We look at the main event of this week’s WWE Monday Night RAW. Featuring Seth Rollins and Finn Balor, the match was one of the better on the weekly shows and also had quite a bit of storyline told within the match itself.
Here is our review of New Japan’s WrestleKingdom 12 event from the Tokyo Dome on January 4th.
Featuring 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.
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.
The much famed creation of Dusty Rhodes for Jim Crockett Promotions back in the 1980s was revisited as NXT presented TakeOver: War Games.
Featuring 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.
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.
This is our review and reaction to WWE No Mercy.
Over the month of September New Japan’s Destruction Tour took place in several cities in the Land of the Rising Sun, capping off with a U.S. Championship title defense of Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson.
Also on the tour: Hiroshi Tanahashi defended the IC Title vs. Zack Sabre Jr, KUSHIDA and Desperado had a killer Junior Heavyweight Championship match, and the IWGP Tag Titles were defended three times in triple threat matches between Guerrillas Of Destiny, The Killer Elite Squad, and the defending champs War Machine.
While the tour didn’t start off with a bang, we got some pretty quality matches in the stretch with KUSHIDA, Omega, Robinson and others.