Archive for the ‘PWS’ Category

1. El Generico vs. Michael Elgin

I’m very surprised with this match’s placement as it can main event any indie show. It was a really good opener where they didn’t go all the way which is understandable. They sure go the crowd hot. Good job by the Canadians.
Grade: B-

 

2. Tito Santana w/Rick Martel vs. Shawn Spears w/Jimmy Hart

Strikeforce reunites for one night only, even though only one of them is competing but who gives a crap. Spears is a very good heel that could have done good in WWE if they hadn’t released him. This match was nothing special but it can be appreciated that Santana didn’t expose himself too much and kept the match going.
Grade: D+

 

3. Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Player Dos) vs. The Great Outdoors (Grizzly Redwood & Jake Manning) vs. Adam Page & Asylum vs. Rhett Titus & Caleb Konley w/Leah Von Dutch

This was very enjoyable where everyone took a turn for the spotlight and blended very well with the crowd. I like a lot the teaming of Titus & Konley, maybe Titus could one day be part of the Scene and lead the pack.
Grade: B-

 

Piper’s Pit – Rowdy Roddy Piper comes out for his infamous Pit  and is interrupted by Caleb Konley, Konley takes over the Pit while Roddy watches and interviews Bruno Sammartino. As any regular Pit, the questions get more juicy and then BAM! full attack mode. Despite being heavily inactive, both Piper & Sammartino are two of the most respected professional wrestlers out there and the Toronto crowd acknowledged it which made this segment feel more special.

 

4.Fit Finlay vs. Harry Smith

This was a really basic match where holds stiff strikes played a major role. It started off slow but it picked up really well at the end. Harry definitely is on the correct path on honing his skills in the indies and against a veteran like Finlay can only do nothing but good.
Grade: B-

 

5. Vader vs. Necro Butcher

A little Deja Vu may I say with Vader facing off a current version of Cactus Jack. Just as you would expect from these two, they kicked the living hell out of each other with very stiff flurries. Unfortunately it was set and done for in a blink of an eye. Smart move to book it this way for the obvious reasons but still entertaining for those who can appreciate their craft.
Grade: DUD

 

6. Dominic Denucci & Shane Douglas w/ Bruno Sammartino vs. Lord Zoltan & Shawn Blanchard w/ JJ Dillon

For those that don’t know, Denucci is Douglas’s trainer. Douglas was hilarious poking fun of JJ Dillon for managing Ric Flair, huuuuge history there that will be enlightened on another day. This match was very short which is a good thing considering the veteran team’s current state.
Grade: DUD

 

7. NCW Female Fatales Championship
Kalamity (c) vs. LuFisto

NCW is a promotion from Montreal, Quebec. I’ve seen both ladies wrestle before in Shimmer and other places and they’re top notch. I was very impressed with their performance here. Both girls demonstrated that they’re just as good and passionate as the men are. Strke exchanges, chain wrestling, just about anything you can see from a typical driven match like in Ring of Honor or Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Really Good Stuff!
Grade: B

 

8. Roderick Strong vs. Jushin Liger

Perhaps one of Roderick’s biggest matches of his career, of not The Biggest. This was very highly competitive from star to finish just as you would expect from both men. Liger a couple of years shy from hitting 50 can still go like if it was 1995 again. The real winner here was the crowd present to see such a legend perform right in front of them. Must Watch!
Grade: A-

 

9. Extreme Rules Match
Tommy Dreamer & Rhino vs. Raven & CW Anderson

Just your typical ECW match that can be appreciated by those who were fans of it. There was wrestling, flying toys, arena tour but none if it felt special. Not a bad match by any means but certainly not the best you could have seen.
Grade: C

 

Final Thoughts:

This was as good of a show as the WrestleReunion show, perhaps even better, as a show and not a wrestlefest. It had a very well rounded performance that can please everyone. I love these show’s that Pro Wrestling Superstar’s have been doing on the Wrestling Convention, brings you a high variety of wrestlers, stars & personalities. I highly recommend this show along with their LA show from January.

 

Verditct: 8/10

You can get this show and many other wrestling DVD’s at Highspots. They also provide Video Downloads and On-Demand Streaming.

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PWS – WrestleReunion (1.28.12) DVD Review

Posted: September 5, 2012 in 2012, PWS

1. Arik Royal vs. Adam Page

These two were kicking it off but then it was over just like that. *SPOILER ALERT* Vader comes out and does some damage to both guys. Fun Segment!
Grade: DUD

 

2. The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Bad Ass Billy Gunn) vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) (Special Guest Referee: Mick Foley)

One of my dream matches has finally come true. However, all four are way past their prime and no longer work as they used to back in the 90’s. For their age, they can still go and do some goodies in the process. Outlaws with their DX shenanigans are still effective and go the crowd popping good. This match was driven by nostalgia all the way and I wouldn’t blame anyone for that.
Grade: C-

 

3. British World of Sports Rules Match
Colt Cabana vs. Fit Finlay

Thankfully I’ve seen World of Sport in the past and understood the concept immediately. The rules are the following: The match consists of 3-5 minute rounds and a pinfall or submission can end the bout at any moment. There was a lot of comedic spots and good chain wrestling both men. It’s a very weird match if you don’t know how the concept works but for those who do can relate to it and appreciate it.
Grade: C

 

4. 7OH!4 (Caleb Konley & Cedric Alexander) vs The UnHoly Alliance (Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri)

This was pretty fun to watch as the four clicked instantly. Whipwreck & Tajiri brought a lot of nostalgia from the old ECW days and made the match feel like an ECW match. Cedric Alexander was very good here and I give props to the man for providing a lot of the dynamic in the ring.
Grade: B-

 

5. DEMUS 316 vs. Mascarita Dorada

Mexican Minis give it all here. In Mexico, mini’s are an extremely crucial element in their lucha product in which they’re a special attraction to keep the crowd entertained by opening their shows. As expected, the minis brought a lot of entertainment and comedy into the match and was highly appreciated by the crowd present. A lot of people really don’t like the Minis but I appreciate them for what they are and they serve a purpose to keep the show going.
Grade: B-

 

6. Street Fight
Tommy Dreamer vs. Kevin Steen

Tommy Dreamer has made a living out of competing in these type of matches which was a standard procedure in the old ECW. Steen ever since going solo a couple of years ago has adopted a brawling style that blends very well that is quite similar to Dreamer’s. This was wild and crazy just like you would expect from both men.
Grade: B

 

7. Roderick Strong vs. Jake Manning

It started off a bit slow but then it picked up. Manning held his own pretty well against the veteran in Strong. Good nearfall sequences that got the crowd anted up.
Grade: B-

 

8. Davey Richards vs. Harry Smith

Smith was unleashed to his full potential here against the American Wolf. This is a very different side of Harry Smith that you were accustomed to see as he is no longer under the WWE and has more freedom to apply his arsenal at its fullest. Davey is the kind of guy that can bring the best out of people and with Harry being billed as the future of the business by many veterans & legends you can totally see why. Props to both men.
Grade: A-

 

8. El Generico & The Great Sasuke vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

Where should I start here? The Great Sasuke is one of the most praised Junior Heavyweights in Japan and a legend in his own right. The man can still go at his age and sure left a spark of his talent in everyone participating here. Generico & Young Bucks are always an asset in wrestling and even more when they’re in the same match. Definitely worth the watch.
Grade: A-

 

9. WrestleReunion Legends “Wrestle Royale”
Participants: Matt Classic, Lanny Poffo, Rock Riddle, Carlos Colon, Gangrel, Raven, Mondo Guerrero, Robbie E, Virgil, Greg Valentine, Konnan, Dan Severn, Jimmy Hart, Jesse Hernandez, Piloto Suicida, Kevin Sullivan, Tommy Dreamer, Brutus Beefcake, The Godfather, Bradley Ray Schreck
 (Special Enforcer: Ken Shamrock)

Nothing much to say. You know how this works.
Grade: DUD

 

Final Thoughts:

This was a very entertaining show with lots of nostalgia and adrenaline. Very good interaction by the legends that left a good taste in everyone’s mouth. The young guys worked like pros with legends and created a really good spectacle for those present.

 

Verditc: 8.25/10

You can get this show and many other wrestling DVD’s at Highspots. They also provide Video Downloads and On-Demand Streaming.