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Chrome OS Stable channel got promoted to Chrome OS 85. This is what changed!

2020.09.02 05:31 kentexcitebot Chrome OS Stable channel got promoted to Chrome OS 85. This is what changed!


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The Chrome OS Stable Channel got promoted to milestone today - from 84.0.4147.136 to 85.0.4183.84. As with every new milestone update, this brings massive new changes to the table, offering several new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements to better improve your Chrome OS user experience. Due to the sheer size, I may be missing a few things here and there. Here is what changed!

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Accessibility
Party like the 90's!
Ambient lock screen

This experimental feature is still in development. To try it out, you'll need to enable a Chrome flag. Copy-paste the following URL and change the dropdown from "Default" to "Enable": chrome://flags/#enable-ambient-mode 


New subpage to allow you to customize the Ambient lockscreen

Android subsystem

Goodbye Google Play Music. Hello YouTube Music!

Ash

Mic gain allows you to quickly adjust your microphone settings


Launcher search can now find Chrome OS Settings


New animation when windowing a maximized window.


Shelf apps will scale down if there are no more room left on the shelf. This behavior only applies if your Chromebook is in tablet mode.


Launcher search can now search for apps on the Google Play Store


Wi-Fi icon is much easier to see on the lockscreen.


Shelf items will be limited to the active desk. Requires modifying Chrome flag.


Virtual desk area now uses the accent color of your wallpaper

Assistant
Camera app

You can now pause and resume your video recording, and take a snapshot

Chrome

Tab groups and tab collapsing in action.


The brand new privacy redesign

Quickly see a small thumbnail preview of your tabs.



Quickly block third-party cookies


Extensions will be tucked away in this chrome icon


New permission chips
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Printer labels, including the status of the printer, is integrated into Print Preview.

Chrome OS Settings

Chrome OS Settings search got a lot smarter


Sync your Wi-Fi passwords so that you don't have to remember them!

Family Link
Files app

New \"Open With\" and \"More Action\" when right-clicking a file

Input

Brand new bordered virtual keyboard.

Linux (Beta)
Media App SWA

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OOBE (first-boot setup)
Print jobs app

See what's printing with the new Print jobs app.

PWAs
Quick Answers
Wallpaper picker app

The nitty-gritty stuff


This advanced section is a long list of things changed that impacts web developers and enterprise users. There are a lot more nitty-gritty stuff in the full changelog linked below, but this list covers the most important Blink and Chrome changes introduced in this release cycle.

Blink
Chrome
Enterprise

Platform changes


This part covers the most significant platform changes I found in this build, from platform version 13099.110.0 to 13310.59.0. Platform updates typically include low level changes like kernel, driver updates, and other device-specific fixes.

Linux 4.4
Linux 4.14
Linux 4.19
Linux 5.4
Libapps
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Click here to see the full official list of changes by Google (no platform logs, sorry). Enjoy, and happy updating!
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2020.07.15 18:04 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 1, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002
  • Bret Hart was seriously injured in a bicycle accident in Calgary last week. As of press time, Dave has very little info. Hart was thrown off the bike and flipped over the handlebars going at a high speed and landed on his back and hit the back of his head. Over the next couple of days, he's undergone a number of tests due to issues he's had since the accident. Bret was forced to retire 2 years ago after he suffered a serious concussion during the Starrcade 99 match with Goldberg and it's believed the fall may have aggravated the issues he's had since then. Hart is expected to be hospitalized for at least a week and has little movement on the left side of his body and can't see out of his right eye. He's also suffering severe back pain, though x-rays and scans haven't shown any physical damage to his back. That's all Dave knows right now. (Much more on this next week, obviously).
  • After a year of questionable decision-making, Vince McMahon made his most questionable decision yet when he announced the surprise re-hiring of Vince Russo. It's a shocking decision for lots of obvious reasons, not the least of which is most of the wrestlers either outright don't like him or at the very least, don't respect him. And many front office employees feel even more strongly about him. Not even Stephanie McMahon, who is the head of creative, knew Russo was coming back and she was just as blindsided by the news as everyone else. It's believed the deal has been in the works for a few weeks. Russo had owned a CD store in Marietta, GA but he sold the store recently. He also stopped submitting ideas to the Jarretts for TNA a couple of weeks ago. There's also the fact that Russo's lawsuit against Hulk Hogan over the Bash at the Beach 2000 incident is still pending and now they're in the same company again, although Dave suspects the legal issues must be wrapped up for Russo to take the job (Turner was still paying his legal fees so long as he didn't work for any other wrestling company, which is why everyone was denying his involvement with TNA). Another rumor going around is that Russo is planning to write a tell-all book about his time in WWF and when word about that got out, the company rehired him in an effort to squash the book. Dave thinks that might be believable if Russo was just hired and stuck in a closet somewhere. But he was brought back in a key position in the creative department, which means that likely wasn't the reason (or not a big part of it). Most likely, it's exactly what it appears on the surface: Vince McMahon is getting desperate and he's going back to what worked in the past.
  • When word got out about Russo's hiring, needless to say, everyone was shocked and, as you'd expect, it was an overwhelmingly negative reaction. The plan for Russo on day one was for him to be in control of the creative team, answering only to Stephanie McMahon. The next day, those plans changed after McMahon, Russo, Stephanie, and the rest of the writing team had a big meeting. There's been multiple stories about what happened during the meeting. One version of the story is that Russo's ideas were so bad that he pretty much buried himself with everyone immediately. Another version is that Stephanie pretty much buried all his ideas and shut him down. And yet another version is that Russo obviously hadn't kept up with the product and was unfamiliar and out of touch with many of the characters and ongoing storylines, and that soured Vince McMahon on him. Regardless, the result was the same: the very next day, Russo was no longer part of the creative team. Word is he has already been sent home and will be brought back if/when they need ideas, as sort of a consultant on retainer. Officially, his role now is to critique the TV shows and report back to Vince McMahon what he thinks. So he's basically paid to be a critic and tell McMahon how he would do it better. Anyway, that's the story for now. Dave runs down Russo's history in the business, how he came into power in WWF, jumping ship to WCW with no notice, where he proceeded to help kill the company and all the drama that happened there (can't wait for that one Vince Russo superfan that always accuses me of lying about him to chime in on this one).
  • For the record, one of Russo's big ideas for TNA's debut was taking the Shane Twins and dressing them up as giant penises and calling them the Big Johnsons. Thankfully, when the show aired, the announcers downplayed the "penis" aspect of it a lot, leading Russo to tell friends that the idea flopped because the commentators didn't sell it hard enough. Just in case you're wondering what Vince Russo is bringing to the table in 2002.
  • WWE's King of the Ring is in the books. For the first time since Wrestlemania, it was a legit sellout on PPV. And sucks for them because this was a pretty blah show. Undertaker retained the WWE title over Triple H in a bad match that was hampered because Undertaker is banged up in general and Triple H came into the match with an elbow injury. 2 days after the show, he underwent elbow surgery to remove bone chips, one of which was embedded in cartilage and had caused his arm to lock up. He was nowhere near 100% during the match, but if he had been, Dave suspects they probably would have put the belt back on him. But for now, they stuck with Undertaker. They did a post match angle to set up Rock vs. Undertaker vs. Triple H at Vengeance, assuming Triple H is ready by then (he was not).
  • The biggest story of the PPV, in Dave's opinion anyway, is the Kurt Angle/Hulk Hogan match, in which Angle beat Hogan clean as a sheet by submission. Dave gives Hogan credit: he didn't treat this like Kidman. Hogan put Angle over as strong as he possibly could. Dave believes it's the first time in Hogan's entire career that he lost via submission as a babyface. He did have a few submission losses as a heel (once to Inoki in NJPW in 1981 and a handful in WCW during the NWO era) but that's it. If he had any as a babyface, it would have been before 1979, before he was a national name. Whether this ultimately springboards Angle into a certified top guy that fans take seriously remains to be seen, but Hogan did everything he could. Probably didn't help that, as soon as the match was over, Angle put his goofy wig back on, at a moment that should have been used to turn him into a serious threat. But regardless, nobody can fault Hogan here if it doesn't get over.
  • Other notes from the PPV: Jericho vs. RVD in the opening match was easily the best match on the show. Lesnar got loud "Goldberg" chants and Dave thinks he sold way too much for Test, especially since the rumor is Lesnar is being groomed for a Summerslam main event with Rock. Nidia in her hillbilly gimmick with Jamie Noble was great and Dave thinks they might have something with Nidia and this gimmick. Ric Flair vs. Eddie Guerrero was.....not what you'd think. Dave has seen Flair drag talentless hacks to great matches for 20 years but somehow, Flair vs. Guerrero was a drag and should have been better than it was considering the two men involved. Two all-time greats just had a misfire somehow. Molly won the women's title from Trish and Dave thinks this whole storyline where they claim Molly is fat is insulting to probably every single female viewer they have and a lot of the males too. A backstage segment with Rock, Goldust, and Booker T was the most entertaining thing on the show. Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament by beating RVD in a nothing match. And of course, the main event, which was an overbooked mess with two guys who probably didn't have any business wrestling that night anyway.
WATCH: Goldust/Booker T/Rock backstage segment at WWE King of the Ring 2002
  • NWA-TNA's debut show is in the books! Actually, so is their second show because it was a double-taping. And buckle in because we have a metric fuck-ton of TNA news to cover. Overall, it was a well-received debut. A lot of the young wrestlers were hungry and some of the old guys worked like they had something to prove. Guys like Konnan and Buff Bagwell looked the best they have in years and many of the people who worked the show said this felt like the real deal (many of those same people had worked the recent WWA shows and saw those as paid vacations, nobody took it seriously). Scott Hall, said to be the highest paid wrestler in the company ($3,500 per week) didn't do anything special but he got by far the biggest reaction and, according to all accounts, was sober and professional. There were about 3,000 fans in the building, but only 400-500 were paid. More than 10,000 freebies were given away around Birmingham the week of the show, but the crowd they got was actually a good, active audience, so it worked. Mike Tenay on commentary was great and full of knowledge, though Ed Ferrara playing heel announcer was useless. Don West was enthusiastic as hell, but knew nothing about the product. Regardless, he knows how to work a camera and he took charge of the commentary booth and Dave thinks he did fine in the role and will only get better. Ricky Steamboat was there, giving an emotional interview and putting over the NWA title. Ken Shamrock won the gauntlet battle royal (basically the same thing as a Royal Rumble match) to win the title, beating Malice (former WCW wrestler The Wall) in the final match after they were the last 2 left in the battle royal. There's been talk of doing a Shamrock vs. Don Frye match to try to catch some of that crossover UFC/PRIDE audience, but Dave is doubtful it'll be a draw here like it is in Japan.
  • What else? Country music star Toby Keith did a series of angles with Jeff Jarrett and Keith was by far the biggest star to the live fans. Keith got involved in the battle royal and eliminated Jarrett. NASCAR drivers Hermie Sadler and Sterling Martin got involved in a racial angle with K-Krush (R-Truth) using a bunch of "your kind" and "my kind" talk and Dave thinks that was pretty pathetic. The company was hoping all this celebrity involvement would get them some mainstream publicity but it got practically none. They brought in a bunch of women, most of whom were total unknowns except for ECW's Francine, Electra, and former WCW valet Daffney under the name Shannon, and their battle royal on the second show was said to be awful. The whole event definitely had a southern/regional feel to it. The opening match of Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, and Low-Ki vs. Jorge Estra, Sonny Siaki, and Jimmy Yang was the show-stealer and was better than most of the matches in WWE this year.
  • Now the bad news: TNA was under the impression they had Dish Network cleared to air their show, but no dice. They don't have Cablevision in the U.S. either. For a company that needs to draw 50,000 buys a week to break even without a corporate sponsor, that's extremely bad news. They're also losing their Canadian PPV after the response to the debut show was said to be lackluster. At press time, InDemand has allegedly told TNA that their debut show did 80,000 buys but preliminary numbers are always drastically higher than the final result, so it'll almost certainly be less than that (for example, InDemand's number for WWA's first PPV was originally 40,000 but later got revised to 15,000). In WWE, they don't take any PPV numbers seriously at first because the thought is any numbers you hear within the first 2 months of the show are always wrong, the final tallies take time to come in. Regardless, even if this show did well, the more important question is how will they be doing in 4-5 weeks when the new has worn off?
  • Despite TNA claiming they aren't even interested in TV and are 100% committed to running exclusively on PPV, that's obviously not true. They have already struck syndication deals in Nashville and Chattanooga and are actively working to get a national television deal. The problem is that, as you can tell by looking at WWE ratings over the last year, the business is in a sharp decline, meaning the TV industry isn't chomping at the bit to give TV deals to some new startup nobody company. But anyone who understands the industry knows they have no chance of surviving on weekly PPV alone so getting on TV sooner than later is going to be essential to TNA's survival. The local syndicated deals they struck will mostly be hype shows with interviews and highlights designed to drive viewers to buy the weekly PPVs. Dave lists, like, 10 different promotions that have folded over the years in part due to the costs of paying for television.
  • Tons of TNA news in this issue which brings us to the debut "Random TNA News & Notes" section! Here we go: Bert Prentice will be working with the company and will no longer be running his own weekly shows in Nashville. There will be a one-night tournament at the next show to crown NWA tag team champions. Fun fact, those belts are currently held by The Shane Twins, who now wrestle in TNA as The Johnsons, doing the aforementioned masked penis gimmick. They'll be in the tournament even though they were already the champs in their previous gimmick. But the titles are being vacated and they will crown new ones.
  • We ain't done with TNA news. The dark match of the show featured a 450 pound dude named Cheex who is basically ripping off Rikishi's gimmick of doing things with his big ol' ass. And in case the ass gimmick and the "Cheex" name wasn't clear enough, he's being managed by a woman named Brown Eye Girl. So....yeah. If this ain't Vince Russo, I'll eat my shoe. Anyway, during the dark match, because Cheex is so big, the ring broke. As the show was going on the air live, the ring crew was frantically struggling to fix the ring, which is why it felt like they were stalling so much for the first 15 minutes. Because they were. The ring breaking also caused them to not be able to do the second dark match they had planned. Both matches were being taped to air on next week's show.
  • Actual notes from TNA's debut show (I'm gonna divide this into multiple paragraphs because there's a lot): it opened with some pyro, which is meant to make them look major league, but everyone else always looks minor league compared to WWE's huge pyro show every week and this was no exception. No graphics or details on any of the wrestlers, which is a mistake considering so many of them are complete unknowns to most fans. Started with a bunch of legends coming out to put over the NWA title, including Ricky Steamboat cutting one of the best promos of the year in any promotion and Dave thinks they need to hire Steamboat and put him in an on-air role as a commissioner or something ASAP. Jeff Jarrett cut a promo saying it was stupid to crown a new champion in a battle royal. Way to bury your own main event 10 minutes into your debut show, especially since most people also agree that it's a pretty dumb way to do it. But they still did. Then Ken Shamrock and Scott Hall came out and they both cut promos and they also shat on the battle royal idea, leading Dave to worry already that this company hasn't learned anything from WCW's mistakes. As mentioned earlier, the opening match easily stole the show. Next up was a little person match, with the jobber actually being referred to as "an enhancement midget." The Shane Twins did the penis gimmick, but as mentioned, it was severely played down from the original idea as conceived by Russo.
  • More notes from the show: They brought out a bunch of women for a big segment and Dave, who spends his entire life watching wrestling, didn't know half of them. And even if he did, it wouldn't matter because there were no graphics to name any of them and even if there had been, the cameras were often showing the wrong woman when a name was announced. Anyway, among them were Francince from ECW (who Dave is worried about because she looked sickly thin), Shannon (formerly Daffney in WCW), Alexis Laree (better known years later as Mickie James), Elektra from ECW, Taylor Vaugn (formerly Barbara Bush in WWF), Erin (who was a finalist on Tough Enough season 1 but got booted from the show before production started because other contestants saw her out on a date with one of the judges and they complained and got her kicked off), and some others. At least one of the no-name chicks was a stripper they hired specifically for this show because they needed one more woman to make 10. Anyway, this all led to the expected brawl with Elektra getting her shirt ripped off to show her bra. It wasn't even that risque. If you're trying to use sex appeal to draw viewers, the worst thing you can do is be less risque than WWE is on free TV when you have the luxury of PPV (give em a few months and we'll get actual nudity on this show). Alicia Webb, formerly known in WWF as Ryan Shamrock (and who is dating Ken Shamrock in real life) was playing a prostitute collecting money from referee Mark Johnson.
  • Even more notes from the show: the NASCAR guys got a bigger pop than any of the wrestlers. K-Krush came out to confront them about not being real athletes and they did the racial angle. Brian Christopher got involved and funny story there, they were debating whether to use the last name Christopher, or his real last name of Lawler. Nobody told the announcers which it was gonna be so Mike Tenay kept using "Christopher" while Ed Ferrara kept using "Lawler." More WCW-level shit. Toby Keith performed. The gauntlet battle royal to crown the new champion featured Buff Bagwell, Prince Justice (later becomes Abyss), Konnan, Rick Steiner, Scott Hall, Jeff Jarrett, etc. Toby Keith ran in and suplexed Jarrett, causing him to get eliminated because why not? Chris Harris, Vampire Warrior, Steve Corino, and more. And when it got down to the last two, it became a regular match and Shamrock beat Malice to win the title with Steamboat as the special referee.
WATCH: NWA-TNA' s debut PPV (Full Show)
  • So that's the notes from the debut show. Are we done with TNA yet? Not by a long shot. They taped a whole second show, remember?! It hasn't aired yet so Dave hasn't seen it so here's the scarce details. The crowd started filing out after the first show ended and kept leaving as the second one was going, to the point that Jeremy Borash and Bert Prentice had to get on the mic and beg everyone to stay and then moved a bunch of people to the hard camera side so there wouldn't be visible empty seats all over the place. Lenny Lane and former WCW star Kwee-Wee were put together as a gay tag team called Rainbow Express, managed by Joel Gertner, and kissed each other instead of tagging each other to swap in and out during the match, which got a lot of heat because Alabama. A 9-woman battle royal (guess they didn't let the hired stripper actually work) to crown Miss TNA resulted in a bunch of women getting stripped half naked. They did a 4-way elimination match to crown the X-Division champion which was won by AJ Syles in what was said to be easily the best match of either show, with even Harley Race going on record later to say it was one of the best matches he'd ever seen. But by then, there were very few fans left in the building. And that is finally it for TNA news for now. Whew.
  • PRIDE's latest show is in the books and once again featured pro wrestlers drawing the crowd. NOAH's Yoshihiro Takayama replaced Mark Coleman in the main event (out due to injury) against Don Frye, leading to last minute interest from wrestling fans that packed the house. Frye defeated Takayama in what many are calling the best fight in the history of PRIDE. Takayama has had 3 fights in PRIDE and has lost all 3 of them, but all 3 of them were also show-stealing outright wars that, despite losing, has grown Takayama into an even bigger star. Afterward, Frye hinted at retiring from MMA and returning to NJPW full time. Dave hasn't seen this fight but it was described to him as "something out of Dragonball Z or a comic book" the way they were just throwing bombs at each other, with the crowd going insane (yeah the opening minute or so if this fight is absolute madness, video below). The show also featured Bob Sapp vs. Kiyoshi Tamura, which was a total mismatch. Tamura is a skilled MMA fighter, but Sapp outweighed him by literally almost 200 pounds and the fight was over in 11 seconds, with Sapp basically murdering him. Dave says it's clear they're trying to turn Sapp into a huge unbeatable monster psychopath and it's working. But Dave thinks it's bullshit to put fighters this mismatched against each other in real shoots. It was funny though because after what happened in Sapp's K-1 fight a few weeks ago, they made some new rules like no knees and no kicking a downed opponent, which is fine. But they also announced other rules for the fight, such as no flying sentons or splashes off the top ropes, which have never been done in an MMA fight and is utterly ridiculous (If Cormier doesn't hit Miocic with a Canadian destroyer at UFC 252 next month, what's even the point?). Another NOAH star, Takashi Suguira, lost a split decision with Daniel Gracie and Suguira had several NOAH wrestlers at ringside cheering him on. And of course, Antonio Inoki came out at intermission and did his catchphrase.
WATCH: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Don Frye - PRIDE
  • UFC made its TV debut with a half-hour segment on Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show Period" which featured a full Robbie Lawler vs. Steve Berger bout, as well as highlights of other fights. "Fear Factor" host Joe Rogan did commentary with Mike Goldberg and Jeff Osbourne. They aired several warnings during the show, but the violence ended up being far less brutal than most average boxing matches. The show drew a strong crowd and there's talk that this may become a regular thing on the network. They also hyped the planned Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock fight for later this year and Dave thinks TNA would be wise to get the NWA title off Shamrock before the fight, because he's going into it as the underdog. Plus, Shamrock would likely not want to risk injury or spend time flying to Nashville every week during the last few weeks of training. Wouldn't be a good look for TNA if Shamrock goes to the octagon with the NWA title belt and gets demolished by Ortiz. Also on the show, Chuck Liddell defeated Vitor Belfort in a war that catapulted Liddell into title contention and he'll likely face the winner of Shamrock/Ortiz sometime down the road.
  • Dave got his hands on a copy of Shaun Assael's new book "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" even though it hasn't been released yet. Review time! The original concept for the book was to chronicle the Monday Night Wars, but just as the book was being finished, the whole business changed and since Vince became the lone survivor, the book was changed to focus on him and the WWF primarily. The book is fair and accurate for the most part. Assael didn't run from any of the controversial stories, but he also didn't sensationalize things to make them seem bigger than they were. If you're a long-time Observer reader, you already know all this stuff and could probably point out details or inconsistencies in the story, but to the average fan who hasn't been following all the behind-the-scenes stuff for the last 20 years, it's sure to be an eye-opener. Anyway, Dave recaps the book in detail, mostly just correcting things that the author got wrong but also acknowledging that this is an early review copy and some of these mistakes will be corrected before it's published and released. Otherwise, he just pokes holes in various myths and stories that are covered. The Observer was credited in the book for being one of the author's sources, specifically in regards to Dave's coverage of the steroid trial (yeah, if you haven't read it, go back and check those out. Dave actually attended the trial and his recap of it is one of the most must-read issues of the Observer in its entire history). The book pretty much ends at the death of WCW, though it does note that business has declined significantly since then. Overall, Dave says it's by far the best book on the real modern history of professional wrestling that he's ever read and is a must-read for any wrestling fan. But it's also too short (288 pages) to really get into all the detail needed to tell so many of these stories. But for what it is, best book of its type that Dave's ever read.
AMAZON LINK: "Sex, Lies, and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" by Shaun Assael
  • In AAA in Mexico, there's a new guy named Canibal who's gimmick is pulling his opponent's trunks down and biting them on the ass. It's too late. You already read the sentence. You can't un-know that now.
  • AJPW stars Kaz Hayashi and Kendo Kashin were supposed to be working some shows for AAA at the moment. Fun story, when they arrived in Mexico, nobody from AAA was there to meet them at the airport and nobody they called from the AAA office would answer the phone, so they basically found themselves stranded in Mexico with no idea what to do and unable to speak the language. Dave says the exact same thing happened to Great Sasuke several years ago when he went to Mexico. Anyway, last Dave heard, Hayashi and Kashin were trying to get themselves booked on some indie shows in Mexico so they can get some pictures of them working there to take back to the magazines in Japan (which was the whole reason for their trip) so they're just looking to work one or two shows and then go back home. They can't work for CMLL because that promotion has a business relationship with NJPW.
  • Last month, AAA held its 10th annual Triplemania show in Los Angeles. Here's the problem though: it was an utter flop, with embarrassing attendance and almost nobody even realizing it happened. So AAA has decided to just pretend it didn't happen and has now scheduled Triplemania X again, this time in Mexico (maybe WWE should do that next year. Since Wrestlemania was pretty much just in an empty warehouse this year, they shouldn't even acknowledge it. Just redo Wrestlemania 36 again next year and pretend it's the first time).
  • Remember the story a couple months ago about how Invader 1 (the guy who murdered Bruiser Brody) left the WWC promotion? Well, he was scheduled to return this week as a special referee for a Carlos Colon match but it ended up not happening. He said he wanted his return to be a surprise, but the story was already out on the internet that he was coming back. For what it's worth, almost none of the wrestling fans in Puerto Rico have internet (I did the research, only 17.5% of the country had internet access in 2002 and you gotta figure only a fraction of those are wrestling fans, so Dave is likely correct here) so it still would have been a surprise to probably 99% of them. But either way, Invader 1 pulled out of the show over it and still isn't back with the promotion.
  • Spanky (Brian Kendrick) won a tournament at an indie show in California to get a shot for the Zero-1/UPW unified title. That's not the important part. How it happened is the original guy who was scheduled to win ended up pulling out of the show at the last minute because his pregnant wife was overdue so he stayed behind to be with her. So they made a call to Spanky, who was in Cincinnati. He immediately packed up his car and was on the road 30 minutes after receiving the call. And didn't stop. He drove 30 hours straight, some 2,200 miles, and made it to the venue literally an hour or so before showtime and did the match. That's freakin' dedication (I think he's talked about this in a shoot interview before. Said he masturbated to stay awake and started vomiting uncontrollably halfway through the drive or something, but still made it. Madness.)
  • AJPW news: there are no truth to the rumors of a WWE/AJPW relationship, which was mentioned last week. Motoko Baba and Tenryu were at WWE's show in Hawaii to take photos for the Japanese magazines to make people think something is up, but there's nothing there. They were just visiting because Johnny Ace got them backstage. Also, the newspapers in Japan have begun reporting that Keiji Muto will take over as AJPW president when Ms. Baba retires, which confirms what Dave has been saying for months.
  • Kenta Kobashi's first match back for NOAH will be this week at Korakuen Hall. He'll be working undercard tag matches so he won't be doing too much. If you recall, he was out for over a year with knee injuries, had one match in February in which he re-injured himself again and has been out ever since.
  • Speaking of Korakuen Hall, NJPW's latest show there only drew 1,200 fans, which means the building was only half full. Just in case you're wondering how NJPW is doing in 2002. Not great.
  • Don Frye did an interview claiming Antonio Inoki is working to put together a match between himself and Mike Tyson. "Nobody is taking that seriously," Dave says.
  • Speaking of Japanese companies trying to latch on to the WWE train and speaking of lyin' ass Inoki: there have been rumors that Inoki is putting together a relationship with WWE. Not true. Inoki claimed recently that he had met with Vince McMahon about using some of WWE's undercard guys in NJPW and of starting his own promotion in the U.S. Dave says the meeting with Vince never happened and, in fact, the two men haven't gotten along or really even spoken at all in nearly 20 years.
  • More on Jesse Ventura's decision not to run for re-election as Minnesota governor. Part of the reason may be that the polls are showing he would likely lose the race. Of course, that's what the polls said last time and he shocked the world. But after 4 years in office, his popularity isn't near what it was back then, when he was the exciting outsider. Now the voters have seen what he brings to the table and they don't seem to like it too much. Ventura was already planning to make the announcement, but then the story about his son hosting parties at the governor's mansion broke, and Ventura made the announcement 2 days earlier than he'd planned. Using the criticism that his son has gotten in the media as his excuse for not running provided Ventura a good "out" but he was already planning not to run long before that story happened and the press conference had been scheduled nearly 2 weeks earlier, so take it with a grain of salt. Most likely, he saw the writing on the wall and knew he was going to lose if he ran again.
  • Notes from the latest Ring of Honor event: it was said to be an incredible show, with guys like Bryan Danielson, Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels, Spanky, Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, and more all having amazing matches. There was a moment during the show where Scoot Andrews went to hit Christopher Daniels' valet, Lucious. But then he stopped himself and said he'd never hit a woman, but he knew somebody who would. This was a tease to bring out another female wrestler, but the crowd started chanting for Steve Austin. The show drew 450 fans and sold out the building, which is the largest crowd ROH has drawn so far.
  • Famous St. Louis Cardinal announcer Jack Buck passed away a couple weeks ago and Dave notes that Buck actually had some involvement in wrestling back in the day. He used to do radio broadcasting of Sam Muchnick's shows live for KMOX radio in the 1960s and there's even a picture somewhere out there of Giant Baba picking Buck up and holding him like a baby. (I actually just watched the 30 For 30 documentary on the McGwire/Sosa home run race and they talked about Jack Buck in there. Good times. Anyway, someone find that picture because I'm having no luck).
  • Sting is scheduled to make an appearance, but not wrestle, at an indie show Harley Race is putting together this week in St. Louis. This will be Sting's first wrestling-related appearance since WCW folded.
  • In case you're wondering what XPW and Rob Black are up to these days, allow Dave to fill you in. Black is currently doing an angle where he's pretending he had a stroke and he pisses and shits on himself all over TV. They also did a segment where wrestler GQ Money (now a producer for NXT) broke into Black's home and tried to rape his wife until somebody made the save. The next week, they showed Money supposedly raping a girl in the parking lot and leaving her for dead, and the week after, he got sprayed with raw sewage. Now they're building up to a raw sewage match, based on this rape storyline. XPW, folks.
  • Dave has some more notes on Cody Runnels, the son of Dusty Rhodes who was backstage at WWE's show in Atlanta last week. Cody is a sophomore in high school and placed 6th in the state in amateur wrestling the past year. He also plays football. He was described to Dave as having a similar physical look as Randy Orton, "but with a face like Dusty."
  • WWA's scheduled tour of Europe has been officially canceled. The German and Switzerland shows had abysmal ticket sales and pretty much had to be canceled. The show in Ireland had more than 4,000 tickets sold and would have been a success, but even so, that one show alone wasn't going to make enough money to offset the cost of the whole tour.
  • This is actually hilarious. UFC fighter Vitor Belfort and his training partner were in a taxi before the UFC show when a bunch of cops showed up and surrounded the car. Why, you ask? Well the cab driver overheard Belfort and his partner talking about "shooting at the legs" and she got scared, not knowing what they were talking about, and called the police. Seems like they got it all straightened out though.
  • Rock will be working nearly full-time on TV from now until Summerslam, at which point he's leaving for a few months to go film his next movie. He won't be on every Smackdown, but he'll be on most of them.
  • Nothing new on the Goldberg/WWE negotiations. Vince McMahon told Goldberg's agents that he will clear his schedule any time Goldberg wants to have a meeting, but Goldberg doesn't seem particularly interested. The fact that WWE rehired Russo probably won't help matters because Goldberg is one of the many who doesn't like Russo.
  • Shawn Michaels is booked to be in Kevin Nash's corner on upcoming house shows once Nash is cleared to wrestle again. There's still no plans for Shawn to wrestle, but given how depleted the WWE roster is right now, Dave is sure they'll probably start pushing him to sooner than later (Nash ends up getting injured again almost immediately, so I don't think Shawn ever did these house show appearances).

Looks like this is one of those issues where I went over the 40,000 character limit. Hit the comments below for the rest.

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2020.06.25 22:08 OneWingedDevil28 Great British Wrestling: Fight Club I

“Passion.” William Regal stands in the middle of the ring, a single spotlight shines on him as an intimate darkness surrounds him. “Over the years, we’ve seen a revolution. A resurgence. A transition from the likes of Giant Haystacks. Big Daddy. Kendo Nagasaki. We’ve seen trailblazers. We’ve seen hope, we have seen the rebirth of the British independent scene. And it’s time to stop seeing it. It’s now time to live in it. WELCOME TO GREAT BRITISH WRESTLING!” The lights lift, and a sold out crowd in Harringay Arena, London, cheer and celebrate the launch of GBW, also known as Great British Wrestling.
The attention turns to the stage, where English-born band Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes perform the theme song for GBW’s weekly show, Fight Club, called “Fire.”
Our commentary team of Nigel McGuinness and Stu Bennett welcome us to the first episode of GBW: Fight Club. We go through our card for the night, which is presented on the titantron for the fans in attendance. The card includes a first round match in the GBW World Championship tournament, Pete Dunne vs Mark Haskins, and our main event for the GBW Prodigy Championship, where Will Ospreay will collide with Nick Aldis.

“The following contest is scheduled for one fall with a sixty minute time limit, and it is a first round match in the Great British Wrestling World Championship tournament!”
The London fans explode for the arrival of the Bruiserweight! This man has carried British Wrestling for the past few years, and he is a certain favourite to become the inaugural champion at GBW’s first PPV event in just two months time. Pete Dunne makes a grand entrance, as he looks to kick off his Great British Wrestling campaign with a huge win against Mark Haskins.
The latter makes his entrance, to a polarizing crowd reaction. He gets into the ring, we get through introductions, the bell rings and our first ever GBW match is underway!
GBW World Championship Tournament – Pete Dunne vs Mark Haskins
Dunne and Haskins have a methodical start to the match, as the crowd ease into the high-octane action of Great British Wrestling. Dunne backs Haskins up against the ropes, Dunne opts to move away in an act of fairness, but Haskins slaps Dunne and takes advantage, he goes for a quick roll-up pin, Dunne kicks out but Haskins maintains the advantage as he takes Dunne down with a leg sweep and transitions smoothly into a side headlock, he taunts to the crowd as they rally Dunne to get to his feet, he does so, irish whip, on the rebound, Dunne connects a dropkick as Haskins falls to the outside!
Dunne rebounds off the ropes, going for a suicide dive, but Haskins leaps up onto the apron and clubs Dunne with a knee, he connects the Sunset Flip, Dunne’s shoulders are down, he kicks out, Haskins goes for a PK Kick, Dunne rolls out of it, he finds himself in a position to hit Bitter End, he goes for it, but Haskins slides out as the two men reach deadlock. The match devolves into a great way to open the first episode of GBW: Fight Club, in a significant spot in the match, Dunne goes for a Bittter End, he launches Haskins into the air, who grabs the outstretched arm of Dunne, and TRANSITIONS INTO AN ARMBAR! A fantastic counter, Dunne finds himself in a precarious position, however, the Bruiserweight uses his initiative, he breaks the grip by snapping one of the fingers of Haskins. Both men get to their feet, Dunne connects a sit out powerbomb for a near fall. The two exchange strikes, Haskins begins to charge up some momentum, he rallies himself, goes for a lariat, but Dunne ducks under it, Haskins rebounds off the ropes and falls into a german suplex from Dunne, he goes for another suicide dive to a retreated Haskins, this time he slides into the ring, Dunne telegraphs it and rebounds off the ropes, Haskins connects a Death Valley Driver, he connects the Armbar but transitions BEAUTIFULLY into a Crossface!
Dunne is able to get to the ropes as his hopes stay alive, Haskins urges Dunne to his feet, he goes for the Star Kick, Dunne dodges, he connects a thunderous forearm, Haskins is stunned, the Bruiserweight lifts him, BITTER END! He goes for the cover, 1…2…3!
Pete Dunne def. Mark Haskins (22 minutes)
What a way to kick off GBW, as Pete Dunne advances to the second round of the World Championship tournament, defeating a solid opponent in Mark Haskins. Dunne celebrates, he extends a handshake offer to Haskins, who contemplates before shaking Dunne’s hand. The Bruiserweight goes to exit the ring…
Haskins pulls him back in, and plants him with a Cradle to the Grave! Haskins begins to beat Dunne down with forearms, a vicious post-match assault as the fans give Haskins nuclear heat. He continues the beatdown, tag team partner Robbie X joining in on the act. Eventually, Tyler Bate and Trent Seven run in! Robbie X and Mark Haskins slide out of the ring and retreat as Bate and Seven tend to Dunne, the fans cheering for the arrival of two of the most influential figures in British wrestling.
Dunne, Seven and Bate stand tall, Pete Dunne advancing to the second round of the tournament after a thrilling match with Mark Haskins, and a potential tag team match between Moustache Mountain and Haskins/Robbie X in the works.

Our next match is set to show off the wide array of fantastic women’s talent at Great British Wrestling, as Jamie Hayter is set to face off with one half of the Medusa Complex, Charlie Evans. Both women make their entrances, Evans accompanied by her tag team partner, Millie McKenzie. The bell rings, and the second match of the night begins, women’s division action.
Jamie Hayter vs Charlie Evans
These two women have a good back and forth match, Hayter portraying a more heel-ish role while Evans gains the support of the crowd as she tries to get her first win in GBW. During her comeback, Evans hits a diving crossbody to the outside, she gets Hayter back in the ring and locks in a Cattle Mutilation, in which Hayter is able to get out of and plant Evans with a Backbreaker for a near fall. The match progresses, Evans goes for a Swipe Left, but Hayter gets out of it. She pushes Evans into the ref, before reaching for a pair of brass knuckles, but McKenzie stops her. Hayter falls into a superkick attempt from Evans, she connects, she goes for a Snapmare Driver, however Hayter gets out of it, SNAPMARE DRIVER! She goes for the cover, 1…2…3!
Jamie Hayter def. Charlie Evans (6 minutes)
Hayter pulls away a huge win here on the first episode of GBW: Fight Club, she celebrates cheekily as Evans quickly recovers, aided by tag partner Millie McKenzie. As Hayter poses on the ramp, McKenzie points to her and says that she’s coming after her. Nevertheless, Jamie Hayter is able to come away with a win in the first match of the women’s division.

One of the most talented technical wrestlers in the world. Ever since the creation of Great British Wrestling, this man has been on the radar as a must-sign talent! Zack Sabre Jr poses on the ramp, one of the largest signings for this brand to date. Zack Sabre Jr has been on the rise, dominating in promotions such as RevPro, and even New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Sabre goes halfway down the ramp, before stopping and looking towards the entrance way. It’s the Grizzled Young Veterans! James Drake and Zack Gibson, the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, finalists of the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic, these two are brash, aggressive, and have unmatched synergy as a duo.
Gibson, Drake and Sabre Jr go down to the ring, looking towards the fans and the camera menacingly. “Zack Sabre Jr! The Grizzled Young Veterans! We will know be known as Union Zack!” the fans cheer the announcement of the new trio. “When I was first signed to GBW, I looked at the roster, and I thought ‘What a bunch of twats.’ However, once I found out that THE BEST tag team in English wrestling had been signed, I saw it as somewhat of a match made in heaven!”
Zack Sabre Jr gains heat from the crowd as James Drake and Zack Gibson tail him, he solidifies the existence of the faction and warns the locker room, Union Zack are going to become the strongest entity in GBW. Having made their message, Union Zack exit the ring and go up the ramp, posing to the fans as the new faction has been created on the first episode of Fight Club.
We go backstage as backstage interviewer Radzi asks British Strong Style about the altercation with Robbie X and Mark Haskins earlier in the night. Trent Seven does the talking, as he says that if Robbie X and Mark Haskins want to face British Strong Style, they can. But it will be within the confines of the squared circle, with the referee and the fans, and they’re going to duel it out like men. The focus then turns to Pete Dunne, who is asked about advancing in the tournament, and either facing Kip Sabian or the Bastard, Pac, in the next round. Dunne says that no matter who it is, they’re going to just be another speck in the path of glory for the Bruiserweight.

Our next match is to show off some of the lower card talent in the division, or some talent that may not be recognised as well. Flash Morgan Webster collides with Paul Robinson in singles action here on the first episode of GBW: Fight Club. This is to be the first in a best-of-three series that is to span the first three weeks of GBW Television.
Flash Morgan Webster vs Paul Robinson
Both men have a fast-paced matchup, not pulling out all of the big moves, remaining conservative and smart in their approach as it is a best-of-three series, so both men will have to think tactically. They have a respectable match-up, Morgan Webster getting the huge backing from the crowd while Robinson uses taunting and more heel-associated antics as the fans begin to learn about two of the most underrated talents in all of Great British Wrestling. Despite Webster’s desperate attempts at a win, he is able to execute a fast paced comeback, but Paul Robinson is able to roll him up and pull away a lucky win in the first match of their best-of-three.
Paul Robinson def. Flash Morgan Webster (8 minutes)
Robinson slides out of the ring, chuckling to himself, as he comes away with the huge win tonight, putting him within arm’s length of winning the best-of-three series and becoming the first number one contender to the Prodigy Championship, which its inaugural champion will be crowned later tonight, when Will Ospreay collides with Nick Aldis in our main event.

In our next segment, Isla Dawn cuts a promo in the ring, commenting on her desire to win the GBW Women’s Championship. She is rudely interrupted by Jinny, who downplays Dawn. Both of these women are then interrupted by Tegan Nox, who receives a good pop, saying that she is rightfully the ace of the women’s division and she would be happy to show down with anyone who thinks they have what it takes. Bea Priestly is the next out, claiming that for so long, she has been underrated, and it’s time for her to finally step into the spotlight. The final person to step out, NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray, makes the claim that she has been at the peak of her division for ages now and nobody has been able to hold her down. Amidst all of the arguing and chaos, GM of the women’s division, Paige, comes out, and says that in two weeks, all of the women in the ring will compete in a gauntlet match to decide the first ever GBW Women’s Champion, a huge announcement on the first episode of Fight Club!

The next match is a preview of the World Championship tournament matches that are arranged for the coming weeks, as we see two unlikely pairings: Pac and Drew McIntyre face Noam Dar and Kip Sabian. Everyone makes their entrance, Pac receiving a decent pop, while McIntyre receives arguably the biggest pop of the night.
Pac and Drew McIntyre vs Noam Dar and Kip Sabian
The story of the match is the question of which team can synergise the best. McIntyre and Pac have communication issues, while Dar and Sabian work relatively well as a team. In the coming weeks, all of these men will face off with eachother for a chance to compete for the GBW World Championship at the first PPV in two months’ time. Each competitor in the match plays a different role – Noam Dar is the sleazy, likeable figure. Kip Sabian is the high flying babyface. Pac is the dirty heel and Drew McIntyre is the titan. In predictable fashion, McIntyre and Pac dominate the majority of the match, McIntyre hits a Future Shock DDT on Sabian, then hitting a Claymore Kick on Dar and tagging in Pac, who hits a Red Arrow and follows it up with a Brutalizer, as Sabian taps out.
Pac and Drew McIntyre def. Noam Dar and Kip Sabian (13 minutes)
Each man argues with eachother after the match, about the match’s result, and also the fact that they’re facing off against each other in the coming weeks. It ends with McIntyre hitting a Claymore Kick on his opponent, Noam Dar, while Pac and Sabian brawl into the crowd, adding some stakes to their impeding first round tournament clash.

A vignette airs for one of GBW’s new signees, Cara Noir. The Black Swan of British Wrestling looks to prove himself on a large scale, as he will debut on next week’s show to prove to everyone why he has a place in the locker room. Cara Noir is a mysterious figure, and no one quite understands the man, but he always has tricks up his sleeve and he’s a difficult opponent to understand. How will he fare in GBW?

“This main event match, scheduled for one fall with a sixty minute time limit, is for the Great British Wrestling Prodigy Championship!” the London fans pop for the nights main event, as a classic of a match is guaranteed between two men that will be figureheads of the GBW brand.
The fan favourite! The Aerial Assassin! One of the best wrestlers in the world! Multiple time winner of the annual Best of Super Junior Tournament. Former NEVER Openweight Champion. Multiple time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Will Ospreay is a household name, and he receives a fantastic reception from the fans here tonight, as he looks to become GBW’s first Prodigy Champion.
His opponent has been the cornerstone behind the NWA brand for years now. It seems to be a recurring theme. Wherever Nick Aldis goes, he makes it his own. Impact Wrestling. NWA. And now, it could be Great British Wrestling. Aldis thinks he should be competing for the World Championship, and it’s a travesty that he’s competing for the Prodigy Championship. The best way to back that up, is a win tonight.
We get through the ring introductions and the bell rings, the first ever GBW Fight Club main event!

Will Ospreay vs Nick Aldis for the GBW Prodigy Championship
Ospreay and Aldis shake hands before backing up into their respective corners. In the early going, Ospreay is insistent on utilising his breakneck offence and immense speed to his advantage has he overwhelms Aldis, this is a pace Ospreay has to maintain if he wants to keep Aldis on the backfoot. Ospreay goes for an early Os-cutter, Aldis pushes him away, he goes for a roll-up pin, Ospreay reverses it into one of his own, kick out, Aldis floors Ospreay into a rest hold as he is able to seamlessly change the momentum to benefit himself, a more methodical and slower pace.
The contrast between these two styles is a major point in the match, as Ospreay has spurts of offense while Aldis gets a good share of the offense in. Ospreay goes for a Pip Pip Cheerio, Aldis ducks under, Ospreay lands and rolls, he is met with an uppercut followed by a perfect Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Ospreay mounts up a comeback, eventually dropkicking Aldis to the outside of the ring and hitting a Sasuke Special to the delight of the crowd. Back inside the ring, he hits a 450 Splash for a near fall.
Ospreay goes for the Stormbreaker, but he is not able to lift Aldis, who instead gets out of it, neckbreaker, he ascends to the top rope, supposedly going for his signature elbow drop, however Ospreay springs to his feet, HURRICANRANA FROM THE TOP ROPE, THE FANS GET UP TO THEIR FEET TO APPLAUD BOTH MEN FOR THIS EXCELLENT MATCH! More than anything else, the overarching theme of this match is just a well-told story with selling and good, flawless wrestling on display of all sorts.
Aldis goes for a Diving Crossbody, but Ospreay rolls through and in a huge feat of strength, he connects a Fallaway Slam. He goes for a Hidden Blade, but Nick Aldis moves out of the way, he locks in the CLOVERLEAF! KING’S LYNN LOCKED IN! For minutes, Ospreay struggles, flails, but he has no choice but to ta-, no, he is able to break free from it, he continually elbows Aldis, he launches himself off the ropes, OS-CUTTER! Aldis is staggered, he falls into the grasp of Ospreay, the fans going wild, STORM BREAKERRRRR! He goes for the cover, 1…2…3!
Will Ospreay def. Nick Aldis (19 minutes)
We have our first ever GBW Prodigy Champion! The bell rings to signal the end of the match and Ospreay’s triumphant music sounds, as he is crowned the first ever GBW Prodigy Champion here in London tonight. The fans rise to their feet, cheering and applauding Ospreay for winning this fantastic Fight Club main event, a huge achievement for the Aerial Assassin. After the match, Ospreay and Aldis shake hands yet again, a sign of respect, a standard that has been set for the rest of the matches for the title.
Aldis is respectful in defeat, while Ospreay is proud in victory. To end the first episode of Great British Wrestling Fight Club, he defeats Nick Aldis to win the GBW Prodigy Championship!
RESULTS
GBW World Championship Tournament First Round - Pete Dunne def. Mark Haskins (22 minutes)
Jamie Hayter def. Charlie Evans (6 minutes)
Paul Robinson def. Flash Morgan Webster (8 minutes)
Pac and Drew McIntyre def. Noam Dar and Kip Sabian (13 minutes)
GBW Prodigy Championship – Will Ospreay def. Nick Aldis (19 minutes)
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2020.06.17 18:04 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jun. 3, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002
  • We start with more on the death of Davey Boy Smith, including a full-length super long obituary, because apparently 2002 is nothing but people dying. I feel like I've done nothing but recap obituaries since starting back with 2002. Anyway. in the wake of Smith's death, the reaction has sadly not been one of surprise. Anyone who saw Smith in the last 4-5 years pretty much saw it coming. The cause of death, pending toxicology results, was ruled a heart attack caused from prolonged steroid use. But until the toxicology results are back, the belief among his friends and family is that there was probably more to it. Dave talks about the staggering number of wrestlers who have died under age 40 in recent years, with upwards of 20 of them being due to drug issues.
  • Smith died while on vacation with his girlfriend Andrea Hart, estranged wife of Bruce Hart. Despite that, Smith was actually on good terms with most of the Hart family, although Andrea is not. The Hart family believes Andrea knows more than she's letting on about the circumstances of his death, but she's not talking to anybody. Andrea's children (that she had with Bruce) were also there and they each apparently have different accounts of how he died (he was sleeping! he was in the pool! he was eating!) but they all pretty much agree he collapsed doing whatever he was doing. Andrea told the press that she believed Smith had overdosed, but Smith's dad did his own interviews and denied it, saying his son had stopped using drugs and was clean when he died. Needless to say, most people aren't buying that given his track record. Smith's father decided against having the body cremated and instead ordered it sent back to England for examination to make sure he wasn't murdered. "I cannot believe his death was natural," he said. "If they find drugs in his body, then he didn't put them there. Davey was clean." (Eeeeeeehhhhh....) Shit got even messier when Andrea and Smith's ex-wife Diana Hart each tried to claim the body. Despite her book (in which she accused Smith of drugging, abusing, and raping her), Diana played grieving widow in the media even though they're divorced. It may not have been an act though. Some in the family believe Smith and Diana were trying to reconcile, and they were on good terms at the time of his death. Andrea claimed to be his common-law wife, even though she's still legally married to Bruce. She later claimed Smith had proposed to her 2 weeks before his death and said they were engaged, which was the first anyone had heard about that. Smith's father claims in their last conversation, Davey Boy had told him he was planning to break up with Andrea after their vacation. So who knows. Anyway, both Diana and Andrea planned their own separate memorial services, while Smith's dad is planning his own 3rd service. Smith's body wasn't at either of the Hart family memorial services because, as mentioned, it was sent back to England where authorities are launching an investigation at the behest of Smith's father.
  • Andrea's service was said to be small and simple, just a few dozen people, and she seemed sincere in her sorrow. Diana's service was larger and more public, with hundreds of attendees and press, along with several WWE names. Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart (who attended both services), Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, and others all attended and several of them spoke. Diana's eulogy featured a professionally produced video featuring Davey Boy footage from WWE that had never aired on television before. She thanked Vince for trying to help Davey with his addiction issues. She never acknowledged everything she wrote about him in her book last year. Smith's children as well as Stampede wrestler TJ Wilson gave speeches as well. 16-year-old Harry Smith was composed and gave a great speech about teaming with his father in his last matches. And then Ellie Hart got up there and....it went about how you'd expect. She started ranting about Andrea and blaming her for not giving the family the answers they wanted and it started to turn into some drama, but the minister gently interrupted her and got things back on track. And finally, Bret Hart gave a speech, directly addressing Smith's children and saying that Davey Boy and Owen would want the children of all these Hart family members to get along with each other better than the adults have. From here, Dave gets into the actual meat of the obituary, recapping Smith's life and career. As always, an excellent read but very long to recap.
  • WWE Confidential, the new show the company is producing, aired its debut episode this week, focusing on the Montreal Screwjob. Dave once again talks about how Vince McMahon tried to downplay the incident recently, giving an interview just a couple of months ago calling the Screwjob a minor incident that almost no one cares about. Vince went so far as to say he could count on one hand the number of people who even still care about that old news. Turns out one of those must be Vince because this week, they dedicated the premiere of this new show to the story and highlighted it as the most controversial night in the history of wrestling. The hook of the show was Shawn Michaels revealing publicly, for the first time, that yes, he was in on the screwjob and knew about it in advance. Dave says this isn't really a secret. Shawn denied having any knowledge of it that night but as soon as the day after Survivor Series 97, he was bragging to friends about it. Vince McMahon also later confided in Undertaker that Shawn knew ahead of time. So it was kind of an open "secret" that Shawn knew but this is the first time he's admitted it publicly. Triple H still denies knowing about it ahead of time, but Dave is pretty skeptical there too (and indeed, it's later revealed that yes indeed, Triple H also knew). Dave thinks lots of people had to know. Even the guy who cued the music had to know, because Shawn's music was queued up and ready to play the second Vince ordered the bell to be rung. Pat Patterson always claimed not to know and Bret has said he wants to believe it, because he likes Pat, but the way Pat interrupted the match-planning conversation and specifically suggested the sharpshooter spot to them makes Bret question it (I think Patterson still denies it to this day, but I have my doubts there too). Anyway, the show recapped the history of the Screwjob and if you know Dave, you know he's about to poke a whole bunch of holes in WWE's revisionist bullshit. Here we go...
  • The story of the episode was WWF was close to going out of business due to the WCW war and couldn't afford Bret anymore, so Vince nobly allowed Hart out of his contract so he could negotiate a better deal with WCW. Actually, Dave says, Vince first talked to Bret about deferring some of his contract to later on but that was a couple months earlier. At the time, WWF really was having some financial struggles, but it's an exaggeration to say they were almost driven out of business. They were never even close. But regardless, that's irrelevant because in Sept. 97, they raised the price of PPVs by $10. That added revenue, which was nearly $1 million per month in pure profit, was easily enough to get them out of financial trouble. By the time Survivor Series 97 rolled around, WWF was doing just fine, money-wise, and were only a couple months away from catching fire and getting nuclear hot. So no, they did not need to get rid of Bret's contract. And in fact, in October, a couple weeks before Survivor Series, Vince changed his mind and asked Bret to stay, saying that the financial situation had turned around. But by this point, Hart's negotiations with WCW were full speed ahead and Vince allowed Hart to continue negotiating. But after talking to both sides, it was clear Vince had no real plan for Bret and he didn't really seem like he wanted to keep him, so Bret took the WCW deal and the rest is history. But of course, none of that is mentioned in this show. The episode also claimed Hart refused to drop the title to anyone (again, not true. Only Shawn. Bret even offered to lose it to Brooklyn Brawler if they wanted. In fact, Dave breaks down all the different scenarios that were presented here, and Bret was willing to lose the title to anyone other than Shawn, anywhere other than that show in Montreal, at any date before or after the PPV. They had actually presented Bret with dozens of different scenarios, all of which he agreed to, only for Vince to keep coming back around to Shawn at Survivor Series, which was the one and only thing Bret wouldn't budge on). They also tried to paint the picture that Bret could have taken the title to WCW the night after Survivor Series. In fact, Bret's WWF contract didn't end until Dec. 1st, and he was booked on more than a dozen house shows after Survivor Series and had even agreed to work the early December PPV because Bischoff had given his blessing. There was zero chance Bret was going to show up with the belt on Nitro. There was concern that Bischoff would go on Nitro the next day and announce he had signed Bret, and Dave says it's true that Bischoff certainly was planning to do that. But Bret had also asked Bischoff to hold off on the announcement and Bischoff had agreed. Vince knew about that too, but in recorded conversations with Bret (from the Wrestling With Shadows documentary), Vince didn't seem concerned since the word was already out and everyone knew Bret was leaving already. This just goes on and on. We all know the story already. Anyway, TL;DR - interesting show, but WWE's version of the story is bullshit. But we all knew that.
  • At the latest NJPW show, Antonio Inoki came out and cut a promo. He talked about being in attendance recently at the World Cup and said wrestling needs something like that. Inoki claimed he had put together a deal with WWE for a joint NJPW/WWE show to take place later in the year. Dave doesn't know if there's any truth to that story, but this is the first he's heard of it and he doesn't think it makes any sense for WWE so he's skeptical.
  • Usually in Japan, TV-Asahi airs the finals of NJPW's G1 Climax tournament live. But this year that may not happen, as they're looking at airing one of Inoki's MMA shows instead. This is a direct result of the terrible rating the recent Tokyo Dome show drew when it aired live. This company is struggling mightily lately.
  • Random news and notes: Inoki recently recruited a 23-year old Brazillian MMA fighter named Lyoto Machida to come to NJPW (he never really does anything in NJPW other than train at the dojo, but he had a long career in UFC and still fights for Bellator to this day). Dusty Rhodes is the new co-host of Turner South's Atlanta Braves pre-game show called "Hey The Braves Are Next!" Scott Hall will be working Insane Clown Posse's upcoming Gathering of the Juggalos event. Former WCW wrestler Evan Karagis recently filmed a role on the soap opera "Passions."
  • In the main event of FOX's Celebrity Boxing show, Chyna lost by decision to Joey Buttafuoco. Chyna's mystique of being a woman who only wants to compete with men got pretty much obliterated here, as the larger Buttafuoco manhandled her with ease for much of the match, which probably makes all those big tough wrestlers who sold for her feel kinda silly. But Buttafuoco came in as a hated heel to the audience and despite how she got pummeled, many people felt Buttafuoco was fighting dirty and cheating, so Chyna wasn't too hurt by it. She talked about wanting a rematch and Dave says if PRIDE really wants to break into the U.S. market, they could throw it onto one of their cards. Hey, this show did a really strong TV rating, maybe a rematch would be just the kind of freak-show attraction needed for PRIDE to get attention in the U.S. Nothing else they've tried has worked. Dave also suggests NWA-TNA could book it, but a worked wrestling match between the two probably wouldn't get as much media attention.
WATCH: Chyna vs. Joey Buttafuoco - Celebrity Boxing Match (2002)
  • Big Dick Dudley's ex-wife, former ECW valet Elektra, did an interview talking about his death. She said he'd had stomach pains all week and couldn't urinate. But didn't go to the doctor because he didn't think it was a big deal. Then at one point he got up to go to the bathroom but collapsed on the floor and died there on the spot. Jeez. At the time of his death, he had lost over 100 pounds from his peak weight of 320 in ECW several years ago.
  • Vince Russo is going to be writing a book about his time in WWF. Due to legal reasons and the ongoing lawsuit, it won't include much about his WCW tenure (I think he's written a book or two, but I've never read them, so if anyone has any insight, feel free to share).
  • Shaun Assael's book "Sex, Lies, & Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation" will be published next month and is getting strong early reviews. Dave has talked to several of the people who spoke with Assael for the book and some of them expect it to be good while others feel that Assael fell victim to the cons and charms of wrestlers who were working him. We shall see, says Dave.
  • The debut NWA-TNA PPV will feature some sort of tournament to crown a new NWA champion. Dan Severn is no longer the champion after not agreeing to work the show (he already had a prior MMA booking for that date in New Mexico). As a result, the NWA (which is now working with TNA) just stripped him of the belt, which is convenient because they didn't really want to use Severn anyway, so now they can do whatever they originally planned to do with the belt without having to book an excuse to get it off him. The Jarretts and this new promotion now have full control over both the NWA world and tag team titles.
  • Mike Tenay has been named the lead announcer for the new NWA-TNA promotion. They're also trying to get Lex Luger to appear for the debut show, but Dave thinks its unlikely since Luger is financially set for life and has shown no interest in doing any wrestling since WCW folded.
  • Jeff Jarrett had talks with Bret Hart about coming in to do a Team Canada gimmick. Latest Dave heard is that Hart isn't interested, but they may bring in some of the new generation of Harts for it. There's been talk of bringing in TJ Wilson, Harry Smith, and Teddy Hart as a new version of the group. Smith is still only 16 and it's way too early to put him on the national stage yet and in a lot of states, he wouldn't even legally be allowed to perform. Wilson is also a teenager, from a bad home who pretty much grew up as an honorary Hart member in the Hart household. And Teddy Hart is a natural in-ring performer who would already be in WWE if not for the fact that during his two training camp tryouts, he had behavioral incidents both times. But they're all talented and will likely be big stars in the future. Last time WWE was in Calgary, Vince McMahon personally requested to meet with all 3 of them for a private tryout, but it didn't amount to anything.
  • Little bit of a change in the WWF writing teams. Brian Gewertz is now the official head writer for Raw, while Paul Heyman is the lead writer for Smackdown. Stephanie McMahon will continue to oversee creative for both shows and, of course, Vince still has final say on everything. Dave expects this to result in Raw being a more comedic show while Smackdown will be the more serious in-ring product (pretty much, yeah. And thus, we have the official beginning of Heyman-era Smackdown and soon we'll see the birth of the Smackdown Six).
  • Notes from Raw: show opened with Chris Benoit making his unannounced return to a huge pop. Dave still expects Benoit to eventually be managed by Arn Anderson, which has been the plan for months (and never happens). That was actually the original plan before the NWO was brought in. If Benoit was healthy in time (which, turned out he wasn't so it didn't matter anyway), the original idea was Benoit vs. Austin at Wrestlemania 18 with Anderson managing Benoit. But that obviously all changed. Anyway, what else? Dave once again mentions that Jeff Hardy looks physically awful. He seems to know about Hardy's drug issues and seems to be hinting about it without saying it. Tommy Dreamer continued his gross gimmick by drinking Undertaker's tobacco spit. Lesnar beat Bubba Ray Dudley but had to sell a ton in the match and Dave doesn't get it. For a guy that they so clearly want to turn into a Goldberg-like star, selling for midcarders every week isn't how Goldberg got over. Jim Ross went on and on about how Lesnar has never been pinned, which Dave says is an insult to all the fans who have seen Lesnar do jobs at house shows. RVD beat Eddie Guerrero in a 20+ minute ladder match and Dave says it's the longest match on Raw in at least a year. Dave gives it 4 stars and considering how messy and sloppy it was, that shows you how good it was. Lots of dangerous spots, some botched moves, and most notably a moment when a fan ran into the ring and knocked over the ladder while Eddie was climbing up. Eddie and Earl Hebner started stomping the fan until security dragged him out. Still an awesome match though. And finally, Benoit returned at the end of the show and turned heel on Austin. Dave says Benoit actually isn't ready yet and isn't supposed to be back in the ring until July, but the company is so desperate for anything to give them a shot in the arm that they may have pulled the trigger on this angle early.
WATCH: Fan shoves Eddie Guerrero off the ladder
  • Notes from Smackdown: the only thing Dave talks about is the Hulk Hogan retirement angle they did and he's got mixed feelings on it. First the positive: he gives Hogan credit for being an absolutely incredible performer when the heat is on. And Hogan gave a tremendous performance in this and Dave doesn't let it go unrecognized. But then the negative: in the promo, Hogan talked at length about when his dad was dying, he was basically expressionless except for Monday and Thursday nights when he'd watch WWF and his face would light up. So Hogan said his dad's last words were he wanted to see his son return to the WWF. So that's all sweet and nice, right? Weeeeeell....Hogan has told a different version of this story in the past. In previous interviews, Hogan said his dad was disgusted by what wrestling had become and he wanted Hogan to "clean it up." The idea that he was laying in the hospital and only coming to life when his beloved WWF was on doesn't exactly jibe with what Hogan has said before. And no matter what the truth is, Dave is uncomfortable Hogan using his dead dad as a way to get this storyline over, but hey, he ain't the first and won't be the last.
  • WWE's first show in Hawaii in probably 15 years is scheduled for later this month. Rock is scheduled to work the show and tickets sold out 2 hours after they went on sale. While we're at it, the Australia show in August also sold out the 47,000-seat Colonial Stadium in Melbourne in only 4 days. Once they scale the stadium for production, they plan to open up more seats.
  • It's "basically a sure thing" that Hogan vs. Vince McMahon will be one of the top matches at Summerslam. How they get there seems to change weekly. There's been talks of having Hogan take time off after King of the Ring and return for the Vince match at Summerslam. There's also been talk of him sticking around through the entire summer. So who knows? (Ended up being a mixture of both: Hogan stuck around the entire summer, but then he did an angle to get written off TV right before Summerslam. And he didn't come back until early 2003. And, of course, we got the Hogan/Vince match at Wrestlemania)
  • More info on the incident from a couple weeks ago where Kevin Nash and X-Pac reportedly threw a fit and got the script changed. They were told by writer Ed Koskey what the plans were for them on the show. Nash and X-Pac didn't like it, especially X-Pac since it involved him doing 2 jobs during the same show. X-Pac said he was quitting and told Nash he'd meet him in the car. Nash told Shane McMahon he'd go calm X-Pac down and straighten everything out. Nash and X-Pac came back, had meetings with Shane and Jim Ross, and then later with Koskey and Brian Gewertz (who wrote the show). They managed to convince the writers to change it more to their liking. Nash was also upset about how Ric Flair went on TV and said he'd fired Scott Hall. Nash didn't like the idea of Flair on TV being able to hire and fire people from their NWO, because that kinda takes away from the idea of the NWO as an autonomous, outsider group that doesn't play by WWE's rules. So that's why Nash was able to go out on TV on this night and cut the promo about how Flair doesn't control the NWO. Of course, Hall is still gone, so I guess he still does. Anyway, both Nash and X-Pac were pissed over all this and caused a scene, especially X-Pac, to the point others in the locker room wondered why they weren't disciplined instead of being given their way. But if you wonder that, you clearly ain't been paying attention to Nash over the years. Anyway, X-Pac still did the job in the Hardyz match, but not in the second match.
  • Random news: house shows in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, LA were both canceled this weekend due to low ticket sales. Shit's selling out in record time in Australia and Hawaii, but they can't give tickets away in Louisiana apparently. Undertakers hips were both banged up after the Hogan match at the PPV but he continued working, although he was limited (and years later, he'd have to get major surgery on both those hips). At Raw in Edmonton, Ric Flair was getting huge pops and "woo!" chants for him before the show started, so they filmed a backstage segment where he told Arn Anderson how much he hates Edmonton so they would boo him when he came out live. Lance Cade won the HWA title from Johnny the Bull down in developmental. WWF was pushing the city of Edmonton to present Benoit with the key to the city on Raw, but Edmonton wasn't so keen on the idea. And finally, during a bikini contest at the house show in Winnipeg, Ivory's top got pulled down, exposing her boob, much to the delight of many in the crowd.
  • Remember how MTV's The Osbournes was the only show routinely beating Raw in the cable ratings? That's changing. The Osbournes is over for the season, but this week, Raw fell to #4 behind the Lakers/Spurs NBA playoff game and 2 different episodes of SpongeBob. Patrick's a draw, brother.
  • Raven has been doing commentary on Sunday Night Heat, but he recently asked to be removed from it because he feels like it hurts his wrestling character. Dave thinks this is pretty risky. Raven as a wrestler is probably nearing the end of his shelf-life and lord knows WWE hasn't shown any desire to push him. And he was actually pretty fantastic at commentary. So giving up a safe job that he was excelling at for one that WWE doesn't really seem to see any value in him for seems like a good way to find yourself on the chopping block next time they decide to get rid of some people (yup, he'll be gone from the company in another 7 months or so). For what it's worth though, this isn't the first time Raven has been in this situation. Back in the 90s, he was a manager and commentator in WWF then too, under the name Johnny Polo. But when they weren't interested in using him as a wrestler, he quit the company and reinvented himself in ECW as Raven. Sometimes you gotta bet on yourself.
  • Jim Ross has a weekly WWE.com article where he usually just shares all the latest injuries everyone has. This leads Dave on a bit of a tangent when Ross wrote about how Triple H has a fractured patella. The injury was diagnosed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham and Andrews told Triple H to be careful with it, but he could continue wrestling as long as he can take the pain. Basically one of the world's top sports doctors saying, "Yeah you've got a broken knee, but throw some dirt on it, you'll be fine." It's no wonder so many of these guys end up on pain pills rather than getting the medical treatment they need.
  • Also in his article, Jim Ross admitted that the WWE is not doing a good job lately of providing a product the fans want to see. Dave thinks that's just about as strong a statement he's heard on the current state of WWE from someone so high up within the company. Ross admitted they need to create new rivalries, elevate new young talent, and effectively introduce new stars. However, Ross also blamed the economy and the abnormally high number of injuries everyone is dealing with right now for part of the problems too. Dave says the economy may play a small role in the declining live event and PPV numbers, but usually when the economy is in the toilet, TV ratings go up because people are staying home more. Not the case here. Injuries, yes that's a problem for sure. But the core of all WWE's problems right now comes down to the simple fact that the show pretty much sucks. And at least someone high up in the office seems to finally be publicly admitting it.
  • Tough Enough 2 is down to the final four. Dave talks about how Jackie Gayda is now the sentimental favorite because she tore her ACL during the show but has still refused to quit, which opened a lot of eyes on her. Speaking of Tough Enough, in a WCW-like comedy of errors, they aired a promo for next week's episode before the current episode was finished, thus spoiling who the final 4 were going to be, before it was revealed on the show people were watching.
  • The WWF Forceable Entry album has sold around 364,000 copies total since its release. But it's actually considered a pretty huge failure because WWF had to pay so much money in fees and up front advances to the various artists on the album, and they're nowhere close to recouping that cost. (The album eventually sells over 500,000 and goes gold but still a flop).
NEXT WEDNESDAY: A look at the dismal state of WWE in 2002, Tough Enough II finale, Riki Choshu's departure from NJPW, Dave reviews several new wrestling books, and more...
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2020.03.20 17:05 kuch___daddy The New March Madness! 2020 Professional Wresting Tournament (1st ROUND: WWE REGION)

The New March Madness begins today and the WWE Region is up first. If you need to catch up on the seeding of the tournament and/or the pre-tournament analysis, here's the link to that:
https://www.reddit.com/fantasybooking/comments/flnmut/the_new_march_madness_2020_professional_wrestling/
With that being said, let's get to the first round of action:
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16A PAC vs. 16B Shingo Takagi-
PAC cuts a promo before the wrestle-in matchup in the WWE Region saying how he feels disrespected by the entire professional wrestling community that he must compete in a wrestle-in match to be the 16 seed in a tournament built on who is the best wrestler in the world. PAC uses this anger in his pre-match assault on Takagi before the bout starts. This leaves Takagi in a bad way, but his NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team partner Bushi comes out in support of him which gives him some much needed hope. Despite a fantastic showing, the pre-match assault is too much for Takagi to overcome, and PAC submits him in the Brutalizer to advance to the round of 64.
WINNER: PAC
1 Seth Rollins vs. 16 PAC-
The Monday Night Messiah is not at all concerned with facing PAC in the first round. In fact, he is gloating about drawing the #1 overall seed in the tournament before his match, not paying any attention to PAC. He announces that with Murphy in the same side of the bracket as him, and he has to do is beat PAC along with a Murphy victory to ensure he continues on to the Sweet 16. Rollins is clearly overmatched in his encounter with a motivated PAC, who hits the Black Arrow towards the end of the match. Rollins is saved by AOP when they drag him out of the ring preventing the 3 count. While the referee ejects AOP, Buddy Murphy runs in from the crowd and delivers an enziguri on the ring apron to PAC. This staggers PAC into a Curb Stomp from Seth Rollins who covers him and picks up a very, very narrow first round win.
WINNER: SETH ROLLINS
8 Juice Robinson vs. 9 Buddy Murphy-
Buddy Murphy remains in the ring awaiting his opponent for the first round, former IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson. Both men have very important self-set goals for this tournament; Murphy needs to win to ensure Rollins' advancement to the Sweet 16, and Robinson wants to prove to the WWE that they dropped the ball with him in NXT. A brilliant encounter comes to an end when Seth Rollins tries to help Murphy cheat to win. PAC comes out and brutalizes Rollins from behind with a chair, distracting Murphy long enough for Juice to hit the Juice is Loose and pin Murphy for the win. After the match, PAC destroys Murphy in front of Rollins who can only helplessly look on. Rollins knows now he has to go at it without his most trusted disciple to advance further in the tournament.
WINNER: JUICE ROBINSON
4 Jay Lethal vs. 13 Rusev-
This is a pure matchup of speed vs. power. Lethal floats around the ring to avoid Rusev who constantly tries to over power and dominate the former ROH World Champion. The announcers play up the big match experience that Lethal has over Rusev, being a 2-time World Champion in Ring of Honor while Rusev has only competed in 1 singles world championship match. The match slowly turns into Rusev showing more speed and agility while Lethal shows more power, which leads to him powering out of the Accolade and setting up Rusev for a Lethal Injection and the 3-count. Lethal and Rusev shake hands after the match in a nice change of pace in sportsmanship after the first few matches we've witnessed.
WINNER: JAY LETHAL
5 Jon Moxley vs. 12 Brian Cage-
Jon Moxley is asked before his first round match what he thinks about the seed he got for this tournament. Moxley says of course he's unhappy with it, but he's been overlooked and doubted for years. Now, he's got the AEW World Championship, and he isn't going to let a bad draw seed-wise stop him from proving he's the best professional wrestler in the world. Moxley has not overlooked his opponent Brian Cage, but Cage dominates a good portion of this encounter, proving just how much of a threat Moxley is under here in the first round. Brian Cage is able to hit the Drill Claw, but Jon Moxley just barely kicks out at 2 and a half. Moxley finally connects with a Paradigm Shift out of no where, but Cage staggers to his feet in a shot of adrenaline. Moxley needs another Paradigm Shift in order to put away a very game Brian Cage. The AEW World Champion went through hell and back to knock off Cage, and now he has a date with Jay Lethal in the 2nd round.
WINNER: JON MOXLEY
3 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. 14 R-Truth-
This is more or less a comedy match built into the tournament, as R-Truth explains backstage that he has no idea how he got into the tournament, but he might as well win. A confused Tanahashi plays along to the clueless Truth, and the confusion allows R-Truth to get some John Cena-esque offense in to the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. R-Truth goes for an AA but Tanahashi has finally had enough and drops the 25-time (or however many) 48/7 7 Eleven European Television Champion and follows up with a frog splash off the top rope to claim victory over R-Truth.
WNNER: HIROSHI TANAHASHI
6 Kento Miyahara vs. 11 Nick Aldis-
Aldis is out to defend the legacy of the NWA Heavyweight Championship that he has fought valiantly to reestablish over the last few years of his career. He sees no better way to do that than to prove the doubters wrong and win the tournament as an 11 seed. After a classic match between him and Kento, Nick rolls him up in a small package for the first upset of the tournament. Aldis' next opponent is one of Japan's greatest, but he finds a big win over Kento Miyahara in round 1.
WINNER: NICK ALDIS
7 Tetsuya Naito vs. 10 Kevin Owens-
Naito has enjoyed much success recently as he is the current holder of both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships in New Japan. Kevin Owens on the other hand has had lots of turmoil and turbulence over the last few months with Seth Rollins and his disciples in his way. Naito seems more complacent heading into his first round match, but Owens visibly is more motivated and at a times desperate to achieve a win. Owens takes Naito to his limit, and shockingly connects with a Stunner and pins the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion to advance to Round 2. Kevin offers a handshake to Naito, and Naito is definitely dejected and frustrated with his performance. Naito instead offers a fist bump to Owens who accepts. Naito exits the ring to allow Owens to celebrate his big time victory.
WINNER: KEVIN OWENS
2 Kenny Omega vs. 15 Dragon Lee-
Kenny Omega gets a 2 seed in this tournament, and he has all the pop and circumstance that comes with it. Omega says before his match that he cannot lose focus on what's in front of him. If he wants the dream matches that lie ahead in further rounds, he has to defeat a very game Dragon Lee. Lee proves exactly what Omega said, that he is a game opponent. Omega struggles to connect with the One-Winged Angel all match long, leaving the door open many times for Dragon Lee to win. However, Omega is too much for Lee to handle, and Omega wins after hitting a devastating V-Trigger out of nowhere. As Omega celebrates in the ring, Kevin Owens comes out from the back. Owens gets right in Omega's face as the first round show comes to an end, signaling the dream match to come in Round 2.
WINNER: KENNY OMEGA
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So that's the first round in the WWE Region. Up next will be the New Japan Pro Wrestling Region First Round featuring top seed Kofi Kingston, Kazuchika Okada, Jay White, and more. Let me know your thoughts on competition so far and what you expect to happen in the rest of the tournament's opening round!
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2020.01.02 13:51 Heerokun [Tokyo Joshi Event Information] Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’20 Kourakuen show 1/4/2020 Kourakuen Hall + a few helpful tips for those attending live


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Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling will air its big 1/4 Kourakuen Hall show live.
Those with DDT Universe can watch the show here.
Opening bell for the event is 11:30 am on Saturday January 4th in Japan. That's 9:30 pm Friday night January 3rd Eastern US time and 6:30 pm Friday January 3rd Pacific. (I believe it’s 2:30 am Saturday, January 4th in the U.K.)
If you are new to Tokyo Joshi and would like to know more about the promotion you can check out my "Beginner's guide to Tokyo Joshi"
Special notes to foreign visitors attending the show at the end

1/4 card & notes:
Main Event – Princess of Princess Championship match


Undercard:



notes


Also if you just want to follow along on Twitter, search for #tjpw

For foreigners attending the show:
So, I don’t normally write this but since there’s going to be a ton of people from other countries in over the New Year, I thought I should make a few notes just in case.
First. There is a special Tokyo Joshi event at Basement MON STAR in Oji area on 1/3. This event is primarily a press event and will consist of interviews and contract signings for the various title matches but may include up to 3 live matches and some perfomances. If you have already bought a ticket to 1/4 you are able to get into this event for free if you show it to the staff. Otherwise you have to pay the entrance fee. The idea of this event is to try to alleviate some of the congestion in the merch area on 1/4 and give fans a bit more time and access with the Tokyo Joshi wrestlers (generally guest performers are not at this event). It also gives first access to a lot of the merchandise available on 1/4.
Next. If you have a DDT Universe membership. Have it ready. Either screen cap it or have it pulled up on your web browser ready to go if you have internet. It’s the profile page that has your name and member number on it. Most shows Universe members get early entry into the show so if you get in super early, go to the front desk and show your ticket and your ID, they will stamp it and you can go into an early entry line. If you miss it you’ll have to just jump in the regular entry line. Also currently Shoko has created Stickers of herself, Miyu and Yuka which you can get if you show your membership at the front desk before the show. You get a sealed envelope with one of the stickers inside. Some stickers are signed.
About merch. Each wrestler has their own area. Find their portraits and that’s where they’ll eventually be. If they rearrange the tables, just follow the portraits. That said, in Kourakuen they also usually have pictures posted of the wrestlers on the wall above where the wrestler will be. So look out for those. There is also a general merch table where you can buy show posters, Tokyo Joshi T-shirts and other various good. This is where you buy the tickets for pictures with the wrestler (2 shot). You can choose to either take the picture as a Polaroid or on your camera. If you choose the Polaroid you can get it signed. If you buy a portrait you are allowed to take one picture of the performer by themselves. For 2 shots they have a limited supply for each wrestler so getting them before the show starts is best. Once they start calling a wrestler for 2 shots they will take the tickets for that wrestler away. So if you didn’t manage to get them beforehand or at intermission, get them first thing after the show. Keep the ticket safe cause if you lose it you’re screwed. They will start taking the two shots soon after the show finishes. So listen very carefully for names called out at the show, if you hear the name you want, go to the 2 shot area and line up. If you miss them you have to wait until they’re done with everything to get the shot taken. When in doubt, find the 2 shot area and wait near it until you get everyone you need. They do two wrestlers at a time. The lines move pretty quickly luckily. It’s a get in, take the picture, shake hands and say thank you kind of system. You can then line up in the portrait lines to get your stuff signed. You’ll have a small amount of time to talk to the wrestlers at that point. They have announced the schedule for the 2 shots for 1/4. It goes as follows

Line A Line B
1 Marika Kobashi Himawari Unagi
2 Sena Shiori Natsumi Maki
3 Mizuki Neko Haruna
4 Suzume Hyper Misao
5 Mahiro Kiryu Saki Akai
6 Shoko Nakajima Harajuku Pom
7 Yuki Kamifuku Mina Shirakawa
8 Yuna Manase Thunder Rosa
9 Sayuri Nanba Mirai Maiumi
10 Maki Ito Tenma Nodoka
11 Rika Tatsumi Yuki Aino
12 Miyu Yamashita Yuka Sakazaki

Special note, the Up Up Girls have a slightly different system. They have a table all to themselves. Buying merchandise from them (except 2 shots) gives you tickets. You can use a ticket to have them sign something that you’ve bought or you can use 2 tickets to get a group shot with yourself and all 3 of them. If you buy portraits you are not allowed to take photo of that Up Up Girl as the rest. Instead you have to buy the two shot tickets and just take a photo of them alone (yeah, I don’t care for it but I’m not in charge.)
No matter what company you see, signings and photos at Kourakuen are madness. So expect to be pushed, shoved and squeezed. Be polite, go slowly, say “sumimasen (phonetically: soo-mee-mah-sen)” a lot but get to where you need to go. Also, absolutely don’t over-extend yourself. Expect to get no more than 5 signatures at 1/4 especially if you need to be somewhere else for another show afterwards. It’s even better to just shoot for 2 or 3. Yuka, Mizuki, Rika and Natsumi are generally the most popular so if you’re not first in line for them you should probably expect to get them near the end. The new rookie Sena and Sareee will probably be popular too.
These are probably the most important things to know for basic navigation of the show. If you have any questions or perhaps important information you think I missed, please feel free to comment.
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2020.01.02 13:50 Heerokun [Tokyo Joshi Event Information] Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’20 Kourakuen show 1/4/2020 Kourakuen Hall + a few helpful tips for those attending live

[Tokyo Joshi Event Information] Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’20 Kourakuen show 1/4/2020 Kourakuen Hall + a few helpful tips for those attending live

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Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling will air its big 1/4 Kourakuen Hall show live.
Those with DDT Universe can watch the show here.
Opening bell for the event is 11:30 am on Saturday January 4th in Japan. That's 9:30 pm Friday night January 3rd Eastern US time and 6:30 pm Friday January 3rd Pacific. (I believe it’s 2:30 am Saturday, January 4th in the U.K.)
If you are new to Tokyo Joshi and would like to know more about the promotion you can check out my "Beginner's guide to Tokyo Joshi"

Special notes to foreign visitors attending the show at the end

1/4 card & notes:
Main Event – Princess of Princess Championship match

  • Yuka Sakazaki (Champion) VS Miyu Yamashita (challenger)

Undercard:

  • Princess Tag Championship match - Hakuchumu (Rika Tatsumaki & Miu Watanabe) (Champions) VS Bakuretsu Sisters (Tenma Nodoka & Yuki Aino) (challengers)
  • International Princess Championship match – Maki Itoh (Champion) VS Hikari Noa (challenger)
  • Special international singles match - Mizuki VS Thunder Rosa
  • Special Natsumi Maki return singles match - Natsumi Maki VS Sareee
  • Tag match – Aja Kong, Raku & Harajuku Pom VS Yuna Manase, Mina Shirakawa & Mirai Maumi
  • Special singles match – Yuki Kamifuku VS Saki Akai
  • Special “Hyper Misao returns!” match (Loser must change their name for 1 month) - Hyper Misao VS Shoko Nakajima
  • Sena Shiori debut tag match – Sena Shiori & Mahiro Kiryu VS Neko Haruna & Suzume


notes


  • Tokyo Joshi returns to Kourakuen Hall. This is generally considered as Kourakuen anniversary and their biggest show of the year. The card has 9 scheduled matches and will be main evented by Yuka Sakazaki defending the Puripuri belt against former champion Miyu Yamashita.
  • Miyu Yamashita is the Ace of Tokyo Joshi and former two-time Puripuri champ. She has been with the promotion since its inception and main event singles matches are her bread and butter. She wants to begin her third reign as champion and though she feels a little bad about leaving Yuka with another defenseless run as champion, she plans on running through Yuka to do it. Yuka does not enjoy dealing with Miyu in singles matches. She considers it a pain in the ass and often more trouble than it’s worth to fight her. Of their 7 singles confrontations to date, she has won only once. Because of this it took a great deal of coaxing (usually with food) on the part of Miyu to get Yuka to fully agree to the match. But make no mistake, now that Yuka is invested in the match, she has no intention of losing and will throw everything she has at Miyu. Expect to see Yuka’s chaotic side go full-bore in this match. Yuka has never been above using weapons, dirty tactics, misdirection and other means to get a win, especially in a big match such as this. Combine that with her powerful offense, speed and high flying and she will be a force. Miyu will likely go in as she always does with furious kicks and power moves to try and take the champ down. The crowd will likely be split for this match and will likely be very hot. Easily the potential match of the show.
  • Hakuchumu (or Daydream if you prefer) will also have their first defense of the tag belts on this show. They will face the Bakuretsu Sisters. The real life sister wrestling duo of Tenma Nodoka and Yuki Aino. This will be the sisters’ 3rd attempt to win the titles (prior challenges against MajiRabi & NEO-Biishikigun). The match was set after Yuki was able to defeat Miu in a singles match-up back in November. Yuki, who is the younger sister and always following along in Nodoka’s wake, has been getting stronger and stronger as of late. She was confident enough after the singles win to make the challenge for the titles of her own accord. Nodoka backed her play 100%. Miu, Yuki’s in-ring senior by only months wants to prove herself as well. Yuki and Nodoka have a great tag team and are completely in synch with great tandem offense. Each can often instinctively know what the other will do making them a real threat to take the belts. On the champion’s side, while Rika is the most experienced competitor in the match up, Rika and Miu have only been tagging on and off since Spring. The are strong and offer a good balance with Rika’s technical prowess and Miu’s power based offense but the team was primarily formed to take down NEO-Biishikigun and have had little experience facing other teams. It will be interesting to see if they can overcome their shortcomings and defend the titles at Kourakuen or if Nodoka can capture gold on her 4th wrestle-versary.
  • Hikari has challenged Maki Itoh for her International Princess title. This will be Hikari’s first challenge for a singles championship as well as Maki’s second defense of the belt. Natsumi Maki was the first person to hold the International belt and unfortunately lost the belt during a match where she was injured in September. Natsumi is Hikari’s mentor, friend and current tag team partner. Hikari has made the challenge because she wants to be the person holding the belt for when Natsumi challenges again. Maki isn’t much for sentimentalism unless she’s the one doing it so she plans to shove a big wrench into Hikari’s plan. Both of these competitors will likely have similar end games but with slightly different strategies. Hikari’s general style is to wear down and disorient opponents with chokes, submissions and dropkicks until they are just too beaten down to escape her Uranage or too damaged to hold out in a submission. Maki will envoke similar methods but will use more headbutts, punches and slams. She will ultimately be trying to capture Hikari in a Boston crab or her variation on the Texas Cloverleaf coined “The Itoh Special.” Expect this match to be hard hitting but probably brief as both Hikari and Maki will step on the gas early.
  • In an international match-up Mizuki is set to face a returning Thunder Rosa. Thunder Rosa was last seen in Tokyo Joshi last may when she challenged then champion Shoko Nakajima in a losing effort for the PuriPuri title. Since then she has been working to establish herself in the MMA scene as well as holding a prominent role within the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Rosa will hold only a 1 inch height advantage in the match-up however she will have a 25-30 pound weight advantage on the lithe Mizuki. This can give Rosa a huge advantage as she is quite strong and can put greater emphasis on slams and other offense throughout the match. Mizuki will have to try to avoid these things as best she can. However, Rosa also needs to be wary of getting overconfident. Mizuki is well known as an excellent counter wrestler. She not only has the ability to reverse or escape from holds she’s seen before, she’s also proficient at developing countermeasures on the fly for new offense. If Rosa attempts something more than one or two times, Mizuki will likely be able to adapt and turn it to her advantage. Many of Mizuki’s signatures and finishing techniques can also be applied from a defensive position. Rosa must be wary.
  • Natsumi Maki makes a shockingly speedy return after being sidelined with a knee injury that has kept her out since September. She announced her return at the 12/22 Tokyo Joshi show with a gymnastics display to prove her knee was recovered and sturdy. An even greater shock was the match that was announced as her return. Natsumi Maki VS SAREEE is a match a long time in the making. Their last singles match was very early in Natsumi’s career back in 2016. I believe Natsumi and Sareee met during Natsumi’s ActWresGirlz days. Various wrestlers would come in to work ActWresGirlz shows and Natsumi would work a variety of promotions at that time one of which was Sareee’s home promotion of Diana. The two became good friends and can often be seen together. While Natsumi was injured Sareee would regularly check on her and hang out with her. It was originally planned that Natsumi would wrestler on Sareee’s self-produced Kourakuen show but because of her injury she could not. However Sareee still wanted her there so Natsumi ended up as the ring announcer for the show. These two have a strong bond but neither likes to lose so this match should be exciting. Sareee was considered one of the hottest and best wrestlers in Japan during 2019 and will want to continue that momentum into 2020. Natsumi of course would love to be known as the woman who beats one of 2019’s best wrestlers on her first day back from injury.
  • In a 6-woman tag, Yuna, Mina and Mirai will face off against the truly wild combination of Raku, Pom and AJA KONG! I’m not completely sure what to expect from this match but I think Yuna’s team will attempt to go into the match with an isolation strategy. Their best chance of winning comes from keeping Aja out of the match. For Raku, Pom and Aja, I think there’s really just one thing fans want to see: Aja Kong assisting with an “Oyasumi Express”
  • Kamiyu VS Saki Akai is going to be lots of legs. Kamiyu has lots of respect for Saki both as a model and a wrestler. Because of their similar figures Kamiyu believes that she can do more because of the things that Saki has accomplished and now she wants to test her abilities with Saki in a singles match. Saki Akai rarely shows up in Tokyo Joshi and the last time she made an appearance was at the last 1/4 show. However, in all her appearances she has never been beaten so if Kamiyu can take her down it would be considered a major accolade. Kamiyu will not have her usual height advantage in this match so it will be interesting to see how she adapts. She will be looking to avoid Saki’s finisher Quetzal Coatl as well as her diving crossbody and big boots. She likely wants to come out of the gate hot and hope for a flash pin early. Good luck Kamiyu.
  • Hyper Misao will return on 1/4 in Kourakuen Hall. Tokyo Joshi’s defender of love and peace was able to defeat the dark energy that had enveloped her body and realized that that 2019 was lacking in heroes. To that end she left her spirit and time chamber for a short time to announce her plans to make Shoko into a hero after she defeats her at 1/4. The great kaiju Shoko has no intention of becoming a lowly hero but also realized that while she may have to turn into a hero, Misao has nothing on the line so Shoko declared that Misao must adopt a Kaiju style name or go by her real name is she is defeated. The two agreed that changing their names forever was unacceptable so the loser must change their name for one month after the match. Misao has agreed to letting Shoko think of one more stipulation to the match that has yet to be revealed, making it difficult to know what kind of match we will see. However, whatever it ends up being I know it will be nothing if not entertaining.
  • Sena Shiori will at last make her debut at Kourakuen Hall on 1/4. She is the last of her class which also included Mirai Maumi and Suzume. She will team with Mahiro against Neko Haruna and her friend and wrestling classmate Suzume. What kind of match will we see from Sena in her debut?
  • Marika Kobashi, now accepted into university, has begun training again. She has posted videos of her back at weight training as well as training in kickboxing. She noted that while she plans to enjoy the rest of her days as a high school student feely but will be starting her training again to prepare for a return in spring. Congratulations Marika and we’re excited for your return!.
  • Himawari Unagi suffered an unfortunate but major elbow injury at the 10/5 show. She has undergone surgery and is healing. She is still attending shows and you may be able to catch her in the corner of the screen in some shots watching the shows. She bought a high end brace and has been using it. She reportedly still has difficulties doing activities such as washing her hair but otherwise seems to be doing well. Her return date is currently unknown but I would put initial return projections around spring/summer of 2020.
  • Tokyo Joshi currently has 2 more known trainees that will likely make her debut sometime in the near future.
  • Yumi has announced that she will take a leave of absence from Tokyo Joshi to focus on studying for her high school entrance exams. High school exams are a very important part of Junior high school life and most of their remaining days in school are devoted to them. Return projections are tricky due to test date variation and could be as early as January or as late as April. Regardless, let’s wish Yumi good luck in her studies.
  • In other news announced from Tokyo Joshi is that they will have an international show in Florida on April 2nd as part of the wrestling festivities that take place over WrestleMania weekend. The current plan is a show with a mixture of 12 to 14 Tokyo Joshi members along with talent from America and Europe likely mixed in. An offer match from DDT is also a planned part of the card. Tokyo Joshi is currently looking at a seating arrangement to fit around 600 fans.
  • A Shoko Nakajima Photobook titled “Piñata” and DVD “Big Kaiju in Mexico” have been announced. The release will coincide with Tokyo Joshi’s 1/4 festivities.
  • Up Up girls have announced that they will now have separate attire for Idol events and wrestling events. Their new Idol gear will be debuted at an event on 1/2. They will have new wrestling gear for 1/4.
  • Kamiyu and Yuna have also announced new gear for 1/4. While this is just my own feeling. I would also expect new gear from a number of other girls as this is considered their biggest show of the year. I know that Sena will have purple ring gear with green accents.
Also if you just want to follow along on Twitter, search for #tjpw

For foreigners attending the show:
So, I don’t normally write this but since there’s going to be a ton of people from other countries in over the New Year, I thought I should make a few notes just in case.
First. There is a special Tokyo Joshi event at Basement MON STAR in Oji area on 1/3. This event is primarily a press event and will consist of interviews and contract signings for the various title matches but may include up to 3 live matches and some perfomances. If you have already bought a ticket to 1/4 you are able to get into this event for free if you show it to the staff. Otherwise you have to pay the entrance fee. The idea of this event is to try to alleviate some of the congestion in the merch area on 1/4 and give fans a bit more time and access with the Tokyo Joshi wrestlers (generally guest performers are not at this event). It also gives first access to a lot of the merchandise available on 1/4.
Next. If you have a DDT Universe membership. Have it ready. Either screen cap it or have it pulled up on your web browser ready to go if you have internet. It’s the profile page that has your name and member number on it. Most shows Universe members get early entry into the show so if you get in super early, go to the front desk and show your ticket and your ID, they will stamp it and you can go into an early entry line. If you miss it you’ll have to just jump in the regular entry line. Also currently Shoko has created Stickers of herself, Miyu and Yuka which you can get if you show your membership at the front desk before the show. You get a sealed envelope with one of the stickers inside. Some stickers are signed.
About merch. Each wrestler has their own area. Find their portraits and that’s where they’ll eventually be. If they rearrange the tables, just follow the portraits. That said, in Kourakuen they also usually have pictures posted of the wrestlers on the wall above where the wrestler will be. So look out for those. There is also a general merch table where you can buy show posters, Tokyo Joshi T-shirts and other various good. This is where you buy the tickets for pictures with the wrestler (2 shot). You can choose to either take the picture as a Polaroid or on your camera. If you choose the Polaroid you can get it signed. If you buy a portrait you are allowed to take one picture of the performer by themselves. For 2 shots they have a limited supply for each wrestler so getting them before the show starts is best. Once they start calling a wrestler for 2 shots they will take the tickets for that wrestler away. So if you didn’t manage to get them beforehand or at intermission, get them first thing after the show. Keep the ticket safe cause if you lose it you’re screwed. They will start taking the two shots soon after the show finishes. So listen very carefully for names called out at the show, if you hear the name you want, go to the 2 shot area and line up. If you miss them you have to wait until they’re done with everything to get the shot taken. When in doubt, find the 2 shot area and wait near it until you get everyone you need. They do two wrestlers at a time. The lines move pretty quickly luckily. It’s a get in, take the picture, shake hands and say thank you kind of system. You can then line up in the portrait lines to get your stuff signed. You’ll have a small amount of time to talk to the wrestlers at that point. They have announced the schedule for the 2 shots for 1/4. It goes as follows

Line A Line B
1 Marika Kobashi Himawari Unagi
2 Sena Shiori Natsumi Maki
3 Mizuki Neko Haruna
4 Suzume Hyper Misao
5 Mahiro Kiryu Saki Akai
6 Shoko Nakajima Harajuku Pom
7 Yuki Kamifuku Mina Shirakawa
8 Yuna Manase Thunder Rosa
9 Sayuri Nanba Mirai Maiumi
10 Maki Ito Tenma Nodoka
11 Rika Tatsumi Yuki Aino
12 Miyu Yamashita Yuka Sakazaki

Special note, the Up Up Girls have a slightly different system. They have a table all to themselves. Buying merchandise from them (except 2 shots) gives you tickets. You can use a ticket to have them sign something that you’ve bought or you can use 2 tickets to get a group shot with yourself and all 3 of them. If you buy portraits you are not allowed to take photo of that Up Up Girl as the rest. Instead you have to buy the two shot tickets and just take a photo of them alone (yeah, I don’t care for it but I’m not in charge.)
No matter what company you see, signings and photos at Kourakuen are madness. So expect to be pushed, shoved and squeezed. Be polite, go slowly, say “sumimasen (phonetically: soo-mee-mah-sen)” a lot but get to where you need to go. Also, absolutely don’t over-extend yourself. Expect to get no more than 5 signatures at 1/4 especially if you need to be somewhere else for another show afterwards. It’s even better to just shoot for 2 or 3. Yuka, Mizuki, Rika and Natsumi are generally the most popular so if you’re not first in line for them you should probably expect to get them near the end. The new rookie Sena and Sareee will probably be popular too.
These are probably the most important things to know for basic navigation of the show. If you have any questions or perhaps important information you think I missed, please feel free to comment.
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2020.01.02 13:50 Heerokun [Tokyo Joshi Event Information] Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’20 Kourakuen show 1/4/2020 Kourakuen Hall + a few helpful tips for those attending live

[Tokyo Joshi Event Information] Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’20 Kourakuen show 1/4/2020 Kourakuen Hall + a few helpful tips for those attending live

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Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling will air its big 1/4 Kourakuen Hall show live.
Those with DDT Universe can watch the show here.
Opening bell for the event is 11:30 am on Saturday January 4th in Japan. That's 9:30 pm Friday night January 3rd Eastern US time and 6:30 pm Friday January 3rd Pacific. (I believe it’s 2:30 am Saturday, January 4th in the U.K.)
If you are new to Tokyo Joshi and would like to know more about the promotion you can check out my "Beginner's guide to Tokyo Joshi"

Special notes to foreign visitors attending the show at the end

1/4 card & notes:
Main Event – Princess of Princess Championship match

  • Yuka Sakazaki (Champion) VS Miyu Yamashita (challenger)

Undercard:

  • Princess Tag Championship match - Hakuchumu (Rika Tatsumaki & Miu Watanabe) (Champions) VS Bakuretsu Sisters (Tenma Nodoka & Yuki Aino) (challengers)
  • International Princess Championship match – Maki Itoh (Champion) VS Hikari Noa (challenger)
  • Special international singles match - Mizuki VS Thunder Rosa
  • Special Natsumi Maki return singles match - Natsumi Maki VS Sareee
  • Tag match – Aja Kong, Raku & Harajuku Pom VS Yuna Manase, Mina Shirakawa & Mirai Maumi
  • Special singles match – Yuki Kamifuku VS Saki Akai
  • Special “Hyper Misao returns!” match (Loser must change their name for 1 month) - Hyper Misao VS Shoko Nakajima
  • Sena Shiori debut tag match – Sena Shiori & Mahiro Kiryu VS Neko Haruna & Suzume


notes


  • Tokyo Joshi returns to Kourakuen Hall. This is generally considered as Kourakuen anniversary and their biggest show of the year. The card has 9 scheduled matches and will be main evented by Yuka Sakazaki defending the Puripuri belt against former champion Miyu Yamashita.
  • Miyu Yamashita is the Ace of Tokyo Joshi and former two-time Puripuri champ. She has been with the promotion since its inception and main event singles matches are her bread and butter. She wants to begin her third reign as champion and though she feels a little bad about leaving Yuka with another defenseless run as champion, she plans on running through Yuka to do it. Yuka does not enjoy dealing with Miyu in singles matches. She considers it a pain in the ass and often more trouble than it’s worth to fight her. Of their 7 singles confrontations to date, she has won only once. Because of this it took a great deal of coaxing (usually with food) on the part of Miyu to get Yuka to fully agree to the match. But make no mistake, now that Yuka is invested in the match, she has no intention of losing and will throw everything she has at Miyu. Expect to see Yuka’s chaotic side go full-bore in this match. Yuka has never been above using weapons, dirty tactics, misdirection and other means to get a win, especially in a big match such as this. Combine that with her powerful offense, speed and high flying and she will be a force. Miyu will likely go in as she always does with furious kicks and power moves to try and take the champ down. The crowd will likely be split for this match and will likely be very hot. Easily the potential match of the show.
  • Hakuchumu (or Daydream if you prefer) will also have their first defense of the tag belts on this show. They will face the Bakuretsu Sisters. The real life sister wrestling duo of Tenma Nodoka and Yuki Aino. This will be the sisters’ 3rd attempt to win the titles (prior challenges against MajiRabi & NEO-Biishikigun). The match was set after Yuki was able to defeat Miu in a singles match-up back in November. Yuki, who is the younger sister and always following along in Nodoka’s wake, has been getting stronger and stronger as of late. She was confident enough after the singles win to make the challenge for the titles of her own accord. Nodoka backed her play 100%. Miu, Yuki’s in-ring senior by only months wants to prove herself as well. Yuki and Nodoka have a great tag team and are completely in synch with great tandem offense. Each can often instinctively know what the other will do making them a real threat to take the belts. On the champion’s side, while Rika is the most experienced competitor in the match up, Rika and Miu have only been tagging on and off since Spring. The are strong and offer a good balance with Rika’s technical prowess and Miu’s power based offense but the team was primarily formed to take down NEO-Biishikigun and have had little experience facing other teams. It will be interesting to see if they can overcome their shortcomings and defend the titles at Kourakuen or if Nodoka can capture gold on her 4th wrestle-versary.
  • Hikari has challenged Maki Itoh for her International Princess title. This will be Hikari’s first challenge for a singles championship as well as Maki’s second defense of the belt. Natsumi Maki was the first person to hold the International belt and unfortunately lost the belt during a match where she was injured in September. Natsumi is Hikari’s mentor, friend and current tag team partner. Hikari has made the challenge because she wants to be the person holding the belt for when Natsumi challenges again. Maki isn’t much for sentimentalism unless she’s the one doing it so she plans to shove a big wrench into Hikari’s plan. Both of these competitors will likely have similar end games but with slightly different strategies. Hikari’s general style is to wear down and disorient opponents with chokes, submissions and dropkicks until they are just too beaten down to escape her Uranage or too damaged to hold out in a submission. Maki will envoke similar methods but will use more headbutts, punches and slams. She will ultimately be trying to capture Hikari in a Boston crab or her variation on the Texas Cloverleaf coined “The Itoh Special.” Expect this match to be hard hitting but probably brief as both Hikari and Maki will step on the gas early.
  • In an international match-up Mizuki is set to face a returning Thunder Rosa. Thunder Rosa was last seen in Tokyo Joshi last may when she challenged then champion Shoko Nakajima in a losing effort for the PuriPuri title. Since then she has been working to establish herself in the MMA scene as well as holding a prominent role within the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Rosa will hold only a 1 inch height advantage in the match-up however she will have a 25-30 pound weight advantage on the lithe Mizuki. This can give Rosa a huge advantage as she is quite strong and can put greater emphasis on slams and other offense throughout the match. Mizuki will have to try to avoid these things as best she can. However, Rosa also needs to be wary of getting overconfident. Mizuki is well known as an excellent counter wrestler. She not only has the ability to reverse or escape from holds she’s seen before, she’s also proficient at developing countermeasures on the fly for new offense. If Rosa attempts something more than one or two times, Mizuki will likely be able to adapt and turn it to her advantage. Many of Mizuki’s signatures and finishing techniques can also be applied from a defensive position. Rosa must be wary.
  • Natsumi Maki makes a shockingly speedy return after being sidelined with a knee injury that has kept her out since September. She announced her return at the 12/22 Tokyo Joshi show with a gymnastics display to prove her knee was recovered and sturdy. An even greater shock was the match that was announced as her return. Natsumi Maki VS SAREEE is a match a long time in the making. Their last singles match was very early in Natsumi’s career back in 2016. I believe Natsumi and Sareee met during Natsumi’s ActWresGirlz days. Various wrestlers would come in to work ActWresGirlz shows and Natsumi would work a variety of promotions at that time one of which was Sareee’s home promotion of Diana. The two became good friends and can often be seen together. While Natsumi was injured Sareee would regularly check on her and hang out with her. It was originally planned that Natsumi would wrestler on Sareee’s self-produced Kourakuen show but because of her injury she could not. However Sareee still wanted her there so Natsumi ended up as the ring announcer for the show. These two have a strong bond but neither likes to lose so this match should be exciting. Sareee was considered one of the hottest and best wrestlers in Japan during 2019 and will want to continue that momentum into 2020. Natsumi of course would love to be known as the woman who beats one of 2019’s best wrestlers on her first day back from injury.
  • In a 6-woman tag, Yuna, Mina and Mirai will face off against the truly wild combination of Raku, Pom and AJA KONG! I’m not completely sure what to expect from this match but I think Yuna’s team will attempt to go into the match with an isolation strategy. Their best chance of winning comes from keeping Aja out of the match. For Raku, Pom and Aja, I think there’s really just one thing fans want to see: Aja Kong assisting with an “Oyasumi Express”
  • Kamiyu VS Saki Akai is going to be lots of legs. Kamiyu has lots of respect for Saki both as a model and a wrestler. Because of their similar figures Kamiyu believes that she can do more because of the things that Saki has accomplished and now she wants to test her abilities with Saki in a singles match. Saki Akai rarely shows up in Tokyo Joshi and the last time she made an appearance was at the last 1/4 show. However, in all her appearances she has never been beaten so if Kamiyu can take her down it would be considered a major accolade. Kamiyu will not have her usual height advantage in this match so it will be interesting to see how she adapts. She will be looking to avoid Saki’s finisher Quetzal Coatl as well as her diving crossbody and big boots. She likely wants to come out of the gate hot and hope for a flash pin early. Good luck Kamiyu.
  • Hyper Misao will return on 1/4 in Kourakuen Hall. Tokyo Joshi’s defender of love and peace was able to defeat the dark energy that had enveloped her body and realized that that 2019 was lacking in heroes. To that end she left her spirit and time chamber for a short time to announce her plans to make Shoko into a hero after she defeats her at 1/4. The great kaiju Shoko has no intention of becoming a lowly hero but also realized that while she may have to turn into a hero, Misao has nothing on the line so Shoko declared that Misao must adopt a Kaiju style name or go by her real name is she is defeated. The two agreed that changing their names forever was unacceptable so the loser must change their name for one month after the match. Misao has agreed to letting Shoko think of one more stipulation to the match that has yet to be revealed, making it difficult to know what kind of match we will see. However, whatever it ends up being I know it will be nothing if not entertaining.
  • Sena Shiori will at last make her debut at Kourakuen Hall on 1/4. She is the last of her class which also included Mirai Maumi and Suzume. She will team with Mahiro against Neko Haruna and her friend and wrestling classmate Suzume. What kind of match will we see from Sena in her debut?
  • Marika Kobashi, now accepted into university, has begun training again. She has posted videos of her back at weight training as well as training in kickboxing. She noted that while she plans to enjoy the rest of her days as a high school student feely but will be starting her training again to prepare for a return in spring. Congratulations Marika and we’re excited for your return!.
  • Himawari Unagi suffered an unfortunate but major elbow injury at the 10/5 show. She has undergone surgery and is healing. She is still attending shows and you may be able to catch her in the corner of the screen in some shots watching the shows. She bought a high end brace and has been using it. She reportedly still has difficulties doing activities such as washing her hair but otherwise seems to be doing well. Her return date is currently unknown but I would put initial return projections around spring/summer of 2020.
  • Tokyo Joshi currently has 2 more known trainees that will likely make her debut sometime in the near future.
  • Yumi has announced that she will take a leave of absence from Tokyo Joshi to focus on studying for her high school entrance exams. High school exams are a very important part of Junior high school life and most of their remaining days in school are devoted to them. Return projections are tricky due to test date variation and could be as early as January or as late as April. Regardless, let’s wish Yumi good luck in her studies.
  • In other news announced from Tokyo Joshi is that they will have an international show in Florida on April 2nd as part of the wrestling festivities that take place over WrestleMania weekend. The current plan is a show with a mixture of 12 to 14 Tokyo Joshi members along with talent from America and Europe likely mixed in. An offer match from DDT is also a planned part of the card. Tokyo Joshi is currently looking at a seating arrangement to fit around 600 fans.
  • A Shoko Nakajima Photobook titled “Piñata” and DVD “Big Kaiju in Mexico” have been announced. The release will coincide with Tokyo Joshi’s 1/4 festivities.
  • Up Up girls have announced that they will now have separate attire for Idol events and wrestling events. Their new Idol gear will be debuted at an event on 1/2. They will have new wrestling gear for 1/4.
  • Kamiyu and Yuna have also announced new gear for 1/4. While this is just my own feeling. I would also expect new gear from a number of other girls as this is considered their biggest show of the year. I know that Sena will have purple ring gear with green accents.
Also if you just want to follow along on Twitter, search for #tjpw

For foreigners attending the show:
So, I don’t normally write this but since there’s going to be a ton of people from other countries in over the New Year, I thought I should make a few notes just in case.
First. There is a special Tokyo Joshi event at Basement MON STAR in Oji area on 1/3. This event is primarily a press event and will consist of interviews and contract signings for the various title matches but may include up to 3 live matches and some perfomances. If you have already bought a ticket to 1/4 you are able to get into this event for free if you show it to the staff. Otherwise you have to pay the entrance fee. The idea of this event is to try to alleviate some of the congestion in the merch area on 1/4 and give fans a bit more time and access with the Tokyo Joshi wrestlers (generally guest performers are not at this event). It also gives first access to a lot of the merchandise available on 1/4.
Next. If you have a DDT Universe membership. Have it ready. Either screen cap it or have it pulled up on your web browser ready to go if you have internet. It’s the profile page that has your name and member number on it. Most shows Universe members get early entry into the show so if you get in super early, go to the front desk and show your ticket and your ID, they will stamp it and you can go into an early entry line. If you miss it you’ll have to just jump in the regular entry line. Also currently Shoko has created Stickers of herself, Miyu and Yuka which you can get if you show your membership at the front desk before the show. You get a sealed envelope with one of the stickers inside. Some stickers are signed.
About merch. Each wrestler has their own area. Find their portraits and that’s where they’ll eventually be. If they rearrange the tables, just follow the portraits. That said, in Kourakuen they also usually have pictures posted of the wrestlers on the wall above where the wrestler will be. So look out for those. There is also a general merch table where you can buy show posters, Tokyo Joshi T-shirts and other various good. This is where you buy the tickets for pictures with the wrestler (2 shot). You can choose to either take the picture as a Polaroid or on your camera. If you choose the Polaroid you can get it signed. If you buy a portrait you are allowed to take one picture of the performer by themselves. For 2 shots they have a limited supply for each wrestler so getting them before the show starts is best. Once they start calling a wrestler for 2 shots they will take the tickets for that wrestler away. So if you didn’t manage to get them beforehand or at intermission, get them first thing after the show. Keep the ticket safe cause if you lose it you’re screwed. They will start taking the two shots soon after the show finishes. So listen very carefully for names called out at the show, if you hear the name you want, go to the 2 shot area and line up. If you miss them you have to wait until they’re done with everything to get the shot taken. When in doubt, find the 2 shot area and wait near it until you get everyone you need. They do two wrestlers at a time. The lines move pretty quickly luckily. It’s a get in, take the picture, shake hands and say thank you kind of system. You can then line up in the portrait lines to get your stuff signed. You’ll have a small amount of time to talk to the wrestlers at that point. They have announced the schedule for the 2 shots for 1/4. It goes as follows

Line A Line B
1 Marika Kobashi Himawari Unagi
2 Sena Shiori Natsumi Maki
3 Mizuki Neko Haruna
4 Suzume Hyper Misao
5 Mahiro Kiryu Saki Akai
6 Shoko Nakajima Harajuku Pom
7 Yuki Kamifuku Mina Shirakawa
8 Yuna Manase Thunder Rosa
9 Sayuri Nanba Mirai Maiumi
10 Maki Ito Tenma Nodoka
11 Rika Tatsumi Yuki Aino
12 Miyu Yamashita Yuka Sakazaki

Special note, the Up Up Girls have a slightly different system. They have a table all to themselves. Buying merchandise from them (except 2 shots) gives you tickets. You can use a ticket to have them sign something that you’ve bought or you can use 2 tickets to get a group shot with yourself and all 3 of them. If you buy portraits you are not allowed to take photo of that Up Up Girl as the rest. Instead you have to buy the two shot tickets and just take a photo of them alone (yeah, I don’t care for it but I’m not in charge.)
No matter what company you see, signings and photos at Kourakuen are madness. So expect to be pushed, shoved and squeezed. Be polite, go slowly, say “sumimasen (phonetically: soo-mee-mah-sen)” a lot but get to where you need to go. Also, absolutely don’t over-extend yourself. Expect to get no more than 5 signatures at 1/4 especially if you need to be somewhere else for another show afterwards. It’s even better to just shoot for 2 or 3. Yuka, Mizuki, Rika and Natsumi are generally the most popular so if you’re not first in line for them you should probably expect to get them near the end. The new rookie Sena and Sareee will probably be popular too.
These are probably the most important things to know for basic navigation of the show. If you have any questions or perhaps important information you think I missed, please feel free to comment.
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2020.01.02 13:50 Heerokun [Tokyo Joshi Event Information] Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’20 Kourakuen show 1/4/2020 Kourakuen Hall + a few helpful tips for those attending live

[Tokyo Joshi Event Information] Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling ’20 Kourakuen show 1/4/2020 Kourakuen Hall + a few helpful tips for those attending live
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Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling will air its big 1/4 Kourakuen Hall show live.
Those with DDT Universe can watch the show here.
Opening bell for the event is 11:30 am on Saturday January 4th in Japan. That's 9:30 pm Friday night January 3rd Eastern US time and 6:30 pm Friday January 3rd Pacific. (I believe it’s 2:30 am Saturday, January 4th in the U.K.)
If you are new to Tokyo Joshi and would like to know more about the promotion you can check out my "Beginner's guide to Tokyo Joshi"

Special notes to foreign visitors attending the show at the end

1/4 card & notes:
Main Event – Princess of Princess Championship match

  • Yuka Sakazaki (Champion) VS Miyu Yamashita (challenger)

Undercard:

  • Princess Tag Championship match - Hakuchumu (Rika Tatsumaki & Miu Watanabe) (Champions) VS Bakuretsu Sisters (Tenma Nodoka & Yuki Aino) (challengers)
  • International Princess Championship match – Maki Itoh (Champion) VS Hikari Noa (challenger)
  • Special international singles match - Mizuki VS Thunder Rosa
  • Special Natsumi Maki return singles match - Natsumi Maki VS Sareee
  • Tag match – Aja Kong, Raku & Harajuku Pom VS Yuna Manase, Mina Shirakawa & Mirai Maumi
  • Special singles match – Yuki Kamifuku VS Saki Akai
  • Special “Hyper Misao returns!” match (Loser must change their name for 1 month) - Hyper Misao VS Shoko Nakajima
  • Sena Shiori debut tag match – Sena Shiori & Mahiro Kiryu VS Neko Haruna & Suzume


notes


  • Tokyo Joshi returns to Kourakuen Hall. This is generally considered as Kourakuen anniversary and their biggest show of the year. The card has 9 scheduled matches and will be main evented by Yuka Sakazaki defending the Puripuri belt against former champion Miyu Yamashita.
  • Miyu Yamashita is the Ace of Tokyo Joshi and former two-time Puripuri champ. She has been with the promotion since its inception and main event singles matches are her bread and butter. She wants to begin her third reign as champion and though she feels a little bad about leaving Yuka with another defenseless run as champion, she plans on running through Yuka to do it. Yuka does not enjoy dealing with Miyu in singles matches. She considers it a pain in the ass and often more trouble than it’s worth to fight her. Of their 7 singles confrontations to date, she has won only once. Because of this it took a great deal of coaxing (usually with food) on the part of Miyu to get Yuka to fully agree to the match. But make no mistake, now that Yuka is invested in the match, she has no intention of losing and will throw everything she has at Miyu. Expect to see Yuka’s chaotic side go full-bore in this match. Yuka has never been above using weapons, dirty tactics, misdirection and other means to get a win, especially in a big match such as this. Combine that with her powerful offense, speed and high flying and she will be a force. Miyu will likely go in as she always does with furious kicks and power moves to try and take the champ down. The crowd will likely be split for this match and will likely be very hot. Easily the potential match of the show.
  • Hakuchumu (or Daydream if you prefer) will also have their first defense of the tag belts on this show. They will face the Bakuretsu Sisters. The real life sister wrestling duo of Tenma Nodoka and Yuki Aino. This will be the sisters’ 3rd attempt to win the titles (prior challenges against MajiRabi & NEO-Biishikigun). The match was set after Yuki was able to defeat Miu in a singles match-up back in November. Yuki, who is the younger sister and always following along in Nodoka’s wake, has been getting stronger and stronger as of late. She was confident enough after the singles win to make the challenge for the titles of her own accord. Nodoka backed her play 100%. Miu, Yuki’s in-ring senior by only months wants to prove herself as well. Yuki and Nodoka have a great tag team and are completely in synch with great tandem offense. Each can often instinctively know what the other will do making them a real threat to take the belts. On the champion’s side, while Rika is the most experienced competitor in the match up, Rika and Miu have only been tagging on and off since Spring. The are strong and offer a good balance with Rika’s technical prowess and Miu’s power based offense but the team was primarily formed to take down NEO-Biishikigun and have had little experience facing other teams. It will be interesting to see if they can overcome their shortcomings and defend the titles at Kourakuen or if Nodoka can capture gold on her 4th wrestle-versary.
  • Hikari has challenged Maki Itoh for her International Princess title. This will be Hikari’s first challenge for a singles championship as well as Maki’s second defense of the belt. Natsumi Maki was the first person to hold the International belt and unfortunately lost the belt during a match where she was injured in September. Natsumi is Hikari’s mentor, friend and current tag team partner. Hikari has made the challenge because she wants to be the person holding the belt for when Natsumi challenges again. Maki isn’t much for sentimentalism unless she’s the one doing it so she plans to shove a big wrench into Hikari’s plan. Both of these competitors will likely have similar end games but with slightly different strategies. Hikari’s general style is to wear down and disorient opponents with chokes, submissions and dropkicks until they are just too beaten down to escape her Uranage or too damaged to hold out in a submission. Maki will envoke similar methods but will use more headbutts, punches and slams. She will ultimately be trying to capture Hikari in a Boston crab or her variation on the Texas Cloverleaf coined “The Itoh Special.” Expect this match to be hard hitting but probably brief as both Hikari and Maki will step on the gas early.
  • In an international match-up Mizuki is set to face a returning Thunder Rosa. Thunder Rosa was last seen in Tokyo Joshi last may when she challenged then champion Shoko Nakajima in a losing effort for the PuriPuri title. Since then she has been working to establish herself in the MMA scene as well as holding a prominent role within the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Rosa will hold only a 1 inch height advantage in the match-up however she will have a 25-30 pound weight advantage on the lithe Mizuki. This can give Rosa a huge advantage as she is quite strong and can put greater emphasis on slams and other offense throughout the match. Mizuki will have to try to avoid these things as best she can. However, Rosa also needs to be wary of getting overconfident. Mizuki is well known as an excellent counter wrestler. She not only has the ability to reverse or escape from holds she’s seen before, she’s also proficient at developing countermeasures on the fly for new offense. If Rosa attempts something more than one or two times, Mizuki will likely be able to adapt and turn it to her advantage. Many of Mizuki’s signatures and finishing techniques can also be applied from a defensive position. Rosa must be wary.
  • Natsumi Maki makes a shockingly speedy return after being sidelined with a knee injury that has kept her out since September. She announced her return at the 12/22 Tokyo Joshi show with a gymnastics display to prove her knee was recovered and sturdy. An even greater shock was the match that was announced as her return. Natsumi Maki VS SAREEE is a match a long time in the making. Their last singles match was very early in Natsumi’s career back in 2016. I believe Natsumi and Sareee met during Natsumi’s ActWresGirlz days. Various wrestlers would come in to work ActWresGirlz shows and Natsumi would work a variety of promotions at that time one of which was Sareee’s home promotion of Diana. The two became good friends and can often be seen together. While Natsumi was injured Sareee would regularly check on her and hang out with her. It was originally planned that Natsumi would wrestler on Sareee’s self-produced Kourakuen show but because of her injury she could not. However Sareee still wanted her there so Natsumi ended up as the ring announcer for the show. These two have a strong bond but neither likes to lose so this match should be exciting. Sareee was considered one of the hottest and best wrestlers in Japan during 2019 and will want to continue that momentum into 2020. Natsumi of course would love to be known as the woman who beats one of 2019’s best wrestlers on her first day back from injury.
  • In a 6-woman tag, Yuna, Mina and Mirai will face off against the truly wild combination of Raku, Pom and AJA KONG! I’m not completely sure what to expect from this match but I think Yuna’s team will attempt to go into the match with an isolation strategy. Their best chance of winning comes from keeping Aja out of the match. For Raku, Pom and Aja, I think there’s really just one thing fans want to see: Aja Kong assisting with an “Oyasumi Express”
  • Kamiyu VS Saki Akai is going to be lots of legs. Kamiyu has lots of respect for Saki both as a model and a wrestler. Because of their similar figures Kamiyu believes that she can do more because of the things that Saki has accomplished and now she wants to test her abilities with Saki in a singles match. Saki Akai rarely shows up in Tokyo Joshi and the last time she made an appearance was at the last 1/4 show. However, in all her appearances she has never been beaten so if Kamiyu can take her down it would be considered a major accolade. Kamiyu will not have her usual height advantage in this match so it will be interesting to see how she adapts. She will be looking to avoid Saki’s finisher Quetzal Coatl as well as her diving crossbody and big boots. She likely wants to come out of the gate hot and hope for a flash pin early. Good luck Kamiyu.
  • Hyper Misao will return on 1/4 in Kourakuen Hall. Tokyo Joshi’s defender of love and peace was able to defeat the dark energy that had enveloped her body and realized that that 2019 was lacking in heroes. To that end she left her spirit and time chamber for a short time to announce her plans to make Shoko into a hero after she defeats her at 1/4. The great kaiju Shoko has no intention of becoming a lowly hero but also realized that while she may have to turn into a hero, Misao has nothing on the line so Shoko declared that Misao must adopt a Kaiju style name or go by her real name is she is defeated. The two agreed that changing their names forever was unacceptable so the loser must change their name for one month after the match. Misao has agreed to letting Shoko think of one more stipulation to the match that has yet to be revealed, making it difficult to know what kind of match we will see. However, whatever it ends up being I know it will be nothing if not entertaining.
  • Sena Shiori will at last make her debut at Kourakuen Hall on 1/4. She is the last of her class which also included Mirai Maumi and Suzume. She will team with Mahiro against Neko Haruna and her friend and wrestling classmate Suzume. What kind of match will we see from Sena in her debut?
  • Marika Kobashi, now accepted into university, has begun training again. She has posted videos of her back at weight training as well as training in kickboxing. She noted that while she plans to enjoy the rest of her days as a high school student feely but will be starting her training again to prepare for a return in spring. Congratulations Marika and we’re excited for your return!.
  • Himawari Unagi suffered an unfortunate but major elbow injury at the 10/5 show. She has undergone surgery and is healing. She is still attending shows and you may be able to catch her in the corner of the screen in some shots watching the shows. She bought a high end brace and has been using it. She reportedly still has difficulties doing activities such as washing her hair but otherwise seems to be doing well. Her return date is currently unknown but I would put initial return projections around spring/summer of 2020.
  • Tokyo Joshi currently has 2 more known trainees that will likely make her debut sometime in the near future.
  • Yumi has announced that she will take a leave of absence from Tokyo Joshi to focus on studying for her high school entrance exams. High school exams are a very important part of Junior high school life and most of their remaining days in school are devoted to them. Return projections are tricky due to test date variation and could be as early as January or as late as April. Regardless, let’s wish Yumi good luck in her studies.
  • In other news announced from Tokyo Joshi is that they will have an international show in Florida on April 2nd as part of the wrestling festivities that take place over WrestleMania weekend. The current plan is a show with a mixture of 12 to 14 Tokyo Joshi members along with talent from America and Europe likely mixed in. An offer match from DDT is also a planned part of the card. Tokyo Joshi is currently looking at a seating arrangement to fit around 600 fans.
  • A Shoko Nakajima Photobook titled “Piñata” and DVD “Big Kaiju in Mexico” have been announced. The release will coincide with Tokyo Joshi’s 1/4 festivities.
  • Up Up girls have announced that they will now have separate attire for Idol events and wrestling events. Their new Idol gear will be debuted at an event on 1/2. They will have new wrestling gear for 1/4.
  • Kamiyu and Yuna have also announced new gear for 1/4. While this is just my own feeling. I would also expect new gear from a number of other girls as this is considered their biggest show of the year. I know that Sena will have purple ring gear with green accents.
Also if you just want to follow along on Twitter, search for #tjpw

For foreigners attending the show:
So, I don’t normally write this but since there’s going to be a ton of people from other countries in over the New Year, I thought I should make a few notes just in case.
First. There is a special Tokyo Joshi event at Basement MON STAR in Oji area on 1/3. This event is primarily a press event and will consist of interviews and contract signings for the various title matches but may include up to 3 live matches and some perfomances. If you have already bought a ticket to 1/4 you are able to get into this event for free if you show it to the staff. Otherwise you have to pay the entrance fee. The idea of this event is to try to alleviate some of the congestion in the merch area on 1/4 and give fans a bit more time and access with the Tokyo Joshi wrestlers (generally guest performers are not at this event). It also gives first access to a lot of the merchandise available on 1/4.
Next. If you have a DDT Universe membership. Have it ready. Either screen cap it or have it pulled up on your web browser ready to go if you have internet. It’s the profile page that has your name and member number on it. Most shows Universe members get early entry into the show so if you get in super early, go to the front desk and show your ticket and your ID, they will stamp it and you can go into an early entry line. If you miss it you’ll have to just jump in the regular entry line. Also currently Shoko has created Stickers of herself, Miyu and Yuka which you can get if you show your membership at the front desk before the show. You get a sealed envelope with one of the stickers inside. Some stickers are signed.
About merch. Each wrestler has their own area. Find their portraits and that’s where they’ll eventually be. If they rearrange the tables, just follow the portraits. That said, in Kourakuen they also usually have pictures posted of the wrestlers on the wall above where the wrestler will be. So look out for those. There is also a general merch table where you can buy show posters, Tokyo Joshi T-shirts and other various good. This is where you buy the tickets for pictures with the wrestler (2 shot). You can choose to either take the picture as a Polaroid or on your camera. If you choose the Polaroid you can get it signed. If you buy a portrait you are allowed to take one picture of the performer by themselves. For 2 shots they have a limited supply for each wrestler so getting them before the show starts is best. Once they start calling a wrestler for 2 shots they will take the tickets for that wrestler away. So if you didn’t manage to get them beforehand or at intermission, get them first thing after the show. Keep the ticket safe cause if you lose it you’re screwed. They will start taking the two shots soon after the show finishes. So listen very carefully for names called out at the show, if you hear the name you want, go to the 2 shot area and line up. If you miss them you have to wait until they’re done with everything to get the shot taken. When in doubt, find the 2 shot area and wait near it until you get everyone you need. They do two wrestlers at a time. The lines move pretty quickly luckily. It’s a get in, take the picture, shake hands and say thank you kind of system. You can then line up in the portrait lines to get your stuff signed. You’ll have a small amount of time to talk to the wrestlers at that point. They have announced the schedule for the 2 shots for 1/4. It goes as follows

Line A Line B
1 Marika Kobashi Himawari Unagi
2 Sena Shiori Natsumi Maki
3 Mizuki Neko Haruna
4 Suzume Hyper Misao
5 Mahiro Kiryu Saki Akai
6 Shoko Nakajima Harajuku Pom
7 Yuki Kamifuku Mina Shirakawa
8 Yuna Manase Thunder Rosa
9 Sayuri Nanba Mirai Maiumi
10 Maki Ito Tenma Nodoka
11 Rika Tatsumi Yuki Aino
12 Miyu Yamashita Yuka Sakazaki

Special note, the Up Up Girls have a slightly different system. They have a table all to themselves. Buying merchandise from them (except 2 shots) gives you tickets. You can use a ticket to have them sign something that you’ve bought or you can use 2 tickets to get a group shot with yourself and all 3 of them. If you buy portraits you are not allowed to take photo of that Up Up Girl as the rest. Instead you have to buy the two shot tickets and just take a photo of them alone (yeah, I don’t care for it but I’m not in charge.)
No matter what company you see, signings and photos at Kourakuen are madness. So expect to be pushed, shoved and squeezed. Be polite, go slowly, say “sumimasen (phonetically: soo-mee-mah-sen)” a lot but get to where you need to go. Also, absolutely don’t over-extend yourself. Expect to get no more than 5 signatures at 1/4 especially if you need to be somewhere else for another show afterwards. It’s even better to just shoot for 2 or 3. Yuka, Mizuki, Rika and Natsumi are generally the most popular so if you’re not first in line for them you should probably expect to get them near the end. The new rookie Sena and Sareee will probably be popular too.
These are probably the most important things to know for basic navigation of the show. If you have any questions or perhaps important information you think I missed, please feel free to comment.
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2019.10.29 17:00 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 2, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE:
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 -
  • Ann Gunkel, a former outlaw promoter, has passed away from cancer at the age of 50. Her husband, Ray, had been one of the owners of Georgia Championship Wrestling (same promotion that Vince would buy on Black Saturday) until his death in 1972. The remaining owners then tried to push her out of Ray’s share of the promotion. Just before the annual NWA Thanksgiving show in Atlanta, every wrestler who worked for the promotion up and quit to join Ann’s new All South Wrestling Association. She also filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the NWA. As Dave understands things, the NWA settled out of court and bought her out, stabilizing the Atlanta scene. Ann’s influence is still felt - her promotion getting on WTCG (later WTBS then TNT) in Atlanta was the beginning of wrestling on what would become the Superstation, which would lead to Black Saturday giving WWF that coveted timeslot and channel which would start this wrestling war we’re covering right now between JCP and WWF (which would escalate into the Turner buyout of JCP, the Monday Night Wars, and WWE’s eventual virtual monopoly in the years to come, and now AEW is on TNT so we’re back at it again). Competing with Gunkel forced the Georgia office to up their game significantly, bringing in big names like Bill Watts and the Briscoes and making GCW one of the deepest talent pools in the U.S., which led to Watts and the Briscoes buying into the office. It’s also how Vince got his in, because they sold to him. After getting bought out, Gunkel remained on the fringes of the promotional side of the business, working occasionally with guys like Ole Anderson and Joe Blanchard, but never breaking back into major relevance.
  • WWF taped Saturday Night’s Main Event (scheduled to air March 7) on February 21. It was a sold out crowd with a $200k+ gate at the Joe Louis Arena. The best match on the card was said to be King Kong Bundy beating Jake Roberts by DQ, and Roberts was over more than anyone, including Hogan. They did stuff furthering the Steamboat/Savage angle and closing out the “who gets Elizabeth” chapter of the Savage/Steele storyline. The main was the battle royal, which Hercules won. The big thing was the tease of Hogan/Andre without giving away much - their only interaction aside from staredowns was Andre bumping Hogan over halfway through. They wind up delaying the air date to March 14.
Watch: Saturday Night's Main Event March 14, 1987
  • Wrestlemania 3 has sold about 40,000 tickets as of the end of this past week. There are still five weeks left to sell, but it’s going to be hard to sell 50,000 tickets at this point now that all the big fans have theirs and the good seats are gone. Dave isn’t sure how they’re going to do it, but he figures they’ll find a way to pack in the people and fill the place. PPV will be blacked out in Michigan and Ontario to promote live attendance from people in the area.
  • Latest Wrestlemania celebrities include Mary Hart (timekeeper), Bob Uecker (ring announcer) and Aretha Franklin (to sing at the intro). Alice Cooper, Bruce Boxleitner, and Samantha Fox are also said to be involved, and rumors are also placing Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Rose there. Imagine if Pete Rose were at Wrestlemania 3 and got tombstoned by one of the Bulldogs.
  • Dave issues a couple corrections. Last week he had the Midnight Express as winning the NWA US Tag belts, but they actually stole them which set up Cornette being suspended so he could go on his honeymoon. Also a couple weeks ago he had a wrong attendance figure for a WWF show in LA.
  • Dave’s got some info this week on promotions that don’t usually get covered. In Deep South Wrestling, Mr. Wrestling 2 and Tommy Rich are the major draws. Also Fantasy (a valet) garnered enormous heat on the Feb. 20 show by individually insulting all 200 fans in attendance. Good on her. Capitol Sports in Puerto Rico has Chris Youngblood, whom Dave thinks is a potentially great wrestler if given a chance. Dave briefly covers Stampede, where Hiroshi Hase (working as Cong #1 of the Viet Congs) has just left to work in Japan (Dave predicts he’ll be a superstar). Hase’s looking even better in ring than Owen Hart in their matches together lately. Brian Pillman should be back soon (he had a separated shoulder), and Chris Benoit was in for a week between tours in Japan. International Wrestling in Montreal is hanging on by a thread. NWF is advertising their first tv taping for New Jersey and are advertising Scott Hall, Wendi Richter, the Samoans, Stan Hansen, Bruiser Brody and more. Should be interesting if it comes to anything. Sgt. Slaughter’s upped his price to $3k per match, so he’s effectively priced himself out of the business.
  • [WWF] Jake Roberts’ face turn aired this past weekend. Honkytonk hit him over the head with the guitar, and Jake should get over great. Also, one thing I haven’t really mentioned much here is that Dave has a tendency to use nicknames for a lot of the wrestlers, especially for ones he thinks poorly of (such as the Flabulous Moolah, the Glamour Ghouls, Junkfood Dog, etc.). It’s something that has been going on for years at this point. There’s occasionally a letter that comes in asking him to not use the nicknames, and then you get letters defending it and Dave defends it as well, and it’s a thing. All this is to say that here he calls Roberts “Jack the Snack” and I’m highly amused because of how that reads to 2019 eyes.
Watch: Jake the Snake turns face
  • JCP has a couple things going on behind the scenes. They’re pulling their guys from the Central States by the end of this week. Plans to run a territory in opposition to Jarrett and Lawler are scrapped, and so they’re going to stick to monthly shows in some of the cities in the area instead. Rumors are swirling about a top secret meeting in Florida between Dusty Rhodes, Jim Crockett, and Mike Graham. The leading theories are that Crockett will take over Florida (with Graham getting a percentage on Florida revenues), a complete buyout of Florida by JCP, or no deal and both sides will continue to run shows in Florida. Dave expects confirmation in the next couple weeks, but suspects one of the first two is the case.
  • [JCP] Ole Anderson’s face turn should happen in the next week or two, and in the leadup Ole gave a promo on how the four horsemen formed that rivals Vince McMahon’s story of how his grandfather invented pro wrestling. Dave’s wishing for Ole to stay a heel, because the idea of face Ole just isn’t fun.
  • UWF had their biggest crowd for a Power Pro taping yet with 2,200 in Fort Worth on Feb. 21. Dave has results and a few other notes, but nothing super big. Steve Williams has been acknowledged as going to Japan, so former University of Tulsa football player Steve Cox has been billed as his apprentice and gotten put into some prominent spots (counting the pin in a surprisingly good Ted DiBiase vs. One Man Gang match, for instance). Dave thinks he has potential, but don’t expect awesome matches at this stage (he never will make it to the big leagues).
  • Kendall Windham’s injury that he suffered working in Florida earlier in February is legit. He broke his leg and continued to wrestle on it for about a week until it got discolored and a doctor told him to take eight weeks off. In other Florida news, Ron Simmons was the subject of a major article in a Miami newspaper (I can’t find the article). Unfortunate timing since it looks like he’s gone now to work for JCP and will be out of the territory.
  • In other Florida news, they’re leaning hard into the sexual innuendo lately. Dave notes their tv show is heavy on it, specifically citing a comedy bit they’re doing where fans can write in for a dream date with heel Ed Gantner. Practically every promo for this that Scott Hall, Tracy Smothers, and Steve Armstrong are doing seem less like they’re trying to build fan interest and more like they’re advertising for groupies (let’s be real, that’s probably the only reason this angle is happening at all).
  • In weird Florida news, Keiji Mutoh was on the Feb. 10 show. This was all part of an angle for back in New Japan, though, where they have a whole story about him getting attacked by gangsters who have issued death threats whenever he comes to the U.S. So Mutoh was supposed to wrestle the match, but gets attacked by a masked fan from the audience who pounds on him with a cane. They never unmasked him, and Dave’s sure it won’t come out, but it was Antonio Inoki under the mask.
  • Minor notes: Al Scott, a jobber in Alabama, was on the Price is Right as a contestant. Bam Bam Bigelow’s deal with New Japan is for $52k for 10 weeks. Magnum T.A. was able to walk 100 yards with a walker. WWF will start drug testing their wrestlers for cocaine and speed with a two strikes system. Randy Savage allegedly punched a 9 year old fan (Randy’s story is the kid tried to touch Elizabeth’s hair, the kid’s family’s story is the kid tried to give Randy a high five).
  • Dave clarifies last week’s rundown on Wrestlemania that those were his predictions. He says if he knew what the results were he wouldn’t print them.
  • Someone in the letters section asks if Dave thinks Baba or Inoki will follow the lead of AJW and try to get on US tv. Dave thinks it’d be a hard sell for the most part, with small audience appeal, but could work in neutral territory and be as popular as any of the smaller promotions. Dave figures Baba wouldn’t be interested, and Inoki might be but would have to be approached by a US station. Dave’s still trying to figure out how AJW wound up with tv in the US.
  • [NJPW] Bam Bam and Inoki sold out Sumo Hall. IT’s the first time in recent memory a rookie has main evented Sumo Hall, let alone a rookie American. They did an interference spot with Bam Bam’s manager saving him from submitting to Inoki’s octopus hold, then Bam Bam stood tall at the end. There will be a rematch in April.
  • Joshi update on attendance: AJW is drawing 1500-3000 most nights, while JWP just hit a high point so far of 1900 (they had a Jackie Sato and Harley Saito vs. Shinobu Kandori and Nancy Kumi tag match for that show).
NEXT ISSUE: Riki Choshu to New Japan?, Florida in flux, Wrestlemania updates, and more
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2019.07.25 14:30 ConorCulture WarZone - Booking Katsuyori Shibata Return - Part 1: The Lion

Booking Katsuyori Shibata

Hello everyone. As many of you know, Katsuyori Shibata is a legendary professional wrestler in Strong Style and New Japan’s History. He had his last match at Wrestling Dontaku 2017 against Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Afterwards he suffered a career ending injury and nearly lost his own life. In this booking, we’re going to go off the basis that Shibata miraculously makes a full recovery and is able to wrestler on a normal schedule again. This booking will be covering his first year and a half back in the company and what I’d have him do.
I hope you enjoy and I wish the best of luck to u/Apehasreturned. Now let’s get into this.
The Debut
On Sunday, July 21st 2019, New Japan Pro Wrestling officially announce the full time return of Katsuyori Shibata! Via Twitter, Instagram, New Japan World, Facebook, Reddit etc. they would publish this information. The next day New Japan’s official YouTube Channel would upload a 15 minute mini documentary of Shibata’s return to action. It starts with the scenes of Shibata laying in hospital after his match with Okada. It shows everything he went through during those times. Dave Meltzer speaks about his reaction when he heard the news as does Bryan Alvarez. It shows Gedo and Jado speaking about how they felt after the events. Then we cut to Shibata talking about it. We then go through Shibata’s recovery and the announcement he’d be Head Coach Of NJPW’s new Los Angles Dojo. It shows Shibata training men such as Clark Connors, Alex Coughlin and Karl Fredricks in the L.A. Dojo. Finally it shows Shibata himself training to get back in action. At the end of the video Shibata officially says that he is coming home and making his in-ring return to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Once the G1 Climax is over and down with, Shibata would make appearances on New Japan House Shows throughout August, working against the likes of his L.A. Dojo students, Clark Connors and Alex Coughlin and also working against some older guys such as Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Yuji Nagata. He works a 10-Man Tag on August 19th, Road To Destruction with Karl Fredricks, Clark Connors, Shota Umino and Ren Narita against Chaos, represented by Mikey Nicholls, Robbie Eagles, Sho, Yoh and Tomohiro Ishii. It’s an interesting match up as it’s two experienced veterans in Tomohiro Ishii and Katsuyori Shibata facing off against each other, however both men are surrounded by Young Lions. Shibata has dedicated his life to The Young Lions Of NJPW as of late working long hours in the L.A. Dojo. Shibata gets the pin however he pinned Yoh, not Ishii, leaving a sour taste in Ishii’s mouth that Shibata beat him without even laying a finger on him.
Oh August 25th Tomohiro Ishii announces that as part of the upcoming Destruction Tour, in the final show, Destruction in Kobe, Tomohiro Ishii will put his NEVER Openweight Championship on the Line in an Open Challenge. Many wrestlers express interest in this, via Social Media and Interviews however Shibata stays silent and doesn’t say anything. He just continues racking up wins and gets his first big win on the Road to Destruction against EVIL of Los Ingobernables de Japon. Tomohiro Ishii is involved in a 6-Man Tag Team Match against some of the people who have been considering answering the Open Challenge. Ishii teams with Chaos brethren Robbie Eagles and Will Ospreay against Zack Sabre Jr, Brody King and Jeff Cobb, all men who have expressed interest in the Open Challenge. Tomohiro Ishii does a majority of the work in this match and makes a decent effort to try and destroy the other men. Ishii is worn out by the end which is what costs him the match after Jeff Cobb lands a Tour Of The Islands. Ishii goes to the back with a sour look on his face.
The first show of the Destruction Tour, Destruction in Hiroshima takes place on September 9, 2019. The big matches of the show are Sanada vs. Evil for the #1 Contenders to the IWGP United States Championship, Will Ospreay vs. Kazuchika Okada in a Special Singles Match and the main event, Tetsuya Naito ( Who recently defeated Kazuchika Okada for the belt ) vs. Jay White. Sanada would get the win against Evil after a grueling match, Okada picks up the win against Ospeary although Ospeary Came inches away from winning it. And in the main event, Naito picks up the win defeating Jay White.
Next show is Destruction in Yokohama, taking place September 15, 2019. Big matches of the night include LIJ vs. Bullet Club in an 8-Man Tag Team Match, Villain Enterprises vs. Taguchi Japan for the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championships and in the Main Event, Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson in a No Disqualification Match for the IWGP United States Championship. LIJ defeat BC, Villain Enterprises Win the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships and officially announce that Bullet Club and Villain Enterprises are merging together. In the main event Moxley defeats Juice Robinson and retains his Championship ( The Match goes how it did in my Jon Moxley Booking ).
Also throughout the whole tour a tournament for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship is going on.
The final night being Destruction in Kobe, which will feature Tomohiro Ishii’s Open Challenge, the Match I will be booking. Here’s the card for Destruction in Kobe.
Destruction in Kobe Card:
Shota Umino and Ren Narita vs. Roppongi 3K ( Sho and Yoh ) - Tag Team Match
Sniper and Assassin ( Robbie Eagles and Will Ospeary ) vs. Bullet Club ( El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori ) (c) - Tag Team Match for the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Suzuki-gun ( Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Taka Michinoku ) vs. Taguchi Japan ( Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe and Toru Yano ) - Six-Man Tag Team Match
EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - Semi-Final Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship Tournament
Chaos ( Mikey Nicholls, Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto ) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón ( Bushi, Shingo Takagi and Sanada ) - Six-Man Tag Team Match
Tomohiro Ishii Open Challenge
Will Ospeary def. KENTA - Semi-Final Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship Tournament
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (c) - Singles Match for the Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship Challenge rights certificate
Tomohiro Ishii comes out first with a towel over his head and the NEVER Openweight Championship around his waist. He takes the towel off his head and throughs it in the crowd then asks for a mic. He’s passed a mic by Red Shoes and Ishii says that whoever his opponent for tonight may be he wishes him the best of luck. Ishii then prepares himself and awaits his opponent in the corner.
https://youtu.be/guSPAsamO8Y
Shibata has answered!! Shibata comes out to the ring to a big pop as he makes his way down the ramp. The crowd of 6,000 plus chant in unity for him. Shibata comes into the ring and walks straight up to Ishii and looks him in the face. He says something to Ishii and Ishii says something back however the mic didn’t pick it up. Shibata rests himself in the corner as Red Shoes holds the belt high and announces this match is scheduled for one fall with a 30-minute time limit. The bell rings and we’re under way.
They start off slow, how a typical New Japan Match goes. Both men lock up and exchange restholds, each man trying to feel the other out. Shibata goes for some kicks but Ishii avoids them. Shibata goes for a Shootkick but Ishii Ducks and hits a Spinning Heel Kick! Shibata doesn’t fall to the ground but instead rebounds off the ropes with a Slap! Ishii responds with a Headbutt! Both men look away from each other and feel their heads, they turn back at each other and Ishii goes for a Lariat. Shibata Ducks then pulls in Ishii with a Knee Strike to the head! Ishii lands in a bending position which opens up the opportunity for Shibata to hit a Chest Kick! Ishii rolls on the mat and falls into a sitting position where Shibata runs at him with a Penalty Kick! Shibata covers, 1...2...Kick Out!
Ishii gets up in a sitting position and starts yelling for Shibata to hit him. Shibata hits a Back Kick which Ishii sells but doesn’t fall. Shibata then comes at him with a Shining Wizard! Ishii falls but quickly gets back up. Shibata then hits a Head Kick! Ishii falls to the mat and doesn’t get back up. Shibata falls to the mat also out of tiredness. Ishii then gets to his feet and hits a Single Foot Dropkick to Shibata! The sound echoes throughout the arena as Shibata falls to the ground. Ishii scoops up Shibata and hits a Devastating Chop across the chest. Ishii hits another! Shibata falls to his knee but Ishii gets him up, Ishii hits an Acid Rainmaker!
Shibata rolls to the outside to recover but Ishii also rolls out. Ishii catches his breath against the barricade, then runs for Shibata. Shibata sees it coming and hits a Monstrous Chop across the chest of Ishii! Shibata hooks him, Underhook Suplex on the outside! Both men get to their feet and continue to brawl on the outside. Shibata goes for a Backdrop Suplex onto the apron, but Ishii gets out the way, Ishii hits a kick to the gut, Ishii goes for a Suplex but Shibata counters, Backdrop Suplex onto the ring apron! Shibata rolls into the ring to reset the count then rolls back to the outside.
After about 15 minutes of war, both men are worn out. Shibata Irish whips Ishii into the corner and slowly makes his way to the corner. He then rains down with multiple Elbow Smashes on Ishii. Shibata gets Ishii up, Ushigorshi! 1...2....Kick Out!!! Shibata is in shock as Ishii gets to his feet. Ishii comes at Shibata with his Chop + Elbow Smash combo. He goes for a Delayed Vertical Suplex but Shibata lands on his feet. Shibata goes for a Package Piledriver but Ishii also lands on his feet and Ishii hits a Verterbreaker! 1...2...KICK OUT!!!! Shibata kicks out! Ishii runs off the ropes and hits a Sliding Lariat to the sitting Shibata! Ishii gets Shibata to his feet and comes at him with a series of elbows. Shibata falls to his knee and Ishii runs off the ropes for another Sliding Lariat, but Shibata catches him! Shibata hits a Death Valley Driver! Shibata goes to the corner, Shibata hits a Leg Lariat! Shibata isn’t done however as he rises to his feet with a deadly look on his face. Ishii is sitting in the corner trying to recover, but Shibata once again comes at him with a big strike. Shibata runs at him and hits a Running Low Corner Dropkick! Ishii is laying motionless on the mat, and Shibata senses an opening. Shibata gets Ishii to his feet and Ishii can barely stand. Shibata is clearly enjoying this. Shibata hits a High Impact Backhand and turns around to look on at the crowd.
He looks back around at Ishii, but this was a big mistake as Ishii hits a German Suplex! Ishii is back in it! Ishii comes at Shibata with a Series of Chops, Elbows and Headbutt’s with Shibata no able to counter anything. Shibata connects with a High Impact Backhand but Ishii responds with an Enziguri! Ishii hits a Folding Powerbomb then goes tot he corner and lines up a Lariat. Shibata counters with a Go To Sleep! Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Penalty Kick! 1....2....KICK OUT!!!! The crowd go insane at Ishii kicking out of it. Both men superhumanly rise to their feet and stare at each other. Both men start to swing punches at each other. The punches start gradually going faster, and faster, and faster and faster. Eventually Ishii Ducks a punch, throwing Shibata off guard, making Shibata spin around. This gives Ishii the perfect opening to hit an Exploder Suplex into the corner! Ishii then catches Shibata as he falls and lines up a Brainbuster! Shibata counters! Shibata falls out of it, Penalty Kick! Shibata gets Ishii to his feet and hits a Go To Sleep! Shibata hits a Final Penalty Kick! 1.......2.......3!!!!!!! SHIBATA WINS THE TITLE!
Katsuyori Shibata def. Tomohiro Ishii - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 24:37 )
Road to King of Pro-Wrestling
Katsuyori Shibata is Interviewed after the show about his title win where he brings up how Tomohiro Ishii put up a good fight but in the end the better man won. He has huge respect for Ishii and looks forward to facing him in the future again. Shibata then leaves the interview set.
The next event in line for NJPW is King of Pro Wrestling where Shibata announces he will be defending his NEVER Openweight Championship. The rest of late September and early October, Shibata can be seen hanging around the L.A. Dojo training Young Lions. Another video uploaded to NJPW’s YouTube channel shows Shibata and how he feels being a coach. Shibata describes it as a wonderful experience, getting to see his students learn the way of NJPW and for him to be able to share his ways and practices. A quick montage is shown of Shibata training: Clark Connors, Karl Fredricks, Alex Coughlin, Hirai Kawato, Shota Umino, Tomoyuki Oka, Ren Narita, Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura. The video ends with Shibata holding his NEVER Openweight Championship High with a grin on his face.
At the official King of Pro-Wrestling Press Conference, Katsuyori Shibata states that he will be defending his NEVER Openweight Championship in a traditional Singles Match. He says as of now is opponent is TBA but will be revealed shorty. Shibata also mentions that a few of his Young Lions will accompany him at Ringside as a way of teaching them what it feels to be in a big title match environment at a big Show. After answering press questions, Shibata closes the interview walking off as the press take photos of him and the NEVER Openweight Championship.
October 15th it’s announced Tomohiro Ishii will be using his Rematch Clause to face Katsuyori Shibata in a rematch. Ishii promises to take back his title October 21st in Osaka and claim his 6th NEVER Openweight Championship. Shibata and Ishii both make comments on each other in the build to where both have a grudge against each other for this match.
King of Pro Wrestling comes, October 21st 2019 from Fumin Kyosai Sports Arena in Osaka, Japan! Here’s the card for King of Pro-Wrestling.
King of Pro-Wrestling Card:
Bullet Club ( Marty Scurll and El Phantasmo ) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón ( Bushi and Shingo Takagi ) vs. Suzuki-gun ( Douki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru ) - Three-Way Tag Team Match
Bullet Club ( Jay White, Brody King and PCO ) vs. Clark Connors, Alex Coughlin and Karl Fredricks - 6-Man Tag Team Match
Sniper and Assassin ( Robbie Eagles and Will Ospeary ) (c) vs. Roppongi 3K ( Sho and Yoh ) - Tag Team Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Suzuki-gun ( Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer, Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. ) vs. Chaos ( Mikey Nicholls, Hirooki Goto, Rocky Romero and Toru Yano ) - 8-Man Tag Team Match
Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship
Guerrillas Of Destiny ( Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa ) (c) vs. Lifeblood ( Mark Haskins and Juice Robinson ) - Tag Team Match for the IWGP Tag Team Championships
Dragón Lee vs. Taiji Ishimori (c) - Singles Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Sanada vs. Jon Moxley ends in a time limit draw - Singles Match for the IWGP United States Championship
Will Ospeary vs. EVIL - Tournament Final Match for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi - Three-Way Match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Ishii comes out first again with a dead serious look on his face. He is not messing around in the slightest in his mission to destroy Shibata, defeat Shibata and win back his NEVER Openweight Championship. Ishii makes Red Shoes jump when he’s trying to speak to Ishii but Ishii thuds on the spot making Red Shoes jump.
Shibata comes out in a Black Trench Coat with Shota Umino and Ren Narita behind him. He’s sporting some new dark red trunks instead of his signature black trunks. He takes off the trench coat revealing his NEVER Openweight Championship around his waist. Ishii stares directly in the eye of Shibata, Ishii will be absolutely relentless. Shibata passes over his NEVER Openweight Championship to Red Shoes then continues to stare down Ishii. The bell is rung and we’re under way.
Shibata starts the match off, offering a handshake. Ishii shakes his hand and the two have one of those I’m Squeezing Your Hand Harder handshakes that wrestlers so very love. They release the grasp and start to fight. Shibata comes at Ishii with a swing but Ishii Ducks and comes back with a stiff elbow. Shibata was taken off guard with that which Ishii capitalizes on. Ishii comes at Shibata with another elbow strike, getting him in the corner and raining down Forearm’s and Elbows. Ishii attempts The Brainbuster early but Shibata gets out. Shibata lands on his feet and connects a Knee Strike. Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Soccer Kick to Ishii! Shibata is getting back into this as he himself comes at Ishii with elbows. Shibata gets Ishii down to his knees where he comes at him with Really, really, really stiff Yes Kicks. After each kick Ishii says “Hit Me” only driving Shibata more. For the final kick, Shibata runs off the ropes for a Penalty Kick but Ishii flattens himself meaning Shibata swings at nothing. Because of the force from the kick Shibata spins around, allowing Ishii to hit an Avada Kedavra!
Both men are bent on Destruction for this match and Ishii starts to dangerously target the head of Shibata. As you might know this is what ended the career of Shibata, too many bumps on his head. Ishii smashes Shibata’s head into the turnbuckle followed by a Enziguri! Ishii whips Shibata into the other corner but Shibata counters with his own Irish Whip into the corner and hits a huge Knee Strike! Ishii falls to the mat and Shibata hits a Back kick! Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Head kick! Ishii falls flat on the mat and Shibata comes down with a Double Foot Stomp!
Ishii takes it to the outside where they go over the barricade and fight in the commentary area. Ishii and Shibata brawl in there and Shibata even strikes Ishii with a Charishot to the head! Ishii isn’t too happy about this, so, Ishii hits a Backbody Suplex onto the bare concrete floor! Ishii is still mad so he lines up a Dragon Suplex through the table but Shibata sandbags meaning Ishii can’t get Shibata in it fully. Ishii hits a knee to the gut back getting Shibata in position and hits it straight through the Table! Ren Narita and Shota Umino look on at this and threaten to attack Ishii, but Ishii jumps the railing and hits a Double Shoulder Tackle! Ishii is finally satisfied and drags themselves back into the ring. Ishii goes into the corner where Shibata out of nowhere hits a Running Big Boot! Shibata lines it up, Shibata is going for the GTS! Ishii gets down out of it and hits a Heel Kick to Shibata! Ishii hits a Brainbuster! 1....2....KICK OUT!
Ishii is in shock as this and once again rolls to the outside. Shibata uses the ropes to get to his feet and catches Ishii leaning against the apron catching his breath. Shibata steps back so he can get a Run up for his Baseball Slide! Shibata sets up Ishii against the ringpost on the apron then he himself gets onto the apron and leans on the turnbuckle. Shibata runs across the apron and hits an amazing Double Knee Strike to Ishii! Shibata rolls Ishii into the ring and finally hits the Go To Sleep! Shibata follows it up with a Penalty Kick just to secure it, 1....2.....KICK OUT!!!!!!!!!!! ISHII HAS KICKED OUT!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!
Ishii god like, gets to his feet. Ishii is bleeding from the mouth and rises to his feet staring down Shibata. Ishii spits his bloody saliva on Shibata and they’re back going. Ishii manages to hit a Kneecap Brainbuster while Shibata hits 3 consecutive Headkicks which is enough to give you brain damage. Both men exchange chops as the other tries to make a louder sound. Ishii responds to one Chop with a Elbow Strike and takes Shibata into the corner with a series of Elbow Strikes. He’s hit the biggest chop of the night which makes Shibata fall down but he holds onto the ropes. Shibata throws Ishii over the top rope but Ishii holds on. He starts to climb the ropes but Shibata swings his fist. Ishii sits on the top rope as Shibata kicks him form the apron. Shibata then climbs the ropes to go for a Superplex, however Ishii counters and in the spit of the night, hits a BRAINBUSTAHHH!!!
HOLY SHIT! Ishii hits a Spinning Tombstone Piledriver! 1......2......3!!!!!! TOMOHIRO ISHII HAS WON! Tomohiro Ishii has FINALLY defeated Katsuyori Shibata and won back his NEVER Openweight Championship! Tomohiro Ishii sets a record becoming a 6-time NEVER Openweight Championship! Ishii used the strategy of targeting Shibata’s weak spot and it paid off, as the Brainbustah + Spinning Tombstone Piledriver Combo proved to be too much for Shibata.
Tomohiro Ishii def. Katsuyori Shibata - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 25:47 )
Shibata’s NEVER Openweight Championship reign ended at exactly 30 days after he fell to Tomohiro Ishii. Next show coming up is the Global Wars Tour, featuring the stars of NJPW, CMLL, Ring Of Honor and RevPro! The show will take place over four nights, one in each country. United States first, Japan second, UK third and Mexico last.
Tomohiro Ishii is announced to defend his NEVER Openweight Championship in the Japan portion of the show, Night 2. He will be defending his title in a Four-Way Match featuring Katsuyori Shibata using his rematch clause and two other wrestles from either ROH, CMLL and RevPro.
The men to fight are confirmed October 29th. Tomohiro Ishii will defend against Katsuyori Shibata, current ROH TV Champ Jeff Cobb and Silas Young! The Four-Way is announced to open the show on Night 2, November 4th 2019. The main story behind the match is Shibata trying to get his title back and defeat Tomohiro Ishii. Jeff Cobb says he will regain the NEVER Openweight Championship that he won earlier in the year. At Best In The World 2019 Jeff Cobb defeated Shane Taylor to win back the TV Championship, now he is going to regain the other title he lost.
The dates for the shows are: Night 1 - November 1st ( ROH ), Night 2 - November 4th ( NJPW ), Night 3 - November 9th ( RPW ) and Night 4 - November 15th ( CMLL ). Each night features matches from the various promotions.
Night 1 features the Ring Of Honor debut of Killer Kross attacking Flip Gordon after his Loser Leaves ROH Match for the ROH World Championship with Jay Lethal. Flip Gordon and Marty Scurll ended their feud for the ROH Championship at Death Before Dishonor with Flip winning. Flip gets the win here, ending Jay Lethal’s ROH career. The show also features Lifeblood winning the 6-Man Tag Team Championships and the introduction of the ROH Lightweight Championship, Won by Jonathan Gresham.
Night 2 is the New Japan show which features Jay White vs. Will Ospeary, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bandido, Ibushi defending his G1 Rights and Naito vs. Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Dragón Lee defeats Taiji Ishimori to win the Junior Heavyweight Championship and after the match, Hiromu Takahashi makes his return! The night also features the match I’ll get into soon.
Night 3 feature Zack Sabre Jr. putting his Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship on the line against Toa Henare, El Phantasmo loses his Cruiserweight Championship to PJ Black and Swords of Essex win the Tag Titles.
Night 4 is the final night featuring various Luchas. Bushi defeats Carístico, A blockbuster Trios Match takes place when when Bullet Club defeat Los Guerreros Laguneros. Sky Team ( Místico II, Valiente and Volador Jr. ) lose to Rush, Dragon Lee and a mystery partner who would reveal himself to be, Hiromu Takahashi! Diamante Azul defeats Tiger and also in a Primeria Lucha, Titán defeats Stuka Jr. vs. Blue Panther Jr. vs. Rey Cometa.
Now the match.
Tomohiro Ishii enters first as the Tokyo crowd don’t give him as big of a pop as usual, as they don’t admire his actions at King of Pro Wrestling which he used to defeat Katsuyori Shibata. Jeff Cobb and Silas Young make their entrances next and the bell is rung.
It’s a match up consisting of 4 of the toughest guys in wrestling. Shibata will kick your head off, Ishii can chop the meat of your chest, Silas Young as a PhD in Brawling and Jeff Cobb can slam people to shit. The match starts off with all men sizing and taunting each other up. Silas Young swings the first blow hitting Cobb and swinging a strike at Ishii. Ishii and Cobb both hit High Impact Backfist’s taking Silas to the ground. Ishii and Cobb hit a Double Arm Drag To Shibata, landing Shibata on top of Silas Young. Cobb and Ishii then go at it exchanging forearms. Ishii stops for a second giving which allows Jeff Cobb to take control. Jeff Cobb hits a Double Vertical Suplex To Ishii!
Shibata gets to his feet and starts to brawl with Jeff Cobb. Shibata Ducks a Lariat and hits a Pele Kick followed up by a Spinning Heel Kick! Jeff Cobb falls into the corner, opening up TYR opportunity for Shibata to hit a Dropkick to Cobb! Cobb falls into a sitting position, not saying die just yet. Tomohiro Ishii and Silas Young both get to their feet and get in a Three-Way Brawl. Each man is swinging a blow at one person, until Silas Young flattens both men with a Clothesline! He notices Jeff Cobb getting to his feet, to Silas sprints at him with a Discus Elbow! Silas goes for a High Impact Backhand but Jeff Cobb sucks, making Silas spin around, giving Cobb the chance to hit a Backbody Suplex!
Cobb hooks Silas Young’s body from under the arms and pulls this 250 lbs man from the ground and hit a Dragon Suplex! Katsuyori Shibata Out Of nowhere hits a Penalty Kick To Jeff Cobb! Shibata lines it up, Shibata hits the Go To Sleep! 1....2....TOMOHIRO ISHII BREAKS IT UP WITH A DOUBLE FOOT STOMP! Ishii hooks Shibata from under the arms also, Ishii hits a Kneecap Brainbuster! 1...2...SILAS YOUNG BREAKS IT UP! All 4 men crawl to an individual corner and stare down each other. They each gradually rise to their feet and stare one another down. Jeff Cobb yells ”LETS GO!” And everyone runs into the middle of the ring with a big shoulder tackle! The sound is surreal. Silas Young hits a Stiff Elbow Shot at Shibata which Shibata respond to with a Headbutt. Jeff Cobb and Ishii get back into their brawl with each man exchanging elbows at rapid speed. Ishii goes for an Elbow but Jeff Cobb Ducks, gets behind Ishii, Backstabber! Shibata runs off the ropes and hits a Soccer Kick to Jeff Cobb! Shibata spins around, he hits a Backick! Shibata goes into the corner and lines up a Running Knee Strike, but as he’s running for it, Silas Young gets the way and hits Ushi-Goroshi! 1.....2.....KICK OUT!!!!
Silas Young locks in a Crossfaced Chicken Wing! Shibata stays in for dear life as Silas Young wrenches and wrenches. It’s broken up by Jeff Cobb hitting a Suplex Toss To Ishii onto Both men! Jeff Cobb heads to the top ropes, AND HITS A MOONSAULT ONTO ALL 3 MEN! All 4 men roll to the outside to recover and seeing as its a Four-Way, No Countouts. Silas Young is first to his feet and he immediately grabs a Steel Chair and starts to whack people all around the ring with it. He steps up the chair in a regular sitting position, then jumps off the ring apron with a Fireman’s Carry Toss to Shibata, onto the chair! Tomohiro Ishii fights Back however, catching one of the shots and pulling the chair out of Young’s hands and responding with a Big Chair Shot to the head! Ishii then pulls Shibata up from his attack and throws him over the barricade into the commentary area. Ishii and Shibata brawl stiffly in the area exchanging chops, elbows, Headbutts and Forearm’s. Shibata falls onto his knees which lines up perfectly, A PILEDRIVER ONTO THE FLOOR!
Ishii gets out of the commentary area as meds attend to Shibata. Shibata pushes them aside and makes his way to his feet alone. Ishii beats up Jeff Cobb and Silas Young in the ring, Jeff Cobb tries to stop Ishii with a Deep Six but 1......2.....KICK OUT!! Silas Young gets involved and runs off the ropes for a Bicycle Knee! Ishii falls to his knees out of that, but manages to get Silas Young into a Fireman’s Carry and looks like he’s about to hit a AA Style maneuver, but Jeff Cobb Jumps off the top ropes with a Double Stomp onto Silas Young! All 3 men come crashing down to the mat, with Silas Young rolling outside to recover. Jeff Cobb and Ishii both get to their feet and start to brawl.
Shibata however recovers on his own and pulls Ishii out of the ring. In the spot if the night, Shibata hits a Running Powerbomb To Ishii, OVER the barricade, THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! You thought Rollins doing it to Bálor was dangerous, try doing it over the barricade and through a table, and instead of an Agile 190 lbs, try a 240 lbs 48 year old. Shibata rolls himself into the ring where he’s met by Tour Of The Islands! It looks like Jeff Cobb has won, big he collapses, not able to drag himself for the pin. He barely mumbles “Hit Me” which is enough drive for Shibata. Shibata pulls him up, Scissors Kick, Knee Strike to the face, Soccer Kick, another Soccer Kick, a Penalty Kick! A Package Piledriver! Shibata gets Jeff Cobb up, Go To Sleep! 1......2.....3!!!
HERE IS YOUR WINNER, AAAND NNEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIOOOOONNNNN!! KATSUYORI SHIBATA! Shibata has won back his NEVER Openweight Championship after chaos. This match is the closet your going to get to something like a NJPW Money in the Bank, Four Tough Lads beating the piss out of each other. Shibata walks to the back holding his title up high, becoming a 5-Time NEVER Openweight Champion.
Katsuyori Shibata def. Jeff Cobb, Silas Young and Tomohiro Ishii (c) for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 20:11 )
Shibata has won back his NEVER Openweight Championship and that is it with feuding with Tomohiro Ishii. Ishii will move onto a more light schedule, making appearances at the shows just not as usual as he would as the man is approaching 50 and deserves a rest. Jeff Cobb continues his TV Championship Reign and Silas Young keeps going in ROH. Shibata now is going into his new program, with KENTA.
Shibata goes back to training his Young Lions and they gradually start making House Show appearances. Shibata dubs them “Shibata Raionzu” which directly translates to Shibata Lions. Evantally Shibata Raionzu start teaming with each other and working together. An 8-Man Tag Team Match is made for Power Struggle with Shibata Raionzu members Shota Umino, Ren Narita, Hirai Kawato and Tomoyuki Oka accompanied by Shibata taking on Bullet Club! Represented by Guerrillas of Destiny, Bad Luck Fale and El Phantasmo. Bullet Club get the win although Raionzu came close.
After Power Struggle KENTA ( who lost to Kota Ibushi in challenging for the Rights Of The G1 In The Main Event Of Power Struggle ) Challenges Katsuyori Shibata for a match at January 4th Tokyo Dome Show, Wrestle Kingdom 14. Katsuyori Shibata considers it and requests a 6-Man Tag be made, with Shibata Raionzu taking on KENTA and two partners o his choice. KENTA picks Hirooki Goto and Taiji Ishimori as his partners. Ishimori and Goto Win after another close match. KENTA came 2nd in Block A Of The G1 Climax Tournament and ever since has been going after the IC Title as part of the 32-Man Tournament for the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship where he was unsuccessful. KENTA has now set his sights on the NEVER Openweight Championship, Held by Katsuyori Shibata. KENTA will let nothing get in the way of him achieving victory and getting his first taste at Championship gold.
Katsuyori Shibata vs. KENTA is confirmed for Wrestle Kingdom for the NEVER Openweight Championship. Katsuyori Shibata has accepted the challenge and the match is made. Neither man make much digs at each other, all they do is promise to destroy each other. KENTA says he will finally get hold of Championship gold, only one thing stands in the way of that. A video airs of Shibata training in the gym, it even shows him at one of those boxing machines which counts how powerful your punch was, he does that with his kicks, chops, headbutts, elbows and of course punches. Shibata holds his title his after the video and walks off.
KENTA defeats Shota Umino - one of the top guys in Shibata Raionzu - at Road to Wrestle Kingdom. After the match KENTA gets on the mic and talks more about the similarities between him and Katsuyori Shibata, however there is no chance that KENTA won’t win. KENTA has devoted his life to wrestling and after 5 years of nothing in America, he’s returned home. He nearly won the IC Title, he almost won the Rights to Main Event in the Tokyo Dome, he will win the NEVER Openweight Championship. KENTA says that he also wants to announce, that he is officially a member of Chaos! Therefore, at Wrestle Kingdom he will be accompanied by recently departed from Bullet Club, Gedo and Jado! Gedo and Jado come out and shake KENTA’s hand, then Shibata comes out. Shibata stares down KENTA, then stomps his foot in the mat to make each man jump. KENTA responds getting in a bit closer but Shibata leaves the ring and heads to the back holding his title high. This match won’t be a competition or plain old match, it will be a Battle.
Wrestle Kingdom 14 is the first Wrestle Kingdom/January 4th Tokyo Dome Show to take place over two days. January 4th and January 5th will be the dates of Wrestle Kingdom and I’ve decided to put this on Night 1, the January 4th portion of the show. Here is the card for both nights:
Night 1:
Pre Show:
Roppongi 3K ( Sho and Yoh ) vs. Bullet Club ( El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori ), Suzuki-gun ( El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru ) and Shibata Raionzu ( Shota Umino and Yota Tsuji ) - Four-Way Tag Team Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Main Show:
Bullet Club ( Brody King and PCO ) vs. Guerrillas Of Destiny ( Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa ) - Tag Team Match for the IWGP Tag Team Championships
Místico, Carístico and Volador Jr. vs. Los Guerrero’s Lagunero ( Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Último Guerrero ) - Trios Match
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Robbie Eagles - Singles Match for RPW Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship
KENTA vs. Katsuyori Shibata - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship
Jay White vs. Chris Jericho - Special Singles Match
Sanada vs. Evil - Singles Match for the IWGP United States Championship
Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi - Singles Match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Night 2:
Pre Show:
Shingo Takagi wins last eliminating Bushi - New Japan Rumble
Main Show:
Lifeblood ( Mark Haskins, Juice Robinson and Tracy Williams ) ve. Suzuki-gun ( Lance Archer, Taichi and El Desperado ) vs. Chaos ( Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto and Mikey Nicholls ) - Three-Way Trios Match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships
Jonathan Gresham vs. PJ Black - Singles Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Taiji Ishimori vs. Marty Scurll - Special Singles Match
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragón Lee - Singles Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Cobb vs. Flip Gordon - Singles Match for the ROH World Championship
Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi - No Disqualification Match
Will Ospeary vs. Kazuchika Okada - Singles Match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
KENTA comes out accompanied by Gedo and Jado as he did in real life. His theme song Overture Blasts throughout the Tokyo Dome as he walks down. He does some practice punches as he walks down and hits a fake shot elbow strike to the camera. He’s wearing Black trunks and Black Arm Sleeves, each with a Blue Stripe going down it. KENTA receives a good pop from the crowd as he awaits Shibata.
Shibata walks down with a no nonsense look on his face. He ain’t fucking around here, he is going to destroy KENTA. Tomoyuki Oka and Hirai Kawato accompany him to the ring. He holds his NEVER Openweight Championship high above KENTA. Him and KENTA push their foreheads into each other staring one other down however the accompanying men pull them apart. Shibata passes his NEVER Openweight Championship over to the ref who holds the title high.
Both men start off with some grappling, KENTA using the old ways Kings Road. Early on Shibata hits a Go To Sleep but KENTA kicks out! KENTA uses the strategy of avoiding Shibata’s Finisher and picking away at his weak spots. KENTA strikes the head of Shibata with a stiff elbow shot followed by an Uppercut. KENTA gets some momentum from the crowd and chops Shibata ferociously. KENTA notices the weak spot of Shibata Being his head, so, he targets that. KENTA hits Elbow Strikes, Kicks and other various Strikes to the head to pick down on Shibata but Shibata manages tog etc some momentum for himself. Shibata uses the technique of trying to throw KENTA off his game with some fast and furious strikes.
KENTA has a Headlock in but Shibata gets out with an Elbow to the forehead. Shibata gets out and hits a series of Elbow Strikes. KENTA falls to his knees and Shibata hits huge Knee Strike to the gut! Shibata comes at KENTA with a round of Kicks to the chest, capped off with a Penalty Kick. KENTA counters a Discus Lariat by ducking the attack and coming with a Crossbody! KENTA locks in a Figure Four, trying to wear down the legs also as Shibata seems to use his kicks as premier offense. KENTA rolls the two outside KENTA and onto the apron. They both get to their feet and start to exchange elbow strikes. KENTA gets Shibata to fall into a Bending Postion, allowing KENTA to hit an Underhook DDT on the apron! KENTA rolls both men into the ring and further targets the head, hitting a Running Headkick! KENTA and Shibata both exchange rest holds for the next few minutes.
Shibata counters out of a headlock and hits a stiff knee to the back of the head. He locks in a Sleeper Hold but KENTA gets out and manages to get Shibata up on his shoulders. He hits a Ushi-goroshi, further targeting the head. Shibata starts to sell the head like he’s really being hurt so he fights fire with Fire, and plays KENTA’s game. Shibata spots the weak point of KENTA, his shouldeneck area. Shibata fights back with a Kick to the back of the The neck and locks in a Rings Of Saturn. KENTA fights out by kipping up an using Shibata’ hand to get him some leverage to hit a Frankensteiner! When KENTA he uses an amazing bit of Strength and hits a Deadlift German Suplex!
Both men exchange strikes to their targeted body parts. KENTA hits a Brainbuster while Shibata hits a Slingblade. Shibata goes to the outside and hits an Amazing Suplex Toss onto the Ring Apron! Shibata starts coming down with Elbow Strikes but KENTA counters! KENTA gets Shibata on his shoulders and hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER ON THE RING APRON! KENTA rolls Shibata in, KENTA gets Shibata on his shoulders for a Go To Sleep, Shibata gets down! SHIBATA hits a Death Valley Driver! Shibata hits a Penalty Kick!!! Shibata gets KENTA up for a Go To Sleep! But Shibata falls down! Shibata falls off the shoulders of KENTA out of pure exhaustion! KENTA goes to the corner, SHINING WIZARD! 1....2.....3!!!!!!!!! KENTA HAS WON!
KENTA def. Katsuyori Shibata - Singles Match for the NEVER Openweight Championship ( 18:33 )
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2019.07.04 02:50 Lezbelle666 If Tommy tooth fairy oh, let's say, some two thousand years ago what the deserts of what is modern day Israel and Palestine, and told people he was the son of God and that if they believed in him they'd have eternal life in heaven, people would believe him!!!

You have to remember that they didn't have science back then. Neither did they have newspapers, television, radio, exact they didn't even know that the Earth was round. That Cristobal colon could actually not fall off the edge of the Earth, remember they didn't even have telescopes yet. Well they had a primitive version of one.
Face the facts and learn to think for yourself. Having tried to become a born-again Christian more than once in my life, one time when some older men pick me up hitchhiking in Danbury kind of Connecticut and I need to take out 12 miles back to Newtown, and several other times after that including the time when somebody dragged me into Benny hinn's tax-exempt business with 4000 seats in it operating entirely on donations from, in the words of WC Fields the circus tycoon, suckers who are born every single minute, the last time I tried the born-again Christian thing, I was too smart. Going down to White plains New York as I did every Friday night, I was walking around the bookstore at borders bookstore where we used to go for coffee; always curious to learn new things about every single thing and not just accept metaphorical fairy tales as factual historical evidence, exercising the book secular Bible scholar Robert w Fung titled honest to Jesus, you might say that other, educationally challenged above the 12th grade, Bible something., Particularly that was in the homeless community in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Chico, California and just about everywhere else one can find either is many churches as they can trees, or maybe more churches than trees in the words of Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Manes," dust bowl, BIBLE BELT, GOT More churches and trees", ARE EITHER TOO STUPID, OR JUST TOO PLAIN IGNORANT TO EVEN READ THE BOOK BECAUSE IT MIGHT BURST THEIR BIG BUBBLE AND MAKE IT BLOW INTO PIECES!!!
Those who are either too humble, so they think, or too narrow-minded to read anything that might destroy they're long held and cherished beliefs in a flying tooth fairy in the sky promising them eternal life some human created twice called heaven!!!
Which, must I say, is the reason that sheep must follow sheep to the top of the mountain in time for the tornado thunderstorm to approach as long as the lead Black sheep tells them, " follow me and I not only will give you eternal life. I will show you a way out of homelessness and make you and all around, all American hard-working imbecile in service to the top 1% go on the Walmart, McDonald's, and just about every other place one could think of where stupidity is bliss.
That and the fact that, when I started hearing the po-lice garbage about saving unborn fetuses. Yes fetuses. It's not a baby until it's freaking born alive, if one can actually beintelligent enough to be able to read a science book.
Okay, Robert w funk and his book honest to Jesus. Myth number one, the dying and rising God. Metaphorical to the max. It was a Greek story, all the Greek gods and goddesses were born the Virgin mothers. That and yes, each and every one of them, after dying, was resurrected into the heavens. what Mary actually saw was an apparition, an apparition in her own brain. That is what you saw. If one ever read the infamous by John Milton titled Paradise Lost, in that book, Satan had a son called Lucifer. It was basically Church created holy Trinity, created in all honesty by a bunch of priests in Byzantine, Rome in 300 CE, priests who were probably busy working all night by candlelight. probably fornicating with themselves and committing the original sin; the ones in which, according to doctor Anton szandor LaVey, PhD of San Francisco, California was created by the Christian church so that no one could escape from Sin!!
Just think of a movie, for example Mel Brooks blazing saddles. Think of it on DVD, Blu-ray, or in the movie theater. And then think of it in the edited for TV format;; well, taking app into your big beautiful bubble and pricking it so it blows to pieces, all the original writings and sayings of Rabbi yeshua of Judea, Rome-a man better known as historical Jesus the rabbi, were edited in much the same fashion!!
Over a hundred bucks detailing the most accurate accounts, as written by followers of Jesus, we're actually about to be thrown out and/or Burns. Burns, in much the same sense as Beatles albums, and yes, the favourite musical artists of all, the Reverend Marilyn Manson, are still Burns to this day in educationally challenged areas of America such as the rural South, and even rural areas of the California Central valley such as Oroville, California.
the perfect example of all the white sheep following the lead white sheep up to the top of that mountain, even though they may or may not realize that, when the funnel cloud what's the tornado touches down, they may get a free one way ticket to the promised land!!!
the blind shall lead the stupid, and yes, the stupid shall the blind!! If one is not equipped to think for oneself, in part because of deeply ingrained traditional family values, in part because of the lack of formal education beyond the 12th grade and / or maybe the first year of community college, educationally challenged to the point that they cannot even question what they accept as fact, they shall soon find themselves easily brainwashed by anything. No I'm not just talkin about Christianity. Think about fundamentalist Islam, Shiite Muslims; compare that with fundamentalist Christianity or fundamentalist Evangelical Catholicism. Case in point, the American Christian Ayatollah also known as vice president Mike pence. Somebody who, were the historical Jesus alive today, would probably be the perfect whipping boy. That are maybe like those merchants in the temple, at least get his tables full of goats, sheep, and other animals and merchandise being sold in the temple, thrown up against the wall!!! As they say, the blind sheep Optimus prophet shall lead all the other blind sheep up the top of that mountain just in time for the tornadic thunderstorm to approach. Much the same as the disciples of senator Rafael Eduardo Ted Cruz, a US senator from Texas, or maybe out in the land of californication on the other side of the mountain, in the Central valley counties like view, yuba, and tehama county for example, all places dominated by Okies and other interbred specimens of humanity, are simply too afraid, one maybe two educationally challenged 2 question everything they are told might be sacred buy some fire and brimstone spewing, Bible pounding Evangelical nutcase preacher.
The best example of this probably being pastor John hagee, a fundamentalist televangelist who actually said the following. " It's the poor are not willing to work hard for a living at any job they can work at, let them starve!!":
The blind shall lead the blind. Sheep shall follow sheep because she must do what they see the other sheep doing!!!
No wonder I prefer goats. At least they can think for themselves. Yes, Baphomet; once and agricultural deity, it was later bastardized into a demonic scapegoat type creature. One which had cloven hooves on all four legs on the edge of its feet, and yes, big pointy horns on its head.
The problem being that hi, being like Einstein and questioning what others you may accept as fact, I can see that reading some ancient rulebook, one that was revised in similar fashion to the way I don't way an R rated movie is edited for television, will not guarantee me a ticket out of homeless. At least not when compared to something more realistic. Something which could be taxed more is scientific fact, then metaphorical fantasy.
for example, guaranteed national minimum income for all people regardless of employability status or the fact that they are unemployed, underemployed, or what have you.
Actually that, the concept of free college education, speculating and non matriculating students, for every citizen of that country; in some countries even for foreign citizens willing to pay living expenses. Case in point being Germany. A country which, back in 1933, at its very own showman and circus tycoons lights mostly wealthy man, convince many of its people and especially the more conservatives once, that he had the plans that would save Germany from the dire straits of Marxism.
" Make Germany great again. Elect Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess in 1933."
Good friend but you're just really weird he told the lesser educated exactly what they wanted to hear. Does Karl Marx end his philosophy of Marxism was destroying their homeland; got the Jewish people he claimed to be owners of the news oh, the primary media back in the day, what were nothing but a bunch of liberals out to destroy their once frightful, nationalistic leaning country called Germany.
Yes, the third Reich; oddly enough, history has been said to off and repeat itself. Okay, 89 years later, far far away the United States of America, a wealthy mentally ill billionaire and construction company owner from Jamaica estates, Queens, New York , in New York City, some years after reading Adolf Hitler's last published book titled my new order, decided to help bring about the fourth Reich. This time in America. Many Germans being able to accept science, and it's repeated hypotheses tested over and over again, it was time to bring about the FOURTH REICH.
Practicing much of the same logic, for example, telling your supporters to beat up the protesters and throw them out the door, something which Chancellor Hitler did and was actually sentenced to five years, in a German prison called The fortress at landsberg on the lech River, was actually sentenced to five years imprisonment for.
Using similar techniques, he worked his way through the land of the blind and stupid, pardon the expression. Yes, the Bible belt southern States as well as Bible belt states such as Indiana, Missouri, anywhere one could find a majority of the population educationally challenged, and extremely fearful of questioning anything they were taught might be sacred.
using the techniques of the carnival Barker, the man/woman that stands at the big tent announcing " okay people, step right up and enjoy the really big show. Watch the Lions, tigers and spotted leopard jumps through the rings of fire!!!" You might say that definitely, he was smart enough to know how to convince the blindest of the sheep to believe that capitalism was the savior of the world. This despite the fact that, Loni Anderson working at places like Walmart, or maybe for the Koch brothers, never see the American dream. Much like sweatshop workers in the Chinese factories will never see the Chinese dream, you might say.
When one is unable to see beyond black and white and wonder if they're already shades of grey and other colors between the two primary colors, one is easily duped into believing anything one is told they should believe; and yes, educated people also full into this category. For example, my idiot fucking sister.
Her name Linda hayduk, she has two master's degrees. One in business administration, the other in education. However, she is also a disciple of Fox news; Fox news being the perfect example of a news media corporation., Using religious right tactics originally used by President Richard m Nixon to help convert southern conservative Democrats into conservative Republicans, when told that a certain Republican candidate who cares about nobody but the top 1%, or maybe 2% at the very most out of all Americans, exactly so gullible they simply cannot think for themselves.
At which time they simply follow the fox's asshole and yes, believe everything they are told by that backside of that proverbial ass of the FOX. I believe Billy Joel had a song about her; " Catholic girls start much too late."
As I said earlier, the blind shall Believe the stupid and the stupid shall lead the blind. The sheep shall follow the sheep, especially when the lead sheet, one considered to be a leader in the community, tell them, follow me to the top of that mountain. The thunderstorm Bringing that tornado is going to suck us up and take us to the promised land. A place where will have everlasting life.
must I say that this describes money in the homeless community as well? Anyone cool, reading the Bible is literal historical fact as if it were a science textbook or maybe a college textbook about anatomy and physiology used by nursing students. not a metaphorical only story about some ancient homeless man who walked barefoot through the desert that was heavily edited by a bunch of future Catholic priests probably busy masturbating, in that flickering candle light, also editing for content and / or altering, using an entirely metaphorical story associated with the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, into what one might call a Disney approved, PG-13 rated format. This from its original r-rated format, format that might have contains not only historically accurate information, but also wordsconsidered to be profanity, by those who cannot think beyond The world is flat as fact, rather than a therory.
By now you get the idea. The question one who is able to sing for herself, or himself like 10 ask I be this; " please explain to me, oh wise Bible study teacher, how Jesus is going to pay my rent every month!!!"
I'm referring to the white supremacist I ran into in Chico California at the homeless services agency better known as the Jesus center. Many of them hillbilly ridge runners not only lacking a formal education beyond the 12th grade, if they didn't drop out of high school that is, before that point, but also the ability to think for themselves. The ability to tell themselves, I don't have to do with my family does. Just because my family says I should be a Republican, that I should worship their God in order to stay in good graces with the members of that family, that I am my own person. I am going to do what is best for me. I am not going to buns over, crack a smile, and yes, much like the stray dog running across the interstate 495 Long island freeway in traffic moving at speeds of more than 75 to 80 miles an hour in the fast lane, accept this fact what my stupid family tells me to accept as fact.
You might say that I am that person. sometime around the age of eight while at either Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner at my Aunt readers house, my Aunt Rita being very Catholic, me being the ADHD child with learning disabilities and an emotional disorder, immediately and asking out of impulse, I was hungry. I reached for the only thing I like. That being the cranberry sauce. At which time I was told, " we're not supposed to eat yeah. We have to say grace first."
Well, what did Einstein probably do? Probably something like what I did that day. Is laughed and, say something to the effect of " why are we thanking God for this food? God didn't make this food. Mom buys it with money at the supermarket just like Aunt Rita buys it at Pathmark!!"
If one ever saw that movie where the quotation college woman from the wealthy, relatively conservative white family brought home her older black boyfriend, to Sir with Love, a movie starring Sidney Poitier, one could probably conceived the idea of doing what I did. you might say that, rather than blindly accepting as fact what she was taught to accept, she was able to think for herself. Able to realize that, for her own happiness, she did not have to date only those who had the same skin color as she did.
The best person I can think of that comes to mind in modern times would be yes, the great Reverend and industrial goth musician better known as Marilyn Manson. someone who, born Brian Warner in Canton, Ohio, rather than just blindly following the other sheep and believing what he was taught buy milk price in his fourth grade class heritage Christian academy of Canton Ohio, after having many nightmares about the apocalypse, and everything else later added to the Bible long aster everything much more historically accurate had been either removed, Barnes, or buried underground at some Egyptian kings grave in Nag Hammond in Egypt, historically accurate Gospels written by some of Jesus of Nazareths earliest and most dedicated followers, Judas and Thomas for example, eventually to be on earth sometime around the year 1946 CE and compiled into Gospels such as the Gospel of Thomas and several others, Young Brian Warner began to formulate his own thoughts. He began to think for himself. In the process of doing so, rather than blindly accept as fact what he was taught in this crisis fourth grade class, he rebelled against it.
at the age of 15 after his parents had moved to Margate, Florida close to fort Lauderdale, he then began to write music based on those thoughts. This in much the same fashion as other musicians similar to himself. For example, John Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath. That or maybe Dr.Dre, Eric Stratton better known as Eazy-E, and the other rap musicians in a group tell me straight out of Compton California. A group better known as NWA. The letters standing for niggas with attitude. The most famous song, as some may now, being a song challenging those heroes better known as the police department. Heroes who, well, depending on who you are, and more importantly, the outside color of your skin, may not necessarily be heroes at all times.
Summing it up, the moral of the story being that one should learn how to think for themselves. thus statng once again to the homeless community, be at the homeless community in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Chico, California or anywhere pretty much for that matter, are simply unable to think for themselves. For example, women who blindly follow their latest boyfriend or baby daddy. Expecting him to protect them when, in all reality, were they only able to think as the more enlightened feminist women are often able to think, just might be intelligent enough to not be like those blind sheep following the lead sheep to the top of that mountain in that tornadic thunderstorm. Women who actually have enough intelligence, and enough Independence in their personality and thoughts to realize that they should not expect some boyfriend 2 be there protector, there white knight in shining armor or maybe you better cut, they're Mike Tyson like price fighter or professional wrestler that should be expected, by any means, to treat them like helpless little princesses. Helpless little princesses who, despite their size, play the role of the helpless little Cinderella waif in desperate need of some big strong macho Camacho bull ox desperately needed to protect their fragile little asses from harm!!!
Referring to someone I know who is like this, or maybe several people who are like this, all women, all I can do is laugh. Laugh, and yes, think to myself as if I were a soap opera fan watching general hospital or maybe days of our lives, that I'm watching one big reality show unfolding, in real time, in front of my very eyes in much the same sense as the script of one of those soap operas.
The woman I'm thinking of, perhaps, being the best example of some educational challenge, conservative religious family and your community and possibly a byproduct of some lesser form of human being created whena close family member possibly mates with a third cousin or something of the like, is Lady born into a critical thinking challenge form of human better known as hillbilly. that or redneck, or better yet, and this I was told when I lived in Florida, Shitbird!!! An expression I have used in the past to describe someone like this being " dumb as a dead live oak tree stump submerged 10 years underwater in a Florida swamp!!!"
Shock jocks and king of all media, Howard Stern, of Roosevelt, Long island New York in Nassau county essentially explaining the phenomenon like this, in the movie about his life and radio career titled private parts.
" I simply cannot understand country music. What is the cost I wasn't conceived when my daddy sister had sex with my uncle on the tailgate of a pickup truck, perhaps? "
that statement having been said, the first person that comes to mind is the one who stole my identity back in Chico, California. Christy D D Hughes!!! Dumbest a dead tree stump, this ignorant pathetic creature angered by the fact that I wasn't blind and stupid enough to simply buy into the religious right horse manure being fed to us, on a daily basis almost 4 days a week the homeless service center and soup kitchen better known as the Jesus center in Chico, I had the gall and the audacity to actually stand up for my own beliefs. Do you actually think for myself rather than smile, all the while pretending to be some humble douchebag to the max, see no evil has to say Merry Christmas back when one of the Christian workers said the same to me. Like Einstein i instead chose to think for myself. To literally say in reply " thanks, but I don't believe in the concept of Jesus Christ and I no longer celebrate the holiday anymore. I'd rather believe something proven by many experiments, sermon stand over and over again better known as science and think for myself. I haven't been able to, sometime around the age of eight, realize that the concept of of God and Satan were essentially littlemore's and metaphorical, human-created philosophies at very best. Philosophies based upon some supposedly evolved man or woman cool, looking at society itself and then looking at the stars, Moon, sun, and everything else in nature, chose to invent some invisible flying tooth fairy in the sky. A flying tooth fairy created to essentially restrict the animal nature singing all the beasts of the field. Another words, the laws of nature and the law of the jungle present in all animals, including the human being itself; the only animals that, rather than accept the animal within, chose to deny its own natural instincts in favor of human invented social construct. The first two that come to mind almost immediately being the concept of gender, and it's most rigid black and white and nothing in between form. That and the concept of monogamy as being natural for that very same human animal, when, in reality as modern scientists have recently learned in livescience.com, it's really not natural for the vast majority of humans in general. Rather, it is nothing more than a social construct and yes, one teaching the human animal that it should deny its natural instincts and instead, frustrate itself beyond belief by pretending to be some evolved form of intelligent ape-like creature.
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2019.06.17 18:11 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jun. 25, 2001

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUS YEARS ARCHIVE:
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1-29-2001 2-5-2001 2-12-2001 2-19-2001
2-26-2001 3-5-2001 3-12-2001 3-19-2001
3-26-2001 4-2-2001 4-9-2001 4-16-2001
4-23-2001 4-30-2001 5-7-2001 5-14-2001
5-21-2001 5-28-2001 6-4-2001 6-11-2001
6-18-2001
  • Dave has a bunch of details regarding the plans WWF has for the relaunched WCW. The plan is for WCW to have its own TV show ("far sooner than most expect it") and create 2 separate but equal promotions and there will likely be a lot of WWF guys moved over to the WCW brand to help prop it up, but of course, that somewhat dilutes the whole inter-promotional aspect of it. Currently (and this could change), the plan is for Kurt Angle to become the top star and anchor of the new WCW. It was originally going to be Triple H but his injury wrecked that. A lot of these plans have been kept super secret, because TV negotiations are still ongoing, and it's led to a lot of speculation that the WCW TV show might not happen at all, and instead WCW will simply be a rival faction that appears on WWF shows. John Laurinaitis (Johnny Ace) was officially hired by WWF this week and is likely to be one of the main bookers for the new WCW if/when it happens. Arn Anderson, David Finlay, and Ricky Santana were also hired to be part of the new WCW as backstage agents. The same WWF backstage and front office employees are expected to be stretched thin to handle all the extra WCW duties, so a lot of people are about to see their workload increase. Same with the creative staff. Instead of having their own writers, the plan is to just expand the current creative team, which means WWF and WCW will be shaped pretty much by the same people, rather than ran totally separately. Dave seems to think that's a mistake.
  • Dave thinks this whole WWF/WCW story might be the most important angle in the history of the business. Pro wrestling is on the decline, which isn't a surprise, but the speed of the decline is. Particularly TV ratings, which have been in a total free-fall since WCW died, but ticket sales are down significantly also. Fortunately for WWF, they're in the best financial shape they've ever been in and should have no problem riding out the decline, but it's still not good news. A strong WWF vs. WCW angle, if done correctly, should be able to bring back a lot of fans, at least for awhile. WWF doesn't want 2 huge, high-profile failures in a row. The XFL was already a bust and if WCW is a bust too, Dave thinks it'll be terrible for the industry as a whole.
  • Word is WWF has signed every one of the former WCW stars they're interested in except for Goldberg, Scott Steiner, and Ric Flair. Everyone else, if they're not already signed, it's because WWF claims they don't want them (I don't buy that for a second). They have had talks with Goldberg, but he's not walking away from millions of guaranteed dollars from Time Warner and WWF ain't buying him out. The Flair situation is similar, they want him but he's got a lot of money coming to him that he's hesitant to walk away from. Steiner will likely be signed when he's physically able to perform, but he's still dealing with a serious back injury that has caused nerve damage that has left him with no physical control of one of his feet. Joey Styles had a try-out to be an announcer for WCW (Dave mentions that Paul Heyman was strongly against the idea of bringing in Styles, because apparently the two had a big falling out during the dying days of ECW) but Styles reportedly wanted too much money so he's no longer being considered. Mike Tenay and Scott Hudson are still being considered. And there's also been talk of Jerry Lawler returning, with the gimmick being Shane McMahon rehired him and using Lawler's real-life falling out with Vince and WWF as a storyline explanation. Problem there is that they're still at the same impasse in regards to bringing back Stacy Carter.
  • More bad news on the business front. A new survey came out showing Smackdown had lost 34% of its teenage viewers over the past year. It declined across every age group, but teens were the biggest drop, again showing that WWF is no longer the "cool" thing it was a couple of years ago. This all leads Dave to look at other major historical business declines and what caused them and what they have in common with business today. Jim Crockett Promotions decline in late 1987 due to blowing the UFW angle, making Ronnie Garvin the NWA champion, things like that. WWF in 1992 due to the steroid scandal. And WCW in 1999 due to literally every bad decision a single company could possibly make (Dave doesn't even bother to explain it in detail, saying if you're interested, go back and read the Mar. 26, 2001 Observer because he has no interest in trying to recap the last 2 years of WCW's stupidity all over again). And for what it's worth, Dave wants to clarify that WWF business isn't bad by any means. Even though things are declining, business now is still better than damn near any time in history before. But the suddenness of the recent decline is a scary warning that needs to be heeded because even in the 3 cases listed above, none of those declines happened nearly as quickly as the current one seems to be happening.
  • Masahiro Chono has replaced Riki Choshu as the head booker of NJPW. Choshu had been the booker and main person in charge since 1989 but he resigned this week, under duress, in the wake of a power struggle over the direction of the company. Choshu's 12-year reign saw him become one of the most successful bookers in the history of professional wrestling, alongside Vince McMahon. During those 12 years, NJPW drew more than half (24 of the top 40) of the largest crowds in the history of wrestling, 50,000+ to various domes in Japan. In 1993, they legit sold out a staggering 70% of their shows. NJPW's last 2 Dome shows drew poorly and they haven't really created any new stars or hot angles lately. In fact, a lot of the biggest moves in NJPW lately have been put into motion by Antonio Inoki, who has his hands in PRIDE and Zero-1 with Shinya Hashimoto and has been working angles with them and Naoya Ogawa. When they had a tag match a few weeks ago at the Fukuoka Dome, Ogawa intentionally disrespected Choshu and ruined their match, which made Choshu look bad and ruined future plans for an Ogawa/Choshu feud, which is one thing Choshu was upset about. Choshu was also vehemently against the idea of trying to turn Kazuyuki Fujita into a Japanese version of Goldberg. Right now, Fujita is currently being groomed (by Inoki) as the ultimate shooter, having won fights in PRIDE as well as winning the IWGP title. Choshu is responsible for a lot of the stuff in NJPW that still exists to this day (even now in 2019) such as the emphasis on clean finishes, dividing everyone up into factions, created the G-1 Climax tournament, etc. But at this point, it seems as though Inoki has gained more power in NJPW than Choshu and he had enough. And with business declining and Choshu seemingly losing his midas touch over the last year or so, he was basically forced out (I'm sure we'll get more details on this in the coming weeks).
  • A Legends of Memphis Wrestling show was held in Memphis and drew around 4,700 paid fans. It's likely to be the largest indie gate of the year. OVW actually drew a larger crowd for a show back in January, but that was entirely due to an appearance by Steve Austin and he can hardly be called an indie star, so Dave doesn't count that one. The show featured many of the biggest names in Memphis wrestling history. Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Hart, Jackie Fargo, Sputnik Monroe, the Road Warriors, Rocky Johnson, Jimmy Valiant, Curt Hennig, and more. As you'd expect, the in-ring work was pretty terrible because everybody's old now, but it was said to be a fun nostalgia show. Lawler and Co. were hoping that they could springboard this show into relaunching the territory and running new shows in the Memphis area, but this nostalgia-type show is the kind of thing that will only draw a crowd one time. Dave doesn't see any way to build a future on this legends idea.
  • Kenta Kobayashi (Hideo Itami) suffered a broken foot during the latest NOAH show and will miss the rest of the tour (18 years later, I'm looking forward to him breaking his foot off in people's ass during this year's G-1).
  • Mikey Whipwreck has pretty much said that he plans to retire this year due to the physical toll wrestling has taken on his body, going so far to say he would even turn down WWF if they called him right now. He has a few indie bookings left this summer and then he's allegedly done. After retiring, he plans to get long-needed surgery on his shoulder and both knees and said he thinks the surgeries will be too much to come back from (we've all been reading long enough to know how this story goes, right? Of course he didn't retire. He did take some time off though, pretty much all of 2002. But he was back to regularly working indies by 2003 and has continued working a handful of matches per year all the way up to now).
  • Jake Roberts was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after an incident in Niles, OH. Roberts was in town to be a celebrity guest judge for a local rib tasting contest and then got into a hit-and-run accident the next day. He pled not guilty to all charges and will have to return for trial at a later date.
  • New York state senator Tom Libous introduced a new bill called the "Professional Wrestling Health & Safety Act." If it passes, the bill would require a doctor to examine a wrestler before every match. They also tried to sneak a line into the law that no one under the age of 16 can attend a wrestling show without a parent or guardian and no children under the age of 8 can attend at all. The bill also stipulates that anyone who runs more than 6 shows per year in the state must have a drug testing program in place that can be examined by the state athletic commission. Needless to say, WWF ain't one bit interested in having this bill pass, so expect a fight on that.
  • The father of a 16-year-old kid was sentenced to 250 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine from an incident earlier this year where the 16-year-old jumped off the roof of his house through a flaming table during a backyard wrestling event. The kid's clothes caught fire and he suffered serious burns on 20% of his body. The courts found the father liable since he was aware of the event (his son had been promoting it all over town beforehand) and because he was even hanging out watching at the time. He was found guilty of child endangerment.
  • Western Canada Extreme Wrestling held a show last week. What, y'all ain't up on your WCEW knowledge? And you call yourselves wrestling fans.... Anyway, WCEW is actually the competition for Stampede Wrestling up there in Canada. So in typical Hart-family drama style, Diana Hart worked for this weeks WCEW show. Apparently her current boyfriend works for them (remember, she's going through a divorce with Davey Boy) and she was his manager on the show, apparently just to stick it to the rest of her family over in Stampede. Anyway, it didn't go well. Her boyfriend injured his knee and had to get surgery after the match. Show drew a crowd of less than 100.
  • Chris Benoit is considering surgery for a pinched nerve in his neck. If he gets the surgery, he will be out the rest of this summer. It couldn't come at a worse time. WWF is severely lacking depth right now and Benoit is in the midst of the biggest push of his career. If he doesn't get the surgery, he'll take some time off and try to rehab it but hopefully won't be gone long. He'll have some tests done this week and then decide (turns out the injury is way worse than a pinched nerve. Benoit's about to miss the next 13 months or so).
  • Filming for Scorpion King should wrap up in the next few weeks. The original idea was to keep Rock off TV until the end of July, so as not to interfere with the ongoing Invasion PPV buildup that has already started without him. But given the lack of depth, that could change and Dave wouldn't be surprised to see Rock brought back as soon as they possibly can.
  • Notes from Raw: Dave says WCW has indeed invaded WWF, except it seems like they invaded the writing and production crew more than anything because this show sucked. Dave is baffled at how much time has been spent on the Spike Dudley/Molly Holly romance angle instead of on the actual King of the Ring tournament or even on the Austin vs. Jericho/Benoit main event. It wasn't all bad. Even though turning Steve Austin heel has proven to be a terrible business decision, he's absolutely crushing it in the role. During this and the Smackdown recap, Dave talks about how hilarious Austin has been as this weirdo who keeps hugging Vince and berating Debra about her cookies and whatnot. The rest of Raw was pretty blah, with a lot of dumb stuff and glaring production mistakes, but from a performance standpoint, Austin is singlehandedly carrying the show on his back these days.
  • DDP was revealed as the stalker who has been filming Undertaker's wife Sara. The reveal got a huge pop. But then DDP cut a long promo that kinda petered out and didn't get a great response the longer it went on. He never mentioned WCW but afterwards, JR and Heyman talked it up big, like this was a huge shot from WCW in the war. Dave notes that Kidman, Torrie Wilson, Mike Awesome, and Kanyon were all backstage also, but they made the decision to only debut DDP on this night.
WATCH: DDP debuts in WWF - 2001
  • Chyna hasn't been around because she had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. She has gotten a lot of media coverage lately because she has a role in a new Scott Baio/Dolly Parton movie called Frank McKlusky C.I. that's coming out next year (Scott Baio ends up getting replaced). Chyna recently did an interview and hinted at a future after wrestling, saying she's at a crossroads in WWF and is happy with what she's done but feels like she's run out of things to do. "I don't mean this in a bad way, but so many women are not in the same league as me. I have been training and wrestling men for five years. Now it is very difficult. I can't go through the top guys--Rocky would never let me beat him. It is very difficult for me to develop a program with the women right now, too, so the best part about the Chyna character now is she is more of an attraction than anything." Dave says she's been pushing to work with the top male stars for awhile now, but WWF decided against it. And in fact, the neck injury angle last year was a way to give her a "weakness" so she could more realistically sell for the other women when she wrestles them and make her opponents seem more evenly matched. But Chyna was against that and pretty much never sold the injury when she came back. Dave expects her to drop the women's title to Lita whenever she returns and mentions that her contract expires soon and she may be phased out (she's already gone).
  • On Raw, they showed Eddie Guerrero taking a bump and said he had injured his knee, which is why he isn't on TV. In reality, it's because he's been taken off TV and ordered to go to rehab. His knee is fine. The only purpose of this was to give closure to the storyline with Matt Hardy that had started before he was sent home.
  • Regarding Scott Hudson being part of the WCW relaunch, Jim Ross contacted him this week and wished him good luck but said WWF is not interested in him right now. Ross also went online and said a lot of progress has been made in the last week in regards to the WCW re-launch.
  • Various misc. WWF notes: Forbes Magazine ran a list of 10 major monopolies in the U.S. and the WWF was #10 on the list. Dean Malenko is expected to remain a wrestler a little while longer but will ultimately retire soon and settle into a backstage agent role. Mick Foley did an interview on Off The Record that's scheduled to air in a week or so and Dave heard it's fantastic. WWF writer Brian Gewirtz played the role of the waiter in the Malenko/Saturn/Terri vignettes on Smackdown this week.
  • There are plans in place to split up Edge and Christian. This idea has been batted around many times in the past but always shot down because there's a lot of people who think they're stronger as a team than they would be individually and hey, why mess with something that's not broken? A lot of people remember how hot the New Age Outlaws were as a team and how trying to split them and push them both as singles stars ended up being a huge bust. But as for now, the plan is still to move forward with it and split them (yup, happens soon after this). Dave also says they've talked about splitting the Hardyz and that's another one that has been discussed before and always shot down.
WEDNESDAY: Monday Night Raw to be renamed WCW Raw, King of the Ring fallout, Booker T debuts, Chris Benoit injury update, Chyna out of WWF, and more...
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2019.05.23 22:13 frogsplash45 In my view, discussion of the 1990s is best split into two segments: The core "Nineties" (1989~1996) and the "Y2K Era" (1997~2001)...

For video game players, this may be best summed up as the difference between GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories.
BRIEF GTA TIMELINE
1969 - GTA London
1984 - GTA Vice City Stories
1986 - GTA Vice City
1992 - GTA San Andreas
1997 - Grand Theft Auto
1998 - GTA Liberty City Stories
2001 - GTA III (Liberty City)
2008 - GTA IV (Liberty City)
2013 - GTA V (Los Santos)
When you examine the radio stations in a game like Vice City, it seems Rockstar was very particular in their choice of year. They wanted to qualify as many '80s songs as possible for radio contention, without moving too far past the heart of the decade. 1986 was the most effective choice to capture the spirit of the Eighties. Genres specific to the decade like New Wave and "Old School" Hip Hop were still quite fresh in '86. The styles of music focused on in Vice City mainly blossomed from 1979~1986.
Styles that sprouted in those latter '87-'89 years, such as Gangsta Rap, Alternative Rock, and New Jack Swing, were saved for Rockstar's next game: San Andreas.
However, San Andreas, set in 1992, is not an "Eighties" game. It's a "Nineties" game that sits right at the precipice of the decade's mainstream shift, in the wake of emerging grunge and hip hop acts. While the 1992 setting means they only have three literal '90s years to pull songs from, the soundtrack makes the case that certain songs (from bands like NWA or Faith No More) around 1988 really fit quite well into a '90s period piece despite what a release date might say.
So for me, I mark the start of the 90's somewhere around '88/'89... ish...
Now obviously, it's been pretty well established (and beaten into the ground) that Nirvana's Nevermind in 1991 marks the end of mainstream radio's pop-metal phase, while starting a new phase in favor of mainstream alternative rock.
Whether you want to claim the 90s started in 1989, 1990, or 1991, this thread is really meant to focus on another peculiar year:
1997
The early '90s spirit carries itself through about 1996. A song like "One Headlight" by The Wallflowers or "1979" by Smashing Pumpkins evokes a bookend to that spirit, for the alt rock scene at least. And as for the hip hop scene, 1996 was the final year of Tupac's life and career. If nineties music returned the mainstream to a more naturalistic feel (following the bombastic eighties), I believe that feel carried through fairly well into 1996.
Flash forward to 1997, and we see a different landscape.
A year kicked off by the Spice Girls topping the charts.
A year where electronics found their way back into music.
A year where Daft Punk released the pivotal "Homework" album.
A year that gave rise to Nu-Metal and Rap Rock like Limp Bizkit.
A year that birthed WWF's Attitude Era. South Park. Everything seemed a bit more crude, rude, and "X-treme". While PS1 and N64 had released the previous year or so, it was in 1997 that it was no longer "cool" to just have a SNES or Genesis.
Hell, this was a year where Rammstein put out "Du Hast". A song I enjoy, but a song whose production sounds remarkably different than any popular records in those years preceding it.
Through 1998, 1999, 2000... this era would further carve its own distinct identity in the form of black/silver shiny costumes and sunglasses. Blade. The Matrix. The first X-Men. Select TLC music videos and Backstreet Boys album covers. Speaking of which, frosted tips were everywhere, and so was Smash Mouth. And ska-punk. Remember the resurgence of skateboarding and the peak of Tony Hawk? His first three video games came out between 1999-2001. At the time, it felt like this "Y2K" era would never come to end. This could be the everlasting culture of the entire 00's.
And then 9/11 happened. And whether it was just serendipity or a true disruption of our taste in entertainment, it's hard to find a more obvious indicator of the end of an era. A period which I now call the Y2K Era.
2002 would mark a new era. Politically and societally ruinous, for many reasons, yes. But focusing on the pop culture angles, this was the first year where Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC were nowhere to be found on the charts. The first year where N64 no longer had big new games to play. The first year where the WWE got the "F" out. We went from Tomorrow Never Dies to Casino Royale. From Batman & Robin to Batman Begins.
Cell phones, such as the Motorola Razr, became ubiquitous. As did home high-speed internet. Speaking of, this 2000s ("Oughts") era would come to an end in early 2009, when the iPhone replaced the Razr as the most popular cell phone and Facebook supplanted MySpace.
I know a discussion like this is somewhat nebulous, because we all lived different experiences in different parts of our lives. But I really enjoy getting to the bottom of where these cultural markers lie on the pop culture timeline.
tl;dr
1989~1996 "The Nineties" alt rock & hip hop golden years
1997~2001 "The Y2K Era" electronic resurgence and x-treme edginess
2002~2008 "The Oughts" ringtone rap and post-9/11 angst
2009~2019 "The Tweens" smart phones and lady gaga and hipsters and drake
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2019.02.04 07:21 Sly_Lupin Redesigning the Centaur-class

Hello, /DaystromInstitute. Me again. Don't worry, I won't be posting all of my models here--just the canon starships that I alter in some fundamental way. In any case, today's essay is much shorter than the Excelsior, due largely to the fact that as the Centaur is an Excelsior kitbash, I felt little need to reiterate anything I said in Redesigning the Excelsior.
I would recommend reading the essay HERE on my blog, as there are a great many images accompanying the text, but I will also be posting the text here, along with links to SOME of the individual images, where relevant.
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Redesigning the Centaur.

Introducing the Centaur-class U.S.S. Chiron:
[Orthographic image.]

In-Universe Context

Following the successful transwarp experiments of the U.S.S. Ardennes, Starfleet designed the Excelsior to be the first of a new wave of starships built to take advantage of the new four fourth generation warp drive (which necessitated the adoption of a new warp scale). The first ship of the Excelsior-class, the U.S.S. Excelsior, was launched in 2285, and it was the first of many. The Excelsior-class rapidly became the "face" of the United Federation of Planets, as it proved to be one of the most capable starship designs in Federation history and was soon a ubiquitous part of the fleet. The Excelsior remained at the forefront of the Federation's exploratory and military efforts throughout the 23rd and 24th centuries, and the Excelsiors combined participated in more first contacts than any other starship class to date.
The U.S.S. Chiron, launched during the third Federation-Klingon War that precipitated the Dominion War in 2372, was the first Type-D Excelsior-class starship built. Assigned to the Federation's seventh fleet, the Chiron was one of only 14 ships to survive a disastrous counterattack operation in the early months of the war. The Chiron's secondary hull was lost in the battle, and the Chiron became one of the first Excelsiors to be refitted into a Centaur-class starship. As a centaur-class starship, the Chiron served the remainder of the war in a support capacity, and eventually restored after the war.

Commentary

After completing my Excelsior project, modeling a Centaur seemed like the next logical step: despite only appearing briefly in a single episode of DS9, the Centaur is a fan-favorite design, and arguably one of the only kitbash designs that feels unique or otherwise compelling. Generally, I don't like kitbash models--they're only ever the product of necessity, and it always shows. The Centaur model itself has a great profile, but like most kitbashes, suffers from having far to many minor details--bits of bobs of plastic glued onto the whole for no other reason than to differentiate it from the original model. (You can read more about the Centaur-class studio model at this Ex Astris Scientia article.)
[Photo of the original U.S.S. Centaur studio model.]
As always, when I model a ship, the first thought in my mind is, "why does this design exist?" I've never been fond of the idea that kitbashes only coincidentally resemble the starships whose parts they borrow, so for me to justify the Centaur-class, I first had to explain why Starfleet would bother building such a ship using an Excelsior-frame, when it would arguably be better to simply build an Excelsior-class starship in the first place.
[Image of my Centaur-class U.S.S. Chiron.]
Ultimately the rationale I arrived at was perhaps the simplest, and most obvious: the Centaur is not a "real" starship class, but rather a temporary solution to a temporary problem. During the Dominion War, the Federation suffered enormous losses. They were losing ships left and right. Surely, then, their shipyards would be at capacity, busy building new ships and repairing old ships as quickly as possible. If an Excelsior-class starship were to suffer catastrophic damage to its secondary hull, with the primary hull remaining intact, it would be prohibitively expensive to construct a new secondary hull to affix to the old saucer. Likewise, as the primary hull of an Excelsior is not warp-capable, it possesses little to no combat utility. The solution? Simply affix a different, smaller secondary hull to allow the damaged Excelsiors to continue participating in the war effort, despite their diminished capacity.
This justification allowed me to be "lazy" and simply re-use the primary hull of my Excelsior-class Type-D model, whose new features already go a long way toward erasing the need to replicate some of the Centaur's more bizarre features, like the way the secondary hull is merged with the saucer to allow for a very small, forward-facing shuttlebay. My saucer, after all, already has a vertical-launch shuttlebay on the primary saucer.
As such I felt little need to adjust the Excelsior's primary hull; the new secondary hull would attach to the bottom of the saucer using the exact same "neck" apparatus as the Excelsior proper, though it would need to be much shorter in order to more closely adhere to the proportions of the studio model.
[Image of the Centaur's secondary hull.]
I also re-used multiple components from the Excelsior model on the Centaur's new secondary hull: the two forward-facing torpedo tubes are the kind of cylindrical launchers as the Excelsior's aft torpedo tubes, and the navigational deflector, too, is the same--but scaled down. In order for the new secondary hull to also be able to operate independently, I added to small engine pods on each nacelle strut, near the secondary hull. After that, it was merely a matter of adding all the other little necessary bits and bobs. My only change to the primary hull was to add some slight discoloration to the hull panels, to subtly indicate that sections of the hull were damaged and hastily repaired--a neat visual trick borrowed from the Millennium Falcon.
One of the stranger and more divisive aspects of the Centaur-class is the spacing of the nacelles. To some fans, they're too far apart. For what reason would Starfleet built a ship with nacelle struts so long, with so much empty space in between? Such a wide ship would require a much larger warp bubble, we can reasonably assume, so surely it would be more efficient to cluster the nacelles closer together. Well, herein lies the difference between the Excelsior and the Centaur: where the Excelsior is a heavily armed starship capable of operating on the front-lines in major combat engagements... the Centaur is not. The only time we see the Centaur, it's patrolling a quiet section of the front lines (we can assume that in DS9: A Time To Stand), Sisko's route into Dominion space tried to avoid areas where it would be more likely to encounter other ships). The Centaur's secondary hull is much smaller, meaning a smaller warp core, meaning (presumably) less power to go around; never mind fewer auxiliary craft and fewer weapons systems. So, then, what is the point of the Centaur?
Front-line support.
To my mind, there can be only one reason why the Centaur is proportioned the way it is: to generate a very large warp bubble, capable of completely enveloping another, equally large or larger, starship.
[Image of the Centaur-class from aft, illustrating the wide gap between nacelles.]
To this end, I added a small superstructure to the bottom of the secondary hull, terminating aft with a large tractor beam projector. Ideally, this projector would be able to focus multiple beams simultaneously, allowing the Centaur to tow as many ships as could fit in its warp bubble. (Now seems like a good time to briefly discuss my approach to warp travel: I basically assume that the space within a warp bubble is motionless, with all of the movement occurring at the "skin" of the bubble. Therefore any and all matter within a warp bubble would be carried with the starship to its destination. This means that shuttlecraft, for example, don't need to actually land inside a shuttlebay before the warp drives engage--though they probably should, for safety reasons--they simply need to be very close to their mother ship.)
The powerful tractor beam and unusually larger warp bubble, coupled with the sturdy Excelsior-class components and its relatively high amount of firepower, would make the Centaur a very valuable support craft on the front lines: its duty is not to engage the enemy directly, but rather to make sure as many Federation ships survive each engagement as possible.
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Well, that's it. Hope y'all found this interesting. Again, check out the blog post for a whole lot of images of my models, as well as links to the 3D models themselves if you want to download them. I didn't link any images of my interiors here, so if you're interested in those, that's where you'll find 'em. I've also got a post on my modeling M.O.if you're curious about my methodology.
I'll also mention that if you want be sure to see future starship stuff from me, you can follow me on Twitter @ShouldersRed -- I'll be tweeting each time I post something new on the blog. (Note that I'll be splitting my model posts between /DaystromInstitute and /StarTrek depending on content.)
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2018.08.03 20:21 SaintRidley Get to know the MYC competitors - brief summaries, pictures, notable championships, matches from all 32 participants

This year’s Mae Young Classic has finally had the full field of 32 revealed. It’s time to get to know them a little better.
Aerial Monroe
Trained by George South Jr., Cedric Alexander, and Kaleb Conley, Monroe debuted in November 2015 for Queens of Combat. She’s been making a name for herself on the independent scene, occasionally teaming with SHIMMER champion and 2017 MYC competitor Nicole Savoy as the team #SwoleFamily (Monroe is Big Swole and Savoy is Little Swole).
Some matches:
vs. Nia Jax at WWE Monday Night Raw, August 1, 2016
with Beastly and Effy, vs. Priscilla Kelly, Darby Allin, and Su Yung at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 1, February 9, 2018
vs. Leva Bates vs. Beastly vs. Jason Cade vs. Vandal at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 2, February 10, 2018
Allysin Kay (Sienna)
Former WSU Tag Team champion, former GFW Women’s champion, former TNA/GFW/Impact Knockouts champion (2x)
Trained by Matthew Priest and Bill Martel, Allysin Kay debuted in 2008 for BCWA in Detroit, working there exclusively until 2010. She began working for various independent promotions such as AIW and WSU (where she teamed with Jessicka Havok and Sassy Stephie as the Midwest Militia, winning the first women’s WarGames match against Mercedes Martinez, Alicia, and Brittney Savage). The Midwest Militia would expand their territory, wrestling in NCW as well. Kay continued making waves, debuting in SHIMMER at vol. 49 and SHINE at SHINE 1, teaming with Taylor Made in both promotions. She toured Japan, teaming with Crazy Mary Dobson (Sarah Logan) in Diana, and Europe for Bellatrix. In 2016 she signed with TNA, debuting on Impact as Sienna. She feuded with Gail Kim and Jade (Mia Yim) and won the championship from Jade at Slammiversary 2016. After losing the championship, she won the GFW Women’s championship, defeated Rosemary to unify it with the TNA Knockouts Championship as the GFW Knockouts Championship, and by the time she lost the title the belt had been renamed the Impact Knockouts Championship. In early 2018 she left Impact. She does commentary alongside Lexie Fife for RISE’s RISE Ascent show and will return to SHINE at SHINE 53 as part of their tournament to crown a new champion.
vs. Christina Von Eerie at Beyond Tournament for Tomorrow II, November 17, 2013
vs. Heidi Lovelace (Ruby Riott) at AAW Take No Prisoners, May 1, 2015
vs. Solo Darling at WSU Power, May 9, 2015
vs. Allie at Smash 100, September 17, 2017
Ashley Rayne (Madison Rayne/Ashley Lane)
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former TNA Knockouts champion (4x), former TNA Knockouts Tag Team champion (2x), 2014 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by Jeff Cannon, she debuted in 2005 as Lexi Lane and began working the Ohio indie scene. She soon began expanding her reach, wrestling for various indies, and debuted in SHIMMER in 2007 at volume 15 as Ashley Lane, teaming with Lorelei Lee against the Canadian NINJAs. At SHIMMER volume 21 she and Nevaeh became the first SHIMMER Tag Team champions, holding the titles for 196 days with six successful defenses. In 2009 she debuted for TNA as Madison Rayne, quickly becoming a member of The Beautiful People. She would become a multiple-time champion in TNA over the next several years and has been a free agent of late, even teaming with Deonna Purrazzo at last November’s SHIMMER tapings as The Hottest Free Agents.
Some matches:
vs. MsChif vs. Lacey vs. Daizee Haze at ROH Return Engagement, April 19, 2008
vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship at TNA Lockdown 2014, March 9, 2014
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at ROH Survival of the Fittest Night 2017 3 dark match, November 19, 2017
Deonna Purrazzo
Former ECWA Women’s champion, 2015 and 2016 winner of the ECWA Super 8 ChickFight Tournament, and 2017 WOH Wrestler of the year
Trained by Damian Adams, Shawn Bennett, and Rip Rogers, Purrazzo debuted in 2013. She debuted for ROH in 2015, helping spearhead the push toward revitalizing the Women of Honor division. She was a fixture of the division until her departure earlier this year. She’s made appearances in TNA/Impact and NXT as well, and has also done two tours of Stardom. Her style is very technical: she and Madison Eagles had the best women’s match of Wrestlemania weekend this year at SHIMMER 100 and the first strike didn’t happen until nearly 7 minutes in.
Some matches: vs. Kimber Lee at WWR Revolutionary, July 31, 2016
vs. Candice LeRae at ROH on Sinclair #273, October 29, 2016
vs. LuFisto at Beyond #Caffeine, April 1, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Limitless Wrestling The World is Ours, January 19, 2018
vs. Mayu Iwatani at ROH on Sinclair #341, March 10, 2018
Hiroyo Matsumoto
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former Artist of Stardom champion (3x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former Oz Academy Openweight champion, former Oz Academy Tag Team champion (4x), former JWP Junior champion, former International Ribbon Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion
Trained by Mariko Yoshida, Hiroyo Matsumoto is a highly accomplished performer in Japan and has made her presence felt in the United States. She debuted in 2006 and has worked most promotions in Japan, including JWP, NEO, Ice Ribbon, Stardom, Oz Academy, and Sendai Girls. During her debut match for Ice Ribbon she destroyed a wall, earning the nickname The Lady Destroyer. In the United States, she and Misaki Ohata defeated the Canadian NINJAs at SHIMMER vol. 37 to become the third SHIMMER Tag Team champions. They would successfully defend the titles twice in their one-day reign before losing them to Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa at volume 40. In 2017 she retired her trainer and mentor, Mariko Yoshida.
vs. Mia Yim at Reina event, May 15, 2011
vs. Mariko Yoshida at Mariko Yoshida’s retirement show, November 19, 2017
Io Shirai
Former World of Stardom champion (2x), former Wonder of Stardom champion (2x), former Artist of Stardom champion (6x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former High Speed champion, former SWA World champion, winner of the 2014 5 Star Grand Prix, former TLW World Young Women’s Tag Team champion
Trained by Takashi Sasaki and Tomohiko Hashimoto, Io Shirai debuted in 2007 at the age of 16, alongside her sister Mio. She and her sister worked the independent circuit in Japan for a few years, eventually collaborating with Kana (Asuka) to form a trio called Triple Tails, which produced three events of their own. Following the third Triple Tails show in 2011, the group broke up so Io could pursue a singles career. She would wrestle periodically in Mexico, but her home base became Stardom, where she won every title the she was eligible for and became the ace of the company. She did some work with Kairi Hojo (Sane) and Mayu Iwatani as the Black Lotus Triad in Lucha Underground as well as heading up her stable Queen’s Quest back in Stardom. Shirai was originally close to signing with WWE last summer but the offer was rescinded due to her medicals, leading her to return to Stardom for another year.
A match:
vs. Pentagon Dark at Lucha Underground Season 3, episode 13
Isla Dawn
Trained by Damian O’Connor, Mikey Whiplash, and Tommy End (Aleister Black), she had her first match at the end of 2013 against Nikki Storm (Nikki Cross). She stuck to the Scottish independent scene for most of her first year wrestling, working under the name Courtney. She added the name Stewart to her ring name during her tour of Stardom in 2016, which she did not complete due to homesickness. In late 2016 she debuted the persona of Isla Dawn, adding a bit of vampy edge to her character.
Some matches:
vs. Aubrey Bride at HCW Vendetta 2017, March 11, 2017
with Billy Brash vs. Su Yung and Ethan Case at AWE Homegrown 2017, May 1, 2017
vs. Ivelisse at an AWE show some time prior to September 14, 2017
Jessie Elaban
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Jessie Elaban signed with WWE in 2017. In college she was a volleyball player and afterwards she was a yoga instructor. Since signing with WWE, she has primarily worked the Florida loop of house shows, but she recently made the west coast tour after less than a year’s experience. She’s got a bit of a nerd gimmick going on. The MYC will undoubtedly be her in-ring tv debut, but she’s made one appearance on tv already.
Shayna Baszler shows Jessie how to properly apply a hold
Jinny
Current PROGRESS Women’s champion, former RevPro British Women’s champion
Trained by Jimmy Havoc, she had her first match in 2014 during a joint production by PROGRESS and IPW. Jinny would become one of the foundations of the PROGRESS women’s division in 2015, wrestling throughout the UK independents with her ice queen fashionista gimmick. She’s been collecting championships in the UK since last year, becoming a top heel in the region.
Some matches:
vs. Jamie Hayter at Wrestling League Ha’Penny Havoc 2, February 21, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa at wXw Cologne, September 9, 2017
vs. Jimmy Havoc at Riptide Spring Break, May 4, 2018
Kacy Catanzaro
First and only woman to complete a City Finals course in American Ninja Warrior
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Kacy Catanzaro signed with WWE in 2018. She became famous for her run in American Ninja Warrior, where she became the first woman to scale the Warped Wall and complete a City Finals course. A gymnast in college, Kacy’s talents have led her toward unique mannerisms such as her in-ring entrance during NXT house shows. Her tv debut will be in the MYC.
Dallas City Finals, American Ninja Warrior 2014
Entrance at an NXT house show
Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin)
Former WWE Divas champion, winner of NXT season 3
Trained at Florida Championship Wrestling during its days as a WWE developmental territory and more recently by Pablo Marquez, Kaitlyn made her debut in 2010 during season 3 of NXT. She won the WWE Divas Championship in 2013, and was involved in the first on-air contract signing segment for the Divas Title. She retired in 2014 to focus on her family and business ventures. In 2017 early 2018 she came out of retirement, working two shows for Coastal Championship Wrestling.
vs. Natalya at WWE NXT, April 4, 2012
vs. Beth Phoenix at WWE Smackdown, September 14, 2012
vs. Aksana at WWE Main Event, June 19, 2013
Karen Q
Former ECWA Women’s Champion
Trained by Johnny Rodz and Damian Adams, Karen Q debuted in 2014 for Victory Pro Wrestling under the name Karen Yu. At the end of 2015 she began wrestling outside her home promotion, adopting the name Karen Q for work outside Victory Pro. She began working shows for Ring of Honor in 2017. Beginning with a dark match before SHIMMER vol. 96 she formed a bickering team with Ray Lyn called the Bones of Contention, which has been a big part of her exposure through RISE.
Some matches:
vs. Tasha Steelz at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Sumie Sakai at ROH on Sinclair #315 dark match, August 26, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo no DQ at ROH Survival of the Fittest 2017 Night 2 dark match, November 18, 2017
vs. Jonathan Gresham at Beyond #LitUp, April 5, 2018
Kavita Devi
Trained by The Great Khali and the WWE Performance Center, Kavita Devi debuted for Continental Championship Wrestling in 2016. She was signed by WWE in 2017, appearing in a first-round loss to Dakota Kai in the MYC. She would have her second on-air match at Wrestlemania 34 in the women’s battle royal, memorably arousing the ire of Becky Lynch because she was wearing orange.
A match:
with Aliyah vs. Nixon Newell and Dakota Kai at NXT Live, April 19, 2018
Killer Kelly
Former and inaugural wXw Women’s champion
Trained by Bruno Brito and the wXw Academy staff, Killer Kelly debuted in 2016 for Wrestling Portugal (though she may have possibly debuted as early as 2010, adding “Killer” to her name in August 2017. She’s wrestled for various European indies, with wXw being her home. In 2018 she signed a UK contract with WWE and appeared on both nights of the WWE UK tournament special in a match against Toni Storm and Isla Dawn and a match against Charlie Morgan. She made her PROGRESS debut just last month against Toni Storm.
A match:
vs. Valkyrie at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Lacey Lane
Former The Crash Women’s champion
Trained by Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley, Lacey Lane debuted in 2016. She’s largely worked across the US south and in Mexico as a ruda, becoming The Crash Women’s champion in the process. She was originally supposed to sign with WWE in 2017 but the offer was withdrawn due to arthritis in her knee, giving her another year on the indies to tweak her workouts toward improving her knee ahead of a second chance at WWE.
Some matches:
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at PW2.0 Heat Stroke, August 2, 2016
vs. Lio Rush at PW2.0 Mother Mayhem, May 2, 2017
with Shane Strickland vs. Jason Cade and Veda Scott at FEST Bring Your Mom, May 17, 2017
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Kylie Rae at CWA Raven Black Memorial Tournament, January 27, 2018
vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Santana Garrett for The Crash Women’s Championship at a The Crash live event, July 14, 2018
Meiko Satomura
Former World of Stardom champion, former AAAW World Single champion (2x), former and inaugural AAAW Tag Team champion (3x), former Sendai Girls World champion, 2016 Chikara King of Trios winner
Trained by Chigusa Nagayo, Meiko Satomura made her debut for GAEA in 1995. She would quickly find success, becoming an inaugural tag team champion for GAEA a little over a year into her career as well as becoming one of the women featured during WCW’s partnership with GAEA. In GAEA’s last show in 2005, she defeated Chigusa Nagayo in the main event, closing the door on the promotion. In 2006 she founded Sendai Girls, which has been her primary focus in the time since, though she continues to work other promotions, including time in Stardom and even tours in America with Chikara. She is widely renowned for her stiff, realistic style, and continues to be a very strong performer.
Some matches:
vs. Malia Hosaka at WCW Worldwide, November 10, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at WCW Pro, December 8, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at GAEA Limit Break Night 5, April 29, 2001
vs. Aja Kong for the AAAW World Singles Title at GAEA Yokohama Final Impact, April 3, 2005
vs. Kana (Asuka) at a Triple Tails produced event, February 13, 2011
vs. Kana (Asuka) at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania event, February 25, 2014
with Minoru Suzuki vs. Kana (Asuka) and Naomichi Marufuji at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania Reach event, June 16, 2014
vs. Viper at Pro-Wrestling EVE She-1 Ace of EVE Night 1 Show #2, November 11, 2017
Mercedes Martinez
Former NWA Midwest Women’s champion, former IWA Mid-South Women’s champion, former NCW International Femmes Fatales champion (2x), former SHIMMER champion (2x), former and longest reigning WSU World champion (3x), former WSU All Guts, No Glory champion, former WSU Tag Team champion, 2008 winner of the WSU Women’s J-Cup, 2011 winner of the WSU/NWS King and Queen of the Ring, former SHINE Tag Team champion, former WXW C4 Women’s champion, former WXW Cruiserweight champion, 2014 inductee in the WXW Hall of Fame, 2017 inductee in the WSU Hall of Fame
Trained by Jason Knight, Mercedes Martinez debuted in 2000, starting out in the New England independent scene where she quickly became the centerpiece of the newly-minted NECW women’s division. She is a SHIMMER original, wrestling Sara Del Rey to a time-limit draw on vol. 1; that match put SHIMMER on the map. She’s wrestled all over the US, becoming the focal point of women’s wrestling for several companies, particularly for WSU, where she went on a three-year reign with the world title before losing to Jessicka Havok. She also staked out two more achievements in WSU by having the two longest matches ever recorded in women’s wrestling history, first against Angel Orsini in a 70-minute iron woman match (60 minutes plus 10 minutes of sudden death), and again in a match against Lexxus the next year that went 73 minutes. After a two year retirement to rehab shoulder injuries and consider if she wanted to continue wrestling, Martinez returned to wrestling in 2016, forming a heel stable called the Trifecta with Nicole Savoy and Shayna Baszler in SHIMMER (the semifinal of last year’s MYC between Baszler and Martinez is actually the climax of that stable’s story). She has headed up several seminars for RISE and continues to wrestle pretty much everywhere.
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at SHIMMER vol. 45, March 17, 2012
vs. Kimber Lee for the SHIMMER Championship at AAW Windy City Classic XII, November 26, 2016
vs. Ace Radic for the WXW Cruiserweight Championship at WXW Manic Mayhem, May 20, 2017
vs. Raeven Marie for the WXW Women’s Championship at WXW XTreme War, June 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the Phoenix of RISE Championship at RISE 9: Rise of the Knockouts, July 7, 2018
Mia Yim (Jade)
Former SHINE champion, former and inaugural SHINE Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion, former TNA Knockouts champion, 2016 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by John Kermon, Mark Bravura, Christian York, and Daizee Haze, Mia Yim debuted in 2009 in the Virginia independent circuit. She would begin working for ROH and CZW within two years of her debut, and by 2012 she began making a splash in the all-women’s indies. She and Leva Bates would become SHINE Tag Team champions as the Lucha Sisters, later winning the SHINE Championship as well. She’s done several SHIMMER tapings, and her biggest national exposure came when she debuted for TNA in 2013 as Jade. She debuted as part of The Dollhouse with Marti Bell, eventually going on a singles run that saw her win the Knockouts Title from Madison Rayne in 2016. Her last feud in TNA was against Rosemary.
Some matches:
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at AIW Girls’ Night Out 11, March 28, 2015
vs. Jordynne Grace at WWE #Revolutionary, July 31, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at WWR Adios Aurora, October 17, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Battle Club Pro May the Queen Reign, May 26, 2018
vs. Matt Riddle at Smash Wrestling episode 50, June 28, 2018
MJ Jenkins
Trained by Johnny Rodz, MJ Jenkins debuted in 2015. She would make her first cracks at big exposure with her Impact debut on March 4, 2017 and her SHINE debut at SHINE 45. Near the end of last year she left Impact. Last month she signed with WWE.
vs. Dominique Fabiano at WWR Project XX dark match, April 10, 2016
vs. Vanity at WWR Brick House, May 20, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at Battle Club Pro The Bounty in Kings County, August 11, 2017
Nicole Matthews
Former SHIMMER champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW champion (3x), former ECCW Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW Women’s champion (4x)
Trained by Michelle Starr, Scotty Mac, and Vance Nevada, Nicole Matthews debuted in 2006, working the Canadian indies alongside Nattie Neidhart. She would debut in SHIMMER in 2007 at vol. 15, teaming with Portia Perez to form the Canadian NINJAs, twice winning the SHIMMER tag team championship. She would eventually win the SHIMMER Championship, holding it for a year. She’s made tours of Australia, Japan, and England, but her primary promotion for most of the year is Vancouver’s ECCW.
vs. Bishop for the ECCW Title at ECCW Ballroom Brawl 3, January 17, 2015
vs. Shayna Baszler at ECCW Ballroom Brawl V, January 16, 2016
Priscilla Kelly
Former and inaugural SHINE Nova champion
Trained by Murder-1, Priscilla Kelly debuted in 2015, wrestling in the Georgia independent scene before expanding outward to Tennessee and North Carolina. She made her SHINE debut at SHINE 37, gaining her the exposure to begin getting booked outside the South. She continues to be primarily based in the Georgia/Florida area, though she made her debut in Japan earlier this year for Tokyo Joshi Pro and DDT. She’s a succubus by gimmick, so that may be an interesting transition to adapt it for WWE.
Some matches:
vs. SIS at CWF Mid-Atlantic Kernodle Brothers Tag Team Tournament 2017, March 25, 2017
vs. Joey Ryan vs. VANDAL at Fest Wrestling Brawl by the Beach, December 8, 2017
Rachel Evers (Rachael Ellering)
Former RPW Women’s champion, former WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring champion
Trained by Lance Storm, Rachel Evers debuted in 2015 for Prairie Wrestling Alliance alongside her trainer in a mixed tag team match. She would soon make her SHINE debut at SHINE 34 against Tessa Blanchard, sparking a series of matches between the two over the course of their careers to date. She made her SHIMMER debut at vol. 96, and has wrestled as unsigned talent for NXT several times. She’s done a tour of Japan with Stardom, ending that tour in a World of Stardom championship match against Io Shirai, and also worked with Impact. She was also part of last year’s Mae Young Classic.
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at ROH Road to Final Battle 2016 Night 1, October 21, 2016
vs. Su Yung at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring Championship at WrestleCircus SXWWrestleCircus, March 17, 2017
Reina Gonzalez
Trained by Ben Galvan, Richard Aleman, and George de la Isla, Reina Gonzalez debuted in 2014. She’s a second-generation wrestler and worked the Texas independent scene until being signed by WWE in 2016, where she has been at work in the Performance Center. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
A match:
with Taynara Conti against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Rhea Ripley
Former RCW Women’s champion (2x)
Trained up in Riot City Wrestling and the WWE Performance Center, Rhea Ripley debuted as Demi Bennett in 2013 for RCW, working the Australian indie scene, where she won two championships in RCW. She toured Japan, working in Reina, Diana, and ZERO1 during 2015-2016. She signed with WWE in 2017, making her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
Some matches:
vs. Harley Wonderland and Blair Alexis at RCW Key to the City 2015, October 10, 2015
vs. Savannah Summers for the RCW Women’s Title at RCW Reanimated 2016, January 30, 2016
vs. Kellyanne at RCW Strength 2017, April 22, 2017
Taynara Conti
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Taynara Conti debuted in 2017 at WWE Fan Axxess before continuing to work on the Florida NXT tours. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic. She has since made occasional appearances on NXT, including being the Undisputed Era’s choice to engage with Nikki Cross during their feud with Sanity.
A match:
with Reina Gonzalez against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Tegan Nox (Nixon Newell)
Former WCPW Women’s champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion (2x)
Trained by Dave Stewart and Mike Hatchman, Tegan Nox debuted in 2013 and quickly began to make a name for herself on the UK independent scene as Nixon Newell. She would work almost exclusively in the UK before signing with WWE in 2017, with notable exceptions being a tour of Stardom and two SHIMMER weekends. She was originally scheduled to be part of the first Mae Young Classic but was unable to participate due to injury.
Some matches:
with Rob Cage vs. La Famiglia (Giuseppe and Connor Matthews) at PWM Welcome to the Family 2016, February 27, 2016
vs. Eva Summers and Audrey Bride for the PWA Queen of Diamonds Championship at RPW Wrestlefest, October 15, 2016
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Loaded #24, February 13, 2017
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Stacked, August 24, 2017
Toni Storm
Current wXw Women’s champion, former World of Stardom champion, former SWA World champion, former and inaugural PROGRESS women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Toni debuted in 2009 as Storm when she was just thirteen. She convinced her mother to let her move to England to live with her grandmother and train under the tutelage of Dean Allmark. She would debut for PROGRESS in 2014, becoming one of the focal points of the nascent women’s division and the first PROGRESS Women’s champion. She’s made waves internationally, to the point where she made her debut for SHIMMER at vol. 100 against Nicole Matthews, a debut that was years in the making due to just how packed her schedule was. She recently signed an NXT UK contract and will surely be a centerpiece of the new NXT UK women’s division.
vs. Madison Eagles for the Pacific Women’s Championship at PPW Second Impact, March 16, 2013
vs. The Alpha Female (Jazzy Gabert) at an EAW show some time before April 11, 2016
vs. Mia Yim at SWE Morals Don’t Pay the Bills, July 2, 2017
vs. Wesna for the PROGRESS Women’s Championship at GWF Women’s Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Vanessa Kraven
Current NCW International Femmes Fatales champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former NCW Women’s champion
Trained by Ron Hutchinson and Zaquary Springate III, Kraven debuted in 2004 for Northern Championship Wrestling in Canada. Her size (she’s 6’ tall) has helped her make her mark as The Mountain, and she’s wrestled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as several tours in Japan. She’s a regular for SHIMMER and SHINE, winning the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship with Tessa Blanchard.
vs. LuFisto at Smash Super Showdown, August 18, 2013
vs. Courtney Rush (Rosemary) at Smash TV, some time before November 5, 2014
vs. Candice LeRae at Smash TV, some time before June 4, 2015
Xia Brookside
Former IPW:UK Women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Robbie Brookside, and Robbie Dynamite, Xia Brookside debuted in 2015. Primarily based in the UK indies, she first ventured outside the home countries for a couple dates in Germany for GWF in 2016, and in 2017 she did her first Japan tour with Stardom. Since her second Stardom tour early this year, she made her US debut in RISE at RISE 7.5, doing a one-month tour of US indies following that show.
vs. Pollyanna at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution, March 9, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Nicole Savoy at Inspire Pro There is No Tomorrow, May 27, 2018
vs. Angel Hayze at Shield Pro Wrestling presents Almost Pro Wrestling, July 7, 2018
vs. Little Miss Roxxy for the Bombshells Championship at British Bombshells event, some time before July 10, 2018
Xia Li
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Xia Li made her debut in the first round of last year’s Mae Young Classic in a losing effort against Mercedes Martinez. She has since worked the NXT Florida house show loops.
A clip:
vs. Mercedes Martinez at WWE Mae Young Classic, July 13, 2017
Zatara
Current Reina de Xtreme champion, former RLL Women’s champion (2x)
Trained by Atemista and Montoya, Zatara debuted in 2008 and has largely wrestled through the Chilean independent scene where she has won numerous championships under the name Tiffany. She recently started wrestling under the name Zatara.
A match:
vs. Sara Phoenix vs. Alison Evans for the Reina de Xtrema championship at Xtreme Club Control X, February 18, 2018
Zeuxis
Current CMLL-Reina International champion, former Mexican National Women’s champion, former CMLL-Reina International Junior champion, former Reina World Tag Team champion (3x), won Princesa Sugehit’s mask at the CMLL 84th Anniversary Show
Trained by Franco Columbo, Huracán Ramirez, Negro Navarro, and El Satánico, Zeuxis debuted in 2008. Initially a técnica, she became a ruda in 2009, working for CMLL for the bulk of the last decade. At CMLL’s 84th anniversary show she wrestled 2017 MYC competitor Princesa Sugehit in the first ever women’s mask vs. mask match at a CMLL anniversary show. Zeuxis severed ties with CMLL earlier this year and has worked independently since June.
vs. Dark Angel (Sarah Stock) at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, August 25, 2015
vs. Silueta for the CMLL Mexican National Championship at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, February 23, 2016 Fall one Fall two Fall three
vs. Princesa Sugehit, mask vs. mask at CMLL 84th Anniversary Show, September 16, 2017
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2018.08.03 20:19 SaintRidley Get to know the MYC Competitors - brief summaries, pictures, notable championships, matches from all 32 participants

This year’s Mae Young Classic has finally had the full field of 32 revealed. It’s time to get to know them a little better.
Aerial Monroe
Trained by George South Jr., Cedric Alexander, and Kaleb Conley, Monroe debuted in November 2015 for Queens of Combat. She’s been making a name for herself on the independent scene, occasionally teaming with SHIMMER champion and 2017 MYC competitor Nicole Savoy as the team #SwoleFamily (Monroe is Big Swole and Savoy is Little Swole).
Some matches:
vs. Nia Jax at WWE Monday Night Raw, August 1, 2016
with Beastly and Effy, vs. Priscilla Kelly, Darby Allin, and Su Yung at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 1, February 9, 2018
vs. Leva Bates vs. Beastly vs. Jason Cade vs. Vandal at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 2, February 10, 2018
Allysin Kay (Sienna)
Former WSU Tag Team champion, former GFW Women’s champion, former TNA/GFW/Impact Knockouts champion (2x)
Trained by Matthew Priest and Bill Martel, Allysin Kay debuted in 2008 for BCWA in Detroit, working there exclusively until 2010. She began working for various independent promotions such as AIW and WSU (where she teamed with Jessicka Havok and Sassy Stephie as the Midwest Militia, winning the first women’s WarGames match against Mercedes Martinez, Alicia, and Brittney Savage). The Midwest Militia would expand their territory, wrestling in NCW as well. Kay continued making waves, debuting in SHIMMER at vol. 49 and SHINE at SHINE 1, teaming with Taylor Made in both promotions. She toured Japan, teaming with Crazy Mary Dobson (Sarah Logan) in Diana, and Europe for Bellatrix. In 2016 she signed with TNA, debuting on Impact as Sienna. She feuded with Gail Kim and Jade (Mia Yim) and won the championship from Jade at Slammiversary 2016. After losing the championship, she won the GFW Women’s championship, defeated Rosemary to unify it with the TNA Knockouts Championship as the GFW Knockouts Championship, and by the time she lost the title the belt had been renamed the Impact Knockouts Championship. In early 2018 she left Impact. She does commentary alongside Lexie Fife for RISE’s RISE Ascent show and will return to SHINE at SHINE 53 as part of their tournament to crown a new champion.
vs. Christina Von Eerie at Beyond Tournament for Tomorrow II, November 17, 2013
vs. Heidi Lovelace (Ruby Riott) at AAW Take No Prisoners, May 1, 2015
vs. Solo Darling at WSU Power, May 9, 2015
vs. Allie at Smash 100, September 17, 2017
Ashley Rayne (Madison Rayne/Ashley Lane)
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former TNA Knockouts champion (4x), former TNA Knockouts Tag Team champion (2x), 2014 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by Jeff Cannon, she debuted in 2005 as Lexi Lane and began working the Ohio indie scene. She soon began expanding her reach, wrestling for various indies, and debuted in SHIMMER in 2007 at volume 15 as Ashley Lane, teaming with Lorelei Lee against the Canadian NINJAs. At SHIMMER volume 21 she and Nevaeh became the first SHIMMER Tag Team champions, holding the titles for 196 days with six successful defenses. In 2009 she debuted for TNA as Madison Rayne, quickly becoming a member of The Beautiful People. She would become a multiple-time champion in TNA over the next several years and has been a free agent of late, even teaming with Deonna Purrazzo at last November’s SHIMMER tapings as The Hottest Free Agents.
Some matches:
vs. MsChif vs. Lacey vs. Daizee Haze at ROH Return Engagement, April 19, 2008
vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship at TNA Lockdown 2014, March 9, 2014
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at ROH Survival of the Fittest Night 2017 3 dark match, November 19, 2017
Deonna Purrazzo
Former ECWA Women’s champion, 2015 and 2016 winner of the ECWA Super 8 ChickFight Tournament, and 2017 WOH Wrestler of the year
Trained by Damian Adams, Shawn Bennett, and Rip Rogers, Purrazzo debuted in 2013. She debuted for ROH in 2015, helping spearhead the push toward revitalizing the Women of Honor division. She was a fixture of the division until her departure earlier this year. She’s made appearances in TNA/Impact and NXT as well, and has also done two tours of Stardom. Her style is very technical: she and Madison Eagles had the best women’s match of Wrestlemania weekend this year at SHIMMER 100 and the first strike didn’t happen until nearly 7 minutes in.
Some matches: vs. Kimber Lee at WWR Revolutionary, July 31, 2016
vs. Candice LeRae at ROH on Sinclair #273, October 29, 2016
vs. LuFisto at Beyond #Caffeine, April 1, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Limitless Wrestling The World is Ours, January 19, 2018
vs. Mayu Iwatani at ROH on Sinclair #341, March 10, 2018
Hiroyo Matsumoto
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former Artist of Stardom champion (3x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former Oz Academy Openweight champion, former Oz Academy Tag Team champion (4x), former JWP Junior champion, former International Ribbon Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion
Trained by Mariko Yoshida, Hiroyo Matsumoto is a highly accomplished performer in Japan and has made her presence felt in the United States. She debuted in 2006 and has worked most promotions in Japan, including JWP, NEO, Ice Ribbon, Stardom, Oz Academy, and Sendai Girls. During her debut match for Ice Ribbon she destroyed a wall, earning the nickname The Lady Destroyer. In the United States, she and Misaki Ohata defeated the Canadian NINJAs at SHIMMER vol. 37 to become the third SHIMMER Tag Team champions. They would successfully defend the titles twice in their one-day reign before losing them to Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa at volume 40. In 2017 she retired her trainer and mentor, Mariko Yoshida.
vs. Mia Yim at Reina event, May 15, 2011
vs. Mariko Yoshida at Mariko Yoshida’s retirement show, November 19, 2017
Io Shirai
Former World of Stardom champion (2x), former Wonder of Stardom champion (2x), former Artist of Stardom champion (6x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former High Speed champion, former SWA World champion, winner of the 2014 5 Star Grand Prix, former TLW World Young Women’s Tag Team champion
Trained by Takashi Sasaki and Tomohiko Hashimoto, Io Shirai debuted in 2007 at the age of 16, alongside her sister Mio. She and her sister worked the independent circuit in Japan for a few years, eventually collaborating with Kana (Asuka) to form a trio called Triple Tails, which produced three events of their own. Following the third Triple Tails show in 2011, the group broke up so Io could pursue a singles career. She would wrestle periodically in Mexico, but her home base became Stardom, where she won every title the she was eligible for and became the ace of the company. She did some work with Kairi Hojo (Sane) and Mayu Iwatani as the Black Lotus Triad in Lucha Underground as well as heading up her stable Queen’s Quest back in Stardom. Shirai was originally close to signing with WWE last summer but the offer was rescinded due to her medicals, leading her to return to Stardom for another year.
A match:
vs. Pentagon Dark at Lucha Underground Season 3, episode 13
Isla Dawn
Trained by Damian O’Connor, Mikey Whiplash, and Tommy End (Aleister Black), she had her first match at the end of 2013 against Nikki Storm (Nikki Cross). She stuck to the Scottish independent scene for most of her first year wrestling, working under the name Courtney. She added the name Stewart to her ring name during her tour of Stardom in 2016, which she did not complete due to homesickness. In late 2016 she debuted the persona of Isla Dawn, adding a bit of vampy edge to her character.
Some matches:
vs. Aubrey Bride at HCW Vendetta 2017, March 11, 2017
with Billy Brash vs. Su Yung and Ethan Case at AWE Homegrown 2017, May 1, 2017
vs. Ivelisse at an AWE show some time prior to September 14, 2017
Jessie Elaban
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Jessie Elaban signed with WWE in 2017. In college she was a volleyball player and afterwards she was a yoga instructor. Since signing with WWE, she has primarily worked the Florida loop of house shows, but she recently made the west coast tour after less than a year’s experience. She’s got a bit of a nerd gimmick going on. The MYC will undoubtedly be her in-ring tv debut, but she’s made one appearance on tv already.
Shayna Baszler shows Jessie how to properly apply a hold
Jinny
Current PROGRESS Women’s champion, former RevPro British Women’s champion
Trained by Jimmy Havoc, she had her first match in 2014 during a joint production by PROGRESS and IPW. Jinny would become one of the foundations of the PROGRESS women’s division in 2015, wrestling throughout the UK independents with her ice queen fashionista gimmick. She’s been collecting championships in the UK since last year, becoming a top heel in the region.
Some matches:
vs. Jamie Hayter at Wrestling League Ha’Penny Havoc 2, February 21, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa at wXw Cologne, September 9, 2017
vs. Jimmy Havoc at Riptide Spring Break, May 4, 2018
Kacy Catanzaro
First and only woman to complete a City Finals course in American Ninja Warrior
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Kacy Catanzaro signed with WWE in 2018. She became famous for her run in American Ninja Warrior, where she became the first woman to scale the Warped Wall and complete a City Finals course. A gymnast in college, Kacy’s talents have led her toward unique mannerisms such as her in-ring entrance during NXT house shows. Her tv debut will be in the MYC.
Dallas City Finals, American Ninja Warrior 2014
Entrance at an NXT house show
Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin)
Former WWE Divas champion, winner of NXT season 3
Trained at Florida Championship Wrestling during its days as a WWE developmental territory and more recently by Pablo Marquez, Kaitlyn made her debut in 2010 during season 3 of NXT. She won the WWE Divas Championship in 2013, and was involved in the first on-air contract signing segment for the Divas Title. She retired in 2014 to focus on her family and business ventures. In 2017 early 2018 she came out of retirement, working two shows for Coastal Championship Wrestling.
vs. Natalya at WWE NXT, April 4, 2012
vs. Beth Phoenix at WWE Smackdown, September 14, 2012
vs. Aksana at WWE Main Event, June 19, 2013
Karen Q
Former ECWA Women’s Champion
Trained by Johnny Rodz and Damian Adams, Karen Q debuted in 2014 for Victory Pro Wrestling under the name Karen Yu. At the end of 2015 she began wrestling outside her home promotion, adopting the name Karen Q for work outside Victory Pro. She began working shows for Ring of Honor in 2017. Beginning with a dark match before SHIMMER vol. 96 she formed a bickering team with Ray Lyn called the Bones of Contention, which has been a big part of her exposure through RISE.
Some matches:
vs. Tasha Steelz at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Sumie Sakai at ROH on Sinclair #315 dark match, August 26, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo no DQ at ROH Survival of the Fittest 2017 Night 2 dark match, November 18, 2017
vs. Jonathan Gresham at Beyond #LitUp, April 5, 2018
Kavita Devi
Trained by The Great Khali and the WWE Performance Center, Kavita Devi debuted for Continental Championship Wrestling in 2016. She was signed by WWE in 2017, appearing in a first-round loss to Dakota Kai in the MYC. She would have her second on-air match at Wrestlemania 34 in the women’s battle royal, memorably arousing the ire of Becky Lynch because she was wearing orange.
A match:
with Aliyah vs. Nixon Newell and Dakota Kai at NXT Live, April 19, 2018
Killer Kelly
Former and inaugural wXw Women’s champion
Trained by Bruno Brito and the wXw Academy staff, Killer Kelly debuted in 2016 for Wrestling Portugal [edit - actually 2010], adding “Killer” to her name in August 2017. She’s wrestled for various European indies, with wXw being her home. In 2018 she signed a UK contract with WWE and appeared on both nights of the WWE UK tournament special in a match against Toni Storm and Isla Dawn and a match against Charlie Morgan. She made her PROGRESS debut just last month against Toni Storm.
A match:
vs. Valkyrie at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Lacey Lane
Former The Crash Women’s champion
Trained by Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley, Lacey Lane debuted in 2016. She’s largely worked across the US south and in Mexico as a ruda, becoming The Crash Women’s champion in the process. She was originally supposed to sign with WWE in 2017 but the offer was withdrawn due to arthritis in her knee, giving her another year on the indies to tweak her workouts toward improving her knee ahead of a second chance at WWE.
Some matches:
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at PW2.0 Heat Stroke, August 2, 2016
vs. Lio Rush at PW2.0 Mother Mayhem, May 2, 2017
with Shane Strickland vs. Jason Cade and Veda Scott at FEST Bring Your Mom, May 17, 2017
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Kylie Rae at CWA Raven Black Memorial Tournament, January 27, 2018
vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Santana Garrett for The Crash Women’s Championship at a The Crash live event, July 14, 2018
Meiko Satomura
Former World of Stardom champion, former AAAW World Single champion (2x), former and inaugural AAAW Tag Team champion (3x), former Sendai Girls World champion, 2016 Chikara King of Trios winner
Trained by Chigusa Nagayo, Meiko Satomura made her debut for GAEA in 1995. She would quickly find success, becoming an inaugural tag team champion for GAEA a little over a year into her career as well as becoming one of the women featured during WCW’s partnership with GAEA. In GAEA’s last show in 2005, she defeated Chigusa Nagayo in the main event, closing the door on the promotion. In 2006 she founded Sendai Girls, which has been her primary focus in the time since, though she continues to work other promotions, including time in Stardom and even tours in America with Chikara. She is widely renowned for her stiff, realistic style, and continues to be a very strong performer.
Some matches:
vs. Malia Hosaka at WCW Worldwide, November 10, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at WCW Pro, December 8, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at GAEA Limit Break Night 5, April 29, 2001
vs. Aja Kong for the AAAW World Singles Title at GAEA Yokohama Final Impact, April 3, 2005
vs. Kana (Asuka) at a Triple Tails produced event, February 13, 2011
vs. Kana (Asuka) at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania event, February 25, 2014
with Minoru Suzuki vs. Kana (Asuka) and Naomichi Marufuji at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania Reach event, June 16, 2014
vs. Viper at Pro-Wrestling EVE She-1 Ace of EVE Night 1 Show #2, November 11, 2017
Mercedes Martinez
Former NWA Midwest Women’s champion, former IWA Mid-South Women’s champion, former NCW International Femmes Fatales champion (2x), former SHIMMER champion (2x), former and longest reigning WSU World champion (3x), former WSU All Guts, No Glory champion, former WSU Tag Team champion, 2008 winner of the WSU Women’s J-Cup, 2011 winner of the WSU/NWS King and Queen of the Ring, former SHINE Tag Team champion, former WXW C4 Women’s champion, former WXW Cruiserweight champion, 2014 inductee in the WXW Hall of Fame, 2017 inductee in the WSU Hall of Fame
Trained by Jason Knight, Mercedes Martinez debuted in 2000, starting out in the New England independent scene where she quickly became the centerpiece of the newly-minted NECW women’s division. She is a SHIMMER original, wrestling Sara Del Rey to a time-limit draw on vol. 1; that match put SHIMMER on the map. She’s wrestled all over the US, becoming the focal point of women’s wrestling for several companies, particularly for WSU, where she went on a three-year reign with the world title before losing to Jessicka Havok. She also staked out two more achievements in WSU by having the two longest matches ever recorded in women’s wrestling history, first against Angel Orsini in a 70-minute iron woman match (60 minutes plus 10 minutes of sudden death), and again in a match against Lexxus the next year that went 73 minutes. After a two year retirement to rehab shoulder injuries and consider if she wanted to continue wrestling, Martinez returned to wrestling in 2016, forming a heel stable called the Trifecta with Nicole Savoy and Shayna Baszler in SHIMMER (the semifinal of last year’s MYC between Baszler and Martinez is actually the climax of that stable’s story). She has headed up several seminars for RISE and continues to wrestle pretty much everywhere.
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at SHIMMER vol. 45, March 17, 2012
vs. Kimber Lee for the SHIMMER Championship at AAW Windy City Classic XII, November 26, 2016
vs. Ace Radic for the WXW Cruiserweight Championship at WXW Manic Mayhem, May 20, 2017
vs. Raeven Marie for the WXW Women’s Championship at WXW XTreme War, June 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the Phoenix of RISE Championship at RISE 9: Rise of the Knockouts, July 7, 2018
Mia Yim (Jade)
Former SHINE champion, former and inaugural SHINE Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion, former TNA Knockouts champion, 2016 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by John Kermon, Mark Bravura, Christian York, and Daizee Haze, Mia Yim debuted in 2009 in the Virginia independent circuit. She would begin working for ROH and CZW within two years of her debut, and by 2012 she began making a splash in the all-women’s indies. She and Leva Bates would become SHINE Tag Team champions as the Lucha Sisters, later winning the SHINE Championship as well. She’s done several SHIMMER tapings, and her biggest national exposure came when she debuted for TNA in 2013 as Jade. She debuted as part of The Dollhouse with Marti Bell, eventually going on a singles run that saw her win the Knockouts Title from Madison Rayne in 2016. Her last feud in TNA was against Rosemary.
Some matches:
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at AIW Girls’ Night Out 11, March 28, 2015
vs. Jordynne Grace at WWE #Revolutionary, July 31, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at WWR Adios Aurora, October 17, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Battle Club Pro May the Queen Reign, May 26, 2018
vs. Matt Riddle at Smash Wrestling episode 50, June 28, 2018
MJ Jenkins
Trained by Johnny Rodz, MJ Jenkins debuted in 2015. She would make her first cracks at big exposure with her Impact debut on March 4, 2017 and her SHINE debut at SHINE 45. Near the end of last year she left Impact. Last month she signed with WWE.
vs. Dominique Fabiano at WWR Project XX dark match, April 10, 2016
vs. Vanity at WWR Brick House, May 20, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at Battle Club Pro The Bounty in Kings County, August 11, 2017
Nicole Matthews
Former SHIMMER champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW champion (3x), former ECCW Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW Women’s champion (4x)
Trained by Michelle Starr, Scotty Mac, and Vance Nevada, Nicole Matthews debuted in 2006, working the Canadian indies alongside Nattie Neidhart. She would debut in SHIMMER in 2007 at vol. 15, teaming with Portia Perez to form the Canadian NINJAs, twice winning the SHIMMER tag team championship. She would eventually win the SHIMMER Championship, holding it for a year. She’s made tours of Australia, Japan, and England, but her primary promotion for most of the year is Vancouver’s ECCW.
vs. Bishop for the ECCW Title at ECCW Ballroom Brawl 3, January 17, 2015
vs. Shayna Baszler at ECCW Ballroom Brawl V, January 16, 2016
Priscilla Kelly
Former and inaugural SHINE Nova champion
Trained by Murder-1, Priscilla Kelly debuted in 2015, wrestling in the Georgia independent scene before expanding outward to Tennessee and North Carolina. She made her SHINE debut at SHINE 37, gaining her the exposure to begin getting booked outside the South. She continues to be primarily based in the Georgia/Florida area, though she made her debut in Japan earlier this year for Tokyo Joshi Pro and DDT. She’s a succubus by gimmick, so that may be an interesting transition to adapt it for WWE.
Some matches:
vs. SIS at CWF Mid-Atlantic Kernodle Brothers Tag Team Tournament 2017, March 25, 2017
vs. Joey Ryan vs. VANDAL at Fest Wrestling Brawl by the Beach, December 8, 2017
Rachel Evers (Rachael Ellering)
Former RPW Women’s champion, former WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring champion
Trained by Lance Storm, Rachel Evers debuted in 2015 for Prairie Wrestling Alliance alongside her trainer in a mixed tag team match. She would soon make her SHINE debut at SHINE 34 against Tessa Blanchard, sparking a series of matches between the two over the course of their careers to date. She made her SHIMMER debut at vol. 96, and has wrestled as unsigned talent for NXT several times. She’s done a tour of Japan with Stardom, ending that tour in a World of Stardom championship match against Io Shirai, and also worked with Impact. She was also part of last year’s Mae Young Classic.
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at ROH Road to Final Battle 2016 Night 1, October 21, 2016
vs. Su Yung at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring Championship at WrestleCircus SXWWrestleCircus, March 17, 2017
Reina Gonzalez
Trained by Ben Galvan, Richard Aleman, and George de la Isla, Reina Gonzalez debuted in 2014. She’s a second-generation wrestler and worked the Texas independent scene until being signed by WWE in 2016, where she has been at work in the Performance Center. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
A match:
with Taynara Conti against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Rhea Ripley
Former RCW Women’s champion (2x)
Trained up in Riot City Wrestling and the WWE Performance Center, Rhea Ripley debuted as Demi Bennett in 2013 for RCW, working the Australian indie scene, where she won two championships in RCW. She toured Japan, working in Reina, Diana, and ZERO1 during 2015-2016. She signed with WWE in 2017, making her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
Some matches:
vs. Harley Wonderland and Blair Alexis at RCW Key to the City 2015, October 10, 2015
vs. Savannah Summers for the RCW Women’s Title at RCW Reanimated 2016, January 30, 2016
vs. Kellyanne at RCW Strength 2017, April 22, 2017
Taynara Conti
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Taynara Conti debuted in 2017 at WWE Fan Axxess before continuing to work on the Florida NXT tours. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic. She has since made occasional appearances on NXT, including being the Undisputed Era’s choice to engage with Nikki Cross during their feud with Sanity.
A match:
with Reina Gonzalez against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Tegan Nox (Nixon Newell)
Former WCPW Women’s champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion (2x)
Trained by Dave Stewart and Mike Hatchman, Tegan Nox debuted in 2013 and quickly began to make a name for herself on the UK independent scene as Nixon Newell. She would work almost exclusively in the UK before signing with WWE in 2017, with notable exceptions being a tour of Stardom and two SHIMMER weekends. She was originally scheduled to be part of the first Mae Young Classic but was unable to participate due to injury.
Some matches:
with Rob Cage vs. La Famiglia (Giuseppe and Connor Matthews) at PWM Welcome to the Family 2016, February 27, 2016
vs. Eva Summers and Audrey Bride for the PWA Queen of Diamonds Championship at RPW Wrestlefest, October 15, 2016
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Loaded #24, February 13, 2017
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Stacked, August 24, 2017
Toni Storm
Current wXw Women’s champion, former World of Stardom champion, former SWA World champion, former and inaugural PROGRESS women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Toni debuted in 2009 as Storm when she was just thirteen. She convinced her mother to let her move to England to live with her grandmother and train under the tutelage of Dean Allmark. She would debut for PROGRESS in 2014, becoming one of the focal points of the nascent women’s division and the first PROGRESS Women’s champion. She’s made waves internationally, to the point where she made her debut for SHIMMER at vol. 100 against Nicole Matthews, a debut that was years in the making due to just how packed her schedule was. She recently signed an NXT UK contract and will surely be a centerpiece of the new NXT UK women’s division.
vs. Madison Eagles for the Pacific Women’s Championship at PPW Second Impact, March 16, 2013
vs. The Alpha Female (Jazzy Gabert) at an EAW show some time before April 11, 2016
vs. Mia Yim at SWE Morals Don’t Pay the Bills, July 2, 2017
vs. Wesna for the PROGRESS Women’s Championship at GWF Women’s Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Vanessa Kraven
Current NCW International Femmes Fatales champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former NCW Women’s champion
Trained by Ron Hutchinson and Zaquary Springate III, Kraven debuted in 2004 for Northern Championship Wrestling in Canada. Her size (she’s 6’ tall) has helped her make her mark as The Mountain, and she’s wrestled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as several tours in Japan. She’s a regular for SHIMMER and SHINE, winning the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship with Tessa Blanchard.
vs. LuFisto at Smash Super Showdown, August 18, 2013
vs. Courtney Rush (Rosemary) at Smash TV, some time before November 5, 2014
vs. Candice LeRae at Smash TV, some time before June 4, 2015
Xia Brookside
Former IPW:UK Women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Robbie Brookside, and Robbie Dynamite, Xia Brookside debuted in 2015. Primarily based in the UK indies, she first ventured outside the home countries for a couple dates in Germany for GWF in 2016, and in 2017 she did her first Japan tour with Stardom. Since her second Stardom tour early this year, she made her US debut in RISE at RISE 7.5, doing a one-month tour of US indies following that show.
vs. Pollyanna at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution, March 9, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Nicole Savoy at Inspire Pro There is No Tomorrow, May 27, 2018
vs. Angel Hayze at Shield Pro Wrestling presents Almost Pro Wrestling, July 7, 2018
vs. Little Miss Roxxy for the Bombshells Championship at British Bombshells event, some time before July 10, 2018
Xia Li
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Xia Li made her debut in the first round of last year’s Mae Young Classic in a losing effort against Mercedes Martinez. She has since worked the NXT Florida house show loops.
A clip:
vs. Mercedes Martinez at WWE Mae Young Classic, July 13, 2017
Zatara
Current Reina de Xtreme champion, former RLL Women’s champion (2x)
Trained by Atemista and Montoya, Zatara debuted in 2008 and has largely wrestled through the Chilean independent scene where she has won numerous championships under the name Tiffany. She recently started wrestling under the name Zatara.
A match:
vs. Sara Phoenix vs. Alison Evans for the Reina de Xtrema championship at Xtreme Club Control X, February 18, 2018
Zeuxis
Current CMLL-Reina International champion, former Mexican National Women’s champion, former CMLL-Reina International Junior champion, former Reina World Tag Team champion (3x), won Princesa Sugehit’s mask at the CMLL 84th Anniversary Show
Trained by Franco Columbo, Huracán Ramirez, Negro Navarro, and El Satánico, Zeuxis debuted in 2008. Initially a técnica, she became a ruda in 2009, working for CMLL for the bulk of the last decade. At CMLL’s 84th anniversary show she wrestled 2017 MYC competitor Princesa Sugehit in the first ever women’s mask vs. mask match at a CMLL anniversary show. Zeuxis severed ties with CMLL earlier this year and has worked independently since June.
vs. Dark Angel (Sarah Stock) at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, August 25, 2015
vs. Silueta for the CMLL Mexican National Championship at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, February 23, 2016 Fall one Fall two Fall three
vs. Princesa Sugehit, mask vs. mask at CMLL 84th Anniversary Show, September 16, 2017
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2018.08.03 18:54 BackgroundAct WWE Network Chronological Watch #4: All Star Wrestling 09-13-75, or "Have you ever wondered what Jesse Ventura and Hulk Hogan's love child would look like? Look no further!"

Because I have too much time and not enough to do (and also a weird interest in the history of wrestling, but mostly too much time) I'm watching the more or less complete WWE Network in more or less chronological order. And because misery loves company, you're going to watch along with me, because I'm recapping the whole thing. I hope we're going to have less Nazis and more funny stuff this week, even though Waldo Von Erich makes an appearance at AWA (sorry, I fucked that up) WWWF All Star Wrestling. And sorry for not posting earlier, but I had to deal with a bunch of medical-related BS during the last two days (like... freaking out about new meds and their side effects, then running around like a bunny on speed and eating everything without legs to flee as a result of those side effects. Good Times!) Bonus content: Unqualified comments on wrestling, remarks on the differences to today's WWE, grammatical errors and prepositions all over the place because English isn't my first language, bad jokes and general smart-ass-ness.
If you missed my earlier posts, you can find them here:
WWE Network Chronological Watch #1: MSG 3/17/75, or "Mutual Biting is a Thing in 1975"
WWE Network Chronological Watch #2: MSG 4/14/75, or "Who doesn't love to hate Nazi heels?"
WWE Network Chronological Watch #3: Champion vs. Champion, or "Bruno Sammartino was a Real-Life Badass!"

All Star Wrestling 09-13-75, or "Have you ever wondered what Jesse Ventura and Hulk Hogan's love child would look like? Look no further!"

Date September 13, 1975 (nothing entertainingly interesting happens on that day, sorry)
Venue Hamburg Fieldhouse, Hamburg, Germany Pennsylvania (or so I read)
WWE Network Link All Star Wrestling 09-13-75

Card

Tom Stanton vs Superstar Billy Graham (with Grand Wizard)
Buddy Porter, Buzz Sawyer (not this Buzz Sawyer, though) vs Blackjack Lanza, Blackjack Mulligan (with Captain Lou Albano)
Manuel Miranda vs Baron Mikel Scicluna
Frank Monte vs Francisco Flores
Louis Cerdan, Tony Parisi vs Bugsy McGraw, Waldo von Erich (with "Classy" Freddie Blassie AND Captain Lou Albano)
We start the program with a PSA about "discretionary viewer participation" in this wrestling program. Whew, I'll better take a seat, I feel faint already! The All Star Wrestling intro is rather grainy (as is the rest of the recording), but interesting, because it does the exact opposite of modern slow-mo clips of wrestling moves - it stops at the moment of impact, instead of speeding up. The next view is very familiar though, because we have Vince on commentary again, alongside Antonino Rocca, who was a big deal in the 50s and 60s, but should probably stay away from microphones, and not only because as a non-native speaker I have trouble understanding his accent ("Well, they impress me very well!"... erm what?).
\"Superstar\" Billy Graham. He looks like Jesse \"The Body\" Ventura and Hulk Hogan's time-travelling love child, down to the receding hairline, and unsurprisingly had a huge influence on their presentations and styles.
The opening bout is Tom Stanton vs Superstar Billy Graham, who's appearing in WWWF for the first time around this time and who's going to become quite a big deal later. Tom Stanton seems to be the 70s Kristen Stewart, because he has only one facial expression and can't even be arsed to raise his hand or... you know, DO something, during his introduction, even though he's supposed to be the babyface. Superstar Billy Graham is managed by the Grand Wizard of Wrestling, is billed from "Paradise Valley, Arizona", which is a real place, contrary to everything I expected, and looks like he's roughing up guys like Tom Stanton as light exercise. Before Breakfast. With one arm tied behind his back. He also makes a huge show of having the Grand Wizard help him pull off his shirt, because he's so muscular he can barely fit it over his biceps. Judging from the amount of whistling, the audience appreciates the look. Graham proceeds to beat up Tom Stanton, pulling him up twice at a two-count, which is kind of a dick move, because this match is so fucking boring that I want it to be over. Graham finally wins via submission in 3:57, which was about two and a half minutes too long, then beats up Stanton some more and jiggles his pecs.
Thank God it's over, the amount of \"not giving a fuck\" was really high in this one, especially on Tom Stanton's part. Makes you appreciate good enhancement talent.
Up next are Buddy Sawyer and Buzz Porter vs Blackjack Mulligan (whom you might know as Barry Windham's dad or Bo and Bray's grandad) and Blackjack Lanza with Captain Lou Albano. The Blackjacks are the WWWF Tag Team Champions, and they're really committed to this weird partner look thingy, even though Blackjack Mulligan drew the line at getting an upper body hair toupet. The crowd seems a bit confused as to who they're supposed to cheer for, but they really don't like "Albano the Bum" and chant against him while the Blackjacks resthold the shit out of their opponents, interspersed with a few blows. At least they're looking mean and like they really want to hurt those dudes, but also like casually beating them up is just another day at the office for them. We see Heel!Barry Windham's Black Claw, complete with black leather glove, and Lou Albano just casually choking Buddy Sawyer (I think?) while the ref isn't looking. Good times, or at least better times than the last match! Antonino Rocco's voice is about as annoying as young Jim Cornette with his tennis racket, minus the part where you want Cornette to walk into a door or fifteen before he leaves. You just want Rocco to LEAVE. Right NOW! Doors or no doors, just have him GONE! Unfortunately, the only thing that happens is the Blackjacks winning (unsurprisingly), but Rocco stays. Damn it.
Blackjack Mulligan (aka Bo and Bray's gramps) to the left, Blackjack Lanza to the right. Also, refs are already wearing striped shirts here!
When we return after the commercial, there's an interview with the Grand Wizard of Wrestling and Superstar Billy Graham, and wraparound sunglasses and golden turbans be damend, the guy can TALK! "Superstar Billy Graham has muscles he hasn't even flexed yet, and now, out of the goodness of his enlarged, big, mammoth heart, Superstar Billy Graham has consented, just this one time, depending on how your demeanor is, he has condescended to personally speak to you." Honestly, I think the Grand Wizard might be my favourite heel manager so far, even more so than Blassie and Albano. Graham proceeds to extol his many... ahem... virtues (99,5% of them physical), trashes Vince, then talks about how every wife wants to fuck him and how every husband is jealous that his wife wants to fuck him. Personally, I'm more into less spray tan and less steroids, but, whatever makes you sleep at night, Billy. And then we get to the salient point here, because Graham wants to get "fat, pot belly, out of shape, white-skinned" Bruno Sammartino out of his "overstuffed easy chair" and into the ring for a WWWF World Heavyweight Championship match. Uh... Billy? Have you been watching the same tapes that I've been watching? Are you talking about a different Bruno Sammartino? Because I don't know anyone who fits that description... But damn, one hell of a promo. I don't know how well Sammartino's and Graham's styles mash, but I really want to watch their match (which took place on October 13, 1975 in MSG from what I can gather, but hasn't made it to the WWE Network yet - it's available on YouTube though, if any of you want to take a look). Instead we have the historic Sammartino-Graham match on April 30, 1977 to look forward to in a couple of weeks! (WWE Network Link for those who don't want to wait)
We also have the first entry on our Vintage Wrestling Bullshit Bingo Card, brother! I'd make this a drinking game, but I'm kinda afraid for my liver...
\"Tell me the truth, are you not mesmerized?\" - He seems mesmerized to me!
The next match is Manuel Miranda (who might also have wrestled as "Law Man" in the WWF at some time?) vs Baron Mikel Scicluna, who was a big deal in the 60s and early 70s. Scicluna proceeds to trash Miranda to crickets from the crowd and a couple of people leaving for or returning from bio breaks, while Vince talks about the possibility of a Graham-Sammartino match. At least it's over mercifully fast when Sciculuna wins by unspectacular three-count, and I don't have to pretend this is a big deal, because nobody else does, either.
If that pose doesn't say \"I'm a dick, please hit me!\" then I don't know what does. Unfortunately, he wins. Also, sorry for the abysmal picture quality. I swear it's the video!
The penultimate match of the broadcast is "Fabulous" Frank Monte (sometimes also Mike Monte, I think?) vs Francisco Flores and I really hope it's going to be more entertaining than the last one, because otherwise, I'll need a lot of coffee. Franciso Flores looks like, if he went and applied for a role as just about any Mexican guy in any movie today, he'd be sent home with a lot of scathing comments about clichés and typecasting. He also hasn't figured out yet that "approximately skin-coloured" isn't the best look for wrestlers' trunks for obvious reasons. First impressions can be quite deceiving, however - these two put on a way better match than Miranda and Scicluna, and it's clear from the moment the bill rings, when they pull out the fancy moves, like armdrags and turnbuckle-whips and extremely insincere (but entertaining) heel begging. The crowd appreciates the change of pace, too, and is actually, audibly invested in this match, something that was absent from most of the other matches. The pace picks up a bit after Monte throws Flores out of the ring (no mats on the floor in that era) and they start brawling on the apron, until the ref has enough of their bullshit and calls for a double countout for some reason. I can't find it in me to be angry about the bullshit-y finish, though - "better" doesn't necessarily mean "good" here, especially when considering the matches before.
A+ theatralics to be seen here! (Flores to the left in the invisible pants, Monte clutching the ropes)
It's getting crowded in the ring for the last match of the broadcast. Louis Cerdan (from Paris) and Tony Parisi (NOT from Paris - also, did you know that "Pariser" is a German slang term for condom?) vs Bugsy McGraw and Waldo Von Erich (who has his right arm under control this time), with managers Captain Lou Albano and "The Fashion Plate of America" Freddie Blassie. Urgh. If he's the fashion plate, I'd hate to see what everyone else is wearing. Everyone takes their sweet time getting out of the ring and into their respective corners before Von Erich and Tony Condom Parisi start things off. I also feel like I'm not up to date on the finer points of 70s face-heel dynamics, because Parisi rakes Von Erich's face and gets a huge pop from the crowd, which kinda confuses me? Cerdan and Parisi are aware that the numbers are stacked against them, and they... leave (WTF?), while Albano destroys a wooden chair just because he... can, I guess? Blassie seems quite convinced that McGraw and Von Erich have won by countout even though nobody's counting yet for some reason, but suddenly, the crowd goes wild and Ceran and Parisi return from the dressing room with... André the Giant? This is getting stranger and stranger! The heels vacate the ring in a hurry - can't fault them, I'd be in a hurry too if André was coming after me, and especially a young-and-healthy-looking André! Blassie tries to get in a shot or two with Von Erich's signature riding crop, but finally, they return to something resembling an actual wrestling match, even though it still is a four-on-two-handicap match despite André trying his best to scare off Albano and Blassie. Finally Cerdan and Parisi have their comeback and start to beat the snot out of Blassie and Albano, to a huge pop from the crowd, who was getting as sick of their bullshit as I was. However, I could've done without hints of Blassie's buttcrack. Some things just cannot be unseen. André then almost casually bashes Blassie's and Albano's heads together, then proceeds to just... sit on them and the broadcast ends without an actual finish to the match. Erm... what. The. Actual. Fuck?
WTF?

TL;DR

Superstar Billy Graham doesn't know what size of tee to buy, cowboys really like matching outfits, Billy Graham needs new glasses, these bullshit finishes are really getting out of hand and André the Giant enjoys sitting on people.

What to watch?

Billy Graham's promo right after the Blackjacks' tag team match. I think it's even more fun with the benefit of hindsight. Maybe the last tag team match if you want to see the insane amount of WTF? for yourself. If you're looking for good wrestling, though... look elsewhere.

What does the cat think?

\"I remain supremely unimpressed by your silly human antics.\" I guess she likes her wrestling with a bit more... wrestling?
Up next: The Cowboy and a Texas Bronco, or "Terry Funk was young-ish once!" (WWE Network Link) "Cowboy" Bill Watts defends the (NWA Tri-State - there were about a gazillion NA Championships around back then) North American Championship against - yay! - Terry Funk! I'm excited about this!
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2018.07.31 22:54 BackgroundAct WWE Network Chronological Watch #3: Champion vs. Champion, or "Bruno Sammartino was a Real-Life Badass!"

Because I have too much time and not enough to do (and also a weird interest in the history of wrestling, but mostly too much time) I decided to start watching the more or less complete WWE Network in more or less chronological order. And because misery loves company, you're going to watch along with me, because I like to talk and I'm recapping the whole thing. Also, thank you for your very kind comments, I'm happy that I can make some of you happy with this. Up next: Bruno Sammartino defends his championship against Waldo Von Erich, who is still a Nazi. Bonus content: Unqualified comments on wrestling, remarks on the differences to today's WWE, grammatical errors and prepositions all over the place because English isn't my first language, bad jokes and general smart-ass-ness.
If you missed my earlier posts, you can find them here:
WWE Network Chronological Watch #1: MSG 3/17/75, or "Mutual Biting is a Thing in 1975"
WWE Network Chronological Watch #2: MSG 4/14/75, or "Who doesn't love to hate Nazi heels?"

Champion vs. Champion, or "Bruno Sammartino was a Real-Life Badass"

Date June 16, 1975 (someone punched Japan's prime minister in the face on that day!)
Venue Madison Square Garden
WWE Network Link Champion vs. Champion

Card

Bruno Sammartino (with Arnold Skaaland) (c) vs Waldo Von Erich (with "Classy" Freddie Blassie) for the WWWF Championship
The rest of the show's card is here. On first glance, I don't think we're missing any classics.
\"Hey look! A Nazi!\" He also found a championship belt somewhere!
This is a short video (only 8:38), and we open in the middle of the introductions, with Freddie Blassie (whose recruitment interviews for wrestlers probably go like "Are you evil?" - "Jawohl, mein Führer!" - "Great, I'll manage you!") and Waldo Von Erich strutting around the ring and having wadded up paper thrown at them (very polite, these 70s fans. No beer cans for them!). We find out that this is a return match (quick research tells me that they had a match on May 19, 1975 in MSG that Waldo Von Erich won because of... blood? But Sammartino kept his championship? I'm confused), and that Waldo Von Erich has become the European Heavyweight Champion at some point during the last two months (after a bit of quick research I'm kinda on the fence about the legitimacy of the title, with a tendency towards "BS"), making this a Champion vs Champion match (you'd never have guessed that from the title of the video!). Waldo also thinks that a good way to acknowledge his introduction before the match would be a crisp Nazi salute... er, what?
I'm kinda torn on this one. One the one hand, trotting out the symbols of a fascist regime that killed millions of innocent people all over the world and whose ideology is still very much alive today for entertainment is one of the cheapest kinds of heat (the Hitler salute gets the biggest boo of the night, though, so at least the fans seem to have their priorities straight). On the other hand, I feel that this kind of stereotypical heel is different from other kinds of harmful stereotypes the WWWF perpetuates during that time. "This dude is evil and to be hated because he's a Nazi!" is logic I can get behind. But "This dude is evil and deserves a beating because he looks Japanese/gay/Middle Eastern/foreign" is just a bunch of bullshit that actually hurts people. What do you think about this?
Arnold Skaaland is introduced by the ring announcer as "a great guy", and then the crowd goes wild for Sammartino. That he's Italian adds another level of... interesting horror to this match, because Nazi Germany and Italy under Mussolini (another fascist dictator) were allies and fought together in WWII, until Italy ditched Mussolini in the Summer of 1943 and sided with the Allies, which prompted the German occupation of large parts of Italy - including the part where Sammartino and his family lived at that time. His mother Emilia hid him and his siblings in the Abruzzo mountains for fourteen months, but they were eventually discovered by SS troops and nearly executed when Sammartino was 8 years old. Here's a very emotional article where he returns to the mountainside. Whoa. This is some strong stuff, and I really want to know what Sammartino thought about Von Erich's Nazi gimmick, given his history.
Returning to wrestling... we find out why Von Erich got that championship belt in the first few seconds of the match - it's so he can hit Sammartino with it! But using the belt is not enough, and he quickly exchanges it for a blade-like object and proceeds to attack Sammartino's right arm with it. The crowd is wild, cops have to push them back from the barriers, and they're throwing a lot of... stuff into the ring. After the Nazi salute, I can certainly understand them (that crap is actually illegal in Germany and Austria - Nazi salutes, not throwing stuff). Sammartino's arm starts to bleed immediately, but that won't stop him. He kicks Von Erich (and Sammartino's kicks look really vicious!), then throws him across and finally out of the ring with his left arm. Von Erich tries to mount a comeback, but Sammartino takes him out with a knee to the chest and... wins by three-count? This match is over before it has really begun, and even knowing how long short the video is, I'm surprised! Sammartino, too, seems disappointed about the quick finish, and though he is injured and Skaaland (got his name right this time!) and the ref try to hold him back, he continues to kick Von Erich into next week, to a huge ovation from the crowd, until Von Erich retreats to the dressing room. Bruno is then presented with a bouquet (coming from a lady in the crowd, I think?) and the recording ends. Wow. This was... wild on a couple of levels, few of them related to the actual wrestling. I hope the next match is more lighthearted than this.
You're definitely not going to forget selling THAT!
Okay, we have a problem here. Originally, I was going to recap "Steeling Victory" right along with "Champion vs. Champion", but a second look at that video makes it very clear that it's nowhere from near the same time period as "Champion vs. Champion". There WAS a match between Bruno Sammartino and George Steele in Madison Square Garden on August 9, 1975, but I can't believe that they got rid of the barricades, downgraded their recording equipment and muzzled Vince on commentary, just to get an oldschool feeling and make their video look suspiciously like this recording of a Sammartino-Steele cage match from 1970. So I'm leaving it out, because it's probably from around 1970-ish.
Instead I'm going even further back and talk a (tiny) bit about this match between NWA United States Wrestling Champion Verne Gagne (you might have heard of him) and NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Édouard Carpentier from - wait for it - 1958 I found on YouTube. The difference in styles is astounding, especially compared to Carpentier's match from the last recap that I liked so much. There's a lot - and by "a lot", I mean "almost exclusively" - mat wrestling to be seen, at a pace that seems to modern viewers like riding an arthritic turtle. Backwards. Up a hill. With rocks underfoot, so the turtle has to place each foot very carefully. You can literally watch this at 1,5x the speed, and you miss nothing. Commentary guy is rather hilarious and trying very hard to get himself over ("One guy in a ski sweater, the other in a velvet jacket, I don't know what this adds up to!" - "What's Gagne wearing here? Everything that Johnson and Johnson makes?" He also apologizes for lighting a cigarette for himself!), a stark contrast to rather professional-sounding 1975 Vince McMahon. The crowds feels very stately and somber, it looks like everyone is wearing their sunday best, judging by the amount of ties and fancy hair-dos I can see, and they even cheer - very politely - for rope breaks. We see hints of Carpentier's athleticism and exciting style (that he managed to evolve it so much is really impressive), but otherwise, we're well into "Watching paint dry might be more exciting!" territory. That the 2-out-of-3-falls match ends in a draw due to a double countout doesn't really help.
An exciting move! *gasp*

TL;DR

Nazi salutes are going too far, Sammartino is a badass for real, 1958 wrestling is even more boring than expected.

What to watch?

Nothing. If you have time, take a look at this article about Sammartino's past in German-occupied Italy instead!

What does the cat think?

Rather sceptical about all of this. She's also unhappy about Naz... er, that I woke her up.
Up next: We're moving away from the Connecticut-based WWWF now and to a different territory with All Star Wrestling 09-13-75, or "Have you ever wondered what Jesse Ventura and Hulk Hogan's love child would look like? Look no further!" (WWE Network Link) An one-hour commercial for the Minneapolis-based AWA. Okay, forget everything I wrote, I fucked up again (I wonder if I'll ever have a recap where I don't have to correct stuff afterwards?) This is not AWA All Star Wrestling, but WWWF All Star Wrestling, as evidence by Very Young Vince as our announcer. Sorry about that. But we DO have a few known names, like Superstar Billy Graham, Blackjack Mulligan and... yay! ... Waldo Von Erich! I hope my next recap is going to be more light-hearted and fun than this installment.
(correction about All Star Wrestling, link to next recap added)
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2018.06.09 16:48 rockstarleopard GTA San Andreas Xbox 2005 Original vs 2014 Remaster - Everything you need to know before buying

Since the rerelease of San Andreas on Xbox One (via backwards compability) we have seen a lot of confusion about the Original Xbox Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and the 360 Remaster. I have therefore complied a list of all the known differences between the 2 versions, so everyone can make up their own minds and enjoy the nostalgia trip without disappointment.

Q&A:

How many versions of San Andreas are there for Xbox? Xbox Original Disc [2005 OG] Xbox Original Platinum Hits Disc [2005 OG] Xbox Original - Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy Disc [2005 OG] Xbox Original Digital (via OG emulation on 360 only) [2005 OG] Xbox 360 Disc [2014 Remaster] Xbox 360 Classics/Platinum Hits Disc [2014 Remaster] Xbox 360 Digital [2014 Remaster] Xbox One Digital (via 360 emulation on One) [2014 Remaster]

What version of San Andreas will I get on Xbox One!?

Regardless of whichever version of San Andreas you own, you will only receive a digital copy of the Xbox 360 remastered version from 2014.
Is there any way now to get a digital copy of the Original 2005 Xbox release? No. It was removed from the 360 marketplace in 2014. Your 2005 disc entitles you to a digital copy of the 2014 remaster only.
Could I play the Original 2005 release on Xbox One? Technically yes, if you plugged a console capable of playing that game (e.g. Xbox 360) into the Xbox One via HDMI-In, but not natively.
Who found all these changes if Rockstar didn't announce them officially? I have complied my own findings with news reports from EuroGamer, IGN and GTA community posts at GTAForums, GameFAQs & YouTube.
Can I see a comparison of the multiple versions of San Andreas side by side? Yes, YouTube features many videos and you can find screenshot comparisons via Google.
What is Rockstar's response? These bugs have been reported numerous times over the years via Rockstar Support. They did release a patch for this 2014 version on the 360 for performance.
I have seperated the differences into categories below. These are the changes made to the 2014 Remaster of San Andreas, that you will be experiencing in your Xbox One version:
GRAPHICS:
  • Color palettes changed. (more contrast, different hue)
  • Vehicles and characters now all have a shiny/specular effect to them.
  • Higher resolution textures. (some incorrect UV mapping though)
  • Alpha transparency not fixed. (e.g. Helicopter blades blurring - only the PS2 got version this correct)
  • Spraying tags has a new animation.
  • Screen distortion removed. (heat haze effect)
  • Lanterns and lights have the static shadow from the PS2 version.
  • Characters can be seen frozen during cutscenes. (because of FOV/aspect ratio change)
  • Dynamic grass sprites removed. (makes certain areas now look very flat/sparse especially the forests)
  • Nights are darker. (some grass textures glitch black at night)
  • Low FPS stutters (e.g. SF Airport entrance)
  • Dynamic shadow detail added to characters and vehicles. (but removed shadows from buildings and vegetation)
  • Interior building shadows are messed up.
  • Cars don't accelerate correctly and shake on their chassis. (Vehicles all go straight from 1st to last gear - probably an issue in the handling config file)
  • The door has been removed when exiting some restaurants.
  • Gym weights are now correctly grey instead of gold. (texture glitch)
  • Ammunation interior updated. (more targets, shelves, signs)
  • Certain trucks now have dual wheels.
  • Skybox and clouds are different. (darker and more contrast - less visibilty when flying)
  • FPS capped to 30FPS. Ss4gogeta0 Correction: GTA SA was always 30 FPS (actually might have been 25 if I recall correctly). The physics engine is tied to the FPS and anything higher than 30 breaks the game.
  • Millie Perkin's (girlfriend) corset outfit has been removed (seen in 'Key to Her Heart') and replaced with a standard pedestrian texture. [IMAGE]
AUDIO:
  • Audio skipping & cutting out during cutscenes. (& SFX playing at incorrect times or volumes)
  • Motorbikes are even louder at full speed.
  • Some vehicle sounds have been modified.
  • Songs will sometimes repeat indefinitelty on the radio station.
  • Audio can go out of sync during dancing missions.
  • Ending credits audio cutouts.
  • Songs removed or skipped from radio.
REMOVED SONGS
Bounce FM 04. You Dropped A Bomb On Me (The Gap Band) 09. Yum Yum (Fat Back) 16. Running Away (Roy Ayers)
K-DST 01. Running Down A Dream (Tom Petty) 03. Woman to Woman (Joe Cocker)
K-Jah Radio West 03. Ring My Bell (Blood Sisters) 04. Don't Let It Go To Your Head (Black Harmony)
Master Sounds 98.3 01. Express Yourself (Charles Wright) 06. Rock Creek Park (The Blackbyrds) 08. Funky President (James Brown) 09. Grunt (The J.B.'s) 12. Soul Power 74 (Maceo And The Macks) 17. The Payback (James Brown)
Playback FM 10. Critical Breakdown (Ultramagnetic MCs)
Radio Los Santos 02. I Don't Give A Fuck (2Pac) 07. Express Yourself (NWA)
Radio X 07. Hellraiser (Ozzy Osbourne) 08. Killing In The Name (Rage Against The Machine)
CONTROLS:
  • Trigger input is digital not manual (speed is automatically built up - no pedalling,swimming or sprinting quickly - makes missions harder)
  • Automatic jumping/climbing when approaching a hurdle. (can be disabled in Options)
  • Sensitivity changed. (can be changed in Options)
  • Free-aim and Auto-aim seperated. (no switching between them on the fly)
  • Controller vibration/rumble support removed completely.
  • Can't move the camera around at all while flying aircraft. (Camera moves centered with the rudder, controls)
  • Handling configurations changed. (most noticable on aircraft like Hydra)
  • Alternate vehicle controls for Forklift forks, Firetruck truck etc. are now activated by holding B. (hinders drivebys. Hydra unchanged)
  • Added icons for button prompts during activity menus. (E.g. playing pool)
  • Arkiasis - Secondary horns for emergency vehicles can no longer be played by holding the horn button.
  • Cinematic camera option has been removed completely.
GAMEPLAY:
  • No more losing weapons after wasted. (makes Katie's girlfriend bonus obsolete now, except for free hospital bills)
  • GTA IV style money counter. ($350 instead of $00000350)
  • Pimping/Taxi/Vigilante mission button prompt never leaves the screen when driving. (large pulsating RS icon on the left of the screen)
  • Camera gallery completely removed. (no more album of all your in-game photography)
  • No multiplayer. (PS original had icons where a 2nd player could join)
  • Menu & Map design changed.
  • Map takes a few seconds to render when pausing the game.
  • Stats screen loads with an animation around the weapon wheel and is placed top centre of the screen. (while Left is held on the d-pad)
  • Gym's have been simplified. (1 button press required to train instead of 2)
  • Hunger & Fat stats appear more frequently.
  • Clothing shops & barbers now show a preview of items.
  • Restaurants now have a list to choose from.
  • Country Rifle has a new camera angle when firing. (like the Vice City assault rifle angle)
  • If you jump off somewhere high (e.g. Mt. Chilliad) and fall to your death, you may die again a second time when you recover in hospital.
  • Hydraulics dance-off changed, now scrolls left to right.
  • Girlfriends will now dump you if you ignore them.
  • Auto-save after missions added.
  • Mid-mission checkpoints added.
  • Achievement support. (Cheats disable them)
MISSIONS:
  • Audio may skip or cut out completely on various missions.
  • 'Burning Desire' burning house interior slightly remodeled but now features lot less smoke. Arkasis (mission may crash unless extinguisher aquired)
  • 'Life's A Beach' dance-off isn't synced correctly. (Fix: Spam upcoming button before it appears)
  • 'Stowaway' after completing the mission, non-destructible boxes may appear on the airstrip which can't be removed. (Possible fix: Save the game and reload the save)
  • SF Vigilante (Police Missions)' screen may start to glitch out around Level 6 (Black flashing screen with weird reflections) - IMAGE
  • 'Badlands' after completion screen may glitch out when entering a building. (Black flashing screen with weird reflections)
  • 'Beat The Cock' made harder. (Due to automatic cycling,swimming,running)
  • Katie date' Katie's textures may glitch during cutscenes and the dance button prompts may disappear. - IMAGE
  • 'Michelle date' she may just steal the car and drive off giving you negative rep.
  • Jetpack can now be removed in missions.
MISINFORMATION:
  • Draw distance not maximised/increased. (Over PC)
  • No anti-aliasing. (It never did but the Xbox Originals version via 360 emulator supported 2x or 4x MSAA)
  • Shooting/Driving controls changed to triggers. (The OG Xbox controller has a different button layout and the scheme was changed to triggers since the first Original emulation in the 360)
  • Alternate Fire button removed. (Incorrect: It is the B button for the fire hose etc. in both control schemes)
  • Pedestrian's don't drop money. (Incorrect: They do; it is dependent on the type of pedestrian)
  • Hyrda can't change flight mode. (Incorrect: Hold RS Up for jet mode and RS Down for hover mode)
I hope this helped to clear up any confusion surrounding the release on Xbox One! I will try to update the thread with any more bugs found in this version of the game.
Thanks everyone! Additional info in comments.
Edits Added 5 additions to the lists. 10th June - 2 additions. 25th June - 4 additions.
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2017.07.08 19:35 Xalazi Stardom's Mid 2017 FAQ - Almost everything you ever wanted to know

What is Stardom?
World Wonder Ring Stardom, or just Stardom for short, is a Joshi Puroresu(Japanese Women's Wrestling) company based in Tokyo. It was founded in 2011, and it's currently one of most successful Women's promotion in the world.
What is Stardom Wrestling like?
Most Stardom Wrestlers wrestle a mix of traditional Japanese Strong Style, Lucha Libre, and American Wrestling. Most matches are 5-15 minutes long. Singles, tag team, and trios matches are common. Three way, and Fatal Fourway matches are also common on the under cards. Most shows feature 5 or 6 matches. There is also a little bit of comedy mixed into the product without taking away from the sportsmanship. Overall, it's a very fun brand of wrestling.
How often do Stardom Shows run?
Sometimes they run multiple shows a week, and sometimes there is a small hiatus due to scheduling. Overall, it averages out to about one show a week. They regularly run shows in multiple locations in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, and a few other cities in Japan. Shinkiba 1st Ring in Tokyo is the venue that they run most often, and Korakuen Hall is where most of the big shows are held.
Who wrestles for Stardom?
Stardom has a mix of Japanese and international talent. The international talent comes from the US, Mexico, and Europe. Big names such as Sara Stock(Dark Angel), Nicky Storm(WWE's Nicky Cross), Cheerleader Melissa, Christina Von Eerie, The Alpha Female, Taya Valkyrie, Chelsea Green(From WWE's Tough Enough, TNA's Laurel Van Ness) and more have wrestled in Stardom. A few male names such as Minoru Suzuki, Dr. Wagner Jr, Ultimo Dragon and Kenny Omega have also wrestled in the past on rare occasions.
A breakdown of Stardom's roster:
  • Mayu Iwatani - "Sky-Blue Hyper Technician", "The Icon of Stardom", "The Gift". A fierce high flyer that will do anything(within the rules) to win. Master of the Dragon Suplex. The first and so far only World of Stardom and Wonder of Stardom duel champion.
  • Yoko Bito - A Stardom original that made her return to wrestling in 2016. She will kick your face off. Master of the B-Driver.
  • Hiromi Mimura - "The Indomitable Princess". Charisma personified. A short but fierce technician.
  • Konami - A student of WWE's Asuka. A fierce shooter with amazing kicks and submissions.
Queens Quest: The tweener faction in Stardom. They want to push Stardom to be the best.
  • Io Shirai - "The Ace of Stardom", "The Genius of the Sky". Basically the Red Queen of Stardom. The best in the world. She may have wrestled her last match for Stardom, although no official announcement has been made yet.
  • Momo Watanabe - "The JK Fighter"(High School Fighter). One of the best under-18 wrestlers today.
  • HZK - Pronounced "Hazuki". A young & badass rebel that will kick you in the face.
  • AZM - Pronounced "Azumi". A young & agile rebel that will stomp you to the ground.
Oedo Tai: The rule breaking heels of Stardom.
  • Kagetsu - The leader. A high flying, powerful rule breaking badass.
  • Hana Kimura - A heart breaking trickster rogue.
  • Kris Wolf - An American Wolf in Japan. She loves meat and you are her prey.
Team Jungle - An exuberant babyface faction.
  • Jungle Kyona - A high energy dynamo. She has Jungle Power and she will use it to closeline people's heads off.
  • Hiroyo Matsumoto - A joshi legend. She current holds titles in three different promotions: Stardom, Oz Academy, and Sendai Girls.
  • Kaori Yoneyama - A joshi legend. Former OZ Academy Tag Team Champion. Former Stardom Tag Team champion. Runs her own shows under the YMZ brand. Often teams with and against rookies. Loves Dragonball and cosplay.
  • Natsuko Tora - The least experienced member of Team Jungle. What she lacks in power and experience she makes up for with heart and effort.
Gaijins - The foreign regulars of Stardom:
  • Toni Storm - The hard hitting rock-n-roll machine that represents Stardom all over the world as the Stardom World Alliance Champion.
  • Shanna - "Portugal's perfect athlete". She believes that she is the true queen of High Speed and the real master of the Dragon Suplex.
  • Kay Lee Ray - A high flying technician. Arguably the best female technical wrestler in the world.
  • Viper - The Scottish giantess. She is a mighty powerhouse. Aligns herself with Oedo Tai.
  • Santana Garrett - "Wonder Woman". Former Wonder of Stardom champion. Former NWA World Women's Champion. Former SHINE Champion. Current WOW champion. Host of Tea Time, an interview series on Stardom World.
  • Chelsea Diamond - The Beauty Queen of Stardom.
  • Chelsea Green - Tag team partner for Santana Garrett. Host of Tea Time, an interview series on Stardom World.
  • Many more. Stardom usually has at least two or three gaijins around any point in time.
Stardom's Rookie class:
  • The Starlight Kid - "The Genius Girl". A high flying technician. The only masked wrestler currently in Stardom.
  • Ruaka - She's 12! But don't let that fool you. She's also powerful.
  • Hanan - She's also 12! She uses Judo to get an advantage her opponents.
  • Rina & Hina - Hanan's younger twin sisters. Rina wears pink and looks up to Jungle Kyona. Hina wears blue and she is too cool for your nonsense.
  • Shiki Shibusawa - Stardom's newest addition. As of writing this, she is set to debut on the July 16th Korakuen Hall show.
Sendai Girls: At least once a year for the past few years Stardom and Sendai Girls have cooperated to share talent. You may see some Sendai Girl talent appear on Stardom shows and vice-versa.
  • Meiko Satomura - A joshi legend. The leader of the Sendai Girls company. Usually comes to Stardom to destroy Io, and Mayu.
  • Chihiro Hashimoto - A highly accomplished amateur wrestler turned pro. In her young career she has managed to become two time Sendai Girls champion.
  • Mika Shirahime - A protege of Meiko. She is deadly with her kicks.
Miscellaneous: Other people that you are likely to see around Stardom:
  • Rossy Ogawa - The President of Stardom.
  • Fuka - The General Manager of Stardom. She also trains the rookies.
  • Yuzuki Aikawa - The first Wonder of Stardom champion. She retired years ago, but she pops up on occasion as a guest in various Stardom related events.
  • Madusa - Stardom's commissioner. WWE Hall of Famer. She comes to Stardom about once a year to make sure things are operating properly and give some wisdom.
  • Bull Nakano - A joshi legend. She does commentary for the Samurai TV broadcasts and serves as a mentor for the roster.
What's the deal with the kids?
This is something that western fans might find odd, but it's not that big a deal when you put it into it's proper context. There are no age limits to Wrestling in Japan. Fuka trains anyone that seeks training and is capable of doing the work. Which has lead to children as young as 9 or 10 years old to wrestle. It's no different than kids going to martial arts classes in America. Fuka is a very experienced trainer who has trained the majority of Stardom's roster. The kids are trained to wrestle in a very safe and basic style. The super young kids only wrestle short exhibition matches until they reach a certain age(12 if I'm not mistaken). And wrestling doesn't interfere with their school.
Overall, it's a fun thing for these kids to do.
Who are the current Stardom Champions?
Are there any annual tournaments or special events?
Yes, a few:
  • Cinderella Tournament - A one night, single elimination tournament held in the spring. The winner gets any match that they want. The latest winner was Toni Storm.
  • 5 Star Grand Prix - A two bracket, round robin tournament held at the end of Summer. The winner gets a shot the World of Stardom title. The current winner is Yoko Bito.
  • Tag Team League - A single bracket, round robin tournament held in the Fall. The winners get a shot at the Tag Team titles. The last winners were B-Y-Ho(Yoko Bito & Kairi Hojo).
  • Rookie of Stardom Tournament - A one night tournament for the rookie class. The Winner is declared the Stardom Rookie of the Year. The last winner was Arisu Nanase.
  • Janken Tournament - Rock, Paper, Scissors and cosplay. For Ogawa's money, or at least some of Ogawa's money.
  • Masked Festival - Every Halloween the Stardom roster are replaced by a strange band of masked wrestlers.
Are there Stardom power rankings?
Technically yes, but they haven't been updated in a while. If I had to do a power ranking based on my own personal opinion:
  • S Level - Mayu Iwatani. Toni Storm. Either is arguably the strongest person in a Stardom ring at any point in time.
  • A Level - Yoko Bito. Able to push any of the names above to the limit, but has yet to "win the big one".
  • B Level - Kagetsu. HZK. Jungle Kyona. Konami. Kay Lee Ray. Santana Garrett. Hiroyo Matsumoto. Viper. Shanna. They win the majority of their matches.
  • C Level - Hana Kimura. Momo Watanabe. Kris Wolf. Hiromi Mimura. Chelsea Diamond. Chelsea Green. Most other foreign wrestlers that aren't regulars. Can hang with the names above. Maybe even win some of the time. The true Midcard.
  • D Level - Natsuko Tora. The Starlight Kid. AZM. Able to beat rookies consistently, but struggles against anyone else.
  • E Level - Ruaka. Hanan. The Rookies after they've been with the company for a while. May have a few wins under their belt.
  • F Level - The Rookies that are just starting out. They don't have any wins yet.
That doesn't cover everyone, but it gives you a general idea.
How can I watch Stardom?
There are two legal options outside of Japan:
First, Stardom has it's own online streaming service, Stardom World. It costs 750 yen per month(roughly $6.25 ~ $7.50 USD). It's available world wide. For that you get:
  • 1-2 matches per day. Let's say that a show happens in Japan today, they post the matches starting tomorrow. Within 5-6 days all the matches for the new show are up. There are logistics reasons why they can't post more than that. It takes time to edit and translate all the footage, and Stardom is a small company that can't afford a full media department to run the service.
  • Interviews segments. Right now they have one with Medusa, Taya Valkyrie, Santana Garrett, Chelsea Green, Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo, Mayu Iwatani, and more. These are usually one 10 minute video per week.
  • Back cataloged shows from the early days of Stardom. They post one of these most weekends.
  • SWA matches. Stardom has a deal with a few indies around the world and they post occational matches. These are less regular. Maybe 1 per month.
All in all it averages out to 1 or 2 videos a day. The site is in English. All the videos are either naively in English, or they are subtitled. My guess is that they have about 200-250 hours of content up right now.

Warning:

If you pay for Stardom World on 28th of the month you will be charged again on 1st of the next month. It's not a lot of money, but you should know that ahead of time. This is just a quirk of the way Japanese streaming services work in general.
The second is NicoPro. This comes in two forms. The Nicopro streaming service.. This is available in Japan. It focus on live streaming shows, interviews, and press conferences from various promotions. It costs 500 yen. Stardom wise you get a few small shows and a monthly(I think?) interview show with Fuka called Fuka's Night. The Nicopro paid Youtube channel. This is basically the same as the Japanese services except a bit easier to navigate for English speakers. It's available in the US and a few other countries, but it's also blocked in many places for now. In either form, NicoPro is not really a replacement for Stardom World. It's more of a compliment. The ability to watch some small Stardom shows in a complete form is nice, but the service's real value is the ability to watch other promotions like K-Dojo, Tokyo Joshi Pro, Ice Ribbon, etc. As far as I know you don't get any of Stardom's big shows on it.
If you live in Japan you also have the option to watch Stardom's major shows on Samurai TV. They usually air a short time after the shows have taken place. Often in an edited, shorten fashion. They also show a lot of replays of older Stardom shows. Check your local listings.
Can I watch Stardom on (Insert Device name)?
Stardom world works on Windows and Mac PC's, IOs devices, and Android devices. It's also been tested on Xbox One via the Edge browser. Stardom World now uses an HTML5 player, which is pretty nice if you have concerns about Flash.
Other devices such as PS4, Roku, Chrome books, Chromecast, etc. may not work. If that's a deal breaker for you, buy at your own peril.
I'm new to Stardom, where should I start?
Depends on how you want to watch. It's perfectly fine to jump in on the latest show. Stardom is pretty easy to follow, and it shouldn't take more than a show or two to be fully up to speed. If you prefer to start earlier and watch things in order, then I recommend the 2016 Cinderella tournament. You can basically watch everything in order from that point without skipping a beat.
Also, this:
The first ten matches to watch on Stardom world
These are not the best or more important matches in Stardom per say. These will just serve as a nice introduction to the roster. So you can get a feel for what people are about. In no particular order:
  1. Yoko Bito Vs Mayu Iwatani – With the big upcoming title match, everyone should watch their first match. It was one of the best Stardom matches of 2016.
  2. Kris Wolf Vs Kairi Hojo – Kris being Kris.
  3. Shana Vs Mayu Iwatani – Who is the true master of the Dragon Suplex?
  4. Viper Vs Toni Storm – Two of Stardom’s premier gaijins clash.
  5. Kairi Hojo Vs Konami – A glimpse at Stardom’s future.
  6. Mayu Iwatani Vs Hana Kimura – Hana being Hana.
  7. Queen’s Quest Vs Team Chibi – All the emotions!
  8. Hiroyo Matsumoto & Jungle Kyona vs Kairi Hojo & Yoko Bito - The official birth of Team Jungle.
  9. The 2016 Masked Festival Main Event – Let’s just say that the Masked Festival is a very…special…time of the year for Stardom.
  10. Hanan Vs Rina & Hina - Rina & Hina's first show. A good introduction to Stardom's current rookies.
How can I find out what's coming up?
This is a challenge. Stardom doesn't keep an up to date English list of up coming events that I'm aware of. But fear not, for the most part you don't need one. The cards for most small Stardom shows are thrown together like a real sports league. The promoter booked it, so they must fight. If you absolutely need to know every match that is coming up then keep an eye out for Stardom's English Twitter and Stardom's Japanese Twitter accounts. They announce upcoming matches a few days before the show happens. Spoiler Warning. Those accounts live tweet results so you may get spoiled before you get a chance to see the match on Stardom World.
For bigger shows and long term storylines, wrestlers challenge each other on camera. So, if you watch the show you know what are the big matches that are coming up regardless.
If you are traveling to Japan and want to fit a Stardom show into your schedule email Stardom at the address listed below. They will gladly give you the planned schedule months in advance and allow you to purchase tickets.
How can I contact Stardom if I have any questions or problems?
Stardom's official email address is [email protected]. Allow up to a day for a response due to time zones.
I'm just a fan, but I'm willing to answer questions whenever possible.
Visit stardomjoshi/ for more Stardom discussions
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