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Why Cesaro Needs To Join The Authority

Full disclosure: Cesaro is my favorite and I want the very best for him. I am as biased as it gets for this guy. He is amazing and deserves everything and more from this company.

cesaro-triple-h-guyWhen Cesaro became a Paul Heyman Guy after Wrestlemania, I was excited. We all were excited. Despite every non-Brock Lesnar Paul Heyman Guy not really working out (and I'm including CM Punk here), we were excited. It made perfect sense. This was the guy that had everything you look for in a WWE Superstar, but was missing that one thing to push him over the top. Paul Heyman was going to be that thing. Cesaro was going to be Heyman's One Man Dangerous Alliance and he was going to take the ball and run away with it. I knew it, we all knew it and then...

It went to shit.

I've heard theories tons of theories as to why. Vince doesn't like him, WWE was just using him to keep Heyman on TV and Lesnar fresh in everyone's minds and even that he would've gotten a big push if it wasn't for Daniel Bryan's injury ruining everyone's plans. Whatever the reason, it doesn't matter now because it's done. The Heyman thing didn't work out.

Then one day we were given hope. Cesaro went back into Triple H's office and told him that he wasn't a Paul Heyman Guy anymore because he was a Triple H Guy. This had potential. This was something he could really sink his teeth into and take the ball and run away with it. This was going to be his thing and then...

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WWE: Please/Don’t Come Back

With the current state of TNA combined with WWE's losses of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, now could be a good time for some former stars to make their way back to Vince McMahon's Playhouse.

Personally, I'm a guy who prefers to see who is next. I want Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville and Tyler Breeze to get that call and start doing big things, but I also realize that's not how the game works. Cesaro got that call years ago and he's still hitting his head on the glass ceiling. Adam Rose got that call and he makes me wish he never did. The Wyatt Family got the call and things went south so quickly that they are basically re-starting them from scratch. The WWE main event scene, for whatever reason, only has room for a few guys to make the leap at once, but former established stars? There's tons of room for them.

There is value in that. There's a reason that WWE brings people back all the time. People you recognize from the past help lapsed fans figure out how to rank new guys. (Can good wrestling, announcers who promote and valuable titles do that too? Of course! But why do that?) People from the past can help guys from now seem more important. (Just look at Dolph Ziggler and Fandango.) Most importantly, people from the past can breathe some life into a stale product. Tired of Kane and Randy Orton in the main event every week? Here's Kurt Angle. Tired of Triple H burying The Miz? Here's Jeff Hardy.

That's the thing, though. Guys can come back, but that doesn't mean it will be good. It could be good, it could be stale or it could be worse. There's no way to know, but I'm going to try and figure it out with a simple system I call...


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Five Things I Never Want To See On WWE Again

dean-ambrose-ketchup-mustardDuring Raw this week Dean Ambrose came to the ring with a hot dog cart and ketchup and mustard holstered to his belt. He sprayed ketchup and mustard all over Randy Orton and Kane before charging with the hot dog cart. It was something that could've easily been on a list like this in my mind just a few months ago. It was dumb, but there was something about it (Dean Ambrose) that made it cool (Dean Ambrose) and not the worst thing ever. Still, food fights are one of those things that have always been apart of WWE and probably always will. In the grand scheme of things they are mostly harmless and kids probably like them, so whatever.

However, there are certain things that happen on WWE television that are the worst. Things that make you embarrassed as a wrestling fan, things that make you turn off the TV and things that make you loudly complain (on the internet). These aren't booking mistakes or storytelling issues. This is anti-entertainment crap. These are the things that WWE should never, ever, ever put on TV again. Read more

Sami Zayn to The Shield, Please

sami-zaynThe Shield as we know it is gone. Seth Rollins hooked up with Triple H and the greatest trio in the history of WWE is gone. For a group of dudes who basically never smiled they sure did steal a lot of happiness from the world with their break up. We don't really know what is going to happen from here. Is it time for Ambrose and Reigns to go out on their own? Will Triple H move into the Flair role of Evolution? Is Rollins going to be the new corporate champion? Is Batista going to come back and team with The Shield?

We don't know. We don't know anything. This is all new. This is fresh and for the first time since Wrestlemania there is intrigue in what might happen in the future of WWE. It's exciting and there is a lot of cool possibilities that they will probably screw up, but right now there are tons of possibilities and there is one I'd like WWE to explore more than any other - adding Sami Zayn to The Shield. Please. Read more

The Magic of Wrestlemania

danielbryanxxxI flew home from New Orleans on Tuesday. A day after Raw, two days after Wrestlemania and a million years from WWE Battleground, and the buzz has not stopped. I have not come down. I am still feeling the ultimate high of Wrestlemania XXX. I wish I could do it all over. I wish I could go back in time and spend hundreds more dollars to sit a few rows closer. To be a bigger part of it, so I could feel even more of what I already do. Wrestlemania XXX is a drug that I wish I could do every day for the rest of my life.

But it's not a drug I can do every day or even one more time. It was one day, a little over four hours of one day, that is gone and will always be gone. Sure, I can watch it again on the WWE Network and buy the DVD and everything else, but it'll never be like it was that day. It will remind me of that moment, but I'll never live that moment again. It was truly epic. Wrestling is the best.

My road to Wrestlemania started way back when New Orleans was announced as the host city. I distinctly remember being at a friend's house for Wrestlemania XXIX and saying that I wouldn't be at their house next year because I would be in New Orleans. I was right, but before that there was many conversations between myself and my girlfriend and myself and my friends that went like this:

Are you going? Should we go?
Well, I want to go.
Me too. Okay, let's go.
I'm not sure.
Yeah me neither.

Classic procrastination and worries about money. That was it, but by August we had made the decision. We were going. I booked a hotel room. Two months later I bought flights which was basically the soonest Southwest would let me buy a flight for April. We waited and waited until the Wrestlemania pre-sale and then we bought tickets the morning they went on sale so we could sit together, all seven of us. My girlfriend and I saved thousands of dollars to make this the trip of a lifetime. We feared the worst when Batista won the Rumble, but we tried to stay positive. We tried to believe that when the day finally came that this would be one of the great all-time Wrestlemanias. And you know what? Read more

Paul London is my Hero (of the Prophecy)

paullondonThere is a lot going on in the wrestling world right now - Chikara is back, WWE Network, Wrestlemania season, an indies renaissance, Cesaro taking over the world and releasing the greatest shirt in professional wrestling history - but few things have been as exciting and original as PAUL LONDON: HERO OF THE PROPHECY.

In what I can only assume is a story based on true events Paul London is the Hero of the Prophecy and is the only one who can defeat an evil wizard with a mysterious artifact. Paul is transported to another world where he teams with the resistance (a warrior-ess and an owl faced wizard) to train for his fight with the evil wizard. It's Paul London in a space wizard action comedy and it is the best thing.

This is what happens when pro wrestlers set out to do something creatively that is not pro wrestling and it totally works. The Chikara Ashes videos were good, but they were missing some of that "Chikara magic" (probably because they were so serious). In this Paul London takes the Wrestler In A Non-Wrestling Story to a whole other level and the results are awesome. While genre-wise this won't be for everyone (which is good because good stuff isn't for everyone), this does set a great template for wrestlers doing great things outside of wrestling by flexing their creative muscles. Paul London teamed with his brother Jonathan and William Bibbiani to create this Edgar Wright-esque tribute to 80's sci-fi and fantasy sword and sorcery films and it works. It really works. I hope it gets picked up for six seasons and a movie.

I'm excited to see where this goes and I'm even more excited to see how others attempt to follow in London's footsteps. I think wrestling fans want to support wrestlers in things outside of wrestling. Why else would Fozzy sell so many albums? I love Paul London so I support this. Simple. This video should be a message to all the other wrestlers out there: if you have something you are passionate about, do it. You don't have to kill yourself in the ring always and forever. Not anymore. Find some cool people to work with and do it. Be creative. The audience will find you.

Rebirth of Chikara and its many questions

archie-tdOn May 25th, 2014, exactly 12 years after their first show, Chikara is back. This is good news. No, this is great news. For the wrestling fan who has found their love of wrestling in the eight months without Chikara this couldn't have come a day sooner. As WWE fails to understand the wants of their most dedicated fans and TNA continues to fail to understand the basic idea of good business, the return of Chikara is the greatest thing. I can't wait for Chikara to return.

Which isn't to say that it is all sunshine and roses. At the end of the long eight months I find myself with more questions than answers. I know that this was designed, that this was a story and that Chikara had to tell this story to get to where they wanted to go. I know all of this, but I still have one question: why?

Before we get further into that let's catch everyone up with the story and how we got here: Read more

The Daniel Bryan backlash is WWE’s fault

Daniel Bryan Yes CageI'm sure there have been times in the history of professional wrestling that a company has botched a story as badly as WWE is botching the Daniel Bryan story, but it sure doesn't feel like it right now. People are mad. Really mad. I have tickets to four WWE events in the next two months (including Wrestlemania and the Raw after) and I don't even feel like going. Let me reiterate that point: I DON'T WANT TO GO TO THE BIGGEST SHOW AND MOST FUN SHOW OF THE YEAR. This is absolute insanity and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

There are a lot of reasons for the malaise surrounding people's feelings about WWE, but the biggest one has to be Daniel Bryan and his storyline. For whatever reason the WWE decided that isn't what they want to do and it has completely ruined things for many fans. Batista coming back was something that threw a wrench in the mix, but it shouldn't have ruined things quite to this level. The Wrestlemania rumors at this point are terrible and fans are unhappy. WWE doesn't seem to be listening and we're nearing a breaking point for many people. Why is this happening? How did we get here? Read more

CM Punk quits WWE, machine wins again

I am a big fan of the CM Punk DVD Best in the World. I think it's the best thing WWE has ever produced and it's not really all that close. It's inspiring, it's entertaining and it tells CM Punk's story the exact way that it should be told. Which is to say that it climaxes with the pipebomb and ends with him holding the WWE title. In the movie, he wins. The undergcmpunkrockround overcame the machine and he became The Guy. It's how his story should've ended.

Unfortunately, as we've seen time and time again you can change WWE for a day, or a month, but WWE will never truly change. Vince McMahon and Triple H are tied to the idea of "larger than life" characters who are big guys with big muscles who they think make people stop when flipping channels and say "who's that?" This idea has worked for them for a long time (I guess) and Punk much like Bryan now doesn't fit that idea. Why they never think that people flipping channels wouldn't say "hey who is that guy that the crowd is absolutely losing their shit for?" and stick around, I don't know. How they don't realize that basically every channel has someone with big muscles now or that the fanbase that they do have has money that spends just as well, I don't know either.

This is a sad reality. The wrestling fans love wrestlers who are good and the people in charge of the wrestlers like bodybuilders, but we're not here to talk about that. We're here to talk about how CM Punk won. CM Punk climbed to the highest top that he was allowed to climb to and stayed there for a modern day record. His reign honestly kind of sucked, but he did it. He turned too soon because WWE is scared of the idea of there being a 1A to Cena's 1 and he was forced to change his character in a way that made him less like the guy that everyone loved in the first place, but he did it. He got everything he said he wanted: souvenir cups, PPV posters, guest spots on TV shows. He made it. No matter what happens afterwards there is nothing WWE or anyone can do to take away the Best in the World DVD.
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Where WWE really went wrong with the 2014 Royal Rumble

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If it is, I'm here for you. You're right that was a pretty crappy thing for WWE to do. I mean, they never even announced Daniel Bryan for the Rumble, but they also never did that thing where Triple H was all mean and told him he wouldn't be. He just wasn't which made it seem like he would be, but then he wasn't and it was the worst. Let's just settle down and we can all look at this rationally.

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If so, I'm here for you too. Things do seem very same-old, same-old right now. I ordered a Royal Rumble in 2005 hoping that Batista would win and now here we are nine years later and he is winning another one that I prayed he would not. What a difference a decade makes.

Let's just stop and think about this for a second:

At the Royal Rumble Daniel Bryan....

  • Had the best match of the night
  • Absolutely made Bray Wyatt look like a serious threat, enough of a threat that he is now Cena-worthy
  • Stole the show, both with his match and even more so with his absence from the Rumble match
  • Made the internet explode

That's not bad for a guy who is being buried, that's almost like a guy who isn't being buried at all... wait, what? Stick with me here. Read more

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