TNA Lockdown 2014: Two Lethally Lame Main Event Finishes

TNA Lockdown TNA 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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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