Magical Mat-stery Tour: Reflecting on the double digits

So here we are, 75 days into the year, and 98 wrestling matches have been viewed. That’s a lot. They’ve ranged from the good (anything Dragon Gate or Mid-South) to the bad (WWE divas, come on down!) to the ugly (pretty much anything put on by NWA Wrestling Showcase).

Well, with No. 99 likely coming up tonight (mmmm, Memphis DVDVR set…) I felt the need to tip my hat to the double digits.

Some general thoughts:

– NWA Anarchy, a small regional promotion in Georgia, puts out a far superior product compared with TNA. The irony here being that this fed used to be a pipeline for TNA talent when it was known as NWA Wildside.

– Kane and Mike Knox as a duo continue to grow on me.

– Many of the big Mid-South matches have aged remarkably well.

– Oh, and Vladimir Kozlov sucks.

We break it down, after the jump!

THE HARD STATS

Total Days Watching Wrestling In 2009: 32

Longest Streak Of Days Watching: 6

Current Streak: 1

Best Match Of 2009: #58, Elimination Chamber-Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox vs. Edge vs. John Cena, No Way Out ’09

Best Match Overall: #58, Elimination Chamber-Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox vs. Edge vs. John Cena, No Way Out ’09

THE LIST
1. Triple H vs. John Morrison, Tables Match, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/12)
2. Undertaker vs. Shelton Benjamin, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/12)
3. Triple H vs. Miz & Chavo, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/12)
4. WWE Tag Titles-Carlito & Primo vs. Kendrick & Ezekiel, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/13)
5. Triple H vs. Big Show, Last Man Standing, Smackdown! 1/9 episode (1/13)
6. Billy White Cloud vs. Curt Hennig, Portland 5/8/82 (1/13)
7. Mike Miller vs. Rocky Johnson, Portland 5/8/82 (1/13)
8. 2 Out of 3 Falls-Dizzy Hogan, Rip Oliver & Matt Borne vs. Hacksaw Brett Sawyer & Andre the Giant, Portland 5/8/82 (1/13)
9. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. The Miz, Raw 1/12 (1/13)
10. Intercontinental Title-William Regal vs. CM Punk, Raw 1/12 (1/13)
11. Randy Orton vs. Kane, Raw 1/12 (1/13)
12. Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena, Raw 1/12 (1/15)
13. Necro Butcher vs. Abdullah the Butcher, IWA-EC 11/5/04 (1/15)
14. Don Fuji vs. Susumu Yokosuka, Dragon Gate Osaka Special 11/23/06 (1/16; completed 1/18)
15. Sting vs. Hernandez, Impact 1/15 (1/17)
16. Junk Yard Dog & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne, Mid-South 2/16/83 (1/19)
17. Steel Cage Match, Magnum TA & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Butch Reed & Jim Neidhart, Mid-South, 12/25/83 (1/19)
18. Magnum TA & Mr. Wrestling II vs. Midnight Express, Mid-South, 2/10/84 (1/19)
19. Bruiser Brody vs. Abdullah the Butcher, Japan 4/10/81 (1/19)
20. Amazing Red, SAT & Divine Storm vs. Special K, ROH Scramble Madness, 11/16/02 (1/19)
21. Finlay & Matt Hardy vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger, Smackdown 1/16 (1/19)
22. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chris Jericho, Souled Out 98 (1/19)
23. Over The Top Challenge, Raw 1/19 (1/20)
24. Intercontinental Title-CM Punk vs. William Regal, Raw 1/19 (1/20)
25. Undertaker vs. Shelton Benjamin, Smackdown 1/23 (1/24)
26. Shelley vs. Sabin vs. Dutt vs. Bashir, Impact 1/22 (1/24)
27. Claudio Castagnoli vs. El Generico, ROH Race To The Top Finals, 7/28/07 (1/25)
28. ECW Title-Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
29. WWE Women’s Title-Beth Phoenix vs. Melina, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
30. WWE Title-John Cena vs. JBL, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
31. World Title-Jeff Hardy vs. Edge, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
32. Royal Rumble Match, 2009 Royal Rumble (1/25)
33. Axel Bros vs. Young Bucks, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (1/29)
34. Skull Krushers vs. Chris Kadillak and Roger Ruiz, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (1/30)
35. Jerome “LTP” Robinson vs. Mr. Wrestling IV, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (1/30)
36. Rob Adonis & Jeremy Vain vs. Culture Shock, NWA Anarchy 12/29/08 episode (1/30)
37. CM Punk & Mickie James vs. William Regal & Layla, Raw 2/2 (2/2)
38. Cryme Tyme vs. Priceless, Raw 2/2 (2/2)
39. Rey Mysterio Jr. & Kofi Kingston vs. Mike Knox & Kane, Raw 2/2 (2/3)
40. John Cena vs. Chris Jericho, Raw 2/2 (2/3)
41. Adam Pearce vs. TJ Perkins, NWA Wrestling Showcase 1/30 (2/6)
42. Battle Royal for Elimination Chamber spot, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
43. Shelton Benjamin vs. MVP, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
44. Morrison, Miz & Kendrick vs. Truth & Colons, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
45. Umaga vs. Funaki, Smackdown 2/6 (2/9)
46. Dixie Dynomite vs. Dirty White Boy (w/ Ron Wright), Smoky Mountain Wrestling Volunteer Slam 1992 (2/9)
47. Buddy Landell vs. Brian Lee, SMW Volunteer Slam 1992 (2/9) 48. Melina & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix & Jillian, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
49. Cryme Tyme vs. Priceless, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
50. John Cena, Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston vs. Chris Jericho, Mike Knox & Kane, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
51. CM Punk vs. William Regal, Raw 2/9 (2/10)
52. Bryan Danielson vs. Necro Butcher, PWG Giant Sized Annual #4 7/29/07 (2/15)
53. Elimination Chamber-Edge vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs. Big Show vs. Triple H vs. Undertaker, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
54. Randy Orton vs. Shane McMahon, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
55. Jack Swagger vs. Finlay, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
56. Shawn Michaels vs. JBL, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
57. Elimination Chamber-Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox vs. Edge vs. John Cena, No Way Out ’09 (2/15)
58. CM Punk & Cryme Tyme vs. William Regal & Priceless, Raw 2/16 (2/17)
59. Kane vs. Jamie Noble, Raw 2/16 (2/17)
60. Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox, Raw 2/16 (2/17)
61. Melina vs. Beth Phoenix, Raw 2/16 (2/18)
62. Amazing Red vs. Jay Briscoe, ROH Era Of Honor Begins, 2/23/02 (2/19)
63. Rey Mysterio Jr., Latin Lover & Heavy Metal vs. Fuerza Guerrera, Madonna’s Boyfriend & Psicosis, When Worlds Collide (2/23)
64. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. Miz, Raw 2/23 (2/23)
65. Santino, Dolph Ziggler & Beth Phoenix vs. Cryme Tyme & Melina, Raw 2/23
66. Shawn Michaels vs. JBL, Raw 2/23 (2/23)
67. Mike Knox vs. Jamie Noble, Raw 2/23 (2/23)
68. Bob Roop vs. Mike George, Mid-South 12/16/81 (2/24)
69. Mr. Olympia vs. Paul Orndorff, Mid-South 2/3/82 (2/24)
70. Bob Roop vs. Ted DiBiase, Mid-South 4/2/82 (2/24)
71. Junkyard Dog vs. Nick Bockwinkel, Mid-South 6/11/82 (2/24)
72. DJ Gabriel vs. Mark Henry, ECW 2/24 (2/25)
73. Tyson Kidd vs. Jobber, ECW 2/24 (2/25)
74. Paul Burchill vs. Tommy Dreamer, ECW 2/24 (2/25)
75. Jack Swagger vs. Christian, ECW 2/24 (2/25)

AND THE NEW ADDITIONS…
76. Joey Ryan vs. Willie Mack, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (2/26)
77. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdock (how clever) vs. Tito Aquino & Liger Rivera, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (2/26) (Cade and Murdock were treated like big stars by the studio crowd. They’re also giants compared to most guys on the roster.)
78. Colons vs. Morrison & Miz, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28) (Decent tag match but never seemed to get into second gear.)
79. Undertaker vs. Vladimir Kozlov, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28) (Another stiff for the Undertaker to feud against, wheeeee. By the way, Kozlov got pinned in the EC match at No Way Out, so why doesn’t that count as a defeat?)
80. Shelton Benjamin vs. Chavo Guerrero, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28)
81. John Cena vs. Big Show, Smackdown 2/27 (2/28)
82. Mr. Olympia vs. Bob Roop, Mid-South 7/15/82 (2/28)
83. JYD & Mr. Olympia vs. Ted DiBiase & Hacksaw Duggan, Mid-South 8/18/82 (2/28)
84. One Man Gang vs. Buck Robley, Lumberjack Match, Mid-South 9/15/82 (2/28) (WOW, Olympia can go…)
85. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox, Raw 3/2 (3/3) (I really liked this match. Rey gets some real innovative counters against such big guys, and I think everyone came out looking relatively strong.)
86. Shawn Michaels vs. Vladimir Kozlov, Raw 3/2 (3/3) (If Kozlov can’t even have an entertaining match against Michaels, he is truly worthless.)
87. Edge vs. John Cena, Raw 3/2 (3/3) (OK match, but great angle putting WWE’s most bankable good guy in a chase-the-title-against-huge-odds program.)
88. Xavier vs. Scoot Andrews, ROH Era Of Honor Begins 2/23/02 (3/3) (My wife’s take on this match: “His name is Scoot? That’s ridiculous.” She also enjoys the fact that Scoot wears “shiny blue man panties.”)
89. Kane vs. Boogeyman, ECW 3/3 (3/4) (Godspeed, Boogey.)
90. Mark Henry vs. Santino Marella, ECW 3/3 (3/4) (They should really just make Santino a full-time manager and make full use of his hilarious mic skills.)
91. Christian, Tommy Dreamer & Finlay vs. Jack Swagger, Morrison & Miz, ECW 3/3 (3/4) (ECW does well with the multi-man tag matches.)
92. Border Patrol vs. Espiritu & Sidareal, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (3/5) (I thought this might be the version of the Border Patrol with Michael Modest. I was wrong…)
93. Derrick Sanders vs. Blue Demon, NWA Wrestling Showcase 2/13 (3/5) (My first look at Blue Demon and this was basically a showcase for him. If this wants to be anything more than a backwater company, they need to have someone who’s different, who’s got “it.” Yet to see anyone through the first two episodes who really qualifies, though the Young Bucks have potential.)
94. MVP vs. Matt Hardy, Smackdown 3/6 (3/7) (The heel turn has left Hardy’s in-ring work especially bland. MVP’s my pick to win Money in the Bank.)
95. Bill Dundee vs. Larry Latham, Memphis 4/19/80 (3/13) (Latham is Moondog Spot. Weird to see him wrestle a straight-up match.)
96. Ricky Morton vs. Sonny King, Memphis 4/26/80 (3/13) (A very young Morton wrestles an amateur-style 10 minute time limit draw. Yes, really.)
97. Bill Dundee vs. Paul Ellering, Memphis 5/24/80 (3/13) (Holy crap, Ellering is JACKED! He woulda violated a 1980 wellness policy for sure.)
98. Bill Dundee & Tony Boyles vs. Wayne Farris & Larry Latham, Memphis 6/7/80 (3/16) (Wayne Farris, a bleached blond Honkytonk Man, and Moondog Spot as a tag team. Bizarre and awesome at the same time. They also hit what might be the shittiest spike piledriver ever during the match. I approve any time Lance Russell says someone is “beating the stew” out of someone else.)

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