|Posted by jammer311 on January 21, 2015 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Remember when Vince McMahon would yell at us during the opening Royal Rumble video to hype the event? So much yelling was done, but at the same time, it would hype me up as a young fan. Was Hulk Hogan going to win the Rumble? Who could eliminated the 460lbs Earthquake? Will Ax and Smash go at it again this year? Who will be number one? Who will be number 30?
Ahhh... those were the days.
The Royal Rumble is this Sunday. Yes, it's exciting. But not as exciting as it was 20 years ago. Back then, you got to see wrestlers vs. wrestlers that you never got to see for free on Saturday or Sunday morning. What do we get this year?
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title.
Okay, that is kind of neat, but let's be honest now. Cena vs. Rollins has happened for the last 29 weeks in a row. Okay, I am being a bit overexagerating on that, but for the past few weeks in a row - whether it be a PPV, or Monday Night Raw - we've seen John Cena vs. Seth Rollins way too many times.
Adding Brock Lesnar to the mix is nice, and I think more fans are excited for the eventual Lesnar vs. Rollins fight within that match.... which probably will mean Cena wins the WWE Title in some upset; once again overcoming those odds!
The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Uso's for the Tag Titles.
Why? Why not have Goldust & Stardust go for the tag belts. It's like the WWE is missing a golden opportunity here to see Miz get eliminated by someone, and watch as Mizdow eliminates himself as the proper stunt double that he is.
And the Royal Rumble match itself.
Roman Reigns... or Daniel Bryan.... ?????
That seems to be the route they are going with this. Either way, I think the fans would be happy. The casual fans love Roman Reigns and love Daniel Bryan. The Internet Wrestling Community loved Roman Reigns last year, not so much this year. Daniel Bryan though will always be a hero to the IWC crew.
So even though the 2015 Royal Rumble isn't as exciting as the 1991, or 1992 Royal Rumble matches, the hour long, 30 man Rumble will still spark a lot of interest and excitement for everyone watching it.
So let's all get ready to kick the year off with a Rumble.... kick it off with a Royal Rumble!!
P.S. I hate you Cogeco Cable. Get the WWE Network from Rogers so we can watch it Sunday night for a cheap price of $11.99, and not the $50 you want for it. That is all.
|Posted by jammer311 on November 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Survivor Series has come and gone yet again, and we are left with many feelings regarding the Pay Per View.... oops, should I say, Free Per View for those with the WWE Network; aka Americans.
Okay, let me get this out of the way first. I am Canadian. And in Canada, there is the WWE Network, it's just called the WWE Netpak, and a cable company by the name of Rogers Cable has the rights to it. Rogers also only hits around 20% of Canada. So what does that mean for the other remaining 80% of Canada? Simple, really. It means we still have to pay for the event if we want to see it. The WWE botched the Canada WWE Network deal so badly that I don't ever see it being fixed. So for those with Rogers Cable, enjoy your WWE Netpak. For those who have other cable companies here in Canada, I feel your pain.
Now onto the Survivor Series event.
I had mixed feelings going into this thing. For one, the card looked decent. It looked to be one of their strongest shows in a long time. Though Randy Orton wasn't on the show, to be honest, it felt weird not seeing him perform. Even though everyone for the longest time complained about Orton matches, to be honest, he is some what needed at times.
The Fatal Four Way Tag Title match was great for what it was expected to be. The Miz and Damien Mizdow coming out on top was a no brainer to say the least. If done right, these two could have a pretty nice match at Wrestlemania 31 this year; but it's the WWE, so my guess is they will be on some sort of battle royal instead of blowing off their feud.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt was what it was. I expected these two to feud after the Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose feud let off. However, after this feud, I have a hard time imagining what Dean Ambrose could do for a feud. I know many people have drank the koolaid that is Dean Ambrose, and think he's going to be a future star, but even if he is WWE Champion some day, you can bet that John Cena will still be in the main event. Just take a look at CM Punk's WWE Title reign.
The main event was pretty intense at times, I will give it that. The Big Show heel turn seemed pointless, and won't put anymore new fans into viewing Raw. Now a John Cena heel turn would do that, but we can't have that happening now, can we?
The last 10 minutes or so of this match reminded me of 1987 and 2003 respectively. Where you had one face (Bam Bam Bigelow in '87, and Shawn Michaels in '03) and you are against three top heels (King Kong Bundy, One Man Gang & Andre The Giant in '87, and Christian, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton in '03). I actually thought that the same thing would happen too. Dolph Ziggler would pin Kane, then go on to pin Luke Harper, and end up losing to Seth Rollins. Which in all honesty looked like would happen, until a man made his debut into the WWE after all these years......
Okay, so Sting is finally in a WWE ring. Yay? I guess. But come on, it's 14 years too late, and even that's being generous. I guess I could have been more understanding even if he came to the WWE in 2006, or 2008, but not at 2014, when he's 55 years old at that!
Now I know, I know, age is just a number. But has anyone seen Sting's last run in TNA? The matches he was having weren't the greatest. And this isn't a knock on Sting, because he shouldn't be having great matches now, he's 55 years old. The Sting from his UWF, NWA and WCW days I could watch all day. Sting vs. Vader, Sting vs. Barry Windham, Sting vs. Lex Luger, and Sting vs. Ric Flair. These are the matches I loved. But I just don't see the excitement of having Sting being in the WWE right now, to me it just makes no sense whatsoever.
So Sting causes Seth Rollins to get pinned by Dolph Ziggler, after he did a Scorpion Death Drop to Triple H, which in turn looked like Sting hurt his own back, from how he was holding it when he got up. What do you expect though? The WWE rings are harder than the WCW or TNA rings, and Sting is 55 years old. I know, I have said that a few times, but still, it's true, he is 55 years old.
Now the best part about the whole Sting being in the WWE now, is how much the fans love it, and are actually excited for this. I hear the "Sting vs. Undertaker dream match can finally happen" stuff. Okay, just curious, but who the hell has that as their dream match? Not me, that's for sure. I never once had this concept that Sting vs. Undertaker would be this amazing dream match. And honestly, I doubt Sting vs. Undertaker is going to happen now anyhow. My money is betting that Undertaker is most likely done with in ring action, and he's younger than Sting!
Also, for years and years, people who weren't technically TNA fans, didn't care to watch the product. So my guess is, they haven't seen Sting wrestle for the past 10 years there. So in their mind, Sting is still the same Sting they saw wrestle in WCW in 1998 - 2001 when WCW finally closed down. No, sadly that isn't the case, Sting isn't that Sting anymore.
In closing here, I have a picture I found on the internet that sums up perfectly how every wrestling fan has felt about Sting for the past few years.
So as a fellow Sting fan myself, do I want to see him wrestle in a WWE ring? No. Do I want to see him be the main induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame for 2015? Yes. Would I love to see another DVD set on Sting with a documentary on him? Yes.
So Stinger, you finally made it to the 'big time' which is the WWE. You didn't do it in 1993, you didn't do it in 1995 after Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage took your spot in WCW, you didn't even do it in 2001 when WCW folded and the WWE took WCW stars. You waited until now, the year 2014, at the ripe old age of 55 years old to make your WWE debut.
But hey, at least the WWE is giving its fans what they want, right?? That being new, young, fresh talent, and that's what Sting is... right?
Now, let me get back to something I said earlier on about the Big Show heel turn. Nobody tuned into Raw to see what Big Show had to say, but they tuned in to see Sting. And Sting wasn't even there.
Really WWE? Really?
So let's just forget everything I said about Sting's age for a minute here. The man takes 14 years to come to the WWE, he attacks Triple H, helps Team Cena win, and you don't have him come out the next night on Raw to speak? To say why he did what he did? And the WWE wonders why the ratings are down.
Well, I guess we can expect to see Sting wrestle at least one match in the WWE, and my guess is it will be at Wrestlemania 31, and my guess is he will be wrestling Triple H. I suppose if anyone can make a 55 year old man look good in a match, it's Triple H.
Best of luck Sting!
|Posted by jammer311 on April 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Wow!! Just wow!! I have never been more happy for someone in wrestling than I am right now. That being that "Showtime" Eric Young is now the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Now you are all probably wondering why that would make me so happy, right?
Well I need to back track a bit. For Eric Young and I grew up together in a small village in Ontario. And one day - along with a friend named Mike - we created this little thing we liked to call the FWF.
There we are. Eric Young to the left, and myself to the right. Eric, or "Jeremy" as he was known then, had this trampoline that we just had to transfer into a wrestling ring, and try out backyard wrestling. Now you have to understand, we didn't do that stupid extreme backyard wrestling you see, with all that hardcore garbage. We just tried to be like your favourite wrestlers, and put on the same matches we seen on TV every Monday night.
But Jeremy got the itch, and he went to a wrestling school, soon becoming "Showtime" Eric Young.
I was so happy that Jer did that, and started to achieve a cool dream. I had that dream too, but after I took one back bump in a real ring, I said to myself "yeah, that dream is over." For that ring was so hard! And I give - as the kids say - 'mad props' to Jer for sticking with it, and going through all that pain to make it. He did just indeed make it. That being to TNA.
I got to see Jer compete live at a BCW show in Windsor in September of 2005. That show was so cool for so many reasons. One was I got to see my friend again, after not seeing him for a few years. Secondly, it was because I got to meet other wrestlers, and thirdly, it was because I got to see Jeff Jarrett beat Raven to become the new NWA World Champion at that show. Very cool moment!
So seeing Jer wrestle on PPV for TNA, and win the Tag Titles a few times, and seeing him wrestle on Spike TV, and all the other title belts that he has won was so cool. But nothing, and I mean nothing, would compare to what I got to see tonight.
I happened to go on Facebook and see Ryan Clark - who is a great wrestling reporter and is my number one source for news with www.thewrestlinganswer.com website - post on his Facebook status that Eric Young was in the World Title match on Impact. So I had to stop doing what I was doing and watch Impact!
I turned it on, and there he was, in the ring with Magnus. I couldn't believe it! I mean, yeah, I seen him wrestle last week with Magnus, but Samoa Joe and Abyss were involved. For this was one on one! Would he actually do it? I waited to see...
And then... it happened...
One... two... three!!!
"Oh my God!" I said, as I couldn't believe it, for "Showtime" Eric Young had won the TNA World Heavyweight Title! I was so happy. I just was filled with joy. For Jer did it. He became a World Champion in wrestling. I quickly had to write on his Facebook wall, congratulating him, and showing him how proud I was of him. For he did it!
From his amazing matches as a part of Team Canada with the likes of Bobby Roode, Petey Williams and Johnny Devine, to "Don't Fire Eric", to being tar and feathered, to the World Elite, to being a member of The Band, to being the TV Champion, to being paired with a Knockout in that division, he's done it all. He wore a chicken outfit, he played scared of pyro, he took abuse from Scott D'Amore, he found his courage thanks to Jeff Jarrett, and he even attacked Scott Baio before. But through all the horrible times, and through all the good times, he did it all with a smile and did it the best he could.
Now tonight, he can gladly say he's a World Heavyweight Champion, and all that stuff made it possible to have that happen tonight.
Congratulations Jer aka Eric Young, you deserve it, brother!!
Enjoy this with your fans, friends and family.
-Jammer aka your buddy, Bill
|Posted by jammer311 on April 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
I am totally at a loss for words right now. And I think everyone knows why. I really didn't even know what to call this blog, because nothing seemed right for what I put. So I just put what it's about. I actually had this whole idea to write about "The Streak" coming to an end, but it almost seems weird to talk about that, when other things have happened in the last 24 hours or so.
I guess I should talk a bit about Wrestlemania XXX and the Hall of Fame. This was probably one of the most unique and special Hall of Fame shows that we've ever seen. Seeing Jake "The Snake" Roberts get inducted and his moving and emotional speech was amazing. To see Razor Ramon get inducted after the trials and tribulations he's dealt with in the past few years was great. Lita, Mr. T, Paul Bearer and Carlos Colon, all fitting people to get put into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Then there was the main draw for the evening...
The Ultimate Warrior!!
Warrior was his usual self - of course making the speech great! He looked awfully red during it, but I figured that's just from the excitement. I mean, Ric Flair always looks red too. I just figure it's cause of the high energy those kind of wrestlers give off in their promos and such. But it was damn cool to see the Warrior get put into the Hall of Fame class of 2014.
Now onto Wrestlemania XXX.
Cesaro is the man. Let's get that out of the way right off the bat. The dude body slammed The Big Show over the ropes and out of the ring to the floor! And with ease at that! Big time player there, I know it. Especially now that he's a "Paul Heyman guy."
Daniel Bryan finally got his big win and became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion! It was a long time coming for that man, and it's pretty sweet that it's finally happened. Now we will see how long before the fans get bored with him, as they usually tend to do.
I think I was like everyone else when watching the match....
"Wait, did that just happen?"
Yes, yes it did.
For Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker and ended the streak. It's done. It finishes at 21-1. Not a bad streak though. Nobody will ever do that in the WWE again, that's for sure. But I think the reason why people were shocked with it ending, was how it ended. At Wrestlemania XXV and XXVI against Shawn Michaels, there were so many hope spots and near finishes that the fans were going crazy. The same can be said for Wrestlemania XXVII and XXVIII with Triple H. But this year, it was just a simple F5 for the third time, and a one... two... three. Ring the bell, it's over.
The only good thing about this is, now if Undertaker still continues to wrestle at Wrestlemania cards, nobody will know if he will win or not. So I guess that's a bonus in his matches.
WWE Raw also saw Paige debut and win the Diva's Title from AJ Lee. Thank God for that. AJ Lee's promo was annoying, as it felt like she took every single thing CM Punk said about this WWE Title reign and copied it. Not really creative at all.
Raw also saw the Ultimate Warrior come out and pay tribute to the fans, and say his farewell. It was great to see. For the Ultimate Warrior had finally come home.........
The following day, the Ultimate Warrior died. He was 54 years old.
I don't really know what to say about this, because it almost seems like a bad joke to a good story. So much Warrior for the last week or so for me too. From buying his DVD and watching it, to seeing him at the Hall of Fame, and at Wrestlemania XXX and finally on Raw, and now... he's gone.
I was never a huge Warrior fan back in the day, I was a Savage fan in the 80s, and a Hogan one too, but Warrior would probably be in my top five if I had to pick. He brought a lot of great memories from my childhood. The battles with Hercules, to the war with Rick Rude, to "The Ultimate Challenge" with Hulk Hogan, to the career ending battle with Randy Savage. He was a big reason back in the day, as to why I became such a huge wrestling fan.
So Warrior, I hope you are at peace. I hope you died with no regrets. And I know that because of us fans, that you will forever be immortalized forever, as the Ultimate Warrior!!
Thank you for the memories!!
|Posted by jammer311 on January 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Is it possibly true? Did CM Punk actually walk out on the WWE, much like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin did 12 years ago? Well, it appears to be true. For CM Punk left Monday and isn't planning on returning any time soon. Which actually doesn't shock me at all.
The guy has been miserable for a while now. He's been booked horribly ever since dropping the WWE Title to The Rock at last years Royal Rumble. Which probably started the problems to begin with. You go from being WWE Champion - for 434 days - to dropping the title to a guy who is there part time. Hell, he's there less than part time. CM Punk worked hard on making the WWE Title seem important, and then handed it over to a movie star, who in turned handed it over to John Cena, in what was considered by most fans to be the worst main event ever in the history of a Wrestlemania show.
Then you get put into a program with The Undertaker - which isn't bad. But it's booked four weeks in advance to Wrestlemania. So you don't have much time to build a story line, but you do. Then you go into the match - knowing that for four years before that, the Undertaker had amazing matches with Shawn Michaels and Triple H - and try to pull off a great match when you know Undertaker is older now, and you yourself are beat up and need time off. But you do it, and put 'Taker over for his annual Wrestlemania win.
Then finally you get the time off you want and need. And you are going to enjoy it.
Only to be brought back sooner that you expected because the WWE is running a pay per view in Chicago, which is your home town.
So you come back, and you wrestle Chris Jericho - a man you feuded with the year before - and you win, and you are back wrestling full time again.
Then they have you get screwed over by your friend, and fed to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Then you are put into a feud with two new Paul Heyman guys in Curtis Axel and Ryback - both who are mediocre at best. Actually, wouldn't that be a great name for Curtis Axel? "Mr. Mediocre" and he can do everything half as good as his father did.
Then you get fed to The Shield, and you actually do beat them in a handicap match, but only because they are building up the break up between The Shield. Then you get fed to Roman Reigns who destroys you one-on-one.
But wait, now it's Wrestlemania season!
The Royal Rumble will fix things. So the WWE puts you in at number one, and you make it to the end, only to have Kane eliminate you and thus taking away your chance at main eventing at Wrestlemania.
Doesn't matter though, right? You know that the WWE fans want Daniel Bryan to be their hero now. They've been saying it since August.
"Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!" - that chant... that chant that just won't go away.
So they tell you that you are going to wrestle Triple H at Wrestlemania - because as you know - Triple H needs to wrestle at Wrestlemania! If he wrestles one time a year, it has to be at Wrestlemania. Taking a spot away from someone who deserves to be on the card, and make a big pay off. Because Triple H really needs it, right?
And with all that, with the year that went by, and you see how the WWE handled your character, and your career, there is only one thing left to do....
CM Punk had enough, and on Monday before Raw went on the air, walked out of the WWE for good. He didn't care anymore. He hasn't cared for quite some time. He took his ball and went home. But clearly he doesn't care. He's made his money, he's done it all - except main event Wrestlemania, which is another reason why he's upset - and he could retire now if he wanted to.
In July, his contract expires again. Just like it did in July of 2011. Only difference is then, he wasn't really going to leave. It was a story line, and it was the coolest thing the WWE did in a while back then. It got people talking, it got people watching. It was great for everyone involved. But now, in 2014, it's a different story.
CM Punk could easily sign with TNA, or ROH, come later on this year. That is if he wanted to. I am pretty sure if Punk does indeed not go back to the WWE, he would most likely do ROH shows just for fun if he felt like wrestling. And that would be huge for ROH if that happened - especially with the recent situation with AJ Styles leaving TNA and going to ROH.
So whatever happens now will be interesting to see. Clearly the WWE will go on without CM Punk, and I am sure he knows that. But I believe with this, it's all about doing what you feel needs to be done to make you yourself happy.
So for all you CM Punk fans, sorry you can't see your man wrestle on Raw or Smackdown for the time being. But I am sure he would want all you fans to keep watching, and to get on the "Yes!" movement. Cheer on Daniel Bryan. Help make him succeed to be even a greater star than he already is for the WWE. I am sure CM Punk would want you all to do that.
So for now, the "CM" in CM Punk stands for... "Cya Man".... hopefully not for long though.
|Posted by jammer311 on January 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
"We've got a hero!!" - Kevin Kelly, Final Battle 2013
Yes, it is correct. For Chris Hero has returned home to ROH after being let go from WWE as a part of the NXT division. Everyone should be talking about this. But the problem is, something else has happened for ROH during this time. A lot of things.
Let me just say first of all, that I loved ROH years ago. And the sad thing is, it took me to the year 2012, to realize that I appreciate and am a fan of the ROH wrestling from 2004 - 2010. Now I am not saying the 2002 and 2003 stuff wasn't worth enjoying - it probably is. But being a fan of Austin Aries, and Alex Shelley, it made me really enjoy ROH for the 2004 year and on. But I kind of stopped following it once Aries lost the ROH World Title and went back to TNA.
Until last year.
I finally got ROH television on my cable, and I got to see it every Saturday night at 9 pm. What I saw I didn't particularly enjoy. There was this group called S.C.U.M. and they were trying to close down ROH, and it was just very boring to me. That all changed recently though, and it started at Final Battle 2013.
Eddie Edwards is gone. Davey Richards is gone. For ROH lost their version of the British Bulldogs. Matt Hardy is back. And Adam Cole has him as a buddy. The ROH Title should be safe as long as Matt Hardy is watching Cole's back, against he likes of Jay Briscoe and Michael Elgin.
Chris Hero is back in ROH and he has made it known he wants to be ROH World Champion.
BJ Whitmer, Jimmy Jacobs and Roderick Strong together, as a group. Wow! I am serious, but that to me is one helluva group! I have to admit, it's strange seeing Jimmy and BJ together again. If anyone followed ROH over the years, knows of those two being a tag team, and then splitting up and having a brutal, bloody war against each other for all of 2006 and most of 2007. Strong is suited well in this group. He worked well in as the enforcer type in Generation Next years ago, and I think he'll do just the same for The Decade.
So there you go, you have Hardy returning, you have Hero returning, you have a great new heel stable, you have a lot of great wrestlers now appearing on ROH......
Oh yeah, and you got AJ Styles.
What did I type again? Did I type what I thought I typed?
"Oh yeah, and you got AJ Styles."
I did type that. For that's right, AJ Styles has left... you heard me, for he has left TNA and signed with Ring Of Honor.
This is perfect for ROH. It reminds me of the old ECW, when guys like Shane Douglas, or Ron Simmons, would leave WCW and go to ECW. Well, having someone like the three time NWA World Champion and two time TNA World Champion show up in ROH, is absolutely fantastic for that promotion and their fans.
I have to admit, when watching ROH late last night at 2 am - since that TV station replays ROH three times over the weekend now - that when the video package for AJ Styles appeared on the screen, hyping him in three weeks from now, I was excited! I am really looking forward to seeing AJ Styles back on ROH, where he competed from 2002 - 2006 off and on.
So for those who haven't seen the clips of this stuff yet, here are a few. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
The Decade talks about why they did what they did at Final Battle 2013.
Chris Hero returns to ROH at Final Battle 2013
Last but not least.... The Phenomenal AJ Styles!!
So hopefully you fans enjoy the action that Ring Of Honor brings!!
|Posted by jammer311 on October 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
There has been talk for a long time if the WWE would ever put out a Raw box set. And if so, what would be the content that they would choose? For WWE Monday Night Raw has been on air from January of 1993. Whether it be USA Network, The New TNN, which then became Spike TV, WWE Monday Night Raw has entertained fans for more than 20 plus years.
That's 52 shows a year.
So when you think of that - and I am by no means a mathematician - but I am going to take an educated guess here and say... that's a whole lot of freaking episodes!
So for those who are wondering what was picked for this set, why look no further for here it is with the help of the website www.wrestlingdvdnews.com
Now to be honest, I'm a bit excited for that set. And yes, it is quite obvious that in this day if we want said wrestling show from years ago then just go to your local trusty torrent website and download said episode. But by doing that you sometimes get bad quality, or it's incomplete, and it's just a real hassle.
I was really happy to see that four shows from 1997 made the cut on this list. For 1997 was a great year for the then WWF, and I feel it gets over looked because of how hot WCW was at the time with the NWO angle. But the Raw shows from 1997 definitely was the first chapter in what was to be the 'Attitude Era' that all of us fans look back so fondly on.
Some of the newer shows are questionable. But perhaps that's because I wasn't really a true fan of the 'sports entertainment' business in the past little while. The story lines were boring, the same old matches took place on every show and pay per view, and there was little to be said for the creative aspect of it all. But I also get that the WWE fans are younger, and would rather see John Cena vs. Big Show more so than The Quebecers vs. 123 Kid and Marty Jannetty.
Yet, with all these shows that have taken place of the years, I do have some sentimental favourites, and I am disappointed that they didn't make the cut. So I shall name off a few of them and the results so you can see why I felt they belong on this DVD box set release.
February 15th 1993 (Beefcake Returns)
Clearly Brutus Beefcake is not a great wrestler, but he was a favourite of mine growing up. And that's not even the reason why I picked this show. I picked it because it was Brutus Beefcake's first match back after his boating accident in the summer of 1990. The match was Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase, one half of Money Inc. Ted and IRS ended up using the briefcase on Beefcake's face, thus turning Jimmy Hart face and he tried to protect Beefcake. And this whole angle helped bring back Hulk Hogan for one more Wrestlemania match at Wrestlemania IX.
January 10th 1994 (1 Year Anniversary Of Raw)
What better way to celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary than by putting it on this box set. But no, they didn't choose this show. Its claim to fame is seeing The Quebecers lose their Tag Titles to the underdog team of the 123 Kid and Marty Jannetty. I guess WWE felt that having Jannetty win two titles on this box set would be just too much.
August 21st 1995 (Bad Bulldog, Bad)
The show that had the incredible heel turn of Davey Boy Smith. For years the British Bulldog was a baby face and the fans adored him. But at this Raw show, Davey Boy Smith turned on his partner, the WWF Champion Diesel, and helped Men On A Mission take him down. It was the breath of fresh air that The British Bulldog needed for his career at the time.
October 9th 1995 (The Good Guys Get Beat Down)
This show started out with a bang. A six man tag kind of bang. Diesel, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker vs. Owen Hart, British Bulldog and Yokozuna. The match on paper looks to be great, and to be honest, it really wasn't that bad. Until the end. King Mabel interfered and along with Yokozuna went on to break the orbital bone in the Undertaker's face. Dean Douglas attacked Shawn Michaels and put him on the shelf. And Owen Hart and the Bulldog took out Diesel. Never has a time in the WWE in that era had the good guys been left laying so bad from the bad guys.
November 20th 1995 (I'm Back!!)
The day after Survivor Series. The show wasn't that great, but two big things happened. One was the end of the show, with Shawn Michaels taking a kick to the head from Owen Hart and the company making kayfabe seem gone with how they reacted to Shawn not moving. The other was the re-emerge of a 7 foot tall monster named Diesel. The promo Diesel cut was pretty much the pre-Austin 3:16 promo that Steve Austin cut at the King Of The Ring months later. Diesel said he was only going to be true to himself, not being a corporate puppet anymore. And if you had a black glove on your hand, he'd slap it. If not, then get out of his way.
March 24th 1997 (Bret Has No Heart)
The day after Wrestlemania 13, and Bret Hart finally turns heel. The promo of all promos at that time. And it was the beginning of something great for the WWF at that time. It was the beginning of a great stable by the name of The Hart Foundation. To not include this Raw on the box set seems almost criminal. For it was this Raw that set up a reason to have other Raw shows from 1997 to even be considered for this box set.
October 12th 1998 (IC Title Tournament)
So not only do we get an 8 man IC Title tournament - which was won by Ken Shamrock when he made X-Pac tap out - but we get Steve Austin tagging with The Rock to face Kane and The Undertaker. It was a really solid Raw - like most were at that time. But I still think this Raw has a place on the box set.
April 17th 2000 (Jericho Wins The Big One... Or Does He?)
The fact that no Raw's from 2000 are even on this box set is shocking. My only guess is why the year 2000 got over looked is because it was so Benoit heavy with angles and matches. I am sure if things didn't go down like they did involving him, that the Radicalz debut would have made this set. But the fact that this Raw isn't in this box set is confusing. For Chris Jericho wins the WWF Title from Triple H, only to have to give it back later on that night. The whole show was focussed heavy around Jericho and Triple H, so to not include this show seems strange.
February 18th 2002 (Rock Challenges Hogan For Wrestlemania)
How on earth didn't this Raw make the cut? The Rock challenging Hollywood Hogan to one more big Wrestlemania match is huge! And the fans would show that with how loud they got over this. Yet this show didn't seem to make the cut. Maybe it's because a certain wrestler that is involved here in this angle wrestles for a little company called TNA? Who knows. All I know is that it should have had a place on this box set.
Now those are just a few I picked. I probably could pick more but those ones just quickly came to me. It's strange though in looking at the list to see what Raw shows made the cut. I am not saying they don't belong there, because they do. All have a special meaning to be on the set. I just feel that maybe some don't have a strong enough meaning to be on there compared to some of the ones I listed off.
But I am sure everyone will want to pick up this box set. I know I am a bit inclined to do so. I doubt I will ever watch it, but hey, at least I have it, right? And isn't that what's all about anyhow?
So hopefully you enjoyed the Raw shows I picked and felt should have been included. If anyone else has any Raw shows they think should be included as well, then leave a comment here or on the Facebook page.
|Posted by jammer311 on September 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (2)|
I find it hard to believe that I actually have so much I want to talk about in these blogs lately. So much as a matter of fact that I am trying to narrow down my choice for today. A lot of things lately have rubbed me the wrong way - and not about the current industry! No, for stuff regarding wrestlers or commentators from the past. But I will stick with the first one topic I had at hand for this blog.
Okay, a lot of you are probably wondering who he is, and you may have a right to wonder depending on your age. Bob Caudle was the commentator for Starrcade 83, and other NWA wrestling events in the 80s. In the 90s he did commentary for WCW shows, and when he left the WCW, he found his way into such organizations like SAPW, and SMW. He had a magical way of calling a match, and it seems to go forgotten now.
Because everyone loves Gordon Solie.
I don't care for Gordon Solie. Not personally, no, not that at all. I didn't like his commentary. He was called the Dean of commentary for wrestling, but he actually should be called the sleep remedy of commentary for wrestling.
He'll put you to sleep!
His voice had no depth to it at all. He would call a match like you would call your breakfast routine.
"Okay, so I am putting the bread in to the toaster, uh uhn, now we'll just wait to see how long it takes to pop. While that's happening I will cook up some eggs, and have a great breakfast meal today."
That's pretty much Gordon's way of talking. His commentary would go something like this.
"Both men are to their feet. Flair punches Race, but Race ducks. Ohhh and a belly to back suplex (pronounced soo-play) and a near pinfall to end this match, uh uhn."
Yet everyone will still say that Gordon Solie was the best, when Bob Caudle was right there beside him during these matches. People now say Jim Ross was the best commentator of all time, and you know, I would put Jim Ross before Gordon Solie, that's for sure. But where do you think Jim Ross learned his commentary from?
Look at that, Jim Ross and Bob Caudle calling a match together, and it actually sounds interesting.
Now let's hear Gordon Solie in action along with Bob Caudle. And you can see why Caudle was better than Solie.
So I may be the minority in this, but I would definitely pick Bob Caudle over Gordon Solie, yet it seems nobody ever wants to mention Caudle's work. It's always Solie, Solie, Solie.
Jim Ross at least did state before that he feels that Bob Caudle does not get the respect and justification that he so rightfully deserves for his work at calling some great matches over the years.
So wrestling fans, feel free to go back in time and watch some old Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling shows, or old NWA super shows. For Bob Caudle is definitely a voice that you'll enjoy.
So when looking back in the wrestling history books, I am not saying don't respect the likes of Gordon Solie, Jim Ross, Lance Russell, Gorilla Monsoon and others, but please take a bit to show some respect to one of the greatest commentators of that era, Mr. Bob Caudle.
|Posted by jammer311 on September 17, 2013 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Everyone has wrestlers that they just love to love, or love to hate. Some are liked because of a move they do, or a thing they say on the microphone. I mean I can't say much, the five guys I grew up like in the 90s were Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Shane Douglas, Kevin Nash and Barry Windham. One wore pink, one was a diva, one couldn't say an interview with swearing or cussing, one was super lazy and the other was a hick. But I liked them, and that's all that mattered to me.
But that was then, and this is now. The year is 2013 and a whole new crop of talent is in the WWE to watch. Yet I find some of the talent just rubs me the wrong way - yet we wrestling fans are supposed to like that said talent.
So I have decided to write up my own personal Top Five Yes and Top Five No for when it comes to certain sports entertainers in the WWE.
I will do my Top Five No list first. And it's in no particular order either.
1. CM Punk
I almost got onto the Punk bandwagon in 2011 after he said his speech - which I found out he pretty much copied from his ROH days in 2005 - and in 2011 it was cool to like CM Punk. Now don't get me wrong, I liked CM Punk years before he dropped a 'pipebomb' for the WWE audience. But to me the guy is not as good as he seems. The fans believe that CM Punk is a wrestling God. I believe that CM Punk got lucky in every spot he had in the WWE. His interviews are boring, his style hasn't changed, his look alters a bit whether he shaves his head or slicks back what hair he has. That's it. Sorry Punk, but I don't drink the koolaid that you handed out with that pipe bomb speech of 2011.
2. AJ Lee
I don't like her. I don't know how much more simple I can make that. I don't find her entertaining, and there was a point on WWE television in 2012 that she was involved in EVERY angle possible! From being Daniel Bryan's girlfriend, to teasing a relationship with CM Punk, hell, even teasing a relationship with Kane! To being the Raw General Manager, to now being the WWE Divas Champion and feuding with the girls from Total Divas. I am sorry AJ Lee, wardrobe malfunction or not - and again, it wasn't a malfunction, your shirt went up over your breasts, oh no! Let the little 13 year old boys fantasize about that I guess - but AJ Lee, you aren't my cup of tea. Next!
3. Dean Ambrose
"Believe in the Shield." Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it. You were some star from the independent wrestling scene, had a few hardcore matches, and got signed by WWE. Supposedly you're the next Terry Funk, though I also heard the next Roddy Piper, and now Mick Foley is comparing himself to you. Well in all honesty, I find you to be average at best. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have more star power than you do, Mr. Ambrose. So enjoy that US Title reign you have, it will probably be your last.
4. Rob Van Dam
Sorry RVD, but it's 2013, not 1998. But in 1998 I was a huge fan of yours. You and Sabu, feuding with Lance Storm and Chris Candido. You with your pony tails, strange art designs on your singlet, all those cool kicks, and splashes and... wait. Nothing has changed about you in 15 years! Sorry RVD, but I don't care to see you back in a WWE ring. You were more suited for TNA, and even that didn't work out for you in the end. I know the saying is "if it's not broke, don't fix it" but there's also something to be said for creativity in life. You sir, are missing it.
5. Randy Orton
From Legend Killer to the Age Of Orton to The Apex Predator. From charismatic, to genius to boring. Boring, boring, boring. Sorry Randal Keith Orton, but what happened? In one of your many shoulder surgerys did they take away your ability to be charismatic? It appears that way. Nothing about you is entertaining whatsoever. Even this newly turned heel run is the same as your face run. Way to not change it up and be interesting.
Now, there is five guys who I dig and who I think have a bright future - if not already made it to that spotlight as I currently write this out.
1. Daniel Bryan
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! Is that the new word for "WHAT?!" that we used to hear many years ago from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin? Maybe so. But that's okay with me. I have to admit, I never cared for Bryan Danielson; ROH star. But Daniel Bryan; WWE star, is alright with me. He has charisma, he's funny, his matches are entertaining. It really is hard not to like this guy. The WWE universe has made it clear that they picked him. They chose Daniel Bryan to perhaps be the next Steve Austin? For only time will tell on that one.
2. Dolph Ziggler
Man, this guy has IT! Hands down. He can do it all. He can bump like a mad man, put on entertaining matches, make his opponent look like a million dollars, and at the same time get himself over. He's a two time World Champion, and should be the champion right now as far as I am concerned. Nothing against Alberto Del Rio, but I think Ziggler needs the belt more than ADR does for the moment. But how can I not like Dolph? The guy is a spitting image of Shawn Michaels and Billy Gunn. Not that that's a bad thing.
3. Antonio Cesaro
This guy is amazing. He's strong as all hell, and can put on a great match too. He too is a former ROH guy, as Claudio Castagnoli and was only an ROH Tag Champion twice in that organization. But in the WWE, he became a threat when he won the US Title and held it for almost a year. It seems right now the WWE is unsure what to do with Antonio, but I have no worries with that. I am sure they will find a spot for him once again and he will shine and hopefully become the World Champion.
4. Bray Wyatt
How could I not pick the nephew of Barry Windham, right? But in all seriousness, Bray Wyatt is amazing for what he looks like. He's not buff, or muscular, he's actually quite fat. But man, can he move. He's one fast athlete in the ring. I don't ever see him being WWE Champion, but I see him challenging Cena for that Title one day.
Okay, so you're probably wondering. You just picked on Rob Van Dam, but you have Christian in your Top Five Yes guys?? Well yes, I do. Because the guy is under appreciated and has been ever since he came back to the WWE. He ruled the WWE's version of ECW as ECW Champion for practically a year. He won the World Title, but only because his best friend Edge retired. He won his second World Title only to set it up to have Edge side with Randy Orton in defeating Christian to win back the World Title. Christian is just a guy that deserves one more run. A real run at that. I just hope that maybe in the next year, we see the World Title around the waist of Christian once again.
Okay, so those are my lists. I am sure you will agree, or disagree with them, and that's fine. Actually, if you want, make up a list of your own and post it either on my Facebook page, or underneath this blog.
So with that being said, I hope to hear some feedback on my Top Yes and Top No lists.
|Posted by jammer311 on September 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
Wow, I can't believe it. Two posts back to back and both contain information on WWE commentator Jim Ross. I mean, JR. Or should I say, Good Ol' JR. For that's right, Jim Ross has been relieved of his duties for WWE. So we will no longer hear Jim Ross call a match on Monday Night Raw anymore.
Wait, that stopped happening in 2008.
Okay, I know what it is. For Jim Ross won't be head of Talent Relations anymore for the WWE.
No, wait, that's not it either.
Jim Ross won't be hosting WWE Radio?
No, that was 1993.
Then... what exactly did JR do while being under contract for the WWE in the past five years? I think he did some commentary for NXT. I believe he showed up for Raw or Smackdown to do commentary when someone wasn't there. But has Good Ol' JR even had a full time gig since 2008?
Now this is no way a knock on Jim Ross. I am a huge fan of Jim Ross. The wrestling commentator. Not JR the character, that WWE has had him play since early 1997.
Jim Ross first wore the cowboy hat at the Royal Rumble in 1997. The Royal Rumble was in Texas that year, so JR got into the vibe and dressed like a cowboy. And somehow that hat stuck with him for the remainder of his commentary career in the WWE.
Gone was such passion that he had while calling a match between Sting and Vader, and in its place was catch phrases like "stompin' a mud hole and walkin' it dry."
What does that even mean?
But I understand he had to adapt and change to do what the WWE wanted him to do. For Vince McMahon looks at the WWE as not a wrestling federation - no. For it's just entertainment. With some crazy moves in between.
But the way the WWE handled Jim Ross at times was almost disgusting and heart wrenching. Vince McMahon would have Ed Ferrara impersonate Jim Ross in Vince's office for kicks. And as you all know, Ed would later go on to WCW and do that same kind of impersonation as Oklahoma as an on screen character.
Vince had Jim Ross get fired on TV in story line - let alone the two times he was fired before in real life from the WWE by Vince McMahon. He had to kiss Vince's ass. He had to watch as Vince made a mockery out of the colon cancer that he may have had. He had to lose embarrassing matches and have embarrassing situations take place while the WWE was in his home town.
And why did all this take place?
There is no real answer. Which is odd, because when Vince McMahon acquired the services of Jim Ross from WCW in February 1993, he was thrilled. He was excited to be a part of Jim's radio show that he hosted. He was excited to put Jim on at Wrestlemania IX. And he did do just that.
In a toga outfit.
I will never understand what happened to have Vince want to embarrass Jim Ross so much while Jim Ross was a apart of the WWE. But he did. And he did it a lot.
So now with Jim Ross being fired today from the WWE on September 11th 2013, what's next?
A trip to TNA? Highly unlikely.
Take over Kevin Kelly's spot on ROH? Very doubtful.
Get rehired by the WWE in six months? Most likely.
So no matter the reason for the firing, or whatever excuse Vince McMahon wants to come up with, you sir are probably doing Jim Ross a favour. He can now go back to being Jim Ross - the man who was the voice of UWF. The man who made fans believe Sting was going to beat Ric Flair at the first Clash of the Champions. The man who even in 1994, went to Smoky Mountain Wrestling and called some of the most passionate matches along side Bob Caudle for Jim Cornette.
Or is it too late?
Is Jim Ross gone and Good Ol' JR here to exist forever? Only time will tell.
Whatever you end up doing Jim Ross, I hope you are at least happy, and doing it because YOU want to do it, and that YOU enjoy doing it.