Thursday, December 31, 2009

Melina Topless Pics Uncovered

Every now and then we get news on some WWE Diva nudity from their past, most notably the much talked about Mickie James nude pics from her past which were as dirty as you can imagine. Melina is one of the diva's that has never had much to report on other than some unfounded rumors. Well now we've got a little something at least, as pics have surfaced from a photo shoot Melina did just prior to debuting in WWE.

In the pics, Melina is topless and covered only in a very light layer of body paint which covers absolutely nothing. The pics have a fitting holiday theme, so Melina's boobs are painted up in some festive holiday wrapping style paint. Being WWE no longer works with Playboy, and have decided to go with the boring TV-PG approach which means we hardly ever get to see the Diva's in anything sexy anymore, it's always nice to find some rare pics like these, especially with a Diva like Melina who we haven't seen any naked pics of. The pics are too hot to post here, but if you want to see the not safe for work pics, check out the link below:

WWE Diva Melina Topless Pics

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

R.I.P. Dr. Death Steve Williams


Dr. Death Steve Williams died today, no details on the how or why as of yet. But, like most, I am assuming heart attack. You may remember him from his time in WWE when Jim Ross went crazy and turned heel and managed him for awhile.

**Note**  Our Writer Random Villain was not aware of Dr. Death's battle with throat cancer for the past few years.  Doc battled and beat cancer once, and even continued wrestling even though he needed a device to talk.  Sadly the cancer recently returned, and Doc lost the battle this time, but will be admired for his good spirits and hard fought battle right to the end.  At the bottom of this post, we've linked to Steve Williams book, which Steve Williams himself documents his wrestling career and battle with cancer.  RIP to a true legend here in the U.S., and worldwide.

Tommy Dreamer - The Legend will live on in name only.


On the December 29th edition of ECW on SYFY,Thomas James Laughlin, aka, Tommy Dreamer wrestled his final match, in a losing effort to Zach Ryder. This came as a shock to me and I'm sure many others who have followed Dreamer's career from up and comer in the old Bingo Hall, later bestoyed the ECW arena, to recieving the moniker "The innovator of violence" to a roller coaster couple of years in WWE.

Now this is just me, but without Tommy Dreamer in ECW, those letters may as well go back to Eastern Championship Wrestling because without the "heart and soul of ECW", you have nothing and no one that represents what those letters really stand for. All you have now is either wrestlers who are on WWE's radar for past mistakes (Christian, William Regal), wrestlers who aren't good enough to carry themselves just yet on the bigger shows, (Vladimir Koslov, Ezekiel Jackson, Zach Ryder), or wrestlers who are trying to make a name for themselves to move on up the ladder of WWE(Yoshi Tatsu, Vance Archer). On occasion, they have an Extreme rules match to commemorate what ECW used to be, but even then, its nothing like the original.

Rumors have been flying around that ECW is going to get cut from SYFY's timeslot for weak ratings(0.9-1.2) so maybe its a blessing in disguise as I'm sure Tommy knew if it does happen, he would be receiving a "best wishes in future endeavors" on WWE.com and a space in WWE's alumni page.

Let me say, that if Tommy does decide to go to TNA, ROH, New Japan, All Japan, even AAA, I do wish him luck in future endeavors because even if he's past his prime and his body is, I'm sure, giving up on him, he should be remembered for more then just being the "heart and soul of ECW" but a legend and innovator that started a revolution of the hardcore sense, because HE'S HARDCORE!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

If You Are A Wrestling Fan. Then You WILL Watch TNA On January 4th.

Listen, this is very simple. If you care about wrestling in any way at all, then you will tune in and watch Impact on January 4th. Yeah Bret Hart coming back is cool, but you can record that, watch it later. Give TNA the ratings it needs, or we are all doomed. What do I mean? I mean the crap that you saw this past Monday night on Raw, with Johnny Damon, Gay Sgt. Slaughter, Little Peoples Court, and that Tiger crap, is what our wrestling future holds. TNA fails on the 4th, WWE will do nothing but air complete garbage all the time, because it can.

So it's up to you. Watch the Wolfpac reunion and see what Hogan and Bischoff have up their sleeves? Or, watch HBK run around like an idiot for the millionth time? You choose.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Book Review: Hulk Hogan "My Life Outside the Ring"

With January 4th rapidly approaching and TNA Wrestling about to go to war with WWE by going head to head on a Monday night and featuring the debut of Hulk Hogan, what better time to check out the Hulkster's new book.

We received a copy of "My Life Outside the Ring and really weren't sure what to expect.; we've heard all the stories from Hulk in his first book and multiple DVDs, so what else could this offer? Well this book took a pretty cool approach in focusing more on what was going on outside of wrestling during all the years of many big runs in wrestling. More detailed telling of Hulks early life and early days of getting into wrestling are told. Hulk hits his whole career here and is interesting for anyone who was a fan of "Hogan Knows Best" as it tells the full story on his marriage to Linda, having kids, etc. It also holds nothing back on the drug and steroid use that went on during certain time periods, including Hulk's own use and even Linda's.

The book doesn't paint a very pretty picture of Linda, but who expected it to? Of course the book is filled with some of the famous tall tales that Hulk is known for, with a few dates and occurrences being off, but again, that was expected.

It boils down to if you are a Hulk Hogan fan or not. If you are a Hulk fan, the book is a fun read that gives more details and a few unknown facts that are cool to learn. If you are not a Hulk fan, then you probably won't enjoy it and you will be annoyed by the tall tales and truth stretching that goes on. The complete divorce and car accident involving Hulk's son Nick and John Graziano is also covered extensively.

It gets a little preachy toward the end, as Hulk talks about recent years going through his divorce from Linda and how he read the book "The Secret," which gave him a new outlook on life. Overall, not a bad read, especially if you enjoy getting all the Hulkamania you can get.


 Also see:
Book Review: Bret Hart's "Hitman"

Live WWE Raw Review 12-21-09

Yeah, I'm back. So for those not in the know, this is how this Live Raw Review thing works. I don't sit here and talk about each and every thing that happens on Raw. I simply just post out my thoughts, reactions, and comments, as I watch Raw. Which means there will probably be a few typos and all kinds of shit cause Im looking at the TV more than the screen. So let's do this...

Alright, so, Johnny Damon should never hold a microphone ever again in his life... What... the.... fuck? A tiger, and some lady chasing him with a golf club... what in the hell does this have to do with anything? Uh ok, this is officially the worst intro to Raw in the history of Monday nights, the only thing that could make this any worse is a diva match.

Spoke too soon....

What the hell happened to the days of Lita and Trish? Divas with actual talent. Oh yay Kelly Kellys team wins weee......

Oh good Santa Claus is gonna grant a wish!! Will it be a gun?! Im sure Ill need one during this court segment thats up next.

My god, Lawler gets more and more annoying as each Monday passes by.

So yeah, Bret Hart is coming on January 4th, but what is he going to do? Confront HBK who has turned into a retarded sidekick? Oh lord, here we go. Empty arena, probably because a riot would have broken out during this crap. If I was 6 years old, I might find this a little amusing. Oh good, DX plugs, cause that isn't old. Oh I get it, Bret is going to call out HBK on the 4th, and HBK will tell him to go to wweshop.com. A little.... jury.... I wanna put my head through a wall. Oh good fuck.....

Here comes Randy Orton to glare at everyone and do, nothing meaningful. Alright! Ted DiBiase! Let's check out his acting skills in The Marine 2!Alright! Kofi Kingston! SOS A SHORTAY! Does Evan Bourne ever stop acting excited? Uh oh, his team just won, time to look like an idiot Evan Bourne! Good job!

Ugh, good god, Slaughter dressed as Santa.... and he wants to make out with Johnny Damon. What in the hell am I watching? I don't want to finish watching this, but I must press on....

Oh damnit all more little peoples court. HBK is the most retarded person on the planet. I take that back, if I was 6 years old I would have went and read a book or something instead of watch this. This is Saturday morning special quality stuff here.

Oh John Cena vs Swagger gee I wonder who is gonna win!?!!?!!? OH MY CENA WINS NO WAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dusty Claus has a yellow dot on his suit, nice.

"Sounds like a home run idea to me." I have no reaction to this.

Carlito vs Masters, again, for the 30th time. Uh oh Masters got a kiss now his pecs are goin nuts!

What the hell is with this tiger suit guy? Oh no who is gonna be in the Santa suit this time?! But.... by living in the North Pole... does Santa still have to pay his taxes?!?! YES! THE MIZ IS A TAX CHEAT!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alright what in the hell is this shit with the lady and the tiger? What in the blue hell does that have to do with ANYTHING? Yes, I know theyre doing some stupid Tiger Woods spoof shit, but like I said, what does it have to do with anything? God I wanna be in a WWE creative meeting just once to sit and listen to the shit that they come up with that DOESNT make it on the air. Oh good Mae Young is making out with Johnny Damon. Why????????????????????????????????????

Sheamus needs to kill a seal or something. Ive seen dark match jobbers get a bigger reaction. Alright, Sheamus wins. Boring. UH OH JOHN CENA WANTS HIS REMATCH RIGHT, NOW! WOAH!!!!!! Don't worry Cena, you'll get your rematch, and your title back, at the next PPV. Why? Because that's what happens every time.

Oh sorry my bad, Cena will get it back, NEXT WEEK! ON RAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Santino Claus! The reaction The Miz has to Santino Claus has been my reaction to Raw the entire night.

UH OH BIG SHOW IS CALLING OUT THE REAL SANTA! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!! HE WANTS HIS CHRISTMAS WISH!! And here comes Santa..... Santa sounds like Stewie Griffin. BOOOOOOO NO SANTA BIG SHOW HASN'T BEEN A GOOD BOY HE'S A LIAR!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so, Jerichos back on raw next week!!!!!!!!! OH NO ITS JERICHO CLAUS!!!!!!!!!! OH HO HO HO HO!!!!!!!!!! I MEAN. HA HA HAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!! I bet DX won't come out and beat them up now! OH NO MIDGET DX ARMY!!!! Jericho dressed as Santa.... Midget DX army.... this is real. Sweet Shin Music! Damn looks like I lost my bet! DX showed up! Uh oh!! Hijinks are sure to ensue now! Oh yay HBK loves Hornswoggle now! Uh, Hornswoggle can talk now? And say SUCK IT?! Well its not as bad as Kanes SUCK IT, but wtf. Thank god this is over.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Monsters; Why doesn't it work?


On December 4, 2009, the wrestling world lost another big man in Eddie Fatu, better known as Umaga. God rest his soul. He will be missed.

With that being said, Umaga was just another man-monster who lost his grip over the wrestling, in his case, WWE. A mistake management made. That mistake being, Umaga talked. And I know that his release had nothing to do with fans not getting behind him but a wellness policy violation, but that's off topic.

"The Samoan Bulldozer" was is one in a list of men who lost there sizzle because of mistakes like this. That mistake being. They became normal and spoke. Now if I may go in depth on this topic I have chosen and break down three wrestlers who, because of this, weren't all that intimidating at the end. Let me just say now, some of you won't agree with the last guy, but I think he fits in perfectly.

First off, Kane. Kane seemed invincible when he first arrived in WWF back in 1997, even with loses to The Undertaker. For goodness sakes, he was set on fire(his arm was at Unforgiven 1998) and he still kept going the next night on Raw. The downward spiral began when he Chyna started working together, then again, when he and Tori began working together, allowing superstars like Sean"Xpac" Waltman to defeat him. Soon there after, he began talking, which in turn, made him even more human. While WWE fixed it ever so slightly by having him remove the mask in a Mask vs Championship match vs Triple H on Raw(June 23, 2003), he soon after lost that intimidation again. Now, he loses to Rey Mysterio(no offense to him but c'mon!).

Now, The Great Khali. While nobody will ever mistake him as a great technician, when he arrived, he was a scary man. For lack of a better term, he was indestructible, and for a while, he was undefeated. A few years later and a few shows later, The Great Khali turned face and began talking, or trying to talk in English, when his infatuation over Santina Marella started. "Your sister is hot!" really stuck in my head. That was also around the time The Khali Kisscam started. That speaks for itself.

Finally, the manthat, in my opinion. fits perfectly in this, Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar made an immediate impact in WWE the night after Wrestlemania XVIII(18) when he destroyed Buh Buh Ray, Spike, Maven, Al Snow, and soon after, The Hardy Boyz. This mean streak would have him stay undefeated,winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Rock at Summerslam, and defeating The Undertaker in a classic Hell in a Cell match at No Mercy, 2002. A month later, Lesnar would lose the WWE championship to The Big show at Survivor Series. But what had he started doing not long before this match? Talking. Cutting promos. Once he became a normal dude with superhuman strength, he would go on to tap out, to two different men (Kurt Angle at Summerslam, 2003, and Chris Benoit at Survivor Series, 2003.)

He lost his aura. They all did and it was because the fans sympathized with them because they weren't monsters anymore. Its easier to sympathize with a regular guy then it is a monster. Thats why people die in horror movies. Nobody wants to see the monsters talk out there differences, whether it be in movies or in the ring. I know I wouldn't.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Monday Night War, part two!

Recently, Hulk Hogan shocked the wrestling world by saying that he and TNA were going head to head with WWE. They’re going to hold a 3 hour live show to match with WWE Raw. Same night, same hour. This is the same thing Eric Bischoff did with WCW back in the 90’s. Do they really think its going to work this time around?

Now, this may be just me, but the difference between the Monday night Wars of yesteryear and the more the likely rebirth of this war is this. When WCW did it, they had talent that was still in the prime of their careers, at least for the most part. They had the NWO, led by Hogan, Nash, and Hall. They had Bill Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, Bret Hart, and let us not forget the Cruiserweight division.

TNA, on the other hand, has an aging Kurt Angle, aging Mick Foley, as well as a hand full more of aging talent. There storylines are similar to ones that have been seen in wrestling for years, but we can’t blame them for that, as WWE has done the same thing. The only thing they have going for them is the X division which is something WWE lacks tremendously. And while WWE is trying to catch up, I will say, TNA’s knockout division is far superior then WWE’s divas, but again, WWE is trying catching up.

I think it’s ridiculous that TNA wants to go head to head with WWE for a huge reason; the ratings. I understand that ratings are an essential part of wrestling today. That being said, TNA’s rating are nowhere near where they should be, at least to have the gull to challenge WWE. Their ratings are around the 1.0-1.5 while WWE’s flagship show, Raw has hit the 4.0 mark on occasion. TNA Impact has been on course with WWE’s third brand, ECW, which is not a good thing.

I say it’s not a good thing for the simple fact that ECW has become something of a breeding ground for new WWE talent, and at only an hour, is tying TNA’s two hour show, which has huge names in the card. Names like Kurt Angle and AJ Styles.

So let me ask again. Does TNA management really think it can go head to head with WWE and Raw? Personally, I don’t think so. With the exception of AJ Styles, all the other men that have held the TNA world title in recent memory have had bigger success in WWE. Styles is the homegrown boy and no offense to him, he’s great, but, he’s nowhere near as popular, or well known as John Cena, Randy Orton, or Triple H.

So to top this off, Do I think TNA is ready? No. I don’t. Do I think it will, or it should start a rating’s war? Yes, but that’s just as a wrestling fan. Everybody will tell you that wrestling in the 90’s was the greatest thing going and it was because companies were “pushing the envelope” to beat one another. I would love to see that again, but I don’t think TNA is ready for that just yet. I’ll be open minded and say that maybe in two years, it can go one on one with the great one, to steal from The Rock..or Dwayne Johnson. Sorry.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Remember When...Survivor Series Was a Thanksgiving Tradition?

Special edition of "Remember When..." today in honor of Thanksgiving. How many of you out there remember the days when Survivor Series was one of the highlights of the Thanksgiving holiday? Originally held on Thanksgiving night, then on Thanksgiving eve in later years, Survivor Series was such a great part of enjoying the holiday for anyone who was a fan in that era. The excitement leading up, seeing who would be on who's team in the 5 on 5 elimination match ups was great in itself. The possibilities of what could happen if it came down to 3 on 1, 4 on 1, or even 5 on 1. So many possibilities, and often times the outcome was highly unpredictable.

In the first Survivor Series in 1987, what better main event team captains than Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, who hadn't stepped in the ring together since their epic Wrestlemania 3 match 6 months earlier. In fact, Andre hadn't wrestled at all since then. Andre's team featured 2 other giants, King Kong Bundy and One Man Gang, and the team was rounded out by Ravishing Rick Rude and Butch Reed. Hulk's team consisted of highly touted newcomer Bam Bam Bigelow, and 3 men who had often been heels fighting Hogan in the past - "Mr. Wondeful" Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, and Don Muraco (who was a last minute substitute for Superstar Billy Graham who was put out by the One Man Gang. The obvious ending would see another Hogan and Andre showdown, but not in the greatness of Survivor Series. Hulk was actually counted out, leaving a 3 on 1 situation for Bam Bam Bigelow....who almost pulled out the win, but was stopped in his tracks by Andre...the sole survivor.

In following years, many great team matchups were held, with 1990 even featuring a "Final Match of Survival" with all the winners from each match having one final elimination match, which was won by Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior. 1991 was the first Survivor Series that featured a WWF Heavyweight Championship match in addition to the traditional elimination matches. On that night, Hulk Hogan lost the WWF Championship to the Undertaker (who had just made his historic debut one year earlier at Survivor Series 90) in a shocking turn of events. In 1992 the Survivor Series featured regular matches to change things up. The change was OK and it was still a fun show, but in 1993 the traditional format was back, and remained for the next few years. Eventually in the mid 90's, the Survivor Series was moved to Sundays like all the rest of the WWE pay per views now days. At first the change wasn't horrible, still some good Survivor Series shows. But of course now WWE is stale, and Survivor Series is just another PPV like the rest of them, with the same guys we see wrestling each other every week on RAW and Smackdown. Thankfully, the WWE Survivor Series Anthology has been released, and the magic can be re-lived every Thanksgiving by popping in a DVD.

So while most people have football as their Thanksgiving tradition, the hype, the action, the true tradition of Thanksgiving, will always be the early days, of The Survivor Series. Below is the main event from the very first Survivor Series in 1987...Team Hogan vs. Team Andre, complete with the pre-match interviews and hype:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

WWE Diva Mickie James Has More Nude Pics

Mickie James nude pic scandalMickie James has had a really rough time lately in WWE; for a few months we've read rumors that WWE management has been down on Mickie James' weight; now you may be thnking "WTF?"...and many people are thinking the same thing...but apparently we're not talking about normal person weight, we're talking about WWE Diva strict body and weight standards here and apparently by those standards, Mickie James is fat.

This past Friday, a lot of people did not like the fact that Mickie's weight issue was brought into a storyline as Michelle McCool and Layla made a video about Mickie being a pig, even going as far as calling her "Piggy James" which was followed by Mickie shedding tears in the ring after seeing the video. Well Mickie has actually had bad luck for the past couple of years really.

If you recall last year, PWR posted about Mickie James being called out on the radio about the nude pics from her past. Well now we've uncovered that there are even more Mickie James nude pics out there. Our original post noted that Mickie posed for Legshow magazine under her former wrestling name "Alexis Laree," but these newly uncovered pics are from a site called NaughtyMag.com and just like the first set, these pics are extremely NSFW.  So while Mickie is currently the hot topic for being fat by WWE standards, she will also have to deal with the fact that she chose to do nude pics for porn sites and magazines prior to WWE and more and more of those nude pics are being uncovered and will continue to haunt her.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hulk Hogan's Press Conference on Signing with TNA Video

Here is the video of the historic press conference that took place at Madison Square Garden yesterday that announced the signing of Hulk Hogan to TNA Wrestling. This story has the wrestling world lit up with opinions and interest, both good and bad. From what we see, Hulk Hogan makes TNA look like a big time wrestling company that can bring in the top talent, and they're getting more recognition than ever for it. There are going to be tons more information on this for months to come, but for now, here is the video that will go down as what started it all, direct from the "house Hogan built."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff Sign with TNA Wrestling!

Huge news to report today as the wrestling world has lit up with the news that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are coming to TNA. Over a year ago, we speculated on a rumored Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan promotion and how the two could finally create a rival to WWE if done right. That rumor turned out to be Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which was a fairly entertaining show but it wasn't the change wrestling needed. Then a few months ago the "Hulkamania Tour" was announced for Australia, which will feature Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair main events and a good roster of talent. Sounds like some fun shows, but again not something that will change wrestling here in the U.S.

Then today, the bomb dropped. Hulk Hogan was scheduled to have a press conference at Madison Square Garden to promote his new book, "My Life Outside the Ring." No rumors, no speculation, just Hulk promoting his book. Then suddenly some rumors began to trickle in. Glimpses of TNA Spike TV banners were seen and a story was born.

News followed that TNA officials were on the scene and at the actual press conference, Hogan announced he has signed with TNA Wrestling. Dixie Carter was on hand to take part in what is no doubt the biggest signing in TNA history. Word has it that Eric Bischoff may not only be in an on camera role, but will be working to bring more TV coverage to TNA through his production company.

Of course this news has many "smart marks" calling for another WCW, with Hogan bringing in his friends like Brutus Beefcake and the Nasty Boys and killing TNA, but we see this as exactly what TNA needs. Hulk and Bischoff bring controversy, coverage, exposure, all things TNA need. Everyone can complain about who needs to be pushed and who deserves a spot, but there is no doubt that Hulk Hogan will bring TNA a record rating this Thursday. TNA is now the hot topic, with something that's fresh and interesting, in an era where WWE is just getting worse.

In a related note, rumors are now abound that Ric Flair is also negotiating with TNA to come on board through a similar deal that Hogan and Bischoff are on board with. And for the first time TNA is a trending topic on twitter. Looks like Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are already giving us what wrestling needs, just like they did 15 years ago.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Shane McMahon Resigns from WWE...WTF?!

In what we feel is one of the biggest wrestling news stories in a few years, apparently Shane McMahon has resigned from WWE. Even though this is WWE we're talking about, it seems legit.

The following press release is on WWE.com:

STAMFORD, CT – Shane McMahon, Executive Vice President of Global Media, announced today he has tendered his resignation effective January 1, 2010.

Shane stated, “It has been an incredible experience to help build WWE® into a global phenomenon. However, having been associated with this organization for the majority of my life, I feel this is the opportune time in my career to pursue outside ventures.”

“Even though I am personally saddened by Shane’s decision to leave the company, I am proud of the enormous contributions he has made. He will unquestionably bring passion, commitment and extensive business experience to any endeavor he pursues,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO.

Now there is a statement from Shane McMahon himself, again from WWE.com:

"It is with great sadness that I announce my resignation from the WWE, effective January 1, 2010.

I have never even considered a future outside the walls of the WWE. However, sometimes life takes an unexpected turn and while it is the most difficult decision I have ever made, it is time for me to move on.

First and foremost, I would like to thank my father for the incredible education working with him has provided and for giving me the opportunity to play a role in building WWE into the global phenomenon that it is today. I am extremely proud to have been the 4th generation in this business, and I am grateful for everyday I was able to work along side not only my own, but the entire WWE family.

Thank you to all of the WWE Superstars both past and present for your passion, pride and dedication. You are truly the engine of the organization and it has been a pleasure to work with, learn from and get to know all of you. Thank you for the privilege of sharing the stage with you and for allowing me to become but a momentary member of your elite brotherhood. I have so much appreciation for the many sacrifices you endure, both physically and personally, to make this business the success that it is. The respect I have for each of you is immeasurable.

Finally, there are no words to express my gratitude to WWE fans the world over for supporting this company through good times and bad and for your unbridled passion that fuels the Superstars’ performances. I am profoundly grateful to have been able to entertain you both in front of the camera and from behind the scenes. You are the greatest fans in the world.

I will always love this business and will remain a fan forever.

Shane"

A McMahon resigning from WWE? Of course Linda did to run for Senate or whatever, but she hasn't had near the impact over the years as Shane has. And over the years, many speculated that WWE would be exciting again if Shane ever took over. Now we're doomed to think that Stephanie and Triple H will no doubt be handed the reigns of WWE someday....ugh. Is this a work? Would Shane ever entertain the thought of starting his own show or appearing on another? Probably not, but this big move definitely will start the "what if" scenarios. Let's just hope it doesn't mean Shane will be another guy who could really make wrestling great but does other projects instead that don't involve wrestling like Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff have.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RIP Captain Lou Albano

Captain Lou Albano passed away today at age 76. Lou was one of the most recognized faces during WWE's "Rock and Wrestling" era, is a WWE Hall of Famer, and recognized as one of the top managers in wrestling history.

In 1985, when WWE was taking over the wrestling world, Lou played a huge role in making wrestling mainstream after appearing in numerous Cindy Lauper videos and being involved with Lauper when she appeared on WWE programming.

Prior to this time, Lou managed numerous tag teams to gold, from the Wild Samoans, the Valiants, and Fuji and Saito, to the Moondogs and the British Bulldogs. After Lou's role leading up the first Wrestlemania, for the first time Captain Lou became a good guy and played that role until his exit from WWE in late 1986.

After WWE Lou's star kept on growing, starring in the movie "Body Slam" in 1987 with Roddy Piper, then being cast as "Mario" in the Super Mario Brothers show. Lou will always be remembered as one of the most unique and charismatic characters in wrestling history.

The rubber bands, the bright clothes, the 90 mph talk, we had no choice but to be hooked by Captain Lou. You won't find intriguing characters like the Captain in today's wrestling. Below are some videos, including talking about his role as Mario and more from the one and only, never forgotten, true Hall of Famer, Captain Lou Albano.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Why Aren't There Wrestlers Like Abdullah the Butcher Anymore?

In today's world of cookie cutter wrestlers and cookie cutter wrestling in general, I got to thinking about some of the wrestlers that made old school wrestling great, and hence this new series on the truly unique legends of wrestling.

When we talk about unique, different, special, even bizarre...Abdullah the Butcher is the first wrestler that comes to mind. A wrestler that was (and still is) legitimately feared. Abduallah the Butcher was scary, there is no argument. 1 look at a huge wildman chasing his opponent with a fork, most of the time covered in blood, and the fear was there. No one looked at Abdullah the Butcher and thought ANYthing he did was fake or that he was just pretending. Abdullah looked like a murderer in the ring, hence the reason fans running in all directions while Abdullah brawled through the crowd.

The first time I saw Abdullah, it was during his classic and never ending feud with Bruiser Brody. The site of these 2 wild men who didn't look like your normal every day guy you'd see walking down the street, brawling, bleeding, grabbing anything they could to use as a weapon, it was really something that hooked me on wrestling. Sure you had some great in-ring wrestlers, the world champions, but it was intriguing to think about what would happen if this great wrestler was up against the Madman from the Sudan. The champ could wrestle, but how would he take on the Butcher with his weapons and brawling...its the intrigue that followed Abdullah his entire career, never a dull moment. These days you can see an "extreme rules" match or "hardcore" etc., but the wrestlers all pretty much look alike, the WWE-style body builders. Gone are the days of legit scary looking bad asses who get in there and make you believe. It's too bad, because just the thought of Abdullah the Butcher vs. Brody, Dusty, Funk, The Shiek etc. is what really makes fans say "Wow, I really want to go buy a ticket to see THAT!"

Here are a few great clips of the greatness of Abdullah the Butcher. This type of action still blows a lot of the current product away.




Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Is Bret Hart Returning to WWE?!

In what could turn out to be one of the biggest wrestling stories in the past couple of years, the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Bret Hart is open to returning to an on-camera position with WWE. This news is shocking, because unless you've been living under a rock since 1997, it's well known that Bret Hart hasn't been willing to do anything with WWE aside from his Hall of Fame induction and his DVD project. Bret did make a brief appearance "via satellite" a couple of years ago to say something about Vince McMahon on a RAW episode, but has always vowed to never be part of any angles or stories again.

Well apparently that may be changing, as Bret has made with WWE officials, and rumors are swirling that the current angle on Smackdown that involved Vince McMahon putting Teddy Long on probation, which lead to the screwjob last week in the Undertaker/CM Punk match and Taker's consequent abduction of Teddy Long on Smackdown last week, could all leading toward a Bret Hart return as Smackdown GM. Bret is one of the few guys that hasn't been back on TV In so many years, and could really be fresh and interesting again, and that's something WWE needs badly. Some fans are already mentioning Bret being involved with the Hart Dynasty (maybe a Dynasty vs. DX feud someday,) and of course if Bret was in the mix, some sort of big interaction between Bret and Vince could be a possibility, and that's something people have wanted since the Montreal Screwjob 12 years ago! I'm all for it, I hope it happens, and WWE could use a new nostalgia boost, and definitely one with Bret Hart that could open up some new fresh stories while capitalizing on classic situations from the past. More updates soon on this breaking situation.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Jeff Hardy Busted for Drugs

Well it looks like CM Punk was right all along. The storyline between Punk and Jeff Hardy was based on Punk living a straight edge, drug free lifestyle, while bringing up how Hardy has been suspended for wellness violations related to drug use on a number of occasions. Sadly, only 2 weeks of Hardy taking a break from WWE, he's been busted on numerous counts of drug possession ranging from steroids and somas to cocaine and other drugs. We posted a couple of years ago about Jeff Hardy's drug suspension that got him removed from the WrestleMania 24 card, and how I didn't believe Hardy would get another shot at holding the title. Lucky for him, I was wrong, and Jeff has had title runs, and has been a main eventer for WWE for that past couple of years. But yet again, Jeff screws up, and screws up big time. This guy is going down the wrong path, and no one is going to be able to make excuses for him anymore, he's just screwed up too many times. Jeff was arrested but has since been bailed out, and of course is on his twitter saying how the media doesn't have the facts and it's not all true, but come on, TMZ has posted the reports, talked to officials, etc. Jeff can deny all he wants, but he's royally F'ed up his career, and I think it's doubtful we'll see him back in WWE any time soon, if ever, since he just can't keep things straight. The guy is being charged with intent to sell drugs? Really? A WWE main eventer needs to sell drugs just to pay the bills? What a waste of talent, but what else can be done. Here are a few reports on the arrest:

"Jeff Hardy -- one half of the WWE tag team duo The Hardy Boyz -- was busted today after cops found a boatload of pills and steroids inside his home.The Moore County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Hardy's home in Cameron, NC today -- where they found 262 Vicodin pills, 180 Soma pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids and a residual amount of powder cocaine. Cops say the estimated street value of the drugs: $2,500.Hardy was arrested on charges of "trafficking in controlled prescription pills" and possession of anabolic steroids.Chief Deputy Neil Godfrey told us Jeff's brother posted bail, which was set at $125,000." Source: TMZ.com

Jeff posted the following on his Twitter:

"For the record, Matt didn't bail me out, loan me money, or is his name on anything.. He's just learning about today's situation.."

Hardy then posted:

"The media is the media, I wish they would at least report the story correctly & accurately. I will make a statement later."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Hardy Boyz are Back Together...I Think?

Smackdown has been a very different show than RAW lately. With a newly heel CM Punk leading the charge against World Champion Jeff Hardy, who is definitely the most popular guy on the brand. Throw in John Morrison, who's been booked as a new face (which we still can't get used to) who kept on getting the best of Punk up until last night's show. Last week we got a very interesting twist. WWE has been running an angle for awhile where Mr. McMahon isn't happy with the way Teddy Long is running Smackdown, and has put him on probation. Last week when Hardy and Punk had a wild brawl that couldn't be controlled, Vince announced that a special mystery enforcer would be appointed for the match. When match time came around, Matt Hardy's music hit, and he returned to Smackdown from an injury, with the thought being that Jeff was screwed now that his evil brother would be at ringside. As it turned out, after Punk accidentally nailed Matt toward the end of the match, Matt actually counted the 3 count for his brother Jeff to win the match, and then walked off. This week on Smackdown, Matt actually came to the aid of Jeff and Morrison as they were getting beat down by Punk and the Hart Dynasty. As Matt helped up Jeff, it sure looked like Matt would nail Jeff and once again ignite their feud that started at last year's Royal Rumble. That wasn't the case, as Matt helped Jeff up, said some words to him that we couldn't hear, and before we knew it, Teddy Long was announcing next week's main event as the Hart Dynasty and Punk vs. John Morrison and the Hardy's.

So let's stop for a minute, Matt comes out, helps Jeff, says a few words, i guess they were "Hey man, sorry I tried to kill you a few months ago, let's be friends again..." and all was good. Seriously, does anyone else remember that after Matt destroyed Jeff with a chair at the Royal Rumble, it was revealed that Matt was the one who had been attacking Jeff and even ran him off the road in North Carolina. All story of course, but they better have a GREAT explanation as to why Jeff can easily forgive Matt and trust him again. Matt has claimed that there is a great story behind all this complete with explanation, but wow, these 2 had quite a feud, and even a big Wrestlemania match this year, but all was forgiven REAL fast. Hopefully it's not a case of "Matt helps Jeff, Jeff forgives Matt, then a few weeks later, Matt turns on Jeff again, and they feud again." The Hardy vs. Hardy feud has been tried a couple of times now, and it just doesn't work. The idea of a Hardy Boyz reunion tour has spread across the net the past few days, and that is probably the best idea. Matt and Jeff as main eventers on Smackdown against a great heel like Punk and whoever aligns with him is the best bet. The Hardy feud wasn't great this time around either, so we can all just pretend it never happened like they seemingly want us to, and we'll enjoy the Hardy's in the top face position that they do so well in. With Jeff pondering taking time off again, reuniting him with Matt will either help his choice to stay, or give us a main eventer to take Jeff's place if he does decide to take off into the sunset once again.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Remember When...Terry Funk Battled Sabu at Born To Be Wired

Time to bring back the popular "Remember When..." series to Pro Wrestling Roundup. Time to look at some great classic memories from the month of August. In August of 1997, ECW was still running strong and was a major part of the glory years that were the late 90's in wrestling.

At the ECW Arena, a make shift main event was scheduled between ECW Champion Terry Funk and Sabu in a barbed wire match. The match was originally booked as a regular 6 man tag match, but was changed due to injuries and other circumstances. This match really sums up a big part of what's missing in wrestling today - you had Terry Funk who was the legendary icon of ECW and in his mid 50's as ECW Champion taking on Sabu, who was the most innovative guy to come along in years and was a huge part of ECW rising to the popularity it did.

Basically ECW wasn't about good guys vs. bad guys, it was about great talent having great matches. Sure you can say CZW or any of the hardcore promotions, or even TNA could put on a barbed wire match, but in ECW the entire feel was different. A big part of it was that Sabu and Funk could have had a great regular match or any other stipulation match, they were great wrestlers, not just "hardcore guys."  On paper, the match sounds like another good ECW main event from that time, but a couple of occurrences in the match made it one of the most memorable in ECW history.

Early on in the match, Sabu was whipped into the barbed wire and his inner arm was hooked and sliced open by the wire. It was a deep cut, but Sabu being Sabu got some tape from his manager Bill Alfonso, wrapped it up and kept on going. The match was utter brutality right down until the very end when both Sabu and Funk became wrapped together in barbed wire so bad that they couldn't escape, and after Sabu somehow pinned Funk in the tangled mess and won the ECW title, they both had to be cut from the wire to escape.

With the ECW name being insulted by being the equivalent of a minor league for WWE, this match showed the wild, crazy, unpredictable spirit of the REAL ECW.  These days, there is no promotion that is filling the ECW niche. No compelling stories with great workers who can tell a story, pull off great matches, and also have the ability to be put in a crazy barbed wire match and pull off a history making match. Hopefully someday someone will realize that the fans who loved ECW are still out there and still crave this type of promotion that is aimed toward entertainment for adults, and gives fans an option that is NOT TV-PG.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Brian Kendrick Released by WWE

WWE announced the release of Brian Kendrick earlier today. No reasons have surfaced yet, but unless this was a release based on a wellness policy violation, this is another stupid release by WWE. Kendrick came from Shawn Michaels Pro Wrestling Academy around 7-8 years ago, and was always a talented wrestler, even though he was rather small. Kendrick had been in and out of WWE over the years, spent some time having some classics in Ring of Honor, before eventually returning to WWE and being put in a successful tag team with Paul London, with the duo even winning and having a long run with the WWE Tag Team Titles. I think the real breakout time for Brian Kendrick, was when after being drafted to Smackdown last year and breaking up his tag team with London....Brian debuted with a new heel gimmick, that being "THE Brian Kendrick." He suddenly had some pizazz, and colorful outfits, and really shined with charisma. Sadly, WWE did nothing with it, and while he had great performances, and even aligned with a new bodyguard, Ezekial Jackson, Kendrick was never put in the spotlight at all. This year Kendrick was drafted to RAW, and was started an angle where he was looking for a tag team partner to go after the tag belts with, but the angle went nowhere. Kendrick worked as recently as this past Monday, losing a quick match to Kofi Kingston, but still pushing a feud that had apparently just started the week earlier with Jerry "The King" Lawler, who Kendrick lost an impromptu match to. Hopefully more details will come, but it sounds like another case of WWE not knowing what to do with a talent, since the main event picture has pretty much been the same for years, with no change. I'm sure Ring of Honor would gladly take Kendrick back, but TNA could really use him as well as part of their attempt to be different than WWE, and of course Japan is an option for him as well. Brian Kendrick is his real name, so wherever he goes, he'll be able to keep that name. Kendrick is another guy I look at and see the star power that could be brought out of him if Paul Heyman was booking somewhere...and it continues to suck that he's not.

Monday, July 27, 2009

TNA Signs Deal with Playboy; Traci Brooks to Pose Nude

Ladies and Gentleman, Pro Wrestling Roundup's call was heard, and TNA Wrestling has signed a deal with Playboy that will feature the Knockouts posing nude in the magazine. Back in May, we called for TNA to get the Knockouts in Playboy, being that WWE is going TV-PG, and was going back to the boring 90's style of wrestling. Well now TNA is doing exactly what we said, and is making the statement that they are a different product than WWE, and is a place for adult wrestling fans to get what they want. TNA is kicking things off with Traci Brooks being the first TNA Playboy cover girl, and she'll also be posing nude in the magazine. Traci will be doing a promotional tour with autograph signings to promote the magazine this October, so that means the magazine should be coming pretty soon! Of course we think it's a great deal for TNA, and mature adult wrestling fans who don't enjoy WWE's bland product. Wrestling fans should have options when they want to see the hot women of wrestling naked, and TNA is now providing those options. Traci Brooks will kick things off, and rumors are already swirling that Playboy cover girl Christy Hemme will return to pose again, and SoCal Val will pose as well. Here's to hoping the Beautiful People and Tara also jump on the bandwagon, and also that the Playboys sell well, so we can get a long series going of the TNA Knockouts naked in Playboy!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Brock Lesnar - MMA Super Heel

The talk of the MMA world is Brock Lesnar not only unifying the UFC Heavyweight title by avenging his loss to Frank Mir, but also Lesnar's pro wrestling style promo that followed the fight. The lines have clearly been drawn and MMA fans hate that Brock Lesnar is bringing pro wrestling style entertainment into the MMA world.

It was bad enough for MMA die hards that hate Lesnar to watch him beat Mir convincingly, after months of build up and hope that Mir would once again catch Lesnar as he did in their first fight, and take the win and title. No such luck as Brock came prepared this time and steamrolled Mir's ass, plain and simple. What followed was Brock Lesnar solidifying his spot as UFC's top draw and no doubt MMA's biggest heel.

UFC is all about sportsmanship and respect, Brock Lesnar is about selling tickets and making money. Lesnar first let us know that he told Mir last year that he had a "horse shoe stuck up his ass" so he "pulled that sum bitch out and beat him over the head with it." The crowd was enraged....then Lesnar pissed off Dana White as he cut on Budweiser for not paying him any sponsorship money and pointed out that he was drinking a Coors Light. Then he topped things off by saying he "might just get on top of his wife tonight (that being former WWE Diva Sable.

The crowd erupted in boo's, Lesnar responded with a double middle finger for them, it was the WWE Attitude era all over only in MMA. Of course now MMA purists are saying UFC is a work, or the respect is gone, or it's all about money. Well WTF people, UFC sells tickets, gets bigger and more popular, and people are mad? People actually think guys LET Lesnar win? Anyone saying that must not be watching because it's stupid. What it boils down to, is that people can't get over the fact that a pro wrestler entered MMA, and answered the question people have had for years..."How would a pro wrestler do in a "real" fight?" Brock answered and answered loud, and now no one can handle it.



Now Brock is the main man in UFC, the man who people will buy pay per views to watch win, or the man people will buy pay per views to see who can beat him. It's a winning situation for everyone, and should be for MMA fans too, but they're too busy bitching. To me, MMA is a hell of a lot more entertaining with some color and without every guy doing the same boring thing without any hype. Why does EVERY guy have to be respectful? Let them be themselves, let them talk shit if they want, just sit back and enjoy. I've never seen so much buzz in MMA. Everyone is talking about Brocks fight, his promo, or who his next opponent could be. The winner Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez could be the next opponent for Brock, but everyone knows that Dana White needs to give us the fight that will draw more interest than any other in the current MMA scene...that of course being Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor...and if that happens, the Brock hate will increase, right along with the cash streaming in to UFC.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bobby Lashley Destroys Bob Sapp at Ultimate Chaos MMA Event

Earlier tonight, Bobby Lashley had his fourth MMA fight, but this time, he faced a well known name for the first time in Bob Sapp. The collision was set to be an epic encounter from the minute it was announced. Lashley has pretty much dominated every opponent he's had so far, and defeated most quickly. It was pretty much a lock, that Lashley would not dominate this fight, as for the first time he would not be the bigger fighter against the over 300 pound Sapp...but everyone was wrong. The bell rang, Lashley took Sapp down, and beat him until he tapped out. That's right, Lashley made Sapp tap out to punches. Sapp is not the most respected MMA fighter, being he does a lot of comedy style events and fights in Japan, and his style involves rushing guys, and punching them, without much discipline involved. But still, after defeating a well known Sapp, Lashley is moving closer and closer to being recognized in the MMA world as the real deal. With Affliction, Strikeforce, and of course UFC representing the top fight companies in the U.S., many are calling for one of them to sign the now 4-0 Lashley. Of course, given Lashley's WWE background, the Lashley vs. Lesnar fight is already being talked about, and while it's very premature for that, if Lashley keeps up his dominating streak going, he's going to end up on the big MMA stage. Sapp will most likely go back to Japan, where he's a huge star, and keep on making huge money in endorsement and even more fighting events, but it's doubtful anyone will take him seriously here in the U.S. as far as MMA goes again. Here's the Youtube video of the fight, watch it while u can:


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hey TNA! How About Getting the Knockouts in Playboy?

I have to vent on a subject that's been talked about on a lot of wrestling sites for a few months now. WWE's new plan to be TV-PG, family friendly, whatever. It just gets worse and worse, and really hit when news spread that WWE was no longer working with Playboy due to their new direction, and most recently Vince McMahon straight up said that WWE was done with Playboy due to the WWE's now family friendly direction. I personally think it sucks. WWE was cool in the late 90's and into the 2000's because WWE changed direction, and made it cool to be a WWE fan. There was adult stories, foul language, obscene gestures, and lots of hot women in skimpy outfits. Sable and Sunny were huge parts of the WWE Attitude movement when it first started, and the Divas as a whole were a great element of the Attitude Era. Then, when it was announced Sable would be doing Playboy, it was official that adults could be WWE fans, and WWE would give adults the kind of entertainment they wanted.

 Now? WWE is going back in time, to a dark period around the mid-90's, when WWE had cheesier than ever gimmicks, and most adults hid being wrestling fans, because it was so cartoony and obviously aimed at kids. This era was also a time when WWE was doing record low ratings, and they eventually had to change everything or face demise. The Attitude Era is what saved WWE from this period, so why WWE would go back is beyond me. Sure they want to sell merchandise, and kids want merchandise, but the adults won't last very long if you don't give them something of their own. WHICH brings me to TNA. A couple of years ago, the TNA Knockout division was born, and were a huge hit mainly due to the awesome matches between Gail Kim and Awesome Kong, and also great new acts like the Beautiful People.

The main marketing campaign for the Knockouts once they were a hit, was they weren't "Divas," didn't do bra and panty matches, or basically flaunt their boobs to entertain, all shots at the WWE Divas. The TNA Knockouts were all about ass kicking, great matches, etc. Well that was fine, but now WWE's new direction has the divas in competitive matches, no skimpy outfits, no bra's or panties, so basically they're going for the same thing TNA has had for awhile. So TNA can't knock WWE's girls anymore since they're fairly similar, so I think it's time for TNA to further their attempt to separate themselves from WWE, which they've already done by being anti-TV-PG with use of blood, violence, foul language, and more adult style storylines, so why not give Playboy a call, and take WWE's spot!

TNA wants to pull WWE's adult audience away, then they should give them something WWE won't. TNA already has former Playboy Cover girl Christy Hemme, and plenty of candidates to choose from if Playboy came knocking, such as Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Traci Brooks, Taylor Wilde and others (maybe even ODB and Awesome Kong for some of you.....or maybe not.) I think TNA can make a huge statement by showing their female wrestlers can kick ass, and be hot too, without being all nicey nice for the kids, come on. WWE expects us to watch Divas like Mickie James, who once wore sexy outfits and did a lesbian angle with Trish Stratus that included a girl on girl kiss, come out in nice covered outfits and be a nice girl who just wrestles in regular matches every week now? Boring. One of the wrestling companies has to realize that guys want to see sexy women be sexy, not play nice. WWE has refused and wants to be family friendly only, so the door is wide open for TNA to make yet another impact in the battle with WWE, and give the adult demographic the wrestling promotion they want, and at the same time gaining the company some obvious major publicity. Am I wrong here? Do any of you readers miss seeing a Diva in Playboy every year? Or are you just happy with the state of women's wrestling as it is now? Share your thoughts in comments.

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