Thursday, February 24, 2011

Angelina Pivarnick from Jersey Shore Signs with TNA Wrestling

In a move that will no doubt have wrestling (and Jersey Shore) fans talking, TNA wrestling has signed former Jersey Shore cast member Angelina Pivarnick.  A few months ago TNA brought in Jenni "JWoww" Farley from Jersey Shore, and she had a cat fight with TNA's "Cookie" which did bring them some publicity. 

The big difference here is, Angelina is no longer on Jersey Shore, and never was the most popular cast member so she may not have as much of an impact (no pun intended) in TNA.  Word is that Angelina will debut at tonight's Impact in North Carolina (which will air next week.)  Since Angelina has leaked this news, it has many wondering if this could be the "surprise of the year" that TNA had promised earlier this week which will air at the end of tonight's Impact on SpikeTV.  If this is the case, TNA is going to receive some major backlash from wrestling fans as Angelina is in no way the surprise of the year, and in many cases isn't even a welcome addition to the TNA Knockouts. 

Angelina may garner a bit of mainstream interest, as sites like TMZ are reporting on her signing, but the real attention will be on the rumored match TMZ reported which would be Angelina vs. JWoww down the line. TNA is risking backlash from their fans, but is the risk worth it for the mainstream publicity?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Candice Michelle Interview

Earlier this year, I had the chance to sit down and chit chat with former WWE diva and woman's champion, Candice Michelle. After watching her strut her stuff on television, you're immediately wondering if she's as loosey goosey in real life - and I'm pleased to announce that she absolutely is!

No! I didn't score with Go Daddy vixen. She's married and a proud mother. I have more respect than that...Ok, not much more, but enough that I wouldn't throw on the old DieHard charm and work my way into my own private Playboy shoot. Damn, now that I think of it, that wouldn't have been a bad idea.

In real life, Candice is everything her character in the WWE portrayed and exuded through your television screens. She has a natural flirtatious appeal that would give any broadcast journalist instant wood. Her eyes sparkle when she speaks to you and leading you to believe that you actually might have a chance - but then reality sets in, and you soon realize that it's all part of her magical aura, otherwise known in wrestling as her "gimmick".

As much as I was induced by her energetic magnetism and sexual appeal, I knew it was a work. I've been in this business far too long to fall for that. Tempting, but still a work. Unlike other divas who have bared all and spread eagle for the sticky pages of Playboy Magazine, Candice glowed in pride of who she is and what she's done. Other I have encountered who share similar career experiences are more wound up and almost uptight, and practically living in denial of their erotic works.

Candice is a very touchy-feely type of a person. If you hit it off with her and are able to hold a decent conversation other than the regular mark comments and questions - then she'll open up to you. She likes to joke and play, which I would consider first base without making out. Once she's comfortable she throws little dirty innuendos into her dialect and will give you the occasional slap on the butt. When she's not teasing you with her words and slight touches, she'll embark on a series of naughty gestures like whipping out her cleavage, perking up the puppies and giving some sexy booty air grinding. It's almost as good as going to a strip club without having to waste a dollar.

Well, that's what its like hanging around Candice Michelle. Now you can get your hand lotion and tissues and enjoy this exclusive interview where she discusses her career in the WWE, her backstage heat with Melina, comparing the WWE divas to the TNA Knockouts, and much more!

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The WORST Tony Atlas Interview

Now before you think I'm going on a Tony Atlas bash today, let me just say that I have a great deal of respect for him. He's a genuine and humble individual who fell on tremendously hard times as an individual who couldn't handle the speed at which he was hit with fame. I get it and sympathize with it. But here's the flip side of the coin....

What if one day, Tony got in the ring with an opponent who went into business for himself. They no sold all his moves, they stole his heat and comebacks, and pretty much did what was best for them in a moment that allowed them both to shine. I'm sure Tony would be pretty pissed off about the situation. Here he is, a professional wrestler, going into the ring to work with his partner for the moment and rather than putting together a product that would benefit them both, his opponent gives him enough to get by and takes the liberties of making the moment all about him and whatever he had on his mind. Sound unprofessional?....Thank you!

So I ran into Tony and did hm the solid of shooting some video of women walking all over his face. I later asked, "Hey Tony, you mind if we shoot a short interview with you? It might be good to push your book and let the people know what you've been up to since being released by the WWE". Tony thought it was a great idea. But great for who?

So I take some time to do MY JOB and write up some well thought out questions that I thought my DieHard Wrestling fans would like to hear answers to. Once the camera starts rolling - Tony went into business for himself and did nothing but push his book. Now I'm kool and the gang with him getting a cheap plug - but when I ask you a question, every answer can't be "Buy my book....Inside my book... on page 3,076 of my book, my book, my book".

You can imagine how pissed I must have been when I watched the footage in my editing room. I thought to myself, "What the f*ck am I supposed to do with this?". Then it hit me - do what Tony did! Go into business for YOURSELF!

So this video is a result of me trying to do my job as a broadcast journalist, Tony going into business for himself and me cashing in my receipt in the editing room. Don;t forget to LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT.

The Tony Atlas Foot Fetish Video

How many backstage legends have you ever heard?...Let me clarify that - I'm not asking if you ever heard of a "legend", I'm asking about the backstage locker room stories that have escaped the inner circles and become legend. Yet those campfire stories are difficult to prove unless you were there to witness it or heard it from a trusted sources who has seen it themselves. Truth be told, backstage rumors spread like wildfire. Lord only knows I have a few of my own.

But on the flip side of that coin, there are plenty of stories that have been openly shared with the public - most of them dealing with sexual encounters, flings, ring rats, etc. How many times are you going to listen to Missy Hyatt talk about the size of Val Venis' penis? How many times is Tammy "Sunny" Sytch going to be asked her year long affair with Shawn Michaels when she was supposedly tagged 'The Clique Chick"? Ever hear the stories about that ECW skank Miss Patricia and what the boys did to her when she was leaving the company? WOW, one day remind me to tell you the story behind this dishrag!

The stories go on and on, but yet no one has ever been witness to such an event. Now I'm not saying that what you are about to see belongs on TMZ or can be sold like a glow in the dark Paris Hilton sex tape. But you at least get the sense that all the stories you've heard about Tony Atlas' foot fetish are true.

Mr. Black Superman himself shows the world that he indeed has a face of steel, as he allows women to literally stand on his face for his arousal. For his personal collection, he also likes photographs of women's feet in shoes. Now don't get me wrong - I'm all about having a women all over me and I'd consider myself an advanced expert on the anatomy of women. But there's two problems I have with the foot fetish.

First of all, it's just nasty. I mean, it's a foot. Anyone who's ever been laid will tell you that there are plenty of areas to explore and have fun with. Never have I heard of a foot. Sure, you can give a foot massage, but that's usually the gateway to getting laid. Some people are into sucking toes - but not me. I have no appetite for peanut butter and toe jam. Just something about the feet that makes me wonder what gets people off so much. This is the type of stuff that those pervy geeks on Law & Order SVU are into. First they look all innocent working on graphic design portfolio websites, then all of a sudden you find them busting a nut to foot fetish and toe jam websites!

The you have my second reason - having someone standing on your face. Um, isn't that a bit on the painful side? How is that a turn on? And I'm sure I speak for most men when I say that if I wanted a women to walk all over me, I'd just get married.

Long story short - there are stories that say that Tony's foot fetish was part of the downfall of his career. There's even a story which I believe has been confirmed by Tony himself where he was scheduled to win the WWF Intercontinental title, but was no where to be found because he was shacked up with some chick and her stinky feet. I guess there are just some thing you can't explain.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jackie Gayda Haas Wins First Place in Figure Competition

Now don't get me wrong, I love females who keep themselves in shape. But on the flip side of the coin, I can't dig a chick whose ripped, shredded and looks like her skin is the gift wrap on a bag of bones....Excuse me, I think I just threw up in my mouth....

Remember Jackie Gayda Haas?...No? Really?

Well, back when WWE Tough Enough was just getting started, she was one of the original contestants....Still nothing huh? She also managed some ja-brone named Rico...Yeah, that's not worth remembering either. Well, let's assume you did remember her as a WWE Diva who then turned TNA Knockout and became the wife of former WWE superstar Charlie Haas. Bottomline is that she's put the wrestling business behind her and has now focused her career on fitness and bodybuilding.

Seems like things are paying off in her new career venture because she recently competed in the Bill Grant Classic Bodybuilding Competition and won first place in two categories. Not bad for a rookie. Check out the exclusive video montage of her competition and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

And as a side note - there was a tremendous bikini contest that non-shredded, Skeletor-looking chicks were NOT involved in. So if you're interested in seeing some smoking hot thickness that know how to fill out a thong, post your requests below and I'll be sure to share that video as well with you readers!

Trish Stratus Interview...and a Tough Enough Rant!

By now, I'm sure you've all heard that the WWE's favorite diva, Trish Stratus, has announced that she will be rejoining the WWE as a trainer for the returning Tough Enough program. Now before I get into Trish Stratus, - not literally, she's cute and all but she seems like a pretty lame romp on the mattress - allow me to vent on this Tough Enough ordeal.

For those who don't know, I'm a former booker of a northeast pro wrestling company that closed its doors in 2007. While running the organization, I was fortunate enough to work with most of the original TNA roster, some current WWE stars and some of the most talented unsigned, unacknowledged and under appreciated performers on the indy scene. Unfortunately for them, their day to shine in the WWE spotlight will never happen. I'm not saying this to be a douchebag, I'm saying it because it's true.

Years ago, you could argue that the individual talent themselves needed to work harder on their in-ring skills, their mic work or their gimmick in order to jump on the WWE's radar. Now, you're only qualifications have to be non-wrestling related. The creative writers were plucked from prime time comedic sitcoms, most of whom have never watched pro wrestling, had an avid interest in pro wrestling, or just plainly spent their time mocking it and cutting it down to anyone who would listen. The so-called divas, are simply a cattle of hot chicks that were too clueless to be real actresses and most were either former ring rats or were found greasing up a pole with baby oil and glitter. This is what makes the cut rather than a pure and well trained athlete such as Mercedes Martinez, Angel Orsini or Prime Time Amy Lee.

Now for the male competitors, it's a bit different. I have no bone to pick with second or third generation wrestlers. It's in their blood and a little nepotism is their birth right. Most male wrestlers are well trained, mainly because males in general are sports fanatics and athletes at heart. So earning a spot is more competitive to the scores and scores of dreamers and weekend warriors.

But on the flip side of that coin, I know a good deal of wrestlers who attended the casting of the revamped tough enough. All of them are qualified enough to earn some kind of TV time. Yet, when it came to the final round they were informed that they didn't make the cut nor would their participation be featured on the show. Talk about a low blow to your downtown bonanza. Sure, I'm aware that in competitions and castings, its a matter of being the best of the best. But how can you say that with a straight face knowing that these athletes, who work hard at their craft every day of their lives were kicked to the curb for the likes of Miss USA??? Are you ribbing me??? Better yet, are you ribbing them??? Are you ribbing the paying fans???

It's truly disgusting, yet nobody within the WWE seems to be complaining. Now that's either because they don't have the balls to speak up and voice their opinion to the great and powerful OZ (aka Vince McMachon), or because the boys behind the scenes are wagering on which wrestler is going to stretch out Miss USA like chewing gum before dumping her and wishing her the best on her future endeavors. It's a damn shame what this business has come to.

So, that brings me back to Trish. Did you know that Trish has this crazy thing that she doesn't like people touching her? I mean she seriously freaks out when she's touched by people. Which I find ironic because she was performing in a full contact business where people had their hands all over her. In any case, we had the chance to briefly catch up with with the former women's champion a few weeks before she decided to reappear on the wrestling scene. Here you'll hear her talk about comparisons between the WWE Divas and the TNA Knockouts, the retirement of the WWE women's title, and her thoughts on posing for Playboy.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Al Snow's Dirty Promo

No one ever said that working in the pro wrestling business was easy. Regardless of what your role is in the business, you have to deal with a lot of crap. You get it from the wrestlers, the promoters, the agents, and most of all - the fans. No one is ever satisfied with your work or efforts, and at the end of the day your 'thank you' comes in the form of a big steamy turd. Just when you think you have the right formula to entertain the masses, someone is always there ready to drop a deuce all over it.

Allow me to set the stage for you. I'm working a mega-convention in New York being run by a rookie money mark promoter. The event itself is an unorganized disaster and one that will go down in the books as an epic failure. I'm interviewing most of the talent for a yet-to-be-released DVD. Next up on the slate is former WWE superstar, Al Snow.

The place is packed and the only spot quiet enough to shoot the video interview is in a small office the size of a jail cell. Four grown adults cramped into this little room with no air conditioning in the middle of summer.

For the purpose of my in-house branding, I always get the talent to do a quick promo bumper for me. A bumper is basically a short piece infront of or right after the content where the talent looks into the camera and says, "Hi, I'm BLAH BLAH BLAH, and you're watching DieHard Wrestling!". Those bumpers are nice little branding interstitial that helps build credibility for your product. Now before I go any further, let me first warn you that we had lunch with Al Snow a couple of hours prior to the interview. Nothing fancy. Think of it as a cheap ghetto date as we shared a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

When the interview was over, we were quickly prepping to shoot the bumpers when one of the guys on my crew (Toddy D) had to take a personal phone call. He left the small office space for a little privacy, but when he came back....let's just say he was welcomed with a little gift courtesy of Mr. Snow.

Without going into anymore detail, I'll let you experience it for yourself. Fortunately, you won't be able to get the full "scratch and sniff" effect - but I'm sure you have plenty of personal experiences in your own memory bank that you can use to understand our dilemma.

Check out this never before seen exclusive blooper outtake!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fan Fantasy Matches: Round One

Blogger's note: The following entry is a new thing we are wanting to try here at PWRoundup. The Frozen One is a young fan (14) but has been watching wrestling since he was at least one year old. Here, he ices up his take on dream matches among the various wrestling promotions. Check out his cool predictions every Thursday. -Leah
So for my blog this week I wanted to get everyone's imagination running. So I thought of some matches we may never get the good fortune to see. The first one is...

John Morrison .vs. Rob Van Dam. The way I see this match turning out is RVD using his experience and quick feet to out maneuver John. He would then finish the match off by landing a signature Five Star Frog Splash to the middle of the ring. I believe that it would be a epic match the fans would go crazy for.

My second match idea is Abyss .vs. Kane. I think it would be an impressive win for Kane. Kane would use his signature sit up, much to the surprise of Abyss. The Big Red Machine would then release a flurry of attacks before choke slamming him. The final nail in the coffin? Kane delivering a tombstone pile driver to end the match.
Until next time,

The Frozen One

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Finally...The Rock...Has Come WWE

Tonight is a night of celebration, as WWE finally gave us something that has wrestling fans buzzing more than they have in YEARS.  Tonight, it was revealed that none other than The Rock would be the guest host of WrestleMania 27.  The speculation was there all week, but the delivery is what really popped the wrestling world.  When Vince McMahon stated last week that the guest host would be revealed, I figured we would just be getting an announcement.  Low and behold, we got the announcement in the form of the Rock coming down the aisle and appearing live on RAW for the first time in years to a massive reaction. 

What followed was a classic Rock promo that went about 20 minutes long, and we couldn't have asked for more.  The Rock promised he would never go away (not sure what that really means since it seems like he is just coming in for this one big time hosting spot,) then took things in a totally different direction, talking about confronting John Cena at WrestleMania (much to EVERYones delight.) 

So while the Rock is pumped to deliver the best WrestleMania in years, we now have a new dynamic with the Rock no doubt getting involved in some physical action as well.  Actually the minute The Rock mentioned John Cena, it was obvious that the red hot match everyone wants is The Rock vs. John Cena in one of the last dream matches that could happen.  More than likely, I'm betting we will still see Cena vs. Miz, probably with The Rock as the special referee.  Hopefully if that scenario does take place, we will NOT see a lame ass handshake with Cena and Rock, because after tonight it is VERY apparent that fans want a bad ass like the Rock, not a pansy like Cena.

The Rock blew everyone else out of the water tonight, and really made it evident how huge stars like him and Steve Austin are missed.  Thankfully with The Rock back and Austin returning for Tough Enough, Vince eyes and ears will be opened by the reaction and buzz The Rock has created.  Kudos to WWE for making the right move and bringing some much needed buzz to WrestleMania 27.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

When Will Triple H Return?

The ring has not been the same since The Game has been sidelined. With the Undertaker's return date looming, it is only fair to wonder when Triple H will make his triumphant return. Some whispers had Triple H coming back at the Royal Rumble but the pay-per-view came and went and No Game.

At an appearance in Indianapolis this weekend, friend and retired wrestler Shawn Michaels said he knew when Triple H was coming back to the WWE but assured that "It would be before Wrestlemania." Some sites confirmed Shawn's story, dating the Game's return as far away as the Monday Night Raw broadcast before Wrestlemania.

It is a given that the wrestler formerly known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley will be welcomed back into the WWE crowd's open arms as a face. The Wrestling Observer pits Triple H and the Undertaker together but I am not sure that will fly. A grudge match against Sheamus, who reportedly caused the injury that took him out of commission could be much more Wrestlemania worthy. The Game in a Grudge match on the Biggest Stage of All? Yeah, that has a nice ring to it.

*Additional reporting for this post provided by Michael C. Wright

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My favorite Wrestlers: #10 Scott Hall

Ok, my name is Joshua a lot of people call me by my high school nickname of Detroit Navy, and you can call me whatever you want. I have come to this site to write some wrestling content. I am an old school guy and most of what I write here will be from the old school. Hopefully you like it, maybe you won't, but hopefully we can get a good discussion going.

I am going to start with my top ten favorite wrestlers. This is based on nothing more than the enjoyment I personally got out of each performer. I got this idea because I just bought the WWE DVD 50 greatest Super Stars of all time.

I will start my top ten list at number ten with Scott Hall. I always liked him as Razor Ramon and in that character I think he was involved in the greatest wrestling match I ever saw (of course I am referring to the Ladder Match at Wrestlemania 10) and he would go on to be a huge part of the most successful wrestling angle ever the nWo.

Like a lot of great entertainers Scott's career was marred by personal demons. However, even with that he remains one of my favorite talents to ever enter the ring. Unlike most fans who started watching WCW after he debuted there, I had been watching WCW on Saturday Nights on TBS for years. I can remember watching Scott as part of the Diamond Mine stable. He got a big push back then in like 1991, but like everything else in WCW it faded quickly.

His run as Razor Ramon and later in the nWo was the stuff of legend. He may not have been the biggest guy, or the best wrestler but I always enjoyed his work, his matches, and his character. I always wondered how much of a role his feud with Goldust led to him leaving the old WWF in the first place. I have heard a lot of rumors over the years that he was not a big fan of that particular angle.

In the end for me Scott Hall had a great career, even though since I don't happen to like TNA I did not see his later stuff.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

2/21/11: Is Sting Coming to WWE a Reality?

When the now infamous "2/21/11" promo aired this past Monday, I simply thought "looks like The Undertaker is coming back for the Road to WrestleMania."  A few hours later, I was getting all kinds of emails and reading all over the Internet about the promo meaning Sting was coming to WWE.  I pretty much laughed it off at first, as I just couldn't really believe WWE would do it.  Up until this past Sunday's Royal Rumble which saw the awesome fan reaction to the returns of Booker T, and Kevin Nash as "Diesel," WWE has been all about young talent and doing away with most of the old.  Booker and Diesel blew the roof off the place and got the biggest reactions of the night by far, which should tell WWE that fans do want some old school stars in the mix.

The idea of Sting coming to WWE has sparked much conversation about a WrestleMania dream match featuring Sting vs. The Undertaker.  This match would be the only one on the card that has that WrestleMania "magic" feeling to it.  Honestly, does Cena vs. Miz, Del Rio vs. Edge, Orton vs. Punk, or Undertaker vs. Barrett feel special at all?  All good matches of course, PPV worthy even, but no WrestleMania magic there.  Sting vs. Undertaker would give us the battle of two icons from different worlds that would have fans going absolutely insane just a\t the visual of 'Taker and Sting facing off in the middle of the ring on the grandest stage of all. 

If we don't get the dream match, we're looking at Wade Barrett being Undertakers opponent, and does ANYone believe Barret would break the streak?  It would be a simple match, Undertaker would win, the streak continues........boring.  Granted if Sting was Undertakers opponent, the streak would no doubt still continue, but we would witness an epic match that would create the magic, and there are very few possible matches still out there in the wrestling world that could give us that. 

The buzz on this has been huge, and Vince McMahon has hopefully taken notice and at least talked to Sting.  Take note that while local ads for the 2/21/11 RAW have advertised "Undertakers Return," there has also been no one denying that Sting is coming in either, so take that for what it's worth.  The intrigue is there, the buzz is there, and the pic above is one of the awesome fan made creations that shows the type of interest this potential match has drawn.  The same type of hype was created for the possible Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match that we now know isn't happening, but WWE can definitely still give us something special, even more so maybe if for the first time in his career they bring Sting to WWE. The message to WWE is simple, the fans want WrestleMania magic, so do whatever you can to make this happen!

What are your thoughts and hopes on the 2/21/11 promo?  Share in comments below.