And here we are at WCW Bash at the Beach 1999. Man, if you think WWE is bad right now you need to watch this shit. It is just so bad. The original main event was just a tag match with Kevin Nash and Sting vs Sid Vicious and Randy Savage. But now the WCW Title is on the line. And yes, Sting could pin Nash and win the Title despite being his tag partner. Nash doesn’t trust Sting because he saw Sting in the Hummer and assumes it was Sting driving it when it hit Nash in the limo. But the Fake Sting is also back. Meanwhile, Nash kidnapped Gorgeous George and at one point agreed to exchange her for his Title that Sid took. On Thunder they did a scene on a sketchy street for the exchange but it backfired. This lead to Savage freaking out on Gorgeous George and pretty much asking if Nash slept with her. This is also where Torrie Wilson is corpsing and the scene you see in Botchamania. Got all that?
A Block Match: Zack Sabre Jr. vs Yuji Nagata
-There are some gentlemanly exchanges early on until ZSJ catches Nagata on a break with a kick to the elbow and goes to work on the arm of Nagata.
-They exchange forearms. Nagata ducks one and applies a crossface then transitions into a Rings of Saturn.
-Nagata puts the boots to ZSJ but misses one and ZSJ goes for an armbar to the bad left arm of Nagata but Nagata gets to the ropes.
Justin C and Cam are back with this week’s episode of the HTCWrestling Podcast. After two weeks away, the road to SummerSlam appears quite clear. Who is the favorite in the Universal Title Fatal 4 Way and what is Brock Lesnar’s future in the WWE. Is the tag team of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins right for both men? We also discuss the John Cena/Shinsuke Nakamura match and whether or not Nakamura can get a good match out of Jinder. (Spoiler: He can’t)
All that and much more so give it a listen!
You can read all of Matt’s work here: https://medium.com/@TheSpoilerRole
You can also follow Matt on Twitter: @MattEderer
Gonna be a fairly brief intro here as I have to run to work early this morning, apologies. If anybody wants to pay me money to write these, I will happily quit my job yesterday for you 🙂
NOTE: If you’re my employer, I’m totally just kidding about that last part, classic absurdist humour lel.
Surprisingly good show. This one really over-delivered. I would call it maybe the 3rd best G1 show so far, just behind the super balanced Day 3, and the really watchable and top heavy Day 8. Four matches at 4* or higher, impressive matches from Makabe and Fale, and a really fun ZSJ v. Tetsuya Naito match.
-Dario Cueto visits his brother Matanza in his cell. Dario tells Matanza that he became weak and that caused him to lose to Rey Mysterio. Dario says Matanza must control his hunger and if he doesn’t, the gods will take away his soul.
Cueto Cup Quarterfinal Matchup: Pindar vs Fenix
-Melissa Santos blows Fenix a kiss for good luck. She must be attracted to guys that have an almost constant ducky face.
-Fenix lands some eniguri kicks sending Pindar into the corner. The ref gets distracted with Pindar allowing Kobra Moon to choke Fenix in the other corner.
-Pindar catches Fenix mid-air and hits a backbreaker followed by a twisting backdrop.
United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Kevin Owens
-Owens sends Styles to the outside with a clothesline to the back of the head. He follows it up with a running clothesline to the outside.
-Styles catches KO with a dropkick and knee drop. He goes for a Phenomeal Forearm but KO bails to the outside. Styles then hits one over the top to the outside.
-KO side steps Styles and sends him into the barricade. He then cannonballs into Styles into the barricade.
Non G1 Match Results
Michael Elgin & Jushin Thunder Liger def. Katsuya Kitamura & Shota Umino
Suzukigun (Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & El Desperado) def. Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hirai Kawato
Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & BUSHI) def. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi) def. Bullet Club (Kenny Omega & Chase Owens) Tag Team Match
CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano) def. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi
Only able to post a quick rundown tonight, but I can’t let a Monday go down without at least some words on that Monday Night staple – Monday Night Raw! Wrrrrrrestling!!
All of Matt’s Blogs Can Be Found Here: https://medium.com/@TheSpoilerRole
There have now been 50 matches in this year’s G1, and aside from just a few, I can glance at most of them and tell you exactly what happened. Omega/Suzuki stands out completely from Kojima/Okada, which stands out completely from Ibushi/Naito, which was completely and totally different from Yano/Okada, which bore no resemblance at all to EVIL/SANADA, et cetera. The variety of performance that we get on these NJPW shows is truly spectacular. It far exceeds that of WWE, a point that I will be beating like a dead horse in this review, so stay tuned.
Having said that, this particular show was only OK, by G1 standards. It was hardly better than the best Wrestlemania show (copyright: Dave Meltzer). Definitely the weakest G1 show so far in terms of average star rating. It was comparable to Day 8, in that the first three G1 matches were unique and fun, leading up to two big NJPW-style main event matches.
So yeah, depending on your definition, perhaps the “weakest” G1 show to date, but among the easiest to watch. Aside from one match that slightly dragged, this show held my attention completely and fully. Really had me glued. Which, as someone with a garbage attention span, is a task that can be quite diffi
LETS START THE REVIEW
Matt’s Blogs On Other Nights Can Be Found Here: https://medium.com/@TheSpoilerRole
This is a reddit thread, via u/standingdropkick, talking about some pretty cool translated interviews from the G1 participants up on NJPW1972.com (NJPW1972.com is New Japan’s English website, the equivalent to WWE.com).
It would be nice if these were videos, and on YouTube or even NJPWworld, but hey, we here at The Spoiler Role respect the written word in all its charm and glory. I think the next step to really hooking fans outside of Japan would be live-translating the interviews that happen after matches and at the press conferences. Regardless, this stuff is a nice touch. For example, here is Kazuchika Okada on wrestling the older guys in the tournament: