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Daily DeMarco: New Japan’s “New Beginning in USA’ Cards Are Irresponsible

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Greg DeMarco weighs in on the sure-to-be-controversial New Japan “New Beginning In USA” cards that were recently released.

Well hello there! I know it’s been a few days since I last posted, and if you follow me on Facebook, you know what’s been going on (see that here). But I am excited to be back, and excited to share my opinions with you!

So…shall we?

New Japan’s United States events, called “New Beginning In USA,” finally got their announced cards today.

January 30 in Los Angeles:

  • Alex Coughlin vs. Clark Connors
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Tyler Bateman
  • Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor
  • Brody King & Marty Scurll vs. Killer Elite Squad
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Karl Fredericks
  • David Finlay vs. Chuckie T
  • Tracy Williams & Juice Robinson vs. Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero)

February 1 in North Carolina:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Clark Connors
  • John Skyler & Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor & Lance Archer
  • Tracer X vs. Great-O-Kharn
  • Jonathan Gresham & Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King & Marty Scurll
  • Alex Coughlin vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Tracy Williams & David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero & Chuckie T
  • IWGP United States Championship: Juice Robinson (c) vs. Trent Beretta

February 2 in Nashville:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Alex Coughlin
  • Jonathan Gresham and Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor and Lance Archer
  • Harlem Bravado vs. Great-O-Kharn
  • Clark Connors vs. Marty Scurll
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King
  • Tracy Williams, David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs. Rocky Romero, Chuckie T and Trent

These shows aren’t bad, but they aren’t New Japan cards! The company isn’t even sending over any lower card guys. I know you have a concurrent tour in Japan, but like you couldn’t spare Jushin “Thunder” Liger?

Don’t get me wrong, there are great matches on each show. The problem is they are being promoted as New Japan, and that’s simply not true. This is “ALL IN was self-funded by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks” levels of untrue.

Hell, much like ALL IN, these are basically ROH cards (with less ROH talent).  I love Ring Of Honor, but they need to focus more on their own product and less on partnerships that are doing nothing but hurting them in the end.


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#RAWisDVR: Greg DeMarco’s Accelerated Review of WWE Raw (2/11/19)

How much got the FAST FORWARD treatment this week?

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Each week Greg DeMarco watches WWE Raw on DVR with a stopwatch and sense of urgency. How much time will he save?

Let’s see how we go home to Elimination Chamber!

FAST FORWARD the opening nope. They did that for us!

Stephanie McMahon & Triple H start WWE Raw

  • Fake excitement Steph is so terrible
  • Okay, FAST FORWARD the PPV talk
  • It’s WrestleMania season when the Brand Split means nothing
  • FAST FORWARD Becky walking
  • Triple H should know better than telling women to calm down–he’s married!
  • The McMahon family is still in charge of the WWE–and this is about reminding everyone.
  • Enter Sasha & Bayley–super fast start to Raw!

FAST FORWARD the entrances and commercials
Timestamp: 10:53

Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan vs. Nia Jax & Tamina (losers enter the Chamber first)

  • FAST FORWARD some of the boring match
  • Watch some wrestling, FAST FORWARD the commercials
  • More wrestling, FAST FORWARD Tamina
  • Bayley stealing offense from Ronda!
  • And that’s finally over.
  • Nia Jax has become such a strong character

FAST FORWARD the replay, talking, and commercials

Hello I Am Elias

  • The multiple interruptions were stupid
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials
  • Elias is JUST NOW talking? This must suck live.
  • Thas was one hell of a guitar shot
  • Enter Lashley (and Lio).

FAST FORWARD so much stuff. Seriously, what is up with this episode?
Timestamps: 22:09 (real time 58:47)

Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre

  • FAST FORWARD the entrance and video for Finn Balor, and McIntyre’s entrance
  • The problem with this match–and it’s not a bad match–is that we are just waiting for Rush & Lashley to get involved
  • And there’s the expected DQ!
  • FAST FORWARD and now we have Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin Sucks. Braun NOVELTYman, anyone?
  • Yep, 6-man tag time, HOLLA HOLLA PLAYA!

FAST FORWARD the commercial
Timestamp: 27:03 (real time: 1:11:39 )

Finn Balor, Braun NOVELTYman, & Kurt Angle vs. Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, & Baron Corbin Sucks (plus Lio Rush)

  • SHIELD camera shaking only works for SHIELD
  • Angle Slam and there’s no way that finishes it
  • FAST FORWARD Baron Corbin Sucks
  • FAST FORWARD more commercials (geez!)
  • WWE’s attempts to keep us from going away during commercials are so transparent. I don’t blame them one bit.
  • FAST FORWARD Baron Corbin Sucks
  • I just hit 30 minutes on the clock.
  • Finn takes out Lio to sell Sunday’s match
  • And Finn eats the fall. So terrible, “blown call from the official.” That shit is dumb.
  • And here’s DEAN AMBREF to restart the match. Because we can do that now?
  • WWE just reminding us that things are never going to be consistent. To quote Batista, DEAL WITH IT.
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials
  • I feel like the entire stretch of Balor/McIntyre to this has taken 90 minutes.
  • Love the way Lio holds the Intercontinental Championship on the outside.
  • You know, what if Finn Balor is The Demon this Sunday?
  • BRAUN SMASH! NOVELTY ACT!
  • At least he’s good at what he does.
  • 8 hours later, this is over.

Kevin Owens promo from the bowling alley

  • “One more month or so.” You can set your watch by it!

FAST FORWARD the entrances

Backstage Becky–this really is an Austin episode of Raw

FAST FORWARD more entrances and commercials

Timestamp: 1:44:00 (real time: 38:37)

Nikki Cross vs. Ruby Riott

  • Nikki crazy, y’all
  • Nice touch for Ronda, wearing Reebok UFC gear backstage
  • See, Ronda wants to see the match, too!
  • I hate the mid-match interruption, this is a good match so far
  • Michael Cole voice change signifies commercial? NOPE! But lots of fake Ruby hair on the floor.
  • Riott Kick CONNECTS! (with nothing)
  • Do not fast forward Paul Heyman

FAST FORWARD the commercials
Timestamp: 44:49 (Real time: 1:55:24)

Seth Rollins promo

  • Seth here to remind us that he exists
  • Accomplishment, accomplishment, attach by Brock, good news
  • BROCK not here–crowd went nuts, too
  • Babyface Seth is the worst Seth. HE BROKE UP THE SHIELD!
  • FAST FORWARD the commentary
  • And here’s DEAN AMBROSE, who supports Rollins?

FAST FORWARD stuff
Timestamp: 50:09 (Real time: 2:11:22)

Dean Ambrose vs. EC3

  • Who else is in the Top 1%?
  • This whole show has become a chore as we wait for Becky’s decision.
  • Dean wins. YAY.
  • Don’t know if you know, but Becky must apologize tonight.
  • One does not FAST FORWARD Alexa Bliss.

FAST FORWARD the entrances
Timestamp: 55:50 (Real time: 2:25:07)

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (c) vs. The Revival

  • #SAVETAGTEAMWRESTLING!
  • Gable & Roode are no makeshift team
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials
  • Computer and timer issues hit, but THE REVIVAL WON!
  • Don’t give me that “it should have been on PPV,” THE REVIVAL WON!

FAST FORWARD

Becky Lynch Promo (with Ronda Rousey, Vince McMahon, and Charlotte Flair)

  • Masterfully done yet again, Charlotte Flair is in the match (like I told you), Becky Lynch now has to fight her way back in (like I told you), and this story continues its twists and turns all the way to (and at) WrestleMania.
  • Note that this was the central focus of Raw, as it’s the most important program in the company. This will main event the show.

Estimated Timestamp: 1:25:00 (real time 3:00:00)
Time Saved: 1 hour an 35 minutes!

Overall this edition of Raw was just…weird. The show was cued up different than normal, and it showed. Let’s not yearn for the Attitude Era ever again. Onto the Smackdown!


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Levin: The Continued Hypocrisy Of WWE’s Hall Of Fame

Since there is no written criteria, is the Hall of Fame inherently an issue?

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Since there is no written criteria, is the Hall of Fame inherently an issue? David let’s us know what bothers him!

As the road to WrestleMania 35 ramps up and WWE begins to introduce its Hall of Fame class of 2019, I cannot help but think which former company superstar is going to get screwed out of their rightful place in professional wrestling immortality.

It happens every year once the Royal Rumble comes to a close and the Big, Bad Wolf, better known as WWE, plays politics with the selection process – much like the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Year after year, I write an opinion piece around this time, allowing my fingers to voice my displeasure for those deserving performers who have not heard their names called, the ones who have since passed and have been forgotten.

With the leaked news by several outlets that the Hart Foundation will be the first inductees for 2019, my crusade now begins in earnest. I have no issue with the decision to induct one of the greatest tag teams of the Hulk Hogan generation. It is what happens after the news of Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jimmy Hart’s selection that gets me going.

A few years back, Mike Mooneyham wrote how WWE dropped the ball by not selecting the late Ray Stevens to the hallowed Hall while WrestleMania invaded Levi’s Stadium in California. It continues to be a slap in the face of the pre-Vincent K. McMahon business that is shut out from consideration. At some point, someone will have to explain to me why Ivan Koloff is not a member after doing the unthinkable and beating Bruno Sammartino in 1971. And for that matter, why are we so quick to bring Edge into the fraternity upon his retirement, but have failed to induct Owen Hart?

Like its new message to fans about better sports entertainment in the coming year, WWE must get this class right. The selection of the Hart Foundation means Demolition is still on the outside looking in.

If I’m picking the class this year, and no one asked my opinion, I’d keep the Hart Foundation and build around it. I’d add the late Brian Pillman, keeping Chris Benoit off the list for one more year. I’d add Koloff as Uncle Ivan is important to WWWF history. Chyna deserves her spot on the roster, with Sable being inducted next year. Batista could be a surprise inductee and the headliner of the star-studded group being The Undertaker.

While I have tried to hit a home run with this group of former wrestling greats, there are still performers who are deserving of a place in WWE immortality. I’ll leave that up for debate for another blog.


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