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WWE Raw Recap (21st August 2017)

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar are out to gloat about Brock's win at Summerslam. Heyman says that he spoiled the main event weeks ago. There was a conspiracy but Brock doesn't care about conspiracies. He is the most dominant person in the history of WWE or UFC. But here comes BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN! He destroys Lesnar with ease, hitting two running powerslams and holding up the Universal Title. Nice start, I'm up for that match.

Big Cass vs Enzo Amore (Street Fight) - Enzo cuts his usual promo before the match. This wasn't a good match and it ended in unfortunate circumstances for Cass as he injured his knee after going over the top rope. He looked pissed too as this may derail his push. 

Emma runs down Nia Jax backstage and says she will beat her tonight. Nia is behind her, a murder is coming.

Nia Jax vs Emma - Murder accomplished. 

Elias is here to sing everyone a new song. He runs down New York and R-Truth before being interrupted by said idiot. Elias is pre…

WWE Summerslam 2017 Review

This review is up later than usual because I originally watched the show at a bar with friends, which isn't the most reliable atmosphere for reviewing purposes, so I watched the show again clear headed. 12 hours of total Summerslam viewing, I must be mad.

Kickoff: The Miz & The Miztourage vs Jason Jordan & The Hardy BoyzWell this match started about 25 minutes into the kickoff show and there were essentially no fans in the arena as they were still queuing to get in. Nothing of note happened here and I can't blame the wrestlers, especially veterans like Miz and the Hardys, for going through the motions. **

Kickoff: Cruiserweight Title - Akira Tozawa vs NevilleNeville has some fetching new white gear. I don't really understand what they were hoping to accomplish here. If they were going to put the title straight back on Neville then they might as well have not had him lose it in the first place. Tozawa gained nothing from the reign and Neville's 8 month run came to…

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III Review

Takeover: Brooklyn is kind of like WrestleMania for NXT in that it is their only show that takes place every year. It has historically (well, twice) been a good show and I expect the same here. 

Johnny Gargano vs Andrade 'Cien' AlmasWhat a way to kick off the show this was. Almas sometimes goes underappreciated when people think of the best that NXT has to offer but he shouldn't because he is incredible. Johnny Gargano is pretty fucking good too. They start off with some quality chain wrestling with Gargano taking control, to loud 'Johnny Wrestling' chants. From there the match just keeps going through the gears, getting better and better. This is two excellent wrestlers at the top of their game. The finishing stretch is also brilliant as the crowd buy in to every near fall and it makes this feel special. Gargano fights through everything Almas has to offer and has him on the ropes only for Zelina Vega to distract him by throwing a DIY shirt at him, allowing Almas t…

WWE Raw & Smackdown Recap (14th & 15th August 2017)

Due to work I was unable to watch and therefore review Raw yesterday so I will be doing both Raw and Smackdown today, Supershow style.

We start the show with Dean Ambrose. He wants to address the Rollins situation. Rollins comes out. Ambrose says Rollins is playing games. Rollins says Ambrose is the one playing games and is lying to himself. Rollins says that they can run the place if they reunite. Rollins looks for the fist bump, Ambrose refuses. Rollins tells him that they can do anything together and so Ambrose offers the fist bump, Rollins refuses. This causes them to have a bit of a scuffle. Sheamus & Cesaro arrive and they attack Rollins but Ambrose makes the save. They fight off the tag champs and the crowd finally gets the fisting they have been waiting for. I know how that sounds and I'm sticking with it. Good opening segment, if a touch melodramatic at times . The crowd was hot for it too. 

Commentary gives an update on the health of Ric Flair, Get well soon Naitch.


NJPW G1 Climax 27 Finals Review

We have reached the final. I will be giving the ratings for all of the matches but I will only be doing a write up on the final itself.

UndercardTAKA Michinoku, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemura & Taichi (the dick) vs Kushida, Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger & Hirai Kawato ***
Guerrillas of Destiny vs Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi **1/2
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs David Finlay & Togi Makabe **1/2
Juice Robinson, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi **1/2
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Titles: Young Bucks vs Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi ***3/4
Before the intermission Katsuyori Shibata makes his surprise return. The crowd give him an amazing reception, which is fantastic. Some people in the crowd were even crying. It was emotional. He says 'I'm alive, that is all'. Top man.
There is a cryptic video teaser but I have no idea who or what it was for.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Titles: War Machine vs Cody & Hangman Page ***1/…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 18 Review

The final night of Block B is upon us and it has the match that everyone was looking forward to, Okada vs Omega III. 

Block B Match - Michael Elgin vs Juice RobinsonThis was a really good way to kick off the evening's tournament festivities. Juice picked up the win after seeing off Elgin's power moves. Following the match he said he was going to 'drink some Sapporo and go balls deep in some beautiful Japanese women'. I'm smiling inside thinking about how Vince would react if someone said that. ***1/2

Block B Match - Tama Tonga vs SANADASolid match but one that never really drew me in. This was at least partially due to the fact that Tama fails to enthrall me as a singles wrestler. He won here with the gun stun. ***

Block B Match - Toru Yano vs Minoru SuzukiSuzuki tried to murder Yano, as he does with everyone, but Yano manages to wrap him up with tape and hit the low blow roll up on him for the win. That was that. *1/2

Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs EVILThis was a f…

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 17 Review

We are back into the action after a few days off. The last three nights all take place at the legendary Sumo Hall in Ryogoku. This is the last night of Block A. The only people who can win the Block are Tanahashi and Naito.

Block A Match - Yuji Nagata vs Bad Luck FaleThis is Nagata's last ever G1 match, his first was in 1999. He has been brilliant in this tournament and this was no different. This may have been Fale's best match in this year's G1. In the end it was Fale who picked up the win but that was irrelevant. After the match Fale paid respects to Nagata and so did the fans. They had Blue Justice placards and cheered his name, it was a wonderful scene. Thank you for the G1 memories you mad old bastard. ***3/4
Block A Match - Togi Makabe vs YOSHI-HASHIThis was a match. It was hard to get invested in this as there was nothing on the line and I don't particularly care about either man at this stage. **1/2

Block A Match - Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre JrThese two had a f…

Best Matches of July 2017

This is an absolutely stacked month for matches but unlike other stacked months this only contains matches by 4 different promotions. As usual the month that a match is in is determined by the show's air date.

Honourable Mentions#CCK vs British Strong Style (PROGRESS Tag Titles) - PROGRESS Chapter 50: I Give It 6 Months ****
#CCK (Travis Banks, Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) vs British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven) (PROGRESS Tag Titles) - PROGRESS Chapter 51: Screaming For Progress ****

British Strong Style vs War Machine (PROGRESS Tag Titles) - PROGRESS Chapter 52: Vote Pies ****

Toni Storm vs Laura DiMatteo (PROGRESS Women's Title) - PROGRESS Chapter 52: Vote Pies ****

Los Ingobernables de Japon vs Juice Robinson, Dragon Lee, Volador Jr & Titan - NJPW G1 Special in USA Night 2 ****

YOSHI_HASHI vs Yuji Nagata - NJPW G1 Climax Night 1 ****

Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW G1 Climax Night 1 ****1/4

Juice Robinson vs Satoshi Kojima - NJPW G1 Climax Ni…

NJPW G1 Climax Nights 15 & 16 Quick Review

As I have fallen behind on my reviews for the G1 Climax I have elected to combine these two nights in to one shorter article, for fear of falling into an inescapable black hole.

Night 15
Block A Match - Yuji Nagata vs Zack Sabre JrHe did it! Nagata did it! Really good match that played into both men's strengths and it was great to see Nagata get points on the board. ***3/4
Block A Match - Kota Ibushi vs YOSHI-HASHIThis was another very good match that was made the better by the fact that it was competitive throughout. Ibushi picked up the win. ***1/2
Block A Match - Hirooki Goto vs Bad Luck FaleI found this match to be distinctly average. Nothing really stood out to me. Fale won to eliminate Goto. **1/2
Block A Match - Tetsuya Naito vs Togi MakabeI have seen that this match has split opinion, with some people not impressed and others giving it rave reviews. For me the truth lies somewhere in between. Naito eliminates Makabe. ***1/2 Block A Match - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tomohiro Ish…