2012
07.19

I am a wrestling fan

I am a wrestling fan.  

Since Bob Backlund lost the WWF World Championship to the Iron Sheik.  Since Ric Flair first defeated Harley Race for the NWA World’s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  My first live wrestling show was the NWA Bunkhouse Stampede held at the Nassau Coliseum in 1988.

I am a wrestling fan.

I’ve seen great shows, not-so-great shows, injuries, title changes.  I’ve been shocked, entertained, bored.

I am a wrestling fan.

I worked for several independent wrestling companies, most recently Victory Pro Wrestling, because I enjoy the other side of the curtain.

I am a wrestling fan.

And as a wrestling fan, I find other fans to be hostile against the product.  I recently found myself on a Facebook wrestling group page, and after that week’s RAW show, which was a pretty decent show that week, all everyone could do was trash the product.

I don’t get that.  I love wrestling, and I am always interested in seeing other product.  I watch WWE shows, try to watch TNA programming, and scour the web to see matched from other companies and countries.  I don’t like everything I see, and I can be critical, but some of the fans I see take it so personal, as if Vince McMahon were betraying them personally.

Do fans of Rookie Blue curse up a storm when their favorite character gets shot at and then bash everyone involved with the show’s production and writing teams? I don’t think so.  Why do wrestling fans get so angry, then?

Being a ring announcer, I do admit I have a slight understanding and insight as to what may be happening in the show, but I try to keep my knowledge of the overall programming to a need-to-know basis.

Because even as a ring announcer, I am a wrestling fan.  I like to be enjoyed by wrestling shows.

But Lord help me if John Cena wins the WWE Championship on Monday’s 1,000th RAW.


2012
07.15

This year’s Money in the Bank is going to suck

The WWE has changed the face of the Money in the Bank series forever with former WWE Champions being in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match.

It’s not the only change.  The fact it’s for the WWE Championship, and the other match is for the World Heavyweight (Wrestling) Championship, is another change they’ve made this year.  In previous years, since they split the match between the RAW and SmackDown! brands.

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP
John Cena v. Kane v. Chris Jericho v. Big Show
It’s easy to say that John Cena will win.  He is the poster boy for the WWE, no matter how many boos he’s gotten from the fans the past decade.

I don’t think he will win.  But that’s not really the point of this article, today.

Internet “Smarks” hate the idea of this match. Purists think this was the perfect vehicle to create new stars and give wrestlers that never had a chance that chance they’d never get otherwise.

  • Big Show
  • Booker T
  • Chris Benoit
  • Chris Jericho
  • Christian
  • Edge
  • Jeff Hardy
  • Kane
  • Mark Henry
  • Matt Hardy
  • Randy Orton
  • Rey Mysterio
  • Ric Flair
  • R-Truth
Ric Flair? Really? A “new” WWE superstar? Never had a chance? At the time he was in it he was already a two-time former WWE champion and 16-time former World champion.  Booker T entered as “King Booker,” and already was a 5-time WCW champion.  Jericho had unified the WWE and WCW titles.

Sure, CM Punk and Miz won, as did Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, and Daniel Bryan. Half of the WWE Superstars that won this match have been veterans or former champions, though.

It’s a shame they didn’t add two more former WWE champions at the last second, throwing in a wrench and making a boring looking four-way ladder match look more like the classic Money in the Bank match fans have come to expect.  Rey Mysterio was a WWE champion, even if just for a couple hours.  So was Brock Lesnar.

Talk about bringing the pain.


2012
07.11

Hornswoggle? Really?

Hornswoggle was the Anonymous RAW General Manager!??

At least it wasn’t as bad as Mae Young birthing a hand.