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WWE Smackdown Recap (19th September 2017)

We start with a recap of Owens kicking the shit out of Vince from last week. Vince apparently suffered 3 broken ribs.

Shane is out. He calls Owens a coward. He says that last week his kids were forced to watch their grandfather get his ass beat. Shane says that when you attack when one member of the McMahons is attacked, the rest strike back with great vengeance. He condemns Kevin Owens. It was an alright promo. I'm not sure if they planned it but it sounded a bit religiousy.

Randy Orton vs Aiden English - This was an average match, nothing you will remember after 15 minutes. Orton wins with an RKO.

Rusev turns up and says that he wants revenge on Orton for beating him in 10 seconds.

Randy Orton vs Rusev - Distraction by English, superkick, boom. 10 second revenge. So this is a feud of 10 second matches.

The Usos invoke their rematch clause and will face New Day at Hell In A Cell.

Rusev is over the moon with his win. Rusev number 1!

Jinder Mahal is here and, boy oh boy, he is racist as f…

WWE Raw Recap (18th September 2017)

Kurt Angle is out to talk about No Mercy. Miz and associates make their way down. Miz is annoyed that he isn't on the PPV but Angle says there will be a number one contenders match between Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Elias and Jason Jordan. Miz calls Angle out for his nepotism and says he will be a better champion and father than him. Jordan isn't happy that Miz is bad mouthing his daddy and threatens to knock Miz's teeth out. Jordan wants Bo and Axel added to the match. Angle agrees, because apparently he is a stooge that will do anything his son asks. Jordan clears the ring. Miz was great here, again. Overall it was a decent enough way to start the show.

Jordan whinges to Angle, saying he didn't ask for this. He literally just asked for a favour and he got it. I can't be arsed with their nonsense. 

Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax - Jax won in a match I would describe as having happened. After the match Jax takes out Bliss and Sasha Banks but Bayley returns to make the save. All…

PROGRESS Chapter 55: Chase The Sun Review

PROGRESS has probably been the most consistently excellent promotion on the planet this year. Every show seems to have at least one standout match and they have been growing at a rapid pace. It's genuinely heartwarming to see a success story like this in wrestling. This is their biggest show ever and the card is absolutely stacked. We are sold out in front of 2000 members of the PROGRESS Ultras, let's do this.

PROGRESS Tag Team Titles, Ladder Match - British Strong Style vs C.C.KThis is what you call kicking off strong. With how well the main event has been built it is easy to forget how good the build for other matches has been. They go to the floor immediately and brawl until a ladder is brought into the ring. Trent Seven then proceeds to dragon suplex Lykos into a ladder that is set up on it's side. Fuck. We get dives to the outside and Lykos sets up a ladder against against the ropes and uses it for an assisted tornillo. 
Back in the ring Tyler Bate hits a tandem big sw…

WWE Smackdown Recap (12th September 2017)

They are naming tonight's episode Sin City Smackdown. 

We kick off the show with Kevin Owens talking about how he going to sue WWE until Smackdown is no more. There will be a new show called Kevin Owens Presents The Kevin Owens Show Starring Kevin Owens. He says that when that show is up and running the first thing he will do is fire Sami Zayn. Then he will make Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton wear the same suit, not identical suits, two men in the same suit. He will also cancel the Fashion Files. He calls out Vince McMahon but Shane's music hits but it's just Dolph Ziggler pretending to be Shane. Ziggler then just leaves, as you do. Daniel Bryan then turns up to tell Owens that he still runs the show. He tells him that the fun and games will end soon enough. Owens says that when he is in charge, Bryan will be the janitor. Bryan says that Owens won't like what Vinnie Mac has to say. Owens doesn't give a shit. This was a good opening segment, Owens rant was funny.

They …

WWE Mae Young Classic Final Review

This has been a good tournament on the whole and I am somewhat surprised that they didn't do a special episode for the finals, like they did with the Cruiserweight Classic. As it is, it is taking place after Smackdown so let's hope the crowd is good. They show both sets of 4 Horsewomen, except for the suspiciously absent Sasha Banks again, as well as other wrestlers from the women's division and the Mae Young Classic.

Mae Young Classic Final - Shayna Baszler vs Kairi SaneThis was a good final match to the tournament. They worked the classic speed vs strength match with Baszler taking control early. She works over Sane's elbow dropping arm, grounding her and applying holds. Sane works her way out with a series of rollups. Baszler hits the rolling gut wrench suplexes and went back to the arm. She then hits some kicks and a big knee but Sane fights back with a spear and a double stomp. She goes for the diving elbow but gets caught in the rear naked choke. She fights out of…

WWE Raw Recap (11th September 2017)

Roman Reigns vs Jason Jordan - This was set up after last week, when Reigns took the piss out of Cena for taking so long to beat Jordan last week. Well it took Reigns longer. Much like last week this was a pretty good match.

Cena comes out and he's got some things to say. He says that Reigns was out last week, making fun of him for taking so long to beat Jordan but now the shoe is on the other foot. Reigns says that he was having a great match, something that Cena knows nothing about. He says that he has had more great matches in 2 years than Cena has had in his career. That might be the most factually inaccurate line anyone has ever used on WWE TV. Cena says that he normally has to stay sharp when he out here but Reigns makes it so damn easy for him. He tells Reigns that he has his head so far up his ass he's like a one man human centipede. Cena tells him that he is about to learn what real failure is all about. He says that he has been been taking Reigns to school week after …

Best Matches of August 2017

August was another great month for matches. It had the end of the G1 Climax, an NXT TakeOver, the madness of SummerSlam and a bunch of other stuff. As usual if shows aren't broadcast live then their availability is based on VOD or DVD release date.

Honourable MentionsHiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 11 ****1/4
Kenny Omega vs EVIL - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 12 ****
Zack Sabre Jr vs Tetsuya Naito - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 13 ****
Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre Jr - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 17 ****
Rob Lynch vs James Davis - PROGRESS Chapter 53: Fate Loves The Fearless ****
Travis Banks vs Keith Lee - PROGRESS Chapter 53: Fate Loves The Fearless ****
Walter vs Fred Yehi (PROGRESS Atlas Title) - Evolve 90 ****
Chris Dickinson & Jaka vs South Pacific Power Trip - Evolve 91 ****
Matt Riddle vs Keith Lee vs Walter vs Tracy Williams (WWN Title) - Evolve 91 ****1/4
Zack Sabre Jr vs Chris Brookes (British Heavyweight Title) - RPW Summer Sizzler ****
Authors of Pain vs SAnitY…

WWE Raw & Smackdown Recap (4th & 5th September 2017)

Unfortunately I was too buy to do the Raw Recap this week so we have another Raw & Smackdown SuperRecap. 

John Cena vs Jason Jordan - We start off with a match and it was a pretty good one too. Jordan looked pretty good here. The crowd doesn't really care though as he is currently more gimmick than man. Cena wins with the AA.

Following the match Roman Reigns turns up. He asks why it took Cena 20 minutes to beat a rookie (it was more like 12 minutes, Roman hasn't learnt how to tell the time yet), and accuses his him of dragging it out for longer than he needed. He says that Cena isn't as strong or fast as he was and calls him a lying, fake ass bitch. Clever. Cena says that Reigns should stop trying to use his brain, which was funny. Cena says he will beat Reigns at No Mercy. He says that he has respect for people like Miz, who bust their ass every week, but he doesn't respect Reigns. He says that nobody is buying him as the guy. Reigns dares Cena to try and do somethi…

WWE Mae Young Classic Episode 8 Review

Here we are, the last of the episodic MYC shows. It's been a fun ride and it isn't over yet. We have two potentially great, and completely different, semi finals on the slate. Here is my final updated bracket. 

Semi Final - Mercedes Martinez vs Shayna BaszlerThese two know each other well, being in the same faction in Shimmer, and with Martinez having helped train Baszler. Baszler shakes hands for the first time in this tournament. This was a good first semi final. They went full bore with the strikes from the off. Martinez hit some great looking, and sounding, chops. She grounded Baszler and hit more strikes but this just pissed off Baszler who hits some gut wrench suplexes and applies a heel hook. They trade more strikes and Martinez hits some fantastic looking Saito suplexes. Martinez goes for a fisherman's buster but Baszler fights it off and hits a falcon arrow into the rear naked choke. Despite Martinez's best efforts she is forced to tap and Baszler is headed to …

WWE Mae Young Classic Episode 7 Review

We are at the quarter final stage of the tournament and we have ourselves four intriguing matches on this episode.  Here are the updated graphics.

1/4 Final - Abbey Laith vs Mercedes MartinezA nice back and forth match to kick off proceedings. It wasn't without fault but it did add some nice elements into the story, playing off Martinez's arm injury from the previous round. This allowed Laith more angle's of attack against her bigger, more experienced opponent. In the end though it was Martinez who picked up the win with the fisherman's buster. ***

1/4 Final - Candice LeRae vs Shayna BaszlerA classic speed vs power matchup. They start off quickly with Candice hitting her suicide dive DDT and then using her technical ability to transition from one submission to another. In the end though Candice made one mistake and Baszler reversed the Wild Ride into the rear naked choke and that's all she wrote. Baszler refuses to release the hold after the bell and then tries to ki…