Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FMW Battle Crush 4/1/1990 - Atsushi Onita vs Lee Gak Soo

FMW Battle Crush 4/1/1990 - Atsushi Onita vs Lee Gak Soo

I've wanted to watch this for years. I love early FMW with the mix of legit fighters and hardcore wrestlers. I also love odd style clashes and early UFC, so this is right up my alley. Lee Gak Soo is a taekwondo guy from Korea.

This is under a 10 rounds of 3 minute format.

The finish

Atsushi Onita beat Lee Gak Soo with a thunderfire powerbomb in the 4th round. This wasn't bad at all. Lee dominated early on with spin kicks while Onita climbed back in it with the single leg boston grab. They made it pretty clear that Onita couldn't trade with Lee, but Lee couldn't go on the mat with Onita. After a flurry of kicks, Onita got busted upon. In the 2nd and 3rd rounds, Onita started taking complete control and he went on a powerbomb frenzy in the 3rd round, dropping Lee on his head multiple times. Each powerbomb looked nastier than the last and after a quick exchange, Onita finally finished it off in the 4th round. Lee was fine. He missed on some kicks, but they didn't sell what didn't hit and in real life, no fighter throws 100% accurate strikes anyway. I thought the match could have been better though like Onita/Aoyagi from the first FMW show was. If I booked this, Lee should have really dominated Onita early on and Onita should have maybe even tried to trade and lose. Onita would catch Lee's kicks, work on his legs and punish him on the mat. Onita could then finish him off with his usual moves or they could even tease a late KO with a surprise Lee kick, but that's just how I would do it. Nothing was wrong here but Onita was still not as experienced here as he later would be at this style of match. Onita also jarred with Lee's second during the match.

Onita talked to the press after the match and then went into Lee's dressing room, praising him:
Onita looks seriously weird here like he's wearing makeup

Sunday, June 25, 2017

GLOW Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling Review

Here are my thoughts on the GLOW Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling show, coming from someone who has reviewed a lot of GLOW on this blog:




I've watched a lot of of GLOW. GLOW was different. They went with the basic gist of wrestling, but instead skipped the athletic/sports part and made it more of a variety show like a Hee-Haw that just happened to be about wrestling. The work was never that good but girls really got how to play characters. Sometimes, they would dip too far in the realm of unbelievability and that would hurt the show.

The show really stuck true to old Glow. The KKK were Sara and Mable and then the Housewives, Brittanica was Lady Godiva, Lady Liberty was Americana, The Russian was Ninotchka, the Fortune Cookie was Little Fiji or Spanish Red, the black girls were the Soul Patrol and the bigger girl was of course Mt. Fiji. Surprised a Matilda character didn't make the cut, but the Viking was close.

The GLOW netflix show was much better than I expected. I expected some comedy mockumentary making fun of pro wrestling and it wasn't that. They represented the girls better than GLOW ever did and they represented wrestling well. I didn't feel embarrassed. I think they very likely went into a lot of the struggles the GLOW girls had to go through and I think they helped people understand what wrestling is all about. I wouldn't be ashamed to show this to people and I think it could lead to people getting into wrestling.

All in all, this was really well done and I'm proud of what they did. Netflix really hit it out of the park here, though I didn't appreciate the anti-republican sentiment, especially with Netflix's history.

They also clearly left the door open to a second season and I think there's tons of stuff they could do with it. Here's some storylines I would do in a second season:

- Someone gets injured bad

- Non-glow girl wrestlers get angry at what they are doing and take stand.

- One of the girls gets angry for some reason and exposes GLOW's fakeness to the media

- Something goes too far and they get kicked off air

- More trouble with sponsors and money

- A Vince knockoff starts poaching the GLOW girls

- Say Lady Liberty starts refusing to do jobs

And there's really a ton more things you could get into, so this show does have legs. You could even do a last season where people start to get old and move onto their normal lives and can't due to wrestling mileage and other stuff, which would really take the show into a new territory.

It's also sad that the writers and Netflix seem to understand what pro wrestling is better than anyone else in wrestling right now. Wrestling is so simple and yet everyone has to complicate it and be as bland as possible in the process.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WWA All-Star Championship Wrestling 1/27/1985

WWA All-Star Championship Wrestling 1/27/1985

Dave McClane is your host. Dave would later be the head of GLOW, POWW and WOW
King Harley Hogg (with Saul Creatchman & Wild Hogg) vs "El Bracero" Jose Martinez

King Harley Hogg

Wild Hogg gets on the apron while Creatchman bothers the ref

The finish
King Harley Hogg got the win via countout when Wild Hogg slammed and stomped Martinez outside for the countout. Good match for what it was. Martinez was a really good fiery face here, having some great bursts before the finish. Only a couple of minutes long but it was way better than expected.

They hyped a tag match with Bobby Colt and Bobo Brazil vs The Wild Hoggs. Bobo was 60 at the time of this lol

Bobby Colt came out for an interview and before he got anywhere, Saul Creatchman and a Hogg came out.
LOL "We ain't got no time to show you an angle"
I kind of liked the dressing room backdrop here though. I can totally buy the situation playing out back there and I'd like to see this used today.

Abdullah Hakeem vs Ronnie Zee

"Let's hope he's not from a country that practices cannibalism. I wouldn't want him to eat Ronnie Zee right here on the program." - George Cannon

Abdullah Hakeem

Ronnie Zee

"And also, he LOVES soccer." - David McClane talking about the refs personal interests for some reason
"You don't get better wrestling people of your caliber. You have to wrestle people better than you." - Cannon on Zee
"Ronnie might take a beating today, but this is going to pay off for him in the future because he will know what to expect." - Cannon
Abdullah Hakeem got the win with a thumb to the chest. This had a 10 minute time limit and Abdullah ended it at like 9:40. Totally boring squash with Abdullah doing nothing besides stomps and chokes.

They talked about the squash and Cannon really put over the ref Connie Marker which didn't make much sense.

The Hooded Hangman (with Saul Creatchman) vs Calypso Jim

"I have to call him Saul Creep-man." - Cannon

The Hooded Hangman won in no time with a backbreaker. Jim got a lot of punches in and both threw awful strikes.

McClane ran down some cards for over a minute, boring Jim and said that Jim had broken up the Hoggs/Colt brawl that they cut away from. Before he got anything in, Creatchman came out.
"Let me tell yall somethin right now. You just seen a sample of what the Hoggs gonna do."

"Colt, we got you. We got this Jamaican dog, and we gonna get anybody that gets in our way."
I'm becoming a big fan of the Hoggs. They promised to take our anyone who came in their way and they got rushed before they could finish.

"The King" Gary Lawler vs Mad Maxx (with Super Maxx)
 Yep, a Jerry Lawler knockoff. I've heard about him but never seen him. He's doing a full Lawler knockoff here.

"If Lawler's in the best shape of his life and Mad Maxx is giving him this type of beating - what would it be like if Lawler wasn't in shape?" - Cannon

"He looks to me a little overweight and a little slouched." - McClane on Gary Lawler

Mad Maxx beat Gary Lawler after Super Maxx used a chair to Lawler's gut. This was nothing but punches and kicks and Lawler is no Lawler here. Looks like him though and definitely copied the mannerisms, but he was treated as a joke by the announcers and did the J-O-B here. Mad Maxx isn't very good but had a decent look. Longer squash here as it seems to be the norm.

King Harley Hogg said he would win the $20,000 battle royale and buy a Cadillac and a vacation.
"There's been a conspiracy against the Hoggs in this territory." - Wild Hogg

The Great Wojo, Wild Hogg, & Dr Jerry Graham Jr vs Chris Carter, Yukon Mooser Cholak, & Dick the Bruiser
Moose was 55 here and Dick was 56. I've always wanted to see the Great Wojo.

That's not how I imagined the Great Wojo would look

Wojo got the win on Carter after a botched double clothesline. Not good at all here. Moose couldn't move and had trouble getting out of the ring, so he mostly stayed in it. This was all bad punches at a slow pace for 7 minutes and Graham did not look good when he was in there.
Graham called his opponents inferior competition to close the show.

Overall thoughts: So many bad punches on this show and it was pretty clear why the WWA wasn't going to make it. Most of the show was boring 10 minute squashes and there wasn't much to get excited about. The crowd was into it, but I have no idea why. The Hoggs basically carried this show being in almost every segment.