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Wrestlemania 36 is still happening but it’s being moved to the Performance Center with no audience…

Yes… Vince McMahon aka the chairman/owner of WWE was late on making a decision for this year’s Wrestlemania which will be the 36th one. Originally, the event was going to be taken place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL but due to COVID-19, Vince decided to move Wrestlemania to the Performance Center in Orlando, FL but the show is gonna have no fans in attendance. The first Wrestlemania in history with no freakin’ audience!

In the beginning, fans were wondering if Vince is ever gonna cancel Wrestlemania due to the Chinese Virus outbreak and many even wanted him to cancel it like everyone else is cancelling events like crazy. For a while Vince wouldn’t do it. Then it was said that if Vince doesn’t cancel Wrestlemania, the city Tampa would have cancelled it themselves and I believe that’s when Vince finally decided to make a decision to move the show to the Performance Center in Orlando.

People wanted Vince to cancel Wrestlemania but you can’t cancel the biggest show ever in the world of sports and entertainment. You can’t do it. Really, one thing that wrestling haters out there will never admit is that Wrestlemania is the biggest event ever. I’m pretty sure Vince thought long and hard on whether or not to cancel ’cause keep in mind, it’s a very difficult decision to make. I’m sure it was driving him crazy which is why it took so long for him to finally respond.

Even though Wrestlemania 36 will be in a smaller venue with no live crowd, I’m still gonna watch Wrestlemania since I watch it every year. The headlining main event for ‘mania this year is Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre and it’s a shame they won’t be performing that match in front of 80,000 people or over. Instead, they’re going to do that match with no fans. All the fans will be watching at home either through the WWE Network or on PPV.

I’m still looking forward to Wrestlemania this year. It might be boring watching it this year since no live crowd to cheer and boo them on ’cause that’s what made Wrestlemania special over the years, the crowd reaction. It’s going to be weird seeing a WM without an audience but I’m watching anyways.

I’m happy Wrestlemania is still happening, though.

Kev

Ric Flair celebrates his 71st birthday today… WOOOOooooo!!!

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Ric Flair, legendary wrestler celebrates his 71st birthday today. Yeah, the man definitely had a lot of problems over the years like his struggle with alcoholism, relationships with women, dealt with the death of his son Reid Flair and all kinds of things as he has confessed in his book that he wrote with Charlotte, “Second Nature”… which is his only tell-all book pretty much. Anyway, no matter what you think of Ric love him or hate him, he is a wrestling legend.

Other than Hulk Hogan, Macho Man and Andre The Giant being a few of the biggest names in pro wrestling history… Ric Flair is right up there with them. I mean, Ric is a guy who worked for every professional wrestling company you can think of. He worked for old school WWF, then he worked for WCW for many years, then he returned to WWE later on… he also worked for TNA Impact for a long while.

In the early days, though, Ric started out wrestling in the AWA and he wrestled in Japan for a lot of years too. He worked for Jim Crockett’s “World Championship Wrestling” before it became Ted Turner’s “WCW” later on. Ric worked for the NWA in the 80’s before making his way into the old WWF in 1991.

Ric Flair’s entire life was based on wrestling… that was all he ever did and all he ever knew. That was the only thing that he made a living on pretty much… he made his money through wrestling over the years. Ric definitely loved wrestling ’cause he kept at it until Vince forced him to retire in 2008 where he had his last wrestling match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24. Ric never wrestled again after that.

Why did Ric retire from wrestling? Well his age for starters and his body probably couldn’t take it anymore, plus he had some big health scares not too long ago so he would probably never wrestle in a ring ever again. He still does make WWE appearances occasionally, though.

Ric is the one who started the Four Horsemen group which is the biggest wrestling faction of all time… the original Four Horsemen with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and JJ Dillon. The Horsemen group started in the NWA and then went on to WCW with different members.

Ric is a legendary wrestler who is a 16 time world champion… and he had many classic matches that we’ll never forget and he had some pretty excellent feuds. He had many great matches with Ricky Steamboat.

I got to see Ric Flair wrestle live in person… it was at the Royal Rumble 1992 ppv in Albany NY when it used to be called “The Knickerbocker Arena”. Yeah, I got the opportunity to witness Ric Flair winning his first world title that night and it was an amazing night and probably the best Royal Rumble and I was glad I got to see it live. I didn’t get very good seats, though, I remember sitting at the very top of the arena but I could still see the ring pretty good. It’s definitely one of the best Rumble’s in the history of wrestling for sure.

Ric is one of my all time favorite wrestlers other than Hulk Hogan, the Warrior, Owen Hart, Sting and Randy Savage. Ric was the best.

Even though Ric is a retired wrestler now, he still finds ways to stay involved in the business like make occasional appearances in WWE, I know Ric had his own podcast show for a little while, he still does autograph signings sometimes and things like that. He still has pretty strong passion for the business even though he doesn’t wrestle anymore.

Happy birthday, Ric and I’m sure he’s enjoying it with his family and friends. Wooooo….

Kev

Pro wrestling doesn’t get any respect anymore when it should…

I am not ashamed at all to be a lifelong wrestling fan. I’ve watched pro wrestling all my life… ever since I was a little child and my love pro wrestling never stopped. I’m still a fan and still watch obsessively even to this day. I remember in the 80’s everybody respected wrestling ’cause that was back in the days when everyone thought it was real but then the WWF/WWE lost its respect once they noticed that wrestling is “fake” and “scripted”.

The WWE was pretty hot in the Golden Era… that was back in the days of Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Jake Roberts, Shawn Michaels, etc. were all around. That’s when everybody in the world loved wrestling but like I said above people started to lose interest around the time people started to notice it was fake. The people also started to lose interest in the WWE over Vince’s steroid trial back in the day.

The WWE got pretty hot once again once the Attitude Era came around thanks to the legendary Austin vs. McMahon feud that helped put the WWE on the map again. It stayed like that for a while but when the Ruthless Aggression era came in the 2000’s years, people started to lose interest some more due to its edgy storylines and controversial content.

Not only that, the real life tragic incident of Chris Benoit of where he killed his wife and kid and then himself after. There are other reasons why people continued to lose interest in wrestling… the Hulk Hogan sex tape is another one, all that Gawker stuff turned people off and the WWE continuing to do shows in Saudi Arabia.

Like always, the WWE continue to struggle in the ratings ’cause the writing, the booking of matches can’t get any better. The WWE continues to suck creatively and they don’t give us good wrestling anymore like they used to.

Whenever fans like myself continue to watch wrestling, I always get judged and criticized for it… it’s like, “Why do you watch that garbage? It’s so fake…” I try to talk wrestling online like my blogs and social media pages and nobody cares most of the time. The only people that cares are other wrestling fans that are out there whether they are “marks” or “smart fans”, I’m cool with either one. “Marks” are the type of fans who believe wrestling is real.

We all know that pro wrestling is “fake” and “scripted”… we aren’t stupid, duh. We watch because it’s fun. We find it entertaining as hell seeing good guys and bad guys going at it in the ring. It’s all theater. That’s what it all is pretty much.

And is wrestling fake like they all say it is? They’re not really hurting each other in the ring sure but one thing that wrestling haters will never admit that it takes a lot of physicality in their bodies to do what they do. There’s nothing fake about jumping off the top turn buckle of the ring and landing on announcer tables. There’s nothing fake about all that high flying stuff they do. Plus, it takes a lot of training and skill to become a wrestler which takes a lot of physicality…. so in reality, pro wrestling that we see on TV today is a sport whether you want to admit that or not.

Yes, “injuries” can happen for real as many stars over the years were forced to take time off of performing to heal up. Injuries can happen by accident ’cause these wrestlers are real people and real human beings, there’s nothing fake about that either. Ya know, another thing to think about… all these wrestling legends can’t wrestle anymore ’cause they got too burnt out over the years of wrestling and plus too many injuries. The Undertaker can’t wrestle full time anymore. Undertaker only wrestles like once or twice a year ’cause his body can’t take a full time schedule anymore. He had too many injuries and surgeries over the years. Same with Hulk Hogan… I know how fans want Hogan to have one last match but unfortunately it’s looking it’s never gonna happen ’cause of his bad back and he just had his 10th back surgery not too long ago. Sting who is from WCW, it looks like his wrestling career is just about done ’cause of his bad neck… although it seems he does want to wrestle some more in the future. Shawn Michaels aka HBK, he can’t wrestle ’cause of a bad back. There were wrestlers over the years who were forced to retire ’cause of a serious injury like Paige for example.

Okay, I think you get my point now. Wrestling maybe fake but not all of it.

I watch wrestling because I just respect the hell out of what they do. I’m not one to sit here and hate this wrestler and hate that wrestler. I’m not that kind of guy. I love and respect them all… even the ones that everybody hates. They sacrificed so much just to entertain fans in arenas and stadiums all over the world. Leaving their real life behind so they can perform for us, they don’t get much respect for that when they should. Giving all their blood, sweat and tears for what they do.

While I think the WWE is an amazing company, I’m not so picky when it comes to wrestling companies I support them all and try to watch them all as much as I can. I just love pro wrestling, ya know? I support it all ’cause they need it and they deserve it. When TNA Impact was on TV, I used to watch them a lot… I also try to watch ROH on TV when I can. I’ve also been watching a lot of old school WCW Nitro on the WWE Network still. I’ve watched a lot of Japan wrestling too.

Wrestling is awesome. I don’t know why people hate it so much. I almost wanted to become a wrestler myself but I can’t ’cause of my scoliosis… I can enjoy wrestling as a fan, though. What these people do is pretty amazing.

I’m not ashamed to be a wrestling fan and I’ll never grow out of it. It’s just a blast. It’s fun to watch it on TV but even more fun seeing it living in person, though. That’s why they do what they do… they want us to have fun and it’s why they are called “entertainers”.

Kev

“Ruthless Aggression” documentary series on WWE Network… really good…

So this week on the WWE Network, I’ve started watching the new documentary series that the WWE has been releasing on their streaming service lately. The new docu-series is titled, “Ruthless Aggression” which is about the “Ruthless Aggression” era in WWE which took place between the years 2002 – 2008.

Some of you may ask, what is the “Ruthless Aggression” era? Well to explain it real quick, the “Ruthless Aggression” era came when the Attitude Era was just ending in the late 90’s – 2000’s years. Stone Cold quit the WWE toward the end of the Attitude Era and the Rock Dwayne Johnson was just transitioning to become a Hollywood actor at that time. Since two of the most biggest main eventers left WWE… the company needed new main event stars… so that’s where the “Ruthless Aggression” comes in. They wanted stars to step-up and hopefully become even bigger stars.

“The Ruthless Aggression” era… saw the purchase of WCW during that time which this era included in the WCW Invasion angle which means that this helped bring back Hulk Hogan during this era. This era also saw the return of the NWO wrestling faction toward the end of this era.

In the “Ruthless Aggression” era was also the introduction of John Cena. Keep in mind, that Cena didn’t get main event status over night. He started off as a rookie/mid carder type of wrestler like everyone else… it took him a while to become the big main event star and Cena was huge back in the “Aggression” era. I used to hate John Cena back then but I don’t anymore. I respect the man so much now. Cena is the greatest of all time and you’re definitely looking at a future Hall of Famer here for sure. I’m a huge fan of Cena, my respect grew pretty slowly for him over the years, though.

Also, the Ruthless Aggression era helped give main event status to new stars at the time: Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, JBL, RVD, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, etc. Yes, they may have already been around WWE before then but they all became bigger stars during this era.

The Aggression era was also the era of the Undertaker as the American Badass biker gimmick. It was also the era of Edge & Christian, Matt and Jeff Hardy, the Dudley Boys, Trish Stratus and Lita.

Watching the first two episodes of “Aggression” on the WWE Network, I remember everything shown on it. Brings back a lot of memories with me being a lifelong wrestling fan and I’ve watched WWE throughout my whole life pretty much.

The “Aggression” era wasn’t always good, though… it had some good moments and terrible moments. I hated the Billy and Chuck gay angle for example and the awful Kane vs. Triple H feud (ya know, the Katie Vick necrophilia stuff that sparked a lot of controversy).

The “Aggression” era also saw the introduction of “The Money in the Bank” ppv’s.

This series on the WWE Network is interesting and I’m gonna keep watching. It looks like they’re only releasing one episode a week, though, a new episode after RAW on Mondays.

I’m a lifelong wrestling fan and I love looking back in the old days. It’s good to refresh your memory and re-learn wrestling history ’cause it’s all pretty historic stuff. That’s one reason why I subscribe to “WWE Network” ’cause I love looking back at old-school wrestling.

Kev

Eric Bischoff deserves to be in Hall of Fame with the nWo… here’s why…

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While it’s exciting that the NWO is going in the WWE Hall of Fame this year for this year’s Wrestlemania, it is a bummer that Eric Bischoff is not going to be included in the induction when he should. Why should Bischoff be included? Well for starters, Eric created the iconic stable/wrestling faction himself. The nWo aka the New World Order was all his idea and it was all his idea to have Hogan, Hall and Nash as the group’s first three guys. Hall and Nash were the first announced in the group but they got started as the Outsiders at first then Hulk Hogan was revealed as the third guy later which was a historic moment in WCW. That was when Hogan turned heel for the first time which was important in wrestling history.

Other reasons Bischoff deserves to be in the induction with the NWO at the Hall of Fame is that Bischoff was the leader of the group on WCW TV back in the day. Bischoff had a lot of historic moments with the group back in the 90’s and early 2000’s years when WCW used to be around. It was Bischoff that helped the nWo become the iconic wrestling faction that it is today. The NWO are the greatest wrestling faction/group of all time.

I’m trying to watch every episode of WCW Monday Nitro on the WWE Network still and all this NWO stuff is pretty historic TV.

Why isn’t Bischoff in the induction when he should? Does he and McMahon hate each other in real life??? I don’t know… since Vince fired Bischoff from running the RAW brand behind the scenes. Not sure the reasons and Bischoff himself doesn’t know the real reasons behind it. I listen to Bischoff’s podcast 83 weeks but it seems that he isn’t upset at not being included.

Everybody wants Bischoff to be in the WWE Hall of Fame in some way whether it will be in the NWO or be in the Hall of Fame solo but Bischoff himself even said he doesn’t care about being in the Hall of Fame. I remember him saying that he doesn’t really want to be in the Hall of Fame anyways ’cause he doesn’t really think he’s all that big and believes not many people care for him.

Well, Eric, I appreciate you trying to stay humble and honest as possible but you have plenty of fans that love you and respect the hell out of you. Eric is a legend and he doesn’t even realize it to this day. I know I’ve always respected him. When Eric was on WCW TV for Monday Nitro, he played one of the most hated heels in wrestling history. Fans used to hate that man back in the day.

I think Bischoff should be in the WWE Hall of Fame but Vince won’t do it for whatever reason. Maybe the reason Vince won’t have Bischoff in Hall of Fame with NWO is ’cause Bischoff was in the NWO in WCW and not in the NWO when they were in WWE. That could be the reason… but WCW is WWE now that WWE owns WCW. WWE is just starting to induct more WCW stars.

83 Weeks is my favorite wrestling podcast and I listen to it all the time. Even if Eric is not going in the WWE Hall of Fame with the nWo, hopefully he’ll still make a Wrestlemania appearance with them at least. That’s better than nothing.

Kev

Royal Rumble 2020 last night was really great… probably the best Rumble ppv in a long time!

Yeah, I did watch the Royal Rumble last night just like I watch the Rumble every year. Out of all 4 of the WWE’s major ppv series: Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series and Summerslam… the Royal Rumble would have to be my favorite. Why? It’s because it’s so fun seeing a bunch of wrestlers in one ring going at it. I love Rumble matches, they’re such a blast to watch; however, not every Rumble year is good. There will be some good and some bad Rumble matches.

Well last night’s Rumble ppv was good. Other than the two Rumble matches, the men’s and the women’s Rumble… I enjoyed all the other matches as well… King Corbin vs. Roman Reigns – Falls Count Anywhere match was surprisingly good and not boring at all. The Fiend vs. Daniel Bryan strap match stoled the show and entertaining as hell. Becky Lynch vs. Asuka champ match was awesome as well.

Of course, I loved both the women’s and men’s Rumble matches. Both of those matches were fun and entertaining as hell. Very exciting all the way through. Charlotte Flair ended up winning the Women’s Rumble and Drew Mcintyre ended up winning the Men’s Rumble. It’s a good move ’cause they never won the Rumble before and it’s always nice to see someone who hasn’t won the Rumble before win it.

In the women’s Rumble match, we got mostly a mixture of RAW, SD women and a bunch of NXT women. We had a few surprise entrances such as Tamina Snuka, Mighty Molly and The Glamazon Beth Phoenix. Bianca Belair a superstar from NXT lasted a little over 30 minutes in the women’s Rumble which was impressive. Bianca killed it and gave a great performance.

As far as the men’s rumble goes, Brock Lesnar was the first one in the ring and it looks like he was going to win it by eliminating every guy which was what he was doing at first. Lesnar lasted a little over 26 minutes and had 13 eliminations until Lesnar got eliminated by Drew McIntyre. The last 5 guys in the Men’s Rumble ended up being McIntyre, Randy Orton, Edge, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins which was very thrilling. It was thrilling those 5 guys were left ’cause you never know who would win it. Any one of those 5 guys could have won but the winner of the Men’s Rumble ended up being Drew McIntyre which was a shocker really. Finally an unpredictable Men’s Rumble. Honestly, Drew McIntyre was the right choice as he had never won a Rumble before.

So the main event for Wrestlemania just might be Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar for the championship. We’ll see how long Lesnar holds the belt ’cause it’s pretty likely he’s going to keep it until Wrestlemania. Unless, Lesnar loses the belt before Wrestlemania and McIntyre could be facing someone else. We’ll see how this goes.

We didn’t get returns of John Cena and CM Punk yet, though… ’cause the rumor mills are swirling that those guys will be returning soon… but Edge is back, though. Edge is not just back for a one off. He’s out of retirement, I think and back full time again ’cause I heard Edge just signed a multi-year deal with WWE so I I think Edge will be around a while. If Daniel Bryan can come out of retirement due to a serious injury then Edge can too.

Last night’s Rumble was great and WWE is trying to improve and get better. It’s now the beginning of the Road to Wrestlemania so we’re gonna start seeing the Wrestlemania card shape up.

I’ll be watching RAW tonight to see what’s gonna happen after the Rumble ppv. Great work WWE and keep it up!

Kev

Thoughts on the wrestling industry so far: Which company do I think is better… WWE or AEW???

Well, the competition between WWE and AEW is really heating up. I’ve been a lifelong WWE fan for years and still am even to this day. Now that there is a new wrestling company out there called All Elite Wrestling (AEW) which I’ve been watching since their very first ppv called “Double Or Nothing”. Now AEW is on television and they have their own TV show on Wednesday nights titled “Dynamite” which lands on the same night as NXT on USA. Both of those shows are on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.

The WWE has been sucking a lot lately and now that AEW is here, this has forced WWE to try and get better. You can see that the WWE is trying to improve ’cause they brought in Paul Heyman to run RAW and Eric Bischoff to run Friday Night Smackdown on FOX. Both of those shows are trying to improve but both shows are going downhill and getting bad again. WWE is trying to improve but they can’t.

What is the difference between WWE and AEW? There is a big difference:

WWE: This company is all family-entertainment. They are still in the PG era and the WWE treats their fans like they “marks”. The wrestling term “marks” means fans that think wrestling is real and Vince treats their fans that way. The thing that is missing in WWE is that they don’t focus on true wrestling anymore but mostly focus on “storyline” and soap opera stuff. Vince and the WWE likes to hold their fan favorite superstars down while part timers like Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey getting all the spotlight. They also love to ram Roman Reigns down our throats.

AEW: This company focuses on the actual “wrestling” part of things. They don’t treat their fans like marks and this company actually treats their fans like real “fans” which is a breath of fresh air. This company calls their performers “wrestlers” and not “superstars”. This company brings back “good” wrestling which WWE ignores… good wrestling meaning matches that tell a story and being theatrical like which WWE doesn’t have anymore. AEW brings all that back. AEW does things WWE doesn’t do anymore like hardcore wrestling, chair shots to the head, lots of blood and all that stuff.

With all this being said, you wonder which company I think is better? I’m gonna have to say AEW for sure. AEW makes me excited for pro wrestling lately ’cause I’m with most wrestling fans that WWE has been sucking a lot lately and they aren’t getting any better either.

When it comes to WWE sucking, I don’t blame the performers ’cause they are just doing their job… I blame Vince for sure. Vince is a great business owner and promoter but creatively, he is downright horrible. It’s a shame ’cause WWE used to be really good in the 80’s and 90’s.

AEW is awesome ’cause they have a talent in the roster that actually has character like Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Adam Hangman Page,  PAC, etc. All those guys are fucking awesome and AEW has a cool women’s division too.

WWE has so many superstars that don’t have any character anymore except for the new Bray Wyatt gimmick aka The Fiend which is why I keep watching the WWE. The Fiend is a cool character and each time the Fiend is on, I watch. The new Bray Wyatt gimmick is captivating stuff for sure.

While I think what AEW is doing is pretty amazing stuff, they still need to improve, though. I think their sound system in arenas is horrible. They need to improve the sound system for the wrestler theme songs and they need to improve the P.A. for when wrestlers give their promos in the ring too. Their TV production is kind of horrible too. I understand AEW is a new company and they got a lot to learn still but they’ll get better with that stuff as time goes along.

With that being said, I think AEW is an amazing company and I love what they’re doing as I think I will be a full time AEW fan, but the question you have to ask is this… “Will I give up WWE?”. No… probably not. I’ll continue to support WWE and will continue to be a WWE fan. I can’t give up WWE so I’ll support both WWE and AEW as I have been watching both.

I’m just a fan of pro wrestling as I love it so much, ya know? AEW is awesome. You should check them out on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on TNT if you’re curious. They’re doing a good job.

Kev