WrestleMania 23 Two’fer

•March 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Greetings, beautiful people.

One match just isn’t doing it these days, so I thought we’d start bumping it up, and I’d start taking a look at WrestleMania’s, since it happens to be the season. So, for the foreseeable future, I’m going to pluck two of my favorites from a random WrestleMania. Today, it’s WrestleMania 23, the first wrestling show I bought after a 7 year absence.

Batista [C] vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania 23
I love how Batista doesn’t waste time with any formalities, the second the bell rings he tackles ‘Taker and doesn’t let up, including a flying shoulder tackle from the top rope, which he’s never done, again showing how little he’s fucking around. When ‘Taker gets his shot, he doesn’t play around either, hitting him with one of my favorites, the Snake-Eyes/Running Boot combo, and the Big Dive. They get outside, and we see Batista crush ‘Take with a running powerslam through a table, which is an awesome spot. Once they get back in, it’s straight back & forth action, with no slouch. It’s just some fantastic business, with my only complaint being that Undertaker seemed to bounce back after the spear & Batista Bomb combo just a little too quickly. Beyond that, it’s a hell of a match that I absolutely love, just some great meat & potatoes wrestling that had two wrestlers saying “Fuck you” for them being placed on in the middle of the card, and people thinking it wasn’t going to deliver.
The Undertaker defeats Batista with The Tombstone at 15:51 | ****1/2

John Cena [C] vs Shawn Michaels
They do a number in the beginning I like where Cena throws massive haymakers, only for Shawn to avoid them and strike John down with some quick jabs & chops, showing Shawn’s speed overcoming Cena’s power. Soon after he hip tosses John to the outside, which is a hell of a bump, followed by hitting him with the springboard moonsault. These goes on to put on one of the more underrated classics, as they go to war. Both men bleed, and both pull out all the stops as they twist & turn around each other’s offense & defense. Prime example is when Cena goes for the FU, only for Shawn to reverse into the Superkick, which Cena reverses into the STF, which Shawn kicks out of, Cena tries again, Shawn kicks out, Cena tries again, only for Shawn to roll him up. Fantastic stuff. In the end though, Cena does get the STF on in the middle of the ring, causing Shawn to tap out after one hell of a fucking match.
John Cena taps out Shawn Michaels at 29:07 | *****


Edge [C] vs The Undertaker – WrestleMania 24

•March 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The Undertaker vs. Edge [C] – World Heavyweight Championship
Edge starts off by shoving The Undertaker, to blatantly show he doesn’t fear him. That was something I always liked about Edge within this feud, he wasn’t afraid. It was different. ‘Taker gets a bit of a lead, but being over-zealous sends him crashing to the outside, at which point Edge takes complete advantage and dominates for a while until he aims to leap off the top rope but ‘Taker sends him crashing to the outside as he previously had, hell of a bump. Once he’s back in, neither of them can hold on to momentum for long, as they go on to give one of the best wrestling matches ever. Edge went full tilt, countering everything from chokelsams to the Old-School, giving The Dead Man a receipt for all of it. Undertaker himself had an answer for everything Edge had as well, from submissions to spears. They had the fans on this one, where at first people thought no way was Edge winning, but then he just kept kicking out and reversing ‘Taker’s best. Awesome stuff, and they went on to have classic after classic. One of the best matches I’ve ever seen.
Edge taps out to Hell’s Gate at 23:50 | *****

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 | *****

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