Archive for March, 2011

03-31-11 TNA IMPACT! RANT

March 31, 2011

I have no idea what I am in for but it can’t be good…

Oh god the name of this episode is R-V-DAMNED.

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Wrestlemania XXVII Press Conference: The Rock

March 30, 2011

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You have to love the Fruity Pebbles chant.

Kimmel + Chris Jericho + DWTS = Hardcore

March 30, 2011

Brock Lesnar promotes TUF 13 and his book on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

March 29, 2011

Last night, Brock Lesnar visited Jimmy Fallon’s late night show to talk about his coaching tenure on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter and Death Clutch, his new book that he wrote with friend and former WWE manager, Paul Heyman.

Chris Jericho and his Jedi Master cut the floor on DWTS

March 28, 2011

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke danced the quickstep to a fine version of George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.

Team Chericho were the fourth pair of the evening to perform. Chris got great praise from all three judges. Here’s a small sampling of what they said.

Len – “I thought you did a great job.”

Bruno – Cheryl Burke transformed the beast into a gazelle.

Carrie Ann – “I am loving me some Chris Jericho about now.”

My Take ~ Score: 8

Bravo. Great performance. Team Chericho did us wrestling marks proud tonight. THIS was arguably the best performance of the night.

So after this performance I’ve changed my stance on how Jericho is going to fare. His score of 23 was the highest score tonight. Romeo and Hines Ward also scored 23 but I don’t think their personalities shine as much in video segments and interviews. I’m thinking Jericho can go deep into the season if he works hard and shows more of his personality week after week.

In the interview after Team Chericho’s performance, Jericho called Cheryl the ‘Dancing Yoda’ that gets results. You gotta support a guy who’s not afraid to throw Star Wars references around on national TV.

After the jump we’ll see how the rest of the cast did.

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Everyone has to end up in developmental…

March 28, 2011

I’m not usually the Twitter-er but this post by Ring of Honor’s Dave Lagana had me laughing out loud.

03-28-11 WWE RAW REVIEW

March 28, 2011

It’s the go-home show for WrestleMania!

 

Show starts right off the back with CM Punk sitting in the ring Indian style with a spot light. He gets a “CM Punk” chant. He says he probably isn’t going to get the reception in Atlanta like he does in Chicago. He says they are his people just like the New Nexus that Randle KeithOrton took out. He turns on the crowd and Nexus saying he doesn’t care what happens to them and if you get punted in the head its not his problem. His only problem is Orton. And now these sell outs in Chicago chant “Randy”. He says he can snap his fingers and get any mindless person to do what he says. He then cuts to the video of last week where Punk tricks Orton with his bus. Punk says Orton’s wife goes to bed with the vision of her husband laying on the ground with Punk standing over him. Punk ends with saying he will end this chapter at WrestleMania. Before he can leave the ring Orton with a bandaged leg comes out, he slowly comes to the ring, they brawl and Orton gets his horizontal rope DDT. Orton looks to go for the RKO but instead takes the corner for the punt, he runs towards Punk but his injured leg gives out. Punk rolls out of the ring while we get another chant for him and he looks back at Orton favoring his leg. Punk smiles as he comes into the ring and corners Orton. Punk then kicks Orton’s leg and he’s down. Punk then takes Orton up and hits the G2S! Punk then walks off. I think they did a good job of pushing this match one last time.

 

Christian is in the back and walks into Edge. Edge says he can’t lay his hands on Del Rio on Smacky but he can on RAW and Edge says he’s always liked that GM. Haha We get the Edge and Christian tag team return tonight! I’m glad they didn’t blow this match on just a Smackdown but not sure they should have done it on a go home show either unless there is something up here…

 

Edge & Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio & Brodus Clay

-Quick tags by E&C on Clay.

-Clay is then dumped over the top rope, Christian over the top but Clay catches him. Edge hits the baseball slide to send Clay down.

-After the break, ADR has Christian in an arm lock, he tries to fight off but ADR cuts him short.

-Del Rio continually works on Christian’s arm before making the tag to Clay.

-Clay hits the slam then tags ADR back in for the second rope elbow drop.

-Tornado DDT by Christian in the corner on Del Rio and he makes the hot tag but ADR tags in Clay.

-Edge with the back slide on Clay and sets up for the spear but ADR sweeps the leg.

-Christian goes after ADR but is taken out on the barricade.

-Edge ducks the clothesline but Clay and hits the spear for the win!

Winner: Edge and Christian

 

Outside the ring ADR puts the arm breaker on Christian until Edge runs him off. Edge goes back to check on Christian by Del Rio comes back out and puts the arm breaker on Edge! The ref finally gets ADR off of Edge who tells Edge hits his destiny. Good push for this match as well. I liked the fact Edge and Del Rio didn’t actually get into it until the ring.

 

Another solid Sin Cara promo, this time with Aztec temples in the background.

 

The Miz and Riley in the back, they’ve turned the WWE logo in the back upside down.

 

Before anything else can happen we get an email. Cole has an iPad in his glass case. The GM wants to know if Lawler is ready for WrestleMania which a match tonight with Jack Swagger.

 

Video package on the Undertaker and Triple H is shown next. Good shit.

 

We are back from break and The Corre is in the ring.

 

The Corre vs. Big Show, Kane, Kozlov & Santino has been added to WrestleMania.

 

Santino w/Kane, Show, Kozlov & Tamina vs. Justin Gabriel w/The Corre

-Santino chant off the bat.

-Spin kick to Santino after the Slater distraction for a 2 count.

-Splits by Santino into the hip toss and the diving head butt.

-Kozlov sweeps Gabriel’s leg during the ref distraction which it breaks down at ringside.

-Cobra on Gabriel!!! 1…2…THREEE!

Winner: Santino

 

All four are in the ring and Santino has Big Show do the trumpet. Kane doesn’t look amused and stares down Santino but then goes into the trumpet as well for a big pop from the crowd. Funny.

 

Triple H does the walk in the back.

 

Some chick named Keri Hilson is doing America The Beautiful at WrestleMania. Never heard of her but at least it isn’t Justin Bieber or god forbid Rebecca Black.

 

The Undertaker makes his slow ominous way to the ring to a solid pop from the crowd. Right has Taker gets in the ring, Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Before HHH can spit out his water the gongs go off again and the ring goes black. The lights come back on and HHH and Taker are staring at each other in the ring. I have a feeling HBK’s music is about to hit….OH SHIT IT DOES!!! HAHA! Shawn Michael comes out looking as casual as ever in a tee with no sleeves and a beanie… come on Shawn! Crowd is eating this up hard as Taker and HHH stand just staring at each other and glancing over at HBK. “HBK” chant. Michael’s says he is sorry about interrupting but he didn’t want to miss this, he then shills their match, Taker and HHH. Shawn then says neither will be the same again after this Sunday and has one question “what makes you think you can do what I couldn’t” then looks at HHH. Another “HBK” chant. HHH says if he wants to know the truth, HBK got soft when being the showstopper or Mr. WrestleMania was more important. How you don’t have to win every night to be those things but he isn’t Shawn Michaels and that he HAS to win and he will win. HHH says 16 years ago he came into the WWE locker room and saw one guy that stood over them all, how HHH watched him come to the ring all busted up and still put his body on the line. How he learned that if he should pattern his career like anyone it would be Taker. How he respects Taker as much as HBK. Triple H said he and HBK made a promise to each other that when they noticed the other was past his prime they would tell each other and if they didn’t except it they would end it for him, because they respect each other. He said he came back after a year off for one reason only, to stand in front of Taker out of respect and hell him its time. How Triple H can see for Taker to bow out, how Taker will always be these things but that in 6 days he will no longer be undefeated at WrestleMania. Triple H says he’s the one to make Taker 18-1 and the streak as well as Taker will rest in peace. Taker finally takes the mic and says if he ever felt there was a time he needed to be put down he would want it to be HHH because that is the respect he has for him but he says it isn’t that time. How he knows HHH is going to kill himself trying but the streak will be alive and so will he. He says if he doesn’t want to take his word, to ask HBK. How HBK walks around as the guy who gave Taker 2 of his greatest matches of his career but he came up short and didn’t get it done. Now when he looks in the eyes of Shawn Michaels he doesn’t see the old HBK but a man he humbled. He sees a man that will go into the Hall of Fame full of regrets and a career he ended. HBK isn’t happy about this and goes to superkick Taker but he catches his leg and Taker goes to choke slam him but HHH stops him and gets in between them. HHH then tells HBK to tell Taker why he’s going to beat Taker at Mania but HBK stands and stares at Taker instead. The crowd breaks into “one more match chant” while HBK just gets out of the ring and leaves while HHH yells at him. HBK just looks back at him and says “I’m sorry”. Triple H them looks sad face as Taker smirks at him and tips his hat to him before he bounces. This was a really good segment that this match needed desperately.

 

Holy fuck I’m already tired and we haven’t even gotten to the Rock yet!

 

Jack Swagger w/Michael Cole vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler

-Lawler has different music, it sucks.

-Lawler goes for Cole with give Swagger the opening to hit the splash in the corner.

-Swagger takes Lawler to the outside and throws him over the barricade.

-Lawler comes back out with a steel chair that he hits Swagger in the back multiple times for the DQ.

Winner: Jack Swagger

 

Lawler then goes after Cole but he goes into his cage. Lawler takes the chair to the cage and tries to jump over but Cole’s security hold him back. Lawler takes Cole’s face in the face before the security pull him away. Crazy how this is the hottest build up thus far for this ppv.

 

Vicki Guerrero comes out and puts on John Morrison’s glasses and gets his intro with pyro, music and slow mo! Haha Vicki then comes into the ring and delivers her signature line before saying she is going to do to Snooki the same thing she did to Morrison. She then laughs like the Million Dollar Man. Ziggler then comes out.

 

Dolph Ziggler w/Vicki & United States Champion Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan & John Morrison

-Sheamus come out pounding on Morrison.

-Morrison goes for the flash kick but Sheamus catches him and hits the back breaker.

-After the break, Sheamus is covering Morrison for a 2.

-Morrison makes the hot take to Morrison who comes out hitting hard and gets the LaBell Lock on Ziggler until Sheamus breaks it up and makes the tag.

-Sheamus gets a 2 count on Bryan.

-Bryan misses the dropkick in the corner and gets hit with the high cross for the pin…

Winner: Sheamus & Ziggler

 

Well that was bullshit unless you’re having Bryan go over at WrestleMania. If not you just gave away that match.

 

Orton in the back icing his leg. New commentator dude asks if Orton will make it to WrestleMania. He says he has serious anger management issues and ruined careers because he could. He has never hated anyone more than CM Punk. He said his question should be if CM Punk will make it out of WrestleMania.

 

The final inductee for the Hall of Fame is THE ROAD WARRIORS AND PAUL ELLERING!

 

Trish Stratus and Snooki as some bar when Josh is asking them questions. Some dude tries to hit on them but she gets pushed aside. Snooki is drunk but says she is being trained by Trish. This dude wants to get out of here but this dude ends up getting smacked by Snooki the hard way. Josh puts over the match but then cuts back to this bar where LayCool now show but and the brawl is out which a bunch of duds egging them on.

 

We’re back from break and Rock is in the guerilla position. A “Rocky” chant build before he comes out to the ring to a big ol pop! (might have taken a little steam out of people by showing the Rock too early). Crowd keeps cheering and chanting “Rocky” but he finally gets to “Finally….” which the Chicago crowd eats up. He says this is where it all started for the Rock. This was where his first WrestleMania was and he admits to being nervous that night. He said that night he decided to bring it. He then goes on and on about Team Bring It but they eat it up and leads to another “Rocky” chant. He said he has a dream and it was to come to the ring and call out John Cena. “Cena sucks” chant! He calls Cena a homeless Power Ranger and Vanilla Ice while telling us how it went down on in his dream. Rock does his “millions…” and Chicago is heavily on his side. Smiley faced John Cena comes out and runs into the ring. Rock is eye fucking him while Cena just circles and keeps smiling. Cena is getting booed hardcore here, you can barely hear anything positive for this fucker tonight. Cena says this is what he wanted, Rock in a WWE ring. Cena says this is where Rock belongs, he then looks around and asks Rock if he hears the people. Cena brings up opening up his mouth about Rock leaving but he wanted him back for moments like this. Fool is now kissing Rock’s ass… Cena brings up being brought up like a celebrity roast and how that means you’re in. He says what he said had meaning and merit. Another “Cena sucks” chant. Cena says he wanted to know what problem the Rock had with him. Cena said his color he wears, how he was brought up and says hustle, loyalty, respect was crap and how his audience is kids. Cena admits it and says he’s proud of it but still gets booed. He then gets all serious about how he’s worked his tail to the bone and how the hell the Rock is?! He says he walks down to the ring as himself and some like it and some don’t but he doesn’t try to change their mind and he is going to be judged one day but not by the Rock. Rock then says that the good lord will judge him but wont save from getting his ass whooped. Cena says he’s talked to Rock like a man and if he wants a fight, Cena then drops the mic but then we get The Miz’s music. He and Riley come down to the ring all dressed up. Miz says really this is going to be, he calls them the O Brothers, overhyped and overrated. Haha Miz says last week he owned Cena and that he is going to lose at WrestleMania but says Cena will come for a fight not like the Rock. He calls him Rocky and says he knows a secret and that Rock isn’t going to do nothing tonight. Miz then brings up how much his moneys have made and how he isn’t going to risk getting beat up and embarrassed by him. He says he can do it because he is the WWE Champion and that Rock wont do anything because he is the Miz and he is awesome. Rock tells Miz it doesn’t matter what he thinks and Miz and Riley beat up on the Rock!!! Rock fights back and takes out Riley first! DDT by Rock on Miz!!!! THE PEOPLES ELBOW!!! He sends Miz to the outside and Cena is back in ATTITUDE ADUSTMENT TO THE ROCK!!! Huge boo’s from Chicago as Cena points to his purple wristband and bounces up the stage to point at the WrestleMania logo on the stage.

 

This was an AWESOME episode of RAW! Although there wasn’t a lot of matches it pushed the WrestleMania matches like it should. The Taker/HHH promo was solid with HBK being a nice touch and this last segment was perfect, yeah Rock didn’t get his on Cena but that is what they are going to make us pay for! It makes people want to order this show even more so because they know Cena isn’t getting away with this. Great go-home show and really brought home the fact that you MUST order WrestleMania 27!

… I am a little afraid that WrestleMania or the RAW after it will end with Cena and Rock all huggy kissy still…

 

Brock Lesnar discusses TUF 13, the Undertaker and more

March 28, 2011

From MMAFighting.com ~

FighterHayabusa.com favorite, Ariel Helwani interviews The Ultimate Fighter coach, Brock Lesnar, during Brock’s Full Media Day in New York City. Brock discusses his time coaching on TUF 13, his fight with Cain Velasquez, whether or not pro wrestlers can be Ultimate Fighers, the Undertaker incident and so much more. Enjoy the interview after the jump.

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NWA Hollywood Thoughts & Review [March 26, 2011]

March 28, 2011

Johnny Goodtime is in the ring with his RockNES partner, Johnny Yuma

  • He calls out Natural Selection but the Cutler Brothers run in and wreck shop.
  • The Cutlers hit their Six Second Abs double team, an inverted backstabber from the wheel barrow position, on Yuma.

Natual Selection come out. Brian Cage has a mic.

  • He says they come out to answer the challenge but RockNES is nowhere to be found.
  • Young Hollywood, Todd Chandler and Brandon Parker, come out.

Shaun Rickers grabs the mic.

  • He tells Young Hollywood that their ‘skinny asses’ are going get crushed. Okay then.

~ Great promo by Natural Selection. Rickers can rock the mic.

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Smackdown Thoughts & Review [3. 25. 11]

March 25, 2011

Columbus, OH

They show highlights from the Alberto Del Rio’s feuds with Edge and Christian.

CUT TO THE BACK

  • Edge is whining to Teddy Long.
  • Long says that Edge and ADR cannot touch each other until Wrestlemania or they will be banned from the pay per view.
  • Long tells him that it’s in the best interest of the WWE, Edge and Alberto Del Rio.

Rey Mysterio and CM Punk battle to a no-contest

  • Awesome. These two are always gold together.
  • Rey comes out in an all khaki/camel-colored outfit. Weird. This isn’t my favorite colorway. He looks like he’s going to move somebody’s couch or refrigerator.
  • CM Punk is headscissored into the 619 position, turns around and boots Rey in the midsection, then follows up with a roll up, only for Rey to counter it with a roundhouse kick to Punk’s face for a two count. Nice.
  • Punk drops Rey’s head across the guard wall from the electric chair position.
  • Running high cross body from Punk for two.
  • Punk actually went off the top turnbuckle and was dropkicked in mid-air for his efforts.
  • Textbook Asai Moonsault by Rey to the outside.
  • Cody Rhodes comes out and headbutts Rey while he was laying across the ring apron.
  • Rhodes destroys Rey with a running knee with an exposed brace.

~ This is wrestling. These two went counter for counter and introduced new offensive moves into the match we haven’t seen from them in a while.

Like I always say, this match made me want more from these two.

CUT TO THE BACK

Christian tries to talk Edge out of his match with Drew McIntyre.

Edge submits Drew McIntyre

  • Edge stomps a Canadian mudhole in Drew.
  • Edge gets Drew in an Edge-u-cator/Figure 4 Edge Lock and he taps!
  • Edge spears Drew in for good measure.

~ Not a Drew fan and this match is further proof that Drew needs to hone his skills in the low to mid card for a while.

They show a highlight video of former legends and current superstars commenting on the HHH vs. Undertaker storyline.

~ If the WWE just put a third of this effort into the video packages of other future storylines and feuds, the quality of and interest in their product would increase ten-fold.

LayCool defeated Rosa Mendez & Kelly Kelly

  • LayCool come out wearing house slippers and dressed like Snooki. Okay.
  • Layla hits her neckbreaker on Rosa for the win. I forgot to mention Layla was wrestling in socks.
  • LayCool cut a promo on Snooki, ‘Trash Stratus’ and John ‘Snorrison’.

~ Okay, WWE. I hope this improves your ‘Mania buyrate.

Wade Barrett w/ the Borre pins Kofi Kingston

  • Barrett with a HUGE boot that blasts Kofi off the apron! Brutal.
  • Barrett with a Bossman Slam for a close two.
  • Kofi with a High Cross Body off the top for a close two.
  • Slater tries to interfere but is Trouble in Paradised.
  • Kofi goes for TIP again but is caught on Barrett’s shoulders!
  • Barrett hits the Wasteland and it’s over.
  • The Borre do their Nexus thing and Gabriel hits his 450 on Kofi.
  • They lift Barrett on their shoulders as he poses with the US title.

~ Like I’ve mentioned many times before, I do not understand the WWE’s treatment of Kofi Kingston. That being said, Barrett looked very strong in this match.

CUT TO THE BACK

  • Teddy Long tells ADR the same thing he told Edge.

Undertaker Promo

  • ‘Taker talks about their confrontation as being an armageddon of mega-sized proportions. Did Ultimate Warrior write this?
  • ‘Die Trying’ will be the epitaph on HHH’s tombstone.
  • He’s going to meet HHH face to face.
  • HHH’s number is chosen and that number is 19.

~ If there’s an icon left in the pro wrestling it’s the Undertaker. His pop and overall crowd reaction were pretty amazing.

This makes me wish Sting jumped ship to solidify his legacy.

Jack Swagger submits R-Truth

  • R-Truth slingshots himself onto Swagger outside.
  • Swagger. Ankle Lock. Over.

~ I like Swagger a lot. Tool, not so much. Tool’s involvement makes every Swagger match is hard to watch. Ugh.

Christian pins Alberto Del Rio

  • Christian with a HUGE high cross body from the top turnbuckle to ADR on the outside!
  • ADR with a seated senton off the top rope for two.
  • Christian with a Frankensteiner off the top rope for two!
  • Christian with a Tornado DDT off the second rope for two!
  • Christian and ADR counter out of each other’s finishers.
  • Enziguiri by ADR for two!
  • Cross Arm Breaker! Christian reaches the ropes.
  • Edge spears Brodus Clay on the outside and kills his back with a chair.
  • ADR is distracted. Kill Switch. Over.
  • Christian stops Edge from wacking ADR with a chair and opts to do it himself.

~ It looked like Christian was going to turn before he hit ADR with the chair.

They’re sort of making ADR look like a chickenshit heel that needs help to win but maybe that’s the WWE’s point. I’m thinking ADR gets his revenge next week.

Solid episode of Smackdown. As always every feud and storyline was further developed. I get more excited for Wrestlemania after Smackdown than I do after watching Raw.

*pictures courtesy of wwe.com