Tuesday, 22 February 2011

'Why does WWE feel the need to make me so excited I nearly vomit?' - 22 February '11

Booker T, Kevin Nash, The Rock, Christian, Trish Stratus, The Undertaker, HHH.

Why does WWE feel the need to make me so excited I nearly vomit?

I have shrieked at the TV so many times in the past month that I'm sure the neighbours are worried. For a wrestling fan like me who loves surprises, the past few weeks have been amazing.

Let me start with The Rock. We have mentioned before that everytime there is an upcoming 'surprise' in wrestling, we ALWAYS hope for The Rock to return. So when a woman stepped out of the car last week on RAW, I was disappointed. Very disappointed. Then something unbelievable happened...

All wrestling promoters take note: This is how you do a surprise return.

Ok, so The Rock made it pretty obvious. Maybe he should have launched his Twitter account after he came back, but so what? I had waited 7 years for him and it was worth every second.

As soon as I heard that, 'IF YOU SMELLLLL, WHAT THE ROCK... IS COOKING.' A massive smile appeared on my face, I screamed a little bit and felt as if I was going to explode with marking out.

The only tiny, little thing that was wrong with his return was the crowd. MSG, Chicago and even Sheffield Arena would have been louder than that. I admit, the first pop when his entrance music hit was great but The Rock got a louder reaction than that when he was wrestling every week.

It still gives me goosebumps and I think it always will.

R x

Woo Woo Woo. You Know It.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Whip it - 4 January '11

Rachel thought making this was WAY more important than a history essay she has to do. She's currently trying to write her essay which has to be handed in tomorrow, which is why I'm posting for the first time in a while. She says she'll make some more parody pictures like this in the near future, so keep a look out. Enjoy! We'll also be posting a review of the amazing first Raw of 2011 soon, so keep checking back for that.

L x


Wednesday, 29 December 2010

2010, what went right? - 31 December '10

However much we complain about TNA and WWE, the truth is that 2010 has been an amazing year for pro wrestling.

TNA have definitely made the transition to one of the main wrestling companies in the world. Their tag team division is excellent and 2010 saw my favourite tag team at the moment, Motor City machine Guns, finally get the gold. MCMG along with Beer Money and Generation Me put on great matches every week and produce stuff the WWE hasn't done in years. If WWE want to be smart, they should sign some tag teams that are good enough to compete with TNA's. Well, anybody would be better than Cena and Otunga.

I love surprises and TNA have had plenty of them this year. Jeff Hardy returned to TNA right at the start of the year and he may have not been at his very best, but he attracted a hell of a lot more fans to the company. My favourite storyline of the year had to be 'them' finally coming to TNA. I really had no idea who it would be and it was a genuine surprise, as was Fortune joining on the next iMPACT!

WWE also has a lot of things to be proud of this year. Nexus dominated the WWE for the majority of the year with one of the best storylines produced in ages. I love the Nexus and they bring a refreshing edge to the PG shows, plus it has given a major push to Wade Barrett who should be a future champion. WWE has also done well to make sure the Nexus didn't get boring, adding Cena and Punk to the group kept it going all year. Roll on 2011.

Sheamus, Swagger and Miz have all become World Champions this year. The young talent has shined through whilst WWE maintained it's seasoned main-eventers. Lets hope next year some more talent will be pushed to the top as WWE will probably be losing some more superstars as they retire.

The Divas division hasn't done bad either. Putting LayCool together was genius and Natalya finally has a title. Melina and Beth both successfully returned from injury and WWE have gained a new Diva in Kaitlyn. 2011 looks like a good year for the Divas division.

However much we complained about the PG Era or Ric Flair wrestling (Again, retire already!), 2010 has been an excellent. Well done WWE and TNA, we are all looking forward to what you can do in the upcoming year.

R x

Woo Woo Woo. You Know It.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

2010, what went wrong?- 29th December '10

1. This post is just for fun.
2. I, like most wrestling fans, am on the outside looking in and don't really have a clue how hard it is to run a wrestling company.
3. I love both of these companies, regardless of what I say.

Let me start with TNA. The question is where do I start? This year they tried and failed to restart the 'Monday Night Wars', got themselves into more debt and made a few bad decisions.

The hiring of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair is the biggest problem for me. Most fans watched TNA as an alternative to the larger than life shows that WWE put on. TNA has some of the best wrestlers I have seen in a long time, yet they choose to show an hour of Immortal before they put on a match. This makes no sense. Some of the only things that TNA had as a weapon against the WWE were the fresh talent and phenomenal wrestling, they seem to have replaced this with retired veterans and pointless non-wrestling segments.

Another thing that infuriates me slightly is the Knockouts division. It has got marginally better with the addition of Mickie James and her feud with Tara but the only original Knockouts I actually like are Madison Rayne and Sarita. They need to get rid of the Knockouts tag titles that mean nothing and book their ideas up a bit.

Oh yeah, one more thing: I'd like to see a lot less of Dixie Carter's face. Thanks.

Although WWE have been the more dominant company as usual, they are not free of flaws.

Over the past year WWE have not used their tag teams to their full potential. They did have a good patch, with the Hart Dynasty, The Dudebusters and The Gatecrashers being pushed on the main shows. All of these teams have now been broken up and WWE are pushing Santino & Koslov and Gabriel & Slater over actual tag teams. In fact, on a RAW there were 3 tag team matches with only 1 actual tag team in them. Hopefully next year the tag team division will grow stronger. (I'm hoping for a Trent Barretta and Curt Hawkins team to appear.)

Not pushing Zack Ryder is another bad decision. I know we may be biased because he is one of our favourites but I'm starting to think that the man has done something wrong. He is underrated in every sense of the word. He would be a brilliant US, Tag Team or Intercontinental champion and has a pretty large fanbase considering how little he is shown on TV. I hope WWE sees how much use they could get out of not just Ryder but all their young superstars.

R x

Woo Woo Woo. You Know It.

Monday, 6 December 2010

'...it got people talking about why they love wrestling. ' - 6 December '10


If you haven't already seen this video, please watch it.

I came across it one day whilst looking through wrestling tributes and it is probably my favourite tribute to date. It's a blog post from Andrew 'Test' Martin after the tragic death of Eddie Guerrero. It is a harsh look at what the wrestling business is really like for some of the workers and it shows all the people who say wrestling is 'fake', what these guys really go through. I think it is a fitting tribute to Test, who sadly passed away in 2009.

The line that stuck in my head most was, 'Yes wrestling is entertainment but the bumps and bruises are real and sometimes they don't go away...'

Because even though we say that some wrestlers suck or that they don't deserve a job, the truth is that they all work as hard as each other. These are probably some of the most talented athletes in the world, yet they get some of the harshest critisism of any profession. That's why I think that 'Stand Up For WWE' is such a good idea, it got people talking about why they love wrestling.

I think for all those wrestlers who have broken bones, torn muscles or are crippled by the time they are 50, not giving them the recognition they deserve is like a slap in the face.

So if one of your friends starts to say how 'fake' and ridiculous pro-wrestling is, show them this tribute.

R x

Woo Woo Woo. You Know It.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Retweet from a god. -3 December '10

Look at the 2nd tweet down. That is all.

'I fold this man's underwear and I like it.' RAW House Show Review Part 2. - 3 December '10

After all the posing, Orton and Barrett had a decent match. Barrett threw some great strikes and played the heel really well, I'm not sure if he could ever be a successful face though. Then Randy got into his routine: scoop slam, DDT from the ropes... Until the ref got knocked out. Barrett hit Randy with the WWE title and ordered Cena (cue screams) to be the replacement ref. He complied and counted but Orton kicked out at 2, which led to an argument between Cena and Barrett. Randy then hit a picture perfect RKO and won. So that's 2 hometown boys losing, well done WWE. You really know how to book a show.

Then came the interval. Justin Roberts hopped out of the ring after telling us to buy a photo 'personally signed by John Cena'. No thanks. Lauren asked me to go and see Justin Roberts with her, I said no. She asked again, I said no. She asked again and I eventually went and stood at the barrier with her, only to have my hand touched by JUSTIN ROBERTS. Announcers love us, first that girl who used to announce on ECW waved at us, then Chimel gave us a nod, now Roberts touched my hand. Who's next?

Match 7.

Maryse, Tamina and Alicia Fox vs. The Bellas (Groan) and Eve (GROAN). Maryse and Tamina I can watch wrestling quite happily. But adding a person who's legs are far too long for their body, 2 twins who are possibly more annoying than Taylor Swift's face and someone who has as much personality as a wet sponge does not help the situation. After saying all that, the match wasn't too bad. There were a couple of botches but they were recovered well. Maryse played an awesome heel whilst the Bella's wrestling has got so much better. The thing that annoyed me most about this match was the silly smark sat behind us chanting, 'BORING'. If he had opened his eyes he would have seen that this Divas match was better than most of the ones they have at the televised shows. Stupid man.

The Bellas and Eve won, somehow. Yet another face victory.

Match 8.

Sheamus vs. John Morrison. We love Morrison so much that we made him a 'I ♥ JOMO IN SLOW-MO' sign. I thought of that myself, how clever of me.(Maybe I should copyright it...) He saw it and pointed. We, yet again got over exicted and nearly ripped the sign in half. This match was excellent and one of the best of the night. It was clearly practice for both of them and almost the exact same match was on RAW a couple of weeks later, but it was still amazing. JoMo and Sheamus are both in great shape and delivered some new moves, you couldn't take your eyes off the match. Sheamus won in the end (and was the only heel to do so all night) but we were not too disappointed as JoMo saw our sign again.

Match 9.

MAIN EVENT TIME! First out was the Miz. The next WWE champion came out to a chorus of boos (not from us, of course) and proceeded to tell the arena why he is so awesome. He then got Alex Riley to say a few words about him which ended up with the quote of the year: 'I fold this man's underwear and I like it.' Genius.

I know most people say that Cena is the new Rock and Orton is the new Austin, but Miz is more like the Rock than anybody else in the company. The way he poses, talks and carries himself shows that he has been influenced by 'The Great One'. Although, I think he should do a Mr. Anderson and let the crowd finish his catchphrase.

Next out was Mr Cena who got the loudest pop of the night. We did not catch his cap or T-shirt, despite our Cena sign. The little kids in the front rows got them instead, which prompted the question, 'Why can't I be small and cute anymore?' When I was 7 years old, the biggest superstar around was Stone Cold and he was more likely to throw a can of beer at your rather than his cap. Been as we were sat on the 5th row, we could hear Cena say. 'I'm feeling good tonight' and it showed. Cena was doing dropkicks and leapfrogs all over the place, very athletic for a guy who many say, 'can't wrestle'. Both him and The Miz put on a solid main-event with Miz taking some time out to shout at little kids wearing Cena merch. A-Ry got involved and Miz went to hit Cena with the MITB briefcase but Cena dodged it and he hit Riley instead (Miz then pulled the funniest face known to man, unfortunately I didn't get a picture). Cena hit the AA and won.

All in all this was an amazing show, the wrestlers did a fantastic job of entertaining us. Even if they have travelled half way across the world, are jet-lagged and exhausted they still perform to the best of their abilities. That's why we love it.

Roll on TNA in January!

R x

Woo Woo Woo. You Know It.