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Ricky Jackson

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Bobby Roode vs Roderick Strong (NXT #400 07/05/17)

06 July 2017 - 10:39 AM

What a great match! The perfect mix of long-term story, in-ring story, and outside the ring story in one match. The long-term story is the Strong life story/quest for the NXT title tale that has unfolded over the last month or so. If you haven't watched NXT TV regularly lately please watch the pre-match video for the Coles Notes (Canadian expression) recap, because knowing the context going in is important. The in-ring story is great, with Strong hurting his leg early on and struggling through the rest of the match, as Roode (as has been the story of his success over the months) capitalizes on the injury and targets it throughout. The outside the ring story is that both Strong's mother and fiance are front row cheering Roddy on, which really amps up the drama. The finish is also great, as Roddy thinks he has won, but Roode had his foot under the rope as the ref counted three. The ref realizes his mistake immediately and rushes over to tell the announcer the match isn't over. However, Roddy thinks he has won the title and in his excitement goes to embrace his fiance at ringside. Roode again capitalizes and takes advantage of the ref being distracted to take out Roddy and score a controversial pin. Roddy's fiance screaming "you cheated" at Roode after the match was great and overall she was superb in conveying a rollercaster of emotions throughout.

This match really takes you on an emotional ride like few from the WWE do these days. In a way, with the storytelling and drama, the match was a throwback to the old days. This wasn't about getting "this is awesome" chants from the crowd, this was about getting an emotional reaction from the crowd. And they succeeded in that regard brilliantly. I loved this match. Yes, I'm not sure Roddy was consistently selling the same leg, but I really don't care. Roddy has been great as a babyface lately and I think Roode is actually making a solid case for wrestler of the year. Everyone, watch this match. Easily top 5 WWE match of the year, and I think my favorite match of the year so far

****1/2

Mount Olympus, Summer 2017 (Sammartino: The Legend Lives)

18 June 2017 - 10:28 AM

http://placetobenati...e-legend-lives/

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On the pilot episode of Mount Olympus, a new quarterly (or whenever they feel like it) wrestling history podcast, Kelly, Johnny and Pete discuss Sammartino: The Legend Lives, a recent collection added to the WWE Network. The boys look at old favorites, and some old less-than-favorites, while breaking down a selection of matches from the collection. In the end, this is a tribute to an amazing professional wrestler and a great time was had by all. Check it out!!!

 
 

 


Greetings From Allentown podcast

02 June 2017 - 10:11 AM

This is a great new pod, now on PTBN http://placetobenati...rldwide-6-6-98/. Each episode looks at a different 1 hr TV show from the 80s and 90s. So far, solo host Peter (and he does an amazing job solo, which believe me isn't easy to pull off) has looked at Superstars, Championship Wrestling, Challenge, Maple Leaf, Action Zone, Shotgun Saturday Night, as well as NWA Power Hour and Mid South from 1984. Episode 14 on the episode of Championship Wrestling where Larry turned on Bruno is so goddamn good, one of the best pods I've heard in a while. Latest ep is on a WCW Worldwide from 1998. Fans of old school wrestling please check out this show, it's awesome. He has his own feed to listen to previous episodes, just search for Greetings From Allentown on iTunes or whatever podcatcher app you use. Eventually, all shows will be available on the PWO feed.

 

Check this out now!


WWE Payback

30 April 2017 - 08:38 AM

Other than NXT every week, I haven't watched any WWE since catching bits of the immediate post Mania shows. Looking forward to Reigns vs Strowman. The rest of the card has potential to be good

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
Neville vs. Austin Aries (Cruiserweight Championship)
Matt and Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro and Sheamus (Raw Tag Team Championships)
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss (Raw Women's Championship)
Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho (United States Championship)
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt (House of Horrors)

WWE's "Unseen Matches" DVD

24 April 2017 - 11:48 AM

http://www.wrestling...lection/134396/

This is due to come out in the summer and will be hosted by Sean Mooney. What can we realistically expect from this? Will the mythical Bret Hart vs Tom Magee match finally surface? Looks like it will cover 1986-1995