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I caught the iPPV (that means internet only Pay Per View) show live in Toronto last night with a couple of buddies. We didn’t have the best seats but they weren’t horrible, we just had to watch the show through Plexiglas.

Now I’m an outsider to RoH as was one of the two guys with me. We spent a lot of time asking the third guy “Who’s that?” My general impressions follow:

The in-ring action of Ring of Honor is the best I’ve ever seen. Lots of exciting action, high impact moves, intensity and workrate that blows the big two out of the water. But, after a while, that starts to wear on you. Counting pre-show and intermission (during which action broke out) the show was almost 4 hours long. With no investment in the characters or storylines I was burned out by the main event as was my other non-fan friend. The crowd was incredibly hot but the second the bell rang to end the main event they flooded out. The arena was not air conditioned (oddly the snack bar was) and it got hot. Plus it was 11:30 at night.

There is very little in the way of angles or mic work. Cornette did a bit, there was a little set-up before the big El Generico Kevin Steen match but mostly it’s match after match after match. Fact is, I’m a sports entertainment fan. I like some angles. I like a little comedy mixed in. Ring of Honor is very good at what it does but I’m not sure what it does will ever have a wide appeal. Still, it makes a great training ground for young guys to learn how to really wrestle before they get a WWE try-out and get neutered.

Guys I saw:

  • Kevin Steen / El Generico – This was the best built match of the night based on the promotion I saw from RoH. I was a little upset it went on first but that was not the end of things
  • Davey Richards – Good athlete, likely never going to make it big
  • Tyler Black – I could see one of the big two coming calling but I don’t see him as a world champion anywhere else
  • Daniels – Awesome as always he put on a match with Kenny Omega after the intermission that got the crowd right back into it
  • The Briscoes / The Kings of Wrestling – I did not expect a No-DQ match in RoH and this was a good, bloody, hardcore brawl. A fan had brought a hubcap in and damn if the Briscoes didn’t end up using it as a weapon. I miss Fans Bring Weapons matches. The burnout for the main event had a lot to do with how good this match was.
  • Daivari was there, Colt Cabana (the former Scotty Goldman) looking better than he ever did in WWE, Steve Corino and Tyson Dux wrestled, as he does whenever RoH comes to Ontario. I knew him from Total Extreme Wrestling where my fed (Tyson Wrestling Alliance, and yes that’s Mike Tyson) has never been able to steal him from MaxPro.

In the end, I’m not going to run out and buy 50 RoH DVDs. If their TV show was available in my area I would watch it, even if it meant adding a special channel, and if my roommate can make my TV synch up with my desktop I might even watch the next iPPV. Maybe stories become clearer when you watch the TV show. I don’t know. I certainly feel my $20 was well spent and I’m glad I got a last minute call to go.

Posted on June 20th, 2010 by Lucian | Leave a Comment
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(A note from The Pit:) Today, we have a guest post from wrestling fanatic and friend of My Hollywood Dream, Lucian.  He is here to talk about Wrestlemania XXVI and make predictions about match outcomes…

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Batista [C] vs. John Cena
WWE Championship

This has had very good build up. Batista rightfully pointed out that he and Cena are the biggest stars to emerge since the Attitude era. The concern is that Cena may still be working through an injury. Of course, it’s Wrestlemania so you know he is going to give all he can. Will it be enough for a good match? Let’s hope so. Batista owns a pin over Cena already and faces (good guys) usually win the big matches at WM.

Prediction: Cena.

Chris Jericho [C] vs. Edge
World Heavyweight Championship

This is another match match where health is at question. Edge is /just/ back from an injury he rehabbed awfully quick. But they’ve been playing that up in the storyline, which probably means it isn’t true. If Edge is in great shape this could be a classic.

Prediction: The guy who wasn’t recently arrested: Edge.

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
Career vs. Streak
No Disqualifications, No Count Outs

By all rights this should be the main event. It’s certainly had the most buildup. Some say Shawn Michaels is really going to retire after this. Will he try to outperform the classic these two put on at last year’s Wrestlemania? Both these guys always pull out all the stops at the big show. Watch for Taker to do a leap over the top rope to the outside, walk the ropes and hit a wide variety of finishers. Watch for HBK to go for Sweet Chin Music like twenty times.

Prediction: Taker of course, let’s just hope the retirement is work not shoot.

Bret Hart vs. Mr. McMahon
No Holds Barred

Here we have a senior citizen taking on a stroke victim. Do not expect a wrestling clinic. but this is No Holds Barred which means organized chaos, weapons, maybe a run in or two and a shitload of closed-fisted punching. Both these men know they may never wrestle another match in their lives. Of course both are pretty brittle and a very real injury could happen. By all the gods, a few Royal Rumbles back Vince tore both quads just /entering the ring/! This could range from trainwreck to classic grudge match. We’ll have to see. It’s just a shame Earl Hebner works for TNA now. Having him ref the match and pull a screw job finish on Vince would be beyond epic.

Prediction: In wrestling they talk about “owing someone a job”, VKM owes the Hitman the mother of all jobs. No way Bret loses here.

Triple H vs. Sheamus

The buildup to this was abrupt as Sheamus missed some time with a legit concussion. Still they did a good job with the little time they had. Triple H informed Sheamus what a crushing blow it is to be crushed at your first Wrestlemania. After all, he got squashed by The Ultimate Warrior his first big show and his career went into a tailspin. HHH vowed it was his turn to do that to Sheamus. So, the outcome depends entirely on how much faith Paul Levesque has in Sheamus the performer.

Prediction: For reasons that escape me the PtB seem to have a lot of faith in Sheamus. Some heels have to win at WM and they tend to be guys on the rise. And while WM is generally the place to end feuds you have to start some new ones or the fans have no reason to tune in to RAW the next night. So I say Sheamus goes over here and HHH beats him at the next two PPVs to even the score.

CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
If Mysterio Loses He Must Join the Straight Edge Society

Another rushed feud and I never like it when they involve Rey’s family. The shadows of the horrendous “Who is Dominic’s father?” with Eddie Guerrero still linger. It sucks the one time I saw Eddie live was in the middle of that feud. Anyway, if Rey loses he joins CM Punk’s stable.

Prediction: Again some heels have to win at WM, and Rey joining the straight edge society has long term story potential. So Punk adds another Wrestlemania win. Wait, has he ever lost at WM? Oh yeah 23 he lost MitB to Mr. Kennedy.

Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Cody Rhodes
Triple Threat Match

9 months ago this would have been a hot match. Now it feels played out. Someone will emerge here as a face and whoever that is will win.

Kane vs. Evan Bourne vs. MVP vs. Christian vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston
Money in the Bank
Ladder Match for a World Title Shot

10 men? Really? Really? That’s overdoing it. If your rosters are this overpadded cut a couple guys. I know you try to get everyone a payday at the big show but this is ridiculous. Cut back to six guys and do a 20-man dark match or something.

Big Show & The Miz [C] vs. John Morrison & R-Truth
Unified Tag Team Championship

Despite just being throw together, Morrison and Truth are working together as a well-oiled machine both in the ring and on promos. Truth is stepping up his weak mic work to try to keep up with Morrison and the two just look like stars.

Prediction: The face rule reasserts itself here and we have new champions and a feud that can go for months.

Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly & Eve Torres vs. Vickie Guerrero, Maryse, Alicia Fox, Michelle McCool & Layla
10-Women, RAW & SD Tag Match

This is when you argue about what to get on the pizza, order food and enjoy the eye candy. Except Vickie Guererro will be in shot a lot so it will be like looking at a porn mag then a picture of your mother.

Prediction: Good gals.

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Stu Hart
Gorgeous George
“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase
Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon
Wendi Richter
Antonio Inoki
Bob Uecker

As a Canadian I am required by law to worship Stu Hart. Gorgeous George is long overdue. DiBiase’s timing is good and makes me rethink who will win the legacy match. Mad Dog and Richter make good low level picks and Inoki is a foreign superstar. And if you are going to have a celebrity wing to the HoF Bob Uecker certainly belongs in it. Let’s just hope K-Fed never gets inducted.

Still, there’s no real superstar the fans truly know this time. Warrior turned them down. Even Honky Tonk Man turned them down. It’s too soon for The Rock. Sting is with the competition. Are there any really big stars out there still to induct? Sound off below.

Anyway, I’ll have guests over for the show. Should be a blast. Starts at 7 pm EST. Let’s hope it’s a great one!

Posted on March 28th, 2010 by Lucian | Leave a Comment
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