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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

Former WWE Star Shad Gaspard went missing while swimming with his son near Venice Beach…

Swimming in the ocean may look fun but at the same time can be very dangerous. Former WWE star Shad Gaspard known as one of the members of tag team, Cryme Tyme turned out missing in the ocean after a rip current took him in. Shad was out swimming with his son and both of them were in trouble… there was a life guard out there to rescue both of them but the life guard could only rescue the son. That’s ’cause Shad pushed his son to the lifeguard and told the lifeguard to save him. Then suddenly Shad disappeared into the currents.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-wwe-star-shad-gaspard-goes-missing-while-swimming-venice-n1210426

This is very sad… while it may be a miracle and we could be lucky enough that Shad may have survived but it is pretty likely he drowned and is at the bottom of the ocean somewhere. It’s very likely that he didn’t survive and is probably dead. Whether he is alive or dead, though, hope they find him either way.

In reality, though… Shad Gaspard is a hero in all this ’cause he sacrificed himself to save his son if you think about it. I think he’s one of those people who’ll do anything to save the ones he loved when they are in danger. There was no way he was going to leave his son to die in the currents and it looks like Shad did that to himself since there was nothing else he could do ’cause the currents were too strong. He wanted his son to live and he didn’t care whether or not he lived or died. Think about it, right? Shad knew that the lifeguard could only save his son and not him.

How would someone vanish without a trace after strong currents take that person? Well currents go so strong and so fast that I’m sure Shad’s body was pulled way out into the ocean and if they couldn’t find him, he may have been eaten by underwater animals like sharks… don’t mean to sound stupid but really. Either that or Shad’s body was caught under large rocks.

Tragic story, though and my heart goes out to Shad’s family & friends.

Kev

Eric Bischoff answers my question about the rumored Macho Man and Stephanie McMahon past relationship on podcast…

On the “Ask Eric Anything” for the 83 Weeks w/ Eric Bischoff podcast show, I submitted a question to them on twitter asking what his thoughts are about the long rumored “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Stephanie McMahon past romantic relationship that won’t die.

Well surprisingly enough, they took the question and Eric answered. It’s not much of an answer, though. Eric just said that he “thinks nothing” of that rumor and said it is childish of people to even think or talk about that rumor. He also said he wouldn’t “stoop” so low to talk about it. He kind of slammed me for sending in a question like that, hahaha so it definitely sounded like Eric didn’t like being asked that question but he briefly answered it anyways.

If you’re curious to hear it yourself, give it a listen the “Ask Anything” and he answers my question toward the end of the podcast episode.

83 Weeks

Kind of a disappointing response to me, honestly ’cause I was hoping for an entertaining and honest response but instead I seem to have pissed him off a bit.

That’s okay, though ’cause it was just a question since it was “Ask him anything”, ya know? I’m just glad they took the question, though and I didn’t think they would.

I understand why they don’t want to talk about a hard topic like that ’cause to me it sounds like they are scared of lawsuits and things like that. “Ask Anything” is all about asking hard questions and that’s the name of the game.

Just thought I would show this to you all.

Kev

Should “Macho Man” Randy Savage have been treated better by Vince and WWE??? I don’t understand why they would disrespect him???

Last night on the WWE Network, I was watching this “Macho Man” Randy Savage documentary. It’s called, “The Randy Savage Story” which is about an hour and a half long and it’s a very good documentary, actually. Probably one of the best documentaries made for a wrestler that was made for a Randy Savage DVD set.

After I finished watching it, I immediately thought to myself, “Man, Randy should have been treated better by Vince and the WWE’. Yup, Randy should have been treated better.

The reason why Randy Savage never returned to WWE later in the years is not because Vince wanted nothing to do with him, it’s actually the other way around. Randy never wanted anything to do with Vince. Why? It’s because when Randy left WWF/WWE for WCW, Vince made this video segment that they aired on WWF television… a segment that features the Huckster and Nacho Man that makes fun of Hulk Hogan and Randy. That video really upset Randy ’cause the video brought up Miss Elizabeth in it which was what really set him off. I think Vince was upset at Randy leaving WWF for WCW so he made that video in retaliation. Randy’s brother, Lanny Pofo said on the documentary that’s why Macho Man never returned to the WWE later on. Vince really hurt Randy with that dumb video.

https://whatculture.com/wwe/10-times-wwe-seriously-disrespected-hall-of-famers?page=3

The reason why Randy was late getting in the Hall of Fame was not because Vince didn’t want him in, it was because Randy himself didn’t want in. After Randy died in 2011, Lanny held back on Randy’s induction into WWE Hall of Fame a lot longer and then finally gave WWE the greenlight in 2015. While Vince and Randy had a rocky relationship over the years, Vince still loved him ’cause he still couldn’t deny his wrestling legacy in WWE which was why Vince made DVDs for Randy and finally got him in Hall of Fame.

That Hukster and Nacho Man video was unnecessary though and Vince should have known better.

Before Randy died, it would have been cool though if Randy came out of wrestling retirement and made another run in WWE. Imagine that? Sadly, it never happened ’cause Randy didn’t want it to happen at the time but later before Randy died, I think Randy was planning a comeback to the WWE. Lanny said that before Randy’s passing, he was just burying the hatchet with Hulk Hogan which what would have lead to another WWE run… Lanny said Randy would have wanted his final match to be against Shawn Michaels at a Wrestlemania.

Lanny Poffo Says Randy Savage Had Plans For A Final WWE Run, Talks Randy Reconciling With Hulk Hogan, More

Imagine that? Macho Man vs. HBK at a later Wrestlemania would have been great but too bad we never got to see that, though. It was gonna happen and the match was in the works but then Randy died in that car accident.

One thing I find interesting about Randy Savage was his speaking voice, you know he has that deep scratchy voice that he’s known for? Well that voice isn’t acting, he really talked like that. It was his real speaking voice which is funny.

I remember being so bummed when Randy passed ’cause he was my favorite over the years.

Kev

 

 

Was “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s past relationship with Stephanie McMahon true??? It’s looking more and more likely that it could be…

Those rumors of wrestling legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage dating Stephanie McMahon back when she was younger is nothing new. These rumors have been around for years… even Randy Savage’s brother, Lanny said it happened.

Now one of Randy’s past girlfriends, Gorgeous George said it was true during an interview… George said Randy accidentally told her the truth when he didn’t mean it, ya know… a slip up.

Randy Savage is not around to defend himself or confirm whether or not the news is true ’cause he died in May of 2011. Another way to see whether or not this story is true is to hear from Stephanie McMahon herself.

New information regarding Randy Savage & Stephanie McMahon’s rumored relationship

Ever since this news got out years ago, Vince McMahon the owner of WWE wanted nothing to do with Macho Man ever since. I bet this could be why Randy’s Hall of Fame induction was late… Randy finally got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame after he died, though. The rumors could also be why Randy never had a final comeback or a final match in WWE before he passed.

I believe at the time when Randy dated Stephanie, she was underage, I think and Vince is very protective of his family and WWE company. This is why Vince tried to erase Randy’s legacy as a way to protect the McMahon family and the WWE company.

Like I said above, the only way to tell whether this is true or not is we need to hear from Stephanie McMahon (Vince’s daughter) but I doubt she will speak out about it. Probably to protect herself and to protect her marriage with Triple H.

Since this rumor and speculation will never die, you’d think Stephanie would finally speak out about it??? Who knows… maybe she will put out a statement but I doubt it, though. She kept quiet about this for a long time and will probably continue to keep it quiet. If Steph did speak out then it would probably end her career in WWE and end her marriage with Triple H if it turned out true. Only Stephania knows whether or not this is true and I’m sure this latest news about Gorgeous George talking about it, made Steph a little nervous.

Randy’s a legend, though. “Macho Man” has always been one of my top 10 favorite wrestlers, he’s right up there. I’ve always believed that Randy could have been treated better by WWE and it’s wrestlers ’cause he was never treated well the way I saw things. That’s because I think people were jealous of his legacy and that’s all it is. Randy was huge, probably bigger than Hulk Hogan and I think that’s why they tried to disrespect his legacy.

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

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