Saturday, May 25, 2013

They need a little push

Who would I like to see get a push in the course of the next few months in WWE?

Honestly, it's time to let Seth Rollins back on top for awhile.  Yes, he's got some gold as half the Tag Team champs right now, and he's in the Shield, but he's sort of been hiding in the background the last while behind his curtain of hair. Let him take some of the lead for a bit. And you know maybe pick one colour and stick with it, still hoping to see him go back to full on dark side.

Brad Maddox, he has been holding his own on NXT but that's about it.  He needs more air time in general.

Leo Kruger and Kassius Ohno. Damn it! They need to be given a big push onto Smackdown! Imagine what they could do if actually given a proper storyline. As a tag team, or as singles they could be good for the summer feud with anyone from Wade Barrett to even the Shield.
Think of the technical submission matches we could see if Ohno were allowed to dip into Smackdown against Rollins... sorry drooling now.

Well, that's what's on my mind on this Saturday morning.
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

What I loved and hated about ...

Extreme Rules

pre-show... Miz won just as predicted. CRAP! The length of the match was okay but it could have been longer in my mind.  I like that Wade Barrett was part of the pre-show, but would have liked to have more of him. I still think that pre-shows are not handled as well as they could be.

First up was Jericho vs Fandango... Well, Fandango's pants looked like someone melted crayons and smeared them all over him. Dude why?  Jericho got the win clean with a codebreaker and a pin.  I'm liking that Fandango was beat.

Shield match -Dean Ambrose vs Kofi Kingston.... Ambrose wore white.  Nice! And get this, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns did not stick around. And you know what happened then...Ambrose cleaned house! The U. S. title is now on the waist of Shield. Match was a bit short for my tastes, but most matches these days are too short for my tastes.

Mark Henry vs Sheamus in a strap match. Sheamus got this. I have to say, I was wrong on my predictions here, and for once glad I was wrong.

Swagger vs Del Rio in an I Quit match for the number one contender spot.  Del Rio got this with his armbreaker.  This had some issues, because Zeb threw Del Rio's towel and the ref called the match giving it to Swagger, until he saw the replay and then restarted the match.  Del Rio then won within seconds making Swagger scream I Quit.

Shield match- Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs Kane and Bryan.  Tornado rules and it was the Tag Team belts on the line.  Shield got the win.  Love it! Love it! Match was decent length. And you have to love the fact that they did it clean.

Big Show vs Orton.  This was a typical back and forth match. And Orton won. There wasn't any doubt.

Cena vs Ryback. Last Man Standing.  Feel sorry for the "pit crew" who had to jump out of the way when they both went through the gates at the time keepers seats. This was a seemingly nasty, brutal finish.  I have to admit, that they do so many fake injuries that I've long given up trying to tell when it's a scripted injury and when it's the real deal.   No winner.

Brock vs Triple H.   Brock had his knee messed up, midway through the match, which made me cringe and will no doubt set off nightmares of my own knee injury tonight, and Heyman ran into the cage getting jammed up by Triple H. And delivered a low blow on Triple H.  Brock got the win. and there was no blood shed that I saw.

Okay, obviously, I loved the wins by the Shield. That was something I blogged about a month ago so seeing it come about made my week.
As I said earlier in the post, I love longer matches.

love Ardeth Blood.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What I think will happen at...

Extreme Rules  tomorrow night.

Pre-Show is suppose to have Miz vs Cody Rhodes... I would actually like to say Rhodes for the win, but given how badly they seem to handle pre-shows for ppvs, I say it will go to Miz with the use of the figure fore...too predictable.  What I would love to see, is Wade Barrett or Damien Sandow run in, and for the match itself to last longer then 4 minutes.

Jericho vs Fandango... seriously, don't care. But, what I would love to see is a submissions match. Maybe with Cesaro as the special guest ref?  That would be cool. 

Orton vs Big Show... it's an Extreme rules match. I have to put my money on Orton, if no one runs in.  Maybe we could bring Cesaro in here for a run in?  Dude, I'm just really thinking we need Cesaro somewhere in this ppv.

Sheamus vs Mark Henry in a strap match.  Everyone knows I'm a big fan of Sheamus, but I think I have to give this match to Henry.

Alberto Del Rio vs Swagger.  Seriously, don't think either will be given a chance to cry I Quit, because I hate to say it, but I think someone like Big E will run in and ruin it all. Which will blow monkey balls. But, if no one disrupts the match, then I have to hand it to Del Rio.

Cena vs Ryback... don't care.  It's a Last Man Standing match, and going to say I hope that The Shield run in just cause they are my favourite vengeance demons.  OR CM Punk will make his big return and run in. I could live with that.

Triple H vs Brock... don't care. But in this case, I can see Triple H getting the win with tons of blood shed.

The Shield matches - Dean Ambrose vs Kofi Kingston. That's a no brainer, Ambrose is going to come from that with the United States championship.  Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns  vs Team Hell No
for the Tag Team belts in a Tornado match.  Rollins and Reigns will come from that with the Tag Team belts. (I actually mentioned this like a month dude here

And if you're asking yourself why I put my favourites on the bottom of the list, then you need to remind yourself how I think. When the MotorCityMachine Guns! used to be a team in TNA, they got the "main event" spot on the blog.   (yes I know they did not spell it as one long word but bite me, I do write it that way.)

I'll be back tomorrow after the ppv.  Till then,
Love Ardeth Blood- kiss kiss noise

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Are the best wrestling Villains truly on the mic?

One of the reasons I have always loved wrestling, happens to be the commentators.  It's something I would honestly love to do myself, just once even.   But, I think part of the reason I love the commentators so much, is they can say anything and get away with it.

In other words, if you're in the announce booth you're probably there because you're an excellent heel. Sympathetic to the troubles and disrespect that the big bad in the ring is subject to from fans. (I'm waiting for the day The Shield take over Smackdown's announce booth for the night. Just one episode, don't make me beg.)

Bobby the Brain Heenan, Cyrus, Joel Gertner, Tazz, Michael Cole,  all known as much for pissing people off as they are for anything else, and all with the simple use of their voice.

When I get into conversations with other fans, everyone asks me who my biggest influence growing up was, and my answer is always Bobby the Brain Heenan.   Hands down. I loved the way he could manipulate a microphone more so then anything else he ever did in an actual ring.

I first started to watch ECW on tv because I was a fan of Raven, I continued watching because of Joel Gertner.  I loved anticipating who would be the baseline for his jokes every week.  And who didn't have a laugh fest every time he'd ball up his fists and give a silent open mouthed laugh in the style of a two year old?   Dude, priceless.

JCW is as much known for having 3D and Gweedo (the wrestling on air persona of Violent J, and Shaggy 2 Dope) as they are for helping bring guys like the late Trent Acid to a wider audience.  Those two pulled no punches when calling a match. And created stories within stories within inside jokes each episode. Sometimes expanding on a character.

Currently, NXT has William Regal as the center piece for the mouth pieces, but I've yet to see the WWE really put stock into bringing the next generation of announcers into the forefront.  Michael Cole has been carrying the Monday and Friday night shows on his back now for the last few years. Brad Maddox and Josh Mathews could, if given an honest shot, become the next generation of voices to carry fans into the next few decades.

This is one thing, I'm sorry to say, TNA is short on. We have Tazz as colour commentator, but no one else on the Impact announce booth crew (say that three times fast) seems to be as charasmatic. Nor do I see anyone jumping in any time soon.  This would be an excellent use of Christopher Daniels or Austin Aries between matches, as they are both wicked on the mic.

I've actually been on the receiving end of a mouth full of nasty comments from Cyrus at autograph signings and live events, even when he's off he's on. But that doesn't change the fact I think he's one of the best microphone masters around.

When we think of a really great match, we think of the wrestlers, but when we think of a really great episode, many of us remember the one liners and the catch phrases at just the right point in a match, as much as who was in the ring itself that night. Guest announcers for matches, can make or break the concentration of the regular announce crew, adding to or taking from what normally could have been a really great commentary.  A great announcer can jump script and steer a sinking segment into smoother waters, while others flounder in their notes.

Usually, its the villains who end up saving the segment.

Love Ardeth Blood

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Glad to see....

I used screen capture for this post

The return of Chris Sabin!

Everyone and their dog's grandmother, knows that I'm a big fan of Mr. Sabin, and it's really great to see that he's made his return to wrestling after almost two full years out because of knee injuries.

I know, he came back to TNA tv last week, but I didn't get a chance to see it till today, so hence the late mention. 

What does this mean for the state of the X-Division in TNA?    It means that the X-Division can finally have a chance to repair itself. It's been lacking for months. 
In his first televised match back, if you watch the episode from May 2nd 2013, you will see there was a moment where it looked like he might have taken on more then he could chew. But thankfully, he proved that he really has not lost a step. 
His promo spoke of his intentions to join the hunt for the Heavyweight title. I don't think anyone would doubt at all that the title would look like it belongs on his shoulder.  Personally, I'd like to see the X-Division belt around his waist as well. (can we just hand them both to him?)

Speaking as someone who dealt with a knee injury, having one is bad enough, but having to deal with both knees causing you pain and issues, the dude is a god as far as I'm concerned to be able to come back from that. Just to come back from a knee injury in general, let alone return to a sport as demanding as wrestling. And to the X-Division on top of that!  Dude is a god!

I just have one thing to say about the return of Mr. Sabin...dude the hair! Seriously? (shall I break out the hair gel or just let you kill me with a chainsaw and use my intestines to slick it back?- damn I missed being able to use this hair gimmick)

Love always, Ardeth Blood