Saturday, December 31, 2011

Brock Lesnar Retires from UFC

Just yesterday we previewed the Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem fight at UFC 141, and now tonight we can report that Brock Lesnar's career in the UFC is officially over.  Lesnar was defeated with ease by Overeem, and the once explosive Brock we used to see in UFC was long gone.  Leading in to the fight, tons of experts said that the key to Brock winning was using his wrestling skills and avoiding stand up with Overeem.  Brock pretty much did the opposite by trying to stand up with Overeem, and eventually a couple of knees to the body and finally a liver kick from Overeem sent Lesnar to the ground before the referee stopped the fight.

All of this happened in just over 2 minutes.  Lesnar barely got a couple of punches in, and failed at taking Overeem down at all.  After his horrible showing, Brock Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC.  Lesnar has been given much credit from the MMA community and fans after the fight for even attempting to fight again after the surgery that removed a foot of his colon.  Lesnar also claimed that had he won, he had already promised his wife (Sable) that he would have retired after winning the title one more time.

Within seconds of Lesnar's retirement, the Internet was buzzing with rumors and predictions that Lesnar would be on his way back to WWE.  While I think that is definitely possible at some point, I don't think we will see it for a good while.  It would be hard for WWE to promote Brock's return so close to such a crippling loss.  I think when the time is right, WWE will use Brock for a big match but not for a full time return.  

Brock Lesnar had a good run in UFC that created a ton of interest whether fans loved him or hated him.  Brock created "must see" fights that made money for all parties involved.  Brock retiring is a big loss for many crossover fans from the wrestling world that may have tuned in just to see Brock's fights.  It will definitely be interesting to see where Brock Lesnar's career goes from here.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Brock Lesnar Returns to the UFC Tomorrow Night (12/30/11)

After 14 months away from the UFC due to surgery, Brock Lesnar returns tomorrow night to do battle with Alistair Overeem.  Overeem was the last Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion before the division was absorbed by UFC, and he will make his UFC debut tomorrow night.  I mention the date because UFC 141 isn't on the usual Saturday night, but is on Friday night due to the holiday. 

The heavyweight battle at UFC 141 will determine the number 1 contender for the UFC Heavyweight Title, and will be a battle of explosive beasts that isn't expected to go the distance.  Most everyone has said this will be a classic striker vs. wrestler battle, with Overeem going for a KO and Lesnar looking for a takedown.  Lesnar last fought 14 months ago when he was knocked out by Cain Velasquez, which has many questioning if he is fully prepared for this major fight.  Overeem hasn't lost a fight in 4 years, but UFC President Dana White pointed out that he doesn't feel Overeem has fought any of the best fighters in the world lately.  Can he hang with UFC's big boys in the heavyweight division?

The trash talking has been going on for weeks, with Overeem claiming he's going to send Lesnar back to WWE.  Lesnar claims he feels better than ever after his surgery, and seems hungry to get the UFC Title back.  Unlike wrestling these days which doesn't give us anything on holidays, UFC is giving us a great kickoff to the New Year's weekend.  Lesnar vs. Overeem will be explosive, and will give us a pretty clear view of the heavyweight action we will see in the UFC in 2012.

As wrestling fans we can't help but go for Brock in his big comeback fight, but one has to wonder if Overeem's striking will bring Lesnar down, especially if it's a body shot coming off such major surgery.  If your around the Las Vegas area, tickets to UFC 141 are still available, be there for this epic showdown tomorrow night!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Randy Orton Injured...or is he?

Randy Orton was injured at last friday night's Smackdown taping in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was in a Falls count anywhere match against Wade Barrett, where the finish of the match saw Orton thrown down a flight of stairs. Randy Orton's Twitter account posted a message last friday night that said "Randy was injured at tonight's Smackdown event and more details to follow on as they become available."

Now the next question has to be "Is he really injured?" So often when WWE superstars get injured it's just so they can have some time off to spend with their family or so the WWE can workout the storyline. In Orton's case it's probably so the WWE can tweak the storyline a little bit. The World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will be defending his newly won title against the Big Show. Once the Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show storyline is over you will probably see Orton make his return and be the new challenger for the title. So if you're a Randy Orton fan, don't worry, I'm sure that he's just fine. This "injury" is just so the WWE can do some creative work and so that Orton can take a break and spend some time with his family.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Daniel Bryan Wins the World Heavyweight Championship at TLC

The biggest news coming out of the TLC pay per view is the World Heavyweight Championship win by Daniel Bryan.  Bryan of course was not scheduled in a match on the PPV, but rather cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase after Big Show defeated Mark Henry for the title.  Just after winning, Big Show was attacked by Henry and laid out, prompting Bryan to hit the ring and cash in.

So Daniel Bryan is now officially the World Heavyweight Champion.  I use officially because just a few weeks ago WWE tested the waters by having Bryan "win" the title by cashing in on Mark Henry, only to have Teddy Long reverse it due to Henry not being cleared to wrestle. Well this time around word is that Henry is legitimately injured and the decision was made to do the title change tonight at TLC. 

Now the question is, how long will Daniel Bryan hold the belt.  My prediction....not very long.  I think Bryan could be pushed as a legit champion that even though small, has an arsenal of submissions that can defeat any one at any time.  But my gut feeling is that WWE won't run with a smaller guy as champion for very long, and I could see him dropping the belt to Big Show or even Henry soon. 

Other results from TLC:

CM Punk retained the WWE title over Miz and Alberto Del Rio
Cody Rhodes retained the IC title over Booker T
Sheamus defeated Jack Swagger
Triple H defeated Kevin Nash
Beth Phoenix retained the Divas Championship over Kelly Kelly
Randy Orton over Wade Barrett after an RKO through a table
Air Boom retained the tag titles over Epico and Primo
and Zack Ryder defeated Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lita Arrested

Former WWE Diva Lita (Amy Dumas) was arrested December 9th in Columbia County, Georgia. She was pulled over for excessive speeding, then it was discovered that she was driving on a suspended/revoked license. She was arrested and taken to jail, she was later released on a $2,200 bond. So now all three former members of "Team Extreme"(Lita, Matt Hardy, and Jeff Hardy) have been in legal trouble this year.

But Lita isn't taking it too seriously, she posted a response on her Twitter account saying "You guys make a Team Extreme jailbird graphic yet? Get to work! Slackers!" She may make fun of the whole situation but one thing she can't make fun of is her upcoming trial. She will be facing the charges of excessive speeding and driving while her license was suspended/revoked. So from everyone here at the Pro Wrestling Roundup, we wish Lita good luck in her trial and we hope it all turns out well.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lilian Garcia Set to Return to WWE

A bit of unexpected breaking news from today, as it has been announced that Lilian Garcia has re-signed with WWE and will be the new full time Smackdown ring announcer. 

For anyone that isn't aware, Lillian was the WWE ring announcer for 10 years beginning in 1999 and retiring in 2009 to pursue other interests.  Lilian was also known for her powerful renditions of the national anthem that she performed on a regular basis during that time frame.  Since she left, WWE has tried out a few different female ring announcers but none of them had the presence of Garcia. 

Lilian Garcia had been hosting the RAW Aftershow on and featuring former WWE talent on the show, but it remains to be seen if she will continue in that role now that she is back full time with WWE.  While everyons is happy to see Lilian is returning, many wish Lillian was coming back to RAW and we can't argue that we would rather look at her every Monday than Justin Roberts, but time will tell how the ring announcer situation will work out.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Skip Sheffield returns to the WWE

Skip Sheffield returned to action for World Wrestling Entertainment November 3, 2011 at the Raw house show at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This was his first appearance since he broke his ankle at a WWE house in Hawaii in August of 2010. His appearance was a big surprise because last week he was removed from the official WWE roster page on While it is not known who he was introduced as, he told a fan last week that he was going to be re-introduced in the WWE as "Ryback", and the WWE recently trademarked the name. The name change was due to the fact that the WWE wants to push him as a "Babyface" character, so the injury may have been a good thing. It enables Sheffield to distance himself from the "Heel" character that he was when he was a member of the "Nexxus" and now he can reappear in the WWE as "Ryback". So now the question is "Will Skip Sheffield be able take his new persona and become one of the top "Babyface" characters in the WWE?" Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see if "Ryback" really is going to be a big part of the future in the WWE.

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Piper's Pit" Returns via

Recently on Twitter, WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has talked about many of the project he would be involved in once he recovered from his recent neck surgery.  Today brings us one of those projects, which is the return of Piper's Pit as a "cable access show."

Now we're not talking about the version of the Pit we've seen in WWE over the years where Piper interviews 2 guys in the ring and mediates between them, but this is the old school version with the set and the craziness of the ORIGINAL Piper's Pit.  Roddy acting like a nutcase and bringing on crazy guests was what made the Pit famous, and now it's back and crazier than ever!  There really are no words for this, all you can do is watch:

Where to Find the Best Deals on the "WWE '12" Game

As you've all seen lately on WWE programming, the huge "WWE '12" video game is coming out this week for PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii etc.  Months ago we reported on the awesome roster on the game that even includes legends like Demolition, the Legion of Doom, Vader, Brock Lesnar and more.   It's coming out a little later this year than game releases in the past few years, and this time it happens to fall on Black Friday week which limits the deals you can find on it. 

The game is already getting rave reviews and seems to have finally fixed just about everything that was previously wrong with WWE games.  Along with the already awesome roster, a stellar line up of DLC is on the way for the game including Trish Stratus, Kharma, Batista, Mick Foley, and even "Macho Man" Randy Savage

So far it looks like if your wanting to buy the game in a store, Target will be the place to get it as they will have it available on November 22nd (this Tuesday) on sale for $47.  This price includes The Rock as a playable character without pre ordering.  It looks like this price will only be in effect at Target for a couple of days before going back to the normal $59.99 price.

If you don't mind ordering online, then is the place with the best overall deal on WWE '12.  They are offering the $47 price, The Rock playable character, AND a $10 dollar credit toward your next Amazon purchase.  So far these are the only 2 special Black Friday week deals on WWE '12, if you have seen any other let us know below in the comments.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wrestling Legend Kamala Has Career Ending Surgery

Pro wrestling legend "The Ugandan Giant" Kamala (James Harris) has undergone a career ending surgery to amputate part of his leg due to complications from diabetes. Kamala has made cameo appearances for TNA and WWE in recent years, and was still active on the indy scene.  Sadly at age 61, Kamala will have no choice to retire after a very successful career.

Kamala began wrestling in the late 70's under the moniker "Sugar Bear Harris" before taking on the Kamala persona that was created by Jerry "The King" Lawler.  From them on Kamala was seen in every promotion around the country, doing battle with everyone from Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant to the Von Erichs and Bruiser Brody.  Kamala was one of the wrestlers that made you know you were watching something that you couldn't see anywhere else but wrestling, and made you want to see all the crazyness live.  I remember first seeing Kamala in a cage match with Andre the Giant.  The idea of a giant savage beast battling Andre in a bloody cage match was a thought that would make any fan want to buy a ticket to see it.  Kamala was an attraction and a unique character the likes of which we don't see hardly at all in today's wrestling.

Kamala posted this video from the hospital to let everyone know that he is in good spirits and still feels blessed:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shimmer Celebrates it's 6th Anniversary

Shimmer held it's first event on November 6, 2005 and not much was probably thought about it. All female professional wrestling organizations have been coming and going since the 80's, all of them would last two to three years and then they would go under. Many fans and pro wrestling insiders probably thought the same thing would happen to Shimmer. But Shimmer would take female professional wrestling to another level, and that's why Shimmer is celebrating it's 6th anniversary.

If you watch a WWE Diva's match or a TNA Knockout's match you won't see a match like you do in Shimmer. Yes, there are some talented female wrestlers in WWE and TNA like Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Tara, and Gail Kim but they only make up a small part of the female wrestler roster. The rest of the female wrestlers you will see in WWE and TNA are nothing but a bunch of models pretending to be wrestlers. In Shimmer you will see great matches between great wrestlers, that's why Shimmer calls itself "Shimmer:Women Athletes". At that first show in 2005 there would be a match between Allison Danger and future WWE Women's Champion and WWE Diva's Champion Beth Phoenix. There would be a great match between two of the best female wrestlers in the world today, Mschif and Cheerleader Melissa. Other Shimmer stars that wrestled at that first show were Daizee Haze, Lexie Fyfe, Christie Ricci, Mercedes Martinez, and current Shimmer Champion Sara Del Rey. And this was just the first show, these great matches and great shows have been going on for six years now. Another reason why Shimmer has been so successful is because they release their shows straight to DVD instead of trying to get a deal to be on cable television.

So many of the all female wrestling promotions before Shimmer would get cable TV deals but when the ratings didn't pan out, they would get cancelled and that would be the end of their promotion. But with Shimmer taking the approach of releasing their shows straight to DVD it would give them a better way of connecting with their fanbase. Shimmer has put together a package that has proven to be an absolute success, something those promotions before them couldn't do. So if you haven't seen Shimmer yet, I highly recommend that you go to and order their DVDs, you won't regret it.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Legends of the Ring: Magnum T.A.

Terrence Wayne “Terry” Allen was born June 19, 1959 in Tidewater, Virginia. Terry attended high school at Norfolk Collegiate School in Norfolk, Virginia where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He won the state championship in the 167 pound division, after high school he attended Old Dominion University but didn't graduate.

In 1977 Terry began his wrestling career, he joined the National Wrestling Alliance and began wrestling for Championship Wrestling from Florida and Pacific Northwest Wrestling. While in the CWF he won the Global Tag Team Championship five times before moving on to Mid-South Wrestling. Upon moving to Mid-South Wrestling he changed his name to Magnum T.A. and developed a character known as the “American Heart Throb”. While in Mid-South Wrestling Terry would get a big assist from one of the true legends of pro wrestling as Andre the Giant would suggest that he change his name. Andre thought that Terry resembled Tom Selleck's “Magnum P.I.” character, so he told him to use the Magnum and to put his initials in place of the “P.I.”. Terry would follow the advice of the pro wrestling legend and Magnum T.A. was born. On May 13, 1984 Magnum T.A. defeated Mr. Wrestling II for the North American Heavyweight Championship, a title he would hold 5 times while in Mid-South Wrestling.

In late 1984, Magnum would sign with Jim Crockett promotions, shortly thereafter he would begin fueding with Wahoo McDaniel. Their feud would climax on March 23, 1985 when Magnum would defeat him for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. A few months later Magnum would begin feuding with the Four Horsemen, on September 28, 1985 Magnum would lose a near 30-minute match to the Four Horsemen's leader, Ric Flair. This match would earn Magnum a tremendous amount of respect and prove him to be a serious contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Apparently the Four Horsemen realized what a threat Magnum T.A. was to Ric Flair's World Title, as they would mount an assault and come after him.

The Horseman that would carry out that assault would be Tully Blanchard,Tully would strike a big blow as he would beat Magnum for the NWA United States Heavyweight Title. But this was only the beginning of this war, a war that would culminate November 28, 1985 at Starrcade inside the confines of a steel cage. Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA knew that this war had to end and the only way to end it would be with a surrender. So this final battle between Magnum T.A. and Tully Blanchard would be an “I Quit Match” for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match would steal the show at “Starrcade '85” as it was one of the most intense, hard fought, bloody battles that had ever been witnessed in the history of professional wrestling. Each wrestler tried numerous times to get his opponent to say “I Quit” but neither man would give up. Both men used multiple weapons trying to get the advantage and it would be one of these weapons that would make the difference. Magnum would find a screwdriver outside the ring, he would begin to use it as he would dig into Tully's head with the screwdriver. Tully couldn't withstand the punishment and he would scream the words “I Quit!!!”. Magnum T.A. would leave the ring that night with two very important things, the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and the revenge that he sought against the Tully Blanchard and the Four Horsemen.

In April of 1986, Magnum began fueding with Ivan Koloff, who had startiing saying that his nephew Nikita Koloff was going to beat Magnum for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Jim Crockett,Jr would setup a press conference where Magnum and Nikita would sign the contract for their match. Magnum would bring his brother Marion to the contract signing, while Nikita had his uncle Ivan Koloff with him. Nikita would insult Magnum and Marion's mother, a fight would then breakout. Then, NWA president Bob Geigel would reprimand Magnum for behavior unbecoming of a champion, Magnum's response would be “Reprimand this!” and then he would clothesline the NWA president. Bob Geigel would then strip Magnum of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship, but Magnum would be put in a best of 7 series of matches against Nikita Koloff to determine a new champion. Nikita would win the first three matches, but then Magnum would come back and when the next three matches. In the seventh and final match, Nikita would defeat Magnum with help from Ivan Koloff and Krusher Khruschev to become the new NWA United States Heavyweight Champion. It looked as if there was a rematch coming but unfortunately tragedy would prevent that from happening.

On October 14, 1986 Magnum T.A. was driving his Porsche in the rain when he lost control and crashed only a couple miles from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The injuries he suffered from the crash would end his wrestling career, as his C-4 and C-5 vertebrae would explode. He was paralyzed and doctors told him that he would never walk again, but Magnum trained hard and would regain the use of his legs. Although his in ring career was over he would continue to work for Jim Crockett Promotions, he worked as an announcer and also as Dusty Rhodes manager. He would also work for WCW after they purchased Jim Crockett Promotions, he would do his last work for WCW in 1993.

Magnum T.A. Continues to live in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Courtney Shattuck-Blanchard, she is the ex-wife of Magnum's long time rival Tully Blanchard. Magnum and Courtney have two children, twins, Lucy and Tucker that they had in 2007. Magnum runs a community hedge fund and a communication towers business, Magnum's father started the Communications tower business but after his death in 2008 Magnum took over running the family business. So Magnum T.A. Continues to be a success, years ago it was in the ring, now it's outside the ring in business and in his personal life. Magnum T.A. Has just proven himself to be a Champion inside the ring and out.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Maryse Released by WWE

Some very surprising news to report today, as Maryse Ouellet was released by WWE.  The move is quite a surprise because Maryse was always said to be a favorite of Vince McMahon (and who can argue) since she is obviously hot, but also unique and has great charisma.  Maryse had also reportedly been dating The Miz for a while now, which also makes this release surprising since The Miz is still receiving a sizable push in WWE.  Prior to her release, Maryse has been sidelined with an abdominal hernia that required surgery, but was said to be close to being able to return.

Maryse signed debuted in WWE in 2006 after competing in the Diva Search competition.  She was molded into a great character over time and eventually became decent in the ring as well.  Prior to her time in WWE, Maryse posed for Playboy and won Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in 2003.

Maryse had a presence unlike any other WWE Diva, and eventually had a great run as Divas Champion.  She would be a huge pick up for TNA if she is interested in going there, and I'm sure they're already looking into it.  Maryse didn't seem to broken up about her release, as she wrote on her Twitter:

"I'M OUT and sexier than ever! Thanks to all my fans, colleagues and @WWE Universe. Time to party! "Release" party tonight at @trousdale LA"

"Im Happy, im Smiling, and FREE, now its time to get Naughty ............BE SEXY"
So it seems like Maryse might be happy to be free from WWE and their TV-PG ways. Maybe (hopefully) we'll see her return to doing some Playboy or other type modeling, or maybe in TNA where things are a little more free. Maryse will definitely be popping up somewhere since she has star power that will bring her success wherever she goes.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Video: The Scott Hall Story on ESPN E: 60

One of the most talked about topics in the wrestling world this week was the piece done by ESPN on Scott Hall.  "The Scott Hall Story" aired on ESPN's E: 60 this week, and showed just how bad Scott Hall's life has deteriorated.  While the piece has almost universally been said to have done a great job, it is quite depressing and reveals some things that many of us hadn't heard about Hall's early life and what lead to his current state.

This type of mainstream piece on a current wrestler who is having major troubles as opposed to a wrestler that has passed away makes the show quite unique.  It's become apparent that everyone from Hall's closest friends (such as Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman) to Hall's own family have tried to help him.  WWE has even paid for multiple stints in rehab for Hall, but there just doesn't seem to be anything else anyone can do.  It's amazing to think that around a year and a half ago, Hall was in TNA and looked to be in shape and ready for one more run.  Now he looks like an old man that can hardly get around.  We also learn in the story that Hall's son Cody (who looks to be at least 6"7) is trying to follow his father's footsteps into the wrestling business, but the relationship still can't be held together due to Hall's substance abuse.

Check out the full Scott Hall story from ESPN below:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Huge TNA Spoilers: New Heavyweight Champion Crowned

**Warning, spoilers for this Thursdays Impact ahead, don't read if you want to be surprised**

Coming off TNA's biggest pay per view of the year, Bound for Glory, there have been many reports about the locker room being unhappy that Bobby Roode didn't beat Kurt Angle for the TNA Title.  Hulk Hogan has been very vocal recently in the media on his Twitter page recently about many of the TNA talents.  He stated last week that he didn't think Bobby Roode was "the guy," and word was that Hogan himself lobbied to change the original finish in the Bound for Glory main event which had Roode winning the belt.

Hogan had also mentioned last week that he believed James Storm should get a big push over Roode, and tonight at the Impact tapings that belief became apparent to all as James Storm defeated Kurt Angle and won the TNA World Title.  This was a pretty big swerve, as many believe Roode would still end up winning the title soon.  Storm is more of a character than Roode, and it seems like Hogan saw much more in him since Storm is now the reigning TNA Champion.  It should be interesting now to see where this story goes, since a Roode heel turn and feud with Storm seems like a natural direction, but it's hard to tell where they will go at this point.

In another spoiler from the Impact tapings, Gail Kim returned to TNA and looks to have returned as a heel alongside Karen Jarrett judging by the couple of pics we've seen.  Gail was a huge part of building the Knockout Division, and her classic matches with Awesome Kong (Kharma) set the tone for the success of the Knockouts.  Gail's return is a major boost to the Knockout division, and many more potential great Knockout matches will no doubt be on the way with Gail in the mix.

Check out Impact this Thursday on Spike and see all of these major developments unfold!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tyson Tomko Arrested for Robbery

On the heels of the Matt Hardy rehab story, more bad news to report for another former WWE and TNA Star.  Tyson Tomko was arrested in Florida yesterday for stealing several bottles of oxycodone from a CVS Pharmacy, and allegedly threatening a pharmacist to get the drug.  Next Tomko went to a local Chili's and used their bathroom to shoot up the drugs after melting them down.  TMZ reports that cops busted Tomko in the process, and he admitted to stealing the drugs but said he didn't threaten the pharmacist.  He also apparently told cops that he had a major drug problem.

So now Tomko sits behind bars with a $7,500 bond.  It's sad that these guys admit to having such problems, but don't take advantage of the WWE sponsored rehab that is readily available to any former Superstar.  Hopefully Tomko can get a grasp on things before things spiral even further out of control.

Brock Lesnar Returns to WWE in "WWE 12" Video Game

A couple of months ago we revealed the roster for the "WWE 12" video game, and it was awesome to see that THQ stacked the roster this year with legends like The Legion of Doom, Demolition, Vader, Arn Anderson, and many more.  With The Rock on the cover of the game and playing a huge role in the push for the game, it's been apparent that THQ is going all out to make WWE 12 the biggest WWE game in years.

With all the hype and stacked roster, there has also been rumor of a "mystery superstar" that would make a huge impact on the game.  Now today we can confirm that Brock Lesnar will be featured in the WWE 12 game.  The story of Brock being featured in the game leaked over the past few days, with UFC owner Dana White even voicing his approval of Brock being in the game.  Brock was on the cover of the classic "Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain" video game that was regarded as one of the best in the series, and this is Brock's first appearance in a WWE game in years.  There is even a Brock Lesnar trailer for WWE 12 to announce his return, which was said to be shot in the past few days by Paul Heyman himself. 

As if WWE 12 didn't sound awesome enough, this huge announcement should put the game over the top as far as hype goes.  Everyone that has watched Brock Lesnar in UFC and wondered how cool it would be to see Brock come back to WWE and kick ass will now get the chance to make it happen.  Brock has his current look in the game with his chest tattoo, but is sporting his classic WWE tights and gear.  Be sure and pre-order WWE 12 now and lock in your copy of the game as it will be available on November 22.  Here Comes the Pain indeed:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Video: Rare Bruiser Brody Shoot Interview

Today I felt the need to share this piece of history here after viewing it.  It may not be what we've become accustomed to when it comes to a "shoot interview," but it is the closest thing we are ever going to get from the legendary Bruiser Brody.  This interview was done sometime in the mid 80's (there has been question on the exact date, while the video states 1983, he seems to talk about some things that happened a bit later) and was done in St. Louis.  In the interview, Bruiser Brody is out of character, and gives his views on the wrestling business as a whole at the time.  This is super rare being that Brody talks about a few things that he later mentions to the interviewer "people shouldn't know," such as his real name.

It is so rare to find footage like this, especially from a guy like Brody who wasn't exactly the "sit down and give a nice interview" type.  He talks about how he produced World Class Championship Wrestling in Dallas and booked the talent there, two piece of information that weren't exactly freely talked about in that era.  He also talks about how he felt he had 10 good years left in the business, and talks about going to small towns across the country instead of just the big arenas and working for "McMahon."

Sadly, Bruiser Brody was murdered in 1988 in Puerto Rico.  He has left a legacy as being one of the most unique characters in pro wrestling history.  His mention of "having another good 10 years in wrestling" only makes us question even more what the ECW era would have been like if Brody was still around.  Check out this awesome one of a kind interview with the one and only Frank "Bruiser Brody" Goodish:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bruce Prichard Named New Head Writer for TNA

It looks like we aren't the only ones who realize that TNA has become boring, repetitive, and directionless over the past few months.  Some would say it's always been that way, but these past few months have gotten really bad with all the guys flip flopping between heel and face and the stories being almost impossible to follow. 

Last month there was word that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff's deals were up and they were done with the company.  Then in the past week it came out that Hogan has signed a new deal and will be sticking around, and now today it was no surprise to hear that Bischoff also renewed his deal.  So with those guys staying, it didn't seem like there would be much of a change from what we've seen recently.  Yes they've branded "Impact" for the TV show, they've gave things a fresh look and brought in a few good new talents, but it's the writing that seems to be suffering horribly.

Of course behind all the Bischoff and Hogan presence, it's been Vince Russo who has been the head writer for TNA the past few years.  Russo has been around off and on since the beginning of TNA, but since his work in the Attitude Era, I can't think of anything great Russo has done.  It seems someone has finally realized that Russo has been stagnant for a long time, and a change was in order.  Earlier today it was annnounced that Bruce Prichard has been named TNA's new head writer.

Just a couple of months ago Bruce Prichard was brought in to replace Terry Taylor's spot behind the scenes in TNA.  Prichard was also instrumental in WWE's Attitude Era and was one Vince McMahon's right hand men for years.  Of course if the name doesn't ring a bell, our pic in this post serves as a reminder that Bruce Prichard was most well known as "Brother Love" in WWE. 

Now the big question is, will Bruce Prichard make a difference?  Over a year ago when there was word that Paul Heyman was negotiating with TNA, it seemed like change might happen and the next red hot wrestling promotion would be TNA.  I'm not sure what direction Prichard will take things, but hopefully he will be bold enough to get some real change going and step away from the Russo style that has become unwatchable.  Heyman would be my number one choice, but here's to hoping Prichard can at least make some sort of difference.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Video: The Rock to Team with John Cena at Survivor Series

All the speculation and rumors can be put to rest, it is official that The Rock will be returning to the ring at Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden.  Of course we all know that John Cena vs. The Rock will headline WrestleMania 28 in Miami, but WWE is getting the Rock back in the ring before that in the world's most famous arena as he teams with John Cena.  Survivor Series will be quite the event being it is the PPV that The Rock debuted on, and in the same arena that debut took place in 1996.

In the video below, it states that Cena and The Rock will be a "tag team" for the first and only time, but word had been that they would actually be teaming in a traditional 5 on 5 Survivor Series match, so it should be interesting to see how that plays out.  Either way it will be the first time The Rock has wrestled in over 5 years, so that alone should draw huge interest for the event.

The old school magic of Survivor Series may be back in a small way, being the event is at the Garden and they are making the effort to do something special for it and promoting it this early.  Check out the video below for the official confirmation that The Rock will return to the ring at Survivor Series to team with John Cena.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Matt Hardy Set to Enter Rehab

Well it looks like the ongoing saga of Matt Hardy's "problems" may have a CHANCE at a good ending at least.  Over the past few weeks Hardy has been arrested multiple times, been in car accidents, and posted more "out there" videos on his Youtube channel than ever.  Many thought at first he was looking for publicity or creating a new gimmick, but now it's become apparent that he has a very real problem.

Matt was always the "good" Hardy that was responsible and didn't have all the "demons" his brother Jeff did.  Things changed a bit when Matt was released from WWE after apparently showing up "in no condition to perform" more than once.  When he signed with TNA, it looked like he might have been on the path to being a major player again.  Then his TNA run came to an abrupt end as he was released after one of his many DUI arrests. 

Things have gotten even worse since, with Hardy posting videos online that made people think he might be suicidal.  Following that video he posted another apologizing and claiming he was getting himself straight, but then more and more accidents and DUI's were being reported every few days it seemed like.  The latest news was that cops searched his house and found steroids, ecstasy, and drug paraphernalia in his house.

Finally after posting a video a few days ago of himself in the hospital, where he seemed to still be "on something," Hardy has come clean and is entering into WWE sponsored rehab.  It looks like Hardy has realized he has a problem with "medicating himself" to get by in the business, and is making the right choice.  Kudos to WWE for still offering this program for Superstars who need it, and hopefully Hardy can take advantage and get off the death watch he was seemingly on.  It's pretty crazy to think back to 10 years ago or so when veterans were saying the guys who were doing crazy TLC matches and such would be in wheelchairs by 40, and now we're looking at both Hardy's having very rough substance abuse problems, and Edge having to retire from the business completely. 

Here is Hardy making his big rehab announcement himself:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Timeline: The History of WWF - 1997 as Told by Jim Cornette DVD Review

For years now Jim Cornette has been one of the most outspoken personalities in wrestling, so it's no surprise that he has been one of the most popular shoot interview subjects for years.  "Corny" is very outspoken on his opinions, and holds absolutely nothing back.  In fact, it's no surprise that Cornette has done shoot interviews about his entire career that went 8 hours and still felt like everything wasn't covered. 

Kayfabe Commentaries has found a way to to provide an informative and fulfilling Cornette shoot, by including him in their "Timeline" series and narrowing him down to one year that was full of historical wrestling moments.  1997 was one of the most eventful years in wrestling, and Jim Cornette was right in the heart of it all as a member of the WWF creative team.  Many people immediately think of the Montreal Screwjob as THE event that defined 1997, and while that was definitely the most memorable and an event that Cornette has some definite opinions on that he gladly shares, there was much more that transpired in 1997.

Cornette covers everything, month by month and event by event that happened in 1997.  From Shawn Michael's "losing his smile" multiple times, Bret and Shawn getting into physical fights backstage, Cornette's one and only appearance in ECW and how it came about, the death of Brian Pillman, Vince Russo's rise to the top as a writer,  and opinions on almost everyone on the roster at the time and insight to exactly how the WWE creative team at the time worked.  Even though they narrowed it down to 1 year, this DVD is still a 2 disc set in order to fit this over 3 hour interview and make sure every detail was covered.

If you are a fan of the Attitude Era, Jim Cornette, or just inside information on the inner workings of the business, this is a great DVD.  Jim Cornette is considered one of the best in the business on the mic, and regarded as one of the most creative minds behind the scenes.  And if you especially enjoy a 100% unfiltered and uncensored point of view, Jim Cornette is the guy to provide it.  So head over to Kayfabe Commentaries and grab your copy of Timeline: The History of WWF - 1997 as Told by Jim Cornette.

Timeline: The History of ECW - 1997 as Told by Sabu DVD Review

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper to have Neck Surgery

Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper recently underwent a MRI at UCLA University and doctors informed him that he has a broken neck. The 57 year old Pro Wrestling Icon had been dealing with pain and discomfort for the last couple months before he decided to see the doctor. After the doctors at UCLA saw the results of the MRI they informed Piper that he would have to have surgery as soon as possible. The surgery was scheduled for today, after which he will be hospitalized for 10 days.
Get Well "Rowdy" and we hope to see you back in the ring real soon.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jeff Hardy sentenced to 10 Days in Jail for Drug Arrest

Jeff Hardy has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for his September 2009 arrest on drug charges. The former TNA World Heavyweight Champion will also be on probation for 30 months and must pay a $100,000 fine. As part of his plea bargain, that got him out of a longer sentence, he must enter a drug abuse program but he was granted the right to travel out of North Carolina to continue wrestling for TNA.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kevin Nash Released by WWE

The story of the day in the wrestling world is the apparent release of WWE legend Kevin Nash.  I use the word "apparent" because of the current storyline going on that saw Triple H "fire" Nash this past Monday on RAW.  There have been some odd circumstances the past couple of weeks, with Nash being set to take on CM Punk at Night of Champions, before the match was abruptly changed to Punk vs. Triple H.  The rumor that was making the rounds was that Nash had a small medical issue that kept him out of the match, but he would be good to go soon. 

Well now WWE has either taken things in the angle a step further by "future endeavoring" Nash on, or else Nash really is gone from the company.  Nash took to his twitter page to explain that he has no medical problem, and that they simply couldn't come to financial terms.

So what do you think?  Is Nash legitimately gone?  Or is this just more fire for the storyline?  If Nash's "firing" this Monday was a legit sendoff, why did they do the segment with John Laurinaitis getting in the limo with Nash?  Is this a set up for some sort of nWo situation as hinted on  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kurt Angle arrested for Drunk Driving

Kurt Angle was arrested for drunk driving Sunday morning, but he denies the charges and believes that he was framed. The state police in Virginia received a call from another driver claiming that Angle was driving very reckless, swerving between lanes on I-66. The current TNA World Heavyweight Champion was arrested and taken the Warren County jail. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released at 3:31am.

Queens of the Ring: Alundra Blayze

Debra Ann Miceli was born February 9, 1964 in Milan,Italy but was raised in several different foster homes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Throughout her years in school she participated in gymnastics and track, and after school she began working as a nurse part-time. She began her professional wrestling career in 1984, she was trained by Eddie Sharkey in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After her training she wrestled on the independent circuit for $5.00 a match. In 1986 she began wrestling in the American Wrestling Association under the name Madusa Miceli. On December 27, 1987 she defeated Candy Devine to win the AWA World Women's Championship, which she held until November 26, 1988 when she lost it to Wendy Richter.

In 1988 Miceli was the first woman to be awarded Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of the Year award. In 1989 she began wrestling for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. She won the IWA Women's title from Chigusa Nagayo but unfortunately lost it back to her the next day. She then began training in Japan, learning muay thai, kickboxing, and boxing. She would later sign a 3-year deal with New Japan Wrestling, becoming the first non-Japanese wrestler to do so. In 1991, while in New Japan Wrestling, Miceli and Eddie Gilbert defeated Luna Vachon and Cactus Jack. Later that same year she joined World Championship Wrestling as part of Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance acting as Rick Rude's manager.

In 1993 she signed with the WWF which had reinstated the Women's Championship that had been inactive since 1990. Vince McMahon didn't want to pay Miceli to use her 'Madusa' name, which she had copyrighted, so she wrestled under the name Alundra Blayze. She wrestled in a six-woman tournament to crown the new Women's Champion. On December 13, 1993 she pinned Heidi Lee Morgan in the final to win the title. She lost the title twice, once to Bull Nakano and once to Bertha Faye, but regained the title both times. She was still the Women's Champion when the WWF released her from her contract due to their financial difficulties.

In December of 1995 she signed with WCW where she would throw the WWF Women's Championship belt in a trash can. She would later say that she regretted doing so but was ordered to do it by Eric Bischoff. While in WCW she once again wrestled under the name Madusa, she would defeat Bull Nakano at the Hog Wild PPV in August. Later that year WCW would establish the WCW Women's Championship, there would be a tournament to crown the first champion. Miceli made it to the tournament finals but lost to Akira Hokuto, whom she feuded with for the next six months. They would meet at the Great American Bash in 1996 for the title in a Hair vs. Career match; unfortunately Miceli lost the match. She would return to WCW in 1999 where she would be part of Randy Savage's Team Madness with Gorgeous George and Miss Madness. At Starrcade in 1999 she would defeat Evan Karagias to become the first woman to hold the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship. Once Vince McMahon bought WCW in 2001 she retired because she didn't want to work for the WWF due to the direction the Women's division was going in.

After retiring from pro wrestling Miceli began racing monster trucks. She won multiple freestyle competitions and became the first woman to win the Monster Jam World Finals Racing Championship in 2005. She married Alan Jonason on June 25, 2011 and now spends her time running her pet grooming businesses in Lecanto, Fl. And although Miceli stays busy with her businesses and many hobbies she doesn't rule out a return to the ring. In an interview with she said “Once wrestling gets in your blood it's always going to be there, you've got a bag packed and ready to go.” So maybe one these days Meceli will return to the ring, but who will she return as? Alundra Blayze, Madusa, Debra Miceli, or who she really is: Queen of the Ring.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Is the Undertaker's 19-0 Wrestlemania Record really a Big Deal?

Every year when Wrestlemania gets close you can count on one thing happening; it's time to talk about the Undertaker's undefeated streak. The announcers on Raw and Smackdown will tell you how amazing the streak is and what a legacy the Undertaker has because of it. But I have to ask one question, is the Undertaker's record at Wrestlemania really a big deal?

Let's start Wrestlemania at the beginning. At Wrestlemania VII the Undertaker defeated “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka. Jimmy Snuka is one of pro wrestling's all-time greats but let's face facts, Jimmy Snuka was 47 and the Undertaker was 26. Not exactly an even match-up. In 1993 at Wrestlemania IX the Undertaker would face the Giant Gonzalez, a wrestler who was 8 feet tall and could barely move, and the Undertaker was only able win because of his opponent getting himself disqualified. Fortunately in 1995 the WWE would finally start to put the Undertaker up against some real opponents. At Wrestlemania XII he would face Diesel(Kevin Nash). This was a hard fought victory that finally gave the streak some merit. At Wrestlemania XIII the Undertaker would face WWE Champion Sycho Sid, this should've been the end of the streak. But Bret Hart, who was in a feud with Sycho Sid, came out to the ring and attacked Sycho Sid enabling the Undertaker to win the match. It would be the next 5 years that would destroy all of credibility of the Undertaker's 19-0 record at Wrestlemania. There would be two big victories over tough opponents: Kane at Wrestlemania XIV(1998) and Triple H at Wrestlemania XVII(2001). However at Wrestlemania XV(1999) the Undertaker would defeat the Big Boss Man, who was out of his prime and not exactly a “main eventer” anymore. Then there was what was missing from this time period(1998-2003), no matches against Stone Cold Steve Austin or the Rock at Wrestlemania. And what about the incident of padding the Undertaker's Wrestlemania record when he faced 54 year old Ric Flair at Wrestlemania XVIII(2002).

In 2004 the WWE would finally start to give the Undertaker some real opponents. From 2004 to 2011 he faced Kane, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Batista, Edge, Shawn Michaels(twice), and Triple H. But is it too little, too late? Think about all of the greats matches that could've happened, but didn't. No matches against Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man Randy Savage, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Shawn Michaels(when he was in his prime), Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Bill Goldberg, or Brock Lesnar. And what about John Cena? Cena has been in the main event at Wrestlemania ever since he won his first WWE Championship at Wrestlemania XXI. So that's six Wrestlemanias without the Undertaker and John Cena facing each other in the main event. And I have to ask, what would be bigger than the "Phenom vs. the "Franchise"? So with all of these great wrestlers that the Undertaker could've faced at Wrestlemania, and didn't, you have to ask yourself a question. Is the Undertakers 19-0 Wrestlemania record really a big deal?

Update: The Undertaker's Legendary Wrestlemania streak came to an end at Wrestlemania 30 in 2014.

"Why is the WWE flushing the Divas down the Drain?"

On Sept. 17, 2006 at the WWE pay-per-view “Unforgiven” Trish Stratus wrestled her final match where she defeated WWE Women's Champion Lita in a great match that we had become so used to. But none of us knew that in just 5 years the Women's Division would become a mere shadow of it's former self.

The Women's Division suffered a tremendous loss when Trish Stratus and Lita both retired in 2006. Fortunately there were some very talented Divas waiting for their opportunity to shine. Mickie James would defeat Lita for the title in Lita's final match in 2007. Also that same year former “Diva Search” contestant Candice Michelle would defeat Melina for the title. Candice would hold the title for nearly 4 months before she lost it to newcomer Beth Phoenix. Melina would defeat Beth Phoenix at the 2009 Royal Rumble for her third Women's Championship. The Women's Division would continue to flourish until 2010 when an absolute debacle would begin.

It would start on April 22, 2010 when the WWE would release 5-time Women's Champion, and huge fan favorite, Mickie James. Then, on Sept. 19, 2010 the WWE would retire the Women's Championship when they had a title unification match between Melina(Women's Champion) and Michelle McCool(Diva's Champion). Michelle McCool would win the match to become the Unified Diva's Champion. But the question has to be asked `Why eliminate the Women's Championship?`

You have talented Divas on both Raw and Smackdown and all of them are fighting for just one title. Why can't there be two titles or, like in TNA, one singles title and a tag-team title. With the lack of championship gold to fight for, creative story lines are needed to keep things interesting. However the WWE looked at it differently as they would remove the storylines all together. Diva matches would be put together with no storyline and for no apparent reason whatsoever. Whomever was holding the title became irrelevant because the same thing would happen over and over. The champion would hold the title for no more than three months, then there would be a series of about three matches against a new opponent. In the third match, the challenger would win the title; she would then retain the title in a rematch, and then a new challenger would emerge and the exact same scenario would happen again.

So we have gone from a Women's Division that had talented female wrestlers, great storylines, intense rivalries, and awesome matches to a Diva's Division where the WWE has released all the great female wrestlers and replaced them with models who have no in-ring ability whatsoever, a nonexistent story line, no rivalries, and five minute matches that are just absolutely painful to watch.

In conclusion, I would like to ask the WWE one question, Why?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

"WWE 12" Video Game Roster Revealed

It's almost time for WWE to release their yearly video game, usually titled "Smackdown vs. RAW," but this year they are going in a new direction and dropping the usual name.  "WWE 12" is the new totally revamped game that aims at being the wrestling game we've waited on for years.

Today at Summerslam Axxess, THQ and WWE revealed the roster for WWE 12, and it is stacked with Superstars, Divas, and legends.  All the expected big name current stars are in, but they really amped things up with an awesome list of legends, some of which who haven't been seen in a WWE game in years like Demolition!  Here is the roster so far

Superstars and Divas
Alberto Del Rio
Alex Riley
Beth Pheonix
Big Show
Chavo Guerrero
CM Punk
Cody Rhodes
Daniel Bryan
David Otunga
Dolph Ziggler
Drew McIntyre
Evan bourne
Ezekiel Jackson
Heath Slater
Husky Harris
Jack Swagger
John Cena
John Morrison
Justin Gabriel
Kelly Kelly
Kofi Kingston
Mark Henry
Mason Ryan
Michael McGuillicutty
The Miz
Randy Orton
Rey Misterio
The Rock
Santino Marella
Sin Cara
Ted Dibiase
Triple H
Tyson Kidd
Vladmir Kozlov
Wade Barrett
William Regal
Yoshi Tatsu
Zack Ryder

Stone Cold Steve Austin
Road Warrior Animal
Road Warrior Hawk
Arn anderson
Ricky Steamboat
Big Van Vader
Kevin Nash
Booker T
Eddie Guerrero
Demolition Ax
Demolition Smash
Michelle McCool

Looks like an awesome game so far, with much more to be announced.  There is a big mystery Superstar that will be announced next month, and Jerry "The King" Lawler has been announced as the first DLC as a playable wrestler when the game comes out.  You can pre-order now and lock in what will hopefully be the best wrestling game in years, WWE 12:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Breaking: Melina, Gail Kim, More Released by WWE

Looks like it's time for another "Black Friday" for WWE as they have released several talents.  Most notable are Divas Melina and Gail Kim.  In the case of Kim, it sounds like she may have quit rather than released, but details are sketchy.  You may have noticed Monday on RAW that she eliminated herself from the battle royal, later explaining on her Twitter that she was simply doing as she was told which was to "go out quickly."  Looks like she was legitimately not happy with her WWE status, and just like that she is gone.

Melina is another underutilized Diva who was once one of the top Divas in WWE.  Going back to her debut with MnM, she has always had a pretty big spot in the company including multiple title reigns.  Her behind the scenes relationship with John Morrison, then Batista, now back to John Morrison had caused some turmoil in the past, but at this point she was barely being used for no real reason. 

Also gone from WWE are Chris Masters, Vladmir Kozlov, and David Hart Smith, all 3 of which were barely used other than maybe WWE Superstars and really won't effect any of the current WWE stories.

As far as what's next for the talents released, TNA/Impact Wrestling should no doubt be making calls to Gail Kim (who helped put the Knockout division on the map with Awesome Kong in 2007) and Melina due to her name value (unless there is heat with any of the current Knockouts.)  The rest are hit or miss.  D.H. Smith was on Hogan's reality show once and of course is the son of the British Bulldog so there is a chance Hogan would want to bring him in.  Masters has the body that Impact may like, and Kozlov is a maybe/maybe not.

Impact definitely uses the women in stories and much longer matches, so maybe the release of Kim and Melina will turn out for the better for them, although Melina will have a much harder road being she will be separated from longtime boyfriend John Morrison.

Topless Melina Pics Uncovered
Gail Kim Poses Nude

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Breaking: CM Punk Invades WWE Panel at San Diego Comic-Con; Confronts Triple H

There has been an awesome buzz in the wrestling business over the past few weeks, beginning with CM Punk's now infamous shoot promo a few weeks back, and leading up to Triple H relieving Vince McMahon of his duties this past Monday.  Now with Triple H in storyline control of WWE, a new era is upon us, one that will apparently see much more realism and new ideas come to fruition.

Earlier today WWE held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and the new WWE "CEO" Triple H was in attendance at the event.  For years now San Diego Comic-Con has been the leading media event of the year, with movie trailers being debuted and tons of celebrities in attendance.  WWE has had a presence in the past at the event, usually revealing their action figure line for the year, but this year the new era of "anything can and will happen at a WWE event" was finally utilized.

Video has now surfaced of WWE Champion (or former champion according to this past Monday's RAW) CM Punk invading the WWE panel and confronting Triple H.  Punk arrived with a megaphone to a huge reaction from WWE fans.  Punk had a few snide remarks for the new WWE figurehead, and asked him when Zack Ryder was going to be put on television.  All of Punk's questions and comments are about things that would never be allowed on anything WWE related in the past, but it finally seems that someone is noticing the fans react when real situations are brought into the stories.

This is a great example of WWE creating interest once again, as evident by the reaction of the Comic-Con fans.  Here is the first video that has surfaced of CM Punk invading San Diego Comic-Con:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vince McMahon Relieved of WWE Duties; Triple H Now in Control

On the heels of the highly controversial CM Punk WWE Title win, RAW delivered an even bigger shock that feels even more real.  I thought it would be years before I would be writing a post that announced Vince McMahon was passing the torch of running WWE to Triple H.  As far as on screen goes, that looks to be what happened earlier tonight. 

Vince kicked off RAW by announcing that there would be a one night tournament tonight to crown a new WWE Champion, and Punk's name wasn't even to be mentioned.  The tournament featured good matches with clean finishes, which really stood out on the show.  The finals of the tournament ended up as Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz, but before the match began Vince came out and postponed it until next week due to time constraints since he had to fire Cena to end the show, per the Money in the Bank stipulation.

Cena came out for his firing, but informed Vince that if he was indeed fired, he would "walk on to another show and continue doing this........BROTHER!"  The reference to Hogan/Impact was awesome, and felt like change was most definitely in the air since saying something like that hasn't been allowed in years.  Vince continued with his firing, until Triple H's music hit, as The Game returned to a huge pop.  What followed could be a defining moment that could be looked back on as the beginning of a new era.

John Cena took to the background, as Triple H informed Vince of some news no one saw coming.  He explained that there was a board meeting, and the board was concerned about Vince's "questionable actions of late."  And with that......Triple H informed Vince McMahon that he was relieved of his duties, and that he would be taking over the day to day operations of WWE.

Say what you will about this being a story, but it's been known that Vince has been grooming Triple H to take over WWE one day for a year now.  The story we saw on TV is most likely emulating real life.  Vince and Triple H were both in tears, and the emotion the angle produced was amazing.  In reality Vince will always keep an executive role, and will likely always play a part in running WWE, but WWE is making big changes and many are speculating that Triple H has a lot to do with that.

In the last few weeks, WWE has brought very real situations to TV, and put an entertaining spin on them.  The angles are so real, no one can tell where the line of reality ends.  This of course is great for wrestling, and has mainstream media outlets along with current and former fans alike coming out of the woodwork to see what's going on.

My take is that tonight we saw the end of Vince McMahon as a character on TV.  He will always be a part of WWE but a new era is upon us, and Triple H will be the new face of corporate WWE, at least on TV.  All the changes in recent weeks have been great, and if Triple H is indeed behind them, it was time to make this move.  The emotion was so real and it was obvious Vince was symbolically passing the torch to Triple H.    There will be such a huge amount of interest going into next week's RAW, and the momentum from these last few weeks could really kick into high gear.

For anyone that has seen Vince run WWE their entire life like myself, it's so hard to grasp that he really could be stepping away from being the head of day to day operations.  The "thank you Vince" chant that ended RAW will likely never be forgotten, and this story might turn out to be just what WWE needs.  Realism, great matches with clean finishes, and real stories that people want to follow.  Thank you Vince indeed...for everything...including stepping aside at the right time so the business can evolve and once again connect with the fans.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sin Cara Suspended by WWE

Last night at the Money in the Bank pay per view, Sin Cara was removed from the Smackdown Money in the Bank ladder match due to an "injury" during the match.  It has now been confirmed by that Sin Cara has been suspended for 30 days due to his first wellness violation.

This comes as somewhat of a surprise, for one since there haven't been many of these types of suspensions lately as there were a few years ago, and also because Sin Cara has been said to be Triple H's "pet project" of sorts.  The suspension has apparently been known about for a good while now, and is said to be steroid related. 

It's pretty humorous that has the injury story headline listed directly above the shoot reason (the suspension) on their site.  Since Cara's debut has been less than stellar and he's hit a few bumps in the road, so there is now question as to whether Sin Cara will return at all following this suspension.

CM Punk Wins the WWE Championship; Now Gone from WWE?

The much anticipated match between CM Punk and John Cena at Money in the Bank lived up to the hype; the crowd was electrifying, the match was great, and the finish gave us a great ending while at the same time stirring things up even more. 

CM Punk is the new WWE Champion after defeating Cena, and as the story goes, Punk is now gone from WWE.  We reported a couple of weeks back that CM Punk's contract was legitimately expiring, but the situation has been kept under tight wraps which has created a great old school situation where no one really knows what's going on.

The other stipulation was that if Cena lost, Mr. McMahon would fire him.  Of course we've heard the whole "Cena is fired" thing before, but this story has been so compelling that it will be interesting to see how all of these circumstances play out.  Is Punk gone?  Will he show up at shows like Ring of Honor and New Japan with the WWE belt?  Will Punk end up showing up on RAW with a storyline explanation that he re-signed?  How will the Cena situation be handled? 

Right now is one of the rare times where it feels like the Attitude Era is back, and the lines of reality are being blurred.  Vince is allowing things to be said on TV you normally wouldn't hear, and real life situation are being openly discussed on camera.  Let's hope the days of Cena's goofy promos, trying his damndest to make SOMEone believe them are over....and CM Punk will help usher in another great era of REAL pro wrestling.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A REAL Backstage Story About Working with The Straight Edge Jack@$$

Yeah, he may be the hottest trending name in pro wrestling as we speak, but it doesn’t change the bad taste he left when we worked with him.

CM Punk – or should I pull a Vinnie Mac and just refer to him as “Phil” – is a very talented and gifted athlete. He’s one of the best I’ve seen on the mic in a while. Unfortunately, his over sized ego casts an enormous shadow over his skills and paints him as an old school, red rubber, hanging your grandmothers shower, vinegar smelling, DOUCHEBAG!

Now out of respect for Pro Wrestling Roundup and its visitors, I won’t go into detail on this website because I wouldn’t want to them to be associated with my personal feelings spawned by my personal experience with Phil. BUT, if you want to hear a story about what it was like working with Phil right before he signed with the WWE, then please click the link below to follow the full story.

I would also welcome all your comments and opinions about Phillip Punk. I know many of you may be a fan of his work, as well am I. But I’m not talking about his character, I’m talking about him in real life. Mr. Phil Brooks! So if you were ever told to "f" off when asking for an autograph in an airport or a hotel, I’d love to hear about it!

In the meantime, enjoy the read!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thoughts on RAW

It has been quite some time since I have posted (Finishing out my degree consumed my time) but after last nights RAW, I felt now was as good a time as ever to get back into writing.

For an overall show, it was above average. The cage match, tornado match and tables match all were well designed and had adequate finishes to them. The reason it is above average and not an average show is because of what transpired after the tables match between John Cena and Jimmy hater R-Truth.

I for one loved the finish. CM Punk distracting Cena who gets speared into a table. Nothing makes this humble fan happier than to see Super Cena actually get beat by someone. Despite my joy of that moment, what happened next made my joy turn into complete ecstatic glee.

CM Punk begins to go on a well thought out work/shoot. He absolutely SLAMS the likes of John Cena, Dwayne Johnson, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and most importantly Vince McMahon. I won't go into explicit details, but the fact of the matter is we haven't seen a work/shoot like this since Paul Heyman did it to Vince McMahon during the invasion angle. Speaking of Paul Heyman, CM Punk made references to people on television last night that, as Punk said it, was "Breaking the fourth wall". Colt Cabana was also given a shout out: LOVED IT. .The segment ends with CM Punk's microphone being cut off.

Throughout this rant Punk goes on, every word he uttered was not lacking in truth. He is without a doubt the BEST pro wrestler WWE has from an All-Around standpoint. The guy is as good in the ring as anyone today, his microphone skills surpass EVERY WWE superstar. Yet for nearly a year now, CM Punk is given the job; Leader of Nexus, a pathetic stable. Have we ever seen tag champions who NO ONE CARES ABOUT? CM Punk is underused, unappreciated and quite frankly, is being disrespected. Why is that? Marketability. The reason the likes of John Cena is continuously given the nod is because how well he markets to the fans. There is no merit apparently in having better mic/in-ring skills than Cena. Cena draws the most cash. This leaves a thought to wonder on: What if Punk was given the same push, market team and kissed enough ass?

It was absolutely invigorating to see something of this nature from WWE. Whether it was truly a shoot, or most likely a work, it was something truly different than the normal product WWE has been putting out. One fact remains constant; IF CM PUNK IS ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE COMPANY WWE WILL REGRET THAT DECISION FOR YEARS TO COME.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CM Punk Leaving WWE After July 17th at Money in the Bank

If you watched RAW last night you saw that CM Punk's big announcement was that he is leaving WWE when his contract expires on July 17th, which is the date of WWE's next PPV Money in the Bank  For anyone wondering, it is true that Punk's contract is expiring on that date and that he does plan to leave WWE.  It's surprising WWE is allowing Punk to work this story being it is a very real situation. 

Punk posted on his Twitter page that he would go out with a bang, and what's interesting is that he used the exact wording in his tweets that he used in 2005 when he posted online about leaving Ring of Honor for WWE at the time.  In ROH, Punk won their title upon his exit, and now the same story seems to be playing out in WWE.

One thing is for sure, CM Punk has brought his "A game" to WWE in recent months, creating interest both on TV and in his online presence by speaking honestly on things that normally wouldn't be said by a WWE employee.  Now we are left to wonder if this is all a story that will see Punk stay in WWE with an even bigger following than before?  Or will Punk indeed leave WWE as he has stated, and become wrestling's hottest free agent.  No one really knows, which makes this story great.  If he is indeed gone, will he create a major buzz by returning to ROH?  Or can TNA/Impact Wrestling do what is necessary to bring him in and use him correctly?  We have a month of what should be great TV leading up to the culmination of this great story/shoot, however it turns out.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's Official: Kharma is Pregnant

It seems that Kia Stevens aka Awesome Kong aka Kharma has some of the worst luck in the wrestling business.  Last year we were reporting that she was released from TNA for punching Bubba the Love Sponge, but this year it looked like it would turn out that the joke was on TNA since Kharma had been signed and was receiving a huge push from WWE.  Just when she was really drawing interest, a twist in Kharma's life that we don't believe has happened to any other active female wrestler in a major promotion was being reported.

For anyone that watched RAW, you saw Kharma speak for the first time in WWE as she announced that she was pregnant.  The rumors had swirled last week after the controversial angle that saw Kharma sit in the middle of the ring in tears while surrounded by the other Divas.  Now the rumor has been confirmed, and Kharma will be gone from WWE for the better part of the year.  It's very interesting that WWE basically gave her the chance to give an out of character promo and give the real story.  They had the Bella's go out and trash her a bit for being fat (something Kharma had mentioned Jim Ross told her years ago when she was just getting into wrestling) and gave her something to come back to in about a year.

The real question is, was Kharma irresponsible for letting this happen especially when she had just arrived in WWE?  Should WWE have just let her go as punishment for dropping the ball?  Or should all the Divas be allowed to let these things happen and put WWE angles in jeopardy?  Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Robocop Returns to Pro Wrestling

Last year we posted about Elite Xtreme Wrestling in Phoenix, Arizona making some innovative moves by streaming their shows live on the Internet.  Now EXW is making headlines again after reviving an idea WCW tried in 1990 - bringing Robocop into the pro wrestling world.

In 1990, Sting had just been kicked out of the four horsemen and then went on to blow out his knee the very same night.  Sting was set to make his on screen return at the WCW Capital Combat PPV, and was in definite need of some backup.  No one saw it coming when it was announced that the one and only Robocop would be backing Sting up, seemingly read to kick the Horsemen's ass.  What followed was an angle that has been brought up ever since, because it was so flat and involved no action.  Sting got locked in a cage by the Horsemen, Robocop appears, he takes the door off the cage and Sting is free.  Yep, all the hype, all the anticipation, then Robocop takes a door off it's hinges, and leaves.  Check out the video:

Robocop Comes to WCW by TSteck160

Well the infamous WCW angle has been considered "wrestlecrap" for years now, but EXW brought Robocop out of his 21 year wrestling retirement as he appeared at their most recent show.  Apparently EXW wrestler "Johnny Manson" has been coming out in recent weeks as different wrestling personas, this week he came out in Bret Hart gear.  Robocop had apparently seen enough, and took him into custody for the crime of identity theft.  It all happened pretty fast, but it looks like Robocop at least got to interact with a wrestler this time unlike the WCW fiasco. Check out the video:

Elite Xteme Wrestling has their big "Xtreme Measures" show this Sunday in Phoenix that will feature Tough Enough's Bill DeMott, Tommy Dreamer, Val Venis, and Johnny "The Bull" word if Robocop will be back to fight more pro wrestling crimes.  Tickets on sale at