Friday, April 21, 2017

BRAUN Got A Shirt Finally

You can finally shop for BRAUN Strowman on WWE Shop as he has his first merchandise since his big push on Raw began. His first shirt is a winner.

Behold the Monster Among Us



So, I definitely like the shirt. Also I used a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in the best way possible when I did this...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Raw Is BRAUN

I was tied up with real world responsibilities last night so I kind of fast forwarded through Raw when I got home. The segments I did not skip were the BRAUN Strowman ones.

He opened the show bantering with Raw GM Kurt Angle, and closed it by imploding a ring. His opponent, Big Show, was still flat on his back as they went off the air. His victim from last week, Roman Reigns, was nowhere to be found. The referee took an awesome bump to the outside of the ring.

Only one man stood tall, and it was BRAUN Freaking Strowman. His ascent to the top of the card in WWE has been fascinating, and exciting. He's unique. He's a thinking man's monster. When he backs down it doesn't come off as cowardice. His "I do what I want to do, when I want to do it" lines sound legitimate. Even the way he talks is different and completely works for him.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Apparently I Have A Reputation (Roman Reigns Related)

This exchange absolutely slayed me as a guy who recognizes how extreme his Roman Reigns fandom can be.



I'll take this opportunity to say, don't take yourself too seriously and make friends on Wrestling Twitter. Having a core group of folks to discuss wrestling on there makes the experience so much more enjoyable.

Bonus points for pulling a Deadpool GIF to make this joke work.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Independent Wrestling And YouTube

As I mentioned in the last blog entry I posted, I believe we are indeed in a boom period in professional wrestling, especially where it pertains to the trickle down effect of business being good at the top coming all the way down to the independents.  Unfortunately one of those things that has helped the independent promotions make money has changed their policies which prevents one money stream from helping those promotions.  YouTube

For those that don't know, it was possible to make money through YouTube, especially if your channel is one that's very popular.  So popular in fact, that many popular channels have been known to make as many as seven figures just making videos.  Now many of the popular independent promotions never made as much, but many were able to channel that popularity into a decent revenue stream that helped earn a little bit of money, as well as promote their shows.

YouTube has decided to change their policies in terms of how much and what it takes to profit off your channel.  The basics is there would be ad sharing for those that show ads before their videos and the revenue from the ads would be shared from YouTube and the content creators.  The new rule is that a channel must have 10,000 lifetime views and must go through a new application process before being approved for revenue sharing. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Are We In A Boom Period?

A1 Podcast Episode 336 MP3

For those that don't know, I host the A1 Podcast and the episode I listed above is an episode I ran solo on talking about whether or not we are in a boom period for our great sport of professional wrestling. 

I highly do recommend you listen because it's a great show and for those that have sent feedback, I do thank you.  For the record, I do argue that we are indeed in a boom period, just one that a lot of people don't seem to notice.

I'm doing an entry on this subject to congratulate those at Anarchy Wrestling (formerly known as Why We Wrestle) based out of Cornelia, Georgia.  Last night, they held the 19th edition of their super show, Hardcore Hell.  By all accounts, from a creative standpoint, it was a well-received show that all the attending fans enjoyed.  And secondly, yes, by attending, it was a sell out, they actually had to turn away fans because the show sold out. 

Which brings me to my point about boom period.  Yes, we have the proliferation of promotions, ways to consume all these promotions whether it be through tv, DVD/Blu-Ray, streaming services, but one of the biggest things of a boom period is the success of the non-WWE owned promotions.  It trickles down to the smaller promotions, and when you hear stories like Anarchy continually to draw well and grow during that period, that's a good thing and it's not just in Anarchy, but I wanted to point them out in particular because of their local connection to me and STF. 

If promotions like Anarchy continue to promote properly. when the boom period eventually ends, they'll be able to survive and thrive.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Excellent Banter From Roman Reigns

Hopefully, you saw Raw last night which ended with Undertaker making a surprise appearance during the BRAUN STROWMAN v Roman Reigns main event.

If you did not catch it, here is the portion that WWE uploaded to their official YouTube channel.




The whole thing was really well executed.  It only got better once Roman headed up the ramp, and glanced back at Undertaker who did the iconic zombie sit up.  All of it worked really well together.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shawn Michaels Warns Roman Reigns About Facing The Undertaker

On the March 13, 2017 episode of Raw, Shawn Michaels showed up after Roman Reigns defeated Jinder Mahal to warn him about facing Taker at Mania.  This was the best segment on Raw of all the ones I was awake for at least, even better than the closing segment.

If you did not see it, the segment is below:




I really liked this segment especially the way Roman trotted out his "All due respect..." line again and then boldly declared he was going to retire Taker. That is the exact kind of swagger that Roman Reigns should demonstrate at all times. That's The Guy that he was after WrestleMania 32, and it is the best presentation for him whether he is a face, heel, whatever.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Ringside Exclusive "Balor Club" Finn Balor

This is a perfect example of a figure I am going to pass on, but is a fantastic figure.  I have gone on record repeatedly with the idea that Balor Club Balor is FAR more interesting than The Demon King.



Here is Ringside's description of the figure, "Balor Club" Finn Balor - Ringside Collectibles Exclusive WWE Toy Wrestling Action Figure by Mattel! This Limited Edition figure is the only non-demon Elite Finn Balor out there! Accessories include a Balor Club molded T-Shirt & the molded Balor Club Leather Jacket!

The figure is $26.99 + Shipping & Handling.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Who Do You Prefer? Shawn Michaels Or Bret Hart

I have no idea what prompted this question, but I threw this poll up on Twitter (@S_ATL_Wrestling) the other day.  I was quite surprised by the outcome as I really thought that "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels would run away with this thing.



I voted Bret because I always liked how he was kind of understated instead of over-the-top flashy.  The Excellence of Execution was a good way to highlight his technical prowess, and while not the most exciting promo guy ever, he came off as genuine when cutting one.

Monday, February 27, 2017

WWE Displays At New York Toy Fair 2017


WrestlingFigs.com did a great job with the WWE coverage at New York Toy Fair 2017. This is not surprising as they always do. Below are there two galleries followed by my thoughts on some of the figures.



Warlord and Baron "Big Banter" Corbin are the highlights of that Elite series, but I doubt I will pick either one up. 

Modern Goldberg is a nice fig, but I hate that for now it's exclusive to that ring. 

Series 2 of WWE Zombies kind of surprised me and Bite Owens Bite is pretty funny. 

Legend Killer Randy Orton is an Elite I may have to pick up. 

I love this figure, but I'm on the fence about Defining Moments "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Nothing really to add to the Other WWE Displays gallery although there is some incredible looking stuff there.  Just nothing in particular that I will end up buying. 

Check it out though, you'll see why.