Reviews, WWE NXT

NXT 2/3/17 Review.

Hey guys, it’s the Viking Bastard here stepping in for Mr. MacMainMan today to review last night’s episode of NXT. Let’s get into it shall we.

Match 1: Johnny Gargano vs Raul Mendoza.

This is Gargano’s return match and Mendoza’s NXT debut. You might recognise him from the CWC. Crowd are firmly behind Gargano as both men lock up. Nice bit of chain wrestling into a facelock, gator roll combo for a 1. Some lovely stuff from both men including a reverse leapfrog from Mendoza and a rolling enzuigiri from Gargano. Gargano works the arm but Mendoza fires off a wicked forearm and a dropkick for two. Mendoza keeps control with a nasty chop but gets caught with Johnny’s torpedo spear. Gargano fires up with running forearms and a big lariat. Mendoza reverses a second into a gamengiri. He tries a standing 450 but gets caught in the Gargano Escape for the tap out victory. As short as this was this match ruled! Great stuff from both men. 4/5.

We then get a promo for Bobby Roode and Asuka appearing tonight.

After the break there is a recap of Sanity and AOP’s fight last week and Ellering cuts a promo saying that his team accepts the match at Takeover.

Asuka’s out next (sadly not in action.) She talks about Takeover and her match with Ember Moon saying she beat Ember before and will do it again and that Moon is not ready for her, Moon comes out then looking like she’s ready to kill someone. She says that she’s been doing everything to get a rematch and knows that she’s ready to fight.  She then says that Asuka is not ready for her. Asuka offers her hand but psychs her out and slaps her across the face, Ember responds and takes Asuka down but Asuka fights back and dumps Moon out of the ring and stands tall with the belt but turns straight into the Eclipse! Holy shit the buildup to this match is awesome! I love Asuka being the untouchable, cocky champion and Ember being the only person to see through it and not back down.

We then go to Bobby Roode in a backstage area who talks about beating Roderick Strong. He then is asked about Drew McIntyre and says that next week he and  Drew will have a sit down. He goes to leave but is acosted by Roderick Strong. Roode escapes and Roddy is confronted by William Regal. Strong wants Roode but Regal can’t give it to him because he Takeover match is already set. I’m guessing this will become a Triple Threat down the line then.

Next up is a promo for the Street Profits who make their debut next week.

Match 2: Sonya Deville vs Jenna Van Bemmel.

So this was just a straight up squash to showcase Deville. Sonya uses her speed to outpace Van Bemmel and mocks her by putting her hands behind her back and daring her to hit her. Jenna goes off the ropes but is nailed with a lariat and a combination of knees and forearm strikes. Van Bemmel fights back though with an avalanche in the corner but gets caught with a triangle armbar for the instant tap out win. Not very impressed to be honest. 2/5.

Hideo Itami is being interviewed and he takes the microphone and comes to the ring demanding respect. He then goes on a rant in Japanese but gets interrupted by Aleister Black. Hideo refuses to back down though. He tries to sneak attack Black but is leveled by Black Mass!

Next week we will see Andrade Cien Almas vs No Way Jose.

Main Event: Aleister Black vs ?.

Holy fuck it’s Kyle O’Reilly! Red Dragon are both in NXT! O’Reilly and Black start with a fist bump (nice to see the code of honor upheld by the two former ROH stars.) Striking exchange by both men that leads to a clean break. Black gets a front facelock but O’Reilly quickly switches and locks in a triangle armbar but Black reverses into a Fujiwara Armbar. Snapmare headlock but Black goes straight into a hammerlock. O’Reilly tries for an O’Connor Roll but Black rockets off a forearm and a legsweep and goes into the Indian Sit pose. O’Reilly kips up but is met with a knee from Black. Back from the break and Black misses a double stomp only to catch O’Reilly with a sick roundhouse to the chest for two. O’Reilly takes control with a series of kicks, knees and slaps. Followed by a flying forearm into the Achilles lock. Both men slap each other in the face but O’Reilly is able to switch into the ankle lock followed by an arm wrench for a one. Black tries to guard but O’Reilly does a cartwheel into an attempt at the Arm-Ageddon. Black folds him up for two but O’Reilly stays in control with palm strikes. Both men get to their feet and exchange roundhouse kicks. Kyle takes back control with a kick to the arm and focuses his attack there. Back into it and O’Reilly is raining in forearms as Black shouts “Hit me.” Black fights back into it with a roundhouse, snap suplex and a knee to the shoulder for two. O’Reilly counters Black and continues to work on the arm. Black tries to fight out with knees and starts to mount a comeback ending in a jumping snap Hurricanrana! (Holy shit!) Black tries for Black Mass but is stopped with a standing Ankle Lock. O’Reilly hits an axe kick and a forearm and nearly gets the win after a long two count. O’Reilly keeps control with a front facelock. Both men trade boots and Black hits the unholy combo but O’Reilly hits another axe kick but Black pops up with Black Mass for the win. What a fucking match! Both men battered each other and this felt like a big fight. Neither man has anything to be ashamed of coming out of this. Welcome to NXT KO’R! 5/5.

So that was NXT for another week, overall a decent show with an amazing main event, nice to see more promos and people getting chances to talk to the crowd. Interested to see what they will do now with Itami.

Overall rating 7.5/10.

That has been the NXT review folks, I have been The Viking Bastard, Gary should be back next week until then, take it easy – VB.

Lucha Underground, Reviews

Lucha Underground – 27/7/17 review.

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to this weeks Lucha Underground review, as always I am the Viking Bastard here for Indie Wrestling Pod, let’s get straight into it as the Cueto Cup rolls on and we also have a huge main event.

We start with a recap of the Cup and the feuds between Drago and Aerostar,  Rey Mysterio and Johnny Mundo and Son of Havoc vs Son of Madness, I thought this was a good way to explain the big feuds and goings on for people that might have missed a few episodes. Striker and Vampiro introduce us to the show and off we go.

Match 1: The Mack vs Texano.

Texano has his own fan section a la Cesaro in the WWE. They start with a handshake which I like to see. Chain wrestling and both men trade shoulder blocks,  a nice display of athleticism ending in a lovely armdrag from the Mack. Both men trade pins and have a standoff. Another handshake and off we go again. The Mack runs off the ropes and hits a massive dropkick sending Texano to the outside and follows it up with a huge dive to the outside. Mack keeps control working on Texano’s back with knees and a huge dropkick for a two count. Mack hits a series of stinging chops in the corner but Texano reverses Mack with an elbow and a crossbody from the corner for two. Texano hits some chops of his own but his attempt at a springboard is met with a uppercut but Mack is dragged out of the ring, he reverses and hits a sick backbreaker on the outside. Texano gets in the ring at 8 but the referee breaks the count to allow the match to continue. Texano’s lariat attempt is countered with a t-bone suplex followed by a belly to belly for another near fall. Famous B gets in the ring and hits Mack with a water pistol, Mack hits B with a stunner but eats a powerbomb from Texano for the win and the advancement to the finals. This was a good match until the end, wasn’t a big fan of the interference to end it but ah well, Texano moves to the quarter finals 3/5.

We then get a video in a biker bar with Son of Madness and Son of Havoc. Madness wants Havoc to rejoin the biker gang but he refuses saying he left for a reason. Madness leaves and Havoc smashes a glass off of the wall.

Next is a weird promo for the Rabbit Tribe and Mascarita Sagrada, Sagrada leaves them a present that they rip into and London laughs like a maniac.  What the fuck was this?

Match 2: Drago (With Kobra Moon) vs Pentagon Dark.

This is a first time ever match. Both men take time to size each other up before beginning with a nice bit of chain wrestling. Both men hit quick pins and have a standoff, crowd are firmly behind Pentagon who takes Drago to the mat with a huge kick. Pentagon goes to the floor and Drago follows him out with a huge twisting plancha and tosses Dark into the chain wall. Both men enter the ring again and the crowd come alive with the Cero Miedo chants. Pentagon reverses Drago and hits a huge lariat into the corner followed by a massive corner belly to belly for a two. Drago hits a standing Frankensteiner but only gets a two. We see that Drago’s right arm is taped as Pentagon takes him down with a dropkick to the stomach but only garners a two count. Kobra Moon begins to shout orders at Drago. Dark goes for the Pentagon Driver but Drago reverses it with an armdrag and hits a blockbuster but again is unable to put Pentagon away. Drago springs off the rope but gets caught and hit with a nasty No Fear Driver for two. Pentagon hits a nasty sounding chop in the corner but gets caught and hit with a arm trapped DDT for another two. Drago seats Pentagon up top and hits a super Frankensteiner followed by a big splash but again Pentagon kicks out. Pentagon hits a Canadian Destroyer by jumping off of the second rope onto Drago but can’t keep him down for three. Pentagon then hits the Fear Factor Package Piledriver and finally gets the win to move on to the quarter finals. After the match Pentagon goes for the arm breaker on Drago but is distracted by Moon who he nails with an incredible superkick. Aerostar saves Drago but is attacked and planted by Drago and gets his arm broken by Pentagon.  This match ruled, pure Lucha action from two veterans of the sport, I enjoyed every minute of it. Really enjoyed the chaotic afters to. 4/5.

Then we see Katrina and Pentagon, Katrina says that Pentagon took something from Mil Muertes and if Pentagon advances Mil will be waiting to end him.

Main Event: PJ Black vs Rey Mysterio Jr.

This is Rey’s first match back from injury following Ultima Lucha. Both men start off quick with exchanges and fast pins followed by a standoff. Rey sends PJ to the outside but dodges Rey’s dive and catches him in a Torture Rack and dumps him on the floor. PJ hits a top rope punch but only gets a two. He then locks Rey in a double chickenwing submission working on Rey’s shoulders but Rey fights out. PJ blocks the 619 and hits a sick superkick for two. Rey counters PJ with a big dropkick as the crowd come alive for Mysterio. Both men exchange strikes on their knees, fighting back to a standing position and using kicks. Black takes advantage but decides to taunt, Rey takes advantage with kicks and dumps PJ to the floor following him with a splash. Rey hits the West Coast Pop and a dropkick for another two. Rey hits a tilt a whirl headscissors to the corner but PJ catches him on the top and hangs his leg in the turnbuckle followed by a kick to the knee but Rey gets out at 1. PJ takes Rey down and goes to the top. Rey gets up and crotches Black followed by an attempted Frankensteiner that PJ reverses into a Styles Clash for two. PJ gives the crowd the double middle finger but Rey hits a spinning DDT inadvertently taking out Marty Elias. Johnny Mundo enters the ring and attacks Rey. Mundo and Black lift Rey for a suplex and Jack Evans hits a combination superkick. Dragon Azteca comes out and chases down Mundo but is pulled from the ring by Taya. Mundo places PJ over Rey but Rey kicks out after a long 2. The crowd chant “this is awesome” as Black tries the Razor’s Edge but is reversed and Rey hits the 619 and a Frog Splash for the win. This match started off pretty slow but once it got going it was really good. I liked how all the parties and allies got involved. Rey really had to fight to win and he is still awesome. 4.5/5.

Afterwards Rey cuts a Spanglish promo on Mundo saying that he can’t run all the time and in 4 weeks Rey will see him in the ring and make history with his people when he becomes champion. He says Mundo will be leaving with a 619 and celebrates with the fans.

So that’s it for another week of Lucha action, overall it was another good episode with an incredibly good main event, I can’t wait for next week and the final semi-final match in the Cueto Cup. My overall rating for this show would be 7.5/10.

I have been the Viking Bastard this has been the Lucha Underground review for IWP and I shall see you in the Temple next week.

 

Reviews, WWE Raw

RAW Review 25/07/17

Tonight the Drifter is in action and he might break another guitar so nothing else matters. Oh, we’ve also Seth and Dean vs The Miztourage, Bayley vs Sasha and an inevitable triple threat announcement for Braun, Joe and Roman. Let’s do this.

Video recap of Joe/Roman with the Braun Strowman interference from last week.

Commentators welcome us to the show and Kurt Angle comes out. Talks about revealing Jason Jordan as his son last week and says that JJ is making his in-ring debut tonight but won’t be getting any special treatment. Kurt goes to reveal who the #1 contender for Brock at SummerSlam but Braun interrupts him and rightly points out that he won at GBOF and says he doesn’t fear Brock Lesnar, Brock Lesnar fears him.

Joe interrupts and says he should be #1 contender citing the only reason he’s not kicking Braun’s teeth out is the only thing Braun did last week was delay him beating Roman for the third time straight. Joe says Braun and Roman have a lot to settle and he should be #1 contender.

Roman’s music hits and he walks down to the ring. Does he think he should be #1 contender? Shockingly yes. Roman runs down his list of accomplishments and goes for Braun Strowman but Angle gets in between them.

Kurt announces a Fatal-4-Way for the Universal title at SummerSlam. It’s True.

Joe stops his music and screams that it should be one-on-one him vs Brock. Strowman says he doesn’t care how many people are in the match “He just cares about piling bodies.” Awesome. Roman says “Man, shut up” and punches Braun in the face, also cool. The brawl starts and Joe and Roman manage to throw Braun over the guard rail but Braun comes back and beats them both down. Strowman murders all of the rent-a-cops including hip-tossing one out of the ring to the floor completely by-passing the ropes. Joe tries to lock Braun in the Coquina Clutch but the locker room empties and tries to break them up. Roman spears Braun in the confusion and starts throwing wrestlers out. Joe is held back by about 6 guys outside as Strowman hits Roman with the Running Powerslam to end things.

Commentators hype all the matches announced last week as well as Big Cass vs Enzo. Drifter vs Balor No-DQ is next.

Elias sings his song and can barely contain his delight as the crow caterwaul in disapproval Balor’s music interrupts him. Finn looks murderous but still does his full entrance.

Match #1) Elias Samson def. Finn Balor in a no-DQ match (18:26)

Balor and Elias have a basic lightly boring brawl. Samson works Balor’s bad shoulder for a long time including a very dodgy looking shoulder breaker. Balor makes his comeback and pastes Elias on the apron before hitting an apron kick laying him out with chair shots and hitting the Coup de Grace. Before Balor can make the cover Bray Wyatt appears and hits him with Sister Abigail. Samson crawls over to get the pin.

At no point was it even teased that Elias might hit Balor with the guitar again and that is a damn waste. Jason Jordan is up next.

Recap of the big reveal last week and Renee is in a backstage interview with Kurt. Kurt is confident in Jason and Emma interrupts the interview asks what she has to do to get noticed. Says maybe she should start dating Jason. Kurt makes Emma vs Nia Jax for later tonight. Big Show and Enzo backstage Enzo says he doesn’t have a plan and doesn’t need one. And now suddenly Enzo/Cass is next instead of the JJ match.

Enzo cuts a promo says he’s fuelled by passion and ignited by the people. Mixes his metaphors something fierce and calls Cass SAWFT.

Match #2) Big Cass def. Enzo Amore (03:36)

Enzo has a couple little flurries to start but Cass murders him with throws and wears him down in the corners. Cass pins him after the Big Boot.

Cass wants to continue the beatdown after the match but Big Show comes out. Cass catches Show with a Big Boot as he comes in and hits 4 Empire Elbows. Cass stomps on Show for a while before raising his hand and leaving.

Hype for Seth/Dean vs The Miztourage and Sasha vs Bayley. Renee interviews Alexa Bliss. Bliss isn’t worried about SummerSlam says tonight “Team Gag Reflex” will explode. Sasha wouldn’t be able handle losing to Bayley and Bayley won’t be able to handle losing to Sasha tonight the only winner is Alexa Bliss. Good promo.

Match #3) Nia Jax def. Emma (01:23)

Nia destroys Emma and pins her following a running flip senton.

Interview with Akira Tozawa. Recap of RAW and 205 Live last week. Titus interrupts and says he’s had Ariya Daivari vs Tozawa cancelled. Tozawa blows up and says he’s going to the ring. Tozawa marches down with Titus in tow trying to dissuade him. Tozawa pushes Titus away. Tozawa demands Daivari come out and face him like a man. Neville comes out. Says Tozawa’s injured shoulder and shattered confidence are all down to him. Calls Tozawa pathetic, a joke and nothing more than a shell of his former- Before getting smacked in the face. Tozawa hits the Senton on Neville and Daivari comes out and attacks him and Neville. Daivari stands tall and makes the belt motion.

Bayley and Sasha say nothing’s going to ruin their friendship but both make it clear they want to be Women’s champion.

Renee interviews Jason Jordan. Jordan will wrestle Curt Hawkins tonight, he knows all eyes are on him. Says his hero is his father and that his dream has come true.

Seth and Dean backstage. They squabble about making a gameplan for tonight’s match. Dean says Seth has to worry about 3 guys, he has to worry about 4.

Alexa comes out to do commentary.

Match #4) Bayley def. Sasha Banks to determine the #1 contender for the RAW Women’s Championship (12:11)

Bayley and Sasha had the best TV match I’ve seen in weeks, nothing on their Takeover matches but still a really fun back-and-forth. Bayley verses Sasha’s pin off the frog splash to pick up the 1-2-3.

Alexa and Bayley stare down in the ring to send us to break.

Renee interviews Curt Hawkins. He says he doesn’t care about JJ, he’s going to beat him and ruin his debut, the everyone will be talking about Curt Hawkins.

Another very sweet Special Olympics video package.

Jordan keeps the American Alpha theme with new American flag ‘Tron graphics. Crowd is silent.

Match #5) Jason Jordan vs Curt Hawkins (01:43)

Curt Hawkins didn’t know Jordan’s shoulder block into belly-to-belly move. JJ throws Hawkins around and then pins him with a lifting neckbreaker.

Crowd reacted a bit when Jordan was in the ring but nothing special.

Recap of Revival beating the Hardys. In-ring Charly interview with the Revival. Revival excuse Charly and conduct their own interview. They’re the best tag team on the planet. The Club interrupt, say DC is a good brother town.They did everything the Revival did first including being bald. All they see is a couple of top NEEEEERDS.

Match #6) The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) def. The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) (08:35)

Okay exchange between the two teams, wrestled at half speed though. Hardys come out halfway through the match and The Revival get the distraction win with a shatter Machine on Karl Anderson.

Hardys attack Revival after the match but Dash and Dawson escape before Jeff can hit a Swanton.

Backstage with Miz and the Miztourage. Miz delivers a motivational speech where he calls Seth & Dean a bad reboot and box-office-bombs. Lovely stuff.

Commentators hype a Table for 3 after RAW tonight as well as Miz TV with Jason Jordan and Braun vs Joe vs Roman in a triple threat for next week’s RAW.

Match #7) Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose def. The Miztourage (The Miz, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) w/Maryse in a Handicap match (17:20)

A quality TV main event. Well-heated when Seth, Dean or Miz were in there crowd not quite ready for main event Bo and Curtis yet. Seth and Dean worked together like they’d never been apart. Last few minutes were fast fun with a great near-fall when Seth broke up Miz’s pin on Dean following the Skull-Crushing Finale. Dean pins Miz with Dirty Deeds following Seth’s Springboard Knee.

Seth offers Dean the Shield fist bump, but Dean just rolls out of the ring and leaves Seth hanging. Goodnight everybody.

A good episode of RAW. Dipped massively between Sasha/Bayley and the main event and the in-ring quality was low barring those two aforementioned matches but RAW delivered in other departments. We had sensible progression for almost every storyline and nothing about the show was cringe-worthy. Jason Jordan isn’t even slightly over yet but give him time. Maybe I’m in a good mood lately but I’ve enjoyed RAW two weeks in a row now and I’m actually looking forward to next week, I can’t say how appreciative I am that they’ve started announcing things for the show a week in advance again.

See you next week where I’m bound to be slightly disappointed because my boy Curtis Axel won’t be in the main event.

Written with love by Mr Ross