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TNA Wrestling Destination X 2011 Preview

July 07, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

TNA Destination X 201160,000.

The above number represents a personal best for TNA Wrestling, and it’s a number that, if WWE were to match that number, would result in Vince McMahon bringing a Thompson machine gun to the next WWE creative meeting.

60,000 is the approximate number of buys for TNA Genesis 2006, an event that was headlined by Samoa Joe, then unpinned in TNA, against Kurt Angle, making his pay-per-view in-ring debut.

WWE, at their peak, would routinely see their PPV’s climb into the upper six figures in terms of buys. In recent years, reaching 200,000 buys for anything outside of WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and Summerslam can be a challenge, but the company is still far and away making bank.

Besides, those 60,000 buys were nearly five years ago for Total Non-Stop Action. Since then, Sacrifice and Slammiversary from one year ago are believed to have garnered a paltry 8,000 buys apiece.

Of course, it’s for good reasons that TNA buyrates have dropped off like that dreadful “I’m With Coco” campaign. Among those reasons are heavy focus on stars of fifteen years ago (Hulk Hogan, Sting, Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff), inconsistent and confusing TV angles, the staleness of the Impact Zone, unproven talents that are still green (Crimson, Rob Terry, Anarquia, Gunner, among others), and a lack of control over talents that are supposed to be strong representatives for the company (Flair, The Hardy Boyz, Kurt Angle).

Because of these infractions against sound business, it’s been hard for the most vocal of wrestling fans to defend TNA, let alone summon the will to consistently watch the programming, let alone buy the pay-per-views.

The vocal fans have been labeled by Eric Bischoff as “ten percenters”, an allegedly small fraction of wrestling fans that are largely irrelevant, save for an apparent ability to overthink and overrate matches and angles, while heaping nothing but negativity on the product that he helps provide.

What do these naysayers, the ones that are quick to rip on TNA, want? If you asked them, they’d tell you that they want more in-ring wrestling, more exciting athletes, and an emphasis more on what happens in those matches, as opposed to some backstage vignette, shot by nausea-inducing cameras in what is allegedly HD.

And that brings us to a rather interesting ultimatum.

Fans have resisted TNA due to a lack of said in-ring wrestling, as well as the desires of TNA’s braintrust (there’s an oxymoron) to feature uninteresting and clumsy heavyweights and aging has-beens, as opposed to dynamic high flyers, crisp technicians, and all-around exciting performers.

On Sunday, July 10, there will be no excuses from either side of the stalemate.

TNA will present Destination X, a pay per view dedicated entirely to the X Division and its groundbreaking, innovative style. The X Division is what helped set TNA apart from WWE, particularly in its formative years, since Vince McMahon de-emphasizes smaller, faster workers in favor of his apparent vice, the muscle-headed brutes.

TNA de-emphasized the X Division as time went by, in a sad attempt to copy WWE’s style, and it was to the chagrin of “wrestling fans”.

But on July 10, TNA is extending an olive branch to fans who are not only tired of Total Non-Stop Action reneging on their “We Are Wrestling” campaign, but also fans who are sick of WWE shoving John Cena and Randy Orton down their throats at uvula-tearing speeds.

You want wrestling? How about Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian? These two went up and down the highways of the California indy scene together (oddly enough, as friends and traveling buddies of a young John Cena), and have both left a considerable mark in TNA during their lengthy tenures. Joe, at one time, looked to be the modern day Vader with a martial arts bent to his style, while Kazarian was packaged as Antonio Banderas, with an MBA in advanced gymnastics. The two well shed all pretenses of TNA’s dreadful writing, and will look to rekindle their classic indy style for a night.

How about a four way match between unsigned talents in which the winner gets a contract? Multi-time X Division Champion Low Ki (fresh off escaping WWE in December) takes on two time ROH Champion Austin Aries, the gravity-defying Eminem wannabe Jack Evans, and the obscure, but well traveled, standout Zema Ion will compete in what promises to be a car crash of a spotfest.

Speaking of that X Division title, it will be up for grabs, as unlikely champion Abyss (a hard worker, in spite of some bad creative decisions) takes on sentimental favorite Brian Kendrick. Sounds like a mismatch on paper, but who knows? If they feed off the crowd (who will surely be pulling for “Spanky”), this can really be something special.

In terms of the two big matches of the night, one of them features best friends and classic rivals clashing once more. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, the face of TNA who’s spent nine loyal years wearing company colors, will do aerial battle with “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, and off-and-on mainstay. The duo have faced off in a pair of tremendous thirty-minute iron man matches, and were a part of TNA’s greatest match ever, a triple threat match with Samoa Joe at Unbreakable 2005, so expectations are high. But given the talent involved, it’s unlikely that their performance will disappoint on Sunday.

And speaking of blasts from the past, ECW diehards, listen up. Rounding out this promising evening is the first one on one match in a decade between two men that lit ECW ablaze in 1999 with their cat-and-mouse showdowns. “The Whole F’N Show” Rob Van Dam looks to give it one more go against his rival, “The New F’N Show” Jerry Lynn. While both men are now certainly older, 40 and 48 respectively, both are still in great shape, and the promise of having one more chance to steal the show together will likely motivate these two pros into trying to do so once more.

When you read over the previous five paragraphs, you’re probably thinking “Man, that sounds like a Hell of a show!”

And this is where you can help.

Let’s say TNA gets its greatest buyrate ever. Let’s say there are, hypothetically speaking, 100,000 buys for Destination X, and there’s no Hogan, Sting, Bischoff, Flair, Scott Steiner, or Jeff Jarrett to take credit for it.

Instead, let’s say that the underappreciated “wrestlers” are the ones that made fans plop down $35 a pop to watch the show. Chances are, the Carter family’s going to wonder why they spent so long listening to The Hulkster, Easy E, Double J, and Vinnie Ru, and will instead embark on a different direction, one that, you know, makes money.

And what about Vince McMahon? Surely seeing TNA crack six figures on buys would make him think “Hmm, maybe fans WOULD prefer to see this exciting style”. After all, it’s not like WWE buyrates are anything special right now. A victory for TNA could mean victory tomorrow for Sin Cara, Evan Bourne, Tyson Kidd, Daniel Bryan, and others.

And besides, wouldn’t this be a nice “stick it” to Eric Bischoff? To have the highest bought PPV of his TNA tenure be one that he wasn’t even on, or promoted for?

This Sunday, give TNA one last chance. Speak with your wallets and your desire. Let them know that THIS, not the pseudo-WCW direction, is the way to go.

Let’s show Eric Bischoff just how big ten percent really is.

TNA Destination X full card…
Abyss vs. Brian Kendrick for the TNA X Division Championship
Christopher Daniels vs. A.J. Styles
Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian
Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn
Shannon Moore vs. Robbie E vs. Alex Shelley vs. Amazing Red in an Ultimate X Match
Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion vs. Low Ki vs. TBD 4-Way match for a TNA contract

Justin Henry is a freelance writer whose work appears on many websites. He provides wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture columns for CamelClutchBlog.com, as well as several wrestling columns a week for WrestlingNewsSource.com and WrestleCrap.com. Justin can be found here on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/notoriousjrh and Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/cynicjrh.

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Impact Wrestling Results & Report 06-30-11 – A Lack of Impact

June 30, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Sting wrestled Scott Steiner on ImpactHello, everyone. Welcome to my first time recapping TN-Impact. While some of you might have noticed my sarcasm in my Smackdown! recap last week, strap in, because you’re in for an even bumpier ride this time around. Why will I be so hard on this show compared to others? Well, let’s be honest. Have you ever SEEN an episode of this show before? Okay, that’s what I thought. Now that we are clear with each other and you know what to expect, let’s get on with this train wreck.

We start the show with Hulk Hogan and Scott Steiner in the back. Apparently, Steiner is the new member of Immortal. Hogan praises Steiner for a minute or so before hearing Sting’s voice. We see Sting cutting a promo on a monitor backstage, and he’s basically just talking about how he’s going to get Hogan while doing the stupid Joker voice. This leads Hogan to come out to the ring.

BTW, the entrance “videos” TNA Wrestling-pact uses are terrible and cheesy. Hogan begins talking about how he can’t believe Sting’s turned into such a coward. He somehow segues this into World Champion Mr. Anderson, who comes out to the ring, complete with his Battle Dome title belt. On a side note, Anderson has completely made the word “a**hole” worthless. Hogan tells Anderson he needs Hogan as badly as Hogan needs him, and when Anderson has to face Sting at the PPV, he can either join Hogan’s Orange Goblins (aka Immortal) or face psycho Sting by himself. Anderson responds by discussing his cockiness. Okay. This promo seems to have no end in sight, as it’s already gone on for 8 minutes. Hogan tells Anderson that we can’t have Sting running around the company, and that Anderson joining the Goblins equals money and ratings. Anderson says he doesn’t care about Hogan or Bischoff, and that he plans on taking Sting on by himself.

Just then, we see Sting beating up Steiner, Bully Ray and Abyss in the back. The lights go out, and when they come on, Sting’s in the ring with a bat. He takes out Hogan and chases Anderson off. He continues to attack Hogan, and there seems to be a jar of protein in the corner for whatever reason. Sting begins talking about how he was a Hogan mark back in the day (as if Hogan needs another person to do so), and this promo seems to have no rhyme or reason to it. Sting grabs the protein, which is apparently a giant jar of vitamins, and he’s shoving them in Hogan’s mouth. This is a rather homoerotic visual, I have to tell you. Sting then locks Hogan in the scorpion death lock, but you can tell Sting’s not putting any force into due to Hogan being crippled.

We are now joined by Ray, Steiner, Abyss and Gunner. Yes, Gunner. Anyone else think Steiner kind of looks like Johnny Bravo? Ray calls Sting a wannabe and a nobody. Talk about the pot and the kettle. Bully Ray says he can’t stand bullies. Ray then challenges Sting to a match for tonight, and then Hogan says he’s going to wipe the smile off of Sting’s face. He better bring a heavy duty washcloth.

Mike Tenay reminds us approximately 1000 times that tonight’s show has limited commercials thanks to 5-Hour Energy. I sell 5-Hour Energy at my store. It’s garbage. We learn that Crimson, Gunner and James Storm picked up more points for the “Bound For Glory” series at house shows, as well as A.J. Styles. Crimson is in the lead at 17. Gunner will battle A.J. Styles in the series again, and Devon will face Samoa Joe. Now, 20 minutes in, because “Wrestling Matters”, we get our first match (but not before the first commercial break).

MATCH #1-Blades of Glory Series Match: Devon vs. Samoa Joe
You know why Samoa Joe loses all the time? Because he wears shoes. It’s science. Neither Joe nor Devon have any points yet, so the winner gets on the board with this match (not that either have a chance of winning the series). They trade holds for a few seconds, and Joe almost immediately goes for the Kokina Clutch, but is too close to the ropes. Devon gets Joe into the corner and starts punching, but Joe reverses and kicks Devon’s head off. Joe with a knee and is now punching Devon in the corner, followed by the Face Wash.

Devon’s back up with a spear and some clotheslines, reverses a whip into a spinning back elbow, uranage, headbutt and some more clotheslines. Kick out at 2 by Joe. Joe hits a leg lariat off the middle rope and then locks in a leg grapevine, but Devon gets the ropes again. Joe’s looking for a submission to get more points and locks in a key lock, but Devon’s in the ropes again. Apparently, Joe doesn’t realize where the ropes are. Joe back to the arm with a jujigatame, but no go. Joe catches Devon off the top with another kick and tries the clutch again, but Devon rolls out. He catches Joe in a standing uranage, and somehow, this is enough to get the three.

WINNER: Devon. Devon gets on the board with 7 points, while Joe is still at 0. Okay match. Longer than your average Impact fare, that’s for sure.

We go to the back where Pope is in the back with Devon’s kids, celebrating.

Back into another part, and we see Steiner yelling at Ray, Gunner and Abyss. Gotta love Steiner promos. Seriously, someone needs to give him and The Iron Sheik their own reality show stat. I’d recap what they are saying, but all you really need to know is Ray and Steiner are yelling nonsensically at each other.

Back to another part of the building, and Kazarian is telling Joe he’s too good to be sucking this badly. Joe calls him Tony Robbins. Joe calls everyone in Fortune “b*tches”. That’s really about it for that segment.

We get a recap of the X-Division Series, where Austin Aries and Zima Ion (ugh) have qualified, and tonight, Low-Ki, Matt Bentley and Jimmy Yang will be in the match tonight. Apparently, Jimmy Yang is doing the horrible “Flying Elvis” gimmick again.

MATCH #2-X-Division Series Qualifying Round: Matt Bentley vs. Jimmy Yang vs. Low-Ki

Bentley looks a little “special” without hair. So much for that retirement from wrestling, I guess. I’m picking Low-Ki to win this match, but I have a feeling that he’ll wind up being misused by this company once again. 3-Ways are hard to recap, so I’ll do my best. Yang is wrestling in the full jump suit. Ki with a cross body on Bentley for 2, but eats a kick to the head from Yang almost immediately. Yang lands another kick in the corner, and off the top with a cross body for another 2. Bentley back in (looking chubby, BTW), and he throws Yang out, who tries to skin the cat, but Ki is thrown into him by Bentley, leading to another nearfall. Bentley gets 2 off an elbow, and now we go to restholds. Tenay needs to shut the hell up about the limited commercials.

Ki is back out off a clothesline, followed by Bentley, followed by Yang who hits a very nice diving cross body to the outside (although he botched the landing). Yang and Ki back in to more restholds. Ki answers some knees with a crucifix, but another kick by Yang gets 2. Ki fires off some kicks of his own, and then hits a double stomp on Yang out of a sunset flip attempt. Ki hits the Tidal Crush on Bentlet and tries for a pin, but only gets 2. He goes back to Yang, who fires off yet more kicks. Bentley hits a really sloppy DDT/ace crusher combo on both guys before dropping Ki with a superkick for another 2. Bentley’s up top and tries a cross body on Yang, who turns it into a over-the-knee gutbuster. Yang misses Yang Time, but Ki lands the Warrior’s Way on Yang for the pin.

WINNER: Low-Ki. Solid match, but there were far too many kicks for my taste. That, and you can tell that Matt Bentley hasn’t been in the ring in a while. He’s looking pudgy, and he botched some basic moves that he shouldn’t have.

We listen to some of the X-Division guys talk about the upcoming Destination X PPV, including Kurt Angle, because nothing says X-Division like that nutcase. And where did Tenay lose all of his credibility?

Okay, apparently, the challenge Bully Ray made to Sting earlier was for him to face Steiner. Not sure when that changed, but alright.

We are then “treated” to a promo starring Madison Rayne, Winter and Angelina Love, who is apparently gotten over her zombie-ness. These three will wrestle Tara, Mickie James and Miss Tessmacher in a 6-knockout match later. Can we say workrate? Angelina Love starts rambling about how her relationship with Winter is no longer “synthetic” (whatever that means), and I can’t pay very close attention here because Angelina Love’s lack of body is making me nauseous. She could use a sandwich or ten.

Does Spike TV have a contract that states all of their original programming must be atrocious?

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We then see Kazarian and Samoa Joe in a bar. Kazarian makes a crack about how Joe found the bar, and has had no trouble finding Wendy’s. He’s right. Joe beats up Kazarian all over the bar, the same way he did to Crimson a few weeks ago. Not sure the point of these segments.

Hogan’s in the back, taping his hands up, rambling about beating up Sting. Yeah, okay.

MATCH #3-6-Knockouts Tag Team Match: Angelina Love, Winter and Madison Rayne vs. Miss Tessmacher, Tara and Knockouts Champion Mickie James

Winter’s music is appalling. I would rather hear the death rattle of my only child than have to listen to that music. Madison Rayne being from the same home town as me makes me sad. On top of that, you can barely tell the difference between her and Mickie James anymore. Not exactly sure what Tessmacher’s gimmick is supposed to be at this point, and I’d tell you what my nickname for Mickie James is, but it’s not appropriate here. Taz is rambling about all the hot chicks in the ring. Where?

The “match” starts off with James and Winter. Stupid hair whip that every woman does by James, followed by a Thesz press that has Lou rolling around in his grave. Angelina Love is in, and she’s apparently had 16 more boob jobs since last week. Now Tessmacher’s in, and she does what she does best-nothing. Tenay informs us this is an elimination match. Since when? Winter back in with a chinlock on Tessy, who gives Winter a stinkface. Winter lands a northern lights suplex and the 3.

Tessy is eliminated.

Tara in with her stupid standing moonsault, which gets 2. Winter picks Tara up in a fireman’s carry, and Love hits Tara in the face with the Botox Injection. Rayne tags in and gets the 3.

Tara is eliminated.

Rayne eats a Mick Kick while Love and Winter stare and do nothing. Mickie gets the 3.

Rayne is eliminated.

Love and Winter now double-team Mickie with punches and go for the Botox combo again, but Mickie reverses into a roll-up for 2. Mickie takes a backbreaker from winter, and then Love’s inverted DDT/lung blower move. She starts to go for the pin, but her and Winter start arguing over who’s going to do it. Mickie’s back up and hits her hurricanrana out of the corner on Winter, followed by a hangman’s neckbreaker on Love for 3.

Love is eliminated.

Mickie hits the standing tornado DDT on Winter, and this match is over.

WINNERS: Mickie James, Tara and Miss Tessmacher. This match was a mess. There was just no science to it, with the Knockouts title taking a backseat to the Winter crap. I guess this whole thing with Winter and Angelina has mostly been dropped, with Love getting over her drug addiction at a miraculous rate of just a week.

Gunner is in the back talking about how he and A.J. Styles are 1 and 1 in Blades of Glory matches, and that he’s the number 1 guy in the company and will prove it after he beats A.J. again tonight. He talks about proving to everyone that he will be world champion and a main eventer. Nothing screams main event more than a name like “Gunner”.

I don’t think I want to know the type of person who is excited about playing the Impact Wrestling fantasy game.

Another promo segment with Brian Kendrick and Abyss because, you know, “Wrestling Matters”. Kendrick’s doing his spiritual leader bit, while Abyss is rambling on about The Art Of War again.

Mike Tenay is STILL rambling on about the “limited commercials”. We’re now doing a contract signing segment with Daniels and A.J. Styles. Why? Oh, and Daniels now has his worst theme music yet. Listening to Taz and Tenay argue about ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is giving me a migraine. Nothing against Daniels and Styles, but did their non-title, semi-meaningless match at Destination X really require a contract signing bit?

Daniels says this match is about nothing else except the X-Division, and A.J. agrees. Daniels says there’s no better match to headline the PPV than Daniels/Styles, and for once, I actually agree with something on this show. They both sign the contract, and Jeremy “Toolbox” Borash announces is official. Out of nowhere, Jerry Lynn begins heading to the ring as Borash leaves. On a side note, I’ve met everyone in the ring right now (all great guys, BTW). Lynn then says that he’s sick of hearing guys argue about who built the division, and that the division is supposed to be about the wrestling.

Now, Rob Van Dam makes his way to the ring to his terrible music. He tells us all he’s the “Whole F’n Show”, in case we had forgotten that. He says he was X-Division before there was an X-Division. Lynn reminds RVD who feuded with him for a year, and who the “New F’n Show” is. Since Lynn and RVD will also be facing each other at the PPV, Daniels comes up with the idea of a 4-corners match involving all four of them next week. They all agree, so that will happen next week.

Lynn is still better than most guys half his age.

Gunner comes to ringside from nowhere and begins attacking Styles. A.J. gets the upper hand, and his match with Gunner will start now.

MATCH #4-Blades Of Glory Series: A.J. Styles vs. Goose
A.J. starts on offense with kicks and punches, followed by a jumping knee and a back suplex. He backs Goose into the corner, but eats a running knee as Iceman gets on the highway to the danger zone. Tom Cruise goes for a powerbomb, but A.J. reverses into a Pele and a dropkick sensds that guy from E.R. out of the ring. Alright, I’m out of Top Gun references for now. A.J. hits a flip dive on the outside. Back in the ring and A.J. eats a clothesline. Gunner’s got a little blood trickling from his left eye. He picks up A.J. for the Mr. Pibb (what I’m calling his version of the F-5), but A.J. kicks out of it. A.J. goes to the outside for a top rope move, but Gunner kicks the ropes as A.J. comes back in. He picks up A.J., lands the Mr. Pibb, and this one is over.

WINNER: Gunner, who earns 7 points and takes the lead in the series over Lance Sackless with 21 points. To the 5 of you that get that reference, kudos.

Dear god, I didn’t notice it before, but during this entire show, there has been a graphic in the upper left corner that says “Limited Commercial Interruption”.

Red Jump Suit Apparatus are horrible. It’s fitting they’d be featured on Impact Wrestling.

In case we’ve forgotten, Taz reminds us all that Impact Wrestling is presented with “Limited Commercial Interruption” by 5-Hour Energy.

We get a recap of all the nonsense going on between ODB, Jackie and Velvet Sky. It’s drivel.

Velvet Sky begins talking about how she is used to being bullied and blah, blah, blah. Tons of promos=”Wrestling Matters”. Apparently, Velvet Sky isn’t weak anymore, and that she has a handicap match against ODB and Jackie, where if ODB and Jackie lose, they’re gone from TN-er, Impact Wrestling. That will happen next week, and Velvet will lose. We will also see the 4-corners match next week, as well as Lance Sackless vs. Bobby Robert Roode.

No! We have to listen to Hernandez talk again?! Fortunately, he cuts it short and hands the mic to Anarquia, who is only slightly better than Hernandez. No one in this group is a full-blown Mexican, BTW. He rambles on about how they are not criminals, and why they can’t be in the BFG series, and how they’ve beaten everyone in the company (even though, you know, they’ve hardly beat anyone). I’d be pissed if I was one of the people in the audience who had seats across from the hard camera, as the giant Mexican flag hangs down the entire time Mexican America are in the ring.

The British Invasion come down to the ring, and Magnus mentions how they are also foreigners in the U.S., and how they are proud of how they are living in the U.S. I guess they just became faces now. Magnus says he doesn’t like people who come to another country and expect everything handed to them, and that Mexican America hasn’t earned anything. He says they have yet to beat the British Invasion, and that it won’t happen either. He asks for a tag team match to determine the real #1 contenders to the tag titles, and that Anarquia and Hernandez need to be men and leave the girls at home. He then calls the girls “los prostitutos”, and I’m inclined to agree. This leads to a brawl between the teams, which leads Big Roid Terry to come out. I guess he’s saving his former pseudo-countrymen and reforming with them, despite the fact that he’s from Wales.

Great. A segment with Karen and Jeff Jarrett. Jeff is like that can of Diet Shasta Orange in the vending machine at a roach motel that no one wants. The can is ancient, and the vending machine guy won’t replace it because he’s either too lazy or deep down, is really hoping someone will buy it one day. Basically, they talk about how they are in Mexico and will be back soon. For those that don’t know, Jeff Jarrett pissed off an entire nation of wrestling fans and won the AAA Mega Championship.

Back to Orlando and Abyss is pretending to read his book again. You know, a few weeks back, he was looking at that book and had it open on camera. You know what was inside? I kid you not, it was full of hand-written cue cards. All of a sudden, Abyss begins looking for his mask, which has apparently vanished. He starts to flip out about his mask as Gunner tries to calm him down.

MATCH #5-”Big Poppa Pump” Johnny Bravo vs. Sting Ledger
We start with Bloated Ken Doll doing the fancy introductions, but Johnny Bravo is having none of that. Spinning belly-to-belly gets 2. Bravo’s chest is almost concave at this point. He hits a clothesline and a posing elbow before going into push-ups. Because nothing says “strong” like an exercise that even the weakest child can do. Bravo’s dominating, and I think it’s because Little Suzy isn’t out here to distract him.

Sting Ledger gets a boot up in the corner and begins hitting weak chops and a facebuster for 2. Sting hits the Stinger Splash, but Steiner catches him in a reverse STO for 2. Steiner goes for the Steiner Recliner, but Sting reverses it into the death lock. Steiner catches the ropes and gets a thumb to the eyes. T-Bone Suplex, and both are down. I’m mad we didn’t get a real Steiner promo tonight. Sting gets a kick to the back, Scorpion Death Drop, and this one’s over.

WINNER: The dead movie star.

Sting pulls out another mini bottle of paint. Why in the hell did he have paint in his tights? Blubber Ray runs down to the ring, but eats some clotheslines and a Stinger Splash. Mr. Anderson comes in and hits the sloppiest Mic Check you’ve ever seen. Seriously, Anderson sucks a fat one. The Orange Goblins are now double-teaming Sting, and neither of them seem to know how to put on a submission hold. Blubber begins yelling for Hogan. Hogan gingerly walks to the ring and starts hitting Sting with some old man punches. He grabs Sting’s bat, which cause Kurt Nutjob to run into the ring and get the heels out of there. End of show.

This has definitely been more fun than the Friday Night Smackdown! recap. So much more raw sewage-I mean, material, to work with.

Thanks for reading, and as long as Spike TV still fronts the bill, I’ll see you next week.

TNA Impact Wrestling 6/30/11 Match Results…
Bound for Glory Series: Devon defeated Samoa Joe
Bound for Glory Series: Gunner pinned AJ Styles
In an X-Division tournament bout, Low Ki defeated Matt Bentley and Jimmy Yang
Mickie James, Tara & Miss Tessmacher defeated Madison Rayne, Winter & Angelina Love
Sting pinned Scott Steiner


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Impact Wrestling Results & Report 06-23-11

June 24, 2011 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Sting vs. Abyss in a non-title matchTNA Impact Wrestling continued Thursday night with more of the same from last week: the Bound for Glory Series trudging on, Sting rubbing facepaint on someone, and an X Division Triple Threat match. Surprisingly, as good as all these things were last week, this time around all three left you wanting way more as a wrestling fan.

The night ended with a flattering main event of Sting vs. Abyss in a non-title match. This was the result of Sting coming out to address Eric Bischoff’s claim of treason at the beginning of the show, to which Sting replied with a loony, Joker like monologue and subsequent Stinger signature moves and facepaint exploits. And is it me or is Sting looking like a Juggalo more and more with that smile design?

Abyss finally took to his character and started reading The Art of War book midmatch, which propelled him to take out a utility glove wrapped in barbed wire. Abyss went to use it on Sting, but Sting, somehow being the faster of the two, sidestepped the attacked and hit the Scorpion Death Drop for a pin attempt. Clearly frustrated, Sting took the glove and knocked Abyss over the head with it, splitting him open. Current champion Mr. Anderson comes out to have a stare down with Sting as Sting continues to beat Abyss over the head with “Glove Janice.” I really thought this match was going to stink up the joint but the clever use of Abyss’ character made it somewhat intriguing.

The Bound for Glory Series part of the show kicked off with several updates from house shows, including Gunner getting the pinfall upset on AJ Styles up in Canada. I understand you have to hold a large chunk of these matches at house shows, but at this time it seems that Gunner and AJ Styles would be one to feature at an Impact or pay-per-view. Gunner’s monster surge up the card continues and I still consider Styles the poster child of the company. This makes all the less sense considering the match we did get on Impact was Bully Ray versus Scott Steiner.

I think Ray and Steiner did okay with what they were working with, but this was still a rough match to watch. I had no idea one of Steiner’s signature moves was a “Steiner-line,” which just happens to be nothing but a clothesline. The worst part was whenever Steiner tried to hit easy moves like a belly-to-belly or armdrag toss on Ray. On the belly-to-belly, it looked like Steiner’s back was finally going to cave in, and on the armdrag Ray must have only cleared an ample two feet off the ground. Eventually, Ray accidentally bumped the ref, leading to Steiner getting distracted and Ray clotheslining his padlock chain over Steiner’s throat for the win. Steiner would later flip out backstage, swinging the padlock at members of Immortal before Ray offered him a spot in the group (perhaps to replace Matt Hardy). Steiner threw the chain and said he’d think about it.

The second BFG Series match was even more confusing with its booking and stipulation. Beer Money faced the patchwork face team of Matt Morgan and Crimson in a tag match, so you would think that whichever team won, the result would be both guys getting the points. Not so fast, my friend! Only the guy who scores the pin or submission gets the points, which seems totally unfair for all parties involved. Just like that, each of the four wrestler’s chances are cut in half, unless the off chance that all 12 guys will eventually compete in a match like this. On paper, this should have been a four corners match, because the obvious strategy of letting your tag partner get worn down and somehow tagging in to clean house and win was never utilized.

Robert Roode closed the match by attempting his armbar finisher on Crimson, causing to Matt Morgan to come in and make the save, deliver the Carbon Footprint to Roode and score the pin. James Storm was knocked out on the outside during all of this, so at least that made sense, but I don’t remember any sort of tag between Morgan and Crimson. I will give the writers credit for unpredictability here-I would have expected Roode or Crimson to get the 7 points before Morgan, who now tops the leader board with 14 points.

Impact hosted another X Division Triple Threat match to qualify another high flyer into a 3-way dance at Destination X. Unlike last week, we saw three entirely new wrestlers to the company: Xema Ion, the bulky Pacific Islander, Federico Palacios, the skinny guy who looked like a mid-90′s European Hardy Boy, and Dakota Darsow, the pretty boy and second generation wrestler. Darsow received the most promising promo and was the only one who got a televised entrance, so Impact was really trying hard to put this guy over as the guy to beat.

Unfortunately at least two of these wrestlers probably have to crawl back to the Indys whence they came. Xema went for a corkscrew dive off the top rope to the outside, but actually motioned Palacios and Darsow to come closer. Even with that gesture Xema only hit one guy and didn’t hit him cleanly, resulting in a flying leg thudding into the head and neck area. Ouch. Botch Central continued as I believe it was Xema again who messed up and jumped way late from the top rope to stop a pin attempt down below. The poor referee actually had to blatantly freeze his three count as to wait for Xema to land, even though the announcers played it off as a clean pin break. Perhaps Xema was extra nervous because he had been booked to win-the curly haired Islander pushed Darsow off the top rope and hit him with the clean 450 Splash for the pin. Expect Austin Aries to run circles around this kid.

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The Knockouts portion of the show was pretty bountiful, kicking off with Miss Tessmacher and Velvet Sky doing their best Extreme Expose impressions and fighting Jackie and ODB in what devolved into a brawl. Miss Tessmacher may be a looker, but last night her very brief mic work was the least threatening use of the phrase “bring it, b*tches!” I’ve ever heard in my life. Impact is also really pushing across the whole ODB and Jackie don’t have contracts so they have to fight in the ring but don’t get ramp and entrance music privileges. I guess that’s TNA’s version of dental coverage or something.

Even though Velvet told us that management told her the match was to be by the books, half of it took place outside the ring, and really only came to a head when Tessmacher and ODB cleared the ring, leaving Jackie to punt Velvet in the groin for the win. Really, you’re putting Jackie over here? I really want to know what Velvet did to deserve such a shameful run. In an unrelated backstage incident, Tara came across Madison and jettisoned her into a wall. That’s right, Velvet and Madison…back of the line with ya. This is the era of late 90′s Divas.

Winter squared off against Knockouts champ Mickie James in a non-title Street Fight, which also took a turn for the creative worse and quickly became some 12-year-old’s fantasy as Winter repeatedly whipped Mickie with a leather belt, all as senior referee Earl Hebner watched helplessly. I mean, I’m sure he could have stepped in a bit more, but I’m more than sure he was thinking, “man, I used to ref  WWF title matches in front of 50,000 plus at pay-per-views…”

Mickie mounted a comeback when she nailed a beautiful Lou Thesz Press off a ramp riser, parlaying that into a flying top rope drop kick. However, Angelina Love came in when Hebner was distracted and hit Mickie with a modified neck/back breaker, allowing Winter the easy pin. Winter has still yet to impress me in the ring, but it looks as if she’s next in line to challenge Mickie for her belt at the PPV.

We had an AJ Styles sighting, but it was merely a promo announcing that Destination X would be an X Division exclusive PPV and all matches would take place in the old 6-sided ring. Samoa Joe came out and challenged AJ to a match at Destination X, but was interrupted by Christopher Daniels, who also challenged AJ. I believe the possibility of the 3-way was clear as day, but AJ and Daniels agreed to a match, leaving Joe out of the fold. Huh?

There was also a Rob Van Dam backstage sighting with Jerry Lynn, who I hope doesn’t show up to wrestle any time soon. Dude looked washed up and haggard back in the original ECW run.

We also received a little more clarity to the Jeff Jarrett finishing street fight angle from last week. I guess it’s happening-Eric Bischoff is sending Jarrett down to Mexico to make the company more international. I love the possibility here-it’s a great way to get stale guys down to AAA in Mexico and bring some new faces up at the same time. However, points docked for Jarrett saying more than one time that last night was the start of the BFG Series. What, did he miss the RVD and Samoa Joe match?

VERDICT. Absolutely nothing stood out in this show, except perhaps the company’s obvious attempt to shoehorn more Knockouts programs into the fold. The Bound For Glory Series matches were dull and confusing, leaving fans no option but to cheer a heel Steiner and boo Matt Morgan and the potential LeBron James of TNA, Crimson. And that X Division match actually made me cringe and question just how successful a pay-per-view Destination X will be. Unless this all ends in Abyss competing in Ultimate X, considering me apathetic to the 6-sided venture. 3/10

Finally, I should note that my contract with Camel Clutch Blog Wrestling expires tonight. Fret not, though, because having won the CCB TV Title in a triple threat cage match against Justin Henry and Eric Darsie last month means I’ll be back, more focused and angrier and TNA-ier than ever. I am taking the belt with me, though. Consider this the Summer of Panther Joe.

TNA Impact Wrestling 6/23/11 Match Results
BFG Series. Bully Ray def. Scott Steiner, pinfall, 7 points
Jackie and ODB def. Velvet Sky and Miss Tessmacher, pinfall
BFG Series. Matt Morgan and Crimson def. Beer Money, pinfall, Morgan awarded 7 points
Xema Ion def. Federico Palacios and Dakota Darsow, X Division Triple Threat, pinfall
Winter def. Mickie James, non-title match, pinfall
Abyss def. Sting, DQ

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ROH on HDNet Recap 8-23

August 27, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. If you didn’t notice, and judging by the lack of comments you haven’t, I was on vacation last week so there was no recap. But now I’m back with my 25TH ROH recap. Let’s go down to ringside.

On Last Week’s Show…

We see a recap of last week’s main event. Roderick Strong faced Davey Richards with a title shot against ROH World Champion Tyler Black on the line. This match was exactly what you would expect from these two, a great back and forth match with lots of high impact moves. Richards refused help from his manager Shane Hagadorn and this distraction led to Strong getting the win and the title shot at the next pay-per-view. If you were unaware, Richards has announced that he is leaving wrestling at the end of the year. This split with Hagadorn sets him up as the face to challenge the heel Strong in the future. With Black leaving for the WWE next month, Strong is pretty much a lock to win the title. Then Richards can chase and ultimately win the belt as a farewell gift for all his hard work over the years.

Briscoe Brothers vs. Alex Anthony & Bobby Shields

This is the total mismatch that you would think it is. The Briscoes end it after a few minutes with the Doomsday Device. Ho-Hum.

Kevin Steen vs. Jerry Lynn

It’s the former World champion against a future World champion. With all the upheaval going on in ROH these days, I feel someone like Steen represents the future of the company. By this time next year, after Strong and Richards have had their title runs, I believe that you will see the ROH World Title around the rather portly waist of Mr. Wrestling. But that’s the future, in this match Steen is at his heel best. In my opinion, Steen is the best heel in ROH right now, even better than Austin Aries. He really seems to revel in the heat he draws from the fans. Steen uses every cheap tactic he can think of but Lynn doesn’t give in easily. Even after Steen locks in the Sharpshooter, Lynn won’t give up. He makes it to the ropes but then goes for a sunset flip and Steen just sits down and then grabs the ropes for good measure for the 1-2-3.

Jim Cornette Interview

Kyle Durden interviews Jim Cornette about the upcoming pay per view, Glory By Honor IX. Specifically, the tag match between the Kings of Wrestling and Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas. Roderick Strong and Truth Martini interrupt and say that they want to pick the referee for the title match with Tyler Black. Cornette balks at the request but Black comes out and gets in Strong’s face. Tyler says that they should take the referee out of the equation all together and just have a no DQ match. Of course, Strong gladly accepts the stipulation.

The Embassy vs. “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown & Dark City Fight Club & Grizzly Redwood

Here is the main event of the evening. Representing the Embassy we have Shawn Daivari, Ernesto Osiris, Erick Stevens, and the Necro Butcher. This is a match up that has been brewing for several weeks now. The faces come out on fire and take the fight right to the Embassy. One early spot is Rasche Brown picking up his own teammate Grizzly Redwood, and launching him like a missile onto the entire Embassy outside the ring. Speaking of Brown, a funny thing happened along the way to ROH building up this feud. Rasche Brown quit the company. It seems he missed a show recently and therefore was removed from the pay-per-view as punishment. So Brown took his ball and went home. But this match was taped weeks before that incident, so it will be interesting to see how they address that over the coming weeks. But Brown is in this match and he is bringing the pain. He even executes a running somersault over the top rope onto the Embassy at ringside. It wasn’t the most graceful move ever but it was impressive for a man of his size. However in all the chaos outside the ring, Prince Nana hits Kory Chavis with a low blow, allowing Daivari to get the rollup and the win for the Embassy.

This was only an average episode this week. The last several weeks have had really strong main events but I wasn’t really into this week’s matchup. I just don’t care that much for the Embassy storyline. Being that this is my 25th ROH article for camleclutchblog.com, I just want to take a few lines and thank Eric Gargiulo for giving me this opportunity. I am a very passionate supporter of ROH and I am very grateful for the chance he took on me to bring my thoughts and opinions to the masses. And if I have convinced even one person to tune into the weekly program or attend a live show, then I guess I’ve been a success. So thank you to Eric and thank you to all of you that check in with me every week. As long as you will have me (and as long as there is a Ring of Honor, but that’s an article for another time) I will keep bringing you all the exciting Ring of Honor action.

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ROH on HDNet Recap 7-12

July 15, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. Last week’s program got back to what ROH does best, top flight tag team action. They’ll have a lot to live up to this week. Let’s get to the action.

Necro Butcher vs. Bobby Beverly

Prince Nana comes out to introduce Necro Butcher. But not before rambling on about how The Embassy is now the elite force in ROH. Personally I couldn’t care less about this stable or this angle. This match is a “Butcher’s Rules” match, meaning Necro just beats the crap out of this poor kid with everything not nailed down for five minutes before getting the win with a Tiger Driver onto a chair.

Jerry Lynn & Delirious Promo

Next we see a video recap of the feud between Jerry Lynn and Delirious against the All Night Express and Austin Aries. And as you know by now, Delirious + Aries + flashback = Me.

Eddie Edwards Ten Minute Hunt

This is another challenge match for a shot at Edwards’s ROH World Television Title. And who answers the call, none other than Andy “Right Leg” Ridge. This is the second joke match in a row in this challenge series. ROH is really dropping the ball with the TV Title. The appeal of the TV Title is that you get to see it defended on TV. You maybe get to see a belt change hands on free television. No title is changing hands in these matches. In fact, Ridge last all of three minutes and two seconds. At least the last match lasted five minutes.

All Night Express Interview

Kyle Durden interviews Austin Aries, Kenny King, and Rhett Titus. They are in the main event tonight against Jerry Lynn, Delirious, and ROH World Champion Tyler Black.

Roderick Strong Interview

Jim Cornette is in the ring and he interviews Roderick Strong. He goes on and on about being screwed over again and again. He then introduces his new “life intervention expert”, Truth Martini, along with the tag team of Raymond & Able who are now called The House of Truth. It looks like we have a new heel stable and a full blown heel turn for Roderick Strong. This should be an interesting development for his character.

The All Night Express & Austin Aries vs. Jerry Lynn & Delirious & ROH World Champion Tyler Black

Here is the main event of the evening. The faces come out and jump the heels right away. It takes a few minutes to get some order but even once they get inside the ring the faces keep up the offense. As you would expect though, the heels use their dirty tactics to gain the advantage. First Lynn gets worked over for a few minutes. Then he makes the tag to Delirious, who makes a brief flurry but then gets overwhelmed for the next several minutes. Meanwhile, I think Tyler Black has fallen asleep at ringside waiting to get tagged in. Black finally gets into the ring and things finally heat up. This match was pretty formulaic up to now and the crowd wasn’t really into it. Suddenly it’s an explosion of high impact kicks. I’m talking missile drop kicks, super kicks, round house kicks, and flying drop kicks. Lynn and Delirious execute simultaneous cross bodies off the tope rope to the outside of the ring. The ref loses all control of the match and calls for the bell and the double count out. Another disappointing finish in the main event. I think they’re overdoing the disqualifications and double counts lately. Afterwards, Kevin Steen comes out and hits the package piledriver on Tyler Black. The crowd shows where their allegiance lies with their chants of Mr. Wrestling.

This was a disappointing episode this week. Two squash matches and an average main event do not a good show make. I do have some hope for next week’s program. The main event is a No Holds Barred Street Fight with Colt Cabana & El Generico vs. Steve Corino & Kevin Steen. I’m hoping for some sick spots in that match.

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Ring of Honor on HDNet Results & Recap – June 21

June 24, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome back loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. The ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII pay-per-view was this past weekend. What will the fallout be, let’s go down to ringside and find out.

The Eddie Edwards Ten Minute Hunt

ROH World Television Champion Eddie Edwards comes out to the ring and announces that anyone in the locker room can come out and challenge him. If that wrestler can beat him or last ten minutes, then they will receive a TV Title shot at a later date. Who answers the challenge? Nick Westgate does. Who is that you ask? I have no freaking clue who this guy is. He kind of looks like John Cena, or at least how Cena would have looked in 7th grade. Edwards completely dominates the match, if you can call it that, and uses the Achilles Lock for the win. For the record, young Mr. Westgate failed to last even three minutes let alone ten.

The All Night Express

Austin Aries is backstage with the All Night Express, Kenny King and Rhett Titus. They have a match later against Jerry Lynn and Delirious. A Double brings out a couple of hotties as extra motivation for the boys.

Reggie vs. Sara Del Rey

I am a big fan of Sara Del Rey. I don’t think she gets nearly the amount of in ring time that she deserves. She is a great athlete and a heck of a wrestler. Reggie, well I only have one word for her… ABDOMINIZER!!! Why the hell are you wearing a two piece outfit, take some pride in yourself please. I’m not saying you have to be some anorexic ninety pound twig. But damn, do an occasional stomach crunch now and then. Reggie wrestles like she looks, sloppy. I really am having trouble watching this match because of Reggie’s muffin top. Mercifully, Sara ends it in short order with a piledriver. That’s right gang, a piledriver. That’s why I love Sara Del Rey.

Jerry Lynn Interview

Jerry Lynn talks about his near career ending injury at the hands of the All Night Express.

Ricky Reyes vs. “SkullKrusher” Rasche Brown

Poor Ricky has not had much luck since making his return to Ring of Honor. And I don’t think it’s about to change tonight. Brown has had nothing but squash matches since debuting in ROH, but he’s in the ring with a former ROH World Tag team Champion this time. Reyes weathers an early flurry of power moves by Brown and then goes for Brown’s knee. Every time Brown tries to mount some offense, Reyes very wisely goes back to work on the knee. This is definitely the most trouble I have seen Brown in during his time in ROH. Reyes gets a little too cocky and goes to the top rope, only to get caught by Brown who executes his Burning Hammer finisher for the win. Definitely the most entertaining match the “SkullKrusher” has had to date.

I’M BAAAAACK….

Next we see a Delirious video package. He is looking for revenge tonight against Austin Aries and Kenny King for their attack on him. And if we’re talking about the attack, then you know what that means.

Manager Supreme

Austin Aries is in the ring and announces that he is no longer wrestling but is now concentrating on managing. Aries is following in the footsteps of greats like Mr. Fuji, Percy Pringle, “The Doctor of Style” Slick, and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Or as only A Double can put it, “I’m going to go from the greatest man that ever lived to the greatest man-ager that ever lived”. And to do that he plans on leading the All Night Express all the way to the top. The journey starts next.

The All Night Express vs. Delirious & Jerry Lynn

Here is the main event of the evening. Aries is at ringside looking very scholarly with his tweed jacket and pipe. The first half of the match is all Lynn and Delirious. They make the Express look silly and amateurish, which is a little surprising given all the hype they’ve been getting tonight. Finally the Express gain the advantage on Delirious and work him over for the next several minutes. Naturally, they pay special attention to his neck and throat. After several near pin falls, Delirious tags in Lynn and all hell breaks loose. Action is going on both in and out of the ring. Delirious climbs to the top rope but Aries grabs Daizee Haze by the hair and distracts him. Meanwhile, the Express execute a version of the Alabama Jam on Lynn for the win. Looks like they are really rehashing the old Midnight Express angle. I wonder if they’ll start coming out to “Chase” by Giorgio Moroder.

This was only an average episode this week. No real mention of Death Before Dishonor VIII this week. Maybe with a week to prepare they can have some highlights ready for next week’s show. I wasn’t that into the main event, but it was nice to see Rasche Brown finally have a real match for once.

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Ring of Honor on HDNet Results & Recap – April 12

April 15, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. After an episode last week that was well below average, I am really looking forward to this week’s show. The ROH World Television Title Tournament resumes tonight, and yours truly is in attendance.

I am sitting in the second row with my eight year old son Vincent by my side. This is his first live Ring of Honor event. And since ROH tapes multiple shows in one night, we will be in attendance for the next several episodes. But enough about me, let’s get to the action.

In the ring with Jim Cornette

After a Big Bang recap, where Tyler Black successfully defended the ROH World title, the commissioner brings the champ out to the ring. Black comments on his feud with Austin Aries and Roderick Strong. I actually have to give the production crew credit on this one. This interview was recorded before Big Bang, but his comments actually make it sound like the aftermath of the pay-per-view. Nice recovery from the debacle that was last week’s show. Davey Richards comes out to challenge Black for the title. That doesn’t bode well for the future of the American Wolves.

Jerry Lynn Retrospective

Next we see the same highlight package we saw last week detailing Jerry Lynn’s year in ROH. One thing I forgot to mention last week was the segment involving one of the two actual appearances that Ric Flair made for ROH. Might as well use the footage, it cost you enough. That sure was money well spent.

Jerry Lynn vs. Jake Manning

Lynn comes out to a loud pop from the crowd, who chant, “Welcome Back”. I’ve never been a huge Jerry Lynn fan, but he does put out good effort. This match has good pacing and lots of counters. Lynn puts Manning over pretty good here, allowing him to control a fair amount the action. But you just know there is no way Jerry Lynn is losing his return match. And the cradle piledriver makes sure of it. Afterward, Lynn calls out Kenny King for almost ending his career.

The winners…And New ROH World Tag Team Champions!

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Backstage with Steve Corino

Kyle Durden interviews Steve Corino, who shoots on El Generico. Corino has real good mic skills and as I’ve said before, he makes a better manager than wrestler these days. I’d prefer to see him as Kevin Steen’s mouthpiece instead of embarrassing himself in the ring.

Steve Corino vs. EL Generico

Corino comes out dressed in a suit. Something tells me he isn’t in the mood to wrestle tonight. He then proceeds to cut a great promo on El Generico. He makes a great heel and he doesn’t mind generating the cheap heat. How cheap? At one point he says he used to think of Generico as a cancer but actually he’s full blown aids. Interestingly enough, the network bleeped the word aids on the telecast. Corino refuses to fight and forfeits the match. After some more words, Generico finally snaps and beats the hell out of Corino, who winds up having his nice outfit torn to shreds by the generic luchador.

By the way, if you were curious what your favorite wrestling blogger looks like (no not Eric Gargiulo wise guy), here is a screenshot. I am wearing the old school #7 Eagles jersey (Jaworski not Vick) and my son is to my right.

Television title Tournament Recap

Next we see the same recap of the first round of the TV Title tournament that we saw last week. Could we at least get some new filler please?

Backstage with Eddie Edwards

Kyle Durden interviews Eddie Edwards about his upcoming TV title match. Eddie is in no mood to discuss the possible breakup of the American Wolves. Kenny King interrupts the interview and warns Eddie not to plan on an all Wolves finals just yet. Kudos to Kenny King for wearing a Thunder Cats t-shirt. King takes on Davey Richards next week in the other semi final match.

World Television Title – Semi Finals – Kevin Steen (1) vs. Eddie Edwards (6)

This is the main event of the evening. Although I must note that at the taping this was actually the first match of the night. The crowd seems a little reserved during this match, and I think that is the reason why. I myself didn’t want to get to rowdy right away, not with three hours of matches to go. At my age you have to pace yourself. Steen starts off by shooting on Generico and commenting on Edwards’ injured elbow. The early part of the match has Steen working the elbow repeatedly. One nice spot that you don’t really appreciate on television was when Steen was outside the ring and Edwards ran and dove through the ropes onto him. This was right in front of us and I really thought he was going to overshoot him and wind up right in our laps. I think I might have even flinched, just a little bit. When the fans do finally get vocal, they are solidly behind Edwards. These two are telling a great story in the ring. Edwards is really selling the injury with every move he attempts. Steen grows increasingly more and more desperate as he can’t put Edwards away. Lots of near pins towards the end really brings the crowd alive. Steen hits a Swanton Bomb for two. Edwards with a Code Breaker off the top rope for two. Steen eventually catches Edwards in the Cross Face and I was sure that this match was over. Suddenly El Generico comes out and Steen releases the hold. While he is glaring at Generico, Edwards rolls him up for the 1-2-3. A great match by these two and it’s on to the finals for Edwards.

This episode of ROH was all about the main event. An awesome match by Steen and Edwards has me half way to my dream finals of Eddie Edwards against Davey Richards. Will Davey hold up his end of the bargain and make it? Will I get more face time on television? Tune in next week to find out.

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Ring of Honor on HDNet Recap – April 05

April 07, 2010 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor on HDNetWelcome loyal readers to this week’s episode of ROH on HDNet. After a two week hiatus, Ring of Honor is back and so am I. So without any further ado, let’s go down to ringside.

Steve Corino vs. Bobby Shields

As I have stated before, I used to be a big fan of Steve Corino back in the late ‘90s when he was young and athletic. But now his style is very slow and deliberate in the ring. Plus, to help disguise his rather prominent gut, he wears tights that resemble your grandmother’s underwear. I would rather see him as a relevant heel manager than a washed up heel wrestler. Anyway, this match is more of the same from Corino, who ends it with a lariat. At the end of the match, Colt Cabana comes out to the ring. In the first round of the TV Title tournament, Corino distracted Cabana and caused him to lose to Eddie Edwards. After some words in the ring, Cabana lays into Corino, including a nice “Dusty” elbow.

Back to the Future…ROH Style

Commentators Mike Hogewood and Dave Prazak come on screen and announce that this broadcast was taped before the Big Bang pay-per-view, which occurred this past weekend on the 3rd. In other words, if you see someone with or without a title in this episode even though that title changed hands this weekend, now you know why. That being said, I really hate that there is such a delay between when the episodes are taped and when they actually air. In this age of Internet spoilers and instant “tweets” you just can’t have a month gap between taping an episode and broadcasting it. If Ring of Honor wants to be taken seriously on a national level, they are going to have to close that gap. Jim Cornette, I’m talking to you.

Big Bang Promo

Next we see a promo for the triple threat match for the ROH World title at Big Bang. Boy this looks like it will be a great match. I can’t wait for April 3rd. Wait a minute, weren’t they listening to me? This already happened! Who is running things here? As someone who is more than just a fan, this stuff kills me. I am very passionate about ROH and I desperately want to see it succeed. It’s nights like this that make it hard for me to defend them.

Dark City Fight Club vs. The Set

A promo for something that already happened, really? I’m still too upset to even care about this mismatch, which is good because it lasts only about two minutes. Although, DCFC did execute a nice variation of “Total Elimination”, which was cool to see. RIP John Kronus and sweet dreams Perry Saturn, wherever you are.

Jerry Lynn Retrospective

Next we see a highlight package detailing Jerry Lynn’s very eventful 2009. From defeating Nigel McGuinness (Desmond Wolfe) for the ROH World title, to losing the title to Austin Aries, to almost having his career ended at the hands of Kenny King and Rhett Titus. Next week, Lynn makes his return to ROH television.

Erick Stevens vs. Pelle Primo

Pelle Primo is a graduate of the ROH Wrestling Academy. Actually he looks like he hasn’t graduated elementary school yet. In fact, he bears a striking resemblance to Kelly Leak from the Bad News Bears. He should have Chico’s Bail Bonds on the back of his tights. And if you don’t get either of those references then either you’re too young or I’m too old. Kelly, I mean Pelle actually mounts a fair amount of offense before succumbing to the power of Stevens. The Embassy comes out to work over Primo but out of the crowd comes the suspended Necro Butcher to make the save.

Television title Tournament Recap

Next we see a recap of the four first round matches from the TV Title tournament. The semi-finals are Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards and Kenny King vs. Davey Richards. The semi-finals matches will air over the next two weeks.

Chris Hero vs. Jay Briscoe

Here is your main event. This match would make sense as a lead up to the Briscoe’s defending the ROH tag team titles against the Kings of Wrestling at Big Bang. But since we have already established that the pay-per-view ALREADY HAPPENED, this seems out of place. I am a big fan of Chris Hero and his wrestling style. He is someone I could see moving on to WWE or TNA with great success. This match pits the brawling style of Briscoe against the athleticism of Hero. There is some nice back and forth action to start things off. Hero lands several rolling elbows but Briscoe keeps on coming back for more. Finally after some outside distraction, Hero lands a vicious elbow to the back of Briscoe’s head and gets the 1-2-3.

This was probably the weakest episode of ROH that I’ve seen in a long time. The main event was good but the rest of the show felt uninspired and seemed like filler to me. With the return of the TV Title Tournament next week things should pick up. In fact, I know they will. How do I know, tune in next week to find out.

Vince DeHoratus lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two kids. He has been a life long wrestling fan and he has passed that love onto his son. Though not quite yet “middle aged and crazy”, he is fast approaching it.

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