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Well, I finally have a minute or two for yet, another article. It was about two months since my last one here as things are still hectic in the life of yours truly. There is so much on the table to discuss so I’ll try to get through as much as I can and have you, our one or two readers reflect on it.

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Certainly, it has been quite a while since I’ve posted here. I have been busy to the extent throughout this time. I have meant to write an article or two in the last month but just haven’t had the chance.

Another reason why I haven’t written lately is because WWE has been rather, garbage lately. There is the WWE Champion that shows up when he wants to rather than when he should. I can’t understand why Vinny Mac decides it’s a good idea to sign off on only letting him show up during certain shows. When fans pay money to attend shows, they are paying to see the main event. I know they are only house shows and the occasional Raw, but that’s still not right. If you are the WWE Champion, you should have an obligation to show up. If it’s Mark Henry and he doesn’t want to show up if he’s the champion, you can put money on it that he will lose the title or yet, be fired.

WWE cannot rely on part-time guys to get ratings. That’s what the young guys are there for. Now, too many prospects is a bad problem to have. There are too many prospects and not enough TV time. Believe it or not, these three hour Raw telecasts is hurting more than it is helping. How in the world can WWE not put more TV time towards the Divas division? Clearly, people aren’t interested because they aren’t seeing enough of it. It’s almost like they aren’t even trying anymore. There are plenty of women prospects ready to go and there they go ignored.

This isn’t 1999 where fans felt that four nights of programming each week was not enough at times. Nearly 15 years later, it’s too much. Raw, Smackdown and that’s that. Nobody gives a crap about Main Event or Superstars and even though Saturday Morning Slam is for kids, this is too much. I feel like I am repeating myself but it’s so frustrating to see the same thing day in and day out.

Once in a lifetime? How about twice in a year? That’s what we are getting with Rock vs. Cena again. Fans don’t want to see that. You can’t compare this to Rock Vs. Austin or Kane vs. Undertaker because those matches were in a much different era. I keep praying that things will get better. Sadly, I want at least a fourth of the current roster to be future endeavored. There is a surplus of talent but I feel like WWE won’t even utilize half of these guys so what’s the point? There are too many wrestlers with little room.

Someone help all of us.

I must say, the pay-per-view was pretty damn good. I was looking forward to the show and it lived up to my expectations. There was a time when WWF (Yes, that WWF) was so good, you knew that every pay-per-view was a must-see. I am not trying to be a meatball, but I just wish they could put on a decent show every time around rather than every once in a while. I am not asking for the Attitude Era but there are times where I wish it was better. From everything I have read, Dean Ambrose is the real deal along with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns being quite talented as well. I was excited to see this match between them and Kane, Bryan and Ryback. I am not a Ryback fan but that’s another discussion. Everyone performed above par and Rollins took a fall that probably earned him a lot of respect from both the fans and the people backstage. The match was back and forth with a lot of action. I expected The Shield to win but it was fun to see.

The crowd was lively and as most great crowds go, that just makes the look of matches even better. The fans mostly cheered for the heels and I loved it. I read a report that WWE was concerned because the fans were cheering for the bad guys and continued the “Goldberg” chants for Ryback very loudly. Apparently, WWE doesn’t realize that great crowds like New York, Chicago and others don’t always cheer for who’s the good guy and who’s the bad one, but rather, cheer for great wrestling and boo when it’s bad. That’s how it should be. During the show, we also noticed a face-turn for Alberto Del Rio. For some reason, I just can’t imagine this actually happening for one and two, turning out to be a good thing. We’ll find out though.

The main-event with Cena and Ziggler did not disappoint either. All I have to say is, enjoy Cena while we have him. Rumors are running that he’s nearing the end of his career as a full-time guy and I am saying right now, we’re going to miss him. I get that sometimes he can be frustrating but really, he is still the top guy and that’s what matters. He’s putting butts in the seats. Back to the match, the chants for Ziggler were loud and it was music to my ears. It looked like Cena was on his way to a victory and then A.J. pushes the ladder, knocking Cena off of it with Ziggler staring in shock. WWE struck gold again because if anybody said they saw that coming, they are lying. I am waiting for Ziggler guy to win the title and I know for a fact, that the crowd (whichever one it may be) will embrace it. Fans love this guy because he has what it takes.

Now on to Raw. First, I see Road Dogg and Billy Gunn return for a Slammy presentation. Seeing them do their mini-promo reminded me of the good old days when I was in junior high and some friends and I use to mimic them along with DX. Then, Ric Flair arrives after months of speculation. Let me just say that I love Ric Flair and I am sure many others do as well. To be completely honest, I just don’t want him wrestling anymore. I have a bad feeling that he is going to actually try to wrestle again and it’s not good. I did read that he is going through, yet another divorce (His fourth) so I am guessing he is going to need some cash. Off-topic a bit here but seriously, why get married all of those times? Did he not learn? I mean, luckily for me, I am not married nor do I have a woman breathing down my neck. It’s called not being ready or not finding someone that I am wanting to be around. Flair doesn’t seem to realize that if you aren’t ready or want to be around a person, then don’t marry them. Reports had his wife beating him up a little while ago. Wow.

Moving on to the final part of the show, Cena and Ziggler and fighting one on one and all of a sudden, A.J. brings out Big E Langston, whom I saw wrestle at a house show in Rockford back in August. As soon as I saw him, I immediately thought to myself “steroid freak”. From his Wikipedia, he was actually a professional power lifter and some of the numbers I saw of how how much he bench pressed and all that is astonishing to say the least. Regardless, I am not too confident that this is going to work out either but as I continue to say, we’ll see. I just am not a fan of Vince McMahon and his minions scouting talent and hiring people all because they have a physique to his liking. Hire wrestlers.

There seems to be a lot of changes going on in the company right now. We are seeing bad guys turn good and vice-versa. With the plethora of minor-league talents WWE is bringing up, I am not too sure if it’s a good idea just yet. There certainly is a surplus of talent on the roster as we speak, but it could pose an issue as time goes on. I remember writing an article two or three years ago about a “nucleus” of young guys that I thought would be the future of WWE. That has changed drastically. Now, it’s guys like Cesaro, Ziggler, The Shield, Damien Sandow (You’re welcome) and a few others. I am still wanting to see Wade Barrett in the main event sometime as well because I think that in the right situation, he can succeed. I also want more women’s wrestling as well and not just for eye-candy, but because I once again, miss the old days when Trish Stratus, Lita and others ruled the division. Even though wrestling is still in a bad phase, 2013 looks more promising.

I’m back folks. Sorry it’s been a while but I am going to try to post with some consistency as well. Things have been very busy on my end.

Last time I wrote, the world of WWE was in the dumps. Well, it still is. To be completely honest, it seems like it’s getting worse by the week. I felt confident about two or three years ago that WWE had something going with a lot of the young guys in the company. Well, now, those guys aren’t really “young” anymore. Some of those guys are already on the other side of 30 and that’s something to think about it as we progress into 2013.

There are many things to talk about why things have become so bad but it would take me a while to explain all of this. These problems, however, lie with one man, Vince McMahon. It’s his call on just about everything that goes on TV and for the most part, it’s becoming a problem due to the indecisions and last-minute changes that have been going on backstage before shows. There was a report on Wrestlezone.com about two weeks ago saying that John Cena went right to Vince’s face and told him that his product sucks. If that doesn’t make you respect Cena more, I don’t know what will. For someone to step up to his boss and tell him that he is doing his job in a crappy way, is awesome. I am glad I don’t have a boss at my job but if I did, I don’t think I would do what he did. That’s growing a set of balls.

One example of why fans are getting frustrated is because WWE is basically copying a storyline similar to what TNA did a few months ago. TNA had an angle in which A.J. Styles was having an affair with president Dixie Carter and from what I’ve heard, it was actually not  bad at all. What does WWE do? Put Cena and A.J. in some sort of “affair”. There is just a problem or two with this thing. First, neither Cena nor A.J. are married so how is an “affair” possible? I am not an expert with all of this but I am just curious. They could say that they are having an inappropriate relationship between a boss and employee but yet, they keep saying an affair and showing hidden footage of the two outside the ring. TNA did the same thing.

Seriously, is this the best they can do?

The last one I’ll go into briefly is the Survivor Series match between Team Foley and Team Ziggler. Why would WWE put together a main event with most of the main eventers in the same match but then, change it the very next week? Some of the problems aren’t the ideas themselves but rather, the lack of the consistency when it comes to building up the storylines and matches for pay-per-views. We always hear reports of Vince McMahon making the writers change storylines and matches and this is hurting the product. To make matters worse, it seems like no one is giving a crap about the Divas division. I wish they would have just kept the Women’s Championship instead of the Divas (Seriously. Why was the Divas belt even made?). Beth Phoenix has left and while I enjoy seeing Kaitlyn develop into a wrestler as well as A.J. and others, it isn’t enough. I am not asking for the glory days of Trish Stratus and Lita, but please give me something better than Eve and Aksana. There needs to be more women’s wrestling and I don’t know who they have coming up through the system, but more options are better.

Vince McMahon isn’t going away anytime soon. We all know Triple H is overseeing some stuff and while I have never really been his biggest fan, he seems to be doing some good things with some of these wrestlers. I don’t always agree with a few of the things he does, but at least there is progress being made. It’s just taking longer than expected. I will be watching Survivor Series this Sunday. Every week, I will continue to watch Raw and Smackdown! and now, Main Event. I usually fast forward through most of it but still. I’m a wrestling fan and have been since I can even remember. I’ll always be a fan because this isn’t something I can just give up. But this lack of direction is driving me nuts.

Vince, you’re better than this.

Hey, everyone, sorry things have been so quiet around here lately.

Happy Halloween! I saw some awesome costumes last weekend, a whole group of guys had a bus and it was the Undertaker, (young) HBK, the Hart Foundation (complete with Canadian flag), and…I don’t remember if there were more, but it was spectacular. One of my finer Halloween moments includes my Hulk Hogan costume a few years ago, boas and fake mustache and all.

I have not given up on wrestling! Well, not completely anyway. I think I needed more of a break since I wasn’t getting excited about it. Plus, there is Monday Night Football and other random things happening; I am also likely to cancel cable soon and have been seeing how I do without it and am about to start a new job! So that’s kind of a lot of things pulling me away from watching every week, but I’m definitely not ready to give it all up yet. That’s more info than anyone really needs probably, but I wanted you all (like, two of you) to know what’s up.

I really do hope I start up some kind of regular posts again, perhaps a quick recap on Tuesdays or something. Until next time…

I think it’s a given that this isn’t 1999 anymore. The demand for more programming for wrestling on TV is much less than it was during that time. These days, there are more channels, more TV shows and more to do as far as entertainment and life is concerned.

WWE is adding yet, another show called “Main Event” which premiers Wednesday on ION Television. I do get that channel but from what I am reading, not everyone gets it. It’s an over-the-air station like the CW but it’s not in every TV market in the country. I remember when Smackdown! debuted on UPN and I was fortunate enough to get it where I lived. I grew up west of Rockford and they didn’t have a UPN affiliate yet and luckily, I was able to get in the station from Madison with clear reception. Shortly before my parents moved us, their station switched to The WB and Smackdown! was gone. When I moved south of Rockford, I was still out of luck because the town I lived in was SIX MILES outside of the “Chicagoland television market” so I couldn’t get UPN on cable and I was forced to use a rabbit-ear antenna which was hit and miss. What sucked more is that I received most of the other Chicago channels with the exception of UPN and WCIU. Today, I am lucky to live in the regional area so all channels are available.

Sorry to get sidetracked, but point being, that was a long time ago. What WWE is doing these days is making us tired of watching their product. I will say that I watch both Raw and Smackdown! every week and honestly, that’s enough. I don’t give a crap about Superstars, NXT, Saturday Morning Slam and now, Main Event. I will watch the first few episodes of the new show but it won’t be a priority. I will record it on the DVR like the rest.

When I was a kid, it was Raw, Heat and Shotgun Saturday Night which the latter, being the only show I had access to since it was in syndication on a local station. When Smackdown! debuted, Shotgun was renamed “Jakked” which was awesome and something I looked forward to. Fans wanted wrestling and more of it. WWF had four shows that were running strong.

Now, we have grueling three-hour Raw episodes (This takes up my entire Monday night and make me stay up late to catch up on all my other shows this night), a two-hour Smackdown!, a half hour of Saturday Morning Slam and now, another hour of the new show, Main Event. If you are a hardcore fan, you spend an hour watching both NXT and Superstars online. In total, this is now 8 1/2 hours of programming a week. In 1999, it was six hours and that was plenty.

I am sure these ratings will do great for the ION network. But the problem I see with this are the fans that have to sit through this when they attend events. I remember a Smackdown! I went to in Milwaukee three years ago where they taped Superstars, ECW and then, Smackdown!. I remember being in my seat ready to fall asleep by the time Smackdown! started. I was there for about four hours. That’s more than I want and more than what most fans want. I attended Raw on Labor Day and I was exhausted being there for the same amount of time. Even having live TV with it going by fast, I still found myself wanting to go home halfway through the show.

Time to say enough of this. If they want to have an extra show on broadcast TV for an hour, fine. But just get rid of the “Superstars” and whatever else people don’t care about. I understand there are little kids who will watch anything wrestling and that’s probably what matters to them but to be honest, WWE will lose those viewers as they get older when they realize that it’s too much. Call me a bit ADD, but I don’t even have the patience to watch Raw anymore with this three-hour garbage. When WCW went to three hours, they went downhill fast. I wonder how these kids will feel as they get older and realize that too much, is tiresome.

According to several websites citing various sources (Tweets, family members, etc.), Lawler is doing great!  He is even up and walking some.  Apparently they were worried about brain damage since the oxygen supply was stopped for a while, but tests have come back with really good results of no damage.  It really seems he’s doing as well as possible.  Awesome news!

Lawler even posted a short video on Tout – for once I find this service very useful.  
Posting a link isn’t working, but here’s the URL:
http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2012-09-10/jerry-lawler-tout-26051951

Update 9-11:
It has been confirmed that Lawler had a heart attack and is now in stable condition.
As awful as it was, it’s pretty lucky this happened at a WWE event with all of the medical personnel so close. The immediacy of the care he got was likely helpful.
Also, I think it’s important not to blame WWE for this. Lawler wrestles on the independent circuit regularly and I believe he truly loves it and wants to wrestle. He’s not young, but from what I’ve heard he’s always been relatively healthy. For more on that, JR posted a great blog; he obviously knows quite a bit more than I do about King and the whole situation so it’s a good read.
http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/jrs-thoughts-jerry-lawler-and-montreal-raw

Earlier tonight on RAW, Jerry Lawler collapsed in the middle of a match while doing commentary.  Doctors were of course in the building and reportedly provided CPR.  As of about 10 PM CDT, Michael Cole said that Lawler is now breathing on his own and is currently at a hospital awaiting a CT scan.  Cole is not doing commentary for the rest of the show, but is at ringside to provide updates.  I’ll try to keep this updated, but in the mean time keep Lawler in your thoughts.  Let’s all hope for a full and speedy recovery from this scary moment.

Sorry I am a bit late with this. Work has been hectic. I would have to say, WWE picked the wrong night, overall, for a good Raw. It was Labor Day and the ratings were pretty low for viewership. It was one of the best Raw’s I have seen in a while and being there in person made it even better. Both of my signs made it on TV. Click here if you want to see the pictures. My signs said “Put Some Pants On” and “Larry Horse Wants Ice Cream”.

I noticed below that there wasn’t a full recap but I’ll try to fill in the void. After the Goldberg Ryback match, Santino lost to Antonio Cesaro. Can someone tell me who this Cesaro guy is? He’s been on TV for a few months and he already has a title? I forgot this is WWE we are talking about. They usually give titles to bums and thus, making them irrelevant. I remember when the U.S. Title actually meant something. Cesaro is not an upcoming star. Ryder vs. Slater was up next. Ryder had a huge pop from the crowd. He actually isn’t that bad at wrestling either. The goofy character though needs to go away.

Vickie cuts a promo complaining about A.J. A.J. promptly comes out, apologizes and Vickie says that she can’t attack anybody anymore. So Vickie slaps her twice, laughs in a very evil way and then, walks to the back. A.J. goes nuts in the ring by smacking the chair on the ring. She really knows how to play the part. As this is happening, I am reminded of that crazy girl I dated for a bit back in college. Scary. Also, some guy was arrested for trying to throw something at A.J. in the ring. I couldn’t see what it was but four cops came down and dragged him out. Idiot. Last but not least was the match between Cena and Del Rio. This was actually pretty good. Punk returning and riding off with Paul Heyman was a fine way to end the show.

Last week, I went to the house show in Rockford and was able to get some handshakes from John Cena at the end of the show as he was thanking the fans. That was pretty awesome. On Monday night, John Cena allowed a fan dressed as the Macho Man to go in the ring and do a pose. Say what you want about John Cena whether how he is wrestles or his personal life, but he is a class act. The guy shows up to work and does what is asked. Even on his days off, he is probably working somewhere. He is the Hulk Hogan of this generation and that’s why he is the top guy. I am a fan of the guy and even if you aren’t, you still respect him. Lastly, my sign that said to put some pants on received a funny response from Randy Orton and Sheamus at the end of the show. Both of those guys came by to high five us near the crowd and as I held up the sign, Orton pointed to it and laughed while Sheamus pointed to his tights and said “old school” to me.

What a night. Til next time.

 

A lot has been going on in the world of WWE both with storylines and in real-life. I’ll try to sum it up as much as I can so here I go:

It seemed like a year ago, CM Punk took the world of wrestling off of life support by doing the promo of the century. About two months later, it seemed like it all fizzled away like a flat bottle of pop. It seems the same problems that were in WWE two or three years ago, are still here and now, there are even more. Last week, when I am watching Raw 1000, I was excited (for one night) to be a wrestling fan. All of the DX members minus Chyna returned and it made me feel like I was in 1998 all over again. I felt like doing the crotch-chop and saying “Suck It” like friends and I use to do during recess in 7Th grade. Everything was going great until the last few minutes of the show.

Apparently, the writers and management thought it would be a fantastic idea to turn CM Punk heel. Just a year into this “frenzy” that everyone, including myself was into, they decide to pull this. Punk has a DVD coming out soon as well as being on the cover of the new video game, why have that guy be the bad guy? There are so many problems with all of this, that I am afraid I am going to be forgetting a few things after finishing this article. But after this past week’s show, I am convinced that management and the writers are idiots. They are never patient with any talent whatsoever. Instead of giving time for a talent to develop, they pull the plug on potential too early and let the ones with no potential go too long. I just believe that with CM Punk’s character change, it will hurt the company in the long-run. I thought this was unwarranted and it’s not just being selfish as a fan. I just think it is good for business that Punk stayed a face.

In addition to this, another disaster has occurred with Abraham Washington. On Monday night, he was on the mic and said “Titus O’Neil  is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado. He is unstoppable.” This was just horrible on many different levels. Reports say that action is being taken with him so I am guessing a suspension and/or fine is on the way. Another thing is frustrating me and maybe it’s just me, but the social media garbage that WWE is shoving down our throats every show. Why can’t we fans just watch wrestling without 359 references to social media sites? I understand it’s a different day and age but I do find it annoying and not just wrestling, but other sports as well. It just gives me another reason to not ever have stuff like Facebook or Twitter.

The last thing I am going to mention is the $500 million loss (Yes. That’s the correct estimate.) that Vince McMahon has had on his company. The source is the Stamford Advocate and it said that Vince McMahon has lost that much money in the last two years because of the WWE stock declining from $18.64 per share to $7.86. That’s over a 50% loss. Horrible. You know what has caused this? If you said value of the product, you are correct.

When Jim Ross was in charge of talent in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, some of the best talent I have seen in my lifetime was on display. Even the mid-card guys like Val Venis, D’Lo Brown and others were valuable pieces to an excellent roster. I have stressed many times that the roster split in 2002 messed things up but at the same time, John Laurinitis was taking over soon after. WWE announced that he resigned from his job citing fatigue recently. I can’t say he’s a bad guy but the mis-management of this talent shouldn’t all be shouldered on him. It should also be on the writers for not helping these guys out and letting them reach their full-potential.

Triple H is now the guy in charge of scouting and signing talent. Whether or not he has his own guys to help out is unsure of. I am not really a fan of his but it seems like he is doing some good things with the minor league talent as well as the wrestlers in the Indy leagues.  This is a mess that could take years to clean up. I still feel that WWE has a ton of talent that is misused. I won’t go into specific examples but let’s say some to these “young guys” that were suppose to be big stars years ago aren’t young anymore. Just like other sports, every wrestler has a clock on the primes of their careers. You can see a guy like Chris Jericho who is obviously, no longer in his prime but can still wrestle with the best. That being said, he only has a few years left in him.

In conclusion, with this huge loss that McMahon has taken, he needs to quit screwing around with politics and focus on wrestling. I think the idea of the WWE Network sounds great. However, it doesn’t look like he will have the funds to cover for it nor the support of cable/satellite companies. If Vinny Mac is worried about his money, he needs to put a better product on TV. Enough of this garbage. Let the young guys be who they want to be just like he did in the 1990’s when the company was desperate. I feel like it’s time for the young guys to step up. However, it’s hard to do when your bosses are holding you back of doing something great. To be honest, it worries me as a fan and therefore, I think the WWE is in trouble. Again.

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