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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WrestleMania Weekend: Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3 Part 2 (6/4/19) Review

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It’s time for Spring Break 3 Part 2 and, believe it or not, I am sober! Whether that remains the case by the end of the show, remains to be seen. Let’s do this shit.

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WrestleMania Weekend: WrestleCon SuperShow (4/4/19) Review

As it is WrestleMania Weekend and I’m drunk, I’m bashing these reviews out and not really editing them (yes, I usually edit). If an incoherent ramble doesn’t interest you, don’t bother reading them.

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Credit: WrestleCon

The WrestleCon Supershow is a WrestleMania tradition at this point and, despite having both PAC and a load of Dragon Gate talent pull out this year, you can almost guarantee it will deliver.

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WrestleMania Weekend: WrestleCon USA vs The World (5/4/19) Review

As it is WrestleMania Weekend and I’m drunk, I’m bashing these reviews out and not really editing them (yes, I usually edit). If an incoherent ramble doesn’t interest you, don’t bother reading them.

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Caption: WrestleCon

WrestleCon kicked off the Friday of ‘Mania weekend with a show that was genius in its simplicity. USA vs The World allowed them to throw a bunch of random guys in the ring and start the day with some fun combinations. Why complicate it further than that?

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Impact Redemption 2018 Review

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Let’s do this. Credit: Impact

Having enjoyed Impact vs Lucha Underground from WrestleMania Weekend, I have decided to once again slip into the pool that is Impact. The company formerly known as TNA has burned me before, but their relationship with Lucha Underground combined with the likes of Don Callis taking critical roles behind the scenes has got me intrigued. I’m leaping in and hoping they’ve finally sorted their shit out.

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wXw True Colours 2018 Review

Post-16 Carat there have been some changes in the wXw landscape. Not only has Dragunov returned to pick up the title he deserves, but the former champ has been suspended, with it looking likely that he won’t be back. That bad news aside, there is a lot to be excited about. True Colours promised to be the start of a special period for wXw.

Monster Consulting (Avalanche and Julian Nero) defeated Jay FK (Jay Skillet and Francis Kaspin) and LAX (Santana and Tito Ortiz) to win the vacant wXw Tag Team Titles

The titles are up for grabs following the suspension of Bad Bones. I don’t believe it’s public knowledge as to why this has gone down and while the commentary team acknowledged that it had happened, they didn’t address the reasons for it.

The match itself was a lot of fun. Having ditched Impact I haven’t seen much of LAX recently, but watching them here and over ‘Mania weekend I’ve been reminded how good they are. They had great chemistry with both teams and worked well on both offence and when bouncing around for the likes of Avalanche.

There was a lot of bouncing around too. There is no point trying to cover everything that went down here as it was an eight-minute sprint with everyone getting a moment to play. Monster Consulting were the clear favourites coming in and were deserving winners in an enjoyable showing.

Verdict: Three And Three Quarter Stars

Killer Kelly defeated Audrey Bride

Audrey Bride is going for a Kill Bill vibe which becomes even more apparent when you refer to her by her last name. She did a great job, combatting Kelly’s aggression with a tactical game. Every time it felt like we were about to see Killer start killing, Bride had an answer for it. She’d push her into a turnbuckle or drag her throat first into the rope to maintain control.

In the end, keeping Kelly down proved to be a difficult task. She connected with a beautiful German into a bridge and continued her recent building of momentum. Kelly is getting better with every match, and If wXw has any sense, she’ll be the long-term future of this division. I also hope that they plan on bringing Bride back in the future, this was a very assured performance and she deserves another chance.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Da Mack defeated TKO

Da Mack must have had a little groan to himself when the Klinger news dropped. His future was wrapped up in Bad Bones’s, and without him, you have to wonder where Mack goes. The rest of RISE (minus Bouncer) did accompany him to the ring, but when he presented them with a chance to interfere, they stayed on the outside.

That aside, this was an assured performance from him. He wrestled a veteran’s game against TKO, allowing him bursts of offence before cutting him off. It was the best singles performance I’ve seen from Da Mack.

TKO, meanwhile, was impressive. There’s a touch of NXT’s Fabian Aichner, as he’s a big guy who can fly. He took to the air for a couple of moonsaults as well as a Whisper in the Wind. Sadly, it would prove to not be enough as he was put down with an Unprettier after a decent performance from both men.

Verdict: Three And A Quarter Stars

Afterwards, Pete Bouncer turned up and said something in German. It had the effect of RISE turning on Mack and aligning with him. It’s a shame Bouncer won’t get his feud with Bad Bones. Hopefully, they manage to find something else compelling for this group.

Absolute Andy defeated Marius Al-Ani in a TLC match for the 16 Carat Title Shot

Fuck me, Andy is a hateable prick, isn’t he? Marius Al-Ani was doing everything he could to try and take down the man who is apparently Absolute, but he’d made a mistake. He’d invited Andy into a match with no rules and in that environment, he shines.

Which led to Al-Ani having a lot of horrible shit done to him. He spent a portion of this with his hands taped behind his back while Andy beat him with a chair. It was almost uncomfortable to watch Mr No Bullshit being brutalised like that.

Not that Al-Ani didn’t give a bit back. The Ninja had a few tricks of his own, going to work on Andy with a fan that he’d found under the ring (as in the type you use to cooldown, not a member of the audience). Despite Andy being armed with his signature wrench, Al-Ani came out on top in that encounter. You’d have got good odds on that when they squared up.

If you are a fan of carnage, then this will work for you. All three portions of TLC got a workout, with the finish see Andy toss Al-Ani from the ring with an F5 down to a table on the floor below. It was a sickening bump and those of you who crave madness will find that this ticks a lot of your boxes.

Yet, I had a lot of issues with it. They went for nearly half an hour and, in among the chaos, there were a lot of slow sections. Periods where you were waiting for the next spot to be assembled. Some of those spots didn’t make sense either! Things like Andy choosing to pull two smaller half ladders out from under the ring and tape them together rather than nipping up and getting one of the big fuck-off ones set out for his use. Then there was Al-Ani climbing the ladder with his hands taped, only to get to the top and realise he couldn’t reach up to grab the contract. Marius then came down and got someone at ringside to cut his hands free, if he’d done that the other way around he’d have a title shot.

Look, it was entertaining with the wrestlers beating the crap out of each other. I just felt like the gimmick got in the way of what was going on. In saying that, even a bad TLC tends to be good, so a decent one with some plot holes, that’s pretty great.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Mark Davis defeated Lucky Kid, Ivan Kiev and Alexander James to win a Shotgun Title shot

This was a chance for Mark Davis to play the monster and he stepped up to that plate. Whether he was high-fiving Lucky Kid or slamming both RISE men at the same time, it was a big performance from a man more known for his tag-team work. I am interested to see how he fares against Bobby Gunns.

It wasn’t only Davis’s match, though. Lucky Kid continues to build momentum, even as he loses. The man is a joy to watch. All he has to do is do Lucky Kid stuff, and it gets over. James, meanwhile, has a lot to his game without connecting with the crowd. It feels like he is one puzzle piece away from being a big deal, we’re just not sure what that piece looks like at the moment.

Finally, Kiev may not have had a massive chance to shine here, but he and Kid did have an interesting section which seemed to set up the new direction for RISE. Rather than teaming up to take everyone else out, they did the old finger touch before facing-off with each other. It was an honourable move from a faction that has often been dishonourable.

In the end, Davis hit the Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck), and if that had been the entire match, it probably would have got three stars. I love that move. While the rest wasn’t anything special, it gave the crowd a much-needed break between the TLC and the main event.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Ilja Dragunov defeated WALTER to retain the wXw Unified World Wrestling Title

Placing Dragunov and WALTER into the same ring is almost a sure thing. You know what you’re going to get and it’s going to be violent. Wrestling excellence wrapped up with a whole load of chops. Poor Dragunov’s chest still hadn’t healed from its recent encounters with WALTER’s hand. It was not a situation in which the hair of the dog was the answer to his problems.

The early story here was that those chops were making all the difference. WALTER’s strength combined with his bulk wasn’t allowing Dragunov to get any steam. He’d have pockets of resistance before ending up collapsing to his knees when one of those massive hands came slamming down. When he did get some offence going, he seemed determined to slam WALTER at which point the size of The Ring General would prove to be Dragonuv’s downfall.

However, that determination would also play into the moment where this began to turn. When Dragunov finally fired himself up and hit a slam, everything changed. He was still in a war, but now he knew he could do it. Suddenly, taking WALTER off his feet wasn’t an impossible task, it was something that he had already done. The big man began to fall more regularly.

From there, control swung from side to side, momentum-shifting depending on the smallest of differences. WALTER, meanwhile, began to lose his temper. That icy facade was falling as he started heeling it up in his frustration at Dragunov’s refusal to stay down. When a ref bump prevented him getting the three, he booted the replacement in the face, and the match was declared a no contest.

Ilja Dragunov isn’t a man who retains a title that way, though. He insisted that they continue so continue they did, and as the fans chanted his name, WALTER went back to trying to kill him; chopping away at his chest. Then, in a moment that I at least felt was significant, Dragunov responded with a chop of his own and this time WALTER hit the ground. Sadly, neither the English commentators or the fans reacted to it, so maybe I’m reading too much into it.

As we entered the final act, it felt like WALTER could have shot Dragunov in the head, and he still would have kicked out. Forget wrestling. I don’t know how that man kept coming back. How he kept gritting his teeth and battling through those chops to keep this fight going. He did, though, and eventually, he connected with a Torpedo Moskau for the win.

This was outstanding. I still haven’t seen their 16 Carat battle, so I can’t compare the two (I need to watch it). However, this was beautiful wrestling. Both of these men gave everything and I can’t imagine how Dragunov’s body was feeling when he woke up the next day. It’s not a style of wrestling that will lead to a long career, but fuck me, it’s entertaining.

Verdict: Four And Three Quarter Stars

Overall Show

Another fantastic show from wXw. I feel like the company can do no wrong as I love everything they put out. If they can keep this up for the rest of 2018, then New Japan’s position as my favourite wrestling promotion might be seriously under threat.

WrestleMania Weekend: Impact Vs Lucha Underground Review

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Here come the chops. Credit: Impact

I don’t know how many times I’ve claimed to be done with TNA/GFW/Impact. It feels like it’s a regular occurrence. However, they keep finding ways to drag me back in. Their latest plan to get me to care again involved teaming up with Lucha Underground for their WrestleMania Weekend show. At a time of year when a lot of companies wheel out the same faces, it was something a bit different. You could officially declare me interested.

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WrestleMania Weekend: Beyond Lit Up Review

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Lots of people to enjoy there. Credit: Beyond Wrestling

It’s hard to judge where Lit Up sits on the WrestleMania Weekend silliness spectrum. A card of intergender matches taking place at midnight has the potential to go either way. The timing certainly hints towards at least a touch of the ridiculous as I’m guessing most of the audience have had a drink or two. Let’s just say that there’s the potential for all kinds of madness to go down.

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Impact Bound For Glory Review

Back again. Credit: Impact

The last time I reviewed Impact, I said it would be exactly that, the last time. However, since then there has been more creative changes and the company seems to be heading in the right direction. So, once again, we step into the breach. It’s Bound For Glory time and Impact’s biggest show of the year is getting another chance to impress me. Let’s dish out some stars.

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Impact Victory Road Review

Once more into the breach. Credit: Impact Wrestling

With the almost daily announcement of some new disaster occurring for Impact (I think it’s Impact again now), it’s easy to forget that they are still producing wrestling. Yet, they are, and this week was Impact Victory Road. Much like Destination X, this wasn’t a PPV, but a special edition of the weekly show. Despite that, I figured I’d give it a shot. What’s the worst that could happen? Let’s dish out those stars.

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