Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #30 Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. (NWA United States Title, I Quit, Steel Cage, NWA Starrcade 1985)

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On the rare occasion, it’s hard to decipher what’s real and what’s fake in wrestling. Matt Hardy attacking Edge after being fired springs to mind as what fans call a ‘shoot’ event. In other words, a wrestling event that’s real. Of course, it wasn’t, but at the time it felt legitimate. There’s a hint of a ‘shoot’ match whenever Brock Lesnar enters the ring and hurls his opponents around the ring. The legendary cage match between Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. is one I’ve been meaning to watch for a long time. I’ve heard so many good things about it. At times, it resembles a ‘shoot’ match, as the two wrestlers roll around on the floor with each other. That’s more of a curse than a blessing, in my opinion. Maybe my hopes were too high, but Magnum TA and Tully Blanchard failed to entertain me in any meaningful way. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches: #72 Ric Flair vs Dusty Rhodes (Starrcade 1985, NWA World Heavyweight Championship)

It’s been a while since my last voyage into the WWE Network’s ‘100 Best Matches To See Before You Die.’ I blame the entirety of December and my natural laziness! However, I am determined to finish it before the end of 2016…and I have seventy matches left. Easy! #70 brings us to Dusty Rhodes vs Ric Flair at Starrcade 1985 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. It’s regarded as an NWA classic. However, I would disagree with that. Rhodes and Flair put on a good match, but nowhere near the ‘classic’ that many have said. Continue reading