Monday, January 22, 2018

The Official Opening For Raw 25

WWE went ahead and dropped the three and a half minute official opening for tonight's Raw 25. It's a pretty neat look at all the moments we've seen over the show's run.

Mr. Jon Bradley on Twitter (@MrJonBradley) also shared a neat shot of Barclay's ahead of the show tonight.

I am really looking forward to the show. The timing is a bit weird as it is the go-home show for the Royal Rumble, but I am certain they'll be able to accomplish both goals tonight (celebrating Raw, selling the Rumble).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Two WWE Things I Hate

Typically, I am a fairly positive fan whether it comes to wrestling, movies, or whatever. I often view a lot of complaints about WWE in particular as senseless nitpicking, and I believe it is perfectly fair to call it that.

That said, there are two things that I absolutely will not defend.
  1. The state of SmackDown (SAD as I call it) aside from The Usos

  2. Some of their production decisions
SmackDown has become a show that I do not even make a point to watch anymore. To me, the main event angle is a complete mess to the point no one in it is the least big likable.

Not even my AJ Styles fandom will cause me to flip over to it while he's bogged down in that mess.  The Usos having awesome tag team matches is worth a look occasionally, but again SmackDown isn't something I bother to watch any longer.

As for the production issues, the latest was the number of cuts in this BRAUN flips a semi segment on Raw last night.  Someone (I cannot recall who) said there were a total of 19 cuts there. That is absurd.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ACTION Wrestling Debuts In Tyrone, Ga On April 27th

If you follow me on Twitter (@S_ATL_Wrestling), you may know that I've been kind of alluding to something happening in 2018 that I was excited about. That very thing was officially announced today.

I have confidence that this level of professional wrestling will exceed what we've seen in Tyrone so far. We've had some decent talent come through, but I have also seen some real clunkers there as well.

The WWE Influence On NFL

Flipping between the sports talk channels in ATL this morning I heard Chris Dimino say that WWE has influenced the NFL. He did not share what he meant by that other than to say "go check Twitter." I got where I was going and did just that.

Here's the Tweet in question..

Without question I know what Dimino means by that AND that is some quality banter right there.

Friday, January 12, 2018

PWInsider: Paige's In-Ring Career Reportedly Done

Sad news just dropped as Mike Johnson of PWInsider is reporting: "PAIGE DONE AS IN-RING PERFORMER FOR WWE."

From Johnson's article linked above:
In a situation described as similar to WWE Hall of Famer Adam "Edge" Copeland's medical disqualification from the ring, WWE star Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis, 25 years old) was informed this week that she will not be cleared to return to the ring after her most recent in-ring injury, has confirmed with multiple sources.  It is believed Paige was given the news at the Raw taping this past Monday.   We have been told by multiple sources she is "done" as an in-ring wrestler.

The article goes on to detail how exactly the injury occurred.  It's such a sad situation for a variety of reasons.

I never want to see anyone's livelihood taken away from them like this.  This is doubly true when they are literally living their dream.

A Collection Of My Favorite Moments From BAMA's Win Over UGA

Let's start with the moments...

Nick Saban's roller coaster as shared by @SportsCenter. Deadspin shared the radio calls from a variety of places.

You know what really adds something to the walk off touchdown? Titanic music.

As for the game itself I don't have much to add other than the following:

  • I still believed BAMA could win, but at the half I thought UGA was going to get the job done.

  • The officiating was poor and largely against UGA. That said I don't believe there was a conspiracy in that regard.

  • Much like BAMA v Clemson 1's onside kick, Nick Saban showed his worth by moving from Jalen to Tua.

  • Speaking of Jalen Hurts, no matter what happens from here I have nothing but respect for that guy and what he has accomplished at BAMA.

  • The person I'm happiest for in this game? BAMA's kicker. Cannot imagine the heat that poor kid would have taken had UGA won that game in OT after he missed that FG.

    On that topic, I thought BAMA needed to be more aggressive late in regulation because I did not trust him to make a kick in that big of a spot no matter what the stats said.

  • UGA should have fed Sony Michel late.

  • While the officiating was poor I think you can absolutely point a finger at UGA's offensive play-calling and execution late.  (A UGA and wrestling fan shared this Seth Emerson AJC piece which I thought looked at all aspects of the loss pretty well.)

  • It amazes me that right after the game I didn't see a crimson shirt with white lettering that said 2nd and 26.  Get on that, folks. 

  • That finish was arguably the most exciting sports moment ever for me. When I realized the WR (Smith) was open I started screaming "OH MY GOD!" over and over again, they scored, I met my wife at our bedroom door, picked her up, and swung her around. 

    As my cousin said I was "doing the most." We were carrying on so loudly that we woke up both of the kids. My son (named after Bear Bryant) was so confused that he started to get dressed for school. It was absolutely insane. 

It was a great game, and a gutsy win. Alabama won their 17th national championship in the wildest way possible, and I will never forget it.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I Was Wrong About Enzo Amore

OK, "wrong" is a bit strong, but I have done a 180 on Enzo Amore.  Let me explain why wrong is too strong.

I will forever maintain that face Enzo Amore was a mess.  The pair with Big Cass just didn't speak to me.  I am fully aware that many (most?) loved that gimmick and I will not argue with that at all.

What I will say is that despite the success, Enzo was a HUGE pass for me as I wrote about here.  The character didn't resonate with me at all.  He was annoying when I was supposed to support him. It felt to me like the crowd ate up subpar material just because they liked the dudes.

Now full credit to Enzo & Cass for having that kind of connection with the crowd, but that's how I saw it.  They coasted by on goofy material in my mind.

What changed? Enzo spinning off on his own and becoming The Guy in the Cruiserweight Division.  Neville was great as King of the Cruiserweights, but I already appreciated him.  Enzo being the heel champ in that division has been great for him AND the division.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mattel's WWE Epic Moments Featuring The Hardy Boyz

Ringside Collectibles just shared new promo pics of the Hardy Boyz Epic Moments two-pack. You can actually preorder the pack here.

This series has a lot of promise if people are willing to pull the trigger on them at this price point. The Festival of Friendship one is a hoot as well. My thoughts on KO aside, I actually like that one even better than this one.

Anyhow, here's the pics of the Epic Moments two-pack.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bill Belichick Gives The Best Answers

I don't like the Patriots at all, but I absolutely love watching Bill Belichick answer questions at his pressers.  He's like a less charming Nick Saban and I love it.

The best ones are when people ask him really inane or sports talk questions such as this one.  His reaction and answer here is absolutely priceless.

UPDATE: If it won't play in your browser here's a link directly to the Tweet that will allow you to play the video easier than clicking on the embedded Tweet below.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Breaking Asuka's Streak

The Ronda Rousey to WWE news has generated the idea that Ronda may be the one to break Asuka's streak.

Some are fine with this, while other feel it's wrong that an outsider gets that rub as opposed to a regular roster member.

There are merits to both sides of this argument, and I'm sure they'll be debated to death on Wrestling Twitter.

I actually look at it a different way....
There's no satisfying way to end Asuka's streak. 
They've let this thing go on too long, and they really botched it by not having her drop the strap on the way out of NXT.