Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Column:The Hard Way

I don’t write columns as much as I would like and that is for numerous reasons but a few things have happened recently and I just had come back. I am going to start by talking about CM PUNK

Now I love Punk, and I have from the day he debuted in WWECW, the straight edge gimmick and the great little matches he had week in week out with the likes of Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von & Kevin Thorn. Then he got a run with the title and had a really good run, I personally thought he was booked wrong but I still enjoyed it. He got a big move to raw and worked in the mid-card had a run with the Intercontinental Title, a brief Tag Title run with Kofi Kingston. Punk then got the big push and was Word Champion but again he was misused and was booked all wrong. Punk’s big chance came after being drafted to SmackDown and winning Money In the Bank again for the second year in a row, when he cashed In on Jeff Hardy and turned heel it was the real defining moment for Punk in the WWE. The Straight Edge Saviour was born and he told us all why he was just plain better than us. After Punk dropped the belt though it just seemed to go back to the same and Punk slid back to mid-card and eventually found his way back to RAW, shortly after which he got injured and was placed on commentary. This in turn worked out to be a revelation and got punk over with the WWE Universe; he returned and had a mini program with Cena that went nowhere. It was around this time that rumours and reports started to circulate that Punk’s contract was coming up and he wasn’t going to sign a new one. Was I shocked to read these stories NO and I will tell you why, it’s simple really In his 6 years with the company up to that point in my opinion was used to the best of his ability ONCE. It’s hard for me to watch someone who I love to watch perform, someone who I have seen have some of the best matches I have ever watched and he is constantly pushed aside when he could draw a hell of a lot of money.

When Punk became number one contender to John Cena’s WWE Championship I thought to myself this is the beginning of his exit program and hopefully he will be back soon. But then CM Punk cut that promo and it seemed like the whole world exploded, everybody just lost their minds and Punk became Jesus for the IWC (he was pretty close to it before hand). He talked about things that have never been spoken about on WWE programming, it made CM Punk a pop culture icon and the story was picked up by mainstream media. I loved the reaction it showed how much that a simple worked shoot can make everybody sit up and pay attention. The inclusion of Mr.McMahon was inspired and it brought a sense of reality to the whole thing that made it so much more enjoyable. I will even go as far as to really give some props to Michael Cole as the job he did from the commentary desk on the RAW’s preceding The Money In The Bank PPV was really good, the way he sold the severity of what could happen in the company if CM Punk was to leave with the Title. The match itself was absolutely superb it had me on the edge of my seat from start to end, I truly had no idea how they were going to end the PPV, I was routing for Punk and I wasn’t disappointed he came out with the win after Vince tried with the help of his newest stooge John Laryngitis to screw Punk. Cena stopped him doing that and paid for it by running into a GTS. The crowd in Chicago’s All-State Arena was as biased as it gets Punk’s pop was Road Warrior esque and it was quite simply the single worse reaction i have ever seen John Cena receive.

Punk left and the ensuing WWE Championship tournament saw Rey Mysterio crowned champion and then he defend the title against John Cena the same night where Cena regained the title. Now I see this as the legitimate title history as I think that the minute the clock struck midnight on July 17th CM Punk was stripped of the championship due to his contract lapsing. As far as I’m concerned when Punk came back Cena was the rightful Champion there shouldn’t have been a dispute. However dispute there was and we ended up with Cena v Punk Title for Title with (The newly installed COO) Triple H as the special guest ref. The SummerSlam match was better that the match at the previous PPV for me, the submission chain sequence was really great and I thought the back and forth was really good. The finish of the match was a bit of a let down (at first) I though the whole foot on the rope thing I wasn’t really feeling it, it just didn’t fit in with the theme of the program for me. However I must learn to not judge WWE before they go off air because as Cena left the ring very upset at Triple H missing the foot, Triple H congratulated Punk began to leave and Kevin Nash jumps the barrier delivers the Jack-knife Powerbomb to Punk and allows Del Rio to cash in his Money In The Bank and CM Punk fell victim to a situation that he himself has twice profited from.

Now the point to me going through the story up to this point is this after RAW it seems certain that Punk it set to go into program with Triple H it seems according to reports that this is all coming to a head at Wrestlemania when Hunter and Punk go one on one. Now as far as the involvement of Kevin Nash it can only add to the storyline as a whole. Nash is a great guy on the stick and will be able to go back and forth with Punk in promo’s. It seems to me coming out of RAW that it’s going to end up being Stephanie who told Nash to attack the winner of the match and that will cause punk to go after Steph and Hunter will not stand for that as Randy Orton can attest to. I only see this program picking up more and more speed, more and more momentum. CM Punk at this point doesn’t need the world title he is in what is going to be the 1st or 2nd mostLink prominent story on TV and in a story that is only going to get bigger every time Punk picks up a mic.

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UFC Leaving Spike-What This Means For TNA

According to SportsBusinessDaily.com, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization has signed a blockbuster multi-year deal with FOX broadcasting that will see UFC programming airing on FOX networks (Fox, FX, Fuse) for the next seven or eight years.

This deal now makes TNA Wrestling the most valuable brand on Spike TV.
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WWE's Kevin Nash To Take On TNA's Scott Steiner In Canada

UCW has announced that Kevin Nash will wrestle Scott Steiner at the September To Remember events, which take place on August 31st, 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada at St. Antonio Hall and September 1st, 2011 in Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada at the Apple Dome. Go to http://wherewrestlinghappens.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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New Jack Barred From Selling Terri Runnels Photos

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting today that on 8/12 a judge in Sanford, FL has issued a temporary order to keep Jack from selling nude pictures of ex-girlfriend Terri. Jack argues that since he took the photos with his phone they are his property. They will both appear in court next week to argue whether the ban should be made permanent or lifted.

Last week, Runnels filed a lawsuit against New Jack accusing him of libel and saying she had STDs.
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John Cena Address His Fans

John Cena tweeted the following:

CeNation. Amazing to see in times of crisis, and change, who your freinds are. Thanks to all of u who never give up.... And for those that wish for our demise, now is when we rise above the hate, and overcome. Can't wait to get my hands on Del Rio. Yawn ..stop looking at this bizz in black and white. I am not a "heel" or a "face", I am me. I find it comical that u truly believe. That archaic ideology still exists. Today, wwe fans cheer for who they please, which is why I love this company. I should mail u a pair of my shorts, because your stuck in 1993.

I thought I made it pretty clear at contract signing where I stood. I guess there's a lot of folks out there whose capacity is as limited as "my offense". :) I back those who back me. And those who back me, get ready for one Helluva few months! Rise Above Hate. This "soap box moment " was brought to you by Fruity Pebbles. :) Thanks again to ALL those who never give up.
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Mick Foley Comments On Not Being Included On Recent WWE DVD

Mick Foley wrote the following on Twitter after fans asked if he was upset that he was not mentioned on WWE's Greatest Superstars of the 21st Century DVD:

I'm not surprised I'm not on that greatest stars disc. I only had 9 matches with @WWE in the 21st century. Not hurt at all.
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Boxing Match To Happen At Wrestlemania 28?

According to boxingscene.com, There are talks about holding a boxing match at next years WrestleMania. The match would see Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett take on David Tua
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Matt Hardy Says He Is Ready For TNA Return

Matt Hardy tweeted the following:

I'm ready.. It's time for me to get back in the ring. I'm gonna train my ass off & get ready for the day-wherever it may be. Preach
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Content Listing For Upcoming Randy Orton "The Evolution of a Predator" DVD

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Disc 1

I Am Randy Orton
The Road to WrestleMania Begins
Preparing for the Chamber
Embarking on a Path of Destiny
Training Days
The Elimination Chamber
Facing the Media
The Next Diamond
Signs of Trouble
Dealing with Injuries
The Legend Killer
The Man of Destiny
Punked Out
Coming Home
A Hard Lesson to Learn
Evening the Odds
The Mecca
The Price and Reward of WrestleMania
Making a Difference
Dark Days
Madison Square Melee
Randy’s Redemption
Axxess to the Apex Predator
Legacy
The Day Has Arrived…
I Won’t Be Your Hero
The Evolution of Randy Orton

Disc 2 - Matches

Randy Orton vs. Slick Robbie D
OVW Christmas Chaos – Jan. 31, 2001

Randy Orton vs. Hardcore Holly
SmackDown – Apr. 25, 2002

Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels
Unforgiven – Sept. 21, 2003

Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam
Armageddon – Dec. 14, 2003

Handicap Tag Team Match
Randy Orton, Ric Flair & Batista vs. The Rock & Mick Foley
WrestleMania XX – Mar. 14, 2004

No Holds Barred Falls Count Anywhere Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley
Backlash – Apr. 18, 2004

Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Edge
Vengeance – Jul. 11, 2004

Handicap Casket Match
Randy Orton & “Cowboy” Bob Orton vs. Undertaker
No Mercy – Oct. 9, 2005

Disc 3 - Matches

Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle
Vengeance – Jun. 25, 2006

Legend Killer vs. Legend
Randy Orton vs. Hulk Hogan
SummerSlam – Aug. 20, 2006

Texas Bull Rope Match
Randy Orton vs. Dusty Rhodes
The Great American Bash – Jul. 22, 2007

Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena
WrestleMania XXIV – Mar. 30, 2008

“I Quit” Match for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs. John Cena
Breaking Point – Sept. 13, 2009

Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
Hell in a Cell – Oct. 3, 2010

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
WrestleMania XXVII – Apr. 3, 2011

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Christian
SmackDown – May 6, 2011
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CHIKARA: Flex Express theme song available now in iTunes for 99 cents

Our resilient rookie Green Ant, now set for competition in Young Lions Cup IX in just 2 weeks, spent the month of July aboard the Flex Express making his way to Reading, PA and his match with Tursas. His journey was captured perfectly by the song "Where Would We Be Without Heroes?" by Kenny Pickett, available now for digital download in the iTunes store for a mere 99 cents!

Listen to a free preview and purchase it here: http://tinyurl.com/3egeh76

Come see our upcoming live events:

Young Lions Cup IX
Saturday & Sunday - 8.27.2011 & 8.28.2011
Live @ The Palmer Center
4100 Green Pond Rd
in Easton, PA!
The action starts @ 7:00 pm on Saturday!
On Sunday, we start @ 4:00 pm!

"Odyssey of the Twelfth Talisman"
Saturday afternoon - 9.17.2011
Live @ Brockton Boys & Girls Club
233 Warren Avenue
in Brockton, MA!
The action starts @ 7:00 pm, Doors open @ 6:30 pm!

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The Young Bucks Get WWE Tryout Match

According to PWInsider, Nick and Matt Jackson, The Young Bucks (aka former TNA stars Generation Me) were among those who received a tryout yesterday prior to Raw in Los Angeles. The duo worked matches for WWE Producers yesterday afternoon.

In a recent interview with Unplugged, The Young Bucks said the following about going to WWE:

WWE… who knows? Never say Never. I know Nick isn’t too thrilled about it because he doesn’t like being on the road a lot and I don’t either but I’ll give that answer; Never say never and Ring Of Honor is such as fit for us, its just our style and we just like producing good wrestling matches, that’s what we like doing. Not a lot of places offer tag team wrestling and Ring Of Honor is the best, We deferentially havnt had our last match in ROH that’s for sure.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt Breaks 'No Dancing' Rule at WWE Event

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After a week in which both Jennifer Love Hewitt and Stacey Keibler were linked to new men (the Bachelorette’s runner-up, Ben, and George Clooney, respectively), both women popped up on the scene solo.

WWE wrestlers have invaded L.A. ahead of Sunday’s SummerSlam event. The sweaty grapplers, known for busting bones, inspired Hewitt to break one of Hollywood party’s key unwritten rules at a kickoff event Thursday night: No dancing.

As favorites like C.M. Punk, HHH and Hollywood party regular “The Miz” walked a double red-carpet in the lobby of the Andaz Hotel, Hewitt and “The Blind Side’s” Quinton Aaron quarterbacked their own sizeable dance circle upstairs in the penthouse party.

After LMFAO’s “I’m in Miami,” they were still dancing over an hour later when the deejay spun two more LMFAO anthems. Ironically, “Dancing with the Stars’” Cheryl Burke sat it out, watching from the sidelines.

In another corner, teen TV actors Arielle Winter (“Modern Family”) and Angus T. Jones (“Two and a Half Men”) compared notes on returning to shoot their series. “It’s pretty much the same (without Charlie Sheen). It’s just that Ashton’s (Kutcher) there instead of Charlie,” Jones said earlier in the night.

The party promoted WWE and Creative Coalition’s global anti-bullying alliance, “Be a STAR.” Kellan Lutz, coming over from a day promoting his new association with a denim line at the Grove, told me he was actually bullied growing up. “I was called Dumbo,” he said.

David Arquette stressed that he grew up watching his transgendered sister Alexis Arquette be bullied, and thus wanted to continue to support the anti-bullying campaign. That, and he’s also a not-so-secret wrestling fan (WWE wrestler HHH greeted him warmly in the lobby) and was at one time, a world champ himself.

The event was Burke’s second of the night, coming over from Rosario Dawson’s G-Star “Women’s Night” garden party at Kitson.

The Thursday night parties beckon a hundred or so L.A. fashionistas for champagne and shopping in shady courtyard off Robertson. On Thursday night, Kristin Chenoweth was amongst the first to arrive (and depart with three big bags of the exclusive denim collection).

As Dawson is heading off to London shortly to shoot a film with James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel (Natalie Portman’s ballet instructor from “Black Swan”), she told me about the recent riots. “I’m looking forward to going there to work there and being a part of positivity,” she said.

Thanks to a black bowler hat, tourists craning their necks from the top deck of a passing tour bus couldn’t tell it who was the object of all the flashbulbs outside Kitson.

If you were choking on cigar smoke outside Goal sports bar on Wednesday night, you might want to blame Leo.

Leonardo DiCaprio hit the Third street sports bar (known more for “scene” than sports) for karaoke night. He smoked cigars outside with long time friend and fellow actor Lucas Haas, before hanging with Kevin Connolly inside. (For authenticity, the bar has been featured in “Entourage”).

Connolly held down a choice booth for most of the night, chatting with Jessica Szohr, as a fearless male friend took the stage to perform “The Humpty Dance”.

Finally, Stacy Keibler was asking for “nothing fried” during lunch at Mr. Chow’s on Thursday, settling for lettuce wraps instead. Sitting with three women in what looked like a business lunch, the former pro-wrestler did not make it a reunion with her former colleagues at the WWE bash later in
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Mick Foley Comments On John Cena

Mick Foley posted the following on his twitter page:

WHY IS MICK A MARK FOR CENA?

Perhaps the match with the Miz didn't live up to the hype. I didn't see the match with R Truth, but if many of you believe it didn't deliver, I'll take you at your word. But Cena has delivered great matches with regularity for far longer than most people realize, or are willing to give him credit for.

I understand the knock that he's had great opponents. I just don't agree with it. EVERY World Champion of the modern era has had great opponents to work with. In my opinion, Cena's lasting legacy of good to great matches with all of the top superstars of the modern WWE era is worthy of praise - even from those who find his character to be dull or in need of a turn.

Quick, who was Bobby Lashley's best match with? John Cena. Was Bobby carrying Cena then. Remember the shockingly watchable match Cena had with Great Khali? Come on, admit it - it was pretty good. Add great matches with Edge, Triple H, Kurt, etc, etc, etc, on up to the last two classics with Punk, and you are looking at one mighty underrated wrestler.

But the main reason Mick is a mark for Cena is because he is a man who treats EVERY wrestler on the card with equal respect. You may not think he's a great wrestler. Fine. I disagree, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. He IS, however, a great man. Respect!
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