So this is my second trip into NJPW. I watched Wrestle Kingdom earlier this year and now I want to see Okada/Omega 2 damn it!
Jyushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Tiger Mask, Tiger Mask W, Yugi Nagata and Togi Makabe
-Both Tiger Mask double team Nakanishi early and take him down with some kicks to the chest and a double crossbody for two.
-Kojima takes Tiger Mask W to the chop house in the corner.
-Rey Mysterio tells Prince Puma that Vampiro is only out for himself and his own agenda, and that he really isn’t Puma’s master. Puma says so he’s just like Rey and Konnan. Puma tells him to stay away. Vampiro appears in the mirror and tells Rey to stay away from him, or he will send him to hell just like Konnan.
All Night Like OT For The Lucha Underground Title: Johnny Mundo (c) vs The Mack
-Next fall wins here.
-Dario Cueto comes out and makes it falls count anywhere.
So you probably noticed I didn’t have a Smackdown Live write up last night. That’s because I was there! I took the 90 minute ride from Buffalo to Rochester to attend the show.
I pretty much went because I wanted to see Shinsuke Nakamura in person. I’ve also never seen AJ Styles wrestle so I knew I had a high chance of seeing that happen as well.
Thanks to the WWE Network, I have been going through all the old Nitros and PPVs in succession. It would be great if Thunder was also on the Network, but considering WCW barely ever acknowledged Thunder’s existence it doesn’t seem like that is necessary. I like being able to go back and watch these. I watched both as a kid, but when push comes to shove I always leaned toward the WWF.
By mid 1998, WCW seemed like a mess. It had so many stars under one umbrella that you have to scratch your head trying to figure out how they failed. We all know at this point that WCW was pretty much its own victim. They imploded from within. There were too many egos in one company and they were all out for their own well being. And by the time they realized they needed to make new stars, WCW was on its last legs. There was no saving it at that point.
If you followed my tweets about a week ago on Starrcade 98 you know that by that point WCW was in a bad spot. Their last light of hope, Goldberg, was defeated. WCW really had nothing left. And the reformation of the nWo in 1999 was never going to help things.
THE RAW AFTER EXTREME RULES! WOOO! I’m sure very exciting things happened last night that will lead us seamlessly into an exhilarating and action packed Raw. I mean, what could go wrong?! Let’s see how my optimism holds up. Continue reading
Justin C here. As usual, I joined the preshow match in progress. Looks like Titus O’Neil may have cost Apollo Crews his match, accidentally of course. The Titus Brand may have taken a hit.
Intercontinental Championship: Dean Ambrose (c) vs Miz w/Maryse- If Dean Ambrose is DQ’d, He Loses the IC Title
-Again, this match should end immediately after the bell with Maryse slapping Miz and Ambrose getting DQ’d.
-Miz tries to get Ambrose to lose it early on with some cheap shots in the corner but the ref is able to back him off.
-Ambrose hits his dive to the outside. Ambrose grabs a chair but the ref runs out to stop him. Miz tries using the chair with the ref distracted but Ambrose grabs the chair. The ref turns around to stop him.
Lucha Underground Championship: Johnny Mundo (c) vs The Mack
-I’m pretty sure this match was suppose to air during the first half of the year. At least it makes an easy first show to review.
-Matt Striker is trying to talk about how Mundo’s finisher, the End of the World, is a devastating signature move. I’m trying not to laugh.
-Mundo catches Mack with an enziguri then lands a couple kicks to the head.
Justin C and Cam are here on the HTCWrestling Podcast to preview WWE Extreme Rules. We give our thoughts on who will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title. We also take a look at the depth in the RAW Tag Team and Women’s Division and talk about the latest happenings on Smackdown. And what spot is left for Rusev on the Smackdown Live Roster?
Now with a special intro from a wrestling legend!
-The show starts with all five women in tonight’s elimination match giving promos similar to the old episodes of Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Kevin Owens Highlight Reel
-KO says that Chris Jericho may have invented the Money in the Bank match, but he has never won one. And KO will do that at the Money in the Bank PPV and become the face of the WWE.
-KO invites Nakamura out. Nakamura tries to do his entrance in the ring but is confused by the TV being in his way.
It’s Memorial Day! WWE starts it with a nice tribute, and the crowd promptly begins a weird out of sync USA chant. I’ve got high hopes for this evening.