Friday, June 29, 2012

TNA IMPACT 06:28:2012 REVIEW

So I made a remark in my R-Pro review about how they were like TNA(wasting great talent, stupid storylines) and someone said it wasn't very relevant. AND THEN I heard the very awesome Jigsaw wrestled last night, and I decided that I should just watch the show so I can have an appropriate opinion of where the company is right now.


MR. ANDERSON vs. ROB VAN DAM
The early counter pin attempts were...not very good. Slow and sloppy. It's not really Anderson's style and it felt like he just doing it because it was a Rob Van Dam match. The whole match just felt disjointed. They'd kind of move from hold to move to hold without any real rhyme or reason. Nothing built off anything. I don't need a lot of moves or fast action, I just need a good story, and there wasn't much of a story here. Just two dudes messin' around, I guess. Awful chemistry.

AUSTIN ARIES TALKY TALK WITH BOBBY ROODE
I kind of dig this idea of the X-Division champion having an opportunity to give up his belt at the X-Division PPV for a shot at the big boy belt. The fact that it's A Double's idea makes him seem like a really cool guy, who wants to make the title mean something for future X-Title holders. Pretty neat. I also dug what Roode had to say. He did a good job of making his reign mean something and the title belt. For a second I almost believed him when when he talked about Aries not being in his league. There's just an obvious size difference between the two. BUT when Aries got fired up, all that went away. A Double just has an ability that you can't teach, where he just feels bigger. Call it charisma, call it an aura, call it the "It Factor", but Aries, who's height has always been an obstacle, looked like a big dog opposite the champ. Dig it.


THE ADDICT LADY
.... the fuck is this?

RUBIX vs. SONJAY DUTT
Hell's yes. Rubix, who my CHIKARA peeps know as Jigsaw, looked pretty damn awesome. His bumping was solid, his armdrag work was clean, and by the time the match was over, you couldn't stop thinking about him. Maybe I'm biased, whatever, but he totally made the most of the 5 minutes he got. Dutt also looked pretty rad, and the backflip double stomp was SICK. Even though it was a sprinty 5 minutes junior match, it didn't feel like they tried to cram too much into it. A nice easy flow and a solid finish. Can't ask for much more than that, except MORE RUBIX PLEASE.


BULLY RAY vs. SAMOA JOE
The first third was a little weird. Bully looked really soft in everything he did, so him getting control over Samoa Joe seem kind of ridiculous. Things picked up in the middle, when Bully started doing his arm work. It was a smart idea and Taz put over the logistics of such a tactic. The last third was pretty good with some nice bumps from Ray and Joe making a decent come back. Joseph Park coming out and slapping Bully in the face was a fine way to keep that storyline going and the reaction from the crowd was priceless. They just couldn't believe he had the nuts to do it. Joe winning was nice. The last time I watched TNA, Joe and Magnus were together. I miss that pairing.

I liked the post-match stuff with Joseph Park. The character is kind of funny and the crowd totally buys into it, maybe more than anything else on the show. And it's such an easy storyline that it's difficult to muck up. Guy gets bullied, guy finally fights back. Kudos to Park for being able to get fans to get behind him.

MORE OF THE ADDICT LADY
....the fuck is this?

KAZ TALKS TO HOGAN
Hogan made it pretty clear, by trying to make all this clear to the viewers at home, that Kaz is totally going to act like a good guy in the main event but then turn at the last possible moment because he's sneaky. Thanks, brother.


THIS SEGMENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY DIRECT AUTO
The lady on the left with the belt said, "I would love to rematch you." PERFECT


RASHAD CAMERON vs. MASON ANDREWS
Something about this didn't feel right. Felt too dance-y. These guys look and move really well, but the flow of the middle was clunky and I think if they scaled it back a notch on some of the spots they could have made some of their stuff look more meaningful. Instead all their spots bleed together and neither guy stands out in their own way.

GUT CHECK: TAELER HENDRIX EDITION
I didn't see her work from the week before.so I've got no opinion of her. I like the whole concept of Gut Check though. I think it's bizarre that it's being used to introduce Joey Ryan. Nothing against Joey Ryan, but he's such an odd dude to be "The Rebel". I guess it makes sense, because if they used a better guy to play the part, no one would believe they'd reject him.

TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
AJ STYLES & KURT ANGLE vs. KAZARIAN & CHRISTOPHER DANIELS
Such a weird match. I'm guessing AJ should be pretty pissed, but I never felt the HATE. It just felt like him doing his thing with Daniels that they always do. No real passion. This is a time when Angle 100 MPH style worked to his advantage. He was just a wrecking ball and I liked it. Actually it's the first time I've enjoyed Angle in a while and he looked way better than anyone else in the ring with him, which also hasn't been the case in a while.

The finish kind of worked. It would have made more sense for Kazarian to just let Daniels hit him with the chair and be done with it, but whatever. MIND GAMES!

CLAIRE THE PHENOMENALLY PREGNANT ADDICT LADY
...the fuck is this?

OVERALL SHOW
Some okay wrestling. Rubix/Sonjay was good and Joe/Bully was totally solid. Then there was some bad wrestling like Anderson/RVD and some bad segments like anything with Dixie. It's a weird mix of good stuff held back by some just plain stupid stuff, which I feel like I've been saying forever. I will say the Dixie/AJ stuff is a Tijuana Donkey Show reference away from being hilariously entertaining in a horrible way.

Friday, June 22, 2012

WWF SUMMERSLAM 1993 REVIEW

08:30:1993
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI
Attendance: 23,954


It's Bobby Heenan and Vince McMahon on commentary. No Macho or Jim Ross. BUMMER.

TED DIBIASE vs. RAZOR RAMON
This started off pretty hot with Razor getting attacked from behind and making a quick comeback and tossing DiBiase out of the ring. Once it settled into DiBiase controlling the match, the crowd kind of settled back. I don't know if I can get into Razor Ramon getting beat up and selling so much yet. I just didn't have much sympathy for him. It's difficult to get that kind of reaction normally, and it's even more difficult when you're a big bad ass son of a bitch like Razor Ramon. Finish was a little abrupt too. DiBiase undid the turnbuckle while Ramon was outside, and then Ramon just came in and smashed Ted's face into the steel ring before finishing him with the Razor's Edge. Not a bad match, but a tad underwhelming. I think Razor is mostly trying to figure out how to get that strong face reaction from fans, and the WWF hedged their bets by putting him with one of their top heels.
Pettengill getting a little too close to the Steiner Sister.

WWF TAG TITLE MATCH
THE STEINERS(c) vs. THE HEAVENLY BODIES
Hell yeah, this match was exactly what I wanted. Heavenly Bodies got to control with some slick team work, and the Steiners got to fit in their smash nose style at the right moments. There's an awesome moment where Del Rey baseball slides under Scott, and when Scott bends over to try and catch him Pritchard nails him with a bulldog. Del Rey was particularly awesome, fitting in neat stuff like his Hurricane DDT(the one the Rock would make famous later) and a running front flip off the apron to the outside, and looking like a total sleazebag the whole time.

 The pace was great, hometown crowd was hot and the layout was perfect for both teams. Probably my favorite Steiner match in the WWF so far, and one of the best matches of the year. Check this one out.


INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
SHAWN MICHAELS(c) vs. MR. PERFECT
For a lot this is a disappointing match because of the two guys involved. It's certainly not among either man's best matches from 1993, but it isn't a bad match either. I think the layout of it was pretty good, but neither guy really clicked the way Bret/Perfect clicked or even Shawn/Backlund. It appears like Mr. Perfect just had trouble moving. His back problems are notorious, and not long after this match he'll be back on another hiatus with back problems. And his squash matches have been shorter than anyone's. You can tell some of the miscommunications are just Perfect being slow to move. Finish came when Diesel ran Perfect into the steps behind the ref's back, leading to a count out.

After the match Perfect attacked both Diesel and Shawn backstage, and honestly that stuff was more entertaining than some of the match.

1-2-3 KID vs. I.R.S.
It's crazy how much Vince and Bobby were putting over Schyster. Vince called him one of the premiere athletes of the WWF and was maybe more dangerous as a singles competitor than as apart of a tag team. He even kicked out at ONE on Kid's Moonsault which put away Razor Ramon. Even more surprisingly is that he beat Kid clean with a jumping clothesline. WHY? It was a pretty solid match regardless, with Kid doing some neat stuff, but I can't believe they built him up so well just to have him get dropped by IRS. And why are they rebuilding Schyster? I'm totally perplexed by this result.

JERRY LAWLER ALMOST DIED
Jerry Lawler comes out on crutches for his match with Bret Hart. He tells a harrowing tale about how this blue haired old lady caused a ten car pile up that involved his terrible Detroit-made Limo. Doctors told him to stay in the hospital but he crawled his way to the Palace so he could confront Bret Hart. Sadly the WWF medical team barred him from competing. Doink will be his replacement.

BRET HART vs. DOINK THE CLOWN
Not a classic, but a solid match for sure. Doink did well in control working on Bret's leg, busting out the stump puller. Loved Bret countering the Whoopie Cushion with a double knee to the junk, to set up his finishing sequence. Before Doink could tap to the sharpshooter Lawler hit the ring and cracked him across the head with a crutch leading to a DQ.

Jack Tunney then came out and said, "Holla Holla Holla, if you can walk, you can wrestle playa. Get to steppin' or you're out of a job, holla holla holla."

BRET HART vs. JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER
What an awesome brawl. Jerry was getting straight evil with the broken crutch, jamming it into Bret's throat. What's even better is that Bret made his comeback like a face Jerry Lawler, dropping the straps and hitting a piledriver, before applying a sharpshooter. For a guy who said he didn't like the Memphis style, Bret works really with Lawler.

Once the match ended, Bret wouldn't let go and it took a bunch of people to get him off. They decided to reverse the decision and make Jerry Lawler the winner because he was on the other end of a post match ass whipping. This makes him the UNDISPUTED KING of the WWF. Weak. Besides the goofy finish, this was tons of fun, and both guys brought some hate to the match up. Want more, please.

LUDVIG BORGA vs. MARTY JANNETTY
This is actually Borga's best outing, and it's got a lot to do with Jannetty being a fantastic bump and sell guy. Borga was just slow and methodical, and Jannetty was bouncing around for him like a champ. Ludvig's strikes and moves run the gamut of nasty to weak looking and it hurts the overall package. For example, his punches don't look very threatening but his power slam had a lot of impact. This has been the case since his debut, and someone should really show him what to cut out and what to improve. Borga wins with the Torture Rack, which looked like he just stood there with Marty on his shoulders.

REST IN PEACE MATCH
THE UNDERTAKER vs. GIANT GONZALEZ
This wasn't awful.  A step up from their Mania match for sure. Gonzalez is still awkward as hell but this worked out okay. I still have no idea what an RIP match is. I guess No DQ. Finish came when Paul Bearer made his return, KO'd Whippleman, and took control of the urn. This of course gave Undertaker the power to give Gonzalez a flying clothesline for the win. Afterwards, Gonzalez chokeslammed Harvey.

TATANKA & THE SMOKING GUNNS vs. BAM BAM BIGELOW & THE HEADSHRINKERS
So much fun. The Headshrinkers and Bigelow maybe one of the coolest trios ever. And the Headshrinkers work really well stylistically with Billy and Bart. The Gunns work fast with high energy and the Samoans look awesome cutting that kind of offense off with superkicks and headbutts. Tatanka brought the goods as well matching Billy's intensity. All these guys really brought out the best in each other.

Finish was super fun with Bigelow and The Samoans going for a Triple Flying Headbutt and missing. Tatanka took advantage and just rolled someone up for a pin. Heenan was yelling "Who was the legal man?!" which was a nice save for the heels. Go find this match.


WWF CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
YOKOZUNA vs. LEX LUGER
I miss this guy.
Before the match they had a Japanese guy singing the national anthem of Japan. The crowd booed him voraciously. Then Macho Man came out with Aaron Neville who sang the National Anthem. Then Macho introduced the red, white and blue clad Lex Luger to a pretty nice ovation from the crowd.

This match was really really good. Yoko was killer beating up Luger, and Lex looks awesome getting his ass handed to him too. It's easily Luger's best match since coming to the WWF and it might be one of the best Yokozuna performances too. Luger's reaction when he came out wasn't much bigger than say Bret's or The Steiners, but over the course of the match he got over in a big way. It makes the ending even more frustratingly stupid. You could tell people in the crowd had finally bought into Lex Luger mega-face, and then he pulls his pad off and KO's Yokozuna, who falls to the outside for a count out.

Are you kidding me?

Lex Luger, who's being booked as this All-American Baby Face, decides he needs to cheat by using his steel plated forearm. He KO's Yoko, gets the count out win, and celebrates like he just won World War II. Wrestlers come out to put him on their shoulder while red, white and blue balloons fall from the rafters. Ridiculous. All that work and hype to create to get this character over, he has a great match with Yoko that would have legitimized him with fans, and they toss it out the window. The fact that he's celebrating like he over came all the odds and vanquished the monster makes him look even dumber. Yoko is still the champ, genius.

No wonder fans said, "Screw this guy," and wanted Bret instead. What a joke.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
There are some awesome matches on here. Steiners vs. Heavenly Bodies, the six man, all the Bret stuff and nearly all of the main event stuff is worth looking up. Some matches were disappointments like Perfect/HBK and DiBiase/Ramon, but I wouldn't say anything was out and out bad. Even the Gonzalez match exceeded expectations.

The only real low points are the quizzical booking of two hot new faces - 123 Kid and Lex Luger. Kid's been on fire and just lost with no build, and Luger was booked like a goober in his first big main event.

Still everyone should check this show out. Despite some of the weirdness it's one of the most solid wrestling cards of the year.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

THE WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUPERSTARS REVIEW 08/28/1993

UTICA MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
Utica, New York, United States of America, Earth.

123 KID vs. BROOKLYN BRAWLER
These two worked pretty well together and kept a decent pace. What I really found interesting was that Waltman, after taking a beating, did the 2nd Wind Kip Up that Shawn Michaels would be known for later. Brawler was going up top and Kid just sprung to life and took him out. And this isn't the first time that I've spotted something that Michaels would later make his own. It's interesting seeing the influences that would later create one of the most influential American wrestlers of the last 20 years.

Am I the only one thinking of Bertolt Brecht right now? Probably.
HEAVENLY BODIES vs. TONY ROY & JASON HEADINGS
We get a sit out powerbomb, an enzuigiri and a crazy moonsault in two minutes. If the Heavenly Bodies and the Steiners don't go crazy throwing bombs at each other I'll be really disappointed. I can already sense that it'll be one of the Steiner matches where they don't let their opponents do anything cool and just throw them around.


LUDVIG BORGA vs. VIRGIL
This was kind of clunky, like most of Virgil's matches this year, but I think some of it was actually Ludvig's fault, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Ludvig Borga. There was a spot where Borga was supposed to catch Virgil's flying cross body, but he was too far back. Virgil went for it anyway and fell just a little bit short, which is really Virgil in a nutshell. So he just kind of lands on feet and on Borga at the same time. Looked terrible.

MR. PERFECT vs. DUANE GILL
SNAPMARE PERFECT PLEX THE END

SMOKING GUNNS vs. BARRY HARDY & RENO RIGGINS
Nothing much here. Fun fact: Reno Riggins was trained by Tojo Yamamoto who trained dudes like The Moondogs, Bobby Eaton, Tommy Rich, Jackie Fargo, Double J and Sid. Can't win 'em all I guess. I like creating back stories for tag jobber tag teams in my head but I don't know why anyone would want to join a make shift tag with Barry Hardy. I imagine dudes sitting in the back trying to find a partner to make statement with, and none of them go, "Fuck yeah, me and you Barry Hardy, we'll show 'em."


This was me writing up my review for the last Resistance Pro show.
MACHO MAN TRIES TO PILE ON THE HEAT
Yokozuna and his crew come to the ring and reiterate the story between them and Lex Luger. Randy Savage has had enough and hits the ring to verbally lay into both of them. His speech is so inspiring that all the faces in the locker room pour out into the crowd with little flags to wave around. The crowd goes nuts and starts chanting USA while Yokozuna freaks out in the ring. And I mean freaks out. At first he's just kind of scared, and then he's crying by the time the show ends. Soooooo weird.

OVERALL SHOW
Nothing much to see here other than Yokozuna freaking the hell out. Other than that you just get some decent squashes, from some pretty neat wrestlers. One might wonder where Lex Luger is, and why he wasn't the one to confront Yokozuna at the end of this show. Well he was busy finding out what it takes to be a hero...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WWF NEW GENERATION ERA PROJECT: SUMMERSLAM SPECTACULAR 8.22.1993

I'm just doing the big three matches from this event. It bugs me a little, but I'm ready to get to the actual SummerSlam.

YOKOZUNA vs. JIM DUGGAN
Link:  http://youtu.be/Ht0XPUEbo_w
Really liked the build up of trying to knock down Yoko. Duggan played his roll perfectly. He was energetic, playful and intense, and the crowd was eating it up. Personally I would have rather seen Yoko not get knocked down and look weaker than Duggan a week before SummerSlam, but it was still a fun short match.


SHAWN MICHAELS vs. BOB BACKLUND

 I love these two together. They're perfect opposites. Shawn treats Backlund like a jobber at first by not taking the situation seriously, but Backlund jacks him up with some bodyslams. Jim Ross is fantastic at conveying this story to the audience, telling Shawn that maybe it's time to "wake up".

Keep an eye on how Backlund escapes the front facelock, too. Takes his time and builds up to it. Instead of lifting Shawn up immediately, he seems to be shifting his body into the best position for optimal leverage. And then when he finally picks him up he pays it all off with a tremendous slap. And how about that Atomic Drop? That's the first time I ever believed an Atomic Drop could finish a guy.

I wish we could see more of these two. This is the second match I've seen between them and both leave wanting so much more.  Fun match.

STEEL CAGE MATCH
THE STEINERS vs. MONEY INC

This looked like they didn't plan anything, and they just went out and slugged each other for 18 minutes. It's wild seeing a Steiner match in which neither Steiner suplexed anyone. This was all about trying to escape. There was probably never a moment in the match where someone wasn't trying to climb out. It felt like they were playing it for real, as opposed to just having a match and then trying to escape. Schyster was good here, as he showed a lot of brains, like when he climbed back in when he saw that his team didn't have the advantage or when he took his tie off and used it against the Steiners like they did to him. 

The finish was pretty sweet with Rick just sucking it up until Scotty could get out. If I saw this the week before SummerSlam I'd say there wasn't a chance in hell the Heavenly Bodies were going to win. Steiners are just to strong and too awesome.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

RESISTANCE PRO: TAKEN BY FORCE 6/15/2012 REVIEW

I'm going to be honest folks, I don't want to write this. What I want to do is go watch Prometheus. Actually even if Prometheus wasn't in theaters right now, and my only options were watching "LOL" starring Miley Cyrus as a teenager trying to make her way through the minefield that is highschool, and writing about this show - I'd actually have to think about it. I mean..."LOL", has Fisher Stevens in it. Probably for five minutes...but he's there.

Let's just do this.

BONUS MATCH NUMMER EINS
CHRIS CASTRO vs. MARVELOUS MATT KNICKS
Chris Castro is the cat who got beheaded by Jay Bradley and introduced us to SeƱor Chris Hall. Remember that? I do. It happened at the Vicious Circle show, which I reviewed HERE. This match was...okay. It was like three minutes and Castro did a good job trying to get the crowd pumped. We all bought into him because he was announced from Bucktown, Chicago, and no one hates on a hometown guy. The match felt a little too rehearsed at times giving it a kind of dancing feel, but they had a decent layout and the crowd made up for the rest by being loud. Castro won with a roll-up. Good for him. So far, so good.

BONUS MATCH NUMMER ZWEI
THE SUBMISSION SQUAD vs. HATE JUNKIES
Hate Junkies have a decent look, and kind of reminded me of the Nasty Boys - in the good way, mind you. Nasty Boys did some good things sometimes, you know. Their opponents were announced as the Submission Squad who...didn't look like much. And really...they weren't very submission-y. They do get bonus points for asking the crowd "Who wants to see a double axe-handle?!?!?" before delivering one from the top rope. Wasn't really feeling the rest of it. Submission Squad won with a submission because that's what they do.


LET'S START THE SHOW! or LET THE TALKING BEGIN

So to kick off the main show we get Rinaldo Piven and his Lawyer. His lawyer was this lanky dude who looked kind of stoned. He had some slacks and a tie, but he also had a wild afro and sneakers on. He looked happy to be there, and he may be one of the highlights of the night, just for how goofy he was.

Anyway, Piven was all banged up with a neck brace and an arm sling and apparently a swollen testicle as a result of getting punched in the face by Chris Nowinski at the last show. He calls Nowinski out, saying that he's a terrible Chairman of Athlete Safety. Chris comes out and delivers some genuinely funny lines about Piven running into his fist, and that if he does it again, he'll be fined $100.

IT'S FOIL EMBOSSED!
Piven starts to talk about how Chris is a cripple and a handicapped person because of his brain injuries, and some music starts to play over him and out comes... Jesse Corgan, Billy Corgan's brother. Jesse was born with some sort of chromosomal disorder and has, I think, mild cerebral palsy and Tourette's. Nowinsiki introduces him to the crowd. I actually got a little lost here, because at some point Piven and Nowinski made a bet. Piven would pick a wrestler and Jesse would pick a wrestler for Chris, and these two wrestlers would fight it out. If Jesse's guy won, Piven would be suspended for 6 months. If Piven's guy won Nowinski would be fired. Because that's fair. It reminds me of that one time I bet my brother I could beat Super Mario Bros. in 30 minutes. If I did he'd have to give me his Ghost Rider V1 #1. If I failed he could have my copy of Avengers #369. 

The participants were to be announced later. This started out okay, but the longer it went, the more bored I got, and the stipulation was kind of dumb. We just got Nowinski as a character and now he's already putting his job on the line, and really, it doesn't seem like the kind of job you "put on the line." Also this angle kind of sounds familiar. Important suits putting their position at risk through a wrestling match has kind of been run in to the ground by WWE over the last year.

Let's move on...

THUNDERKITTY vs. LUCY MENDEZ
Yay! Thunderkitty was crazy over. Lots of Thunderkitty chants through out the match, and deservedly so. She's a female wrestler that actually tries to do something different instead of forearms and bulldogs. She also looks like a female wrestler, not a failed porn-star.

I don't feel like this was as good as her last outing, but it did provide a little drama. She worked hard at trying to apply her sleeper hold, but Lucy kept finding ways to get out of it, like a jaw breaker or backing Kitty into the corner. The finish was nice with Lucy going for an O'Connor roll and Thunderkitty kicking out and snatching Mendez with the sleeper. Good times. More Thunderkitty, please.

QUARTERFINAL TAG TOURNAMENT MATCH
LOCK UP(AARON EPIC & SUGAR DUNKERTON) vs. CHRIS HALL & MATT CROSS
If you haven't heard, Sugar D and Epic are working a convict gimmick, where a Warden and an officer escort them to the ring and make them wrestle. The first half of the match was pretty fun with Dunkerton wanting to go after Chris Hall and then realizing it was a dumb idea to provoke the big man. Dunkerton usually finds a way to be one of the most entertaining guys in the match, and he does it again here. He's a great face in peril, taking a lot of the beating from Cross and Hall.

I don't feel like the two teams really jived together though. It felt a little clunky and awkward at times. I will say the booking in the last third was AWESOME. The match started to dip into chaos with every man in the ring going at it, but the ref actually kept up with who was the legal man, and refused to make counts multiple times because the wrong guy was pinning or being pinned.This worked so well, and you rarely ever see it done. Usually you just see everyone ignore the rules so they can do all their crazy spots. The crowd appreciated it and it made the rules actually mean something for once. And it's because of the rules that Dunkerton and Epic were able to get an edge on Chris Hall score the victory.

After the match the warden allowed Dunkerton to answer some interview questions, but he had to mind his p's and q's. Before Dunkerton could speak, the crowd started chanting "KILL THE WARDEN!" which got big smiles from Sugar D and Epic. Sugar's promo was really good, and further illustrated the characters that they're playing. It doesn't matter that the convict concept is kind of goofy and silly, as long as Dunkerton is running with it at 100% the crowd will buy into it, and they did last night. Without him this gimmick WOULD NOT WORK. Period. He was easily one of the best parts of the show last night.

MORE TALKING: WOMEN'S EDITION
Out came Nikki St. John, who refused to lay down for her employer Melanie Cruise last month and challenged her for the title. Nikki came out and said she felt she had to explain why she did what she at the last show. Some guy in crowd immediately said, "You don't have to." He was right, and I wish she listened to him. This stunk. It just felt like forever, and Nikki didn't say anything that we hadn't already figured. Taylor Made, the other girl in Melanie's entourage, came out and she started talking, but her mic level was so low that you couldn't here what she was saying. Finally she just hit Nikki with the mic and kicked her out of the ring.

As the crowd booed, Nikki emerged from under the ring with a kendo stick. Because no wrestling promotion worth their salt has a ring without kendo sticks(Singapore Canes, if you're a Sandman fan) hidden under them. She then beat the snot out of Taylor, to the delight of the crowd, who was starving for more ACTION.

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
JOHN SKYLER vs. MR. 450 vs. JOCEPHUS BRODY
This was a lot of fun. 450 and Skyler worked well together and they did some good stuff when they went after Brody together. It seems pretty apparent to me that they don't know what to do with Mr. 450, but the crowd loves him so they just plug him in places.  The same could be said for Skyler, who's proven to be a GREAT utility guy. He's not exceptional at anything in particular, but he moves confidently and can make anyone look good. Every promotion needs wrestlers like that. This only lasted about 6 minutes, and ended when Brody caught 450 and choke slammed him on to Skyler.

After the match Brody got on the mic and said some stuff about his reign of violence. After that, D'Arcy Dixon was asking 450 why he didn't win, which of course brought out Robert Anthony, who always comes out when she's in the ring. He ripped into her and told her to take a hike. He then cut a kind of sloppy and disjointed promo about how he's going to be serious tonight and kick Jay Bradley's ass. Apparently that's happening tonight.

MORE TALKING: HARRY SMITH EDITION
The Resistance Pro champion came out with Lou D'Angeli( Lou E. Dangerously/Sign Guy Dudley). They ripped into the crowd and Billy Corgan. I gotta say, this worked incredibly well. Lou was great at getting heat and pissing people off. He said Harry was a real wrestler and no one appreciated him. He then gave the mic to Harry. Harry ripped on the crowd saying they don't accept his friend requests on Facebook or tweet him anything. He said he wanted to offer them a Wrestling Tutorial on the type of stuff his grandfather Stu taught him. The crowd randomly started chanting for Stu. Because smarky wrestling fans love it when wrestlers mention things they know, and they want everyone to know they know what the wrestler is talking about. I know Stu Hart! I'm going to pop for this heel because he mentioned something I know!

Lou and Harry then picked a little lanky guy out of the crowd named Kyle. Kyle said he was the biggest Harry Smith fan in the world. Harry shook his hands and assumed the position on his knees, allowing Kyle to start on top. Hot. Harry of  course destroyed Kyle, first with an arm bar and then with a Lion Tamer. ACH then hit the ring and saved Kyle from certain death, kicking Harry Smith out of the ring.

Harry decided he needed to teach ACH a lesson in a non-title match right then and there.

ACH vs. HARRY SMITH
This went really well, with Harry dominating ACH for the most part. ACH is another guy that connects with the crowd and garners lots of sympathy. He's also really explosive and energetic, so his come backs really get the crowd on their feet. It wasn't a long match, about  minutes, and Harry won, and continued to beat down ACH.

YOU'LL LOVE THIS HARRY SMITH
The one absolute best thing to come out of this show was Harry Smith Heel Champion. This was the first time that he looked like the total package wrestler. He's always been good in the ring, but this character change has filled in all the gaps that people have criticized him for in the past. He was charismatic and smarmy, and he delivered his lines with confidence. I've been pretty high on Smith based on his ring work with Rhino, but this new character makes him something special. This new Harry Smith may be one of my favorite wrestlers going right now. It's just awesome.


R-PRO WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH
MELANIE CRUISE(c) vs. ANGELINA LOVE
I don't think anyone cared. The execution in the ring was actually better than usual, but I don't think anyone believed Love was going to win and both women seemed to be kind of going through the motions. the finish was abrupt, with Cruise winning with her foot on the ropes. Just boring stuff.

After the match Melanie got on the mic, because this show needs more talking, and said something. I don't know what. At this point anytime someone touched a mic, I checked out. I'm sure she said something about being a champion and being better than other people. That's what they all say.

NOWINSKI'S JOB vs. SIX PAYDAYS FOR RINALDO PIVEN
This sounds like a good idea right about now.
Piven came out to introduce his wrestler, his newest signee, Ashton Vutton. Ashton competed in a tag a while back and really stood out. Great look, great attitude and he's competent in the ring. Nowinski and Jesse came out next. Chris asked Jesse to please tell him who his pick is. Jesse chose his FAVORITE wrestler...SERENITY. Jesus Christ.

ASHTON VUTTON vs. SERENITY
I can say that this may be the greatest Serenity match of all time. Ashton was great at being a super-dick and saying stuff like "She's going back to the kitchen!" before trying to hit a move. Serenity had a couple of moments where she looked a little lost, but nothing as bad as anything else she's ever done with the company.

THE FINISH DESERVES IT'S OWN SECTION!
Serenity made a "hot" come back and went up top to do...something. Jesse Corgan got up and said, "Serenity! High five!" She turned to him to give him a high five and he pushed her off. Vutton then rolled her up for the win.

That's right Jesse Corgan turned on Chris Nowinsiki and cost him his job. He then got in the ring and said he'd been living in Billy's shadow for too long and that he's with Rinaldo now. Piven celebrated like he won the whole Olympics.

This is so dumb. First off, I really don't care. I haven't had time to care. I just met Jesse Corgan earlier. I don't care about Nowinski losing his job because he just got the job. And if he was dumb enough to put it up against 6 months of Rinaldo Piven, he probably shouldn't have the job anyway. And who cares if Billy Corgan's brother is with Rinaldo Piven? What does that do? He can spend his free time with whoever he wants.

Do I want to see a family drama played out between non-wrestlers on a wrestling show? No. I don't like it when Vince McMahon does it. I don't like it when Hulk Hogan does it. I don't like it when Eric Bischoff does it(Garrett's still a non-wrestler character to me). DO NOT WANT.

#1 CONTENDER MATCH
JAY BRADLEY vs. MR. EGO ROBERT ANTHONY
So apparently Jay Bradley lost his #1 contender's spot when he lost to Vader. But Vader isn't the #1 contender. These two are going to wrestle for it. And as far as I know, this wasn't promoted in advance. As a matter of fact, I checked the website on Thursday to see what to expect and nothing about this was mentioned. Why? Because they were spending their time writing up the amazing Nowinski/Piven angle, I guess.

This match was pretty good. They did do some brawling out into the lobby, that took a lot of the crowd out of the match. With so many people on the second and third floors, lots of people just kind of sat on their hands waiting for the action to come back to them. When Jay and Anthony did come back, it took a little bit for people to warm up again.

There was some fun and brutal stuff, like Bradley throwing Anthony into the side of the balcony and Anthony hip tossing Bradley from the crowd, over the guard rail and onto the apron. These two are some athletic dudes, that's for sure.

Ego did a good job of selling his ribs, using them as an obstacle to keep him from capitalizing on anything, and Bradley was just a mean son of a bitch. It's too bad the show didn't have more action like this, because this was really really good. Bradley won with a sick Lariat to regain his spot as the #1 Contender.

POST MATCH MAYHEM: THE RETURN OF KYLE
Harry hit the ring and tried to jump Jay Bradley. Jay fought back and looked to have the upper-hand. Then Kyle, you know, that guy Harry beat up earlier, climbed on the top turnbuckle and delivered a flying clothesline to Jay Bradley. Harry took over from there and kicked Jay out of the ring. Afterwards Kyle got to pose with Harry Smith and Lou. Then Harry beat the shit out of Kyle to end the show.

I. Don't. Get. It.

At first I thought the earlier Wrestling Tutorial was supposed to be a sham and Harry and Kyle were just buddies. Then Harry beat up Kyle, who I thought was supposed to be a bad guy when he jumped Jay Bradley. And why end the show like this? It's confusing. If they were going to have Kyle "turn" and jump Jay, why not have Jay comeback and Lariat Kyle and tell Harry he'll see him for the title? A dumb way to end the show, if you ask me.

OVERALL SHOW THOUGHTS
Sigh.

The angles were, by and large, stupid and at times nonsensical. I thought Resistance was supposed to be "different" and "revolutionary". This felt just like a bad RAW or an Impact. LOTS of talking, shitty angles, and short matches.

Also wrestling wasn't so hot. Every match had a lot of the same moves. Crossbody spots. Lots of forearms. Lots of jawbreakers. Several wrestlers did the head butt to the midsection from their knees as a way of trying to make a comeback. Lots of Davey Richards kicks to the chests. A good dose of superkicks. Lots of TERRIBLE knife edge chops. I think Jay Bradley was the only one who actually delivered good chops last night.

I can say that Jay Bradley and Harry Smith were stars. Both guys are beasts and and bust their ass in the ring. They also look and wrestle differently than every one else. That helps.


This company has some very talented people on the roster. Wrestlers that work hard and put in solid performances. Even Serenity, who hasn't been particularly good(she's been awful, you could say), tries really really hard and the fans kind of appreciate her for the effort. It's tough to watch a company waste their talent with stupid angles and lots of needless talking. They're giving Nikki St. John promo time to explain her actions when it didn't need explaining, but no time to explain why Jay Bradley or Vader wasn't the #1 contender.

My complaints are the same as before. Poorly thought out angles and terrible overall event flow that hampers very talented wrestlers from putting on a good show. Congratulations Resistance Pro, you're TNA.