Monday, April 30, 2012

Cena vs Lesnar at WWE Extreme Rules

Last night's WWE Extreme Rules is getting strong reviews from the places I frequent on the internet.  Unfortunately, I could not order the show.  That being said, I am baffled by one booking decision.

Why have John Cena go over Brock Lesnar?

As a guy who is all for some unpredictability in booking when it comes to top talent, I must say the predictable thing would have made more sense to me here.  With Cena having lost his mojo and Brock positioned as an absolute monster, I thought for sure we were going to get a year long Death of Superman-style story.  Lesnar was going to play Doomsday who arrives and tears through everything in his path until someone is finally able to put a stop to the monster (most likely at great cost to themselves).

That's not what we got last night.  Apparently (remember I didn't get to see the match), Brock dominated an excellent brawl but was ultimately beaten with an Attitude Adjustment.  The bigger story seems to be that Cena suffered an "injury" and kept referencing "going away" after the match. 

The only thing I can figure is that tonight we will get a pissed off Brock Lesnar absolutely annihilating an already injured Cena and/or Brock playing up the fact that Cena won the battle, but lost the war last night at Extreme Rules.

As baffled as I am by having Cena get the win over Brock, I will say that I am pleased to have the unpredictability.  I have no idea what is going to happen on RAW tonight and ultimately that is a good thing.

Sad news for Sabu and Scott Hall

Bad news for two former stars of the ring:

I'm sure you already heard about this over the weekend, but two stars of the 90s, Sabu and Scott Hall, ran into some issues recently.

Let's start with Sabu.
A rep for the event tells TMZ, "Sabu was found unresponsive in his hotel room earlier today when event staff went to his room to pick him up for tonight's show. Management is currently awaiting results from his doctors to find out what actually happened."
TMZ: Sabu rushed to hospital

Now on to Scott Hall.
According to a lawsuit filed in Florida, Hall borrowed $75,000 to buy a house in Seminole County in June 2011. The lawsuit claims Hall missed his final balloon payment due last December and has flat out refused to pay it.
TMZ: Legal problems mounting for Scott Hall

As always, I wish nothing but the best for these guys.  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Shane Douglas on Hardcore Justice payouts

In this DOT NET article Shane Douglas complains about TNA's lousy pay to the ECW Originals at the Hardcore Justice PPV. Not to be a jerk, but if the workers agreed to do the show for such a sorry payday I fail to see how it is TNA's fault. Here is exactly what Shane said:
"After Dixie Carter did her show [Hardcore Justice] and paid the guys a ridiculous sum of money, $250 to go out there and do what we do better than most people do, that to me was just so disrespectful. For somebody who has been born and raised in a billion dollar household with a silver spoon in her mouth and up her backside, to ask guys to go out there and do that, for that little bit of money and then when it did better than any pay-per-view event in the last five years, didn't even offer so much as an extra penny on top of it."
Like I said, I cannot bring myself to get too worked up about this. Assuming the talent was paid every penny they were promised (unlike in ECW btw) then Dixie Carter and TNA are in the clear here. Shane Douglas complaining about it now doesn't really impress me much. I figure this is just another opportunity for him to try to make a splash like his pathetic "invasion" of RAW not too long ago.

It's Friday!

Since I have been working on WWE's excellent "Stone Cold" Steve Austin documentary, I figured this would be a good time to honor the Rattlesnake with an It's Friday! entry.



Tomorrow I have golf, a trip to Krystal and their delicious burgers and yard work on the agenda.

Sunday? Just church, lunch and relaxation.

Hope you have a great weekend, folks!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Marcus "Buff" Bagwell in a serious wreck

This was making the rounds on the IWC recently, but Buff Bagwell was apparently in a serious automobile accident.
Here is some information from the Wrestling Observer.

WO: Former WCW star Bagwell in serious auto accident
In a story that has been going around on social media all day, a number of people have posted get well wishes to Buff Bagwell. There is little info other than earlier today David Heath posted that Bagwell was in a serious auto accident. But we've heard no details as to the location, but a number of wrestlers have wished their best for a speedy recovery to him.
WO: Update on Buff Bagwell
According to sources, the accident is confirmed and happened last night, not earlier today. Bagwell's jeep reported flipped over eight or nine times, leaving him with a broken neck and reports are his jaw has been wired shut and will be that way for at least six months. Thanks to Karl Stern
SAW wishes Buff nothing but a full and speedy recovery.

Again, all information above is from the Wrestling Observer (www.wrestlingobserver.com). Also, it is worth noting that one of the WCMB posters in this thread on Wrestling Classics is stating that Buff may have suffered an SCI (spinal cord injury) that may result in permanent paralysis.

TMZ also posted this story.

Jerry Lawler's commentary on RAW

Watching RAW this Monday led to me posting the following on Twitter:


Now I know much like fans clamoring for a head coach to be fired, you really need to have an idea who should replace them. I will not claim to know who should replace him, but Jerry "The King" Lawler needs to go. His act is beyond stale. To me, it is the dictionary definition of stale.

Every week it is the same crap:
  • Squealing for no real reason
  • Shoehorning dumb one-liners in at every opportunity
  • Drooling over the Divas
I am quite sure there are other traits of his commentary that I am forgetting, but the whole shtick is absolutely annoying.

The worst part? He adds absolutely nothing to the proceedings at this point.  I respect the legend that Lawler was in the ring.  I respect he's been a quality color commentator in the past.  I also respect the fact that RAW desperately needs a new voice in that color commentator chair.

Sorry King and fans of the King.  It's not personal, it's only business.

Punk/Jericho alcoholism angle

I defended this Punk/Jericho alcoholism angle initially.  Why?  I felt it made perfect sense that a ruthless, thinking man's heel like Jericho would use mind games like that to throw Punk off his game.

To be honest though, I think this feud is coming off the rails a bit now and it is mainly because they have continued to make the alcoholism aspect the primary part of the feud.  I think that is a big mistake.

If you did not see it, here is the WWE YouTube version of the sobriety test on this week's RAW.



I love Punk and respect what Jericho brings to the table, but this was unbelievably hokey. For one, it immediately reminded me of the Jake "The Snake" Roberts/Jerry Lawler angle on RAW years ago. Understand, I am not saying that it's a bad segment simply because something similar was done in the past. It's just that many hardcore fans were probably like me in thinking, "This has to be a setup." For what it's worth, Kevin Nash pulled the same stunt on Scott Hall during their feud in WCW. Again, that doesn't make it a bad segment though.

What makes it a bad segment is that Jericho looked like a moron, it took entirely too long to get to a payoff and this shouldn't be the thrust of the feud at this point. I am adamant about that last point in large part because Jericho used this tactic before WrestleMania 28 and then lost cleanly. To me, that's a perfect reason for Jericho to shift strategies and formulate a new approach to getting CM Punk off his game.

As exciting as the "BEST IN THE WORLD!" feud was to begin with and as good as the Extreme Rules match should be, this feud is starting to lose steam in my opinion. The alcoholism angle is a large part of that.

I am almost certain that I am not the only one who feels this way. How about you?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ETB: Randy Orton

"This Fire Burns" beat "Cult of Personality" in the inaugural ETB poll.

So the question now becomes, which theme do you like better for Randy Orton?

"Burn in my Light"



"Voices"




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Monday, April 23, 2012

Booking SAW Part 4

A1 poster, Niall, asked for my thoughts on the following:
  • "Enhancement talent matches - underused?"
  • "When should a champion be pinned/made to submit?"
  • "Key elements of a heel champion"
I figured the Booking SAW series would be the perfect place to answer these questions.
  • Enhancement talent matches--I do think these could be utilized better in wrestling.  The issue is though we now have a whole generation of fans who are conditioned to see nothing but matches between competitive wrestlers.  I do not think you can go all the way back to the old school local enhancement talent, but you can flesh out a reasonably sized undercard that essentially serves that purpose.  They can even be competitive in their matches, but ultimately the stars would prove to be better.  I think that would be a good way to save some feuds from feeling stale so quickly when it seems you have guys getting physical too often.  It would also help make sure guys in feuds are built properly as you would be less likely to need either to do the J.O.B. on TV for another talent.
  • Champion pinned or submitted--I may need clarification on this one, but to me it's all about when the story calls for it.  For one thing, champions and top of the card guys should be fully able to absorb clean losses from time-to-time.  If you want to get a deadly submission move over then a babyface champion may need to submit to a heel's move.  Of course, if the feud is built in such a way that it makes sense for it to include or conclude with a submission match you may need to your champion to lose cleanly via submission.  One thing you have to do to make wrestling better is take away some of the stigma of a "clean loss."  If you build your characters properly then there should at least be a group of guys that can beat anyone (including each other) any day.  Do you want "nonsensical parity booking?"  Absolutely not, but no one should ever be "unbeatable."
  • Key elements of a heel champion--He can be a chickenbleep heel, but not all heel champions need to be one.  I despise Triple H, but the way he was booked as a heel champion that could beat big time faces cleanly makes perfect sense.  In my proposed Randy Orton/Sheamus feud, I would treat Orton the same way.  He works well as a sadistic, intelligent heel that should not always have to cower to the warrior face like Sheamus.  I think a heel champion should always be willing to cheat, but not always need to cheat.  In other words, Hollywood Hogan (who played himself as a chickenbleep heel) needs to cheat to beat Sting, but he can beat Stevie Ray from Harlem Heat cleanly.  Daniel Bryan cheats to defeat Sheamus, but does not need to do so against Zack Ryder.  Those are just two examples, but I hope this makes sense.
That's it for Part 4 of the Booking SAW series.  If you have more suggestions that you would like to see covered, please don't hesitate to let me know via comments, Facebook, A1-Wrestling.com or email at FreebirdSTF@hotmail.com.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Old PWI I found

I specifically recall Mom giving me this. I found it in my parents' attic when I was looking for some Transformers to show Bryant. I miss the days of browsing the wrestling mags at the local bookstore, I always flipped to the Top 10 lists first. Good times.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

CM Punk and the Chicago Cubs

I have nothing to add to this other than this is AWESOME. Against the Atlanta Braves no less.

Last night's SmackDown

I thought it was kind of funny that their main even six-man tag match could have been used as the perfect launching point for my booking idea of turning Orton on Sheamus.

I mean you can use that celebration shot of  Sheamus, Orton and Big Show perfectly in the video package that recaps the feud down the road at some point.

I did not actually watch hardly any of SmackDown but I intend to watch the UniversalHD replay tonight if at all possible. 

If I am unable to do so, I will probably watch the main event on YouTube if nothing else.  I am a big fan of six-man tag main events.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Booking WWE: Sheamus/Orton vs Henry/Bryan

I am no fantasy booker, but I certainly have no issue saying, "I think they should do this" from time-to-time.

I have been thinking for a while now that it is time for Randy Orton to turn heel again. I have enjoyed his work as a face and think he should be a face again at some point, but he is a natural heel. His character simply works better as a heel in my opinion.

So I got to thinking about how I would turn Orton. This is what I came up with.

Basically, you need to create some level of an alliance between Mark Henry and Daniel Bryan. I'm not talking about a stable, but have Henry and Bryan work together to attempt to destroy Sheamus. With John Laurinaitis in charge of SmackDown and RAW, you could even have a handicap match where Sheamus is left destroyed by Henry and Bryan. At some point though, you need to have a post-match beatdown of Sheamus where Randy Orton comes out to make the save.

Next step is to have Orton continue to watch Sheamus' back. Have them team together against Bryan and Henry. You could do a six-man tag match at some point even to keep things fresh.

Long story short, you have Sheamus take care of business against Bryan or Henry at a PPV at some point. That leaves him to defeat the other one at RAW, SmackDown or even the next PPV.

For the sake of discussion, let's say it's now Sheamus/Daniel Bryan. You have Henry attempt to interfere only to be thwarted by Orton. Once a battered and beaten Sheamus escapes with the title, Orton helps him to his feet, hits the RKO and then PUNTS Sheamus.

Now you're off-and-running as Randy Orton has punked his buddy Sheamus and firmly establishes himself as the sadistic heel he plays so well.

This isn't meant to be some sort of ground-breaking angle. It's quite simple and probably not even worth typing up here, but it would be effective and I hope WWE is considering a Sheamus/Orton feud down the line for Big Gold.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sting's Top 10 moves

It doesn't seem like Sting gets a ton of love on the hardcore wrestling message boards. I always liked him though. Flair "making" him at the first Clash of the Champions was a huge moment. Even though he lost and even though I was still a complete mark, I knew it was a big deal that he went toe-to-toe with "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.

Anyhow, I don't know if anyone else likes these, but I occasionally check out these YouTube lists that people do. Below is Sting's Top 10 moves.

Enjoy!



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TNA Champion Bobby Roode

Got himself a haircut that he will debut at Thursday's Impact.  I thought back during his Million Dollar Man ripoff days that he should do this.  Now, it's not so critical as the long hair fits the gimmick fine, but it's always important to freshen the look up once in a while.

This is true in wrestling and life if you ask me.  Look at CM Punk throughout the years in WWE for example.

There is a spoiler in the first link below related to a concept they will announce on Thursday's show.

This Online World of Wrestling message board link is where I saw the picture, they sourced WrestlingNewsSource.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Lord Tensai

 Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net (DOT NET) posted his RAW Hitlist today and his two points about John Cena could not be more spot on in my opinion.
John Cena promo: He finally stopped smirking! It was cool to hear him admit that he's intimidated by Lesnar, yet also state that he's going to show up and fight. This was a great shift from the happy go lucky Cena character. We've seen so much of that type of Cena that it was very effective when he showed us something different. As much as I enjoyed the pull apart brawl last week, I felt WWE gave us too much of Lesnar and actually brought my interest level in Lesnar vs. Cena down a notch. They more than made up for it this week with good mic work from both men.
I have said repeatedly since his loss to the Rock at WrestleMania 28 and Brock Lesnar's return that John Cena is more interesting than he has been in a very long time.  For one, he has to show some vulnerability.  Two, this feud doesn't feel like an opportunity for Cena to "overcome the odds" once again.  The question of where Cena is emotionally after these defeats and Lesnar's bullying actually makes me care about the John Cena character.  It has been a long time since that was the case. Beyond that it allow Cena to be a hero for simply being willing to fight. That's the way it should be.
John Cena vs. Lord Tensai: WWE finally seems to be telling a story that involves Cena losing. Top babyfaces tend to have a long honeymoon period where fans are content to watch them slay every dragon. Eventually, though, the act becomes predictable and stale, yet most pro wrestling companies are too timid to mess with the formula even though it's no longer as effective as it once was. WWE has been guilty of that with Cena for far too long. I don't know if Cena showing vulnerability and eventually getting his redemption over the long haul will win over many of his detractors, but it does give his fans something fresh and an incentive to rally behind him. Meanwhile, WWE definitely made a statement that Tensai is a real player in the storylines by having him beat Cena. There should have been more focus on Tensai's shocking win from the announcers, but I do believe a lot of fans will look at him differently now that he pinned Cena.
Someone on WCMB said something like, "The win helps Tensai more than it hurts Cena" and I could not agree more. I appreciated how they were going about trying to build Lord Tensai although I think the gimmick is a bit over the top and Tensai could benefit from a singlet. Much like they have transitioned Brodus Clay into something more meaningful with Santino, Ziggler and Swagger they needed to do the same for Tensai. I never imagined they would do it so quickly though. When they let Tensai get even a fluky win, it really legitimized that character. It will be interesting to see whether that warms crowds up for him or not. Back to the Cena aspect, it also gave us the cool visual of him begging for water to get the mist out of his face. The fact that Tensai had not used that previously was nice as well.

All-in-all, a vulnerable Cena is a much more interesting Cena. I hope WWE continues down this path as it should hopefully illustrate that booking your top face as a Superman isn't the only way to go about things.

Brock Lesnar will have sponsors on his ring gear in WWE

This is unprecedented, but Brock Lesnar will actually be allowed to wear sponsorhip logos on his ring gear while working for WWE.  Dave Meltzer had this to say on the Observer site Monday.
Yes, Lesnar is getting to wear clothing that has sponsors, which was a hell of a deal he cut for himself and he's the first person in history to have that right under a WWE contract.
This should illustrate to everyone how desperate Vince McMahon was to get a deal done with Brock.

I can understand why as Brock is one of the few guys that should have a big impact on the product. The way he left WWE at the top of the heap was completely unsatisfying and I would hazard a guess that most wrestling fans are as excited about his return as I am.

Still, I am floored that Vince is allowing this. That being said, if it was a deal-breaker then I am glad he is.

Monday, April 16, 2012

BSW: A Rowdy Panther and Stunt Granny

It looks like Barber Shop Window has regained its fastball.  Both of their current shirts are excellent.

Most of us think of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper wearing his "Hot Rod" shirt.  If you were a huge WCW mark, you may even think of his "I.C.O.N." shirt, but if you watch old footage of Hot Rod you will see what BSW refers to as "A Rowdy Panther."


Maybe you recall that horrible special, "Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Secrets." Actually, hopefully you don't, but if you do they introduced the nation to the concept of a "Stunt Granny."


stunt-granny by bugmee

BSW has now provided us with that shirt!


Like I said, BSW produces quality stuff. If I had the cash I would pick up a couple of these shirts. I don't, but I do enjoy seeing their offerings.


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RAW spoilers 4-16-2012

I haven't read them, but DOT NET has RAW spoilers for the show tonight in London.

I am going into this one with low expectations as they never really seem to deliver when they are outside the US or Canada.

Hopefully I'm wrong and we get a decent show tonight.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Scott Hall update

Mike Mooneyham of The Post and Courier recently posted an article that talks about Scott Hall's recent scrape with the law as well as his troubled past.

Some new information is here such as an interview with Marsha Field who allegedly was going to marry Scott back in 79.  He apparently got physical with her as well.
“Scott had a way of manipulating me ... then I would feel sorry for him and think he would never do it again. He tore up the condo I was leasing by kicking holes in the drywall next to where I was crouched in a ball. As I scooted down the hall he followed and kicked and punched and threw things into the walls. He really wanted to kick me but I was praying,”
When I think of wasted potential in wrestling history, two names come to mind and Scott Hall is one of them.  Jake "The Snake" Roberts is the other.  Both have long histories with substance abuse issues.  Actually both were quite successful as well, but they could have each accomplished so much more had they been able to get and stay clean.

As always, let's hope that Scott Hall can defeat his personal demons.  I have little reason to believe he will, but it certainly would be nice.  This is especially true for his loved ones.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

ETB: CM Punk

New feature here on South Atlanta Wrestling, ETB stands for "Entrance Theme Battle."  It's not a competition between different acts like Niall's "The Best Tag Team Theme" thread on A1.  It is about wrestlers who have changed theme music over the years.  Also, it's not about which song is better as much as it is about which song you like more as the entrance music for the wrestler in question.  In other words, you may like "Cult of Personality" better but feel "This Fire Burns" is the definitive CM Punk theme song.  In that case I think the choice has to be "This Fire Burns."  

Which theme do you like better for CM Punk?  You can "vote" in the comments below. I will post my vote down there at some point as well.

"This Fire Burns"



"Cult of Personality"




As mentioned in that A1 thread, Randy Orton will be our next ETB feature.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

FFA: It's Friday!

Just going to play a random Beatles' song I listened to last night.  Since they are the greatest band ever, I hope no one minds.

What's on your agenda this weekend?  I've got my nephew's birthday party and watching season one of "The Walking Dead" with my wife. 

Can't complain about any of that.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!



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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jericho accepts an award on behalf of CM Punk

Saw the following on DOT NET earlier today, WWE is continuing to use multiple platforms to get their angles and characters over.
“I want to accept this for him, and even though he beat me at WrestleMania, and basically embarrassed me, I will give this to him in good standing,” Jericho said ... then smashed Punk’s award over his knee and tossed it off the stage.
The video is located at the WWE link below.

WWE.com: Chris Jericho ruins CM Punk's "metal" moment

The article also mentions that Jericho has hosted the Golden Gods awards for three years now so there was an established reason for Chris to be there already.  I think that's good as it makes the whole thing come off a bit more naturally.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Scott Steiner on Twitter

If you don't mind profanity or insanity, you really need to follow Scott Steiner on Twitter (@ScottSteiner).  He has been on a tear about TNA and especially Hogan and Bischoff. 

I'm not even going to get into the whole "Is it a work?" or "Is it a shoot?" discussion because all I know is that Steiner and his Tweets are entertaining.

"Cowboy" Bob Orton in the Abrams' UWF



Check out the theme song he enters to. Too funny. Interesting to watch this now and realize that a 10 year old "Apex Predator" Randy Orton was sitting at home while his dad worked for Herb Abrams' UWF promotion. Obviously, Abrams' UWF is not to be confused in any way, shape or form with "Cowboy" Bill Watss' UWF.

This was completely inspired by two things, Orton's involvement on the "Blast from the Past" episode of SmackDown and my desire to get more matches posted on South Atlanta Wrestling.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SmackDown "Blast from the Past"

Just finished up the live SmackDown "Blast from the Past" special. How was it? In two words: Not bad. Two more: Not great.

There were two segments that I really enjoyed, Daniel Bryan entering Piper's Pit and the Mark Henry/Randy Orton match.

Let's start with the highlight of the show, Piper's Pit. Basically, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper belittled Daniel Bryan and tried to encourage his ex-girlfriend to stand up for herself. Ultimately, she didn't, but Piper, Bryan and even AJ were all on point in this segment.

Mark Henry/Randy Orton wasn't anything special although it helps that I'm a huge fan of both guys. What I liked about it was that they continue to let Henry look strong while Orton lost nothing as the match had an inconclusive finish. The angle with Kane attacking "Cowboy" Bob Orton was well done in that there was a built-in reason to have "Cowboy" there tonight with the "Blast from the Past" theme. The beatdown put some heat back on Kane after the loss on last week's SmackDown. Also, it gives the feud a more personal reason to continue.

The WWE Legends were great to see as always. "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes had a nice segment with Cody Rhodes. The best part? Cody playing the "You're embarrassing me" card.

The end fell flat and the main event of ADR/Bryan taking on Sheamus and "Mean" Gene Okerlund was silly, but it's always nice to see the old-timers having fun in front of the live crowd I suppose.

BSW: Garvin Stomp

I fully intended on doing a regular feature on Barber Shop Window's wrestling shirts.  The problem was that they had a couple weeks of releases that did not speak to me at all.  They have some brilliant products mind you, but they hit a rough patch as far as I was concerned.

That recently changed, this shirt has already ended its run, but it needs to be shared here.  I am quite sure that Norko would agree.


Anyhow, BSW still makes the coolest wrestling shirts you will find. Hopefully they will hit a hot streak soon and I can do a regular feature on their items.

Monday, April 9, 2012

John Cena vs Brock Lesnar Part 2

So after the excellent pull-apart brawl to open the show between John Cena and Brock Lesnar, we had Cena vs David Otunga as the main event on RAW.

John Cena won clean (as he should really) and went to celebrate as John Laurinaitis watched from the commentary booth, Brock stormed the ring, hit Cena with a low blow and gave him another F5.

It was incredible due to the way Brock looked like he was basically bullying John Cena.  I don't mean the attack, but the faces he made and how he carried himself.  Brock looks very comfortable in there for someone who hasn't been in the industry for eight years.  His promo during the show was solid as it relates to delivery and content.  My main gripe (it's a minor one) is that I had forgotten how Lesnar's voice sounded.  I think that, above all, is why he would benefit from a mouthpiece like Paul Heyman or John Laurinaitis.

Best part? The John Cena character is more interesting through his interaction with Brock Lesnar than he has been in a long time.  He's showing true vulnerability without some convoluted stacking of the odds that will be easily overcome.

The Cena/Lesnar segments delivered tonight, but this was an uneven episode of RAW.

I hope to touch on the other issues tomorrow in a brief RAW Review post.

John Cena vs Brock Lesnar

I could not wait to watch Monday Night RAW this week due to Brock Lesnar's return at the end of last week's show.

Well, so far this is delivering. John Laurinaitis makes a very interesting statement saying that Lesnar is going to bring "legitimacy" back to the WWE as well as calling Lesnar "The New Face of the WWE." Laurinaitis asks Brock to come out but Cena is out before Lesnar can say much. This may sound like the standard RAW template, but things escalated quickly in a good way. John Cena gets in the ring and says, "I meant to thank you for last week" and open-hand slaps "The Next Big Thing" in his face. Lesnar goes for the takedown, they exchange blows and we are off and running.

What really ramped things up was the pull apart brawl they did from that point. It made for a great scene especially when you see Cena's bloody mouth.

Absolutely incredible open to RAW.

Also, the John Cena vs Brock Lesnar match has already been set for WWE Extreme Rules.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

FFA: Happy Easter!

If you celebrate, I hope you have a great Easter.

Much like last year and every year for that matter, we have church, family meals and an Easter egg hunt for the kids on the agenda.

If you didn't catch it on this week's "It's Friday!" post, here is one of my son's favorite Christian songs.



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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Damien Sandow coming to SmackDown

I covered Damien Sandow in a previous post about his time down in FCW.  It appears a SmackDown debut is imminent.  The gimmick is kind of interesting to me.  I'll be interested to see him work with it though in front of the live crowd.



It's also good to know what came of Mike Knox' beard after he was FE'ed.

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Kane vs Orton no DQ from SmackDown

Really enjoyed this match from Friday's SmackDown and it seems to be garnering praise from across the IWC.



I have also queued up the entire match from the full episode of SmackDown if you would like to see more than the four minutes embedded aboe.

The funniest part for me personally was this comment from my four year old Bryant as he watched Kane and Randy Orton fight near the barricade.
If we were at the matches and Kane came near me, I'd duck in my seat and say, "Oh, please don't come over here."

How awesome would it be to be able to see professional wrestling through those young eyes again?


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Barbarian vs Barbarian

SAW has been sorely lacking on old school content lately.  Now this is from the Monday Night Wars era and not "old school" per se, but I saw it on Wrestling Classics and thought it was an interesting match.



The reason this post is titled as such is that John Nord also worked as "Barbarian" or "Nord the Barbarian" at points in his career. If you have ever caught AWA on ESPN Classics, you have probably seen John Nord in one of a couple different gimmicks. One of them was "The Barbarian." Oddly enough, he even teamed with Bruiser Brody (known as King Kong Brody in the AWA) for a period of time. The reason that is interesting is that Nord's Barbarian appears to be heavily influenced by Brody's gimmick.

Sort of related, but I thought the Faces of Fear were one of the coolest tag teams in WCW during the Monday Night Wars. I really enjoyed the pairing of Meng and Barbarian. Also, no offense to John Nord who I enjoy as well, but when I think of "The Barbarian" it is Sione Vailahi that comes to mind and not Nord. If you are unaware, Nord arguably went on to his biggest fame as the WWE's Berzerker.

There is another Nord/Vailahi match in that WCMB thread, I highly recommend you check it out.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

ROH Makes Good

If you happened to watch Ring of Honor's iPPV this past WrestleMania weekend, you may have noticed they had some problems with the feed due to a brownout in the area.  Well, fret not fans.

"As a make good to their fans, the promotion has posted two of the three matches online for free. The third may also be posted."

And even better, here they are

Kyle O'Reilly vs Adam Cole


And Young Bucks vs All Night Express

It's Friday!

Hope you have a great Friday and even better Easter weekend (if you celebrate Easter, of course).  I was really torn which direction to go with the It's Friday! song this week so I am going to split the difference.

Our official It's Friday! song is the theme song of the returning Brock Lesnar.  Follow the link below that to a Good Friday/Easter selection if you would like.

Enjoy your weekend folks!



Click here for our Good Friday/Easter selection, Casting Crown's "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)--Live!

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Brock Lesnar returns!

As seen in the picture from WWE.com below, former WWE and UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar has returned to WWE.


Rumors had swirled since Lesnar lost to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, that "The Next Big Thing" may be coming back to WWE. Those rumors intensified during WrestleMania weekend as it was even speculated he may get involved on the show. There was even a school of thought that said he would interfere in the Rock/Cena match.

Luckily, WWE delivered a clean main event between Rock and Cena. The Rock dropped a bombshell on Monday's RAW when he stated he wanted to become a world champion again at the beginning of the show. WWE teased a John Cena interview where he would "call out the Rock." Cena quickly put the idea that he would call out the Rock to bed, but did want to have a face-to-face meeting with "The Great One."



That...that did not happen as you see below.



Great setup for the Brock return as well as a nice transition away from Rock/Cena since the Rock is certainly not a full-time WWE performer.

By the way, I got a kick out of the guy in the CM Punk shirt jumping up and down when Brock appeared.  Also, the guy who pumped his arms was pretty funny too.

My interest in RAW is at an all-time high for next week I must say.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Orton removed from Marine: Homefront

SAW recently covered the casting of Randy Orton as the lead in the third WWE Films' "Marine" movie.  As mentioned then, Orton received a dishonorable discharge from the USMC which made the casting a bit awkward.

It turns out that the USMC was not thrilled with the decision either.  They voiced their displeasure and Orton has been removed from the film. Cpl. Mike Vinn, USMC, had this to say about WWE's decision per TMZ.
TMZ spoke with Cpl. Mike Vinn ... who tells us, "On behalf of all the Marines from Aco 1/4 98-02, that were outraged to hear about Randy Orton portraying a Marine in the next movie "Marine: Homefront", I'd like to thank the WWE for pulling Orton from the role when they heard about his disloyal service to the United States Marine Corps."

Vinn adds, "It shows respect for not only the unit I had served in, but for every person that has ever defended this nation. Thank you WWE."
I think WWE is making the right decision here. There is no reason to use Orton in that role given his behavior in the USMC back in '99.

One thing that was odd about the TMZ article is this line:
TMZ broke the story ... WWE officials made the decision to pull Orton from the flick when they discovered the wrestler had received a bad conduct discharge from the Marines in 1999 after going AWOL on 2 separate occasions.
WWE did not "discover" his bad conduct discharge. WWE has known about that for years so far as I am aware it was even covered in his recent DVD set. WWE simply responded/reacted to the negative publicity the casting created with the United States Marine Corps.

A1 poster, Niall, brought this update to my attention in his "Randy Orton is gonna act" thread on A1.  

I've said it a thousand times, but if you have not registered and joined the discussion on A1-Wrestling.com you need to do so now.

Monday, April 2, 2012

HERE COMES THE PAIN!

"A picture is worth a thousand words."

Photo Credit: WWE.com

FreebirdSTF on SmackDown

Thanks to Norko for pointing this out as he watched on Friday.  The lady in the center there was sitting in front of us with her son and husband.  I thought my sister was still sitting there when Big Show came out, but I see no evidence of her at all.  I don't know if she got a drink or what.

Either way, here I am at SmackDown during the Big Show's entrance wearing a Braves hat and South Atlanta Wrestling shirt (not pictured).

This is my 1 second of fame.

A handsome man sits handsomely

The Rock's post WrestleMania workout

I absolutely love the fact that he is wearing former Nation of Domination teammate, Mark Henry's Hall of Pain shirt.

@TheRock

Post Wrestlemania workout in the books. "Clangin & Bangin" #TeamBringItStrong http://pic.twitter.com/CQ4DEDeZ

Sunday, April 1, 2012

WrestleMania XXVIII

All-in-all I thought it was a great show.  I am surprised at some of the criticisms I am hearing about WrestleMania to be honest.

Let's take a match-by-match look:
  • John Cena vs The Rock--I may come back to this in a separate post.  For now I will say this, it was a solid match and had a great atmosphere.  The criticisms that "the wrong guy went over" are overblown in my opinion.  You do not bring the Rock back at WrestleMania in his home town to have him lose to John Cena.
  • CM Punk vs Chris Jericho, WWE Title--Lived up to the hype, the final transitions and psychology were on-point.  Although this appeared to be decisively won by Punk, I hope this feud continues.
  • Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus, World Title--I was disappointed that I wouldn't get to see a proper match, but the way it worked out was fun.  It will be interesting to see where they go with Daniel Bryan and AJ from here and whether that will involve Sheamus and the World Title.  Sheamus is a good guy to hold that strap.  
  • Triple H vs Undertaker (Shawn Michaels special referee)--Too theatrical at points, thought the WrestleMania 27 one was better.  Good drama though and liked the moment with the three guys at the End of an Era.
  • Cody Rhodes vs Big Show, IC Title--Big Show gets his "WrestleMania Moment" and they had a nice match.  I don't think Cody really loses anything here either. 
  • Team Teddy vs Team Johnny--As A1 poster, jerseyboy said, they telegraphed the finish with Eve being there.  I know I am supposed to hate Eve for how she treats Ryder, but I hate him more for putting up with her crap.  He looks like a tool in this whole deal.
  • Randy Orton vs Kane--Shocked that Kane went over.  Perfectly fine match, liked the finish.  I will be interested to see where they go with Orton from here.  I hope it's a heel turn and a possible feud with Sheamus.
  • Divas Tag Match--Maria from Extra seemed to be most concerned with selling her injuries properly and I think she did a good job.  I don't care about Divas so that is about all I have for this one.
  • WWE Tag Title Match (Pre-show)--Fun spotfest, I figured we'd have some title changes later in the show when Primo and Epico retained.  Rosa is hot.
  • WWE HOF Segment--I loved seeing real emotion from Edge. My wife busted me as I was kind of touched by that.  Thank You Edge started trending on Twitter and I said, "That's what is great about the WWE HOF."

Like I said, I thought it was a great show and completely worth my hard-earned cash.  I was glad to see the Rock back in action and cannot wait for RAW tomorrow night to see if we get some of these rumored returns and where we go with Cena and Daniel Bryan specifically.

Pre-WrestleManiaXXVIII thoughts

Can't wait for the show to start.  Don't know if I will have it in me to post anything about it again tonight, but when I get up tomorrow I should have some thoughts to share. 

The two matches I am most looking forward to are Rock/Cena and Punk/Jericho.

There is a lot of quality on this card though with Bryan/Sheamus, Big Show/Rhodes, Team Johnny/Team Teddy and the Hell in a Cell affair.

I will be seriously surprised if this card does not live up to the hype.  It looks pretty stacked and has some intrigue with some major, rumored returns.

Hope everyone enjoys it.  For some in-show thoughts, visit A1's WrestleMania thread.  I will surely be active there.