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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

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

The war between WWE and AEW is now officially on so I guess you can now call this the “Wednesday Night Wars”???

Earlier this summer AEW announced that they will make their TV debut on TNT network on Oct. 2nd which falls on a Wednesday night. Just today the WWE just announced that the WWE Network exclusive wrestling show will soon make their cable TV debut on Sept. 18th and they will air on the USA Network channel. WWE NXT used to be a one hour show on the WWE Network but once it debuts on USA Network, it will get turned into a two hour show.

I remember back in the 90’s when Monday Night RAW was on a Monday and WCW Monday Nitro was on a Monday, those two shows were pretty much on at the same time so that was named the “Monday Night Wars”.

Now that WWE NXT and AEW will be on the same nights, I guess you can safely say this will be called the “Wednesday Night Wars” which is pretty fitting. Obviously, the only reason WWE is doing this so they can go to war with AEW.

Even though the WWE will soon be moved to cable TV, the WWE Network will still stream the new NXT episodes.

I love WWE NXT. I love it a lot more than RAW and SD honestly. The reason I love NXT so much is ’cause that show gives us what we all want to see… “wrestling”. RAW and SD don’t give us that which is why NXT is a pretty hot show right now.

A lot of people still making predictions that AEW will destroy WWE but I think not. Like I said in a post before, the WWE is a very powerful company. It will be around forever. I think the WWE will try to find a way to get back on top again and I predict that it’s AEW that will get destroyed. They won’t last long, trust me.

I used to like what AEW is doing but now they are getting on my nerves ’cause they’re just doing everything they can to make WWE look bad. I’m considering no longer supporting AEW the more they keep up with their attacks at WWE. I think it’s obvious that the only reason AEW was formed was so that they can go to war with WWE. Well, now they got the WWE’s attention and things are getting interesting.

If you don’t know what the NXT brand is, it’s a show where wrestling rookies can get their start in pro wrestling. It’s a show for up and coming stars is what it is. Most of today’s WWE stars on the RAW and SD brand came from NXT: Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakumura, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, etc. They were all on the NXT brand until they got called up to the main roster once they all got more popular. The NXT is like a third brand. I watch NXT every Wednesday night and I watch all the NXT Takeover ppv’s too. It’s a great show.

Once NXT gets on USA Network, you all should check it out too.

Kev

Why I think the WWE is struggling to get viewers… they no longer have top iconic superstars anymore… that’s the problem…

So why is the WWE still struggling in the ratings and why they are having a hard time trying to get their audience back? Is it because of the product? Is it because of the bad writing and bad booking of matches? Is it because of the WWE’s PG rating? I would think the answer is yes to all those… they are all a small part of why the WWE is struggling. I think the BIG reason why WWE is struggling currently is ’cause the company has no star power anymore.

What do I mean by star power? In the 80’s, you had guys like Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake the Snake Roberts, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Bret the Hitman Hart, etc. The list is endless.

In the 90’s and early 2000’s years you had Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, John Cena and The Rock.

All those guys I listed above are all big name stars which is why fans turned on the TV to watch wrestling on a weekly basis. Those names were all pretty huge draws especially Stone Cold and the Rock. When those guys were around WWE back in the day, the ratings were sky rocketing high.

I think the reason WWE is still having problems is ’cause they’re having problems trying to find that top guy again. They want that huge recognizable icon in today’s roster with all the up and coming superstars that you see today. The WWE already tried to make Roman Reigns the next top guy but it isn’t working. They tried that with Ronda Rousey but it didn’t work. They’re trying that with Becky Lynch and it seems not many care either. So what the fuck is going on? Braun Strowman has the potential to be that top guy in wrestling but the WWE isn’t even using him right.

That’s the WWE’s problem, do you get what I’m saying? They still can’t find that top star now ’cause all the big names I listed above are no longer a part of the wrestling business anymore ’cause most of them retired and moved on.

I love wrestling and the industry changes all the freakin’ time. It’s pretty amazing really. Nowadays, there are only very few iconic stars in wrestling who are still around… Randy Orton is still around, Triple H and the Undertaker only performs occasionally. That’s about all we got.

Everyone wants to see Becky Lynch as the new Stone Cold of the women’s division but they could get there if they use her right and I’m a huge fan of Becky Lynch too. That’s another problem with the WWE ’cause they don’t know how to use their superstars right anymore.

I miss the old days when wrestling used to be great. They are trying to get better now and they are slowly improving but it’s going to take some time for WWE to get back on top again. I’d love to see WWE become a successful company again like they once were. I want to see WWE get better myself ’cause I’m a lifelong wrestling nerd and quite proud of it.

Kev

RAW last night was surprisingly a pretty great show… I enjoyed it all the way through… wasn’t bored at all this time…

I was considering taking a long break from watching WWE since it’s been so bad for a long while but now I don’t think I will and will continue watching. I was really surprised to see how great RAW was last night. It was actually an excellent show all the way through. Why? It’s because Vince is no longer in control of RAW now and Paul Heyman is in charge of running RAW. Paul Heyman is on fire and is already doing a great job.

Why was RAW so good last night? Well for starters, there were a lot more wrestling matches than superstars cutting promos which was shocking. For months and months, there have been less wrestling on RAW in the past but there were a lot more of it last night. Every match on RAW last night were really good too.

Paul Heyman really knows his wrestling and I’m glad Vince put him in charge. It was a smart move.

While it’s a nice idea that AEW is gonna be bigger than WWE, it’s never gonna happen ’cause all AEW is gonna do is force WWE to do better. WWE could quickly go back on top in the ratings again now that Paul and Eric are in charge of the two brands.

Now I’m gonna be watching Smackdown tonight to see how much that show has improved now that Eric Bischoff is in charge of running SD Live. I actually can’t wait for tonight. WWE is trying all they can to improve themselves and it’s great to see actually. I think Vince finally woke up and now wants to give fans what they want… “wrestling” and they gave us that on RAW last night.

This is definitely gonna be a war between WWE and AEW. No doubt.

Kev