Sunday, 27 June 2004

21st-27th June 2004

Monday, 21st June, 2004:

After the memorable performance of the England football team against Croatia, I turned over to The Wrestling Channel to watch the latest Shoot Interview, this week featuring Dustin Rhodes.

And I was left wondering just why he bothered showing up in the first place. Although he answered every question that was asked of him, he seemed very reluctant to do so, as if he was there just to collect his fee for the interview and then bugger off back home.

This was definitely not the best interview TWC have shown. In fact, if Dustin had suddenly leapt out of his seat and painted the wall behind him, I probably would have had more fun watching that dry than I had watching Dustin talk about his career.

Tuesday, 22nd June, 2004:

It's overseas night on The Wrestling Channel. Tonight's football coverage doesn't seem to interest me as first I catch New Japan, followed by Pro Wrestling NOAH, and then GAEA.

New Japan gives us a profile of Shinsuke Nakamura, as we took a look at the early stages of his career. Not a bad way of looking at one of New Japan's current hot stars.

Then it was on to NOAH. It's no secret that I haven't exactly been enthralled by the NOAH product. One of the reasons may be that while the majority of the New Japan shows have been quite recent, the great deal of NOAH matches seem to be at least two or three years old. Perhaps if we had some more up-to-date footage, things would change.

Then it was on to GAEA. Just who was the girl who wrestled while covered in big pink feathers? Sadly, I can't remember her name, but she's a hell of a comedy performer, even getting the referee involved as she tried to do a handstand for some reason.

It's no good, I'm going to have to learn some Japanese. Perhaps I could even learn the lyrics to the new Jushin Liger song.

Wednesday, 23rd June, 2004:

Once again, TNA proves to be one of the highlights of the week on TWC, a top notch show headlined by the Ultimate X-II match pitting Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki and X-champ Michael Shane against each other. Lots of action in this one made for a thrilling main event.

The story line involving Jeff Jarrett and his men terrorising the TNA employees is also playing out well. The sight of Kid Kash getting into a fight with the ticket lady had to been seen to be believed though.

Thursday, June 24th, 2004:

Screw wrestling. There's more important things in life. All I will say on this matter is that we were robbed of a clear goal by a referee clearly biased towards the host nation. That is all.

Friday, June 25th, 2004:

Once again, I'm tempted to write about the highlight of Raw, the one and only Eugene. Another strong showing from the boy here in his match with Triple H. I don't think I've seen The Game look this good since his Raw match with Michaels back in January. A great way to finish the show.

But I've also come to the conclusion that some of the Raw roster are really bloody stupid. Remember last week when Lita asked Stacey to keep a secret. Well, we had another similar instance here. Backstage, Matt asked Stacey to keep another secret, that he was going to propose to Lita.

Hey guys, are you really thick or what? You're asking Stacey to keep a secret, when there's a director, a cameraman, a sound man, over ten thousand-plus people in the arena, and millions watching at home who can see and hear everything that you're doing. You're asking Stacey to keep a secret?

Hey, I know it's only wrestling, but much like Kurt Angle's leg cast, it's small details like this that really annoy me!

Saturday, June 26th, 2004:

The feud between Alex Shane & Steve Corino continued on FWA TV, when they screwed each other during their respective matches, Alex against Aviv Maayan, and Corino against Jonny Storm.

One thing that annoys me about the FWA shows is the fact that in recent weeks, some episodes have taken matches from various shows, and not just one show. This makes the overall show look a bit shoddy looking in my opinion. It may have worked ten years ago with the WWF's old Prime Time Wrestling show, but not today.

Then it was on to Smackdown. Of course, you all know that I haven't watched a full Smackdown for a number of weeks now, but with just a short time before The Great American Bash, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the lesser of the two evils, as it were.

The show was okay, but once again, it made me think that if you were to compare the two brands to the two big wrestling companies of, say, five or six years ago, Smackdown, as it is today, is definitely a lot like WCW back then. Some entertaining skits and matches, but overall, it does leave you wanting more, like your thirst hasn't entirely been quenched. And viewing the announced card for TGAB, Raw's show this week looked far better than what is meant to be a so-called "supercard".

Sunday, June 27th, 2004:

It's Supercard Sunday time again, and this week we're presented with a four hour tribute to the Dynamite Kid, with matches from Britain, Japan, and Canada.

I was a little critical of the last Supercard of this kind, which featured A.J. Styles. On that show, every match seemed to be the same. This tribute seemed different though. We were treated to some of the true highlights of the Dynamite Kid's career outside of the WWF, with great matches against the likes of Mark Rocco, Marty Jones, Bret Hart, Tiger Mask and more.

But what was possibly the highlight for me was the appearance on the show of one Loch Ness Monster, better known to British wrestling fans as the one and only Giant Haystacks, as they defeated Bret and Keith Hart for the Stampede International Tag-Team Championship. I would love to see more matches featuring this David and Goliath tag-team. Mind you, judging from what I saw here, I wouldn't mind seeing more of the Stampede Wrestling product on TWC.

Highlight of the Week - got to be the Dynamite Kid Supercard Sunday show.

Lowlight of the Week - Dustin Rhodes' shoot interview. Why did he bother turning up in the first place?