Shawn Michaels Reflects on “Montreal Screwjob”

It was 20 years ago this week, that the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” took place. This title refers to the night that several individuals within WWE executed a plan to screw Bret “The Hitman” Hart out of the WWE Championship at “Survivor Series” in 1997.

Shawn Michaels, the man who defeated Hart for the title, recently spoke with ESPN regarding the incident. Below are some highlights from the interview:

On knowing what he was about to do to Hart:

“[It was] probably the most uncomfortable day I’ve ever had in the wrestling business,” Michaels said of having to sit with Hart and plot out the match before the show began. “By the time the day comes, the decision has been made. But no one knows how it’s going to get done until Bret and I sit down to start discussing the match — none of this can actually go into play until we do that. And so it was just an uncomfortable day knowing what you know, [how others] assume it’s going to happen, and then you having to be the one to orchestrate it all.”

“It’s one thing to make the decision to do this. It’s a whole ‘nother thing to actually have to be the person to make it happen and not have any idea about how you’re going to go about doing that. And then, even if you are successful, it’s absolutely going to be the worst thing that could ever happen to you,” Michaels said. “From a professional standpoint, reputation standpoint, even though I wasn’t the most lovable guy back then, it was still just an absolute miserable day, [a] very uncomfortable day.”

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On the potential consequences he may face:

“You don’t go into something like that not understanding [the consequences],” Michaels said. “You may end up having to fight your way out of the building, or getting in a couple fights, or who knows. But one of the biggest things in the wrestling business is when you go out there with guys, you’re trusting one another with your bodies.

“With all the differences Bret and I had, they never made their way into the ring. And so — believe it or not — that, more than anything, was the thing. Even though you’re asked to do it, being obedient to your boss, it isn’t fun. Pain, or getting in a fight, or getting beat up, that stuff heals eventually.

“It would’ve been a lot easier, honestly, to be able to say, ‘Yeah, I knew and I did it,’ and face whatever happened,” Michaels said. “Because at least then, it’d be out in the open and whatever needed to happen would happen right there and then.”

On the aftermath and how it effects him today:

“Quite honestly, it was the having to conceal it for all those years that was truthfully, the most uncomfortable for me, personally,” Michaels said. “And I think [that’s true] for everybody involved.

“I enjoyed darn near every day I was at work for 25 years doing that job, and that certainly was the worst day I can recall in the entire 25 years I was in the wrestling business,” Michaels said. “I probably aged more in that one day than I did in the [rest of that] 25 years. And again, you wonder, but nothing really prepares you for how big that moment is, or actually doing it.”

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More Backstage News on Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega and His WWE Status

 It had been previously reported that Chris Jericho will wrestle Kenny Omega at NJPW’s “Wrestle Kingdom 12” event on January 4, 2018.

One of the big questions on the minds of many fans is how this effects his status with WWE.

According to the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the concept of this match dates back to this past summer. Jericho saw how much attention surrounded the fight between Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, and decided that the reason that it was going to be such a success, was because it was two top guys in a match people thought they would never get a chance to see.

He then tried to figure out how he could bring this concept to the world of professional wrestling. So he came up with the idea of doing a singles match with Omega, who had become the biggest star in the U.S. with a non-WWE pedigree, due to his win of last year’s G-1 tournament and his Tokyo Dome and Osaka main events with Kazuchika Okada.

You can see Jericho challenge Omega below:

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“Y2J’s” last WWE contract was set to expire following WrestleMania this past April. At that time, the plan was for Jericho to go into WrestleMania as the Universal champion, and then lose the title at WrestleMania to Kevin Owens. However, plans changed, as the decision was made to have Bill Goldberg, rather than Jericho, win the title from Owens, and then lose it to Brock Lesnar.

That’s why Jericho vs. Owens turned into a program for the United States championship. Since the angle was going to well, he ended up signing a one-month extension to last through early May. As a result, he’s been a free agent for the past six months, contrary to a lot of reports published this past week.

However, many expect him back in WWE at some point in 2018; we could see him as early as the upcoming 25th Anniversary edition of “Raw.”

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Jonathan Coachman Leaving ESPN

Put me in coach. It doesn’t happen often in WWE, but sometimes someone who has worked there before goes on to a career in mainstream sports. That was the case with Jonathan Coachman, who started as a standard interviewer and wound up turning into a low level, mostly bumbling, villain. He then moved on to ESPN as an anchor, but things are changing.

As announced on his Twitter, Coachman has said that he is leaving ESPN. There is no reason given with Coachman only saying that it’s time for him to go. Coachman started working for ESPN in 2008 and covered WWE on and off for a few months. He worked for WWE from 1999-2008.

Yes I? will be. Several projects in the works. When I? can discuss I? will. But it was just time to leave espn. Professional and personal reasons. But I? feel great and this show is for fun and to stay sharp.

— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachESPN) November 8, 2017

I could watch Rock abuse Coach every day.

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Opinion: Coachman never was one of my favorites in WWE but he was entertaining as a stooge for various people. I can’t imagine he comes back to WWE full time but having him show up as a big deal cameo would make sense. It’s nice to have that as an option (assuming Coachman is interested) and hopefully WWE goes somewhere with it.

What is your favorite Coachman moment in WWE? Do you think he’ll come back to the company? Let us know in the comments below.

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James Storm Leaving Impact Wrestling

The cowboy rides away. James Storm is one of the few names still around from Impact Wrestling’s earliest days. Storm wrestled on the first show in the company’s history and has won almost everything there is to win in the company. However, his time with the company seems to be coming to an end.

After tonight’s “Impact Wrestling” taping, Storm posted a message on his Twitter account talking about a door closing with the caption “thank you Storm”. Storm’s departure had been suggested for weeks, including by Storm himself on a recent conference call. Storm left Impact Wrestling in 2015 for a quick run in NXT but was back to Impact Wrestling in 2016.

………#ThankYouStorm ?

— James Storm (@JamesStormBrand) November 10, 2017

Here’s what happened the last time Storm left the company.

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Opinion: Honestly, it’s not like Storm had anything left to do in the company and I can understand why he left. It was clear that he wasn’t going to win the World Title again and, at age forty, there’s only so much he can do in the company. I’m not sure if we’ll see him again, but it was a heck of a career while he was around.

What is your favorite Storm match? Where would you like to see him next? Let us know in the comments below.

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Backstage News on Roman Reigns’ Return To The Ring

Six words that start with the letters S-H-I-E-L-D! One of the bigger stories over the last few weeks has been the health of Roman Reigns. Several members of the “Monday Night Raw” roster have been sidelined with a severe illness with Reigns being the last one to come back. That’s about to change though and we know some details.

According to, Reigns has been cleared for a return to the ring and will be wrestling at “Survivor Series 2017”. Reigns will be on “Monday Night Raw” this week where a six man tag between Shield and New Day will be set up for the pay per view. This will be Reigns’ first televised match since the October 16, 2017 “Monday Night Raw”.

The boys are back.

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Opinion: In a way, this is bordering on a dream match. Shield and New Day are two of the biggest trios in the company’s history (perhaps the two biggest) and the two of them having a huge match is interesting. It could use a lot more build but unfortunately due to the Reigns illness, that just wasn’t going to happen. Hopefully it’s fun though.

Who do you think will win this match? What is next for both groups? Let us know in the comments below.

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“Survivor Series” Qualifying Match Set for “Monday Night Raw”

There’s one more to go. We’re coming up on “Survivor Series 2017” and most of the card is already set up. That means a lot of wrestlers being stuck in a lot of matches as we’ll be having multiple elimination matches. One match not set up in full yet is the women’s elimination match, which will be set in full this coming Monday, thanks to a new announcement.

As announced on, the final spot on the “Monday Night Raw” women’s Survivor Series team will be determined on this week’s TV show. A triple threat match has been announced, pitting Bayley vs. Mickie James vs. Dana Brooke with the winner becoming the fifth woman on the team.

Opinion: I know the layup answer here is Bayley wins, but how much potential is there in having her lose? Granted I have no reason to believe that WWE would do anything with that potential, but there’s always a chance they might pull it off. There’s quite a story in Bayley not making the team and being annoyed at best friend Sasha Banks not vouching for her to get the spot in the first place. But yeah, she’ll probably win.

Who do you think will win the match? Which team will win at the pay per view? Let us know in the comments below.

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Impact Wrestling Results – November 9, 2017

Impact Wrestling
Date: November 9, 2017
Location: Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Commentators: Jeremy Borash, Josh Matthews

It’s time for a new year for Impact and that means we’re on a new taping cycle. Things should be a lot more energetic this week as we start to see what the latest new brain trust has in store for us. Eli Drake is still World Champion and we’ve proven that MMA is better than wrestling so let’s get to it.

Josh and JB are in the ring to run down some of the card.

We see a package from Bound For Glory.

Here are Eli Drake and Chris Adonis for the victory speech. Adonis has to tell the fans to stop cheering for Drake so he can introduce him as Canada’s favorite wrestler. With a bit of an echo in the arena, Drake says this was exactly how the plan was supposed to go. Now a JOHNNY chant cuts him off but he’s tired of hearing about Alberto El Patron being mistreated by the company.

It’s nothing compared to being mistreated by Eli Drake, who has tonight off due to his injuries from Bound For Glory. Cue Petey Williams, who wants a title shot tonight because Drake has never faced him. Drake agrees but for next week, which brings Petey down to the ring. Adonis gets dropped by a single kick but Drake escapes a Canadian Destroyer attempt.

Jimmy Jacobs comes out for commentary for the opening match.

Sonjay Dutt vs. Matt Sydal

They take each other down to the mat to start and let’s cut to a shot of the commentary! After confirming that they are in fact doing commentary, we go back to Dutt armdragging him into an armbar. Jacobs leaves commentary as Sydal takes Dutt down into something like a reverse Muta Lock (with Dutt on his back and his knee being bent). That goes nowhere so it’s off to a half crab with Dutt quickly making the rope.

Sydal goes up top but gets superplexed back down and we take a break. Back with an exchange of kicks to the leg until Sydal kicks him in the face for two. A leg lock has Dutt in trouble until he crawls over to the ropes for the save. Dutt grabs a tornado DDT and heads up top, only to miss…I think a splash. Sydal flips him down and hits the shooting star for the pin at 15:34.

Result: Matt Sydal b. Sonjay Dutt – Shooting star press (15:34)

Post match Ethan Carter III of all people comes out, which hopefully means the AAA nonsense is over. Carter says it’s another win for Sydal, but that’s what he always does, at least until we get to the big moment where he always chokes. Ethan knows he’s the best around here but Sydal is just another talented guy who doesn’t have the whole package. Maybe Sydal can be reborn again, this time as a winner.

And now, here’s a good chunk of a six man tag from 2004 with Team Canada vs. Amazing Red/Sonjay Dutt/Hector Garza. This is an ad for the Global Wrestling Network.

GHC World Title: El Hijo de Fantasma vs. Eddie Edwards

Eddie is defending. Before the match, we have to confirm that this is in fact a sanctioned match, complete with a Pro Wrestling Noah representative. Feeling out process to start with Eddie’s hammerlock getting nowhere. Instead he goes up top, only to get pulled down with a hurricanrana for two. A superplex gets Eddie out of trouble but he’s a bit too banged up to do anything with it.

Eddie’s Blue Thunder Bomb gets two and he kicks Fantasma in the mask to stop a suicide dive. Fantasma has to stomp Eddie’s feet to break up a tiger driver on the apron but Eddie is right back with a suicide dive. Back up and Fantasma scores with one of his own but still can’t put Eddie away. The tiger driver gives Eddie two more but the Boston Knee Party is blocked by a dropkick. Fantasma heads up again but misses whatever he was trying, setting up the Boston Knee Party. Die Hard Flowsion retains the title at 9:54.

Result: Eddie Edwards b. El Hijo de Fantasma – Die Hard Flowsion (9:54)

OVE/Sami Callihan vs. Phil Atlas/Marcus Burke/Ray Steele

The lights are way down now to hide the small crowd. Sami charges right at Atlas to start and it’s a triple kick to the head in the corner. It’s off to Steele who eats a triple boot to the face, followed by Sami putting him in an electric chair. Dave does the same to Jake, who grabs Steele in a cutter for the pin at 1:54.

Result: OVE/Sami Callihan b. Phil Atlas/Marcus Burke/Ray Steele – Elevated cutter to Steele (1:54)

Post match here’s LAX to keep the fight going. The beating is on and OVE and Sami bail after getting beaten down.

Global Forged winner Hakim Zane tries to talk but Johnny Impact runs in to say he’s coming for Alberto.

From Border City Wrestling in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Allie vs. KC Spinelli

Spinelli gets in a few shots to start but Allie speeds things up to send her into the corner. That’s fine with KC, who whips her around the ring without much effort. Allie avoids a charge and a dropkick to the back sends Spinelli into the corner for two. A neckbreaker drops Allie for two more, followed by a fisherman’s suplex for the same. Not that it matters as Allie grabs a Codebreaker for….just two actually. Spinelli misses a moonsault though, allowing Allie to grab a Death Valley driver for the pin at 7:08.

Result: Allie b. KC Spinelli – Death Valley Driver (7:08)

Alberto tells Johnny Impact to bring it.

Allie is worried about Gail Kim’s big announcement next week. She’s still insanely adorable.

Alberto is sitting down when Johnny Impact DIVES at him, looking almost like a spear. The fight is on in catering with Alberto getting away, only to have Johnny get into a fight with Braxton Sutter of all people. Caleb Konley shows up and fights Sutter instead, leaving Johnny and Alberto to brawl out the door and into the loading area, where a camera just happens to be waiting. Johnny gets in a few more shots until they head inside again with Impact trying some chokes.

Alberto comes back with a wet floor sign as this has been going for over five minutes. After throwing Johnny through a door, Alberto climbs a ladder for no adequately explored reason. With Alberto sitting on top of a restroom, Johnny throws the ladder down….and then climbs up the Pepsi machine to knock Alberto off. Alberto hangs onto the roof until falling down (only a few feet) and security FINALLY grabs him. That’s fine with Johnny, who hits a huge dive, taking out Alberto and security as we go to a break.

Back with the brawl still going as Alberto beats him down some more, only to have it spill into the arena with the fans not sounding pleased. Security comes out for another save attempt and Alberto grabs a mic to say this is his company. He calls Johnny a crazy guy and security actually holds Johnny back for a change. Alberto rips on the company for holding him back and screwing him but he’s willing to continue the battle in the ring.

Security lets Johnny get in and Alberto bails, only to have Johnny say Alberto calls himself the pride of Mexico but he’s not even the pride of his own father. The fight is on again with security taking another beating until Alberto gets in a cheap shot. A DDT plants Johnny and Alberto tells security to get out of here if they want to get paid tonight. The cross armbreaker over the ropes has Johnny screaming until the referees break it up to end the show after SEVENTEEN MINUTES between these two.


Matt Sydal b. Sonjay Dutt – Shooting star press
Eddie Edwards b. El Hijo de Fantasma – Die Hard Flowsion
OVE/Sami Callihan b. Ray Steele/Phil Atlas/Marcus Burke – Elevated cutter to Burke

Allie b. KC Spinelli – Death Valley Driver


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New Details on Why Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens Were Sent Home

Punishment, WWE style. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been one of the most entertaining things about WWE in recent weeks. Zayn’s heel turn has breathed fresh life into his character and it’s made him far better than he’s been for the last several months. However, the team might have hit a roadblock. As previously announced, Owens and Zayn have been sent home from the WWE tour of Europe. Now though, we have an idea of why.

According to, Owens and Zayn disobeyed orders to have New Day beat them up after Zayn lost to Kofi Kingston on this week’s “Smackdown Live”. Instead of staying for the beating, Owens got in a few shots before he and Zayn left the ring. This left the production team in a weird place as they didn’t know whose music to play, leading to an awkward ending.

Here’s the match that set up the incident.

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Opinion: While this might not sound like the biggest misstep in the world, Owens and Zayn were given an order and didn’t follow it. You can do a few alterations here and there but changing the entire thing like that isn’t the brightest move in the world. Hopefully this isn’t a major punishment as they’re one of the best things on the show right now.

Do you think Owens and Zayn will be in bigger trouble than this? Should they have been punished in the first place? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jinder Mahal Responds To Losing WWE Championship

Don’t annoy the “Modern Day Maharaja.” It won’t end well.

Jinder Mahal recently posted the following message to his Instagram account, in regards to his loss of the WWE Championship to AJ Styles this past week on “Smackdown Live:”

To my haters and wrestling “insiders”, this was NOT an experiment, I am NOT injured, I have NOT violated the wellness policy. So keep throwing shade my way , it only motivates me.

You can see footage of the match below:

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There had been rumors circulating that Mahal was injured and was working through those, which is why he hadn’t been competing on WWE programming much as of late.

AJ Styles will now be competing in a “champion vs. champion” match at “Survivor Series,” when he takes on the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar.

Editor’s Opinion:

I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again: Jinder Mahal is the man, and has earned every single accolade that he has received. There are some who will say that this  decision is a knee-jerk reaction to the WWE fans who have been complaining about Mahal’s title reign; I say that this feud between Mahal and Styles is not over yet, and that we still may see the “Modern Day Maharaja” at “Survivor Series.”

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KB’s Review: Reviewing the Review: Bound For Glory 2017

Over this past weekend, Impact Wrestling ran its biggest event of the year with “Bound For Glory 2017”. The show hasn’t exactly been well received and unfortunately, that’s far from the biggest surprise in the world. I know Impact Wrestling is one of the easiest promotions in the world to write off, but is that the fairest thing in the world to do? Is the show better than it’s given credit for?

Today we’re going to look at the show as a whole while also breaking it down a little bit to see what worked and/or made sense and what didn’t, though more importantly why that’s the case in each segment.. I watched the show live but looking back at it later always changes things a bit.

The opener was the six way match for the X-Division Title with Trevor Lee defending against a host of others who don’t exactly stand out. We’ll get to that in a minute, but we’ll start off with the problem of this match being a rematch from the previous TV tapings. Everything suggested that this would be Ultimate X, including the spoilers from the tapings and the Fite TV preview. I have no idea why it wasn’t Ultimate X (given recent reports, I’m thinking it was somehow financial) but that brings up the question: why do the same match?

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If you can’t do Ultimate X, have someone come out at the top of the show and say it’s now an elimination match. Or a gauntlet match. Heck make it a battle royal. Just do SOMETHING other than the exact same thing we saw three days ago. This is supposed to be a special event and yet we already saw this match. Just make a minor change to the thing and let it feel special.

Then came the other problem: Lee won. I’m sorry what now? Lee is, like most of the X-Division, pretty standard. There’s very little that defines him (He’s from North Carolina, looks like a caveman and has two lackeys. End of unique characteristics.) and it’s not like he’s setting the division on fire. Is there ANY reason they couldn’t have put the title on Petey Williams in Canada to pop the crowd to start the show? If Lee being champion is that important to you, give it back to him on the first show of the taping cycle. But now on to the real problem with the division.

Someone tell me what makes these X-Division people stand out. Here are the details about the people involved in the match:

Garza Jr.: He’s from Mexico and TAKES OFF HIS PANTS!

Dezmond Xavier: Has some good looking flips and won the most meaningless tournament in years.

Petey Williams: Canadian, used to be a big deal, has a cool finisher.

Matt Sydal: He’s good in the ring and used to be a hot prospect in WWE.

Sonjay Dutt: He used to be the best X-Division wrestler to never win the title but now he’s just an X-Division guy.

Trevor Lee: From North Carolina, looks like a caveman, has two lackeys.

If that’s the best you can do at defining your characters, just scrap the title already. It’s not like it’s meant anything in years anyway.

Moving on (the rest of these shouldn’t take nearly as long) we have Taiji Ishimori vs. Tyson Dux. This was a bonus match and there’s not much to say about it. It was thrown onto the card to fill in some of the time lost by Rosemary vs. Taya Valkyrie being canceled. The match was fine with Ishimori winning in short order. It’s kind of hard to criticize free wrestling but this was just a TV match on pay per view.

That’s enough wrestling for now, so let’s have Alberto El Patron come out for a long speech. Let me sum this up: the company treated him badly because he was accused of domestic violence, the internet makes up stories, Jeremy Borash was threatened but nothing happened, and somehow ten more minutes had passed.

Next up was a match with an actual story as Grado fought Abyss in a Monster’s Ball match. Basically Grado is trying to stay in the country as Abyss’ brother’s client but it wound up being a rip off. Grado was fighting for his freedom….but that’s not exactly his strong suit. Grado is a glorified comedy wrestler and he’s being thrown into one of the most violent matches the company has to offer.

The problem with Monster’s Ball is the same as always: it’s the same as always. You know the spots they’re going to do, you know the weapons they’re going to use and you know that Janie isn’t going to make contact. Laurel Van Ness and Rosemary got involved here and the whole thing was overbooked, even for a Monster’s Ball match. Abyss won and the heels are now 2-0 on the show (I have no idea if Ishimori is a face or a heel).

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The third match was Team AAA vs. Team Impact in a feud that has been death for the parties involved in recent weeks. Basically it’s AAA invading for no reason other than the script tells them to and three Impact guys fighting back for the same reason. The fans chanted for Lucha Libre because there’s no reason to cheer for Impact Wrestling in general, leaving the three of them to fight the AAA guys just because that’s what they do. The invasion story hasn’t worked so far and didn’t work here when the Impact guys won.

The Tag Team Titles were on the line next as OVE defended against LAX. The idea here was supposed to be LAX using their numbers advantage to win….except they didn’t. Until the very end, LAX fought a fair two on two match until the interference started. That’s all well and good, but it was OVE benefiting from the interference. The debuting Sami Callihan came out, attacked Konnan, and helped OVE retain the titles. I think they were going for a double turn here (it certainly came off like OVE turning heel), meaning that the heels would now be 3-1 (assuming you count Team Impact as faces, despite the fans cheering for their opponents).

That’s where this show is coming off the rails: what am I supposed to cheer for so far? El Patron returning? Well we knew that was coming and he wasn’t exactly popular to begin with. I guess you could go with Team Impact, though it was in the least interesting story on the show. No matter how you look at it though, this show really didn’t offer much to cheer about so far, which is a bad sign given that there are only three matches left.

Santino Marella is in the front row. He doesn’t actually say or do anything, but he is in fact here.

So now we move on to the Gail Kim Show, starring Gail Kim, featuring Gail Kim, co-starring Gail Kim, directed by Gail Kim and with special thanks to Gail Kim. In the weeks leading up to this match, there was absolutely no secret to the fact that this was all about giving Kim another title reign to go out on and that the other two were just there to give her someone to beat. The match was acceptable enough and Kim won the title clean, making her a record seven time champion. I guess this is the first thing you can cheer for tonight, assuming you’re not completely sick of Kim being treated like the greatest thing in wrestling history.

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Assuming Kim actually does just vacate the title and retire, this is a celebration for someone who doesn’t need it. Kim is easily the most accomplished and important name in the history of the division (and nearly the entire company). Having a match with two people actually sticking around being used as cannon fodder is rather ridiculous and does nothing for the future, which is what the promotion needs to be focusing on. The old expression in wrestling is you go out on your back. Kim went out being given another title reign that she didn’t need after years of being praised for her greatness. Let someone else have the spotlight.

Jimmy Jacobs, recently of WWE Creative, is here, suggests that he’s now an employee, and leaves. This means nothing at the moment.

Next was the real main event of the night as we had Bobby Lashley and King Mo facing Stephan Bonnar and Moose. Now we’ll ignore the fact that this should have been Lashley vs. Moose as the two MMA guys offered nothing and were unnecessary “celebrity” participants and get on to the same problem this show has had all night: the heels went over, again.

Think about this one. The entire point of this feud was MMA vs. pro wrestling. For months we heard the MMA guys talking about how great their sport was and how much more legitimate it was and all that jazz. Then, they win the big match. Why? So the feud can continue? Why does the feud need to continue? You just had the big gimmick match. Why do we need it to continue? Why did the first match need to be in a cage? This felt like the blowoff match but instead it’s the first big match. The wrestling guys lose in the big spot and now I’m supposed to want to see more? From these losers? I’m good actually.

If you give the faces everything you can, this makes the heels 4-3 on the night with the faces’ biggest win being Kim’s. This is turning into “Starrcade 1997” territory with the villains taking everything and the fans being ground down into submission with nothing to cheer about. I have no idea how that line of thinking works from a booking perspective but I’m sure they had roughly 14 other things they needed to satisfy before the fans.

Finally we had Eli Drake defending the World Title against Johnny Impact. This is one of the brighter spots of the card as you have Drake putting in a good performance for the better part of twenty minutes against one of the best athletes in the wrestling business. They were doing some good stuff here…and then it was the El Patron Show (which had a decent lead-in from the Gail Kim Show).

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After these two had put on a good match, El Patron came in and laid them both out, giving Drake the win. In theory this sets up El Patron vs. Impact in the future, making me wonder what Drake is supposed to do. Not that it really matters as this made him look like a lower card player by comparison, which really isn’t how you want your World Champion looking. El Patron is clearly the star of this promotion now and will be pushed harder than anyone else. We’re just that lucky I guess, just like we are to see another heel win.

Overall….what was this mess? This show started off with the fans being let down by a boring champion retaining his title and was capped off by a more entertaining champion being treated like a loser to retain his title. In between they saw mixed martial arts prove its superiority to wrestling, a tribute to the most tributed wrestler the company has ever had and an invasion that isn’t exactly thrilling.

I liked the show to a certain point while it was airing but looking back on it….egads. The problem here is rather simple: there’s very little to get excited about. The wrestling was good at times but the booking is a disaster. Between the dominance by the villains and the rather non-conclusive endings to the biggest matches on the show, this was one of the biggest misfires this company has had in a good while, which seems to be the case almost all the time.

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