Sunday, 10 October 2004

27th September-10th October 2004

Monday, September 27, 2004:

The Shoot Interview series has really come through in the past few weeks. This week it delivered again with The Dragon himself, Ricky Steamboat.



It's always a pleasure to hear stories from greats like Steamboat and I'm really looking forward to next week's instalment.

I never realised that Randy Savage was such a meticulous planner though!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Another triple threat of action on Tuesday night. Is it me or are Tuesdays the weakest night on TWC?

Ring of Honor saw the battle of the brothers, as the Briscoes went at it with their respective tag partners, the Amazing Red and Christopher Daniels. This tag match was the highlight of the show.

Wildside gave us a battle for the TV title, which saw Jeremy V defeat Jason Cross. I haven't really got into Wildside before, but this bout was the best match I've seen on the show since it began on TWC.

Then it was on to MLW, the highlight of the night. It's a shame we didn't see more of the War Games bout. It's also a shame that this gimmick match has hardly been seen since the demise of WCW.

But the full matches we saw once again showed that MLW were getting it right. What more can I say about this great show, apart from it's a shame MLW is no more?

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

TNA seemed to take a step backwards this week. This was signalled by the opening match between James Storm and Jeff Jarrett. After his great match against Chris Harris a few weeks back, Jarrett's match reverted to type, which meant a long segment involving brawling in the cheap seats. Jarrett is a far better wrestler than this, and it's a shame that the majority of his TNA matches seem to end up this way.

And speaking of Harris, after weeks of build-up, his match with Raven was also something of a let down. This may be because it's still unclear what side of the fence Raven is standing on.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Randy Orton's comments about the current state of Ric Flair's wrestling career rang true in my opinion.

While it's obvious that he will never be World Champion again, the fact that, as Orton said, he is little more than Triple H's lapdog is kind of sad, and I know I'm not the only one who thinks this way.

Friday, October 1, 2004

Jonny Storm is one of the best wrestlers in Britain at the moment, and he certainly gives a good interview.

This week's edition of The Bagpipe Report was one of the best in a while, and shows that segments with studio guests are far better than telephone interviews. Like any good presenter, Blake Norton needs someone to play off, and he can hardly do that with an inanimate telephone!

Sunday, October 3, 2004

Only once before have I felt the need to turn over when watching a Supercard Sunday show, but while watching tonight's CZW Night of Infamy show, I felt that need again.

I managed to make it through the majority of the show, despite the below average content, but then came the so-called death match between Zandig and Wifebeater.

I know CZW has it's loyal legion of fans, but I still can't work out what the point of it all is. This wasn't wrestling, it was glorified stunt work, without protection. There is no skill needed for this kind of match.

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

I think I'm going to have to give up ROH High Impact TV. The constant cutting and editing of matches is starting to annoy the hell out of me.

After a shaky Jonny Storm/Jody Fleisch match, which was definitely not one of their best efforts, we had a good looking bout between Spanky and Michael Shane. However, at the beginning of the bout, Paul London was walking away from the ring. So now it seems that this really wasn't a great singles match to start with, it was actually a triple threat elimination bout! Seems like the RF Video boys screwed us out of a good match.

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Is it just me, or is Rodney Mack improving? Watching the British version of Sunday Night Heat made me realise how much better he looks since Teddy Long jumped ship and left him alone on the weekend shows. Mind you, when you go in the ring with Chris Benoit, you're bound to look good!

Having been unable to stay awake in the early hours of Monday morning, I caught the repeat showing of No Mercy, possibly the best SmackDown pay-per-view this year.

Normally when I watch a pay-per-view there's a couple of bouts that don't do it for me. I found myself enjoying each and every match on the show. Kidman v London was all that it promised to be, and even the Last Ride bout was good. All in all a good effort from the SmackDown crew.

Friday, October 8, 2004

As a stomach bug kept me away from October Outrage, I took the opportunity to see the first showing of The Bagpipe Report.

The good news is that after a week of speculation, Blake Norton is staying on. I'm pleased by this. Blake's really grown into the role, and changing things now, while the show is still in it's infancy, would have seemed like a backward step.

Once again the showed proved that in-studio guests are better for the overall presentation. Colt Cabana was a great guest, and I'm really looking forward to next week's second part.

However, am I the only one who thinks that Mo Chatra looks a little out of place on the show? Nobody doubts Mo's talents as a writer, and his knowledge of the Japanese wrestling scene is second to none, but in front of the camera he seems ill at ease.

Also, the announcement of TWC Reload means there will be even more wrestling action for me to watch. Perhaps I should hire an assistant.

Over at Sky Sports, Taboo Tuesday continues to draw a great deal of discussion. This kind of concept will either be a great success or fall flat on it's face.

Saturday, October 9, 2004

After a good pay-per-view, SmackDown provided us with something of a surprise as Carlito Caribbean Cool downed John Cena for the U.S. Title. It was surprising for two reasons, the first being that it was Triple C's debut, the second being that Cena had lost the belt after all the work the creatives had put into his best of five series with Booker T.

Then we had Hardcore Holly's annual mini push as he once again got the better of JBL. Old Hardcore seems to get a bum rap from certain areas of the wrestling press, but like many long-time WWE stars, there must be something about the guy, otherwise he wouldn't have a job. Personally, I like his work, and while it's obvious he will never be World title material, I wouldn't mind seeing him with the stars and stripes around his waist before he calls it a day.

Then it was over to Bravo for some UFC action. I can see why a great number of wrestling fans are also MMA fans, because there's certainly a great deal of crossover appeal. I really must remember to watch the UFC when it's on.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

After last week's poor Supercard Sunday show, Ring of Honor's All-Star Extravaganza was like a breath of fresh air. Once again proving that the Supercard shows make for far better viewing than High Impact TV, this show was the perfect advertisement for the company, at a time before the Feinstein scandal, and before TNA stopped their stars working for the company. Stars like American Dragon, Doug Williams, Low-Ki, Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, Michael Shane, Paul London, Christopher Daniels, and more, made this a great show.

Although Special K still annoy the hell out of me.

Highlight of the fortnight: Jonny Storm's hilarious appearance on The Bagpipe Report.

Lowlight of the fortnight: CZW's Night of Infamy. Possibly the worst wrestling show I've seen in the past six months.