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Eagles fans fight Mike Scott and lose. WWE brings back Stone Cold and lose. What happens with the ratings in October? Wrestling historian and more on episode 441 of HIAC Wrestling Podcast!
I was thinking the other day about re-packaging. So many things today are re-packaged and sent out into the world. Automobiles are re-packaged; food is re-packaged; household items are re-packaged. Almost anything you see has at some point been re-packaged. Now I’m not talking about re-positioning. That’s more of a “changing the use” of something or changing the target audience. I’m talking about simply changing the “wrapper”, as it were.
Loyal followers of In The Room have likely heard discussion of having HBK referee a match at Wrestlemania XXVII. However, many Internet wrestling websites have been reporting that Steve Austin will be named the special guest referee for the Lawler Vs Cole match. As a wrestling fan, I can only hope that the WWE decides to leave Austin off the card. If Austin were placed into the match, this would only serve as promotion for the upcoming Tough Enough premier. There is very little logical reason for the rattlesnake to play a part in this match. Forcing him into the match would come off as nothing more than an attempt to stack the card by offering Rock and Austin at Mania.
WWE needs to work HBK into the match between Undertaker and Triple H, this is the only way it comes off as unpredictable. HBK has contributed a promo to the feud that came across far better than what either man added to the buildup. Adding HBK into this match would make it appear more realistic. Wrestling could strive to provide compelling television; WWE can achieve this by adding the element of HBK to the match. Playing up a struggle between doing the right thing and helping his friend would add layers to this conflict and help to create some memorable moments. Mania needs some sweet canvas music, Austin as a referee would be a wasted opportunity for something much bigger.
Tonight is the night! The Royal Rumble is HERE! My excitement has gone completely through the roof after learning that one of my favorite wrestlers of all-time is making his return to Rumble glory tonight! Want to know who that is? Welp, I ranked him at #17 on this very list. You can go back and read the full list (which you should) or just keep reading as I recap numbers 40 through 11 below. The important thing to understand is the fact that we’re getting into the Top 10 Greatest Rumble Participants of ALL-TIME. This is an exclusive list! If you include The Big Show (which you should), only 21 different men can say they won The Royal Rumble. When you consider how many have tried and how many attempts have been made versus how many professional wrestlers there are on the planet, it’s pretty hard to narrow it down to just 10. It had to be done though. Let’s take a second to reflect on the men (and women) who comprised the first ¾’s of the list: Continue reading
This week IN THE ROOM, world-renowned wrestling historian Matthew Grimm steps in (in lieu of Kevin McElvaney) to help Brady Hicks and DJ look back at Survivor Series, The Miz, retro Raw, and the bottom-half of WWE’s Top 50 Wrestlers of all time DVD. PLUS …. A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.
This week on In the Room, TNA star Kurt Angle steps IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks for a special Bound for Glory edition of the show. Find out what Kurt thinks about the prospect of wrestling Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson at TNA’s biggest show of the year. Special thanks go out to TNA and Kurt Angle for taking the time to sit down with the gang.
On His Upcoming TNA Bound for Glory match:
Just like any other Bound for Glory. I know I have to step it up and put on the best performance I can. I’m excited it is Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson because I think they are two of the big upcoming names in TNA. I believe you’re going to see a lot of great things in this match. The match will be match of the year. We’re going to steal the show and give the TNA fans a really great main event.
Comparing Bound for Glory to WrestleMania:
In TNA they give every wrestler on the card the ability to steal the show. We’re ALL put in a position where you’re trying to have the best match. And that’s why a lot of the matches are so good.
On Kurt’s Reaction to Several of the Stars Who Have Come In:
I have mixed feelings. I don’t exactly want somebody to come in from WWE and win the title from our best wrestler, which is AJ Styles. Rob Van Dam is a featured kind of wrestler, Jeff Hardy is as well. Mr. Anderson never really got his real chance, and I’m thankful for that. Right now, we actually has a better roster than WWE. The TNA wrestlers here have carried the company to this point and they deserve a lot of credit. We need to utilize those guys, and let the former WWE guys somewhat enhance them.
Comparing TNA to WWE:
A lot of times, WWE doesn’t get all that they could out of their wrestlers. I don’t think an AJ Styles could have done all that he did if he were in WWE. There is no wrestler better in the world than AJ Styles. He’s the best in the world. It just shows that we’re able to utilize wrestlers differently than WWE. We’re not just that prototype 6’2″, 240 pound man.
Kurt’s “Dream” Final Opponent:
I had a good little run with Randy Orton, but he wasn’t as good as he is now. I think [Randy] is the best wrestler up there right now. He carries that company as a character and as a wrestler. I see another guy that’s going to step up that I want to wrestle is the Miz. He’s really stepped up in recent years. In TNA, I’d love to do more with the X Division guys, let them wrestle their style as I wrestle mine.
On Vince McMahon:
I loved Vince. We ended badly, but he and I had a great relationship for a long time. He was like a father to me. Vince and I just weren’t on the same page. I was burned out. I felt trapped and overworked and just wanted to get out. Vince did the right thing.
Plus, Kurt checks in with his thoughts on RVD “The Rock Star,” who specifically in TNA deserves more of a push, who from WWE he would LOVE to wrestle, Dixie vs. Vince, his excitement with Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin both being free agents, and his thoughts on WWE stars such as Randy Orton, The Miz, Bret Hart, and Christian.