TV Party Tonight!: NXT War Games 2 (Part 2 – Results and Reaction)

OK, here’s my reaction (as jotted down between matches whilst watching live).

If you want to compare and contrast with my expectations to see just how off-base I was, they’re here.

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TV Party Tonight!: NXT War Games 2 (Part 1 – Predictions and Expectation)

Being a wrestling fan in the UK means a certain number of late nights if you want to see major US-based shows live. Sometimes I don’t bother, sometimes I start watching planning on going to bed if it doesn’t pick up, and sometimes I just know I’m going to be glued to the television all night.

Any particular NXT Takeover is going to fall into that last category, but holy shit this WarGames card is absurdly exciting. I can see why they’d only book four matches for it – there isn’t a single bout on the card I’d regard as being likely to run short. On this post, I’m going to lay out my expectations and predictions for the evening, then I’ll do a followup post after the event covering my immediate reaction.

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Going to a Show!: She-1 Series 2018, Pro Wresting:EVE – Part 5, Show 4 Results and Final Thoughts

Here it is – the final card of the weekend.

  1. Charlie Morgan (c) vs. Kay Lee Ray (EVE Championship Match)
  2. Block A Winner vs. Block B Winner vs. Block C Winner (SHE-1 Tournament Finals)

There will also be tiebreaker matches if any of the blocks ended show 3 with tie.

The results, plus my final thoughts on the series as a whole, are below the cut.

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Going to a Show!: She-1 Series 2018, Pro Wresting:EVE – Part 4, Show 3 Results

The card as advertised:

  1. Madison Eagles vs. Millie McKenzie (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  2. Jamie Hayter vs. Viper (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  3. Charli Evans vs. Rhia O’Reilly (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  4. Kasey vs. Kris Wolf (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  5. Jetta vs. Jinny (SHE-1 Block C Match)
  6. Command Bolshoi vs. Toni Storm (SHE-1 Block C Match)

Full breakdown of how it went is under the cut.

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Going to a Show!: She-1 Series 2018, Pro Wresting:EVE – Part 3, Show 2 Results

Here’s the advertised card for this one:

  1. Jamie Hayter vs. Millie McKenzie (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  2. Madison Eagles vs. Viper (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  3. Kasey vs. Rhia O’Reilly (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  4. Charli Evans vs. Kris Wolf (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  5. Jetta vs. Toni Storm (SHE-1 Block C Match)
  6. Command Bolshoi vs. Jinny (SHE-1 Block C Match)

Results and thoughts are below the “read more” cut.

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Going to a Show!: She-1 Series 2018, Pro Wresting:EVE – Part 2, Show 1 Results

The advertised card for this one is as follows:

  1. Jamie Hayter vs. Madison Eagles (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  2. Millie McKenzie vs. Viper (SHE-1 Block A Match)
  3. Charli Evans vs. Kasey (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  4. Kris Wolf vs. Rhia O’Reilly (SHE-1 Block B Match)
  5. Command Bolshoi vs. Jetta (SHE-1 Block C Match)
  6. Jinny vs. Toni Storm (SHE-1 Block C Match)

Under the cut I’ll let you know how it went, but before I get to the spoilers I’ll talk a bit about the venue. It’s small – really small, as in the ring takes up more space than the audience on the floor and the commentary desk and gorilla position are upstairs on the balcony.

That makes it not great if you’re claustrophobic, and it’s mostly standing room only (though arrangements can be made if you absolutely have to sit down or bring in a wheelchair). The plus side is that it’s very intimate; wherever you are, you are close to the action, sometimes very close, and the crowd are generally good at rearranging themselves so everyone can see. Where I was stood, under the balcony, I could even hear a little of the commentary.

Because you’re so close, the wrestlers know how easy it is for you to hear them, so dialogue plays more of a role in matches than it really could in a larger venue. (At one point Jamie Hayter even berated the commentary team for something they’d said.)

It’s a very different experience either to watching wrestling in a larger venue, and an aspect which the video material doesn’t really bring out. That’s a positive in some ways – if someone has a body odour issue in your vicinity you will become aware of it – but nonetheless I’d recommend shows at the Resistance Gallery to folk if the constraints of the venue aren’t a deal-breaker for you.

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Going to a Show!: She-1 Series 2018, Pro Wresting:EVE – Part 1, The Day Before the Show

Is there a better way to debut a pro wrestling blog than going to a live show? If there is, I can’t think of one.

Pro Wrestling:EVE is a local-ish promotion to me (the Resistance Gallery, where they have most of their shows, is about an hour’s tube ride away), and I’d attended  a panel featuring some of the people involved at Nine Worlds 2018. If WWE and Stephanie McMahon like to claim a lot of the credit for giving women’s wrestling the legitimacy it has today, it’s promotions like EVE who are actually working at the coalface doing the hard work. Sure, WWE putting on shows like Evolution a) isn’t nothing and b) simply wouldn’t have been viable without WWE putting a lot of groundwork in to develop their women’s division over a number of years and create new, credible stars.

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