The products in this online shop are made by Spreadshirt, the platform to design your own t-shirt and other products.
If the above doesn’t work, check out the Smark Shop by clicking HERE!
Side Note: Big Show in a diaper. I’m crying on the inside.
Side Note: Not one but two trios matches…what is this, CHIKARA? #IAmWWE #IAmCHIKARA
Side Note: Jeff Dunham on Tribute to the Troops. YES.
Side Note: THAT BIG SHOW IN DIAPER AGAIN. NO. NO. NO.
In an effort to raise money for our domain hosting, we’re running a t-shirt campaign at TeeSpring.com! We’re offering these shirts at the cheapest price we could pull off, so tell your friends and be sure to buy as many shirts as you so desire For only $8.50 you can show your support for Occupy Pro Wrestling! Are YOU the 10 Percent?
Some information to be aware of:
I don’t know how many were fully aware, but ROH announced the day of its Death Before Dishonor XI event that they would be having a free stream of it on GoFightLive, in what appeared to be an attempt to move past the issues with a new and improved GFL system. I went ahead and watched the stream tonight, and while I can’t give a full recap of the show (I had errands that took up some of the time), I feel I can give a decent overall impression of the show.
Before I get into the show itself, I want to address the stream. There will likely be many people that write about any and all tech issues with the stream, so let’s start out by saying YES, there were problems with the stream tonight. The upside with tonight is quite simply that we didn’t have to pay for a stream that didn’t always hold up. Also, the stream worked a solid 90% or so of the time, so let’s focus on the positive shall we? Personally, there were only two gripes I had with the streaming issues: missing on part of a very emotional BJ Whitmer segment, and missing a bit of the ending. (Before and after the final pinfall, but I did get to see the actual move that finished the match lol)
Of what I got to see of the show, however, I saw some really good in-ring action. The thing I love about wrestling is when it tells a story in and out of the ring; I can’t speak for whatever non-match stuff happened, but the wrestlers told great stories in that ring tonight, and for that I am thankful. This was the second time I’d seen ACH in action (the first being National Pro Wrestling Day in February), and I continue to be amazed by what he does. A lot of other great things happened tonight, really enjoyed the main event (minus tech glitches of course). The aftermath where Cole attacks Jay Briscoe was nicely done, it’ll be nice seeing Adam Cole in that role as the cocky heel champion. I’m actually excited for ROH storylines going forward.
Wish I could say the same for the future of iPPV. I think there were enough glitches to say ROH should probably stick to the current system of VOD. They’re not the only ones struggling with iPPV problems, for the record. Until I see more and more good streams, as far as I’m concerned iPPV as a system has failed. Other than the tech problems, though, DBDXI was a great show that is worth a watch on VOD when you get the chance.
* * *
(Originally written post-NOC, 9/15/13)
So we all know that ref’s count was way too fast. So word going on is that HHH tomorrow will strip Bryan of the belt. I call bullshit on that I don’t want Randy Orton to be champion I really don’t. I just want Bryan to have belt for while at least let hold till WWE Battleground or Hell In Cell. I was so happy that he won, but now that’s going to be gone and I’m not sure if I’m going to watch tomorrow.
Randy Orton is not the face of the WWE he’s the ass, the jackass. I will TIVO RAW Tomorrow not sure if I want to watch it. I’m so tired of this bullshit. I’m tired this storyline, sick of Randy Orton, fed up with the screw jobs. Like I said my life is boring and sometimes stressful so seeing my favorite wrestler as Champion really makes my day but see it taken away from me just upsets me a lot. Would be different If Randy was a face not because I just don’t like him that much he bores me I don’t get what WWE sees in Orton. The guy is fucked up, he’s been suspended twice he might suspend again sooner or later. His heel is weak It’s nothing like other heel turns.
I’m really starting to think that maybe Vince really doesn’t want Bryan to have the belt. Sure he let him hold it for a while, only to take it back. Punk got to hold it for 434 days, Bryan can’t even get hold at least a few mouths. Maybe Bryan should do what Punk quit the WWE and leave with the belt but I’m not sure if that’ll work a 2nd time. And I’ll bet they can’t wait for Cena to come back so they can give the belt back to him. Maybe just maybe they let him hold for lil while longer I hope but I doubt it they’re not ready for him to be champion.
Randy is there but he only has the belt because they feel bad for him because he got divorced…boo hoo poor Randy! Same thing happened with Cena, he got divorced because he cheated on his wife with porn star what a role model John, lol! So maybe only to get the belt is get divorced and maybe they’ll feel sorry for you and let you be champion.
I know what you guys say he just win back at the next PPV, until he get beat down again every week until the Raw and Smackdown before the PPV. Then if he wins it back, who know long they let him keep it. I don’t know how longer I’ll be a fan, I might stop watching for a while or forever. Maybe I shouldn’t spend so much of my time worrying about what’s happening in WWE its been like that since I started watching. If Stone Cold wasn’t champion I would be upset or with any other wrestler that I liked, even back when I liked Cena there times when I wanted to see him as champ and no one else. This post was a question, but then I tuned it into a rant so will Bryan get the belt taken him tonight? I hope not, but the chances are pretty good.
* * *
August 16th marked my four-year anniversary of being a Chikara fan. My very first show was Night 3 of Young Lions Cup in 2009. As I spent that sweltering afternoon in the ECW arena, I wouldn’t have guessed that I would eventually fall in love with it. I also didn’t know that it would lead me to realize that I never really loved wrestling before Chikara.
I’ve watched wrestling since I was 13. A female friend of mine, another wrestling fan, invited to sleep over and watch Summerslam 1992. I was enthralled by the entire show, from the in-ring action to the entrances to the energy of the crowd. But most of all, I was captivated by the story and emotion involved in the Intercontinental Championship match between Bret and Davey Boy and to this day, it’s what I remember about the PPV most vividly.
Immediately, I started watching and reading everything I could. I taped every PPV, Raw, and Superstars episode. I even taped a few old WCW Saturday Night shows. My Monday nights were permanently booked and spent watching Raw while flipping to Nitro during the commercials. I went to every show in Philly, starting with the December 5th, 1992 show in the old Spectrum. Nothing beat the experience of being in the live crowd, especially in the late 1990’s at the start of the Attitude Era. Video doesn’t accurately capture how wild it was. It was like being part of a modern-day bacchanal. It was amazing. I thought I loved wrestling then.
How do we know if we are in love? Love is one of life’s great mysteries, and perhaps it’s different for everyone, but I think that there are some universal truths. When we are in love, we want to immerse ourselves in the relationship, whether it’s with a person or activity. Love captivates us and holds us spellbound in its wonders. New love changes our point of view, making life feel new and full of possibility. Our senses are heightened and we feel everything more deeply than we did before.
Then the 2000’s came. In 2001, I got married and was finishing my Bachelors. Between my now ex-husband’s disapproval of wrestling and the death of several of my favorite wrestlers, particularly Owen Hart, I stopped watching. I didn’t feel the itch to watch for the next seven years. My wrestling VHS collection, which was at well over 200 tapes, went up into the attic, along with my Shawn Michaels hat and glasses. Eventually, they were given away at the demand of my ex. It felt a little sad and nostalgic, but not enough to start watching again. I figured that maybe my wrestling watching days were a childhood phase.
The passionate and exciting emotions felt in the beginning of any kind of relationship fade over time, but if a true love and connection exists, they are replaced with feelings that run deeper and hold more meaning. We discover the relationship is actually rooted in something solid and stable, able to withstand the elements and survive. From its strong roots, it blossoms into the kind of love that should be cherished. It becomes the kind of love that is worth saving and protecting. True love is a rare gift in this world. I believe that if you truly love something or someone, you don’t give up or let it go so easily.
In 2007, my ex and I separated. I started to build a life of my own, filled with things I enjoy, like gardening, quiet Sunday mornings, new writing projects, and tea. But wrestling was still missing. That changed at the end of 2007, when I met my friend Jay. He was a wrestling fan and when we would talk, wrestling would come up in conversations. Talking about it made me nostalgic again, this time it was enough to inspire me start to watch again. I was surprised by how much had changed, but also by how much stayed the same. However, I didn’t jump right in, like I did in 1992.
Jump forward to the summer of 2009, Jay invited me to Chikara, knowing that I was watching wrestling again. I agreed to go, thinking that even if I didn’t like it, at least I would get to hang out and spend time with him. When he invited me, I remember saying: “I think you’ll really like Chikara.” It would have been nice if he had told me a bit more about it than that. I’m pretty sure you can get a glimpse of me in crowd looking utterly confused. But he was right. I did like it and had a good time. So I started coming to the Philly shows and learning who people were, the rules, and the history. As the months passed, slowly but surely, my interest was growing.
Some of the best and strongest relationships are the ones that start slowly. When we take our time, relationships get the chance to grow those strong roots it needs to last. We get to feel the excitement of learning something new about the other with each new experience. Sudden, passionate love is wonderful and exciting, but it usually dies quickly and leaves us wanting in the end. That’s because it’s built on illusions and unrealistic expectations that stop it from growing into something that can endure.
I was developing a very serious like in Chikara, but King of Trios 2011 changed everything. It was my first KOT and I can honestly say I fell in love with Chikara that weekend. It was the best weekend of wrestling I’ve ever been to, but also the saddest and most emotional weekend I’ve been a part of. Every KOT is good, but 2011’s event was transcendent and more than just a wrestling event. I’ve seen amazing moments and experienced some incredible things over all my time as a wrestling fan, but nothing was like what I saw and felt during those three days. Maybe the only thing that has come close for me is Summerslam 1992.
After that weekend, Chikara became my favorite promotion to watch. The more I watched, the more I loved it. I’m a Chikara Girl and I will proudly tell everyone that. I loved the comedy, the emotional intensity, the long-term storylines, the colorful characters, and variety of wrestling styles. But most of all, I loved being there, something I hadn’t since the late 90’s. It was one of the most welcoming and friendly environments I’ve been part of. I didn’t love everything and wasn’t a fan of everyone, but I have a lot of respect for the entire locker room and crew. Chikara’s become a muse for me. It’s given me a way to express myself and my passion the best way I know how, which is through my writing. Chikara has given me so much. I want to give back. My writing is how I show my support for it and the locker room. I never felt that way about wrestling or a wrestling company before.
In love, we don’t have to love or even like everything about the other party. We may enjoy being around them most of the time, but there will always be some traits and behaviors that we don’t like and just can’t stand. Love forces us to move beyond just tolerating the things that irritate us about the other and teaches us how to accept and appreciate them. Acceptance encourages the relationship to a deeper level and makes it more rewarding. Love inspires us to give and drives us do everything we can to tend it, support it, and make it grow. It’s a lot of work and there is always some sacrifice, but the gifts love brings make the effort worth it, because they are usually exactly what we need.
It said that one of the great truths of life is that everything dies. I disagree. I don’t think love does and, in fact, I think it’s more powerful than death. Love changes and transforms over time, but if it’s real and true, it keeps going on long after one or both of the participants in the relationship pass away. Losing love is one of the most painful things anyone can experience, but once the pain passes, we can find healing in the very love and relationship we lost. In loss, we learn that love is something we carry with us, no matter where we travel or what new people and things life brings to us. Love is a permanent part of who we are. It’s something we never forget.
It seems like Aniversario was a lifetime ago, even though it’s been only three months. That’s a very short amount of time, but it’s enough time for everything to change in wrestling. Chikara is over, but a small part of me refuses to accept it. I’ll do whatever I can to help bring it back; because I love Chikara and I think it’s worth fighting for. But if we fail and it doesn’t come back, I would eventually move on and find other Indy’s and places to watch my Chikara favorites. I do have a local Wrestling is (Wrestling is Cool) and don’t mind driving out for WiF. I hope to attend a WiR show soon and eventually I’ll make it out to Cleveland for AIW. But nothing could make me forget Chikara and my love for it.
What a show, guys. For those of you who don’t know what Five Dollar Wrestling is, here’s the scoop: it’s a comedic wrestling promotion that prides itself on containing terrible wrestling at its finest. A number of the wrestlers (that word being used loosely) have horrible gimmicks, including blatant rip-offs of well-known personalities in the business…and you know what? That’s alright. Hosted/commentated by Colt Cabana and Marty DeRosa, 5DW promises a new way to entertain pro wrestling fans. To quote Freight Train, 5DW is “Wrasslin’ so good you gon’ get yo’ feet wet!”
The big story leading up to this iPPV was that Jake “Manscout” Manning had betrayed Freight Train and the 5DW fans at their Wrestlecon show, having had enough of a promotion that “ruined his life.” He vowed to make the next iPPV the worst one ever, by booking Freight Train against Big Donnie in a main event meant to be so terrible, 5DW could never survive. Based on how the iPPV ended, the future of 5DW seems to be unclear, but one thing is for sure: the spirit of Five Dollar Wrestling will live on…
Samoa Joey def. Green Machine
Raider Rock def. Psycho John & King Jeremy Snaker to retain the RCW American Title
- Before the show, Raider introduced John & Jeremy as part of his “Raider Rock Corp.”
Triple Threat Hardcore Tag Match: IWA-MS team vs Burke County Boys vs Lil Donnie & JC Steele def. Burke County Boys and some team from IWA-Mid South
- Mad Man Pondo refereed the match, to varying levels of success. At one point ejected one of the teams from the match. I don’t remember which ones.
Portland Phantom def. One Horned Liger
Johnny N-Word def. Waterboy
Dynomite & Prince Charming Chaz (Hip Hop Express) def. Red Solo Cup & Cornbread
Main Event: Big Donnie def. Freight Train to become the NEW (and according to Jake Manning, “the last”) Five Dollar Wrestling Champion
Jake Manning costs Freight Train the title, declares 5DW dead, Colt brings Jake back into the ring to get hit by Freight Train, show ends with the wrestlers of 5DW chanting “5Ever” (a tribute to Terry Funk’s “Forever” speech)
That’s right, 10 Percenters, I’m dusting off the blog and doing RAW reviews from time to time! I have a short attention span, so don’t expect a thorough review of the whole show. No, I’ll leave that to guys like my friends at Marks For Xcellence! by the way, Chris Brown of PWPonderings deserves the credit/blame for “Goattitude Era.” That said, let’s get right into it shall we?
Raw Quickie – Labor Day
Opening segment: brilliant. Love the fact HHH is using “Bow Down to the King” as his theme right now.
HHH/Orton/Cody: decent. Cody being involved felt a little forced, but whatever.
Miz/Fandango: eh. I’m a sucker for Fandango, but can’t stand Miz. Best part is JBL defending Fandango on commentary. I was more entertained by the “Don’t Drink & Drive” commercial, to be honest.
Bryan/Booker: decent. Only thing that stood out was Daniel saying Booker’s line, though. Slightly awkward.
Ziggler/Ambrose…I mean, Ziggler/Ryback: OK. Ryback’s singlet indicates a change of interest from ambulances to police cars. (MFX joke #1)
Matadores promo: the way they keep throwing those “Ole!” chants, I expect to see El Generico on RAW.
Steph/Show: Oh hey, they actually addressed the ironclad contract deal. Stop whining, IWC. Seeing Steph’s job title reminded me of the web show “Creative Has Nothing For You.” The only reason to have this “conversation” out in the ring is so HHH can have his alone time with Brad Maddox. (MFX inside joke #2, go give their show a listen to figure it out)
3MB/PTP: Darren Young’s sympathy push continues. Slaters gonna slate. “Whistle while you work” is the funniest thing I’ve heard from Cole in a while. Meanwhile, JBL gives me another reason to believe Generico is coming to RAW. Thanks, JBL.
Brad/Heyman/HHH: excellent. Loved the line “Either way, I win…and isn’t that what’s best for business?” Very telling line, in a great segment.
Bray Wyatt promo: awesome. Loved the Icarus story (it’s the CHIKARA fan in me, lol)
Rhodes/Orton: good. Decent storytelling in this one. Poor Cody, though. Lost his mustache, and now his job…
Punk: gold on the mic as always.
Bryan/Show: good. Liked the “no win” bit at the end.
Divas: decent for a Divas match. Nice follow up from last week. Liked the “best for the business” line. The beat down on AJ post match…um…
Matadores promo 2: speaking of um…um…here’s my bold prediction: they’re gonna debut in a feud with Ryback. Because he’s a BULLy. Yep.
Sandow/RVD: decent. No real highlights for me.
Vaguely interested in No One Lives. Don’t hate me, please.
Steph/Divas: you see the look on Steph’s face? Even she doesn’t care about the Divas division. Awkward.
Rhodes: the most heart I’ve seen from a promo of his in a while. I hope he’s back sooner than later, and can keep up this level of work.
Show/Bryan: solid main event. Great way to further the storyline of the Administration.
Overall: Good show, glad I was able to watch it this week. Really digging this story with Daniel Bryan and the new Corporation; a line about it being the Administration was nice, I think that name should stick.
Well, that’s it for this week. Thanks for reading, be sure to stick around the site for more great reviews and big announcements from Occupy Pro Wrestling!
Starting at WrestleCon and Wrestlemania, Occupy Pro Wrestling will be starting up a predictions league with fun and prizes in store!
+1 – Win
+1 – Title Match Win/Retain
Bonus points will be given for specialty matches like the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber; that information will be posted in a special page dedicated to the league!
The league will consist of different divisions based on promotion:
The predictions begin this weekend with WrestleCon, ROH’s Supercard Of Honor, and Wrestlemania! Here are the cards for shows covered, courtesy of Wrestleview.com:
ROH “SuperCard of Honor VII” – iPPV (New York City) – April 05, 2013 (7:30 PM)
1) ACH & Tadarius Thomas vs. QT Marshall & TBA
2) Charlie Haas vs. Shelton Benjamin (?) *Please note this match is presumably not happening*
3) Team ROH (BJ Whitmer, Mark Briscoe, Mike Mondo, Caprice Coleman, & Cedric Alexander) vs. S.C.U.M. (Jimmy Rave, Rhino, Rhett Titus, Cliff Compton, & Jimmy Jacobs)
4) Karl Anderson vs. Roderick Strong
5) #1 Contenders Match: Jay Lethal vs. Michael Elgin
6) ROH TV Title Triple Threat: Matt Taven (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy
7) ROH Tag Team Titles: reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) (c) vs. The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)
8) ROH World Title: Kevin Steen (c) vs. Jay Briscoe
EVOLVE 19 – iPPV (Seacaucus, NJ) – April 05, 2013 (4:00 PM)
1) Evolve Title Tournament Quarterfinals 4-Way Freestyle Bracket A: Rich Swann vs. Samuray del Sol vs. Sami Callihan vs. Jigsaw
2) Evolve Title Tournament Quarterfinals Bracket B: AR Fox vs. Jon Davis
3) Evolve Title Tournament Semifinals: Bracket A Winner vs. Chuck Taylor
BONUS POINTS: +1 for correctly guessing Bracket A Winner
4) Evolve Title Tournament Semifinals: Bracket B Winner vs. Ricochet
BONUS POINTS: +1 for correctly guessing Bracket B Winner
5) The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) vs. Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Player Dos)
6) Johnny Gargano & Brian Kendrick vs. Orange Cassidy & Drew Gulak
7) No DQ Match: Arik Cannon vs. Scott Reed
8) Uhaa Nation vs. TBA
9) Evolve Title Tournament Finals: TBA vs. TBA
BONUS POINTS: +1 for correctly guessing tournament finals
CHIKARA “The Shoulder of Pallas” – Live Event (Seacaucus, NJ Lineup) – April 06, 2013 (4:00 PM)
1) Saturyne vs. Kobald
2) 3.0 (Scott Parker & Shane Matthews), Gran Akuma, & Marty Jannetty vs. F.I.S.T. (Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor, Icarus, & Sugar Dunkerton)
3) The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant, & assailANT) & Frightmare vs. Soldier Ant & The Colony: Xtreme Force (Missile Assault Ant, Arctic Rescue Ant, & Orbit Adventure Ant)
4) Archibald Peck vs. Tim Donst
5) 4-Corners Elimination: The Spectral Envoy (UltraMantis Black & Blind Rage ) vs. The Throwbacks (Mr. Touchdown & Dasher Hatfield) vs. The Batiri (Obariyon & Kobald) vs. The Devastation Corporation (Max Smashmaster & Blaster McMassive)
BONUS POINTS: +1 for correct order of elimination
6) Amasis vs. Ophidian
7) Mike Quackenbush & TBA vs. Jigsaw & The Shard
8) CHIKARA Grand Champion: Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Hallowicked
DG-USA “Open The Ultimate Gate ’13″ – iPPV (Secaucus, NJ) – April 06, 2013 (8:00 PM)
1) Six Way Freestyle: Chuck Taylor vs. Arik Cannon vs. Jigsaw vs. Tony Nese vs. Fire Ant vs. Shane Strickland
2) Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Player Dos) vs. Eita & TBA
3) Brian Kendrick vs. Rich Swann
4) Sami Callihan vs. Uhaa Nation
5) Ricochet vs. Akira Tozawa
6) Samuray del Sol vs. Jon Davis
7) Open The United Gate Titles: CIMA & AR Fox (c) vs. The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson)
8) Open The Freedom Gate Title: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Shingo Takagi
DG-USA “Mercury Rising ’13″ – iPPV (Secaucus, NJ) – April 07, 2013 (1:00 PM)
1) Tony Nese vs. Soldier Ant
2) Super Smash Bros. vs. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon
3) Brian Kendrick vs. Chuck Taylor
4) Ladders Fray: Matt Jackson vs. Nick Jackson vs. AR Fox vs. Samuray del Sol vs. Uhaa Nation vs. Christina Von Eerie vs. Facade
BONUS POINTS: +1 for correct order of entry, +1 for correct order of elimination
5) Shingo Takagi vs. Akira Tozawa
6) CIMA, Eita, & TBA vs. Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, & Ricochet
WWE WRESTLEMANIA 29 – PPV (East Rutherford, NJ) – April 07, 2013 (6:30 PM)
- PRE-SHOW – WWE Intercontinental Title: Wade Barrett (c) vs. The Miz
1) Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay & Tensai) & The Funkadactyls (Cameron & Naomi) vs. Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow) & The Bella Twins (Brie & Nikki Bella)
2) Chris Jericho vs. Fandango
3) No Holds Barred: Brock Lesnar w/Paul Heyman vs. Triple-H w/Shawn Michaels (if HHH loses, he must retire)
4) WWE Tag Team Titles: Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Dolph Ziggler) (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston w/AJ Lee
5) Ryback vs. Mark Henry
6) Sheamus, Randy Orton, & Big Show vs. The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns)
7) The Undertaker vs. CM Punk w/Paul Heyman
8) World Heavyweight Title: Alberto del Rio (c) w/Ricardo Rodriguez vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter
9) WWE Title: The Rock (c) vs. John Cena
Make sure to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page with YOUR predictions! The league will run through February 2014, and the top predictions leaders of each division will win some sweet prizes!