AS I SEE IT – It’s Time for the Wrestlemania Build Bob Magee Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets http://pwbts.com
Tonight, WWE begins the Road to Wrestlemania for real, as WWE returns to Green Bay, WI tonight for the RAW that will set the scene for Wrestlemania 30, a show that will likely be one of the most anticipated shows of the year.
WWE will start to set the road to WrestleMania 30. Featured will be the return of Hulk Hogan for the first time since 2007; the fall-out from screwjob 2,546 on Daniel Bryan after Kane interfered to help Randy Orton retain the WWE World Title in the Elimination Chamber.
Other legends reported to be appearing include Jimmy Hart, The Undertaker, and Ric Flair.
Brock Lesnar is also advertised for Raw to set up his match (with Undertaker?).
I’m not sure what take-away moment last night is supposed to make people want to buy the WWE Network. No Daniel Bryan upset of Randy Orton. Hell, not even interference by HHH and a revelation he was behind all the screwjobs on Bryan to keep him from winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title to set up a high-profile match between Bryan and HHH…that would have made the last six months of screwjob after screwjob against Danielson finally payoff.
Instead, it sounds like we’ll get Daniel Bryan versus….Kane.
Far and away, the best match of the night was the insane high-speed craziness that was the match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family. The crowd reaction.. before the match even started… shows what happens when WWE actually builds a match. The match itself then backed it up and then some. It’s a shame that it’s setting up the breakup of The Shield, and not at least one more rematch at Wrestlemania 30.
So we’ll see what tonight brings…
Steve Gerweck of Gerweck.net asked me (and presumably others) to provide him examples of top independent (not signed to WWE or TNA) talent .These examples are not necessarily in order, and are examples of Northeast talent. From time to time in the future, I’ll include such examples of independent talent for readers.
“Greek God” Papadon Real name: Dimitrious Papadoniou Birth date: July 17, 1977 Height: 6′ 0″ Trainer: Homicide
East Coast Wrestling Association
ECWA Unified Heavyweight Championship
ECWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship
Jersey All Pro Wrestling
JAPW Tag Team Championship
National Wrestling Alliance promotions
NWA Shockwave Internet Championship
NWA Shockwave Heavyweight Championship
NWA Cyberspace Tag Team Championship (once)
New York Wrestling Connection
NYWC Fusion Championship
NYWC Heavyweight Championship
NYWC Interstate Championship
Stars & Stripes Championship Wrestling
SSCW Tag Team Championship (with Havok as The Solution)
USA Xtreme Wrestling
UXW Tag Team Champion (with Havok as The Solution)
Facts: currently works for Extreme Rising promotion, skilled and complete wrestler, very smooth in ring, can work with seemingly anyone.
Adam Cole Real name: Austin Jenkins Birth date: July 5, 1989 Height: 5’11” Trainers: Jon Dahmer, DJ Hyde
Combat Zone Wrestling
CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship (once Best of the Best X (2011)
Dreams Fighting Entertainment / World Wrestling League
Ground Breaking Wrestling Battle of Gettysburg (2009)
Maryland Championship Wrestling
MCW Rage Television Championship (2 times) Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup (2012)
Premier Wrestling Xperience
PWX Heavyweight Championship (once)
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
PWG World Championship (current) Battle of Los Angeles (2012)
Pro Wrestling World-1
World-1 North American Championship (1 time) Shinya Hashimoto Memorial Cup (2010)
Real Championship Wrestling
RCW Cruiserweight Championship (once) RCW Tag Team Championship (once) – with Devon Moore
Ring of Honor
ROH World Championship (current) ROH World Television Championship (once) ROH World Championship Tournament (2013)
WXW C4 WXW C4 Hybrid Championship (1 time)
Drew Gulak Real name: Austin Jenkins Birth date: April 28, 1987 Height: 5’11” Trainer: Chris Hero, Mike Quackenbush, Skayde
Combat Zone Wrestling CZW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current) CZW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Andy Sumner CZW Wired TV Championship (once) Chris Cash Memorial Battle Royal (2005)
Evolve Style Battle Tournament (2013)
New York Wrestling Connection Master of the Mat 2014
Chikara (wrestling as Soldier Ant) King of Trios (2011) – with Fire Ant, Green Ant
Tag World Grand Prix (2008) – with Fire Ant
He gets the award for being able to work at the same time (minus CHIKARA’s hiatus) for two promoters who are well known as not liking each other; Mike Quackenbush and DJ Hyde; and doing so without any obvious heat for either side (his working as Soldier Ant for CHIKARA and some of the “Wrestling Is’ promotions isn’t exactly a secret among fans). Not coincidentally, he also has the interesting background of being well known by regular fans for supporting numerous charity/political causes (it’s been suggested the “Campaign for a Better Combat Zone” which has had him incorporate “women being treated better ‘in the Combat Zone’ as part of the gimmick.
Kevin Steen Real name: Kevin Steen Birth date: May 7, 1984 Height: 5′ 11″Trainers: Serge Jodoin, Jacques Rougeau, Carl Ouellet
All American Wrestling AAW Heavyweight Championship (once)
Capital City Championship Combat C*4 Championship (once) C*4 Tag Team Championship (once) – with Mike Bailey
Combat Revolution Wrestling CRW Tag Team Championship (once) – with Pat Skillz
Combat Zone Wrestling CZW Iron Man Championship (once)
International Wrestling Syndicate/Montreal IWS Canadian Championship (once) IWS Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
North Shore Pro Wrestling NSPW Championship (once)
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla PWG World Championship (3 times) PWG World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with El Generico (twice) and Super Dragon (once)
Ring of Honor ROH World Championship (1 time) ROH World Tag Team Championship (once) – with El Generico
Squared Circle Wrestling 2CW Heavyweight Championship (once)
Roderick Strong Real name: Chris Lindsey Born: July 26, 1983 Height: 5’11” Trainer: Jim Neidhart, The Warlord, Prince Iaukea, Tim Mahoney
Championship Wrestling from Florida NWA Florida X Division Championship (3 times)
Full Impact Pro FIP Tag Team Championship (2 times, current) – with Erick Stevens (once) and Rich Swann (current) FIP World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
Florida Entertainment Wrestling FEW Heavyweight Championship (once)
Independent Professional Wrestling IPW Florida Unified Cruiserweight Championship (once) IPW Tag Team Championship (once) – with Sedrick Strong
Independent Wrestling Association East Coast IWA East Coast Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
Revolution Strong Style Tournament (2008)
Lethal Wrestling Federation LWF Heavyweight Championship (once)
Premier Wrestling Xperience PWX Tag Team Championship (once) – with Eddie Edwards
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla PWG World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Davey Richards (once), PAC (once) and Jack Evans (once) Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament (2007) – with PAC Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament (2008) – with Jack Evans
Ring of Honor ROH World Championship (1 time) ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Austin Aries ROH World Television Championship (1 time) Survival of the Fittest (2005) Honor Gauntlet (2010) Toronto Gauntlet (2010) Second Triple Crown Champion South Florida Championship Wrestling SFCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) SFCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Justin Venom