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Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on May 15, 2009, 05:14:26 PM
Just got back probably an hour or so ago from a TNA house show in Florence SC.  Decided instead of just creating a thread about that show that nobody would give a shit about, I'd make a thread for all untelevised house shows or just regular shows from indy feds, that kinda shit.  This isn't a thread for spoiler reports and off-camera happenings on TV shows, this is just to post your own reports for shows you went to, and that other people more than likely won't give a damn about.

They kept on mentioning the attendance as being 2000, which seemed possible.   One of the first things I noticed was that the environment for this show was a shitton better than the last TNA house show I went to.  Aka:  it had air conditioning.

Borash starts out the show with the basic "whoever makes the most noise will get a backstage pass" stuff that TNA always seems to start out their house shows with.  After that we get to the first match:

1)  Suicide defeats Kiyoshi to retain the X-Division championship.
Suicide entered through the crowd, and got a pretty decent pop.   Crowd couldn't care less about Kiyoshi though.  Decent, but nothing spectacular.   Suicide wins cleanly with some kind of fisherman fallaway slam. (??  I guess that's the best way to describe it?)   I don't watch TNA all that much, but, that isn't his finisher is it?  Doesn't he normally use the move from the video game?

2)  Madison Rayne defeats Daffney
This match...ye gads this match was pretty bad.  Being a huge Daffney mark, I'd love to place the blame on Madison, but both women were blowing spots throughout the match.   Crowd didn't get into it one way or the other.  Madison counters a 10-punch corner spot into a powerbomb, and gets the pin with her feet on the ropes.

Borash comes out and proceeds to EXPLAIN WHAT TEXT MESSAGING IS (thanks JB.  I had no idea) because he got a text from Beer Money Inc insulting the crowd to get cheap heat.   Yes, BMI is *literally* phoning in their work now.

3)  Rhino defeats Shiek Abdul Bashir
Rhino and Bashir easily get the biggest face and heel reactions of the night so far.   Bashir gets on the mic, prompting the first of many USA chants in the match.   Bashir eats a Gore for the clean pin.

4)  Jeff Jarrett/Christopher Daniels defeat Beer Money Inc
Beer Money attempt to get on the mic prematch to get more cheap heat, but the mic doesn't work.  Turns out they didn't need it anyways, since the crowd fuckin hated them.  JJ, on the other hand, got a HUGE pop from the crowd.  Easily the biggest of the whole night.  This match had the most contrived oral sex spot in wrestling history.  Jarrett tied Roode up in the tree of woe, Daniels irish whipped Storm into Roode, and then after Storm fell onto the mat, JJ/Daniels crotched Storm on the post Roode was on.   So....yeah.   Roode/Storm teased fighting over who was responsible for them blowing each other, but hugged and made up instead.   Shortly afterward, Jarrett pins Storm with the Stroke.

Intermission at this point, where the people who got backstage passes were allowed to go back.   They were back there for maybe 5 minutes before they were kicked back out again.

5)  Eric Young defeats Cute Kip
You know what, I take back what I said about Daffney/Rayne.  THIS was the worst match of the night.   Crowd couldn't give a shit about Eric Young, but Billy Gunn?  He got the most heel heat of the entire night.  Holy hell did that surprise me.  This was a basic Konnan Formula match.  Kip controlled the entire match (75% of his offense being a chinlock) and then Young hits two moves at the end, and gets the win with a DVD.  MVP of this match was the guy sitting behind me in the crowd, who couldn't go more than 3 seconds without telling Kip how much he sucked.

6)  AJ Styles defeats Booker T to retain the Legends Championship
I don't understand the match placement.  Why the hell have 4 matches before intermission, and only 2 after?   AJ and Booker both came out to pretty good face pops, once the match started it was probably 60/40 in favor of AJ.  I missed a lot of this match because all of a sudden during the entrances I noticed someone was standing up in the luxury box in the arena looking down on everyone.   It seriously distracted the fuck out of me, since NONE of the regular arena seats above the 6th or 7th row were being used, so the person way up in the luxury box really stood out.  AJ won after ducking a scissors kick and kicking Booker in the back of the head.  Really anticlimactic finish.

After that they did the basic autograph session where they brought people out to sign stuff, or for the "TNA Superfans" you could get a photo in the ring with AJ and Suicide for $20.

I went with Choice C, go home.   Overall the show gets a solid "meh" from me.   Nowhere near the worst shows I've been too, but nowhere near the best either.  Hopefully when I go to Raw on June 15th it'll be better.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on May 16, 2009, 03:04:06 AM
Suicide can't do the move from the video game due to physics, so they gave him "The Suicide Solution", the move you saw him do.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on May 16, 2009, 03:26:25 AM
I coulda sworn I saw him do the move from the game (or something close to it) during one of his initial run-ins?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on May 16, 2009, 05:41:28 AM
Yeah he did one part of it but can't physically pull off the satellite scissor or the mid-move taunt
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on May 16, 2009, 03:09:43 PM
In June there's going to be a TNA house show here in Abbotsford that I plan to attend. I'm not sure why Abby of all places was chosen. No matches announced yet but it claims AJ, Joe, Booker, Angle(?), and Beer Money will be there which is cool as I've never seen any of those guys live.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Smues on May 16, 2009, 03:27:58 PM
I noticed that TNA is touring some really small out of the way places, clearly on their way to being the number 1 fed!

Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on May 16, 2009, 04:29:31 PM
Speaking of my lovely hometown, The United Nations gang that was mentioned in today's WO update was formed and operates in Abbotsford.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 19, 2009, 09:41:06 AM
TNA is coming to Oklahoma City Thursday night. Are they going to the Ford Center where the Thunder play NBA games at and WWE holds PPV and television events? No. The Cox Convention Center which is like the Ford Center's bastard little brother? No.
They're going to the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center. It's basically a glorified high school gymnasium. I think Lloyd Noble where OU plays basketball is a bigger arena. Yipee.

I'm thinking of going. Is it worth 35 bucks?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Big Green on May 19, 2009, 09:49:17 AM
I noticed that TNA is touring some really small out of the way places, clearly on their way to being the number 1 fed!



To be fair to Florence, South Carolina, WWE does visit the Civic Center regularly. They even held In Your House: Beware of Dog there until the power went out and forced them to relocate to Charleston.

Where in Florence was the show held? My first thought is the Civic Center but only because I don't know where else it could be held. The Civic Center is located in a not bad part of the city, it's near the mall and a nice movie theater so that would help draw a crowd over (walk ups at least).
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on May 19, 2009, 09:52:10 AM
Here's what's scheduled to appear, Dama;


Main Event
“Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner

Tag Team Action
Beer Money, Inc. vs. Lethal Consequences

Grudge Match
“The Monster” Abyss vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

A special appearance by TNA World Heavyweight Champion and Executive Shareholder, “The Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley!

Also Appearing: TNA X Division Champion Suicide, “The War Machine” Rhino, TNA Knockout Women’s Champion Angelina Love, Sheik Abdul Bashir, Homicide, Taylor Wilde, and more!

I don't know...doesn't sound like a terribly promising card on paper but I still maintain even a bad wrestling show usually makes for a good night out.

I'm going to my first show in about three years on Saturday at the armory that's literally right up the street from me.. It's the first indy show in Portland in six or seven years. Steve Blackman, Gran Apolo, and Rick Fuller are all being advertised. If that isn't a cavalcade of stars, I don't know what is.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on May 19, 2009, 10:27:51 AM


Where in Florence was the show held? My first thought is the Civic Center but only because I don't know where else it could be held. The Civic Center is located in a not bad part of the city, it's near the mall and a nice movie theater so that would help draw a crowd over (walk ups at least).

The Florence show was in the civic center, but other than the floor seating, there was only maybe 5 rows full of regular "arena" seating that was sold.

Dama:  Is that $35 total, or $35 plus the stupid assload of Ticketmaster fees?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 21, 2009, 02:38:02 AM
It's 40 after the dumbass fees. I bought a ticket, it's tonight.

I know nothing about TNA or their storylines or most of their wrestlers. But, wrestling is always fun to go to.
I remember when Unforgiven was at the Ford Center in OKC. I hadn't watched WWE in about a year at that time and had no clue what was happening. But, I went and still had a great time.

Sucks there's no Booker T (for comedy) or AJ Styles. Christopher Daniels would've been cool too. Oh well, I wouldn't mind seeing Joe live.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 21, 2009, 02:40:11 AM
Suppose I have a great time and decide I want to start watching some TNA. Would there be a place one could go (aside from Wiki) to catch up on their histories and feuds and what not?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on May 21, 2009, 08:44:37 AM
Be like the bookers. Don't even sweat it. Some TNA stuff is really convoluted.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on May 21, 2009, 09:29:22 AM
So, just a question then.  If you know next to nothing about TNA and the wrestlers, why not just got to an indy show for 1/4 of the price?   None in the area?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 21, 2009, 03:26:39 PM
There are none in the area, well there probably are but after seeing some of their wrestlers it doesn't seem too good.

The TNA show was good. We had fun.

Highlights:
-I was in one of those sections that likes to cheer heels. We started an "Iraq!" chant for the Sheik and then kept doing the infidel scream. Haha.
-Samoa Joe got whipped into the guardrail and took some poor kid out. That wasn't cool but the kids dad flipped out and started screaming at Steiner who simply yelled "Fuck you fatty!"
-Beer Money Inc. ripping the fans. It was hilarious. Especially because I think they really hurt some fat ladies feelings.
-Getting in the ring at the end and taking a photo with Mick Foley
-All the autographs I got
-My Beer Money Inc. shirt. lol. I haven't owned a wrestling shirt in years.
-Suicide, I thought he was cool
-The venue was tiny and there were only like 1,000 fans or so. So it turned pretty much into a General Admission show. And you could see from anywhere.
Lowlights:
-This guy in front of me was some kind of super fan or smark or something. I make one comment that you probably have to know about wrestling to get and this guy wont' quit talking to me for the rest of the damn show. I eventually had to move away.
All I said during a stalling sequence was "Let's wrestle! This ain't Memphis!" and he spun around and it was over from there.
Well....that's really the only low light.

Oh yeah, one of the local wrestlers came up to me and gave me a flyer for their wrestling school and said something like "Hey big guy. You need to come out and wrestle! A guy your size would be perfect!" I thought it sounded fun, but I hear those schools are absurdly expensive.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on May 21, 2009, 05:59:16 PM
Hahahahahaha

Dama was one of the fools who paid $20 just for a damn photo.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 22, 2009, 01:14:34 AM
Hahahahahaha

Dama was one of the fools who paid $20 just for a damn photo.

Not me. My friend. He said "Let's do it!" and I said "Are you paying?" and he said "Sure it's on me!" I almost had him convinced to pay 20 more bucks to go for another photo.
I don't pay for stuff like that.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: alkeiper on May 22, 2009, 01:30:21 AM
Considering how many of us have dropped $20+ on a meal, is a photo such a bad use of money?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on May 22, 2009, 01:35:44 AM
Yes. $20 for a photo for a wrestler from TNA? Come on
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 22, 2009, 02:42:54 AM
Yes. $20 for a photo for a wrestler from TNA? Come on

My friend is so gullible for these photo-ops. I'm willing to bet he's dropped 100's of dollars at various conventions for photos with celebrities and wrestlers.
Not my money.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on May 22, 2009, 04:33:13 AM
This could be its own thread but the only wrestler that I could maybe see dropping $20 on to take a photo with is Ric Flair. I could probably count on one hand the number of wrestlers I'd pay $10 to take pictures with.

I used to drop $5 every time I went to indy shows as a 12 year old mark to take pictures with a bunch of no-names. I could have used that to buy candy! Nobody's going to be impressed by a picture of me with the future Palmer Cannon!
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The Real DXP on May 22, 2009, 04:43:55 AM
Free photos though? Heck yes. I got photos with Petey Williams and Chris Sabin.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 22, 2009, 05:13:26 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't have done it if I was paying for it myself. I remember when he paid to take a photo with Daffney. I didn't pay shit and stood there and talked to her for an hour. Who needs a photo?
I did pay 5 bucks one time to take a photo with the Suicide Girls. But that was more because they draped themselves all over me while taking the photo, well worth the 5 bucks. *thumbs up*

Does Beer Money Inc. have some sort of gay gimmick going? Because they sure were pushing it at this show.
It was funny listening to them promote the crowd as if they don't do it at every show. "Oklahoma City this is our second show here and it's been insane at both of them! I think next time we come it should be on pay per view!" Yeah fucking right. Besides, I don't think we have a midsize arena to support that. The Ford Center is too big, the Cox Center is run down and probably too big, and the Bricktown Events Center (where they were) is too small.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: 6foot9 on May 22, 2009, 01:02:46 PM
I was woken up by the local radio station interviewing Necro Butcher this morning.  Apparently he was appearing at some tiny indy show about an hour away tonight.  I almost wished I would have known about it sooner, so I could have gotten off from work in time.

Maybe next time.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 22, 2009, 04:05:39 PM
Here's the photo my friend spent 20 bucks on. I told him I didn't like the way my mouth was hanging open. He almost spent another 20 for a second photo. I probably never would've let him live it down if he let me convince him to do that.
But this guy has photos of him with Vincent, Daffney, Chewbacca, Lou Ferrigno, the Green Power Ranger, Corey Feldman, Daffney and some dudes from that super hero reality show. He's had to have spent 300 bucks in his lifetime on these photos.

(http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/81/l_d97e141efc5d4f45aad07c0157a9c6c5.jpg)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The Real DXP on May 23, 2009, 05:20:08 AM
I must admit I thought that was a pseudo-manly-woman at first.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on May 23, 2009, 08:02:23 AM
I guess nobody wants to go with me to the wrestling show up the street tonight. I might just drink a bunch of beers beforehand and go myself and heckle some of the wrestlers. Hilarity may ensue or I'll just look pathetic. Probably the latter...
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on May 23, 2009, 08:10:08 AM
you should go streak in the ring during intermission
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on May 23, 2009, 08:12:53 AM
Not a bad idea except that's where they hold the autograph and photo sessions so I'd likely pummeled by all of the babyfaces on the roster. Though, that group is supposed to include former WWE superstar Steve Blackman tonight. I've always wanted to get beat up a former WWE Hardcore Champion.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 23, 2009, 11:03:15 AM
I must admit I thought that was a pseudo-manly-woman at first.

My wife's mom thought he was a girl the first time she met him. My grandma thought he was a girl the first time she met him. Most others just think he's gay.

Or were you talking about me? *bats eyelashes at daileyxplanet*   :-*
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on May 23, 2009, 02:04:13 PM
Aw man---nothing like going to a comically bad indy wrestling show when you're half in the tank. I was seated between a semi-amusing group of fellow smarks and a highly enthusiastic group of extremely drunk and loud white trash.  Brilliant. I'll have a semi-detailed report up after they post the results on the website (that PA system was terrible). Not surprisingly, the Lethal Weapon was never mentioned. In fact, I was kind of surprised they were advertising him for the show in the first place. Didn't he retire five years ago or so due to a neck injury?

How bad was the show? The main event between Rick Fuller and The Giant Pharaoh (his gimmick is uh...that he's a tall pharaoh) Vs Apolo and Chicano ended with a DQ as a result of a low blow followed by the heels beating the shit out of the babyfaces and Rick Fuller walking off with Apolo's title. But the fans would be sent home happy because Apolo decided to KTFO the referee for no good reason! This resulted in the white trash group next to me storming ringside (oh--there was no barricade and one extremely lazy looking security guard) and pounding the mat in appreciation of their hero.  Kudos to whoever was booking tonight. Way to make your top babyfaces look good. Have them get beat up 75% of the match, win by DQ, get the shit beat out of them after the match, and then beat up the referee.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on May 24, 2009, 07:42:25 AM
Be like the bookers. Don't even sweat it. Some TNA stuff is really convoluted.

So yeah, I did have a lot of fun at the house show even if I didn't know any of the storylines or past storylines.
How long has TNA been around? 7 years? 8?
I kind of wouldn't mind watching some TNA or at  least catching up on some stuff. Any recommendations of events and DVDs that would be good to pick up? Have they really had any awesome matches and PPVs that are worth picking up on DVD?

I remember buying the 1 cent PPV way back when. Some of the stuff in it was decently cool. Has their arena and entrance ramp gotten bigger though over time?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on May 24, 2009, 07:50:55 AM
Get Global Impact (a show they put on with/in Japan) and check Best Buy's website for some cheap three disc sets. Someone else should be able to be more specific. There's one TNA PPV that's usually always good every year. I think it's Bound For Glory. Look for the show with AJ/Daniels/Joe.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: timmy8271 on May 28, 2009, 12:08:53 PM
So I'm going to FCW(Florida Championship Wrestling) tomorrow night at the Orlando Armory. I went a couple months ago and the show was about 3 hours long but man was it a great time. Looking forward to it, especially if Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith are there.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on June 04, 2009, 10:48:09 AM
The TNA house show is tomorrow and I've been really looking forward to it but Joe getting injured just killed like 40% of my interest.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 05, 2009, 01:40:45 AM
So every year WWE runs a house show at The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, which is a 2000 seat venue about 75 minutes from my house and I've always wanted to see a show there. But I was hesitant to buy tickets since they always seem to alternate between A shows (a few years back, they had John Cena Vs Edge with Ricky Steamboat as special guest ref as the main event) and shows with a lineup that wouldn't constitute for a decent extended episode of ECW (last year's show was main evented by Mark Henry Vs Matt Hardy and The Great Khali Vs Finlay!). So I finally decide to buy tickets after hearing that CM Punk and Rey Mysterio Vs Edge and Chris Jericho is the advertised main event...and it's sold out! Bah! I swear when I finally do decide to jump the gun and buy tickets on the first day, the show I see will have Dolph Ziggler and Hornswoggle dukin' it out in the main event.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on June 05, 2009, 01:48:41 AM
The TNA house show is tomorrow and I've been really looking forward to it but Joe getting injured just killed like 40% of my interest.

Joe's an asshole, anyway.  Sure, he's fun to watch wrestle, but he stuck out as a total prick toward the fans after the show I went to last Halloween, whereas most other wrestlers were very friendly. Joe was even in his home... well, not hometown, but home area.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on June 05, 2009, 01:57:34 AM
Don't know what happened with you, but every time I met Joe, he was really cool. We once took over a q-n-a he was doing and just asked him inside jokes pertaining to his live journal
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The Real DXP on June 05, 2009, 09:37:26 AM
Is that what they call a Q&A in TNA, a QNA?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on June 05, 2009, 10:32:13 AM
Every wrestler/human being has their bad days. I don't know of any wrestler who hasn't had at least one story about them being a dick to fans.

And even if Joe really is a dick, I wouldn't care. I pay to see him wrestle not because he's a great humanitarian.

Anyway show starts in a couple hours.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 05, 2009, 10:34:37 AM
I think you'll enjoy it.  This week of touring has gotten really good reviews.  Plus...the two best acts in the company (Beer Money and the Beutiful People) are on it...  It simply can't be bad...
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on June 05, 2009, 10:35:34 AM
The one and only ROH show I attended (at the pier in NYC, December 2005), Joe walked through the lobby and was all, "Hey everybody!" and very nice. Of course, this was before he tripped over some bad booking.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on June 05, 2009, 04:27:46 PM
Had a great time. Daniels Vs Suicide was fun and Daniels Vs Suicide Vs AJ was great. Best non-televised show I've ever been to probably. Borash did a great job as MC and they really went out of their way to get the crowd to interact and did stuff for the kids too. I;ve never been to a WWE show that made the crowd feel like a part of the show that way.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Jebus on June 05, 2009, 09:35:40 PM
From a TNA house show report:
'Lots of "You screwed Bret" chants in the arena tonight. A confused Angelina Love got on the mic and claimed she has never slept with Bret.'

LOL!

Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on June 06, 2009, 10:59:05 AM
Yeah that was the show I was at. It was pretty clear that at this point "You screwed Bret" is just done by rote with no real feeling behind it, it's just another chant.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on June 07, 2009, 01:45:35 AM
Went to a PWO taping last night in Brunswick.  Noted for PWO tag champs Greg Valentine and Jim Neidhart wrestling 4 times . . . kinda.

They wrestled in a 3-match gauntlet in which the first match was against high school kids in which they obliterated in a minute.  They obviously won the next two matches in short order.  In fact, IIRC, there wasn't even a tag made in the entire gauntlet by any team.  From there, they came back to defeat Pirate Justice to retain their titles in a more traditional style match. 

They taped 3 shows.  For the 1st show, the place was packed and the fans were ready for freddie.  By the time the 2nd show started, about 1/5 of the fans called it quits and went home.  By the time their go-home show started for their big event, there was about 100-200 people left in the gym as compared to the 400-500 people that showed up at the beginning of the night.

Still a fun night at the matches, but sheesh, it lasted about 3 1/2 hours.  Better too much than too little though.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 07, 2009, 06:20:43 AM
I've been to some shows that lasted too long.  There was an ECW taping way back in the day (the night RVD won the TV title) that went 4 hours.  The show was really good...but even with a fun/good taping going on I was burned out by the time it was over.

I've had that happen at RoH before too.

Even good shows can be hurt by overlong nights.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on June 07, 2009, 06:27:27 AM
Definitely agree w/ that.  When you're used to watching 2-3 hrs of wrestling on a nice comfy couch or chair, watching it on a hard chair or bleachers can become a test of endurance.

The exhausted exhale of the ring announcer after he wished everyone good night told the story.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on June 07, 2009, 07:14:34 AM
Way back 15-20 years ago, when I was only about 10 or 11 or so, some of those mass WWF and AWA TV tapings I went to were hard as hell to sit through, even as a young kid. I remember them doing a SuperStars taping in La Crosse, WI which went 4-5 hours, since they taped 3 or 4 hour long shows, plus put in a few dark competitive matches in between EACH hour of the TV taping. So it made for a really long night, essentially a house show card on top of squash match after squash match and lots of interview stuff too, on their interview podium and/or through Brother Love segments, etc. I think I went to two or three of those Superstars or Wrestling Challenge tapings back in the day.

Then those AWA tv tapings for ESPN, again, (used to go to these regularly in Rochester, MN) those were about the same but they at least started those on a Saturday afternoon early typically so you were out of there by 5pm and still had the rest of the night free.

Anyway looks like the next show I'll be checking out live is probably next Saturday, with another TNA house show (this will be the second one for me since they were nearby here in March) in Council Bluffs, IA. I hope they are doing a comparable lineup to what the last few weeks have been, but who knows what is the plan. If anyone knows of where to get any sort of lineup for this show (its this coming weekend) I'd like to see it.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 07, 2009, 10:50:02 AM
I actually kind of liked those marathon TV tapings. I went to two- a Superstars taping in July '94 (my first show) and a WCW Saturday Night taping in May '98. I was bargain conscience even at that young age and those tapings gave you a lot of bang for your back. Even at the best house show--there'd be a few stars missing but everybody's who's anybody were on those marathon tapings. Well not the Saturday Night one since it was a B show at that point but you get the idea.

But boy howdy- Pops Kamala (who always took me to rasslin) didn't like those four hour tapings at all. After a while, he told me point blank that he'd just buy me PPVs (which was a rarity) instead of taking me to the matches.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: JHawk on June 07, 2009, 11:18:21 AM
I wish I could have gone to one of those marathon tapings just to say I did it once.

I've also considered making the hour or so drive to one of those PWO TV tapings but not sure I'm willing to risk getting lost for indy wrestling I can watch two weeks later on TV anyway.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on June 09, 2009, 09:06:06 AM
Same here.  I'd have had a blast at a SS/Challenge taping if I was a kid.  I almost went to a WCW SN taping in Erie when I was 15 or so.  But a 180-mile roundtrip on a schoolnight wasn't happening.

I drove about 45mins to the PWO show.  I rarely watch it on STO but after seeing the Canadian mockumentary Kayfabe, I just had to go to an indy show.

I would have made small talk w/ Greg Valentine during one of the intermissions but I'd feel compelled to buy an autograph from him and I wasn't having that.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 18, 2009, 10:48:05 AM
Quite a weekend of wrestling shenanigans is lined up Summerslam weekend in Los Angeles, beyond just the actual Summerslam event at Staples Center (which myself and Matt Young will be checking out).

Saturday, August 22 - Just picked up tickets for the XPW 10th Anniversary show, which is being held that afternoon early on. Not sure what kind of lineup they have yet, but curious about this one. Didn't XPW do a reunion show last year also? I heard kind of good reviews on it.

Then later than evening, The Improv in Hollywood actually is going to have a stand up comedy show featuring Mick Foley and Colt Cabana (as well as special guest TBA). This will be different, no doubt about that.

Sunday, August 23 - WWE is having the Fan Axxess event this entire weekend right next to Staples Center at the Nokia Theater, so we'll be checking this out Sunday afternoon from noon to 4pm, before Summerslam starts right next door at 5pm. Have kind of high expectations for SS this year since they are actively trying to market it like a Wrestlemania, it seems like.

I would bet there is going to be a few more wrestling shows I try to catch while out in SoCal in August.......I've always wanted to go down to Tijuana to catch their monthly Lucha Libre show, so will be shooting for that. Also would imagine PWG will likely have a show lined up in August too.

I'm also planning on heading back out in October for Bound for Glory and the fan fest as well for it.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on July 18, 2009, 11:03:47 AM
I'm going to try and see if I can wrangle my college wrestling buddy to go to RAW in Albany on September 28th. I do have a 8:30 A.M. on Tuesdays though. Have never been to a live TV taping though and I need to rectify that.

Might go to the NWA On Fire show next Saturday up the block from my house. Gran Apolo Vs former WCW jobber Rick Fuller is the scheduled main event and Bob Backlund and a Doink are scheduled to show up.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on July 18, 2009, 04:09:39 PM
I went to the RAW House Show in Aiken, SC tonight.  It was my first show since the Wrestlemania go-home show in Columbia, SC last March (2008).  I have to be honest, I had a really good time.  The show was a sell-out, with lots of people being turned away at the ticket window, and people trying to buy tickets from others outside.  Prior to the show, I stopped at a gas station to buy my girlfriend a snack (she's not a big fan of "arena food"), and saw Chavo Guerrero, Scott Armstrong (the referee, I think it's Scott) and Mark Henry picking up some things.  I spoke to Chavo briefly, but didn't say anything to the other two.  Mark Henry is a fucking beast, and pretty solid-looking.  The USCA Convocation Center holds a little over 2000 I believe.

I'll try to remember some of the details.  The opening match was Evan Bourne vs The Brian Kendrick.  They REALLY need to do this on TV.  The match was a tad slow to start, but they really picked up the pace after a couple minutes.  There was a neat submission sequence with TBK putting Bourne in just about every variation of the Camel Clutch, back-to-back that you can think of.  Sheik-style, Steiner Recliner-style, fucking DRAGON CLUTCH-style, and using Bourne's own arms to choke him with while wrenching-back.  Bourne got the win with a Shelton Benjamin-esque leap to Hurricanrana TBK from the top rope, followed with the Air Bourne.  

Next was Primo vs Jack Swagger.  I gotta say, this was the best match I've seen from either man.  Primo brought his A-game, as did Swagger.  Swagger got the win with the Gutwrench Powerbomb.

Gail Kim and Mickie James vs Maryse and Alicia was next.  Someone give me one good reason why Gail Kim is not the center piece of the women's division.  Good God, this woman can go, and held the crowd's interest.  Her offense is so diverse and unique.  I've never been impressed with Alicia's in ring skills, but anytime she was in the ring with Kim, they just clicked.  When Mickie or Maryse hit the ring, the pace slowed to a crawl.  The heels picked up the win with Maryse hitting a sick DDT on Mickie.

Kofi Kingston vs Chavo for the US Title.  Again, Chavo brought his A-Game here.  With all the comedy throwaway matches he's had to do lately, you almost forget how capable he is in the ring.  They had a great match, with Chavo getting in a surprising amount of the offense.  Finish came with Hornswoggle running in, slapping Chavo on the ass, and Kofi hitting TiP.  

Santino vs Carlito.  Carlito has changed his look a bit, going to extra-shiny black pants and black Triple-H style wrist tape.  This match SUCKED ASS.  Santino was relying way too much on comedy.  You could tell these guys just said fuck it, and went to an out-of-nowhere small package from Santino for the win.  HORRIBLE match.

Big Show vs MVP.  Big Show got the 3rd loudest pop of the night, being the hometown boy and all.  Big Show played face, and MVP heeled it up.  Big Show won with the Chokeslam.  

Main event was Triple H, John Cena, and Mark Henry vs Legacy.  Orton got a pretty good pop, as did Mark Henry.  THEN came Cena's entrance, at which I went deaf from the children screaming for him.  I just thought this was loud, though.  When fucking Triple H came out, I believe my ears dripped blood.  This man, is indeed the man in WWE, or at least here in Aiken.  Henry has some good crowd-control ability.  He could point to the audience and get a massive pop.  Henry played face in peril, then Triple H.  Orton tried to punt Triple H, who rolled out of the way, and got the hot tag to Cena.  Finish was Henry running Orton away, and Triple H and Cena hitting stereo finishers on Orton and Rhodes, with Cena getting the pin.

Overall, a great show.  
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on July 19, 2009, 03:01:40 AM
It's always nice to go to what seems like will be a blah house show and have your expectations exceeded.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: JHawk on July 19, 2009, 02:59:13 PM
Planning on an indy show at a local high school on Saturday.  No lineup set that I've seen but it's allegedly a benefit for a local college student in need of a heart transplant.

Allegedly.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: 6foot9 on July 19, 2009, 07:04:27 PM
I know this is over a month late, but on the topic of long shows I had to add this story.

2 weeks after the Benoit murders they held a supershow at the AAC in Dallas, where they were going to tape ECW and SD, and have a live Raw all in the same night.  I went with a friend and I'm pretty sure it lasted somewhere around 5 hours.  My back got so screwed up from sitting in those super uncomfortable chairs for so long that I could barely walk for 2 weeks.  The only thing that made it worth it was watching the hype video for the Lashley/Cena main event tons of times until the actual ppv with my "CENA SUX" sign easily visible over Cena's shoulder.

Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 24, 2009, 10:16:13 AM
In some weird event of odd coincidence, for both SummerSlam this year and Bound for Glory (going to both shows in Los Angeles) there is a WWE and TNA house show, respectively, the weekend before each of those big shows nearby here in MN/WI, and I'm shooting on going to both of those as well. The WWE house show before Summerslam is August 15 not even a mile away from my place (Alltel Center in Mankato, MN), a Smackdown/ECW show with Punk against a winner of a 12 man battle royale to start the show. Also Dreamer/Regal. The TNA house show is in La Crosse, WI on October 9, just a week before the Bound for Glory show in LA.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 24, 2009, 10:28:57 AM
You know, I'd really like to see Dreamer/Regal for some reason.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 24, 2009, 01:44:08 PM
You know, I'd really like to see Dreamer/Regal for some reason.

Same here, definately looking forward to seeing this match live.

Small little fact is that this will be the first WWE event that the city I live in (Mankato) has had at the arena here in town since 2002, when the company did the first match of record between Lesnar and Angle in WWE. I think it was September of that year. Prior to that, we used to get WCW here almost once a year from 95 to 2000, a Nitro once (first WCW show that the Crow Sting initially showed up, this was in October of 96), a few Saturday Night tapings, and a few house shows.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: AntiLeaf33 on July 27, 2009, 08:02:27 AM
There is a live even coming to Halifax in September, but it's Raw. There aren't many guys on the Raw roster that I am really dying to see (Evan Bourne would be cool to see though) so I'm on the fence about going. Some of the tickets are only $30, so I may get a couple of cheap seats. For those who have seen Raw house shows lately, are they worth the money? If it was Smackdown, however, I would get tickets in a heartbeat.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on July 27, 2009, 09:47:25 AM
The last show I went to, period, was a TNA house show last Halloween.  However, I plan to go see a San Bernardino-based fed, the Empire Wrestling Federation (run by Jesse Hernandez), on August 9th.  I've met some of the wrestlers, but they run most of their shows far away.  This time, they'll be in Riverside.  Elks Lodge, motherfuckers!

RedJed and I will also be going to an XPW show before SummerSlam next month.  I thought the videos I saw of old XPW were mostly shit, but I'm hoping this will be much better.  Fuck it; it's live wrestling. I've never not had fun at a show.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 27, 2009, 10:45:17 AM
Yeah, that XPW reunion show (billed at a 10 year anniversary show) should be interesting. BTW Matt, I'm still looking for those other tickets for SS too.

Heading up to First Avenue in Minneapolis on Friday night for an all women's card put on by First Wrestling or something. I'm sure some of the matches will totally suck, but still should be fun, since I can't recall anyone around here ever doing a complete all women's show. Lots of TNA chicks on the card. Plus, Molly Holly, Tammy Sytch and Stacy Carter are going to be there, not sure if they will work a match though. I would expect it to be kind of like WEW or something, a little sleazy since its 18+ to check it out, but thumbs up for that fact. Actually alot of decent women stars on this card, plus they got Johnny Fairplay and his reality TV chick doing wrestling now too. Oy vey.

Here is the card....

* MAIN EVENT! *
** TNA KNOCKOUTS COLLIDE! **
Amazing Kong -vs- O.D.B.


** BIKINI CONTEST! **
???? vs ?????

** PADDLE ON A POLE MATCH! **
???? vs ??????

* MIXED TAG ACTION! *
"Playboy" Pete Huge & Allison Wonderland -vs- "Anarchist" Arik Cannon & Christy Hemme


* HARDCORE RULES! *
Ann Brookstone -vs- Former TNA Knockout Roxxi


* Special Challenge Match! *
Rachel Summerlyn -vs- TNA Knockout Daffney


Shark Girl -vs- TNA Knockout Sojo Bolt


* ALSO SCHEDULED TO APPEAR! *
Former WWE Diva : Molly Holly
Former WWE Diva : Sunny
Former WWE Diva : Ms. Kitty
TNA Knockout : Victoria
From Survivor : Johnny Fairplay
From America's Next Top Model : Michelle

PLUS MUCH MORE!!!

Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on July 27, 2009, 09:44:31 PM
I find it strange that with all those women there, they have Daffney pulling double duty.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on August 01, 2009, 06:36:39 AM
That show I mentioned above was last night.........actually it was one of the more entertaining (from top to bottom) wrestling shows I've been to live in years believe it or not. Whoever laid out this show needs to be commended because it really didn't expose any (or should I say some of) these women's lack of athletic skills. And what was really cool was that before, during, and somewhat after the show, all of the women were out meeting and greeting with everyone. Ended up talking to Tammy Sytch for a good while (she seemed legitimately happy to be there), as I did with Miss Kitty Stacy Carter, who was incredibly friendly and honestly looking hotter than she ever has. She seemed like just a normal girl, probably because she's been out of the stage for so long so she doesn't have that wrestling baggage of sorts that others may have. On top of it, hardly anyone there really knew of her as much as the others so she was just kind of sitting there solo, so when conversation was struck, she was more than happy to just have someone there who knew of her. It blew me away on that fact that she was a virtual unknown to everyone, but it made talking to her alot more casual I guess you could say. Also talked a little bit to Daffney (way down to earth), ODB (who was getting booze bought for her left and right by fans), Molly Holly (just as you would expect personality wise), Christy Hemme, Kong, Roxxi, etc. All the girls seemed to be enjoying themselves in the ring and outside of it interacting with the fans.

The matches themselves ranged from entertaining car wrecks to really solid stuff. They had the token cliche stuff like a bikini contest (only with, I'm guessing, local women as I had never heard of any of them except one who I know is a local worker). Surprisingly, Daffney and Sojo Bolt has a hell of a pure wrestling match that the fans applauded both of them afterwards for. Also, Roxxi and a midwest girl named Ann Brookstone (kind of a bigger brawler kind of worker) had a great street fight match that ended up going all over the nightclub, knocking over all of an area of ringside seats when Brookstone was thrown hard into them. They also used a staple gun and other props. This was easily the best woman's match I've seen live, highlighted by this same woman taking a bump face first into tacks. Damn! I have some shotty video from this match I'll try to upload someone the next few days (as well as some pictures i took). The main event was ODB/Kong with Molly Holly as ref. Just the typical stuff you would see from these two, but the finish was Kong taking Molly up for a power bomb, but being stopped by ODB, getting the win out of it. End of the show was the two Minnesota girls (Molly and ODB) getting the cheers.

Like I said Ill try to post some video and more pics soon, but here is a few shots of me and Tammy and Stacy. And yes, I was very fucking ripped when I met Tammy, if you can tell.

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/img399.jpg)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/img404.jpg)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/img401.jpg)


Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on August 08, 2009, 01:58:58 PM
They changed the lineup for the Smackdown house show I'll be checking out next Saturday pretty severely:

Christian vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. William Regal - Fatal Four Way for the ECW Championship (This was originally Dreamer v. Regal, then changed to Christian v. Regal, and now it's this.)

CM Punk vs. John Morrison - Smackdown Challenge Match (Originally, this was Punk, when he was still champ, facing the winner of a battle royale to open the show, but now it's turned to this. Needless to say, no Jeff Hardy appearing)

The Great Khali vs. Kane (Should be a trainwreck of a deal to see live)

Finlay, The Hart Dynasty, Cryme Tyme, Dolph Ziggler, Vladimir Kozlov, and The Bellas are also listed to appear.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: timmy8271 on August 08, 2009, 02:22:08 PM
Just got back from FCW(Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE Developmental) and it was a interesting but good show.

I won't post the results cause there were like 8 matches I don't remember them all. Here's what I remember:

Wes Brisco continues to be the most over guy in Orlando as he appeared 4 times. Once beating Bryon Saxton, Another time to help the Windham brothers vs Abraham Washington's boys(Abraham was awesome here with the cheap heat), had a 6 man match {Bo/Duke Windham and Wes vs Fletcher Chase, Heath Miller and Troy Jackman.) and helped Tyler Recks in his title match vs Sheamus. Washington booked Bo/Duke/Wes/Tyler vs Sheamus/Fletcher/Heath/Troy for the next FCW card September 25th.

Dos Caras Jr. had one of the worst matches i've ever seen with Sicodelico vs Haku's kids. He fucked up somehow and got DQ'd cause he wouldn't leave the ring on the 5 count. The crowd and everybody went WTF/ God it was horrible.

Low Ki was in the house sitting near the entrance. Almost went up to him but I didn't. Alicia Fox was the ring announcer and She's way better as a babyface than heel.

Yoshi Tatsu was there in a tag match with Johnny Curtis vs Mr. Tarver(Kinda like a MMA Monty Brown) and some other guy. Looked good in the match.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on August 08, 2009, 02:30:51 PM
I'm going to my first Empire Wrestling Federation show tomorrow. I've been acquainted with a former wrestler/current backstage worker for a while due to the Facebook Wrestler app, and we met up at a TNA show last year, but I've never gone to any of their shows due to them running near LA and me having no car. 

But this is the fed owned by Jesse Hernandez that has trained or helped train quite a few past and present WWE Superstars.  It will be my first wrestling show since last Halloween and my first indy show in 3 years.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on August 08, 2009, 04:32:56 PM
NWA On Fire is advertising Apollo Vs Lance Cade for the NWA North American title for the show at the armory up the street on the 22nd. Also advertised; the quarreling brothers tag team from that episode of MTV True Life! Those guys have seemingly replaced The Logan Brothers as the go-to brothers tag team in the fed. Too bad cause The Logans were the two guys I saw maybe going somewhere and I don't think anybody's dropping down 15 bones to see the argumentative twin brothers from that episode of True Life!
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on August 08, 2009, 04:38:26 PM
The Windham Brothers? Are they any good?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: timmy8271 on August 08, 2009, 04:55:21 PM
They aren't bad. One of them looks EXACTLY like Mike Rotunda to the tee. The other one looks like a cross between Barry and Blackjack Mulligan.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: samoarowe on August 09, 2009, 02:39:19 AM
I'll be going to the Decade of Smackdown tv taping in Boston next month. That should be an interesting event.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on August 09, 2009, 06:14:32 AM
RedJed scored us 7th row tickets to TNA Bound For Glory in October.  That should be a great show.  Hopefully Sting does in fact have his retirement match there and then.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on August 09, 2009, 07:34:43 AM
RedJed scored 7th row tickets to TNA Bound For Glory in October.  That should be a great show.  Hopefully Sting does in fact have his retirement match there and then.

And I'm hoping there is some other shows lined up around that weekend from other promotions, specifically PWG.

I'm still blown away by how weak ticket sales has been for this Bound for Glory show.....I had to wait until last night to even get the tickets I wanted to (lower level with the ring right in front of us) since TNA hadn't sold any tickets in the lower level from the stage to about ringside yet.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on August 09, 2009, 04:01:01 PM
I met Marty Elias at the EWF show and he gave me a custom guitar pick!

(http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/99/l_edf042cd714f4b0aaeaf74d1840103bc.jpg)

(http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/106/l_d02dc34caf8c482fb6eac3385b478246.jpg)

(http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/85/l_5eed777bde4a4fbfa19acbe29286e2e3.jpg)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on August 09, 2009, 04:03:52 PM
Is that why they turfed him? Bootleg WWE guitar pick merchandise?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Big Green on August 09, 2009, 04:08:00 PM
Is that why they turfed him? Bootleg WWE guitar pick merchandise?

Not just bootleg WWE guitar pick merchandise but bootleg WWE merchandise with his name on it. If the name on it was just "Generic Referee #5," he might've only gotten a suspension.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on August 16, 2009, 08:37:43 AM
Went to a Smackdown/ECW house show here in Mankato last night.....was probably around 1,500 to 2,000 people there, if even that. Filled about 1/3 of the arena, so the crowd was sparse. For the most part it was a hot crowd, and tons of families with kids for sure. Security was so lax and lazy that they didn't even care or check our tickets.......got some free comps through the radio station and they were for upper level. We ended up just walking down to ringside and got 10th row seats with no hassle. The show felt like a definate "B" show, if not even a "C" show since hardly any stars were really there, the matches felt rushed for the most part (with a few exceptions), and the announcer seemed more interested in just promoting hard that the Raw crew is going to be in St. Paul for another house show in a few weeks, headlined by Cena/Orton. Compared to the TNA house show I saw back in March, this was complete shit. But it was free so I can't complain.

Opener was Finlay/Knox, nothing special at all, although it got the crowd going.

Next was Kozlov/Jimmy Yang, very short and not very good, although Yang tried his best to carry him.

They then did a women's tag match with the Bellas (who are incredibly hot in person) against Melina and Maria. Not a bad match by women's standards really. Melina looks a big "HGHy" in person for some reason, never noticed that before when I saw her work matches live in person. Anyway Melina won the match for the team.

Then came Dolph Ziggler v. Truth, which was an interesting match that definitely showcased that they are behind Ziggler right now. He was pulling all of the oldschool heel stalling tactics for at least the first 10 minutes, if not more. Felt like all in all, this match went a good 25 minutes or so, and most of it was Ziggler trying to rile the crowd up by his chickenshit heel stuff. Funny deal before the match.....Truth is coming to the ring from the side of the arena like he usually does, but the spotlight couldnt find him so it made for a weird situation that hardly anyone knew WHERE he was coming from until he got down to ringside. Anyway, once the match really got going, it was pretty good. Ziggler ended up winning clean.

Cryme Tyme/Eve Torres v. Hard Dynasty/Natalia was next. Eve needs alot of work in the ring, but otherwise everyone worked hard here, but it was a pretty short match with nothing really to mention as memorable. The babyface team got the win.

Match of the night was Morrison/Punk, to no surprise. Punk wasn't getting a whole lot of heel heat, and even heard a few chants of his name at times in the match. Crowd was definately split on who to cheer for, but Punk was trying to change that by working as a heel really strong. Nice little chain sequence to lead to the G2S, giving Punk the win.

Then came the ECW title four way match, which was, again, pretty short, between Christian/Regal/Dreamer/Benjamin. This was also a pretty solid match, though. Just wish it had more time to develop. Christian ended up pinning Shelton for the win.

Then came the god awful main event of Khali/Kane in a f'n lumberjack match. No doubt, the worst main event I've ever seen live. Match went only about 5 minutes and it was painful to sit through. Pretty much just turned into great unintentional comedy since Khali was just a mess and Kane wasn't much better. Ziggler got involved in the finish by trying to attack Khali, but it backfired and then Khali got Kane in a horrible looking tree slam and that was it. After the match, Khali danced in the ring with Cryme Tyme and Truth for some reason. Huge dissapointment that the show ended like this.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: AntiLeaf33 on August 16, 2009, 09:13:48 AM
What a bizarre main event for a house show.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on August 16, 2009, 09:15:57 AM
What a bizarre main event for a house show.

Tell me about it! It fuckin sucked.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on August 16, 2009, 09:23:22 AM
Hah- there was a house show I almost went to last summer with a main event of Mark Henry Vs Matt Hardy. I guess the era of the C show has returned...
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Big Green on August 19, 2009, 06:10:50 AM
Just purchased tickets for the 10th Anniversary edition of SmackDown in Boston. My first wrestling show in New England and my first TV taping since the August 20, 2007 RAW in Fayetteville, NC.

First live event since the show I went to last month in Florence, SC, one of the worst shows with one of the worst crowds I've ever seen in my life. I expect SmackDown in Boston to deliver though.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on August 19, 2009, 06:14:27 AM
Why didn't they just put Punk and Morisson on last at that house show?

Just have Punk come out and bury Hardy for not being there and saying that since he (Punk) will be champion again after Summerslam he would be wrestling in the main event where he belonged.

Easy.  Gets heat.  You can even have Morisson win if you want because house shows don't matter and you send the crowd home happy.

It's not even hard to do their jobs.  And yet both companies fail at the most basic things so often.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on August 19, 2009, 06:44:05 AM
It's cause for---well, basically the entire existence of the WWWF/WWF/WWE (at least since The Hogan era), WWE has been all about sending fans home happy during house shows. If it means putting on a shitty gimmick match with two mid-carders because you don't want your top heel to go over at the end than so be it!
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on August 22, 2009, 05:48:12 AM
I'm leaving in 45 minutes to go see the XPW anniversary show and Foley at the Improv.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on August 22, 2009, 06:02:29 PM
Man, today was nuts.  That XPW show was brutal in the best possible way.  I got hit in the face with glass after a light tube explosion; the floor was a mess of glass, barbed wire and blood.  There were people going through barbed wire tables, jumping off balconies... all kinds of crazy shit.

On the way to the Improv, I saw Christopher Daniels on the sidewalk (we were in the car) and said hey.  He responded and gave us his trademark hand sign.  Inside the Improv, we were surrounded by wrestlers from the XPW show, porn stars, Barry Blaustein of Beyond the Mat fame, former WWE writer Dave Lagana, and others.  Brian Kendrick was there, too.  We got to meet Colt Cabana and Joey Ryan after the show, plus the other comedians besides Foley.  Foley and Cabana were great.  Foley even had Craig Robinson come up and play the piano while Foley sung a song about people who have been featured in the "Bang My Wife" porn series.

All in all, a great day.  Now on to WWE Fan Axxess and SummerSlam tomorrow!
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on August 27, 2009, 06:21:45 AM
I posted my SummerSlam pics in the SS thread, but here's a link to my XPW pictures:

http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y215/MattYoung/XPW%2010th%20Anniversary%20Show/ (http://s6.photobucket.com/albums/y215/MattYoung/XPW%2010th%20Anniversary%20Show/)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Big Green on September 08, 2009, 04:24:55 AM
I wanted to bump this to mention the absurd amount of shows WWE runs up here in New England.

There's a RAW taping on November 2nd in Worcester, MA and I'm seriously considering considering going there in addition to the Boston SD taping I'm going to on the September 29th. There's also RAW on the 28th in Albany, NY (about a 3 hour drive from here) but I'd never make it.

What a great place to live if you're a wrestling fan.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on October 11, 2009, 03:27:25 PM
Went to a pretty good TNA house show this afternoon in Mankato here. The way it was timed it was actually perfect for a MN sports fan since the Vikings rout of the Rams ended at about 3pm or a little after, the house show started at 4 (right on time too) and ended right around 6 exactly, right before the Twins game started. So while it wasn't a very long show, everyone worked really hard and it didn't really drag much whatsoever. It was the complete opposite of the WWE Smackdown/ECW house show they had in this same arena here two months ago, which consisted of more typical C show "phoning it in" matches and zero interaction with the crowd (except Ziggler and Truth) having a good match on that card. Otherwise the rest of the matches sucked (particularly a horrible Khali/Kane lumberjack match I try to always forget about) as the main event of that mediocre card. I talked about it in another spot of this thread. Here with the TNA show, the main event was Samoa Joe (without any of the goofy face paint) against Styles which was a pretty damn stiff and fast paced match that kind of ended out of nowhere (so if anything, the match ended too short) whereas that Kane/Khali shit went far too long and had some of the weakest looking offense from both.

Had front row ringside and had a blast. Most of the guys were talking to us at ringside alot, Homicide even noting that he felt like shit, hungover as hell from the night before. Yet he worked hard in an awesome four way match w/ Daniels, Sabin, and Shelley (match of the night for sure). Heard alot of spots being called in every match since the crowd was maybe estimated at 400-500, and most of the crowd was pretty quiet in spots one would expect if they were familiar with TNA in general, with alot of kids and it seemed like ALOT of the crowd who didn't even know who most of the workers were. My guess is that because of that, alot of comps probably were handed out as well since I had scored four comps and four meet and greets through one of the radio stations without even really trying, and already had front row seats beforehand that I had paid for on top of it.

During intermission, we got to go behind the curtain and meet a handful of the roster. Hernandez, Sabin, Shelley, Daniels were all there just standing around so you could go up and bullshit with them or get a photo/autograph if you wanted. ODB ended up showing up too. And sitting on the side of the arena just kicking back was D-Lo Brown, so we ended up going to talk to him for a bit (they only let us back there a few minutes or so). Really nice guy, back with TNA as a road agent who said something to the effect that he enjoys helping everyone lay out the matches more than work them right now because he's got a bad back. Told me he definately won't be back in ROH because he's back with TNA as an agent (even though he enjoyed the work he did there), but that's too be expected. But the overall strong card of this house show probably had alot to do with him in a way since he admitted he helped everyone lay out their matches on this show. Daniels was cool too, remembered when Matt Young and I ran into him before the Foley comedy show in August out in LA. Didnt talk to Hernandez or Shelley/Sabin much since we weren't back there long, but they were all real humble and appreciative when I mentioned how solid their respective matches were, as I shook their hands.

Hernandez over Eric Young- quick but heavy hitting, Young and Hernandez did some good brawling around the ring and good back and forth, ending with what I thought was going to be the border toss, but turned into his dropdown faceplant finisher. Good strong opening match reaction to Hernandez.

Homicide v. Daniels v. Sabin v. Shelley - really fast paced action from start to finish, ppv calibur stuff. Sabin won after Shelley head kicked Homicide, who was on Sabin's shoulders, leading into a Sabin cradle shock for the finish. One of the better matches I've ever seen for a standard house show really. After the match, Homicide tried to rile up the crowd by wishing good luck to the Yankees against the Twins.

ODB over Madison Rayne - Mostly comedy with the girls doing a goofy spanking spot with the ref. Probably Madison Rayne's best TNA match Ive ever seen, she worked hard and played up her Beautiful People role up alot more than I've ever seen her do so far, working the crowd more than normal to get heat. ODB was really over, being from the state. Not nearly as dull of a match as one may expect. Crowd really liked it. Given they worked the weekend against each other already, that seemed to help.

Beer Money over British Invasion - probably the loudest heel heat for Invasion than anyone on the show. They tried singing the UK anthem before the match. Good back and forth action with everyone working hard once again.

Matt Morgan over Bashir - Morgan has a hell of a charismatic presence given his height and size. He got over huge, easily to the level of Styles, if not more. What I figured was going to be a glorified squash ended up being rather competitive with Bashir working the knees of Morgan for most of the match. Really strong babyface comeback by Morgan leading to the wheelkick finish. Bashir appeared to be a little slow in there, perhaps a nagging injury as I saw him grabbing the shoulder a bit.

Styles over Samoa Joe to retain the TNA title - both guys went pretty stiff early and often and worked a solid 8 to 10 minute match that did, however, seem to end out of nowhere with the pele kick to Joe for the pin. Seemed like the crowd was just starting to get into it good when the finish came. Alot of the expected Joe/Styles spots for fans of their previous matches, such as the AJ taking the bump on the ring apron after getting his legs taken out from under him from a stiff Joe kick. Joe wasnt wearing any of the silly face paint anymore which was a nice change and seemed to bring back alot of old stiffness we always saw from him before.

Borash announced to the crowd they will try to return to the area soon for a pay per view (more than likely Minneapolis), which he hinted to me may be early next year after the show when everyone was interacting with the crowd. I think if they did get a pay per view up here, especially in the Twin Cities, it would sell well as any word of mouth from fans who went to this show (or apparently any of them from the weekend given the reports) would bring people from other parts of the state, as well as the actual Minneapolis/St Paul crowd. TNA did their first Minnesota house show back in March in Rochester which I also attended, and both that one and the Mankato show today were equally as strong. They're starting to establish a good following here in the Midwest and I hope they don't give up on it.

I'll be heading to Bound for Glory next weekend in Irvine as well to see the next live show on TNA's schedule - this was a great lead-in to it

Ill be posting pictures and videos of the matches in a little bit.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on October 11, 2009, 03:36:29 PM
Well they do say they're going to do a ppv soon at every place they go to, they even said it here in Abbotsford, BC.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on October 11, 2009, 03:45:08 PM
Well they do say they're going to do a ppv soon at every place they go to, they even said it here in Abbotsford, BC.

According to the reports of the weekend, not a peep about that at either the La Crosse, WI or St Cloud, MN house shows though. That's why I noted he mentioned it, and even made a big deal of it a bit by saying about midway through the show that there was a "big announcement" to make after the show was done. And that was apparently what it was. Actually gave the impression they were maybe going to come back to Mankato for an actual pay per view, but then said to me personally after the match out at ringside during the meet and greet that they were considering a few spots in Minneapolis/St Paul for the January ppv, which I think is Genesis if I am remembering their ppv schedule right. That show usually is the on the road ppv of the first three months, until they go on the road again with Lockdown. So I don't think he was bullshitting this one, but who knows.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on October 11, 2009, 04:20:24 PM
Got a handful of videos (Hernandez and Morgan's finishes, part of the four way match, and Styles win) and a bunch of pics here, if you notice, TNA brought their own ringlights (more like floodlights) that go on the sides of ringside, and it fucks up trying to take quality pictures severely.

http://s661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/tnamankato/ (http://s661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/tnamankato/)

Here are the "gems" of the set

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Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on December 03, 2009, 04:14:29 PM
In a strange irony of sorts, WWE had scheduled a Raw house show on this upcoming January 10 here in Mankato (same location they did a Smackdown house show in August and that lowest attended TNA house show ever in October) but ended up canceling it due to low ticket sales. So they end up moving that show to Rochester's Mayo Civic Center (where I grew up when I was much younger), another arena that I've seen alot of shows at in the past (including the last few years of the AWA taped for ESPN) so I was probably going to go check it out. They announced locally a main event of DX v. Orton/Show, so it seems to potentially indicate DX might get the titles at the ppv.

But now WWE has also scheduled a Smackdown house show in my former homecity of Duluth, MN on this same day as well. Both shows start at the same time. The strange irony about it? I had or have lived at these three different cities throughout my life. Just found it odd that they all were (or in this case, two still are) booked for house shows on the same day.

Now trying to debate to which show to check out, and I'm starting to lean more towards the Smackdown show in Duluth on January 10 instead of the Raw house show in Rochester. The next night is Raw in Minneapolis at Target Center so I will be checking that out too.

The Smackdown show has Taker/Batista and Jericho/Rey as semi-main events, and also Christian/Ezekial. This seems like a really solid lineup for a house show, assuming these matches actually happen, though. Rest of the lineup is below.

http://www.decc.org/cms/files/WWE.pdf (http://www.decc.org/cms/files/WWE.pdf)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: foleyfanforever88 on December 03, 2009, 04:44:35 PM
http://www.decc.org/cms/files/WWE.pdf (http://www.decc.org/cms/files/WWE.pdf)

Never seen any of those matches before..
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: timmy8271 on December 03, 2009, 04:56:22 PM
Got my tickets for the Smackdown/ECW taping on December 20th. Should be a good card with the dark match main event of Punk vs Taker vs Batista.

I also plan on going to a show on Saturday with such stars as The Boogeyman, Shane douglas, Jerry Lynn, 2 Cold Scropio, Manny Fernandez, Big Vito Balls Mahoney and The Hardcore Legend Nic Foley. Yes I said Nic as it's a guy doing a rip off Mick Foley gimmick. Too bad Axl Rotten is in rehab cause they were going to do a Axl vs Balls 2/3 falls match.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: strummer on December 03, 2009, 10:46:31 PM
going to the Dec. 26 House Show in Albany

Cena v Big Show and Kofi/HHH v Orton/Dibiase/Rhodes are the listed main events

not exactly an appealing line up (tag should be good though) but I love going to House Shows
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on January 16, 2010, 04:24:28 PM
Saw a Smackdown/ECW show tonight.  Here are some highlights:

Mike Knox vs Khali - shockingly acceptable wrestling from both.  Not great, but not horrible.  Khali wins with the Khali bomb.

Hurricane vs "Intense" Vance Archer - Way too much kiddy shit from Hurricane.  Archer wins with the snap reverse DDT.

The Hart Dynasty attacked the Hurricane when he was making his way to the back.  Jimmy Wang Yang and Slam Master J ran down for the save, leading us to....

The Hart Dynasty vs Slam Master J and Jimmy Wang Yang - HOLY SHIT VERTEBREAKER ON TYSON KIDD FROM J, AND THE FUCKER KICKS OUT!!!!!  That little shock aside, it was a fun tag match.  J and Yang are disgustingly underrated performers.  Dynasty wins with a neckbreaker off the top rope from Kidd onto J.

CM Punk and Luke Gallows save a planted fan in the front row

Tiffany comes out and gives us.......
William Regal (thought he wasn't getting anymore title shots?) vs Christian for the ECW Title - OK match with too much stalling from both.  You can tell Christian loves his position as champion, and he took lots of time with the fans around ringside.  Christian sidesteps the Knee Trembler, and hits the Killswitch.

Drew Mcintyre vs R-Truth for the Intercontinental Title - Good enough match.  Drew wins with his Underhook Driver thing.

Mickie James vs Michelle McCool for the Women's Title - Michelle McCool is nice to look at, don't get me wrong, but she can't fucking wrestle to save her life.  This borderlined on disaster many times.  McCool won after a distraction from Beth Phoenix led to Mickie James walking into the weakest big boot in the recorded history of mankind.

CM Punk, Batista and Chris Jericho vs Matt Hardy, Kane and Undertaker - Guys had a lot of fun with this one.  Batista is such an awesome dick heel.  Gave a lady the finger at ringside for giving him a thumbs down, but got the second loudest pop of the night behind Taker.  Match end with stereo Twist of Fate to Punk and Kane Chokeslam to Jericho.  Hardy, Kane and Taker all do the fist in the sir pose at the entry way to send everyone home.

Overall a fun show made even better due to scoring free tickets. 

Top Pops
Undertaker
Batista
Kane
Matt Hardy
Chris Jericho(!?)

Top Heat
CM Punk
Drew McIntyre
Mike Knox (!!!)


Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: timmy8271 on January 23, 2010, 01:36:11 PM
Just got back from the FCW show here in Orlando. Pretty fun event with a good atomsphere mostly of Kids and one divas family and friends. Here are the results if I remember them correctly

1. Wes Brisco beat Jimmy Uso
2. Conrad Tanner beat Donny Marlow
3. Johnny Prime and Skip Sheffield beat Michael Tarver and Alex Reily
4. Namoi Knight and Serena beat AJ Lee and Aksana
5. Eli Cottonwood beat Alberto Banderas
6. Jimmy Uso beat Titus Oneal
7. Darron Young and Bret Dibiase regained the FCW Tag titles over Curt Hawkins and Jackson Andrews
8. Justin Angel beat Kaval and Heath Slater(with Byron Saxton) to regain the FCW title

The main was pretty good but not as good as the lead into to it. Norman Smiley is the new GM of FCW and he was doing a interview about the main event. This brought out Byron in his heel role. He's so great at it. He convinces Norman to do the BIG WIGGLE. Got to admit I thought of Kamala marking out at this if he was here. Slater and Kaval come out and Norman makes it a 3 way. Funny moment where Kaval kept calling Heath by his real name and you can tell Norman was just pissed at it.

The divas match was awesome mostly cause Namoi is a former member of the Orlando Magic Dance team and the team with her family were there. The place just went crazy for the match. Serena cut a promo for her savior CM Punk.

If you thought that the Bella Twins were the only wrestling Twins, you're wrong. FCW has two Samoan twins. Both are named Jimmy and I think they are Haku's kids

Michael Tarver is awesome and he needs to be brought up now.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on January 23, 2010, 02:33:28 PM
If you thought that the Bella Twins were the only wrestling Twins, you're wrong. FCW has two Samoan twins. Both are named Jimmy and I think they are Haku's kids

And WWE put the Bellas in the hot tub for Bob Barker?!

Sounds like a fun show.  I love Norman Smiley, I actually have an autographed photo of Screamin Norman from a visit to the Nitro Grill back in the day.  I guess they changed their mind on bringing Alex Riley up to the main roster just yet.  He did the pre-show dark matches back in August and I was wondering what happened.  I do hope some of these names stick if they get called up to the main roster.  Conrad Tanner sounds like someone from an 80s sitcom.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 07, 2010, 03:23:01 PM
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Why does this show have to be the same night that I'm supposed to get home? And three hours away. LA PARKA! LA PARKAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! :'(
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: timmy8271 on March 20, 2010, 01:56:49 PM
Just got back from the FCW house show in Orlando. Some of the NXT rookies were there and had a awesome main event. Also had a lot of new debuts including some 2nd generation stars.

1. Mason Ryan beat Tito Nieves(Orlando Colon)
2. Conrad Taylor beat Epic Beard man Cable Jones
3. Alberto Banderas beat Leo Kruger and Hunico in a 3 way match
4. Titus O'Neil beat Derrick Bateman by DQ when G-Rilla interfered
5. Courtney Taylor and Aksana beat Naomi Knight and Lluana with Bryon Saxton as special Ref
6. Naomi Knight beat Lluana
7. FCW Tag title match: The Usos(w/ Donny Marlow and Tamina) beat the South Beach Boys(Percy Watson and Darren Young) and Bo/Duke Rotundo to retain the betls
8. FCW Florida Champion Alex Reilly beat Joe Hennig
9. Heath Slater beat Johnny Curtis, Skip Sheffield and Michael Tarver in a 4 way match

The best match was the main and the O'neil/Bateman match. Bateman is funny as hell and the crowd was really into it. Actually the crowd while small was pretty much into everything. The main was a building wide brawl with Heath and Johnny fighting into the bathroom and almost flattening some kid. I'm actually surprised the WWE signed G-Rilla again. The guy has to be 350 at least.

Oh and Courtney Taylor needs to be brought back to the main roster. She's better than Savanna for sure and she's stunning in person. Aksana needs to start shaving her underarms more.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Matt Young on May 01, 2010, 04:23:03 PM
My friend and I just got back from an Empire Wrestling Federation show in Riverside.  Surprisingly, even though they train 10-15 miles away in San Bernardino, most of their shows are in Covina rather than Riverside.

It was a good show.  The 2 best wrestlers in the company. Champion Ryan Taylor and Chris Kadillak, were in the main event.  The A-List, Jeremy Jaeger and Roger Ruiz, competed in singles matches.  There were probably 7-8 matches total.  They're coming back to Riverside in June and July, so I'll be there.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on May 31, 2010, 05:12:22 AM
Bumping this back up for the experience of going to the Wrestlelicious taping this past Friday up at First Ave in the Twin Cities. Hell of a fun time....I got a free Wrestlelicious t-shirt out of it all for being a fan plant holding up a sign for them. I was being filmed a ton so I would imagine they pan to my drunk self holding this corny-ass Cousin Cassie sign in between the numerous botches in the matches to cut them out.

The crowd was pretty rabid for this shit, and when the girls would fuck up a spot or even better, fuck up promos (there was a few girls who couldn't even come close to cutting a logical promo whatoever) there would just be a round of laughter by us in the crowd. Its like we all knew what to expect and was looking forward to it.

The whole taping opened with a new cheesy opening video of all of their current chicks on the roster doing the Wrestlelicious baby theme. Half of who they showed on the video werent even here, so who knows how big their roster really is these days.

The chicks that were here:

Glory (their champion I guess, chick with tattoos all over the place playing the all american gimmick, wore a tiara to signify that she was champ)
Tyler Texas (looked like she was on the juice, and couldnt talk or work at all....just awful)
Cousin Cassie (total eye candy, hot as fuck...should be the centerpiece of the company)
Naughty Schoolgirl (she was probably the most talented one of the bunch, had a hard time hating her)
Two chicks with an oldschool gangster gimmick, Tony the Top and some other chick, with pink bats
Anne Brookstone (local indy husky brawler type) under a mask, kind of similar to the Matt Classic gimmick
Alison Wonderland (another local indy chick they had work for them)
White Magic (Lacey playing an over the top Papa Shango like gimmick)
Marley (Daizee Haze)
CoCo (SoJo Bolt, she was looking great in there, much better than TNA run)
Some other chick basically playing a slutty stripper gimmick, couldnt catch a name

They did six matches, and its just one match per show, so I guess we got six weeks worth of shows here.

-First match was a tag match between the gangster chicks against Tyler Texas and Glory. Tons of botches.
-Then came the slutty chick against Cousin Cassie. Really short match compared to the rest
-Best match of the bunch was the tag with Daizee/SoJo v. Lacey and the hot Naughty Schoolgirl. This match also had Austin Aries as ref. Finish was hilarious as White Magic (Lacey) knocked Aries out cold for the DQ.
-Tyler Texas and Naughty Schoolgirl then worked a singles match. The schoolgirl could work good, but Texas was all over the place. Trying far too advanced moves (such as moonsaults that were totally botched) for her limited skills. Pretty bad match.
-Then it was the two local chicks working, Alison v. Anne under her mask. Alright match.
-"Season Finale" main event was a lumberjill match for the Wrestlelicious Tiara with Glory versus Tony the Top. Really awful match that went far too long. Some of the lamest ringside brawling I'm sure I will ever see live.

They then took an intermission and got to meet some of the chicks. Daizee and SoJo were easy to talk to and neither of them had a single good thing to say about TNA whatsoever to no surprise.

Second half of the show was all local indy stuff from the guys, all pretty strong for indy standards.

Pics here: http://s661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/wrestleliciousfirstave/ (http://s661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/wrestleliciousfirstave/)

Next Friday I'm heading to a TNA house show in Sioux City, IA by the way.......they are doing a deal where if you got a seat in the first three rows of ringside, you can meet up with the roster an hour before the show starts backstage. So that should be cool. Not sure what the lineup is, or who will even be there at this point.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on June 10, 2010, 03:28:48 PM
Another ad nauseum live event report........here goes nothin......

Went to my third TNA house show last Friday down in Sioux City, while it wasn't nearly up to par in the workrate end that the other two previous house shows were that I had been to (last March and October), it was still a different kind of entertaining, in the vein of feeling like I was at an oldschool wrasslin show, partly because of the most dense rednecky, retard-filled, spazzy kids-laden crowd I've even seen at a pro wrestling show in my life. That covers about 150 shows or so that Ive been to. I guess thats what happens when I head to fucking Iowa for a show, but the past WWE shows Ive seen here were not this so chuck full of hillbillies and hijinks. But it doesnt surprise me. I blame part of it on the traveling circus being right across the parking lot from the arena.....I think tons of families and groups of retards were out en masse for that reason, to catch the show and then go to that afterwards.

It was a hot and rowdy crowd though, lots of drunks fired up too. Not a huge crowd though by any means, but probably a conservative 2000-2500 or so, so not as bad as I expected given how the one I went to in October didn't even clear 300, comps included. Filled about 1/4 of the arena.

Random stream of nonsense notes from the show....

-Didnt get to the show soon enough to get in before the show to meet most of the workers, but did still meet Jarrett and Joe during seperate moments when they were out doing meet and greets by the merch table.
-Don West was selling merch all night hawking over the house mic in between matches, and was cool to finally meet after all these years of following him, and his pre-TNA baseball card schilling stuff. Real nice guy that helped the company sell a shitload of merchandise. I swear just about everyone there bought a shirt or a program at least. Guy should get a raise.
-Opener was Homicide/Kendrick, felt like this match had the most time than any of the rest on the show. MOst solid bout of the night.
-Speaking of that, entire show, including a 15 minute intermission, went just over 2 hours. Kind of pissed me off that some of these matches got little to no time, but they only had six total so they still each got 10 minutes or more.
-Kevin Nash actually worked w/ Young against Young Bucks and sold incredibly for the both of them for most of the match. The tradeoff was he got the big boot in for the finish, but still, I was shocked to see him give those guys that much offense. I think I may have turned a corner on him finally after seeing this one. To no surprise, he was over more than pretty much everyone except Van Dam and Samoa Joe.
-Jarrett was there selling the fake Sting injury with his arm in a sling and did a rah-rah-rah go TNA speech to start the second half of the show (right after intermission). Half of the crowd didn't even know who he was.
-RVD/Styles was the main event and was kind of a big dissapointment if you ask me. I expected more than 15 minutes of stalling outside the ring by Styles trying to rile up the crowd in ways Flair used to try (and succeed with) back in the day. Kind of funny seeing him taking Flair cues to this degree at a house show, but it worked for the most part. Anyway, all the stalling just lead to an eight minute match that had a few good spots, but nothing even close to the potential it should have reached for even a lowly house show. Both Jarrett/Angle and Styles/Joe (two previous house show main events I saw) were so much more better than this. Just didnt get the need to have to cut the match like this since both of them can go.
-They did the usual roster comes out to ringside deal after the match, and for $20 you could get a shot in the ring with Van Dam holding the belt. The line for that was incredibly long and it kept most of the crowd there for well after the end of the show.

Shit-ton of shots from the show here: http://s661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/tnasiouxcity/ (http://s661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/redjed/tnasiouxcity/)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: ForKnox on June 11, 2010, 06:59:11 AM
Thought I'd post this here. I got tickets for RAW on July 5th in Nashville.

Sec 6 Row 6 Seat 14. It's on the left side of the ramp.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on June 11, 2010, 07:01:23 AM
I'm going to my first TNA House Show in Brooklyn. Hoping to have a good time.

Also going to F4Way
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on June 14, 2010, 10:51:33 AM
I'm going to a TNA house show.....some time near the end of July.  I'm not sure when exactly it is.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 14, 2010, 11:00:53 AM
I think I'm going to a Smackdown! house show next Saturday. First WWE show in almost exactly four years. Scheduled main event is The Big Show Vs Jack Swagger in a No DQ match. Wish me luck. *welp*
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Smues on June 22, 2010, 04:34:09 AM
I'll be in Orlando later this summer when there are some Impact tapings, and I'm considering going. Checking the website it appears that you don't need a ticket, you just show up. Is that right? And for those who have been to Impact before I ask, how early should I show up? And is it worth going if you aren't a TNA fan?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 22, 2010, 04:42:54 AM
First he came for Matt Striker...NOW...Which TNA star is bob_baron targeting? You know, you can get in the ring after it's over if you pay $20 or something.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Psycho Penguin on June 22, 2010, 04:58:06 AM
I'll be in Orlando later this summer when there are some Impact tapings, and I'm considering going. Checking the website it appears that you don't need a ticket, you just show up. Is that right? And for those who have been to Impact before I ask, how early should I show up? And is it worth going if you aren't a TNA fan?

You pay for entrance into the place and it's one of the studios inside Universal Studios.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 22, 2010, 12:07:46 PM
First he came for Matt Striker...NOW...Which TNA star is bob_baron targeting? You know, you can get in the ring after it's over if you pay $20 or something.
i hope its suicide
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The Metal Maniac on June 23, 2010, 06:14:31 AM
I'm heading out to see a local indy show tonight; not even sure what the name of the indy is honestly, but motherfucking RAVEN is billed, so I'm there.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on June 23, 2010, 09:11:10 AM
First he came for Matt Striker...NOW...Which TNA star is bob_baron targeting? You know, you can get in the ring after it's over if you pay $20 or something.

Didn't James Storm have a nude photo thing not too long ago too?  Beer is about to get baron-ized!
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The Metal Maniac on June 23, 2010, 01:08:05 PM
I SHOOK RAVEN'S HAND~!!!!!!!

That happened. Didn't get his autograph, but I managed to thank him for being so awesome and shake his hand. So fucking happy.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on June 23, 2010, 02:08:49 PM
He did? I need to know this, I'd love to get into an altercation with a TNA wrestler.

If I see Jeff Jarrett- do I make an Owen joke or a Jill Jarrett joke?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on June 23, 2010, 02:31:02 PM
I just wish the guy who beats barron to death for being an obnoxious prick was someone of higher standing then Jeff fucking Jarrett.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on June 23, 2010, 06:25:50 PM
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If I see Jeff Jarrett- do I make an Owen joke or a Jill Jarrett joke?

You could do a twofer and ask if he thinks they are boning in heaven.  When he is too shocked to do anything but say no.  Pull a Randy Orton and shout about they are in hell.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 27, 2010, 01:44:48 PM
I missed WWE house show here last night

Cons
Apparently, you could walk up and buy front row tickets a half hour before the event. The CCCC was apparently only a quarter filled. That's barely better than what TNA drew in December and a hell of a lot worse than the near sell out we had in December '08 for a RAW house show headlined by Orton-Cena.

Pro
CM Punk was a no-show. He would have been the main reason I would have gone.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 28, 2010, 01:54:19 AM
So CM Punk is still running through the streets.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 02, 2010, 05:31:00 PM
The TNA house show was pretty eh, no match went over 10 minutes which is BS.

Got to shake Earl Hebner's hand. I asked him if he gave Bret his stroke. He did not respond
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: ForKnox on July 02, 2010, 05:49:45 PM
Well I'm going to RAW monday. Any ideas on signs? I thinking about bringing one or two.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on July 02, 2010, 05:53:26 PM
WATCH OUT, I HAVE MY NECKTIE!
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 02, 2010, 05:57:52 PM
Jeff Hardy looked really out of it, he's gained weight. Angle also seemed out of it, but he always does.

You do a show in Brooklyn and no Dreamer, Tazz or Foley? Come on
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on July 03, 2010, 02:47:44 AM
The TNA house show was pretty eh, no match went over 10 minutes which is BS.

Got to shake Earl Hebner's hand. I asked him if he gave Bret his stroke. He did not respond
Is going from verbally confronting Matt Striker to Earl Hebner, an upgrade or downgrade? If Earl Hebner had grabbed his shirt and got in his face, I'd say the former but since he didn't...downgrade.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 03:04:52 AM
Don West is a beast at the merchandise stand, he was selling stuff like crazy.

I asked him if he was selling any baseball cards, and he said not tonight.

6 matches, none were that long. Really TNA, 5,000 people in a baseball stadium and you cannot go balls out? I saw Desmond Wolfe after the show, he remembered me from my days as the biggest Nigel cheerleader
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 03, 2010, 03:16:36 AM
Meaning he slowly backed away from you before breaking out into a sprint?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: KingPK on July 03, 2010, 03:18:26 AM
So CM Punk is still running through the streets.

But is he doing things?  That's what you have to worry about.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 03:21:41 AM
I saw him drive out, he rolled down his window to say hi and ask how I was doing.

Then other fans approached him, so he rolled up the window and drove away. Angle v. Desmond was prob MOTN, though it went 9 minutes. Anyone know why TNA half asses on it house shows?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 03, 2010, 03:27:49 AM
So CM Punk is still running through the streets.

But is he doing things?  That's what you have to worry about.

(http://kreweta.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/okl1.jpg)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Marie I on July 03, 2010, 03:43:29 AM
Wolfe vs Angle was the main reason I was contemplating going to the Coney Island house show. Glad I didn't go. That really sucks. I was under the impression TNA puts on awesome house shows. I would have probably spent like $30 bucks just to be pissed off. Fuck TNA.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on July 03, 2010, 03:49:01 AM
Meaning he slowly backed away from you before breaking out into a sprint?

Onyx - Slam (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ADgCeYJMN4#normal)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 03, 2010, 03:51:47 AM
I would never slam bob_baron.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on July 03, 2010, 04:17:25 AM
You lack the upper body strength to do so.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on July 03, 2010, 04:29:08 AM
Take your Matt.complaints elsewhere, Venkman
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 05:04:58 AM
Wolfe vs Angle was the main reason I was contemplating going to the Coney Island house show. Glad I didn't go. That really sucks. I was under the impression TNA puts on awesome house shows. I would have probably spent like $30 bucks just to be pissed off. Fuck TNA.

I think the house shows are known as being very fan friendly and intimate, but you can't do that in a baseball stadium.

When we walked in and saw the ring just sadly sitting there all alone at home plate we could not stop laughing
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 05:25:32 AM
Rob Van Dam's theme song>wrestling
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on July 03, 2010, 05:29:25 AM
Take your Matt.complaints elsewhere, Venkman

It was supposed to be a dig at waxy's expense :(
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on July 03, 2010, 05:33:33 AM
Oh. Carry on then.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 07:19:53 AM
Can anyone with a f4w online subscription post the TNA house show report they have up there?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on July 03, 2010, 07:42:51 AM
Can anyone with a f4w online subscription post the TNA house show report they have up there?

Quote from: House Show Report
BY PAUL SOSNOWSKI--

Dave

Just got back from the TNA house show in Brooklyn.   A couple quick notes.   I was told by the box office when I got there at 4pm that the venue holds around 7500.   Well, by the time the show started, there could have easily been more than 6000 fans there, possibly 6500.  

TNA also made a killing on their special VIP autograph sessions.   They charged $50 for a separate deal, which did not even include the cost of a ticket to the show.   You got 8X 10's of Jay Lethal, Team 3D, Angelina Love, Madison Rayne, Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Abyss, and Shannon Moore.   They were all available for signings before the show.   This deal also included an opportunity to have a picture taken with Jeff Hardy (before show) and RVD (after the show).    My GF paid for this, since she had never been to a TNA show before, but they must have sold thousands of this package.

For the largest crowd in TNA history, let me say that the company did not put forth any extra effort in the ring.   There were only SIX matches on the show, none of which, including the main event went longer than TEN MINUTES.     There were people in the crowd expecting Hogan to be there, since his face was used in all the advertising.     They filmed a few shots of the crowd for Impact, and said something about the show was streaming on TNA.com or something...I'm not sure.

Let me also say that this stupid company announced a return date to the Hammerstein Ballroom, on THURSDAY September 23rd....running against their OWN TV SHOW!   The Hammerstein holds about 3000 people, less than half the crowd tonight!!   WHY wouldn't you choose to run an outdoor baseball stadium show in late September for a venue that holds half as many fans??



"#1 Contenders Match for Cruiserweight Title" --  Jay Lethal vs Homicide vs Amazing Red vs Brian Kendrick 5:17  (Red pinned Kendrick, not an elimination match)

Madison Rayne vs Angelina Love 4:02

Jeremy Borash introduced Jeff Jarrett to the crowd and he made a quick speech about the company and thanked everyone.

Kurt Angle made Desmond Wolfe tap to ankle lock 8:16

Jeff Hardy vs Abyss 9:40 in a Monsters Ball Match (Hardy pinned him with swanton after tossing Abyss onto thumbtacks)

Team 3D vs Ink Inc 8:22 (surprise unannounced Tables Match, Dudleys win with 3D thru table)

TNA World Heavyweight Title --  RVD vs AJ Styles 9:06  worst looking, sloppy as hell frogsplash I've ever seen...One Star Frogsplash

The faces won every single match!     Red, Angelina (Madison insisted it was a nontitle match), Angle, Hardy, Team 3D, and RVD.  

There were alot more wrestlers the people expected to see.   A show in BROOKLYN and they couldn't get Tazz or Foley to appear??    No Beer Money, Samoa Joe, Matt Morgan, Pope, Mr. Anderson, Machine Guns... Douglas Williams....

The crowd was great and into almost everything, but I think there is a hell of a lot more the company could have done to show their appreciation for the record-setting attendance....like when they realized the show was gonna be this huge...added more matches and talent to the show.....extended the match lengths for fucks sake...


After the Hardy-Abyss match, there was a 35 minute intermission.. Longer than the 4 matches on the first half of the show COMBINED!!!!!!!!!!!    9:40 + 816 + 402 + 517 = 27:15

If you include the other two matches of the night, it adds up to about 44 minutes total time

The show started at 7pm and ended around 9:15pm


Paul Sosnowski

Show reports should not be for paying customers only, so I agree with sharing this one (and we're off the grid again, right?). There's a second report but it lacks the vile this one has so who cares.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on July 03, 2010, 07:46:12 AM
Man, 6,500 people show up for a TNA show and they just decide "Fuck it, we're going to just put on our regular half assed house show."

*slaps forehead*

For what it's worth, I remember TNA's house shows used to get really good reviews when they started touring but in the past year so, it seems like they've just decided to be sort of like WWE and kind of half ass it out there.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 07:47:49 AM
Green Lantern was there? I didn't see him.

They sold $20 programs that allowed you to meet Moore, Angle, Lethal and Jarrett. The line was insane for that, plus security was hurrying everyone through, glad I didn't buy that.

What GLF said was spot-on though.

As to what Kamala said, at least WWE has real main events, not rush jobs. But at WWE, do you get to shake Earl Hebner's hand?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on July 03, 2010, 07:49:05 AM
I didn't realize GLF had a real name people would recognize. Sad day.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: HTQ on July 03, 2010, 07:51:35 AM
I just like the fact they're scheduling a house show at Hammerstein to run against their own TV show.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 07:52:40 AM
I didn't realize GLF had a real name people would recognize. Sad day.

You go to enough ROH shows, you know everybody.

WWE occasionally runs Smackdown house shows on Monday.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on July 03, 2010, 07:53:28 AM
I was about to say WWE does that every Monday night, then I realized Monday house shows are pretty rare these days.

I remember the one and only ROH show I went to (Steelcage Warfare) took place when you were out of town. That was too bad, but I got to see Superfan Vlad wandering around and that was cool.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Marie I on July 03, 2010, 07:56:48 AM
Oh man...I kinda wanna go to that Hammerstein show (if I don't have to pay for a ticket). If they pull the same awful shit they did last night, I'd love to be there to see all the ROH/ECW diehard smarks make hilarious chants and shit on everything.

Also, am I the only one thinking that perhaps the Hammerstein show will end up being a live Impact, or am I giving TNA too much credit here? 
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 08:05:46 AM
I've seen Vlad at a bunch of shows.

I don't think the Hammerstein date is that egregious. That was probably the only date they could run that venue, and after doing so well in New York, they probably wanted to run there ASAP. There's always a risk in cold or bad weather being a deterrent in the fall, and no one goes to Coney Island in September.

Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on July 03, 2010, 08:07:58 AM
I want to say WWE only runs Monday night house shows during the summer when kids are out of school. Not real feasible to run house shows on school nights I guess.

barron---I actually agree with you about WWE house show main events. Only once have I seen one that I felt was a total rush job. It was a lazy half assed plunder brawl between RVD and Raven at a B show a week before Survivor Series '01. It only went 5-6 minutes and 75% of that was crowd brawling which is ridiculous because IT'S A FUCKING HOUSE SHOW and 90% of the audience won't be able to follow it. In retrospect, I bet neither of the guys were sober at the time either. I've seen main events salvage mediocre house shows more than I've seen one like that which just kind of leaves the audience shrugging at the end.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: HTQ on July 03, 2010, 08:10:24 AM
Reminds me of  I think, an Angle/Edde/Show house show main event that went 2:15 for no apparent reason.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Marie I on July 03, 2010, 08:26:17 AM
Only house show I've been to was WWE at Madison Square Garden in 2008. It wasn't terrible but I had high expectations for some reason, which weren't met. Haha, I felt so bad for my gf at the time because the show was really boring. I was expecting a smarky douchebag crowd to keep her entertained but it was pretty family friendly. Main event was CM Punk defending the WHC against JBL in a cage match which was alright, but Punk got a flukey win, which I felt was a bit bullshit. The whole experience kinda soured me on live WWE shows in general.

I had tickets to a TNA house show in 2008 at the Grand Ballroom (where they used to tape RAW) but couldn't make it. I think the main event was something like Christian Cage vs Samoa Joe vs Booker T vs Kurt Angle. Kinda bummed about that.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on July 03, 2010, 08:32:39 AM
Quote
As to what Kamala said, at least WWE has real main events, not rush jobs.

Most of the WWF shows I've been to also have a good 15-20 minute match right before the intermission too.  Part of it was that for years I'd always see Bret Hart in this slot, but even after he left in 1997 the pattern seems to have held.  I've haven't been to a show in a few years though so maybe things have changed.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on July 03, 2010, 09:02:02 AM
While WWE half asses shows too, I think they usually do it in shows that draw shit crowds. Not drawing one of your biggest houses and running a major metro area.

Hell, I went to an ECW house show that had RVD v. Angle, and both guys going balls out.

Then again, I went to a show in Toronto that featured Shane v. Kane in a cage. The setting up of the cage took longer than the match itself
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on July 03, 2010, 09:48:33 AM
The last house show I went to was in 2006 in London, Ontario. It had HHH/Ric Flair vs The Spirit Squad in a comedy bout (good stuff) and what I remember being a fine Cena/Edge title match.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Aero on July 03, 2010, 12:41:28 PM
Reminds me of  I think, an Angle/Edde/Show house show main event that went 2:15 for no apparent reason.

This may or may not be the match you're thinking of, but I went to a Smackdown house show in October 2003, actually on a Monday night running against Raw, where the mid-show main event was Brock vs. Cena vs. Angle for the World Title, and it went less than 3:00. Pretty much finisher after finisher. Pretty boring show in all, that was closed by Benoit vs. A-Train.

The only other house show I've been to was one of the early ECW brand-only house shows in September 2006, and it was decent given the lack of talent ECW had at the time, especially since Angle had just left. I was more excited for the fact that WWE was actually running a live event five minutes from my house. Highlight of the night was seeing Ted DiBiase Sr. sitting with one other guy at a lone table beneath the bleachers, behind a guardrail. All I could manage to get was a head nod.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: HTQ on July 03, 2010, 12:47:35 PM
Reminds me of  I think, an Angle/Edde/Show house show main event that went 2:15 for no apparent reason.

This may or may not be the match you're thinking of, but I went to a Smackdown house show in October 2003, actually on a Monday night running against Raw, where the mid-show main event was Brock vs. Cena vs. Angle for the World Title, and it went less than 3:00. Pretty much finisher after finisher. Pretty boring show in all, that was closed by Benoit vs. A-Train.
That's the one I was thinking of. A check shows the match lasted 2:16 with the main event going a lengthy 5:29. How did you cope with such excitement?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: strummer on July 04, 2010, 12:17:07 AM
I went to a RAW taping in late December 96 where the promised dark match main event of Shawn Michaels v Austin lasted a handful of seconds with Austin running right into a superkick and getting pinned instantly

actually after a near 4 hour taping no one was complaining
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Ed on July 04, 2010, 12:43:06 PM
Then again, I went to a show in Toronto that featured Shane v. Kane in a cage. The setting up of the cage took longer than the match itself

Oh yeah, that period of time in 2003 when Shane McMahon was working house shows because...he wanted to prove that he was a real professional wrestler?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: ForKnox on July 05, 2010, 08:27:13 AM
Then again, I went to a show in Toronto that featured Shane v. Kane in a cage. The setting up of the cage took longer than the match itself

Oh yeah, that period of time in 2003 when Shane McMahon was working house shows because...he wanted to prove that he was a real professional wrestler?

I remember around that time when Test was injured by Shane at a house show from doing the Coast to Coast.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: strummer on July 05, 2010, 08:46:53 AM
there was also heat on Shane from the rest of the boys for wearing sneakers and sweat pants to the ring
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on July 05, 2010, 10:58:06 AM
Shane got heat over something as trivial as sweatpants and sneakers?  What about John Cena who wears jean shorts that no one has worn since 1995 and sneakers each and everytime he wrestles?  Sounds like "the boys" were just reaching for something to be pissy about.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: AntiLeaf33 on July 05, 2010, 11:01:40 AM
Yeah, I can't see why they would complain about that. Not like he was wearing steel-toed boots or anything.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: HTQ on July 05, 2010, 11:15:23 AM
It was considered unprofessional not to at least wear proper boots, as much as courtesy as anything else With Cena, he's at least a wrestler and with his persona, it fits to wear what he does. With Shane, who already had the natural heat which comes with getting to play wrestler in his daddy's ring, it was more fuel to the fire.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 05, 2010, 02:44:02 PM
Knowing Vince, he probably showed up to the arena early, told "the boys" to get heated at Shane over his shoes and pants, and then hid in the closet to watch.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on July 05, 2010, 03:16:17 PM
Knowing Vince, he probably showed up to the arena early, told "the boys" to get heated at Shane over his shoes and pants, and then hid in the closet to watch

And then began to masturbate furiously.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 05, 2010, 03:17:14 PM
duh
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 28, 2010, 06:24:42 AM
In San Diego now for about a month and ended up going to an indy show over the weekend here that I thought was going to have a much larger crowd (since there was some big names on it), but only ended up being maybe 100 at best. It was held at the downtown YMCA, in the anemic looking gymnasium area. Very different setting and atmosphere for sure. Had no problem getting a front row seat needless to say.

First half of the show was just filled with local guys and a few chicks (mostly good workers, with a few exceptions), and then the second half was the bigger names (Corino v. Joey Ryan, local tag champs v. London/Kendrick, main event was Scorpio Sky v. Shelton Benjamin) finishing out the show. Pretty much everything was well worked (probably due to the small crowd), and for such a small crowd we were all very vocal.

London came out wearing a astronaut outfit for some reason, and there was alot of strange comedy in the start of that tag match with him against two local guys that had an oldschool Nintendo players gimmick, while Kendrick stood by on the sidelines looking completely stoned and confused. Main event of Benjamin/Scorpio was probably the best match of the night, really stiff work there. Benjamin has most definately gotten on the juice since he left WWE.

Daniels was also there at intermission selling merch and autographs. Talked to him for awhile and he really had absolutely nothing good to say about TNA, sounded kind of bitter.......understandably so. Hardly anyone at the show even knew who he was. I think a handful of people maybe. Sad.

Heading to the PWG show this Friday in LA also, should be a great show since its their seventh Anniversary show and has tons of big names on there, big matches are Danielson v. Strong, London/El Generico v. MCMGs, etc.

Pics here, didnt get to take some from all of the matches since my camera went dead
http://s952.photobucket.com/albums/ae4/redjed2/nwapro-sandiego/ (http://s952.photobucket.com/albums/ae4/redjed2/nwapro-sandiego/)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Jaxxxson Mayhem on July 30, 2010, 03:54:47 PM
Went to the FCW show tonight.   Had a great fucking time.   Got to see Eli Cottonwood, Michael McGuillicutty, Percy Watson, Husky Harris, Lucky Cannon, Titus O'Neal, Consequences Creed, Brett DiBiase, Bo Rotundo, and the Dudebusters.  I'll get some pictures up later.
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Post by: Jaxxxson Mayhem on July 30, 2010, 04:15:40 PM
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Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on August 02, 2010, 03:10:11 PM
Myself and former poster here who shall remain nameless went to, easily, one of the best wrestling shows of my life (this covers around 130 or so shows) over the weekend......the PWG 7th Anniversary show.

First thing that made it so great was the venue....a small American Legion with relatively low ceiling (they were still able to do spots off the top rope very easily though), crampled seating far too close to each other (even so packed that the first row was pretty much right up against the ring apron) and in general a really intimate feeling. Plus the crowd was incredible......probably something reminiscent of what I would envision a mid 90s ECW Arena show crowd and atmosphere to be.

Because of the loaded matchups, everyone worked way harder than I would imagine is the norm here, although from people I talked to, typically most of the workers bust their ass monthly, but this took it to a whole new level because of the rabid crowd, which saw a few hundred turned away. Apparently that is a first for this company. We had second row, so we were right in the middle of all the craziness.

I cant say there was a single match that was even under *** 1/2 really. Plus the last two matches were balls out great, as in easily **** 1/2 or maybe even more. Ive never been to a show where it was such a chaotic, oh my fuckin god, feeling in both the ringwork and the general chaotic atmosphere. Particularly the last match was so wild and chaotic with pretty much the entire match consisting of insane spots (most being dives into the crowd and in and around ringside) that I thought the fuckin roof was going to blow off that place.

I wont elaborate on and on about each match, as you can just find the recaps of the show all over the place. But the second half of the show was just so great, that is easily became one of the best shows Ive ever been to. From the Danielson/Strong stuff to Davey/Hero (much better than ROH's Black/Davey title match) to the three way tag title match at the end.......it delivered tenfold.

Plenty of good shots here from the show:
http://s952.photobucket.com/albums/ae4/redjed2/pwgseven/ (http://s952.photobucket.com/albums/ae4/redjed2/pwgseven/)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: 2GOLD on August 08, 2010, 04:35:37 PM
Since boredom hit me, some videos (not posted by me) from the First State Championship wrestling show I attended a few weeks ago

Crazy Shea vs. Buddha vs. Ian Cross Table match (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS6vWoUwgRQ#normal)

and the match of the night

Briscoe Brothers vs. Irish drive by (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNKx_OWDdws#normal)

If you listen close, you can hear Daddy Briscoe saying GET YOU SOME with the rest of the family
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on August 14, 2010, 03:58:42 AM
This is the main event for a Dragon Gate show in Milwaukee: BxB Hulk, Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi vs. Shingo, Yamato & Akira Tozawa.  Is that good?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on August 29, 2010, 03:21:54 PM
Had a great time at the house show in Newark today.

Cena v. Sheamus was great, as was Bourne v. Miz.

Can someone post the house show report from F4WOnline?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on September 26, 2010, 01:36:30 AM
The MSG house show was fun last night, it was cool seeing Bret wrestle. Anyone wanna post the house show report from f4w?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Thrasher on September 26, 2010, 04:13:39 AM
I found this about the MSG house show:
http://www.prowrestling.net/artman/publish/WWEliveevents/article10014272.shtml (http://www.prowrestling.net/artman/publish/WWEliveevents/article10014272.shtml)

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WWE house show
New York, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden
Report by Dot Net reader Matthew Moceri

It was Bret Hart Appreciation Night show so they had montages of all of Bret's famous MSG matches.

1. Kofi Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler. Kofi ended the match with a badly botched Trouble in Paradise.

2. Cody Rhodes and Drew Mcyintre defeated Chris Masters and MVP. Cody won hitting a CrossRhodes on Masters.

3. Alberto Del Rio defeated Chavo Guerrero. Del Rio hit his spinning armbar finisher on Chavo.

4. Kelly Kelly and Melina defeated Laycool. They had interference from Hornswoggle.

5. Mark Henry defeated Jack Swagger. Henry hit the World's Strongest Slam. (easily worst match of the night)

Intermission. Then they did a tribute session for Bret. Jerry Lawler came out with the Hart Dynasty. After some gifts were given to Bret, Nexus (Tarver, Slater, and Gabriel) hit the ring.

6. Bret Hart and the Hart Dynasty defeated Nexus with Lawler as special guest referee. Bret locked the Sharpshooter on Gabriel for the tapout. Nexus tried to attack after the match, but after Lawler helped clear the ring with the Dynasty, Bret locked Slater in the Sharpshooter. On a side note, Gabriel definitely has the most potential for a future WWE star.

7. The Big Show defeated C.M. Punk. Punk came out and sang a song about Chicago is better than New York. Big Show interrupted it (I personally enjoyed the song). Show hit Punk with a chokeslam, then followed up with a Knockout Punch.

8. Kane defeated Undertaker in a street fight. Kane hit Undertaker with a chokeslam. Then Kane tried to do more damage after the pin with a chair and Taker chokeslammed him then Kane fled with Taker went for Tombstone.

Notes: Overall, this was my first house show so I enjoyed it. There seemed to be a bunch of botched finishers but overall, the crowd didn't seem to mind too much.

Biggest pop:
Bret Hart
Undertaker
Big Show
Kofi

Biggest heat:
CM Punk
Nexus
Dolph
Kane
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on September 29, 2010, 01:04:32 AM
I'm going to the "Raw/Smackdown Supershow" in OKC on Friday night. I don't watch WWE currently, but it should still be fun. I always have fun at live events.
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Post by: Nymyzys on January 07, 2011, 09:01:34 AM
I'm waiting in line for a RAW house show. It's at the James Brown Arena, notable as the location of ECW December to Dismember. This should be interesting.
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Post by: Nymyzys on January 07, 2011, 10:06:53 AM
The death stares one gets from little kids after buying a Nexus shirt....
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Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on January 07, 2011, 10:08:16 AM
I'm really worried that the stupid BCS title game and impending snow armageddon will put the kibosh on the house show I'm supposed to go to Monday.
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Post by: Venkman on January 08, 2011, 03:31:51 AM
Well this is the latest from Mr. Alvarez:

WWE's Southeastern tour this weekend will be its second straight impacted by bad weather.

Winter storm watches are up for most of the South with four to seven inches of snow expected, as well as ice, and is predicted to be the biggest snow storm in that part of the country since 1992.

Jon Holder, a TV weather forecaster in Alabama told us that everything is expected to be shut down from Sunday through Tuesday.  The WWE shows in Birmingham and Huntsville are in jeopardy and Raw in Nashville as well as a house show in Knoxville will also be impacted.

Snow of that level is rare in that part of the country so it's not like the Northeast where people are more conditioned to it.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on January 10, 2011, 04:23:33 AM
Tough break Matt:

Due to inclement weather, World Wrestling Entertainment has rescheduled tonight’s SmackDown World Tour live event at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. The show has been rescheduled and replaced with a Raw live event on Friday, Jun. 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 03, 2011, 12:43:23 PM
I just bought tickets for a huge indy show in four weeks featuring 2011 WWE Hall of Famer "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan (HOOOOOOOOO!), "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase (HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA YEAH!), Mick Foley (awesome in '99...now? Kind of not awesome), a Shane Douglas-Tommy Dreamer hardcore match (awesome in '96...now? really NOT awesome), and WRESTLING SUPERSTAR VIRGIL!

Virgil WWF Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPRmGATenqM#)
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on March 19, 2011, 04:17:38 PM
Had a blast at the MSG House Show tonight. Guys all busted their ass and put on a good show.

Got to see a lot of wrestlers after the show too, Dolph asked me how I was when I reminded him of our Deal or No Deal experience
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on March 20, 2011, 02:31:11 AM
How was Sunny in her role as a referee?
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Post by: wnyxmcneal on March 20, 2011, 02:38:36 AM
She was fine, though one of her punches on the Bellas looked really bad.

Can you post what was submitted to F4W?

I wonder how much they are going to change today's show in Newark, since I expect there to be come carryover with fans
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on March 20, 2011, 02:43:25 AM
That's premium? Stupid. Here you go:

WWE..Madison Square Garden…Sat. March 19th

From Mike Omansky

1.       RANDY ORTON W THE MIZ via disqualification, due to outside interference by CM Punk, in the opening match.  Solid match up to that point, with Orton having the edge.  After the DQ, the GM chime rang (first in a series), and we heard an email.  Due to what happened on RAW Monday night, and here at the Garden, we needed a main event to settle things. The fans would choose the match.  Choice was between another Orton-Miz title match, or a tagteam match, of Orton & John Cena vs. Punk & Miz.  Fans cheered for the tag match.   **

2.       SANTINO MARELLA, VLADIMIR KOLOV & EVAN BORNE W PRIMO, ZACK RYDER & TYSON KIDD, when Borne pinned Ryder following Santino’s cobra, a quick tag, and an AirBorne.  Very good match, with the faces making frequent tags. Crowd into Santino, but Borne also had some great moves.  ** ½

--  Alex Riley came out. He said that he has appealed to the General Manager to get his job back with Miz, and be with Miz at Wrestlemania, by winning a match on RAW.  GM chimes rang, and announcer read another email.  GM asked “Why wait until Monday night? We can do a match now”.  Out came Great Kahli.

3.       GREAT KHALI (with Runjin Singh) W ALEX RILEY, pin, total squash, under a minute.  Fans were into the squash.

4.       KELLY KELLY & EVE W BELLA TWINS, with special ref SUNNY, when EVE pinned a BELLA with a sunset flip coming back into the ring.  SUNNY was quite active in the ref role.  *

5.       JOHN MORRISON W DOLPH ZIGGLER (with Vicky Guerrero), Starship Pain and pin. Prior, a false finish with Ziggler pinning Morrison with a foot on the ropes, and ref restarting the match. Good but not incredible match.  * ½

--  R TRUTH came out to do a contest. Prize would be 4 tickets to the next MSG show, and there would be 4 contestants. GM chime d again, and another email. GM said that the only fair way to award the prize was to do a dance off.  There were 2 males and 2 females; an older male won.

6.       DANIEL BRYAN (with Gail Kim) W Ted Dibiase (with Maryse) via arm bar submission. Crowd dead for most of it. ½ *

7.       HHH W SHEAMUS in an MSG Street Fight, with a pedigree and pin, in the best match of the night. Long match (20 minutes or a little more), with Sheamus dominating most. HHH got an early offense pulling the belt off of the ref’s pants and whipping Sheamus with it, but Sheamus took over from there.  Sheamus used a kendo stick, as well as the ring steps. False finishes included an early attempt at a pedigree; and the big boot by Sheamus. ***

8.       RANDY ORTON & JOHN CENA W THE MIZ & CM PUNK, with a double pin, but ref actually counted Orton on Miz following a pedigree.  Crowd was split on Cena, maybe slightly against, with booing when he did moves, and a “Fruity Pebbles” chant.  Good action, heels dominated.

Ref bump; heels bring in chairs to attack faces; swing and miss with chairs; simultaneous finishers (RKO, Attitude Adjustment), and ref quickly recovers to count the pin.

Next MSG show: Survivor Series (MSG is under renovation already).

Announced “RAW” for Nassau Coliseum, Monday June 13th, with tickets on sale March 26th.

Very solid show overall.  Tomorrow night, this crew is in Newark, NJ Prudential Center, with Orton-Miz in a cage match featured.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on March 20, 2011, 02:46:02 AM
Who gives star ratings for matches at a house show that you attend? What a putz.

I actually liked Bryan-Dibiase a lot, although it was mainly just an exhibition for Bryan. The dance contest was horrendous.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on March 20, 2011, 03:03:05 AM
The worst part about that recap is this is a guy who is a big enough putz to give out star ratings but somehow he thinks Daniel Bryan's finisher is an armbar.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Big Beard Booty Daddy on March 20, 2011, 03:10:42 AM
The worst part about that recap is this is a guy who is a big enough putz to give out star ratings but somehow he thinks Daniel Bryan's finisher is an armbar.

He's probably wrong, but maybe he did win with an armbar last night.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on March 20, 2011, 03:20:32 AM
I edited that report's spacing because it was originally all over the place.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on March 20, 2011, 03:48:07 AM
He won with the Leibell Lock.

Also, Orton didn't hit Miz with a Pedigree
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Post by: devo on March 22, 2011, 02:37:28 AM
Gonna be at the Smackdown taping tonight. I'll try and have spoilers up shortly after I get back.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on March 22, 2011, 02:54:19 AM
Musings: If all goes as WWE has it supposedly planned, I'm hoping that the rescheduled house show I was supposed to go to in January will have Sin Cara on the card.If he hasn't made it to TV yet and is instead just touring with the Raw brand, I'll have seen a pre-TV Alberto del Rio match and a pre-TV Sin Cara within a year.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on April 09, 2011, 12:51:06 AM
Went to the TNA house show last night in Cleveland. Not a bad show at all. Not quite as great as Alvarez makes them out to be but still a lot of fun. I shook Don West's hand before the show and he helpfully pointed out where the merchandise stand was even though I was just walking from there.

Not the most vigiliant security staff at the Agora Theater as random people (including myself) just wandered on the stage to get a better perspective on the event.

As much as I love Daddy Jeff, that opening siren in his theme is quite irritating live.
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Post by: ADL on April 17, 2011, 08:52:50 AM
I am off to a Raw house show this and already on this UK tour Alex Riley and Sin Cara have been in main events so I have no idea what to expect hell maybe Primo will main event
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Post by: Jaxxxson Mayhem on May 22, 2011, 03:58:14 AM
Went to my first ROH show last night for their Supercard of Honor show.   It was pretty fun overall.   The Chicago Street Fight match was fucking insane.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 02, 2011, 02:05:00 AM
Bump for tomorrow night. The radio says that the main event is Cena/Miz/Punk with Kingston/del Rio on the undercard. For some reason, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan is hosting the show, so that's going to be stupendous. This will be my first time seeing Punk live, and I'm hoping Dolph Ziggler is on the card for the same reason.
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Post by: BPSS on June 02, 2011, 02:45:34 AM
Bump for tomorrow night. The radio says that the main event is Cena/Miz/Punk with Kingston/del Rio on the undercard. For some reason, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan is hosting the show, so that's going to be stupendous. This will be my first time seeing Punk live, and I'm hoping Dolph Ziggler is on the card for the same reason.

I'm glad he dyed his hair back so he looks like Mr. Perfect, not Randy Orton.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 02, 2011, 02:47:04 AM
I almost guarantee Duggan's going to wallop Alberto Del Rio and/or Ricardo Rodriguez with the 2x4.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on June 02, 2011, 03:27:23 AM
Bump for tomorrow night. The radio says that the main event is Cena/Miz/Punk with Kingston/del Rio on the undercard. For some reason, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan is hosting the show, so that's going to be stupendous. This will be my first time seeing Punk live, and I'm hoping Dolph Ziggler is on the card for the same reason.

The radio told you everything it knows, so hopefully Zack defends his IC title on the show.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 02, 2011, 05:02:50 PM
I'm probably going to end up going to the TNA ballpark show that Hogan is going to be at.  I'm not going to buy any of the expensive packages to meet and greet anyone but they've convinced me to buy a cheap ticket.  Not for Angle, AJ, Beer Money or even THE POPE.  But they added The British Invasion.  Sold.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 03, 2011, 04:07:14 PM
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/250708_10100224325731505_27426884_49311548_3190792_n.jpg)

Full report tomorrow.
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Post by: BPSS on June 03, 2011, 04:51:42 PM
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/250708_10100224325731505_27426884_49311548_3190792_n.jpg)

Full report tomorrow.

Don't tell me you sold out and bought a Rey Mysterio mask
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 03, 2011, 04:53:59 PM
He ripped it off his head with the help of CM Punk and the New Nexus.
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Post by: Wizard of Maz on June 03, 2011, 05:15:34 PM
I hope he stole it from the kid who Rey gave it too.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 04, 2011, 12:59:15 AM
That's not me.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 04, 2011, 02:06:49 AM
WWE HOUSE SHOW RESULTS HUNTSVILLE, AL 6/3/2011

If you recall correctly, this was rescheduled due to snow and was originally supposed to be the same night as the BCS National Championship game. I still can't help but wonder what the attendance would have been like on that night. As it stands, the Von Braun Civic Center was about 3/5 full. Our seats, which I won off the radio, were in the middle stadium style seats, about 30 yards from the ring. I suppose the rest of the people who won tickets either lost interest, forgot, or died, because there were only four others (two kids with a respective parental unit) on our whole row. Weird note: Instead of having the ring announcer (who was not Justin Roberts) make the safety precaution announcements about laser pens and throwing stuff into the ring, it was a pre-recorded message.

MATCH #1: US Champion Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler

Dolph cut a pre-match promo about being the "best wrestler and sports entertainer in the world" and threatened to take the belt and wrap it around Vickie's waist. "That belt will never be the same again!" <3 Dolph <3 I'm sure you can imagine how well this worked as the opener. Dolph was super-over as a heel, not to take away from Kofi, so they both had the crowd in the palms of their hands from the beginning. Dolph dominated Kofi on the mat, who would get HUGE pops for fireman's carrying Dolph. Wrestling is awesome. The finish was a flying crossbody, which Dolph leaped about three feet in the air to take.

Next up, we're introduced to our guest host, HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN. I wish they hadn't been advertising him on the radio. I can't imagine how much we would have flipped out to get Hacksaw out of nowhere. I can't believe I got to do some HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO's and USA chants at a WWE show in 2011. Awesome awesome awesome. Hacksaw picks some kids from ringside for a contest before being interrupted by the three worst members of the New Nexus, namely all of them except Punk. Otunga took mic duties, thankfully, and did okay I must admit. He's over as a heel since he has that IT FACTOR combo of being able to talk on a microphone without suffering a stroke and looking like he's a stroke victim when he wrestles. Santino, Kozlov, and Evan Bourne make the save, so Duggan sets up a six man tag to start immediately.

MATCH #2 Six Man Tag Team Action

I just want to take this time to point out a few things. At one point, Mason Ryan tagged in for the first time. He's over based purely on size alone I guess. Anyways, I swear to you, he tagged in, threw an awful punch, and immediately tagged out to McGillicutty. Guess who is NOT over AT ALL. So anyways, the best part of this match, Mason Ryan tags back in behind the ref's back LIKE A HEEL, sees that the ref did not see him get tagged in, panics, and gets back on the apron and waits for the ref to turn around before tagging himself in. GOOD WORK. The other best part of this match was the babyfaces working a BATTERING RAM spot. HEll yeah. Poor Kozlov can not ever be thrown out of the ring properly. Cobra -> Shooting Star Press wins. Always good to see Bourne live.

MATCH #3 Jack Swagger vs "KOABtime" Percy Watson

Couldn't believe this one for a variety of reasons. Swagger came out doing pull ups on the entrance way. Basic match since they've stripped Percy of his glasses and catchphrase. I was distracted during this match because my (25 year old) friend Will came back from the bathroom with a Rey Mysterio mask. Anklelock wins it. Percy takes his time leaving due to his bad ankle, so The Miz comes out and berates him before talking about Alex Riley. Pretty good promo, built around a string of "REALLYs". Riley eventually runs through the crowd to initiate a pull-apart. Miz was advertised for the main event (as you would expect, none of the advertised matches happened), but this was all he did, so I'm starting to wonder if he's banged up following Mania/Extreme Rules.

INTERMISSION during which I beat the crowd to the merch stand and picked up a Hall of Fame/WrestleMania program full of awesome photos, including the Flair/Macho one I have as my sig.

MATCH #4 The Bella Twins vs Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres

All the girls are hot in person, they all did their moves, no TWIN MAGIC, but Beth busted out a slingshot suplex, so that was awesome. She won it with the Glam Slam.

MATCH #5 ALBERTO DEL RIO vs Masterpiece Chris Masters

Alberto del Rio is glorious in person. I haven't felt so much good in my soul since this time I was riding around in a golf cart while on mushrooms and stopped a few feet away from this white tree. Ricardo Rodriguez doesn't work house shows, which is bullshit. Anyways, Alberto cut a promo about how he remembered when Masters was beating HHH and Shawn Michaels with his Masterlock, and that these "ugly, no-talented people don't deserve this match." Alberto also put over his cross-armbreaker as being better than the Masterlock. So this match was awesome since Chris Masters got good while you weren't paying attention. Finish was Alberto getting Masters on his shoulders, who dropped down and tried a full-nelson, but del Rio blocked it, got his over-the-knees single arm DDT, and hooked the cross-armbreaker for the win. Glorious.

MATCH #6 R-Truth vs CM Punk vs John Cena

R-Truth cut a wacky promo, but it wasn't wacky enough. CM Punk did a lap around ringside taunting fans, one of whom offered him a beer. I wish I had been closer for that, although I'm sure it happens every night. I ran to the bathroom while Cena was coming out and met TIM WHITE at one of the beer vendors. I hate bothering people, especially someone who was barely in the limelight and is now completely out of it, but I couldn't help myself. I told him he was always one of my favorite refs and that I had watched all my life, and he thanked me for "staying hot." I asked him about riding with Andre the Giant before excusing myself to the bathroom. Match was exactly what you'd expect.

All in all, we had a really good time, but I think last year's show was better.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: WKU Tops on June 04, 2011, 05:07:23 AM
Sounds better than the RAW house show I went to last December.  They are changing Percy's gimmick?  WTF?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 04, 2011, 11:57:20 AM
They are changing Percy's gimmick? 
Oh No!
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: 2GOLD on June 04, 2011, 02:00:56 PM

Why would they change Percy's gimmick? He's awesome at it. Hell, they just now sent Truth back to the gimmick he dominated with before they called him up as K-kwick all those years ago.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 05, 2011, 02:36:29 AM
Oh, hey, that Hall of Fame/Mania program I bought refers to the Top 50 Superstars DVD as "controversial" and actually acknowledges the HHH/Undertaker match from X-7 on their spread.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on June 05, 2011, 02:44:50 AM

Why would they change Percy's gimmick? He's awesome at it. Hell, they just now sent Truth back to the gimmick he dominated with before they called him up as K-kwick all those years ago.

Isn't that basically what they do with everyone once they get called up,  with few exceptions?  Know that gimmick you've been fine-tuning in FCW for the past couple years?  Yea, the one where you're a Soviet shootfigher who can dominate your opponent with an assortment of throws and submissions?   Well, we've decided to make you a goofy Italian.  

All things considered, that worked out well for Santino, but still.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on June 09, 2011, 03:04:23 AM
I forgot to mention, the Bellas worked heel tag spots better than anyone in Nexus.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 18, 2011, 02:12:57 PM
I went to the TNA show in Buffalo.  It was a pretty good time.  They claimed that a couple of the matches were a part of the Bound For Glory series...so keeping track of that thing is already a disaster.  I have my doubts but then Gunner pinned AJ Styles.  There is no other reason for that finish on a house show.  The crowd was shocked and pissed...which I enjoyed.  They did that deal they do every show where for 20 bucks you get in the ring and get your picture taken with Angle and Beer Money.  The line was unbelievably long...like in a way that kind of makes you sad.  If they did sell all of those 300 and 200 dollar packages to meet Hulk Hogan they made 20 grand just on that deal.  Combine that with the people who bought the 60 dollar meet and greet with the other wrestlers and the line of people with 20s in their hands at the end...and all the merchandise I saw people walking around with...the Knockouts will eat next week. 

Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: claydude14 on June 18, 2011, 02:41:45 PM
I almost went to that, but did the RAW house show in Rochester last week instead. How was the Basebrawl set up? Ring near home plate? Did you see Don West? How insane was he?
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: The ghost of bps21 on June 18, 2011, 02:42:38 PM
It was set up in right field.  Don West was running around everywhere.  That man must do a ton of cocaine. 
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: oldskool on June 18, 2011, 03:21:51 PM
I almost went to that, but did the RAW house show in Rochester last week instead. How was the Basebrawl set up? Ring near home plate? Did you see Don West? How insane was he?
Gah, how was the Rochester house show? It's the first show in town I've missed since the 2006 RAW & I hear it was just a Capitol Punishment walkthrough with Truth/Cena & Miz/Riley as co-main event.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on June 29, 2011, 04:59:14 AM
In August, a local indie card here is being headlined by Kevin Nash vs Carlito.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Pro Bowler" Benjy "Ball Return" Roberts on June 29, 2011, 11:35:51 AM
Quick question: I'm going to the Supershow in Milwaukee before the PPV next month, and I'm wondering how long do they last? Also, what's a good time to get to arana? The last WWE event was in 2002, so I'm a bit out of the loop.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on August 22, 2011, 11:58:38 AM
Went to the PWG show last week in CA here........another amazing show from these guys after last year's show I went to (Seventh Anniversary show) totally blew me away. The venue they are at monthly is so awesome, as is the smarky crowd. We got front row this time around and it was a hell of a tournament. Most probably already heard results but KOW more than likely worked their last show here and put over four guys in one night in a big way. First, both Claudio and Hero put over Willie Mack (awesome SoCal worker who is like a black Samoa Joe) and El Generico respectively in the first round of the tourney. Then they had an impromptu tag match with the Young Bucks (who are now making a storyline with their characters on all the heat they have from RVD, Booker, etc) that they put them over clean.

Main event ended up being Steen vs Generico which was one hell of an insane brawl live. Was easily as good as their Final Battle match. Also earlier in the show, Steen worked against Finlay which delivered too.
Title: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Marie I on August 22, 2011, 12:13:24 PM
Nice. I heard about the PWG shows. Really excited for Hero and Claudio going to the WWE. I'd like to fly out to BOLA one year when I can afford it. Hopefully next year. I'm also pretty stoked that Finlay is working big indy shows now. Glad that Evolve show wasn't a one time deal.

I'll be at the NYC Chikara show on the 19th. ROH will be here on the 18th. Not sure if I'm going though.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on December 02, 2011, 02:12:59 AM
Going to a Smackdown live event tomorrow night at the James Brown Arena.  My first live show since Wrestlemania in Atlanta.  Really looking forward to it.  Main event is supposed to be Randy Orton vs Mark Henry in a steel cage for the WHC.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on December 17, 2011, 02:19:25 PM
Just came back from a PWO TV Taping. Show was good on its own but the crowd was quite hot for a family friendly indy show, especially after N8 Mattson called some kid a "fat tub".
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on December 18, 2011, 06:32:50 AM
Just came back from a PWO TV Taping. Show was good on its own but the crowd was quite hot for a family friendly indy show, especially after N8 Mattson called some kid a "fat tub".

Was that the same show that I thought I saw they had on gofightlive.tv last night?

Next year is already going to be one of the biggest for me in terms of going to shows. I'm going all out this year leading to Mania:

-Royal Rumble in St Louis (first Rumble I'll be at, closest its ever been to MN), Raw in KC, and Smackdown in Omaha on consecutive nights.

-Elimination Chamber in Milwaukee, Raw the next night in Minneapolis, maybe Smackdown the next night too if its close

-Then all the stuff in Miami and Florida for a few weeks there, including probably Impact tapings in Orlando, ROH, HOF, Raw, Smackdown and Mania.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on December 19, 2011, 03:23:21 AM
Yeah, that was the one. They announced that the GFL taping part was cancelled a couple days prior but I'm sure word didn't spread quick enough. The show got a little exhausting by the end since the same guys were coming out by the time they got to Hour 4.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on December 19, 2011, 03:35:45 AM
Kane apparently attacked John Cena following a match against Miz at a live event over the weekend. Expect Kane to be getting squashed by Cena on TV very soon.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: devo on January 18, 2012, 07:25:50 AM
Anybody here going to the PWO show on Sunday? This'll be my first time seeing the promotion in person and I was curious as to whether or not any board members were planning on attending.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Monsoon Classic on January 18, 2012, 08:44:01 AM
I've been waffling back and forth regarding attending. The show they taped in Parma (1st show of that taping aired this past Sunday) was really good due to a hot, good-sized crowd but that Streetsboro venue looks like a depressing dungeon on television.

Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 02, 2012, 05:23:25 AM
This could be its own thread but the only wrestler that I could maybe see dropping $20 on to take a photo with is Ric Flair. I could probably count on one hand the number of wrestlers I'd pay $10 to take pictures with.
This is a pretty depressing comment in retrospect. For $20 now, I could probably get Naitch to come over to my house, make me dinner, and take my dog for a walk.

I'm debating on whether to go to a big indy show at a huge 5,000 seat arena headlined by an appearance by Bret Hart and featuring Finlay, Carlito,  Matt Hardy, D.H. Smith, Shane Douglas, and Bushwhacker Luke for $20 or seeing a show at a 150 seat community center a few weeks later featuring Larry Zbyszko and John Cena's dad for $8. Probably end up going to both and making fun of them ITT or just flat out forgetting them until the night they're happening.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on February 10, 2012, 09:19:28 AM
It took me forever but I finally got to uploading all of the pictures from my Rumble/Raw/Smackdown hat trick down south of here a few weeks ago. I had really good seats in lower level for each show, caught myself on TV here and there in the mask. Rumble was so much better live than it came across on TV probably just because I was so hyped for attending a Rumble match live and experiencing that finally was cool. The undercard seemed much better live too as the crowd was one of the best ones Ive been a part of in awhile, St. Louis really is a great wrestling city for sure. Raw in KC was also equally great live as the crowd was hot and people lost their shit when Taker showed up. Smackdown in Omaha was ok but a bigtime step down from the previous other shows, and I felt a little burned out from the entire trip and was tired for most of the show so that didn't help things. But then again if the Superstars/NXT tapings werent so goddamn dull and boring, maybe I would have been more into the Smackdown stuff. Orton/Barrett was ok live but otherwise a really standard show and a crowd there that totally sucked.

http://photobucket.com/wwejan2012 (http://photobucket.com/wwejan2012)
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on February 14, 2012, 09:34:32 AM
Current Main Events include:

    The Inland Empire’s first eight man Battle Royal with the winner to challenge “The All American American” Jack Swagger for the United States Championship!
    Former Partner’s will collide as R Truth and The Miz face off!
    The monstrous Kane will battle “The Second City Savior” CM Punk!

 

Don’t miss a special appearance by Chris Jericho! Also scheduled to appear: Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, Primo, Epico, Brodus Clay, the WWE Divas and many more!

This is about 15 bucks each, if they still have available tickets. Chances are they won't. I also wouldn't be surprised to run into Matt Young there. Should I go?

Fake edit: They don't have any for that price right now and I'm not paying more.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Thrasher on February 14, 2012, 09:44:40 AM
I might go to that show because I haven't been to a house show in 15 years.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on February 14, 2012, 09:54:17 AM
I shudder to think how few tickets are going to be sold for that...all the 15 dollar ones only...and they'll probably never go back.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on February 14, 2012, 03:05:50 PM
I love their obsession with running Kane against CM "I literally have never been able to hit the GTS on Kane" Punk
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 23, 2012, 07:20:34 AM
http://www.big-time-wrestling.com/store/events/sun-325-augusta-me/ (http://www.big-time-wrestling.com/store/events/sun-325-augusta-me/)
I bought cheap seats to this show. Only actual match announced is Finlay Vs Carlito. Crossing my fingers that Finlay will stiff the hell out of him but I really was hoping it'd be Finlay beating the crap out of Fatt Hardy. Knowing my luck, it'll be Hardy Vs Shane Douglas.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on February 23, 2012, 07:30:12 AM
I wound up paying more to go. It sucks that Punk is destined to have a bad match, but I'll be able to laugh at Kane the whole time.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on February 23, 2012, 07:35:24 AM
What a series of promos that would produce
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 23, 2012, 09:24:52 AM
Going to visit some family in Ohio in a couple weeks and I wound up getting tickets to the Smackdown taping in Columbus on the 13th.  Better be a Funkasaurus on hand...
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 25, 2012, 03:39:30 AM
http://www.big-time-wrestling.com/store/events/sun-325-augusta-me/ (http://www.big-time-wrestling.com/store/events/sun-325-augusta-me/)
I bought cheap seats to this show. Only actual match announced is Finlay Vs Carlito. Crossing my fingers that Finlay will stiff the hell out of him but I really was hoping it'd be Finlay beating the crap out of Fatt Hardy. Knowing my luck, it'll be Hardy Vs Shane Douglas.
And they've announced Lanny Poffo is going to be on the card. Might be the best $16 I've ever spent!

Also he's is doing an indy show forty five minutes away earlier in the afternoon and an autograph signing at a gym a couple miles from my house the day before that I may or may not go to, so he's really hitting up the indy circuit hard in the wake of big brother Mach's untimely demise.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on February 25, 2012, 12:19:13 PM
If you don't wanna meet the god damn Genius then fuck you.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 25, 2012, 12:24:57 PM
It's only $5 for an autograph or photo so I can't complain about the price even if I am unemployed. Maybe I'll have him sign my copy of WrestleMania VI.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on February 25, 2012, 01:39:43 PM
For $5, he should write a poem about you.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 25, 2012, 02:46:11 PM
If The Genius wrote a poem about me, not only would I definitely go but I would make said poem about me my TSM signature for the rest of my time boarding here.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Amy pats fan on February 25, 2012, 02:50:59 PM
King Kamala, 10,835 posts
A genius of sorts, but he does not boast
Beggin like Keith Sweat, with liquids he will anoint
Like my dead brother Randy Savage, give him a Tommy Point
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 25, 2012, 02:58:47 PM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3279/2593296095_37bb9f5b23.jpg)
"Bing bang boom! That Precious Roy reminds me of a young Czech Republic! He gets a Tommy Point!"
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on February 25, 2012, 03:13:56 PM
Kamala is the worst, there’s no doubt of that
His posting's deficient, his body is fat.
I’d tell him, “post better”, but what is the point
He’d just ignore it, and stuff his face
at the local gook joint.


Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 25, 2012, 03:17:39 PM
(http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/001/416/126/tommyh_display_image.jpg?1318520545)
"C'mon! WHAT IS THE MODERATOR LOOKING AT!? THAT WAS A FLAGRANT FOUL ON KING KAMALA! THAT BURNING PIRATE SHIP SEX SHOULD BE THROWN OUTTA THE GAME, MIKE, I TELL YA WHAT!"
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on February 25, 2012, 05:18:21 PM
Short recap, I went with my brother who hasn't watched wrestling in years, and we're probably going to team up and go to events in the future now. The building was full.

Brodus Clay beat David Otunga. Clay's work in the ring was fuckin' terrible (there is no way he stays over or has a job a year from now, it's that bad) but the reaction for him coming out was huge. Otunga got a big heel reaction too.

Ryback destroyed JTG and looked pretty impressive. Came out to just...no heat whatsoever, but got over.

Beth Phoenix defeated one of the Bellas, who were pretty hot

Primo and Epico (who were good) beat Mason Ryan (who was roided up as it gets) and Alex Riley. This was good. Half the Mexican dudes in the crowd will probably go home and beat to Rosa Mendes

Eve cut a promo and all the kids chanted hoski at her. Then she ran off to the back. This was loud.

Immediately after that, the Miz came out and cut an amazing promo based around how Eve ran off and then his usual stuff, which was met with "what" chants. R-Truth did his whole deal and the crowd was pretty into it. They had a good match and R-Truth pinned him clean.

Intermission

Swagger beat Santino, who got most of the adult males who were there for reasons other than their kids dragging them along out of their seats. His whole deal was awesome live.

Jericho against Kofi was the best match. Started with an awesome Jericho promo (best part of the show), ended with Kofi botching an eyepoke and Codebreaker finish. He was so far away that, well, it didn't even look like Jericho did anything to him. I could see Justin Roberts groan right after the blown eyepoke.

Last up was supposed to be Kane against Punk. That got changed up to Ziggler vs. Punk vs. Kane with Jericho as a special enforcer, after Otunga changed the match while getting booed like crazy. Punk grabbed the microphone and told an assortment of people to kiss his ass after his entrance. Ziggler wasn't over (anyone who thinks dude should get a title run any time soon, just no), which was compounded by his punches looking terrible and shitting out of a Kane dropkick to the face. Kane got quite a bit of a face pop and Punk got a lot of noise. Anyway, ref bump happened, Jericho wouldn't count for Punk...did for Ziggler. The crowd bought a title change which was hilarious. Kane laid around on the outside after doing his whole deal, so he couldn't make the match bad in any way whatsoever. Jericho grabbed a chair, swung it at Punk and missed, got knocked to the outside, Ziggler was given to the GTS, took the count and the show was over. Really good match.

I got the impression that about 25% of the adults who were there, were there because their kids and the friends of those kids dragged them to the show and somebody had to supervise. If not for the kids, business would probably be down as far as it could possibly go.

Was a fun night and not a bad way to drop 85 bucks.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Amy pats fan on February 25, 2012, 06:02:20 PM
What are the odds Eve doesn't turn the #hoeski gimmick into something awesome like Lita did when everybody decided it was cool to call her a slut?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on February 25, 2012, 06:10:24 PM
Nah I think it's gonna be awesome. Calling everyone losers who could never get with a girl like that and then Miz white knighting for her = success

Also, DON'T CALL ME THAT
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on February 26, 2012, 02:02:13 AM
Does Brodus still have the Funkasaurus gimmick?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on February 26, 2012, 02:05:46 AM
Yes but a report I read elsewhere indicated he only had one Funkette
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on February 26, 2012, 02:58:47 AM
Does Brodus still have the Funkasaurus gimmick?
Yeah and when he tried to rip his pants off, one leg got stuck in his kneepad. Whole arena laughed.

Biggest problem with his ringwork is that dude can't go three minutes without an opponent having to hit the chinlock or something else to rest.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 26, 2012, 03:07:53 AM
So is Cena not doing house shows to rest up for WrestleMania? He's advertised for a house show in Bangor a week from today but I really doubt he's going to make the trek up there. I'm 99% sure I'm not going either way (and no, me not going to the show is not contingent on Cena being there! It's a 2+ hour drive) but it's just mildly surprising as he's always done non-televised shows in one horse towns on a consistent basis.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on February 26, 2012, 03:49:31 AM
Cena had this weekend off for the Daytona 500.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on February 27, 2012, 01:57:12 AM
Yes but a report I read elsewhere indicated he only had one Funkette

He only had one for his dark match in OKC.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Gary on February 27, 2012, 02:17:33 AM
Kane apparently attacked John Cena following a match against Miz at a live event over the weekend. Expect Kane to be getting squashed by Cena on TV very soon.
pfft, like people care about Kane.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 01, 2012, 04:24:57 AM
Update: The Genius has agreed to do an interview for me and my friends' public access show. This is about the weirdest news I could wake up to. I sent an e-mail to his website last night/this morning at like 1 A.M. and he sends me one back first thing this morning. Weird, weird, exciting stuff!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on March 01, 2012, 04:36:22 AM
Why didn't we make any Leaping Lanny Poffo jokes yesterday?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: wnyxmcneal on March 01, 2012, 04:38:49 AM
You're gonna ask about Savage fucking Stephanie right?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 01, 2012, 04:47:36 AM
I'll try and work it in for you, Bob.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on March 01, 2012, 12:23:43 PM
Show him pics/posts of barron, Brody, etc and get him to come up with poems!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on March 06, 2012, 12:50:59 PM
Sid Vicious, Shane Douglas, Sabu, Blue Meanie, and Tommy Dreamer are coming to town on April 20.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Kotzenjunge on March 06, 2012, 01:31:25 PM
Make sure to burn one with Sabu before the show!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on March 06, 2012, 01:50:35 PM
Sid Vicious, Shane Douglas, Sabu, Blue Meanie, and Tommy Dreamer are coming to town on April 20.

(http://www.internalbleeding.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/the-town-that-dreaded-sundown.jpg)
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Pináculo on March 06, 2012, 01:56:17 PM
Funkasaurus would have been a jobber in the 80's. He's fat, his ring gear sucks and he has two moves on offense. I'm not surprised that he can't go more than two minutes without blowing up.

However, in all fairness, David Otunga is no ring general. I haven't seen an extensive repertoire from Otunga yet and usually heels beat down faces until the comeback. Otunga can probably work, but whoever booked him against a fat, out of shape jobber with no offense fucked up. Otunga should've won in a squash, but his offense isn't that great and he's too small to be a power wrestler. He could toss around crusierweights, but he needs to have offense that he can perform against the big boys if he's ever going to main event. He has charisma and looks like a million bucks, but he needs a credible offense if he's going to avoid being Virgil 2.0.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 06, 2012, 05:12:35 PM
I just found out that Night of Champions is going to be held in Boston this year. Since the arena here in Portland, Maine might be renovated in time for the RAW after, me and my rasslin buddy are holding out hope we'll get the first TV taping from the E here since the night after In Your House: DeGeneration X. This all means that RAW will probably be held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. :(
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on March 07, 2012, 09:29:14 AM
So anyone else going to Mania weekend here? This is what's on our agenda at this point. Its starting to get stacked:

Thursday: Joint DGUSA/CZW show. Guess the first half is DGUSA (including a Bobby Fish/Low-Ki match) and then second half is deathmatches. Guessing two or three of em.

Friday: ROH show at the War Memorial. Afterwards, a sitdown shoot/Q & A with Jake Roberts that should be very interesting for better or worse.

Saturday: Another ROH show, and then followed by (if time) some weird sounding legends show at the same location as the Wrestlereunion convention. HOF later in the evening, and then one of the highlights of last year is back.....Colt Cabana and friends putting on a Strangemania/MST2K-style deal of doing running commentary over really REALLY bad rasslin matches. Last year was awesome as Luke Gallows showed up and a bunch of ROH guys to help out. Plus keg beer out of a plastic garbage can for only $5 for the entire night, can't go wrong here.

Sunday: Wrestlereunion, Axxess, and Mania.

Monday: Raw, then recovery onward.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 15, 2012, 05:40:51 AM
The Nasty Boys have been added to that indy supershow I'm going to. So between them, Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas, and Carlito, the card has almost become an All Star Gathering of TSM's Least Favorite Wrestlers. Plus board favorites Bret Hart, Fit Finlay, and me and Venk favorites, The Genius and Bushwhacker Luke. Actually, I'd get a chuckle out of Bushwhacker Luke and The Nasty Boys scuffling one last time. Especially, if Matt Hardy is Butch's replacement. The image of a strung out Matt Hardy doing the Bushwhacker Stomp is making me chuckle just thinking of it.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: SBofn on March 17, 2012, 08:34:07 AM
I'm going to Resistance Pro Wrestling's fourth event next week.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on March 19, 2012, 02:50:43 AM
"Alberto Del Rio came out to a Hero's welcome, great pop! He then tapped out Mason Ryan in 30 seconds with the armbar."

I misread that as Alberto tapping out in 30 seconds.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Springtime for Epic on March 19, 2012, 03:08:21 AM
I'm going to Resistance Pro Wrestling's fourth event next week.

That's Billy Corgan's fed, right?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 19, 2012, 04:14:51 AM
Oh man. Guess who was added to the indy show I'm going to on Sunday "due to popular demand"?

(http://blogimages.thescore.com/wwe/files/2011/11/virgil-wrestling-superstar.jpg)
YESSSSSSSSSS!
I'm imagining the popular demand was all from Virgil himself.

And the previously announced main event of Shane Douglas Vs DH Smith isn't happening as DH Smith is off the card for reasons unknown. I'm not sure if Virgil and The Nasty Boys for DH Smith is a fair tradeoff for the average fan in 2012 but you know it is for this early '90s WWF mark!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on March 19, 2012, 06:36:04 AM
I'm sure it wasn't just Virgil clamoring for Virgil.  They also heard from Vincent, Shane, Curly Bill and MIKE JONES.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: SBofn on March 19, 2012, 01:51:45 PM
That's Billy Corgan's fed, right?

Yeah. I want to check it out. I think it could be really great if Corgan turns into the 2012 Ted Turner; just a dude with a ton of money who wants a wrestling program.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 21, 2012, 03:29:10 AM
E#268 Matt Hardy, Bret Hart, & Others at BTW (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o83BT48Fzs4#ws)


Why is Matt Hardy dressed like JHawk?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 25, 2012, 12:20:22 PM
TL;DR, Indy Show report Part One

Got back from the Big Time Wrestling supershow at the Augusta Civic Center. Kind of wondered whether I should put my report here or in the Terrible Indy Fed. I mean, workrate wise, this was maybe one and a half steps up from NWA On Fire but there were more than enough mark out moments to justify the $16.50 I spent on a ticket.

Before the show, we get fliers for an indy card on April 26th featuring Sunny, The Headbangers, and Tatanka (!!!) but unfortunately, it's an hour and forty five minutes away and I'm without car. And no friend of mine will drive 3+ hours to see a bunch of WWF midcarders, a mere 15 years past their primes. Oh well.

We go to inside the Augusta Civic Center. About half the arena is sectioned off for TV cameras---WCW style. Of the half of the arena they're using, I'd say a good two-thirds of it is full. So a crowd of about 1,500-2,000 people, which is impressive for a random indy show. Hell, TNA would probably love a crowd that size for its house shows.

We wander around the "Fanfest" going on before the show and stare at the old wrestlers without paying $20 for their autographs. My friend repeatedly and (I think) unironically remarks that Carlito and Shane Douglas seem like really nice guys (!!!).  Finlay and The Nasty Boys go backstage almost right after we get there. Matt Hardy is eating a slice of pizza and drinking a Pepsi. Insert your own Fatt Hardy joke here. Bret Hart had a huge line and this was two hours after the "Fanfest" started. With I suspect 100-200 people paying somewhere between $20 to $40 for autographs pictures, I bet The Hitman  made a nice mint on the night. Good for him. VIRGIL, of all people, had a pretty steady crowd around him. I credit it partially to the fact that he had the "real" Million Dollar Belt with him. He also had an awesome 8x10 of him, The LOD, The Nasty Boys, The Undertaker, and a few other I'm forgetting standing around Vince McMahon (who was doing a wacky, distressed pose) circa '92 or so. Lanny Poffo had absolutely no one there for his autograph. I felt kind of bad for him but he never did that interview with me yesterday so fuck 'em! He had copies of his poetry book from the '80s though. Anyway, the whole thing reminded me a bit too much of the depressing convention scene from The Wrestler so I left and went to the concession stand where I bought a Slushie for some dumb reason.

Virgil stays at his station. A solid 20 minutes after everybody else leaves. At one point, he bobs his head and chair dances to "Poker Face" (the P.A. was inexplicably playing current Top 40 before the show).  Top 10 Greatest Moment in Life. Anyway, onto the action.


Match 1: Juxx Vs Flex Armstrong. The first of two matches featuring exclusively BTW "talent".  Both guys have MMA fighter gimmicks. Juxx is the small, scrawny comedy heel and Flex Armstrong is the babyface. Stereotypical house show opener with a lot of stalling and posing. Now, the stalling thing would be the case for the rest of the night. The ring ropes seemed way too loose and the ring itself was kind of smallish. Anyway, meat and potatoes match, nothing really memorable one way or the other. Armstrong goes over with---I can't even remember.

Before the second match, they introduce the special guest ring announcer for the next match..."Leaping" Lanny Poffo. He gets a respectful, small smattering of applause that completely dies down when he's halfway down the aisle. Poor guy. He then proceeds to read the poem that he read at the Macho King's Coronation way back in '89. I mark the fuck out while 90% of the audience looks confused. Crowd comes alive when he mentions the fact that Macho Man was his brother. Anyway, onto the match.

Match 2: Cameron Matthews Vs Bushwhacker Luke. Matthews is a local pretty boy heel who wears the shortest tights I've seen on a wrestler since the heyday of Hercules Hernandez. Man, I marked the hell out during this match. First off, I never would have suspected I would have gotten the chance to do The Bushwhacker Stomp in the year 2012. Second, Matthews probably wrestled the best match you possibly could against a 65 year old Bushwhacker Luke. BUSHWHACKER LUKE IS 65!? He doesn't look that much different from his heyday. Anyways, Matthews bumped around like a pinball and even got in some semi-interesting offense of his own in. They did a Three Stooges spot which made me mark out. Anyways, Bushwhacker Luke won with a series of clotheslines. Only downside of the match is when Bushwhacker Luke attempted a stinkface for some reason, which is something I didn't want to see in year 2012.

After the match, Bushwhacker Luke celebrates and invites Lanny Poffo into the ring and they do the Bushwhackers Stomp and all of their famous poses to the crowd. It's basically the biggest mark out moment I've ever had at a live show ever. Tremendous.

Match Three: The New Triple Threat Vs "Diamondback" Jack Maverick and Hot Commodity. Hot Commodity isn't the lower mid-card ECW team of the late '90s but a pair of horribly green, forgettable BTW guys. Diamondback Jack Maverick is a random, generic muscular cowboy.  The New Triple Threat is Shane Douglas and a team called The Delfonzo Brothers. I'm sure the Delfonzo Brothers want to make a name for themselves but after what happened to some of the original members, I'd be wary of teaming up with Shane Douglas. Actually, I'd be wary of teaming up with Shane Douglas period. One of the Delfonzo Brothers is named Bam Bam even. Doesn't he know what happened to the first two Bam Bams?

Anyway, Douglas cuts a promo before the match and it's about as annoying as you'd expect but thankfully, he doesn't shoot about getting thrown out of RAW. Though I'm afraid he's going to after he says "CUT THE WWE SHIT!" after the crowd briefly chants "What!?" at him. He then cuts a promo centered around enemas/assholes (I BET YOU CAN'T WAIT FOR THE HITMAN TO SHIT ON YOU, AUGUSTA!") and drops "shit" four times, "jackass" a few times, and a "god damn" or two for good measure. Now I'm not against swearing in wrestling but when the average age of the audience is eight years old...

This match is pretty erratic. The Delfonzos actually show some potential and I begrudgingly will admit that even today, Douglas has airtight heel psychology but they were really facing an uphill battle. Two-thirds of the babyface team seemed green as hell and the other third was about as generic as you can get (which means he'll probably get a WWE developmental deal soon) and the ring apron fell apart at one point causing Bam Bam Delfonzo to falling off the side of the ring in a LOL worthy moment. Him and Shane Douglas seemed to legit have a mini freakout at some ringside official. Anyways, they trudge on and the New Triple Threat go over in a schmozz and they tease a Diamondback Jack Maverick-Shane Douglas Extreme Rules match at a later show before heading to the back.

Anyways, I'll finish the first part by pointing out towards the end of the match, one of the special needs persons in my section spazzes out and starts throwing haymakers at his female helper and actually connects with one or two and has to be restrained. Since we're in Augusta, Maine, I at first think it's some white trash dude deciding to pound his lady in public but luckily (!?). Anyway, this is all more interesting than a 2012 Shane Douglas interview. And for a while, the handicapped dude plays possum on the ground while the cops at the arena talk to him. This is all captivating. But all of a sudden, Bret Hart's music comes over the P.A. and I'm faced with an unexpected decision of what to watch...


Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 25, 2012, 01:10:24 PM
Anyway, the police escort the retarded guy out before The Hitman even gets in the ring. Close call. Bret Hart cuts a promo about the good ol' days and how glad he is back to be in Maine. He waxes poetic about the first ladder match in the WWF happening in Portland, Maine and Owen, Davey Boy, and the rest of the Hart Foundation before he's interrupted by BTWers A.J. Milano and Mr. TA. Milano is a generic hot headed heel and Mr. TA looks neither like Mr. T or Magnum TA but vaguely resembles a beefier version of my elementary school art teacher. Anyways, Milano yells about how nobody cares about the old days which brings out THE NASTY BOYS, who beat up Milano and TA with garbage cans for besmirching the name of old wrestlers and we got Match Four: a spontaneous Augusta Street Fight, baby! Anyways, this was basically like The Nasty Boys matches with Cactus Jack and (insert partner) from the mid '90s except for less awesome and 200x slower. And Knobbs looks like he ate Maxx Payne. I knew he gained some weight after WCW but in the days since Hogan Knows Best went off the air, it's gotten ridiculous. Anyways, in spite of everything, I actually really enjoyed this. Maybe because Knobbs and Milano brawled in my section. The Nasties win with some plunder shot or another. And after the match, Knobbs reminds the audience that "NOBODY MESSES WITH BRET HART, BITCH!" OK, then.

After the match, a disoriented Milano says nobody in the back can beat him. Which brings out Virgil (!!!) who hits with a couple of shots to the chin and throws a wheel barrow on top of him. I guess Virg was mad that he disrespected his Survivor Series '91 teammate. Disappointingly, Virgil exits to The Million Dollar Man theme instead of his own early '90s theme.

This would have been a good point for an intermission but there was none! They did a whole three hour show without a break. Bizarre and it kind of wore the audience out. My theory---they spent so much on former WWE guys and renting the arena, they forgot to hire a ring crew.

Match 5: BTW Tag Team titles match: The Black, Talented Wrestlers Vs The Scufflin' Hillbillies. We're in Maine, guess who are the heels and who are the babyfaces. Ugh, this is a defacto intermission match. I go to the bathroom and the match hasn't even started because The Scufflin' Hillbillies are mad that the Black, Talented Wrestlers insulted the good name of racist hicks. Anyway, long story short, the match is boring as hell and my least favorite of the night. The Scufflin Hillbillies go over and the hillbillies in the stand go apeshit. Seriously, some old rednecks do-se-dod in jubilation. After the match, The Black, Talented Wrestlers cut an unnecessarily long promo about how even though they lost, they're glad they don't live in Augusta (me too, guys) which I was hoping would lead to another Virgil run in so he could show those boys what a real, black, talented wrestler is like!

Match 6: Matt Hardy and Reby Sky Vs Antoine Roy and Barbie (with uh, some manager who vaguely resembles Edge). Ugh. People loved Matt Hardy. His pop was second only to Bret Hart's (surprisingly, the Nasty Boys were a very close third) and everybody was captivated by his every move. Antoine Roy is mid '90s WWF jobber Tony Roy doing a pretentious Frenchman gimmick and Barbie was very oddly named since she was a redhead ostensibly from France. Anyways, this was a typical intergender tag match. Basically, an extended squash for the babyface team. In fact, I think Reby Sky did 90% of the bumping for the team. Anyway, Matt wins with the Twist of Fate on Roy and after the match, he lustily stares at Reby's ass snatch area for a long time as she takes a long time bending over to get out of the ring. This gets a huge pop and almost grossed me out as much as Bushwhacker Luke attempting a Stinkface. Euch

Main event: Finlay Vs Carlito. Begrudgingly, I got to admit that the Matt Hardy shitshow (or maybe even The Nasties' plunder match) should have main evented. A good portion of the audience actually left after his match (and before the  50/50 raffle drawing, which alas, I did not win) and it's hard for a markish crowd to get pumped up over a match between two guys' who were more notable in WWE as heels.  What crowd reaction there was split 50/50 despite Finlay's awesome heel shenanigans. At one point, he threatened to go into the crowd to pummel some teenage heckler. Tremendous. Anyways, the match itself was the definition of nothing to write home about. A two case of two veterans realizing they're in kind of a shitty ring and not wanting to injure themselves. Carlito seemed especially lazy tonight. I think he took maybe three bumps the entire 15-20 minute match. I can't blame him given the ring but even the brawling segments seemed kind of boring and he was wrestling Finlay. Anyways, Carlito survived both a shillelagh shot and Celtic Cross to beat Finlay with the Backcracker. Whoever booked out the show seriously overestimated Carlito's appeal because a good portion of the crowd maybe even the majority of it booed Carlito winning despite Finlay doing his damndest to get the crowd riled up. It probably didn't help that Finlay knocked off some Yankees fans hat in the front row towards the end of the match.

Afterward, the ring announcer announces a special opportunity to get a photo in the ring with Carlito, Matt Hardy, and Reby Sky for the "discount" price of $30. Doesn't it only cost $20 to get a photo with the TNA guys after the show? Anyways, this inexplicably raises the ire of Finlay who threatens to pummel Matt Hardy. I salivate at the prospect of Finlay bashing Matt's stupid face in but he just ends up sulking to the back. Kind of an anti-climatic ending to the show. They really should have had an intermission as I got burned out with the early '90s WWF dudes appearances early on and didn't enjoy the likely technically better second half of the show. On the whole though, $16.50 (plus $2.50 for that crappy slushie) well spent!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: WKU Tops on May 18, 2012, 06:28:30 AM
Just bought my tickets to the Rupp Arena WWE Raw house show.  I was on the fence for it, but it's got an advertised submission match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan and I couldn't pass that up.  Cena-Lord Tensai are on the card as well.  House show tickets are getting damn expensive, though, because last time I went to a show at Rupp in 2005, they were like $20 a pop.  Today, they were like $45 or so for comparable seats.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on May 18, 2012, 06:36:11 AM
CHIKARA is coming to Maine for some reason in July. Should I familiarize myself with their storylines before I go?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Marie I on May 18, 2012, 10:08:24 AM
Chikara releases a lot of 2-5 minute Youtube videos every week on their website. They feature promos, match clips and storyline recaps. It's an easy and entertaining way to catch up on the company without having to watch their shows.

I don't follow the company as much as I used to, but I've been to a couple of shows in the past couple of years without knowing what was going on, and I still had fun. But it's always more fun to have an idea of what's going on to understand some of the jokes.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: AntiLeaf33 on May 23, 2012, 03:13:07 AM
Looks like UCW is running an event in Halifax on June 30th. Bret Hart will be appearing and Chavo and Hurricane Helms are scheduled to wrestle. I could think of a worse way to spend $22.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 15, 2012, 04:21:03 PM
Just got back from the WWE Supershow at the Augusta Civic Center. Good times overall.  First WWE show I've been to since '06. Almost six years exactly. I was surprised at how packed it was. The arena was 90% full (about 5,000 people) and it was a bunch of rasslin loving hicks.  TheyWay different from the two thirds empty arenas I'm used to when I see WWE down here in Portland. I forgot that Vince just dumped a bunch of money into sprucing house show presentation up and I can't say I'm wild about it. I think, while the presentation is nicer, a lot of the intimacy is lost with the entrance ramps and video screens.

Anyway, down and dirty results.
Brodus Clay  defeated JTG with a big splash. Basic house show opener. JTG harasses the Funkettes and gets beat up by Clay for most of the match. At least they kept it relatively quick so they didn't expose Brodus' weaknesses too bad. Oh and David Otunga ran in and whacked Funkasaurus with the coffee mug for some reason during the match. I guess because all black heels have to stick together?

Dean Ambrose beat Alex Riley with a sweet DDT. I was excited to see about this Ambrose guy everybody in the IWC was raving about. Then that excitement dulled when I realized he was facing Riley. Kind of a disjointed match. I was somewhat distract by a middle aged dude inexplicably marking out huge for A-Ry. This was an easy to rile crowd because Ambrose got over as a heel on the basis of the audience having never seen him before.

Christian defeated Cody Rhodes in a really solid, 15-20 minute match. Only complaint about this is like almost every match on this card, it contained an absurdly long heat segment. I get that it's a house show and you want to interact with the audience but does it have to happen in every match? Anyway, if this is a preview of the match that will happen at No Way Out, then the 75,000 people who buy the PPV are in for a treat. Lot of cool near falls. Might have been match of the night. Unfortunately, Rhodes seemed to fuck up his ankle a bit at the end of the match and had to be helped back by the referee. Hope it wasn't too bad.

Tony Chimel announces that we'll have an interactive, "Fans Pick The Stipulation" match for the WWE title. The choices are Street Fight or Best 2 out of 3 Falls. Well, Street Fight was what they advertised on TV so surprise, surprise, it won handily.

Kofi Kingston and Zack Ryder beat Primo and Epico in a weird, quasi WWE Tag Team titles defense. I went to get a box of popcorn during this match so I missed the first few minutes. What I saw was pretty good with Primo, in particular, bumping his ass off. Anyway, they did a false finish where Primo hit Kofi with the Backcracker and Rosa (who was looking mighty fine...) pushing Kofi's leg off the rope and Primo and Epico celebrated with the titles. Then Pat Patterson (!?) showed up out of nowhere to demand the ref restart the match. Primo and Epico got lippy with him and Pat decked them and Kofi and Ryder immediately hit the Trouble in Paradise and Rough Ryder on them for the win. Thought it was a bit weird that Zack celebrated with the title even though he'll have to give it back in a few days when Truth recovers from the Big Show punch.

John Cena defeats David Otunga and The Big Show in a handicap match. Stereotypical Cena overcomes the odds type match that bps and most of us would bitch about if it were in RAW. Cena got Big Show up for the Attitude Adjustment and pinned Otunga. But people here in Bumfuck, Maine lapped this stuff up. Two strange things, Otunga posed to weird techno music for a solid three minutes while Cena looked kind of confused and John Cena Sr himself was in the front row, marking out for his baby boy and starting a "Big Sellout" chant. Weirdest aspect is afterwards at intermission, there was a line to meet him and he had his own security guard to help herd the cattle of Mr. Cena fans.. I mean, really, these people loved John Cena so much, they were tripping over themselves to get the chance to chat up his dad.

Intermission

Layla beats Beth Phoenix with the Face Lift. These two are capable of having a pretty decent match but I guess with a PPV coming up, they just settled for having a fun comedy match. I was kind of weirded out by the snarky dudes behind me openly lusting for Beth Phoenix. I mean, how far away from the tits and ass era do we need to be for dudes to stop loudly proclaiming their desires to have the lovely ladies of World Wrestling Entertainment sit on their face. Yeesh.

CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan in a street fight for the WWE title with the Go To Sleep. This was obviously really good with a lot of near falls and all of that but I wonder if it's really even worth doing a street fight at a family friendly show like this. WWE really didn't spend a lot of money on weapons. They consisted of; one chair, one kendo stick, the ring stairs, and the house mic. Not exactly King of Death matches here. They did manage to work well with what they had. And I was pleasantly surprised at how split the crowd was after they went so wild for Cena.

Another intermission to set up the steel cage. I get super excited at the prospect at a Dolph-Sheamus cage match before I realize there's no way they're doing a higher stakes version of the match up at the PPV two days before the PPV at a house show in Maine. So Sheamus-Kane it is. I thought it was weird that Chimel didn't run down the show lineup at the beginning of the show either. Oh well.

Sheamus beat Kane in a steel cage match for the World title. I thought cage matches were reserved for wrestlers with long term grudges, not rematches from random TV matches from three weeks ago! *Brody mode off* This match had one of the least impressive cages I've seen in a WWE match in a long time. It was only about 8 or 9 feet tall and it was wobbly as hell. Chimel looked pretty freaked at ringside at the possible prospect of the cage collapsing and landing on Daddy Cena in the front row. It took some time to get going and I think the audience was burned out after Cena and Punk-Bryan but surprisingly, this match was a pretty decent, standard WWE big man main event once it got going .  I guess they decided to take it up a notch after the semi-main.

Anyway, really, a pretty damn good show by house show standards but dammit...I wish Dolph had showed up in some capacity!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Amy pats fan on June 16, 2012, 01:06:44 PM
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--Regarding notes in the report we got on last night's WWE house show in Augusta, ME on the site, the John Cena vs. Big Show & David Otunga match was not in a cage.  It was advertised as Cena vs. Show in a cage match.  However, the cage was there and Sheamus vs. Kane was a cage match.  It appeared Cena had to get out early as his match was put on before intermission, rushed, and he left, so they didn't bother with the time to set up and take down the cage, since they would have to set it up again for the final match on the show.

Sorry you didn't get to see the Cena-Show cage match dress rehersal King Kamala :(
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 16, 2012, 01:10:21 PM
Yeah, the match did feel kind of rushed. The guy behind us in line at the KFC/Taco Bell down the street was pissed that the Cena match was kind of short. I guess Cena wanted to avoid hanging out with his dad after the show.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 08, 2012, 03:05:30 PM
Went to a rather big indy show here in MN last night, the show was headlined by the third match in their best of seven series for the NWA belt between Cabana and Adam Pierce. They really tore down the house (or in this case, a decent sized hockey rink) and had a 40 minute I Quit match that was real good. They had some solid brawling for most of the match all over the building, some blood flowed too. Pierce got into it kinda harshly with a front row ringsider when the guy was trying to fight him in taking his ringside chair to use. It got far too out of control than it should have been as the guy was really resisting giving him the chair to the point that Pierce ended up shoving him hard more than once and words were exchanged. It kinda made the match even more out of control than it was before that. There was a really realistic false finish as Cabana passed out from being choked out with the ring ropes (taken straight from Cena/Umaga years ago) and they even went so far as to have the ref call the match, the music started, and Pierce even walked back to the dressing room with the title in hand. People were even starting to file out and then Cabana "woke up" and demanded to restart the match since he never said "I quit" and the ref couldnt argue it. So they went another 5-10 minutes after that and Pierce ended up quitting. That match alone was worth the price of admission.

The undercard was a mixed bag as is typically with indy stuff. Honky Tonk Man worked a match and looked like shit, not necessarily all his fault as his opponent was green. Davairi's brother had a hell of match with a local guy Ryan Cruz, that was probably match of the night besides the main event.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on July 08, 2012, 04:01:03 PM
I don't follow NWA much, but it seems like Adam Pierce is ALWAYS in the title picture.  Is he their "it" guy like John Cena, just that good of a worker, or does he have a high position backstage?  What's the story?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 08, 2012, 04:36:21 PM
I don't follow NWA much, but it seems like Adam Pierce is ALWAYS in the title picture.  Is he their "it" guy like John Cena, just that good of a worker, or does he have a high position backstage?  What's the story?

I think to a degree he's in tight with certain NWA management. I know he does business alot with Dave Marquez, who is on the NWA board in some capacity I believe, and also books/runs NWA Hollywood. He's gotten into a better worker than he was a few years ago, I will give him that. But I still dont care much for him.

If he loses the series of seven, he's supposedly banned from ever appearing at any NWA events ever again, so that to me signals he's regaining the title after the end of this sadly.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 23, 2012, 09:50:00 AM
Just bumping this up since I went to a few solid indy shows over the weekend here in SoCal.

First was the Ninth Annual PWG Anniversary show (Threemendous III, get it?) on Saturday night. Once again PWG delivers some amazing work. Main event was a crazy three team ladder match for the tag belts with Super Smash Bros, Future Shock (Cole and OReilly), and Young Bucks. Probably the wildest brawl of a match I've ever seen live. It was a few steps above the awesome three way street fight that PWG had at the Seventh Annual Anniversary Show as the main event of that show too. The undercard was also real good with only a few matches being slightly just average. Steen worked the semi-main in a PWG title match against Willie Mack and they brought it big. Sami Callihan and Michael Elgin also had one of the stiffest matches Ive ever witnessed. Well worth getting this show on DVD when it comes out. Maria Kanellis was there too sitting close to us which was a plus too.

Next day went to a long studio taping for the NWA Hollywood show that airs out here in LA. It was a cool scenario as it is done in a TV studio just as Memphis rasslin used to do, NWA Saturday nights, etc. They were coming off Adam Pierce regaining the NWA belt the night before in KC and him and Cabana were there and worked a tag match, built up the next match in their series too which is in mid August in MA. Lots of Joey Ryan stuff too and he even did a segment that made a point to come across that he's coming back to TNA soon as he came out holding a sign that said he will be making an impact soon. Some of the matches were squashes, some really bad botches, but some were competitive and solid bouts too. Shad Gaspard showed up out of nowhere (not even sure if he's even a regular here) in a six man tag match. Scorpio Sky jobbed out the NWA TV title to Willie Mack in the main event so he's likely going fulltime to TNA it seemed like. The other Hollywood regular who got a TNA tryout was Johnny Yuma (aka Lars Only) who seems to be sticking here as he worked three matches and didnt give the indication he was on the way out at all.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: WKU Tops on July 23, 2012, 01:38:20 PM
I'm beyond pissed.  Bought tickets for Bryan-Punk in a submission match two months ago and now it's Cena-Show in a steel cage.  We're also getting R-Truth/Kofi vs. Primo/Epico vs. Prime Time Players in a triple threat elimination match.  If I had someone to give my tickets to, I would.  Oh well, joke is on me from the whole "card subject to change."
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on July 24, 2012, 10:46:43 AM
Yeah, when is the last time anybody ever went to a house show that was as advertised? They change even from the advertisements that are played the week leading up to the show!

Amusingly enough, they announced that WWE was coming back to Portland on the night before Night of Champions last night during RAW. Well, the amusing part is I thought they mistakenly were airing an ad for the show last month in Augusta because the (advertised) main events were basically the exact same. Anyway, for what little its worth, they're advertising CM Punk Vs Daniel Bryan, Cena-Big Show in a cage, and Sheamus-Randy Orton-ADR Triple Threat as the main event for post SummerSlam house shows.

The show I went to last month was the weekend before No Way Out. I guess WWE just likes running dress rehearsals for PPVs no one cares about here for some reason.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: SBofn on July 26, 2012, 01:08:22 AM
This month's Resistance Pro Wrestling event is called "Fair Warning."

Next month is "Strongly Worded Disagreement."
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Springtime for Epic on July 26, 2012, 02:51:53 AM
Yeah, and apparently, Chris Nowinski has become an on-air character over there.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on July 28, 2012, 04:25:17 AM
So I might be going to three WWE shows in eight days. Aforementioned WWE Supershow the night before Night of Champions, Night of Champions itself, and a RAW house show in Worcester a week after Night of Champions.

This might be the dumbest idea ever. Especially since I'm almost positive the house show cards will be exactly the same. But it'll make up for not going to see WWE from 2006 to 2012, I guess?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on July 28, 2012, 11:34:33 AM
I went to three shows back-to-back in January 2010 after not going to any since 2000.  It was a Raw house show in Rochester MN, a Smackdown house show in La Crosse WI, and a Smackdown/ECW taping in Green Bay.  There was some repeats on the 2 Smackdown shows but they were largely unique to each other.  I assume the Supershow and the regular house show will be different enough between the Smackdown roster only being at one (and hopefully the Raw matches wouldnt all be the exact same 8 days and a new ppv cycle apart). 

I think you might as well go.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: WKU Tops on July 28, 2012, 03:44:04 PM
Got back from my foray to a RAW house show tonight.  I got stuck near lots of mentally challenged fans, who screamed ALL THE TIME.  Really killed any enjoyment I might have had.  Next time I'll just retreat to the far corners of the arena and be in the cheap seats.  I had a better vantage point there anyway, whereas this time I was pretty close to the floor.  I left as they were setting up the cage (which looked like a black old school design) for the Cena-Big Show match because I couldn't take the screaming and also because I had no interest in seeing Cena overcome the odds for the millionth time.

The show started with Brodus-JTG, which was a crappy match, but it was short.  We then got Cesaro-Riley and Riley got a good reaction.  Their match was like something out of the early 80's, with lots of mat wrestling, but picked up near the end and was the second best match of the night, as Riley lost due to outside interference.  We then got a Layla-Beth Phoenix diva's title match and Beth looked to have it won by going for the Glam Slam, but Layla got out of it and eventually won with a DDT.  Layla isn't even that big, so her looking like Andre the Giant next to AJ on RAW really made me wonder how small AJ is.   The fourth match was for the IC title between Miz and Zack Ryder.  The fans voted by text whether they wanted a street fight or two-out-of-three falls.  I think I was one of four people in the entire building that voted for 2-of-3 falls, as that option had people near me go "nah man, I want to see some real wrestling" (as if a street fight involves that) or "that option just sucks, who wants to see that?"  Quite depressing.  Anyway, Miz came out, did a really good promo that worked the crowd against him, and then the street fight option won and they did a really tame version of it that involved brawling up the aisle, using a kendo stick twice, and then Miz rammed Ryder's head into a chair.  Some street fight, but it's the best we'll get in the PG era.  I shouldn't dog the match because it was really good and was easily match of the night.  Ryder does a great job generating sympathy heat and both guys kept playing to a fan near the front row the whole time, which was hilarious.

Match five was a three team elimination match for the tag titles with Kofi/R-Truth against Primo/Epico and the Prime Time Players.  Primo/Epico went out first and then the Prime Time Players seemingly won the belts when Darren Young pinned Kofi, with AW pushing Kofi's foot off the bottom rope at the referee's two count.  I was like "well this is cool, I got to see a title change and they actually changed the belts on a house show" but then I thought that they really wouldn't do that and sure enough, a second referee came out of the back and they restarted the match and Kofi/R-Truth quickly hit their finishers on the Players and retained.  After intermission, Regal faced Santino in a comedy match for the U.S. title.  It was dreadfully boring, but the crowd found Santino's antics hilarious and Santino won with the cobra.  Finally, we got Tensai-Tyson Kidd, which was a nice big man-small guy match, with Kidd taking one too many risks from the top rope and getting squashed.  As I said, I left before the Cena-Big Show cage match because I had zero desire to see it and it wasn't the main event I bought tickets for.  I got a bunch of eyes walking out from people near the aisle wondering "why is that guy leaving before Cena's match?!?!"

They drew a good crowd at Rupp and I think nearly 10% of the crowd was wearing green Cena gear.  I saw lots of kids with Zack Ryder headbands too.  The kids love Brodus Clay, Ryder, Santino, Kofi, and Cena.  A little girl sitting in front of me was reduced to tears when she didn't get to touch Brodus after his match.  Or maybe she was sad that Brodus didn't bring the kids into the ring to dance with him.

My dad goes with me to these things for no other reason than to get some "quality time" together.  It's always interesting to get his take on things since he never watches.  Of course, sometimes he can be like Art Donovan and ask "how tall is that guy?" or "who is that woman?", "did that guy play football?"  I asked him after the show what he thought and he said that he felt that there wasn't one "star" on the show (granted we didn't stay for Cena).  He also said he didn't feel like almost any of the guys we saw could win a real fight and that the previous generation of wrestlers we used to watch just looked like mean bastards who just wanted to beat people up.  His last observation was that all of the guys, with a few exceptions, seemed to look the same.  The guy he remembered most was Tensai just because of his tattoos, but he did like the Miz-Ryder match.

Overall, a decent show and the ring work was better than a RAW house show I went to in Bowling Green, KY a year and a half ago.  I'd rank it third of the four shows I've attended live.  I'm still pissed at not getting the Punk-Bryan submission match I was originally excited to see, but the Rupp Arena crowd probably would've shit all over it.  Lexington is a very "mark"-centered town and they want entertainment over quality wrestling, so booking Cena at the top was a good call by WWE and they drew well tonight.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on July 28, 2012, 04:06:29 PM
I went to three shows back-to-back in January 2010 after not going to any since 2000.  It was a Raw house show in Rochester MN, a Smackdown house show in La Crosse WI, and a Smackdown/ECW taping in Green Bay.  There was some repeats on the 2 Smackdown shows but they were largely unique to each other.  I assume the Supershow and the regular house show will be different enough between the Smackdown roster only being at one (and hopefully the Raw matches wouldnt all be the exact same 8 days and a new ppv cycle apart). 

I think you might as well go.
Yeah, I mean, I've never had a bad time going to a live wrestling show. Even at the lowest rent indy shows I've been to, I had at least had fun people watching.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on July 31, 2012, 10:59:57 PM
Can Bret Hart still smoke weed even though he had a stroke? We need to know before Sunday.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on August 03, 2012, 04:47:48 AM
I got tickets to see TNA in OKC tomorrow. Day before the show and I bought 4th row tickets. They come with a meet and greet with the wrestlers beforehand. I'm wondering if I'll actually get to talk to any wrestlers or if I'll just be shoved behind a bunch of fat redneck marks screaming at wrestlers.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on August 03, 2012, 09:03:03 AM
Can Bret Hart still smoke weed even though he had a stroke? We need to know before Sunday.

I meant tomorrow
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on August 03, 2012, 03:04:13 PM
I'm not sure if I should put this in the "Rejoice About Something" thread in General Chat or here but the indy promotion that brought in Bret Hart for an autograph signing is bringing in the Ultimate Warrior to sign autographs (and cut a promo) during a show that's taking place at an armory that's literally a ten minute walk from my house. I'm so geeked out over this. And he's supposedly going to be wearing the face paint for photo ops so yeah, I'll probably waste $30 to get a picture with him. And it's probably already 50/50 odds that he'll show up in the first place. I mean this venue fits like 400 people at the absolute max.

Carlito and Jillian Hall have also been announced for the show and I'm sure other washed up stars of the '80s, '90s, and '00s will also be scheduled to appear. Maybe I can convince Carlito to hang out with me at the dive sports bar across the street after the show and he can spit apple in my face after I call him out for underachieving in WWE.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on August 05, 2012, 04:33:03 AM
Went to a TNA house show last night. Man this company sure does know how to make money. They were gigging people for 10-50 bucks left and right for backstage passes, action figures that would get you backstage, brown bag specials (t-shirt, dvds, action figure, program) and autographs from the Hebners. They certainly know how to nickel and dime their way to making money. They were also charging $375 for replica championship belts and they said they were a "lifetime" backstage pass and they only brought 12, limited time offer! Of course they all sold out. Guess some power and water bills at the trailer won't be paid this month.

The show was alright, but a little short. They started the show with a battle royal to see who would face Austin Aries at the end of the show. And everyone who was wrestling that night except the two knockouts was in it.

I also got a Christopher Daniels crotch thrust to the face. It was pretty disturbing and I've taken 3 showers and I'm still not clean.

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Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on August 07, 2012, 02:04:26 PM
Update: You know how I said I was going to meet The Warrior at the rasslin show that's happening up the street from my house? Well, it costs $100. Really baffling to me how this promotion brought Bret Hart in in March and it cost $30 for a picture with him and now Warrior is charging 3 and 1/3rd times that!? It's questionable if Warrior really deserves any more than Bret in the first place. Moral of the story, as always: Warrior is a dick.


But the promotion did add Bobby Lashley to the card!

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Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on September 15, 2012, 05:28:28 PM
Went to the WWE Supershow tonight at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Sort of a typical "house show the night before a PPV" card with everybody saving their energy for tomorrow. Yet somehow, the card lasted almost three hours so every match was a solid five minutes too long. Still it's live wrestling and that's always fun. Evening started on a sour note as my friends who gave me the money to buy our tickets with informed me that I was supposed to buy four tickets instead of the three that I actually purchased. Since the show is far from capacity and I'm not a big enough jerk to tell my friend's girlfriend that she has to buy her own ticket, I had to relinquish my $15 ticket to the chick and buy another. Then when I went to drown my sorrows at the beer vendor, I found out it was cash only and there were no ATMs in the building. Luckily I borrowed some money for a delicious overpriced Bud draft.

Quick results since I'm sort of drunk
Sin Cara defeated Cody Rhodes
Layla beat Eve in a Divas title match
Antonio Cesaro over Santino in a WWE US titles match
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth over Daniel Bryan and Kane in a WWE Tag Team titles match
Randy Orton defeated Dolph Ziggler with the RKO
Intermission
Sheamus beat Alberto Del Rio in a steel cage match for the World title with a Texas Cloverleaf
John Cena defeated CM Punk in a WWE Championship match by DQ after Punk clobbered Cena with a chair.

Observations
Randy Orton is up there with Bret Hart on the list of "great wrestlers who most blatantly mail in house show matches". The dude was going at a tenth of his normal speed/intensity. I can't really blame him. It's the night before a PPV and all and he doesn't want to over exert himself but I'm going to point an accusatory finger at the road agent who thought it was a good idea to make the match 15-20 minutes when it could have accomplished its story in 7 or 8.  Frustratingly boring in the way that a not so good match between two great wrestlers can be. That being said...there were some really good spots in the finish so I bet the match tomorrow will be 1000000x better.

This comedy schtick with Kane might be a blessing in disguise for Bryan as he probably got the third best reaction out of the crowd behind Cena and Orton.

I just realized how little I paid attention to Smackdown! when I was flabbergasted at the finish of the women's match where Eve and Layla shook hands and walked out together, thinking we had seen a random house show face turn. Then I checked wikipedia and realized Eve's been a face for almost a month.

One of my friends really hated the Sheamus-Del Rio match for no apparent reason. It was just a solid paint by numbers cage match though I guess that might be what his problem was? Anyway, that feud has been going on absurdly long by modern standards.

Matt Striker sucks. I can't believe we got him over Tony Chimel or Howard Finkel or even Justin Roberts as ring announcer. What a mark. He was counting along with the refs during big spots and at one point, took a big whiff of Layla's jacket. If there weren't kids sitting in front of me or if I were drunker, I would have made some dick pics jokes.

People in Maine are still drinking the WWE Kool Aid as a good 70% of the audience was pro Cena during the main event.


Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on January 04, 2013, 03:02:28 AM
Smackdown house show in La Crosse, 3/9.  I might go.  It's been a few years.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Mik on February 28, 2013, 02:33:08 AM
I spent more than I probably wanted to on 2 front row tickets to a Raw brand house show this coming Sunday. Cena, Punk, Sheamus, Ryback, and the Shield are all shown as being on the card so hopefully it's pretty decent.

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WWE RETURNS TO SYRACUSE JUST 1 MONTH BEFORE WRESTLEMANIA 29!



JOHN CENA, SHEAMUS & RYBACK VS. THE SHIELD
- 6 MAN TAG TEAM MATCH -



KOFI KINGSTON VS. CM PUNK



THE MIZ VS. ANTONIO CESARO
- UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH -



PLUS SEE ALL YOUR FAVORITE RAW SUPERSTARS INCLUDING:
ZACK RYDER
DAVID OTUNGA
BRODUS CLAY
LAYLA
AND MANY MORE!



**Card Subject to Change.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Pro Bowler" Benjy "Ball Return" Roberts on February 28, 2013, 04:40:39 AM
I'm going to a Smackdown house show on March 10th and the line-up looks decent. I too overpaid for a second row seat, but the Bradley Center site only lists Del Rio/Big Show as the only match. It's being advertised as a Last Man Standing match, so I hope that they don't change that like they did a few years ago. It lists Team Hell No, Barrett, Orton, MARK HENRY, and Rhodes Scholars so it should be a fun few hours. Swagger is also listed, so I hope that Zeb Colter shows up and insults some people.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Venkman on September 11, 2013, 02:56:22 AM
http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/for-them-it-was-a-saturday-the-day-wwe-came-to-windsor-ontario/

My thoughts on a house show I went to on Saturday.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on September 29, 2013, 08:27:56 AM
I went to a WWE house show last night. This is my story.

We were really worried we would get stuck with a shit card due to this being the B show. The Von Braun Center was advertising Christian/Del Rio as the main event. We heard radio ads claiming we'd get Del Rio/Ziggler, but they very clearly and plainly said "CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE" (while playing John Cena's theme music). 

The show opened with Damien Sandow coming out with a microphone...you can imagine the kind of promo Sandow cuts in Alabama. He issued an open challenge which was answered by Justin Gabriel. I've seen Gabriel work two or three opening matches now, and he's pretty good in the role. You'll be shocked to hear that Sandow lost clean to the 450 splash. As he lay in the ring, crumpled in defeat, he managed to cough out another promo assuring everyone that he was still the uncrowned world champion. FORESHADOWING.

They messed up their interactive poll. It was originally asking us to vote for either a 2/3 falls match or street fight for Van Dam
and Del Rio but they changed it to Ziggler and Langston.

The Great Khali beat Jinder Mahal with a BRAIN CHOP. The guy sitting directly behind me was very loudly shouting "DON'T HINDER JINDER" and in fact was loud all night. He was like a fan in WWF War Zone with his ridiculous chants. More on that later. They actually booked Jinder to get the heat by grounding Khali and working the knee. Even more unfathomable was that Khali dropped down and hooked a leg when making the cover. JUST USE YOUR FOOT. IT'S HUNTSVILLE.

Divas Championship: AJ (w/ Tamina) beat Alicia Fox by submission. AJ got a real superstar reaction.

Del Rio cut a promo from "backstage" but I couldn't understand most of it (because of the audio quality not because he's Mexican).

Fan Choice (two out of three or street fight)
Ziggler and Big E were in the ring when Vickie came out and cut a promo about how Huntsville didn't deserve to see a street fight, and then she announced that street fight had won the voting, so they started the street fight.
Ziggler won with the Zig Zag. He used a kendo stick and, eventually, grabbed a chair. The chair got a huge pop. Dolph wedged it into the corner and got thrown through it for a nearfall. Good match.

At intermission, we found out that the guy sitting behind us came to Huntsville all the way from Israel to see this show. We saw Arn Anderson in the tech booth, and my friend Will ran over and shouted at him until he walked off. No sold the entire time. We just wanted him to hold up the four fingers.

Prime Time Players beat Slater and McIntyre. The best reason to turn the PTP babyface isn't DY's sexuality, it's hearing kids try to do the dog bark.

The Wyatt Family defeated The Usos and R-Truth in six man tag team action. Bray started the match from his rocking chair but eventually got involved. EVERYONE stood up when the Wyatts came out. There was even someone at ringside dressed as Bray.

RVD vs Alberto del Rio for the world title was the main event. No Ricardo present. Del Rio hit RVD with the belt to draw a DQ. Van Dam came back after to kick and Frog Splash ADR. Sandow tried to cash in but Van Dam kicked him and hit another Frog Splash to end the show.

All in all, it was a much better show than I anticipated. The VBC was nowhere near sold out (probably around 5,000 people were there) but there was good heat.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: strummer on September 29, 2013, 08:38:41 AM
Going to the house show this coming Saturday in Albany.  This will be my first WWE event in 4 years.  Last show I went to had Sheamus v Cena on top right after Sheamus won the title for the first time
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on November 24, 2013, 05:37:27 PM
Looks like they're taping Smackdown just down the street from my house in February. Fuck yes, just hope there are tickets left once I can get them. No hour long drive has to be capitalized upon.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on November 25, 2013, 05:10:46 AM
Looks like they're taping Smackdown just down the street from my house in February. Fuck yes, just hope there are tickets left once I can get them. No hour long drive has to be capitalized upon.

I don't think you have anything to worry about.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on November 25, 2013, 05:17:14 AM
I'm going to RAW on December 2. I hope it doesn't suck.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on November 25, 2013, 05:21:52 AM
It will.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: "Dot Com" Matt Postin (heel) on November 25, 2013, 11:17:16 AM
Take off work the next day because the only way to get through that four hours is by getting DRUNK.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 15, 2014, 02:25:48 AM
My buddy got us tickets for the WWE house show in town tonight.  At the Suns game the other night they advertised a main event of Cena vs. Orton in a cage plus Bryan vs. Wyatt and appearances from Batista and The Shield.

I saw on Twitter Summer Rae is in town, so depending on where my seats are, I may be escorted from the building
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on February 15, 2014, 02:53:10 AM
My buddy got us tickets for the WWE house show in town tonight.  At the Suns game the other night they advertised a main event of Cena vs. Orton in a cage plus Bryan vs. Wyatt and appearances from Batista and The Shield.

I saw on Twitter Summer Rae is in town, so depending on where my seats are, I may be escorted from the building

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Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 15, 2014, 03:23:42 AM
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Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 17, 2014, 04:12:23 AM
http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wwe/wwe-live-in-phoenix-2152014/#.UwJLRXi9Kc0

My write up on Saturday's show
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: BPSS on February 17, 2014, 04:21:42 AM
http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wwe/wwe-live-in-phoenix-2152014/#.UwJLRXi9Kc0

My write up on Saturday's show

Quote
The last time I remember going was when my father took me to see WWF Champion Shawn Michaels defend his title against WWF Intercontinental Championship in the summer of 1996.

How was Championship as a worker?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 17, 2014, 04:43:06 AM
You wouldn't believe the tricks that belt could do
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 23, 2014, 04:09:45 AM
I went to a really, really fun indy show last night, put on by Big Time Wrestling. I'd been to two of their shows before and while they were kind of fun in the "hey it's fun to see the old guys again" nostalgia sense, this one had some legit p. decent wrestling.  Went down at the Town Hall in Webster, Massachusetts (a small city on the border of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Home of Lake Chaubunagungamaug!). Really cool old town hall that fit about 1,000 people. Reminded me of an old ECW venue (in fact, I think ECW DID do a few house shows here). Crowd was a fun cross section of spastic kids, old school rasslin fans and smarks and it reminded me of a '70s WWWF audience because everybody went nuts for everything. Dopey comedy wrestling? HUGE reaction! ROH-esque technical wrestling? HUGE reaction. Plunder matches? HUGE reaction.

Highlights;
Appearances by Papa Shango AND The Godfather

John Cena's Dad (moonlighting as a heel manager) got beat up Mick Foley AND Ken Shamrock. Unfortunately, he did not get beat up by The Godfather to complete the "getting beat up by Attitude Era Stars trifects"

There was a legit good, unadvertised match between Hanson from ROH and probably the hottest guy in the New England indy scene right now, Biff Busick. There was a discussion of whether Busick was ready for the "big time" in the Indy thread. I think he definitely could be a big star in ROH, could be a solid mid-card guy in TNA but needs some refining before he goes to WWE. He has some mannerisms that are really goofy/distracting. But workrate wise, he's pretty much there. Reminds me of a young Daniel Bryan with some splashes of Cesaro. Has a definitely come a long way since he briefly was in NWA On Fire a few years back!

Got to talk about BATTLEBOWL with Mick Foley during the pre-show meet & greet. Sadly, he didn't remember how far in advance they planned out who was facing who (which reminded me of the Jingus post where he said bring up things that are obscure but not TOO obscure) but he did have fond memories of Abdullah The Butcher mauling Buddy Lee Parker at Starrcade '91.

Bought a WCW Motorsports beer koozie AND an nWo Racing beer koozie at one of the memorabilia stands for a buck a piece.  8)

Lowlights
The three matches featuring all BTW guys kind of fell flat with me. One was the opener between Diamondblack Jack Maverick (who apparently turned heel since the last time I went to a BTW show) and some guy with an amateur wrestler gimmick whose name I didn't catch, which the crowd liked because it was the opener. The other two, at least, featured fun distractions on the outside. One was a tag team match where Mick Foley was guest enforcer and kicked Mr. Cena's ass and the other was the BTW Title Match between RJ Brewer and Flex Armstrong where Shamrock was in Armstrong's corner (and kicked Mr. Cena's ass).

There was a p. uncomfortable match between The Patriot (who had Mickie James in his corner) and "Adorable" Danny Miles, a dude doing Adrian Adonis' old gimmick. Gimmick was questionable in '87, downright baffling in 2014! Finish involved The Patriot trying to shove a candy cane up Adorable Danny's ass.  ::) Maybe The Patriot battling a dude with a gay gimmick was some sort of veiled political commentary on Massachusetts being the first state to legalize gay marriage. :o

Speaking of uncomfortable, lot of creepers there for Mickie. One dude just kept yelling "HARDCORE COUNTRY" during intermission when she was taking photos in the ring. It was nice to finally meet Laz.

The finish for the main event, a "Webster Street Fight" between Sabu and Too Cold Scorpio was awkward as fuck. Match itself was awesome/awkward and sad as it sounds for the most part. Sabu looks better than he did a few years back so hopefully he's on the mend. Even though he's starting to look his age, workrate wise, I still think Scorpio would be a fine pickup as a veteran mid-carder for TNA or WWE.

ANYWAY, to the awkward finish, the referee erroneously made a three count two different times during the match and whoever was running the music started playing "EVERYBODY HERE COMES TOO COLD SCORPIO" before they stopped and lamely restarted the match. Well, after Too Cold Scorpio hit the 450 Splash, the referee made the three count for a third time and there was a weird pause and "EVERYBODY HERE COMES TOO COLD SCORPIO" played again (another highlight) and Sabu just sort of stormed off looking all pissed off. I'm 99% sure Sabu was supposed to go over but they decided to salvage the credibility of the match by not restarting it again. Show ended with the crowd scratching its head and Too Cold Scorpio busting a move like it was 1993.

Anyways, it's nice to go to a show with little to no expectations and end up having a really fun time!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Ed on March 23, 2014, 01:23:05 PM
Cena's Dad has been a manager for years now. He goes by Johnny Superstar.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 23, 2014, 02:39:59 PM
I'm aware that Cena's Dad has been manager for about as long as Cena has been a main eventer. His name's been Johnny Fabulous both times I've seen him. He's okay for what he is as a heel manager but I kind of just wish they'd call him John Cena Sr or Mr. Cena since everybody knows it's him anyway.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: muzzington on March 23, 2014, 07:00:18 PM
John Senior?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on April 27, 2014, 10:51:31 AM
WWE is doing a house show here in Portland the night before Money in the Bank in Boston. First time I'll ever go to a WWE show on back to back nights.  I am so cool.

We're (supposed to be) getting the Daniel Bryan house show and not the Cena house show, which is exciting.

Kind of interesting to see how attendance is since the John Cena house show is in Bangor, two hours up the road. Probably not that much but who knows.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on June 30, 2014, 12:24:24 AM
http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wwe/wwe-live-report-from-the-civic-center-in-portland-maine-6-28-14/#.U7FkzvldXd4
My recap of the house show I went to Saturday night.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on September 13, 2015, 03:21:24 AM
The house show in Edmonton sounded interesting the other night.

Supposedly Cesaro pulled that MVP move and did the Crippler Crossface in Benoit's hometown.

The main event was Rollins-Reigns.  Braun and Harper attacked Reigns but Ambrose and Wyatt must've been in the other town.  Guess who were the first responders to save Reigns? CURTIS AXEL AND DAMIEN SANDOW.  After they got beat down, Cesaro did the show closing save but super random.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on September 15, 2015, 10:30:14 AM
I've kind of noticed with the house show coming up next month here in Portland that WWE is not only not even bothering to advertise matches in their ads for the show but they aren't even advertising particular guys for the show (although the website mentions (and the ads show but don't name) Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Wyatts, Cesaro, and Big Show). I guess they got fed up with people ignoring the whole "Cards Subject to Change" aspect over the years.

Also for some reason they're advertising this show as WWE's first appearance in Portland, Maine since 2012 and they were here last summer! No idea why they would do that. Maybe tricking people to thinking WWE hasn't been here in three years instead of one and a half will get them to sell a few more tickets.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on October 12, 2015, 07:44:28 AM
WWE just announced its gonna have its third show in Maine in a little over two months. They're coming again night before TLC in December.  Kind of odd since it doesn't seem like there's a whole hell of a lot of demand (all of the house shows I've been to in the past 10 years, minus one, have been marginally attended.

I guess it's different because they're gonna have it in Lewiston (45 minutes North of Portland) and they haven't had a show there since 2005. It's only a 3,000 seat arena so there's a somewhat reasonable shot of it selling out. I think they've come to Lewiston only 3 or 4 times in my lifetime.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on October 12, 2015, 08:02:09 AM
Seems like they doing a ton of northeast shows this year.

Smackdown taping here in a couple weeks.  Found the seller on eBay with seats on the entry aisle.  Last time we got those seats, people thought I knew the wrestlers personally because they all interacted with me.  Trying to talk my buddy into dropping the higher price to chat with guy's and try to end Sasha's engagement.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on October 12, 2015, 08:10:23 AM
Seems like they doing a ton of northeast shows this year.
Yeah, it might be cost cutting due to the launch of Network. Boston's got 3 shows a year the past two years instead of the usual two a year it's had since end of Attitude era.

I also think Vince's a tiny bit sentimental about Maine since that's where Vince Sr sent him to promote shows when he got in the business in the early '70s. Vince McMahon even made an appearance at a random house show in Augusta in '03ish to cut a heel promo on the crowd. One of the few things I really regret missing out during the period from '03 to '06 where I wasn't really following rasslin. I've seen Vinnie Mac live once but it was only a non-speaking appearance where he powerwalked out to confront Cena but got held back by Triple H & Stephanie in a weird, dark match segment after Survivor Series 2013. Love to be there in person for a Vince heel promo, for some reason.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on October 12, 2015, 08:15:21 AM
Heel Vince is just something classic to see.  Never realized the ME connections but makes sense.  Glad you knew where I was going with the extra shows.  Feel like I was waiting for "duh" responses after I hit post.

Only time I recall seeing Vince live was they called him out after Summerslam to celebrate his birthday when I went in 2003.  Don't think he was on the real show and he was in casual dress.  For some reason I think even off camera he took an Angle Slam on a chair or something wacky because that's how you celebrate a 50-something birthday when you are Vinnie Mac.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on October 15, 2015, 03:09:52 AM
The Lewiston Colisee is actually advertising the WWE A lineup for the house show there night before TLC. Basically every major current star except for Cena (who'll still be out then, I think), Orton, and New Day ( >:(). I'm guessing with NXT in Europe that week, they might actually be doing only one house show that weekend.

Pretty cool. It's fairly rare for Maine to get an A show even at the house show level. :)
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on April 07, 2016, 03:45:53 PM
Just went to an NXT House show, and while it was disappointing that a few key names were missing, like Bayley and Joe, it was overall a really fun time.  Man did it fucking start off slow though.

Match 1: No Way Jose over Riddick Moss. Jose seems to be Yet Another Dancing Gimmick(tm) but he had enough energy to pull it off at least.  His finisher is uh....questionable at best. It's a punch. That's it.  He just punched the guy in the head and pinned him.

Match 2: Elias Sampson over John Skyler. It's an Elias Sampson match, the less said the better.

Match 3: Alex Riley over Blake (w/o Alexa, and with surprisingly boring normal hair)  Riley played face, but the crowd didn't really feel like cheering either guy. Hey, I said it started slow.

Match 4:  Eva Marie over Carmella. Holy shit, that Eva heat was NUCLEAR.  The most hated person the entire night. Her complete lack of talent is actually perfect for NXT, because that makes sure that almost nobody will ironically cheer for her.  Match was pretty bad because Eva is Eva and it's not like Carmella is THAT much better. Eva won with her feet on the ropes, then Carmella dumped her out of the ring post match.

Match 5:  American Alpha over The Revival.  Probably the best match of the night, even if it was mostly a redo of their match from Takeover. Revival were surprisingly popular with the crowd, but not at AA levels.  Gable pins Dawson(I think?  I forgot) after reversing a magistral cradle attempt.

Match 6:  Austin Aries over Manny something. Didn't catch his last name, but whoever he was the crowd loved him. To the point where Aries called an audible and started wrestling heel midway through the match, and then let Manny have the ring to get chants and applause post match.

Match 7:  Asuka over Peyton Royce.  Basically an extended squash, but a fun one. Pre match Eva Marie interrupts to say she's stolen the Women's title and Asuka will have to fight her for it at the house show tomorrow, 2 hours away. I mean, is there anyone that suddenly decides to buy house show tickets at the last minute because of this?  What's the point?

Main Event:  Finn Balor/Shinsuke Nakamura over Baron Corbin/Tye Dillinger.  One of these four just doesn't belong. Holy crap did the place go nuts for both Finn and Nakamura. There wasnt really a whole lot of actual *wrestling* in the first half of this match, but the crowd really didn't care. It was pretty damn cool to be only the second crowd to see Nakamura in NXT (Pretty sure this was the first post-Takeover show at least)

So yeah, there was a lot of sitting on my hands for the first few matches, but from the Eva/Carmella match on, I had a pretty great time.   Yes, EVA MARIE was the turning point. What just happened?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: KingPK on April 07, 2016, 03:53:48 PM
They taped TV at Axcess so you were the third crowd.

No Bayley is really interesting since you'd think she is a main draw for these things.  Was she advertised?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on April 07, 2016, 04:18:28 PM
Bayley and Joe were both advertised(along with Sami and Crews) until they got pulled from the "Scheduled to Appear" list earlier this week
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Damaramu on April 09, 2016, 03:08:01 AM
I'm going to the OKC show in May. Who knows who I'll get by then.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on March 21, 2017, 04:29:17 PM
So, I'm going to a SD house show on Sunday, and, man, I feel like I just had the fucking rug pulled out from under me.   The arena for the show had been advertising Cena vs AJ in a "Raleigh Street Fight"  (which I'm assuming is a normal street fight except you get automatically DQ'd if you try to go in the women's bathroom) and tonight they changed it to Cena vs Miz.   That should still be fine but.....it's just not Cena vs AJ.   Not even close.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 25, 2017, 04:34:28 PM
Went to a RAW house show here in the great city of Portland, Maine last night.

Top three most notable things. 1. How huge crowd was. I spent whole week telling my fairweather friends that show wouldn't be anywhere close to sold out. And show was p. much a sellout. Biggest crowd for WWE in Portland since Attitude Era, I think. Pretty damn packed. 2. How different (improved maybe?) house show set up is. They've got camera men now and some of the elaborate entrances (Bailey's inflatable huggers, New Day's Booty O boxes). I kind of like the simple setups for house shows but I guess it's good to bring some of A shows to these B towns. 3. My section of nerds got huge "Curtis Axel" and Axelmania" chants going. Like he was legit one of Top Five most over babyface of the night and I kind of think they changed the result of throwaway six man tag he was in to appease the AXELMANIACS RUNNING WILD!

Big Cass (with Enzo) defeated Jinder Mahal with East River Crossing

Curtis Axel & Golden Truth beat Titus O'Neil and The Shining Stars when Curtis Axel hit the Atomic Legdrop on one of the Colons.

Titus O'Neil razzed the crowd and issued an open challenge for another match, which led to...

Sin Cara beating Titus O'Neil with moonsault.

Austin Aries defeats Neville in non-title match with Discus Forearm

The Club beat New Day and Sheamus & Cesaro in triple threat match for WWE Tag Team Titles via heel chicanery.


Intermission.

Bayley, Dana Brooks, and Sasha Banks beat Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, and Charlotte in six woman tag.

Kevin Owens cuts heel promo on Portland, Maine (BOOO! I DIDN'T COME HERE TO BE INSULTED! *shakes fist*) and about how he'll be a US Champion that can make this country proud. This brings out his ol' friend Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn defeats Kevin Owens by DQ after Samoa Joe runs in. Joe and KO (Two Tons of Fun?) pummel Zayn until Roman Reigns makes the save. He makes some corny insults before proposing a tag team match. Even though Teddy Long isn't anywhere to be found, looks like we've got a main event playa.

Roman Reigns & Sami Zayn beat Samoa Joe & Kevin Owens after Reigns hits KO with the Spear. They were definitely (understandably) working at a "It's eight days before Mania, let's try to not get hurt" pace for 3/4ths of this match but it had a very hot finish. Roman Reigns seemed to be playing a straight up babyface here, ignoring his recent heelish/tweener leanings.

Overall, kind of ho hum show but went with a lot of new fans and it was a hot crowd so it was a fun evening that was enjoyed by all. Plus we helped make Curtis Axel's day.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on March 26, 2017, 01:57:19 AM
http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2017/0326/624491/man-passes-away-during-wwe-live-event-in-portland/
My friend's brother works security at arena and says that guy with Downs Syndrome that this guy was with didn't want to leave with police because he wanted to keep watching the matches. :(
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on March 26, 2017, 03:27:41 AM
I forgot about this thread. Went to an event for the first time in 7 years earlier this month. It was a decent, energetic crowd in La Crosse WI. Four title matches!

Bray Wyatt beat AJ Styles to retain world title in the main event. The only match announced prior to the show was an IC title triple threat of Ambrose, Styles, and Corbin. When Ambrose and Corbin went before the intermission we started to hope that Bray-Styles was the new main. Very good match with more high spots than expected.

 Alexa Bliss won a 4-way match with Tamina, Natalya, & Mickie James to retain women’s title. Nothing wrong with the match. Weird to have an all heel 4-way, though.

Heath Slater/Rhyno beat Tyler Breeze/Fandango in the first match of the second half. None of the 4 were advertised in advance. It was neat to see Rhyno 17 years later after he lost to Mike Awesome in the main event of an ECW show in La Crosse.

Dean Ambrose beat Baron Corbin by dq to retain IC title. Corbin used a folding chair. Crowd loved Ambrose.

Kalisto/Mojo Rawley beat the Ascension. Crowd was really into the face team.

Apollo Crews squashed Curt Hawkins after Hawkins tried to vulture his way to an easy win over the just-defeated Apollo.

Dolph Ziggler pinned Apollo Crews. Good match. Dolph kept getting respectful cheers but, after enough Ravishing Rick Rude-ing, was getting heat by the end. Apollo got several pops for his athletic spots.

American Alpha beat the Usos to retain tag titles. Fun match to start the card. Suplexes!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: fazzle on March 26, 2017, 02:17:02 PM
Just got back from the house show I posted about earlier this week.   Thankfully the main was the originally advertised match, with AJ vs Cena in a street fight.

Show started with Orton beating Miz, Orton was probably the 3rd most over person on the show (with AJ and Cena being #2 and #1) and Miz had some cheers at first, but he also used a Rick Rude promo to turn them into boos.

Then we went to jobberpalooza for a while as the next two matches were Slater/Rhyno/Crews/Mojo over Breezango/Vaudevillains (Rhyno gored Tyler for the pin) and Kalisto over Curt Hawkins.   I'm not even sure if the people in the arena knew who Hawkins was.

After those two, it was Wyatt over Harper to retain the WWE title.   Wyatt was hilariously out of character during the match.   Forcing Dasha (I think it was Dasha) to repeat her introduction of him to do it the RIGHT way, and then every time he had Harper down he went to the corner and made her do it again.   She probably intro'd him a dozen times during the match.  Also he was flexing his muscles during rest holds and throwing crotch chops at the crowd.   Weird, but great.    After that it was intermission.

First match back was a 6 woman tag with Becky, Tamina and Asuka (....weird fucking trio) beating Alexa, Nattie and Carmella when Mickie, the guest ref, pushed Alexa into the Dis-arm-her.

Ambrose retained the IC title over Corbin by DQ when Corbin hit him with a chair.   Based on snuffbox's post it looks like they've been running that finish for weeks now with the house shows.

Cena over AJ in a street fight for the main event.   It wasn't on par with their PPV matches, obviously, but on a house show scale it was still a really good match.  Ya know, except for the part where they fought into the crowd and the majority of people couldn't see shit cause they didn't put it on the big screen.  Crowd was RIDICULOUSLY hot for this match, as you would expect.

Like Kamala said, most guys seemed to be working at a "don't risk anything before Mania" pace, but it was still a fun show overall.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Nymyzys on April 12, 2017, 09:59:59 AM
I'm going to my first NXT show tomorrow, which is in Atlanta.  Have any of you been to an NXT live event?  How is the atmosphere?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on July 31, 2017, 03:26:53 AM
I'm going to my first NXT show tomorrow, which is in Atlanta.  Have any of you been to an NXT live event?  How is the atmosphere?

I went to my third NXT house show this past weekend in St. Paul and it was really good.

The first show I saw was a house show Mania 31 weekend in San Jose, which always will be the barometer of excellence for me in terms of NXT non-televised shows as this one had an incredible buzz and feel to it, since it was the hardcore Mania-going fanbases first real taste of NXT out of Orlando and it was a pretty excellent show.

Second one was last Sept in St. Paul and was alright, but quite honestly nothing too special.

This one this past weekend, also in St. Paul, though, was quite honestly the best non-TV wrestling show I've been to in quite some time. I'm sure most of the reason was Shawn Michaels actually working with the talent on this weekend tour, and it certainly showed.

The crowd got jacked for most of the show thanks in part to one of the best openers I've ever seen live before, easily the best house show opener I've ever checked out in Gargano/Killian Dain. This was by far the best I've seen Killian work in NXT, and taking out the CWC and Takeover stuff, this was the best Gargano singles match I've seen him have as well. They were given pushing 20 minutes time and did they ever get the crowd into this with really high impact stuff. Gargano was also homaging HBK a handful of times as well, which wasnt just coincidence I'm sure. Anyway I'm hoping this match opens up an idea to start a singles feud with them as it would benefit both greatly.

The rest of the card was pretty on point, too. Mandy Rose and Ember Moon was WAY better than I figured, and Itami/Ohno was much better than the TV stuff so far. Very stiff and PWGeque to be honest with that one. Heavy Machinery were MASSIVELY over with a strange but effective layout of their match with Sanity. Essentially they milked the bear hug spot to encompass the entire match somehow, as they kept going back to it effectively and it didn't kill the crowd, more got them into it further.

Another strong match at the middle of the show was Black/McIntyre vs Velveteen/Almas. Everyone came off like a sta

And then the main of Strong/Roode was excellent to finish off a great card. This was so much better than their TV match as well, similar to Onho/Itami.

I would guess Michaels was given tons of praise from everyone top to bottom for his work on at least this card (I would assume the entire weekend) as he certainly knew how to play to the strengths of virtually every worker on this tour. I hope they have him more involved now with NXT day to day operations creatively and in laying out TV matches. It will pick up the pace that NXT desperately needs.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: grapeswasmurdered on July 31, 2017, 04:58:00 PM
I went to one another few weeks ago and it was good but nothing special. I'm not really into anyone on the roster that was there and only a few guys in general. I like Asuka aop and drew but I'm not a huge fan of any of them. It was better than any of the indy shows I've been to but not as good as any of the other wwe house shows or the time tna came to BC ages ago
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on June 12, 2018, 01:42:58 AM
I'm planning to go to the Smackdown house show in Dubuque this Saturday. I get paid from 2 jobs on Friday so I might buy something. What is the t-shirt selection like at live events? Will the legends shirts be there or just SD workers & the big sellers?
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Firmino of the 909 on June 12, 2018, 05:03:15 AM
They usually don't have legends shirts at all.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: snuffbox on June 12, 2018, 05:11:01 AM
Buncha jerks.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Kahran Ramsus on August 27, 2018, 03:11:54 PM
Went to the Peterborough, Ontario Smackdown house show tonight.  It was my first show in years, so it was interesting to see how things had changed since the last time.  There was a lot more crowd interaction than I remember with fan votes, tweets appearing on the big screen, trivia, and the like.  Most of the wrestlers had arrived before I did, but I did get to meet Jeff Hardy.  Speaking of which, 909 wasn't kidding that he is really over with live crowds.  Hardy was the only guy on the entire card that I had actually seen live before to give you an idea how long it has been.

Byron Saxton served as the host/ring announcer and while we were waiting for the show to start there was a fan vote to determine which former Summerslam match we would watch.  Bret/Bulldog won with 61% of the vote.

Matches were mostly standard house show-type stuff, but I'm fine with that.  Everyone that they advertised was there, so that was good.

New Day defeated The Bar in the opener to retain the tag titles.  Xavier wasn't there.  The Bar wasn't advertised, but I was hoping to see them since they are my favourite team in the company.

Shelton Benjamin defeated Tye Dillinger.  Poor Dillinger can't even get a win at a house show in his home province.  I actually quite liked this match though and both guys were working hard.  Probably the second best match of the evening after the main event.

Rusev & Lana defeated Andrade Cien Almas & Zelina Vega with double Accolades after Aiden English interfered.  Vega & Almas arguably got the most heat of anybody on the show.

Bobby Roode defeated Mojo Rawley.  Roode, being from Peterborough, was super over and won clean with the Glorious DDT.  He was heavily pushed in the advertising leading up to the show and at the merchandise stand.

Charlotte defeated Carmella via DQ when Becky Lynch ran in during the Figure 8.  Basically a squash before that.  Asuka made the save and it was made into a tag match, where Charlotte again beat Carmella with the Figure 8.  Loud "Becky" chants throughout the match. 

Intermission

Karl Anderson defeated Luke Harper with a rollup after Harper was distracted by Gallows.  Typical give everyone time to get back in their seats match.  Obviously this was originally supposed to be a tag match between the two teams.

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated The Miz & Jeff Hardy in a Triple Threat match.  Miz was great, doing the whole Ravishing Rick Rude intro speech word-for-word and stalling forever so he could take his gear off one bit at a time.  Then he tried to get into a karate match with Nakamura.  His Daniel LaRusso-style Crane Kick ended in failure.

AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe with the Phenomenal Forearm in the match of the night.  Crowd was divided with dueling Styles and Joe chants.  Joe and Becky were the only two heels on the show to get significant face pops.

Overall, I had a real good time.  The roster on both brands is arguably as good as it has ever been so it is a good time to go to house shows.


Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Super Leather on November 08, 2018, 07:52:59 AM
I visited Portland last week and caught a local promotion called Blue Collar Wrestling the last night I was there. Apparently they run out of an Elks Lodge in the St. John's neighborhood. There were maybe 50-60 people there. I had a great time being around old ladies, little kids, and pre-teen marks who couldn't care less about Dave Meltzer. All of the heels were working yuppie/tech bro/frat boy gimmicks while the babyfaces were either working Joe types or wacky metal dudes. We sat behind a pair of kids who were calling the heels pussies and flipping them off as Redneck Dad and Drunk Uncle looked on in approval.

Real wrestling fans. I love them.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 05, 2020, 07:46:39 AM
NXT is doing a house show in town at a venue I’ve never seen wrestling at on Friday.  Got tickets with my buddy.  I got an email where they are still trying to sell tickets and it is advertising DIY vs Unsisputed in a tag title match and Ripley vs Bianca.

Assume the women’s match will be a fun warmup for the Takeover match but was surprised to see DIY.  Had heard they weren’t doing the touring shows anymore but maybe they are working this loop based on it being tag matches.  I think it was around Survivor Series where a bunch of advertised talent ended up not on the shows anyway, so we will see.

First NXT house show, haven’t been to an untelevised event since a February 2014 house show, which was first one of those I had been to in a long time.  Last show I went to was 2019 Rumble weekend double header of Takeover and Rumble.  This will have a fairly quick turnaround too because Smackdown is airing from where the Coyotes play on 2/21.  Never been to the handful of shows held there as WWE mostly uses the Suns arena.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 07, 2020, 11:34:47 AM
Got to the venue before my friends so I am waiting outside.  Gray haired guy vaping in an Orange Cassidy shirt passive aggressively talks about fighting a guy in a Gargano shirt because “Johnny Wrestling sucks”.  Gonna be a good night.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 07, 2020, 11:41:43 AM
Nodded when some guy got dropped off in a Bret Hart singlet but now some guy just came up full Sting - face paint and trench coat - so looks like I die tonight.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 07, 2020, 11:48:07 AM
Guy making a scene and making signs near me is claiming to be Dorian Mak’s uncle

Doesn’t sound like any of the group familiar with the product because they are shocked people aren’t familiar with him
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Bernie Bro Kamala on February 07, 2020, 02:19:52 PM
FINALLY...Baby Shoes Live Blogs HAVE COME BACK to TRTSM.com
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: muzzington on February 07, 2020, 04:36:40 PM
A friend of mine from Australia scored tickets to the Phoenix show I think. I don't think he'd make a scene.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 07, 2020, 04:49:01 PM
I was just posting stuff til my people arrived.  Heading to bed now but I will probably post a recap tomorrow.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Super Leather on February 08, 2020, 06:25:29 AM
Going to the WWE house show at the Oracle Arena tonight. Main event is supposed to be Bray Wyatt vs. D-Bry vs. the Miz. Stoked!
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: Baby Shoes on February 08, 2020, 12:25:50 PM
A friend of mine from Australia scored tickets to the Phoenix show I think. I don't think he'd make a scene.

That's interesting.  Were they coincidentally visiting people here?  I just sent visitors from Australia back a few weeks ago.  Need to go myself but that flight seems brutal.

Here's my show recap:

Got into the venue, which I only ever have been to once when going to see Dave Chappelle back in 2015.  Coincidentally, that show was the same day as Wrestlemania 31.  I was not sure how the venue would play out for wrestling since it is a concert space but the intimate space was awesome.

Walking in, the ring was down where the pit would be in front of the stage and a couple rows of seats were set up on the stage along where the "entrance ramp" was.  As I had heard from NXT shows, I could hear the video board playing something with Shinsuke's music and then they were showing Asuka's NXT exit.  There was a huge line for (presumably) the lone merch stand but nothing jumped out as needing to get.  When I went to Takeover and the Rumble last year they had a couple city specific shirts, which is normal for a big event.  No interest in paying the marked up prices on the normal shirts, especially when WWEShop had them on sale the same day.  Plus I have too many damn wrestling shirts anyway.

Got to our seats which were much better than I realized from the seating chart.  We were basically in the second row of non-floor seats but had a direct shot to the ring, looking very close.

First up was Keith Lee vs. Damien Priest.  Priest probably showed the most personality I've ever seen from him, which includes his time in ROH.  In the intimate setting, he was very audible in the ring and was essentially cracking jokes during the feat of strength spots with Lee.  This match actually made me a bigger Priest supporter than I had been.  The downside of once people realize the intimate setting and laughing along with the wrestlers in the ring, is everyone in the crowd thinks they need to make jokes too.  Most of them unfunny.  The best were probably some kid from the family that I saw when waiting to go in where even the three year old had at least gold chains.  So you knew they were legit anyway.  Of course the kid innocently making funny comments led to some guy later in the show trying to start a "This Kid's Awesome" chant because wrestling fans.

As for the match, a lot of fun spots from the big men and audience interactivity - the new North American Champ gets the win.

Jesse Kameaa came out for the next match and I think she was the one that used to do that weird nerd gimmick but now she seems to be doing kinda what Vanessa Bourne was doing when she was getting used.  They gave her a mic for a really rough promo where she talked about being glad to move from Phoenix and was rambling about Candace LeRae.  It was weird to the point I thought someone missed their music queue for Candice to come out but then she introduced her tag partner, which was Dakota guy.  Some guy behind me yelled DAKOTA SUCKS to which I replied YOU SUCK but I don't think he caught it.  Candice was out next, followed by Teagan Nox who charged the ring and went ham on Dakota.  Basically a paint by numbers women's tag.  Jesse definitely needs more work but they gave her time to mix with the established crew.  A guy near me that kept throwing out desperate for attention comments all night made some cringy comment about needing to wrestle like men or something that escapes me.  It was really awkward.  Nothing super memorable but the babyface team went over.

I had been talking to someone in my group how I hoped we at least got Garza to show up because I knew Jordan Devlin (who I was hoping for) and Lio Rush were booked for 205 Live that night.  Shortly after saying that, Garza's music hit.  I tried to get others to agree to join me in joining Garza with the pants rip but I was surrounded by cowards.

I was curious who would face Garza, since he's been shoehorned as a Cruiserweight and they were off doing TV elsewhere.  That brought out Shane Thorne.

Garza does his kiss routine ringside and some guy popped up.  I couldn't tell if the guy or Garza chickened out of doing it but people were laughing.  This prompted some guy that I've seen at other events around town to pop up and start trying to convince Thorne to do the kiss spot with him.  Thorne does an awesome reluctant heel spot and then does it and sells it like he made a big mistake while Garza does a grossed out reaction in the ring.  The crowd popped pretty crazy for it.  Garza did not take this opportunity to rip off his pants.  Before starting the match, Thorne then tried to get the female ring announcer to do the kiss spot and she punched him in the mouth.

These two worked well together because Shane is a little slept on and I love Garza.  One of my buddies brought his wife.  Between the kiss spots and the spots in the match where Garza and Thorne were spanking each other, she had some questions.  This made me long for the pants ripping even more.  Sadly that spot didn't happen until about thirty seconds before Garza took the win.

One of the guys in my group went up to the bathroom.  I had told them walking in about Dorian Mak's uncle outside.  Apparently Dorian Mak approached him in the restroom to tell him that he was his uncle.  Glad buddy has a proud uncle.  After I had posted earlier I had heard how some lady at his work is in love with Mak, uncle calls him Yeti because of how big he is and he had to be explained to that he is a heel and what that is, which he was telling the rest of the group.

Kushida came out next, which excited me as he was another not previously advertised.  I was curious who they booked him against since he doesn't really have anything going on for TV right now and was pleasantly surprised when the Undisputed Era theme hit.  I was not expecting to see Roderick Strong vs. KUSHIDA, which I think was probably the match of the night.  The two went back and forth and had a good match.  When it was really quiet, some guy yelled at Roddy to go back to Ring of Honor.  This was met to almost no reaction although
 one guy near me had said to the person with him "Who wishes that on someone?" At one point Roddy went over the rail to go to someone else in the crowd.  I was surprised they kept the spotlight on it so thought maybe it was planned.  I saw someone's recap on Reddit where a guy claimed that some guy yelled to Roddy about his "hot wife" and Roddy went in on him and stuck his hands in his tights when the guy tried to get a handshake.  Seemed odd.

After the match, we got a vignette for BABATUNDE.  He was walking down some graffitti hallway that I presume was in the venue, when two kids rushed him for autographs.  He signed and talked about how he is excited to be making his touring show debut and no better place than Phoenix.  I know he worked Saudi Arabia and the Florida loops, didn't realize (or validate) that information but they managed to get a cheap pop.

Dorian Mak's long awaited Tron video came up next.  I just saw a picture of this guy the other day.  I don't remember if it was him or somewhere else but he is the guy that looks like Christopher Daniels ate all the steroids.  I also learned today he is former NXT Legend Dan Matha, so there is that too.  His tag team partner was introduced and it was Austin Theory, which was another surprise to me since I'd heard the hype on him since prior to his joining WWE.  After they were both in the ring, Mak got on the mic.  He started off by criticizing how quiet the crowd was, which I often feel at shows in Phoenix but then I let out a WTF laugh when suggests the crowd gets a blood test because they probably have Low T.  My friends advised me not to rebut by shouting my personal medical history out at Mak.

I did spot uncle and his crew making a scene maybe about twenty rows behind me.  I was confused by how small the signs he had been making got but then I remembered they were actually telling people they couldn't bring signs over a certain size in, so they probably whittled them down on the way in.  Mak made a comment about one of the two reasons he was even at this place was to wrestle in front of his uncle Chris and then he did something to put over Theory.  He actually wasn't too bad on the mic, outside some of the stupid lines.  Theory did some generic heel work on the mic before they were interrupted by the Broserweights entrance video.

Broserweights worked a fun match while still getting the audience to care about two guys the bulk of the audience did not know.  Nothing super special but a fun showing.  Riddle and Dunne worked the crowd after the match, Dunne taking the finger snapping pictures with people around the ring.

The ring announcer got in the ring and told people time for intermission and plugged the sale of Matt Riddle and Undisputed Era signed photos and a mystery bag that guaranteed 3 shirts but everyone's would be different.  Those items could've been interesting but I didn't feel like fighting the crowds.

Prior to intermission wrapping, the ring announcer was trying to get some life out of the crowd and really seeming to fight getting the response they wanted.

Intermission ended with Cameron Grimes coming out.  I really feel like I should've come to the show in his top hat, leather vest and underoos combo.  Maybe next time.  Cameron was the matchup for Babatunde.  Babatunde comes out and throws Grimes around after a posedown.  As seen by the end of his TNA run, Grimes can play the goofy heel really well, so it was fun.  The match started going way longer than I expected but it led to Grimes actually getting the win after coming off the top with his Stomp finisher.  They had this weird lingering moment with Babatunde looking remorseful in the ring after his loss which was almost reminiscent of a guy losing in his last shot or retirement match.  I really had the urge to get a THANK YOU chant for Babatunde.  It was super odd.

This led to one of the two advertised matches of the night, Rhea Ripley defending her championship against Bianca Belair.  This match was interesting because both were super over during their entrances.  I don't know if people got tired or just weren't decisive on who they wanted to cheer for but during the match were several spots where the audience was the most quiet I had heard it all night.  I like both these two and have been hyped for their Portland match but I really hope this match isn't what they have planned for that show.  Though not awful, this may have been the biggest letdown of the night.  Rhea goes over but if this is what they are do next weekend, probably will be the weakest match of the night.

I think prior to the main event was the awkward moment where the lady ring announcer told some guy in the front row people were just trying to have a nice time, and it didn't seem like a joke, so no idea what happened there. 

DIY had their music hit, which was good due to the rumors that Ciampa was hurt.  Both seemed to be moving fine, as I know they had said Johnny's touring schedule had been lessened too.  O'Reilly and Fish came out and were doing yapping at DIY.  Humorous pre-match spot was Fish tossing his t-shirt in disrespect at DIY.  When they were going to give it to someone in the crowd, UE went bonkers, leading DIY to play keep away before Ciampa handed it to a child in the crowd.  This led Undisputed to throw a temper tantrum.  Fun match with both teams going full speed.  They found a way to work the same spot from Worlds Collide where Johnny joined Ciampa on the self-congratulatory apron spot, which the crowd ate up.  As it seemed like the match was heading home and DIY had the upperhand, Roddy and the unadvertised Adam Cole ran out and put boots to DIY.  This led to the Broserweights coming out too. 

Undisputed had the upper hand and Adam Cole was bragging in the ring but then Velveteen's music hit and he came out with a steel chair.  Dream cleared out the UE, which led to Cole being in the ring with all five babyfaces.  Cole started trying sucking up to the faces by doing their signature poses, which was pretty funny.  The final pose he tried to do was the Rick Rude hip swivel for Dream.  Dream started doing it back before nailing him with the super kick leading to all the faces hitting their finishers.  At this point, the babyfaces were hanging out and Ciampa and Gargano made makeshift headbands off of Dream's shirt that he tore off.  Gargano tried doing the hip swivel, which led Ciampa to try.  He played along like he couldn't stop until Dream took off his weight belt and spanked him.  You could tell all these guys liked each other and were playing around.  There were moments where it was probably the most "out of character" I felt I've ever seen Dream, even seeing him in dark segments before.  They were trying to get Dunne to do it, which off course he was disgusted by and Riddle kept doing it unsolicited with much enthusiasm.  They got some crowd participation for the group to assist Dunne. 

DIY then wanted to close off by doing a record hip swivel and get the whole building but they decided they wanted to call out Scotty 2 Hotty.  Dream ended up going to the back.  After a minute or so, he came back out and then they hit Scotty's theme.  Scotty came out acting reluctant and did some spots in the ring teasing walking away.  He did a worm, they did the whole room hip swivel and called it a night.

That was my third NXT show, first house show for them.  Had a great time and loved the use of the smaller venue.  High recommendation if you get a chance.
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: muzzington on February 08, 2020, 03:57:12 PM
A friend of mine from Australia scored tickets to the Phoenix show I think. I don't think he'd make a scene.

That's interesting.  Were they coincidentally visiting people here?  I just sent visitors from Australia back a few weeks ago.  Need to go myself but that flight seems brutal.



He moved over there with his girlfriend over two years ago now and really likes it.

Sounds like he got a good show. 
Title: Re: House Shows/Live Events thread
Post by: RedJed on February 24, 2020, 01:54:40 AM
Went to what ended up being the unofficial tenth anniversary show of sorts for NXT last night at a house show in St. Paul, MN. NXT actually started on Feb 23, 2010 at a combined NXT/SD taping in Milwaukee that I ended up attending as well back then (this was the show headlined by Bryan/Jericho). So yesterday was the legitimate ten year anniversary to the exact date.

While it didn't feel super special (although Ciampa and Co. did a post-main event speech talking about the anniversary) there was certainly some greatness on this one. Opener was strong work with Dijakovic and Priest. Good 10-12 minutes of work.

Also, Rik Bugez (why did they change his name???!!) shined in a match with the former Sam Shaw, now known as Dexter Lumis. Lumis has an eerie entrance theme similar to a horror soundtrack. Bugez's shtick is perfect for house shows and I can see him getting way over once he gets the ball to run with. He did a air guitar jam out session with the ref and ring announcer after the match that got the crowd way into the act.

Rhea Ripley was incredibly over in there with Chelsea Green, and Keith Lee and Balor had a fun but short match for the NA title that had a fuck finish with Dijakovic running in to save Lee from a belt shot by Balor that never happened. Ref saw him holding the belt in the ring after taking it from Balor and immediately called the DQ. There was some awesome spots here and there in this match, and hope they do a full longer match on TV soon with these two.

Then came the main, 8 man tag w/ UE vs Ciampa/Dream/Broserweights. Dream looked so less clunky in this match compared to the NXT show last Weds. All in all a hot main for sure.

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