Ramblings About’s Top Twenty Matches Of 2018

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Spoilers. Credit: NJPW

With music and films out of the way, it’s time to finish the year with a list that actually reflects the name of the site, it’s wrassling time. First, though, I have a few disclaimers. This list will be New Japan heavy because I mainly watch New Japan. I’m also limiting myself to one match per a feud and as I have reviewed a lot of these before I’ll be linking to my previous reviews rather than going in depth. I will, however, talk a bit about those I haven’t had a chance to ramble about. Right, let’s do this.

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NXT TakeOver: War Games 2018 Review

Ricochet hits a double rotation moonsault from the top of the cage!

Here comes Rico! Credit: WWE

I’m a bit behind on the old reviews (I was on holiday, thanks for asking) and before I dive into World Tag League, it’s time to catch up with the only WWE worth watching. It doesn’t matter what’s on the card, NXT has yet to deliver an awful TakeOver, and it’s unlikely this will be the show to dampen that momentum.

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WrestleMania Weekend: Evolve 103 Review

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Let’s get stiff. Credit: Evolve

Evolve’s second show of the weekend kicked off with some sad news. The match I was looking forward to most, Darby Allin vs WALTER, had to be changed as Darby was injured earlier in the day. It’s kind of a miracle that doesn’t happen more often over this weekend. You’d think these wrestlers would be dropping like flies. Anyway, it’s still a decent card with a few potential show-stealers and an eye-popping main event.

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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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WrestleMania Weekend: Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport Review

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Who wouldn’t want to watch that? Credit: GCW

I was on the fence about ordering Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport. While wXw’s Ambition was enjoyable, I didn’t love it, and Bloodsport was a similar shoot style show. Then Suzuki stepped in after Low Ki Googled Riddle (joke stolen from Voices of Wrestling) and I slapped my money down. I have no idea what to expect from a card that has Nick Gage vs Timothy Thatcher on it. God, I love this time of year.

One final note before we start, I plan to be drinking while I watch a lot of these shows and writing the reviews as I go. If they get even more incoherent than usual, that’s the reason. Let’s dish out some stars.

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wXw 16 Carat Gold Night Three Review

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Cheating snake. Credit: wXw

And we’re finally here! Let’s pretend that 16 Carat wasn’t nearly a month ago and that my review is still relevant to anyone who isn’t me (wait till I cover some of the other stuff I have to catch up on). If you don’t want to pretend, screw you. I’m doing it anyway. The last day gave us the final alongside a handful of title matches which should be more than enough to keep us entertained. Let’s dish out some stars.

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wXw Ambition 9 Review

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Three tough dudes. Credit: wXw

Ambition is a shoot style tournament meaning you can only win by submission or knockout while rope breaks are instantaneous. Everyone involved has a legit background and judging by past results it is presented as being in its own little world, taking place outwith the regular storylines and pushes of wXw.

Before I get into reviewing it, I want to make it clear that while I watch a bit of MMA, I am not an expert on this stuff. I’m looking at it from a wrestling fan’s point of view. Cool with that? Good. Let’s dish out some stars.

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