Monday, May 31, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: Memorial Day Edition

Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned myself into a fancy man (with my own blog) I figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join me as I delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive my favorite videos.

I figured I would get back to posting regular trips Into the Wrestling Vaults by taking a break from the Shawn Michaels videos, and concentrating on the occasion at hand; Memorial Day. I will be enjoying my day by going out fishing and later attending a good ole' fashioned BBQ. Hopefully, you readers enjoy the day as well, though if you are in need of something to do, I would suggest watching a Stone Cold Memorial day. It's entertaining enough, while retaining much of the patriotic spirit that accompanies Memorial Day.





Here is a bonus for Memorial Day, because nothing says America quite like a pair of fake tits.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Smackdown Rundown 5/28/10

Let's start off with an explanation about the lack of updates in the past few days. I have been busy with work and family stuff, and I haven't had much time to write on here. As for John, he writes for another blog (he will update here when he gets the time)and they actually pay him. I'm a little disappointed in that two timing whore, but I don't begrudge him. It's understandable as to why he would like write for the people who actually pay him. Is the update rate going to improve from here on out? Hopefully, keep in mind that we already have 32 posts (There are blogs far more popular than mine which update less frequently) for this month, and there a still couple of days before the month ends. Now that all of that is out of the way, it's time for the Smackdown Rundown.

Before delving into that, I just want to briefly touch on last week's horrid show. Kofi vs Swagger was good, but other than there were absolutely no redeeming points to the show. I was ready to review last week's episode and then I realized I had absolutely nothing good to say about it. Are they kidding me with this bullshit of matching Hornswoggle up with Christian? Captain Charisma got moved from Raw to do "comedy" sketches with that God's mistake. Really? I had rather have Christian not appearing on Raw every week than see him with that turd. Hell, I would prefer to see him jobbing out to that fatass Abyss than see him crack jokes with Hornswoggle. I want to know what Christian did wrong... Did he fuck Steph or Linda? Did he have a threesome with them, while forcing Vince to watch? What makes Vince McMahon hate Christian so much?

If seeing Christian get degraded by the likes of Chavo wasn't enough I had to see Vance Archer and Curt Hawkins. We already have a black-hole of charisma in McIntyre, does Smackdown need to suffer through Vance Archer as well? The man has a tramp stamp, he shouldn't even be allowed to wrestle unless it's in the Woman's Division.

Even Rico thinks that is gay

It was an abortion of show, and I sincerely hope they put on a better show this time around.
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  • My hopes for a better show aren't helped much as the opening segment saw Teddy Long get bullied by Drew McIntyre into suspending Matt Hardy.
  • This whole "untouchable" storyline is actually not bad, but it's McIntyre's execution of it that really kills it. In the Over the Limit preview, John mentioned that this entire storyline reminds him of when the Rock turned from the People's Champion into the Corporate Champion. That worked so well, because The Rock was wayyyy over with the crowd, and he had more charisma in one of his turds than McIntyre can ever muster in his entire career.
  • I wonder if Drew is this boring in bed... I certainly hope so, since Tiffany needs to be single again. Not that I would have a shot with her, but it certainly doesn't hurt my chances. Plus, it would cause pain to McIntyre, and I'm for anything that hurts that Jizzbucket.
Next up, a tag match featuring World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger and Jizzbucket vs Big Show and Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston.
  • Big Show is really over as a face, I think he can be good in the role of a monstrous tag team partner, but to book him as #1 contender for the title at Over the Limit was a mistake. While it made sense storyline wise, I don't think anybody is going to pony up $40 -50 to watch Big Show wrestle in a singles match.
  • Earlier on Teddy Long mentioned that Show had qualified for the Fatal 4 Way match for the WHC, since he beat Swagger (via DQ) at Over the Limit. This is a move I'm fine with it, since Show won't be around for most of the match, thus the match's pace won't suffer.
  • The match was surprisingly not bad considering the fact that it involved McIntyre and Show. Kofi took the punishment throughout most of the match, while Swagger played the role of a cowardly heel really well. Swagger acted shocked/awed at most of Show's offense, and really got the Champ's fear of losing the title across.
Winners - Kofi Kingston and Big Show via Knockout Punch
  • The SES had a backstage segment where Serena and Luke Gallows tried to assure Punk (who is wearing a towel) that he looks just as beautiful as before. The WWE has deliberately shown no pictures or videos of Punk without his hair. Wrestling 101 tells me that Punk is up to some kind of shenanigans. Perhaps, he will don a wig ala Kurt Angle.

  • Another backstage saw Vickie flirt with Dolph Ziggler, as the former was appreciative of Dolph's effort to stick up for her.
  • Confession time - Vickie didn't actually look that bad in that particular segment. If I was really wasted (as Johny C gets every weekend), I might actually consider fucking her.
  • Wow, I actually said that. Maybe, this whole posting all my thoughts on a public medium wasn't such a good idea.


CM Punk vs Kane

(Winner qualifies for Fatal 4 Way)

As I expected, Punk didn't reveal his beautiful baldness to the world, instead he wore a mask. I like the move because as Striker mentioned "Punk doesn't let fans get satisfaction". Not only does that get him heat from the fans, and you can hear the disappointment from the crowd once Punk reveals that he wearing the mask.
  • It also leaves the door open for the Punk/Rey feud to continue into Summerslam if the WWE wants to head in that direction.
  • Punk faced Kane in a qualifying match for Fatal 4 Way, and I enjoyed it a lot. Sure, there were an inordinate amount of rest holds and submission locks, but the contest featured a very aggressive Punk as he kept his focus on Kane's knee throughout the match. I think making Punk much more aggressive is the natural way for his character to progress after he has been humiliated by Mysterio. I think giving him a title run to really establish him and SES as the biggest heels (which he is) on the show would be a good idea as well.
  • Towards the end of the match, Punk botched the GTS pretty damn well, and I have no doubt that it will make it on to the next edition of Botchamania




  • Advertised next is Christian and Hornswoggle vs Chavo Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler
    • Yes, I died a little on the inside when I read that.
    • Poor Chavo, not only does he get squashed by Kane again, but he is back to facing Hornswoggle. He must feel as if he is reliving the last couple of years all over again. Apparently, creative is as dry as Mae Young's crusty old vagina.
    • Honestly, I don't even mind that they are going with a Christian/Ziggler feud. Does it indicate somewhat of a demotion for Christian? Maybe, nut at least he will be elevating someone with talent. And if anyone can elevate Ziggler its Captain Charisma. They had a terrific match on Superstars two weeks ago, and I'm looking forward to what else they can come up with. It's just just the Vickie/Hornswoggle/Chavo additions that really bug me.
    • I know no one watches Superstars, so here is the match.

    Hey Vince, pay attention to the ovation for Christian!

    • Back to Smackdown - Christian and God's mistake won, but it was the audience who lost, since we had to witness Hornswoggle in the ring.
    • After the match, Ziggler put Christian to sleep.
    Up next - Luke Gallows w Serena vs MVP
    • MVP stole LeBron's throwing chalk dust into the air thing. Quick note - LeBron actually stole if off MJ so it doesn't truly matter.
    • I guess it makes MVP more of a baller if he does things like this.
    • Gallows' entrance theme is very similar to Big Daddy V's.


    • Short match that saw Gallows win via interference from the masked member of the SES. I think it's a good sign that they are letting member of the SES get their heat back by winning matches. It prevents them from looking like complete useless assholes.
    • Oh and Serena's tits looked as glorious as the sight of water to a man stuck in the desert.
    Once Punk is done with Lita (another Diva down), I'm sure he will turn his attention towards Serena.

    Main Event - Undertaker vs Rey Mysterio
    (Winner qualifies for Fatal 4 Way)


    • Taker did his unnecessarily long entrance. Usually I either ignore or fast forward through them, but this time I actually watched it. Taker is now using a robe with a hood on it forgoing his trench coat and hat. I kinda like it since it reminds me of the ole' Ministry of Darkness days. I know I'm in the minority, but I kinda liked the Ministry.
    • Nice bit of heavy handed symbolism there by the WWE as Rey wears white and Taker sticks with the black.
    • Any time, you get two veterans like Rey and Taker in the ring, you are bound to get a good match, and this wasn't any different. It wasn't as good as their match from this year's Royal Rumble, but it was still worthy of the Main Event label as both guys did their best to put on a good show.
    • Striker can claim that "Undertaker is in the best condition of his life", but it's bullshit. If you watch the match, you can see that his hip is bothering him. I don't don't think we see the Deadman reign over the WWE for much longer, and that makes me sad.
    • The Deadman bled from his mouth ( I think it was one of Rey's kicks) and no one came out. This isn't the first time that something like this has happened, which makes me wonder whether it's the WWE trying to protect the mystique around Taker's character or if it's just the veteran getting what he wants.
    • Taker won and advanced to Fatal 4 Way, I really hope they don't put the belt on him.
    Winner - Undertaker via Tombstone

    Overall, it was much better show than than the previous week's. By deciding all the participants for F4W tonight, they gave the writers 3 weeks to come up with some interesting stuff before the PPV.
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    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Over The Limit Preview

    First of, this preview is going to be shorter than usual, because A) This PPV has nothing that really excites me and B) The 4 1/2 hours series finale of Lost is on, so I won't be watching. Johnny C might come along and do a preview, but I don't know what his lazy ass is up to, so don't hold your breath.

    Tonight another WWE PPV is upon us: the debuting Over the Limit. In May of 1999, Owen Hart tragically died at a PPV titled "Over the Edge." I'm not the only person who is disturbed by this eerily similar name, and I don't agree that WWE should have adopted it. Nonetheless, one can only hope Aizaz meets his demise soon so the rest of society can be spared from listening to him. This "lazy ass" was busy working at KYW, putting food on the table, while Zazzy G was collecting Taliban stamps and preparing his TiVo for LOST. Without further adieu, let's ring the bell!

    By work, he means sitting on his ass, getting drunk as usual (keep those Irish stereotypes alive), watching SNL and chatting with me. I shouldn't complain too much, since he actually wrote something on here, which is about as rare as a question getting answered on Lost.







    Eve (C) vs. Maryse
    (Divas Championship)
    Aizaz - They have actually done a pretty decent job of building this match up as Maryse and Eve have traded vicious (Diva standards) attacks back and forth. Of course, the build up won't actually help the match, since neither one of the Divas is really capable of carrying a match. Keep it short, and as painless as possible.

    Predicted Winner - Maryse

    Johnny C - Still protesting against the absurd firing of Mickie James; therefore, I refuse to put any effort in covering WWE "divas' wrestling." I pick Maryse to win back her title.

    Winner: Maryse

    Ted DiBiase w/Virgil vs. R-Truth
    Aizaz - I'm shocked that a midcard feud involving DiBiase Jr and Truth actually made it on to a PPV. I guess they are really behind DiBiase and the rumored Fortunate Sons stable (with Brett DiBiase's surgery and Carlito's release, I wonder how they are going to proceed with that). However, I don't see that translating into a victory for Ted on this PPV, since I expect Virgil to cost the younger DiBiase this match.

    Predicted Winner - R-Truth

    Johnny C - Both superstars are picking up momentum in this fresh storyline which is exciting to watch. DiBiase has developed a persona: the spawn of the Million Dollar Man. It's original, creative, and real. Thus, it equals money. His pursuit of a manservant has been fun to watch, considering he seeks out minorities such as the recently "shitcanned" Carlito and R-Truth. R-Truth has gained popularity by sticking up for himself and reprimanding DiBiase for attempting to buy the proud rapper. For some funny reason, WWE has brought VIRGIL out of the dustballs to resume his duties of guarding DiBiase men. Although Aizaz predicts a face turn by Virgil, I predict a decisive victory by DiBiase with some "resourceful help" from the original "Big Daddy V."

    Winner: Ted DiBiase

    Aizaz - I predicted a face turn for Virgil, because I see Michael Tarver becoming the next Virgil

    Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre (C)
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    Intercontienental Championship)
    Aizaz - Why? Why do they continue torturing me with the Jizzbucket known as Drew McIntyre? He is so fucking boring. If they had this "Chosen One" storyline with someone else, I would have been excited, but McIntyre is such a charismaless fuck that I simply don't care. I'm picking Kofi to win, because of my hate for Drew. Wow, I'm really mailing this preview in.

    Predicted Winner - Kofi Kingston

    Johnny C - One of the most confusing, pointless storylines of all time. Drew was stripped of the championship, fired, brought back, and rewarded his title back within one week. Kofi won a tournament to win the stripped title, but was forced to surrender the gold back despite never being defeated. If this consulted atrocity was simply to give this match a reason to happen, then I implore every fan to NOT order the PPV due to the stupidity of WWE. I agree with Aizaz about Drew, he has no charisma, no personality, and no reason to be respected. The "Chosen One" storyline could work as it has in the past with The Rock as "The Corporate Champion;" however, Drew lacks the "it" factor that WWE boasts about its superstars possessing. Kofi's star burnt out after his Orton feud, so I doubt he takes the win tonight. Unfortunately, Drew will retain by any means necessary.

    Winner: Drew

    Hart Dynasty (C) vs Miz and Jericho aka Jiz
    (Unified Tag Team Championship)

    Aizaz - I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I'm worried for the Hart Dynasty. Jiz is so much more charismatic and interesting than the current champions that they will completely overshadow them unless they continue using Bret as a mouthpiece. Seeing as how that's not going to happen (Bret's deal runs out soon) I think Jiz will not only overshadow the Hart Dynasty, they will capture their titles as well. That's probably the best thing for this feud going forward, since the fans are much more likely to get behind a face team that is trying to get their titles back after being screwed out of them. Also, it gives Jericho and Miz the opportunity to appears on Smackdown.

    Predicted Winner - Jericho and Miz aka Jiz

    Johnny C - Finally, a tag team title match worth watching! This is actually a dream match for me; both teams are excellent wrestlers as well as entertainers. The buildup has been fantastic with Uncle Bret supporting the Champs, Miz forming an evil alliance with Jericho, and all hell breaking loose in Canada. I hope that the Hart Dynasty can retain the gold because they are a perfect face tag team. Strength, power, speed, technical skill, family heritage, beautiful valet, and natural appeal equal greatness. Unfortunately, no team can stop the momentum known as JeriMiz. Similar to the Montreal Canadiens losing in the championship series to the Flyers, the Hart Dynasty will crumble as Jericho breaks the walls down.

    Winners: JeriMiz

    Jack Swagger (C) vs Big Show
    (World Heavyweight Championship)
    Aizaz - The World Heavyweight Champion has been knocked out, RKO'd on Raw, driven through a table, lost to Kofi because of a distraction, had all of his trophies destroyed. There is absolutely no way Swagger loses to Show after suffering through all of that. Moreover, no one wants to see Show as the Champion even if they have done a decent job of building him as a face.

    Predicted Winner - Jack Swagger

    Johnny C - I will streak around Aizaz's hut if Big Show wins his 3rd WWE Heavyweight Championship.

    Winner: The Swaggie

    Aizaz - Dear Lord, please do not let Show win. No one wants to see John running around naked. Hell, the last 12 year old who saw him naked is traumatized, and is probably somewhere in therapy right now.

    Edge vs Randy Orton
    Aizaz - Both these guys are entertaining (even if Orton does overact to the umpteenth degree) and they have had some good confrontations leading up to the match. Their previous matches have been pretty good, so it will be interesting to see what kind of match they will have with Orton as the face and Edge as the heel. I will pick Orton to win, since Edge had the upperhand on Monday night

    Predicted Winner - Randy Orton

    Johnny C -RAW has been hotter ever since this feud has surfaced between the Apex Predator and the Rated-R Superstar. Must see matchup which is a rare one on one encounter between these two former partners. I'm not sure whether the feud continues; therefore, Orton hits an RKO for the victory. Definitely the match of the night.

    Winner: Orton

    Aizaz - This feud will continue, and both these guys will be part of the Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Championship on the next PPV.

    John Cena (C) vs Batista

    (WWE Championship)
    I Quit Match

    Aizaz - Same as the last PPV, Batista's contract expires pretty soon. In fact, I think will be his last match in the WWE. As a result, there is no way he wins the championship even if I would desperately like him to do so. For those who prefer to be optimists, there were some reports that there were a lot of last minute writing changes made to this PPV. Combine that with Cena screaming "I Quit" three times in his horrendous promo on Raw, and mayeb they will repeat the Royal Rumble spot where they played a pretaped recording of Manking saying "I Quit". Of course, I don't think it's likely to happen, but there is always the possibility of Batista agreeing to an extension.

    Predicted Winner - John Cena

    Johnny C - Anticipating Batista's finale. Plus, WWE usually delivers on the I Quit matches. John Cena will undoubtedly overcome the odds once again, but beware of a certain Celtic Warrior awaiting the opportunity to strike.

    Winner: John Cena

    Aizaz - Hopefully, there won't be any duct tape involved.

    CM Punk vs Rey Mysterio
    (Hair vs SES Pledge Match)
    Aizaz - If I were actually watching this PPV, this would be my most anticipated match Punk and Mysterio have had some solid matches in this feud, but they haven't had that classic that I thought they would. If they give them enough time, and don't overbook it, I think the awaited classic might occur tonight. I expect Punk to win since Mysterio got the upperhand on Friday Night, and if Mysterio potentially joins the SES things will be much more interesting on Smackdown. I think the Masked member of the SES will end up swinging it for Punk, and int he process will either unmask or be forced. A dark horse candidate for interference might be the recently eliminated Darren Young, who might save Punk's hair and shave his own.

    Predicted Winner -CM Punk

    Johnny C - The feud of the year so far will continue as Rey joins the S.E.S. due to interference by the mysterious masked man.

    Winner: Punk

    Friday, May 21, 2010

    Carlito gets Shitcanned

    From WWE.com

    WWE Superstar Carlito (Carlos Colon) has been released from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract as of today May 21, 2010. Carlito’s termination was due to his first violation of the WWE Wellness Program and his subsequent refusal to attend a rehabilitation facility.


    It's no surprise that Carlito has been released from the WWE, it's just the timing of the firing that surprises me.

    I remember when he won the US Championship (from Cena no less) in his very first match, I thought Carlito would be a huge superstar for years to come. For a while, he seemed to be on the right track, as he captured Tag Team, US and Intercontinental Titles and firmly established himself as midcard, and even occasional upper midcard level superstar. That was pretty cool.

    Then creative had nothing for him and soon enough, Carlito became a tremendous misuse of talent over the years, and that wasn't so cool. Carlito was good on the mic, skilled in the ring, and was able to get over with the fans as a heel, it's just part of his misuse may be due to Carlito's ow lackadaisical attitude as he has always been accused of being lazy, but when given proper incentive Carlito did work hard. Unfortunately, those moments had been very rare in the past few years. They paired him and Primo up, and then disbanded the tag team for an angle that led to absolutely no where. Then they put these two back together, and it looked like the Colon brothers would be a part of the Fortunate Sons, and now his release. I have no doubt that Carlito will end up in TNA once his 90 day no compete clause ends as he is too talented to be unemployed. What I do wonder is whether Carlito will end up being another name like Brian Kendrick or will he make something of himself like Mr. Anderson or The Pope.


    Carlito's Debut and capturing of the US Championship


    Fight for the IC Championship


    Performing on Wrestlemania 25


    The first ever Unified Tag Team Champion: The Colon Brothers


    Coming oh so close to capturing the WWE Championship

    Into the Wrestling Vault: 5/21/10 Edition

    Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

    Those of you who read the blog back in late March/early April might remember that "Shawn Michaels: A Retrospective" appeared in Future projects. John and I were both supposed to write it together. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we were never able to get around to it. Part of it was poor planning on my part, I was 99.9% sure that HBK was set to retire at Wrestlemania, and we should have started writing the retrospective earlier, so we could immediately put it up once the Michaels Era came to an end. Part of the blame also falls on John, since he was supposed to write the biography (kayfabe and real life) section of the Retrospective, but he got busy and couldn't write it. With better planning and less procrastination, we should have been able to put up the Retrospective, but we didn't. Now, it's time to corrrrrrrrrect that mistake, and I will be doing it by posting great matches, promos, and moments from Shawn Michaels' legendary career. How long will this go on? Till, I run out of material about The Heartbreak Kid, and that won't be for the foreseeable future. Michaels has contributed so many great memories to wrestling fans everywhere, I don't think a single (albeit massive one) wouldn't really have done him justice, so this might work out better in the long run.

    I think I jumped the gun a bit by posting The Rockers vs The Hart Foundation as Michaels' first foray into the WWE. That gives the impression that The Rockers were immediately put into a program with oen of the top tag teams in the WWF. Before they got to that level, The Rockers competed in a series of excellent matches with the BrainBusters (Anderson and Tully Blanchard). Their matches drew rave reviews, and really showed the WWE brasss what they had in The Rockers. One of the those great matches took place in MSG, and here it is.





    Last but not least, I want to thank JD and Steam (over on Wackbag) for helping me compile the list of matches and promos that are going to be posted here in the future.

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Into the Wrestling Vault:5/20/10

    Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

    Those of you who read the blog back in late March/early April might remember that "Shawn Michaels: A Retrospective" appeared in Future projects. John and I were both supposed to write it together. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we were never able to get around to it. Part of it was poor planning on my part, I was 99.9% sure that HBK was set to retire at Wrestlemania, and we should have started writing the retrospective earlier, so we could immediately put it up once the Michaels Era came to an end. Part of the blame also falls on John, since he was supposed to write the biography (kayfabe and real life) section of the Retrospective, but he got busy and couldn't write it. With better planning and less procrastination, we should have been able to put up the Retrospective, but we didn't. Now, it's time to corrrrrrrrrect that mistake, and I will be doing it by posting great matches, promos, and moments from Shawn Michaels' legendary career. How long will this go on? Till, I run out of material about The Heartbreak Kid, and that won't be for the foreseeable future. Michaels has contributed so many great memories to wrestling fans everywhere, I don't think a single (albeit massive one) wouldn't really have done him justice, so this might work out better in the long run.

    Yesterday, we looked at the arrival of the Rockers at the national tag team scene as they captured the AWA Tag titles. Soon enough, they gained some notoriety for their high flying shenanigans and fast paced style. As a result, the WWE came calling. I vivdly recally recall Bret Hart mentiooning (in his autobiography) that he was excited to hear about the Rockers' arrival in the WWF. The irony of Bret waiting for the arrival of Shawn Michaels is very amusing. However, on their very first weekend, Jannetty and Michaels fucked up big time as they got into a bar brawl. They were released in the same. A year or so later, they climbed their way back to give us this classic tag team bout between The Rockers and The Hart Foundation.



    Last but not least, I want to thank JD and Steam (over on Wackbag) for helping me compile the list of matches and promos that are going to be posted here in the future.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010

    The Best Segment in NXT history

    * It's the second video for those of you who don't actually read and just want to watch the videos.

    I haven't watched NXT regularly ever since Heath Slater pinned Chris Jericho. Combine that with the absolutely absurd challenges (Seriously, drinking soda or selling programs?) and I really was fine without watching another episode of NXT. Last week, they teased an elimination on Raw, so I decided to watch (in the background), and I was pretty impressed with Danielson's promo where he called out the retarded booking of the WWE (how he can take guys like Batista or Jericho to the brink, but he can't beat the likes of Michael Tarver) and he reverted back to the name that brought him fame: Brian Danielson.



    There is a lot of power in names, it's how people recognize you, and that's very important when you are popular. Why else do you think the WWE doesn't let guys use their own their names? As we all know or should know, Vince McMahon, is an asshole with a God complex. He likes to create his own superstars, and in some cases he is even willing to destroy his creations (see Hogan when they wanted to push Warrior). The fact that they allowed Brian Danielson to use his real name instead of Daniel Bryan was basically as close to admittance to failure that we will ever get from the WWE. What they wanted to create with Daniel Bryan had failed, and now they were willing to use what had brought Brian Danielson fame in the first place.



    With his reversion to Brian Danielson, the American Dragon returned to a NXT ring in order to address his elimination. What followed was undoubtedly the best moment in NXT history, and quite possibly the best moment in WWE TV for the entire year. Danielson brought up a lot grievances that fans have had with the WWE over the past few years. He brought up the politics that are oh so prevalent in the WWE locker room, the fact that Vince likes to create superstars, and the love that the WWE Chairmen possesses for big guys. The Canadian fans (who are great) knew they were in for something special, and they were totally getting behind Danielson, who wasn't quite done. He brought up the fact that he was an entirely self made man, and if the WWE were smart, they would pick the guy who would get them the most money. At this point, Cole felt the need to open hid mouth and annoy us all, but he would get what's coming to him.

    The former ROH Champion said that if you didn't believe him, just ask Jericho or Regal (who nodded his head). By the way, that was pretty cool to see since Regal was basically Danielson's mentor. The unleashed American Dragon even called out The Miz saying he was better than the US Champion. Danielson could have just claimed that but the credibility of his statement was helped as Punk and Regal both nodded. As someone who used to watch ROH, I totally marked out.

    Last but not least, Danielson finally addressed Michael Cole. For those of you who haven't figured it out by now, the name of our blog is a parody of Cole's gross overuse of the word "vintage" so that should show you how much we hate this prick, and this was even before NXT started. This tool of a human being has been even more annoying while being the play by play guy on NXT, since he tries to be a heel, but only gets on people's nerves. Cole has had a special vendetta against Danielson (I'm guessing kayfabe) as he has taken every opportunity to criticize Danielson about being a vegan or not watching TV. Brian did, what so many of us have wanted to do for a while, as he called Cole an excuse of a replacement for JR, and then attacked him. The refs and Striker pulled Danielson off as the fans cheered.

    To be honest with you, I'm shocked at the stuff they let Danielson say, but I guess since the ratings are so low, Vince decided it wasn't too big of a deal. What made it work was that Danielson made a lot of inside reference but still managed to keep the crowd interested (TNA should take notice). In the last two weeks, they have made Danielson into someone "edgy" since he has brought up several taboo subjects on WWE television. If they let him continue this, I think Brian Danielson has a huge future ahead of him in the WWE. And if some reason it doesn't end up working, he still gave us the best segment in NXT's history.


    Deadspin's Dead Wrestler of the Week: The Junkyard Dog

    Most people who follow blogs closely have probably heard of Gawker media. They are the pinnacle of blog popularity. One of the websites under them is Deadspin, which claims to deliver sports "without access, favor or discretion." They absolutely come through on that claim as their targets have ranged from the likes of Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez to Sean Salisbury and Steve Phillips. Anyway, I visit Deadspin for the sheer lulz and their often humorous take on sports. Plus, they have some excellent writers like Drew Margarey and Will Leitch. Anyway, a few weeks ago they started a weekly tribute to dead wrestlers. These columns have been absolutely great as they combine passion for wrestling, emotional attachment to the wrestlers along with some excellent writing. This week, they did an examination on one of the most underrated wrestlers; The Junkyard Dog

    Here is Deadspin's own description of it.
    Every week, the Masked Man, Deadspin's pro wrestling correspondent, honors the sport's fallen and examines their legacies — famous and obscure alike. Today: Junkyard Dog, who died in a one-car accident in 1998.
    I will just do a teaser of sorts on here, if you want to read the rest of it, you should click right here
    Wrestlemania I: the culmination of the feud between the Junkyard Dog and Intercontinental champion Greg "the Hammer" Valentine. The ending goes something like this: Valentine wins by (illegally) propping his feet on the ropes to leverage JYD into a pin; Tito Santana comes to the ring to alert the referee to Valentine's maleficence; the ref restarts the match; Valentine, seething, refuses to re-enter; Valentine is counted out; JYD wins the match, but, per the rules, doesn't win the title belt. The crowd applauds JYD's victory, tainted though it was, and JYD does his best to show his gratitude. But this is more than just a loss. It's a microcosm of JYD's whole WWF tenure. Popular as he was, and though very frequently victorious, he never held any championships.


    This, for better or worse, is the way we remember the Junkyard Dog, a.k.a. Sylvester Ritter: operating successfully but basically ignobly, unable (or disallowed) to reach the highest level of the game. In retrospect, it's too easy to dismiss the Junkyard Dog, either as a minstrel-style sideshow (the dancing, the ghetto affectation, the chains around his neck) or as a plain midcarder, a popular but unspectacular sidebar with no upward mobility. But his shtick and his persona made him as popular in the early days of the WWF as anyone save Hulk Hogan, and that's without the merciless publicity machine that went into the Hulkster's ascendance. And, if history is any indicator, JYD had already established himself as championship material.

    Sylvester Ritter played football at Fayetteville State, and it's often said he was drafted by the Packers, though there's no record of it. After injuries ended his gridiron career, he turned to wrestling. He did stints in Jerry Jarrett's Tennessee territory and in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling before settling in at Mid-South Wrestling, where promoter Bill Watts gave him the persona that would make him famous. (Lest the name fool you, Mid-South comprised Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.) Watts would never be mistaken for a civil rights activist, but he was a businessman, and he knew that an African-American wrestler could be a huge moneymaker. Borrowing a line from Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," Watts dubbed Ritter the Junkyard Dog — and, ever the literalist, gave him a dog collar and junk cart. The Sanford and Son reference was flagrant — Watts was borrowing clumsily from a limited knowledge of black culture — and the collar with (ahem) chain leash was borderline obscene. (That Ritter made such a racially charged accoutrement a staple of his later fame is evidence of his charisma.)

    It's been a while since the Masked Man wrote one of his excellent columns, but it doesn't look as if he has lost deviated from his usual quality. As I mentioned above, this week he wrote a tribute to the The Junkyard Dog. Whenever JYD gets brought up, there is always the matter of him never grabbing a championship. A lot of fans claim that it was because of his race that the Dog was never given an opportunity to grab a title. When people of color play the race card, there isn't a lot of argument, and most journalists/columnists/and anyone who values their job immediately starts pandering to them. I like that the Masked Man touched upon the race issue without totally pandering, he admitted that there was a lot of racism in wrestling, but he also presented some logical ideas as to why JYD was never given the WWF Championship. It's a good read, if you have the time.

    Into the Wrestling Vault: 5/19/10 Edition

    Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

    Those of you who read the blog back in late March/early April might remember that "Shawn Michaels: A Retrospective" appeared in Future projects. John and I were both supposed to write it together. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we were never able to get around to it. Part of it was poor planning on my part, I was 99.9% sure that HBK was set to retire at Wrestlemania, and we should have started writing the retrospective earlier, so we could immediately put it up once the Michaels Era came to an end. Part of the blame also falls on John, since he was supposed to write the biography (kayfabe and real life) section of the Retrospective, but he got busy and couldn't write it. With better planning and less procrastination, we should have been able to put up the Retrospective, but we didn't. Now, it's time to corrrrrrrrrect that mistake, and I will be doing it by posting great matches, promos, and moments from Shawn Michaels' legendary career. How long will this go on? Till, I run out of material about The Heartbreak Kid, and that won't be for the foreseeable future. Michaels has contributed so many great memories to wrestling fans everywhere, I don't think a single (albeit massive one) wouldn't really have done him justice, so this might work out better in the long run.

    I think the format of these trips into the Wrestling vault will be taken chronologically, which is why start off with Michaels' career in the now defunct AWA. Before he started in the AWA, had worked in
    Mid-South Wrestling and Texas All-Star Wrestling. However, it was in the AWA that Michaels made his national level dbut at the tender age of 20. He was paired with Marty Jannetty and together they formed the Midnight Rockers. The match posted below is where they captured the AWA Tag Titles,a nd announced their arrival on to the tag team scene.


    The Midnight Rockers vs. Doug Somers and Buddy Rose

    Walt | MySpace Video


    Last but not least, I want to thank JD and Steam for helping me compile the list of matches and promos that are going to be posted here in the future.

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    Raw Report 5/18/10

    This week's terrific edition of Raw came to you from Toronto, Canada. Ever since the draft took place 3 weeks ago, Raw has been a solid show. They have a loaded roster, and the good thing is that they seem like they have a plan for their talent. John Morrison (before his injury) and R-Truth were going to feud with the upcoming Fortunate Sons stable. Sheamus is going to be the guy who replaces Batista once The Animal leaves. Jericho and Miz aka Jiz will capture the Unified Tag Champs while they feud with the Hart Dynasty. Edge and Orton are are trying to bring "Edgy" (no there isn't a pun intended) back to the WWE product, and they will probably be involved in the Fatal 4 for the WWE Championship. My point is that the Raw creative team knows what direction they are headed in, and that has vastly improved the Monday Night Show.

    • The show started with Bret Hart making his way down to the ring and he received a massive ovation. I'm just glad Canada actually got to see Bret in a WWE ring again, those poor sods have been teased so many times about a possible Bret comeback that they probably expected The Miz or someone else to be fucking with them.

    • Bret decided that he didn't really want to compete in a match against the Miz now that he has had a week to think about it. As Bret was explaining his reasoning out comes Canada's favorite son (at the moment) Chris Jericho and he received an even louder ovation than Bret Hart, which isn't something I thought to be possible.
    • Jericho called Bret a hypocrite citing his inability to walk away from the business. I wish they had taken the gloves of for this promo, it would have been more entertaining if Jericho called Bret out for breaking his word and actually entering a WWE ring again. The same could be said for Bret calling out Jericho for being a hypocrite. The artist formerly known as Y2J manipulated Bret into going through with the match. Furthermore, it would be a No-DQ match, which pretty much guarantees some sort of shenanigans. By no means was it a bad a segment, in fact I though it was well done, I just think it could have been even better.
    • If Jericho and Bret wasn't enough Canadian goodness for you, out came the Rated R Superstar, whose opponent was going to be handpicked by Randy Orton.
    • Edge's opponent was revealed to be Christian. At this point I and every Canadian wrestling fan, came in their pants.
    • First of, I want to thank Brian Gerwitz and Vince for giving me Edge vs Christian on the commercial free edition of Raw.
    • Second, you probably should have teased the match beforehand. As much as the WWE wants to pretend otherwise, people do remember Edge and Christian, and I'm sure it would have lured some old viewers who used to enjoy Ede and Christian.
    • Third, it would have been a smart move to have some E&C clips ready. You have that huge video library, and you think that people don't remember these two. If you believe that to be true, then shouldn't you refresh your audience's memory in order to increase the significance of the match.
    • As for the match itself it was a very good one. Cole and Lawler did a nice job (Did I actually type that? I will have to rip on Cole later) of selling the fact these two know each other very well, which went hand in hand with all the counters in the match. Both the guys buster their asses as they had a couple of great nearfalls and just just seemed to have a good time working with each other. Fuck Shawn Michaels and Triple H, these two are much better. That's right, I said it... Ain't nobody scared.
    • I wish Christian would have won, since he could have used an upset win. I will post the match when it gets on Youtube.



    • By the way, we got to see Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Edge and Christian on the same show in Canada. All we need was to see Chris Benoit..........Oh wait
    • Once the match between Edge and Christian (one more time I want to thank you for actually giving me this match) Orton revealed that Christian wasn't the opponent he had picked.
    • It was actually Undertaker. Edge got himself counted out, until Christian threw him back, and Taker chokeslammed him.
    • There was a backstage segment between Eve Torres and Maryse, and the former viciously attacked the former. I enjoyed it. The divas match that took place later on... Not so much.
    • Buzz Aldrin was actually decent as a guest host even if the Canadian crowd didn't really care about him. He fucked up WWF/WWF just as Hart did earlier on in the night.
    • Batista's heel character fucking rules, and I really want to him to stay around. He just comes out and destroys Mark Henry, and I find myself waiting his next move of badassness.
    • Zack Ryder w Alicia Fox vs Evan Bourne w Gail Kim actually took place. Ryder lost again but at least he still has a presence on the show.
    • Ted DiBiase beat Yoshi Tatuso. However, the interesting development coming out of this was the return of Virgil. The crowd gave him a nice reception.
    This is why Virgil is back

    • Edge's choice of opponent for Randy Orton was the World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger.
    • Apart from the fact that they blatantly violated the Brand Extension rules, this wasn't as good of a match as their encounter at Extreme Rules. The only saving grace is that Jack Swagger didn't have to lose cleanly to Orton especially after Smackdown has done such a good job of establishing him as Champ.
    • This was another match that ended in a DQ as Edge speared Orton and then posed. After getting RKO'd week after week, it's nice to see Edge gain the upperhand.
    • John Cena cut a promo, and as usual I hated it.
    • Bret Hart captured the US Championship in an extremely gimmicky affair. I thought it was a nice gesture on the WWE's part.
    • Hopefully, Bret vacates the title and we see some sort of tournament.
    • All night long, the WWE had spoofs on popular commercials and I liked 3 of them. Santino as the "World's Most Irritating Man" (instead of "World's Greatest Man") was the best, while the one involving Goldust fell flat on its face.
    • Speaking of the skit involving Goldust, the chick (who was smoking) was Cherry Bomb from SHIMMER. Rumors say that she recently signed with the WWE.




    • Even though, Cole has been a heel on NXT, I just noticed that he is now trying to be one on Raw as well. This will turn out to be a bigger disaster than Mike "Jeff Harvey" Adamle.
    • Cena took on the Translucent Warrior, and it ended in a DQ as Batista came out and gave Cena 3 spinebusters, After that, he put Cena in something that resembles a crossface and The Regal Stretch. That was the ending image of the show as Cena refused to say "I Quit".
    • The WWE is teasing a permanent GM for Raw, and it will be announced next week. Thanks to their recent success, I actually have confidence in Raw creative to pick the right person.

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Into the Wrestling Vault: 5/17/10 Edition

    Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

    As Raw heads back to Canada aka Hart Country, Canada's biggest hero (Bret) is set to face The Miz in a match for the United States Title. As those of us who saw Bret "wrestle" Vince can attest that The Excellence of Execution is no shape to wrestle, so next Monday will be most likely turn out to be some kind of gimmick match. All of this made me remember the days when Bret was quite simply the best wrestler in the WWE. Consequently, the rest of the week (till Monday), the Inside the Wrestling Vault trips will be dedicated to the Harts and their legacy in the WWE.


    This was the match that really got me into wrestling. Sure, I had watched snippets here and there, but I was never really impressed. The only reason I even happened to watch this match was because I was over at my cousin's house that night, and he had ordered the PPV. Begrudgingly, I sat down and watched Wrestlemania 12. Until the main event, there wasn't anything that really got me excited about wrestling (I found Austin to be enjoyable) . However, all of that changed when I saw this. I was totally immersed into the match once Michaels made his entrance from the sky. I was completely riveted st the start of the overtime and marking out at the awesome "Shawn Michaels' boyhood dream has come true". By the end of this match, I was turned into a wrestling fan, and the rest is history. Now that I look back on it, I realize that this match has issues (too many rest holds and it could have used better pacing) but I will always consider it to be one of my favorites.


    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Into the Wrestling Vault: 5/16/10 Edition


    Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

    As Raw heads back to Canada aka Hart Country, Canada's biggest hero (Bret) is set to face The Miz in a match for the United States Title. As those of us who saw Bret "wrestle" Vince can attest that The Excellence of Execution is no shape to wrestle, so next Monday will be most likely turn out to be some kind of gimmick match. All of this made me remember the days when Bret was quite simply the best wrestler in the WWE. Consequently, the rest of the week (till Monday), the Inside the Wrestling Vault trips will be dedicated to the Harts and their legacy in the WWE.

    I don't care what anyone says, because this is the match that marked the beginning of the Austin Era. The Texas Rattlesnake and the Excellence o0f Execution participated in a very heated rivalry, and this was the culmination of that awesome feud. These two told an absolutely wonderful story in the as the veteran Bret Hart tried everything with his power to hold the younger wrestler down. However, as much as Bret tried, he just couldn't get the determined Austin to submit. In one of the greatest finishes of all time, Stone Cold preferred to pass out (in a pool of his own blood) rather than suffer the humiliation of tapping to his hated rival. Austin's violence, his rebellion, charisma, and sheer will to win forced the crowd to cheer for a man, who was very much a heel. For his efforts, Austin received a standing ovation when he left he left the building and the rest is history. I don't know if the Austin Era wouldn't have taken place without Bret Hart's contributions, but it damn sure would have taken much longer.






    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    TNA Sacrifice Preview

    Beer Money vs. Motor City Machine Guns vs. Team 3D in a No. 1 contender's match
    All 3 teams can have an exciting match; therefore, I'm looking forward to this 3 way dance. Considering Nash & Hall will be retaining, my prediction is that Team 3D will win this and challenge The Band for a long awaited WCW vs. ECW TEN YEARS LATER matchup.

    Madison Rayne vs. Tara for the TNA Knockouts Title or Tara's career
    Tara is scheduled to be leaving, thus this match is a foregone conclusion. I hope Angelina Love challenges Rayne after this debacle.

    Rob Terry vs. Orlando Jordan for the Global Title
    Who could possibly give two hoots about this match? It's a piss poor version of Goldust vs. Razor Ramon. Orlando is an average wrestler; however, Terry is simply a Vinnie Mac masturbatory wrestler. I will pick OJ to "squeeze out" the win to capture the championship.

    Desmond Wolfe vs. Abyss in a Chelsea vs. Ring match
    I like this match without the stipulations. What in the blue hell is Abyss going to do with Chelsea for 30 days? Is she going to bathe him? Play fetch with him? The Hall of Fame ring has as much value as Hogan's wedding ring. I choose Desmond to defeat the Monster with another brass knux ball shot.

    Kazarian vs. Douglas Williams for the X Division Title
    Feuds over STOLEN title belts = negative interest. I choose Kazarian because he wouldn't cut his hair to get off of Velocity.

    Scott Hall and Kevin Nash vs. Ink Inc. for the TNA Tag Titles
    TOTAL SQUASH
    CHAMPIONS RETAIN!

    Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy
    Pumped up for this match. Anderson tickles me pink as a heel and Hardy is the hottest face on the planet. Expecting some solid action with a thrilling finish.

    Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett
    Basic brawl, but possibly some entertaining action. Sting is not even a heel and Jarrett is wishy washy. I predict Flair will interfere to aid Sting in victory.

    Rob Van Dam vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA Title
    SOLE REASON TO ORDER THIS PPV

    LETS GO RVD!

    What If...

    This week wrestling was boring. Predictable. Run of the mill. Remember when wrestling was spontaneous and storylines were complex yet intricate?

    What if Hulk Hogan never joined the NWO?

    What if Big Show & A-Train ended Undertaker's Streak?

    What if Michael Cole suffered from Bell's Palsy?

    What if Stephanie married Test?

    What if Lita never cheated on Matt?

    What if Christian never returned to WWE?

    What if Vince Russo saved WCW?

    What if Owen Hart was still alive?

    What if Zazzy G got girls?

    Into the Wrestling Vault: 5/15/10 Edition

    Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

    As Raw heads back to Canada aka Hart Country, Canada's biggest hero (Bret) is set to face The Miz in a match for the United States Title. As those of us who saw Bret "wrestle" Vince can attest that The Excellence of Execution is no shape to wrestle, so next Monday will be most likely turn out to be some kind of gimmick match. All of this made me remember the days when Bret was quite simply the best wrestler in the WWE. Consequently, the rest of the week (till Monday), the Inside the Wrestling Vault trips will be dedicated to the Harts and their legacy in the WWE.

    After they had their rift their rift, the Hart brothers decided to band together and compete for the Tag team Titles. Unfortunately, this didn't have the happily ever after ending that you would expect. Still a helluva match, and Owen's performance was brilliant.




    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Raw Report ...Yeaaaaaaaaah Boyeeeeeeeeeee Edition


    I'm doing the Raw Report, because I won't be able to watch Smackdown this week as I will be away. I asked John if he could cover it.. At first, he agreed then he changed his mind. That filthy pedophile is more wishy washy than John Kerry. I'm not sure if he will write it or not, but you will will get my weekly review on Raw even if it's a bit shorter than what I write for Smackdown.

    • This is going to sound shocking, but I didn't actually mind Flava Flav as the guest host. Sure, I could have done without him, but he didn't actually take away from the show. I don't think it's because I have just gotten used to the concept, since everything Cole spews still irks me.
    • I was amused when Flav refused to relinquish the mic over once he was done his duet with R-Truth. It reminded me of an incident where Flava Flav completely hijacked a Halloween event hosted by Opie and Anthony (my favorite radio show). I really thought we were heading for something similar, and somebody would actually have to come out and physically take the mic away from Flav.
    • Another reason I didn't hate Flav as a guest host.... it gave us this awesome rap by William Regal. Not only did he get an inside joke about the volcanic ash, but he is hung just like the British Parliament. Oh and that delivery, it was fucking phenomenal.
    • Regal is one of the most talented wrestlers (in ring and mic) on the roster, and he really should be used more. It's a damn shame that he ruined his alleged run with the World Title when he got caught doing roids.
    • Meatloaf was awful, and they actually got me to actually wish for Orton to RKO him. I guess Mission Accomplished.
    • I'm glad that Vickie as the permanent GM was only a one night thing. The Edge/Vickie pairing worked wonders on Smackdown, but towards the end it began to get a bit stale. If they rehashed it on Raw, it would have been good for a few and then gotten really old. They made the smart decision by keeping it a one night thing.
    • It was also a wise move because Orton wouldn't have been able to lay his hands on her. When the WWE switched back to PG, the USA network made the rules that there would be no man on women violence. The crowd would have wanted Vickie to get RKO'ed and Orton wouldn't have been able to deliver on it. This way they can protect their face and make him look strong as his death glare can make grown women run in fear.
    • Edge has been a breath of fresh air on Raw. As I mentioned above the Ultimate Opportunist gimmick was getting a little stale, which is why I was getting excited for his face turn (it didn't turn out well) but his Era of Controversy thing is working well.
    • A few years ago if you had told me I would say the following words, I would have slapped you in the face, but now I want Dave Batista to stay in the WWE. He was absolutely badass as he destroyed Mark Henry. Hell, his entire run as the jealous heel has been the best part of his career. If I had to put up with a shitty face Batista for years, I don't think it's too much to ask for that we get his awesome heel character for a bit longer.

    How do you not love this man?
    • Is there any doubt that Cena will OVERCOME THE ODDS at Over the Limit? In fact, I can actually hear Cole screaming Vintage Cena as he beats Batista.
    • The only thing that interests is how does Sheamus fit into all of this.
    • The rumored Fortunate Sons stable might not be so bad after all. From a writing standpoint, they have done well in sowing the seeds for it's formation as both the Colons and DiBiase have every reason to band together. Hopefully, this will given R-Truth and Morrison someone to feud with since the latter is already jobbing to NXT rookies.
    • Speaking of the rookies, it was nice to see Daniel Bryan get his first victory even if he got eliminated the next episode. I think Brian Danielson needs to pray to whatever deity he believes in that he gets sent to Smackdown because things will get ugly if he ends up on the already crowded Monday nights.
    • Jericho and Miz aka Jiz get a shot at the Unified Tag Titles at Over the Limit. I wish Jericho vs David Hart SMith lasted longer than two and a half minutes.
    • Miz chose Bret Hart for his opponent (US Title on the line) next week. I highly doubt Bret will compete in another match let alone grab the United States Championship.
    • Zach Ryder is awesome.... Woo Woo Woo, you know it.

    Into the Wrestling Vault: 5/13/10 Edition


    Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

    As Raw heads back to Canada aka Hart Country, Canada's biggest hero (Bret) is set to face The Miz in a match for the United States Title. As those of us who saw Bret "wrestle" Vince can attest that The Excellence of Execution is no shape to wrestle, so next Monday will be most likely turn out to be some kind of gimmick match. All of this made me remember the days when Bret was quite simply the best wrestler in the WWE. Consequently, the rest of the week (till Monday), the Inside the Wrestling Vault trips will be dedicated to the Harts and their legacy in the WWE.

    First of is the awesome match between Bret hart vs Owen Hart at Wrestlemania X. The match revolved around the younger Owen trying to step out from underneath his brother's shadow and proving himself. Bret spoke very highly of this match in his book and I couldn't agree more.