Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’ Doomers!

I hope you’ve all had a good weekend. Obviously there was more sad news with the untimely passing of Rowdy Roddy Piper and we’ve all have the opportunity to share our favorite moments of the guy and what he meant to the business. Outside of the ring he seemed to really enjoy life on his farm in Oregon with his wife and his kids and I hope those were the people he got to see in his final moments.

From a wrestling standpoint it’s been a tough summer. You lose guys like Piper and Dusty and not only does someone like me lose a piece of their childhood and the reason I became a wrestling fan but you also lose that mind. We’ll always have memories of Dusty and Piper but we no longer have their minds to pick. As long as Dusty was around you know there could have been another crazy idea that worked or another conversation with an NXT talent that helped that kid get to the next level. We’ll always have memories of Piper but we’ll never have that special moment again like when he cut the promo on John Cena to explain to him the importance of being the champion. That’s the part that makes me sad.

It’s been very very rainy here for past week and change so between placing a lot of sandbags around the house I’ve been going through some Network stuff and I wanted to share an opinion on a few things:

“Legendary Stories of Dusty Rhodes”

Lawler hosts this sit down panel with J.J. Dillon, Michael Hayes, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson as they relay their favorite stories of Dusty. Sadly it takes about 20-25 minutes for the guys to warm up and that only leaves about 20 minutes of truly entertaining stuff. But for each of them it seemed very therapeutic. I don’t remember if there were any stories that were new information for me.

“Jericho Podcast with Stephanie McMahon”

I never watched this on original air and despite the heat she gets here I’ve always found Stephanie very fascinating as arguably the most powerful woman in the business (sorry Dixie). She’s a charming person — I think she’s very passionate and committed to the family business but she’s also much different than her on-air persona. I think she plays a role, she plays it well and I get the sense that she did grow up seeing how the Piper types played heel and how they made you wait and wait and wait for their comeuppance. She’s very much in that role. She gets hers every now and then but you have to wait for that payoff. And she spent her first two years on TV getting absolutely railed on the mic by Jericho and Rock every week so she’s taken the brunt of the jokes. Still it was a nice look at her different roles with the company and a better idea of the person off TV.

I also saw all the Kliq stuff with the best being “Kliq Behind the Curtain” and my favorite moment was them telling Owen stories and I guess he was working a match with Luger and they did the turnbuckle spot where Luger rams his head in the buckle 10 times…but Owen wanted to keep it going so he took it 50 times and apparently Luger broke down laughing after about 45 so Owen rammed himself in the buckle the last few times. That’s funny stuff right there.”

Anyway that’s all I got. Sorry for the length. Watch what you want on TV but keep it clean!