Since one of TNA’s “big 4” PPVs in live tonight (Lockdown), I figured it was about time I was able to examine TNA Wrestling a little more closely in 2013.
Now it’s no secret I’m a TNA fan… or I should say was. It’s not just what they’ve done to the product over the last few years or the people they’ve brought in or pushed, it’s more of the fact that I just don’t have time for TNA. Since WWE has moved Monday Night Raw to 3 hours every week, I cover a “10 Thoughts” column on that show, follow that up with writing news articles from the fallout of a 3 hour show as well as the next day’s taping of a 2 hour SmackDown and trying to keep up with what is going on in the constantly improving NXT developmental territory. Plus the addition of a podcast Thursdays (The Creatively Endeavored Wrestling Pulsecast that you can find on BlogTalkRadio.com or on iTunes) and monthly interviews with the likes of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Rob Schamberger, Adam Cole and more. God forbid it be a PPV week as well! And that’s just my “wrestling business” life! While I work on these passion projects, I also have a day job to pay the bills, a Victorian house from the 1800s that we’re still trying to get settled into & renovate, a 2-year-old that epitomizes the “terrible twos” while being wickedly awesome at the same time and a wife who tries to support me in everything I’m trying to do while also carrying a baby! The Harrak household is just one project, chore, event, job or playtime after another with hardly time to sleep or eat. When we first moved into our home, we decided to “name” it “Serenity” as it was our one safe haven (and that Firefly was a badass TV show). But now I’m thinking we might need to rename it to “The Thunderdome”. Unfortunately the piece that’s been left by the wayside in all of this has been TNA.
After searching the interwebs for more wrestling artwork last weekend, I once again came across the work of Kansas City artist Rob Schamberger. Schamberger made many pro-wrestling & mainstream news sites in 2012 with his idea to paint every NWA Champion & display the finished collection in a KC gallery.
Well when I came across his official site once again, there was much more pro-wrestling material than just former NWA Champions. So I took it upon myself to put together a desktop wallpaper of his work and honestly it’s been on my laptop, iPad and phone for the last week! I couldn’t help but share his greatness with fellow wrestling fans but first, I wanted to post some background on Schamberger from his official website.
Rob Schamberger is a Kansas City born and bred artist with a lifelong love of comic books, illustration, cubists (Pablo Picasso is his all-time favorite artist), street artists, quality crime dramas, and other hipster things. He lives in a lovely loft overlooking the river with his wife and two cats.
Rob has had one book, The Believer, published with Image Comics, written by Rob and drawn by Thom Thurman. He has self-published four graphic novels he wrote and drew: The Black Chamber, Too Late, Too Soon, and The Promotion. He has had comics and illustrations published by The Kansas City Star. His illustrations and paintings have been exhibited in various galleries and museums on a consistent basis since 2008. His work has been featured on wwe.com.
Rob’s studio is located at 108A Missouri, Kansas City, MO 64106. Studio visits by appointment only.
Please be his friend on the Facebook.
Follow him on the Twitter.
Tumble with him on the Tumblr.
Send a love letter to robschamberger at gmail dot com.
And now, the wallpaper:
Yea so I know that it is nowhere near Wednesday anymore but honestly I didn’t have the time to complete this until tonight. Also, I’ll be keeping this as a Creatively Endeavored exclusive until it hits InsidePulse.com NEXT Wednesday. Hope you like it.
The show opened with a video package with the WWE’s version of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” Got to love the WWE’s production crew, they always find creative ways to make PPV hype packages different.
United States Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) vs Zack Ryder
Ziggler started the match with a couple of leg sweep takedowns. Ziggler had control early and locked in a chin lock. Ryder fought out but ate an elbow in the corner. Ziggler hit a backdrop for two. Ryder gained control and hit a missle drop kick from the top for two. Ryder hit some clotheslines then hit the Broski boot in the corner. Ryder went for the pin but Vickie put Dolph’s foot on the rope. The ref tossed Vickie from ringside. Ziggler hit Ryder for a kick, went for the ZigZag but missed. Ziggler then hit a leg drop for two. Ryder countered out of a sleeper attempt but ate a drop kick. Ryder knocked Ziggler off the top rope, then hit a hurricarrana for two. Ryder went for the Rough Ryder but Ziggler tossed him onto the turnbuckle, then rolled up Ryder for two. Ryder got up, hit a double knee, then the Rough Ryder for the win.
WINNER: Zack Ryder to win the United States Championship in 10 minutes
**1/2: Match was only 10 minutes so it didn’t amount to much. The last few minutes were action packed and quick. Ryder finally wins the U.S. Title. Hopefully Ziggler moves on to a possible feud with C.M. Punk. Solid opener though.
Hey, there is a WWE PPV this Sunday! And if you watched the end of RAW this week, you wouldn’t even know there is one. RAW ended this week with the return of Masked Kane choke-slamming John Cena. I’m all for the return of Kane with the mask, but they couldn’t have waited to do that one more week? If I were the WWE, I would have been more concerned with selling my PPV on Sunday then Kane’s return. At this point, I don’t see how TLC does good at all in the PPV buy rate department. The build that the WWE did do on RAW this past Monday was ok, but it would have been served better had it been the main point of the show. The Slammys distracted from the TLC build. It is a problem with having a 3 hour RAW before a PPV.
Do You Want To Be WWE Champion? Then Come On Down!
RAW started with John Cena again. Cena kissed the WWE’s Universe ass. He said they’ve earned the right to tell him how they feel about him. Cena said they’ve earned the right to chant “Fruity Pebbles” at him, and you can’t find energy like that on any other show. Cena said he’s been getting reactions like that forever, and it isn’t a big deal to him. Cena said the only slapped that mattered last week was the referee’s slap tat counted to 3 when C.M. Punk defeated Alberto del Rio last week for the WWE Title. Cena said he wanted another WWE Title match with C.M. Punk.
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Cena said it was a pumped crowd tonight. He said Rock’s not there, but tonight he is teaming with a future Hall of Famer. Miz and R-Truth interrupted, and said that since Cena isn’t teaming with them it can’t be the case. Miz said the beat down last week will never happen again. Truth said he couldn’t stand all the Little Jimmys laughing at him. Truth said Cena is getting a beat down at Survivor Series and tonight. Miz and R-Truth went in for a beat down before Zack Ryder made the save. I guess Ryder is Cena’s partner. Almost a repeat of last week. Blah. Survey Says: 2/5