Friday, August 23, 2013

TEW Fantasy Draft

With my cousin, brother and sister we have created a four player draft of all the wrestlers going and each of us got 25 to create our cult level promotion in the addicting and awesome game of Total Extreme Warfare 2005 which you can download here and then you can download real world stats here I'll probably throw updates for how the game is going every time we get through a month as the person who gains the most popularity and makes the most money will get to sign a free agent. So now I will present the drafts. The order went Jeff (brother), Emily (Sister), Rob (Cousin), Kevin (Me) based on our knowledge of wrestling. The order alternated by rounds so with numbers it went 1,2,3,4,2,3,4,1,3,4,1,2 and so on that way so everybody got first pick in some rounds and second in others. Everybody also got to use a tag team pick once where they go both members of a tag team, but then lost their next turn.

So for background on all of us to figure out how we made our picks. Jeff hasn't watched wrestling in a long time until I came up with the idea to do this so he mostly used old knowledge and then searched rosters and apparently picked either popular or big wrestlers.

Emily has been a wrestling fan for almost a year because she lives with me and my force of will made that happen. Her picks are largely influences by how attractive the wrestlers are, and also she thinks Kane is cool.

Rob is good wrestling fan so he knows what he's doing, but is a little weak in Japanese wrestling.

Kevin watches too much wrestling. That's why I have a blog dedicated to the wrestling I watch.

1. CM Punk
2. Jeff Hardy
3. Randy Orton
4. Cody Rhodes
5. Dean Ambrose
6. Jay Briscoe (Tag Pick)
7. Mark Briscoe (Tag Pick)
8. The Miz
9. Bully Ray
10. Sheamus
11. Christian
12. Curtis Axel
13. Gunner
14. Ryback
15. Abyss
16. TJ Perkins
17. Kazarian
18. Rob Terry
19. Titus O'Neill
20. Darren Young
21. Mr. Anderson
22. Zack Ryder
23. Sting
24. Jey Uso
25. Jimmy Uso

1. John Cena
2. Antonio Cesaro
3. Seth Rollins
4. Roman Reigns
5. Magnus
6. Wade Barrett
7. Sin Cara
8. Kofi Kingston
9. Kane
10. Davey Richards
11. Alberto Del Rio
12. Takashi Sugiura
13. Shelton Benjamin
14. Justin Gabriel (Tag Pick)
15. Tyson Kidd (Tag Pick)
16. Caprice Coleman
17. Masaki Mochicuzi
18. Johnny Gargano
19. Curt Hawkins
20. Mike Bennett
21. La Mascara
22. Matt Morgan
23. Rey Mysterio
24. Santino Marella
25. Yoshi Tatsu

1. Daniel Bryan
2. Austin Aries
3. Kevin Steen
4. Dolph Ziggler
5. Mark Henry
6. Bray Wyatt
7. Luke Harper (Tag Pick)
8. Eric Rowan (Tag Pick)
9. Chris Sabin
10. Chris Hero
11. Damien Sandow
12. Kyle O'Reilly
13. Bobby Fish
14. James Storm
15. Hiroshi Tanahashi
16. Rocky Romero
17. Alex Koslov
18. Christopher Daniels
19. Kazuchika Okada
20. MVP
21. Kenny King
22. Tomassa Ciampa
23. William Regal
24. Fandango
25. Karl Anderson

1. Samoa Joe
2. AJ Styles
3. Michael Elgin
4. Nick Jackson (Tag Pick)
5. Matt Jackson (Tag Pick)
6. El Generico
7. Bobby Roode
8. Roderick Strong
9. Alex Shelley
10. Eddie Edwards
11. Adam Cole
12. Ricochet
13. Rich Swann
15. Colt Cabana
16. Shinsuke Nakamura
17. Naomichi Marafuji
18. Samuray Del Sol
19. Kota Ibushi
20. Paul London
21. Brian Kendrick
22. Player Uno
23. Stupified
24. Jimmy Jacobs
25. Kurt Angle

I don't know how Kurt Angle fell of Jeff's radar. Rob forgot he was an active wrestler and I was mad at him because I was playing some TEW earlier with the TNA roster and he wouldn't job to Samoa Joe so I was made at him. I wanted to take Brian Cage so I'd have the farthest apart tag team connection with Elgin and Cage, but I couldn't not take Angle. I overestimated how little Rob knew about Japanese wrestling and lost out on Tanahashi so I made sure I got Nakamura. I also let TJ Perkins go too far. I only drafted one WWE wrestler and that is El Generico from NXT. I also went for a lot of tag teams with the idea of creating stables like Dragongate has.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

NJPW G1 Climax 23

Last week New Japan Pro Wrestling had their G1 climax and I've slowly been making my way through the shows that they've presented and I haven't been making awesome headway, but I have been making headway. So far I've watched Day 2 and Day 4, and I started with those because of the early hype for those shows and they live up to it. I've seen a couple of matches from Day 1 as well. My major thought coming out of those matches is that Tomohiro Ishii is the shit and I am now a fan of his. I've seen three of his matches and all of them were awesome. Day 1 vs. Lance Archer was a match where I didn't expect much from either man and it was just fun to watch. Day 2 vs. Tanahashi was fucking awesome and fit the main event perfectly. Loved to see Tanahashi play the heel and there were so many near falls which I love before Ishii won with the Steiner Driver. Day 4 had the match vs. Shibata which Meltzer gave 5* and while I think it was a good match I wouldn't go that far, but only because I liked a match on that same show better.

And that match is Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi. Nakamura is just awesome with everything he does in the ring and the way these two played off each other was awesome. Nakamura was a dick to Ibushi earlier playing to his size and strength advantage, and that made it all the better when Ibushi took control of the match and did the same dick shit to Nakamura. Near falls abounded in this match and then we get my favorite finish in all of wrestling which is the sequence of moves which are all finishers before getting the pinfall. Nakamura hits two flying knees off the top rope before just hitting the running knee he is known for to get the three count and it is just phenomenal.

Not everything is about having the absolute best match on the show and everybody on these shows is delivering. Toru Yano has been entertaining me a lot with his delightful cheating to win matches. His match against Takahashi was a delight of the two of them trying to out cheat each other and the crowds enjoyment of that. On a similar note I really enjoyed the Tanahashi vs. Devitt match. Captain New Japan's shenanigans to counter Fale's shenanigans were awesome. The best part was obviously Tanahashi coming to the ring on Captain's shoulders like Devitt does on Fale's, but he just made it a more fun match.

Naito has had some good matches, but both were flawed. His match against Ibushi was awesome except Naito spent a lot of time working Ibushi's leg and then Ibushi made his come back and was like, fuck that shit I'm not selling my leg, but still it was a lot of fun with a great finishing run. Then Naito's match against Suzuki was similar, but with Suzuki working Naito's leg and Naito not wanting to sell, but except for the inability to sell the leg injury during the match the action was good and had a hot finish and was fun to watch, which is always the bigger concern, although I would prefer to see damage sold than not.

Overall everything I've watched has been solid to great and that's impressive considering I've watched 7 hours of wrestling from the tournament so far. Even the short matches are well done. Shelton Benjamin vs. Karl Anderson was only like 7 minutes, but it perfectly sold a story of Benjamin knowing the ace crusher is going to finish him and avoiding the move whenever Anderson tries it. If you like wrestling watch these shows. If you don't like wrestling and want to see why people love it watch all of Day four of this tournament and you'll know.