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Discussion thread: Fighting Spirit Unleashed

NJPW returns to Water Pyrimad in Long Beach, California for their annual North American trip – this time it is 'Fighting Spirit Unleashed', live on NJPW World, featuring commentary from Jim Ross and Kevin Kelly!

In the main event we have Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi taking on Tomohiro Ishii and Kazuchika Okada in tag team action. Also on the card we have Juice Robinson defending his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Cody, The Young Bucks defending their IWGP Tag Team Championships against Guerrillas of Destiny, Marty Scurll taking on Will Ospreay in a semi-final match in the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship tournament and a while lot of other undercard matches.

Don't forget to use the hashtag #njusa on all social media platforms.

NJPW World Links:

No. Match Notes
1 Roppongi 3K (Rocky Romero, SHO and YOH) vs. Taguchi Japan (ACH, Jushin Thunder Liger and Ryusuke Taguchi) Six-man tag team match
2 Bullet Club (Chase Owens and Hangman Page) vs. The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian)
3 Chaos (Beretta, Chuckie T and Hirooki Goto) vs. Chris Sabin, Flip Gordon and Jeff Cobb Six-man tag team match
4 Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA and Tetsuya Naito) vs. Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Lance Archer and Zack Sabre Jr.) Six-man tag team match
5 Chaos (Gedo and Jay White) vs. Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi and KUSHIDA)
6 Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship tournament semi-final match
7 Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) IWGP Tag Team Championship
8 Cody vs. Juice Robinson (c) IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
9 Chaos (Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi)

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Daniel Bryan is talking about a great idea for Royal Rumble

Daniel Bryan gave an interview to ABC15 in Arizona when he was out that way to throw the first pitch for a Diamondbacks game. He was there to promote the fact that tickets for the Royal Rumble pay-per-view next year will be going on sale on Oct. 12, for the event set to take place at Chase Field on Jan. 27, 2019.

It’s a big baseball stadium and Bryan was talking like there’s a really cool idea possible to go with it:

“It’s an incredible stadium. We were actually just talking about what the metamorphosis would look like. Right now, the thought is that we’d come out of the dugout. We’ve never had a Royal Rumble in a baseball stadium before. I’m super-psyched. I’ve never come out of a dugout to go into a wrestling show before.”

I don’t know how that would work or if it even would, but it sounds awesome to me. Let’s hope it happens!

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Tope 10: Lucha Underground

Each and every episode of Lucha Underground features maneuvers, quotes, outfits, props, scenes, and more that deserve recognition. That is where the Tope 10 comes in. This list shows appreciation for the moments that are more exciting than a flying tope.

If you are new to the Lucha Underground scene, you can catch it Wednesdays at 8pm ET on El Rey Network, buy all episodes to date on iTunes and Amazon, or watch seasons one and two on Netflix. See if El Rey Network is available in your area.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch episode sixteen (September 26) yet, check out the preview and the recap/review. Also, see what merchandise is available in the Lucha Underground market.

10. I’d say no

During the Sacrifice to the Gods, Vampiro had something he needed to say to his announcing partner. “I just want to clarify one thing. If it was unfortunate that you got chosen for the next sacrifice and you said, ‘Vamp, Vamp, Vamp, help me out,’ I’d say, ‘No.’” Matt Striker deadpanned with a tinge of sadness in his voice, “Alright, thanks for clarifying.” The silly banter between those two never ceases to entertain.

9. XO slickness


XO Lishus’ flying attack looked slick. I like how he arched his back for a distinctive look on a standard move. It made the contact look more impactful.

8. Dragon incoming

Lucha Underground

El Dragon Azteca Jr. took flight to assault Fenix. That is one of handful of Lucha Underground signature moves that I would watch all day and not tire.

7. Jack Evan from the heavens


Credit to Evans for the most productive maneuver and closest chance at victory against Matanza in a Sacrifice to the Gods fight.

6. Arrow from the Depths of Hell

King Cuerno’s suicide dive never gets old.

5. Counteroffer…

Lucha Underground

An appropriate and humorous reaction by Jack Evans upon hearing he was booked into a Sacrifice to the Gods match. He’s no dummy. Evans hightailed it up the stairs in an attempt to escape. I’ve been wondering why others haven’t had a similar reaction, but I’m glad Evans was the first. I don’t think anyone else in the Temple could have done it better.

4. Nunchuck violence

Poor Jake Strong. Aerostar and Drago whacked him good with nunchucks in the aptly named Nunchuck Match. That GIF wasn’t the top nunchuck moment. I’d go with Drago sitting on Aerostar’s shoulders and hammering the heck out of Strong’s head multiple times as Strong was blinded with green mist.

3. Green mist

I’ll never not enjoy a misting in professional wrestling.

2. Upstairs leap

Watch Aerostar jump from the upper perch.

Those leaps are always exciting. The best part is that it was a complete surprise. Normally, the luchadores might tease the tension or you can tell something crazy is going down because it is sort of set up in an unnatural way. In this case, Aerostar came flying out of nowhere. Jake Strong was busy beating up Drago, then whammo.

1. RIP, MFer


That full phrase from Mack after his attack on Mil Muertes was kind of cliche, but I don’t care. I popped hard. Part is because Mack is the perfect character for that line and part is because the Death Match at Ultima Lucha Cuatro is going to be fire. I feel tingly just thinking about it.

How does the Tope 10 from episode sixteen stack up to your list? If you were late to the viewing party, feel free to share your thoughts about anything in the episode.

I’ll leave you with a cheesy, in a good way, commercial of Vampiro promoting Krav Maga lessons in Guadalajara. The music alone is worth it.

Lucha! Lucha! Lucha!

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Our worst pro wrestling takes

We’ve all got takes on professional wrestling, some of them good, some of them bad but the majority of them are inoffensive, standard takes you’d expect from anyone. They’re shared by many and that means they aren’t all that interesting.

You know what’s interesting? Bad takes.

So I asked the staff of Cageside to give me the worst take they have on professional wrestling, and it led to this glorious list below.

Geno Mrosko: Keven Nash was right, though I won’t use the language he did when describing the smaller guys in WCW back in the day. I still feel that way today. There is nothing that could possibly happen to get me into a show like 205 Live because I can’t get into the idea of guys that small being any kind of interesting, even in simulated combat. I understand what it is people enjoy about cruiserweights but I just can’t get there.

I want my wrestlers to be larger than life, something far away from what regular people are. Yes, I’m that guy who thinks you need to stand out at an airport and not be overshadowed by literally every average sized human you come across. They’re talented at fake fighting, no question, but I’ll always believe the least important part of this business is the actual wrestling matches.

I’d rather watch a big ass monster of a man wreck shit than see a tiny little guy flying all around the place.

Sean Rueter: Heel Biker Taker is the best Taker. Maybe it’s because I was out of high school and a “jaded young man” when the gimmick debuted, but the undead mortician schtick’s never done it for me. As I’ve gotten older and recaptured my childhood appreciation for over-the-top-nonsense, however, the conviction of this belief’s only strengthened. He was just more fun as a sadist (with a code) on a Harley.

His promos were fun – still short and to the point, but straight forward, bad-ass soundbites about his love of ass-kicking instead of metaphysical mumbo-jumbo delivered like Christian Bale’s Batman and punctuated by rolling his eyes into his skull and sticking his tongue out. The wrestling style never really changed, and don’t the MMA-aspects of his arsenal make more sense for mean-spirited motorcyclist than a zombie from the 19th century?

Bonus $#!+take… there are some good NuMetal songs and “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” is one of them.

Kyle Decker: New Japan is boring and Ring of Honor just isn’t good.

I’m not good at hot takes. It’s my nature to say something and then say “well, on the other hand…” So when the General asked us all for a bad take/hot take, I knew it was going to be tough for a “Well what’s the other side of it?” kind of guy like me. So expect some wavering even in this hot take on these two popular promotions.

Let me start with NJPW, which I actually consider myself a fan of to some degree (not die hard). But man those shows are just boring. I’m not talking the Wrestle Kingdoms. I’m talking all the rest. Even the show tonight is just a bunch of tag matches. Everything is tag matches! They have two or three singles matches and a bunch of filler tags. When the instinct is to skip 3/4th of the card, that’s a failure. In-ring work only gets you so far.

But that’s nowhere near my feelings of Ring of Honor, which isn’t any good. And this isn’t just because their show Friday was a dud. It’s because most of their shows have been duds for the last year plus. If it weren’t for the hot Bullet Club act (who are overrated in their own right), this promotion would completely suck. It’s not that the talent isn’t there, but booking isn’t interesting. And even the matches, which are their staple, are way too choreographed. I know you have to suspend disbelief for all wrestling matches, but I find it a big stretch for a lot of ROH bouts. The production quality is subpar, the announcing is average at best, and their PPV cards are a bunch of underwhelming matches anchored with a main event that will probably be technically sound but not have the story to back it up. It’s considered a viable option for those who don’t want to go to WWE, but it’s surely not as entertaining.

Claire Elizabeth: I love it when old people wrestle.

And not just old people that are still very good at wrestling, your Jushin Ligers, your Jerry Lawlers, and so on, which is what pretty clearly makes this my worst take. No, I love seeing creaky old Undertaker lace the boots up one more time even though his recent matches have been… not great and you’re all groaning that he should retire already.

I see no reason, barring catastrophic, career-ending injury, that wrestlers should ever retire if they don’t want to. Even when it’s unwise by medical standards, when a guy like Vader wrestles deep into heart failure, if that’s what he wants, I am for it. I recently watched Nikolai Volkoff’s final match, from about a year before he passed, and it’s stumbling and awkward and his old man gut spilled over his trunks, but damnit, the pure love of wrestling shined through, and if somebody wants to do it and can find a promotion willing to give them a platform, who am I to say no?

Cain A. Knight: I always enjoy hearing the random chants for CM Punk. I think they’re great, and I would love to bathe in a steady dose of them every week.

Somewhere in my brain I understand why many people think the CM Punk chants are pointless, disrespectful, and outdated. But none of those arguments matter one bit to me. CM Punk was one of my favorite pro wrestlers of all-time, so I’m going to mark out whenever I hear his name chanted. It’s that simple. I’d enjoy it just as much if wrestling audiences would randomly chant for other entertainers who I hold in high esteem such as Conan O’Brien or Bruce Campbell.

I’m also cool with those fans who chant CM Punk out of protest. If there is even a remote possibility that those chants actually do get under Triple H’s skin, then I’m in favor of it. I will never forgive that guy for turning 2011’s Summer of Punk into “Kevin Nash texting himself” and then a Sledgehammer Ladder match. So if the McMahons are booking the show in a way that annoys you, it’s only fair to annoy the McMahons back by chanting CM Punk.

There are also the CM Punk chants that are done out of pure boredom. Because Raw is 3 hours long, too many matches are either complete filler or only require you to pay attention to the finish. If fans want to keep themselves entertained through a match that doesn’t matter by chanting CM Punk, I can’t blame them. The wrestlers in the ring shouldn’t take it personally. If the fans want to respond to a pointless match by pointlessly chanting CM Punk in return, then it’s probably WWE’s fault for not providing more engaging storylines.

Whether fans chant CM Punk out of appreciation, protest, or boredom, I just can’t get enough of it. I eagerly look forward to many more years of random CM Punk chants on Raw.

Tommy Messano: I miss the guest host era of Raw because it was really awesome. That feels good to get off my chest. Raw getting a new guest every once in awhile was great just because it made the WWE work a little bit outside of their comfort zone. How would my favorite pop punk band/Netflix superhero/NHL player/ 80s C-list celebrity react when they’re dropped into the world of the WWE? I don’t know, but maybe I want to find out.

Variety is the spice of life and if that means Raw gets weird once a month so be it. Pro wrestling fans need something to break-up the status quo of television’s longest running weekly episodic program. Give me your tired fans, your poorly connected plot points, but also give me The Muppets and Hugh Jackman punching Dolph Ziggler in his face.

Stella Cheeks: Bret Hart is overrated AF. Was he technically gifted? Sure. Was he entertaining? No. The phrase “Black Hole of Charisma” comes to mind every time I think of him. Any wrestling match that is touted as a Bret Hart classic is because his opponent brought extra levels of charisma and made up for the fact that Bret has no personality.

Also, it’s not as if he was the only technically good wrestler in his era. There were plenty of other competent wrestlers! Hello, Ricky the Dreamboat?? (Yes, I know it’s Steamboat.) Bret Hart just stood there with his cool guy glasses, his blank stare, terrible body language, and somehow got over. I legit don’t get it. Doesn’t help that he’s a whiny old man that is constantly living in the past, either. He needs to get over himself yesterday.

Your turn, dear reader. We want to hear your worst pro wrestling take.

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When the ladies stop loving it, AJ Styles might cut his hair

IGN does these fun videos where they bring someone in to read comments left on its site. This time around, they’ve got WWE Champion AJ Styles in the hot seat, reading comments both good and bad. One of those comments mentions his hair, and that he needs to cut it.

This is not a controversial take, and surely many agree that he needs to get rid of it. He doesn’t think so, though, and he’s got one reason:

“Well, when the ladies stop hating my hair, maybe I’ll get a haircut.”

You want to try to argue that?

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Punishment Martinez is done with ROH

With Matt Riddle officially signed to NXT, an old tag team partner of his is set to join him soon.

Punishment Martinez dropped the ROH World Television Championship to Jeff Cobb at the TV taping yesterday (Sept. 29), and PWInsider reported that Martinez was finished with the promotion, before Wrestling Observer mainman Dave Meltzer confirmed that the former champion is on his way to WWE.

Punishment (chiefly known outside of Ring of Honor as Punisher Martinez) is a 14-year veteran, having gotten his start at New Jersey’s Monster Factory in 2004. Working the small-time indie grind for over a decade, shortly before signing with ROH he was paired up at the Monster Factory with the King of Bros, with whom he won the KPW Tag Team Championship in 2016.

Indeed, for a time the plan was for Riddle, Punishment, and QT Marshall (with whom Martinez had won the MFPW Tag Team Championship) to form a trio together in Ring of Honor, but Matt signing with Evolve put the kibosh on that. Martinez found success in ROH all the same, however, as he was signed to a contract after competing in the 2016 Top Prospect Tournament, advancing over Colby Corino in the first round before falling to 205 Live’s Lio Rush.

He’d go on to win the 2017 edition of Survival of the Fittest, an annual tournament that culminates in a six-man elimination scramble for a shot at the ROH World Championship, as well as winning the aforementioned ROH World Television Championship from Silas Young this past June.

As far as scouting goes, Martinez is an athletic big man (billed at 6’6” and 272 pounds) who’s stylistically not terribly dissimilar to the Undertaker, in terms of his willingness to do dives and other such semi-acrobatic maneuvers. He’s not quite the polished product his former tag team partner is, still having a bit of awkwardness around the edges (as evidenced by a disastrous match he had against Soberano, Jr., which, to be fair, neither man had time to prepare for), but that is, after all, what the Performance Center is for, so color me cautiously optimistic for his arrival in WWE.

There you have it, folks

Punishment Martinez is done with ROH and headed to the Performance Center. Interested in seeing what he can do on WWE’s yellow brand, Cagesiders?

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WWE continues getting us ready for a Brothers of Destruction reunion

Word on the street continues to be that the Brothers of Destruction will be reuniting for a match against D-Generation X at WWE Crown Jewel. We’ll see if that is indeed the plan possibly as soon as this coming Saturday at Super Show-Down. In the meantime, here’s the latest WWE Top 10 on their best moments.

Past “Top Ten”/”Greatest ____” lists from WWE:

Greatest Crowd Reactions (Part one)
Greatest Crowd Reactions (Part two)
Greatest babyface turns
Greatest heel turns
Famous Firings
Funniest falls
Mic botches
Shocking returns
Most memorable debuts
Greatest slaps
Most surprising championship changes
Dramatic Royal Rumble endings
Funniest moments
Greatest insults
Biggest breakups
Fastest title changes
Ridiculous reversals
Finisher combinations
Defining TakeOver moments
Craziest kickouts
Most creative fan chants
Broken rings
Shane McMahon’s Insanity
Undertaker’s chokeslams
Chris Jericho attacks
WrestleMania’s Forgotten Celebs
Stars Kicked Out of Factions
Most Extreme WrestleMania Moments
Ringside Invasions
Outside-the-ring finishers
McMahon Family Showdowns
Anti-Superstar conspiracies
Tag Team Formations
Extreme Rules moments
Cold-blooded Superstar betrayals
Incredible Superstar reunions
Best catchphrases of the last decade
Moves that have beaten John Cena
Before they were famous
Best impersonations
Draft Day shockers
Strangest Battlegrounds
Impactful Raw debuts
Superstar pick-up lines
Superstar Weddings Gone Wrong
Extreme SummerSlam moments
Backstage meltdowns
John Cena World title wins
Career-threatening match moments
Rapid-fire finishing moves
Controversial Finishes
Goldberg Spears
Hell-ish Hell in a Cell moments
Masters of the Superkick
Wildest Powerbombs
Sneakiest Superstar disguises
Manhandled Managers
Survivor Series debuts
Raw vs. SmackDown battles
Superstars smashed through ladders
Most Dominant Returns
Superstars Getting Crushed on Cars
Announce table crash landings
Big Men Destroying Underdogs
Guest referees wrecking Superstars
Mirrored double-team maneuvers
Tests of strength
Finishing moves on the stage
Fastest eliminations in Royal Rumble history
Best Elimination Chamber matches
Announcer beatdowns
OMG Elimination Chamber moments
Superstars playing with fire
Brock Lesnar’s most shocking F5s
Backstage assaults
Superstars getting fired
Hardy Boyz ladder attacks
Hostile crowd reactions
Ring breakers
John Cena’s best verbal smackdowns
Guest referees getting wrecked
Great Shield moments
Incredible Royal Rumble match saves
Crazy Elimination Chamber jumps
Funniest WrestleMania moments
WrestleMania returns
WrestleMania endings
Epic Fails
Wildest Wedding Moments

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Zelina Vega & Carmella are setting up a match on SmackDown

With the return of Mixed Match Challenge (MMC), mixed tag teams are back and getting TV time. That includes Carmella & R-Truth, who are surprisingly fun together, as shown on last week’s episode of SmackDown Live.

There’s another mixed tag out there, even if they aren’t in the MMC, and, well…


Carmella came back hard:


It hasn’t been made official but that match sounds good to us!

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Is the Super Show-Down really just a Super House Show?

There’s a ton of wrestling content nowadays and unless you’re a hardcore pro-graps fan, you have to decide what to watch when and what to consider leaving out. That’s where we come in to help.

Every week, we are going to run down the big in-ring happenings for the easily accessible US wrestling. This won’t cover your indie needs, but ReverendClaire always has you covered in her weekly Sermon on the Mat for that.

Bear in mind, matches could be added after this posts that would definitely change how worth a show is to watch.


New Japan’s Fighting Spirit Unleashed (NJPW World)

New Japan is back in the United States for the third show this year. Here’s the card:

  • ACH, Jushin Liger, & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Roppongi 3K (Rocky Romero, SHO, & YOH)
  • Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Hangman Page) vs. SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)
  • Chaos (Beretta, Chuckie T, & Hirooki Goto) vs. Chris Sabin, Flip Gordon, & Jeff Cobb
  • Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito) vs. Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Lance Archer, & Zack Sabre, Jr.)
  • Chaos (Gedo & “Switchblade” Jay White) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & KUSHIDA
  • Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal Match)
  • Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) (c) (IWGP Tag Team Championship)
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Juice Robinson (c) (IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship)
  • Chaos (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi)

Verdict: To paraphrase my friend Reverend Claire, “Lordy that’s a lot of tag matches.”

Honestly, there’s not much on here doing it for me, but NJPW’s heavy tag format does little for me in general.

I’m interested in Juice vs. Cody since it’s a title match. And Scurll vs. Ospreay has title implications. But even the main event is a tag match. It’ll likely be a very good one, but still a tag match.

The first NJPW US show last year was really good, but that was a tournament style show to crown a new champion. It felt special. This just feels like a standard New Japan show, and not an important one at that.


Raw (USA Network)

This will serve as the go home show for the Australian Super Show-Down. That being said, I’m not entirely sure if that’s just a very long house show headlined by a legends match. But more about that in a bit.

This week:

  • Shawn Michaels returns
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott
  • Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley

Verdict: Last week was a pretty good show as they teased a thread throughout the show, wondering if Dean Ambrose would turn on the Shield. That was then turned on Drew McIntrye wondering if he would turn on Dolph Ziggler (who is obviously just using him). While nothing for that was advertised this week, these teams will surely have a heavy presence on the show.

While watching a match between Triple H and an Undertaker who hasn’t looked good in the ring in years isn’t something I’m dying to do, the build has been intriguing. And with the word that HBK will have a match soon, this is something worth paying attention,

However the advertised matches aren’t doing much. I don’t need to see Kevin Owens getting beaten up by Lashley yet again.


SmackDown Live (USA Network)

Nothing is specifically advertised for this episode but there are two big mysteries to follow up from last week:

Aiden English promised video evidence to answer the question he posed to Rusev about Lana: What really happened in Milwaukee?

Also, tune into see if Samoa Joe murdered AJ Styles’ entire family.

Verdict: SmackDown has been very consistent for months now and is worth your time.

Mixed Match Challenge (Facebook Watch)

One match each from the red and blue divisions:

  • Team Mahalicia (Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox) vs. Finn Balor and Bayley
  • Day One Glow (Jimmy Uso & Naomi) vs. Ravishing Rusev Day (Rusev & Lana)

Verdict: This is not a consequential show so if you miss it, no worries. They leaned into the dumb fun and that actually makes it pretty enjoyable. But I’m not going to tell you to search it out if you’re not feeling it.


205 Live (WWE Network)

This week, TJP faces Kalisto while Jack Gallagher goes against Akira Tozawa. This will also be last stop before Buddy Murphy and Cedric Alexander mix it up in Melbourne.

Verdict: While I’ve watched 205 prior, it’s not on my watch list, and it’s less so that it’s not after SmackDown Live. (I’d put it on while working on the SmackDown recap.) That worked because I was looking for something to have on in the background. 205 never piqued my interest enough to be a seek out show. But if you’re looking for great in-ring action, it’s a show to watch.

NXT (WWE Network)

This week, Lars Sullivan faces EC3. (EC3 accused Lars of attacking Alesiter Black so Lars attacked him instead.)

Also, Johnny Gargano and Tony Nese square off. I assume it’s a match and not NXT’s second ever Ab Off.

Verdict: I love NXT. It’s my favorite promotion. But this week doesn’t have anything interesting me more than usual. I’ll tune in because I always do, but it’s not a show that’s advertising anything must see.

Lucha Underground

Wrestling meets telenovela continues.

Verdict: This is a generally fun show. It’s not really a show to pick and choose episodes though. Given the way they tell their stories, this show is more “Watch it all or don’t” than other wrestling programs.

Mae Young Classic (WWE Network)

The second round of the MYC starts up this week.

This week’s match ups:

  • Hiroyo Matsumoto vs. Toni Storm
  • Kacy Catanzaro vs. Rhea Ripley
  • Mercedes Martinez vs. Meiko Satomura

There’s another one but the WWE Network schedule cuts it off

Verdict: The first round (especially that last episode) was very good and it should only pick up as we get deeper into this tournament.


Impact Wrestling (Pop TV)

Impact continues their Mexico shows this week. They are only two weeks away from Bound for Glory.

This week:

  • Rich Swann vs. Matt Sydal
  • Kiera Hogan vs. Su Yung
  • Joe Hendry vs. Murder Clown
  • Scarlett Bordeaux’s casting call

Verdict: Given there’s a PPV on the horizon, these tapings have felt underwhelming. The Mexican crowd hasn’t seem to respond and overall, it’s easy to forget their biggest show of the year is only two weeks away. Impact has been solid, but not putting up any “must watch” episodes as of late.


WWE Super Show-Down (WWE Network)

Here is WWE’s big Australia show. If you want to watch it live and you live in the US you’re either getting up early on the east coast (5 am) or staying up late on the west (2 am). Oh and it’s allotted six hours on the WWE Network. So it is long.

Here’s the line-up:

  • Undertaker vs. Triple H
  • The Shield vs. The Dogs of War
  • AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe (WWE championship)
  • Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad
  • Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown women’s championship)
  • John Cena & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Elias
  • Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
  • The New Day (c) vs. The Bar (SmackDown tag team championship)
  • Asuka & Naomi vs. The IIconics
  • Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Buddy Murphy (Cruiserweight championship)

Verdict: I don’t know what to make of this, but I have a good idea.

I think this is going to be a six hour house show.

My bet is this is going to be like the Greatest Royal Rumble, with no title changes and just a fun, but non-essential show. And with so much wrestling content currently (and no end in sight), spending six hours on a non-essential show is a lot to ask.

We don’t know for sure that’s how it’s going to go. Maybe Joe wins the WWE title. Maybe Becky loses her title right back to Charlotte. Maybe the Bar wins the tag titles. But probably not. I can imagine Buddy Murphy beating Cedric Alexander in his home country, but I can as easily imagine no titles changing hand.

The only part about this show that feels at all important is Triple H vs. the Undertaker. And as I mentioned above, watching this match is the part of the feud I’m looking forward to the least.

If I could only watch one thing this week, it’d be:

The Mae Young Classic

Honestly, there’s nothing this week that’s really interesting me. Even NXT feels underwhelming. The Super Show-Down is way too long and likely too unimportant for me to dedicate six hours to it. The New Japan show seems like one of their standard B (or maybe C) shows.

The MYC is something I really enjoy. It’s a limited time offering that highlights a bunch of great women wrestlers. It’s presented well. And we’re moving into the second round, when things will really start to heat up.

Let us know what you’d choose below.

There’s a ton of other wrestling out there and we can’t cover it all on here. So if there’s something you’re particularly excited for this week, let your fellow wrestling fans know in the comments.

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Rumor Look Back: Mar. 23 – 29, 2018

Welcome to the weekly Rumor Look Back, where we look at the rumors from six months ago and see which played out as originally predicted. Let’s jump right into it.

March 23, 2018

  • According to the Observer, Roman Reigns will be working with Samoa Joe after WrestleMania 34, though they do add the caveat that “that can change.”
  • That was the first feud he had. Even though it wasn’t for a title, it main evented Backlash. (1/1)
  • Speaking of Joe, they also say he will be back in time for the European tour of May and he is “pretty much waiting on creative.”
  • Well he was working with Roman right after Mania, so of course he was ready for a tour in May. (1/1)
  • Piggybacking on recent reports of WWE talking to Hulk Hogan again, WrestleVotes is saying he could be back “relatively soon.”
  • I wouldn’t say he’s back. He’s back in the Hall of Fame (and honestly, should never have been out of it), but he hasn’t been on TV or anything. (0/1)
  • Per Dave Meltzer, WWE apparently said AJ Styles will be working house shows this weekend, so whatever his injury is it may not be as serious as thought.
  • He did work house shows that weekend, according to cagematch. (1/1)
  • Apparently Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL so early because he found out about the new football league Charlie Ebersol would be launching.
  • We haven’t heard much about the XFL lately.

March 24, 2018

  • WWE may be planning on going with the idea of keeping Braun Strowman’s tag team partner a mystery until the title match at WrestleMania 34.
  • We didn’t find out until he pulled the kid out of the crowd. (1/1)
  • Bray Wyatt may have a different character when we see him next, according to the Observer. Or at least something might change with him.
  • He was supposedly purged of Sister Wyatt by his swim in the Lake of Reincarnation. It didn’t alter his character much though. (1/1)
  • The Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that Bayley was taken out of the mixed tag team match at Madison Square Garden, where she was advertised to team with Elias against John Cena and Nikki Bella, because she hasn’t turned heel yet.
  • She still hasn’t turned heel.
  • Per the Observer, Jason Jordan should be back in time for the European tour in May.
  • Unfortunately, Jordan is still out and word is he unfortunately may never be able to wrestle. (0/1)

March 26, 2018

  • David Bixenspan said WWE told him women will not be wrestling at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia next month but women and children are allowed to attend the show.
  • That’s true. Women were in the crowd but not female wrestlers were not wrestling. Their business with the Saudi government isn’t the best look. (2/2)
  • One of the rumors going around now regarding Hulk Hogan possibly returning to WWE is as SmackDown Live General Manager.
  • That spot went to Paige. (0/1)
  • The Observer reports that WWE is finally going to be moving ahead with a U.K. project this year, like a TV show and maybe even a Performance Center over there.
  • It’s still “coming soon.” We’ll see if it happens this year sometime.
  • Garza, Jr. and Ultimo Ninja could be signing with WWE soon, per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • Looking into it, Ultimo Ninja already debuted as Humberto Carrillo. I haven’t found any announcement from WWE about either man being part of the class and while word is Garza has signed I don’t see anything so I’ll sit on it for a bit. (1/1)

March 27, 2018

  • Undertaker vs. John Cena is still the plan for WrestleMania, and should be officially set-up next Monday on Raw.
  • It was the plan but was never officially set up. (1/2)
  • According to Wrestling Observer, Shane McMahon’s hospitalization is “legitimate and not part of the storyline”.
  • That’s true. He had a hernia and diverticulitis apparently. The madman wrestled at WrestleMania anyway. (1/1)
  • His availability for WrestleMania is obviously in doubt, and SmackDown will likely start setting up “Plan B” for Daniel Bryan’s planned match against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn tonight.
  • While there was a Plan B (Chris Jericho), this episode set up Shane for WrestleMania and not a replacement. (0/1)
  • Dean Ambrose has been pulled from a scheduled WrestleMania Axxess appearance, leading to speculation either he’s suffered a setback in recovery from his triceps injury or could be primed for a surprise appearance at WrestleMania.
  • It was the former. He had complications after surgery (and was not a surprise appearance). (1/2)

March 28, 2018

  • Shane McMahon is expected back as early as next week and while some believe now that his health issues are storyline, every indication is they are legitimate.
  • He was back the next week to promote his WrestleMania match. The injuries were legitimate though. (2/2)
  • Charlotte is also expected to return to television next week, and may not even miss house shows this weekend.
  • This is correct on both accounts. (2/2)
  • PW Insider notes WWE may be looking at doing a series on cooking and fitness, with a recent trademark filing for “Talking Snack.”
  • That show doesn’t exist. (0/1)
  • Per Wrestling Inc, the woman Asuka beat on Raw this week, Jamie Frost, was wrestling her very first pro wrestling match.
  • This is somewhat surprising. You’d think they’d choose someone who has some experience.

March 29, 2018

  • According to Sports Illustrated, if Rey Mysterio can get cleared, Vince McMahon is “strongly considering” using him as Braun Strowman’s partner at WrestleMania.
  • I guess there’s a bit too much unknown to officially say no to this (which is one of the things that skews the ratio towards the positive).
  • Various sites and Twitter users report the WWE app on Tuesday night sent then quickly deleted a notification saying SmackDown’s Tag Title Triple Threat at WrestleMania would be a TLC match.
  • It was not a triple threat so the mistake wasn’t an accurate rumor. It was actually a very short match. (0/1)
  • Betting sites have an appearance by The Rock at WrestleMania 34 as a near sure thing, with some offering odds at 1/100, or 99%, that he shows up in New Orleans.
  • He was not there. (0/1)
  • Raw house shows are said to be advertising Asuka vs. Nia Jax in April and May.
  • That did not indicate any future plans. (0/1)

This week: 15/25 – 60%

Overall: 2,390/4,332 – 55.2%

Have a great week, everyone!

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The Daily

Here’s your “Daily Open Thread” for Sept. 30, 2018. Come chat about whatever you would like. Come back all day and night for discussion of all things pro wrestling and beyond, some of the former but much more of the latter. Basically, this is the spot to yak about anything related to anything other than pro wrestling.

Don’t forget to check out everything else we have going on here at Cageside today. Keep checking that front page for content throughout the day, but for now, scroll on down to the comments and talk about whatever your heart desires.

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