Survivor Series Thoughts / ROH vs. NXT Battle of San Antonio Update
The next week or so will be filled with events all over the world from WWE Survivor Series to the Battle of San Antonio between NXT and Ring of Honor, NXT TakeOver War Games, Starrcade, World Tag League, and many other events.
We look at the build towards Survivor Series 2017, Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles, the ticket sales for ROH’s San Antonio show and NXT’s San Antonio show, and much more in this news and commentary edition of Rassslin Rantin.
Perhaps in one of the most shocking nights of the year for New Japan, the Power Struggle 2017 event which is the last stop before WrestleKingdom, may be the start of an even bigger push for the company in 2018.
With a main event featuring the amazing encounter between IWGP IC Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi, the U.S. Title defense of Kenny Omega vs. Trent Barreta, Minoru Suzuki and Toru Yano in a bullrope “death match” for the NEVER Open Championship, and the continuation of the saga between Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship, this event had some truly outstanding matches.
Looming over all of this though were the debut and challenges of two wrestlers returning to NJPW. Both Chris Jericho and Jay White made their returns to the company and challenged the secondary champions for title matches at WrestleKingdom 12, lighting the pro wrestling and sports entertainment worlds on fire.
This is our review of a groundbreaking night as we look at NJPW Power Struggle 2017.
While WWE TLC 2017 was hindered in some ways by illness, it may have also helped greatly in providing one of the more unpredictable pay per views of the year.
Following an epic evening of the Shield with Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman’s apparent face turn, and a long awaited encounter between AJ Styles and Finn Balor, Monday Night RAW was equally as chaotic.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman answered the challenge of Jinder Mahal, Shane McMahon lead a Smackdown invasion, Asuka debuted on both shows, and we had some questionable commentary (albeit funny) from Booker T.
On a weekend of big events, New Japan Pro Wrestling hosted it’s annual King of Pro Wrestling show which featured a main event for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship between Kazuchika Okada and EVIL.
In addition, Tetsuya Naito defending his contract for the main event slot at WrestleKingdom 12 against a man who has had his number this year, Tomohiro Ishii. KUSHIDA and Will Ospreay have a Match of the Year caliber performance for the Junior Heavyweight championship, Bullet Club meets Chaos in a six man tag, the debut of Roppongi 3k, and much more.
This is our review and reaction to the King of Pro Wrestling show from New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens compete in a brutal and risky Hell in a Cell match, Shinsuke Nakamura attempts once again to win the WWE World Championship from Jinder Mahal, the Usos and the New Day continues their feud, and much more.
WWE’s Smackdown exclusive pay per view Hell in a Cell was a mixed bag of some really good stuff and some really bad stuff. We review the show, the fallout, give commentary, and much more.
Two of the biggest hyped matches of the year ended in somewhat of a disappointing fashion for some fans at WWE No Mercy 2017.
John Cena and Roman Reigns battled in a match of two of the most disliked wrestlers in modern history. In addition, Braun Strowman vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship left a lot to be desired as well.
The women’s title match featuring Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Emma, and Nia Jax proved to be pretty good and Cesaro lost his front teeth during the tag team championship match.
We also discuss spamming finishers and why it’s a cheap way to have a “good” match.
While the news came out about WWE bringing back Starrcade, not as a pay per view but as it’s original concept of a giant Thanksgiving night show in Greensboro, NC at the Coliseum, many have misreported the history of the event.
While this is a great move by WWE, the reasons why this is happening and when it’s happening haven’t been covered by many on YouTube so of course we’ll help fill in a few blanks.
The last few years of Summer Slam haven’t been all that great but 2017 proved to be a step up from the prior year.
With Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe headlining with a crazy Fatal 4Way match, Shinsuke Nakamura challenging Jinder Mahal for the WWE World Championship, and an undercard that had some decent matches and some really terrible ones, this year’s edition was a mixed bag.
Kizuna Road 2017 kicks off with an excellent six man tag team match between NEVER Open Six Man Tag Champions Los Ingobernables (BUSHI, SANADA, and EVIL) vs. Taguchi Japan (Taguchi, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA) in an entertaining and fast paced encounter.
Jinder Mahal defended his WWE Championship against former champion Randy Orton in his hometown and in front of his father, the Smackdown Women’s Division had the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank match, and we got a new debut of talent for the SDLive roster at the WWE Network’s Money in the Bank 2017 event.
This is our review of the highs and lows of a decent event from World Wrestling Entertainment. Some controversy, two solid matches, and the establishment of legit heels in high positions highlighted this card.