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WWE Talent Depth Is A Major Concern

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

Depth is once again a major concern for the WWE.  In my opinion, the biggest issue is that there are too many natural heels playing baby face.  Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns were chosen to take the lead as the next big faces of the company but they are out for some time and that’s created a huge void outside of John Cena at the top.  If there was ever a good time to hit the reset button, it’s now!

Here’s how I see things.  Big Show, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, Dean Ambrose and depending on the day, Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter should all be heels with Seth Rollins and Cesaro playing the up-and-coming baby faces.  Rollins is the guy who should be getting the main event push.  It’s not the easiest thing to make happen but here’s my reasoning for the changes.

I am fully aware that Ziggler has the skill set of a face but his attitude is one of a heel and a really good one at that.  The fans cheer him the way they do because he is an excellent worker who isn’t getting the credit or the booking he deserves.  It would not take a ..click here to read more

No CM Punk, No Daniel Bryan, No Roman Reigns: Who Steps Up in the WWE?

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

Like many other wrestling fans, I am at a loss over the lack of superstar talent in the WWE right now. The reuse of wrestling angles, the misguidance of the Authority program, the lack of a tag team division at the moment and the disrespect shown to Randy Orton has me scratching my head of late. Maybe that is why it is past 2 am and I am writing this to you now. Or maybe I need some hobby to keep interest past midnight like SLEEP.

The WWE is about to embark on what appears to be something new for John Cena. While there needs to be a new challenger to Brock Lesnar and the WWE World Title (Randy Orton), the 15-time WWE Champion twists in the wind, waiting for another destiny. With the crop of current talent that still includes Bray Wyatt, Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler, it will be the two of the younger minions in the company who will do battle with the WWE’s cash cow – John Cena.

Can both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose take the money maker over the edge?

As fans, we never want to see our favorite stars get injured and lose time ..click here to read more

NFL Week 4 Recap, 1st Quarter Quick Shot Analysis

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

Recap from Questions and Predictions for Week 4

The Lions go full dud against the Jets during the game, Jets win. – WRONG – The Lions controlled much of this game from the start and Geno Smith continues to underwhelm as an NFL Quarterback. Sunday was Smith’s 20th start of his career and although his career record isn’t that bad (9 wins, 11 losses) his other statistics are below par for the course for what it takes. Smith has a career completion percentage of 58% and combines that with 16 touchdowns and 26 interceptions as a NFL QB. Jets fans are rumbling for Michael Vick to take over the show in New York. I don’t think Vick starts against the Chargers next week but will finish the game.

Ryan Tannehill is not benched and starts, Dolphins defeat the Raiders. – RIGHT – The thought that the Dolphins were honestly considering the benching of Ryan Tannehill befuddled me all last week. Thankfully the Dolphins did start Tannehill and he helped lead them to a thrashing of a helpless Raider team. – Side note – If London does get an American Football team I hope they get better choices than the Raiders or Jaguars.

Bold ..click here to read more

Stone Cold Steve Austin Possibly Returning To The WWE

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

WWE fans are eagerly anticipating the return of one of its biggest stars. Stone Cold Steve Austin is rumored to be heading back and this news has led to all kinds of speculation regarding the future of the Texas Rattlesnake.

Dave Meltzer broke the news in recent Wrestling Observer Newsletters. While Meltzer isn’t guaranteeing anything, something is definitely in the works between Austin and the WWE.

“The company has told its distributors to go into heavy production of Austin merchandise, so expect him to return to television in some form, or for at least a renewed push of his merchandise.”

Nobody has been able to confirm or reveal anything specific regarding this news. The other interesting tidbit is that the WWE promoted Austin’s podcast on RAW a couple of weeks ago. What is interesting about that is they didn’t promote Chris Jericho’s who ironically had C.O.O. Triple H on for a fascinating two-part episode. The promotion of Austin’s podcast and the new merchandise are certainly not a coincidence.

So what would Steve Austin do in 2014 in the WWE? I think and this is all a guess, I think that Austin comes ..click here to read more

New Randy Savage WWE Documentary Synopsis Released

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

The WWE are taking another shot at telling the story of the late Macho Man Randy Savage. The WWE will be releasing a brand new video documentary in November on the former champion. A new synopsis reveals some of the details of this highly anticipated set.

This will be the second home video released on the deserving WWE Hall of Fame wrestler in the last several years. The WWE released a DVD on the late champion in 2009 entitled the WWE: Macho Madness – The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection. The DVD was not a documentary and served as nothing more than a collection of Savage matches and moments from both WWE and WCW. The new video release will instead focus on a 90 minute documentary chronicling Savage’s career. A new synopsis reveals more details about the upcoming release.

“OOOOHH YEEAAAH!!! WWE Fans, you have waited long enough!

Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage captivated the sports-entertainment world for over a quarter century. His glistening wardrobe, often-imitated cadence and grandiose style was outshined only by his virtuoso performances in the ring. Macho Man, with his gorgeous leading lady Miss Elizabeth, embodied the raging 80s in ..click here to read more

Cruz, McGregor, Zingano impress at UFC 178

September 29, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

On paper UFC 178 was spectacular. A former champ looked amazing, a current champ seems unbeatable, we have a Cowboy on a roll, and a Cat on top, and it wouldn’t be a UFC card without some controversy. Here are my lessons learned from UFC 178.

Flyweights Need Love Too

I say this every time one of the top flyweights is fighting and I will continue to say it until people get on board. If you can’t appreciate what the flyweights, Demetrious Johnson in particular, does inside the Octagon; you do not truly love the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. The best flyweights in the world are blazing fast, exceptionally technical and a ton of fun to watch fight. They embody what the sport of MMA is all about.

When DJ’s opponent was named we all stopped and said, who? Chris Cariaso is definitely not a household name but it’s hard to find challengers when the champion has pretty much cleaned out the division. Was Cariaso deserving of a title fight? That’s not my job to determine but it’s not going to stop me from watching a Mighty Mouse fight. There were reports from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas that ..click here to read more

WWE SmackDown Results and September 26 Recap

September 28, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Cesaro challenges for the WWE intercontinental championship and the Big Show goes one on one with Rusev on this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown.

MATCH 1: THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN MIZDOW) VS. DEAN AMBROSE Ambrose ducks a clothesline, then swings for the fences, causing Miz to bail to the floor. Back in, they lock up, and Ambrose hits a hip throw, into a standing side headlock. He follows up with a shoulder off the ropes, then counters a kneelift with a schoolboy for 2. Miz bails to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Miz clobbers Ambrose with a double axe handle from behind, then stomps him down. Ambrose blocks a hiptoss, misses a right, and Miz bails once more. Ambrose heads out and chases Miz back in, then tackles him down before peppering him with rights. Ambrose goes for his modified Regal Stretch, then grinds Miz’s face into the mat. Back up, Ambrose nails a chop, then grinds his forearm into Miz’s face in the corner before stomping him. Miz comes back with a punch, then hits a sloppy Reality Check for 2. Miz stomps Ambrose down once more, but Ambrose comes back with a seated dropkick that sends Miz outside. Ambrose ..click here to read more

Fantasy Football Week 4 Sleepers

September 26, 2014 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Now that the bye weeks have officially arrived, it is time to identify some sleepers to target either from the waiver wire or your own bench. There are some interesting and unlikely options available that prevent your team from suffering the bye week blues.

Once again I try to go for the not-so obvious players here. I like to find the sleepers that have great matchups, a proven history, and are real bargains you can either find off of the waiver wire, your bench, or in the bargain bin of weekly fantasy games. So with that said here are a few guys that you won’t see at the top of anyone’s Start/Sit list and that is a good thing if you are looking for some sneaky plays.

For consistency purposes I will once again use the ESPN consensus FF rankings as my baseline.

Let’s take a look at how my projected sleepers panned out last week.

I think I did much better last week with my sleeper picks. Now I’ll be the first to admit my tight end recommendations sucked! But, if you listened to my sleepers you wound up using two guys that wound up ..click here to read more

Randy Orton: The WWE Shows No Respect for the Viper

September 26, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

You could make a list of wrestlers in the WWE who have been most affected by both the injury to Daniel Bryan and the recent news that Roman Reigns will be out for months following emergency hernia surgery. When you weed through the bushes and check and cross check the roster, no one is more affected by these changes than Randy Orton.

For the first time, in a long time, I find myself defending the WWE’s most underrated and most problematic heel.

Orton is in no man’s land in terms of opponents, title contention and a future than remains uncertain. How the mighty fall quickly when the other walls holding up the structure begin to crumble.

The best way out of this is to create potential tension within the Authority, which could lead to a character change (again) and a feud with Brock Lesnar. There is no doubt Orton is a centerpiece to build around, not an addition or afterthought. The idea he is cleaning up for Seth Rollins (as is Kane) shows the company (Triple H, especially) is losing some marbles and are shortsighted in a long-range plan.

Also, could Orton turn on his current band mates and fill the role left by ..click here to read more

Roman Reigns’ Hernia Surgery May Be Best For Business

September 26, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns is one of the most popular stars in WWE…and like several other stars (Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett for example), he is now on the shelf for the immediate future.

In case you missed the segment explaining Reigns’ situation that has been playing on all WWE programming since it happened, Roman Reigns had to have emergency hernia surgery the day before Night Of Champions while in Nashville, TN.

He’s been performing with a hernia for quite a while, but it finally got to the point of being too painful and requiring surgery. He’s not going to be out for 4-6 weeks according to doctors, and possibly longer due to the severity of his hernia.

Though some of his most diehard fans and surely some of the backstage brass are freaking out at this development, Reigns being injured may actually be a very good thing.

It may, as they say, actually be “Best for Business.”

Why?

Well, several reasons:

1) The Forced Push

Roman Reigns was getting too hot too fast. Remember the “Die Rocky Die!” chants sent towards the Rock in the late 90’s? They happened while Rocky Maivia was getting his babyface push and the crowd didn’t accept him.

At first the crowd cheered Rocky. But ..click here to read more

Dana White Blasts Gina Carano For Failed UFC Deal

September 25, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

After telling fans the biggest WMMA Super Fight in history was all but ready to go, Dana White has once again let another one slip away. Gina Carano isn’t coming to the UFC after all and the UFC president isn’t happy about it.

Here we have another case of Dana White teasing fans with a Super Fight that was never going to happen. Whether it was Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre, Silva vs. Jon Jones, and now Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey, the big super fights continue to elude the UFC and MMA fans.

Rumors were in the air that a Carano vs. Rousey fight was all but signed and ready to take place on the same card with Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier. Over the last several months White has guaranteed that Carano would be coming to the UFC. White was telling reporters three weeks ago that the deal was done with the exception of one snag! Let’s take a look at some of White’s teases over the last few months.

“She’s going to come back when she wants to sign,” Dana was asked about Ronda vs. Gina he replied “I’d do Ronda and Gina.” – ..click here to read more

Rumored WWE Hell in a Cell 2014 Card and Matches

September 25, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Early indications following WWE Night of Champions is that Hell in a Cell would see a Triple Threat match in the main-event. A new report indicates a different direction and a card that makes little to no sense coming out of N.O.C.

Dave Meltzer broke the story on his latest F4WOnline.com podcast. Meltzer reports something of a tournament-style card to headline Hell in a Cell. According to the Meltz, John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose will likely open up the special event. The winner of the match would then wrestle Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell later that night while the loser would wrestle Randy Orton in a different Hell in a Cell match.

Come again?

My reaction is probably the same as yours. That card makes very little sense to me. Now it should be noted that Meltzer reports that this card is not finalized, yet these are the current plans on the books. I can only hope that someone has enough sense to change the card otherwise you are looking at another can-miss event which is becoming more of the norm for the WWE in 2014.

Meltzer also reported that ..click here to read more