My views on Pro Wrestling from the East and West

Monday, June 25, 2007


1. Rhino & Senshi beat LAX when Rhino Gored Homicide
2. X-Division Title: "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal beat Chris Sabin [C] with the diving elbow drop to become the new champion.
3. Jerry Lynn & ex-NFL star Frank Wycheck beat James Storm & Ron Killings when Wycheck used the cradle piledriver on Storm.
4. Bob Backlund pinned Alex Shelley with a backslide.
5. Voodoo Kin Mafia beat Damaja & Basham when Kip pinned Damaja with a small package.
6. Eric Young pinned Robert Roode with a small package to win his freedom.
7. TNA Tag Titles: Team 3D [C] beat Rick Steiner & Road Warrior Animal with 3D on Steiner to retain.
8. Sting beat Christopher Daniels with the Scorpion Death Drop.
9. Abyss beat Tomko with a Black Hole Slam on glass.
10. TNA World Title - King of the Mountain Match: Kurt Angle beat Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Christian Cage & Chris Harris to become the first TNA World Champion.


Monday, June 04, 2007

WWE One Night Stand 6/03/2007

Every match to be contested under Extreme Rules, or so they say.

Stretcher Match: Rob Van Dam beat Randy Orton
I loved the way RVD started the match doing his usual “RVD” taunt, but surprised Orton with a quick kick to the face at the end of it! The story of the whole match was both guys hitting each other hard in the head to try and concuss each other, RVD’s kicks to Orton’s head looking more brutal than usual. There was a cool spot where Orton popped up and caught RVD out of a Rolling Thunder with a sweet powerslam, and the spot of the match was probably RVD missing a huge dive out of the ring and crashing flat on the mat! RVD wins the match when he pushed Orton on the stretcher over the marked line, but Orton attacked RVD after the match and again tries to concuss him with a big kick to the head and a hanging DDT off the guardrail to the floor!
So is Orton’s new moniker “Captain Concussion” now?
Match Rating: ***

Tag Team Tables Match: The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer & CM Punk beat Elijah Burke, Matt Striker & Marcus Cor Von when Punk superplexed Striker onto Burke through a table.

A SIX MAN tables match and you only have to put ONE man through a table to win? Even worse, why follow regular tag rules and not just be a big garbage match brawl from the beginning?
The match got good when things finally did break down to a six man brawl and everyone got their spots in. It was good to see Dreamer and Sandman give props to Punk after the match as a sign of putting over the future of the business.
Match Rating: **1/2

World Tag Team Titles – Ladder Match: The Hardys [C] beat The World’s Greatest Tag Team to retain.

I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t get into this match despite all the high spots they did. Maybe it’s because we knew that Haas & Benjamin didn’t stand a chance? The only thing that really got a pop out of me was the non-ladder spot where Haas gave Jeff a wicked release German suplex off the top rope.
Match Rating: ***

Lumberjack Match: Mark Henry beat Kane with a bear-hug.

Geez. A BEAR HUG? They couldn’t think of anything better than that to end the match? I can already hear all the internet critics crapping all over this match, but as usual, I dig the super heavyweights and thought the match was ok, the highlight being that big chokeslam Kane gave Henry before Chavo and Kenny ran in, giving Henry the opportunity to clamp on the bear hug to put out Kane.
Match Rating: **

ECW World Championship – Street Fight: Bobby Lashley beat Vince McMahon [C] with a spear to win the title.

Off the bat Lashley flubs a big dive out of the ring on Umaga. Note to Lashley: Next time LET GO OF THE ROPES if you don’t want to crash like you did. Umaga? Yeah, you’d know he and Shane would be involved here. You just have to wonder what exactly they are planning to do with Umaga when all this is over? Lashley once again overcomes the odds to beat THREE MEN to win back his title. Bring on Snitzsky next?
Match Rating: **

Pudding Match: Candice Michelle beat Melina

Nothing screams “Extreme” like “Pudding Match”, eh? You know the only reason you want to watch this is that you hope to see one of the girls pop out. Both girls actually got winded from just having to move through the tub of pudding, and of course you can’t expect to see a lot of wrestling in a match like this, but Candice did manage a decent Pudding DDT! Candice made Melina tap out by drowning her face first in the pudding. Yup, tap out via pudding.
Match Rating: *

World Heavyweight Championship – Steel Cage Match: Edge [C] beat Batista to retain when he escaped the cage.

I just couldn’t get into this match either, though both men worked hard in there. The best spot of the match was when Edge’s spear collided with Batista’s shoulder block and both men went down. I was afraid they were going to do the Batista escapes first but the referee didn’t see it cause he was watching Edge escape, but luckily, Edge did drop out first before Batista’s feet touched the floor.
Match Rating: **

WWE Championship - Falls Count Anywhere: John Cena beat the Great Khali with an FU off a crane.

Much like their previous match, Khali dominated with Cena making small bursts of offense. It was obvious Khali landed on a padded floor, but the FU off the crane spot was a great visual and you gotta give Khali some credit for taking the spot as he could have bumped his head on the crane if Cena didn’t do the move right.
Match Rating: ***

Having every match as a gimmick match isn’t a bad idea, but I just got bored with most of the matches.

NOAH "Northern Navigation" 6/03/2007 results

V3 for Misawa. Who's next?

NOAH "Northern Navigation" 6/3/07 (NTV/G+)
Hokkaido Sports Center
3,800 Fans

1. Kentaro Shiga, Kishin Kawabata & Tsutomu Hirayanagi beat Masao Inoue, Masashi Aoyagi & Ippei Ota (14:41) when Shiga used the Shiga Shooter on Ota.
2. Akitoshi Saito beat Ted DiBiase Jr. (8:48) with the Death Punish.
3. Yoshinari Ogawa & Akira Taue beat Tamon Honda & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (10:51) when Ogawa used a cradle on Kikuchi.
4. Yoshihiro Takayama, Takuma Sano & Takashi Sugiura beat Takeshi Morishima, Mohammed Yone & Shuhei Taniguchi (16:51) when Sugiura used an Olympic Slam on Taniguchi.
5. KENTA beat Go Shiosaki (16:30) with the Go 2 Sleep.
6. Naomichi Marufuji beat Taiji Ishimori (18:20) with the Pole Shift.
7. D-Lo Brown, Buchanan & Eddie Edwards beat Jun Akiyama, Takeshi Rikio & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (13:53) when Buchanan used an Iron Claw Slam on Kanemaru.
8. GHC Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Kotaro Suzuki & Ricky Marvin © beat Kenichiro Arai & Taku Iwasa (24:02) when Suzuki used the Blue Destiny on Arai. (3rd defense)
9. GHC Heavyweight Title: Mitsuharu Misawa [C] beat Bison Smith (24:53) with an elbow smash to the back of the head. (3rd defense)

K-1 DYNAMITE!!! USA results

I missed the first half-hour of the show, but this was a very LONG show going almost 5 hours!

"Dynamite!! USA"
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California

Preliminary Bouts:
1. Lightweight: J.Z. Calvan def. Nam Phan via TKO - R1
2. Lightweight: Katsuhiko Nagata def. Isiah Hall via split decision - 3 rounds

Showtime Bouts: (9pm ET)
3. Heavyweight: Jonathan Wiezorek def. Tim Persey via TKO - R2
4. Welterweight: Jake Shields def. Ido Pariente via submission (rear naked choke) - R2

Pay-Per-View Bouts: (10pm ET)
5. Heavyweight: Bernard Ackah def. Johnnie Morton via KO - 0:38 of R1
- Give ex-NFL player Morton credit for being aggressive, but his lack of experience resulted in him walking into a big right hand the turned his lights out in a flash. KO of the night right here.

6. Super-Heavyweight: Mighty Mo def. Ruben Villareal via TKO (strikes) - 1:33 R1

7. 195 lbs: Dong Sik Yoon def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (armbar) - R2
- This fight gets my vote for fight of the night, and the ending submission was sweet! Yoon wins his first MMA fight and it was well deserved notworthy.gif

8. Lightweight: Hideo Tokoro def. Brad Pickett via submission (armbar) - 2:41 R1

9. 190 lbs: Royce Gracie def. Kazushi Sakuraba via unanimous decision
- You'd think the fans would know what they were getting into when they cheered for Gracie and Sakuraba the way they did during their intros, instead, when the fight begins the crowd starts booing them for lack of explosive action! If you've EVER watched a Royce Gracie fight, you'll know he's one of the great ring masters of the game and will always take his time to move things to his advantage, and Sakuraba is also a mostly defensive fighter who does his work on the mat and not with his fists.
The only time the fans did have a right to boo was when Sakuraba just seemed to lose all interest in the fight and was just waiting it out the clock to get it over with, even Royce was noticeably agitated by Sakuraba's lack of fighting spirit, and it was good that Royce redeemed his family's honor for the loss to Sakuraba from 6 years earlier in the 90-minute classic, but this match should have been given 5 rounds since 3 was way too short.

10. Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar def. Kim Min-Soo via submission (strikes) - 1:09 R1
- I knew Kim Min-Soo doesn't have the best win-loss record in MMA, but I didn't think he'd actually be this bad that he wouldn't have the experience to do better against a first time fighter like Brock! Brock exploded with a double leg takedown and easily made his way to the high mount position to start throwing strikes, which forced Kim to tap out. Either Brock really does have hard punching power, or Kim just can't take a punch.