New Japan Cup Night 5 Results 3/13

Bad Luck Fale, Hikuleo, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori of Bullet Club b. Yuya Uemera, Tomoaki Honma & IWGP US Champion Juice Robinson when Ishimori submitted Uemera with a crossface – Fale and Honma started for their respective teams. Honma tried a bodyslam right away, which failed. He then tried a Sunset Flip, which also failed. However, he managed to dodge a vertical splash. Unfortunately, Fale also dodged the Kokeshi attempt. This got Bullet Club on the offensive, and lead them to teaming up on Honma. Juice got the tag and took it to Hikuleo. Uemera begged for a tag. Upon getting tagged in, he put Hikuleo into a Boston Crab. Almost immediately, Hikuleo powered out and tagged in Ishimori. who clamped Uemera in a crossface for a submission.

Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, & Togi Makabe b. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, & Toa Henare when Makabe pinned Nakanishi with a King Kong Knee Drop – All six men were eliminated in Round One. Henare took the brunt of the offense early on, including Kojima’s Machine Gun Chops. Nagata tagged in and rallied. Makabe had a bit of a hossfight with Nakanishi, who got him up in the Argentine Backbreaker. Tenzan and Kojima made the save, and delivered a 3D to Nakanishi. Henare followed up with a King Kong Knee Drop to get the pin.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Natio, BUSHI, & Shingo Takagi) b. Michael Elgin, Shota Umino, & Ren Narita when Takagi pinned Narita with a Noshigami – Takagi and Elgin began, and tested each other’s strength. Umino tagged in and demanded Naito, who obliged. LIJ gained control and worked over Umino. Elgin tagged back in and ran wild before tagging in Narita. LIJ rallied and did a very quick triple team. Amazingly, Takagi kicked out of a Pumping Bomber. Before Narita could counter, Takagi quickly hit a Noshigami and got the win.

EVIL & SANADA of Los Ingobernables De Japon b. Minoru Suzuki & Davey Boy Smith Jr. of Suzuki-Gun when Sanada pinned Smith with an O’Connor Roll – Suzuki-Gun attacked before the bell, taking the match to the floor. They got the heat on Evil, and tortured him for a bit until Sanada got the hot tag. Suzuki avoided the Paradise Lock and tagged out. Smith went back and forth with Sanada, who got a surprise pin with an O’Connor Roll.

After the match, Suzuki-Gun threw a fit and beat up come of the Young Lions at ringside

NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay & Hirooki Goto of CHAOS, & Kota Ibushi b. Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr., Lance Archer, & Taka Michinoku) when Goto pinned Michinoku with a GTR – The heels teamed up on Ospreay. Ibushi got the hot tag and ran wild. Goto tried a GTR on Taka, but Sabre stopped it. A brawl broke out, leaving Goto in the ring with Taka. A GTR later, and it was all over.

Ryusuke Taguchi, Mikey Nicholls, & Colt Cabana b. Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Toru Yano when Nicholls pinned Yano with a Mike Bomb – A match notable for having CHAOS teammates on either side. Cabana and Yano fought each other over who will remove a turnbuckle pad. Taguchi looked to be asking for a tag, but Canaba couldn’t understand him. Taguchi and Tanahashi then went at it, and Taguchi motioned for a fist bump. Of course, he cheapshotted Tanahashi when it was accepted and whipped him into his team’s turnbuckle. Tanahashi managed to knock both opponents to the floor, and tagged in Okada. This gave the Dream Team the momentum, and they worked over Taguchi. Nicholls got the tag and went at it with Okada. Finally, Yano got the tag and managed to remove a turnbuckle pad. A brawl broke out with Okada hitting Nicholls with a dropkick. It wasn’t good enough though, and Nickolls managed to hit a Mike Bomb on Yano for the pin

It seems to be that there will be fewer singles matches that Round One, which is a little disappointing.

YOSHI-HASHI p. Chase Owens with Karma – Owens tried to end it early with a Package Piledriver, but Hashi reversed into a Butterfly Lock. The match went to the floor, and Owens whipped Hashi into the barricade, and then into the ring. The latter was to play off the story of Hashi injuring himself on a ring apron last year. Nicholls then got the heat and worked over Hashi. He used a Sasri-Gatame (Sharpshooter/Scorpion Deathlock), but Hashi got the rope break. Owens tried a Package Piledriver on the apron. Hashi countered with a backdrop. Jado tried to use the kendo stick, and when Red Shoes tried to stop him, he threw the stick to Owens. After using the stick, Owens hit a GTR a knee strike. Hashi kicked out and ducked a Jewel Heist with a lariat. Jado again tried to use the stick. This time, Hashi ducked and Jado hit Owens instead. Hashi got in a Butterfly Lock which Owens broke in the corner. Hashi followed up and got the pin with Karma.

Tomohiro Ishii p. Taichi with a brainbuster – Taichi stalled, and paced around the ring several times. Ishii got fed up and went after him. Taichi used a char to stop Ishii’s momentum. He stalked Ishii for the next several minutes, taunting him with kicks. Ishii made his comeback with strikes and headbutts. A German Suplex by Ishii resulted in a double down. Ishii hit a lariat and a Last Ride Powerbomb for a pair of near falls. Taichi ducked a sliding clothesline, and shived Ishii into Red Shoes. With Red Shoes down, Taichi picked up the microphone. Ishii taunted Taichi, and told him to bring it. Instead of cheating, Taichi threw the mic to the floor and charged. The two kicked each other for another double down. Taichi got a near call with another lariat and hit a Last Ride Powerbomb of his own. Ishii still kicked out. Ishii reversed Black Mephisto into a piledriver. Somehow Taichi no-sold this and shot to his feet. A pair of lariats by Ishii still only got a two count. Taichi hit a low blow unseen by Red Shoes and used a Gedo Clutch. Ishii still kicked out. This time, Ishii connected with the sliding lariat, and finally hit the brainbuster for the pin.

Overall a good show, but it was a bit lame that there were only two tournament matches.

New Japan Cup Night 4 Results 3/11

We are one the last night of Round One in the New Japan Cup tournament. At least two highly anticipated matches in Satoshi Kojima vs. Minoru Suzuki, and SANADA vs. Hirooki Goto. As per the usual rules, the first half of the show will be tag matches involving opponents in upcoming tournament matches.

Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Hikuleo, Chase Owens, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori) b. IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson, YOSHI-HASHI, Michael Elgon, & Yuya Uemera when Ishimori submitted Uemera with a LeBell Lock – It’s no surprise to see the Young Lion take the fall in these opening matches, but the whole point is to see these guys get experience and get better. Anyway,Bullet Club did their usual attacking before the bell. The brawl quickly went to the floor with the babyfaces getting tossed around. When the match got back into the ring, Hashi was the one getting beat on. Elgin got the tag and he and Juice did some nice double team moves. Uemera did a very impressive suplex on Ishimori in the ring while the fight raged on the outside. But Ishimori responded with a LeBell Lock for the submission.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, BUSHI, & Shingo Takagi) b. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, & Ren Narita when BUSHI submitted Narita with a Boston Crab – Once again, the match got jumpstarted with the heels attacking before the bell. By the time everything got back in the ring, Tenzan was the one cut off. Nagata got the hot tag and ran wild on Takagi. Narita got in the ring with Bushi and applied a Boston Crab. LIJ cleaned house leaving Narita alone with BUSHI, who apllied his own Boston Crab to get the submission.

Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma b. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku of Suzuki-Gun when Ibushi pinned Michinoku with a Kamigoye – Taka did his usual intro. Strangely enough, the heels did not attack before the bell this time around. However, they did cut off Honma and work him over until Ibushi got the hot tag. Honma rallied to save Ibushi from some double teaming, which allowed Ibushi to hit the Kamigoye on Taka and got the pin.

Tomohiro Ishii & NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay of CHAOS b. Lance Archer & Taichi of Suzuki-Gun when Ospreay pinned Archer with a Crucifix – Ospreay and Archer started out with Archer and used his speed to hit and run. Archer eventually caught him and slammed him to the mat. The heels worked over Ospreay until Ishii got the tag. He and Taichi got into a striking contest. Right ash Ishii was about top get the upper hand, Ishii cheapshotted. Archer and Ospreay tagged back in, with Archer hitting a giant chokeslam. Ishii broke the pin. When Archer lifted Ospreay for a Blackout, Ishii hit a clothesline. Ospreay rolled up Archer into a crucifix pin.

Ryusuke Taguchi, Mikey Nicholls, & Toa Henare b. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, & Shota Umino when Nicholls pinned Umino witha Mike Bomb – This match is a little unique in that stablemates were opposite each other in teh form of Nicholls and Okada. Taguchi did comedy early by running the ropes for a comically long time and getting tired. Umino took a beating before tagging in Okada. Nicholls ducked a Rainmaker for a double down. Umino tagged back in and landed a missile dropkick, but the pin was broken. With everybody else fighting on the outside, Nicholls hit a Mike Bomb on Umino to win the match.

The rest of the night is all tournament matches

Toru Yano p. Davey Boy Smith Jr. with a small package – Before the bell, Smith chased Yano around the ring. Eventually, he caught him and smacked him around on the floor. Eventually, he threw Yano back in the ring, but Yano was able to roll him up for another surprise win.

Colt Cabana p. Togi Makabe with a roll-up – This was definitely everything you would expect with this pairing. Makabe was the badass, and Cabana was Bugs Bunny. As long as Makabe was on the offense, Cabana could stay ahead. Then Cabana missed a moonsault. Makabe tried a King Kong Knee Drop and missed. Cabana retaliated with a roll-up and got the upset pin. As luck would have it, Cabana and Yano will meet in the next round, which is the matchup that probably works the best for both.

And now from two comedy matches to the pro wrestling equivalent of Bloodsport

Minoru Suzuki p. Satoshi Kojima with a Gotch Piledriver – Suzuki predictably took the match to the floor and battered Kojima around ringside. One it got back in the ring, Kojima caught Suzuki’s Penalty Kick and began his comeback. He and Suzuki traded rapid fire blows in the corner. For the first time in forever though, Kojima managed to land his top rope elbow. Suzuki caught Kojima in the Rear Naked Choke, which Kojima coutnered with a Koji Cutter. Suzuki kicked out of a lariat. When Kojima tried another lariat, Suzuki countered with the Goth Piledriver and got the pin.

SANADA p. Hirooki Goto with a Moonsault – The two took turns working the crowd. Sanada gained control and kept Goto from getting any sustained momentum. Sanada tried a springboard, but Goto caught him in a Fireman’s Carry, Sanada dodged a Ushigaroshi, and hit Goto with one. He followed up with a Skull End but missed the moonsault. Goto made his comeback and finally hit the Ushigoroshi. Sanada kicked out of a reverse GTR. The two tried severl holds and reversals. but in the end Sanada used the Skull End and pinned him with a moonsault.

On Mandy Rose and WWE’s "Evolution"

Rose, shown here against Asuka at Fastlane, is still treated with regressive attitudes from certain WWE figures
Photo Credit: WWE.com

(First of all, sorry for going back on my retirement, but you know all wrestling retirements, from workers themselves down to us blowhards writing about it are never permanent.)

I like Otis Dozovic, or just OTIS as he’s known now that Heavy Machinery has graduated to the main roster. He’s fun, has great facial expressions, does big guy stuff, and has the right amount of silliness to be a good pro wrestler. I also share a passion for eating grilled meats. I also enjoy Corey Graves’ commentary for the most part. I mean, sure, he’s a real-life douchebag who uses Twitter to peddle bullshit “bootstraps” mentality at absolute best, but he’s the best color commentator the company has had since before Tazz developed brain worms. They’re generally enjoyable parts of the skullduggery that can be WWE weekly programming.

However, they both have one incredibly glaring and frankly creepy weakness. They’re both uncomfortably thirsty towards Mandy Rose. Whenever Graves calls a match featuring Rose, he sounds like all the blood in his body has engorged his penis and that his testes are controlling his narrative. Take for example her match with Asuka at Fastlane; if not for Tom Phillips or Byron Saxton, I might not have known the Smackdown Women’s Champion was in the match or that it was even a wrestling match. This has been a problem ever since Rose debuted on the main roster, and it has gotten worse as time has gone on, especially after Paige retired and their stable Absolution was less of a force in stories.

Dozovic’s obsession isn’t featured on television, but his stalker-tendencies on social media would raise red flags if the faint specter of exaggeration for a wrestling character were absent. The almost childlike obsession with Dozovic wanting to date Rose might seem cute if you write for or read Barstool Sports, but to anyone with half-a-concern for women as people and not living sex-objects SHOULD see it as scary. While someone could theoretically ascribe Graves’ tongue-wagging thirst commentary to a mandate from head sleazebag Vince McMahon (or Paul Levesque, whoever is barking cues into his headset from Gorilla), Dozovic controls everything he puts on social media, which puts into question how much of it is character and how much of it is real attraction manifested in a grotesquely objectifying manner.

All in all, in this supposed era of female revolution or as WWE calls it, Evolution, Mandy Rose is treated as the worst kind of throwback, someone whose entire raison d’être is stoke sexual attraction among the fanbase. It’s the sort of thing that was supposed to be left behind with the trashing of the Divas Championship belt, but Rose is the outward sign that a corporate leopard doesn’t change spots so easily. It’s smoke that represents the fire of the problems within the company with respect to women. The fact that Becky Lynch, the most prominent female performer on the roster, is paid on par with wrestlers like Apollo Crews or Curt Hawkins is galling. However, while economic justice is important for gaining equality regardless of demographic, Rose’s treatment might be worse. For a company that Stephanie McMahon swears is reaching out to little girls and showing them “GIRL POWER!!!1” it sure is sending a message that no matter what, if you’re presenting female, you will never escape the possibility that your character will be “sexy” and nothing else.

Granted, WWE isn’t nearly as good at creating characters as its employees and volunteer PR agents on Twitter might lead you to believe. I’m still not sure what Finn Bálor’s character really is. He’s just a dude who smiles, does a shitty sling blade, and once in awhile, paints himself up when he really wants to win a match. But imagine if his character were based off the prominent member between his legs that he does a terrible job of concealing with his tights. I’m not even talking about something like Rick Rude, who was presented as sexy but had an arrogant dickhead persona to back it, one that didn’t have all the commentators talking about how much they wanted to fuck him all match. That never happens because men are never reduced to their fuckability. The fact that women still do is bad, but that they are despite the fact that WWE insists that equality is here is a goddamn disgrace.

So when Graves talks over action in the ring about how gorgeous Rose is or Dozovic posts another video where he’s talking about how much he wants to share macaroons with her in the creepiest way possible, remember that it’s not cute or normal, but a continuation of WWE doing the same old shit with respect to women. Just because now the company has a greater percentage of women who are treated like actual wrestlers and not potential cum dumpsters doesn’t make the treatment of ones who are still stuck in Vince McMahon’s perverted gravitational well acceptable.

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4 Mindset Lessons From Dan Kolov

Last week, Team USA traveled to Bulgaria to compete in the Dan Kolov tournament, one of the toughest international events of the year. Jordan Burroughs, Alex Dieringer, Kyle Snyder, and Tamyra Mensah-Stock all took home gold with a boatload of other competitors making their way across the world to test themselves.

 

When you put events like this under a microscope it’s very easy to learn from these athletes. After spending ten days in Budapest at the World Championships in October and spending time around a lot of high-level athletes I learned that they are not just great wrestlers. They are great people, they are extremely humble and you can always learn from them.

 

I will share with you three lessons I learned from the Dan Kolov:

 

  1. The best athletes need to find situations to replicate high-level competition. Over the years Jordan Burroughs has received a lot of criticism for not competing internationally often and some say it has bit him when it comes to the stage at Worlds. That being said, JB traveled across the world to test himself and took home gold.
  2. The best wrestlers forget the last match they had against an opponent. Before last week, Burroughs and Chamizo(ITA) had wrestled 3 times and they were all very narrow bouts. At Kolov, Burroughs didn’t take that knowledge into his matchup with Chamizo and completely dominated the match in the second round, winning 9-2. Burroughs also defeated Bekzod Abdurokhmonov(UZB), who defeated him in the Olympics.
  3. You need to treat all opponents the same. Regardless of the circumstances, wrestling your best, against the best, you will have great results.
  4. Similar to the first point, you need to find opportunities to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Although his circumstances may seem extreme, Jordan Burroughs left his wife and 2 kids to travel across the world while cutting weight to make scratch weight two days in a row against the best in the world. If that’s not grit I don’t know what is.

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9 Takeaways from PIAA Championships

1. Pull the Trigger.

From the start of the tournament, I watched numerous wrestlers lose in the first rounds by not scoring the first takedown. A wrestler knocked off the defending state champ by scoring the first takedown. This puts you in the driver’s seat and makes your opponent react to you while you build confidence in your ability to score and win.

 

2. Importance of a pre-match routine

 

In the AAA state finals match at 120 lbs, a coach was quoted in the paper that his wrestler was distracted before his finals match. Having a strong pre-match routine prevents distractions helping you flip the switch of focusing on the task at hand. This gives you the confidence to wrestle your best in all situations.

 

3. Always being aggressive and relentless

 

Numerous matches were lost in the final seconds of matches because guys quit wrestling or walked back to the center not ready to wrestle. Never stop wrestling and trying to score. Continue to fight for great position and control the match rather than trying to defensively hold onto a lead.

 

4. Getting off the bottom

 

The lack of scoring off the bottom made a difference in matches as well. Guys were getting mat returned and not bouncing up. Great wrestlers have a plan of everything that can happen and how they will respond. After each match, you should use a match evaluation to make adjustments during the tournament

 

5. Aggressive on top

 

The top tier guys were the ones who were looking to turn on top and scoring back points right after takedowns to widen their leads. Don’t try to hang on and ride your opponent, that forces you to react to your opponent. Put them in danger and look for points to control the top position.

 

6. Coaches and parents hurting the kids mentally.

 

I saw many kids deal with parents or coaches in the wrong manner especially after a tough loss. Every wrestler reacts differently to feedback after a match. Parents and coaches should know what makes their wrestlers recover after a bad match or a tough loss. For some, they need to be left alone and for others, only positive feedback works. Make sure a plan has been put in place and followed throughout the year to help your wrestler recover mentally.

 

7. Bouncing back from a tough loss

 

Tough losses happened throughout the three days of wrestling in Hershey. Adversity and challenge should be expected and prepared for before a tournament. Visualizing every scenario that could happen prepares wrestlers to fight through a tough moment. After a loss, you need a short memory and short vision. Focus on the next period and wrestler, not the past loss or who you may have two rounds ahead in the tournament.

 

8. Handling the environment

 

Many wrestlers at the state tournament were there for the first time. If you treat the state tournament as special or different, your performance will suffer. Great wrestlers, such as the 182lber in AA that won his first state title, focused on what is similar about the tournament rather than what was different. No matter where you are at or how big the crowd is, the mat is the same size and the points, periods, and plan remain the same.

 

9. The importance of Mindset Training

 

At the PIAA tournament, every wrestler is primed and ready to compete. They have great technique and have beaten tough opponents to earn their berth to the tournament. The factor that allows wrestlers to wrestle consistently at their best is mental. Mental training gives wrestlers a mental edge and the preparation to have the best state tournament they are capable of.

 

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NXT Results 03-13-19

The NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continued on as the semi-final round happened tonight. What a crazy night of action. As WrestleMania draws closer the NXT TakeOver the night before draws closer as well. I have all the action of tonight covered below. Enjoy!

  • Forgotten Sons def. Mustache Mountain
  • Bianca Belair vs Io Shirai (No Contest)
  • Ricochet & Aleister Black def. #DIY

Best Match- Ricochet & Aleister Black def. #DIY

A solid main event that easily could have been the finals of the classic in my opinion. These 4 men just proved to the world why they got the main roster call and why the main roster should be a bit nervous. Excellent match and must see if you missed it.

Worst Match- Bianca Belair vs Io Shirai (No Contest)

Only because it was a no contest. I understand why everything happened this way but with only 3 matches on the card you can’t really afford a no contest. Great way to setup TakeOver but for tonight this match could have been better.

Best Promo- Shayna Baszler

She continues to make her character believable and relatable to the fans. Shayna is a top athlete and performer in NXT and she continues to improve everyday. Just fun to watch.   

Worst Promo- Matt Riddle

Him simply talking annoys me. This is a typical “bro” and he has no business in NXT. I really hope Adam Cole shuts him up and shows him what wrestling is all about.

Big Announcements-

1. Shayna Baszler will defend her title against Kairi Sane, Io Shirai and Bianca Belair at NXT TakeOver per GM William Regal.

2. Ricochet & Aleister Black vs Forgotten Sons in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The winner will face War Raiders at NXT TakeOver for the tag team titles.

3. Johnny Gargano faked a knee injury and turned on NXT Champion Tomasso Ciampa.

All of the Rest: Forgotten Sons def. Mustache Mountain in a upset victory if you ask me. I think the Forgotten Sons need to be respected a little more after this tournament.

Overall Show Grade- B

As always Thank You for reading!

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