Awhile back as part of all the AEW hoopla they announced working relationships with a couple of overseas promotions, one of which was Oriental Wrestling Entertainment. I’d never heard of them before and did some Googling to find out more and what my initial searches turned up piqued my interest. An article on Voices of Wrestling quotes former WWE Cruiserweight Classic competitor, Ho Ho Lun, as saying, “OWE is putting wrestling into Kung Fu.” As someone who spent the bulk of his youth watching Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest movies a wrestling promotion that marries kung fu and pro-wrestling together is very good to me, and so I decided to check them out.
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This is Matt Riddle’s third match of the day according to commentary. He’s already faced Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr., the later of whom he bested a few hours earlier for the EVOLVE Championship.
Riddle and Purrazzo shake hands to begin. CODE OF HONOR ALL UP IN THIS MUG! Purrazzo goes for an ankle lock, apparently targeting the same limb that ZSJ worked over during their EVOLVE match. She then works an arm wringer for a bit.
There’s a bit of a playful tone to the early part of the match with each wrestler slapping the other’s hand away after exchanges or rope breaks, but eventually Deonna applies a Fujiwara Armbar and shit gets real.
Riddle goes for the Bro To Sleep but Purrazzo escapes and stomps on Riddle’s bare feet to take back over on offense. Purrazzo scores a near fall off a crossbody and seemingly has things under control but Riddle catches her on a headscissor attempt and powerbombs her. He follows with a knee strike with is enough to Purrazzo away.
Afterwards, Riddle explains to the crowd that he had to wreck shop on Purrazzo because she was kicking his ass and then offers to shake her hand.
Winner: Matt Riddle
This was short and probably a bit by the numbers but you can’t really fault them for that since Riddle had already been through two wars earlier in the day. I liked the story they told here with Riddle, either due to exhaustion or just not taking Purrazzo serious, ended up getting schooled for the bulk of the match until he finally woke up and picked up the quick win. [**½]
So I’m finally getting around to watching these NXT UK episodes. Curse WWE for creating a four hour block of grapplefuckery on Wednesday nights, all of which is pertinent to my interests! Anyway let check out some citizens of the United Kingdom grappling with each other!
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Time for another installment of the only main roster show I watch regularly: MIXED MATCH CHALLENGE! This is the September 25, 2018 installment which I missed because I moved and was redoing the interior of my new place and was staying somewhere with shitty internet for about a month. BACKLOG BAYBAY!
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I’m not even going to front. I totally watched this because the preview image on YouTube was Scarlett Bordeaux sticking her ass out at some luchadora. The match itself wasn’t that great. The luchadoras worked hard, Bordeaux was hot and did some basic pro-wrestling moves and took a sloppy looking armdrag and then got out of the ring while more accomplished grapplers did flips and shit.
The middle section of the match had Bordeaux’s trio clear the ring and beat down anyone who tried to get back into the ring. They eventually get sent out to the floor by Maravilla, Shani and Vanilla who then more or less repeat the spot.
The finish of the match saw Keyra hit Lady Maravilla with the Code Red to get the pin.
Winners: Keyra, Scarlett Bordeaux & La Hiedra
Like I said everyone worked pretty hard here. Scarlett Bordeaux was probably the worst worker, but did what she needed to do and then got out of the way for the most part. [**]
So the WWE is heading back to Saudi Arabia for some more of that sweet, sweet oil money and this time around they’re apparently having a tournament to determine who the best wrestler in the world is. Baron Corbin, the Raw GM, decided to hold a ten man battle royal, the winner of which would get a spot in that tournament.
He put himself in the match and then filled the remaining nine spots with enhancement talent in 1980s style ethnic gimmicks. The match would see the return of WWE Legend The Conquistador alongside this bevy of local talent pretending not to be local.
The match was pretty much exactly what you’d expect. Baron made short work of the job guys while the Conquistador chilled on the outside. Conquistador then came in at the end and laid waste to Corbin with German suplexes and tossed him out of the ring and then revealed himself to be none other than Kurt Angle who picked up the win and qualified for a chance to get that Saudi money!
Winner: Kurt Angle
On occasion I like goofy bullshit like this. For an angle this match did it right since they kept it short and had the heel end up looking like an idiot. It also gave a bunch of dudes a chance to get on TV which is good for young dudes (and Flash Flanagan) trying to get that money! [NR]
Welcome to night two of the 2018 edition of the Mae Young Classic. We start things off with a Mauro Ranallo narrated recap package of what went down last week in the Mae Young Classic before going to Full Sail for tonight’s matches. Once again our commentary team for the evening is Michael Cole, Renee Young, and Beth Phoenix. They go over a couple of the matches we’re going to see tonight before throwing it to…
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My favorite main roster related wrestling show is back for a second season kids. I’m talking, of course, about Mixed Match Challenge. They mixed things up a bit this season and instead of a single elimination tournament it’s a round robin so we’ll get more chances to see each team in action.
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Hey kids, it’s time for another action-packed installment of NXT! After the opening video deal we head to Full Sail University where we are joined by our commentary team for the evening: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Percy Watson. Let’s get down to the ring for action!
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We’re in Detroit for another installment of the highest flying WWE wrestling action on TV, 205 Live. Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson are on commentary. The Lucha House Party head out with noisemakers and a pinata since Gran Metalik will be taking on Tony Nese in the opening contest.
Continue reading “WWE 205 Live (September 4, 2018)”