Wrestling Loses Rowdy Roddy Piper; Forever to Be Remembered

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Just when you think you know the answers, I change the questions.

I came here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubble gum.

It’s so hard to fathom watching wrestling and looking back at the history of the business without thinking of the Hot Rod. Yes, his WWF run in the 80s will always be remembered but think about how wrestlers he has faced, as well as how many territories he had wrestled in his 40 plus year career.

Much like we will never encounter another Dusty Rhodes, the same can definitely be said about Roddy Piper. He will be missed, along with the many memorable matches and memories inside of Piper’s Pit, and today’s wrestling could use a lot more wrestlers like him. WWE should pull out the bagpipes along with a 10-bell salute for him this Monday night on RAW. -KOP

 

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WIR 07.29.15: Hulk Hogan is Homophobic and Racist; WWE SummerSlam Buildup Slows Down; ROH Death Before Dishonor Recap

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Hulk Hogan’s Homophobic and Racist Slurs on the infamous Bubba the Love Sponge-recorded sextape come to light in new reports from the National Enquirer and RadarOnline. KOP rants on how Hogan should be black balled from wrestling altogether, as well as how racism still very much exists today and the inexcusable lack of tolerance of it as well as the incomprehensible allowance of people to live up to those racial stereotypes.

More chatter on the lack of WWE Main Event Star Power and the slowed buildup of WWE Summerslam, a full recap of this weekend’s Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor XIII and KOP’s visit to a NXT Live show in West Palm Beach. Special thanks to Treasure Coast Sports Academy for the hookup on the NXT Tickets.

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Time to “Black” Ball Hulk Hogan and Make Him Wrestling History

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For those of you unaware of what triggered Hulk Hogan’s termination with WWE, or more like his latest fallout, allow me to let the National Enquirer explain what happened.

Hulk Hogan has been captured on tape spewing foul-mouthed racial slurs – including the N-word.

In a shocking world exclusive, The National ENQUIRER and RadarOnline.com – in a joint investigation – has learned that sordid pillow talk caught on an unauthorized sex tape includes a revolting conversation in which the pro wrestling icon unleashed a filthy bigoted attack, littered with the N-word and other disgusting racial insults.

The star of the WWE – whose real name is Terry Bollea – directed his vulgar and prejudiced hatred at his daughter Brooke, who he accused of sleeping with a black man.

and here are the quotes that did him in:

“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son,”

“I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f*cking n*ggers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever.”

“I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!

“I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking n*gger.”

From all of the boneheaded moves that this 61-year old WWE superstar has done to embarrass himself and his family to manipulating and hustling so many people and connections for his own selfishness.  It is the time to finally call for the wrestling community to no longer glorify this fallen wrestling legend.

But, much like his previous transgressions for his endless list of idiotic moments that piles as high as his wrestling accomplishments. It wasn’t that long ago, there was the sex tape with Heather Clem – the wife of his former pal, morning radio shock jock Bubba “The Love Sponge,” in 2012. Add, the divorce from Linda, his questionable raising of kids Nick and Brooke and the mistakes they have made, and his admittance to steroid use.

Regardless that he finally apologized for his comments. That laundry list prompts me to this hopeful conclusion that Hulk Hogan deserves.

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-KOP

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WWE Can’t Create New Star Power. What Did OVW Have That NXT Doesn’t?

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The out-of-nowhere restart of the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar program has left the WWE Universe buzzing, but in another sense the move has us shaking our heads. The actions taken by WWE during the World Heavyweight Championship bout at Battleground felt like nothing more than a desperate push of their proverbial panic button.

To see WWE play out this particular TV-ratings-rising and top-crowd-drawing trump card (by bringing back the Undertaker in the middle of the WWE off-season) reeks of desperation. At what point does WWE come to grips that they cannot continue to throw millions of dollars and spend time convincing past superstars that they must come bail out the company in a bad spot (on a limited or part-time basis) because of some unwritten code of loyalty to the business that made them household names.

The years of tapping into the talent of the long-ago Attitude era should be long gone. Seriously! Isn’t that what the multi-million dollar WWE Performance Center and its NXT promotion designed to avoid?

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Why is WWE, and more importantly Vince McMahon, unable to pull the main event trigger and garner real star power with the likes of Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Kevin Owens, Ryback, Rusev and Sheamus? What is it that Ohio Valley Wrestling had to create star power like John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and Batista that WWE’s fully-controlled NXT environment doesn’t have? I would love to have someone explain this to me! – KOP

 

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WIR 07.22.15: WWE Pushes Panic Button, New Divas Dominate with Bellla Interference, Undertaker Revenge Takes Time

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WWE Pushes Panic Button as the promotion fears of bad ratings and banks on the Dead Man for Summerslam, New Divas Dominate with Bella Interference, Undertaker Revenge Takes Time to get his heat back on Brock Lesnar, and again WWE pushed the panic button. EC3 is wallowing in TNA tragedy.

Plus, Ring of Honor Predictions for Death Before Dishonor XIII, Lucha Underground buildup of Ultima Lucha 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 and our blog post by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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WIR 07.20.15: WWE Battleground Post: Brock Taken Out by Taker; Divas Do Great

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WWE Battleground Post: Brock Taken Out by Taker; Divas Do Great. Battleground leaves us a lot of questions on future opponents and matches for Lesnar, Taker, Owens, Cena and Rollins. 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 and our blog post by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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Can NXT Sustain the Casual Fans Interest? Why Should They?

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NXT might have become a brand so sayeth Triple H back during Wrestlemania season, but casual fans will soon be coming to grips on the reality…that WWE’s NXT promotion must still operate as a developmental system. Therefore, the casual fans mettle will be tested now that the women’s division has been depleted of three of its top stars.

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The move to call up Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks was ultimately a great idea. They could not stay working at Full Sail for much longer. We can only help this wholesale move pays off given the WWE creative team do the right thing for them in the storyline.

Add Kevin Owens, Neville and the Lucha Dragons call up after Wrestlemania season, combined with the mounting injuries to Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami and Bayley,  NXT is truly back to looking like the developmental darling that fans like yours truly scoured the internet to find each week without the luxury of the WWE Network.

Though I do enjoy the lustre of the highly praised indy stars like Finn Balor and Samoa Joe gracing us with their weekly TV presence, NXT has been left with some really entertaining and promising talent.

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I’m talking about singles competitors (Tyler Breeze, Mojo Rawley (go ahead and give me crap for saying him), Bull Dempsey (Yes, shovel more crap on me for saying him too), and Uhaa Nation.

Plus, we still have some great women’s talent in Bayley, Emma and guess who, even Dana Brooke continues to intrigue me. Then, there’s still the tag team division (Enzo and Cass,  Vaudevillians).

It’s step-up time for the next wave of talent, and I’m a fan of the underdogs, the talent that the casual fan doesn’t care about, and the smart fans do not care to notice.  This current time of NXT will have me glued to start wondering whom will be ready to stand out ahead of the pack.

If any of you happen to be going to the NXT event in West Palm Beach next week, email me and let’s get some fans together. -KOP

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WIR 07.15.15: WWE Battleground Preview and Predictions; Divas Playtime Over; Playing with Periscope

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WWE Battleground Preview and Predictions where Jeremy G and King of Podcasts expect some title changes; Divas Playtime Over as Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch make a big splash onto the main roster; KOP is Playing with Periscope; EC3  Night on Impact Wrestling and Ultima Lucha buildup on 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. Portions from all purchases will go to support the show. Also, check out or archived shows and our blog post by going to our website, KingofPodcasts.com.

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The Leaked WWE Announcer Notes: Anyone Really Surprised By This?

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Above are the eight leaked pages that WWE Lead Announcer Michael Cole follows for every broadcast that he prepares for. These are the standards and practices that he abides by regardless if he has Vince McMahon, Triple H or others producing the show and speaking to him and the other announcers at ringside by ear.

Though I don’t necessarily disagree with any of the directives listed, it’s no wonder that so many WWE fans cannot stand the announcers for their endless schilling of products and internal promotions, let alone the style of storytelling that we have to suffer alongside a mediocre TV product during the WWE Off-season.

The bottom line is what can you expect from a corporate entity that is micro-managed at the very top with one true decision maker who might be not be as sharp on knowing what’s best for business like he did at the pinnacle of promotion’s success in the late 90s.

But this corporate grip on creativity is minuscule in comparison to the bigger issues inside of Titan Towers from talent to creative to their television product. The bad news is this stale delivery and presentation of the WWE product only happens to be most evident on their cable offerings. Going back to my last post, maybe the corporate brass will take a closer look to what is actually going right on their most important investment, the WWE Network, and mirror some of what is effectively working.

Until then, allow me to quote Michael Cole one night after coming back to commercial saying, “Welcome back to Monday Night Raw, more of the same here, folks.”-KOP

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WIR 07.08.15: Brock Breaks A Cadillac; Elated for Ethan Carter III as TNA Champ; Tough Enough Pros and Cons

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Brock Breaks A Cadillac after nearly breaking Kofi in half at Beast in the East, but not before the Demon-channeling Finn Balor comes back to the West New NXT Champion. KOP is Elated for Ethan Carter III for winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Opening rant features a special appearance by Jeremy’s blushing bride that breaks into a discussion on gender and sexual persuasion in wrestling, appreciation of non-WWE wrestling and the programming that WWE Network does right with their premium programming that their cable offerings….notably, Tough Enough Pros and Cons.

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