Sunday, 14 November 2004

8th-14th November 2004

Monday, 8th November, 2004:
This week's Spotlight show takes us into the backyard of the Wild Samoans, as we take a look at World X-Treme Wrestling, and their Yokozuna Memorial Show from 2001.

Although the show was very enjoyable, my one problem with this being in the Spotlight show was that because the show was promoted with the WWF, the WXW talent were a little overshadowed by the likes of Kane, Rikishi, the Undertaker, and the APA. It was still a fitting way to pay tribute to the great Yokozuna though.

Then it was on to an interview with possibly the second most controversial man in professional wrestling (next to Rob Feinstein), Vince Russo. You either love or hate the former WWF and WCW scribe, and while many credit Russo with the downfall of WCW, you have to remember that he was really just a small part of the overall problems that saw the collapse of one of the biggest wrestling companies in the world. There is one thing you can't deny though, the guy is a talented writer and very passionate about what he does.

Tuesday, 9th November, 2004:
No matter how many times I see them against each other, I never tire of a Raven v Vampiro match. This week's offering from Major League Wrestling was main evented by two men who you either love or hate, and a certain group of people seem to hate Vampiro with a passion these days. But MLW is still lacking. Nobody on the independent scene can beat the play-by-play of Joey Styles, and the absence of stars like C.M. Punk and the Extreme Horsemen detract from the previous shows.

Wednesday, 10th November, 2004:
The one we had been waiting for for weeks, as TNA presented the first TNA World X Cup tournament. It didn't disappoint. While I found the team from All-Japan a little disappointing, the teams from TNA, Mexico and Canada impressed a great deal. The exclusion of Teddy Hart and Jack Evans from Team Canada made that particular team a whole lot better, and Petey Williams impressed as team captain.

But kudos must go once again to Hector Garza, the Mexican captain, who once again showed that he's probably one of the best Latin talents around at the moment. It would be great to see Garza get an extended run in TNA, if not in the X division, then as a challenger to Jeff Jarrett.

Thursday, 11th November, 2004:
Let's try something different for a change. As we head into the Survivor Series, Triple H returned to Raw, and found that while all of his opponents were getting on like houses on fire, his team wasn't faring as well, as both Gene Snitsky and Edge made it clear that if their team one, they would be awarding themselves title shots when they ran the show. Even his best buddy Batista was eyeing up the belt when the Game wasn't looking!

Friday, 12th November, 2004:
This week's edition of The Bagpipe Report saw possibly one of the best interviews on the show, as Blake Norton spoke to former WWF star D'Lo Brown, taking a break from his tour of Britain. It came as something of a surprise when he was released by the company, but the WWF's loss is the rest of the wrestling world's gain. I'm looking forward to seeing part two next week.

And let's not forget my second mention on TBR!!!!!!

Say what you want about the FWA, but they are certainly putting a lot of effort into hyping British Uprising III on TWC. But will the gamble of booking a 3,500 seat arena pay off? And couldn't they have let John Atkins present the show from within the studio, instead of standing on a roof in Coventry. It is November you know! At least give the poor guy a coat!

And one final thing about the FWA show - Steve Knight - comedy genius!

Saturday, 13th November, 2004:
World of Sport saw the return of one of the greats of British wrestling, as the one and only Les Kellett returned to our screens, and in a distinct clash of philosophies, Kellett clashed with another great, Bobby Barnes, in his prime, wearing tasselled booths, a silver wrestling outfit, and using an oversized comb to keep his bleached blonde locks in check between the rounds.

Smackdown continued the hype toward the Survivor Series. A good job was done covering
up Carlito Caribbean Cool's shoulder injury, although the announcement of John Cena as the fourth member of Team Guerrero was hardly surprising.

Saturday, 14th November, 2004:
It's Supercard Sunday time again, as this week we're given The Best of TWC 2. But for some reason, I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. The matches chosen by the visitors to the TWC Fan Forum were good, but I was left wondering why no World of Sport matches were chosen this time.

And the production side of things also disappointed me. In the last Best of TWC compilation, we were given captions saying who was wrestling who, what promotion it was from, and the date. There was nothing like this this time. It was as if the whole thing had been thrown together at a moment's notice.

Then it was on to this Sunday's other Supercard, the 18th annual Survivor Series, in the early hours of the morning. A good show, with the one big surprise being the performance of Heidenreich, who put in one hell of a showing against the Undertaker. I found myself enjoying this bout a great deal.

Although the so-called "classic" Survivor Series bouts lacked a bit of drama in my opinion. It also didn't help that the various announcers seemed to treat the viewers like idiots, making out that these kind of matches hadn't been seen at the Survivor Series for years. Whether the WWE realise it or not, wrestling fans have attention spans longer than that of a goldfish, and memories that are comparable to those of elephants.

One final word on the show though - why was the Big Show wearing a bandage over his wrestling boot?

Highlight of the week: Yours truly getting a second mention on The Bagpipe Report!!!!!

Lowlight of the week: Difficult to say, but I'm going to have to go with The Best of TWC 2. A good show overall, but it's the little things that let it down.

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