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31 Days of Wrestling (12/14/18): Of Queens and Empires (Charlotte vs. Asuka, WrestleMania 34)

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2018 produced for us.

As a fan of women’s wrestling, the “Women’s Revolution” evokes mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s great that recent memory has been kind—if not magnanimous—to women’s wrestling in general, showing that the division once known for Pigpen Matches and Bra-and-Panties Matches has truly evolved to showcase the athleticism and performance of women in the professional wrestling ring.

And yet there’s that part of any women’s wrestling fan that pines for the days where women’s wrestling was at its zenith: th…
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#FinisherFriday: The Sharpshooter

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you an analysis of the Hitman's choice weapon of destruction.

Hailed by many as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Bret Hart's name has become synonymous with the term "technical wrestler." A proud product of the Hart Dungeon, he brought his extensive knowledge of throws, locks, and holds, as well as textbook-form strikes and footwork to the North American ring, leaving audiences in awe wherever he wrestled. It is no wonder that the Hitman racked up so many achievements in his career, some of which are: being a five-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, having the most combined days as WWF World Heavyweight Champion during the 1990s (654), being the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion born outside the United States, being the second WWF Triple Crown Champion, the fifth WCW Triple Crown Champion, the first man to win both th…

Smark Hen-XT (12/12/18) : Prince Puma Versus Prince Pretty

If anybody would have told me that Tyler Breeze would be main eventing a WWE-produced show in 2018, I would have laughed at that person and mocked him/her to death. Yet, here we are, watching this week’s episode of NXT wherein Prince Pretty not only main-evented the show, but also had a title shot to boot. 
The episode showcased a Ricochet title defense for the NXT North American Championship in an open challenge, which Tyler Breeze answered. Right off the bat, Breeze would receive the adoration of the Full Sail crowd and would quickly get the crowd on his side—eventually being greeted with a big "welcome back" cheer by the loving crowd. 
Interestingly, Breeze wore his Prince Pretty attire, with matching cellphone entrance. I have to admit, I missed the Prince Pretty gimmick as I felt this was one of the gimmicks that failed during the transition to the main roster. 


The match itself was main event-worthy as Ricochet would prove to be a great match and competitor for Breeze…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/13/18): A Dream Ricochets

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2018 produced for us.

What happens when an enigmatic, eccentric competitor crosses paths with a tight-lipped Tony Jaa-esque athlete inside the squared circle? Delicious carnage is what happens, chap.

The year 2018 has definitely been a blessing for the art of professional wrestling, and NXT can be called beyond blessed in that regard. Every episode and TakeOver special never failed to amaze us and get us out of our seats with the athleticism, psychology, and storytelling of each and every member of the NXT roster. It gave u…

SmackDown RunDown Live (12/11/18): Word To Your Mother

And just like that, #NitPickRick is back! Last week, I was going to feature a long winding rant about Xavier Woods calling fans fickle, entitled infants. But since I deliberately cleared out all of my tasks in preparation for my long-awaited vacation, my thoughts on the matter went with them. So let’s just say I agree to disagree with my man Xavier. This entitled infant is still a big fan of probably the most positive dude in WWE.
TLC Hype: Asuka sticks Charlotte and Becky, Bryan Beats Ali, Ice Ice Sheamy
How do you plead the case to make Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka the TLC main event? Pull off one of the best SmackDown Live main events in 2018, that’s how. The Blue Brand’s TLC send-off saw Charlotte Flair and Asuka relive their WrestleMania 34 rivalry in a match that managed to elevate both women’s stock and then some. Seriously, only a few people ionn the roster can manhandle Charlotte Flair the way Asuka did. In fact, I think there are only three off the top of my head …

31 Days of Wrestling (12/12/18): King In The North (America)

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2018 produced for us.
The NXT North American Championship couldn’t have debuted at a better time. In a stacked roster full of heavy hitters and main event stars, a second singles title had to be introduced for these talented individuals to covet and this was it. A champion was set to be crowned at NXT Takeover: New Orleans.


Of course, this match would not be contested under any normal circumstances, no sir. The first-ever NXT North American title match would be held under a most befitting stipulation, a ladder match. A ladd…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/11/18): Pentagon Dark vs. Marty "The Moth" Martinez

Welcome to the 31 Days of Wrestling, ladies and gentlemen. Once again, we're at that point where we take a look back at the past 11 months of pro wrestling (and as much as possible, the last month as well) and cherry-pick one match for each day of December from a list of bouts that defined the year in our beloved sport. Most matches will be good, while some may not be; what matters is that they helped build the perception and reputation of the kind of wrestling 2018 produced for us.

Among the many, many things that took place in wrestling in 2018 was the fourth season of Lucha Underground. It's easy to gloss over the show considering just how wrestling there is to consume these days, but it's still there, and it continues to be one of wrestling's strongest alternatives with its unique brand of dark, gritty storytelling.

We're visiting the Temple for today's entry, featuring the main event of Ultima Lucha Cuatro with arguably to of its biggest homegrown stars.

O…

MWF 6: Noche Buena - The Official Smark Henry Review

Hey Kapa-Feds! Nico here to nick-pick (hehe) MWF 6: Noche Buena, the last MWF show of 2018. It was a newsworthy show, what with the crowning of the first MWF Champion and the emergence of a new number one contender. While Noche Buena had some great stories, it suffered a bit from what I felt was subpar in-ring work that was not there in previous MWF shows. There were definitely good matches here, but even they had their fair share of miscues.

The crowd during the main event also gave me one of the most annoying experiences I’ve ever had in a wrestling show. They went into business for themselves, chanting Powerpuff Girls at the men in the ring because of their colors and even singing the cartoon’s theme song instead of paying attention to the in-ring action. It was pretty damn annoying.
Seriously, it’s one thing to joke around but when you’d rather make your own fun than pay attention to the wrestling, then you can get the fuck out. Had they done this for a bad match I would have und…

ICYMI: Here's What Xavier Woods Was Up to in Manila

Most of you already know that Xavier Woods was here last November 30 for a Meet & Greet with his Filipino fans. It was Woods' second time to visit the Philippines, his previous visit having taken place in 2016 when WWE hosted its latest live event in Manila.

With Woods spending more or less just a day in the Philippines, you'd expect that he just did his meet and greet, a couple of other things, and pack it up. On the contrary, he did quite a lot during his brief stay here. Check out how Xavier Woods' day in Manila went below.

Upon arriving in Manila on an early Friday morning, Woods kicked things off by visiting one of Manila's scenic spots—Manila Bay. He did so in style, catching the scenery while riding the classic kalesa.


While in the area, he also got to sample some local street food—calamares and some orange soda in a plastic bag (more on that legendary balut in a bit). Also, he found a new friend in a little red chick.


After that morning walk, it was time f…