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Watched “Wrestlemania – 38” over the weekend, pretty good… mostly predictable but a few shocking moments…

Yeah, I watched Wrestlemania 38 over the weekend. It was a pretty good ppv. Mostly “predictable”, the matches went by quick and there were only a couple of long ones. While it was mostly predictable, it was entertaining as hell show, though. They did a good job.

Only match I didn’t like was Charlotte vs. Ronda which was disappointing. Other than that it’s a good show….

Here are my favorite matches over the weekend:

– Seth vs. Cody
– Bianca vs. Becky
– Stone Cold vs. Kevin Owens
– RKBro vs. Street Profits vs. Alpha Academy
– Johnny Knoxville vs. Sami Zayn (I laughed my ass off, so hilarious)
– The Pat McAffee vs. Theory/Vince
– Roman vs. Brock (Pretty solid main event match)

Couple of shocking moments this year: Ronda loses to Charlotte (does this mean that Ronda’s WWE comeback was part-time and then she’ll disappear again???)

Damien Priest teams up with Edge… what was that about? Is Edge re-forming and reviving the Brood but with different members?

Not only Stone Cold wrestled his last match, Vince ended up having his last match as well .

I’ve been watching Wrestlemania every year and still do.

On with RAW after Wrestlemania tonight.

Kev

Triple H in WWE forced to retire from in-ring wrestling for good… in other words, he’s done…

In more shocking news, this week Triple H who is a professional wrestler in the WWE announced that he is retired from in-ring “wrestling”. He was forced to retire from wrestling after a health scare that he had. He hung up the wrestling boots after having dangerous heart problems, surgery and dealing with viral pneumonia.

So if you’re hoping that Triple H will have some matches left in him, sorry, never happening. He’ll never have “one last” match, none of it.

Triple H had a really good career run, though. He accomplished everything anyway. 14 time champ, wrestled every wrestler you can think of and he had matches against pretty much all the legends that includes Sting, Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/wwe-triple-h-never-wrestle-again-health-scare

Triple H may no longer be allowed to wrestle anymore but he’s still a part of the business in some way. He’s currently serving as executive vice president, Global Talent Strategy & Development in WWE. He’s still working for Vince.

Triple H started the NXT brand with WWE legend Dusty Rhodes but Triple H ran that brand all by himself when Dusty passed on. Now Triple H doesn’t run NXT anymore.

I’ve always been a Triple H fan, never been a hater.

Now that he’s done in the ring, he could be WWE Hall of Fame bound anytime now… maybe not this year but next year maybe. Believe it or not, Triple H isn’t in the Hall of Fame. Yes, Triple H is in the Hall of Fame as the group D-Generation X but he isn’t in there as a solo performer… yet.

It’s crazy, ya know? WWE is getting short on legends and icons ’cause so many either died or retired.

I’m also looking forward to watching Wrestlemania next weekend.

Kev

Pro wrestling legend, Scott Hall passes away this week… another good one gone…

Yesterday, the wrestling world lost a wrestling legend. Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon in WWE and went by his own name in WCW. Scott had a fall and broke his hip. Had hip replacement surgery and then suffered three heart attacks after. Then he got put on life support and when they couldn’t do anything for him, they took him off life support and later he passed on which happened yesterday.

Scott had many problems in his life but he was a legend in the wrestling business and helped changed it over the years. Scott never won a world title in WWE and WCW at all but he accomplished a lot of things. He held other belts like he was 4 time Intercontinental Champ which is a belt for the mid-carders. I’m sure he had other belts in WCW too, he just never won a world champ when he absolutely should have.

Scott had that classic ladder match with HBK at Wrestlemania 10, he was there for the formation of the NWO in WCW during the “Third Man” reveal, he was also there when Hall returned to the WWE later in the years to help debut the NWO… McMahon’s “Lethal dose of poison”.

Later on in the years, Scott Hall tried to improve his life by doing yoga with Diamond Dallas Page and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. DDP tried to help him get sober… maybe that’s another reason so many respect Scott Hall so much ’cause he tried.

I know I respect him. He was a great wrestler and great mic worker. Definitely one of the best heels in the business.

Yeah, Scott definitely had a lot of problems but still, he was a legend and from what I’m hearing, he was a good guy. A good guy to other wrestlers and he was good to his fans too. Always took the time for selfies and a chat each time he was approached in public. He definitely loved his fan base that’s for sure.

RIP bad guy… we lost another great one.

Kev

Vince McMahon interview on the Pat McCafee show… entertaining as hell, really!

Yesterday afternoon, I watched Vince McMahon’s interview with podcaster, Pat Mcafee live on his youtube show. I watched it from start to finish. I must say that it was a very interesting and entertaining as hell interview really. Vince, the CEO and chairman of the WWE and Pat McAfee a podcaster turned WWE Smackdown color commentator. Pat is a really good interviewer and good talker, I can see why Vince hired Pat to be the color commentator on Smackdown.

This interview goes over about an hour long and if you don’t feel like watching the whole thing, I’ll give you a small recap.

On Pat’s show, anything goes. It’s a no holds barred, anything goes podcast/show so guests on his show can talk whatever and however they want. They can swear too so yeah, you can betcha Vince drops a lot of F bombs which is cool. A different side of Vince you’ve never seen before.

Pat is not afraid to ask Vince some hard hitting questions and he asked plenty of hard questions. Vince seems okay with it and he answered everything.

Some of the topics that I found most interesting that were talked about…

  • Vince was asked about the roster cuts like all those superstars that were released/fired over the past year or so. Vince’s response that he just does what is right for business. Not a clear answer really.
  • Vince was asked why he ignores “wrestling” and everything about it. Vince’s answer to that one is that his father Vince Sr. ran the company a similar way, Vince Jr. is just doing it the way his father did it. Vince also said there will always be wrestling in WWE.
  • Pat asked Vince why he made himself a wrestler over the years… well Vince replied saying that the feud with Stone Cold forced him into being a wrestler/performer himself. Vince had to be the most hated bad guy ’cause of it.
  • Vince was asked about the Monday Night Wars and AEW. Vince said he enjoys confrontation.
  • Vince said he listen to audience but a portion of the internet audience can be biased and so he doesn’t listen to any of it. (meaning Vince doesn’t like the “wrestling smart” community? Which is no surprise really…

A lot of people want to hate on Vinnie Mac but I don’t know why. I respect him. Always did. He gave us all this, ya know? Wrestling. Without WWE, we wouldn’t have gotten WCW, TNA, ECW, ROH, AEW and all these other wrestling promotions that are out there. Plus Vince is a legend himself and he was a great performer in his own right.

I respect Vince even more after this interview. Vince is a very soft spoken guy but he’s actually surprisingly pretty smart. Vince doesn’t do interviews that much and I try to watch/listen to all of them.

Kev

WWE star Randy Orton gets out of character to save young fan getting squashed at security barricade at ringside…

The WWE is now performing shows over in the UK this week… and in this video above, here you see WWE star Randy Orton (who is tag team champion with Matt Riddle) fist bumping fans at ringside ’cause Randy is now a babyface currently. As Randy was fist bumping and smiling at fans, he notices a young child fan is in trouble. This young fan, a little kid seems to be struggling in the crowd and was about to get squashed at the security barricade.

As you can see Randy immediately gets out of character as in getting out of his wrestling gimmick for a while to help a young fan struggling. What’s happening here is that fans are going a little crazy, hoping to get a fist bump by Randy and trying to get a closer look at the superstar but these rabid fans are not watching out for the little ones. Fans can get a little rabid and rowdy at WWE shows as well.

As you see in the video, Randy is not afraid to put his hands on fans and push them back and he’s not afraid to tell ’em to “move back”… which is cool… the goal is to give the kid some breathing room. As you can see Randy very protective of that child and a WWE security staff came to assist Randy.

What I love the most about all this is that Randy put the belt down to help that young fan…. clearly showing you that Randy feels that the belt is not really all that important… a child’s life goes first.

Why is Randy like this? Well Randy is really good with kids ’cause he is a father of his own… he has two daughters. In WWE, Randy may play a bad guy and heel a lot but in real life, Randy is just a normal guy and a family man himself.

Wrestlers really are good people and they really care for the fans. They wrestle ’cause they perform for us to begin with. They wrestle because they want to entertain people so yeah, a lot of wrestlers really care for the fans who go to the live shows. I’m sure Randy is really good with the young fans that go to his autograph signings and meet & greet events.

What Randy did here was pretty heroic, heroes don’t always wear capes.

Kev

Thoughts on all these WWE superstar releases lately…

The WWE has been releasing a large number of superstars from the company lately. In wrestling terms, “release” is another term for getting fired (a termination).

The huge list of superstars getting released from the company started during the lockdown and the superstar releases continue even now. This been going on since last year really. Most of the superstar releases were pretty worthy of letting go ’cause the WWE has done nothing with most of them but there were a few releases that make you go, “huh, why?” For example, Bray Wyatt aka the Fiend especially and Braun Strowman is another one. Those two guys were kind of a big draw to the company and were getting ready for main event status but they got released anyway. Another guy that is pretty questionable is a wrestler named Rusev who’s release was unfair as well.

The latest names that WWE got rid of was Nia Jax which was also a shocker. Ya know who Nia Jax is, she is kind of a thick and overweight female wrestler who was also considered a top star. You saw her on WWE television week after week and all of a sudden WWE releases her. Male stars Keith Lee and Karrion Kross were also names that kind of shocked me.

Some of you may ask, why is all this happening? Many say it’s budget cuts and the pandemic did them all in which is kind of true. WWE can’t afford to pay all these stars anymore so they’re trying all they can to keep costs down.

Well, for one their product sucks anyways and they’re having a tough time trying to make money ’cause of their bad writing and bad booking of matches. Their ratings continue to tank week after week and WWE is getting worse. Even NXT and NXT UK are starting to get unwatchable. WWE is not a huge money making company like they used to be.

It’s sad, ya know? All these wrestlers got into wrestling ’cause they want to make their dreams come true. They got into the business ’cause most of these wrestlers grew up watching the golden age of wrestling like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man, Bret Hart, Owen Hart… the good ol’ days of the 80’s. Wrestlers got into the business hoping to become future champions and main eventers but their dreams won’t even come true ’cause of all these releases. Their careers can be cut short at anytime.

Now I would think any wrestler still working for WWE now are starting to get worried if they’ll ever get the “pink” paper one day, a termination.

Anyhow, as you see these guys get released from WWE… all these wrestlers continue to work for the wrestling business but they go to other promotions like AEW, TNA, ROH or they just work for indie promotions. They continue to work for wrestling ’cause it’s what these guys do. Wrestling is in their blood, it’s their passion so they can’t give it up even if they were let go of WWE.

I feel kind of bad for these guys, though ’cause they worked real hard to get to WWE and it’s over for them real fast. I used to have no problem with Vince McMahon but he’s starting to get on my nerves now. I’m losing it.

Kev

AEW will be another failure, WWE will always be king…

It may seem like AEW is a pretty hot wrestling promotion for right now but make no mistake about it… their popularity will die down sometime soon and they will just be another wrestling business going out of business. Kind of like what happened to WCW and ECW. When WCW and ECW started out, they started off pretty hot in the beginning but people stopped caring later on. I predict the same will happen to AEW. Go out of business like all the others. TNA Impact is still around but even they failed as a wrestling company due to different owner changes.

When AEW first started, I’ve been liking them for a little while… I’ve been with them at the start but then bailed and stopped watching. Why? I don’t know… it seems to me that AEW is trying to rip off WWE of what WWE did in the 90’s during the Attitude Era. I’m also amazed at how all these former WWE personalities that are in AEW now, talking so much negative shit about WWE and Vince. It’s like what? So many people claim there is no WWE vs. AEW war but that’s not what I’m seeing. AEW’s attacks and shots at WWE just won’t stop and they just continue. While most former WWE personalities are in AEW talking shit about WWE and Vince, there is one former WWE star that has nothing but positive things to say about WWE and Vince… that guy is none other than Aleister Black who is now Malakai Black in AEW. The split with WWE and Aleister Black was amicable, there’s no bad blood at all. I think Aleister was released due to the pandemic?

Anyhow, like with the title of this topic says, yes, “WWE will always be king”. Yes, it is true. There can be other wrestling promotions but they will never overtake WWE. WWE is a monster and a very powerful company. Yes, the WWE’s ratings may be way down as of this point but WWE is a giant. AEW is here ’cause of WWE, whether you want to admit it or not. Tony Khan the owner of AEW admits he is a fan of WWE himself and many former WWE guys working for his company.

I stopped watching AEW ’cause even they can get pretty bad with the storylines and matches, they are no better… and the music themes for their stars are pretty awful.

Anyhow, WWE maybe struggling in the ratings and all but they’ll figure out a way to get back on top again. I continue to support and watch WWE ’cause I like them better to be honest.

Wrestling fans wanna whine, cry and bitch about how awful WWE is but they continue to watch anyways. I continue to watch ’cause I enjoy it. People complain about how WWE isn’t wrestling anymore which is a load of bull. Yes wrestling is still around and WWE still puts on good matches here and there. I continue to watch WWE ’cause I respect all the performers, I respect what they all do. I respect Vince too ’cause he’s the one that gave us wrestling in the mainstream. I’ll admit that I’m not too thrilled of his booking and writing like most but Vince is a genius and a legend.

I just like enjoying wrestling. I’m not the one that will whine and cry everything about it. Wrestling is just a show and I think a lot of people take it way too serious. Just wanted to give out my thoughts on everything going on in the wrestling industry lately. It’s all crazy.

Kev

Watched WWE Summerslam last night, it was pretty good… Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar finally returns.

Well I guess now that live crowds are back and WWE is back to doing arena/stadiums shows, they’re back to do 3 or 4 hour ppvs. I actually enjoyed Summerslam last night. Not the best but pretty good.

Match of the night was Edge vs. Seth Rollins… I’m getting impressed with Edge more and more. Used to not be much of an Edge fan in the old days but nowadays he’s winning my respect.

The other good matches were RKBro vs. Aj Styles/Omos, Drew McinTyre vs. Jinder Mahall, Alexa Bliss vs. Eva Marie and Damien Priest vs. Sheamus were pretty solid matches.

Disappointed with Bianca getting squashed by Becky like that. You think Bianca and Becky would put on a helluva match together a longer one but ended up being a squash. Anyhow, I can see Bianca challenging Becky for a re-match and WWE will give us a better match with them too for the next ppv, I’m sure.

Goldberg vs. Bobby was actually okay… I was extremely surprised that Goldberg lasted longer in the ring than we all thought. Most Goldberg matches are very quick but he actually did a little more this time.

Had a feeling the Usos and Roman were gonna retain their titles. Brock will end up taking the belt from Roman real soon and that’s when Roman’s “Head of the Table” group will split. It’s looking like Brock will feud with Paul Heyman which will be real interesting. This storyline will be like why did Paul Heyman stab Brock in the back while he was gone? It’s gonna go down something like that.

It was a pretty good show and WWE slowly improving.

Kev

Stone Cold bio doc on A&E, totally worth watching whether you’re a wrestling fan or not… good!

Last night, I finally gotten around to watching the Stone Cold Steve Austin A&E doc. I was meaning to watch it on the night it came on but forgot it was on so I watched it last night via “On Demand”.

I’ve been a huge Steve Austin fan for a long time and I still admire & respect the hell out of that dude today. Yes, this guy a legend and a big name in wrestling for sure. He’s not just a big name in wrestling, he’s a big name in entertainment all around

What interested me most about this doc last night was how the Stone Cold Steve Austin character was created. When Steve first arrived in the WWE, he was at first a gimmick called the Ringmaster which he hated so much and begged for a different character which he got. Steve says he inspired the Stone Cold character off the “Iceman” Richard Kuklinski murderer. He was trying to come up with a new character name for WWE and naming all these dumb names based on ice and “cold” but Steve hated them all. Then his ex-wife came up with the name “Stone Cold” and it stuck. That name was a hit obviously. Then Steve had to create a new look for the character. He inspired the bald look by actor Bruce Willis in “Pulp Fiction” so Steve kept a shaved head over the years and then Steve grew the goatie to fit the look… that way he can look badass and look tough.

Then they came up with Steve’s ring attire, the black boots, the black trunks and black vest with the skull behind it. Now that Steve’s character was created, they had to give him something to do. Steve needed a villain for him to feud with then they came up with none other than Vince McMahon to be his arch rival. Ya know, the WWE owner/chairman was never meant to be an onscreen performer at first but he was needed. How was the Vince vs. Stone Cold feud inspired? Well according to the documentary, all employees at jobs has an evil boss that harasses and bullies their employees and all employees at jobs you work at has a boss you really hate & despise… so why not have that in a WWE storyline? Well obviously that idea worked ’cause the Stone Cold vs. Vince feud became one of the greatest of all time. WWE ratings were skyrocketing high during this time. Vince never wanted to be an onscreen performer in the beginning, he started off as color commentator but he was forced into it. This historic feud started when Mike Tyson were making those early WWE appearances.

I was impressed with that documentary. I’ve seen so many wrestling documentaries over the years and the Stone Cold by A&E is definitely one of the best. So whether or not you’re a fan of wrestling, it’s a good watch for all. You don’t have to be a fan of wrestling to learn wrestling history. This is a good doc to introduce you one of the greatest feuds of all time.

This doc definitely brought back a lot of memories for sure.

Even though Stone Cold is no longer wrestling and only makes occasional appearances on WWE TV, he still keeps himself involved in the wrestling business in other ways just to stay around it. That’s why he started his podcast which is the most popular wrestling podcast ever. Steve doesn’t do podcasts anymore so I just listen to older episodes as much as I can. His podcast show got so popular that he does his “Broken Skull Ranch” interviews for the WWE Network interview past and current WWE wrestlers. He also has his own TV show, “Straight Up Steve Austin”. Steve has also done some big screen movies over the years, he’s done some acting gigs. He’s definitely a multi-tasker.

Steve Austin is the freakin’ man and I hope to get the opportunity to meet him myself someday ’cause it would be cool.

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