Browsing: Hidden Gems

January 2024 was an insane month in the world of professional wrestling, both in front of and behind the camera. But behind the spectacles, controversies and surprises, one thing that has remained consistent is an excellent in ring product. In this article I’ll discuss and break down 10 must watch wrestling matches that you may have missed in January. The standard of wrestling across the world right now is possibly the highest it’s ever been, and while WWE, AEW, TNA and others often take up the headlines, I wanted to showcase some noteworthy matches from elsewhere in the wrestling landscape…

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Despite the promotion flying under the radar since the days of British Strong Style, Walter and Ilja Dragunov, Progress Wrestling is once again proving itself as the most underrated promotion in the professional wrestling industry. Why do we love professional wrestling? I think it’s a question that not only non wrestling fans ask us, but also at times we ask ourselves. What is it about this form of entertainment that draws us in so much? What gives us that ‘feeling’? The ‘feeling’ you simply can’t describe. It’s something that I often wonder, and the answer I usually come to is…

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Cena’s first part of his main event run, was one of the most divisive in the history of the sport. An emotional response from WWE’s fans that showed a great deal of investment in his presence in the business. When compared to the current star power of WWE today, Cena’s run feels like a completely different world. There was a point in time when the marquee value of the World Champion was measured by box office, ratings, merchandise and magazine covers/coverage.  Since the Hogan era, WWF/E valued its top star as the walking representation of their brand’s merit and character…

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AEW

There was a really fun behind the scenes photo of both Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan, during the 2002 nWo invasion storyline, post on one of the many Instagram fan accounts that feature wrestling content. The picture was a moment captured during preparation for a RAW segment, where the nWo and Hogan jumped the shark drive a semi truck through an ambulance, containing a helpless Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Beneath the picture, a comment stated: The two men responsible for turning wrasslin into Wrestling. Respect.  Sigh. Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan chat during the 2002 nWo invasion, BTS of Raw…

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Photo Credit: WWE NXT GREAT: Aoife Valkyrie defeated Jinny in a very good & violent No Disqualification match. Valkyrie sold an injured leg the second half of the match after she went through a table & from there on, the match was wonderful.  Result – Aoife Valkyrie Wins Via Pinfall Dakota Cohen WR Star Rating – 3.75 Stars GOOD: A quick backstage segment where the NEW NXT UK Champion, Ilja Dragunov, talked about how it felt to win the title and he has everything he needs to defend it and remain champion.  AVERAGE: Kenny Williams defeated Oliver Carter to advance…

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Photo Credit: WWE NXT GOOD: Wolfgang defeated Flash Morgan Webster in a very entertaining match with the Driving Spear. Result – Wolfgang Wins Dakota Cohen WR Star Rating – 3.5 Stars GOOD: Amale defeated Nina Samuels in a rare, but good, heel vs heel match with the Hope Breaker.  Result – Amale Wins Dakota Cohen WR Star Rating – 3.25 Stars GREAT: An awesome promo package for WALTER vs Ilja Dragunov was shown next where Ilja talked about how he will take WALTER down at Takeover 36. GREAT: Noam Dar defeated Mark Andrews in a great match to move forward…

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Beautiful Bobby Eaton has sadly passed away at the age of 62. He is known by many fans, historians and wrestlers as one of the greatest in ring wrestlers of all time. From his punches, to his leg drop off the top, to his Alabama Jam, Bobby Eaton could do it all and do it the best. Whether he was part of a tag team with The Midnight Express or a single, Bobby Eaton could make magic. Bobby Eaton could adapt to any style and any type of match, as you are about to see here. He could have wild…

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Photo Credit- All credits for photos go to WWE & Mid South Wrestling ”Stone Cold” Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13, The Midnight Express & Jim Cornette in 1988, Andre The Giant at Wrestlemania 6, Daniel Bryan in 2014, Nikita Koloff in 1986 and Randy Savage at Wrestlemania 7 are all considered some of the best babyface turns of all time. That’s because they accomplished one or multiple of these goals: To earn the fans respect, to earn the fans sympathy and make the person who has turned look even better than they were before hand. Ted DiBiase’s babyface turn in…

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Photo Credit: WWE NXT GREAT: A fantastic promo package opened up NXT UK which hyped up the Iron Man Match in the main event.  AVERAGE: Blair Davenport defeated Xia Brookside in a decent match which made Davenport look very legit.  Result – Blair Davenport Wins Dakota Cohen WR Star Rating – 2.75 Stars AVERAGE: Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff defeated Danny Jones & Josh Morrell in Starz & Mastiff’s debut as a tag team. This was a solid contest. Result – Mastiff & Starz Win Dakota Cohen WR Star Rating – 2.75 Stars MUST WATCH: A-Kid defeated Jordan Devlin in…

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Photo Credit – DDT Pro-Wrestling In 2010, at Japan’s DDT Pro-Wrestling, Daisuke Sekimoto and Masa Takanashi engaged in an absolute classic of “David vs Goliath.” Daisuke Sekimoto was on a monstrous run, ridding of what seemed to be the entire DDT roster. After defeating Shuji Ishikawa, Sekimoto had a hostage-like grip on the KO-D Openweight Championship. It seemed as though there was no one left to step up to Sekimoto, until an ultimate underdog in Masa Takanashi stepped up to the plate. Masa Takanashi would win a Battle Royal to grant the right to challenge anytime, and anywhere, for the…

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