This was a strange week where the Tuesday CMLL show was the best one. I really liked the trios title preview. It was also good that the AAA Tijuana taping had the weird locals match to make it memorable. There were other matches but it blends in with a lot of tapings this first third of the year.
This was also WrestleMania weekend, so how about a detailed yet unthoughtful list of rating for stuff I saw live, as best I can remember two weeks later.
04/04 Mark Hitchock WrestleCon Supershow:
- Masato Tanaka vs Eddie Kingston: good
- Rey Fenix vs Pentagon Jr: great
- Tajiri, DJZ, Puma King, Samantha Heights vs Sammy Guevera, Santana, Ortiz, Diamante: good
- Robbie Eagles vs Arez vs Flamita: good
- Jushin Liger, X-Pac, Hurricane Helms vs Caleb Konley, Zane Riley, Jake Manning: ok
- Dragon Lee vs Cavernario: great
- Zach Sabre Jr. vs Shane Strickland: good
- SCU vs Orange Cassidy & Best Friends: good
- Will Ospreay vs Bandido: great
(favorite match: Dragon Lee/Cavernario)
(from where I got there)
- Shinjiro Otani vs Eddie Kingston: good
- Scott Steiner vs Swoggle: OK
- Eddie Page & MJF vs Colt Cabana & Space Monkey: OK? good? do not trust my memory of it, delivered exactly what you’d think
- Mance Wagner vs Nick Gage: good? not my thing?
- PB Smooth vs Tom Lawlor vs Tim Donst vs Matthew Justice: good
(favorite match: Otani/Kingston)
04/05 US vs the World
- Brian Pillam Jr. vs Emil Sitoci: ok?
- Ethan Page vs MJF: ok?
- Daga vs David Starr: great
- Darby Allin vs Black Taurus: good
- Jiro vs Rich Swann: good
- Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel, Zachary Wentz vs Adam Brooks, Australian Suicide, Robbie Eagles: great
- Hart Foundation vs LAX: below average
- Puma King vs Sammy Guevera: ok – crowd was so cold that it hurt the enjoyment of the match
- Brian Cage vs Masato Tanaka: good? have no memory of
- Jonathan Greshman/Chris Brooks vs Alex Coughlin/Karl Fredericks: good/great borderline
- A-Kid vs Carlos Romo vs Kid Lykos vs Flamita: good
- Brian Cage vs Michael Oku: good but too long
- Hiroshi Tanahashi/Willy Ospreay vs Minoru Suzuki/Zack Sabre Jr: great
- Rocky Romero vs Ryussuke Taguchi: OK? So loooong.
- Tomohiro Ishii vs David Starr: have no memory of, good?
- RPG3 vs Aussie Open: not good enough to stop me from leaving early
- Street Profits vs Fabian Aichner & Marcela Barthel: missed most of it
- Jaxson Ryker vs Danny Burch: initially confused why the bald Euro guy was in two straight matches, OK I guess
- Candice LeRae vs Aliyah: shaky enough that I thought they would cut it from TV
- War Raiders vs Aleister Black & Ricochet: great
- Velveteen Dream vs Matt Riddle: great
- Watler vs Pete Dunne: great
- Shayna Baszler vs Io Shirai, Biana Belair, Kairi Sane: good
- Johnny Gargano vs Adam Cole: excellent
- (I left my seat before Ciampa came out, am dumb)
04/06 Pancakes & Piledrivers
(wandered in during the show with no one checking me for a ticket, so good value)
- Hoss Fight: seemed good while I was talking to people
- Ricky Shane Page vs Tessa Blanchard: seemed good while I was talking to people
- oVe vs Joe Gacy, Eddie Kingston, Shane Strickland: did not seem good while I was talking to people
- Kagetsu, Jenny Rose, Hazuka vs Hana Kimura, Stella Grey, Sumie Sakai: ate a pizza and checked Twitter during most of this. Sumie wore Kamaitachi gear so this is “good”
- Honor Rumble: OK
- Jeff Cobb vs Will Ospreay: great
- Rush vs Dalton Castle: good
- Kelly Klein vs Mayu Iwatani: went on a journey including looking for a nacho bar that turned out to be closed, sounds like I had the better experience?
- Flip Gordon, Juice Robinson, Mark Haskins vs Bully Ray, Shane Taylor, Silas Young: OK, too long.
- Dragon Lee vs Taiji Ishimori vs Bandido: excellent, “that’s not a real move”
- the four-way tag match: OK? actually “good” for PCO’s latest death
- Zach Sabre Jr. vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: technically good but it did move my heart
- Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito: great, so so close to being excellent
- Matt Taven vs Jay Lethal vs Marty Scurll: great, did not feel long to me and maybe only me
- Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White: great