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Thank you Vader!

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's, Spotlight, 2000's, 1990's 20 June 2018 - - - - - - · 18 views
Vader, NJPW, AJPW
So, Leon White has passed away. I am very bummed out because, not only was he a great wrestler but, he seemed like a great guy especially in the world of pro wrestling. I know there will be better tributes and stories than what I could piece together so, I just want to say 'Thanks!'What's sorta uncanny (to me) is that I had the notion of posting about my...


Spotlight: AJW 09/02/95 Destiny

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, Women's Wrestling, 1990's 18 June 2018 - - - - - - · 27 views
AJW, Manami Toyota, Akira Hokuto
A buddy of mine who's sorta-kinda into wrestling still texted me and asked if I'd ever heard if Ring of Honor. Uh...yeah, I have. Then he told me he was watching the women's wrestling and commented on how good it was. I then remembered enjoying the heck out of their tournament to crown the first WOH Champion.Read more here: https://prowrestlingonly.com/in...


Naomichi Marufuji in NJPW 2009-2010

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, 2000's, 2010's 12 June 2018 - - - - - - · 25 views
Naomichi Marufuji, NJPW and 2 more...
So, I got hyped on Naomichi Marufuji after his fantastic job during the Champion Carnival and Triple Crown challenge. Generally speaking, I am lukewarm on him. Sometimes, he's really a treat to watch as his execution and timing can be impeccable. Other times, his execution is spotty and over ambitious. Additionally, depending on what time period you're wa...


2018 Best Match Watched Contenders & more

Posted by G. Badger, in 1970's, 2010's, 1990's 05 June 2018 - - - - - - · 43 views
AJPW, NJPW, FMW, Zero-1, wXw, ROH and 2 more...
Everyone seems to pick Match of the Year contenders. Unfortunately, I tend not to watch too much current stuff. I always dig these lists though...especially when going back to find stuff to watch/buy. They're a great resource.So, last year when MOTYC talk was really ramping up, I made my own Best Of list to get in on the fun. So, instead of the best match...


2018 AJPW Champion Carnival & Triple Crown 05/24/18

Posted by G. Badger, in 2010's 02 June 2018 - - - - - - · 38 views
AJPW, Kento Miyahara and 3 more...
There were a lot of positive comments about this Carnival on the main page. Kudos to those folks for taking the time to go through and watch most or perhaps all of the Carnival matches in real time. It certainly was my impetus for tracking what I could down on the 'tube.Here's a link to that post for the participants, outcomes, and discussion. There are s...


Spotlight: Masato Tanaka in the 2010's

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, 2010's 30 May 2018 - - - - - - · 34 views
Masato Tanaka, Zero-1, NJPW, NOAH and 2 more...
You may be in for a bit of a surprise if you haven't seen Tanaka in awhile. He's like 50 lbs. lighter and tan as river clay. Nevertheless, he still kicks ass and is still the Dangan!vs Yuji Nagata (03/19/11 NJPW): NJPW Cup 2011. This be a badass bout without a doubt. There's no commentary so, you can hear every strike land. This was as brutal as Electric...


Spotlight: Eddie Guerrero in NJPW 1996

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, 1990's 28 May 2018 - - - - - - · 36 views
NJPW, Eddie Guerrero, Black Tiger
Eddie Guerrero was one of my favorite wrestlers that I never really saw enough of. I caught him sporadically in WCW and tuned out the WWF very shortly after the Radicalz stuff. I always wanted to see his ECW and Japan work. Even more appealing about his time in Japan was that he wrestled in costume as Black Tiger! I was and still am a big fan of the NJ Jr...


wXw 2010 - 16 Carat Gold Tournament - Finale & Summary

Posted by G. Badger, in 2010's 22 May 2018 - - - - - - · 55 views
wXw, Chris Hero, Young Bucks and 2 more...
Booyah! 2010 16 Carat Gold Tournament is a wrap! Let's jump in to the matches for Day 3, Disc # 3 'cause this entry is gonna be a doozy.Zack Sabre Jr. vs Munenori Sawa: Light Heavyweight strap on the line. A bit of a letdown to get started with. I suppose they were going for a shoot style-ish match but, it came across as winging it. It was fun but, not pa...


Early 90's AJPW Matches from Mid-May

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, 1990's 20 May 2018 - - - - - - · 57 views
AJPW
Working on my Tanaka follow up and finishing the wXw 2010 project. Here's a good selection from the Grooveyard in the meantime. In this case they are all very good to classic matches in AJ that took place around this time of year back in that early 1990's. There are probably some spoilers in here so, if you're looking to watch these for the first time or...


wXw 2010 - 16 Carat Gold Tournament

Posted by G. Badger, in 2010's 12 May 2018 - - - - - - · 54 views
wXw, BJW
Man, it has taken me a long damn time to get through this set. That's on me and not the quality of the wrestling. I've been distracted by the WWE network stuff and YouTube. I've clearly got the attention span of a 3 year old :( At this point, I don't know what's tournament and non tournament. Also if I skip something it's because I skipped the match inten...


WWE Backlash 2018

Posted by G. Badger, in 2010's, Women's Wrestling 06 May 2018 - - - - - - · 51 views

I watched this because it's still covered under my free month of the Network from Wrestlemania. Not bad...got 3 PPV shows for free. So tonight, I watched Backlash sorta in passing. It was really clear from seeing the card some of the matches could be good and some sucked at "go."Anyone that had hopes that this was going to be awesome was delusional to som...


Spotlight: Masato Tanaka

Posted by G. Badger, in Spotlight, 2000's 02 May 2018 - - - - - - · 74 views
Masato Tanaka, ROH, Samoa Joe and 3 more...
Masato Tanaka was pretty much responsible for me getting into puroresu. His matches in the States with ECW were eye opening to me. He was tough, intense, and innovative. I would say he, Mike Awesome, and Tajiri were the 3 guys that convinced me that wrestling in Japan was something worth seeking out. After ECW folded, so did my interest in newer wrestling...


Pittsburgh Wrestling Stories

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's, 1970's 27 April 2018 - - - - - - · 58 views
Andre the Giant, Bruno Sammartino
Earlier this week my fiance saw Kurt Angle while driving at the mall. I didn't believe her at first since we had just watched some special about him on the WWE network. But, with that fact in mind, I figure his face is going to be fresh in her mind. Most of what little doubt I had was in the fact that I didn't get to see him! :DSo, that by itself is prett...


ROH Supercard of Honor XII - Women of Honor

Posted by G. Badger, in 2010's, Women's Wrestling 23 April 2018 - - - - - - · 60 views
ROH, Sumie Sakai
I got to see these matches up on ROH's site today. Its episode #344 , aired 04/20/18 for what its worth. All take place on the Supercard of Honor show from 'Mania weekend.Ok with that outta the way, we go to the fights!Kelly Klein vs Mayu Iwatami: This was pretty enjoyable. There were some flubs but, this wasn't meant to set the world on fire. I guess thi...


AJPW Classics 175: 1989

Posted by G. Badger, in 1980's 20 April 2018 - - - - - - · 49 views
AJPW, Joe Malenko, Johnny Ace and 1 more...
AJPW CLASSICS # 175I took a little bit of a break there but, I'm back in the game. And I'm going to tackle AJ Classic #175 covering early 1989.Joe Malenko vs Mighty Inoue (01/25/89): The Junior Heavyweight title is up for grabs. Remember this is WRESTLING so, there is a lot of grappling here. It's a bit dry and not as lively as I was needing at the time o...


Spotlight: Samoa Joe

Posted by G. Badger, in 2000's, Spotlight, 2010's 17 April 2018 - - - - - - · 55 views
Samoa Joe, TNA, ROH
Saw that Samoa Joe is on Smackdown now...nice! Even in 2018, I gotta say more Joe vs AJ & Danielson is always welcomed. It's a smart move too! I'm no WWE genius but, three future hall of famers working together seems like a no-brainer especially if they're gonna put Orton and Nakamura in the mix. Here's a little spotlight on Samoa Joe from 2005. If he...


The 2010's: ROH Winter Warriors Tour 2015 - Atlanta + Supercard 2018

Posted by G. Badger, in 2010's 14 April 2018 - - - - - - · 55 views
ROH, AJ Styles
Okay, we're back from WWE to conclude Ring of Honor's Winter Warrior show in Atlanta.AJ Styles vs Bobby Fish: No belt on the line but, AJ is IWGP champion. This was a pretty good match. I researched it since I was a little groggy the first time around. It was not as awesome as it could have been. Technically nothing was wrong but, I guess I was expecting...


The 2010's: NXT: New Orleans (04/07/18)

Posted by G. Badger, in Women's Wrestling, 2010's 12 April 2018 - - - - - - · 45 views
NXT
Clearly, I'm on a modern wrestling kick as of late. I suppose I'm taking a little breather from FMW and AJ. Who knows I might even finish the wXw tournament!Fortunately, I have the WWE streaming service free for another month so, I thought I'd see what the hype was about concerning NXT. That's not to say I'd never seen NXT footage but, I wanted to see thi...


The 2010's: WrestleMania 34...really?

Posted by G. Badger, in Women's Wrestling, 2010's 09 April 2018 - - - - - - · 41 views

This was my first WrestleMania. No, not first time going...This was the first time I've ever sat down and watched the Show of Shows, Showcase of the Immortals, and whatever else they call it. To be honest, I never wanted to spend the time or money on it. Back when PPV was the only way to see it live on TV, I never remember thinking, "Wow I've gotta see th...


The 2010's: ROH Winter Warriors Tour 2015 - Atlanta Part 3

Posted by G. Badger, in 2010's 07 April 2018 - - - - - - · 39 views
ROH
So, ROH has this show and a ton of shows on sale for like $2-3 on their website right now. Their shipping rates are a bit steep and antiquated. It's $11 for 4-6 items but, at two or three clams a show, that still is a great deal.They've got 2015-2017 shows, nearly the whole year for this low price. I'm not trying to make this an advertisement. I just wann...