Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wrestlemania in Atlanta

No, this is not going to be reflection of WrestleMania 27, which was held in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.  Don't worry. 

As I'm writing this entry, the city of Atlanta was awarded Super Bowl 53, to be held in 2019 at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium that's going to open up in 2017.  Now yes, this is wrestling blog, so why am I talking about this now on this blog?

It's simple.  With this new stadium opening up and with the Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff finals looking to be held here, it's time to start thinking about starting a bid to try to get Atlanta a WrestleMania again.  And why not Atlanta? 

Atlanta is a wrestling town.  Plain and simple.  The last WrestleMania in Atlanta showed it can legitimately draw, doing a legitimate sellout, and more importantly for the city of Atlanta, drawing over 80 million dollars in revenue for the city itself for business such as restaurants, hotels, local transportation, all that good jazz. 

Roman Reigns Discussion: Money In The Bank Poster; Just One Spear

As a huge fan of Roman Reigns I find myself in a lot of discussions that center around "The Guy."  A lot of these discussions are fun and interesting.  Luckily, it seems that a lot of folks have started to come around to Reigns as well.

There is, however, another group that clings to old narratives, and just generally makes observations that I just cannot grasp.  A couple of these were floating around the last few days and I felt like I should tackle them.

For the record I think the portrayal of Roman Reigns as sort of a tweener champion that started the day after WrestleMania 32 has been perfect.  This is the Roman

The most insane one was the reaction I read to the Money In The Bank poster.  The poster itself looks awesome as you can see at that link.  At the risk of responding far too seriously to a joke, I saw this nonsense yesterday.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Cody Rhodes' Statement on Leaving WWE

Yes, I know there's no reason for me to put this on my site and then share via social media. It's a shameless way to try to get clicks, but I think that crowd needs to stop and think about something. Not everyone gets their wrestling news from Twitter, Facebook or other social media platforms so I'm sharing it here.

I don't really have much to add, but for the few people such as Dad (GW to you) who may only see it here I have embedded his Tweet below.

If you click the embedded Tweet below and then click again on the photo once you get to Twitter it will be enlarged enough that you can read it by the way.  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Results and Review

Doing a real-time WWE Extreme Rules 2016 Results and Review post here. As usual I will look at the matches in a reverse order. The match at the top of the post is the most current one.

Also, as usual, if you want a more thorough look at the show last night here is DOT NET's Kickoff Show and Extreme Rules live reviews by Jason Powell.  

On to the show...
  • AJ Styles v Roman Reigns (c) for the WWE Title--After two consecutive stinkers it is up to two of my favorites, AJ and Roman, to save this show for us.  I think they can do it.

    They did it.  Tons of carnage, tons of near falls (which Roman Reigns executed perfectly), Roman Reigns looking AJ Styles look like a million bucks (and vice-versa of course).  Even the extracurriculars with The Club and The Usos works perfectly here and makes the near falls even more believable.  The Phenomenal Forearm countered with a Spear ended it and it was perfect. 

    Then things got really wild as Seth Rollins interrupts Roman Reigns' celebration and Pedigrees him right in the middle of the ring and got a hero's welcome of course.  (Winner..and STILL WWE Champion: The Guy Roman Reigns)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Batista Illustrates What's Wrong with Stephanie

...in one Tweet.

I like Stephanie a lot more than many do although the heel authority figure needs a long break. That said all of this is an issue. Sure, Roman hit the accidental Spear and caught her slap one time, but in general it's hard for male wrestlers to ever get any sort of retribution on her directly. It's a problem.

Off The Top Rope: Roman Reigns' Second Visit

I watched ESPNEWS for an hour and a half waiting on this segment and fell asleep before it came on. So if you're like me and wanted to see Roman on "Off The Top Rope" and didn't get to, here it is. The quality isn't great, but it's what I have for now.

One thing that was interesting to me was that in the tease for this segment Coach mentioned Roman having played at Georgia Tech and that he was a teammate of Calvin Johnson, but did not mention his real name.

The other that I thought was pretty funny was Roman mentioning that AJ was a Bulldog and he's a Yellow Jacket. Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate never rests.

Upload Credit: Jonathan Coachman

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Family v The Club: An Idea

As I was driving around this morning I pondered how they should continue this AJ/The Club v Roman/The Family deal.  Now I don't really fantasy book, but I thought this basic idea would work.

I have always wanted this to lead to at least a brief Shield reunion so based on where we are now I would do the following...

  • AJ refuses The Club's help and loses to Reigns at Extreme Rules.  They may get involved, but kind of like when he tossed the chair aside he won't go as far as The Club wants.  

  • This causes Gallows & Anderson to turn on AJ.  My setup kind of works better if AJ takes some time off at this point.

  • A new, more ruthless member joins The Club and they take out The Usos.  During this period of time they also continue to lay waste to Reigns repeatedly.

  • Roman tries to go One v All, but eventually has to call in his boys in to even the score.

There you have it, that's it. The biggest issue is that I don't know what you do with AJ while The Club takes on The Shield, but that's how I'd like to see it play out.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

It's the Little Things: Magnum TA at Starrcade '85

Watched the "I Quit" steel cage match at Starrcade 1985 the other night on the WWE Network.  Obviously, I have seen it before as it is one of my favorite wrestling matches ever.  It is not for everyone, but that match has just about everything I could ask for from a match.

The reason I mention this is now is that something caught my eye at the end of the match.  It was one of those little things I always talk about, but it was simple and it was great.

You can watch it here (although I highly recommend subscribing to the WWE Network) and the moment takes place just after the place I set as the start of the video.

Friday, May 6, 2016

WWE Releases May 2016 Updated 5-10-2016

It looks like Black Friday may be over.  Here are the releases straight from WWE's site.
  1. Alex Riley
  2. Cameron
  3. Damien Sandow
  4. El Torito
  5. Hornswoggle
  6. Santino Marella
  7. Wade Barrett
  8. Zeb Colter
  9. Steve "Brooklyn Brawler" Lombardi was apparently quietly let go as well last week, news surfaced today (May 10, 2016)
No real shockers here.  Barrett is the one I am most sad to see go, but he was being wasted as is.  I would definitely like to see him back in WWE at some point in the future.   Here's his statement:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mattel WWE Series 62 and 63

Photo Credit: WrestlingFigs.com
Mattel is on fire with some of these Basic sets.  Both 62 & 63 have some nice looking figures in them.

The lineups are below and images can be found in the articles linked below on WrestlingFigs.com.

Biggest complaint for me in particular is that I do not like the Surfer Sting head sculpt they are using on his Defining Moments figure or his Series 62 figure.  You can tell what they are going for based on the packaging artwork, but it just does not work for me in either case.  In fact, it has turned both of these otherwise excellent figures into passes for me.

Thoughts on some of the other figures are below the lineups listed below.