Category Archives: Throwback PPVs

TNA Turning Point 2012 Reaction

TNA Turning Point 2012

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

So at the end of it all, Turning Point had no Title changes, but the Main Event picture for the next month became well-defined.

A.J. Styles took the ultimate fall and won’t get a chance to compete for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship until Bound For Glory 2013, while James Storm took the #1 Contender spot.

That said, an above-average card delivered an above-average show. Simple as that.

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WWE Hell In A Cell 2012 Reaction

WWE Hell In A Cell 2012

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Hell in a Cell will be best remembered as the night Ryback got screwed by the referee.

Also shockingly enough, it will be remembered for Sheamus and The Big Show.

The rest wasn’t all that special despite some quality matches.

There are only three weeks until Survivor Series (as opposed to Hell in a Cell’s six-week build), so things will pick up fast.

When Hell in a cell was said and done, it wasn’t as newsworthy as you’d expect, but some matches delivered.

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TNA Bound For Glory 2012 Reaction

TNA Bound For Glory Logo

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Bound For Glory was quite the newsworthy show.

Rob Van Dam, Tara, Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez and Jeff Hardy all became Champions.

Bully Ray didn’t turn on Sting. Devon turned out to be a part of Aces and Eights.

James Storm and Bobby Roode took part in an absolute all-out brawl that arguably stole the show.

There’s plenty of ways TNA can go after this show and with four Championships changing hands, a new direction seems definite.

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WWE In Your House 4 Reaction

WWE In Your House 4By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

With the first WWE Pay-Per-View held in Canada since WrestleMania VI five years prior, the “In Your House” series continued to invade the houses of professional wrestling fans in the 90’s, giving us trademark mid-90’s WWE – outlandish characters, strong emphasis on promos and athleticism in the tag team and main event matches.

Compared to some of the past IYH’s, this show ranked up in the better half, with a fast-paced two hours with some riveting matches, nothing ever getting slow or boring, even though some of the overbooked finishes were questionable.

All on that below.

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WWE In Your House 3 Reaction

WWE In Your House 3By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

In Your House 3 was mostly known for its unique “Tripleheader” main event, which was the WWE Tag Team Champions Owen Hart/Yokozuna fighting against WWE World Champion Diesel/WWE Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels, with every Title up for grabs, as whoever got pinned would lose their respective belt(s) to the person who pinned them.

The rest of the event was well… very 90’s. We saw glimpses of future failures (Savio Vega’s initial babyface run, Dean Douglas, the list goes on) and we also saw some breakthrough performances from the likes of The British Bulldog, Bam Bam Bigelow and Bret Hart.

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WWE SummerSlam 1988 Reaction

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Much like the inaugural WrestleMania did three years prior, WWE stormed Madison Square Garden with a night of highs, lows and much in-betweens with the first SummerSlam event.

The magic laid in a “surprise” moment of Ultimate Warrior beating Honky Tonk Man in a mere 30 seconds to win the Intercontinental Championship and Miss Elizabeth wearing a bikini bottom to distract the heels in the main event.

In terms of actual memorable wrestling contests, not quite as magical, despite a strong opener, which ultimately disappointed.

We’ll get to all of that fun stuff below.

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WWE In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks Reaction

WWE In Your House 2 - The LumberjacksBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Those of you who may remember this show best for the “World Premiere” of “Double J” Jeff Jarrett’s “Alone With My Baby Tonight” and surely enough, who could forget that lovely moment in history?

When it comes down to it, there was plenty of Double J on this show to go around. Pretty much dominated the show’s first half.

The best match on the show also involved Jarrett, so it’s a give-and-take situation. The rest of the night was characteristic of what was problematic with WWE in the mid-90’s. We’ll get into it below.

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WWE King Of The Ring 1993 Reaction

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

From the opening bell to the final seconds of the broadcast, this was  a night that belonged to Bret “The Hitman” Hart all the way.

Many could even argue King Of The Ring 1993 was a career night for Hart as he battled through three rough, grueling matches to get the King Of The Ring accolade, also sparking what would be a long feud with Jerry “The King” Lawler over the title.

When Hart wasn’t in the spotlight, the undercard took a bit of an upper cut to the chin, with some questionable booking decisions. We’ll get into it all below.

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WWE In Your House 1 Reaction

In_Your_House_1By Nicholas Jason Lopez

When you look at a show like this, it had all the characteristics of a typical mid-90’s WWE show: cartoonish gimmicks, cheesy promotions and a solid push of main-eventers.

This was the first installment of the “In Your House” monthly Pay-Per-View shows and for a first time, things were pretty good in terms of entertainment, as you had some decent storylines headed in, particularly the feud between Bret Hart and Jerry Lawler that was prominent here.

That said, we present this as the “Throwback PPV” of May 2015.

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WrestleMania 2 Reaction

WWE WrestleMania 2WrestleMania I was the biggest phenomenon at the time, possessing a niche of main event stars, big matches and celebrities.

Those who were there didn’t know just how big it would become until the very end. How would they possibly top that? With the only Pay-Per-View to come out of three different cities at the same time, coverage bouncing from one to the next in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
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