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Road to WrESTleMania: WWE Royal Rumble Recap and Review

The Royal Rumble has the distinction of being maybe WWE’s only show to always be good. That’s not a commentary on the rumble matches themselves, which sometimes suck, but just on the overall feeling of the PPV. Even if you get BS endings and winners nobody wanted, there’s something magical…

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NJPW The New Beginning in Nagoya Review: Almost Is NEVER Enough

On January 30, New Japan Pro Wrestling held its biggest non-Wrestle Kingdom show of 2021 so far. The New Beginning in Nagoya clocked in at about two and a half hours and only included five matches, but its three singles matches all went big and had consequences for NJPW going…

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The Ballad of Billy Big Bollocks: AEW Dynamite Recap

As we approach next week’s Beach Break special, the events taking place in AEW are slowly congealing. Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford are finally getting married, and their best man (nay, THE best man) Miro has acquired the reasonably priced services of celebrity butler Charles Taylor (reasonably priced meaning free);…

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NJPW Road to the New Beginning 1/23-25 Review: Drawing at Korakuen

New Japan Pro Wrestling continued down the Road to the New Beginning this weekend with an eventful and surprisingly romantic series of shows. The biggest event of the tour so far, on January 23 at Tokyo’s Ota City General Gymnasium, featured New Japan’s yearly elimination match, a junior tag title…

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NJPW Road to the New Beginning 1/17-19 Review: Main Event Wato

After ending the wrestling year with two nights at the Tokyo Dome and kicking it off at New Year Dash!!, January 17-19 saw New Japan Pro Wrestling start down the Road to the New Beginning. Building to events on January 30 in Nagoya and February 10-11 in Hiroshima, these three…

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WWE Recap: Coming in Hot (With Fire)

Drew McIntyre has COVID, potentially as a result of working maskless in a state with very high case numbers, but who’s to say for sure. The good news is he’s a symptomatic and hopefully will be able to make a full recovery post-quarantine. Still, a major player contracting corona didn’t…

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New Year’s Smash Night 2: AEW Dynamite Recap

The headline-grabbing development from last week’s Dynamite special was Gallows and Anderson storming AEW to continue their reunion with someone they had little on-screen interaction with their first time around. (Those who remember know Kenny Omega only stepped up to lead Bullet Club on the Good Brothers’ outgoing night, when…

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WWE Recap: Bad Dads, Big Dogs, and Your Scrap Daddy

Raw gave us Legends Night this week, one of only a dozen shows out of the year where they drag out old guys and play canned applause while your nine year old nephew asks “who’s that?” Meanwhile, SmackDown offered a gauntlet match to name Roman Reigns’ next challenger, and you’ll…

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NJPW New Year Dash!! 2021 Review: The Gangs, All Here

The night after the climactic Wrestle Kingdom 15 at the Tokyo Dome, New Japan Pro Wrestling kicked off their first round of feuds for 2021 at New Year Dash!! at Tokyo Dome City Hall. The show wasn’t as dramatic as some NYDs of the past, but there were a couple…

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NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 15 Review: What If Kota Ibushi Was One of Us?

New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s Wrestle Kingdom 15 took place in a more subdued atmosphere than most of NJPW’s other January 4th (and 5th) Tokyo Dome shows. The crowd was smaller and quieter for coronavirus safety reasons, the possibility of another state of emergency raised questions about how much New Japan…

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Forever Exalted: AEW Dynamite Recap

I have never felt more fulfilled to be wrong. When Brodie Lee debuted in AEW as the much-hyped Exalted One of the Dark Order during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, I initially thought it was a miss. A waste of colossal talent who had just spent much of…

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Like Sad Rafter Clown, Like Sad Rafter Son: AEW Dynamite Recap and Review

The NBA returned from its shortest offseason this week and the slam dunk contest its fans ran on AEW and Chris Jericho after the conclusion of the Milwaukee Bucks/Boston Celtics game is the story for a lot of the wrestling world at this moment. Is it mean to paunch-shame Chris…

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NJPW Best Of The Super Jr./World Tag League 2020 Final Review

This past weekend was a big one for junior heavyweights in New Japan Pro Wrestling. In America, El Phantasmo became a two-time Super J-Cup winner, and in Japan, Hiromu Takahashi took home his second winged Best of the Super Juniors trophy. With the BOSJ and World Tag League finals on…

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Alpha, Beta, Cuck: AEW Dynamite Recap

After the insane highlights of AEW’s Winter is Coming special, it’s appropriate and justifiable that last week served as a cooldown episode. Some narratives were built upon in fascinating ways — like Sting blowing off Cody’s overtures and praise to shout out Darby Allin, the Inner Circle agreeing to coexist…

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NJPW Super J-Cup 2020 Review: Super Meh Cup

Less than twenty-four hours after NJPW crowned the winner of this year’s Best of the Super Juniors in Japan, they awarded the trophy and golden jacket to this year’s stateside Super J-Cup winner. The tournament lineup was pretty stacked, more inter-promotional than last year’s, and felt way more canonical than…

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WWE Recap: Champagne Problems

On the heels of a brutal War Games and continuing the build to a festive TLC, WWE tried to make things as merry and bright as possible with workplace fights, fingers in the throat, and a waste of perfectly cheap alcohol. Lumbar Promotion Cedric Alexander has been excelling with The…

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Kenny Omega, Impact Player: AEW Dynamite Recap and Review

Winter Is Coming, last week’s MEGA Dynamite that featured not just the beginning of one of the most ambitious angles in wrestling history, but the launch of an AEW/Impact Wrestling crossover that may end up involving AAA, NJPW, DDT, FMW, and any number of other companies by the time it’s…

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Winter is Here: AEW Dynamite Recap

Maybe I get too carried away with subtext. While Jon Moxley racked up days, weeks, months carrying the AEW World Championship, I watched raptly as being the company’s top star wore him down over the course of the past eight months. Mox as a character seemed to have a great…

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WWE Recap: R-E-S-P-E-C-T-?

With a surprisingly solid Survivor Series in the books, WWE began the build for December’s TLC, featuring every wrestling fan’s three favorite things: overbooked gimmick matches, sexual predators getting pushes, and chairs. Happy Holidays! Friendly Chat With Professional Wrestling Boss Somehow Becomes Violent Monday night started off with all 5…

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WWE Recap: Women’s Wrestling Saves Company Yet Again

With the Raw and SmackDown go-homes airing this week, there was still a lot to be decided for Survivor Series. Who would face Roman Reigns? Who else will join Team SmackDown? And who genuinely wants to buy merch from a Snoop Dogg/Undertaker collaboration? What I wouldn’t give to be a…

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