Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Transcript of ADR/El Patron's Triplemania Promo

PWInsider.com shared a transcript of El Patron's Triplemania promo.  I found it hosted on WrestlingInc.com and have shared it for you below.

This is the racism promo that people have been buzzing about.

All credit goes to PWInsider and Wrestling Inc.

"History will mark this day as the day that El Patron returned home. But the truth is, after listening to that grand reception, I don't think El Patron ever left, because his heart belongs to you, it belongs to Mexico. A lot has been said about why I left, why I came back. Seven years ago I embarked on that dream, that adventure called America. And by suffering, blood, sweat and tears we showed North Americans and the entire world, that when you do things with heart, with passion, with love, and being humble under the eyes of God our Father, dreams do come true.

"Of course it wasn't easy, and then came a day that the dream turned into a nightmare. Similar to many of you, or if not you, to family members of yours, who have gone to the other side looking for a better life for those that we love, I came across a monster, a monster called racism. Racism doesn't distinguish sex, race, religion, color, it doesn't care… if you have money, if you don't have it.

"But this man that's standing right here (points at his father Dos Caras), that has given me everything and has made me the person that I am, gave me the biggest gift a father can give his son – honesty and the spirit to triumph. He never lowered his head, so that I could learn to never lower it in front of anyone. I love you, Dad. In the U.S., they might be able to take my job, but they'll never, ever take away my dignity and my pride. And on this night, my fellow Mexicans, I promise you and God that never again will someone come and disrespect my people, myself and all those that I love – because I am El Patron Alberto and I am Mexican, ladies and gentlemen!"
There it is for those of you like me who do not speak Spanish.  In fact that reminds me of the premise of at least one of his early vignettes.  Del Rio basically said that if you didn't understand his Spanish promo then maybe you need to learn Spanish.  It cannot be said enough, but the original incarnation of ADR was spot-on perfect.  "It is..my....destiny."

Dean Ambrose and Crumbling Cinder Blocks

The main event on RAW last night was a wild mess just like you would expect from Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.  Both guys worked hard as always and it was one heck of an entertaining match.  One thing that hampered the match though was those ridiculous crumbling cinder blocks at the end of it.

I am a big fan of keeping it simple and that is especially true when it comes to weapons.  I mean I'll take a steel chair any day over something like that stupid butcher knife that Samoa Joe carried around during his Nation of Violence days or whatever.

The worst part is that the stupid crumbling cinder blocks didn't even make their debut last night.  I recall someone hitting Rey Mysterio in the knee with one of those things.  It was ridiculous then and it was no better last night.  I just do not care for completely ridiculous weapons like that.  I mean even in wrestling logic it's too big of a stretch to believe that a Curb Stomp into cinder blocks is going to reduce the blocks to powder.  They could have accomplished the same thing with some chair shots or whatever.  I don't know, it just bothers me. 

Now what was awesome about last night is this update from WWE.com today.
“At the time of bringing him backstage, he was responsive and was refusing transport to a local medical facility for further evaluation,” said Amann. “He had removed the straps and surgical collar, said he refused to go and we haven’t seen him since.”
That's exactly what the "Lunatic Fringe" would do. Perfect way to continue to create the aura around Dean Ambrose. It's almost like as dumb as crumbling cinder blocks is, this was just as brilliant.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Clearing Up the WWE 2K15 Roster

Here is the roster as is currently shared on the WWE 2K15 site
  1. AJ Lee
  2. Alberto Del Rio
  3. Bad News Barrett
  4. Batista
  5. Big E
  6. Big Show
  7. Bray Wyatt
  8. Brie Bella
  9. Brock Lesnar
  10. Cameron
  11. Cesaro
  12. Chris Jericho
  13. CM Punk
  14. Cody Rhodes
  15. Curtis Axel
  16. Damien Sandow
  17. Daniel Bryan
  18. Darren Young
  19. Dean Ambrose
  20. Dolph Ziggler
  21. Erick Rowan
  22. Fandango
  23. Goldust
  24. Hulk Hogan--"Hulkamania" Edition
  25. "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan--"Hulkamania" Edition
  26. Jack Swagger
  27. Jey Uso
  28. Jimmy Uso
  29. John Cena
  30. Justin Gabriel
  31. Kane
  32. Kofi Kingston
  33. Luke Harper
  34. Mark Henry
  35. Naomi
  36. Natalya
  37. Nikki Bella
  38. R-Truth
  39. Randy Orton
  40. Rey Mysterio
  41. Roman Reigns
  42. RVD
  43. Ryback
  44. Santino
  45. Seth Rollins
  46. Shawn Michaels
  47. Sheamus
  48. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
  49. Sting--Pre-Order
  50. Sting (Retro)--Pre-Order
  51. Summer Rae
  52. Tamina
  53. The Miz
  54. The Rock
  55. The Undertaker
  56. Titus O'Neil
  57. Triple H
  58. Tyson Kidd
  59. Xavier Woods
Here are the names that WWE.com lists on their version of the roster that aren't on 2K's.  

Booker T, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, and 80's Hogan.*

*80's Hogan has been confirmed as part of the game from the jump just about, but 2K removed him from the roster when they posted the full roster.  They only list the two "Hulkamania" Edition Hogans and leave out the third one which will be available to everyone. 

The other thing that I'm not clear on is whether there will be more members of the roster added via DLC.  They seemed to suggest at the panel that there were more to be announced before the release in October, but then the posted the rest of it and WWE.com put up that roster with the additional names above.

All-in-all it was sloppy work by 2K in a lot of ways and I'm honestly surprised there hasn't been more clarification about all of this.  We'll know more as the release of the game approaches though.

As always I'm looking forward to it.  Having a new WWE game to play in October/November is an annual tradition now. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SummerSlam 2014: Brock the Conqueror Reigns

  • The Miz (IC Champion) vs Dolph Ziggler--Solid opener.  I have zero idea whatever that was that The Miz was wearing during his intro, but the smarmy heel movie star thing works for me.  Like someone said on Twitter, at least he's a heel you want to punch in the face every time you see him in the ring.  I also liked Miz trying to leave with the belt only to be cut off by Ziggler.  The psychology on that Fame Asser to SCF was lacking, but it was executed kind of beautifully at least.  Ziggler wins the IC gold after the Zig Zag.  Nice sell job on that by The Miz by the way.  It was also a nice opener.
  • AJ Lee (Divas Champion) vs Paige--I typically pay the Divas matches no mind, but this one has gotten my piqued my curiosity.  Really good match with a lot of fire out of both Divas.  Paige counters the Black Widow to become new Divas Champion on her birthday apparently.
  • Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter vs Rusev w/Lana in a Flag Match--This match was a ton of fun and the hot crowd played into that.  I liked the touch of Swagger injuring Rusev early to kind of even up the injury situation.  I really thought Rusev was going to tap and you could feel the anticipation growing in the crowd.  I don't really have an issue with Rusev's win and Lana instructing him to kick Zeb's head off was a nice touch.  Someone suggested a Submission Match to blow off the feud and I'd certainly be down with that.
  • Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match--This was insane (in all the right ways) and the only Lumberjack Match I specifically recall being a really good match.  That one sequence in there where Ambrose's Dirty Deeds attempt was met with a kick which bounced him off the ropes and he ended up nailing Rollins with a vicious clothesline was awesome.  As was the big plancha on the Rollins and the Lumberjacks.  Ambrose loses, but was still well protected.  It won't hurt his momentum at all.
  • Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho--Hot crowd is in to this one as well.  Bray's entrance is mesmerizing.  He's also go the old butcher smock deal on which is a really cool look.  Jericho has a fancier version of his light up jacket.  The also point out that Wyatt's movement is growing and that he calls the lit up cellphones his "fireflies."  That's kind of cool too.  The crowd seems split.  The Sister Abigail to the barrier was sweet.  Bray finally finishes him off in the ring and JBL puts over the fact that he has just beat a six-time world champion.  Good match and a nice win for Bray which didn't even include shenanigans from the Family.  Bray even cuts a post-match promo in the ring which the crowd responds positively to although they didn't turn on Jericho either. 
  • Stephanie McMahon vs Brie Bella--I think they've done a wonderful job building this feud despite Brie's, um, limitations as it relates to cutting realistic promos.  Now I had no reason to believe this would live up to the build and it absolutely did not.  We get the expected Nikki Bella turn which is a decision I don't care for, but we'll see how they explain it and all before judging.  The best part of course is that we get a smug Stephanie celebration which is always nice.  As I've said 1,000 times before, Stephanie is better at this than her old man by a lot.
  • Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns--Roman has new gear with a blue trim to it instead of that olive green or whatever.  It looks better.  JBL putting this over as Roman's biggest match as a singles competitor which is true and exactly what a commentator should be doing. Typical WWE-style main event match with a bunch of near falls, signatures and finishers.  Roman evades the Punt and finally hit the Spear for the win.  I'm really high on Roman Reigns and the announcers are putting this over huge, but it's weird that the fans seem to sit on their hands for his matches.  They pop for him when they see him, they dig the entrance and the victory, but during the match it's like they are completely out of it. 
  • "The Beast" Brock Lesnar vs "The Champ" John Cena for the WWE World Heavyweight Title--Wasn't a great match, but it worked from a psychology standpoint.  It was a great moment.  Brock the Conqueror slays The Undertaker and his Streak and follows that up by demolishing the greatest champion of this era.  The narrative worked, but the match itself only worked at being a spectacle.  It was an unthinkable way to see John Cena lose the WWE World Heavyweight Title.  That's for sure.  The commentators put over the fact that Cena and WWE may never be the same and also that Brock delivered 16 German Suplexes to Cena.  Good-ness.  Brock is your new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and that's a good thing.
Overall, this show ruled from top to bottom.  It was certainly worth whatever I paid for it.  What was that?  Oh, $9.99.  If you missed it you need to catch this show.  It was awesome. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

WWE 2K 15 Roster Reveal at SummerSlam

Here's the full roster for WWE 2K15 as announced at SummerSlam by IGN.

This roster reveal was a mess.  WWE.com has a different version of the roster that includes Flair, Booker T and Nash too.

Previously announced roster:
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Cesaro
  • Hulk Hogan--Hulkamania Edition Exclusive
  • John Cena
  • Roman Reigns
  • Sting--Pre-order Exclusive
  • Sting (Retro)--Pre-order Exclusive
  • Randy Orton
  • Darren Young 
  • Goldust
Current Announcements:
  • Chris Jericho
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Big Show
  • Sheamus
  • Fandango
  • Damien Sandow
  • Brock Lesnar
  • CM Punk
  • Triple H
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Batista
  • Jey Uso
  • Jimmy Uso
  • AJ Lee
  • Big E
  • Jack Swagger
  • Tyson Kidd
  • Rey Mysterio
  • Nikki Bella
  • Brie Bella
  • Titus O'Neil
  • The Rock
  • Hollywood Hogan--Hulkamania Edition Exclusive
  • John Cena (Retro)
  • Seth Rollins
  • Kofi Kingston
  • R-Truth
  • Justin Gabriel
  • Naomi
  • Daniel Bryan
  •  Xavier Woods
  • The Miz
  • Tamina
  • Rob Van Dam
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
  • Erick Rowan
  • Luke Harper
  • Undertaker
Names I apparently missed or weren't shared at the actual reveal:
  • Alberto Del Rio
  • Bad News Barrett
  • Cameron
  • Cody Rhodes
  • Curtis Axel
  • Kane
  • Mark Henry
  • Natalya
  • Ryback
  • Santino Marella
  • Summer Rae
Well apparently they didn't intend to reveal the entire roster today, but that wasn't really communicated by 2K.  Here's their note below.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Wrestling Related Dream

Had the oddest wrestling dream last night. Actually it was more of an odd wrestling reference in a dream.

Whereever I was there was a Current Affair style news progra on. One of the stories was that Sheamus had ripped off Bill Eadie (Demolition Ax/ The Masked Superstar) for money he owed for training in 1988.  That general angle may have been ripped from the story I heard about Magnum TA getting jobbed by Buzz Sawyer in similar fashion.

I looked it up this morning and Sheamus is my age so he was 10 in '88. 

Strange thing to have your brain insert into a dream but there you have it.

Of note though, right before I went to publish I double-checked some information on Mr. Eadie and it turns out he resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mattel's WWE Elite 30: New Images

WrestlingFigs.com has new in-hand pictures of Mattel's WWE Elite Series 30 which I like to call The Hoss Series.  I've posted about this series before, but these new pics were worth sharing.


I'm going to wait for a WCW/NWA style Luger whether it's 80's or Monday Night War era, but that "All-American" Lex Luger face sculpt is perfect.

Sadly, I probably won't actually pick up any of these figures, but the series is impressive.  If money/space wasn't an issue I'd easily pick up Batista, both Road Warriors, Brock and Luger.  Honestly, Ryback wouldn't be a stretch either.  Really, the whole series is worth considering.  The only reason I won't pull the trigger on the Roadies is that I have the WWE Legends ones with their JCP-style deco.  If I didn't have them I'd definitely pick each up.  

WWE.com: The Many Faces of Kane

WWE has given Corporate Kane back to us, but the other day I saw a Many Faces of Kane article on WWE's site.

It's kind of funny that I don't really recall some of these incremental changes to is look over the years. Kane certainly did solid work, even on the mic, during his unmasked days.  That being said I was a much bigger fan of the mute, masked monster.
Honestly, Kane's continued success is quite remarkable.  WWE's ability to keep him fresh over the years and his ability to avoid injury, etc. has given him a much longer career than I anticipated when he debuted in the 90's. 

It will be interesting to see what the endgame is for the return of Corporate Kane all I know is that much like Alberto del Rio he is an underappreciated part of WWE's product. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Interesting "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd Promo

Ernie Ladd is a guy who I hear nothing but good things about but have seen precious little of his work.  The promo below was shared on WCMB and from what I understand it was a good sample of Ladd's mic work.

The whole thread is worth a look. The fine posters over there discuss Ladd's most often used phrases and some of the mentality he had with that gimmick. This is a fascinating snapshot of that day and age really.

My favorite part of this is the "and I ran him clean out of Georgia" comment.

When I was in college I spent a lot of time at Southlake Mall in Morrow, GA.  They had a sports shop there called The Pro-Image if I recall correctly.  The gentleman that either owned or ran it started bringing in wrestling shirts during the Monday Night War.  Anyhow, he talked to me about how certain shirts didn't sell (Boss Man and Giant, I bought one of each however) and all that.  Then he laid this one on me.  He claimed that he played football at Grambling with Ernie Ladd.  I never thought to get the guy's name so to this day I have no idea whether it's true or not.  He seemed like and upstanding guy and all so I tend to believe him, but I wish I could confirm it. 

Upload Credit: KabookiX

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bryant's Wrestling Themed Birthday Party

My son, Bryant, turned 7 back in May, but I forgot to publish this post then. 

When he couldn't get Superman stuff at Party City he opted for a WWE themed birthday party. 

He shares his birthday with Jake "The Snake" Roberts.  My wrestling birthday buddy is...Hornswoggle.

Here are some pics from the party.

Excited to have picked it out.
Went plain with the cookie cake.
Me and the birthday boy.  Wrestling shirts of course.