Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Outside the Ring: Top 7 8-bit Castlevania Theme Songs

Hey, WrestlingNerd. What the hell are you doing talking about video games? I thought this was a wrestling page?

This is my page and if I want to talk video games (Which I've done before), then I will do so. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let's begin. I want to wish you all a Happy Halloween. Such a fun day of cavities, supernatural beings, and getting the crap scared out of you….I freakin' love this day. I figured for this special day that I would step outside the ring and talk about some video games that fit this holiday. I know my main thing is covering pro wrestling (Which I love doing), but I'm personally a bigger fan of video games. I'm not what you would call a hardcore gamer, but I do have a wide knowledge of video games and it's always something I look forward to doing on my spare time. When I think about video games in the month of October, it's almost impossible to not mention the Castlevania series. The horror cliches, the Belmonts, and of course Dracula would all be fun gameplay elements that defined the series……Mixed in with some frustrating elements as well. WHY THE KNOCK BACK!?! Hmph….Sorry. The Castlevania games are fun to play, but the games also featured some awesome soundtracks. That's why I'm gonna do a Top 7 8-bit Castlevania Theme Songs. For this countdown, I'm only gonna talk about the three NES games. Maybe another day, I'll look into Super Castlevania 4's music, but let's keep it 8-bit for the time being. As always with a top list, this is strictly my opinion and I encourage you to post some of you favorites or stuff I didn't mention. Believe me, it wasn't easy to narrow it down to seven since all the themes have an argument to make the list. Without further delay, let's begin….again. I'm such a dumbass. 

#7. Out of Time (Castlevania 1)

This is the tune you hear when you are taking your final steps towards Dracula's castle and are about to fight the demon himself. Of course, not without having to deal with hunchbacks and phantom bats. It's funny how the first boss is the game is now a regular enemy. That tends to happen a lot in video games, but why does it do more damage? Was I fighting the retarded version of these guys to start off? Are the later ones the guys who actually graduated from the School of Generic Villains? Regardless, one of the reasons I like this track is it sounds appropriate. It gives you that adrenaline rush and you know that when you hear this, evil is just a few walks up those stairs. The power of Christ, compels you, bitch!!!

#6. Aquarius (Castlevania 3)

I really like this tune because it's very upbeat. Seriously, you have to admit that you can start tapping your foot to this. Well, that's what I said when I heard the NES version. It wasn't until many many MANY years later that I heard the Famicom version to this soundtrack. Don't get me wrong. This song sounds great on the NES, but something about it really pops out on the Famicom. Leave it up to Japan to leave all the good stuff for themselves. Judge for yourself in which version you think is better. You can't go wrong with either. 

#5. Overture (Castlevania 3)

If you got to hear this tune in the game, you must be a freakin' miracle-worker. You know, a lot of people talk about how difficult Castlevania 1 is, but it doesn't compare to Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse. This game will tear you a new asshole. How did NintendoCapriSun make this look so easy? Regardless, it's common to walk up a clock tower to fight Dracula. There's always some good music to be found at this part of the game, but this has to be one of my favorites. The music is setting the scene that you are about to engage in an epic battle with a vampire for the last time….In this century. Dammit!!!

#4. Vampire Killer (Castlevania 1)

If I listen real closely, I think I'm hearing this….

How dare you rank this fourth? This song IS Castlevania. You don't know what the f*** you're talking about. I hate this guy. Rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble…

Well, I am entitled to my opinion. I respect anyone that disagrees with me, but let's not try to  unleash a spirit bomb on the world, okay? Anyway, I really like Vampire Killer, but I just have a couple of other tunes that stick out in my opinion. At the same time, I cannot deny the greatness that is Vampire Killer. This is the tune that would help make Castlevania become one of most popular video game franchises ever. This is an upbeat tune that introduces you to the first level of the first Castlevania. Oh goodie, the stiff jump of doom and the Simon Belmont walk. Did I mention that the controls for these games weren't perfect? Yeah, the controls themselves were part of the reason these games were so difficult. I still enjoy these games, but even I'll admit that they have flaws. Anyway, let's Vampire Killer on to the next track. Wow, that was a terrible joke. 

#3. Beginning (Castlevania 3)

I love the tempo of this song. It pumps you up for the adventure that you are about to set out on with Simo--er, I mean Trevor Belmont and friends. The song reminds me a lot of Vampire Killer, which is interesting if you think about it. Vampire Killer was the first level theme in Castlevania 1, while Beginning was the first level theme for Castlevania 3. Konami likes to get you ready to whip away at evil. 

#2. Wicked Child (Castlevania 1)

Oh yeah, now we're getting serious. When I hear this tune, I imagine Simon climbing the stairs. I know a lot of you are thinking that's silly since Simon is climbing stairs in every level, but this is the one I picture. My favorite part of the song is when it starts to slow down. It just sounds epic since it almost gives you a sense of triumph. Whenever I finish off Dracula, I always hear this part of the song in the back of my mind. You know a video game song as done its job when you replace other video games songs with others. Get out of my head!!!

We can only have one for the 8-bit countdown, so let's reveal what it is…

#1. Bloody Tears (Castlevania 2)

Yeah, I bet many of you were wondering if I was simply gonna ignore Castlevania 2 since this is considered the black sheep of the series. Yeah, I know many of you have seen the AVGN review of this game and I have to agree with him. While they tried something different, there's so much hidden bulls*** that it just makes the game impossible to figure out without a guide. Yes, it indeed was a horrible night to have a curse if you had to play this game back in the day. Now, I'm not gonna bash the game since it gets more than enough hate. Trust me, you can look anywhere to see how much "love" this game gets. If there's one thing Castlevania 2 has going for it, it's the soundtrack. While short, the soundtrack still gives you that Castlevania atmosphere. Bloody Tears would become a staple of the franchise and I personally think this is the best 8-bit tune in the Castlevania series. The song sounds as if you're going out on a quest and are about to meet many hardships. The fact that you only had a certain amount of time to live or die gives you a sense of urgency, and I felt this tune fits that mood nicely. Castlevania 2 may be a flawed video game, but it brings forth one of the best tunes in video game history. 

And that's gonna do it for the countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. It was something a little different, but there's nothing wrong with trying something new. Even if you aren't a fan of the Castlevania series or never tried it, I would hope this list would encourage you to check out the series or give it a second chance. It's a great video game series that's a lot of fun, so give it a look someday. I wish all of you a safe and Happy Halloween. I'll see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 10/29/12 (Mick Foley needs a paycheck, so....)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 10/29/12. With Hell in the Cell over and done with, how does Raw move forward? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with CM Punk. Punk claims that everyone was wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, RIGHT, wrong. Punk claims that he had nothing to do with the official siding with him. Of course, nobody believes him because he's a Paul Heyman guy. Mick Foley arrives and says Punk ruined the legacy that was Hell in a Cell. Yeah, I think you are a little late, Foley. HIAC hasn't been what it is for years now and it had nothing to do with Punk. Then again, it's apart of the kayfabe. Punk pitches Team Foley vs Team Punk at Survivor Series. Foley accepts, which pretty much guarantees Punk will have the championship until TLC. Where's Ryback? Oh, there he is!!! You knew that was coming. So, an interesting opening to say the least. This whole thing went right back to Punk/Foley? I think I figured out why they did this. First of all, Ryback isn't a mouthpiece. He isn't bad at promos, but he works better at just being a human wrecking ball who has somebody else doing the talking for him. Also, I've been thinking that ever since Punk and Foley exchanged their promos if a match was in the works. Punk vs Foley in a TLC match at TLC? I think this is what they've been planning since Cena's injury. This might also explain why Cena got a ridiculous storyline in the process. He simply needed something to do. Then again, I'm just pulling this out of my ass and making crazy assumptions. Then again, I could end up being right. 

Match #1: Ryback vs JTG
So, you go from world title match to jobber match all in a matter of 24 hours? I'm not even surprised at this point. I guess Ryback wasn't that hungry tonight and JTG was the equivalent to a bag of potato chips. Ryback wins….

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Match #2: Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett
You remember those vignettes they featured to hype up Wade Barrett?…..Me either. To be fair, it doesn't surprise me that Wade lost. Randy is one of the top tier guys, so you had to figure he was gonna win unless some bs came into play. Still, you know creative hasn't thought through on a guy when you hype him up and do nothing afterwords. I already went on this rant in the SD review so go check that out if you're interested. In a decent match, Randy wins with the RKO. 

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Match #3: Team Hell No vs Prime Time Players
Once again, we get a Team Hell No match that ends the same way as the previous matches. Kane does all the work, Bryan tags himself in and ends up picking up the victory to feed his ego. I understand they are probably building up to an implosion between the two, couldn't they try this from a different perspective or write up something different? Don't get me wrong. I like Team Hell No, but I just wish they would try something a little different. You know….Maybe make it a little more fun? Are we are not allowed to have fun anymore? Well, that won't stop me from making something ridiculous. 

Winner via pinfall: Team Hell No

More fall out between John Cena and AJ. Another relationship scandal in this wrestling world this year? Ohhhhhhh noooooooo. Just as Vickie Guerrero mentioned last night, she revealed a couple of images to convince a toddler that Cena managed to dive in the crazy zone. Cena went to dinner in that shirt? I'm convinced that Cena was born while wearing one of his T-shirts. Apparently, it's mandatory for Cena to wear one of his shirts wherever he goes or he'll die. Anyway, Cena still denies any involvement with AJ. The IWC's dick rises when Dolph Ziggler comes out and gloats. Hey, don't get me wrong. I like Dolph, but I swear that the IWC acts like Dolph is the second coming of Jesus. Dolph's presence was exactly the same as when he confronted Cena last night. I guess the plan is for a Cena/Dolph feud. Ehh….I don't like this idea. It gives Dolph something to do, but you know they aren't gonna let Dolph get a heelish victory. It's possible for Dolph to steal this victory, but this is Cena we are talking about. The WWE Universe didn't get their Cena fix last month, so you know they gotta roll out extra Cena for this month. Then again, it's better than doing nothing for another month. As far as the storyline goes, I really don't like it. Part of my reasons for not liking it is because TNA tried the same thing earlier in the year and it got pretty stupid in a hurry. There's a chance it won't be as bad as that storyline, but the scary thought is it has the recipe to be even worse. Chances are that won't happen, but that's enough to make you cautious.  

Match #4: Kofi Kingston vs Antonio Cesaro
So, is Antonio making fun of American children for dressing up like Power Rangers or is he talking about some of his co-workers? The match didn't last very long. Miz was on commentary and continued to talk about how he hates Kofi…. 

The finish comes when Miz attacks Kofi, thus resulting in a DQ. You know the creative staff hasn't thought far enough when they close a rivalry last night, but end up continuing it the next evening since they haven't thought of what either guy should do next. R-Truth arrives to even the odds. The idea of Antonio/Truth is nothing that I'm interested in, but I would rather see a rivalry as opposed to seeing him squash people until the next PPV. In other words, I'll take what I can get. One thing I should mention is AJ getting hired by Vickie….Even though she didn't do any of the things she was ordered to do in the interview. What's that? Wrestling logic? Noooo, it can't be.

Winner via DQ: Kofi Kingston

Match #5: 3MB vs Goof Troop
Oh, who am I kidding? Zack Ryder and Santino don't deserve to be named after one of my childhood TV shows. I love how Jinder Mahal claims to be the funny one of group and proceeds to be serious. I love the timing of that joke. Drew McIntyre ends up eating the Cobra for his team. This allows Slater to hit a finisher for the victory. I kinda like 3MB. Sure, Jinder sticks out like a cat amongst a group of dogs, but at least he has something to do. It isn't like he's gonna be with this stable forever. Eventually, he'll get another chance to be a serious singles star, but I'm fine with him playing a wannabe rock star for the time being. Some air-time is better than no exposure. 

Winner via pinfall: 3MB

Match #6: AJ vs Beth Phoenix
AJ ended up getting the victory with a small package. Well, the booking made sense and this was the be-BUT WAIT!!! Vickie comes out and isn't impressed with AJ, so we restart the match. Beth uses this chance to hit Glam Slam for the victory. Well, at least Beth got one last victory before she left the com-ohhhhhhh….I spoiled it. I'm a bad Nerd….

Winner via loud shrieking: Beth Phoenix 

Sheamus and Big Show have their segment. Geeze, you think Sheamus was knocked out like 50 times earlier in the evening since WWE showed that Show/Sheamus clip throughout the night. Sheamus admits that he came up short, but wants his title back. Show comes out and claims Sheamus will never be able to take the WHC away from him since he's on fire. Hold on there, Johnny Cash. I think you need to pace yourself. Sheamus retaliates with White Noise. Just some basic build to set up the rematch. Like I mention after their match last night, it was the first time that I cared about this rivalry. In other words, I was actually looking forward to this segment. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but the title change does add a little more intrigue to the feud. 

Match #7: Rhodes Scholars vs Halloween Costumes
So, it turns out one of the dirt sheets were right. Vickie fires Beth Phoenix because she doesn't like it when you date her kayfabe exes. Yeah, I guess you get one dirt sheet right after failing the first 10-12 tries. I really don't have much to say on the matter. I'm sure some will talk about how this is bad for the divas division, but it isn't like the divas division is that high on the priority list for WWE. That's just the sad state for women wrestlers. It isn't far and it sucks, but it's all about the eye candy for this company. Dammit Mysterio. That was gonna be my Halloween costume. Now I gotta go with plan B. Damien ends this with the Terminus. Rhodes Scholars are still the true #1 Contenders, so it makes perfect sense for them to pick up the victory. 

Winner via pinfall: Rhodes Scholars

Match #8: Alberto Del Rio vs Justin Gabriel
After the WWE acknowledged breast cancer month and all the support, we immediately get back to kayfabe. Just like the last couple of weeks, Gabriel manages to put up a decent fight, but Del Rio is too much. It's over when Del Rio wins with the Cross Armbreaker. Either that or he won because he was raping Gabriel's arm. Seriously, doesn't it look like Del Rio is having a little TOO much fun with Gabriel's arm in between his legs? You're winner, Alberto Del Molester. 

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

So, Pauly and Foley announce their SS teams. It will be Punk, Miz, Rhodes Scholars, and Del Rio vs Foley, Kofi, Team Hell No, and Randy….. 

Yeah, it turns out Foley had something else in mind. Ryback ends up being the final team member for Team Foley. If my hypothesis is correct, it would make perfect sense for Foley to not compete in this match since you want to save the Punk/Foley confrontation for a future date. As far as the teams go, I'm fine with the selections. I personally think it would've been better to substitute Miz with Barrett, but it isn't that big of a deal. It isn't gonna matter at the end of the day since I personally think Punk's team will lose since Ryback will finally get to feast. 

Overall Impression:
So, why was there two announce tables for tonight's show? I thought they were gonna destroy one of them, but nothing happened. I don't get that LOL…..I'm losing my mind. I personally thought this was a better episode than the last couple of Raws. There was also a couple of fair matches to watch and Sheamus/Show delivered a pretty decent segment. Punk/Foley wasn't too bad to start off the show either. While this week's show was better than the past couple weeks, I didn't think it was that great and this show is pretty skippable. While there was 2-3 matches worth a second look, some of these matches weren't really that necessary. I'm already getting sick of Vickie as the GM since its been done before and her shrieking is making me go insane. And yes, I said GM and not that stupid title they made up last week. I'm not interested in Cena's storyline and for a show that was gonna start the Survivor Series build, I don't think it was handled the best way possible. Then again, I kinda want to see the Survivor Series tag match, but I was hoping for some new rivalries. After all, you gotta have multiple matches for the PPV. Outside of the Cena/Dolph and Antonio/Truth teasers, there wasn't a whole lot of new things. In fact, those feuds are okay, but they aren't peaking my interest that much. I felt the creative staff decided to take a day off and wait until next week to build up other matches. This week may have been better than the last couple of weeks, but I personally think you aren't missing much with this episode. Well, I better call it an evening or else I will continue to poke people's buttons. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of the article and yada yada. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time. If I don't see you until the next wrestling article (hint hint!!!), I wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 Review

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Hell in a Cell 2012. Was the PPV worth checking out? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Alberto Del Rio vs Randy Orton
We open up the show with a match. I would talk about the pre-show, but there wasn't a lot to talk about. John Cena came out and instead of talking about the AJ storyline, he mostly builds up the CM Punk/Ryback match. Is Cena's new job being Ryback's mouthpiece? Managers? What are those? Cena read tweets and Touts. I've talked about this before, but I don't like Touts. I'm fine if they use it for storyline progression amongst the wrestlers/superstars, but I feel the Touts from the WWE Universe shouldn't be featured on the show. I feel it takes away from the storyline, which is why I don't find myself paying attention when Touts make the air. 

This was a match that I wasn't looking forward to in terms of development and storyline, but I figured Randy and Del Rio can at least put on a good match due to skill. For the most part, I thought they accomplished this. I think Del Rio had a moment of wanting to fly. VEGETA…..I can fl-oh s***!!! Seriously, what was that? Miscommunication for the win. Randy wins with the RKO. Despite Del Rio not taking some diving lessons, it was a fair match to get you invested in the PPV. It wasn't amazing, but it does its job. The booking isn't out of the question, so this really shouldn't be much of a surprise. Either Randy gets back in the world title hunt or decides to film more movie sequels that featured John Cena. The Marine 45 1/2 is currently in production. 

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Apparently, Vickie Guerrero has photographic evidence of Cena/AJ affair. So, when does Claire Lynch start making WWE appearances? In the meantime, Paul Heyman pleads his case that Punk isn't afraid of anything. Punk isn't afraid of Dracula, Frankenstein, or the Boogeyman? Are we describing CM Punk or Simon Belmont? The morning sun vanquishes the copyright infringement. 

Match #2: Team Hell No vs Rhodes Scholars; WWE Tag Titles
This match wasn't too bad, but I can see some people being upset with the booking. The finish comes when Kane and Bryan started to argue with one another. Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes attack Kane during their argument of who was paying for dinner tonight. Kane beats the hell out of his opponents and refuses to listen to the ref's count. Rhodes Scholars win via DQ. Like I said, people will be upset since it's padding, but I thought this was a better idea. Hell No and Rhodes Scholars have told a good story and work well with one another, so I'm fine with prolonging the rematch until the next PPV. I definitely wouldn't mind watching a rematch between these teams. By the way, I love how the commentators poke fun of Dr. Shelby. Almost as if the creative staff is laughing at one of their ridiculous creations…..I miss Harold. 

Winners via red rage: Rhodes Scholars (Hell No still WWE Tag Champs)

Match #3: Kofi Kingston vs Miz; IC Championship
So, Miz seems to think that Kofi's title victory is the sign of bad things. No, that would be PETA. I really don't have much to say about the match. It was good, but I think the match on Main Event was better. Regardless, I think the title change should've waited until tonight. I think it would've added a little more intrigue to the match for tonight, but that wasn't the case. Kofi won with the Trouble in Paradise. I know I should be somewhat positive that Kofi's victory will mean more exposure to the IC/mid-card division. It's possible, but WWE has written the same song and dance numerous times. Remember when winning mid-card championships were a big deal?

Winner via pinfall and still IC Champ: Kofi Kingston

Old McDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-NOOOOO!!! Bryan is considered the weak link of his team, but he will always have this…IIII AM THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS……I am the tag team champions….

Match #4: Antonio Cesaro vs Justin Gabriel; US Championship
This match was okay, but nothing great. WWE didn't make Justin look like a pushover, so it shows that Gabriel might get used at a later point in the WWE. I love how JBL brags about how Antonio is undefeated against Americans after this match. Apparently, Gabriel got his honorary US citizenship from the land of make believe. Hey, we can always pretend he's American. I don't know why, but I have mixed feelings on Antonio. He's got the size, charisma, looks, and skill to go far, but part of me is bored with his character. I feel Antonio has so much more to offer, but only if WWE allows him to reach that potential. I hope they can continue to work on this since I think Antonio has something to offer, but not if they are only gonna make him the cliche, foreign heel. Yeah, I know pro wrestling loves that gimmick, but at least put a different spin on it to make it fun and interesting. That's what I would like see be done with Antonio. 

Winner via pinfall and still US Champ: Antonio Cesaro

Pauly tries once again to get Punk out of the match, but Vickie tells Pauly that he and Punk can go to you know what. Ummm….The convenience store? Gotta load up on those slim jims, I suppose. Yeah, I know she was referring to hell. Had to get that out of the way or else the smarks would've complained about it. Then again, they'll find something else to complain about. That train is never late, I guarantee. 

Match #5: Prime Time Players vs Manic Masks
As Jim Ross is talking about Sin Cara's unique mask. BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!! Once again, we get another decent match, but is anyone else feeling this is something you should be watching on Raw? Don't you expect more from PPV? While the matches have been fair, this doesn't feel like a PPV. Reckon, the only match worth the asking price is Punk/Ryback, but I think they could've done more to get the crowd into the show. Hooray for Sunday Night Raw. The finish comes when Rey drops the dime for the clean victory. It appears that Sin Cara may have been banged up around his head/neck area after the match. Another possible injury for the man? I really got to think the white mask is Sin Cara's curse. He celebrates after the match, so maybe he was slightly banged up. Seriously, Sin Cara Blanca would mean total destruction if things continue like this. 

Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara

Match #6: Sheamus vs Big Show; WHC
I love the "Let's go, Ziggler" chants during the match. It was about time the audience get on their feet to show some emotion. You know, I've seen this match somewhere, but I cannot seem to recall where I've seen it…

Yeah, so you know how this is gonna work. Show does everything in his power to stop Sheamus, but Sheamus' inner-fruity pebble is unstoppable. Sheamus uses his strength to hit the White Noise on Show. It's very impressive, but this is SO Cena's booking. Sheamus just kicked out of the KO punch? 

Yeah, he IS Cena. Oh noooo!!! Wait, Show just kicked out of the Brogue Kick and won with the KO punch….

I'm kinda shocked by this. Finally, a moment where Sheamus looks human and lost clean. WWE needs to do this more with the super faces. I know it's classic booking to have the major face get cheated, but this type of booking adds a lot more to the show. It adds intrigue and excitement. This is some of Sheamus' best work, and I know that's strange coming in a losing effort. I felt both guys told a good story and I FINALLY got interested in this rivalry. Now, THAT'S how you add intrigue to the show. Bravo, WWE. The match was very well done and was the best match of the night. I think this lose will set up a scenario where Sheamus trains his ass off to defeat Show in the rematch. Geeze, and I thought this storyline was already ripping off Rocky. When do I see Sheamus' son get in a fight? Be a star, I suppose. 

Winner via pinfall and NEW WHC: Big Show

Eve's a bitch, Zack Ryder's a dork, Santino's sexually confused, and Ron Simmons arrives. DAMN…..where's my ten grand? Best paycheck ever!!!

Match #7: Eve vs Kaitlyn vs Layla; Divas Championship
I swear that PPV is the only time where you can watch a diva match last longer than two minutes. The match was okay, but I don't have a whole lot to say on the subject. Kaitlyn is about to pin Layla, but Eve ends up stealing the match. From a booking standpoint, this was the best way to go. Layla has gone as far as she can for the time being, while Eve/Kaitlyn is the true rivalry. I seriously LOL'D when JBL thought his commentary for this match was as bad as Matt Striker. 1000 points is awarded to JBL. 

Winner via pinfall and still Divas Champ: Eve

Match #8: CM Punk vs Ryback; Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship
I understand they want to make Ryback look like a dominate figure, but Punk has been champion for over 300+ days. You can make him a look a little more credible as opposed to being Ryback's bitch. Punk would get back to the match, but only thanks to his cunning. The match was okay at best, but it told a story. I think the story was enough of a reason to keep you intrigued. As Ryback is going for Shell Shock, the referee sneaks a low blow on Ryback and makes the fastest three count ever. It turns out the ref who screwed Punk over on Raw a few weeks back was the same ref who helped him. You had to figure there was more than two Paul Heyman guys on this show. After the match, Ryback kills the ref. Since Punk has flashbacks of getting trolled by the live audience, so decides to run up the caged structure to escape Ryback. Unfortunately, Ryback wants more food (Or it's raping time) and pursues Punk. The show ends with Ryback hitting Shell Shock on Punk at the top of the structure. I have mixed views on this whole thing. While the referee screw-job is nothing new, I like that they didn't involve anybody else in this match that was a wrestler. I know people were automatically thinking Cena or Brock would get involved, but I like this option better since it keeps some things a mystery. Cena is still dealing with the AJ storyline, so maybe the plan is for Ryback to get another world title match or be a future captain for a possible Survivor Series match? Well, I don't know about that, but it also doesn't automatically make it Punk/Cena at Survivor Series, which is what a lot of people were expecting. Now, there are some negatives after this. While it wasn't exactly the ending people thought was gonna happen, the principal was still the same. Ryback still got screwed over and Punk still remains the champion. So, nothing was out of the ordinary. While I had a feeling this would happen, it still would've been nice to get an idea that thinks outside the box. Then again, are you really surprised? Overall, I'm neither impressed or disappointed by the WWE title booking. I'm neutral on the matter….

Winner via pinfall and still WWE Champion: CM Punk

Overall Impression:
Oh, this isn't gonna be pretty. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this one since the PPV build started good, but was very rusty going into the final two weeks of October. Now, I'll admit that a good chunk of the matches were good. In fact, I can see a good majority of people being very pleased with what they got in the first five matches. While some matches were good, a good chunk of these matches didn't really give that PPV vibe. In fact, I felt these matches were stuff you should be getting on Raw or SD. You can argue that you haven't even gotten THAT on Raw and SD lately, but I felt the first half of this PPV was nothing more than an episode of Raw. So, think of it like this. You get a below average show on Monday nights, while you get an actual episode of Raw at the PPV? Did I confuse you yet? Good, cuz I'm confused as well. Anyway, something's very wrong when you get free television on PPV. I hope they can fix this issue since I want to be entertained on BOTH free tv and PPV, but it's fair to expect more out of PPV since you shell out more money for the event. Punk/Ryback tried something slightly different, so I got what I was pretty much expecting with that much. If anything, I felt the only match that was worthy of being a PPV caliber was Sheamus/Show. Seriously, this match was very well done and it was at this point of the show where I started to get back into it. I was hoping that momentum would continue with the final hour of the show. It was kinda there when the screw-job happened, but it was also starting to fizzle out. If I had to give WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 a rating on a scale of 1-10 and 5 considered average, I have to give this PPV a 5 out of 10. Yeah, I thought this was an average PPV at the end of the day. Many will disagree with the score, but there's no harm if you liked the show more than myself. At the end of the day, this is just my opinion and I respect if you got more enjoyment out of the showing than me. I was just disappointed with this showing. There's some decent matches, but you expect something bigger and grand with you feature PPV. Plus, I think it only got this high of a score in my book because of how much I loved that Sheamus/Show match. Seriously, that's how you tell a store and engage an audience. Punk/Ryback is STILL an interesting concept, but it would've helped if there was a much bigger shock/surprise than a ref screw-job. Well, I better wrap this up before I continue to piss off people. I ranked TNA Bound for Glory better than this PPV. Oh, now I'm just asking for trouble. I guess it really is a horrible night to have a curse. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of my article or tonight's show. If you enjoyed any of this nonsense, check out some of my other work by clicking on those pretty links. Come on, you know it's tempting. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time.

WrestlingNerd's Official Score for WWE Hell in a Cell 2012: 5 out of 10

Saturday, October 27, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown Review 10/26/12 (Plus WWE Hell in a Cell thoughts)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 10/26/12. Does SD help add interest to Hell in a Cell? Let's find out and begin.

We open up with the most energetic promo-cutter in the history of the WWE….R a n d y O r t o n……..Uhhhhhhhhh. Anyway, Randy claims that Alberto Del Rio made a mistake in targeting him because of his hair. Del Rio comes out since we gotta have the two argue. Why be a viper when you can be a basilisk? Del Rio decides to retreat from the fight since his new name is Alberto Del Cliche. Since Wade Barrett wants people to pay attention to him, he decides to attack Randy. After all these events, Teddy Long decides to book Randy vs Wade for tonight.  Well, we got to get some last-minute interest for this match. I don't think this is a terrible idea, but it isn't the most intriguing match going into the PPV. 

Match #1: Cody Rhodes vs Kane
Damien Sandow and Daniel Bryan were on commentary for this match. Sandow's commentary was gold. He's really a fun character to watch. Kane ends up picking up the clean victory on Cody. We would get more tag team build up as the night continues. 

Winner via pinfall: Kane

Match #2: Miz vs Yoshi Tatsu
Oh yeah, Miz looks SO aggressive, doesn't he? Come on, everyone is gonna look aggressive against a green dinosaur. Was this really the best they could come up with to cap the Miz/Kofi build? It doesn't get me interested in the match and it just feels lazy and half-assed. I guess WWE just wants to get this over and done with. 

So, Eve finally gets called out, but since there's no real facts, Booker can't officially take action to remove Eve from her position on Booker's staff. For the time being, her punishment is to defend the title…

Honestly, are you really surprised by all of this? There's still a lot of finger-pointing between Eve and Aksana and….Aksana? What the hell is she doing here? I honestly don't see the point to include Aksana in this storyline. Yeah, the smart-ass answer is her being included in a match for tonight, but this is still retarded. The storyline was already getting ridiculous, but this is just plain dumb. Eve vs Kaitlyn vs Layla will happen at the PPV. 

Match #3: Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett
This match was tolerable. The finish comes when Del Rio causes enough of a distraction for Wade to connect with the Souvenir. I would agree with JBL and say this was an important victory for Wade…..If his return was handled better. Seriously, what happened with his return? They put together those amazing videos that made Wade look like a bad-ass. Then they bring him back and claim he's "open for business". After that…..Nothing. Nothing happened. It's almost like they forgot how to continue this exposure. What this basically shows me is the creative staff came up with an idea for Wade, but weren't sure how to follow through with it, so they just gave up for the time being. While they haven't made him look too weak since returning, they haven't done the best job in making Wade look like the character that was being shown in the vignettes. In fact, when was the last time Wade went out there to cut a promo? Yeah, I can continue with this, but I think you get the idea. 

Winner via pinfall: Wade Barrett

Match #4: Kaitlyn and Layla vs Eve and Aksana
Layla kicks Kaitlyn in the head, thus Eve shows her bitchiness to steal this match. Did you enjoy your nap? 

Winner via pinfall: Eve and Aksana

Match #5: Daniel Bryan vs Damien Sandow
Cody and Kane were on commentary for this match. The finish comes when Cody causes enough distractions for Sandow to hit the Terminus. This continues to add more to the story that Bryan is the weak link in the group. Does that mean he will trust the fruit rollup? Well, I guess we'll have to wait until Sunday. 

Winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow

Sheamus and Big Show end the show with a face-to-face. The two talk abou--Oh, why even bother? It's the same damn thing the two have been talking about for the past month. You can't beat me….I can defeat you… can't hit the kick on me… won't catch me…..blah blah blah blah blah blah BLAH!!! I'm sorry, but Sheamus/Show isn't peaking my interest. You know, there's people who can get away with saying the same thing every week, but it doesn't work for this rivalry. Sheamus/Del Rio was more interesting than this. At least those two actually got conflict in the middle of their rivalry. 

Overall Impression:
SD was just…meh. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very engaging. Then again, you really shouldn't expect much for SD since the PPV is this week. It was basically pointless to review it. Anyway, since the majority of you want to know my Hell in a Cell thoughts/predictions, here they are now. As always, I don't care if I'm right or wrong and these are just here for fun. Let's a go.

Randy Orton vs Alberto Del Rio: Randy sure has been working a lot of short-term feuds lately. Based on WWE's track record with these type of matches, the easy pick is Randy. Then again, it really wouldn't bother me if Randy won this match and we get more Ricardo's comedy antics. 

Eve vs Kaitlyn vs Layla; Divas title: Eve is still new as the champion, so I don't really see a title change happening now. I would like to see Kaitlyn get an opportunity to be champion since I think she can offer something new in the division, but the Divas will continue to remain an afterthought after all this is over. 

Kofi Kingston vs Miz; IC Championship: But Nerd, didn't you hear the latest dirt sheet on the Miz that could be true? 

Yep, still don't care what the majority of the dirt sheets are talking about. Despite this, it would be incredibly stupid to slap the title on Miz. Kofi wins, Miz does something else, and the IC title will be unimportant until Kofi has to drop it. That's the sad fate for the mid-card championships. Things can always change for the mid-card titles, but don't be surprised if this happens. 

Team Hell No vs Team Rhodes Scholars; WWE Tag Titles: This is definitely one of the matches I'm looking forward to watching. It has gotten a lot of development, been told decently, and is interesting to watch. Yeah, Team Hell No has lost some of their comedic cunning, but they are still interesting enough for WWE programming. Rhodes Scholars has been built up decently as well. I'm really liking what's occurring in the tag division. I can see Rhodes Scholars getting the titles, but I think WWE is gonna roll with Hell No for a while longer. This one can change, but I'm picking Hell No to become victorious. 

Sheamus vs Big Show; WHC: Depending if Dolph Ziggler cashes in the MITB, Sheamus will walk out with the WHC. This whole thing is being built as if Sheamus cannot defeat Show, so it only makes sense for Super Fella to defeat the giant. Still, there's an '80s guy who can easy steal the title on that same night. 

CM Punk vs Ryback; Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Title: You know, for being a PPV titled "Hell in a Cell", it sure is misleading. You only get ONE HIAC match, but that's probably for the best. I personally think the PPV should've been given a different name, but….Let's move on. I've given my thoughts on this match over the Raw reviews, but I'll try to go into as little detail as possible. Punk/Ryback isn't a bad idea at all. In fact, part of me actually wants to see this match, but I want to see it months from now. It's too soon for this match to be taking place and I feel they are only doing this match because John Cena is recovering and/or WWE is riding the Ryback bandwagon. I like Ryback. He's something a little different in the face department and has a ton of potential, but he isn't ready for the world title. At the same time, I highly doubt Punk will win this match cleanly. That's just what happens when you play a bad guy, you're restricted from clean victories. So, somebody has to cause shenanigans. A lot of people in the IWC are quickly pointing at Brock Lesnar, but I personally hope this doesn't happen JUST to get one over on the IWC. I know it's a cruel thing to say, but I don't care. Yeah, I know the idea makes sense since the Paul Heyman guys unite to take out Vince's crew, but I want to see this happen at a later time. Maybe when Ryback has gotten more main eventers served to him. Once that has happened, Ryback will be ready to feast on a former MMA fighter.

Those are the predications, there's the SD review that nobody will read, so that will conclude tonight's article. Tell me what you thought of the transparent review and what YOU think will happen at the PPV. This PPV has potential, but the last few weeks of build haven't helped the case to purchase this PPV. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling Review 10/25/12 (Megatron gets a friend)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 10/25/12. Generic intro of some sorts….Let's begin. 

Match #1: RVD vs Zema Ion; X Division Title
We open the show with an X Division title match. This match was boring, enough said. RVD wins with the Frog Splash. After the match, Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan attack RVD because we gotta fill our X Division quota for the month. Morgan says he will unleash hell on the Impact roster….And purchase auto insurance. He's a madman!!! As far as Joey going after the X title is concerned, I kinda like this idea. I'm sorry, but RVD as X Champion doesn't interest me. Then again, that might have something to do with the X Division being irrelevant. For the time being, let's go ahead and get sleazy. 

Winner via pinfall and still X Division Champ: RVD

Christopher Daniels and Kaz come out to talk about immigration and wanting their rematch. Since Hogan used their rematch clause as toilet paper, Kaz and Daniels are wanting people to sign their petition for the tag title rematch. Team Texas arrives and are more than willing to defend their titles against Appletini. This scene breaks out in a fight and I got nothing. Like the X Division title, I don't care about the tag division. It's gonna take some work to get some interest for these titles, but I think they've been on to something in the last month. Still, it needs work. 

Time for Hogan's moment of non-thinking for the night as he determines who will get the world title match. He eliminates Mr. Anderson because….Well, do you really need an explanation? After words, Austin Aries and Anderson poke each other's buttons and start to fight. Aries vs Anderson will happen later tonight. Also, Bully was taken out of consideration for the world title match because he's more distracted by Devon. Ugggggggh…..I'll save my thoughts on this for later in the review. 

Match #2: Samoa Joe vs Robbie T; TV Title
As Card Games is playing Wheel of Fortune with a dart board….

I'm just kidding. Devon and crew are very pleased with the next victim. You know, if you want people to take this championship seriously, how about putting Joe against people that are relevant and not going to the local clown college? Joe wins via submission and not one f*** was given. 

Winner via submission and still TV Champ: Samoa Joe

Match #3: Austin Aries vs Mr. Anderson
I think Anderson had an orgasm before this match went on the air. I guess A Double really hits his sweet spot. I think I heard somebody yell "cut" while the two were fighting in the back. For some reason, I find that hilarious. Aries introduces brass knucks into the match by planting them on Anderson's tights. So, he just shoved something hard down his pants? Oh, I couldn't have been the only one thinking that. The ref takes the weapon and doesn't discard it because we need a plot device for later in the match. In fact, here's that plot device now. While the ref gets knocked down, Aries is about to use the weapon, but Anderson intercepts it. Anderson is about to use it, but the ref steals it again. While the ref is turned away, Aries takes out Anderson with another pair of brass knucks. Aries was packing something extra in his pants. What was strange is Aries using Anderson's KO'd body to fake a pinfall attempt on Aries. I just found this pointless since Aries would kick out of it and lock in the Last Chancery for the victory. I get what Aries was trying to do here, but it just felt strange and awkward. I guess Aries is officially a full-time heel. It was headed there, but this was pretty much the nail in the coffin. This was a fair match.

Winner via submission: Austin Aries

Match #4: Tara vs Tessmacher; KO title
Tazz and Tenay took over on commentary. While Borash and the other guy (I could look up his name, but I don't care) weren't amazing, they were definitely more tolerable than Tenay and Tazz. Thanks to all the shenanigans caused by Jesse Douche (That's officially his name on this page), Tara hit the Widow's Peak for the victory. After the match, Brooke Hogan informs us that Open Fight Night still exists….

Well, it turns out ODB will challenge Jesse to a match. I guess ODB wants to continue to remain a side-show attraction. 

Winner via pinfall and still KO Champ: Tara

Joseph Parks gives Hogan an ultimatum. Either give Joseph Aces and Eights in a fight, or get sued for everything Hogan, TNA, Dixie Carter, and Spike TV have. Hmmm, either give him a match, or risk bankruptcy? Yeah, that's such a tough decision, Hulk. Speaking of which, does anybody remember that Abyss character? It seems like a myth these days.  

Bully Ray talks about Devon and how his brother betrayed him. I'm sorry,  but did everyone forget that Bully was the one who attacked Devon? You know, thus starting all this crap from two years ago? Well, Devon arrives with Aces and Eights. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the Plot Hole Drinking Game. Take a shot every time this scene breaks a plot hole. If you do, you just might think you have fifty arms, think you just slept with a teletubby on the moon, while singing the national anthem with a toaster on your head. Do you really expect me to believe that Devon told the fans to buzz off because they're rich, while Bully has been saying for years he likes pissing off the fans? Well, why was Devon always the face during that stretch? Wrestling logic can be hilariously bad sometimes. So, it seems Bully will call out Devon for next week's OFN. Should I really continue? Part of me feels I should just call it an evening after all of that. Aces and Eights was already getting pretty stupid, but I think they just said f*** it and just let the silliness begin. Gut Check guy gets introduced. Hey, I was looking for a power nap. Thanks, TNA. 

Match #5: Jeff Hardy vs Kurt Angle; TNA World Title
Hogan picked Kurt because….Bubba the Love Sponge told him? Yeah, the explanation isn't important. Don't worry, James Storm. Hogan has something big for you in his office….RUN!!! Run away!!! This was a good title defense. After a ton of near falls and close calls, the finish comes when--THIS IS AWESOME!!! Yeah, I was wondering when that would show up. Anyway, Hardy wins with a rollup. Why in the world is Hardy holding two belts? Is Megatron lonely? Did he want some company? Regardless, Aries attacks Hardy and announces their rematch will happen at Turning Point. He takes the real world title since nobody would be caught dead with the Megatron title. Oh, and Kurt was attacked by Aces and Eights…..Just thought I would let you know. Wes Brisco---WARNING WARNING!!! Breach of company!!! Ehem….Sorry about that. He's screaming for a doctor. But he is a doctor…..A doctor of pain!!! I wish they would reveal a couple more members in Aces and Eights. Devon isn't bad, but he isn't holding my interest either. To be fair, it isn't his fault. Devon's doing his best, but he's no Bully. 

Winner via pinfall and still TNA World Champ: Jeff Hardy

Overall Impression:
While I found Impact more enjoyable than Raw this week (S*** Storm is ten degrees to my left), I really wouldn't call this a great showing from TNA. Let's be honest here, there was a lot of stupid/silly moments tonight. You have plot holes up the ass with this Bully/Devon deal, uninteresting storyline development with some of the lower card feuds, Joseph Parks pitching himself for ideas nobody cares about, and more Aces and Eights stuff that's losing more and more interest. Now, I'll continue to be fair and stat Impact did feature some good matches…..Well, two of them to be exact. The World title and the Aries/Anderson matches were at least fun to watch and are matches I would recommend checking out, so I felt they did good in that department. Then again, it's common for TNA to have at least one match on Impact that's worth witnessing. Still, like I said with Raw this past week, I'm looking for a little more than 1-2 matches sticking out. Actions important, but it's the storyline progression that's very important. I felt TNA dropped the ball in this department. I like the idea of Joey/RVD, but Aces and Eights looks goofy and I don't care for the KO storyline. I'm also not big on the tag division and watching Bully be a good guy is just strange. He's doing a decent job, but it's just weird. So, not the worst I've seen out of Impact. In fact, it was a drastic improvement from last week's episode, but not what I would call a groundbreaking episode. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of the article or the show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Raw Review 10/22/12 (Pay-Per-View? What's That?)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 10/22/12. With Hell in a Cell scheduled for this Sunday, how does the "go home" show fair? Let's find out and start the review. 

Match #1: Rhodes Scholars vs Mysterious Masks; Tag Team Tournament
We open up the show with the tag finals. The finish comes when Damien Sandow saves the match for this team, which allows Cody to hit the Cross Rhodes for the victory. The match was a good way to open up the action for tonight's show, but I'm also not expecting much with the action since they want to save up for this Sunday. After the match, Team Hell No has some choice words for Rhodes Scholars, which makes Rhodes Scholars fall to the ground and are worried….Even though they knew this was the prize for winning the tag tournament. You gotta love that wrestling logic. Rhodes Scholars was the appropriate choice since they are heels, while Hell No is….Well, what are they? I guess you can label them as tweeners, but it doesn't really matter. Hell No is great in their own, unique way. 

Winner via pinfall: Rhodes Scholars

Match #2: Kofi Kingston vs Michael McGillicutty
Michael graduated from NXT….No, no he didn't. Kofi wins this match with relative ease. Oh, and Miz is there…..yay? 

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

John Cena comes out to SELL MORE T-SHIRTS!!! He hypes up the CM Punk/Ryback match. He claims that the face of the WWE will change at Hell in a Cell. Is Cena retiring? 

Hey, I had to. Punk interrupts and is sick of Cena's cliches. Punk even mentions how he's forced to resort to trashing the local sports team because wrestling loves cliches. That's innovation for you. Punk thinks that Cena's coming to the realization that he can't beat Punk. Try telling that to a five-year old one of these days and see how it goes. Cena claims that his injuries have healed and wants to fight Punk right now. Punk is about to fight, but Punk needs to fill his cliche quota for the night and leaves. This is a decent way to get some build up for Punk/Ryback. Ryback may be built like a beast, but he works better by saying as little words as possible. I'm fine with Cena doing the talking for Ryback, but only for now. 

Match #3: Antonio Cesaro vs Justin Gabriel
Antonio talks about…Hans Solo? In an upset, Gabriel picks up the victory with the 450 Splash. Did Gabriel wash Vince McMahon's car? Joking aside, I'm okay with this move. This guarantees a title match at the PPV, plus they haven't made Gabriel look too bad in the last couple of weeks. At the same time, why didn't they do this last week? It would've saved a lot more time if they planned this one early. 

Winner via pinfall: Justin Gabriel

Because AJ wanted to get punked….

She resigns as the GM of Raw. WWE is pulling this out of their ass. You know, it would've made a lot more sense if they had built this up. I guess you can argue they have been building this up with all of AJ's antics , but it just feels lazy in my book. AJ claims to be innocent, but…..whatever. Paul Heyman wants to be the new GM, but that proposal doesn't go well. Instead of getting a new GM, we get a managing supervisor. I'm sorry, but that's the dumbest name I've ever heard. Why can't you just say interim GM? It just seems stupid to make up another job title. Anyway, it turns out to be Vickie Guerrero. So, is this Vickie's 3000th role as GM? I guess she's contractually obligated to get the GM role every 2-3 years. Vickie makes a match, pisses off Heyman, and gets in a fight with AJ. Where in the world did this storyline come from? It just feels rushed and no thought process was put into it. As far as my opinion of Vickie getting the job….eh. It's been done already, so I could care less. In fact, part of me just wants to get rid of the whole GM deal. 

Match #4: Ryback vs Miz
I think Ryback will get more in-ring time in his one championship match than he's gotten for the past 4-5 months combined. Shell Shock for the victory.

Winner via pinfall: Ryback

Eve thinks about all the guys AJ slept with. Irony, isn't it? Kaitlyn confronts Eve and finally uses the evidence Teddy found on Smackdown last week. Kaitlyn has evidence, so instead of telling an authority figure, you call out Eve? Here's a second helping of wrestling logic. The two end up fighting. Yeah, toss those snacks all over the place. Geeze, I think the tortilla chips put up more of a fight than Eve. Sheamus comes on the air and PURCHASE YOURS TODAY!!! What the hell was that? Anyway, Sheamus cracks more jokes, while Big Show tells him to get serious. As long as Sheamus is able to go, Super Irishman will always be present. 

Match #5: Daniel Bryan vs Dolph Ziggler
This was a pretty good match. It was given a fair amount of time and it was nice to see something to get me back into the show. The finish comes when Kane tries to encourage Bryan, but Daniel takes it the wrong way. This leads to Dolph hitting the Zig Zag for the victory. I really hope Dolph doesn't cash in the MITB this Sunday. Mostly because it seems too obvious. Sorry, but I like it when MITB is more of a surprise and not being obvious about it. As the two argue, Matt Striker informs them they will be competing on a game show against Rhodes Scholars next. Well, this might be worth a few laughs, but Striker announcement doesn't get me excited about it. In fact, he makes me want to read a book. 

Winner via pinfall: Dolph Ziggler

Oh God, Striker's the host for this event? Kane apparently loves rainbows and puppies. Okay, I'll admit that was pretty funny. In fact, that line was probably the best part of the evening. Rhodes Scholars arrives and think this game show deal is stupid, so they walk out. Bryan acts like he just won the Super Bowl. Striker's still a smug bastard, so Big Show comes out and decides to go bowling. While I thought a few moments of this bit were amusing, it just felt unnecessary. It also didn't look like any thought was put into it. Writing? What's that? 

Match #6: Big Show vs Kane
The finish comes when Rhodes Scholars arrive. Bryan and Kane get distracted, which allows Show to hit the KO Punch. After the match, Rhodes Scholars take out Daniel in the process. This really makes the game show deal even more pointless. 

Winner via pinfall: Big Show

We find out that AJ was trying to get in Cena's pants…..

It's funny if you think about it. The BOD don't seem to care about AJ hooking up with Kane, Bryan, or Punk, but immediately go into action when Cena gets in the picture. Yeah, I know she didn't reveal a name, but I'm just trying to have a little fun here. Cena claims he will do something about it, but he has to wait until his Superman cape is back from the cleaners. Cena comes across Vince to explain the matter, but they literally talk in circles. I'm sorry, but was this scene written in two minutes? Did somebody on the creative staff lose a bet, thus being forced to green light this? Who wrote this? I'm sorry, but this looks really bad. It looks like no thought was put into this whatsoever. What's going on over there? By the way, I'm aware that WWE got a new head writer for Raw. I think I may have saved myself a couple of comments with that one. Cena and Vickie had an altercation….ehh. Yeah, I just don't care anymore. I can't believe they turned a stupid joke that Cena said into a storyline. I guess you really can make a storyline out of anything. 

Match #7: Alberto Del Rio vs Zack Ryder
Del Rio wins and I got nothing. Let's move forward. 

Winner via submission: Alberto Del Rio

Match #8: CM Punk vs Sheamus; Lumberjack match
Sigh, I really didn't like the idea of making this a lumberjack match. Reckon, it's the easiest way of creating shenanigans, but we just saw one on Smackdown. Then again, it isn't like people still watch SD these days. This was a pretty good match, so at least I had that to look-REGAL!!! REGAL!!! WILLIAM F***ING REGAL!!! Ehem….Sorry about that. The finish comes when shenanigans come out, which allow Show to hit a Chokeslam on Sheamus. Punk proceeds to pick the bones to win the match. As soon as the match ends, Ryback comes out and attacks Punk. Punk tried to escape, but the lumberjacks kept tossing him back in the ring. The show ends with Punk being thrown into the heel lumberjacks. 

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

Overall Impression:
You know, I find it funny that AJ is forced to resign because of relations, while Vickie has done that in the past….three times. Yeah, I had to toss in the last bit of wrestling logic. Just like last week, I felt this episode of Raw had no flow to it at all. You almost forget that the PPV is this week. While WWE touched base on every match for the PPV, I felt the build-up was lackluster. I guess I can be fair and say the action wasn't too bad, especially considering that it's common to have weak matches for the "go home" episode. Still, it was the promos/storyline development that really didn't do it for me. You have your beast against the WWE Champion, but THIS is the way you hype up the match? Now, people will argue that it turned out this way because Ryback isn't a talking character. While that may be true, that doesn't excuse the other things. What in the world was going on with that Cena/AJ storyline? That literally looked like it was written up on the spot since it was phoned in. I'm sorry, but I really wasn't a big fan of tonight's show. But I'll give this show some credit….Last week was worse. Well, I better wrap this up before I continue to piss people off. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of tonight's article or show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: WWE Smackdown Review 10/19/12

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Smackdown 10/19/12. How are things in the blue brand this week? Let's find out and start the review. 

We open up the show with Miz TV. If you missed Main Event this week, then you would've known that we have a new IC Champion. Wow, this makes the match they had on Raw even more pointless. Seriously, what were they thinking? I love how Kofi Kingston cut a promo as if he just won the IC title for the first time. Isn't this the fourth time he's won the IC title? Then again, I get what WWE is trying to do here. I personally feel this is Kofi's last chance to get over the mid-card hump and jump in the main event. After all, he's had plenty of opportunities. Only time will tell if Kofi can come out of this stronger than before. Oh, and the match is at least worth checking out. Still, I find it funny that the main event on Main Event is technically never the main event. I think I just blew my mind. Anyway, Miz invokes his rematch clause for Hell in the Cell. It seems appropriate, but Miz's career just continues to go downhill….Which doesn't really surprise me. Miz isn't bad, but there's just other people that stick out a lot more than him. 

Anyway, Miz's guest turn out to be Team Hell No. Miz blames Daniel Bryan for the tag team's problems, while Kane thinks nobody cares about Miz. Did the creative staff's real feelings just make it on the air? As Bryan brags about being the world's toughest vegan, Big Show interrupts to speak up about his previous world title win. Show picks on Bryan, but Kane wants to fight tonight. Awww….How cute!!! When do Bryan and Kane officially go steady? Dolph Ziggler comes out and talks about being the future world champion. Booker T comes out to make a couple of matches. So there was a lot of activity going on in the opening. For the most part, I enjoyed it. 

Match #1: Miz vs Randy Orton
This was Miz's punishment for calling out Booker's predictability. Well, it still shows Booker's predictability since Booker always seems to go back towards Randy as punishment. In a fair match to watch, Randy hits the RKO for the clean victory. Del Rio declines to get in the ring with Randy. I think he was gonna get that life insurance policy. 

Winner via pinfall: Randy Orton

Match #2: Rhodes Scholars vs International Highflyers
Cody Rhodes ends this match with the Beautiful Disaster. We get no follow-up with the Mask Duo. I know Mysterio is sick, but you can at least have Sin Cara do something. I guess Sin Cara had something to take care of in Angel Grove. 

Winner via pinfall: Rhodes Scholars

Earlier in the evening, Teddy Long and Sheamus came up with a match between Sheamus and Wade Barrett. Eve just happens to overhear this and runs over to Principal Booker to take credit for the match…

Because of this, Teddy is upset with Eve. In the meantime, Booker continues to be tricked easily. Well, it just so happens that the master manipulator left her Ipad behind. Teddy decides to look through it to find some information. Later on in the evening, Teddy would find Kaitlyn and they believe they have some evidence to dethrone Eve. As of right now, Kaitlyn has the information, but we won't know until next week what it is. And I bet you Eve's punishment will be she has to defend the title. Progress?

Match #3: Team Hell No vs Big Show and Dolph Ziggler
This was another decent match. Kane and Bryan work together and Bryan wins this match with the No Lock. Hey, at least Dolph won on Main Event….Just thought I would let you know. Bryan and Kane still argue, but manage to pull through when they are in a match…Just like a Hollywood marriage. After the match, Rhodes Scholars attacks Hell No. Yeah, I'm convinced Rhodes Scholars is gonna win the tag tournament. Then again, they were my pick from the very beginning. 

Winner via pinfall: Team Hell No

Match #4: Antonio Cesaro vs Ted DiBiase
It looks like DiBiase has finally returned from injury. Woo hoo? Yeah, I don't care. DiBiase isn't bad, but he hasn't done a lot to impress me. Still, I think he was on to something with the DiBiase Posse. Antonio wins easily with the Neutralizer. Again, how about giving him a rival? Then again, the question becomes who's fit for the job? I think Kane fits the bill, but he's currently busy. I believe Christian is the plan….Whenever he returns from injury. Antonio/Christian isn't a bad idea. In fact, I kinda want to see it. At this point, I would take somebody like Alex Riley or Justin Gabriel. It wouldn't be much, but at least it's something to pass the time. 

Winner via pinfall: Antonio Cesaro

Match #5: Brodus Clay vs Heath Slater
I like 3MB as a concept, but does anybody else think Jinder Mahal totally clashes with this group? I guess you can argue that Drew McIntyre clashes as well, but he at least looks and sounds the part. Jinder just looks…..weird. It's just weird. Well, I'll get used to it. Due to shenanigans, Slater is able to pick up a victory over Brodus. Don't worry, Brodus. You will always have Saturday Morning Slam to pick up victories. My bad!!!

Winner via pinfall: Heath Slater

Match #6: Natalya vs Layla
Layla wins…..Let's move on. 

Winner via pinfall: Layla

Match #7: Sheamus vs Wade Barrett; Lumberjack match
So, the solution to get a winner between Sheamus and Wade is to make a lumberjack match? Oh, that's a good one. Reckon, it gives us a winner, but not without shenanigans. This match was decent, but the ones they've had on Raw were better. The finish comes when all the lumberjacks start attacking one another. Team Hell No even showed up and chased after Rhodes Scholars. Because of all the shenanigans, Wade got distracted long enough for Sheamus to hit the Brogue Kick. This was the best thing they could've done, booking-wise. It doesn't make Wade look weak, while keeping Sheamus' dominance. After the match, Dolph hit the Zig Zag on Sheamus and is about to cash in the MITB. It appears we are gonna have a new World Ch-KO PUNCH!!! Show knocked out Dolph because….Well, why did he do that? I understand Show wants to embarrass Sheamus and prove he's better, but his goal is to win the world championship. In the greater scheme of things, Dolph would've been a softer opponent. Oh, there's that wrestling logic again. The ending was about what I expected. They really have been hinting a lot of Dolph's possible cash-in. Remember when the MITB cash-in was a surprise? Seriously, they toss around so many clues that I just loss interest with it. Then again, I think all these clues is WWE's way of trolling you since the cash-in won't happen. Subtly? What's that? 

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

Overall Impression:
Tonight's SD wasn't too bad. In fact, I found this show a lot more enjoyable than Raw this past week. I said that Raw had no flow/direction to it whatsoever, but SD at least tried to do something this week. Then again, I can see some people not liking this episode since it really didn't introduce anything new. You can regard this as filler, but this is filler that's done right. Other than that, there isn't much to say. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of this article or the show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

WrestlingNerd Presents: TNA Impact Wrestling Review 10/18/12 (Megatron returns!!!)

What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Impact Wrestling 10/18/12. After the events of Bound for Glory, what happens next in TNA Land? Let's find out and begin. 

We open up the show with Aces and Eights. The stable gives a toast to their NON-LEADER…Devon. Devon talks about how As & 8s helped him out and how he hasn't forgotten about what Bully Ray did to him and his family. Based on that, Devon totally has a point. I love how Devon thinks the Impact Zone is crap. Well, it isn't like they are paying to watch this show. Anyway, the TNA roster comes out to attack Card Games. Hogan comes out and….We go to a commercial. You know, it's amazing how EVERY commercial break in the history of pro wrestling is timed perfectly. I'm sorry, but I thought you asked for some extra wrestling logic. Hogan books Sting vs Devon for later tonight. You know, it's so weird seeing Bully Ray on the good guy side of this. I'm sorry, but I look at this and can't help but think it should be the other way around. The intro is about what I expected. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. 

Match #1: Samoa Joe vs Robbie E; TV Championship
I love how Joseph Parks looks 100% fine after 3-4 weeks of torture. Get those cameras out, we gotta talk bulls*** and my sex tape, brother!!! Robbie E still works here? I thought he was doing cafeteria duty now. Joe wins with the Chokehold. He also chokes out Robbie T because….Of his sweater? Yeah, I got nothing.  

Winner via submission and still TV Champ: Samoa Joe

Match #2: Tara vs ODB
Anybody noticed the glazed ham with that TNA commercial? That was just hilariously bad. I like how Jesse from Big Brother considers himself a big star….And that's the joke. So far, I haven't been impressed with Jesse's acting. He looks the part, but he isn't really playing the part to the fullest. Anyway, ODB spits beer in Jesse's face and hits a finisher for the victory. Tessmacher seems amused by all of this. Umm, didn't you lose your match cleanly? You don't have much to gloat about. Their rematch is set for Championship Thursday. Also on Championship Thursday, Hardy will defend his championship against either Storm, Mr. Anderson (Why?), Bully, and one more person to be named tonight. I think this means that TNA has either moved Open Fight Night to a different week or got rid of it completely. It doesn't really matter. OFN didn't fair that well and they basically took part of OFN and put it on Championship Thursday, so is this really a big deal? 

Winner via pinfall: ODB

Match #3: Team Texas vs Garbage Galore 
Does anyone even care about Gunner and Kid Kash as a tag team? Chavo hits Frog Splash for the victory. Woooooo….zzzzzzzz. I think I just found the cure of insomnia. Just watch Gunner and you're cured. 

Winner via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez

Were they celebrating Jeff Hardy's world title win or were they prepping for Chavo's future world title run? Seriously, who thought those confetti colors went with Hardy? Wait a minute!!! What do I see here? The spawn of Satan is back….Megatron title is back. Why in the world would they bring this…THING back? I thought we were pass this? Hardy has to have the worst taste possible. Seriously, he dresses like a bum, does terrible art, and that face-paint. What's with this guy? It's you and me, Megatron. NOOO, it's just me, PRIME!!! Sorry, I got distracted. Anyway, Austin Aries comes bearing cookies…

And that's why Hardy is a dick. How dare you turn down cookies. Aries spits on Megatron, which makes Hardy angry. Aries is able to retreat before getting the Twist of Fate. Just more build up for the rematch. I'm sure the match will be just fine, but Hardy cutting a promo is a sad sight to behold. Remember when people thought he was getting better at this department? It seems like he's getting worse. Then again, promos isn't what made him popular. 

Match #4: AJ Styles vs Kurt Angle vs Christopher Daniels
Apparently, the winner of this match MIGHT get an opportunity for a world title match, which will be decided by Hogan. This match wasn't too bad. It was the best match out of the night. The finish comes when Kurt hits the Angle Slam on Daniels for the victory. Styles doesn't seem happy about losing the match. Looks like a new storyline in the works. Anything to get us out of this Styles/Daniels deal. 

Winner via pinfall: Kurt Angle

Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan are talking. So, I guess Morgan is back under contract. What? I thought he was invading the show? Either EXPLAIN the damn story or don't even attempt it. Anyway, here's your shoot promo of the night. Hogan and Morgan talk backstage politics.  It's okay to bring up politics once in a while, but I don't like it when TNA does it. I think its because TNA was going through a faze of doing this every week and I just grew to cringe when TNA does it. Anyway, it appears that Morgan is pissed off that he never got fame, so now he's a dick. Once they leave, Hogan seems very pleased. Either he liked what he saw out of Morgan or he was thinking of the next wife he will bang. This is why Hogan STILL takes his vitamins. 

James Storm comes out and talks about his war with Bobby Roode. Roode interrupts and claims that Storm's victory will finally give Storm the fame that he wanted, but Bobby is still the better man. Storm hits a super kick on him and…..that's it. I'm sorry, but was there any point to this scene? I know you want to get a follow-up with Storm, but Bobby showing up to stroke his ego just seemed kinda pointless. I know that's Bobby's character, but it should at least mean something. Right now, it just looks like they are trying to drown out the clock while Hogan is counting his money. 

Match #5: Sting vs Devon
Oh, the match of the century. This is the match EVERYONE wanted to see….pssssshhhhh. I'm just lying out of the ass. Nobody wanted to see this matchup. Why the hell are they calling Devon the Sergeant of Arms? I know it's a title from the stable, but it just sounds retarded. Just as Sting's about to win the match, Aces and Eights attacks. After the match, TNA guys show up to fight the stable. That's also how the show ends. So, we reveal that Devon is apart of the stable and you end the show the same way you've ended it for the past 2-3 months? Why am I not surprised? Creative staff? What's that? 

Winner via DQ: Sting

Overall Impression:
If you didn't watch BFG, than this show would be acceptable for you. Then again, if you did watch BFG, than this whole episode was nothing more than filler. Most of the matches didn't really grab my attention and I was expecting more development with some of the storylines or the introduction of new conflicts. Other than the possibility of Styles/Angle, nothing new was introduced tonight. I understand that you gotta get people up to speed that didn't watch the PPV, but it doesn't excuse the bland evening. This was NOT a good way to keep people invested in the product. BFG did a lot of things right to bring you in, but I think they failed to do a decent follow up. As far as the promos went….eh. They were okay, but nothing great. I expected a lot of talking since we are just getting out of a PPV, but I really wasn't impressed with this show. I can't recommend it, but I can't stop you from wanting to check it out. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of tonight's article or the show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time.