Monday, February 13, 2017

Quick WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Thoughts

Pretty good show last night, I really enjoyed it. That might be a side effect that I no longer obsess over WWE and watch it in much smaller doses, but either way it's working for me. 

Becky Lynch over Mickie James: about **1/4, a bit disappointing, I would have expected a livelier effort in the opening slot and Lynch usually has more crowd support than she got here.

Dolph Ziggler over Crews/Kallist: *1/2. Just an awful situation, with the fans chanting "Thank you, Dolph" for destroying Crews' ankles afterwards. I'm stunned over how botched this heel turn has been.

Tag Team Turmoil was the usual disaster that it is and made the entire tag team division look like jokes. It threatened to get interested when the Usos beat up American Alpha so badly that it seemed the Ascension were going to inexplicably get the belts, but a fluke tag and quick finish by Gable prevented it from going anywhere. I'd say * for the whole thing.

Nikki vs. Natalya was really good in that Natalya was putting on a clinic and Nikki was soaking in the hometown love. I'm irritated by the non-finish, as this would have been the right time and place to give Nikki a feel-good win, especially with her career winding down. **3/4.

Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper hit the ***3/4 or so mark due to the compelling story of Luke Harper being on the verge of scoring a huge upset win over the recent Royal Rumble winner and the fans being willing to get behind him. This also served as an excellent victory for Orton, making him look ready to be in another Wrestlemania main event (even if in reality, this title match will be 4th or 5th from the top). 

Alexa Bliss dropping the Women's title to Naomi was stuck in the death slot and only managed to be ** or so. I don't agree with this title change as Bliss was still cruising as champion and now the entire division is kind of muddy. Naomi choking up from the "You deserve it" chants was a nice moment, though I'm not convinced that she actually does deserve the belt. 

The New and Improved Elimination Chamber gets a **** for being fast paced, unpredictable, and creative with all the new ways the guys can interact with the structure. I would have gone higher, but I was disappointed by Miz not being responsible for taking Cena out of the match (seeing as the rumor is that he's in line to face Cena at Wrestlemania) but I loved how he was the last guy out of his chamber and therefore had witnessed all the carnage and was too scared to leave it. The final sequence with Bray Wyatt taking out Cena and AJ Styles was excellent as well, I am glad that he was able to take out the last two guys with his finisher and they didn't go with some sort of fluke finish. Wyatt looked like a credible, worthy WWE Champion here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

NXT Takeover: San Antonio Review

WWE NXT Takeover: San Antonio
January 28th 2017
From San Antonio, TX. Our hosts are Corey Graves, Percy Watson, and Tom Phillips.

Tye Dillinger vs. Eric Young (with SAnity)
Maybe it's the Eric Young factor, co-ed status, and already shifting roster, but SAnity feels like a stable right out of TNA in their post-Spike TV era. Dillinger is crazy over here, despite having a one-note gimmick and perennially positioned as a lower card guy. Dillinger gains the upper hand early with chops and pops the crowd by dropping Young to the floor. Killian Dane distracts long enough for Young to hit a crossbody and cool looking flying elbow. Dillinger absorbs a perfectly acceptable beatdown and keeps the fans on his side with his selling. Dillinger saves himself with a drop-kick counter to a flying Young. Eric wins a slugfest but Tye grabs him by the BEARD and mounts a comeback. Dillinger's top rope suplex sets up a great near fall. Dillinger fights off SAnity interference and counters Young's wheelbarrow suplex for a roll-up. The Tye-Breaker connects, but Alexander Wolfe puts Eric's foot on the ropes. Dillinger wipes SAnity out with a flying crossbody. Young counters a second crossbody and nails his wheelbarrow suplex for the win at 10:55. Solid opening contest that got the crowd going and solidifies SAnity as a dangerous faction, **1/2.
Winner: Eric Young

Saturday, December 10, 2016

WWF Raw - 11/1/99

WWF Monday Night Raw
November 1st 1999

-From Washington D.C. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are calling the action.

-The Rock, sore from a recent abduction at the hands of D-Generation X, starts the show with an in-ring promo. He's looking forward to checking Steve Austin and Triple H back into the Smackdown Hotel at Survivor Series and sings for the crowd. Rock shifts his attention to the "blemish on his buttocks more popularly known as Road Dogg" and calls him out for a match.

The Rock vs. Road Dogg
Rock meets Dogg in the aisle and directs him to the ring. Dogg dry-humps Rock and gets clotheslined to ringside for the insult. Road Dogg flees to the back, where Rock foolishly walks into a DX ambush. The match is called off at about 1:00. A pack of referees and Mr. McMahon run in to restore order, but Rock looks finished.
Winner via DQ: The Rock

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Retro Rowe: ROH on HDNet

Ring of Honor on HDNet- April 18, 2009
by SamoaRowe

-Our hosts are Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak. They hype tonight’s main event which will be Brent Albright vs. Claudio Castagnoli.

-Smack talk with Jimmy Jacobs! He calls Necro Butcher a dumb animal who was too stupid to know what the Age of the Fall were fighting for. Necro Butcher responds in a separate video, threatening to use a staple gun on his former running mate.

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Necro Butcher
A graphic declares that Jacobs is “violent and evil.” Necro Butcher’s graphic reminds us that he had a big role in The Wrestler (now available on DVD). The referee has to pry the staple gun from Butcher’s hands, allowing Jacobs to jump him on the opening bell. Jacobs targets the head. Irish whip and backdrop by Butcher. Jacobs hides behind the referee for a breather. Jacobs offers a handshake, which Necro Butcher accepts as a means to cheap shot. Jacobs is stomped into the corner and gets driven into the turnbuckles. Butcher tosses Jacobs to ringside. Necro Butcher drives the ring bell into the gut, which surprisingly doesn’t draw a DQ. Necro Butcher chokes with a shirt and uses it to toss Jacobs across the floor. Necro Butcher tries a power bomb through a table, but Jacobs blocks and drops him to the floor. Jacobs pulls a plastic bag from his pants and tries to suffocate Necro Butcher! Jacobs seats Necro in a chair and dives onto him over the ropes! That spot never gets old. Back to the ring, Jacobs targets the head. Second rope elbow drop by Jacobs (who mocks Randy the Ram’s mannerisms). Necro Butcher counters a spear with a closed fist to the head. Chokeslam by Butcher and a Tiger Driver, but no cover attempt. Necro Butcher grabs the staple gun, but Brodie Lee runs in for the save. The match is thrown out at 5:49. Fun garbage match, more violent than what we usually see on televised wrestling in 2009, **.
Winner by DQ: Necro Butcher

Retro Rowe: ROH Rising Above 2008 Review

Ring of Honor: Rising Above 2, November 22, 2008
by SamoaRowe

-This was taped in Chicago, Illinois. Dave Prazak introduces the show.

-Jay and Mark Briscoe are in the ring, talking on the microphone. They tear apart Kevin Steen and El Generico, reminding them that they dominated them in their feud last year. Steen and Generico come out and Steen runs them down on the mic. Steen brings up Mark’s injury and says that beating the Briscoes at 50% won’t prove anything. Steen offers the Briscoes the chance to walk away, but the Briscoes take offense and jump the champs.

ROH World Tag Team Championship:
Kevin Steen and El Generico © vs. Jay and Mark Briscoe

Jay and Steen collapse to ringside, leaving Mark to pummel Generico in the ring. Generico fights back but hesitates, allowing Mark to attack the head and tag Jay. Generico counters with a knee lift and big kick for 2. Steen tags and slugs it out with Jay. Mark cheap shots, allowing Jay to nail a big boot. Mark tags and nails a suplex for 2. Jay tags, with Steen having to fight off both Briscoes. Scoop slam by Jay and a leg drop. Jay knocks Generico off the apron and tags Mark for a double shoulder block. Cover by Mark gets 2. The Briscoes keep the tags coming, isolating Steen. Steen drops Mark with a super kick and Jay’s attempt to block a tag fails. El Generico cleans house on the Briscoes. Generico tries to run the ropes, but Jay blocks with a clothesline. Exploder suplex by Mark gets 2. Steen makes the save, allowing Generico to hit a Yakuza kick. Generico takes out Jay at ringside, while Steen gets a frog splash on Mark for 2.9! Mark blocks a package piledriver and attempts a cutthroat driver. Steen blocks and nails the package piledriver to retain at 6:41. Hard hitting and entertaining for the time allowed, **½.
Winners and still ROH World Tag Team Champions: Kevin Steen and El Generico