Archive for November, 2012

[TV Review] NXT – 11/28/2012

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With two weeks to go until NXT Champion Seth Rollins defends against #1 contender Jinder Mahal, the focus shifts towards that feud with an in-ring confrontation between both men mediated by WWE announcer Michael Cole. Also on NXT, Trent Barreta attempts to get revenge against Leo Kruger for last week’s attack and in the main event Team Hell No defends the WWE Tag Team Championship against Michael McGillicutty and Johnny “Not Fandango Quite Yet, Bro” Curtis.

Click “read more” for a review of this week’s show. For a more detailed recap, check out my coverage over at Lords of Evolution.

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[TV Review] IMPACT Wrestling – 11/29/2012

This week on IMPACT Wrestling, it’s “Championship Thursday” and a shot at Rob Van Dam‘s X-Division Title is on the line, AJ Styles loses his wrestling mojo, Bully Ray and Hulk Hogan butt heads, and TNA all but forgets it has a PPV coming up in 10 days.

Click “read more” for quick match results and a review of the episode. For a full recap, check out my coverage over at Pro Wrestling Ponderings.

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[Etc. News] Former Freebird Buddy “Jack” Roberts Passes Away at 65

Roberts (pictured right) with his Freebirds cohorts Michael Hayes (center) and the late Terry Gordy (left)

It is sad to report that one-third of the legendary Fabulous Freebirds trio, Buddy “Jack” Roberts, has passed away at the age of 65. Although he had a string of health problems later in life, including a battle with throat cancer, the cause of death is currently undetermined.

Roberts is undeniably best known as the third member of The Fabulous Freebirds, a wrestling trio that included Michael “P.S” Hayes and the late Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy, that most notably shook up the wrestling world in the early to mid-1980’s with their feud against The Von Erichs in Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling. The feud, which raged on for a decade in various forms, is seen as one of the greatest wrestling feud/rivalries of all-time. Roberts also had a notable feud in WCCW with “Iceman” King Parsons which resulted in the loss of his hair and the subsequent wearing of a wig under amateur wrestling headgear, a gimmick that Kurt Angle would himself use during his WWE run.

As a younger wrestling fan who was born just after the Freebirds/Von Erichs feud cooled off I never really got to see Roberts do his thing outside of random scattered matches on WWE Classics on Demand. However I’ve always enjoyed his work on one level or another; he was the guy on The Freebirds who normally took the pinfall loss or the one who did the majority of the bumping against The Von Erichs or other foes. He also gave good interviews and had a very distinct voice which he was unfortunately robbed of due to the cancer. In essence he was the less appreciated member of The Freebirds, but still performed an integral role and he will be missed by wrestling fans new and old alike.

Rest in peace, Buddy Jack.

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[TV Results] WWE Main Event – 11/28/2012

Another WWE Main Event has come and gone; here are the results/storylines notes from this week’s episode. All information comes from Chris Shore‘s live coverage over at ProWrestling.net.

*****

Match Results:

  • John Cena pinned Damien Sandow (19:30).
  • [WWE United States Champion] Antonio Cesaro pinned Zack Ryder (8:49).

Segment/Etc. Notes:

  • Commentary was handled by Michael Cole and JBL.
  • The Josh Matthews post-match backstage interview with Damien Sandow was just Matthews reading a note Sandow had written proclaiming “enlightenment was postponed due to ignorance”.
  • Next week’s showcase match pits champion against champion, as WWE I.C. Champion Kofi Kingston takes on WWE U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro. The match was made official after the Cesaro/Ryder match, when Kingston came out post-Cesaro promo and told him to back up his claim as being the greatest champion in WWE history.

*****

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[TV Recap] WWE Raw – 11/26/2012

Raw 11/26 Preview:

  • After putting Ryback through a table not once but twice last week, the mysterious “NX3” (Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns) have a lot to answer for and tonight Michael Cole will try to get those answers in their first ever live interview.
  • Vickie Guerrero brings out even more evidence of a John Cena/AJ Lee “affair”. Deja vu, much? Also the John Cena/Dolph Ziggler feud that has sprung from this scandal continues and it’s Ziggler’s turn for revenge after being locked in an STF last Friday on Smackdown.
  • The Sheamus/The Big Show feud continues as we get closer to their “Chairs match” at next month’s TLC.
  • As of today, the WWE Championship reign of CM Punk has lasted 371 days with no end in sight. However Ryback is still on the hunt. Will there be a match announced for TLC? Who knows!

Click “read more” for a full and detailed recap of the event, plus my own thoughts and analysis (now with fewer letter grades!).

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[Indy Wrestling News] CHIKARA ‘Under the Hood 2012’ Lineup for Sunday

This Sunday, CHIKARA presents Under the Hood live on iPPV. This big show will “end” the 11th season of the promotion, so expect a whole lot of storyline payoffs and other important events to go down. Here is the scheduled lineup for the show, then check below for ordering information.

  • Main Event: Eddie Kingston (c) Vs. Tim Donst for the CHIKARA Grand Championship
  • The Young Bucks (c) Vs. 123 Kid/Marty Jannetty for the Campeonatos de Parejas
  • “Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti (c) Vs. ACH for the Young Lions Cup
  • Crossbones/???/The Spectral Envoy (UltraMantis Black/Hallowicked/Frightmare) Vs. Delirious/Ophidian/The Batiri (Obariyon/Kodama/Kobald)
  • 3.0 (Shane Matthews/Scott Parker) Vs. F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano) in a #1 Contenders Match
  • Mike Quackenbush/The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant, AssailANT) Vs. Jigsaw/The Shard/Soldier Ant/DeviANT
  • Dasher Hatfield Vs. Icarus

CHIKARA’s Under the Hood 2012 airs this Sunday at 4pm/3pm Central. You can order the iPPV for 16.99 over at Smart Mark Video on Demand.

[TV Results] WWE Friday Night Smackdown – 11/23/2012

This week on Smackdown, Kofi Kingston actually defends the Intercontinental Championship, The Miz invites John Cena onto MizTV, Ryback eats The Prime Time Players alive, and the R-Truth/Antonio Cesaro feud continues much to the joy of…I don’t know, someone probably.

Click “read more” for results/storyline notes from the show, taken from Jake Barnett‘s coverage of the event on ProWrestling.net.

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