NXT TakeOver: Respect Review – A Thing Of Beauty

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I’ve been asked a few times over the last month about why I’m a wrestling fan, even at 21 years old. I always get annoyed at the question but I answer it as I’ve always answered. I enjoy wrestling like you’d enjoy a television show like Game Of Thrones, Walking Dead or Breaking Bad. These stellar shows are successful due to incredible story-telling and how emotionally attached to the characters you can get. Even though it’s not real, you’re still on the edge of your seat with your eyes glued to the television. It’s that encapsulating of a programme that you don’t care if it’s fiction. You certainly aren’t going to watch Game Of Thrones and complain about it not being realistic enough!

It’s scripted entertainment just like WWE is scripted entertainment. It’s scripted entertainment just like Lucha Underground is scripted entertainment. It’s scripted entertainment just like ROH is scripted entertainment. It may be scripted, but it’s still entertaining. The only difference between WWE and Game Of Thrones is simple. When the battle scenes go down in Game Of Thrones, it’s usually choreographed and played out by stunt doubles. When battle scenes go down in WWE, it’s choreographed and played out by the characters themselves. They take the bumps in the ring. They put on a show for the viewers. They are that night’s entertainment. They tell their story in the ring. That’s why I’ll always have respect and love for wrestling when it’s all set and done. If you want a good reason for why I watch wrestling… watch last night’s NXT TakeOver main event with Bayley and Sasha Banks…

These two women demonstrated the main reason why I love wrestling, even with the knowledge that it’s scripted. The storyline between Bayley and Sasha has been very well told on television and in segments, but the stories they tell in the ring is on a completely different level. With call-backs to their match at Brooklyn, Sasha Banks just being awesome as a heel and the fans being true stars themselves, everything about that match just came together to produce an atmosphere and a premise like no other. Even if you’ve never seen NXT before, you could tell how monumental this match was. Everybody played their part. The commentators played their part. Stephanie McMahon and Lita at ringside played their part. Charlotte and Becky Lynch played their part. The fans played their part. The wrestlers in the ring played their part. Rarely does a match have the level of expectation that this match had and completely surpassed those expectations exponentially.

It was just everything about this match that just made it so special. I think just because of the background behind the match, the roles of everyone involved, just the sheer athleticism and skill shown by both of these women and the story itself… if I were Dave Meltzer, I’d give it a five star rating.

Dave Meltzer is one of the most respected journalists in wrestling. If a match ever gets a five star rating from him, it’s rare. He has incredibly high standards for matches and for good reason. He’s been watching wrestling for years. He’s watched so many matches in his life that for a match to truly standout to Dave, that’s an incredible feat.

I’ve watched wrestling for more than ten years. There’s a lot of times where I’ve just completed hated the product, there’s a lot of times where I’ve liked the product but only a few matches have ever existed which have surpassed such high expectations that it blows me away. Bayley vs Sasha was one of them.

Finn Balor and Samoa Joe v Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder

Anyway, let’s run down the card. We kicked things off with the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament, where Finn Balor and Samoa Joe took on Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson. Dash and Dawson were a great heel tag team during this. As it was pointed out during the Bryan and Vinny Show, they weren’t lazy heels that just tried to waste time. They were constantly on the attack, especially when Finn Balor’s knee got hurt. It was a good tag team match. Samoa Joe got the hot tag and ran wild. He went for the Muscle Buster but Finn demanded that Joe tag him in. Joe tagged him in, hit the Muscle Buster and then Finn hit the Kudagra for the win. However, he hit the move and furthered knackered his knee. This was a great set up for the finals of the match, with the commentators teasing whether Finn Balor would be able to compete.

This also was a great advancement in the Finn Balor/Samoa Joe storyline, which may be the next NXT title feud. I haven’t read the NXT spoilers, so I don’t know who won the #1 contender battle royal. I know one thing, but only because WWE announced it on social media which we’ll get to later. Anyway, Joe had the match won but his partner demanded the tag so he could get the glory. To me, it was a little hint towards dissension as Finn wanted the glory but could have easily cost himself and Joe the tag team the tournament in the process. As Vinny pointed out in the Bryan and Vinny show, either guy could turn on the other and it could have made sense. Finn could have thought that Joe was dead weight and felt that he, as the champion, needed to carry the load. Joe could have thought that Finn was a glory hound and turn on him, wanting to take away his NXT title to PROVE that he was better than Finn. Great and simple story-telling.

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The second semi-final of the Dusty Classic took place, with the winner taking on Samoa Joe and Finn Balor. Baron Corbin and Rhyno took on Chad Gable and Jason Jordan. I thought this match was better than the opener. Not to take away anything from Joe or Balor, but we have come to expect a great performance from them every time they’re in the ring. We don’t expect guys like Baron Corbin to pull off great matches. These four had a great match which the crowd just loved. The star of the match though was Chad Gable. He was awesome in this match and the crowd were SO into him. Chad hit the rolling suplex on BARON CORBIN which was an incredible feat of strength. The finish was that Chad was going for some tilt-a-whirl move but Corbin countered it into the End Of Days for the win. Hell of a finish! I don’t think the fans really wanted Gable and Jordan to lose but that got the heat on Rhyno and Corbin for the main-event. Again, a great match.

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Dana Brooke vs Asuka. Asuka was GREAT in this match. I haven’t seen a lot of Dana Brooke, so I can’t really say for sure whether she’s good or not. However, she and Asuka had a great match. Maybe that was down to the effect of Asuka, but Dana held her own and actually looked decent against her. Having said that though, Asuka was such a star. This was my first time seeing her and she was just incredible. This was an awesome debut for Asuka and an awesome way to introduce her to the NXT audience. Loved it.

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Apollo Crews vs Tyler Breeze. This was a GREAT back and forth match. With Apollo only starting out, this sort of match is usually for just putting Crews over and showing the fans how great he is. However, Tyler looked great in his own right. This was a damn good match in which Tyler was shown to be on par with Apollo. There was a lot of great near-falls until Apollo got the win.

Then we got to the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic final. Finn Balor and Samoa Joe vs Rhyno and Baron Corbin. I don’t think this was as good as the two matches earlier. However, this was still a darn good final. Joe and Balor won in the same way they won the first one. It was a lovely finish to the tournament, with Dusty’s family all coming out. Cody Rhodes delivered a great speech and it was just a lovely finish to this tournament. I know a lot of people were expecting a turn but I’m very happy that it finished like it did.

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The main event may have been my favourite match in all of 2015. Brock vs Taker from Summerslam was one of my favourites for a lot of reasons. Sasha being the greatest heel of time was one of them. A lot of the action on the outside was done right in front off Bayley’s biggest fan Izzy! Therefore when Sasha was just beating on Bayley and slamming her into the steep steps, Izzy had the best (or in her case, the worst) seat in the house as her favourite wrestler was in trouble. Sasha didn’t care. After Bayley was counted out, Sasha grabbed Izzy’s headband and danced around in the ring! The fans were just gasping at what she did, just in unbelievable shock. Izzy was reduced to tears on the outside but Sasha just kept going on and on! That only fuelled the fire for Sasha. Do you remember when Triple H made a kid cry at a WWE event a while ago? Triple H immediately apologised and tried to console. NOT SASHA!

As it turned out, Sasha ended up apologising to Izzy after the match. However, her in-ring antics shifted the crowd support which had mostly been even until that point. Now, everybody was rooting for the champion to retain. The finish was incredible. People have told me that Bayley shouldn’t have been in the Bank Statement for as long as she was locked in it at the end. However, I think it was just the right amount of time. It was too long that it seemed that they were just wasting time but long enough to show off just how tough Bayley was. I thought this was probably the best finish to a match all year.

Ultimately a quality match to end an incredible NXT TakeOver event. Sasha broke down after the match as it was a sad moment for her. With this being her title rematch, this would be her last night in NXT. She might make a few appearances in the future but now, she’s ascended to the main roster. Sasha’s been in NXT for years and has developed bonds with the rest of the roster. But now, she must take to the road on the main show. It would have been an emotional night for the boss. However, her last night in NXT ended with a bang. These two put on a stellar match.

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Before we finish, I do want to mention the news that James Storm debuted in NXT this week. This came during the NXT tapings that took place the night after TakeOver I believe. This may seem as a spoiler alert but WWE already announced Storm’s arrival via social media. I won’t mention much about what he did but I’d like to say that it’s awesome to see him on NXT. If it’s a permanent deal for Storm, it’s a great coup for the company. Sorry about your damn luck…

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EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: TNA 2010 PART 1 – DESTINATION X

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It is here!

At last, my TNA 2010 EWR series has arrived and we are kicking things off with a BANG! Destination X!

To give you a bit of a background to this for those of you who never saw my update blog…

  • My WCW 1998 EWR playthrough is currently on hold for now as I try something different.
  • I decided to give TNA 2010 a try because of how bad TNA in 2010 actually was, and I decided to see how I could improve the product!

I made a load of signings, up-and-comers and veterans which you will see gradually appear on the show as they build themselves up on TV.

These guys including…

  • Alberto Del Rio (Who goes by Alberto Banderas in the game)
  • Monty Brown
  • El Generico aka Sami Zayn
  • Kevin Steen
  • Jerry Lynn
  • Tyler Black aka Seth Rollins
  • LA Par-K
  • Austin Aries
  • PAC and Jon Moxley (aka Adrian Neville and Dean Ambrose)
  • Michelle McCool
  • And a lot more…

A lot to play with in time, but right now I want to make use of the most over guys on the roster. So… let’s get to it!

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Pre-Show – Bobby Lashley and Abyss chase off Doug Williams and Desmond Wolfe

Abyss and Bobby Lashley chase off the two Brits as the two teams clash later on in the show in a hardcore tag team match

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Match 1 – “Team 3D” Brother Ray and Brother Devon def. “Motor City Machine Guns” Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley

A lot of tag team feuds in the work right now to kick things off. Just to have a look at what I’ve got to work with. I’ve got two prolific tag teams to work with which excites me in Team 3D and the Motor City Machine Guns. Team 3D goes over but the Guns attack them post-match as the feud is only just getting started.

Match 2 – Jay Lethal def. Kevin Nash

Yep. Jay Lethal goes over Kevin Nash at Destination X… I was able to do that! Having Lethal go over Nash is the perfect way to build him up as a shock win over Nash should get people’s attention.

Match 3 – Abyss and Bobby Lashley def. Doug Williams and Desmond Wolfe in a hardcore tag team match

This was a very short feud but it had a decent rating. 84% this match got. Abyss and Lashley go over.

Match 4 – Samoa Joe def. Jeff Hardy, Eric Young and Mick Foley in a fatal four way match to become the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

These four are all feuding with each other so why not have a four way! Joe wins after choking out Mick Foley to win a TNA World Title shot. He’s not yet cashed in the title shot but I think I’m going to book him in the main event of Lockdown.

Match 5 – “Beer Money Inc” Bobby Roode (c) and James Storm (c) def, Raven and Rhino via DQ to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship

Raven, a remnant of the WCW 1998 game, returns to team with Rhino and fight for the tag titles which Beer Money just won. Raven, Rhino, Stevie Richards and Taz are all in a heel stable called the Extreme Coalition and the tag title match ends in a DQ win for the champs after Stevie and Taz interfere. The stable stands tall at the end. 88% from this awesome tag team match!

Match 6 -Monty Brown def. Jeff Jarrett

Monty Brown returns to TNA to get a clean victory over Jeff Jarrett.

Match 7 – Mr Anderson def. Sting

Mr Anderson turned heel after losing a match to Sting on Impact, attacking the Stinger after calling him out. In this match, Anderson picked up the win after putting his foot on the ropes for the pin. Really ecstatic about this feud and great ratings so far. However, Sting making himself a non-wrestler really does mess up my plans for them. -.-

Match 8 – Kurt Angle def. AJ Styles (c) via DQ in a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match

Similar to the Steve Austin/Kurt Angle 2001 Summerslam ending… Angle has AJ beat a number of times but the ref’s always out or something. AJ eventually low blows Angle for the DQ. 89%… an awesome end to the show.

 

Bobby Roode vs James Storm Highlights – Beer Money Inc Explodes #BoundForGlory 2012

 

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It’s a new day here in the Armbar Express. A new strategy that I hope will improve the Armbar Express a great deal and, I’m not gonna lie, improve our image in the internet wrestling world. As many readers will know, I used to write on this blog a great deal. However, my University and Journalism schedules have made this somewhat difficult to keep up on a regular basis. Even for NoDQ.com I was not able to write for them as much as I’d like because of what was going on. That being said, I am now off from University work and I’ve decided to dedicate free time outside of media and education working on some multimedia products that could very well improve the Armbar Express. And down below is the first idea…

This right here took me a couple of hours to produce using Adobe Premiere and what it essentially is, is a highlight video. I recapped the epic Bobby Roode vs James Storm match from Bound For Glory 2012 in a montage with music from Poets Of The Fall. An awesome band. And I put it together to produce… THIS. 

There are a number of great highlight producers with great video-editing software at their arsenal. And now… so do I. I’m gonna use this software to produce these videos and blog about the featured match, it’s background etc. So here we go.

 

Indeed, this is the feud-ending bout if you will between Beer Money partners Bobby Roode and James Storm. Starting with a beer bottle to the head, the partnership between the tag team broke down over the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. James won the title from Kurt Angle after Roode failed to win it at Bound For Glory 2011. Two weeks later he put the belt on the line against Roode and Roode smashed a beer bottle over the Cowboy’s head to secure the championship and crush a friendship.

Storm tried effortlessly to regain his title. At Lockdown 2012, Storm challenged Roode in a Steel Cage match for the TNA World Title. Storm was mighty close in regaining the gold, but a Last Call Super Kick to the champ inadvertently booted Roode out of the cage door and onto the floor. The mistake resulted in Storm losing the match, but he was still intent in getting his belt back.

Storm entered the Bound For Glory Series for a shot at the world title at the show. James had been on fire in this tournament. He lead the series since day one and made it to the semi finals. But as he was about to beat Bully Ray, the familiar beer bottle came into play again. Bobby, who had lost the TNA World Title, wasn’t gonna let Storm in the main event if he wasn’t in it. He smashed him over the head with it, leading to Bully getting the win.

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Now of course, a match was booked between the two for Bound For Glory. And it was a street fight… and my god it was brutal. Trashbins, chairs, thumbtacks and even MORE beer bottles. This match had pretty much everything you can think of. It was a fitting end to the long-standing rivalry between the tag team, especially with Storm smashing the beer bottle over ROODE’s head. This match was pretty dramatic though. A number of near falls had me on the edge of my seat. 2:29 into the video was a shocker for me. The match had such intensity in it and produced a magnificent display. I think Storm was bloodied a bit too early I think when Bobby took more damage and barely bled.

But this rivalry was built up so well. I think Richard Corey from Bleacher Report put it best in this article when he said:

“Roode and Storm have created something more. They’ve created something that harkens back to the old days of wrestling where fans could immerse themselves in the narrative and get lost.”

It’s that level of intensity that the likes of Michaels and HHH had in their rivalries that made it so enthralling for the fans. I think ranking TNA feuds… this has to be up their among the best. It was so brilliantly played out and it ended with a bang in this match.

Be sure to subscribe to the Armbar Express YouTube Channel to check out the videos when they first come out and get on the blog for the in-depth analysis. I’ve got more videos finished and ready to go from WWE and TNA. If the YouTube Gods are kind, I can get these up without a problem and look out for them. 

The Shield Face Turn, The Undertaker and Bully Ray vs Bobby Roode

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Thomas Robinson, at your service. The Robinson Rumble column is back in full swing and in an very important time for wrestling. Wrestlemania XXX is fast approaching and the future of TNA has taken a completely different turn with a new authority figure taking the reins. With many things changing in such a short amount of time, this is as interesting time as ever in professional wrestling. In the Robinson Rumble NoDQ.com column I discuss the apparent face turn of the Shield, the return of The Underaker and the feud between Bobby Roode and Bully Ray. The link to the column is at the bottom of the blog and I’d really appreciate it if you guys could check it out!

Here’s a bit of a preview of my column about The Shield!

“The WWE are owed a very well deserved applause. We all sensed that some juicy drama was in place in regards to the Shield’s status in WWE. Having been beaten not once but twice by the Wyatt Family and having be dethroned as the top stable in WWE, we figured that this would lead to a clash between all three members at Wrestlemania XXX as the three would go their separate ways. However, following The Shield summit on SmackDown!, the Shield have a new mission… and a new sense of justice.”

Read on…

 

 

13/3/14 TNA Impact Wrestling Review – It Pays To Be A Bully

WARNING: This is NOT a review of this week’s episode of Impact. That review is coming soon, but this is just me uploading the review for last week’s Impact episode.

Post-Lockdown Impact Wrestling REVIEW!

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Bully Ray Takes Out Dixieland

Very interesting little storyline for the episode. Bully Ray screwed over Team Dixie at Lockdown and Team Dixie were not happy about! Bobby Roode in particular was looking for revenge against the former leader of Aces And Eights after missing out on 10% control of the company. The team vowed to take out Bully as soon as he arrived, which they did after the distraction from Rockstar Spud. Bobby Roode in particular was incensed over Bully and laid in a brutal beatdown.

However, the Bully wouldn’t stay down for long and saught revenge for the attack. He took out the Bro-Mans single-handedly, Rockstar Spud and Ethan Carter III before fighting Roode at the end of the night. After a nice little brawl, Bully put Roode through the table to successfully get his revenge on the entire group.

A lot of intensity involved in these segments. Bobby Roode is awesome when he is pissed. Few wrestlers can bring intensity to a storyline like Bobby. While Bully Ray taking out the entire team does seem to be putting him over a bit too much, this storyline does have the potential to go far. I think Roode and Ray could be feuding for longer than you think…

 

Willow… WTF

MVP interrupted Rockstar Spud’s tribute to madam Dixie Carter (which was a quality tribute by the way!) to motivate Spud into a match with Willow later on that night while making Ethan Carter III vs Bobby Lashley for next week. It’s a bit nice to see that Bobby is going to be back in TNA for more than one night and ECIII’s unbeaten streak could be in jeopardy.

Willow got himself disqualified after hitting Rockstar Spud with his umbrella (why does that sound like innuendo to me?). Willow laid in a brutal post-match on Spud while screaming like he just sat on a porcupine. While the beatdown was actually pretty decent looking, I cannot get into this Willow character. The screaming is just creepy and annoying, and the fact that the announcers kept referring to him as the “alter-ego” of Jeff Hardy was just ridiculous. What’s the point of the Willow gimmick if they’re just going to keep calling him Jeff Hardy? Why don’t they just call him Jeff Hardy all the time? I like the Jeff Hardy alter-ego idea, but it does not need that screaming and a new name to incorporate that into his character. I don’t even think this Willow thing will last. I’ll give it a month until they drop the Willow name completely.

 

Sanada and Tigre Uno – YES!

Two international high-flyers that debuted in impressive fashion at Lockdown, teaming up against the tag champions the Bro-Mans in a non-title match. These two were great together. After a minute of the Bro-Mans in control, the duo turned things around and pretty much stole the rest of the match. Great displays and I hope this team becomes a thing. However considering Sanada is X-Division Champion, I don’t see this team fully-forming just yet. Bad day at the office for the Bro-Mans though! Got beat here, got beat up by Bully Ray. Gotta feel for them a little. 😥

 

The Abyss Problem

Magnus interuppted MVP at the start of the show to introduce his new bodyguard Abyss. Magnus and Abyss teamed up at Lockdown to screw Samoa Joe out of the title, and Joe was pissed. In order to calm Joe down, MVP let Joe fight Abyss at the start of the show. This match between Abyss and Samoa Joe was an all-out brawl which I personally loved. Eric Young got involved to prevent Abyss from hitting Joe with “Janice”. I like the way all of this is heading. Joe vs Magnus for the TNA Title is set for the next Impact and I can’t wait. I hope Joe, Magnus, Abyss and Eric Young all come together as I like how Eric Young looked serious when he was talking to Joe. It makes look much more of a ideal and while we all love the comedy side of Young, I like the serious side of him just as well.

 

20/3/14 Impact Review Coming Soon!

TNA Lockdown 2014 Review – Lockdown Provides A Lethal Dose Of All-Out Carnage!

2014 Lockdown Review. No Time For Intro! Review Now!

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TNA vs Wrestle-1

So if TNA wanted to provide an advertisement of their new partners Wrestle-1 and to showcase some of the best X-Division stars around… THEY SURE AS HELL DID! A very slick six man tag team between Wrestle-1 and TNA. The six man duo of Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and Chris Sabin just ooze chemistry between themselves. The three-man moves that were pulling out in this match were quality to see. The only complaint that I’d have is that it kinda overshadowed the Wrestle-1 guys, who TNA were supposed to showcase in this match! Speaking of Wrestle-1, I loved watching the Wrestle-1 guys. Yasu looked decent in there. Sanada looked amazing in this match. He was able to keep up with the pace of the X-Divsion stars if not surpass it, and he looks to be a great fit for the X-Division. It’s always great to see The Great Muta in action and the fans were so hyped for him. And he’s hardly lost a step. When he entered the fans just ate it up. You’ve got love this appreciation of wrestling legends like the Great Muta. What I loved at the end of the match was Sanada getting the win for hs team rather than Muta. It kinda felt that Muta was kinda putting Sanada over by having him being able to get the pin was a great way to “pass the torch” if you will and introduce Sanada to the TNA scene.

 

Sam Shaw vs Mr Anderson

A nice match to put Sam Shaw over. This guy’s got a real good thing going right now. I was half expecting a heel turn from Christy Hemme mind you to bring some kind of dignity to Christy after all the ridiculous screaming and cheer-leading she was providing. It was a slow-paced match but it was still an entertaining match. Obviously a lot of drama with Earl Hebner being knocked down and Samuel Shaw dragging Christy into the cage. Nevertheless, the right man won and I think Sam will get a lot out of this victory.

 

Bobby Lashley Returns To TNA

Ethan Carter III made his way to the ring to challenge any member of the TNA roster to a match a Lockdown since his scheduled opponent Kurt Angle was obviously out of the picture. And the man who answered the call was a real shocker… BOBBY LASHLEY! Yes, Bobby Lashley returned to TNA and basically kicked Ethan Carter’s ass. The man never took place, but it was an impressive beatdown regardless. I don’t know what TNA’s plans are with Bobby considering his MMA career, but it might be real nice to see Lashley in mainstream wrestling again. I doubt he’ll be going after the title due to his other commitments but he can provide a lot of star power for TNA that can still go in the ring – at least that’s what I’d like to believe is the case.

 

Tigre Uno vs Manik

Damn, these two put on a show. The star attraction of this match was obviously the debuting Tigre Uno, but Manik looked impressive as ever and the two were able to match each other very well with pace. Especially with the fast paced chain wrestling at the start of the match. Really well coordinated. A lot of cool moments from both athletes. Tigre Uno looked really good in this match and I just love his finisher the Sabretooth which got the win on Manik. I really hope that Tigre Uno does well in TNA because he honestly has the skills to have a fantastic career in the impact zone!

 

Gunner vs James Storm in a Steel Cage Last Man Standing Match!

I love a good old fight with a lot of intensity involved and this certainly provided that intensity. Hell it started outside the cage when Storm and Gunner came to blows during Gunner’s entrance. They did a bit of damage outside the cage including a suplex to the floor by Gunner. With a low blow and a steel cage door slam to the head, Storm takes advantage and the match begins. A lot of hard-hitting shots involved…. instead of that one bit where I think Gunner hit Storm with the side part of the steel steps and Storm sold it as if he got hit by bulldozer. I think Gunner actually did a F5 during this match. A sloppy one mind you, but I appreciate the effort. It had a bit of a lame ending with the superplex to the chairs which didn’t look that effective of a finish to me. It was Gunner that hit it and was able to beat the 10 count while Storm was down for the count… literally.

 

Madison Rayne (c) vs Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship

Better than average women’s match is all I can about this match. It was much better than anything that WWE could deliver even on their best day these days. But of all the gimmick women’s matches TNA has done over the years, this doesn’t stack high in them matches. Other than the neckbreaker off the ropes, I don’t remember much special moments from the match. Kinda disappointed Gail didn’t pick up a win but Madison rolls on.

 

Magnus (c) vs Samoa Joe for the TNA World Championship

I’m sorry but when I was watching this match back, I had so many difficulties watching it. I could barely watch it in sync that much and it was proper annoying sitting through it. Regardless, it was an OK match which the fans ate up. A lot of brutality from both men but a lame ass ending with Abyss getting involved and helping Magnus. I would have liked it if Magnus got a clean victory once in a while. I mean for Abyss to come and bail Magnus out was so annoying to me because it happens over and over again. Abyss being the corporate tool – like I haven’t seen that a dozen times already in TNA.

 

Lethal Lockdown: Team MVP vs Team Dixie for Control of TNA Operations

I’m not going to lie… does NOT stack up to previous Lethal Lockdowns at all. I mean the Wolves, Aries and MVP did their best but there wasn’t much exciting points to the match. And the Bully Ray twist as the special referee and the double cross was not exactly surprising once we saw him come out. I prefer Bully Ray as a heel to be honest. It’ll be interesting to see Bully go up against Dixie, but after that I don’t know how affective he’ll be as a face.

 

Not a lot of words from me, but it was a decent Lockdown event. Definitely a watch. I’m sorry I didn’t go into much depth with this. As of publishing date, I’ve haven’t had any sleep at all (And trust me. That’s NOT an exaggeration)! Also Uni work has proper limited my work rate for wrestling stuff. I haven’t been able to do columns for NoDQ.com as frequently as I hoped and I do apologize to any readers of the Robinson Rumble. I don’t think I’ll be able to do much more any time soon. Fortunately I’m off in April, so expect a lot of content during that month. 🙂

TNA Lockdown 2014 Predictions

Wooooaaaaaahhhhhhh Ooooooooooooo! Making predictions on Saturday! Woooooooaaaaaahhhhh Oooooooooooo! Making predictions on Saturday TONIGHT!

With every match taking place inside a steel cage, a lot of carnage is to be expected. Who will walk away with the TNA World Championship? Which promotions will get the bragging rights? Who’ll be the last man standing? And who’ll have control of TNA after tonight?

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Ethan Carter III vs ??????

Background: The history between Ethan Carter and ?????? has been brewing for quite some time. But for last month or two, EC3 has been targeting the Olympic Gold medalist Kurt Angle, attacked Angle and injuring his leg. At Kurt Angle’s Hall Of Fame ceremony, Angle challenged EC3 to a match at Lockdown which was booked for Lockdown. However, there was a slight change of plans when Angle suffered a torn MCL once again at the hands of EC3. However, EC3 was still on the Lockdown with opponent being the mighty ??????? this sunday!

What Should Happen?: Well why not give Ethan Carter III the big win on the PPV he was likely due in the first place.

What Will Happen?: I personally believer that whoever TNA put in Ethan Carter III’s way will get beaten because of the fact they’re still putting him in a match on the card. If Angle was fit and healthy, I assume EC3 would have won so unless they have something out of the blue lined up for him, I don’t see the outcome being any different. Ethan Carter III beats ??????? 😉

 

Tigre Uno vs Manik

Background: No real background to this match other than the fact that it’s Tigre Uno’s debut in TNA.

What Should Happen?: Give the new guy the victory. Tigre Uno wins.

What Will Happen?: Tigre Uno wins. NEXT!

 

Interpromotional Six Man Tag Team Match: Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and Chris Sabin vs The Great Muta, Sanada and Nakanoue

Background: A talent exchange between TNA and Japanense promotion Wrestle-1 is underway, and Lockdown will be able to showcase some this talent in action. Among these in action in a six man tag team match include Nakanoue and Wrestle-1 Owner and legendary wrestler The Great Muta. Teaming up with them is Sanada, who defeated Austin Aries at the interpromotional Kaisen: Outbreak event to win the X-Division Championship. The next day, Sanada was confirmed to be a mainstay in TNA. However, he still represents Wrestle-1 in a six man steel cage match  against “Bad Influence” Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, and former X-Division Champion Chris Sabin. Can the Wrestle-1 stars topple TNA’s top X-Division stars?

What Should Happen?: It’d be a REAL dick move for TNA to invite Wrestle-1 over for them to kick their asses. Give the new X-Division and his teammates the victory to get this partnership off on a bang.

What Will Happen?: The Wrestle-1 guys win.

 

Gunner vs James Storm in a Steel Cage Last Man Standing match

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What should happen?: I’d like to see Gunner get the win, considering it would be cool for him to look strong despite failing to win the title.

What Will Happen?: I’ve got a gut feeling that James Storm will win because I see this feud PROPERLY starting off with Storm getting a cheap victory over Gunner. I know you’re asking “How can you get a cheap victory in a last man standing match?” and my only answer is interference from Bobby Roode, which I think could happen.

 

Madison Rayne (c) vs Gail Kim for the TNA Knockouts Championship

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What Should Happen?: I’m not gonna lie, Madison Rayne has never really been a girl that impressed me that much. I’m a huge Gail Kim mark and it does seem weird to have her without that title. However, the new champion should be the one who wins this. I think a month long title reign will not do the Knockouts title much justice.

What Will Happen?: Normally, I’d say the new champion would win. However, with all the title changes with the X-Division title it’s not that clear-cut for me to say. I’ve got a gut feeling that Gail Kim is going to regain the gold somehow, so I’m going with my gut. Gail Kim wins.

 

Samuel Shaw vs Mr Anderson

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What Should Happen?: Damn, this thing with Samuel Shaw has been good. It definitely makes sense for Samuel Shaw to win. They’ve got something… beautiful – with a character like his.

What Will Happen?: Sorry Ken. I don’t see anything else happening other than Samuel Shaw picking up the win.

 

Lethal Lockdown: Team MVP (MVP, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards and Jeff Hardy… or is it Willow?) vs Team Dixie Carter (Bobby Roode, Robbie E, Jessie and Austin Aries) – Winning Team Gets Control Of TNA Operations

Rules: Two men from each team will start off the Lethal Lockdown match locked in the cage. Then, after every 5 minutes, each team will take turns in having a member enter the cage. This will continue until all 8 men have entered the cage. Once all 8 guys have entered, the first team to get a pinfall or submission wins. Team Dixie will have the “man advantage”, meaning that they will gain an advantage on Team MVP by having their men enter the match before the MVP guys do. Basically, the entrant order will be – Team Dixie, Team MVP, Team Dixie, Team MVP, Team Dixie, Team MVP, Team Dixie, Team MVP.

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What Should Happen?: Team MVP wins.

What Will Happen?: It’d be awful strange for TNA to bring MVP in and not have his team win.

 

Magnus (c) vs Samoa Joe for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

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What Should Happen?: I’m a bit torn. I’m fans of both guys. It’s been too long since Samoa Joe last won the TNA World Title, but Magnus’ reign has been really good so far. I’d like to see that continue, so I’m going to have to go with Magnus. But if anyone’s going to dethrone Magnus, it has to be Samoa Joe.

What Will Happen?: Magnus retains I think.