Wrestling Match of the Year: 2017

Another year in professional wrestling has come and gone. As we look forward to the squared circle magic we will see in the New Year, 2017 had a lot of stellar matches.

New Japan Pro Wrestling delivered the goods in spades while WWE churned out some fun moments. ROH and the Independent scene are on fire like never before as a new era of wrestling is coming around.

All lists of this nature are subjective. My rankings don’t mean any more or less than anyone else’s rankings. These are my picks for the top wrestling matches of 2017

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Wrestling Show of the Year 2017

Another year in professional wrestling has come and gone. As we look forward to the squared circle magic in 2018, 2017 had several stellar events.

New Japan Pro Wrestling delivered the goods in spades while WWE churned out some fun moments. ROH and the independent scene are on fire like never before as a new era of wrestling is coming around.

All lists of this nature are subjective. My rankings don’t mean any more or less than anyone else’s rankings. These are my picks for the top five wrestling events of 2017.

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Lio’s Rush to Judgement

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Newly signed NXT star Lio Rush made headlines yesterday for all the wrong reasons. WWE announced that Emma has been released and is officially no longer with the company. Rush proceeded to make light of the situation on Twitter, which didn’t endear him to fans or his fellow colleagues.

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My Wrestling Punditry Has Gone International

The crew from the Broken But Glorious Podcast from England recently invited me on as a guest. We reviewed WWE Hell in a Cell, Sami Zayn’s heel turn, Charlotte’s potential match with Ronda Rousey and they even interview me a bit about my experience as an independent wrestler.

The show is regularly hosted by Chris Lappin and Nick Davie and we were also joined by author of “A Fan’s Perspective: 2016 – What A Year To Be A Fan Of WWE & One Man’s Exploration of British Wrestling,” Oliver Newman.

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Remembering Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

My fondest memory of Bobby Heenan occurred on an episode of WWF Prime Time Wrestling on Christmas Day of 1989. Heenan had lost a bet to Rowdy Roddy Piper weeks earlier, forcing him to commentate the entire show while wearing a Santa Claus suit.

I remember sitting on the floor in front of the Christmas tree as I enjoyed every ounce of “The Brain’s” humiliation. My joy turned to utter shock when Heenan reached his boiling point. He took off the red hat, white beard and revealed to every kid watching at home that Santa Claus is not real.

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ElkMania 5: Romano vs. Simonetti -Tomorrow Night in Beverly, MA

For Immediate Release:

Romano vs. Simonetti “I Quit” Match headlines ElkMania 5 this Saturday night!

 

BEVERLY, MA, September 23, 2017 – Professional wrestling returns to the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge on tomorrow night on Saturday, September 23 for the fifth installment of our preeminent event, ELKMANIA 5. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Special bell time is at 6:35 PM.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and are on sale at Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles located inside of the Museum Place Mall, Salem, MA. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00. Creative Salem members will get two dollars off their admission at the door.

The main event will feature Salem’s own Derek Simonetti challenging “Bitter” Buddy Romano for the Bay State Championship in an “I Quit” Match. One year ago, Buddy Romano announced his retirement from wrestling and surrendered the championship, after he was ordered to defend the belt against Derek Simonetti. Continue reading

Year One: A WWE Universal Championship Retrospective

Four champions and fifteen matches over three hundred and sixty-five days encompassed the first year of existence for the WWE Universal Championship. The big red belt has become WWE’s top prize after stumbling out of the gate upon its arrival.

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WWE Asked for My Opinion

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WWE reached out to me today via my inbox and wanted to know who are my favorite WWE Superstars, NXT Superstars, and WWE Legends. I’m flattered that the E values my opinion. So, I moved my cursor towards the lovely “click here” button and gave them my two cents.  Continue reading

Examining the Bruan Strowman/Karen Jarrett Saga

I don’t normally like to write about wrestling stories like this, however, I don’t think anyone has heard one quite like this.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that eleven days ago, there was an incident at a bar in Nashville where wrestlers from both WWE and Global Force Wrestling (Formerly TNA) were there to watch Jeff Hardy’s band perform.

Reportedly, Karen Jarrett (GFW) approached Braun Strowman (WWE) and asked if she could get an autograph for her son. Strowman, not knowing who she was, vulgarly denied her request. Voices of Wrestling reported that Strowman’s alleged response was “F— your son.” Karen tore into him and said that she was going to tell her son’s father, who is Kurt Angle.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, it gets better.

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Is Tonight’s Cena vs. Nakamura Match a Mistake?

John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura will happen tonight on SmackDown Live and the winner will face Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at Summer Slam. This is an interesting turn of events because we’re getting a dream match on television as opposed to a pay-per-view event and everyone is wondering why.

Contrary to popular belief, not every first-time matchup is going to or needs to, occur at a major event. Raw and SmackDown are WWE’s two biggest revenue streams. Television content for the two programs needs to be solid in order for WWE to continue receiving rights fees from NBC Universal.  Continue reading