I like everyone else just watched WrestleMania 27 and while it wasn’t the worst PPV I have ever seen (this year) there were certainly a whole lot of things wrong with it. From the bottom of the card to the top, planning and execution was bad and I don’t think there is any real excuse for it. Now obviously I can’t pretend to understand the complexities of running a live event the size of WrestleMania. What I can say however is that WWE do and should still know how to do it right. Continue reading
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Some of you may have seen that WWE have finally come out and said they are no longer a wrestling company but rather a “Global Media Company”. It is even reported they want to change their name to remove the word wrestling(MAYBE A JOKE). It is also obvious that WWE’s entire WrestleMania build has been about buy rate with the actual matches coming as more of an after thought. So if WWE are the leaders in ‘Sports Entertainment’ and we are wrestling fans, where does that leave us? Continue reading
Supposedly the much anticipated physical confrontation between The Rock and Cena will soon be upon us. Will it lead to a match? Hopefully. The one thing people concede about the recent war of words between the two is that Cena has a point when he talks about the Rock leaving WWE and the fans behind him. Maybe he does have a point but after all is said and done, is this really helping Cena or just making look much worse than he is? Continue reading
I know it sounds crazy to say it which is probably why I am the only one saying it but I think this could be one of the biggest WrestleMania suprises we have ever seen. No one gives Miz a snowball’s chance in hell of retaining at WrestleMania and for good reason. But for me I think there is enough going on to not make this a foregone conclusion. Continue reading
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.
Ever since the Rock came back a few weeks ago everyone has been getting pumped about WrestleMania and what his role will be. Unfortunately no one knows his role despite everyone on RAW never shutting their mouths talking about it. His return has gone from being something of great excitement to really adding nothing major to the current WWE. And really that is true of all the big name returns so far. Continue reading
This week, TNA’s own DON WEST steps IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks, DJ, and Kevin McElvaney to talk TNA Wrestling, announcing, managing The Amazing Red, and all of TNA’s great holiday dealsssssss on shoptna.com … including a few scoops that HAVE YET TO BE RELEASED! All that, plus WWE’s Slammy’s are discussed, and Brady announces the show’s own year-end awards … THE WHO’S SLAMMY’S! Check it out at thebradyhicks.com.
DON WEST, ON THE CHANGES SINCE TNA’S ORIGINS:
As somebody who has been there from the beginning and seen what it could be like and how far it could go, the exposure has been incredible. I remember doing these shows Wednesday nights at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, just the exposure has been unreal. Just the perception is so different. It’s just been phenomenal.
ON GOING LIVE ON SPIKE:
When it’s live it’s just a whole different field. It seems like everybody just fine-tunes a little more and your senses are just alerted a little bit more. At this point, the company is good where it is at.
ON RE-EMBRACING SALES:
It’s been something that I’ve been wanting to do from day one. Jeff Jarrett and I talked about this back around day one, where I would eventually go back to being a pitch-man. And then when we finally became big enough to where sales began to matter, they kind of approached me. It has been almost like a rebirth for me. It’s what I do. It’s what comes easy and natural. We’re really clicking and try . I wouldn’t trade places with my old job…
ON HIS TIME WITH THE AMAZING RED:
Timing was just bad on that. At the time they hadn’t started me on the road yet. Vince Russo came to me remembering how I had always been an Amazing Red fan, standing on the tables going, “GO RED GO.” I think the concept was good as far as me being his voice-piece, but the concept was sort of off in that I was never supposed to be his manager. I was supposed to be his promoter.
ON COLLEAGUE JEREMY BORASH:
I don’t know how JB does the schedule. He’s a man amongst boys.
All that, plus a very unique perspective of the Don West EARLY YEARS selling everything from baseball memorabilia to knives, and his more recent experiences doing the hard-sells for TNA pay-per-views. This is a really different take on the wrestling interview you’d expect.
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.
This week on In the Room, Brady Hicks and the gang lament the lost interview that was Jake “the Snake” Roberts, and look forward to his future appearance on the show in 2-3 weeks. They also take some time to talk about Brady’s experience this past weekend with Lisa Marie Varon (TNA’s Tara, WWE’s Victoria), Chris Jericho’s absence, Mickie James’ return, and the Hell in a Cell pay per view.
This week on In the Room, DJ makes his long-awaited return, as he, Kevin McElvaney, and Brady Hicks gear up for next week’s big interview with former WWF star Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Topics of discussion include WWE’s Night of Champions show and its aftermath, who in WWE’s past is over- and under-rated, and Brady’s experience managing The Best Around against The Blue Meanie and Kid America.