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Leaping Through The Network: Raw #105 [April 3 1995]

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It’s time again to put the ‘Flashback Friday‘ into Flashback Friday as we leap our way through the WWE Network randomly reviewing it pay per view by pay per view and show by show. While last week was WrestleMania week and we ‘randomly‘ landed at WrestleMania 17, this week is post-WrestleMania or ‘RawAfterMania‘. So we leap this week to the first ever live and not prerecorded Raw after WrestleMania.

Raw #105 [April 3 1995]

We open with pictured highlights of last night’s WrestleMania 11 with Vince McMahon telling us every celebrity that was there and how Laurence Taylor, Diesel and Owen Hart won their matches. We then get the opening credits.

Hakushi vs Bob Holly

Collar and Elbow tie up into a Headlock by Holly before Hakushi sends him off the ropes to break it. Holly comes back with a Shoulder Block that knocks Hakushi down. A series of leapfrogs by both men ends in Holly hitting Hakushi with two Dropkicks. Another Collar and Elbow but this time it’s a Headlock by Hakushi. A Shoulder Block knocks Holly down this time but Holly catches a rebounding Hakushi with a Hip Toss. A Wrist Lock by Holly and some Elbows to Hakushi’s elbow. Hakushi escapes the Wrist Lock by pushing Holly into the corner and gains control with a spinning kick to the gut. A whip into the corner by Hakushi but he misses an Avalanche as Owen Hart and Yokozuna come to the ring. Holly climbs to the top and leaps with a High Cross Body but Hakushi ducks and Holly lands with a thud on the canvas. Back from the ads and Hakushi is working on Holly’s arm and shoulder in the corner. An Arm Wringer on Holly by Hakushi before he wrenches Holly’s arm over his own shoulder, twice.

A Snapmare and a knee to the good shoulder gets Hakushi a two. On the outside of the ring, Owen Hart charges at The Kid who ducks and hits Owen with a Spinning Kick and a chop. Back in the ring Holly counters a Superplex by pushing Hakushi off the top turnbuckle and flies at Hakushi with a top rope Clothesline and both men are down. Back to their feet and Holly blocks a Right Hand and hits a series of his own. A Back Body Drop gets Holly a Two as does a Dropkick. The referee doesn’t see Yokozuna trip up Holly and Hakushi takes advantage with a match winning running Senton.

Winner: Hakushi

We see an ad for the merch from WrestleMania 11 including a cap. a program and some shirts. JR shows us photo highlights of Bam Bam Bigelow vs Laurence Taylor, Taylor won. At a press conference Bam Bam Bigelow tells us he is disappointed but he’ll come back from it. Stills from the Bret Hart vs Bob Backlund match, Bret won. Same from The Undertaker vs King Kong Bundy. Yes Undertaker won.

Vince McMahon is in the ring with Diesel. Does Diesel remind anyone else of Roman Reigns? Vice versa? Diesel says that if it wasn’t for Sid interfering last night and injuring the referee, Shawn Michaels might have won and Shawn Michaels deserves a rematch. Diesel says that Sid is not Shawn’s friend and he should leave Sid at home for the rematch.

Lex Luger & British Bulldog vs Timothy Well & Steve Dunn

Dunn starts with a couple of punches to Bulldog’s back before Bulldog reverses a whip into the ropes and hits a Gorilla Press Slam. Well runs in and meets the same fate from Luger before Luger Clotheslines him to the outside. A tag to Luger and a Double Back Elbow gets Luger a two count. A headlock by Luger but Dunn shoots him off the ropes and is knocked down by Luger following a Shoulder Block. Luger goes to bounce off the ropes but is grabbed by Well who gets an Elbow in the face from Luger. Dunn clobbers Luger with a Spinning Heel Kick and Well and Dunn team up to hit Luger with a leaping backbreaker. Well puts the boots to Luger and gets a two count before laying into Luger with Right Hands for another two. A tag to Well and a top rope Back Elbow gets yet another two. Well bounces Luger off the ropes but Luger catches him with a Facebuster. Bulldog tags in and he flattens Dunn with a Clothesline and a Back Body Drop before a Powerslam gets two. Luger whips Well out of the ring as Bulldog hits Dunn with a Flapjack. Luger tags in and they hit Dunn with a modified version of the Hart Foundation’s old Hart Attack finisher. Luger then covers Dunn for the three count.

Winners: Lex Luger & British Bulldog

We hear from the celebrities last night and, to be honest, it feels like they have been handed either cue cards or a script with buzzwords on it. Jenny McCarthy, Johnathan Taylor Thomas, Nick from NYPD Blue and Pamela Anderson all said the same thing. It was ‘WWF, thank you for having me. Wrestlemania was a blast. New Generation.‘ Odd.

Alundra Blayze vs Bull Nakano [Woman’s Title]

I complain a lot about the champion coming out first in matches, but this takes the cake and the biscuit. Not only is the Woman’s Champion out first, she is already IN THE RING!!!!! The Champion got ‘jobber entranced‘!!!

And breathe.

Nakano hits a series of rights before the bell to start the match followed by a Facebuster before climbing to the second turnbuckle. I’ve no idea what for though as Blayze counters it with what I can only describe as a Stratusphere. Blayze whips Nakano off the ropes but it is Blayze that gets Clotheslined before a Hair Grab Snapmare by Nakano spins Blayze across the ring. Blayze is clutching her nose, wonder if that will come up? Nakano hits a Clothesline and a Legdrop for a two count before applying a modified version of a Half Crab but Blayze reaches the ropes to break the hold. Nakano climbs to the second rope to hang Blaze in a chokehold before a Bulldog that looked more like a Facebuster. Blayze rolls out of a second one before hitting Nakano with not one but three Sling Blades before catching Nakano with a Leg Lariat and two second rope Dropkicks that gain a two count.

A Sunset Flip by Blayze is countered into a Vertical Splash by Nakano for a two before applying a Scorpion Cross Lock. Nakano lets Blayze out of the hold, stupid move by Nakano, and hits Blayze with a Piledriver for a two. Nakano again goes to the second rope but this time Blayze Dropkicks Nakano out of the ring before climbing to the top herself and diving at Nakano. Back in the ring, Blayze attempts a Hurricanranna which is countered, as most are, into a Powerbomb which gets a two. A Bodyslam later and Nakano leaps off the top turnbuckle crashing down on Blayze with a huge flying Legdrop that somehow only gets a two. Nakano attemps a German Suplex but Blayze counters it with a Victory Roll of sorts for a two count. Nakano then misses a Clothesline allowing Blayze to hit a German Suplex for another two count. Same for a Second German Suplex. Blayze tries climbing to the top but is thrown out of the ring by Nakano who dives for, and misses, a Tope Suicida. Blayze seems stuck in Brock Lesnar mode as she hits yet another German Suplex, this time on the outside of the ring before Nakano Irish Whips Blayze into the ringside steps. Back in the ring, Nakano misses a top rope Moonsault allowing Blayze to hit another frickin’ German Suplex. This one wins Blayze the match and the title.

Post match, Blaze celebrates her win before a woman with facepaint, massive hair and wearing what can only be decribed as leather/pvc waders runs into the ring and attacks Blayze dropping her face first with a Snake Eyes on the turnbuckles. This would lead to a nose injury/nose job for Blayze. Next time we see the monster in the waders, she’s an overweight hippy. Wrestling is odd sometimes.

Winner: Alundra Blayze (New Woman’s Champion)

We get an ad for the replay of last night’s Wrestlemania. Plenty of celebrities, I don’t see many wrestlers getting named though.

Mabel & Mo vs Ben Jordan & Tony Roy

Yes Raw had matches like this at the time. Named wrestler vs Punchbag/ Jobber/ enhancement talent. Matches like this turn up to this day every so often, actually one was on Raw this week. Back then, this happened every week. Say what you will about WCW and Nitro but these matches pretty much stopped due to WCW and the Monday Night Wars.

Anyway.

Mabel and Mo attack their opponents before the bell, bit of a theme, before Mabel throws Roy out of the ring. With the referee distracted, Mabel and Mo pound Jordan in the corner with punches and stomps. Mabel Irish Whips Jordan who ducks a Clothesline and Dropkicks Mabel in the knee causing him to stagger into the corner. Jordan attempts to Irish Whip Mabel who reverses it into a Sidewalk Slam before throwing Jordan to his own corner allowing Roy to tag in. Mabel hits Roy with a Spinning Heel Kick before tagging in Mo who chokes Roy against the middle rope. A tag to Mabel and Mo whips Mabel into Roy who is in the corner. A huge Belly To Belly Suplex to Roy by Mabel and this is over and done.

Winners: Mabel & Mo

Vince is in the ring with Shawn Michaels and his bodyguard Sid. Shawn say his back is screaming and he feels like he’s been run over by a steamroller. He’ll go on to say something along these lines once a year for the next five. Shawn says that like Diesel he had trouble forgetting their friendship going into the match. He then says that the WWE Title is important to him so he accepts Diesel’s challenge of a rematch and says WHEN he wins, he’ll give a rematch to Diesel. He goes on to say he doesn’t need a bodyguard especially one that injure the referee, so he gives Sid the night off when he and Diesel have a rematch. Sid isn’t happy about getting the night off and calls Shawn a ‘stupid little puke‘.

To calm things down, Vince suggests we go to the ads. And we do.

We come back from the ads and Shawn looks dead. He lies motionless in the ring with Sid standing over him. Diesel runs in, hits Sid with a knee and a couple of punches and we fade out. Show over.

Post Show: While the Raw After WrestleMania is treated like a party and an event where there are returns, debuts and NXT call ups, nothing really happens here. There’s a debut on the show of the woman that would go on to be Bertha Faye but it’s nothing that you wouldn’t see on an average episode of Raw in any other week or month in 1995. What’s on here is OK but there is nothing special.

Match of The Night: Has to be the Woman’s Title Match. It was a cracking contest. Nothing else on here is.

MVP: I want to give this to Sid. His intensity at Shawn telling him he has the night off makes you think he wants to kill Shawn and when we come back from the ads it looks like he did just that. This show might have been a nothing show, but you’ll probably watch next week to find out what he did to Shawn and to see what he does next.

Rating: 4/10. It could and should have been something but instead was just an average show with mainly average matches.

With that I am done, done and on to the next one. I have been Stevie C and I can be found on Twitter @Callaweasy2220 for anyone who wants to tweet and chat about wrestling, live tweeting my way through Raw, Smackdown, NXT and (when there’s one on) pay per views. For those that don’t, I’m still going to be on Twitter. There is a vote going on over @theCHAIRSHOTcom where you can vote for where you want me to leap to in upcoming reviews. Until then #UseYourHead and I’m going blue.

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Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV

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The Attitude Of Aggression returns for Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project, a chronological analysis, review, and discussion about WWE’s Big Four PPVs/ Premium Live Events. On this Episode, Dave welcomes back the one and only PC Tunney to discuss two more immensely important events in pro wrestling history, the inaugural Royal Rumble and WrestleMania IV. The 1988 Royal Rumble was different than any other Rumble in history and not just because it was the first. Dave and Tunney break down the fascinating history of the first installment of an event that would evolve into an annual favorite for many in the WWE Universe. From there, the guys recap the surreal events that led to the end of Hulk Hogan’s 4-year reign as WWF Champion and set the stage for, arguably, the most important tournament in WWE History at WrestleMania IV. Macho Madness reached new heights that night. But was Savage the first choice of Vince McMahon to emerge from Atlantic City with the gold that night? We have the whole story for you here on Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project!

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Chairshot Classics: What I Watched #15 – AAW Defining Moment 2018

Harry covers a show that helped to continue Sami Callihan’s 2018 infamy. AAW Defining Moment should be a fun trip down memory lane!

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Apologies for the slight delay getting to this but it’s Harry here once again. And for as verbose as I can be at times, I don’t feel the need to waste any time getting to this one. This is the second part of the double shot for AAW on ‘All In’ weekend in Chicago. 

The WayBack Machine takes us to August 31st, 2018 as we once again arrive at the Logan Square Auditorium (and oh boy does that become important later) for AAW’s Defining Moment 2018.

What I Watched #15

AAW Defining Moment 2018

8/31/2018

Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL

Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)

Commentary By: Tyler Volz (PBP) and Marty DeRosa (Color)

 

THE RESULTS

  • Match 1: Curt Stallion/Jake Something def. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana, Something pins Cabana @ 8:41
  • Match 2: Shane Strickland pins Darby Allin, top-rope Swerve Stomp @ 13:30
  • Match 3: Jessicka Havoc def. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders, pinning Cruise with a Chokeslam @ 2:52
  • Match 4: OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) def. Ace Austin/Brian Cage, Dave pins Austin @ 5:55
  • Match 5: AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © pins DJ Z (Shiima Xion), roll-through on CBB with tights @ 13:30
  • Match 6: AR Fox/Myron Reed def. Bandido/Flamita, double cover @ 15:42
  • Match 7: Maxwell Jacob Friedman taps Marko Stunt, Salt of the Earth @ 10:41
  • Match 8: Sami Callihan pins Jimmy Jacobs, Cactus Driver on a bridged guardrail @ 17:52
  • Match 9: AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © def. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett, Cobb pins Fitchett @ 14:19
  • Match 10: AAW Heavyweight Title- Brody King pins ACH ©, All Seeing Eye (Whiplash) @ 22:46

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Curt Stallion/Jake Something vs. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana

*The match was decent but nothing special. A pretty big win for Something at the end with the three count over Cabana, who has a storied past in Chicago and was one of the biggest names in independent wrestling. That said, I personally don’t love the flukish nature that Something pins Cabana, as I think Something could have used a defining pinfall to really give him a rub going forward. 

Cabana usually makes for a fun watch and I’ve grown to enjoy Ace Romero the more I see him (he especially stands out for Limitless, which I hope to get to one day soon). Jake Something is a huge star in the making and you can see it even early in the run of AAW that he has. Stallion is what Stallion is. Solid opener, but nothing you’ll remember post show. (**½)

Darby Allin vs. Shane Strickland

*Showstealer, plain and simple. Strickland had been with AAW for a while but to the best of my memory, it was more often in a tag team with Keith Lee (funny how that works out with 2022 eyes on it, as Swerve and Keith are the current AEW tag champions at the time of writing). I do believe this is only Darby’s second match in AAW (the prior being a five-ish minute loss to Brody King). Both guys are huge names now and with efforts like this, it’s easy to see how. Darby tries to keep pace with Swerve and is able to do so for a good portion of the contest until Swerve finds that next gear down the stretch and puts Allin down with the Swerve Stomp to a massive (deserved) ovation from the crowd. (****)

Jessicka Havok vs. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders

*I dislike handicap matches in general. However, unlike certain other writers for this site, I don’t mind intergender wrestling. But the suspension of disbelief gets lost here when you have two dudes the size of Cruise and Manders struggling with Jessicka Havok, who should realistically not being coming in at 100% after taking the Ganso Bomb from Brody King through the chairs the night before. I won’t rate the match due to the Larry Csonka (RIP) Rule of not rating anything shorter than three minutes, but I’m calling this a miss regardless. (X)

OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) vs. Ace Austin/Brian Cage

*The Brothers Crist come out to ringside to stand next to Havok after said match and call out Brody King and Jimmy Jacobs. They get one of those two men as Jacobs makes his way out, but informs Dave and Jake that neither he nor Brody will be facing them due to having prior obligations, but he did find the perfect opponents for OI4K. As for the opponent, Cage does make for a good size fill-in for Brody King. Ace Austin is a OI4K trainee that hadn’t quite made a name for himself at the time but has since turned into a pretty good wrestler, having just competed for NJPW in Best of the Super Jr’s as well as being Impact Wrestling’s X Division champion for a while.

The match itself was not memorable at all. I will admit to typing this review on a bit of a delay and other than the finish (a Tiger Driver ‘98 by Dave to Austin), I don’t remember anything that happened during the course of the contest. Not the best impression for these four men to leave. (**)

AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © vs. DJ Z

*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I like DJ Z. I liked him more under his previous identity, but this was him using the Impact Wrestling name for more notoriety with the casual fan. That being said, despite DJZ winning a three way relatively quickly the night before while Trevor was in a war with Ace Romero, I never felt the title was in jeopardy here. For as much as I like DJZ’s run with AAW, this misfortune of his injury just so happened to coincide with Trevor Lee becoming one of the hottest acts on the undercard and there wasn’t anything in the build up to the rematch (despite some good promo work from Z) that made me think that the strap was switching here. 

As for the match itself, they have really good chemistry together and that isn’t a surprise given how many of the same promotions they were working for at the time as well as their history in AAW up to this point. I do think this match does a nice job of setting the stage for a return match as it is DJZ’s offensive attack at the end of the contest that gets reversed into the cradle (with a handful of tights) for the finish. The nature of the victory leads me to believe that the story with these two isn’t over quite yet. (***½)

AR Fox/Myron Reed vs. Bandido/Flamita

*This was similar to the main event the night before, but didn’t have the same crowd investment that match did. Bandido and Flamita once again shine here and it is easy to see why they become semi-regulars in AAW after this weekend. AR Fox and Myron Reed (Team Firefox, as they were referred to by Sarah Shockey) get a massive victory with a double pinfall following stereo 450 splashes. This sets up Fox and Reed for a title match against the winners of WRSTLING vs. Besties later in the night, but honestly, I think that Bandido/Flamita was the better pairing to have go forward to a title shot. Firefox had previously unsuccessfully challenged for the tag belts and if I’m being fully honest, I prefer AR Fox as a singles wrestler over being in a tag team. Good match, but I think the wrong team wins. (***½)

Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Marko Stunt

*Marko had just made a name for himself at GCW’s Lost in New York (a show I have watched) and this was a way for him to break out back in his Midwest home. MJF has been on a hot streak point up to this point (believe he is the current CZW Heavyweight champion, though I don’t think he ever actually defends that title) and MJF would make himself a known commodity the next night opening the ‘All In’ PPV against Matt Cross (in a losing effort)

Easy story to tell with MJF taking the much smaller Stunt lightly and Marko making him pay for it. It is unfortunate that more people didn’t get to see what Stunt is capable of, because his run in the indie scene before he went to AEW was quite special to watch due to his ability to connect with a crowd (no different here). The finish sees MJF take advantage of the arm work that he did early in match and after Marko escapes a fujiwara armbar, MJF is able to catch Marko in ‘Salt of the Earth’, a wakigatame (Marko on stomach as MJF applies a cross-armbreaker) for the the tapout. Very good work and Marko does really well for himself in his debut with another high end US Independent. (***)

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan

*Ooooh, boy. A lot to unwrap with this one. Let’s get the match first, because the drama that it creates leads to the fallout that has to be discussed. It is honestly a pretty standard Sami brawl for the time frame. PWG used to have what was known as the “Sami Sprint”…by which it would be Callihan vs. Opponent and the match would run anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes of hard hitting back and forth action with little in terms of a cohesive story or selling. Pretty much a ‘can you top this?’ kind of situation. This feels like that in a sense because the match features both Sami and Jimmy going into their well of tricks (the crowd brawling, the spike, the guardrail that gets used in the finish) while maintaining the crowd reaction from the prior night’s tag match. Fittingly, the finish is visually impressive as Callihan hits the ‘Cactus Driver’ (pulling piledriver) on a guardrail bridged across two metal folding chairs to secure the three count. (***½)

THE INCIDENT

The bigger story coming out of this is that this match almost costs AAW the Logan Square Auditorium and almost ends even more disastrously personally for Callihan. At one point, Callihan and Jacobs are brawling over by the stage in the venue (traditionally used for concerts) where Callihan buries Jacobs under a portion of the stage. Callihan then starts winging metal sitting chairs (not the standard folding ones you see in most companies because the four legged dinner table type chairs) at Jacobs. A voice comes over the house mic telling Callihan to stop, causing a loud visceral boo from the crowd. Callihan more or less tells said voice to “fuck himself” and hurls more chairs at Jacobs. 

At first, I thought it was Danny Daniels telling Callihan to stop, but it turns out it was actually building management. This becomes important when after the three count goes down, building security surrounds the ring to escort Callihan out of the building as they were pissed at Sami for throwing chairs that the venue used for other events. As I’ve heard the story, Callihan thinks this is part of a storyline and begins to push the security guys until one of them shows Callihan that he is carrying a real pistol and will use it if necessary. Things break down from there with the rest of OI4K getting involved and eventually Sami is escorted to the back (and presumably out of the building).

How much of this is real? How much of this is scripted? How much of this was sensationalized for additional attention? I don’t have the answers for those questions. I do know that cooler heads would prevail and AAW was able to continue running at LSA, however I feel the truth lies somewhere in the middle. It may have been a planned altercation to play off the recklessness of Callihan. It may have been a real reaction from the building to what they perceived as damage to personal property. The old axiom in wrestling is “believe none of what you hear and half of what you see”. Overall, it makes for a great story with a relatively happy ending all considered. But man does it take the wind of the crowd for quite a while. And I will have to check out the follow up AAW shows to see what the fallout truly is.

AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © vs. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett

*Trevor Lee’s promo before the match is not one I can do justice. I recommend the show in general, but Trevor’s asshole smarmy heel persona in AAW (Impact Superstar Trevor Lee) is one of the best things going in the company.

Match is good but you’d have to expect that from the four men involved. Kingston and Cobb work surprisingly well as a team and despite being on separate pages for most of the bout, Vega and Fitchett do link up for a few double teams (corner enzuigiri/Kippou kick combo being standout among them) to continue to prove why they are one of the best tag teams in pro wrestling (still are to this day, though not known as the Besties in the World anymore). The finish sees the final stab from Vega to Fitchett as Vega chooses to take Scarlett to the back after she gets knocked off the apron, leaving Fitchett alone to take a one-two combo of the Backfist to the Future from Kingston that staggers him into a Tour of the Islands from Cobb to finish the contest. The ring work is on point, the story is very well told and you can hear the disappointment from the crowd when Vega chooses the hussy over his long-time tag partner. (****)

AAW Heavyweight Title- ACH © vs. Brody King

*Unfortunately, something gets lost during the course of this contest through no direct fault of the participants. As I understand it, Brody King got concussed relatively early in the bout. Credit to ACH for keeping things together as well as he did, but I would be curious to see what they are capable of with both competitors at 100% capacity for the full duration of the match.

As for the match, it does tell a pretty good story. ACH comes in still pretty beat up from the match with Jeff Cobb the night before. However, ACH lets his pride (or perhaps his ego) get the better of him as he once again tries to hang step for step, strike for strike and move for move with a man much bigger than he is. It ends up coming back to bite him at the end as a distraction from Jimmy Jacobs allows Brody King to take a distracted ACH up into the All Seeing Eye (fireman’s carry into a Michinoku Driver) for the three count to crown a new champion. Slightly cheap on the distraction ending but does help get Jimmy some of the heat he lost earlier in the evening back after dropping the contest to Callihan. (***½)

THE FINAL REACTION

Overall, a better show then the day before but not without a couple flaws. Obviously, the big story to come out of this show would be the fact that AAW almost lost Logan Square Auditorium due to the issues in the Callihan-Jacobs match. Thankfully, those would be resolved and to my knowledge, AAW is still running there. But it gets awfully hairy there for a few.

The highs: two four star matches on this show and they come in completely different type contests. Eddie Kingston continues his march of dominance in AAW and cuts one hell of a promo at the end of the show to run down how ACH let him down by losing the title. Marko Stunt has a fun debut and quickly gets the crowd behind him. The lows: that handicap match helped no one and the tag match that followed wasn’t much better. The main event isn’t what it could have been either, but that’s a case of shit happens with the early concussion to King. I will also say that I thought Sarah Shockey did a better job on color commentary yesterday then Marty DeRosa does here.

We’ll call it an 8 overall. As I said, it is a better top to bottom show then Destination Chicago is. And while high on the guest stars (for obvious reasons), you also get a really good look at what the overall AAW roster is all about too. I look forward to coming back to AAW down the road (ironically, upcoming shows are a double shot as well for the ‘Jim Lynam Memorial’ tournament), but I do want to mix in some other odds and ends before I do so.

Best Match/Moment: Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin

Worst Match/Moment: The Havok handicap. Especially when you consider what Steve Manders would come to mean for AAW, it’s a really inauspicious debut.

Overall Show Score: 8/10

MVP: Eddie Kingston. The key part of a match that tied for best match of the night honors and absolutely shows why he is viewed the way he is when it comes to talking with an amazing promo to close out the show.

 

THE SIGNOFF

So, where does ‘What I Watched’ go from here? I go on vacation in about a week’s time and will be gone for most of August. I spoke to Andrew and what I hope to do is reformat the ‘All In’ report that I did to the new style so you guys have something to tide you over.  As for where I go when I get back from vacation…well, the Peacock WWE Network watch-through that I am working on has reached a show that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen (and if I have, it has been quite a while). Therefore, ‘What I Watched’ #16 will be ECW’s Guilty as Charged 1999 to set the tone for a year where all hell breaks loose in two of the three major promotions. Hopefully, you guys enjoy the ‘All In’ redo to hold you over and I’ll be back later in August with Guilty as Charged. I appreciate everyone who has been checking these out and if you’ve missed any, feel free to click on my name at the top of the article to check out my archive. Thanks for reading.


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