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Seth Rollins Talks CM Punk

December 19, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Seth Rollins has quickly become something of a spokesman for the WWE. Rollins is popping up in more and more media interviews and you knew it was only a matter of time before he was asked about WWE public enemy #1, CM Punk.

Rollins has transitioned smoothly into a must-get for journalists hoping to snag a WWE superstar for their radio show or newspaper. Rollins in a short time frame has become something of a voice for the WWE, offering honest, thoughtful, and entertaining interviews to fans and media alike. This is probably why it didn’t take him long to get asked about his former foe, CM Punk.

It has been less than a month since Punk delivered his biggest pipe bomb yet on Colt Cabana’s podcast. Punk ripped the WWE and specifically went out of his way to embarrass Ryback. While Vince McMahon told Steve Austin he’d love to have Punk back, what do the other wrestlers think? How would he be treated by the locker room? Glenn More and Steve Guy asked Rollins about just that.

I don’t see why not. He’s a self-admitted jerk, first of all. And if you listen to his podcast, he didn’t say that he was in a great mood the last few months that he was there. He admitted how grumpy he was and how much of a jerk he was, even more than he already is. I think we would welcome him back. I’m not to hold too much grudges. I think everyone deserves a second chance; an opportunity to redeem themselves. I would welcome him back. I’m sure he would face some resentment, as far as the locker room is concerned. But guys get over that stuff pretty quick. I think if it was best for business, yeah, I would be open to it for sure.

Rollins was talked about how Punk left and whether he’d do the same thing.

I think it could have handled better, probably, on both sides. And I think down the road, people involved will say the same thing. But as much as I don’t necessary agree with the way he left, I think I understand, mentally, where he was. This business can take a toll on you. You travel a lot. You get beat up a lot. There’s a lot of frustration that’s involved and mentally, over time, that can wear on you. It can put you in place where you’re a different person. And when you’re not happy with who you are and the person you want to be, you gotta take a step back. You gotta look at things outside the bubble a little bit. I think that’s what he did and I think he realized that he needed to take a step back and see what was going on. And if he didn’t like it, then he can move on. I think they agreed to disagree. Like I said, could have been handled differently from a public relations standpoint on both sides. I think once the dust settles, everything will feel itself out and it should be alright.

Finally he was asked about Punk going to the UFC. Rollins has positive thoughts on that as well.

Good for him. Kudos to Punk for finding himself something to do after WWE. He’s made a big splash over the last few weeks between his podcasts and signing with UFC. I wish him the best of luck. I really hope that he has as much success there as he has here. I think it will be very interesting for him to try something new. He’s only been a pro wrestler since he was 18 years old. For him, at his age, to step out of his comfort zone and try something new is pretty admirable and I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.

If you were expecting Rollins to come out and rip Punk you were mistaken. Rollins is a Punk fan yet I am not quite sure if he will be as welcomed back as he thinks without a public apology to the Big Guy.

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TNA Wrestling Make A Big Run At Former WWE Champion

December 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

TNA Wrestling are making moves. A couple of days after announcing a new day and time for their TV show, the company is aggressively pursuing the hottest free agent in pro wrestling and he could be coming to Impact in 2015.

Dave Meltzer in the newest Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that TNA are making a hard run at the former Alberto Del Rio, now known as El Patron. According to Meltzer, the company reportedly offered Patron $400,000 a year to come to TNA. Former WWE producer and now head writer over at TNA, John Gaburik is pushing hard to get him in. The deal on the table is for one-year.

Meltzer also reports that Patron has not signed the deal. According to Meltzer, the hold ups are money and exclusivity. TNA would either have to pony up more money or drop their exclusivity clause in order to sign Patron. The negotiations could move in either direction before the end of the year, although that is yet to be determined.

Patron just recently announced a series of dates with Ring of Honor wrestling. Patron also has a big guaranteed money deal on the table from El Rey according to Meltzer. There is a strong demand in pro wrestling for a Latin superstar. That is why the WWE paid so highly to bring Patron over several years ago and give him the big Alberto Del Rio push.

One interesting aspect of this story is that Patron has been getting offers from MMA groups. Bellator reportedly has made Patron a big offer to come fight for their organization. This is much different than CM Punk in that Patron has a strong amateur wrestling pedigree and has fought in MMA before. Patron has reportedly received offers from other companies and is weighing his options.

What is most interesting to me about this story is that TNA has $400,000 to play with. We have heard countless stories about reduced budgets and impending cuts with the Destination America deal. While that may be true, this is certainly an indication of something much different. I am curious as to whether their television partner would be helping with these negotiations because it seems odd that a company rumored to be in financial distress could afford such a high-ticket free agent.

Patron is probably worth the investment. If TNA can use Patron to break through the Latino market and bring more eyes from that fan base to the product, well then he is worth every penny. I am real curious as to whether the WWE tries to make a big play to bring him back. We all know how his last run went down, but money talks. With CM Punk in the headlines signing with the UFC and rumors of Brock Lesnar leaving, the WWE may have to suck it up here and cut off its competition by bringing Patron back. Patron doesn’t sound like a guy with any interest in going back yet again, money talks and it is pro wrestling.

It’s a good time to be Elllllllllllllllllllllllll Patron!

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Dolph Ziggler Says He Wants To Be The Man In The WWE

December 18, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Dolph Ziggler has become something of a people’s WWE champion on social media. Fans on social media want Ziggler to be the man and according to a new interview with the intercontinental champ, they may get that wish.

Ziggler sat down with Michael Cole for an interview on WWE.com. The new champion has never been shy about his desires to be a top guy in the WWE. A number of circumstances have prevented that, yet there seems to be a lot of momentum circling around Ziggler these days. Never one to lack confidence, Ziggler recognizes it and is declaring that he will be the man, some day in the WWE.

I’ll be honest, it almost angers me as much as it did. Not a chance. Dolph Ziggler is me. What I am is everything I stand for is the hardest working man in sports entertainment, someone who has fought for 10 years to be the man because I want to be. Not because I have to, not because it looks cool or I think it would be fun, I have to. I have a chip on my shoulder so big that you wouldn’t believe it. I don’t sleep at night much because I think of tiny mistakes I’ve made. This is on the right track, and I’m going to be the man around here. … I don’t need luck but it’s going to happen, promise.

Ziggler also talked about regaining the intercontinental title from Luke Harper. Unfortunately Ziggler’s last run as I-C champ was filled with almost a dozen losses on television. While skeptics may see the I-C belt as a curse, Ziggler is excited about his new reign as champion.

Winning titles is a huge step in a career for a superstar. Just having been through so much the last couple months, months and years of fighting and scratching and clawing and getting close and saying ‘you’re not quite the guy for the position’ and knowing it was out there. Now, having even more of the WWE Universe behind me every single night, I knew if I could find my way to get through this ladder match, make it one of the best things anyone has ever seen, and come out as the champion, I knew we could make that title, like I said before, what it means to me. It did (steal the show). It did.

So what is next for Ziggler? Where does Ziggy go from here? If it were up to his fans on social media, it would be to a WrestleMania main-event against John Cena. I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one, although Ziggler would love to have that opportunity.

I see this as a stepping stone. This is a first step in the right direction. This is a chance for everyone who has been really close to breaking through that glass ceiling and couldn’t get it done. Let me be the one who busts it open and leads the way through. Let me be the one who says from here on out, you can make it. You can make it with the WWE Universe behind you and everything you do you do to be the best, and I do.

It’s hard not to get excited about where things are heading with Ziggler. It appears that he may be finally getting his due and an opportunity to run with the ball in 2015. Unfortunately we have all been sucked into this before with Ziggler and his start-stop pushes. Let’s hope this one is different.

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Fantasy Football Championship Week Dos and Don’ts

December 17, 2014 By: Category: Fantasy Football, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

It is finally here for some of you, your fantasy football championship week. Many months and endless hours of draft preparation have brought you to this point. Unfortunately with big games comes big pressure, and the wrong decision can result in an early exit and an offseason of depression.

Don’t over-analyze - There is a reason you have gotten this far in the fantasy football playoffs. Stick with what got you here. The most common mistake for first-time championship players is to over-think your game. For example, you own Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks are playing the Arizona Cardinals top rush defense this week. You start Foster no matter what. Especially this season as no defense has been consistent for fifteen games.

The worst words you want to hear before you play your running back are Baltimore Ravens. Yes, the Ravens have shutdown the run for most of the season and are first against the run in fantasy football. Yes the Ravem have given up only 5 rushing TDs all season.  However, are you really going to shut down an Arian Foster in your championship week for someone off the waiver wire? Are you going to sit down Peyton Manning just because he is playing the Cincinnati Bengals? Now if you are sitting there with comparable backups on your bench you may and I stress may want to consider it. However, the moral here is not to panic. Stick with the money guys who brought you to the dance, especially if you don’t have any suitable backups on your bench. Strange things can happen, just ask anyone who played against Cam Newton two weeks ago.

Skip the waiver wire - There is no reason you should even think of playing the waiver wire game.  Yes Joseph Randall is tempting, but can you really trust a guy off the wire who will be splitting time at this point? I look at it this way when it comes to playing guys in fantasy football at this point in the season. It comes down to, who do you trust? If there is a gem flying around your waiver wire, I’d grab him only to keep him away from your opponent. But I’d have a hard time resting my championship hopes on someone that has been hanging around for most of the year on the wire.

Go with a running back in your flex position - I have always had a rule which has cost me on some weeks, but has won me more games in the long haul. My rule of thumb is always start a running back in the flex position over a wide receiver. I don’t care if you have three great receivers. One of them has to sit for the running back. Remember what time of year we are in. It is the winter time, and this is the time of the year where most teams will be running over passing in outdoor weather.

Of course this is subject to change if you have no true starting running back to start in the flex while you have a great receiver sitting on your bench. At the same time, you know a running back is going to get his carries. Whether he scores or not, he is going to get double digit carries depending upon the offense. The wide receiver you want to play could be easily shut out. I’d rather take 7 points from a bad running back than 0 from a wide receiver.

Beware of fuzzy fantasy football statistics - This is something that could get you into big trouble if you don’t do your homework. There are a lot of writers and websites that give you fantasy stats such as average points a team gives up to tight ends, quarterbacks, etc. Read the stats closely.

Most of these websites are giving you seasonal stats. My rule of thumb is to look at a team’s last four-five games. For example, the Carolina Panthers and the Giants are ranked as two of the best bets for running backs by most fantasy sites. Those same “experts” will yell and scream to play your running backs against the Panthers and Giants. What they don’t tell you is that over the last four games, neither the Giants nor Panthers have given up one touchdowns to opposing running backs. Furthermore, the Giants have not given up more than 65 yards to running backs in their last three games while the Panthers have only allowed one team to rush for over 100 in their last four. A lot of those fantasy football sites use seasonal stats and while the Panthers  may have been shredded a few times, they aren’t the “give me” that most fantasy experts would lead you to believe they are. The same can be said for the Rams, who have greatly improved their defense over the last few weeks. The opposite could be said about the Buffalo Bills who while ranked 8th against RBs have given up four TDs in their last two games. These fantasy websites can be a great guide, but do your own homework. Remember this is the championship game and chances are your opponent is up to his neck in stats. Be prepared and you’ll be fine.

Go with your gut - This goes for the playoffs and regular season. I have been there. Your gut is telling you one thing but all of the “experts” or bloggers are telling you another. At the end of the day this is purely a guessing game for all of us. Nothing is ever a sure thing. Strange things happen in December whether it is weather, injuries, or coaches on the hot seat, or just flukes. Your gut is what got you to the championship game in the first place. It is okay to accumulate as much information as possible and use that towards making your decision. I just wouldn’t make a decision purely based off of something you hear or read that completely goes against your instincts. The only one who has accountability this week is you. Remember that.

So there they are, a few dos and don’ts for fantasy football championship players. Hopefully you followed some of my advice this season and had some luck in your league (and better luck than I had in some of my others). Good luck in your championship, and welcome to the big dance.

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The Undertaker Will Be At WWE WrestleMania 31

December 16, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Don’t count the dead man out of WrestleMania just yet. A new report indicates that the demise of the Undertaker may have been premature and the WWE Universe may be in line for another dose of darkness at WrestleMania 31.

I have to admit that I am not surprised. I never expected the Undertaker to miss the big event. While I can certainly understand the theories behind his retirement, I just always felt he had some gas left in the tank for a few more matches. A new report says that WWE officials feel the same way and they are moving forward with plans for the big man.

The excitement started last week when photos hit the Internet of WrestleMania 31 advertisements on a WWE tour bus. What struck all of us about those ads were that they featured the Undertaker and nobody else. These weren’t just generic Mania ads, these were specific to 31 which means that someone was told to use Taker to promote the event. At that point fans started to get excited about the Undertaker.

Dave Meltzer has the scoop in his latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. In his most recent report, Meltzer says that there are plans in place for the Undertaker to wrestle on the big California event. However, what may surprise you is what those plans actually are.

The booking plan right now is for Undertaker vs. Wyatt, not Sting or Lesnar, but that is dependent on Undertaker giving them the okay he can wrestle on the show, which he has not done as of yet. But even if he doesn’t wrestle, the idea right now is to use him in some form on the show, since he’s still under contract with a seven figure downside so they want to use him in some form to justify the contract.

The shocker here is that as of everyone on the roster, Bray Wyatt is the leading candidate to get the spot against Taker. I could have bought into this a few months ago but Wyatt has been rather cool since his feud with John Cena. I just don’t sense the momentum right now for such a match, especially after Wyatt fizzled coming off a big match on last year’s Mania card. That said I was surprised last year around this time when Wyatt vs. Cena was rumored for Mania 30 so anything is possible. Although at this time last year, our own Tom Clark wrote a very convincing blog as to why Wyatt vs. Undertaker was the way to go.

The choice is a simple one for me. Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker 2 is the money match. I wrote a blog less than a month after Mania declaring that a Lesnar vs. Taker Mania rematch could be the biggest WrestleMania match of this generation. I won’t go through it again but in summary you have a full year of Paul Heyman taunting the Undertaker with promos mocking last year’s defeat. Heyman has set this up since the day after Mania and I can’t think of a bigger rallying cry for fans this year than seeing Undertaker get his revenge and shut Heyman up after a year of taunting.

The angle writes itself. I hate fantasy booking blogs but I am going to do it anyway. The WWE has a few ways they can get to Mania with these two. The easy money would be for Taker to make a surprise appearance at the Rumble, win it, and then set up a career vs. championship match. In my opinion that is where the money is and I think it would be huge. Who goes over? I think Undertaker goes over. Now what do you do with Taker as champion? You could have him lose it on RAW either the next night or set up a match a couple of weeks later with Roman Reigns or Dean Ambrose. I hate the idea of turning one of them heel but I think you set the match up as face vs. face with Ambrose or Reigns turning heel and aligning with Heyman to win the title. I think a Heyman and Reigns heel championship combination coming off a win here is serious money. Heyman and Ambrose works too with Reigns set up as the conquering hero to take the title at say SummerSlam. You can go a couple of different ways with Lesnar if he is staying, but I don’t think he gets both the end of the streak and the end of the career.

Fans may be surprised to see Sting out of the running. I think at this point the WWE has committed Sting to a match with Triple H given the Survivor Series angle. I suppose Sting could somehow wind up in the match with Taker and wrestle Hunter at SummerSlam, but it really wouldn’t make much sense at this point. Unfortunately Sting has been boxed into an angle and the Undertaker match doesn’t seem logical.

Keep in mind that Meltzer also noted Taker may not wrestle so this all may be for nothing. Yet I don’t think you can blame anyone for getting excited. WrestleMania without the Undertaker just wouldn’t be the same and it looks like the lights will be out at the big show one more year and that is a very good thing.

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UFC Star Rips CM Punk, Says Signing Is Ridiculous

December 15, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

He might do great, but why does he get a chance? He’s an amateur. You’re going to put an amateur in there with pros? That makes us all amateurs, so I think it’s ridiculous. As far as I’m concerned, f-ck him, f-ck the whole situation. Anybody who takes that fight is tripping.

Not everyone is excited about CM Punk coming to the UFC. Punk has now become the target of one angry UFC fighter who believes that Punk’s UFC deal is making a complete mockery of the sport and guess what…he’s right.

It didn’t take long for CM Punk to get a taste of his own medicine. Remember, Punk has been outspoken for the last several years of guys walking into the WWE and getting WrestleMania main-events while the rest of the crew are working house shows and putting their time in. Punk is now in a similar situation on the opposite side in the UFC. The biggest difference however is that many in Punk’s new locker room don’t believe he has earned any of it.

UFC veteran Nate Diaz is the first big UFC star to publicly bash the signing. Diaz went off on Punk over the weekend and while he doesn’t wish any warm on Punk, he believes the entire situation is terrible for the UFC fighters and the sport as a whole.

I don’t dig it,” Diaz said. “He has got no fights. I know he’s a big draw. I looked him up. Everyone’s going to buy tickets. It’s going to be great for the venue and the UFC, but at the same time, it downgrades all the fighters.

Whether you are a Punk fan or not, you can’t argue with Diaz. Having a guy fight in the UFC with no fights under his belt or no amateur pedigree makes the entire sport look like a circus. It hurts the credibility of the sport and the fighters. What does it say about the UFC if Punk walks in, without any experience, and wins? It says exactly what Diaz is saying.

If I want to, I can’t go play in the NBA – not even Stefan Struve’s big ass,” Diaz said. “He can’t go play in the NBA if he wants to because he feels like making a change. For a publicity thing? They wouldn’t pay him no money, and they wouldn’t even let him play. It’s ridiculous.”

I don’t think you should just let some millionaire WWE guy just come on over and play a little game, like have fun with his career. I’m over here busting my ass, fighting for 10 years and doing my thing and having a serious job that I have to do for this. And this guy is going to come over and probably get paid more than everyone in the room.

Hey, that kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it. CM Punk’s own words on a similar situation are coming back to haunt him.

I have no personal problems against Dwayne. It’s very frustrating being here and watch a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the show. He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.

This whole situation is making Punk look like a bigger hypocrite by the day. Once again you have to keep in mind, Punk has been the one beating this drum for the last three years in the WWE. This was his fight and unfortunately for him he is the one that opened up the comparisons to his situation and the ones he whined about for the last three years.

I’m sorry, but this guy’s making a joke out of my serious life and getting compensated more for it,” Diaz said. “I don’t mean no harm on him, but I don’t think it’s right.

Nate Diaz isn’t a popular guy but it is hard for any objective fan to disagree with him. This whole situation really is a complete joke.

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WWE TLC 2014 Results and Recap: Reigns Returns, Cena Wins

December 15, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE Tables, Ladders, and 2014 will be remembered for the stunt show it was intended to me. The final special event of 2014 featured the return of Roman Reigns and the set up for what may be the most unexpected WrestleMania match of 2015.

Roman Reigns returned to the WWE after an extensive layoff due to injury. Reigns returned during the John Cena vs. Seth Rollins match to give Cena the win. J and J Security interfered constantly throughout the match. At one point the referee went down and between three referees the match was called a draw. The match continued and out came the Big Show. Show went for a choke slam in which at that point Reigns came out of the crowd. Reigns Superman punched Show and speared him through a table. Reigns Superman punched Rollins as well. Cena wound up hitting the Attitude Adjustment for the win.

Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE world title was immediately announced for the Royal Rumble. I don’t think this was any surprise here. I liked the match a lot. I just don’t understand why J and J Security are even employed at this point with the Authority out of power. I also don’t understand why Show, who aligned with the Authority for his best interests, would continue to align with them when they are out of power? There wasn’t a whole lot of logic here if you ask me, but hey what do you expect these days?

In the main-event, Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Rollins in a TLC match. This was a heck of a match but by this point I had already seen enough gimmicks. Wyatt pinned Ambrose after hitting a Sister Abigail. Ambrose gave Wyatt several flying elbows off of subsequently higher ladders at one point in the match. If you didn’t see TLC I’d recommend starting off with this one because this would probably have come off as one of the best matches of the year to someone who didn’t sit through over two hours weapons by that point.

Why put Wyatt over? The buzz is that Wyatt is getting ready for the Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. You read that right! I’ll actually have a full blog on this tomorrow. As of now, the working idea is for Wyatt vs. Undertaker. With that in mind, there was no way you could have Ambrose go over Wyatt here. I am just starting to get aggravated at the way this company continues to do whatever they can to stifle guys who get over, in this case Ambrose. Ambrose should be getting a big push right now and the company needs to ride his momentum. Instead, they are doing everything they can to cut his legs off and that is disappointing.

Full WWE Tables, Ladders, and Chairs 2014 results and winners…
The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods) defeated Gold and Stardust
Dolph Ziggler defeated Luke Harper in a Ladder match to regain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) defeated The Miz and Damien Mizdow by disqualification in a WWE Tag Team Championship match
Big Show defeated Erick Rowan in a Steel Stairs match
John Cena defeated Seth Rollins in a Tables match
Nikki Bella defeated AJ Lee to retain the WWE Divas Championship
Ryback defeated Kane in a Chairs match
Rusev defeated Jack Swagger by submission to retain the WWE United States Championship
Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose to win a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match

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Dean Amrbose Talks WWE Formula and Hell in a Cell Match

December 12, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

In between his stints as a rock star and WWE superstar, Chris Jericho has quickly become a great interviewer. Jericho’s recent podcast with Dean Ambrose is no better example as he got the current star to share some candid feelings on the current WWE style.

The Talk is Jericho two-part podcast with Ambrose may be Jericho’s best since he entered the venture. Jericho and Ambrose sat down for a no-holds barred discussion about Ambrose’s career and the WWE. One particular theme popped up throughout the interview and that was Ambrose’s personal taste and distaste for the current WWE product.

Now don’t misread this blog. I am not trying to start any trouble for Ambrose here. I don’t think he said anything that should land him in the proverbial dog house. I just found it refreshing to hear one of the bigger stars in the WWE come out and say what most of us have been thinking for a long time.

Ambrose was asked about his Hell in a Cell match with rival Seth Rollins. Ambrose touches on the subject here when he talks about how he and Rollins wanted to have something different than what most of us are used to seeing on WWE events.

I wanted it to not feel like a WWE match. If you watch John [Cena] vs. Randy [Orton] on that show, it felt like a good WWE main-event. Finisher, counter, kick out, the same stuff. They’ve kind of created and popularized what the WWE main-event style is, I guess. But I wanted it to feel different, I wanted it to feel a little bit dirtier, and grungier, especially because it’s Hell in a Cell, it’s supposed to be an ugly thing. I want it to be ugly at certain points, like, a little bit uncomfortable. Like people are getting hurt right now. People aren’t smiling, or doing trademark things. Two dudes are just trying to kill each other right now, this is just a little bit uncomfortable. I just wanted to have a stripped-down feel. That was my vision for it.

Another theme that popped up a couple of times throughout the podcast was the micromanagement of the product. In part 1, Ambrose reveals that he does not think any of his promos in the WWE have been that good. He says that he cringes sometimes when he is handed the material and wishes that he could just go out there with bullet points like he did on the indys. Ambrose expands more when he talks about the WWE “formula” with Jericho.

“I don’t think you should have a formula. That’s the thing, there’s a TV formula and a WWE formula, and there’s such a formula. I think the fans get conditioned to that formula, which probably makes it harder to shock them after a while, because they get the formula. I don’t know if any of my matches are any good, but I like people to think at any time that anything might happen, whether it makes any sense or not. I like to just throw something in that doesn’t make any sense on purpose, just because nobody sees it coming.

“If you watch enough wrestling and you’re watching a match, you can kind of tell what’s going to happen next almost all the time. You know the match isn’t going to end until Kofi [Kingston] has done his hand slap gimmick, or until John [Cena] does the Five Knuckle Shuffle. But in real fights, like in boxing or UFC, anything can happen at any time, a match could just end, a dude could grab his leg and break it.

Both parts are highly entertaining, especially one particular exchange in part one which I’ll cover in a future blog regarding the origins behind that hideous mannequin doll segment several months back on RAW. Check out both parts on Talk is Jericho.

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Flashback: Steen vs. Generico Feud ends at ROH Final Battle 2010

December 12, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Editor’s Note: In light of the recent Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn angle in WWE NXT, the CCB is re-publishing a blog from 2010 documenting their classic rivalry from Ring of Honor. This blog was originally published on December 9, 2010.

It has literally been one year in the making. At ROH Final Battle 2010 it all comes to an end in the same place it started, the Manhattan Center in New York City. It has been the best wrestling feud in all of 2010 and if you don’t believe me go back to watch it all for yourself. The feud I am talking about is Kevin Steen vs. El Generico.

I had the pleasure of attending my first Ring of Honor event one year ago in the Manhattan Center in New York City when the feud between Kevin Steen & El Generico actually began. It was there where we saw the one-time best friends, tag team partners and former Tag Team Champions split apart from one another. Steen turned his back on Generico and in the process became one of the most insane characters in wrestling for quite sometime.

It was similar in ways to a feud that really grabbed people’s attention in the late-90s between Sabu and Taz. The similarity came in the sense that while Taz & Sabu never touched for an entire year, it was a period of time where El Generico did not touch or lay a hand on Kevin Steen. El Generico was confused & heartbroken that Kevin Steen had turned his back on him after all this time, while Steen made sure to take every opportunity to lay a hand on El Generico.

There would be stare downs in the ring between El Generico and Kevin Steen where the fans wanted to see El Generico retaliate. Already in the early stages of the feud people would realize that these two very underrated wrestlers could hold the crowd in the palm of their hands. The fans could see El Generico battle with himself over wanting to strike Steen while “Mr. Wrestling” would provoke his one time friend.

Fans would finally see El Generico snap almost 5 months later in April of 2010 at the ROH Big Bang show. It was there, where once again, another city, another place, that the fans wanted El Generico to strike Kevin Steen. Fans would get their wish as Generico would finally snap and send this feud from the 4th gear it was already in, into a 5th & 6th gears.

During this entire feud it was able to take other wrestlers, veterans even, such as Steve Corino (who would side with Kevin Steen) and Colt Cabana (who would side with El Generico), to make it fresh and fun to watch. Fans still wanted more, even though it was Colt Cabana in the ring with Kevin Steen, or El Generico in the ring with Steve Corino, the fans were hooked. They knew that while it wasn’t Steen/Generico, it was the work of art being displayed through this storyline.

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It would finally come ahead at the Death before Dishonor show from June of this year. The match was billed as “six months in the making” and would be the first time the two would battle it out in the ring. The feud was so intense that it was El Generico who interrupted the first match of the show to get Steen out in the ring for that very moment to be the opening match. The hatred that was built between these two in the squared circle has been something we haven’t seen in quite sometime.

The match was great and had the fans in the palms of their hands. The emotion was there; the crowd was into it and loved every moment Steen & Generico wrestled. It was two underrated wrestlers attempting to steal the show based off of their great in-ring work, mic skills and grabbing the crowd’s emotion & placing it in the middle of the ring.

While Steen would come out on top that night, the match would be moved to its next chapter and most definitely its darkest chapter, at New York City at the Glory by Honor IX show in September. Once again I had the honor of being at the show and witnessing the emotion in the building that night. It was most arguably the most anticipating match on the entire card, a chain match that would come on just before intermission.

It would be a tag team chain match with El Generico & Colt Cabana taking on Kevin Steen & Steve Corino. Once again the veteran secondary wrestlers were involved in the match and that didn’t matter, the fans were hooked. There was brutality, violence and the word you keep hearing throughout this entire blog, emotion involved.

Generico & Cabana would come out on top after a very good match and it would turn into the next chapter of this entire feud. As Generico was placing Steen on the top rope for his trademark brainbuster, it was at this time Steen would unmask El Generico in front of the crowd, for a glimpse Generico’s face was shown before being quickly covered up. It was at this point the great feud became darker after this very match and moment.

With El Generico now unmasked and having to use a secondary mask, one that was completely black, made this once loveable character a monster that no one thought would happen when this feud started. Generico & Steen were able to complete 360 their in-ring characters and make them from once loveable people to the darkest of character’s wrestling has seen in sometime. It was where this feud was also sadly seeing its final stretch run.

On ROH on HDNet it would be Kevin Steen creating a final match, one to settle the score, at Final Battle 2010 in New York City. It would be Steen vs. Generico with stipulations that would change the face of ROH in 2011. If Steen won it would have to be El Generico who would have to unmask in front of the crowd, if El Generico won it would make Kevin Steen leave Ring of Honor. It is now a make or break match; one that is becoming the favorite match everyone wants to see on December 18th in NYC.

We are days away from seeing one of the best feuds, if not the best feud in Wrestling for 2010 come to an end. When people look back at Kevin Steen & El Generico’s careers it will be this feud that defines them. They have made themselves some of the top Independent wrestlers in the business based on all the intangibles wrestlers need to be top stars. In-ring work, promo skills and making the crowd feel your emotion.

It’s sad to know that on December 18th this feud will come to an end because it has been one of the most entertaining feuds we have seen in quite sometime. For an entire 365 day span, Kevin Steen and El Generico have perfected the art of a wrestling feud. If you haven’t checked out this feud yet then do yourself a favor and start getting the DVD’s from the last year for Ring of Honor wrestling because these two wrestlers have made wrestling very fun for any fan feeling letdown by the WWE or TNA.

Congrats to Kevin Steen & El Generico on perfecting the art of a wrestling feud. I hate to see it end but it will end with probably the most emotional match/angle that these two of done the past year and they have done some pretty audience grabbing stuff. This has been the best wrestling feud in the past year and if you don’t believe me then just check it out, it will be worth every penny you spend.

At Final Battle 2010, we will see the war come to an end.

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CM Punk talks UFC, AJ’s Thoughts, WrestleMania, and More

December 11, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk is once again a hot commodity. The former WWE champion is on everyone’s minds after signing with the UFC. Punk is doing a lot of media and as expected, is shooting straight about his trajectory from the wrestling ring to the octagon.

It’s been less than a week and people still have questions. It is still hard to wrap my head around a guy with 0 fighting experience, amateur or pro getting a UFC deal after suffering numerous injuries as a pro wrestler, including several concussions. Yet that is exactly what Phil Brooks is going to do and he isn’t shy about discussing it.

Punk has talked to a lot of media and a recent stop at RollingStone.com may be one of the most insightful interviews he has done yet. The interview doesn’t touch on the WWE much at all but asks the questions we have all been wondering about Punk’s plan, his mindset, and what the hell is exactly going on here with the straight-edged superstar.

Punk was asked about whether critics and fans should reserve judgment until after Punk steps inside of the octagon as opposed to jumping conclusions. Punk says yes and even someone as confident as Punk isn’t going to make any bold predictions.

For sure. I’m not gonna sit here and make bold predictions about first-round head kicks and beating ranked opponents. This is about me and my journey to get there. I understand other peoples’ point of view about, “Oh, there’s great fighters out there like Ben Askren.” My only point on that is, “Don’t be mad at me, Ben. Be mad at [UFC President] Dana [White].” I’m sure Ben Askren’s a nice guy. If he’s mad at me, I understand. But if the Blackhawks came to me before Dana and Lorenzo did and were like, “We’re gonna put you in goal,” I’d be like, “That’s great. I played a little hockey when I was a kid.” You know what I mean? I’m not gonna deny myself some opportunity because somebody on Twitter thinks I shouldn’t have it.”

I do agree with Punk on one thing here. He is not the enemy. If you are upset that he is signed to a UFC deal, don’t be mad at him. Be mad at UFC management for signing him. Ironically, you could have said the same thing in regards to Punk whining for the last three years about The Rock and Brock Lesnar but I digress.

Punk isn’t quite sure whether the UFC will be more positive for him than the WWE, but he is happy with the way things are moving. Punk offered an interesting comparison between both companies to Rolling Stone.

I’m not sure I did know (whether UFC is more positive). If I can maybe throw out an example of how things are different – the lack of communication from the WWE office was astounding. They said they suspended me and never contacted me. They were in my town, about an eight-minute drive from my house multiple times, and didn’t feel like it was necessary to come try and talk to me, so I assumed that they didn’t want to talk to me.
Then, you’ve got Dana and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta wanting to talk to me, and they get on a jet and fly to Chicago to talk to me. So that pretty much told me exactly how Dana and Lorenzo do business. I’m sure there are other people out there who have different situations with them, but they’re playing straight with me. And being backstage [at last Saturday’s UFC 181] and introducing everybody to my wife, it was such a great experience. And I’m sure part of that is the name value and who I am, but everyone seemed to be happy, which is different and odd for me.

I think most of us were curious as to what his wife, WWE Diva AJ Lee thinks of this. I think many of us wondered what his wife of less than one-year is thinking after hearing that her husband has signed to be a UFC fighter.

After I spoke with Dana and Lorenzo, that’s when it got serious and that’s when I brought it to her attention. Trust me, whatever nerves I’m gonna have stepping into the Octagon will pale in comparison to the nerves I had when I had to bring this up to my wife. I was honestly terrified. I was like, “She’s gonna shut it down, and I’m gonna have to figure out a way to smooth it over so I can do this, because I don’t take no for an answer, she doesn’t take no for an answer, and this is something I really wanna do.” Right off the bat she recognized that. She’s been around me long enough to know that, ever since the first day I met her, this is something I talked about doing, and she’s not somebody that’s gonna step in front of her husband trying to accomplish something that he dreamed about.

Finally, Punk is asked whether he is still itching for that WrestleMania main-event spot.

No, absolutely not.

All in all this is a fantastic interview with plenty of more details about Punk’s transition into UFC, reaction, and path to the octagon. Check out the entire interview over at RollingStone.com

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