Saturday, December 23, 2017

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (12/18-20)

We found half of them!
With Clash of Champions out of the way, it’s all about the Royal Rumble, and the news this week means it’s going to be an interesting show to figure out the timing of. Events Of Significance!

There’s Gonna Be A Women’s Rumble

The obvious rumors are obviously true. They finally have enough women and credible women on the roster to do this right. Looking forward to it.

Fish and O’Reilly Are The New NXT Tag Champs

With help from Adam Cole, of course, they took the belts off Sanity. Decent match, and I’m OK with the outcome. The tag title scene has been kind of moribund, what with the War Games distraction and all, to the extent that I have a tough time remembering who the champs are/were. This helps with that.

Braun vs. Brock vs. Kane at the Rumble

On the other hand, I’m not looking forward to this. I assume Brock will be pinnig Kane here to help us forget that time Brock beat Strowman like Strowman was a man amongst men. I’m tired of Brock winning.

Dolph Ziggler Is (Fake) Quitting?

After winning the US Title on Sunday, he came out on Smackdown, yelled the same things he’s been yelling since he turned heel, left the US Title in the ring, and walked off. So that’s a thing.

Bate and Dunne Put On Another Clinic

A great match for the UK Title on NXT, with Dunne retaining. These matches are great, but I hope the UK show starts soon and we get more than Dunne beating Bate every couple of months to remind us who they are and how great they are. Imagine matches like this with a story building up to them?

It’s Cedric

The least interesting option happened twice, with Cedric Alexander beating Drew Gulak for the title shot at Enzo on Monday, and then beating Angry Drew Gulak in a revenge match on 205 Live. Bleah. I love Cedric as a wrestler but they need to give him somethig other than Good Wrestler Who Banged Alicia Fox For A Couple Of Weeks.

The Revival Returns

This makes me happy, even if the crowd was ambivalent. To be fair, Revival’s had like four matches since they debuted on the main roster nearly a year ago due to injuries, but I was hoping more people would remember them. And they’re going to have a tough time getting screen time and gaining traction in Raw’s moribund tag division.

Hideo Itami Debuts

If The Revival’s reaction was weak, Itami’s was depressing. He came out to save Finn Balor from the Miztougrage on Raw and got the pin in the resulting tag match, but his debut singles squash on 205 Live was met with total silence until he hit the GTS, when it was met with a very anemic “CM Punk” chant. Ouch.

Clash of Champions (2017)

Clash of Champions was slightly better than I expected thanks to the US Title and Tag Team matches being lively and better than I expected, but it was downhill to dullsville after that. But at least I nailed the predictions for the most part.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

PREDICTIONS: Clash Of Champions 2017

Truly, the champions shall clash.
This is how WWE closes out the year. A Smackdown exclusive PPV where once again the most important person on the card is fuckin’ Shane. Oh well.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (12/11-13)

In WWE tradition, a good joke run into the ground.
A lot of water treading as we head into Clash of Champions this weekend, but there were at least a few Events Of Significance.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Agents of SHIELD: “A Life SPent”

Agents of SHIELD continues to move at a pace that puts the other shows to shame, although they may have been drinking a little bit of Team Flash’s Dumbfuck Lemonade in the process.

arrow: “Irreconcilable Differences”

This went on SO LONG.
Arrow decided to blow up its team in the midseason finale, then reveal at the very end that all its villains are working together as a team too.

The Flash: “Don’t Run”

Captain Condom to the rescuuuuue!
The Flash ends its mid-season with Barry Allen in jail, The Thinker in a new body, and Black Amunet’s accent still in Black Amunet and not in Mary Poppins where it belongs.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (12/4-6)

So unnecessary.
Really odd week in WWE, with what seemed like both a lot and a little happening at the same time. On the upside, we got a lot of good wrestling in the process. Events Of Significance:a

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Agents Of SHIELD: “Orientation, Parts 1 and 2”

I admit, he’s a bit of an off brand Star Lord/Han Solo, but still.
Agents of SHIELD opened its fifth season with a shot across the bow of every other superhero TV show out there. It was big, bold, and balls to the wall bugfuck from start to finish.

Crisis On Earth X: “Parts 1-4”

Quite a few of these class photo moments over the four hours.
I thought Crisis On Earth X turned out pretty good, and then I watched the two-part opening to Agents of SHIELD and I realized I was grading on a curve. But that’s another post.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (11/26-29)

It’s A T Party

Pretty dull week, but that’s to be expected. Smackdown is getting ready for a pretty weak Clash of Champions, looking like it’s going to feature Styles-Mahal, Corbin-Roode, Uso’s/Gabenjamin, and Charlotte/Natalya. Raw is spinning its wheels until the Rumble. Events Of Minor Significance:

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Punisher: “3 AM” / “Two Dead Men”

It’s The Punisher and his beard.... and Karen Page.
Whoa. I’d forgotten what it was like to actually almost unreservedly enjoy a Marvel show. The Punish, at least the first two episodes, is really good.

Arrow: “Promises Kept” / “Thanksgiving”

Arrow continues to be on reasonably solid but strangely unsatisfying footing as it goes through some standard paces and I keep wondering “wasn’t he supposed to be fighting the Sin Eater or something?”

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Flash: “The Council Of Wells”, “Therefore I Am”

Even dumber than it looks, and boy, does it look dumb.
The Flash, which had been on kind of a roll, indulged two of its biggest flaws in the last two episodes, and the shows were worse for it.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (11/20-22)

Somehow, he’d never had one of these before.
When the most interesting thing to happen the week after a big PPV is six new additions to two women’s rosters, you know that’s wrestling. Plus, NXT was the usual post-Takeover collection of matches filmed at but not aired during Takeover, though admittedly Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano was a fantastic match. Events Of Significance:

Survivor Series 2017

In a rare feat for a WWE PPV, Survivor Series didn’t really shit the bed until the halfway point of the main event. Sure, there was at least one clunker along the way, but from a consistent quality standpoint, they’re kind of nailing it with this and TLC.

NXT Takeover: War Games

Undisputed Victory
Well, Drew McIntyre tore his bicep in his match with Almas, which sucks for him, but it does put off the inevitable rematch. The two of them had the best match the two of them could probably ever have. The rest of the show was solid, even exceeded expectations.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

PREDICTIONS: Survivor Series 2017

The fake fights all just got fake fightier
Survivor Series! One fake half of a billion dollar corporationg against another! It actually is shaping up to be a pretty good show but also a long one, which usually detracts from good.

PREDICTIONS: NXT Takeover: War Games

The only way to win predictions is not to make predictions.
This is the first NZXT Takeover that truly resembles a WWE pay per view, in that I’m not at all interested in the main title match but am excited about the other parts of the card.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (11/13-15)

Team Blue Stands Only Sorta United
I finde WWE’s lack of faith... disturbing. They’re creating a lot of excitement and some great matches for Survivor Series, but the way they’re doing it and throwing over other talent in order to do it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Arrow: “Deathstroke Returns”

You’re lucky he was here, episode of Arrow.
I completely forgot to write about last week’s Arrow, because last week’s Arrow was mediocre and dull. I can barely remember what it was about. Google confirms my suspicion it was the one with the hacker friend and the Room Where The Entire Internet Lives, which explains why I wanted to block it out.

The Flash: “Girls’ Night Out”

And that’s where our graves will be when this all goes horribly!
It’s weird that the saving grace of The Flash continues to be likable assholes.

Weeklly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (Nov 6-8)

I could have told you this was a good idea months ago.
It was an eventful week of wrestling that I can’t say I particularly enjoyed, in part because the biggest surprises were spoiled for me before I could watch the shows.

The Reign Of Jinder Mahal Is Over For Now

AJ Styles defeated hi on Smackdown this week to claim the WWE CHampionship. He should be the champion. Jinder shouldn’t. AJ can wrestle and put on good matches with people, Jinder can’t. Nobody gives a shit about Jinder-Lesnar at Survival Series, everyone’s excited about AJ-Lesnar. BUT. All of this was a weird unplanned last minute decision by Vince, according to reports. They don’t know what they’re doing or why they’re doing it and this time they happened to land on something I approve of. It undercuts Mahal’s pretty good reasoning for wanting to fight Lesnar in the first place, and will probably require AJ to drop the title to Mahal before or during the next tour of India. So it’s a mess.

The Bar Defeats The Shield

In a more interesting twist I didn’t see coming until I saw headlines on the Internet before I had a chance to watch the show, Sheamus and Cesaro took the titles from Rollins and Ambrose thanks to New Dayfereence, setting up what has got to be a three on three match between The Shield and The New Day for Survivor Series. We get Bar-Usos out of it, which should be great, and Shield-New Day should be OK even if The Shield are gonna win.

Jack Gallagher Finally Has Heel Entrance Music

Only I care about this, but I’m glad it finally happened.

Becky Lynch defeats James Ellsworth In An INtergender Match

No, this wasn’t Ivelisse vs. Mil Muertes for the Lucha Underground Title. It was maybe 1% of that. WWE has a long way to go if it ever wants to make actual, legit intergender pro wrestling a reality, and this match, dubbed “Battle of the Sexes”, featuring one of their strongest women against the weakest man in all professional wrestling, didn’t help much. If Becky had beaten the shit out of him and squashed him, fine, but that’s not what happened, so...  fuck them.

Finn Balor and Samoa Joe are on the Raw Survivor Series Team


Auka and Sasha Banks are on the Raw Survivor Series Team

And Bayley isn’t, and if the rumors about Paige are true, won’t be.

John Cena Is On The Smackdown Survivor Series Team


Pete Dunne Beat The Shit Out Of Enzo Amore

Didn’t mean anything, but I enjoyed watching it!

Jason Jordon is the Fifth Member of the Raw Men’s Team at Survivor Series

I’m not turning on Jason Jordon, who I’ve always liked, but WWE is doing him no favors with any of this.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok (More Spoilery Full Review)

This movie is ON FIRE.
Thor: Ragnarok is every bit the movie you think it is, only more so.

Thor: Ragnarok (Basically Non-Spoiler Short Review)

You know you’re gonna go anyway.
Technically the very mildest of spoilers involving a song from the trailer that’s also in the movie.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Flash: “Elongated Journey Into Night”

Panic, screaming, and puking. As it should be.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroudup (SPOOKY WEEK)


The nice thing about the build for Survivor Series and its accompanying NXT Takeover is that there’s a lot of building to do because all the matches are so weird. So a goodly number of Events Of Significance this week.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Super Mario Odyssey

That’s some fuckin’ art design right there.

I am only sort of kind of a Mario guy.

I wasn’t into Nintendo during the golden age of the NES and SNES. I did hanve an N65, but don’t think I really played much Mario 64 on it. I had Mario Sunshine on the GameCube because it was obligatory, but never got hugely into it.

Then Super Mario Galaxy came out for the Wii, and I ate that shit UP. Just obsessed over it. Love everything about it to this day - the 3D gameplay, the level design, and most importantly, the way the game handled difficulty. The main mode provided a nice, light difficulty level. And then there were optional challenges that ramped the difficulty all the way up to holy shit nutballs. So you could beat the game, and do most everything, without being great at it, but if you wanted to do EVERYTHING, you had to develop some skills or devote time or both. I did EVERYTHING.

Mario Galaxy 2 was more of the same, but that was OK, because I loved the same.

Then, on the WiiU, we got the 2D New Super Mario games, and Super mario 3D World, and I liked them fine, but they didn’t do that thing Mario Galaxy did for me, and I don’t think I ever beat either one.

Super Mario Odyssey is way, way better than Super Mario Galaxy.

I’m serious. This game is fucking astonishingly good. It takes everything that was great about Super Mario Galaxy, adds in the open world lessons learned on Breath of the Wild, adds dozens upon dozens of new tricks, and wraps them all up in a package that’s pure, unmitigated joy.

It’s not an open world game in the sense of Zelda, of course. It’s broken up into smaller, themed open worlds that vary in size. I’ve just about wrapped up the second of the non-introductory ones, and they have that same thing Zelda has where you aren’t punished for exploration. Go off in a direction, you’ll find something. Play around. Experiment. Maybe you’ll die. If you die, you’ll lose ten coins and go back to your last checkpoint. No biggie. Load times are fast enough that you’re not punished that way, either.

All the exploration comes in the service of two collectables - Power Moons are similar to the stars in Mario Galaxy. You need about a third of the available ones in the game to progress. The rest are granted by stumbling across or seeking out challenges to complete or just hidden spots to find. The first two “real” levels I completed had 61 and 51 of these moons respectively, not counting some apparent bonus ones achieved in other ways like secret exits and entrances to the worlds.

There’s a lot to do, but the game makes it relatively easy to do it. You can learn the titles of the challenges for free, two at a time, from a character in each level. Once you’ve cleared the story missions in a world, you can access map markers for challenges either by tapping an Amiibo and doing other stuff for five minutes, or paying 50 coins to a Toad. Between these two things, you can find probably 90% of the callenges on your own. The rest you may need to look up on the Innternet for convenience, just because the levels have a LOT of... well, levels to them. So an X on a 2-D map doesn’t always tell you where to go with any degree of precision. There are also a few thingsthe game doesn’t make 100% clear are among its hundreds of mechanics, like hanging your hat on shit.

I haven’t mentioned the hat yet, even though it’s the primary game mechanic and the whole point of the game. Basically, you use the hat to take over the bodies of enemies and objects to either solve puzzles or give yourself new navigational abilities or both. It’s Tanooki Suit turned up to a billion.

Controls, even the motion ones, are mostly seamless so far. Graphics are fantastic, gameplay is fantastic, everything is fantastic. This is what video games should be.

Arrow: “Next Of Kin”

Few more weeks of this, then
This was fine? Yeah, it was fine.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (10/23-25)

Sure, whatever.
Not a super interesting week for wrestling this week, and an even less interesting when it comes to writing about wrestling, for reasons that will be apparent in two posts (or is already apparent by the time you read this). But some stuff happened.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Flash: “Luck Be A Lady”

Hey, THe Flas found some of the marbles it lost.
See, Flash? Is that so fucking hard?

TLC 2017

Thanks, mumps! Don’t get me wrong, diseases are bad and people shouldn’t get them, but there’s no denying replacing Bray Wyatt with AJ Styles improved this show greatly, and replacing Roman Reigns with Kurt Angle made it more interesting. Plus, I’m apparently way more in sync with Raw booking than I am Smackdown booking.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Marvel’s Inhumans: “The First 45 Minutes Of Episode 3”

Fuck this show.

Arrow: “Tribute”

Oooh, so close, Arrow. So close.

The Flash: “Mixed Signals”

Hey, they promised a LIGHTER Flash this season!
Flash is solving the wrong problem. Well, it’s sovling the least important problem.


The Shield’s new entrance gear!
The viral outbreak running wild on the Raw locker room has wreaked havoc on the TLC card, and as a result, I need to adjust a couple predictions accordingly.

Friday, October 20, 2017


Thanks to Wikipedia basing their info on tapings rather than airings, I knew this was gonna happen at some point.
The final minutes of Season 1 of Lucha Underground were one of the greatest things I’d ever seen. A montage of everyone leaving the Temple, rife with possibilities, but also full of mystery, because season 2 wasn’t guaranteed.


If you like tables, ladders, and chairs, one of these eight matches is for you!
TLC is live in two days from just down the road from me in Minneapolis. No, I’m not going. I don’t have “PPV seats good enough for my shitty eyes” money. But I do have predictions, and a need to redeem myself after my horrible Hell in a Cell performance.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (10/16-18)

THE DEMON CANE IS BACK... oh shit wrong search term.
TLC is this Sunday, so they put some ladders on the Raw entrance ramp and pretended things were important.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Arrow: “Fallout”

Ah, Arrow. Where would you be without angst? The season premiere basically established everyone’s post-LIan-Yu angst situation. Predictably, the only person who died on the island was William’s mother, paying the ultimate price for having slept with Oliver while not having any useful crimefighting skills.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Open MIke Eagle And His New Album

I spent the first thirteen years of the millennium looking for Mike Eagle without realizing it.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (10/9-10-11)

Hey, a week with Events of Actual Significance in WWE. Who’da thunk it.

The Flash: “The Flash Reborn”

That’s how you fix a brain!
I’m not sure how to feel about the season 4 premiere of The Flash. I mean, it was deeply fucking stupid, as per newly established Flash norms, but at the same time, there were lots of flashes of hope for an entertaining season.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inhumans: “Behold... The Inhumans” / “Those Who Would Destroy Us”

No, really. They showed THIS to people in IMAX. 
This is a surprise to nobody at this point, but Inhumans is hot garbage.

No, wait. That’s not accurate. Think about garbage. Then think of whatever garbage temperature you personally find the most appealing. Inhumans is the opposite temperature of that.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hell In A Cell 2017

Woods really shone in this match.

Hell In A Cell broke with WWE pay-per-view tradition by starting well, ending OK, and being mostly shit in the middle. My predictions were awful, but in at least a couple cases, wrong because of exciting new directions for characters who needed them.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


What everyone wants to see. Middle management in a cage.
No Weekly Wrassling Wroundup because the closest thing to an Event of Significance this week was Kalisto joining the Cruiserweights, which is as anticlamctic as you can get. So instead, let’s go straight to the Hell In A Cell predictions.

Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs Hype Bro (Kickoff)

Assuming they bother to care, Gable and Benjamin’s story is that of the overenthusiastic fanboy and the cranky older dude, presumably leading to a turn and a breakup. That’s not going to happen here. Gable and Benjamin will just win. Maybe the Hype Bros will break up, because they’ve been teasing that too like anyone gives a shit.

Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler

This is one of those tough to call matches because it depends on whether or not they’re committed to this as a feud going forward or if it’s just a time killer. IN the case of the former, Ziggler wins, the latter, ROode wins. Roode should win here because Ziggler’s new thing is stupid and tedious, but the WWE loves committing to stupid and tedious, so I’ll say Ziggler wins and they do this for at least two more PPVs.

Randy Orton vs Rusev

Having b et on Randy Orton once in 2017, I am legally and ethically prohibited from doing so again, because fuuuuuuuuuck Randeh. Rusev wins and I get this wrong.

WWE United States Championship: Baron Corbin vs AJ Styles (c)

Please. They’re not taking the belt off Styles. He retains, regardless of the match finish.

Hell In A Cell (SmackDown Tag Team Championship): The Usos vs The New Day (c)

This is the end of the current New Day / Usos run, and I don’t see any way the New Day doesn’t come out on to, even though the next logical contenders are Breezango, who are faces.

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair vs Natalya (c)

OK, we gave Natty a title run, that’s fine, now ut the belt on Charlotte where it belongs. Charlotte wins.

Hell In A Cell: Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens should win, but he stood tall on Smackdown this week and Shane McMahon is Shane McMahon, so McMahon will win and I will be sad.

WWE Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Jinder Mahal (c)

Mahal got the upper hand on Nakamura on Smackdown, and it’s long past time for Mahal to go back to the midcard, because he’s shown me nothing as champ that makes me want to see this much of him. Nakamura gets the belt, and hopefully a long run.

Friday, September 29, 2017


This is the friendiest image from this match I can post.
I know I’ve been slacking off the Lucha Underground coverage of late (and that nobody cares) but not a lot happened except for concerns that Cage may be too resistant to the Gauntlet Of The Gods and some mostly filler matches to set up Ultima Lucha Tres, like a weaksauce Gift of the Gods match that exists only to set up a ladder match for GotG between Pentagon Dark and Son of Havoc.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wroundup (

OK, fine. This gets a pass. Barely.
We’re back to a close-packed PPV schedule, with Hell IN A Cell two weeks after No Mercy, so attention turns to Smackdown, and Raw does a thing that looks like regrouping but isn’t really.

No Mercy 2017

Thank you for that, Nia Jax.
No Mercy was a better show than I thought it was going to be. Like most WWE shows, it peaked early, and like most WWE shows, the main event bloc was disappointing, but some superlative efforts by a good chunk of the roster made it a fun watch.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Oneof these stands head and shoulders above the rest.
It’s been quite a while since I’d added anything to the POP collection, which is pretty good given storage and display issues.

PREDICTIONS: No Mercy 2017

SPOILER ALERT: There will probably be some mercy.k
It seems like it’s been forever since Takeover and Summerslam, which is sad, because it’s only been five weeks. But let’s get the No Mercy predictions in before the show tomorrow.

Elias vs. Apollo Crews (Kickoff Show)

No idea why this is happening, but I have to alssume Elias will win because he’s on TV every week and Apollo Crews is an afterthought these days.

Neville vs. Enzo Amore (Cruiserweight Championship)

Man, three weeks ago I was prepared for Enzo to win despite the issues around his in-ring performance, but the last three weeks have taken away the one thing he brought  to 205 Live - his incredibly popular persona. At this point, it’s a tossup, but fuck it, I’ve bet against Neville and lost a lot this year. Neville retains.

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt is wrestling at a PPV. The story is that Balor can’t beat him without The Demon. So Balor will beat him without the Demon.

The Miz vs. Jason Jordan (Intercontinental Championship)

This is the start of an IC program with The Miz, so The Miz will win via interference from the Miztourage, Maryse, or both.

Shield At 67% Vs The Bar (Tag Team Championship)

I don’t see Ambrose and Rollins dropping the belts or breaking up or turning on each other yet. I also don’t see Sheamus and Cesaro getting another run with the belts. Shield retains.

Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Bayley (Women’s Championship)

Everyone Not Mickie James In The Pool! It’s almost guaranteed that whoever wins the title will hold it only to be destroyed by Asuka when she debuts. So it’s going to be a heel, which rules out Sasha and Bayley, and it rules out Nia, who would need to be protected from Asuka for a while longer. Which leaves Alexa retaining or Emma pulling off a surprise win. Emma winning would be perfect long-term planning, but since we know from Sasha banks that doesn’t exist in the women’s division, Alexa retains.

John Cena vs. Roman Reigns

The only way this makes any sense is for Reigns to win and earn Cena’s respect, which is meaningless to either of their characters but what the hell. Reigns wins.

Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman (Universal Championship)

I firmly believe, at this point, that they’re gonna keep the belt on Brock as long as they’re paying Brock. Brock hits the F5 on Strowman and retains.

Weekly Wrasslin’ Wrouindup (Sep 18-20)

Never a great week when this gets the top spot.
No Mercy is this Sunday, so a bunch of stuff happened on Raw, sort of. Smackdown was boring and racist, 205 Live was confusing, and NXT did nothing except announce Roddy vs. Drew McIntyre in two weeks, which I don’t even think counts as an Event Of Significance..