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Saturday, 21 May 2011
1240 - Remembering The Macho Man
Topic: McWrestling

I was just getting back from personal business when I got the news that Randy Savage had died. It was a shock to hear about that. And perhaps, it's one that hurts quite a bit... because this was not just a moderately successful superstar wrestler nor is he someone dabbled in the main event scene. This is a legend... one of the true greats in professional wrestling. Someone who was as close to being the Total Package as you can get when it comes to that form of sports entertainment. He had the look, he had the voice, he had the moves, and most importantly, he had the charisma and the personality that really made him stand out and made people take notice... and clearly, a lot of people took notice for him to have gotten the name recognition that he did... and deservingly so.

Whether it was his classic matches or his classic insane rambling promos that half the time we didn't understand what he was saying but who cares because this guy's cool... or whether it was his classic Slim Jim commercials that actually got me to try out Slim Jims for the first and possibly last time... or his three-minute-cameo in the first Spider-Man movie nine years ago... or hell, even his rap album that he tossed out around the same time... it was one of those cases where no matter how good or how bad the final product turned out, you couldn't help but feel that he gave it his all and that he gave it his best shot... and I think that effort and that passion showed in a lot of the stuff he did. For the most part, his stuff never felt phoned in... even during recent years when he was showing off his new action figure at the Comicon or cutting a promo for the WWE All-Stars game.

This is a man who deserved to be in that Hall of Fame of theirs... and the only sad thing is that he never got that chance due to whatever petty politics that held off such a thing.

Thanks for the memories, "Macho Man" Randy Savage. You shall be missed.

Can I get a "Oooooooo Yeeeaaaaahhhhhhhh!"


Posted by dtm666 at 10:39 AM EDT
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
1229 - TNA teaches their audience how to act
Topic: McWrestling

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbx2dq_tna-director-of-production-steve-sm_webcam

Click the link above to see the video before it gets taken down and TNA bitches about people knowing how they treat their (non-paying) audience. As much as I'd want to say that this is a stupid idea, I'd have to agree with TNA for the most part; you're not paying to see the show, so what right does that give you to go about your own business? Now if you WERE a paying customer and they tried to do that sort of thing, then it'd be stupid.

Seriously, this is a step away from bringing back the Disney/MGM Studio tapes, complete with cuecards. 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:46 AM EST
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
1226 - Old Stone Steve Austin To Host RAW in March
Topic: McWrestling

Word has leaked that former WWF champion and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin is set to host RAW a couple weeks before Wrestlemania 26. One has wonder how tame Austin is going to be considering that WWE is now "family-friendly" entertainment. No doubt his promos will consist mainly of WHAT? every five seconds.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson's Tooth Fairy movie is coming soon.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:58 AM EST
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
1221 - TNA Fails - Vince Screws Bret's Balls
Topic: McWrestling

The rating for the live 3-hour TNA Impact featuring Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and a bunch of other old guys is in. According to rajah.com, reports have come in that TNA pulled off...

Wait for it...

A 1.5 RATING!

*applause*

A couple notches over their usual ratings range, but NOWHERE near the 3.0 that Hogan was arrogantly predicting. Goes to show that in this day and age, people still want to see a wrestling show for...

Wait for it...

WRESTLING!

*applause*

I only sampled a bit of Impact; the skit where Hogan is talking with Hall, X-Pac/Syxx/Kid/Whatever The Fuck He Calls Himself, and Nash. Even Bischoff shows up for the fun (although he apparently forgot to dye his hair). If this is the new direction that TNA is headed... then I'm glad I don't watch TNA.

Brutha.

So with ten minutes of my life never to return watching the brain drain that is a bunch of old farts talking, I proceed over to Monday Night RAW, which opens up with another segment featuring two old farts talking... followed by a couple matches here and there... and capped off with two old farts talking... and one of them kicked the other in the balls.

Somebody hates me... that's the only possible explanation for Seniors' Night in Sports-Entertainment.

Brutha. 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:57 PM EST
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
1210 - ECW on its last legs
Topic: McWrestling

According to rajah.com, WWE is planning to make major changes to the ECW brand. One of these changes could possibly be a rebranding - dropping the ECW name for another.

Here's the page in question for you to copy and past:
http://rajah.com/base/node/17761

I, for one, welcome the day WWE rebrands ECW with another name. In fact, my belief is that they should have done it already. As much as the show has improved since its early inception in 2006 - and if you were watching the show during the first couple years, you'd know how hard it is to sit through - it's unfair and wrong to associate a young brand with the name of a niche wrestling company whose overall product and style was a different beast from the stagnant WWE product offered.

I'll probably have more to say on this in a future Bite commentary or something. 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:34 AM EST
Saturday, 7 November 2009
1204 - Vince McMahon's Reaction to Hulk Hogan's TNA ratings power
Topic: McWrestling

For the first time anyone can remember, TNA's television ratings were discussed at WWE TV this past week. Michael Hayes reportedly noted the lowest-rated quarter hour of last week's episode of iMPACT being the one where Hulk Hogan appeared.

In response, Vince McMahon said, "Ouch."

(source: rajah.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter)

Oh, by the way, for those wondering, here's the ratings breakdown of the amazing IMPACT episode featuring the Hulk Hogan announcement (source: rajah.com)

Q1: 1.21 - Desmond Wolfe/Angle promo; AJ Styles/Samoa Joe promo
Q2: 1.27 - Tara vs. Alyssa Flash; Team 3D promo
Q3: 1.26 - Motor City Machine Guns vs. Team 3D; Scott Steiner promo; Bobby Lashley vs. Eric Young
Q4: 1.30 - Bobby Lashley vs. Eric Young; Scott Steiner run-in; Kevin Nash promo; AJ Styles/Daniels promo
Q5: 1.24 - The Beautiful People vs. Christy Hemme, ODB and Hamada
Q6: 1.19 - Abyss vs. Dr Stevie; Matt Morgan vs. Rhino
Q7: 1.24 - Samoa Joe/Daniels promo; Homicide attacks Don West; Kurt Angle promo
Q8: 1.18 - Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe; Hulk Hogan press conference

Oh yeah, Hogan is definitely a step in the right direction.

SPEED OF LIGHT!


Posted by dtm666 at 12:57 AM EST
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
1196 - Aw fuck...
Topic: McWrestling

You know how people keep calling TNA the new WCW? Well, here's another bit of good news... clickie.

Fuck you, TNA.


Posted by dtm666 at 9:39 PM EDT
Friday, 16 October 2009
1194 - Shane McMahon leaves WWE... wait, what?
Topic: McWrestling

Here's the link to Shane McMahon's statement on WWE.com.

I honestly don't know what to make of this, as to whether this is legit or not. But whatever the case... it shows Shane has more balls to step down than the senile old man running the company. Oh well.


Posted by dtm666 at 7:26 PM EDT
Thursday, 15 October 2009
1193 - Captain Lou RIP
Topic: McWrestling

So I've recently heard about the untimely passing of Captain Lou Albano. The cause of death is still unknown at the time of writing. You could read the article I read here.

Captain Lou was primarily known for his success as a wrestling manager, leading several tag-teams to WWF championship gold. I first knew of Captain Lou not as a wrestling manager, but for his efforts on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, where he played Mario in both the cartoon and live-action sketches. Yes, this is the guy who did the Mario... and we all loved him for it.

My condolences to the Albano family.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:47 AM EDT
Friday, 18 September 2009
1186 - Linda McMahon runs for Senatorship in Conneticut.
Topic: McWrestling

Here's the website.

Um...

Uh..

I got nothing.


Posted by dtm666 at 5:05 PM EDT
Saturday, 12 September 2009
1182 - Jeff Hardy Busted For Drug Possession.
Topic: McWrestling

According to this article, Jeff Hardy was arrested for trafficking perscription drugs and possessing anabolic steroids. As a result, WWE is not going to be producing that Jeff Hardy DVD that I never knew about.

Hardy apparently left WWE back in August to do other stuff. My guess is being arrested wasn't high on the list. Hey, the guy made his decisions and could have gone clean, but some people don't have the will to get it done and most of his colleagues are none the wiser to clean up either.

All we could do now is wait for Matt to cut another scathing rant about how the Internet knows nothing and blows everything out of proportion... even though Jeff's mugshot will probably grace the Smoking Gun website by the time that gets done.


Posted by dtm666 at 7:59 AM EDT
Saturday, 30 May 2009
1141 - Mr. Kennedy... Kennedy... Is Gone... Gone...
Topic: McWrestling

From wwe.com:

World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of Raw Superstar Mr. Kennedy (Ken Kennedy) as of today, May 29, 2009. WWE wishes Ken the best in all future endeavors. 

So much for that big return, huh?


Posted by dtm666 at 3:39 PM EDT
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
1138 - Adding to the Nugget of Stupidity...
Topic: McWrestling

From rajah.com:

As noted last week during TNA Wrestling's important announcement to wrestling fans in Colorado feeling burned by WWE canceling shows, president Dixie Carter made a formal invitation to the Denver Nuggets players and staff to attend this Friday's TNA live event in Pueblo, Colorado. Unfortunately, they will not be able to attend the event as a result of their win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night at the Pepsi Center. They evened the series and have Game 6 scheduled for Friday night at home.

Apparently, someone else didn't think the Nuggets were gonna make it this far. Oh well.


Posted by dtm666 at 9:31 PM EDT
Sunday, 24 May 2009
1136 - RAW Nuggets
Topic: McWrestling

Haven't had the chance to comment on the whole debacle between WWE and Kroenke Sports Enterprises with regards to the duel between the RAW show that's supposed to take place in Denver and the fourth game in the NBA Playoffs. Now, as you probably already know, WWE had already announced that tomorrow's RAW show has been moved to the Staples Center in LA and will hold a Denver show some time in the future

I've got nothing to say... I really don't. I think it says a lot about the sports organization when they book a wrestling show at their arena due to the fact that they don't believe their home team would last long in the playoffs. So, um...

Next.


Posted by dtm666 at 5:30 PM EDT
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
1129 - Missed A Heck of A Show
Topic: McWrestling
Apparently, there was a WWE pay-per-view over the weekend and it was good. It seems to me that in recent years, Backlash has become a standard in quality wrestling shows while Wrestlemania is the phoned-in effort. That's such a shame for people to be suckered in for fifty bucks to order a mediocre show, thereby deciding not to buy the cheaper show which is so much better.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:26 AM EDT
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
1127 - Bobby Lashley In TNA? Mick Foley new TNA champ? WTF?
Topic: McWrestling

For those of you who have missed TNA's latest PPV opus like I have, you've missed two significant events: Bobby Lashley's debut in TNA and Mick Foley defeating Sting to become TNA World champion. Now I'm rather confused by all this. Isn't Lashley in MMA now? And isn't Foley an executive? There are times when TNA booking makes as much sense as dividing things by zero.

In other news, Team 3D won another set of world tag titles. Apparently, the total count is 22. To be honest, I'm hardly impressed by that statistic because people could give Team 3D shitty tag belts and it'd be considered another milestone in their legendary career as a team together. But in any case, it doesn't really matter. There's a reason they keep getting gold, isn't there? So congrats.


Posted by dtm666 at 7:00 AM EDT
Friday, 17 April 2009
1125 - The Critics Are Raving For 12 Rounds!
Topic: McWrestling

Rob Nelson, variety says "The viewer, even from a seated position, deserves a championship belt for surviving this overlong actioner."

TV Guide decrees that 12 Rounds is "Not fun and it gets tiring real fast!"

ReelViews calls 12 Rounds "the unholy stepchild of Die Hard With A Vengeance and Speed, starring [WWE champion John Cena] whose lack of range makes Steven Seagal seem nuanced by comparison.

Yep, looks like the movie is making waves... not the good kind.

For more fun quotes, along with links to full reviews, clickie here.

I'll review this flick when it comes to DVD... if I even care to rent it.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:58 AM EDT
Monday, 13 April 2009
1123 - Wrestlemania 25 thoughts
Topic: McWrestling

Since it's been about a week since last week's Wrestlemania both enlightened and disappointed us with a span of four hours, I figured that I'd post my thoughts from the Bite commentary currently in development. This was written the night after, by the way, so opinions now may vary.

Here's a bit of pointless trivia for you: The actual 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania is NEXT YEAR. This year's rendition is actually the 25th edition of the flagship wrestling event. But don't tell anybody that; they might get confused by the whole deal, given the company's hype and hardline push to convince you otherwise.
My first mania was No. 14; a show that signaled the beginning of what is known referred to as the "Attitude Era". For the most part, it wasn't necessarily a great show, but it must have been good enough to keep my interest. In a few short months, I got hooked on the stuff. Some would say obsessed.

It's been ten years since I've started watching this stuff and despite the less-than-stellar product that's currently on the air, I still enjoy watching the shows and following the action through the online sites which post show results. I keep up with most of the news on certain wrestling sites and I buy some of the DVD sets and video games. So my interest in the product in general hasn't waned much at all.

It is no secret that, to most longtime fans, recent editions of Wrestlemania have waned in both quality and importance. While most longtime fans could remember the glory days of a Hogan vs. Andre or even a Rock vs. Austin, the only magical match-ups current fans could remember are epic classics such as... Battle of the Billionaires, Big Show vs. Mayweather, and the Miss Wrestlemania battle royal. Clearly... crap better suited for an indy show and not that of a show deemed to be the grandest stage of all.

Despite the overall lackluster card on paper, I made it an effort to try and get some 'Mania related stuff ready before the big day comes. Obviously, people will note that I had announced some stuff to be posted on the Blog (and maybe even the Webstation) regarding the event. This would have included a revised Ramblemania, a couple video game reviews (featuring Wrestlemania-titled games) and perhaps even a video commentary. Alas, none of that stuff ever made it past the outlining stage. The old version of Ramblemania is still up and outside of a mention on March 31st, no 'Mania-related blogs were posted.

Perhaps the card got to me more than I realized... or maybe I was busy with other stuff.

My cousin had found a bar downtown where they were going to show the PPV. I was a bit hesitant to such a notion because I would have. Then I remembered the main matches and thought, "Not worth the money." So I joined him at the bar, watching the pre-show hockey game between Florida and some other team. Then the show started and... I thought it was okay. Not a big, major show... and certainly not one worthy of Wrestlemania, but a good show nonetheless... if it were called WWE In Your House.

I don't normally do this, but I'll give you some quick thoughts I had on the various matches.

Money In The Bank: CM Punk wins the match, becoming the first person to do so two years in a row (Edge doesn't count). For the most part, it was a fairly decent match, but the ending was such a downer for most people, as they were expecting (some would say hoping) that the returning Christian (Cage) would win it, making his comeback worth it. But hey, CM Punk winning it is not so bad either, so good show.
This is followed by a Kid Rock concert that lasts damn near twenty minutes. Most people were disappointed that AC/DC didn't show. Oh well...

Miss Wrestlemania Battle Royal a.k.a. Piss Break a.k.a. Who Gives A Shit Match. Need not say more than that.

And on a side note, WWE has no business being upset at Trish Stratus refusing to show up at 'Mania for this shit... nor do they have any business being upset at Amy "Lita" Dumas or Wendi Richter for also not showing up. If anything, the three former Women's Champions showed that they actually have common sense and decided not to take a big payday for a throwaway match... in which they're not even introduced. I feel bad for the former Divas that did show up and didn't get so much as a mention on air.
And no... not even Santino's win makes up for this pig shit. Again... NEXT.

Chris Jericho defeats the Legends. Superfly was worthless, don't get me started on Piper, but that Steamboat kid could really move for a guy his age. I reckon a World title is in his future. To be completely honest, I was shocked by this one. Nice effort, even though I could have done without the Rourke crap that followed, but whatever. This was a true surprise in a series of non-efforts. Not a fantastic match, but certainly better than what most of the old fogies could perform.

Matt Hardy beat Jeff Hardy. Usual EXTREME garbage. Next.

Rey Mysterio defeat John Bradshaw Layfield in a short match to win the IC title. JBL then quits. The only thing I'll say about this one is at least the IC title is defended at Wrestlemania for once instead of being a showpiece for some chump in a ladder match. As far as JBL quitting goes, it looks legit, as it was announced that he would be doing commentary for an upstart MMA promotion. To Mr. Layfield, I say good luck and thanks for the memories... good and bad.

Undertaker beats Shawn Michaels to retain his silly little streak. This was a damn-near incredible match... and weird as it may seem, the right man won this fight. Cousin calls the brawl between two giant egos... and that's pretty much the best way to sum up this match. But man, what an awesome match that was. This match had two guys going at it, all kinds of stops were pulled, and ultimately was a truly fulfilling and gut-wrenching match between two longtime veterans who have no business being that good. Clearly this was the true main event, the match of the night, and the only one worth giving a damn about.

Unfortunately, HBK didn't live up to his name and stopped the show. I kinda wished he had, to be honest, because what followed failed to live up to expectations.
John Cena beat Big Show and Edge to win the World Title. The triple-threat match, for the most part, was alright. It wasn't anything special, it wasn't a great match compared to the awesome match proceeding it, but in the end, it was a solid match that, for the most part, kept me awake. Cena winning didn't dampen my mood - shocking, I know - and was actually the best way they could end this. A good effort by all, no complaints whatsoever.

They follow up that match with the Hall of Fame inductees... which is promptly followed by a Stone Cold beer bash - complete with old-school Austin 3:16 shirt. Unfortunately, it didn't end there.

Triple H beat Randy Orton to retain the WWE Title. This match sucked. Not just in a horrible manner, but it sucked any enjoyment that I might have had for the show. It sucked out any goodwill for this show. It just sucked. A mediocre main event featuring two guys who have already fought and an end result that even a blind man could see coming. I-I was yawning all throughout the match... maybe it was because I was tired, but holy crap, was I bored.

Anyone who honestly believed that this was a match worthy of main-eventing the 25th Wrestlemania - an event that they put much unnecessary hype into it considering the actual 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania is NEXT year - must be smoking some of the good stuff, because from what I've seen, this barely qualifies as the opening match to a backyard wrestling promotion. While they were trying for an "old-school" feel, the end result was just appallingly bad and barely matches up with the best of the Brooklyn Brawler classics. It just sucked.

It sucked so much ass that I felt the only positive way the match could have ended on a high-note was if Stone Cold came back out, gave everyone involved a Stone Cold Stunner, and had a few more beers for old time's sake. Alas, it was not to be.
There was the usual post-show recap montage, but we didn't stick around to see it. That's how bad the main event was.

The end result is that... yeah, it was a fairly decent show with only one match worth watching, but it fails utterly to live up to the immense hype and mystique of a Wrestlemania card. Most certainly, this was not worth the sixty dollars they're asking for. My best bet would be to wait for the DVD to come out and rent it to see if the show will be worth it. Don't bother with the replay.
 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:56 AM EDT
Thursday, 9 April 2009
1122 - Forethought
Topic: McWrestling

I was going to post a Bite commentary this past weekend to bitch about Mania (which turned out to be decent until the awful, awful, AWFUL main event), but shit happened and no Bite was posted. So no cheating of this system, I suppose.

In any case, I'll be posting a full review on the show soon, but for the most part, it was not that bad. A couple superb matches and a surprise effort really saved this one, but all that goodwill was killed instantly and unceremoniously by the godawful main event. Just terrible.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:57 AM EDT
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
1119 - Mania's birthday
Topic: McWrestling

In 1985, on this date, the World Wrestling Federation launched its inaugural wrestling event called Wrestlemania, featuring a tag-team main event featuring Hulk Hogan and Mr. T taking on Roddy Piper and Paul Ordorff (sp). The event would go on to become a phenomenon and propel the now-WWE to great heights.

Just thought you'd like to know.


Posted by dtm666 at 7:40 AM EDT

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