14 Months in the making, Wrestle Circus returns! Even without the main champions and name recognition – how does the show stack up?
Brian Cage announced that he’s vacating the Ringmaster and Sideshow Championships because of the injury he sustained as Impact Wrestling: Rebellion. Also Tessa Blanchard doesn’t seem to be making an appearance on this one, but maybe they’ll use this to establish a number one contender.
Either way, Wrestle Circus: The Show Must Go On and Raise the Curtain, were two of my favorite shows last year. Hopefully even with the layoff and the lack of notable names, we get a solid show.
- Ringmaster Qualifier Match: Scorpio Sky vs Dezmond Xavier: Xavier wins via Jocay-Le – ** 3/4
- Shazza McKenzie vs “The American Nightmare” Leva Bates vs Alex Gracia vs Christi Jaynes: Leva wins via Cross Roads – **
- Big Top Tag Team Titles: The Riegel Twins vs Dirty Devils (c) vs The Rascalz: Rascalz win via Tandem Shenanigans – ** 1/4 – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- 6 Way Scramble: Lance Hoyt vs Colin Delany vs Peter Avalon vs Fuego del Sol vs Spryda vs Will Allday: Hoyt wins via Blackout – ** 1/2
- Ringmaster Qualifier Match: Joey Janela vs Sammy Guevara: Guevara wins via Shooting Star Press – *** 3/4
- Puma King vs Jake Atlas: Puma King wins via Avalanche Drop – ***
- oVe Rules Match: JT Dunn vs Sami Callihan: Dunn wins via Death by Elbows – *** 1/2
- Sideshow Championship Match: Orange Cassidy vs Gentleman Jervis: Jervis wins via Rolling Cradle – * – NEW CHAMP!!
- Ringmaster Championship Match: Dezmond Xavier vs Sammy Guevara: Guevara wins via Deep Double Leg Cradle – ** – NEW CHAMP!!
- Carnival Cash-In: Ringmaster Championship Match: Scorpio Sky vs Sammy Guevara (c): Sky wins via Ace of Spades – N/A – TITLE CHANGE!!!
An alright kick off match. A few hiccups and Scorpio’s manager Kevin Condron getting involved a little too much, stopped this from being great. Also with the stand ovation afterwards, this could be the farewell for all AEW bound talent. Sammy Guevara was on commentary and kinda said the same, which kinda contradicts the fact that he’s in a Ringmaster Qualifying match later.
After a small technical issue, Leva comes out dressed like Cody Rhodes, even with a little Pharaoh stuffed animal. Speaking of small technical issues, this match had quite a few. It was decently paced and you saw what they were trying to do, but it was generally a little rough. Leva with all the Cody signatures was cute, the Human Centipede Indian Deathlock was very Indie…so not necessary. Still an alright match, just could’ve been a ton better. Gracia is adorable but very green and Jaynes messed up a Spanish Fly that looked like Shazza got the brunt of it, but it wasn’t a complete train wreck.
This tag match was kind of an over booked rolling mess. It started hot with the Rascalz hitting dual Diving Cutters during the intros, but then just devolved into spots. There was also an awful spot where everyone was in a headlock, so the Dirty Devil’s Insidious Follower tried to interfere, but also got grabbed, then she grabbed the referee and it turned into a dumb domino effect Jawbreaker spot. A few false finishes until the Rascalz popped back in did some cute stuff and both pinned Andy Dalton for the victory. The Bengals are doomed this year.
It looks like the Lucha House Party lost someone. What’s a Fuego? Why is this a 6 pack challenge now. Christ – and they’re not even giving the other 3 an announced name. On looks like a Ninja Turtle…one is a knock off wannabe rock star or something. This has been a much more indie feel show than last year. I’m guessing it’s because they took over a year off and most of their mainstay talent has been scooped up between AEW, ROH and Impact. But this has really been some bingo hall/VFW level stuff.
As a match, it was a 6 pack spot fest. Lance Hoyt made everything bearable. Even the post match stuff he was great. There’s not much to say about the match. 5 small guys, 1 big guy. They ganged up eventually, there were a few cool spots, but Hoyt won by overpowering all of them. This was a rough first half since Intermission kicks in at this point.
The second qualifying match after the intermission, and it’s one with solid names. Both Janela and Sammy have signed to AEW recently, but Janela is trying to re-prove himself coming off his major injury. This match definitely lived up nicely, there was good desperation from both, not a lot of ridiculous moments or excessive near falls. The folding chairs got a workout in the early part of the match, but after that, things were confined to the ring. Really good match.
A very lucha libre match. Started with a long athletic exchange of counters and dodges, into a solid match. The finish was a little awkward, but all in all, not a bad match. Atlas also may have legit hurt his arm after falling into chairs following a moonsault, so not sure if that played a part in the odd finish.
Callihan makes this a NoDq oVe rules match as soon as he comes out, and this goes as we expect. A lot of chairs, low blows, spitting and not a bad match. It did however irk me that Sami hit Dunn with a Daryl plushie cat, and the commentary thought they were saying Pharaoh, even though they kept saying he hit him with a cat. Also commentary annoyed me because they don’t really call moves and just say “wrestling maneuver” quite often. Get a play by play person who can call moves and maybe watches wrestling. Who doesn’t know who Daryl is? Hell, ROH sent out an apology when Bad Luck Fale “killed” him.
Orange Cassidy and Jervis is for the vacant Sideshow title now…ugh.
So…the title is called Sideshow, so I suppose there’s a place for this idiocy. The fact that they spent the first half of the match trying to get Cassidy’s hands out of his pockets, and slow motion rope running, just generally eye roll inducing comedy wrestling. Some people like this, I’m aware, the crowd seemed to pop through the whole match. But this isn’t wrestling, this was like the high school reenactment of someone trying to remember a match. Imagine, if the Spanish guy from Ant Man was telling you a match, but you set it at .25 speed and one guys move is rocking someone to sleep. Yup…that about gets the gist of it.
Dezmond has had about 3 hours to rest, and a shorter match. Sammy had a tough match and only about an hour between. So I wonder if that will play into the match.
Well…okay I understood initially that they both went for big moves since it’s their second match and they wanted to get it done quickly. But it just never stopped. A bunch of big unnecessary moves. Sammy kicked Dez in the back of the head about 5 times, and then Dez popped up to break up a top rope move. Then Sammy was on the receiving end of multiple kicks, and won on his second roll-up counter. It was just…weird. Shooting Stars, Spiral Taps, 630 Sentons…just too much.
Overall Score: 6/10
Not only were the quality of matches significantly lower than last year, the fact that Sammy gives this stupid proud babyface promo after winning, when he was a defiant asshole the whole show, I’m so sick of the “grateful Indie guy” crap. Scorpio Sky jumps him eventually, so that’s cool.
OH! He still has that Carnival briefcase, and he’s cashing in!? Okay well hot damn, that did add a little bit of excitement to the end of a show I wasn’t huge on prior. Scorpio does the AEW letters in the air, ala Bret Hart.
Either way, the show wasn’t nearly as good at the last year, but wasn’t unwatchable. It lacked a lot of logic and felt to be done on the fly from Peter Avalon saying he changed the 3 way to a 6 pack challenge, Sami Callihan changing his match to NoDQ, Sideshow being stapled onto Jervis and Orange, and of course the Ringmaster double duty aspect. So I anticipate next month’s show to make more sense, but this was still a little disappointing comparing it to previous Wrestle Circus shows.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (7/20/19)
Stand back! There’s a Comic-Con coming through!
The WWE 24/7 Championship makes an SDCC debut!
As superheroes, super villains and super fans all converge in San Diego, watch as WWE icons collide! Who gets out of the convention with the title?
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS The Hurricane VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, appears for an interview!
What’s up, San Diego and IGN!? Truth sits with hosts Max Scoville and Sydnee Goodman and has been having a blast. he’s seen everything and everybody, but he just hopes no one recognized him. Truth being the 24/7 Champion, he had to stay incognito. Someone, anyone, everyone, they could take this title because it is defended at all times of the day. That is why it is the “48/7 7-11 TV” Championship. How has Truth been holding up? Well he can’t sleep, not even for a nap. He’s fought over this belt on a golf course, a tarmac, in a plane, and ruined one man’s wedding AND honeymoon. But don’t worry, Drake Maverick’s not constipated.
And now at SDCC, Truth has been able to slip through as a penguin! Pengi the penguin, noot noot! He got to shake hands and hang out with Darth Vader. Truth loves SDCC, it’s the bomb. But what else has Truth done while here? Chewbacca stared him down, but then Pikachu came along. The weather’s been a bit iffy, though. But wait! Is that…?! Yes! It is THE Hurricane!! Truth mentioned weather, so stand back, because there’s a hurricane coming through! Truth thinks this is a really great cosplay, but he’s a bit thick around the waist. Oh wow, what a great referee cosplay! He looks just like John Combs! But he’s blonde. No, wait, that’s… Nevermind. ROLL UP! TWO, but Hurricane runs away before Truth can retaliate. Because here comes Rockstar Banana, Drake Maverick! Roll up, TWO!!
Truth bails out before Maverick can attack again. Maverick vents! Truth has ruined Maverick’s life! His wedding, his honey moon, and he’s yet to consummate the marriage! Maverick is getting sick and tired of this! And then he realizes he’s on camera. Maverick gets up and runs off, but into the cameras! The signal goes down, but is Maverick too down in the dumps to get back up?
This title continues to be amazing! I was actually shocked Truth didn’t lose the title here, but him retaining is actually even more surprising. Great to see Hurricane again, even if it’s just for the gag of, “Oh, it’s Comic-Con, cosplay is everywhere.” Maverick is slowly breaking, and I love that he tied in the banana costume from when he showed up at the WWE Mattel panel during SDCC. Can’t wait to see reference to this on Raw.
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 6 B Block
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii and Jon Moxley come in at the top of the standings. How do we see B Block take shape?
This whole day is based around two major things:
Will Jay White or Tetsuya Naito get a win?
Will Moxley or Ishii kill one another?
Let’s find out!
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Fale wins via Grenade @4:50 – **
- Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer: Archer wins via EBD Claw Hold @9:50 – **
- SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI vs KENTA, Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors: BUSHI wins via MX @9:02 – ** 1/2
- YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay & Toa Henare: YOSHI wins via Fisherman Buster @8:45 – ** 1/4
- B Block: Shingo Takagi vs Taichi: Takagi wins via Last of the Dragon @14:40 – ****
- B Block: Jeff Cobb vs Juice Robinson: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @13:20 – *** 1/2
- B Block: Toru Yano vs Jay White: Yano wins via Brass Knuckle Low Blow/Roll-Up @3:05 – ** 1/2
- B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto: Naito wins via Destino @16:00 – *** 3/4
- B Block: Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii: Moxley wins via Deathrider @20:35 – **** 1/2
Well Fale tried to outsmart the Rainmaker in his last G1 match, and that didn’t go too well. So Sabre is being a whiny child, tried to step to Fale and for the most part, got brushed off. Fale isn’t really in a position to eat another loss, but it’s unusual for Sabre to be doing so poorly. I’m curious if Sabre continues this slide until maybe TAKA Michinoku returns to be his hype man, or Sabre gets off the schneid.
People, everybody dies. You know that, Lance knows that, Honma knows that…Kairi Sane knows that. This didn’t really add much to things except the undercurrent of a quiet Minoru Suzuki is scary for the whole world. Also – Everybody Dies!
Now that SANADA and EVIL have had their match, there is some symbiosis back on the LIJ undercards. KENTA and Kota teaming together was a cute call back, but nothing of heavy merit came from this match. BUSHI continues to rack up positive momentum during these tags, Clark Connors is impressive for an LA Dojo Young Lion. So decent match, but aside from EVIL and KENTA brawling after the match and SANADA and Ibushi having a rather civil fan support battle, nothing too important for the impending matches.
Okada and Ospreay did have the crowd hot, but aside from a small flourish, this was mostly YOSHI and Henare. Surprisingly, YOSHI-HASHI has put together a few pinfalls in the tag matches, so that tends to actually play a role in the second half story telling. Ospreay may be on his way to a big upset since even if Okada seems to be positioned to win A Block, he won’t make it through unscathed.
Now this was a fun match. It was a continuation of the Suzuki-Gun/LIJ drama, but Taichi has his own issues. Shingo is fighting as a Junior Heavyweight and Taichi moved up to Heavyweight last year, but was overlooked for the G1. So the fact that Shingo asks and gets in, yet Taichi moves up and was ignored has to bother him. With all of these little things eating through, Taichi brought out the Dangerous T that many of us have grown to love. Sure there was a brief moment of shenanigans with lovely Miho and the microphone stand, but 90% of the match was on the up and up. Pumping Bomber versus Axe Bomber was great, the callbacks to both of their mentors was wonderful and just generally speaking, when the Holy Emperor tries, those are great matches. Shingo getting the win won’t sit well with Taichi, but we’ve got plenty more time to see how this all falls.
Juice starts off the match in a 3 way tie for first, but Cobb really needs a win to legitimize his tournament. Being undefeated in ROH for about a year, as well as all his other accolades, he needs to stop losing. Cobb showed a little more fire than usual in this match and took it to Juice. Juice has been in hard hitting affairs all tournament and it looks like Juice might’ve finally hit the wall. Should be interesting to see if Juice flounders from here or if he recovers.
Well the Chaos revenge tour has another stop with Toru Yano and Jay White. Jay has not gotten off to a good start and it’s all his past decisions coming to bite him. This match…would be no different. Yano takes advantage of Gedo getting involved. Between Barbara Jean the turnbuckle pad and the brass knuckles from Gedo, Jay White’s nuts didn’t stand a chance. So Yano runs away with 2 more points and Jay’s pride…and other things…are a bit sore.
Goto started off the tournament looking like a new man, Naito has also looked different, but for different reasons. Naito sitting in the basement with zero points and Goto with the renewed sense of purpose makes for an odd dynamic. This match is one of their usual ones, where it’s quick bursts, hard hitting and a few solid false finishes. However, at multiple points Naito’s usual tranquilo is shaken and you can see him show levels of concern. Goto being the one with the power in the match, makes for some unique interactions. Naito does pull off the win, but it’s not for Goto’s lack of trying and kicking out of one running Destino. Naito finally gets some points, but it’s nothing near dominant enough to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moxley versus Ishii was the insane hard hitting match we expected. Ishii even flew. He hit a splash on Moxley through a table. The Stone Pitbull flew. Yes I realize there is a callback to Masato Tanaka in that move, but you don’t understand, Ishii flew. Anyway, the beauty of Red Shoes as a referee is he understands each wrestlers personality, so he gives them a little more leash to do what they like to do. Moxley used weapons, Ishii egged it on, there were huge strikes, Ishii’s torpedo style rising headbutts and just good violence. This was a bar fight and no one was upset. Moxley getting the win was a little surprising since most of us assume he won’t be available for many if any later dates once AEW TV starts up. This was just a nice change of pace for the usual New Japan and/or Strong Style match.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
With a great Taichi match and Moxley changing the pace, this show was definitely something to behold. Jay White’s continued spiral is more amusing than Sabre’s since this seems like retribution where Sabre is just a punk bitch when he loses. Even with an uneventful undercard, the main Block matches kept everything moving upward and onward.
With Moxley as the sole 3-0, who unseats the Death Rider?
B Block Standings:
- Jon Moxley – 3-0 (6 Points)
- Toru Yano – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 2-1 (4 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-2 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-3 (0 Points)