The following article appears on Grantland.com and was written by The Masked Man:
Last Monday, John Cena (the actual face of WWE) interrupted an in-ring conversation between Randy Orton (the story line “face of WWE”) and Triple H (the actual and story line front-office figure). In trying to make sense of the crowd’s seeming revolt of late — incessantly invoking Daniel Bryan’s “Yes!” chant, not shelling out for PPVs, ignoring Randy Orton — Cena posited: “You wanna know why they cheer for Daniel Bryan? You wanna know why they chant ‘Yes’? It’s because they’re sick of the administrative B.S.”
Pro wrestling is an art that works in broad strokes, a form with simplicity at its core, so when trying to figure out an answer, Occam’s razor usually does the trick. It could be that fans are disappointed that Bryan got shuffled ungraciously from the main event picture, only to be replaced by the Big Show, who usurped Bryan’s “Yes!” chant and who, combined with Orton, sucked all the air out of the arena at Survivor Series. Bryan, meanwhile, was paired with CM Punk to take on a group of evil newcomers named the Wyatt Family. As compelling as the Wyatts may be, the feud was widely seen as a demotion for Bryan and Punk. Not everybody can be in the main event every month (except Cena), and the Wyatt feud was good for what it was — and even better for the joy of seeing Punk and Bryan together in the ring and in interviews. The real problem wasn’t their absence in the main event — it was the absence of dynamism in the Orton-Show story line. WWE sensed this and ended the Survivor Series main event with John Cena — who had concluded his own milquetoast feud with Alberto Del Rio earlier in the night — storming to the ring and holding up his World Heavyweight Championship belt as Orton held the WWE Championship belt, making the universal sign for a champion-vs.-champion match.
Greg Oliver, the Producer of SLAM! Wrestling is reporting that Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon, one of the greatest heels of all-time and a former Canadian Olympic wrestler, passed away this morning at 4 a.m. in Omaha, Nebraska. He was 84 years of age.
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on http://slam.canoe.ca and was written by Bertrand Hebert.
I have had the second volume of Blood Red Turns Dollar Green right at the top of my reading list for about two months, but I was very busy with different projects and frankly, I was a little worried. The first book was so much fun, what if this one did not live up to it? What if I didn’t like it? Then I read Mick Foley’s take on it.
WWE Superstar Roman Reigns talks to Total Wrestling
Total Wrestling Magazine is a an online-exclusive offering, free to all fans worldwide.
Issue 2 of the popular publication includes interview with WWE Superstar Roman Reigns as he talks about the mentality him and his team mates Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose had when they debuted The Shield last year. “One thing we wanted to establish coming in is that we’re like wolves, just aggressive and foaming at the mouth, and we’re just trying to break stuff.
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.lordsofpain.net and was written by Mr. Tito. FOLLOW Mr. Tito on Twitter: @titowrestling
The human body and what it can do never ceases to amaze me. There are individuals out there who endure great injury or disease yet they are able to fully recover. Thanks to the advances in medicine and technology, hospitals and other medical facilities are able to treat patients effectively and are able to repair things long-term. Despite it’s high cost (thank you subsidies and monopolies), medicare care here in the United States is superb and recovery times have been shrinking based on better medical procedures and rehabilitation.
- It has been officially announced that at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “Power Struggle” event on November 9 in Osaka, both the NWA World Tag Team and IWGP Tag Team titles will be on the line as NWA World Tag Team Champions Killer Elite Squad (Lance Hoyt and Davey Boy Smith, Jr.) take on IWGP Tag Team Champions Kojima and Tenzan and the team of Jax Dane and NWA World Heavyweight Champion “Ironman” Rob Conway in a three-way, two-fall, tornado rules match. The event will be available on iPPV.
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on http://slam.canoe.ca and was written by James Beard.
I almost hate to check my messages these days and when I get a phone call from a number I know is connected to one of my old wrestling friends and co-workers, I often hesitate to answer. Instead of the happy feeling you think you’d immediately get, my first thought is often, “What’s happened now and who died?” It’s a sad commentary that those thoughts come first, but after the last couple decades of receiving so many bad news calls and messages, it’s just a fact of life for many of us who worked in the wrestling business.
WWE has more than subtly teased a possible Shawn Michaels heel turn at WWE Hell in a Cell given HBK’s ties to Triple H. HBK has vowed to remain a neutral party during the main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, where he will be a special guest referee.