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Lucha: Underground – May 27th, 2015

The sun sets over Boyle Heights and the hungry crowds gather inside The Temple for intense lucha libre action!


There is a heavy shadow over tonight’s episode, which features a double main event. First, Prince Puma defends his Lucha: Underground Championship against No. 1 Contender Hernandez, in the culmination of a bitter feud which was birthed out of a partnership of trust and friendship some months ago. Has Puma finally met his match, or will the brave lucha warrior overcome the odds yet again? Also, Mil Muertes makes his much anticipated return to face arch-rival Fenix in a Death Match, a plot conceived by the evil muse Catrina and El Jeffe Dario Cueto. All this, Johnny Mundo, Sexy Star and more.

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ECCW Clash Of The Titans – May 23rd, 2015

Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling returns to the RCC to bring a night of intense sports entertainment to the quiet neighbourhood of Kitsilano. It’s time for Clash Of The Titans!


Nicole Matthews teams with The Cunninghams and Tony Baroni to take on the House of Hell’s Lak Siddartha and Mr Smyth, Nelson Creed and Johnny Flynn in elimination 8-person action. In tag team action, The Bollywood Boyz take on The Entourage. Qualifying contests take place to determine who will compete for the Canadian Championship at Ballroom Brawl 4’s Fatal Four-Way Ladder Match. Our main event sees El Phantasmo challenging Artemis Spencer for the Canadian Championship. All this and more! Who came out on top? Let us see…

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So what exactly is the plan for Adam Rose?

Like many others, I found E:60’s documentary on NXT Behind the Curtain both intriguing, enlightening and moving. Although I became more endeared to each personality featured, the one who really got me by the heart was – of course – Raymond Leppan.

Formerly known as Leo Kruger and now wearing the name Adam Rose, Leppan has overcome a difficult childhood, a troubled adolescence, a challenging career choice, and his first son’s ongoing medical complications to achieve his dream of becoming a professional wrestler with the WWE. It is an inspiring story of determination and perseverance.


Upon the documentary’s end, my wife and I wiped the tears from our respective eyes. She then turned to me and asked if I thought the WWE Universe would begin to support the character Adam Rose more as a result of his story becoming known. I said I didn’t know, but I supposed it was very likely such a thing would occur. It is also possible that WWE would choose to capitalize on Rose’s newly-found sympathy by pushing him a certain way.

Mick Foley voiced a similar opinion via a blog posted to his Facebook page. Drawing comparison to Foley’s past persona Dude Love, he said:

Maybe Mr McMahon can take a page out his 1997 playbook, and afford Adam Rose’s real-life story the type of attention he afforded my own. For me, it was a game-changer. I think a similar setting could produce similar results for Rose, and WWE. I strongly urge the powers-that-be to do not only what’s best for Adam Rose, but what’s best for business.

Not bad advice. But what has actually taken place since E:60 broadcast their film?

The next time we saw Adam Rose, he was too pre-occupied with his new love interest Rosa Mendez to notice that his entourage of “Rosebuds” were growing disgruntled. One of the party-goers dressed as a hotdog, acted as spokesman for the group, requesting their paycheques. Rose first responded with dismissal, then anger, telling the troupe that the party was officially over. Then Mendez drew him into her arms once again and the two began making out passionately.


Having just watched a documentary which showed Leppan as a dedicated husband and a doting father, not to mention an all-around nice guy, I found this difficult to watch.

So, what exactly is the plan for Adam Rose? Knowing that many members of the WWE Universe has seen his life story, what are they hoping to achieve through these latest character moves?

Upon watching his life story, I theorized ways in which Creative could push Rose in a way that capitalized on his newly established pathos.

I saw Adam Rose making small changes to the way he makes his entrances.


Instead of making himself the focus and the life of the party – having everyone flock around him and celebrate his mere presence as something special, he could give that honour to the audience. He could connect more with the crowd, touching hands and encouraging everyone to dance with him. He could even go so far as to pluck random people, children even, from the crowd and make them honourary Rosebuds for a night. What child wouldn’t be tickled pink to dance with a giant hotdog and ballerina’s the whole, goofy gang? It would get the people involved and make it seem like Rose was not so disconnected and narcissistic.

Because let’s face it, that is the way his character reads. He seems to constantly be taking long, indulgent swims in Lake Me.

I think a big reason why WWE did not go for something like this is because they had already written themselves into a corner when it came to Rose’s heel persona by attaching him to Rosa Mendez.


Now it appears that Mendez has convinced Rose that he doesn’t need to be nice, he doesn’t his Rosebuds, he doesn’t need the fans or anybody. She is all he needs.

What may follow are repeated attempts by the Rosebuds to get through to Adam Rose. During his matches, they could come down to his music, dancing around and trying to get him to join the party. Mendez can hiss and scream at them, chasing them off time and again.

Over time, though, and perhaps with the help of Fandango, he can see the light.


Remember that Fandango himself was paired with Rosa Mendez. During that time, he changed his style, his attire and entrance music – and indeed his entire demeanor. He became more fierce in the ring, more aggressive and heelish than before. But then he realized the error of his ways, he realized how hollow it felt to be disconnected from the people in the crowds, and before a London crowd he told Mendez it was over. He cued up his old music, and since then he has devoted himself to sharing his joy of dance with the WWE Universe.

Perhaps he could get through to Rose, and convince him to kick the evil woman to the curb, to embrace his lighter side and embrace the people.


Then, Adam Rose could reunite with his Rosebuds, apologize for being a dick, and promise to make sure the party never stops and everyone is invited.

It’s a pretty idea, and I hope we see something like it happening. But, like Mick Foley, all I can do is put it out there and see what happens.


Lucha: Underground – May 20th, 2015

From The Temple in Boyle Heights, California, comes the most insane action in pro wrestling today.


This week, the Trios Championships are up for grabs in a much anticipated rematch, as Ivelisse, Son of Havoc and Angelico defend against The Crew in a ladders match. Also on the card, the Lucha: Underground Champion is in action against the new hopeful, Marty “The Moth” Martinez. Will “The Moth” fly into the night, or just bump himself into a light bulb for an hour? As well, will Texano finally reek his revenge on newcomer Delavar Daivari? And what will Johnny Mundo say about his actions against Alberto El Patron last week? Let’s do this.

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One Step Back: the Lana/Ziggler segment from Raw represents story-telling which is not only lazy but offensive.

On Monday Night Raw, I watched some of the most stilted, contrived, clunky, lazy story-telling I have seen in a while.

No, I am not referring to the sudden baby-face turns made by both The Bellas and Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Natalya, despite them changing absolutely nothing about their in-ring style, promos, entrances, etc.

I am not alluding to the unexplained reunion of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, which follows a similarly unexplained falling out which never culminated in any kind of feud between the two.

I’m not even talking about the sudden rivalry between Ryback and Bray Wyatt, or the inclusion of R-Truth in the Elimination Chamber match, or the inclusion of any other entrant in the Chamber match without any clear system of selection- no lottery, no qualifying matches, nothing.

One could point to any of these as prime examples of hollow narrative worthy of a spirited rant, but what really has me offended is what the WWE creative team has conceived for Lana.

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WWE Payback – May 17th, 2015

From Baltimore, Maryland, the WWE brings retribution, redemption and revenge. From Baltimore, the leader in sports entertainment brings Payback!


There was blood. There was sweat. There was deceit amid foes and honour amidst friends. The main event saw four of the best the WWE has to offer working together to create a well-crafted contest worthy of note. Although Match of the Night contention might sway toward the Tag Team Championship’s Two out of Three Falls Match, there were few dull spots to be found on this shining exhibition of talent. In some ways, the card did have the feel of a transitional Pay-Per-View. The Elimination Chamber is looming only two weeks away, and contrary to its title many feuds remain hot and without resolution. Overall, though, the event was enthralling and strongly billed. Let’s begin by reviewing the match results…

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TNA Friday Night Impact – May 15, 2015

It is Hardcore War on Impact (not Hardcore Justice, that was a couple of weeks ago), as the heated rivalry between World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle and Eric Young goes to the battlefield.


The BDC join Young as The Rising side with Angle, as the main event sees a no holds barred gauntlet match which proves to be full of surprises. Also on this week’s program, the first of a best of 5 series for the World tag Team Championships between The Dirty Heels and The Wolves. The Dollhouse is also in action, along with their spiteful leader Taryn Terrell. Plus: The Bromans implode, Magnus calls out James Storm, and Mr Anderson takes on Tyrus.

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WWE Thursday Night Smackdown – May 14th, 2015

The go-home edition of the blue brand beams into living rooms around America and through my computer monitor in Vancouver, as we get set for the final stop before WWE Payback.


With some of the bigger name talent taking the night off (Randy Orton, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, The Bellas), the rest of the roster trade partners for a night as they try their best to hype every feud on the upcoming card. A surprisingly uncomplicated night, with an absence of run-ins, interference, shmozzes, or last minute stipulations. The focus was on competitive in-ring action – of which there was plenty, and on the subtle relationships between single superstars.

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Lucha: Underground – May 13th, 2015

Mystery, excitement and drama galore from the Temple in Boyle Heights as lucha libre lights up the screen once again on Wednesday night!


Dario Cueto unveils new dastardly magic to his roster to quarrel over. A new luchadore debuts. A match to decide the number one contender to Prince Puma’s Championship between Hernandez and Alberto El Patron takes the main event stage. Will AAA provide the fans with the highest spots and most furious action on television yet again? All signs point to most definitely.

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WWE NXT – May 13th, 2015

The main roster hopefuls are gearing up for the next big show, TakeOver: Unstoppable, with their go-home episode from Full Sail University.


The main event sees a face to face confrontation between NXT Champion Kevin Owens and challenger/former champion Sami Zayn. Also on the card, a big tag match to set up the number one contender triple threat match next week. Sasha Banks schools a jobber, Alexis Bliss and Carmella go tooth and painted nail, and Baron Corbin rolls over Crowe and into Rhyno.

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