Thank you Ric…WOOoooooo…

I guess Ric Flair really is retiring from WWE in real life. On last night’s RAW the WWE did a special farewell tribute to him. Flair is really retiring, the storyline with “McMahon forcing Flair to retire with this career threatening matches” is just an angle to head to Wrestlemania for his final match.

Every single wrestler on the RAW brand celebrated Flair’s 36 year career in the wrestling business. Flair even reunited with the original 4 Horsemen members on last night’s RAW, he reunited with other former wrestlers he wrestled in the past like Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Harley Race, Greg the Hammer Valentine, etc. were all on RAW last night.

On RAW last night, every superstar got out of character and got out of storylines to pay respects to Ric Flair. Even the Undertaker and Vince McMahon went out to pay respects as RAW got off the air. Even Randy Orton the Champ who seems to have a hatred for Flair on TV was out there paying respects to him with a smile on his face and Orton was known as a “legend Killer”.

The thing is with the WWE all these performers support and love each other like family even though they pretend to be enemies on TV. It’s just a show, and entertainment, everyone knows that.

Notice that I never post wrestling news from the “smart” fans sites, you know, sites like 1wrestling, wrestlingobserver, pwinsider, etc. I don’t pay attention to those wrestling news sites ’cause most of them are rumours and fake news anyway. I find it sad how all these so called “smart” fans in the wrestling forums actually believe these news are true. You know stuff like backstage politics, wrestlers not getting along well in real life, etc. Those wrestling sites don’t know shit what goes on backstage. I only post wrestling news if it lands all over national media, something that’s more true and official.

Anyhow, back to Ric Flair, he’s been a favorite of mine my entire life. I witnessed him win the WWE Champ at the Royal Rumble 1992 at the arena formerly known the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany. Yes I was there live in person and I was a young kid back then. I will never forgot that moment.

But with Ric Flair retiring, I don’t see him retiring for good. Maybe he’s just quitting wrestling in the ring. I’m sure he’ll make occasional appearances. Flair will be back, they always come back. They did the same thing with Mick Foley during his so called “retirement”.

I see Ric Flair being moved to the Smackdown brand ’cause they still have his profile on the Smackdown superstars page.

The only thing I’m dissapointed in is that the WWE never let Flair become the 17 time Champion before retirement during his WWE run.

Thank you Ric!

Kev

 

Report: NBC kills the daytime soap opera “Passions” for good…

Since NBC cancelled the short lived daytime soap opera “Passions” last year, NBC tried to bring it back to life to bring it back to the tube. Universal Media Studios tried to help the soap find a home. The “Passions” cast and crew were once told to keep the show alive on the internet only but failed at that too. NBC killed the show because simply, no one wants it.

“Passions” is a day time soap opera created by writer James E. Reilly, the series debuted in 1999.

Variety reports:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117983195.html?categoryid=14&cs=1

Well, I wonder why no one wants the show. It’s because the show is simply horrible.

Nobody cares for daytime soap operas anymore because all the ratings are so low on them. Rumours are circulating all over the internet that NBC could axe “Days of Our Lives” next year in 2009. The soaps are pretty much the lowest ratings on TV right now.

Honestly though, I don’t blame the low ratings on the bad writing and acting ’cause some of them can actually be real good. I blame the low ratings on these shows because they are shown during the day where people are at “work” or people who don’t work just do things during the day and not stay home watching TV.

If some of these shows were moved to Prime Time TV, I assure you the ratings would go up then.

Kev

Report: Kathie Lee Gifford making big comeback to TV…as co-anchor for the “Today Show”…

The former co-star for Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford is making a full time comeback to TV. You will see her as co-host on “The Today Show” on the 4th hour, her first day is April 7th.

The “Today Show” is a longtime news program with Matt Lauer, Meredith Viera, Ann Curry, and Al Roker.

More on the story here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23871853/

Congrats Kathie! We all miss this humorous woman on TV, it’s gonna be cool to see her back on TV again!

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: The Undertaker proves that he really is the deadman…40 fans injured during Undertaker entrance…

More WWE controversy…at last night’s Wrestlemania as the Undertaker was coming out of the titantron stage to enter the ring to prepare for his match against Edge…fireworks and all kinds of fire exploded as he walked out…40 fans were injured during that segment for real, and 3 fans were taken to the hospital.

Fox news reports:

http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/7974444/40-WWE-fans-suffer-burns-in-fireworks-mishap

TMZ has the video proving it’s real:

http://www.tmz.com/2008/03/31/fans-injured-in-freak-fire-at-wrestlemania/

Well, that’s what you get when you move the audience too close to the ramp when the Undertaker comes out. I blame the WWE on that part.

If you mess with the Undertaker, this is what you get!

Kev

Report: U2 signs with Live Nation…

U2 has signed a deal with Live Nation for them to help the band with promotion of concerts and merchandise. It will not affect the band leaving their current label Universal Music Group. This is the same company that pop music queen Madonna will be working for as soon as she leaves Warner Music Group.

Variety reports:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117983190.html?categoryId=16&cs=1

Since the band’s last couple of albums “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” and “Atomic Bomb” didn’t sell very big, I can understand why U2 would go for this.

U2 has always been a favorite band of mine since I was a child and still love them today. “Atomic Bomb” was an ok record, I love “Can’t Leave Behind” way more.

I hope their next album will be a great one, they’re currently in the studio recording it.

Kev

Report: Jason Voorhees found for “Friday the 13th” remake…

Aint It Cool exclusively reported that actor Derek Mears is confirmed to play the role of Jason Voorhees, the legendary hockey masked serial killer in the “Friday the 13th” remake. Derek can be seen in a slew of horror films such as “Cursed”, “The Hills Have Eyes 2”, and more…

Aint It Cool reports:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/36205

Really good choice. I never even heard of this guy or never seen him in any films but after seeing pictures of him online, he is perfect for Jason.

Now I’m really looking forward to the remake!

Kev

My Wrestlemania 24 review…

I watched Wrestlemania 24 tonight and I wanted to write a review…

 Here is my final predictions from last week:

http://brocknroll.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/thought-my-final-wrestlemania-24-predictions/

How many predictions did I get right?

I got 4 of them right. Not bad.

For the match results here they are, I’ll scroll down with a Spoiler warning for those who hasn’t seen it yet:

********************WM-24 Match RESULTS – SPOILER WARNING***********

The matches I got right with my predictions are: Batista won his match against Umaga, JBL won his match against Finlay, Shawn Michaels won his match against Ric Flair, and the Undertaker won his match against Edge.

The matches I got wrong are: Randy Orton retained the WWE title (pretty cleanly, the audience actually cheered for Randy ’cause they didn’t want John Cena getting it), Melina and the Glamazon won the Bunnymania lumberjack match, Kane won the 24 Battle Royal and later won the ECW champ, CM Punk wins Money in the Bank Ladder match, and Floyd Mayweather surprisingly won against the Big Show.

********************END SPOILER WARNING*******************************

As far as my thoughts on the ppv goes, I thought it was actually really good. I was surprised by it. I wasn’t bored one bit, it was actually one of the good Wrestlemania since the last several years. The last several Wrestlemania’s weren’t great but this one was. I wasn’t bored one bit.

Each match was exciting, thrilling and quite a ride.

Snoop Dogg did get into a little wrestling action by giving Santino Marella a clothesline and Snoop got to kiss wrestling Diva Maria at the end.

A celebrity appearance by Kim Kardashian which she was the guest hostess, she’s looking beautiful as always, she’s always been one of my favorite celebrity women. I was glad to see her on Wrestlemania.

In Orlando, Florida look like the weather wasn’t too good there, it was cloudy during the day there and it was raining a bit, but the Citrus Bowl looked fuckin’ amazing when it got dark.

I would say the best match of the night was of course “Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels”, that match was a thrill ride and the best one. Both men performed wonderfully, so much emotion and you can actually feel it. Ric Flair has always been a favorite of mine for many years.

It was a good Wrestlemania, maybe it’s because John Cena didn’t win this time. Even though John Cena is supposed to be a good guy in the WWE, everyone still hates him. They know he sucks. Crappy wrestler and crappy performer. That’s why John Cena always gets “boos” everytime you see him on camera.

There were no one time only appearances by any past superstars. No Rock, No Stone Cold, No Hulk Hogan. No legends from the past. Mick Foley did make a brief backstage appearance with Snoop Dogg though, that was it.

The only thing I didn’t like about tonight’s Wrestlemania was when Triple H gave John Cena the crossface aka “The Crippler Crossface” Chris Benoit’s signature move. Ok, time out WWE, if you were going to ban everything that had something to do with Chris Benoit in WWE, that means banning the crossface too. Other wrestlers doing the crossface will just brings back memories to Benoit. We’re trying to forget that guy, Benoit was a real life murderer and an evil psychopath.

But other than that, Wrestlemania 24 was good tonight. It is improving. Great job WWE. Two thumbs up!

Kev

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