Chances are that, as a pro wrestling fan, you’ve been ask ed that question, or some variant, a few times during your viewership tenure. Of course, we all have our reasons as to why we watch said “crap”. Some of us love the hybrid of sport, comic book, and movie, where battle is waged over pride, glory, prestige, and infamy. Others appreciate the intricacy that some wrestlers demonstrate in their craft, with such crisp execution making wrestling seem as real as possible. And then there’s a sizeable group that enjoys the camp element that wrestling provides.
For the second time in less than two weeks, the WWE released another big superstar. WWE.com quietly announced the release of Umaga. The 6’4 350 pound Samoan was wished future endeavors on Monday afternoon.
The news was quite a shocker to say the least. This comes less than two weeks after releasing Mr. Kennedy. One could argue that Umaga was on the same level of superstar as Kennedy. Between losing Batista to injury and this, the WWE is down three top guys in a matter of two weeks.
The circumstances surrounding the departure of Umaga have yet to be revealed. Umaga is a repeat offender of the WWE Wellness Policy. One would suspect that a third strike would explain the immediate dismissal. Other than a third strike, there aren’t many other reasons to explain such a quick decision.
Former WWE Diva and Wrestling Queen Torrie Wilson has made the jump. Torrie has followed in the steps of ex-Diva Stacy Keibler and has jumped into the world of reality television competition. Torrie Wilson is currently stuck in a jungle on NBC’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.
The 2002 WWE Golden Thong Award winner is competing for charity with several other celebrities or should I say “celebrities.” Losers will be voted off by the public once a week. Torrie survived Week 1 after a tense moment of the chopping block.
Check out this video of WWE champion Randy Orton being interviewed on Mexican television. The interview starts well until the host asks Randy why he is so fragile. Orton loses his cool and comes close to pulling a David Schultz-John Stossel on the host.
Keep watching the video after Randy storms off. The reaction of the hosts back in the studio is priceless.
Here are some other classic wrestling television appearances…
Vader in Kuwait
Hulk Hogan choking out Richard Belzer
Dr. D David Schultz slapping John Stossel
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Ric Flair returned to WWE action for the first-time since his “Retirement Match” at WrestleMania. Rather than look completely ridiculous with a match, Flair returned for a Parking Lot Brawl with Randy Orton on WWE RAW. RAW ended with a bloodied and beaten Flair who may have officially or unofficially came out of retirement.
The actions continued a frenzied last few days for the Nature Boy. Flair has been appearing in the WWE since March without a contract. There are conflicting reports that Flair signed a new contract with the WWE last Friday. This was all just another chapter in Ric Flair’s metamorphosis into wrestling’s Randy the Ram.
The WWE wished Mr. Kennedy well in his future endeavors on Friday. In other words, he was fired. The four-year WWE career of drug suspensions, lies, and injuries is over for Ken Kennedy…Kennedy.
This was a bit of a surprise to me. I knew that Mr. Kennedy would be in the dog house after re-injuring himself on RAW. I had no idea the axe would fall as fast as it did. In seven-days he went from RAW main-event to RAW viewer.
I wrote last week about Kennedy’s rash of injuries since coming into the WWE. He had garnered a reputation of as an injury-prone wrestler. It was well-known that his latest comeback was his last shot. He still may have been able to hang on, if it was only he had endangered on Monday night.
I may be a little late to the party on this one, but I had to comment on Dana White’s video blog posted below. If you haven’t seen it, check it out below courtesy of You Tube. Once you have seen it, continue reading.
UFC should be embarrassed and ashamed of Dana White’s rant. To put this into perspective, Dana White is the president of a multi-million dollar entertainment company. For better or worse, Dana White is the face of the company. So here you have the face and president of the company ranting and raving like a third-rate thug on You Tube. This is a much bigger problem than something that can be solved by a simple apology.
Sunday marks the 25th time in my lifetime that I will experience Super Bowl Sunday as a pro wrestling fan. WrestleMania will dominate popular culture and sports entertainment for 24 hours on Sunday. Chances are whether you are a wrestling fan or not, you have seen a piece of WrestleMania in your lifetime. The dream of an ambition promoter is now as much of a part of popular culture as the World Series and American Idol.
The anticipation for this year’s WrestleMania began last year. As the 25th edition of the big show, big things were expected by fans. Fans predicted shocking returns, dream matches, celebrity involvement, and a big celebration of 25 years of tradition. Unfortunately the rumors of Steve Austin wrestling, a Warrior vs. Vince match, and even an appearance by the Hulkster were all just rumors.