NVPW Profile: The Cutie and The Beast

A few months ago, I reviewed the local indy show, Northern Virginia Pro Wrestling (or NVPW, or NoVa Pro) Presents American Slang.  This weekend, I hope to review their anniversary show from September.  But first, I want to present a look at their top tag team, which could provide a few lessons to the major promotions on how to do an odd couple that grows in character over time… while still remaining odd.


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SmackDown Podcast Featuring Andy PG

Last night, after SmackDown Live, I (under the alternate internet name Duke) took part in a podcast-style discussion on CageSide Seats about SmackDown, doing a thorough recap and analysis. WARNING: because of my known tendency to ramble and make really dumb connections (though at least I’m self-aware), this podcast is 90 minutes. If you get a chance, give it a listen!


Andy PG’s Alternate Audio: SummerSlam!

So, I had a feeling I was going to regret listening to WWE talking heads for 6+ hours… so instead, I did my own! Anyone who thinks there’s no way I could be worse than WWE talking heads can try their hand at me. Here’s the links:

The Pre-Show (2 hours): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u7knxItNG0

The Show Itself (including my immediate thoughts and reactions): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxqo2cm92Ak

If you want to listen, have fun. I can’t be worse than Saxton or JBL, can I?

Review of NOVA Pro Wrestling’s American Slang, July 1, 2016

So as I was performing in my second (third?) job as a hockey ref at the JCC of Northern Virginia on Wednesday (June 29), the security guard told me that there was going to be a big deal on Friday. Turns out there was a wrestling event that day. For geography’s sake, the JCCNV is within 2 miles of my house! Independent wrestling within 2 miles? Hell, I’d WALK to that!

Which I did. Because I don’t own a car.

But if I’m going to take in the joy of indy wrestling, all of you are going to enjoy it with me. So, after taking a couple days to celebrate the holiday with family, I’ve snuck out to type up the following. Now, it won’t be anywhere NEAR as detailed as my usual notes because I don’t have a computer in front of me at the event. However, I hope you enjoy it anyway.

From Fairfax, VA, NOVA Pro Wrestling presents American Slang!

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Meltzer’s Ratings: Payback

As a public service for the people who do not get the newsletter, I have scoped out Dave Meltzer’s star ratings for all the big shows.  Here’s what he thought of Payback:

Dolph Ziggler d. Baron Corbin – **1/4

Kalisto d. Ryback – **3/4

Vaudevillains d. Enzo/Cass – no rating

Kevin Owens d. Sami Zayn – ****

The Miz d. Cesaro – ***1/4

Dean Ambrose d. Chris Jericho – ***3/4

Charlotte d. Natalya – ***1/4

Roman Reigns d. AJ Styles – ***3/4


As always, Meltzer love of the Flair dynasty overrates Charlotte’s match, and I think Ryback/Kalisto deserves slightly more love, but otherwise these seem to be internally reasonable.  Thoughs?

Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham) dead


Windham is known for his time with the Blackjacks team in the 1970s alongside Jack Lanza.  As part of that team, he was a member of the 2006 Hall of Fame class.  He was the patriarch of a wrestling family that includes sons Barry and Kendall, son-in-law Mike Rotundo, and grandsons known as current WWE superstars Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.

Our condolences go out to the Windham/Rotundo family at this time.


Let’s see what ol’ Diamond Dave thought of the week that was.

American Alpha vs Revival: ****
Austin Aries vs Baron Corbin: **1/4
Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura: ****1/2
Asuka vs Bayley: ***3/4
Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe: ***1/2

Kalisto vs Ryback: *1/2
BAD and Blonde vs Total Divas: **1/4
Dudley Boys vs Usos: *1/2
Seven way ladder match: ****1/4
AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho: ***3/4
League of Nations vs New Day: **1/2
Brock Lesnar vs Dean Ambrose: ***1/4
Becky Lynch vs Charlotte vs Sasha Banks: ****
Shane McMahon vs Undertaker: **1/2
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: *1/2
Erick Rowan vs The Rock: no rating
Roman Reigns vs Triple H: ***1/4

Bonus ratings: Ospreay vs Ricochet was the EVOLVE match of the weekend at ****1/2, while the 4-way contenders match on Raw was ****.

Commence eye-rolling now.

Dave Meltzer Rates Fastlane

Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto: ***1/4

Sasha/Becky vs. Naomi/Tamina: **1/2

Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler: ***1/4

Show/Kane/Ryback vs. Harper/Rowan/Strowman: ***

Charlotte vs. Brie Bella: **3/4

Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles: ****

Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth: DUD

Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns: ****1/2

Geez, Dave, getting soft in your old age?

Wrestling Observer Rates Royal Rumble

Pre-show four-way tag match: *1/2

Ambrose vs. Owens: ****1/4

New Day vs. Usos: ***1/4

Del Rio vs. Kalisto: ***1/4

Charlotte vs. Lynch: ***1/4

The Royal Rumble: ****

I’m a little surprised Meltzer went that high for the US Title match.  The Rumble itself was very good and, shenanigans with Reigns aside, told a great story.  No other complaints.