Now talk, damn it!
Now talk, damn it!
2017 claims another one. And my vacation isn’t even over until Sunday night, technically!
Off to see Hidden Figures tonight. Riverdale is on Netflix for those outside of the US, and baseball season is almost upon us!
So lots of exciting stuff. Talk about it here!
Just curious, are you aware of any fans getting injured at a major wrestling show? I thought about it when the shark cage got shoved of the stage on RAW recently, and also when Charlotte kicked Sasha’s crutch away (and it went FLYING). With all the chairs and ladders that get thrown around on the outside of the ring, it seems like there must be instances of fans getting hit, right?
And what about ECW? Did Sabu landing on fans ever hurt anyone?
I’m not specifically aware of any incidents that came to light, but normally if something DOES happen then the person is immediately whisked to the back and signs a waiver in exchange for a metric shit-ton of WWE merchandise. However, that being said, there’s standard legal language on tickets and such that basically says "Shit happens, not the fault of the arena, so there" so really unless a wrestler specifically punches out a fan themselves, legally there’s not much you can do.
Also, Sabu probably tried to hit fans and blew the spot.
You’ve implied The Rock and Austin know how to protect their brands, and are happy to tell Vince where to stick it if their own image were to suffer from a special appearance. Do you think Cena Is wise enough to do the same? Or do you see him making repeated appearances to diminishing returns down the road because he’s a company man first and foremost?
I think Cena is wise enough, but Vince protects him so fiercely that I doubt it would ever be an issue. He’ll keep coming back as long as Vince calls him.
Naomi Injury Update
Naomi suffered a knee injury in her match against Alexa Bliss at the Elimination Chamber. She is expected to be out of action for about two months.
WWE Smackdown Live Ratings
This week’s episode of Smackdown drew 2.792 million viewers, the third highest number since the brand split this past July.
Rolling Stone Article on the “Slow Death of the Great Professional Wrestling Promo”
Date: February 23, 2017
Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
Commentators: Josh Matthews, D’Angelo Dinero
Time for a wedding! It’s one of the last nights of the TNA tapings and we’re getting a major angle in the form of Braxton Sutter being forced to marry Laurel Van Ness for reasons that still aren’t clear. Other than that we have Bobby Lashley defending the TNA World Title against newcomer Josh Barnett at some point in the near future. Let’s get to it.
Oh hey there! Welcome back to the blog tonight. Settle in, discuss some stuff. Good times.
I’m thinking of building a wall to keep out Montreal questions, and the trolls will pay for it. We can workshop the idea later.
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I was curious about the relative longevity of the WWF/E career of Nelson "Mabel/Viscera/Big Daddy V" Frazier, who seems to have stuck around for years, despite never being what anyone would call "great", or what most people would call "good".
Now, I have an unapologetic love of Big Fan Monster wrestlers, and I was a HUGE Mabel fan as a kid- to an embarrassing degree. But I was clearly in the minority. Men on a Mission were a pretty lame team (and only held the Tag Titles for a few days), "King Mabel" was a disaster of a push (who goes from Main Eventing SummerSlam to fired in six months?), and he was never that over in any persona.
So why was he around for so long? Sure, Monsters always get pushes here and there in wrestling, but most guys would be gone quickly if they weren’t that successful. Yet this guy got a WWF job almost as soon as he debuted (1993 was his first year in wrestling, and he was in the WWF already), got a push as King Mabel, and had a three-year run overall. Then he returned only two years later, having another two year run as a Jobber To The Stars. Then he all of a sudden returns AGAIN, getting a four year run out of his "World’s Largest Love Machine/Big Daddy V" thing. On top of that, I’ve heard he was reckless and often hurt his opponents (an issue in his run as King Mabel). That’s about a nine year run, all things considered! And much of that was him past his prime!
So why was he brought back so often, and kept around for so long each time? Surely better wrestlers didn’t enjoy runs nearly as long. Granted, he had some value as a huge guy who was nonetheless perfectly happy jobbing for years (thus making guys look good, especially as he could go up for suplexes), and I’ve heard he was a nice guy… but STILL.
I think you pretty much nailed it. He was a nice guy who tried to make guys look good and did whatever stupid stuff was asked.
Did Vince ever show interest in Abdullah the Butcher? You would think he would see him as a good opponent for the Undertaker? Or either feuding or teaming with Mick Foley or Kane?
I think he MIGHT have, but Abby needed to have a deal so unrestrictive that he could work wherever and whenever he wanted to maintain all his indy and Japan dates, and there’s no way that Vince was going to allow that kind of thing. Plus the whole "blood and guts" aspect would never fly in the WWF.
Not as notable a name as the others, but he was involved in some good stuff over his career.
Hey, they were back in my neighborhood, so I stopped by. DVDVR already reviewed this show, but I was there so I wanted to join in. As a note, I am reviewing the DVD of the show, to make sure I didn’t miss anything when taking notes. This show is available on SmartMarkVideo, and I cannot recommend it highly enough – as you’ll see, holding the show on Black Friday allowed for an all-star cast to show up.
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WWE.com “5 Trades We Want to See” Article
Maria Kanellis & Mike Bennett Re-Sign With TNA
Caristico has been out of action since suffering an elbow injury on a dive at the 2/10 Arena Mexico show but is expected to return soon.
Credit Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Highspots Releases I’m With Spud With Guest Veda Scott
How is Naomi, who’s a better heel than face, able to feel more like a face than Bayley? I personally think she sucks as a character, whatever it is it’s suppose to be. Add the fact that she’s bad period, whether its cutting a promo or simply throwing punches. In ring wise, she’s only good working from underneath. I marked for Bayley at one point, maybe I should see what Smackdown writers can do for her before I judge.
I’m confused…what’s wrong with Bayley?
Date: February 22, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness
We’re getting closer and closer to Orlando as we’re….well we’re still in Orlando but it’s not the big show yet. Tonight’s big deal is a triple threat match for the #1 contendership to the Women’ Title as Asuka is in need of some more competition. It’s hard to say what else we’ve got coming up around here and that’s a good thing as you could be in for a good surprise. Let’s get to it.
Talk about NXT or anything else going on tonight here
Monday Night Raw
Date: September 23, 2002
Location: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler
It’s the night after Unforgiven and the big story on the Raw side is Ric Flair joining forces with HHH to form….well to form nothing at the moment but that’s the only noteworthy thing that happened last night. I’m worried about what we’ll be getting going forward but that’s so often the case around here. Let’s get to it.