1. Pretty solid segment for Fandango and Jericho. When Summer Rae went down, I honestly thought this was WWE’s way of writing her off of TV completely and going with the girl Jericho was supposed to be dancing with, especially with the hype they’ve given her all day on their website. I thought it was pretty funny that JBL was complaining that we were seeing a fight instead of a dance-off considering ALL of his segments as Bradshaw ended in a fight. It was basic but a decent segment to set up an Extreme Rules match and trust me, parquet floors are HARD! As a side note concerning all of this pitching for the WWE App, when I have it open and it goes to “live” video, it asks me to update my Flash player… on my Apple iPad… yup.
2. Dean Ambrose vs Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship at Extreme Rules? Would they even book Ambrose in a title match if he wasn’t going to win it? I guess The Undertaker & Kane gave the former Jon Moxley rave reviews because he’s had a rocket strapped to his ass as far as singles’ competition goes since his one-on-one match with ‘Taker. By the way, did you see this week’s Wallpaper of the Week? If you’re a fan of The Shield, I think you’ll be happy.
Every once in a while, a wrestler comes along that stands out. Someone who is different from the pack. He isn’t your prototypical every day wrestler. His look his different. His persona is different. He doesn’t blend in with the group, he sticks out from it. He’s a wrestler that whether you love him or you hate him, you respect him for what he has done in the wrestling business. In the 1990s that man was Shawn Michaels, who in my opinion is the greatest wrestler to ever step foot in the squared circle. But in this era of wrestling, the man that sticks out from the crowd is CM Punk.
CM Punk is different from any wrestler currently in the WWE today. He isn’t the star jock, or the big bad bully. He’s the loner. The guy who sticks to his guns and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. When CM Punk picks up a microphone, you feel like you aren’t watching a wrestling character speak, but rather the man portraying a character speaking. CM Punk may have more passion for wrestling than any other wrestler on the planet today. He cares about his performance in the ring. Night in and night out, he’s the one guy you can trust to give it his all and know that when he leaves the ring, he left it all in there.
When Wrestlemania 29 ends, everyone immediately starts speculating about what the next Wrestlemania will look like. Sure they may wonder what the next RAW or PPV will look like, but I know a lot of people who think about the next Wrestlemania and wonder if it will be better, what potential match-ups will be and what not. And the WWE better do a lot better job next year compared to what they did this year.
I never wish bad business on any corporation, but I hope these rumored bad Wrestlemania buyrate numbers are true. It has to serve as a wake up call to the WWE that their standard, everyday booking is not working anymore. We don’t want to see rematches of big PPV matches that have already taken place. We want the guys in the main event of the biggest show of the year to be there every week and interact with each other. The WWE needs to change the way they book things and not do their typical go through the motions way of booking.
Once again, these are my ideas and predictions and are free to criticism by everyone who reads them.
There’s no denying the lasting impact Vince McMahon will have on professional wrestling. He was an innovator. Someone willing to take huge risks to get the WWE where it is today. While his competitors in the 1980s laughed at him and thought that the risk he was taking with the WWE would cause him to go out of business, Vince was willing to take the risk. Not only did Vince succeed, but he put a lot of his competitors out of business. That is why the WWE is still in business today, and the AWA, WCCW, and WCW are not.
Hello everyone. Last night I returned from my Wrestlemania 29 trip. I know you read my colleague Matt’s experience from his trip up to MetLife Sunday, but I was there since Friday and had a whole weekend full of experiences to share!
I arrived in New Yor City early Friday afternoon and was immediately in awe of the big city life of New York. Things move a lot faster there than they do in the small town of Buffalo that I live in. One thing I learned from my trip is that I have a ton of respect for people who live in a big city like NYC. I’m sure if I was born there it would be different, but from my 4 days there I learned that it is an overwhelming experience. Port Authority is a maze in and of itself, but I finally got the hang of it after a while. Even NYC transportation wasn’t that bad. The only negative experience I had was going to the Hall of Fame Saturday night, where we were stuck in traffic for over an hour coming into NYC from our hotel in New Jersey. We missed Terry Funk’s induction speech, but that’s it. Overall that experience wasn’t bad. Our hotel, the La Quinta in Secaucus, was very good as well. It isn’t a 5 star hotel or anything, but it was solid for spending the night. It also had a great continental breakfast.
1. First thing I want to mention is that I’m glad my prediction came true and the new WWE Championship has customizable side plates. It’s a creative update to the traditional nameplate idea and should make for some pretty cool looking WWE Championship designs.
2. Ok, I’ll admit it. The “heel turn/dance move” line was pretty slick. Kudos to John Cena or whomever came up with that line.