August 12, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Since a podcast was out of the question for various reasons, I decided to throw a few questions at Wrestlezone columnists Martyn Nolan, and Bobby Bamber regarding this Sunday’s SummerSlam.
1. Did CM Punk come back too soon?
[Martyn Nolan] Definitely, CM Punk could have done many great things with the WWE Championship and this was demonstrated when he turned up at ComicCon and an Independent Event. More of these things could have been booked but the fact that WWE’s “second biggest PPV” being round the corner was too much of a temptation to not involve this angle.
[Bobby Bamber] No. I can see the arguments why people think he did but Summerslam is a massive PPV and Punk against Cena was the only option for a main event (especially given how weak the rest of the card is. The show would’ve bombed without him).
2. How detrimental to the product is it to have Alberto del Rio lose clean to Punk if he’s potentially going to be chasing his title?
[Martyn Nolan] I think the focus on Superstars winning and losing becomes too big a factor in today’s product. Things become stale and predictable because we feel a person shouldn’t beat another person so cleanly when not on a ‘push’. It would be nice to make a product where Superstars are seen more equal and competition is the main point. After all, what Football team never loses a game? Manchester United can get beat but it doesn’t mean that the club is any less successful. John Cena for example will not lose fans if he loses to up and coming stars. Shawn Michaels in his recent run from 2002-2010 specialised in having big feuds where he would ultimately put the opponent over and he is regarded as the best of all time.
[Bobby Bamber] I can’t see them having this result without there being a bigger picture behind it. I’ve got Del Rio leaving Summerslam as WWE Champion so there’s a good chance it happened for a reason.
3. Why are people so eager to make Punk the next Austin?
[Martyn Nolan] I think this is due to everyone in some way wanting the attitude era appearing again. Personally I would like for Punk to become a star on Austin’s level but not actually become Austin. Punk is showing disregard to authority and I think thats where the main comparison lies.
[Bobby Bamber] They’re not. Punk and Austin are completely different characters they’re just playing similar roles. Comparisons are understandable but only because of the storylines they’re in, not because of who they are.
4. Is Melina one of the most talented Diva’s of all time?
[Martyn Nolan] I’m afraid not. I feel she is an Diva who will largely be remembered for being the one who does the splits. Her finishing move was largely botched just because it was based on her doing that one flexible movement. I’m disappointed that she has been released because I feel she is far more talented than most of the current roster and given a little more direction she could have been a bigger star.
[Bobby Bamber] That question feels like it’s a bit of a contradiction! May have been, but her attitude seemed a bit skewed and her in ring screaming didn’t help.
5. Who would you say are the top 5 divas of all time?
[Martyn Nolan] Trish Stratus – For her determination to turn into a legitimate Wrestler aftering starting in such a typical female role within the WWE.
Lita – For daring to do things in the ring that most would not.
Chyna – For demonstrating that she could handle the men as well as the women, and for opening the door for women who aren’t blond and always pretty.
Beth Phoenix – For being a solid athlete, great wrestling ability knowledge and combining physique and attraction.
Mickie James – For being an energetic wrestler who has always stayed true to herself and not fallen into the system of current Divas.
[Bobby Bamber] Sunny, Trish, Lita, Michelle McCool & Kelly Kelly.
6. The match between Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres was possibly the worst diva’s match I’ve seen, how long can they continue to give us Barbies that have no talent?
[Martyn Nolan] Not for much longer by the current direction that TV has taken. Stars like Beth and Natalya have proven that attractive but strong women have a place in the WWE and this should be on top.
[Bobby Bamber] For as long as they want. While they have 2 minute TV matches there will be no serious development.
7. Does this make the Melina move a bigger surprise?
[Martyn Nolan] The loss of Melina was no great surprise as we have hardly seen her on TV for the last few months. Whether she has gained heat in the back for anything in the past is another matter but she could easily be put in a programme with someone and run with it if it was given the appropriate time and support. I don’t think it will be long before we see her in TNA.
[Bobby Bamber] No, her exit has nothing to do with in-ring ability.
8. Is John Morrison a slip up away from future endeavours?
[Martyn Nolan] I don’t think he is close to that at all although his recent loses on TV since his return have been shocking. WWE had the chance to build his return and put him more in the picture but to have him constantly lose makes things look a little weak. Whether they are planting the seed for him to carry on losing and make his character address this on the show down the line could be a direction they feel they want to take with John but it does seem a little worrying at the moment.
[Bobby Bamber] No. Maybe getting a bit of punishment for Melina but he’ll be back soon enough.
9. Did any of the releases surprise you?
[Martyn Nolan] We should never be surprised by the releases that WWE name these days but I am disappointed. I was hoping that David Hart Smith could have gained confidence on TV and Vladimir Koslov started to look more confident in the ring more in the last few months.
[Bobby Bamber] No, Other than Koslov I can’t remember the last time any of them appeared on TV.
10. Are you surprised someone wasn’t cut?
[Martyn Nolan] I mentioned in one of my articles the amount of talent we don’t even know has finishing moves; on that list were DH Smith, Primo and Tyler Reks. There are many people I would not be surprised to see go. Others have mentioned JTG as well. Primo, Reks, Trent Barreta and Brodus Clay would be my next picks.
[Bobby Bamber] Perhaps a few, but they weren’t likely to cut many more.
11. Does Beth Phoenix’s push have anything to do with her dating CM Punk?
[Martyn Nolan] I think WWE’s recent decisions which seem to appear like they are catering to the IWC are a ploy to please us after years of moaning. Giving us JR, Punk, Ryder, Bryan and Beth as main stars were probably in the works to make it look like we are finally getting what we want. Whether it stays like that remains to be seen. On the other hand maybe Punk really did light a fire in the company making them realise what they can do with the current talent. Whatever direction they go in they will never lose credibility to current stars like Cena, Orton, Mysterio, Undertaker and Triple H. So what’s the harm in giving some of the other fans what they want for a while?
[Bobby Bamber] Maybe, who knows? She’s only been going two weeks, so it’s a bit early to tell.
12. Will any of the ROH people coming in make an impact on WWE?
[Martyn Nolan] If Punk really has got clout then yes. Hopefully they will anyway from their talent alone. I also hope they can adapt to the style of WWE and establish themselves quickly.
[Bobby Bamber] Depends how they’re used. If they’re bought in because of CM Punk and they work alongside him then they’ll have a chance.
13. Will the tag-team division ever be rebuilt?
[Martyn Nolan] I doubt it. It’s not something that can be done overnight and even if they put a focus on it now it’ll need a couple of years to become as big as it used to be.
[Bobby Bamber] Not for a while certainly. Heavyweight division is only priority right now. I see little chance of that changing any time soon.
14. As a kid growing up a wrestling fan would you of ever envisioned there being an anonymous gm or Little Jimmy?
[Martyn Nolan] After watching Mae Young give birth to a hand, Goldust being electrocuted, Austin beating up Santa Claus, DX pissing on DOA’s Motorcycles and Kane tomb stoning Linda McMahon on the stage I would have never questioned what I might have seen on WWE television in the future!
[Bobby Bamber] Once you’ve seen the Katie Vick stuff, nothing is a surprise.
15. Will we see Vince back on TV?
[Martyn Nolan] I truly think this is the end of his character on TV. If we think to how a wrestler always wants to go out of the business. They will always go out on a loss and I think the recent events would be the only respectable way that Vince McMahon could have gone from TV whilst staying in character. I believe this just from his general reaction when Triple H said he was fired and the live crowd’s response to his emotions. If this one isn’t it then I’m not sure how he would disappear from TV in the future after so many teased angles where he was supposed to leave.
[Bobby Bamber] Without question before the end of the year. He will fight against Triple H for control of the company I’m sure.
16. Will we ever see Shane McMahon again?
[Martyn Nolan] An interesting one, I surely hope not but at the moment he currently has his fingers in a lot of pies. He wanted to try something new and whether this is to bring back his experiences down the line back into the family business is still to be seen. Shane seemed to have a legitimate love for the industry and maybe time away from the company will make a return all that more special?
[Bobby Bamber] Never say never, but right now no. Could he appear, absolutely, but not in a program or on screen role.
17. Does it surprise you that there are only four matches announced as of today?
[Martyn Nolan] WWE are relying heavily on the rematch between Punk and Cena to sell the PPV. WWE seems to take this format on a regular basis now. Hopefully the quality of the matches will produce a good PPV but yes I’m disappointed, not surprised.
[Bobby Bamber] I get the feeling most of the storyline’s have been rebooked in recent weeks. It’s been rushed hence why we are where we are. Given how quickly booking can change I don’t think you can ever be surrpised.
Predictions / Where would you like to see these feuds go?
1. Christian Vs. Randy Orton
[Martyn Nolan] It’s been done so many times this year and I know it’s got a bit stale with most people. I’m nowhere near as thrilled to see the match and predict that Orton will likely just take and carry the title on Smackdown after this, possibly feud with Mark Henry? However with the street fight angle to the match I think it provide a different type of entertainment which they have done throughout the year.
[Bobby Bamber] God I hope it’s the end. Not been bad but this should be the end.
2. John Cena Vs. CM Punk
[Martyn Nolan] I’m hoping that CM Punk will take this one again just to prove that it’s not the ‘one hit wonder’ which was aptly used on RAW this past week. If Punk and HHH is truly the direction they want to go in then it wouldn’t surprise me to see Cena come out of this with the belt.
[Bobby Bamber] Learn the lessons of Orton vs Christian, don’t drag something out even if it’s good. Cena will move onto a feud with Del Rio, Punk with HHH
3. Beth Phoenix Vs. Kelly Kelly
[Martyn Nolan] Beth Phoenix is the massive favourite in this match and I wonder if WWE will try to make Kelly Kelly look strong by pulling the upset? So my prediction is Kelly Kelly but even if she does I predict that within 4 weeks Beth will be the champion.
[Bobby Bamber] I have no reason to care about the Divas at the moment.
4. Sheamus Vs. Mark Henry
[Martyn Nolan] As much as Sheamus has been pushed as the face I think Henry needs to get the win here by hook or crook to allow him to feud with Orton at the next PPV for the title. I think Christian and Sheamus will be the rivalry for the next PPV somehow (my gut feeling)
[Bobby Bamber] Booking at its most simple. Like the stuff on the Raw side, Sheamus could move onto Christian and Henry onto Orton perhaps.
5. If you could see another match added what would it be?
[Martyn Nolan] Hopefully with recent developments there could be a match between Ziggler and Riley put on the card at last minute. Frustrating from the point of no real build but still a good match which fans will appreciate. Barrett and Bryan could also put something on but I worry if they start to put the Money in the Bank briefcase on the line.
[Bobby Bamber] Daniel Bryan vs Wade Barrett will almost certainly be added to the card, as will Big Zeke vs Cody Rhodes. It’s poor that the card is so thin right now.
June 16, 2011 § Leave a Comment
So Justin LaBar has come through, and actually posted the Big Show video on Wrestlezone. The odd thing here is that Big Show had the tittle over the weekend, but they mentioned that Wade Barrett was still IC champ this past Monday on Raw. That said, they never showed Barrett with the title…or Big Show for that matter. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.
On a side note Josh Isenberg made a comment towards Justin regarding how TNA is offered in Canada, and how it would differ from the states. For those of you that don’t know, there are licensing, and distribution rights per country, all around the world. So Justin was right when it came to how TNA is offered in Canada, and that the process for someone to be reimbursed would be different in the Great White North. As a matter of a fact, there are different rights in the US depending upon your city, cable or satellite provider. You can have certain shows syndicated say on WTBS which is a national cable station, but you can have the same shows syndicated locally on an affiliate. Case in point, Seinfeld. The show is available across the US on TBS, but is also available in New York City on their Fox affiliate, channel 5.
I’m not saying I’m the smartest guy around, but Josh more than often tries to play the part, when to quote The Bloodhound Gang, he isn’t even the smartest peanut in the turd!
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.