What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – October 21, 1995

WCW Prime for October 16 featured one new match, footage of which was non-existent.  However, house show reports indicate that the following was the result:

*The State Patrol (0-5) defeated the Gambler & Chris Kanyon in the Prime “MOOO” Match of the Week.

WCW Pro for October 21 featured Chris Cruise, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko on commentary.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 30, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on September 20.

Dusty Rhodes comes out to take on his new role as a color commentator.  Heenan demands that Dusty leave and when Dusty refuses, Heenan takes a hike, doing a funny bit of giving Schiavone and Dusty a bunch of chances to take him back.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – September 24, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s broadcast.  They focus their attention on the Giant using a monster truck to destroy WCW Champion Hulk Hogan’s Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Okerlund and Heenan recap the Cobra-Sergeant Craig Pittman feud and how they love sneaking up on each other.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 23, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on August 21.  The Atlanta Braves are playing the Montreal Expos so this is a one-hour episode.

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What the World Was Watching: Fall Brawl 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Asheville, North Carolina.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 16, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan resume their usual commentary duties and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, this taping took place on August 21.  This show is also a bit of a hidden gem because all but the last fifteen minutes of the original broadcast in the United States was pre-empted due to Atlanta Braves baseball.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 9, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are concluding the August 9 tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – September 9, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  They hype next week’s Fall Brawl pay-per-view.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – September 2, 1995

Note:  My apologies for not having the column up yesterday.  I was in the process of moving with the new Misses in 100+ degree heat so I was too tired to get online.  But hey, WCW Worldwide was just the C or D-show, right?

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – September 2, 1995

WCW Prime for August 28 featured Cobra in action so we will recap that match before moving onto WCW Pro.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – August 26, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This show was taped in Atlanta on July 26.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – August 19, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  These tapings were done on July 26 according to thehistoryofwwe.com.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – August 12, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  This show wraps up the tapings done at Center Stage on July 11.

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The Cobra Kai Review: TNA Bloodiest Brawls

The Cobra Kai Reviews TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Scars & Stitches
by Marion Cobretti I thought I’d break up the string of WWE related DVDs, and pop in a TNA feature. Their first Best of the Bloodiest DVD is fantastic, and something everyone should have. I decided to go with the 2nd one, simply because I don’t have the first one anymore. One thing I can tell you, is watching these matches really shows how piss-poor the iMPACT Zone has become. Back in 2006-2007, the crowd was electric. They were rowdy, passionate, and full of life. They actually improved the matches with their energy. Another thing I’ve noticed, is before each match starts, they show what appears to be a haunted/abandoned hotel hallway. They use this same scene for Sting’s Insane Icon video screen movie, and it’s things like that I think make TNA number 2. I don’t know, just kind of struck me as cheap. Anyways, let’s get into it…. NWA World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett [C] vs. Rhino
Place: Turning Point 2005
Duration: 17:29
Yes. Hell yes, man. I know that Jeff Jarrett  gets a lot of bull and all, but to be honest, he’s a pretty decent wrestler. I never thought much of Rhino, really. He can have a decent match here and there, so to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot. What I got in return was damn near 20 minutes of one awesome match. They went all over the place, which I usually hate because it’s often boring, but not here. The match started with some old fashion wrestling, criss cross, arm & wrist locks, submissions and all the like. Then they took it to the streets and just delivered. Great match. A bout worthy of being called a main event, where you really felt like Rhino was going to take it before Jeff snuck by with a win, by driving Rhino through two-chairs with a 2nd-rope Stroke.
Rating: * * * * 1/4th   Lethal Lockdown: Sting’s Warriors [Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles, Ron Killings] vs. Jarrett’s Army [Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, AMW]
Place: Lockdown 2006
Duration: 23:49
Normally, I don’t like Lethal Lockdown. TNA had a small ring, so when you slap a cage around it, and jam 10 guys into there, it’s way to much of a cluster. However, this one kicked some serious ass. They only had 8 wrestlers, and the missing two was greatly appreciated. We got a good amount of blood, awesome wrestling and spots mixed with all out brawling. Plus, we got AJ Styles putting a member of AMW through a table, while on top of the cage. Something you know they loved because they did it at pretty much every Lethal Lockdown match afterward.  Wildcat ends up tapping to the Scorpion Deathlock.
Rating: * * * *   Six Sides of Steel for the TNA Tag-Team Championships: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels [C] vs. LAX
Place: Bound for Glory 2006
Duration: 14:50
Homocide says this is one of his favorite matches, but I don’t really see it. It’s a great match, yeah, but I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA. Hell, I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA that had Christopher Daniels. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a horrible match, and it’s definately work a look. Homocide hits The Cop Killer on Styles to score the win, and the straps. I’ve always wondered why Scott hates Konnan, anyone know?
Rating: * * * 1/4th   Barbed Wire Cage Match: Christian vs. Rhino
Place: iMPACT’s First Two Hour Show
Duration: 12:00
A lot of people give this match high, high praise. I’ve even seen some people say it’s the best match ever given away on free TV. Uuh, no. It’s a really good match, but there’s a few things that really bother me. When DVDs have TV matches, why are they cut? The cameras are still rolling, so why not give us the full match? In this case, we go to the commercial break, then all of a sudden Christian is covered in blood, and the barb wire has been cut. That’s a pretty big advancement for us to miss. Then we have a moment when Rhino asks for the key to the cage, and once receives it, he then just throws it out of the cage to the floor. The announcers act like he’s just crazy! Ooh man! The War Machine is nuts! He threw the key a cool 5 feet from the ref who handed it to him. He’ll never be able to bend down and pick it up. I don’t know, I just thought it was really stupid. Anyways, it’s a hard fought battle and easily a PPV worthy match up, with Christian getting the classic heel win when Rhino gores him through the door onto the floor.
Rating: * * * 1/2th   Match of the Decade: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Place: Genesis 2006
Duration: 13:42
Pretty much every wrestling nerd’s wet dream. I’ve seen every Samoa Joe/Kurt Angle bout, and they deliver each and every time. They’ve never gone below a 4 and a half stars, and probably never will. I’m honestly surprised at how quick they pulled the trigger on this one. I would have put it off forever, get people really clamoring for it. Besides that, this is the first of an awesome, awesome series. These two are like copping a feel on some boobage, always a good thing. Where’s something like Kane & Khali is a 20 minute HJ from a chick who lays bricks for a living. Joe taps out to the Ankle Lock, thus ending his undefeated streak. It’s incredible to imagine Joe being this big of a deal in wrestling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2th   Last Rites Match: Sting vs Abyss
Place: Destination X 2007
Duration: 9:57
A Last Rites Match is basically a casket match, from the mind of Russo. The casket is elevated above the ring, so when people want to finish their opponents, the coffin is lowered in dark lighting, with smoke and such. Oh, and the ring is decorated with things like tombstones, and candelabras. I’m pretty sure that idiot Russo just went to wikipedia and looked up death, and saw that Halloween was associated, so he went and got some spooky decorations. I’m shocked that there aren’t people running around ringside in white sheets, pretending to be ghosts. Then I’d be shocked if one of the ghosts didn’t reveal himself to be Rick Rude’s actual ghost who was mad at Sting for ending his career. So then at the next PPV, Russo would have Sting vs. Rick Rude’s Ghost in a cage match, so that way RR’s Ghost couldn’t escape. But, just in case, Bill Murry would be there to ghostbust him if things got out of hand. The match itself isn’t bad. It’s a pretty decent hardcore bout and Sting bleeds like I’ve never seen him before. The only problem with the match is all the hokeyness that Russo has instilled. The best part of the match is when the casket is being lowered, the entire place is chanting “FIRE RUSSO! FIRE RUSSO!”. Amen…well, AFTER the Rick Rude Ghost angle. Sting stuffs Abyss into the beat up casket, thankfully ending this in less than 10 minutes.
Rating: * * 3/4th   Texas Death Match: ‘Cowboy’ James Storm vs. ‘Wildcat’ Chris Harris
Place: Sacrifice 2007
Duration: 17:14
Had John Cena and Umaga not put on their classic back in ’07, this would have been my pick for match of the year. After their dismal blind fold match [you think Roberts & Martel would have been teachers till the end of time], they went out and stole the show during Sacrifice. Awesome spots, great brawling, and gallons of blood. Harris nails Storm in the face with a beer bottle, leaving him unable to answer the count of 10. A last moment of glory for Chris, as he soon gained about 200lbs, became Braden Walker, sucked, and hasn’t been heard from since. But this match rules.
Rating: * * * * 3/4th   No DQ Match: Abyss vs. Tomko
Place: Slammiversary 2007
Duration: 13:54
It’s no surprise that Tomko is the kind of wrestler who sucks. It’s no surprise, well, at least to me, that Abyss is the kind of wrestler who kicks major ass in a hardcore setting. That being said, Abyss was able to carry Tomko to a great hardcore bout here. We get brawling all over the place, great table spot, and portions of shattered glass. Good stuff. Abyss rocks a Black Hole Slam into a pile of shattered glass, pinning Tomko.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Barbed Wire Massacre: Abyss vs. Judas Mesias
Place: Against All Odds 2008
Duration: 14:51
I love a good barb wire match. It can take two people who’d otherwise have a bummer of a match, and churn out something decent. Or, take people who rock an awesome match stand alone, and churn out a classic. This is the former of those two. As Judas Mesias was crap, and Abyss couldn’t do much for him. So, they did a sequel to the awesome Sabu/Abyss barbwire massacre, and we get this. No complaints. There really isn’t that much barbwire action, but I can’t blame the wrestlers, because who really wants to get maimed in all of that? Good stuff. Thankfully, Rellik wasn’t involved, because there’s just something about that name I can’t put my finger on, and it drives me nuts! Judas receives a Black Hole Slam into a barbwire board, and is soon pinned.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Final Rating: * * * * 1/2th.  It’s an awesome, awesome disc. It’s so close to the awesomeness of the first, but a few skips prevent that. But even those skips are matches I wouldn’t mind watching again. If you’re a fan of hardcore, this is a must have. I know TNA gets a lot of crap, and a good portion of it they deserve. But there was a time when it was doing alright for itself, these are snapshots from different periods when things were looking just fine. Thankfully, it seems that things are picking up again. You can get this DVD cheap, and I suggest you do.   This is Marion Cobretti saying, I don’t want him beat, I want him out of commission!

The Cobra Kai Review: TNA Bloodiest Brawls

The Cobra Kai Reviews TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Scars & Stitches
by Marion Cobretti I thought I’d break up the string of WWE related DVDs, and pop in a TNA feature. Their first Best of the Bloodiest DVD is fantastic, and something everyone should have. I decided to go with the 2nd one, simply because I don’t have the first one anymore. One thing I can tell you, is watching these matches really shows how piss-poor the iMPACT Zone has become. Back in 2006-2007, the crowd was electric. They were rowdy, passionate, and full of life. They actually improved the matches with their energy. Another thing I’ve noticed, is before each match starts, they show what appears to be a haunted/abandoned hotel hallway. They use this same scene for Sting’s Insane Icon video screen movie, and it’s things like that I think make TNA number 2. I don’t know, just kind of struck me as cheap. Anyways, let’s get into it…. NWA World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett [C] vs. Rhino
Place: Turning Point 2005
Duration: 17:29
Yes. Hell yes, man. I know that Jeff Jarrett  gets a lot of bull and all, but to be honest, he’s a pretty decent wrestler. I never thought much of Rhino, really. He can have a decent match here and there, so to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot. What I got in return was damn near 20 minutes of one awesome match. They went all over the place, which I usually hate because it’s often boring, but not here. The match started with some old fashion wrestling, criss cross, arm & wrist locks, submissions and all the like. Then they took it to the streets and just delivered. Great match. A bout worthy of being called a main event, where you really felt like Rhino was going to take it before Jeff snuck by with a win, by driving Rhino through two-chairs with a 2nd-rope Stroke.
Rating: * * * * 1/4th   Lethal Lockdown: Sting’s Warriors [Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles, Ron Killings] vs. Jarrett’s Army [Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, AMW]
Place: Lockdown 2006
Duration: 23:49
Normally, I don’t like Lethal Lockdown. TNA had a small ring, so when you slap a cage around it, and jam 10 guys into there, it’s way to much of a cluster. However, this one kicked some serious ass. They only had 8 wrestlers, and the missing two was greatly appreciated. We got a good amount of blood, awesome wrestling and spots mixed with all out brawling. Plus, we got AJ Styles putting a member of AMW through a table, while on top of the cage. Something you know they loved because they did it at pretty much every Lethal Lockdown match afterward.  Wildcat ends up tapping to the Scorpion Deathlock.
Rating: * * * *   Six Sides of Steel for the TNA Tag-Team Championships: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels [C] vs. LAX
Place: Bound for Glory 2006
Duration: 14:50
Homocide says this is one of his favorite matches, but I don’t really see it. It’s a great match, yeah, but I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA. Hell, I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA that had Christopher Daniels. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a horrible match, and it’s definately work a look. Homocide hits The Cop Killer on Styles to score the win, and the straps. I’ve always wondered why Scott hates Konnan, anyone know?
Rating: * * * 1/4th   Barbed Wire Cage Match: Christian vs. Rhino
Place: iMPACT’s First Two Hour Show
Duration: 12:00
A lot of people give this match high, high praise. I’ve even seen some people say it’s the best match ever given away on free TV. Uuh, no. It’s a really good match, but there’s a few things that really bother me. When DVDs have TV matches, why are they cut? The cameras are still rolling, so why not give us the full match? In this case, we go to the commercial break, then all of a sudden Christian is covered in blood, and the barb wire has been cut. That’s a pretty big advancement for us to miss. Then we have a moment when Rhino asks for the key to the cage, and once receives it, he then just throws it out of the cage to the floor. The announcers act like he’s just crazy! Ooh man! The War Machine is nuts! He threw the key a cool 5 feet from the ref who handed it to him. He’ll never be able to bend down and pick it up. I don’t know, I just thought it was really stupid. Anyways, it’s a hard fought battle and easily a PPV worthy match up, with Christian getting the classic heel win when Rhino gores him through the door onto the floor.
Rating: * * * 1/2th   Match of the Decade: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Place: Genesis 2006
Duration: 13:42
Pretty much every wrestling nerd’s wet dream. I’ve seen every Samoa Joe/Kurt Angle bout, and they deliver each and every time. They’ve never gone below a 4 and a half stars, and probably never will. I’m honestly surprised at how quick they pulled the trigger on this one. I would have put it off forever, get people really clamoring for it. Besides that, this is the first of an awesome, awesome series. These two are like copping a feel on some boobage, always a good thing. Where’s something like Kane & Khali is a 20 minute HJ from a chick who lays bricks for a living. Joe taps out to the Ankle Lock, thus ending his undefeated streak. It’s incredible to imagine Joe being this big of a deal in wrestling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2th   Last Rites Match: Sting vs Abyss
Place: Destination X 2007
Duration: 9:57
A Last Rites Match is basically a casket match, from the mind of Russo. The casket is elevated above the ring, so when people want to finish their opponents, the coffin is lowered in dark lighting, with smoke and such. Oh, and the ring is decorated with things like tombstones, and candelabras. I’m pretty sure that idiot Russo just went to wikipedia and looked up death, and saw that Halloween was associated, so he went and got some spooky decorations. I’m shocked that there aren’t people running around ringside in white sheets, pretending to be ghosts. Then I’d be shocked if one of the ghosts didn’t reveal himself to be Rick Rude’s actual ghost who was mad at Sting for ending his career. So then at the next PPV, Russo would have Sting vs. Rick Rude’s Ghost in a cage match, so that way RR’s Ghost couldn’t escape. But, just in case, Bill Murry would be there to ghostbust him if things got out of hand. The match itself isn’t bad. It’s a pretty decent hardcore bout and Sting bleeds like I’ve never seen him before. The only problem with the match is all the hokeyness that Russo has instilled. The best part of the match is when the casket is being lowered, the entire place is chanting “FIRE RUSSO! FIRE RUSSO!”. Amen…well, AFTER the Rick Rude Ghost angle. Sting stuffs Abyss into the beat up casket, thankfully ending this in less than 10 minutes.
Rating: * * 3/4th   Texas Death Match: ‘Cowboy’ James Storm vs. ‘Wildcat’ Chris Harris
Place: Sacrifice 2007
Duration: 17:14
Had John Cena and Umaga not put on their classic back in ’07, this would have been my pick for match of the year. After their dismal blind fold match [you think Roberts & Martel would have been teachers till the end of time], they went out and stole the show during Sacrifice. Awesome spots, great brawling, and gallons of blood. Harris nails Storm in the face with a beer bottle, leaving him unable to answer the count of 10. A last moment of glory for Chris, as he soon gained about 200lbs, became Braden Walker, sucked, and hasn’t been heard from since. But this match rules.
Rating: * * * * 3/4th   No DQ Match: Abyss vs. Tomko
Place: Slammiversary 2007
Duration: 13:54
It’s no surprise that Tomko is the kind of wrestler who sucks. It’s no surprise, well, at least to me, that Abyss is the kind of wrestler who kicks major ass in a hardcore setting. That being said, Abyss was able to carry Tomko to a great hardcore bout here. We get brawling all over the place, great table spot, and portions of shattered glass. Good stuff. Abyss rocks a Black Hole Slam into a pile of shattered glass, pinning Tomko.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Barbed Wire Massacre: Abyss vs. Judas Mesias
Place: Against All Odds 2008
Duration: 14:51
I love a good barb wire match. It can take two people who’d otherwise have a bummer of a match, and churn out something decent. Or, take people who rock an awesome match stand alone, and churn out a classic. This is the former of those two. As Judas Mesias was crap, and Abyss couldn’t do much for him. So, they did a sequel to the awesome Sabu/Abyss barbwire massacre, and we get this. No complaints. There really isn’t that much barbwire action, but I can’t blame the wrestlers, because who really wants to get maimed in all of that? Good stuff. Thankfully, Rellik wasn’t involved, because there’s just something about that name I can’t put my finger on, and it drives me nuts! Judas receives a Black Hole Slam into a barbwire board, and is soon pinned.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Final Rating: * * * * 1/2th.  It’s an awesome, awesome disc. It’s so close to the awesomeness of the first, but a few skips prevent that. But even those skips are matches I wouldn’t mind watching again. If you’re a fan of hardcore, this is a must have. I know TNA gets a lot of crap, and a good portion of it they deserve. But there was a time when it was doing alright for itself, these are snapshots from different periods when things were looking just fine. Thankfully, it seems that things are picking up again. You can get this DVD cheap, and I suggest you do.   This is Marion Cobretti saying, I don’t want him beat, I want him out of commission!

The Cobra Kai Review: TNA Bloodiest Brawls

The Cobra Kai Reviews TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Scars & Stitches
by Marion Cobretti I thought I’d break up the string of WWE related DVDs, and pop in a TNA feature. Their first Best of the Bloodiest DVD is fantastic, and something everyone should have. I decided to go with the 2nd one, simply because I don’t have the first one anymore. One thing I can tell you, is watching these matches really shows how piss-poor the iMPACT Zone has become. Back in 2006-2007, the crowd was electric. They were rowdy, passionate, and full of life. They actually improved the matches with their energy. Another thing I’ve noticed, is before each match starts, they show what appears to be a haunted/abandoned hotel hallway. They use this same scene for Sting’s Insane Icon video screen movie, and it’s things like that I think make TNA number 2. I don’t know, just kind of struck me as cheap. Anyways, let’s get into it…. NWA World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett [C] vs. Rhino
Place: Turning Point 2005
Duration: 17:29
Yes. Hell yes, man. I know that Jeff Jarrett  gets a lot of bull and all, but to be honest, he’s a pretty decent wrestler. I never thought much of Rhino, really. He can have a decent match here and there, so to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot. What I got in return was damn near 20 minutes of one awesome match. They went all over the place, which I usually hate because it’s often boring, but not here. The match started with some old fashion wrestling, criss cross, arm & wrist locks, submissions and all the like. Then they took it to the streets and just delivered. Great match. A bout worthy of being called a main event, where you really felt like Rhino was going to take it before Jeff snuck by with a win, by driving Rhino through two-chairs with a 2nd-rope Stroke.
Rating: * * * * 1/4th   Lethal Lockdown: Sting’s Warriors [Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles, Ron Killings] vs. Jarrett’s Army [Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, AMW]
Place: Lockdown 2006
Duration: 23:49
Normally, I don’t like Lethal Lockdown. TNA had a small ring, so when you slap a cage around it, and jam 10 guys into there, it’s way to much of a cluster. However, this one kicked some serious ass. They only had 8 wrestlers, and the missing two was greatly appreciated. We got a good amount of blood, awesome wrestling and spots mixed with all out brawling. Plus, we got AJ Styles putting a member of AMW through a table, while on top of the cage. Something you know they loved because they did it at pretty much every Lethal Lockdown match afterward.  Wildcat ends up tapping to the Scorpion Deathlock.
Rating: * * * *   Six Sides of Steel for the TNA Tag-Team Championships: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels [C] vs. LAX
Place: Bound for Glory 2006
Duration: 14:50
Homocide says this is one of his favorite matches, but I don’t really see it. It’s a great match, yeah, but I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA. Hell, I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA that had Christopher Daniels. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a horrible match, and it’s definately work a look. Homocide hits The Cop Killer on Styles to score the win, and the straps. I’ve always wondered why Scott hates Konnan, anyone know?
Rating: * * * 1/4th   Barbed Wire Cage Match: Christian vs. Rhino
Place: iMPACT’s First Two Hour Show
Duration: 12:00
A lot of people give this match high, high praise. I’ve even seen some people say it’s the best match ever given away on free TV. Uuh, no. It’s a really good match, but there’s a few things that really bother me. When DVDs have TV matches, why are they cut? The cameras are still rolling, so why not give us the full match? In this case, we go to the commercial break, then all of a sudden Christian is covered in blood, and the barb wire has been cut. That’s a pretty big advancement for us to miss. Then we have a moment when Rhino asks for the key to the cage, and once receives it, he then just throws it out of the cage to the floor. The announcers act like he’s just crazy! Ooh man! The War Machine is nuts! He threw the key a cool 5 feet from the ref who handed it to him. He’ll never be able to bend down and pick it up. I don’t know, I just thought it was really stupid. Anyways, it’s a hard fought battle and easily a PPV worthy match up, with Christian getting the classic heel win when Rhino gores him through the door onto the floor.
Rating: * * * 1/2th   Match of the Decade: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Place: Genesis 2006
Duration: 13:42
Pretty much every wrestling nerd’s wet dream. I’ve seen every Samoa Joe/Kurt Angle bout, and they deliver each and every time. They’ve never gone below a 4 and a half stars, and probably never will. I’m honestly surprised at how quick they pulled the trigger on this one. I would have put it off forever, get people really clamoring for it. Besides that, this is the first of an awesome, awesome series. These two are like copping a feel on some boobage, always a good thing. Where’s something like Kane & Khali is a 20 minute HJ from a chick who lays bricks for a living. Joe taps out to the Ankle Lock, thus ending his undefeated streak. It’s incredible to imagine Joe being this big of a deal in wrestling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2th   Last Rites Match: Sting vs Abyss
Place: Destination X 2007
Duration: 9:57
A Last Rites Match is basically a casket match, from the mind of Russo. The casket is elevated above the ring, so when people want to finish their opponents, the coffin is lowered in dark lighting, with smoke and such. Oh, and the ring is decorated with things like tombstones, and candelabras. I’m pretty sure that idiot Russo just went to wikipedia and looked up death, and saw that Halloween was associated, so he went and got some spooky decorations. I’m shocked that there aren’t people running around ringside in white sheets, pretending to be ghosts. Then I’d be shocked if one of the ghosts didn’t reveal himself to be Rick Rude’s actual ghost who was mad at Sting for ending his career. So then at the next PPV, Russo would have Sting vs. Rick Rude’s Ghost in a cage match, so that way RR’s Ghost couldn’t escape. But, just in case, Bill Murry would be there to ghostbust him if things got out of hand. The match itself isn’t bad. It’s a pretty decent hardcore bout and Sting bleeds like I’ve never seen him before. The only problem with the match is all the hokeyness that Russo has instilled. The best part of the match is when the casket is being lowered, the entire place is chanting “FIRE RUSSO! FIRE RUSSO!”. Amen…well, AFTER the Rick Rude Ghost angle. Sting stuffs Abyss into the beat up casket, thankfully ending this in less than 10 minutes.
Rating: * * 3/4th   Texas Death Match: ‘Cowboy’ James Storm vs. ‘Wildcat’ Chris Harris
Place: Sacrifice 2007
Duration: 17:14
Had John Cena and Umaga not put on their classic back in ’07, this would have been my pick for match of the year. After their dismal blind fold match [you think Roberts & Martel would have been teachers till the end of time], they went out and stole the show during Sacrifice. Awesome spots, great brawling, and gallons of blood. Harris nails Storm in the face with a beer bottle, leaving him unable to answer the count of 10. A last moment of glory for Chris, as he soon gained about 200lbs, became Braden Walker, sucked, and hasn’t been heard from since. But this match rules.
Rating: * * * * 3/4th   No DQ Match: Abyss vs. Tomko
Place: Slammiversary 2007
Duration: 13:54
It’s no surprise that Tomko is the kind of wrestler who sucks. It’s no surprise, well, at least to me, that Abyss is the kind of wrestler who kicks major ass in a hardcore setting. That being said, Abyss was able to carry Tomko to a great hardcore bout here. We get brawling all over the place, great table spot, and portions of shattered glass. Good stuff. Abyss rocks a Black Hole Slam into a pile of shattered glass, pinning Tomko.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Barbed Wire Massacre: Abyss vs. Judas Mesias
Place: Against All Odds 2008
Duration: 14:51
I love a good barb wire match. It can take two people who’d otherwise have a bummer of a match, and churn out something decent. Or, take people who rock an awesome match stand alone, and churn out a classic. This is the former of those two. As Judas Mesias was crap, and Abyss couldn’t do much for him. So, they did a sequel to the awesome Sabu/Abyss barbwire massacre, and we get this. No complaints. There really isn’t that much barbwire action, but I can’t blame the wrestlers, because who really wants to get maimed in all of that? Good stuff. Thankfully, Rellik wasn’t involved, because there’s just something about that name I can’t put my finger on, and it drives me nuts! Judas receives a Black Hole Slam into a barbwire board, and is soon pinned.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Final Rating: * * * * 1/2th.  It’s an awesome, awesome disc. It’s so close to the awesomeness of the first, but a few skips prevent that. But even those skips are matches I wouldn’t mind watching again. If you’re a fan of hardcore, this is a must have. I know TNA gets a lot of crap, and a good portion of it they deserve. But there was a time when it was doing alright for itself, these are snapshots from different periods when things were looking just fine. Thankfully, it seems that things are picking up again. You can get this DVD cheap, and I suggest you do.   This is Marion Cobretti saying, I don’t want him beat, I want him out of commission!

The Cobra Kai Review: TNA Bloodiest Brawls

The Cobra Kai Reviews TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Scars & Stitches
by Marion Cobretti I thought I’d break up the string of WWE related DVDs, and pop in a TNA feature. Their first Best of the Bloodiest DVD is fantastic, and something everyone should have. I decided to go with the 2nd one, simply because I don’t have the first one anymore. One thing I can tell you, is watching these matches really shows how piss-poor the iMPACT Zone has become. Back in 2006-2007, the crowd was electric. They were rowdy, passionate, and full of life. They actually improved the matches with their energy. Another thing I’ve noticed, is before each match starts, they show what appears to be a haunted/abandoned hotel hallway. They use this same scene for Sting’s Insane Icon video screen movie, and it’s things like that I think make TNA number 2. I don’t know, just kind of struck me as cheap. Anyways, let’s get into it…. NWA World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett [C] vs. Rhino
Place: Turning Point 2005
Duration: 17:29
Yes. Hell yes, man. I know that Jeff Jarrett  gets a lot of bull and all, but to be honest, he’s a pretty decent wrestler. I never thought much of Rhino, really. He can have a decent match here and there, so to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot. What I got in return was damn near 20 minutes of one awesome match. They went all over the place, which I usually hate because it’s often boring, but not here. The match started with some old fashion wrestling, criss cross, arm & wrist locks, submissions and all the like. Then they took it to the streets and just delivered. Great match. A bout worthy of being called a main event, where you really felt like Rhino was going to take it before Jeff snuck by with a win, by driving Rhino through two-chairs with a 2nd-rope Stroke.
Rating: * * * * 1/4th   Lethal Lockdown: Sting’s Warriors [Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles, Ron Killings] vs. Jarrett’s Army [Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, AMW]
Place: Lockdown 2006
Duration: 23:49
Normally, I don’t like Lethal Lockdown. TNA had a small ring, so when you slap a cage around it, and jam 10 guys into there, it’s way to much of a cluster. However, this one kicked some serious ass. They only had 8 wrestlers, and the missing two was greatly appreciated. We got a good amount of blood, awesome wrestling and spots mixed with all out brawling. Plus, we got AJ Styles putting a member of AMW through a table, while on top of the cage. Something you know they loved because they did it at pretty much every Lethal Lockdown match afterward.  Wildcat ends up tapping to the Scorpion Deathlock.
Rating: * * * *   Six Sides of Steel for the TNA Tag-Team Championships: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels [C] vs. LAX
Place: Bound for Glory 2006
Duration: 14:50
Homocide says this is one of his favorite matches, but I don’t really see it. It’s a great match, yeah, but I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA. Hell, I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA that had Christopher Daniels. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a horrible match, and it’s definately work a look. Homocide hits The Cop Killer on Styles to score the win, and the straps. I’ve always wondered why Scott hates Konnan, anyone know?
Rating: * * * 1/4th   Barbed Wire Cage Match: Christian vs. Rhino
Place: iMPACT’s First Two Hour Show
Duration: 12:00
A lot of people give this match high, high praise. I’ve even seen some people say it’s the best match ever given away on free TV. Uuh, no. It’s a really good match, but there’s a few things that really bother me. When DVDs have TV matches, why are they cut? The cameras are still rolling, so why not give us the full match? In this case, we go to the commercial break, then all of a sudden Christian is covered in blood, and the barb wire has been cut. That’s a pretty big advancement for us to miss. Then we have a moment when Rhino asks for the key to the cage, and once receives it, he then just throws it out of the cage to the floor. The announcers act like he’s just crazy! Ooh man! The War Machine is nuts! He threw the key a cool 5 feet from the ref who handed it to him. He’ll never be able to bend down and pick it up. I don’t know, I just thought it was really stupid. Anyways, it’s a hard fought battle and easily a PPV worthy match up, with Christian getting the classic heel win when Rhino gores him through the door onto the floor.
Rating: * * * 1/2th   Match of the Decade: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Place: Genesis 2006
Duration: 13:42
Pretty much every wrestling nerd’s wet dream. I’ve seen every Samoa Joe/Kurt Angle bout, and they deliver each and every time. They’ve never gone below a 4 and a half stars, and probably never will. I’m honestly surprised at how quick they pulled the trigger on this one. I would have put it off forever, get people really clamoring for it. Besides that, this is the first of an awesome, awesome series. These two are like copping a feel on some boobage, always a good thing. Where’s something like Kane & Khali is a 20 minute HJ from a chick who lays bricks for a living. Joe taps out to the Ankle Lock, thus ending his undefeated streak. It’s incredible to imagine Joe being this big of a deal in wrestling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2th   Last Rites Match: Sting vs Abyss
Place: Destination X 2007
Duration: 9:57
A Last Rites Match is basically a casket match, from the mind of Russo. The casket is elevated above the ring, so when people want to finish their opponents, the coffin is lowered in dark lighting, with smoke and such. Oh, and the ring is decorated with things like tombstones, and candelabras. I’m pretty sure that idiot Russo just went to wikipedia and looked up death, and saw that Halloween was associated, so he went and got some spooky decorations. I’m shocked that there aren’t people running around ringside in white sheets, pretending to be ghosts. Then I’d be shocked if one of the ghosts didn’t reveal himself to be Rick Rude’s actual ghost who was mad at Sting for ending his career. So then at the next PPV, Russo would have Sting vs. Rick Rude’s Ghost in a cage match, so that way RR’s Ghost couldn’t escape. But, just in case, Bill Murry would be there to ghostbust him if things got out of hand. The match itself isn’t bad. It’s a pretty decent hardcore bout and Sting bleeds like I’ve never seen him before. The only problem with the match is all the hokeyness that Russo has instilled. The best part of the match is when the casket is being lowered, the entire place is chanting “FIRE RUSSO! FIRE RUSSO!”. Amen…well, AFTER the Rick Rude Ghost angle. Sting stuffs Abyss into the beat up casket, thankfully ending this in less than 10 minutes.
Rating: * * 3/4th   Texas Death Match: ‘Cowboy’ James Storm vs. ‘Wildcat’ Chris Harris
Place: Sacrifice 2007
Duration: 17:14
Had John Cena and Umaga not put on their classic back in ’07, this would have been my pick for match of the year. After their dismal blind fold match [you think Roberts & Martel would have been teachers till the end of time], they went out and stole the show during Sacrifice. Awesome spots, great brawling, and gallons of blood. Harris nails Storm in the face with a beer bottle, leaving him unable to answer the count of 10. A last moment of glory for Chris, as he soon gained about 200lbs, became Braden Walker, sucked, and hasn’t been heard from since. But this match rules.
Rating: * * * * 3/4th   No DQ Match: Abyss vs. Tomko
Place: Slammiversary 2007
Duration: 13:54
It’s no surprise that Tomko is the kind of wrestler who sucks. It’s no surprise, well, at least to me, that Abyss is the kind of wrestler who kicks major ass in a hardcore setting. That being said, Abyss was able to carry Tomko to a great hardcore bout here. We get brawling all over the place, great table spot, and portions of shattered glass. Good stuff. Abyss rocks a Black Hole Slam into a pile of shattered glass, pinning Tomko.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Barbed Wire Massacre: Abyss vs. Judas Mesias
Place: Against All Odds 2008
Duration: 14:51
I love a good barb wire match. It can take two people who’d otherwise have a bummer of a match, and churn out something decent. Or, take people who rock an awesome match stand alone, and churn out a classic. This is the former of those two. As Judas Mesias was crap, and Abyss couldn’t do much for him. So, they did a sequel to the awesome Sabu/Abyss barbwire massacre, and we get this. No complaints. There really isn’t that much barbwire action, but I can’t blame the wrestlers, because who really wants to get maimed in all of that? Good stuff. Thankfully, Rellik wasn’t involved, because there’s just something about that name I can’t put my finger on, and it drives me nuts! Judas receives a Black Hole Slam into a barbwire board, and is soon pinned.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Final Rating: * * * * 1/2th.  It’s an awesome, awesome disc. It’s so close to the awesomeness of the first, but a few skips prevent that. But even those skips are matches I wouldn’t mind watching again. If you’re a fan of hardcore, this is a must have. I know TNA gets a lot of crap, and a good portion of it they deserve. But there was a time when it was doing alright for itself, these are snapshots from different periods when things were looking just fine. Thankfully, it seems that things are picking up again. You can get this DVD cheap, and I suggest you do.   This is Marion Cobretti saying, I don’t want him beat, I want him out of commission!

The Cobra Kai Review: TNA Bloodiest Brawls

The Cobra Kai Reviews TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Scars & Stitches
by Marion Cobretti I thought I’d break up the string of WWE related DVDs, and pop in a TNA feature. Their first Best of the Bloodiest DVD is fantastic, and something everyone should have. I decided to go with the 2nd one, simply because I don’t have the first one anymore. One thing I can tell you, is watching these matches really shows how piss-poor the iMPACT Zone has become. Back in 2006-2007, the crowd was electric. They were rowdy, passionate, and full of life. They actually improved the matches with their energy. Another thing I’ve noticed, is before each match starts, they show what appears to be a haunted/abandoned hotel hallway. They use this same scene for Sting’s Insane Icon video screen movie, and it’s things like that I think make TNA number 2. I don’t know, just kind of struck me as cheap. Anyways, let’s get into it…. NWA World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett [C] vs. Rhino
Place: Turning Point 2005
Duration: 17:29
Yes. Hell yes, man. I know that Jeff Jarrett  gets a lot of bull and all, but to be honest, he’s a pretty decent wrestler. I never thought much of Rhino, really. He can have a decent match here and there, so to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot. What I got in return was damn near 20 minutes of one awesome match. They went all over the place, which I usually hate because it’s often boring, but not here. The match started with some old fashion wrestling, criss cross, arm & wrist locks, submissions and all the like. Then they took it to the streets and just delivered. Great match. A bout worthy of being called a main event, where you really felt like Rhino was going to take it before Jeff snuck by with a win, by driving Rhino through two-chairs with a 2nd-rope Stroke.
Rating: * * * * 1/4th   Lethal Lockdown: Sting’s Warriors [Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles, Ron Killings] vs. Jarrett’s Army [Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, AMW]
Place: Lockdown 2006
Duration: 23:49
Normally, I don’t like Lethal Lockdown. TNA had a small ring, so when you slap a cage around it, and jam 10 guys into there, it’s way to much of a cluster. However, this one kicked some serious ass. They only had 8 wrestlers, and the missing two was greatly appreciated. We got a good amount of blood, awesome wrestling and spots mixed with all out brawling. Plus, we got AJ Styles putting a member of AMW through a table, while on top of the cage. Something you know they loved because they did it at pretty much every Lethal Lockdown match afterward.  Wildcat ends up tapping to the Scorpion Deathlock.
Rating: * * * *   Six Sides of Steel for the TNA Tag-Team Championships: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels [C] vs. LAX
Place: Bound for Glory 2006
Duration: 14:50
Homocide says this is one of his favorite matches, but I don’t really see it. It’s a great match, yeah, but I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA. Hell, I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA that had Christopher Daniels. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a horrible match, and it’s definately work a look. Homocide hits The Cop Killer on Styles to score the win, and the straps. I’ve always wondered why Scott hates Konnan, anyone know?
Rating: * * * 1/4th   Barbed Wire Cage Match: Christian vs. Rhino
Place: iMPACT’s First Two Hour Show
Duration: 12:00
A lot of people give this match high, high praise. I’ve even seen some people say it’s the best match ever given away on free TV. Uuh, no. It’s a really good match, but there’s a few things that really bother me. When DVDs have TV matches, why are they cut? The cameras are still rolling, so why not give us the full match? In this case, we go to the commercial break, then all of a sudden Christian is covered in blood, and the barb wire has been cut. That’s a pretty big advancement for us to miss. Then we have a moment when Rhino asks for the key to the cage, and once receives it, he then just throws it out of the cage to the floor. The announcers act like he’s just crazy! Ooh man! The War Machine is nuts! He threw the key a cool 5 feet from the ref who handed it to him. He’ll never be able to bend down and pick it up. I don’t know, I just thought it was really stupid. Anyways, it’s a hard fought battle and easily a PPV worthy match up, with Christian getting the classic heel win when Rhino gores him through the door onto the floor.
Rating: * * * 1/2th   Match of the Decade: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Place: Genesis 2006
Duration: 13:42
Pretty much every wrestling nerd’s wet dream. I’ve seen every Samoa Joe/Kurt Angle bout, and they deliver each and every time. They’ve never gone below a 4 and a half stars, and probably never will. I’m honestly surprised at how quick they pulled the trigger on this one. I would have put it off forever, get people really clamoring for it. Besides that, this is the first of an awesome, awesome series. These two are like copping a feel on some boobage, always a good thing. Where’s something like Kane & Khali is a 20 minute HJ from a chick who lays bricks for a living. Joe taps out to the Ankle Lock, thus ending his undefeated streak. It’s incredible to imagine Joe being this big of a deal in wrestling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2th   Last Rites Match: Sting vs Abyss
Place: Destination X 2007
Duration: 9:57
A Last Rites Match is basically a casket match, from the mind of Russo. The casket is elevated above the ring, so when people want to finish their opponents, the coffin is lowered in dark lighting, with smoke and such. Oh, and the ring is decorated with things like tombstones, and candelabras. I’m pretty sure that idiot Russo just went to wikipedia and looked up death, and saw that Halloween was associated, so he went and got some spooky decorations. I’m shocked that there aren’t people running around ringside in white sheets, pretending to be ghosts. Then I’d be shocked if one of the ghosts didn’t reveal himself to be Rick Rude’s actual ghost who was mad at Sting for ending his career. So then at the next PPV, Russo would have Sting vs. Rick Rude’s Ghost in a cage match, so that way RR’s Ghost couldn’t escape. But, just in case, Bill Murry would be there to ghostbust him if things got out of hand. The match itself isn’t bad. It’s a pretty decent hardcore bout and Sting bleeds like I’ve never seen him before. The only problem with the match is all the hokeyness that Russo has instilled. The best part of the match is when the casket is being lowered, the entire place is chanting “FIRE RUSSO! FIRE RUSSO!”. Amen…well, AFTER the Rick Rude Ghost angle. Sting stuffs Abyss into the beat up casket, thankfully ending this in less than 10 minutes.
Rating: * * 3/4th   Texas Death Match: ‘Cowboy’ James Storm vs. ‘Wildcat’ Chris Harris
Place: Sacrifice 2007
Duration: 17:14
Had John Cena and Umaga not put on their classic back in ’07, this would have been my pick for match of the year. After their dismal blind fold match [you think Roberts & Martel would have been teachers till the end of time], they went out and stole the show during Sacrifice. Awesome spots, great brawling, and gallons of blood. Harris nails Storm in the face with a beer bottle, leaving him unable to answer the count of 10. A last moment of glory for Chris, as he soon gained about 200lbs, became Braden Walker, sucked, and hasn’t been heard from since. But this match rules.
Rating: * * * * 3/4th   No DQ Match: Abyss vs. Tomko
Place: Slammiversary 2007
Duration: 13:54
It’s no surprise that Tomko is the kind of wrestler who sucks. It’s no surprise, well, at least to me, that Abyss is the kind of wrestler who kicks major ass in a hardcore setting. That being said, Abyss was able to carry Tomko to a great hardcore bout here. We get brawling all over the place, great table spot, and portions of shattered glass. Good stuff. Abyss rocks a Black Hole Slam into a pile of shattered glass, pinning Tomko.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Barbed Wire Massacre: Abyss vs. Judas Mesias
Place: Against All Odds 2008
Duration: 14:51
I love a good barb wire match. It can take two people who’d otherwise have a bummer of a match, and churn out something decent. Or, take people who rock an awesome match stand alone, and churn out a classic. This is the former of those two. As Judas Mesias was crap, and Abyss couldn’t do much for him. So, they did a sequel to the awesome Sabu/Abyss barbwire massacre, and we get this. No complaints. There really isn’t that much barbwire action, but I can’t blame the wrestlers, because who really wants to get maimed in all of that? Good stuff. Thankfully, Rellik wasn’t involved, because there’s just something about that name I can’t put my finger on, and it drives me nuts! Judas receives a Black Hole Slam into a barbwire board, and is soon pinned.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Final Rating: * * * * 1/2th.  It’s an awesome, awesome disc. It’s so close to the awesomeness of the first, but a few skips prevent that. But even those skips are matches I wouldn’t mind watching again. If you’re a fan of hardcore, this is a must have. I know TNA gets a lot of crap, and a good portion of it they deserve. But there was a time when it was doing alright for itself, these are snapshots from different periods when things were looking just fine. Thankfully, it seems that things are picking up again. You can get this DVD cheap, and I suggest you do.   This is Marion Cobretti saying, I don’t want him beat, I want him out of commission!

The Cobra Kai Review: TNA Bloodiest Brawls

The Cobra Kai Reviews TNA’s Best of the Bloodiest Brawls: Scars & Stitches
by Marion Cobretti I thought I’d break up the string of WWE related DVDs, and pop in a TNA feature. Their first Best of the Bloodiest DVD is fantastic, and something everyone should have. I decided to go with the 2nd one, simply because I don’t have the first one anymore. One thing I can tell you, is watching these matches really shows how piss-poor the iMPACT Zone has become. Back in 2006-2007, the crowd was electric. They were rowdy, passionate, and full of life. They actually improved the matches with their energy. Another thing I’ve noticed, is before each match starts, they show what appears to be a haunted/abandoned hotel hallway. They use this same scene for Sting’s Insane Icon video screen movie, and it’s things like that I think make TNA number 2. I don’t know, just kind of struck me as cheap. Anyways, let’s get into it…. NWA World Title Match: Jeff Jarrett [C] vs. Rhino
Place: Turning Point 2005
Duration: 17:29
Yes. Hell yes, man. I know that Jeff Jarrett  gets a lot of bull and all, but to be honest, he’s a pretty decent wrestler. I never thought much of Rhino, really. He can have a decent match here and there, so to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot. What I got in return was damn near 20 minutes of one awesome match. They went all over the place, which I usually hate because it’s often boring, but not here. The match started with some old fashion wrestling, criss cross, arm & wrist locks, submissions and all the like. Then they took it to the streets and just delivered. Great match. A bout worthy of being called a main event, where you really felt like Rhino was going to take it before Jeff snuck by with a win, by driving Rhino through two-chairs with a 2nd-rope Stroke.
Rating: * * * * 1/4th   Lethal Lockdown: Sting’s Warriors [Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles, Ron Killings] vs. Jarrett’s Army [Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, AMW]
Place: Lockdown 2006
Duration: 23:49
Normally, I don’t like Lethal Lockdown. TNA had a small ring, so when you slap a cage around it, and jam 10 guys into there, it’s way to much of a cluster. However, this one kicked some serious ass. They only had 8 wrestlers, and the missing two was greatly appreciated. We got a good amount of blood, awesome wrestling and spots mixed with all out brawling. Plus, we got AJ Styles putting a member of AMW through a table, while on top of the cage. Something you know they loved because they did it at pretty much every Lethal Lockdown match afterward.  Wildcat ends up tapping to the Scorpion Deathlock.
Rating: * * * *   Six Sides of Steel for the TNA Tag-Team Championships: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels [C] vs. LAX
Place: Bound for Glory 2006
Duration: 14:50
Homocide says this is one of his favorite matches, but I don’t really see it. It’s a great match, yeah, but I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA. Hell, I’ve seen a lot better tag team cage matches in TNA that had Christopher Daniels. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a horrible match, and it’s definately work a look. Homocide hits The Cop Killer on Styles to score the win, and the straps. I’ve always wondered why Scott hates Konnan, anyone know?
Rating: * * * 1/4th   Barbed Wire Cage Match: Christian vs. Rhino
Place: iMPACT’s First Two Hour Show
Duration: 12:00
A lot of people give this match high, high praise. I’ve even seen some people say it’s the best match ever given away on free TV. Uuh, no. It’s a really good match, but there’s a few things that really bother me. When DVDs have TV matches, why are they cut? The cameras are still rolling, so why not give us the full match? In this case, we go to the commercial break, then all of a sudden Christian is covered in blood, and the barb wire has been cut. That’s a pretty big advancement for us to miss. Then we have a moment when Rhino asks for the key to the cage, and once receives it, he then just throws it out of the cage to the floor. The announcers act like he’s just crazy! Ooh man! The War Machine is nuts! He threw the key a cool 5 feet from the ref who handed it to him. He’ll never be able to bend down and pick it up. I don’t know, I just thought it was really stupid. Anyways, it’s a hard fought battle and easily a PPV worthy match up, with Christian getting the classic heel win when Rhino gores him through the door onto the floor.
Rating: * * * 1/2th   Match of the Decade: Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Place: Genesis 2006
Duration: 13:42
Pretty much every wrestling nerd’s wet dream. I’ve seen every Samoa Joe/Kurt Angle bout, and they deliver each and every time. They’ve never gone below a 4 and a half stars, and probably never will. I’m honestly surprised at how quick they pulled the trigger on this one. I would have put it off forever, get people really clamoring for it. Besides that, this is the first of an awesome, awesome series. These two are like copping a feel on some boobage, always a good thing. Where’s something like Kane & Khali is a 20 minute HJ from a chick who lays bricks for a living. Joe taps out to the Ankle Lock, thus ending his undefeated streak. It’s incredible to imagine Joe being this big of a deal in wrestling.
Rating: * * * * 1/2th   Last Rites Match: Sting vs Abyss
Place: Destination X 2007
Duration: 9:57
A Last Rites Match is basically a casket match, from the mind of Russo. The casket is elevated above the ring, so when people want to finish their opponents, the coffin is lowered in dark lighting, with smoke and such. Oh, and the ring is decorated with things like tombstones, and candelabras. I’m pretty sure that idiot Russo just went to wikipedia and looked up death, and saw that Halloween was associated, so he went and got some spooky decorations. I’m shocked that there aren’t people running around ringside in white sheets, pretending to be ghosts. Then I’d be shocked if one of the ghosts didn’t reveal himself to be Rick Rude’s actual ghost who was mad at Sting for ending his career. So then at the next PPV, Russo would have Sting vs. Rick Rude’s Ghost in a cage match, so that way RR’s Ghost couldn’t escape. But, just in case, Bill Murry would be there to ghostbust him if things got out of hand. The match itself isn’t bad. It’s a pretty decent hardcore bout and Sting bleeds like I’ve never seen him before. The only problem with the match is all the hokeyness that Russo has instilled. The best part of the match is when the casket is being lowered, the entire place is chanting “FIRE RUSSO! FIRE RUSSO!”. Amen…well, AFTER the Rick Rude Ghost angle. Sting stuffs Abyss into the beat up casket, thankfully ending this in less than 10 minutes.
Rating: * * 3/4th   Texas Death Match: ‘Cowboy’ James Storm vs. ‘Wildcat’ Chris Harris
Place: Sacrifice 2007
Duration: 17:14
Had John Cena and Umaga not put on their classic back in ’07, this would have been my pick for match of the year. After their dismal blind fold match [you think Roberts & Martel would have been teachers till the end of time], they went out and stole the show during Sacrifice. Awesome spots, great brawling, and gallons of blood. Harris nails Storm in the face with a beer bottle, leaving him unable to answer the count of 10. A last moment of glory for Chris, as he soon gained about 200lbs, became Braden Walker, sucked, and hasn’t been heard from since. But this match rules.
Rating: * * * * 3/4th   No DQ Match: Abyss vs. Tomko
Place: Slammiversary 2007
Duration: 13:54
It’s no surprise that Tomko is the kind of wrestler who sucks. It’s no surprise, well, at least to me, that Abyss is the kind of wrestler who kicks major ass in a hardcore setting. That being said, Abyss was able to carry Tomko to a great hardcore bout here. We get brawling all over the place, great table spot, and portions of shattered glass. Good stuff. Abyss rocks a Black Hole Slam into a pile of shattered glass, pinning Tomko.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Barbed Wire Massacre: Abyss vs. Judas Mesias
Place: Against All Odds 2008
Duration: 14:51
I love a good barb wire match. It can take two people who’d otherwise have a bummer of a match, and churn out something decent. Or, take people who rock an awesome match stand alone, and churn out a classic. This is the former of those two. As Judas Mesias was crap, and Abyss couldn’t do much for him. So, they did a sequel to the awesome Sabu/Abyss barbwire massacre, and we get this. No complaints. There really isn’t that much barbwire action, but I can’t blame the wrestlers, because who really wants to get maimed in all of that? Good stuff. Thankfully, Rellik wasn’t involved, because there’s just something about that name I can’t put my finger on, and it drives me nuts! Judas receives a Black Hole Slam into a barbwire board, and is soon pinned.
Rating: * * * 3/4th   Final Rating: * * * * 1/2th.  It’s an awesome, awesome disc. It’s so close to the awesomeness of the first, but a few skips prevent that. But even those skips are matches I wouldn’t mind watching again. If you’re a fan of hardcore, this is a must have. I know TNA gets a lot of crap, and a good portion of it they deserve. But there was a time when it was doing alright for itself, these are snapshots from different periods when things were looking just fine. Thankfully, it seems that things are picking up again. You can get this DVD cheap, and I suggest you do.   This is Marion Cobretti saying, I don’t want him beat, I want him out of commission!

Cobra Kai Review: Best PPV Matches of 2011

  The Cobra Kai Review of WWE’s Best PPV Matches of 2011
I love these releases. Of course, they could have a better match selection, as either LMS [Punk vs Orton, or Cena v Alberto] that they had this year would be a better choice than Henry v Big Show, but since the ring fell down, they obviously have to include it. Not a lot of folk want to shell out the money to buy the PPVs when they hit DVD, so something like this is fantastic. So, let’s see how how they did with their choices this year. World Heavyweight Title – Royal Rumble, January 30th, 2011
Edge vs Dolph Ziggler
One year later, Ziggler would be in the same situation, but for a different title. It’s a real bummer that Edge had to retire all of a sudden, because even though his feud with Kane was a bleak spot, this match shows that he could still go with the best of’em. Giving us a fantastic match, and probably Ziggler’s best to date. There’s nothing flashy, nothing “OMG!” about it, it’s just an excellent match that’s built brick by brick. The stipulation of Edge not being able to use the Spear is great, because even though it’s simple, it always creates an interesting dynamic. Same goes for Shawn’s match against Orton at Survivor Series 2007.
Edge pays homage to his pal Christian, hitting the Killswitch at 20:48
****1/2 Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Title – Elimination Chamber, February 20th, 2011
Edge vs Rey Mysterio vs Wade Barrett vs Kane vs Drew McIntyre vs Big Show
It wouldn’t be a Best Of without a little Chamber. Now, these matches tend to be a roll of the dice. They can either kick some serious ass, or just sludge along. Or, Triple H can win despite not having wrestled for literally an entire minute, whilst wearing bike shorts no less. This one does a fine job for itself. Everyone actually gets into the deal before anyone’s eliminated. I can’t recall if that’s been done before, but it was the first time I’ve seen it.. The real shine of this match is when Edge & Mysterio go at it near the end, they honestly elevate the match by at least a full star with their night cap performance.
Edge hits a mid-air Spear on Mysterio in 31:30
**** WrestleMania XXVII – April 3rd, 2011
Rey Mysterio vs Cody Rhodes
Rey had caused the once dashing Cody Rhodes to basically look like his older brother, via smashing his face with this knee brace, so this is the grudge match. Nothing too stand out, and a damn fine match for it’s placement on the card. I do find it a waste to give someone a victory over a guy like Mysterio when they really aren’t setting the world on fire.
Cody hits the Cross Rhodes in a cool 12 minutes.
***1/4 No Holds Barred Match – WrestleMania XXVII – April 3rd, 2011
I don’t think there’s ever been a match that people were so divided on. Peeps either hate it, or love it. Myself, I’m on the love it side. I saw it live with a group of friends, and I’ve never had so much fun. Sure, when Mark Henry is taking a stab at the streak, it’s not in question, but half way through this one nobody was sure. Half was for Triple H, the other half were for Taker. When Triple H hit the Tombstone, the place exploded, and we all truly thought it was over.
Undertaker puts Triple H in the Gates of Hell at 29:25
***** DISC 2 World Heavyweight Championship – Extreme Rules, May 1st, 2011
Christian vs Alberto Del Rio
Edge was forced to retire because of matches just like this, so Christian earned his spot in this match by winning a battle royal. I was ecstatic to see Christian get his chance, because he’s been busting his ass for over 15 years and has done nothing but deliver quality. As for the match, I have no qualms with saying that this is my favorite ladder match of all time. Both guys go to the absolute limit with each other, and beat every ounce of will, drive, and fortitude out of each other. You get everything, one moment you get an awesome segment where Christian & Alberto break out reversal after reversal on each other until one of them is finally bested, then you get a crazy spot like Alberto diving from the top turnbuckle through a ladder. An absolute war, and a fantastic moment with Edge & Christian celebrating with legitimate emotion.
Christian pulls down the title at 21:01
***** Capital Punishment
Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk
For the life of me, I can’t understand why I hadn’t heard of this match for the entire year of 2011. It’s absolutely fantastic from beginning to end, and what I believe is CM Punk’s true classic from 2011. They wrestled at a non-stop high pace, without one botch. They busted out reversal after reversal, then counter into counter, and had more incredible moments than one could count. This is an absolutely fantastic match that people need to look at again, because it’s flawless.
The GTS at 14:58 puts Mysterio out
***** Money In The Bank for Raw – Money In The Bank – July 17th, 2011
Alberto Del Rio vs Rey Mysterio vs Jack Swagger vs Alex Riley vs The Miz vs Kofi Kingston vs Evan Bourne vs R- Truth
The match started off great, with every wrestler taking a ladder and doing battle. This one had more spots than the Smackdown bout, and was about 10 minutes shorter. Not one of the best I’ve seen, but it worked. Unmasking Rey as a way to get one over on him is always a cool way to go.
Alberto becomes Mr. Money in the Bank at 15:54
**** WWE Championship Match – Money In The Bank – July 17th, 2011
John Cena vs CM Punk
A great match with one of the Top 3 crowds I’ve ever seen. For my money though, I can’t give it the fully monty, because I think it just ran way too long, with the first half  not delivering so much. Afterwards, it really picked up the pace. I think seeing this live influenced people’s ratings, because that would have been awesome. There’s quite a few moments where you’d think for sure it was over. So, I can’t fault anyone for giving it 5 stars, I just don’t see it that way. Their SummerSlam match was the superior, in my opinion.
CM Punk puts Cena to sleep at 33:54
****1/4 DISC 3 No Holds Barred World Heavyweight Title Match – SummerSlam – August 14th, 2011
Christian vs Randy Orton
This feud reminded me a lot of Edge vs The Undertaker, where the chemistry was off the charts as they headlined PPV after PPV. Christian & Orton just couldn’t have a bad match this year, and it reached it’s zenith at SummerSlam. It’s an absolute monster, and both guys go until absolute tilt, it’s incredible. I had the match originally docked a quarter because of Orton winning, but that really shouldn’t effect the quality of the match, so I went all the way with this. What a brutal ending.
Orton hits a mid-air RKO onto the steel stairs at 27:43
***** World Heavyweight Title Match – Night of Champions – September 19th, 2011
Randy Orton vs Mark Henry
What we have here is basically Mark Henry’s greatest match. The WWE have done a fine job with Mark’s character, actually making him interesting for once in his 15 year career. They made Henry look like a true beast, with Orton throwing everything he had at him and it just wasn’t enough. Mark gets the clean win, making him look even stronger. Also, as a bit of an off note, is anyone else sick of seeing the Orton-Goes-For-The-RKO-Only-To-Get-Pushed-Away thing that happens 10 times in every Orton match? That never happened with The Diamond Cutter, and rarely with The Stunner.
Mark Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam at 13:07
***1/2 No DQ Match – Night of Champions – September 19th, 2011
CM Punk vs Triple H
Man, they talk about great guys in wrestling, and they better start talking about CM Punk soon. Here he is, at the prime of his career, in midst of one of WWE’s hottest angles ever, and he’s selfless enough to give the rub to the youngblood known as Triple H. Hopefully this will help catapult Triple H towards his 37th World Title reign. Also, it was nice to see that the booking for this match was a return shot for Vince Russo, with a sweet minimum of 8 different things happening. It was all gravy until right after Punk dropped the big elbow.
Triple H puts down the spot-light-glory-hog CM Punk in 24:07
***1/2 Divas Championship – Hell in a Cell – October 2nd, 2011
Kelly Kelly vs Beth Phoenix
Beth was suppose to be the heel, yet there wasn’t anyone over 10 who wanted to see the over-tanned girl with hair extensions and the body of a 10 year old boy win this one. Again.
Beth wins at 8:31
* WWE Championship Triple Threat Match – Hell in a Cell – October 2nd, 2011
Alberto Del Rio vs CM Punk vs John Cena
This was a great example of how Triple Threat’s should be booked. Each guy trying to snag the quick pin, with a ton of different ways to be broken up. Plus, this was the first time in a while that Hell in a Cell that truly felt like a HELL IN A CELL. By that, I mean just a brutal, violent outing. CM Punk getting his back cut to hell, and Cena getting suplexed through the chairs. I really hadn’t felt this interested in a HIAC since Taker/Batista. I loved the idea of Cena being locked out, because it gave Alberto that clever-heel aspect that’s been sorely missing, as he seemed to be taking delight in Cena’s frustration.
Alberto earns his 2nd title at 24:07. Then is beat to hell by Miz & R-Truth.
****1/4 World Heavyweight Title – Vengeance – October 23rd, 2011
Big Show vs Mark Henry
I would have much preferred to see Cena vs Alberto in a Last Man Standing from this PPV, than this match. However, the ring exploded, and thus this just had to be included. It’s not a bad match by any means, and a lot more than I thought these two could do, but they really need to be in a gimmick environment for them to thrive. Also, they really should have had Mark get back up on his own, and beat the hell out of Big Show as he’s being helped. It would have made him seem a hell of a lot tougher, and more viscous. Ah well.
No contest, the ring exploded. 13:00
**1/2 Last Words: Sure, there’s a match or two that could have been left off, and a match or two that should have been included. But for $20, you aren’t going to find more for your dollar, with almost every single match being fantastic. Only 3 out of 14 matches rank below ***1/2, and you don’t find that too often. A great set that’s a must, with a final score of ****3/4 This is Marion Cobretti saying, I want him out of commission. Do you have a problem with that, Mr. Lawrence?