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Monday, July 11, 2016
Ring The Bell: Cruiserweight Classic, Brock Lesnar, MLW Radio, John Cena, New Japan & More!
Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement…
Monday, let’s RING THE BELL and get the RAW VIEW on recent news and
events in the world of pro wrestling!
Cruiserweight Classic gets underway on Wendesday, with episodes of it
taped in advance, the intrigue is not on who wins or loses… but
instead on if they are actually going to have wrestling matches… or
the indy-spotfest garbage. The WWE Network had a special last week to
break down the brackets and highlight a number of the competitors,
and an emphasis was on having ‘wrestling matches’ to break the
stereotype that has plagued cruiser-weights going back to the 1990s.
Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt, having to go the full 3-rounds, and get
probably a paid decision (c’mon, the UFC is more crooked than
boxing was in the 1980s)… and now will be facing Randy Orton at
SummerSlam next month. In my mind, Orton defeats Lesnar via boot to
the head and gets a push based on ‘The Viper Who Slayed The Beast’,
similar to how he had a ‘Legend Killer’ gimmick back in 2003-04.
Besides, Lesnar is not a draw, and I’d bet dollar to donuts, that
Lesnar being on UFC 200 didn’t factor into anyone actually buying
been a lot made about John Cena working a lighter schedule, and after
16 years, he’s more than earned to get a few extra days off… even
though no one has bothered to step up to try and do the things he
does for the WWE. People forget that it’s more than just crowd pops
and having message board pleasing matches, you got to be a 100%
always on spokesperson for the company, from charity to special
events and media relations… no one, not AJ Styles and certainly not
Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins has even bothered to even step into
speaking of Cena… let me chime in on the #BeatUpJohnCena crap from
last week, let’s remember a simple fact, that it wasn’t for John
Cena stepping up the way he did following an internet darling named
Chris Benoit MURDERING HIS FAMILY… pro wrestling may have all but
stopped on a national level in the United States. Cena, more than any
one performer, basically set the standard of how a wrestler should
be, restoring credibility to the industry that hasn’t been around
since the early 80s.
Jushin Thunder Liger will be taking part in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s
‘Battle of Los Angeles’ 24-person Tournament. Also taking part in
the tournament is NXT washout Chris Hero, Matt Sydal, Jack Gallager,
Zack Sabre Jr, and Cody Rhodes among others.
of Cody Rhodes, he appeared on the Ric Flair Show on its new home on
MLW Radio… and yeah, I won’t be listening to that program anytime
soon, much like MSL on the MSL and Sullivan show…as the listeners
get talked ‘down’ to, in Flair’s case it’s about Charlotte
who is good, but no one where near as good as the likes of Paige,
Sasha Banks, Emma and women who actually worked the independents, but
Flair praises her because she’s his kid… while MSL &
Sullivan, suffers from MSL ‘the 1990s was perfect’ syndrome while
making Kevin Sullivan, someone WORTH LISTENING TOO, sound like a
total goof ball.
Radio does have fun show that caught my attention ‘Marty &
Sarah Love Wrestling’ is a totally random hodgepodge, that is
totally from a ‘fans’ perspective’, It’s a perfect compliment
to the much more engaging Jim Cornette Experience and Bauer &
Pollock, the network’s two strongest programs, because a) Cornette
isn’t happened with a moron (well not anymore) and is entertaining
when he goes on a long rant, and b) Bauer & Pollock actually go
over the news and events. The ‘Marty & Sarah Love Wrestling’
program, is the nice bit of sugary goodness that just exists to
lighten the mood.
a move people were expecting, TNA’s Impact Wrestling is moving to
Thursday nights to avoid running head to head with SmackDown Live…
however the fact that TNA’s product still is a joke and reeks of
the worst aspect of the late 90s will not be changing any time soon.
they are getting a ‘Moose’… that worked incredibly well the
first time around… oh wait… it didn’t.
of SmackDown…. That show needs to have its name changed in the
worst way… it reeks of the 1990s, and its not a good name… it’s
The Rock freakin’ catchphrase that no one other than him uses. It’s
garbage, pure and simple. The right move would have been to re-brand
the show, call it… WWE Titans… or WWE Prime …. Both of which
call backs to the WWE’s original prime time shows on the USA
Network, Tuesday Night Titans and Prime Time Wrestling…. Hell call
it NITRO or THUNDER… anything is better than SmackDown at this
Draft is next week with Battleground right behind it, but as of yet
there has been not determination or announcement to indicate how the
championships will be split. There is indication that there will be
the return of the World Heavyweight Championship with the ‘World
Heavyweight’ part disappearing form the WWE World Heavyweight
Championship name in recent weeks.
week’s RAW… Bob Backlund announced he is giving the Cross-face
Chicken Wing to Darren Young… I don’t think that’s going to
make Darren great… considering it’s a move that doesn’t
naturally fit with what we’ve seen him do… now if he gave him the
Super Atomic Drop, then that would’ve been interesting.
And as I
was writing this, apparently the UFC has been sold… and instead of
getting rid of Dana White who wasted money on the likes of CM Punk…
he gets to stay around considering the favortism he has shown to his
‘guys’… and apparently, the new owners, will be forcing the
fighters to sign with a certain agency… which screws a lot of folks
over cause you know there are going to be strong-arm tactics being
done for guys to get certain fights and big pay days.
Promoter / President Bushiroad Takaaki Kidani indicated that they
hope to do stand-alone shows in the United States… and that could
be interesting. They will draw in New York, Chicago and all the
Smark-infested cities to draw a crowd of around 5,000… but I don’t
see them being able to grow their popularity here in the States with
casual fans, for the same reasons Ring of Honor has failed to do so.
They should treat coming to the US the way the WWE treats going to
the UK, twice a year tops, and only hitting areas that make sense on
a travel route.
that note, the final 3-count has been made, so let’s wrap this up.
night is Tuesday, and the plan is to continue the Romulan story arc
missions with Sobar when I play Star Trek Online!