AEW Dynamite (2/10/19) Review

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Ah yes, I definitely saw that stable coming. Credit: AEW

It’s finally fucking here! After too many months and even more opinion pieces, AEW’s TV kicked off on Wednesday night, and I shall be giving it a review. I doubt I’ll be doing this weekly, but the first one does feel like a big deal, so I figured I’d throw my opinion into the ring.

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AEW All Out (31/8/19) Review

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Credit: AEW

Every AEW show feels like a big one this early in their fledgeling life as a wrestling company, but with their TV debut drawing ever closer, keeping the momentum up has to be their prime goal. Could All Out do that? Or would it be their first major misstep?

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AAA TripleMania XXVII (3/8/19) Review

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Credit: AAA

As I make clear at the start of my TripleMania review every year, I know fuck all about lucha libre. Beyond the obvious stars, Fantastica Mania and this show, I only catch hyped matches, and the culture around it is as alien to me as it is fascinating. I adore how Mexico views wrestling, but I would be lying if I didn’t say that I also find some of their, em, eccentricities rather amusing. If history is any indicator, this show could veer wildly from genius to hilarious, and I am down for that.

If you want someone who does understand lucha, click here.

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AEW Fyter Fest (29/6/19) Review

That probably hurts. Credit: AEW

AEW’s first show was widely hailed as a success. Double Or Nothing had the eyes of the wrestling world on it, and this fledgeling company stepped up, but Fyter Fest is a different beast. It’s, for all intents and purposes, a B-level PPV (it’s actually airing for free in America) and can perhaps provide a better insight into what we can expect from AEW when the size of the monthly events naturally has to drop.

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ROH Death Before Dishonor (28/9/18) Review

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Who needs a story? Credit: NJPW

I’ve said this before, but ROH is in a weird ass place at the moment. Business-wise, they are at their peak. Drawing crowds that they couldn’t have dreamed of previously. In the ring, though? You could argue it’s at a low. While they have a lot of talent, a lot of it feels directionless as they bounce from feud to feud with no rhyme or reason. Will Death Before Dishonour be the same? Most definitely.

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NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed (30/9/18) Review

 

Two of my favourite boys. Credit: NJPW

 

It might surprise you to know that New Japan ran a show in America recently. Has anyone made that joke yet? Yes, it’s true, New Japan’s latest trip to the US didn’t quite have the hype their previous journeys did. I’m not necessarily sure that’s a disaster, though. The more they come, the less exciting it will be, that’s only natural. They did recently sell out Maddison Square Gardens (let’s not pretend ROH had anything to do with that), so it can’t be going that badly. Anyway, I’m not actually that bothered by how big New Japan’s crowds are. I’m more interested in good wrestling. Time to find out if they delivered.

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Wrestling Deserves A Chance To Tell Its Stories

 

At its best, wrestling is a perfect blend of physical excellence and inspired storytelling. It weaves two separate art forms together to create¬†something that thrills and engages at the same time. It can survive with only one of them. PWG usually jettisons stories in the name of in-ring action while WWE is more focused on telling Vince’s tales than putting on five-star matches (even if it is often done poorly). However, at its peak, the two blend to create magic.

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ROH Honor United Edinburgh Review

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ROH clearly spent all of a fiver on this graphic. Credit: ROH

Do you know what’s lovely? Live wrestling. ROH appear to have made Edinburgh a regular stop for them and while I can’t pretend I think their roster is that great at the moment, as long as they bring over NJPW guys I’ll be there. They were in Edinburgh on the 24th of May to open their Honor United tour and I went along to check it out.

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