Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Book Update

I got the proof copies of my upcoming book; Limitless Wrestling: The First Five Years from Amazon and having them in hand makes it so real.  I must say I'm extremely happy with how they came out.  The margins look good, the photos look great and it's so big!

I've made some edits already and got some positive feedback from those that have had a chance to look at it.  I got a copy to Randy Carver, Limitless owner, and he seems to really dig it.  He's going to give it a good look through and check it for some accuracy.  

I'm still debating what I'm going to charge for the book.  If I want to see it on the extended marketplace with Amazon I have to charge a certain amount for it.  I'll probably charge a bit less in person that Amazon.  I've thought about printing some copies in color on premium paper but the cost of printing is over $30 and Amazon won't let me sell them in their store for less than $50.  I'm not sure if it's worth it.

Anyhow I've very excited to be closer to finishing this project and am very excited to see what others have to say or if they'll sell well.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Signed Trading Cards Steve Armstrong, Dana Brooke, Italian Stallion, & Jay Lethal

This set feature some recent through the mail success that I have had.

Steve Armstrong

I mailed these cards to Mr. Armstrong on March 2, 2021 and got them back on March 11, 2021.  They are all from the 1991 WCW Impel Set, one the card with Tracy Smothers I got signed many, many years ago.  

Dana Brooke

I mailed these cards on February 22, 2021 and got them back on March 5, 2021.  I didn't realize it until I got them back that both cards feature her in the same gear.  The card on the left is from the 2016 Slam Attack series and the card on the right is from the 2017 WWE Topps set.

Italian Stallion

These two cards are from the 1988 NWA Wonderama card set.  These cards are from the set I love getting signed the most.  I mailed these on February 22, 2021 and got them back on March 4, 2021.  

Jay Lethal

I mailed these cards to Mr. Lethal on March 1, 2021 and got them back on March 15, 2021. The card on the left is from the 2009 TNA Tristar card set the one on the right is from the 2018 All In

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Thursday, April 1, 2021


Hello everyone, the reason I have not published in the last couple of weeks is for a few reason.  I did a big final push on my Limitless Wrestling book finished sections, formatting the pages, spacing the book out, adding photo's and designing the cover.

It only took a sentence to describe what I did, but believe me it was not quick and easy, there was so much work to do!  However, the proof copies have been ordered and I should have them in a few days so I can inspect them.  I'm afraid that I'm not going to be happy with them but I guess I'll find out.

The intention the whole time was for the book to be in black and white, it's more cost effective, however I am considering doing a full color print run, the printing price is literally five times as much, but I feel like it will be gorgeous!

I did go to a wrestling show last Friday, March 26th, and I will get around to writing about it.  I also started my new job which now has me in the office five days a week instead of working from home most days.

I have some partially finish posts in the wings and I'll be finishing them up soon.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

The WWF Invades the Omni

Back in the 1980's when the then WWF broke the territory rules and started expanding they went right to the strong holds of all their opposition.  It began in December 1983 when the WWF took over the high rated Wrestling At the Chase program from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.  Sam Mushnick's St. Louis Wrestling Club had been the heart of the NWA: National Wrestling Alliance, running the Chase Hotel from 1959 until the McMahon takeover.

Known as Black Saturday to wrestling fans, on July 14, 1984 Vince McMahon and the WWF took over Georgia Championship Wrestling and the much beloved TBS World Championship Wrestling program. 

However to many the WWF's real blow in the soul of the Southern Wrestling traditionalist was when the WWF promoted a show at the Omni in Atlanta.  If you ask Arn Anderson to him the greatest wrestling venue in the world was not Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.  That is where he grew up watching wrestling and that's where all the biggest matches took place.

On August 25, 1984 in front of over 9,000 fans the WWF made their debut at the venue just four days after an NWA card was held at the arena.  The main event that night featured WWF World Champion: Hulk Hogan defeated "Dr. D" David Schultz.

Also on the card Andre The Giant won a battle royal, Big John Studd defeated Tiger Chung Lee, The Junk Yard Dog beat George 'The Animal" Steele, Nikolai Volkoff pinned Rocky Johnson, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff bested SD Jones, Les Thornton and Bob Orton Jr. fought to a draw, Andre The Giant pinned the Spoiler, The Iron Sheik beat Sgt. Slaughter by Disqualification and Women's Champion: Wendi Richter retained against The Fabulous Moolah.

The WWF would return in October and November and even ran the venue on Christmas Night.  They ran regularly in the first half of 1985 but didn't return to the venue for 2.5 years until October 1987.  The venue remained an NWA strong hold with Jim Crockett promotions and later World Championship Wrestling.  The venue hosted such super cards as The Last Battle of Atlanta, Starrcade 1985 & Starrcade 1986, the Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling Superstars on the Superstation, Great American Bash tour stops, WCW Television tapings, Starrcade 1989, Starrcade 1992, Slamboree 1993 and WCW Monday Nitro.  

WWF ran their last show in 1992 and WCW ran the last wrestling event in the venue, a Monday Nitro on March 3, 1997.   The building was torn down and replaced by what is now called the State Farm Arena.  WCW ran Nitro here, WWE would running many PPV events at the State Farm Arena including Backlash 2007 and Royal Rumble 2010.  The NWA held their 60th Anniversary event at the arena on June 6, 2008 which was main evented by The Rock n' Roll Express defeating the Midnight Express.  

The most recent wrestling event at the venue was on February 19, 2020 when AEW: All Elite Wrestling held Dynamite with Cody Rhodes defeated Wardlow in AEW's first Steel Cage match.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Signed Trading Card: Limitless Wrestling

On Friday February 26th I attended the Limitless Dojo Student Showcase and I managed to get 10 cards from the Limitless Wrestling Series 3 card set signed.  The rule is, if they make a card and you can get it signed, you get it signed.  You can read my report of the show here.

These first three consists of Maine Street Posse members past and current.  I didn't get the complete set of Series 3 and was only able to buy a few packs, which is why I don't have a solo signed DangerKid card.

From left to right you are looking at Aiden Aggro, MSP: Aggro and Kid, and the "Beautiful Bald Bastard of Bangor" Alexander Lee.

The next three consist of Impact Wrestling's Acey Baby Ace Romero and the first trading cards of senior referee Eric Greenleaf and The Prize City OG Alec Price!

This final set of four are all listed as Rookie cards for Dojo Students "Belfast Bulldog" Dave Dyer, "Main Attraction" Mac Daniels, "Dweller of the Depths" Dylan Nix and Jacob Drifter.  

You can order these cards on the Limitless Wrestling website when they are in stock, they tend to sell out very fast. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Limitless Dojo Student Showcase 2/26/2020

For the first time in 2021 and in six months I ventured out to a live pro wrestling event!   Friday February 20, 2021 The Limitless Wrestling presented a Student Showcase at Ronco's Sports Bar & Grill in Brewer, Maine.

Mikey joined Canaan and I on the ride up to north to go to the show.  We stopped at Roy's work to drop off some old wrestling VHS tapes of mine that Roy is going to clean and digitally covert for me.  After we grabbed some dinner at my favorite Bangor spot Chick-fil-A. We checked out Target and Mikey added a couple figures to his collection.  Then headed to the venue.

The matches took place on the second floor of Ronco's and was a decent sized building.  I can't speak about other wrestling shows that have happened since the pandemic started, however last night I felt they did things right.  The seats were spaced out and grouped based on how may tickets you ordered when they went on sale.  They greeted you at the door and brought you to your seats.  Everyone in attendance and on the staff wore a mask, except when the wrestlers were in wrestling.  Only once did I see two fans not wearing a mask and staff very quickly asked them to put them on and they did.  Everyone was respectful of each other and have a great time at the matches. 

Before the matches started they tolled the bell ten times to pay respect to our Cheryl-Ann Madore who had passed aware on Thursday the 25th. It was a really class thing for them to do.  

Quick Results

Mac Daniels pinned Konnor Hex

Alexander Lee pinned Jacob Drifter

Frank Jaeger pinned Alexander Lee

Aiden Aggro pinned "The Prize" Alec Price

Eric Johnson pinned "Fireball" Jason Maverick

Jessie Nolan pinned Dylan Nix

DangerKid pinned "Belfast Bulldog" Dave Dyer

Mac Daniels opened the show with a promo stating he didn't have an opponent that night, that he was better than any other student and even the trainers at the Dojo.  He asked for his payday so he could get out of there.  DangerKid came out, he told Daniels that he already had a match that night, but he had someone in the back that was ready to fight him. Bringing out Konnor Hex to fight Daniels. 

The main attraction was quite arrogant though-out the match.  Although Hex had the advantage at times there was no real threat that Daniels was going to lose the match.  He got the pin with the Magnificent Slam.  (I had accidentally misidentified it as the main attraction slam, however Jon Alba was quick to correct me)

Alexander Lee came out for his student open challenge cutting a promo on the trainees working as staff as no one had signed up for his challenge.  Jacob Drifter then came out leading to their match.  Lee dominated the match but Drifter was game and gave him a fight.  In the end Lee got the pin but took it too far and attempted to suffocate Drifter with a plastic bag.  

Frank Jaeger ran out making the save and challenged Lee to a match.  Lee eventually accepted the challenge and it started out as a wrestling match but it broke down into a fight.  It looked as though Lee was going to pick up another win but Jaeger reverse his finish into a high stack roll up for the three count.

Next up was the match of the night with Aiden Aggro vs. Alec Price.  Aggro came out to his Aumon Jordan music which was a nice throwback.  These two tore it up, going to the floor using the fencing to the bar for a spot were Aggro dove over it onto Price.  Price is a great hateable heel as he backs up his arrogance.  Aggro his as heluva kick on Price to get the three count.

Eric Johnson took on "Fireball" Jason Maverick in a battle of big men.  Maverick is the son of Joey Gleitz the former referee that passed away unexpectedly last fall.  I'm not sure how many matches he has had, but he looked good in the ring.  However it wasn't enough to put away Johnson away.

The Girl on Fire battle the Dweller of the Depths in the second student vs student match of the night.  Nix lost some weight and looked good, he was being the asshole tonight and I enjoyed it.  I think he needs to stick with it.  The match itself was good, the finish, which was a spear, looked more like a body block with Nolan getting the pin.  Mikey said that last week she busted a sweet looking axe kick, I was hoping to see that, maybe next time.

Main Event time with DangerKid wrestling Dave Dyer in a great match!  Dyer has really gotten better in the ring and worked very hard.  Hard hitting back and forth match that had some action on the floor, away from the fans of course.  Dyer picked up Kid for a powerslam and took out referee Eric Greenleaf with kids feet.  Dyer took the opportunity to hit Kid with a chair.  Kid powered back though to overcome the damage and get the pin.  I appreciated all the suplex that Dyer threw tonight, specifically a high angle Saito suplex. 

I gotta take my hat off to Eric Greenleaf who officiated every match of the night. 

I didn't take many pictures because I just wanted to watch the matches.  I imagine they will be released on YouTube and the Facebook page as Randy Carver and Ace Romero provided live commentary to the matches.

The Limitless Dojo returns with another student showcase on Friday March 26th back in Brewer at Ronco's.  I'll be there. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tully Blanchard vs. Dusty Rhodes

On Wednesday February 17, on AEW Dynamite they announced that Tully Blanchard would be returning to the ring in a six man tag match teaming with FTR against Jurassic Express.  That kicked off another Tully Blanchard kick for me on the WWE Network.  Thanks to their extensive library there are hundreds of Tully Blanchard matches to watch.  One thing that stood out to me was how many matches that Blanchard had with Rhodes that are available on the WWE Network.

I checked out cagematch.net and found they have listed 256 matches between Tully Blanchard and Dusty Rhodes.  This includes singles matches and tag team matches, war games, and ect.  However I do happen to know that this is not correct.  I bought the Rise and Fall of CCW: Carolina Championship Wrestling from Highspots.  It's a 5 disc set about the promotion that ran in 2004 - 2005 and this set features three matches putting Tully Blanchard against Rhodes and cagematch only has one of the matches listed.  So I can bumped that match total up to 258 matches.

However if you add the five times that Blanchard wrestled the Midnight Rider, it brings their match total up to 263 matches.  Another thing to consider is that all but four of these matches took place between May 1984 and August 1988.  

The first time they were in the ring together was on January 3, 1982 at the annual two ring battle royal in Houston Wrestling.  Their first singles match was May 24, 1984 on Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in Greenville, South Carolina with Tully walking out with the win.  Their last match was on November 19, 2005 for CCW in Spartanburg, South Carolina where both men fought to a no contest for the vacant CCW Heavyweight Championship.

They fought in many differ stipulation matches including cage matches, War Games, Lights Out Texas Tornado, Bunkhouse, Lights Out Tag Team Steel Cage, If Tully wins Rhodes must leave town vs. $10,000 of Tully's money, Texas Death, Lights Out match, multiple Barbed Wire matches, First Blood,  Bullrope, Indian Strap, Chain strap, no disqualification, I Quit Steel Cage, Lights Out Barbed Wire Ladder Match, and more. 

They also feuded over the NWA World Television Championship and NWA National Championship, and had matches for the NWA World Tag Team Championships.  

There are a couple very big moments that stand out between the two outside the ring.  On the December 28, 1985 edition of NWA World Wide Wrestling Blanchard fires Baby Doll slapping her in the face and Dusty makes the save for Baby Doll.  

On the March 26, 1988 episode of NWA World Championship Wrestling Magnum TA had returned from his career ending car crash cutting a promo when Tully came out and laid out Magnum.  Dusty made the save and with a baseball bat wen to town on Blanchard finishing the segment choking him out with the bat.  It was pure violence.  

Incidentally Tully Blanchard's last singles match was on August 10, 2007 at the NWA Legends Fanfest in Charlotte, North Carolina against Dustin Rhodes.  

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Watching Old Wrestling: Theme Music

It occurred to me tonight that wrestling I watched in my teens and early 20's is now considered old wrestling as it's 20 plus years old.  Thankfully though a tremendous amount of it is available on the WWE Network.  As I type this I just finished watching Jerry Lynn defeat Steve Corino from ECW Heatwave 2000, you know the match where Lynn writes "DIE" in Corino's blood on his stomach.  The match is excellent, but the only downside is all the music changes on the shows.

My son and others that never saw this wrestling will never know the difference, but not hearing Tommy Dreamer come out to "Man in the Box" or Sandman come out to "Enter Sandman" really sucks.  I know ECW used music they didn't have license rights too, and WWE does have the rights music performed by Harry Slash and the Slashtones, Taz, Sabu, & Mike Awesome so that's good. 

The WWE has had to change the music for other promotions as well, opening themes to televisions show, The Midnight Express theme, Road Warriors, and lot of WCW themes as well.  Hell they have had to change some of their own music as well. 

The first several episodes of Saturday Nights Main Event used "Obsession" by Animotion for their theme music before composing their own.  I will agree that their own music is excellent, but I remember how cool the music videos were with Obsession.

The other one that drives me up the wall was is the opening to Coliseum home video.  To me that music was iconic and I looked forward to watching it every time I rented a tape and when I bought them.  It was pure nostalgic bliss.  Then when they put some up on the WWE Network I couldn't wait to hear it again and to my disgust I discovered them changed it.

They don't play Hillbilly Jim's "Don't Go Messing With A Country Boy" they even have changed out Roddy Pipers original bag pipe music for the only he used later in his career.  However, they edited in music other places like for Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat at WrestleMania III.  

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Below The Belt

I recently discovered on Amazon Prime the film Below the Belt, a movie about a woman breaking into the wrestling business to escape what she perceives is a nothing existence.  Based on the novel To Smithereens by Rosalyn Drexler the movie was filmed in 1974 but was not released until 1980.

The lead actress Regina Baff plays Rosa Rubinsky, who we meet working the concession stand at the wrestling matches, when a patron gets fresh with her and she takes him down a promoter invites her to come train to be a lady wrestler.  Her first trainer in the film is none other than Mildred Burke playing herself and who held the Women's World Championship from 1937 to 1956.  In the movie Rosa would go onto portray the Mexican Spitfire on the wrestling circuit, which is the same name author Rosalyn Drexler wrestled under in the 1950's.

Regina Baff was born in New York and started her career on Broadway being nominated for a Tony Award in 1974 before transitioning to movies and television.  It appears that she performed the majority of her acting in the 1970's and just stopped once the 80's rolled around.   She appeared in films Road Movie, The Great Gatsby, Escape From Alcatraz and more.  She had guest spots on tv shows like Three's Company, Starsky & Hutch, and even Taxi.  

Rosa starts out in New York City with her training and then takes a bus to Tampa, Florida to continue.  We see her travel around with other women and male wrestlers, however we never see the male wrestlers in the ring.  The only actor I recognize in the movie is James Gammon who plays wrestler Luke.  I know him better as Coach Lou Brown in the film Major League.

Through-out the movie they show clips of actual wrestling matches and from I can put together they filmed footage at a WWWF house show on November 23, 1974 at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.  They show clips of WWWF Heavyweight Champion: Bruno Sammartino vs. Killer Kowalski and Captain Lou Albano and The Valiant Brothers: Jimmy & Johnny defeating Tony Garea, Dean Ho, and a bloody Chief Jay Strongbow.  Also Jack Evans vs. Jose Gonzales, Tony Altimore vs. Hans Schroeder.  

We also get footage of midget wrestling and lady wrestlers, but it appears as though those matches were filmed on a closed set and not in a big arena.  The only actual lady wrestler in the film, other than Burke, is Jane O'Brien who plays the champion and lead bad girl Terrible Tommy.  

They show footage of a match between Jane O'Brien and Princess War Star who was also rained by Mildred Burke.  I can't find when the match took place but was before a decent sized audience.  War Star did a stretcher job and this was used to build towards a match between Rosa and Tommy in Birmingham, Alabama.

The film culminates with the big showdown between Terrible Tommy and The Mexican Spitfire Rosa Carlo which is Rosa's debut match.  Rosa is thrown on the floor and a fan throws a beer on her chest.  They have sort of a basic match.  Tommy beats up the referee to the delight of the crowd.  Rosa does a series of arm drags and gouges her eyes, twists her nose and bites her and chokes her.  Tommy makes her comeback and beats up Rosa real well.  Tommy goes for a splash off the top rope, Rosa moves, and Tommy hits the mat knocking herself out.  

When the match started Rosa was booed heavily and Tommy cheered because she's from Birmingham.  By the end of the match the audience has nonsensically started booing Tommy and wildly cheering Rosa. 

I wouldn't say this is a great movie by any means.  As a wrestling fan I was happy to check it out and I wouldn't mind reading the book it's based on.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Christian is not the Marty Jannetty of the team

In the history of professional wrestling whenever a dominate tag team breaks up it's typically because one partner has outgrown the tag team and is on his way to singles glory.  Ever since the the Rockers broke up on the only episode of The Barber Shop that anyone remembers, and Shawn Michaels went onto superstardom and Marty Jannetty fizzled, teams are always compared to them.

For instance The Steiner Brothers, Scott (the Michaels) would go on to become World Heavyweight Champion while Rick (the Jannetty) would win the television championship and flounder on the lower mid-card.

Another example would be Harlem Heat, Booker T (Michaels) would become a six time world champion between WCW & WWE and win multiple other championships.  Stevie Ray (Jannetty) well he still wrestled after Harlem Heat broke up.

Many have compared Edge & Christian to Michael & Jannetty with Edge taking the Michaels roll in the team.  Edge had an amazing wrestling career and was forced to retire from the ring due to spinal stenosis in 2011.  He got an amazing and emotional send off, his story has been told repeatedly in his book and in DVD documentary home video release and he was inducted into the 2012 Hall of Fame.  In 2020 he made a surprise return at the Royal Rumble, and received an amazing reception from the crowd and a moment that will be played over and over again.  The internet also exploded and he was trending on all social media. 

Some would say that, that would make Christian the Jannetty but I'm here to tell you that Christian is no Marty Jannetty.  Christian started wrestling after Edge and he came into the WWE after Edge did, but as a team the revolutionized tag team wrestling together.

After Edge he would win the tag titles twice more, once with Lance Storm and once with Chris Jericho.  As a singles he won the Intercontinental Championship 4 times, the European Championship, Light Heavyweight Championship, Hardcore Championship, is a two time WW-ECW Champion and a two time World Heavyweight Champion.

Christian also did something that Edge never did, in 2005 he left the WWE and signed with TNA Wrestling where he twice won the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship.  In 2008 he wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling in the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom II.  

Christian also retired from injuries he sustained in 2014, however his retirement was quiet and there was no send off or grand emotional moment.  Christian has easily had a Hall of Fame career and yet he has not been inducted, nor has he had a WWE home video release, however he does have a TNA Home Video release.  

In 2021 Christian made his return to the ring at the fan-less Royal Rumble, I was ecstatic, however the internet didn't explode and he wasn't trending on social media, which is a crime.  Christian is a wrestler that doesn't get the respect he deserves from the fans, the wrestlers know how good he is, what he's contributed, and that he deserves all the accolades he has coming to him.

I'm very excited for Captain Charisma to get this final run and I hope he finally gets the recognition that he deserves including a WWE Championship title run. 

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Tommy Dreamers 1995 tour of All Japan Pro Wrestling

While I was working on my Limitless Wrestling book I was researching Tommy Dreamer for his bio in the book.  While looking for something unique to notate in the book I saw that Dreamer did a tour with All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1995 while he was in ECW. 

The first night of the tour was January 2, 1995 and the final night was January 29th.  He wrestled in twenty three matches winning six of them.  He compete in a battle royal, the All Asia Tag Title League, multi-man matches and singles bouts.

He scored wins in singles matches against Mighty Inoue, Ryukaku Izumida, and Manakea Mossman.  In the All Asia Tag Team Title League he was partnered with Johnny Smith finishing with six points.  During the tour he also teamed with Johnny Ace and the legendary Stan "The Lariat" Hansen battling teams like The Fantastics: Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton, The Can-Am Express: Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas, Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori and others.  

One six man tag team match saw him team with Johnny Smith and "Dr. Death" Steve Williams against Holy Demon Army: Akira Taue, Toshiaka Kawada, & Yoshinari Ogawa.  The final night of the tour Dreamer and Stan Hansen teamed to defeat Abdullah the Butcher and Giant Kimala.  

Dreamer would return to Japan for IWA in 1996, WAR in 1997, FMW in 1997, 1998, & 1999.  He wouldn't return to Japan again until 2006 & 2009 for WWE events.  SMASH1 brought Dreamer to Japan in 2010, while WNC: Wrestling New Classic booked him for two matches in 2012.  In 2014 TNA ran a show in Japan that The Great Muta main evented, Dreamer teamed with Abyss earlier on the card losing to The Dudley Boys.  In 2015 he returned to wrestled for Tokyo Gurentai One Night Stand, and again in 2016 for One Night Stand 2.  Which is his last time in Japan to date.

Although Dreamer never tagged with Hansen or Smith again, he did team up with Steve Williams on August 3, 1996 in a losing effort to Brian Lee & Taz at the ECW Arena.  

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Lots of Wrestling the First week of January 2021

I watched a ton of wrestling the first full week of January 2021 and I enjoyed the hell out of it! Here's what the week looked like and what I watched on what days:

Monday January 4th NJPW: Wrestle Kingdom 15 Day 1
I worked from home this day and after my morning meeting I fired up day one one my tablet, it took me all day to watch the over five hour event in between meetings and getting work done.  The card was seven matches including the opening New Japan Rambo, which is a royal rumble style battle royal.

It was a very good night of wrestling that concluded with the best match of the night.  The semi-main event is saw Okada defeat Will Ospreay in an outstanding match that went 35 minutes.  However Kota Ibushi defeating Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental championships was amazing.  Watching these two wrestle is akin to Flair vs. Steamboat, two guys that bring the best out of each other and you know are always going to deliver an outstanding match.  

Tuesday January 5th 
NJPW: Wrestle Kingdom 15 Day 2
I worked from home this day as well and, once again after my morning meeting I fired up my kindle fire tablet to watch Day 2!  The card featured six matches on the four hour show with two dark matches that did not air from the ladies of Stardom.  

Match quality wise I think night two was better but night one had the emotion of Ibushi finally winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.  Shingo Takagi and Jeff Cobb beat the tar out of each other for over 20 minutes in an awesome NEVER Openweight Championship match.  Sanada defeated Evil in a good match, Hiromu Takahashi defeated Ishimori for the Junior Heavyweight Championship in a great match.  In the main event Ibushi made his first official defense defeated Jay White in just over 48 minutes!  In the post match press conference Ibushi stated he wanted to unify the titles and break Okada's single reign defense record of 12.

Tuesday night I watch AEW Dark specifically to watch my girl Ashley Vox make her AEW debut against another one of my favorites Thunder Rosa in an excellent match! They had a previous one on one match in October 2019 for NWA Powerrr.

Wednesday January 6th AEW Dynamite New Years Smash
I worked in the office this day and worked overtime in dispatch until just before 9pm and got home in time to watch the finish of the Shida vs. Abadon match and the entire main event.  AEW Champion: Kenny Omega defeated Rey Fenix in an outstanding match!  The post match angle where The Impact Tag Team Champions: The Good Brothers: Karl Anderson & Big LG came to Kenny's aid followed by the Young Bucks for a Bullet Club reunion!?!

Thursday January 7th I had surgery on my right leg and was in and out of the hospital that day.  On Thursday evening I finished watching AEW Dynamite.  It was a solid show that opened with an outstanding eight man tag featuring the Young Bucks & SCU vs. The Acclaimed & The Hybrid2.  It was a solid show except for Shida vs. Abadon.  I then watched Limitless Wrestling The Road Season 2 Episode 12.

Friday January 8th I caught up on NXT watching NXT:UK with Jordan Devlin retaining the NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Ben Carter in a solid match.  Then over on NXT New Years Evil we got another NXT Cruiserweight Championship defense as champion Santos Escobar retained against Gran Metalik.  Back to the Cruiserweight title later.  Also on the show they had some good matches with Karrion Kross over Damian Priest, Raquel Gonzalez over Rhea Ripley in a Last Woman Standing match and the main event saw Finn Balor retain the NXT Championship against Kyle O'Reilly.  

SmackDown on Friday night I only tuned in because I saw on twitter that Adam Pearce was going to be wrestling in the Universal Championship number one contenders gauntlet match.  he won, but I was disappointed with his "match".  I've been a big fan of Pearce for years, his Seven Levels of Hate with Colt Cabana over the NWA World Championship was outstanding!  He's a former 5 time NWA Worlds Champion holding it for 1078 days.  He carried the NWA from 2007 - 2011 and is a champion to be proud of, unlike Nick Aldis.  I'm curious where this story is going, honestly in my opinion to only satisfying resolution is Pearce winning the title.  

After Smackdown I watched 205 Live to see my pal August Grey team with Curt Stallion to defeat the Bollywood Boys.  Grey and Stallion at competing in the upcoming Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Cup tournament. 

Friday night on New Japan Strong we got the debut of the "Dirty Daddy" Chris Dickinson and I cannot wait for him to go to Japan and fight the likes of Shingo Takagi, Minoru Suzuki, Tomohiro Ishii, and others.  

If you want to talk about some great wrestling look at the Wrestling Observer ratings for the week:

WK Day1: Takahashi vs. El Phantasmo 4 stars, Okada vs. Ospreay 5 1/4 stars, Ibushi vs. Naito 5 stars.

WK Day2: Shingo vs. Cobb 5 stars, Sanada vs. Evil 4 1/4 stars, Takahashi vs. Ishimori 4 3/4 stars, Ibushi vs. Jay White 5 1/4 stars

AEW: Eight Man tag 4 stars, Omega vs. Fenix 5 stars

NXT: Balor vs. O'Reilly 4 stars

Now I know some people think Meltzer's star ratings are biased or arbitrary and that's fine.  I think it's his opinion and I tend to agree with a lot of his ratings so I think it's a good example of the high quality of wrestling we got this week across the board. 

Over the weekend I watched a bunch of random matches on YouTube including some of the recent Pro Wrestling NOAH New Sunrise 2021 show from January 4th at Korakuen Hall, some Progress wrestling on the WWE Network, a bunch of Random old Tully Blanchard in Mid-South wrestling on the WWE Network and more.  

Quite frankly it was an awesome week of wrestling viewing for me.  

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