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WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Review

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Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros
Basically what you’d expect from a preshow tag match. Gable looked fantastic in this one, and deserves far better than what he’s getting. He could be a main event star with his skill level. Gable and Benjamin win after a few minutes.
**
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WWE No Mercy 2017

WWE No Mercy 2017 Review

Apollo Crews (w/ Titus O’Neil) vs. Elias “I Lost My Last Name in Vegas” Sampson: **
Just an okay match. Crews is a far better worker, but shows little charisma since the performance center did away with that for him in NXT. Sampson has charisma and is dislikable as a heel, but still has a lot of work to do in the ring. Elias wins after a few minutes with a Fisherman’s Neckbreaker.

The Miz (w/ Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) vs. Jason Jordan – WWE Intercontinental Championship: ***1/4
Really solid match here from these two. Miz continues to be one of the best midcard acts WWE has, and one of the few they get right. Great promos, average in ring, but there’s nothing wrong with that. After some heelish chicanery, Miz wins with a Skull Crushing Finale. Jordan’s promo afterwards was weird. It did him no favours, unless they’re turning him heel. He was booed quite a bit in this match.

Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor: ***1/2
Not a bad match here at all. Balor and Wyatt showed some good chemistry, and they made the right call with Balor going over here. However, this further kills Bray’s already dead momentum even more. Hard to believe he was champ before WrestleMania. Let’s hope Balor moves onto better top of the card feud now, and Bray can take a little time off before bringing him back to give him some momentum, because he should be a main event draw.

The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins – WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: ****1/4
This match was awesome. I thought the action was really great, and all four guys delivered in a big way. Amazingly, while Sheamus has been known to cause injuries, he did not cause the one in this match. Cesaro flew face first into the ring post and lost at least two of his front teeth (might want to request those for Christmas). Cesaro somehow not only continued, but got better while bleeding everywhere. How this man is not a world champion, I will never know. Awesome match. Go watch it right now.

Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss – Fatal 5-Way Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship: ***3/4
Very solid women’s match here. As for workers in the ring, I think Bayley, Sasha, and Emma are far ahead of both Nia & Alexa, but Alexa knows how to be exactly where she needs to be to make the spots work. The other 4 women helped cover Nia’s weaknesses by making her look like the monster she is supposed to be in the ring. Great stuff from all 5 here. There was a really nasty bump that Nia took to the outside, almost killing herself. I hope she’s okay.

Roman Reigns vs. John Cena: ****1/4
Another awesome match here. Cena was wildly over, as predicted, and Reigns did a great job playing into. The only major criticism I can come up with is Cena hitting so many AA’s that Roman kicked out of. The story that they were going for was that Roman can take Cena’s best shot, but Roman’s best shot, the Spear, can beat Cena at any moment, as it only took one to pin Cena. I think it would have been better with no finishers hit until the Spear, giving Roman the big win with only one finish, and still protecting Cena’s. With that being said, this was absolutely fantastic. If it’s just a one off match, the right guy won.

Enzo Amore vs. Neville – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: NO.
No. No. No no. No no no. No.

Braun Stroman vs. Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) – WWE Universal Championship: **3/4
This was really underwhelming. If it came before Cena/Roman, it may have been received better. This further illustrates WWE’s probably with the main roster PPVs lately. The undercard is usually great, but the main events have fallen flat. Rearranging the matches a bit would have made this much better. Brock is awesome. So is Braun. There should have been way more destruction in this one. I expected Braun and Brock to literally (yes, literally. You telling me they can’t gimmick an LED light?) eat the stage and just destroy everything. Alas, it under delivered in a major way.

SHOW RATING: ***1/2
Not a bad show by any standard, just underwhelming because of the way it ended. Put Roman/Cena in the main event, and Brock/Braun earlier, and this show would have gone down as one of WWE’s best this year, I think. After the table spots in Roman/Cena, the lack of destruction in Brock/Braun just seemed strange. If they wanted to top Roman/Cena (which they should have), there should have been a lot more damage to the ringside area. Again, a stage spot would have been awesome. The ring imploding. The announcers fleeing for their lives. The refs trying to pick up the carnage that is the guy who rings the bell. I don’t know. Something beyond what we got. It would have been so simple too. Still, not a horrible show, just underwhelming, which honestly describes most of WWE’s Pay-Per-Views since the second brand split, which was exactly my fear when they announced it.

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WWE WrestleMania 33 Review

WrestleMania 33 was a historic show for several reasons, but the ending will leave people talking for years. It is something that wrestling fans won’t soon forget, and provided many fantastic moments if you are a fan of wrestling. The biggest show of the year, without question, was huge. With that being said, here is my (Josiah’s) recap of the show, with my ratings for the matches. I will also be looking at who won our prediction game, which is always fun. Continue reading WWE WrestleMania 33 Review

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

HIACHell in a Cell 2015
October 25, 2015
Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 17,505
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler

John Cena vs. ????? – WWE US Championship Open Challenge

John Cena opens the show, and says he isn’t going to talk long, and he’s going to call out his challenger. Continue reading WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

WWE Money In the Bank 2015

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WWE Money in the Bank 2015
June 15, 2015
Attendance: 15,277
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio

Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler

The show opens with a heartwarming, and tear inducing tribute to Dusty Rhodes.

RIP Dusty. We’ll miss you. He was one of my favourite wrestlers of all time for his promos alone, not to mention his classic matches.

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WWF Raw – May 17, 1993 Review

WWF Raw
May 17, 1993
New York, NY
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, & Bobby Heenan

The show opens with a highlight video showing Macho Man cheering some Special Olympians on, which is quite cool.

The recap the brawl between Shawn Michaels and Mr. Perfect from the week before.

Lord Alfred Hayes is outside talking about someone being there today that will surprise everyone.

The Smoking Gunns vs. Glenn Ruth & Tony Vajda

The Smoking Gunns make their Raw debut, taking on these two jobbers. Bart starts but quickly tags out to Billy. They both beat both men all around the ring until they hit a ridiculous piledriver where Billy hits a back drop and Bart catches Ruth and hits a piledriver. I don’t think that finish will last long. They almost killed Glenn Ruth.

Vince McMahon is in the ring and he brings out Shawn Michaels for an interview. The fans chant a rather vulgar chant at Shawn, but Shawn ignores it. Shawn says that he’s a man of his word and that he told everybody that he would be the IC champion. He also told everyone that he was better than Mr. Perfect, and he’s still champ. Michaels says that he will defend the title against anyone. A guy gets in the ring to challenge Michaels, and it’s Marty Jannetty! Vince asks Shawn if he’s a man of his word, and Shawn replies with yes and reluctantly accepts the challenge for later tonight. Great segment.

Razor Ramon vs. The Kid

The Kid still has the L on his tights, so why not call him The Lightning Kid, Vince? Razor throws the Kid around to start the match, and hits a massive chop that makes the whole crowd scream “Ohhhh!” Even though he’s a heel, the crowd chants Razor. Razor hits a big fall away slam. Razor tries to hit The Kid in the corner, but Razor misses and stuns himself. The Kid hits a moonsault and The Kid gets the 1-2-3! The crowd goes nuts for the The Kid!

RATING: 2/5 – I only give this a 2/5 because of how short it was. However, this was a really memorable moment on Monday Night Raw, and one of the great moments in the show’s history. This basically launches the career of X-Pac, and leads to a long and successful run in the WWF/E.

Tatanka vs. Scott Taylor

Tatanka smashes Taylor with several hard chops and gets the win with a Samoan Drop after a few minutes.

Mean Gene talks about who has qualified for the King of the Ring Tournament. A few matches of the first round have been decided, with Bret Hart vs. Razor Ramon being the biggest one.

Kamala vs. Yokozuna

Oh dear. This should be horrible. It was. Yokozuna wins in a few minutes with a Banzai Drop, and it’s a few minutes too long.

Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty – WWF Intercontinental Championship

This match starts fast with Jannetty taking to Michaels. Jannetty counters a hip toss by flipping onto his feet. He hits a baseball slide dropkick, skins the cat, and then hits a tope on Shawn. Marty is on fire in this match. Jannetty dodges a superkick and hits an arm drag followed by a head scissors. Jannetty sends Michaels to the corner, and Shawn flies over the top rope, grabs his belt, and tries to leave.

He gets to the curtain, but Mr. Perfect is there to chase him back to the ring. They go to break, and when they come back Jannetty is still in control. Michaels hits a huge hotshot on Jannetty and Shawn starts to get the heat on him. Shawn slows it down a bit and locks on a headlock on Jannetty.

The pace pick up and Jannetty hits a huge body slam. Jannetty hits a huge flying body press, and Shawn kicks out. Jannetty rolls him up, but Shawn rolls through and pulls the tights, but Jannetty kicks out. Shawn hits a huge superkick and taunts Mr. Perfect. Perfect throws his town in Michaels’ face, and Marty rolls up Shawn for the 1-2-3! We have a new Intercontinental Champion!

RATING: 4/5 – Awesome match from these two. If there was any doubt that Shawn Michaels is one of the best wrestlers of all time, look at the last three Monday Night Raw episodes where he stole the show every time, each week with a better match than the last.

OVERALL RATING: 3.75/5 – Another very good episode of Raw with two great surprises with the 1-2-3 Kid beating Razor Ramon (and thus earning the name 1-2-3!), and Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty tearing the house down.

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WWF Raw – May 10, 1993 Review

WWF Raw
May 10, 1993
New York, NY
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, Bobby Heenan

Shawn Michaels is cutting a promo outside about how he’s going to beat Jim Duggan, and Mr. Perfect attacks him! Perfect throws him onto the hood of a car, breaking the windshield, and security comes and tries to pull them apart. Awesome open to Raw. Continue reading WWF Raw – May 10, 1993 Review

WWF Raw – May 3, 1993 Review

WWF Raw
May 3, 1993
New York, NY
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, & Bobby Heenan

Shawn Michaels vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan – WWF Intercontinental

A great way to start of Raw – a Shawn Michaels title match. Hacksaw goes right after Shawn, but Shawn jumps to the outside. Duggan gets the crowd chanting. They lock up, and Duggan hits several clotheslines, sending Michaels down to the floor. Michaels bumps all over the ring for Hacksaw, making him look like the most dangerous wrestler ever. Shawn tries to leave, but Duggan brings him back to the ring. Continue reading WWF Raw – May 3, 1993 Review

WWF vs WCW vs ECW – April 1993

WWF vs. WCW vs. ECW
April 1993
Ratings Comparison

WCW WWF ECW
April 3 – 2.5/5 April 5 – 1.5/5 April 5 – 1/5
April 10 – 2/5 April 12 – -1/5 April 12 – 1.5/5
April 17 – 2.5/5 April 19 – 2/5 April 19 – 2/5
April 24 – 4/5 April 26 – DUD April 26 – 1.5/5

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WWF Raw – April 26, 1993

WWF Raw
April 26, 1993
New York, NY
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Randy Savage, & Bobby Heenan

Bartlett is out, Heenan is in, thank goodness.

Damian Demento vs. Mr. Perfect

Apparently, Bartlett quit because Heenan was going to be on the show. Demento might be having a conversation with Bartlett, as Heenan implied Bartlett died, and Demento was talking to the sky. Continue reading WWF Raw – April 26, 1993