3 Better “U”s to Describe NXT Takeover: Unstoppable

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I said on the Wrestling Is Real Podcast last Tuesday that I felt like the Sasha Banks/Becky Lynch match for the NXT Womens Championship on paper could have been booked as the main event. This match validated my point. Great selling, hard-hitting and brutalizing are three ways I could describe this match. Sasha and Becky did an incredible job of making me feel emotionally invested in this match. The buildup made me totally care about both competitors. The match could have even been longer and it still would not have lost the intensity and excitement that this feud has had. With Charlotte, Bayley and Emma in this womens division, there is no weak link. Dana Brooke has a real uphill climb if she hopes to hang in NXT’s exclusive group of elite womens wrestlers.

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Finn Balor no longer needs to be in NXT. Aside from his size, he is ready to move up to the main roster. Although he could benefit from a nice long chase for the NXT Championship against Kevin Owens, he has nothing left to prove. Its sink or swim time for Finn Balor on RAW and he must rely on the facepaint to accompany his epic entrance in order for him to succeed.

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Samoa Joe’s debut in NXT never needed to happen. Joe has nothing to prove to anyone in my opinion but, given the contract he has reportedly signed, it looks like his time in NXT does not include a rise to the WWE main roster which is the part of unnecessary I’m talking about. Joe vs. Owens is a dream match no doubt, but I think Kevin Owens’ appearance on RAW last Monday and his pending non-title match with John Cena at Elimination Chamber next week tells me Owens is going to be permanently called up to the main roster.

Have any other “U” s you could use to describe NXT Takeover = Unstoppable?  Use your keyboard and share it.-KOP

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Welcome the New Generation of Wrestling Territories

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In previous posts, I have discusses why I do not agree with some of the IWC and the diehard WWE fans with why every promising up and coming or beloved veteran wrestler that have yet to enter WWE should go to WWE. At NXT Takeover: Unstoppable, Samoa Joe did make his debut, but he will not go through the finishing process so that he can satisfy a lot of smart WWE fans dreams of making the main WWE Roster.

Instead, wrestlers like Joe and Rhyno are in NXT under an exclusive deal to work TV tapings and house shows for that brand, or you could call it a territory. Wrestling territories have come back in the form of wrestling promotions that have TV deals set so that their roster of wrestlers can be seen in some way or shape by their fans.

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Much like the days of the old territories of yesteryear, there are a number of the top non-WWE performers making their rounds among multiple TV territories. Samoa Joe and Rhyno are working other independent dates. New Japan Pro Wrestling stars The Young Bucks. Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Takaaki Watanabe and and others are now currently running some Ring of Honor shows, but will soon be adding Global Force Wrestling to their list of dates. Albeto El Patron and Texano Jr, and very soon Rey Mysterio, are working Lucha Underground and dates for AAA Lucha Libre.

So for those haters of Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling promotion, can’t you see that this is what the “Chosen One” is trying to build. I put his promotion on the map because eventually GFW will become one of the new generation of the wrestling territories.

In closing, I don’t foresee any one ever competing with WWE like WCW and the territories of old, but at least the future of wrestling offers places where wrestlers can work and make a good living without having to be in WWE. -KOP

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WIR 05.20.15: WWE Elimination Chamber 2015…More Like Experimentation Chamber

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WWE Elimination Chamber…More Like Experimentation Chamber as we look at the showcasing of the Tag Titles and the Intercontinental Championship in the Elimination Chamber as well as Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens being given the chance to shine.

Also Lucha Underground shows us how a heel turn is done, we recap the Ring of Honor War of the Worlds and Global Wars supershows. We also welcome Chris Mullet of the Podswoggle network of podcasts to join us for headlines and an opening rant on the resilience of small wrestlers and the Connors cure podcast fundraising marathon this weekend in Chicago called Podslam 15.

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WIR 05.18.15 WWE Payback Post-Show; Seth Rollins Pedigree Pays Off; PPV Above Par

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WWE Payback Post-Show; Seth Rollins Pedigree Pays Off in Fatal Four-Way; PPV Sub Par with good Tag Team title Match with New Day and Kidd/Cesaro. Lana Throws in Proverbial Towel for Rusev; Ziggler takes a crimson mask headbutt.

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Daniel Bryan is Broken Again: IWC? WWE? Who Is To Blame?

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The answer to my question would be that there is a lot of blame to pass around, and although WWE would be partially to blame they look like the least culpable of everyone. Who is really to blame? The IWC and Daniel Bryan himself.

WWE should have first of all NOT allow Daniel Bryan to return in January. The IWC spoiled WWEs Wrestlemania plans. Not only was the heat by the IWC at the Royal Rumble avoidable, but the forced FastLane main event and the conflicting push of Roman Regins was also avoidable. But WWE can justify this blame now.

The real reason WWE has a preference for bigger guys I believe primarily is the idea that wrestlers should look like wrestlers (bigger than life) and secondly that these bigger bodied wrestlers are much more resistant and durable to the bump and bruises of the road.

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The IWC wants to see people they can relate to. Wrestlers that they can put their hopes behind. They want to see the wrestlers that have delivered great matches in the likes of the indie promotions on the main stage that they truly care about…the WWE.

Only problem with that is, look at the amount of years some of these indie darlings go through before they go through the finishing school of NXT and then finally get to the WWE main roster. I think wrestling fans don’t really notice how much of a work rate and a shelf life some of these heralded WWE Superstars have to sustain a 300-day road schedule.

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Daniel Bryan spent 9 years in the indy circuit and then went through three years of WWE and NXT Season 1 before he saw main event gold. A lot to ask for a 5’10, 210 pound wrestler who has been subjected to a lot of matches as of late with more bigger and bulkier wrestlers that can take a brutal toll. Add the high-flying moves that Daniel Bryan continued to perform while choosing not to slow down and changing up his game, he felt compelled to continue entertaining the fans with the moves they expect from him with what I believe was without any regard for his health.

Bottom line is we ask for a lot out of these wrestlers that do not have that ideal build that WWE loves. For every John Cena injury, you can compare it to the amount of injured smaller wrestlers like Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Evan Bourne (Matt Sydal), and now you can add Hideo Itami and Sami Zayn to that list.

Let’s just, that why I think I can understand the WWEs position, but I sympathize the IWC that might prefer not to think the worst that could happen to their favorite wrestlers. -KOP

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WIR 05.13.15 WWE Payback Preview and Predictions; WWE NXT Takeover: Unstoppable Preview and Predictions

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Billy Corgan is Not The Savior of TNA, But He Does Have Some Good Ideas

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During a conference call with reporters, New TNA senior producer Billy Corgan spoke about

How he wants to bring TNA wrestling to the mainstream because “It doesn’t always get its due in American culture.”

He said he will “work around the clock to change the wrestling product, particularly as it pertains to television, working on what I’m hoping will be a developmental system,”

Billy Corgan is a die-hard wrestling fan like you and me, but he actually has some wrestling background.  Believe it or not, he is more than just the front man of an iconic trend-setting rock group.

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Dixie Carter’s hire of the Smashing Pumpkins lead singer actually might be a smart hire if you lay out what his aspirations are for joining the company. He actually has some good ideas, but having ideas and implementing them are another story.

Now, at this point of my post I stopped writing because i wanted to see what came of the Live May 8th Impact Wrestling episode.  So far it looks like he is making an immediate impact with the focus of the knockouts. Gail Kim and Awesome Kong vs. The Dollhouse and the Velvet Sky/Angelina Love felt like they had been infused with his input.

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Billy Corgan doesn’t need to overhaul and reset all of the storylines.  When it comes to the current state of the product, the most interesting feud TNA has right now involves some of James Storm’s best work to date versus Magnus involving Mickie James. Billy can leavethat story alone.

Otherwise, Bully Ray’s return will help the main event program.  Rising vs the Beat Down Clan is just okay. The Best of 5 tag team series with The Wolves and The Dirty Heels will be pure fun. Those stories could be where Corgan could offer some creative help. Plus,  developing new stars whether new or recreating new gimmicks for tired gimmicks will be where TNA needs the most help. 

Good luck Billy Corgan I say. At least you got me interested to watch for something new in TNA. I’d recommend the IWC to cut Billy a little slack. I’ll give you till Bound For Glory to judge. -KOP

 

 

 

 

 

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Why WWE Casual Fans Cripple Chances of IWC Fan Favorites

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When the WWE Off season is upon us, the casual WWE fan gets very complacent. Apathy, negativity and an unwillingness to get behind anything new the WWE brings in front of us each and every off season.

While I am prone to describe the smart fans of the IWC in the same vein,  there are a majority of them that at least have fan favorites that they get behind in WWE, or are smart enough to know that WWE is not the only wrestling company worth watching.

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But now I must channel my hostility to the WWE’s casual fans. Yes, you do buy the bulk of the tickets for all of their house shows and some of the merchandise, so for that positive I thank you. But do you understand…. all you are doing is maintaining the WWE’s status quo. Allow me to write my laundry list of what’s wrong with the casual WWE fan.

  • Because the same way you got caught up in peer pressure like you’re still in high school, You watch for only WWE Superstars that everybody thought was cool in the Attitude Era. That’s why WWE thinks we still want to see so much of Big Show and Kane.
  • You so scared to share your guilty pleasure for fear of being ridiculed. So it’s only cool to talk about wrestling when Brock Lesnar is in the company so you can talk to your MMA friends, and maybe because ESPN chose to talk about Wrestlemania because the Rock and Ronda Rousey made an appearance? Listen, this is the era of social media folks. Like what you like and don’t give a crap about what people think about your love of wrestling.
  • WWE is year-round. Are you like a Netflix fan that you can only watch during a certain time of the year. You really can’t see the price point of buying the WWE Network? (NXT, PPVs, Archives). No wonder you NEVER know anything about the product today so no wonder why you can’t like anything the WWE does that is actually new and cool.
  • Finally, when you do go to those live shows (house show, RAW or Smackdown) you have some thumb up your ass about not keeping up with the product to the point that you don’t watch what WWE Superstars that the smart fans are getting behind and you choose to “What!” their promo or stay quiet during their matches while cheering only for the occasional high spot.

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Smart fans, it’s time to start a fire under the asses of every casual WWE fan around the world to start getting back into the WWE product. We don’t need a Stone Cold, Brock, Rock, Hogan or another Attitude Era to create a buzz around what is actually pretty cool going on with WWE during the Off season. Social media and online chatter will not cut.

More interest in wrestling comes from what you do to interact with the casual fans who visit the live shows, from proudly wearing your wrestling schwag, to spreading the word offline with new and existing friends and strangers. That way, we can have more WWE ( and to a greater extent more wrestling) fans that can be even more vocal about what we want from WWE.

Maybe then,  we will get more nights like we did on Monday night where WWE will give the smart wrestling fans a bone with the showcasing of Sami Zayn, Kidd and Cesaro, Neville, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and everyone else we want to get over.  You got Daniel Bryan to be in the Wrestlemania main event right? What else can you make WWE do?- KOP

 

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WIR 05.06.15: WWE Throws IWC a Bone; Behind the NXT Curtain

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WWE Universe Throws IWC a Bone by adding a fan favorite to the Payback main event to make it a fatal four-way, and a Montreal made WWE Debut. ESPN takes fans Behind the NXT Curtain. TNA goes all Hardcore Justice and Lucha Underground quickly pushes Hernandez into a world heavyweight contender.

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Mayweather vs Pacquiao Fight Came Too Late, Outcome Inevitable

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Its not common for me to go off-topic on the blog, but I must react to the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao welterweight championship fight on Saturday. The only people that really won from this fight were the fighters, promoters, sponsors and broadcast carriers of the fight.

This fight might have given the sport of boxing a boost and maybe fans will once again be interested in boxing in the same vein as MMA or even professional wrestling. That might be the one real positive, especially for the casual mainstream sports fan.

But this fight for the diehard boxing fan, which I would say I once was, is a disappointment was inevitable. But, hey how often does a dream feud actually happen when both competitors or teams are in their prime. This dream match would have been better back when Pacquiao was still undefeated.

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In closing, I will give credit to Floyd “Money” Mayweather for taking this fight. He did win fair and square with no need of the crony Vegas judges. He has nothing left to prove. But, I will say he has excelled in a time where boxing has less superstar talent and where MMA has dominated and left people’s interest in boxing on life support.-KOP

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How WWE Should Book Lana’s Face Turn

lanaIt seems pretty evident that WWE is Hell bent on splitting up Lana & Rusev. While I don’t like it, I feel that there is a way that they could do it without compromising Lana & Rusev. So while I have time, I will give my booking on how to turn Lana face:

During the buildup for Payback, the crowd really starts getting behind Lana during Rusev’s matches/segments. Rusev doesn’t like this & sends her away every time she gets cheered. They then show a segment of Natalya backstage with Lana telling her she doesn’t have to put up with Rusev. Lana is hesitant to listen & brushes her off. At Payback the same things happen where Lana is getting cheered. Rusev starts yelling at her & pushes her down in anger. Later on in the match, Rusev has the upper hand & holds Cena in camel clutch. Cena is ready to submit but Lana runs into the ring & clocks Rusev with his medal. Cena then turns the move into an STF & Rusev yells “I QUIT”.

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The next night Rusev comes out & demands that Lana comes out & explains her actions. Rybacks music hits & they start their feud. Later on in the night Lana is backstage with Natalya & she confesses that she wants a new start in life & doesn’t want to be a representative of Russia anymore. This leads segments of her being taught how to live a different lifestyle & is taught how to wrestle by Natalya. She sheds the Lana name & loses her accent & becomes a member of the divas roster.

– Jeremy G

 

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WIR 04.29.15: Seth Rollins Laughs Like a Champ; Keeping WWE NXT Stars in NXT

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WIR 04.27.15: WWE Extreme Rules Post: Seth Rollins is Officially Edge; No More Need For Big Show, Kane or Extreme Rules

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WWE Extreme Rules Post: Seth Rollins is Officially Edge; No More Need For Big Show, Kane or Extreme Rules PPVs. Big Show is Booked into the exact same finish of his previous Last Man Standing match. Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper booked into a needless match. Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Portions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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WWE Is Actively Trying To Make Me Hate Wrestling

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If you listened to our lastest podcast (If you haven’t DO IT NOW), you know how my partner & I felt about the current state of WWE. We are 100% in the Wrestlemania off-season, where the star we want to see are gone & the guys who we were constantly told were mid-carders are now headlining. Don’t get me wrong, I glad guys like Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, & Bad News Barrett are getting predominate positions on a WWE PPV. But the fact that everything has just been thrown together & that WWE continues to insult my intelligence with shitty storylines just makes me feel that they don’t want me to watch wrestling anymore.

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Now I know there is good wrestling out there. NXT, Lucha Underground, & Ring of Honor fire on all cylinders & deliver a great pure wrestling product. But when the flagship show is as bad as it is, it makes me grow tired of wrestling & just makes me not want to watch any other wrestling show even if it is miles better in terms of quality. As good as those shows are, some how, some way, Raw manages to negate it & almost make me despise being a wrestling fan.

imageI respect the hell out of Vince McMahon & everything he’s done for the business because without him, we wouldn’t have had the great wrestling matches we’ve had throughout the years. But the man needs to realize that it’s time to hang up the proverbial boots & retire from day to day operations. The man is borderline senile if his storylines are any indication. His attention span lasts only a week as storylines are not followed up on from week to week. The writers who come in with enthusiasm & passion for the wrestling business end up booking not what makes sense but what Vince thinks makes sense. That’s not how you run a business & it’s hurting the product. I know this is an unpopular opinion but I honestly feel that Triple H can do a better job at this considering he has stepped in the ring & knows what it’s like for those guys & girls who walk out there. He is also a fan of business which is why NXT is as good as it is. Vince needs to retire & spend time at home with his grandchildren & leave the guys who know what they’re doing, do what’s “best for business”


I don’t want to hate wrestling. I’ve been a fan of it since I was a kid. It’s been a major part of my life & I don’t want to just throw it away. But if things continue the way they have been, It’s going to be very tough to justify putting up with it.

– Jeremy G

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Why Do WWE Off-Season Plans Keep Self-Destructing Each Year?

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Brock Lesnar, the Undertaker and Sting go away immediately after Wrestlemania, and only one hour into the Raw after Wrestlemania the WWE Off-Season begins.

The plans this year were sub-par at best, but like many in the Internet Wrestling Community, expectations take a free fall. Over the last three years alone, the Off-Season has given us main event storylines that have disappointed the IWC.  Let’s look back at the last couple of years and consider what WWE thought was the right Off-Season plan and why it ultimately made fans impatient for Wrestlemania season to come back.

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We did have the constant screwjob finishes that denied the WWE Universe a “B+”Daniel Bryan a more lengthy championship run following that years Summerslam, Dolph Ziggler cashing in to win the World Heavyweight Championship (and then gets hurt) and CM Punk was feuding with those long forgotten Paul Heyman guys Ryback and Curtis Axel and then the Wyatt family. We also had ( and still have) the consistent anchor of the main event storyline in the Authority  and oh yeah we had the return of Rob Van Dam.

But what else did we have to deal with.

  • Remember Curtis Axel as the new Paul Heyman guy and those great newcomers like Xavier Woods and Los Matadores.
  • WWE fans were getting beaten over the head to download the new WWE App.
  • Sheamus and 1-800 Fella.
  • Cody Rhodes getting fired as the Authority abused their power.
  • Daniel Bryan becomes a Wyatt.

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CM Punk is gone. Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns are injured during this Off-Season. Paige (making an immediate impact good or bad). John Cena became the de facto world champion, after Bryan vacates the belt before going on the shelf, because WWE had no faith in anyone else holding at that time.

But, then we had…

  •  Bo Dallas joined the roster…and the casual fan did not BO-LIEVE!
  • Adios to Alberto Del Rio
  • The Bella Twins heated (and poorly acted) sibling rivalry…. and then they patched things up!
  • Then there is the easy fix to pumping the ratings on Monday night, great guest hosts like Kathie Lee and Hoda, Kevin Hart, Jerry Springer, (and lets not forget animals like Scooby Doo and Grumpy Cat.)
  • Brie Bella playing D-list scream queen alongside Daniel Bryan escaping the clutches of Kane (before he gets hurt again.)

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I guess I could talk about the first month of this Off-Season, and so far we already have Daniel Bryan potentially on the shelf, but the overexposure of Seth Rollins and the again increased use of Kane (and the recent fingerpoke of doom tribute) and Big Show in matches.  leads me to believe that this WWE Off-Season could lead to more injuries, bad storylines and an eventual return of bad guest hosts….because that is what WWE does during the Off-Season.

IWC: You can commence fantasy booking Wrestlemania 32 now. You know you want to- KOP

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Why Cant WWE Faithful IWC Fans Be More Like Football Fans?

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WWE is the Major Leagues and all other wrestling promotions are considered the minor leagues.  Baseball is commonly compared to that same analogy, but I think that is what the Internet Wrestling Community (or now jokingly being referred to as the Internet Sports Entertainment Community) has been led to believe. I think there is a smart minority among the small yet vocal minority that could be better full-time wrestling fans if they looked at wrestling how the majority of sports fans look at football.

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By football, I mean American football. For those of you outside of America, sports fans young and old have an adoration with professional football (The National Football League) as much as they do college football. Established veterans performing conventionally in front of millions watching on TV and thousands watching the stands.  But, football enjoys both collegiate and professional football for separate reasons.

The NFL plays worldwide, while college football for the most part reaches a national audience for those that look for it. The players in the NFL have perfected their craft and is recognized for their establishment of veteran superstars like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Tony Romo whether we are happy to see them on top or not.

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College football is full of young raw talent consumed in the traditions and comradery of diehard football fans looking to see unconventional high scoring high speed action. Sounds like TNA, Ring of Honor and Lucha Underground and some of the other Indy promotions doesn’t it.

Let me get to my point now that I have explained my analogy. In football, you find different reasons to appreciate the sport that is football. Why can’t more fans do the same (to quote Shane Douglas) the sport of professional wrestling.-KOP

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WIR 04.22.15: WWE Extreme Rules Preview: WWE Offseason Unraveling; TNA Tag Team Gold, SexyStar with the Save

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WWE Extreme Rules Preview as KOP and Jeremy discuss how the WWE Offseason is Unraveling with World Champion Overexposure and too much Big Show and Kane, plus the health breakdown of Daniel Bryan. Plus,  TNA Tag Team Gold, SexyStar with the Save for the Hot Announcer Chick on Lucha Underground, Dalton Castle…the real ROH Diva and more. Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Portions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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Enough With Extreme Rules: Time to Scale Down the Hardcore Matches

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I post that title because the hardcore matches we see so often on TV happen just to have a reason to have a hardcore match more than they are a blowoff to a hot feud. Extreme Rules has become an event, much like WWE having Hell in a Cell and Tables, Ladders and Chairs or TNA having Hardcore Justice and Lockdown, that are just unnecessary in this day of wrestling.

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Back when I use to watch Raw and Nitro during the Monday Night Wars, I never missed a late night episode of ECW on Sunshine Network on Saturday nights at 2am. My VCR was always set to record for the nights I went out so I would never miss it.  At that time, all of the hardcore matches i saw on that show and on their PPVS were shocking because we had never seen those kind of matches. Plus, there was a time where TV was really sensationalized.

Now, it’s safe to say the bulk of wrestling fans have become desensitized to all of the chair and ladder shots we see wrestlers still take today.  I’m not getting on the concussion soap box or anything but when I see a hardcore match announced it makes me think the wrestlers (or their bookers) are booked in this because they are unable to tell a good story or perform a great match. The Bram vs. Abyss feud in TNA and the Broadway Brawl and Hamptons Hardcore matches with Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler last year come to my mind.

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I don’t think all of the gimmick pay per views (or special events on WWE Network) need to go away, but the hardcore matches are outdated. Book an important steel cage match once in a while, but enough of Extreme Rules, please. -KOP

 

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WIR 04.15.15: Seth Rollins Rocking the Recliner; TNA Tag Team Gold Setup, How WWE Needs To Bank on NXT

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Seth Rollins Rocking the Recliner, sets his RKO Ban Stipulation for WWE Extreme Rules; TNA Tag Team Gold Setup, How WWE Needs To Bank on NXT, plus How TNA is Finally Making up for their Mistakes. Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Portions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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TNA and Impact Wrestling Has Finally Started to Learn From Past Mistakes

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From the first tapings at the Manhattan Center in New York City last June, Impact Wrestling and TNA overall finally started to make the very long and arduous turn back to becoming a better wrestling promotion. They have started to make the turn back into a respectable promotion and have stopped the bleeding of negativity that have clotted  the company since the promising days of the 60-minute adrenaline rush.

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Ironically, TNA is back to where it was back in 2006, but they have basically not made any progress. I’m not going to list all the mistakes this company has made: Hogan/Bischoff, Vince Russo, Aces and Eights, Immortal , Orlando Jordan, we remeber and cringe at them all.

Remember when Mick Foley was general manager during the rebranding of Impact Wrestling with the slogan, “Where Wrestling Matters”, and only years later that the promotion has inadvertently gone back to an old school philosophy.

The World Heavyweight title picture has had Lashley holding the belt for 256 days, restoring validity and prestige back to the belt. Kurt Angle as new world champion only reinforces the importance of the title in the company. The Wolves as tag team title holders got elevated with the titles given all of their great matches with Team 3D and the Hardys. Even with the forfeit of their belts last week, TNA has been smart to give a lot of focus to a tag team tournament to crown new champions by including some of their main event talent in the mix including the Hardys, EC3 and Austin Aries.  Then there’s the Knockout title picture with a returning Awesome Kong, Gail Kim and champion Taryn Terrell.

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Promos and backstage segments have been scaled back and more TV time is spent in the ring. TNA has made the most of a huge step back from getting dropped by Spike TV and landing on Destination America. They have used their roster effectively, they have cut costs from the taping schedule to the elimination of house shows.

Although they have lost more than half of their audience from the TV move, TNA does have a chance to monetize from their situation by coming back to pay per view for Slammiversary this summer and Bound for Glory in the fall.

TNA has been very smart with their booking of their television show and more notably their main event matches each week, they are well positioned to make some waves with a limited number of live pay-per-views once again.

Staying the current course, TNA’s growth back to a million viewers from last year will probably take more than a year, but at least their course is back on track. -KOP

 

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Is An Interpromotional Match Really That Unlikely For WWE?

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Recently, Daniel Bryan was interviewed prior to Wrestlemania talking about a bunch of things from his thoughts on Roman Reigns to old Nintendo games. But one thing he mentioned was the fact that he pitched a match between him & IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. At first, when I heard this, I immediately laughed it off as something ridiculous. WWE would never be up for something like this; so I dismissed it. But after thinking about it, I started to ask myself “Well, why wouldn’t they?”. Of course the obvious answer is that it would go against their stance of having a self-contained ecosystem. Then I started to think about reasons why they should do it.

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For one, it creates buzz for both companies because it would be the two biggest wrestling companies in the world putting on a co-promoted matchup. It gives off a big fight feel that would be a must see for not just NJPW & WWE fans, but all wrestling fans. Similar to how Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is a must see for all sports fans. It’s a spectacle that would draw a lot of attention from wrestling media and mainstream media alike, which is something WWE so desperately tries to attain.

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Another incentive would be that it would drive people to get the WWE Network. The great thing about the WWE Network is that it doesn’t have to abide by any ratings statistics, network broadcasting regulations, or advertising. The reason why the current WWE product is PG is because NBC wants it to be PG to attract advertisers. With the WWE Network, goes out the window because WWE owns it. That’s why they are able to put on the new line up of adult based shows because they don’t need to worry about scaring away advertisers. Of course if the match did happen it would have to be simulcasted on both the WWE Network & New Japan World but that’s not really an issue since one would be in English & the other would be in Japanese.


WWE is looking for ways for people to buy the network. Yes they already have 1.3 million subscriptions but that’s going to drop off throughout the year unless they do something big. This could be their opportunity to really get people talking about WWE and the WWE Network during the already very slow Wrestlemania Offseason. Of course the booking would be an issue but I think both companies could come up with a non-finish that satisfies both parties. Hell, maybe they can take it a step further put on an entire card of WWE vs. NJPW matches. This sounds like a wrestling fan’s dream but given the circumstances WWE is in, I don’t think this would be an unlikely idea for them at all.

– Jeremy G.

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WIR 04.08.15: AJ Lee Skips Away; Lucha Underground Trios Titles; Bell to Bell Impact

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AJ Lee Skips Away into retirement; Lucha Underground introduces a tournament for the Trios Titles; Bell to Bell Impact finishes some long feuds; Stone Cold Rumors are squashed.

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AJ Lee Moves On. Where Does the WWE Divas Division Go From Here?

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Earlier today, three-time WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee officially retired from WWE. After a very prolific 5 years on camera on WWE television, from NXT gamer-girl contestant to a loved and revered crazy chick holding the WWE Divas Champion, she made an immediate impact to where WWE did just about and everything they could to cash in on the instant popularity of this smart, beautiful and talented women’s wrestler.

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Who would have thought this former queen of Florida Championship Wrestling and Jay Lethal-trained prodigy would have made it so far n such a short time. At 28 years old, she leaves at the prime of her career to work on whatever future endeavors she damn well pleases and undoubtedly will live happily ever after with her husband and fellow former WWE superstar CM Punk.

As for the legacy she leaves behind a Divas division in transition. I consider AJ to be one the best women wrestlers WWE has had in the last 15 years, above the likes of Attitude-Era stars Lita, Trish Stratus and Victoria. It’s a very bold and debatable statement I know but for AJ to have been a three-time champion, an on-screen valet and love interest to an authority figure as a RAW General Manager, I think my argument is very much much valid.

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With the #GiveDivasAChance campaign picking up steam and a hit cable reality series, the WWE Divas division needs to be infused with someone ready to take over AJ’s spot. A top spot to become occupied by if not Paige, then one of the non-Total Divas. I know of a few NXT Women’s superstars that could work their way up to that spot. Do you hear that Charlotte? Sasha Banks? -KOP

 

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How Does Wrestlemania 31 Compare To Wrestlemania 30 PT. 2/2

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We are less than a week removed from Wrestlemania 31. It’s been a quite interesting to hear all the different opinions and viewpoints coming out of the show. If you listened to the past 2 shows (Which why wouldn’t you have) I have said that this Wrestlemania was really really good considering the buildup that lead up to it. But does this PPV really stack up to its predecessor Wrestlemania 30? (You can read part 1 here)

 

Let’s take a look at my initial & after thoughts of the show now that I have had time to reflect on what transpired that night.

 


Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The New Day vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores for the WWE Tag Team Championships

Initial thoughts: Like last year, there was really no fan fair going into this match. It was yet another thrown together match for the sake of having a match & getting the most people on the card as possible. I get that mentality but it’s Wrestlemania. Regardless of if it’s on the pre-show or the main show, you should have matches that matter.

After thoughts: Again, like last year, a good match that had no consequence. Glad to see Cesaro & Kidd retain as I feel they are better as champions than in the chase. These guys deserve it.

 


2nd Annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Initial thoughts: When they first announced that the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal was going to be a yearly tradition, I had hope that this would be a way to showcase the low tier talent that wouldn’t get a chance to be on the main card. I mean, performing in from of 75,000+ people on the grandest stage should motivate guys to want to move up. And with Hideo Itami winning the NXT tournament, this should be a good match.

After thoughts: What a waste of a match. Not only is there no memorable spots, but you give the win to Big Show? The last person who deserves a push by winning something like this? I get that they wanted to try & tie it to Andre because they are both giants but come on. There were plenty of other competitors that would have definitely benefited from this win like Damien Mizdow. At least they progressed the only storyline going into this match. I sincerely hope this is the last we see of this match at Wrestlemania.

 


Daniel Bryan vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Luke Harper vs. Bad News Barrett in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship

Initial thoughts: When I first found out that Daniel Bryan was going to be demoted from the World Title picture to the IC Title picture, I was very disappointed. This is a guy who had gotten over on his own, puts on a great match every time he’s in the ring with whoever is in there with him, and you put him in a match for a title that hasn’t meant anything in years? And not just any match, a dangerous match that could potentially re-injure him. I wasn’t looking forward to it. But as time passed, I started thinking about the prospects of Bryan actually winning the tile & what it could mean for him & the title. Not only do you elevate the title by having a guy like Bryan hold it, but you are positioning Bryan as the number 2 guy behind the world champion. It should be a good match either way.

After thoughts: I’m glad I was right. Bryan was the only person who could have won the match that could make a difference to the title itself. I give props to Ambrose for taking that horrible bump off the ladder from that power bomb by Harper. I literally cringed when I saw it happened. Also props to Ziggler for hanging with Bryan & making it seem like either one of them could take that title down. Hopefully he stays in that mix for a while. All in all, good match. Could have been better but it was good nonetheless.

 


Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins

Initial thoughts: While you can say many things about Randy Orton, one this you can’t say is that he’s a bad wrestler. He has something about him that just stands out in the ring. SUre, it may be formulaic at times but he knows what to do to. Unlike Cena who doesn’t have that same feeling to his style. Seth Rollins is a maniac in the ring & just doesn’t stop. He’s really coming into his own & is starting to get the WWE style.

After thoughts: This match went exactly how I wanted it to go. Both Orton & Rollins put on a great match together & showed that they have a good chemistry together. That finish was probably the best RKO finish I’ve seen since the Air Borne finish years ago. This match had good physiology, good athleticism, good pacing, good wrestling, it was just a good match all around. This is the type of match they should show at the performance center to show how you wrestle a good WWE styled match.

 


Triple H vs. Sting

Initial thoughts: The mere idea of Sting wrestling in a WWE ring still gets to me. Ever since he first showed up at Survivor Series last year, it doesn’t feel real that Sting is finally in WWE after 14 years. This match should be a good showcase for Sting and a chance for newer fans who didn’t watch WCW or TNA to get to know who Sting is and see what he can do. Sure, he may be 57 but I’m confident that with Triple H making him look good, he’ll do great.

After thoughts: Not what I was expecting at all. I get that this is WWE & they’re the ones telling the story. But it reeks of Vince McMahon letting everyone know that WWE is better than WCW ever was. Even the commentary was pandering on the WWE side. But despite the finish, the match was still good. Sting still has it. I didn’t expect the run ins from DX & NWO but it added to the drama in a good way. The handshake at the end didn’t make sense considering the story they were telling in the buildup but it was nice. Was it overbooked? Sure. But the match itself was good and that’s all we asked for.

 


AJ Lee & Paige vs. The Bella Twins

Initial thoughts: As much as I love AJ & Paige, they should not be tagging together in a Wrestlemania match. I feel like every year the divas get treated like the pre-show matches in that they just throw together whoever & hope it’s good. AJ or Piage should be facing each other or facing the divas champion. It could be a good match but I’m not really expecting much.

After thoughts: I don’t know why this match happened. Wrestlemania should have matches that actually have same fallout to them. This match really didn’t have anything going for it & was over before I could even get into it. It’s really sad that the women STILL get treated this way despite the GiveDivasAChance movement that was supposedly happening.

 


John Cena vs. Rusev for the United States Championship

Initial thoughts: Rusev is the best example of an NXT call up. Since he debuted, he has been dominant in a way that we haven’t seen since Brock Lesnar. They have protected the hell out of Rusev & it has made him a bigger star. Iv’e said it before & I’ll say it again, I wasn’t a big fan of Rusev in the begining. But WWE turned me around on him & he’s one of my favorites on the roster. Cena has shown more character in this feud than he has in a while. Who knew he cared about the US title so much? Even if Cena were winning, the fact that in one year, Rusev went from NXT call up to headlining his first Wrestlemania with John Cena. It speaks volumes to how over he is.

After thoughts: Great match. As much as I dislike the idea of Cena being US Champion, it actually makes sense & I’m fine with it. Cena pulled out all the stops for this one & made Rusev looked good. I fully expect them to continue this feud into Extreme Rules which I wouldn’t mind. The patriotism in Cena may be a bit too much, especially for the audience overseas, but I liked this match.

 


Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker

Initial thoughts: Coming out of Wrestlemania last year, Undertaker had many doubters. Not because he lost to Lesnar, but because he just looked bad in the match. Looking out of shape, sloppy in the ring ust turned people off of him. So leading into this Wrestlemania, many were wondering what Taker was going to be like. Bray Wyatt didn’t exactly have the best year last year. Losing to Cena & having boring feuds with Jericho & Ambrose didn’t help him at all. But they did build him up at the start of 2015 & it has done him good. Wyatt is still one of the best talkers in WWE, even if his promos are nonsensical at times. These characters clashing should be a sight to see.

After thoughts: Taker looked SOOOO much better than he did a year ago. The attire he wore fit him & his persona as a deadman & a cowboy. He looked jacked & less sloppy. Wyatt looked good in this match too despite being injured. The match got a bit too slow at times for my liking but you don’t need to have fast pace Undertaker matches anymore because it’s the story that you want to see. I expected Wyatt to to win not only to ake him look stronger, but also so it could set up a potential match between Taker & Sting at next year’s Wrestlemania. But after all is said & done, I’m happy that Taker won because he showed that he could still do it.

 


Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Initial thoughts: This build up has to be the worst build up to a Wrestlemania WWE title match I have ever seen. Even the Miz vs. Cena match had a better buildup  than this one. With the fans turning on Reigns & Lesnar’s contract being up in the air, WWE clealry had no idea what to do. The booking for both men was just weird & didn’t make sense. Heyman was able to salve the storyline & still make it interesting enough for people to at least be curious in this match. But this was just a bad buildup to a match that will most likely disappoint.

After Thoughts: I have never felt this way about a main event before. Who knew WWE would recycle the match Lesnar had with Cena at Summerslam last year & do the same thing to Reigns, their next golden boy. I was on the edge of my seat just chomping at the bit waiting for the next thing to happen. Just watching Lesnar decimate Reigns kept me smiling from ear to ear because it’s good storytelling. Reigns laughing & egging Lesnar on was also a nice touch as well. But I never thought they would have Seth Rollins run down & cash in the breifcase in the middle of the match to make it a triple threat match. I had briefly mentioned it as a side comment to what could potentially happen but seeing it happen really shocked me & got me screaming like a school girl meeting the lead singer of their favorite boy band. Just a great match that told a great story. The actual wrestling was lacking but it more than made of for it with sheer spectacle. Just awesome.

 


Overall thoughts: This Wrestlemania exceeded all expectations. I don’t think anyone was expecting this show to be a good as it was. During the post show I mentioned how good this PPV was. I honestly felt that night that this might be the best Wrestlemania I’ve ever seen. But after a few days of thinking about it, it was a good PPV that delivered in places where I thought it wouldn’t. That being said, I can honestly say that Wrestlemania 31 was by far better than Wrestlemania 30. Yes, Wrestlemania 30 gave the fans what they wanted in Bryan & told his story perfectly. But it really was at the cost of the undercard. If you take away Daniel Bryan from that show, you are left with a pretty mediocre card. You can take a guy like Bryan, or Cena, or Sting, or Taker out of Wrestlemania 31 & you will still have a great show to put on. If anything, this shows that WWE is competent enough to put on fantastic shows when they want to. Unfortunately they need to be pushed to do so. Hopefully they can continue this momentum going forward into the Wrestlemania offseason.

 

– Jeremy G.

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What Wrestlemania 31 Lacked in Creative, It Made Up for Well-Booked Finishes

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Fans have definitely cooled their jets on the weak buildup of Wrestlemania 31 once they watched and enjoyed a number of the outcomes of the three singles title matches while some were split over the Undertaker/Bray Wyatt and Triple H/Sting matchups.

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Listening a plethora of podcasts that extensively reviewed the event, new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins was described by Jim Ross as a “beatable world champion” who now has a number of opponents seeking to take him down. We can now look forward to seeing this sneaky scheming chicken s$%& heel who will use his allies in the Authority to do whatever it takes to beat the likes of Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar (once he returns from his “suspension”). The fact that the champion will be on television every week and defending his belt every month. WWE was actually thinking pretty far ahead meanwhile protecting Brock Lesnar as a rule-breaking bad-ass babyface. Hopefully fans will let up booing Roman Reigns for having two really great pay per view matches with Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar, and getting humbled and denied the championship. Yeah, being fed down our throats.

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Daniel Bryan now has  Dolph Ziggler, Bad News Barrett and the returning Sheamus to keep him busy defending the Intercontinental Title for the rest of the year. As long as he holds that belt that title will continue to be elevated, because the fans I believe will stay vocal enough to keep WWE from devaluing Daniel Bryan any further than he already has from this time last year. John Cena holding the US title could be the same as long as continues to defend the belt unlike some of the other recent title holders, ironically recent opponents Rusev and Dean Ambrose.

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As for next year, Brock Lesnar should be booked for another heavyweight championship run at Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas. Believe it or not, Triple H’s win over Sting books him strong for an eventual confrontation with the Rock and Undertaker needed to come back from breaking the streak with a victory for his retirement match, whether it be Sting or not. Creative might have dropped the ball all Wrestlemania season, but the decision makers made some well thought out proactive moves . -KOP

 

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WIR 04.01.15: Welcome to the Wrestlemania Offseason!

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Do not fret though, KOP and Jeremy G discuss how this offseason really isn’t going to be all that bad. Lucha Underground gives us 2 great championship matches. Balor and Owens go Takeover style on NXT, Impact Wrestling looks better and are finishing some feuds. Ring of Honor finishes up with Samoa Joe. Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Portions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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Why This Wrestlemania Off-Season Will Be Better Than Last Year

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Sometime after the start of the second hour of the RAW after Wrestlemania, WWE sobered us up from our post-Wrestlemania hangover of excitement. Stephanie McMahon chose to punish the Beast Incarnate after he snapped on the announcers at ringside, a cameraman and J and J Security when new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins chickened out of Brock’s entitled championship rematch.

At that point is when my eyes were opened to reality, we were being welcomed back to the Wrestlemania off-season. But I was actually thinking about the fact that compared to last year, this offseason really isn’t going to be all that bad. Let me break down why.

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  • Seth Rollins will have lots of opponents to deal with as the current Heavyweight Champion.
  • Brock’s suspension gives WWE a storyline to play along with his part-time status and thus make room for the likes of Randy Orton and Roman Reigns.
  • This off-season, we will have our champion on TV every week.
  • Who knows, WWE maybe will make the midcard belts mean something now that John Cena and Daniel Bryan hold on to them.
  • Every monthly WWE Network Special Event will at least feature matches with three title holders that we actually care about. The return of Sheamus, the debuts of Neville and the Lucha Dragons are an added plus.

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  • Kurt Angle is our newly crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Last week, we saw the guys that are in line waiting to face him, including Austin Aries with his Feast or Fired briefcase, EC3 who has finally return into the championship picture and perennial champion Bobby Roode.
  • A number of feuds stemming from last year are finally coming to a close (Bram/Magnus, the Beat Down Clan/Lashley), as Impact Wrestling transitions into an upcoming Slammiversary pay-per-view followed by Bound for Glory.
  • Over the last 9 months, TNA has been very consistent in giving us some simple feuds that have developed pretty well giving us quality TV main events without the blow off from a big PPV.
  • Now that they have gone back to Orlando their setup at Universal Studios looks sharp, and the arena has a nice look. It doesn’t look so indy like some of their previous stops.

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Do I need to say anything about how lucky we are to have NXT and Lucha Underground. Let’s move on!

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  • Jay Briscoe and Jay Lethal and ReDRagon all retained their championships at Supercard of Honor last week and their shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling (Global Wars/ War of The Worlds) and Best in the World should keep ROH fans entertained from now until Final Battle.
  • Could use some championship storylines with the likes of ful-time ROH Talent. Moose, Hanson, the Kingdom, Michael Elgin, Tomasso Ciampa among others.

Would love to hear what you are looking forward to? Happy Off-Season! -KOP

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WIR 03.30.15 Wrestlemania 31 Post Show; Rollins New World Champ; Rusev in a Tank; Rock and Ronda Rousey

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Rollins cashes in (as KOP predicted) to become New World Heavyweigh Champ; Rusev in a Tank looked great but he was not indestructable to SuperCena; Rock and Ronda Rousey punk out Steph and Triple H. Daniel Bryan wins the IC Title. Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Portions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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How Does Wrestlemania 31 Compare To Wrestlemania 30 Pt. 1/2

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We are less than 24 hours away from the show of shows, Wrestlemania 31. I’ve been starting to get the Wrestlemania bug (finally!) and thought I’d do a two part blog comparing this year’s Wrestlemania to last years. Many feel that this year’s Wrestlemania doesn’t feel as special as last year’s did. To be fair, I felt the same too. But maybe we were all hyped up because of Daniel Bryan’s win that we neglected the rest of the card in the process. So in this first part, I’ll look at each match & give my initial thoughts before it happened & my post thoughts after it happened.

 


The Usos vs. The Real Americans vs. Rybaxel vs. Los Matadores for the WWE Tag Team Championships

Initial thoughts: This match is a clear thrown together match to get people on the card. I don’t see why they would take talented teams & put them in a nothing match on the pre-show. I didn’t care about this match but it should be good regardless.

After thoughts: A good match but it really served no purpose other than to get good spots in. I really wanted The Real Americans to win but that would be rectified later on.

 


Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H (winner moves on to the main event)

Initial thoughts: This was the match really sold me on the PPV. It’s the culmination of the 9 month long feud between Daniel Bryan & The Authority. Both guys know how to put on classic matches so there’s no doubt they will deliver.

After thoughts: Triple H is the master of in-ring philology. He just knows what works & what gets the crowd going. Perfect match that sent Daniel Bryan soaring to the top. No complaints. Just Greatness.

 


The Shield vs. Kane & The New Age Outlaws

Initial thoughts: This match should be a good showcase for the Shield. The New Age Outlaws have shown that they can still go & can put over younger talent. Kane, while still a bit stale in the character department, can still put on good matches when he needs to. The Shield should get a good rub from these three men.

After thoughts: Very underwhelming match. It made The Shield look strong but really left me wanting much more from them. Considering that they’ve put on clinic in past PPVs, this should have gone on much longer than it did. Very disappointing & left a lot to be desired.

 


The First Annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Initial thoughts: I’m not a big fan of battle royals (Royal Rumble being the exception). They always seem to go the same way. A bunch of jobbers mixed in with 4 or 5 legitimate winners. But this is the first one so it should be interesting how they play this out.

After thoughts: A nice match with a well deserved winner. They tried to make it more like the Royal Rumble than anything (Especially with the Kofi spot) but it worked. Cesaro mimicking Hogan lifting Andre was the perfect ending & it really set the tone of what this match symbolized.

 


Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

Initial thoughts: I didn’t really know what to expect with this match. You have a fresh up an comer who has less than a year on the main roster taking on the number 1 guy in the company in John Cena. On the one hand you could make Bray Wyatt a big deal by having him go over on Cena. But on the other hand, it’s John Cena & there’s no way he’s going to lose at Wrestlemania to newbie.

After thoughts: What else was there to expect? They put on a decent match but of course Cena went over because “LOL CENA WINS”. They told a good story but it should have ended differently. Nothing was gained from this match but I guess nothing was lost either.

 


Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

Initial thoughts: This is a big match. The one thing you have to give Undertaker matches is that they always feel like a big deal regardless of who it’s with. Lesnar is coming off a host streak taking out HHH & CM Punk. You can clearly tell Lesnar is a corner stone of the WWE & they want him to stay that way.

After thoughts: There’s two things that I left this match thinking. 1) That was a very sloppy match. Undertaker is known for quality & that was anything but. 2) The pure shock value is what saved the match from being just “meh”. Had Undertaker won, this match would not be as memorable as it is.

 


Vickie Guerrero’s Invotational Match for the WWE Divas Championship

Initial thoughts: Another thrown together match with the divas. Nothing really to expect from this one. A bunch of spots all done within a few minutes.

After thoughts: Exactly what I expected. It’s a shame that the divas don’t get the time they deserve. People have been conditioned to not like divas matches & that’s not their fault. It also didn’t help that they had to follow the streak being broken & a completely drained crowd. But it did what it was supposed to do & cooled down for the main event.

 


Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Initial thoughts: For me, this match was WWE rectifying their wrong. Bryan has been the hottest guy on the roster since his Summer Slam match with Cena. They drew out the storyline for months & just dropped it without any reference to it. It was going to be Batista vs. Randy Orton & that match would have most likely been the worst Wrestlemania Main event in recent history. Bryan being added to the match brings a new level of excitement to the match that just wasn’t there prior.

After thoughts: The pefect ending to a not so perfect storyline. In my eyes, everyone won. Bryan got his Wrestlemania moment, the fans got their guy to the top to win the big one, WWE made good money & was pardoned by the fans who were ready to give up. A great contest with great spots. The stretcher call back was a nice addition & it was a great visul seeing Bryan leading a YES chant in from of 75,000 was a sight to see.

 


Overall thoughts: While I was excited for this Wrestlemania because of the prospect of Daniel Bryan finally getting his due, this PPV was clearly a two match show with them being both Bryan matches. It’s not a surprise really when you look at it. There really was nothing to get excited about except maybe Taker & Lesnar. I think fans may have over estimated how good this PPV was going to be. I do enjoy Wrestlemanias for the sheer spectacle of it all, but if you take Daniel Bryan out of the equation, you’re left with a lackluster PPV. All in all, it was not as great as everyone thought/made it out to be.

 

Join me next week as give my initial & after thoughts of Wrestlemania 31 to see how it stacks up to last year.

– Jeremy G.

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How Would You Book Roman Reigns After Wrestlemania?

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It is only fair after asking you all to get into fantasy booking mode and see how you would like Brock Lesnar to be used, so let’s talk about some post-Wrestlemania forecasting for Roman Reigns.

I can totally justify Roman Reigns championship push, but unlike the Daniel Bryan push last year, there is simply no reason why he needs to become a champion.

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When Daniel Bryan was given that Wrestlemania push last year it was the right call to have Daniel Bryan make it to the promised land and become champion. With how over he is and all of the great matches and feuds he has given fans he deserved to win the championship and get his well-deserved Wrestlemania moment.

If Roman Reigns is being booked to go over Brock Lesnar, he should only get the pinfall on Lesnar at the most. Beating Lesnar would do a lot to catapult Roman Reigns as a cemented superstar. He would do something John Cena had been able to do in his last three encounters. He would beat the man that broke the Undertaker’s prestigious winning streak. Those accomplishments would make for a great start to become the groomed predecessor to join John Cena at his main event pedestal. A feud with Seth Rollins as a new champion would be a solid program after Mania, or spinning him off to Rusev or Bray Wyatt would be sufficient. As for the victory, I think the Roman Reigns character will overcome the resistant backlash of the IWC, but if he became champion he would probably be eternally hated.

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Now, let’s get to the big elephant in the room that the bulk of the irate Bryan-supporting fans would prefer. You have probably heard the proposed double turn with Lesnar retaining and going full babyface, while Paul Heyman would attempt to screw Lesnar, and making a new alliance with a new client. This idea completely goes against what WWE is trying to do with Reigns. Not to mention, WWE is trying to build future full-time stars. Do you really want another year where your heavyweight champion is absent for a good part of the offseason again? Finally, the answer to building a young star does not always have to be to make a heel.

I believe that Roman Reigns is gaining momentum and he is start to win over the bulk of the fans and even some of the IWC like myself. I would like to see him either have a great showing or victory, but no matter what he needs to be chasing the championship… say for another year or two. -KOP

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How Would You Book Brock Lesnar After Wrestlemania?

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With Brock Lesnar agreeing to another long-term, yet part-time, commitment with the WWE, some of the wrestling community has found relief that the baddest wrestler on the planet will not pursue a UFC return.

But now that that lingering question has been answered, Brock Lesnar could be booked this Sunday to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. That decision is totally justified in my eyes, but how do you attempt to book around this part-time main eventer for the good of the WWE during their offseason.

First is the question of who would be possibly be in line to become a legitimate number 1 contender. With the de-push to the IC Title picture, you can remove Daniel Bryan from the IWCs dream list.

Some would argue Randy Orton or WWE could choose to let John Cena a reprieve back to the championship picture. Hypothetically, I think Roman Reigns needs to be put into other main event feuds with the likes of Rusev and Seth Rollins, only if he does not win the Wrestlemania 31 main event.

Note: On the Wrestling is Real podcast, I have predicted Reigns to score the pinfall only to lose the belt due to a Money in the Bank cash-in by Rollins.

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The other issue to ponder is if fans really want the Reddit leaked proposal of John Cena and Daniel Bryan winning their respective matches therefore elevating the WWE United States and Intercontinental championships respectively.

Brock retaining the title at Wrestlemania would be a short-term thrill, but I think WWE will fall back into the same win-lose situation that we dealt with last offseason, with the exception that Daniel Bryan will be healthy this offseason.

Anyway, I open the floor to ask how all of you fantasy bookers would look at both sides of my argument, or take to your own booking scenario. -KOP

 

 

 

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WIR 03.25.15 WWE Wrestlemania 31 Preview and Predictions; Main Event Tug of War; Brock Stays for Big Bucks

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KOP and Jeremy G give their WWE Wrestlemania 31 Preview and Predictions, and check out how far apart they are on their thoughts of the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match; Main Event Tug of War with Lesnar and Reigns to Go Home on?  Brock Stays for Big Bucks, and we ask how that plays into the outcome. We also discuss the death of Perro Aguayo Jr, all titles on the line in TNA and some ridiculously great grave consequences in Lucha Underground.

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A Plea to Smart Wrestling Fans! Stop Getting Subjected to Short-Sighted Wrestlemania Commentary

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Much like how football fans are prone to playing the proverbial role of armchair quarterbacking. Its so prevalent during Wrestlemania season, and no matter how bad the buildup to Wrestlemania can be, fantasy booking for the here and now is all the IWC can ever talk about and then the off-season comes along and the chatter fades away.

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Many wrestling fans reminisce about the excitement of the Monday Night Wars not just because of all of the unpredictability, but that we paid attention to wrestling year-round.  The competition of those days fostered more a lot wrestling fans that loved to watch wrestling every week and therefore share that same kind of armchair analysis and fantasy booking.

But now, the bulk of wrestling fans gripe and complain about what’s wrong with the current state of wrestling , and all of those people that write about wrestling or talk about on podcasts, talk about how they in short want a quick fix to the situation because they are unhappy that “their” Wrestlemania experience is going to be ruined this year.

I only wish that those same smart wrestling fans, whom I have the utmost respect for their opinion , would for once see that we as wrestling fans cannot be so selfish and that maybe we need to look at the big picture so that wrestling has a better future.

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Before Wrestlemania season comes to an end, all i ask the wrestling community to do is keep in mind of a couple of things.

  1. Regardless of how you like or don’t like the push of Roman Reigns, or the possible outcome of the Wrestlemania main event.  I think WWE is hoping to make bigger stars out of Reigns as well as Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt and Rusev this year.
  2. If WWE chooses to go forward about what they think is in their best interests,  it would probably be easier to stand behind some of these new stars. The bottom line is we still need some new stars in the main event, so maybe we can get behind some of these guys and put our resentment aside for a couple of weeks.
  3. It’s a cold hard fact WWE is going to make their money during Wrestlemania season whether we like it or not.
  4. The only way WWE will pay attention to how upset we are about all of the wrestlers we want to see succeed (or vent our frustrations the overall direction of the product) is by getting even louder at every live event DURING THE OFFSEASON and not rely on on the crowds in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia to the be the only fans to make our voices heard.  It’s time to create a movement that involves us maybe getting some of our old wrestling fans that have fallen out of interest to get interested again, maybe buying merchandise for the wrestlers we support, and then maybe stop all of the fantasy booking talk for next year’s Wrestlemania until… next year. More money and more social buzz are some of the few things that a company like WWE will pay attention to.

Why did i go on this rant? Ask yourself this, where has #CancelWWENetwork, armchair booking, CM Punk chants, and other attempts at boycotting, sabotaging or giving up on the WWE product gotten us. -KOP

 

 

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Could John Cena and Daniel Bryan Become OffSeason Pawns If Brock Lesnar Stays?

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So word is that Brock Lesnar will sign a new deal with WWE and stay with the company, according to a new message from the infamous source leaking Reddit user MetsFan4Ever. That is the good news, but it’s the other speculation he points out is something that is not so good.

Quoting from a WrestlingINC.com article:

“The idea would be for Lesnar to continue to make limited television appearances while holding the title. WWE would also elevate the U.S. and Intercontinental titles at WrestleMania by putting them on John Cena and Daniel Bryan, respectively. Those titles would headline house shows and pay-per-views where Lesnar is not scheduled.”

Last year, I took to this blog and stress the need to elevate the Intercontinental title to help the WWE Universe overlook an abnormally absent World Heavyweight Champion. But it it time to unify the IC and US titles, which I think would really make fans believe the belt would mean something more that an Hot Potato-ed prop.

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Now, if the rumor holds true, I would hope that WWE would consider my idea. Cena vs. Bryan win their respective Wrestlemania matches along with the belts and they go at each other in a historical unification match where the winner becomes the newly merged Intercontinental Champion.

Who wouldn’t put it past John Cena. Do we all remember how Daniel Bryan kept getting all of his title opportunities the last 2 years?-KOP

P.S. This is still a rumor, but given the track record of MetsFan4Ever , I thought it warranted a response.

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WIR 03.18.15: Wrestlemania 31: No Storyline Momentum, But Matches Should Be Good

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Two weeks away from Wrestlemania 31 and there is No Storyline Momentum, But KOP and Jeremy still think the Matches Should Be Good. Orton/ Rollins match is made, Roman Reigns looks to have no chance in hell vs Brock Lesnar and why is Daniel Bryan being called a Turd. Plus, KOP misses Lana and so do the fans. Rockstar Spud is covered in what isnt ketchup. Hot Tub Time Machine Kid ia at Lucha Underground. Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Protions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com

 

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IWC: Wrestlemania Will Be OK, At Least The Matches Should Be

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There is an obvious negative buzz surrounding the buildup of Wrestlemania 31, and I’m agreement with everyone else on that negative buzz.

Only thing is I am not so critical. That’s because I’m a wrestling fan that likes all different kinds of wrestling promotions that can appreciate the art of a great match. That’s how wrestling fans like can watch TNA and WCW matches for years on a curve, with little to no stories to real Vince Russo stamp of approval type crap.

Like I say on my podcast, half the job of making Wrestlemania good is at least putting together some good matches. The IC Title Ladder match, Orton vs. Rollins, Cena vs. Rusev, and whatever tag team match they put together should help making the four-hour event easier to get through.

Don’t expect miracles with the last two RAWs (or that last Smackdown that we can expect some storyline progession) before Wrestlemania. I’m going into the event glass half full, or the same way as saying most of the matches should be pretty good.

After that, I don’t personally need the storylines or buildup to be flawless, but I’d be more concerned abut the outcomes of the matches. Like personally booking the main event to be booked where Roman Reigns gets the win over Lesnar, only to have the title taken away by a Money in the Bank cash- in (at Wrestlemania, not on the Raw after) by Seth Rollins. I call that making two new main event guys coronating a new predecessor to John Cena while keeping the rabid and vocal IWC happy. Book it!-KOP

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Wrestlemania Talk Should Be More Than Just a Half-Assed Raw Recap

Some unnamed wrestling podcast hosts say, “Lets talk about RAW.” or “Did you watch RAW tonight (or this week or Monday)?” Their co-host usually say anything from  “I DVRed it” to “I caught the last hour” to “No, I missed it.”. 

I really do appreciate the contributions to the IWC from those wrestling podcasts  that entertain us with great stories, insightful analysis and colorful commentary. 

But, there are some shows that, whether you like or not, are hosted by wrestling fans just like us that are very negative, misinformed and incapable of offering constructive criticism to the top wrestling promotion that is set to present their biggest event of the year later this month.

I don’t want to bury any one wrestling podcast out there, but when certain shows contribute to the vile and hate hatred and apathy that curbs smart wrestling fans to lose interest in wrestling. That unwarranted negativity sends a subliminal message to fans that will curb their opinions of fans to cheer or boo who you like just to be cool, or worse create something viral online to get attention but leave unintentional  consequences (google or search twitter for #cancelwwenetwork).

I implore my fellow wrestling podcast brethren, whom i respect for all their efforts, to:

  • Practice more a little more due diligence.
  • Offer an open forum to debate those who disagree with your opinion. Maybe play the devils advocate and try to justify why the WWE makes any creative or booking decisions before just taking a dump on it. 
  • And maybe watch more than just a little bit of RAW so you can have an informed opinion. 

For those of you wrestling podcasters that encounter this post, I hope you realize that I offer this constructive criticism of my own for the good of wrestling fans. I practice this on my wrestling podcast, and I only ask that you consider it as well. 

Thanks for entertaining me with every episode I download. -KOP

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WIR 03.11.15: Wiz Khalifa Loves His Wrestling Like His Weed; Bray Wyatt, Your Rocking Chair is Burning

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Wiz Khalifa tells his twitter followers he Loves His Wrestling Like He Loves His Weed; Bray Wyatt, Your Rocking Chair is Burning; Something Hot about Lana Begging For Mercy; El Patron takes a bullrope to Tejano. Impact Wrestling is like Day Old Bread…Stale! Donovan Dijak is Top Prospect Dynamite.  Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Protions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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3 Weeks Left For Wrestlemania Build: Keep It Simple WWE

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A rare hat tip to Mike Johnson of Pro Wrestling Insider who was interviewed on “Between the Ropes” this weekend. From all of the Dave Meltzer (of Wrestlng Observer fame)-style of giving out little information to any other podcast (in hopes of goading a handful of listeners to subscribe to their website….can’t knock them for that.), he actually gave one sound point that tells me exactly what WWE should do to complete their buildup for Wrestlemania 31 with a few weeks left. 

Johnson mentioned how they are too many wrestlers integral to storylines have been absent from Raw every week leading up.  Besides the one angle that is all set and locked in for Wrestlemania (the Undertaker’s eventual return to take on Bray Wyatt). 

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First, when it comes to building up Roman Reigns to be strong and credible enough for fans to cheer him on in the Wrestlemania main event, Brock Lesnar did not help matters by bailing out on RAW 2 weeks ago. Paul Heyman can only help the storyline progess so far, but the fact of the matter is Reigns and Lesnar have been face to face only once since the Royal Rumble. 

Second, Triple H is talking to former WCW wrestlers that know Sting, instead of the icon himself. Third, what was really been accomplished throwing a curveball into the John Cena and Rusev angle. Axelmania is funny and all, but its being placed into the wrong angle. Finaly, can we finally stop with Randy Orton and the whole “playing nice with the Authority” angle and let him challenge Seth Rollins to a match already. 

It’s time to see some fist throwing, pull aparts, and one-on-one confrontations. WWE just needs to stir-up these main event feuds to a boiling point by unleashing each wrestler  to attempt to tear their opponent apart limb from limb. No more creative for Vince’s sake, just keep it simple and show how bad everyone is ready to fight.

P.S. Throw Daniel Bryan a bone and book him in a viable match already (please, no Sheamus!) -KOP

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Not Every Free Agent Has to Go to WWE. I’m Talking to You, Samoa Joe!

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I shake my head when anyone with a microphone hosting a wrestling podcast must assume that any free agent is somehow obligated to report to WWE. 

A move designed only to satiate disgruntled WWE fans at the opportunity that maybe the next free agent that walks through the doors of the Performance Center will cause enough waves to make WWE evolve out of sports entertainment and back into a pro wrestling promotion again. 

Well, wrestling fans can continue to have those pipe dreams and hope for change, but I’d rather stick to reality. 

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Now, onto Samoa Joe, a short stint in Ring of Honor to reminisce of some better days is a good start after leaving TNA. No doubt, his indy schedule has picked up some more. I would think the next move for Joe would be to start looking to go back to Japan and entertain offers from New Japan, Pro Wrestling Noah or others. AJ Styles, the Young Bucks and The Addiction have made a pretty good run outside of TNA. 

Now we know WWE is in fact talking to Joe, but lets not be selfish here. Sure, NXT will be a great playground for Joe to work with other great free agents, but what becomes of Joe once he makes the main roster? 

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He might as well wear a tribal tattoo with the letters T-N-A on it. Much like Christian Cage, Ron The Truth Killings and Consequences, he will be given a plateau. Although Christian might have earned back the good graces of Vince McMahon to earn an albeit short run as the World Heavyweight Champion, no one can say the same about Xavier Woods or R-Truth. 

All due respect to Woods (and much more to Truth for being a very a dedicated, reliable worker always doing whatever he’s asked.), but If Joe wants to collect a honest mid-card paycheck like he did in TNA that’s fine, but I think Joe could reclaim some of that respect for his talent and reinvigorate the Samoan Submission Machine character to a whole new level. I think my hope for the latter is abundantly clear.-KOP

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Grading The Top Four Wrestlemania 31 Storylines

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Its almost three weeks until Wrestlemania, and WWE has two more episodes of RAW and basically one episode of Smackdown (because the last Thursday before Wrestlemania will be fluff from Axxess with one or two irrelevant matches) remaining to build all of the storylines to an exciting conclusion of feuds culminating in Santa Clara, California on March 29th. Where do the top 4 matches (or at least what I think are the top 4 matches) grade out according to yours truly. 

You are welcome to share your grades here or where ever you see this article posted and I will discuss your thoughts on the Wrestling is Real podcast available on demand this Wednesday March 12th at kingofpodcasts.com of subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher

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WWE Heavyweight Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns: B-

The absence of Brock Lesnar confronting Roman Reigns is a handicap to helping Roman Reigns’ push to be a credible opponent. Keeping Roman brief on promos and showcase his physicality and ass-kicking dominance overcoming attacks by the Authority. Paul Heyman has done a great job putting over Roman Reigns but only having more than just one face to face standoff would have helped a great deal, but what might negatively overshadow  this match will be the status of Lesnar’s contract. 

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Triple H vs. Sting: C

Why did Hunter have to utter the letters WCW?  As an avid watcher of Nitro and Raw back in the late 90s, I  think the inclusion of Sting’s allegiance of WCW to the end without showing more footage of Sting to offer an informative extra layer of this feud is confusing to younger fans and simply unnecessary. What has worked so far is has been the Survivor Series run in and the face to face confrontation at Fastlane. Hunter could have simply stuck with the vigilante tag and simply refer to Sting as one of the last standing soldiers of the Monday Night War. 

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United States Championship: John Cena vs. Rusev: A-

John Cena has been given some great back-to-back Wrestlemania feuds with some very promising future main event superstars: Bray Wyatt and now, Rusev. My only negatives was the way the feud started backstage after the Rumble and WWE giving us a premature first match at Fastlane. But, I do like how they dangling the proverbial carrot in front of John Cena from getting a rematch in order to bring his ruthless aggression to a boil. Rusev and Lana have been near flawless in their role talking all big and tough while chickening away from Cena. The focus on the US Championship should have been downplayed in order to talk about the real redeeming thing that John Cena will get from Rusev, giving this Russian monster his first loss by pinfall or submission. 

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Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker: A

Find Me! Rise Dead Man! Bray Wyatt is in his promo-laden playground. Without the need of a sign or a signal or an appearance by Taker, Wyatt has been quietly carrying the lead to the build of a match that no one could have expected to happen after the streak was broken. But God bless Taker for wanting to come back into the ring. Win or lose, Wyatt will be made at Wrestlemania with the rare opportunity to live up to the legacy for one of the greatest wrestling characters to have ever been created.  -KOP

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WIR 03.04.15: Lazy WWE Wrestlemania Booking Screams of TNA and Bound For Glory

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE and Lazy Wrestlemania Booking Screams of TNA and Bound For Glory as KOP and Jeremy G debate with Four weeks left  till Wrestlemania,  we have only two matches officially announced and final, two unimportant mullti-man matches and an over-controlling (and mostly aging) heel faction similar to Immortal. We discuss the lack of emotional investment into each match on the card.  We analyze  what’s been done right with the Lesnar/ Reigns, Triple H/Sting, John Cena/Rusev and Orton/Rollins feuds.
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WWEs Lazy Booking of Wrestlemania Comparable to TNA and Bound For Glory

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Four weeks till Wrestlemania,  two matches officially announced and final, two unimportant mullti-man matches and an overcontrolling (and mostly aging) heel faction similar to Immortal led by an ego-driven ex-champion. Good enough comparison for you?

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I have no doubt that some of you may bury me for my comparison, and though it may be extreme, it does not excuse WWE for stretching out story lines long enough to reach Wrestlemania, instead of working on building the culmination of feuds so that they could reach a finale, and story lines so they can reach an ending. 

Tickets for Wrestlemania are still available as of this post, but maybe WWE could help themselves by assuring their universe of fans by assuring John Cena will have a match, then dangling a carrot in front of the promotion’s bonafide draw. Putting a moratorium on the predictable revenge between Randy Orton and Seth Rollins. 

Failing to identify the obvious participants of the Intercontinental Title match and Andre the Giant Battle Royal doesn’t help that they also lack layered story lines that fans can get emotionally, with the exception of Damien Sandow staggered executive assistant relationship with the Miz. 

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Its nice to see Sting about to wrestle in a WWE ring, but no matter if its Hulk Hogan or Triple H in a four or six-sided ring, it diesn’t make sense to turn back the clock and talk WCW  when half the WWE Universe wasn’t even born when WCW existed. Maybe some more WWE Network footage showcasing Sting’s feud with Hogan, Flair, maybe show him buddying up to Robocop.

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I could continue to nit pick everything that is wrong with the buildup of Wrestlemania 31, but then I might do just as good complaining about how stupid I thought the King of The Mountain match idea was.-KOP

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Support For WWE Is At An All Time Low, And It’s Not Just The Fans That Are Upset.

WWE has done some very deplorable things in the past. Forthe most part, the fans excuse these things, move on from them & continueto watch every week. I’ve been a fan of WWE for a long time and have looked
passed a lot of things that they’ve done. But it’s becoming more & more
difficult to forgive them. What makes it even worse is that now the talent
themselves are retaliating.

Negligence & Politics


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I think every wrestling fan knows by now the situation
between CM Punk & WWE. It’s been over a year yet since the incident but
people continue to talk about it. Not only did he bring up the medical negligence
from WWE doctors but also shed some light on other pressing issues that fans
had been suspicious of for years. I may not agree with everything Punk said but
the fact that he said what he said almost 10 months after everything happened
say to me that there’s some truth to his words. After all he is the “voice of
the voiceless”.

Racial Discrimination


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Racism or racial discrimination is a very hot button topic
in today’s society. Unfortunately it is everywhere & much more visible
thanks to the internet. This topic hits home for me so I was very disheartened
when former Hispanic superstars Alberto Del Rio & the original Sin Cara speak
out about the racism & discrimination they faced backstage. The WWE is a
global company that caters to an audience of so many diverse cultures &
backgrounds that it’s shameful that they would feel the need to put someone
else down because of this skin color or what language they speak.

Gender Inequality


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The women’s rights movement has been ongoing for decades.
Recently within the past year or so, it has picked up significantly with more
& more people speaking out against the inequalities between males &
females. So for WWE to continue to shun the women & make them such an
insignificant part of the current product & relegate them to a reality show
that caters to the lowest common denominator is just unacceptable. The fact
that they are called “divas” is already an insult to the women of the past that
paved the way like The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Trish Stratus, & Lita.
These women deserve better, especially shows like Lucha Underground & NXT
prove that women can not only put on great matches, but be smart & good
looking. There is no excuse.

While there are aspects that I still like about WWE such as
NXT & the WWE Network as a whole, it’s very hard for me to justify even
watching anymore. WWE has a long way to go to rectify the wrong that is going
on in the company. I will still watch because I’m still as fan & as a fan
you have to have hope that things will change. Hope that things will get better
because if you don’t, why are you even watching?

– Jeremy G

WWE Intercontinental Championship : For Ignored Superstars Tagged Inferior

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Irony is what comes to mind when I see WWE planning a multi-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania 31. 

WWE has some sense of humor behind the scenes to create a version of the Money in the Bank match, that pins some of the IWC’s most beloved wrestlers in a match to climb up a ladder to grab the eye of Vince McMahon and a chance at that proverbial brass ring. 

Sure the match, much like this upcoming IC title match will get us excited for the winner, but in reality all these wrestlers did was climb up a ladder to the glass ceiling. 

Imagine the likes of mid-card purgatory members like Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Sheamus and now its newest resident, Daniel Bryan climbing the ladder for a once prestigious title (that is now nothing more than a pretty looking prop).  I guess the WWE brass must get a kick out of seeing some of their most talented wrestlers make a climb up to nowhere.-KOP

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WIR 03.02.15: Ring of Honor 13th Anniversary Post Show: Championship Stories Need to Change; World Heavyweight Plunder

roh13thanniversary-fWe recap the Ring of Honor 13th Anniversary. With Part -Time Players in each match, each of the Championship Stories Need to Change; World Heavyweight Plunder is too much to explain the Tomasso Ciampa/ Nigel McGuiness story and the continuation of Jay Briscoe as World Champion. ACH gets elevated thanks to AJ Styles. Although there were good matches on the card, but now that KOP has crowned ROH with the number 2 wrestling promotion in North America, they need to be more critically analyzed then scored on a curve. Also, somewhere in all this Samoa Joe makes his return.
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If Brock Lesnar Wants to Bail, There Goes That Short-Term Top Babyface Plan

During the ongoing debate of the premature championship push of Roman Reigns (which I believe many agree with the premature part), I was amused by the short term option that some of those that host wrestling podcasts had of turning Roman Reigns heel at Wrestlemania while turning Brock Lesnar into the top babyface of the company. 

I made my argument of not investing into Brock Lesnar into the future, as well as why I thought Roman Reigns should not turn heel and stay the course with his main event push, but not necessarily a championship push.

But after the recent walk out on of his Monday night Raw appearance, for whatever reason, again proves my point that I have made time and time again about investing in part time talent. 

There are a lot of armchair wrestling promoters that think appeasing Brock Lesnar and his bank account for the next year or two with a contract similar to what he has had for the last two years would be a great short-term fix to finding a new top babyface of the company while giving Roman Reigns another year of main event grooming. 

For a promotion that is working on cost cutting and avoiding another year of big losses with the WWE Network, WWE should continue to work with their current investment of prospective main event talent in Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins this Wrestlemania season and beyond.

The best long-term plan I could see WWE for Brock Lesnar is to have him commit to a couple of pay days per year in Wrestlemania and Summerslam as a featured attraction. The fans see him as that already and keeping him from being overexposed is a safer and cost-efficient investment.-KOP

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Ring of Honor: Way Back in Second Place of WWE, But Ahead Of TNA

I brought up this argument back when Ring of Honor hosted their first traditional PPV in Best in the World nearly 9 months ago. 

Still tough to gauge when both TNA and ROH are shown on their own respective yet limited national platforms. But on momentum alone, Ring of Honor is showing significant growth and buzz. 

Ring of Honor goes into this Sunday’s 13th Anniversary show loaded with some promising young top prospects (Moose and Hanson), fan favorites (Briscoes, ReDRagon, Jay Lethal, The Addiction to name a few) and some incredible free agents in Alberto El Patron, Matt Sydal. Add the New Japan All-Stars like AJ Styles and the Young Bucks and you have an incredible wrestling card that would put a WWE B-grade PPV to shame. 

But then again, I can completely put down TNAs move to Destination America after a tumultuous 2014, but their budgetary issues make their second place claim susceptible to losing that spot. Albeit TNA was able to retain their post production value with the move, their on-site production along with stagnant storylines, recycled feuds, flat gimmicks, low budget at times TV presentation and lack of compelling top stars have made the promotion suffer. 

TNA has been in recovery mode so far, and will probably continue to be for the rest of this year, so Ring of Honor has the chance to continue gaining buzz and a bevy of new fans in the IWC hungry for more great wrestling for the disgruntled WWE fan that not even NXT can satisfy. 

I would love to hear less about the troubles TNA is dealing with while they are down, give them a break and start realizing there is a revitalized ROH that we should start talking more about. 

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WIR 02.25.15 WWE Fastlane Fallout; Reigns Looks Main Event Ready; ROH 13th Anniversary Preview

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Fastlane Fallout as Roman Reigns Looks Main Event Ready, while Daniel Bryan fans in the IWC are in denial. We preview the upcoming ROH 13th Anniversary Preview and the post-ppv return of Samoa Joe to ROH. Also, TNA Goes All Gauntlet in Glasgow.
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WWE Doesnt Need to Win Over The IWC. Because The IWC Will Always Remain in Denial.

I can no longer try to defend or justify the outrage that faithful fans of their beloved and belittled WWE Superstars, with Daniel Bryan at the top of their list. WWE is not Burger King where you can “have it Your way” (If you have never heard of that cliche, Google IT!)

The Wrestlemania 31 main event with Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns) was spotlighted on RAW Monday night starting with a great respect promo and resounding endorsement from a humbled Bryan directed at Roman Reigns, followed by a fantastic “My Money is on Roman Reigns” promo by Paul Heyman. 

The always vocal IWC continues to remain flat out in denial of the decisions that WWE chooses to make, incapable of realizing that in order for WWE to have a future of making and coronating new main event superstars they have to make some unpopular decisions. WWE has their own agenda, they like their type of superstars, yet it amazes me how vocal people online can be during hoping to be heard during that 1 percent of the time where WWE actually values and takes into consideration the feedback from their fans.

Anyone that tries to reason with a vocal IWC (the Internet Wrestling Community if you had to ask) supporter or any podcast host that supports and backs their collective views and opinions will ultimately fail to sway any opinion. But on the podcast I produce, I will defend and respect the right of the IWC to have their opinion, while calling out when I think the online court of public opinion is ultimately wrong with a well-thought out and supportive argument.

When it comes to making a better Wrestlemania card or a future for WWE. Whether you like it or you don’t like it., MY Money is on WWE. -KOP

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WIR 02.23.15 WWE Fastlane Post Show: Roman Reigns Sent to Slay The Beast; Was Memphis Crowd on Mute?

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WWE Fastlane Post Show: Roman Reigns is Sent to Slay The Beast and WWE denies the IWC and Daniel Bryan another Wrestlemania Main Event. ; Also, Was Memphis Live Crowd on Mute, because they were quiet and bad most of the night. Rusev looks strong while cheating to wn over Cena. KOP, Jeremy and XBoxOne Chuck review the show and get a quick call from loyal listener IceMayne23.
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WWE Cost-Cutting, Creative Micro-Managing Makes For Flat FastLane

WWE Fastlane looks to be a two-match PPV with Reigns/Bryan and Cena/Rusev. The way the matches line up does not make fans excited for Wrestlemania. Let me explain how my headline holds water. 

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I’m sure we have all exhausted our opinions on how we think the Roman Reigns/Daniel Bryan match should pan out, but the cost-cutting of the WWE in terms of limiting the amount of appearances Brock Lesnar can make takes away a lot from a great story to this match. 

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Yes, we did get two appearances from Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar on RAW leading up to this match, but you would think creative should have still kept some focus on Lesnar to help get some of the heat off of Reigns the same way they are trying to get heat on Daniel Bryan. 

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The same thing could be said about Seth Rollins, where yet another layer of storyline could have been brought in by simply letting Seth brag and goad Lesnar, Reigns and Bryan about possibly cashing his Money in the Bank briefcase, keeping his main event spot relevant. 

Finally, nothing about this year’s Road to Wrestlemania feels special. No Occupy Yes Movement, No compelling produced video packages or interviews. Well, they still do have 5 weeks left. -KOP

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Roman Reigns is Hitting His Stride… But He Still Isn’t Ready to Main Event Wrestlemania

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I know me & my partner, Jorge, have discussed this topic to no end over the past few weeks. I sometimes feel like a broken record saying the same things over & over again & I’m sure Jorge feels the same. But this topic is one of the more serious topics in WWE today because it doesn’t only affect Wrestlemania, it affects the entire landscape of WWE going forward. Roman Reigns is being positioned as the next face of the WWE, a spot currently held by John Cena. So if Reigns is the next golden boy, it makes sense why people are worried about this whole situation considering how people feel about Cena right now.

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WWE has done a good job at rectifying the terrible booking they’ve done with Roman Reigns going into the Royal Rumble. They’ve ditched the nursery rhymes & made Reigns into the badass he should have been when he returned. I like it. I’ve always been a fan of Reigns since he broke away from The Shield last year. Since the Rumble, Reigns has been booked as the silent strong type which is the role he was destined to play. It was the alternative to John Cena that people wanted & now we’re getting it & the main event for Fast Lane is looking to be a good one. The only problem is that, despite WWE making the necessary changes to get Reigns back over, he’s still not ready to main event Wrestlemania with Brock Lesnar.

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It’s a common phrase in wrestling that the title shouldn’t make the man, the man should make the title. In the past, WWE has tried to do the former & hot shot people to the title who just weren’t ready for it. Guys like Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, & The Miz all were some of the worst champions of all time. But it wasn’t necessarily their fault. They were doomed to fail because they were put in a position that they just weren’t ready for. Reigns is facing the same issue right now. WWE want’s to hot shot Reigns to the top & want to use Brock Lesnar to do so. They know Reigns is going to get booed out the stadium at Wrestlemania but they insist on Reigns being the guy to beat the 1 who beat the 1 in 21 – 1. You don’t want to ruin that moment because you’re dead set on having this guy be your next star.

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The best analogy I can come up with is a weird one but it makes sense. Making a top star is like cooking dinner. When you’re making dinner, you often plan everything out ahead of time. Get the recipe, write down the ingredients, & set up a time schedule so you know how long it’s going to take. You go ahead and & start cooking everything & making sure everything is blending right. If everything goes right, then you got yourself a nice dinner. But in Roman Reigns’ case, WWE decided to mess with the recipe & try to add a seasoning from a different recipe that didn’t mix well & ruined the dish. Instead of starting over or making something else for the night (Something you know is easy to make & will taste good), WWE decided to try & fix the messed up dinner & serve it anyway, under cooked because they were adamant about having that for dinner. You have to cook the dish the right way before you serve it because he’s going to taste bad & ruin people’s appetite.

– Jeremy G.

WIR 02.18.15: WWE Fastlane Preview: Bryan vs. Reigns Builds to Big Match; WWE NXT Free Agents Takeover

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Fastlane Preview and Predictions as  Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns Builds to Big Match Regrdless of How you stand, and dont forget the avalanche of aggression with John Cena vs. Rusev. WWE NXT Free Agents Takeover Rival as Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami overshadow the homegrown gimmicked prospects. More matches added to ROH 13th Anniversary PPV. Impact Wrestling Cameras need White Balancing and Alberto El Patron speaks to the Lucha Undeground faithful.
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Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan Under Some Cloudy WWE Booking and Over Exposed

WWE’s answers to the online outcry following the Royal Rumble started off alright with the booking and stipulations at Raw 2 weeks ago and for FastLane this Sunday. WWE has now clouded our judgement with how we should react to both of these superstars.

 No amount of pairing them as an at-odds tag team literally for several hours alone  on television each week being subjected to the in-ring torture of the Authority has brought us to their end goal  that they want the fans to get behind Reigns. Taking up 2 separate half hours at the start of end of Raw and then a full hour straight on Smackdown last week was overexposure and overkill. It also screams lack of storylines and depth of relevant superstars on the roster. 

If these two would have been focused on just each other they might be able to sway the public opinion in Reigns’ favor.  Regardless, there is no clear idea on how to predict the outcome of Reigns vs. Bryan at Fastlane this Sunday. 

The Authority is simply too involved with too many babyfaces, From Reigns and Bryan to Sting to the rehired members of Team Cena from Survivor Series. At Fastlane, WWE Creative needs to speed forward and focus the Authority on just Sting. As for Bryan/Reigns and their shot at the World Title and Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania, get the heat away from Bryan and Reigns and the Authority and put it on the superstar that is getting a bit overlooked, Seth Rollins. -KOP

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NXT Top Prospects Are Free Agent Pickups, Not WWE Homegrown Talent

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NXT Takeover: Rival this past Wednesday brought me to the conclusion that is my very honest and opinionated headline. 

With the exception of Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn, who have spent a good amount of time in the main event picture of NXT. Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, and Hideo Itami are all excelling and proving themselves to the NXT and WWE brass what the rest of the wrestling world already knew about for years.

While the majority of wrestling fans express their love for NXT, the purpose of the developmental system is starting to work better these days as a finishing school for the main WWE roster than as a true developmental system. 

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WWE has a preference to stand behind guys that they have started in the WWE Performance Center more than their proven free agent acquisitions. 

WWE’s track record in the past few years speaks for itself. Seth Rollins, Cesaro and Dean Ambrose have successfully advanced to each have a significant spot on the main roster from the current incarnation of NXT, but not the same can be said for the likes of Adam Rose, Fandango, Big E, and Bo Dallas have floundered. 

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Just want to point out how many of those floundered NXT call-ups are amped-up extensions of their real persona and how many of those are just one-dimensional gimmicks. Just saying! -KOP

P.S. This post did not include any discussion of the NXT Womens (or Divas) division, which is doing just fine, yet WWE has a problem with elevating them onto the main roster. 

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WIR 02.11.15: Making Room for Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns On Top; NXT Takeover Rival Predictions

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300KOP and Jeremy G debate why there should be Room for Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns On Top; Plus, some brief NXT Takeover Rival Predictions (even though you might have watched it already by the time you hear this.) Cage and his continued push in Lucha Underground. The Beat Down Clan finally take a defeat in Lethal Lockdown.
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There’s Enough Room On Top For Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns

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An interesting crowd reaction for Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns from a down-the-middle WWE Universe in Columbus, Ohio on Monday night. Bryan got a strong response and Reigns got a Cena-like mixed response, but nevertheless got a response. 

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Much like the lack of detail WWE storylines have with their short attention span to recent history sometimes, so does the IWC. Daniel Bryan is the IWC’s IT Guy no doubt, and there will always be a place for him as a champion in WWE in the same light as Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero. 

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But instead of pushing to break the conformity of the WWE’s corporate establishment, the IWC should come to grips on reality. There are examples in every in-ring sport, whether it be WWE, Boxing or the UFC where there are heavyweights who are heavyweight champions, and exceptions to the rule. Brock Lesnar or Daniel Bryan, Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis, or Brock Lesnar or Chris Weidman, there are athletes in each of those sports big or small with different skill sets that they bring into the main event picture in their own right.

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I ask the IWC to look at the big picture and cheer for the future stars of this business, that’s what more important than anything. -KOP

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WWE: Please Dont Put the Future on Hold for Brock Lesnar

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So a portion of the IWC is hoping for a double turn in the main event at Wrestlemania 31, pairing a double-crossing Paul Heyman with a new heel Roman Reigns and creating a new top babyface in Brock Lesnar. 

Therefore, the WWE would be investing in a short-term fix for another year or two with the help of a part time talent to buy time to build some promising main event ready talent. 

Championship sports franchises can be built either by rebuilding a team around a group of young, groomed and developed talent that will thrive for many years, or seeking out veteran free agents ready to make an immediate impact for a short time. 

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WWE has done their share of both rebuilding (John Cena, Batista,Triple H, Undertaker for example) or re-loading from the thriving territories in the 80s (Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart) and WCW in the 90s (Eddie Guerrero, Booker T, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio) with stars that went right to the top of the roster. 

It’s time for WWE to finally turn the corner and stop caving to sign to a lucrative part time deal the last high-valued free agent left to carry the promotion for one, maybe two more years. 

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WWE has finally made the right move in my opinion to make Roman Reigns a top babyface (ready or not ready), and Seth Rollins a top heel. 

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Add a supporting cast of John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Bray Wyatt (and maybe even Rusev in my opinion) and WWE is halfway through a long-needed rebuilding of the roster. It is not the time any longer for WWE to book for the short term. Otherwise, why have the Performance Center or NXT in the first place. -KOP

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WIR 02.04.15: Reverse Psychology on Roman Reigns; WTF?! ROH World Champions in RAW Main Event With Wrestlemania Implications

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Reverse Psychology on Roman Reigns as the Authority reinserts Daniel Bryan to make good for their Royal Rumble foul-up; WTF?! ROH World Champions in RAW Main Event With Wrestlemania Implications. Cage Matches and a Renewed Cage gimmick and more.  If you love shopping at Amazon or you are interested in subscribing to the WWE Network, help support the show by clicking through the banners at kingofpodcasts.com. Also, please subscribe to the Wrestling Is Real podcast on iTunes and Stitcher and leave us a review. You can interact and send feedback to the show by clicking on mailbag on our website or email kingofpodcasts@yahoo.com. Thanks for listening!

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Ring of Honor World Champions in Wrestlemania-Stipulated RAW Main Event. Who Would Have Thought It?

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I raved about this on Twitter Monday night during RAW, but WWE must get its due when it deserves it. 

A RAW main event match to advance to the main event of WWE Fastlane with Wrestlemania 31 implications between Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan. 

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If you were told back in 2009 that these two Ring of Honor world champions (Tyler Black and Bryan Danielson) would make it this far in WWE let alone be given such a showcase like last night,  I would not have believed it. 

Granted, they have been in the Raw main event together for the last two years, but having a match this important is a step in the right direction for the company that I had hoped for and has finally come to fruition. So glad to see it! -KOP

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Roman Reigns Can Become a Main Eventer by Wrestlemania 31… Remember Goldberg?

Yes, I’m using that example. Mock me all you want. From singles debut to champion, there has been one wrestler since the WWF Attitude era that got successfully pushed all the way to the top in less than a year. 

Take away Goldberg’s 173-0 undefeated streak and let’s breakdown a few comparisons and I’ll make my argument.  

Goldberg was booked very well by WCW leading up to his first world title (which took just under 11 months), but think of the roster that he took on leading up to it. Goldberg debut in September 1997 and won his first midcard belt by April 1998. By then he gained main event status and in under 3 months he chased Hollywood Hulk Hogan to become WCW World Heavyweight Champion. 

Roman Reigns has had close to 2 years of exposure with The Shield until the breakup this past June. Reigns has been featured as a singles wrestler even before the breakup. As I make my point, allow me to back it up with Exhibit A, a list of all of his matches 

As far back as May 2013, Reigns had a series of matches on Raw and Smackdown versus fan favorite Daniel Bryan throughout that summer plus he had matches with Randy Orton and Mark Henry. 

The first Raw of 2014 Reigns wrestled CM Punk , then would have singles matches with Kane, Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Seth Rollins and Rusev. Then we get to his hernia surgery. 

The way I just laid this out, Roman Reigns has faced every top guy on the roster except for fellow top babyface John Cena and the top heel in the company…Brock Lesnar. 

Besides the two month absence last fall, WWE had the intentions of making Roma n Reigns their next next top babyface. Roman Reigns needs to built invincible against every top heel he faces leading up to Wrestlemania. 

Make no mistake, the evidence proves my point. Roman Reigns has been primed for his Wrestlemania main event. Roman Reigns has put in a lot of ring work, and I don’t remember Goldberg ever blowing us away with his promo ability.-KOP

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Let’s Stop Pretending That This Is About Daniel Bryan

Welcome to my inaugural blog post on the Wrestling is Real blog. I promise to make sure I don’t ruffle too many feathers but I won’t hold back on my opinions. Now, let’s get down to business.

For the past few days, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts, reading a lot of articles, and responding to a lot of comments all pointing to the supposed fact that the reason why fans were booing Reigns winning the Rumble was because of Daniel Bryan’s elimination earlier in the match.

Now, I for one was none too pleased that Daniel Bryan got eliminated the way he did & as early as he did. Daniel Bryan’s return last month was a historical moment in that he came back from an injury that put him out for several months, an injury that could have ended his career, to announce that he was going to be in the 2015 Royal Rumble match. Going into the match, he had everything going for him. He had the perfect David vs. Goliath storyline to take on Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania and become a 2 time (Technically 4 time if you count the WWE Championship linage) WWE World Heavyweight Champion. To take back the title he never lost in his most difficult opponent to date. But the powers that be decided that they didn’t want that & had him unceremoniously eliminated from the Rumble after just 10 minutes in the ring. I get it, it was a disappointing sight & it set the tone for the remainder of the match. But that’s not why this situation sucks.

Roman Reigns, since the start of The Shield, has been talked about as being the next “guy” in the WWE. Up until his injury a few months ago, I, as well as most of the WWE Universe, were pretty ok with that happening. Hey, anything to get rid of Cena, right? But for some reason, WWE saw how well Roman was doing prior to his injury & decided to stop all that & turn him into a wannabe Rock or Cena 2.0. Between the bedtime stories about Big Show & the looney toon quotes, Roman Reigns lost a lot of credibility for himself. Fans stopped taking him seriously and his reactions started to die down. WWE saw he was losing momentum & strapped the rocket ship behind him & lit it up and let the unthinkable happen.

Roman Reigns winning the Rumble was a terrible decision not because it wasn’t Daniel Bryan. It was because they booked him into oblivion. Reigns had been rumored to win the Rumble as early as September of 2014. The fans knew this & didn’t have a problem with it for the most part. Guys like Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, and even The Rock were all rumored choices to win the Rumble as well, but they really didn’t make sense. So it was down to Reigns & Bryan. As I mentioned earlier, the lead up to the Rumble did Roman Reigns no favors so the only real person everyone wanted to see was Bryan because they felt Reigns wasn’t ready to become that big yet. So when Daniel Bryan got eliminated, the fans knew that Reigns winning was inevitable.

So please stop saying that you hate Roman Reigns for winning or that you’re upset because Daniel Bryan didn’t win. The real culprit (as it has been for quite a while now) is bad writing and you should be pointing the finger not at Reigns, but at WWE & Vince McMahon for booking Reigns the way they did and thinking it was good idea going into the Rumble.

– Jeremy G.

No! Roman Reigns Does Not Need To Turn Heel!

I have heard too many critics think that the only way to save the Wrestlemania main event, aside from adding Daniel Bryan to make the match a triple threat, is to create a double turn between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar prior to the match. 

What happened to the idea that Roman Reigns is being groomed to be the predecessor to John Cena. Why is everyone so quick to prematurely give up on the direction of this match? 

These same critics think Brock Lesnar should be re-signed and crowned the top babyface of WWE with Paul Heyman becoming a new heel Reign’s new advocate. Enough of the short-term booking please. Heyman with Reigns make sense but WWE is trying to build a new top babyface, not just quickly turn him heel because he’s too green.

WWE chose to execute the Roman Reigns main event push too early granted, but in the long run the push that WWE will give him with all of the creative support and managerial oversight (while neglecting the rest of the Wrestlemania card until after Fast Lane). Winning over Brock Lesnar will sway the WWE universe and I believe regardless of the push Roman Reigns will end up getting over as WWE expects. 

Finally, I’m looking at Mr. Money in the Bank has yet to be added officially into the storyline  and he could very well cash in at Wrestlemania or the RAW after….Just Saying!-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 01.28.15 Roman Reigns Reconstructed; One Million WWE Network Subscribers; #CancelWWENetwork Fails

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Roman Reigns Character is Being Reconstructed to Include his Samoan Heritage and to make him a bad as for a change as we lay Royal Rumble rumblings to rest. WWE Congratulates One Million WWE Network Subscribers; #CancelWWENetwork Fails to Help Daniel Bryan. Plus, Impact Wrestling and Eric Young unable to play heel and Josh Matthews too comfy with a broken fourth wall, Lucha Underground and Last Luchadore Standing, Ring of Honor, Alberto El Patron and Top Prospect Tournament chat.
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#CancelWWENetwork: What a Great Idea to Support Our Guy Daniel Bryan

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“Thanks to all of you for your support, not just last night but for years. You guys are the best, and I am truly the luckiest man alive.”

Daniel Bryan wrote that to his fans on Twitter Monday, and how did his fans support him after his Royal Rumble elimination Sunday night… how did his fans support him and justify that he deserves to be in the main event of Wrestlemania. (Some of you, but not all of you)

1. Go to Twitter and voice that you have pseudo-cancelled your WWE Network subscription, using a unidentifiable screenshot, making sure their posts are trending for #CancelWWENetwork. Notice the pic below. 

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2. Daniel Bryan fans that attended the Royal Rumble event in Philadelphia blocked WWE Superstars from leaving the arena. 

3. You think that making the WWE website crash (pre-remptive or otherwise) and getting honorable publications like Time magazine to report on it. 

Yeah, WWE sees that overwhelming yet viral minority of “support” as the reason Daniel Bryan is sure to be guaranteed a chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Title in a “triple threat” yet again at the main event of Wrestlemania because of your support of Daniel Bryan. It’s not because you buy his t-shirts until they sell out, show up in droves and sell out WWE events and boo the Authority and start up Yes chants at every opportunity. Of course not, this year the minority of “vocal ” Daniel Bryan fans had a better plan. 

Let me finish this post by making sure you read Daniel Bryan’s Twitter post appreciating the “devoted” support you gave him at the Royal Rumble.

You guys are the best, and I am truly the luckiest man alive.” -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 01.26.15: WWE Royal Rumble; Dismissing Daniel Bryan at the Cost of Roman Reigns; Seth Rollins Star Rises

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WWE Royal Rumble; Dismissing Daniel Bryan at the Cost of Roman Reigns; Seth Rollins Star Rises. Philadelphia fans and WWE Network subscribers are voicing outrage after a disappointing Rumble match overshadowing a great WWE World Title match and accompanying performance by Seth Rollins. Plus, catch KOP deliver some breaking news about the WWE Network, and no its not the knee jerk cancellations, #CancelWWENetwork or screenshots of cancellations.
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Does WWE Go With Crowd Reaction or Their New Made Guy at the Royal Rumble?

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As far back as August 2014, The Wrestling Observer had written about backstage rumblings that Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns was the match being talked about most for WrestleMania 31.

Wrestlemania booking has been shaky at best given how plans were forced to change last year, and the same could happen this year. 

I’m not saying anything that no one else has already speculated, but the crowd might have given Daniel Bryan the momentum to again thwart WWE’s original plans. Again, the fans in this case like last year are right. 

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Reigns could use another year the top of the uppercard in some strong feuds. Daniel Bryan looks like he is ready to win the Royal Rumble and reclaim his championship with a win over exiting Brock Lesnar would solidify that once again.

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As for Seth Rollins, he would be served best by a post Wrestlemania championship run following a cashing of the Money in the Bank briefcase…or do you have a BETTER idea?- KOP

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Wrestling is Real 01.21.15 Royal Rumble Preview: Rollins Reaping Rewards of Big Push; What About Brock, Bryan And Cena at Wrestlemania

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Royal Rumble Preview: Rollins Reaping Rewards of Big Push; What About Brock, Bryan And Cena at Wrestlemania, how does the Rumble match and the WWE Heavyweight Title match work out for them; AJ Styles, Young Bucks and Alberto El Patron: Why Wrestlers Don’t Need WWE To Succeed; TNA brings us the Beat Down Clan. Four Way Title match set for Ring of Honor 13th Anniversary.

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AJ Styles, Young Bucks & Alberto El Patron: Why Wrestlers Don’t Need WWE To Succeed

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Above you see AJ Styles, The Young Bucks and Alberto (Del Rio) El Patron, but you already know who they are. 

Styles and the Bucks in 2014 collectively showed us that, while WWE looked at them all as developmental talent, they are some of the best performers outside of WWE (even arguably better than more than half of their talent roster) AND they were able to earn a respectable level of financial success.

Alberto El Patron found himself back on TV in Ring of Honor this week, and reportedly turned down a considerable $400,000 contract with limited dates with TNA instead to sign with Lucha Underground. 

To those WWE Superstars in MidCard Purgatory ( the likes of Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro) and those in NXT looking to be called up (Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Adrien Neville), remember that you are all superstars, but WWE isn’t the only place where you can be a wrestling superstar. -KOP

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WWE: Why Is Seth Rollins The Only One Getting The Decent Push?

As of the posting of this article, Seth Rollins is celebrating his 200th day holding the Money in the Bank briefcase. 

Since June 2nd, Seth Rollins has been given the best push of any up and coming WWE Superstar. Can anyone really say the same about his former Shield brethren, Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns? Can we also say the same about their former rivals, the other up-and-coming three-man faction that split four months later in the Wyatt family. 

I remember how I finally thought that WWE had delivered us some great signs that the future of the company was finally coming to fruition, and that by Wrestlemania XXXI, these two teams would bring a long and exciting feud to its end. 

But then, CM Punk was officially fired and Daniel Bryan was injured and diagnosed to be out of action until 2015. But WWE has the Wyatts and the Shield. The breaking up of either of these teams has only benefited Seth Rollins. 

Looking back, the WWE offseason saw the indescribable breakup of the Wyatts and Roman Reigns going on the shelf. Ambrose got to face Rollins to give the WWE Universe a feud we did like but started, stopped and then ended very quickly. Wyatts were taken off tv for a month followed by some horrible returns by each member of the Wyatt Family. 

Through all of the misuse of five of the hottest young WWE Superstars ever to come out of NXT,  only Seth Rollins has thrived.

Politics, favoritism, call it whatever corporate bullshit caused this huge fail, we are now in the start of Wrestlemania season. 75 days till the biggest wrestling event of the year, and only Seth Rollins looks like he is set to get over as a main eventer, and he looks like he will be the only one this Wrestlemania season at a time when WWE needs to have young stars made to claim the proverbial brass ring. -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 01.14.15: WWE Creative: One Dimensional; Roman Reigns Getting Royally Ruined

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Creative is Very One Dimensional and part time help isnt going to save Wrestlemania this time. KOP rants how WWE should put themselves under pressure to build more Network subscribers. Roman Reigns Getting is Royally Ruined with nursery rhymes, Superman and Sylvester the Cat references. We also discuss the return this week and Number 1 Heavyweight Contender setup for the 13th Anniversary PPV Setup.
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WWE: Forgotten How to Do Long Term Booking, Even for John Cena

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On the January 6th episode of the Wrestling is Real podcast, I questioned just where WWE is going with Wrestlemania plans… which normally start up around Royal Rumble time. 

Instead, the first RAW of 2015 gets a 3pm re-writing by Vince himself, only to revert back to the pre-Survivor Series storyline where basically we see how things would have turned out if Team Authority would have won the 5-on-5 match. 

Now, John Cena is pulled into the Authority storyline feeling guilty for the firings of Erick Rowan, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler, instead of focusing on his three-way title match versus an absent Brock Lesnar. 

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Seth Rollins is the only person being pushed right now, and for what? Why does Seth Rollins need to be in the world heavyweight match. How about letting him cash his money in the bank briefcase. The announcers might not bring it up and Seth might not bring it up in his scripted promos, but we see him carry the briefcase and he is introduced as Mr. Money in the Bank. 

After John Cena finishes eventually losing to Brock Lesnar (in my honest opinion), does anyone have an idea what the TOP guy in the company is his next “dancing” partner. Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, you know the guys that should be in some relevant storylines and possibly being pushed to the main event level…do any of these guys have any creative direction to speak of…..hmmmm!

We’re going into the Royal Rumble without an inkling of where storylines are going. For the WWE Universe’s sake, I hope creative tries to make some feuds during the Rumble match that will give us some hope for Wrestlemania.this year. Otherwise, first things first. Let’s see how they untangle the re-hashed Survivor Series idea and start cooking up some fresh ideas for THIS year.-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 01.06.15 Wrestlemania Season Starts Off Like S***; Wrestle Kingdom a Winner

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Wrestlemania Season Starts Off Like S*** as Chuck and KOP discuss the poor use of John Cena, the ridiculous return of the Authority. Plus, Wrestle Kingdom is a Winner and KOP recaps why the show was so good. We also preview the returns of Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling.
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Hot Shot Booking, Lots of Returns & Real Storylines: Wrestlemania Season is Here!

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Compare the time between Night of Champions and A RAW Christmas, where the WWE subjected us to to crappy main event finishes (rigged flat screen tvs and holograms) bad gimmick PPVS (TLC and Hell in a Cell) and horrible celebrity hosts (Nene Leakes, KLG and Hoda, Larry the Cable Guy). 

Now look at the last two RAWs, filled with returns (Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Bad News Barrett and The Authority) and actual storylines (Lesnar/Rollins/Cena, Reigns/Big Show along with Wyatt/ Ambrose) leading up to a PPV-like event that already has a big match. 

Sometimes, I ask myself when I know WWE has an offseason why do I bother watching. Wrestlemania season is back nevertheless, that’s at least a positive. 

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P.S. The debut of the Ascension, not so positive. -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 12.31.14: WWE Superstars in 2015 We Want Pushed and Requested Resolutions

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Superstars in 2015 We Want Pushed and Requested Resolutions; Hot Shot Booking to end 2014 with returns of Edge and Christian, Daniel Bryan, Bad News Barrett. Also, we preview NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9.
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Wrestling is Real 2014 Year in Review: WWE Lack of Progress; TNA Struggles to Survive

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Lack of Progress with the rise of Daniel Bryan, the loss of CM Punk, talent injuries and more; TNA Struggles to Survive after Spike TV as they are given a second chance by Destination America; Lucha Underground Launches and Ring of Honor rises up a few notches with PPV and some huge talent resurgances.
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Dolph Ziggler: “Stealing the Show” Has a WWE Main Event Plateau

Dolph Ziggler has had a rollercoaster career in WWE. He’s coming up on 10 years on the main roster. From the sidekick to Chavo Guerrero’s golfer gimmick to the Sprit Squad to the “Hi I’m” start of his in-ring persona. After 2 years of mid-card mediocrity in the new gimmick, Ziggler found championship gold in 2010. The same type of gold he was holding 4 years ago. 

Now on to my point, WWE has kept Dolph Ziggler under the glass ceiling, and WWE has continued to stay the course with him during every off-season (please refer to my previous post about my definition of WWE’s offseason). Even with the casual fan’s short attention span, they forget how many starts and stops he has had in his career, and how those stops always land around WrestleMania time. 

Remember the last Raw of the year three years ago (2011) when Ziggler beat then WWE Champion CM Punk in 2 non-title matches (yes with the help of Big Johnny), only to lose to CM Punk at the 2012 Royal Rumble in a title match. He was even in that year’s Elimination Chamber. What happened then? Ziggler gets injured and gets paired with Jack Swagger. 

It wasn’t till another year and a half later that Ziggler was back in some significant spot toward another title shot by winning the Money in the Bank briefcase. Ziggler’s briefcase is overshadowed when he spent 50 minutes at the Royal Rumble and then a tag team championship match while saddled along Big E. Langston. 

The highest moment for Dolph Ziggler (and likely the highest moment he will ever have in his WWE career) was April 8th, 2013 the briefcase cash-in and the World Heavyweight Championship. 

Now that the old World Heavyweight title has been retired (not the WWE WHC that Brock Lesnar holds), I don’t ever foresee WWE ever looking at Dolph’s direction for the main event title ever again. He’s currently 5th on the babyface roster in my opinion behind John Cena, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan and arguably Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose. 

Hey, at least he is in the Intercontinental Champion for now, and though he might not ever close a show, at least he can steal the show.-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 12.24.14: Extreme December for Wrestling: Wyatt/ Ambrose, ROH DQ Matches and Aztec Warfare in Lucha Underground

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Extreme December for Wrestling with Wyatt and Ambrose beating the piss out of each other, ROH DQ Matches on TV with Elgin/Hanson and Ciampa/Alexander, NXT with the debut of Kevin Owens and the creation Aztec Warfare in Lucha Underground for a new championship.
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The Smartest Thing WWE Has Done to Help Grow the WWE Network

To help make a few dollars for the podcast, I signed up earlier this year for the WWE’s affiliate program. An affiliate program means that WWE has authorized me and thousands of other website owners to promote their WWEShop merchandise by putting up banners on my website. 

For every person that clicks through one of their website banners and buys something from WWEShop, that website owner gets a little kick back of commission. All these authorized “affiliates” will invest time and money to get that commission and WWE shares in the profits. For WWE, it’s a great way to sell their merchandise as effectively as they do at their house shows. 

They have been forward thinking when they got heavy into social media and then with their digital platform. Now, with this new marketing in their arsenal, I predict that they will reach 1 million North American subscribers by the end of 2015.-KOP

Wrestling is Real 12.18.14 WWE NXT Takes WWE TLC to School; WWE Network is Saved; Lucha Underground 3-Way…LADDER MATCH!

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE NXT Takes WWE TLC to School with NXT Takeover R-Evolution. WWE Network is Saved thanks to WWE giving the network as an affiliate offer. We review NXT Takeover and the Lucha Underground 3-Way Ladder Match, plus ROH, TNA News and more.
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Wrestling is Real 12.15.14: WWE TLC 2014 Post Show: Stands for Totally Lacking Creative Show

WWE_TLC_Tables,_Ladders_&_ChairsWWE TLC 2014 Post Show: Stands for Totally Lacking Creative Show. Dolph Ziggler doesnt get elevated by retaining Intercontinental Title in the curtain jerker. Luke Harpers title run is forgettable. Ambrose looks stupid in another major main event. Erick Rowan buried in a horrible gimmick match. WWE Offseason continues to disappoint and where does that leave the rising WWE Superstars in the Wrestlemania season big picture? Also, we learn that for some reason Lesnar/Cena III needs to be held at the Rumble.
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More WWE PPVs Need to be Like WWE NXT Takeover: R-Evolution

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The Internet Wrestling Community gripes and complains justifiably about how WWE Pay Per Views (especially between SummerSlam and the Royal Rumble) are so mediocre to bad.

No storylines to grab the emotion of the fans or the WWE Universe, no exciting debuts of superstars that make a lasting impact, and very little memorable moments. But then I saw WWE NXT Takeover: R-Evolution Thursday night. 

I have not been as excited for a live WWE special event since SummerSlam or the last NXT Takeover. 

WWE NXT Takeover: R-Evolution had ALL of the elements that made for one of the best wrestling events I’ve ever seen all year, alongside Ring of Honor’s All Star Extravaganza and WrestleMania XXX. 

Let me get back to the three points I made at the beginning. 

Storylines, stretched out over three months between specials, are exceptional when you watch these NXT Specials. NXT Takeover is a throwback to the Clash of Champions of NWA/WCW and the WWF’s Saturday Night’s Main Event. 

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The Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville feud took me back to a feud like Tommy Dreamer/Raven back in ECW, but the backstory of this feud had the excellent catalyst in Sami’s real best friend, Kevin Owens, who had just made his long awaited and incredible debut earlier in the night. 

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The incredible moment where Sami Zayn finally conquered the one thing that mattered to him most all year in the NXT title, Kevin Owens hugs Zayn, the jubilant celebration and then one of the BEST swerves since Mark Henry’s pseudo retirement speech. 

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Then, there was the transformation of Finn Balor uncovering his Prince Devitt look to the NXT Universe along with a great tag match with his partner Hideo Itami against the Ascension. 

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Finally, there was Charlotte showcasing her talents that might be arguably better than any Diva on the main roster, except for AJ Lee, Paige and maybe Natalya. 

WWE needs to take a closer what they are doing RIGHT down in Orlando at the Performance Center. NXT has evolved from a rookie training ground to a finishing shop for some of the worlds most skilled and talented indy wrestlers en route to becoming WWE Superstars. 

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As I look towards WWE TLC this Sunday, does anyone think that with all the star power and resources WWE has for their main roster they can even come close to the magic that we witnessed on Thursday. 

It’s obvious to me WWE needs more significant changes and maybe by post-Wrestlemania season next year they will finally “evolve”. -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 12.10.14 CM Punk UFC Bound; WWE TLC and NXT Takeover R: Evolution Preview and Predictions

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300CM Punk is UFC Bound as he shockingly signs up with the mixed martial arts giant. We look at how we think he is ready to make this move and why fans should move on and follow him to this new venture. Plus, KOP and Jeremy give their WWE TLC and NXT Takeover R: Evolution Predictions.
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Wrestling is Real 12.07.14: ROH Final Battle 2014: Little Conclusions, No Title Changes

Ring-of-Honor-Final-Battle-2014ROH Final Battle 2014: Little Conclusions, No Title Changes as Jay Lethal, Redragon and Jay Briscoe all retain their championships on this final Ring of Honor PPV of 2014 in New York City.
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Wrestling is Real 12.03.14: CM Punk Speaks, Vince McMahon Responds; ROH Final Battle 2014 Preview

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CM Punk Speaks, Vince McMahon Responds. KOP and Jeremy run through what was said through both interviews and we analyze what Punk said and look into how we as wrestling fans feel about it. ROH Final Battle 2014 Weekend is here and KOP gives his Preview and some bold title change predictions. We also look into the final original Spike episode of Impact Wrestling and the transitions being made in prep for their move to Destination America. Subscribe to the Wrestling is Real Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Please support the Wrestling is Real Podcast by doing your Amazon shopping through our website, AmazonisReal.com. Portions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows, plus the latest news headlines and the Wrestling is Real Blog, as well as click on the banners and support our sponsors by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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Working for Corporate (Wrestling or Radio) Sucks! Just Ask CM Punk!

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Just finished listening to CM Punk’s interview on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. If you have not listened to it, here you go.

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Aside of two statements that I think could be disputed (Equal pay to the Rock at Wrestlemania XXX and that he could get himself over bigger without WWE), I totally support everything he said in the interview. He is absolutely right. 

I say that because I am working for an industry much like pro wrestling is controlled by a major corporate conglomerate that is truly the major leagues or (coining a WCW slogan) where the big boys play…..Radio.  

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I worked for the biggest radio company in the world for 4 years. The company was named Clear Channel until one of their digital acquisitions became so popular and profitable they decide to take its name and become iHeartMedia.

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Though employees of iHeartMedia ARE entitled to medical and retirement benefits, they are for the most part under appreciated, expected to drink the corporate kool aid and go beyond the call of duty working extra hours or working sick for fear of losing their jobs and their benefits.  No to mention, a lot of talented workers deal with a glass ceiling overshadowed and overlooked many times by veteran talents who refuse to let go “of their spot” or non-talents that got their job by “who they know in mid-management or at the top”. 

Unfortunately for WWE and Clear Channel, I have to respect their business practices because they have been able to become publicly traded and gain worldwide expansion (Although, the latter will eventually drown in an ocean of debt, but I digress) for over 50 and 40 years respectively.

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Back to CM Punk, from day one. I didn’t want to try to observe why he chose to leave. If he chose to leave it was his chice and that there must be a pretty good reason why. Well, he had a VERY GOOD reason and I wish him the very best outside of wrestling.-KOP

 

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Evaluating the 2014 WWE OffSeason: Lack of Excitement…No Surprise

Again, the time between SummerSlam and the New Year (which I’m sure I am not the first to refer to this period as WWE’s offseason) has assuredly disappointed the WWE Universe. Yes we could blame injuries to some rising stars on their roster but its still not a plausible excuse. 

First of all, no one is really talking about the number one big problem. If Brock Lesnar was going to win the WWE World Heavyweight Title, it did not mean that WWE should have let him disappear from television and PPV for several months without even a mention or a video package or even any significant promo time from his advocate, Paul Heyman.   

On my Wrestling is Real podcast, I said multiple times if WWE was going to keep the belt on Lesnar, knowing that only John Cena would be his only credible opponent, the time without the Heavyweight Champion in the picture should have been used to elevate the prestige of the Intercontinental and Tag Team belts. Safe to say, all of the midcard belts still mean next to nothing.

Even if Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are on the shelf, that does not explain why characters like the Wyatt Family were split up (without any explanation) only that the company felt the need to make Rowan and Harper singles competitors. Bray Wyatt  is wandering aimlessly without any progression to his character and being placed in feuds fueled with little to no storyline. Rowan is now a simpleton face and Harper is a champion without any rhyme or reason why he inherited the belt. Rusev, Rollins and Ambrose I think are the only superstars that have not lost their push or momentum this offseason. 

Finally, WWE cannot continue to rely on creating one-shot appearances at us like The Rock, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan and Sting (or the pitiful celebrity one-offs like Kathie Lee and Hoda, Nene Leakes and Grumpy Cat) to stimulate the interest of the WWE Universe. 

We now roll into December with the hopefully short return of the Anonymous RAW General Manager for CyberMonday, followed the Slammys, a lackluster TLC PPV card, Tribute to the Troops and a silly Christmas episode,  hosted no doubt by a gaggle of unmemorable D-list celebrity general mangers. 

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I am especially thankful for ROH Final Battle, WWE NXT Takeover R: Revolution and Lucha Underground to keep me from doing the casual WWE fan thing to do… fantasy booking Wrestlemania XXXI-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 11.26.14: Anonymous RAW GM An Awful Move; Dysfunctional Wyatt Family; Understanding ROH Final Battle Venue Terminal 5

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Its King of Podcasts birthday, we rant about the return of the Anonymous RAW GM; the Dysfunctional Wyatt Family; Understanding ROH Final Battle Venue Terminal 5 and how its not at JFK Airport. Matt Striker brings bad WWE habits to Lucha Undeground. TNA plans the first Destination America tapings in New York City and New Japan Pro Wrestling to be featured on AXS TV.
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The Anonymous Raw General Manager: Did Someone Write WWE To Bring This Gimmick Back?

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We cannot erase the last 5 minutes of Monday Night RAW from Indianapolis. I’m still shaking my head trying to get the iPhone text message sounder blaring over and over out of my head. 

Why is the WWE Universe being subjected to this eyesore of a gimmick once again. Does this mean Michael Cole will return to his heel character and his clear box? Are we seriously supposed to have short term memory on how Hornswoggle was discovered to be behind the Macbook Pro?

I think the IWC is being punished for not accepting the fact that WWE always wants to have a heel authority figure on television. If that’s the case, please drop this gimmick after Cyber Monday (which I hope is the only reason the poduim was brought back for a week.) and bring back Big Johnny and People Power! -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 11.24.14: WWE Survivor Series 2014 Post: Dolph Ziggler the Sole Survivor Thanks to Sting; Kiss AJ Lee Goodbye

Survivor_Series_2014_PosterDolph Ziggler is the Sole Survivor Thanks to Sting; Kiss AJ Lee Goodbye as she drops the Divas belt and off our tvs it looks like. We also look at what was missing from the Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose match and recap the ppv. Holidays are here, and if you love shopping at Amazon or WWEShop, help support the show by clicking through the banners at kingofpodcasts.com. Also, please subscribe to the Wrestling Is Real podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. You can email the show by clicking on mailbag on ur website or email kingofpodcasts@yahoo.com. Thanks for listening.

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Takeaways from TNA Moving to Destination America

Congratulations TNA! Things could have seriously gotten worse. 

Not many promotions get a second chance especially in the world of professional wrestling. The only one I can think of was the resurrection of ECW by WWE and we saw how that went. 

Although Spike TV had a wider clearance on cable and satellite, Destination America will promote the debut of Impact Wrestling with the marketing power of the parent company of the Discovery Channel.

DAM will offer Impact Wrestling a second replay of the show and the fact they get run additional programming (as in maybe Explosion will be on TV here and it will get retooled). 

Now, let’s look beyond the TV positives. TNA gets a month off to hopefully fix some things. It’s what they have to do. No more Hogans and Bischoffs or Russos or Jarretts to bring in their agenda. It’s time for TNA to start storylines over. Good luck TNA, see you in January-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 11.19.14: WWE Survivor Series 2014 Preview; 2015 Destination for TNA; ROH Final Battle Main Event Set

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Survivor Series 2014 Preview and Predictions, as we look at the 5-On-5 Disconnect, Brie Bella Looks Hot Dressed as AJ Lee; Wyatt-Ambrose has no heat. Plus, Lucha Underground Slick Storyline Buildups, Ring of Honor Final Battle Main Event set; Impact Wrestling goes away for the holidays and hopes to set a 2015 Destination.
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WWE Found a Way to Make Me Pay Attention to Brie Bella

Just dress Brie up as AJ Lee. All I can say if the rumor about AJ Lee leaving WWE is true, I petition that Brie Bella keep AJ’s look and gimmick. I might actually care about her character. -KOP

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YES IWC, There is Room In the World of Wrestling for Lucha Underground

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Three weeks into watching this show, and I’m all in with Lucha Underground.

The in-ring product can be compared to what we’ve seen from ECW and WCW and maybe a hint of TNA. 

‘m not afraid to say that Lucha Underground’s approach to the telenovela style backstage vignettes and promos are better than 95% of what WWE and TNA ever put out (with the exception of Bray Wyatt). 

The more I watch, the less I worry less about the negative stigma of hearing Matt Striker and Vampiro on commentary.

Something needs to be said about the use of Chavo Guerrero, Ezekiel Jackson and John Morrison on this show. No in-ring promos from these guys, but instead directing them in scenes that look like they came out of a movie. 

Dario Cueto and Konnan get my biggest props. I can watch these guys do scenes all day long. 

Let me leave you wth this bold quote:

“The way WWE is running things these days, I’d rather watch a 3-hour block of Lucha Underground, Ring of Honor and NXT over a 3-Hour RAW.”-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 11.12.14 WWE Survivor Series Storylines Suck; Bad TNA Storylines Back

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Survivor Series Storylines Suck with the 5-on-5 match, Wyatts are going nowhere.  Bad TNA Storylines Are Back with Gunner/Samuel Shaw, MVP and Lashley, and RockstarSpud/EC3. Lucha Underground continues to look good so far.
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Wrestling is Real 11.06.14: WWE Network Panic Rant; Survivor Series 5-On-5; Look At Lucha Underground;

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Discussing the recent WWE Network Panic as KingOfPodcast goes on a tirade on what could have been done better and what they can still do to right the digital platform; Survivor Series  5-On-5;; Look At Lucha Underground; plus Ring of Honor Championship Week and Bobby Roode and the Cheap TNA World Heavyweight Title Victory and the chance that TNA will stay on Spike TV after all.
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Wrestling is Real 10.29.14 WWE Wrong About Ryback; Better Feud Now Some Storylines. TNA Tag Team Torture

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Was Wrong About Ryback; Better Feuds with Rollins/Orton and Wyatt/Ambrose…. Now for Some Storylines.  Also, TNA Tag Team Torture and a visit by MarkyMark811 to talk RAW heel and face turns.
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Wrestling Is Real 10.27.14: WWE Hell In A Cell Post Show: Ambrose Ambushed; Cena Gets Rubber Match

hitcDean Ambrose Get Ambushed by Bray Wyatt, but why start this feud before finishing the other with Seth Rollins? Cena Gets Rubber Match against Brock Lesnar. No title changes, feels like a 3-hour RAW to me.
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Wrestling is Real 10.22.14: WWE Hell in a Cell Preview: Carrot Top vs. Midwestern Guy; Another Cena vs. Orton Match

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Hell in a Cell Preview: Dean Ambrose aka Carrot Top vs. Seth Rollins aka Midwestern Guy, Another Cena vs. Orton Match, Bella Twins Bitch Match. Jeremy G is officially named new co-host. We also look at the upcoming Lucha Underground TV Show, Impact Wrestling stuff and a preview of Ring Of Honor Championship Week. Finally, if you love shopping at Amazon or WWEShop, help support the show by going through the banners at kingofpodcasts.com. Also, please subscribe to the Wrestling Is Real podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks for listening.

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Above is the over-30-year-old movie reference (don’t get me wrong, I love this movie) that was used as the inspiration…

 for how “The Authority” set up a 1-night angle to give us…..

a match we wanted while pulling the wool over our proverbial eyes with…

a match we loathe. Sigh! Thanks WWE! -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 10.15.14: WWE Hell in a Cell: Orton vs. Cena is Main Event for One Dollar; TNA Bound for Glory; ROH Honor Rumble

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300We talk to Roadie Author Lee T. Lundsford, then The Authority make a Duke and Duke Trading Places type bet in return for gving us Rollins vs Ambrose, they would be able to put one over the WWE fans by making Orton vs. Cena the Main Event for One Dollar; Plus, we look back at TNA Bound for Glory and Full Metal Mayhem and the ROH Honor Rumble.
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Wrestling is Real 10.09.14: The Rock To Raw Rescue in Creative Drought; TNA Bound for Glory, Then Bound for Nowhere

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300The Rock To Raw Rescue in Creative Drought; WWE RAW goes too far for cancer awareness.  New WWE stars not allowed to swim to the deep end of the pool.  TNA Bound for Glory, Then Bound for Nowhere as preview the pay per view.
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WWE Should Drop Grudges with Mid-Carders; Add Depth to Main Event Drought

You don’t have to tell me that my title is merely wishful thinking. I know it is. When you are stuck in a situation year after year where main event pushes have been sidetracked, resulting in exhausted main event feuds and uninteresting storylines. 

This week on the podcast, I threw out several names and asked why some of them could not be brought back into the main event once again. 

First off, I’m referring to former WWE Champions and those who were on the fast track to main event gold. All veterans with over 8 years experience on the roster, in their prime and capable of much more than they are being held down and limited to do. 

I do not see why The Miz and Sheamus have continued to be held back. The Miz’s new moneymaker gimmick is a refreshing of the character that was truly needed and hopefully serves to bring him back to a prominent spot on the roster. Sheamus has been kept as a face since his return from injury when he would have been much for effective as a heel. I think there will be big things awaiting Bad News Barrett once he comes back, but he has to stay healthy going forward. Finally, no matter how much people love Dolph Ziggler, he needs to follow the Miz and desperately needs to makeover his look. 

Then I feel there are two more superstars that have not seen that championship gold that could be rehabilitated and made relevant again. If Jack Swagger was able to be made more relevant, then I don’t see why Cesaro, and in my opinion, Ryback should not be not pushed higher then they already are. The bottom line is Cesaro and Ryback are two superstars that WWE has dropped the ball on. Cesaro to a much greater extent. 

Listen WWE, if a superstar has made a mistake in the past, and was internally punished for it .It should not mean that that superstar should stay buried. But while you could afford to do that in the past because you had a deep enough roster, you honestly cannot afford that privilege any longer. Injuries and resignations and the like will continue to plague your product. It’s time to reward those who have remained loyal and faithful. 

Finally to all the superstars mentioned, take a gamble and break out of your comfort zone and persuade management to do more with you. Because you either do it right now, or let the future take your spot. -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 10.01.14: Cena and Orton Always WWE Go-To Main Event Fill-in; TNA Bound Only for Japan

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Cena and Orton Always WWE Go-To for Main Event. Not Enough Time for Full Character Buildup of new superstars, so thats why WWE Creative has do better.  ; TNA Bound Only for Japan, not for Glory. Could TNA go to WGN America? Plus, why I would prefer having Kelly Kelly back over Brie Bella, and guest co-host Jeremy G give better booking ideas than what we are getting from WWE.
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TNA=Totally No Angles (or Storylines to Speak Of)

Today, I am catching up on this past Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling, the last taping from the Manhattan Center. As I watch some pretty good matches as part of the one-night New York City Gold Rush, I feel like TNA and their Impact Wrestling program is preparing to come to an end. 

All of the tapings from New York City turned out to be pretty well received. We got nothing but matches and very little on storylines. The storylines we did have coming into New York have finished their run. Bound for Glory feels more like an obligated PPV to perform than their biggest event of the year. 

Now, maybe if TNA gets a new TV deal for 2015 from a smaller cable channel with less money coming to them, maybe the company is helping viewers to handle the phasing out of TNA as we have remembered it. 

The in-ring product as basic and as vanilla as it is, has been fun to watch. But, I hate the feeling I get when i watch TNA in a lame duck state. Maybe Ill feel better once we learn where this company will end up next year. -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 09.24.14 : WWE Has an Off-Season; WWE Creative Handcuffed; Watching Glorified WWE House Shows on TV

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300After watching WWE House of Champions and the Raw after on Moinday night, I have come to the conclusion that WWE Has an Off-Season, WWE Creative is Handcuffed and we are being subjected to Watching Glorified WWE House Shows on TV. I give my take on the depleted main event picture, and the lack of creative direction from opponents for Brock Lesnar to the poor Bella Twins feud.
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Wrestling is Real 09.22.14: WWE Night of Champions 2014 Recap: Brock Lesnar No Tap Out But Curb Stomped.

nightofchampionbrockWWE Night of Champions 2014 Recap: Brock Lesnar No Tap Out But Curb Stomped. Intercontinental Title Goes Hollywood Again. Dean Ambrose stiffs a cab driver. Nikki Bella gets in the way of a perfectly decent Divas title match. Cody Rhodes gets painted up as Stardust and gets awarded the tag titles back a year later. Finally, MarkyMark811 chimes in on the man event and the ongoing auto-pilot creartive direction of WWE in the start of the new Fall TV Season and NFL Football.
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Wrestling is Real 09.19.14 WWE Is In Rebuilding Mode…Deal With It! WWE Night of Champions Preview and Predictions

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Believe it or not , WWE Is In Rebuilding Mode….Bottom Line is if all you watch is RAW every Monday night, and choose not to watch any other wrestling, then just Deal With It!  In my opening rant, I try to justify the direction of the current TV product, plus I look on the bright side by appreciating all of the great wrestling I have had a chance to watch in September thanks to TNA and ROH. Plus, I recap NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way and Ring of Honor All Star Extravaganza VI and the final two shows of TNA in New York City including No Surrender. I finish up with some WWE Night of Champions Preview and Predictions.
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Wrestling is Real 09.10.14: Bella Twins Bickering; Vince Russo Ranting; Troubling ROH Title Change

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Bella Twins Bickering, WWE: Love The Bella Twins, But Leave the Total Divas Stuff to Total Divas; Vince Russo Does Equal Opportunity Ranting; Troubling ROH Title Change: Why Michael Elgin Lost the Belt. Paul Heyman Tries to Make Cena Embrace the Hate, and why Heyman is doing a better job than Kane did.
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WWE: Love The Bella Twins, But Leave the Total Divas Stuff to Total Divas

Although I am not as severe with the constant criticism of the recent Bella Twins Feud. WWE Creative is trying way too hard to get some mileage out of this storyline. 

Add Stephanie McMahon, the title feud with AJ Lee and Paige, the Bellas skinny clothes loving brother JJ and even Jerry Springer, it doesn’t make a difference. 

The feud should be as simple as a jealous spat between sisters, a couple of bitch, slut and whore name-calling and some of what is actually right in all of these segments… the cat fighting. 

The Bellas, in their actual matches coming up, should take a page out of TNAs Gail Kim/ Taryn Terrell series of matches. Hope you’re reading this WWE! -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 09.03.14: Growing Up Bella; John Cena The Cash Cow; NXT Takeover 2 and ROH All Star Extravaganza Previewed

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Growing Up Bella; John Cena The Cash Cow; NXT Takeover 2 and ROH All Star Extravaganza Previewed; No Sting vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania…Book Sting vs. Bray Wyatt; What will be TNAs Post-Spike TV Reality ?
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WWE: Forget Sting vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania…Book Sting vs. Bray Wyatt

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It doesn’t make sense to me anymore to have the IWC’s dream match between Sting against the Undertaker as each wrestler’s last match. 

Look, I understand if its gonna burst some people’s bubble, but there are two reasons I have come to the conclusion of my headline. 

First of all, everything changed with that dream match once the Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar. Taker looked like he wrestled his last match, he let the streak get snapped, and I think the way Taker decided to finish his career was to honor the time honored wrestling tradition and lose on the way out putting over the biggest bad ass in wrestling today. 

Second, I believe Sting would want to follow in the same aforementioned wrestling tradition. Therefore, why sell the young and growing fanbase something that a decreasing minority (The 30-something fan that used to watch Raw and Nitro back in the 90s) would care to watch as simply a featured attraction. 

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So, if Sting is to eventually going to have his last match, he will do what he did as walked out the door of TNA. He will lose his last match and put  the next top wrestler over like he did with Ethan Carter III. 

I think WWE can satisfy audiences young and old by giving Sting his final match at WrestleMania XXXI. His opponent should be Bray Wyatt.

Triple HHH has made it clear who are the new faces of the company going forward who are getting the most focus, the member who were once a part of the Shield and the Wyatts.

Bray Wyatt has been on auto pilot since his feud last year with John Cena. Unfortunately, his summer feud with Chris Jericho has not panned out as well. Bray Wyatt does not have a clear cut opponent that fans are clamoring to see come WrestleMania season, and he needs a good veteran opponent.

I’m sure the Stinger working with the 3rd-generation superstar star with a family tree of BlackJack Mulligan, Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda would be something he couldn’t pass up. Then add the mysterious nuances and the potential promos and ring work to come there is no doubt in my mind why this feud should not happen.

Please comment if you agree or disagree. -KOP

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What will be TNAs Post-Spike TV Reality ?

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Let’s look into the possible reality that TNA and Impact Wrestling could move to the Velocity channel in early 2015. 

The roster according to various reports would be downsized, but really who would they lost that would make a huge difference. I for one would be ok to see TNA forced to create stars instead of rely on the star power of former WWE talent. 

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No one is discussing the fact that a number of wrestlers were secured to multi-year contracts this year following their drastic internal budget cuts. 

That leaves the production value. TNA uses a Nashville production house to produce their content (I know this as fact on account I know the guy that produces and edits their weekly programming, so the production value of their graphics and production elements would still look like it does.

Where the production value will suffer will be from the on-site production from the lighting to the stage to the camera work. 

Still the show as a whole would still have better production value than Ring of Honor’s TV program. 

TNA’s reality is that even if it moves to Velocity, they will still have room to grow. I hope that they do it right for a change. It’s their last chance.-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 08.27.14: WWE Post-Summerslam on Auto Pilot; TNA Finds TV Hope

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Post-Summerslam on Auto Pilot with the storylines. Lesnar/ Cena build stays solid. Can Brie vs. Nikki work?  TNA Finds TV Hope with Spike helping them in their transition to maybe a channel called Velocity. ROH goes all out on TV with an overbooked TV title draw and a goodbye from Kevin Steen. Finally, if you love shopping at Amazon or WWEShop, help support the show by going through the banners at kingofpodcasts.com. Also, please subscribe to the Wrestling Is Real podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks for listening.

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Wrestling is Real 08.20.14: New WWE World Champ, New Title Belt and New Logos; TNA Bound For Glory Neglect

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Brock Lesnar is the New WWE World Champ. Mark and I discusses how often he should defend it. Plus New Title Belt, New RAW graphics and New Logos; Its too early to start nit picking and evaluating Roman Reigns. Plus, we look at TNA Bound For Glory Neglect, due to bad feuds and unimportant storylines, while sacrificing everything for a renewed Spike TV deal. Finally, if you love shopping at Amazon or WWEShop, help support the show by going through the banners on our website. Also, please subscribe to the Wrestling Is Real podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks for listening.

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Wrestling is Real 08.17.14: WWE SummerSlam 2014; Brock Lesnar New World Champ; Rise of the Roman Empire Begins

summer-slamWWE SummerSlam 2014 Recap; Brock Lesnar is New World Champ. How does this finally change the face of the main event picture. The Rise of the Roman Empire Begins as Romain Reigns makes quick work of Randy Orton. AJ and The Miz drop their belts quickly to Paige and Dolph Ziggler respectively.
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Wrestling is Real 08.12.14: WWE Summerslam 2014 Preview: When Brock Lesnar Wins, What’s Next? TNA Storyline Progression at New York Tapings

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Summerslam 2014 Preview: When Brock Lesnar Wins, What’s Next? How should they handle the Intercontinental Title.  TNA Storyline Progression at New York Tapings, and Mark shares his experience at the TNA Hardcore Justice event last week. If you love shopping at Amazon or WWEShop, help support the show by going through the banners on our website www.kingofpodcasts.com. Also, please subscribe to the Wrestling Is Real podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks for listening.

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If Brock Lesnar Wins At SummerSlam? How About Make the Intercontinental Title Matter Again

If Brock Lesnar Wins At SummerSlam (or in this writer’s opinion when Brock Lesnar becomes the new WWE World Heayweight Champion), a good opportunity exists for WWE once their heavyweight championship belt goes around the waist of a part timer. 

Oh yeah, there’s that other championship that hasn’t really mattered in years….the intercontinental title?…. yeah that’s it. During a recent Ross Report interview, Jim Ross made this exact recommendation, only I think they should follow with the heavyweight title rout and unify the United States title. 

These days, the old school mentality of winning a midcard title en route to winning the heavyweight title. I think the IC and US belts should be unified and WWE should, believe it or not, take a page from TNA. 

Before I explain my idea, let’s look at the recent history of the belt. Since WrestleMania 29, the IC Title has been given a bit more spotlight. Curtis Axel and Big E had the belt throughout the second half of 2013 into 2014 solely to give each midcarder a push that went nowhere. Then there was the 8-man tournament to determine a new #1 contender with Bad News Barrett winning the strap at Extreme Rules in May. Then following Barrett vacating the belt due to injury was the Battleground Battle Royal, which was notably the semi main event to that PPV. Now, you have former world champions in current champion The Miz (who’s enjoying a newly refreshed gimmick) and fan favorite Dolph Ziggler at Summerslam. 

Now my idea is not much of a stretch to how TNA’s X Division was treated back when AJ Styles and Samoa Joe were bigger stars that the World Champion at that time, whether it was Jeff Jarrett or someone else. 

“It is not about weight limits, it is about no limits”. That is what TNA made a point of saying when they tried t run with the slogan “Where Wrestling Matters”.  Don’t worry about building super-creative storylines, but let your wrestlers tell some good stories in the ring and give them some real time to showcase their skills. 

Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, Rob Van Dam, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Big E and Kofi Kingston should all play a role into a much more focused IC Title picture. Add Rusev, Jack Swagger and a soon-to-return Bad New Barrett and you could honestly put together TV segments, house show matches and PPV title matches that WWE could really make into something while the World Heavyweight Title take less of a constant focus on every bit of WWE programming. 

Take another phrase from Paul Heyman, accentuate the positives (showcase and elevate a Unified Intercontinental Title), and hide the negatives (a part-time Lesnar as champion who will be most likely be absent 3 out of every 4 Raws a month.)-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 08.05.14: WWE Summerslam 2014 Buildup: WWE Creative and Character Development One Year Later

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Summerslam 2014 Buildup, looking at WWE Creative and Character Development One Year Later, comparing the card from 2013. TNA goes to the Extreme in New York City and gives great Destination X matches in the Hardys vs. Wolves and Lashley vs. Aries.

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WWE Summerslam 2014 Buildup: Can WWE Creative Only Keep Things Creative Once a Year?

If you had caught the July 1st edition of the Wrestling is Real podcast, you had heard me mention how the post-Battleground edition of Raw was full of hot shot booking for this year’s Summerslam. In retrospect, that type of booking is indicative of WWE Creative at any time except for Wrestlemania season. 

The Intercontinental Title still has not been given a lot of time or a lot of relevance except to rebuild the Miz’s new Hollywood persona. So, with two weeks ago and some second hand involvement in the Dean Ambrose/ Seth Rollins storyline we get Dolph Ziggler facing the Miz with not much of a story to go with. 

Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt started off good leading into a win for Jericho at Battleground, but aside from a locker room attack and some random matches with Rowan and Harper, there hasn’t been much added to the match. Rusev and Jack Swagger is basically running on auto-pilot. 

Randy Orton and Roman Reigns can be summed up in one huge beatdown by Orton to Reigns. The simple story that as long as Reigns is in the way, Randy will not get his rematch for the world title is simply weak. 

On the positive side, AJ vs Paige in the Divas title feud has been picking up nicely from week to week. Paige’s heel turn has really helped get over more than when she was champion. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose I would say their buildup has stayed strong. 

The Brie Bella/ Stephanie McMahon featured attraction has been very good solely because of the great work Stephanie has done in the storyline. She definitely has learned a lot from daddy Vince on getting great crowd heat. and taking humiliation like a McMahon should.  

Finally, even though Lesnar made one appearance post Battleground, the story for his world title match with John Cena has a great story built in going back to Extreme Rules 2012 adding in the breaking of the Undertaker streak. Cena/Lesnar is the money match for Summerslam that creative could not possibly screw up. I think that is the only match that WWE Creative did not have much to do with. 

Even WWE Creative is not hitting home run compelling storylines, I still feel lucky because of the ongoing evolution of new stars like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Rusev and Bray Wyatt into the fold, I’m still very excited about Summerslam because there will be some memorable moments. 

Speaking of moments, hope everyone has forgotten that horrible Ring of Fire match from last year. Oops!- KOP 

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Wrestling is Real 07.30.14: TNA on TV Life Support; WWE Summerslam Shaping Up; Roman Reigns Ring Work

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300TNA on TV Life Support after Spike TV cancels Impact Wrestling. Implications and who wins or loses; WWE Summerslam 2014 Shaping Up; Looking at Roman Reigns Ring Work as WWE preps him for main event babyface immortality.

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Praying for a Programming Hail Mary for TNA and Impact Wrestling

TMZ has just reported Sunday night that TNA’s Impact Wrestling television program on Spike TV has been cancelled and will be off the network lineup sometime in October when their contract ends. 

While Spike TV decides how to fill two hours of programming on Thursday nights, TNA hopefully has made some inroads to begin negotiations to find a new TV home. 

Now, with this announcement comes what really irks me about the polarizing Internet Wrestling Community, and how they will use this announcement to give TNA a premature “funeral” after being on television for over 10 years on Fox Sports Net and Spike TV. 

Let’s talk about what this means for those wrestling podcasts hosted by simply put…TNA haters. The same ones who are simply critical of the TV product and assume they have the ultimate solution how to blow up the current incarnation of the product and start all over. The ones that compare WWE as the New York Yankees and TNA as a minor league baseball team. I say to you take all your pot shots and bury Dixie Carter, Vince Russo, and all of the repeated boneheaded moves that TNA has made. Talk about how they have never turned a profit, and how they have never grown an audience in the 10 years they were on the air. Talk about all the bad storylines and gimmicks, their WWE like approach and their WWE-developed stars that found a home in TNA after being future endeavored by WWE.

I hope you get to laugh and giggle and snort to your heart’s content along with all of your listeners. Have a celebration or a wake on your show, go ahead. 

But ask yourselves this….seriously….what was so wrong about just simply being content with having an alternative to WWE on TV. WCW might have been a laughing stock at the end but it was at least to me another entertaining wrestling show on TV, whether it was a train wreck or an occasionally good episode with a different roster and a different product. 

Sorry guys, but I will choose to reflect on how a load of talented wrestlers and their devoted fans will now be led to slaughter and ridicule at the feet of the IWC because they think WWE is the only product that matters and that there is no room for any other large scale promotions. Tonight is a sad night to be a wrestling fan that loves Wrestling good or bad. 

Tuesday night, I will take a good chunk of time to discuss the TNA TV cancellation, and I welcome your feedback on the Wrestling is Real Podcast. I will post the episode for download early Wednesday morning. 

Regardless of any diehard or casual wrestling fan’s reservations of this announcement, I for one hope that either TNA finds a new cable home or Ring of Honor starts shopping around and fill the void. I for one hope that ultimately will not mean an inevitable end for TNA -KOP

Wrestling is Real 07.22.14: Brock Lesnar To Conquer at Summerslam; IWC Doubts CM Punk Gone for Good

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Brock Lesnar Looks To Conquer WWE Heavyweight Title at Summerslam; IWC Doubts CM Punk is Gone for Good; TNA Hoping 6-sided ring and ECW help in the New York tapings will help TNA survive. WWE Network Ideas for Better Profits.

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Wrestling is Real 07.21.14 WWE Battleground Post Show: Ambrose/Rollins: No Match Needed; Cena and Reigns are Equal

WWE-BATTLEGROUNDWWE Battleground Post Show:  Ambrose/Rollins: No Match Needed as the Brawl and Pull Apart was good enough before Summerslam. Cena and Reigns are Equal in the Fatal Four Way Title Match by way of some excellent storytelling.
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It’s Time to Let CM Punk Go

WWE has moved CM Punk’s profile from the main roster to the alumni roster. His contract has expired. It’s time for the arena chants to die down and face the reality that the Best in the World is gone from WWE for good. 

It might take a while for the casual fans to learn that Punk’s disappearance has now become a permanent vacation, they need to know that since the Royal Rumble we have a slough of new main event players that are in the mix to cheer for. 

Fortunately for WWE, Daniel Bryan’s chase for the WWE World Heavyweight Title basically overshadowed a lot of what CM Punk was doing. Also unfortunate is that CM Punk fans were criticizing his promos and even his in-ring work as if he was not working with any motivation and that he was simply rolling with the punches.

I compare CM Punk’s departure to a couple of examples. Sports fans can relate this to the legendary Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. Entertainment fans could compare this to comedian Dave Chapelle. Excellent in their craft but chose to go another direction at the peak of their fame and performance. 

I can totally understand how fans cannot come to grips with one of our favorite wrestlers not giving us an explanation why they are leaving. Better to just let it happen. Maybe someday, we’ll get an answer. Meanwhile, talk about a good reason to go back and watch the title match at Money In the Bank ppv from 2011 and see how Punk is very much saying goodbye to us again. -KOP

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Wrestling is Real 07.16.14: Farewell CM Punk; Rollins is Alright; WWE Battleground Build Excellent

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Farewell CM Punk; Seth Rollins is Alright; WWE Battleground Build is Excellent, and we give a preview and predictions. ROH needs new content on TV; Tyson Kidd Heel Build on NXT Interesting. More responses to Roman Reigns, plus when do we see Brock Lesnar returning. How well will TNA Short Term Booking for New York City do?

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Wrestling is Real 07.08.14: Slow Down on That Roman Reigns Title Push; TNA in Short Term

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Blog post feedback from Slow Down on That Roman Reigns Title Push;  TNA in Short Term Mode with New York tapings. Kevin Steen wrestles his final 3 ROH matches.

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Slow Down on that Roman Reigns Title Push

I just don’t get how the IWC is so caught up in trying to fast-track new main eventers to hold the WWE World Heavyweight title. Last year’s superstar was Daniel Bryan and now the name is Roman Reigns.

For almost 2 years, he has fought in mostly tag matches. His singles run is only a little over a month old, and he’s already being booked in matches where he could win the title.

So, are we trying to say Roman Reigns deserves a quicker title push than someone like the Rock? Rock had to go after the IC Title for several years and sure after he left the Corporation three months later won the WWF Title, but that’s because Rocky had a mostly singles run and had long feuds with HHH , Stone Cold Steve Austin and Ken Shamrock before he was granted the title.

Let’s slow down that fantasy booking of Reigns winning the belt over Lesnar and let’s start the eud with Randy Orton first. Let’s give Roman Reigns some time to get even bigger and THEN after next year’s Summerslam, let’s talk title push for Roman Reigns.-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 07.01.14: Hot Shot Booking to Summerslam; TNA New York City Fallout

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Hot Shot Booking to Summerslam; TNA New York City Fallout; Money in the Bank Final Thoughts; AJ, Y2J and Miz return on Raw. Also, a heated discussion on future booking Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Cesaro.

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Wrestling is Real 06.29.14: WWE Money in the Bank Recap: Cena Had To Be Champ Again; Sunday Night Raw

Money_in_the_Bank_2014_posterWWE Money in the Bank 2014 Recap: Cena Had To Be Champ Again; Seth Rollins now has a year to become championship-worthy; Was it just me or did 90 minutes of that ppv feel like Sunday Night Raw?

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Wrestling is Real 06.24.14: WWE Money in the Bank Preview; Who Should Grab World Title

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Money in the Bank Preview; Who Should Grab World Title; TNA New World Champ Bobby Lashley; TNA in New York City; ROH Best in the World 2014 Thoughts; The Vaudevillains in NXT; Bye Vickie Guerrero.

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Wrestling is Real 06.22.14: ROH Best in the World 2014: New World Champion..Minus the Mullet

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ROH Best in the World 2014-Nashville, TN-Taven gets Lethal Injection to retain the belt. Story about Taven’s hate for Martini well told. Moose, former Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman, ROH Future of Honor wrestler, is introduced. Mandy Leon tre hot. Redragon retain. Three powerbombs by Elgin for the win. New World Champion. Confetti and streamers as the PPV goes off the air.

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How Are TNA’s Plans For New York City Coming Along

PWMania reports that everything from the return of the six-sided ring to possible returns by Low Ki aka Kaval and Homicide to the reunions  of the the Dudleys aka Team 3D and the Hardys to even an appearance for old school fans by the Great Muta are in the plans for TNA’s trek into the Big Apple next week.

I don’t see how TNA will not be able to fill the Manhattan Center with a setup that will hold 800 people for three different  nights. You have to think there are enough TNA keyboard warrior critics that will want to see a possible trainwreck, meanwhile we might see some of the most electric wrestling TNA has showcased in years. 

Based on how the live Bethlehem, Pennsylvania broadcast tonight, which is promoting the return of ECW legend Tommy Dreamer and TNA knockout Taryn Terrell, TNA is being forced to produce a better product we will see some direction on what we can expect from TNA in New York City.

In this post, I wanted to fill everyone on the plans, but I also want to make a comment to TNA. Yes, do what you have to do to put on a good set of show to the Spike TV Brass, but after those shows are done, you need to get back to building the stars that your company must rely on for the future. 

Magnus, Gunner and EC3 need to be prominently pushed during the Bound For Glory series starting in August. It’s time to take guys like, MVP, Bully Ray, Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe and Mr. Anderson and place them into the BFG series to help get the younger talent mentioned a much needed rub. Magnus needs to get rehabilitated from the strong push he got last year. Somehow, TNA needs to find a way to make some star power out of the talent they have. 

It’s also not a bad thing to re-build the tag team with some familiar tag teams (Beermoney, Hardys, Team 3D, LAX cuz why not put Homicide and Hernandez back together.)

Same with the X-Division where Senada and Tigre Uno are challenged by the likes of Austin Aries, Kenny King and the Wolves. 

Hate or love TNA, it’s make it or say hello to the new #2 company, Ring of Honor and hope they get a better tv deal. -KOP

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Wrestling is Real Podcast 06.17.14: WWE Talent Releases, Money In The Bank Buildup; ROH Best in the World Preview;

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Talent Releases: Who else could have gone, WWE Money In The Bank 2014 Buildup, TNA Slammiversary Takeaways and Plans for NYC Tapings, ROH Best in the World 2014 Preview and Predictions, Kevin Hart is NOT FUNNY…What has become of comedy today.

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Wrestling is Real 06.15.14 : TNA Slammiversary Post Show: Ok, but Not World Class Quality

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Crowd looks good tonight, looks like several thousand. Ladder Match for the TNA X Division Title: Manik vs. Tigre Uno vs. Crazzy Steve vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards vs. Sanada-Crazzy Steve comes out on a trikey.  Great match, good starter.Announcement made that King/Aries and Lashley/Joe matches are now qualifying matches for Steel Cage TNA Title Match to replace MVP. Bully unable to make 10-count. Crazy booking but EC3 winning was right move. Feud should continue.  Storm pours beer on a Dallas Cowboy helmet like a piss.  Death Valley Driver with Lashley and Aries both on EYs shoulders. Two count no. EY blocks a Brainbuster and hits a piledriver out of nowhere for the win.

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Comments on the 9 WWE Superstars and Divas Released Today

If you didn’t ready yet, WWE.com reported the WWE has come to terms on the release of the following Superstars and Diva as of today, June 12, 2014. Allow me to make a few comments regarding these releases….

  • Drew McIntyre-The Chosen One, as he was once named by Vince McMahon, was made an afterthought after Tiffany aka Taryn Terrell made her violent exit from her marriage with Drew and was given her WWE pink slip. Big disappointment who was not used properly. TNA or ROH should look at bringing him in to their fold.

  • Jinder Mahal- Never saw the appeal

  • Aksana- Unlike XBOXOne Chuck’s opinion, Aksana is not fat. She was slightly interesting dating Cesaro and then Teddy Long but this diva had not much else to go with her beauty. 

  • Curt Hawkins- Give some credit for longevity. THink this is another guy WWE didn’t know how to utilize him. This guy should get called by TNA or ROH. 

  • Theodore R. Long- Call it like it’s his retirement. This former referee and manager had a legendary career and should be a future WWE Hall of Fame Inductee someday. 

  • Camacho- Saddled with a bad gimmick and there’s no way he was going to recover from it. 

  • Brodus Clay-Was NEVER used properly. Should have a big monster heel. Too bad. 

  • Evan Bourne- What have you done for WWE lately. After the wellness slip-ups and the motorcycle accident, it was time to unload Evan, no matter how talented he is. He’ll be fine back on the indys.

  • Yoshi Tatsu- Jimmy Wang Yang and Funaki’s replacement had a long run. Go to NJPW or Wrestling 1 and be taken serious again. 

-KOP

Late note: JTG was also released, but he knew it was coming.

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Wrestling is Real 06.10.14: Daniel Bryan Stripped of Belt; Evolution of Seth Rollins; TNA Slammiversary 2014 Preview

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Daniel Bryan Stripped of Belt; Evolution of Seth Rollins; TNA Slammiversary 2014 Preview; Money, Power Respect , Dixie’s involvement, Bully Ray and EY (champion taking a big back seat) Wolves fighting Wolves and Contract vs Contract (Joe vs. Aries) WTF?!Rollins doesn’t join Evolution but aligns with Orton and HHH. Hanson and Raymond Rowe now a big man tag team called War Machine. Daniel Bryan stripped and lets turn the clock back to TLC , oh wait isn’t it Money in the Bank. Well as long as its not Cena vs. Orton. No A+ recovery from a B+ player.The Evolution of Seth Rollins. Could he be CM Punk’s replacement.

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Daniel Bryan Stripped of Belt; WWE History Ready to Revise TLC Ladder Match

So, a little over two months after winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30. Daniel Bryan is no longer WWE World Heavyweight Champion since he will not be cleared to compete at the Money in the Bank PPV later this month.

On the heels of that announcement, I went to Twitter and wrote:

Daniel Bryan title’s stripped and WWE has turned the clock back to TLC. At least this ladder match won’t be not Cena vs. Orton. .

Randy Orton is back in the title picture, as well as Alberto Del Rio who for years has always lingered around the title.  If either of these two win the world heavyweight title, their respective reign will set back any plans by WWE to taking this opportunity to push their young up-and-coming stars going forward.

WWE, please do whats best for business. Make the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion be a new face.

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Hey PodcastOne, Not Every Wrestler Needs a Podcast

PodcastOne is a major league podcast network that is home now to a plethora of podcast of professional wrestling legends.

On my own Stitcher and Podkicker Pro podcatchers on my Samsung Galaxy phone, I have subscribed to podcasts hosted by Steve Austin and Jim Ross.

If I wanted to, I could also pick up podcasts hosted by Chris Jericho, Roddy Piper and now, Bill Goldberg.

I did subscribe to Talk is Jericho and I’ve sampled some of these other shows, but why should I. All of these shows sound the same and they have a knack of booking the same guests in the wrestling world.

I have to believe this if going to be a passing fad. To hear the same stories and same cliches in each show, long-winded diatribes similar to the promos in the ring and finally hearing each voice the same commercials over and over.

Message to Norm Pattiz, the founder of Podcast One, who also created the Westwood One radio network. You have chosen to continue the philosophy that you had at WW1 that another radio platform, SiriusXM, fails at doing. You think you can just give a celebrity on television that can entertain an audience in a short segment, and think hey, they should have their own radio show.

Why else did Dennis Miller, Robert Wuhl (remember Arliss) and Billy Bush get to be on the radio. Enough wrestling-hosted programs please! Thanks.

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Wrestling Is Real 06.04.14 Seth Rollins Blacks Out Shield; TNA Talent Takes Tumble Before Title Match

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Seth Rollins Blacks Out Shield; TNA Talent Takes Tumble Before Title Match. 6 tables covered with garbage bags…big budget stuff ; Money, Power Respect working with Dixie’s crew……ugh; Gunner, Sam Shaw and Mr. Anderson military triangle; NXT TakeOver Recap
NXT Takeover: Number 1 Contender’s Match for NXT Championship: Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn. Breeze with a low blow, beauty shot for pin. These guys worked great together. Rusev called the Iron Fist of Russia. Stephanie announces Kane vs. Bryan in a stretcher match at MITB. Cena finally has someone that gets more heat than him.Absent Bray Wyatt and an empty chair. That’s ok, leave it to Luke Harper to hang in the promo dept.
USOs vs Wyatts, I know the belts aren’t up for grabs, but don’t give away the PPV match. Seth Rollins splits from the Shield, it’s like they purposely made the last part of Raw boring to shock us good.

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Wrestling is Real 06.01.14: WWE Payback Post Show-Blue-tista, Storylines on Hold and Still No Punk

WWE-Payback-Shield-vs-Evolution-No-Holds-Barred-Match1WWE Payback Post Show:Punk chanted a lot during Sheamus/Cesaro, when Steph came and she referenced, so did Heyman too reference.Last Man Standing Match-Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena- Should’ve had the Wyatts vs Usos for tag titles. Usos come out to aid Cena. and they jump in a bit.  So many smartphone lights that  you could see the ring as they Wyatts enter. No Holds Barred Elimination Match-The Shield vs. Evolution-Bluetista trends on Twitter. Rollins blindsides HHH  and spear by Reigns to give Shield the victory.

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Wrestling is Real 05.28.14: WWE Payback Preview; Stalled Storylines; TNA Troubles

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Money, Power Respect is the MVP Faction, addressed the Wolves. Attacked Eric Young Good start. Austin Aries while in TNA has resides in Minneapolis, Tampa and now Milwaukee, is he a gypsy? Eddie Edwards vs. Kenny King-Shades of ROH 2012- American Wolves vs. All Night Express when Kenny was tagging with Rhett Titus. Where is he now? The WWE Creative team has run out of creative juice. No storyline progression.

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Wrestling is Real 05.21.14 ROH War of the Worlds Recap; TNA Main Event Mistakes; WWE Title Panic

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300MVP Abuse of Money, Power Respect. It’s the key to life. Quoting the LOX and Lil Kim. ROH/ NJPW War of the Worlds-Hammerstein Ballroom-New York City. Wyatt Family with big angle promo for Payback.
Heyman tries to swerve the crowd from repeating the Brock Lesnar phrase. Pretends to be Undertaker at WrestleMania. Stephanie evil and happy in leather and a tight sweater…LMS. Cena channels Matthew McConaughey in Wolf of Wall Street.

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Daniel Bryan: Bad Medical Luck Actually Good Timing

Daniel Bryan fans, do not fear for your hero going on the shelf for a short while. While the constant wear and tear from endless beatings he has taken in any match and TV segment has taken a toll to him. There are several pluses to take away from this. 

First off, it’s a chance for him to rest after such a grueling schedule to the top. Second, this injury does not bode to take him away for a long period of time. While some say he might be out up to as much as 6 weeks. WWE would have pulled the titles off of him Monday if that were the scenario. 

Finally, putting a halt to the time-filling Kane storyline with Stephanie McMahon is a welcome relief to yours truly and should in no way really affect the hype and interest for the upcoming Payback PPV. 

Hopefully, a Kane-Bryan blow off match will lead to another more relevant program with Bray Wyatt or Randy Orton. 

All I ask Daniel to do during this time off, take Brie with you and go take some acting classes. Do I hear a future segment of Total Divas!- KOP

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Wrestling is Real 05.14.14 Daniel Bryan Neck Surgery; ROH Global Wars Recap

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Daniel Bryan Neck Surgery; ROH Global Wars Recap ; Tag team ladder match-pulled from the Vince Russo 1999 WCW Playbook. #1 NXT Title Contender Battle Royal, great draw at the finish. Three way between Breeze, Zayn and Kidd to be #1 vs. Neville at NXT Takeover 5/29; ROH Global Wars 2014; Short memories of Rhodes Scholars-dead crowd, thanks Greenville! The Shield are like Rockstars.

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Wrestling is Real 05.06.14 Acting Lessons for Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella; Cena/Wyatt Feud Fizzling

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Picking new title contenders. No more playing cards! Aces and 8s nightmares. Feel like Mommie Dearest.
Low budget, spray Dixie’s name on a table with Krylon paint. NXT Takeover live two hour special set for May 29th.
Will Rybaxel be anything. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, trying to fix this story up with Kane. His match with RVD , can Brie do more than just look hot, she can’t scream or act. This story needs repair. Adam Rose debut and the crowd watches NXT and hummed his theme. Wyatts now come out with fans and swaying with lights from smart phones.

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Wrestling is Real 05.04.14: WWE Extreme Rules Post Show-Flaming Tables, Forklifts and Little Johnny

WWE_ExtremeRules_2014_LogoWWE Extreme Rules Post Show-Which included everything from Flaming Tables to Forklifts to Little Johnny plus so much more as KOP and Mark recap.

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Wrestling is Real 04.30.14: WWE Extreme Rules Preview; Cenation Brainwashed; Bryan Booked Bad

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WWE Extreme Rules Preview; Cenation Brainwashed; Bryan Booked Bad; Extreme Rules will not be carried by satellite providers Direct TV or DISH Network, no wires, no hopper. Creepy, a hundred kids dressed in black singing, he’s got the whole Ce-nation in his hands. Lamb masks for all on top of that, and the the maniacal laugh of Bray. Rybaxel should be the modern Looney Tunes dogs Spike and Chester, hat tip to SWF. Ziggler now replaces the Bella Twins and Big Show for escorting movie stars to the ring. Sandow gets credit for playing his crap Magneto” role, but he needs to step up to management. Don’t be a lion tiger or Hunter, be a gazelle. Throwback to Cannonball Run. Don’t be a bear, be a grizzly and CBS Sports Spectacular.Anderson meets Samuel Shaws red headed mom, Christy. Ala Bates motel. Bobby Lashley should be built up in the BFG series this fall and get him in the main event. Impact zone has once again gotten complacent and quiet like the old impact zone.
Wrestling 1 must be producing the Senada vignettes.

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The Whole ” World ” In his hands ?

Okay this is sacrilegious, I am going to state why, however singing a song from my elementary school days that was meant to address GOD.Yes the man upstairs, and yes I am a firm believer.

Am i one of the few who sees something seriously wrong with this picture , little by little I am seeing this ” false prophet ” manipulating the WWE universe and for the worst. WWE universe you may not like this fact but you have in fact become sheep to the Wyatt Family and to top it all off , your children have also been equally manipulated. What drove me to blog about this, was when I witnessed the worst possible scenario at the hands of The Wyatts. Children on stage singing ” the whole world in his hands ” , this is where they cross the line, manipulating the youth in an atrocious way, he is saying it’s okay to mock GOD. As well as send demonic messages to our youth, the children in sheep masks are what? Sacrifices? Because that is the crystal clear message that I received tonight, specifically I was at a loss for words when I saw this. It’s one thing to manipulate the WWE universe in your little flock , but to blatantly wave in every bodies faces, hey the kids accept evil just fine.

If they are trying to turn the WWE universe into a flock of sheep following the current, I have to say they seem to be accomplishing their mission. I am the 1 voice that is saying , Wake Up WWE Universe !!!                      If you are too ignorant or to not care between the difference of evil and the definition of good, perfect example John Cena , and not just because I am in fact a great fan of his. I want you WWE universe to ask yourselves , Do you accept evil ? Maybe like it ? What does that make you ?

Also one final thing that I need to address the Cenation on, What is wrong with you ? Are you really part of the Cenation any more or are you following the current that is The Wyatts ? You basically preferred to see John Cena mugged by The Wyatt Family, instead of putting him in a fair match. It’s sad to see but is there even much of a Cenation left ? You should be ashamed of yourselves, it’s not difficult give him a fair match simple as that. John Cena will put an end to Bray Wyatt at the Extreme Rules Paperview this Sunday , it is a simple matter of practicing patience.

– XBOX ONE CHUCK

Wrestling is Real 04.27.14: TNA Sacrifice 2014: EY Retains; Dixie Carter in Disguise; Gunner and Magnus Still Booked Strong

TNA_Sacrifice_2014_PosterTNA Sacrifice 2014-Orlando, Florida; Wolves are new tag champs. About time. Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw-Committed match-more convincing padded white wagon outside the arena.Spud takes twist of fate, angle slam and swanton as angle and willow win. EY top rope elbow for 2. Pile driver reversed to kingslynn clover leaf. EY hooks a sharp shooter. Magnus has the turnbuckle metal, knocked away. Pile drive to Magnus for 2. Another pile driver and elbow drop to retain.

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If Undertaker Streak Can Be Broken, Could John Cena Could Become a Heel?

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In this new era of WWE, whether we want to call it the Reality Era or not. Who is not to say that after seeing WWE part ways with the Undertaker’s unbeaten streak, anything and everything could happen. 

The graphic that showed up the Titantron last Monday night ,and given  the direction of the Bray Wyatt John Cena feud, WWE continues to lead me to ponder one thing. The one thing much like the Undertaker streak that people say would never happen….Could they turn John Cena into a heel character. 

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Cena’s “measuring stick” promo on the Smackdown after WrestleMania might be used to justify Cena’s role as he feuds in a long-term program with Bray Wyatt, but what about after the feud. Will Cena be brought into another program where he helps to elevate another rising star by putting him over. 

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Even Cena would be helped by extending the interest of his character by evolving his persona and keeping him relevant. From Thuganomics to his first run as World Champion, his persona, music and catch phrases have not changed. 

How many more times can WWE crank out more colorful t-shirts, arm bands and hats of this charismatic babyface. Either Cena is content being the lifetime future hall of famer putting over future stars for the remainder of his career or extend his career as a main eventer by shocking the WWE Universe. 

Tired of the dueling chants, the criticism, the taunting, Cena finally takes hold of that vile negativity by the IWC and choose to go the darkside, replacing merchandise sales with big money main event feuds. 

As we always hear in wrestling ,now more than ever, never say never.-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 04.23.14: Evolution vs. The Shield; TNA Put Up For Sacrifce: Vince Russo Back; ROH PPV Impact

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Evolution vs. The Shield; TNA Put Up For Sacrifce: Vince Russo Back; ROH PPV;  Impact Taking in Eric Young’s title reign. Enough of Moon River, and Audrey Hepburn who weighs 20 pounds soaking wet scarfing down Dove Dark Chocolate Squares. Lots of kid friendly, Hornswoggle vs El Torito, Toys R US, Fandango vs Santino
Emma with her own cobra, going way too jokey. Could Renee Young be lured by ESPN. Cesaro has new Scott Steiner like music. My client Brock Lesnar ….yadda yadda. Vs RVD.

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Congrats ROH! You Now Have a REAL PPV To Plan. Now Get It Right

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Ring of Honor’s announcement of their first ever over-the-air LIVE PPV establishes Ring of Honor’s Wrestling (in this writer’s opinion) as the # 3 wrestling promotion in the country, with a real chance of catching up and being a legitimate competitor to TNA as #2.

Sinclair Broadcasting needs to make some additional investment into the promotion’s budget, starting with making their upcoming two iPPVs (Border Wars on May 10th and War of the Worlds on May 17th). Those two shows need to be treated like dress rehearsals.

No more skeleton production crews, more cameras, better technical direction and better mic-ing of the ring, the crowd and the announcers are needed without question. 

Finally, those two dress rehearsals require develop several intricate storylines built up over weekly television. Even though ROH has the talent, I have never seen a main event match that has been a really must-see money-making match in the Sinclair era of the promotion. 

Even though the iPPVs will feature inter-promotional feuds, internal feuds within ROH need to be front and center. 

Here’s hoping that Ring of Honor first spotlight on Sunday June 22nd makes wrestling history. 

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Wrestling is Real 04.16.14 WWE Evolution, Just Not For Triple H; Trying to Explain The Eric Young TNA Title Run

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Oops, time to book the Sacrifice PPV; Eric Young wins 10-man Rumble er Gauntlet match to earn World  title shot  vs. Magnus. Opts to cash in shot tonight.Fandango dances with Layla, nice switch. Shield protect Daniel Bryan. War Games match might happen. Ultimate Warrior 10 bell tribute, feel awful about the kids. The Shield have Orton and Batista as their new target. Cesaro feats of strength. Bray Wyatt back against the wall vs Cena. Closing the chapter on corporate Kane, to face Bryan at Extreme Rules. The burial of Sandow and Ziggler.

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Reality of a New Era in WWE is here; Post -WrestleMania Crowds Wake Up

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WrestleMania XXX served as the turning point of WWE. The change at the top is imminent. The plans out in place several years ago with the new WWE Performance Center and the revamp of their developmental NXT division has started to reap some profitable rewards. 

The John Cena”measuring stick” promo Friday night in Smackdown could not have explained it better.

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The coming out party for Bo Dallas, Paige, Alexander Rusev and Adam Rose in front of the Raw after WrestleMania crowd was amazing, but now its time for not just the smart crowds. 

So I’m calling out to WWE fans in Birmingham (Alabama), Baltimore, Louisville, St. Louis, Greenville, Knoxville and Indianapolis. Start catching up on your NXT, and open your eyes  to the new “reality”.

Undertaker and CM Punk are probably not coming back, Brock Lesnar will probably take some time off and the likes of Big Show, Kane and Mark Henry cannot stay on top anymore. So, let’s get behind all these new stars. Keep the cheers loud and deafening for Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, the Shield and the Wyatt Family, and get these NXT folks over.-KOP

 

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Wrestling is Real 04.09.14: RIP Ulitmate Warrior; NXT Arrival on RAW; WrestleManiaXXX A :Showcase of New Stars;

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RIP Ulitmate Warrior; NXT Arrival on RAW; WrestleManiaXXX A :Showcase of New Stars; Emma vs. Sasha Banks – Ratchet Chants. NXT steals TNAs Backstage Cam, must be an Orlando thing. The Ultimate Warrior back on RAW
Paige confronts AJ Lee…295 day title reign, and formerly the best diva in the world. Paige new WWE Divas champion. Cesaro awarded Andre trophy, becomes a new Paul Heyman guy and Swagger attacks and destroys the trophy. Shield turn face, No contest in title match.

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Wrestling is Real 04.07.14: WrestleMania XXX Post Show-Brock Breaks The Streak; Bryan Breaks Through to Win Title

wrestlemania-xxx-reviewWrestleMania XXX Post Show-Brock Breaks The Streak; Bryan Breaks Through to Win Title;
Hogan, Rock and Stone Cold all in the ring to open. Hogan says Silverdome but recovers eventually. HHH does the job and Bryan moves on to the title match late in the night. Trips hits chair into shoulder on the way out. Match went 30 minutes. Shield come out with skeleton like bandannas. Just for men for Kane.  Crowd with arms swaying, singing Whole World in his Hands. Cena off top rope dives onto Rowan and Harper. Cena fighting the demons. Cena spears Harper through barricade. Abigail to STF. Abigail to near fall. Wyatt gives Cena a chair and  Cena relents. Abigail reversed to AA for win. Third F5 to break the streak. What they said would never be broken has been broken.Bryan running knee to yes lock to Batista to finally become champion.

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Wrestling is Real podcast makes WrestleMania XXX Predictions

Here are the predictions Mark and I made on Wednesday for WrestleMania XXX this Sunday from theMercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans

*The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) (c) vs. Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) vs. The Real Americans(Cesaro and Jack Swagger) vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel.*

KOP and Mark both pick The Usos.

*Fatal four-way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. TBD
Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship*

KOP and Mark both pick Batista.

*Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Singles match for the third spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat match*

KOP and Mark both pick Daniel Bryan

*The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar*

KOP and Mark both pick The Undertaker.

*John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt*

KOP and Mark both pick John Cena.

*André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
30-man battle royal for the André the Giant Memorial Trophy*

KOP picks Sheamus. Mark picks Dolph Ziggler

*Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
14-Diva single-fall match for the WWE Divas Championship*

KOP picks AJ Lee. Mark picks Summer Rae

*The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns) vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn)*

KOP and Mark both pick The Shield.

Hope you’ll catch our post show on the download Sunday night-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 04.02.14: WrestleMania XXX Final Preview and Predictions

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Too late for Brock Lesnar to look strong and plant seed of doubt that the streak can be broken.; Del Rio now has the kick as a legit finisher than cross arm breaker. Summer Rae has a new entrance and a solid win over Natalya. Love it!
CM Punk chants kinda there. Authority compares Yes Movement to Fandango Fad! Bray Wyatt is taken aback to John Cena wearing the Lamb Mask and scaring the Wyatt family out of the ring. Piper’s Pit to push the battle royal, and again Big Show hyped to be the favorite Daniel Bryan “getting himself some “ of Triple H in sneak attack.

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Grading the Top 4 WrestleMania XXX Match Storylines

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A+-John Cena vs Bray Wyatt-Great promos, the scary lamb mask, Cena says he’s “scared”. Best Storyline buildup overall.

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B+-Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan-Triple H has carried the “B+ player” to a pretty good buildup. OccupyRaw and the final brawl on the final Raw before ‘Mania helped Bryan make him relevant,  but his promos couldn’t keep up with The Authority.

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C-  -Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar-Part-time talent, pen stabbing, gimmick caskets, not enough to make anyone think Brock will break the streak.

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D+- Thank you Batista for turning heel, but there’s a reason why your match was made into a triple threat.-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 03.27.14: Why Daniel Bryan Should Not Leave WrestleMania XXX Champion; Triple H Carrying Two Matches

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300Why Daniel Bryan Should Not Leave WrestleMania XXX Champion. Triple H Carrying Two Matches
4 way title match Abyss, Joe, Magnus and EY. …setup sucked and was flat. What was interesting was Eric Young making a case to be a main eventer.

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Wrestling is Real 03.25.14: WrestleMania XXX-Great Matches Even if Storyline Buildup Don’t Match Up

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WrestleManiaXXX-Great Matches Even if Storyline Buildup Don’t Match Up; Magnus vs. Samoa Joe for the TNA Championship. Abyss and MVP were chained together at ringside. Why unchain the cuffs. Bad Microphones, Drooling, Broken Glasses and Ripped Skinny Jeans…and there was your opening segment #RAWBrooklyn; Before #WrestlemaniaXXX we have to have #Botchamania in Brooklyn #RAWBrooklyn Del Rio with Big Wif on that kick on the ropes. Del Rio got pissed during that match. Sabotage. Get down! Should be like True Lies, but I’m a senior citizen. With Arnold and Joe…Ravioli and Magnolia! Triple H offers Reality Era to Yes Movement. Vicki Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational …AJ Lee vs all the Divas. Who thinks Audrey Hepburn, all 30 pounds of her looked any good except insecure women who practice anorexia. She’s eating chocolate, what an oxymoron.
Taco Bell …are you trying to make me never go back again. stupid grillers commercial. Feel like I’m watching jewelry commercials at Christmas time. Scott Hall as Razor Ramon to WWE HOF; Brock Lesnar. Eat, Sleep, Break the Streak. Nice magic act with a real coffin. Huh TNA. Brock stop drop and roll again over the casket.

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John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania XXX: Seriously Overlooked

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The WrestleMania XXX card is truly stacked and I haven’t been so excited for a pay-per-view like I am now, and I NEVER thought I would say that again. 

While there is only so much hype to go around with matches involving Triple H, Daniel Bryan and the triple threat match with Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Title and Brock Lesnar looking to break the Undertaker’s streak. Who wouldn’t overlook John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt?

Looking forward, I have stated that Daniel Bryan’s involvement in WrestleMania, although it will be grand, will not move him up on the card to be an even bigger babyface than he already is, in fact if he wins the title it might come to backfire. Lesnar vs. Taker is only a featured attraction in the big picture.

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Now, on to my point, Bray Wyatt and his Wyatt Family have been protected and booked ever since Daniel Bryan broke away from his brief infiltration. The match with Bryan vs. Wyatt at the Royal Rumble was the breaking out party for Bray Wyatt. 

Wyatt now is deservedly getting the golden ticket to WrestleMania with a match with John Cena, and whether he wins the match or not, he should come away from that match as arguably the #1 heel in WWE. 

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Cena’s promo from Raw last Monday night included the word scared. Matched with the amazing promos that Bray Wyatt has cut every single time from the Titantron, this match would main event a standard pay-per-view. If things go right, Bray Wyatt should rise to that role and I hope he does after WrestleMania XXX.-KOP

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Wrestling is Real 03.19.14: World Title Match a Guaranteed Triple Threat

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300World Title Match a Guaranteed Triple Threat; Cena Scared of Bray Wyatt; Abyss, what is that mask? MVP schedules title rematch with Joe and match with Abyss, only to end in DQ by Eric Young. Bad excuse Bully Ray, we don’t need Bobby Roode to be another Dixie Carter. Kudos to Renee Youngs excellent wardrobe choice. Bad News Barrett returns. Cena is scared the way Scooby Doo is with a guh guh guh ghost! The Mystery Machine visits Raw next week too. Orton and his scripted promo..mere possibility. Pulling your tooth out for a cigarette, TGI Fridays, we went for the Burger and Bottomless Fries. Lawler demo of WWE Network, technologically handicapped on his iPad. The Shield continue to defy Kane, where are the Shield going to be in WrestleMania? Schwarznegger promotes Sabotage next week on RAW from Brooklyn. Triple H respects Daniel Bryan, but no…fake cops, handcuffs and the Cerebral Assassin strikes. Stephanie cheers him on. Bryan made to be a martyr. Handcuff keys dropped on the carnage as a finishing touch.

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I’m Afraid I got some Bad News for you Barrett !

Unfortunately , Barrett the WWE does not really take you serious anymore. Who could forget those rivalries with John Cena when Barrett was the head of The Nexus or when you put together another group called The Core.

Let’s face it Barrett has fallen into an unimportant role now , it’s sad to say. Even I’m feeling sorry for the guy , I’m not too much of a fan of the heels believe me , but here is talent that has just gone to waste. I’ll be pulling for you Barrett , hope you become a legit player again.

Until then It’s Bad News for you Barrett

– XBOX ONE CHUCK

Don’t Like How WWE Hijacked the YES Movement… “Deal With It!”

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So I decided to throw up that shocking headline (and steal Batista’s new heel phrase) because I’m starting to hear some of my podcast brethren starting to sympathize with Daniel Bryan fans.

Some fans are complaining about the “contrived” setup of that the Wrestling Observer’s Mike Sempervive chose to describe the Raw segment from Memphis on Monday. He also added that the segment would have been better served to run as a segment after Orton’s cash-in on Bryan at Summerslam. 

Just because WWE put their corporate creative paws on this storyline does not make any difference to the excitement and more importantly Daniel Bryan’s chase for gold. 

As for the crowd excitement, just calling it like I see it, the crowd in Memphis was surprisingly flat. If not for the excited plants in the ring, that segment not have gone over like it did. 

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One final point, I really love how I keep hearing how people just insist just because Daniel Bryan is predicted to beat Triple H, and move on the World Heavyweight Title match, does not mean that the title match should close WrestleMania XXX. 

Brock Lesnar unsuccessfully trying to beat the Undertaker’s unbeaten and streak will still be in my view the best way to close the PPV. 

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If you did not hear this week’s podcast, MarkyMark811 and I both think that Bryan should make the title match but still far short of gold. Just the vindication over Triple H should suffice the crowd in New Orleans. 

Unlike Mike Sempervive’s comment, although I validate it, I still disagree that the crowd has not had enough of Daniel Bryan’s chase to be champion again. I think Batista winning the title and going into a title feud with Bryan all the way to Summerslam (where then Bryan wins the belt) is where WWE is going with this. I just hope by then WWE will be able to build Daniel Bryan into that bonafide #2 babyface right behind John Cena, taking the place of CM Punk, while keeping the Yes movement strong…contrived or not.

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TNA After the Hogan/Bischoff Era: You’re Getting Better!…. But!

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Whether its John Gaburick, Bob Ryder, Rob Conway or whichever group of people are handling the programming and creative duties at TNA, I give them credit for making real attempts at building and shaping new talent and delivering more compelling feuds and storylines. 

BUT, when TNA does a significantly good job at building their Lockdown PPV Sunday, the last two matches still keep me shaking my head. 

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It’s obvious that Magnus, Gunner and Ethan Carter III are being looked at as the future of the company with the help of of a lean and mean roster of great veteran talent in Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Samoa Joe, and others.

Bringing in some solid free agents to the tag team division (the Wolves) and the X-Division (the returning Kenny King, Senada, Tigre Uno), and TNA is going in a really good direction. 

TNA is finally going back to what they were doing back in 2005 when Impact became a nationally-televised wrestling show. Veterans mixed in working with some young up-and-coming talent, only difference is we don’t have to see Jeff Jarrett hold the heavyweight title. 

Now, I have to be negative because all is not perfect in Dixieland. Magnus’ title run has been kept weak with all of the constant overbooked finishes where he has been helped to win every title match. Hopefully, MVP’s on-air control of the company will change that. 

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Overbooking is a constant in every TNA PPV, BUT the title match with Magnus and Joe, specifically the Abyss interference was ridiculous. While I could get into a Abyss vs. Joe feud Did this really have to happen on the PPV, instead of during say a Lockdown world title rematch on tonight’s Impact Wrestling program. 

Then, although I would be interested in a Bobby Roode/ Bully Ray program, BUT why would Dixie pick Ray to be the guest referee in the Lethal Lockdown match. 

If TNA could play some more caution and keep up with continuity in their storylines, then you will get me to enjoy all the new feuds. Heck, I’ve enjoyed EC3’s confrontations with Sting and Angle, plus and Samuel Shaw creepy bastard character is entertaining and you’ve made Mr. Anderson relevant again.

Now that you are well past the storylines that you inherited post Hogan and Bischoff, let’s keep that slow build to being a better #2 wrestling company.  -KOP

Wrestling is Real 03.13.14: WrestleMania XXX Main Event Saved; YES Movement Rejoices

KOP WIR ITUNES 2015-300WrestleMania XXX Main Event Saved; YES Movement Rejoices; TNA Lockdown Recap; Hogan is a babyface again, just like he was in the 80s. Cena challenges Bray Wyatt at WM30. Hey kids, say your prayers eat your vitamins. Great addition to the  Wyatt  promos. 30 man Andre the Giant Invitational Battle Royal. Paul Heyman really does a great job pumping up the streak. Undertaker speaks, send message to Lesnar the fear of death is scarier than death itself. Reigns and Rollins dominate over the brotherhood. Daniel Bryan and the YES Movement Occupies RAW. Like a Revolution. Great visual. What a memorable way to set up the Triple H-Bryan feud. If Bryan wins, he gets added to the Title match. Orton gets the running knee on Batista. Lawler calling out Boo-tista.

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Wrestling is Real 03.10.14: TNA Lockdown 2014: Two Lethally Lame Main Event Finishes

lockdownTNA Lockdown 2014: Two Lethally Lame Main Event Finishes; Shining wizard by Muta. Moonsault to Daniels by Senada for the pin. Kurt Angle vs. Ethan Carter III-trouble signs along the front row. Angle knee surgery keeps him out, so Carter issues an open challenge. Bobby Lashley comes out to a good pop and punks out EC3. Abyss goes pure heel.

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CM Punk and The Reason He Lost His Main Event Spot?

CM Punk’s run going back to his ECW-WWE debut has been fun to watch. Although I haven’t gotten to see any of his Ring of Honor work, I’ve only gotten to hear the many stories of his rebellious spirit while having a pure passion for the wrestling business.

For all of my comments on the podcast about how much I like his overall ability inside the squared circle and on the microphone, I believe WWE has been pretty good to CM Punk. Many times through his 8-year run he has held championship gold, led several different factions at the mid-card and main event level.

CM Punk, from how outspoken he has been in many public interviews, has always given me the vibe that devoting his life to pro wrestling was never in the cards.

His wrestling career has been motivated only if what he is given to do keeps him interested. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Tuesday night on the Wrestling is Real podcast, I spoke about how “maybe it’s CM Punks’ fault that he lost his main event spot. It’s pretty hard I admit to find new ways to keep motivated when you have come off an impressive and legendary 434-day run as WWE Champion and you were in several high profile feuds with The Rock, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. 

Where things went south was CM Punk continuing to stretch his angle vs Paul Heyman with the inclusion of Ryback and Curtis Axel into the feuds as Paul Heyman guys. Although the this new arc of the angle was given a good ol’ college try, CM Punk should have chosen to listen to some alternatives that WWE Creative offered him. 

I still believe that even though Daniel Bryan’s momentum would have taken a back seat, I think an alliance with Bryan against the Authority would have been the right place to have put him. That way, his involvement in matches with The Shield and The Wyatt Family would have meant more, and who knows, his stint in the Royal Rumble would have been more significant, he would have had a spot in the Elimination Chamber and maybe, he would have a spot in a fatal four way with Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX. 

Enough of my fantasy booking, either way, just the involvement of Punk in the Daniel Bryan/ Authority angle (at the point when Big Show was getting financially screwed and the Rhodes family was fired) would have only helped kept Punk in he limelight and maybe keep him interested. 

All I’m saying is that some one is responsible for why CM Punk, either no one thought about what was best for CM Punk to keep him happy, whether it’s his doing or not. Or, maybe when he had the chance to rehab from injury last summer he should have stayed home longer to recoup and re-focus. Now, maybe it will not even matter. Maybe, we have seen the last of CM Punk in WWE. -KOP

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NXT arRIVAL: For Everywhere Else. Yeah, We Already Knew How Good It Was

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Back in 2011, I discovered someone was in YouTube land was awesome to post the broadcasts of Florida Championship Wrestling. 

I remember several years before that that WWE developmental was run separately in the Ohio Valley and Deep South Wrestling territories, but it was hard to find clips of those shows except for when Sunshine Network (now Sun Sports). 

Long story short, when I got back into wrestling after a four-year hiatus in 2005, I wanted to always get a feel of who could make it into WWE. Without any federations like WCW or ECW to watch, I tried to see what their developmental territories would come up with…not much. 

Flash forward to FCW, something about watching these broadcasts were different because of some of the characters and good workers I started noticing. Wrestlers like Leo Kruger (looking caveman wearing lion skin), Ritchie Steamboat, Bo Rotundo, Paige, Summer Rae, Maxine (love me some Maxine, i miss her) Seth Rollins, Leakee (soon to be Roman Reigns), Dean Ambrose , Paige and a new character alongside Eli Cottonwood named Bray Wyatt. 

This cast of characters got me so interested into this chaep tiny Florida promotion that used to run on cable in Tampa every weekend. 

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Thursday night with NXT arRIVAL was the official coming out party to the WWE Universe. For those of you that I have told time and time again on the Wrestling is Real podcast is arguably the best wrestling show on tv every week. 

For my in-ring criticism of HHH, he in return gets my overwhelming praise for what he has been doing with the creation of the WWE Performance Center and NXT. Since the merging of the old NXT program and FCW in 2012, the program has been a show that HAVE NOT missed. I always found a way to watch this show. I feel a lot of pride and happiness that all of the guys and gals in this Florida-based promotion (my hometown promotion) are getting called up and are excelling in the main roster. The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Big E, Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Emma, Summer Rae will be WWE Superstars and Divas that I will always hope to stand behind.

I hope all of the new viewers of NXT thanks to WWE Network, will begin to open their eyes to looking to see the future of WWE excel on Raw and Smackdown and someday their WrestleMania moment, instead of calling back to the long gone Attitude Era. 

As for the show on Thursday, I will comment on the podcast how much I love the special, and why I continue to tell all of you…WATCH NXT!!!-KOP

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World Title Picture at WrestleMania XXX: Can’t Be Orton vs. Batista…What To Do?

With it being so obvious that WWE is compelled, by the power of the absent Authority, to book Randy Orton vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight title at WrestleMania XXX, I am bewildered by what makes the current incarnation of these poorly scripted participants could give us a WrestleMania-worthy storyline that would led to an epic WrestleMania-worthy match. 

There’s no question in my mind that this match would not ever be allowed to see the top of the main event of the pay-per-view card, when you have Lesnar vs.Undertaker getting all the buzz after Raw Monday night. 

Does anyone want Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H  to go through as a match in New Orleans? If you, as the WWE Universe, don’t want it, it’s time to focus all your tweets, petiton signatures, blog comments, emails, other social media posting and chants in the arena to only YES chants or “Daniel Bryan” anytime the Authority, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton or Batista are in the ring or shown backstage. 

In closing, it’s time to quall the CM Punk chants (Chicago next Monday is the exception). because I think he will not be at WrestleMania XXX. -KOP

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5 Memorable CM Punk Moments

Thank you CM Punk, 

If you are in fact gone for good, thank you for …..

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Singing Happy Birthday to Rey Mysterio’s daughter.

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That great moment on RAW when you cashed in on Edge after he got beat down by Batista to become World Heavyweight Champion.

Royal Rumble 2010: Promos between eliminations, talking Great Khali into the Straight Edge Society.

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The pipebomb heard round the world before your WWE title match with John Cena in Chicago at Money In the Bank 2011….and finally

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When you got over for life by leaving with the belt.. You might not be leaving with a belt or top of the main event card like you wanted this time. Neverthless, thanks for the memories. #BestInTheWorld

Someone Took My TV Shows and Replaced It …With the Winter Olympics

The Good Wife, Family Guy, Revenge, The Following, The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Agents of SHIELD, Law and Order SVU, Justified, Parks and Recreation and Scandal. All but two of those tv show I am missing thanks to… (queue the theme!)

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Dah-dah-da-dah-dah-dah! The Winter Olympics!

Much how I l don’t care much for the March Madness of college basketball. I am a South Florida native so winter sports I can’t relate.

When I see stories of ice and snowstorms on the news and I’m walking outside in shorts to go to work. How can I possibly relate to the holidays let alone anything winter.

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So I took time to blog about this. Good news is all my favorite shows will be back by the end of the month. Stay warm! -KOP

IWC: Please Practice Some Patience

As I’m writing this post I’m listening to The Steve Austin Unleashed podcast from Thursday February 7th. Austin is taking phone calls on the Royal Rumble, the outcry of Daniel Bryan, The CM Punk walkout and WrestleMania XXX chatter. 

I feel like the first caller on this episode came in saying that as a member of the IWC he thought that Daniel Bryan should have already won the title. He also went on to say that in some social circles, some wrestling fans were going to boycott purchasing the WWE Network.

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There is no need for the IWC to use this newly discovered voice, thanks to social media, to say that only CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are the best wrestlers going today and the rest dont even come close.

Im not so selfish, I just want the both of them to be in prominent storylines close to our in the main event for the sole fact I like great workers working main event matches.

The IWC needs to practice patience. I dont think like some podcasters think that these two superstars are already being written into storyline to make us fans respond like we are now.

Boycotts and crowd hijacking will not be heard so its time to let that go. WWE has gotten our message loud and clear. Keep being vocal for Bryan when he is in the ring, and give Punk the same response if and when he returns. -KOP

WWE Calling Up NXT Talent to Fail During WrestleMania Season

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For some reason, NXT superstars are being brought up to the WWE main roster prematurely in the most inopportune of times: WrestleMania season. 

I’m sure the likes of Xavier Woods (although technically debuted November 18th), Alexander Rusev and most recently Emma, are thrilled to be called up after spending years at FCW and then NXT. 

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So far, Xavier Woods has been thrown into an old tag team scenario with a friendly face, his TNA Truth and Consequences partner R-Truth. Unfortunately, he has been buried in several matches with a turned heel Brodus Clay who will not be seeing any air time until either after WrestleMania or never due to being future endeavored. Then he has been placed in the endless cycle of parity booking with the likes of Fandango and Jack Swagger. Doesn’t make this double PHD look too smart. 

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No doubt, Alexander Rusev is one of those big guys that VInce and Hunter could not wait to bring up, no matter how green he still is. So far, he got in the Royal Rumble match for a cup of coffee. He was thrown out by the new IT guy Roman Reigns and then quickly forgotten seconds later after Kofi Kingston did his annual acrobatic trick to get back into the ring. Now, WWE is doing simple vignettes until his Raw or Smackdown debut. So far, there is no buzz around him, but there is still a chance to see what can become of the the Bulgarian Brute. 

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The Emma-lution has probably received the worst entrance into the WWE Universe this past Monday night, finally pulled out of the stands by Santino Marella (probably the best person to help support Emma in her debut with the crowd since he’s gotten to work with her in NXT in what was a really good mixed tag match with Fandango and Summer Rae.)

With a only a few sightings in the crowd and no help from the commentators, (it’s not the hokey pokey Lawler) Emma went out and did her dance in front of Omaha. Omaha definitely did not take to the dance like her loyal fans at Full Sail and the NXT Arena. 

I believe that the success of the Shield debut last Royal Rumble has given WWE management the impression that they can prematurely call up talent year-round. But in the case of these three, I think WWE is trying to throw them all into the deep end to sink or swim after holding on them for more than three years each in developmental.

It’s actions like this where I’m afraid the WWE Performance Center will become more of an assembly line than a place where talent can cultivate and hone their skills to become the next WWE Superstar. 

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Power Play or Locker Room Statement: The CM Punk Situation 7 Days Later

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I’m not sure which way people are leaning more towards, but I’m still trying to think that CM Punks walkout last Monday was made as a stand by an un-elected locker room leader for WWE Superstars that are being held down. The same way he felt about himself when he delivered his pipebomb promo instead of pure selfishness and ego.

I would hate to think just because of one uninspiring WrestleMania XXX program with Triple H, that would be enough for him to chose to not honor the last five months of his contract.

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All I hope is Punk is only doing this more out of fatigue than anything else. This all could have been handled a lot better, and I still have hope Punk will eventually return. For now,Bryan is getting his spot in storyline, and no other up-and-comers are going to breakthrough to the WrestleMania card as long Triple H part-time favorites (New Age Outlaws, Batista, Brock Lesnar) are around for the next two months. 

P.S. If anyone really thinks that Daniel Bryan is not catching a huge break because of Punk’s absence and instead think that creative was already in the works to put him back in the main event, then I ask you to tell me how all the news reports about the re-writing of last Monday’s RAW or shuffling the WrestleMania XXX card are pure lies. Think about it.-KOP

CM Punk: Chooses Foregoing Wrestling than Being Forgotten in WrestleMania XXX Card

As soon as I got news of CM Punk not only being put in a Main Event at Wrestlemania, but leaving period , my feeling was , this is not “What’s Best For Business “

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How are you going to take away a main eventer like CM Punk , I’m asking you WWE? CM Punk has without a doubt put on some terrific matches , we can never forget The Best Vs The Beast or his epic match withThe Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 .

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Top it all off with his 434 day title reign as The WWE Champion . I have been a CM Punk Fan for a long time and I would hate to see such talent go to waste, this is just unacceptable. WWE, make this right and put CM Punk back in the main event of Wrestlemania 30. I am after all part of the WWE universe , I am confident that there are also others like me that would agree with me .

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CM Punk is born to be a main eventer , here is the same guy who came up with ” The Pipe Bomb ” , who gives it his all each and every time that he competes in that WWE ring. Same guy who has also put together some really good rivalries with Brock , Undertake, Orton , Batista, Cena, Del Rio, The Wyatt Family (With Daniel Bryan ) , The Rock , Ryback and Paul Heyman , Chris Jericho , Kane . Whether he is a heel or face doesn’t make a difference, I could go down the list all day if I wanted to . CM Punk is simply ” What’s Best For Business ” .

If you put CM Punk to go up against Batista for The WWE World Heavyweight Championship, that match could definitely be a memorable one .

– XBOX ONE CHUCK

WWE: Time to Be Aware of IWC’s Vocal Unrest over Punk and Bryan

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With the crowd’s ongoing voice of displeasure with WWE Creative’s recent burying of Daniel Bryan (burying him in the WWE Heavyweight Title picture and his absence in the Royal Rumble match) and CM Punk’s recent walkout (due to recent booking issues including the return of Batista and his immediate title push to learning of his planned WrestleMania opponent Triple H), it’s time for WWE to do some serious damage control. 

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Case in point, following how the Royal Rumble crowd in Pittsburgh last Sunday were able to hijack any positive reactions to the World Heavyweight Title match and the Royal Rumble match, a repeat reaction came up at Thursday’s NXT tapings. 

According to PWMania.com, fans were chanting for Punk during other wrestler entrances and during their matches. Another fan said it had to be a nerve-wracking night for WWE officials because of the Punk fans.

Thanks to social media the hardcore wrestling marks, that practically worship CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at the ROH and Indy darlings of the early 2000s, are able to get their message out to more of the WWE Universe and in turn get more support for their cause.

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Now, instead of having the indirect solution of unhappy talent taking their skills to another promotion like WCW, they can either walk away or leave it to the WWE Universe who think they can protest to get what they want. 

CM Punk, while it’s not right for him to leave and not honor the rest of his contract, has a good argument .  WWE Creative left Punk and Paul Heyman to work with each other following his loss of the WWE Championship at last year’s Royal Rumble.

They only forgot to think about what to do with him in this year’s WrestleMania 30 plans. Instead, WWE chose to go to their bring some back from the past playbook by resurrecting Batista from a 4-year hiatus instead of considering CM Punk was someone they could put high on the WrestleMania card that can draw money and viewers. 

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My argument on the podcast is never more relevant than it is now. Punk, Bryan and Cena along with featured attractions like Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, plus filling out the card with the Shield, The Wyatts and Sheamus is enough to build a strong WrestleMania card that can draw a sold out New Orleans Superdome, earn them over a million PPV buys worldwide and a strong launch to the WWE Network. WWE needs to get Punk back and quell the displeasure before it’s too late. -KOP

Brock Lesnar…Beast InCarnate ?

Okay let’s start with the facts here , Paul Heyman says that “Brock Lesnar” is a beast incarnate , come on people . Brock not only cheated in a match once with CM Punk , but now twice with the Big Show and you expect me to believe that he is a beast 

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.Give me a break , firstly he always has Paul Heyman in his corner to do whatever sleazy deed it takes for Brock to continue to be a bad ass . It has the opposite effect in my respected opinion, it sinks Brock to a weak level .

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From the match that Brock had with CM Punk it was starting out fine , but just when CM Punk was closing in on a victory , again Paul Heyman steps in to help Brock out and that’s why Brock gets the best of CM Punk and gets the win . The finale of that match was irritating , how can you call Brock a beast incarnate any more ?

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Likewise with the match we just had with The Big Show Vs Brock Lesnar , I know I was at a loss for words for awhile when Brock cowardly gets a steel chair from Paul Heyman and starts beating the hell out of The Big Show with it . It is just plain pathetic when Brock needs a steel chair – as a crutch to beat the Big Show , why ? Well because obviously Brock knows that he cannot go one on one like a man to take out the Big Show.

Good nickname for Brock – ” The Bitch Incarnate ” , this shows that Brock is no beast , come on . I do understand that they want Brock to still be a legitimate top player and that the WWE considers The Big Show , let’s put it lightly not to be taken so seriously which is sad . Can’t deny I’m a Big Show fan as well as a John Cena #1 fan.

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– XBOX ONE CHUCK

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WWE Universe: What Makes You Think Daniel Bryan Deserves to Be Champion?

I’ve been listening to a slew of podcasts since the Royal Rumble, covering the Rumble pay-per-view and Raw the night after with varying opinions. As I get ready to tape the podcast later tonight I ask myself the question above. 

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From the Dave Meltzers to the Don Tonys to the Brian Fritzs to the John Pollocks (picture me cutting a promo like Shane Douglas when he threw down the NWA Championship belt), I feel like a Stretch Armstrong doll being pulled in different directions trying to make out why the Pittsburgh audience reacted Sunday night, just because Daniel Bryan didn’t make it into the Rumble match. 

From as far back as Summerslam, I have talked about how Daniel Bryan has been over since WrestleMania 28. Even as he was pulled out of the singles title picture, he was able to thrive in a year-long “Team Hell No” story line. 

I have said that Bryan deserves to stay high on the match card looking in or be involved in main event matches or even be a title contender. 

The problem is WWE Creative has failed to book Bryan properly to make him a credible championship contender. It all falls back to when John Cena hand-picked Bryan as his Summerslam opponent. He never earned the right to challenge for the belt. Cena chose the popular opinion of the WWE Universe, and the WWE Universe learned that if they just kept chanting “YES!” Daniel Bryan would get what the fans wanted for him. 

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Cena’s injury post-Summerslam made Bryan the defacto top babyface, and of course the crowd was ecstatic about it, but he never wrestled in any matches to declare him #1 contender. 

That’s why I haven’t had any issues with Daniel Bryan not being the champion or why WWE chose to not to let him keep the belt. I believe you can make him a champion and there are precedents like Rey Mysterio, CM Punk and even Shawn Michaels to support that the WWE Champion does not need to be big and musclebound.  

For Bryan to be taken seriously as a champion, they needed to have him win a viable contender’s match and then give him a long title run so that he can EARN his foothold in the main event, just like they did with CM Punk.

Instead, having he Authority put him down and screwing him out of title victories has not benefited anyone. It has weakened the belt for three straight PPVs. The title matches at Night of Champions and Battleground were a total wash. If you wanna know why the TV ratings and the PPV buy rates dropped, there’s your proof. 

Fast forward to TLC 2013,  Daniel Bryan has been moved out of the title picture and into a feud with the Wyatt family. John Cena had to talk about giving Daniel Bryan a title shot if he beat Orton for the newly formed WWE World Heavyweight Championship to win the crowd’s approval. Well it would not come to be because Orton won the match in an overbooked no-DQ match and then won a rematch with a diversion at the Royal Rumble. (Tell me again how anyone should care about the title picture, or care about Randy Orton for that matter). 

The WWE Universe wants Daniel Bryan to be rewarded for his great matches and his in-ring ability, okay that’s fine. But WWE Creative has yet to give us a reason why he really deserves it. 

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Did you guys forget how you booked Bryan for his run as World Heavyweight Champion in 2011. Winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, cashing in on Big Show, winning multiple title matches over Big Show and Mark Henry or both. 

Now, Monday night, Triple H planted the seeds to let Daniel Bryan have another title shot, because what the spoiled and entitled WWE Universe wants… they now will get. 

In an age where our President of the United States is picked out of popularity (without earning it in my opinion), we want to do the same thing in the WWE.

Time to bring the sports back in sports entertainment. Like a UFC fighter or a NASCAR Driver or a boxer can beat all comers before they can contend for a championship,  Daniel Bryan is good enough to be in the main event and be a champion, but the writers and the bookers need to build the story so that he becomes once and for all, a contender. -KOP

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The WWE Machine presents “Rock-tista”! Just in Time for WrestleMania Season

So when WWE can’t get the Rock back to headline Wrestlemania, they chose to find a former superstar, albeit older than the Rock. This guy has a lot of ink (not all of it good), does movies (not box-office blockbusters, yet) who people can get behind. He was called Batista, but when the WWE machine gets their muddy paws on him, he is who I will begin to call “Rock-Tista”.

The 2014 Royal Rumble is behind us and the WWE Universe in Pittsburgh, as well as a lot of former WWE superstars, writers and podcasters and vocal members of the IWC, are not buying into this newest hype machine to cloud what the “Universe” really wants…Daniel Bryan. 

Among the most vocal is Lance Storm, as reported by WrestlingINC. He is absolutely right on how the WWE Universe needs to respond to what the WWE superiors are jamming down our throats. 

“I don’t understand why everyone is so upset, considering they got exactly what was advertised and everyone predicted. #RoyalRumble @WWEDanielBryan was not advertised in the Rumble, no one booked in other matches on PPV were booked in the Rumble it was promoted that way. The current @WWEDanielBryan situation reminds me of Jerry Lynn vs RVD in ECW. By having him lose fans got more behind him “New F’N Show”

If you want to send a message Chanting won’t do it. Watch only @WWEDanielBryan segments on RAW, turn other segs off. That’s a message. I’m a huge fan of @WWEDanielBryan I’m just pointing out that chanting and b—-hing online isn’t the way to accomplish what you want.”

Someone start a petition! -KOP

My Open Letter to the WWE Creative Team

Dear WWE Creative team,

Greetings and Salutations! I hope my letter finds you in good spirits during this most exciting time of year. WrestleMania time!

Being myself a media professional for over 20 years, in and out of toxic and mentally draining corporate environments, I think I can comprehend and relate to the kind of overwhelming pressure and anxiety your management team and your fellow writers put you through.

Even though I might have just described your work environment accurately, the fact is none of you have any excuses as to why you are delivering the type of lackluster effort you have been delivering with the storylines and character development that WWE fans like myself are being subjected to.

No doubt the blame should be passed around every office in Stamford Connecticut at WWE headquarters, but the bulk of it lands on you.

I can remember vividly how often in the corporate environments of Clear Channel and the Hearst Corporation where lower level executives and their employees like myself would spend part of their time not doing their job better because they would not be appreciated nor better compensated, to complain about the amount of work, the amount of hours it took and the people that tasked them that work.

But during this stressful WrestleMania season, I ask you to do a favor for me and all of the WWE Universe. Have some respect for yourselves.

Complaining about inheriting the successes and failures of past creative team members (people like Court Bauer, Alex Greenfield, Brian Gerwitz,Vince Russo, Ed Ferrara, Bruce Pritchard and others.) are a waste of time. Denying that YOU DON’T is a an even bigger waste, so just drop it.

Feeling defeated going through the strenuous task of pitching creative ideas to Vince, Hunter and whichever others acting like Rocks of Gibraltar that either get approved and watered down, approved and then not give proper time to develop or simply shot down. Not to mention whining to yourself or others about re-writing a whole tv show at the last minute does not help us or you.

Let’s be honest, you are all not planning on a lifelong tenure with the WWE Creative team. All of you have aspirations maybe to work in television, movies or digital media. Some of you can’t go back to writing soap operas because those are…dead. 

It’s time to put on a united front and make an aggressive effort to change the course of WWE storytelling for the better. For your careers, your individual legacies and maybe even… the love of wrestling.

Put on a mutiny against management and show them that we do not need to go last resort and resurrect WWE Superstars during the company’s boon periods ala Brock Lesnar, Batista and The Rock whom you will have little access and little creative freedom of their characters to work with.

Use some of that ego and selfishness and take some self pride of your time on the creative team.  Then leave something great behind and put it on your resume for the next career step.

Sincerely,

KingofPodcasts

Batista Bombed (As In the Return)

What a better last night to re-introduce Batista back to the WWE after a 4-year hiatus with a 10-minute coma-inducing, watching paint dry promo segment with Randy Orton and the Authority. 

Oh, and what a predictable way to feed Alberto Del Rio to Batista so he could easily blow off this stupid nothing feud that makes Del Rio less of an aristocrat and more like a migrant worker.

WWE Creative, during Wrestlemania season, is obviously unable to take a gamble on doing anything new or exciting with any storyline. I feel like these people are all “Yes Sir and Yes Ma’am in the writing room and don’t have the grapefruits  to question the desires of upper management. 

So now we have two part-timers in Brock Lesnar and Batista who are solely back to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion, while we are bored to death to see Cena and Orton in a plain old rematch (yawn).

Meanwhile, Daniel Bryan is THE GUY the WWE Universe wants in the title picture, but no, beating up Bray Wyatt in a steel cage last week wasn’t enough. Let’s do a match, as we hope Bryan will also be a surprise entrant for the Rumble. 

Yup, Wrestlemania Season. Part Time Returning Wrestlers. Half-ass written storylines. Tell me again why I should be excited? -KOP