Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chris Jericho Is On Fire...

It's been established that I am not a huge Chris Jericho fan.  I never have been really.  He's one of those guys that I feel has been overrated for a large part of his career.  I loudly and often asked to get him off my TV during his last few WWE runs.

All that said, Jericho has been bringing it lately sort of.  What I mean by "sort of" is that I still have just about zero interest in seeing him wrestle, but his character work has been absolutely on point.

His pairing with Kevin Owens has been entertaining and always makes me think of this.  The "Stupid Idiot," "The List, " and "IT" stuff has been hilarious as well.

So I say all of this to praise Chris Jericho since I've been hard on him in the past, to acknowledge there is still a gulf between his character and in-ring work, and basically to show you that I'm not completely inflexible as it relates to my opinions on things.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

AJ Styles Can Talk

It's funny how false narratives take hold on Wrestling Twitter.  Two are below:

  • Roman Reigns can't wrestle
  • Nikki Bella is not an asset to the SmackDown women's division

Here's a new one that is aggravating me...

...and A1 and SAW's Norko agrees.

People, we all have biases and whatnot, but let's not be so blatantly wrong about things, OK?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mattel's Network Spotlight WrestleMania 32 Roman Reigns Elite Figure

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mattel WWE Elite Lost Legends Magnum TA Figure Acquired

There is another one on its way from Amazon tomorrow, but I received my first Magnum TA figure today. The figure itself absolutely delivers, but unfortunately Amazon sent me a questionable package. The back of the box shot is after the jump.

Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment Returns October 23rd, 2016

From AWE's Official AWE Facebook page...

UPDATE: This is now a tribute to Willie B. If you don't know about Willie B., he was Atlanta's beloved gorilla from Zoo Atlanta. He has long-since passed, but he has a statue there now.

Some of the card has been announced and we've got Odinson v Jimmy Rave and Zack Sabre, Jr. v Martin Stone.

Not sure if I will be able to make this due to my anniversary being that weekend, but I am hoping I can. Either way it is quite the return from hiatus for AWE.

I neglected to mention that this card is being referred to as The First Battle of New Atlanta.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

WWE Backlash 2016: Live Results and Review

At the 11th hour I decided to give the SmackDown branded Backlash show the Live Results and Review treatment. As always the matches are in reverse order as I put the most recent match at the top of the list.

At some point during the first three main show matches they did a backstage angle where Bray Wyatt was found standing over an injured Randy Orton. Reportedly, Orton is not cleared to wrestle and that's how they are avoiding that match tonight.

  • Dean Ambrose (c) v AJ Styles for the WWE World Title--I cannot connect to WWE Network along with some other odd network related things so it may be a while before I get to watch this and share any thoughts. Hang tight...

    Finally got back on. Remember when I said that Nakamura beating Samoa Joe for the NXT Title was a great moment, but the match was good? That's kind of what I thought of tonight.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Mattel WWE Elite Series 45: MOC and Loose

Ringside Collectibles finally got Elite 45 and the series looks as sharp as it did when we saw it at SDCC. This is the first series that I have wanted to purchase by the case since Elite 38, but I won't be doing that.

As a matter of fact I will probably only get that Seth Rollins in the white gear. I am passing on Roman Reigns because I want that TRU Exclusive WrestleMania 32 Roman Reigns with the gold accented gear.  I also have two Roman Elites already and a Basic that I got out of the package. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Andy Kaufman: I Wish It Were True

A couple of times on social media I have kicked around the discussion of, "Which hoax/urban legend/conspiracy theory/etc. do you wish were true?" I am quite certain that I have offered different suggestions over the years, but I finally settled on one.

I want to believe that Andy Kaufman successfully faked his death. What I could never figure out was why that was. It finally dawned on me as a I drove to the office one day and this song came on the radio.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Last Battle of Atlanta on WWE Network

One of the Holy Grails of "lost wrestling matches" was not only found, but uploaded on the WWE Network which is available for just $9.99 per month.  When the news first broke I could not believe it.  How did this legendary match go from, "It's most likely gone" to "It's being uploaded on Tuesday to WWE Network" after 30 years? 

The party line appears to be that it was poorly labeled on a reel titled "Omni Live Events".  Others have insinuated that Paul Ellering had the footage and finally turned it over to WWE, possibly in exchange for favors as it related to his daughter's (Rachael Ellering) promising wrestling career.

Honestly, it doesn't matter to me about the hows and whys, although it adds a layer of intrigue to this story, I am just glad I finally got to lay eyes on this thing.  At this point I guess I should share that The Last Battle of Atlanta was a cage match with Tommy "Wildfire" Rich taking on "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer.  The cage was a bit unique in that it had a ceiling.  Sawyer's manager, Paul Ellering, was in a cage hanging from the ceiling to keep him out of the match as well.  The other stipulation was that Ole Anderson (a face at that time) got a match with Ellering in the cage if Rich won.  That's the setting for this match. 

All that said, I watched it yesterday with my son when I got home.  Did it live up to the hype?  Of course not.  Given it's legendary status there was absolutely no way it could.  Was it one heck of a fun, bloody brawl?  Absolutely.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment Returns In October

Screenshot in Tweet from Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment's Facebook page.

Looking forward to getting back there and supporting this top flight promotion.