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!