Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WWE SD 9-19-17

The Vince-KO promo is recapped before Shane comes out and promises vengeance. Aiden English has a back and forth match with five billion time World Champion Randy Orton. RKO ends it. Rusev wants a rematch from Summerslam, and a superkick ends it. Jinder says words and Nakamura says he'll be champion. Don't care. AJ is out to face Corbin, but Tye beats up Baron. AJ locks on the calf killer and maybe that was a match. We get some terrible skit with Charlotte, Tamina, Noami, Nattie, and Becky and Bryan says that the winner of a match tonight faces Nattie at HIAC. New Day beat the Hype Bros. Dolph does more intros of other, bigger stars and Owens is pissed VIA SATELLITE. Charlotte wins this and will hopefully win the title - it matches her gear.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WWE SD 9-12-17

KO comes out to insult Shane, WWE, the clones, before Dolph comes out as Shane. Bryan comes out and tells him that Vince will be here later. Tye gets beaten by AJ in a pretty good little match. Baron jumps AJ and will seemingly face him at HIAC. Rusev talks about going home to be with those who love him - but he wasn't greeted with open arms. Jinder comes out for Photoshop comedy with Nakamura. Jinder says he looks constipated and then they mock his mannerisms. Well, that killed time. KO tells Sami he'll kick him off his show.


New Day beats Usos in a pretty damn fun street fight. Usos really shined brightly here, and New Day gets yet another tag title run. Nattie beats Naomi, and KO tells Aiden he likes his singing and he'll need an intro for the Kevin Owens Show. Dolph does Bayley's and Warriors intros. Shelton is out in new black, gold, and white gear that looks awesome with Gable. They beat the Hype Bros. in impressive fashion. Vince comes out and makes KO a made man just being in the ring with him. Then he lets KO shoot headbutt him, resulting in a giant bruise on KO's head and Vince being split open. In a post-Shibata world, this is just stupid. Vince gets superkicked, frog splashed, and Steph makes her TV return telling KO to leave. This was just out of this world on several levels.

Mae Young Classic 2017 Finals

Shayna is hyped up a ton in the pre-show video package, which is a bit surprising. HHH and Steph hype up the MYC before the red carpet stuff. KHARMA RETURNS TO WWE TV...thanks to GLOW. Wrestling is weird. Lita and JR are here live and we get a long hype video for Shayna before one for Kairi. Kairi is so great.
Shayna slaps hands off a handshake attempt, but gives her a clean break in the ropes. Kairi gets grounded and pounded, but turns both an armbar and RNC into cradles for 2. Love Shayna tripping her up off a bridge to kick her spine. WHY ARE THEY TURNING THE LIGHTS OFF ON THE CROWD FOR THIS!? Of all things to retain from the MYC presentation, that isn't one they need to keep. Shayna kicks the shit out of her arm and Kairi sells it like she just can't move it. Shayna hits a big running knee after mangling the arm on the mat.

Kairi recovers and gets her in the corner, but she misses the walk the plank sliding elbow. Shayna locks on the rear naked SLEEPER because it can't be a choke, and Kairi attacks the ribs. Shayna eats a backfist and goes up for the Insane Elbow, but Shayna mafia kicks her down. KIMURA UP TOP! HEADBUTT AND AN ALBERTO DOUBLE STOMP TO SHAYNA GETS 2. Sliding forearm to the ribs hits and the INSANE ELBOW WINS IT!

They hug while Lita talks about this being A MOMENT. Steph, HHH, and Sara Amato present Kairi with flowers and the trophy. HHH puts her over and why not just have him be a face? Babyface NXT HHH is great - megalomaniac heel HHH is done.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Mae Young Classic Episode 8 Recap

Tonight features the semi-finals of the tournament, with Kairi Sane facing Toni Storm and Shayna facing Mercedes Martinez. Shayna talks about exploiting weaknesses while Mercedes says she'll teach her a lesson. Mercedes hits a nasty corner chop and dominates before eating a corner knee. Shayna eats a pair of nasty Saito suplexes and Mercedes goes for the buster, but Shayna gets the falcon arrow RNC! Shayna gets flowers from Steph, because of course she has to be in this.


Kairi and Toni feel each other out while Shayna watches backstage. KAIRI HITS A CRAZY CROSSBODY OFF THE TOP TO THE FLOOR AND BONKS THE STEEL! Hip attacks by Toni, BUT KAIRI SPEARS HER! Toni counters the flying elbow by catching her up top and hits a fisherman buster for 2. Ciampa's armbar is locked on by Toni, but Kairi escapes. Legdrop off the top to the back hurts them both. Kairi locks on a wacky scorpion and then elbows the spine. KAIRI HITS THE ELBOW AND WINS IT! Kairi faces Shayna in the finals. Steph and HHH put Kairi over and she stares down Shayna.

Mae Young Classic Episode 7 Recap

Abbey Laith and Mercedes Martinez's tourney history is shown before the card rundown. Kairi faces Dakota, Piper faces Toni Storm, and Abbey faces Mercedes in the opener. They have a fun match here, but it's a bit sloppy. Abbey sorta hits a flying crossbody off the top to the ramp for 2. Mercedes avoids the Alligator Clutch and wins with the fisherman buster. Candice comes out to face Shayna and gets a bit of an edge by dodging a kick and crotching Shayns. Candice hits a suicide dive into a DDT! Arm trapped crossface is on! Shayna picks her up and sideslams her. Candice gets her up, but the swinging neckbreaker is countered into a smooth RNC FOR THE WIN!


Piper faces Toni and we get a shockingly technical match here. Piper dominates a bit with the size and gets a splash for 2. PIPER DRIVER GETS 2.5! Piper goes up, but EATS A GERMAN! Legdrop off the top ends it! We get a terribly-acted Horsewomen vs. Horsewomen skit and get a rundown of Sane vs. Kai. Ross talks about how Kairi was so popular in Stardom, and Dakota actually dominates. Machine gun chops and a big knee gets 2 for Dakota. Kairi knocks her loopy with a backfist and they fight up top. Dakota knocks her down into a double stomp position, but it misses. Kairi's hesitation forearm doesn't - ditto the sliding forearm. Dakota high kicks her down, but a high knee misses. Alabama slam hits as does the elbow to end it!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mae Young Classic Episode 6

Shayna faces Mia, Candice faces Nicole Savoy, and Toni Storm faces Lacey Evans. Toni says she feels bad for Lacey's neck already - awesome line. Toni boots her down hard and hip attacks are met with a schoolgirl for 2. Lacey eats a backstabber out of the corner and a hip attack. Strong Zero hits and ends it. Mia and Shayna's video makes it impossible to root against either of them. Shayna poses next to WWE's horsewomen, who flash the fingers. Ross talks about there being two sets of horsewomen.


Shayna lands a bunch of kicks, but Mia lands a running rana. Mia lands a suicide dive, but SHAYNA GETS A KARELIN LIFT FOR 2. Shayna hits a rising knee for 2 and locks on an ankle lock after countering a deadlift German. Mia hits a Liger bomb for 2 and goes for a 450, but gets locked into an RNC! Shayna wins and celebrates with her crew before staring down the WWE chicks.


Rhea Ripley faces Dakota Kai, and TEAM KICK starts off strong with a kick to the back. Rhea goes for the full nelson slam, but Dakota hits a Pele kick. Dakota hits the wacky Alberto double stomp to win it. Candice LeRae is up for the main event against Savoy. Candice locks on some wacky submissions. Candice wins it with Ms. LeRae's Wild Ride and she hugs Johnny. Good to see her move on and do so well here.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

WWE SD 9-5-17

Orton and Nakamura cut bad promos one each other to hype up the main event. Carmella and Ellsworth are mid-ring before KO comes down and bullies the ref. Shane and KO brawl before Bryan comes down to cool him down. KO tells Bryan that he'll sue the company and take SD down. Nattie cradles and beats Carmella. Carmella buries Ellsworth and breaks up with him. Dolph comes down and looks to be maybe 210 pounds. He does a Cena parody, a Savage parody, one for Naomi, and then buries the crowd. Okay, this is stupid. English beats Sami in another match. What in the fuck.


Bryan and Shane are out and Bryan says that Vince said that Shane is indefinitely suspended as commissioner. Well, they've run through a month of angles with this. Baron beats Tye with the end of days. Carmella makes out with Ellsworth backstage and then slaps him. Whatever. Orton and Nakamura have a glacial match that Nak wins with the kinshasa. Vince is coming back next week and three titles matches will happen too. All right - well this show sucked.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mae Young Classic Episode 4 Recap

Kairi Sane vs. Tessa Blanchard is the showcase match tonight. Renee Michelle vs. Candice LaRae is hyped up, with Renee just being nothing here. Candice says she's a high-risk wrestlers, says she's getting no help due to her husband being here and gets a super-happy theme. Candice darts around and is using speed to get an edge. The Wild Ride ends it.



Lacey Evans is hyped up and she says she's a wife, mother, and SWAT TEAM MEMBER. So yeah, don't fuck with her. Taynara Conti is from Rio and looks stunning. She comes down in a gi while Lacey has her flag and gives it to her daughter. They have a really sloppy match and Lace wins with the Omori driver.
Reina Gonzalez's father is shown as a job guy while Nicole Savoy's power is showcased. Reina is apparently living her father's dream here. Reina taps to a cross armbreaker. This leads to JR talking about Ronda while Lita talks about Kairi. Ross talks about knowing Tessa's grandfather. Tessa is shown via NXT clips, while Kairi is shown with training footage. Kairi has a really epic theme and looks awesome in her pirate garb.
These two are just awesome together. Tessa hits a crazy second-rope codebreaker and gets the abdominal stretch. Kairi sends her down in the corner and WALKS THE PLANK BEFORE A SLIDING ELBOW. Kairi lands the gorgeous forearm blast off the top for 2. Octopus is locked on and she gets an Alabama slam before HITTING THE FLYING ELBOW! This was a lot of fun.

Mae Young Classic Episode 3 Recap

Toni Storm gets an awesome highlight video. Santana Garrett is hyped up as WWE's Wonder Woman - so I guess she's signed. Toni Storm gets a longer showcase and her hat makes her instantly look awesome. "I'm sorry in advance for the damage I'll be causing you." Aisha Taylor is a powerflifter. Toni hits a bunch of hip attacks before slapping her ass. Storm wins with a cradle.

Kavita Devi is highlighted as the first Indian woman in a WWE ring. THE GREAT KHALI HAS TAUGHT US EVERYTHING. OH GOD NO! Dakota Kai is shown off with Shimmer footage. She hits hard with strikes. Kavita dominates with power, but Dakota takes her out with a double stomp off the top. This was sloppy, but Dakota looked good. Rock's female side of the family is shown, including his ex-wife Dany and Nia Jax.


Sage Beckett is hyped up as a world warrior while Bianca Belair is...still really unpolished. Holy Jesus is this sloppy and bad. These two are just not good together and Belair just isn't ready for WWE at all. Bianca of course wins with a spear. Santana Garrett is hyped up while Piper Niven definitely has a star presence and comes off like the monster they want Nia to be. Piper wins with a Michinoku driver in a good-ish match that really never gets out of first gear.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

SNME 5-27-89 - Big Bossman vs. Hulk Hogan

 

I loved seeing the Hogan-Bossman cage match in clipped form on a Coliseum Video I had as a kid - so what the heck, let's see it in pristine quality in full. Hogan starts off with a coked-up promo behind a cage - simple and effective. Vince hypes up the WWF Title match tonight and says three titles will be on the line. Demolition faces the Brainbusters and Rude defends against Duggan. Heenan is shown helping Rude win the title leading to an amazing Gene, Bobby, and Rude promo. Gene is sarcastically irate and always brings up how the title win is tarnished and how he MIGHT JUST LOSE IT TO DUGGAN tonight.
Rude has a replacement theme and Gene cuts a promo with King Duggan. Gene says it's memorial day, so Duggan could win the title for America. Duggan is um...let's just say that Eugene's gimmick was definitely a bit more Duggan in '89 than I remember.Duggan says that the IC belt shouldn't be worn over fancy pants and he thinks he's a bit...pink, BUT BY GOLLY, DUGGAN IS A REAL MAN! He carries his wood in one hand and umm...yeah nothing odd about that at all.

Aloha Arn off a sunset flip leads to a GIANT punch. Duggan actually hits a sloppy piledriver for 2.5, but Rude gets the foot on the rope. Haku comes down to get revenge on Duggan, but gets stopped and it leads to a break. Rude lands some knees and punches, but the three point stance clothesline sends him out for a ten count - so Duggan wins on Memorial Day, but doesn't win the title. Well, if you're going to book yourself into a corner having a babyface promise victory for dead soldiers, but can't have him as champ - this is as good a way as any to do it.
Gene talks to Neidhart about facing Savage tonight. Jim says he hates Randy for how he treated Liz and he might be able to push some guys around - but he can't push The Anvil around. I love hims saying that if you want Hogan's belt, you have to go through him - it makes the babyfaces all seem like a united front and actually makes him come off like a somewhat top-level guy. Jim comes out and Vince says he doesn't think Randy can beat him. Jesse interviews Randy, who badmouths Liz. They go on and on about how this is a true test - so hey, if you're going to make a mid-card guy seem like a bigger deal, this is how you do it.

Randy is in green and yellow eyesore gear. Anvil dominates with power and hits the flattener for 2. Randy gets caught in the ropes and Jim attacks, so Sherri removes him and Jim misses a charge. Randy hits the double sledge off the top to the guardrail, tosses him in and wins with the elbow. Good stuff - Randy looked strong and that's the main goal. It's amazing how much better "have to earn a title shot" is compared to "HERE'S YOUR AUTOMATIC REMATCH".
Jesse interviews Slick about how he was able to get Bossman the first shot at Hogan and Bossman says Hogan's gonna serve hard time. Slick says he's a showman and they've got first-row seats for showtime. Bossman coming out to Slick's theme is never not weird - but you do have to enjoy the cop gimmick being paired with the pimp. Zeus comes out and they shoot him like he's five billion feet tall before showing the SNME graphic for the match.

 
Hogan comes down and slaps hands, possibly wearing the Winged Eagle for the first time on national TV before just happening to spot Zeus. They get this awesome shot of a staredown and for live TV, it's amazing how well they were able to shoot all of this. Zeus looks so much bigger than Hogan here - it's a great example of smoke and mirrors making the act work. Jesse says THIS AIN'T THE MOVIES, Zeus clubs him and kicks him before Bossman dominates.

Bossman punches away, but eats a lariat. Bossman sends him down and gets a splash. Bossman hits a light spinebuster and goes up top. Hogan grabs him through the bars and then hits the superplex off the top of "the cage", which is technically correct. Bossman was on the top of the cage, while Hogan was on the top rope - so it wasn't all that dangerous compared to a normal top rope superplex.


They milk this perfectly - with Hebner coming in because both guys are out. He gets to eight and HOGAN DOES THE TAKER SITUP! Hogan tries to get to the door, but Bossman uses a chain to choke him out. They punch away and then double bonk their heads into the cage. Hogan slams him into the cage and Slick comes in to prevent an escape. Slick gets beaten up and then crotches Bossman for a hilarious sell. Hogan beats up Slick and Jesse points out that he's a coward for beating up a small manager and now he's beating up Bossman after he's handcuffed. Hogan wins and Jeese is outraged.
The match ends and the brawl continues. Jesse is outraged over this for not being content to just win and then tosses Slick into the cage. Hogan plays around with Bossman's baton and puts on Slick's cap to pose. Vince happens to mention that the tag title match is up too. Oh yeah, that thing. Well, the show has definitely peaked with this.
 
I like that for the graphics, the Demos have hair missing from the chroma key. Heenan is interviewed with the Busters, who have a great logo. Arn says the belts are theirs - and all they have to do is pick 'em up. Demos yell about winning tonight, and Gene says this is what wrestling is all about. Arn acts the glue for this thankfully and the Demos stick to a power game before all Hell breaks loose and it's a double DQ.

Savage cuts an intense promo on Hogan before Snuka comes out to face Boris Zhukov. Snuka wins it with a superfly dive and Hogan cuts a promo with Gene. Hogan says that before the movie shoot, Zeus gave him issues, which continued throughout it and happened tonight too. Hogan says he can't wait for the little and big Hulkamaniacs to see him in No  Holds Barred. And then Vince and Jesse drag things out more with rambling.