Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Huge Breaking Spoiler: Jack Swagger is the New World Heavyweight Champion!

In shocking news from tonight's Smackdown tapings, apparently Jack Swagger cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and won the World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Jericho. On RAW when Swagger teased cashing it in on Cena before backing out, I was thinking how cool it would have been for Swagger to end another boring Cena run right away, but it wasn't to be. No details are available just yet, but we will update this post with further details as they become available on the new World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger!

**Update (Smackdown Spoilers)** Apparently Smackdown kicks off with Jericho boasting about his Mania win, before getting interrupted by Edge who wants a rematch. The two brawl, with Edge spearing Jericho. Swagger then comes in, take out Edge with the briefcase, before powerbombing Jericho and winning the World Title.

Triple H Hits Sweet Chin Music?!

After Raw went off the air, Jericho and Edge had a dark match and after the match, Jericho started running his mouth, until Triple H came out, and gave his own little tribute to HBK!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wrestlemania 26 Thoughts And Pics From The Inside

Wow. What an event. These shows are always so much better live. As for match of the night, no doubt it has to be HBK vs Undertaker. As for WORST match of the night? Bret vs Vince was BOOOOORING. I dunno how it came off on TV, but the crowd was dead and there were a few boring chants going on around the building. Below are some pics I took, all I gotta say is I felt bad for the east side of the stadium when the roof opened up, you'll see why below. And some jerkoff in front of us had a damn sign for EVERY match and they were the most idiotic signs ever, as you'll see below, he forgot how to spell "spear" and had to start over on the other side. SREAR!!!!!!!! SREAR!!!!!!!!! SREAR!!!!!!!!!!

WrestleMania 26 Results

WrestleMania 26 is in the books, and while our own Random Villain attended the show live, I'll report the results and my thoughts here.

Before the show they had one of the traditional pre-show battle royals so everyone can get on the show and get a little big of the Mania payday. Yoshi Tatsu won....good move, he put on some great matches in ECW.

The show kicked off with ShowMiz vs. Morrison and R-Truth. This was a good opener, as it was short, sweet, and to the point. Morrison and R-Truth are the most annoying team in wrestling right now with their jolly attitudes and kid friendly jokes. One Big Show punch and done.

Match 2 was Orton vs. Dibiase vs. Rhodes. Wow, the most over guy in the company goes on second. This was good, as the crowd loved everything Orton did, and the fans went home happy as Orton gets the win.

The Money in the Bank match was up next, and was the usual spotfest, but it was good and exciting as always. Innovative spots like every year, and Jack Swagger walks away as the new Mr. Money in the Bank. This is probably an attempt to push Swagger again, which may not be a bad thing, at least it's different.

Next up we had another rare early card appearance, this time it was Triple H appearing earlier in the card than he has in probably 10 years. His match with Sheamus was descent, and Triple H won, not much more to it.

CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio was next. Another good match, Rey wins, crowd likes it. Would have probably been a better story if Rey lost and had to join the Straight Edge Society, but it's WWE, what do you expect.

Next up was the no holds barred match between Vince McMahon and Bret Hart. This match was one of the few that had that "Mania feel" to it, being we've had 13 years of build up, and such a history behind it. Vince brought out the Hart family as lumberjacks, saying he paid them off, but Bret revealed they were all screwing Vince and were on his side. The Hart Dynasty finally got to do something with Bret on screen which was good. Bruce Hart served as special referee. This match was Bret Hart beating the hell out of Vince McMahon, nothing more, nothing less. Vince beat the hell out of Vince with a pipe and a chair, to the point the announcers almost made Bret seem like a heel for not stopping. Hopefully that will lead to some sort of followup with Bret. This match was disappointing overall...why couldn't we at least get an Anvil run in or SOME attempt at a surprise? Bret is limited in what he can do, and they didn't do anything special here.

Jericho vs. Edge was up next. Another great match, which was starting to look like the theme of the night here. Glad to see Jericho pull out the win, and not go with the obvious Edge simply wins ending. Edge spears Jericho through the guard rail after the bell, which tells us we will definitely see a rematch here.

The 10 Diva tag was up next to break up the main events. Typical Divas match, with the predictable finisher by each diva finish going on. Vickie Guerreros "bullfrog splash" on Kelly Kelly was the finish as the heels went over, although the pin was botched when Kelly's shoulders weren't down and the ref had to count twice.

Batista vs. Cena follows which tells us Undertaker vs. Michaels is thankfully the main event, as it should be. Batista vs. Cena follow with the nights theme of great matches. Lots of near falls, lots of people behind Batista (most likely the males who won't cheer like a girl for Cena. HORRIBLE finish as we see Batista, who has really gotten over as a cocky bastard heel, tap out to Cena's STFU. Been there, done that. We saw Triple H do it, we've seen countless others. Cena is stale, and having him beat a guy who's really getting over is typical WWE bullshit.

Finally our main event, the much anticipated Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker, streak vs. career match. This match may have topped WrestleMania 25's version. Great match, great emotion, tons of near falls. Finish comes as Undertaker tells Michaels to stay down, HBK does Taker's throat cut motion to him, as if to tell him to end it all, then slaps the shit out of the Undertaker, which causes Taker to grab HBK, jump into the air for a brutal looking Tombstone, and the win....thus ending the career of Shawn Michaels. Undertaker pulled Michaels up after the match, shook his hand, then left so Shawn could have his WrestleMania moment saying farewell to the crowd. HBK got a great response, and the show ended as it should, as nothing could have followed that.

Overall WrestleMania 26 was all about great matches. No surprises, no shocking moments, just good matches. To me the surprises are what Mania needs to truly feel like Mania. When you have no matches that are on the level of Rock vs. Hogan, which had an epic feel just to see those 2 in the ring together, creativity and surprises are what is needed. It wasn't a bad show by any means, but once again WrestleMania lacks the total feel it's been missing the past few years.

Tomorrow night should be a very special night on RAW if WWE goes with a Shawn Michaels retirement in the same fashion they did for Ric Flair.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

First look at the WrestleMania 26 set up!!!!

We are live at Wrestlemania 26, and here is the first look at the set up!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Join in on Ongoing WrestleMania Conversation

Looking for some WrestleMania 26 conversation to get the hype going for WrestleMania weekend? The Squared Circle Message Board has some great WrestleMania memory sharing and conversation going on. With Wrestlemania weekend in full swing, the board will be talking everything Wrestlemania, including tonight's Hall of Fame ceremony. Throughout the day videos will be shared of great moments from this years Hall of Famers, and live conversation during the ceremony. Then Sunday it will be Wrestlemania all day, as the board will feature Mania hype, convo during the show, and of course all the aftermath. So if your looking for more Wrestlemania than you can handle, head over to the Squared Circle Board.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Live From The Million Dollar Man Autograph Line

Here I am sittin in the line for Dibiase and Dibiase Jr. After Axxess and from being here today. I'll post more updates as they happen. About 2 hours away from the Teds getting here.

There's a guy here who I about a XXXL in a L shirt. I'm a big guy but at least I get shirts that cover my damn gut. And then there's these guys.......

Dude in wheel chair has not stopped talking. Thank god for headphones.

Million Dollar 15 Minutes Late...... But check out the dude in the black long sleeve black tee shirt black vest black gloves black pants black bandana black hat black sunglasses black boots and probably black underoos.

Done deal!

The Ultimate Warrior Comments on Turning Down WWE Hall of Fame

Finally after much speculation about The Ultimate Warrior being the headlining inductee into the WWE Hal of Fame this year, only to find out he backed out, we now get to hear from the Warrior himself on what went down between him and Vince McMahon, and why he won't be inducted this year. The Warrior broke his silence on his website, posting a lengthy blog explaining everything that went down. Contrary to what many felt had to be a money issue, Warrior claims money was never even discussed. It seems that Warrior wanted to meet face to face with Vince to discuss some things, mainly the way WWE portrayed him in "The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior" DVD. Here are some excerpts from the Warrior's blog:

"I did decline induction. Yes, I declined.

I did not “back out” of anything. There was never anything to “back out” of. I never agreed to appear at the Hall of Fame to begin with. The rumor that I did is a lie; an easy one that fits the kooky, fictional groundwork the liars have been laying down for years. It sounded good, made me look bad, so they added it on.

The issue of money never came up, either. I’m not even sure they pay inductees. I don’t think they do. I could be wrong. Don’t know. Don’t care. I never considered asking for any and it was never brought up in any of the discussions I had. Discussions, mind you, I had only with Vince, nobody else.

Vince called me on December 23rd and left a voicemail saying, among other things, “let’s get you in the Hall of Fame where you belong.” After the holidays I returned his call, left a voicemail telling him to call me again when he found time. When we finally connected, I told him I would rather meet with him in person than talk over the phone. He said that would be great. He said he would find time on his calendar and call me back to set it up. When he called back a couple of weeks later he didn’t even mention finding a time scheduled to meet, and throughout the remainder of the conversation, further decided not to find one. So, given only the option to say either yes or no, my answer was quick and clear, I declined Vince’s invitation to headline this year’s HOF event."

This is only a small portion of the Warrior's post, but he goes into much more detail. Looks like Vince may have been the one that didn't make it happen, and hence we have probably the weakest Hall of Fame induction night ever. You can read the Warrior's full post at UltimateWarrior.com.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wrestlemania Axxess Live Updates

Just got in. About to get Matt Hardys signature.

Ditched Matt hardys line because Bret hart came out.

Alright, got to be a bit of a pain updating this as I was checkin things out, so here are some more pics and a little wrap up...

Me and my nephew went into one of the rings and I picked him up and slammed him. Two security guards came running up and made us get out of the ring, they were acting as if we were in there to kick the ass of every little kid around. It was pretty hilarious how upset they were over it. Oh well.

Other than that, long lines for autographs, the wife got Matt Hardys autograph and told him the story about how her and I actually met on his message board. She told me he didn't seem that impressed and was tired of sitting there signing autographs.

Bret Hart came out and talked to The Fink in the ring set up. John Cena was also announced to come out, but we left before he did because, who cares what he has to say. Not us.

The Undertakers Graveyard and the tiny Museum set up with all the props and such were the best things. It was kinda sad seeing Savannah there in a photo thing and no one in line to get pics with her. Jimmy Wang Yang or whatever was doing autos but had maybe 5 people. Everyone was in line for MVP and Mark Henry.

Oh, and I beat some 7 year old in wrestling trivia and won a jersey. Haha take that kid!

Upcoming Wrestlemania 26 Coverage

So, Wrestlemania 26 is just a few short days away. And it is here, in my hometown. I am a little pissed because WWE isn't posting ALL the appearances that some Superstars are making. I missed out on Goldust today. But anyways, I plan to hit a couple of events, and will have my trusty iPhone with me that gives me the ability to post live updates from wherever I am. So, as for what is ahead....

Thursday. Wrestlemania Fan Axxess. I will be doing a few videos here and there from Axxess and posting them as things happen.

Friday. Ted Dibiase and Ted Dibiase Jr are doing autographs. The Million Dollar Man was one of my favorites growing up, if not my top favorite. I plan to hang out almost all day outside of the Best Buy where they will be appearing. Video from that will be up.

Saturday. Yeah, Ill be filming stuff on Saturday, but none of it WWE related. Gotta go film a wedding....................

Sunday. Wrestlemania 26. We plan to get there probably around Noon and do some general hanging out, who will we come across? Who knows.

So there ya have it, I'll be doing updates as I experience the Wrestlemania Weekend here in Phoenix. Pics and Videos mainly. Stay tuned.

Goldberg Returning to WWE?

This is a very odd post to be making in the week leading into WrestleMania. It's not so much that we're covering a possible Bill Goldberg return, but it's the fact that it's to WWE and not TNA. Goldberg announced the following via his official twitter page:

"YES.. I am in negotiations with the WWE Looks like 'ole Hogan and TNA missed the boat. Shame for the fans they didn't even try. Anyone got any issues on the TNA side I suggest you bring it up with them. Truth is I never thought I'd even consider it........then came my son. No one said I'd wrestle but the door is open again. Also.... If I ever did step in the ring again, I have a new tag partner. He goes by the name of "Lights Out!!!!"

For anyone that isn't aware, Goldberg has spent the past few years claiming in any interview about wrestling that WWE misused him in his 2003 run in WWE. While Goldberg did have a world title run, he never captured the magic of his WCW run in the late 90's. When Hogan and Bischoff took over TNA, many immediately questioned if Goldberg would be coming to TNA as well. Goldberg went with the "Never say never, but probably not" approach with TNA, but he's always made it seem that a WWE return wasn't even an option.

Of course this return may not be a wrestling return as he states in his tweet, but then again he doesn't rule it out either. A wrestling return may not be a bad thing for WWE, since they are in dire need of some different talent that isn't their usual cookie cutter developmental guys, but it seems so odd WWE would bring in an older star after pushing so hard to only feature new guys and get rid of older talent. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, and what exactly WWE has in mind for Goldberg....maybe they see that Jeff Hardy and RVD main eventing in TNA could possibly drawing away some viewers from RAW, so they're looking at ways to change things up...smart move if so.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Raw Ratings Drop

This is mainly just a little message to the WWE fanboys who seem to think that if a show has high ratings, it means that it is a good show. (Jay Leno).

The ratings for the Raw leading into Wrestlemania dropped 12% since last weeks Raw. Bringing in a 3.24

If you are wondering how TNA is doing in their ratings. Their ratings have not dropped that much. In fact this past Monday, their ratings actually increased a bit. Could it be because Raws main event was Cena and Batista talking. And TNAs main event was RVD and Jeff Hardy vs Beer Money Inc? An ACTUAL main event match? Who knows! Maybe because leading into Wrestlemania, WWE had NOTHING happen on Raw. Boooooooooriiiiiiiiiing.

Since most WWE fans are complete idiots, let me put it in simple terms. WWEs ratings are slipping, TNAs ratings are growing. There ya have it.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

WWE Heroes Comic Issue 1 Review

We were fortunate enough to receive a review copy of the new WWE comic book "WWE Heroes." WWE releasing a comic book was a throwback to the early 90's for me, back when WWF had the old "Battlemania" comics which were a ton of fun. They featured the Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, The Big Bossman and other 90's stars. Those comics were a cartoony style that fit the era, and pretty much played alongside WWF storylines in the outside world. The new WWE Heroes comic is similar in the way that it features WWE stars like Triple H, John Cena, and once again The Undertaker. This comic takes a more serious approach, with much more detailed art, and a much more serious story. The book highlights some WWE in ring battles, while switching back and forth between "The dawn of time" and the similarities between the battles then and the battles in WWE rings. The story revolves around a character called "The Shadow King" and ties in with the Royal Rumble winner taking on the champion at Wrestlemania. Some very creative stuff here, and a great collectors item as well. We've included the trailer for issue number 1 below, and you can order your own issue at wwecomic.com.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WWE proves they are still the best

For all who have continually knocked WWE for poor storyline building (Including myself at times) Monday Night Raw proved completely otherwise.

The fact of the matter is this, the Bret Hart storyline has come together absolutely perfectly. Sending out reports Bret broke his leg. Covering it up with a car accident which MANY thought was the kayfabe. And then people thought it was desperation that they would have the match regardless only to have it all culminate to Bret taking the cast off and showing he was fine and dandy....WWE knows how to build a proper feud.

Another example is Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. I personally hated the idea of a rematch but then as I thought more on it, it dawned on me. What if they put on another great match? What if they change the spots all together and tear the house down all over again? All the what ifs that come to mind build the anticipation and is why WWE is pushing for it again. They have the best build up for this match because its personal, its epic and it is the most anticipated match this year at Wrestlemania.

I know a lot of Cena haters will bash this but I don't care. Batista and Cena are building up this feud very well. Batista's jealous and envious nature is something that may be truthful deep down. He may actually feel that resentment towards Cena. Batista is a phenomenal heel and should have turned heel a long while ago. I wonder if WWE is going to allow Batista to beat super Cena though.....it would be interesting to see John finally give up and become a heel. All that aside however, this storyline is very well done. We can only hope it will translate into the ring for a great match.

The Edge and Jericho match is going to be phenomenal. Many think that Edge is going to win but, I'm not ready to jump on the bandwagon yet. Need to wait and see. Edge turning face has gone extremely well and Jericho is the best heel in the business. There is no comparison I have said this many times and will stand by it till someone else comes along. (Sheamus?) This is going to be a great match. To veterans who hold the crowds emotions in the palm of their hands? Honestly TNA may have better tech wrestlers but none compare to these two on the microphone and charisma.

Speaking of Sheamus, I am not surprised Triple H is wrestling him at Wrestlemania. He obviously thinks Sheamus has a future as do I. But does Triple H lose to him to boost his career? That is why I am interested in Wrestlemania this year. Text book story lines that make you think hmmmm what if? Despite many people who think this is an off year i disagree strongly. This is great for WWE and there is a reason why they get so many viewers, because they know how to put together good stories

I know I do not comment on TNA as often as WWE, but that is because TNA is struggling to stay afloat. Even with the appearance of Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy the ratings were still low compared to a Raw show that Vince pretty much threw to see if TNA could hold its own. Until I see better story building and until Hogan and Flair stop trying to relive past glories, I can't take the company seriously. Sorry, but just can't.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Volatile Relationship

Ever since the inaugural NXT show, WWE Pro The Miz has been at odds with his rookie, Daniel Bryan. The premise of NXT is for the WWE Pros to guide and train the rookies, offering them advise on how to take their game to the next level. The Miz hasn't done that for Bryan.

Back at the beginning in Milwaukee on February 23, 2010, The Miz sent Bryan to the ring so that he could introduce himself to the WWE Universe. He also told him that he had better show some personality or he would slam some into him. The rookie didn't take Miz's threat seriously. Once in the ring, Daniel Bryan said that he has more wrestling experience than The Miz. Not happy with Bryan's comments, The Miz came down to the ring and slapped his rookie in the face.

Later that night in the main event, Daniel Bryan wrestled the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho in an outstanding match. During the match Bryan hit a Suicide Dive through the ropes onto Y2J, but crashed into the announcers table, hurting his ribs. The match ended when the World Champ made the rookie tap out to The Walls of Jericho.

The following week, Daniel Bryan was getting his injured ribs tapped up backstage when The Miz walked in and told him that he would be wrestling Wade Barrett. He then hit him in the ribs and told him that WWE Superstars had to work even when they were hurt.

Bryan went on to face Barrett that night who was accompanied to ringside by the World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho. Y2J's rookie was able to pin Bryan with a slam, further hurting his ribs. Jericho slithered into the ring after the match and put Bryan in the Walls of Jericho once again.

The third week of NXT pit the duo of The Miz and Daniel Bryan together as a tag team facing off against R-Truth and David Otunga. Before the match got under way, The Miz threatened Bryan saying that he was already 0 and 2, and if he let him down tonight by losing, he would have him kicked off NXT.

The Miz tagged himself into the match when Bryan had a submission hold locked in on Otunga, which angered Bryan. The two got in each others faces which ended with the rookie shoving The Miz, who got hit with a Spinebuster which led to him getting pinned.

The two were face to face again after the match and Bryan pretended like he was going to hit The Miz, which made him flinch back further embarrassing the WWE Pro.

Will Daniel Bryan and The Miz be able to put their differences aside before the end of the first season on NXT or will this volatile relationship finally explode right in front of the WWE Universe.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

TNA signs Jeff Hardy

Reports are in that the artist formerly known as the "Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy has signed a one year deal with TNA that includes around 100 days of work.

This is a HUGE signing for TNA combined with the arrival of Rob Van Dam to the lineup. TNA may just be making the necessary moves to make Vince McMahon at least somewhat worried about the competition out there.
As good ole J.R. would say, "Business is about to pick up!"