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WrestlEmania 37, Just a brief review…

Well over the weekend I watched “Wrestlemania 37”. It was a two night show that took place on Saturday and Sunday. I thought it was a pretty good Wrestlemania but could have been better.

Look here for the card:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WrestleMania_37

I thought every match on Saturday Night 1 was really good, every match that night was great. I even thought Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre was fantastic even though I can’t stand Lashley and I thought the women’s main event Sasha vs. Bianca was a great match as well. I even thought Bad Bunny did a great job in a wrestling match with Damien Priest even though I hate his music.

Night 2 wasn’t the greatest. I thought the best matches of that night were Shayna/Nia Jax vs. Natty Neidhart/Tamina tag match, Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayne was great and so was Asuka vs. Rhea Rhipley women’s tag match. The other matches that night weren’t that great at all…. especially Randy Orton vs. The Fiend, this feud is getting stupid even though I’m a huge fan of Randy.

As far as the main event goes with Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan – Triple Threat Championship match… I’m sure everybody expected Roman to lose the belt last night to one of the other guys but of course, that didn’t happen. Roman won the match and retains. It’s probably gonna be a long title run for Roman. That’s okay ’cause I actually like this new heel Roman persona. I think Roman is a badass actually, I’m a fan.

I thought it was an okay Wrestlemania, just thought Night 1 was the best.

It was refreshing to see actual live fans back at a Wrestlemania, though. That was great. Watching wrestling with fans in the crowds is what it’s all about and that’s what they do this for to begin with. This is what wrestlers sacrifice everything for is to wrestle in front of live crowds.

Looking forward to watching RAW tonight.

Kev

Will be watching a whole week of wrestling this week, just noticed that…

Hmmmm, well today I’m gonna catch up with last week’s Smackdown, NXT and NXT UK. Tomorrow night will be WWE RAW, Tuesday Night will be the WWE Hall of Fame show, Wed/Thursday will be the NXT ppv “Stand and Deliver” which is a two night ppv, Friday night will be Smackdown and on Saturday/Sunday will be two nights of “Wrestlemania”. Yup, that’s a whole week of wrestling for sure.

Usually there’s a lot of wrestling to watch to watch on Wrestlemania week, usually happens every year ’cause that’s the WWE’s way of building up hype and to help promote Wrestlemania.

That’s a lot of wrestling to watch this week so I won’t be streaming any movies/TV shows this week.

I like to watch the WWE Hall of Fame live show every year before Wrestlemania ’cause it’s very powerful hearing the Hall of Famer’s speeches. The WWE will be officially inducting legends into the Hall of Fame for 2020 and 2021 ’cause there was no Hall of Fame show last year due to Covid. The Hall of Fame show is back for this Tuesday night which is gonna be on Peacock on Tuesday evening so can’t wait to watch that.

So happy that I signed up for Peacock ’cause just for the hell of it, I just looked on the WWE Network site and it got shut down today ’cause of the big move.

Not sure how to watch live TV on Peacock for WWE yet but I’ll figure it out ’cause I’m still new to this Peacock thing.

Kev

More on Peacock streaming, not so bad actually…

So I took a look at Peacock Streaming earlier this afternoon and it’s not so bad actually. Some cool shows and movies on there other than the WWE stuff. Honestly, there’s not a lot on there for right now but it’s still pretty new and I’m sure they’ll add more streaming content in the future. There’s not a lot of WWE stuff on there yet but that’s because they’ll make the full move later this month, only some WWE stuff are on there for now.

Once again, I only got it for wrestling but I’ll watch some of the other stuff on it like I wanna check out the John Wayne Gacy serial killer documentary that’s on there so that’s gotta be interesting.

The Peacock app isn’t available on my Samsung Smart TV so I’m gonna have to watch it on my PS4 instead or I could watch it on my computer either way.

I’m not sure how you can watch WWE Live yet their 24/7 live TV thing but I’m sure we’ll learn about that soon. “Wrestlemania” is on for two nights next weekend. So all next weekend, I’ll be watching nothing but WWE stuff since “Wrestlemania” weekend is quickly approaching. It’s always fun when Wrestlemania season comes around.

Kev

I’m now on Peacock streaming so I can continue to watch WWE…

Well I just subscribed to the new NBC streaming service they just launched called “Peacock”…. ya know, initially I wasn’t gonna get it… I never wanted it until then I found out that the WWE is gonna shut down their standalone streaming service, WWE Network and it’s moving to Peacock permanently. I had to sign up for Peacock if I want to continue to watch “Wrestlemania” every year and other WWE ppvs. If I want to continue watching NXT, WCW, ECW and other wrestling content on there, I had to sign up for Peacock ’cause I gotta have pro wrestling in my life. Y’all know by now I’m a big pro wrestling nerd so I gotta continue to keep watching my wrestling.

Anyway, maybe Peacock is worth it ’cause they have tons of other cool TV shows and movies on there as well. I subscribe to more than one streaming service ’cause I got rid of my cable box and online streaming is cheaper and it’s the way to go nowadays.

Now I can start watching the hit show “Yellowstone” which stars Kevin Costner… I’ve heard great things about that show and people’s been talking to me about it so I can now start that show anytime. Probably next week, maybe. Yeah, I’m kind of a TV junkie admittedly but I only watch TV at night and not during the day.

I had to sign up for Peacock for WWE Network alone. I hate and despise NBC so much so I hated to get it but man, I had to get it for wrestling, ya know? Had no choice.

I’m new to this Peacock thing so I’ll have give it a look later and start adding stuff to my watchlist. Now I’ll get to watch “Law & Order: SVU” ’cause Stabler is back which is exciting. I used to watch “SVU” all the time, though but stopped after Stabler left. Christopher Meloni rules! Great actor!

Kev

What’s next for Brock Lesnar? Is he done with WWE again??? Looks like it but we’ll see…

We haven’t seen Brock Lesnar on WWE TV in a long while again. Lesnar is a part-timer even though he’s a big main eventer in the WWE. He’s just one of those stars who makes ocassional appearances, just come back for the WWE Title and once he loses it, Lesnar’s gone again. It’s that same cycle over and over again with Brock. That’s how he works with WWE. Lesnar gets paid millions by WWE but doesn’t work a full-time schedule.

Well, Lesnar’s been gone again from WWE TV for a long while and here is the reason. Vince been trying to bring him back but Lesnar’s WWE contract ran out and looks like Brock isn’t interested in re-signing with them. A new deal couldn’t be reached.

This means that Brock is a free agent as of this time. Now there’s a lot of speculation and rumors that he could be on his way to AEW or he could make a UFC comeback for one more fight. Either one of those could be a possibility but Brock could end up re-signing with WWE after all, ya never know. We’ll have to wait and see what Brock is gonna do.

Brock Lesnar no longer under contract with WWE

Brock Lesnar gets so much hate but I don’t know why. I’ve always been a fan of his and admired his career. I even own a Lesnar WWE t-shirt myself and wear it once in a while. Love him or hate him all you want to, Lesnar accomplished so much. Lesnar had matches with pretty much all the WWE legends with the exception of Stone Cold, HBK and Chris Jericho.

It’s gonna be interesting to see what’s next for Brock and we’ll know soon. A possible UFC fight between Jon Bone Jones vs. Lesnar is already heating up so could it actually happen? Like I said, we’ll wait.

If Lesnar does end up going to AEW, that would be great for him ’cause why? If he goes to AEW, that means more creative freedom for him and think how much better his wrestling skills would be if he went to AEW. He’ll be doing more than just the F5 and the suplex which he is known for those. If he goes to AEW, he won’t be able to do those moves anymore since I’m sure the WWE has them trademarked but Brock’s wrestling skills might be different if he goes to AEW so I hope Tony Khan gets him. I stopped watching AEW wrestling a while back but if AEW gets him, I’ll probably start watching again.

You can hate Brock all you want to, the man is an icon and legend. The man is also a huge draw. Where ever he goes, fans will watch even all the haters too.

Kev

Bret “The Hitman” Hart… Montreal Screwjob incident… just some thoughts…

So over the summer during this covid-19 pandemic, I’ve read a few wrestling books to do more research and learning about the controversial wrestling incident that went on between Bret The Hitman Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997 ppv. One book I’ve read was Bret Hart’s “Hitman – My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling” and the other book I’ve read was “The Death of WCW” by R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez. Both of those books were really good and they both talked about the “Montreal Screwjob” a little bit.

To those of you who don’t know anything about the Montreal Screwjob, well let me break it down to you to tell you what it’s all about. The controversy revolves around Bret The Hitman Hart, Shawn Michaels and WWE owner Vince McMahon. Bret and Shawn Michaels not only had an on screen TV feud for years, they also hate each other in real life as well. They had both an on-screen and off-screen feud. Bret won the WWE/WWF title at Summerslam 1997 and Bret signed a contract to WCW and was about to jump ship to there. This got Vince all worried and didn’t want Bret to bring the WWE title to WCW and Bret said he wasn’t gonna do that, it wasn’t his plan. Hart was set to defend the title against Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997. McMahon originally wanted Bret to lose the title to Shawn at Survivor Series 1997 but Bret wasn’t going for it since he didn’t want to lose in his home country which makes sense. In a meeting… Bret, Shawn and Vince agreed that Bret would retain the title at Survivor Series 1997 by disqualification and Bret would lose the title or forfeit later on.

When it came to Survivor Series 1997 night where the match was taken place, Bret vs. Shawn match started. A little later in the match Shawn put Bret in his well-known finisher the Sharpshooter which is a submissive finisher. All of a sudden, Vince comes out to the ring and orders Earl Hebner to ring the bell which causes HBK Shawn Michaels to win the WWE title by submission.

It is called a “screwjob” ’cause Bret got screwed by McMahon. Vince promised Bret that he would retain the title by disqualification but Vince decided that HBK Shawn Michaels would win the WWE title on the last minute.

After that, this angered Bret so much… spitting Vince in the face at ring side and then Bret started destroying things. Bret even punched Vince in the face and knocked him out backstage. Vince and Bret feuded in the media for a long while but later on, they ended up burying the hatchet for good. Bret wanted to bury the hatchet with Vince ’cause he didn’t WWE burying his legacy and Bret wanted to be remembered. Bret got into the WWE Hall of Fame finally in 2006 and WWE made a DVD for him.

In the aftermath of the Screwjob incident, this lead to Vince’s iconic feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin and forced Vince to perform on television as this evil owner bad guy. This is what brought Mike Tyson in to feud with Stone Cold, though.

The Montreal Screwjob incident is the most talked about controversy in wrestling and is still being talked about even after all these years. I can see why Bret is so brutally honest when it comes to the wrestling business ’cause after that, he didn’t want to be screwed over ever again like that. He didn’t want to lose in his hometown of Canada and Vince forced him to lose. After reading Bret’s book (which is very good and definitely one of the best wrestling books I’ve ever read), I’m totally on his side.

People are saying it was a work but I don’t think it was. If it was then it would have been the greatest work of all time and it would be so hard to plan. Kevin Nash said it was a work but watch Bret Hart’s response in the video here:

It was a real incident that angered Bret for many years. Later in the years though since Vince and Bret buried the hatchet, they continued the “Screwjob” incident on WWE TV so they can have a closure which they did real good.

This makes me want to watch “The Wrestling With Shadows” documentary which is about Bret Hart but I didn’t know where to watch. I found out you can watch the documentary in it’s entirety on youtube so I’ll watch it on youtube this weekend.

Bret was always very protective of his career and his legacy and after the Montreal Screwjob incident, I can understand why. Bret may have buried the hatchet with McMahon but I don’t think he’ll ever bury the hatchet with Shawn. Bret will always have pure hatred for Shawn since Shawn himself was in on the whole “screwjob” thing. I think Shawn just wanted that WWE title and got what he wanted.

Bret is definitely one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, though. He is one of my top 10 favorites.

Kev

Why live wrestling shows with an actual crowd is important…

Yeah, even through this dumb covid-19 pandemic which is still going on, I still watch my wrestling. I try to keep up with RAW, NXT, Smackdown and the ppvs. In the beginning, the WWE started to have shows with no crowd at all. Now they brought back the live crowd but at a small capacity. The only problem with that, though, the live crowd with a small capacity are mostly wrestlers from NXT… and they are starting to bring back actual WWE fans too.

Even though the WWE are trying to bring back the fans, watching wrestling is still hard to watch and pretty boring. I just continue to watch wrestling ’cause there’s nothing better to do at night, ya know? Most of my TV watching is always at night. I never watch TV and streaming services during the day.

Anyhow, live wrestling in huge arenas full of fans is very important ’cause that’s what the wrestling business perform these shows for to begin with… they do these shows for the fans. That’s why these guys do what they do, perform for the fans. Fans in the crowd are important to wrestling shows ’cause it helps make the show feel a lot more lively, you get what I mean? It’s important for wrestlers to get over with the crowd whether they are heels or babyfaces. In wrestling terms, a heel means the badguy wrestler and babyfaces mean the good guy wrestler aka the hero. It’s important for wrestlers to perform for a live crowd so the crowd can boo the heels and cheer the babyfaces. Sometimes in wrestling it isn’t always like that, though… sometimes the crowd does cheer the heels whenever they like him and boo the baby faces. Examples of crowds cheering the heel wrestlers would be Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin when they started out as heels but fans started cheering for them… examples of fans booing the babyfaces would be John Cena for sure. Even though, John Cena was always a good guy, fans would boo him anyways. It’s fun to hear the crowd reactions ’cause it’s interesting to see them being honest on who they like and who don’t like. They also boo Roman Reigns even though he’s a babyface wrestler.

Listening to the crowd during wrestling shows, it’s the crowd that helps keep the matches exciting. There’s nothing like it when you see two wrestlers in the ring when they take a swing at each other with their arms and the audience goes “Oooooh”, “aaaaaah”, each time… and whenever a wrestler takes a nasty bump, they’ll chant “holy shit” or “this is awesome”.

Admittedly, I miss the live crowd during wrestling shows. When this covid-19 bullshit is all over and done with, I’m sure WWE will go back to doing shows at arenas and do their Wrestlemanias at stadiums. I miss all that myself but they’ll get back to all that. We just gotta wait longer, I guess.

I don’t know why non-wrestling fans criticize wrestling. I think it’s so much fun to watch, in my opinion. I’ve been a wrestling nerd my whole life, ever since I was a kid and still am a lover of wrestling today. Who are my favorite wrestlers you may ask???

Well… my all time favorites… I’ll have to go with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Warrior, Owen Hart, CM Punk, Jericho, Randy Savage aka the Macho Man and Undertaker can get thrown in the list for sure. Also, Bret Hart.

As for today’s favorite wrestlers in today’s industry, I’m gonna go with AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor and Aleister Black. I would also pick Asuka from the women’s division.

Sure, the WWE is not the best anymore like it used to be in the 80’s and 90’s but I just continue to watch ’cause I respect the industry.

Kev

WWE is running out of longtime veterans… soon we won’t have any at all…

Since the Undertaker is done with WWE, I’m realizing now that the business is running out of WWE veterans/legends. All the long time WWE icons have either retired, been fired in real life or have died. We no longer have Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, JBL, HBK Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, etc. The list goes on… Triple H is still around but he only performs occasionally and it’s looking like he’s about to step back. It’s also looking like John Cena is on the brink of retirement too. Same with Rey Mysterio.

We’re running out of the veterans and well-known icons now that the Undertaker is thrown on the list. We still have Randy Orton who still performs in WWE full time even to this day but sooner or later Randy could end up retiring… I’ll give it more time. Edge came back to the WWE but he’s in it for one more run and that’s it for him.

Kind of a good thing, though ’cause there’s a lot of new and young talent that deserves a chance to shine and become big icons later in years.

It kind of sucks but it is what it is. Wrestling changes over the years. Wrestling companies get new and different rosters all the time.

There are quite a few new talent today that are becoming top stars already like AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Ronda Rousey… to name a few.

I do miss the old days of wrestling, though especially the Stone Cold years, that was the best. I don’t think we’ll get another Stone Cold and Undertaker again; although, I do know the WWE is gonna try. Stone Cold and ‘Taker can’t be replaceable.

Kev

The Undertaker announces retirement from the ring for good after AJ Styles “Boneyard” match…

I’ve only seen the first three episodes of the Undertaker documentary “The Last Ride” on WWE Network and I need to finish the rest of it still now the final episode of the show is on there.

The Undertaker (real name: Mark Calaway) announced exclusively on his documentary “The Last Ride” that he’s done wrestling for good after the AJ Styles “Boneyard” match at Wrestlemania 36. Originally, The Undertaker and AJ Styles were supposed to have a regular match in the ring at WM-36 but covid-19 forced them to do the match differently. Instead, they made the match “Boneyard” style… filmed like an action/horror movie. Yup, looks like that’s the Undertaker’s last match for sure.

The reason Undertaker is hanging it up is ’cause he feels that he has nothing left to accomplish… there’s nothing more for him to conquer and he also feels that he wants to step away to give the new talent in the business a chance to shine.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2897095-the-undertaker-i-have-no-desire-to-get-back-in-the-ring-after-aj-styles-match

I’m sure another reason he’s done is because his body can’t take it anymore and he had way too many surgeries over the years like his documentary showed.

The Undertaker is definitely one of the most recognizable and most respected stars of all time. How can you not like the Undertaker? Even non-wrestling fans aka people who aren’t even into wrestling at all find Undertaker likeable. He’s the most respected wrestler in the industry for sure. The word “legend” gets thrown around a lot but I think that term belongs to ‘Taker and no one else.

Even though he was a huge man, he was a great wrestler and great mic worker too. He was also known as a locker room leader. Have you noticed over the years, not one other wrestler said something negative about ‘Taker? You know how other wrestlers talking trash at each other in the press in real life? Point me out where a wrestler said something bad about Undertaker? You’re not gonna find much of anything ’cause everyone in the business loved him. ‘taker was like a father in the wrestling business, ya know? Everyone looked up to him and respected him. Even the most hated wrestlers in the business loved him.

‘Taker had a great career for sure… he had matches against everyone in the business pretty much. While he did have a great career ride, I wished the long talked about match against WCW’s Sting could have happened but it never did. Sting, the guy known as a scorpion and wears makeup was dying to make his match happen with ‘Taker at a Wrestlemania but it looks like we’ll never see it happen at all. Looks like Sting’s in-ring career is about over for good too ’cause he has a bad neck.

My favorite Undertaker match of all time, though, was his Hell in a Cell match with Mankind at King of the Ring ’98. That match is such a classic and will go down in history too.

Now that it looks like Undertaker is done, hopefully he gets in the WWE Hall of Fame finally. That will probably happen next year ’cause the Hall of Fame inductees were already announced for this year.

I agree, though that there is nothing left for Undertaker to do. Wrestlemania is never gonna be the same without him.

Kev

Does Vince McMahon owner of WWE gives autographs to fans??? No, he has never been that type…

In a podcast with wrestling personality, Arn Anderson, he was doing a Q&A episode with fans and one fan sent in a question asking Arn if Vince himself the owner of WWE signs autographs for fans. Arn says that “No”… Vince does not give autographs to fans ’cause he simply doesn’t have the time being the workhorse that Vince is. Arn says that he has never seen Vince give autographs and probably will never happen.

Vince is a very busy guy. He doesn’t have time to meet other WWE fans… although I’m sure he does meet occasional fans when out and about. You’ll just never get an autograph from him… you’ll probably just get a “hello” or a “handshake” from him and that’s about it.

Vince really is a busy man… he totally focus’s on most of his life through WWE. That’s all he spends his life on. You’ll never see him take a break and Vince is a weightlifter/bodybuilder himself and he workouts like 3 or 4 in the morning… he does that every morning. I remember Triple H saying Vince does that and now Arn is saying the same thing. Vince keeps busy, he doesn’t sleep much.

Arn Anderson explains why you will never see Vince McMahon sign autographs and take pictures with fans

A lot of people want to hate on Vince but I don’t know why. He always had my utmost respect. He’s the one that gave us all this… professional wrestling. You may not like his booking and creative style when it comes to TV but the man is still a genius. Vince was a great performer himself when he was evil Mr. McMahon in the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras.

As far as Vince not caring to meet fans, maybe he just doesn’t care about the fame and just wants to work? I’m sure he’s flattered that people love him, though. He probably just wants the fans to love the superstars that he gives us… maybe that’s another reason… doesn’t need to hog their spotlight.

Kev