Friday, February 26, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
21. Jonathan Gresham
We had an epic run of 20 Fridays dominated by women before Gresham won the battle of the sexes for the time being. His match with Karen Q to bridge the gap was a wonderful technical display. As a double crown champion here at PIF he's come a long way since we featured his matches with Hidaka and Thatcher back when.
22. Lio Rush
23. Mustafa Ali
I love FFFridays. The goal is above all else to give talent that is less represented more promotion. That said, from Gresham to this power trio, this is definitely as high profile as we get on Fridays. However we stayed focused on the indies throughout, with great matches to boot, and it lead us to...
25. Louis Lyndon
Is there a more underrated indy stalwart than the captain of the ship?
26. Candice LeRae
27. Eddie Kingston
These two had such a great match against each other that wasn't even scheduled for the card it was on. A reminder that the card is always going to change.
29. Lee Moriarty
30. PB Smooth
Friday, February 19, 2021
Lee Moriarty VS Ophidian The Cobra - Ryse Pro Wrestling 5/10/2019
CJD: Man my journey to crown Lee Moriarty our first 2x Forever Forward Champion was not a brief one. Which is not a complaint, I got a much more well rounded opinion on him as a wrestler, and I really like all the facets of his game. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't prefer this version of the Apex of Combat, when he's going hold for hold with someone who is good, giving, and game on the mat. I was bummed reading up on Ophidian that he retired last year after CHIKARA shut down due to feeling his relationship with wrestling was unhealthy. Hopefully he can look back on his career with a little pride still, he was always a bright spot on every CHIKARA show he was on. And it's really cool here to see him outside of that setting. We're going to have to start cutting Ryse royalty checks with all these matches we've featured from them on Fridays lately. Well we would if we ever saw a dime from this blog. I've really enjoyed their promotion and I dig everything about this match. It's maybe a little too cooperative at times but I'm okay with it. There's so many slick sequences, twists and turns, and such a fun finishing stretch that I'm willing to see a glimpse of how the sausage is made here and there.
JJZ: If I had to describe this match in one word it would be impressive. Super bummed to hear Ophidian retired. This was an extremely memorable match for him. He was smooth as silk at times. Lee as always looked like he was wrestling above his pay grade for his experience level. If I was live for this match I know I'd be talking about this match a lot on the car ride home. It might not have been the ace of the night since it didn't have a ton of big falsies and super duper highspots BUT dammit if it didn't have instant replay in my head. Ryse has been such a treat and a promotion that is locked on my radar at this point. Very nice pick homie!
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Keeping up with our recent division of labor of late, JJZ is here to recap 10 weeks of wrestlers we featured on Tuesdays, while I'll take you down 10 weeks of Forever Forward Friday Champions soon enough. These posts have gotten a little more spread out but as long as we have them here as a reference so we can remember what the hell we're talking about come our annual Head Droppies awards in March, then it's all gravy. This run of 10 Tuessay Titans was one of my personal favorites we've had. Let's let John take you through them...
131. Jeff Cobb
132. Will Hobbs
Starting off with a couple of power houses right here. Hobbs was new to both of us while Cobb is like an old friend. All of these matches showcased multiple levels of their talents.
Bringing in some old school dirty cheap heat with Sam. Real change of pace for the blog.
Three legends in a row. This was a fun run through Lucha Libre history. Both of us openly admit that Mexican wrestling isn't in our strong suit. Not that we don't like our friends from the south but it took us a little longer to appreciate lucha as fans. So chances to watch historically significant great matches like these are special. Also Santo becomes the first person to hold the singles and tag MDTSOCWWKD straps! Congrats me amigo!
Arguably the most successful Mexican wrestler in the history of the sport. Loved that both his matches focused in on Lucha Libre while his previous MDTSOCWWKD title run focused in on his American wrestling
Friday, February 12, 2021
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
CJD: I was really excited about this tournament when it happened. It seemed like a great concept and exactly the sort of content having multiple brands with distinctly different styles and your own personal streaming Network would lend itself to. Instead it was presented and executed with all the importance of a pickup basketball game. But this match at least was closer to what I was hoping for. I don't remember if I even watched it at the time but I thought it delivered on this watch. Dijak has constantly gotten better throughout his career which is a quality I highly value. TJP refuses to let himself get eaten up as the former first Cruiserweight Champion even though I think he can see the writing on the wall for his WWE run at this point. I liked the chemistry, the transitions, the little moments of this match. How they took a barely present convention crowd and drew them in whether they were planning on watching or not. And with the quiet brightly lit venue I think both guys really laid it in too. Mix all that up and I was happy to revisit a tournament I didn't expect to ever spend anymore energy on.
Friday, February 5, 2021
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
JJZ: So I watched this right after watching Wrestle Kingdom and I was so in the mood for a junk foodie independent wrestling match. Like craving one. So when I came upon this I was like, oh fuck yeah. This hit everything I wanted to see. Don Fuji played his role great. Hitting all his big stuff while letting the younger indy guys still shine. Human Tornado came in like a wrecking ball with a lot of his own stuff. TJ worked as the young guy going a little too stiff trying to prove something but hey! It looked good. Gino Bambino Dan Marino added some fuck shit also. I liked it. Wrestling good! PWG good! Don Fuji good!