WrestleCircus is back bitches! A month removed from their highly touted return show, The Show Must Go On, we get, Raise the Curtain. Many names we all know, Indy mark or not, and some are making their WrestleCircus debut. I’m looking forward to this one, particularly since I haven’t seen Teddy Hart since Wrestle Society X (bite your tongue with old comments). So given that WSX was like 10 years ago, I’m really curious what Teddy still does.
Also aside from Teddy Hart curiosity, it’ll be interesting to see how Tessa Blanchard rebounds from her losing effort, in the 5* classic against Brian Cage. So with all the known talent and the match ups the way they are, without further ado, let’s see how this show plays out.
Shane Taylor vs JT Dunn
This match was surprisingly closer than expected.
Dunn took an early advantage and then Taylor dominated for a good portion of the match. Dunn did get a second wind, connecting on a rolling cutter, tombstone piledriver and a discus forearm. But when Taylor kicked out of the first one, he went back to the well for another forearm, and Taylor countered with a Knockout Punch. Dunn went to sleep, Taylor’s hand went up.
— WrestleCircus ? (@WrestleCircus) March 25, 2018
Rating: ** 1/4
Fatal 4-Way: Teddy Hart vs Andrew Everett vs Zachary Wentz vs Myron Reed
So a few of these guys we’ve seen in Japanese promotions (Zachary Wentz in Dragon Gate and Andrew Everett in NOAH), with a known commodity in Teddy Hart and Crown of Glory Champion, Myron Reed.
This match started off strong and fast paced, but the major thread that plagued the match was a lack of fluidity. Teddy Hart pulled off some fantastic combination moves, like a rope assisted DDT/Piledriver and a Diving Double Spike DDT. Each man had a legitimate shot at a few near falls, but Teddy Hart pulls off the win, by countering Myron Reed’s offense on Andrew Everett and turning it into an avalanche Canadian Destroyer.
— WrestleCircus ? (@WrestleCircus) March 25, 2018
A lot of big fun spots, but like I said before, the spots seemed to be off by a few seconds and they never really got a good flow for the match. Entertaining as hell though, and it was great to see Teddy Hart again.
Rating: ** 3/4
Mixed Tag Match: Gentleman Jervis & Kylie Rae vs Serpentico & Leva Bates
Well, I enjoyed Leva coming down dressed as Jake the Snake since she’s teaming with Serpentico and apparently Jervis is afraid of snakes.
So ya, this started off as a typical comedic Jervis match with hugs and tickles, then Leva chases him to the back with the snake in the bag. So Lucha rules kicked in and the two remaining teammates decided to actually wrestle. Kylie was very impressive, middle rope corkscrew arm drag, and a few other notable moves.
The match went on for quite some time, we got Jervis’ Rocking Sleepy Hold and the Wheelbarrow Snake Charming Hypnosis spot causing Leva to DDT Serpentico. This kind of stuff doesn’t resonate with me, so I’ll give it that the audience seemed to enjoy it, but I’d rather eat glass.
Actual submissions happened and both Serpentico and Leva were forced to tap together, but this is not something I cared for beyond a few little chuckles.
Rating: * 1/2
Rey Fenix vs Dezmond Xavier
An interesting pairing with Fenix making his WC debut and Xavier still trying to prove himself.
Early on Fenix tweaked his knee, and Xavier took advantage of it, but got easily distracted and annoyed. Fenix wrestled from underneath for a while, with both men pulling out interesting moves. Xavier hit his Double Backhand Spring Overhead Kick, for a near fall. However, Dezmond’s inexperience got the best of him. Fenix put a few moves together, hit a big step up spinning back kick, followed up by a Muscle Buster spun into what looked like a Fire Thunder Driver variation. I’m not really sure what to call it, but damn cool. And here I thought the coolest move was going to be Xavier hitting a crisp Spiral Tap that left the announce team grasping at straws for what to call it.
As for the match, they gave a lot of space between moves for things to sink in, and to set up the next spot. Not a bad thing at all, but it did make the pacing of the match a little odd at times. Good match, and given the story they were telling, it worked very well.
Rating: *** 1/2
Big Top Tag Team Title: Extra Talent-ed (c) vs. Dirty Devils w/ Insidious Follower
Dirty Devils are the typical kind of occult heel team with a manager, while I don’t know much about the others.
The match had some nice transitions, just poor execution in a lot of spots. A Tope con Hilo that mostly missed, a wheelbarrow tag move that seemed odd and the biggest travesty, a botch ref grab to break up the 3 count. The crowd was chanting “This is Bullshit” before the interference from the Insidious Follower even happened.
So Dirty Devils win thanks to manager help and a pin break up, that never really happened. Match was actually alright up until that ending sequence, and the camera angle didn’t really help the situation either.
Rating: ** 1/2
#1 Contender For Sideshow Title: MASADA vs. Jordan Len-X
MASADA is a known hardcore wrestler, and Jordan may have bitten off more than he can chew.
The story of the match was that MASADA was trying to prove he can wrestle a technical match without needing the hardcore element, and it worked for a while. We saw a mostly well wrestled match, up until the last few minutes, again. Now Sideshow rules allows for anything goes, so MASADA fell back into old habits.
A Sunset Flip Powerbomb, catches the ref, and we get a ref bump. Jordan Len-X then starts screaming at the back for a new ref or something, all while MASADA gets his wooden skewers. No new ref shows up, so when Jordan turns around, MASADA catches him in a heel hook, jams in the skewers and holds him in a Camel Clutch for a while.
Apparently at this point Austin the fired referee shows up, ignores Jordan’s feet on the ropes (which was unclear if the ropes really mattered anyway) and acknowledges the tap out…and it apparently stands? I don’t know. When even commentary doesn’t know what’s going on, it makes the match look weak. So two very suspect finishes in a row, reminds people of janky WCW finishes and doesn’t allow the card to build correctly.
Rating: ** 3/4
Lady of the Ring Title: Tessa Blanchard (c) vs Chelsea Green
Tessa coming off the big loss to Brian Cage and Chelsea slowly picking up steam everywhere, should make for a solid match.
Tessa’s story was that she was angry and more driven after her loss to prove herself, while Chelsea was just trying to capitalize on Tessa’s moments of blind rage. The crowd swung back and forth between the two women, and save for 2 bad spots, the match had a lot of intensity and was paced nicely.
— WrestleCircus ? (@WrestleCircus) March 25, 2018
Angry Tessa is a little scary, so I’d much prefer smiley Tessa. But regardless, a lot of back and forth, a Laurel Van Ness transformation, but still Tessa B ain’t nothing to fuck with. She drives Chelsea into the mat head first, and then lands The Magnum flush, and picks up the pinfall victory.
Rating: **** 1/4
Penta El Zero M vs Shane Strickland
Two men who can put on clinics, allows for a lot of imagination in a match like this.
Immediately, Penta dives on Shane and goes to collect a bone, by snapping Shane’s right arm. So Shane wrestled 99% match with ‘one’ arm. So many chairs were used all throughout this match. Commentary had amusing moments of referencing the chair company and that the chairs have families.
— WrestleCircus ? (@WrestleCircus) March 25, 2018
So this match was entertaining as hell, with moments of technical wrestling thrown in, but was mostly a brawl the likes of Attitude Era WWF or Omega vs Jericho. We saw Canadian Destroyers, Penta Drivers, seated strong style, CHAIRSHOTS, and cursing in Spanish. This match also did a good job at highlighting Strickland’s ingenuity, by seeing what he could do with one arm mostly useless.
With so much back and forth, it came down to Pentagon going to the top one too many times, Shane throwing a chair at him to send the action to the outside, then it was all Shane. Another CHAIRSHOT, saw Pentagon sit down, Strickland goes up to hit a Swerve Stomp on the seated Pentagon (which snaps the back of the chair clean off), throws Penta into the ring, and one final Swerve Stomp gets the pinfall.
Rating: **** 3/4
This show ended with two amazing matches that definitely sent the crowd home happy and energized. The rest of the card obviously wasn’t bad, (I realize the comedy match has fans, so even if I don’t like it, there’s an audience), but the odd finishes leading towards the two main events added an odd air to the show. WrestleCircus may be the most well rounded Independent around right now. Good mixture of match styles, solid quality throughout the card and pairings that swing regardless of winner.
So again, WrestleCircus continues to impress and prove themselves to be one of the most entertaining wrestling shows in North America. I’m really looking forward to their next show, and as always, Tessa B ain’t nuthin to fuck with!
Chris King: One More Spear and Jackhammer for Goldberg?
After his WWE Super ShowDown with The Undertaker wasn’t well received, is there room for Goldberg to have more “proper sendoff” to end his career?
By now you’ve heard the troubling news that during Goldberg and The Undertaker’s first-ever-match something went terribly awry; Goldberg smashed his head square into the ring-post, instantly he began bleeding profusely and was knocked out. What followed was extremely hard to watch; several signature maneuvers were horribly botched, and I was 100% concerned for both superstars’s health and well-being. This is not what we hoped would occur, and this should not be the last image of Goldberg that we witness in WWE.
There was speculation that Undertaker was furious at Goldberg for his performance that appeared absurd to me; how could Undertaker a locker room leader held in such high respect get into a screaming match backstage? On top of that there was also rumblings about Vince McMahon the CEO of WWE, was fuming, and had to break things up between the legends. He apparently told both superstars they were finished wrestling careers were over.
Thankfully the rumors were quickly refuted by not only WWE officials who were in Saudi Arabia, and TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy, and Mike Johnson on PWINSIDER.
Goldberg has admitted he was knocked out during his match with Undertaker at #WWESSD and that is why the final minutes were what they were.
Undertaker was angry with how the match went, but reports suggesting things got heated backstage with Goldberg aren't true, I'm told.
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) June 8, 2019
Mike Johnson confirmed that after chatting with WWE officials he can confirm that after the bout Goldberg was too weak to muster up the energy to engage in a heated altercation.
Johnson said: “I have not heard one person with any legitimacy claim this as being true. In fact, when I asked about that rumor, it was quickly shot down by those who were actually in Saudi Arabia, so I tend to think that story is 100% fiction.”
Goldberg the WCW veteran was last seen in the squared circle on the Post-Mania-Raw, twenty-four hours after dropping the Universal championship to Brock Lesnar. The WWE Universe gave him a standing ovation for his love for the business throughout his illustrious twenty-year pro wrestling career.
Goldberg has battled some of the biggest wrestlers in WWE; The Rock was his first feud after his arrival in 2003 at the Backlash pay per view, followed by his almost year-long rivalry with HHH and “Evolution” where he won the World Heavyweight championship. He finished his initial run in the company in 2004 in a “Battle of Behemoths” with Lesnar. In 2019, there are many new powerhouses since he left the company in 2004. Below I will be listing the 5 Potential Opponents for his final match in WWE.
5 Best-Suited Opponents For The Final Goldberg Match
5. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar toppled Goldberg for-the-first-time in his WWE career at WrestleMania 33; after a humiliating loss at 2016 Survivor Series, in a “Shocking” one minute and twenty-seven seconds. This was Goldberg’s first official match in WWE in twelve years; the two powerhouses have had a total of three encounters, they have manifested a buzz that surpassed all the other matches on the pay per view card. Despite the fact that Goldberg and Lesnar faced in each other only two years ago, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that Goldberg won’t come back for retribution. While this contest in the past has not been well-received by the WWE Universe, there’s still a sliver of a chance these Titans’ will go to war one final time.
With Lesnar as “The Beast in the Bank” his adversary could once again cost him the Universal or WWE Championship cash-in; reminiscent to 2004 No Way Out pay per view where Eddie Guerrero was challenging Lesnar for his WWE championship, and Goldberg (who had been given a front row ticket by Raw commissioner Stone Cold Steve Austin). He would then deliver a “Devastating” spear to cost Lesnar his championship, which led to their first clash at WrestleMania XX. Goldberg could cost Lesnar his opportunity and the two competitors could then revisit this hard-hitting personal rivalry.
4. Bobby Lashley
It’s still surreal to me that these two powerhouses have never crossed paths in both of their WWE tenures. Bobby Lashley returned to WWE after making an “Impact” (Pun intended) on the Raw after Mania 34. Despite being the fan-favorite to dethrone Lesnar at 2018 SummerSlam, Lashley was upset by Roman Reigns who eventually captured the Universal Championship. Goldberg vs. Lashley will still be a “Big Money” match that will put butts in seats and sell out arenas. This the kind of “once in a lifetime” physical confrontation contrary to Rock/Cena at WrestleMania 28 that people from all over the world would tune in to watch. The WWE Network could see a “massive” increase in subscriptions, and the weeks leading up to their collision we would most certainly be a pull-apart brawl and someone could likely to be taken to jail.
3. Goldberg vs. Lars Sullivan
“The Freak” Lars Sullivan has been leaving a pile of bodies on his path of destruction since his arrival on Monday nights. Currently, he’s annihilating the Lucha House Party, but after he’s finished bullying smaller wrestlers “,” Sullivan is going to be hungry for “Real” competition. Enter Goldberg. This wouldn’t do much for the WCW titan but it sure would be a “Huge” rub for the recent draftee. Sullivan was penciled into battle John Cena at WrestleMania 35 “,” but due to health reasons, it never happened. This victory over a legend of this caliber could catapult “The Freak” to the top of the food-chain in WWE.
2. Braun Strowman
To say “The Monster Among Men” has been mistreated would only be the tip of the iceberg. Strowman was the “Hottest” wrestler in 2017 with his horror-themed assaults on Roman Reigns. Unfortunately for Strowman, his name wasn’t “Roman Reigns” and despite his best efforts he never captured the Universal Championship.
Strowman was on a path of destruction until he went toe-to-toe with Universal champion Lesnar at 2017 No Mercy; in what should have been his coronation as the next champion, Strowman was crushed within a matter of minutes. Last year at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia he was heavily-favored to walk out with the vacated Universal championship; and instead WWE thought it was wise to start a lengthy program with Baron Corbin (who clocked Strowman in the back of the head with the title), and Lesnar dropped “The Monster Among Men” with 5 F5’s to start a second title-reign with the Universal championship. To say Strowman deserves a “Monumental” win would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!
1. Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns
The announcement of this match is enough buzz to sell-out WrestleMania 36. “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns has done it all in his short eight-year career, some accomplishments other wrestlers only dream to achieve. He defeated the seemingly-unbeatable Undertaker in his second loss in decades. Reigns is a Grand-slam champion, a three-time WWE Champion and former Universal Champion. Ever since the two crossed paths on the road to WrestleMania 33; and delivered a double-spear to Strowman on January 12, 2017, I believe this dream match has been quietly penciled in. Now that there may be “One More Match” for Goldberg before he calls it quits, this is the only true contest!
Rob: Let’s Talk About Shane McMahon
He’s the Best In The World!
Shane McMahon is a hot topic among WWE fans, and Rob is here to chime in on the rumors that Shane could become WWE Champion in 2019.
Yeah, it’s time to talk about the Best in the World Shane McMahon. Shane has become a real thorn in the side of many on wrestling twitter and not in the way that Vince intended. A lot of you guys don’t like the amount of TV time he gets (even I’ll admit that this week was a bit much), don’t like that he got a win over Roman Reigns at Super Showdown (I don’t either but so long as things play out the right way in the end I’m willing to see it as a needed piece of a bigger story), and really got nuts when the NEWZ sites starting ‘reporting’ rumors that he may become WWE World Champion down the line. Some of you guys are even threatening that you’re done if it happens, and I believe you this time. And this all makes me wonder if certain aspects of wrestling storytelling are just not viable in 2019 anymore. Because this is the kind of thing that would have been a layup for mega heat back in the day but now seems to only result in scorn towards the bookers, or in this case Vince, from a lot of you guys for even considering it.
Now I can’t tell you guys what to like or not like, but there are a lot of times when I see the takes being thrown around on Twitter and wonder if I’m watching the same TV show that you guys are. I also wonder, often out loud and in this space, just what it is some of you guys want. Because I see people complain about emotional investment but from my earliest days as a fan one of the quickest ways to get emotional investment was to do something that would make people angry. But it seems like in 2019 way too many people on Wrestling Twitter don’t ever want to get angry, and take that as a crime committed by Vince McMahon and not a storytelling piece. And I don’t know how you rectify that.
Who knew this would lead us to “The Best In The World,” Shane McMahon???
By my estimation, someone like Shane McMahon getting the title is perfect for the ‘You Deserve It’ era, because he obviously doesn’t deserve it. And to win it dirty off of someone like Kofi Kingston who toiled for 11 years to just get a chance to win it should be a heat magnet. But instead all I see is that it’s bad booking, that it’s a sign that Vince hates the fans and needs to go, etc. So again I have to ask just what is it that some of you guys are looking for? Heels are part of wrestling, and heels have to prevail sometimes. A lot of you guys won’t boo Kevin Owens no matter low he stoops in turning on or assaulting people. And one of the few guys who gets booed from the crowd because the people there don’t like him, Baron Corbin, gets ripped every day by ‘smart’ fans for being a bad choice to even put on television.
Maybe I’m out of date here but for me part of having heels is that at least every now and then something has to happen that you don’t want. The people you root for have to lose, the people who should be champion have to be denied, somebody has to do something that you find to be beyond the pale, etc. And it can’t just happen when you expect it or are ready for it, it has to happen at a time when you aren’t ready for it to get the maximum effect so that you’ll get angry enough at the perpetrators to want to see them get their comeuppance. But it seems that getting mad at the characters is a bridge too far on Wrestling Twitter, that the point of a heel is to get shout outs on Twitter for ‘good heel work’, and that anything or anyone that you find truly loathsome is now grounds to change the channel. Thus the constant ‘Corbin has go away heat’ takes on Twitter. Where I’m from Go Away Heat meant ‘can somebody please come out and get this guy outta here? and not ‘why is he on my TV, what else is on?’
I mentioned before that we’re in the ‘You Deserve It’ era, and what I mean by that is that a lot of ‘smart’ fans are judging what they watch based who’s in it and whether or not they ‘deserve’ to be there. And deserving it is almost entirely based on their personal career journey or perceived skill level. Workrate guys and gals deserve it, as do those who went down some long, grueling road to get there. Even if they’re playing a heel some of us cheer them based on how good they are in the ring or what they had to go through to get there, while on the flip side anyone who doesn’t meet our technical standards or didn’t suffer enough should be relegated to supporting roles or just removed from our television altogether. The fastest way to get someone booed now it seems is for ‘smart’ fans to find out that they didn’t have to struggle hard enough (by their measures) to get a big spot. Hell, we just had a WrestleMania main event where the winner’s whole elevation came despite acting like a heel because the personal career story of the woman behind the character was deemed more important than the actions of her character on screen.
So now back to Shane. If you can’t get some people to boo heels over sneak attacks, cheating to win (don’t get me started on the whole ‘heels are fine but they shouldn’t cheat too much’ takes I’ve seen…..smh), etc. and the thing some fans get most consistently upset about is whether or not the ‘most deserving’ people are in the right places, then putting someone in the highest position who absolutely does not deserve it seems like an inevitable choice. I’m not telling you that you’re not a real fan if you don’t like it, but I am telling you that there is some very sound logic behind it if they go that route. And all the arguments against it – that Shane is not a full time wrestler, that he’s the boss’s son, etc – seem to me like just more reason to go ahead and do it.
Anyhow……until next week, everyone.