AS I SEE IT: Thoughts on the WWE Hall of Fame

AISIAS I SEE IT: Thoughts on the WWE Hall of Fame
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
http://pwbts.com

So the Road to Wrestlemania really kicks into gear the night after Elimination Chamber.

It was reporting this past week that Hulk Hogan and Undertaker are booked as appearing on the RAW the night after the PPV. Undertaker will set up his yearly Wrestlemania match.

AS I SEE IT: CZW shines during their 15th anniversary show

AISIAS I SEE IT: CZW shines during their 15th anniversary show
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
http://pwbts.com

Combat Zone Wrestling returned to action Saturday night at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ for the promotion’s 15th Anniversary show. CZW drew a huge standing room crowd, the largest non-Cage of Death crowd ever for the promotion since their 2012 return to New Jersey, and one of their largest overall in years; estimated at over 1,000 fans.

Shane Strickland defeated Joe Gacy by pinfall after a head kick. Basic big man-little man match. In the “where did that come from” moment of the match, Joe Gacy hit an Osaka Street Cutter on Strickland.

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DarkFox’s NXT review – February 5, 2014

WWE NXT LogoEditor’s note: OWW is pleased to welcome DarkFox to its editorial staff!  DarkFox is one of the radio hosts of Mark Out Radio.  Listen to it here: www.morelikeradio.com/live.

Our announce team this week, which seems to have stopped playing musical chairs for now, is Byron Saxton (heel), Tom Phillips (straight) and Tensai (face). While I love William Regal in the announce position, he has trouble maintaining his gimmick. Saxton and Phillips do well staying on point and dragging Tensai back into line when necessary. I would prefer to hear Alex Riley do face commentating, but NXT will likely shuffle talent around Tom Phillips who has come a long way in less than a year calling the matches straight.

In an effort to make NXT ready for a switch to a live show, it’s being filmed closer to air date as we quickly approach the launch of the WWE Network. Some matches have been re-performed while others scrapped and replaced with something new.

This is both a good thing and a bad.

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FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE: Stop Whining and Get in the Ring!

Falls-Count-AnywhereHere we go again, another CM Punk disagreement with management.  Hard to believe, I know.  About a year ago, while writing for another publisher, I wrote about how Punk was the unrivaled best in the world.

CM Punk

CM Punk

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AS I SEE IT: Is Vince McMahon listening to his audience?

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AS I SEE IT: Is Vince McMahon listening to his audience?
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
http://pwbts.com

So how do you think Vince McMahon’s last seven days were?

Starting with the Royal Rumble, and John Cena-Randy Orton match #3,256, the crowd crapped on the match, a match which was fine in and of itself. Given that a lot don’t want to see either John Cena and/or Randy Orton as champion, the crowd started with “Daniel Bryan” chants, loud enough that JBL, Michael Cole, and Jerry Lawler had to acknowledge, suggesting the crowd thought Bryan was the “uncrowned champion”. Since Layfield is known as Vince McMahon’s mouthpiece, Vince couldn’t have had much problem with the chants then.

Then came the Royal Rumble match itself. After failing to see rumored legends like Chris Jericho and Jake Roberts, the crowd started by sitting on their hands, then breaking out again in Bryan chants.

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Bob’s Random Rumblings: Bob’s opinion on Sting

Random Rumblings
The rumors are spreading about Sting jumping ship to the WWE after decades of never jumping ship. But is there enough to care about him?

A couple of years ago I was without a doubt interested in seeing Sting jump to the WWE. The vignettes that aired had me thinking it was Sting, instead, it was just the Undertaker.

There is one thing that comes to mind for me, though. People love to hate John Cena because he is stale and boring or can’t wrestle, but Sting gets all this interest. My question is… why?

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AS I SEE IT: Thoughts on the WWE Royal Rumble

AISIAS I SEE IT: Thoughts on the WWE Royal Rumble
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
http://pwbts.com

Well, WWE  did it again last night.

It told you that it knows better than you what you want…and by God, they’ll give it to you, and you’ll like it.

Rather than give fans a feel-good moment, and a real reason to jumpstart interest in the WWE Network by getting people to order to get Wrestlemania at $9.95 (with the six month obligation, the price is right around what people would have paid for Wrestlemania anyhow) by putting Daniel Bryan in the main event against Randy Orton, letting the “hero” finally win after a long, convoluted storyline…WWE dropped the ball by having Batista go over in a disappointing Royal Rumble match.

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Movoto Real Estate asks Kurt Angle the 10 best cities to wrestle in

Kurt-Angle cityCourtesy of Movoto Real Estate:

Kurt Angle: These Are The 10 Best Cities To Wrestle In

Where are the best places in the world to wrestle? We asked the Master of the Ankle Lock to find out.

It’s true, it’s true… our Olympic hero Kurt Angle spoke to us and gave us his list of the 10 best cities to wrestle in anywhere in the world, along with his favorite memories from each place. As an Olympic gold medalist and 12-time World Champion between WWE, TNA, and New Japan/Inoki Genome, Kurt knows his way around the world of wrestling, providing classic in-ring performances and winning gold everywhere he has gone.

After 15 years in the business, here are the cities Kurt Angle declares to be the best for wrestlers to perform in.

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OWW’s This Week in Wrestling – January 25, 2014

TWIWOWW’s This Week In Wrestling – January 25, 2014

NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling

John Wayne Murdoch def. Tim Jerrigan

Lance Erikson def. David Matthews and Psycho Medic

Mayhem def. Gregory McDaniel and TNT Motley

Shawn Shultz def. L. T. Falk

Mayhem def. Psycho Medic and TNT Motley

Charles Alexander def. Josh Crow, Chris Cane, Blue Tiger, Karen Sade, and Shane Smalls

Chris Michaels def. Hot Rod Biggs

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AS I SEE IT: Independent Promotions need to promote their product

AISIAS I SEE IT: Independent Promotions need to promote their product
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
http://pwbts.com

As most of you know, PWBTS.com, the flagship site of this column, focuses on coverage and promotion of independent wrestling. As someone who happily shills independent wrestling promotions whenever possible, one of the things that pisses me off is the way independent promotions seems to have no sense about the basic sorts of things that they need to do to promote their product.

Instead, some promoters seem to think that the way to draw is to hold grudges against any independent promotion operating in their area. They’ll take shots at these competitors online or in print. They’ll tell their talent: if you work for [insert name of competitor], I won’t book you on my shows. They’ll hold multi-promotion tournaments, and not invite the largest one in their area…who just happens to be said competitor. They’ll deliberately run shows against even charity-themed promotions, try calling local police to disrupt their shows…and all sorts of fun things like that.

I have a better idea…how about actually advertising your OWN product?

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