Wrestling’s 4R’s 11.12.12: WWE Smackdown. TNA Impact Wrestling & DGUSA Freedom Fight Reviewed
How the 4R’s of wRestling Work!
Here is a quick explanation of the 4R’s. The column will run TWO times a week. THREE if there is a PPV. We will group our feelings on the shows in various categories: The Right, the wRong and the Ridiculous. The Right is stuff that worked very well: a great promo, a great match and so on. PuRgatoRy is a section between the right and wrong. It shows equal traits from both sides that cannot be ignored and needs discussed. It is not a bad place per say, as things can get remedied or go the wrong way the very next week. The wRong is what it sounds like: bad matches, bad or boring promos and so on. The Ridiculous is stuff that had no right on TV: Stupid angles and so on. And there is always a possibility of a 5th R, which is as bad as they come. This column is supposed to be analytical, and at the right time very critical of the shows, it was the whole reason it was created. This is not a “mark” column, nor a “smark” column, our goal is to analyze the show from many different fronts, reward the good and call out the bad. We will not apologize for our opinions, they are as they are, whether positive or negative.
By: Greg DeMarco
Impact Wrestling 11.08.12 (LIVE):
* Bobby Roode pinned AJ Styles in 14:54 [4/6]
* ODB beat Tara & Jesse Godderz in 2:37 [3/6]
* Sting & Kurt Angle beat Devon & Doc by disqualification in 5:39 [3/6]
* Magnus, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian beat Television Champion Samoa Joe and World Tag Team Champions Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hernandez in 10:52 [4/6]
[If you're not familiar with these ratings, it's my own Personal Entertainment Factor. I use a scale of 1-6 (6, in honor of the number of sides TNA's ring should have), so there's no middle rating.]
Bobby Roode vs. AJ Styles: Easily the match of the night, and it probably should have been the main event of the show. However, TNA advertised this as the opener, so they see some money making potential in them. That’s a good sign. Storm’s involvement was obvious here, but it was kept pretty minimal, so I am okay with it. Their PPV outing could be a match of the year candidate.
ODB vs. Tara & Jesse Goddrez: Surprised? So am I! This match was far better than I would have expected. And it’s mainly because of ODB. If this leads to ODB vs. Tara, I’m all for it. I am still worried that it’s really just a way to move Godderz up the card. It ain’t working.
Christian York’s Gut Check Answer is Yes: I am glad they didn’t manufacture a “No” from one of the judges to make it suspenseful. York obviously earned a contract, and we really needed a Zema Ion run-in to jump-start a program for York. Strike while the iron’s hot, right?
Sting & Kurt Angle vs. Devon & Doc: Worst match of the four on this show, but it was still good enough to be “right.” The Sting attack of the end was brutal, and should really end the Stinger’s career. It won’t, because it’s TNA, where Sting is still considered a full-time talent.
Samoa Joe, Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels, Kazarian & Magnus: Another match that delivers this week? Yup! This could have opened the show, but it’s good to see these guys get some “main event” love (in quotes since we ended with a promo).
Austin Aries & Jeff Hardy promo: Aries ends the night strong, which he should. Jeff Hardy took one hell of a bump off of the ladder. This match doesn’t feel like he main event of the PPV, as they’ve actually made Styles-Storm-Roode feel bigger. But I know it will deliver on Sunday.
Joey Ryan, Hulk Hogan and (later) Matt Morgan promo: I really like the fact that Hulk Hogan is putting Matt Morgan over. This can only lead to good things. Ryan’s getting better at delivering the “non-indie” promo.
This was a great go home show for Turning Point. And it shows a fundamental issue with the Bound For Glory Series. A world title feud needs time to build, and it’s really hard to pull that off when you have the BFG Series. Maybe end it earlier? Regardless, this was a great show, and the pay-per-view is actually being sold as a “turning point” in several storylines. That’s unheard of in wrestling—it makes sense, it maintains continuity, and it’s entertaining. See, it CAN be done!
SHOW RATING: 9
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 – 0.9: Torture
By: Larry Csonka
* IC Title Match: Kofi Kingston © defeated The Miz @ 12:00 via pin [**½]
* The Prime Time Players defeated Mysterio and Cara @ 4:00 via pin [*¾]
* Wade Barrett and Big Show defeated William Regal and Sheamus @ 13:00 via pin [***]
* Falls Count Anywhere Match: Randy Orton defeated Alberto Del Rio @ 22:00 [**¾]
KOFI BEATS MIZ…AND IS KIND OF A DICK ABOUT IT: The opening match on the Super Not So Live Smackdown this week was a rematch between Miz and Kofi Kingston. These guys have solid chemistry so I was happy to see that we’d be getting the match, especially since it played off of Miz getting the cheap victory on the previous Smackdown. They got a decent amount of time and had a solid match, which Kofi once again won. I am happy to say that because Kofi needs to be solidified as the champion, and move onto a good feud aside from Miz. With Miz leaving team Punk, and his offer of a handshake, I don’t think that it is out of the question to see Miz turn face sometime soon. On that note, they are really pushing the more serious Kofi, as was a complete dick and dropkicked Miz when he offered his handshake. I think that it is good that they are building a more serious Kofi in the ring, and with how over he is, especially with the kids, that’s a good thing. I am not sure if he is a main event star like some people think, but I am willing to give him a chance.
BARRET AND SHOW DEFEAT THE REGAL ONE AND THE GINGER: While some scoffed at the pub brawl angle this week, I actually liked it as it had a different feel to it. Sure it was a bit silly, but it got Regal involved on a UK show, and that is always a good thing. Also, it adds to the brewing saga between Sheamus and Show, which has been done well, and keeps Barrett involved near the main event. We ended up with a good tag team match, everyone played their roles well, and the world champion looked dominant. Some complained about the finish, and while I think regal is awesome, he isn’t full time, and Big Show is a giant. Show shaking off the knee trembler and destroying Regal with the KO shot was the right finish in this instance. This was good stuff, and I just wish Regal was used more often.
OPENING TALKY BIT…AGAIN I know, broken record time, I have talked about this in the past, and will continue to talk about it. I am not a big fan of the show opening interview segment. I know why they do it, but it now appears to be a crutch that shows use 95% or more of the time. Sure they set up matches and advance angles, but when I see the show opening interview, unless I am recapping, I tend to fade off and not pay attention, because it bores me. Yes there is a purpose; yes it helped further the Show vs. Sheamus feud and a set up a match for later in the show. But it is also a crutch that they rely on way too much. I just want something different.
THE PTP DEFEAT LOS HOMBRES ENMASCARADOS: The Prime Time Players defeated Mysterio and Cara on Smackdown this week, and while it was a win that was needed, it felt like a complete throw away. They have been feuding, on TV, PPV and house shows, and then they decide to give the PTPs a “big” victory, and it is in a four-minute match on a show that didn’t get advertised. While JBL tried to make this feel important, this just felt so, pedestrian. This match deserved more time, it deserved to be treated importantly, and it should have felt like an important victory for the PTPs. Unfortunately, this just felt like any other solid TV match. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the PTPs got a clean win over Rey and Cara, it just should have felt like a bigger deal in my opinion.
ORTON BEAT DEL RIO…AGAIN: Randy Orton defeated Alberto Del Rio, again, and overall it was “fine.” The match overall was fine, but it was built up over weeks and made to be the big main event of this show, and it felt very average. They worked hard, but the match felt like a good 14-minute match stretched to 22. The backstage stuff took the crowd out of things, and it felt like a very average TV version of a good match. I am not saying that we needed blood, crazy spots and tons of weapon shots; but at the same time, it just lacked that hate and intensity that a match like this should have had. Instead, we got a solid affair to end a solid, but again, unspectacular show. I know some liked it more than I did, and that is cool, but it just never clicked big for me.
This week’s show was a little better than the past weeks, but unfortunately this did not come off as must see TV, and that is proof because most people forgot that the damn show was on Tuesday. Orton vs. Del Rio didn’t draw the people in, the LIE of it being LIVE didn’t draw people in; bottom line, Smackdown is a fine TV show, but far from anything that any fan will go out of their way to see on a weekly basis. I guess solid but unspectacular is better than bad, but not by much.
SHOW RATING: 6.9
0 – 0.9: Torture
By: Larry Csonka
* Jon Davis defeated EITA via pin [**]
* Tony Neese & Papadon defeated The Scene via pin [**]
* Arik Cannon defeated ACH via pin [**]
* The Super Smash Brothers defeated Jigsaw and Fire Ant via pin [***]
* NO DQ Match: Rich Swann defeated Chuck Taylor via pin [***]
* Cima defeated Sami Callihan via pin [***¾]
* Samuray Del Sol & El Generico defeated Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito via pin [****]
* Open the Freedom Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano defeated Ricochet, Akira Tozawa and AR Fox via pin [****½]
The opening bouts of the show were acceptable, but nothing special. The Scene need to go ASAP and take Larry Dallas with them. They are stale, they never got over he whole time there, and just aren’t good. I would like to see more of Tony Neese & Papadon. Arik Cannon defeating ACH was head scratching in my opinion. Jon Davis’ angle has been great as he has been made out to be a complete beast, especially over the course of the weekend.
Above I have sectioned off the matches, because I feel that the show was a three-part event, with constant build to the main event. The Super Smash Brothers defeated Jigsaw and Fire Ant in a good tag team match/ SSB have been great in the DGUSA universe and I want to see more of them, and I also think that the CHIKARA guys need to make more appearances as they work hard, are something different, and simply deliver. Swann vs. Taylor was also good, but lacked the heat I thought it would have. Unfortunately that has been a weak point for DGUSA and EVOLVE, getting that super hot audience.
So after the soft open, the show picked up in the middle portion, and from there, shit got great. Cima defeated Sami Callihan in a very good back and forth match. The action was great, and while I think that Callihan needed the win more, I cannot fault them for the great action they provided. We returned to tag team action with Samuray Del Sol & El Generico defeated Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito. Samuray Del Sol & El Generico have been money in 2012 for DGUSA and EVOLVE, delivering as partners and opponents. El Generico is one of if not the best PPV wrestlers of 2012, why this man is not under contract to someone is still a mystery to me.
Finally we had the main event, and best match on the show. An Open the Freedom Gate Title match, which saw Johnny Gargano defeat Ricochet, Akira Tozawa and AR Fox to retain his title. The audience finally got into something to the point that it felt like a real main event caliber match. Some spectacular exchanges, and the big story was whether or not Gargano could not only survive, but also retain after the beatings he suffered at the hands of Jon Davis. Great action, great wrestling with a great story and crowd reaction make this a must see match. This was an awesome match and the kind of thing that DGUSA can deliver with the talent that they have.
At the end of the day, this was a PPV that was built well. It had the solid open, picked up in the middle and they hit a homerun with the final three matches. And that is why the show ranks in the top tier of my PPVs of the year.
SHOW RATING: 8.4
What the numbers mean..
0 – 0.9: Torture
As a reminder, this is not a basic “how good was the show” number like a TV show, as I have always felt that a PPV is very different from a regular show. I have always judged PPV on how they built to a match, the match quality, crowd reactions to matches and angles, the overall booking, how the PPV leads into the future, PPV price and so on and so forth. I have added this in here for an explanation since so many have asked, and I have previously discussed it on podcasts. I understand that this may seem different, but that is how I grade. Obviously your criteria may be different.
YEAR IN REVIEW (PPV) by Csonka:
* New Japan Pro Wrestling’s King of Pro Wrestling iPPV – 9.5
* ROH Glory By Honor iPPV – 8.5
* Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur iPPV 8.4
* TNA Destination X – 8.3
* DGUSA Open Freedom Fight 2012 iPPV – 8.4
* DGUSA Open the Ultimate Gate 2012 iPPV – 8.2
* DGUSA Mercury Rising 2012 iPPV – 8.1
* WWE Extreme Rules – 8.0
* EVOLVE 13 iPPV – 8.0
* ROH Border Wars iPPV – 8.0
* WWE WrestleMania 28 – 7.9
* DGUSA Enter the Dragon Gate 2012 iPPV – 7.8
* DGUSA Fearless 2012 iPPV – 7.7
* TNA Hardcore Justice – 7.7
* DGUSA Untouchable 2012 iPPV – 7.6
* ROH Best in the World iPPV – 7.5
* TNA Bound for Glory – 7.5
* ROH 10th Anniversary iPPV – 7.4
* TNA Slammiversary – 7.4
* ROH Showdown in the Sun: Night One iPPV – 7.4
* EVOLVE 12 iPPV – 7.3
* TNA Sacrifice – 7.2
* EVOLVE 16 iPPV – 7.1
* WWE Money in the Bank – 7.0
* EVOLVE 17 iPPV – 7.0
* EVOLVE 14 iPPV – 7.0
* EVOLVE 11 iPPV – 7.0
* ROH Boiling Point iPPV – 7.0
* WWE Summerslam – 6.9
* EVOLVE 15 iPPV – 6.8
* TNA No Surrender – 6.7
* WWE Night of Champions – 6.6
* TNA Victory Road – 6.5
* TNA Against All Odds – 6.5
* WWE Over the Limit – 6.5
* CZW Down with the Sickness iPPV 5.0
* TNA Genesis – 5.0
* WWE Royal Rumble – 5.0
* WWE Hell in a Cell – 5.0
* WWE No Way Out – 4.9
* WWE Elimination Chamber – 4.0
* TNA Lockdown – 3.0
TOP PPV MATCHES:
* From NJPW King of Pro Wrestling iPPV – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki [*****]
* From The ROH Showdown in the Sun: Night Two iPPV –ROH Title Match: Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin [****¾]
* From The ROH Glory By Honor iPPV – ROH Title Match:
Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin [****¾]
* Open the Freedom Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet vs. Akira Tozawa vs. AR Fox [****½]
* From WWE Over the Limit – WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan [****½]
* From WWE WrestleMania 28 – Hell in a Cell: The Undertaker vs. Triple H [****½]
* From DGUSA’s Untouchable 2012 – CIMA and AR Fox vs. El Generico and Samuray Del Sol [****½]
* From The ROH Glory By Honor iPPV – Jay Lethal vs. Davey Richards [****¼]
* From WWE Night of Champions – WWE Title Match – John Cena vs. CM Punk [****¼]
* From DGUSA’s Enter the Dragon Gate 2012 iPPV – I QUIT Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor [****¼]
* From TNA Slammiversary – Tag Team Title Match: Kaz and Daniels vs. Kurt Angle and AJ Styles [****¼]
* From WWE Extreme Rules – World Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus [****¼]
* From DGUSA’s Mercury Rising 2012 – Low Ki, BxB Hulk and Akira Tozawa vs. Ricochet, PAC and Mazaaki Mochizuki [****¼]
* From EVOLVE 11 iPPV – Fit Finlay vs. Sami Calihan [****¼]
* From TNA Destination X – TNA Title Match – Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode [****¼]
* Samuray Del Sol & El Generico defeated Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito [****]
* From TNA Bound for Glory – Street Fight – Bobby Roode vs. James Storm [****]
* From TNA Bound for Glory – World Title Match – Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy [****]
* From NJPW King of Pro Wrestling iPPV – Low Ki vs. Kota Ibushi [****]
* From NJPW King of Pro Wrestling iPPV – Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson [****]
* From TNA No Surrender – AJ Styles and Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian [****]
* From TNA Hardcore Justice – Bound for Glory Series Ladder Match – AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe [****]
* From TNA Hardcore Justice – TNA Title Match – Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode [****]
* From DGUSA’s Enter the Dragon Gate 2012 iPPV – Open the United Gate Tag Team Title Match: AR Fox and CIMA vs. Rich Swann and Ricochet [****]
* From WWE Extreme Rules – John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar [****]
* From WWE Money in the Bank- WWE Title Match: Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk [****]
* From WWE Extreme Rules – WWE Title Match: Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk [****]
* From EVOLVE 11 iPPV – Low Ki vs. El Generico [****]
* From EVOLVE 13 iPPV – El Generico vs. Sami Calihan [****]
* From DGUSA’s Untouchable 2012 – Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozowa [****]
* From DGUSA’s Mercury Rising 2012 – Open the Freedom Gate Title Match – Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino [****]
* From DGUSA’s Open the Ultimate Gate 2012 – Open the United Gate Tag Title Match: Chuck Taylor vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet and Masato Yoshino [****]
* From DGUSA’s Open the Ultimate Gate 2012 – Akira Tozowa vs. Masaaki Mochizuki [****]
* From WWE WrestleMania 28 – WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho [****]
* From The ROH Best in the World iPPV – Hybrid Fighting Rules: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly [****]
* From The ROH Showdown in the Sun: Night One iPPV – Last Man Standing Match – Kevin Steen vs. El Generico [****]
* From TNA Sacrifice – AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle [****]
* From TNA Destination X – Last Man Standing Match – AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels [****]
* Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur iPPV – Ladder Match: Gran Akuma vs. Icarus [****]
* From EVOLVE 17 iPPV – Samuray Del Sol vs. El Generico [****]
* From EVOLVE 15 iPPV – Samuray Del Sol vs. El Generico [****]
* From EVOLVE 14 iPPV – Samuray Del Sol vs. El Generico [****]
* From DGUSA’s Enter the Dragon Gate 2012 iPPV – I QUIT MATCH: Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor [****]
* From DGUSA’s Enter the Dragon Gate 2012 iPPV – Open the United Gate Tag Team Title Match: AR Fox and CIMA vs. Rich Swann and Ricochet [****]
* From TNA Bound for Glory – Tag Team Title Match – Daniels & Kaz vs. Angle & Styles vs. Chavo & Hernandez [***¾]
* From The ROH Glory By Honor iPPV – Adam Cole vs. Eddie Edwards [***¾]
* From EVOLVE 17 iPPV – Ricochet vs. AR Fox [***¾]
* From WWE Night of Champions – Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler [***¾]
* From WWE No Way Out – WWE Title Match – CM Punk vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan [***¾]
* From TNA Destination X – Bound For Glory Series Match: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe [***¾]
* From TNA Slammiversary – X-Division Title Match: Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe [***¾]
* Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur iPPV – Campeonatos de Parejas Match: Chuck Taylor vs. Johnny Gargano © vs. The Young Bucks [***¾]
* From NJPW King of Pro Wrestling iPPV – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto [***¾]
* Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur iPPV – Lucha de Apuesta: Mask vs. Hair Match: Hallowicked vs. Tim Donst [***¾]
* Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur iPPV – Eddie Kingston, Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, Soldier Ant & Green Ant defeated 17, The Shard, assailANT, combatANT, deviANT [***¾]
* From TNA Sacrifice – Austin Aries vs. Bully Ray [***¾]
* From TNA Lockdown – Bobby Roode vs. James Storm [***¾]
* From WWE Over the Limit – World Title Match – Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio [***¾]
* From WWE WrestleMania 28 – The Rock vs. John Cena [***¾]
* From The ROH Best in the World iPPV – ROH World Title Match: Davey Richards © vs. Kevin Steen [***¾]
* From The ROH Border Wars iPPV – ROH World Title Match: Davey Richards © vs. Kevin Steen [***¾]
* From The ROH Showdown in the Sun: Night One iPPV – ROH World Title Match: Davey Richards © vs. Roderick Strong vs. Eddie Edwards [***¾]
* From TNA Victory Road – Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy [***¾]
* From TNA Against All Odds – TNA X-Division Title Match: Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley [***¾]
* From The ROH 10th Anniversary iPPV – Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole vs. Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly [***¾]
* From DGUSA’s Mercury Rising 2012 – El Generico vs. Lince Dorado vs. Rich Swann vs. Cima vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Samurai Del Sol [***¾]
* From EVOLVE 12 iPPV – Fit Finlay vs. Jon Davis [***¾]
* From EVOLVE 12 iPPV – AR Fox vs. Sami Calihan [***¾]
* From EVOLVE 13 iPPV – Low Ki vs. Jon Davis [***¾]
* From EVOLVE 13 iPPV – DGUSA Open the Dream Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano vs. AR Fox [***¾]
* CZW Down with the Sickness iPPV – Title Unification Ladder Match: AR Fox (CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion) vs. Dave Crist (CZW Wired Television Champion) [***¾]
* From WWE Hell in a Cell – World Title Match – Sheamus vs. Big Show [***¾]
* From DGUSA’s Fearless 2012 – Jon Davis vs. Akira Tozawa [***¾]
* From DGUSA’s Fearless 2012 – Ryo Saito and Genki Horiguchi vs. The Super Smash Bros [***¾]
* From DGUSA’s Fearless 2012 – AR Fox vs. Riccochet [***¾]
* Cima defeated Sami Callihan [***¾]
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Thoughts From The Man Cave: Friday Night Lights (Season One): 411’s Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to look back at season one of Friday Night Lights. We’ll look at all the major plots of the season including the Dillon Panthers march to the state title, the awesomeness of The Smash, the love stories of just about everyone in the school, and everything in between. If you enjoyed the show then this is a great way to look back on things. You can listen to the show at this link.
Thoughts From The Man Cave: Friday Night Lights (Season Two): 411’s Steve Cook joins the Man Cave to review Friday Night Lights season 2. We’ll look at all the major storylines including Coach Taylor returning to Dillon, Landry emerging as the best character on the show, Matt Saracen driving people away, and everything in between. We’ll also complain about this season having no conclusion as it was cut short due to the writers strike. If you enjoyed the show, this is a great way to look back at things. You can listen to the show at this link.
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Oh, they’re pretty…
PRETTY FUCKING GREAT!