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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Elimination Chamber 2019

Bobby let’s us know how Elimination Chamber ranked with the Good, Bad and Ugly rankings!

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Bobby let’s us know how Elimination Chamber ranked with the Good, Bad and Ugly rankings!

Elimination Chamber’s time is now!  So much can and will happen at an event like this.  So much violence, carnage and potential for greatness.  WWE the King of Professional Wrestling putting themselves out there and giving the fans a show.  This show already has heat now with some backstage issues with Carmella and Corey Graves, even more interest will be in the event.  All of that aside with a packed card of possibilities will the Elimination Chamber be Good, Bad or Ugly? 

GOOD

Kickoff Show

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match– Buddy Murphy (C) vs. Akira Tozawa

This match will be lit up the whole time.  We will see a little bit of everything here with these two talents.  Buddy Murphy has the look, the Gold, the theme and of course the girl.  He can work and with a lot less than Tozawa.  In 205 Live World Murphy is a powerhouse and this was a speed vs power type of match.  Tozawa had a lot of offense but was ineffective against the Champion.  Murphy rallied and countered Tozawa’s every move.   Each guy fighting for position and giving it all they had.  Buddy Murphy held on after several close falls and attempts.  This match was amazing.  Tozawa wouldn’t quit either, it could have gone either way.  Tozawa put it all out there, and clawed after the Cruiserweight Title.  The Challenger had Murphy in an “Octopus” but was countered into a “Murphy’s Law.”  Buddy Murphy retains on the road to the Big Show. 

OPENING MATCH!

WWE Women’s Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match– Nia Jax & Tamina vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Carmella & Naomi vs. The Riott Squad vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics

Screw it!  No pun intended.  Open the show with Carmella.  This is going to be a crazy match.  Corey Graves is also broadcasting.  Acting natural there was nothing out of the ordinary here on the show between them.  Complete professionals.  Fire and Desire vs. Boss n Hug to start off hot right off the bat. 

A lot of action and back and forth.  Both teams exhausted and beaten, in comes Riott Squad.  Liv Morgan single handedly went at it with both Deville and Rose.  Bayley then followed up and cleaned house.  The IIconics scrambled in as quickly as possible and tried to pin the sea of humanity that was all laid out by a super bomb off the top earlier on.  The IIconics further beat down their opponents but couldn’t finish anyone off.  They brutally beat down Bayley and Banks.  Naomi and Carmella are next.  The Former Women’s World Champs really came in hot and got the edge.  Mella was money and sharp in there.  A series of finishers and huge moves and everyone was down.  Tamina and Nia Jax still not even in there and already destruction.  IIconics took advantage of a situation and double rolled up Naomi, eliminating Naomi and Carmella.  The whole group on their feet and ready to go with Nia and Tamina.  Nia Jax and Tamina dominated.  No one could touch them.  The IIconics shut themselves in a pod but were taken out and devastated.  Jax and Tamina eliminate the IIconics with a double “Samoan Drop.”  The Riott Squad attacked.  Suddenly all of the steam lost.  The Riott Squad woke everyone back up with a devastating dives onto the piles.  Nia Jax and Tamina hit The Riott Squad with a super “Samoan Drop” and “Superfly Splash” eliminating the Riott Squad.  Nia and Tamina took their time but knocked herself out into a pod missing Bayley.  Tamina was left to the wolves and picked apart before being pinned and eliminated.  Banks and Bayley had the titles won, but Deville took Bayley out.  Mandy Rose had Banks, but Banks kicked out.  Deville accidentally speared Mandy Rose.  Banks trapped Deville in a sick submission for the victory.  Sasha Banks and Bayley are the 1st Ever Women’s Tag Team Champions!

WWE Intercontinental Title Handicap Match– Bobby Lashley (C) and Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor

The word “Demon” was used freely and frequently in the Kickoff Show, making it an official buzz word.  If “The Demon” shows up expect Balor to leave with the Intercontinental Championship.  However we did not have that here tonight.  Much like with the Lesnar match, the Demon is sitting it out.  Balor in a handicap match against someone twice his size who is also the Champ makes no sense but moving on.  As expected Lashley was very physical and dominant.  In true Finn Balor fashion he fought back and would not stay down.  Lio Rush would interfere and get involved every time Balor would get space.  Lashley would continue to wear down Balor but was unable to finish him.  Lio Rush missed a “frog splash” Balor would bounce back.  Balor would go completely off the rails destroying his opponents.  Non-stop he hit a “Coupe de Grace” on Lio Rush and Wins the Intercontinental Championship for the 1st Time of his career!  WOW!  Balor Wins a huge match!  Lashley was irate grabbing up his hype man and crashing him to the ground with a vicious spike. 

WWE Raw Women’s Title Match– “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Ruby Riott

As to no surprise Charlotte Flair had a ringside seat for this one.  The Ultimate Heel will most likely play a role here and she had to be close by.  Charlotte was long winded before this big title match.  Ruby Riott is a decent talent and unquestionably will be able to tame Rousey and keep the match clean.  She is a hell of a worker.  They are lucky to have each other in this position as both will benefit.  Rousey got the crowd hot dressed like Mortal Combat’s Sonya Blade which is kick ass.  She looked like the missing member of The Shield.  This was a classic Championship Match.  It was paced well with big moves and a lot of emotion.  Rousey quickly got Riott into an “armbar”, causing Riott to tap out.  Rousey posed down with Charlotte at ringside.  Disappointing showing for Riott, but Rousey looked fantastic.  Rousey dominating is a story.  Charlotte not long after the victory stomped into the ring herself.  Lynch came hobbling out of the crowd on crutches getting everyone’s attention.  She is nuts!  By the way she is dressed like Kill Bill!  “She’s the Man” rung through the audience.  Becky Lynch then beat the hell out of Charlotte with a crutch.  She hit her so many times and just wouldn’t stop.  Rousey just watched in amazement.  Charlotte screamed in pain and didn’t get any assistance.  Rousey picked up a crutch and made it clear to Lynch that she would fight back.  Rousey looked like she had Charlotte in her sights but Lynch attacked her and again hit Charlotte during the attack.  Becky Lynch just “stomped a mud hole” in Rousey and Charlotte as only “The Man” can.  Holy Cow!  This was just shocking and fantastic!  Becky Lynch is going to the Principal’s Office for this one.  Maybe Stone Cold can come to her aid?

No Disqualification Match- Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman

Rousey and Charlotte were still in shock as to what happened when Baron Corbin made his way to the ring for his No DQ Match with “The Monster” Braun Strowman.  The 385lbs Braun Strowman walked calmly to the ring for his fight.  He never seems too worked up unless it’s Lesnar or Reigns.  Corbin has his work cut out for him here in every way.  Corbin beat on Strowman with a Kendo Stick and tried to slow down the big man.  Strowman just devastated Corbin every chance he got crashing down hard on him in and out of the ring.  Corbin used his speed and Strowman’s own momentum to counter the size and power of “the Monster.”  Corbin has taken the fight to Braun and kept up with him even being on top numerous times in the match.  When Strowman would make contact it was huge and debilitating.  Out, comes a table.  Braun Strowman had the match won driving Corbin hard through the table with a “powerslam.”  Drew McIntyre’s music hit and he headed to the ring, but it was Bobby Lashley that did the most damage in a sneak attack with a chair on Strowman.  In this No-DQ Match this is perfectly legal.  Braun Strowman was rendered helpless.  Corbin and McIntyre stacked a couple of tables and had Bobby Lashley w/ there help “Shield” style power slam Braun Strowman off the steps in the ring through 2 tables.  Baron Corbin Wins!  This was not a Bad match and it was won in true hated, pure heel fashion.  Just wish we saw “The Wyatt’s” come the Big Man’s aid.         

Lacey Evan Tease

Random but I like it!  Maybe it’s the South Carolina pride.  Moving on! 

WWE Title Elimination Chamber Match– Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe

It is pretty epic that Kofi Kingston is in this match and had that tremendous showing this week on SmackDown Live.  The talent in this match all together makes this an epic super-card.  Some of the best talents in history grouped together for one big match.  In a “Fickle” move, Rowan was asked to leave by the officials.  Daniel Bryan played cat and mouse with Samoa Joe.  But Joe attacked hard at the champ and showed no mercy but Daniel Bryan fought back like a champion.  Kofi Kingston came right in and continued his amazing performance from SD Live.  The Champ Daniel Bryan though proved to be too much, taking control of the match again, until Samoa Joe chased him away.  Kofi greeted him on his perch above a pod and fought him on the cage.  Kofi also kicked down Joe then dove on both of them from high above.  AJ Styles then brought the heat and him and Bryan went at it.  Styles is so freaking Good all the time and with Kofi and these other guys is just shining out there.  They shared the spotlight out there.  Joe is out first combo from a jawbreaker from Kingston and a Styles hitting him with a forearm with a pin.  Jeff Hardy enters the war.  Again Styles is center stage and rightfully so.  Everyone again mixing it up.  Randy Orton the last man to enter.  The most dangerous man in Professional Wrestling today.  This match was intense and looked painful.  Bryan hits Hardy with a running knee after a high risk payoff on AJ Styles eliminating Jeff Hardy and immediately attacking Styles and Kingston.  Styles then countered right before Orton came in.  Again everyone got in their shots.  The action went back and forth with all competitors.  “RKO” on AJ Styles.  Eliminated.  “Trouble in Paradise” Orton Eliminated.  Kofi and Bryan went full steam and gave it all they had left.  Daniel Bryan kicked out of the “SOS.”  Again back and forth, what a match!  Kofi would not give up.  Kofi missed a huge splash, and got destroyed by a flying knee.  Bryan retains the title in this incredible match!  New Day came out and walked their best friend and fellow New Day Member Kofi Kingston to the back after an heroic performance.     

BAD

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Title Match– The Miz & Shane McMahon (C) vs. The Usos

We know we will see high spots and close calls.  A ton of experience and talent in here, in a huge match.  The Miz’s opening with Maryse coming out, the Hollywood Couple announced, they are having another baby!  Congrats, that’s Awesome! 

As for the match though, there were some Bad moments at times.  For the caliber of talent sometimes this was purely disappointing.  Uso’s were the better team in this match but Miz finally got a second to strike and tagged in a fresh Shane O’ Mac.  McMahon went bananas putting on his usual show for the fans.  Went for a second “coast to coast” but was “superkicked” for a two count broken up by The Miz.  Again Miz had some sloppy action.  It was more the Uso’s timing than how the Miz did but it looked Bad.  Shane went to the well again to the outside smashing through Jey Uso and the Announce Table.  Jimmy Uso hits a “superkick” and a “splash” but only gets two.  Miz comes back but gets countered into a rollup.  The Uso’s Win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! 

UGLY- Not on this TV! 

FINAL

  • GOOD- 7
  • BAD- 1
  • UGLY- 0

OVERALL

Good job WWE!  This was a quality Pay Per View!  Awesome energy and a ton of content that will make the remainder of the Road to WrestleMania even more entertaining.  This show was Awesome and had everyone pumped.  Fantastic job all around! 

Now we are even closer to the biggest night in sports entertainment.  Fastlane on the way and continuing on in Wrestlemania Season, with some new stories and a clearer picture.  The energy coming to Raw and SmackDown is heavy and should fuel the respective rosters to the huge night.  Hope everyone enjoyed the show, please don’t forget to like, comment, share and continue to read the Good, Bad and Ugly! 


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Steve Cook’s Top 5 Pro Wrestling Tournaments

Wrestling’s best tournaments?

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WWE Survivor Series Deadly Game Tournament

The NCAA Tournament is in full swing, and Steve Cook is inspired to take a look back at wrestling’s tournaments!

Who doesn’t love a good tournament? This is the time of year where we all become obsessed with brackets. March Madness is in full bloom, and we’re all keeping track of who beat who and who’s playing next. We all know that pro wrestling lends itself well to a tournament format… Do I need to go any further? Probably not. Here are the Top 5 Pro Wrestling Tournaments of all time.

5. Ultraviolent Tournament of Death II

I know some people are not going to be happy with this pick. Thing is, I don’t feel a list of American wrestling tournaments would be complete without a selection from the deathmatch genre. It was the bread & butter for many indy companies back in the day, and I’m sure there’s still something of an audience for it now.

I’ll admit it. There was a period of time where I was into guys getting hit with light tubes & thrown into barbed wire and fun stuff like that. I’m over it now, so I can’t tell you if any of the tournaments over the past ten years have blown the stuff from the 2000s out of the water. What I can tell you is which deathmatch tournament was most memorable to me. The second TOD made “Sick” Nick Mondo a CZW legend. Dude got thrown off a building by Zandig! Mondo beat JC Bailey in a Light Tubes & Ladders match, Zandig in a 2 out of 3 fall Light Tube Log Cabins match, and Ian Rotten in a Barbed Wire ropes, 200 Light Tubes match.

Mondo became a star that night. Unfortunately it was his last night in the business, as injuries suffered during the evening made him think twice about the whole wrestling thing. Hey, at least give him credit for being smart enough to get out.

4. 2008 Battle of Los Angeles

Low-Ki

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s strength over the years has been staying in their lane. Sometimes people would like to see the company get bigger, but they’ve spent most of their existence working around other promotions’ rules. As long PWG they remained DVD-only, companies that had TV & PPV with not many other dates on the schedule were happy to let some of their guys get a payday out west.

Since 2005, PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament has featured pretty much anybody that ever made any kind of name on the indy wrestling circuit. Winners include the likes of Kenny Omega, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Ricochet, and Sami Zayn’s mentor El Generico (RIP). The best one I’ve seen, the 2008 edition was won by none other than Low Ki. It was when he wasn’t jobbing to anybody, so the result was kind of obvious.

It was still a fun show with a ridiculously stacked roster. Ki, Nigel McGuinness, Bryan Danielson & Chris Hero made up the final four. Danielson had matches with Hero, T.J. Perkins & Davey Richards. Hero also had a Necro Butcher Rules match with Necro Butcher. The finals featured Ki & Hero working with only one rope…and having a pretty darn good match.

3. 1993 King of the Ring

Bret Hart

Every so often, fans clamor for the return of King of the Ring to WWE programming. It’s like they forget King Sheamus, King Barrett and the other weak noblemen to rule over WWE’s kingdom. The event definitely had its ups & downs, but it certainly got off to a good start in Dayton, Ohio.

Let’s be honest, any show in 1993 that had Bret Hart wrestling three times was bound to be a good one. He went through Razor Ramon in the first round in a solid starter. Mr. Perfect awaited in the semi-finals, and the two men had a classic match like they always had with each other. Then Bret took on Bam Bam Bigelow in the finals, and overcame the odds against a bigger man that had the semi-finals off thanks to a Lex Luger/Tatanka draw.

Bret’s goal on this evening was to prove that he was the best wrestler in the WWF, even if he had been taken out of the championship picture at the moment. He did just that, and put the KOTR tournament on the map in the process. Owen Hart following in Bret’s footsteps and winning the next year meant so much because people remembered that performance.

2. 1987 Crockett Cup

Going back to the days of Jim Crockett Sr., the Mid-Atlantic territory was always a tag team-heavy promotion. Fans in the Carolinas, Virginia & surrounding areas loved that style of wrestling. The tradition continued after Jim Sr’s death, and when it was decided that a major show was needed between Starrcade & the Great American Bash tour, the idea of the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament was hatched. The Crockett Cup featured most of the best tag teams in the world coming together for a twenty-four team tournament where the winners would split $1,000,000 & get a trophy.

Jim Crockett Promotions held three of these events from 1986-88. The first edition in the Superdome didn’t draw much of a house, but Baltimore came out in full support in 1987. A who’s who of tag teams from the Road Warriors to the Midnight Express & the Mulkeys were there, but at the end of the night it was the Super Powers, Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff beating the Horsemen team of Tully Blanchard & Lex Luger to take the prize.

Even bigger than all that…Magnum T.A. made his first appearance in a wrestling arena since his car accident the previous year. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, and not a doubt that his friends Dusty & Nikita would win the main event.

1. The Deadly Game

Survivor Series 1998 is one of those shows that people either really love or really hate. Workrate fans really hate it, as there wasn’t a classic match to be found on the card. Fans that are more into characters & story really love it. To me, this night was Vince Russo’s highpoint as a wrestling writer.

Stone Cold Steve Austin had lost the WWF Championship in September, getting pinned by both Kane & Undertaker. Austin refereed a match between Kane & Undertaker in October, where he knocked them both out & made the match a no-decision. Vince McMahon came up with the idea of a tournament after that, and his primary objective was to keep Austin from winning it. It became known as the Deadly Game…I’m still not sure why, but it gave us one of the best PPV theme songs of all time.

Mankind was thought to be Vince’s favorite, while The Rock was seen as the next worst option for Vince other than Stone Cold. After a night of seemingly never-ending twists & turns, including Austin getting screwed yet again by a McMahon (Shane this time), Rock & Mankind met in the finals. And wouldn’t you know it, a year after Survivor Series 1997, which Jim Ross kept dreading a reprise of all night with Mankind winning at the behest of Mr. McMahon, it turned out that Rock was the man locking in the Sharpshooter while Vince yelled to ring the damn bell.

Fourteen year old me couldn’t have enjoyed the show more, even if Rock was my third choice behind Austin & Mankind. Yeah, this time period was tough for me as far as favorite wrestlers feuding went.


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New Japan Cup Fallout : Will It Really Be Okada’s Revenge at G1 Supercard ?

The New Japan Cup has come to an end, with Kazuchika Okada winning the tournament. Will Okada prevail and cut the Switchblade’s new era short ?

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Your winner of the 2019 New Japan Cup : The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada.

The New Japan Cup has now come to an end, with Kazuchika Okada winning the tournament for the second time in his career. The Rainmaker will look to get his revenge over Jay White in MSG, which is exactly the subject of today’s article. Will Okada prevail and cut the Switchblade’s new era short ? Let’s dive into the matter at hand !

If there is one thing I learned watching New Japan Pro Wrestling, it is to NEVER neglect any possibility. Such a statement has never felt more true since Jay White came back to New Japan at Power Struggle in 2017. Since then, White has kept being the ultimate trump card. First by defeating Kenny Omega for the IWGP US Heavyweight championship. Then, he defeated both Okada and Tanahashi in the G1 Climax, took over Bullet Club, and went on to repeat his G1 upsets over Okada and Tanahashi, at Wrestle Kingdom and New Beginning, claiming the IWGP Heavyweight championship from Tanahashi in Osaka.

What New Japan called the “Switchblade shock” in reference to Okada’s “Rainmaker shock” from 2012 is now real, and with Okada marching to MSG with the purpose of finally vanquishing his nemesis, I have to wonder if Okada will actually do it, because if there is one thing I am actually sure of, it is that the outcome of the match between the Rainmaker and the Switchblade is as uncertain as it could be. Sounds paradoxical ? I will explain.

Here’s the thing. While the possibility of the rest of this year gravitating around Okada and White fighting over the Heavyweight championship is not something to rule out, I find it hard to imagine that other people will not be involved. I can think of Tetsuya Naito or Kota Ibushi, depending on the result of their soon to come IWGP Intercontinental championship match. I believe this match will help shape up the new direction following the Okada vs White encounter. I have already touched on Kota Ibushi in a previous article, explaining why I could see him take the Intercontinental championship away from Naito, so let’s follow that logic. This would leave the leader of L.I.J empty handed in every sense of the term…or does it ? While Naito won’t be able to reach his goal of becoming a dual champion, it is doubtful that he will stop looking to take back the Heavyweight championship, the first chance he gets.

This is actually important to consider in the eventual result of Okada vs White and especially what will happen going forward. Naito being the biggest star in New Japan to not hold a championship while haven’t taking part in any Heavyweight championship matches since Wrestle Kingdom 12, and with Dominion slowly coming up, we have to think of who would challenge for the Heavyweight championship in Osaka-Jo Hall this year.

With that in mind, we are left with two options. Assuming whoever leaves MSG as Heavyweight champion keeps the title until Dominion, which seems likely, will New Japan add another chapter to one of the most storied rivalries of the last decade, or will we see the continuation of New Japan’s new era in a more explicit way, with a never seen before IWGP Heavyweight championship to main event the second biggest New Japan show of the year ? Of course, this is only based off assumptions. Who knows, depending on the circumstances of this upcoming Okada vs White III, we could be up for a fourth encounter even sooner than expected.

To cap off with this opinion piece, let’s actually give an answer to the initial question. I do not believe G1 Supercard will be marked by the Rainmaker’s revenge over the Switchblade. Let me ask you one question : Do you fully expect Jay White to lose the Heavyweight championship without any defenses, considering the faith New Japan seems to have in him ?

You guessed my stance, I think that feels unlikely. Not impossible, remember what I said about never putting any possibility aside, but unlikely. We could even witness a surprise in Madison Square Garden, but it won’t be Jay White retaining the championship, if that does happen.

Let me add that, as a nod to another previous article concerning Bullet Club dominating G1 Supercard, the best way to dominate the event, in terms of results and talk created afterwards, would probably be include Jay White winning. After all, White would be 3-0 against Okada, which says something considering how highly regarded of a wrestler the Rainmaker is.

This is how I now conclude this article. What did you think of the New Japan Cup ? What are your thoughts going forward ? Do you breathe with the Switchblade or will Okada make it rain all over Madison Square Garden ?

 


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