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Daniel Bryan’s Career In Serious Jeopardy

October 31, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Pro wrestling’s Cinderella story of 2014 may not have a happy ending. A recent reports suggests that Daniel Bryan will miss an extended amount of time due to surgery. Even worse, Bryan’s absence could be indefinite.

Dave Meltzer broke the story in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer. Meltzer has been right out front in recent months with Bryan reports and updated. Meltzer’s latest update is a big punch in the gut to Bryan fans that were holding out hope for a miracle. According to Meltzer, Bryan’s future is in major question.

“We were told there is no timetable for his return nor a guarantee he will return. There have been reports that he’s going to get Tommy John surgery, an elbow procedure common among baseball pitchers, which has a long recovery time. WWE officially has been quiet about his situation publicly but wrestlers have talked about him needing major elbow surgery.”

That is just devastating news. According to Meltzer on a past podcast, Bryan could have had surgery months ago. Doctors told Bryan he should hold out and give therapy a try before opting for surgery. The therapy didn’t work and Bryan will now have to have surgery. The ..click here to read more

Ryback Revisited: Will WWE’s Big Guy Make it This Time?

October 31, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Ryback made his comeback to WWE on the October 27 edition of Monday Night Raw. The Big Guy made his surprising return to the company against Bo Dallas, who he promptly squashed and left for dead. Bray Wyatt’s baby brother didn’t stand a chance and as Ryback stood there flexing over him, it occurred to me; he’s over.

Wow. Just like that, huh? Well, isn’t that something? Isn’t it something that the guy so many fans wrote off as just a cheap Goldberg clone, a failed WWE experiment, was actually getting a pop when the last time they saw him, he was a heel?

Oh and to make matters even more interesting; no one chanted Goldberg’s name this time. So what happened? What made the same crowd that booed and hissed Ryback now decide that he was worth their time? Honestly, I don’t know and I don’t much care.

The only thing I care about is that Ryback has another chance and this time WWE needs to get it right. This guy can be a star; there is no doubt about that. Despite how many fans didn’t like him the first time around, I don’t know of anyone that didn’t feel he was ..click here to read more

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WWE: Bryan Injury, Punk Deal and Other Thoughts

October 31, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

How will the WWE deal with news that Daniel Bryan will need more surgery on his already surgically repaired neck that will still sideline the superstar indefinitely? The latest Daniel Bryan news has the WWE and its fans wondering when Bryan will get back in the ring.

The former WrestleMania headliner went out with an injury this past summer. He ended up having a very low risk neck surgery that would allow him to get issues repaired. Surgeons found a few problems, but they were able to help Bryan with the issue. The problem was that this surgery seemed to cause Bryan an issue with his UCL.

The Ulnar Collateral Ligament is a big part of one’s arm. It helps us in picking things up, and when damaged, it can affect our strength and motion in our arm. The best and really only surgery to have for this issue is Tommy John Surgery. The surgery is popular among baseball pitchers who throw out their arm. Bryan had issues with his UCL more than he should have after the surgery so doctors, who didn’t want to put Bryan through another surgery, sent him to physical therapy where he ..click here to read more

John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries WWE DVD Review

October 30, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that John Cena has been involved in most of the biggest feuds in this modern-day era of WWE. A new DVD and blu-ray release chronicles his ten best in John Cena’s Greatest Rivalries.

This new home video release is a quasi-documentary/match collection offering the best of both in spots, yet leaving viewers wanting a little more in others. The format of the DVD features the 15-time WWE champion breaking down his greatest rivalries, one rival at a time which then cuts to a match or series of matches between the two. The collection spans three discs so you will be getting plenty of John Cena if you are looking to add a little more Cena to your video collection.

Unlike the documentary DVDs, Cena doesn’t get into much detail with each rivalry, just offering a brief synopsis with some analysis from the future Hall of Fame superstar. Unfortunately you probably won’t learn much new or get in on any backstage dirt but that was not the intent of the DVD. It was presented like a Top 10 collection you’d see on the NFL Network with players talking about topics sandwiched between highlights, although ..click here to read more

Seth Rollins’ Money in the Bank Contract is not Helping his Bottom Line

October 30, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Remember when a guy won Money in the Bank and all we could talk about was when exactly he would cash it in? Let’s face it, that briefcase was one of the most intriguing concepts that WWE had come up with in years; it was a guaranteed talking point and conversation topic basically everyday among fans. Ah, those were the days. What happened to them? That’s easy; Seth Rollins happened to them.

Before anyone goes all Alicia Fox on me, rest assured that I am not trying to throw Seth under the bus here, far from it. In fact I am one of those guys that happen to believe he will become one of the finest technicians that WWE has ever known.

He’s not there yet, of course. Two years is too soon to make that sort of proclamation. But with enough time and enough work, there is every reason to believe that Seth could become one of Vince McMahon’s elite one day.

But that briefcase is not helping his cause any. In fact, it’s become the albatross around his neck. Why is that, exactly? It’s certainly not anything that is coming from ..click here to read more

NFL 2014-15 Mid-Season Report

October 30, 2014 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

After a week away from my computer, I am excited to be back and writing about the (gulp) midseason report for the NFL. Where has the time gone? Since the start of this season we have gone from the Seattle Seahawks being the start of a dynasty to being the NFL model for dysfunctional teams. We have seen fans in New England cry for Tom Brady’s head only to be met with a 6-2 record and a 9-1 touchdown vs interception ratio. The New Orleans Saints were big Superbowl favorites but haven’t won one game outside of New Orleans and are a below .500 team at the midway point. The AFC North is the tightest division in football with all 4 teams having records ABOVE .500. How’s this for perspective? The Cleveland Browns are LAST in the AFC North at 4-3. If they were in the NFC South they would be LEADING the division right now.

Before we dive into things let’s recap my predictions from 2 weeks ago and bring me up to date on for some mid-season standings.

My Guess: Colts go over on the Bengals. – RIGHT

Bold Prediction for Week 7: Chiefs over the Chargers. – RIGHT

Guaranteed Lock for ..click here to read more

NFL 2014-15 Q2 Report and Review

October 30, 2014 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

It is that point in the 2014-15 NFL season, where the first eight weeks of the season are gone. It seems like September is a distant memory. We’re at the point where teams are starting to show what kind of teams they are. Fans and media types get a better picture of how teams will be, as far as a playoff run, and will also get to re-evaluate their earlier evaluation of teams and players, as perhaps some teams were not as good or as bad as first thought. So much has gone on this season on different teams, that it’s amazing that half the 2014-15 NFL Season is gone. As the band Bon Jovi would sing, “Whoooaaaaa. We’re halfway there, and there are some teams that are already, as the song continues, “living on a prayer.” ( http://youtu.be/lDK9QqIzhwk)

During the first half of the 2014-15 NFL season, we saw teams being buried and resurrected (New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers) by the experts. Teams are being crowned Super Bowl Champion(s) prematurely (defending champion Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos ). Some teams have their seasons by a thread, and will need a ..click here to read more

10 of the Scariest Pro Wrestlers from the 1980s

October 29, 2014 By: Category: lists, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Halloween is the time of year where many of us get dressed up in our scariest costumes in an attempt to invoke fear and terror among the masses. Well back in the 1980s, Halloween was 365 days a year in pro wrestling and here are ten scary pictures from that era to prove it.

Pro wrestling has changed a lot since the 1980s. Lost are the days of the character, the monster, ugly heels that used to spread terror to territories around the country. Today most of these old school monsters would probably be laughed off of WWE RAW but in the 1980s, kids believed and it was a big deal.

I was one of those kids and I remember spending many afternoons at newsstands thumbing through wrestling magazines in awe of these villains. Some scared me, some made me laugh, but all were fun to look at. Here are ten iconic images of wrestling’s great heels that are some of the scariest from the 1980s.

Wild SamoansThe Wild Samoans - These two guys struck so much terror into my life that I haven’t turned pro wrestling off in over thirty years. My first wrestling memory ..click here to read more

Gimmicks in a Cell

October 29, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Going into this past Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, it was a forgone conclusion that Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, inside the cell, would be the match of the night…hell, it would be match of the year. As the cage lowered, a friend of mine who was giddy with glee stated, “There is no way this match can suck” and I replied “Of course not, unless they gimmick the hell out of the match.” Well, that’s exactly what WWE did with their main event.

Main-stream professional wrestling is all about variety and spectacle. The Orton/Cena match was a competitive back-and-forth contest with both men looking to put the final stamp on their decade-long feud. Rollins/Ambrose had to be something different, violent and spectacular. Ambrose climbing to the top of the cage and demanding that Rollins join him only increased our already heightened anticipation for this match. Then, under the orders of Rollins, Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble made the trek to the top of the cell. That was the first sign that gimmickry was afoot.

Later on, Ambrose and Rollins would take the prerequisite bump through the commentators table. We looked on as the ..click here to read more

Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton Face Turn and Other WWE Thoughts

October 29, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I have to hand it to the creative team that put together Monday Night Raw. For the first time in ages, I was engaged and excited about the program, the matches and the dialogue.

Randy Orton stole the show early on, Dolph Ziggler and Dean Ambrose kept the momentum rolling and when we all needed a solid dismount, John Cena and Seth Rollins killed it.

That, my friends, is how you kick off Raw after a pay-per-view event. And now – on to Survivor Series. The WWE did a great job on Sunday night of making matches that were entertaining and mattered to the current state of the company and by doing so, it created something we really have not seen in quite a while – DRAMA.

Every match with the exception of the Bo Dallas-Mark Henry and Sheamus-Miz matches, everything was a solid “B” or “A” on the card. Maybe Triple H found some of Vince McMahon’s stroke and dipped back into the time machine and found the formula for building great pay-per-view events.

And while we are on the subject of building greatness, has anyone noticed the WWE is creating the rebirth (again) of Dolph Ziggler as a major star to be ..click here to read more

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 9

October 28, 2014 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

For the second week in a row I have woken up Tuesday morning a loser by one point. By now I should be hitting my midseason stride instead of wondering whether or not I need to replace Vincent Jackson. I hope your weekend was better than mine. In the event that your weekend sucked as well, here are some options that might improve you position.

Quarterback:

Michael Vick, New York Jets – Hear me out. As a forgiving Falcons fan I am always excited to see Vick get a chance to succeed. Looks like the man who got a 2nd chance in Philly is getting a 3rd chance in NY. Yes, he turns the ball over and he isn’t going to stay healthy. However he does have Harvin, a receiver who should have a better grasp of the offense, he has a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove he can still start at this level and he did average over 10 yards per carry on Sunday. When facing the options of Austin, Hoyer, or Bortles maybe Vick gets another chance with you as well.

Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills- We get a few of these guys on here every week. Why is ..click here to read more

A Tale of Two WWE Cage Matches

October 28, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Can a band release more ‘Greatest Hits’ compilations than actual new studio material? You can if you’re Randy Orton and John Cena. Both Orton and Cena are far more capable performers than their exhausted detractors would care to admit, but it’s a case of too much, too often for the duo.

Their lengthy Hell in a Cell match was preceded by a nearly-as-stretched video package, making a case for their ‘rivalry’ being among the all-time greats in WWE’s annals. Granted, it may have also been a subliminal commercial for the Network’s “Rivalries” series that debuts this week, and I’d argue it served better as advertising than as stating of legitimate fact.

The most solidified roots of Cena vs. Orton really date back to about 2007, with only a few notable occurrences: Orton attacking Cena’s father (in both 2007 and 2013, the latter presented as fresh and neoteric), Orton pinning Cena in a WrestleMania triple threat match, a forgettable game of ‘catch’ with the WWE Title in late 2009, and the World Title unification in 2013. In all, their prolongated issue lacked the sort of twists and definable incidences of feuds past.

That’s in part because their characters have never grown. Cena has been ..click here to read more