Years ago I loved that I had the NWA, WWF, AWA, World Class, and The UWF to watch on TV. I got to see Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Rick Martel, Bruiser Brody, Rick Rude, Dr. Death Steve Williams, and Terry Taylor tear it up inside the ring every single week! I had my favorites (The NWA) and I believed Ric Flair was the only legitimate “World” champion, but I was so excited to have all this wrestling to watch on TV! Well, with Vince McMahons monopoly on wrestling, that went away for so long. Sure, we got the Monday Night Wars, and they were awesome, but they were way too short lived. For the most part, all we’ve had for years is WWE on TV with some TNA for a bit, and periodic ROH shows.
Until recently! Now we’ve got NXT (a show that reminds me how the WWE used to be, good to decent), we’ve got Ring of Honor on a weekly basis, we’ve got TNA rebooting and working hard to win fans over again, and we’ve got, in my opinion, the leader of the pack (quality wise) Lucha Underground. Finally I get to watch guys like Prince Puma, Cage, Drago, Adam Cole, Jay Briscoe, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, Kevin Owens, Hideo Itami, and Fin Balor tear it up on TV each and every week. We can have discussions like, “Who would win between Prince Puma and Kevin Owens?” or “Austin Aries vs. Jay Briscoe (the only two wrestlers to ever hold the ROH World title twice)? Not only do we have all that, with New Japan World, you can have everything New Japan has to offer for only $8 a month! And, if you like bad wrestling, you can subscribe to the WWE Network for only $10 a month!
Everyone is buzzing about Wrestlemania this Sunday, and that’s fine, it’s to be expected. I however just watched numerous “Wrestlemania” quality (or better) matches on free TV this week. I saw Prince Puma and Cage, kill it in Lucha Underground, as well as Alberto El Patron taking on Texano for the AAA title, in a bull rope match! I also got to see Kevin Owens battle Fin Balor for the NXT championship in an incredible match up, and while I’m not sure what the featured matches are on ROH TV this weekend, I’m certain they will be great as well.
While I am a fan of “indy wrestling” I must admit that wrestling on TV is as good as it’s ever been. It’s taken a long time to get there, but here it is. Indy wrestling really needs to step its game up to stay on pace with all that’s available to wrestling fans today, from the comfort of their own home. I believe they can do it, but will they? If you’re not watching Lucha Underground, Ring of Honor, NXT, and TNA, you need to start, immediately. Wrestling is back!
Roxanne Steele became the number one contender to the women's title, defeating Tessa Valentine
The first two competitors in the Rumble match, were the last two standing, but Kevin Yukito / Swift Kick Cannon defeated TJ Mathis to win it and be entered into KoG5's ladder match.
Shane Malice won the ladder match to earn a UWE title shot anytime he wants overcoming Eddie House, Artemus Walls, Malek Avalon, Nathaniel Feick, Michael Cichowicz, "The Last Warrior" Greywolf, and Viento.
Mandy Leon defeated Bookoo Buckz to become the new UWE Women's Champion in a hardcore match
Tate Hammer, Cliff Maxim Serenyi, and Joey J Money defeated Eric Deshields, Ty Reno, and Louis G. Rich
Andy Vineberg got Avalon and Mathis to join his "Winners" as they jumped Richie Nightmare at ringisde as the cage was constructed.
Ryan Kolby and Zack Rayne defeated The Wildcardz to become the new UWE Tag team champs inside a steel cage!
Joel Oresky and Brute VanSlyke defeated Hollywood Nick and Kage when Joel pinned Nick.
Al Snow beat Laszlo Arpad to become the new UWE U.S. champion.
AR Fox defeated Eddie Smooth 4 falls to 3 in a 30 minute iron man match that stole the show!
Sage Strong defeated Richard Via, Justin Mack, and Kevin Murphy to become the new UWE champion in an anything goes fatal fourway match that saw Booker T - WWE as the "special enforcer."
With a little help from a good friend, AR Fox!
What is “The Bump List?” The Bump List is my way of putting over wrestlers that I feel deserve the most attention. I am very proud of this idea as it will help me promote who and what I like, without insulting any company, or other worker. The Bumplist will help any wrestler, that’s on it, put themselves over. To share anything they want, to inform the fans of why they are one to watch in the world of wrestling.
“The Bump List” is created solely by myself (Adam). Someone may request to be considered for it, but for the most part, it will simply be wrestlers that I personally feel deserve more attention. As mentioned above, it’s not about putting down any company, or worker, it’s about promoting wrestlers that I feel are good/great/awesome.
So if you want to see awesome wrestlers get the recognition they deserve, the BUMP they deserve, as they themselves tell the world why they are the best, and should main event, and win titles, or even be scooped up by WWE, TNA, ROH, or Lucha Underground, then join me for “The Bump List” each and every time I upload an episode at www.wrestlingdoneright.com
Thank you to the great A.R. Fox, who wrestled at UWE last night, with a broken jaw and 20 stitches in his mouth, against Eddie Smooth, in a 30 minute Iron Man match, for helping me introduce "The Bumplist!"
WDR's Newest Idea starts at UWE kogiv!
What’s so great about Lucha Underground? First of all, it’s “gimmicks done right.” I love how everyone in a mask has to create something about who they are to grab your attention. To me, creating a masked gimmick is more difficult than having just any old gimmick, because you can’t use facial expressions (a very big part of an art like professional wrestling) and secondly, if nearly everyone is wearing a mask, how in the hell do you make yourself stand out? Lucha Underground has a ton of masked guys that have done this perfectly. Pentagon Junior is a fierce looking ninja like character, while his real life brother Fenix is a colorful high flyer that plays the underdog that will risk any and everything to win. King Cuerno is a hunter, a man that studies, and stalks his prey, while Drago is dressed in scales, and a mask like I’ve never seen in wrestling, and very much reminds me of The Great Muta. Mil Muertes is a man who lost his family in a horrible tragedy and thus claims to be death himself, while Son of Havok is a biker gang guy with a long beard and leather vest. Lucha Underground also has non masked wrestlers like the re-surging John Morrison (Mundo in Lucha Underground) as well as Brian Cage, billed almost like The Incredible Hulk, and the crazy high flying, fun loving, Angelico! Every wrestler, save two that are used as comedy sideshow acts here and there, entertains me. When I watch Lucha Underground there is never a time that I want to play with my phone, go grab a snack, or take a bathroom break. I want to see every single match, and I care about every single wrestler, because even the two joke characters make me want to see them get beat up! If Lucha Underground struggles in any way, it’s their insistence on booking inner-gender matches, and then booking them like one sided joke-fests. You can’t tell me how awesome women wrestlers are, and then make their matches with the men so one sided that it’s boring. Now I agree that men would likely dominate women in the ring, but that’s not how Lucha Underground sells it, yet it’s how they present it. It’s weird, and as such, they should just stop doing them.
This past Wednesday’s show (3-11-15) was a very good show once again. I’ve not seen a bad Lucha Underground show yet, and the only other company I can say that about is Ring of Honor. Lucha Underground though is so different, so colorful, so fun, that it’s a different product than Ring of Honor is, and that’s awesome, because I need that in my wrestling life. This week Pentagon Jr defeated Argenis in a quick, but entertaining match. Pentagon Jr. is way over, even as a heel. I’ve grown to like him more and more myself with every passing week. His story, his aggression, his look, is just top notch stuff, and I cannot wait to see who they reveal as his “master” eventually. Next up, the story of Catrina siding with Fenix against her once boyfriend/cohort, Mil Muertes is continued via a nice little backstage vignette. Next up, in a silly match that did nothing for anyone, Angelico defeated Ivelisse with Son of Havok as special guest referee. The idea here is that Angelico would touch all over Ivelisse as they fought, to work Havok up. It down played Ivelisse’s skills, and made the match goofy. I know where they are going with the story between these three, but those who don’t may have turned the channel during a match that just seemed off, and not Lucha Underground’s style at all. Have heart though, they ARE going somewhere with all three of these wrestlers, that I believe you will enjoy. Finally, in a very good Steel Cage Match: Johnny Mundo defeated King Cuerno after refusing to escape the cage, by climbing out while Cuerno was down, instead hitting his “end of days” (Starship pain) finisher off of the top of the cage, and getting the pin!
You just can’t go wrong watching a wrestling show based on the idea that it’s inside a temple, dedicated to the ancient Aztec Warriors, where wrestlers come from all over the world to pay homage to, by climbing into the ring and doing battle to prove they are the best wrestler on the planet. The owner is slick, and conman like, but he’s not your typical “evil owner” constantly inserting himself in the story lines, matches, and television time. He’s all about making money and doing anything he can to do that, while staying out of, and away from the ring, where he clearly knows that he doesn’t belong. So far there is only one championship in Lucha Underground, but that’s okay, it’s very important, and everyone is fighting to get a shot at it. One of the best wrestlers in the world today holds it (Prince Puma/Ricochet) and that man can have a five star match with anyone on the planet. The constant influx of talent from Mexico’s AAA promotion, as well as independent talent from all over the world, lets you know that Lucha Underground will always have something to wildly entertain you.
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I find this meme (picture to the left) slightly odd honestly. Are there fans that go too far? YES, I've sat beside them at shows. However, "wrestling" is so closed down to any kind of honest criticism, and critiques. Imagine people in the NFL jumping all over ESPN, SI, etc. for daring to ever write a critical piece on a football team, or player. Imagine the MLB or NBA flipping out, and calling it disrespect anytime a sports analyst talked about something not being any good. Hell, look at Eagles fans as of late! They are all losing their minds because the organization has made some bold moves. I've seen one analyst call Chip Kelly RACIST for making certain trades! There's been some outcry against him, but no one has said he needs to "shut up and enjoy the show!" No one says that except Pro Wrestling people.
Now before you say wrestling is booked and not an actual competition, have you ever seen a play reviewed? Broadway plays are reviewed all the time. The reviewer talks about the acting, the direction, the set, the props, the story, etc. He praises the good, but also points out the flaws, sometimes in a snide manner even!
Critiquing a product one enjoys is 100% normal. Being an ass (like yelling out at shows "slap your leg harder on your next superkick!") is ignorant, stupid, and pathetic, but only morons do stuff like that. Fans of every sport, and every play, TV show, movie, etc. always are very opinionated! How many lost their shit when Ben Afflek was named the next Batman? How many still say how they won't see it if he's going to be Bruce Wayne? TONS!!! Why is there no outcry from DC, and the movie's director, for fans to shut up and be respectful and enjoy the show?
The idea that wrestling fans must be different than fans of anything else in the world, out of "respect," is just wacky. You can't put out shit, or give me a shit sandwich (a pile of crap between two glorious pieces of the best bread I've ever eaten) and tell me to be happy because the bread is so awesome, and expect me to shut up and eat it, with a big smile on my face. I'll tell you that if your have better stuff for in the bread, or even just the bread, I'll be pleased to partake, but I'm not swallowing your shit.
I'm not a "gimmick Nazi"
Bad gimmicks, what are they? Is there even such a thing? I mean just about every wrestling fan on the planet jokes about Bastion Booger, Max Moon, PN News, and The Shock Master, but I’m not talking about gimmicks that everyone will agree are bad, poorly planned, or just plain idiotic. I’m talking about gimmicks that leave you wondering how this person can really ever be taken serious. Regular readers of this site, and my Facebook, and Twitter, know that I hate comedy wrestling. Yeah, wrestling needs some comedy spots here and there, but I’m not a fan of silly wrestling like CHIKARA, or guys like Santino Morella, and many different stages of Eric Young‘s career. However; that being said, I’m not even talking about those gimmicks. I can get past comedy wrestlers if they just aren’t pushed to the top, as we fans are being told they are as good as anyone on the roster. That’s seldom the case, so I don’t harp on it too often. So what is a bad gimmick in my opinion? Well, let’s take a look at a few of them in today’s wrestling.
1) Pimpinela Escarlata- I love Lucha Underground, but how in the hell am I supposed to take this…um….guy, seriously? Just like Adrian Adonis’s cross dressing days, he just makes me want to turn in my wrestling fan card.
2) Maxwell Chicago- Ugh, the outfit (yes, at least it’s gear I guess) the lack of talent, his build, his delivery, just…everything screams “Why are you watching this?!” This is the kind of guy I never want my non wrestling fans to ever come across….ever.
3) Jean-Jean Labon- Do I even have to explain? A wrestling mime? This goof uses fake knives, machine guns, and countless other “mimed” things in his matches, and worst of all, his opponent reacts to them!
4) Dalton Castle-Yes, he seems to be over in Ring of Honor, but that makes me want to put him on this list even more. I don’t understand the idea of an extremely flamboyant gay man, in a jump suit with wings, being escorted to the ring by two boys in Mardi Gras masks, being taken serious in a place like Ring of Honor. Yes, Castle is good in the ring, and I respect that, but the idea that this guy is to be taken seriously, that he’s to be considered a serious threat to guys like Jay lethal, Jay Briscoe, and Adam Cole, just makes me laugh. The fact that many Ring of Honor fans like him, makes me cry.
There are four examples of horrible, embarrassing, please don’t let my non-wrestling fan friends ever see, examples of horrible gimmicks. If you enjoy them, I am fine with that. If you love CHIKARA, and other comedy based companies, that’s great! All I’d love to see/have is a wrestling company that never uses gimmicks like these…ever. I prefer my wrestling straight laced, based on athletic ability, stiff wrestling, and competition to be the best man on the roster, and the best match on the show. I enjoy grand entrances, larger than life characters (at least some, but I’m not talking about an Undertaker, or a clown) and awesome promos/interviews, but ultimately I want the in ring action to be the largest selling point.
I’m convinced that a company that gave me the kind of wrestling I love could be wildly successful. The older NWA was very much like what I’m talking about here. However, I admit that they did give us an occasional embarrassing wrestler like Lazar Tron. My beloved NWA introduced this idiot, much to my chagrin. The gimmick was based solely off of a toy of the same name. I’m guessing someone thought this would draw fans in that loved the toy (it was very popular) but it was just embarrassing and stupid. So I contend that if a company decided to be serious, dark, gritty, and realistic, avoiding the temptation to be stupid, silly, and over the top, they could find an audience as large as the NWA’s once was. We are out here, and we are waiting to jump on a company with extreme loyalty and support.
adam and chuck were in attendance
Dark match: Romantic Touch defeated Luis Martinez (Louis came out with a mask on, I believe billed under a different name, but I’m not sure what it was, and removed the mask before getting in the ring) in a decent match. Louis “The Punisher” Martinez looked better than I’ve ever seen him look, in the ring, his body/shape, and even confidence wise, and I tried to tell him that when I saw him after the show, but he pretty much blew me off. I’m not sure what he’s usually like, but last night didn’t leave a good impression with me at all.
The Addiction defeated ACH & Matt Sydal after the red masked guys interfered. Daniels and Kaz claimed they didn’t see the inference, and I am not sure what to think as the red masked guys simply aren’t being explained by ROH. They are coming across very “Aces and Eight’s” like, and I for one am not loving it. It’s a story, and ROH needs stories, so I will bear with it, but even if we can’t know who they are for some time, can they at least tell us their agenda?
Jay Briscoe hit the ring with his, and the official ROH world titles, thanking ODB for getting his belt back. He went on to say he feels that he’s the best wrestler in the world because he’s not been pinned for over two years! Samoa Joe then comes out and challenges Jay to a match for the ROH title at Supercard of Honor IX. Jay agrees!
Jimmy Jacobs then storms the ring and is furious that Joe just walks into ROH and gets a title shot. He says that next week he is getting a title shot because he’s EARNED it! The crowd was split on this, some love Jimmy, and some hate him. I don’t have a strong opinion on Jimmy one way of the other, but I’m not sure what he’s done as of late to “earn” a title shot, but I guess it’s more than Joe has done, so whatever.
The Kingdom, with Maria Kanellis defeated The Young Bucks with a spike piledriver on Nick,
when one of the Red masked guys pulled the referee from the ring, before he could hit the count of three after the Bucks nailed the “Indy Taker” allowing Bennett to low blow Nick and secure the win./ The crowd HATED this with a passion, and I believe it killed much of the crowds excitement. I know I’m a little tired of the Buck being brought in to job at ROH.
In a very good match, Roderick Strong defeated Bobby Fish. The crowd was split on this, and I was surprised. Bobby Fish had just as many fans as Strong did. I’m glad to see Strong getting another push, but I’m not sure how far he will go in it. He’s terrific in the ring, but seems bland compared to so many others.
Donavan Dijak was set to get his ROH TV title shot against Jay lethal, but it didn’t happen because Truth Martini offered him a spot in the House of Truth, and he accepted! This brought out Dalton Castle, and to call him “flamboyant’ would be an extreme understatement. He’s every homosexual stereotype you’ve ever seen, wrapped up in a gay day parade gimmick, from the streets of Mardi Gras! I was shocked at how “over” Dalton was, I mean this is Ring of Honor, right? This gimmick is so “CHIKARA” it isn’t funny, but the Baltimore crowd ate it up. He challenged Lethal and gave him a good match, until Dijak hit his finisher on him, outside the ring, and rolled him back into Lethal to finish off.
In a pretty good match, Jay lethal defeated Jimmy Jacobs. Jacobs is a very respectable wrestler and over all performer, but I was shocked to see him booked to give a serious challenge to Jay.
Moose defeated Caprice Coleman with his spear. It was a borderline squash as I continue to be annoyed with how ROH is using Coleman. I like Moose, even though he’s simply a big power wrestler, but Coleman deserves better.
The Decade (BJ Whitmer and Adam Page) defeated Leon St. Giovanni and Shaheem Ali and then Whitmer offered Colby Corino the position of the Decade’s new young boy. Steve Corino came in to stop this, but his son turned away from him and embraced Whitmer. Jimmy Jacobs came out, as he didn’t approve of this and apologized to Corino, as they watched Colby leave with Whitmer and Page.
This segment was just odd…Corino’s kid looks 15, and not like a wrestler at all. Steve hasn’t wrestled in how long? Is he going to now? Why form the Decade and then have Roderick leave, followed by Jacobs, in a short amount of time? Whitmer is a low mid-carder for ROH, and Page hasn’t established himself by running around with him. I’m just not a fan of this entire angle, and most of the crowd wasn’t either. But again, ROH is attempting to do some stories at least.
House of Truth (Donovan Dijak & J. Diesel) defeated Brutal Burgers and then after the match Bob Evans turns on Cheeseburger and shoulder tackles him, leaving to loud chants of “Ass Hole.” I’m not sure where this leaves Cheeseburger, as he’s so over matched by any and every one he faces. I guess they are giving him an opponent to defeat in Evans.
Michael Elgin defeated Will Ferrara in a brutal match and then continues to destroy him until Caprice Coleman comes out to check on Ferrara and then Elgin attacks him and Ferrara with numerous powerbombs.
War Machine (Hanson and Rowe) defeated Anthony Greene and Cam Zagami (Cam-An Connection) in a squash match and then Elgin came out and made a challenge to both Hanson and Rowe for a handicapped match right then!
War Machine defeated Michael Elgin via DQ after Elgin hits Rowe with a chair. Official have to separate all three men.
ACH defeated QT Marshall and after the match, BJ Whitmer trash talks ACH, as he does so, Adam Page comes in and attacks ACH (maybe a series with these two will finally be Page’s break out in ROH?)
IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles defeated Mark Briscoe in a very good contest. I spoke to Papa Briscoe after the match and he told me he that is proud of both of his boys, and that they are Ring of Honor!
“Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe defeated Kyle O’Reilly after a long, heavy hitting, back and forth, chain wrestling, power move combo match up that had the fans on the edge of their seat the entire time. Joe then thanks the crowd and said he is thrilled to be back because ROH is revolutionizing wrestling as they are the best wrestling anywhere in the world today!
Over all, this was a good show, but lacked anything really special. The Young Bucks are special, but seeing them lose with outside interference is just…meh. I love the Briscoe’s but having AJ Styles vs Tomasso Ciampa would have added a really special match to the 4 hour filming. The Decade isn’t very over, but we will see if Page’s program with ACH can/will help that. The super gay “CHIKARA” style gimmick of Dalton Castle was not my thing at all, and I thought it wasn’t a Ring of Honor thing at all, so I was unsettled when it was as over as it was. I really don’t want to see that kind of thing in ROH. I have no idea what the Corino and his son’s angle is about, but I am not enjoying it. The red masked guys are getting old, and also don’t seem very Ring of Honor’ish to me, but I’m willing to see where it goes. I’d give this show (TV taping) a B- because too many things either fell flat, or didn’t work, but it was still worth going to because ROH is one of the best three companies out there today to watch (with NXT and Lucha Underground).