Sunday, 28 November 2004

22nd-28th November 2004

Monday, 22nd November, 2004:
As an admin for Wrestle-Zone UK, Britain's third best professional wrestling web site (after Wrestling X and the new Two Sheds Review web site, of course!), I've been posting reports from the Funk' Conservatory's weekly television show, !Bang! TV. Well, after all this time, I got a chance to see it for myself, thanks to the TWC Spotlight show, and I wasn't too impressed to be honest. While most of the wrestling was passable, and most of the production was also passable, the commentary, a vital part of the show, was definitely lacking. The main announcer was the head man himself, Dory Funk Jr, but it really was annoying to hear Funk commentate on his own match. It really spoiled the viewing, as did the constant promotion of upcoming events and training weekends, which seemed to last for entire matches at times. Dory was shilling so much he made Sanjay Bagga look like an amateur.

All in all, not a good way to be introduced to a new promotion.

The second part of Jim Duggan's Shoot Interview again delivered. What can I say that I haven't already said?

Tuesday, 23rd November, 2004:
Finally, the Extreme Horseman returned to MLW, as Simon Diamond and C.W. Anderson defended their titles against the Samoan Island Tribe. It was certainly a hard hitting match, and something the old school fan would want to watch.

As for Steve Corino v Shane Douglas. I can't really take Douglas seriously as a babyface, if that's what he's meant to be.

Wednesday, 24th November, 2004:
I decided not to take in TNA this week. Having skipped a week last week to give us a look at the new six-sided ring, they went back to the show where Jeff Jarrett regained the NWA World title. Sorry, but this kind of foul-up really annoys the hell out of me.

Thursday, 25th November, 2004:
Raw certainly was interesting again, although not as interesting as the previous week. Once again we were swerved big time. The crowd would have loved Batista to break away from Evolution, but sadly, it was not meant to be. A shame that this angle also cost us Benoit going for the World title again. Maybe soon, eh?

Friday, 26th November, 2004:
The talking point from this week's edition of The Bagpipe Report won't be the interview with future WWE star Paul Burchill, but Blake Norton's rant against the entire professional wrestling world. Already, the Internet is abuzz, some saying that Blake has lost his marbles, and that he's just trying to turn himself heel before his debut for 3CW in a couple of weeks.

In my opinion, the guy was talking straight from the heart. As a wrestler, he was trained in the old school traditions by one of the legends of the wrestling world. I say kudos to Blake for speaking his mind on about a business he clearly loves. I, for one, agree with everything he said.

Saturday, 27th November, 2004:
For some reason, I couldn't get into Smackdown this week. I don't know why. But it was obvious that as this was the Thanksgiving edition, there would be a giant food fight involving turkey or three and several cream pies. And you can thank the Big Show for the entire thing.

Sunday, 28th November, 2004:
It's Supercard Sunday time again, and this week we're presented with the second night of the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament from IWA Mid-South, and a dream final, three-way match pitting Samoa Joe against A.J. Styles against American Dragon. What was probably the best match on the card saw Styles emerge as the winner, and a worthy one at that.

All in all, these TPI cards have been highly entertaining, with some great matches from top to bottom.

Highlight of the Week: Blake Norton going off on one and speaking his mind.

Lowlight of the Week: Dory Funk Jr's !Bang TV! Well, more of a whimper than a bang.

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