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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[TV Review] WWE Superstars – 11/22/2012

This week on Superstars, Zack Ryder/Santino Marella square off against 3MB and in the “main event” Darren Young is in singles action against Justin Gabriel.

Since this is a short show, check out my review of it right below. If you’re looking for a more full and detailed recap check out my coverage over at Lords of Evolution.

*****

Match #1: 3MB (Heath Slater/Jinder Mahal) [w/ Drew McIntyre] defeated Zack Ryder/Santino Marella in 8:48.

  • This was billed as a “Survivor Series pre-show rematch” but to be honest this is more like a rematch of the last 5,000 times they’ve worked together since 3MB first began. That being said the two teams do work well together and this was another decent match with the highlight being Marella showing off some of his actual wrestling talent in the midst of his normal comedy routine. The guy has way more talent than any of us probably realize. Also as a side note, I think McIntyre might be the highlight of 3MB; he’s really taken a shine to the gimmick and is outshining even Slater at this point on presence alone. (C+)

Main Event: Justin Gabriel [w/ Tyson Kidd] pinned Darren Young [w/ Titus O’Neil] in 9:08.

  • Considering that last week’s Superstars main event was The Great Khali Vs. JTGI automatically consider this an upgrade (I also didn’t watch last week but I can assume it was pretty terrible because, seriously, The Great Khali). This turned out to be a pretty decent singles match that was given a good amount of TV time thanks to the fact WWE overlooks this show and probably doesn’t regulate it at all. O’Neil was fun acting as Young’s coach, blowing a whistle and yelling “TOUCHDOWN!” after a particularly brutal move. And if you’ve seen Gabriel in action before you know he can bring the thunder and did so here. Even though this was a singles match and Gabriel has far more singles experience (and wins), I was still surprised to see him get the nod here; seems like The Prime Time Players are higher on the WWE food chain so I just sort of expect them to win against lower level talent no matter a singles or tag team match. But I’m not disappointed in who won at all. (B-)

Other Points of Interest:

  • Scott Stanford and Matt Striker handled commentary and yes Striker’s creepstache is still in full effect. Shudder.
  • The show featured two RAW Rebounds: the first showed the Vickie/AJ/Cena/Ziggler in-ring confrontation in its entirety and the second was a video package that highlighted CM Punk’s celebration of being WWE Champion for one year (including Ryback getting sent through a table once again by Ambrose/Rollins/Reigns).
  • No mention was made of Thanksgiving on this episode since Superstars mainly (if not exclusively) airs in foreign markets.

*****

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[TV Recap] NXT – 11/21/2012

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This week on NXT, Camacho tries to collect the 50,000 dollar bounty on Big E Langston‘s head, Paige takes it to WWE Diva Alicia FoxBronson continues to be a wrecking ball, and in the main event Trent Barreta takes on Kassius Ohno…or does he?

Click “read more” for a full recap of the show. (Note: the full recaps will be moving to Lords of Evolution starting next week, so my weekly NXT coverage on this site will move to a quicker “review” style starting then).

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[TV Results] WWE Main Event – 11/21/2012

Here are the results from this week’s episode of Main Event on Ion Television. I watched the show but didn’t pay enough attention for analysis so we’re going to bare bones it like we usually do. All the more detailed stuff can be found over at ProWrestling.net thanks to Chris Shore who has a way better attention than I…ooo squirrel!

Match Results:

  1. Dolph Ziggler pinned The Miz.
  2. Wade Barrett pinned Justin Gabriel.

Segment/Storyline/Etc. Notes:

  • JBL joined Michael Cole on commentary this week since Cole’s normal co-host, The Miz, was in action.
  • Before their match, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler had a heated confrontation on the microphone. Ziggler essentially called Miz washed up while Miz hit back with accusations that Ziggler is a choke artist who always drops the ball when it matters most. Ziggler slapped Miz and the ref entered the ring, getting the match started right away.
  • After the match, Matt Striker attempted to interview Dolph Ziggler in the ring, but Ziggler grabbed the mic and shooed him away. Ziggler said that over the past week, he has proved that he is better than everyone in the locker room and warned them that he was just getting started, also throwing in an “I’m not done” towards John Cena in particular. Ziggler concluded with a catchphrase, “show…off”, which wasn’t all that spectacular.
  • Damien Sandow came out to cut a promo and conclude the show. He said that he would be challenging John Cena on next week’s episode, calling Cena the WWE’s “ultimate false idol”.

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