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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Smackdown Thoughts/Unforgiven Poster

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Sorry, I'm only posting what I thought of Smackdown.

I think Smackdown was a little dull. I think they spent too much time on the Hardy vs. MVP match. And it was a little boring. Mark Henry is still, also, very boring.

The best part of the night was that it confirmed when Rey's return would be, even though we all already knew.


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Survivor Series 2006 Video: Team DX vs. Team Rated RKO

Here is the video. It was DX, The Hardy Boyz, and CM Punk vs. Rated RKO, Mike Knox, Gregory Helms, and Johnny Nitro.


Hogan to Start His Own Wrestling Promotion

Source: The Sun Online

Hogan: I thank God I'm alive

By SIMON ROTHSTEIN of THE LILSBOYS
August 04, 2007

WRESTLING legend Hulk Hogan has lashed out at the industry which made him a megastar.

And he has demanded an end to the decades-long cover-up of steroid abuse in the sport.

Hogan, 54, took the muscle-enhancing drugs almost daily for 16 years during his career and says he can spot a user a mile off.

With more than 100 grapplers dying before the age of 50 in the last decade, he is begging others to face up to the crisis.

The Sun has been leading an anti-steroid abuse campaign since wrestler Chris Benoit murdered his wife and seven-year-old son before committing suicide in June.

A handful of former stars have already spoken out and prompted US politicians to start investigating the industry.

But many in the WWE, the world's biggest fight franchise, deny there is a problem and have blasted their ex-colleagues as bitter failures who haven't wrestled in years.

They cannot same the same about Hogan, wrestling's equivalent of Pele or Muhammad Ali who was fighting for them just 12 months ago.

In an exclusive Sun interview, he said: "Are steroids a problem in wrestling? Oh God yeah. They have always been a part of the business. It's prevalent.

"But there's not some big mystery to it. Just open your eyes and it's there. You can look at a wrestler and pretty much tell.

"They will be above their weight range, with these big veins. My body weight is around 285lb, depending on how much junk I eat. Even if I was 25 and clean, I could probably only carry 300lb.

"Yet when I was wrestling I weighed anywhere between 320 and 340lb, because my body was full of water weight.

"My face was puffy, my arms were so bulky I couldn't touch my shoulders. You could take one look at me and know I was on something.

"Steroids have been around for ever in other sports too, but if we have to pick on somebody now then let's pick on wrestling.

"I'm glad the business is in the spotlight because they're probably the only ones smart enough, after being able to dodge it for so long, to know how to fix it."

The Hulkster added: "I remember up until the early 1990s any wrestler could walk into a doctor and they'd write you a prescription for steroids.

"Then there was a huge trial where WWE boss Vince McMahon was unfairly accused and rightly acquitted of distributing the drugs to his workers.

"This ushered in the era of wrestlers playing 'hide and seek'.

"If they can get away with things then they will. But now I think we're at the 11th hour.

"We can't have hide and seek being played any more.

"The WWE say they are drug testing, but if they are then it's not good enough. Because these guys have to stop dying."

Despite going on TV at the time to deny it, Hogan has since confessed he regularly used steroids between 1975 and 1991.

In that period he helped turn the WWE, then known as the WWF, from a New York-based wrestling group into a global entertainment brand.

In 1984 he won their world heavyweight championship, holding it on and off for the best part of the next seven years and starring in the main event at six of their first seven WrestleMania extravaganzas.

But behind his superhero mystique lay a dirty secret.

In his 2003 autobiography Hogan admitted: "I would tell kids to train, say their prayers and take their vitamins. But it wasn't just vitamins I was taking.

"But at that time every wrestler I knew was on steroids. They were part of my generation. I'm not making excuses but they were everywhere. And a lot of that had to do with what we knew about them, which obviously wasn't enough.

"The most commonly prescribed were testosterone, Deca-Durabolin and Dianabol. I never had a question about whether I would take them.

"It was part of my daily regimen. Did you take a shower? Yeah. Did you brush your teeth? Yeah. Did you take your steroids? Yeah.

"That was the deal. It was how I lived."

Alongside steroids, experts also blame painkillers and recreational drug abuse for the high number of deaths among young wrestlers.

Again it is something Hogan witnessed and he is pleased to say the industry has made progress on the latter.

He said: "There's definitely much less of a party scene and cocaine use today.

"When I went back to the WWE, I'd go down to the Marriott bar after the show - and all you would see is Ric Flair there with a Jack Daniels and Hulk Hogan drinking a beer.

"In the old days EVERY wrestler would be in the bar and then they'd go out and stay out all night.

"But now they are all upstairs on their computers.

"Maybe they're not playing games up there, but it certainly seems a lot better.

"As for painkillers, like steroids, they have always been around. I was naïve when I first entered wrestling and didn't even know what they were.

"But there was a point later on where I got hurt and found out… pretty quickly!

"I used them but not to the point of abusing and to the levels of the horror stories I've heard.

"I always knew my limitations and had regular blood tests and physicals.

"During the years when I would hear of these massive doses of pills some guys would take, I remember thinking they would laugh at me if they knew what I was involved in. I would be a big joke."

Hogan is currently in talks to start his own promotion, in which the focus will be firmly taken off those with superhuman physiques.

He said: "I don't know what the other federations can do, but I do know what I can do and it's all part of my plan for a new wrestling idea.

"It came from another person and when they told it to me it was the smartest thing I'd ever heard.

"I have been speaking to people from the American television networks and other important people in LA. In the first two weeks they raised $40million (£20million). I need about $80-100million to start it up.

"If me and my partners pull it off then the wrestlers will have a more natural look and an easier schedule - all of the things people are saying the business needs.

"And then Vince McMahon and everyone else in the business will have to follow suit."

Hogan is fully aware that his stance opens him up to charges of hypocrisy.

Critics argue he was the "poster boy" for steroids throughout much of his career and other wrestlers emulated him to get the same "main event" physique.

So isn't Hulk Hogan's plea to get steroids out of wrestling like George Bush calling for troops to leave Iraq?

The Hulkster replies: "I'm not trying to repent but I am being honest about my failings. I want youngsters to be educated.

"If I was 25 right now, coming into this business, I don't know what I'd be like in that locker room.

"But I know one thing. Wrestling needs to make sure everything is above board.

"So is it hypocritical of me? Yes.

"But is it hypocritical of me now in 2007? No. I think it's more like poetic justice.

"I've learned from being around, surviving and watching the many mistakes I and others made.

"I thank God I'm still alive!"

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I'm not sure I like his odds. After all, to force the WWE to change, they would have to compete with them. The only way I can see that happening though, is if Hogan Wrestling Entertainment (I don't know what the name of it will be) steals a lot of talent from the WWE. Some big name talent. And I guess stealing TNA's one or two good wrestlers would help them too.

It could be just like the days of WWF, WCW, and ECW. This is exciting.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Ball Rankings 8/12: Who's the current top WWE superstar?

RAW

  1. Randy Orton
  2. John Cena (Stays #2 because #3 and #4 both dropped out)
  3. Mr.Kennedy
  4. Umaga
  5. Carlito
Divas
  1. Melina
  2. Candice Michelle
  3. Mickie James
  4. Beth Pheonix
  5. Maria
ECW
  1. John Morrison
  2. CM Punk
  3. Stevie Richards
  4. The Miz
  5. Elijah Burke
Smackdown
  1. The Great Khali
  2. Batista
  3. Matt Hardy
  4. Hornswoggle
  5. MVP

The Return of Vince...

Source: WWE.com

This Monday night, live on Raw at 9/8 CT on USA Network, Mr. McMahon strikes back.

Also, when Raw went off the air last week, an infuriated WWE Champion John Cena was wiping apple and spit off his face and staring lasers into Carlito, who thanks to Randy Orton, got a pinfall victory over The Champ. The Caribbean Superstar, who had argued that he deserved to be the No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship, now seems to have further ammunition to his claim. But, will he have to feel the wrath of Cena, who could look for revenge for his humiliating defeat?

Will Cena have something in mind for Orton, who has taken pleasure in sending messages to the champion in the weeks before their SummerSlam showdown? Last week, Orton added another legend to his casualty list when he took Sgt. Slaughter to boot camp and hospitalized him with a punt to his cranium. What is Sarge’s medical update? And will yet another legend challenge Orton?

Another Superstar who made a powerful statement was Mr. Kennedy, who also wants to be recognized as the No. 1 contender to the WWE Championship. Kennedy did the nearly-impossible – put Bobby Lashley on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. How much will the loudmouth from Green Bay, Wis., boast about his latest conquest? And what is Lashley’s condition?

You can find out the answers to these questions and more by tuning in to Raw on Monday night at 9/8 CT on USA Network.

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Well... That should boost ratings a little.

Short Answer on Fixing WWE's Ratings

OK. So here is the problem. WWE has been having extremely (like ECW original extreme) low ratings. The set a new record for worst ratings Monday.

I think a lot of this problem has to do with Chris Benoit. I don't think many "casual" viewers were impressed with how the WWE handled the Chris Benoit situation. By that I mean they took no responsibility, and paid the price for it.


Now I'm not saying it is their fault, but I'm saying they should act like it is. I think that a different drug testing policy is in order. Along with harsher punishments for violating them. I think if the WWE were to issue a public statement saying they were changing their drug policy, it would go over very well.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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Poll: Do you like The Boogeyman's new look?

This is mostly to see if anyone will even vote in this, but here it goes.

Bobby Lashley Out...

Source: Rajah.com

WWE.com is reporting that Bobby Lashley will undergo surgery on his injured left shoulder next Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama under Dr. James Andrews. The severity of Lashley’s injury will not be known until the first surgical procedure is completed.

“They are going to do an arthroscopic evaluation of the left shoulder, that requires a small incision for the insertion of the scope,” Dr. Ferdinand Rios told WWE.com. “If it’s just cartilage or something that can be repaired easily, they will do so. If it is a complete rotator cuff [tear], then they’ll probably have to open [Lashley’s] shoulder up and repair it. “

According to Rios, the expected rehabilitation time for arthroscopic surgery is 6-8 weeks; however, if there is more extensive damage to Lashley’s shoulder he could be out for several months.

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Oh well. At least nobody important got hurt.

ECW Results/Thoughts

ECW was good last night... really good. It was probably the best ECW the WWE has put out in quite a while.

Tuesday night started out with John Morrison coming to the ring to make another speech. He did a really cool "shush" thing into the microphone, but he sounded high. Not how he was talking, just what he was saying. His big announcement was that he was going to continue doing the 15 Minutes of Fame, an idea I kind of like. He also made fun of Paris Hilton in this announcement. I have to say, it was a few weeks too late.

Then Morrison's inferior opponent came to the ring. He looked really strange. Morrison had an official come to the ring, Morrison delivered a low blow, the bell rang, and then Morrison won with a Corkscrew Neckbreaker. That move is one of the cooler in the WWE today.

After Morrison finished off the jobber he went on to say htat nobody deserves to be in the same ring as him. Then Tommy Dreamer comes out and says he wants to be ECW champion more then anything. Elijah Burke also came to the ring to say he deserved a title shot. After all of that CM Punk decides he wants to play too and tells Morrison that if he can't last 15 minutes in the ring with him, then he will never challenge him again. Morrison then decides to have a triple threat match where the winner gets a 15 Minutes of Fame match with Morrison.

The next match was Stevie Richards vs. Kevin Thorn. Although Stevie Richards got a cheap win, it was a very good match. Mostly one sided, but very violent. And although I don't have much to say about it, it was very good.

Also on the Extreme Agenda was Big Daddy V (with Matt Striker) vs. 3 jobbers. Boring match. Extreme one sided. Violent at times, gross at other. It started out though with 3 bad headbuts by Big Daddy V, but eventually got a little better. After the match though the Boogeyman made a return to ECW, this time with a new look. They took all of the yellow paint out of his face. I think it makes him look like he's wearing a mast, but it's cool. Very... "Boogey"...

After Extreme Expose danced around, The Miz came out. He had a match against non-other then Balls Mahoney. Obviously the WWE writers have been reading this blog. Also, it was a very nice transition from the Extreme Expose dancers to the match. During this match there was an amazing Nutcracker Sweet. Amazing. Brilliant even. But then they just had to go screw it up with the end. The move The Miz used to finish off Balls wasn't very high impact at all. Also, why are they letting The Miz win this match? What are they going to do? Give him a main event push? They shouldn't.

What the WWE should do instead is give Balls a main event push. Recently WWE had a poll on there website asking who was the true face of Extreme. The answer, by far, Balls Mahoney. He had almost 80%. I think Tommy Dreamer was 2nd with less then 10%.

Finally, the main event was awesome. CM Punk vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Elijah Burke. It was a great match. Burke did an awesome handstand. It was great.

Jeff Hardy's Absence No Big Deal?

Source: Rajah.com

There have been all kinds of rumors surrounding Jeff Hardy’s status with World Wrestling Entertainment. While we still do not have a 100% confirmation on anything, the following statement was posted by the webmaster of his official web site located at JeffNeroHardy.com:

Jeff sustained neck and back injuries from his fall on last weeks RAW (7/23/07). They (WWE) are giving him time off to heal.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Why HHH should not win the WWE Championship


OK. Here's the deal. All of the WWE rumors are saying that Randy Orton is going to win the WWE Championship from John Cena at SummerSlam. I'm OK with that. In fact, I think it should happen. The change needs to be made, because right now John Cena isn't as exciting as he used to be.

Rumors are from there that after HHH beats King Booker at SummerSlam, he's going to go on to beat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, possibly at Unforgiven?

Wouldn't that be exciting? HHH to become the WWE Champion. Only one problem with that. It's boring, and kind of expected. Even without the help of the internet it's kind of expected.

What I think the WWE should do, is that they should build it up like The Game is going to win this match. Have The Game hit him around with his hammer to build up, and have Randy Orton hold it. Then after that, keep The Game in the title hunt. At all times. Then eventually push a Randy Orton (C) vs. Mr. Kennedy title match for a PPV or something. But at the last minute (not literally last minute...) have The Game do something for Coach like take out a wrestler who has been a pain, or have The Game threaten Coach to get into the title match. Something like that.

So at the last minute it will become a triple threat match. Triple H vs. Randy Orton (C) vs. Mr. Kennedy. I put Mr. Kennedy in this match because he has great microphone skills, and is getting better in the ring every week. Especially Kennedy vs. Lashley. That was great.

So then Triple H can win the title from there. It would be great!

I say this as a fan of wrestling though. From a business standpoint though, it's probably just better to let Triple H build up his speed, and then win the belt. But everyone, even those who don't read wrestling blogs, will have seen it coming.

RAW Main Even 7/30, Carlito vs. John Cena (w/ Randy Orton)

I just though I would post this since I found it. It was a great match up until the ending. I don't usually like matches ending with outside interference.


Jeff Hardy gets sent Home/Umaga a Face

Source: Wrestling News World

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Jeff Hardy was sent home by WWE last night. The reason at this time is not known. Original reports from earlier today indicated that he was a no show. His program with Umaga has been dropped and it seems that Umaga will now be a face character

We will update you as more information becomes available.

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Umaga a face? Good idea. Even though it apparently wasn't the plan, I think it would be a good idea. Just because it would make things more interesting.

Best Hell in a Cell Match?

So I was on the forums the other day, and a thought came to me. What was the best Hell in a Cell match. I decided that I thought that 1998 Undertaker vs. Mankind was the best just because of all that Mick Foley went through that match. I started a new thread and asked the question. Here are some of the responses I got. Also, here is a link to the thread.

"dx vs mcmahons and big show."

"Between Taker vs Mankind and the 6-Man Armaggedon Hell in a Cell"

"The first ever Hell in a Cell at Bad Blodd in October 1997 between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker is still the best one ever for me and it will be hard for anyone to ever better it, both Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker were in their absolute prime back then and being two of the best ever and in their prime it will be so hard to better.

I think the Hell in a Cell between The Undertaker and Mankind is very overrated and only really remembered because of the two HUGE bumps that Mick Foley took during the match but the bumps apart it wasn't any better than Undertaker/Lesnar, Triple H/Foley or Shawn Michaels/Triple H in my opinion."

"
Yeah I have to say HHH/HBK cause of the amount of time they were in the cell for, just about an hour. I would say the top 5 look like this

1. HHH vs HBK
2. Taker vs HBK
3. HHH vs Cactus Jack
4. HHH vs Kevin Nash
5. Taker vs Mankind"

"
For me the best HIAC was Foley Vs HHH. It just had such a great deal of unpredictability and HHH was the best heel ever during that era, everyone wanted to see Foley win the gold."

So yea.... Very informed people I'm forum-ing with. Just thought I'd share.

RAW/Sorry for not Posting/What the Hell?!

There are currently two things I would like to address, then I will talk about RAW.

  1. I am sorry for not posting yesterday. I fell ill and didn't even get out of bed all day. In fact, I ended up recording RAW, and watching it today. I'm feeling a little better today, but I still took another sick day so I could watch RAW, and update you people on the current situation.
  2. What the Hell?! What happened?! I checked my blog's statistics today to see if it suffered much from not posting. Ha! Just the opposite! Instead I realize that I have gotten 300 unique visitors. For those who don't know, a unique visitor is one who hasn't viewed your site in the last 24 hours. So if everyone who is new to this blog post a comment, and tell me how you found this blog. That would be great. Thanks.
Now. To wrestling.

It started out with Carlito and his Cabana. Actually, it started out with John Cena, but was then disrupted by Carlito and his Cabana. Then that was interrupted by Mr. Kennedy. The return of Carlito's Cabana probably has something to do with maybe Carlito getting pushed from a mid-card to a main event wrestler.

A Diva's Tag Team Match was next. It ended with Maria getting pinned and Santino getting upset. Are they trying to make Santino into a heel? Are they going to make Maria go with him? Somehow I can't see Maria being a heel, but maybe that's just me.

After the commercial break, Santino was in the middle of the ring with a microphone complaining about the referees. Then Umaga came down, the referee made it a match. Santino got squashed. I was really surprised not to see Jeff Hardy in this match. I don't want to see the Umaga vs. Jeff Hardy story just go away.

Cody Rhodes vs. Daivari also happened Monday. Where was this Cody Rhodes during his Orton feud. He had a great powerslam. It was amazing. I had no idea he actually had talent. Maybe he could be useful on Smack Down...

Kennedy vs. Lashley was a great match. Maybe even best of the night. Lashley used a lot of his amateur wrestling background. Also, it's nice to see Kennedy win. He's got better mic skills then Lashley, so he probably is a lot more useful to them. Apparently Bobby Lashley was injured during that match though. That just sucks.

There was also King Booker vs. Jerry Lawler, Cryme Tyme vs. ???, and John Cena vs. Carlito. None of which too special.

Remember, Post your comments.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

No Way Out 2000: HHH vs. Cactus Jack

Yes, I've decided to start posting more videos. This should provide for hours of fun for you guys.

This is the one where Mick Foley breaks the ring.

WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008 Demo

Even though this guy sounds like he's never watched wrestling... this game looks good.





Big Cruiserweight News...

According to Wrestling News World... the Cruiserweight Championship may be getting pulled. Here is exactly what they said.

Talks of putting the WWE Cruiserweight title on Hornswoggle began back around the Judgment Day PPV. At one point, the plan was to have Hornswoggle win the championship, which would have meant the end of the title, with the plan being to bring the belt back sometime next year with a different name.
Exciting Stuff I'll say.

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