAW we're used to, with more in-ring interview time to push angles, as opposed to backstage promos in front of a back drop.

What I find interesting is that they're about to turn Lex Luger out of the blue AND they're turning Razor Ramon. Their heel roster was looking great, with a lot of variety. I understand that with Hogan leaving, they're looking for that next great face(because I've always contended that Bret is always the last guy Vince wants as champion), but I think it's kind of dumb to turn Lex Luger who has become one of the most over heels in the company almost immediately and can actually work. Razor, actually makes a little sense because the crowd has been wanting to cheer him for a while now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 06:26:1993

MR. HUGHES vs. EL MATADOR TITO SANTANA
I love that Hughes has pretty much replaced Giant Gonzalez as the guy who's beating up the Undertaker. It's the right move, as Gonzalez is really hard to watch. Both guys competitors brought the goods here. Hughes can really get off his feet. He FLIES into Tito's arm drags. Tito is solid as usual, taking a beating and keeping the crowd hot. The highlight has to be Hughes crotching himself on the ropes. The way he sells it is to die for. One of the greatest nut shot sells I've ever seen.

THIS TAG TITLE SITUATION IS DUMB
Monsoon tells us that the Steiners have won back the tag titles. That's right, they won the tag titles twice in one week. This has been handled poorly.

CREE PEE
DOINK THE CLOWN vs. SCOTT DANE
YES. Doink kills this guy. He throws a great over the head belly to belly suplex, and finishes off Scott with the stump puller.  But the weirdest shit is that before the match Doink does this hand wave to the camera. First the left, then the right. Then he grabs his head in surprise, laughs and turns on the evil face. It's creepy. But it gets worse. After the match, when Doink is walking back down the aisle, they replay Doink's mime act on the video wall. So Doink start's mimicking what he just did earlier. Then he turns around and busts out laughing while the camera zooms in so that we get essentially a split shot of the two sides of Doink.

It's kind of genius if you ever see it.

THE HEADSHRINKERS vs. MIKE DAVIS & BUDDY LANE
It's always fun to watch the Headshrinkers beat up jabronies, but they seem a little bored here. Nothing really of note, other than Vince hyping up the tag division and all the possible teams that could challenge The Steiners. It made me laugh considering the way tag teams are booked now.

BASTION BOOGER vs. VIRGIL
I'm just going to use quotes from commentary during this match to explain it to you.

MACHO MAN: Virgil seems confused on what to do right now.
VINCE: This is an awful looking sight, isn't it?
VINCE: I mean, look at Booger.
VINCE: What's this now?
VINCE: Oh no.
VINCE: I've not seen anything like that.
VINCE: As far as I'm concerned Bastion Booger is the quintessential endomorph.
This happened.


BAM BAM BIGELOW HAS SENSITIVITY
Bammer comes out and tells everyone that people thinks he's such a bad guy, but there's another side to Bam Bam Bigelow. A sensitive side. In short, Bam Bam Bigelow is in love. Then he introduces his love, Luna Vachon. Luna compares tells Arnold Schwarzenneger to eat his heart out and for Mel Gibson to get out of the way. I love this pairing. It's so perfect.

MR. PERFECT vs. BERT CENTENO 
I don't see how you follow up Virgil/Bastion Booger, but Perfect gives it a shot. He fits in a few of his spots and looked more worked up than usual. Still it's nothing you haven't seen before.

HOW DO YOU END A SHOW LIKE THIS
Oh, I know. With THIS

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Tito/Hughes was good. Doink scared me. Luna hooked up with Bam Bam Bigelow. And Virgil put his head on Bastion Booger's genitals. To top it off, Hacksaw Jim Duggan The Remix capped it off. This is absolutely the reason why I started this project.


Monday, November 14, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: THE EXCLUSIVES PART 1

So WWF MANIA and WWF ALL-AMERICAN usually each had their own exclusive match, while replaying events that happened on other shows. I got a collection of all the exclusives, so I'm going to go ahead and clean that up in a series of reviews. Today we have five.

KOKO B. WARE vs. THE REPO MAN (MANIA 02/06/1993)
I want to see more choking people like this. Someone steal this.
Some solid work from both guys. They really had the crowd going. Repo was flopping around like a fish on all of his bumps and Koko was dancin' and having a good time. Weird ending though which saw Repo getting DQ/d for choking Koko on the bottom rope. I have no idea what that was about. Highlight would be Koko doing a top rope missle dropkick and landing on his feet.

EL MATADOR & VIRGIL vs. THE BEVERLY BROTHERS (MAINIA 02/20/1993)
Maybe one of the greatest performances by Virgil ever, which was a dead give away that his team was going over. The only problem for Virgil is that even his best work is only mediocre, and his partner is a guy who can do all of his stuff but  waaaaaaay better. The hot tag to Tito was pretty awesome with him cleaning house in a big way. The finish was fun too. really good tag action from both sides.

TYPHOON vs. PAPA SHANGO (MANIA 02/27/1993)
Decent stuff from Typhoon, who was moving like a mack truck all over the ring. He's not great, but anytime ge gets to movin' he always looks impressive. Shango was Shango. Nothing really good nothing really bad. He shot sparkler stick ar Typhoon right in front of the referee to get DQ'd. Then got his ass whipped some more. Not worth finding, really.


CRUSH vs. DAMIEN DEMENTO (MANIA 03/13/1993)
Yeah, I was pretty scared of this one going in. Crush still wasn't putting in good face work in the early part of '93 and Demento was awful. Crush was trying some different stuff, but not quite being showy enough to be a face. Demento's control segment started out okay when he was thumbing Crush in the throat and trying to rip his mouth apart. Then he settled into one of the longest chinlocks ever. I think Crush fell asleep in it for real. Crush made a decent comeback with the rolling solebutt and the Cranium Crusher. This just went tooooo long for these guys.

EL MATADOR vs. LEX LUGER (MANIA 03/20/1993)
A really great TV match with Tio bringing it BIG TIME on Lex Luger. He was hot and riled up and was moving with a purpose. Luger was great walking the line between loud and goofy selling early on to being an intense bad ass in the end. A really good flow with not much if any downtime. This one is worth seeking out if you can find it.

oh what's this?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

NXT & SUPERSTARS RUN DOWN

WWE SUPERSTARS



JUSTIN GABRIEL vs. CURT HAWKINS
Decent match. Curt Hawkins came to the ring with a cane and never used for anything other than twirling. Supposedly he has an injured foot. I think Teddy Long needs to look into this. Curt's just not very interesting no matter what he tries. His wrestling isn't good enough to get him anywhere, his look isn't particularly interesting, and no matter who or what they pair him with, he can't seem to make it work. He's not bad, he's just...not anything. Gabriel did some solid stuff, selling the leg and trying to shake it off for the 450. I don't know what to do with him as a character. I feel like there's money to be made off of him, but I can't quite figure out how. I say have him, Evan Bourne, and Sin Cara wrestle Epico, Hunico, and Primo in six-mans until they figure it out.

ALEX RILEY vs.MICHAEL MCGILLICUTTY
The battle for who's the bigger dingus. This stunk. I don't care how hard these two yell at the crowd, they're not going to make this any interesting. Just listless filler wrestling. It's like you can tell that they want to make this look good, but they have no idea how they actually look. It's like play acting good wrestlers. It feels empty and lifeless.

DANIEL BRYAN vs. WILLIAM REGAL
This is about as solid a 15 minute TV match as you'll get all year. Two pros feeling it out and WORKING. It feels organic, like they're actually feeling out the mood of the crowd. It may not be the best match you'll see all year, as it doesn't have the greatest finishing stretch, but it is some of the hands down best in ring work you're going to see. It's something to watch and study, for wrestlers and fans alike.

Movin on movin on

WWE NXT

PEOPLE TALKING
The opening segment got better when Johnny Curtis hit the ring. He's a decent talker and looks very comfortable dealing with a live crowd. I wish he had something else to talk about though. Wouldn't mind seeing him work with Yoshi Tatsu or Justin Gabriel. Him being able to talk would give those two faces something to work against.


TYSON KIDD vs. TRENT BARRETA
These two rarely put together bad matches and that's still the case. Tyson is so underutilized it's disturbing. The crowd doesn't seem hot for it, which is usually the case for most of these matches, and they kind of lose their steam around the 3/4 mark, but they eventually start getting some crowd support after Trent does a sick dive off of the barricade. Worth checking out if you haven't seen them before, but not their best work from this year.

JIMMY USO vs. JTG
JTG isn't all that great on his own. He's fantastic playing a face in peril like he did with Shad, or as a sneak bastard like he was doing with Darren Young, but you put him by himself and he doesn't have the tools to really carry a one on one match-up. Jimmy isn't bad but he lacks the charisma that Jey has. Still, much like JTG, he's better off in a tag team setting. So take two guys who are better tag workers, put them in a singles match, in front of a crowd who has no idea who they are and this is what you'll get.

JOHNNY CURTIS & DERRICK BATEMAN vs. TITUS O'NEIL & PERCY WATSON
Watson had some decent moments, and looked very fluid. Curtis is a decent bump and made the faces look pretty good. As hard as they try, I still can't get into the Titus/Percy team. Percy should probably be wrestling singles and Titus is still kind of rigid when he gets in the ring. He's trying really really hard, so I'll give him credit for that. But he's got a ways to go before he's a valuable part of the roster.

Decent finish though I don't know how good a feuding partners story line can be with two heels, but they play off each other okay, and they are pretty decent as a team.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
That episode of Superstars is a must see just for the Bryan/Regal match. Everything else ranges from skipable to okay. Like I said, if you haven't seen much Tyson Kidd, give NXT a shot, their match is first and you can drop the rest. A weak week overall, but you still get one heck of a solid bout from two absolute PROS.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

SMACKDOWN REVIEW 11.11.11



OPENING TALKING 
Would have been better if Orton talked about his team kicking ass, and let Barrett give the history lesson on why Orton is a sucky teammate and Barrett is a leader. Instead these two basically said the same thing to each other. Christian's stuff was solid since he furthered a story and helped put over Barrett's character. But this was overall pretty boring.

SHEAMUS vs. CHRISTIAN
Sheamus' face act has come a long way from his first month. He's really got it going on. His selling is sympathetic without losing his terminator aura and he's figured out how to string together some fun moves that get a decent pop. Christian was solid at bumping and structuring the pace. Sheamus has a problem with rushing his work, and he needs to slow some stuff down so the audience can have a second to get behind the actions. It's a really fun match though and worth seeking out.


TED DIBIASE vs. JINDER MAHAL
It's too bad that Dibiase's character has gone through so many muddling changes because he's actually starting to wrestle better. You can see he incorporates some Japanese stuff and he does it really well. He feels a lot more fluid and comfortable moving around. It's hilarious that Jinder Mahal is a nobody now. It's too bad Yoshi Tatsu was still jobbing to him not long ago.

DANIEL BRYAN vs. MARK HENRY
These two work amazingly well together, which isn't surprising, Daniel Bryan works well with anyone. It's unfortunate that DB had to get killed, but Mark Henry gave him quite a bit and they did enough to convey some sympathy and respect for his character. The post match stuff was well done, as Bryan still almost managed to mount a come back, which I don't remember anyone trying to do. At the end of the day he's still not on the level as Mark Henry or Big Show, which is fine for now. Hopefully they start to change that perception before long, or else he'll just be Santino. Entertaining guy that you care about but know will never be important.

BIG SHOW vs. 3 JABRONIES
This was fun, as Big Show squashing clowns usually is. I love the intensity between him and Big Show. It's not  as awesome as Sheamus/Henry, but it's a decent substitute for now.

TAMINA vs. ALICIA FOX
This happened.

HUNICO & EPICO vs. THE USOS
Primo thought it was just going to be a little gas, but it was more.
I've been loving the Usos on NXT and I'm so glad they started getting a little pyro for their entrance. This was a fun match, both teams worked well with their partners and with each other. Jey continues to stand out and he provided the best action of the match. I really believe Jey's going to be huge eventually. I thought it was crazy seeing the Los Borricuas II using old WWE star moves like the Swanton, Olympic Slam and the Code Breaker. Might as well start handing those moves out, I say.

RANDY ORTON vs. WADE BARRETT
The early work with Randy Orton was a little boring. Barrett did something right, because his control section was a high point in the match. He likes working the back, and I think he needs to make more of a show of it. It's like subscribes to Fit Finlay's philosophy on body part work, but he can't execute it as well. Still the intentions are there, and I like it. Orton still has tremendous body language and he's got comebacks down like a clown Charlie Brown. I like that Wade didn't roll out to the apron and that Randy just tossed him out there so he could do the move. Ever since coming to Smackdown, Randy and whoever he's working with have come up with great ways to set that move up. Barrett winning off a thumb to the eye was hilarious and awesome. I don't know if I buy him as a top guy, but he's better than he was say three months ago, so it's a start.

OVERALL SHOW:
Some solid work here with a couple of interesting stories to follow. Back when I was reviewing Smackdown more regularly, my big complaint was that they basically had ONE story worth following with all the other characters kind of trading wins and losses. Now we've got Orton/Barrett and their Survivor Series team battle, Big Show and Mark Henry and their kaijuu big batel, and we even have some character development from guys like Sheamus and Daniel Bryan. It feels like they have a little more direction for people and that's a lot better than where they were a month or so ago. It's one of the benefits to having Mark Henry as champ, I say.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: RAW REVIEW WEEK 22

Must... keep... going. So... far ...behind. Doink, give me the power I beg of you....

THE STEINERS vs. BARRY HARDY & RENO RIGGINS
Scott did some wrestling to start it off. Not just throws. He was picking legs and doing toe holds. Then he thought, "I'M SCOTT STEINER." and killed Reno Riggins with one of the fastest, sickest T-Bone's I've ever seen. There was a moment just before he snapped Barry over with a belly to belly where Barry Hardy makes this pitiful face like "Just take my balls while you're at it." and then he gets tossed. I imagine it's how every team feels when it sees they're working the Steiners.

This match also featured one of the worst Frankensteiners I've ever seen. Reno just started doing a front flip before Scott even jumped it was messed up.

2 OUT OF 3 FALLS
MARTY JANNETTY vs. DOINK THE CLOWN 
AMAZING. Great match. There's too much to talk about so you just have to watch it.

The opening fall is just brilliant. Doink being creepy and trying to get Marty to come to him in the corner. The monkey flip criss cross stuff. Just well paced well worked wrestling. Marty even through in a really fun arm drag set up that some one needs to steal PRONTO.

The twin magic ending was well done and the twist with Macho Man coming in was fine, as it was about time Doink got caught. Most of all it made me want a Doink vs. Macho Man feud to result from his interference.

MR. HUGHES vs. BOBBY WHO
Bobby Who got bombed into oblivion. Hughes was just filling time in between the previous barn burner and the Kid/Razor rematch which is next.

1-2-3 KID vs. RAZOR RAMON
This match is mostly pretty awesome. It started off hot with Kid going for near falls and the crowd buying all of them. Once Razor got control, he was relentless. There is one of the nastiest chokeslams I've ever seen. It felt real and it looked more devastating than the ones Kane and Big Show do.

My only complaint is the ending with Kid just saying saying "forget it" and grabbing the money and running. The crowd cheered it later as Vince and Razor tried to make it sound like the cool thing to do, but in reality it felt pretty lame.

Still this whole angle is hella fun, with great characters and great in ring action. Certainly an early highlight of the era.

NEXT WEEK: Vince gives me a heart attack by hyping Shawn Michaels vs. Kamala. NOT EXCITED.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: One of the best RAWs so far. The Doink/Jannetty match is going into my TOP 10 for the year. The rematch between Kid/Ramon is better than the last and still fun. You can't go wrong with this show. I mean, you even get to see the Steiners beating up guys. It's about as good an hour of wrestling as you can get.
Why do these tights exist on Rick Steiner?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

THE NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 6:19:1993

THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. RENO RIGGINS & SCOTT TAYLOR
Before the match started, Vince informed us that The Steiners won the tag titles and then lost them at a house show. What a bunch of shit.

This match is another solid outing for the Gunns, who are just killing it in their first month as WWF Superstars. They're fun, exciting, and energetic. Taylor is probably one of the best job guys in the company right during this time so it was a perfect storm as far as squash matches go. I'm excited to see the Gunns take on more competitive opponents.

BASTION BOOGER (TV Debut) vs. VIRGIL
I was pretty scared, but Virgil looked motivated and did mess anything up. Apparently it's because he found out he was going to win. I'm trying to figure out how obth of these guys have jobs. The best part of this match was afterwards when Jerry Lawler said Booger reminded him of some one. He then took his ""Magistrator" and showed us what he was talking about:

The Macho Booger
So there's that.

TATANKA vs. MIKE BELL
This is a truncated version of Tatanka's usual squash formula. He doesn't really allow Bell much offense, so his come back doesn't seem all that hot, but he makes it work okay. Not his best outing. I hate that his big push has stalled out. Even his story with Bam Bam, which they mentioned, has been cooled off sense it's hot start a while back.

LEX LUGER vs. PHIL APOLLO
This is kind of crazy. They start off with Phil getting the best of Luger at every turn. They do a hammerlock exchange and some head lock head scissor stuff that I don't normally associate with Luger, especially in his squash matches. Most of them have either been him wrecking a guy quick, or him toying with a dude for a couple of minutes. So this was pretty refreshing. It also features his awesome Pounce Forearm that some one should steal pronto.

CRUSH vs. JOEY TEMPEST
A pretty solid outing from Crush. A lot of his squash matches have been lacking in the kind of explosion a guy of his size should have, but he was busting out some pretty neat stuff. I really dug his tilt-a-whirl back breaker. The crowd was into it from start to finish, which isn't always the case for Crush's matches. He seems to have pockets of fans all over the United States, they're just not at every TV taping.

MORE MEN ON A MISSION
How can this not get you excited for a tag team:


ADAM BOMB vs. GARY SEAVY
Oh shit I forgot about Adam Bomb's cool ass contact lenses. I really can't figure out why Bomb and Johnny Polo are together. It doesn't make much sense at all.

Decent squash for bomb who busted out some cool stuff like a top rope back elbow that he should definitely use more often. He also draped Seavy over the top rope so hard that Seavy's gut almost touched the mat. The crowd was groaning and I'm positive that Seavy shat his tights.

IT'S NOT OVER. IT'S NEVER OVER.
At the end they tell us that next week we get a rematch between Booger and Virgil. I personally feel that I haven't fully recovered from their first bout to be in a position to want a second. Then Bastion cut a promo. He says things like "Do you feel good about yourself?" like he was a parent admonishing a kid and "You may not survive." like he read about it in a horoscope.

OVERALL SHOW:
Some interesting stuff, like Luger changing things up for his squash and Crush bringing the goods in his. The Gunns looked good as usual and Adam Bomb is developing a nice set of moves. Decent show.