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A different view on Raw Jul. 21st, 2009 @ 04:39 pm
different view on Raw  
Something I wrote up for Pro Wrestling Ponderings, and while Raw was awful, it made up for the crap I had to suffer this weekend.  Here's my excerpt.

[quote]Hello everyone this is ChrisGST and I’ll be taking over the Raw recap tonight.  After viewing the TNA PPV, I was hoping to at least get some wrestling satisfaction from WWE.  I was semi rewarded.

We have the opening segment of guess who, Legacy alongside Triple H and John Cena.  What a surprise, we have Orton demanding that he make the main event a  handicapped match.  Guess all wrestling champions are seemingly getting more “power” from the belts they hold.   Of course the faces accept, I will note that this is obviously a chance for them to cripple Orton before the big three way.  So this could work in their favor though I will say that reminding everyone that two years ago we had already seen this match doesn’t help their case that they are doing new and exciting stuff.  It really doesn’t.

We then had what was supposed to hype up the big 6 Pack Challenge of US champ Kofi, Primo, MVP against Big Show, Jack Swaggar, and Carlito.  Now why Miz couldn’t be in this match is beyond me, despite the fact that he showed up later on but they are trying to get the most out of the brothers Colon mini feud so I guess it makes sense.

We had a semi decent match with the obvious end of getting The the Big Show over.  Even to the point that after the match he destroyed his own partners which is fine.  Big Show is a decent talent and should be in some title chase at some point though his limited mobility should also suggest using him at special times a la Undertaker.

The Brian Kendrick was quickly shown jaw jacking with Cole and King when finally he had to get in the ring for his match.  Needless to say Jerry wasn’t going to take this crap from a youngin and with the unlimitless power that the announcing team has made an impromptu match against Kendrick and soundly defeated him with the classic heart punch.  Needless to say the debate of what is more deadly, the Heart Punch or MVP Ballin elbow is still up in the air.

Mark Henry oddly enough after nearly 13 years is finally getting some fan response and honestly I don’t mind.  The man is legitimally one of the strongest men on the plant having won multiple awards including a Hummer from my governor.  Jericho played to point of being scared perfectly and honestly this match really did what it was supposed to which is showcase that Henry can work with main event level players and still seem unstoppable.  The chair spot and code breaker attempt I feel went over well with the crowd and hopefully Mark will at least get  a tag title shot as him teamed with someone with a mouth is always good.  Kofi and Henry for Tag Champs is going to be my goal for him.

Hornswaggle vs Chavo is just a waste of life and honestly how this BS comes across to these writers/bookers as comedy is beyond any intelligent reasoning.

Alicia Fox and Rosa had a “Legs” match against Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly.   For all the males watching this episode of Raw, obviously this was directed at them and it did what it was supposed to.  I don’t see why Gail is being wasted in this kind of a role but I’m sure she’ll get a shot at the Divas title at some point.

The legendary Shaq is going to be next weeks host.  Well at least this doesn’t make the fed look out of touch so we’ll just have to see.

The strongest segment of the entire night had Rhodes and DiBiase confront Jericho with how they are going to beat him at NoC.  Greatest line of the night where Jericho, after taking a verbal beating and a threat that Orton could take him out with the dreaded punt to the head had Jericho propose that possibly Orton could be his partner.

Finally we have the main event of John Cena and Triple H vs Legacy.

A good match leading up to the Night of Champions.  The tension between Triple H and Cena was obvious and of course deserved as both are challenging for the same title.  Orton and Legacy looked strong and did look like they were targeting Triple H which actually made sense.   I have to say that this is the match I was hoping to see over the weekend and yet never got from that other company and even though I don’t agree with the booking WWE proves once again that their professionals seemingly can actually work the finales of their matches without looking like complete crap.

Anyway, not the strongest go home show, but what WWE show is nowadays and we still have three more WWE based shows til Night of Champions and for the most part at least didn’t make me want to go online and electronically scream at a would-be celebrity.  Thanks for reading and supporting PWP.[/quote]

Anyway just my thoughts, rag on, rant, whatever.

This day in history Apr. 14th, 2008 @ 11:23 pm
April 14 - This Day in Wrestling History

Graham Cawthon
The History of WWE.com - http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com

1984: A WWF show at the Boston Garden featured Roddy Piper & David Schultz over Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas, Bob Backlund fighting Paul Orndorff to a double disqualification, and the Iron Sheik beating Sgt. Slaughter via disqualification.

1985: The WWF made two stops on a tour of California. In San Diego, Brutus Beefcake beat Mr. Wrestling II, IC Champion Greg Valentine beat Tito Santana, and Andre the Giant & the Junkyard Dog defeated Big John Studd & Ken Patera in a lumberjack match. In Oakland, 12,000 fans saw World Champion Hulk Hogan beat Roddy Piper via disqualification, Jimmy Snuka over Bob Orton Jr., and Don Muraco over Rick McGraw.

1989: An NWA show at the Mecca in Milwaukee featured the Road Warriors over Steve Williams & Mike Rotunda, Butch Reed over Rick Steiner, TV Champion Sting over Dan Spivey, and World Champion Ricky Steamboat & US Champion Lex Luger over Ric Flair & Michael Hayes.

1990: An NWA show in Houston featured the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express over the Fabulous Freebirds in singles matches, US Tag Team Champions Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk over the Midnight Express, Tag Team Champions the Steiners over the Samoan Swat Team, the Road Warriors over Doom, and US Champion Lex Luger over World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification.

1991: Sting & El Gigante defeated World Champion Ric Flair & TV Champion Arn Anderson at the Omni in Atlanta. The undercard included Big Van Vader winning a handicap match, Tom Zenk over Larry Zbyzsko, Ron Simmons over Butch Reed in a lumberjack streetfight, Tag Team Champions the Steiners over Anderson & Sid Vicious, and US Champion Lex Luger battling Nikita Koloff to a double disqualification. On the same day, the WWF hit both Chicago and Moline, IL. Chicago saw Bret Hart over the Barbarian, Ricky Steamboat beat Haku, Ted Dibiase beat Virgil, and Sgt. Slaughter beat World Champion Hulk Hogan via disqualification. In Moline, IC Champion Mr. Perfect beat Davey Boy Smith, the Rockers beat the Orient Express, Earthquake beat Jake Roberts, and the Ultimate Warrior defeated the Undertaker.

1992: The post-WrestleMania European tour continues with stops in London and Munich. In London’s Wembley Arena, Rick Martel beat Kerry Von Erich, Virgil defeated the Warlord, and the Undertaker fought Sid Justice to a double count-out. In Munich, Davey Boy Smith won a 16-man battle royal, World Champion Randy Savage beat Shawn Michaels, and IC Champion Bret Hart beat Dino Bravo.

1993: WCW held its first ever show in New York City, attracting 3,500 fans to the Paramount at Madison Square Garden. Sting beat World Champion Big Van Vader via disqualification and NWA World Champion Barry Windham beat Ricky Steamboat in the two top matches. The undercard featured Chris Benoit fighting Ron Simmons to a double count-out, Maxx Payne over Steve Regal, Rick Rude over Cactus Jack, and Tag Team Champions the Hollywood Blondes over 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Bagwell. On the same day, the WWF held three shows overseas – Mr. Perfect beat Lex Luger in the main event in Aberdeen, Scotland and Newcastle, England while Bret Hart beat Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event in Brussels, Belgium.

1995: An ECW show in Jim Thorpe, PA featured the Tazmaniac over Stevie Richards, Dean Malenko over Mikey Whipwreck, Tag Team Champions Public Enemy over the Pitbulls, Tommy Dreamer over Raven, and Shane Douglas & Cactus Jack over the Sandman & Ron Simmons.

1996: The WWF stop in Bielefeld, Germany saw Razor Ramon over the 1-2-3 Kid, Bret Hart beating Owen Hart, the Undertaker over Diesel, and World Champion Shawn Michaels over Steve Austin.

1997: WCW Monday Nitro came to Philadelphia. Highlights featured Reggie White in attendance and the announcement he had signed to face Steve McMichael at Slamboree, Syxx debuting the Buzzkiller finisher, the Public Enemy beating High Voltage in a streetfight, and a closing segment in which Sting, Lex Luger, Diamond Dallas Page, and the Giant fended off the nWo with baseball bats after Luger beat Kevin Nash via disqualification.

1998: A WCW Saturday Night taping in Mankato, MN featured Curt Hennig over Jim Neidhart, Rick Steiner over Scott Norton, TV Champion Booker T fighting Chris Benoit to a double count-out, Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho over Prince Iaukea, and Lex Luger & Steiner beating Hennig & Brian Adams in the dark match. A Raw taping the same day in Long Island saw Farooq over Kama in a streetfight, Terry Funk & Scorpio over NWA Tag Team Champions the New Midnight Express in a non-title match, DX over Owen Hart & the Legion of Doom, and Dude Love over Steve Blackman when Vince McMahon called for the bell as Blackman was in an abdominal stretch, serving as a reminder of the Montreal Incident.

1999: The WWF stop in Ft. Wayne, IN saw Mankind & Ken Shamrock beating the Acolytes, the New Age Outlaws over Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett, the Big Show beating the Rock via disqualification, and Kane beating Triple H via disqualification.

2000: An ECW show in Evansville, IN saw Little Guido over Kid Kash, Lance Storm & Dawn Marie over Nova & Jazz, Tommy Dreamer, the Sandman, & New Jack over Jack Victory, Yoshihiro Tajiri, & Steve Corino, and Super Crazy over Rhino.

2002: A WWF show in Abilene, TX saw the Hardys over Mr. Perfect & Shawn Stasiak, the Undertaker over Steve Austin, and Bradshaw pinning Brock Lesnar. The same day in Hattiesburg, MS featured Cruiserweight Champion Kidman over Tajiri, Diamond Dallas Page over Test, Kurt Angle beating Edge, and World Champion Triple H over Chris Jericho.

2003: Raw in Richmond featured Tag Team Champions Rob Van Dam & Kane over Lance Storm & Chief Morley in a No DQ match, Bill Goldberg laying out Christian after Christian called him out, and Booker T & the Hurricane beating World Champion Triple H & Ric Flair. Pre-match stipulations stated Booker would get a title shot against Triple H the next week if his team won.

2007: The WWE stopped in both Florence and Perugia, Italy. In Florence, Carlito beat Johnny Nitro, Tag Team Champions the Hardys over Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch, ECW Champion Bobby Lashley over IC Champion Umaga, and World Champion John Cena over Edge and Randy Orton. In Perugia, Tag Team Champions Paul London & Brian Kendrick beat Deuce & Domino, US Champion Chris Benoit over MVP, Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von, & Matt Striker defeated Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, & Sabu and World Champion the Undertaker over Batista, Mark Henry, and Mr. Kennedy.

Graham Cawthon
The History of WWE.com - http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com

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This whole "Flair turns face, then heel again as a swerve" thing is beaten into the ground! May. 24th, 2005 @ 06:02 pm
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Something I wrote in 1wrestling.com Apr. 1st, 2004 @ 05:22 pm
Does Japan lead the way in competing against the World Wrestling Federation?

At this moment, many American fans can name great Japanese wrestlers despite the slim viewing here in the states. Keiji Mutoh, aka the Great Muta, Masahiro Chono of nWo fame, and Tajiri (though he isn't really a Japanese star per say). All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling is very prominent right now. NOAH is coming up in the ranks but for right now it is NJPW and AJPW that lead the way. Antonio Inoki, a legend and a very strong political figure in Japan, creator of NJPW might have in his hands the strength to compete at a more international level. Promo cutting may not be a huge thing in Japan, but the innovative moves, great action, and pure athletic ability by many of the Japanese stars. Americans are very used to cutting promos, but Japanese wrestling may be able to have some strength just because the action and level of competition is so high in Japan. Pride, UFC, and K1 tournaments are becoming popular, but us wrestling fans are still set to seeing huge high flying moves and strong ground attacks, that the mainly martial arts, non-flashy, moves of the ultimate fighting world may be too boring for many of us. I enjoy ultimate fighting a lot, but as far as competing against the WWF is concerned, WWA, XWF, and XPW along with ultimate fighting are far from competing money wise. Japanese wrestling has a chance since revenues have been very high as far as I have heard. Sold out crowds, and Japan is a hard place to get sold out. If you wanted to, you could actually compare the tough crowds of the former ECW with Japanese fans. They are hardcore fans and will tell you if they don't like parts of the show. This can only create a better product and from what I have seen of Japanese wrestling, it may very well be on the road to becoming a "world wide wrestling" promotion. No pun intended for the WWF.

Mar. 25th, 2004 @ 03:11 pm

Statement #1:Women's wrestling should be more wrestling and less T & A.
Edge:True.Because I'm a wrestling purist at heart. If I wanted to see T & A, I'd watch something else.
Torrie Wilson:True.I think there's nothing better than seeing two girls kick the hell out of each other.

Statement #2:There should be more women's Hair vs. Hair matches.
Edge:False.I think Hair vs. Hair matches should be few and far between.
Torrie Wilson:False.We've still got to have the sexy babes in the ring.

Statement #3:Edge will be World Heavyweight Champion in 2004.
Edge:I think true.That's my plan, anyway.It all depends on the neck, basically.
Torrie Wilson:True.Because Edge is the bomb!

Statement #4:Brock Lesnar is making a mistake.
Edge:Because I love wrestling,true.But he'll come back a bigger star than he was before, because he will be back, in my opinion.
Torrie Wilson:False.He's following his dreams.

Statement #5:Trish was right when she said chicks
like it rough.
Edge:True.I'll let Torrie elaborate on that one.
Torrie Wilson:I'd say true, but it depends on the moment.

Ladies and Gentleman.. Paul Heyman's Smackdown welcomes... Mar. 22nd, 2004 @ 11:47 pm

spawn_syxx9 Raw of March 22, 2004 thoughtsCollapse )


Smackdown Results - dark matches and everything Mar. 19th, 2004 @ 09:22 am
Oh yeah.. they are hereCollapse )

The Lottery Mar. 18th, 2004 @ 10:22 pm
So I am thinking that maybe this lottery will not be so bad. That maybe it will actually work out in some odd way. I really don't know. It just might be a really good thing for Raw and Smackdown. Since this is a spoiler free spot, I don't think that it really means much since no one really knows who is going where less WWE officials.

My thoughts are that hey, it could actually make the brand extensions actually more competitive. I am really hoping though that wreslters based on pure wrestling will go to Smackdown and all the gimmikcy guys go to Raw to keep the balance of personalized tastes actually alive throughout the two brands.

Mar. 18th, 2004 @ 07:21 pm
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