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31 Days of Wrestling (12/31/18): When PWR and MWF Finally Clashed

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.

Fantasy booking has become a common part of pro wrestling fandom, with many of us wanting to see certain wrestlers from specific promotions take each other on. While it’s doubtful that we will be seeing Finn Balor take on Kenny Omega anytime soon, Pinoy wrestling fans have had the benefit of PWR and MWF having a decent relationship, with stars from both promotions appearing in each other’s shows.

That hasn’t stopped them from booking PWR versus MWF matches though. Thankfully, 2018 was the year the two …

Live From the 205 (12/26/18): 205's Top Five

Hello, and welcome to a very special year-ender edition of Live From the 205!

Since the show took a break this week to discuss the show's best moments of the year, I thought I'd do the same. I scoured my reviews from this year for the most must-see matches from 205 Live itself (which means Cruiserweight Championship matches on PPVs aren't counted) and picked out five of the best. I'll give you the episode date as well so you could watch it back if you'd like.

Without further ado, let's get on with it!
5. Lio Rush vs. Noam Dar (9/26/18) When Lio Rush arrived in 205 Live, you either thought it was too soon (he pretty much bypassed an entire NXT run just to be here) or it was the perfect fit. Or maybe both. But in the beginning, they gave him nothing but local competitors to show off his speed and agility and a little misguided feud with Akira Tozawa that had good intentions, but just didn't work.
It took them a while, but thankfully, 205 Live gave Lio Rush t…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/30/18): Golden Star Versus Stone Pitbull

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.
Here's the thing about an Ishii or an Ibushi singles match: at some point in those sickeningly heart-pounding seconds, one or both competitors will do a spot that will make you clench and think about healthcare in Japan.
Now, think about what happens when you put these two in a match together.

Main-evented by Kenny Omega and SANADA, Day 10 of G1 Climax 28 featured the 18-minute slobber-knocker between two of New Japan's go-to guys for artful danger. The match last July 28 was arguably the best mat…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/29/18): The Birth of Monday Night Rollins

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.

Five hours of WWE main roster programming alone can be too much for the average wrestling fan to consume on a weekly basis. Now when you consider all the content you can watch on the WWE Network (inclusive of required viewings like NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live), as well as offerings from other promotions around the world such as NJPW World, DDT Universe, Honor Club, and so on,  you'll realize that wrestling fans really do have it great in this day and age. 

But while it's certainly a benefit wrestli…

SmackDown RunDown Live (12/25/18): 365 Rusev Days Too Late

It’s been a week since the hostile takeover of WWE by the McMahon family took place. They fired all the GMs and brought new faces and matchups to both shows, promising that they will finally listen to the WWE Universe. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but is the takeover successful? The short answer is yes, surprisingly. Here’s the long answer.
SmackDown Live’s future is brighter than ever
No matter how awesome you think your Christmas was, you’ll never beat the one Rusev just had. For starters, it’s Rusev Day, thank you very much. It’s also his birthday, so he clearly won the birthday lottery here. And you know what he got for Rusev Day/Christmas/his birthday? Main event treatment and a newly-minted United States Championship for good measure. That’s right, Rusev finally unseated Shinsuke Nakamura as the new midcard champion.

But is the title win too late for Rusev Day? Of course it is! Are you kidding me? He could’ve been a former WWE Champion by now if they capitalized on his populari…

31 Days of Wrestling (12/28/18): Viva El Rey

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.

Rey Mysterio's return to the WWE is enough of an argument to go back to single-brand PPVs again. (Not the 2016-2017 twice-a-month setup, though, but the original alternating format.)

The living lucha legend's return to the company was always a matter of when, not if, but if you told a fan we were getting a revitalized Rey Mysterio who seemed to have found the fountain of youth this year, they'd probably tell you you were loco. Those of us who care to watch wrestling outside the WWE already kn…