Monday, March 03, 2014

Wrestling and Pop Culture March of 2011


March 3, 2011

A night out of the Impact Zone was much needed. The Fayetteville, NC crowd popped for Sting as he recaptured the TNA Heavyweight Championship. It was not a perfect show. It was anchored down by a lame wedding segment with Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett(former wife of Kurt Angle) and the evaporation of the X-division. But still a good showing with a decent sized live crowd not in Orlando-they need to escape the Impact Zone at least once a month- or at least for PPV.


 

 

March 7, 2011


Actor Charlie Sheen is fired from his role on the hit series Two and a Half Men.


 


March 11, 2011


Charlie Sheen is displaced from the headlines as Japan is rocked by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The natural disaster caused anywhere from 15 to 30 billion dollars worth of damage, over 15 thousand casualties and several thousand more injured or missing.


 

Rebecca Black’s “Friday” goes viral, by the end of the year the video has over 10 million views on YouTube.

 


March 13 2011


Attempting to mimic Mike Tyson fights from the late 80s the main event for the TNA PPV Victory Road was short –about 90seconds. Sting caught Jeff Hardy with a scorpion death-drop and won the bout. The reality was worse- Jeff Hardy showed up in no condition to compete and instead of a back and forth battle the match was kept short to protect both talents. The internet wrestling community is outraged- oddly in numbers far exceeding the 10,000 or so buys that an average TNA PPV averages.


March 15, 2011

Trending el numero dos on yahoo right now is Snooki- we have went from Billy Martin and Ali to this- then again  Jennifer Flowers was interviewed by the Rock at a previous Mania.


The True Story of Wrestlemania is released by WWE on DVD and Blu-Ray- sure it is an in-house glorification of their signature event- but it is a neat look at the Stanley Cup of wrestling – including rare behind the scenes footage of the Las Vegas Mania.


 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 


 


VCW –The Rise of  The SET

From Challengers to Champions

2011 Bell to Bell Promotions LLC

 

First off- kudos to VCW- the production on this DVD is light years ahead of the last DVD I purchased from the company. This features sit-down interviews with the tag-team The Set – Lance Lude and Jay-Sinn and several matches including matches against the King of Wrestling and The Briscoe Brothers. The extra includes a shoot interview (filmed while wrestling is audibly going on in the background-not an extra so much as the sit-down sections in one big scoop versus between matches) and an extra match. I imagine this odd tag team may not get over with someone who has not seen them live( quite frankly Jay-Sinn has had over 10 pounds added by the camera and Lude is rail thin)- but they are fun live and their style works on the DVD.  B-

 

 


 


March 20, 2011

Wrestling manager and music aficionado Sir Oliver Humperdink passed away. I did not know him well, but he was one of the genuine nice guys in the industry. It was always fun talking music with a wrestling manager that knew and appreciated Bob Margolin and Digital Underground.

Limitless was the number one movie in America for the weekend.

March 21, 2011

 Chris Jericho scored a 19 of 30 doing a cha-cha to "Should I Stay or Should I Go" - he looked stiff in his performance- but I have not seen the other celebs.


 

Blues legend Pinetop Perkins passed away at the age of 97, his swinging tune “Take it easy baby” has been a staple of my iPod for years and tape collection for years before that. He had recently won a Grammy for best traditional blues album  Joined at the Hip  recorded with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith , he managed to edge out George Burns for the record for oldest person to win a Grammy.

 

March 23, 2011

Film icon Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. Known as much for her multiple marriages as her roles in movies like National Velvet and Cleopatra, Taylor was in the paparazzi maelstrom long before Lyndsey Lohan, Kim Kardashian or Britney Spears had their lives on public display.

 


March 24, 2011


March 24th is the first annual Sputnik Monroe day in Memphis, Tennessee.


 

 

March 26, 2011

 Liked the match between Christian and Del Rio again- Christian is darned good @ making his opponent look like a million bucks.  iMPact ended up in - confusion yet again- but I did like the match between Tara & Mickie James


 

“I love the women that TNA has in the knockouts division, I know all those girls pretty much except maybe 2 in the locker-room and I’ve pretty much wrestled all those girls and they’re excellent. But again I can not stand Vince Russo- I don’t know what his problem is. But it seems like it gets going good with a feud between the girls and then all of the sudden – I don’t know what the heck happens? It’s like they forgot everything that happened and went into something else and just dropped it. I don’t understand it. It’s almost like I need ADD or something to be able to follow it, because it doesn’t make sense to my logical mind.” The Angel Orsini

 

 

The ripple effects of the bad economy hit close to home as we take in a friend who has lost their home after 30 years-at first they say they only need to stay for a couple of days – this eventually turns into a month before they find another place to crash.


 


March 28, 2011


Fit Finlay is let go by the WWE. Fit Finlay was a long-time competitor and champion in England and Ireland before he came over and wrestled for WCW and WWE. He became the mentor for the WWE divas during a period when they had talented female wrestlers and some decent matches. Finlay had instructed the Miz to interrupt the National Anthem to garner heel heat- this made the local contingent of the National Guard upset and led to Finlay’s firing.


 


March 29, 2011


WWE releases WWE All Stars for PS3, 360 and several other gaming platforms. While the game promises interesting matchups between superstars from the past and the present. I pass on purchasing the game after playing the free demo online. The wacky over-the-top game-play and the over muscled- even for wrestling physiques are an instant turnoff. “If Phil Mushnick were in charge of the WWE- none of the wrestlers would be dead. Do I need to say anymore? Why am I the bad guy? I understand because they are blind to it. They don’t want to know. They want to enjoy this little fantasy world that’s loaded with reality, none of it good. You’d think they would champion what I was doing. But the guy they defend is the one that kills the guys they purport to love.” – Phil Mushnick responding to being disliked by wrestling fans

The game did receive basically favorable reviews – I personally was not interested- but as with many things in wrestling it depends on your taste and perspective.


 


March 30, 2011


Former WWE champion Brock Lesnar is a coach on the new season of the Ultimate Fighter. After hearing him say “make chicken salad out of chicken shit “ at least twice an episode I stopped watching.


 


 


 


March 30, 2011


Christopher Daniels returns to TNA and helps out members of Fortune take on Immortal.

 

“One of the most underrated guys that’s been in the business in a number of years. Vince McMahon you missed the boat by not hiring Christopher Daniels. I’ll say it to the day I die you have hired Chris Daniels and not thought he was too small- because he can work circles around 95% of the guys you have in that organization.”- Big Bill Anderson

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