Tuesday, May 31, 2011

WWE '12 Video Game



WWE.com Article on WWE '12

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FFA: Atlanta Thrashers leave town


I can't say that this "matters" much to me except for the fact that it's another opportunity for people to pile on the city of Atlanta. Fact it, the Thrashers were setup to fail once Atlanta Spirit Group (ASG) purchased them. They were part of the deal to buy Philips Arena and the Atlanta Hawks. ASG wanted to unload them from Day 1 despite public comments to the contrary. I believe hockey could have worked here, but not as it was constituted. The Thrashers had early support and squandered that with an 11 year run that contained one playoff appearance (a sweep at that). Beyond that, you had issues such as the tragic Heatley/Snyder deal and all quality talent being traded.

Fact is, it was a mess. An absolute, unmitigated mess and I don't blame fans from staying away from Philips Arena.

Anyhow, I'm happy for the town of Winnipeg. I hope under proper ownership the former Atlanta Thrashers can find some success.

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FFA: Miami Heat = nWo

In honor of Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight, I present you this.



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One Man, Two Moments Volume 2

As already stated in a previous post the general premise is to look at a couple of wrestlers and come up with their two biggest moments. 

Since I've already posted what I believe to be his definitive moments here I'm going to start this edition with "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes:

  1. Getting beatdown by the Horsemen in a parking lot
  2. Getting a spike shoved in his face by the Road Warriors
Next, we will go with his old partner, Magnum TA:

  1. Starrcade cage match with Tully Blanchard
  2. The automobile accident that ended his career

That's it for the second installment of One Man, Two Moments.  Volume 3 will be along shortly.

Monday, May 30, 2011

FFA: Happy Birthday Bryant

My son Bryant turns four today.  Here's a clip of him singing the Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye."  There's a cameo of my voice at the beginning as well.



Also of note, it's WWE Legend and SAW's #1 pick in the TWB Draft, Jake "The Snake" Roberts' birthday as well.

Road Warriors SPIKE The American Dream

Talking about being a kid and being freaked out by how brutal someone is.  The Road Warriors turn heel and jump "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.  This isn't your ordinary beatdown though.  The Warriors decide to really take it to Big Dust by jamming one of their spikes into his face.

Pro-wrestling brutality at its finest. 



The backstage story is really just as fascinating.  My understanding is, and this alluded to in the comments, that Turner execs told Dusty to tone down the blood.  Dusty was also close to jumping to Vinny's promotion up north so he turned the Roadies heel and had them destroy him all in one brutal moment.

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Terry Taylor stepped down from TNA?

Word around the 'net is that Terry Taylor chose to leave TNA Wrestling due to some unspecified personal issues.  I don't think many believed that and now there's more talk about Taylor being forced out.

Daniel Pena posted this on Lords of Pain today.

Of note:

The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Taylor was fired by the organization on May 20. It is believed that he was let go due to allegations made against him in a lawsuit filed by a former performer.
The most absurd part is that it's not necessarily even the charges leveled by Shannon "Daffney" Spruill that led to the May 20th firing.

TH's The Wrestling Blog has an article by Cageside Seats that goes even further into this whole TNA/Terry Taylor debacle.  It even points out that Dave Scherer's PWInsider (PWSpyware, lol) has been used by TNA to get their message out. 

FFA: Memorial Day

The saying goes, "All gave some, some gave all."  Today is about remembering those who "gave all."  May they all Rest in Peace.



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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rick Steiner talks to...Chucky?!

Here's your really random wrestling clip of the week courtesy of WCW's Death Spiral.  Seriously, this happened.  WTF?!



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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Time: Vince McMahon on Randy Savage


I know the Macho Man posts were supposed to stop with this week's installment of It's Friday. I started to post a couple of other items about Savage, but chose not to do so. I believe this deserves to be posted though so here it goes.

Vince McMahon, who had an interesting relationship with Randy wrote the following for Time this week as posted by Daniel Pena of Lords of Pain.net

"It's important in sports and it's important in entertainment to stand out. Randy knew that. Right away, he wanted to leave his mark, and to do that he was aware he had to make himself different from everyone else. One way he did this was concentrating on his outfits, those brightly colored costumes with foot-long fringe that became his trademark. He brought to wrestling a unique look and style.

"Randy, who died in a car crash May 20 at age 58, was one of the building blocks of what is now WWE (previously known as the World Wrestling Federation). He had a very unusual voice --remember his "Snap into a Slim Jim. Oh, yeah!" commercials?--and was extremely charismatic. Perception is very important in this business, and he also had a very high opinion of himself, something he needed in a locker room full of performers who had been around for a while and had big personalities and followings--like Hulk Hogan, Today, Randy is remembered as one of wrestling's all time greats. No question about it--he certainly was."
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FFA: Burger King's Rodeo Cheeseburger

A discussion on WrestlingClassics about restaurant items you miss reminded me of this delicious burger.



This thing was delicious.  The original had a single meat patty (which was regular hamburger/cheeseburger/Whopper Jr size), cheese, three onion rings and BBQ sauce.  I always ordered mine with heavy sauce.  I wanted to BBQ to be dripping out the side of the burger as I ate it.  You can still craft one of these on your own, but most BK's in the US no longer carry them.

If you don't trust my opinion, let's see what noted food critic, Jules Winnfield has to say about it....



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WWE Capitol Punishment

This is just embarrassingly unfunny.  Enjoy?



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Destination X


A1 Poster, Zandrax brought this to my attention. As you see, the Destination X PPV poster features the old six sided ring with the tagline "Forward To The Past."

This, of course, launched a lot of speculation across A1-Wrestling and the IWC in general about the role of the six sided ring going forward in TNA/Impact Wrestling.

Jeremy Borash has confirmed that this ring is only going to be used at the Destination X PPV.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

What's wrong with Cena?

In as few words as possible?

They push him like 80s Hogan in 2011.

That's the problem.  We see these stars too much in 2011 for the 80s-style Superhero, Hulk Hogan push to work.  At least for the older audience that is.


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It's Friday!

We'll close out the week strong with another on-topic It's Friday.  We are also closing out what turned into "Macho Man" Randy Savage week after his untimely passing.  Savage will be missed, but SAW has to move on so there will be a lot less Savage love going forward.  The same thing we did with Edge after his premature retirement.

Anyway, enjoy this music as you get your week ended on the right food.

RIP Mr. Poffo



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Thursday, May 26, 2011

One Man, Two Moments

This was inspired by 790 the Zone's morning show, Mayhem in the AM hosted this morning by the Cellini brothers, Nick and Vince.

They did One Man, One Moment.  This was an opportunity for ATL sports talk fans to give the single moment that defined a guy.  One that caught my ear was Hulk Hogan.  The moment suggested for him was the historic nWo heel turn into Hollywood Hogan.  That's a good one of course and deserves to be in the conversation for the top spot, but I think Hulk slamming Andre the Giant at WM III in the Pontiac Silverdome is also an excellent moment deserving of Hogan's "one moment." 

I took that and figured, "Why can't we have two moments that define these wrestlers?"  So here we are.  I've already covered Hogan in the setup so let's look at another wrestler.

That wrestler is Chris Benoit.  I use him because unfortunately I feel his two defining moments are pretty obvious.

  1. World Heavyweight Championship win at WrestleMania XX.  Capped by his friend, Eddie Guerrerro celebrating with him in the confetti along with Benoit's family.  That sets us up for number two....
  2. The Benoit Murder/Suicide.  Sadly, this is Mr. Benoit's defining moment as well it should be.  I'm not really sure I have much in the way of analysis to offer on this one, but right now I fear it would be difficult for me to analyze that with the appropriate...tone for lack of a better word.
So that's it for what should be the first of many editions of One Man, Two Moments.  Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tiffany and Drew McIntyre split

In what is probably the least shocking news ever, former WWE Diva Tiffany and current WWE SuperStar Drew McIntyre are ending their marriage. 

Any marriage in the industry is going to be tough to maintain.  It gets tougher when the spouse is released.  Oh and there's also this from the Lords of Pain article.

On August 8, 2010, Terrell was arrested in Los Angeles County, California for domestic assault, a misdemeanor, after an alleged argument with Galloway. She was released later that day on $20,000 bail. It was announced on September 26 that all charges against Terrell had been dropped.
 Anyhow, I wish them both the best of luck, but cannot say I'm SHOCKED by this news either.

STL Macho Man Impersonator Laments Savage's Death

This is too weird not to share.  Chad Garrison of Riverfront Times did a story on a retired tree-trimmer, lifetime body builder and Macho Man impersonator named J.R. Moore.


Moore first began impersonating the "Macho Man" in 2001, though he'd been a fan of the wrestler in his heydays in the 1980s and '90s. "Back then he wore his hair all frizzy," explains Moore. "It wasn't until around 2001 that he started slicking back his hair. I'd always had that look. I remember I was walking through the grocery story one day and people came up to me and said, 'You're on the cover of TV Guide!' That pretty much started it."
So he essentially began his impersonation career when Randy adopted a similar look to his.  Interesting..
 For the moment, though, Moore says he's almost afraid to leave his home.

"People might see me and think they've seen a ghost." 
I'm not sure he needs to worry about that.  Sadly, I don't know if we have any audio of Mr. Moore.

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RAW Review 5-23-2011

Interesting episode of RAW for sure.

  • "Macho Man" Randy Savage video:  Excellent and touching video.  "Macho Man" really was one of the greatest.  It's a shame that whatever personal issues came between him and Vince kept him from coming back even once after WCW folded.
  • Kharma:  Positively bizarre. I didn't hate it like most, but it was really strange.  I was looking forward to where it was going, but now there's rumors floating around the 'net that she's done for an extended period of time due to a back issue or a pregnancy. Crazy stuff. I hope Mark Henry's the father though.
  • Cole/Lawler:  Finally a blowoff.  Cole awkwardly trying to be friendly with King on commentary was hilarious. I hope we get more heel Cole, but it should not be directed at Lawler anymore. That needs to be 100% over.
  • Swagger/Bourne:  Went about like I thought it would.  Swagger beats Bourne down and wins clean. The strangeness hit after the final bell when Even interrupted Jack's victory lap.  I wouldn't mind seeing a mini-feud between these two.  I do hope that WWE is finally serious about giving Swagger a legitimate push.
  • Kofi defends US title:  Nice to see Kofi win a match. Bonus cool points that his tights were designed by a kid who won a contest.  See what you can learn on Twitter.
  • Bret "The Hitman" Hart:  Bret, deservedly, got a nice pop. I wish he wasn't so enamored with jorts, but no one's perfect.  His interaction with Truth and that kid who Truth punked was a lot of fun.  Him reffing the main event was a lot of fun too.
  • R-Truth:  Continues his insanity. Him giving that kid Bret's glasses and then taking them away was great.
  • CM Punk:  The Macho Man tights were a nice touch.  "Where did you learn to count, Canada?" was a nice touch.  Stealing Bret's 5 Moves of Doom?  Nice touch.  That's why Punk is the greatest.
All-in-all, a fun show. 

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    Macho Man's first love was baseball


    It sounds funny, but it's true.  Pro-wrestling legend, "Macho Man" Randy Savage's first love was the diamond, not the ring.  I don't know how his father felt about it, but that's the truth and SI.com has an article about it.  I, for one, am glad that Randy didn't end up making it in baseball.  Selfishly, I'm glad I got to witness his historic career in the squared circle.

    Oddly enough, I learned about his minor league baseball career from my dad, GW.  Apparently he worked with someone that dated Randy back when he was still pursuing both careers.  Wild, ain't it?

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    Eddie Gilbert Hits Jerry Lawler with a Car

    Now this angle is this close *holdsfingersreallyclosetogether* to landing outside what I feel is acceptable for a pro-wrestling angle. I'll have more on that at a later date though. Anyhow, I was watching Memphis wrestling with Dad back on Joe Pedicino's old Saturday night wrestling show and saw this bit of magic.

    Basically, you have "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert heeling it up in Memphis against the local here, Jerry "The King" Lawler. One thing leads to another and the title of this post is self-explanatory....enjoy!



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    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Vince Russo "Shoots" on Hogan

    Looking back I realize what a clown Vince Russo is. I know this guy's creative style is not a good thing for the industry. All I know is I was beyond sick and tired of Hulk Hogan's backstage bullshit in WCW. For that reason alone, Vince Russo was my hero this night.

    Now I put "Shoots" in quotation marks because I now realize that this was probably a worked shoot that went awry as opposed to Russo really burying Hulk Hogan.

    All that being said, this led to Booker T capturing the WCW World Title. That was a huge markout moment for this guy. I was hopeful that WCW had turned the corner and was ready to put the focus on guys like Jarrett, Booker, Steiner etc. Basically, the focus was going to be put on anyone but that politicking Hulk Hogan.

    As an aside, I was in Daytona Beach, FL with the ex-wife on vacation the week of this show. I was tempted to try to get tickets and lay out of work on Monday, but didn't do so. Had I known that Booker T was going to win the Big Gold Belt and that Vince Russo was going to bury Hogan, I would have definitely stayed.



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    Saturday, May 21, 2011

    FFA: 100!



    Yep, this is my 100th post.  It's been a blast.  Hope you've enjoyed as much as I have.  I intend to keep this thing rolling for a good long while.

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    FFA: It's the End of the World as We Know It...

    (And I Feel Fine)

    Enjoy the Rapture folks!




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    Randy Savage debuts in WCW

    So far, I've been unable to find one of my favorite Randy Savage moments.  In lieu of that here is his WCW debut on WCW Saturday Night.  One thing I love about this is the way they teased for weeks whether he'd shake Hulk's hand or slap his face.  Macho was a great "get" for WCW.  Honestly, I'd love to have seen what a WCW with Flair, Sting and Savage minus the Hulkster would have looked like.

    Anyhow, this is a historic promo and as always an entertaining one from Mach. 



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    Friday, May 20, 2011

    RIP: "Macho Man" Randy Savage

    USA Today: "Macho Man" Randy Savage dies in car accident

    I'll have more on this later, but felt the need to go ahead and post at least this much.

    The wrestling industry lost a popular legend today as Randy "Macho Man" Savage reportedly had a heart attack behind the wheel of his Jeep and died in the resulting accident.

    Savage was one of my all-time favorites and always entertained the audience.

    RIP Randy

    He is none other than...the Shockmaster!

    Wrestling fans need zero setup for this, but if you're more of a casual fan sit back and enjoy one of the most high-profile wrestling FAILS of all time.

    Did you know?  The Shockmaster is voiced by wrestling legend, original Horseman and WCW booker, Ole Anderson?  The Shockmaster is...Tugboat or Typhoon from the Natural Disasters team in WWE.



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    It's Friday!

    I'm going with another "on topic" It's Friday! this week.  I wanted something that could get you going this morning.  Something that makes you want to run through a brick wall.  I found that something.  It's Taz's ECW theme "Survive If I Let You."  It's based on the excellent KISS tune, "War Machine."

    Enjoy and knock this Friday out, folks.



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    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    Kevin Nash's Spring Break Stories

    I have already documented my love for the old WCW Nitro shows at Club La Vela.  When I dug up that video though this one was also linked.  I know it's juvenile, but Nash telling stories about Bischoff trying to stop him from drinking is pretty funny.  Make sure you catch his "James Bond" story.  It's the highlight of this clip.  I mentioned on Twitter recently that the girl in front of me at Moe's had a Club La Vela shirt on.  I wanted to ask for a photo op.



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    Randy Orton: Nice Guy

    ProWrestling.net: Fan arrested at Randy Orton's hometown autograph signing

    I found this interesting today.  I think it's because of some of the stories I've heard about Orton having maturity issues as he rose through the ranks, but I figured he'd be kind of a "prickly" guy.  According to this guy at a signing in Randy's hometown though, he treated the fans like a million bucks.
    Right after I got to take a picture with him and get an autograph, Randy was asked if he wanted the line cut off but he said that he would stay as long as people wanted to meet him, including the people who didn't have a ticket or movie.
    I completely understand that the public demands put on celebrities is a tough thing.  That's why it's so great when you hear stories like this where a celebrity treats people well.

    Good job Randy.

    The Original, Tyson Kidd: New Manager? entry

    Blogger finally retrieved my original Tyson Kidd: New Manager? post so I'm reposting it now.  There are now two of these on SAW.  This was the original one which was lost.  The older one was the one I wrote when I thought this might not be retrieved.  Hope you enjoy both.

    In what I believe to be a first for SAW, I am going to discuss this week's episode of WWE Superstars.  It would appear that WWE is once again trying to give Tyson Kidd a "second."  First, we had the massive heat suck that was Jackson Andrews.  They did not go with a bodyguard for Kidd this time, they have given him a manager.  Who is that manager?  You'll have to stick around after the jump to find out.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    RAW Review 5-16-2011: FINALLY!

    Full Disclaimer:  I still haven't finished all of RAW from this week, but here's a rundown of what I saw.
    • Kofi (IC Champ)/CM Punk: I liked this match and I hated this match.  I enjoyed watching two workers I'm really into, mix it up.  What I'm tired of seeing is secondary champs dropping non-title matches.  This is doubly true with Kofi who always has gold yet rarely seems to win.  I would have given WWE bonus points had they mentioned that Punk and Kofi were tag champs.  If they mentioned it, I missed it.  Line of the night: "No more Mr. Nice Punk."
    • Kharma:  Still tons of fun.  It really should be getting tiring at this point, but Kharma owns that gimmick.  Not only that, the interaction with Kelly Kelly points to a larger storyline playing out so you're not simply getting a different Diva destroyed each week.  I did like that the Bellas chose to stand and fight this week after the ran like hell last week.  The thump on Kelly was really cool.
    • Rey/ADR/Truth:  Rey bores me to tears.  My three year old cuts better promos.  The match was fun, ADR and Ricardo were great as always (seriously, how great is ADR's entrance?) but I've seen enough ADR and Rey for a long time.  Truth brought the goods again as this heel turn is starting to turn even some of R-Truth's most vocal critics.  Lawler pointing out that Truth seemed remorseful was solid too.
    • Kiss My Foot:  Painful segment.  Painfully tired feud.  Please. Just. Die.  Swagger possibly turning face is interesting, but I'm so over this feud between Cole and Lawler.  Call me when you decide to do something with Swagger.
    • Cena/Miz:  I'm beyond tired of Cena.  Nice little promo to open things up.  A-Ri did his job well and I liked the setup in that it showed the Miz trying to line up an opponent for Cena throughout the night.  As for the main event, I haven't gotten to watch the whole match yet so I will withhold comment for now.  Nice cheap heat for A-Ri with the Spurs choking line.  Also, the Miz's tie was too short.  Button that jacket, dude.
    • Nexus vs Kane/Show:  Not a fan of champs dropping non-title matches.  I guess they were trying to create some intrigue for Over the Limit, but this does nothing for me.
    That's about all I have for thoughts on RAW this week.  It was solid, not spectacular.

    The Worst: Eric Young

    Yeah, I know I declared "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce, The Worst, but there are others competing for that crown. 

    One of the #1 Contenders is TNA's Impact Wrestling's Eric Young or EY for short.

    What makes him a top contender for this coveted crown?  Honestly, pretty much everything about him.  Check out the poster for Slammiversary IX for one.  You see that goofy looking dude between Beer Money and Kazarian on the X?  Yeah, that's Eric Young.

    I tried to find some footage of his "fear of pyro" gimmick to no avail.  What is his "fear of pyro" gimmick?  That's where he acted like the pyro scared him every week.  Was it mildly amusing the first time?  Maybe.  Was it after seeing it a billion times?  Not a chance.  Anyhow, that brilliant gimmick led to him becoming a low-rent Hurricane named "Super Eric."  I did find some quality footage of that garbage along with Black Reign (Dustin "Rhodes" Runnels before he returned to Goldust and WWE).  So there's really a whole lot of awful in this brief segment.

    Check it out after the jump...

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    RAW Review 5-16-2011: Delayed...

    The RAW Review looks like it will be pushed until at least Wednesday.  Honestly, and this is no reflection on the show, I fell asleep last night and haven't finished the last 45 minutes of RAW. 

    I hope to have it up later this week.  If not, I will be posting my thoughts on the portions of RAW I watched.

    Impact Wrestling: Wrestling Matters



    Above is a preview for the next episode of Impact Wrestling.  There are tons of reasons to be cynical about TNA's new rebranding, but they did produce a nice little video here. As tired as Foley's look and act is, he's still a dang good promo. For as corny as Angle's "It's real, it's damn real" shtick is, this is a quality promo from him as well.

    As I've said before, I hope TNA is as committed to this new direction as they say they are. If so, this could be the beginning of a brand new day in TNA.

    Only time will tell...

    A full Wrestling Matters video package is linked after the jump....

    Dropped Gimmick: Hade Vansen

    I do not recall this at all.  Guy cut a pretty decent promo and the whole presentation showed promise.  My understanding is that Vade was going to feud with Undertaker and was released before he debuted.  Anyone have more information about Vade Hansen?



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    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Impact Wrestling's New Set

    I will post it after the jump for anyone who doesn't want it spoiled for them.  I think I like the new setup.  I seem to be higher on the new logo and branding than others.  I'll be interested to see how it comes off on TV though.

    Stan Hansen The Origin of the Lariat

    This video rules for a number of reasons. Stan "The Lariat" Hansen is a true wrestling legend. As well-known as he is here for accomplishments such as ending Lex Luger's US title run in WCW, winning the AWA world title and backing over it with a truck or his Japanese tag team with Bruiser Brody.  He's an even bigger legend in Japan.  In Japan he's one of the most decorated and popular gaijins in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) history.  He's got the look, he can go in the ring and he has a wicked finisher, The Western Lariat.  Anyhow, this video contains his awesome AJPW theme song and shows a whole bunch of folks eating Lariats.  In short, it's the greatest.



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    WrestlingClassics.com

    WrestlingClassics.com is a very interesting place.  The folks there hold their classic wrestling and classic wrestlers (Lou Thesz, Jack Brisco, etc.) in very high esteem.  They used to be the butt of jokes on places like A1-Wrestling.com for possibly being a bit too reverent towards some of the stars of yesteryear.

    All that being said, WrestlingClassics is a cool place, especially the message board (WCMB).  You will not find a more knowledgeable bunch of folks than their message board posters.  They are always recalling or digging up YouTube videos of these really interesting moments in wrestling history.  I don't post there like I do on A1, but I do lurk and some of the topics and videos I have posted here have been inspired by WCMB.  I highly recommend you take a look. 

    If you care about the history of this industry, I doubt you'll be disappointed with Wrestling Classics.

    Sunday, May 15, 2011

    Happy Birthday Ron Simmons


    I really didn't want or intend to have two Happy Birthday posts so closely together, but after honoring "The Tennessee Stud" Robert Fuller yesterday there is no way that I cannot point out that today is Ron Simmon's birthday.

    Why?

    For one, Ron is the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion in wrestling history.

    Two, Ron is one of my all-time favorites.

    Three, Ron winning the title from Vader was a true WCW markout moment for me and the crowd as you will see below.

    Four, Ron is Georgia native just like myself.

    Fifth, Mr. Simmons was a college football star.  Heck he's a College Football Hall of Famer (Class of 2008).

    Happy 53rd birthday Ron.  His finest hour in the wrestling business is posted below.

    TH's The Wrestling Blog takes a vacation

    I mean that literally.  TH and his wife are going on a cruise so the site is going dark for a week or so.

    Don't take my word for it though, check out TH's going away post.

    Anyhow, TH was nice enough to give me and SAW a bit of a shoutout.  I will be here all the week with fresh content.  I will be sure to let you know when TWB returns because it is a fantastic read.

    Until then, click the link above and checkout all the useful places TH has pointed us during his time away.

    Sting "plays his cards" at Uncensored 1997

    Probably the greatest "mark out" moment of the WCW/nWo feud for me.  Sting shows up at the end of Uncensored.  Dusty says, "play your cards" and Sting certainly does.  This is the kind of angle that I miss in wrestling.  An angle or a storyline that gets real emotional investment from the fans.  It's a shame that WCW couldn't payoff the nWo storyline the way they should have, but it was some riveting TV in the in between.



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    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    Happy Birthday Robert Fuller

    "The Tennessee Stud" was a really underrated performer.  I fondly remember his tag team with Jeff Jarrett in Memphis.  To people who only knew him as Col Robert Parker and/or Tennessee Lee you should really try to track down some of his Memphis stuff.  Good heel, good face and just all around quality wrestler and promo.



    Tyson Kidd: New Manager?

    Looks like my original "Tyson Kidd: New Manager?" post got eaten by Blogger's wayward update.  Anyhow, here's the brief summary.

    In what I believe to be a SAW first, I will discuss the happenings of WWE Superstars.

    Tyson Kidd is known as one heck of a worker.  He's not known, however, for his promo ability.  What is WWE's solution for that?

    They gave him a second that isn't the heat suck Jackson Andrews.  As a matter of fact, they gave him a legend.  His manager is none other than...

    Hayes on the Freebirds leaving the AWA

    Let's keep the Freebirds love rolling along here on SAW.

    WWE's AWA DVD was really phenomenal.  One of the absolute highlights for me was this following segment with Michael PS Hayes.



    Bonus points to Michael for the awesome Terry Gordy impression.

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    Friday, May 13, 2011

    Impact Wrestling Revealed

    Wrestling Matters Here? We'll see


    I discussed this back when it was spoiler material, but Impact Wrestling is upon us.  How do I feel about it?  Well, I think the TNA name is really freaking stupid so I'm glad that may be completely on the way out.  OTOH, if the promotion is still a chaotic, overbooked mess then I don't care what it is called, it will still "absolutely suck."*  If, however, there is a real change in creative direction that leads to a simpler, more wrestling oriented product this could be a fantastic move.  I have my doubts.  I don't think it will happen, but we will see. 

    Thanks to A1 Poster and Podcaster, Zandrax for posting Zandrax for posting those pics last night.  If you want to jump in the discussion head to A1-Wrestling.com or leave a comment below.

    Here's another one specifically related to the storyline reason for the name change.


    *Thanks to The Rock!

    It's Friday!

    Keeping it on-topic this week.  I've published way too many posts for this not to be here already, but here it goes....



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    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    Riverdale teen meets wrestler in dream trip



    We know that WWE Superstars and Divas (especially John Cena) do a ton of work with groups such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation so this story should come as no surprise.  I post it mainly due to the local, Atlanta, angle.
    It isn't often that Germaine is the envy of anyone. The 13-year-old Pointe South Middle School student suffers from sickle cell illness, a life-threatening disease that keeps him from being able to enjoy the same things other boys his age do.
     The Kids Wish Network made sure that Germaine was the envy of many young folks on this day though:
    For a few days, Germaine was able to set aside doctors, hospitals, tests and shots to meet his favorite pro wrestler, John Morrison, and see the sights around Tampa. He and his mom toured the Florida Aquarium and took a pirate cruise around the bay.
    Kudos to Kids Wish Network, John Morrison and WWE for their part in this young man's "exciting and beautiful" time as his mother so eloquently put it. 

    Photo Credit: Clayton News Daily

    Lex Luger wins the WCW Title on Nitro

    In what you can consider a companion piece to this post on Lex Luger and the Wellness Policy, I have found one of my favorite Luger moments of all time.  No, it's not Lex vs a t-shirt, it's his WCW Nitro win against Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Title. 

    The match is split into Part I and Part II. If you only have a few minutes you need to check out Part II because the locker room celebration is what really makes this moment.

    Enjoy!





    Upload Credit: nWoClassics

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

    RAW Review 5-9-2011

    This episode of RAW just did not do it for me.  I never did get to pay it my full attention so I may rewatch it this week on DVR or Saturday on Universal HD.  If so, I may have to refine this review, but here's how I'm feeling on this beautiful Tuesday about last night's RAW.
    • Opening segment: ADR, Miz and Riley all played their parts really well...but you already knew that.  Ricardo even got a fun spot in there.  R-Truth's interruption worked for me.  His odd delivery worked for me as well, but he rambled too long.  I think his promos work better when he's more to the point.  I liked his first heel one because it established his motivation.  I don't think he needs to talk that long though in general. 
    • Main Event: Didn't get to focus on this like I should have. Loved the finish with Riley and Miz punking Rey Rey. Cena picking the stip was, "Eh." Kudos to WWE for having Truth destroy Rey after the match as opposed to being the determining factor in the match. 
    • US Title match: Good for Kofi to get the win, bad for Swagger to take the loss especially due to Jerry Lawler walking down the ramp. I wish they made us care more about this belt. Swagger could use the title a lot more than Kofi (who seems to simply bounce from secondary title to secondary title, but never feels more important). I say that as someone who is high on Kofi, mind you.
    • Kharma:  I don't care about the Divas, but Kharma is a blast.  They could keep this up for a while and I'd be content with it.  Loved the Bellas running like heck.  Kelly Kelly's facial expressions delivered yet again.  Eve took the former Implant Buster like a champ.  Kharma has her character down.  It hits all the right notes.  The production crew deserves a lot of credit too because her Titantron video really works for her.
    • New Nexus/Kane and Big Show: I like Kane and Show, but there is no reason they should be punking the Corre like they did and this was more of the same.  Punk deserves better and if he re-signs I hope we see a CM Punk that is used more fully by WWE Creative.
    • Cole/Lawler:  This needed to end at WM, but it didn't.  It has more than overstayed its welcome.  I could not care less about this angle if I tried at this point.  Swagger was fun though as was the face Cole made when his face was smashed against the Cole Mine.  I hope the Over the Limit match is the end of this nonsense.  I also hope that Swagger moves on to bigger and better things out of this.
    • Riley/Cena:  Fun match, hate Cena.  Didn't really matter to me.
    • Ziggler:  The new look sucks.  I don't know that he'll recover from this "Felicity moment."  Google it, friends. 
    That's RAW in a nutshell, "Meh." 

    TNA....FAIL

    I know the title could be redundant, but this is for any of you who think I don't talk about TNA Wrestling enough.



    I haven't seen this in years yet it's just as epic as it ever was.
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    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Lex Luger and WWE's Wellness Policy

    James Caldwell, PWTorch.com posted this recap of Lex Luger's interview on the Busted Open satellite radio show.

    Luger intimated that he has been doing some work behind the scenes with WWE.  In his own words, he is working with the Superstars and Divas as it relates to "nutrition, wellness, exercise, and taking care of their bodies."  His experiences could be valuable to the current and next generation stars of the industry.  Luger addresses this directly:

    "That’s another thing that WWE is being very proactive now with the Wellness Department and really train these guys with health and nutrition and drug prevention. We’re trying to prevent the young guys, this young generation of guys from going down the same path as we did back in the '80s and '90s," Luger said


    First, I certainly hope that his insight can make a difference going forward in the industry. Secondly, it's really phenomenal to see "The Total Package" working in the industry again as his health has been suspect and personal life a wreck the last decade.   

    Here's an interesting note from this Bleacher Report article:
    Kevin Nash said in a recent interview with Live Audio Wrestling that he had received an email stating that former WWE and WCW wrestler Lex Luger is back with WWE, as the head of the Wellness Policy.
    If true, that makes Luger's currently involvement with WWE even more exciting.  As a long-time fan, it really is great seeing Lex Luger heading in the right direction.  I could not be happier for him.

    Guest Blogger: A1 Podcast Draft

    Today South Atlanta Wrestling has its first Guest Blogger (GB), Norko aka A1's SupTool aka The Icon.  Norko and I share a lot of interests, but he will give you a different perspective here as well. 

    When we decided to do a draft for Episode 26 of the A1 Podcast, I immediately had an idea in mind for
    who I wanted to take as my number one pick in the draft. Unfortunately, when the time came up to draw
    names, I drew third. Unfortunately for me, my fellow panelist Zandrax drew number one, and took the pick I wanted to get, AJ Styles. However, luckily for me, Murphy's Law took the Miz with the number two pick.  Which led to me, in which I drafted. Without further ado, here's my draft and why I went with who I went with.

    1. CM Punk


    He was going to be my number two pick, but for obvious reasons listed above, moved up to my number one pick. He was neck and neck with AJ, having the edge on AJ in the promo abilities and vice versa in
    regards to wrestling ability. But in my promotion, he is definitely a guy to build around, whether it's
    as a face or heel. But more so as a heel.

    2. James Storm
    I knew with this pick, I was going pretty controversial. Why this pick so high? Because I believe that
    in the last few years he's been the best tag-team wrestler in the world. He's been so good with both
    Chris Harris and Robert Roode. And in my promotion, tag-teams will be featured prominently. I miss the days when it was possible a big time tag-team feud could main event a show just as much as a big time singles match.

    3. Robert Roode
    I'm not that big of a fan of his, but why not reunite Beer Money? Have the best tag-team in the world right now in my organization. This was simply one of those picks that wasn't sexy, but it filled a need.

    4. Gunner/Phil Shatter
    This guy has not been in the big leagues very long. With this pick I went with upside here. He's a relatively young guy, has not been in the business very long, but has a unique look about him and he has a great ability, that I believe will only get better in time. The only problem is the name in TNA. Gunner?? Really?? Just go with Phil Shatter, or even simply Shatter. It's a name that just screams star.

    5. Chris Hero
    I chose this guy next because this guy is long overdue for a shot at the big time. He came up along with CM Punk in IWA Mid-South. The biggest reason this guy hasn't been given a shot is because of his "look". Well, since then, he's worked on it, and is now ready for a shot.

    6. Kory Chavis/Rainman
    The Soul Assassin has been tearing it up nationwide as a member of the Dark City Fight Club with Jon Davis. What many don't know is he's been tearing it up before that as a member of Blackout with Murder-One. And in-between stints as a member of those teams, he was also an accomplished singles wrestler. Plus the potential of having a play-by-play man like Dan Wilson call his finisher, The SPINNNNEEEEEEE-SPLITTTTAHHHHHHHHH!

    7. Kofi Kingston
    A guy who I felt has not got a break the last few months. It seems like he's been on the downside, but that's a case of booking and not his abilities. This guy is over, is a classic babyface with that million dollar smile that pulls in the kids.

    8. Eddie Kingston
    No relation of Kofi, is probably best known for his feud with Chris Hero. While his actual wrestling abilities may not be worth of a top 10 draft pick, his promo abilities. It's hard to find, but look for his original "Last of a Dying Breed" promo that he cut on John Zandig or his promo on Ring of Honor. You'll see why this guy is major league!

    9. Madison Rayne
    Later on in the draft it got harder to decide who to choose so when my fellow panelist Prime selected Mickie James as his pick, it got me thinking if I did have a women's division, who would I pick. I picked Rayne because, prior to her 30 second loss to James at the most recent TNA PPV, she has been tearing it up as the Knockout's Champion.

    10. Jeff G. Bailey
    Probably the one guy people will be wondering who? Well, in our modern wrestling business, what's missing is a good manager. A manager who brings the attention to himself, but not at the expense of the people he/she manages. Jeff G. Bailey is that guy. He plays the agent/attorney to a T, but where he really excels is when you get the psychotic manager.  It's been said if Paul E. Dangerously and Jim Cornette mated, they'd come out with this guy. Here's some promos that just show how great he is.

    Vids and conclusion after the jump...


    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    AWA tag title switch

    As explained by the AWA's Larry Nelson. Got it? Good.

    Twitter @YoshiTatsuWWE

    I love Twitter and here's an example why.  I really like the interaction between celebrities and their fans.  This is a new one to me, but it's a ton of fun. 


    Seriously, you should follow WWE Superstar, Yoshi Tatsu. His feed is an absolute blast.

    Photo Credit: Twitter @YoshiTatsuWWE

    In honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to celebrate Kelly Kelly's achievement of making the Maxim Hot 100 list:
    In her Maxim Hot 100 debut, Kelly Kelly ranked at No. 82. She’s hoping to continue her reign on the list for years to come, just as former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler has. Keibler is the only other Diva to ever make the list, and has been on it every year since 2006.
    Of course, I do this on Mother's Day, because I think we'd all agree that Kelly Kelly is one hot mama.  Congratulations again to Kelly Kelly, the girl so nice they named her twice, on this accomplishment.

    As an aside, Layla is the hottest current Diva in my humble opinion.

    Photo Credit: WWE.com

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    The Undertaker: Retired?

    Have we heard the gong for the last time?

    Sounds kind of crazy, but allegedly that's the case.  I mean, it's obvious that he's winding it down, but I full expected to see him back on SmackDown at some point this year.  At the very least, I would have expected to see him at SummerSlam or one of the other "big" PPVs. 

    To be clear, read this from LoP's Marc Middleton, who gives credit to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
    While it's not official yet, the internal thought within WWE is that The Undertaker is basically retired, which explains Michelle McCool leaving to spend more time with him at home.

    The Observer reports that The Undertaker is in far worse physical shape than is being let on. WWE officials aren't ruling Taker out for WrestleMania 28 in 11 months but don't expect him to work another match before then. People close to Taker have talked to him about retiring at WrestleMania 28 with his streak at 20-0.
    Look, I've grown tired of the Undertaker, but this is certainly a shame.  I think some sort of retirement tour (even if he doesn't wrestle) leading up to WrestleMania 28 and a 20-0 record would be a fitting way to send "The Last Outlaw" off into the sunset.

    Your NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton


    So this was the huge aforementioned SmackDown spoiler, Randy Orton won the WHC in Christian's first defense of the strap.

    I like Orton, but I'm not a huge fan of this switch.  I have no issue with Orton as WHC.  It was simply entirely too soon to end Christian's dream.  I figured, depending on the challenger, that Christian may walk out of the next PPV without the belt.  I never thought, however, they would end his reign on the first episode of SmackDown after WWE Extreme Rules.

    Hopefully, as Chris Jericho suggests, this is only the beginning of a larger angle for Christian.  I'm not so sure it is though.  It feels like WWE ventured a little outside their comfort zone, hit the panic button and threw Orton and Cena back on top.

    Only time will tell....

    In the meantime, here's a link to last night's episode of SmackDown if you missed it.

    Also, this boss picture that A1 poster and podcaster, Zandrax, posted of your new WHC, RKO.

    Photo Credit: WWE.com

    TWB: Shane Helms Got into a Motorcycle Accident

    I wanted to cover this, but TH flat out beat me to it. We have pretty much the exact same perspective on this deal as well on the "Waffle House Crew" so consider this yet another opportunity to go check out TH's fine work on The Wrestling Blog.

    I will add though that Helms is one of those guys that I've been really hot and cold on. 

    Let's summarize:
    • WCW's "Sugar" Shane Helms: Seemed like an excellent cruiserweight, got a kick out of the dancing girl intro
    • "The Hurricane":  Fun for a comedy gimmick at first.  Overstayed its welcome by a lot.  I mean a whole lot.
    • Gregory Helms:  Arrogant heel work at its finest.  Nice Cruiserweight champion.
    Anyhow, good luck to him, hope he recovers quickly.

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    How Edge saved John Morrison...

    According to Wrestle Newz aka WNZ,* Edge's sudden retirement "saved" John Morrison.  Saved from what exactly?  I thought you'd never ask.  Some really smart, handsome internet poster started an epic thread on A1-Wrestling.com about Morrison's issues. 

    Many thought that would mean that Morrison would tumble down the card.  When R-Truth won a spot at Extreme Rules over John, it seemed that Morrison was getting his punishment.  Then Morrison was inserted back into that main event when Truth turned heel.  Why?  Well, there's a couple of reasonable theories behind that.  Actually, I'm sure there are more, but let's focus on these two.
    1. This whole thing was a huge non-issue that the WWE powers that be didn't care about
    2. Edge's sudden retirement created a void that Vince wanted filled.
    I have zero idea what the real reason is, but WNZ's Marc Middleton says it boiled down to this:
    A source indicates that Vince McMahon made the decision to put a spotlight back on Morrison once it was confirmed that Edge would be retiring. Vince felt that WWE needed a top babyface with an “exciting rock star” attitude like Edge had.
    So in losing the Rated-R Superstar, Vince felt that he still needed a guy that fit that mold.  I guess the "One Man Rock Band" Heath Slater wasn't considered ready for primetime so Morrison's punishment was lessened.

    If true, I think that's pretty wild and one heck of a break for JMo.  Is it true?  I don't know, but it's a good story if nothing else.


    *Yes, that's an unfortunate name if you want to be taken seriously. 

    FFA: It's Friday!

    No wrestling theme this week. Instead you get some Beatles music to power through this Friday. Go get it folks!



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    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Almost missed out on Kharma?

    No, this isn't a "My Name is Earl" post.

    Saw this story on LoP today and found it interesting.

    The Heyman Hustle website reports that Kia Stevens (a/k/a Awesome Kong) was almost not named Kharma because it was registered by Jennifer Thomas, a fitness model who was using the name at California based independent wrestling shows. WWE purchased the name from Thomas.

    Thomas was under a developmental contract to WWE from 2005 to 2007. She is scheduled for a tryout soon.

    I found it interesting simply because I didn't expect WWE to like any name so much that they would be willing to pay for it.

    It is a good name though and the graphic in that final vignette underscores that.

    Money well spent, I'd say.

    FFA: Coca-Cola Ad

    I forgot to include this in my initial Coca-Cola post so here it is.  The legendary, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" ad from 1971.

    Enjoy!

    FFA: Coca-Cola


    "The Nectar of the Gods"
    "Sex in a Can"

    These are just a few ways we've described Coca-Cola or Coke in our house.  To say we are Coke fanatics would be an understatement.  As a Southern Man, I love sweet tea.  I've grown fond of a good ol' 7 and 7.  I'd even consider myself a coffee addict (I'm working on a cup of black coffee now even), but Coke is absolutely the King of Beverages.

    Now, I love Coke, but my dad (who you will get to know as GW) takes that love to a whole different level.  When New Coke was introduced and original Coke was taken of the market my dad said "he had no reason to live."  Never mind the fact that he had an eight year old son and two year old daughter.  That's how important that drink was to him.  Of course, he was kidding or at least I hope he was.  I'll ask him, but doubt I'll get a straight answer....

    All that being said, let me give you some advice.  The best ways to enjoy Coca-Cola are as follows:
    • Fountain drinks:  Moe's Southwest Grill, Captain D's, Wendy's, Atlanta Bread Company (ABC) and Great American Cookie Company have some really good Coke.  I like Coke from McDonald's too, but it tastes so unique it's almost not even Coke.  (GW doesn't like it for instance).
    • Home:  I prefer an ice cold can poured over ice.  What about 2 liters?  They suck, that's what's about them.  They especially suck if you don't store them in the fridge.
    • Ice cream:  GW came up with this creation he calls "Concoction."  Basically, it's Chocolate Almond ice cream, Vanilla ice cream and Coke.  It has to be put together in a very specific way and even eaten in a very specific way, but it's an incredible treat.
    As Forrest Gump would say, "That's all I got to say about that."  I do love me some Coca-Cola though.

    Lastly, I will soon debut "GW's Flashbacks" where you will get some wrestling opinions from the man most responsible for making me a fan.  Be on the lookout for that over the next few weeks.

    Photo credit:  P.O. Kerala blog

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Scaffold Matches

    I remember thinking that Starrcade '86: Night of the Skywalkers was the greatest thing ever.  Now looking back, I realize how absolutely terrible scaffold matches are.  Now I could be somewhat biased by the fact that Dad severely injured himself when he fell off a scaffold, but I really don't think that's the case.  The reason I dislike them is that the action looks awkward and they are unnecessarily dangerous.  For example, legendary manager and malcontent, James E. Cornette famously blew out his knee in the aforementioned Skywalkers match.  (Never realized that Big Bubba (Ray Traylor) was supposed to catch Cornette there, but apparently he was.)

    Check out this one that features USWA great "Idol" Eric Embry and The Rock 'n' Roll RPMs taking on The Fantastics and Steve Simpson from 1986.  Title of the video says it was from the Cotton Bowl, but in the comments it is noted that it's actually old  Texas Stadium. Video after the jump...

    Impact Wrestling

    According to Jason Powell in this ProWrestling.net article...could be spoilery for the May 12th TNA show so rest of article is after the jump

    Additional info from Jason Powell added after the jump as well.

    SmackDown Spoiler for 5-6-2011

    I'm putting it after the jump so that no one can complain I spoiled anything for them.....

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Christian's First WHC Challenger...

    According to Marc Middleton from Lords of Pain.net. They have apparently selected Christian's first World Heavyweight Championship contender and it is...after the jump....

    RAW Review 5-2-2011: The Rock's Birthday

    Here's some thoughts on last night's RAW.  Not a great episode by any stretch with at least one really offensive outcome.  Yes, it's the WWE Title match.  No, not just because the Miz didn't win. 

    • WWE Championship Match (Cena and Miz): Thoroughly enjoyable match that was killed by a Reverse Dusty finish. The most egregious part for me was that it really did lack internal consistency for a ref to use circumstantial evidence in this one case to reverse a decision. 99% of the time that finish would stand and it should have last night as well. Beyond that, Miz would have thrown the belt out of the ring because that's what he does. He even did it with the briefcase earlier. It was just a stupid way to end a really good WWE Title match. Miz kicking out of the AA was nice though.  Cena still does nothing for me.
    • The Rock: Gets the hometown reaction plus, well, The Rock reaction. Cole's interaction was fun, but this segment seemed to go on a bit long. Seeing Cole get his was great and reminded me how WM 27 should have gone down with him and Lawler.  Anyhow, some musician I've never heard of performed.  Later we get one of those party segments in the back.  Nothing notable except for the appearance of Ron Simmons.  The Ron Simmons cameo was the highlight for this guy, of course.  We did get some fun interplay between Rock and new WHC, Christian.  Great final birthday video presented by the Chairman. Must have been really fun to be in the arena, but without better action on the show it didn't work as well for TV. 
    • Kharma:  Kelly Kelly sold this perfectly.  Kharma didn't seem to get a great reaction, but I think that will improve over time.  Maryse taking the former "Implant Buster" was nice.  Kharma plays her roll really well.
    • Patriotic Open:  Lillian Garcia singing, nice videos taking us back to the post-9/11 SmackDown.  It was all classy and well-produced, but felt....unnecessary to me. 
    • Celebrity Birthday messages:  All over the place, some funny, some godawful. 
    • New Talent Tag Match:  Swagger/Drew McIntyre vs Kofi/Rey, fun match.  Swagger rules of course.  DMc got punked by multiple finishers.  ADR's involvement was nice.
    • Kane/Big Show vs New Nexus segment: They did a lot of work there to get a guy over (Mason Ryan) who is apparently awful in the ring.  Weird. 

    Overall, this was a pretty bad RAW.  Much like a couple of weeks ago when Edge's shocking retirement salvaged a bad RAW, this one was somewhat saved by the presence of The Great One.  It was probably a lot more fun if you were in Miami though.

      Horsemen Parking Lot Attack

      Now here's another epic moment in the fabled Horsemen/Dusty Rhodes feud.  This made quite the impression on a young fan such as myself.




      Upload Credit: soliewrestlingII

      Monday, May 2, 2011

      Happy Birthday...

      Well everyone should know that it's The Rock's birthday tonight considering he's celebrating it on RAW from Miami.

      You may not have known, however, that it's Ray Traylor's birthday today. 



      He was born May 2, 1963.  Unfortunately, he passed on September 22, 2004 at the age of 41.

      I still have my 90's-era Big Boss Man, Corporate Security t-shirt by the way.

      RIP Big Boss Man

      Photo Credit: Derek B.E. Francis on Flickr

      Your New World Heavyweight Champion, Christian


      Glad to see WWE "do the right thing."  Congratulations to Captain Charisma, Christian and his Peeps.

      Photo Credit: WWE.com

      President Obama: Real American?

      You can bet your bottom $ on it.  This is absolutely hilarious.  Good job out of whoever came up with this.



      Upload Credit: CSPAN

      Sunday, May 1, 2011

      IT'S VADER (junior) TIME!

      Marc Middleton on Lords of Pain posted the following:
      WWE has reportedly signed Jesse White to a developmental deal. Jesse is the son of former World Heavyweight Champion Vader and has been competing with his dad in Japan. White impressed officials after a recent tryout in Florida.
      I enjoyed the heck out of his father's work.  If WWE officials are high on him, that's also a good sign.  He's not built like Leon though.  Jesse is reportedly 6'1", 235 lbs.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say he'll have to work a different style than dear old dad.  His picture is after the jump...

      Slammiversary IX Poster Released

      ProWrestling.net has it linked here.  I appreciate the emphasis on "homegrown talent," but when you put that goof, Eric Young, on a poster you are a bad, bad wrestling promotion.

      What a godawful promotion that is. Photo after the jump as well...

      WWE Extreme Rules: ADR vs Christian

      The Money Match
      Obviously, there's a lot going on at WWE Extreme Rules.  What match interests me the most?  It's the World Heavyweight Championship match between ADR and Christian.  Why?  I'll tell you why.

      WWE has a very unique opportunity at Extreme Rules as it relates to the World Heavyweight Championship (WHC).  Is it finally time for Alberto Del Rio to capture his first WHC?  Does Christian win the belt that was vacated by the premature retirement of his best friend, Edge?

      Coming out of WrestleMania 27, I felt that Extreme Rules was the time to crown a new WHC, Alberto Del Rio.  After Edge's shocking retirement on RAW, I had to reconsider my position. 

      At this point I, personally, feel it would be foolish of WWE to not take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have Christian win the belt in the shadow of his best friend's retirement. 

      We'll see what they do, but I have zero doubt that strapping Christian is the right move at WWE Extreme Rules.

      Where's Randy Savage meme

      For the most part, I don't care for the Where's Randy Savage meme. I mean, I'll give it an A for effort, but this one delivers.

      Like Norko said, "If they put that on a shirt, I'd buy it."