Monday, October 29, 2012

WWE '13 Final Trailer

I am heading out to pick this up at a midnight release tonight. My GameStop in Fayetteville, GA is opening for Assassin's Creed so I can go pick this up at that event. Cannot wait to play it. It looks amazing.

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Hell in a Cell pictures

More content from the show to come with better formatting, but here is an image dump from my iPhone of last night's show in ATL.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

WWE '13 Booking rough draft

As I do every year I have started working on my spreadsheet for the new WWE game. The purpose is to help me get and keep my stables, alignments, show rosters, feuds and champions in order. The link below will take you to a rough draft of where I am in this process so far. You will notice that I do not come up with a ton of new ideas. Instead, I prefer to take things I like from the past and present and tweak them how I see fit. The fact that I do this has been shared here before and on Twitter within the last couple of hours. I tagged it #MySecretShame

Does anyone else do anything like this?  Am I the only freak?  Someone has to let me know.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CM Punk and manners

I thought this exchange was pretty amusing. First off, Punk and other famous figures don't owe us (their fans) anything. Two, it's really cool of them to do things like this for us though. Three, people in general really need to learn to be more courteous in my opinion.

"nWo: The Revolution" DVD and Blu-ray

Cannot wait to get my hands on this one.  I have nWo: Back in Black which was a fun watch, but this looks like a whole different level.  For one, it appears they are going to get into some of the Monday Night Wars/Rise and Fall of WCW type background information on this documentary.  I am curious to hear the story (again) from guys like Nash, Dusty, Dibiase, Big Show and Booker T.  I didn't mention Arn Anderson simply because his pseudo-kayfabe comments often detract from the story in my opinion.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

BSW: Warlord shirt

Here's one of Barber Shop Window's finest recent offerings.

In wrestling, yes it is.

Warlord had such a great look in that gimmick. As a young man, I wondered why they didn't do more with him. The Powers of Pain were a solid Road Warriors clone too. I'm a sucker for just about any tag team with Barbarian in it though I suppose.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Random Thoughts on WWE and TNA

DOT NET does a weekly post like this or they did at least.  I'm going to dump some quick thoughts on the current WWE and TNA landscape here.

  • Touched on this in a full post, but it's worth repeating, Ryback is legitimately over now.  I've seen people argue that he isn't, but those people are wrong.
  • CM Punk as a heel is still entertaining as all heck.  Still wish they hadn't wasted so much of his reign as a poor man's John Cena, but he is now in a more natural role again.
  • I may be in the minority, but I like the pairing with Heyman.  I think it gives Punk's act a more heelish quality to it.
  • Sheamus as a fighting champion and a face who just likes to fight works for me.
  • Wade Barrett's Fight Club gimmick is awesome.
  • The renewed focus on the tag division is probably fool's gold, but I still enjoy it.  Team Hell No (dumb name), Rhodes Scholars (YES~!), Prime Time Players and Sin Cara/Rey Mysterio are all fun acts.

  • Again, probably in the minority but Devon as the first Aces and 8s reveal absolutely works for me.  
  • Aces and 8s winning their legitimacy in TNA is a good step in the storyline.  The outsider thing was going to wear out its welcome and create more logical issues than it is worth.
  • Jeff Hardy as TNA champion makes perfect sense if he has cleaned up his act.  He is as over as anybody and someone that TNA should be pushing (if they can get him to stay).
That's all I have for now, this may become a weekly feature if my brain allows me to come up with enough things to post.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Young fan goes crazy over CM Punk

Not intending to turn SAW into a CM Punkfest, but the video I posted yesterday had a link to this one.

That young lady's reaction is so priceless I could not help but to share it.  One of the coolest moments I had as a fan at a live wrestling show was at WCW Monday Nitro.  I think it was the Fingerpoke of Doom episode even.  Either way, DDP was a face at the time and he made his customary trip towards the fans after a victory.  I saw him coming our way, ran over to the rail and got a high five from him before he climbed up on the risers.  So basically, I was that little girl...I am shamed.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CM Punk's 31 tattoo

In case you are like me and wondered what the meaning of CM Punk's tattoo behind his ear was. Someone posed the question on WCMB, I looked it up and found a video that explains it straight from Punk.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

South Atlanta Wrestling's Presidential Ticket

It came to me as if in a dream.....

Thoughts on Ryback

With Ryback officially being thrust into the main event of Hell in a Cell last night, I thought it would be a fitting time to take a look at WWE's newest project.

First of all, no matter what you think of Ryback it is 100% clear to me that he is over now.  For a bit it was kind of touch and go.  The derisive "Goldberg" chants told you what the WWE Universe thought of the former Skip Sheffield.  That being said Ryback has now capture the audience's attention and is being put in a situation where he has the opportunity to thrive.

I do think the "Golberg clone" talking point is a legitimate one.  The problem is, "There's nothing new under the sun" as they say so I don't necessarily think it matters that the gimmick reminds me of Goldberg.  What does matter is that they give Ryback something interesting to do now that handicap matches against enhancement talent have run their course.  The handicap match gimmick was fine for what it's worth and it even gave us some funny moments like the BAMA boys in Baton Rouge and Rutherford "PS" Hayes, but it had run its course.

The presentation of Ryback is an absolute winner.  The theme music with the Mortal Kombat-esque "Feed Me More" works for him.  The arm swinging and pyro works, the fact that he legitimately looks ready to tear someone  You know how I'm always talking about how it's the little things that make CM Punk so great?  Well one of those things that Ryback does is related to his entrance.  When his music has done the "Feed Me More" thing a couple of times, he keeps his head down until the last "MORE!" and he raises his head and says "more" with the music.  It's such a little detail and yet it is so awesome.

Ultimately, I would have to say that WWE deserves an A for their handling of their new monster so far.  I may not be the president of the Ryback Fan Club, but I'm thinking about joining at least.

Friday, October 12, 2012

FFA: Best TV theme songs

Thanks to BobbyR, A1 now had a "What are the best TV theme songs?" thread.

The first two that came to mind for me were "Cheers" and "Mangum, PI."  Others that I agree with are:
  • The A-Team
  • Firefly
  • Dallas
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
Here are a couple mentioned above for your listening enjoyment.  One that I haven't mentioned yet is the theme from The Shield.  Due to how that show opened with the theme cut into actually scenes I don't think it gets a lot respect.  I do think it's a solid theme though.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

WCCW: King Parsons vs Michael "PS" Hayes

I tell you what, Michael "PS" Hayes has charisma to spare.  The crowd loved this guy as soon as they heard the beginning of "Badstreet USA."

This is a match from AWA on ESPN, but the title in question is the "World Class Texas Championship" held by "Ice Man" King Parsons.  This was during one of the periods of cooperation between WCCW, AWA and CWA from what I understand.

Not a technical masterpiece by any stretch, but a fun match that the crowd was hot for (which makes all the difference if you ask me.)  Also of note is Steve Cox (Hayes' partner at the time) and Kerry Von Erich of all people making the save.  If you didn't catch it, that is none other than Buddy Jack Roberts managing the Samoan Swat Team who attacks Hayes. 

Lastly, it just so happens that this match took place on my anniversary.  Katie and I were married October 22, 2005.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CM Punk hits fan at the end of RAW

If you are reading this then I am certain you either saw this last night or have seen it at some point today, but I felt this needed to be shared.

At the end of what was a wild main event on RAW, CM Punk went into the crowd and before all was said and done he had hit a fan.

Here are two different perspectives on the incident.

Fan Cam Footage (Embedding Disabled by Request)

From the broadcast itself:

Since then WWE has offered the following statement as reported by TMZ.
A rep for the WWE tells TMZ, "WWE security was unfortunately not in the appropriate place at the time. Given CM Punk's persona as a 'bad guy' fans were naturally heckling him, but unfortunately a few fans began shoving him and one struck him in the kidney and on the back."

The rep adds, "WWE regrets that proper security measures were not in place, and CM Punk apologizes for reacting in the heat of the moment."
There are a couple of things in play here. The first being that Punk really did need to show more restraint there even if his actions in the circumstance are understandable. Secondly, the fans need to keep their hands off the wrestlers. That being said though, you are playing with fire when you send workers over the rail out into that sea of humanity. Lastly, WWE touched on it, but there should have been security in the vicinity to help mitigate a situation like this. It is an ugly situation that was only escalated more by the actions of Dario Teyes who Tweeted about how he was intentionally assaulting CM Punk. Unfortunately, the other guy (who did touch Punk but far more incidentally) bore the brunt of Punk's rage. Thanks to Cageside Seats for the information on Mr. Teyes. As always the guys on A1-Wrestling and WCMB have been discussing this. I always recommend checking out their opinions on these situations as well.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator

Finally got around to watching Randy Orton: The Evolution of a Predator documentary on Netflix.  It really was fascinating.

I know that I am in the minority in that I freely describe myself as a Randy Orton mark, but I think most wrestling fans would appreciate his story.  Like most of these documentaries there are some interesting behind-the-scenes shots that are pretty cool to see such as the locker room, where they eat in the arenas, etc.

Secondly, I had forgotten that Orton candidly discusses his drug issues as does his wife, Samantha.  That coupled with the footage of Randy at home with his daughter is really surreal.

Orton also discusses going AWOL from the United States Marine Corp and how that whole thing played out.   They tell the story a bit out of order in that regard, but hearing how his father helped him get a shot with WWE was interesting as well.

Other than that I think the whole project is fascinating.  John Cena flat out states that Orton was a jerk and Orton doesn't deny at all.  The honesty of the project makes it worth watching as it isn't simply a fluff piece to put Randy Orton over.

It's available on Netflix Watch Instantly so I highly recommend checking it out if you are a subscriber.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

WWE 13 Full Reveal

Shared this on Twitter yesterday (@S_ATL_Wrestling)

Could not be more excited about this game. Actually I do have two gripes: 1) Would have liked to have seen more JCP/WCW Legends (but the Attitude Era focus pretty much killed that) and 2) the Fan Axxxess pack doubled in price to $20. It used to be $10 and it entitles you to all of the DLC they make available instead of paying a la carte pricing.

Here's another link to the article shared via Twitter yesterday.

WWE Games: WWE '13 downloadable content revealed!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NGWA Results September 29, 2012

"Card subject to change" isn't just something written on the bottom of a poster when it comes to independent wrestling.  That came into play with the NGWA show last Saturday in Canton, GA as well.  While a couple of individuals were advertised that were not able to make it, the two biggest matches on the card went off without a hitch.

Let's take a look at the show:

  • Jail House Rocker defeated ExConvict Blade (w/ Danny Dees).  Danny Dees hit Blade with a chair that busted him open and exclaimed, "I never liked you Blade" which ended a 21 year relationship between the two.  The even more interesting turn of events was the Jail House Rocker then shaking Dees' hand after the match.
  • CJ Awesome's hired assassin, Jake Slater beat "WildChild" Joey Kidman.  Slater lived up to the billing of a rough and tumble bounty hunter.  He got the win through some questionable means, but was not able to take out "WildChild."  It looks like the feud between CJ Awesome and Kidman is a long way from being settled. 
  • The Georgia Revolution: Chris "Time Bomb" Nelms and Alex Brock overcame Jason Blackman and Brian Lawler when Lawler turned on his partner in what appeared to be a premeditated attack.
  • Thomas Shock and Justin Overstreet went to a time-limit draw after Zane "Epic" Stevens was eliminated in a three-way dance.  This was the second match of the night as Stevens had defeated a plucky masked wrestler whose name I did not catch in the first match.
Why did I not catch the masked wrestler's name?  Unfortunately NGWA had some issues with their sound system so they had what turned out to be a throwback show without entrance music.  That was a bummer of course, but the lack of a microphone for announcer Mark Danger made things a little tougher.

All-in-all though it was an enjoyable night of wrestling.  The NGWA returns on Saturday, October 13th which is a show I will be unable to attend due to my anniversary celebration.  That one is a fundraiser for a ball team.  On Saturday, October 27th the NGWA is returning to the Buffington Elementary school gym for their regularly scheduled monthly show and South Atlanta Wrestling will be there in full force.

Don't forget to check out the NGWA Fans page on Facebook.  Norko is working on uploading the rest of the matches from the August show as well as matches from last Saturday's show.  

I shared this promo from Jason Blackman after Lawler's turn on there the night of the show.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bret "The Hitman" Hart vs Hollywood Hogan in WCW

The guys on Wrestling Classics were talking about the "match that never happened" in the 90s' WWE, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan. After further discussion we moved on to the topic of the Hart/Hogan match from WCW.

This match always bothered me because it felt like WCW was finally getting some real momentum going for The Hitman only to screw it all up with this heel turn. In completely unsurprising fashion WCW had basically wasted what should have been one of the hottest angles in wrestling after Survivor Series 1997 and the Montreal Screwjob. By this point it finally felt like they were getting Bret built back up as a big time face to help take down Hogan. Once again, WCW cut the legs out from under him by aligning him with Hogan. The biggest issue was that in WCW heel Bret Hart simply did not feel important. Here was a guy that was basically reduced to a background singer for Hollywood, when he should have been every bit as big as he was. All-in-all Bret's run was disappointing until the end of his time in WCW. He picked back up again, but that Goldberg kick and the concussion finished him for good. It really was a shame that WCW never utilized him to his fullest. It wasn't surprising but it was a shame.

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