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NJPW WrestleKingdom 12 Review

Here is our review of New Japan’s WrestleKingdom 12 event from the Tokyo Dome on January 4th.

Kazuchika Okada victorious at WrestleKingdom 12Featuring the main event between IWGP World Champion Kazuchika Okada and G1 Climax 27 winner Tetsuya Naito, a grudge match for the U.S. Championship between Kenny Omega and WWE star Chris Jericho, and the IC Championship defended by Hiroshi Tanahashi against returning star “Switchblade” Jay White, the show offered a stacked card from top to bottom.

While there were some hiccups and issues here and there, it was overall one of the better shows you’ll see all year. With a reportedly record crowd at the Tokyo Dome, this one is a must see.

New Japan Explained: Wrestle Kingdom 12 Preview

This part of our New Japan Explained series looks at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and the importance of the event.

Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega Wrestle Kingdom 12New Japan has grown over the last twelve months since WrestleKingdom 11 and now the fruits of all that labor will be realized. Tetsuya Naito looks to avenge his five year humiliation in the main event against the longest reigning IWGP World Champion in history Kazuchika Okada. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho battle in a cross-promotional match labeled Alpha vs. Omega in a no disqualification brawl. Jay White returns from excursion to challenge Hiroshi Tanhahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

With tons of other matches on the card, it is the second biggest pro wrestling pay per view of the year and will be the start of a new era in NJPW.

NWA Starrcade ’86: The Sky-Walkers Retrospective

We close out our 1986 Retrospective review of old school wrestling with Starrcade 1986: The Sky-Walkers.

The Midnight Express vs. The Road Warriors at Starrcade 1986Featuring a main event between Ric Flair and Nikita Koloff for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the Sky-Walkers scaffold match between The Road Warriors and The Midnight Express, a Louisville Street Fight with Ronnie Garvin vs. Big Bubba Rodgers, a First Blood Match between Dusty Rhodes and Tully Blanchard, and The Andersons (aka Minnesota Wrecking Crew) vs. NWA Tag Team Champions The Rock ‘N Roll Express, this was one of the most stacked cards in the early days of Starrcade.

The event was not without it’s issues. Most noteable is the exclusion of one of Jim Crockett Promotion’s fastest rising stars Magnum TA who was sidelined with a career ending car crash a few months before the event, changing the plans Crockett had for the future going into 1987.

This is our retrospecitve review of the Thanksgiving night tradition.

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Review

While most of the card was good, the finale of the 2017 edition of Survivor Series reverted back to some questionable storyline choices.

On a card featuring an excellent six man tag match between The Shield and The New Day, The Bar vs. The Usos, and a rather strong middle card, it looked like Survivor Series was going to be a hit.

Then, the two main events came.

While AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar was not a bad match, it was hardly the best effort by the Universal Champion. The five man traditional Survivor Series match started out promising but we soon found ourselves back in McMahon corporate storyline territory which no one, including Braun Strowman, seemed to be too happy about.

NXT TakeOver: War Games REVIEW

The much famed creation of Dusty Rhodes for Jim Crockett Promotions back in the 1980s was revisited as NXT presented TakeOver: War Games.

Andrade Cien Almas wins NXT ChampionshipFeaturing a few surprises, especially in the championship matches, a hotly contested undercard match between Velveteen Dream and Aleister Black, and the new spin on War Games, this event was solid on many levels.

However, the new version of War Games had more in common with TNA’s Lethal Lockdown than the NWA/WCW’s versions of War Games. We review the match, Adam Cole and The Undisputed Era’s victory, Ember Moon’s title win, Cien Almas’ upset, and much more in our review and commentary of the latest TakeOver pay per view on WWE Network.

WWE TLC 2017 and Monday Night RAW Review

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.

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman answer Jinder Mahal's challengeFollowing 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.

WWE TLC 2017 Shakeup: Wyatt, Dallas & Reigns OUT, Styles & Angle IN

Due to a viral meningitis outbreak involving Bo Dallas, Bray Wyatt, and Roman Reigns, WWE has drastically changed plans for this Sunday’s TLC RAW exclusive pay per view on the WWE Network.

Instead, Kurt Angle makes his long awaited return to the ring in place of Reigns while the Bullet Club leader match that hardcore fans have been waiting for in WWE for over a year will now happen (with no build) between original leader Finn Balor (aka Prince Devitt) and the 2nd unofficial leader “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles.

We examine these changes, what it means for the card, and the good and bad of giving away two highly anticipated in-ring performances with no build whatsoever.

NJPW King of Pro Wrestling 2017 REVIEW

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.

Tetsuya Naito and Kazuchika Okada confront one another before Wrestle Kingdom 12In 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.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Review

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.

WWE No Mercy 2017 Review (Spamming Finishers 101)

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 vs. Roman Reigns at No Mercy 2017John 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.

This is our review and reaction to WWE No Mercy.