Weekend Wrestling Podcast – Episode 03 – October 30, 2016

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On this week’s edition of the Weekend Wrestling Podcast, we go over Hell In A Cell 2016 predictions for tonight, the debacle that was this week’s episode of Raw, the No-Chin Music Heard Round The World, and Mother Nature Mickie James making her return to the WWE facing Asuka at NXT Takeover: Toronto for the NXT Women’s Title!

Sadly, I didn’t watch Lucha Underground this week, so there’s no review for it in this episode, but I’ll resume reviewing it next week.

I’ve just been really busy with midterms and big projects these past couple of weeks, so this podcast is a lot more off the cuff than usual. I really like the feel of this episode, so I’ll be using this format from now on, but better organized and less of me skimming through some things. Again, I was really busy this week, so apologies for rushing through some topics.

Slog 03 – Raw Score 01-28-2008

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Hey guys, it’s the Andy-San here again with this week’s Raw Score. Enjoy!

Here’s the full Raw Score from the post A Raw Deal? I Think Not!:

We begin tonight with a recap of last night’s Royal Rumble match where John Cena came out the winner. Then, Cena comes out to do a promo about his pectoral injury that should have sidelined him for a year. He said that he risked everything so he could go to WrestleMania. He then challanges Randy Orton, who’s still the WWE Champion, to a title match for tonight. After some back-and-forth verbage, Orton says that he’ll defend the title at No Way Out since Cena can’t wait until WrestleMania. Cena still isn’t satisfied and says that he’ll “get some” tonight. We then go to commercial. 4/10 (for a really predictable promo)

The first match of the night is a tag-team match with Ashley & Mickie James against Jillian & Beth Pheonix. This match was short but sweet. There was a good amount of very interesting moves in this match. The Glamazon picked up the win again with a Hanging Fisherman’s Suplex on James. Seriously, the men should really take notes on what these ladies are doing in the ring. 7/10 (for another good women’s match)

After that, we see Vince and William Regal talking about the upcoming matches for tonight (I think). 3/10 (because I couldn’t understand a word of what they were saying)

After commercial, Regal comes out to address the crowd and he makes a little flub lol (he’s so excited). Anyway, he says that there will be an Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out to decide who will go to WrestleMania to face the WWE Champion. Regal then announces that Umaga, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, JBL, Jeff Hardy, and Triple H will be in the match. Then, commercial-time. 6/10 (for some really good booking)

Back from commercial, Carlito goes up against Cody Rhodes (who’s apparantly 1/2 of the Tag-Team Champions along with Hardcore Holly). I gotta say, I’m really diggin’ this Rhodes guy. He was really giving it to Carlito tonight. Unfortunatly, Carlito won with the Backstabber when Rhodes was distracted by Carlito’s manager. 6.5/10 (for an impressive match by Rhodes)

Then, HHH and HBK are shown discussing their match at No Way Out. Trips then says that he needs a tag partner for tonight and tells Shawn to suit up. 6/10 (for a quick and kinda funny promo)

Back again from commercial, we see DX come out to face Umaga and Snitsky. Right before HHH was gonna grapple Snitsky, Trips gets on the mic and asks if anyone has a Tic-Tac or a toothbrush for Snitsky, which promped the audience to chant “Brush Your Teeth.” That was hilarious!! The match itself was pretty cool. HBK took some choice bumps tonight. Trips picked up the win with a Pedigree to Snitsky with much applause. 7.5/10 (for an awesome match with DX)

After the match, we see Orton and JBL discussing their upcoming match. Not much else to say here really. 3/10 (for a bland promo)

Coming back from the break, we see Todd Grisham interviewing Jeff Hardy. Hardy says that he still wants to be the WWE Champion. Then, we cut to Vince talking to Hornswoggle about his loss at the Royal Rumble. He does some nice McMahon-isms and tells Hornswoggle to get out. 6/10 (for a great Mr. McMahon moment that saved us from reTodd)

After break, Mr. Kennedy faces Brian Kendrik. These guys put on a great match, but it was far too short. Mr. Kennedy won this match and then announced that he’s gonna end Ric Flair’s career. In response, Naitch comes out and said “Good-luck and Whooo!!!!” 6.5/10 (for a potentially awesome feud)

Back again from commercial, we have Melina versus Maria. This match wasn’t as good as the other women’s match, but it was still ok. Maria wins with an awesome rollup. Maria and that guy she’s with remind me of Sable and Mark Mero. Alot. 5.5/10 (for a so-so women’s match)

Afterwards, Jericho is interviewed by reTodd. I really don’t know what to make of the oddly serious Y2J. On one hand, I kinda like that he’s branching out as a character. On the other hand, I miss the wise-crackin’ Jericho. 5/10 (for a good promo and an on-the-fence character change)

After the break, the main event starts with Jeff Hardy & Jericho facing Orton & JBL. This match was pretty good. Hardy pulls out some neat offensive manuvers. Jericho also tore JBL up with some of his classic moves. SnOrton put a halt to the Walls of Jericho with an RKO that actually connected lol. JBL pinned Jericho to win the match. Cena came out and laid into Orton and finishing him with an FU. 7/10 (for a great match by Jericho and Hardy)

Tonight’s Raw wasn’t half-bad, but they really need to cut back on the commercials. I mean c’mon, 9 commercials in a 2-hour span? Overall, I give this week’s Raw a 5.6/10.

73/130=5.6/10

For those of you who weren’t around when I did my first Raw Score, I basically do a review of the previous night’s WWE Raw, broken down by each segment. I then give each segment a score out of a possible 10 points and then average out the scores to form the overall score for that episode of Raw.

Well, there’s not much else to say here really, other than I was really trying to speed up my slog, err, podcast too much. This slog also shows off some of my crappy editing skills even before I had video editing software!

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Slog 02 – Raw Score 01-21-2008

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I gotta say, this slog shows off some of my crappy editing skills even before I had video editing software!

For those of you who weren’t around when I did my first Raw Score, I basically do a review of the previous night’s WWE Raw, broken down by each segment. I then give each segment a score out of a possible 10 points and then average out the scores to form the overall score for that episode of Raw.

Here is the full text review of the January 21, 2008 episode of WWE Raw from the post Raw Score Lives!!!1:

Raw Score – 01/21/2008

Hey guys, it’s the Andy-San here bringing back my Raw Score after two years and 2 months to the day (and on Martin Luther King Day no less). Let’s look at this week’s Raw, shall we?

The first match of the night between Shawn Michaels and Mr. Kennedy was main-event quality. I lol’d when HBK wiped his butt with Kennedy’s thrown shirt before the match. It was also funny how Kennedy bailed the ring when Michaels was about to hit him with Sween Chin Music. This match had a fair amount of technical moves in it early on and later threw in some high-risk moves as well. HBK took a real choice bump when he tried his elbow drop a second time and Kennedy blocked it with his knees. The match ended with Michaels picking up the win with Sweet Chin Music. It’s a shame that this match was the curtain jerker, but it did start the night off strong. 7.5/10 (for a great opening match)

After the HBK-Kennedy match, we see Randy Orton talking to Vince about how he doesn’t want to shake Jeff Hardy’s hand later on tonight. Vince gave him a decent pep-talk and it was on to commercial. 5/10 (for an ok promo that had Vince acting as a father figure to Orton)

The Beth Phoenix vs Mickie James match was surprisingly good. I feel confident about the future of women’s wrestling in the WWE. The match ended with The Glamazon putting a Hanging Fisherman’s Suplex on James. 6.5/10 (for a really good women’s match)

Afterwards, Trips gave a short promo about his upcoming match to get into the Royal Rumble. It was pretty much “I’m gonna be in the Rumble and there’s nothing anybody can do about it”, but it was still good. 5/10 (for a good, but fairly standard promo)

After commercial, Hardcore Holly came in with a snappy comeback on these 2 wrestling n00bs who I don’t know (”If anyone get in My Space, I’m gonna throw ‘em out!”). 5/10 (for a funny quip by Hardcore Holly of all people)

The Randy Orton flashback really showed how far he’s come (I lol’d at the tights he wore on his debut match). 6/10 (for a great flashback promo)

We come back from commercial with a tag match pitting Findly and Hornswoggle against The Highlanders that was far too short. I can’t believe that Fit Findly’s still wrestling, but I’m glad that he can still wrestle well. Hornswoggle won the match with a sweet frogsplash. 6/10 (for a great, but way too short tag match)

Back again from commercial, we see Chris Jericho being choked with a cable by JBL. So JBL’s wrestling again? And on Raw too? I already knew that Jericho was back, but I didn’t know about JBL. Anyway, Jericho enters the ring after the clip for a great promo. It really reminded me of Shawn Michaels’ promo before he made a comeback at Summerslam 2002. 7/10 (for an excellent promo delivered with loads of confidence)

After that, we see Vince talking to Jeff Hardy about how he should shake Orton’s hand. Vince was obviously playing the instigator card here and Hardy assured him that he will “give them something to talk about.” 4/10 (for a short and predictable promo)

Ryan Kendrik’s qualifying match for the Royal Rumble against Umaga was a pwnfest for Umaga. Kendrik pulled out some nice high-flying moves, but Umaga got the win with the Samoan Spike. 4/10 (for a too short match)

The little bit after the match with Maria, Mickie James, Ashley, and some guy was kinda funny. He reminds me of Carlito as far as his arrogance goes. 5/10 (for a kinda funny bit of filler)

After commercial, we see a clip of Vince on Celebrity Apprentice. Then, we see King with 3-D glasses on because Raw’s now in HD. Next, there was the ubersweet Jeff Hardy flashback promo with the song Rooftops by Lost Prophets. 6.5/10 (for Hardy’s choice flashback promo and King with 3-D glasses lol)

Coming back from commercial, we have Carlito facing Hardcore Holly. This one seemed better suited for Sunday Night Heat I think. Carlito got the win with the Backstabber. 4/10 (for another short and rather bland match)

Back again from another commercial, we see a short clip of HHH winning the 2002 Royal Rumble after coming back from a quad injury. There’s a brief appearance of Mr. Perfect (RIP) being eliminated by HHH. William Regal comes out to address Trips before his match and announces that his match is a gauntlet match against three people with Royal Rumble rules. First up is Snitsky, who lays into The Game and comes close to eliminating him, but is thrown over. Next is Mark Henry, who seems to slow down the match. Henry came very close to throwing HHH over the top, but Trips beats him too. Finally is Regal himself, who unleashes a flurry of punches upon entering the ring. Despite that, Triple H comes out on top and throws Regal over the top. 5.5/10 (for a predictable match, but Regal’s expression after HHH beat Mark Henry was priceless)

After yet another commercial, Vince comes out and mentions that Raw’s in HD and brings out Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy one at a time. Vince admits that their upcoming match at the Royal Rumble doesn’t need any hype and wonders what’s gonna happen. Orton gets on the mic and says that he underestimated Hardy and he has won Orton’s respect. Hardy says that he doesn’t care about Orton’s respect and he would rather shake other peoples’ hands before Orton’s. Then, Hardy shakes JR, King, and Lillian’s hand and goes out into the audience to shake various audience members’ hands. Orton then offers his hand when Hardy gets back in the ring and Hardy lays Orton out with the Twist of Fate instead. Despite Hardy’s so-so mic skills, he made up for it with excellent audience interaction. 8.5/10 (for Hardy’s interaction with the audience)

It’s been a long time since I really sat down and watched wrestling. I pretty much gave up on it since Benoit died, but after reading my old Raw Scores, I decided to bring it back. Tonight’s Raw was pretty good, but I felt that it was rushed and trying to fit in too much stuff. Having a commercial after just about everything didn’t help matters either. Overall, I give this week’s Raw a 5.7/10.

Here’s the original description of the video:

Sup, it’s the Andy-San here with a new slog. After 2 years and 2 months to the date yesterday, I’ve decided to bring my Raw Score out of retirement. Enjoy!

TheAndySan