Sunday, 21 November 2004

15th-21st November 2004

Monday, 15th November, 2004:
The Shoot Interview series delivers once again, this time with veteran WWF superstar "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Duggan was one of those larger than life characters that got me interested in the WWF all those years ago, and it was great to hear some of the stories from his career, especially from his WWF days. I'm really looking forward to the second part of this interview next week. It should be a blinder.



Tuesday, 16th November, 2004:
Teddy Hart and Brian Danielson couldn't be further apart philosophy wise. While Danielson has earned a reputation as a hell of a wrestler all over the world, Hart has earned a reputation as a pain in the ass. But it didn't stop them from putting on a good match in the main event of this week's Major League Wrestling show. Although I'm left to wonder about Hart's actions at the end of the match, as he proceeded to somersault off each corner, until Danielson attacked him. Was this a repeat of the infamous Ring of Honor incident, or was it predetermined? With a guy like Teddy Hart, you'll never know.

Wednesday, 17th November, 2004:
This week on Spotlight we're given a chance to see another WXW show, this time from Westside Xtreme Wrestling in Germany, with a show featuring the likes of Joe E. Legend and Robbie Brookside.

Poor camera angles and poor picture quality showed why WXW hasn't got a regular slot on TWC. Although the action was good, especially the match between Brookside and Double C, I found it difficult to watch at times because of the poor production qualities.

This six-sided ring thing is going to take some getting used to. As TWC skips a week of TNA for some reason, we're continually told how great Impact was, which just reminded us that we can't watch the damn show! But back to the six-sided ring. It certainly is interesting to watch at the moment, and as I said, it certainly will take some getting used to. So do I like it? I'll let you know in a few weeks.

Thursday, 18th November, 2004:
Raw certainly was interesting this week. With Maven as General Manager for the night, he had a simple choice to make - take the world title shot, or take the spot in Evolution. He took the former, and with a little help from his friends, he almost pulled it off, and almost took the title from Triple H. But the thing that is really interesting right now is that the faces are acting like the heels at the moment, and using every trick they used. In short, they are playing
Evolution at their own game, and winning. It's a refreshing change from the norm, but I hope that the creatives don't overdo this, otherwise it could get real boring real quick.

Friday, 19th November, 2004:
Is Jonny Storm a comedy genius? Check out the new promo for TWC: Reloaded that's airing now. Although young Jonny is overselling the foot injury a little.

For the second time in a week, TWC delivers interview wise, with the second part of the D'Lo Brown interview on The Bagpipe Report. When speaking about the Darren Drozdov incident, it was refreshing to see D'Lo talk frankly and openly about the situation, as well as the other recent situations in his wrestling career. I'm sure that he has earned a lot of respect from the people who watched this interview.

Then it was on to TWC's new show, UK Round-Up, hosted by Mo Chatra. The choice of Mo Chatra as presenter, and his presenting style has earned a great deal of criticism on various forums. As it's only the first show, I'm willing to reserve judgement for now. As for the wrestling content of the show, you're going to say I'm biased when I say that the Frankie Sloan v Hot Stuff bout from WAW's Summer Sizzler show was the best match on the show, although I wish
the commentators, John Atkins and Don Charles, had done some research about the wrestlers before the show. For the record, Hot Stuff is thirty years old, is married with two kids, has been in the wrestling business for over ten years, and is a former WAW British Champion, the exact opposite of what Atkins and Charles said. The first bout, a GPW match from the FWA Unsigned show pitting Damon Leigh against Joey Hayes seemed lacking in a few respects. I just couldn't get into this one. As far as the RAMWA match goes, the camera angles ruined it for me.

With my favourite chat show having been replaced by some charity telethon thing, I decided to take in the rest of the evening's entertainment on TWC. First came CZW, as we saw a match pitting Team Rudos v Team Tecnicos. This was a pretty poor match, and they should leave the lucha libre stuff to the guys that really do it well. Even the ROH scramble matches are more entertaining than this stuff.

Then it was on to 3PW. Hands up who can do an impression of the Macho Man? I thought so. Well, Matt Stryker can out do you all! It was by far the best thing I've ever seen on a 3PW show.

Saturday, 20th November, 2004:
Imagine how I felt when I tuned into Memphis Classics this morning and saw the legendary Hulk Hogan v Jerry Lawler match from many years ago, only to have my enjoyment of the bout totally ruined by some stupid text quiz that filled the bottom half of the screen. Judging by the response on the forums, I'm not the only one who doesn't like it.

This week's World of Sport show featured a bout involving Peter "Tally Ho" Kaye. I found myself asking two questions. The first, is the Tally Ho character meant to be posh? The speaks with a broad northern accent, so it's not really convincing. The second question is this; does he like garlic bread?

Sunday, 21st November, 2004:
It's Supercard Sunday time again folks, and this week we're treated to another IWA Mid-South show, the first night of this year's Ted Petty Invitational tournament, pitting some of the top stars of the American independent scene against each other. This was a great show, possibly the best IWA show that's been shown on TWC thus far, and I'm really looking forward to next week's show. If you get the chance to catch one of the repeats, or if it's shown on Reloaded in the next few weeks, then give it a look.

Highlight of the week: The interviews featuring Jim Duggan and D'Lo Brown, Fascinating insights into the careers of both men.

Lowlight of the week: Once again, CZW. Why do I bother when I know I just won't like the show?