An interesting conversation broke out on Twitter this Saturday night. In the midst of UFC 152, people started talking about pay-per-view oversaturation. It’s not a problem unique to one promotion, and it’s not an opinion held by a scant few people. There has been a vocal contingent for years decrying the continued devaluing of pay-per-views as they appear more and more frequently. I’m among them, and I thanked those who started the conversation for proving I’m not alone or crazy–I’ve been saying this for years. This isn’t a column about UFC though; it’s a column about pro wrestling.
Criticisms of WWE come and go, and by and large they tend to fade over time and re-appear with astounding, clockwork like precision. Whether it’s the ability to develop talent, the PG or Not-So-PG nature of the content, selection of champions, or any of the other litany of grievances typically leveled against the premiere wrestling promotion on this planet, we tend to pick and choose which ones to focus on in an alternating rotation.
This week, Brady Hicks, DJ, and Anthony Sarlo get together IN THE ROOM on WEXP 1600 AM Philadelphia – and thebradyhicks.com – to discuss all that WWE messed up with this year’s Slammy Awards (and the few things they did right). The gang also spends a good bit of time talking WWE’s announcers and their campaign to flood Twitter, how TNA’s pay per view came off, and what we might expect from this Sunday’s WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs ppv. Plus, it’s time to really get excited about IN THE ROOM’s Who’s Slammy edition, which will take place in just two weeks. Be voting, people, BE VOTING! And … as always … thanks for the support!
• 3 matches will be spotlighted every Sunday morning based on their nostalgic qualities, their in-ring performances, their campiness, and their performers’ contributions to today’s wrestling world.
• Not EVERY match will be a squash, but it’s always nice to see the fan favorite totally dominate.
• Main event of Squash Match Sunday will normally have a title on the line, and will ALWAYS be a quality wrestling match.
…Let’s get to the action!
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Our Early Bird Special is serving a heaping helping of Sunday Night Heat action, where WWF Tag Team Champ Kane (who apparently wore a mask early on in his career???) takes on the Big Boss Man.
TNA gets….EXTREEEEMEEEE! Now usually those two words don’t go together (TNA and extreme), but this match between Raven and Sandman did get quite “ultra-violent” in this Clockwork Orange House of Fun Match. The only way to defeat your opponent is to throw them through two tables from the top of “Raven’s nest”.
Things to keep an eye/ear out for:
• I usually quote something funny/weird that Don West says. However, I don’t feel like typing out every single word he utters in this video. Enjoy the goofiness that is….Don West.
• Here’s a tidbit you might not have noticed throughout this match….KEVIN FRIGGIN SULLIVAN PAINTED A REFEREE SHIRT ON HIMSELF!
• Again, I apologize for having to show you David Flair in a wrestling ring. If you get nauseous, please alert the stewardess and a vomit bag will be brought to your seat shortly.
YOUR MAIN EVENT OF THE MORNING
YOUR Main Event of the Morning takes us to WCW Starrcade 1986 as the Road Warriors take on the Midnight Express in the (in)famous Scaffold match. While this match showcases very little wrestling, it does show the innovation that came from the South in terms of pushing the envelope and showcasing their top talents in high profile matches.
Your main event worthy commentary of the afternoon:
• If there were a match rating system based on how long Tony Schiavone’s microphone cord is, this would be properly rated.
• I would have thought they would start the match on the ground, but I forgot they aren’t trying to kill time ala WWE.
• I wonder if Mad Man Pondo was watching this match from his barbed-wire cradle…
• Granted, I don’t know how the hell I would react after dropping 25 feet into a wrestling ring. But Jim Cornette’s immediate reaction after falling has to be the best sell I’ve seen in a looong while.
Well that about does it from my end, enjoy your Sunday afternoon!
I have always been a huge mark for the big red machine right from his awesome debut at the first ever Hell in a Cell in October 1997. I was in awe of a such a large and agile yet talented wrestler. He was off to a great start feuding with his ‘brother’ the Undertaker as an unstoppable and pitiless monster (coming after his first two of many, many bad choices/gimmicks, Dr. Issac Yankem DDS and fake Diesel).
Several sources have reported that there will be no Money In The Bank match at Wrestlemania XXVII. Instead, the concept will now become exclusive to the gimmick PPV event. This dramatic change in the format of Wrestlemania is likely an attempt to keep the match fresh while avoiding the possibility of having several briefcase holders at once. However, removing this match will likely lead to some horrible booking decisions in the very near future. If WWE were to keep this match on the Wrestlemania card, Jack Swagger, Christian, Drew Mcintyre, Evan Bourne, and John Morrison would have a place on the card that people actually enjoy. Without the match, these superstars will likely be placed in mixed tag matches and thrown together matches that take away from the overall quality of the show.
The best option for WWE would be to keep the match at Mania; the winner of this briefcase would then challenge any champion of his choosing. The Miz and Kane would both confined to specific branded briefcases, there should be no problem with three different briefcases. Giving the win to someone like John Morrison at Wrestlemania would allow him to challenge The Miz in the future. Wrestlemania is intended to be the blow off for a year of feuds. Allowing the MITB match to remain at Wrestlemania would help to springboard mid-card talent into main event feuds. If the creative staff at WWE is serious about making new stars, Money In The Bank should remain at Wrestlemania.
This week, former WWE Smackdown star–and Straight-Ege Society member–“BIG LG,” the former LUKE GALLOWS steps IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks, Kevin, and Young John to talk about his experience on the road with WWE, starting at the age of just 21. All that, plus Austin Aries is announced as the #8 competitor in this year’s ECWA Super 8 (interview to follow…next week), WrestleMania talk heats up, and Brady and the gang discuss Sting’s return to TNA.
On Teaming With Punk in SES:
They wanted a big guy with [CM Punk]. He didn’t really need it, nor do I think he thought he did. I thought we made it really work though. I tried to change my look, change a little my style in the ring. I think a little character development may have helped us more, but on the other hand–and he’s one of my best friends so this isn’t me kissing butt–he is one of the best on the mic. I could understand why they wouldn’t give us more to say, but I always wish they would have.
We are officially on our way to Wrestle Mania which means streak time. The Undertaker’s undefeafed streak is one of the biggest things in wrestling and certainly the WWE. But in the world of wrestling does something that has been manufactured the way it has really matter anymore? Continue reading → Post ID 12478