The Year In Wrestling, 2016

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Hello There! Let me take a moment of your time to talk about something that has been near and dear to my heart for 2o years, Pro Wrestling.

This year has been all over the map for Pro Wrestling as we’ve seen incredible highs(with amazing five star matches) and horrid lows(with matches that should have never happened). But let’s start at the beginning of the year with Wrestle Kingdom 10

Wrestle Kingdom 10 featured a handful of incredible matches! Three of which are considered match of the year candidates and high recommendations from myself.

Tomohiro Ishii vs Katsuyori Shibata for the Never openweight title, a brutally hard hitting contest between two of the hardest hitting guys in the business right now. Stiff kicks, brutal chops and devastating forearms is the best way to describe this match. A must see for those who want to witness why it’s called Strong Style.

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, both guys gave everything they had in this contest. Putting on one final big contest in front of thousands of fans at the Tokyo Dome is what these guys do best. One of the most talked about matches of the year because shortly after WK10 both men left to make names for themselves in WWE. Like any normal Nakamura match, it’s hard hitting but also technical contest featuring two of the most brutal Bomaye knees Nakamura has ever delivered. A must see for those who want to know more about both Styles and Nakamura.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, a storied rivalry between these two men came to ahead in this contest. Okada had never beaten the veteran Tanahashi at the Tokyo Dome and Tanahashi had Okada’s number for a majority of the year. What came down to a contest of wills, Tanahashi vs Okada was one to remember and a high recommend from me!

New Japan Pro has had a calendar year for wrestling and speaking of calendar years, let’s not forget about Bullet Club. Finn Balor(Fergal Devitt/Prince Devitt) winning the Universal title, AJ Style winning the WWE World Title, Kenny Omega winning the G1 Climax tournament, The Young Bucks super kicking their way through the Indy scene and having both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight tag titles and the ROH tag titles at the same time, Adam Cole joining Bullet Club and subsequent unseating of Jay Lethal as ROH World Champion and the recent announcement of the Grand-Son of a Plumber Cody Rhodes joining it seems like they’ll continue to rise through the next year!

Let’s talk about the middle shall we?

Lucha Underground is the hot commodity this year, with a successful season 2(ending with Ultima Lucha 2) and building towards an even better season 3 ending, Lucha Underground has taken off and become a popular choice for people to watch on Wednesday nights. Also having a couple of matches that could easily be in talks for match of the year helps too(in my opinion).

Sexy Starr vs. Mariposa in a No Mas Match, if it was an example of Woman’s wrestling done right this year, it was this match. Mariposa had been stalking and terrifying Sexy Starr for weeks along with her brother Marty “The Moth. In order to overcome her fear of Mariposa, Sexy Starr challenged her to a No Mas Match(I Quit Match). A match that features a brutal brawl of two woman beating each other senseless and Sexy Starr defying Mariposa every step of the way, this match really helped Sexy Starr stand out this year as an incredible talent on the Lucha Underground roster.

Prince Puma vs Rey Mysterio at Ultima Lucha 2, the proverbial Student vs Master passing of the torch match. Puma felt the need to prove himself to not only the fans but to himself, and what better way to do that than to beat the legend Rey Mysterio? A fantastic contest between both men that featured plenty of high flying. Proof that Mysterio still has “it” and that the new lucha generation has what it takes.

With an incredible season 3 going on right now, Lucha Underground is setting up for an incredible Ultima Lucha 3!

Now let’s talk about *sigh* the others…

Let’s start with TNA/Impact Wrestling…

In a year marred by backstage politics and poor decisions, only a hand full of things/people have stood out from this company. One of the people that have stood out has been Drew Galloway, winning his first major title with the company this year and now him going after the new title that was introduced this year, he’s been making a name for himself this year in the company.

Another has been Eli Drake, a guy that has continually stood out with his incredible promos and feuds with Aaron Rex and Ethan Carter the 3rd. He’s been having a hell of a year thus far and I hope to see him succeed next year as well.

Another has been Moose, after a hell of a run in ROH he debuted this year as a bodyguard to Mike Bennett and he proceeded to have a fantastic run through the rest of this year. Recently having one his first title with the company this year as well, hopefully we’ll see him succeed to greater heights next year.

The Final and most successful name in Impact Wrestling this year, Matt Hardy aka Broken Matt Hardy. Starting the year as Big Money Matt Hardy, he was Broken by his brother Jeff during a match and thus proceeded the biggest undertaking in Impact history. Matt eventually challenged his brother to a match where it all started in Cameron, North Carolina called…The Final Deletion and it all went uphill from there.

and finally…WWE…

What can I say, well in a year full of ups and downs(mostly downs) and marred with bad decisions WWE has had it’s moments.

Starting off with what most consider not the best Wrestlemania in recent history, WWE has had a roller coaster year. The Matches to mention at Wrestlemania are include The Woman’s Title match, which saw the beginning of a new title and the slow fall of a division. The Intercontinental title Ladder match, which while it was a fun result immediately saw the devaluing of a title the next night after with it switching hands. The WWE World Heavyweight title match, which to most was the beginning of the downfall.

Now in the middle of the year WWE tried to change things by having another draft, some will say that it did but others say it made it worse. With such a small roster WWE was forced to raid it’s developing brand NXT. While not exactly a bad thing(with bringing up both Finn Balor and Alexa Bliss)it also left a fairly big hole in NXT.

And speaking of NXT…it definitely had the better year, with bringing in Shinsuke Nakamura from New Japan, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode and Eric Young. An incredible amount of talent and matches have happened for the NXT brand.

The debut of Shinsuke Nakamura was one to remember as he faced Sami Zayn at NXT Takeover Dallas and both men left it all out there as they wage a battle that is considered by many to be one of the matches of the year. Also with the great series of matches between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe that also happened this year, Bobby Roode’s unforgettable debut(and subsequent theme song) against No Way Jose and Eric Young finally debuting in the group known as Sanity, NXT has had a very big calendar year. Much better than that of the main roster.

Along with a great Tag Division and the rising Woman’s division, it’s safe to say NXT will have better years to come on top of this one.

Now back to the main roster. With Roadblock:end of the line happening a few days ago, the landscape has changed for possibly the worst. With Raw not only devaluing the US Title but also it’s woman’s title(with a proverbial game of hot potato), the stand out of the RAW brands have been Finn Balor winning the Universal title(and subsequent forfeit because of injury) and New Day becoming the longest reigning tag team champions of all time(only to lose them to a thrown together tag team, though the new RAW tag team titles look excellent).

Can’t forget about Smackdown can we? Smackdown has definitely had a better product. Unfortunately they have the same problem with the mid card title in devaluing the Intercontinental title and the devaluing of the main event scene by including some jobber named James Ellsworth into the Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles feud. Though those have been the only problems with Smackdown since the draft.

It’s been quite the up and down 2016 for the crazy world of wrestling, with indie promotions becoming a huge factor for the big names in wrestling and finally gaining their own spot light(WCPW, Progress, ICW etc etc). Hopefully 2017 will bring us more excitement for Wrestling and less disappointment.

This has been my blog about the 2016 year of Wrestling, thank you for reading! hopefully you guys liked it!

Until next time,

This is Pervy Fatman

I’ll See You on the Other Side!

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The Year In Wrestling, 2016

Top 11 Summer Anime 2016!

Hello! Welcome to my review of the Top 11 anime from Summer 2016! Let’s get right into it shall we!

Number 11.

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Hida Kizuna possesses the Heart Hybrid Gear ability, but it is not strong enough to make him important. His older sister calls him to transfer to a strategic defense school, where many of the students(many of which are girls) use their Heart Hybrid Gear to fight invaders from another world.

Masou Gakuen HxH is a show that uses it’s ecchi and comedy to it’s advantage. With the “fun” character interactions with Kizuna and the girls after his heart to the almost absurd moments of ecchi during the battle scenes, Masou Gakuen HxH may not be for everyone. Though it’s in the same vein as Infinite Straos(a harem that heavily relies on ecchi), it shouldn’t deter you from watching it at least once. I would recommend watching it uncensored as the censorship does take away quite a bit from the show that the story itself tries to add.

So with a balance of ecchi, comedy and character interaction, Masou Gakuen HxH gets a 7.5/10 from me.

Number 10.

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One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. The letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class name Kakeru Naruse.

Based on the manga, Orange is the story of a group of friends going through the struggles of life both in and out of school. Character interaction is a huge focus in this show both during the present time and during the future portions of the show, especially with Naho and her group of friends and the objective that gets set before them in the present time. The story itself is beautifully well written and it really brings out the emotion that was set in the manga.

With good character interaction and a well written story, Orange gets an 8/10 from me!

Number 9.

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Mahiru Shirota, a high school student who likes simple things and dislikes difficult things. One Day, he picks up a stray black cat and gives him the name Kuro. From this moment a contract between Mahiru and the servant-vampire Kuro, also known as “Sleepy Ash”, is formed.

Servamp, based on the manga, is a show based around Vampires and contracts that they make with their counter parts. Character interaction is definitely a big point to Servamp as it really lets you get a feel for who the characters are and what their about. The story itself is actually very good because it goes in depth into Kuro and the some of the other vampires who interact with him and Mahiru. Though it definitely flew under the radar during the summer season, it unfortunately didn’t get as much attention as it probably should have.

So with pretty good character interaction and a pretty good story, Servamp gets an 8/10 from me.

Number 8.

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Dismissed as a hopeless lose by those around him, 27 year old Arata Kaizaki bounces around from one job to another after quitting his first company. His Existence takes a sharp turn when he meets Ryou Yoake, a member of the ReLife Research Institute, who offers Arata a way to change his life for the better.

ReLife is a great anime that brings up the question “What If?” What if you had the opportunity to go back and change your life for the better, would you take the opportunity or would you stay the same? ReLife answers these questions and more throughout the series. Throughout the show you really connect with Arata and his struggle as he tries to correct his life with help from Yoake.

With a pretty good story and really relatable characters ReLife gets an 8/10 from me!

Number 7

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During Prohibition, the law held no power and the mafia ruled the town. The story takes place in Lawless, a town thriving on black market sales of illicitly brewed liquor.

That’s all I can really tell you about 91 Days, the story follows a boy named Avilio who returns to the town of Lawless after some horrific circumstances when he was younger forced him to leave. The story of 91 Days is an almost definite nod to mafia movies of old as it explores what Avilio went through from a young age to when he finally returns to Lawless. The character building is also a definite nod as well with how well written each character in the show is.

So with a really great story and really really great character building, 91 Days get an 8/10 from me!

Number 6

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Hope’s Peak Academy is a special school. This school has two courses: The main course and the preparatory course. The 77th class of the main course is filled with students who not only have unique abilities, but unique personalities as well.

Danganronpa 3 Despair Arc is the prequel story to the Danganronpa franchise. Taking place before the first game and setting up the arcs for both the first and second game, we’re introduced to a cast of fun and weird characters from the second game as we’re given a chance to see how everything develops into the story we know.

A big part of the Despair Arc is the character interaction, watching how the characters interact with one another before the second game is an interesting experience. Also learning the fact that everyone knows each other before the second game really opens up a whole different aspect towards the game.

Another big part of the show is the story, for a prequel to a successful game the story links itself together nicely. It really helps set up how important each game is in the franchise.

With really great character interaction and really great story writing, Danganronpa 3 Despair Arc gets an 8.5/10 from me!

Number 5

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The world was close to being destroyed by Ultimate Despair, who caused “The Biggest, Most Awful, Most Tragic Event in Human History”. In order to save this world from the event’s chaos, The Future Foundation was formed.

So that’s all I can say about this part of the show without spoiling everything. The sequel to the first game, Danganronpa 3 Future Arc rounds out the story for the original series. It follows remaining three remaining members of the first Danganronpa game, Makoto Naegi, Kyoko Kirigiri and Aoi Asahina.

Like Despair Arc both the character interaction and the story writing are a huge portion of this show, especially with how the DR 1 characters interact with the others and how it mixes into the story through out the third arc.

So with really great interaction and really great story writing, Danganronpa 3 Future Arc gets an 8.5/10 from me!

Number 4

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Since the passing of his wife, Kouhei Inuzuka has been caring for his young daughter Tsumugi to the best of his abilities. However, with his lack of culinary knowledge and busy job as a teacher, he is left relying on ready-made meals from convenience stores to feed the little girl. This is where Kotori Iida comes in, as one of Kouhei’s students she offers to cook and share delicious homemade meals with him and his daughter.

Amaama to Inazuma aka Sweetness and Lightning is an amazingly fun and light hearted series but it also gives a sense of realism as well. A very big portion of this show focuses on Kouhei raising his daughter Tsumugi and how real it can be. The slice of life aspect in this show stands out overall and mixes really well with the character interaction in the show.

With incredible writing, character interaction and an amazing seiyuu cast. Amaama to Inazuma gets an 8.5/10 from me.

Number 3

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Suzukaze Aoba graduates from high school and joins a game company. The person who made Aoba’s favorite game as a grade-schooler is her senior at the company.

The proverbial Cute girl show of the season, New Game is a light hearted work place comedy that really focuses on it’s characters while they make a game and get to know each other through their trials and tribulations. Aoba getting to know all her co-workers is a very fun part of the show because we really get an understanding of why they’re working for the company and why they chose the career path that they did.

With really fun character interaction and a pretty cool story, New Game! gets an 8.5/10 from me!

Number 2

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Shokugeki no Soma Season 2!

Food Wars Season 2 picks up where Season one left off and continues the competition between the students Tootsuki Culinary Academy and what takes place after that.

Our favorite group of chefs return as we get to see an incredible cooking competition between the students. Of course the biggest portion of Season 2 is the huge amount of character interaction that takes place, from Soma and the other students to the teachers and the Alumni, the seiyuu do a fantastic job of bringing each character to life and giving them a wide range of emotions. The continuing story is also amazingly well done and follows the manga to a tee, which is all the more fun.

With incredible character interaction and an amazing following of the manga, Shokugeki no Soma Season 2 gets a 9/10 from me!

And Now…

Number 1

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A self-proclaimed normal girl, Chika Takami has never joined any clubs and lacks any notable talents. However, after a visit to Tokyo, she discovers where even a normal girl like her can shine-The World of School Idols. Inspired by former school idols μ’s, Chika is determined to start her own school idol club in here seaside hometown of Uranohosi Girl’s High School.

The new series in the Love Live franchise, we follow a whole new cast of characters as they try to become school idols. Obviously both character interaction and story writing is a huge focus of Love Live Sunshine but also how well drawn everything is also plays a big part of the show as well. Watching each girl interact with one another while getting to know them is special, it really lets us understand why each girl wants to become a school idol. The story is well paced as we get a chance to see the girls find their own identity as school idols(including finding their name for the group) and their place in the school idol world. The art(both character design and backgrounds) really stand out as through out the show we get a chance to see the beautiful sea side city that a majority of the show takes place along with a return to Tokyo!

With amazing character interaction, great story writing and beautiful character and background designs(bonus points for an amazing soundtrack), Love Live Sunshine gets a 9.5/10 from me!

And that’s my list for the Top 11 Summer Anime! What did you guys think?

Thank you guys so much for going through my list and reading it! Stay tuned for more by the way, I’ll be starting my Top anime from fall here soon.

Until next time,

This is Pervy Fatman,

I’ll see you on the Other Side!

 

Top 11 Summer Anime 2016!