Thursday, November 26, 2015

NXT + Main Event


-Commentators:  Rich Brennan, Byron Saxton, & Corey Graves.
-With General Manager S. William Regal recovering from recent neck surgery, Michael Cole presided over the contract signing for the upcoming Takeover main event between NXT Champion Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe.  Cole said that Regal would not have approved the Bayley-Eva Marie NXT Women's Title match, but "WWE Corporate" made a phone call and the match will happen(hmm...).  Joe simply walked into the ring, signed the contract, and left without looking the champion in the eye...ouch.  Bálor signed the contract as well, but Joe attacked Bálor from behind as he left the ringside area.  Referees tried to restore order, but Bálor fought back and they had to be separated by the officials...but not before Joe took Bálor down in the Kokita Clutch.
-Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder d. The Vaudevillains("The Artiste" Aiden English & Simon Gotch) to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles when Wilder pinned English after the Shatter Machine(Flapjack-into-Codebreaker) (4:50 aired).  After the match, Enzo Amore & "Big Cass" Colin Cassady made their return and were all business as they brawled with the champions.
-Backstage:  Tom Phillips interviewed Eva Marie in Regal's office...she said she needed a bigger place to prepare for her title match.  Tom asked why the match was "inevitable" in her mind...she said it was time for a "real woman" to hold the title.  After showing off the gifts she got from her Total Divas castmates, she introduced Tom to her good friend Nia Jax and said that "nothing beats friendship"...
-Coming soon:  "The Drifter" Elias Samson.
-Asuka Urai vs. "The Total Diva" Dana Brooke never officially started as Emma Tayla attacked Asuka from behind.  Emma caught Asuka in the Emma Lock(inverted STF) as Dana trash-talked from the arena floor.
-Backstage:  Tom Phillips interviewed NXT Women's Champion Bayley Rose about tonight's title defense...Bayley said that the difference between her and Eva Marie is that she's a wrestler, unlike Eva Marie.
-Returning soon:  Sami Zayn.
-Apollo Crews d. Jesse Sorensen with the delayed Blue Thunder Bomb (2:06).  After the match, Crews accepted Baron Corbin's challenge for Takeover: London.
-Backstage:  Corbin said that the Apollo Nation would fall at Takeover.
-WWE senior official Charles Robinson was appointed by "WWE Corporate" as the second referee to ensure that there would be "no controversy" in the main event...double hmm...
-Next week:  Tommaso Ciampa vs. Samoa Joe.
-Bayley Rose d. Eva Marie(w/ Nia Jax) to retain the NXT Women's Title.  The main referee was pulled out by Jax in the early going, so Robinson entered the match and was "conveniently" distracted at other times when Jax interfered.  Robinson's intervention led to Eva hitting the Sliced Red #2 for a close near-fall.  Bayley blocked a second attempt at Eva's finisher and pushed Bayley into Robinson, knocking him to the floor.  Bayley momentarily fought off Jax and delivered a top-rope Belly-To-Bayley Hugplex for the win as the original referee re-entered to count three (6:40).  Jax laid out Bayley after the match, hitting several Legdrops O' Doom before dropping the belt on Bayley and leaving the ring.

WWE Main Event

-Commentators:  Tom Phillips & Byron Saxton.
-Titus O'Neil(w/ Darren Young doing commentary) d. Stardust by countout when Stardust walked away from the match (3:42).
-Ryback d. Heath Slater via Shellshock (2:59).
-Alexander Rusev d. Zack Ryder with the Accolade(camel clutch) (4:18).
-Brie Bella(w/ Alicia Fox) d. Women's Champion Charlotte Flair(non-title) when Paige distracted Charlotte, allowing Brie to get the rollup pin (9:34 aired).

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This week in wrestling


Main Event this week has:
-Charlotte Flair vs. Brie Bella
-Titus O'Neil vs. Stardust
-Ryback vs. Heath Slater
-Zack Ryder vs. Alexander Rusev

NXT this Wednesday has:
-Bayley Rose vs. Eva Marie - NXT Women's Title
-Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder vs. The Vaudevillains(Aiden English & Simon Gotch) - NXT Tag Team Titles
-Asuka Urai vs. Dana Brooke
-Apollo Crews vs. Jesse Sorensen

Superstars this week has:
-Zack Ryder vs. Mike Mizanin
-"R-Truth" Ron Killings vs. Adam Rose

Smackdown on Thursday has:
-Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze
-Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
-The New Day(Big E Langston & Kofi Kingston) vs. The Lucha Dragons(Sin Cara & Kalisto)
-The Dudley Boys(Buh-Buh Ray & D-Von) vs. Braun Strowman & Erick Rowan
-Becky Lynch vs. Paige Knight

Tables Ladders & Chairs is on Sunday 12/13:
-Sheamus O'Shaunessy vs. Roman Reigns - WWE Title Tables-Ladders-And-Chairs Match


Impact this Wednesday has:
-Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries - World Title Series
-Davey Richards vs. Robbie Eckos - World Title Series
-Tigre Uno vs. Manik vs. D.J. Shiima Xion - World Title Series
-Drew Galloway vs. Rockstar Spud - World Title Series
-Micah Camacho vs. Jessie Godderz - World Title Series
-Kenny King vs. Crazzy Steve - World Title Series
-Grado vs. Bram Cameron - World Title Series


ROH TV this week has:
-Dalton Castle vs. Adam Cole
-Will Ferrara vs. Adam Page
-In action:  Cheeseburger, War Machine(Todd Hanson & Raymond Rowe), The Kingdom(Michael Bennett & Matt Taven)

Next show is Saturday 12/5 in Fort Lauderdale, FL:
-The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Jay Lethal & Donovan Dijak

ROH has a show on Friday 12/18 in Philadelphia, PA:
-Jay Lethal vs. A.J. Styles - Heavyweight Title
-The Kingdom(Michael Bennett & Matt Taven) vs. War Machine(Todd Hanson & Raymond Rowe) - Tag Team Titles

ROH has a show on Saturday 12/19 in Philadelphia, PA.

ROH returns to the St. Louis area on Saturday 1/16 in Collinsville, IL.


Wrestle Kingdom 10 is on Monday 1/4:
-Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi - IWGP Heavyweight Title
-Shinsuke Nakamura vs. A.J. Styles - Intercontinental Title
-Kenny Omega vs. Yujiro Kushida - Jr. Heavyweight Title
-reDRagon(Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Roppongi Vice(Rocky Romero & Trent Barreta) vs. Ricochet & Matt Sydal - Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.



Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.


Next show is Saturday 11/28 in St. Louis, MO(Ready Room):
-Ricky Cruz vs. Kevin Lee Davidson
-Mike Outlaw vs. Brandon Espinosa


Next show is Saturday 12/12 in East Carondelet, IL:
-Flash Flanagan vs. Ron Powers vs. Kahagas - Classic Title Cage Match
-Gary Jackson vs. Attila Khan - Cage Match
-Sean Vincent vs. Curtis Wylde - Cage Match


Next show is Saturday 12/5 in St. Louis, MO:
-Kevin Lee Davidson vs. Gary Jackson - Heavyweight Title Strap Match
-Brandon Espinosa & Ace Hawkins vs. LaMarcus Clinton & Damion Cortess - Tag Team Titles


Next show is Sunday 12/6 in Granite City, IL:
-The Resurgence(Steven Kennedy, Jake Dirden, Davey Vega, & Mat Fitchett) vs. Chaos Nation(K.C. Karrington, Adam Caster, Evan Gelistico, & Pierre Abernathy) - Elimination Tag Match
-Colt Cabana vs. Jeremy Wyatt
-Gary Jay vs. Zakk Sawyers - SLA Heavyweight Title
-Grado vs. Everett Connors
-Kikutaro vs. Pierre Abernathy
-Mike Outlaw vs. Danny Adams - Makaze's Mask vs. 5 Minutes With Greg Jovi
-Davey Richards vs. Tony Kozina
-The Viking War Party(Alexandre Rudolph, Frank Wyatt, & Jake Parnell) vs. The Troy Athletic Club(Jay Howard, J.A. Fair, & Roy Lewis)


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.


Next show is Saturday 12/5 in Kansas City, KS:
-Jeremy Wyatt vs. Mark Sterling - Heavyweight Title - 60-Minute No-DQ Ironman Match
-Ricky Morton vs. Ace Steel
-Nate Redwing vs. Kraig Keesaman - Kansas Title
-The Killer City Kings(Jake & Ryan) vs. The American Bulldogs(Mad Dog McDowell & Jon West) vs. The Kobra Kai Dojo(Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. The Commission(Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy) - Tag Team Titles
-Mike Sydal vs. The Math Magician


Next show is Friday 12/4 in Des Moines, IA:
-Marek Brave vs. Kraig Keesaman - Pure Wrestling Title
-Tag Team Title Tournament:  Black Wrestlers Matter(Jon West & James Grizzle), Guns & Beer(Bo Gott & Duke Cornell), The Horn Dogs(Krotch & Mad Dog McDowell), Jake Dirden & Stephen M. King, The Beer City Bruisers(Matt Winchester & Brandon Blaze), Devin Thomas & Brandon Bennett, Devin Carter & Ryan Slade


Next show is Saturday 2/27 in Troy, MO:
-Appearing:  Ted DiBiase


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.


Next show is Sunday 12/20 in Dyersburg, TN:
-The Hooligans(Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. Roscoe Eat Lisa(Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers) - Tag Team Titles
-Alexandre Rudolph vs. Adam Caster
-Team I.O.U.(Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful) vs. The Goon Squad(Deadly Dale & Idol Bane)
-Cash Borden vs. Ruben Steel


Next show is Saturday 11/28 in Swansea, IL:
-Jonathan Napier vs. Kevin Lee Davidson - Heavyweight Title
-Brandon Aarons vs. Adam Caster - PWE Title
-LaMarcus Clinton & Chase King vs. Tatt2 & Jon Alan - Tag Team Titles
-Jimmy D vs. Big Jim Hoffarth - Interstate Title No-DQ Match
-Nicholas Newman vs. Tyler Copeland
-Ace Hawkins vs. Brandon Espinosa
-Gavin Alexander & Taylor Champion vs. Clownman Jacko & Jason Allen


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.


Next show is Saturday 11/28 in Collinsville, IL:
-Xavier Frost vs. Damian Blade - Heavyweight Title Unification Match
-Alexander Steele & Knyght Fyre vs. Scar & Victor Cortez - Tag Team Titles - Table Match


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.



Next show is Friday 1/22 in Ybor City, FL.

EVOLVE has shows on Saturday 1/23 and Sunday 1/24 in Orlando, FL.


Next show is Friday 12/11 in Reseda, CA:
-Roderick Strong vs. Matt Sydal - Heavyweight Title
-The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano - Tag Team Titles
-Chuck Taylor vs. Mark Andrews
-Ricochet vs. Marty Scurll
-The American Wolves(Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. The Unbreakable F'n Machines(Michael Elgin & Brian Cage)
-Will Ospreay vs. Trevor Lee
-Kenny Omega vs. Mike Bailey

PWG has a show on Saturday 12/12 in Reseda, CA:
-Chris Hero, Mike Bailey, Joey Ryan, & Candice LeRae vs. Roderick Strong, The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson), & Super Dragon
-Kikutaro vs. Chuck Taylor
-Ricochet vs. Mark Andrews
-Timothy Thatcher vs. Marty Scurll
-The Unbreakable F'n Machines(Michael Elgin & Brian Cage) vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano
-Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay
-Matt Sydal vs. Trevor Lee


Next show is Saturday 12/5 in Philadelphia, PA:
-Hallowicked vs. Icarus vs. Eddie Kingston - Grand Championship
-Princess Kimber Lee, Jervis Cottonbelly, & Los Ice Creams(El Hijo Del Ice Cream & Ice Cream Jr.) vs. The Devastation Corporation(Max Smashmaster, Blaster McMassive, & Flex Rumblecrunch) & Jaka - Challenge Of The Immortals Finale
-Fire Ant vs. Soldier Ant
-Dasher Hatfield, Heidi Lovelace, & ? vs. Juan Francisco De Coronado, "Mr. Touchdown" Mark Angelosetti, The Proletariat Boar Of Moldova, Mr. Azerbaijan, Prakash Sabar, Jakob Hammermeier, Pinkie Sanchez, & Wani - Torneo Cibernetico
-Silver Ant vs. Frightmare
-The Batiri(Obariyon, Kodama, & Kobald) vs. Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak, & Orange Cassidy


Next show is Saturday 12/12 in Cornelia, GA:
-Billy Buck vs. Kevin Blue - Anarchy Triple Crown Title

WWW has a show on Saturday 1/9 in Cornelia, GA:
-Ace Rockwell vs. Kory Chavis
-Tank vs. Masada
-Jeremy Foster vs. Seth Delay


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.


Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.


Next show is Friday 12/11 in Ybor City, FL.


Next show is Thursday 11/26 in Clarksville, IN:
-Reed Bentley vs. John Wayne Murdoch - Heavyweight Title No-Rope Barbed-Wire Fans-Bring-The-Weapons Match
-Chris Hero vs. Russ Jones
-Randi West vs. Kathy Owens - Last-Woman-Standing Match
-J.C. Rotten vs. Adam Bueller - Hellidays Death Match
-Trik Davis vs. Nick Doepp
-Joseph Schwartz vs. Gameboy
-Dewey Barnes vs. Jack Thriller
-Alexandre Rudolph & Slade Sludge vs. Roscoe Eat Lisa(Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers)

IWA-MS has a show on Friday 11/27 in Clarksville, IN featuring the Young Guns' Shoot Out Tournament:
-Tournament Final & Semifinals
-Mikey McFinnegan vs. Zakk Sawyers - Tournament Quarterfinal
-Slade Sludge vs. J.C. Rotten - Tournament Quarterfinal
-Nick Doepp vs. Shane Mercer - Tournament Quarterfinal
-Jake Parnell vs. Dewey Barnes - Tournament Quarterfinal


Next show is Saturday 11/28 in Chicago, IL:
-Ethan Page vs. Eddie Kingston vs. Trevor Lee - Heavyweight Title
-Chris Hero vs. Pentagon Jr.
-Fenix vs. Tommaso Ciampa
-Shane Hollister & Markus Crane vs. Matt Cage & Tyson Dux
-A.C.H. vs. Davey Vega
-Louis Lyndon vs. Alex Shelley - Heritage Title
-The Hooligans(Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. Ohio Is 4 Killers(Jake & Dave Crist) - Tag Team Titles
-Christian Faith vs. Gregory Iron


Next show is Sunday 12/13 in Austin, TX:
-Jojo Bravo vs. Ricky Romida - Heavyweight Title
-Jack Jameson & Jessica James vs. Curt Stallion & Lufisto
-Bull Bronson vs. Barrett Brown vs. Sky DeLacrimosa vs. Masada
-The Hooligans(Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. The Hole F'n Team(Johnny Axxle & Mr. B)
-Jay Howard vs. Ricky Starks
-Jeff Gant vs. Darin Childs - T.V. Title
-Killah Kash vs. Scot Summers

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Monday, November 23, 2015


-Commentators:  Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, & John Bradshaw Layfield.
-Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper(w/ Braun Strowman & Erick Rowan) d. The Dudley Boys(Buh-Buh Ray & D-Von) when Harper pinned Buh-Buh after the discus lariat (4:20 aired).
-"The Boss" Sasha Banks(w/ Naomi Night & Tamina Snuka) d. Becky Lynch via rollup w/ tights after a distraction by Naomi (4:06).
-"The Man That Gravity Forgot" Adrian Neville d. Mark Henry with the Red Arrow(corkscrew shooting star press) (2:27).
-Goldust & The Prime Time Players(Titus O'Neil & Darren Young) d. Stardust & The Ascension(Konnor O'Brian & Rick Viktor) when O'Neil pinned Konnor after the Clash Of The Titus (6:25).
-Charlotte Flair fought Paige Knight to a double countout to retain the Women's Title (11:53 aired).
-Dean Ambrose & Dolph Ziggler d. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens & Tyler Breeze(w/ Summer Rae) when Ambrose pinned Breeze after the Dirty Deeds v2.0(double-underhook DDT) (5:27).
-Roman Reigns d. Alexander Rusev(w/ WWE Champion Sheamus O'Shaunessy) by DQ; Sheamus was ejected from ringside, but King Wade "Bad News" Barrett attacked Reigns to cause the disqualification (15:16 aired).  Reigns fought off all three men with a chair after the match.

Dynamo Special Comment

Now, as promised, a special comment about Saturday's Dynamo Pro Wrestling show at the Knights Of Columbus Hall in Wood River, Illinois.

DISCLAIMER:  I'm biased.  Deal with it.

It was a tough choice of shows on Saturday as Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling had their monthly offering in East Carondelet.  Several factors weighed on my decision:  Driving distance, lineups(such as they were), and potential to see the match videos in the near future.  Dynamo is apparently not releasing a DVD of the previous Wood River event from May(I went to Pro Wrestling Championship Series that night); I've seen most of the match videos but not all of them.  (If anyone could drop me the Keon Option-Brandon Espinosa or Mike Outlaw-Snitch matches from that event, I'd appreciate it.)  I should be able to catch up on SICW via Wrestling Explosion; thanks to Drew Abbenhaus for updating me on the goings-on.  December will be a big show for them as they'll have THREE cage matches; I should be in attendance for that event and it'll most likely be my final wrestling show of the calendar year.  (Scroll down for the other quick 'n' dirty results from the weekend.)

Dynamo had a nice little turnout for the show; I've always liked the Wood River venue as the crowd noise sounds great.  It's the anti-Glen Carbon in that regard, as I put it.  These shows have been a homecoming of sorts for The Professionals as they used to frequent the building with Metro East Championship Wrestling.  The show also featured the presence of former MECW Champion Eric Allen as a referee; though he's more or less retired from in-ring competition, he has contributed his artistic talents to the wrestling world in recent years (including CHIKARA).

The focus of the Wood River shows has been the younger up-and-coming wrestlers on the roster.  After the show-ending brawl in Fenton, Heavyweight Champion Ricky Cruz and Jake Dirden were both suspended from competition; Ricky was in attendance but didn't appear in an official capacity.  Jake Dirden was wrestling elsewhere on this night.  Several of the other Dynamo regulars were at SICW or Gateway Elite Wrestling in Lake Ozark(particularly the World League Wrestling crew).  Only a handful of matches were publicized beforehand:  Outlaw-Stallion and Bite Club-Professionals were announced Monday on the Brothers On Whatever Show on 920 AM(that radio station seems familiar for some reason...).  McNeil-Espinosa was announced on the day of the show.

Your ring announcer was Chris Roedel, your assistant ring announcer was Luke Roberts, and your referees were Michael Crase and Eric Allen.

Justin D'Air vs. C.J. Berry:  Berry made his debut at the previous Wood River show in a loss to then-new champion Jake Dirden.  D'Air acknowledged the low ceiling by climbing to the top turnbuckle and doing an impromptu ropewalk with the ceiling's assistance.  This was essentially a battle of fan favorites, though D'Air seemed to have the edge in crowd support.  Both probably wished there was more ceiling clearance for aerial moves, but it was not to be.  This was a solid opener; D'Air won in 9:20 with a running Diamond Cutter while pulling Berry off the turnbuckles.

Garrett Shanks vs. Sean Orleans:  Both men were making their Dynamo debuts, but this was Shanks' first match ever.  He portrayed a surfer/beach-type character and was billed as hailing from Santa Cruz...a nod to our old buddy Mike Gordon?  The match wasn't that great, but perhaps it was a case of debut nerves...we'll see how Shanks does in future outings.  I've seen Orleans in better outings with different opponents, particularly the best-of-three-falls match with Everett Connors this past spring.  Orleans focused on the leg for the majority of the match, eventually winning with the advanced curbstomp in 8:25.

Billy McNeil(w/ C.J. McManus) vs. Brandon Espinosa:  I was looking forward to this one.  C.J. is Billy's new manager and seems to be persuading him to the Dark Side of The Force, pushing him away from his usual fan interaction.  C.J. also put Billy in more conservative entrance attire, something that clearly didn't sit well with him.  As expected, the match was really good with Espy focusing his attack on Billy's arm to set up the cross-armbreaker.  McNeil rallied, but was momentarily distracted by McManus encouraging him to go to the top rope.  As a result, he missed a Spiral Tap and Espy set up for a flying knee strike...but C.J. grabbed Espy's foot to stop him.  Billy took exception to the interference and stepped through the ropes to argue with his manager, but that allowed Espy to come back and deliver a deadlift superplex followed by a brainbuster...for two!  McNeil came back with a rolling prawn cradle out of nowhere for a near-fall, but Espy got him in the cross-armbreaker for the tapout in 10:25.

After the match, Billy left the ringside area, but C.J. told the fans that he had a new protege that wouldn't "let him down" like McNeil had.  That heralded the debut of Jason Khaos...who turned out to be the artist formerly known as D'Mon G!  I hadn't seen him in the ring in a long time...probably not since his later days in Gateway Championship Wrestling in 2004.  He had been talking about a potential comeback, but this was his first match in about a decade.

Prince Moses vs. Jason Khaos(w/ C.J. McManus):  Moses is a trainee at the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance and recently made his debut at South Broadway.  Khaos has done some training in mixed martial arts and it showed in his updated ring style.  "The Prince Of The People" got some token offense, but C.J. distracted him as he climbed the ropes and Khaos cut him off.  Khaos got the tapout win with a rear naked choke(aka Samoa Joe's Kokita Clutch) in 8:43...nicely done.

Intermission~!  Official Ben Simon-Endorsed Concession Count:  Two root beers.

Kevin Lee Davidson vs. Bahamut(w/ Sophie Darling):  Darling made her managerial debut at the previous Wood River show in the corner of The Snitch.  (Presumably The Snitch was in witness protection for the evening and couldn't complete.)  Bahamut is a bigger masked guy who made his debut at the 4 Hands Brewery show a few months ago; he also competed at the October event in Glen Carbon.  This turned out to be a really good HOSS~! battle between the two heavyweights and it was one of my favorite matches of the night.  I worried for the safety of the ring, as did several fans around me...especially when Bahamut slammed K.L.D. and followed up with a running senton.  On top of that, K.L.D. was able to pick up Bahamut for his Regal Roll...yikes!  K.L.D. picked up the victory after the spinebuster in 6:41...good stuff!

The Bite Club(Rocket Mapache & Jackal) vs. The Professionals(Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby):  Jackal was once against sporting a Jynx T-shirt for his matchup...notably, the Jynx T-shirts were also on sale at the merchandise table.  (Whatever happened to that Jynx guy, anyway?)  With new Tag Team Champions in the form of High Level Enterprise(Jack Gamble & Jon Webb), both teams are jockeying for position in the rankings.  Santel & McDarby won a triple threat match over The Bite Club and The Bumrush Brothers(Shorty Biggs & Outtkast) via Shenanigans(tm) to earn a shot, but they came up short against H.L.E. in Fenton so they're looking for another opportunity.  Rocket and Jackal came oh-so-close to capturing the tag team gold on a few occasions when The Black Hand Warriors(Michael Magnuson & Dave DeLorean) had the belts, but they haven't quite reached that level yet.  There were a lot of quick tags on both sides and the momentum swung a few times as the match progressed.  However, it was chicanery that spelled the difference; Rocket and McDarby were battling and the referee was stunned by an accidental elbow, allowing Santel to whack Rocket with his shillelagh.  That allowed McDarby to get the tainted pin in 12:10...are The Professionals due for another title shot?

Mike Outlaw vs. "The Lone Star" Curt Stallion:  These two have battled in other parts of the country (including a steel cage match!), but this was their first encounter in the greater St. Louis area.  Stallion came out as a fan favorite, but he established the tone with a more intense version of the standard SPORTSMANSHIP~! handshake.  They had a really good competitive matchup with Outlaw as the definite fan favorite and Stallion working heelish without outright cheating.  The finish saw Stallion attempt a top-rope Frankensteiner only to be headbutted off the turnbuckles to the mat.  Outlaw didn't have much ceiling clearance, but still managed to land the High Noon(top-rope elbowdrop) for the win in 12:49.  They shook hands after the match and all is well...

Thanksgiving weekend will be uncharacteristically busy this year with three shows on Saturday.  Dynamo makes its debut at The Ready Room in St. Louis, Wrestling Invades America returns to Swansea, and World Powerhouse Wrestling has a show in Collinsville.

December looks like this:
-Saturday 12/5: Dynamo Pro Wrestling in Fenton, MO; Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance in St. Louis, MO
-Sunday 12/6: Pro Wrestling Championship Series in Alton, IL
-Saturday 12/12: Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling in East Carondelet, IL

That's my special comment for this, the sixty-fifth wrestling show I've attended in the year 2015.  Good night, good luck, and #yaywrestling.

-PB, Watching Wrestling Wrong Since 1991

P.S. We are all marks.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

WWE Survivor Series

-"The Man That Gravity Forgot" Adrian Neville, The Dudley Boys(Buh-Buh Ray & D-Von), Titus O' Neil, & Goldust d. Mike Mizanin, Bo Dallas, Stardust, & The Ascension(Konnor O'Brian & Rick Viktor).  Eliminations:  Goldust pinned Viktor with a powerslam.  Buh-Buh pinned Konnor after a Rock Bottom.  Miz pinned Neville after Bo Dallas' Bo-Dog(turnbuckle-walk bulldog) and the Skull-Crushing Finale.  Goldust eliminated Miz via rollup.  O'Neil pinned Bo after the Clash Of The Titus.  D-Von pinned Stardust after the Dudley Death Drop with Buh-Buh.  Survivors:  The Dudley Boys, Titus O'Neil, & Goldust.
-WWE Title Tournament:  Roman Reigns d. U.S. Champion Alberto Del Rio(w/ Zeb Colter)(non-title) with the spear.
-WWE Title Tournament:  Dean Ambrose d. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens(non-title) with the Dirty Deeds v2.0(double-underhook DDT).
-Ryback, Jimmy & Jey Uso, & The Lucha Dragons(Sin Cara & Kalisto) d. Sheamus O'Shaunessy, King Wade "Bad News" Barrett, & Tag Team Champions The New Day(Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston, & Xavier Woods).  Eliminations:  Sin Cara pinned Barrett after the Dragon Bomb(swanton bomb).  Woods pinned Jimmy Uso after a side backbreaker/top-rope double-stomp combo with Kofi.  Sheamus pinned Sin Cara after the Brogue Kick.  Jey Uso pinned Big E after the top-rope splash; Kofi & Woods left the ring area to take their tag team partner backstage, resulting in an indirect countout of both men(?).  Ryback pinned Sheamus after the Shellshock.  Survivors:  Ryback, Jey Uso, & Kalisto.
-Charlotte Flair d. Paige Knight with the Figure-Eight Leglock(bridging figure-four) to retain the Women's Title.
-Tyler Breeze(w/ Summer Rae) d. Dolph Ziggler with the Unprettier.
-The Undertaker & Kane d. Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper(w/ Braun Strowman & Erick Rowan) when Taker pinned Harper after the Tombstone.
-WWE Title Tournament:  Roman Reigns d. Dean Ambrose after the second spear of the match to win the title.  Triple H came out to congratulate Reigns and took a spear, but then Sheamus surprised Reigns with a Brogue Kick and cashed in the Money In The Bank briefcase...
-Sheamus O'Shaunessy d. Roman Reigns after another Brogue Kick to win the WWE Title.

Weekend wrestling


-Commentators:  Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness.
-Moose(w/ Stokely Hathaway) d. Dominick Carter with the spear (0:08).  The post-match shenanigans led to...
-"Unbreakable" Michael Elgin & Moose(w/ Stokely Hathaway) d. Donovan Dijak & Joey "Diesel" Daddiego(formerly J. Diesel)(w/ Truth Martini & Taeler Hendrix) when Moose pinned Daddiego after the spear (joined in progress; 5:52 aired).
-Roderick Strong d. Heavyweight Champion Jay Lethal with the Stronghold(Liontamer-style Boston crab) to win the T.V. Title (14:47 aired).
-Next week:  Dalton Castle vs. Adam Cole.

SICW Wrestling Explosion

-Commentators:  Drew Abbenhaus & Herb Simmons.
-Flashback to 1983:  Ric Flair fought King Kong Brody to a time-limit draw in a best-of-three-falls match.  Brody won the first fall after a running kneedrop.  Flair won the second fall by countout when the two fought on the ring apron and Brody backdropped Flair into the ring.  The match ended when the time limit expired as Brody was in control of the match.

3XW All Stars Of The Midwest Episode 36

-Commentators:  Jeromy Robb, Jeremy Jacobs, & Jaysin Strife.
-J.C. Slater d. Brandon Bennett after a pumphandle powerslam (7:01).
-"Dirdey" Jake Dirden d. Cuco Santiago with the Asiatic Spike (6:44).
-Mad Dog McDowell fought "Beer City Bruiser" Matt Winchester(w/ Jason Parks) to a no-contest when the two brawled out of the ring and away from the ringside area (no closing bell; about 9:53).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday DPW Results From Wood River, IL

-Justin D'Air d. C.J. Berry after a top-rope Diamond Cutter (9:20).
-Sean Orleans d. Garrett Shanks with the advanced curbstomp (8:25).
-Brandon Espinosa d. Billy McNeil(w/ C.J. McManus) with the cross-armbreaker (10:25).
-Jayson Khaos(w/ C.J. McManus) d. Prince Moses via rear naked choke (8:43).  Khaos is the artist formerly known as D'Mon G and this was his first match in about a decade.
-Kevin Lee Davidson d. Bahamut(w/ Sophie Darling) after the spinebuster (6:41).
-The Professionals(Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby) d. The Bite Club(Rocket Mapache & Jackal); McDarby pinned Rocket after Santel knocked him out with the shillelagh behind the referee's back (12:10).
-Mike Outlaw d. "The Lone Star" Curt Stallion after the High Noon(top-rope elbowdrop) (12:49).