Earlier today a video was released of Zack Ryder hyping his “Last ReZort” and how he’s going to try to get attention and back into the focus of WWE programming once again. His last attempt was cute, it was creative, and it worked, but it wore thin because the gimmick just flat out went stale. I’ve taken shots at Ryder, I’m not going to lie about that, his gimmick burned so fast it made him a very easy target. That said, he’s actually pretty damn good in the ring, I just can’t stand the cheesy as hell gimmick of the Jersey Shore douchebag. Ryder is better than that, and should have developed the gimmick beyond this a lot time ago. With the emphasis going back on the tag division, I’ve suggested he team back up with Curt Hawkins for a run after the titles, while they’re no New Age Outlaws, they were a damn good tag team and could easily help keep the energy of the division high. Hell, I came up with the idea of a Tag Title Money in the Bank matchup and I have to believe that the combination of Ryder and Hawkins would be a perfect fit for such a matchup. There’s a lot of potential left for Ryder, it just needs to be tapped into, hopefully that will happen with his newest venture. (more…)
When putting together my dream WrestleMania card, one match I definitely did not envision was John Cena going against Bray Wyatt. I was hoping for the ultimate clash of Shield and Wyatt’s happening at the biggest event, but I am starting to get over that. Thinking about it logically, this pairing of Bray Wyatt and John Cena really make a hell of a lot of sense. Since Bray Wyatt debuted on Raw he’s been talking of the fallacy of heroes, and who on the roster is a bigger hero than John Cena? I personally saw John Cena going against HHH at the big event, but this original match seems a lot more exciting than the rematch now that I’ve had some time to chew on it. This will also be the first time since WrestleMania 21 that John Cena hasn’t been in the title match/main event.
If there is one wrestler in WWE today I can’t stand and want shoved out in front of a bus never to be seen or heard from again, it is Zack Ryder. I have never gotten the appeal to him. He’s an awful wrestler, terrible character, and his charisma is very so-so at best. Zack Ryder has forgotten something very important. Getting over with the IWC or Internet fans is all fine and dandy but in the end of the day all you have done is appealed to 10% at most of WWE”s audience. The other 90% AKA the General and Casual Fans will not buy into something as boring and cookie cutter as Zack Ryder’s Long Island Iced Z gimmick. Not when they can turn on MTV or another similar channel and see the same thing anytime they want. You have to make them care about you and that is an ability that Zack Ryder simply does not possess.
Zack Ryder has always been one of the more energetic and electric superstars to watch in the WWE. (more…)
The other day I watched Wrestlemania Rewind for Wrestlemania 3 on the WWE Network. It was all about Andre the Giant versus Hulk Hogan match. I think it was done very well and it certainly brought back some fond memories.
There is a growing amount of WWE Network naysayers. Haters. When something as big and as game changing as the WWE Network launches, it means nothing but good things for both professional wrestling and entertainment. However, that’s not good enough for some people. (more…)
The next entry in Character Progression is the immortal Hulk Hogan. I figured with Hogan returning to WWE as the official host of WrestleMania 30, it would be the perfect time to look back at Hogan’s evolution throughout his career. Since this is a WWE opinion piece, TNA will be left out and WCW will be covered in one massive block. So eat your vitamins, say your prayers, and prepare to look back at one of the most influential people in sports entertainment.
Ever since the glory days of WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64 and WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain for the PlayStation 2, it has been very difficult to make a wrestling game that could truly follow up either of these titles. Either the games would have an awesome roster but poor controls, awesome controls but poor storyline, or awesome features with a lackluster roster. The combination of limitations to the games were endless, but at no fault of the company. I can understand not being able to have a roster of current and legend Superstars due to legal issues [which is an issue that appears to be fading away] or limiting features due to hardware compatibility, but with the dawn of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, I believe our days of limitations within the game itself [aside from legal issues] are over.
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Oops. i meant to have this one out sooner so I could post the up to date part today but then we had a snowstorm earlier this week and I was snowed in at a hotel and just now getting back to normal. This part is the beginning of The Streak is a Selling Point for Wrestlemania and people going all out to try and break it. a Young Randy Orton and Mark Henry Stepped up the plate but was smacked down just the same as the attempts before.
By defeating The New Age Outlaws this past Monday on Raw, The Usos finally, and deservedly, won their first WWE Tag Team Title. This victory makes Jimmy and Jey the latest members of the illustrious Anoa’i Family to taste gold in the WWE. The history of this storied household is effectively unparalleled in the world of professional wrestling, both in terms of longevity and number of individuals to acquire championships. Some hugely familiar personalities, as well as some surprising ones, have arisen from the Anoa’i seed, so let us take a look at the superstars who have graced the squared circle and been in possession of this powerful surname. (more…)
This week’s show kicked off with the new NXT theme. William Regal, Tom Phillips, and Byron Saxton were on commentary. (more…)
I have written an article called the Ultimate Wrestlemania and Royal Rumble. There weren’t enough Elimination Chamber PPV’s, so I’m expanding to all February PPV’s. If you haven’t read the other 2 articles, here’s how I picked the matches. (more…)
WWE is at a pivotal point in the company’s history. Great change is abound, whether it’s the birth of a service that allows users to consume WWE content like never before; new minds running things from behind the curtain; or an influx of fresh talent invigorating the onscreen product and ushering in a new era of stars. John Cena has referenced these developments directly on several recent occasions during promos and interviews, specifically making a point of putting over the latest talent crop that has been making waves on NXT as well as the main roster. With a milestone WrestleMania fast approaching, will WWE put its money where its mouth is and invest in its future by allowing these guys to really shine, or will TPTB be too busy trying to make money off of the past?
Earlier today a friend posted a comment on his Facebook that he was chastised for being a “typical IWC” member for a comment on his Twitter account. Gesus Oliver made a solid point and it got me thinking about something, considering I was working my “day job” this got very awkward as I ran my topic and the points I would be using for said topic through my mind while also trying to figure out window and door sizes for customers. I agree with his stance on the subject that was mentioned, but I did start to think about how people view things and how warped said view is at times. I’ve run a few different article ideas through my mind lately but those will have to take a seat on the back burner because this one jumped straight to the head of the class. Fans have been saying and doing things lately, and while I can understand where some of it comes from, I don’t support them. My article today is taking on one of the most annoying chants in the world of pro wrestling, that’s right I’m going after the CM…had ya there didn’t I? Actually, the chant in question is the “you still got it” chant. The primary reason I’ve learned to hate this is that it’s primarily based on the thought that people who may not have been on WWE television for a while have somehow forgotten how to work in the ring. This is clearly not true, sure there are times when you ask what the person was thinking, but recently we’ve seen that in some cases it’s like riding a bike, they never forget. (more…)