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"Listen to Larry’s Podcasts, they’re back." [post_title] => Csonka's NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 5.03.15 Review [post_excerpt] => Title changes… [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => csonkas-njpw-wrestling-dontaku-5-03-15-review [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-05-03 14:31:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-03 18:31:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395655 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2015-05-02 10:06:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-02 14:06:15 [post_content] => Introduction As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
 photo NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku_zpssrq8znc7.jpg NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku 4.30.15
OFFICIAL RESULTS * Sho Tanaka defeated Jay White @ 8:10 via submission [**½] * KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yuji Nagata defeated Yohei Komatsu, Mascara Dorada & Manabu Nakanishi @ 10:50 via pin [***] * Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Cody Hall & Yujiro Takahashi @ 8:20 via pin [] * Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated Alex Shelley, Captain New Japan & Tetsuya Naito @ 10:40 via pin [**½] * Beretta, Rocky Romero & Tomohiro Ishii defeated Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger and & Togi Makabe @ 14:10 via pin [**½] * Gedo & Kazuchika Okada defeated Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale @ 9:35 via pin [**] * YOSHI-HASHI, Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Tomoaki Honma, Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto @ 17:50 via pin [***]
Sho Tanaka defeated Jay White: s usual, we kick off with the young lions singles match. I get that it’s a New Japan thing to have this as the opener, but I would consider positioning this in the middle of the card if it’s the only singles match to mix things up and or add another singles with lower card/juniors. It would break up the monotony of all the tags. Anyway, this was a solid opener from these two, which is the norm for them. There was nothing special here, just a clean little opener to kick off the show as Tanaka wins with the half crab. For a house show, this was a good way to open up the card. KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yuji Nagata defeated Yohei Komatsu, Mascara Dorada & Manabu Nakanishi: The action picked up here, as this match had a much better overall flow and vibe to it. KUSHIDA is a lot of fun, and Mascara Dorada has these moments where he looks incredible (I think he’s usually good, but at times he appears to be amazing). KUSHIDA and Komatsu did some nice stuff together down the stretch, and KUSHIDA scored the win with a moonsault. That was a fun match. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Cody Hall & Yujiro Takahashi: This was a ok tag match, but it just lacked any real heat for me. The bell rang, they did some stuff, they did some more stuff and then Cody Hall ate a 3D and a lariat and that was that. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was completely forgettable in almost every way. Kenny Omega, Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated Alex Shelley, Captain New Japan & Tetsuya Naito: In many ways, this was your typical Bullet Club multi-man tag match, just toned down a bit due to it being a house show. This was to build up the Juniors title match on May 3rd as well as to give Bullet Club a win as they head into battle with the Kingdom on the same show. Once again they have Anderson yelling for Maria, and the crowd got into it this time. This also continued to piss off Gallows, which is interesting. Shelley and Omega did some work together to tease their title match and Captain New Japan ate the Magic Killer to give Bullet Club the win. The served its purpose. Beretta, Rocky Romero & Tomohiro Ishii defeated Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger and & Togi Makabe: Considering the talent involved in the match, I came away a bit disappointed. It wasn’t a bad match, but I expected more. It seemed that the goal of the match was to set Roppongi Vice up as heels and to also set up Liger and Tiger Mask as future challengers as Romero unmasked Tiger Mask post match. So not great work here as it had that “take the night easy” vibe, but the booking was solid to move forward with Roppongi Vice. Gedo & Kazuchika Okada defeated Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale: This was similar to the the Wrestling HINOKUNI tag match, instead of HASHI we get Gedo and overall it wasn’t as good of a match. The goal was for Okada’s team to score the win to hype the May 3rd match with Bullet Club’s Styles and Takahashi. It did that, but I had just hoped it would have been better. Gedo took out Fale, and then I got the pleasure of watching Tonga taking the RAINMAKER. If that’s his only job, that is fine by me because he does it well. YOSHI-HASHI, Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Tomoaki Honma, Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto: This felt like a fun six-man WWE used to do to close out Raw. You have a bunch of stars in there, they work a strong tag formula, you pair off important parties (Nakamura/Goto, Sakuraba/Shibata, Tanahashi/Yano), it breaks down and then Nakamura takes out Honma with the boma ye to score the win. This was a fun main event, but obviously not a great match as everyone did just enough to make it entertaining, but also took it easy as they head into Wrestling Dontaku. * End scene. * Thanks for reading.
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[post_title] => Csonka's NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku Review [post_excerpt] => The latest from New Japan… [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => csonkas-njpw-road-to-wrestling-dontaku-review [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-05-02 10:06:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-02 14:06:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395647 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2015-05-01 23:03:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-02 03:03:21 [post_content] => 411's TNA IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT 5.01.15 * TNA earns my appreciation for starting the show with a video package and a wrestling match! * Al Snow and Josh Mathews are on commentary. Street Fight: The Hardy Boyz and Davey Richards vs. The Revolution (Khoya, Manik and Abyss): After the show opening video package, we headed into the building where all six men were fighting their way to the ring. Richards and Manik eventually pair off in the ring as the others brawl on the floor. Richards in control as we see Matt choking out Abyss and Khoya nailing Jeff with a trashcan lid. The Hardys then into he ring poetry in motion on Manik and then they do it to Abyss but with Richards holding a chair in front of Abyss’ face. Matt then hits a twist of fate on Abyss and Jeff heads up top, but Manik crotches him. This allows the Revolution to take control, Khoya with some sloppy power stuff on Jeff as Manik works over Richards. Rolling suplexes by Manik to Richards follow as Matt and Abyss braw to the floor. Jeff with a trashcan shot to Khoya, but then Abyss attacks him with a pipe. Matt makes the save wit a chair, and they start to take back control. Manik and Richards back in the ring and Richards with a kick and heads up top, cut off and he climbs. Mat and Jeff over, Abyss and Khoya as well and we get the old tower of doom spot. Abyss looks to deliver some choke slams, grabs Richards but he counters and then dropkicks out the knee of Abyss and hits creeping death. Richards sends he and Khoya to the floor, suicide dive onto Abyss follows. Jeff with a slingshot plancha onto Khoya, Matt hits the side effect on Manik, Richards then hits the double stomp and Abyss stops that and chokeslams Richards. Jeff in and eats a back elbow, Abyss tries the earthquake with the chair, but Jeff hits him in the balls with it. Twist of fate by Matt, Jeff up top and hits the swanton and that is all. OFFICIAL RESULT: The Hardy Boyz and Davey Richards @ 10:00 via pin * James Storm appears and he is not impressed by their performance. He yells at Abyss * Anderson appears backstage and mocks EC3’s campaign. He has some excitement to bring to us and has a sign, but will not show it. He invites EC3 to the ring with him tonight. * Mathews discusses Billy Corgan joining TNA. * Anderson, wearing a shirt and tie, makes his way out to the arena. Anderson says the crowd is lively tonight and mocked Carter for being boring last week. He wants to kick his ass, and then Carter makes his way out to the ring with Tyrus. Carter says it sucks when someone interrupts your speech, and we get a dueling you can’t wrestle/yes he can chant. Carter says he cannot be copied, and says his campaign is no joke and is very real. Anderson says he knows Carter wants the title, and he needs to win it. Carter says he leaves people bloodied and he collects scalps while defeating all hall of famers. He is undefeated and unbeatable. Carter says his undefeated streak is the most important thing to him, and Anderson reveals a “beat the streak” sign. This does not amuse Carter, and Carter promises to make Anderson a footnote in his record-breaking streak. Anderson challenges him to a match live on May 8th, and they will let the fans vote on the stipulation. Carter says democracy doesn’t work, but if this is what it takes to shut up Anderson, challenge accepted. Carter then tells Anderson to tread lightly. He then leaves. X-Division Title Ladder Match: Champion Rockstar Spud vs. Kenny King vs. Mandrews vs. Tigre Uno: King attacks Spud as he makes his entrance, leaving Mandrews and Uno in the ring. Uno then hits a dive onto King, Mandrews heads up top and hits a shooting star press to the floor onto King and Uno. He gets a ladder and slides it into the ring. King back in and they trade rights. They fight over the ladder but Uno leaps off the ropes and see-saws it into their face. Uno now gets the ladder and sets it up. Spud in and shoves him off the ladder, and then he sets it up and climbs, but is favoring his ribs, which are hurt due to recent attacks by the BDC. King cuts him off, Mandrews in as well and King misses a charge, leaps off the ladder, but Mandrews counters with a tornado DDT. Uno in and hit a rack drop, and heads up top. Spud then tosses him to the floor, and he and King are in the ring. King attacks the ribs, lays in the boots as Spud tries to fight back but King then hits him in the ribs with the ladder. King sets the ladder in the corner, Mandrews in and drop toeholds King into a ladder. He sets the ladder, looks to climb and almost has the title but Uno stops him and climbs up with him. Uno then hits a SPANISH FLY off of the ladder and both men are down. King up and climbs the ladder, Spud crawls over to try and stop him. King then drops down and they trade punches as Spud tries to fire up. Rapid-fire jabs by Spud, big right and then the enziguri connects. Spud now tries to climb, King is up and also climbs. They trade rights, kicks by King to the ribs and Spud drops. Uno springboards onto the ladder, he and King battle but King tosses him to the mat. Spud again tries to climb and removes the bowtie and bites King and knocks him to the mat. Spud looks to grab the title, but Homicide is in and pulls Spud off and onto the ladder in the corner. King gets to his feet and climbs and grabs the title to become the new champion. OFFICIAL RESULT: AND NEW CHAMPION Kenny King @ 8:00 * King and Homicide celebrate. * They discuss the Anderson vs. Carter match for next week. Carter wants n arm wrestling match, Anderson wants a falls count anywhere match. Fans get to vote. * We get a video package on Angle and Young. * Young comes out for promo time and has a stretcher. Young says the fans thought they knew him and Angle thought he knew Young. He wanted the real Eric Young, winning the title did change him because it showed him how good he is. He is a world-class wrestler, man and champion. Anyone that stood between he and the title he put them on a stretcher. Lashley, Roode, Aries; they all went out on this. And now we come to Kurt Angle. Tonight Angle cannot duck him because they have a stretcher match, but it is a non-title match. Young sees this as an opportunity, because he will show the world that Angle is a hurt, can be beat and will get hurt even worse tonight. Tonight he does what legends and icons couldn’t do, tonight he ends Angle’s career. * The BDC celebrates King’s X-Division title victory. MVP says rumors of their demise have been exaggerated. They hold their future in their hands, and tonight Ki will end things tonight in his pipe match with Galloway. * We catch up with sad Panda Rockstar Spud, he feels like his title has been stolen from him. He discusses all of the great X-Division champions and aid that he worked 14-years to get onto that list of guys like Lynn, Styles, Joe and Daniels so he could be known as one of the best. He says he will get his title back. * We get a Dollhouse promo. Knockouts Title Match: Champion Taryn Terrell w/Jade and Marti vs. Brooke: Lock up to begin, they battle for position and Brooke gets a side headlock. Terrell escapes, shoulder block by Brooke and then gets an arm drag. A dropkick follows and Terrell rolls to the floor to take a powder. Terrell back in, forearms by Brooke follow and then a neck breaker connects. Brooke hits another and then gets the cover for 2. To the corner and Terrell eats a back elbow, Brooke to the second rope and hits a clothesline. Marti distracts her, and then Jade trips her up. Terrell grinds her face into the mat, and then slams it to the mat. Terrell works a camel clutch variation, and then slams Brooke to the mat again. Terrell then hits a snap suplex, and then slaps her. Rolling neck breaker by Terrell follows and she covers for 2. She covers again for another 2. Terrell is frustrated, so she slams Brooke to the mat face first. Terrell then chokes Brooke out in the ropes as Marti and Jade mock her. Terrell now heads up top, but misses the high cross. Brooke to her feet, and she connects with several clotheslines. She hits a forearm, and then a back elbow. Forearm shots in the corner follow and then an x-factor follows. Terrell to the corner and Brooke lays in the boots and then looks to get asstastic, but Terrell slides to the floor. Brooke up to and flies to the floor, wiping out the Dollhouse. Back in they go, Brooke hits a flapjack and heads up top. Marti distracts the ref as Jade tosses Brooke off the ropes. Terrell hits the cutter and that is all. OFFICIAL RESULT: Taryn Terrell @ 7:00 via pin * Post match Marti and Jade beat down Brooke a bit and stuff a jawbreaker into her mouth. Terrell says Kong couldn’t beat her and Brooke couldn’t beat her, this is their house, the Dollhouse. Gail Kim makes her way out and wants to know what happened to Terrell. Terrell says she doesn’t want to be in Kim’s shadow, and they argue overtop of each other. Terrell says it is time for Kim to live in her shadow, because there are three of them and Kim is all alone. Kim says she isn’t alone, and KONG APPEARS. Terrell throws a fit in the ring. * TNA Slammiversary will be live on PPV on June 28th. * They show clips of Galloway’s debut, where her busted open Ki with a pipe shot. Pipe on a Pole Match: Drew Galloway vs. Low Ki: They brawl at the bell, and then Galloway sends Ki to the floor. Galloway follows and continues the attack, slamming Ki to the barricade. Fans then help hold Ki as Galloway lays in some chops. Galloway yells that “It’s us versus you!”. They continue to battle at ringside, and then Ki gets a chair and nails Galloway in the gut with it. Ki then slam shim to the steps, and then follows with chops and head butts. Ki grabs the chair and throws it at Galloway, who moves, gets the chair and fires back onto Ki with chair shots. Galloway then dumps Ki onto the ring apron with a suplex and into the ring they go. Galloway climbs for the pipe, but Ki cuts him off. Kicks by Ki follow, looks for the Ki Krusher, Galloway escapes and looks for a powerbomb but Ki escapes. Running elbow by Ki connects, mounted rights on the corner follow. Ki tries to get the pipe but Galloway hits a tree slam and stops that. Rapid fire rights and then boots by Galloway, sets up the chair and sets Ki up top and connects with chops. He looks for a superplex now, Ki fights him off and then knocks him to the mat. Galloway by the chair now and Ki hits the Warrior’s Way sending Galloway into the chair. Ki goes to get the pipe, but Galloway is already up and stops that. They battle up top now, Ki with head butt and Galloway with rights and chops. The pipe then falls and Galloway gets crotched and falls into the tree of woe. But he pops up and hits an overhead toss onto Ki. Both men are down, the pipe is down and then Galloway gets it. Galloway to the second rope and leaps off but Ki catches him with a right. Ki now has the pipe, Galloway counters, hits the future shock onto the chair and that is all. OFFICIAL RESULT: Drew Galloway @ 7:00 via pin * The BDC runs down and attacks Galloway post match. The Rising (Mica and Drank) then make the save as we have a brawl as we head to break. * We get a video package, showing the recent events with Magnus, Mickie James and James Storm. * We then see Mickie at the grocery store with her baby boy, and Storm just happens to be here. Storm asks to hold him and Mickie lets him. Magnus isn’t there obviously, and Mickie tells Storm that he’s at the room as they head to go diaper shopping. * Magnus is in the ring now, and before he can get started Storm makes his way to the ring. Storm says that he is not the one that said one more time, and he says they can call out Mickie. Storm says they don’t need to talk to her, because he is pissed off. Magnus says he appreciates Storm saving Mickie from Bram, and he told him that. But now Storm is overstepping is bounders, and used the people to manipulate her. She is not one of his Revolution members, he cannot mess with her, but he knows that Storm is trying to drive a wedge between he and Mickie. Storm says he just did what a friend, what a man would do. But what he hears is someone who has trust issues. Storm says Magnus is the one who hired the cameraman to follow Mickie around and then they met in a public parking lot. Storm says he has known Mickie for a long time, longer than Magnus has, and if it was such an innocent thing, then why didn’t she tell him about it? Storm says Magnus should go and ask Mickie these questions. * Angle says this has gone beyond personal between he and Young, and tonight he will break Young in half. Non-Title Stretcher Match: Champion Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young: Young attacks right at the bell and beats down Angle in the corner. Angle fires back and levels Young with a clothesline, rights follow and then boots in the corner to the knee of Young. Young tosses Angle to the floor, and they brawl around the ringside area. Back into the ring now, and Young posts Angle and he falls to the floor as we head to a commercial… Back to action as Young works over Angle in the corner. Angle reverses a corner whip, but Young with the Flair corner flip and slides back in, but Angle connects with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Young to the floor, Angle then looks for a double axe handle off of the apron but Young catches him with a right. Young slams Angle to the steps and then stomps on his head, and then he goes to get the stretcher. They brawl to the apron and Angle tries to German suplex Young to the floor, but Young escapes with the back elbow. Young then adjusts the shin guard as they head back into the ring, but Angle fires up and hits some clotheslines and then two German suplexes, he then hits a third as Young rips off the buckle pad. Angle keeps his grip as they roll to the floor and then Young hits a low blow with the shin guard. Young looks for the piledriver, but Angle counters and catapults Young to the post. Angle then hits an Angle slam on the floor, and then gets the stretcher. Angle grabs Young and rolls him onto the stretcher, he tries to strap Young in (which is how you win) and Young rakes the eyes to stop that and escapes. Back into the ring they go, and Young looks for the figure four and Angle kicks him off. Young tries the piledriver, countered and Angle rolls into the ankle lock. Young rolls out and sends Angle into the exposed buckle. Young then hits a piledriver, and Angle appears to be out. Young then hits a second piledriver and then drags him to the stretcher. Young straps him in and wins the match OFFICIAL RESULT: Eric Young @ 13:00 * Young grabs the world title and poses over Angle with it and then lays it on Angle. * End scene. * Thanks for reading.
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[post_title] => 411’s TNA Impact Report 5.01.15 [post_excerpt] => Hardcore Justice… [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 411s-tna-impact-report-5-01-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-05-01 23:03:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-02 03:03:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395522 [post_author] => 2269 [post_date] => 2015-04-30 23:21:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-01 03:21:48 [post_content] => -Welcome to 411mania live coverage of the Chris Jericho Podcast with guest Stephanie McMahon. Join me at the top of the hour to see what Jericho has in store for the most powerful woman in pro-wrestling today. -Got to love the timing of things as this podcast is moments away from starting while my 49ers are on the clock in the NFL Draft! Hopefully I can see this pick before having to get to Jericho/Steph coverage. My Niners did get their pick in before I had to turn my attention away from the Draft, so all good on that end. -We are Live! With Chris Jericho and he and Steph immediately play up there on screen animosity before breaking into laughter. Jericho brings up how there was a WWE Staff party today and Jericho is upset he wasn't invited and that he never knew there was such a thing in the 15 years he has been part of the company. They talk about various staff members and Jericho brings up how they were promised Christmas bonuses one year and got a Santa figurine. -Jericho asks Steph how many different people work for the WWE and she says about 800 total. They segue to Steph's role and how she just came back from a 2 week trip in Chin and Singapore. She brings up being awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. She discusses what all that entails and that is part of the reason she was over in China and Singapore. She talks about the history of the award and how she had to defend the WWE while overseas. -Jericho talks about how even in this day and age the WWE still needs to be defended as if it was for Neanderthals. Steph talks about the high points of the WWE and how they are a pioneer in the industry. She puts over the WWE Network (award winning) and how he father helped the PPV industry with WrestleMania. -Jericho has hear elaborate on working for her father and she says there is pressure because he wants his kids to do better than he did. Jericho laughs as he notes Vince is standing off camera and Steph laughs as well. She mentions Vince wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth and while she has been given advantages from him, he still makes her earn everything. -She talks about when she did the ECW Invasion deal and how Vince made her and Shane go back out and reshoot an angle in front of a crowd in Boston who knew things were screwed up. They talk about how when it is edited nobody knows there were mistakes, but live you feel like a loser. -Jericho says Steph is very much like Vince on screen and Steph says Shane has called her The Vincess. Nice! She says she has studied Vince because he is her dad and there is nobody better to learn from than him. Jericho mentions how when she first started she was just thrown on TV and had to learn on the fly. He mentions the same thing happened with Vicki Guerrero and both learned to grow into their character. Steph talks about how she has grown thanks to being a mother of 3 children and has given her more experiences to use. -Jericho asks if people sometimes get her TV character mixed up with her corporate character when she goes to meetings and business appearances. Steph brings up the Be A Star Campaign and how she has made kids realize that they aren't alone in being bullied. She talks about how she is a bully on character and not that way in real life. Jericho jumps on how that can send mixed messages and Steph says that she is just a character. Jericho mentions that he was bullied as a kid and Steph says she learned that while out with Hogan she found out he was also bullied. -Talk moves to Steph growing up in the business and she says she didn't know any different. She remembers Hogan and Mr. T coming over for dinner before Mania I and how Linda had to make liver for Mr. T. She was sick from making it and Steph says she remembers Mr. T signing everything for her and then at the Hall of Fame her kids came back with all kinds of stuff signed by T as well. -She tells a story of being a kid at the Spectrum in Philly and being scared to death of George Steele. She tried to hide behind her dad and he just laughed because George felt so bad and was trying all he could to make Steph feel better. She mentions her favorites as a kid were The Killer Bees, and Tito Santana. She mentions she did gravitate more to the heels and that she did not cheer for Hulk Hogan. Jericho talks about how he loved Jesse Ventura in the AWA and Steph says as a kid she hated him because of how much he picked om Vince while on commentary. -Next talk shifts to the friendship Steph had with Andre the Giant. She was always told this story by her mom as her nanny was afraid of Andre and tried to hide, but Steph walked up to him and Andre picked her up with one hand and let her give him a kiss on the cheek. She talks about how people would treat her differently because she was Vince's daughter and people would often treat Andre different. They show a pic of Steph on Andre's lap after Mania I and she remembers falling asleep on him. They just had a special bond together. -They talk about Shane and Steph playing wrestling while they were younger. She talks about Shane being 7 years older and putting her in nearly every hold. She tells a story of Shane throwing her and missing a table and crashing into a wall. She didn't throw Shane under the bus when Vince ran to see what happened. -Steph says that she was in love as a kid with Bo Duke from Dukes of Hazard and then we move on from there. -Jericho asks her about her start in the business and she says she started at 14 years old by answering phones in Titan Towers. She tells a story about a mom calling in because Bobby Heenan had said there was no such thing as Santa Clause. She had to talk the lady down and get her to understand Bobby was a bad guy and would lie on TV. They talk about Foley believing in Santa Clause. -Back to Steph getting into the business and she started in the media division and would sneak on the AOL chats to talk with fans. She then became a PA and got to put together clip reels and was proud of doing one for SummerSlam. When she graduated college she spent three months in her mother's office and learned from her. Then she spent six months with her dad in his office for the other part of her internship. She got to go on the road with him and that is when she realized how awesome the job was. She then segued into the sales office and soon started on TV. -Jericho asks if there was a rule that she couldn't date wrestlers. She says it was strictly forbidden which is why it was shocking she ended up with HHH. She says that Vince would often say she needed to date someone like HHH and Shane would always tell them no. Vince then said not HHH, but someone like him. They did get together and Vince decided it was bad for business and put a stop to it. -Jericho asks how HHH reacted and she says that he was questioning things as he had to figure out if dating the boss' daughter was going to be worth it. They had their time apart and then it was Steph's decision to start things again with HHH. She felt the time apart was good for them and they were more mature when they got back together. She says all the backlash from others in the company was on him. Now my screen freezes for unknown reasons, so kind of bear with me for a minute. -We are back with them discussing their on screen rivalry. She says it was fun and challenging as she had to be quick on her feet to hang with Jericho. They talk about how she showed up with a giant zit and she was perfectly ok with Jericho busting on her about it. Jericho tells a story about Vince loving Apes and how he told Steph and Jericho to reference apes since Planet of the Apes was coming out. That leads to Jericho bringing out a guy in an ape suit bringing a cake and it ends up being smashed in Steph's face. Steph remembers the creative behind it and they knew they had to get to the cake in the face and just shoehorned the ape in there. -They talk about Steph getting a boob job and how she told Jericho to make fun of that because of how obvious it was. Jericho burns through all the jokes he told that night and talks about the entire segment that also featured Booker T, Rhino, and the Rock. Steph was supposed to cut off Rock before he could say Mother Fucker, and it didn't happen. Vince was rather pissed back stage and Rock says he wasn't cut off and Jericho says that he never really gave anyone a chance to do so. -Steph says she lost a lot of weight and wasn't happy with how she looked so she made the personal decision to get the boob job. Jericho talks about how he would go over his burns on Steph with Vince first and he always told Jericho to make sure he can get the maximum pop from whatever insult he says. -Jericho says that he heard back in 96 before he even worked with the WWE that a lot of people told him Steph was the future of the company and not Shane. He asks Steph if she is sad Shane isn't around in the company and she says of course. She says Shane made a decision to do other things, but she does miss him. They gush over Shane about how great of a guy he is. She says she still has a great relationship with Shane and they get together as much as they can. She says maybe one day he will be back at some point, and then mentions that her mom has retired from the company as well. -She says the two hardest things she has ever had to do was slap her mom and kiss Eric Bischoff. She pulled back on the slap because she was so sick about doing it. Her mom was proud of her and says that Linda got her back. Jericho says that Steph's slaps were hard as hell and that is what they wanted from her. She says the hardest slap she ever gave was this past Mania to The Rock. She felt horrible after the slap because of how hard it was. -That segues into the Mania moment from this year and Ronda Rousey. Steph says she doesn't know where it is leading or if it is even leading to anything. She points out the fans were chanting for Ronda from the start and she knew it was going to be a great moment. Steph is a massive Ronda fan and puts her over from Main Eventing UFC PPVs and being a huge draw. She calls Ronda a role model and a legit bad ass. Jericho says she could have broken both his arm and HHH's arm. -Jericho asks about the idea of a match between the two and how Dana White said it is never going to happen. Steph says she doesn't know and that this past year was her WrestleMania moment. Jericho asks her how they build the Diva Division. Steph says they do need to give the Divas a chance and she is pushing for it every day. She talks about the Give Divas a Chance movement and where it came from. She says it was organic from the fans and trended on Twitter for 3 Days and it got Vince to even respond. -Jericho asks about how AJ took a shot at Steph from her Oscar tweet and asking for a chance. Steph says it didn't piss her off and AJ's response was more to her directly. She was proud of AJ speaking her mind and she is fully behind the movement. Jericho talks about the women in NXT and how they are given more of a chance. Steph says she hopes they can get to the point where the Main Roster Divas can get time the girls in NXT get. They discuss Steph and Lita having the first Female Main Event on RAW and how it featured Rock and Kurt Angle. -Steph she does feed off the crowd and she does enjoy being a bitch on screen. She says people want her to be that character and that they love booing her. She says there is truth to some of what she says as that it what makes a great heel. Getting booed is the best part of her job and she says it is the greatest feeling in the world. -They talk about Vicki Guerrero's final angle and how she got to get the last laugh on Steph. She says it was pudding (banana and chocolate mixed with Hershey's Syrup). Steph says she got an infection in her eye because people were mixing it with their bare feet. They talk about Vicki and Steph says she was sad to see her go. She says it was an honor to take the dive into the pool for Vicki. -Jericho asks if it is hard being around her significant other all the time. She says they don't see each other all that much besides at RAW. She usually goes home and he stays on the road. They are working on spending more time together with no phones being used and that kills HHH. She says that while she was in Asia, HHH had to hold things down at the house. Steph says the 4 year old in the house wears the pants and that her 8 year old has already show interest in being a Diva. She says Nattie has trained her a little and said she is a natural and already has heel tendencies. -Her favorite match and moment was this past SummerSlam because it was her first match in 11 years. She loves the in ring part of the business, and is her favorite part. She still gets goosebumps because her 3 daughters were in the crowd to see her wrestle for the first time and having HHH part of it as well. It was the coolest moment for her because she is 4th generation and if her daughters ever do get into the business they would be 5th generation. -Jericho wraps things up and says it was fun to work with her again. They talk about having great chemistry together and that ends things. Thanks for following along! [post_title] => Jericho Podcast Recap: Stephanie McMahon Talks Ronda Rousey, Give Divas a Chance, More [post_excerpt] => Plus dating Triple H... [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => jericho-podcast-recap-stephanie-mcmahon-talks-ronda-rousey-give-divas-a-chance-more [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-05-01 00:04:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-01 04:04:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395497 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2015-04-30 22:20:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-01 02:20:58 [post_content] => Introduction As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
 photo 3044bce0-5cbe-4069-9c73-ae97d5d9ca3e_zpsb7f85417.png Thursday Night Smackdown 4.30.15
OFFICIAL RESULTS ~ Roman Reigns defeated Kane @ 9:30 via countout [**¼] ~ Damien Sandow defeated Curtis Axel @ 2:25 via pin [NR] ~ Ryback defeated Luke Harper @ 8:04 via pin [**¾] ~ Tag Team Title Match: Kidd & Cesaro defeated Champions New Day (Kofi & Big E) @ 11:45 via DQ [***¼] ~ Non-Title Match: Champion Nikki Bella defeated Cameron @ 3:58 via pin [*] ~ Non-Title Match: Champion Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose @ 10:55 via pin [***]
Backstage Meeting: Rollins and J&J run into Kane backstage, they argue over the events of Monday Night Raw and Rollins bitches about the triple threat match at Payback. Kane comes back and reminds Rollins that he always said he did it on his own so he can do it again here. Rollins claims that Kane is jealous, so Kane says he will make a man out of him and will have him face Dean Ambrose tonight. Rollins then said he wanted Kane from 20-years ago back because that was best for business and dared Kane to do something relevant. That took 2-minutes and 30-seconds, was short, to the point, brought in the issues from Raw and did the same job that the usual 10-25-minute opening promo would have done. Kane vs. Roman Reigns: We got highlights of Raw’s main event, and then Reigns cut a short promo about the Ambrose vs. Rollins, wishing Ambrose luck. He discussed the Payback main event and that he planned to win the title, and Citizen Kane appeared with a referee. Kane has decided to try and test himself against Reigns in an impromptu match. Outside of a flash or two, Kane dominated the action early. He actually dominated too much considering the opponent. I get the story and that they wanted to show that if Kane gets angry that he can go out and do damage, but I would have just had him kill a geek like Ryder or Slater to get some heat back. They have been doing well with Reigns since Mania, and I feel they have really recovered from the backlash. But Reigns is challenging for the title at Payback, and I would have had him more dominant and not selling so much for the lead salesman from Pants N’Nat. Kane got pissed when he only got a near fall off of a chokeslam, looked for the tombstone but Reigns escaped and then hit the Superman punch. Kane bailed as Reigns looked for the spear and went to the back, allowing Reigns to win. Rollins and J&J watched on from the back, confused. The actual work wasn’t bad, but I think that Reigns, as a title challenger, should have been booked stronger especially against Kane in 2015. I have no issues with Kane, but when he gets booked to go toe to toe with main event guys these days, I just can’t buy it. * Rollins stated post match that Kane got in over his head, and ran away. Rollins said he NEVER RUNS AND WILL WIN ON HIS OWN AND DOESN’T NEED ANY HELP. I love when an overconfident heel completely lies because he thinks he’s so great, but the fans all know the truth, it’s one of those fun little things. Damien Sandow vs. Curtis Axel: So Sandow is not a stunt double anymore; instead he just mimics people like a child would. Hell of a gimmick upgrade here as he mimicked JoJo the announcer. Sandow had some fun at Axel’s expense during his ring announcement. Sandow did things like he would win the Miz, but worked in attacks to Axel. There are some amusing tones to the gimmick, but it feels too close to what he was doing and like a very short-term thing. Sandow won clean with the full nelson slam in a match that was more about the wacky new gimmick. I really think that they can do more with the guy instead of these short-term gimmicks, but that’s just me. * Renee Young interviewed The Ryback, and THE BIG GUY said he didn’t know why Wyatt attacked him, but now he has bitten off more than he can chew. THE BIG GUY plans to take out Wyatt’s former disciple; this was a short but solid promo. Ryback was composed, didn’t overact and came across completely serious as he looks for revenge from Monday’s attack by Wyatt. Ryback vs. Luke Harper: They went through the commercial, which I actually didn’t expect, and worked a rock solid power vs. power match. I know Ryback is not everyone’s favorite guy, and I think that they have not exactly booked him well, but he has improved and can have good power matches (like with Rusev). Harper does a ton of good things to really highlight his opponents, and has been doing so for a long time, which I think is the trademark of a smart heel when he calls a match. Ryback won clean with the shell shock. On a personal note, I want to say that hate the booking of Harper and think it is sad that they cannot find a definitive role for a man of his skill. But for as much as I do not like it, this all made sense. Ryback has a feud, Harper doesn’t. Ryback is feuding with Harper’s former leader, so Ryback goes to take him out to send a message. Bray appeared in the ring and attacked THE BIG GUY once again. He then hit Sister Abigail for the second straight show and stood tall. They had a good match, the booking made sense and there was follow up to the Raw angle; and that’s all I ask for. This was a good segment overall. WWE Tag Team Title Match: Champions New Day vs. Kidd & Cesaro: Kidd went for a bunch of roll ups early, and then they got a near fall on a toss up uppercut by Cesaro. I liked the beginning, showing that the ex-champions were focused on regaining the titles. It sounds simple, but I appreciate the sense of urgency. Cesaro and Kidd are obviously talented, but they have gelled into a really good team in such a short time. New Day got the heat on Kidd, leading to a hot tag to Cesaro, who dominated with uppercuts and some freak strength. It broke down, Kidd hit a dive and then he and Cesaro hit the swing into the dropkick, and Woods ran in for the DQ. New Day then neat down the former champions and bailed. I am not a fan of DQ finishes most of the time because they tend to be lazy, but it works here as New Day is evolving well into their heel role and it shows that they actually cannot win a damn thing (this is a heel compliment) without some form of shenanigans. This was good stuff, a notch below their Extreme Rules match. * We see Cameron and Summer having a discussion about Naomi’s actions on Raw. Nikki Bella walks in on the conversation, and then challenges Cameron to a match tonight. Cameron vs. Nikki Bella: Cameron posed a lot, Nikki missed a kick off the ropes and started to favor her knee and Cameron took over. The main issue here is that they worked a spot to set up a knee injury to Nikki, and then Cameron never followed up on it and Nikki didn’t sell it. Nikki hit the forearm shiver and rack attack for the win. This wasn’t very good, don’t set up a spot to work on the knee and then ignore it. I don’t care if some will say it’s “just a divas match;” it’s just common sense. * The Primetime Players make fun of New Day. * Rollins meets with Ambrose backstage, and has J&J with him. Rollins discusses their history, and wants Ambrose to back out of the match. Ambrose wants to humiliate Rollins, so he refuses the offer to back out. * We get highlights from the King of the Ring. Non-Title Match: Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose: In a way I am not really a fan of the match here tonight, because it feels like a throw away instead of something more, which it should be. The booking of Ambrose following HIAC has been largely atrocious, forgetting his quest to stop Rollins from cashing in and killing all of the momentum he had built up. They went back and forth in the early minutes until Rollins took control and then J&J laid the boots to Ambrose on the floor. That led to Kane coming out, because…  photo kane_zps25e15b3c.gif Rollins was not happy that Kane was out there, and then controlled the action until Ambrose made his comeback and then they went back and forth down the stretch. Late in the match Ambrose sent Rollins into Kane twice, and then wiped out J&J and Kane with the elbow off the top and to the floor. Kane looked to attack Rollins, Ambrose got involved and he let them go because the ref threatened to DQ Rollins. Ambrose posted Kane, took out J&J but then got thrown into the steps. Rollins hit his shit new finisher for the win. It was a little chunky at times, but overall they delivered a good main event. I still feel that the booking is still too much about Kane, I get the story, but I feel that Kane is the wrong guy to do it with. Post match Kane attacked Ambrose, and then Rollins and J&J joined in until Reigns made the save. He and Ambrose cleaned house and the former Shield members stood tall. It’s nice to see that Ambrose and Reigns have become friends again in the last few weeks after having Reigns completely forget about him for months. That’s not a criticism of Reigns, that’s on the writing. * End scene. * Thanks for reading.
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[post_title] => Csonka’s WWE Smackdown Review 4.30.15 [post_excerpt] => The tag titles on the line… [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => csonkas-wwe-smackdown-review-4-30-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-04-30 22:21:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-01 02:21:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395505 [post_author] => 4370 [post_date] => 2015-04-30 22:10:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-01 02:10:22 [post_content] => *Smackdown opens with Seth Rollins backstage with J&J Security. He runs into Kane and they argue about who hit who on Raw. Rollins blames Kane for having to face both Roman Reigns and Randy Orton at Payback. Rollins said Kane isn't doing his job well. He says Kane is jealous of him because Kane is a fading star while Rollins' is rising. Kane said he's going to make a man out of Seth Rollins and announces our main event: Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose in a non-title match. Rollins says Kane is irrelevant and dares Kane to prove himself to the authority. *We go into the Smackdown introduction video. Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips and Jerry Lawler are on commentary tonight. *Roman Reigns' music hits as he enters from the crowd. We get a recap of what happened on Raw with Roman Reigns assaulting the Authority before Kane snapped and helped Reigns and Orton beat Rollins. He then revealed Rollins will defend the WWE Championship against Reigns and Orton in a Triple Threat match due to fan voting. Roman gives a shout out to Dean Ambrose and wishes him luck in the main event. He says Seth Rollins' destroyed the Shield and took the WWE Championship from Roman. He says he's had to scratch and crawl since Wrestlemania to get another title match. That's a full four weeks of scratching and clawing, folks. Kane comes out and starts taking off his dress shirt. He signals to the stage and calls down a referee as he puts on his elbow pad and apparently we have a match. *Match times are not exact.   *Roman Reigns vs Kane This match starts out of the blue with no announcements and Kane takes control early, but Roman counters with some strikes before Kane starts tossing him into the corner. Backdrop by Kane followed by some grounded strikes. Kane charges at Roman near the ropes, but Roman sends him outside and follows him to the floor. They exchange stair strike for ring post strike before Roman hits his dropkick to the apron. He goes for one near the announce table but Kane catches him and hits a sidewalk slam onto the announce table as we go to commercial.  Back from commercial, Kane has Reigns in a bearhug in the middle of the ring, but Roman is fighting out of it before Kane rams him into the corner. Whip and clothesline in the corner by Kane gets a two count. Kane starts trash talking but Reigns starts fighting back as they exchange blows. Reigns wins that war with a suplex, because match formatting is hard. Both men are down and back to their feet at the same time. Reigns hits a big clothesline and hits a big boot before hitting another big clothesline from the second rope. He hits a series of clotheslines in the corner to Kane, but Kane retaliates with some big strikes before running into a Samoan Drop. Reigns cocks his fist and sets up the Superman Punch, but Kane hits a big chokeslam for two. Kane is freaking out about it and signals for the tombstone. He tries, but Reigns reverses it into a big DDT followed by a Superman Punch. Reigns calls for the Spear, but Kane rolls out of the ring and leaves. Yep. That's the match. Official Result: Roman Reigns via Count-Out @ 9:00 *Rollins is backstage with J&J security mocking Kane when Renee Young walks up. He says Kane got in over his head and said the biggest difference between him and Kane is that Rollins never runs away from a fight. He says he doesn't need anybody's help to beat Reigns and Orton at Payback. He is the future and the future is now, which makes Rollins "The Man." *We get hype for the Tag Team Title rematch tonight between New Day and Cesaro/Kidd later on as we go to commercial. *Back from break we get a recap of Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow having a brawl on Raw. Which leads to... *Curtis Axel vs Damien Sandow I like Sandow's new music. Sandow is repeating everything JoJo is saying and I find that kind of annoying. Axel is out next and I'm assuming we get a quick match here. The bell rings and they start arguing. Axel rips his shirt Hogan-Style and Sandow tries, but Axel attacks him. Sandow shoves Axel down and rips his shirt off anyway before tossing Axel to the outside. Sandow goes outside and sits down next to Axel before elbowing him in the chest. Back inside, Axel takes advantage with some stomps in the corner followed by an irish whip and a big splash in the opposite corner. Axel is choking Sandow in the corner and is playing the heel role really well. He goes for another splash, but Sandow moves and kips up to his feet before hitting a few strikes and a big boot. Sandow hits the You're Welcome full nelson slam for the win. Official Result: Damien Sandow via pin @ 2:30 *Renee Young is backstage with Ryback. He says he doesn't know why Bray Wyatt is attacking him, but that he's bitten off more than he can chew. He said he's dedicating his match against Luke Harper to Bray Wyatt. He says his message will be very clear "feed me more." That match is next as we go to commercial.  *Ryback vs Luke Harper We start with a lock up and a shoulder block by Ryback that gets him a quick one fall. They exchange headlocks with strikes before Ryback locks on an arm lock before Harper hits a forearm to break out of it. Ryback fights back and whips Harper off the ropes and hits a Lou Thesz press. Corner strikes by Ryback now as he lifts Harper onto the top rope. Harper reverses with a strike and hits a big suplex on Ryback before flexing. Another suplex attempt by Harper, but Ryback hits an impressive stalling suplex. Ryback tries the ten corner punch but takes a sitout powerbomb instead for a near fall as we go to commercial. Back from break we see Harper taking out Ryback with an elbow for two. Harper hits his gator roll and keeps the front headlock in, but Ryback reverses it and drops Harper right on his face. Ryback fights back with some strikes and knocks Harper into the corner. Big boot by Ryback leads to a big powerslam and a splash for two. Ryback goes for a powerbomb, but Harper rolls him up for two. Spinebuster by Ryback and Ryback signals for the meathook clothesline, but Harper boots the arm and hits a superkick for two.  Harper goes for the discus lariat, but eats a Meathook and a Shellshocked to give Ryback the win Official Result: Ryback via pin @ 9:29 *After the match the lights go out as Wyatt comes into the ring and hits a Sister Abigail on Ryback. *We get hype for the main event of Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose, but next is the WWE Tag Team Title match. *WWE Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E)(c) vs Tyson Kidd & Cesaro The tag team champions enter first and I hate that. I also don't like Kidd and Cesaro working as faces for absolutely no reason, but I guess that's the big thing these days, seeing as the Bellas are doing that too.  Nevertheless, Kidd and Cesaro get a huge pop.  Kofi and Kidd start the match with Kidd going for a quick win early with a rollup that got no count. We get some pretty decent chaining from the two, including a Kidd pinfall attempt that got one count before the chaining continued. Kofi fights out and tries to toss Kidd over the top rope, but he skins the cat onto Cesaro's back and pulls himself back in for a cool spot. Cesaro tags in an hits a big uppercut and a gutwrench suplex for a two count. Backslide gets a two and then Cesaro applies a wrist lock. Kofi escapes, so Cesaro locks in a sleeper, but Kofi breaks free and goes for a small package, but Cesaro lifts him out of into a suplex. He tags in Kidd and they hit a suplex/crossbody combination that looked good. Kidd gets a two off the double team and goes for the arm lock again. Cesaro tags back in now and hits a big double arm suplex before Kofi rolls to the outside. Cesaro follows Kofi around the ring and Big E gets the tag as Kofi rolled in, but Big E ate a big german suplex before Kidd tags in. They hit double team moves to the crowd chanting " sucks." Kidd is knocked onto the apron, but he's distracted by Woods before Big E knocks him into the barricade. Big E throws Kidd into the barricade some more before clapping in his face. Back inside, Kofi tags back in and hits a big dropkick to Kidd in the corner for a two count. Kofi trips up Kidd and goes to the middle rope for a crossbody, but Kidd catches him with a big dropkick. Kidd tries to get to Cesaro, but Big E knocks him off the apron and suplexes Kidd. Kidd rolls to the outside as we go to commercial. Back from break, Big E hits a big belly to belly suplex on Kidd for a two count. Kofi tags in and goes for the Boom Drop and connects. He knocks Cesaro off the apron and signals for the Trouble in Paradise. Kidd ducks and gets the hot tag to Cesaro. Cesaro lays out Kofi and knocks Big E off the apron before hitting a huge clothesline on Kofi for a two count. Cradle pin by Cesaro gets another near fall. Cesaro press slams Kofi and drops him face first and immediately follows with a double stomp for two. Woods gets on the apron to distract Cesaro as Kofi rolls him up for two. Kick by Kofi and a clothesline by Big E gets a two. Kidd tosses Kofi to the outside and hits a big a suicide dive onto Kofi. Cesaro hits a flying uppercut on Big E and tags in Kidd as they go for the big swing/dropkick combo and connect! Kidd covers, but Woods breaks up the pin for the DQ. Official Result: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro via DQ @ 13:00 ; New Day retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. *After the match New Day continues the assault before leaving with the titles. *Backstage, Cameron and Summer Rae are talking crap about Brie Bella. Nikki overhears this and challenges Cameron to a match. These two in the same promo is basically capital punishment. Their match is up next as we go to commercial. *Back from break, the announcers are hyping up Tough Enough and show up some audition clips that were sent in. I laughed at seeing "The Big O" from Ryder's YouTube show.  *Cameron vs Nikki Bella After that Tough Enough hype, Cameron is already in the ring. We get a promo on the little screen by Naomi. Naomi is the worst promo in WWE history. Worse than Zack Ryder running away from Kane. They start with a lock up and Nikki Bella throws Cameron around a bit. She goes for a shoulder block that Cameron bumps way too early. Cameron hits a few strikes and throws Nikki into the corner and eats an elbow by Nikki but ducks a dropkick for two. Cameron beats on Nikki a bit and kicks her outside the ring. She throws Nikki into the barricade and plays to the crowd. Back inside, Cameron hits a split legged leg drop for two. By that I mean she did a split and connected with one foot. Nikki with a snapmare and Cameron with a facebuster and a stomp. This match has had more time than Sandow/Axel which saddens me. Cameron has a sleeper locked in, Cameron charges but Nikki ducks and hits a few clotheslines and a dropkick. Springboard enziguri to Cameron gets a two count. Cameron hits an awful looking roll up for two and slaps Nikki and hits her with a vicious elbow and a Rack Attack for the win.  Official Result: Nikki Bella via pin @ 4:00 *We get a promo with the Prime Time Players. Darren Young is crying because New Day are tag team champions. They crap on New Day and do their own clap to promote themselves. Nothing interesting from this. *We get hype for a King of the Ring recap up next. Yep. They're hyping the recaps now. *Back from break we can a backstage promo with Rollins trying to get Ambrose to back out of their match. Rollins says his title match is at stake, and Ambrose has a funny look on his face. Ambrose says "sounds good" and then slaps him on the back and says "see ya out there." Ambrose just wants to beat Rollins' face in and leaves. *Next is the recap of the King of the Ring from Tuesday Night. Not much to note besides Bad News Barrett being King...and then not being on this episode of Smackdown to advance his gimmick of king. *Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose Ambrose comes out first to a huge pop as we go to commercial. Seth Rollins comes out to a pop just as big, which is pretty bad for the top heel. They start with a lock up and Ambrose brings Rollins down with a hammerlock. Rollins rolls outside immediately after as Ambrose is relaxing in the ring taunting Rollins. Back inside, Rollins takes advantage and takes Amborse down with a hammerlock now, slapping him in the back of the head. Ambrose gets a drop toe hold and was about to lock on an STF, but kicks Rollins the back instead. Rollins takes control back with forearms choking Ambrose in the middle rope. Whip into the ropes, Ambrose hits a crossbody and some punches before knocking Rollins to the outside. J&J Security try to distract Ambrose, but he tosses Rollins back in the ring. The distraction is enough to let Rollins hits a dropkick sending Ambrose into the announce table. Kane comes out to the ring for some reason as we go to commercial. Back from break Rollins is in control until Ambrose hits a huge forearm, but Rollins no sells it and keeps stomping away. Clothesline by Ambrose and Kane still doesn't have a shirt on for some reason. Another clothesline by Rollins. Ambrose hits one of his own now as both men are slow to get up. Ambrose hits the punch, chop combo and a forearm in the corner followed by a bulldog. He goes up top and tries for that elbow drop, but Rollins kicks him in the gut and goes for the turnbuckle powerbomb. Ambrose reverses and hits the ropes with a big dropkick that sends Rollins to the outside. Ambrose follows with a big suicide dive before rolling Rollins back into the ring. Ambrose goes for the rebound lariat, but Seth ducks and Ambrose hits a beautiful sitout facebuster for two. Rollins rolls onto the apron, but Ambrose brings him to the top rope and goes for a superplex but Rollins blocks it and hits a sunset flip into a powerbomb to the opposite corner. I love that spot, it looks sick when he hits it right. Rollins gets a two count and goes for a superkick, but Ambrose rolls him up for two. Dirty Deeds attempt is reversed into an enziguri and a superkick by Rollins for another near fall. Kane and Rollins are arguing with the ref and Ambrose knocks Rollins into Kane, knocking him off the apron. Ambrose follows that up by sending Rollins over the top onto Kane and then hitting an elbow drop from the top onto J&J Security and Kane. Rollins throws Ambrose into the barricade and he asks Kane if he's okay. Kane grabs Rollins and Ambrose by the throat, but the ref threatens to DQ Rollins so he lets go. Ambrose tosses Kane into the ring post and hits a clothesline to J&J before Rollins throws him into the steps and into the ring. Rollins' hits his new DDT finisher for the win. Interesting take on the move, as Rollins face bumped with Ambrose on it. Official Result: Seth Rollins via pin @ 13:30 *After the match, The Authority continues the assault until Roman Reigns' music hits and he clears house after hitting a double spear to J&J. Kane comes back in and grabs Ambrose and Reigns by the throat. They escape and Ambrose hits the rebound lariat followed by a spear by Reigns. They stand tall to end the show. *Thanks for joining us this week. Come back next Thursday for more live coverage of WWE Smackdown! [post_title] => 411's WWE Smackdown Report 4.30.15 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 411s-wwe-smackdown-report-04-30-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-04-30 23:39:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-01 03:39:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395334 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2015-04-29 23:14:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-30 03:14:18 [post_content] => Introduction As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
 photo Makabe_Ishii_zpshdr0tbph.jpg NJPW Wrestling HINOKUNI 4.29.15
OFFICIAL RESULTS * Gedo & Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Beretta) defeated Jay White, Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka via pin [**] * Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall) defeated Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan via pin [**] * KUSHIDA, Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Mascara Dorada, Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata via pin [**] * NWA Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Champion Steve Anthony defeated Jushin Liger via pin [***] * NWA World Title Match: Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Big Daddy Yum Yum via pin [**¼] * Bullet Club (Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Kenny Omega) defeated Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & Alex Shelley via pin [***] * Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Bullet Club (Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale) via pin [**½] * Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto via pin [***½] * NEVER Openweight Title Match: Togi Makabe defeated Champion Tomohiro Ishii via pin to become the new champion [****¼]
Gedo & Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Beretta) defeated Jay White, Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka: This was a perfectly fine, but unspectacular opening bout. I actually had high hopes (not crazy expectations) for this match, and it just felt kind of there. They did stuff, it was fine, we got the Boston crab spot from the heels and then we had a finish. The work was clean, and from a technical standpoint there was nothing wrong, but they did nothing to get me excited or to pull me in. I want some more excitement from my opener, overall this felt flat to me. Roppongi Vice’s team winning was the right call. Bullet Club (Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall) defeated Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan: This was another solid but unspectacular tag match, similar to the opening match. The match was about what you’d expect, Kojima did well, Captain New Japan wanted the tag, and then he got the tag and did some spots and then got pinned. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall winning here was the right call, first of all everyone pins Captain New Japan, and giving them a win, even on a smaller show like this is needed so that they have some credibility. KUSHIDA, Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Mascara Dorada, Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata: Three for three as far as perfectly fine, but forgettable tag team matches. Like the other matches, it was around eight minuets long and what they did was fine, but there was just nothing engaging for me. They did stuff, it felt rushed to me and never settled down into something to sink your teeth into and then KUSHIDA scored a rollup on Dorada and that was that. Dorada sold the loss well, but this was a match. NWA Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Champion Steve Anthony defeated Jushin Liger: I have to admit, I do not recall ever seeing Steve Anthony and if I did it was likely once or twice and he didn’t leave an impression one way or another. Anthony didn’t rock the world or anything, but his work was good, Bruce Tharpe continues to be Bruce Tharpe (and that is a good thing) and Liger still works really hard when he gets a chance in singles matches. Liger got the phantom pin after a ref bump, Tharpe then scored a low blow and Anthony got the win with a TKO. The while thing just worked well together, I am not a fan of the ref bumps and shenanigans all the time, but when we can keep it to a minimum and to a character like Tharpe it can work. I enjoyed this the most of anything thus far, Liger singles matches are fun and Tharpe is a tremendous asshole character. NWA World Title Match: Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Big Daddy Yum Yum: Big Daddy Yum Yum is back and he brought his moonsault with him! They got some time, I actually was into this more than the opening tag matches and this time Tharpe tried to get involved but it failed and Tenzan retained the title. The match was perfectly fine, had some decent drama and didn’t offend. Big Daddy Yum Yum is a guilty pleasure, he’s not good (and can be very clumsy), but at times he can have a decent little match. For it’s place on the card, it was perfectly fine but I would have cut a couple of minutes. Bullet Club (Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Kenny Omega) defeated Tetsuya Naito, Tomoaki Honma & Alex Shelley: This was a very typical Bullet Club six-man tag here. Anderson is obsessed with Maria and keeps calling for her, which upsets Gallows. Bullet Club worked over Shelley, Honma got the hot tag, which was a lot of fun. it broke down towards the end, Honma then missed the Kokeshi and ate a stun gun and magic killer and the Bullet Club stood tall. Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Bullet Club (Tama Tonga & Bad Luck Fale): This was a very standard tag match here, nothing wrong with it, but they were (not dogging it) just doing what needed to be done. The goal was for Okada & YOSHI-HASHI to score the win to hype the May 3rd match with Styles and Takahashi. Mission accomplished, and I ended up enjoying this more than the opening stretch of tag matches. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto: This was set to show case Tanahashi/Yano, Shibata/Sakuraba and Nakamura/Goto, who are all meeting in matches on May 3rd with Nakamura and Goto main eventing for the IC Title. They worked a good tag match and then kicked it up to another level as the match broke down. This became really enjoyable, with the feuds being addressed and good work from all involved. Yano scores another win on Tanahashi with a cradle to continue that. This accomplished exactly what it needed to in order to build to May 3rd, and to this point was the best match of the night. NEVER Openweight Title Match: Togi Makabe defeated Champion Tomohiro Ishii to become the new champion: The crowd wasn’t super into this early, which was a bit surprising, but as the match went on and the battle escalated, they got into it. Makabe had not lost the title, but had it stripped due to illness, so this felt like a battle of two men trying to prove that they were the real NEVER champion. This was the match that you’d expect them to have, hard hitting, a real fight feel with the chops, head butts and stiff lariats all feeling down and dirty. Makabe ended up firing up at the end and overcame Ishii’s offense to score the win and the title back with the King Kong knee drop. This was a really great match to close out the show. * End scene. * Thanks for reading.
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[post_title] => Csonka's NJPW Wrestling HINOKUNI Review 4.29.15 [post_excerpt] => The latest from New Japan… [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => csonkas-njpw-wrestling-hinokuni-review-4-29-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-04-29 23:14:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-04-30 03:14:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395313 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2015-04-29 21:41:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-30 01:41:57 [post_content] => Introduction As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
 photo Prince-Puma_zps6ign416x.jpg Lucha Underground 4.29.15 – Episode 25: The Way of the Drago
OFFICIAL RESULTS ~ Fenix defeated Killshot @ 6:02 via pin [**] ~ Famous B vs. Ricky Mandel vs. Argenis vs. Vinny Massaro went to a no contest @ 0:10 [NR] ~ #1 Contender’s Match: Hernandez defeated King Cuerno & Cage @ 4:55 via pin [] ~ Lucha Underground Title Match: Champion Prince Puma defeated Drago @ 10:31 via pin [***½]
* We get a recap of the trios tag tournament, and then Dario Cueto meets with the Crew. He is not pleased that the Crew lost the titles last week when he gave them the perfect chance to take the titles. They are introduced to the man in the cage (Matanza) but we do not see him. It is revealed that Matanza (who happens to be the one that killed Black Lotus’ parents) is Cueto’s brother, and that if the Crew disappoints him again, they will suffer at the hands of Matanza. Fenix vs. Killshot: This was all action from the bell, with both guys hitting dives and then exchanging counters, slaps and then a brainbuster by Killshot for a near fall. Fenix is really good, but Killshot is very hit or miss for me and at times I felt that this really lacked a smooth flow. They went back and forth, and then Fenix countered a super German suplex then scored the win with the fire driver. It was fine as they did a lot of fun stuff, but that’s all it ever felt like. The lack of flow and effort to build a match that got me invested hurt the match presentation. * Cueto meets with Drago, and Cueto then discusses that Drago never thanked him for his unique opportunity tonight. * After a commercial Cueto meets with Puma, and says that only a warrior deserves to be his champion. Hernandez then appeared as Cueto tried to leave, and questioned why he was placed in a three-way tonight. Hernandez doesn’t care about Puma, and feels that this is a set up. Cueto then makes the match a #1 contender’s match. Puma was listening in as the whole thing took place in the locker room. Famous B vs. Ricky Mandel vs. Argenis vs. Vinny Massaro: All fout of these men are former victims of Pentagon Jr. The bell sounds and they work for about 10-seconds and then Texano appears and clears everyone from the ring, including the ref. Famous B eats a powerbomb and then gets tossed. He calls out Daivari to answer for what happened last week and promises to deliver the beating of his life. * As Cueto walks outside the building, he is met by Marty "The Moth" Martinez. He says he has Aztec blood running through his veins, and he wants to compete. Cueto is not sold on this and then locks him out of the building and calls security to deal with “the crazy fan”. For a Shot at The Lucha Underground Title: Hernandez vs. King Cuerno vs. Cage: They worked a really good pace early, and everyone got a chance to shine. Cage and Cuerno tried to work together, but of course they had some issues and that allowed Hernandez to make his comeback. It then went off the rails as Marty the Moth then ran in and yelled that he was here, so they all kicked his ass and sent him packing. Hernandez hit a sitout dominator to score the win moments later. Again, another match where they just did stuff (which was generally good) and then there was a finish. I never felt the rhythm of the match, there was no build to a climax and the Moth stuff was very stupid. Add all of this together and this came across very weak for a “#1 contender’s match”. * We get a Vampiro hosted sitdown interview with the Trios Champions Ivelisse, Son of Havoc and Angelico. Ivelisse has a cast on her left ankle, due to the injury she suffered on last week’s show. Ivelisse tried to talk over everyone, and she says she took up as the team captain, which led to their victory. They all ended up arguing, because they do not like each other. They agree that they will fight together, but that they aren’t friends. I actually love the fact that they are not all best friends just because they won the titles. Lucha Underground Title Match: Champion Prince Puma vs. Drago: If Drago wins he is the new champion, if he loses, he can no longer compete in the Temple. As I expected, they worked really well together. Drago worked with a sense of urgency, due to the stipulation, and Konnan took a more vocal approach to managing Puma. Both men displayed some excellent work here, and this was the first match on the show that was really feeling like a well thought out and executed presentation. They built good drama, had really good near falls and it was really a joy to watch. Puma was constantly working hard for the win and retain his title, and then spun Drago into the ref for the ref bump. Drago hit the Canadian Destroyer on Puma, but with no ref he cannot get the win, only the phantom cover. Hernandez then came out and attacked Drago (but appeared to be going for Puma), and that upset the honorable champion because he doesn’t want to win the match that way. Konnan then yelled for Puma to show no mercy, and then connected with the spinning fire driver to retain the title. * As Drago goes to leave the building, he sees Dario Cueto. Drago promises that they will meet again and leaves. As he leaves, there is an explosion. Either that was a really cool special effect or Cueto really wanted to make that exile stipulation stick. * End scene. * Thanks for reading.
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[post_title] => Csonka’s Lucha Underground Review 4.29.15 [post_excerpt] => 411’s Larry Csonka checks in with his review of this week’s episode of Lucha Underground… [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => csonkas-lucha-underground-review-4-29-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-04-30 14:26:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-04-30 18:26:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395283 [post_author] => 4365 [post_date] => 2015-04-29 21:16:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-30 01:16:55 [post_content] => We open with a video package of how NXT ended last week. Kevin Owens defeated Alex Riley again before trying to take him out completely with the apron powerbomb, only for Sami Zayn to make the save. Kevin Owens is here to kick things off. He actually gets a mixed reaction rather than just the straight cheers he normally receives. Owens talks about how he was ready to get rid of Alex Riley for good only for Sami to play hero. "Sami's gonna kill you" chants. He calls Sami out and has his fists taped up for a fight. Instead of Zayn, he gets General Manager William Regal. Regal tells Owens that he will not use NXT to further his own agenda. Owens doesn't care what he has to say since he didn't call him out. A "Fight Regal Fight" chant breaks out. Sami shows up but is prevented from getting in the ring by Regal because he wants order dammit. Regal makes, what he calls, an easy decision and books Owens vs. Zayn for the next NXT TakeOver on May 20th.  Owens asks what Sami has done to earn a title shot since he left for a month after losing. He says there is no way he puts the belt on the line. Sami disses Owens saying that anything he's done in his career has Sami's name next to it. Even this NXT Title run. He claims that one could say Owens has been living in his shadow. Sami will give him the chance to get that out of his system, but he fights for a prize and Owens is not that prize. Brilliantly done as a callback to how Owens got the title shot back in February. We get told that tonight, Hideo Itami faces Adam Rose and Dana Brooke will take on Bayley. Craigh or Greg Hamilton or whatever his name is goes to discuss the upcoming NXT on the road live events when Enzo Amore, Big Cass and Carmella appear and argue. Carmella sends them away before Blake and Murphy come up to her. They hit on her but she sends them off, so Alexa Bliss comes into the picture. She tells Carmella to carry herself with more class, leading to Carmella slapping her. Blake and Murphy check on her. Backstage, Sami Zayn signs the contract for the match when Alex Riley barges in to demand another match with Kevin Owens. William Regal tells him that Owens keeps kicking his ass basically. Sami tries to chime in, so Riley gets in his face.

Non-Title Match: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady w/ Carmella vs. NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy

Blake is sporting a strange looking ponytail. He and Murphy work over Enzo Amore in the corner, doing their best to keep the bigger Colin Cassady out of the ring. We get a "stupid ponytail" chant directed at Blake. After about two minutes, Enzo is able to hit a move and make the tag to Big Cass. AND HE'S SEVEN FOOT! He comes in hot, even busting out a Triple H high knee. He hits a corner splash and side slam but Blake breaks up the pin. Enzo flies but misses both of his opponents. Murphy blows Carmella a kiss, which costs him as he eats a big boot. Cass slams Enzo from the top onto him and the top contenders win.

Winners: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady in 3:17

Decent little match here but I don't see the point of it. Enzo and Cass were already the top contenders so what would either team have gained from this? **

A backstage promo airs to promote Becky Lynch. It looks like she is the next Diva to get her big shot. Charlotte's was at the first TakeOver, Bayley's at Fatal Four Way and Sasha's was at R-Evolution.  She calls it N-Bex-T.

Devin Taylor interviews Bayley who is flustered because she can't find any of her gear. She runs off and Emma comes up to Devin with all of her things.

A short promo airs for Baron Corbin as he says that he likes taking away the hopes and dreams of NXT Superstars. It seems like a heel promo, which is brilliant since he works better as a heel like I saw on the live events in Ohio.

Bayley vs. Dana Brooke

Bayley looks odd (still cute though) without her headband. It's like when Triple H first cut his hair. Bayley works the arm of Dana, who comes back by slamming her down. A "We Want Blue Pants" chant breaks out as she gets in some shots on Bayley. Bayley leaps over her and hits a drop toe hold before spinning around on Dana's back. She measures her up but misses a corner splash. Dana slams her by the hair. Speaking of hair, Dana has the grey hair look that's a fad now. She hits the Wasteland basically on Bayley for two. She goes right into a leg submission, while also working the back. Good move. Bayley breaks out and we can clearly see Dana calling a spot. Bayley breaks that and gets in some big shots. She nails a shoulder thrust in the corner and a nice suplex before climbing to the second rope. Her theme suddenly plays as Emma comes out with teh wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men. Bayley hits a back elbow but is distracted, which allows Dana to pick up the win.

Winner: Dana Brooke in 4:14

Much better than Dana's debut. Part of it was working Bayley, but Dana seemed more comfortable this time around and Emma's involvement made sure Bayley didn't look weak. **1/4

As Dana Brooke leaves, Emma high fives her.

William Regal announces from his office that there will be a Triple Threat match to determine the number one contender for the NXT Championship at TakeOver. Finn Balor vs. Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze.

Adam Rose vs. Hideo Itami

Commentary tries to give this backstory by bringing up how both guys competed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Adam Rose rolls around hte ring a bunch, so Hideo Itami just chops him. He hits a running knee and big kick. Rose is able to turn the tables and get in some kicks in the corner. He gets a near fall by tripping up Itami before dropping a fist on him for two again. Rose bounces off the ropes but eats a dropkick. Hideo reels off some clotheslines and sweeps the leg. Crowd wants the GTS as Hideo gets in a series of strikes. He hits a running corner dropkick before the Shotgun Kick finishes this off.

Winner: Hideo Itami in 2:49

Your basic extended squash match. Adam Rose got in a bit of offense and this was fun. Hideo Itami continues to look more and more comfortable with the WWE style. **

Backstage, Bayley is looking for Emma. One of the people she questions asks her about their issues. Bayley says they used to be friends but she is getting her stuff back.

Becky Lynch vs. Sara Dawson

Yea, this is going to be a squash. We get told that Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks is happening in three weeks at TakeOver. A test of strength starts this and Becky goes to work the leg. Dawson gets a rollup for two, so Becky dropkicks her. She hits her three leg drops for one. We actually get some split chants as Becky works her over. She goes for a body slam but Dawson counters with a roll up, so Becky goes to a sweet looking Fujiwara armbar that forces Sara to tap.

Winner; Becky Lynch in 2:13

This went different than I expected. Sara Dawson got in more than I thought she would. I like that Becky has multiple submission finishers, as it makes her more dangerous. *

Backstage, Rhyno says that he heard what makes Baron Corbin tick. He wants to teach Baron Corbin a lesson because he's the past, present and future.

Alex Riley vs. Sami Zayn

Kevin Owens joins commentary for this. Alex Riley has new attire which looks pretty good. As Sami Zayn and Alex Riley feel each other out, Owens questions why commentary isn't talking about him and wasting their time discussing Riley. Riley gets some quick near falls before going to the arm. He hits a body block in the corner before bringing out the John Morrison Moonlight Drive for two. Owens is great on commentary, saying that Zayn has lost a step and straight up disrespecting Riley while getting the rest of the team to agree with him. He plays the good father and good husband card but all people talk about is what he did to Sami. Riley hits a TKO for two again. Zayn sends Riley outside and follows with his front flip dive. Owens get up from commentary and levels Zayn.

Winner via disqualification: Sami Zayn in 4:40

Could have been better. Alex Riley got in too much of the offense for me to really enjoy this. **1/4

Kevin Owens finally gets to hit Alex Riley with the apron powerbomb, which makes me a happy man.

[post_title] => 411's WWE NXT Report 4.29.15 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 411s-wwe-nxt-report-4-29-15 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-04-29 21:16:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-04-30 01:16:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395256 [post_author] => 2423 [post_date] => 2015-04-29 20:09:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-30 00:09:05 [post_content] => As the title should make clear, this is purely a review of the tournament matches and not the larger shows the matches took place on.   April 27, 2015 Green Bay, Wisconsin   2015 King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match Dolph Ziggler vs. Wade Barrett Wade got control during a commercial break. Dolph quickly made a comeback. Dolph did a clever reversal of the Bossman Slam and then got a nearfall on a DDT. Wade came back with the Wasteland: 1...2...NO! Wade called for the Bull Hammer. Why does he reverse his elbow pad? Am I missing something? Please tell me in the comments if that has some significance beyond the symbolic. Dolph avoided it and hit a superkick. Sheamus came out to distract Dolph. For some reason, it worked. He showed Dolph some photos of Dolph's face being rubbed in Sheamus' face. A distracted Dolph then ate the Bull Hammer: 1...2...3 They were having a fine match and all, but that finish killed any chance of this match being good or memorable. In a lot of ways, I prefer Barrett as a performer compared to Dolph. Dolph seems like the hotter property, and I wish WWE would run with him on top for a month or two just to see what would happen. Maybe it wouldn't work out, but it's clearly worth trying. Match Rating: **1/2   2015 King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match R-Truth vs. Stardust R-Truth's campaign video for King of the Ring was a promise to get rid of spiders. WWE loves demeaning black wrestlers by turning them into historically racist stereotypes. Stardust got control very quickly, and he worked Truth over. Truth made a comeback Stardust distracted himself by yelling at Booker. Booker trolled Truth about stealing his movez. Stardust went for the Beautiful Disaster, but Truth caught him with the Lie Detector: 1...2...3 This was no fucking good. No fucking good at all. The crowd did not care about either character, and the wrestlers did a 4-5 minute version of a WWE style match which almost never gets over. It just makes the wrestlers seem unimportant. Neither of these men should even be in the tournament unless it's to get squashed by some of the much better wrestlers in it. Match Rating: *   2015 King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus They were battling for control early on. As the match went to commercial, neither man managed to get control still. When we came back, Sheamus was applying the deadly CHINLOCK. We learned Sheamus got control during the break and has been working Ambrose over since. Ambrose put a stop to that with a Nigel. Instead of Ambrose making a comeback, they just started going back and forth. Sheamus hit a powerslam. Ambrose hit a tope suicida. Sheamus avoided Dirty Deeds and applied the Cloverleaf. Ambrose survived and hit the elbow drop. They started to brawl on the floor, and Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick. Dolph Ziggler ran in and attacked Sheamus. Ambrose got DQed for that. Sheamus ran away through the crowd. Ambrose was appropriately pissed off when it was announced that he lost. This was real good until the finish. They managed to do a bunch of little things right in order to make this stand out from your typical WWE TV match. It was different just enough to not feel as cynically formulaic as the first two quarterfinal matches did. These two need to have a PPV match as soon as possible; they are two of the best in the company. Match Rating: ***   2015 King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match Luke Harper vs. Neville These two had a really good (possible great) match in Dragon Gate USA in 2011. Harper was very charismatic in his Smart Mark Video shoot. That did not translate to his promo for this match. Neville hit an early hurricanrana off the apron. Harper then blocked a springboard move and proceeded to work Neville over. Neville fought back and hit a BEAUTIFUL Asai Moonsault. He needs to do more things like that to get really over. Harper hit a superkick and a release-German. Neville came back with the rebound German and a thigh-slappin' kick. LIGER BOMB FROM HARPER: 1...2...NO! Neville came back with a sunset flip powerbomb and then hit Red Arrow: 1...2...3 These two have tremendous chemistry and will be able to put together some great matches together on WWE programming if given the opportunity. They compliment each other's strengths perfectly, as Neville needs someone whom can make his offense look great. Harper has plenty of experience being a base for smaller, flippy dudes. This wasn't really given the opportunity to be special, but they incorporated some spots and movez that are not seen on WWE TV that often. A fine way to end the first night of the tournament. Match Rating: ***   April 28, 2015 Moline, Illinois 2015 King of the Ring Semifinal Match Sheamus vs. Neville Sheamus quickly cut off Neville. He worked Neville over for a while. A few months ago everyone realized Sheamus was going to have to come back as a heel. People (ie: me) were worried that he was going to suffer in the ring because he's such a strong babyface worker. Those people (again, me) were so wrong. Sheamus is just awesome. Tragically, the match did not have a chance to get going properly. Before Neville had a chance to fight back, Dolph Ziggler came out to distract Sheamus. That allowed Neville a chance to recover. Enzuigiri. Red Arrow: 1...2...3 Dolph and Sheamus brawled afterwards. Sheamus got busted open. So far, this tournament has primarily been about Sheamus and Dolph ruining each other's matches. When a tournament only has seven matches, three of them getting ruined to get over a B feud is just terrible. The match was shaping up to be good, but they never got a chance. Match Rating: **1/4   2015 King of the Ring Semifinal Match Wade Barrett vs. R-Truth This should be terrible. Wade quickly cut Truth over and then worked him over. I only just realized that Barrett's name is now officially, "Bad News Barrett." I'll fix it for the finals. Truth made a comeback and got a nearfall with a gourd buster. Truth got a few more nearfalls. Bad News got a nearfall with a shitty Bossman Slam. Not sure whose fault that was. Bad News raked Truth's eyes and then hit the Bull Hammer: 1...2...3 Bad News is so not over. Like, alarmingly not over. There's not much to say about this specific match. R-Truth is basically irredeemable as a wrestler at this point, and this tournament has made clear that he should not be on the roster anymore in a wrestling capacity. I feel bad that two people got saddled with him. Match Rating: *1/2   2015 King of the Ring Finals Bad News Barrett vs. Neville Bad News got control by sending Neville to the floor with a lariat. He worked Neville over for a while after that. He was mostly targeting Neville's back. Yay! In-ring stories. Neville fought back and hit his Asai Moonsault. Neville made a comeback in the ring after that. Bad News came back with the Black Adder Slam (yes, I just changed the name of that one) and Wasteland. Neville avoided the Bull Hammer and got a nearfall with an O'Connor Roll. Bad News avoided the Red Arrow and hit the Bull Hammer: 1...2...3 I'm usually okay with WWE formula. The better talents manage to find a way to work within it to make themselves stand out. This was a case of where the formula got to me a bit too much. Neither Bad News nor Neville manage to break out of the formula here, and it brought the match down for me. This didn't feel like a dramatic conclusion to a tournament. It was just another match. (And one that paled in comparison to the one they had on the PPV pre-show two days earlier!) Match Rating: **3/4   Watch some free matches! Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Zack Sabre Jr. [Yes, you want to watch this. Duh.] Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville CM Punk vs. AJ Styles The Young Bucks vs. The Dudley Boys Biff Busick vs. Timothy Thatcher Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada CM Punk vs. Masato Tanaka The Young Bucks vs. The Hardy Boyz Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles Mike Quackenbush vs. Eddie Kingston Degeneration-X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) vs. Chris Jericho & The Big Show vs. John Cena & The Undertaker Sara Del Rey & Madison Eagles vs. Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada The Briscoes & Naomichi Marufuji vs Matt Sydal, Atsushi Aoki, & Ricky Marvin Chris Sabin vs. Johnny Gargano Samoa Joe vs. Takeshi Morishima Drew McIntyre vs. Roderick Strong The Great Muta vs. Genichiro Tenryu Jushin Liger & Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki & Masakatsu Funaki Paul London vs. Johnny Drinko Butabi Davey Richards vs. Kyle O’Reilly Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin Kenny Omega vs. KAI [post_title] => Views from the Hawke's Nest: WWE King of the Ring Tournament 2015 Review [post_excerpt] => I should have known better... [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => views-from-the-hawkes-nest-wwe-king-of-the-ring-tournament-2015-review [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-04-29 20:09:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-04-30 00:09:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => face3_wrestling [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 395748 [post_author] => 395 [post_date] => 2015-05-03 14:31:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-03 18:31:22 [post_content] => Introduction As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS * Yuji Nagata, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, Ryusuke Taguchi & Kushida via pin [***¼] * Kota Ibushi & Yohei Komatsu defeated Tetsuya Naito & Sho Tanaka via submission [***] * Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma defeated Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall via pin [**] * IWGP Jr Tag Team Title Match: The Young Bucks defeated Champions Roppongi Vice and reDRagon to become the new champions via pin [***¾] * IWGP Jr Heavyweight Title Match: Champion Kenny Omega defeated Alex Shelley via pin [***] * Michael Bennett, Matt Taven & Maria Kanellis defeated Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Amber O’Neal via pin [Drizzling Shits] * Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata defeated Toru Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & Tomohiro Ishii via pin [**½] * AJ Styles & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI via pin [***] * IWGP IC Title Match: Hirooki Goto defeated Champion Shinsuke Nakamura to become the new champion via pin [****]
Yuji Nagata, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, Ryusuke Taguchi & Kushida: This was a really nice way to open the show. Everyone was working hard, they kept a great pace, KUSHIDA and Dorada continue to work well in these matches, which has to be (HAS TO BE!) a tease for this year’s super juniors tournament. It just all worked well together as it felt that they all went out there and decided, “yeah, we’re going to kick this bitch off the right way tonight”. You always need a strong and entertaining opener, and this accomplished that. Nagata got the pin for his team on the Captain. Kota Ibushi & Yohei Komatsu defeated Tetsuya Naito & Sho Tanaka: We’re off to a good start with back to back good matches, although I enjoyed the opener a little bit more than this. Komatsu and Tanaka continue to work hard and are growing as performers. This was another one of those tags (established talent and young lion teaming) that is designed to give the young lions exposure and time to shine, and they got that here including the fact that they were involved in the finish instead of relying on the established guys getting a win that they did not need. Komatsu made Tanaka submit to the single leg crab, and then post match Ibushi wanted nothing to do with Naito’s handshake. Foreshadowing. Good work all around here. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma defeated Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall: This was not at the level of the previous two matches, but was fine. For the most part is was there, a little disjointed at times but certainly not bad. Tonga sold for his team most of the time, but Hall ate a lariat from Kojima and then the KOKESHI from Honma and that was that. Moving along… The Young Bucks defeated Champions Roppongi Vice & reDRagon to become the new champions: This was a really fun match, but never quite got great, but it was heading there. They mixed in some comedy and the big spots included Trent doing a suplerplex on Matt to the floor onto pile, and then the Bucks hitting the INDYTAKER on the floor. The crowd was in and out of the match, which hurt it a bit, but that’s likely due to the nature of the way the juniors are booked and the fact that it’s pretty much variations on the same guys. They protected reDRagon here, which seems to be the next feud but they seriously need to elevate some young lions and or bring in more guys and get the booking solidified for the juniors. The match was really good, as you’d expect from all involved. Champion Kenny Omega defeated Alex Shelley: This was a good match overall, but was held back by all of the shenanigans from the Bucks and KUSHIDA. You got the usual wackiness from Kenny Omega that you come to expect from his matches, but the work was good and Shelley was on point. I know that it’s the Bullet Club’s shtick and all, but the bullshit with pulling out the ref and such and then KUSHIDA’s involvement really held things back for me. It protects Shelley as he had things won when the ref was pulled out and all, but it’s not what I am looking for from New Japan. This was an example of the overbooking taking what could have been a very good match and only allowing it to be good. Michael Bennett, Matt Taven & Maria Kanellis defeated Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Amber O’Neal: I hated every portion of this match and it is exactly what I do not want from New Japan. I had been entertained by Anderson’s Maria infatuation going into this, but this played to the lowest common denominator like a bad Raw angle and the crowd laughed at it; they were not into it at all. It was a giant game of grab ass, with Maria pinning Amber. She then ate the Magic Killer from Gallows and Anderson. This was the opposite of good and easily the worst thing on the show. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata defeated Toru Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & Tomohiro Ishii: This was one of those matches that was designed to set the table for future singles matches (Tanahashi vs. Yano, Shibata vs. Sakuraba and Makabe vs. Ishii). They all got their stuff in and it was perfectly fine, as Tanahashi got some revenge on Yano with a hair pull into the cradle (which Yano has done to him several times in the past few months). It as fine for what it was, and while I don’t feel it’s ideal, I do appreciate the fact that New Japan has no issue with dropping Tanahashi down at times and having him lose to get him out of the top spot for a while. Other companies should take note. AJ Styles & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI: This was another good tag team match, and an overall fine semi-main event to help set the stage for Styles vs. Okada. On the recent shows, Okada & YOSHI-HASHI (sometimes with others) has been in tag team action against Bullet Club as a way to build to this match, and Okada’s overall journey to recover from losing the title and then the losses to Fale. Okada is now back on track and was looking to get the upper hand here. Again, this was a good match and while he took the fall, YOSHI-HASHI worked really hard and came off well here in the semi-main event. Styles win with the Clash, they did a post match angle and Okada stood tall with the belt to send the champion a message. This was another good match, the theme of the show for the most part. Hirooki Goto defeated Champion Shinsuke Nakamura to become the new champion: While not a match of the year candidate, this was a really good main event and easily the best thing on the show. They worked a very pleasant pacing overall, and a physical style that worked well. This wasn’t that crazy Ishii vs. Makabe shit from the other day (and that’s a good thing) but it had a nice fight feel to it. The beat part of things is that they worked the story so that you could feel that Goto not only had a chance to win, but was gaining confidence on the dominant champion. Goto finally scored with the Shouten Kai to become the 11th IWGP IC Champion. At first I was torn about the outcome, Nakamura is an excellent IC Champion and does so much for the belt; but you have to move on eventually. He has worked so hard to establish that title that it can survive without him, and now frees us up for some interesting things. A possible G1 win for Nakamura, a feud with Okada and down the line, you revisit the Ibushi feud (maybe he gets a long run with the IC Title to prepare him). Also Goto finally needed to win something of substance, and this fits the bill. Overall this was a very good main event to close out the show. * End scene. * Thanks for reading.
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