• Monthly Archives: February 2015

    ScoopZone Elite: February 16, 2015

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    News for The Week of February 16, 2015

    WWE

    • Jack Swagger has accepted his role and now only studies Rusev tapes in preparation of his televised next match.

     

    • WWE has stopped Dolph Ziggler from working a Twitter angle with Daniel Bryan to working one with Zack Ryder to further bury Ziggler.

     

    • Vince McMahon can not figure out why John Cena chose to appear on a show no one has heard of like Parks and Recreation and not the hit TV show WKRP In Cincinnati.

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    TNA

    • Dixie Carter is rolling her eyes at WWE going after more “TNA guys” like Rhyno and Brian Kendrick.

     

    • TNA is prepared to offer Rey Mysterio a run as the TNA World Champion and masks made by the same guy who made the many masks of Abyss.

     

    • TNA has taped enough TV and PPV to last until 2017.


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    Other

    • Ric Flair will be debuting a new podcast with CBS Radio soon. His guests must wear nothing but a robe during all interviews.

     

    • ROH wrestler Hanson is going through experimental testing to grow even more hair in more places.

     

    • Lance Storm is currently going under the alias The Book Mark.”

     

    Wrestling With Food Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: The Kudome Valentine Cake and Important News

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. She doesn’t even LIKE cake.

    Readers, it’s a sad time here at Wrestling on Earth. I let slip that I was baking a cake for my husband for Valentine’s Day so he wouldn’t be too upset with me for making him wake up at 4 AM for NJPW’s New Beginning in Sendai show.

    This prompted self-described puro expert and feminist Tom Blargh to issue a mandate:

    Fearing for my position as Captain here aboard the S.S. Strong Style and what kind of mutiny Tom might stage if I didn’t comply, let me painstakingly document this cake process for you. I whipped it up in the, uh, mess hall? of the Strong Style, so excuse the horrible lighting, my phone’s camera, and, well, you know, everything, really.

    NOTE FROM TOM: This is Wrestling On Earth’s VERY FIRST mash-up feature, combining elements from both the S.S. Strong Style and my wife’s own Wrestling With Food. The ultimate goal is for every post on this site to feature a wrestler-themed recipe and what a time to be alive that will be.

    The Kudome Valentine Cake

    What else would I name a Valentine’s day cake after? Megumi Kudo is a joshi wrestler who was active in FMW in the 90’s. If you want to know some more about that, check out Danielle Matheson’s excellent piece Searching for the Innovators of Violence.

    As for the finisher that bears her name:

    Step 1: First you make a cake, okay, it’s not really hard.

    I used the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free vanilla cake mix because I am 1) gluten free, and 2) lazy. I followed the preparation instructions which were not difficult or confusing or amusing in any way, really, and out came two beautiful 9-inch cakes to layer. I did put a bunch of food coloring in them. It’s pretty.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Oh, come in. I was just finishing this painting. And drinking a wine. Please sit down. Let’s name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week while you’re here.

    It has been a pretty big week for me as I reimagined a famous piece of art to include the winner of this weekly award. I couldn’t spend 18 years working on something so I just decided to use a small area of a famous painting. What piece better to take from than iconic artist Raphael’s “La Madonna di San Sisto.”

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    Famous artist, Raphael

    I know what you’ll be thinking when you see it. “That’s not the Madonna I know!” Well, you’re right. Firstly, because I am just using the left cherub from the bottom of the picture. You may know cherubs as “cupids” and that’s fine. Just ignore me rolling my eyes at you. Secondly, if you were educated in the fine arts like me, an intellectual master of all things Earth, you’d know that the focal point is not pop singer Madonna but instead the biblical Virgin Mary holding a baby. Oh, that baby? Yeah, his name is Jesus. Maybe you’ve heard of him. If not you need to find him.

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    Ah, can’t you feel the Valentine’s Day aura glowing off of this masterpiece? Your eyes aren’t fooling you. The Sexy Wrestler of The Week is indeed Baron Corbin. Rejoice! For your votes matter.

    …So, I didn’t have any paint or paintbrushes and my room mate Marty is becoming more of a burden on my income so I couldn’t buy any so I just printed out a picture of The Lone Wolf’s head and stuck it on there. I hope you don’t mind.

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    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style (Love Boat Edition): Valentine Breakdown of NJPW’s New Beginning in Sendai

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. This time, you’re all her Valentines.

    I wondered for a bit who was going to put up a Valentine’s Day themed breakdown of the New Beginning in Sendai show before I realized that this falls squarely in the Wrestling On Earth wheelhouse, which means I must be the one who has to write it, SO:

    NJPW’s The New Beginning in Sendai

    On Saturday, February 14th, at 6:00 PM Japan time, 4:00 AM Eastern, New Japan Pro Wrestling presents THE NEW BEGINNING IN SENDAI live exclusively on NJPWWorld. This card features a few title matches, some of which will be great, and a bunch of tag matches because why not make everyone work for their money?

    See below for a match-by match breakdown, and to see all the custom Valentine cards I’ve made for you. They’re all for you. You’re all my Valentines here on the S.S. Strong Style (Love Boat Edition). Feel free to steal them and give them to someone you love (YOU CAN CLICK THROUGH TO BIGGER VERSIONS OF THE LITTLE ONES, JUST SAYING). Here’s a preview:

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    Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma & Yohei Komatsu vs. Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan & Sho Tanaka

    Breakdown: Basically – a tag match for the NJPW Young Lions Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu to get some ring time with some legends (Kojima, Honma, and Nakanishi) and Captain New Japan (because Tenzan is busy fighting for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship I assume).

    The Young Lions are great and we’re all very excited for their excursion and subsequent returns to take over the whole promotion to the surprise of NO ONE who saw their excellent singles match at the New Beginning in Osaka the other day.

    Kaomoji excitement level rating for this match: (♥_♥)

    Tiger Mask & Jay White vs. Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish

    Breakdown: Jay White is the very new Young Lion that we all just learned about this year. reDRag0n have been doing nothing but delivering great matches in NJPW and this should be no exception. It’ll be fun to see what this kid is made of in the ring with Kyle & Bobby.

    Kaomoji excitement level rating for this match: ヾ(^ヮ^)ノ

    Special Six Man Tag Match: Mascara Dorada, Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA vs. Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson

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    Breakdown: Mascara Dorada signed a one year contract with NJPW so it’s great to see them using him already. I’m not too familiar with his work in CMLL but he was great on the Fantasticamania show that NJPW puts on jointly with CMLL.

    The Bullet Club half of the team currently hold the IWGP junior heavyweight title (Kenny Omega) and the IWGP jr heavyweight tag titles (The Young Bucks), so they will come to the ring all cocky and dripping with gold and too-sweets and crotch-chops and super kicks and whatnots. Hopefully Dorada & the Time Splitters can beat the snot out of them.

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    NXT TakeOver: Rival Preview and Predictions

    Owens vs. Zayn. It’s here.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @TimWelcome, @IndianDeathlock and @TomBlargh.

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    Baron Corbin vs. Bull Dempsey

    Joey:

    I always confuse these two. One was trained by Tazz and replied to a tweet where I mentioned his name after vanity searching within 20 minutes but I don’t know which.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: Bobby Dempsey and Darin Corbin invade.

    Tim:

    This is a big dud but I’m pretty excited to throw out some observational jokes about Baron Corbin’s sour demeanor with my buds online. Bull Dempsey is crap and that is my professional opinion.

    Interest Level: 1/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Deathlock:

    Guys, I really miss Baron Corbin’s lariat. It was seriously amazing. He never does it now. Who do I talk to about reinstating it? His finisher is okay but it’s the only move he has now that his beautiful lariat is gone. BARON CORBIN BRING BACK YOUR LARIAT WE NEED THIS.

    Interest Level: 5/10 (10/10 if lariat)
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins via lariat and whatever his finisher is.

    Tom:

    Another NXT show, another bewildering title! Isn’t it meant to be Arrival? AR:Rival? Jesus, I don’t know. Regardless, it’s already my most anticipated show since… well, the last NXT live thing on the WWE Network.

    Also, here’s a secret for you all – I KIND OF LIKE OLD BARON CORBIN. As a fellow big lad, I like to imagine that he is what I would be if I was a wrestler (and also better looking with tattoos, nicer hair and at least some athleticism). He’s not very good but in a charming way. Also, his nickname’s The Lone Wolf? And his entrance theme has motorcycles in it? Come on, that’s pretty adorable.

    Re: Bull Dempsey – fuck Bull Dempsey.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Baron Corbin wins.

    Adrian Neville vs. Finn Bálor

    Joey:

    This one should be very good. I kind of wished they went with Hideo Itami vs. Finn Bálor here but alas it happened last week. Finn Bálor is the most TV ready NXT wrestler right now by a mile. I think he’ll be called up very soon so his ascension (no pun intended) in NXT may have to start quicker than the average NXT star with winning a title shot here. Adrian Neville is good too and should be on the main roster after Wrestlemania so taking the loss here may be fitting.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Finn Bálor wins.

    Tim:

    Finn Bálor definitely has star quality and presents himself in an incredible way. Neville is superb and I never get tired of watching him wrestle. It’s amazing to see how much he’s grown since NXT started up. This match is one of the many reasons to watch this show. Although his match with Itami was good I still don’t feel like Finn Bálor has had a match that delivers what he can bring to the table in full. I think this might be the one.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: Finn Bálor wins.

    Deathlock:

    My saltiness over Hideo not beating Finn to secure this contendership match aside, I’m pretty excited. Their Best of the Super Juniors match in 2012 was great, if you’re into that kind of thing, and it’ll be fun to see what these two can do in NXT. How has time and developmental changed both competitors, if at all? LET’S FIND OUT.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Balor wins, and maybe it’s a good match. Probably no substantial lariats.

    Tom:

    Good lord, this show is really not messing around. I think Adrian Neville had an excellent 2015 and he’s really become a wrestler I consider myself a fan of, rather than just a guy I enjoy (IF THAT MAKES SENSE). Finn Bálor has a disgusting amount of potential to be something special. A little more definition to his character would be nice but he’s got such a presence and an aura and the It Factor and all that other bullshit you hear people go on about on talent shows that maybe it doesn’t matter??? Because maybe he’s just super good?????

    Interest Level: 9/10
    Prediction: Finn Bálor wins.

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    ScoopZone Elite: February 9, 2015

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    News for The Week of February 9, 2015

    WWE

    • Triple H has been working with a goldsmith for his Wrestlemania entrance attire. This year he plans on riding a golden mechanical dragon to the ring.

     

    • Reading Dolph Ziggler‘s tweets caused WWE to immediately pull the plug on plans of a Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan Wrestlemania match.

     

    • Bubba Ray continues to show up to WWE events thinking he is signed to a long term deal but no one has the heart to tell him otherwise.

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    TNA

    • To make the stakes even higher TNA is looking to hold the 2016 Lockdown event in an actual jail.

     

    • Dixie Carter can’t choose between TNA doing a tacky publicity stunt referencing Kanye West or Iggy Azalea right now.

     

    • Don West looks up TNA’s information once per month and laughs while lighting a cigar.


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    The very controversial Seth Rollins pic that has the internet buzzing

    Other

    • CHIKARA celebrated National Amateur Camera Operator Day by putting masks on their most popular Instagram followers and letting them record the show.

     

    • Jim Ross sent Josh Mathews a package of his sauces as a way to make-up for their argument online. Mathews poured them all out fearing that they were past their expiration date.

     

    • Lance Storm keeps a calculator on him at all times because he doesn’t trust cashiers.

     

    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Are you hungry? I sure am. Let’s fill up on content. Here’s The Sexy Wrestler of The Week.

    It’s been a long week but here I am ready to give you what you have all been begging for. Oh yes, the votes have indeed been counted and I have The Sexy Wrestler of The Week ready to be announced to all of you lovely people. I think you all have kind of gone nuts with the voting though. I’m starting to think trolls are voting again so I will definitely be watching for that a little harder in the future.

    The winner this week is REALLY spooky! He’s not a goblin or a ghoul but he does have a lantern. It’s not Halloween and this guy is kind of evil so I’m not sure why this happened. Maybe this beard craze has finally hit maximum shark jump.

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    The people have spoken, I guess. Bray Wyatt is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. Here’s a picture of Bray Wyatt that I snapped when I spotted him eating in an abandoned house I was visiting a few weeks ago. That plate of food sure looks good. I haven’t eaten in three days because I can’t find my plates. I wonder what exactly it is that he is eating. It looks like a noodle meal of some sort. Let’s enhance that picture and zoom in on that pile of grub to find out.

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    Ah, I should have known. He’s eating his favorite meal. Spaghetti and worlds with tomato sauce. They don’t call him The Eater of Worlds just to be wacky. The man does eat them and there is your proof. I wonder if those are good dipped in chocolate too. I wonder a lot but I think this could possibly lead to some major money. See you later.

    Things Lance Storm Dislikes: Volume 2

    Lance Storm still dislikes a lot of things.

    We compiled a list of some of things Lance Storm has expressed his dislike for and it was met with great response. Since the original was created last Summer, Storm has found more things he has a dislike for so we are debuting a 2nd volume.

    Here was the first edition of Things Lance Storm Dislikes if you missed it.

    Remember to follow Lance on Twitter until he blocks you: @LanceStorm

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    This Or That (2/4/2015)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Better 2015 match?

    Nakamura vs. Ibushi at Wrestle Kingdom – 51%, Lesnar vs. Rollins vs. Cena at Royal Rumble – 49%

    Better Royal Rumble crowd?

    Philadelphia in 2015 – 65%, Pittsburgh in 2014 – 35%

    Who booed wrestler did you feel worse for?

    Rey Mysterio in 2014 – 61%, The New Day in 2015 – 39%

    Who will win the Super Bowl?

    Dan Marino – 52%, Seattle Seahawks – 34%, New England Patriots – 14%

    Who will leave Wrestlemania 31 as champ: Roman Reigns or anyone else?

    Reigns or the field (Brock Lesnar/Daniel Bryan/Seth Rollins). Who will leave as champ?

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    Tim:

    WWE is in such a self-made clusterfuck here. I don’t think they’re pulling back on Reigns even though they should so I see him beating Daniel Bryan at Fastlane. This will make things worse for Reigns. Do they turn him heel? Because at that point he might as well be. I don’t see Lesnar staying so he will be losing the belt at Wrestlemania.

    The whole match will have a very odd atmosphere as Lesnar is leaving and Reigns is not accepted by as many people as they want. The only thing I think they can do to make Wrestlemania end on a somewhat better note is have Rollins cash-in. Preferably somewhere in the middle of the match where he thinks he can win and then they both get up making the last half a triple threat or something.

    Will they do it and not end on Roman Reigns being supreme ruler of all things? I don’t know. I think they will most likely have their hand pushed to actually fix this whole mess by then.

    Anyone else

    Joey:

    Let’s go through an order of elimination – unfortunately I think Roman Reigns is defeating Daniel Bryan at Fast Lane so that eliminates him. I do not think there’s a chance Brock Lesnar leaves Wrestlemania as champ so he’s gone as well. I’m essentially choosing between Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. I’ll side with Rollins here as Reigns will get booed out of the building at Wrestlemania and his cash in would be the perfect back-up plan.

    Rollins cashing in at Wrestlemania would cement him as the smartest Money in the Bank briefcase holder. Reigns would beat Lesnar in Vince McMahon’s dream scenario and still look strong (lol) so I can see this being the middle ground for WWE.

    Anyone else

    Tom:

    Man… I really get the feeling that they’d hate to be seen as buckling to fan pressure SO they’re just gonna stay on track with Reigns. It’s going to be a VERY weird ending to ‘Mania but ending the show with Rollins cashing in to a huge face reacton probably wouldn’t do anyone any favours, even though I’d be much more interested seeing him as champion.

    I dunno, man! If I had to guess how it all plays out, Reigns wins without shenanigans at ‘Mania, Rollins cashes in by Extreme Rules, Reigns ends up a heel by Summerslam and they mostly give up on old Roman by ‘Mania 32.

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    Who will leave Wrestlemania 31 as champ?

    • Anyone else (52%, 29 Votes)
    • Roman Reigns (48%, 27 Votes)

    Total Voters: 56

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    ScoopZone Elite: February 2nd, 2015

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    News for The Week of February 2nd, 2015

    WWE

    • As punishment for the fan reaction to the last two Royal Rumble matches, WWE started Daniel Bryan’s Wrestlemania match build-up via Dolph Ziggler tweets.

     

    • Randy Orton was going to return at the Royal Rumble but then he got high.

     

    • WWE’s merchandising department is in a panic trying to invent a new color for John Cena’s next shirt.

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    TNA

    • The amount of ghosts attending TNA events is up 47% from last year.

     

    • The new show “TNA Unlocked” is a rib on Mike Tenay accidentally getting locked in TNA offices multiple times.

     

    • Austin Aries is unhappy and disgruntled about something.


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    Other

    • Many wrestlers in ROH have a bet going to see who cracks first – Jay Briscoe making a homophobic statement or Michael Elgin being unprofessional on Twitter.

     

    • The former Justin Gabriel, now going by PJ Black, has chosen to use the nickname “The Darewolf.” This is still better than his original idea, “Dare Bud.”

     

    • Lance Storm uses the word “fleek” in every day life without shame.