Friday, December 19, 2014

WWE SmackDown Returns to ATL in February

Received the following in my email this morning. 




WWE SmackDown is coming to ATL's Philip's Arena on February 24, 2015.  The show starts at 7:00 PM.  On one hand, I'd really like to take my son to it and it would be his first wrestling show.  OTOH, I'd kind of like to hold out for a RAW for his first wrestling experience.

Either way he's ahead of me as my first show was when I was 18 (almost 19).  It was the March 3, 1997 edition of Nitro from Atlanta's OMNI.  It was quite a memorable show because it was the Harvey Schiller suspends Eric Bischoff one.  That was the only wrestling show I ever saw at the OMNI unfortunately. 

Almost forgot to mention that former Yellow Jacket Roman Reigns is up there on that picture looking strong as ever.  Joe Anoa'i was #96 in our programs, but #1 in our hearts!

Anyhow, if you're in the area and you're interested SmackDown will be here in a couple of months.  Plan accordingly. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WWE 2K15 DLC Review: WCW and Hulk Hogan Packs

I downloaded the WCW Pack as well as the Hulk Hogan Pack last night for WWE 2K15 on the PS3.  WCW Pack included the five wrestlers I mentioned yesterday at a cost of $7.99.  The Hulk Hogan Pack was the one I wasn't sure about yesterday, but it was made available for the PS3 and included modern-day Hulk Hogan and Hollywood Hogan for $2.99.

Both packs are welcome additions to the game.

WCW Pack

Lex Luger was the one I was most anticipating from this pack.  They used his most familiar WCW theme from the Nitro Era.  The only slight miss for me was they went with early-Nitro Era Luger with the mullet as opposed to ponytail Luger.  Minor complaint though as I have to say they delivered on The Total Package.

Bam Bam Bigelow was another really nice addition.  Of course, they have the iconic Bam Bam look.  The diving headbutt from the top is in as a finisher as well as his moonsault.  His running attack is a really nice looking clothesline.

DDP is a nice addition in theory, but they mess his head up pretty badly.  DDP actually did have big hair of course before he went with the shorter look, but this looks comical kind of like some of the Sheamus ones over the years.  He just doesn't look right.

Fit Finlay looks a lot more like his Belfast Brawler incarnation which is kind of odd to see again after all these years.  He still likes to fight though so I've got no problem with his inclusion either.

Lord Steven Regal is an interesting choice.  They went with the short-haired, singlet wearing version of Regal and even threw it all the way back to his pre-William Regal days which is fitting since it's a WCW pack of course.

All-in-all, I figure it was worth my money just to get Luger and Bigelow.

Hulk Hogan Pack

Pretty simple here.  You get modern-day Hogan and Hollywood Hogan for $2.99.  Both are welcome additions to the game for a lot of reasons.  One main one is being able to have a Starrcade '97 Sting/Hollywood Hogan match.

Like I said, both packs were a welcome addition to the game and I'm looking forward to the ones that are still to come. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WWE 2K15 WCW DLC Pack

The WCW DLC Pack for WWE 2K15 drops today.  I loaded up some funds in my Sony PlayStation Store Wallet so I can purchase it as soon as I get home.  It is $7.99 and is NOT included with the Showcase Season Pass which is a break from the typical way the Season Pass has worked.

Anyhow, here's what you get:
  • Bam Bam Bigelow
  • Diamond Dallas Page
  • Fit Finlay
  • Lex Luger
  • Lord Steven Regal
Also, the Season Pass exclusive WWE Diva Paige will be available.  If you did not get the two Stings or Hogan they will also apparently be available for download.  Not sure about the availability of Hogan on the PS3/Xbox 360 offerings though so once I find out about that I will update this page.

As for the WCW DLC Pack, the Luger looks pretty good although it is early Nitro Era Luger with the mullet as opposed to the ponytail version.  DDP looks laughable to the point that I'm not sure I can even use him.  Bigelow, Regal and Finlay look decent.  It's dark-haired Finlay which is a bit odd, but it's always good to add a brawler.  DDP is the only real miss in this one.  I may have to create a masked DDP to use in place of the in-game version.  He really does look that bad.

UPDATE: The Hogan Pack is available for $2.99 on all systems. It gives you Hollywood Hogan and modern-day Hulk Hogan.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Alberto El Patron is Coming to Ring of Honor

Not exactly breaking news, but this is the type of thing that will get me to take a look at Ring of Honor.  We just got their show here in ATL recently and I've watched a little bit of it and it's fine.  Adding a proven talent like El Patron is a step in the right direction though for getting a guy like me to take a harder look at the product.

This came up when there were rumblings that Dixie Carter wanted to bring El Patron in and push him as a TNA World Champion out of the gate.  The usual gang of knuckleheads seized on that and started with how second-rate that made TNA look, etc., but I was all for it because El Patron has proven that he can work in that capacity.  It's not like snapping Curtis Axel up and immediately pushing him simply because he was in WWE.  For instance, look at this description of Alberto El Patrron (AEP?) from the article linked below and tell me that a guy like this wouldn't deserve a look at at the top of TNA.

...former 4 time World Champion in World Wrestling Entertainment and the current AAA Heavyweight Champion in Mexico.

Per this article on WrestlingFigs.com*, his first appearance with ROH will be a Ring of Honor Television Taping from the Nashville Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN on January 3, 2015.

I think this is an excellent addition to the ROH roster and he would've been a huge "get" for TNA.  

*Note: The WrestlingFigs.com article incorrectly lists the dates as 2014 as opposed to the correct 2015. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

WCMB: Terry Funk Wins NWA World Heavyweight Title 12-10-1975

This thread popped up on WCMB on the 39th anniversary of Terry Funk's NWA Title win. It was prefaced with the following credit:
Courtesy of CWF Archives FB Page/Barry Rose & Manof1000holds
 There's a lot of interesting things there such as the following.
  • Video of the match.
  • Photo of Terry Funk with the NWA Title being interviewed by Gordon Solie.
  • The full results from the card.
What is most interesting to me however is the discussion as it relates to the booking of the match.  I'm not going to C&P the full discussion, but the gist of it is it centers around the fact that Terry was a sub for Dory, Jr. that night and whether that decision makes sense or not.  Reading between the lines I think the questions are:
  • Does it devalue the title?
  • Does it devalue the champion?
  • Does it devalue the former champion?
It's fascinating to me because I believe there are a lot of misconceptions that modern smarks hold to as it relates to how the NWA operated or what effective booking looks like as it relates to the title or champions.  I think we often overlook the benefit of sparingly using certain methods to swap a title or crown a new champion.  Often there are added benefits to doing these things in a certain way and we should stop and think about those before rushing to judgment on certain angles. 

There is no one right way to book a title feud or a champion.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Friday! with Uncle Alice Covering The Beatles



Dad (GW to you) told me to Google "Art of McCartney Eleanor Rigby" so I did. His buddy told him that he'd never be able to guess who was doing the cover. I played it for him and halfway through the song he gave up. He was shocked when it was SAW favorite, Alice Cooper. Great cover by Uncle Alice of an excellent song by the Beatles.

Hope you have a great weekend folks. Finish this week strong!

Upload Credit: The Art of McCartney

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Impact Wrestling Logo and Information About the Show

TNA's Dixie Carter unveiled a new logo for Impact Wrestling and I must say I really like it.



She also went on to share some information about the show on Destination America.


Maybe TNA can turn things around a bit, but I have serious doubts about that.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Santa Claus as Bray Wyatt

By now you've probably seen this picture.



What's funny about it is that my son has not actually seen that photo.  He's 7 years old and a huge wrestling fan already.  He comes into the kitchen last night and basically tells me the following.
  • He's going to draw a picture of Santa Claus holding a lantern.
  • One of the reindeer is going to be wearing a sheep mask.
  • The other is going to have a creepy stare.
  • The sleigh is going to look like a rocking chair.
That sounds like a quality Christmas card to me.  I doubt my wife will sign off on it though.  She's an ultra-casual fan, but not one that's going to appreciate the clever nature of my boy's idea.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hansen/Brody vs The Road Warriors

Stan "The Lariat" Hansen/Bruiser Brody vs The Road Warriors must have been an absolute dream match up back in the '80s.  Honestly, it probably still is now.  It certainly wouldn't be a technical classic by any stretch of the imagination, but it would have been entertaining and it would've been a ton of fun to watch I'd think.

Apparently, unless my information is wrong, it never happened.  Why?  According to this thread on WCMB which inspired this post, the best setting for the match would have been in the AWA when all four men were there, but Brody specifically wasn't for it because it would damage someone's aura.  The thread goes on to note that Brody did in fact tangle with the Roadies twice in Oregon and Washington.  His partner for both was Rip Oliver.  If they did any sort of decisive finish I'm going to have to assume that Oliver took the loss for his team.*

Why does this interest me?  Well, I've been on admitted Brody kick lately and of course "The Lariat" is a perennial SAW favorite.  The Roadies are arguably my favorite tag team too although the Fabulous Freebirds probably edge them out.  It's also an interesting look at the mindset of a guy like Brody as well. 

*It turns out that I was wrong in my assumption.  This thread on Kayfabe Memories gives the result for both matches as disqualification wins for the Road Warriors.  It's also noted that the Portland, OR match only went about 4 minutes. 

What other dream match ups did we miss out on?  I don't know, but that would be an interesting topic of discussion.  I'd love some feedback on it. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Iron Bowl 2014

Over the Thanksgiving Break I had the opportunity to scratch two things off my bucket list.  Now me being a simple man you have to understand that my bucket list isn't too long or too complicated or even really too exciting.  I scratched one off when I went to WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta.  The two I knocked off this week are below.
  1. Attend an Iron Bowl
  2. Witness Alabama win an Iron Bowl
That's right, I was there for that completely off-the-rails Iron Bowl.  It was a tremendous experience and one I was very happy to be a part of along with 100,000+ of my best friends.  This right here is specifically for Norko and was part of our post-game celebration.

I should warn you that you may want to look away especially for the first 20 seconds or so as it's pretty shaky.  I was trying to capture the whole crowd, but didn't move the iPhone slow enough to avoid that.  




Although I'm not always the biggest Rammer Jammer I am all for it when it involves the Auburn Tigers (Warm Beagle!).

Anyhow, it was a fantastic experience.  The atmosphere was amazing.  It was probably the greatest live event setting I've witnessed in person.  Other candidates would be Goldberg defeating Hollywood Hogan in the Georgia Dome for the WCW World Heavyweight Title and WrestleMania 27.

The trip home was something else.  We decided to press on and get back to Coweta County, Georgia which we did.  We rolled into town around 5:50AM or so and I got to my house around 6:30 AM.  Slept until 1:00 PM until I had to get up and go somewhere.  It was a great time though and worth the lack of sleep.

Roll Tide Roll!