We’re firmly on the road to Slammiversary, and Impact have pinned their mast to Aries vs Moose. Time will tell if it was the right call, but at this point it’s hard not to be a little bit disappointed.
The culmination of Kenny Omega’s story. The end of Kazuchika Okada’s run. One of the best tag team matches ever. A street fight between Chris Jericho and Tetsuya Naito. It’s safe to say NJPW Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-Jo Hall was one of the best wrestling shows ever.
King of Gate ended with a whimper. After delivering such a magnificent KOG Finals, the Dream Gate match on this night failed to deliver expectations and felt like a very uncharacteristic performance from both men.
After this week, it was clear that Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan still have a score to settle. Be that at Slammiversary or further down the road, I don’t know. What I do know though, is that Eddie Edwards is unhinged, vengeful and angry, and that’s the sort of man I want as my world champion.
Night 2 of the Honor United Tour was a slight step up from Night 1. The main event (despite the ending) and the two singles matches involving The Briscoes are worth checking out, and are a big reason why I would put this show above the first stop of the tour in Edinburgh.
At six matches in under three hours, Wrestle Queendom is a breeze to watch. The back half of the card is especially strong. More-so than even the match quality, there’s a really great atmosphere throughout the show. There’s several hiccups in the show but overall this was a great first step and very successful showing.
The main event is a must watch, Match of the Year contender with some crazy bumps and a great story to cap off a really good Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Be sure to watch the finals, and the Chaos/Suzuki-gun match if you have time.
I came into this week’s Impact with as much anticipation as I have in a long time and they were found wanting. I’m still firmly all in on the new Callis administration, but they’ve got work to do. Thumbs firmly in the middle on Impact Wrestling’s Under Pressure.
Top to bottom, Best of the Super Juniors Night 13 was a fantastic show, as you’d expect with eight singles matches. Dragon Lee v Desperado is must-watch, Ospreay v Flip was #actuallygood, and there wasn’t a bad match on the card.
The first stop on Ring of Honor’s Honor United Tour was a fine show that had its fair share of ups and downs. I wouldn’t call anything on this card “bad”, but there were a couple of very average matches
I have ventured out into the ocean, in a voyage of discovery, to see the current state of the ark, is it still afloat, and in what condition? I’ve navigated towards A Great Voyage in Niigata, NOAH’s show from April 29, to see what I could find.
Z and E’s victory might seem small in the grand scheme of things and it might amount to little more than footnote in Impact history. I don’t really care. However this story pans out, I know that it brought a smile to my face and brightened up my week. In my book that’s all wrestling should be about.
Even with the changes to the main event, this was a still a relatively good show as a whole. It’s not the best Global Wars/War Of The Worlds event we’ve seen in Toronto, but it was certainly a step up from Night 1 in Lowell.
Dead or Alive was a blast. The last three matches are essential viewing for people that like the DG style, and I would toss the opener into that pile as well. All in all, thumbs up for Dragon Gate’s Dead or Alive 2018.
Scotland’s leading wrestling promotion returned to the iconic Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow last weekend for their fourth-annual ICW Barramania show, headlined by BT Gunn defending the World Heavyweight Title against Mikey Whiplash in a Deathmatch.
NJPW wraps up its Wrestling Dontaku 2018 tour in Fukuoka with the latest, and possibly final, chapter in one of the greatest rivalries of all time between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada. Will Ospreay continues his quest to become the new ace of juniors against KUSHIDA, and the BULLET CLUB explodes.
The top 3 matches from NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2018 were all quite good. The main event was the only truly great match but Cody/Ibushi had elements that I’m sure will contribute to the larger story later on, so I would check that out too if you have time.
There really wasn’t much to NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2018: Night 12 until the final two matches. Goto/Juice absolutely delivered and the main event was a very good contest that served as a nice preview for the two big title matches on May 4th in Fukuoka.
Impact’s first PPV under the new regime, Redemption, can only be considered a success. In avoiding the tropes of most past Impact specials, they managed to produce an excellent three-hour show that was a breeze to watch.
Mardi Graps went off the rails with the Thunderbastard and made a minor comeback with the last two matches. However check out the Ringkampf tag and the Ospreay-Haskins match. They’re both great and the Andrews/Dunne/Flash triple threat is a banging 11 minutes of action too.
An exciting, high-paced main event made up for a somewhat anaemic undercard on the April 23rd NJPW Road to Wrestling Dontaku 2018 show. The main event delivered, and is worth watching along with the Tsuji/Uemura opener.
There’s a beautiful symmetry to the career of Bobby Lashley. WWE-Impact-MMA-Impact-WWE. Yet the man who returned to decimate Elias on the post-Wrestlemania RAW is far from the dull former amateur wrestler from Junction City that washed out of the E in 2008.
I remember reading history books, about things like World War I, and thinking about how literally every decision was the worst possible one that could have been made and lead unequivocally toward disaster. WrestleMania 34 was that.
Impact vs Lucha Underground, a fun concept on paper, ended up producing a really solid outing. There was nothing quite great, although the tag title bout wasn’t far from achieving that status, and only the Scott Steiner/Teddy Hart tag match could be considered bad.
As has become a running theme with the WWN Supershow, a bunch of matches deliver, a few of them are really good, and a few angles are sprinkled in along the way. Will Ospreay vs. Matt Riddle was a special kind of match, the dream matches delivered, and there is a whole lot to be hopeful for in the future of EVOLVE, as the opening six-man tag illustrated. Huge thumbs up for Mercury Rising 2018 – buy this show!
If the main event of TakeOver New Orleans isn’t for you, have a long hard think about whether you’re still a fan of the WWE’s concept of modern wrestling. It’s totally cool if you aren’t, but if this didn’t do anything for you, I’m not sure what else from them will.
EVOLVE 103 got off to a really slow start with the first two matches. Fortunately, the show got much better from that point on with three or four very good matches and a great main event. While EVOLVE 102 was probably the better show overall, EVOLVE 103 still featured a number of matches that are worth checking out.
When this massive weekend in New Orleans is over, I don’t think EVOLVE 102 will stand out as one of the top shows that took place, but it was certainly a relatively easy show to watch from beginning to end. With three fantastic matches and three good matches, you really can’t go wrong.
As the cheesy 80s goodness of Stan Bush’s “Fight to Survive” rang out over the PA system, Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport commenced. The event kicked off the festivities at WrestleMania 34 Weekend with a promise of a unique show, one in which the rules of combat were simple: A match can only end by knockout or submission. Oh, and there were no ropes either.
wXw 16 Carat Gold 2018 Night 2 was a genuine show of the year contender from wXw, with a main event that concluded one of the best long-term stories in European wrestling ever, plus two absolute bangers elsewhere in the show.
Night 1 of 16 Carat Gold 2018 was a very enjoyable show to watch from start to finish. While none of the bouts on the card stood out as being “out of this world” incredible, there wasn’t anything bad to speak of.
Another cracking New Japan Cup 2018 show with two very different cup matches that I would put in the ‘must see’ category, but for varying reasons. This year’s New Japan Cup continues to overachieve, feeling like a mini-G1 in terms of the length and quality of the matches.
As the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament powers on with another strong week of action ahead of WrestleMania, let’s continue our look back at the main catalyst for the resurgence of Cruiserweight wrestling: the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic.
This was another easy show to watch, although not as good as yesterday’s in terms of match quality or commentary. The two New Japan Cup matches are worth a watch, especially if you’re a fan of Lance Archer and Taichi.
Homecoming was without a doubt the best top to bottom show OTT has ever produced. The show had it all. Top class wrestling, matches with stakes and consequences, unforgettable moments… The final four matches all being **** or higher tell you just how much I enjoyed this.
The Thunderbastard is always a fun match. This wasn’t one of the best incarnations of it but there was still a lot of strong storyline work in PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 64 involving Eddie Dennis, Flash Morgan Webster and both TK Cooper and Chris Brookes.
There has been a lot of chatter online regarding the potential future of everybody’s favorite purple and yellow brand (205 Live) following the conclusion of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament.
Night 2 of NJPW/ROH Honor Rising 2018 proved to be about on the same level as Night 1. The Golden Lovers vs. Cody & Marty Scurll was a fantastic main event, and the Triple Threat Match for the ROH World Title was surprisingly great, especially considering that Beretta was nowhere close to 100%.