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!

http://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe-smackdown/2016/11/1/13493752/live-after-smackdown-live-podcast-wwe-raw-hell-in-a-cell-dean-ambrose-daniel-bryan-survivor-series

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

http://www.cagesideseats.com/2016/4/7/11386916/wwe-hall-of-famer-blackjack-mulligan-passes-away

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.

MeltzerMania

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.

Thoughts?