Previews & Predictions: NXT TakeOver WarGames

Has it really been twenty years since we last saw a WarGames match?  Maybe it just feels more recent because I’ve been re-watching the old ones on the network.  Whatever the case, we can all be grateful that Triple H doesn’t have the same hangups about using concepts he didn’t have a hand in creating that his boss does and is actually willing to give wrestling fans something they want to see.  Even though it might not quite be the WarGames of old, I’m still pretty darn stoked to see the return of the dreaded double cage.  So without further ado, let’s break it down…

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5 Thoughts on the Mae Young Classic Round 1

Thanks to NXT, women’s wrestling has finally started getting the attention it deserves in WWE after decades of evening gown matches and lingerie pillow fights. This, combined with the company’s newfound love of the tournament format lead to the Mae Young Classic, touted as WWE’s attempt to gather the best female pro wrestlers from across the globe under one roof and give them the spotlight.  I finally had a chance to binge watch the first four episodes and thought I’d share my top five takeaways from this so far wonderful event.

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Previews and Predictions: NJPW Destruction 2017 [title matches]

After what seems like an eternity of hot hot heat, summer is finally over and autumn has arrived.  But as excited as I am about the prospect of being able to go outside free of butt sweat, I’m even more excited about New Japan Pro Wrestling’s upcoming Destruction series, which is set to take place in Fukushima, Hiroshima and Kobe this month. Nearly every title the company has to offer will be defended during this trio of events, so they’re bound to have a major impact on the NJPW landscape.  Without further ado, let’s break down all the title matches…

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Previews & Predictions: NXT Takeover Brooklyn III

Summerslam weekend is nearly upon us, and with WWE’s so-called “new era” growing more and more stale by the month, the company’s only saving grace is NXT.  How does NXT get everything so right while the main roster continues to get everything so wrong?  I can only assume it has something to do with the fact that people with actual wrestling knowledge are booking the shows, as opposed to a bunch of jabronis that wrote for those godawful daytime soap operas your grandma used to watch. Whatever the case, let’s break down the show that’s guaranteed to wipe the floor with Summerslam.

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Atsushi Onita: Hardest of the Hardcore

Atsushi Onita is generally credited with bringing the deathmatch style of professional wrestling to Japan.  Most American pro wrestling fans are familiar with Japanese deathmatch wrestling thanks to Mick Foley (competing as Cactus Jack), who famously took on Terry Funk in the finals of IWA’s King of Deathmatch tournament on August 30, 1995 at Kawasaki Baseball Stadium, but Onita was having deathmatches in Japan as far back as 1989, even going so far as to create his own promotion, the legendary Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, or FMW.  FMW might be the very first hardcore wrestling promotion, as ECW didn’t go “extreme” until 1994 and Combat Zone Wrestling wasn’t even founded until 1999.

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