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Showing posts from November, 2019

The Hourrr of Powerrr (11/26/19): Fallout Atlanta

So remember when I said the biggest test for post-Cornette Powerrr was whether the NWA would edit out every other terrible thing Cornette could've said for the rest of the season? Well, they did all that plus a little more—they completely nuked the rest of the season, period.

Well, not entirely. It seems like they discarded whatever was left before the PPV on December 14 and decided to just quickly tape one empty arena match. This week's Powerrr is full of interviews, recaps, and video packages, as well as one bizarre bout that pushes just the Question Mark. Joe Galli sticks around to do commentary, Dave Marquez also does his duties, but other than that, there's not much else going on here. It's both impressive and sad at the same time.

If you'd still like to watch it, here it is:

I'm not sure how they're going to play the remaining two weeks, but there was still time this week to do one last set of tapings without Cornette. It's the only play they'…

Smark Hen-XT (11/27/19): TakeOver: WarGames and Survivor Series Fallout

Post-TakeOver NXT shows normally aren't ones that I look forward to because of how bad they were in the past. This case is different because the two-hour format really contributes to the quality of the show. Whereas old episodes would just let the TakeOver performers rest and have vignettes be shown, this time, almost everybody who worked NXT TakeOver: WarGames and Survivor Series was in attendance. Not only that, they also had their respective matches to continue their storylines.

As with my observation, NXT is still pushing The Undisputed ERA as the focus of the brand (as they should be), while the babyfaces are being positioned as challengers. It looks like we'll be seeing more of Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and Tommaso Ciampa in the coming year.

The show started with a post-Survivor Series celebration which led to a Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic team-up against The Undisputed ERA's Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish. I'm not so sure what happened wi…

Reviewing the Elite (11/27/19): JeriGoat's Curse

Let’s not beat around the bush; this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite was a weird one. There was your usual mix of good wrestling and consistent storytelling but some of the booking decisions were head-scratching and, dare I say, bad.
This has to be the weakest episode of AEW Dynamite thus far, though there were moments worth watching. As usual, they were trying to establish newer stars, which is appreciated, but the lack of general direction for some of the talent and stories hurt this episode a lot. Chris JeriGoat

As someone who didn’t enjoy Chris Jericho’s promo last week and was dreading this Thanksgiving segment, I thought this was actually pretty good. Opening with Soul Train Jones, the former Virgil, was a fun throwback to that video Jericho had in the episode before Full Gear and the gifts he got from his Inner Circle buddies were great. From Sammy Guevara’s standee of he and Jericho hugging to Jake Hager’s goat named Chris Jerigoat, this was just pure entertainment and its some…

#FinisherFriday (11/29/19): GrabCamus's Helluva Kick

Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal giving you a short review of a big kick used by a big man with a big heart in a big match.

Last Sunday, I gave myself a post-birthday gift in the form of attending PWR Vendetta, which was the promotion's final event of the year (and technically, the whole decade). It was a complete banger from start to finish: the crowd was engaged in every match, storylines were easy to follow even if you weren't able to watch previous live events, there was healthy patriotism in the main event, and emotions ran high in my favorite match.
The first Ubusan ng Lahi match (similar to the traditional Survivor Series five-on-five elimination match) consisted of The Naughty Boys versus a group quickly put up by the NB defector, Kapitan Tutan. 

This arc was your classic shounen manga storyline: a group which relied on the bonds of friendship to overcome obstacles experienced betrayal from their enforcer, ended up in a mess, managed to…

MWF AksyoNovela TV Episode 6: New Format, New Issues

AksyoNovela Episode 6 is now up on YouTube! It is in a completely different format, as MWF ditched all the elements that telegraphed how the past five episodes have been recap shows. Now a proper wrestling show, AksyoNovela TV joins other YouTube wrestling shows that have cropped up in the year of our Lord 2019, such as AEW Dark and NWA Powerrr. Can MWF compete with this renaissance of wrestling content? Is this even a fair comparison to make? Let's find out.

The New Format You won't see hosts in front of a green screen here, nor will you notice any blatant match cuts. The show now has this feeling of being continuous, and with full matches being shown, it makes sense that the show is now up to 30 minutes compared to the previous shows' 20. Also, the titles of the shows are no longer styled after tabloid headlines, for better or for worse. And is Gigz Styker a ring announcer now? Huh.

The Illusion is Not Yet Set We all know that several MWF shows are pre-taped …

PWR Vendetta 2019: The Smark Henry Review

Photo from Philippine Wrestling Revolution.
PWR Vendetta 2019 has come and gone, capping off what is arguably the promotion's best year so far. As such, with the last PWR show of the decade comes the last Smark Henry review of the decade! Given the high bar that was set with Homecoming more than a month ago, and with the trajectory of the company since beginning their #NeverMissAShow campaign, did they hit the right notes and end their calendar year with a bang?

Since one of the major angles of this show was the rivalry between Shaukat and Jake de Leon, resulting in Team Malaysia vs. Team Philippines, it's only right that we'll be ranking this show based on the 2019 SEA Games, which was already a disaster before it could even begin. Particularly, we'll be ranking this based on the things that were handled better than this completely avoidable situation. After all, when a government-handled event is compared to the fucking Fyre Festival of all things, we all know somethi…

Dark Side of The Elite (11/26/19): Omega Campeón

If AEW announcing Kenny Omega vs. Jack Evans for the AAA Mega Championship in advance wasn’t enough to convince you that AEW Dark is worth watching this week, you’re a lost cause. AEW Dark Episode 8 is a stellar hour of wrestling, with three great matches so good that they should have been on Dynamite.
Well, I say these matches should be on Dynamite, but it's clear that the company knows how valuable Dark is to their overall brand. Giving time to the talent who don't always appear on the main show is commendable, and the “wins and losses matter” mantra of the company helps elevate Dark to a level above Superstars and Main Event.
Fans can also appreciate how Dark gives certain wrestlers the chance to commentate with Excalibur, letting them flesh their characters out. Dustin Rhodes was good to listen to last week and Shawn Spears was pretty fun in this episode, even if it didn’t completely mesh with the ruthless character AEW has been building him up to be, though references to…

The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: Survivor Series 2019

With NXT going live on the USA Network and staking its claim of being a co-equal brand within the WWE umbrella, it was only a matter of time until they did something brash and, well, different (read: co-exist in the muddled main roster storytelling, outside of their own universe). Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise, though it was very much a welcome one, that they ran all the way home with the ball at this year's Survivor Series.

Everyone knew that Vince McMahon loved his main roster brands, especially RAW. So when NXT was announced as being a part of the brand warfare festivities this year, some (myself included) might have felt that the upstart yellow brand—the son-in-law's creation—was there as some sort of sacrificial lamb with coattails to ride on. They did, after all, need a shot in the arm, with AEW doing so well in the ratings and with fandom.

Any other result and this Survivor Series might have been a disappointment, so thank the wrestling gods someone hig…

The Smark Henry Pay-Per-Review: NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019

I've been wondering for quite some time on how NXT would make TakeOver: WarGames2019 work because of how it ties to Survivor Series. While the rivalries within the PPV were already defined with weeks and weeks of build-up, the added pressure of competing as a team for the next night was a conundrum to me.

Surprisingly, each Superstar gave us a performance that we'd never forget regardless of their alliances on the following show. What's also interesting is that they didn't hold back considering that the WarGames matches would take a heavy toll on their bodies and could affect their Survivor Series matchups.

This is probably the TakeOver with the least matches ever but they didn't skimp on anything. All the time spent was worth it and all the little quirks, bells, and whistles in the matches really added to the overall quality of the bouts and the show as a whole. I'll be running through some of the small details which helped make each bout better as we go deep…