WWE Wrestlemania 34

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Wrestlemania 34 was a shit show with a sweet set. The only good or interesting thing that happened is that Shinsuke Nakamura turned heel after he failed to become WWE Champion against A.J. Styles. Most of the matches were lackluster or just flat out bad. The best was Styles v. Nakamura, but even that massively failed to live up to anything these two have done in the past. Felt like WWE has nothing but contempt for their fans. NXT is the only good thing WWE has going. Fuck this show. Fuck WWE.

PPV RATING: D-

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NXT TakeOver: New Orleans

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NXT TakeOver: New Orleans (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH
Adam Cole def. Ricochet, Lars Sullivan, Velveteen Dream, Killian Dain, and EC3

MY PREDICTION: Dream (0-1)
HARTKNIGHT‘S PREDICTION: Dream (0-1)

★★★★½


NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Shayna Baszler def. Ember Moon (c)

MY PREDICTION: Baszler (1-1)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Baszler (1-1)

★★★½


NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE THREAT MATCH
Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly, Adam Cole) (c) def. Authors of Pain (Akam, Rezar), and Pete Dunne & Roderick Strong

MY PREDICTION: Undisputed Era (2-1)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Undisputed Era (2-1)

★★★★½


NXT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Aleister Black def. Andrade “Cien” Almas (c)

MY PREDICTION: Black (3-1)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Almas (2-2)

★★★★


UNSANCTIONED SINGLES MATCH
Johnny Gargano def. Tommaso Ciampa

MY PREDICTION: Gargano (4-1)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Gargano (3-2)

★★★★★


TakeOver: New Orleans was a wonderful show with my favorite moments being the heel turn of Roderick Strong helping and joining Undisputed Era and when Gargano had second thoughts about stabbing Ciampa with a broken crutch yet still turned around and used Ciampa’s knee brace for his submission win.

Recommended matches: NXT North American Championship match, NXT Tag Team Championship match, and Gargano v. Ciampa

PPV RATING: A

NJPW Sakura Genesis 2018

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NJPW Sakura Genesis 2018 (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

TAG TEAM MATCH
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson) def. Bullet Club (Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Scorpio Sky)

MY PREDICTION: Young Bucks (1-0)
HARTKNIGHT‘S PREDICTION: Young Bucks (1-0)

★★¾


TAG TEAM MATCH
Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano) def. Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Takashi Iizuka)

MY PREDICTION: Chaos (2-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Chaos (2-0)

★¼


NEVER OPENWEIGHT 6-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa) (c) def. Michael Elgin, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe

MY PREDICTION: Bullet Club (3-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Elgin, Taguchi, Makabe (2-1)

★★★


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay, Juice Robinson) def. Chaos (Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi, Jay White)

MY PREDICTION: Taguchi Japan (4-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Chaos (2-2)

★★¾


6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Evil, Sanada)

MY PREDICTION: Suzuki-gun (5-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: L.I.J. (2-3)

★★★¾


3-WAY IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (c) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi) and Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh)

MY PREDICTION: Suzuki-gun (6-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Roppongi 3K (2-4)

★★¾


IWGP JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Will Ospreay (c) def. Marty Scurll

MY PREDICTION: Ospreay (7-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Ospreay (3-4)

★★★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page) def. Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi)

MY PREDICTION: Bullet Club (8-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Golden☆Lovers (3-5)

★★★★¼


IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kazuchika Okada (c) def. Zack Sabre Jr.

MY PREDICTION: Okada (9-0)
HARTKNIGHT’S PREDICTION: Okada (4-5)

★★★★


Sakura Genesis 2018 was a great show that I enjoyed a little more than Strong Style Evolved.

Recommended matches: Bullet Club v. Golden☆Lovers  and Will Ospreay v. Marty Scurll.
PPV RATING: A-