Sometimes, there are comments made by wrestlers that just stick with you as gospel in the business. This spot remains true to that belief.
When the inaugural Bound for Glory Series came down to the Final Four, James Storm, Bobby Rude, Gunner and Bully Ray faced off to win a title shot with Kurt Angle. In the promo work, Bully Ray made the comment that as a tag team partner, you at one point or another, look at the guy next to you and wonder if you have what it takes to beat them.
Of course, that comment – although paraphrased, led to a raging rivalry that helped keep TNA on solid ground. We’ve seen it over the years. Tag team partners, stable mates and even brothers go at it against each other to see which one was the best of the lot. This year, WrestleMania 30 may do the same thing. ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger
Dory Funk, Jr. did not win the NWA World Title from Gene Kiniski by flying off a top roe or using some form of an Attitude Adjustment to secure the win.
Ox Baker did not terrorize wrestlers in the Portland and San Antonio promotions with a leg sweep or a Superman punch.
Cowboy Bill Watts used to just beat the hell out of his opponents and the Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole and Gene Anderson) used to punish their opponents by taking a body part and wearing it down and forcing the wrestler into submission. Those were the days of true professional wrestling – the days when the Iron Claw and the Texas Cloverleaf and the Thesz Press actually hurt and caused an opponent to fall to their feet. The days when wrestlers used the ropes to abuse their opponents and Buddy Rogers used a figure-four leg lock like it was supposed to ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, Elimination Chamber 2014
We The WWE Wrestlers of the Week. Despite the start of winning streaks for Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk, The Real Americans are walking away the winners this week. Ziggler had two wins over Sir Money in the Bank Damien Sandow, while Punk has two wins over the Paul Heyman Guys recently. Regardless, it is Antonio Cesaro’s strength and impressive move set that has people talking.
On WWE Friday night SmackDown, Cesaro delivered a giant swing to Titus O’Neil to give himself and Jack Swagger a win. The Prime Time Players, like many tag teams in the division, have been inconsistent in their wins. They were number one contenders for the tag team titles for a very short time. Still, once the gold leaves the hands of the Shield, the Prime Time Players could be in line for a run.
At WWE Battleground, The Real Americans got another victory. This time it ..click here to read more
Zeb Colter introduced an unlikely ally on the June 17 edition of WWE Raw when Antonio Cesaro stood by his side with the world watching. Cesaro is of course the second Superstar along with Jack Swagger, to follow Zeb as Colter’s Militia now includes two men who are apparently falling right in line with his ideology.
That’s right, folks. Antonio Cesaro is now drinking the Kool-Aid.
If I told you that I did not see this coming, I would be lying. The fact is that nearly a month ago I wrote a column regarding the possibility of Colter and Cesaro joining forces in Vince McMahon’s company. My reasoning was that Colter would respect Cesaro for entering the country the right way and in essence for being an honorable man.
By the way, I was burned pretty hard on that one.
But the truth is that everyone is a critic and WWE fans can be ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, Uncle Zeb Coulter
This week marks my 4 year anniversary with Camel Clutch Blog and for those of you who have been at the site for know by now what my annual blog tends to be. The last three years I have looked back at my very first blog where I deemed John Morrison was “a main event waiting to happen.” Well, John Morrison isn’t in wrestling at the moment and I couldn’t have been more far off then stealing that line from the legendary Jim Ross on an episode of SmackDown.
I’m going to instead take my anniversary blog with the CCB and turn into “Main Events waiting to happen” in all of professional wrestling.
Who are the future top stars in wrestling? Who has the potential of main eventing a WrestleMania at some point in their career?
Well, let’s kick it into gear with my list of up and coming stars:
Dean ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, Brodus Clay, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, The Shield
Let me preface the title by saying that Antonio Cesaro and Daniel Bryan are two of my favorite wrestlers today. Calm down internet world.
Reports are indicating lately that the WWE believes Antonio Cesaro is a “boring” wrestler. I could not disagree more with those reports because Cesaro has “the look” the WWE wants and the charisma of what I believe to be is an “old school ethnic heel.” What I mean by that is you dislike him because he cuts a promo denouncing the United States and when he enters the squared circle you believe he can easily beat anyone in the ring based off of his size/look.
Despite what is being said on “dirtsheets” lately I believe that Antonio Cesaro is a future World Champion in the making. He has that “it factor” that appeals to the masses and connects with the “hardcore” fanbase due to his popularity on the ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro has turned into the new Dolph Ziggler among pro wrestling fans in the social networking community. Recent squashes and reports reveal that WWE Creative find him boring which is ironic because I could say the same thing about WWE Creative.
The crusade for Antonio Cesaro has replaced the “push Dolph Ziggler” campaign and its predecessor “push Daniel Bryan” campaigns among vocal fans on the Internet. A growing community fans have become outraged and disappointed with Cesaro’s push in the WWE. I am one of them. A new report sheds some light on it and also reveals a situation that is much more disappointing than Cesaro’s run.
Dave Meltzer on recent F4Wonline.com podcasts and his Wrestling Observer newsletter revealed that WWE Creative isn’t pushing Cesaro for a reason. They find him boring. Meltzer reports that while Cesaro has plenty of support inside the locker room, the team with ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, Claudio Castagnoli
Welcome to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! This week, the winner went 3-0 this week with victories on Smackdown, Raw and Main Event. However, two of those victories were over the same superstar. This shouldn’t come as a surprise due to WWE’s recent booking of repeated matches each week, but it is still a bit disappointing. This week’s winner is “The Viper” Randy Orton.
On the May 3rd edition of SmackDown, Orton squared off against the Intellectual Savior of the Masses, Damien Sandow. Last week, Orton was facing Sandow’s partner and best friend in Cody Rhodes. Logic would say that Orton and some partner were feuding with Team Rhodes Scholars. However, Rhodes was nowhere to be seen as Orton defeated Sandow in typical fashion.
Orton and Sandow didn’t stop on Friday night. The two squared off again on the May 6th edition of Raw. The outcome was not any ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, randy orton, wwe smackdown
John Cena won the WWE championship at WrestleMania 29 and that means new challengers are gearing up for the champ. Who is ready, who will draw best with Cena, and who logically deserves a shot at Extreme Rules 2013? Here are five RAW superstars that I think could be in play for that spot.
John Cena is a new WWE champion but he isn’t really new. Cena hasn’t had the title for awhile but not a lot has changed since his last reign. Cena will now be put in the position of having to draw as WWE champion without any real credible challengers that make any sense. WWE Creative has a tall order to fill when it comes to championship challengers for Extreme Rules 2013.
It says something about the WWE and its booking when Cena hasn’t been champion since the summer of 2011 yet there are no real appealing fresh matchups ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, batista, CM Punk, Fandango, john cena, Mark Henry, WWE Extreme Rules 2013
WWE Wrestler of the Week is back with three superstars earning a 2-0 record for the final full week of March 2013. As much as I hate having ties and recognizing more than one superstar, we have to give credit to these superstars for going undefeated for the week.
Interestingly, Kane is one of the superstars who went 2-0 this week, but his tag team partner Daniel Bryan did not. Team Hell No had another victory over the Prime Time Players on the March 25th edition of Raw. If I had a nickel for every time we saw this match with the same outcome, I swear I’d have at least fifty cents. WWE either needs to introduce new heel tag teams or just use the ones they have more often. In any case, while Bryan’s week was done at this point, Kane’s was not. The Big Red Machine would score a ..click here to read more
Antonio Cesaro, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Mark Henry, Team Hell No, The Miz
What’s in a pro wrestling name? That’s a question that gets asked every time an independent favorite gets put through the wringer, deloused of all his/her trappings, and given a new appellation by the NXT Name Generator. It happened with Antonio Cesaro, Kassius Ohno, Luke Harper, Adrian Neville, and now, the process turned El Generico into Sammy Sane. Most of these names have left fans a bit underwhelmed.
The same could be said for the crop of names in WWE as we speak right now. Dolph Ziggler? Evan Bourne? Kofi Kingston? They’re fine after they’ve been beaten into your head, but none of them really scream old school wrestling. Obviously, there’s some subjectivity here. Some of those names are quite fetching for someone in the wrestling industry. Cesaro, for instance, sounds like the kind of dude who belongs in wrestling from Europe.
Maybe it’s the old school fan in me, but I’ve ..click here to read more
Adrian Neville, Andre the Giant, Antonio Cesaro, Crusher Blackwell, El Generico, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Kassius Ohno, Luke Harper, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Sammy Sane, Superstar Graham
Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! This week we have two superstars who were undefeated with a 2-0 record. Thus, this week both superstars earn the right to be called WWE Wrestler of the Week. These superstars have been seeing a lot of each other recently, but have yet to square off in a match. Ideally, Ryback and Mark Henry will meet at WrestleMania 29 after a dominant week for both wrestlers.
Before discussing Ryback and Henry, an honorable mention goes to WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio who went 2-1 this week. After defeating Dolph Ziggler and Antonio Cesaro on SmackDown and Raw respectively, Del Rio lost to Big Show on Main Event thanks to Jack Swagger. At the conclusion of the match, Swagger interfered and caused Del Rio to get counted out and thus ruined his near perfect record this week.
Ryback began the ..click here to read more
Alberto del Rio, Antonio Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, Ryback