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Review – Jim Ross/Paul O’Brien – Slobberknocker

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Whether he wanted it to or not, the raspy Oklahoman growl from a modest man in a jet-black cowboy hat named Jim Ross has become synonymous with numerous signature moments in professional wrestling’s heyday.

Ponder back to Mankind’s descent from the roof of the meshed mayhem that was the still-new “Hell In A Cell” structure by The Undertaker and tell us Ross’ “As God is my witness, he’s broken in half!” call isn’t etched in your memory.

Or his repetitive-yet-emotional screams of “Stone Cold!” as The Texas Rattlesnake hurled Kane over the top rope to seal his third Royal Rumble victory in 2001.

In fact, many consider “Good ‘Ol JR” the voice of pro wrestling, bar-none. His ability to focus on talent’s strengths and paint a storyline’s picture with heart made it feel like you needed to be there with him for the match he called, that anything else wasn’t worth the bother.

It was only a matter of time before JR penned his own autobiography and with help from Sports Publishing, Paul O’Brien and the late Scott E. Williams, “Slobberknocker” was born in 2017.

Let’s face it – if there was going to be a book on JR, “Slobberknocker” has a better ring to it than “Government Mule Dude.”

Right off the bat, if you seek input from Ross about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Owner Vince McMahon’s “less than celebratory” segments that degraded his Bell’s Palsy disability, you won’t get it here. Ross speaks only highly of his old boss for the opportunity to take the ball and run behind the desk and curtain. McMahon actually pens the foreword, appropriately enough.

Ross does makes it sound as if Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock wouldn’t had gotten over without his input to Vince and for what it is, that may be true. They certainly needed it at the time to overtake World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and their stronghold grasp of the industry via “The Monday Night Wars.”

A chapter highlight is his confidence in the Mankind character and how that eventually pays off despite his concern for Mick Foley’s “hardcore” work ethic. It shows you his expertise in talent relations, just a glimpse of the backstage magic he provided.

With WCW in mind, JR goes in-depth about his childhood upbringings and how he worked humbly with the likes of “Cowboy” Bill Watts in Mid-South territory days behind the scenes by offering to do what he could to help the company whether through advertising, ring announcing or even to set up the ring.

JR’s biggest advice seems to be that he landed luck in the industry through paid dues and an almost obsessive fixation with the business, part of which he regretted from lack of family time. Through it all, he never lost who he was and it was that aspect that gave him success in talent relations.

His struggles with Bell’s Palsy dominate the last few chapters and set up the “finish” (return to the booth at WrestleMania XV in Philadelphia) in dramatic fashion, yet provide a keen sense of closure you might not get otherwise.

As “JR” as the book is, there are some elements that aren’t there. He has a strong social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter as well as a well-known podcast called The Ross Report, yet none of it is ever mentioned. Hell, not even a whimper of Barbecue sauce supremacy graces one page. Given his stature, it would’ve been interesting to get his perspective on how to stay relevant in the “digital age” when information on professional wrestling is ever present.

That said, “Slobberknocker” delivers what it promises and gives wrestling fans some insight behind one of the best minds in the business. Respect goes a long way, but it builds the foundation to personal success. JR’s story is one that needs to be heard for anybody that wants to pursue their passion but aren’t sure where to begin. All it requires is heart and the mind will follow.

With God as our witness, this book will break you in half. Don’t do this. You’ve got a family at home, dammit.

Nah, we’re just kidding.

Check it out. It’s quite the slobberknocker.

Wrestle Talk Podcast – Rough Cut Feat. Shaft And Rick Ruby – Ep. 197

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests “Rough Cut” Rick Ruby (OSCW) and Shaft (Outside The Ring Radio from Ferguson, MO.) 

 

 

 

 

 

Link Below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/06/01/rough-cut-feat-shaft-and-rick-ruby-ep197

Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/13/17: Trim The Fat

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/13/17)

Trim The Fat 

– The opening video showcased WWE Universal Champion Goldberg’s victory over Kevin Owens at Fastlane. They wasted no time to show Brock Lesnar’s interruption of his promo last week and subsequent face-to-face. All of this was to of course, hype their encounter for the Title at WrestleMania 33. As we remember, Lesnar stood tall at the end with an F5 while Paul Heyman provided the verbal bloodshed. Basically, the momentum shifted from Goldberg to Lesnar. Good time for this to happen with Mania in the wings.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Pryme Tyme Feat. Dr. D And Amy Lee – Ep.195

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests “Pryme Tyme” Amy Lee and “Dr. D” David Schultz. 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/05/18/pryme-tyme-feat-drd-and-amy-lee-ep195

Wrestle Talk Podcast – Irish Bombs Feat. Douglas O’Shea And Graham Bell – Ep. 194

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests “The Irish Bomb” Douglas O’Shea and “The Mercenary” Graham Bell. 

 

 

 

 

Link Below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/05/11/irish-bombs-featdouglas-oshea-and-graham-bell-ep194

Powerbomb.tv Presents… The Independent Wrestling Marathon!

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Shake Up Feat. Jim Roberts And Mike Black – Ep. 191

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Jim Roberts (Proving Ground Pro) and Mike Black (Atlantic Terror Championship Wrestling). 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/04/20/shake-up-feat-jim-roberts-and-mike-black-ep191

Wrestle Talk Podcast – Case Closed Feat. DynamoPro And The Searcher Ep. 190

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which feature Guests Luke Roberts/Chris Roedel (Dynamo Pro Wrestling) and The Searcher (World Powerhouse Wrestling). 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/04/13/case-closed-feat-dynamopro-and-the-searcher-ep190

Dynamo Pro Wrestling Crowns New D-1 Champion At Concordia Turners Gymnasium

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*The Following Press Release Was Sent By Dynamo Pro Wrestling*

 

Dynamo Pro Wrestling is proud to announce an all ages, live, professional wrestling event on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. This professional wrestling event, sponsored by Slackers, Aries Screen Printing, and Computer Specialists, will be held at the Concordia Turners Gymnasium, located at 6432 Gravois Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. with a bell time of 8:00 P.M. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Tickets for children from five to twelve years old are $5. Tickets for children under five years old are free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at dynamoprowrestling.bigcartel.com.

This event will feature the highly anticipated six man scramble ladder match to crown the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion. This match will feature Mike Outlaw, “The Valedictorian” Keon Option, Brandon Aarons, The Snitch, Jayden Dominic Rose, and “The Warhorse” Jake Parnell. In this match-up, the first competitor to retrieve the championship belt will become the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 champion. You will also see such Dynamo Pro Wrestling wrestlers as Dynamo Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion “The Wind of Destruction” Makaze, Dynamo Pro Wrestling tag team champions “The Agents of Chaos”, “Lights Out” Adrian Surge, Jackal, Ricky Rodriguez, Savanna Stone, Tootie Lynn Ramsey, “The Gypsy Warrior” Orion Creed, “The Strangler” Roy Lewis, and many more. Please come out and experience the best in professional wrestling as Dynamo Pro Wrestling returns to the Concordia Turners Gymnasium.

Since 2007, Dynamo Pro Wrestling has strived to bring professional wrestling fans of all ages with hard hitting, fast paced, edge of your seat professional wrestling action. For additional information on Dynamo Pro Wrestling, you can check out our website at www.dynamoprowrestling.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dynamopro, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DynamoPro. For Concordia Turners Gymnasium venue information, you can check out their website at www.concordiaturners.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/concordiaturners.

TNA Final Resolution 2012 Reaction

TNA Final Resolution 2012By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Final Resolution was the last TNA Pay-Per-View of 2012 and it was highly unspectacular.

There was nothing outrageously horrendous (except maybe the lackluster commentary) but there was nothing tangible to leave this show with.

There were no matches that left us speechless, nothing that made the internet orgasm, just slightly below average.

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The Shining Wizards – Episode 364: Rockin’ With Ronnie Burton, PCO & Volkoff

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Shining Wizards Podcast, which features “Rock God” Ronnie Burton (Capital Wrestling), PCO (Pierre Carl Ouellet – former WWF Tag Team Champion) and Nikolai Volkoff (WWE Hall of Fame). 

Topics discussed include WWE NXT, Impact Wrestling, WrestleMania 34, Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2, Volkoff’s comic book series that describes his life and more!

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-364-rockin-with-ronnie-burton-pco-volkoff/

Wrestle Talk Podcast – IMPACT Feat. Asa Grey And Kris Levin – Ep. 189

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Asa Grey (Cape Championship Wrestling) and Kris Levin (Impact Wrestling).

 

 

 

 

Link Below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/04/06/impact-feat-asa-grey-and-kris-levin-ep189

Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/13/17: Pittsburgh Punishment

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/13/17 On FITE TV) 

Pittsburgh Punishment 

– Alex Shelley was on commentary with Ian Riccaboni as Coast To Coast (LSG/Shaheem Ali) came out to battle ROH World Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks. Once YB’s music hit, our hopes of anything purposeful for a CTC push went out the window. With a superkick-tastic pre-taped promo from YB as they hyped their encounter against The Hardys at Supercard Of Honor XI on April 1, it was obvious where this one would go. YB broke out their typical aerial antics along with a few moveset references to The Hardys. Good, subtle stuff. LSG did a sweet corkscrew springboard plancha. CTC did get to do their namesake double team, but in the end of things, the superkicks (way over with this crowd) did them in and a springboard 450 splash won it for YB. Post-match, YB did a Twist Of Fate/Swanton Bomb combo on Ali to send a clear message to The Hardys. We also liked that their post-match ambush style fit into their “rebellious” ways.

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/11/17: 12 Large

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/11/17)

12 Large 

– The Beast The Butcher-Julian Whyt match was probably another easy way to get the newly turned babyface Whyt a viable victory over a scary individual like Butcher, though Butcher’s stock has fallen since he became horror movie jobber fodder. Whyt now had family support and Commentator Blake Chadwick mentioned he was “around to do it right.” Can’t they say “Do It Whyt?” as that’d be much better. Good detail by commentary on Butcher’s attire that appeared to have skin that hanged, maybe he was in a cement mixer? A springboard forearm led to the win, but then Butcher chased him backstage immediately afterwards, so we guess that’s a thing?

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PWO Exclusive – Tootie Lynn Ramsey Talks Undertaker, Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s “March Mayhem” And Career Aspirations

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*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive* 

 

Check out our interview with Tootie Lynn Ramsey, as she discusses her career experiences, upcoming match with Rahne Victoria at Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s “March Mayhem” event, what got her into pro wrestling and more!

Ramsey hails from St. Louis, Missouri and trained with the Dynamo Pro Dojo. She has also competed for promotions like KCXW, Midwest Impact Pro Wrestling, Strictly Nsane Pro Wrestling, PWCS and New Focus Wrestling. 

 

 

 

 

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PWO Exclusive – Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s Rahne Victoria Discusses Women’s Wrestling On The Indies, “March Mayhem” And Influences

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*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive*

 

Check out Nick’s interview with Rahne Victoria of Dynamo Pro Wrestling out of St. Louis, Missouri, as she speaks about her match with Tootie Lynn Ramsey at the promotion’s “March Mayhem” event this Saturday, her favorite bout to date, career influences, what she thinks women’s wrestling on the indies needs more of and future plans. 

The Iowa-based “Empress Of Evil” has wrestled for one and a half years, trained with the Dynamo Pro Dojo and Elgin Training Systems and has appeared in promotions around Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. 

 

 

 

 

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PWO Exclusive – Luke Roberts Talks Dynamo Pro Wrestling’s “March Mayhem” Event

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*A Pro Wrestling Opinion Exclusive* 

 

Check out Nick’s interview with Luke Roberts from Dynamo Pro Wrestling as he calls in to give fans an update on the promotion’s “March Mayhem” show in two weeks on Saturday, Mar. 31, runs down the card and what may happen come April. 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROH 15th Anniversary Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, Pa. to Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, NV., Ring Of Honor has undergone plenty in its 15-year history.

It was only appropriate that the face of the “old times” that hadn’t gone to World Wrestling Entertainment, Christopher Daniels, would get his last chance at the ROH World Championship, a belt that alluded him his whole career.

It was also right that the current Champion was Adam Cole, Bullet Club leader, which represented the “new school” ways of ROH.

Of course this show will be regarded as “the one where TK O’Ryan got hurt,” but there was plenty of happiness to go around the card as well.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Justice Feat. Gil Rogers And Lord Lockbaum Ep. 185

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Gil Rogers (National Wrasslin’ League) and Lord Lockbaum. 

Making his professional debut in 1999, Rogers was trained by internationally acclaimed professional wrestling trainer Les Thatcher. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rogers has won professional wrestling championships all across the country. Endearing himself to professional wrestling fans with his hard work, clean living, and “throwback” attitude, Rogers brings the “old school” style of professional wrestling back to the professional wrestling ring. A three time PWI 500 honoree, Rogers is known for his finishing hold, the “Mr. Wrestling II Knee Lift”. Gil Rogers lives by the motto “Follow the rules and believe in yourself. That’s the Gil Rogers way!”

Trained by Robbie Paige in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Wesley Lockbaum has wrestled for almost every promotion in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Also known as “Lord Lockbaum”, Lockbaum has held multiple professional wrestling tag team championships. Over the course of his career, Lockbaum has been in the ring with such internationally acclaimed professional wrestlers as The Stro and The Patriot. 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/03/09/justice-feat-gil-rogers-and-lord-lockbaum-ep185

WWE Backlash 2007 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Fresh off the thriller that was WWE WrestleMania 23, that year’s Backlash had plenty to offer itself.

Let’s start with the Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Champion The Undertaker and Batista that actually stole the show.

That would’ve been the main event if you ask us.

There were other moments that you probably didn’t realize happened here – Vince McMahon was crowned ECW World Champion (eye-roll), WWE Women’s Champion Melina and Mickie James traded fists while in splits and a Batista spear literally brought the stage down.

This made us realize that 2007 maybe wasn’t so bad after all, as veterans like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker delivered gutsy performances.

Now, let’s get to the nooks and crannies of “WrestleMania 23: The Important Stuff Part II.”

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Notes In Observance – Impact Wrestling 3/9/17: Make Impact Great

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/9/17)

Make Impact Great 

– The opening video began with a look back at the various moments of the company now formerly known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). As you’d imagine, there were shots of AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Jeff Jarrett. Given Styles and Joe made their names here, but have gone on to bigger places. Cough, cough. Anyways, more highlights included Monty Brown’s infamous cage tightroped huracanrana at Turning Point 2004, random shots of tope con hilos to push the “no limits” X-Division and soundbites from Don West because it just doesn’t count without him. They also showed Kurt Angle’s headbutt to Samoa Joe in their hot feud from 2006-2007. Ironically, it’s almost 15 years to the month when TNA emerged on the scene. The basis of the video stated that change was inevitable and we’d have to live with it. There was a flashy new opening montage/theme that was eh. We guess this will be more like Anthem’s “Impact” than anything we’ve previously seen.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Eat.Sleep.Wrestle Feat. Frank Reed And John Cosper Ep. 184

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Frank Reed (Rampage Championship Wrestling) and John Cosper (Author Of Eat.Sleep.Wrestle). 

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/03/02/eatsleepwrestle-feat-frank-reed-and-john-cosper-ep184

Wrestle Talk Podcast – The Gauntlet Feat. Dan Gier And David Buckler Ep. 183

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Dan Gier (National Wrasslin’ League/World League Wrestling) and David Buckler (Cauliflower Alley Club).

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/02/22/the-gauntlet-feat-dan-gier-and-david-buckler-ep183

Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 3/8/17: Don’t Steal Moves, Steal Moments

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/8/17)

Don’t Steal Moves, Steal Moments 

– The opening video hyped Shinsuke Nakamura’s well-awaited return to NXT after he was soundly defeated for the NXT Championship at TakeOver: San Antonio by Bobby Roode. In the thick of it all, he suffered a “knee injury” and was left off television for a few weeks to sell it. Well, he’s back now. Apparently he’s also got an awesome opponent in TJ Perkins. We like that they can just pluck random Cruiserweights into filler spots like these on NXT. Now, if only they were allowed to do that on the main roster. Let’s not get TOO progressive now. Insert thinking face emoji here.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 3/7/17: The Greatest Message That Ever Lived

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/7/17)

The Greatest Message That Ever Lived 

– The opening video recapped the previous night’s Raw where WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville pushed Commentator Austin Aries to his boiling point and was blindsided in the jaw by a microphone. All of this came after Neville’s two consecutive stellar performances in defenses against Gentleman Jack Gallagher at Fastlane and Rich Swann on Raw. The guy carries the division in the ring, Aries carries it on the mic, why not combine the two in WrestleMania season? They made it clear he was the new challenger, without the official announcement. Props to the video package as it worked in the loud chants for Aries brilliantly.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 3/7/17: Vices By Vipers

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/7/17)

Vices By Vipers 

– The opening video recapped the last month, aka Randy Orton’s “master plan” to sacrifice himself into The Wyatt Family to get a shot at the WWE Championship, which ultimately culminated with arson. Definitely one of the more darker angles in recent years, with the image of Orton’s pose with a fiery background probably something that’ll follow his career in the years to come. It’s still hard to determine ideologically that Wyatt wasn’t turned babyface by Orton’s actions judging by his sympathetic “Oh my god, my house is burning down” reaction. We guess this new episode will help out with that.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 3/7/17: 45th Anniversary Pt. II

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/7/17) 

45th Anniversary Pt. II

– The Eight-Man Tag between Hiroyoshi Tenzan/Satoshi Kojima/Jyushin Thunder Liger/Tomoyuki Oka and Manabu Nakanishi/Ryusuke Taguchi/David Finlay/Hirai Kawato was another mix of up-and-comers with the Young Lions, seemingly an opening tradition. We expected fast, stiff action in only the way trusty New Japan can deliver it. Kawato was apparently roughed up earlier in the day at the press conference by Minoru Suzuki. He threw a dropkick at Liger before the ring introductions could even happen. Damn, the kid’s not even 20 years old yet. The Young Lions unleashed chops at each other, because they always do? Interesting note that Kawato also had to put the ring together earlier, even after he was beaten up. Taguchi “hotly” tagged in with about nine hip attacks to spare. Nakanishi/Oka had another showdown, which followed up their match the previous night. Nakanishi made Oka tap out to the Torture Rack to get the win. We also liked how Commentator Kevin Kelly covered other aspects of Young Lion life, like receiving a limited offensive moveset and black trunks/boots. Post-match, Kawato continued to intimidate Liger. Guess that’s a new heel and feud on the rise. Yay.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – TNT Feat. Zayde Wolfe, Marcus Mansfield And Keny G Ep. 181

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Zayde Wolfe (Renowned Musician), Marcus Mansfield (Wrestling Hall-Of-Famer) and Keny G (Midwest Wrestling Legend)!

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/02/08/tnt-feat-zayde-wolfe-marcus-mansfield-and-keny-g-ep181

Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/6/17: Reclaim The Yard

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/6/17)

Reclaim The Yard 

– The opening video recapped WWE Universal Champion Goldberg’s defeat over Kevin Owens at Fastlane the night before that lasted just longer than a National Basketball Association shot clock. WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho – once Owens’ best friend that was betrayed mercilessly weeks prior – cost him the belt that he at one point helped him keep countless times. He did that with his simple presence on the ramp, which deterred Owens from his “mind games” strategy of repeatedly stalling for time. We hoped they’d work in actual footage of Jericho helping Owens time in and time out (Dammit, WWE Network, there’s an archive waiting to be used) but they did give us the line from Commentator Michael Cole, so we guess we’ll settle for that. On the other side of the WrestleMania 33 spectrum, this sets up an inevitable Universal Championship match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar, just what their third match in history needs.

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Manopera! Episode 55: Royal Rumble 2018

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Check out the latest edition of “Manopera: A Wrestling Symposium,” where PWO’s own Nick joins Hosts Chris Butera and “Spaceman” Frank for a discussion about WWE Royal Rumble 2018 and predictions for WWE WrestleMania 34!

 

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 3/6/17: Party Favors

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/6/17 On FITE TV)

Party Favors 

– Backstage, the foursome of The Briscoes, Jay Lethal and Bobby Fish each took turns to say mean things about Bullet Club. Such insults included the outrageous labeling of them as “fake” and “t-shirt sellers.” Such daggers we got over here. Anyways, what made this memorable for us was Lethal’s labeling of their unit as “The Dream Team,” since they each targeted different BC members. Fish spoke about wanting to end ROH World Champion Adam Cole “if he chose to.” We’ll guess that Cole retained at Manhattan Mayhem?

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WCW Superbrawl Revenge Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“A Path Of Destruction… A Night Of Vengeance” was the tagline attached to the next to last Pay-Per-View by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 2001 before the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) bought them out, which ended what was widely known as the “Monday Night Wars.”

While 2000’s WCW is synonymous with storyline absurdity and embarrassment, 2001 showed graces of promise with the faint smell of overbooking evident.

Gone now were Goldberg and Hulk Hogan, but stars like Lex Luger, Ric Flair and Kevin Nash were still prominent as ever.

Flair plays the role of “evil boss” quite well actually. What also helps this show move along is the breakthrough stars like Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) and the evolution of WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner into “Big Poppa Pump,” almost unrecognizable from his look just a few years prior.

Picture Chad Gable becoming Braun Strowman and that was Steiner in a nutshell.

This poster actually plays into Steiner’s “I rushed the legends out” heel character as he boasted victories over Sting, Booker T, Goldberg and Sid Vicious.

The last edition of Superbrawl won’t have anything you’ll find if you’re on the search for WCW’s mark on the industry, but it was a nice tease of what could’ve been had they stuck around a bit longer.

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WWE Survivor Series 2012 Reaction

WWE Survivor Series 2012By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

It seems as if the internet may have bursted at the conclusion of last night’s World Title match.

In case you’re curious, three men- Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns- attacked Ryback ruthlessly, similar to Nexus’ original debut and powerbombed him through the announce table.

CM Punk picked up the scraps, retained his Title and today marks the one-year point of his reign.

Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns are all familiar to NXT viewers and how WWE will have them explain their actions should make for good television.

It’s fortunate that there was this to boil over from because besides for a few shiny spots, this was a mostly forgettable show.

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The Shining Wizards – Episode 353: KC And The Stand Alone Wrestling Band

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at The Shining Wizards Podcast!

Chad Minnes, promoter of Stand Alone Wrestling, joins in to talk about his upcoming events, including LiftOff on Feb. 24 and Goldberg at Boardwalk Beatdown in August. 

Plus, KC Navarro calls in to talk a little bit about his career. 

Other topics include XFL, Royal Rumble, WrestlePro and Impact Wrestling.

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

http://www.shiningwizards.com/new/episode-353-kc-and-the-stand-alone-wrestling-band/

Notes In Observance – NJPW English 3/6/17: 45th Anniversary Show

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/6/17) 

45th Anniversary Show 

– The pre-event Manabu Nakanishi-Tomoyuki Oka match was typical of your “Young Lions Takes On The Veteran” matchups of the past. Oka had potential and looked to make his day at Nakanishi’s expense. They both wore black trunks, for whatever significance that would serve. With their short hair and similar builds, it almost made them look like clones. Some open-handed slaps and forearm strikes by Oka were answered by Nakanishi’s chops which sounded quite ow. Once Commentator Don Callis noted that they targeted the throat area, we couldn’t help but look and notice that they did. Then Callis said this: “They used to call me the nipple buster.” No words. Oka did a belly-to-belly suplex, which drew some gasps from those in attendance. Nakanishi made Oka tap out to the Torture Rack. Not surprised there. It also probably didn’t help that Callis wrote Oka out from the start, albeit it’s a realistic point of view.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – You’re Fired! Feat. Jason Frazier And Jaden Roller Ep. 179

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, featuring Guests Jason Frazier (101 Sports In St. Louis, MS) and “Heart Throb” Jaden Roller (Dynamo Pro Wrestling).

Topics discussed include Enzo getting fired, Raw 25 recap, Royal Rumble and more!

 

 

 

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2018/01/25/your-fired-feat-jason-frazier-and-jaden-roller-ep179-1

The RSN Wrestling Podcast – “Shoot” Edition – 1/24/18

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Check out the latest installment of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, as Hosts “Mastermind” Sal, “Big Guy” Rich and “The Knight That Runs The Site” PWO’s own Nick “shoot” on recent wrestling happenings.

Topics discussed include Royal Rumble, the Enzo Amore rape allegations/subsequent release from World Wrestling Entertainment, effects on 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division, Raw 25 and more!

 

 

 

 

Link Below: 

https://anchor.fm/rsnpodcast/episodes/1525cb4

Wrestle Talk Podcast – Locked Up Feat. AOC And Shannon Reed Ep. 178

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features Guests Agents Of Chaos (Dynamo Pro Wrestling) and Shannon Reed (Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling).

Other topics discussed include Bobby Roode winning the WWE United States Heavyweight Championship, Impact Wrestling releases, Jey Uso’s arrest and more!

 

 

 

 

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WWE Fastlane 2017 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Indicative of the lackluster Raw brand compared to the glitz of SmackDown Live’s progressive storylines and vibe, Fastlane is what you get when you bring WrestleMania season into the fold.

Ice cream bars, Jinder Mahal singles matches, potential streaks ending and questionable creative decisions are what this Fastlane will be best remembered for.

Also let the record show that the Cruiserweights stole the show and it wasn’t close.

Deemed “the last stop before WrestleMania,” this one had us downright sleepy at the wheel at times. Drive with caution.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – “Shoot” Edition – 1/17/18

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Check out the latest episode from The RSN Wrestling Podcast, where Hosts “Mastermind” Sal, “Big Guy” Rich and “The Knight That Runs The Site” PWO’s own Nick talk about the latest happenings in wrestling news – WWE’s new signings, Roman Reigns, the return of The Curb Stomp, Braun Strowman in catering, Royal Rumble 2018 speculation/ideas for men and women and more!

 

 

 

 

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Manopera! Episode 54: Best Of 2017

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Check out the latest edition of “Manopera! A Wrestling Symposium” from our friends at The Bonesaw as PWO’s own Nicholas Jason Lopez joins a discussion with Hosts Chris Butera and “Spaceman” Frank about the best and worst of pro wrestling in 2017!

 

 

 

 

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Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/4/17: Go With The Fro

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/4/17) 

Go With The Fro

– Matt Striker came out decked in Rush gear, as Blake Chadwick checked in on commentary. Guess he did good enough last week? Sweet. “The Irish Juggernaut” Mikey O’Shea was his opponent. Apparently, he waited a year and a half to get redemption on Striker. We don’t even remember them having any conflicts. Can’t you just bury a hatchet, O’Shea? If the idea is to build O’Shea back up from last week’s loss in an attempt to win the WCWC Tag Team Championships with Damian Drake, we get him being in the ring with the veteran Striker. Smart matchup actually. Striker struck a flatliner, attempted a Pedigree and hit a Codebreaker, all for a two count. Geez, WWE much? They flirted with a Gunslinger finish, but they countered around each other (to the point where it looked like a ballroom dance routine) to where Striker finally hit the Pedigree to get the pin. Not sure why he’d need the clean win here, though it emphasized the Heart Strike as another move in his arsenal. What an emo maneuver.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 3/2/17: Money Is For Marks

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/2/17) 

Money Is For Marks

– The Last Knockout Standing match for the TNA Knockouts Championship between Champion Rosemary and Jade with Madison Rayne on commentary sparked things off as the two traded punches on the ramp. They set it up with last week’s decent segment. Jade performed a suicide dive and a few German suplexes. She was being walloped with a garbage can and asked for more. Would we get a Van Terminator spot from Rosemary? Yes. Jade powerbombed Rosemary onto the trash can. Rayne actually improved on commentary here, she added a lot to emphasize Jade as a thirsty challenger who has withstood other harsh matches. Jade jumped into the mist from the top rope and was hit with the Red Wedding. She got up at 8. RW on the floor now. She got up at 9, but way to miss it, camera. Sigh. Jade spit water at the Champ and connected with a powerbomb onto the steps. Ouch. Rosemary got up at 9. Jade attempted another powerbomb, but got spit with mist again. A third RW on the ramp. That’ll probably do it. It’s cool to see a female break out the F5, though it’s not quite as effective as Brock Lesnar’s. That was it.

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Notes In Observance – WWE NXT 3/1/17: Staking The Claim

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/1/17) 

Staking The Claim 

– The opening video hyped a “Championship Lite” night as NXT Women’s Champion Asuka would defend against Peyton Royce and NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors Of Pain would defend against #DIY in the main event. Good stuff.

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Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 2/28/17: Dress Shoes Dropkicks

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/28/17) 

Dress Shoes Dropkicks 

– The opening video looked at the previous night’s tag match where WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville looked to put Gentleman Jack Gallagher in his place since he was mocked at the contract signing the week before. They also showed “The Premier Athlete” Tony Nese and his concern of only doing what was best for him. Gallagher won the match for his team as he stared through Neville’s eyes and made Nese submit. Run-of-the-mill recap, but still good and where it needs to be with Neville-Gallagher for the belt at Fastlane in five days.

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WWE In Your House 12: It’s Time Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

While its progression to realism from a cartoonish image was evident towards the latter half of 1996, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) still struggled to shake control from its rival organization – World Championship Wrestling (WCW). WCW was in a stretch where it’d dominate television ratings for 84 consecutive weeks.

This show was peppered with potential from a standout opener between Leif Cassidy (now known as Al Snow) and Flash Funk (better referred to as 2 Cold Scorpio), a passable “Armageddon Rules” match from The Undertaker and The Executioner that went all over the arena/set and a good effort from its WWF Intercontinental Championship bout between Champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Marc Mero.

The rest was showered in shrouds of ridicule as enthusiastic as the sights of Fake Diesel and Razor Ramon on our screens. Even good ‘ol Jim Ross on commentary couldn’t do much for us. We’ll also investigate the ideological mess that was the WWF World Tag Team Championship match.

In the battle of “Powerbomb Vs. Sharpshooter,” powerbomb emerged victorious, but it was our collective brains that got powerbombed in the end.

You could tell how much the WWF needed a shakeup headed into 1997.

To top it off , the namesake of the show – Vader – wasn’t even on the card. Good riddance to WWF 1996.

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Notes In Observance – WWE SmackDown Live 2/28/17: A Flaming Invocation

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(Aired 2/28/17)

A Flaming Invocation 

– As plenty of past episodes have, we opened with a close-up of a monitor backstage that aired last week’s “controversial ending” of the Battle Royale to determine the challenger for WWE Champion Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 33. In reality, something appeared botched because it looked like Luke Harper had thrown AJ Styles to the floor first, even though they were supposed to land at the same time. To cover that up, of course, they only showed us the hard camera angle. which had both guys falling out of view. In the room with said monitor was Commissioner Shane McMahon, General Manager Daniel Bryan and Styles himself. In chickenshit heel fashion, Styles tried to get by without wrestling on the show. Bryan shuts that down quickly and proclaimed Styles was lucky to even get this chance. We went for a funny as they had Styles badmouth Harper for not showering or discovering Dove, but Harper crept on him from behind. It’s like all those teen dramas. Or that time Stone Cold Steve Austin did it to Stephanie McMahon. Things ended as Styles walked away in disgust, as Harper cautiously got in the “friendly” Authority’s faces and… thanked them. Well, we guess he’s supposed to be a babyface trying to right his past wrongs, so this fits that. Either way, a good start.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/27/17: Post Breaker

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/27/17)

Post Breaker 

– We began with Goldberg, who we know challenges WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens at Fastlane in six days. Cue his classic “walk from the back and snort aggressively” entrance. Goddamn, his pyro gets so bright. Among the fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin looks like an adult woman decked out in WWE Raw Women’s Champion Bayley’s gear. Well, something seems off about that. Not a bad promo from Goldie – “KO talks too much” and “I’m six days away from gold” are things his character should be saying. It’s inevitable, isn’t it? We think people just like to chant Goldberg’s name more than it being an indication that he’s actually over. He sure was throwing a lot of promises out there. Things looked to wrap up there, but we got a KO appearance. Luckily for last week’s sit-down suit promo, we can take the Champ slightly more serious now. Okay, he flubbed “mood” for “mool,” but that can slide. We liked that he sold his credibility and reminded us of how he beat John Cena on his first night on the main roster and scored big wins over AJ Styles and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. He even name-dropped WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns. The telling line was that he outright said Chris Jericho didn’t matter. Foreshadowing. We’ll say that Goldberg has gotten better at promos than we can remember. “I don’t speak neanderthal” was a very KO response. Ha. Pick on the hometown, classic heel move. “The Goldberg chant dies” was a pretty morbid way to end the exchange, but that set the table for FL nicely. KO ultimately stands no chance in the long run with Brock Lesnar in the wings and his history with Goldberg.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Super Feat. ACH And Dave Ungar Ep. 175

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Check out the latest episode form our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Réne, which features Guests Dave Unger (Attitude Of Aggression) and ACH (Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, AAW).

Ungar has been a lifelong professional wrestling fan. Ungar has attended many memorable professional wrestling events, including WCW’s Capital Combat, WCW’s The Great American Bash, the WWE’s Royal Rumble, and two WWE WrestleManias. Ungar has also been a regular contributor for the Bleacher Report and a featured columnist for the Washington Capitals hockey team. Presently, Ungar is the driving force behind the Attitude of Aggression website. Attitude of Aggression is a website, blog, and podcast about professional wrestling with a specific focus on the WWE and the WWE Network. The Attitude of Aggression also discusses current events, fantasy booking scenarios, and upcoming local, national, and international events, in order to give professional wrestling fans a comprehensive look at professional wrestling at the highest level possible.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, ACH trained for professional wrestling under the guidance of Jerry Reyes, Scot Summers, and the Kobra Kai Dojo. Also known as “The Last Dragon,” ACH has competed in professional wrestling rings all over the world, including St. Louis Anarchy, Beyond Wrestling, Absolute Intense Wrestling, AAW – Professional Wrestling Redefined, Anarchy Championship Wrestling, Chikara Pro Wrestling, Dragon Gate USA, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Evolve Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Impact Wrestling, The Crash, Ring of Honor Wrestling, and Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA). ACH has competed in many prestigious tournaments, including the Combat Zone Wrestling’s “Best of the Best,” Ring of Honor Wrestling’s “Top Prospect Tournament” and “Survival of the Fittest,” Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s “Best of Los Angeles,” Impact Wrestling’s “Super X Cup,” and New Japan’s “Best of the Super Juniors.” A five-time Pro Wrestling Illustrated “PWI 500” honoree, ACH is recognized as the Inspire Pro Pure Prestige Champion and the VIP Heavyweight Champion. Presently, ACH is a part of the Taguchi Japan faction and member of the “Super 69” tag team with Ryusuke Taguchi in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Other topics include the return of the XFL, Seth Rollins/Jason Jordan as WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, ROH Final Battle and the NJPW video game. 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/12/28/super-feat-ach-and-dave-ungar-ep175