If there’s three things the Wrestling On Earth crew loves, it’s wrestling, coloring and spirited competition, so LET THE GAMES BEGIN.
Tim(@TimWelcomed), Joey(@JoeyOnEarth), Tom (@TomBlargh) and Shelly(@ShellyDeathlock) all chose a page from the ROH Coloring Book (created by the wonderful @punkrockbgmouth) to color, making for four pages in total. There was some arguing about what kind of tools and materials we were allowed to use, but in the end, we decided that everyone could choose between pencils or crayons (though Tom ended up being the only one to choose crayons and he’s pretty salty about it, but whatever).
We’ll feature a new page colored by each participant every day, before allowing everyone to vote on the winner at the end. This is day two – you can see the previous day’s efforts here. Never mind that though, LET’S GET COLORING!
Wrestlers have Twitter accounts. Usually they’re very bad, but sometimes? Sometimes, they’re solid stuff.
Over the course of about 90 emails, @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh determined their ten favorite wrestling Twitter accounts in 2015. Feelings were hurt, shots were fired and things got very real, but we ultimately came to terms on a list that we can live with, or at least one that we’re too exhausted to keep fighting about any longer.
PLEASE NOTE: We’re only ranking wrestlers and other notables in “The Biz”, so shut up about how funny you and your stupid mates are on Twitter, it’s not always about you ffs.
10. Dave Meltzer
She disrespected my friends who are my family. If you fuck with my family you're fucked.
The pandering for NJPW/PWG and hatred for WWE/Neville has made Dave Meltzer a great presence on social media. Most of his gems are on the podcasts but he will give a fun out of context tweet every now and then. MeltzMan has a perfect dry sense of humor for Twitter. (Sorry, Neville. I tried to keep him off the list but Tom WHINED for HOURS about it.)
I did not agree with The Meltz making this list but a lot of things were said (by Tom) in the deliberations. Eventually you just give up the fight and move on to something else. He’s made a few funny tweets here and there despite not knowing it. His actual jokes can be funny for all of the wrong reasons. I still think someone like Randy Orton deserves this spot. Anyway, there are worse accounts that could have made the list so I can be thankful for having Big Dave in the number ten spot instead.
The other two gave me so much shit about this, you wouldn’t believe it. Is Big Dave a wrestler? No, no he is not. However, his presence on social media is one of my absolute favourite things about wrestling, even when he’s droning on about UFC.
The times when he makes “jokes” are especially sensational. Really, my favourite bit about Melty is the way everyone else reacts to him, like he’s the mad old uncle in the corner of the room making references no-one gets.
Just hope Seth doesn't get hurt in the first match and they bring in Francis Carmont to face Sting.
I love Daniel Bryan’s presence on social media. You can tell he clearly hates it but his employer and his wife kind of forces him to use it. The results are that of an old man who thinks smart phones are evil posting rare honest thoughts without a filter. I know this is about Twitter only but I’m a fan of Bryan’s Instagram always being updated coincidentally the same time as Brie Bella’s and typically all posts about Brie Bella.
ALSO OF NOTE: Bryan RT’d a link to our review of his book in 2015. Tom is confirmed a traitor.
I could have went either way on this one. Daniel Bryan seems like a really sweet person who tries to stand by his core set of values. He uses his platform to try spreading what he believes is right which is kind of nice in the wrestling world. He has a certain charm about him but that’s what makes him so likable in the first place. I don’t think he tweets enough but it is always funny when you get the vibe that he’s just there because he has to be.
I personally wouldn’t have Bryan in my top 10 list. I think he’s an absolute sweetheart and his anti-consumerism messages that run in complete opposite to WWE’s core mission are very fun, but he’s just not active enough – when it comes to social media content, I need volume!
RESPONSE NOTE: I am NOT a traitor, Joey just can’t stand me keeping it real. Continue reading →
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!
Last week’s This Or That broke a record for most votes collected in a week. Thank you and keep voting!
Better bad-ass tag team: The Road Warriors or The Steiner Brothers?
Which bad-ass tag team do you prefer?
The Road Warriors had a good look and bad-ass personas at the time but in-ring I didn’t care too much and still don’t. I love Steiner Brothers matches and will say they’re higher up in my imaginary “favorite tag-teams of all time” list. Scott Steiner was always a fun watch and how could you not like a wrestler named The Dog-Faced Gremlin?! That’s way better than “Hawk” or “Animal.”
The Steiner Brothers
The Steiner Brothers are my favorite ’90s tag team and I’m basically using this question to showcase my love for them. That’s what happens when you purchase a domain name, kids! The Steiners had everything I loved about wrestling. From brawling with intensity to flashy moves from the top rope, Rick and Scott gave us both the appeal of intense brawls and impressive wrestling bouts.
I enjoyed The Road Warriors/LOD enough but they never really connected with me probably due to the fact that I missed their prime and I don’t believe you can truly understand how good a wrestler was unless you live through it. I do vividly remember marking out when The Steiners beat the NWO for the tag team titles at Souled Out 1997. One of my favorite things about the WWE Network (when it actually works for me) is reliving old Steiners tag matches. Best tag team of all time!
I missed out on the peak years of Los Bros Steiner so I don’t really have an awful lot of affection for them, although watching young Scott in his early years and seeing if you can spot any Big Poppa Pumpisms is pretty good fun. Oh, and I enjoyed seeing the Steiners get hit with trays of snacks by Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton dressed as concession sellers in the WCW Comic (RIP WCW Comic Book Reading Club, you were too much work and not consistently funny enough).
I wasn’t a huge Road Warriors/Legion of Doom guy either, but I did like the shoulder pads, facepaint and how creative they were with using their hairstyles to hide their bald patches.
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, @typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett 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!
Better option to save the Wrestlemania WWE Championship match?
Adding CM Punk to the title match – 64%, Turning Batista heel – 36%
More likely to be left off the Wrestlemania 30 card?
Dolph Ziggler – 75%, Big Show – 25%
More likely to happen?
Kevin Steen debuting in WWE – 91%, CM Punk returning to ROH – 9%
Better boy band?
Backstreet Boys – 54%, NSYNC – 46%
Will Daniel Bryan leave Wrestlemania as WWE Champion: YES or NO?
With the stipulation added that if Daniel Bryan defeats Triple H at Wrestlemania, he will face Randy Orton and Batista in the WWE Championship match, will he finally get the gold (for real this time) at Wrestlemania?
It would be detrimental to the ending of Wrestlemania 30 if Bryan lost. I think WWE has realized that they would have a huge moment on their hands with the show ending as Bryan overcomes the odds of multiple matches and a trio of opponents to win the title as the crowd “yes” chants with him. The only thing more I could hope for is him entering that last match to “The Final Countdown.”
He deserves this and I can only imagine the sour taste in everyone’s mouth if Batista wins in the end. It would be one of the more heartbreaking moments in wrestling. In the back of my mind I am scared silly that Triple H will beat him but the fact is WWE has to let Bryan go the distance.
It seems as if the crowd’s reactions to Batista and Bryan each have forced WWE’s hand into the ultimate dream scenario in which Daniel Bryan slays Triple H AND finally wins the WWE Championship on the same night. That night being Wrestlemania 30 of all shows.
I can’t imagine the Charlie Brown/Lucy football moment happening again at Wrestlemania. There’s no way they would make this last ditch effort to do all of this and not give Bryan “the moment,” right? Right? I won’t let you talk me out of this dream scenario come to life! I think I need to call him Danielson because Wrestlemania 30 just got REAL.
#HijackRaw was successful! Bryan is in two matches at ‘Mania! THEY DID IT! Ziggler’s nowhere to be seen so I guess the mid-card remains unelevated, but come on, baby steps here.
Anyway, well done to WWE for making something pretty great out of all that silliness. Whether Bryan will leave ‘Mania as champion… I mean, they’ve certainly given themselves an out by having the title match be his second on the card, especially if he’s on the receiving end of a sledgehammer beating after getting a win over Triple H. Having said that, bummer endings are a rarity at ‘Mania, and you know what? YOU GOTTA DREAM TO BELIEVE, BROTHER.
Will Daniel Bryan leave Wrestlemania 30 as WWE Champion?
Welcome to another of our very serious and important year-end awards. In this one, we’ll be ranking our top ten matches for 2013.
Like our top wrestlers, originally we were each going to do a separate top five.. but once again, we found that we’d picked a few of the same ones, so there were only ten different matches across the three different lists. What’s wrong with us?!? Anyway, once again, we’ve mashed together all our opinions for one collective top ten.
10. Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. The Shield: WWE Raw, 15th October
The presence of The Authority has been a drag for the most part, but their feud with the Rhodes family was one thing that worked out pretty fantastically, with the high point being this match where Cody & Goldust won the tag titles from The Shield.
The history between the Rhodes and the McMahons gave it a satisfying edge of truth and, when you get down to it, I think people really do just want to see brothers united and victorious against a common enemy. Big Show’s presence tempered the finish slightly, but it was still an amazing slice of raw emotion that you don’t see a lot of these days. A middle-aged guy in smeared facepaint is money, brother.
9. Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins: WWE Raw, 10th June
These two are spectacular. Magic was made during the Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield string of matches and this was my favorite match from it. Continue reading →
Welcome to another of our very serious and important year-end awards. In this one, we’ll be ranking our top ten wrestlers for 2013.
Originally when we came to do this, we were each going to do a separate top five. However, when we came to write them up, we saw that we’d all picked a few of the same ones and there were only ten different wrestlers across our different lists. Convenient, right? So, rather than doing individual top fives that we’re all happy with, we’ve mashed them together to make a top ten list that none of us quite agrees on. DEMOCRACY – IT DOESN’T WORK.
Comparing anyone to Shawn Michaels is generally a pretty ridiculous claim to make… but Goldust’s recent return really does remind me of latter day HBK. Crazy? Hear me out. He knows exactly what he’s doing, there’s no wasted energy in the ring and yet he’s still innovating and trying out new things to keep matches exciting.
His return match was the best thing that Randy Orton’s been a part of for years and his tag matches with Cody against The Shield were always excellent. I don’t know how long he’ll be back in the mix, but it’s great to have him here.
9. Seth Rollins
The Shield had an incredible year in 2013 with three great young wrestlers getting the ball and running with it. Of the three, Seth Rollins proved he was one of the best in-ring performers in pro wrestling.
The Shield feuded with the three biggest stars in WWE John Cena, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk respectively over the year and Rollins had by far the best match with each of them. If not for Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins probably would have had the best year of work rate production in North America wrestling.
Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly for the PWG World Title
Anticipation for this match has been building for a few months and I’m excited to see it in PWG. I attended the ROH show where these two faced off and Adam Cole was busted open and spitting blood everywhere on his way to the top of the independent wrestling scene. It was one of the coolest things I’d ever seen live but these two have never really had a memorable one on one match since then.
Expect that to change. I can see this being the best indie wrestling match of 2013.
Interest Level: 9/10 Prediction: #AdamColeBaby
I have been looking forward to this happening in the Reseda setting ever since Adam Cole won the PWG title. I think they’ll have the match that we always knew they could have together. I’m already anxiously waiting on the DVD of this show to be released.
Interest Level: 10/10 Prediction: Adam Cole retains.
Honestly, it was only until BoLA that I was really sold on Kyle O’Reilly as a guy I wanted to see in the PWG main event scene. I guess that’s the whole purpose of BoLA though, so well done PWG! YOU DID IT AGAIN! I was also at the ROH show for the last ‘big’ Cole / O’Reilly match and it was a pretty incredible experience. The crowd was restless and clearly sceptical about the confusing ‘hybrid rules’ the match was competed under, but the way Cole and O’Reilly turned them around was amazing. I’m expecting something different here, but still just as great.
Welcome to Four on Four with WRESTLERS! 4 wrestlers, 4 questions, 4 answers, 4x the fun. This week, we have four prominent wrestlers from everyone’s favorite wrestling promotion – PWG! Let’s meet the panel:
Matt Jackson: Half of The Young Bucks. Broke the record for most superkicks by a single person this weekend.
Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattJackson13 and get Young Bucks merch/info on the Young Bucks site.
Nick Jackson: The other half of The Young Bucks. Lost his record of being for the most superkicks by a single person this weekend.
Follow Nick on Twitter: @NickJacksonYB and get more Young Bucks shirts at ProWrestlingTees.
Welcome to Seven Things, a list that will run weekly and consist of very eclectic topics. These are of my opinions and doesn’t express the views of others on WrestlingOnEarth.
First off, thanks for all the feedback on last week’s debut of Seven Things. I was very appreciated. Much like last week, this week’s list is formed off reading Twitter. Twitter is a great outlet to interact with wrestlers. More than ever, most pro wrestlers are accessible in a way past generations of fans would dream of.
Some wrestlers use social media well, some clearly do not. If there’s enough readers wanting a list of the seven worst wrestlers on Twitter, there may be a sequel but for now, here’s the seven best wrestlers on Twitter.
7. A.J. Lee (@WWEAJLee)
AJ provides a rare WWE Twitter that’s entertaining. Most WWE Superstar Twitter accounts feel like robotic beings using their mobile devices as puppets. While playing into the WWE storyline, she finds a way to bring humor and show her clever side despite selling the angle.
As a female on WWE TV consistently (one DOES exist), AJ has a lot of young female fans and she seems to understand the importance of being a role model. Embracing it, she is often seen interacting with many of her fans.
Welcome to the latest edition of Four on Four. As always, we’ve chosen four of the most entertaining and intelligent wrestling fans on Twitter and decided to peer into their minds four questions at a time. This week, we have a PWG theme leading into BoLA weekend. Let’s meet the panel:
TJ Hawke: Runs FreeProWrestling (GREAT SITE!). Gabe Sapolsky thinks he’s a woman. Is sorry about yo’ damn luck.
Follow him on Twitter: @TJHawke411
WellYoureWrong: The dude you see in a fedora marking out at every PWG show. Gofobo master.
Follow him on Twitter: @WellYoureWrong
Shakil: Fan of Kassius Ohno’s hipster ways. Lance Storm’s daughter wanted to find him a straight girl.
Follow him on Twitter: @HipsterKassius
Enrique: Brings you the best Botchamania intro wrestler vids. Very dedicated PWG fan.
Follow him on Twitter: @HatingSince87
1. Who will win BoLA 2013?
Kyle O’Reilly. Predicting BoLA is a fruitless endeavor because a) we’re all always wrong and b) indications are that PWG changes their mind on this stuff throughout the actual tournament based on how the crowd is reacting to everything.
With that being said, I think O’Reilly has a strong chance of winning (he’s quietly been pushed rather strongly since the second night of All-Star Weekend), but I can also see Drake Younger, Johnny Gargano, and AR Fox winning it this year. Younger probably has to be considered the second most likely after Kyle. I’m throwing out Gargano and Fox as well, because I think they could impress enough early on that PWG will audible and make one of them the winner.
I’m going with somewhat of a wild card with my winner of BoLA. I got Anthony Nese winning it. I feel it will give Nese a huge boost to becoming not just a bigger star in PWG but I will solidify him even more in the independent scene.
I’m set on one of two people winning BoLA this year, with those people being Kyle O’Reilly and Drake Younger. Actually, I see the finals coming down to those two. Kyle O’Reilly is on a back-to-back show stealing role as of late, and Drake Younger has taken El Generico’s spot as the sentimental favorite in everyone’s hearts.
I think PWG fans would lose their minds (we will regardless) over a Future Shock title match happening in the future (No pun intended), and the only way I could see Drake Younger not being PWG World Champ by the end of this year is if that match happens. Regardless, one of those two men are taking that belt home, in my eyes at least.
Kyle O’Reilly beats Drake Younger to win the 2013 Battle of Los Angeles. Not to take away from any of the talent in this year’s BoLA but Drake Younger has been hellbent on becoming synonymous with PWG but has been portrayed as the good guy who just comes up short of glory so I see that trend continuing through this year’s tournament.
PWG lets wrestlers show a side of them not really demonstrated elsewhere and I think Kyle really broke out at last year’s BoLA as Sleazy Kyle. I don’t know how many people realize Kyle’s only lost once in singles competition in his entire time in PWG while also having some of the best matches of the entire card (just wait for his match against TJP from TEN) but Kyle’s setback is that PWG is overflowing with talented individuals having phenomenal matches and breakout moments.
I strongly feel that this year’s tournament will see Kyle ascending to finally challenge for the PWG World Championship and what better man to face than his own tag team partner.
I’ve always liked the dynamic of having a tag team splitting up and facing each other. It’s just something so basic that can become incredible to witness when done right and I can imagine both men are more than capable of living up to the expectations already set from their program in ROH. I can already see Adam Cole laying claim to being the breakout star of Future Shock, proclaiming himself as the Shawn Michaels of their pairing, while Kyle can be the intense counterpoint intent on finally seeking the glory and admiration that escapes him. Just imagine what they did at Best In The World 2012 in Reseda but even better. Continue reading →