This week’s episode opens up with Seth Rollins coming down to the ring. He mocks the “You sold out” chant from the crowd, then says when you’re young and naive, things like integrity and honor mean the world to you. But honor doesn’t pay the bills. If any of the cowards in the crowd had any guts, they’d sell out their mothers, dads, dogs, grandparents, brothers, best friends, anyone and everything. You’d sell you soul to be anything like Rollins. The major fault in that logic is that you’ll never be like him. You won’t look or talk like him, or be as successful. Why? You won’t realize what he understands: selling out is the best thing you can do in your life. He’s better than he’s ever been. He’s Mr. MITB, and he’s the future of WWE. That brings him to him to Dean Ambrose inside HIAC. He’s only going to say this once: Ambrose, you do not belong at HIAC; you belong in a straight jacket. You may walk into HIAC, but he guarantees you will be carried out. When he’s finished with Ambrose, Ambrose will be left in a pile of rubble, nothing more than a hot, ..click here to read more
If you strictly follow the experts you are missing out on some serious fantasy football studs. It’s easy to play the guys ranked 1-20 but you are missing out on some big impact players. That is why I am here to give you some sleepers you can plug into your lineup and make your competition look foolish.
Last week was probably my worst in predicting sleepers. My Malcom Floyd pick was a nice hit as he had a big game against the Raiders as predicted. Bishop Sanke should have had a bigger game but he was vulture by Jackie Battle. Tony Romo had an 18 point game which was better than expected in Seattle. Chris Ivory’s one point was embarrassing for both he and I. Austin Davis looked good early but the 49ers played much better as the game went on than I expected. I love Mike Evans going forward as I do Jordan Reed.
The Internet went crazy last week with comments made by Stone Cold Steve Austin about a return. Many interpreted those comments made by Austin on his podcast to a return to the pro wrestling ring, specifically WrestleMania 31. While that may still be possible down the line, Austin is quick to temper your expectations for 31.
Austin commented on those rumors on a recent Steve Austin Podcast. Austin took calls and a caller asked him flat out about the comeback rumors. Austin was flattered by the comments but was quick to clarify his statements. Austin said that while he did say he was training for a comeback, he was referring to training for a comeback at Gold’s Gym. Austin said he was training at a hole-in-the-wall gym to get ready to get back to Gold’s. Austin said that he was getting in shape for a big project he has coming up in February. Austin also said that he has no desires to take bumps and has no time to train for a match.
But wait, that wasn’t all he said. Austin threw in a little teaser about the comeback wrestling ..click here to read more
Back in the early 1980s several NWA stars made a living as independent wrestlers for their renegade style of traveling from promotion to promotion. They would come into town “unexpectedly” challenging the area’s top talent, and in the process they would give the fans in the arenas and venues someone knew to either love or hate. Their gimmicks worked well because the fans never got too attached, so when they left say Memphis or Dallas or Florida, promoters had another wrestler roll in to set the scene again.
Although he isn’t going anywhere, Dean Ambrose fills the renegade, anti-hero role about as well as anyone can in the WWE, past, present or future.
The company is about to embark on more changes after Hell in a Cell, some so obvious (Randy Orton’s face turn) and some maybe not so obvious (Mark Henry turning on Big Show). But trust me, they are coming. Ambrose is the closest thing to a new CM Punk/Bruiser Brody. He is just what the company needs to transition from the older guard (John Cena) to the new regime that has yet to make its mark (Seth Rollins).
And Ambrose did not need a shoot interview or to walk out ..click here to read more
It’s that time again; WrestleMania season is nearly upon us. Okay it’s not, but it sure feels like it is. After all, fans are already starting to hit the dirtsheets, looking for the latest rumors of match-ups that may take place on March 29 2015.
The top names are the only ones anyone’s really concerned about of course and those are the ones currently being speculated about the most. Brock Lesnar is supposedly still meant to pass the torch to Roman Reigns, Sting is apparently finally going to face The Undertaker and John Cena might work Rusev. That only leaves Triple H and The Rock; you do the math.
It was all just a rumor to begin with and I for one treated it as such. Fans talk all the time and even the most “knowledgeable” sites are laughable at best.
But don’t look now, seems like they may have gotten one right.
The spot that ran backstage between Hunter and The Rock on the 15th anniversary episode of SmackDown basically set up their match at Mania. And it was unlike any match set up in recent memory, which makes it different and actually gives us ..click here to read more
Waiver wire pick-ups week 6: The preferred read for people who need a little mid-season insurance
It is crunch time as mid-season approaches. Most leagues have broken into three categories. You have the 2-3 teams who are going to make the playoffs, 3-5 teams who are fighting to stay alive and then maybe 2-4 teams who are already thinking about next season. For most teams the waiver wire means hitting a homerun just to stay alive. Make sure you choose wisely.
Philadelphia and Tampa Bay are on bye this week so I don’t suspect many people are going to be grazing for a QB. This might be the week to grab someone so you don’t have to worry in the future, but I will be honest I am not really impressed with the choices. In the event you do end up needing a QB here are a few to consider.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals- Palmer was supposed to be one of those late pick QB’s that could carry your team and not cost you a pick. Then he got hurt, which what happens to old people. Now that his broken hip has healed it looks like he is poised to be that ..click here to read more
Booking the WWE world championship is never easy and even the best laid plans can hit some pitfalls. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at 10 guys who while planned to win the WWE world title, failed to secure the gold around their waists.
Winners and losers may be predetermined in the WWE but not all ideas come together as planned. Back in different eras, Vince McMahon Sr. and Jr. would identify their future WWE world champion months, sometimes even years ahead of time. Yet for a multitude of reasons those plans shifted between the pencil and the bell. Here is a list of 10 planned WWE world championship title changes that never happened as scheduled.
Bill Watts defeating Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF championship in 1965 - The idea behind this blog came from this recent revelation on the Jim Ross podcast. Ross interviewed Watts and Watts claimed that he was scheduled to beat Bruno Sammartino for the title in what would have been 1965. Watts and Bruno had a red hot feud during this time period. Watts claims the office changed plans when he ..click here to read more
So Batista is a hit in Hollywood. Let me say that again, just in case you weren’t listening or thought you may have misheard me; Batista is a hit in Hollywood. Blowing your mind? Yeah, me too.
Not only is he a hit, he’s actually in demand right now. Batista has reached a place that every Superstar who has ever ventured outside the safe environment of WWE has dreamed of; relevancy in pop culture. Think that doesn’t mean much to any of these guys? Think again.
We’ve seen it for years and the trend just keeps continuing. From Jesse Ventura and Terry Funk to Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, one star after another has put his best foot forward in Tinseltown, hoping for that ever elusive stamp of approval.
That stamp comes of course from the audience that pays to see them on the silver screen. That is the great unknown, the group of people that WWE Superstars have historically had a very difficult time reaching. For most non-fans, a pro wrestler in a movie is the equivalent of a blind monkey attempting to understand nuclear physics.
Hey, I didn’t say I thought that. Relax.
- Let’s be a little cautious with the Cleveland Brown hype train. Remember a few blogs ago I commented that due to a seemingly an easy early schedule the Houston Texans could have really set up their entire season for the rest of the year? The Texans have since faltered due to their own poor play and the fact that some of their opponents have been better than advertised. The Browns are now in a very similar situation that I showed the Texans to be in. After drubbing the Steelers on Sunday, Cleveland now faces the Jaguars, Raiders and Buccaneers in the next 3 games. I don’t expect them to win all of them but what if they did? These are by far the worst 3 teams in the NFL. That would put the Browns at 6-2. Then the Browns can be in a simple solution such as all they have to do for the rest of the year is win every other game and boom; 10-6 and potential playoffs. The Browns are not a pretty team. They currently rank 21st in the league in total offense and their passing stats are lower than all of that. There’s an old saying ..click here to read more
With two weeks to go the WWE are reshuffling the Hell in a Cell card deck. The planned card has been moved around allowing for more promotion and the usual indecisive booking we are used to seeing from WWE creative.
As evident on Monday Night RAW this week, plans have changed for the upcoming WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. A scheduled card featuring John Cena vs. Dean Ambrose in a NHB contract on a pole match was switched around with WWE fans getting 1/3 of the main-event early, allowing the WWE to focus on promoting scheduled matches fans can count on seeing.
Dean Ambrose defeated John Cena on Monday night to win the match and advance to a Hell in a Cell main-event against rival Seth Rollins. The match was originally scheduled to take place at H.I.A.C. with the winner meeting Rollins later that night while the loser would meet Randy Orton in a separate Hell in a Cell match. Now that those matches are locked in, the WWE can focus promotional efforts in those directions.
TNA Wrestling are not ready to roll over and play dead yet. With no TV deal in place past 2014, the company recently made a bold move. A move was made that could have majorly shaken up the pro wrestling landscape.
According to a new report in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, TNA made a play to bring back CM Punk. Dave Meltzer reports that TNA were hoping to bring Punk in and use him as a chip in closing a television deal.
For whatever this is worth, TNA, through an intermediary who is friends with C.M. Punk, made a play for him just like they did for Alberto Del Rio several weeks back. The idea pitched was a huge deal to be the top star of the company and money similar to Hogan, with the idea he could be their flagship guy and if he signed now, could help them broker a stronger television deal.
Meltzer reports that Punk declined the offer and has no interest in returning to pro wrestling whatsoever. The timing of the move comes a few months before TNA’s extension with Spike TV is scheduled ..click here to read more
Leave it to the WWE to move from one legendary tradition at WrestleMania and create something totally new to help create new hype and drama.
If it is true that Triple H and The Rock could be headed to a WrestleMania 31 showdown, then let me be the first to say Hallelujah. This is a former feud that could have some legs and could sell many tickets at the new Levi’s Stadium. It’s only fitting to bring The Rock to the millions (and millions) of fans in the WWE on the company’s grandest stage.
As a fan of professional wrestling and someone who loves WrestleMania, here are a few wrestlers who I would have loved to see headline the event, and could have carried it on their backs in grand fashion.
The son of wrestler Blackjack Mulligan. He is best known for his appearances with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
In NWA/WCW, he was a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time United States Heavyweight Champion, a one-time Television Champion, a one-time Western States Heritage Champion, a four-time NWA (Mid Atlantic)/WCW World Tag Team Champion and a one-time NWA United States Tag Team Champion with Ron Garvin.
In the ..click here to read more