Monday, October 6, 2014

Muraco's Monday Morning Matches of the Week (10/6/14)

Great episode of the show this week. Everybody should take two hours on a boring weeknight and check these matches out, front to back. The only thing of note last week was a couple of NJPW matches off of the "Destruction in Okayama" card, so I skipped out last Monday. The main event is still listed below, however. Tons of good ones this week though, from all kinds of different rosters.

DG: T-Hawk & Eita vs. Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora
Can you say Tag Match of the Year? It's right there, neck-n-neck with Bucks/Splitters from Dminion 621. If you aren't familiar with T-Hawk & Eita, you're missing out on the best this sport has to offer. They're the tag champs, but this is non-title, for the Finals of the yearly Tag Tournament, so you have no idea one way or the other who's winning. Seriously just pick a team, bet your buddy next to you $20, and lose your mind in the near falls. Great match. Had a friend call it Top 10 for the year.. I can't argue that..




Wrestle-1: Kaz Hayashi vs. Shuji Kondo - [9/22/14]

I'd be shocked if you get anything better than this out of the W-1/TNA rosters on Sunday for Bound For Glory. That'd be awesome, but this one was pretty decent. If the Minoru Tanka match, or Hayashi's quest for the X title get this good, that'll be great. Until then, this one here might be the best this brand has to offer. Live from Kōrakuen Hall, the same building as TNA. So this is exactly what you're going to be getting from BFG. Keep in mind, W-1 has a much more important show later in the month. This TNA ppv is like a Survivor Series Showdown on USA to them.





NJPW: Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson - [9/23/14]


The main event of the 2-day Destruction event from NJPW. These guys always have good matches together and this is no exception. I thought the guys in the truck did a pretty poor job on this show with the commentators too high, and the crowd too low, coupled with the ROH-ish lighting.. The production value leaves something to be desired. If you're into the grimy indy look, you'll be fine with it.




ZERO1: Dangan Yankees (Mastao Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura) vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Fujita Jr Hayato - [9/19/14]

Holy shit, this match. This is for both of the Yankees tag titles: the GHC Tag titles & the NWA/ZERO1 Intercontinental Tag titles. They've had killer tag matches all year long, the one against Kazuki & Sekimoto comes to mind immediately. This is another banger. A really, really solid show from ZERO1, loaded with fun title matches. This was the main event, and this one took the cake. Full show AVAILABLE HERE, and those 2 hours just breeze right by. Recommended.




AJPW: Jun Akiyama vs. Kento Miyahara

Sounds like AJPW has run out of money for the last time, and this may be the end of the road. That said, they're not going out with a whimper like AWA with jobbers galore, but rather with a makeshift roster that puts on pretty decent shows. It's clear that Kento Miyahara here is slated to be the next young star, in the mold of a Tanahashi, and he delivers once again. If they do fold, it'll be interesting to see where he ends up.




DDT: Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo vs. KUDO & Masa Takahashi

KUDO & Takahashi were like really great on offense here, in control. Takeshita being a normal sized wrestler looks so much bigger than everybody in this match. That said, he moved as well as you could ever ask for. He was great when he was in there. A nice climax, good match.



31 comments:

  1. Bah. Humbug.

    Stan Hansen and Jumbo Tsuruda would show these whippersnappers a thing or two!

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  2. Can you say post of the year? Well, this right Here is neck-n-neck with every other post. I'd be surprised if any of the daily update posts could even come close. Holy shit! This post.

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  3. MaffewOfBotchamaniaOctober 6, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    9-9-99 MAGGLE

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  4. kip--theKingIsNotHereOctober 6, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    John Cena vs Kane tore the house down a couple of months back on RAW. How can the Kane vs Cena stretcher match not be the best match of the year? Its a shame they had less than 20 minutes but i still say it is easily the MOTY. Guys like Ziggler and Rollins open up the show and do their little flippy stuff to impress the children in the crowd but guys like John Cena and Kane are the reasons the arenas sell out everywhere they go and real wrestling fans know that John Cena and Kane are living legends in this business and its a privlege everytime we get to see them in action.

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  5. Thank you for those matches, keep up the good work

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  6. kip--theKingIsNotHereOctober 6, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    really enjoyed the Nikki Bella heel turn that had been predicted for a weeks now and i think Brie vs Nikki has the potential to be the greatest Divas match of all time..Say what you want about the Bellas but they have worked their butts off to become the best in ring competitors in the Divas division...When Trish started off she wasnt that great but she learned, just like the Bellas have...Their boyfriends have helped them become fantastic wrestlers and its obvious that Nikki has the best teacher(John Cena) because she is the better of the two...Brie is subpar/average just like her husband(Daniel Bryan) but i think Nikki could carry her to the greatest Divas match ever.

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  7. AverageJoeEverymanOctober 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Game Gear rocks! But correct it takes a shitload of batteries and they dont last long and it weighs a ton. I did have a rechargeable battery for it (that also weighed a ton and you had to screw it into the thing).

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  8. I do feel like I’ve been following WCW TV through Hall’s
    recaps, and now I’m up to 1999 I’m not quite ready yet to go back to go back to
    1996 and do the whole thing all over again. I do actually enjoy the writing here though.

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  9. I used to feel sad when I saw the Lonely Virgil pictures,
    but then hearing Erock on the O+A show talk about what a scumbag he was,
    basically tricking people into getting autographed pictures and just shaking
    people down for cash, I felt sad no longer. He needs to get a proper job.

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  10. I thought I was going to be working today, but I guess not.

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  11. I got super smash bros right now.

    The PC may be the master race, but it don't let me SMASH

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  12. That was a long final sentence. I was out of breath just reading it.

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  13. This character needs to go back to developmental for
    retooling.

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  14. He is. He was recently in a movie called Bridge and Tunnel.

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  15. I see. Is he any good?

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  16. Bingo. There just isn't enough new content. Current PPVs are nice, but when the current product stinks and replay most of the matches on Raw the next night? I have no reason to pay for it. The awesome PPV library is fun at times, but it doesn't take long for me to watch the stuff I want and move on.

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  17. Hey, it's not my fault that the majority in those red states still think the Earth is only two thousand years old and that Ebola is coming to get us from all the illegal immigrants because Donald Trunp said so in an interview.

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  18. I had to let my subscription go. Seemed like a great value at the time. but I couldn't justify paying 9.99 every month for something I barely watched. I binged the first month or so, but then I went weeks barely watching it at all. I will probably order it for the Rumble or WM, but the current PPV product isn't worth the trouble.

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  19. That's why the inclusion of the PPV's are a must. In a couple of years (a year?) there probably won't be a PPV provider that will carry WWE's shows. If the Network is the only way to watch the show, they'll be able to get renewals based off of that. There are still hundreds of thousands of people who pay upwards of $40 on the shows now. Clearly, there are still people who go out of their way to watch those shows.

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  20. What really baffles me is that one of the weakest parts of the Network (and, conceivably, one of the things that can bring in the most subscribers) is the lack of original content. Yet they pretty consistently air original content on their website and on their YouTube page....much of which is superior to what they're showing on the Network. Stuff like Cheap Pops, WWE Warehouse, JBL & Cole Show, WWE Download, Are You Serious, and stuff like that can be stretched out to 15 or 30 minutes and can be Network exclusives. They're ALREADY putting the effort into these programs....why not throw them on the Network?

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  21. Shit.. I would work for the WWE for free if they pay my hotel and travel. That's how I built up my videography resume, by working for free. Now I can charge and have a good word of mouth. If it's good enough for my 40+ year old ass, then some snot nosed college kid can do it too!

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  22. If they are losing US, then they have a BIG problem on their hands..

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  23. THAT'S what I've been saying for months. It's like they care more about the free youtube subscribers than they do for the people that pay for their network. The only reason I could come up with is that they must have some sort of exclusive agreement with youtube precluding them from re-airing that content.

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  24. Fake dougie needs to go back to developmental for retooling

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  25. The pork theory is supported by the fact that for forensic studies of decaying human bodies, scientists use pigs because apparently they're the most similar to us in the way they decompose. Thank you, Mythbusters...

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  26. Yeah, where's all the ECW and World Class shows they were supposed to add last month?

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  27. that's the key point: for most subscribers the thing keeping them for a long time would be good current shows that feel "important" and "must watch".

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  28. I read it, I just find it hard to believe that ANYBODY would EVEN CONSIDER Main Event and NXT as REASONS for why they said they bought the network, with a straight face.

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  29. Are you playing it with somebody else?


    And yeah, the N64 kicks ass, that or the PS2 is the best console ever.


    But if I'm going to spend hundreds of dollars on entertainment, I'd also like it to allow me to do school/actual work.

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