- Apr 28, 2018
- Reaction score
Before she went to NXT, she and Rosemary were partners in Impact. They basically just got the band back together, and Havok just adds more muscle to their alliance.Watched last week's episode of Impact Wrestling, which I enjoyed pretty well. Haven't seen Impact Wrestling in quite a while. I enjoy that Taya Valkyrie is aligned with Havok and Rosemary now.
Worse, they once told Ember Moon (aka Athena) she should try and look more like Mandy (in other worse, look sexier).
So last night, I went to see AEW here in Portland. It was both Rampage and Battle of the Belts live, and they were filming episodes of Dark and Dark Elevation.
The Dark tapings were mostly squashes, save for two tag matches. Of the squash matches, one stood out. Juice Robinson wrestled someone named Travis Williams. The fans were cheering him, so I suspect he's a local wrestler (there were a few of them on the tapings last night). This kid got in a lot of offense, and looked pretty good too. I suspect he's on their radar.
The two tag matches were Ruby Soho and Willow Nightingale vs Diamante & Emi Sakura. Soho got the first loud pop of the night when she came out. The other match was Claudio & Yuta vs Butcher & Blade. B&B dominated most of the match, with Yuta constantly getting knocked to the floor as Claudio played face in peril. BCC still won, but it was a decent match.
Rampage opened with Top Flight vs Danielson and Moxley. This was a really good match, as Top Flight took it to the main eventers. Dante did an aerial move off the ring steps on Moxley before he even made it to the ring, and it just got better from there. Danielson and Moxley were the crowd favorites, but Top Flight definitely got the fans behind them early into the match.
Brit Baker & Jaime Hayter took on the Renegade Sisters in another good match. I would have thought they'd dominate, but that wasn't the case. The crowd was pretty much behind Baker and Hayter.
The weak match came next, with Preston Vance squashing local luchador Sonico.
Darby Allin defended his newly won TNT title against Mike Bennett of the Kingdom. Another decent match. Darby wrestled his first ever match in Portland, so the crowd was 100% in his corner.
Up next was Battle of the Belts. It started hot with The Acclaimed defending their tag titles against Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal. The highlights of the match (to me) was Billy Gunn using Jarrett's guitar on Santam Singh, Max Caster using the Angle Slam, pretending to pull down his straps, then slapping on the Ankle lock on Jarret, and Aubrey Edwards (who was the most over ref to the crowd) snapping Sonjay's pencil after he put on a ref shirt to try and count a pinfall for his team. She also did a scissor with Gunn and The Acclaimed afterwards.
Here's Max Caster's pre-match rap. If you look closely, Santam Singh actually smiles during part of it.
Jade Cargill wrestled Sky Blue. Except for a cool sequence by Jade at the end to finish, this was a typical Cargill match. She mostly dominated, with Blue getting in offense here and there. Red Velvet came out (as I guess she's on the outs with Jade like Kiera Hogan is), but played no part in the outcome at all.
Orange Cassidy took on Kip Sabian for the All Atlantic belt last. Decent match that saw the Bunny come out and be ejected, Danhausen brawl and get whipped by Butcher & Blade (who then sat at ringside), and Best Friends come out to brawl with B&B to the back.
After that, I left, because I had to be up early for work this morning. I think Tony Khan came out to address the crowd before they taped the Elevation matches. About half the crowd looked to be leaving after the Cassidy match though lol.
Glad they finally made it to Portland, and I hope we get Dynamite some day, because Wednesdays are better for me than a Friday night to see live wrestling.
Claudio didn't really get to show how good he is in this match, as he was the "face in peril" for the match. He still got to do some stuff, but no swing. He did hit the flip the opponent up in the air then uppercut him though. I kind of wish they'd bring in Chris Hero just to see the Kings of Wrestling together one last time. I loved that tag team.I've not seen Claudio Castignoli wrestle live in years. I'd go to an AEW show just to see that. I mean, I'd have to walk out before Orange Cassidy and Kip Sabian on principle... But otherwise that all sounds like a pretty fun night.
Billy Gunn still looking like a tank?
AEW has a handful of decent-to-good women to build a division around, but the overall booking has been bad for a long time. Though, it seems improved of late, which is a good sign. I'm just so used to every company dropping the ball or returning the bad booking that I refuse to get too excited yet. Maybe 2023 will the be the year AEW starts to take the women's division seriously. But since it's always (sadly) the ratings low point of the show, I don't know. My simple logic would be to focus on the few really good women you've got, and chuck the rest back to the Indys and Japan. AEW's logic is to put them on before the main event every week.
She was getting some traction on house shows as a face with her Marine gimmick. Then they stopped using her for a bit. Then she came back a heel. Poor booking for her. Of course, her posting dumb shit doesn't help.Lacey Evans is... Weird. You'd think she'd be good at this wrestling stuff. She's pretty tough, not too small, athletic and so on. But it's just flop-repackage-flop-repackage-flop. It feels like her recent restart has floundered too, but maybe it's just been slowed due to the festive season and the lack of a PPV. Personally, I'd fire her for her stupid twitter rants, but I'd fire a looot of wrestlers if I did that every time. Sabian deals with mental health/learning disabilities, it's my professional field. I've no time for her kind of stupid either.
It was an anything goes match, so hitting the ref was within the rules. Lethal took out the first ref when Caster had Jarret in the Ankle lock, then Singh later chokeslammed the second ref to prevent a loss for his guys. Aubrey came out after Sonjay put on his ref shirt and tried to do a pinfall for Lethal and Jarrett. He got in Aubrey's face, and she broke his pencil over her knee before shoving him to the mat (which was kind of funny, if pointless to the overall story of the match).*sigh* Singh chokeslammed the ref? Oh, for an ounce of realism here... Laying a hand on an official really needs to start warranting punishment again. AEW's referees are even more of a joke than the WWE, and that's saying something. I'm expecting nothing from Singh. He's huge, he looks like he's another Omos, but he's every chance to prove me entirely wrong by being even just halfway good. Guess we'll see.
Martinez can go in the ring, and they haven't used that.
I enjoyed watching her in NXT. She had an excellent match with (iirc) Shayna Bazler in the second Mae Young Classic.The best match I've seen live was Mercedes Martinez vs. Kylie Rae in a no-ropes, submission-only match for the Phoenix of Rise Championship at Rise 13: Legendary. Went for something like 45 minutes and was entertaining throughout.
It was an anything goes match, so hitting the ref was within the rules. Lethal took out the first ref when Caster had Jarret in the Ankle lock, then Singh later chokeslammed the second ref to prevent a loss for his guys. Aubrey came out after Sonjay put on his ref shirt and tried to do a pinfall for Lethal and Jarrett. He got in Aubrey's face, and she broke his pencil over her knee before shoving him to the mat (which was kind of funny, if pointless to the overall story of the match).
Mercedes Martinez and Serena Deeb are both such good veterans. If they're not running weekly (mandatory attendance) classes for the other girls, they should be. Saraya has been... Bad. Just seems to have lost whatever she had in NXT/WWE. Maybe she needs to get back into the swing of things, maybe she needs more guidance and production than AEW has to offer. But we got the now cliche 'big pop then nothing' that marks way too many AEW arrivals.
Martinez was THE wrestler to build the RoH women's division around. A tough, bad-ass veteran that the audience can totally buy. I'd pitch Athena as the challenger who can't quite get a clean win over the champion for a long while. I'd also tell her to calm down in-ring and hopefully reduce the number of injuries she causes.
I didn't know the refs being taken out was legal until I found that clip of Lethal elbow dropping the ref while Jarret was in a submission hold. Again, I agree it makes little sense, but that was the rules. I was surprised that Sonjay didn't try anything on Edwards after she broke his pencil. Singh was behind her, and he looked mad at her, but he didn't touch her either.'Anything goes' should not include knackering the referees. I mean, without going down Cornette's "No DQ, Laaazy booking!" rant, AEW has so many No DQ (or variations of same) matches, the referees get laid out so often, and the pre/post/backstage attacks are just endless... Not that it's just an AEW problem, of course. But AEW's issues haven't festered for decades and could easily be fixed.
Who'd referee a match when you can get wiped out by any of the idiots involved without repercussion? I'd bring a baseball bat to protect myself and just start swinging the moment they came near me. After all it's 'anything goes', right?
Jay Lethal... The guy is still really good. But when I see him I just get flashbacks of TNA at it's worst. Not his fault, but that's what happens every time.
Given the crowd reaction Friday, he can still draw massive heat from a crowd. They went nuts when Caster did his Angle homage on him (not to mention his pre-match rap). He can still go in the ring for his age, and is in decent shape. I think his ring style is too old school compared to the people he's been facing though, which can take away from a match. Plus him being on tv means someone else isn't, so that's another reason not to use him on screen too often. With their bloated roster, other people need the exposure more imhoSame thing for Jeff Jarrett, but I'm confused as to why he's even on TV. What he's got to offer is in backstage and production roles, not in the ring. Not that he can't still go in the ring, but no-one really wants to see it, do they?
I was thinking more like guys with some talent. Like Brian Cage or Keith Lee. Dark and Dark Elevation are fine for all the Buck buddiesJ.J. is very old school for this day and age. But now you say having him on TV means someone else isn't, I'm more inclined to keep him there, haha. Given the choice between Double J and another random high school friend of the Bucks, I'll go with ol' slapnuts.