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Papa Awards – My Favorite People, Events, and Promotions of 2016

Wrestling has always been a cyclical affair with me. It has its seasons and patterns that roll through the year with an oddly comforting regularity. We are all accustomed to the watershed events that dot the calendar and many of us look forward with glee to the season that is upon us now. It is pro wrestling awards season! The time to pick the best or the worst or the most improved or the whatever.  My anticipation and interest in the graps reaches a fever pitch this time of year….

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Newscast 01/03/17 ROH Contract Status Updates, CWF Battelcade, AAW, AIW, Beyond, Tier 1, & More

Chris GST and Rich Laconi are here with the first Newscast of 2017. They have tons of news to talk about including contract updates for ROH World Champion Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Shane Taylor. They discuss the ramifications of the Wrestle Kingdom 11 ROH Title match and where this could be leading when it comes to who could win at the Anniversary PPV. Chris runs down a lot of major results from this past weekend including CWF Mid Atlantic Battlecade, AIW, AAW, Beyond Wrestling, and more. They also discuss…

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AIW: Hell on Earth XII Review

Taped on November 25th, 2016 Opening Match:  Hot Young Briley vs. Mike Tolar I don’t know who either of these guys are, but they’ve been in AIW before.  Tolar hits two spears and a jackhammer.  The crowd humorously buys the jackhammer as a finisher because Goldberg is a monster.  Briley is able to ground Tolar and take control.  Briley hits an implant DDT but Tolar responds with rolling suplexes.  Tolar follows with an olympic slam for the win at 5:09.  I didn’t think this match was very good but the…

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AIW 12/30/16 Jelly of the Month Club Results

AIW 12/30/16 Jelly of the Month Club Results Credit: Our own Reece Theberge Shawn Shultz def. Mike Tolar BJ Whitmer w/h The Duke def. Dominic Garrini PB Smooth def. Eddie Kingston The Jollyville Fuck-Its def The Carnies Tracy Williams def. Laredo Kid, Sonjay Dutt, and Joey Janela w/h Penelope Ford Swoggle def Britt Baker Alex Daniels w/h Gregory Iron def Matt Cross to retain the AIW Intense Title Raymond Rowe def Tim Donst It was announced Rowe vs. Prohibition for the AIW Absolute Title will take place at a later…

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AIW: Double Dare 2016: Night Two Review

Taped on September 5th, 2016 Opening Match:  Quarterfinal Round: Massage NV (Dorian Graves and VSK) vs. The Jollyville Fuck-Its (Russ Myers and T-Money) VSK starts the massage antics against Myers but it doesn’t work out too well.  I don’t think the crowd is fully comprehending or enjoying Massage NV’s gimmick.  Graves snaps off a headscissors on T-Money but walks into a lariat.  Massage NV use some double teaming to isolate T-Money until he hits a spinebuster on Graves and makes the tag.  Myers clotheslines VSK a few times and hits…

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AIW: Double Dare 2016: Night One Review

Taped on November 4th, 2016 All eight matches on this show are first round tournament matches. Opening Match:  To Infinity and Beyond (Cheech and Colin Delaney) vs. Space Justice (Dick Justice and Space Monkey) Justice spends the opening minutes of the match trying to wrestle with Delaney.  He snaps off a slingshot armdrag for some reason.  Monkey lands a dive to the floor onto To Infinity and Beyond.  In the ring, Delaney hits a stunner on Monkey into a german suplex from Cheech.  Delaney lands a springboard dive to the…

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AIW: Season of the Witch Review

Taped on October 15th, 2016 Opening Match:  Dr. Daniel C. Rockingham vs. Jake Manning Rockingham demands respect because he went to Yale.  They both refer to their respective handbooks and argue.  They transition into wrestling while reading their handbooks.  Manning connects with a hesitation dropkick.  Rockingham slams his left leg against the apron.  Daniel, please, no limb work.  I’m begging you.  Rockingham takes control until Manning comes back with a backbreaker-flatliner combination.  Manning hits a double underhook DDT but falls victim to a neckbreaker.  Rockingham hits a pedigree variant for…

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AIW 11/25/16 Hell On Earth XII Results

AIW 11/25/16 Hell On Earth XII Results Credit: Our own Reece Theberge Mike Tolar def. Hot Young Briley Louis Lyndon def Eddie Kingston, Eric Ryan, PB Smooth Matt Cross def Colt Cabana To Infinity and Beyond def. Ninja Elite Squad and Dedication Personified Shayna Baszler def Heidi Lovelace to retain the AIW Women’s Championship Space Monkey def Karlee Perez Ethan Page def Brian Cage Crazy Pain def Jollyville Fuck Its to Retain the AIW Tag Team Titles Zack Sabre Jr def Dominic Garrini via Submission Alex Daniels def Laredo Kid…

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AIW: The Whole Shebang – A Farewell to Johnny Gargano Review

Taped on September 23rd, 2016 Opening Match:  Dick Justice and Space Monkey vs. Weird World (Alex Kellar and Evan Adams) Monkey falls for the old “lady of the lake” trick but eventually figures it out.  Adams uses Monkey’s tail to tie his legs together.  Everyone makes a gun motion with their hands and point at each other.  Monkey makes Weird World slip on a banana peel.  Kellar starts to use Adams as a battering ram to some success.  This hardly qualifies as wrestling or comedy.  They’re just doing things.  Weird…

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