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!

The Year In Wrestling, 2016

Let Me Speak….

Hello there! I hope you guys have been doing well!

As for my self, I’ve been quite busy. I had Phoenix Comic Con at the beginning of the month and had an absolute blast, got to meet Arryn Zech(Blake from RWBY), Caitlin Glass(Winry from Full Metal Alchemist, Miria from Baccano, Satellizer from Freezing, Petra from Attack on Titan, Maki from Love Live) and Nolan North(Nathan Drake from Uncharted Series, Deadpool from the Deadpool game). All of which where extremely awesome to meet and get autographs from.

But in all seriousness, this isn’t about me. I really want to speak on what has been happening with everything recently.

So during that specific weekend, we lost not only a sports icon but also an amazing humanitarian in Muhammad Ali. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life”, I was stunned when I found out. Truly we lost a legend that day.

Almost a week later we lost another person in Kimbo Slice, professional MMA fighter, professional Boxer and an Actor but also a Father and a soon to be Husband. It was stunning to me that we lost another person so fast.

Then a few days after that we lost “Mr. Hockey” himself Gordie Howe at the age of 88, it was another huge loss to the sports community. A man that exemplified what Hockey truly was, Howe was a monster on the ice but a gentleman off the ice.

So much loss so fast can be very hard to deal with in such a short amount of time.

A day later, another tragedy happened as Singer and Songwriter Christina Grimmie was taken from us far to soon at the age of 22. That shook me, someone who was two years younger than me..gone..just like that.

Then just two days later, the lives of 53 people where taken from us in a cowardly act…

After all of this loss, I had shut down…I didn’t understand it. How did so many get taken from us in such a short amount of time. I know a lot of people feel the same as me and I’m here to say that it’s okay to feel sad, angry, upset and confused. It’s at this point though that we have to come together to make a change and while we’re together we need to be good to each other. There is a lot of bad going on right now…even as I’m typing this out, but it’s in these moments that we need to combat the bad with nothing but good.

I thank you guys and gals for taking the time to read this, I hope you have an amazing day and an even better week.

Until next time,

This is Pervy Fatman and I’ll See You On The Other Side…

 

Let Me Speak….

Corner of Thoughts Live Cast episode 7

Corner of Thoughts episode 7

This week I fly solo again and talk about how the Spring season of anime is going so far, I also talk about the last couple of weeks of WWE Raw, Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground and I also go through some news stories from the past couple of weeks that have caught my interest.

p.s. Sorry this is late, Work held me up for the last few days and it completely burned me out.

Corner of Thoughts Live Cast episode 7

Thank you u’s…

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Hello there, as you may or may not know I’m what’s known as a Liver or a Love Liver. That’s somebody who is a fan of the group known as μ’s and everything they’ve done, but it’s more than that. It’s almost on the level of a huge family but that’s not the reason I’m here today. If you don’t know the photo’s above are to signify the final Love Live concert which took place on March 31st and April 1st in Japan. For those that don’t know, μ’s is a group of nine women who are known as Idols in Japan(kind of like pop stars in America). These nine women came together to work for 6 long years to build their talent to become the best Idols possible and boy did they ever hit that mark! With a multitude of songs as a group, as three different sub units within the group and a huge amount of solo songs for each girl, not to mention the hugely popular anime Love Live School Idol Project, season 2 of said anime and a Massively Successful Movie plus a Massively Successful mobile game in Love Live School Idol Festival. Needless to say they quickly became one of the Most Popular Idol Groups in Japan.

Mind if I tell you guys and gals a story? Originally I wasn’t into Love Live at all. My foray into becoming a Liver started 3 years ago after Anime Expo. I had gone to Anime Expo that year after watching the AKB0048 anime and thought that nothing else could touch it, that’s when I talk to somebody who had joined my group of friends that weekend. We went back and forth as to which show was superior and we both made the promise to watch the other’s show after we got back. After watching two other anime that I promised to give a shot(Kids on the Slope…bleh and Jojo’s…nothing but hype) I ended up watching the first season of Love Live with one of my friends over the course of a couple of days and it was then that I felt something within myself. The show itself ended up completely changing my whole opinion on the Idol genre of music, it was shortly after that I started to listen to the music and slowly but surely I became a Liver. Watching the second season of the anime, listening to every piece of music possible at the time, collecting figures etc etc. I gradually grew more and more as each month went by and I started to learn about all the Seiyuu behind the characters themselves and started to have a huge respect for each individual.

Eventually, I had every single piece of music out and more than my fair share of figures, keychains and other assorted Love Live merch. That’s when the Movie came out and a whole slew of new things came out with it, I was so happy that my favorite group was getting something new! I learned that the Movie would be the very last thing for the Love Live anime franchise and while it made me sad, I knew nothing could last forever. So much more music came out after the Movie that it was great, but then it was announced that μ’s would be having their final Live Show after 6 long and exciting years. Of course I was crushed at this announcement but managed through with the “Last doesn’t mean final” mentality, unfortunately that wasn’t the case as we learned more about “Last Live”. They even released their last singles as a group Moment Ring/Goodbye to Goodbye.

As somebody who became a fan a little over three years ago, I’d like to thank each and every person who was involved with Love Live the anime and the group known as μ’s. You’ve all touched my life in ways that I never thought possible, from making me both smile and laugh to absolutely cry my eyes out during Season 1/Season 2 and the Movie to the Love Live anime, to always being able to lift my spirits with your music whenever I’m having a bad day, I thank you for all that you’ve done during these 6 years that everything has happened. It was because of you folks that I was able to meet people who are Livers themselves and have a common interest in the same things and for that I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Even though this maybe the finale for μ’s, they’ll always have a special place in my heart and soul for being able to help me as well as other Livers to reach out to others and become part of something that was more than just a faze.

So to those who where apart of the Anime, to the nine Seiyuu who were apart of μ’s, to the ever growing fan base of Love Live…I just have to say that I..Am..Grateful…and Thank You from the bottom of this Livers heart.

Signed Yours Truly,

Pervy Fatman aka Joseph Timothy Inserra…a forever Liver.

 

 

 

Thank you u’s…

Corner of Thoughts Episode 5!

Corner of Thoughts episode 5

Corner of Thoughts episode 5 is out!

This week I fly solo and talk about some news stories that caught my interest, I talk the last couple of weeks of WWE, Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground and I share about our trip up to Tucson, Arizona for Con Nichiwa.

Corner of Thoughts Episode 5!