Today we discuss what needs to go in the World of Independent Pro-Wrestling, biggest pops, and there’s Trish vs Mickie in the VS. Dig it.
wrestling is the sport that never sleeps. Always in season, always
moving forward, and always evolving. Unfortunately in life, most people
have the mind-set that if 1 is good, 100 is better. The pro-wrestling
scene is no exception to this thinking.
the pros and the minor leagues, and the minors of pro-wrestling are
everywhere. In any given state, you can locate 10 promotions without
even trying. Every weekend, you can find any one of these promotions and
their weekend-warriors performing in front of small crowds in bingo
halls, high school gyms and parking-lots. Although the scene seems to
define the word “minor,” it’s actually a large part of the world of
pro-wrestling. It’s where the up and comers learn their craft and, most
importantly, pay their dues. In some cases, a promotion can be a farm
system for WWE or TNA. The minor leagues are integral to the survival of
pro-wrestling, and in my opinion just as important as the majors.
earlier, wrestling is always evolving. While it’s always good to
continue to grow, there are aspects of the sport that don’t always need
the spotlight. In the late 90s, hardcore wrestling became a focal point.
Every week on WWF and WCW programming, you’d find guys crashing through
tables and beating each other with chairs. What was once a niche’
aspect of the business now had it’s own national championship.
birth to idiots doing back-flips off their roofs and crashing on to
their prone friend who was laying on a piece of wood held up by two
saw-horses. Eventually, we had federations like CZW [Combat Zone
Wrestling], where people would crash through thousands of light-tubes
after being smashed over the head with plates of glass, while the ring
was littered with tacks and barbwire. It’s absolutely pointless. The
audience is being desensitized, and the performers are constantly forced
to try and one-up what went on. People no longer work on their craft,
because all they do is jump off a ladder and wonder why the bigger
companies don’t come calling.
Recently John Cena and CM Punk had a match on Raw that was instantly
recognized as a MOTYC. One of the moments that had people buzzing was
when CM Punk delivered a piledriver to Cena. A simple piledriver. It’s
something we no longer see, and when it happened, you knew Punk meant
business. It honestly had far more impact than if Punk had thrown Cena
through three tables, simply because we don’t see it every week.
matches used to be reserved for blow-offs to a feud. It’s when the rules
went out the window and each wrestler was going to risk life and limb
to put the other down. Matches like the steel cage, scaffold, and I Quit
were huge draws for the NWA in the late 80s because they just weren’t
done that often. You think Starrcade 1986 would have been called Night
of the Skywalkers if the Road Warriors and Midnight Express were doing
those types of matches every week on NWA TV? No. Absolutely not.
and WWE have scaled back their hardcore aspects significantly, saving
them for special occasions. I hope one day that the minor leagues will
pick up on this, because it’s a win-win situation. Careers will last
longer, stipulations will mean more, and people will be more likely to
spend their money to see such things that only happen once in a while.
see as a major problem is how almost every wrestler today wants to be
all style and no substance. You see guys doing moonsaults, 450 splashes,
massive dives to the outside, back-flips off the middle rope and a wide
variety of other things they saw the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Rey
Mysterio do. However, they don’t take the time to realize that those
types of wrestlers used these sort of things as tools, they didn’t use
them as a work-bench. What’s the point of doing your stupid moonsault
when you can’t even throw a punch? Or call a match on the fly? So many
of them are incapable of getting out there and just having a wrestling
me how often these guys are hurting themselves and others for something
so completely pointless. I’ve never seen a match and thought “Wow, I’d
have liked that a lot more if it had 20 moonsaults, back-flips, dives to
the outside and plenty of other pointless, flashy moves.”
I was watching a Botchamania the other day and some guy went for a
ridiculous move and landed on his face. Thankfully he wasn’t hurt, but
he could have been. Now, do you think if he’d landed that move that it
would have made any difference? No. It wasn’t going to make the match
any greater. It’s a completely pointless endeavor that has absolutely no
pay-off and comes with 100 percent risk.
see Cirque du Soleil choreography in the ring. I want to see wrestling.
That’s it. I want to see guys who can work. Sin Cara is the king of this
kinda BS, and is he over at all? Does anyone older than 10 dig this
schtick? Has the guy ever been in a match that was over ***? No. He’s an
absolute flop who focuses on the most ridiculous crap I’ve ever seen,
and would cause any person flipping through the channels to laugh. Of
course, he’ll be around forever because someone backed him, and he’s
never wrong. WHHHo that is, I don’t know.
what I heard, DDP was interested in doing a feud with The Rock. Sort of
a People’s Champion vs. People’s Champion feud. However, a lot of
people felt DDP wasn’t on The Rock’s level. Listen to that pop, The Rock
hadn’t received one like that in years. So instead, DDP gets stuck with
The Undertaker. And not just The Undertaker, but Bikertaker, one of the
absolute worst wrestlers of all time, with this feud being a classic
example of why. ‘Taker never sold anything, and completely crushed DDP
from beginning to end. It was pathetic. They could have done something
great with Page, who’s loved by the crowd, is extremely passionate about
the business, and busts his ass with anything he’s given.
Of course, I must mention the fact that one of the reasons this was so
surprising is because the gargled voice of the stalker was revealed to
be Vince after some audio work, so I and many others were set to be
bummed the hell out when he was revealed. Also, the person who released
the clip showing it was Vince was originally slated to be Sara’s
stalker, and also demanded to be part of the nWo reboot; Mr. Scott
wearing rubber-tipped barbwire in WCW, Sandman decided it was time to
return where he could be a big fish in a small pond: ECW. This pop is
not only nuclear, but it’s sustained. The crowd goes beyond 12 inch
voices for the entire time Sandman was out there rescuing Dreamer and
Raven from The Network. Another big surprise was just how in shape
Sandman was. After looking like a meth-head who owned stock in Zubaz for
most of his career, he actually looked like a threat when he returned.
of the biggest dates in wrestling’s history, as both Foley winning his
first WWF title, and the Finger Poke of Doom went down in the same
night. On the WWF side of things, it looked like The Rock might win
again, when all of a sudden Stone Cold Steve Austin showed up. He’d been
gone for a few weeks, and once the glass broke, the entire place lost
their fucking minds. I can’t do the response justice in text, you just
have to see it to believe it. Unreal. Oddly enough, this moment isn’t on youtube, and trying to encode DM vids here isn’t working.
Mickie just released a new music video that happens to co-star the former object of her obsession, Trish Stratus. Trish is often considered to be the Holy Grail of women’s wrestlers, and to be honest, I wouldn’t disagree. However, when we boil it down to just looks, I feel Mickie is the hottest of all time. I’m more partial to thick brunettes, so it’s no surprise. Anyway, I thought I’d open up the discussion here.
This Week’s Recko:
Payback is Mel Gibson’s last great action movie. Although to be fair, one should just call it Mel Gibson’s last great movie. He stars as Porter, a super-burly dude who has two emotions: Pissed off, and really pissed off. He’s a crook that’s been double-crossed for $70,000, and now he’s going to beat the shit out of or kill whoever he needs to in order to get it back. He’s a man of principal. It’s a throwback to the gritty crime noir films of the 70’s, while at the same time implementing a contemporary style. If you heed my advice on this, make sure you get the studio’s version. There’s a Director’s Cut out there, and it seems odd to say this, but it sucks. In what has to be the only time this has ever happened, a movie studio had far better judgment with the picture. So, avoid what’s known as the ‘Payback Edition’, and get the one that has ultra-bad-assed Kris Kristofferson as the crime boss.
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