Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pro Wrestling: Combat Toyoda vs. Megumi Kudo (No-Rope Electrified Barbwire Deathmatch) (FMW, 5/5/1996)

Some more hardcore wrestling to bring to you, but this time it's with the ladies! And yes, these ladies can wrestle and they can fight. Hence, the stipulations for this match. That and it's Toyoda's retirement match, so I guess she wanted to go out with a bang, pun intended.

This match has actually gotten quite the following over the years, and fans & followers of FMW have put this one numerous times as one of the better FMW matches in the promotion's history.

From YouTube:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

G-1 Climax 23 Predictions

The biggest wrestling tournament in the world is upon us. New Japan Pro Wrestling's G-1 Climax tournament has grown into not only the crowning of a new #1 contender for the IWGP title in a tournament format, but a summer pro wrestling event. So much is this so that Ustream has a deal where you can buy all of the tournament shows in a bundle at a price that is a discount compared to buying them all separately. Some people may think King of the Ring is the best tournament in pro wrestling, but it has nothing on this tournament. The matches and the drama has been top notch for the majority of the history of the G-1. For a lot of the 2000's the tournament relied on a heavy outsider presence, but has slowly gone back to being strictly a New Japan tournament; this change has mirrored the promotion's rise back to prominence, a rise that is ongoing.

The G-1 Climax tournament has been mostly a points-based block system in the 22 previous installments of the tournament, though there have been some single-elimination tournaments. This year will stick to the norm with two blocks of participants and nine matches for each with the block winners advancing to the final.

This year I'm trying something something new and potentially disastrous: I'm picking each match of the tournament. Below I have each block and have indicated my picks for each match of the tournament. I figured that it would be fun and maybe a chance for me to show off if I can get enough right.

Block A
Hiroshi Tanahashi (2007 G-1 Winner)
Kazuchicka Okada (2012 G-1 Winner)
Togi Makabe (2009 G-1 Winner)
Katsuyori Shibata
Hirooki Goto (2008 G-1 Winner)
Satoshi Kojima (2010 G-1 Winner)
Tomohiro Ishii
Lance Archer
Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Prince Devitt

Tana
W
W
W
W
W
L
L
W
W
X
14
Okada
L
W
W
W
W
W
L
L
X
L
10
Makabe
W
L
W
W
L
L
W
X
W
L
10
Shibata
W
W
W
W
W
L
X
L
W
W
14
Goto
W
W
L
W
L
X
W
W
L
W
12
Kojima
L
L
L
W
X
W
L
W
L
L
6
Ishii
L
W
W
X
L
L
L
L
L
L
4
Archer
W
L
X
L
W
W
L
L
L
L
6
DVS Jr.
L
X
W
L
W
L
L
W
L
L
6
Devitt
X
W
L
W
W
L
L
L
W
L
8


Devitt
DVS Jr.
Archer
Ishii
Kojima
Goto
Shibata
Makabe
Okada
Tana



Block B

Yuji Nagata (2001 G-1 Winner)
Shinsuke Nakamura (2011 G-1 Winner)
Minoru Suzuki
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2003, 2004, 2006 G-1 Winner)
Tetsuya Naito
Toru Yano
Yujiro Takahashi
Shelton Benjamin
Karl Anderson
Kota Ibushi

Kota
W
L
L
L
L
L
L
W
L
X
4
Karl
L
W
W
W
W
W
L
W
X
W
14
Shelton
L
L
W
W
W
W
L
X
L
L
8
Nagata
W
W
W
W
L
L
X
W
W
W
14
Nak
W
W
W
W
L
X
W
L
L
W
12
MiSu
W
W
L
W
X
W
W
L
L
W
12
Tenzan
W
W
L
X
L
L
L
L
L
W
6
Naito
W
L
X
W
W
L
L
L
L
W
8
Yano
L
X
W
L
L
L
L
W
L
W
6
Yujiro
W
W
L
L
L
L
L
L
W
L
6


Yujiro
Yano
Naito
Tenzan
MiSu
Nak
Nagata
Shelton
Karl
Kota



G-1 Climax 23 Final Prediction: Nagata over Shibata


Just like this year's NCAA tournament, I'm going a bit out of the box with my predictions while trying to remain as logical as I can be. Granted, my NCAA tournament picks didn't go quite as well as I'd wished. Anyway...

If New Japan doesn't want to give Shibata an IWGP title shot in 2013, this is the best way to go about it. With a strong showing like this in the G-1, Shibata can coast through the rest of the year with his usual crowd-pleasing performances while tagging with Kazushi Sakuraba. With Nagata, it makes sense from a business standpoint no matter which venue the ensuing IWGP title match takes place: if it's in October or November when New Japan regularly has a Sumo Hall show, I can see them having him in the main-event with one of their usually loaded cards; if it's in late-September in a smaller venue, I can definitely see them having Nagata challenge for the title. Nagata still has it in the ring, the crowd still loves him and Okada needs new challengers since it really doesn't look like he's losing that belt in the near future.

All in all, this looks like another really good G-1 in the making. One block is pretty unpredictable while the other has the current IWGP champion, numerous people he's beaten in previous title matches and previous G-1 winners, all of which makes a prediction very difficult. This is what I came up with, let's see how I do.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Pro Wrestling: Kenta Kobashi & Kensuke Sasaki vs Genichiro Tenryu & Katsuhiko Nakajima (Kensuke Office 2/11/2006)

Here comes some real big-time contact from Japan. For those who know of the participants, expect a whole helluva lot of chopping. I remember feeling bad at the time of the match for Nakajima because he was still only a few years into the business, Tenryu was nearing age 60 and considering the Kensuke & Kobashi team, you just knew he was going to be the punching bag in this one. He is, but I would be willing to say that this was Nakajima's red badge of courage. The match itself is good as a tag, but it's even better with the story surrounding Nakajima and him getting the hell beaten out of him for so much of the match.

From YouTube:


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pro Wrestling: Atsushi Onita vs Terry Funk (No-rope Exploding Barbwire Timebomb Deathmatch) (FMW 5/5/1993)

In the interest of diversity in the matches I post, here's some hardcore wrestling for you. But not just any hardcore wrestling, it's what is still one of the all-time dream matches with the major innovators of hardcore wrestling around the globe at the time. It's also FMW's first attempt a deathmatch with exploding ring. The financial success of the event and visuals that were very, very big at the time made sure that this wasn't FMW's only attempt at this deathmatch. Oh no, not by a long shot.

From YouTube:



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pro Wrestling: Toshiaki Kawada vs Genichiro Tenryu (AJPW 10/28/2000)

For my first pro wrestling match posting on the blog, I decided to go after a match that not only was a classic, but also showed the hard-hitting nature of pro wrestling in Japan.

This match is for the Triple Crown, All Japan's heavyweight championship that his comprised of three singles titles that All Japan unified into one title in 1989. This is also a tournament final as All Japan experienced a massive talent exodus in 2000 and were left with a very depleted roster. Kawada stayed out of loyalty to the promotion and was easily the best worker who stayed. In fact, had Dangerous K left, All Japan may have ended up folding without a star like him remaining. Tenryu, who left All Japan in 1990 and was banned for life by Giant Baba (President of AJPW at the time), but was brought back by Baba's widow a little more than 18 months after Giant Baba's death due to their roster situation. The move ended up being a good one as far as the in-ring product was concerned, and this match is one of several examples to vindicate that line of thinking.

From YouTube:


Monday, July 22, 2013

My Writing for 7/22/2013

http://www.hubsm.com/texas-am-aggies-qb-johnny-manziels-sad-saga/


Johnny Manziel, also known as Johnny Football, has been under intense media scrutiny that he has fueled thanks to his partying lifestyle. Did I forget to mention he's 19. Yeah he won the Heisman Trophy last year, but still.

http://theinscribermag.com/george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-perception-not-matching-reality/

The George Zimmermann case was a classic example of media & public perception being a tad off when it came to what should have been talked about during the investigation, trial and media storm.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Joe Rogan Vs. Carlos Mencia


Here's a video I found on YouTube while looking through a bunch of vids featuring Bill Maher's new rules and Joe Rogan's podcast. I wish I would've been there to see this live. This is what can be called "a fun train wreck."


















Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Writing for 7/16/2013

http://www.hubsm.com/reasons-to-believe-anderson-silvachris-weidman-i-was-fixed/

My belief that the Anderson Silva/Chris Weidman UFC middleweight title bout at UFC 162 was fixed. And no, it wasn't just that Silva lost or that he got knocked out. No, there was much more at play here in my opinion.

Monday, July 15, 2013

My Writing for 7/15/2013

http://www.thepigskinreport.com/2013/07/tim-tebow-to-new-england-patriots-makes-more-sense-than-you-might-think/

My belief right now is that there are reasons to believe Tim Tebow on the New England Patriots could work out. I'm not saying Tebow is going to replace Brady or anything resembling that, but it still could be beneficial for both.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy July 4th (Along with THE BEST NATIONAL ANTHEM RENDITION EVER)

I'd just like to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day. I'm not sure what you did, but as for me: it was a day of lounging. Now that I think about it, I might be sure what a lot of you did today. The Brewers lost in a decently entertaining game, but seeing them lose on July 4th is something I'm very used to by now. It was decently hot where I live today, so a July 4th tradition for me seemed all the more appropriate: banana daiquiris. Very good stuff.

As for fireworks, I just had to step outside to get a decent show in the sky. Every year there are at least some people on my block that are lighting off fireworks, or just people around town. Some years I've been one of the guilty in this case, but I haven't for many years now and didn't this year. I guess I'm more comfortable with just being a spectator to fireworks instead of one of the people lighting them. It's not always the case, but I'm also sure that everyone understands where I'm coming from.

I am a man of my word. With that in mind, and in honor of the holiday, I give you the best national anthem rendition ever: Marvin Gaye's rendition of our national anthem from the NBA All-Star game in 1983. If you don't believe it's the best, then tell me what rendition is. And I don't want to hear about Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV. To my knowledge, Marvin has never had a lip-sync controversy attached to this performance.

But seriously, everything about this is good: Marvin's voice, Gordon Banks helping to provide the perfect background music for this kind of version of the anthem, how it was directed on television from inside the truck and how the crowd really got into it at the end. This is magic and the only time that I know of where someone could say they were jamming out to the national anthem and I would understand completely.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Writing for 7/2/2013

http://www.rantsports.com/ncaa-football/2013/07/02/can-melvin-gordon-replace-montee-ball-for-wisconsin-badgers-this-season/

My look at the Wisconsin Badgers' running game for the upcoming season. I specifically look at Melvin Gordon, James White and the changes that new coach Gary Andersen may eventually implement to the offense.

My Writing for 7/1/2013

http://www.worldboxing101.com/2013/07/02/controversy-a-great-liver-shot-highlight-hbo-boxing-tripleheader/

My recap of this past weekend's HBO boxing tripleheader featuring Willie Nelson (not that one), Brandon Gonzales going from unknown to known during the course of one bout, and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin looking for another knockout and looking to get one step closer to Sergio Martinez.