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So, a few months ago, WWE put the very first DVD that highlighted the history of the Women’s Division. When the DVD was announced, there were a lot of opinions about the cover, the women highlighted, and the matches, but I don’t recall seeing anyone saying they’ve actually bought this DVD and watched it. So, let’s take a crack at ‘Evolution’!

Cover and Contents Card. 

The cover was the thing that was most complained about on this DVD. Most people objected to Ronda Rousey, who had only had one match in WWE, being on the cover. They also complained about the lack of women from the 80s and 90s, including Sable, Sunny (who never wrestled), and Chyna. Personally, I’m okay with the cover. The thought behind it was probably to market it to people who are fans of the current Women’s Division plus a few big names from the past. However, there were some other notable absences from the cover of women that should’ve been included:

  1. Fabulous Moolah
  2. Molly Holly
  3. Ivory
  4. Victoria
  5. Sensational Sherri
  6. Michelle McCool
  7. AJ Lee
  8. Kelly Kelly
  9. Eve Torres
  10. Kaitlyn

Going over the content card is interesting. There are twenty-one individual women highlighted in this set: Wendi Richter, Sensational Sherri, Alundra Blayze, Ivory, Victoria, Lita, Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Mickie James, AJ Lee, Paige, Natalya, The Bella Twins, Bayley, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Carmella, Mae Young, the Women’s Royal Rumble participants, Alexa Bliss, and Ronda Rousey.

Comparing the content card to the cover, I found that a few women on the cover were not given a spotlight on the DVD: Nia Jax, Beth Phoenix, Jacqueline, Mae Young (her ‘match’ was the Mae Young Classic Final between Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler), Asuka, Stephanie McMahon (though she is involved in the matches of the Bella Twins and Ronda Rousey), and Naomi. With Mae Young, I can somewhat understand her not being featured since all of her WWE matches were from when she was in her 70s-80s and wouldn’t really feature her in her prime, but the rest is a little baffling.

Content.

The matches are:

WWF Women Championship Match: The Fabulous Moolah vs Wendi Richter at Madison Square Garden July 23, 1984

Survivor Series Match – November 26, 1987: Fabulous Moolah, Rockin’ Robin, Velvet McIntyre, and the Jumping Bomb Angels vs Sensational Sherri, Dawn Marie, Donna Christanello, and the Glamour Girls.

WWF Women’s Championship Match: Alundra Blayze vs Bull Nakano – RAW April 3, 1995

WWF Women’s Championship Match: Ivory vs Chyna – WrestleMania X-7

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Trish Stratus vs Victory – RAW November 25, 2002

Steel Cage Match: Lita vs Victoria – RAW November 24, 2003

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Victoria vs Molly Holly – WrestleMania XX. Stipulation: If Molly loses, she’ll have her head shaved.

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Trish Stratus vs Lita – RAW December 6, 2004

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Trish Stratus vs Mickie James – WrestleMania 22

WWE Divas Championship Match: Kaitlyn vs AJ Lee – Payback 2013

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Paige vs Emma – NXT ARRIVAL

NXT Women’s Championship Match: Natalya vs Charlotte – NXT TakeOver

Brie Bella vs Stephanie McMahon – SummerSlam 2014

30 Minute Iron Man Match For the NXT Women’s Championship: Bayley vs Sasha Banks – TakeOver: Respect.

Triple Threat Match For the WWE Women’s Championship: Charlotte vs Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks – WrestleMania 32

Six-Pack Challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch vs Nikki Bella vs Natalya vs Naomi vs Alexa Bliss vs Carmella – Backlash 2016

Hell In a Cell Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte – Hell in a Cell 2016

Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Carmella vs Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch vs Natalya vs Tamina – Smackdown June 27, 2017

Mae Young Classic Final: Kairi Sane vs Shayna Baszler

Women’s Royal Rumble Match

Elimination Chamber Match for the RAW Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss vs Bayley vs Sasha Banks vs Mickie James vs Mandy Rose vs Sonya Deville – Elimination Chamber 2018.

Mixed Tag Team Match: Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon – WrestleMania 34.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the matches that were chosen for this DVD. Almost all of them were ones I’ve already seen and are available on the WWE Network and/or on DVD. The Wendi Richter vs Fabulous Moolah match in Madison Square Garden in 1984 was the only one I haven’t seen before. Also, it felt like the original intention was to just highlight the Women’s Division from the last several years and the older stuff was added in as an afterthought. Also, I was bothered by the exclusion of Jacqueline and Naomi, two women who made history in their own rights and should’ve been included.

My other issue is with the matches themselves, I’m not sure who made decision of which match for each woman, because there were several matches where the woman the match was highlighting lost. I get that having a great match can be more important than the outcome, but it seems that the matches were picked at random.

Overall, I really enjoyed the DVD and appreciate WWE’s efforts to finally give the Women’s/Diva’s division its due, but I really wish they’d gone more in depth with each decade instead of just throwing this together. I honestly can’t believe that Richter vs Moolah and the Women’s tag match from the very first Survivor Series was the best that the 80s had to offer in terms of women’s wrestling. Hopefully, WWE will do another DVD about Women’s Wrestling that goes into more depth about the history of the Women’s Division.

 


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Greg DeMarco’s Three Stars Of The Night: WWE Raw (5/20/19)

Big night on Raw — who stood out?

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WWE Raw returned stateside this week, and we got ourselves a new championship. Who stood out?

WWE Money In The Bank is in the rear-view-mirror, and the WWE Raw side had a hell of a show to follow-up. Who delivered big performances this week?

The Third Star for WWE Raw: Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman knows how to deliver, and he delivered big time during Raw. He made the show feel like a big deal, and it did. He made both champions feel important, but put Brock Lesnar over in the process. Lesnar is so much more comfortable with Paul Heyman around, and the job done to make this briefcase situation feel unique was really solidified by Paul Heyman. Plus, his line about Rollins sitting through 7 hours of WrestleMania waiting for his girlfriend to main event the show he’s always dreamed of main eventing was clutch.


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The Second Star: The IIconics

Billie Kay and Peyton Royce really are national treasures. America, Australia, it doesn’t matter. They are the best, and they’ve crafted characters that don’t need to win or lose, they just need to perform their act. That’s what it takes in WWE, regardless of what we want it to be. Their promo during A Moment Of Bliss (full of people perfectly playing their characters, by the way), was outstanding. Hats off to both ladies for getting themselves to this place.

Honorable Mention: Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, the entire 24/7 crew, The Usos, The Revival, Baron Corbin (yup), Bobby Lashley (I miss Lio), Drew McIntyre, and Shane McMahon

So many great performances tonight, and I am positive I’m leaving deserving folks out.


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The First Star for WWE Raw: The Miz

The Miz is on fire right now, and it comes at a time where both world champions are babyfaces. He’s world champion caliber, and needs something to sink his teeth into if the issue with Shane truly is done. Drew McIntyre is a fine option, but I really want a top flight program for Miz. Maybe he’s the guy to elevate Drew? I’m not sure. I don’t feel like we turn Miz, but the best options for him (to me) are AJ Styles and Seth Rollins.


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In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:

“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.

Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.

The NHL keeps track of its own Three Stars Of The Night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”

In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.


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7 Best Candidates To Win New Japan Best Of The Super Juniors 26

Who is the front runner?

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Abe takes a look at the New Japan Best of the Super Juniors tournament and who is on pace to pick up the overall win.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament kicked off just last week and plenty of quality wrestling has already taken place. For the first time ever, twenty total men make up the tournament field. That means a few more sleeper candidates could potentially sneak their way into the finals.

Best Chance of Winning The New Japan Best Of The Super Juniors

Shingo Takagi

At the time of this being written, Takagi is still undefeated since making his debut in NJPW. That includes the matches he’s already competed in during this year’s tournament. I don’t believe they’ll pull the trigger on him going the whole tournament without a loss but it’s definitely something to monitor. He’s been an incredible addition to Los Ingobernables de Japan as well as to the company as a whole.

Takagi has already taken shots at current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Dragon Lee for overlooking the field and only thinking about impending return of Hiromu Takahashi. Dragon Lee and Shingo are the favorites in their block. Takagi’s reason for winning the block could be that Lee was too focused on the future.

Dragon Lee

After winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in Madison Square Garden, there is nobody in the tournament with more momentum. The current champion winning the tournament is very uncommon but there is already a story in place as I mentioned. If the current champion wins the entire BOSJ tournament, he will get to select who challenges him for the championship at Dominion. Hiromu Takahashi is the man he wont stop talking about. Almost a year ago, Dragon Lee was the guy that put his biggest rival on the shelf. Hiromu had to vacate the title as a result of the injury suffered in that match. If Takahashi is cleared to compete, there is no better person to accept the challenge.

Who Else Has A Chance?

Will Ospreay

He hasn’t won the tournament in three years and is competing with the heavyweights more and more. Among the current field, Ospreay almost certainly has the most high-profile matches under his belt. He’s the clear betting favorite to make it to the finals in his block. If there’s anything that’ll stop him, it’s that NJPW may already be trying to transition him into a heavyweight.

Taiji Ishimori

Ishimori made it to the finals of the BOSJ tournament last year but only finished as the runner-up. He was also the most recent IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Since his official rebranding as Bullet Club’s “Bone Soldier” last year, he’s maintained a spot near the top of the junior division. If they want to continue his recently-formed feud with Dragon Lee, the opportunity is right there.

El Phantasmo

The newest member of the NJPW roster is in a similar position to the one Taiji Ishimori was in last year. El Phantasmo was introduced as the newest member of the Bullet Club mere days before BOSJ. The aforementioned Ishimori did actually end up going all the finals and Phantasmo is off to a 3-0 start this year. The only man in the B Block that’s a real threat to his path there is Will Ospreay but that’s going to be a tough ask.

Ryusuke Taguchi

Most fans think of him as a comedy wrestler but if you’ve seen him in longer, more competitive matches, you know that he’s one of the most talented guys New Japan has. It’s rare to find someone that can balance entertainment with in-ring skill the way he does. Taguchi is a two-time Junior Heavyweight Champion, former BOSJ winner, leader of his own faction, and one of the veterans of the locker room. It sounds strange but I wouldn’t put my money on Ospreay or Phantasmo as long as Taguchi is hovering near the top of the standings. He’s my dark horse in this year’s tournament.

SHO

This definitely wont happen but he is worth mentioning. SHO isn’t going to win the tournament as long as he’s attached to YOH and Rocky Romero as a part of Roppongi 3K. However, with three matches in, SHO has already wrestled the two longest and best matches of the tournament. He’s only 1-2 so far but that could make things more interesting. Watching him storm back and go on a serious winning streak would be something amazing to see.


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