June 14, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Wrestlezone who makes their bread and butter from spreading wrestling rumors, lies if you will, has posted how “an inside source in the tv industry” disproved a statement WWE posted on Raw regarding last week’s viewership. Seriously you’re going to point that out when for I don’t know how long they’ve posted how the brand extension is about to end. They’re going to unify this title in the coming months. Check out this former diva in a hot outfit. What does this former diva look like now? Etc.
Last week they advertised former diva in a see through dress. Right, portions of midriff were see-through, big deal! Wow talk about miss leading! Yesterday we had a post about former diva Tori, and how she has been away for close to ten years, let’s see if she’s still just as hot. So to prep this they have her in lingerie from back in her WWE days, and then a Flashdance like silhouette with a question mark over it. Only to be taken to a picture of her that might as well been Tori inside of a cardboard box with her head sticking out. So they’re talking about the WWE being misleading, but yet they’re being hypocritical. Please the next time you post “hot picture” of so and so, it better be in something skimpy, a bikini or even soft porn! Seriously, who are they marking to 7 year old John Cena fans?
They also have a section where you can send them news. So I sent them news that Big Show appeared this past weekend with the intercontinental title in Spain. I sent the following YouTube video where he is clearly seen with the belt. And as they’ve done in the past, they haven’t had the sack to post it. Show doesn’t appear with the belt until the last minute or so of the video.
For those of you keeping score Martyn Nolan and I have been doing PPV lead in and recap shows. I have sent links to these shows to WZ, but instead of thinking, “hey this could help widen our audience” the stance has been to see these shows as competition. They have done the same with Bobby Bamber and his podcast. Both Bamber and Nolan write for the site. So it’s ok for them to write for WZ but not promote any of their podcasts. I guess that show of theirs, which has been put on hiatus how many times, has really been pulling in listeners. See I could have promoted the return of their shows with what I do, who knows maybe a listener or two would jump over. But hey why would the competition do that, or even mention their show their web site?
Onto Chair Shot Reality a show that is featured on WZ. I am going to admit that I watch every show they’ve released, and although Justin LaBar had some kind words for me in an e-mail, Josh Isenberg has been far from nice. A few months back they had said they were looking for a place to do a radio show online, or terrestrial. So I contacted them, and Mr. Isenberg gave me his personal e-mail to further the discussion. I was honest to them, and told them there was no money in either of the things they wanted to do, but that since I help program a web station (MarkStriglRadio.com), I could talk to the owners and see if they were interested in having a wrestling show on the station. Let me say that in some circles in radio there is money, but in most cases “big name” hosts don’t only do radio, they do voice over work, or do appearances, DJ at bars, etc. I mentioned all of this to them, but heard nothing back from either Justin or Josh. The professional thing to do would have been, “thanks for the info, but we’re not interested in your proposal” or “go f yourself”, respond in some manner, that would have been professional. So a few weeks later there was a technical glitch with Chair Shot Reality, so I wrote the show’s e-mail along with Josh’s, thinking he might be concerned that there was an issue with his show. I instead received an e-mail asking me to no longer e-mail him, and to only e-mail the show e-mail from now on. For a pair that is professing themselves to be the most watched internet wrestling show, they sure as hell don’t care about the production value of the show. Again, the professional thing would have been, thanks for the info, I’ll let our team know. But the audio at times is over powering to the extent to where you can’t hear them speak, which was what I was alerting them to. The colors are almost never balanced, to the extent that Justin looks to have Michael Hogan type baldness, and Josh’s face usually looks tomato red. They also made a claim that they get as many views as Zack Ryder does, guys YouTube has a viewer count, if your preshow get’s as many views as the other two parts of your show, either I’m watching the shows when they first come out, or the numbers aren’t even close.
Most of these wrestling sites are a crap shoot; they have as much insight as the rest of us watching at home. That said, I will still go to Wrestlezone, and recommend others do so as well. I also recommend checking out Chair Shot Reality, because it is still very entertaining. But please before criticizing someone for something, you should really look into what you’re doing first.
March 23, 2011 § Leave a Comment
February 19, 2011 § Leave a Comment
For this episode we bring you a mixed bag of topics. I discuss the Elimination Chamber at length with Wrestlezone and Wrestleslam columnist Martyn Nolan. We discuss everything from this PPV, to how things will pan out moving forward towards Wrestlemania. We discuss the 2-21-11 video, the Raw GM, some guy named the Rock, and how his addition to WM may actually force Cena to turn heel. We also mention some matches that could be plausible if both of those stars were to meet up at WM. Highly unlikely, but I personally got a kick out of discussing so many different things. We discuss who the most likely to get injured before the Elimination Chamber might be, paving the way for HHH to be inserted in the match, again, all hypothetical. We also discuss R-Truth at length….and not in a positive light.
During the TV segment we discuss my issues with Bones, The Pacific, Band Of Brothers, the legacy of Battle Star Galactica, their actors, and how the series has affected TV in general.
Aside from this we have music from The Prodigy, The Birthday Massacre, Frontline and Foo Fighters.
You can listen to or download the episode from the following locations.
February 18, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I haven’t seen anyone else mention this yet. Since everyone is convinced that The Undertaker is the person in the 2-18-11 videos, no one else could possibly featured in this series of promo clips. But without a shadow of a doubt it is Shawn Michaels. I have a Slingbox and TiVO setup at my folks house in Jersey. I tape every Raw, and watch the show on my projector/screen combination. Tuesday while watching Raw I noticed immediately that Shawn Michaels was in the video. I had watched it on YouTube previously but the video I’ve seen are too dark and pixelated (see below) to make the person out. So I’ve done my best to take a screen capture from my feed, to prove my point. Unfortunately due to internet lag, I haven’t been able to get a 100% clear shot, I tried to slow the feed down enough to see the image clearly, but I have been unable to do so. This is the best that I can currently offer:
Sorry the quality is pretty crappy, if nothing else, hopefully this will help you look for what I reference above.
Here is a version of the video on YouTube, too dark/pixelate to decipher much, and that’s how they like it.
Take into consideration the following, would the WWE make it so obvious that it’s the Undertaker? Seriously, we all know he’s coming back, so why keep it mysterious? The use of the Johnny Cash song, I wrote a few people on Wrestlezone regarding this, and no one seemed to pay attention. I guess they saw it as just another nut writing them to offer some stupid theory. Johnny Cash was an extremely religious man, people are focusing on the word grave, and forgetting that the song was previously used for Taker Vs. Michaels. Maybe it has more to do with the latter’s religious beliefs than the former’s character? Or a combination of the two? Also, if you’re able to see the video perfectly, examine the chin and stubble, and compare it to pictures of Michaels with stubble. Like this one:
The rumor is Taker Vs. HHH, what just for the hell of it? Really? So Sheamus lays him out, and he comes back to avenge Shawn Michaels out of the blue?
Vince McMahon has struck gold with two mystery plots that have the wrestling community up in arms trying to figure out who multiple people are. We’ve seen what the anonymous Raw GM has done to annoy people (or is that Cole’s role at the moment?), to get people to watch and see if we find out once and for all who the GM is. So here is my scenario Shawn Michaels, he appears on Monday, and challenge the Undertaker to a match. The catch is, he isn’t wrestling, but a mystery opponent will be fighting for him? From here to WM we see Michaels appear, give hints, tease the entire story line like they’ve done the past two years, but we don’t find out till right before the event in April who his opponent is. Gee what a thought, going over a month without a spoiler!
It would make sense, this would facilitate the entire HHH Taker match at WM, it would make more sense than having him come out of the blue and challenge him. Especially since he has unfinished business with Sheamus. I understand they’re wrestling at house shows, but that means nothing to 99% of the Monday night audience. Also, it will be practically impossible for this to be Steak Vs. Career…..again! HHH married to Stephanie McMahon, destined to help run the WWE once Vince steps aside, and he’s going to retire now? I could understand they limit his in ring role. But pack things in for good? Given his age, it doesn’t make sense, he’s still a draw. I still think we’re getting HHH vs. Sheamus in some type of a theme match (street fight, cage, etc.) at WM. Why kill off all of Sheamus’ steam? Then again, stranger things have happened (e.g. Nexus V1)
Maybe I’m just in denial, but until I hear Sting will not appear, I will hold out hope that (under my theory) he will be who Michaels uses to try and end Taker’s streak. Also, does anyone remember/realize that Michaels, and Sting have worked together before?
Did you know Sting interviewed HBK a few years back?
I’ve been wrong in the past, as have others (Daniel Bryan will not be at Summerslam for example), and most of what you read or hear out there is just conjecture from people that think they have connections! Some do….most don’t. If Sting does not appear, do they pursue him hard for Summerslam? McMahon has brought people like Scott Steiner and Matt Hardy back, all because of the audience wanting to see them. Again, stranger things have happened.
This weekend you’ll be able to get things going before Elimination Chamber by listening to Martyn Nolan, and myself discuss the pay-per view, add some music, and some other ramblings, and you’ll have episode 5 of the podcast. Look out for that at some point today, or tomorrow.
January 30, 2011 § Leave a Comment
There are many reasons why Wrestlezone.com is the only wrestling site that I check on a daily basis. I usually check first thing in the morning to see what has taken place over night. Today was no different, although I was hesitant because I’m not going to be able to watch the Royal Rumble live, I’ll be watching it Monday afternoon (sorry, can’t go on two hours of sleep), and wasn’t sure if I wanted to read any spoilers concerning people that are or are not in Boston.
Till I saw that Justin LaBar from Chair Shot Reality ran into Kevin Nash in Boston!
Wish I could embed the video, but you’ll have to go here to check it out.
Thanks once again for the guys at CSR and WZ for doing such a great job!
If you missed it Martyn Nolan and I did discuss our Royal Rumble predictions earlier this week, you can now find the episode on iTunes (please leave your comments and subscribe), or listen to or download from here:
In less than 24 hours we’ll know if any of our theories panned out or not!
January 26, 2011 § Leave a Comment
As I mention in the podcast I’ve always enjoyed watching Wrestling. I got to see the Monday Night Wars, the original ECW, the Horsemen Saturday Nights on TBS, the old AWA, UWF with Steve Williams, World Class with the Von Erichs, the Dingo Warrior and a few others, even the GWF with Booker T before he and Sugar Ray where Harlem Heat, and Sean Waltman as The Lightning Kid. I was even lucky enough to be at MSG when the Alliance Invasion, when Booker T was chased through the crowd.
In any event, one of the reasons for me starting up this podcast is to be able to talk wrestling from time to time. On this show we have Martyn Nolan columnist for Wrestleslam Magazine, and Wrestlezone.com. During this episode we talk about the upcoming Royal Rumble, and all things WWE and TNA.
There were some technical issues, so you’ll notice a slight change in my voice (I had to listen back to what I originally recorded this weekend, and redo my commentary). That said, I had a blast, and think that we talk about a lot of interesting wrestling related points that I’m sure you guys will enjoy as well. This will hopefully be the first installment of a monthly wrestling episode I will do with Martyn.
Throughout the episode you’ll hear music Rick Derringer, Kiss and Kinky.