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Is The Partnership Between Wrestle-1 & OWE A Good Idea?

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So it certainly has been a while since I’ve done an opinion article. I believe the last one I did was when Io Shirai announced that she was leaving Stardom for the WWE and we covered some new possibilities as to who would rise up to take her spot. I’ve had a rather hectic week getting stuff ready for my trip which I will get to in my next coverage, but I had some time to think about a different topic after seeing the show involving these two promotions and thought it would be a good idea to talk about the possibilities about this partnership.

If you have read my coverage on Wrestle-1, then you might know the general idea of what is going on and for those that don’t, allow me to fill you in. On the June 13th show, NOSAWA made an announcement saying that it was time to bring some excitement into the company and he said it was why he called a friend to help shake things up and out came the president of OWE, CIMA.

“OWE is known as Oriental Wrestling Entertainment and it is a promotion based out of Shanghai, China with a wealthy film financier funding a promotion from the ground up with ridiculously high end production values with state of the art training facilities for the wrestlers.

Speaking of the wrestlers, they are all local Chinese wrestlers who just so happen to be Shaolin Temple Kung-Fu Students who happen to be some of the most athletic people in the world. Problem is, they didn’t know wrestling existed 9 months ago”, credit goes to Reddit. And it appears as though they have a partnership with Dragon Gate as CIMA seems to be in charge of handling the promotion after Dragon Gate President Takashi Okamura is stepping down from his position due to health-related issues and left CIMA in charge of handling Shanghai, China, and the OWE promotion where he would also take some of Dragon Gate stars with him to help them out such as T-Hawk, El Lindaman, & Takehiro Yamamura. OWE has been posting some of their shows on Twitch for free if you have an Amazon Prime account and I was only able to see one of their shows and while the majority of them are green, the promotion as a whole has so much potential to become a game changer for the business and pulling off some impressive moves that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. With the guidance of CIMA and having a few people there with him to help train these guys, I believe they could go pretty far. Another thing I’ve heard that the majority of the Chinese wrestlers being used there are also technically being prepped to do action films and that makes sense from the crazy stunts that I’ve seen them pulling off here.

During this invasion angle of CIMA and OWE, they called themselves STRONG HEARTS and so far it contains members such as CIMA, T-Hawk, Takehiro Yamamura, Gao Jingjia, Zackery Wentz, & Dezmond Xavier as of right now and they did say they would be making a statement where they made their debut as a unit at the following show on the June 22nd show where they had a clean sweep in their matches and all three of those matches were actually pretty great and it actually did help elevate the company to see something new and exciting. The next time they showed up was on the July 18th show (my birthday) and they would actually lose the match this time which was an eight-man elimination tag match and it did bring some more depth into the rivalry and now you wanna see how it would play out in the end, what would be the big payoff if either one of these promotions win the final match whenever that takes place.

So the question I wanna ask is this, do you believe this rivalry is a good idea? I’m gonna have to say yes since NOSAWA is right to say that it would bring excitement to Wrestle-1 because I will admit that the majority of the shows have been rather lackluster in the majority of their divisions except for the Cruiserweight and guys like Jiro, Ashino, & Manabu and feel like these guys from OWE could help fill in some of those gaps to help elevate some of the division and give the roster a little bit more depth. Another important thing to consider is that this gives OWE more exposure to get their name out there and the possibility of gaining new fans to come and try to follow their product and it’s a great business strategy and while Wrestle-1 is considered an average size promotion, they’re still pretty well known mostly due to the fact that it’s run by Great Muta and has been at least consistent for the five years that it’s been around and now is the time to help elevate it a little bit more while OWE can do the same thing, so I think it’s a great idea for both companies as it’ll hopefully benefit them in the long run.

What do you guys think? Do you think it’s a great move or you think they should’ve taken their business elsewhere like DDT or AJPW? If you’re interested in checking out OWE for yourself,refer to our previous article covering OWE via it’s partnership with the Future Stars of Wrestling Twitch Channel. I wish the both of them well and excited to see where this could potentially go.


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)

Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?

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Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?

Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!

Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.

I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!

The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament  had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.

Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.

Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.

I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.

I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked  about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.

So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!

That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!

 

 


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Carol: Are Wrestling Crowds Disrespectful?

Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

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Are fans more concerned with getting themselves over than the product in the ring?

Every week wrestlers put their bodies on the line as they step into the ring to put on a show for the fans. These wrestlers do their best to make sure they put on an entertaining match; however there are some fans who make it impossible to enjoy the show.

This past Monday on RAW was a perfect example of how fans can ruin a show. Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Naomi, and Carmella competed in an elimination match to determine the number one contender for Becky Lynch’s championship at SummerSlam. At times, the match moved slowly, but the ladies put on a decent bout that ended with Natalya being declared the winner.

But the women were overshadowed by the crowd, who broke out into a “this is awful” chant. Alexa Bliss took to Twitter after RAW to admonish the crowd for their disrespectful behavior. Many believe that stars like Alexa should stop acting like a crybaby and tough it up.

However, I’m siding with Alexa on this issue and I believe the crowd was very disrespectful.

These days wrestling fans are very vocal in their opinions, and I’m not just talking about the ones on social media. I’m talking about the ones who buy tickets to shows, then try to hijack them by doing stupid stuff to draw the attention away from the wrestlers.

Who can forget during the 2017 SummerSlam PPV when fans began playing with a beach ball?

Cesaro, who was part of the tag match, went into the crowd and ripped the beach ball. The incident sparked outrage with everyone. WWE banned beach balls from their events, while Cesaro and Seth Rollins criticized the fans in attendance.

Aside from the beach ball incident, there’s also the fans who continue to chant CM Punk’s name during events. CM Punk was a favorite with the WWE Universe because of his famous pipebomb. When he left WWE on bad terms, fans sided with Punk and whenever the company is in Chicago, you can bet there will be plenty of Punk chants in the crowd.

Why fans continue to partake in this type of behavior is anybody’s guess. Maybe they want to be cool, but in reality they’re looking at idiots.

When you go to a wrestling show, you’re supposed to have fun and watch your favorite wrestlers. It’s one thing to cheer the babyfaces and boo the heels, or even chant “this is awesome” during a match. But don’t chant “this is awful” or play with a beach ball.

Not every match is going to be a five-star spectacular, and you may not like it. But don’t act rude during by chanting someone else’s name or calling the match awful. The wrestlers are just doing their job and the last thing they need is the crowds breaking their concentration. Imagine how you’d feel if you were performing in front of a big crowd and all they did was tell you how untalented you were.

These types of fans not only ruin the show for the wrestlers, but also the other fans who paid money to enjoy the event.

So my advice to all those fans out there. If you want to talk about how bad a match is or how untalented a wrestler is, stay home and complain about it on social media. Don’t spend a lot of money to go to a wrestling show just to act like a jerk and ruin it for everyone else.


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