Hollywood Hogan vs The Rock – WrestleMania X8

•March 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Today we take a look at one of my Top 10 favorite matches of all time, brother.

The Rock vs Hulk Hogan –
While from a technical stand-point it was no masterpiece, it’s in the category of sheer entertainment that this match shines. I get the chills everytime I see how the crowd reacts to Hogan, turning him babyface and getting him the WWE Championship all in one match. It’s absolutely incredible as they cheer everything he does, and remain on their feet for the entire match. The Rock was great too, as you can tell he certainly didn’t expect such a strong reaction, but played along with it like a pro. They didn’t simply rest on crowd reactions either, as the match was hard-hitting and delivered a bevy of false-finishes.
The Rock pins Hogan after 2 back-to-back Rock Bottoms & The People’s Elbow at 16:23 | *****

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Undertaker vs Randy Orton – WrestleMania 21

•March 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

With WrestleMania on the horizon, I thought we’d start taking a look at some random matches from the past 32 years. Including some of my favorites, least favorites, and underrated. This one right here is of the 3rd category. Randy, coming off his ill-fated babyface turn in which Triple H ate him for lunch, he went back to what he was best at, being a smarmy dick, and decided to go after The Undertaker. They’d later go on to have a pretty damn good Hell in a Cell, but their first encounter at WM21, is a pretty worthy watch.

The Undertaker vs Randy Orton – WrestleMania 21
Match starts off right as Orton doesn’t show much fear, instead showing his ability to not only keep up, but go beyond The Undertaker’s speed & agility. From that point on, Randy gets flashes of momentum, but can never really keep a lead on ‘Taker, continually making brash mistakes instead of taking his time, which works perfectly here. Near the end however, it really gets going with the reversals and near-falls. Earning this match the title of Undertaker’s most underrated match at WM. Chokeslam reversal to RKO was brilliant.
Undertaker reverses Randy’s Tombstone into one of his own for the pin at 14:14 | ***1/2

Wild Card – Review

•March 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Today I thought we’d take a look at DTV Jason Statham release, Wild Card. Statham places Nick, a security specialist and degenerate gambler who lives in Vegas. He has friends all over the town, the town he loves as much as he loathes, and one night one of these friends is brutally assaulted by a Vegas big shot, and she wants him to help her get revenge.

It’s not a high-energy, over-the-top extravaganza you usually get from Statham. It’s a more laid-back type of film, but still features some pretty great pieces of action, along with a lot of other fun scenes and pretty well done characters. It’s only 90 minutes, and definitely worth your time. You can find this bad boy on Hulu. Dig it.

CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan vs Kane – No Way Out 2012

•March 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Talking about Bryan vs Punk the other day reminded me of one of my all time favorite matches, and arguably the best triple threat I’ve ever seen. This was during a time when the WWE was doing great in the main event scene on one hand, with all the Bryan/Punk/AJ Lee stuff, but on the other hand, we had Cena vs Big Show and People Power. Cripes.

Kane vs Daniel Bryan vs CM Punk [C] – WWE Championship
I seriously don’t see the problem with running Punk vs Bryan for a year straight. Cool moment that reminds me of Joe vs AJ vs Daniels where Bryan & Punk take turns kicking Kane, as Bryan screams “Yes!” and Punk screams “No!”. I’ve still got 10 minutes left, and this may be the best triple threat I’ve ever seen. It’s so fluid, there’s never an extended period where a guy lays out side, and two others brawl. Wow. I didn’t type much, because I was completely involved in this
match. One of the most exciting title matches I’ve ever seen. When it was announced that Kane was involved, I remember being really mad, thinking he’d drag them down. But I’m more than happy to admit I was wrong. His power based offense mixed seamlessly with Punk & Bryan’s technical wrestling. Absolutely fantastic.
Punk hits the GTS on Kane for the pin at 18:18 | ****3/4

CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy – TLC for the World Heavyweight Championship

•March 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

With rumors of The Hardys heading back to the WWE, I thought I’d review one of my favorite matches of all time, and one that doesn’t get a lot of love for whatever reason…

CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy [C] – TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Love that they have the promo vid for this match before hand. It’s funny they spend 4 weeks of TV to get people hyped for the match, and to want to buy it, and they
did it for me in just 3 minutes. A little after the match gets started, there’s a brutal spot where Jeff does Air Hardy, only for Punk to catch him and then drop him back first on top of the chair. You could do serious damange I think if that went wrong. Hardy soon bounces back with an awesome spot in which he whips Punk into the stairs, Punk jumps to the top of’em, turns around and leaps at Jeff, only to be met by Jeff swinging a chair like a baseball bat. Later, they both get it in a completely sick superplex in which CM Punk’s spine lands half on the ladder, half not. Jeff’s super swanton was incredible. What a spot. Almost equaled by him refusing medical attention because he wants to stop CM Punk that badly. The look on Punk’s face when he sees Hardy is still coming at him is the stuff that pro-wrestling dreams are made of. Also, the moment where the lights go out, and Undertaker replaces Hardy, that’s easily my favorite Taker moment. That was brilliant. Too bad Punk got jobbed out so hard because he wouldn’t wear a suit.
CM Punk grabs the WHC at 22:40 | ****1/2

CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan – Over The Limit 2012

•March 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Today I thought we’d take a trip back to when CM Punk was a face, months into his WWE Title reign, and seemingly the world was upside side down, as both Punk & Bryan headlined a PPV, in the WWE.

Daniel Bryan vs CM Punk [C] – WWE Championship Match – Over The Limit, May 20th, 2010>
While the’re doing the introductions, there’s a guy holding up a sign that says ‘Yes’ on one side, and ‘Pipe Bomb’ on the other. The second he notices he’s on camera, he drops the sign so he can do Hogan poses. Man, wrestling fans are weird as hell, aren’t they? The match starts off with Punk working Bryan’s knee, and no surprise that Bryan does a Bret Hart level job of selling it. Soon, Bryan gets Punk in one of the sickest submissions I’ve ever seen. He had Punk in a surf-board,
then let go of his arms, grabbed Punk’s chin and pulled him downward until they were face to face, he then followed that up by putting him in a gullutine choke. Awesome stuff.
Dragon Screw Leg Whip! Watch out Mrs. Dusty. Another great moment where they’re both down, and as they get up together, they start working their way to their feet by trading blows. Going from head-butts, to forearms, and finally to kicks. Great stuff. I know the finish isn’t what people were hoping for, but I dug it. It left things open to another bout. Incredible match though.
CM Punk reveres the YES! Lock into a pin at 21:32 | ****3/4

Edge vs Mick Foley – Hardcore Match –

•March 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Edge w/ Lita vs Mick Foley – Hardcore Match – WrestleMania 22
Right from the get go this match showcases how things of this nature should be done. Edge crushes Mick with a few vicious head-shots via cookie-sheets & baseball slides into street-signs. When he tries a spear, he suffers from a Bret Hart inspiration, as Mick had wrapped barbwire around his stomach. This is soon followed by the awesome whipping with the barbwire, and the Cactus-Clothesline on Edge with Lita on his back. After a hell of a bulldog onto the barbwire bat, Edge goes out and gets the thumbtacks, which are always a favorite. He ends up backfirst in the pile, forever earning a his place in the Kingdom of Manliness. After driving the barbwire bat into Edge’s head, we get a fantastic shot of Mick smiling through the blood that’s pouring down his face. Soon after we get one of the greater WM moments when Edge spears Mick through a flaming table, something the WWE audience had never seen, and something perfect for the level of WM. Right after he pins Mick, putting a cap on one of the greatest WM matches of all time, as well as a Top 10 for both Edge & Mick’s careers. It’s so crisp, so well done, delivering perfectly in every aspect. The match only gets better every time I see it. Also, the way Edge looks afterwards is something that has to be seen. You’d think he was about to pass out.
Edge pins Mick after spearing him through a flaming table at 14:36 | ****3/4