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Archive for the month “July, 2015”

Lucha: Underground – July 8th, 2015

From The Temple in Boyle Heights, California comes the premiere showcase of lucha libre on television today.

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With Ultima Lucha right around the corner, more matches are added to the card and story-lines really begin to pick up intensity. Tonight, Alberto El Patron and Johnny Mundo captain teams of four, which collide in Tag Team Atomico for the main event. Also, Cage and The Mack, Son of Havoc and number one contender Mil Muertes, Texano, Blue Demon, the Disciples and the Crew. Although absent from in-ring action, the malevolent presence of Pentagon Jr. lurks throughout the program, as he obsessively pursues and provokes Vampiro.

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Owens vs Balor: a fight less important than its fighters

The stage is set for a massive showdown. July 4th, 2015, for the first time ever, the WWE Network will stream live action from the Ryogoku Kokogikan in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan.

Although the card will feature appearances from stars Hideo Itami, Chris Jericho and John Cena, as well as Brock Lesnar’s first sanctioned match since his WWE World Heavyweight Championship title loss at WrestleMania XXXI, the bout that is sure to bring the house down is the NXT Championship match between indie legends Finn Balor and Kevin Owens.

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This match has big fight feel written all over it. Both participants are fifteen-year veterans of the wrestling business. Both have amassed cult followings with their respective styles, which boast opposing attractors: Balor, the dynamic and dramatically masterful showman; and Owens, the hard-nosed and surprisingly complex expert of subtlety.

But for such an event of historic significance and epic measure, why has screen time and ring time between the two characters been so minimal? In comparison to past feuds, it has the feeling of being oddly disproportionate.

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Lucha: Underground – July 1st, 2015

With its first big event a little over a month away, and with rumours casting doubt on whether or not it will be renewed for a second season, the best and only showcase for Mexican-style pro wrestling brings its unique brand of violent drama to the El Rey Network!

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Tonight’s episode devotes itself to building major feuds going into Ultima Lucha, including the battle for the Lucha: Underground Championship. Prince Puma and his belt are wanted men, with everyone clawing for a title shot before the big event. However, the immense shadow of Mil Muertes looms over all, champion and challenger alike, as he is guaranteed his match at Ultima. Peripherally, Alberto El Patron returns to action after his revenge attack on Johnny Mundo weeks ago. In what state of mind did the Temple crowd find him? Also in clashes to settle personal scores: Texano and DelAvar Daivari with Big Ryck at his side, and former number one contenders Drago and Hernandez.

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Highs, lows and crunchy middles from TNA’s Slammiversary XIII

June 28th, 2015. The thirteenth anniversary of Total Non-stop Action Wrestling’s biggest Pay-Per-View spectacular was celebrated. The show boasted some memorable moments and enthralling in-ring action. It also, however, suffered from technical difficulties, awkward billing, and a severe lack of build-up.

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With the dirt sheets a-litter with news that five top stars of TNA’s roster are jumping ship and rumours that the company is on the verge of closing its doors, an oddly wistful shadow was cast over Sunday night’s proceedings.

Before his match with James Storm, Magnus cut a promo which, although a bit muddled, dripped with the emotion of a sentimental farewell as much as his quivering lip and tear-filled eyes:

“It’s the thirteenth anniversary of the little company with big, big dreams. It’s Slammiversary in good, old Orlando, Florida. The stars are out and ready to shine, and tonight the smart money is that two of TNA’s biggest and brightest stars shine bright on Pay-Per-View for the last time. People can say what they want about this company, and I know you do. But dammit, for six years this company has been my home, it’s given me some great memories, some great times, and I grew up in this company and I’m proud of it.”

It was announced the next day that Nick “Magnus” Aldis was officially signed to Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling.

What were the big take-aways from this year’s Slammiversary? What were the highs and lows and crunchy middles of the event which may wind up being TNA’s Pay-Per-View swam song? Let’s take a closer look.

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