Inside Pulse Wrestling » Matt Hardy http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:31:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » Matt Hardy http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Ring of Honor Wrestling #126: Road Rage (Adam Cole, Chris Hero) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/18/ring-of-honor-wrestling-126-road-rage-adam-cole-chris-hero/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/18/ring-of-honor-wrestling-126-road-rage-adam-cole-chris-hero/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164622 David L. Lawrence Convention Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – February 15, 2014

Kevin Kelly, Steve Corino, and Veda Scott are on commentary. Corino wishes his wife a Happy Valentine’s Day.

MATCH #1: The Romantic Touch vs. Michael Bennett

Bennett has Maria Kanellis in his corner. Touch scores a surprising early advantage, but Bennett quickly cuts him off and goes to work on the mysterious masked man. When Touch fights back, Maria distracts him (who could blame him?) and Bennett reclaims control as we head to our first commercial break.

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When we come back from the break Bennett has Touch in a prone position, but the masked man makes an impressive comeback and struts around the ring. Touch knocks Bennett to the floor, where Bennett uses Maria as a human shield. That’s just low. Bennett drills Touch with a superkick, and then takes him back in the ring for a TKO, but it only gets a two-count! Touch fights back and hits a dropkick for two when Maria gets up on the apron to distract him with some air humping. The idiot Touch offers Maria a box of chocolates, which distracts him long enough for Bennett to hit the Pepsi Twist into the Anaconda Vise for the win.

WINNER – Michael Bennett

For some reason, Veda Scott gets into an argument with The Romantic Touch at ringside, and he picks her up so she slips out and runs away. Okay then.

Coming up later, it’s The Briscoes vs. Adam Cole & Matt Hardy and Michael Elgin & Chris Hero. The Briscoes haven’t teamed together in many months, and they are excited to do so tonight.

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MATCH #2: Three Team Elimination Tag Team Match – Michael Elgin & Chris Hero vs. The Briscoes vs. Adam Cole & Matt Hardy

We’re only 20 minutes into the show, so this should get quite a bit of time. Cole is the current ROH World Champion, and if anyone pins him in this match they will earn a future title shot. That’s an added stipulation, and we get a commercial break to let it sink in.

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We start the match with Jay and Elgin. The two babyface teams spend the early part of the match feeling each other out, as Cole and Hardy do their best to avoid being tagged in. No one has a clear advantage and it’s time for another break.

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We are back and the Briscoes are in control of Hero. Finally after several minutes Hardy is forced into the ring and he gets abused by Hero and Elgin. Cole gets the tag and Elgin is eager to put a beating on him. Finally the Cole and Hardy duo is able to take an advantage, and they isolte the so-called “Real” World Champion Jay Briscoe in their part of the ring. After a good long beating, Jay is able to make the hot tag and Mark is a redneck afire. Hero gets a blind tag, and Mark takes the opportunity to hit a Cactus Elbow on Hardy. Hero gets a near-fall on Cole as we head to commercial.

Back from the break and the action is coming from all over. Elgin is throwing people around at will, and Cole looks like he wants nothing to do with that. The referee has a hard time keeping any kind of order with six men of this level intensity all in one match. Hardy ends up alone with Mark and he hits the Twist of Fate to score the first elimination. Jay looks pretty annoyed with his brother, and then attacks Cole just to show what a sore loser he is. Meanwhile, Hero is working over Hardy and almost puts him away. Cole gets a tag and Hero strikes him with a rolling elbow. Elgin tags himself in and knocks Hardy off the apron. Unfortunately for Elgin he’s not able to pin the World Champion. Cole fights back with an enziguiri, but Elgin strikes with a back fist. Elgin goes for the Elgin Bomb but Hardy breaks it up with a clothesline, sending Elgin into Hero for the unintentaional tag. Hero drills Cole with a rolling Yakuza Kick for two. Moments later Hero is able to hit the Death Blow and that’s enough to get the pin and earn himself a title shot.

WINNERS – Chris Hero & Michael Elgin

The brawl continues after the bell, and Hero is able to knock Cole out with the golden elbow pad. Elgin looks upset, but he has to know he would have done the same thing in Hero’s shoes.
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HTC Wrestling Pulsecast: Top 5 CM Punk Moments Of His Career (Thus Far…) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/13/htc-wrestling-pulsecast-top-5-cm-punk-moments-of-his-career-thus-far/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/13/htc-wrestling-pulsecast-top-5-cm-punk-moments-of-his-career-thus-far/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:57:46 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164511 HTC 500x250 - Wrestling Pulsecast

 

As of now, “The Best In The World” CM Punk is AWOL from WWE and just about everywhere else. So what other Top 5 could we possibly do?! Matt Harrak & Justin Czerwonka debate the biggest moments of the Second City Saint’s career.

 

 

Justin:

#5 – CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy in a TLC match for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2009.

#4 – CM Punk “preaches” during the Royal Rumble match 2010.

#3 – CM Punk defeats Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series 2011.

#2 – CM Punk takes out The Rock on Raw.

#1 – Buildup to & match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2013.

Matt:

#5 – CM Punk steals the show from “Team DX” (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy).

#4 – Cashes in his Money In The Bank briefcase on Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship & then never technically loses the title.

#3 – CM Punk’s 434 WWE Championship reign.

#2 – CM Punk & The Undertaker’s WrestleMania 29 program & match.

#1 – CM Punk’s contract negotiations with Vince McMahon.

 
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Rabblecast #350 Royal Rumble Fallout, CM Punk Leaving WWE http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/31/rabblecast-350-royal-rumble-fallout-cm-punk-leaving-wwe/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/31/rabblecast-350-royal-rumble-fallout-cm-punk-leaving-wwe/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:59:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164123 It is common place to label the day after any wrestling event as the “fallout” of whatever happened the night before(i.e. Wrestlemania Fallout, Summer Slam Fallout…). This might very well be the first, in a long time that the word “fallout” rings true in regards to WWE’s recent Royal Rumble 2014 PPV. The show itself ran just fine, but the fans expected a much different outcome than what the WWE had planed on delivering. Is this another example of the WWE being out of touch with their fans? Is favoritism running rampant leading into Wrestlemania 30?

TNA Wrestling recently parted ways with one of their “homegrown” talents in, AJ Styles. Are they prepared to possibly lose two more names? Sting and Kurt Angle are by no means “homegrown” when it comes to TNA, but each of them brought a certain amount of name recognition, respect, and ability. Both men have contracts that are expiring soon. Will TNA do everything in their power to hold on to them?
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Matt Hardy & Reby Sky Arrested For Battery, Released On Bail & Are Back Together http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/29/matt-hardy-reby-sky-arrested-for-battery-released-on-bail-are-back-together/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/01/29/matt-hardy-reby-sky-arrested-for-battery-released-on-bail-are-back-together/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:43:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164021 911 calls from January 1st have been released featuring a hotel employee telling the operator that ”A guest just came down here and said somebody’s beating the hell out of his wife a girl or something.”

When the Emporia, Virginia police arrived on the scene, they found former WWE & TNA  star Matt Hardy & his wife Rebecca Hardy (better known as Reby Sky) scratched, bloody and arrested both Hardys on assault & battery charges. Both Matt and Reby were released on $3,500 bail and quickly obtained restraining orders.

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Since the incident though, Matt & Reby seem to have made amends as they’ve posted numerous candid photos of them together.

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Rabblecast #345 WWE Slammy Awards, TNA “For Sale” Rumors http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/12/14/rabblecast-345-wwe-slammy-awards-tna-for-sale-rumors/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/12/14/rabblecast-345-wwe-slammy-awards-tna-for-sale-rumors/#comments Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:14:20 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=162147 WWE’s Slammy Awards! They happen once a year and they give the fans a chance to have their voices heard as they vote for the different categories. “Superstar of the Year”, “Diva of the Year”, “Match of the Year”. But recently, they have opened up the voting categories to include, “LOL Moment of the Year”, “Double-Cross of the Year”, among others. Are the Slammy Awards that important to the WWE product that they air them on RAW? Especially when they should be hyping up the “Title Unification match” at the upcoming TLC PPV? Has WWE become a full blown variety show?

Not much to report on the TNA front this week as they continue to re-build themselves in the new “Impact Zone”. The “TNA for sale” rumors persist, but nothing has changed since the, Billy Corgan rumor. Dixie Carter vs AJ Styles continues to be the main drive of the show and we are looking forward to see what TNA can do with that and the many other storylines. Can TNA still make themselves a vialble competitor to the WWE? Time will tell.

 

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A2Z Analysiz: ROH LivE & Let Die (Eddie Edwards, Jay Briscoe) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/09/24/a2z-analysiz-roh-live-let-die-eddie-edwards-jay-briscoe/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/09/24/a2z-analysiz-roh-live-let-die-eddie-edwards-jay-briscoe/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:39:33 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=159840 LivE & Let Die

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Ohio Expo Center – Ohio Building – Columbus, Ohio – June 8, 2013

PRESHOW MATCH: Empty Arena Match – Kevin Steen vs. Cliff Compton

This match is actually on the Best in the World 2013 DVD. This starts off as a Kevin Steen interview conducted by Veda Scott. Steen talks about how important he is to Ring of Honor and how all the guys make money here because of him. So even if they don’t like him he doesn’t care. For some reason S.C.U.M. comes out, and they’re nearly in full force with Steve Corino, Cliff Compton, Jimmy Jacobs, Rhett Titus, and RHINO. Compton challenges Steen to fight, and it’s a good thing Paul Turner and Todd Sinclair are around trying to break it up. Michael Elgin, BJ Whitmer, and Jay Lethal come out to see what all the commotion is about. Compton calls Steen a pussy, and them’s fightin’ words.

Steen attacks Compton and throws him to the floor. He unloads on him and tries a whip into the guardrail but Compton reverses it. They continue to trade momentum as they fight all around ringside. Steen hits Compton with a chair, but then gets distracted by S.C.U.M., so Compton hits Steen with the same chair. They continue to fight on the floor. Steen goes for a Package Piledriver bur Compton backdrops his way out of it. Compton gets too cocky and Steen throws him into a section of chairs, and then abuses him with a steel chair. Steen throws Compton into the ring, but before he can join him he takes out Jacobs, Titus, and RHINO with a dive over the guardrail. Finally in the ring Compton hits a low blow. Corino tries to throw Compton a chain but Steen intercepts it. Steen hits Compton with the chain, and then a brawl breaks out between ROH and S.C.U.M. on the floor. Meanwhile Steen hits Compton with the F-Cinq on a chair. Matt Hardy runs out and hits Steen with the Twist of Fate on the chair. Hardy pulls Compton on top to cover and Sinclair makes the three-count at about 5:21. I guess Compton going over in a match that nobody saw was necessary for some reason. The match, such as it was, was adequate but certainly not worth going out of your way to see. It all seemed rather pointless.
Rating: **

Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Adam Cole vs. Caprice Coleman

They start with some friendly chain wrestling. Cole knocks Coleman to the floor but doesn’t have time to follow up with the dive he wants to. Back in the ring Coleman knocks Cole to the floor and goes for a five, but he can’t connect either. Cole hits an enziguiri that knocks Coleman off the apron, and then finally connects on the dive. Back in the ring Cole begins the wearing down process. Coleman refuses to go down without a fight. Cole hits a neckbreaker for two, and then covers twice more for more two-counts. He tries to keep the high-flying Coleman on the ground. When Coleman resumes verticality the momentum shifts back in his direction. Coleman sends Cole to the floor and hits a gorgeous Asai Moonsault … from inside the ring. That’s awesome. Back in the ring Coleman hits a high cross body block from the top rope for two. Coleman lands a high knee to the face and the super rana for a near-fall. He slams Cole down and goes for an Asai Moonsault but Cole gets his knees up. Cole hits the vertical suplex into a neckbreaker and then the Florida Key to get the pin at 7:19. I expected it would go longer but they packed a lot of action into that short time. Good choice for an opener.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Roderick Strong vs. “God’s Gift” Q.T. Marshall

They start slowly, and Marshall is proud of himself when he backs Strong into a corner. Strong doesn’t sweat the small stuff though, and he backs Marshall into the corner and fakes a chop. Mind games right there. He takes control and next time lands a chop for real. Strong hits some more chops. Marshall comes back by dumping Strong to the floor. Back inside Marshall hits a neckbreaker for two. For some reason Marshall tries the People’s Elbow and Strong moves out of the way. Strong gets a rollup for two. Marshall cuts him off and goes right back to work. Strong is all like “oh wait it’s just Q.T. Marshall” and he starts to fight back. He lands the big dropkick for a two-count. Strong hits the Angle Slam for two. Marshall backdrops his way out of a Gibson Driver attempt. He sort of hits a tilt-a-whirl slam for two. Marshall goes up top and Strong drills him with an enziguiri. Strong hits a superplex and Marshall is able to cradle the legs for a near-fall. Marshall hits a flapjack and a lariat for another two-count. Strong comes back with a knee to the face and the Death by Roderick. He locks on the Stronghold for the submission win at 9:25. I make fun of Marshall and stuff, but he’s perfectly fine in his role and this match was perfectly acceptable wrestling. It’s hard to have a bad match with Roderick Strong.
Rating: **½

Adam Cole comes out and apologizes for not shaking Strong’s hand after their match at Honor in the Heart of Texas. He challenges Strong to a rematch at the upcoming Best in the World iPPV in Baltimore, and Strong accepts.

MATCH #3: “American Wolf” Davey Richards vs. Cedric Alexander

They chain wrestle right from the start, and Alexander keeps up with with the vaunted Richards. The match stays on the mat until Alexander knocks Richards to the floor, stunning the American Wolf. Back in the ring the exchange of holds continues, and both men are looking evenly matched here. Momentum shifts back and forth several times, as both men are trying to set the tone. Richards takes the first sustained advantage but Alexander shows early on he won’t go down without a fight. Alexander dumps Richards to the floor but when he goes for a dive Richards avoids it. Richards hits the running kick from the apron and Alexander is out on the floor. Back in the ring Richards goes up top and lands the diving headbutt for two. Richards continues to control, even using a Texas Cloverleaf briefly. Alexander is able to his his own momentum to send Richards to the floor, and this time he lands the dive to wipe Richards out in the aisle. Back in the ring Alexander is a house afire, unleashing a flurry of offense. Alexander hits a split-legged moonsault for two. He tries a springboard move but Richards dropkicks him to the floor. Richards tries the running kick but Alexander avoids it. Back in the ring Alexander hits a flying clothesline off the top rope and a full nelson facebuster for two. Alexander tries a suplex but Richards slips out. They trade strikes and Richards puts on the Ankle Lock. Richards turns that into the Texas Cloverleaf and Alexander rolls that into a small package for two. Back on their feet Richards hits the Alarm Clock and Alexander no-sells that to hit an leaping enziguiri from the second rope. Both men are down. They rise up and trade strikes again. Richards gets the better of it with a series of kicks. He slams Alexander down and goes up top. Alexander tries to stop him but Richards ends up hitting him with a release German Superplex! Richards hits a big lariat and a bridging German Suplex for two. He goes up top but misses a double stomp. Alexander hits a reverse rana, a boot to the face, and another reverse rana. He follows with an IED and the Brainbuster but it only gets two. Alexander goes up top for a Frog Splash but Richards gets his knees up. Richards delivers a knockout kick and goes up top to hit the double stomp. Once again Alexander kicks out! Richards lands more kicks to the head but again only gets two! Finally Richards locks Alexander in the Cloverleaf for the win at 18:13. I don’t recall Richards working much on the legs or back leading up to that submission. Aside from that this was a terrific match and a great showing for Alexander, his first great singles match in the company.
Rating: ***¾

Richards of course gets on the microphone and puts Alexander over, telling everyone that Alexander is going to be a World Champion someday. See, the match says that itself, with Davey having to literally verbalize it. I don’t understand his obsession with doing that.

MATCH #4: Proving Ground Match – ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & TaDarius Thomas)

Thomas and Fish start the match with some chain wrestling. They feel each other out for a bit and then make tags. Kevin Kelly keeps up with the ridiculous assertion that ACH has wanted to wrestle Jay Lethal since he was eight years old. Or in other words, when Lethal was 11. I don’t think Lethal was wrestling at 11, so SHUT UP KEVIN KELLY. O’Reilly and ACH go at it now, and O’Reilly targets the arm. ACH comes back using his incredible agility and makes the tag. Thomas hits some kicks so O’Reilly tags out. Fish goes after the leg and Thomas makes the tag. Momentum has shifted back and forth several times in the opening minutes as both teams try to establish their dominance. ACH and Thomas focus on Fish and try to keep him from making a tag. O’Reilly is able to get a tag and the Champions take control on ACH. Fish and O’Reilly focus on the arm and keep the high-flying ACH on the mat. After several minutes of abuse ACH is able to grab Fish with a Stunner. Tags are made. Tomas is a house afire, kicking reDRagon any way he possibly can. He hits Sling Blade on O’Reilly for two. ACH tags back in, but he probably should have taken more of a breather after the beating he took. Adrenaline RUSH use some unique double-team moves to keep O’Reilly on the mat. Thomas goes for a dive but Fish cuts him off and pulls him to the floor. ACH hits O’Reilly with a bridging Regalplex and Fish breaks up the cover. All four men are in the ring, as the referee has completely lost control. ACH dumps Fish to the floor and goes for an Asai Moonsault. Fish avoids that and drives ACH hard into the guardrail. Thomas and O’Reilly fight on the apron and Fish takes his leg out. O’Reilly hits ACH with the missile dropkick off the apron (such a babyface move). The Champs then hit Thomas with Chasing the Dragon out on the floor! O’Reilly throws ACH back in the ring and covers but only gets two! ACH makes a valiant effort but he’s all alone. O’Reilly hits a bridging Regalplex (with a knee to the head by Fish for good measure), but ACH kicks out again! Thomas recovers but it’s not to last, as Fish takes him to the floor and hits a Samoan Drop. Meanwhile ACH goes up top and tries an awesome 450 but O’Reilly gets his knees up. O’Reilly then puts on an armbar and ACH has to submit at 20:36. That was pretty good and all, but whoever decided they need have to keep Proving Ground matches with a 15-minute time limit is insane. It can create moire drama and make the matches feel different. On it’s own this one was pretty good but would have been tighter and more exciting If it was shorter.
Rating: ***

Hoopla Uncut with CHEESEBURGER

Truth Martini makes his way out with Scarlett Bordeaux and Seleziya Sparx, among other random hotties. Apparently the randoms are there to audition for a spot in the House of Truth. Martini quickly sends the randoms backstage to prepare for part two of the audition. He brings out his guest for the evening, the one and only CHEESEBURGER. Martini was impressed when CHEESEBURGER kissed Maria Kanellis at Border Wars 2013. He wants to know how it felt. CHEESEBURGER says “it felt good.” Martini presses further and CHEESEBURGER admits it was the greatest moment of his life. The leader of the House of Truth invites CHEESEBURGER to participate in A Night of Hoopla next month in Chicago, and the invitation is quickly accepted. Martini has one more question. He asks CHEESEBURGER if kissing Maria gave him a boner. CHEESEBURGER reluctantly admits that yes, yes it did. That bit of honesty earns CHEESEBURGER a lap dance from Scarlett and Seleziya. CHEESEBURGER asks if he can kiss the Hoopla Hotties. Martini says yes, as long as CHEESEBURGER takes his pants off. For some reason RHINO and Steve Corino come out and RHINO cuts CHEESEBURGER in half with a Gore! That leads directly into the next match. Boy that segment just went on forever, and I’m not sure what I was supposed to get from it.

MATCH #5: Grudge Match – “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen vs. RHINO

These two had a heck of a match back at Death Before Dishonor X: Stage of Emergency last September. Steen charges into the ring and unloads on RHINO. He dumps the Man Beast to the floor and follows him out, only to get tripped and land face-first on the apron. RHINO takes control from there, hitting a suplex on the floor. Steen fights back and takes RHINO out with a cannonball off the apron. Back in the ring RHINO hits a nice spinebuster. RHINO goes to work now, overpowering Steen and keeping him on the mat. Steen reverses a whip to the corner and then they collide with each other, knocking them both down. Back on their feet Steen hits a dropkick, and then goes to the second rope to hit another one. Steen hits the Cannonball in the corner for a two-count. He goes all the way up and hits the Swanton but again only gets two. RHINO comes back and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. He goes for the Gore but gets kicked in the face. Steen hits his own Gore and then the F-Cinq to get the win at 8:04. This was short but sweet, with both guys sticking to their strengths and keeping the crowd into it.
Rating: **¾

Matt Hardy comes out to attack Steen, and with the help of Corino is able to hit the Twist of Fate. The crowd is none too pleased with Hardy or Corino about that. Steen will get a chance to avenge that loss when he faces Hardy at Best in the World 2013.

MATCH #6: ROH vs. S.C.U.M. Match – Mark Briscoe vs. Matt Hardy

Mark charges out of the back and away we go. He scores a series of knockdowns and Matt bails to the floor. Matt isn’t safe though, as Mark wipes him out with a dive. Corino tries to distract Mark but fails. Mark whips Matt into the ring post. Back in the ring Mark goes up top and Corino distracts him while Matt distracts the referee. That allows Matt to catch Mark with the Side Effect for a two-count. Matt is totally in control, wearing Mark down. Mark breaks out of a sleeper with a chinbreaker. Corino grabs his leg to distract him. Matt hits yet another neckbreaker for two. He goes up to the second rope and Mark pulls his leg out from out of his leg and Matt crashes to the mat. Mark unloads with Redneck Kung Fu. He hits a Finlay Roll and looks to go up top but Corino distracts him again. Mark goes back up top but Matt has recovered. Matt slams Mark down to the mat and follows him down with the elbow to the back of the head. He goes for the Twist of Fate but Mark reverses to a Sleeper. Rhett Titus and Kevin Steen come running out, distracting the referee. Neither Titus nor Steen touches anyone, so there is no DQ. Jimmy Jacobs and Cliff Compton come out to make matters worse. Corino sneaks in and hits Mark with a foreign object, allowing Matt to hit the Twist of Fate for the pin at 8:13. That seemed short but in this case I’m fine with that. Matt got the right kind of win for his character.
Rating: **½

S.C.U.M. beats on Mark after the bell, while Steen and Hardy battle on the floor. Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal, and BJ Whitmer come out to make the save and start our next match.

MATCH #7: ROH vs. S.C.U.M. No Rules Six Man Match – “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal & BJ Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Cliff Compton & Rhett Titus

There are No Rules in this one so I expect o have a bit of a time covering all the action. Team ROH withstands three simultaneous suplexes and pop up to give three very delayed vertical suplexes of their own. The battle spills to the floor and Team ROH is dominating. They fight all over the arena for a little while. Lethal and Jacobs are the first to get back in the ring, where Lethal hits the handspring back elbow. Jacobs tries the Contra Code but Lethal avoids it and hits a superkick. Titus and Whitmer take their turn in the ring next. Whitmer hits an exploder and Titus rolls to the floor. Compton takes Whitmer out with a Michinoku Driver, so Elgin takes Whitmer’s place. Elgin knocks Compton to the floor and then goes to the apron. Jacobs grabs Elgin for a Contra Code that ends up wiping everyone out. Back in the ring Jacobs hits Lethal with the leaping Ace Crusher, which Kelly calls the Contra Code. No, dude. Jacobs goes for the Senton and Elgin literally snatches him out of the air. Lethal and Whitmer kick Jacobs in the face and Elgin hits a big clothesline for two. Elgin picks up both Titus and Compton for the simultaneous Fallaway Slam/Samoan Drop. That’s cool no matter how many times he does it. Elgin goes for the Spiral Bomb on Titus but Jacobs cracks him with a chair. The Unbreakable one shrugs off the chair shot and takes it away. Compton kicks it back into his face. Whitmer goes after Titus and Jacobs sneaks up behind to hit him with a reverse rana. Lethal has to fight off all three men of S.C.U.M. and does a pretty good job of it. He goes for the Lethal Injection but Jacobs cracks him with a chair. For some reason the referee didn’t see it, but he really didn’t need to be distracted since it’s a No Rules Match. Anyway, Compton hits Lethal with the F-Cinq to get the pin at 10:30. That was good chaos and S.C.U.M. finally looked good in getting a win. It’s also good for S.C.U.M. to get s some momentum heading into Steel Cage Warfare.
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: **Main Event – ROH World Championship** – Jay Briscoe vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards

Jay has been the Champion since 4.5.13, and this is his fourth defense. Bobby Fish joins Kevin Kelly on commentary. They start slowly, feeling each other out with some chain wrestling. Edwards seems to have the advantage there, and he controls the opening minutes. After a little while Jay is able to smash Edwards with a forearm. Jay goes to work now with his smash mouth style. Edwards knocks Jay to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Back in the ring Edwards locks on an STF and Jay reaches the ropes. Edwards also uses a surfboard and rolls Jay’s shoulders into a cover for two. Jay fights back with punches and takes Edwards down. He goes for the Jay Driller but Edwards fights it off and hits the Chin Checker for two. Edwards rolls that into the Achilles Lock, and Jay counters to an inside cradle for a two-count. They trade some pinning combinations and neither man can get a three-count. Both men rise and start trading strikes. Edwards goes for a suplex right by the ropes and both men tumble to the floor. They get up and throw hands, and they barely make it back to the ring before the count of 20. Both men kick each other in the face at the same time, repeatedly. Neither is willing to go down. Edwards is able to put on the Achilles Lock again and this time he adds kicks to the head. Jay makes it to the bottom rope. Edwards traps Jay in the corner and hits Kobashi chops. Jay fights back with a flurry of offense and forces the Jay Driller on Edwards to get the pin at 19:58. I wasn’t much looking forward to this one at first, but they won me over by the end. While in many ways this was the requisite defense against Edwards and there was no chance of a title change, but they worked hard, beat the crap out of each other, and the finish was really cool.
Rating: ***½

Jay and Edwards are about to shake hands, but Steve Corino and S.C.U.M. come out to make a statement. Corino reminds Jay that if he can beat his own brother, that he will have to face Matt Hardy, and Hardy will be the last ROH World Champion ever.

~BONUS~

Honor Roll 6-5-13.
Post Show Recap
Q&A with Steve Corino and Matt Hardy (DVD Only)

THE PULSE

Richards versus Alexander was great and the main event was really good, but nothing outside of that made much of a mark or felt substantial. That being said, the midcard is pretty decent up and down, so while this was definitely a placeholder show, it goes down easy. You can purchase this DVD at the ROH Shop, or watch it on iPPV Right Here.
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ROH Reaction of Honor 07.20.2013 (Briscoe v Hardy) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/24/roh-reaction-of-honor-07-20-2013-briscoe-v-hardy/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/24/roh-reaction-of-honor-07-20-2013-briscoe-v-hardy/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:06:52 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=158338 The Glimpse:

A hurting Jay Briscoe defends his Ring of Honor World Championship against SCUM’s Matt Hardy.

The Action:

The show opens with a silly video of SCUM riding in a limo that Hardy has paid for.  They gush over him being the savior of wrestling and Rhino acts poorly.  Now realistically, why in the hell would ROH broadcast this for SCUM ahead of their TV show when they’re working so hard to eradicate them in the first place?

Match 1: Will Ferrera Roderick Strong vs Adam Cole

Winner:  Roderick Strong via disqualification

Corino continues to have his man crush on Cole, which is usually good for a laugh.  To that point, Cole leaves Corino hanging for a high five.  Roderick Strong, who Cole cast onto the floor to get a countout victory recently comes out to remind Cole about the event.  Roddy says he’s disappointed in Cole’s recent attitude.  Cole says the chance to beat somebody of Roderick’s caliber was worth it, regardless of the way he won.  He apologizes, saying he’s obsessed with wins and losses lately.  Cole dismisses Ferrera to the locker room and suggests a rematch with Roddy.  Cole offers the handshake ahead of the match and Roddy accepts.

Roddy with a quick headlock takeover and Cole escapes.  More quick grappling results in an early stalemate.  Roddy pressures Cole to the corner and gives a clean break.  Cole now pressures Roddy to a corner and breaks clean as well.  Roddy hits a knee to the midsection and puts Cole in the corner for a chop.  Roddy with a hard forearm and a snapmare for a one count.  Cole escapes a scoop slam and hits a belly to back suplex for one.  Cole forearms Roddy to the corner and hits a snapmare of his own and a kneedrop for two.  Roddy blocks a vertical suplex and counters into a gordbuster.  Roddy hits chops in the corner and a running knee, but Cole reverses the bulldog, only to take a mule kick to the gut.  Cole reverses into the DVD onto his own knee for a nearfall.  Cole picks Roddy up to deliver a neckbreaker and gets another two count.  Before Roddy can get up, Cole slaps on a chinlock, heading into a commercial.

Back in, Cole hits a snap suplex and floats over for another near fall.  Cole scoop slams Roddy and tries another cover, but settles for a headscissors.  Roddy bridges and puts Cole’s shoulders on the mat, forcing a break.  Roddy strikes as he gets to his feet and flips out of a belly to back suplex attempt, then hits a dropkick off the ropes leaving both men down.  Cole runs into a knee then takes a clothesline before Roddy hits a standing bow and arrow into a slam and a chop to a kneeling Cole.  Roddy hits a knee into the corner and a bulldog for two.  Roddy hangs Cole in the Tree of Woe and hits a running knee and a backbreaker for yet another nearfall.  Cole tries a boot, but Roddy hits another backbreaker and an Olympic Slam for more nearfall action.  Roddy tries a fireman’s carry, but Cole slips out to the apron, then bounces Roddy off the ropes.  Cole is on the floor now and wheelbarrows Roddy, suplexing him onto the ring apron.  Cole rolls him in for a two count, then applies the Figure Four.  Roddy gets to the ropes, forcing a break and heads to the apron.  Cole tries to suplex him in, but Roddy ends up seating him on the top rope and hits a kick to the head.  Roddy goes to meet him on the top floor and elbows the bejeezus out of him.  Roddy hits a top rope superplex for a very near fall, leaving both men in a bit of pain.  Roddy wants another suplex, but Cole knees out, only to walk into a rolling elbow and Death by Roderick.  Cole wants the Figure Four again, but Roddy cradles him for two.  Roddy tries the Stronghold, but he gets kicked into the ref.  Both men throw forearms, but Roddy hits a jumping knee and forearms, followed by back elbows.  Cole hits a superkick and both men hit the mat.  Corino tries to rally Cole, then passes him a chain.  Roddy ends up with it, but Cole kicks him in the leg and decks him with the chain instead.  The ref sees this and DQ’s Cole.

SCUM video part two with the entire crowd waiting outside the venue booing Hardy.  Hardy offers a fan $20 to tear up a “Fatt Hardy” sign and he refuses.  Hardy tells the fan, who is an ROH fan and refused to take money to disgrace it, that he doesn’t believe in ROH.  What?  The offer gets over $100 and then Rhett Titus tears the sign up anyway.  This apparently inflates the ego of Hardy (don’t make a Fatt joke, don’t make a Fatt joke).

Match 2: Matt Hardy vs Jay Briscoe (c), Ring of Honor World Championship

Winner:  Jay Briscoe via pinfall

Nice touch…Jay is wearing a Mark shirt.  Brotherly love.  Corino takes the mic to do his customary introduction for his spiritual son.  Corino is incapable of doing this without a dozen voice cracks which is usually funny, but has kind of gotten to the grating point.

Ok…I need to throw this in here because it’s between the intros and the match.  ROH has a thing going where texting “ROH” to “TODAY” gets you pictures or some kind of bullcrap.  They have some of the personalities explain this.  When they get to Truth Martini, he explains it’s so simple “even a hoopla hottie” can do it and Salizia goes ahead and does it.  Even in a commercial this group pisses me off.

Jay’s left arm is all taped up, so that will likely be a big focus of the match.  Long tie up to start and an exchange of arm wrenches, with Hardy going right after the bad left shoulder.  Jay makes some space, but Hardy goes right back to the arm.  Briscoe with a forearm and a headbutt, then stomps in the corner before standing on the throat of Hardy.  Jay with a European uppercut and a back elbow for two.  Hardy leans in the corner and Jay goes after his midsection, but gets put into the ring post twice, left arm first.  Hardy makes it three and Corino trash talks the ROH Champion.  Hardy with a single arm DDT and a grounded hammerlock.  Jay fights up to his feet and elbows out, then throws rights into the head of Hardy.  Hardy turns it around into the Side Effect for two.  Jay with headbutts and wanting a DVD, but Hardy drops down right into a Twist of Fate for two.  Hardy drills his elbow into the bad shoulder then hammerlocks Jay’s arm around the top rope.  Hardy with right hands in the corner, then a very audible “Shoulder!” call as he wrenches the arm (oh, Maffew…) and indeed shoulder blocks the Champ twice.  Hardy goes back to the hammerlock as ROH goes to commercial.

Jay is throwing jabs as we come back and follows with forearms and a headbutt.  Jay hits a dropkick as Hardy comes off the ropes, but runs into the challenger’s boot in the corner.  Hardy with his middle rope elbow to the back of the head, which Jay answers with a superkick for two.    Jay follows with a hangman’s neckbreaker and another two count.  Jay flips off Corino and wants the Jay Driller, but Hardy tries to fight out, getting grounded by Jay.  Corino sweeps his leg as he hits the ropes, allowing Hardy to hit a second Twist of Fate, again for two.  Matt dumps Jay to the floor and whips him into the barricade.  Hardy rolls Jay in and gets a two count.  Hardy tells Corino he’s going to choke out the champ and wants his old Icepick, but Jay scoops him away and hits the Jay Driller, but Hardy kicks out.  Corino literally hits his knees and begins to pray.  Hardy pulls himself to a corner while Briscoe gathers himself mid-ring.  Jay stomps away at the knee of Hardy, and he pulls his boot off to inspect the damage.  As Corino draws the ref away, Hardy hits a shot with the boot to the head of Jay, but he kicks out.  Hardy hits Twist of Fate number three of the match, then picks up Jay for another.  Briscoe kicks out yet again, which has blown far past the line of ludicrousness.  Hardy lifts the champ and locks in the Icepick for a few seconds, then releases him onto the mat.  Hardy rains right hands onto the head of Briscoe, who appears to be out cold, and instead of pinning him (like he’s tried a dozen times this match) he slowly climbs to the top rope on a bad leg for a moonsault.  Briscoe leaps to his feet like Cena and intercepts Hardy for a belly to back superplex.  Hardy ends up landing on Jay for a two count.  The customary ROH right hand exchange begins, then Jay throws jabs and absolutely lays into Hardy.  Jay wants a Jay Driller, but Hardy resists and wants another Twist of Fate – Jay hooks a small package and wins it.

Rhino immediately hits the ring and Gores Jay, so Mark Briscoe hits the ring and takes Rhino out.  Corino tags Mark in the back of the head with a roll of quarters and lays him out.  Team ROH hits ringside, but SCUM begins to ziptie them to the ringposts.  SCUM pulls chairs into the ring and Rhino hits a One Man Con-Chair-To (called by name by Kevin Kelly, surprisingly enough) on Mark Briscoe.  Hardy demands they cripple Mark and Rhino delivers two more Con-Chair-Tos.  Security heads to ringside, but Corino calls for SCUM to end Jay Briscoe once and for all.  They put his arm in a chair and Hardy hits a double stomp flush onto it.

The Reaction:

Well that was a good match until the dumbass ending.  Corino continues to try to turn Cole heel, and while he’s kind of floating that way, he has NO interest in working with Corino.  Good action back and forth and that wheelbarrow suplex into the apron looked like it hurt like hell.  Odd that the freshly made face Strong grabbed the chain and wrapped his hand with it.  These super slow builds to turns can sometimes work against ROH when they only have an hour of TV a week.

I love ROH.  It was the first thing that made me want to cover professional wrestling.  When I wrote for www.thegeekasylum.net covering WWE, I made a gambit for ROH coverage and just didn’t have the time to do it myself.  I attend it whenever I can.  Hell, I’ll be live tweeting Manhattan Mayhem next month (shameless pandering – follow me!) and bugging Sean Radican to talk to me about it, which he’ll do.  But this match contained so many things that I dislike in wrestling and garner the anti-ROH sentiment that so many fans carry.  Hardy hits his finisher with no impact early in the match and Briscoe shrugs it off like it’s nothing.  Hardy hits TWO MORE of them in succession and Briscoe kicks out.  Hardy straps on wrestling’s worst submission hold and puts Jay Briscoe out.  Then instead of pinning the unconscious man, tries a moonsault on a bad leg – Stupid choices for the sake of convenience and plot.  Briscoe adds to the garbage pile by Cena-ing up to his feet and hitting a top rope suplex, which backfires as his opponent lands on him.  They do the same right hand exchange that EVERY back and forth ROH match contains at this point.  I don’t mind the inside cradle finish, because I’m an advocate of “not every match needs to end in a straight forward finisher-pin combination”.  If there’s a saving grace here, it was Corino’s presence at ring side.  When he hit his knees to pray, I had a hearty guffaw.  The aftermath of the match was about as brutal as it gets – That was basically an execution.  Mark Briscoe had his head compacted by Rhino and Jay had an already injured arm destroyed.  If we see the Briscoes before the end of 2013, then it was all a waste.

The Preview:

Steel Cage Warfare between ROH and SCUM.  Elgin, Lethal, Whitmer and Steen will defend Ring of Honor against four members of SCUM.

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!
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Interinactivity Summer Bash 2013: Day 1 – The Hardys, TNA, ROH & Chikara http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/15/interinactivity-summer-bash-2013-day-1-the-hardys-tna-roh-chikara/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/15/interinactivity-summer-bash-2013-day-1-the-hardys-tna-roh-chikara/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:58 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=158004 Welcome to the Interinactivity Summer Bash 2013! It’s going to be a fun week. I had WAY more responses to Interinactivity than I was counting on, so much that it had to be split into different parts to really be readable. So I’ve grouped them all into 5 articles, one for each day this week. They’re also separated somewhat by subject, for your convenience.

Monday: The Hardys, TNA, ROH & Chikara (responses to Scott Keith, Matt Harrak, CB, Zork & J-Train)
Tuesday: Shaemus, Mark Henry & The Miz (responses to CB, Swayze, Chris Sanders, Jonah Kue, Rhett Davis & PUSSBOT 3000)
Wednesday: Mid-Card Titles, Hall Of Fame, Older Wrestlers & Racism (responses to HH, IS, SS & W)
Thursday: CM Punk, The Shield & Reinvigorating Wrestling (responses to Mike Gojira, Steven Gepp, Jonah Kue, James Sawyer, Zork, Caleb Hamilton, & Wrestling Facts)
Friday: BD, Pulse History, Swayze & Commenters (responses to Martin Shaw, CB, James Sawyer, Chris Sanders, Bob Loblaw & Cynical Bastard)

(If you don’t see your entire comment one day, chances are I split it up to give the articles some flow so the rest of it will appear on a different day.) I won’t waste anyone’s time with a long intro, as there’s a lot of reading here as it is. Enjoy!

 

Scott Keith: What’s the best move for TNA from a storyline and business perspective: Headlining Bound for Glory with the winner of the tournament beating Bully Ray, or Bully losing the title beforehand and headlining against Hulk Hogan?

BD: Without really being up on current TNA, I’d have to say that fighting and beating Bully Ray would be the way to go. It’s been said to death, but this Hulk Hogan nonsense needs to end – he’s basically crippled at this point anyway. Call me insensitive if you must, but I don’t think it means a lot to beat Hulk Hogan if Hulk Hogan can’t even run the ropes or drop a leg. And the Bully Ray thing – although it’s been a pleasant surprise over the last couple years, it has a shelf life. This would be the time to pull the trigger on someone going over him, clean and decisive.

Keep in mind though, it will only matter as long as the winner of this thing is someone who is actually worth it. This is where TNA usually drops the ball – I had to look up who the BFG participants are this year, and in my opinion the only ones who could really make a difference for the company in the main event scene are Aries, Daniels, Styles, Joe and maybe Kaz.

Hardy’s usefulness to TNA has been debatable from the start, but at this point it’s next to nothing. I got nothing against Roode, Magnus or Park, and enjoy their work, but they’re not the guys to carry a company. Mr. Anderson is a waste of time, and I have no idea who Jay Bradley is so I can’t really comment there.

The only other guy is Hernandez, whom I have always enjoyed, particularly in LAX. I think he’s got a lot more to offer than what TNA has shown, and I think he could make a decent go of it. I think I’m in the minority there though, as I’ve never seen a lot of praise for Hernandez’ work.

Being that you’re Scott Keith and all, I’d like to hear who YOU think should win it this year.

 

CB: So I just got done watching The Call, and it was actually a pretty good movie. What is your favourite movie or movies starring a pro wrestler?

BD: I’ve watched one WWE film over the course of my life, and I refuse to watch more. Watching those movies is like putting bleach in your contact lens solution and hoping you don’t go permanently blind. I’m tempted to say “They Live”, although I will (embarrassingly) admit that I did actually enjoy the last two “Fast” movies with Rock… which is pretty rare for me and “Fast” movies.

Ugh. I feel like punching myself for saying that.

Swayze: The Kurt Angle one where he punches out a lady dressed as a clown and kidnaps her mentally challenged daughter.

Yes, this movie does exist.

 

Zork: I’ll have a question, but now I want to talk about the Hardys, way to go Blair. I always thought Jeff was a sloppy in ring performer and that’s where Matt excelled more, he could have some pretty solid matches. Jeff usually had to be carried in my eyes. Jeff did have more natural goth charisma than Matt did, Matt just sounds like a stupid redneck. The best thing he had going was his Mattitude V1 gimmick in 2002, the only other time he was worth anything was when he came back to feud with Edge after being fired, Edge carried him and the right guy won that feud because in the long term Matt Hardy isn’t worth much. I still remember hearing about “Cold Blooded” Matt Hardy in TNA and then I saw him with his beer gut and stupid dreadlocks, that shit was FUNNY. Jeff though, he’s just one of those guys that has that intangible thing that makes him popular despite the fact that he’s not all that great of a wrestler or talker. I liked them as a tag team way more than I ever did like either one of them separately.

BD: Truthfully, I think that BOTH the Hardys needed to be carried if they were to have a great match. There might be the odd exception, but I thought Matt was quite over-rated in the ring as well. Mattitude was an… okay gimmick, I suppose? Really, if you take away the stupid Windows Media Player “buffering” knockoff entrance and the Matt facts, there wasn’t much to it. I agree though, Jeff has a MASSIVE appeal that Matt never did, that doesn’t work for me personally, but he was a license to print money for Vince during his last WWE run.

Incidentally, this is why I find it funny when people talk about how Orton’s however-many strikes may make WWE “hesitant” to put a belt on him. I don’t claim to know anything about backstage goings-on, and I truly believe that anyone who does is usually full of shit. But trust me when I tell you that WWE does NOT factor in how many strikes Orton or anyone else have against them when considering who to do what with. They do not give a fuck, whatsoever.

And I don’t need fake or even real knowledge of backstage goings-on to know this. All I need to do is look at WWE’s history in such matters. Jake Roberts, Scott Hall… the list goes on and on. And Jeff Hardy is the perfect example of this. WWE gave Jeff Hardy a main-event slot after he’d burned himself right out of the company in 2002, AND had two strikes against him ALREADY AFTER he’d already come back the second time.

And being that this is a special edition of Interinactivity, I’m going to bring back this old gem – you could donkey punch Linda McMahon during forced anal, and Vince would still bring you back (with increased pay) if he thought you could make him a fucking DIME.

 

J-Train: On the topic of Matt Hardy, does Reby Sky get creeped out about Matt Hardy still being obsessed with Lita? He probably should just get over it already.

BD: Christ, Al Qaeda thinks that Matt needs to get over it. Matt is so far above his station with that Reby girl, it’s hilarious. Good on him, really.

 

Matthew Harrak: When is CHIKARA going to finally be considered the #3 promotion?

BD: Never.

Don’t misunderstand – I’ve not seen as much CHIKARA as I’d like, but I have seen some, and I have no trouble believing that they deliver a better product than ROH at this point in time. If you told me I had to watch one or the other in it’s present form, I’d pick CHIKARA every time.

But until either Ring Of Honor fully goes under or CHIKARA does something to actually get on the map in a much bigger way than they have so far, then Ring Of Honor can tread on it’s legacy. Most wrestling fans at least know of Ring Of Honor’s existence, even if they only know it as the place that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan came from. CHIKARA doesn’t have that. Even people who aren’t into ROH anymore, like myself, remember how good it was from it’s inception all the way through 2008 or so. So although it’s taken a huge nosedive since then, even though CHIKARA is better at the moment doesn’t mean it was ever as good as ROH at it’s peak.

I truly believe that ROH during those years was better than the original ECW. It certainly produced more stars – CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Antonio Cessaro, Austin Aries, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and many more all owe their professional existence to ROH for getting them noticed and developing them as wrestlers on that stage. Their indy cred shot up, and the cred of the promotion as a whole shot up as a result. It became a reliable place to find talent (similar to how WWE and WCW raided ECW for the same thing). CM Punk is actually the perfect example of this – look at Punk when he started in ROH and when he finished. He developed there. Not that he wasn’t good when he started – he was. But he matured as a wrestler and a performer there, in a way that you can actually see on screen.

Unfortunately, when ROH lost those guys and SO many others, they just couldn’t recover. Not that The Briscoe’s and others weren’t able to do their part to make it entertaining, but it just wasn’t the same. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Ring Of Honor because the shows still deliver what they promise, but they’re not nearly as progressive or fan-friendly as they used to be, and now they seem to have trouble creating more memorable stars on their own. Remember at the end of ECW, how the main-event was Tommy Dreamer, Justin Credible, Jerry Lynn, CW Anderson, and Rhino? I got nothing against any of those guys, but that’s the state that ROH is in right now.

CHIKARA though, while I enjoy them (especially for what they are) and think their current product is better than ROH’s current product, they also have not made enough noise to really get noticed, and they haven’t really developed any wrestlers that have made anyone stand up and take notice of the promotion, in the way that, say, CM Punk and Samoa Joe did for ROH when they had their series (just to use the most famous example).

And that’s what it will take for wrestling fans to consider them the #3 promotion. It’s the same reason wrestling fans will always consider TNA to be the #2 promotion, no matter how bad or good it gets – barring someone else making a much bigger move than has been made by any wrestling promotion since the year 2000.

Hell, in most wrestling fans’ minds, there’s only one promotion really on the map anyway. Unfortunately, they’re not totally wrong on that either.

 

Well, that’s it for Day 1. Make sure to check out Day 2.

I want to thank everyone for participating in this. I said it already, but I didn’t expect this much response, and had a ton of fun writing this.

This has been “Interinactivity”. Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow.

I’ll be in my trailer.

Yours,
BD
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The View From Down Here – Ask the Fans pt 2 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/01/the-view-from-down-here-ask-the-fans-pt-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/07/01/the-view-from-down-here-ask-the-fans-pt-2/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:00:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=157662 A while back I asked a few fans what they thought of certain aspects of professional wrestling. With the recent resurgence of WWE as something worth watching (at times), and with TNA having something approaching coherent story-telling and some good wrestling, and with all 4 local South Australian promotions seeing an increase in numbers to their shows across the board, I thought it might be a good time to revisit this concept of asking the local fans just what is going on.

 

I decided to interview the same four people as last time, but it sort of snowballed because of reasons too tedious to explain here. In the end 29 people answered my 3 simple questions. I’m not going to list each and every person and their responses, because, really, that would be even more boring than what I normally put in these columns.

 

So, over the course of 3 weeks, I have interviewed (for want of a better term) a diverse group of people. So let’s start with the stats! The ages ranged from 8 (my son) to 55, with an average of 24.3, and all claim to watch televised US wrestling at least once a month. 13 are fans of the local wrestling scene, interviewed at two shows I went to in that time. 4 are actual wrestlers. 1 is my son and 1 is a friend of my son. 2 are men who describe themselves as ‘casual fans’ of WWE and TNA. 1 is a fan of the indy scene from another Australian state. The rest are fans of US wrestling only. 11 are female, the rest male. 24 are Australian, 3 are from the Pacific Islands (including New Zealand), 1 is Canadian, 1 is South African.

 

Finally, I am not one of those here; none of the other columnists at Inside Pulse were included either. And, to cap it all, no regular IP commenter was included either.

 

Okay? Good. Now, like I said, I only asked 3 questions. So here are the answers I was given.

 

Question 1: What is good about wrestling at the moment?

I set a maximum of 5 responses. 19 gave 5 responses, 4 gave 4, 5 gave 2 and 1 gave 1.

 

- Daniel Bryan (22 responses)

- The Shield (19 responses)

- CM Punk (12)

- The local promotion/s (12) (This means the local indy, Australian promotion, which most of the 12 mentioned by the name of their favourite or favourites)

- WWE DVD releases (8)

- Longer matches on WWE TV shows (5)

- Curtis Axel / Axel getting the IC Title (4)

- NXT (3)

- Paul Heyman (3)

- WWE PPVs are interesting / good (3)

- Colt Cabana’s YouTube videos / podcasts (2)

- Dolph Ziggler (2)

- John Cena (2)

- Kevin Steen (2)

- Payback PPV (2)

- X-Division in TNA (2)

- Aces & Eights (1)

- AJ Lee (1)

- AJ Styles’ lone wolf character (1)

- Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk (1)

- Chris Jericho (1)

- John E. Radic (SPW) (1)

- Kurt Angle (1)

- Mark Henry’s speech then attack on Cena (1)

- Matt ‘GD Grimm’ Basso (RCW) (1)

- More submission holds being used (1)

- RCW’s women’s division (1)

- ROH-TV (1)

- RVD back in WWE (1)

- Team Hell No (1)

- The Rock wrestling again (1)

- The Wyatt family videos (1)

- TNA’s Bound For Glory series (1)

- TNA’s Tag Team Division (1)

- Wolfdogg’s return to the ring (SPW) (1)

 

35 different responses, with the only things even close to being universal being Daniel Bryan and the Shield. I think the only things that surprised me were the low number of responses in favour of CM Punk, the few responses concerning ROH, and the high number who think WWE DVD releases are a good thing in all of wrestling at the moment.

 

(Note: SPW – Snakepit Pro Wrestling; RCW – Riot City Wrestling)

 

 

Question 2: What annoys you about wrestling at the moment?

Again, I set a maximum of 5 responses. 21 gave 5 responses, 7 gave 4, and 1 gave 3.

 

- John Cena / John Cena being on top (11)

- Authority figures being used on wrestling shows/programmes (7)

- Price of WWE PPVs (6)

- The Miz (6)

- Women’s wrestling on WWE (6)

- The Rock wrestling again (5)

- TNA (5)

- Wrestling on Australian TV (5) (General complaints about timing, the channels it’s on, etc)

- A certain local promotion (4) (This was one local South Australian promotion that some do not seem to like; I shan’t name them here, however)

- Brock Lesnar (4)

- Hulk Hogan (4)

- No commentary at live shows (4) (This included most local promotions and WWE; I think RCW is the only one still with live commentators)

- Ryback (4)

- WWE Raw (4)

- HHH (3)

- Internet wrestling sites (3)

- Sheamus (3)

- The McMahon family on TV all the time (3) (“All the time” was the phrase used by all 3 people)

- “What” chants everywhere (3)

- WWE (3)

- YouTube clips from WWE that can’t be played in Australia (3)

- Aces & 8s (2)

- AJ Styles (2)

- Chris Jericho (2)

- Concussion storylines (2)

- Kurt Angle (2)

- Matt Hardy (2)

- Paul Heyman (2)

- ROH’s iPPVs (2)

- Standard of local wrestling (2)

- Sting still wrestling (2)

- The names indy wrestlers get in the WWE (2)

- The Shield (2)

- WWE’s tag team division (2)

- Zero-1 not having enough shows (2) (That is the local Zero-1 promotion, an offshoot of the Japanese one and supported by them, I believe, in some way)

- 3MB (1)

- Bully Ray (1)

- Jay Briscoe (1)

- Jeff Hardy (1)

- Kaitlyn (1)

- Mr Anderson (1)

- New South Wales wrestling (1) (Seriously, and I have no idea why)

- No Scott Steiner on TV (1)

- Randy Orton (1)

- Those With Heart (RCW) (1) (The heel faction run by the new Commissioner)

- TNA bringing in old WWE wrestlers (1)

- Velvet Sky (1)

 

47 different responses this time, with not one really dominating the responses. It is also interesting how many appear on both lists. It seems a lot more local wrestling issues annoy the fans, and that the fans are more critical of the local scene than they are complimentary.

 

 

Question 3: What is your favourite wrestling match of all time?

Of the 29 people, 4 felt they could not answer, but in contrast 3 gave 2 matches and 1 person gave his top 3. Hence the reason there are 30 votes here.

 

- Shawn Michaels v The Undertaker (Wrestlemania 25) (8)

- Shawn Michaels v The Undertaker (Wrestlemania 26) (3)

- Bret Hart v Owen Hart (Wrestlemania X) (2)

- Ricky Steamboat v Randy Savage (Wrestlemania III) (2)

- Royal Rumble 1992 (2)

- Bret Hart v British Bulldog (Summerslam 1992) (1)

- Chris Benoit v HHH v Shawn Michaels (Wrestlemania XX) (1)

- Eddie Guerrero v Kurt Angle (Wrestlemania XX) (1)

- Hart Foundation v LOD, Pillman, Shamrock & Austin (10-man tag match) (Canadian Stampede 1997) (1)

- John Cena v CM Punk (Money In The Bank 2011) (1)

- Kurt Angle v Chris Benoit (Royal Rumble 2003) (1)

- Rocky Menero v GD Grimm (RCW Key To The City 2011) (1)

- Samoa Joe v AJ Styles v Chris Daniels (TNA Unbreakable 2005) (1)

- Samoa Joe v Kenta Kobashi (ROH Joe vs. Kobashi 2005) (1)

- Shawn Michaels v Chris Jericho (Unforgiven 2008) (1)

- The Shield v Team Hell No & Randy Orton (Smackdown June 14, 2013) (1)

- TLC (Edge & Christian v the Dudleys v the Hardys) (Summerslam 2000) (1)

- Wargames 1991 (Flair, Windham, Vicious, Zbyszko v Sting, Pillman & The Steiners) (Wrestle War 1991) (1)

 

18 different matches on this list.

 

So in this case I disagree with most of the people I interviewed. It happens. But I think this shows one very important thing – very few people have the same concepts of what makes a match their absolute favourite. Sure, 8 of them liked the same match, but 13 matches were considered a favourite by just one person. The concept of a “best match” and star ratings may not mean much when it comes to personal opinion.

 

But look at the list – most of the matches are from WWE(WWF). One from TNA, one from ROH (which this interview made me look up and watch), one even from RCW (which I suppose says something about actually “being there”). In my opinion, there was one match on this list I found dull, 2 I think are vastly overrated and 1 that feels too recent to make a good value judgement on. Still, if these matches were on a DVD called “fan favourites”, I think I’d buy the set.

 

So, three questions. Sound off with your answers in the comments section.

 

And that’s the view.

 
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Reaction of Honor – Best in the World 2013 (Briscoe v Briscoe) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/06/23/reaction-of-honor-best-in-the-world-2013-briscoe-v-briscoe/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/06/23/reaction-of-honor-best-in-the-world-2013-briscoe-v-briscoe/#comments Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:49:59 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=157458 The Glimpse:

Nobody fights like family indeed – Jay Briscoe defends his Ring of Honor World Title against little brother Mark Briscoe.  Matt Taven defends the TV Title against Jay Lethal and Jimmy Jacobs.  ReDRagon defends the ROH World Tag Titles against the C&C Wrestle Factory and Titus/Compton of SCUM.  Kevin Steen returns to full matches with a grudge against Matt Hardy.

The Action:

Match 1: Mike Bennett vs BJ Whitmer

Winner:  BJ Whitmer via pinfall

This one came about as a result of Maria convincing Bennett that BJ trash talked her – Maria seems to be running a “strong woman taking over” gimmick out of nowhere and it’s fine.  Corino is out of control in the best way possible on commentary.

Bob Evans tries to shoulder tackle Whitmer behind the ref’s back and gets tossed out, then Bennett walks into an Exploder for the loss.  Maria screams at Evans for his mistake and distraction, then walks Bennett away from him.  Interesting.

Match 2: American Wolves vs Adrenaline Rush (ACH and Tadarius Thomas)

Winners:   American Wolves via pinfall

A match where Eddie Edwards is the tallest guy in the ring by two inches…that’s kinda funny.

Richards participating in kind of a comedy spot was out of character, but he follows it up with a cheap shot.  Nice to see a bit of a change to his ROH character.  Lots of action toward the finish, including a superkick/German/jackknife pin combo from the Wolves.  After some ring clearing (thank you terrible ROH feed as usual), Edwards lays out TD with a superkick on the floor, ACH wipes Edwards out with a flip dive and gets cradled after Richards gets his knees up on a 450 splash attempt.

Match 3:  Adam Cole vs Roderick Strong

Winner:  Adam Cole via countout

Cole ignored a handshake from Roddy which is what spawned this one.  Roddy is back to the “firefight” intro to his music, so you can tell he’s a face again.

Figure fours and Strongholds back and forth near the end of this one, as well as a strike exchange on the apron, ending in Cole superkicking Roddy through a table at ringside.  Cole tries to lift and help Roddy into the ring, but eventually dumps him to the floor and rolls back in.  Strong tries to get back in, but can’t beat the ref’s count.  Corino follows Cole to the back.

Match 4: Michael Elgin vs Tommaso Ciampa

Winner:  Michael Elgin via pinfall

RD Evans is on commentary for this one, considering he was the last one associated with Ciampa before he was gone for quite some time.

Ciampa pulls a page out of Elgin’s book and hits a stalling vertical suplex for about 15 seconds on the bigger man.  Elgin eventually answers with his and gets to a count of, I believe, 45 from the crowd.  Ciamps tries a suicide dive but dive into a forearm, leaving him draped on the middle rope – From the floor, Elgin deadlifts him into a vertical suplex and drops him on the exposed concrete.  Ciampa begs for more and gets a buckle bomb into the barricade.  Elgin rolls him back in and heads to the top for the corkscrew senton, but Ciampa still kicks out.  Elgin hits an in ring buckle bomb now, but Ciampa counters the follow up into a Kryptonite Krunch for two.  Once again, thanks to the feed, I skip to seeing Ciampa hitting a top rope Krunch, but Elgin still escapes.  Elgin hits a deadlift Hellevator for a two of his own.  Elgin lands a backfist while Ciampa is on the apron, then tries the deadlift superplex, which Ciampa rolls out of.  Ciampa uses the positioning to land Project Ciampa, but Elgin gets the rope at 2 and 9/10.  Ciampa follows up with a third Kryptonite Kunch, this time on the apron.  Elgin rolls through a Project Ciampa attempt into a deadlift buckle bomb and the Elginbomb, but Ciampa kicks out and locks in a triangle choke, which Elgin deadlifts out of twice.  Ciampa ends up hitting a running knee and Elgin pops up at one.  Lariat from Elgin and just another nearfall.  Three backfists, a rolling elbow to the back of the head and a rip cord lariat is enough to finish Ciampa off.

QT Marshall comes down in a suit and gets in the ring, taking off his jacket.  The feed cuts to him on the floor, jacket in hand.  I don’t even know if anything happened.

Match 5: Jay Lethal vs Jimmy Jacobs vs Matt Taven (c), Ring of Honor Television Championship

Winner:  Matt Taven, presumably by pinfall

I’m long since over this whole Hoopla nonsense with Taven, Truth and company.  But I’ve written that many times, so I’m not going to harp on it much here.

Taven’s tights almost come down for a gratuitous ass shot, then Lethal hits a combination flatliner/DDT on Jacobs and Taven.  Lethal later hits a belly to back pop up neckbreaker and heads up for Hail to the King, which connects.  Jacobs breaks it up.  Jacobs wants the Contra Code, but Lethal tosses him to the floor, then dropkicks Taven down there as well.  Lethal nails a suicide dive on Taven, and Scarlett gets in the ring to slap Lethal.  Lethal grabs at her shirt and she ends up topless.  Martini takes umbridge at this and slaps Lethal himself.  Jacobs hits a spear on Lethal and Truth wants to celebrate.  Martini hits his knees to beg for forgiveness.  The other hoopla hottie gets in and Jacobs can’t move her out of the way.  She takes Jacobs up for a Kryptonite Krunch and ends up superkicked by Lethal.  Jacobs hits a springboard cutter and my feed cuts to Taven being the winner.  ROH, you honestly do not deserve the fans’ money when this garbage happens.

Match 6: C&C Wrestle Factory vs Rhett Titus & Cliff Compton vs reDRagon (c), Ring of Honor Tag Team Championship

Winners:  reDRagon via pinfall

Silly spot where Titus runs at C&C and they gently toss him away, resulting in him flip-diving onto Compton on the floor.  They hit Overtime on O’Reilly, but SCUM drag him away.  Coleman dives onto SCUM from the top rope and Alexander lands a brainbuster on O’Reilly.  Fish hits a kick to the back of Alexander’s head and drags O’Reilly on top of him for the win.  Insanely anti-climactic.

Match 7:  Matt Hardy vs Kevin Steen

Winner:  Matt Hardy via pinfall

Steen says he knows SCUM will get involved and asks Nigel to make it no DQ so we get a real ending.  Nigel agrees and Steen makes a brother joke at Matt’s expense as they go to war.  Because psychology only exists where necessary, the ref immediately admonishes Steen for beating Hardy in the corner.  In a no DQ match.

Plunder starts early on as Corino throws a trash can to Hardy, who uses it but ends up taking a Cannonball in the corner, driving it into his face.  Steen wants an F-Cinq through a table on the floor but Titus hits the ring and immediately gets a Package Piledriver.  Thanks to the distraction, Hardy hits a Side Effect and Steen rolls to the apron.  Hardy wants another Side Effect through the table, but Steen counters – Now Jacobs runs in for the save.  He gets a pair powerbombs onto the apron, then one for Hardy.  Compton in now with a chair shot to the back.  He readies another but when Steen falls and only his head is exposed, he hesitates, then hits a back shot when able to.  So glad for that.  Hardy pulls out a ladder to complete the TLC motif.  Steen blasts off a Codebreaker driving the ladder into Hardy’s face then hits F-Cinq but Hardy kicks out.  Steen wants a Package Piledriver, but Hardy hits a low blow and another Side Effect, this time onto the ladder – Good for a two count.  Hardy sets up a pair of chairs and drives Steen through both with the Twist of Fate to win.

SCUM beat on Steen after the match and nobody from the locker room comes to help.

Match 8:  Mark Briscoe v Jay Briscoe (c), Ring of Honor World Championship 

Winner:  Jay Briscoe via pinfall

The crowd gets cute with a “Let’s go Briscoe” chant.  Both of the brothers are fan favorites, but Mark is playing the babyface here.  He offers the Code of Honor, but big brother isn’t having it.

Mark’s Redneck KungFu vs Jay’s boxing jabs is a hell of a fun exchange.  Jay goes looking for a table and Mark helps him set it up at ringside.  Forearm exchange and Jay scoops Mark up for a powerslam.  Cut to Mark on the floor on the opposite side of the ringside area, table still intact.  This is so damn frustrating.  Mark’s turn to try the table, but we end up with a fight on the apron.  Mark ends up back in the ring and hits a plancha on big brother Jay.  Mark lays Jay on the table and heads to the top rope, feed cuts to Jay down in the ring for “Froggy Bo # 2″.  He apparently hit Froggy Bo through the table on the floor, followed by a second in the ring, but Jay kicks out either way.  Cutthroat Driver from Mark, but Jay kicks out again.  Mark wants another Cutthroat Driver, but Jay rakes his eyes, leading to a strike exchange mid-ring.  Jay lands forearms and a Jay Driller, but Mark is out at two.  Jay follows with a huge lariat and another Jay Driller, but Mark pops up at one.  Trio of superkicks from Jay and a third Jay Driller to finish off Chicken.

The Reaction:

Good opener for an ROH show – Nice to see an opener that doesn’t go overboard on high spots and shenanigans.  Bennett has shaved his head and seems to be wrestling a little more “WWE style”.  Maria’s angle on this is a bit different, and that’s always welcome.

Cute comedy spot and a back kick from Richards.  TD is finally making good connection on his capoeria kicks, which will make a big difference for him in the ring.  The Wolves do a few usual spots (like the chinlock applied to Richards applying a lock of his own for extra torque) and appear to be the heels of the match, despite what the fans may think.  Great action, followed by Richards calling out reDRagon.  One thing which seems to be a pattern with Richards in Ring of Honor is him winning after a counter and a cradle or small package.  Seems like this happens as often, if not more often, than him hitting a finisher and getting a pinfall.

A lot of back and forth between Cole and Roddy.  This was a good balance of that “ROH over the top go go go” style and a good, methodical match.  Both men apply their submissions in exchange, as well as their signature strikes.  Roddy takes a nasty fall through a table after a super kick on the apron.  That heel turn has been building and building for Cole; about time they pulled the trigger.  Interesting to see if it results in him joining SCUM or if he’s just going to run solo.

That’ll be your bruising, hard hitting match of the night.  Ciampa and Elgin just brutalized each other both in the ring and on the floor.  My plan was to type up match endings for this review.  I started typing at the point I did because I thought that was just about it.  That whole exchange was absolutely nuts.  Definitely suffers from a bit of that ROH-syndrome, but the real ending exchange was excellent and the crowd was completely into it and really, that’s the most important measure of the success of a match.  The crowd’s reaction to this one may very well elect it for a Match of the Week spot, depending on the rest of this show.

Sometimes a triple threat works and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes you add so much schmozz that nobody really gives a damn.  That was the result here.  If it wasn’t for the presence of Lethal and the sudden presence of the top half of Scarlett Bordeaux, this would have been a total dud for the crowd.  Add to the mixture that I didn’t get to see the ending of the match and my frustration multiplies.  Crummy lead up to the end of a match regardless.

This is one of those times that I’m happy to not be writing up every step of the action.  Six guys in an ROH ring makes for way too much to track in one go.  The crowd seems to be completely anti-Compton and I’m with them.  I still don’t get any appeal to the guy, as he’s barely done anything in the ring since he’s come in and it’s always the same couple of basic moves.  I get he’s a former WWE Tag Champ, but that’s all he has as far as name appeal.  For all the over the top action we see in these matches, Fish finishes a guy off with a sneak attack kick.  In a way, I can appreciate that because it’s a change of pace.  On the other side of the coin, the live crowd hated it – Not because of who won, but because of the ending itself.

Well that amounted to about a 5 on 1 situation for Steen.  And he paid for it.  So we’re obviously playing up that Steen has no friends in ROH and has to go it alone until there’s some breaking point that will bring him some help in the form of ROH bonding with him.  The match itself was…ok.  I usually expect a bit more from matches involving Steen, to be honest.  Most of his highlights were bashing the other members of SCUM.  Steen of course gets a great reaction from the crowd, but they do need to come up with something to rebuild him as far as storyline goes.

Lots of offense out of Mark and it takes three straight finishers out of Jay to put his little brother away.  The high spots were of course entertaining, but this didn’t have that “huge match” feel to it in the end.  Glad to see that there wasn’t shenanigans in this one, at least.  Between the feed and the other matches, that would have been the straw that broke the back.  Safe to assume Jay continues being the big headed champion.  Interesting to see how the tag dynamic works with them moving forward, as well as what is in store for Mark as far as singles goes.  I think the lack of input on this particular paragraph shows that the main event wasn’t the expected epic.

Overall…not a must-see iPPV from Ring of Honor with Best in the World 2013.  Elgin/Ciampa was great, but one match does not a show make.

Rating for stream quality:  Worse than usual.

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!
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Final Card For ROH’s “Best In The World” iPPV & Matt Hardy Talks Kevin Steen (Video) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/06/20/final-card-for-rohs-best-in-the-world-ippv-matt-hardy-talks-kevin-steen-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/06/20/final-card-for-rohs-best-in-the-world-ippv-matt-hardy-talks-kevin-steen-video/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:08:42 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=157385 Here is the final card for Ring of Honor’s iPPV this Saturday at 5 PM est, “Best In The World” featuring brothers Jay & Mark Briscoe for the ROH Heavyweight Championship.

ROH Heavyweight Championship Match: Jay Briscoe (c) vs Mark Briscoe

ROH Tag Team Championship Match: reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs SCUM’s Rhett Titus & Cliff Compton vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

ROH TV Championship Match: Matt Taven (c) vs. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Jay Lethal

Kevin Steen vs. Matt Hardy

Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole

Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa

The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. Adrenalin RUSH (ACH & Tadarius Thomas)

BJ Whitmer vs. Mike Bennett

 

And following is a promo video Matt Hardy released for his match with Kevin Steen… which also features his fiancée, Reby Sky:

 
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Video: Matt Hardy’s “Anti-Bullying” Video http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/05/31/video-matt-hardys-anti-bullying-video/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/05/31/video-matt-hardys-anti-bullying-video/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 15:22:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=156917 Matt Hardy took to YouTube to for another of his inspired videos. This one: Hardy’s twist on WWE’s anti-bullying campaign “Be A Star”.

Harrak’s Hit: I know this is all kayfabe and Hardy is just playing up his role in S.C.U.M. & ROH not accepting him on their show; but wow this went on just too damn long. It’s interesting to see how overt self-promotion launched Colt Cabana a career while Matt Hardy is consistently mocked for it.
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ROH Reaction of Honor 04.27.2013 (SCUM vs ROH) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/05/02/roh-reaction-of-honor-04-27-2013-scum-vs-roh/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/05/02/roh-reaction-of-honor-04-27-2013-scum-vs-roh/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 00:53:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=156204 The Glimpse:

SCUM and ROH will go to war multiple times over the course of the night.  This all leads to Border Wars where SCUM will fight for an ROH World Title shot and a seat at the Ring of Honor commentary table to speak their “truth”.

The Action:

Steve Corino and SCUM are in the ring to start the show this week.  Corino bad mouths the crowd and TV audience and challenges for a six man tag match between SCUM and ROH.

Match 1: Jimmy Jacobs, Rhett Titus and Cliff Compton vs BJ Whitmer, Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman

Winners:  SCUM via pinfall

All out brawl to begin the action with Titus and Alexander isolated in the ring until Jacobs runs in, only to get a double team from C&C who proceed to whollop Titus in a corner.  Jacobs hits a spear on Coleman to slow things down to a normal match.  Jacobs gives Coleman the corner punches with the skirt over his head, drawing Whitmer in and allowing SCUM to keep Coleman in their corner.  Coleman gets draped on the top and Coleman flies in with a forearm to the back and a jumping leg drop for two.  Coleman takes four boots to the face in the corner then Jacobs and Compton split the wishbone.  Rights from Jacobs on the grounded Coleman who can’t get going at all.  Coleman blocks a snap suplex into a vertical one of his own, but Compton tags in before Coleman can escape.  Back elbow off the ropes from Compton for two.  Titus’ turn to tag in and he delivers a boot to the ribs once again drawing Whitmer in and the attention of the ref away.  Titus gives Coleman a slingshot on the bottom rope and Jacobs hits a cheap shot, then hops in for his new signature trip and punches spot with Titus.  Coleman is draped on the middle rope for a Bob Holly gut kick as SCUM takes more liberties with him.  Coleman starts to  fight back but gets pinned down by Titus once again, who settles into a chinlock.

The crowd rallies and Coleman flips and rolls out of a belly to back to tag in Whitmer who drops Titus multiple times and gets a two count off a powerslam.  Jacobs fights in but gets tossed away, then Titus eats an exploder suplex.  Compton’s turn to run interference and he gets tossed away as well.  Alexander and Coleman fire up and hit stereo flip dives to the floor.  Titus hits a loaded right hand (after Corino hands him some chain) to Whitmer’s jaw and gets a dirty, dirty pin.  SCUM wants to keep the beating going, but Elgin and Lethal hit the ring to break it up.

Match 2:  Jay Lethal vs Rhett Titus

Winner:  Jay Lethal via pinfall

During the commercial, this match was set up and ring is isolated – No Elgin, no SCUM.  Lethal is hitting signature offense including a hip toss and low dropkick as we come in to see the action.  Titus goes to the apron and gets a triangle dropkick, then a trifecta of suicide dives.  Lethal punches and chops Titus around the ring, then breaks the count, which allows Titus to pancake him onto the ring apron and stomp away at him on the floor.  Titus rolls him onto the apron and delivers a boot to his head and the ring post.  Lethal is up at one and Titus locks in a chinlock.  Lethal is quickly up and delivers chops but gets dragged down to the mat by his hair.  Titus delivers a jumping double knee drop for two.  Lethal begins to fight up from his knees and gets to his feet to have an exchange of rights, which Lethal gets the best of.  Titus ducks as Lethal comes off the ropes and takes a kick to the chest, then a chop in the corner.  Lethal heads to the top for a missile dropkick then a running forearm in the opposite corner and a DVD.  Titus is out at two and Lethal heads to the top for an elbow drop – Titus gets up and Lethal jumps over him, wanting the Lethal Injection.  Titus blocks and hits a huge boot and lariat for a near two.  Titus picks up a deadweight Lethal and hammers on his back, then tries a head and arm suplex.  Lethal tries an enzuigiri but comes up empty.  Lethal hits the Lethal Combination and rolls Titus to his feet for a superkick and the Lethal Injection for the win.

Lethal rallies the troops on the mic and says he and Elgin will eject Corino from ROH at Border Wars.

Inside Ring of Honor

Preview of Border Wars – ROH vs SCUM, the TV title and World titles will be defended with both involving the Briscoes.

Steen is beaten down by SCUM and nobody from the ROH locker room came to his aid.  How will this play out at Border Wars?

Jay Briscoe/Adam Cole Contract Signing

Cole signs.  Briscoe signs.  They shake hands at the behest of Nigel McGuinness.  Corino shows up, mic in hand for seemingly the sixth time in three shows and he brings Rhino and Matt Hardy with him.  Corino says Cole shouldn’t be the number one contender – He should just defend against the next champ, Matt Hardy.  Corino formally announces Rhino and Hardy, with Hardy looking like he’s got to drop a deuce.  Briscoe offers to fight right now which Hardy doesn’t look too happy about.  Briscoe throws the table (because this IS a contract signing after all).  Nigel says let’s do it!

Match 3:  Adam Cole and Jay Briscoe (ROH World Champion) vs Rhino and Matt Hardy

Winners:  Adam Cole and Jay Briscoe via pinfall

Hardy throws his shirt to the crowd three times.  The first two it gets tossed right back to him.  The third time (to the side I was sitting on) the guy caught it and kept it, basking in “A**hole” chants.  Crowd was more fired up for that than almost anything that entire night.

Cole and Hardy start it and thanks to Rhino, Hardy takes control.  Into opposite corners with right hands as Cole fights his way out with rights and a clothesline, followed by a jumping neckbreaker for two.  Hardy rolls away and tags in Rhino.  Cole elects to stay in and lands an arm drag.  Cole kicks Rhino off the ropes then hits a low dropkick to the knee and a shining wizard for a nearfall.  Briscoe tags in and pounds on Rhino into a corner.  The crowd entertains themselves with a “Feed Matt Less” chant as Rhino explodes out of the corner with a shoulder block.  Briscoe immediately comes back with forearms and tags Cole back in.  Rhino hits a back elbow off the ropes and Cole fights out of the enemy corner with multiple kicks to Rhino.  Hardy grabs Cole’s leg on the middle rope, allowing Rhino to toss him to the mat and Hardy to come in and pound on him.  SCUM is in control into the commercial.

Back to action, Hardy is still in control.  Cole tries a cross body and gets caught for a front slam, then another from Hardy.  Hardy pounds on Cole in the corner then grabs Cole by the legs, lifting him up for a sitout powerbomb and a two count.  Rhino is back in and they throw Cole into the turnbuckle back first.  Rhino chokes away at Cole.  Cole flips out of a belly to back attempt and it’s the ROH Champ’s turn to lay some jabs and a dropkick on the manbeast.  Hardy is booted to the floor and Jay lands a DDT for two.  Hardy wants some and takes a roaring elbow.  The distraction lets Rhino hits a belly to belly.  Rhino poises for The Gore but Jay counters with a boot then hits a running boot to the head.  Cole tags himself in, raising the ire of Briscoe.  Hardy interjects himself and ducks a superkick from Cole, resulting in Briscoe taking the hit.  Cole disposes of Hardy and then dodges the Gore with Briscoe taking it instead.  Cole rolls Rhino up after The Gore for the win with a schoolboy.

Briscoe is none too happy about what just transpired and Cole chalks it up to a pair of unfortunate circumstances.

The Reaction:

Usual ROH clustermess to start a multiman match.  Alexander was never even legally in the match, I believe.  This was really just a set up to allow SCUM to get a dirty win and Lethal and Elgin to make the save which at least worked out effectively.  I think the flying forearm and legdrop are about all Compton has done since being in ROH.  Ok match, but nothing at all to write home about.  Most importantly, this is the set up for Titus and Whitmer having an I Quit match at Border Wars this weekend.

Lethal really needs to save the triple suicide dive for special events.  Something like that stops being special and “big” if it’s done every time he’s in the ring.  Eventually he’ll have to do more and more and then we’ll end up with a set of ten suicide dives and it will be ludicrous.

A clean contract signing…will wonders never cease?  The end of that match plants just enough of a seed of doubt to make people wonder if Cole did that on purpose or not.  He does make a good heel, so a turn isn’t out of the question.  The pretty boy heel never gets old.  How will Jay Briscoe react at Border Wars?

The Preview:

Border Wars is this Saturday – Jay Briscoe defends the ROH Title against Adam Cole and SCUM takes on ROH’s finest for control of the broadcast booth vs the eviction of Steve Corino from ROH for good.

Next week, Michael Elgin takes on “Machinegun” Karl Anderson.  If you are reading this, I’m telling you to watch this match.  If you don’t you are missing out.  Also, Davey Richards takes on Kyle O’Reilly.  These are both PPV-quality matches and next week is a must watch for any ROH fan.

The Shill:

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Supercard of Honor VII is upon us – All three ROH titles will be defended tonight and we may learn why World Champion Kevin Steen seems to be at odds with SCUM.

Follow along here all night for live results, impacts and thoughts courtesy of yours truly and Pulse Wrestling.

The Action:

Match 1:  ACH and Tadarius Thomas vs QT Marshall and RD Evans

Winners:  ACH and Tadarius Thomas via pinfall

Evans runs his mouth and announces himself as Marshall’s partner.  Evans cheats his way into a headlock and plays up his usual Chikara goofiness shtick.  He gets a Charlie horse and then tags in QT who gets bounced around by the opponents, before landing a boot and tagging Evans back in – TD proceeds to use Evans’ foot as a weapon against QT and gets a two count.  Marshall blasts TD with a clothesline after taking out ACH and Evans gets a two.. Marshall back in  to lay into Thomas.  Evans’ turn to deliver a gutbuster for another two before tagging Marshall back in for some double team offense.  TD fights his way out and finally tags in ACH who runs roughshod, landing Ready or Not to both men in the corner and putting on a Giant Swing Cloverleaf on Evans, which is broken up by Marshall.

ACH tosses both men to the floor and lands a baseball slide on Evans and Air Jordan on Marshall.  Evans tries to deliver a plancha of his own and ends up hitting QT.  TD wipes everyone out with a handspring moonsault on the floor.  Evans delivers a reverse Styles Clash back in the ring for a very near fall.  TD breaks up a finish attempt allowing a flurry of kicks from TD and ACH’s Big Bang Attack (cradle DDT) for the win.

Shelton Benjamin shows up even though Haas is not around for their scheduled match.  Benjamin says it’s a shame he doesn’t have a match tonight and calls in crowd favorite crew member Cheeseburger.  Shelton calls for a round of applause for Cheeseburger standing up to Haas previously.  Cue Mike Bennett’s music and himself, Bob Evans and of course, Maria.  Bennett tells the crowd, who seems happy to see him, to shut up.  Bennett touts himself as the greatest thing ever and mocks Cheeseburger.  Cheeseburger swipes the mic and insults the trio, then gets KO’d as Shelton takes a shot at Bennett.

Match 2:  Shelton Benjamin vs Mike Bennett

Winner:  Mike Bennett via pinfall

Benjamin tosses Bennett about on the floor and Maria runs away.  Huge back body drop back in the ring and Shelton takes control early with a huge double stomp out of the corner for two.  Bennett blocks a powerbomb attempt and they trade forearms, ending in Bennett landing a spinebuster.  Maria gives Bennett a quick shoulder rub as he gloats before he lays boots to Shelton.  Into a chinlock (practicing for that eventual WWE contract?). Benjamin begins to fight back and hits a T-bone suplex for two.  Bennett blocks Paydirt and hits the Box Office Smash for a very near fall.  Bennett hits a knee in the corner and mocks CM Punk, but Benjamin counters a GTS into a half crab mid-ring.  Maria hops on the apron and Brutal Bob levels Benjamin with a diving shoulder block.  Bennett heads to the top rope for a guillotine leg drop, but panders to the crowd by canoodling with Maria.   He gets a Dragon Whip from Shelton for his troubles and Maria hasn’t stopped sexy dancing, winding up grinding on Shelton.  Bennett tries to boot Shelton and tags Maria instead, then he walks into a superkick and a German suplex for a very very near fall.  Benjamin now with a big belly to back suplex, then gets tossed to the apron.  Benjamin tries a sunset flip from the apron, but Bennett sits down and gets leverage from Brutal Bob to steal it.

Match 3:  Jay Lethal vs Michael Elgin, ROH World Title #1 Contender’s Match

Winner:  Michael Elgin via pinfall

Gotta predict a Lethal win here considering how things have gone for both men recently.  Feeling out process for the men at the start with Elgin showing he’s the stronger man.  Pinning combinations are exchanged and both men want finishers but both avoid it.  Lethal counters out of the corner with a second rope leg lariat for an early near fall.  Lethal wants a ‘rana and doesn’t quite make it and the men make a smooth transition to a Boston Crab spot instead.  Lethal gets the upper hand and hits the hiptoss/dropkick combo for two again.  Elgin catches a boot off the ropes and Lethal dives into a powerslam from the apron for two.  Elgin holds Lethal in a vertical suplex for a count of about 30 from the crowd and gets two.  Elgin sets up for a powerbomb and Lethal flips out, but ends up in a Crossface.  Lethal gets the ropes with his foot to break it up.

Elgin catches an enzuigiri on the ropes and Lethal takes flight with a suicide dive, then another – Elgin pops up on the apron and gets a triangle jump dropkick and a third dive for his troubles.  Lethal readies and hits a springboard dropkick.  Next is a forearm and a DVD, leaving Elgin prone.  Lethal heads to the top and gets a “Randy Savage” chant.  Elgin cuts him off and wants a superplex, which Lethal fights out of.  Elgin follows up with a running boot to knock Lethal down.  Elgin follows up with a deadlift superplex but Lethal is out at two.  Botth men rise at the same time, ready to fight it out.  Bomb right hands back and forth and Elgin gets the upperhand and hits corner clotheslines and a Bossman slam for another near fall.  Lethal drives Elgin to the corner, but he hits a spinning elbow and a German suplex into the top turnbuckle.  Elgin wants the twisting senton but Lethal gets knees up.  Lethal wants to fly again but Elgin runs under, only to run into a flatliner and the Koji Clutch.  Elgin’s turn to break it up with the bottom rope.  Lethal wants the Injection, but Elgin blocks and they roll through multiple times.  Elgin hits the bucklebomb and they exchange multiple superkicks, ending in Elgin hitting a ripcord lariat.  Back to the buckle bomb but Lethal counters into a reverse ‘rana.  Lethal hits the Injection and Elgin pops up, walking into the Lethal Combination and Hail to the King, but it’s still only good for two!

Lethal elevates Elgin to the top rope and ends up jumping himself into a super Elginbomb, followed by a vicious backhand, a third buckle bomb and a final Elginbomb to put Lethal away.

SCUM hits the ring and assaults both men as Steve Corino mocks them, demanding the ROH faithful to come out.

Match 4:  ROH vs SCUM

Winners:  SCUM

Wouldn’t expect too much rule following in this one - It’s going to be an all out war.  Seltzer and Corino go to war on the mics.

Rave and Mondo final end up in the ring for some semblance of a match.  Rhino tags in and corners Mondo.  Titus’ turn to boot away at Mondo and rough him up.  Jacobs takes his turn now as Mondo remains isolated.  Jacobs wants a suplex but Mondo turns it around; Titus gets in and stops Mondo from making a tag.  Seltzer and Corino keep going at it and Seltzer is made to look like a total goofball.  Compton tags in and beats on Mondo a bit, then Jimmy Rave comes back in.  Mondo goes to the wrong corner then rolls to his, tagging in Whitmer.  C&C hit stereo dives to the outside and Mark Briscoe lands a missile dropkick and dive.  Whitmer  lands an exploder and all the men in the match hit signature moves back and forth ending in Whitmer cornering Rave with chops and a suicide dive out of the corner.

Corino roughs up Seltzer and tosses him to the barricade, then gets thrown into the ring by Whitmer, which allows Jacobs and Rhino to jump him from behind.  Mondo makes his way back in and BJJ Whitmer gets handcuffed to the bottom rope.  Mondo gets powder to the eyes and more shenanigans in the ring.  Rave takes a crucifix piledriver (no, really) and Rhino lands a Gore on Coleman to cinch it.

Intermission

Review of Jay Briscoe’s chances against Xavier, Samoa Joe, Morishima, Nigel McGuinness and Roderick Strong for the ROH title – A ton of time is spent on this.  It’s hard to not believe that Jay might pull it out tonight and bring the power back to ROH by defeating Steen.

Match 5:  Roderick Strong vs “Machinegun” Karl Anderson

Winner:  “Machinegun” Karl Anderson

Anderson takes the early advantage and Strong doesn’t get high enough on a leapfrog, but recovers with a leg lariat.  Big chops from Roddy and a low dropkick from Anderson to take control back.  Anderson  hops onto the fan side of the barricade and lands elbows to the back of the head.  Anderson wants an Ace Cutter on the barricade but Roddy counters and hits a gordbuster on it himself.  Strong rolls him back and strings Anderson up in the corner for a running knee to the face and a forearm, followed by an Olympic slam for two.  Chops back and forth and a strike exchange out of the corner ends in a spinebuster from Anderson for two.

Roddy rolls out of Anderson’s next offense and lands a lower superkick for a two of his own.  Roddy wants the Stronghold, but Anderson fights away and gets on the apron.  Forearms back and forth on the apron and Anderson blocks the belly to back on the apron, landing a bicycle kick.  Anderson heads to the top for a diving neckbreaker, only getting two.  Anderson follows with a huge sitout powerbomb and Roddy kicks out again.  Anderson wants a powerslam, but Roddy fights down and hits the Sickkick and Death by Roderick, followed by a second Sickkick, still only good for two.  Another exchange of boots and knees ends in Machinegun hitting a belly to belly piledriver for another two.  Anderson wants the Ace Crusher but Roddy counters twice, falling victim to it the third time.

Match 6:  Adam Cole vs Matt Hardy vs Matt Taven (c), ROH TV Title

Winner:  Matt Taven via pinfall

Taven and Truth enter with yet another Hoopla Hottie and put on quite the display.  Ring of Honor, if you want to get picked up more widely, this needs to stop immediately.  It adds nothing and is absolutely not garnering you extra followers, fans or ad revenue.  Bad.  Bad, ROH.

Corino gives Hardy a minutes-long introduction, which in the case of SCUM is quite alright.

Cole immediately pounces on Hardy and Taven just observes before going on the offensive.  Cole hits a dive on Hardy and a kick to Taven from the floor.  Cole runs Hardy into the barricades multiple times before Taven lands a kick to head of Cole on the apron.  Taven follows up with a dive on both challengers.  Taven hits a backbreaker and Nigel McGuinness is given an unwanted lap dance by the Hoopla Hottie.  In the interim, Hardy takes control and lands his signature second rope leg drop for two on Cole.  Cole absorbs shots from Hardy and lands a clothesline, then drops Taven and hits a shining wizard on Hardy for two.  Hardy runs into a neckbreaker onto the knee of Cole and winds up in the Figure Four.  Taven takes to the top rope and lands a splash on Cole to break it up.  Hardy wants a Twist of Fate on Taven, but Cole lands a neckbreaker on Hardy, driving Taven down for a DDT in the process.  Taven counters a suplex attempt and Hardy drops Taven now, resulting in a Russian leg sweep to Cole.  Hardy pins both and they both kick out.  Hardy runs into a superkick and gets cradled by Taven for two.  Cole lands a brainbuster on his knee to Taven for another nearfall.

Cole fights with Hardy on the top rope and ends up hanging in the Tree of Woe while Taven hops up – The result is a tower of doom with Hardy taking a superplex and Taven taking a spider German suplex.  Nobody gets pinned as a result but Cole is first to his feet.  Hardy hits the Side Effect on Cole who stays alive.  Taven tries the Beautiful Disaster but whiffs and takes a Twist of Fate.  Martini hops on the apron to distract and in the mess, Cole pays Hardy back for Final Battle with a low blow and a small package to eliminate him.

Cole stalks Taven and Corino enters the ring offering a handshake.  Cole falls for the distraction and after being kicked into Corino after a roll up walks into Taven’s bulldog DDT for the win.

Match 7:  American Wolves vs ReDRagon (c), ROH Tag Team Champsionship

Winners:  ReDRagon via pinfall

Richards and O’Reilly start if off and Davey hits a back kick to the gut.  Quick exchange between them and then Edwards and Fish tag in.  They have their own exchange before Richards tags back in for a quick attack then Edwards is back in for chops and kicks to fish.  O’Reilly gets booted to the floor but recovers quickly to tag back in and deliver kicks to Edwards.  Edwards slaps O’Reilly and tags in Richards who locks in the arm trap Cloverleaf.  Fish can’t control himself and the ref pays him attention, allowing Edwards to pull on Richards for more leverage.  Fish ends up tagged back in and lands a senton from the apron then a snap suplex.  O’Reilly tags back in and lands sliding knee strikes for a two count.  Richards locks in a surfboard on the mat but Fish breaks it up (thank you for not doing the usual reverse spot!)

Fish tags back in to keep the pressure on Richards who begins to fight out of the corner but gets cut off.  Edwards gets the hot tag and knocks down O’Reilly then chops Fish in the corner.  Edwards hits a huge flurry ending in a fisherman buster for two on Fish.  ReDRagon tries to doubleteam Edwards but he low bridges them to the apron and the Wolves hit tandem knees which are answered with tandem forearms.  ReDRagon ends up back on the floor and take tandem dives.  Edwards and Fish are back in the ring and the Wolf delivers a powerslam.  Richards comes in and ReDRagon get the advantage, throwing both Wolves to the floor and each hitting their own dive – Fish over the top rope and O’Reilly with a missile dropkick.

Fish and O’Reilly hit kicks on Edwards for a near fall.  O’Reilly tags back in for a snapmare and knee drop, then Fish is back in.  Edwards fights his way back and ends up dropping O’Reilly on Fish.  Richards tags in and heads to the top to missile dropkick both men.  Richards delivers kicks in the corner to both opponents.  O’Reilly lands a bicycle kick but takes a German suplex for his efforts for a near fall.  Combination of moves from the Wolves for another two.  O’Reilly unleashes a flurry on both Wolves and catches the foot of Richards on the Alarm Clock, resulting in a double dragon screw.  Richards tries the Ankle Lock and it’s broken up, then he tries the Trailer Hitch.  Fish tries to break it as well but Richards keeps it locked on.  Richards trips Fish and locks in the Ankle Lock holding down both members who get to the ropes.  Richards kicks the chest of O’Reilly who  fights back.  Insanely fast  exchange between all four men including a superkick from Edwards to Richards and too much to even accurately track.

Richards tags Edwards but the ref didn’t see it, leaving the winded Wolf to be beaten by both members of ReDRagon.  ReDRagon fights back and hits Davey’s own Alarm Clock on him, then O’Reilly hits a Regalplex for a very very near fall.  Richards disposes of Fish and rallies the crowd, then meets O’Reilly on the top rope for a superplex.  Fish and Edwards join the party and Edwards hits a Frankensteiner on Fish followed by Richards hitting a superplex, followed by Chasing the Dragon which O’Reilly kicks out of.  Double doublestomp from the Wolves and O’Reilly STILL kicks out.  Wolves want the powerbomb/backstabber combo but Fish stops it from the floor.  O’Reilly counters with a reverse hurricanrana and after a roll up attempt, Richards catches a head kick from Fish on the floor and a roll up from O’Reilly with a handful of tights which is good enough to pin him.

Match 8:  Jay Briscoe vs Kevin Steen (c), Ring of Honor World Champsionship

Winner:  Jay Briscoe, new Ring of Honor World Champion

Oddly enough after all the SCUM presence tonight, Steen enters alone.

Collar and elbow with a clean break to open up.  This pace to be set on whether Steen takes shortcuts will tell a tale for his future relationship with SCUM and the Title itself.  Steen goes right to work on the hurt shoulder of Jay, but he answers with a dropkick.  Briscoe and Steen fight in the corners and Steen wants a powerbomb to the apron but Jay backdrops him.  Jay lays in with jabs and a back elbow for a quick one count.  Steen tries to go back to the shoulder again and Briscoe fights it, but takes a DDT for two.  Briscoe throws a boot out of the corner followed by a rolling elbow.  Briscoe snaps off a leg drop for two.  Steen blocks a whip and wants F-Cinq but Jay fights down to a rear waist lock.  Steen throws him bad shoulder first into the ring post then wraps it around the middle rope.  Steen with a hammerlock and running Briscoe into the corner and rips the shoulder tape off before clubbing the arm.  Once again wrapped in the ropes, then knee pressure on Jay’s face.

Briscoe tries to fight out but Steen hits an arm breaker and a single arm DDT for two.  Steen keeps it up with a hammerlock Russian leg sweep for another near fall.  Briscoe once again tries to fight out but Steen hits a cradle shoulder breaker followed by a cross armbreaker, but Jay gets into the ropes.  Briscoe fights back yet again out of the corner with a somersault neckbreaker.  Jacobs hits the apron but Mark Briscoe drags him out of the ring area.  Steen looks agitated at Jacobs showing up and gets into a back and forth with Briscoe.  Steen runs into a DVD off the ropes for a near fall.  Jay heads to the top but  Steen cuts him off and drapes his arm on the top rope, followed by the corner cannonball for another near fall.  Briscoe wants a Jay Driller on the apron but Steen avoids and lands the powerbomb on the apron then rolls him back in.  Steen tries a Swanton but takes Jay’s knees instead.  Jay lands a hangman’s noose neckbreaker and Steen kicks out as Compton and Titus invade.  Even Veda Scott gets in on holding off SCUM.

My Stream has shattered as it has for many people, judging by Twitter.

I can confirm Jay Briscoe won, but I cannot…Ok, I’ve managed to get back to the freeze point.  And it froze again.  ROH has fought SCUM bak.  Matt Hardy wants a Twist of Fate on Jay and Steen fights him away.  Briscoe hits the Jay Driller after he does, but only for two.  Nigel cheers him on from the sideline.

The Reaction:

Solid action, keeping the ACH/TD team strong.  No sloppiness from the guys involved and ACH lands his finisher on Marshall, along with the rest of his key signature offense.  Marshall still does not scream “star” when he’s in the ring. They seemed to want to have a repeat of Mike Bennett, but instead of hating him as a wrestler, everyone hates his presence.

Three on one for poor Shelton and more atrocious officiating from ROH referees…Nigel really needs to have a talk with these guys, they don’t see anything!  Nice touch from Bennett to mock Punk, considering the chants he usually gets due to Maria’s history, especially on WrestleMania weekend.  Excellent, crisp action from both men and I still believe Bennett will end up in at least NXT within a year or so.

This is the type of match that critics of ROH usually hate – High energy the entire match and kicking out of multiple huge moves and finishers.  For ROH fans?  It was an amazing match with top notch action throughout.  Even where mistakes are made, both men adjust on the fly to call an audible, the sign of men who really know their craft.  Elgin is your number one contender and I’m happy to have been wrong about my prediction.

Lot of extracurriculars in this one.  Very messy and all over the place, but sometimes that’s the point you need to try and get across.  SCUM will take any shortcut required to win and rip ROH apart, which they’re successfully doing so far.  Hard to call the action on this one.

Incredible match and I watched it grab a friend of mine sitting here who is just a burgeoning ROH fan.  Roddy and Karl embrace after a great bout with action back and forth.  Hard hitting strikes as you always expect from a Strong match.

Referee once again just allows Corino to walk in the ring and cause problems which is a bit of a theme so far.  Hardy literally cries to McGuinness about the low blow, but McGuinness shrugs him off.  Good triple threat, but it was a situation where nobody got to shine.  Having the Hoopla Hottie distract the entire crowd AND the cameramen from the action doesn’t help anyone look good or better.  It’s piss poor television and benefits nobody and nothing.

That one had me in that ever-so-rare state of  “Oh wow they might actually do it” for the Wolves.  A lot of back and forth with the guys using one another’s moves and I didn’t see O’Reilly kicking out of his own Chasing the Dragon whatsoever.  Always a shame to see a match like that end in a roll up with a handful of tights, but this gives a reason for the Wolves to stay together and stay in the chase.  Top notch action and right on point as always from all involved.

A top notch match and as we hit the denouement, the curse of the iPPV strikes myself and many others.  Even fighting with the buffering and streaming, I can’t actually see the ending of the match as it keeps jumping around.  I know he won, and I expected him to win, plus I expected Steen to toss SCUM aside, wanting to prove himself.  I will try to watch this tomorrow morning before I head to the ROH TV taping in Manhattan to finalize this for you all.

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!
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Reaction of Honor 03.30.2013 (SCUM vs ROH) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/05/reaction-of-honor-03-30-2013-scum-vs-roh/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/05/reaction-of-honor-03-30-2013-scum-vs-roh/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:22:54 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=155376 The Glimpse:

SCUM held ROH captive last week and has now “earned” the chance to wrestle the ROH faithful in a series of matches, just ahead of Supercard of Honor VII.  Kevin Steen hasn’t been heard from since SCUM’s full invasion kicked in; what will the ROH World Champion have to say tonight?

The Action:

Kevin Steen

Steen is out in his own shirt, not the SCUM shirt the rest of his running buddies wear.  Jay Briscoe interrupts before Steen can get a word out.  Briscoe states that ROH is how he feeds his family, so he doesn’t take kindly to SCUM threatening his livelihood.  Steen is about to address SCUM’s involvement and gets cut off by Steve Corino, entering from the crowd.  Steen finally interjects and says that he’s happy the Briscoes have title shots lined up – He’ll be more proud than ever to be ROH World Champion after beating the Briscoes for it, then heads to the locker room, unbeknownst to the big-mouthed Corino.  Briscoe pulls out a screwdriver as an equalizer before SCUM hits the ring and Mark Briscoe and C&C even the odds.

Match 1: Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander vs Rhett Titus and Cliff Compton

Winners: Rhett Titus and Cliff Compton via pinfall

C&C with quick teamwork to open the match on Titus who hasn’t even taken off his jacket.  Alexander fights off both opponents in their corner, but Compton pulls him crotch-first into the ring post, bringing control back to SCUM.  Titus hands Alexander out to dry on the top rope and Compton drops a forearm on his back.  Scoop slam and a leg drop from Compton for two.  Titus tags back in and lays a boot to the ribs and face of Alexander.  Alexander tries to fight back but catches another boot and a clothesline; the pin is broken up by Coleman.  Titus into a chinlock and Alexander escapes to tag in Coleman who strikes away at Titus.  Commercial break as Coleman gets a two count.

Titus is in charge back from the break, but Coleman hits a spinning leg kick and moonsault to both opponents, allowing Alexander to set up for a double team facebuster and guillotine leg drop, but Titus kicks out at two.  Alexander heads up to the top and Jimmy Rave shoves him off the top behind the ref’s back for a sickening back first landing on the apron.  Titus drives Coleman into the corner and now Jimmy Jacobs shows up to hand Compton powder, which ends up in the face of Coleman.  Titus hits a dropkick right in the jaw and cradles Coleman, making it SCUM 1, ROH 0.

Match 2: Mike Mondo vs Jimmy Jacobs

Winner: Jimmy Jacobs via pinfall

Mondo is out to even the odds during the post match shenanigans and the ref immediately rings the bell to start this one with Mondo delivering a bulldog.  Mondo also kicks at Rave who is still on the floor; he gets tossed back over the guardrail.  Jacobs tries to surprise Mondo with a dive, but Mondo dives back in the ring and responds with a twisting plancha of his own.  Jacobs kicks out at one and gets wiped out with a chop.  Jacobs kicks his chest off the ropes and heads to the top rope, but Mondo cuts him off and sticks Jacobs’ arm into the top of the ringpost, delivering kicks to the ribs while he can’t escape.  Commercial #2 with Mondo firmly in control.

Back to action, it’s now Jacobs cutting Mondo off on the top rope, but Mondo fights him off , only to be dumped to the floor, laying like a crimescene outline.  Jacobs dives off the apron with an awkward elbow then rips at the face of Mondo, tossing him headfirst into the barriers.  Jacobs stands on the neck and chest of Mondo then breaks the referee’s count so he can continue fighting on the floor.  Jacobs grabs a chair and sets it up on the floor, sitting Mondo on it.  Jacobs hits the ropes back in the ring and hits a suicide dive, driving Mondo backwards onto the chair.  Mondo sneaks under the ring and pops up through the apron, tripping Jacobs head first onto it.  Mondo strikes away then lands a snapmare driver for a nearfall.  Mondo calls to end it, but Jacobs dodges and walks into a spear for another two.  Mondo wants the double arm DDT, but Jacobs rolls out and locks in Endtime – Mondo tosses him over into a Northern Lights bridge, but Jacobs still has his head and rolls back into his Guillotine (Seltzer calls it a Dragon Sleeper a couple times – He can be so on point one week and so blatantly off the next).  Mondo stands up with Jacobs still attached and manages to maneuver him out to the double arm DDT position, which Jacobs escapes to try for the Contra Code.  Mondo doesn’t go down and a series of rollups across the ring puts Jacobs by the ropes, able to use them for leverage, pinning Mike Mondo in his return.  SCUM 2, ROH 0.

Inside ROH SCUM

Corino introduces the segment this week and demands the music/graphic change…very “original NWO” of him.  Corino reminds us that suffering, chaos, ugliness and mayhem will burn ROH down.

A quick overview of SCUM members’ reasons for joining:

Titus?  Lack of respect and faith.

Compton?  Never getting a chance and vengeance on Jim Cornette for it.

Jimmy Rave?  Beat his personal demons, but ROH wouldn’t give him a chance to prove himself again.

Matt Hardy?  Disrespect from Nigel McGuinness and so many others.

Kevin Steen’s turn to talk – He doesn’t know and he doesn’t care about SCUM’s plans.  Steen says the night of Supercard of Honor VII will be about himself vs Briscoe…Corino demands the camera back and cuts Steen off yet again, yelling at the producer that he wasn’t supposed to play that clip.

Match 3:  Jay Lethal, BJ Whitmer and Michael Elgin vs Rhino, Steve Corino and Matt Hardy

Winners:  Rhino, Steve Corino and Matt Hardy via pinfall

Corino enters, mic in hand with Rhino at his back.  He’s “giving Kevin Steen the night off” because there’s “nothing wrong” (geez, loss of subtlety, huh?).  Corino is apparently going to fight in his suit.

All six man brawl to open up and Corino offers Lethal a SCUM t-shirt in the middle of the ring.  Lethal lays it down and blows snot on it, then boots away at Corino and stomps his glasses!  Hardy wants a Twist of Fate but Elgin fights out.  McGuinness has sent word that this match will be “relaxed rules” – Tags are optional, as is sportsmanship.

Elgin takes Hardy into a stalling vertical suplex while the other four men fight on the floor, but only get a two count.  Rhino is taking it to Whitmer on the floor while Elgin stomps Hardy out.  Rhino and Lethal in the ring now and Lethal hits the springboard elbow then a springboard dropkick, good for two.  Back from a commercial, Lethal takes out everyone on the floor with a dive, as SCUM has arrived in force.  Whitmer takes a Side Effect and is left in the ring.  Corino steps back in to pick up Whitmer and now SCUM zip-ties Lethal and Elgin to the ropes while Whitmer takes a three man beating.  Hardy hits a neckbreaker on Whitmer now while the rest of SCUM continue to pick the bones of Lethal and Elgin.  BJ begins to fight back and starts hitting spinebusters and exploders on extraneous members of SCUM.  Corino distracts from the apron and Rhino hits the Gore.  Rhino wants Corino to make the pin, but he pulls in Hardy to hit a Twist of Fate and make the pin himself.  SCUM sweeps the night.

Jay Briscoe grabs a mic after the mess and says that at Supercard VII, ROH will kill SCUM.

The Reaction:

Steen continues to express how proud he is to be ROH World Champion and wants proper competitors…We may see him split from SCUM quite soon.

SCUM cheats multiple times and picks up a win after a good match.  That bump on the apron was brutal looking; I hope Alexander fell the way he was planning and it looked worse than it was.  Powder + the dropkick was a nice touch – Interesting to see that they didn’t go overboard finisher-wise.  If this is an indication of how SCUM will battle tonight, why wouldn’t McGuinness have every ref at ringside tonight?

That was fun – I’m a much bigger fan of Mondo when he wrestles than when he opens his mouth and Jacobs is always entertaining.  Excellent back and forth and Mondo had me thinking he was going to try a package double arm DDT there for a second.  The bad guys of course continue to cheat to win.  Maybe this is why Kevin Steen was getting decisive victories in matches against guys like Elgin – We’ll eventually grow to see that SCUM always has to cheat but Steen can do it on his own, regardless of his bad attitude.  I’m not desperate for a Kevin Steen face turn per se, but I still see that SCUM split coming for him in the near future.  Good match and glad to see that Mondo’s leg seems good to go.

Corino cutting off Steen again, even in video form?  Yeah, that split is coming reaaaaaal soon.  Maybe tonight!  Aside:  The SCUM music is a fun riff to listen to.

Well that wasn’t so much relaxed rules as it was…well…a beating.  All of SCUM was in or at the ring for this match, but no Briscoes, C&C, Mondo, etc.  Weird ending, and hard to justify nobody coming down to help at all.  Jay Briscoe has had many a shot in the past, but will it be his capturing the ROH World Title that begins the downfall of SCUM?  The Briscoes did lose the Tag Titles pretty quickly; perhaps a set up for this.

The Preview:

Supercard of Honor VII is tonight – Be sure to watch, and if you can’t watch follow along on Twitter!

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!
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Reaction of Honor 03.23.2013 (Elgin, Haas, Hardy) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/02/reaction-of-honor-03-23-2013-elgin-haas-hardy/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/04/02/reaction-of-honor-03-23-2013-elgin-haas-hardy/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 03:33:14 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=155191 The Glimpse:

SCUM’s war on ROH continues, as Nigel McGuinness has opened the doors for their arrival.

The Action:

Match 1:  Silas Young vs Michael Elgin

Winner:  Michael Elgin via pinfall

Nice to see that one of the “extras” for the Top Prospects tournament has stuck around.  I enjoy Young’s throw back type of look, even though he has a silly generic gimmick.  Jay Lethal is on commentary, scouting his Supercard of Honor VII opponent.

Crowd is blatantly behind Elgin with an early “Elgin’s gonna kill you” chant.  Young is pressured into the corner and tries a cheap clothesline off a clean break, which Elgin ducks.  Young gets a headlock takeover and Elgin counters with a headscissors.  Young manages to roll it over, bridge and roll back into a Boston Crab, but Elgin powers out and shoulder blocks Young all the way to the floor.  Elgin continues with a jumping elbow from the apron to the ring after Young gets back in.  Elgin wants a suplex but gets driven into the corner.  Young keeps the fight close and clips the leg of the Unbreakable one to put him in peril.  Strikes in and out of the corner with the focus still on the leg, then a snapmare and a mule kick to the face.  Elgin kicks out at one and immediately starts to rise.

Elgin blocks a throw to the corner and lays into the chest of Young.  Elgin misses as he rushes the opposite corner and Young wraps his leg in the rope.  Elgin fights out of the corner with a forearm and then German suplexes his opponent into the top turnbuckle, leaving both men on the mat.  Both up to their feet and Elgin drops rights and chops in the corner, followed by repeated lariats.  Young kicks out of the corner, but gets caught in an Oklahoma slam for two.  Elgin wants a deadlift German, but Young counters into a victory roll for two.  Young follows with a big boot, but Elgin chases with a Chaos Theory style deadlift German.  Young hits a knee to the face and a butterfly facebuster (halfway between a Pedigree and Angel Wings) then takes Elgin up for a rolling fireman slam.  Young wants a headstand slingshot moonsault but lands on his feet.  Elgin answers with a pair of backfists, the buckle bomb and the Elgin bomb for the decisive win.

Adam Cole Promo

Adam Cole, the former ROH TV champ speaks to Matt Hardy about their match tonight.  Cole will “bring it to” Hardy like a champion.  Super.

Charlie Haas Promo

Charlie names Chicago sports teams then gets bleeped for whatever he says.  Why did Haas take out Shelton Benjamin?  Haas says that he put the “Greatest” in Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team for a decade.  He continues that he’s always been better than Benjamin.  Haas gets the date for Supercard of Honor VII wrong, which coupled with him calling the local hockey team the “Redhawks”, is kind of funny as he stomps around with beer in hand.  Haas challenges the fans to hop the rail and fight him, then moves to ROH management and even SCUM.  Grizzly Redwood answers the call to arms.

Match 2:  Grizzly Redwood vs Charlie Haas

Winner:  Charlie Haas via submission

Redwood is quick out of the gate but eats a pair of boots and some stomps.  Grizz tries to fight back but Haas just tosses him up, which lets Redwood hit a sunset flip.  Haas powers out and hits a clothesline and an overhead belly to belly suplex clear across the ring.  The Haas of Pain is enough to put an end to Redwood.

Haas won’t release the hold an

Mike Mondo returns to make the save, so Haas runs off.

Veda Scott comes to the ring to interview Mondo, who is back ahead of schedule.  Mondo cuts his usual “I’m short but tough as nails” promo.  Corino interrupts from the crowd and SCUM rushes the ring to brutalize Mondo and Redwood.  Compton grabs Veda by her hair while Corino tells Nigel McGuinness that war has been declared.  The ROH faithful hit the scene and Corino says to stop in their tracks or Compton will take care of Veda.  He demands a “SCUM show” for next week’s TV.  Nigel agrees and Veda is released.  Next week is all SCUM vs ROH, top to bottom.

After the dust settles, Corino makes his way back to the ring, this time alone to introduce Matt Hardy.

Match 3:  Matt Hardy vs Adam Cole

Winner:  ???

The winner receives a TV title shot against Matt Taven.

Aggression from both men out of the gate and Cole hits a crossbody followed by right fists.  Hardy clips the knee, but Cole answers with a superkick and a suicide dive.  Hardy is thrown to the barricade multiple times by the angry Adam Cole.  Hardy fights back and wants a suplex on the floor, which Cole counters by landing one of his own then rolling back into the ring.  Hardy puts a thumb into Cole’s eye when he returns to the floor, but Cole fires Hardy into the barricade once again, then leaps on him from the apron delivering more right hands.  Cole wraps Hardy around the ringpost and cinches in a hanging figure four.  Hardy reverses a rear waistlock and throws Cole head first into the barricade.  Hardy makes his way back into the ring and waits on Cole, hoping for a count out.

Cole slips in at 19 and Hardy pounces to deliver his own punches.  Cole fights out of the corner with a dropkick then puts Hardy on the top rope.  Hardy fights out and hits the Side Effect from the middle rope for a nearfall.  Hardy hits a gutwrench after a TV commercial for another two.  Cole fights up from his knees but Hardy puts a stop to him with a kick to the gut and a splash mountain powerbomb.  Cole once again kicks out and Hardy continues to pressure him in the corner.  Hardy hits another Side Effect for yet another nearfall.  Hardy picks Cole up and starts to slap him in the face which seems to fire him up.  Cole takes off his elbow pad and begs Hardy to hit him again.   Off the rope, Cole hits a bicycle kick and an enzuigiri, then a shining wizard for two.  Cole keeps the assault going with a missile dropkick, but Hardy is still able to kick out.

Cole puts boots to Hardy in the corner until the ref stops him, then hits the fireman carry to the knee for another two count.  Cole heads to the top rope as Hardy gets to his feet, and he dodges the cross body – Hardy rolls on top, but only gets a two.  Hardy puts the Figure Four on Cole for some added insult to the injury.  Cole slaps away at Hardy and turns the hold over, forcing Hardy to get to the ropes.  Hardy calls for the Twist of Fate, but Cole catches the leg and locks in his Figure Four.  Hardy holds on and gets the ropes to force a break.  Hardy slips to the apron and Cole misses the attempt at the springboard apron DDT, throwing himself to the floor.  Hardy moves the mats, exposing the concrete.  Hardy whiffs the Twist of Fate and Cole hits the Florida Key on the floor.  Hardy is deadweight as Cole tries to put him back in the ring to pin him.  Rhino flies out of the crowd and Gores Cole, then Coleman and Alexander hit the ring to fight him off.  The rest of SCUM shows up before Whitmer, Lethal, Mondo and the Briscoes show up to even the odds and take the show off the air.

The Reaction:

Lethal jaws at Elgin after the win.  Elgin should have a more decisive win leading into a PPV in my opinion – The whole point of him is he’s an absolute beast.  ROH does squashes few and far between; this might have been a good use of one.  Silas Young is an asset to ROH, both as a real competitor and “enhancement”, as he’s extremely solid in his wrestling.  A bit more of a personality other than being a “real man” with Jake Roberts facial hair would do him a world of good, but I’m glad to see him stick around, just like ACH.

Hey there’s that squash I was talking about.  Ironic that Haas cut this promo and then fought Grizzly Redwood with a beer in hand, considering that’s why ROH has let him go in the last week or so – A backstage altercation with Grizz that was repeatedly fueled by Haas being in a less than stellar mental state has led to his match with Shelton Benjamin being cancelled for the Supercard.  See ya later, Charlie.

Rare to see hands put on a female on a wrestling show in the modern era, but it got the job done.  Corino gets his way, Nigel gives in to the bad guys.

Good match and an expected shenanigans finish to set up not just a chase for the TV title, but the SCUM vs ROH show next week.  Technically Cole should be the winner as he was Gored first, but no announcement was made and it kind of looked like the ref was purposely out of position.  This feud will continue or possibly lead to a three way with Taven, who I don’t doubt will end up a transitional champion.  Certain psychological things in this match are the type of thing that bug me – Hardy hits a “super” Side Effect from the middle rope and gets a two.  A few minutes later he hits a regular one, still gets a two.  Move on from the move when you’ve done a stronger version of it minutes ago, seriously.

The Preview:

SCUM and ROH go to war one week before Supercard of Honor VII, where they…well they continue to war!

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!
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Reaction of Honor 03.09.2013 (MsChif, Richards, Hardy) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/22/reaction-of-honor-03-09-2013-mschif-richards-hardy/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/22/reaction-of-honor-03-09-2013-mschif-richards-hardy/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:06:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=154637 The Glimpse:

Charlie Haas has turned on Shelton Benjamin, effectively ending Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team’s very existence in Ring of Honor.  Charlie goes it alone, but what does this mean for Shelton moving forward and for the tag team division itself?

The Action:

Match 1:  Rhett Titus vs Eddie Edwards

Winner:   Eddie Edwards via referee stoppage

Edwards is out to his singles music, curious as he and Richards are teaming again.  Bobby Fish is out on commentary for the match, seemingly doing his best to look like a toolbag. As of this taping, Titus has not joined SCUM so the Code of Honor is followed.

Titus opens up with a fireman’s carry and keeps the arm wrench, which Edwards quickly reverses to a hammerlock, then a headlock.  Shoulder block takes Titus down, who gets lowbridged on a leapfrog.  Quick exchange to a dueling dropkick, which is one of the worst ROH “staple spots”.  Fish hates on Davey Richards as Edwards chops the bejesus out of Titus.  Titus runs into a boot in the corner and ends up in the Tree of Woe, allowing Edwards to deliver a running dropkick and then one more from the floor.  Titus kicks out and ends up taking a chop on the top rope and reverses the Chinchecker, landing a dropkick and knee drop for two.  Edwards with a pair of kicks and a shining wizard for two.  Headbutt into the corner and Titus ends up on the  apron.  He tries a flip back in over Edwards and lands a pair of knee strikes and a suplex, only to run into a chop, which he answers with a lariat.  Edwards kicks out after two.  Titus continues with an elbow to the jaw, but gets tossed to the floor, then catches a back kick and a moonsault off the apron.  Both men are down for the count and roll into the ring, where Edwards lands a missile dropkick.  Edwards with a series of chops in the corner which Titus answers with a boot in the other corner, but Edwards hits an enzuigiri and the Chinchecker for two.  Edwards sits Titus on the top and climbs up after him, but Titus drops him jaw first on the top turnbuckle to even things up.  Titus with a running corner dropkick and a schoolboy for two.  Titus with a stomp before he heads to the top rope – Only to miss a frog splash.  Edwards’ turn up top and he nails a double stomp to the back followed by a belly to back facebuster, transitioned to the Achilles Lock.  Edwards positions to deliver stomps while Titus is still locked and the ref stops it.

Match 2:  Mia Yim vs MsChif

Winner:  MsChif via pinfall

At the least, Kevin Kelly makes mention of Yim’s previous affiliation with the Embassy.  Once again the tale of the tape doesn’t at all reflect what Kelly says – mschif has no age but has the experience edge and Yim apparently has the leverage edge being the exact same height.  No consistency between visuals continues to be a huge issue for this TV show.

Small package and a set of strikes from MsChif to open up then a bodyscissors bridge for a two count.  Chif catches a boot in the corner and Yim locks in the Tarantula, following up with a second rope dropkick.  Yim stays on the attack, pinning Chif chest first on the ropes.  Yim hangs her opponent on the ropes and delivers a series of kicks to the midsection, then tries a pin.  Chif immediately answers with a counter into a surfboard version of a Muta Lock, which Yim bites her way out of.  MsChif with a moonsault for two.  Yim with a cheap shot to the eye, a series of kicks and a front slam followed by a quebrada.  MsChif kicks out and screams in Yim’s face allowing her to hit the Final Cut/Eye of the Hurricane and then follows with a German suplex.  Into the corner and Yim gets put on the top rope, trying to fight out, and locks on a cross arm breaker in the ropes.  Yim whiffs an axe kick, but continues to strike away at Chif with knees.  Yim calls for the finish and misses a twisting moonsault, allowing MsChif to try the Desecrator DDT, but Yim avoids and goes behind, bridging out a German suplex for a very near fall.  MsChif immediately gets up after Yim argues with the ref about the count and lands the Desecrator DDT for the win.

Inside Ring of Honor

National Pro Wrestling day – The Briscoes were sent instead of ROH World Champion in a “political” move.  Steve Corino berated Ring of Honor to the crowd, but ROH originals Mark and Jay Briscoe retained their tag titles.  Jay Briscoe responds by standing up and defending the company – Finally a champion for the company steps up, which will be critical moving forward after the growth of SCUM.

Match 3 – Roderick Strong vs Matt Hardy vs Davey Richards vs Michael Elgin, Four Corners Survival

Winner:  Michael Elgin via pinfall

Lets preface this by saying the idea of a match where the first falls wins it but half the wrestlers are on the apron is silly.  The match is called “Four Corners Survival” and yet is not at all a survival match.  More of that “not thinking verbiage out well” thing we see from ROH more often than we should.

Strong and Richards start in the ring and exchange arm wrenches and counters.  Hardy tags his way in, as does Elgin for an early switch.  Elgin pressures him into the corner and breaks clean.  Hardy tries a kick to the gut but gets overpowered by Elgin; Hardy tries to dive to Strong for a tag but he avoids it.  Elgin lands a backbreaker for an early near fall.  Roddy tags himself in to fight Elgin but then immediately runs to Richards to tag himself back out.  Match of the year contender Richards vs Elgin here in short order.  Quick exchange ends in a dropkick from Richards.  Richards and Elgin tie up knuckles for a test of strength, which is a poor life choice for the American Wolf.  He rolls backwards to put pressure on Elgin’s wrists, but he simply tosses Richards over his head to escape.  Hardy blind tags himself in to face off with Elgin and begins to work on his arm, then tags Strong in to continue the arm onslaught.  Strong wants a scoop slam but can’t get Elgin up, suffering one himself.  Echoing chop from Elgin and a whip to the corner, followed by an avalanche for a two count.

Now Richards with the blind tag and a snap supelx on Strong.  Strong answers with a dropkick on the jaw and it’s Hardy’s turn to fight Davey Richards.  Hardy and Strong are treating this like a tag match, taking it to Richards and tagging in and out.  Back from a commercial, Elgin and Hardy are in the ring with Hardy escaping an attempt at the Elginbomb.  Richards makes his way in and hits a missile dropkick and a forearm in the corner.  Richards puts Hardy on the top turnbuckle and wants a superplex, which he connects with.  Elgin breaks up the pin, drawing the ire of Richards, who offers a handshake.  Elgin squeezes a bit too hard on the hand and they exchange forearms.  Elgin gets the best of the exchange and off a handspring, Richards catches the shock treatment backbreaker.  Hardy wants a Side Effect and Elgin counters, only to suffer one shortly after.  Roddy delivers a jumping knee to Hardy, then Richards low bridges him to the outside, delivering a kick to both Elgin and Strong on the floor.  Hardy wants a Twist of Fate but ends up in the Ankle Lock.  Elgin, Strong and Richards fight it out in a corner, ending with Strong delivering a belly to back on the apron for Elgin.  Hardy hits a Twist of Fate in the middle of the ring and gets a visual pin on Richards, but Todd Sinclair is on the floor checking on Elgin.

Sinclair makes his way back in and apologizes to Hardy.  Strong tags himself in and wants a Gibson driver on Davey, who fights his way out and lands a standing double stomp.  Elgin now in to jump on Roddy, but catches a knee and a kick out of the opposite corner.  Elgin catches Death by Roderick and stays on his feet, delivering a lariat for a near two.  Hardy runs  his mouth to the crowd and gets tossed to the post by Elgin.  Elgin avoids a superkick from Roddy and hits a backfist, a bucklebomb and the Elginbomb to win it.

The Reaction:

Fish denounces Richards but talks up Edwards and Titus wrestles a clean match which gives no indication of his eventual turn to SCUM.  Really odd.  Still a functionally good match and Edwards didn’t try to vertical suplex Rhett to the outside and take himself with him, so that’s always a plus.

Another strong performance from the Women of Honor.  Nice to see Yim in a position that isn’t just being eye candy, as she can handle herself in the ring.  The inclusion of women’s matches is good for ROH, but there’s little focus – MsChif comes in once a month and pins somebody.  It ends up being more like an exhibition, but more power to them for making the inclusion, as long as the match quality stays good.

So quite a few things here – Elgin continues to be a dominant force, Matt Hardy had a visual pin on one of the top guys in the company, Roderick continues to be a cowardly heel and Richards remains protected.  All good choices for what we’ve seen from the last iPPV, it’s just odd to cover it afterwards.  Good action all throughout, some more brutal than it needed to be – That backfist from Elgin always looks like a sledgehammer blow.

The Preview:

None properly given, but expect SCUM’s takeover fallout as we move forward.

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!
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Creatively Endeavored Thoughts On The State Of TNA Wrestling http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/10/creatively-endeavored-thoughts-on-the-state-of-tna-wrestling/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/10/creatively-endeavored-thoughts-on-the-state-of-tna-wrestling/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:10:07 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=154403                                                                              CE-500x250-Impact-Wrestling-2012

     Since one of TNA’s “big 4″ PPVs in live tonight (Lockdown), I figured it was about time I was able to examine TNA Wrestling a little more closely in 2013.

     Now it’s no secret I’m a TNA fan… or I should say was. It’s not just what they’ve done to the product over the last few years or the people they’ve brought in or pushed, it’s more of the fact that I just don’t have time for TNA. Since WWE has moved Monday Night Raw to 3 hours every week, I cover a “10 Thoughts” column on that show, follow that up with writing news articles from the fallout of a 3 hour show as well as the next day’s taping of a 2 hour SmackDown and trying to keep up with what is going on in the constantly improving NXT developmental territory. Plus the addition of a podcast Thursdays (The Creatively Endeavored Wrestling Pulsecast that you can find on BlogTalkRadio.com or on iTunes) and monthly interviews with the likes of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Rob Schamberger, Adam Cole and more. God forbid it be a PPV week as well! And that’s just my “wrestling business” life! While I work on these passion projects, I also have a day job to pay the bills, a Victorian house from the 1800s that we’re still trying to get settled into & renovate, a 2-year-old that epitomizes the “terrible twos” while being wickedly awesome at the same time and a wife who tries to support me in everything I’m trying to do while also carrying a baby! The Harrak household is just one project, chore, event, job or playtime after another with hardly time to sleep or eat. When we first moved into our home, we decided to “name” it “Serenity” as it was our one safe haven (and that Firefly was a badass TV show). But now I’m thinking we might need to rename it to “The Thunderdome”. Unfortunately the piece that’s been left by the wayside in all of this has been TNA.

     The problem is that I WANT to watch TNA. The same way that I always WANT to LIKE Impact. A part of me always has a soft spot for the little company that grew out of the fairgrounds into a theme park and now out on the road. Despite all the bad decisions and pitfalls of the past, TNA is growing. It’s taking that next step we all thought it should, it’s taking its main TV show on the road to arenas across the nation. I’m excited for that and I feel justified in feeling that way. But in preparation of tonight’s Lockdown PPV, I made sure to do my due diligence and catch up on all the Impact shows I have missed since the last PPV. It took me a lot of YouTube hours but I got through them and while as expected there was some bad, there was also a lot of good scattered throughout the 12 hours of TV. But instead of giving you a 10 Thoughts column on each and every week of Impact, I figured it would be better for all of our sanities to combine these shows into this one, pre-PPV article.

The Aces & Eights Angle

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     Talk about a slow burn of an angle. This is especially unique considering it’s pro-wrestling AND TNA. Now the major question remains, is this angle working? The first reveal of Devon was shocking but underwhelming. The additions of Mike Knox and DOC were great for the TNA roster but they haven’t done much but stand in the background and look imposing. Mr. Anderson’s involvement was completely random. A former WWE potential main eventer that got lost in the overfull TNA locker room. Then came these two:

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     I don’t know if I’ve ever seen two more unimposing “bikers” in my life. The addition of D-Lo Brown was obvious from the beginning and while I had my doubts at first, I saw the promos he cut on this last episode of Impact and remember just how good of a stick man he really is. As long as he’s only regulated to the microphone, there might be a way to save this angle yet. That is if they are smart enough to get Taz off of commentary (or out of Aces & Eights) and to NOT reveal Eric Bischoff as the “president” (which I think we all believe will happen).

The Rebirth Of Bully Ray

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     Bubba Ray Dudley, Buh-Buh Dudley, Brother Ray & Bully Ray. 22 years in the professional wrestling business at 41 years old and the man Mark LoMonaco is having the absolute best years of his career, both in the ring and out. Ray is consistently the best part of Impact, his promos feel real, his work ethic has become top-notch and the management brass has given him the opportunity to sink or swim on his own. And he’s swimming like Michael Phelps (when the gold medalist wasn’t high). The fact that he’s involved with both Hulk and Brooke Hogan is TNA’s way of giving him the golden rub even if the average TNA Wrestling fan would prefer that this wasn’t a part of Bully Ray’s ascent to the main event. Very few people ever expected Bully Ray to become a World Champion, in any major organization. But Ray IS 41 years old and the time to strike for him is now. If this current push doesn’t end with a Bully Ray title run, I highly doubt the perennial tag team champion will ever become a world champion.

 

The Gamble On Jeff Hardy

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     On September 11, 2009, Jeff Hardy was arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids, after a search of his house yielded 262 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 Soma prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. On March 13, 2010 at the Victory Road PPV, Hardy lost to Sting in a 90 second main event match when Jeff stumbled down to the ring clearly inebriated. The next day, TNA severed all storyline ties with Hardy and was left off of TV until August of 2011. Since his return, Hardy hasn’t even placed a pinky toe out of line and has been a model of professionalism and sobriety. Where or how this sudden change happened, no one is really sure but it seems to be sticking. When TNA took the chance of putting their world title on Hardy, EVERYONE questioned the decision. But since October of last year, Jeff Hardy has been the cornerstone of the company, turning in great performances against Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels. In 2010, Jeff Hardy was never supposed to wrestle in a major company again. Now in 2013, he’s proven everyone wrong, grown as a person and performer and can truly be looked at as TNA’s #1 guy. I don’t know how he’s doing it but here’s hoping he stays on the right track.

 

The Future Of TNA

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     Austin Aries. James Storm. Kenny King. Magnus. Samoa Joe. AJ Styles. These are just some of the men on the TNA roster that are 35 years of age or younger. I’d say that pretty much any promoter in the world would start a company with these 6 guys as their core roster. That makes TNA’s immediate future very bright. Add in veterans like Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, Sting, Mr. Anderson, Jeff Hardy & Christopher Daniels and it APPEARS as if TNA is on the cusp of that rare time in wrestling when your roster is the perfect blend of young guns and veterans. The last great time period we witnessed this there were two companies that took over pop culture. The WWF had Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Sid, The Undertaker, Vader, British Bulldog and Owen Hart along with “blue chippers” like The Rock, Triple H, Steve Austin, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Edge and Christian just to name a few. WCW had Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Sting & Lex Luger while developing Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Bill Goldberg, Chris Benoit, Booker T & The Giant. I am no way saying that today’s TNA is as good as either of these rosters but the potential for a roster like either WWF’s or WCW’s from 1997 is there if the stars align. It’ll take work, commitment, good writing/booking and consistency.

     TNA has the cards in place. They’re going on the road full-time and have a mixed roster full of potential. If they capitalize on that now, I think we’ll be seeing even more improvement from the small territory that started in fairgrounds only 11 years ago.
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA Lockdown 2011 (Sting, Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/09/a2z-analysiz-tna-lockdown-2011-sting-mr-anderson-rob-van-dam-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/03/09/a2z-analysiz-tna-lockdown-2011-sting-mr-anderson-rob-van-dam-3/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2013 20:00:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=154089 lockdown 2011

U.S. Bank Arena – Cincinnati, Ohio – April 17, 2011

Introduction

The opening video shows highlights of Lockdown’s of years past, complete with plenty of blood. They preview the dangerousness of the cage, Angle versus Jarrett, the Lethal Lockdown match, and the three-way TNA Championship match. Mike Tenay and Taz welcome us to the show and away we go.

MATCH #1: X-Division Xscape Match – Max Buck vs. Jeremy Buck vs. Suicide vs. Robbie E vs. Chris Sabin vs. Amazing Red vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Jay Lethal

The winner will get a shot at Kazarian’s X-Division Title. I have no idea who is playing Suicide at this point. Suicide and E begin the match and it’s all offense right away of course. Max gets involved and he works with E to subdue the masked man. Jeremy tags in, so Max tags out to Lethal, a former six-time X-Division Champion. Lethal hits Jeremy with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and the Lethal Combination. Max tags himself in and Jeremy tags in Suicide, who goes to work on Max. E tags himself in and hits Suicide with Sole Food to eliminate him at 2:47. Lethal comes back in and E runs over to tag Sabin. That backfires though because Sabin decides to ping-pong E with right hands alongside Lethal. Then Sabin and Lethal throw E into the cage. Sabin sneaks a quick rollup on Lethal for two and they go back and forth. Lethal hits a nice leg lariat for two. Red finally tags in and he hits Sabin with a missile dropkick. He then halts Lethal’s handspring with a dropkick to the face. Red then hits the Code Red to eliminate Lethal at 4:55. Sabin comes in now and he and Red unleash some fast-paced and high-flying offense on each other. Amazingly Sabin is able to catch Red with the Cradle Shock and then a huge Lariat to eliminate Red at 5:53. Max comes in but Sabin quickly overtakes him and hits the hesitation dropkick in the corner for two. After a standing switch Max is able to run Sabin’s face into the cage. Max then hits Diamond Dust and Sabin is gone at 7:22. Kendrick finally gets in the ring, still wearing his robe. He is a house afire on Max, but gets cut off by an E clothesline. The match breaks down and the Buck brothers are going at it. Jeremy repeatedly whips Max into the cage and then hits a spinwheel kick to the face. Max begs off his brother, but it’s all a ruse as he grabs a quick inside cradle to eliminate his brother at 9:44. We’re down to three men left, and E and Max join forces to work on Kendrick. After some heel miscommunication Kendrick hits E with a running kick to the face to pin him at 11:31. Now the winner is the first man to escape from the cage. Max grounds Kendrick but doesn’t wear him down nearly enough to climb out so he hits a devastating Buckle Bomb. He whips Kendrick into the cage again and goes to climb out but Kendrick joins him up there. Max uses the referee to his advantage to knock Kendrick off the top of the cage, and then he’s able to climb out at 13:34. I think they put too many people in this match and it’s hard for anyone to really get over, but they all tried hard and the action was nonstop so it was fine enough for an opener.
Rating: **¼

Eric Bischoff

Tenay and Taz aren’t sure what Bischoff is doing out in the arena. He says nothing of note for the first several minutes, but does declare tonight to be a special occasion. This is just a rhetoric promo, where Hulk Hogan and Immortal are great, Fortune is dumb, etc. This was not a good use of pay-per-view time.

MATCH #2: Four Corners Tag Match – Crimson & Scott Steiner vs. Ink, Inc. vs. the British Invasion vs. Eric Young & Orlando Jordan

This is quite the motley crew of guys. Jesse Neal starts off with Young and they have a nice little exchange. Shannon Moore tags in and hits Young with a headscissors and then uses the armbar. Douglas Williams tags in and Young is able to tag his partner. Williams backs Jordan into the corner and Tags Magnus. The Invasion tries to double-team Jordan, but he Gays Up to take the advantage. Neal tags back in and Magnus takes him down with a hard clothesline. Magnus and Williams keep Neal isolated in their corner as the crowd chants for Steiner. Neal is able to roll out of the corner and make the tag to Crimson. Red’s little brother goes right to work on Magnus and hits a neckbreaker for two. Steiner tags in and unleashes his signature spots. He throws out belly-to-belly suplexes like candy in a parade. Moore antagonizes Steiner and the match breaks down. Young takes off his shorts to reveal matching (to his partner Jordan) leopard-skin tights. That gets no pop. Williams hits him with a diving European Uppercut off the second rope. Moore hits Williams with a moonsault and Jordan breaks it up. Steiner and Crimson just watch the action from the apron until Crimson picks his spot with an elevated STO on Neal. Young climbs out of the cage for some reason. Meanwhile Moore hits Magnus with the Mooregasm to get the win at 8:51. That was a complete mess, and I don’t think much of either Neal or Moore in the ring.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #3: TNA Knockouts Title VS Mickie’s Hair – Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James

Rayne has been the champion since 10.14.10 and this is only her fourth defense. James is coming into this match with an injured shoulder, but it matters not. She kicks Rayne in the gut, throws her into the cage a couple of times, and then hits her with the DDT to win the title at 0:36. If a wrestler is that that injured that’s the longest match they can work, you need to find an alternate plan.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #4: Samoa Joe vs. “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero

This was during the time that Okada was videotaping Dinero at Joe’s request, but I have no idea if they ever explained why. Dinero tries to bail early but Joe will have none of that. Joe hits some strikes but Dinero counters with a bodyslam. For some reason Dinero celebrates, and he pays for it. Joe goes back on offense with his strikes to keep Dinero off balance. Dinero tries to escape again and Joe joins him on the top rope and drills him with a headbutt, and he falls crotch-first on the top rope. It’s pretty much been all Joe in the early going. Just as I say that, Dinero uses the referee to his advantage and is able to slam Joe’s face into the cage. He goes on offense now, hitting the 5-Up for a two-count. Joe fights back and goes for the Choke but Dinero cuts him off with an STO for two. Moments later Joe does come back with the snap powerslam and both men are down. They exchange slaps and Joe wins that battle handily. Joe hits the Big Joe Combo for a two-count. He goes up to the middle rope and hits a leg lariat for another near-fall. Joe follows up with the Muscle Buster but they’re too close to the ropes and Dinero gets his foot on the bottom rope to stop the pin. Dinero tries to climb out the cage but Joe Rick Rude’s him to stop his momentum. Tenay and Taz think this is the funniest thing they’ve seen all night. Dinero knocks Joe off the top rope and hits a Macho Man Elbow for only a one-count so he follows up with a Codebreaker for two. He sets up for the DDE but Joe catches him and slams his back into the cage. Joe then hits another Muscle Buster and then locks on the Choke and Dinero is out at 10:24. That was a solid back-and-forth and nothing more.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez

These two have seemingly been feuding forever. Morgan takes the first advantage, squashing Hernandez in the corner and hitting a side slam for two. Anarquia interferes from the floor, grabbing Morgan’s leg through the camera hole, allowing Hernandez to squash Morgan up against the cage. Hernandez takes control now and uses the old Yokozuna nerve pinch hold. Ugh, really? Morgan escapes and hits a cross body block for a one-count. Hernandez comes right back and levels Morgan with a clothesline. Super Mex is in complete control, keeping Morgan prone on the mat. For some reason Hernandez gloats too much, allowing Morgan to come back with a clothesline. Both men rise to their feet and it’s Morgan in control now. Morgan repeatedly throws Hernandez into the side of the cage. He hits a back suplex (“backdrop style suplex” according to Tenay, who is everything “style” with him?) for two. Hernandez fights back with a headbutt to the sternum for two. He charges but Morgan sidesteps him and hurls him into the cage. Now Anarquia, Rosita, and Sarita all start climbing the cage to distract the Blueprint. Hernandez goes up top but jumps right into the Carbon Footprint and Morgan gets the pin at 8:14. Oy, these two just have no chemistry together whatsoever and they need to stop wrestling each other now.
Rating: *

MATCH #6: Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett

Karen Jarrett gets sent to the back before the match can get underway. This match is being held under “Ultra Male” rules, which is a two out of three falls match, the first fall being submission only, the second fall pinfalls only, and the third fall is escape only.

Angle dominates in the early going but Jarrett quickly takes him down for a Figure-Four Leglock. For some reason the referee is counting Angle’s shoulders down, even though this is a submission only fall. Angle turns the hold over and they roll into the ropes to break the hold. After a suplex Angle locks on the Ankle Lock. Jarrett fights out and puts on a Sleeper. Angle counters it into the Ankle Lock and Jarrett kicks off. Jarrett backs into the corner and Angle charges but hits nothing but ring post. Now Jarrett focuses on the shoulder, hitting an enziguiri and then puts on a Juji Gatame. Angle once again turns it into the Ankle Lock and this time Jarrett taps out at 4:52.

The second fall begins right away with Angle slugging away. Jarrett comes back and hits the Stroke but Angle kicks out at two. He goes up top for a cross body block but Angle rolls through for a two-count. Jarrett cuts him off with a clothesline and gets his own near-fall. Angle pops up out of nowhere and they clothesline each other. Now Angle is on fire and the crowd remains lukewarm. Angle hits a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Jarrett cuts him off with a kneelift and then hurls him into the cage. Angle ducks a right hand and delivers the rolling German Suplexes. Jarrett holds onto the top rope and delivers a low blow. Tenay and Taz note how the referee didn’t see it, but since this is pinfalls only there aren’t any disqualifications. Jarrett goes for the Stroke again but Angle pushes him into the cage and hits the Angle Slam for a close near-fall. Angle puts Jarrett up top and hits a brutal belly-to-belly and Jarrett kicks out again. He turns Jarrett inside out with a clothesline and then hits a Diamond Cutter for two. Moments later Jarrett grabs Angle with a schoolboy rollup and a handful of tights to even the score at 11:26. Tenay and Taz are confused as to if Angle got the fall or not, and so is the crowd so they should always have bells in two out of three falls matches.

The cage is now unlocked. Angle hits five rolling German Suplexes and looks to walk out of the cage but changes his mind and goes back in to fight his nemesis some more. In fact, he locks the door and Jarrett is frightened. Angle throws Jarrett into the cage repeatedly and Jarrett is busted open. They battle up on the top rope and Jarrett positions Angle for a powerbomb with a nasty landing. You know, there are some moves that some guys just shouldn’t try. That was a horrible-looking landing on Angle’s neck, which isn’t in good shape. Jarrett goes to escape the cage but Angle pops up and hits a Super Angle Slam. Unfortunately Angle can’t find the key he had stashed in his trunks so he can’t go out the door. Instead Angle climbs up the cage, but Immortal’s Gunner runs out with a steel chair to prevent Angle from climbing down. With nowhere else to go, Angle decides to go for the Moonsault but he overshoots it and hits nothing but mat. Now Scott Steiner comes running out to chase Gunner off. Angle just brushes off that horrendous fall and finds the key. He unlocks the cage and tries to walk out but Karen runs out and sprays hairspray (I assume) in his eyes. A blinded Angle clotheslines the referee. Jarrett tries to escape the cage but Angle grabs him in the Ankle Lock and drags him back into the ring. Karen hands her husband a guitar and Jarrett breaks it on Angle’s head. Once again Jarrett goes to crawl out and Angle tries to pull him back in with the Ankle Lock, but Karen slams the door on her ex-husband’s head and Jarrett falls to the floor to win the match at 22:35. So the referee sent Karen to the back before the match but doesn’t mind if she interferes anyway? I’ve seen these two have some really good matches and I’ve seen this match get some praise but I can’t see why. There was no story to the match at all, just a series of moves, botches, and no-selling. Plus, what did Gunner and Scott Steiner add to the match? This was really disappointing.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: TNA World Title Match – “The Icon” Sting vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Rob Van Dam

Sting has been the champion since 3.3.11 and this is his second defense. Both Sting and RVD attack Anderson in the early going. Sting goes for an early Scorpion Deathlock but RVD breaks it up. RVD flips around a bit and kicks Sting in the face. He hits a standing moonsault for two, and then tries to bounce off the ropes but cracks his head on the cage door. If that was an accident, it’s hilarious and if it was a spot it makes RVD look really, really stupid. Anderson recovers and goes for the Mic Check on Sting, but Sting counters to another Scorpion Deathlock attempt. Once again RVD breaks it up, but Sting is able to put both men in the hold, and that is one of the gayer positions I’ve seen in a wrestling ring. Both challengers reach the bottom rope. RVD and Sting clunk heads together and all three men are down. Taz is the worst commentator ever. Anderson rolls over and tries to cover both men but only gets a two-count. He pulls both men up and hits a simultaneous Mic Check but can’t pin either man just yet. RVD comes back and hits Anderson with the Five-Star Frog Splash. Sting breaks up the cover and goes for the Scorpion Deathdrop but Anderson clotheslines him and all three men are down. This brings out Hulk Hogan with a lead pipe, complete with his music. Hogan hands the pipe to RVD, who refuses to use it, much to Hogan’s chagrin. Anderson has no such qualms and bashes RVD with the pipe. Unfortunately for him he doesn’t see Sting coming up from behind, and Sting hits the Scorpion Deathdrop to get the win and retain the title at 7:55. That was not horrible but way too short for a World Title match. Plus was Hogan really needed in a sub-eight minute match? This was more of an Impact match.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #8: Lethal Lockdown – Team Immortal (Ric Flair, Bully Ray, “The Monster” Abyss & Matt Hardy) vs. Team Fortune (Kazarian, Beer Money & Daniels)

Kazarian will star the match for Fortune, while Immortal has Abyss batting leadoff. They go back and forth a bit, with Kazarian showing off his speed and agility and Abyss countering with power. Kazarian has the advantage as the clock runs down, and when Hardy joins the match Kazarian remains in control. He goes for the reverse piledriver but Abyss breaks it up and now Immortal takes control. Hardy locks on the Ice Pick and then hits the Side Effect. Daniels is the next man in to even the odds. He hits the Best Moonsault Ever on Abyss and then turns his attention to Hardy, hitting him with a curb stomp off the ropes. Kazarian and Daniels work together to keep both members of Immortal at bay. Time runs down and Flair is the next man in for Immortal, and he gives his team the advantage. Storm is next in and he spits beer in Hardy’s face and hits a Lungblower. He then breaks the beer bottle over Flair’s head to bust him open. Bully Ray comes in to give Immortal their last advantage. Finally Robert Roode enters the fray and now the ceiling lowers and weapons are made available. They go to the split screen, which isn’t really necessary or helpful. Abyss gets knocked out of the cage and Daniels follows him out with a trash can lid. Hardy and Daniels then climb to the top of the cage and the crowd finally comes alive. It doesn’t go well for Daniels though, who takes the Twist of Hate up on the roof. While the fight continues in the ring, Daniels recovers and leaps off the top of the cage to wipe out Abyss and Hardy on the floor. In the ring Bully Ray takes control and he and Flair wear Fortune out with kendo sticks. Ray tells Daniels this beating is for his friend AJ Styles, and that brings out the man himself! Styles gets in the cage and throws Ray all over it. That gives Roode the chance to lock Flair in a Fujiwara Armbar, really wrenching it in and Flair taps out at 22:53. That was pretty fun as far as Lethal Lockdown matches go, but since it’s almost September and the feud is still going with no end in sight it doesn’t end up meaning much I guess.
Rating: ***
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Reaction of Honor 2.9.2013 (MsChif, Top Prospects) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/02/23/reaction-of-honor-2-9-2013-mschif-top-prospects/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/02/23/reaction-of-honor-2-9-2013-mschif-top-prospects/#comments Sat, 23 Feb 2013 05:03:44 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=153696 The Glimpse:

MsChif in action for the Women of Honor, the Top Prospects tournament continues and a huge eight man tag!

Also a slightly trimmed format for you all – No more “rant” section as writing a rant after writing a reaction was jarring and segmented, so I can only imagine how it was to read.  Not to mention that in the past couple of months, there’s less and less to “rant” about.  I’ve been genuinely positive on the shows, so to shoehorn in a complaints section just got tiresome.  Welcome to the Reaction of Honor.

The Action:

Match 1: Matt Taven vs ACH, Top Prospect Tournament First Round

Winner:  Matt Taven via pinfall

Quick open from both men with rapid counters, leaving them on an even playing field.  ACH with a clothesline through the ropes, but Taven answers with a rebounding kick and a dive.  Taven heads to the top but whiffs a cross body, then takes a kick to the back of the head.  ACH with a quick transition but takes a moonsault for a two count.  ACH lands an axe kick on the apron, a baseball slide and a flip dive.  Taven kicks out at two and the crowd is strongly behind the new comer who lands a series of kicks and a low reverse STO for two.  ACH sheds his elbow pads for a series of strikes with the exposed points.  Taven answers with a discus boot and heads to the top to follow up.  ACH cuts him off and hits the Flash Kick for another near fall.  Taven once again comes back with a spinning neck breaker off the top rope and a frog splash, winning.

Adam Cole in Ring:

Nigel McGuinness calls the ROH TV champion to the ring for a chat.  He also invites down Matt Hardy, and his entrance just feels empty without a “whooooaaaa yeahhhhh” to kick it off, but that’s just my opinion.  Both men have requested a rematch of their Final Battle 2012 match and Nigel will deliver his decision now.  Matt does not get a title match because he had to kick Adam Cole in the palm tree and coconuts to beat him.  McGuinness will grant a match for Cole to get some retribution, but it will not be for the title.  Hardy wishes to decline if he’s not getting a shot at the ROH Television belt.  Hardy is in denial of any wrong doing at FB2012 and says he’s done.  Cole insists that the match be for the title and Nigel tells him to hush.  Matt runs down his title accolades then tells Nigel that he must be jealous.  Matt runs down Nigel now and Cole interrupts and tells Hardy not to dare disrespect him.  Cole tells Hardy that if he needs a reason to fight a non-title bout, he’ll give him one then proceeds to punch him in the face.  Quick pull apart fight and this story will go on.

Inside ROH:

Top Prospects tournament results review.  Truth Martini interjects himself and gives his thoughts on the entrants.  He then takes off his pants.  No seriously, that’s the joke.  He says it’s time to take your pants off.

In Cincinnati, a six man tag will occur:  SCUM vs Richards, Cole and Elgin.

At the 11th Anniversary, March 2nd, The Briscoes defend the ROH Tag Team Championship against Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish.  The challengers appear to trash talk the Briscoes in a scarf and sweater for some ungodly reason.  Steen will defend against Lethal.  Elgin will take on Roddy in a two-out-of-three falls match.  The winner of the Top Prospects tournament gets a TV title shot.  Sounds like a fun show, actually.  Too bad it’s not at Hammerstein in NY like the 10th Anniversary show was.

Match 2: Athena vs MsChif, Women of Honor

Winner:  MsChif via pinfall

Veda Scott is on commentary because…well…I dunno.  Women.  Not a bad idea to actually have a woman’s perspective who’s been in the ring.  Tale of the tape actually gives the womens’ weights.  Nice touch.

Athena starts with a keylock and a floatover, then a springboard cross body for an early nearfall.  MsChif folds Athena up and hits a gutbuster.  MsChif now with a drop toe hold and a bridging pinfall attempt.  Athena with a pair of kicks and whiffing the third.  MsChif sweeps the leg and tries a standing moonsault for two.  Repeated odd cuts to the commentary booth as Athena tries a handspring back kick in the corner, which she doesn’t quite judge right.  MsChif answers with double stomps to the back with Athena’s face on the bottom turnbuckle which actually looks brutal.  More sloppy strikes from Athena and a diving twisting Stunner from the top rope.  Chif gets her foot on the bottom rope to save herself.  Out on the apron they exchange strikes before MsChif gets kicked back into the ring.  Athena wants another of the top rope move called the O-Face but Chif cuts her off and hits Obliteration out of the corner for the win.

Match 3:  SCUM (Rhino/Steen/Corino/Jacobs) vs Coleman/Alexander and The Briscoes

Winners:  SCUM via pinfall

Lethal is on commentary, as the booth seems to need a guest at all times this week.  As expected, the match opens up with a bedlam.

It takes a couple of minutes to actually get the match starter properly, which begs the question of why the officials don’t just throw the bout out, but that would make for crummy television.  Corino and Jay Briscoe end up facing off in the ring with Corino asking for a handshake.  He tries a cheap kick to Jay who throws him out of the ring so we’re back to chaos.  Corino and Jay back into the ring and Jay unloads with jabs and a boot.  Corino kicks Jay out of the corner, who walks into Rhino and a TKO.  Corino tags Jacobs in and Steen with a cheap shot into a commercial.  Back to action, Jay is fighting off Rhino and Corino tags back in and delivers a cheap shot to Mark, drawing that side into the ring for a distraction.  Kevin Steen tags in for a quick shot then tags back out to Corino, continuing the pressure on Jay Briscoe.  More cheap shots from the SCUM corner as Briscoe’s team is chomping at the bit to get in.  Steen back in and walks into the second turnbuckle reverse STO.  Mark Briscoe gets the tag!

Redneck KungFu for Corino and Jacobs but Rhino takes exception.  Coleman gets a turn and dropkicks both Corino and Rhino.  Steen stops Coleman then eats a Sambo suplex from Mark Briscoe.  Alexander’s turn now and he and Coleman hit Total Elimination.  We’re back to chaos on the floor and Steen is left alone in the ring.  He heads to the top rope and lays out all seven men with a somersault senton.  Steen and Alexander back in the ring and Steen takes a springboard tornado DDT, but the pin is broken by Jacobs.  The Briscoes end up with Jacobs set up for the Doomsday Device but Corino makes the save, allowing Jacobs to hit the Contra Code.  Corino follows with the Eternal Dream (which Seltzer calls the Ugly Stick – not doubting him, but that would be a new name to me).  In any case, it’s a low lariat.  Coleman takes a Gore and Alexander gets a Package Piledriver for the loss.  Steen immediately grabs his title and leaves.

The Reaction:

ACH has indeed been signed to a contract at ROH, which is great for both himself and the organization.  This match took place prior to that signing, hence the loss here.  One would expect ACH to pick up the win as he’s a pretty popular guy among indie fans, where as Matt Taven has been ROH’s jobber of choice for months now.  The action was excellent and the Flash Kick actually had me thinking Taven was done, and there’s no better moment in wrestling than truly thinking a match is over and someone kicking out.  I see good things for ACH in the near future if this kind of action continues.  This leaves QT Marshall, Tadarius Thomas, Silas Young and Matt Taven for the semifinals.

Words words words words words words words good lord WORDS.  Matt’s a jerk, Adam’s the fiery, fighting baby face champion.  About as cookie cutter as it gets and way longer than it needed to be, but the point at least got across.  This rivalry will continue, possibly ending up including BJ Whitmer who has the next TV Title shot against Cole.  After their Final Battle 2012 match, it might not be a bad idea to interject something else in here as the rivalry itself isn’t especially interesting.

Athena’s strikes are all over the place and nobody should ever do those corner handspring moves because they always judge them wrong but the Psycho Crusher Stunner from the top rope made me pop.  Her athleticism is right on point, now to just refine.  MsChif as always is a solid talent.  I was personally hoping for the Desecrator DDT because I love seeing it, but a second rope piledriver like Obliteration is just dandy.  We really need more of the WoH matches, as they’re once every month or two at best.

Big messy mess of a mess.  Fun action and a high energy finish.  Finishers for everyone from the boys of SCUM.  It’s always interesting when the bad guys pick up what’s essentially a clean win.  It’s so rarely seen in the big leagues of WWE and TNA – The bad man always needs to concoct a plan to win, instead of just being a fighter.  Kudos for it happening here in ROH.  Safe to assume Steen’s quick exit is due to the presence of Lethal in the arena, as when Steen excepted his challenge he also left quite quickly.  The Briscoes are a good pair to have trumpeting for ROH, but there needs to be more of a presence from the locker room to tell SCUM to piss off – ROH belongs to that whole locker room, not just the Briscoes.  Rhett Titus, Eddie Edwards, Roderick Strong should all be begging for a chance to fight SCUM off and save their home and their livelihood.  Guys like ACH who are newly signed should be coming in asking “Why are they allowed to run roughshod over us all!?”.  See?  The rants are still there.

The Preview:

The Top Prospects tournament continues, heading into the semifinals.

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!

Come on over to The Geek Asylum – we’re currently on hiatus, but we’ll soon be back for extended Raw and Smackdown reactions.
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Rant of Honor 1.26.13 (Adam Cole v BJ Whitmer, Matt Hardy, Top Prospects) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/02/23/rant-of-honor-1-26-13-adam-cole-v-bj-whitmer-matt-hardy-top-prospects/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/02/23/rant-of-honor-1-26-13-adam-cole-v-bj-whitmer-matt-hardy-top-prospects/#comments Sat, 23 Feb 2013 05:02:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=152940 The Glimpse:

Jay Lethal and Kevin Steen will be allowed to come face to face tonight!  Adam Cole will defend his TV Title again BJ Whitmer and Matt Hardy is in action.  Truth Martini is on color commentary.

The Action:

In Ring Face to Face

Nigel McGuinness will allow Jay Lethal to face Kevin Steen face to face to settle their current situation.  Rhino enters with the rest of SCUM, solidifying his status with the group.  Lethal challenges for the ROH World Title and Corino answers for Kevin Steen – How dare he?!  Corino cracks mom and dad jokes to ignite Lethal, which could cost him his title shot.  Steen interjects to allow Lethal to continue.  Lethal tells Steen that he’s vile, disgusting and an egotist.  Lethal reminds us that Steen wants to “kill” Ring of Honor and Lethal says he’s the biggest believer in ROH.  Lethal says he needs Steen so he can become the ROH champion and Steen needs Lethal to face him so that he can finish off ROH.  Lethal is positive he can beat Steen – He’s fueled by his family, his hatred and his confidence.  Lethal says that until Steen beats him, he isn’t s–t.

Steen steps out to the apron to make some space and simply says “I accept”.  SCUM is left befuddled in the ring and Lethal grins.

Match 1:  Silas Young vs Adam Page, Top Prospect Tournament First Round

Winner: Silas Young via submission

Adam Page is in charge from the start and gets a near fall with a flying lariat, but Young turns it around with a Randy Orton middle rope DDT.  Back and forth action with some interesting combinations from Young until Page takes over by back body dropping him to the floor.  Page hits his apron shooting star press and gets the crowd behind him.  Page hits a top rope cross body and Young kicks out, surprisingly.  Young hits a Bubba Bomb and beats Page with the Stock Lock – A full nelson from a side position on the mat.

Charlie Haas in Ring

The Outlaw hops in the ring to the usual cold reception.  Haas talks trash about Ray Lewis and the crowd and is apparently pissed off that the corporate office told him he’s to be censored.  He flips the camera off to answer them.  Haas makes a good point – He beat BJ Whitmer by tossing him through a table and now Whitmer gets a TV Title shot.  Haas turns his attention to McGuinness who booked a tag team gauntlet match with Shelton Benjamin not available.  One of the ringside boys is cleaning streamers from the mat and Charlie takes exception to it, calling him into the ring.  He mocks the kid for being scrawny and names him “cheeseburger”.  Cheeseburger affirms that he’s a wrestler enrolled in the ROH dojo and Haas says he’s going to get his chance to wrestle tonight.  The always apt ROH crowd starts a “cheeseburger” chant as he sheds his shirt, happy to fight Haas.  The Outlaw gives Cheeseburger a belly to belly suplex clear across the ring and then wraps him up in the Haas of Pain.

Match 2:  Rhett Titus vs Matt Hardy

Winner:  Matt Hardy via pinfall

Typical match start for both men until Titus tries a plancha and misses, hurting his taped ribs on the floor.  Hardy continues to focus on the ribs and hits a bulldog for two.  Hardy tries a signature middle rope axe handle but gets a Titus dropkick in the gut.  Titus follows up with a corner dropkick and a sitout spinebuster for a near fall.  Ludicrously sloppy series of strikes and blocks ends in a Side Effect (which is the same as Mike Bennett’s Box Office Smash, so I expect we see a lot more TKOs out of him while Hardy is around).  Hardy wants a Twist of Fate but Titus reverses into a backslide for a desperation two count.  Titus baseball slides between Hardy’s legs on the apron and then pulls him down face first.  Hardy uses the ring to further attack the injured ribs and drops Titus on the floor with a front slam.  Back into the ring, Hardy hits a Twist of Fate for the win.

Match 3:  BJ Whitmer vs Adam Cole (c), ROH TV Championship

Winner:  Adam Cole via pinfall

Early in the match, Kevin Kelly informs us that Matt Hardy has sat himself at the commentary booth, so like Haas, he may have a vested interest in the TV Title.  While the men in the ring do their thing, Hardy runs Cole down as a guy who will be “a great middle of the card guy…but not a global brand…”.

Back to the actual action, Cole tries a top rope splash but comes up empty as Whitmer dodges and ROH goes to commercial.  Back in, Whitmer is still in charge as the men start to throw stiff strikes at one another.  Cole blocks a rear waist lock with an enzuigiri and a shining wizard, which is the first thing Caleb Seltzer mentions in this match, albeit softly.  Whitmer kicks out and lands a knee in the corner, then his snap suplex -> northern lights suplex combo for another near fall.  Whitmer follows up with a swinging fisherman’s suplex to a standard fisherman’s suplex for two.  Cole hits a diving cross body after striking back to continue the string of near falls while Hardy says he’s above everyone in Ring of Honor.  Cole runs into an exploder suplex and Whitmer puts the TV Champ on the top rope for a superplex, but Whitmer sells his own head and neck, following on from Final Battle’s table spot.  Cole is first to his feet, but the ref waves him off.  Whitmer slaps Cole and says not to stop – Cole delivers a super kick, a German suplex and a brainbuster onto his knee for an incredibly close two.  Close enough in fact, that they ring the bell.  Cole sets up for the Florida Key and picks up the win.

The Reaction:

A bit wordy, but strong opening promo with the World Champ and his current rival.  Lethal seemed to be heading down the road of being intense and working for himself, but he’s right back to a pro-ROH babyface.  And that’s not a bad thing – ROH needed a guy to fight on its behalf against Steen and SCUM who want to tear it down.  Good stuff.

Adam Page, who I’m far more familiar with thanks to Evolve Wrestling, is definitely an up and comer.  He’s incredibly solid in the ring and just screams “I’m a babyface, cheer for me!”.  Silas Young, who is a bit older and has a bit more of an old school look is a great foil for Page in this match.  Young picking up the win was a legitimate surprise to me – I assume that Page has a contract with Evolve/DGUSA, because if you want to talk about a top prospect in a young wrestler, he’s that.

The ROH crowd was right behind Cheeseburger…until he got tossed 10 feet in the air.  With the name drops and the lack of a tag partner, this may lead to Haas in a hunt for the TV title and a potential three way dance with Whitmer and Adam Cole.  That would be an interesting set of dynamics to see all together.

Geez.  Matt looks completely gassed throughout most of the match and the striking series in the middle of the ring was the work of beginners.  As he got his legs swept on the apron by Titus near the end of the match, he looked like he somehow fell in slow motion.  As a guy that always liked Matt better than Jeff back in the Hardy Boyz days, this isn’t exactly thrilling me.  It also doesn’t bode well that it took some desperation offense to beat a quite-injured Rhett Titus.

So Matt can talk without getting winded, at least.  Good action back and forth, but the ending smacked of a Davey Richards match.  Hardy continues to sell himself as the greatest thing on the planet and everyone else being below him.  The last image we see is Hardy staring Cole down – We’ll likely see them fight for this title.  Whether Haas and Whitmer are involved will stand to be seen.

The Rant:

This one is truncated, kids.  Life gets in the way occasionally, but we’ll be back shortly with ON TIME, revamped reviews for you.

In the interest of getting results up to date, this week is cut a tad short, but moving forward, the Rant of Honor will be revamped to an easier to read (and write!) Review of Honor.

The Preview:

Next week – Tag Team Gauntlet match for a Tag Team Title shot:  SCUM vs American Wolves vs Fish/O’Reilly vs The Bravados!

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  I sincerely would like to hear what people think and strike up some conversation!

Come on over to The Geek Asylum – we’re currently on hiatus, but we’ll soon be back for extended Raw and Smackdown reactions.
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Stone Cold E.T. to Crash FWE Show in NYC this Weekend, Featured Contest is Matt Hardy vs. Carlito vs. Tommy Dreamer in TLC Match http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/02/12/stone-cold-e-t-to-crash-fwe-show-in-nyc-this-weekend-featured-contest-is-matt-hardy-vs-carlito-vs-tommy-dreamer-in-tlc-match/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2013/02/12/stone-cold-e-t-to-crash-fwe-show-in-nyc-this-weekend-featured-contest-is-matt-hardy-vs-carlito-vs-tommy-dreamer-in-tlc-match/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:05:30 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=153386 On Saturday 2/16/13, Internet sensation Stone Cold E.T. comes to Family Wrestling Entertainment’s iPPV event taking place in NYC. Check out the trailer below:

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The View From Down Here – Fans And Their Tales http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/12/03/the-view-from-down-here-fans-and-their-tales/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/12/03/the-view-from-down-here-fans-and-their-tales/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:00:28 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=151004 Ahh, the glorious world of fan fiction.

For those of you who have been reading my columns for a while, you’ll know that I am a writer. I have a book out there available somewhere, and there are more of my short stories in various anthologies than you could probably be bothered tracking down. But one of the best parts of being a writer is that you get to read lots of things and call it “part of your job”.

Well, recently I finished a short novel based around the wonderful world of independent wrestling. I wanted to make damn sure it did not fall into the traps of fanfic pastiches, so I read a heap of wrestling fanfic to make sure I was on the sort of right track to avoid these pitfalls.

Having said that, I found enough stuff to help me on my way. But I did get seriously side-tracked at one point by a number of stories that were cross-over tales with other franchises or characters. I spent too long just reading some of the worst writing you can imagine.

The majority were the sort of things where desperate teenagers write stories where the wrestlers end up being their best friends/lovers/fathers. Some of these verged on pornography and quite a few crossed that line without so much as a backward glance (for what it’s worth, I tried to make it a point not to read porn for my research because, well, it’s not what I’m interested in writing about). And, man!, does Jeff Hardy appear in wa-a-a-ay too many of these!

Then there are the stories where we have “hot” (your mileage may vary) wrestler-on-wrestler action. John Cena and Randy Orton appear to be in a lot of these. I mean… a LOT of these. Grappling turns into, well, grappling of a different sort. Or else one of these two (or Hulk Hogan) ends up with some famous person. Captain Kirk from Star Trek springs to mind, because I stupidly read it through to the end. Kirk and Cena…

The final one that is everywhere is the one where various WWE/TNA/WCW superstars are thrown into a reality TV show, especially Big Brother and Survivor. The best one I read (which I can’t find now) was Survivor: WCW, where the dying days of WCW are presented as a Survivor series. But the best isn’t what this is about. This is about the more common types out there.

So here is a list of some of the more, shall we say, interesting ones I read. In these, the WWE characters interact with the fictional worlds, and there’s not an author avatar in sight (and, truth be told, that last limited this selection hugely).

Links are up with them, so I’ll leave it up to you to seek them out. If you want. Except for the last one. Because it no longer exists. But, damn, if it isn’t… interesting.

(Edit: Number 3 has also disappeared. Bastards!)

 

 

 

1. Harry Potter

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8512893/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Big-Red-Monster

Kane joins Hogwarts! A huge 12 year old who chokes people and can cause fire! It actually… makes sense, now that I think about it.

Well, first, the technical stuff. Unlike most fanfic, a majority of the grammar here is not too bad. Still enough to make any self-respecting editor have kittens, but nothing that actually kills the flow of the story. And at a scant 2 chapters it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome.

The story. Well, Kane would seem to be a perfect fit in the magical world of Hogwarts. And the author even has Kane’s mannerisms down pretty well. Draco Malfoy has some of the character from the books. But the other characters are shadows of the originals, and exist only to be there for Kane to be Kane. The character of Kane is all action, nothing internal. The ending is mildly interesting, for what is was worth.

And… what’s wrong with it then?

The potential was there for this to be so much more. It would have fitted in with the vein of the Deadly Hallows, but what we got was child-like characterisation out of Philosopher’s Stone. Kane with the powers over fire and his hidden past, even the diabolical look of him would have fitted in well with that final year and the magic battle, almost as a deus ex machina type of character. The concept is actually one that would work in the world of fanfic. But the execution is off. It’s little kiddie stuff. It misses the point of Harry Potter as a Hero Quest style of story, and it misses the point of Kane as someone with a very confused upbringing and deep psychological scars. Sure, it’s a few thousand words of fanfic, but it reads like a proposal, not a story.

Oh, and nothing actually seems to happen. It’s just – here’s Kane. Wow.

 

 

 

2. Total Drama

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6864998/1/TDI-vs-WWE-Legends

The kids from the Total Drama series of cartoons take on legends of wrestling in a series of fights. (Disclaimer: Total Drama is one of my favourite cartoons.)

First, the technical stuff. This is presented as if a transcript of a show. No description of the action, just what people say. That makes it slightly jarring. And also means there are less mistakes than would otherwise be there, because there’s enough as it is.

The story fits in well with the TD universe. It is exactly the sort of thing that would happen if the writers had permission to use WWE names and likenesses. As for fitting into the WWE universe… well, not so much.

And… what’s wrong with it then?

This is a case where the writer decided that catchphrases were all that made up anything. Gorilla Monsoon spouts off all the right Gorilla-isms, but the Bobby Heenan and Jesse Ventura ones come across as something out of Heroes Of Wrestling. It’s as though the writer watched the Wrestlemania anthology – once, while making a complicated meringue – and based everything on that.

It’s even worse with the TD characters. This writer clearly likes Total Drama, but missed the whole point of them being cartoon teenagers who parodied the stereotypes of actual reality TV show contestants, because these stereotypes which made them who they were are ignored! I mean he gave Courtney a Charlie Daniels Band song as her theme music because “they both played the violin”! It felt so very odd… and yet I read all 20,000 words of the damn thing.

 

 

 

3. Romeo And Juliet

First, there are so many of these with a wrestler playing the Romeo or Juliet part and the author avatar playing the other, it’s actually… quite sad really. But this one – this one – has the elements of the story featuring two WWE wrestlers – Lita And Matt Hardy.

The technical stuff of this really made it hard to read. The only way you seemed to know if a new sentence was starting was by the words “And then…” Spelling was random. Punctuation was non-existent. It was set in a wrestling arena. But it actually seemed to have some semblance of trying to follow the story-line, with Christian (?) playing the role of Mercutio (and “dying” by going off to another wrestling promotion) until the end.

And… apart from the obvious, what’s wrong with it then?

Well, for a start, has anyone who actually writes about Romeo and Juliet actually read the play? Or do they just base their stories on one of the film versions or what they think happened? The story goes: Two warring clans in a blood feud (as in, people die), two really young kids (Juliet was 13!), a very brief fling, lots of lying by lots of people, a suicide pact, the end. So, this leads to… The ‘warring clans’ were the Hardy Boyz against everyone else. But wasn’t Lita already with the Hardys? There was very little lying by other people. And dying at the end meant Matt deliberately taking a bump through a table that killed him, and Lita pretending to die so she could run off with Edge. Serioiusly.

But what really sets this one apart is the language. The descriptions of the wrestling moves read like a Vince McMahon commentary of a match, as though the person likes wrestling, but doesn’t quite understand it. Quotes are lifted verbatim from the Shakespeare play, mixed in with modern aphorisms. But at least Matt Hardy didn’t pretend to die as well so he could run off with the author…

 

 

 

4. Family Guy

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8734640/1/A-Stone-Cold-Guy

Possibly one of the most straight-forward ones, as it is more than possible that Stone Cold Steve Austin would appear as a character on Family Guy. Sort of like a low-rent Simpsons cameo. And the actions of Austin in this are sort of like the character.

Technically… well, again, spelling, punctuation and grammar (especially verb tenses) are all optional, sentence structure is interesting and… Look, I don’t care how good a story or concept is, I don’t know an editor who would put up with this.

And… apart from the lack of writing skills, what’s wrong with it then?

For a start, it’s as funny as cucumber sandwich. The author even says, “Well tell me that wasn’t funny.” Okay – that wasn’t funny. Stewie has none of the vindictive genius his character is based on, and, well, maybe Austin has some of his Stone Cold-ness, but the rest of the characters are just…

Austin diapers Peter in a supermarket. There’s a “cutaway” of a dead Superman. I think it wants to be a script, but it doesn’t know. It’s… It’s there. It’s like rhythmic gymnastics or synchronised swimming at the Olympics – we all know it’s there, but none of us can tell why.

 

 

 

5. Twilight

Sad admission – I’ve read half of the first Twilight book. Yes, I’ve read some Twilight. I’ve seen none of the movies, avoid online discussions of it, and think it shows how low the level of intelligence has descended in the Western world (only reinforced by the 50 Shades… series).

This fanfic is amazing because it mirrors Meyers’ writing style exactly. I mean, perfectly, down to her misuse of words and the phrases, and to the words she uses too often. But then there’s the characters – Stephanie McMahon in the Bella role, HHH as Edward and Chris Jericho as Jacob. Oh, and there’s a wrestling match that sounds suspiciously like the phantom title change between HHH and Jericho.

So… if it’s so good, what’s wrong with it then?

It’s Twilight! Yes, the fanfic mirrors the original brilliantly, but it’s still Twilight! It’s poorly written and poorly thought out. The wrestling scene occurs on a high school football field, and they bounce off fencing and jump from the goal uprights. It even leaves itself open for a sequel!

I had the feeling at first that this was a parody, but there was no humour. It was a re-telling with lots of wrestling allusions. Maybe it was an homage. Or maybe Ms Meyers herself actually wrote it. No; I think professional wrestling would be too high-brow for her…

I don’t know what’s sadder – the fact that someone read Twilight and thought it’d be better if it had wrestlers in, the fact that someone then went ahead and wrote it, the fact that I read it (all 23000 words of it), or the fact I was the 15000th person to read it.

 

 

 

And?

Okay, part of this was to rip on fanfic in general. But the deeper part is to show that wrestling fans are like every other fan of every other pop culture phenomenon out there. They watch it no matter how crap it’s become, and some of them are so obsessed with their idols that they write fiction which they think is the best thing since the invention of paper.

And it just shows that no matter the highs and lows of the wrestling cycle, it is a part of the culture now. Just so long as I never – EVER – have to think about Kirk and Cena together again…

 
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Rabblecast #298 NXT Invasion, CM Punk vs WWE http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/11/23/rabblecast-298-nxt-invasion-cm-punk-vs-wwe/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/11/23/rabblecast-298-nxt-invasion-cm-punk-vs-wwe/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:29:18 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=150768 Invasion story lines are nothing new to, Professional Wrestling. Especially with companies like, WWE. But that’s exactly what happened during the final match of, WWE’s Survivor Series 2012 PPV. The casual wrestling fan was introduced to, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns. All three individuals come from, WWE’s development territory, NXT in based in, Florida. Are these three men the beginning of, WWE’s push to bring you fresh faces and new rivalries?

 

Despite being a LIVE show for the past few months, TNA Wrestling will be taking it easy, so to speak by taping the next couple of weeks of Impact Wrestling. Who can blame them? With the, Thanksgiving holiday  upon us, it makes sense. Will this affect their current ratings? Also, can TNA management get things in order with the various litigation’s involving the company as well as current and former talents? Scott Steiner vs TNA and Hulk Hogan vs Gawker Media

 

More Indy Wrestling news: Extreme Rising, All Japan Pro Wrestling, World Wrestling Council, Shine

 

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On this week’s show:

  • WWE Diva, Kaitlyn arrested
  • Tension growing between CM Punk & WWE
  • AJ Styles signs a book deal
  • Matt Hardy injured at, Extreme Rising

 

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Rant of Honor 11.10.2012 (Road Rage, Cole/Edwards) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/11/18/rant-of-honor-11-10-2012-road-rage-coleedwards/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2012/11/18/rant-of-honor-11-10-2012-road-rage-coleedwards/#comments Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:00:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=150459 The Glimpse:

Adam Cole defends the ROH TV Title against friend and partner Eddie Edwards.  Bennett and Mondo continue their ongoing feud.  (Matches from Glory by Honor)

The Action:

Match 1:  Mike Mondo vs Mike Bennett (From Glory by Honor)

Winner:  Mike Bennett via pinfall

Mondo and Bennett have a physical battle and Mondo manages to break his leg during an unnecessary spot from the top of the entrance.  Bennett ends up hitting a TKO after Maria shakes her goods and Mondo falls for the lure.  At least Maria shook her goods, right?

Inside Ring of Honor:

Part two of the Matt Hardy interview.  Hardy is here to scout TV Champion Adam Cole.  Hardy talks about his injuries not being star making like Cole’s face injury.  He continues to say that at the same age, he was more important.  Ultimately, we get confirmation that Matt Hardy will battle Adam Cole at Final Battle.

Elgin cuts an “I’m gonna kill you” promo in the direction of Roderick Strong, which is a match we’re sure to see made for Final Battle.

Jim Cornette will announce the new “match maker” next week (we already know who it is, but for the sake of those few folks out there trying to stay spoiler free, we’ll touch on it next week in the Rant).

Closing moments of Rhett Titus/BJ Whitmer taking on Haas and Benjamin.  Whitmer and Haas curse at each other as they kick each other.  These are the worst exchanges that ROH offers, especially when there isn’t palpable heat between the guys.  WGTT takes it with a double powerbomb while Titus is stuck in the corner.

Match 2:  Adam Cole (c) vs Eddie Edwards, ROH Television Championship

Winner:  Adam Cole via pinfall

Back and forth action throughout with comebacks on both sides.  Edwards locks in the Achilles Lock and stomps on the head of the champ, but he fights his way out and straps on a Figure Four out of a victory roll.  Edwards gets the ropes and after a nasty spill to the outside from the top, Cole finishes it with the Florida Key straight-jacket German.  A very typical match for both guys, and that’s not at all a criticism.

The Reaction:

Ahh, two weeks running of reviewing matches from a month ago.  Next week, we may very well have new matches for you!

Mike Mondo breaks his leg doing an entirely pointless dive in a mid-card ROH feud.  Sure, it was great for an “Oh Sh*t” moment from the crowd, but by the time Mondo is physically ready to come back, nobody will care again.  Which is a shame, as Mondo seemed to be getting a moderate push.  Not a bad match at all, but Bennett’s feud-mate won’t be around for a while, so that leaves him in a bad place as well.

Hardy comes across insincere and digging for cheap heat, picking on the fresh new baby face.  Definitely an “easy road” promo to set this match up.

“Match Maker” is the best title they can think of for this position?  Is that literally all they do?  Lazy.

High action from Cole and Edwards, as we’d all expect.  There does come a point where I can only see these guys kick and chop each other so much.  The occasional mix up to the match style wouldn’t hurt either one.

The Rant:

Mondo, you’re a dummy.  It’s bad enough when a guy severely injures himself in a main event angle or when he’s somehow furthering his career.  This did nothing for nobody.

I’m stoked to see Matt Hardy.  I know he gets a lot of crap for being a YouTube nutjob and for various other reasons, but I’ve been a fan for long enough that I’m excited to see him when I attend Final Battle in December.  This could be a big match for Cole; he’ll need to stay consistent with the types of matches he’s had with Edwards.

This is a “rant” so I’m supposed to piss and moan, but a match that can keep the crowd interested the entire way through and prove a strong, clean win for the champion is a thumbs up in my book.  No real negatives to point out in this one, though I do wonder if Edwards dumping Cole to the floor from the top rope was a slip or semi-planned.

Unrelated to the actual episode, but still pertinent:  ROH is offering the next few weeks of TV for $1.99 each on their website.  There’s an obnoxiousness to this offer.  No way do I pay you two bucks for your free TV show.  That’s ludicrous, even if it’s “early”.

The Preview:

Next week we find out who the new “match maker” is for Ring of Honor.

The Shill:

As always, if you like what you read here, let me know in the comments or on twitter @sbfantom.  Come on over to The Geek Asylum – we’re currently on hiatus, but we’ll soon be back for extended Raw and Smackdown reactions.  Can’t make it to Final Battle?  Considering not ordering the show?  Get live updates December 16th via my Twitter and @pulsewrestling.
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