Tuesday, April 26, 2011

WWE Draft Wrap Up

Since 2002 every year after Wrestlemania the WWE has its draft. This started after the WWE decided to do their brand extension where Raw and Smackdown became totally different entities. The draft has allowed to WWE to retool story lines and freshen up characters.

John Cena to Smackdown
I actually did't expect this pick to stay I almost feel like somehow he was going to get switched back to Raw. Before the end of night he did. The pick of Cena was just get the show kicked off with a bang and to make the crowd instantly hot. Good move but you know you have to have the biggest star on the biggest show.

Rey Mysterio to Raw
Mysterio going to Raw is a good move for him and show what he can do with the Raw roster. Mysterio has wrestled everybody that there is to wrestle on the Smackdown roster. This should allow for some fresh fueds and new matches.

Randy Orton to Smackdown
Randy Orton to Smackdown is not too much of a surprise. A lot of people expected that the Apex Predator would be making a move to become the top face on Smackdown. He is at that breakout point and it would be nice to see a show built around the Viper.

4. Mark Henry to Smackdown
Adds size strength and power to the line up but probably won't be a earth shattering move.

5. Sin Cara to SmackDown

Well you can not have him and Rey Mysterio on the same show. Still should be very entertaining with his fast paced style.

6. Big Show to Raw
Adding the World's largest athlete to Monday Night's will not make too much of a change.

7. Alberto Del Rio to Raw

Del Rio was kind of a surprise pick but he has been spending a lot time on the Raw Brand lately. His presence combined with the Miz's will create an interesting dynamic as they both are trying to be the top heel on the WWE's flagship program.

After the live draft on Raw the WWE followed up with a supplemental draft that they did online. Most of these moves are anti climatic and will not result in any major waves in the WWE Universe.

9. Daniel Bryan to SmackDown
10. Jack Swagger to Raw
11. The Great Khali to SmackDown
12. Jimmy Uso to SmackDown
13. Kelly Kelly to Raw
14. JTG to Raw
15. Alicia Fox to SmackDown
16. William Regal to SmackDown
17. Yoshi Tatsu to SmackDown
18. Drew McIntyre to Raw
19. Natalya to SmackDown
20. Curt Hawkins to Raw
21. Chris Masters to Raw
22. Jey Uso to SmackDown
23. Kofi Kingston to Raw

24. Ted DiBiase to SmackDown
Hopefully we can see the fortunate son live up to his full potential in a space. This would not be a bad time to put together the faction The Fortunate Sons with Mike Migillicutty and Ted's brother Brent DiBiase(just a thought). The main thing is getting him a chase for the IC or US title and some meaningful wins.

25. Tyson Kidd to SmackDown
26. Tamina to SmackDown
27. Tyler Reks to Raw

28. Alex Riley to SmackDown
A-Rod is someone who could really benefit from the brand switch. His reputation on Raw as Miz's sidekick who took his beatings for him. Most of the time jobbed out to upper level superstars. Believe it or not this guy is actually talented and may get to shine on Friday nights.

29. Beth Phoenix to Raw

30. Sheamus to SmackDown
There are not too many drafts where the last overall pick can be one of the biggest impact players. With Del Rio going over to Raw Smackdown is a little light in the top level heel department. Sheamus maybe able to help fill some of that void as a former WWE Champion and current United States Champion.

Awesome Kong Promo (Kharma)
We are getting closer to the debut of Kharma or as some wrestling fans know her as Awesome Kong. She will bring something that the WWE Diva seen has never seen before. This is not some lingerie model who is looking for a career change. Kharma is coming to actually hurt people...

If you have never seen her in action and are unfamiliar with Awesome Kong

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thank You Edge

Watching Monday Night Raw the WWE Universe received an announcement it was not prepared to hear. It was the retirement of the Rated R Superstar Edge. The most decorated WWE superstar of all time is calling it quits due to neck injury that he suffered 8 years ago that has progressively gotten worse. Some people may think that this is a work but almost everybody that I have talked to close to the business says that this is the real deal. The doctors will not clear him anymore to wrestle. Edge has carved out big time Hall of Fame career. He is actually the most decorated superstar in WWE history. He has won every possible title that could be won. He is the only guy win Money in The Bank, Royal Rumble and King of the Ring. So I decided to dedicate this blog to the great career of on Adam Copeland also know as The Rated R Superstar, The Ultimate Opportunist, The Master Manipulator or simply Edge.

As a kid growing up in Toronto, Canada Edge was a huge wrestling fan. He was a self professed Hulkamanic like most kids who grew up in the 1980's. In his high school year book Copeland was named "Most Likely to be WWF Champion", very prophetic words. At age 18, a young Adam won an essay contest, with Sully's Gym offering free wrestling classes to whoever could write a good enough essay, stating why they want to be a professional wrestler. By him winning the contest, he was trained by Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchinsonin Toronto.

After grinding it out around the Great Lakes and Canadian indy scene Edge eventually made it to the big time. He and childhood friend Christian Cage made it big as the innovative tag team Edge and Christian. Billed as brothers (kayfabe) from Toronto who helped revolutionize the tag team division. Their most popular opponents were the Hardy Boyz and later the Dudley Boyz. Together they became tag team Champions 7 times. They were also involved in a matched that changed Tag Team and Wrestling history known as TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs). This involved the Dudleyz, Hardyz and E and C. The Dudleyz were the masters of the tables, Hardyz masters of the ladders and Edge and Christian were the masters of the chairs. As heels or as faces Edge/Christian solidified themselves as one of the greatest tag teams of all time. They also displayed incredible comedic timing with their wonderful costume changes they provided entertainment inside and outside the ring.
After his run ended with Christian around 2001 when the Invasion angle started Edge started to make a name for himself as a singles wrestler. Also that year he went on to win the King of the Ring tournament in 2001. After that Christian betrayed Edge and the two feuded over Edge's Intercontinental Championship that Edge won at SummerSlam and later lost to Christian at Unforgiven. Following this, Edge lost the Intercontinental title to Test and shortly afterwards won the WCW United States Championship from Kurt Angle. Edge defeated Test at Survivor Series to unify the Intercontinental Championship with the U.S. Championship.
After this Edge went to wrestle on the Smackdown brand after the brand extension came on where he had a classic fued with Kurt Angle which ended in a hair vs hair match at Judgement Day in which Edge won and force Kurt to shave his head. Two months later, he would end up winning the WWE Tag Team Championship (later renamed the World Tag Team Championship) alongside childhood hero Hulk Hogan on July 4, 2002 from Billy and Chuck.
In February of 2003, Edge suffered a neck injury and had to undergo surgery with Dr. Lloyd Youngblood. Recovery kept him sidelined for almost a year where he had the spinal fusion. I really thought as a fan that this was around the time that Adam was going to go to the next level and insert himself in the World Title picture. He was so solid with his in ring work and personality that it was just a matter of time. To not be denied he returend strong as ever. He was placed on the Raw brand in the WWE Draft after WrestleMania XX and returned to in-ring action shortly after that event. Copeland went on to win the Intercontinental championship at Vengeance from Randy Orton in 2004.
Following a devasting groin injury in a non-televised match, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff stripped Edge of the Intercontinental title.

When Edge came back around 2004 he made a switch back to a heel type character that he was before Edge and Christian had broken up as he began to pursue the World Heavyweight Championship.

His big breakout has to be the 1st ever Money in The Bank match at Wrestlemania XXI where Edge became the first ever money in the bank winner. After cashing it in after John Cena fought through a tough Elimination Chamber match the Ultimate Opportunist had his first of 11 World Titles. Over the years the Rated R Superstar has never been short on entertainment value and will be missed...

Top 5 Favorite Matches Involving Edge
1. Tables, Ladders, Chairs - Edge/Christian vs Dudley Boyz vs The Hardyz - Wrestlemania XVII/ WWE Tag Team Championship

2. Edge vs The Undertaker - Wrestlemania XXIV/ World Heavyweight Title Match

3. Edge/Christian vs The Hardyz - Terri Invitational Final/ No Mercy 1999 (Ladder Match)

4. Edge vs Mick Foley (Hardcore Match) - Wrestlemania XXII

5. Money in The Bank Ladder Match (original) - Wrestlemania XXI

Career Accomplishments World Heavyweight Championship (7 times)
WWE Champion (4 times)
World Tag Team Championship (12 times)– with Christian (7), Chris Benoit (2), Hulk Hogan (1), Randy Orton (1) and Chris Jericho (1)
WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times)[ – with Rey Mysterio (1) and Chris Jericho (1)
WWE Intercontinental Championship (5 times)
WCW United States Championship (1 time)
Fourteenth Triple Crown Champion
King of the Ring (2001)
Mr. Money in the Bank (2005, 2007)
Royal Rumble (2010)
Slammy Award for Couple of the Year (2008) – with Vickie Guerrero
Slammy Award for "Oh Snap" Meltdown of the Year (2010)Destroying the Anonymous GM's computer


Monday, April 4, 2011

HBK is in The Hall of Fame

If you have watched the Top 50 WWE Superstars of All Time DVD you will notice that the #1 Superstar is Shawn Michaels. This list was voted on by the active WWE Superstars. Most list will have somewhere in their top 5 and all will have him at least in their top 10. If you are looking a list that does not have Mr. Wrestlemania in at least their top 10 of all time, just know that the publication or person knows nothing about professional wrestling. It had to be a now brainer for the WWE to name Shawn as a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Whether you have been following Shawn when he on half of the Midnight Rockers(Rockers in WWE), him co founding DX or taking on the Deadman at Wrestlemania's I am sure you were greatly entertained by this master of the ring. He could have a great match with just about anybody under any circumstance.

One of the biggest things that I liked about Shawn Michaels since his return was that he was not afraid to share his faith with us. Sometimes as Christians we are scared to let people know how God has moved in our lives and touched and changed us. By doing this he gave a lot of inspiration to those of us who have fallen short and trying to better ourselves everyday.

Some of the younger fans may not have seen some of Shawn's great matches such as the Iron Man Match with Bret Hart or him being the first main to go the distance in a Royal Rumble match to win it all. One of his most popular matches was his Ladder Match with Razor Ramon at Wrestlemania X. In todays wrestling it may not seem like a big deal but at that time Ladder Matches were extremely rare. What HBK did in that ring and the use of the ladder was nothing short of amazing. To quote Ric Flair "Shawn went out to the ring and had a match with a ladder, the other guy just happened to be in the ring."
Top 5 Favorite Shawn Micheals Matches
1. Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker from Wrestlemania XXV

2. Shawn Michaels vs Triple H - Royal Rumble 2004/ Last Man Standing Match

3. Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart - 60 Minute Iron Match from Wrestlemania XII for the WWF Heavyweight Championship

4. The Rockers vs Orient Express - Wrestlemania VI

5. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania X

Career Accomplishments
AWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times)– with Marty Jannetty
WWF Championship (3 times)/World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
WWF European Championship (1 time)
WWF Intercontinental Championship (3 times)
WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (5 times)– with Diesel (2), Steve Austin (1), John Cena (1), and Triple H (1)
WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time)– with Triple H (1)
World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Royal Rumble (1995, 1996)
Fourth Triple Crown Champion
First Grand Slam Champion
WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2011)

HBK gets his Hall of Fame Ring

For More on Shawn Micheals

Dragon Gate USA/ Mercury Rising

During Wrestlemania weekend here in Atlanta I had the pleasure of taking a lot of wrestling. The best time I had may have at the live taping and IPPV broadcast for Dragon Gate USA Mercury Rising 2011. If you are not familiar with Dragon Gate USA here is a little background on the promotion. Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2009 as an international expansion of the Japanese promotion Dragon Gate.
Gabe Sapolsky, former head booker of Ring of Honor, serves as the promotion's Vice President.

Here is the card for the event. I am not going to a match by match review because I want to you order this and check it out. It is that good. The matches were top notch and it told an excellent story. The crowd really was into the event the entire evening...
Main Event #1 – Open The Freedom Gate Title Match
YAMATO defends vs. Austin Aries
*Aries has stated he will leave DGUSA if he does not win the Championship

Main Event #2 – Grudge Match – The Six Man Tradition Returns
Blood Warriors of CIMA, Naruki Doi & Ricochet
Ronin of Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann

Main Event #3 – Open The Brave Gate Title Match
PAC defends vs. Akira Tozawa

Special Attraction Match – Non-TitleOpen The Dream Gate Champion Masato Yoshino vs. Sami Callihan

Elimination Match - Jimmy Jacobs vs. Brodie Lee vs. Stalker Ichickawa vs. Silas Young vs. AR Fox vs. Jon Davis

Special Challenge Match - Jon Moxley with Trina Michaels vs. Arik Cannon

Many people called Dragon Gate USA "Mercury Rising 2011" iPPV the best event of that huge weekend in Atlanta. The entire card is now available On Demand at www.WWNLive.com


Ric Flair and The 4 Horsemen

Ric Flair and The 4 Horsemen