WWE Mixed Match Challenge (January 23, 2018)

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It’s time for another episode of WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Watch or wherever you illegally downloaded it from if you live outside the United States. Our announce team are once again Michael Cole, Beth Phoenix and Corey Graves.

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BJW (July 1, 1995)

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Back in the early days of the internet, before YouTube was a thing, wrestling fans use to trade VHS tapes of wrestling shows with one another since often times there was no other way to see certain promotions. One of the earliest tapes I acquired in the 90s was a tape of deathmatches from Japan including the event we’re going to look at today: Big Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Grocery Store Deathmatch!

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge (January 16, 2018)

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Over the past couple years the WWE has kind of played around with how WWE wrestling has been presented. We’ve had tournaments for cruiserweights, British dudes, and women as well as stuff like Southpaw Regional Wrestling. Late last year they announced that they were partnering with Facebook for a Facebook exclusive program titled Mixed Match Challenge which would be a tournament pitting intergender duos against each other in an effort to win a $100,000 to be donated to a charity of their choosing. This is the first installment of that show.

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Jun Kasai vs. Mizuki Watase (DDT DNA 21 September 30, 2016)

Apparently Watase asked for this to be made into a Hardcore match because he wanted to face Kasai at 100% or something.

Kasai seems pretty reluctant initially to go hardcore, and has the ref push aside the chair that Watase uses in the beginning after Kasai disarms him, but it doesn’t take long for Kasai to use one of Watase’s chairs against him and turn the match into a ringside brawl.

Watase gets sent into chairs as Kasai takes a beer can from someone in the crowd, drinks some and then heads back in with Watase. He places the can in the center of the ring and then bodyslams Watase onto it a couple times in a spot that looked like it sucked.

They brawl some more out on the floor and Kasai gets out a table and sets it up ringside. He lays Watase on the table, but Watase recovers and chucks some chairs at Kasai and then puts him on the table instead. He then hits Kasai with a Diving Body Press but this is a Japanese table so it just falls over instead of breaks. Bad times for Jun Kasai.

They head back in where Kasai takes over on offense, breaking a chair over Watase’s head. He hits some stuff including a Reverse Tiger Driver but Watase manages to kick out. Eventually Kasai heads up top, puts on some goggles and nails Watase with the Pearl Harbor Splash to pick up the win.

Winner: Jun Kasai

This was a decent enough hardcore match I suppose though it probably would have been more fun if I understood Japanese since Kasai spent like half the match delivering monologues to the audience that they laughed at. It wasn’t all comedy though; the beer can and table spots both looked like they sucked. [**⅔]

Survival Tobita vs. Ken the Box (EWF February 27, 2000)

Survival Tobita finally gets one over on his eternal rival, Ken the Box, besting him by countout when Ken is unable to get into the ring for their match, but Survival Tobita is very die hard and challenges Ken to a rematch right then and there. A Texas Deathmatch I suppose.

Tobita heads out to the floor where he is dropped repeatedly by spinning backfists from Ken. Tobita manages to get back to his feet, but is busted open. Ken hits him again, sending him into the crowd. Tobita is unable to answer the ten count and Ken the Box once again emerges victorious.

Winner: Ken the Box

This is a fantastic bit of wrestling as performance art. It is so ludicrous and over the top and Jim Cornette would hate it, but the crowd is more into this the a lot of the stuff I see on Raw or Smackdown circa today. If you’re a person who only cares about “workrate” and stuff like you’ll probably hate this, but I’m not one of those people so this was great! [***]

W*ING Odawara Blazing Night (October 31, 1993)

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Time for another hour or so of foreigners in dodgy Halloween masks and crazy Japanese guys maiming each other in Japan for the enjoyment of a bunch of nerds. That’s right, it’s time for another W*ING review baby! This time we’re checking out the Odawara Blazing Night tape which featured matches that took place on Halloween night 1993.

We start things off with more sinister synth music while we see torches burning and strands of barbed wire intercut with a images of a flashing light and the sound of a wailing siren.

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Makoto Oishi vs. MAO (DDT DNA 21 September 30, 2016)

These two dudes are members of the NωA stable and are challenging each other to determine which of them is the sub-leader of the group.

They start by walking around in a circle in the ring hyping up the crowd and trying to get them to yell their names before locking up. They work some back and forth stuff early on. MAO gets sent into the corner and Oishi charges. MAO floats over and goes for a head scissors but Oishi slams his knee into the turnbuckle and drops him.

Oishi then proceeds to work over the knee for the majority of the match. MAO gets one of two moments of offensive flurry but inevitably ends up collapsing at the end of it because he’s selling the knee.

The end of the match sees Oishi attempt a suplex which results in series of reversals. MAO ends up spiking Oishi on his head after a head scissors and rolling him up to eke out a victory.

Post-match they shake hands in a show of respect.

Winner: MAO

This was a decent little match with good ring psychology from Oishi and good selling from MAO. The first time he leapt up and hit the ropes and did a leapfrog I was kind of ready to roll my eyes but the fact that he basically collapsed at the end made it fine. I can buy a guy getting an adrenaline rush and running wild for a minute or so and then just collapsing. [**½]

NWA Clash of the Champions (March 27, 1988)

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The story goes that back in 1987 Vince McMahon put together the Survivor Series to fuck with Jim Crockett Promotion’s PPV buyrates for Starrcade. The event was scheduled on the same day as the previously announced Starrcade and Vince talked a number of cable providers to carry Survivor Series alone by threatening to withhold WrestleMania IV from them if they aired both events.

Crockett decides that turnabout is fair play and schedules an NWA supercard to run against WrestleMania IV and goes that extra mile by putting it on free TV instead of PPV. This is that supercard.

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WCW Uncensored (March 19, 2000)


We’re live at the American Airlines Arena in Miami for WCW Uncensored, a show with a reputation of one of the worst WCW PPVs of all times. So why exactly am I reviewing a notoriously bad show from WCW’s nadir? BECAUSE DOUBLE STRAPIFICATION JACK!

We start things off with a video package highlighting the events leading up to the trio of main events to come. We get stuff about Luger and Sting feuding for the nine billionth time and Sid and Jarrett jostling for the World Heavyweight Championship, but none of that shit actually matters because Hogan vs. Flair is a MOTHERFUCKIN’ YAPAPI STRAP MATCH BROTHER DUDE JACK!

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