• Monthly Archives: April 2015

    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Let’s do hella flips and get some big air while we name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week.

    I have spent another week counting your votes and these results did not disappoint! I was worried you all were going to be goofing around and throwing in joke names like you tend to do sometimes but that was not the case. It was a very good week of vote counting for me. I just love to spend all of my time doing it! I also made amends with past foes and even secured some extra money for my pockets in the process. Luckily it won’t get in the way of my work here.

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    The Sexy Wrestler of The Week is Neville! GRAVITY MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS SENSATIONAL HUNK BUT WE SURE WON’T. We just so happened to catch up with Neville as he was grabbing lunch at McDonald’s today. He doesn’t need a car as he can just fly around everywhere. I bet he grabbed a Big Mac!

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    What do you think Neville bought at McDonald’s? What would you get from McDonald’s if you were there right now? Not sure? Check out their menu online here! Leave your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this with your friends. Thanks!

    The Devil’s #1 Wrestling Detective Agency: Are AIW and AAW the Same Thing??? – Episode 2

    Previously, on The Devil’s #1 Wrestling Detective Agency

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    After the series premiere drew big #numbers and unearthed some breathtaking information on whether or not AIW and AAW are different, Wrestling On Earth upped the budget of episode 2.

    Unfortunately, our show’s administrative costs have coincidentally skyrocketed in the past week. As such, you may not see any difference in production quality, but rest assured that the scholars producing this programming are compensated much better now.
     

    Hour 2:

    “AIW – Gauntlet for the Gold 2015″

    We’re starting off with a four-way between Davey Vega (good) vs. Chris Sabin (good) vs. Candice LeRae (good) vs. Louis Lyndon (good) for Vega’s Intense Championship. The match did not have great flow or energy, the crowd did not respond to it much, and it went on way too long. There were some amusing moments here and there though. Sabin really is a natural heel, and his facials were the best part of the match to me. I expected a lot more from this one. In retrospect, they should have just done two singles matches. (*3/4)

    Raymond Rowe vs. Johnny Gargano was next. Rowe is someone I hear a lot of good things about, and Gargano used to be one of my favorites (seems like he hasn’t had an above-average match in forever). They did a babyface vs. babyface match that was presumably designed to get Rowe over a bit more. Rowe then used the bell after a ref bump. So, I’m not sure why a babyface vs. babyface formula was worked the rest of the time. It felt like I was missing something. The match finished with a movez-trading sequence that at least kept in tone with the majority of the match. Rowe won with his presumed finisher. I never really got into this one, and I’m not sure what it accomplished. I couldn’t help but wonder how much better this match would be if Rowe just destroyed Gargano until the latter made a spirited comeback at the end. (**1/4)

    Rickey Shane Page vs. 2 Cold Scorpio was the final match of hour two. I’m in the bag for RSP (too nice of a guy to dislike!), but he’s undoubtedly a good talent. Despite being in the worst match of 2013 (against John Morrison), most reports indicate that Scorpio can still really go. This was all a long way of saying that I am really looking forward to this one. It took a while to really get going, but they managed to keep me engaged throughout (the match ending with a moonsault double stomp from a 49-year-old was a great “exclamation point finish”). The match never got as wild as I was hoping, and the crowd was only slightly less tepid than they’ve been for the rest of the show so far. There’s no doubt the match worked though, and it made me interested in seeing 2 Cold in more places.  (***1/4)

    “AAW – Art of War 2015″

    Hour two started with a TLC match between Zero Gravity and The Hooligans. I never got into this. It’s a tough gimmick to work because we’ve seen all the most dangerous spots and/or have seen similar stunts performed on far bigger stages before. As such, I really need to be invested in the story of why a match like this is happening or the action needs to be exciting/innovative. This did not really accomplish either of those goals (the former didn’t stand much of a chance though out of context to be fair). I can definitely see it being a match that AAW fans would enjoy more than I did though.

    There was a Dick Justice video. I’m guessing some villain caused him to be blind recently, as this turned into an eighties montage about him living with blindness. It was all a misunderstanding though, as he only couldn’t see because he forgot to take off his eye bandages. I found this to be amusing. I’m all-in on Dick Justice.

    Ethan Page vs. Jimmy Jacobs was next. The match was a mild brawl that lacked in intensity. Page controlled the majority of the match but had to use a low blow to win the match. This seemed like a middle chapter match in a larger feud. It did not make me interested in see future chapters. (**)

    Eddie Kingston cut a promo on Davey. This was not on the level of his Chikara stuff, but he at least quoted Omar Little at the end. He then transitioned to a promo on Silas. That seems to telegraph the result of the title defense against Davey.

    Justice Jones vs. Paco Gonzalez was next (and it basically finished hour two of the show). It seemed to be a rematch, and I’m guessing Jones won the first match based on the size difference and the fact that he has a posse (Knight Wagner and Angelus Layne). This was genuinely my second favorite match of the night so far. I’m not sure if either guy will become something bigger one day, but they worked the smartest match that I’ve seen throughout the course of this investigation. Paco showed great fire out of the gate to immediately grab everyone’s attention, and they never strayed too far from the (always reliable) big guy/little guy dynamic. (***) Annoyingly, the commentators (whom I normally really like) spent thirty seconds (of this compact match) talking about Layne’s rear end.  Layne is on screen once for a short match, and that’s basically the only thing said about her. That just does not appeal to me as a fan. I would hope the company/commentators would reconsider doing anything like that in the future.

    Thoughts After Hour #2

    Despite both shows having some ups and downs in hour number two, I appreciated how different the approaches were to some of the matches (even if the matches were not entirely successful). The four singles matches that I saw felt unique in one form or another. The highlight of this whole “hour number two” experience was undoubtedly the Dick Justice music video. Justice is a character that manages to walk right up to the line of grating, but he always manages avoiding crossing over into it. That takes legitimate skill.

    Conclusions after Hour #2: Despite oddly similar show structures (both shows in this hour featured two singles matches and a clusterfuck), I found that the companies managed to distinguish themselves a bit from each other in how they presented the singles matches. Let’s hope the series finale of this epic, once-in-a-lifetime mini-series reveals results that lead to similar conclusions…

    ScoopZone Elite: April 27, 2015

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    News for The Week of April 27, 2015

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    • Chris Jericho is preparing his hardest questions to date for his live interview with Stephanie McMahon. A leaked document reveals some of these are “How’s your dad?,” “What do you think about the Diva’s division” and “remember our time working together?”

     

    • The WWE writing team is ecstatic about coming up with “New May” puns for Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods next month.

     

    • Vince McMahon has been in an extremely good mood ever since his son-in-law finally ended The Monday Night War at Wrestlemania. He opens up a bottle of champagne every night just so he can toast to “ending the war.”

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    • Samoa Joe was backstage at the recent NXT tapings talking about debuting in NXT. Or on WWE TV. Or staying in ROH. Or returning to TNA.

     

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    • CM Punk held a closed door meeting with Dana White about Jon Jones drug use. More on this as it develops.


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    • TNA hiring Billy Corgan of “The Smashing Pumpkins” is indeed a shot at “The Original Pumpkin” Taz leaving.

     

    • Hiroshi Tanahashi had to buy a new air guitar after his original one disappeared.

     

    • Lance Storm strongly prefers Ben Affleck‘s Daredevil film over Netflix’s Daredevil TV series.

     

    WWE Extreme Rules 2015 Preview and Predictions

    Absurd Rules.

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

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    Cesaro and Tyson Kidd vs. The New Day for the Tag Team Championship on the pre-show

    Joey:

    Call me a Pointer Sister because I’m So Excited. This match will be outstanding. Imagine the love for Cesaro and Kidd but even better the hatred for The New Day in Chicago! The place will be electric. I’m 100% on board with heel New Day. My hope is for a title change and the New Day Sucks era to take over the WWE Universe.

    Interest Level: 10/10
    Prediction: The New Day wins.

    Tim:

    I’m tired of thinking these pre-show tag matches will be anything I’ll remember in a couple of months. They’re always solid and good for kicking off a show but there’s just a blandness to them. I don’t feel like there are any real stakes and I wish all of these good tag teams were in shown off in a better light.

    Look, Cesaro and Kidd are an awesome pair. I like every guy in The New Day. They’ll go out and do what they do and for that moment it’ll be an enjoyful kickstart to this PPV. I should be looking forward to this match way more than I am. I want Kidd and Cesaro to retain. The New Day gimmick wasn’t good when they were faces and is still not very good with them having ‘tudes. All three guys deserve better.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd win.

    Tom:

    I’m with T-Man here, the pre-show tags aren’t really doing it for me anymore. It’ll be FINE and all these guys only show up in the parts of Raw that I tend to skip (which is most of Raw, to be honest) so it’ll be fun to see them, but I can’t say I’m particularly excited. New Day’s deal is… I dunno, man. I just dunno.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd win.

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    Brad’s Wrestlemania NXT Experience

    Find out what everyone’s favorite wrestling superfan Brad Ward did during Wrestlemania weekend. Take it away, Brad!

    (You can follow Brad on Twitter: @BradFGN)

    This year’s Wrestlemania weekend is truly when NXT had its arrival. In past years the NXT fan ring was focused on matches featuring lower card WWE talents but this year WWE brought Full Sail to WWE Wrestlemania weekend in a couple ways. What WWE did was they brought the NXT arena with the apron trons, the jumbo tron above the ring, the ring announcers, the superstars and the championships. In the past the MC’s of the Fan Axxess ringside area would refer to it as the WWE ringside era this time they referred to it as the NXT Universe. NXT while still developmental is now becoming a brand.

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    My trip started Saturday, March 28th 2015 leaving from the Calgary airport around 6:30 AM for sunny San Jose, California. The original plan was to attend Axxess only that Saturday Night, but instead we ended up making it to San Jose Convention Center around 1:03 PM, we arrived at the hotel at noon and made it there just 3 minutes later, while we had a massive lineup to make it in to the festivities we made it.

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    ScoopZone Elite: April 22, 2015

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    News for The Week of April 22, 2015

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    • Amy Schumer falling to the floor when seeing Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the Red Carpet was a shot at ex-boyfriend Dolph Ziggler‘s over the top theatrical selling when wrestling.

     

    • John Cena has reportedly gotten so cocky about getting Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa back together that he’s planning on moving on to a more high-profile case for an upcoming reality show. John Cena’s “Basic Love-a-nomics” debuts on VH1 in 2016 and will follow him as he tries to finally get Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston back together.

     

    • The Big Show made a lot of fans feel really guilty about their “please retire” chants after Monday’s Raw when the helpful and generous big man was waiting outside asking “who was it that needed a tire?”

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    • Triple H wanted Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins and whoever else you like to star in upcoming WWE feature films but Kevin Dunn convinced Vince McMahon to give The Miz all those roles.

     

    • There are big plans to push Cesaro in light of his recent high-caliber match quality. Or Dolph Ziggler. Or Tyson Kidd. Or Neville. Plans subject to change.

     

    • The plan for Wrestlemania 32 is to sell out AT&T Stadium.


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    • TNA is advertising a Knockouts special edition of Impact but it will just feature the greatest moments from alums Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson and King Mo.

     

    • Taz has fired four different managers in the last year for suggesting he let them handle his social media accounts.

     

    • Lance Storm purposely litters and pollutes the ocean to spite the concept of Earth Day.

     

    Around The Wrestling World In 7 Days: April 18, 2015

    Every weekend, Joey will give a glimpse of the things that have entered his mind.

    Hi. I have a lot of thoughts about wrestling. I decided to start a concept where I talk about what’s on my mind every weekend. I hope it’s enjoyable.

    Follow me on Twitter and let me know if you want me to hit on any wrestling topics next week: @JoeySplashwater

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    Injuries happen

    Daniel Bryan was pulled off the WWE European tour due to injury concerns. Rumor has it Bryan has suffered a concussion. I think fans need to back off making strong comments about injuries involving wrestlers and all professional athletes.

    For example – Many are discussing whether Bryan should change his style, start to plan a retirement and are just making critical comments about him. The same happened to Rey Mysterio on a more disgusting level with it becoming common to laugh at his injuries. It makes no sense.

    When your body is dealing with concerns that could effect your career or life, your opinion is the only one that should matter. Second guessing things in wrestling is the nature of the beast but trying to make decision for a wrestler himself is ridiculous.

    Extreme Stupidity

    After an amazing Wrestlemania, I was expecting a good card for Extreme Rules. Early signs indicate it will be a tough task for the show to deliver. The biggest issue I have with it is the stipulation in the Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins main event. A cage match where the RKO is banned.

    The cage match is outdated in 2015. Fans have shorter attention spans and the cage match tends to be a slow story. There’s also so many similar gimmicks in WWE. With the Hell In A Cell match having its own PPV and cage matches being on random episodes of RAW, no one cares about it as a feud ending PPV main event. Worst of all, it constricts the wrestlers into telling a very specific story and limits their athleticism. The RKO being banned is also silly. These guys deserve a better chance.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    Let’s jump to lightspeed and name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week.

    I’ve been hard at work trying to dig up something newsworthy for the unveiling of the winner this week. It was a long road but thanks to “leaked” e-mails from WWE Studios, I have found something involving the person with the most votes this week.

    WWE Studios actually tried buying the Star Wars franchise before Disney but could not get it done. During the pitch they unveiled a few mock-ups of which WWE superstars would be playing certain Star Wars characters. I have a few here but will only show one this week. I may show more in the future!

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    That’s right. The Sexy Wrestler of The Week is Ryback. That was your call… not mine so deal with it. As you can see WWE had mocked up pictures of him as a Wookie in their pitch to grab the Star Wars license. It doesn’t look very good and I hope he wasn’t going to be the new Chewbacca. Rybacca? Not as lovable.

    This Or That (4/15/2015)

    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:

    Which mid-card title reign are you more excited to see play out?

    John Cena’s – 66%, Daniel Bryan’s – 34%

    Would you rather?

    Listen to the first 20 minutes of a Chris Jericho podcast – 61%, Watch another 20 minute Big Show vs. Roman Reigns match – 39%

    Better post-WWE wrestling career?

    Trent? – 77%, Drew Galloway – 23%

    Superior cake?

    Cheesecake – 58%, Traditional birthday cake – 42%

    Should John Cena bring back the “spinner” US Championship belt: Yes or No?

    Do you like the spinner belt?

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    Tim:

    I’d love to see a new US title since they are pushing it harder than ever and I’ve never really liked the current design too. I’m also not a fan of Cena’s spinner belts especially now since the “spinner” fad has been dead for a while anyway. I’M NO FUN. I will say the actual strap looked awesome on Cena’s US spinner belt… so they can bring that back.

    No

    Joey:

    Hell yes! The title looks so bland due to the last few years of lame history associated with it. John Cena is already nearing the mark of completely saving the belt. Add a cool new but nostalgic spin (pun!) to the title. The people who will hate it likely already hate Cena so you’ll continue to get the same reaction to his matches. You’ll also send more replicas and we’ll have a cute colorful belt that separates it from the others on television. Do as much as you can to associate this belt with John Cena and the title will be better for it.

    (Hell) Yes

    Tom:

    Sure, but only so Rusev can ultimately stamp it to pieces. I didn’t dislike the spinner belt, I just want to see Rusev smash stuff up.

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    Should John Cena bring back the "spinner" US Championship belt?

    • No (63%, 41 Votes)
    • Yes (37%, 24 Votes)

    Total Voters: 65

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    The Devil’s #1 Wrestling Detective Agency: Are AIW and AAW the Same Thing??? – Episode 1

    kanewoeOkay, so I’ve heard some buzz about a certain midwest indie that cannot seem to break into the ROH/PWG/Chikara/Gabe category of “major indies.”

    Over the course of a few months, I’ve casually gathered some information about this company. The official roster page includes talent such as Colt Cabana, Dick Justice, Eddie Kingston, Marion Fontaine, Johnny Gargano, Gregory Iron, Jimmy Jacobs, Heidi Lovelace, Louis Lyndon, Ethan Page, Chris Sabin, & Alex Shelley. On the surface, the company seems to be very into putting on intergender matches, and you get the sense their fondness for doing ECW-like things is less ironic than is desirable. This company’s name is Absolute Int…oh, wait, it’s AAW…wait…it’s definitely called…Hold on, folks. I will get back to you with the name of the company after this brief commercial break.

    Wow, I’ve got breaking news. Apparently, I’ve been very confused for years. The paragraph above allegedly fits the descriptions for two *different* companies! They’re called AAW and AIW. I’ve called around to a few friends, and it seems like they didn’t know they were two different companies either! This just won’t do. I need to perform an all-out investigation into the matter.

    Goal: To determine, once and for all, if AAW and AIW are truly two different companies.

    Method: Watch an (alleged!) AIW show and an (alleged!) AAW show. I’ll switch back and forth between the two every hour. After each hour, I’ll share my thoughts with you, the concerned citizens.

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