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NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 10 Review

This is the last G1 Climax show of July and it has an intriguing main event. Block B action.


Block B Match - Toru Yano vs EVILOn my G1 predictions I may well have had this as one of Yano's victories. That wasn't the case though. In fact it was comfortably the shortest match of the G1 so far. Roughly 90 seconds. EVIL is too evil for Yano's antics. No rating.

Block B Match - Minoru Suzuki vs Tama TongaThis was a brawl, plain and simple. It takes a while before they even get in the ring. There is a lot of attacking with chairs, including a chair duel, and there is a ref bump too. It was fine for what it was but it was entirely forgettable. **

Block B Match - Michael Elgin vs SANADAThis was a good match that unfortunately felt a bit like they were going through the motions. I know these two are capable of putting on a great match but this was just good. There simply was no drama. ***

Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs Kenny OmegaOmega is wearing his house show attire of bright tigh…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 9 Review

Night 9 already. Block A again tonight.


Block A Match - Yuji Nagata vs Togi MakabeThis was a good match with an invested crowd but I still feel it was the weakest match for Nagata so far. I can't wait until Nagata picks up that first win, probably against Bad Luck Fale, and the fans lose their minds. Makabe has been just OK so far in this year's tournament. ***

Block A Match - Kota Ibushi vs Bad Luck FaleI am not much of a fan of Fale but they have been doing a good job of structuring his matches in this tournament, for the most part. Ibushi used his speed to stay away from Fale but occasionally managed to hit a big move. The brawling on the outside was a nice touch, with Ibushi hitting a moonsault from the upper tier. The fans bought the possibility of a countout too as New Japan has established that it is a possibility. Better than I expected. ***

Block A Match - Hirooki Goto vs Zack Sabre JrAnother good match. This didn't quite hit the levels of their previous encounter…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 8 Review

We are back with another night of Block B action and I think this one has some potential in the last 2 matches.




Block B Match - Tama Tonga vs Juice RobinsonA nice, simple match to start off the night's G1 festivities. Juice continues to develop himself as an excellent babyface, this tournament has been really good for him so far. It built well and had a nice, clean finish. Nothing wrong with any of this. ***1/2

Block B Match - SANADA vs Toru YanoWe finally get a 5 minute Yano match and it was actually pretty good. It worked at a quicker pace than the other Yano matches so far and that allowed it to not outstay it's welcome. SANADA had an answer to all of Yano's tricks and actually used one of the silliest moves in wrestling, the Paradise Lock, to good effect. Not bad at all. ***


Block B Match - Minoru Suzuki vs EVILThis was good for what it was, a brawl that involved a chunk of interference from both men's respective factions. This match is also proof positive that it isn…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 7 Review

Night 7 is upon us and we return to the A Block. 




Block A Match - Tomohiro Ishii vs YOSHI-HASHIThis year's G1 has done a good job of putting on fun matches to open the evening's tournament proceedings and this follows that trend. These two are stablemates and the match was laid out so that it seemed that YOSHI had something to prove to Ishii. Really fun, hard hitting affair. ***3/4
Block A Match - Bad Luck Fale vs Zack Sabre JrThis was by no means a great match but it did have a great layout. Sabre is literally half the size of Fale so he moved from submission to submission, using his speed to stay away from Fale,s power moves. When that didn't work he went for a cradle pin. About as good as it was likely to be. ***
Block A Match - Kota Ibushi vs Togi MakabeThis was Ibushi's worst match of the G1 so far. Their styles just didn't click that well for me. The crowd were invested enough to pull it up to the level of good though. ***
Block A Match - Tetsuya Naito vs Yuji Na…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 6 Review

It's Night 6 and we are back with the B Block. We are approaching the stage of the tournament where the spectacular matches fade away slightly before returning later in the tournament. 


Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs Michael ElginGood way to kick off the night's G1 action. It's the exact sort of hard hitting match you would expect from these two. Elgin was fighting for his first points and that came across in the match. This wasn't pretty but it was fun. ***3/4

Block B Match - Tama Tonga vs EVILThis was a good match that started off a bit disjointed but pulled it together for a nice finishing stretch. It did it's job well enough, as nobody would have been expecting anything particularly memorable here. ***

Block B Match - Juice Robinson vs Minoru SuzukiAnother good but unspectacular match. Robinson continued to impress as the babyface in peril and that made Suzuki look even more like a killer. This was more about character work than in ring product, and that's …

WWE Smackdown Recap (25th July 2017)

We start the show with Kevin Owens. He says everything is right with the world now that he is the US champion again. He says that he is reinstating the US Title Open Challenge, starting next week. AJ Styles comes out and demands his title rematch but then...........Jericho's music hits. Jericho wants his rematch too. Styles says that he is first, but Jericho disagrees and puts Styles on the list. Shane arrives and books a triple threat main event for the title. Owens is not a happy bunny.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin - A better match than the one at Battleground, but that isn't saying a great deal. They don't really have any chemistry. At least this one had Nakamura winning clean. Big Breakfast Corbin will follow the same trajectory as other MITB winners it seems.

Naomi is interviewed backstage. She congratulaytes Natalya on her win but says she feels disrespected that Nattie didn't shake her hand. She says that Natalya has disrespected the title, completely overloo…

WWE Raw Recap (24th July 2017)

We open the show with Kurt Angle. He says that Jason Jordan will have the opportunity to shine but he will have to do it himself. He then goes on to address Summerslam and this brings out BRAAAAAAAUUUUNNNNNNNN. He says that Angle best be announcing him as the number one contender because he won at Great Balls of Fire unlike Joe & Reigns and he isn't worried about Lesnar. Joe is out next. He says that he was moments away from choking out Lesnar and wants the opportunity to do it again. Reigns is out next. He claims that Joe hasn't done anything, completely overlooking the fact that he has beaten Reigns twice. He runs down his list of accomplishments. Angle books a fatal 4-way for Summerslam. Braun gives zero fucks about it, more bodies for the pile. They have a brawl and Braun straight up murders one of the security guards. He just fucking lobs him. Really good opening segment and I'm excited for the PPV match.

Elias Sampson sings a song but his performance is interrupte…

WWE Battleground Review

Kickoff: Tye Dillinger vs Aiden EnglishI am going to keep mentioning it because it keeps happening but putting adverts in the middle of your matches is fucking dumb, especially when you have the entire hour long kickoff show to do it in. In terms of match quality this was decent but unspectacular and finished with Tye Dillinger wondering what he has done to have such a catastrophic career decline. **1/2
Smackdown Tag Titles - The Usos vs New DayNew Day are going with Kingston and Woods. I knew these two teams were capable of having a great match but this surpassed any expectations I could have had. This was as good a straight up tag match as there has been on the main roster in a long time. They won over the Philly crowd too, which made it feel even better. Some of the near falls were incredible and it is proof positive that Xavier Woods should be wrestling more. Take a bow lads, you done good. ****1/4
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron CorbinThis match started off in a tough place having to fo…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 5 Review

Back to the A Block we go with the fifth night of the G1 Climax. We are at the Machida Gymnasium in Tokyo for tonight's festivities.



Block A Match - Zack Sabre Jr vs YOSHI-HASHIThis was as simple as wrestling gets. Sabre Jr picked a body part and worked it over until he won. I'm on board with that. Wrestling doesn't always have to be complex. ***


Block A Match - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Yuji NagataI love everything that Nagata is doing in this tournament. Tanahashi made the same mistake as Nagata's previous two opponents, slapping him while he was in control. That is Nagata's version of the Hulk up. The crowd is fully behind Nagata, even booing Tanahashi. In the end Nagata can't quite get the job done once again but all of his matches have been great so far. ****


Block A Match - Bad Luck Fale vs Tetsuya NaitoReal heel heat for Fale, the Daryl murdering bastard. This was slow and lumbering, especially by Naito's standards. Fale needs an opponent that knows how to w…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 4 Review

Another night in Korakuen Hall for Block B. Tonight's main event has some potential. I'm a bit late on this one and it has given me quite a packed day with 2 G1 shows and WWE Battleground to watch. Let's do it.



Block B Match - Toru Yano vs Satoshi KojimaIt's one thing when you book these Yano matches to last 4-5 minutes but I don't need 10 minutes of his antics. *1/2


Block B Match - Juice Robinson vs EVILThis was a really good match that highlighted how far both men have come since I first saw them. They put together a thoroughly entertaining back and forth here. The finishing stretch was brilliantly executed and the crowd continues to get fully behind Juice. Really good stuff. ***3/4


Block B Match - Minoru Suzuki vs SANADAMinoru Suzuki comes to the ring and kicks one of the young boys in the dick. Why? Cuz he's a dick. Another good match. They brawl at ringside, as is customary for Suzuki, and Desperado gets involved. I thought they did as much here as the Suz…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 3 Review

Night 3 of the G1 is upon us with some very promising matches. Altough every night of the G1 has promising matches so that isn't saying much. Back to Block A and just like yesterday we are at the legendary Korakuen Hall. 



Block A Match - Hirooki Goto vs Yuji NagataGreat way to kick off the night's G1 action. I love Nagata, the grizzled old bastard. The fans love him too and they are fully on his side here. It's one of those matches where both men beat the shit out of each other until one of them can't go any more. I enjoyed every second of this. ****


Block A Match - Togi Makabe vs Tomohiro IshiiFuckin' A, this was brutal. This resembled an actual fight as much as any wrestling match does. The chops to the neck and face that Ishii throws are evil. There isn't much else to say about this other than to say that it is like two wrecking balls smashing into each other over and over again until one of them breaks. Great fun. ***3/4


Block A Match - Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sab…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 2 Review

We are back with Night 2 of the G1. Now it's the time for Block B to shine.





Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs Juice RobinsonOne of the many, many things I like about New Japan is the tough old bastards that still put everything into their matches. This one had a great teacher vs student vibe to it. Juice may well be the most improved wrestler of 2017 as he has developed into a reliable babyface. This was a great way to kick off the show, with the crowd behind Kojima in what could be one of his last G1 appearances and Juice overcoming nerves in his first G1 appearance. ****





Block B Match - Michael Elgin vs Tama Tonga Tama Tonga is one of the coolest looking wrestlers on the planet, he looks Dothraki as fuck. This was a fun match with Tama using his speed and Elgin using his power. The top rope reversal into the Gun Stun was a particularly nice move. Both men will have better matches than this as the tournament progresses. ***


Block B Match - SANADA vs EVILBoth men are members of LIJ b…

WWE Smackdown Recap (18th July 2017)

We kick off the show with Jinder Mahal and his Punjabi Prison. Mahal says that the Punjabi Prison will be the final resting place of Orton's legacy. They run down the rules and Mahal says he will end Orton with a Khallas from the top of the structure. Orton arrives and tells Mahal that he must be either brave or stupid to want to be locked up with him. He says that Mahal has the weight of India on his shoulders and there will be no escape on Sunday. This was a decent build to the PPV main event.

Jimmy Uso vs Kofi Kingston - Another decent singles match between New Day and Usos. It was nothing special but the Usos managed to pick up a win for once. 

Shane O Mac meets with the five women who will compete in the number one contenders match at Battleground. Shane wants to book a match for tonight and they argue over what that match will be. That's how the SD women's division is booked, constantly bickering about everything. We end up with Charlotte vs Becky Lynch.

We get a sit do…

WWE Raw Recap (17th July 2017)

Full disclosure, I have watched a lot of good wrestling over the last couple of days so Raw may annoy me more than usual.

We start the show with Dean Ambrose, who calls out the Miztourage. He says they can all come out cuz he doesn't care. Seth Rollins comes out and tells him he needs a better plan. Ambrose tells him to do one. They rehash the Shield breakup and Rollins gives Ambrose a free shot at his back. He declines the invitation. The Miztourage then attacks and beats down the former Shield members. Decent enough opening segment.

Alexa Bliss vs Bayley - This was an average match with Bayley picking up the win to set up what will inevitably be a multi person match at Summerslam.

Kurt Angle and Corey Graves have a chat about Kurt's secret. Graves tells him it will be fine.

Titus O'Neil is trying to motivate Tozawa and Crews when Daivari turns up to challenge Tozawa, who accepts.

Brian Kendrick & Drew Gulak vs Mustafa Ali & Jack Gallagher - Pointless. Short 2 minute m…