puroresu-musings:

ROH: SUPERCARD OF HONOR VIII Review

I haven’t watched Ring of Honor in quite some time (the last bit of ROH I saw, was the second half of the 2012 Glory By Honor PPV), it was once my favourite western promotion and I’d go out of my way to get hold of DVD’s etc, but after years of not so great booking and an inability to replace top stars who left the company (their ability to have always been able to do so was one of the main reasons I loved ROH so much), began to cause my interest to wane. Anyway, life just got too busy around Best In The World 2011 and I stopped tuning in after that excellent show (along with pretty much every other US Indy). I thought I’d give this, arguably the company’s second biggest show of the year, a watch as it received a number of favourable reviews. Also, in about a month, they’re doing a couple of cards with my beloved NJPW which I’ll probably be checking out, so I also thought I’d get somewhat up to speed with what’s happening in Ring Of Honor presently.

On the whole, this was a really enjoyable PPV. The undercard was filled with mostly very good bouts and the top two matches were excellent. I find it difficult to choose the best match between the two, as they were both very different contests. The Steen/Elgin clash was a hard hitting big man match that, whilst not quite as good as their ROH Title Match at GBH XI, was great nonetheless and the Ladder War was the expected impressive, crazy stunt show. The latter bout, however, had me groaning when it descended into a run-in fest (seriously, what is Matt Hardy doing on the roster?) near the end & being new to current ROH, I really didn’t have much of a clue as to what was going on. Before all that, it was a brutal and dramatic showdown.

Other highlights included Mark Briscoe cutting one of the most amazing promos I’ve ever heard (something about sharks & jungle animals) & a really entertaining 3 way tag match. All in all this show is worth a watch, even if it didn’t, in my opinion, reach the same heights as Ring of Honor shows of yore.

Cedric Alexander vs. Roderick Strong ***¼

The Decade and Adam Page vs. Adrenaline Rush and Andrew Everett ***

Silas Young vs. RD Evans **

No Disqualification Match:
Michael Bennett vs. Mark Briscoe
**¾

reDRagon vs. Hanson and Rowe vs. Forever Hooligans ***½

2 Out of 3 Falls Match for the ROH World Television Championship:
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Jay Lethal ***¼

Winner gets IWGP Heavyweight Title Match:
Michael Elgin vs. Kevin Steen ****¼

Ladder War for the Undisputed ROH World Championship:
Adam Cole (c) vs. Jay Briscoe ****¼

NDT

shitloadsofwrestling:

“That was actually my idea. I said in passing one day, “What about me dressing up as old Sting?” I mean, I had the blonde hair. And Sting actually loved it. Those outfits that I wore were actually Sting’s old gear. And he painted my face. A cool moment. Looking back on that, I would have to slide him into that group of most significant opponents that I’ve had." - Ken Anderson, on dressing as Sting in TNA.

Awesome. Is there a good reason there are people who still aren’t following shitloadsofwrestling?

shitloadsofwrestling:

That was actually my idea. I said in passing one day, “What about me dressing up as old Sting?” I mean, I had the blonde hair. And Sting actually loved it. Those outfits that I wore were actually Sting’s old gear. And he painted my face. A cool moment. Looking back on that, I would have to slide him into that group of most significant opponents that I’ve had." - Ken Anderson, on dressing as Sting in TNA.

Awesome. Is there a good reason there are people who still aren’t following shitloadsofwrestling?

dantethescrub:

Bo Dallas looks like he missin chromosomes 

True. I’d rather see Bo come out as Sister Abagail. Bwhaha

tapemachinesarerolling:

Warrior1959-2014

tapemachinesarerolling:

Warrior
1959-2014

Jack Swagger won the Intercontinental title from Big E over the weekend only to have the ref restart the match and Big E retain. Could this be a dry run for a Swagger IC title run or just an angle to make for a memorable house show card?

Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing Swagger get a shot with the belt. I’ve been diggin’ him and Cesaro as both friend and now foe. Say what you want about Big E but he isn’t doing squat for me so far. I get so bored watching him and you can bet I’m taking a piss break if he’s coming out to the ring.

Big E has that monster look and I haven’t given up on him, I just haven’t been intrigued with anything he’s been given since him, AJ and Dolph were together. I think the ball was dropped with that whole storyline big time.

WCW in 1995 was in a slump with doomed dungeons and blacktop bullies. Watching this match between the future Goldust and Triple H and knowing what we know now about the participants, it truly is insane that it was as as shitty as it was in WCW then.

Granted the WWF wasn’t exactly sitting the world on fire with trashmen, clowns and pig farmers but that’s a different post altogether.

Buried beneath the shit crowding WCW airwaves in 1995 was a whole crop of talent patiently waiting for their time. I’ll never understand why Eric Bischoff would have rather kissed Hogan’s ass and push guys like Earthquake, Jim Duggan, the Honky Tonk Man and Brutus Beefcake over guys like Cactus Jack, Steve Austin, Dustin Rhodes and Jean-Paul Levesque, but he did and it was a trend that would continue and ultimately cost him and WCW.

Monday Night Raw April 7th, 2014. 

Last week’s Raw was definetly one for the ages…

(Source: nuclearoverreactor, via cripplerscrossface)

At the first annual King of the Ring PPV Yokozuna reclaimed the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Hulk Hogan in flukey fashion after a “Japanese photographer” (Harvey Wippleman) threw fire in Hogan’s face at ringside while supposedly photographing the match. Oddly enough I don’t recall the strange ending to this match ever really being examined afterwards at length on WWF tv.

He had only just lost the belt to the Huckster moments after winning it from Bret Hart at the previous PPV, Wrestlemania IX. At the time I was furious Bret lost the belt, and even more furious that Hogan stuck his nose in the Hitman’s business!

Were you able to digest all of that?!

When I think of Yokozuna’s legacy I think of many things. From him bursting on the scene out of nowhere dominating everyone that crossed his path, to being an absolute monster on the World Title scene. From manipulating Crush, alongside Mr Fuji, to turn on the Macho Man, to being bodyslammed by Lex Luger on the USS Intrepid, to his legendary feuds with the Undertaker, to his runs with Owen as tag champs, to the brawls between him and fellow big man Vader, to the turnbuckle coming undone and him falling while attempting to Bonsai Drop Steve Austin in the middle of a match on the Free For All before Summerslam. The list goes on.

I have so many great memories of Yokozuna and I couldn’t possibly imagine a WWE that existed without him in it’s storied history. 

Personally I think Yokozuna’s defining moment in the WWF was at the aforementioned King of the Ring in 1993 when he drove Hogan out of the WWF after shockingly reclaiming the title and pretty much singlehandedly ushering in the start of a new era- the New Generation. 

In the end the facts speak for themself. There’s no denying Yokozuna’s legendary run in the WWE. 

He was a 2 time WWE World Champion, 2 time WWE World Tag Team Champion and winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble!

I think the more time that passes between the present and Yoko’s legendary past in the WWE, the more overlooked his legacy continues to become. That’s why I had to take a moment to write this and acknowledge the monster known as Yokozuna.  

Bonzai!!!

At the first annual King of the Ring PPV Yokozuna reclaimed the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Hulk Hogan in flukey fashion after a “Japanese photographer” (Harvey Wippleman) threw fire in Hogan’s face at ringside while supposedly photographing the match. Oddly enough I don’t recall the strange ending to this match ever really being examined afterwards at length on WWF tv.

He had only just lost the belt to the Huckster moments after winning it from Bret Hart at the previous PPV, Wrestlemania IX. At the time I was furious Bret lost the belt, and even more furious that Hogan stuck his nose in the Hitman’s business!

Were you able to digest all of that?!

When I think of Yokozuna’s legacy I think of many things. From him bursting on the scene out of nowhere dominating everyone that crossed his path, to being an absolute monster on the World Title scene. From manipulating Crush, alongside Mr Fuji, to turn on the Macho Man, to being bodyslammed by Lex Luger on the USS Intrepid, to his legendary feuds with the Undertaker, to his runs with Owen as tag champs, to the brawls between him and fellow big man Vader, to the turnbuckle coming undone and him falling while attempting to Bonsai Drop Steve Austin in the middle of a match on the Free For All before Summerslam. The list goes on.

I have so many great memories of Yokozuna and I couldn’t possibly imagine a WWE that existed without him in it’s storied history.

Personally I think Yokozuna’s defining moment in the WWF was at the aforementioned King of the Ring in 1993 when he drove Hogan out of the WWF after shockingly reclaiming the title and pretty much singlehandedly ushering in the start of a new era- the New Generation.

In the end the facts speak for themself. There’s no denying Yokozuna’s legendary run in the WWE.

He was a 2 time WWE World Champion, 2 time WWE World Tag Team Champion and winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble!

I think the more time that passes between the present and Yoko’s legendary past in the WWE, the more overlooked his legacy continues to become. That’s why I had to take a moment to write this and acknowledge the monster known as Yokozuna.

Bonzai!!!

wcwworldwide:

Arn Anderson: NWA World Television Champion [1986]One of my favorite championships of all time, love that red leather strap on the title.

My sentiments exactly. Arn Anderson is the John Wayne of pro wrestling. Just a man’s man. And although the TV Title would lose prestige as WCW slid closer and closer to it’s demise Arn Anderson was one of if not the reason I held the Television Title in such high regard. This particular red title belt has always been my personal favorite along side the classic version of the Intercontinental Championship the WWE reverted bavk to a few years ago.

wcwworldwide:

Arn Anderson: NWA World Television Champion [1986]

One of my favorite championships of all time, love that red leather strap on the title.

My sentiments exactly. Arn Anderson is the John Wayne of pro wrestling. Just a man’s man. And although the TV Title would lose prestige as WCW slid closer and closer to it’s demise Arn Anderson was one of if not the reason I held the Television Title in such high regard.

This particular red title belt has always been my personal favorite along side the classic version of the Intercontinental Championship the WWE reverted bavk to a few years ago.

Air Paris and AJ Styles were young cruiserweight rookies to WCW when this match took place between them and the tag team of Alex Wright and the Disco Inferno - collectively known as Boogie Knights - on an episode of Nitro in early 2001. Unfortunately Styles & Paris were rookies in a WCW that was on life support with literally only weeks left before being put out of it’s misery.

By this point I’m not sure WCW could have ever been restored to it’s past glory, which is a shame considering some of the wrestling heavy content it produced over the years. (At a point in time I had always considered WCW a viable alternative to the WWE when they were getting too heavy for my taste with the entertainment side of this wonderful sport.)

This match was basically a one-sided affair that told a simple story of a veteran tag team that got too cocky beating the crap out of two young high flying new guys.

Without researching to verify the facts, if I remember right, at this point Bischoff was back to running things and had decided on shifting a lot of focus over to tag team cruiserweight wrestling and a cruiserweight tag team championship tournament was scheduled to take place in the following weeks.

AJ Styles looked young in this match and as you probably know would go on to greater things in ROH, TNA & NJPW as well as many other independent organizations. I’m not sure what ever came of Air Paris. Disco Inferno is said to be a bouncer at a stripclub in Vegas and Alex Wright runs a training academy in Germany for aspiring wrestlers.

This match is worth watching especially if you’re a pro wrestling historian like myself. There were some memorable cruiserweight matches that took place in the last weeks of WCW and it would be worth it for me to take a deeper look in to them soon.

Maybe I should be trying to focus on other topics in the kick ass world of pro wrestling but excuse me while I mourn the passing of the first pro wrestler that truly captured my imagination and one of my all time favorites. 

The Ultimate Warrior was larger than life, especially to a 3rd grader as impressionable as I was. Sure, I was somewhat of a Hulkamaniac but his shtick got old after so many years of the vitamins and prayers. Needless to say I jumped that ship with the quickness when my hyperactive eyes saw this hyperactive cat in facepaint bolting to the ring to issue the ultimate challenge to Hogan at Wrestlemania VI.

The rest is history. I was hooked. The Warrior slayed the Mythical Hogan and took his world title with him on the way out. He’d eventually lose the belt thanks to the Macho King, who interestingly enough would win me over in his retirement match with the Ultimate one.

Alas, this is historical reference #1. My first ever copy of WWF Magazine I ever owned. Kayfabe as the articles were, they really caught my imagination and I would read each month’s edition over and over. It’s a shame today’s incarnation is more like a men’s magazine along the lines of Maxim. But I digress. I lost my original copy of this particular edition many many moons ago. I ordered this copy in my hands from ebay to keep the memory alive. I shall cherish it, along with the Warrior, for opening up the greatest form of entertainment in the world to me.

Thank you Ultimate Warrior!

Maybe I should be trying to focus on other topics in the kick ass world of pro wrestling but excuse me while I mourn the passing of the first pro wrestler that truly captured my imagination and one of my all time favorites.

The Ultimate Warrior was larger than life, especially to a 3rd grader as impressionable as I was. Sure, I was somewhat of a Hulkamaniac but his shtick got old after so many years of the vitamins and prayers. Needless to say I jumped that ship with the quickness when my hyperactive eyes saw this hyperactive cat in facepaint bolting to the ring to issue the ultimate challenge to Hogan at Wrestlemania VI.

The rest is history. I was hooked. The Warrior slayed the Mythical Hogan and took his world title with him on the way out. He’d eventually lose the belt thanks to the Macho King, who interestingly enough would win me over in his retirement match with the Ultimate one.

Alas, this is historical reference #1. My first ever copy of WWF Magazine I ever owned. Kayfabe as the articles were, they really caught my imagination and I would read each month’s edition over and over. It’s a shame today’s incarnation is more like a men’s magazine along the lines of Maxim. But I digress. I lost my original copy of this particular edition many many moons ago. I ordered this copy in my hands from ebay to keep the memory alive. I shall cherish it, along with the Warrior, for opening up the greatest form of entertainment in the world to me.

Thank you Ultimate Warrior!

A tear came to my eye. I got goosebumps. This picture drives it home for me. Somewhere the Ultimate Maniacs have reunited (with the beautiful Elizabeth as their valet). The next clapping of thunder you hear will no doubt be from their big tag team debut in the sky where they’ll go over Ric Rude and Mr. Perfect in an instant classic. RIP to my childhood heroes.

solidkneeplus:

People comparing the Undertaker losing and Warrior dying need to STOP.

One is a wrestling angle and the other is 2 of his daughters not having a father.

As a pro wrestling fan I have to disagree. Of course the streak ending and the passing of the man that initially got me hooked on pro wrestling in the first place are the 2 things things I’m going to take with me and remember about Wrestlemania 30 in another thirty years from now. I mean it when I say I eat, shit and sleep pro wrestling and I’m not going to be pretentious and pretend like other fans would be wrong to also feel that way. People grieve in different ways.

Something about remembering the streak ending and the death of the Warrior happening in the same week makes me feel comfort in an odd, pro wrestling fan kind of way. We’re a different breed man. I don’t take pleasure in the Warrior passing by any means but if he was destined to die this week what better week to have to go? He got to say his piece to the world and make amends with people I’m sure had been living rent free in his head now for 18 years. But I digress. I’m devestated right now and trying to talk myself out of this shock I’ve been in for the last hour plus.

(via doomsday519)