DDP Segment on HBO’s Real Sports

Howdy BoD’ers!

I got a chance to watch last night’s HBO Real Sports and catch the segment on DDP helping out Jake Roberts and Scott Hal with DDP Yoga. I just wanted to run down some of the key points of the segment that ran around 8-10 minutes.

— The opening sees DDP, Roberts and Hall sitting in recliners watching old footage of themselves.

— Roberts said he begged to die. As he saw his friends in the business dying he wondered why he couldn’t have been him. Roberts was raised by an alcoholic and sexually abused as a child. He broke down pretty quickly. He told Frank Deford (the guy doing the story) is that he was afraid “[Frank] was going to hurt him.” He was never able to explain why he felt that way. Or he did and it was cut.

— DDP says that Jake gave him the knowledge when no one else believed in him. Jake says he taught DDP wrestling psychology and how to read a crowd.

— DDP took up Yoga when he had a serious back injury that wasn’t improving. He mixed it in with his rehab and added old school calisthenics. Out of that he created DDP Yoga, which he describes as “non-peaceful Yoga”. He holds free classes at his home to his neighbors and over a dozen people come by daily.

— Page traveled to see Roberts and said he looked so brittle. DDP asked him to drop 20 pounds and he would move him to Atlanta. Roberts has now lost 60 pounds and Roberts does Yoga and other workouts daily.

— They chronicled Roberts’ set backs and the cameras catch DDP bitching Roberts out for getting drunk at an airport bar. He had another set back but he’s been clean for about 4-5 months now. Roberts says he wakes up excited and he’s staying at the “Accountability Crib” a.k.a. DDP’s Atlanta home for the foreseeable future. Roberts says that Page “ain’t getting rid of him.”

— They play the tape of DDP calling Scott Hall and Hall said he doesn’t remember the phone call because he was drunk out of his mind. Hall has taken 12 trips to rehab. Pills and booze became his routine because his life was falling apart. He said that Razor Ramon was living well but Hall was dying. When Hall arrived in Atlanta he describes himself as “Elvis before he went to die on the toilet.”

— Hall has lost 50 pounds and spends much of his non-Yoga time with his son Cody, who is trying to break in the business. He says he’s got a new lease on life. He moved out of the Accountability crib but according to his podcast with Steve Austin, he lives about a block or two away and spends most of his spare time there.

— DDP says Jake should have died 10-12 times but today he’s a different guy. Same with Hall. DDP knows there are no guarantees and both Roberts and Hall have been through too much to say their demons are gone for good. Roberts is deathly afraid of the mention of overcoming is demons but the segment closes with the three men, happy and growing old in health together.

— Deford discloses that DDP has sold over 50,000 copies of his $100 Yoga program, making for a nice little chunk of change.

My thoughts are simple: DDP is a hell of a guy. I’m convinced there are a lot of good characters in wrestling and few good men but he seems to be the real deal. Roberts and Hall look a billion times better than where we saw them at their lowest point. It was very nice and uplifting piece that would make you like DDP even more than you already do.

Monday Nitro – March 30, 1998

Monday
Nitro #133
Date:
March 30, 1998
Location:
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Commentators:
Mike Tenay, Larry Zbyszko, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
The
NWO continues to dominate the stories in this company as we’re
rolling towards Spring Stampede. On Thunder the NWO got into another
argument with Hogan and Nash yelling at each other this time. There
isn’t much else going on in WCW at the moment other than the title
feuds. WCW needs to step things up as last night, Steve Austin won
the WWF Title, meaning the heat is on. Let’s get to it.

The
Nitro Girls open us up. I’ve heard of worse ideas.
We
look at the brawl at the end of Thunder.
Wayne
Bloom/Mike Enos vs. High Voltage
Enos
starts with Rage but High Voltage is quickly double teaming to take
over. Mike is beaten down but Bloom comes in off the top to take
over. Bloom comes in legally and suplexes Rage down for two before
it’s back to Enos. Something like a fallaway slam off the middle
rope gets two on Rage and here’s the Giant with chokeslams all around
for the DQ.
Rating:
D. This was long enough to rate
but there’s nothing to talk about here. Neither team was anything of
note and the fans didn’t care about them due to how low they were on
the card. At least the fans popped when the Giant came out there as
they were almost silent for the match.
Everyone
is laid out so Giant grabs the mic and says if Piper wants mean,
that’s what he’s getting.
Here
are Piper and Giant with something to say. Piper is in a Cubs hat
for an odd visual. He talks about having Giant dating Sweaty Betty
and eating villagers. Piper says that Hogan and Nash are lovers but
tonight they can’t team together. It’s going to be Nash/a partner of
his choice vs. Sting/Luger but the partner can’t be Hogan. Now it’s
time to focus on Hogan and Disciple. Piper says Disciple used to be
Brutus Beefcake and the fans sound surprised. He says Disciple’s
real name is E. Harrison Leslie and tonight it’s Piper vs. Hogan in
the main event. Oh yeah they’re feeling the pressure from Raw all
right.
Perry
Saturn vs. Fit Finlay
This
could be interesting. Saturn is flanked by the entire Flock. Saturn
chops him in the chest to start but Finlay takes him straight to the
mat and puts on a hard chinlock. Back up and Saturn fires off kicks
in the corner but charges into a boot. This is more hard hitting
than any match in months already.
Finlay
drives in knees in the corner and works on Saturn’s knee on the mat.
Back up and Saturn grabs a quick suplex for two but Finlay hits
another hard clothesline to take over. I’m saying hard a lot because
it’s the only way to describe most of these shots. A rolling senton
gets two for Finlay but he gets caught in a head and arms suplex and
the Rings of Saturn are good for the submission.
Rating:
C. This was short but they beat
the tar out of each other out there. Finlay is the kind of guy that
can work well with almost anyone which makes him an interesting guy
to watch. It’s rare to see heels going at it but it made for a good
match. That’s something WWE should do more often: mix things up a
bit instead of doing the same stuff over and over again.

CALL
THE HOTLINE!
Here’s
the NWO led by Hogan and Bischoff. Hogan talks about being 4 Life
and if Piper wants a fight he can come get one right now. The fans
say he sucks but Hogan says that just means they worship him. He
calls the Disciple up and names him as the leader of his worshippers.
That brings him to the family business and the only thing people
remember right now is Nash’s big foot going into Hogan’s face.
If
Nash wants to get a partner tonight, the NWO wants to see what he’s
made of because none of this is allowed to team up with him. Cue
Nash to a face pop. He quotes Savage by saying there could be more
than one person ready to stab him in the back. Hogan says at Spring
Stampede they can watch each others’ backs and then deal with their
own issues. Nash says he has a partner but won’t say who it
is……brother. To clarify, the story of this show is who will be
the partner of one half of the World Tag Team Champions.
More
Nitro Girls.
There
is no Thunder this weekend as there’s going to be an internet Pay Per
Listen called Malice in the Palace.
Cruiserweight
Title: Chris Jericho vs. Marty Jannetty
Jericho
dedicates the match to the memory of Dean Malenko who has quit
because he can’t handle the heat. He quotes Hanson to say that in an
MMMBop, Dean’s career is gone. Only Jericho could make that line
work. Marty gets a quick clothesline to take over and a powerslam is
good for two. A faceplant puts Jericho down but the Rocker Dropper
is countered into a belly to back suplex and the Liontamer retains
the title.
Post
match Jericho grabs a cup of water and a bunch of papers. See, Dean
claims to be the man of 1000 holds but Jericho has only counted about
60. Jericho however knows 1004 and is going to list them off for us.
  1. Armdrag
  2. Armbar
  3. Moss
    Covered Three Handled Gradunzel (Jericho’s pronunciation)
  4. Armbar
  5. Saskatchewan
    Spinning Nerve Hold
  6. Armbar
9.
Shooting Star Staple Press
10.
Right handed punch
We
take a break.
712.
Armbar
713.
Gibberish
714.
Canadian….something
Hour
#2 begins.
723.
Jericho Screwdriver
As
Jericho talks about a Whizzer, Prince Iaukea cuts him off. Dean’s
dad trained the Prince as well and he’s not going to stand for this
disrespect. This holds up incredibly well and Jericho is still
hilarious to this day.
Prince
Iaukea vs. Glacier
Glacier
runs him over to start and hits a quick belly to back suplex. He
poses on the ropes instead of following up though and Prince comes
back with a fallaway slam. A pair of dropkicks sets up a Samoan Drop
for two but Glacier comes back with a powerslam. Glacier goes up but
jumps into a northern lights suplex for the pin. Nothing to see
here.
Some
high school students win the Nitro Party Pack. Good to know.
Juventud
Guerrera vs. El Dandy
Dandy
hits a hard knee to the chest to start but gets caught in a
hurricanrana to take him down. Juvy tries a baseball slide to the
floor but Dandy slides back in at the same time. Dandy drops him on
the top rope but Juvy comes right back with a rollup for two. Juvy
is slammed down but slips out of an attempt at a second slam before
hooking a Juvy Driver for a quick pin.
We
get a clip of the new movie Lost In Space.
Chavo
Guerrero Jr. vs. Kaz Hayashi
Heenan
has joined commentary. Chavo is in a professionally made Eddie
Guerrero is My Favorite Wrestler shirt. Feeling out process to start
with Guerrero charging into an armdrag and armbar. I guess Hayashi
is a Chris Jericho fan. Back up and Chavo gets two off a quick
dropkick before stomping on Kaz.
A
belly to back suplex sets up a chinlock from Guerrero as a guy with a
huge backpack walks through the front row. They botch a spot where
Chavo tries to powerbomb out of a hurricanrana but falls down,
basically turning it into a running seated senton. A missile
dropkick puts Chavo down and a German suplex gets two, but Chavo pops
up and hits the tornado DDT for the pin.
Rating:
C-. This was short but it was
decent while it lasted. Kaz never really did much in WCW though they
did say Ultimo Dragon had taken him under his wing so maybe he’s in
for a small push. Botch aside, Chavo continues to look smooth in the
ring most of the time and the story is what he’s been missing to get
things going.
Post
match Chavo helps Kaz up.
Before
his match Raven says he’ll dumb this down for us. He talks about
hating his father and being unpopular in high school. It was Page
who picked Raven up from the hospital when he got out of rehab. Four
years ago when Page was released it was Raven who gave him a shoulder
to cry on. Now Page is the US Champion and Raven had to spend three
years in Barbed Wire City. Why didn’t Page call in a favor and get
him a job years ago? The Snake told him that Page wasn’t a true
friend and he was right. Quoth the US Champion forevermore.
Buff
Bagwell vs. Raven
The
announcers hope they beat each other into the hospital. Why would
WCW announcers not like the Flock? Bagwell laughs at Raven to start
before hiptossing him down. Raven charges into a boot in the corner
and Bagwell runs him down. Posing ensues but here’s DDP so Raven
grabs the US Title and bails for the countout.
Page
comes up to commentary and says he wants to put this in context. Yes
he and Raven knew each other before, but Raven has selective memory.
Poor little Scotty. Poor little us as he now joins Norton, Hall,
Steiner and Riggs as Scottys in this company. Page talks about Raven
being born with a silver spoon in his mouth and having a very
privileged childhood.
On
the other hand there’s Page who came from a broken home but turned
out just fine. It wasn’t Page who caused all of Raven’s hardships
because Raven doesn’t know what hardships are. Page goes into
something resembling Hard Times before saying Raven has nothing to
complain about.
The
announcers recap the NWO events. This is in addition to constantly
talking about them during the matches.
Disco
Inferno vs. Billy Kidman
Disco
throws him into the air and gets two off a clothesline to start. He
stomps a mudhole in Kidman in the corner and throws him out tot he
floor. Kidman comes back in with a slingshot headscissors and the
announcers finally stop talking about how awesome Randy Savage is and
wondering who Nash’s partner will be.
A
slingshot legdrop gets two for Kidman and Disco gets a near fall of
his own off a sunset flip. Kidman dropkicks him down and hits a
quick backbreaker, only to miss a top rope splash. Disco gets two
off an elbow drop and a neckbreaker but charges into a sitout
spinebuster for two. Kidman makes the mistake of lowering his head
though and Disco hits a great piledriver for the pin.
Rating:
C+. Much better match than I
was expecting here with Disco actually going move for move with
Kidman. I don’t remember him using the piledriver that often but
it’s a good finishing move for him, especially if the Chartbuster is
being taken by Disciple. Really nice match here with both guys
looking good.
Hour
#3 begins.
Curt
Hennig vs. Jim Neidhart
Can
this feud just end already? Rude jumps in on commentary and dodges a
question about being Nash’s partner tonight. Neidhart quickly pulls
him to the floor and sends Hennig into the barricade before going
back inside. Jim keeps asking Rude to come down to the ring for a
beating but pounds Hennig down with ease. Hennig gets in some shots
but Neidhart rakes him in the eyes to put him down. Off to a bearhug
on Curt and Rude runs in for the DQ, only to get caught in a quick
bearhug as well.
Neidhart
gets beaten down and handcuffed to the rope. Bulldog comes in for
the save but Bryan Adams hits the ring for a piledriver on Davey.
Rude takes off his belt and chokes Neidhart, making Anvil’s eyes bug
out in an unintentionally funny bit. Bret comes out for the real
save, again calling the no association rule into question. Hart says
this isn’t happening anymore and he’s tearing the NWO down brick by
brick until he gets to Hogan.
TV
Title: Chris Benoit vs. Booker T
Booker
is defending in this rematch of a draw from last week. During the
entrances we’re told Iaukea vs. Jericho for the Cruiserweight Title
is set for the PPV. They fight over a lockup to start with neither
guy able to gain an advantage. Benoit pulls him down to the mat but
Booker does half a Spinarooni to get up before anything else can be
done. Booker gets spun over into a sunset flip for two and we have a
standoff. A HARD chop sends Booker into the ropes as we’re told it’s
Bulldog vs. Hennig at Spring Stampede. Dang how will the cable
company handle all the people wanting to buy the show now?
Benoit
stomps him down in the corner but gets caught in a spinebuster for a
close two. A hard elbow to the face puts Benoit down again and the
champion stomps away a bit. Benoit is quickly back up and snaps off
a release German suplex to put both guys down. The Canadian gets two
off a snap suplex as we get news that Nash has switched dressing
rooms. So much for talking about the title match. Booker gets a
boot up in the corner but walks into a drop toehold for two.
A
backbreaker gets two for Benoit and it’s off to surfboard hold with a
knee in Booker’s back. Chris suplexes him down for two and it’s time
to roll some Germans. Booker fights out of the third and hits the
ropes but both guys try cross bodies to put them both down. Booker
spins up and hits the side kick but gets crotched on top. Benoit is
knocked away but still sidesteps the missile dropkick. The
Crossface is quickly broken up as Booker grabs the rope. Back up and
they slug it out as the bell rings for the time limit.
Rating:
B-. Another good match here
with both guys looking great. The idea of having Benoit hang with
Booker is a good idea but it would help if he’d actually win the
title. It’s the same thing that happened to him in the US Title
feud: the good matches are getting Benoit more noticed, but a title
win would mean so much more.
More
Nitro Girls.
Psychosis
vs. Ultimo Dragon
Dragon
has the awesome red white and green attire on tonight. Psychosis
takes him down before catching the handspring elbow in a takedown. A
quick rollup gets two on Dragon and Psychosis goes up, only to have
to block the spinning hurricanrana. Dragon is sent to the floor by a
spinwheel kick and Psychosis hits a big dive over the top to take him
down. While on the floor the Flock attacks Psychosis for recently
injuring Lodi.
Dragon
helps Psychosis fight off the Flock. Luchadores vs. Flock could be
an interesting story.
Goldberg
vs. Ray Traylor
The
fans go NUTS for Goldberg and Traylor is taken aback by them.
Goldberg runs him over and they slug it out with no one getting an
advantage. They ram shoulders and no one moves so Traylor offers to
let Goldberg hit the ropes for another try. Goldberg heads towards
the ropes but snaps back with a clothesline to take Traylor down in a
nice move. A leg trip puts Ray down again but Goldberg walks into a
big spinebuster. He’s on his feet before Traylor though and it’s
spear/Jackhammer to make him 67-0.
Saturn
jumps the barricade but the Flock holds him back.
Kevin
Nash/??? vs. Lex Luger/Sting
To
the shock of no one with a brain, Randy Savage is the mystery partner
as he jumps Sting from behind during the entrances. A piledriver
(popular move tonight) lays Sting out on the floor and we start with
Savage vs. Luger. Savage kicks Sting to the floor as Nash comes in
to beat up Luger. Sting is laid out in the aisle as Savage comes
back in to choke Luger. Nash is back in again as Savage goes out to
beat on the champion again. Sting finally gets his coat off but
Savage posts him. Now it’s a chair to Sting’s ribs.
This
has been going almost five minutes and we’ve seen about 20 seconds of
the in ring portion. Nash goes to the floor to beat on Sting as
Luger misses a charge into the corner. Sting finally makes a
comeback as whatever part of this was a match breaks down. Sting
backdrops Savage to the floor and Luger clotheslines Nash down.
Hogan hits the floor to go after Sting but gets posted as well.
Luger Racks Nash but Disciple comes in behind the referee’s back to
Stun Luger, giving Nash the pin.
Rating:
C. This is a hard one to grade
as it wasn’t supposed to be a normal wrestling match. It was
designed to get us to the main event and continue the chaos of the
NWO which it did, but at the same time it was just a wild brawl.
That being said, it was entertaining and did its job so I’ll go right
in the middle instead of taking a side on it.
Post
match Piper comes out to drag Hogan back to the ring but Disciple
gets in a cheap shot to start the double teaming. They fight to the
back and we go to a break before the match actually started.
Hollywood
Hogan vs. Roddy Piper
Back
from a break and Hogan’s music plays for a bit but there’s no one in
sight. Piper and Hogan show up at the entrance with Piper punching
him down the aisle. Disciple follows them out but gets beaten up as
well. They get in the ring and slug it out though I never heard a
bell. Piper pounds away and pokes him in the eyes before they head
outside again so Hogan can be sent into Disciple.
Back
in and Piper pounds away in the corner with his 1984 offense. Hogan
gets in a low blow but Piper hits one of his own. They slug it out
from their knees with Hogan choking away. Back up and they slug it
out again until Disciple pulls Piper to the floor. Piper gets back
in and ducks a clothesline to put on a sleeper but Disciple comes in
for the DQ. After everything else that happened, that’s the DQ?
Rating:
D. Unlike the previous brawl
disguised as a match, this one didn’t have nearly the action or fun
involved included. This was the usual dull stuff when these two get
in the ring but they’re the draws so it’s ok or something. You know
you’re in trouble when the best thing you can say about a match is
it’s short.
Post
match Nash comes out and holds up Piper but Hogan hits Nash by
mistake. This brings out Giant to clear the ring. Hogan tells Nash
to be ready for the PPV but Disciple holds him back to end the show.
Remember
no Thunder this week.
Overall
Rating:
D+. They were trying
here but the NWO stuff dragged it down. It’s becoming more and more
like the Alliance every day: meaningless matches with no real end
goal in sight. Savage has his first world title shot in over a year
and it’s a subplot in the three way battle for control of the NWO.
The rest of the show had its moments but there’s too much dullness on
here dragging it down. Make sure you check out Jericho’s 1004 holds
bit though in case you’ve somehow never seen it.
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Smarks



———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Matthew Graham
Date: Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Subject: Great wrestling visuals (re: the rebirth of Brock Lesnar)

I just rewatched Summerslam and the greatest highlight for the match for me took place after Brock’s victory.
With Punk writhing in pain on the canvas, a spent Lesnar crawled over to the upper right corner not to aid Paul Heyman but to retrieve the folded steel chair that insured his victory. He held it up on its side and rested his forehead on the metal. The camera cuts back to show Punk clutching his leg, selling the damage done.

Then Dunn in the truck quickly cuts back to an extreme close up of Lesnar’s profile, head still digging into the steel chair…smiling like a gargoyle.
http://s980.photobucket.com/user/matthewpatrickgraham/media/Lesnarshot_zps7d9e2a34.png.html

What a haunting, all-telling, terrific shot.

Got me thinking though. What do you think are some of the best visuals or shots since in the last thirty years of the business aside of Austin bleeding in the sharpshooter?

One shot that doesn’t get enough love is of Punk blowing a kiss at Vince before taking to the crowd with his newly won WWE title at MITB ’11.

You know, you may not think it doesn’t get any love, but try poking around a wrestling msg board, you’ll see it about 30 times in 2 posts.

For me, I love the shot of Vince looking over the apron, covered in blood from WMXIX.

As you mentioned, Stone Cold with the blood and such is probably the greatest of all time. Hell, it made it to a t-shirt. 

CAW in Real Life

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Austin Burton
Date: Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 6:12 AM
Subject: WWE “pet projects”

Every smart wrestling fan is an armchair booker, and all of us have certain wrestlers we like to watch succeed but we believe aren’t being booked correctly.

So let’s say you’re a WWE writer and they’re letting you choose any three acts on the roster — singles or tag teams, main eventers or mid-carders — to be your “pet projects.”

You can tweak their character’s nuances or give them a complete makeover. You can decide how they work in the ring (within their limits), how they work the mic, whether they’re a heel or face, who they’re feuding with, who they’re affiliated with, etc. Of course you’d have to collaborate with the rest of the creative team on some things and you could get vetoed if your ideas are too crazy. (Making Jinder Mahal the WWE champ anytime soon wouldn’t fly.) But within reason, you’re basically deciding how your guys are presented and how they’re booked.

Who would you pick, and what are some changes you’d make?

I’d make Cena heel, first and foremost. His character would be the BIGGEST douche on Earth. The total jock-stereotype. He’d say things like “Every wrestler you’ve ever loved, I beat’em. I probably made’em tap out. I did with a smile, too”, “Look at me. When I take my shirt off, women cheer. You chumps in the audience could save the world and maybe get a golf clap. Me? I’m so good looking that I get cheers just for being shirtless”. I’d have him be champ for at least a year, and then Punk would return to stop Cena from not only beating his record, but from continuing his reign of terror, and for revenge. As Cena would have done a major beat down on Punk early in his reign, as Cena knew Punk could have his number and wanted him out of commission. I’d then create a stable for Cena, where he’d only let the best looking & athletic people join.

Also, Cena & Punk write their own promos, and Cena has to take that title with him every where he goes. Treating it like it’s a SuperBowl ring, and constantly flaunting it in public.

BoD Daily Update

RAW Rating Increases

Monday night drew a 3.2 rating

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/118-daily-updates/32753-raw-rating-was-a

John Cena Tweets Photo after Surgery

https://twitter.com/JohnCena/status/370195228365709312/photo/1

TNA Announces End of the X Division Three-Way Match Rule

Hulk Hogan announced via Twitter that Manik will defend the title against Sonjay Dutt on Impact tomorrow night.

http://www.f4wonline.com/more/more-top-stories/100-tna/32750-tna-announces-end-of-silly-change

TNA Running an Angle With the Howard Stern Show?

Bobby Roode has been doing an angle with Stern Show personality “Eric the Actor,” in which he promises to do all of these terrible things to Eric if he shows up to “Bound For Glory.” They are also planning to film a segment for “Howard TV” between the two.

Credit PWInsider.com

QOTD – August 21st, 2013

Greetings, sweetiepeeties.

Today’s question comes from BoDHoF’er, Jobber123.

Hey cal,
Did you see cena is #1 the pwi 500 again? I think you should put up a
thread with a link to the list so we can discuss. I think it should have
been punk. I know the pwi 500 isn’t what it once was but I still love
it. You agree with cena being #1? I love cena but if we’re going august
to August its gotta be punk yeah?


Jobber123
Couldn’t find a list of the current PWI list, so anyone in the comments section who has it, feel free to throw it up for us. 
As for Cena being number one, well, PWI is via kayfabe, right? He won the Rumble, beat The Rock in the main event of WM to win the WWE championship, defeated all on-comers, had a MOTYC with Punk. Speaking of which, once he lost the title, he just kept losing. 
How say you?
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The SmarK RAW Rant–08.19.13

  The SmarK RAW Rant – 08.19.13 So the experiment begins, as I’ll start doing the Hulu 90 minute version of the show and see if that makes it easier to watch, plus NXT and Main Event instead of Impact. Live from Anaheim, CA Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL The highlight package from Summerslam reveals that the sound guys are fond of using Christopher Nolan’s BWOMMMP sound effect from his trailers for extra dramatic effect. Guess it works for him. John Cena joins us to start, and he too is disgusted at what happened to Daniel Bryan. He shows off the disgusting mass on his elbow and notes that he’s taking 4-6 months off to heal it, but first here’s Daniel Bryan. Stephanie interrupts him and points out that HHH did what was “right for business”, so Daniel basically tells her to get bent and dares her to fire him. She notes that not everyone can be WWE champion, but Bryan is at least a solid B+. Her delivery is just terrible here. And I’m sure that “B+” comment must be a rib on someone. We get the old security escort gag as Stephanie kicks him out of the ring for getting too uppity. Been there, done that. Paul Heyman is feeling forgiving, because he was more of a father figure than Punk’s own father, and he’s open to Punk’s apology after Brock beat sense into him. Dolph Ziggler v. The Shield This comes from Dolph apparently speaking out against the McMahon-Helmsley Facgime on Twitter or something. Of note: Ambrose is wrestling without the vest now. Ziggler holds his own for a bit, but gets caught with a cheapshot by Rollins and the Shield works him over until Ziggler gets a sleeper. Ambrose reverses and brings in Reigns, but Ziggler makes his own comeback. Fameasser for Reigns and a leaping DDT gets two. He suplexes Rollins onto the floor, but charges Reigns and gets speared in mid-air for the pin at 6:05. Hopefully this will build some sympathy for Dolph’s jerkass character. Sin Cara v. Alberto Del Rio ADR attacks, but gets put on the floor for a dive…and Sin Cara is hurt. Again. So the match is stopped and Del Rio seems pretty legitimately pissed. We might as well just wish Sin Cara the best in his future endeavours at this point. This brings out Ricardo Rodriguez, introducing his newest signing: Rob Van Dam. Meanwhile, Big Show promises to go after the tag titles, but Brad Maddox books him in a handicap match against the Shield. The Primetime Players v. The Real Americans Cesaro goes after Young to start, but Titus tags himself in and the PTP work Swagger over. That ends quickly as Titus gets caught in the heel corner (wait, did I miss a babyface turn from the PTP? Did Young’s coming out count as one?) and Swagger works on a toehold. Swaggerbomb into the Cesaro double-stomp gets two. Hot tag to Young and he hits Cesaro with a northern lights suplex for two as it’s BONZO GONZO. The double knee drop finishes at 5:34. How about that. That might be the first time I’ve ever seen them win, actually. ** Los Matadores are coming. Because that worked out so well for Tito Santana. The Shield v. Big Show Show tosses Ambrose and Reigns and spears Reigns for good measure, and the Shield all backs off to regroup. Show continues dominating all three, but Rollins clips the knee and follows with the flying knee for two. Show suplexes both Rollins and Ambrose, but walks into a spear and the triple powerbomb finishes at 4:27. CM Punk limps out to give his answer to Paul Heyman, but first he goes off on some guy in the crowd for booing him. OK then. Heyman and Curtis Axel come out, but Punk is ANGRY and he wants a fight, now. So Heyman sends Axel to tape up his fists, and sure enough after the break Punk is still there and the fight is on. This actually goes pretty well for Axel, as he takes advantage of Punk’s injured leg and goes after it with a chair, threatening to Pillmanize him, but Punk comes back and beats on him on the floor to “win” the brawl. R-Truth v. Bray Wyatt Truth fights off the Wyatts, but Bray puts him down with a bodyblock and finishes with the downward spiral at 1:40. It’s a great gimmick but Wyatt doesn’t seem to be very good in the ring. * Main Event Interview: The McMahon Family joins us to coronate Randy Orton. Vince and Hunter are now friends again, and Hunter did it all for us. We deserve better than Daniel Bryan! Hunter spends about 10 minutes telling us this before finally bringing out Orton. He’s forgiven the whole “trying to kidnap and murder his family” thing because it’s right for THIS BUSINESS. I’m kind of curious what Orton’s personalized sideplates are. HHH entices Bryan to come to the ring, and the Shield of course attacks him, so he kicks their asses before walking into a spear from Reigns. Bryan fights through them and HHH again offers him a chance to get into the ring, so Bryan fights his way in…and walks into an RKO to end the show. So there’s your main event direction. The Pulse Pretty dull for a post-PPV show, actually, but I do like the 90 minute version! Pretty sure they didn’t cut out anything important, either.

Cucch’s Book Review: Goldberg: I’m Next

Well, you figure a book with writing credits lauded to Scott Keith and fellow baseball wonk Rob Neyer would lead to a great book.

No.
Bill Goldberg is a wrestling anomaly. He is someone who trained quickly and in short order became a superstar that defies description. Many have called him WCW’s Austin clone. Some have called him WCW’s Shamrock clone. The fact of the matter is that Goldberg is no one’s clone. Goldberg was GOLDBERG, and the quicker we accept that fact, the quicker we can accept and appreciate what a once in a lifetime talent Goldberg was.

Goldberg’s biography, much like his career arc, is totally different. This book was written in 2000, after the peak of his career. (12 years later, I think I can state that.). Goldberg was an absolute phenomenon, one of those human events that just sort of happen out of nowhere. WCW did a remarkable job in booking Billy Boy. He was a sensation. Spear, jackhammer, powermove, pin. That was the Goldberg equation.

His book, as sad as I am to say, is total rubbish. He starts with his horrible groin injury in the NFL, and then goes into his WCW career, as started by Sting. Now, I LOVE hearing about wrestlers starting from nothing and then making something of them. Big Billy does none of that. His book starts with him taking methadone to power through injury. He then goes through some, SOME, of his matches and then  mentions Make-A-Wish, which is an excellent foundation. But Goldy often glosses over periods of his career, and that is something this scribe does not care for. Basically, Goldberg treats his career as an also ran, a piece de resistance that makes him seem like some dude off the street who fancies notoriety as opposed to a well earned rep as a good wrestler who competes in good matches.

Now, I would like to mention that this book leads me to a well informed, well educated point, but the fact is it does not. Goldberg took advantage of his name and published this shittastic book. Read it at your own peril. I will say this: If you are a 1998 mark of the business, this is your book.. Otherwise, its rubbish.

WWF Championship Wrestling February 2nd, 1985

February 2, 1985
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week Paul Orndorff and the Junkyard Dog are in action. Also, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart will make his debut and Don Muraco will return to action. Andre the Giant will be the guest on Piper’s Pit as well. .

Johnny Rodz vs. Junkyard Dog

Rodz ducks out but JYD slingshots him back inside. Rodz bails as JYD approaches then manages an eye rake as he re-enters the ring. JYD quickly takes the advantage then gets on all-fours and uses his headbutts. Rodz takes down JYD and bites his forehead but JYD bites back then shortly after that, hits him with the powerslam for the win (3:05).
Thoughts: The fans still go nuts when “Another One Bites the Dust” plays. Not much different that any other JYD TV squash from this time.
WWF Update with Lord Alfred Hayes. After several weeks of promising to show us the footage from the December MSG show, we are shown backstage footage of Mean Gene with Cyndi Lauper and her manager David Wolfe, who is on a stretcher. Hayes will update us some more next week.
Peter Pompeii vs. Paul Orndorff w/Bobby Heenan
The crowd is screaming chants of “Paula” and “weasel” at the heels. Despite being called Pompeii, the graphic reads “Pompell” and the announcers call him that instead. Heenan grabs a stretcher from underneath the ring before the match. Orndorff beats the fuck out of Pompeii before tossing him outside. The fans are jacked right now. Pompeii gets dragged inside and clotheslined before Orndorff hits the piledriver for the win (1:45). After the match, Orndorff taunts the crowd as Heenan leaves the stretcher in the ring.
Thoughts: Orndorff squash matches are always fun. Also, Orndorff had nuclear heat, as this crowd hated him with a passion. Orndorff, despite being stuck wrestling midcarders, is starting to get more of a push with Heenan as his manager.
Gene Okerlund plugs tonight’s show at the Boston Garden. JYD and Andre come out and cut a promo on their opponents, Ken Patera and Big John Studd. Andre plays with JYD’s chain and puts it around Okerlund’s neck and starts playing with him.
Bruno and Vince show us clips from the match between Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham vs. Dick Murdoch & Adrian Adonis from the 1/21 show in Hartford in which Rotundo & Windham captured the tag team titles. The finish occurred when Windham, the legal man, was brawling with Adonis outside and sent him into the post then went back in the ring and pinned Murdoch with the sunset flip. Vince tells us that Capt. Lou aligned himself with Windham & Rotundo. The few minutes of action shown looked pretty good.
Okerlund is with Mr. Fuji and Don Muraco. Okerlund says that Muraco might be jinexed in Boston (where Muraco lost the IC Title to Santana last year) as Muraco says he is used to being a main eventer and not wrestling in the second match. He is facing George Wells. Muraco then mockingly congratulates Okerlund for figuring out that he is jinexed in Boston then starts to crack jokes about being in the second match on the card and as the interview ends, he says not to worry because he will leave the curtain open then proceeds to make a curtain-opening gesture as he is smiling. Funny stuff by Muraco.
Aldo Marino vs. Don Muraco w/Mr. Fuji
Muraco slams Marino then stomps away. He beats the crap out of Marino for a bit. Muraco hits a dropkick then finishes him off with the tombstone piledriver for the win (2:43).
Thoughts: Muraco looked really good in this match and it is good to have him back. He made no mentions of Hogan, the man who he was attacking in his vignettes.
Piper’s Pit with Andre the Giant. Piper starts by stating he has been a longtime fan and says that what Patera and Studd did to him was terrible. Andre doesnt believe a word he is saying and leaves shortly after that. Piper then says he is an idiot and insults Andre with Orton, calling Studd the real giant of pro wrestling.  
Jose Luis Rivera vs. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
The Anvil attacks Rivera from behind. He then impresses Vince by being able to do a dropkick at 280lbs. Rivera gets tossed on the floor then gets destroyed when he gets back inside the ring. Neidhart tosses Rivera halfway across the ring and after a brief comeback, Neidhart finishes him off with a running powerslam (3:04).
Thoughts: Solid in-ring debut for Neidhart. However, the crowd was silent and the announcers didn’t really do a whole lot to put him over on commentary.
Jeff Craney vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Vince calls Snuka a “kind and quiet” man outside of the ring. Snuka backs Craney in the corner to start. Craney briefly works the arm but Snuka takes control as Vince promises to show us what happened to Lou Albano at MSG last December. They take it to the mat and continue at a slow pace until Snuka hits a backbreaker then finishes off Craney with the Superfly Splash (3:24).
Thoughts: Snuka was still hurting badly as this was very slow-paced
Okerlund is with Bobby Heenan and Paul Orndorff. Heenan tells Okerlund that Orndorff was just being modest last week as he didn’t buy out the entire first class section of the plane, the airline gave it to him. He also says that the Boston Garden will know be called the “Wonderful Garden.” Studd and Patera come in and talk about Andre, with Studd playing with Andre’s hair.
Next week, Vince says we will be shown the footage of Albano’s award presentation. Also, we will see a training session with Hillbilly Jim and Hulk Hogan. Plus, Greg Valentine, Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch, Ken Patera & John Studd and Tito Santana & Blackjack Mulligan will be in action.
Final Thoughts: Not the greatest show but Muraco looked good in his comeback and cut a funny promo at least. They are slowly revealing what happened at MSG, which will lead to the main event of WrestleMania. The debut of Neidhart was forgettable and Piper’s Pit wasn’t that great to be honest, but it at least had a purpose, as it continued the Andre/Studd feud and set up for a possible later feud between Piper and Andre.

The next Eddie?

"Hey Scott,  with all the talk of Bryan being the next "Stone Cold", i think a more suitable comparison would be Eddie Guerrero circa 2004. Your thoughts??"

They had no intention of making Eddie a long term top guy like they do with Bryan.  A better comparison would be 98 Mick Foley, and in fact Vince came out on RAW and made that very comparison himself.