Evan Bourne (one half of the current WWE Tag Team Champions
Air Boom) was suspended for violating the WWE wellness program. It saddens me
when folks rush to their keyboards to post about this occurrence and seem happier
to make jokes and poke fun versus offer support. I admit I am not a fan of the
Air Boom team- I like both workers in-ring ability – but their constant smiling
and goofy theme and attire make them seem too goody two shoes for me to like.
Actress Scarlett Johansen admitted that the leaked nudes of
her were her and that they meant to be private and for her husband at the time
Wednesday November 2, 2011
An appeals court has ruled that CBS should not be fined for
Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction during a Super Bowl halftime show.
Thursday November 3, 2011
Quarter investors call-I love these- the
actual numbers and tons of spin from the company.
I finally watched Waiting for Superman – now that is a
GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot has passed away.
The Internet spoiled the results of Impact over a week ago-
but Bobby Roode finally captured the TNA Heavyweight Championship in the main
event of the evening with a little help from a beer bottle. After a tense
struggle for the gold between the 2 friends and tag team partners in Beer Money
Inc , Bobby Roode utilized a beer bottle to the dismay of the audio mixing team
of TNA. To be fair the Macon,
was solidly behind James Storm and wanted him to win and the audio sweetening
was not as bas as usual for TNA broadcast, but the sonic enhancement went
bonkers when Roode clocked the Cowboy with the bottle. Also WWE escapee Gail
Kim teamed up with Madison Rayne to defeat Miss Tessmacher and Tara to capture
the Knockouts tag straps. Ronnie from the MTV hit show Jersey Shore
joined forces with TV champion Eric Young to challenge Robbie E and Robbie T
for next week’s show. The highlight of the evening was the non-title X-division
match between X –Division champion Austin Aires and Jesse Sorenson with Kid
Kash joining the announce crew on commentary. Sorenson got the upset victory in
the match , which managed to infuriate Kid Kash.
Once again Friday Night Smackdown featured a lot of
wrestling and less talking than WWE Raw. Randy Orton defeated former stablemate
Cody Rhodes in a match that lasted almost 30 minutes, after the match Orton
turned the tables on the disfigured Rhodes
put a paper bag on the grandson of a plumber. The show also featured a solid
main event between Daniel Bryan and Mark Henry, it worked because Big Show was
standing ringside and managed to be enough of a distraction to even the playing
field. The match ended in a DQ when Big Show stormed the ring and clobbered
Henry with his huge fist.
The Soup on E! played a clip from Monday Night Raw with
Santino Marella using a potion provided to him by Beeker from the Muppets to
beat the All American American Jack Swagger.
Virgilio Aristeo Amezcua Sánchez aka Vick Amezcua or better
known as Septiembre Negro passed away at the age of 73.
RF Video released several new shoot interviews including new
ones with Jim Brunzell , Ken Resnick and the Godwinns.
Saturday November 5, 2011
So what happens when technology betrays you? I found out
today when I had an opportunity to speak to my all time favorite wrestler and
then have the call drop 3 times- I ended up missing the shot. Such is life.
I enjoyed this week’s Ring of Honor although I can see how
some elements of the show could use some shoring up. I like the Inside Ring of
Honor segments utilizing old match footage and promos to help get their
wrestlers over, but the NFL films like music feels retro in a bad way to me(
yes I know WWE uses the same trick at times). The highlight of the show was a
ridiculous skit of Kevin Steen and his “legal” team outlining their case for
suing Jim Cornette. The skit was saved by Steen’s outstanding promo ability and
ruined at the same time by the group of “lawyers” that surrounded him.
Andy Rooney passed away at the age of 92, the charismatic
curmudgeon of CBS, he had recently retired from his weekly gig on 60 minutes
after 33 years.
Former World Heavyweight Champion George Frazier was
diagnosed with cancer.
Dippin’ Dots has filed for bankruptcy – damn I love that
weird cold pellets of sort of future ice cream- I hope they can restructure so
I can enjoy this odd concoction at the mall and ballparks- I still mourn the
loss of Orange Julius in this area’s malls.
Mike Mooneyham reports that Barry Windham is starting his
road to recovery from the heart attack.
Rasche Brown won a four way match last night during the UWF
PPV Street King to be crowned their first champion.
Jock Ruddock former New Zealand Junior Heavyweight champion
died at the age of 69.
Kelly Slater captures his 11th
WWE.COM announced record breaking first day ticket sales for
Wrestlemania. The first day take was 6.3 million eclipsing the previous record
of 4.8 million for Wrestlemania 25. For the first time in years the main event
has been known for most of the year leading up to Mania with John Cena slated
to take on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“I have been a WWE fan for as long as I can remember. I have
the best memories of watching with my father and nephew through the years. I
never thought I would think about not watching any longer but after these past
few weeks I can say that I am really starting to think about it. It makes me
wonder if I am the only one who feels this way.”- Kathy Hopson Kidder
WWE Raw from Liverpool,
For the first time a Raw episode is broadcast from the home
of the Beatles. Sadly Ringo Starr did not appear to shove a drumstick in
Michael Cole’s ear-hole.
Raw kicks off with John Cena being booed loudly by the
Scousers. The recent stat of CM Punk passing Cena for merch sales is born out
when the camera pans the audience and several fans are sporting CM Punk shirts.
There is even a sign in the crowd stating Turn Cena Face.
After a relatively short promo setting up a main event of
Cena and Zack Ryder versus the Awesome Truth., John Morrison garners his first
victory since August by beating the US Champion Dolph Ziggler. Rumor has it
that Morrison is in the doghouse with management because of his girlfriend
Melina( a former WWE employee that was terminated from the E earlier this
year). Melina was even banned from the building after her release. Ironically
when Melina and Morrison start tweeting cryptic messages that imply they are no
longer a couple. Jo Mo picks up the win on Raw.
Welsh born grappler Mason Ryan squashed JTG in a brief match
with the awkward looking muscle man.
Things pick up when Alberto Del Rio arrives in style with
new 200.000 dollar Astin Martin. The crowd chants his name along with his
lackey’s intro. Del Rio
defeats Kofi with an armbar submission.
CM Punk then comes out to confront Del Rio
and cuts ADR to the quick by saying
that he is so boring on the microphone that the audience fast forwards his
segments on DVr. CM Punk is very over with the crowd.
Up next is a Muppet montage showcasing their visit to the
show last week.
Jack Swagger who was bamboozled by one of the Muppets
leading to Santino Marella was geared up for revenge and he made mincemeat stew
of the comedic grappler en route to a submission victory with a twitching eye.
This was followed by another horrible diva segment, the
whole segment was to showcase the fact that Kelly Kelly was the cover model for
an upcoming issue of Maxim. K2
was bullied by
the Divas of Doom who cut a ridiculous promo- ok the content about hating
Kelly’s Barbie Doll like aura was ok , but the delivery was forced. The Divas
of Doom need to be about action not words- well honestly it is probably too
late for them and they will probably be destroyed by Kharma when she returns.
Kevin Nash was resigned by Johnny Ace and cut a promo
declaring his disappointment with his former best pal HHH. Actually better than
his promo was the still shot of Nash looking very angry that they ran earlier
in the show promoting his appearance.
In a backstage segment Johnny Ace is hanging out with his
legal council coffee sipping David Otunga when CM Punk interrupts and follows
an insult from Otunga with an assault on Otunga, Punk is then jumped by Alberto
Del Rio and thrown through the catering table.
The Awesome Truth defeat John Cena and Zack Ryder in the
main event. Ryder was very over with the crowd while continuing to boo Cena.
Overall it was a decent episode, nothing newsworthy really
occurred but I was not tempted to watch football. In funny note Evan Bourne who
is currently suspended for a wellness policy violation decided to criticize
WWE’s shilling of social media on Twitter. This is a gutsy move for someone who
is undersized, not the most proficient on promos and currently suspended by
Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of the involuntary
manslaughter of music legend Michael Jackson.
Sharon Bialek is the 4th
woman to accuse GOP
frontrunner Herman Cain of sexual harassment and the first to go public with
Boxing legend “Smoking” Joe Frazier passed away at the age
of 67 due to liver cancer. Frazier was the special guest referee for NWA
Starrcade in 1984. Frasier came to prominence in the 60s by winning a gold
medal in the Olympiad , but most of his notoriety was attained for beating
Muhammad Ali in 1971 and their 3 fight series.
since Jim Ross was head of talent relations and not since OVW under Cornette
have they really produced any top guys out of their own system.”- Sheldon
Goldberg discussing WWE farm system
TNA has entered into an exclusive agreement with OVW as the
official training and development facility for TNA talent and future stars. OVW
was the main feeder system for WWE in the early 2000s..
“We (OVW) produced 135 wrestlers that at least got a shot
in the WWE over a 9 year period. They’ve been gone about 3 years now. You tell
me what star Florida
has made. I’m dying to hear what name you come up with.” – Kenny Bolin talking
about the difference between OVW and FCW
Hip Hop recording artist Heavy D passed away at the age of
“My friend Michael Williams used to joke
that if we were out at a restaurant and we heard them playing Heavy D & The
Boyz over the dining room speakers, he would buy my dinner. We kept listening
for him in every chain joint, hoping for this song to pipe in somewhere between
the Michelle Branch and the Celine Dion, but alas it was never so. R.I.P
Overweight Lovah.” –Page Turner
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is released. Selling 6 and
half million copies for a total of 400 million dollars, the game shattered
previous records also set by the COD franchise.
coach Joe Paterno is
under fire for allegations regarding his long time assistant coach Jerry
Sandusky. Paterno who has been the coach of the Nittany Lions since 1966, the
current scandal with the former defensive coordinator Sandusky
seems likely to forever tarnish Paterno’s legacy and the reputation of Penn State
Wednesday November 9.2011
Joe Paterno announced his intention to retire from coaching
at the end of the football season in the early afternoon. Later in the night
the Penn State Board of Trustees announced their decision to fire the long term
football coach. Thousands of enraged Penn
fans took to the
streets and starting rioting, flipping over a television van and forcing the
outnumbered police to utilize tear gas on the mob. It is so weird our country
usually tends to riot over sporting events but the rest of the world riots odd
things like brutal dictatorships and civil rights.
“"It totally disgusts me, the coach has more importance
than these innocent children, and he enabled it to continue by not blowing the
whistle LOUDLY and dismissing that predator. He is an accessory to the crime.
He needs to be brought before a trial and jury. Seriously. Do you stand there
and watch a murder take place and do little to nothing while it happens b4 your
very eyes??? I think "Perv
State" may be a very
appropriate slang name for them all NOW!" –Joyce Marie-Morrin
been holding off on saying anything about this... I am deeply saddened &
disturbed by what has happened with Penn
State. I grew up a
Nittany Lion fan. I hate to see JoePa have to leave due to this. In a way, Joe
did do the right thing by following the school rule by informing "higher
ups" about possible misconduct. However, I do feel JoePa should've
informed the authorities as well. I'm more disturbed
by the "graduate assistant" who witnessed the incident & instead
of helping the boy or calling the authorities, talked to his dad about it. His
dad told him to go to Paterno. THAT actually bothers me more than what Joe Pa
did. If Mike McQueary, who is the one that allegedly witnessed the incident,
did in fact witness & did nothing, then he should get put away as long as
the one who committed the crime.” – Steve Kardolly
Henry Godwin was involved in an auto accident and is in ICU.
Eddie Murphy followed Brett Ratner’s decision to leave next
year’s Oscar telecast.
Eddie Murphy was replaced by Billy Crystal
Thursday November 10, 2011
The Best Thing TNA Could've Done: Play The Fans For Fools
At Bound For Glory,
Bobby Roode lost/was screwed out of winning the TNA World title. The wrestling
fans were outraged. Everyone expected him to win, even after Hulk Hogan's
interview where he said "Roode wasn't ready" for a title run.
After Roode's loss,
people bashed/blamed Hogan for what happened. I was upset about it. Roode is
one of the
hardest working guys in the business. More skilled than most of the "top
tier" guys in "sports entertainment" land.
2 nights later at an Impact taping, Roode's partner
James Storm wins the TNA title. What? How could that be? You spend months
building Roode up, screw him & reward his partner? How? Why?
2 weeks later, Roode wins the TNA title from his
tag team partner... by cheating.
The fans were played for fools. Me, you &
everybody else. Playing us for fools was the best thing TNA could've done. I
became a fan of professional wrestling in 1985 when I saw the 1st Wrestlemania.
I used watch the AWA, WCCW, UWF, NWA, ECW, SMW, ICW & whatever wrestling I
could. My neighbors had sattelite dishes & would invite me over to watch.
Mostly from 85-88. The only reason I didn't mention WCW was because I never
really saw much WCW until 1994 when I bought a Primestar sattelite system.
Anyhow, I loved wrestling because I couldn't
predict what was going to happen next. Nowadays, that isn't the case. I've
slowly fallen out of love with WWE for several reasons: disrespecting the
business, changing their ratings just for Linda's political aspirations, just
being boring, etc. TNA has had kind of an on & off relationship with me.
They have the better talent... but I have had mixed emotions with several
decisions over the years. NFL star Adam "Pacman" Jones winning the
TNA tag titles is one. Hiring Hogan & Bischoff was another, especially when
The Nasty Boys were brought in, which is what I feared (that there would be an
invasion of Hogan's buddies). I didn't have a problem with The Nasty's coming
in for a short feud with Team 3-D, because that would've been a fresh feud with
When Roode lost, I tweeted angrily at Dixie on Twitter. I, like everyone else, has become
programmed to expect certain things, especially when a rumor/backstage gossip
is released on a dirt sheet site or posted on a fan page. When Roode beat Storm
on last week's Impact, I realized that is why wrestling hasn't been much fun
for me anymore. I'm not surprised too much anymore. CM Punk's infamous promo
months ago was a surprise. Rock coming back for Wrestlemania was a surprise.
Roode losing his title opportunity was a surprise. Storm winning the belt was a
surprise. Roode winning the belt from his partner was a surprise. Even though I
don't agree to a short title run for Storm, I expected a feud to be built up
for months before a title change. TNA did the exact opposite... and I loved
it!!! Hogan's interview was a perfect swerve. People, like me, wanted his head
to roll. They surprised us. They did the right thing. I'm a bigger TNA fan now
By Steve Kardolly
from Altoona, PA
Robert Roode retained the TNA Heavyweight title by beating a
defenseless James Storm in the main event. A guy from MTV’s Jersey Shore
got a win over Robbie E earlier in the show.
Tonight I went and saw a lecture by filmmaker John Waters at
ODU- very engaging and very funny for the entire duration of the appearance. It
was hard to want to focus on wrestling when I got home. It’s annoying when WWE
commentary call John Cena controversial- he ain’t controversial- some folks
love him, others hate him- but is really anything more than a cipher for hero
role model we were told we wanted years and years ago. And don’t some folks
want to rebel against the norm. Just funny thinking that a jock in jorts is
considered controversial after seeing a speech from a man that was slapped with
an NC17 rating for one movie and drawn the ire of the masses for many of his
films…except Hairspray. I have to admit Hairspray is my favorite John Waters
movie, set in 60s Baltimore
the movie about intragretion and class warfare is filled with great songs and a
stellar cast. Also worth seeking out is the DVD of Mommie Dearest, Waters
provides a witty and charming commentary for the cult classic movie about the
life of Joan Crawford. And Waters said the Wire was the best show made for
television- I agree.
Wrestling legend Killer Karl Kox passed away at the age of
2 sub-species of rhinos are now listed on the red-list as
Former WWE and TNA wrestler Bobby Lashley beat Karl Knothe
in an MMA bout to win the main for Shark Fights 21 in Lubbock, Texas
Chyna won an award for her porn movie Backdoor to Chyna at
the Fleshbot Awards.
wrestler “Danny Oxman” Danny Robinson passed away at the age of 33.
Saturday November 12, 2011
“I just got back from seeing my first MMA match live. Benson
Henderson and Clay Guida ruled the evening! Junior Dos Santos blew me away!” –
Tonight was the big debut of MMA on Fox prime-time
television. The Heavyweight Championship of the World contested between 2
individuals in the peak and prime of their career, both undefeated in the UFC
octagon. Junior Dos Santos beat Cain Velasquez via KO in the first round. An
hour was spent hyping a match that lasted basically one punch .To me it was a
whiff- sure Dos Santos won and I am glad because he seems like a genuinely nice
guy, the whiff was the hype versus the actual televised competition.
” It was a bad call airing only that match... REALLY bad call!
Clay Guida vs Benson Henderson was match of the year candidate!”-Vandall
I know that is always
the risk with actual competitive sports and one thing that wrestling offers
that any other sport can not- the spirit of competition flowing until the end
of the bout.
“Exactly! That is a risk. That's why what Cornette says is so
true... they have no control over finishes, and they're STILL kicking pro
wrestling's ass... pro wrestling bookers have CONTROL over the storyline, and
it's become bland, completely without passion or tension!”- Vandall Drummond
The presentation made
it look like the hot new combat sport- but the actual bout felt anti-climatic-
even though knockouts usually resonate- this one felt sort of flat to me. The
event pulled in 5.7 million viewers with a peak of 8.8 million. Later that
night Dana White blasted the complaints saying in essence the show was as much
about telling the story of the 2 combatants as the actual fight, maybe but the
giving a 64 second bout in the middle of an hour of Olympic schmaltz is the
same reason I blanche when Impact and Raw are over-run by promos.
“There a lot of people that are giving up on pro wrestling to go to
UFC. The biggest reason for that is because UFC is promoting an attraction that
is closer to what people remember pro wrestling being than what pro wrestling
is nowadays. You’ve got all sorts of different characters, all sorts of
different body types, you don’t have scripted promos, you’ve get a certain
number of champions. Part of it is how rarely titles are defended. They also do
a better job of promoting their champions. I can sit here and tell every
champion that UFC has in all 7 divisions in order. Whereas with WWE I think a
lot of fans, specially fans that don’t watch every week you could ask them who
are the tag team champions are and they would have absolutely no idea. The
titles mean something, the stars are bigger than life, you’ve got different
personalities, you’ve got trash talking interviews. I mean its better pro
wrestling than what pro wrestling is for a lot of people. I think that is why a
lot of people have switched over. Because WWE is not providing the pro
wrestling they grew up on and UFC is providing something a lot closer to it
than WWE is.”- Bryan Alvarez
In boxing Manny Pacquaio scored a controversial decision
over Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather are the 2 biggest draws
in boxing – but they are not heavyweights, only in the world of wrestling does
size and look equate to ability. I think it is partially due to wrestling’s
inferiority complex, but also due to several other factors including the
dreaded “F” word.
ROH presented another solid hour of professional wrestling.
The show featured 2 superb tag bouts. The first match of the show featured the
return of the Young Bucks to ROH as they defeated The Bravado Brothers in a
fast paced contest. After an excellent video package showing why Kevin Steen is
currently on the outs with ROH management, the main event of the evening
featured a reunion of the American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards)
taking on the House of Truth. Eddie Edwards used a dragon sleeper to weaken Michael
Elgin, after he released the hold Davey Richards pinned the prone strongman.
ROH is doing a good job setting the table for their year end PPV.
Gail Kim beat Velvet Sky for the TNA Knockouts strap at the
TNA PPV Turning Point and Robbie E beat Eric Young for the TNA TV belt at the
same event. Oddly enough the World Heavyweight title which had changed hands 3
times since their October PPV did not change hands and remained with Bobby
Roode as he defeated AJ Styles.
Eddie Guerrero passed away 6 years ago.
My thoughts from 6 years ago
Originally posted November 13, 2005
Guerrero - former WWE Champion was found dead in his hotel room at age 38-
he was always one of my favorite performers and
had tons of charisma that he would have the entire arena chanting
"Eddie" or "Eddie Sucks " for every match He has been in
several of my favorite matches including
his amazing Halloween Havoc match from 1998 v Rey Misterio,Jr.
I just learned of his passing and it is posted on
the WWE website so damn it all it ain't some jackass rumor.
this just sucks
Originally posted November 18, 2005
still in shock. One of my favorite wrestlers is gone- and it is not an angle or
Eddie has passed away and like many of his peers
way too young- 38.
Eddie has been a favorite of mine since I first
saw him wrestle on WCW Nitro (I did not have cable for a good part of the
90's). He had the potent combination of charisma and physical ability to make
him a prime-time player in professional wrestling. Every match Eddie was
involved in had one of two chants going "Eddie Sucks" - if he was the
heel and "Eddie" if he was the face. One of my all-time favorite
matches is the fast paced mask v title match he had with Rey Misterio,Jr in WCW
during Halloween Havoc. I wished the circumstances would have let the Latino
World Order angle play out- and I am glad that Eddie got a second chance with
the jump to the WWF with the Radicalz and he got a third chance when he was
rehired and then stood in the ring as WWE champ hugging his friend Chris Benoit
in the center of the ring.
OK none of this really matters- I miss Eddie and
am sad for his family and friends and I will miss him.
Gail Kim beat Velvet Sky to win the TNA Knockouts belt at
the Turning Point PPV, also Robbie E beat Eric Young for the television belt.
Ironically the hot potato belt – I mean the World Heavyweight championship did
not change hands at the PPV, after being switched 3 times since the October TNA
PPV Bound for Glory.
the belts have been devalued to the point
that no-one really gives a shit when there is a title change other
than the first 15 or 20 seconds when they get that pop.”-
In an interview with Bob Costas accused child molester Jerry
Sandusky stated he that while he touched kids in the shower, it was in the
spirit of horsing around and not a sexual act.
“actually enjoyed tonites RAW.” – Bryan Price
“ The Rock
returned to Raw tonight boasting he was the king of twittertainment.
”It seems so different now. There has been a whole change
of things. The intensity and the luster has come off in a way. It’s too accessable
in a way. The fact that everyone is twittering is the worst thing ever, because
most wrestlers should not say a word. You’ve lost the mystique. The mystique is
out of it. There is no longer a separation, the mystique there- the guys have
too much access to the fans and vice versa. The fans have too much access to
what’s going on backstage. They’ve lost something there. Don’t be twittering
where you’re going, what’s going on, don’t be Facebooking. The more you put
your character out there, why should I bother watching you? If I read your
constant updates then why should I bother watching you on TV and stuff? You’re
hurting your character and commodity by being out there so much in the social
media that you’re not special anymore. You don’t see Undertaker do you? He
twitted from the grave? When you keep yourself pulled back a little or reserved
it gives you something special. When you become too much in the open – who
Mick Foley also returned to television tonight- he had made a
couple of appearances for WWE during their recent Europe
tour, but this was his first TV appearance for the E since his run with TNA.
The only Rock N Sock Connection tonight was Rock delivering a Rock Bottom to
Foley after an awkward this is your life segment with John Cena, the highlight
of the segment was the return of B-2(Bull Buchanan)- Boo-Ya!
Tuesday November 15, 2011
NYPD cleared out Zuccotti
of the Occupy Wall Street
protesters, following a move early this week by the city of Oakland
Impact Wrestling(TNA) seems to be turning the corner, the
focus of the episode was the implosion of
Fortune, sure the popular stable featured TNA originals, but the fortune
4 are solid workers and can move the storyline and get new folks invested in
the product. At least to me I am glad that for now folks like Hulk Hogan and
Immortal-while still on television are not the main focus of the program.
revolved around “Cowboy” James Storm’s quest to find out who jumped him recently
and cost him his rematch for the world heavyweight title. After several
confrontations with friends and foes he is jumped by a confessing Kurt Angle
setting up a match and feud between the Olympic hero and Beer-Drinking former
Also Mickie James won a 10 knockout gauntlet match to secure
a championship match against Gail Kim. The newly formed team of Matt Morgan and
Crimson beat Mexican America for the tag team straps after Sting suggested that
Morgan and Crimson unite to grab the gold.
Demi Moore informed the Associated Press that she is ending
her marriage to Ashton Kutcher.
The Natalie Wood case has been re-opened after 30 years.
For the third week in a row Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan have
a confrontation on Smackdown.
my opinion they are misusing Daniel Bryan. For him to be put into a heavyweight
capacity is ridiculous- he is a very very small guy- it is totally ludicrous.
Unless it is for momentary entertainment- but try to use a guy in that capacity
who is truly not a heavyweight is asinine.” – Michael Modest
Media delivery is changing daily. Arrested Development the
old Fox sitcom has been picked up by Netflix to be a streaming show on
Netflix.com and will generate new content for
embattled entertainment provider.
Saturday November 19, 2011
The Matt Hardy saga continues, version one got himself
kicked out of rehab for failing a breathalyzer test.
Never Before , Never Again- the once in a lifetime pairing
of John Cena and the Rock headlined the WWE event as they tagged up to take on
the Miz and R-Truth.
Emanating from Madison
in the Big Apple, the sold out event also played to packed bar locally- the
busiest I had seen the local Buffalo Wild Wings since this year’s Wrestlemania.
Of course BWW’s are usually packed even more for every UFC PPV.
The event kicked off with Dolf Ziggler retaining the US
Championship by beating John Morrison (rumors persist that Morrison’s contract
is almost up and that he will be leaving WWE). After the match internet
sensation Zack Ryder came down and delivered his finishing maneuver on the US
Champion as the crowd chanted Woo, Woo-Woo.
This was followed by
a lumberJill match for the divas strap between Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix.
“Nothing says weave
like Eve” – Michael Williams
After a sloppy match, Beth Phoenix won with a glam slam from
“They need somebody to go all Cody Rhodes on the butterfly
belt and bring back the old belt”- Michael Williams
After a backstage segment between CM Punk and David Otunga ,
The Rock cuts a promo that prompts the crowd to chant “Lady parts” among other
I usually love the concept of a traditional survivor series
match- actually I wish the entire card where those type matches. However
tonight’s lackluster battle between Team Orton and Team Barrett lost momentum
when Mexican sensation Sin Cara injured himself diving outside the ring.
Eventually Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes were the final 2 Survivors.
IN a rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship Mark
Henry retained the belt by getting himself disqualified by kicking the Big Show
in his nether regions after the Big Show had successfully hit an elbow drop
from the top turnbuckle(this move got a huge ovation at the BWW I was at.).
Up next CM Punk managed to endear himself to the WWE
traditionalists when he countered Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer
Ricky Ricardo with WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel. After a solid back and
forth tussle Punk won the strap after getting Del Rio
to submit to the Anaconda Vice. After
he won the belt he did his version of the Lambeau Leap a couple of times into
the crowd. One of my favorite Finkel moments is when he announces ,,,AND NEW
But the real reason the bar was packed and Survivor Series
was sold out was the return of the Rock to in-ring competition. The Rock looked
fine tonight, holding off both The Miz and R-Truth for the first part of the
match. The Miz insisted on facing Cena , after the tag Cena played hapless hero
in jeopardy for most of the main event. There were some moments of teased
tension between the popular Rock and the reviled Cena – but they kept it
together, after a very hot tag, The Rock managed to win the match with a
People’s elbow. After the match there was a lot of posing by the Rock-
eventually he invited his tag team partner to the ring to take his bows. After
Cena received more boos from the Gotham
contigent the Rock managed to hit Cena with the Rock Bottom.
Overall it was a decent event, but nothing I would purchase
on DVD or Blu-Ray- I will watch it again when it shows up on Classics On
Demand. Once again the optically offensive light blue tinge of Twitter was
featured at least once per every match. I don’t think trending is that great,
to me it indicates that the audience is so bored with the event they have to
type 140 characters every 2 minutes instead of actually watching the show.
Breaking Dawn the latest installment in the Twilight Saga
earned almost 140 million making it the 5th
largest opening in
Tony Stewart won his third NSCS Championship at the NASCAR
event at the Miami-Homestead Speedway. The first lady Michelle Obama was booed
by the Nascar gathering.
After a short and
entertaining run as the top heel tag team in WWE , Miz delivered the skull
crushing finale on R-Truth to end the Awesome Truth tag team, this combination
had lost in the main event the night before and after some John Cena mumbo
jumbo they turned on each other to end another twitter-obsessed edition of the
flagship show of WWE. Advertised Guest Host Jonah Hill no-showed the Raw
I did not mind his absence.
More befuddling was the lack of Brodus Clay- whose debut had been promised week
after week- but once again no Brodus. Brodus was a contestant on the NXT show
and was Alberto Del Rio’s student. Then he disappeared, about a month ago WWE
started airing video packages that featured Brodus as a remorseless monster.
Speaking of video packages
a cryptic video featuring a child talking about someone reclaiming their
rightful place on Monday in February of 2012.
Tuesday November 22, 2011
Rumors had been
swirling all weekend long that a Survivor Series main-eventer had failed the
wellness policy. WWE.com announced today that Ron (R-Truth) Killings had been
suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the wellness policy. On the
upside for Killings I imagine his part of the main event money for Survivor
Series will help ease the sting of no income for a month and due to a miracle
of timing he gets to spend the holidays with his family.
“It was funny when they were promoting one of their many
different drug platforms and WWE stated “We’re going to be as strident and as
serious and as good as Olympic testing.” But who is going to get the results?
You got a big match coming up and your 2 stars test dirty and you’re going to
suspend them?(laughs) Sure you are.” – Phil Mushnick discussing WWE Wellness
Policy- June of 2011
In better news for the WWE, WWE 12 launched for multiple
gaming platforms and is receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The
game featuring over 75 characters including legendary alums like Brock Lesnar
and Arn Anderson is a retooling of the successful Smackdown versus Raw series
and may be the best way to enjoy wrestling for the modern audience.
You can book dream
matchups , if you are tired of John Cena
, don’t book him in a match. Want to see
high-flyers , TNA vs WWE- create your own grappler or download them. Some of my
favorite wrestling moments are from video games- heck my pen-name is my create
a wrestler name- I choose it for alliteration and it stuck.
Wrestler Bison Smith passed away in Puerto
due to heart failure at the age of 38.
this business has taken a true warrior from us way before his time. Why this
seems to happen is not known, but everytime it happens a small piece of me dies
too. We all have a bond that no one will ever understand, it runs very deep.
its deeper than even family can understand or be a part of. We are all a
different breed of people and just don’t seem to fit in regular life. Maybe
that’s why we all care about each other so deeply. Even though i didn’t
know" Bison" enough of my friends did and that to me means he was
family to me. Its a terrible tragedy and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his
family. R.I.P. Bison Smith once again a brother has left us way before his
time.” – Bull Pain
Wednesday November 23,2011
Former WCW and WWE talent Sean O’Haire was arrested on a
simple battery charge.
Orton gets cut. QB Kyle Orton got cut by the Denver Broncos
after starting the NFL season 1-4 and being replaced by Tim Tebow.
One of my favorite bands of alltime made the news today-
sort of. Fishbone’s “Lying Ass Bitch” was played by the Roots for intro music
for GOP candidate Michelle Bachman when she appeared on Jimmy Fallon Show. An
NBC executive later apologized for the song selection.
Thursday November 24, 2011
Impact Wrestling features 2 matches in the commercials, one
an 8 man elimination match similar to the Survivor Series matches in WWE and
the other is a Thanksgiving Thong Thunder match featuring the knockouts. For
the record AJ Styles won the 8 man match and Velvet Sky won the triple T match.
don’t let the grandchildren (and my daughter doesn’t either) watch TNA right
now because of their adult themed direction they are taking and the language.”
– TNA founder Jerry Jarrett (from an interview on 8-30-11)
I am not certain if this took place on Turkey Day- but I
imagine it was one of the big holidays.
family dinner one time my forehead- I got hit with a chair wrong and I had a
big cut on the top of my head- so I wore a hat to the dinner table. My grandma
came thru and patted me on the head, but the pat on the head was enough. During
that family dinner I started bleeding out thru my hat and that was a big deal
back then. My grandma hates it- she hates what I do. She loves me, but she
hates me being scarred up and all that.”
Hogan is currently trending on Yahoo – yet again. This time it is regarding his
divorce settlement with ex-wife Linda , she is going to receive 70% of the
couple’s savings and investments , 40% ownership of his business ventures and a
3 million dollar property settlement. Hogan will not have to pay alimony.
NBA strike is over, the season will start with a tripleheader on Xmas day and
be shortened to a 66 game season.
Van Gundy stated on ESPN that liked the length of the season and that it should
the length of the season on a normal basis.
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