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#1 Edited by Milkman (17893 posts) -

For those who don't know, Best of the Super Juniors Night 1 was this morning and while there was nothing really blow you away incredible, most of the matches on the card were pretty solid.

  • Yohei Komatsu vs. Jushin Liger was a great opener. Komatsu just keeps getting better every time I see him, definitely big things in his future a few years down the line.
  • It struck me as really weird that Tiger Mask went over Nick Jackson but I guess the Bucks are significantly weaker on their own. Still, Tiger Mask sucks.
  • My first time seeing David Finlay and he was fine but didn't really stand out much. Alex Shelley won pretty easily, as you would expect.
  • My first time seeing Barbaro Cavernario as well and damn, I can't wait to watch this guy wrestle more. Cavernario is the welterweight champion down in CMLL and is a literal caveman. Like, he carries a giant club to the ring and everything . My only problem with the match was that it was against Chase Owens, who is pretty terrible but if and when Cavernario goes up against some of the better wrestlers in the tournament, those matches are going to be must-see.

  • Typical NJPW clusterfuck 10-man tag team before intermission. Most interesting part of the match came near the end when YOSHI-HASHI came extremely close to pinning Goto on a couple occasions. The crowd got super into it but Goto eventually put him down.
  • Bobby Fish vs. Rocky Romero and Kyle O'Reilly vs. Baretta were both solid, as you would expect. Fish and O'Reilly are really heeling it up here and O'Reilly's selling during his match got pretty hilariously over the top at times. I expect (along with most people, I assume) O'Reilly is going to finals.
  • KUSHIDA vs. Mascara Dorada was, by far, my most anticipated match of the show and while the two of them did really well with the time they had, the match definitely felt way too short. These two could and should have a classic one day.
  • I admit that my initial reaction when I realized that Gedo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi was the main event was to roll my eyes but credit where credit is due, Gedo brought it. The guy can still go in the ring, for sure and it was pretty cool to see him go all out in a singles match for the first time in a long time. I wonder if Gedo is booking this as a kind of retirement tour for himself and if he's gonna go deep in the tourny. If he keeps it up with these kind of matches, I won't have a problem with him making his way to semis. Also, Taguchi's Gedo impression was pretty funny.

#2 Edited by Milkman (17893 posts) -

Felt compelled to put together a shortlist for Match of the Year so far. Let me know if I'm missing anything.

Lucha Underground (3/18/15) - Fenix vs. Mil Muertes (Grave Consequences)

Lucha Underground (4/22/15) - Son of Havoc, Angelico & Ivelisse vs. The Crew

NXT Takover: Rival (2/11/15) - Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Becky Lynch

NXT Takeover: Unstoppable (5/20/15) - Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch

WWE Royal Rumble (1/25/15) - Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

TNA Impact (3/13/15) - Ethan Carter III vs. Rockstar Spud (Hair vs. Hair)

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 (1/4/15) - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 (1/4/15) - Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi

NJPW New Beginning in Sendai (2/14/15) - Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma

NJPW Invasion Attack (4/5/15) - AJ Styles vs. Kota Ibushi

Dragon Gate Champion Gate in Osaka (3/1/15) - BxB Hulk vs. Uhaa Nation

Dragon Gate Champion Gate in Osaka (3/1/15) - YAMATO & Cyber Kong vs. Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY

PWG Don't Sweat the Technique (4/3/15) - Roderick Strong vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

#3 Edited by Milkman (17893 posts) -

They're gotten too used to the new office. Luckily, they're moving to a different part of the building again soon so don't worry.

#4 Posted by Milkman (17893 posts) -

The front page of WWE.com right now is Kevin Steen, Samoa Joe, El Generico and Drake Younger. That's pretty cool.

#5 Posted by Milkman (17893 posts) -

Kneel at the altar of The Boss.

#6 Posted by Milkman (17893 posts) -

Milkman was something I started using in middle school as a screen name after one of my friends offhand called me "the milkman" once for whatever reason. Kind of hate it now but I feel stuck with it.

My avatar is Bayley hugging a rabbit because Bayley is the best.

#7 Posted by Milkman (17893 posts) -

Unrelated to anything going on, this new Mountain Goats video is pretty great and features Joey Ryan, Chavo Guerrero Sr. and John Darnielle dressed up like CM Punk for no discernible reason.

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#8 Edited by Milkman (17893 posts) -

NXT was solid tonight but a little disappointing, probably the weakest or second weakest special so far. Itami's injury obviously threw a big wrench into their plans for triple threat match so as a result, Balor vs. Breeze was good but really nothing special. I would have liked to seen Breeze take the match though since we already saw Balor vs. Owens and I feel like Breeze has paid his dues twice over to finally get a one-on-one title shot. Dana Brooke and Baron Corbin had what was likely the best match of their careers but even so, neither match reached more than "pretty good."

The tag titles match was on its way to being pretty damn good until Alexa Bliss Raw'd all over it. This feud wasn't all the interesting to begin with and the prospect of getting Bliss vs. Carmella thrown in doesn't exactly excite me too much either. It was beyond time to put the titles on Enzo and Big Cass. Blake & Murphy don't have much of anything going for them right now.

By far the match of the night for the second straight NXT Takeover was the ladies. Sasha and Becky tore the fucking house down as anyone who's been paying attention would expect. Banks' submission work in this match was so good, doing all the right little things in a way that I haven't seen since ROH era Bryan Danielson. It's absolutely insane to think that Banks is just 23 now and THIS good. Between this and the fatal four way at the last Takeover, the NXT women's division is just next level right now.

I'd be lying if you told you that I wasn't a little disappointed that Owens vs. Zayn II was essentially just a storyline match. I suppose Zayn is more injured than they let on and he's probably gonna take some time off now so it's difficult to be too hard them. Also, because, you know, Samoa Joe. Honestly, Joe got real lazy near the end of his TNA run but he appears to be in some of the best shape of his career right now. So, yes, I am excited for in Samoa Joe in NXT.

But enough of that because Lucha Underground is on another fucking planet. The first two matches on tonight's show weren't all that interesting, Puma vs. Marty the Moth was just kind of weird and I'm not that into this Texano/Daivari thing with or without Big Ryck. But the storyline stuff going on with the return of Mil Muertes and The Black Lotus coming back to The Temple is sooo good. The fact that Lucha Underground is this good at presenting these non-wrestling storyline cutscenes shouldn't be a surprise to anyone anymore since they've done it on all season long but man, Catrina being a fucking ghost, Chavo showing up out of nowhere to coach Black Lotus. So hype.

And then that ladder match. Holy shit. So many insane spots. I'm so glad that Dario Cueto's window is now a thing that people are getting chucked through every week and then doing suicide dives through. And then of course, THAT DROPKICK. It cannot be overstated how much better Angelico is now that he's not a creepy molester and instead a dude who just can't stop doing insane shit constantly. Big ups to Ivelisse as well. She didn't do much but she participated in a match and climbed a goddamn ladder with a broken ankle.

Then somehow, it only gets better next week.

#9 Posted by Milkman (17893 posts) -

@almostswedish: Alex is, by far, the best writer on the staff. Dan (and Jeff, for that matter) is very entrenched in the old style of games writing. Very clinical, technical and structured.

#10 Edited by Milkman (17893 posts) -

Triple H had a conference call with a bunch of news outlets today to promote tomorrow's NXT show and here's a bunch of shit he said:

  • NXT tours will continue and he wants to eventually expand to international tours, making NXT its own brand by next year.
  • Sami Zayn is fine and will wrestle tomorrow.
  • Hideo Itami is not fine and will not wrestle tomorrow.
  • Matt Bloom AKA Jason Albert AKA Tensai AKA A-Train is the permanent new head trainer in NXT. Sara Del Rey is the assistant head trainer.
  • He wants NXT on the road 3 days a week by 2016.
  • He believes that there are several people in NXT ready for the main roster but there just isn't a spot for them right now.
  • He talked to Samoa Joe a month or two ago at the performance center but it was only for a few minutes and he doesn't know if he's going to sign to the WWE.
  • Vince McMahon was blown away by the NXT show WrestleMania weekend as were a lot of other WWE executives who expressed interest in doing more with the brand.
  • There's been no talk of all-women NXT special but he's not opposed to the idea.
  • He's a fan of both Ring of Honor and (this is my favorite part) Dragon Gate. He doesn't want NXT to be direct competition with them and says he would love to help support ROH and help it grow.

The idea of Triple H being a Dragon Gate mark brings me so much joy. I guess it's not all that surprisingly considering that they seem to be really high on Uhaa but the thought of HHH giggling while watching Yosuke Santa Maria matches just makes me happy.

I really like Jason Albert as the head trainer at NXT, mostly because he's spent significant time outside of the WWE system. I think these old guard guys who spend their entire careers with the WWE get tunnel vision and think "this is the way that things need to be done because it's how it's always been done." Albert should lend a lot of great perspective and knowledge of different styles that someone like Billy Gunn or Bill DeMott can't teach.