I’ve wanted to re-watch the Shawn Michaels Vs Mankind Main Event from this show for a while, so I thought I might as well review the entire show for good measure. This was a WWF pay per view from Philly and would represent the first time that the WWF and ECW worked together, so it’s kind of a historically significant show with an absolute banger in the Main Event, which was more than most of the throwaway IYH shows could boast at least.
Rampage was a super easy watch and I felt the closing angle hyped the pay per view well. Looking forward to All Out, although I’m working Monday morning so I won’t get to watch it till Monday Evening, so I may be scarce for most of Monday around here outside of the Daily Thread.
Dynamite wasn’t the best episode this week, but I thought they did an excellent job hyping up the pay per view and I’m looking forward to seeing it at the weekend. I’m sure Scott will share the special FITE link if you want to get it via that and help out the Blog.
Was thinking of trying a new theme for the feature images this month, but I’ve still got quite a lot of Video Game box art that I haven’t gotten around to using yet, so we’ll switch to something new when I’ve finally worked my way through those.
Transfer deadline day was a big load of nothing for Everton outside of signing Rondon, and we’re still light at Right Back so I hope they wrap Coleman in cotton wool after every game this season. How did your respective teams do? Happy? Sad? Indifferent? Why not share in the comments!
Not had a chance to catch those NWA shows from the weekend but they sounded interesting so I might get to them eventually. The Aldis Vs Murdoch match has received some good reviews and it’s nice to have different styles of wrestling out there to dip into now and then.
I hope you’re all well and safe, especially if you’re in anyway close to Hurricane Ida’s path.
It’s a Bank Holiday over here in England, meaning I get a day off work, which I’m currently spending watching Smosh “Try Not To Laugh” videos over on YouTube before I head out for a walk in the afternoon. I’m feeling pretty lazy, so I might order a pizza later rather than cook my own dinner. I’ll see how I feel once I’ve got the shopping in.
Had a nice day out in Brighton yesterday, and Everton actually didn’t muck it up for once as they actually managed to win the game! I was surprised how well we played to be honest, especially as Brighton have had a good start.
It’s Celtic Vs Rangers in the Glasgow Derby, with it currently 0-0 as of me writing this. Worth checking out if you’ve never seen one before, more from an atmosphere perspective than a quality of football one. Think of it as an ECW show from 95 where Guerrero, Malenko and Benoit aren’t booked so the wrestling isn’t amazing but there’s also an incredible angle or two and Public Enemy pop the crowd by coming out to Hotstepper
Not had a chance to see the NWA women’s show but might try and check it out in the coming week because it looks like they had a crowd
Back with another Stinker review, as I tackle Road Wild 98!
For those not au fait, Stinker Reviews are where I take a look at a show that has a bad reputation and see if it deserves that reputation or not. September will be another reader review, so get your suggestions in either in the comments or to [email protected] I’ll draw a “lucky” winner out of the Stinker Hat and that’ll be September’s review.
There is an actual hat as well…
See! I don’t exaggerate about these things!!
Anyway, Road Wild was usually a pretty rubbish event each year as WCW held the show in a field in Sturgis in front of a bunch of bikers who didn’t like wrestling. Amazing how that usually led to bad shows eh? The 98 version of the show featured talk show host Jay Leno wrestling Holllywood Hogan (Couldn’t they have at least sprung for Steve Wilkos? I could at least buy that he’d have a chance in a fight).
There’s not much on the under card to get excited about either, but who knows, maybe this show might have aged well?
I woke up about 6 hours before this goes up as I’m travelling down to Brighton, so I’m writing this the day before, hence no news I’m afraid. I won’t have seen Rampage either, but I did peruse one of the spoilers and I’m cool with it for the most part.
Been playing Quake on the Switch this week. Only ever played the borked Saturn port on consoles, so playing the game with a good framerate and controls has made me appreciate it far more than I used to. I have occasionally fallen afoul of the “run around trying to work out what you’re supposed to do” trope that sometimes happened with these older FPS’, but in general I’ve enjoyed it and will keep playing it over the weekend.
Speaking of Video Games, I also write for a VG site called Gaming Respawn and recently did an article on Dynasty Warriors 4 if you’d like to read it. Link below if you’re interested.
Dynamite was kind of “just a show” last night, but I didn’t really mind too much. Even when a Dynamite episode is “so-so” you can usually see where everything is going story wise and I think they’re doing a good job of getting characters over whilst also hyping up the pay per view. Sometimes it’s nice just to have a wrestling show to watch, and that’s what last night was to me.
I’m off to Huddersfield tonight for some hot sexy League Cup action. The highlight of the night will be if I can make it to Huddersfield before they close the Wimpy Burger. Come On You Blues have asked me to write up a preview, which you can read HERE. I watched some brief clips of Raw on YouTube, and I’m actually somewhat interested to see what will happen with a certain wrestler challenging another wrestler for her belt. It’ll be kind of like Freddy Vs Jason, whoever wins we all lose.
Managed to catch the Edge/Tyler Black and Dragunov/WALTER matches from the weekend and they were both as great as advertised and very much worth your time. WWE Network has been playing up for me so I haven’t seen the last two matches of Takeover yet, but I can’t imagine they’ll be as good as that NXT UK Title match was. Talk about one match essentially making a show a Thumbs Up all by itself!
Back with some more ECW this week, with a special Stinker review scheduled for next week, so if you like those then keep a look out.
Heat Wave 98 is often regarded as one of the best shows ECW ever put on, with it featuring a bunch of well-built issues and some quality wrestling for good measure. Even Scott likes this one, so that’s a good barometer of how good it is!
Our big issue in the Main Event is Tommy Dreamer gunning for revenge on The Dudley Boyz after they broke the neck of his girlfriend, but we’ve also got Taz looking to avenge his defeat to Bam Bam Bigelow at Living Dangerously 1998 and the final bout in the Summer Series between Jerry Lynn and Justin Credible.
So yeah, lots of good stuff on the docket, so let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!
I’m off to Elland Road today in order to watch Leeds Vs Everton today. Leeds got clobbered by Man United last week, but then we got clobbered by them the week before, so I’m not sure either result will be a barometer on what the eventual score will be.