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NJPW Power Struggle 2017 Review


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.

Tanahashi vs. IbushiWith 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.

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.

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.

NJPW Destruction Tour 2017 Review

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.

Lucha Underground Cueto Cup Finals Review

Despite all the controversy behind the scenes at Lucha Underground, the Cueto Cup came to a dramatic conclusion this week featuring Prince Puma against Pentagon Dark.

Also, in the main event, the long awaited match between Johnny Mundo and Rey Mysterio, Jr. for Mundo’s Lucha Underground Championship saw a lot of surprise faces get involved.

We also discuss some of the backstage issues with LU and the future of the promotion and a possible Season 4.

WWE Summer Slam 2017 Review


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.

This is our review of WWE Summer Slam 2017.

NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III Review

After a few less-than-awesome NXT TakeOver’s, the “developmental” brand of WWE comes back with a spectacular show for NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III.

Ember Moon challenges Auska for the NXT Women's ChampionshipFeaturing a NXT Championship match between Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre, a Match of the Year contender between Asuka and Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship, and a few other stand out matches on the night, the biggest surprise came with the emergence of former Ring of Honor stars.

Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish reunited as reDRagon to attack the tag division and aid former member of The Elite, Adam Cole, as he made his intentions clear to go after the NXT Championship.

We also had surprise commentary from Jim Ross and Corey Graves.

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Nights 5 Through 8 REVIEW


The middle part of the G1 Climax 27 is heating up with the shape of the tournament finals beginning to become clearer.

Hiromu Suzuki applies armbarKazuchika Okada is running away with the B-Block while Minoru Suzuki suffers an upset loss to EVIL. Yuji Nagata and Satori Kojima continue to be without wins as the legends start to show their age.

We cover the major matches from this past week, look forward to a big weekend that will feature Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii. We also look at the comedy of Toru Yano and it’s value to the G1 Climax tournament and New Japan.