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All-Star Dynamite Delivers, Tournaments Get Underway | Hulbert’s Weekly Match Guide 5/15

It’s a slightly quieter week for the wrestling world, but only slightly. WWE’s World Heavyweight Title tournament gets underway, AEW takes us back to January with a virtual PPV card on Dynamite and NJPW’s Best of the Super Junior gets rolling also. Better yet, Ring of Honor returns to Universal Studios after an extended run […]

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Best of Backlash, Tags & Television Titles | Hulbert’s Weekly Match Guide 5/8

Not long ago, this site hosted ‘The Hoopers Weekly Tour of the World.’ That flame burned bright but sadly, went out slightly sooner than expected. Moving forward, I will be taking on the mantle in some form or fashion but first, I wanted to give The Hooper a chance to conclude his “Tour of the

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Athena vs. Willow Nightingale (ROH on HonorClub) Match Review

Believe it or not, wrestling isn’t complicated. Throughout history, there are simple formulas that have proven themselves time and time again. Maybe it’s a natural stylistic fit, perhaps two contrasting personalities or even a betrayal. If it works, it’s probably been seen somewhere before, creating obvious overlap between each era’s greatest hits. The execution may

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Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay (Wrestle Kingdom 17) Match Review

There were few safer bets in wrestling than Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay stealing the show at Wrestle Kingdom. After all, that’s who both guys have so consistently been, especially in that setting. This was a match with almost impossibly high expectations and yet, they still felt certain to exceed them. At Wrestle Kingdom though,

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FTR vs. The Briscoes (Double Dog Collar) Match Review

Wrestling history will swiftly forget this, but there was something remarkably final about the Death Before Dishonor main event. Taking a 2-0 lead in their series with The Briscoes, FTR had seemingly completed perhaps the finest chapter of their career. With both the original and its sequel, these teams had secured two contenders for Match

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Jamie Hayter vs. Toni Storm (AEW Full Gear) Match Review

After a relatively encouraging few months for the AEW women’s division, Full Gear represented a potential turning point. Improvements had been gradual and frankly, long overdue but with three promoted matches on the PPV card, there was an opportunity to make a major statement. In that sense, the AEW Women’s World Title tilt felt pivotal,

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Jack Perry vs. Luchasaurus (AEW Full Gear) Match Review

Concluding a story that originally had a very different conclusion in mind, Jack Perry and Luchasaurus didn’t enter Full Gear with a great deal of excitement or momentum. In hindsight, that was probably unfair, especially considering their impressive effort on Dynamite but within a loaded line-up, this Steel Cage match almost went under the radar.

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Claudio Castagnoli vs. Dax Harwood (AEW Rampage) Match Review

While hardly mirror images of one another, Claudio Castagnoli and Dax Harwood are very much cut from the same cloth. The pair of tag team specialists represent a resurgent genre of the modern wrestling landscape, blending traditional fundamentals with today’s innovation and zeal. ‘Throwback’ feels like a lazy term at the best of times but

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