Joshi Spotlight: AJW May Storm ’94

* From Korakuen Hall is the next big AJW show, with a lot of really, REALLY long matches, possibly to fill time and “justify” the ticket prices, and also to put over the resiliency of the athletes, I think. This show seems to have a theme of “rookie showcasing”, as the opener is massively long and between two of their smallest young stars, and the next two feature Kumiko & Sakie, a rookie and up & comer respectively, being murdered by their elders. This Korakuen crowd is hot as FUCK and stays that way all night long, giving even the rookies a huge ovation for big moves. As usual, you have to track through one guy’s YouTube channel to find these multi-part matches.

“TL;DR: Why Should I Care?”: The show ends with two fantastic matches, and nearly every bout is a testament to either joshi’s insane cardio or their invincible spinal cords. Also, a crowd that’s into EVERYTHING. Also, proof joshi invents everything with wrestling’s first-ever One-Winged Angel. By accident, but it counts!

* Tamada beat ASARI on the last show, so this is a rematch, and the finals to some kind of tournament. ASARI’s in the neon yellow with silver puffy bits, and Tamada’s in black & orange.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – November 28, 1995

Sabu’s return to ECW, which aired at the end of last week’s telecast, kicks off the show.  Joey Styles marks out on commentary, but it is too much and detracts from the segment.

A lengthy video package puts over Sabu.

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Dave is on the AEW Payroll

Killing the Business is Book of the Year? 300 pages of the Young Bucks jacking each other off about how great they are, when Eighth Wonder of the World by Bertand Herbert and Pat Laprade is right there?

I mean, I never had a lot of respect for the Observer book award because Dave never gave your books much consideration, but this goes a long way towards me believing that the WON “voters” are really just Meltzer making shit up as he goes…

Dave himself was on Observer Radio yesterday saying that the Bucks book shouldn’t have won. It’s a vote, it’s not like he just picks the results.  In fact if he was, he would have just picked his own book.  I’d also throw the Jim Ross book out there as something that should have won too.  But it didn’t win, which is what sometimes happens in a democracy. 

Bischoff says Bret Hart was boring

I read that a few weeks back Eric Bischoff said on his podcast that Bret Hart was “fucking boring” as WWE champ. Didn't Bischoff spend millions of dollars to sign Bret Hart away?
It just further goes to show that they didn’t have any idea what they had or even why they signed him in the first place!  

Owen Hart – Main Eventer

Hi Scott,

A while back, you mentioned that Owen wasn't main event material and he didn't have the promo skills and didn't draw during his run and I have to ask… really?

Maybe I misunderstood your comments but I totally bought Owen as a snivelly ingrate brother and totally wanted to see him get his head handed to him.  Yeah, he had a little bit of the Jinder Mahal problem but once he legit out-wrestled Bret at WM10, that shouldn't have been a problem.  Yeah, the PPVs he headlined drew nothing but it was '94 and everything was down and downer.  No one ever blamed UT or Bret or any of the other main eventers for those years. And they didn't blame HBK for '96.  Personally, I totally could've bought a long-term World Title program with HBK, with Owen as the obnoxious whiner which would've made HBK look why more credible as the cool champ.

I just never understood it.  Owen seemed like the peanut butter and jelly of wrestling. Almost as good at wrestling as Bret, with high-flying skills and perfect mic skills for his character.  He was a terrible face but so what? So was HHH and that never stopped him from main eventing everything ever.

It just seems amazing to me that Owen was able to remain at least a credible upper-mid-carder off one fluke rollup while HHH had to be smashed over everyone for nearly a year before anyone bought him as main eventer.  They couldn't have booked him a LITTLE bit better with a couple more well-placed wins?

Not everyone is cut out to be a main event guy and frankly I don’t think Owen would have been happy in that position.  He was great in the role he inhabited, the annoying weasel mid carder who could carry the tag belts and the IC belt, but I think being on top would have burned him out too fast.  

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-15-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 15, 1985 (taped 05/31)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry defeat Gang in a return match? Will Cornette succeed in retrieving his green jacket? And who will join me for this playful episode?

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Only satisfying Miz option

I just found out Miz is champ.  I didn't even know he was MITB owner.  Hell I don't remember much of the past 10 years of the main prgrams.  But it sounds to me that the MITB and championship is so devalued, that it really doesn't matter what happens next, it's not going to help in any way.  

Isn't the only satisfying way is for Miz to fly to UK, look at the belt in ther ring, WALTER chops the belt in his face, in turn destroying the belt, destroying Miz, end the whole fucking thing, and now Miz has to quarantine for a few weeks when he returns so we also get that as a plus. 

aka WALTER rules


Best Comic Over-Sell

Hey Scott–

The 1992 Royal Rumble is the gift that keeps on giving; No matter how many times I've seen it, I notice new things. For example, early in the match, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair seem to be in a competition to see who can comically bump better off Kerry Von Erich's discus punch.

Now the question: Who did the best exaggerated bump off of a move? My mind immediately goes to The Rock selling the stone cold stunner (because Rocky is the best at everything ever) but are there any contenders that you think I'm forgetting about?
Marty Jannetty selling clotheslines was already great.  The entirety of the Shawn Michaels v. Hulk Hogan match of course. 

Outside the norm Dream Matches

Hi Scott!

Long time reader etc etc.

Thought this may be a good topic of conversation for the ever entertaining board. When I say outside the norm dream matches, I’m talking about both (a) never possible and (b) rarely thought of/discussed.

My personal pick would be Kota Ibushi vs Kurt Angle (bonus if we’re talking pill popping lunatic TNA Angle)
Lou Thesz facing Terry Funk in an EXPLODING BARBED WIRE DEATH MATCH. 

Lords of the Ring!

I was asked in the manager matches review if I could take a look at Lord Alfred Hayes and Bobby Heenan wrestling one another in the AWA, and while I don’t have any other manager-themed matches in the bag to put alongside it I thought it would be a good time to do a lord-themed review, so have a look and see what awaits inside!

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Daily News Update – 02.28.21

Well, we’ve reached the end of February.

NWA removes all content from YouTube

Apparently we should let this one play out and see where it goes.

Dark Side of the Ring to feature an episode about Collision in Korea

Finn Balor going to social media war with Connor


Smackdown – September 29, 2006

Date: September 29, 2006
Location: Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield

We’re less two weeks away from No Mercy and most of the card is set. That’s a good situation to be in as it means the next two weeks can be spent firming everything up and adding something here and there. This week is about the guest star though, as John Cena is here for a six man main event. Let’s get to it.

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ECW on Sci Fi – September 26, 2006

ECW on Sci Fi
Date: September 26, 2006
Location: Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Commentators: Tazz, Joey Styles

Things are starting to round into form around here, but the question is whether or not that is a good thing. There are some parts of the show that work well enough, but there are so many that don’t and it is showing badly. As usual, this is likely going to depend on the guest star so let’s get to it.

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Mike Reviews Shows Considered To Be Stinkers – ECW Wrestlepalooza 1998 (03/05/1998)

Hello You!

Back again with another Stinker review, with us taking a foray into the world of Extreme for the first time with this feature (I have reviewed one of the WWE ECW shows before, but COME ON). For those of you who haven’t read one of these before, what I do is review a show that has a reputation for being stinky in an effort to decide whether it deserves that bad rap or not.

In January we did a reader request and we’ll be doing the same for March’s review as well when we look at WCW Bash at the Beach 1999. April will be my personal choice and then May’s review will be a reader request again, so if you have a show that you want added to the potential list then mention it in the comments and I’ll make sure it’s in the hat when I do the draw. I’ll reveal which lucky show has “won” in April’s review.

Wrestlepalooza was ECW’s fifth attempt at running pay per views, and to say their PPV output prior to this had been a mixed bag would be an understatement. Barely Legal 97 had been a good solid effort, whilst Hardcore Heaven 97 had been an okayish show marred by some poor production and a pokey looking venue. November to Remember 97 had probably been the most professional looking effort but had suffered from a boring Main Event and a catastrophic mess of a match between Sabu and The Sandman. Living Dangerously 98 is a show I’ve actually reviewed before and at least featured a couple of really good matches, including one between Taz and Bam Bam Bigelow.

That event had ended with Al Snow pinning ECW World Champ Shane Douglas in a tag match, which not surprisingly led to him earning himself a Title shot for Wrestlepalooza. Bigelow had defeated Taz for the TV Title at Living Dangerously but had since lost the belt to Rob Van Dam in a fantastic match from Buffalo on Hardcore TV (Well worth hunting that one down). This had sowed further dissension between RVD and his long time tag partner/hated rival Sabu, as Sabu was miffed that RVD had won the belt when he was really just supposed to have softened Bigelow up so that Sabu could win the belt from him at a later date.

Thus Wrestlepalooza had a Semi-Main of RVD defending the TV Title against Sabu and a Main Event of Douglas defending the ECW Title against Snow. If both those matches delivered and the under-card was mostly fine, then the show would be an easy thumbs up on the slightly more generous ECW sliding-scale. Let’s see if that’s the case!

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