Will and Dylan Hales (Wrestling Culture) discuss the latest PPV offering from ROH. We discuss the character work of Dalton Castle, the awesome year from Roderick Strong, the questionable booking of Moose and the advantages and disadvantages of making Jay Lethal your top title holder. We also discuss our disappointment in the tag title match. Where does Jay Briscoe go from here? All this and more!
Also from this week…
In our What If series, we discussed potential King of the Ring winners in year that no PPV tournament occurred: PTBN’s Wrestling What If… King of the Ring Winners
In our Rewind podcast series, we revisited King of the Ring 1994: Place to Be Network Rewind Series: WWF King of the Ring 1994
Kevin Kelly was joined by Dr. Tom Prichard to pay tribute to the late, great Dusty Rhodes: The Kevin Kelly Show Episode 37 – A Tribute to the American Dream
Hi Scott As lists appear to be all the rage around here, I thought I’d send one for when you’re in a masochistic mood. What would you consider to be the best (or least horrible) match in the following categories: 1) Undertaker-Kane
4) Undertaker prior to 1996
5) Flair after 2001
6) Big Show
9) ‘Hollywood’ Hogan in WCW
12) Miz Cheers
Good morning, and welcome to Day 2 of the post-dated extravaganza. As you read this, it’s currently Victoria Day here in Canada, during which we celebrate the life and career of Lisa Varon. It’s a very specific stat holiday. OK, a list, that’s just terrific. Thanks heaps. 1. The first one at WM14 is still my favorite of a bad lot. 2. The Iron Man match, complete with Orton trying to murder Cena like a cartoon supervillain via exploding pyro table. It’s not a great match technically and fails on a lot of levels, but I can appreciate the sentiment. 3. The last man standing match they had at that PPV where HHH wrestled 14 times after Cena was injured. You know, that one. 4. I gotta go with him squashing the shit out of Jake Roberts at WM8. Really kicked off the babyface formula for him that worked incredibly well for years to come. I was about to throw Bret v. UT from Rumble 96 in your face, but then I realized you technically asked for “prior” to 96 and thus that one is just outside qualification. 5. The HHH cage match at Taboo Tuesday. 6. In general? He’s had some good matches. I’ll go with the stunningly great series against Lesnar in 2003, for example, when Show was wearing pants for some reason. Runner up would be his Hogan impression against Kurt Angle at Backlash 2000 for sheer entertainment value. 7. Kane’s also had his share of good matches. He was on a really impressive run from 2001-2004, in particular, before the unmasking. Discounting MITB and such, gotta go with the Kurt Angle miracle match featuring Mirror Universe Angle as my favorite. Close second would be the IC title match with Albert that almost hit **** somehow. 8. Now you’re just fucking with me. His initial series against Undertaker wasn’t terrible. 9. Probably one of the Flair matches, because Ric could get ***1/2 out of him in his sleep. The Luger title change on Nitro was hella-exciting but total horseshit as a match. 10. Street Fight with Shane at WM17! 11. Dusty actually had lots of great matches when he gave enough of a shit in the ring. Unfortunately by the time he was on the national stage with Crockett, that time had long passed. I’ve seen more than a few really good ones with Harley Race from the 70s in Florida, so I’d go with that. 12. Cena actually got a really good one out of him after their shit WM match, I think. I’ll go with the safe choice, however, and say the Daniel Bryan US title change match, unless someone can think of a really epic **** Miz singles match that I’m blocking out of my mind.
There has been a lot of talk on the blog in the last day or two about the worst WrestleMania. If we take the opposite of that and say that WM 17 is the best (which I think would be very hard to argue against), what do you think is the second best WM? I personally think it’s WM 19. What say you?
Daring choice with 19! I’d go with 20 myself but I can see why that one would lose points now.
The Royal Rumble the most prestigious battle royal ever devised but what about the title matches that take place on the show, there have been some true classics.
Angle vs Benoit from 2003 and Cena vs Umaga from 2007 instantly spring to mind as being the best but do you have any other favourite title matches which took place at the Rumble?
You recently mentioned that you enjoyed the Survivor Series matches from 87. Is there anything more modern that you may have also enjoyed?
Long time reader. May have read almost all of your material. Curious about ECW Hardcore tv and any other tv matches. Watched ECW exposed 1 and 2, which are very good by the way. It was mentioned that Malenko and Guerrero had a 2/3 falls farewell match. Could there be some hidden gems and **** plus matches? Any plans to review Hardcore tv after Raw and Nitro?
ECW is a really hard TV show to review because it's not typically a show that builds to anything, and is frequently just bits and pieces of the bigger arena shows cut into hour long pieces. It wasn't until the PPV era that it started to become more serialized. Plus I hate ECW, so there's that.
Is there a defacto "best" traditional Survivor Series match? The one that always comes to mind is the ten team match from 1987. Has that one been topped from a workrate standpoint? Yes, I realize that Doink, Dink, Wink, and Pink and HBK and his Knights would like to have a word with me.