Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wrestling Through a Child's Eyes

My family at SmackDown in ATL
Last night after I finished cutting the grass and messing with one of our toilets I finally got to sit down for a few minutes. My son, who will be nine this month, loves WWE. He typically does not get to watch all of Raw unless there's no school the next day or whatever. I try to show him stuff I think will enjoy from the DVR or computer as I can.

I knew he needed to see the end of the main event on Raw and more importantly the post-match shenanigans. I fired up the clip from WWE's YouTube page and showed it to him starting with AJ being offered the chair to take out Roman Reigns. Since I enjoyed this segment so much I hoped he would to and he certainly did.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WWE Payback 2016 and Kickoff Show Review

WWE Payback 2016 was Sunday, and I thought it was an excellent show.  From the Kickoff Show all the way through the main event, I was thoroughly entertained despite some issues I had with Creative.

On the whole, this wasn't the awesome spectacle that WrestleMania 32 was, but it was a much more entertaining wrestling show. In fairness to Mania, this show only being four hours was a huge advantage.

Anyhow, on to the show in my customary "main event to first match" format.  If you're interested in more detailed reviews of the show then I recommend Jason Powell from DOT NET's Payback Live Review and his Kickoff Show Coverage.

On to my thoughts...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Solid Tweet by Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks



Look, I get it when people say they aren't huge fans of The Young Bucks.  It honestly took a long time for me to come around to them because their style of wrestling is not a style that typically speaks to me.

I prefer the hard-hitting, real fight style of wrestling.  Norko, on the other hand, has been a huge Bucks fan for as long as I can remember.  If you saw a dude at the last AWE show wearing a Superkick Party shirt that was him.

Anyhow, I've grown to like and respect them because the over-the-top ring work is now a natural part of their gimmick.  Basically, they make it work for them and it has finally caught on with me. 

The Tweet above kind of perfectly captures their attitude and I must admit I thought it was pretty entertaining. 

WWE Payback's Main Event: Roman Reigns v AJ Style for the WWE World Championship

WWE Payback is this coming Sunday and the whole show looks promising, but the main event is what I am most interested in right now.  The reasons for that should be obvious if you've ever read anything I've written here, but basically here's why.

  1. Roman Reigns is my favorite guy on the roster.  Watched him play football at Georgia Tech, The Shield was my favorite thing in WWE when they were doing their thing.  I think he has tremendous potential still.
  2. AJ Styles is a guy I was fortunate enough to see even going back to his days in NWA WildSide. Norko and I along with some others made the trip up to Cornelia for the TV tapings for a good while so AJ is clearly "our guy."
All this said, I am really looking forward to their match at Payback due to those factors, but also because it's a fresh match to have at the top of a WWE PPV/special show card.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Raw Review: Last One Before Payback (4-25-2016)

Aside from the Raw in-ring debut of Gallows and Anderson, there wasn't anything earth-shattering about this show.  That said it was a really solid episode of Raw.

As always I just look at that which interested me on the show.  I do not force myself to have opinions about segments that didn't catch my attention and I do not do recaps.  If you want that then I always like to look at Jason Powell's WWE Live TV Report on DOT NET.

Here are my thoughts on what moved me to one degree or another.  As always, feedback is welcomed.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Jack Swagger Possibly Leaving WWE

This has been rumored for a long while now, but Jack Swagger shared the following Tweet today and it seriously looks like his WWE career is over.




I have always been a big fan of Swagger and wish he they had really gotten behind him at some point. Even if it was as a member of tag team like when he and Cesaro teamed. By and large, he just seemed to be "there" even as World Champion.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Raw: Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, and Guns N Gallows

Raw did not really capture my attention on Monday night.  Part of it was that it was a UK Raw, but the other issue was that I did glance at the spoilers after I saw Guns N Gallows attack Reigns via a GIF on Twitter. 

That said, I did not do a Raw Review on Tuesday.  I do, however, want to talk about the primary angle that came out of the show which was that attack by Guns N Gallows on WWE World Champion Roman Reigns.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AWE HomeGrown 2016: Some Thoughts

Norko and I attended our first AWE show on January 10, 2016 when Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa came in for a show.  We realized at that moment that we had been missing out.  Due to some circumstances out of our control, we did not make it back to an AWE show until last night.  That show was HomeGrown 2016 and that show was incredible.  

This post is not going to be a full review with match results and recaps of the action because that isn't really what I do.  I am not very good at it, I don't enjoy it, and others do it so much better.  The purpose of this post is just to describe the atmosphere, and talk about some of the high points of the show.  Larry Goodman has posted a quick results entry over at Georgia Wrestling History which is a tremendous resource.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Follow South Atlanta Wrestling on Facebook and Twitter

There are times when the posts here on South Atlanta Wrestling slow down for one reason or the other.  The last two weeks the specific reasons were a vacation and then the real world getting in the way.  In the second case, it was a surprisingly hectic week at work with a time-sensitive issue that needed to be addressed.  It wasn't so much that I worked late as it ate into the time I often post (lunch break), being worn out by the time I got home, and having other adult responsibilities.  I hate it, but that's how it is.

Anyhow, I say all that to say there are still ways you can keep in touch with us.  I've shared them before and they are even linked on the main page, but it's worth revisiting once in a while I think.

  • Facebook--Yes, South Atlanta Wrestling has a Facebook presence.  I post things I see on Facebook there as well as the posts from here.  Many of the items I discuss there I do not discuss on Twitter and vice-versa.

  • Twitter (@S_ATL_Wrestling, @TheBottomLine, and @mckinneydg)--I run that first feed there which is the official Twitter feed of this site.  All of those Tweets are mine, Norko does not use that one.  He posts at the second one listed (@TheBottomLine).  My non-wrestling Tweets mainly go up on the mckinneydg one.  Lots of football discussion and whatever else interests me there.

Those are the main ways to discuss things or get our opinions on things in the wrestling industry when this site seems kind of slow.  I enjoy discussing wrestling on Twitter more than any other way so I especially recommend giving me a follow over there

If you ever want to hit us up about something you'd like to discuss privately, I setup an email address for the site:  southatlantawrestling@gmail.com.  Norko doesn't check that one, but I will pass anything on to him that you'd like him to see.  Just let me know.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Break Catch Up: WrestleMania, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles

South Atlanta Wrestling went dark last week because the family and I went on vacation to North Myrtle Beach, SC.  Had a great time there and tried to unplug a bit even though it was Mania Week.  I was more active on Twitter than I intended, but aside from the Pre-WrestleMania Thoughts post did not have anything to share here.

As a way of getting jump started, I wanted to take a brief look at the things I didn't discuss here last week.

  • WrestleMania 32--As a Roman Reigns fan I did not dislike the show as much as most.  I was on record ahead of the show saying that you had to have Reigns defeat Triple H if you want him to be a player going forward.  I said that knowing full well the Dallas crowd would dump all over Roman Reigns. 

    They didn't outsmart themselves there and went ahead and pulled the trigger on having him definitively defeat Triple H and The Authority.  That was absolutely the right move and hopefully this frees him up to do something different and more interesting.  More on that in the next bullet point.